Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Upcoming Outing to St Mullins Sunday 28th August 2022

 The last of our summer outings will take place on Sunday 28th August in St Mullins, County Carlow.

We will be shown the historic sites of St Mullins by Ann Doyle of St Mullins Heritage Centre.

Meet at 2.30 pm at the graveyard gate.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Heritage Week Event - Mini Lectures

Join us for our Heritage Week special,  mini-lectures delivered by members of the society this Friday 19th August at 6 pm in St Patrick's Gateway Centre.

The speakers will be : 
Joe Falvey : The rich heritage of Waterford streets,
Bill Walsh : A Stone Upon A Stone
Monica Cahillane: The development of New Street 
Béatrice Payet : Samuel Barker's Exotic Gardens
Simon Dowling : Reconstructing Waterford's Lost Cathedral

Open to all, free entrance as part of Heritage Week. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Upcoming Outing Sunday 7th August : Stradbally with Cian Flaherty and Ben Murtagh

Join us this Sunday afternoon for a guided visit of beautiful Stradbally Village.

We will be shown around by archaeologist Ben Murtagh and historian Cian Flaherty. 

Starting in the Square, we will learn about the development of the present village in the late 18th/early 19th century, before heading up Church Lane for a tour of the medieval parish church and adjoining graveyard. This will be followed by a visit to the Woodhouse Museum, after which we will return to the village via Stradbally Cove.

Meet in The Square, Stradbally at 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Upcoming Summer Outing Thursday 14th July : the Siege of Waterford 1922


A hundred years ago... 

On the18th of July 1922 the Irish Civil War reached Waterford. The high ground on both sides of the river was dominated by opposing forces. 
Historian James Doherty will lead a guided tour through the Ballybricken area of Waterford city and explore how Waterford became a focal point of the conflict over a balmy July weekend in 1922.

Meet at the Bandstand on Ballybricken at 6.30 pm Thursday 14th July 2022

Monday, June 27, 2022

Upcoming Summer Outing to Tintern Abbey & Colclough Walled Garden

The second outing of this summer - a combined visit to Tintern Abbey and the adjoining garden

Sunday 3rd July at 2.30pm

WAHS outing to Tintern, Co. Wexford, July 3rd

The next outing of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society is to Tintern Abbey and the Colclough Walled Gardens where we will be shown around by the very knowledgeable OPW and garden staff. 

Tintern Abbey was founded by the William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, about 1200. Legends say that when the Earl of Pembroke encountered a life-threatening storm during a sea voyage, he vowed to establish an abbey if he reached land safely. The abbey is often referred to as Tintern de Voto, or Tintern of the Vow as a result.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries the Colclough family acquired Tintern and converted the remains of the abbey into their residence, member of the Colclough family lived at Tintern until the 1950s. The walled garden was built by the Colclough family in the early 19th Century. The picturesque 2.5 acre garden is bisected by a river, crossed by five bridges, providing a centrepiece to the designed landscape. It contains separate ornamental and kitchen gardens.

The combined admission charge is €6, please note only cash is accepted


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Walk & Talk 23 June 2022 at The People's Park with Joe Falvey

 Since it was brought to our attention that  Eugene Broderick's launch of his new book  Thomas Meagher: Forgotten Father of Thomas Francis Meagher was to take place at the same time as our upcoming walk and talk,  we have decided to postpone the talk by one week as many people would wish to go to both events. 

So instead of Thursday June 16th , our own Walk and Talk will now take place on Thursday June 23rd.  

We look forward to seeing many of you on that day.  All arrangements remain the same except for the date.

Meet at the bansdstand at 6.30 pm. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

May 2022 : Lecture cancelled

 The lecture planned for 27 May 2022

A century of change – women and Irish diplomacy’ 

by Dr Ann Marie O’Brien has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Apologies to all, we're looking forward to seeing you on our summer outings.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

WAHS Committee 2022 - 2023

 Following the AGM of 8th April 2022, the following committee was elected: 


Chairperson : Joe Falvey
Vice Chair :  Erica Fay
Honorary Secretary :  Nóra Tubbritt
Honorary Treasurer : Donnchadh Ó'Ceallacháin
PRO :  James Eogan
Honorary Editor : Cian Flaherty
Representative to the Federation of Local History Societies :  Clare Walsh

Committee Members

    Simon Dowling
 Pat Deegan
 Sonny Condon
 Ben Murtach
 Bill Walsh
 Michael Maher
 Michael Farrell

Ex Officio :

Tony Gunning 
Béatrice Payet

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Best Seat in the House? Being At Home in the Viking Age by Dr Rebecca Boyd Friday 29th April

The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society is holding the next lecture in our 2021 – 2022  programme at 8 pm on Friday, April 29th in St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford (Eircode X91  YX61) when archaeologist Dr Rebecca Boyd will deliver a talk titled ‘The Best Seat in the House?  Being At Home in the Viking Age’. 

Waterford is home to the Vikings, with dozens of Viking-Age houses excavated here. These are very  like houses from Cork and Dublin, but one particular detail stands out. Some houses in Waterford had  a special bench built in beside the hearth in the middle of the home. This hints at the presence of a ‘high  seat’, the most important place to sit in a  Viking house, a symbol of power and status.  Using the idea of a Viking ‘high seat’, we  will tour around the Viking world to see just  how such displays of power and status were  manifested in the Viking home.  

Interior of reconstructed Viking house (Dr. Rebecca Boyd).

