Sunday, 22 December 2019

Calendar stockists update

Our 2020 Calendar is available in the following shops and outlets: 
Centra, Dunmore East
Spar, Dunmore East
Glanbia, Gaultier Cross,
Jaybees, Dunmore Road
Daybreak, Crooke
Suit Garages, Passage Cross
Londis, Ballinakill
D.Dowling Pharmacy, Ardkeen
Ardkeen Stores, Ardkeen
Delany’s Pharmacy, Johnstown
Book Centre, Red Square
Ben Power’s Shop, Crossroad, Cheekpoint

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

2020 calendar in usual outlets now. Price €8

The 2020 calendar is in usual outlets now. At €8 it is great value and a great gift.

The calendars are available in the usual outlets such as Delany’s Pharmacy, Waterford; Ardkeen Stores; Londis, Ballinankill; D.Dowling Pharmacy, Ardkeen; Centra, Dunmore East; Spar, Dunmore East, Jaybee’s Dunmore Road; Glanbia, Gaultier; Daybreak, Crooke; Suir Garage, Passage Cross. 

Heres a sample of the varied and high quality images throughout

The inside back page of our 2020 calendar is a photo of Moran’s Poles, Cheekpoint taken by Andrew Doherty. It is the same photo as the front cover of the calendar except that it has a beautiful poem written by Eamon Duffin.

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

BGHS November talk - Joe Falvey


This Talk will feature the stories of Waterford Castle, Ardkeen and other Big Houses, such as Newtown, Mount Pleasant, Ballynakill, Grantstown, Glenville, Maypark, Prospect, and others of historical significance in the City end of the Barony. Many of these have given their names to the area's modern housing estates. These and more besides will feature in Joe Falvey's next upcoming Talk( Revised Edition) for the Barony of Gaultier Historical Society.

And Joe will talk of the role they, inter alia, played in the development of the eastern suburbs of Waterford City including commercial and educational,  over the course of the last 300 years since the city walls came down and the first building of Lombard/William Street Bridge in 1726 as its Merchants moved out of the confines of the City along the sunny and leafy banks of the Suir estuary,all part of the great Barony of Gaultier.

All welcome. Free to members. €5 to non members

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

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The August Photo from our 2019 Calendar. Cloughernagh

This photo shows one of the oldest public houses in the Barony of Gaultier. The earliest publican that we know of is John Kennedy of Callaghane. The 1901 census records that he was born in 1820 and that he was a publican. The same census records that John Murphy of Cloughernagh was both a publican and a farmer. John was born in 1863 and married Maryanne Kennedy (a daughter of John Kennedy of Callaghane) in 1886 and at the time of the 1911 census they had a family of eleven children.

Cloughernagh as it was known was one of the principal meeting places for social get–togethers in that part of the Barony of Gaultier. The Murphy family ceased to be publicans in that pub in 1994. After a number of owners, the last owner, Gerry Keane ceased trading as a Publican in 2016. The property is now a private residence.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Know your Townland: Ballyhoo

Know your Townland                   
This week our Gaultier townland of choice is Ballyhoo.

Did you know that there is a townland named Ballyhoo bordering Waterford City’s Outer Ring Road.
The Irish name for Ballyhoo is Baile Hú. Canon Power gives it as Baile Húgh – “Hugh’s Homestead.
Ballyhoo has an area of:
• 1,227,616 m² / 122.76 hectares / 1.2276 km²
• 0.47 square miles
• 303.35 acres / 303 acres, 1 rood, 16 perches
Ballyhoo borders the following other townlands:
• Ballindud (Gaultier) to the east
• Ballycashin (Middlethird) to the west
• Carriganard (Gaultier) to the west
• Duagh (Middlethird) to the south
• Kilbarry (Gaultier) to the north
• Knockeen (Middlethird) to the west
• Lacken (Gaultier) to the east

In the 1901 census there were 16 people living in the townland.

In the 1911 census there are 12 people living in the townland.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

James Cheasty 2015 Calendar photo

From our 2015 Calendar

Thanks to Agnes Power for the photo.

