Waterford Archaeological & Historical
The Old Waterford Society
Origins of the Historical Society
The Society was founded over 50 years ago, when a number of Winter Lectures
and Summer outings were organised by the nucleus of original members. Three
to members were published for members only in January 1957. They were :
The title of this publication was 'Tuairisc ar Shean Phortláirge'
'The Old Waterford Record'.
The Pilot issue of Decies was published in Jan. 1976 -- this was
a modest effort
consisting of 10 pages, typed, duplicated and stapled together by volunteer
In subsequent years the size increased but the production system continued
for a number of years.
Eventually a printed and bound volume was produced with the help of the
Genealogy Centre and the printing department of the Waterford Regional College.
In 1994 it
was decided to have Decies professionally published. Initially the format
was A4 but was
replaced by A5 in 1995 for the 'Famine Edition' (No.51). The attractive
original watercolour paintings by Fergus Dillon was adopted in 1999.
A number of well-known personalities in the field of History and Archaeology
Honorary Editors over the years. These included J S Carroll, late Waterford
Des Cowman, Julian Walton, Peter Powell, Greg Fewer and currently John M.
men, assisted by an able editorial committee, have contributed enormously
to the success
of the Magazine.
In recent times the production of Decies has been assisted by
a generous subvention from
Waterford City Council and more recently also from Waterford County Council.
this financial help the Journal would simply not survive.
The Society is privileged to have the use of Waterford's splendid City
Hall for the Winter Lecture Series.
The Annual Subscription is 25 Euro. This fee entitles the member to admission
to 6 Winter Lectures, 4 Summer Outings
and a copy of the Decies publication. Membership enquiries may be
sent to the above address
or to the following email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Some recent publications by members add to the corpus of works about
Waterford and its environs : they include :
Patrick Grogan PRO WAHS.