Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for Zeniths


Photo: Bet I Can Get 5000 People That Love Dungarvan
"Z"  The last post in the A-Z Challenge.
I made it. I made it to the end. And I am celebrating with views of Dungarvan. 

Photo: Bet I Can Get 5000 People That Love Dungarvan
Dungarvan Bay sheltered by the Comeragh Mountains. The oyster beds are visible with the tide out.  

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Photo: John Foley Images
A view of the Cunningar with Ballinacourty Lighthouse in the background.

Photo: Bet I Can Get 5000 People That Love Dungarvan
Photo: Bet I Can Get 5000 People That Love Dungarvan
 Dungarvan nestled at the foot of the Comeragh Mountians as you approach the town from the south on the Cork Road.

I hope you have enjoyed the sites of Dungarvan and Abbeyside as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. 

And so goodnight.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for Yachts

For the Letter "Y" I give you photos of an assortment of the beautiful Yachts in Dungarvan Bay. Yes I am taking the easy way out. 

Photo: Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New

Photo: Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New

Photo: Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New

Photo: Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New

Photo: Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New

Photo: Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New

There you have it. Yachts galore!

Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for Xmas 1895

The Moresby Buoy

Photo: Donal Power
The Moresby was built at Whitehaven, Cumberland in 1882 She carried two lifeboats, a cutter, and a gig. On 21st December 1895 the Moresby left Cardiff, with a cargo of coal bound for South America and a crew of 23 including the Captain, Caleb Francis Coomber, the captain’s wife Edith Isabella and their 2 year old daughter Ivy.

Photo: Waterford Co. Museum
On December 23rd the ship ran into rough weather. At about 1p.m. the Moresby followed the schooner, the Mary Sinclair into Dungarvan bay. The Mary Sinclair was also in difficulty at this point. The keeper of Ballinacourty lighthouse saw that both ships were in distress and headed for shore at Clonea beach.

Photo: John Foley Images
The Mary Sinclair ran aground on the beach but the Moresby changed course. It steered towards the lighthouse and set anchor, about ¾ of a mile from the lighthouse. The Ballinacourty Lifeboat set out for the ship but the crew decided to stay with the ship. During the night the weather deteriorated and the Moresby sent out distress signals.

Photo: Waterford Co. Museum
About 4.30 a.m., the anchor broke and the ship went on its side. The captain, his wife and child, along with eleven crew members had to climb on the mizzen rigging. By 11a.m. the masts had dropped closer to the water. The crew saw no sign of a lifeboat coming to their rescue and decided to swim for shore. The Captain put his daughter on his back and jumped into the sea, followed his wife. But an ebb tide pulled them away from the coast.

Photo: Waterford Co. Museum
The Ballinacourty lifeboat, manned by a volunteer crew from Dungarvan, set out to rescue the crew, most of whom were in the sea.

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The bodies of the captain, his wife and daughter were washed ashore. All three are buried together in the one grave. The Moresby was wrecked in Dungarvan Harbour on Christmas Eve 1895. Twenty out of the twenty five aboard were drowned.

Photo: Waterford Co. Museum
In 1899 a wigham light buoy was placed at the site of the wreck. This buoy marked the wreck until 20th December, 1906. It was beached for some years and in 1930 the lamp was reconditioned and the buoy was put back on site, until August 1954 when it broke its moorings in a gale, and was brought in to the Causeway.

Photo by me
The restored bouy sits on the Causeway which joins Dungarvan and Abbeyside as a memorial to those who died aboard the Moresby and  as a tribute to the gallant men, who manned the lifeboat, one of whom lost his life. 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for Walton Causeway Park

Walton Causeway Park

Photo of Ernest Walton: Wikipedia
The park is named after the eminent Physicist and Noble Laureate, Ernest Walton. He became the first and only Irish Scientist to be awarded a Noble Laureate in 1951. All other Irish Noble Laureates have been awarded for literature and peace. Ernest Walton was recognised along with John Cockcroft  for "Splitting the Atom."

Photo: Eddie Cantwell
Walton was born in Abbeyside, Dungarvan on October 6, 1903. His family moved from Abbeyside to Co. Tyrone when he was nine years of age. He was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin.

Photo: Eddie Cantwell
In November 1989 Ernest Walton attended a civic reception given in his honour. He unveiled the plaque at the dedication of the Park. Ernest Walton seen here in the centre of the photo.

Photo: Waterford Co. Museum
Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton died, June 25, 1995.

Photo: Eddie Cantwell
Walton Causeway Park at the foot of  the Comeragh Mountains is  park for all ages. The perfect spot for family walks and picnics.

Photo: Colette's Deise Views
Walton Park is as stunning at night, with its sparkling lights, as it is during the day. Yet another beauty spot in the Abbeyside/Dungarvan area.

Photo: The Interlude

Thursday, April 24, 2014

V is for Villian

Villain or Hero 

William Crotty, Highwayman

Photo: Rathgormack Homepage
William Crotty, villain, hero, legend, highwayman, rapparee it depends on what side of the fence you sit. William Crotty led a gang of highwaymen robbing from the rich to give to the poor. He won the hearts of Co. Waterford’s people with his generosity, the Robin Hood of the Comeragh Mountians.