James Cheasty was born in 1928 in the townland of Carrigavoe in the civil parish of Kill St Lawrence. Although Carrigavoe is just inside the boundary of Waterford City, it is very much a part of the Barony of Gaultier. The Cheasty family is an old farming family in the Barony , having farmed in Coolum in the early 1800’s. They moved to Monaminta before 1900 and also farmed in Carrigavoe and Couse. Jim, as he was known to friends, started writing at the age of sixteen and because he was a farmer all his writings had a strong rural theme. He was influenced by fellow playwright and Waterfordian, Teresa Deevy. His first play “A Stranger Came “ was produced in 1953 by Madame Barnard- Cogley’s Studio Theatre Club in Mount Street, Dublin. This and his other plays, The Lost Years,1957, Francey, 1962, All Set for Birmingham, 1970 and Prisoners of Silence, 1971 were all popular successes. Prisoners of Silence, which was performed at Garter Lane Arts Centre by Stagemad Theatre Company in 2007 was also filmed by Kramproductions. Jim was very proud of the contribution to the Arts in Waterford of Red Kettle, Garter Lane and of his friend Jim Nolan. Jim Cheasty RIP died on 12 July 2014 and is buried in Tramore

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Friday, 19 July 2019

July Heritage Walk in Dunmore East.

The Barony of Gaultier Historical Society will hold its July Heritage Walk in Dunmore East.

The walk leader will be BGHS committee member John Burke and he will be assisted by other BGHS members.

The walk will commence from the main gate of the Dunmore East Park with a starting time of 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 July.

The route of the walk will be from the Park to the lower village and towards the direction of Nymph hall. This route has a very interesting and varied heritage.

Keep 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th July free for an enjoyable evening in Dunmore East.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

July calendar image: Paddy ‘Billy’Power

The July photo from our 2019 Calendar. A Legend in the Barony of Gaultier. Paddy ‘Billy’Power

Paddy ‘Billy’Power’ was Coxswain of the Dunmore East based RNLI ‘Annie Blanche Smith’ for 22 years.
Photo supplied by Dunmore East RNLI.
His reputation as a brave and very competent lifeboat man spread far and wide.  Paddy served a total of 41 years with the RNLI, retiring with four prestigious bronze medals awarded for his bravery, judgment and seamanship. The lifeboat most associated with him was the aforementioned ‘Annie Blanche Smith’ which was called out on 89 rescue missions saving 88 lives.  Among the many rescues attributed to Paddy ‘Billy’ was the December 14, 1950 rescue of the Dunmore trawler, Naomh Deaglán.   Superb judgement and seamanship and bravery were admirably demonstrated on that treacherous night of gale and snow  as Paddy directed operations from the bow of the lifeboat succeeding in getting a line aboard the trawler as it drifted in to the storm lashed  Falskirt Rock.  Long may the man be remembered along with all his lifeboat comrades.

Article by Ray McGrath.

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Saturday, 29 June 2019


Another of society member Ray McGrath's recent columns from the Waterford News & Star Ballinamona - an Amorous Conquest.  His virtual walks continue each week in the paper.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Barony Rambles: Rathculiheen & Gyles quay

Ray McGrath's series of Gaultier rambles continues each week in the Waterford News & Star, this time its Rathculiheen and Gyles Quay.

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

June Calendar image

The June page from our 2018 Calendar

Lifeboat crew 1965

Back Row L-R: Dr MV McCabe, Billy Pitt, Captain Desmond P.Carroll, Captain Cecil Hazell, Stanley Power    
Front Row L-R: Dick Murphy (Engineer), Paddy Billy Power (Coxswain),Arthur Westcott Pitt (Sec.), Stephen Whittle, John (Rocky) Power. 

The Dunmore Lifeboats were: Henry Dodd, 1884 -1911; Fanny Harriet, 1911-1914; Michael Henry, 1914-1917; Lifeboat out of commission for most of 1917; Station Closed, 1919-1925; C & S,1925-1940; Annie Blanche Smith, 1940-1970; Douglas Hyde, 1970-1972; Dunleary, 1972-1973; Euphrosyne Kendal,1973-1975; St Patrick, 1975-1996; Elizabeth and Ronald 1996-to date.  C&S was funded by monies left to the RNLI by Mr P. Coates and Miss E. Smith, hence the name C&S.                                                                                                            
The boat longest on station was Annie Blanche Smith for 30 years. The Henry Dodd was 27 years on station. The St Patrick and the present boat Elizabeth and Ronald each share 21 years. 

