Sunday, February 7, 2016

Portlaw People - 135 years ago!

From a Portlaw & Fiddown section
in an 1881 Directory:

Ardagh, Mr. Robert, Pouldrew.
Bessborough, The Earl of, Bessborough.
Blackett, Mr. John,, Belline.
Ferguson. Rev. David, Portlaw.
Forde, Rev. George H., Portlaw.
Gough, Rev. - , Portlaw.
Hamilton, Captain William, Fiddown.
James, Mr. John, Suir view, Portlaw.
Malcomson, Mrs. F., Clodagh.
Malcomson, George P. Esq., Woodlock.
Malcomson, Wm. Esq., Milfod House.
Medlycott, John Thomas Esq. J.P., Rockett Castle.
Morley, Cornelius Esq. J.P., Springfield House.
Neville, Captain -, Springfield.
Neville, Rev. Richard B., Coolfin House, Portlaw.
Walsh, Mr. John, Fanningstown.
Waterford, the Most Noble the Marquis of, Curraghmore.

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Further excerpts from this directory will follow later!

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Today at 2.04 pm, Feb. 6th, 2016,
the number of pageviews at this site exceeded 123,456!

Viewers to date came from 107 countries!


A series of four images from 'ancient' Portlaw

Detail from a Portlaw engraving of 1869, kindly donated by a local lady,
who does not wish to be named.
Guess location! 
Three further images to follow. Keep watching THIS space. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

An tEarrach agus Lá 'le Bríde

Anois teacht an earraigh,
Beidh an lá ag dul chun sineadh,
Is tar éis na féil Bríde
Ardóidh mé mo sheol.

Now coming of the spring,
The day will be lengthening,
And after St. Bridget’s Day,
I shall raise my sail.

(as “Cill Aodáin” le Antoine Ó Reachtabhra [Raftery ‘an File’] 1779-1835)

Camellias photographed today, St. Bridget's/Brighid's Day, February 1st 2016, in a Portlaw garden. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

THANK YOU, Diarmuid!

                                                                                                                                                                         A special "Thank You" to Diarmuid Connolly in the USA, who sent us a nice complimentary email yesterday re the images on this website. It's not often we get such, despite the fact that the number of pageviews to date is over 120,000 from viewers in 107 countries. Neither is the facility to put your comments directly on the site used much.

Diarmuid, then a young boy from Waterford city, emigrated to the USA over 25 years ago. He says he was quite pleased to see pictures of an aunt and uncle and others from Portlaw featured on this Blog! It so happened that I lived quite near the family at that time!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Rare January Day 2016

Despite the rain, flooding, strong winds and some frost in early January, some days were quite sunny and mild, as on January 8th, as can be seen in this idyllic landscape from Curraghmore.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 2016 Rose

A Portlaw Rose photographed in own garden yesterday, January 8th, 2016.
It must have been a 'terrible' year when Thomas Moore wrote
"The Last Rose of Summer"!
Quite a few other red and yellow roses in bloom, as they usually are at this time of year.