Thursday, 10 October 2019

October 2019 Calendar photo: 1966 NFA Farmer’s Rights March to Dublin

Our October Page from our 2019 Calendar.

In 1966 Irish Farmers could not get the current Minister for Agriculture, Charles J. Haughey to meet their representatives. The leadership of their organization, NFA decided that farmers from every county in Ireland would march on Dublin. 13 farmers volunteered from Co. Waterford to walk to Dublin and six of them were from Gaultier. They set off from the Mall in Waterford on the 12 October, 1966. In this photo are two of the walkers, they are wearing white armbands. The other walkers were Richie Phelan, Orchardstown; Jimmy Power, Ballynamoyntragh; Ken Purcell, Ballinakill; and Davy McGrath, Ballygarron. The other Gaultier people in the photo joined the march on a Sunday to show support for the Gaultier walkers. The photo shows L- R:  Mattie Whittle, (walker) Ballyshoneen; Paddy Cullinane, Leperstown; Rita Butler, Liccawn; Maureen Cullinane, Leperstown; Edie Phelan, Keylogue; Jackie Butler, (walker) Coxtown.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Sean “The Rock” Cullinane.

From our 2017 Calendar

Sean “The Rock” Cullinane
This photo shows Sean “The Rock” Cullinane in full flight in the Waterford jersey during the National League semi – final in 1998. Sean is being chased by TJ Ryan (pictured in helmet) and Gary Kirby of Limerick. Sean is one of Gaultier’s famous sons. He was born into a family steeped in the GAA from both sides.

His playing career commenced when he joined Passage Hurling Club in the mid 1970’s. He was a member of the Under 16 1981 Passage team which was the first Passage team to win a County title since the club reformed in 1961. When Passage won their first County Intermediate title in 1988 Sean was a member of the team and was manager when they won their second Intermediate title in 2007. He was a member of the winning County Junior team in 2009.  Passage was narrowly defeated in three County Senior Finals in the 1990’s with Sean on each team. The County Final of 1993 was the most notable of these only losing by a single point to Lismore in Walsh Park. In the past season 2016 he played with the Passage Junior B team.

At Inter- County level he played from 1989 to 2001 and was nominated for an All Star in 1998.  He represented Munster in the Inter- Provincial series. Sean’s time on the Waterford Senior team finished just before the Deise hurlers reached their golden era but he was on teams that had close calls for both Munster and League titles.

When people speak of hurling full backs, Sean will always be acknowledged as one of the best from Waterford. One National journalist called Sean “The Rock” and the name stuck. Sean did not get the All Star award that he deserved but to hurling followers in the Barony of Gaultier he will always have their admiration and respect. Sean has been involved in all aspects of the sport of hurling at both club and county level.  He has been a player, coach, mentor and a county selector.  Sean, we are proud that you are from Gaultier and thanks for all the enjoyment that your exploits in the game of hurling gave us.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

KNOW YOUR TOWNLAND: Ballynamoyntragh

This week our townland of choice is Ballynamoyntragh which is usually spelt Ballinamintra which is the name of another townland in Cappagh, near Dungarvan.
Ballynamoyntragh is in the Electoral Division of Kilmacleague, in Civil Parish of Kilmacleague, in the Barony of Gaultiere, in the County of Waterford.

The Irish name for Ballynamoyntragh is Baile na mBaintreach and in English that means “Town of the Widows"

Ballynamoyntragh has an area of:
• 2,849,142 m² / 284.91 hectares / 2.8491 km²
• 1.10 square miles
• 704.04 acres / 704 acres, 0 roods, 6 perches
Ballynamoyntragh borders the following other townlands:
• Ballinvella (Gaultier) to the north
• Ballyloughbeg (Gaultier)  to the north
• Corbally Beg (Gaultier) to the west
• Kilmacleague East (Gaultier) to the west
• Kilmacomb (Gaultier) to the east
• Leperstown (Gaultier) to the south
 Ballynamoyntragh has one subtownland and its name is a Irish name “Ceathramhadh Garbh” (pronounced Carhoo Gorriv). The English translation of “Ceathramhadh Garbh” is Stoney Quarter.

In 1894 Gaultier Creamery was founded and it was the first Co-Op in Co. Waterford. The site in Ballynamoyntragh for the creamery was provided by Hon. D. Fortescue of Summerville House in Corballymore. The creamery Board secured a 99 year lease for the site.
In the 1901 census there were 63 inhabitants in 11 households in Ballynamoyntragh. Of the heads of the households, 8 were farmers, one was a farm servant, one was a farm labourer and a James Walshe from Cashel was the Manager of Gaultier creamery. James Walshe was a widower and by 1901 he had one son who was twelve. James Walshe was Gaultier’s creamery manager for 5 years, from 1896 to 1901.

In the 1911 census there were 65 inhabitants in 12 households in Ballynamoyntragh. Of the heads of the households 7 were farmers, 1 was a handyman, 1 was an Engine Driver in the creamery, 2 were labourers and Pat Ahern of Limerick was the creamery manager since 1902. Pat Ahern married Julie Maher the creamery dairymaid in 1910 and he remained the Gaultier manager for another 30 years.

Matthew Butler, that great Gaultier Historian tells us in his column in the Waterford News in 1947 that there were 11 households in Ballynamoyntragh at that time. He also states that a 100 years before, in 1848 there were 32 households in Ballynamoyntragh. One of the householders was James Quinn, who also had a corn mill, a kiln and 24 acres of land. The corn mill was about 100 yards north of the present creamery. The corn mill was worked by water power.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

2015 Calendar's January Photo

Our 2015 Calendar's January Photo

Gailltír Camogie Club 2013 U-14 Camogie Feile Winners

History in the making in 2013, Gailltír Camogie Club won the Division 2 All Ireland U-14 Club Championship. They were the first Waterford club to achieve this in the competitions forty two year history and went on to repeat this by winning in 2014. A fantastic achievement for the young girls representing the Barony of Gaultier.

They played the final on the 7 July 2013 in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick and defeated Portaferry from Co. Down by a score of 5-05 to 0-03.

Back row L to R : Anne Corcoran, Lucy Bradley, Shauna Fitzgerald, Emer Walsh, Sinead Cunningham(Capt.), Ciara Jackman, Jane O'Connell, Emer Edwards, Ailish Doyle, Niamh Denn, Hannah Flynn, Ciara O'Sullivan and Aoife Fitzgerald.
Front row L to R: Katie Judge, Leah Sheridan, Clodagh Carroll, Anne Fitzgerald, Kate Lynch, Hannah McGuire, Emma Flynn, Clodagh McGuire and Leah O'Donoghue.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Know your Townland - Ballycoardra

Know your Townland

Our Townland today is Ballycoardra which is a small townland adjacent to the Old Tramore Road near the Couse Roundabout.

Canon Power’s Placenames of Waterford does not mention Ballycoardra.
The OSI gives the Irish name of Baile an Chordraeigh to Ballycoardra.
There is no mention of any inhabitants in Ballycoardra in both the 1901 and 1911 census.
Ballycoardra has an area of:
• 357,819 m² / 35.78 hectares / 0.3578 km²
• 0.14 square miles
• 88.42 acres / 88 acres, 1 rood, 27 perches
Ballycoardra borders the following other townlands:
• Ballinamona(Gaultier) to the south
• Ballindud (Gaultier) to the west
• Carrigavoe (Gaultier) to the east
• Couse (Gaultier) to the north
• Killure (Gaultier) to the east