Whenever we go to Waterford it’s always to visit family, never really to visit the place. So yesterday that’s what we did.
On International Women’s Day, March 8th, I spotted a post within a group on Facebook that said:
“International Women’s Day exhibition at City Library, Lady lane. Opening today featuring unveiling of Blue Plaque to Rosamond Jacob, Tapestry by Waterford Women’s Centre and profiles of more than 120 forgotten Waterford Women”
Now, I had recently been reading about Rosamond Jacob, an Irish Suffragist, a Republican and an activist to her last day – she had been born in Waterford in 1888 and moved to Dublin in 1920 (She was also a Diarist – a wonderful insight to history) So the above post definitely tickled my fancy!
Saturday dawned and off we went via Bus & Luas to Heuston Station and off on the train we went to Waterford.
When we arrived down the library was closing for lunch so we went off to the Medieval Museum and then to the Bishop’s Palace Wow! It’s amazing that when you think you know something, even just a bit of something, then all of a sudden you realise you don’t even know the half of it. Sometimes the realisation that there is some much more out there – it really is a mind blower!
After wandering around those two museums and realising we’re really going to have to make more time for them, we headed back to the library. As we were wandering slowly along the ladies, himself called me to a particular sheet:
I couldn’t believe my eyes! Their brother William was my great-grandfather. Yes we know their story but to see if acknowledge,d here in a library, by others, well, it’s heart-lifting! These stories get lost as generations come and go – even within families – so it was truly wonderful to see them here. It has also given me that little bit more impetuous to get the stories before they (the stories) are gone.
So yes – this was definitely a day that has made me smile (even if we didn’t get to the blue plaque)
Waterford County Museum: http://www.waterfordmuseum.ie/exhibit/web
Waterford Library: http://www.waterfordcountylibrary.ie
Glimpse app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glimpse-capture-video-moments/id969793701?mt=8