This photo and all the photos in the 2018 Calendar were also in previous calendars as 2018 was the Society’s 10th Birthday. This photo was also  the February 2015 photo.     
Photo supplied by Geoff.

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Monday, 3 June 2019

Millstone rambles

Ray's recent column from the Waterford News & Star is the Minaun Millstones Rambles

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Sunday, 2 June 2019

Know your Townland - Ballynakill,

We are back this week with our popular series on the Townlands of Gaultier. Sorry for our absence over the last weeks and it might be a hit and miss over the summer months also.

Ballynakill Church - commonly called the Brass Cock and a very interesting graveyard

This week our townland is Ballynakill, Canon Power tells us in his book that Baile na Cille means (“Homestead of the Church”) but who ever put up the attached sign had a different idea. Maybe Canon Power was wrong and maybe he is right. Please let us know what you think? The translation of the sign “Baile Mhic Coiligh” to the best of my knowledge is “Home of the son of Coiligh”.  I might be totally wrong but would love to hear what you think.

                   Ballynakill has an area of:
• 1,517,107 m² / 151.71 hectares / 1.5171 km²
• 0.59 square miles
• 374.89 acres / 374 acres, 3 roods, 21 perches
                  Ballynakill borders the following other townlands:
• Cove (Gaultier) to the west
• Farranshoneen (Gaultier) to the west
• Grange Upper (Gaultier) to the west
• Grantstown (Gaultier) to the south
• Knockboy (Gaultier) to the east

In the 1901 census there were 114 inhabitants in Ballynakill. Robert Dobbyn who was aged 76 was a Land Agent. William G Davis Goff, aged 62 and his son Herbert Davis Goff, aged 29 were both Brewers. Lubelle Morris, aged 51 was a widow and gave her occupation as “Interest of Money”.In the 1911 census we find Lubelle or Subelle as her name is recored and her son Richard aged 35 are living in what is now the Haven Hotel in Dunmore East. William Power aged 30 and his brother John aged 34 in the 1901 census had as their occupation “Nursery and Farming”. In the 1911 census Mary Power aged 35 has as her occupation “Forest Seedswoman”. Were these Powers the Powers of “Power’s Seeds”?    Henry Oliver Broomhead aged 44 and his wife Catherine Mary aged 37 had six children , three boys and three girls.
In 1911 there were 189 inhabitants in Ballynakill and 29 or 15% could not read or write.

A transcript of the legible graves in the above churchyard via Steve Rogers

Michael Farrell is currently society chairman
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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Know your Gaultier Townland - Ballynaneashagh

In a new, and very popular series of Facebook articles, Michael Farrell encourages members to Know your Townlands. 
Ballynaneashagh/Baile na nDéiseach
This week the Gaultier Townland that we are looking at is Ballynaneashagh/Baile na nDéiseach – Town of the Deise. Ballynaneashagh is where the Waterford Corporation operated a municipal cemetery.

In Griffith’s valuation of 1847 - 1864 the area of the cemetery is just over 9 acres. In the 1901 census there are 41 people living in Ballynaneashagh in 5 families. In the 1911 census there are 31 people living in Ballynaneashagh in 5 families. 

At least 2 of the 1901 families are not living there in 1911 and in both census there are a lot of people living in Ballynaneashagh who were born in either Kilkenny or Wexford. In the 1911 census there is one family with two of its members working as cemetery caretakers. 

Canon Patrick Power, the Gaultier historian who was born in the townland of Callaghane on 8 March 1862 was buried in Ballynaneashagh after he died on 16 October 1951.

It is part of the Civil Parish of Kilbarry, which is one of the Civil Parishes of the Barony of Gaultier. Ballynaneashagh has an area 0.52 square miles /1.3454 km square with 332 acres. It borders the following townlands:

Ballybeg (Gaultier) to the south Ballycashin (Middlethird) to the west Butlerstown North (Middlethird) to the west Butlerstown South (Middlethird) to the west Kilbarry (Gaultier) to the east Lisduggan (Middlethird) to the east Big Lismore (Middlethird) to the west Skibbereen (Middlethird) to the north
Michael Farrell is currently society chairman

