Tag Archives: Waterford

Nicknames Competition !

COMPETITION TIME AGAIN in partnership with WLR fm

We want to know your Power Clan nicknames and the stories behind why each branch of the clan was know as such.

There were so many Power families in Waterford and surrounding areas that they had to be differentiated by nicknames … and we’re sure there are some funny or unusual ones about.

For example, one of our committee member’s family is known as”The Mountain Powers” to distinguish them from the Power families who lived at the bottom of the mountain – “The Jeffs” !

So please leave your stories and nicknames in the comments and we’ll give 2 tickets to our Gardenmorris BBQ and Ceilí event on June 2nd to the winner !

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50th Anniversary of JFK visit

We’ve come across this very interesting site and think it’s worth a look – there are many of us in the south-east of Ireland with a close association with the Kennedy clan in and around New Ross.

This summer should see some great events commemorating the great man’s visit to New Ross in 1963, shortly before he was assassinated. Check out the site and events listings here.

 

Ned Power – Hurling Revolutionary

Ned Power (1929–2007) was a Munster and All-Ireland winning hurling goalkeeper with the famous Waterford team of the 1950s and 60s.  He also played for and coached with his local clubs Dungarvan and Tallow.

In retirement from hurling, Power maintained a keen interest in coaching. A teacher by profession in Scoil Mhuire in Tallow, his coaching methods saw his club win almost every available county title between 1966 and 1980.

Ned_Power_and_Christy_RingNed died on November 15, 2007 after a long illness. His son, journalist Conor Power, wrote a book on Ned Power’s life, launched in 2009.

Our image, opposite, shows Ned in action against Cork, with the great Christy Ring challenging for the ball.

Power Clan Gathering Launched !

The Power Clan Gathering 2013 event was launched in Waterford City last week by His Excellency, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Loyola Hearn.

Joining steering committee members, supporters and friends in the Granville Hotel, the Ambassador spoke of his affection for the area, the ties between Ireland and Canada and his excitement and enthusiasm for our event.  He  offered great advice and knowledge on how the steering committee could promote the event in Canada and beyond.  Earlier in the day, the Ambassador enjoyed a lunch at Harney’s of Dunhill following an interesting visit to Dunhill Castle – the ancestral home of all the Powers in Ireland and beyond.  He was also interviewed on local radio.

We would like to thank the Ambassador for his time and his enthusiasm and hope to see him and many of his fellow Newfoundlanders in Dunhill next summer.

Our photo shows Ambassador Hearn (left) at Dunhill Castle with Steering Committee Members Michael Power and Eamonn Murphy.

Dunbrody Famine Ship

While many of our Newfoundland Irish cousins may have emigrated to take advantage of new fishing and economic opportunities in Canada, many left too to escape the ravages of famine in Ireland.

The replica famine ship “The Dunbrody” now stands at permanent anchor at the town of New Ross, an important port of departure from south-east Ireland.  Through actors and interesting narrative, this exhibit takes us through this difficult and often desperate time in Irish history … visitors to New Ross, Waterford and Wexford should definitely make the ship a stop on their tour of the south-east. Dunbrody logo

See their website here (including the new Dunbrody Irish emigrant experience, database and interpretive museum).

Power Clan Gathering 2013 event launch !

Today we warmly welcome the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Loyola Hearne, to Waterford for the official launch of the Power Clan Gathering (Friday 7th December).

Coverage of the event will be published later on this site – although we’ve been working hard the past month or so, today is the real starting point for our exciting 2013 event !

The Place-Names of Decies

The Place-Names of Decies (Waterford) was a publication by the famous Canon Patrick Power published in 1952.  It goes into great detail about every parish and placename in the county of Waterford and is an invaluable resource for those wishing to further their family history in the area.

The full document can be found on Waterford County Council’s website, here.

The Irish in Newfoundland

Check out this interesting series of videos from a program called “An Bothrín Glas” – the Green Road – which features Irish descendants in Newfoundland, Canada – such similarities to the south-east of Ireland – it’s amazing.  Any Powers out there in Newfoundland ?  Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.