October 26th is History and Heritage day at the Imagine Arts Festival which runs from October 17th to the 27th.

Booze, Blaa’s n Banter
Booze, Blaa’s ‘n’ Banter

‘Booze, Blaa’s & Banter’
Venue: Jordan’s American Bar, The Viking Triangle, Waterford: 09:00am (finishes at 12 noon) – Free Event

History and Heritage Day will start again this year with the Waterford Council of Trade Unions, Booze, Blaa’s n Banter homage to Jordan’s early house dockside tavern and to all those who lived, worked and played along the majestic river Suir and Waterford’s coast. Starting at 9am this morning of short local history talks, music, poetry, slow pints,blaa’s and craic. The line up includes: ‘ A soldier of Liberty ‘ a reading by Tina O’Connor from her father Peter’s moving memoir of his time fighting the fascists in Spain in 1936. ‘ Remembering the Foley’s of Ferrybank ‘ a tribute to Donal Foley, journalist, and renowned author of ‘Three Villages’ and the ‘Man bites Dog’ series of books. A special event to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Lockout and Larkins role in organising local dockers. A piece on the Mineworkers of Bunmahon and Dermot Power will present a piece on the ‘Gasworks Soviet’ from the early 1920_s. Sonny Condon will ask ‘ Who Sunk the Mud Boat?, ‘ Lifelong deep sea Deise sailor John Molloy will continue his tales of ‘Rum, Bum and Baccy ‘, Frieda Ryan will say ‘ Farewell to the Brewery?’ and many many more over 3 hours in Jordan’s bar.
Music will be provided by Cathy Desmond (fiddle) Tom Mullane, Liam Merriman, Michael ‘Dykesie’ Walsh on guitar and vocals plus many other local musicians and singers. Proceedings will be MC’d by Ciaran Murphy. Blaa’s are supplied by M & D Walsh master bakers and fillings by Jack Molloy’s craft butchers.
Sponsored by Waterford Council of Trade Unions.
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DC Boyd
DC Boyd

D.C. Boyd & the Waterford Standard – a talk by Dr. Anthony Keating
Venue: Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Greyfriars Street, Viking Triangle, Waterford: 14.00 – Free Event

Dr Anthony Keating is a senior lecturer in social sciences at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, UK. A graduate of London, Oxford, Leeds and Dublin City University he is a former Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences during which time he researched sexual crime in Ireland: Its nature, extent and reporting, under the mentorship of Professor John Horgan. He has published widely on issues relating to vulnerable children and sexual crime in Ireland and has a particular interest in the Free State period. He is currently preparing a biography of D.C. Boyd and an article on Boyd and the Waterford standard is forthcoming in Decies.
David Culbert Boyd was the editor proprietor of the now closed Waterford Standard newspaper. However, at first glance it would seem unlikely that there was anything to distinguish the Waterford Standard or its editor from the hundreds of other local newspapers being published in Ireland in the 20th century. Indeed the historical record until recently bore scant or any reference to the newspaper or Boyd. First impressions, however, as is so often the case, belie a history that places the Waterford Standard and its editor at the centre of the history of Irish censorship and the struggle for Irish journalistic freedom in the first decades of the State’s formation.
Dr. Keating’s work has been published in, journals, magazines, newspapers, anthologies and websites in Ireland, Britain and America. Including: Rialto, Poetry Ireland Review, Black Mountain Review, The SHOp, Stinging Fly, HQ, Icarus, The Sunday Tribune, The Edgeworth Papers, Welsh Poetry Competition: The First Five Years, Magicwrite, Irish Independent, Concrete wolf, Female First Magazine, The Judas Goat, Kanturk Arts Festival, Post -Poetry Magazine, Prose on a Bed of Rhyme, Mallow Star, Bridgewater Hall, The Delinquent.
He is a former Hennessey, New Irish Writing, finalist and a winner of the Edgeworth International Festival Prize, The South County Dublin Prize, and the Bridgewater Hall Poetry and Music Prize 2012 judged by Louis de Bernières. He was the 2011 invited poet at the Kanturk Arts Festival and have been invited to read at Dublin Central Library, Dublin City University and a Stinging Fly event at the Joyce Centre Dublin. He has just completed an MA in Creative Writing, studying with the poet Robert Sheppard at Edge Hill University.
Sponsored by South East Branch of NUJ Dr. Anthony Keating will give a talk on D.C.Boyd and the Waterford Standard.

Billberry - Poole
Billberry, Waterford by A.H. Poole

The A.H. Poole Photo Project – A Talk and a Walk 
Venue: Granville Hotel, The Quays, Waterford – 15.00 (Talk), 16.00 (Walk) – Free Event
The A.H. Poole collection in National Library – a talk by Margaret O’Brien Moran, photographer followed by a viewing of Poole pictures in-situ around the City by James Doherty.

Professional photographer Margaret O’Brien Moran from Tramore has carried out an extensive research project on the A.H. Poole Collection at the National Library and she will give an illustrated talk in the Granville Hotel. This collection contains 65,000 glass plates from the Waterford studios of A.H. Poole who operated as commercial photographers from 1884 to 1954.
Following the talk at 16.00 James Doherty will lead a walk around the city to view and speak about the Poole collection which being exhibited in City Shop Windows.

Mining at the Bonmahon Mines in the early 1900s
Mining at the Bonmahon Mines in the early 1900s

Bunmahon Mines, Video and Talk by Tina Keating
Venue: Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Greyfriars Street, Viking Triangle, Waterford: 17.00 – Free Event.
Tina Keating will present a short introductory talk on the 19th. Century Copper Mining Industry of Bunmahon prior to the screening of the mining heritage film and shorts. The films celebrate the people of the Copper Coast who worked in the Bunmahon mines and at the surface works during the 1800s. The Bunmahon copper mines worked between 1825 and 1879 were the largest in Europe and the industry at its height employed close on 1200 workers. When the mines closed, towards the end of the century many of the miners emigrated to Butte Montana in the US.

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