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Ballygunner Mass Path

Ray's recent column from the Waterford News & Star is the Ballygunner Mass Path

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Monday, 13 May 2019

May Calendar image

BGHS 2019 Calendar

Our May Photo

Woodstown Ladies Cricket Club
In 1988, two ladies Valerie Moloney and Lelia Collins decided to start a ladies’ cricket team at Woodstown. The team was called the Woodstown Cricket Club. The younger players received tremendous support from sisters Grace Flanagan and Mickie Purcell whose mother, Mrs Clarke from Ballinakill House was a player with the Waterford Ladies Club in the 1940’s... Other members of the original Woodstown team not in the photo were Hilary Farrell, Betatrice Berclazand and Maeve Phelan. The first coach to the team was John Burke. A great supporter of the Woodstown Cricket Club was Mrs Coughlan from the Saratoga Bar. Adie Coughlan of the Saratoga Bar donated a special trophy for when they played the ladies from the neighbouring county of Wexford. It was named the Saratoga Cup. The ladies from the model county won and the Saratoga Cup is somewhere in Wexford now

This photo shows; Front Row L- R: Myra Power Larkin, Rosario Burke, John Burke, Marie Connors Roche, Helen Connors.
Back Row L –R:  Ruby Burke, Mickie Purcell, Carmel Flynn, Sandra Berens, Switzerland; Deirdre Phelan, Grace Flanagan, RIP; Nathalie Ouvrard  . 
Photo supplied by Mickie Purcell

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Cockle Women's Walk

Continuing in his new walking series, Society member Ray McGrath has a new walk this week in the  Waterford News and Star the Passage Cockle Women's walk

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Cheekpoint Eelers

Continuing in his new walking series, Society member Ray McGrath has a new walk this week in the  Waterford News and Star on the Cheekpoint Eelers loop.  

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Rambles in Gaultier

Society member Ray McGrath has a new series with the Waterford weekly newspaper Waterford News and Star entitled "Rambles in Gaultier"

A recent edition covered the launch of the series which took place in Ardkeen Library and was followed by a walk which was co-hosted by Ray and Joe Falvey.

These articles by Ray McGrath will be published each week in the News and Star. Ray's most recent article was entitled " The Lightkeeper's Loop".

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Friday, 26 April 2019

April 2019 Calendar photo

Our April photo from our 2019 Calendar

Captain Carroll and his son David

This photo was taken in 1952 near the Dunmore East Light lighthouse. I was five years old.   (Probably watching a dinghy race or perhaps waiting for the Irish Lights tender to arrive?). Photographer was Fred Fennell who was a  well-known photographer who sadly went missing on a coast walk to Portally a year or two later..

My father was Captain Desmond Carroll, Harbour Master from 1947 - 1969. He succeeded Major Wilfred Lloyd who retired in 1947.  My father was from Dun Laoghaire and had gone to sea with Elder Dempster Line from Liverpool in 1920s. He later served in the Marine Service from 1939 to1946. (The Marine Service was the name for Irish Navy during that Emergency period). With the Marine Service he was involved in mine-laying of Waterford Harbour between Ballyhack and Passage during that time. He was brother to J.S. (Stan) Carroll, who was City Engineer in Waterford (late 1940s to 1970s) and who is buried in Killea cemetery.                                                           . 

I have lived since 1969 in Dublin and have maintained a lifelong interest in maritime matters, particularly those pertaining to Waterford Harbour and Dunmore East.

Andrew Doherty of “Waterford harbour tide & tales” (a weekly blog page each Friday) has invited myself on several occasions to contribute blogs. These have mainly been recollections about Dunmore East Harbour in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Tracking Thomas Francis Meagher Across Panama

A very attentive group gathered for the last of the Barony of Gaultier autumn/winter talks delivered by Ray McGrath entitled Tracking Thomas Francis Meagher Across Panama.

The talk too place on Wednesday April 17 in Woodlands Hotel, Wateford.

Rays talk explained that Thomas Francis Meagher was in Central America three times between 1858 and 1861. His third trip was to Panama on a mission which was American sponsored. He crossed the isthmus from the Pacific to the Atlantic on foot, by canoe and by mule.

 In 2018, Ray McGrath set out to find his route and walked part of it. Ray described his walk and what he has discovered about the nature of Meagher’s controversial involvement in Central America and his Panama mission.  A lively question and answer session followed.

A lively and attentive crowd
Society Chairman Michael Farrell welcomes everyone
Talks will resume in September, but stay tuned in and look out for forthcoming notices about our popular Summer walks schedule.

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