Photo of Comeragh Mountains: Colette's Deise Views
To the upper classes he robbed, William Crotty was an outlaw, a renegade. To the British army he was a villain and a blood thirsty murderer, who said of him, “the devil wouldn’t pick his bones.”

Photo of Comeragh Mountains; Bet I Can Get 5000 People That Love Dugnarvan
Crotty’s hideout was said to be in the craggy pinnacle over looking the lake. To reach the hideout a rope had to be thrown over the cliff. Knowing the crags and caves of the Comeragh Mountains, Crotty led his pursuers a merry dance. He threw the Redcoats off his trail with a number of tricks, shoeing his horse backwards being one of them.
Photo of Crotty's Pinnacle: Rathgormack Homepage
The British frustrated with his wiliness put a large bounty on his head and resorted to offering bribes to gain information of the location of his hideout. According to the legend, in February 1742, Crotty’s long time friend and companion, David Norris pulled a Judas and accepted the bribe money. Norris met Crotty at the cave. He waited until Crotty fell asleep and wet Crotty’s gunpowder and stole his dagger. The British arrested Crotty on February 16, 1742.

Photo of Crotty's Lake: Rathgormack Homepage
In March 1742, Crotty was tried and found guilty. He was hung and quartered. His decapitated head was spiked and fixed over the gateway of the jail as a warning.

And yet legend lives on. Crotty’s buried treasure was never found. It is said that he hid it under a rock in the mountains. To this day, local people still speculate on the whereabouts of Crotty’s hidden treasure.

Crotty’s wife composed a “Caoine” (mournful song) at his wake. After Crotty’s execution, his wife, hunted by the British threw herself and her child off the top of Crotty’s cliff.

Caoine For William Crotty

William Crotty I often told you
That David Norris would come 'round you.
In your bed where you lay sleeping,
And leave me here in sorrow weeping.
Ochone, ochone, ochone, oh.

He wet your powder, he stole your arms,
And left you helpless in the midst of alarms.
My bitter curse on him and his,
That brought you to and end like this.
Ochone, ochone, ochone, oh.

Oh the judge but he was cruel,
Refusing a long day to my jewel.
Sure I thought that would be maybe
See the face of your poor baby.

But tempers gold and traitors greedy,
Have left the poor and lowly needy.
'Twas you that heard the widow sighing,
'Twas you that heard the orphan crying.

Strong brave and true and kind to women,
Yet fierce and dread to Saxon foeman.
As thou tonight in gaol you're sleeping,
And oh I'm left in sorrow weeping
Ochone, ochone, ochone, oh.

O'er Coumshingaun the dark clouds gather,
You'll sleep no more among the heather.
Through the Comeraghs hills the night winds are sighing,
Where oft you sent the Redcoats flying
Ochone, ochone, ochone, oh.

Ahearn's gold bought Norris over,
That night the Redcoats round your cover.
May heaven's vengeance o'er them gather,
My baby ne'er shall see its father
Ochone, ochone, ochone, oh.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

U is for Unwind

Unwinding in Dungarvan

In Dungarvan you are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining.  So I will only show you a few of my favorite haunts.

Photo: Dylan Walsh, Bet I Can Get 5000 People That Love Dungarvan
As you stroll along the Quay there is the Indian Ocean, with the best Tandoori Prawns.

Photo: The Indian Ocean
And the Interlude, which I mentioned in my "Q for Quay" post. The Interlude is owned and run by local chef, Susan Denn. 

Photo: The Interlude
And the Moorings which featured in the "T for Tribes" post.

Photo: The Moorings/Dungarvan Photo Album Old and New
Now you may think that is all my town has to offer but y0u are soooooo wrong. Dungarvan boasts Tannery on Quay Street. This fine dining restuarnt was voted Ireland's Best Restaurant in 2013 The Tannery is owned and run by Paul Flynn, one of Ireland's foremost chefs and his wife Maire.

Photo: The Tannery
Crews is a Steak and Seafood Restuarant located just around the corner from The Tannery on Church Street in a building that dates back to the 16th Century. Crews is owned and run the Horsom sisters,  Róisín and Jane. Both top class professionally trained chefs.

Photo: Crews
There's is Merry's Bar and Restaurant across the road from The Tannery and Crews for more casual dining. History of Merry's Wine Merchants can be found on post for the "Letter O",

Photo: Merry's
Moving up Main Street towards the square, you will come across Jitterbeans. A great place to buy lunch on the run. 

Photo: Jitterbeans
Round the corner onto the Square and you will find Ormond's Cafe.  A perfect stop for tea and a scone, or if you are feeling indulgent a slice of tart.

Photo: Ormond's Cafe
Also located on the Square is one of my favorite lunch spots, The Local.
The Local is owned and run by Donnchadh and Helena Gough.  Irish Traditional Music is Donnchadh's forté. Donnchadh, one of the founding members of he band Danú, plays both the uileann pipes and bodhrán. And the food locally sourced is Great too!

Photo: The Local
For family dining you can't bet "The Shamrock" on O'Connell Street. Owned and run by Una and John O'Riordan.  Where you get a great Irish Breakfast, lunch and dinner at a very reasonable price. 

Photo: The Shamrock
So there you are now. I hope you enjoyed my walking tour, stopping at a few of my favourite eateries in Dungarvan.