Sunday, 3 January 2021

January photo from the BGHS 2021 calendar.


 Set Dancing Champions 1975  

This photo shows the Gaultier Under- 18 Set Dancers. These dancers won both the Co. Waterford Set Dancing Championship and the Munster Set Dancing Championship in 1975. 

Back Row L- R: Margaret Mullally, Kieran Flynn, Marcella Power, John Barry.

Front Row L-R: .Myra Doyle, Niall Collins, Annette Fitzpatrick and John Fitzpatrick.


Copies can be purchased for €8 from the Society or at the following outlets: Centra, Dunmore East; Harbour Stores, Dunmore East; Glanbia, Gaultier; Suir Garages, Passage Cross; Delany's Pharmacy, Johnstown; Dowling's Pharmacy, Ardkeen; Londis, Ballinakill; Ardkeen Stores, Ardkeen; Burke's, Crooke and the Bookcentre, Waterford City Centre.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

BGHS 2021 calendar is available now

 The BGHS 2021 calendar is available now in the following outlets: Centra, Dunmore East; Harbour Stores, Dunmore East; Glanbia, Gaultier; Suir Garages, Passage Cross; Delany's Pharmacy, Johnstown; Dowling's Pharmacy, Ardkeen;  Londis, Ballinakill; Ardkeen Stores, Ardkeen; Burke's, Criooke.



Michael Farrell 

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

The December photo 2010 Calendar

Gaultier 1967 City League Under-12 Winners


Back Row L-R: R. Quann, I. Power (RIP), P. Power, J. c. Flood, B. Power, P. O’Toole, D. Flynn.

Middle Row L-R: P. O’Sullivan, N. Collins, G.Flood, J. Quilty, R. Murphy, P. Power (RIP), M. Flynn.

Front Row L-R: E.Power, C. Power, P. Collins,K. Flynn.

Friday, 4 December 2020

BGHS 2020 Calenda December Photo. Stephen Whittle.

 

Stephen Whittle is one of the stalwarts in the story of the RNLI service operating out of Dunmore East.   Seafarers all along the south-east coast are thankful that Stephen was such a dedicated and skillful skipper of the different lifeboats based in Dunmore East. Numerous honours and awards have come his way to acknowledge the many lives saved by his seamanship and that of his crews. Some of these were presented to him personally at ceremonies in Britain.

Stephen was born in Portally near Dunmore East.  After school in Killea he took to the sea and within a few years along with his brother, Mick purchased the 50’ Portavogie-built Agnes Palmer.   Their success at different kinds of fishing was widely acknowledged. At the same time he began his service with the Lifeboat Service moving up through the ranks to the position of coxswain in 1966 and becoming coxswain/mechanic 9 years later, a position he held until 1984.  

What stories Stephen can tell of his days and rescues with the lifeboat!  One in particular came to mind when I asked him what used to be in his mind when setting out on a bad night. The rescue of the crew of the “Glenmalure” which had grounded on the treacherous ledge of rocks reaching out from Hook Head during a violent SSE gale remained vividly in his mind.  Stephen recalling his feelings when setting out on a rescue mission on such nights told me that he would pray to make the right decisions to keep his crew safe and do what he could to save lives. For his courage and outstanding seamanship and that of his crew that November night in 1970 Stephen was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal. His crew that night, John Power, Brendan Horgan, Sean Kearns, Joseph Murphy and John Whitty were each awarded a Medal Service Certificate.

 Meanwhile in his spare time he started building model boats and ships, which I hope one day will be put on public display. Stephen also drew a map of the coastal place names between Creadan Head and Saleens, an important and valuable work to which this writer is greatly in debt. Let us celebrate a heroic life.


Photo supplied Dunmore East RNLI

Article by Ray McGrath 

Monday, 23 November 2020

Dauntless Courage launch

Book Launch of ‘Dauntless Courage’: Celebrating the History of Dunmore East RNLI



Radio presenter Damien Tiernan will lead an online panel discussion (Wednesday 25 November at 8 pm) with ‘Dauntless Courage’ author David Carroll and Dunmore East RNLI volunteer crew members.


WLR FM radio presenter, former South East correspondent for RTE and author of ‘Souls of the Sea’ Damien Tiernan will lead the panel discussion with the author of ‘Dauntless Courage’ David Carroll who will also be joined by Dunmore East RNLI volunteer crew members Brendan Dunne and Neville Murphy. The launch is coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Glenmalure Tragedy which is featured in the book.


Dauntless Courage’: Celebrating the History of the Dunmore East RNLI, their crews and the Maritime Heritage of the Local Community. All proceeds from the book will be going to the local Dunmore East Lifeboat Fundraising Branch to support the saving of lives on our seas. 


After several years researching and writing of the book, the public unveiling will take place online with an in-depth panel discussion of the research involved in writing the book, the characters behind the lifejackets, the many acts of courage that took place far from shore, and a look at the local community that was so often the backbone of every crew that took to sea to save those whose lives were in peril.


The online event will take place on Wednesday 25 November at 8 pm for approximately forty minutes, with a live Q&A session for attendees afterwards. Registration for the event can be made here - http://www.dunmorelifeboatbook.com/book-launch/


David Carroll, author of Dauntless Courage said: ‘What has really struck me about writing this book has been the amazing goodwill and generosity of so many people who have helped to make this book possible, especially all the interesting and historic photographs and paintings that we have been given access to for inclusion in the book’.


Damian Tiernan, WLR FM radio presenter said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to be hosting this discussion, I have a long association with members of the RNLI in Dunmore and I worked closely with them over the years. The publication is a wonderful record of all that has happened complete with superb pen portraits and descriptions of events and superbly written and produced’.

 

Purchase of the book can also be made at http://www.dunmorelifeboatbook.com/product/dauntless-courage/ with all proceeds from the book going to the local Dunmore East Lifeboat Fundraising Branch to support the saving of lives on our seas. Orders and further information on the book can also be made by contacting dunmorelifeboatbook@gmail.com