Rebecca’s lecture will begin in Iceland with  Njal’s Saga, one of the most famous sagas of  all, where the house itself is a central  character. This house is a Viking longhouse,  and there are many examples of these across  Scandinavia and the North Atlantic. The  power of the family is manifested in the  house, in its size, its architecture, and its  obvious displays of power, connection and wealth. We will look at longhouses with ritual feasting, of  weapon displays, of imported precious glass, to see what story these houses tell. Then, we will return  to Waterford, to reflect on the story and power of our ‘Viking’ houses.


Dr Rebecca Boyd has worked in Irish archaeology for more than 20 years, in commercial, research and academic settings. Rebecca’s own research focuses  on the Viking world and she has written and spoken nationally and  

internationally on the archaeology of Ireland’s Viking Age. Her new book  Exploring Ireland’s Viking Age Towns: Houses and Homes will be  published later this year. It is the first detailed look at urbanism in  Ireland’s Viking Age and is the result of an Irish Research Council  Postdoctoral Fellowship based in the Dept of Archaeology in  

University College Cork. Rebecca currently works as Research  Archaeologist for IAC on the Drumclay Crannog project, one of  Ireland’s most exciting medieval settlements. 

*********************FORTHCOMING LECTURE********************** 

Here are details of the final talk in May: 

27/05/2022 Dr Ann Marie O’Brien ‘A century of change – women and Irish diplomacy’ 

*********************SUMMER OUTINGS**********************

The Society is working on a programme of Summer outings which will include: 16/06/2022 The People’s Park and environs with Joe Falvey 

14/07/2022 Historic Stradbally with Cian Flaherty 

07/08/2022 The Siege of Waterford 1922 with James Doherty 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Upcoming Lecture 25 March 2022 : Eighteenth-Century Waterford: A Singular City? by Prof. David Dickson

 The next lecture of our 2021-2022 programme will be  on Friday, March 25th at 8:00pm in St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford (Eircode X91 YX61) when historian Prof. David Dickson will deliver a talk titled ‘Eighteenth-Century Waterford: A Singular City?’.


Prof. Dickson’s lecture will begin by reflecting on the emergence of the first cities in eighteenth-century Ireland, distinguishing them from what had come before –  walled towns, very modest by European standards, that had been repeatedly shattered in seventeenth-century warfare. In what respects were these new Irish cities similar to what was happening in Britain and Europe? In the second part of the lecture David will look more closely at 'the quays of the kingdom', Cork, Limerick and Waterford, and the common elements in the rise of the three Munster Atlantic ports; he will also touch on the common elements in the social and economic crisis that beset them in the 1820s. The third segment will focus on how far Waterford was an outlier, a singular city,  in the history of religious conflict and exclusion that was evident in most Irish cities of the period, and it will explore why this may been the case.  The lecture will conclude with a comparison of  the evolution of Waterford and Derry, which were each situated on broad-rivers and graced with their first bridges in the 1790s.  Both cities were very much influenced by the interventions of their Church of Ireland bishops and, more discreetly, by the shadowy influence of the Beresford family.  But was that all?

David Dickson is Emeritus Professor of Modern History in Trinity College Dublin, and was based in the History Department there for most of his career.  He has published very widely on eighteenth-century Irish social and economic history, on regional and urban development, and on the genesis of Irish radicalism. He has also had a lifelong interest in Sub-Saharan African history, and in Ireland's place in European imperial history.  His publications include Old World Colony: Cork and South Munster 1630-1830 (2005), Dublin: The Making of a Capital City (2014), and The First Irish Cities: An Eighteenth-century Transformation (2021).

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Upcoming Lecture by Dr Pat McCarthy 28 January 2022 :The experience of Waterford loyalists in the revolutionary decade 1912-1923.



The next lecture in our 2021 – 2022 programme at the earlier time of 6 pm on Friday January 28th when historian Dr Pat McCarthy will deliver a talk titled ‘The experience of Waterford loyalists in the revolutionary decade 1912-1923’.


“I had been brought up under the union jack and had no desire to live under any other emblem.” 

The words of C.P. Crane, a Tipperary Resident Magistrate, in 1923, would have found an echo in the hearts of many of Waterford’s loyalist community. By 1926 their population had declined by 40% compared to 1911 and those who survived now lived in a different environment. In 1912 the small but influential loyalist community in Waterford had been vocal in their opposition to Home Rule. Led by Sir William Goff-Davis Goff and Dr Henry Stuart O’Hara, Church of Ireland bishop of the united dioceses of Waterford, Lismore, Cashel and Emly, they had publicly protested against the Home Rule Bill. On October 2 that year Dr O’Hara had led a prayer service in Christchurch which concluded with a signing of the Ulster Covenant by some of his flock – possibly a unique event in Munster. By 1914 they were very much aware that Home Rule for at least three provinces was inevitable and that in the event of a civil war they were extremely vulnerable. Those who attended an anti-Home Rule event had their names noted by a local newspaper which led to sharp exchanges in the House of Commons between the Conservative leader, Andrew Bonar-Law and John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and MP for Waterford. The outbreak of WW1 changed that, at least temporarily, and they responded enthusiastically to the call to arms. They paid a high price for their loyalty to King and Empire. After the war, they again found themselves vulnerable, especially between the Truce (July 1921) and the end of the Civil War (May 1923), a period in which they were subject to opportunistic violence, a republican campaign of ‘Big House’ burnings and social disorder. In this lecture distinguished historian Pat McCarthy will look at the experiences of Waterford’s loyalist community during the revolutionary decade.

Friday 28th January 2022

6 PM

St Patrick's Gateway Centre

The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, Ireland.
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