RTE’s Nationwide Programme recently visited Dungarvan to find out all about the upcoming Dungarvan 800 Celebrations. This show along with 500 hour of other Irish TV is now available on RTE Player International.Dungarvan has had a colorful past. Once home, 40,000 years ago to wooly mammoths, Dungarvan is the only place in Ireland where Mammoth bones have been found and excavated. Stone age settlements have also being found here, and the name Dungravan is taken from Saint Garbhan (Garbhan’s Fort) who founded a church there in the seventh century.

Oliver Cromwell invaded the town in 1649. Legend has it, the town was spared only after a local woman offered him a goblet of wine to celebrate his victorious entry through the city gates. The Market House was the location for the hanging of the 1798 rebel leaders, and their heads were displayed on pikes by the castle tower. The fifth and sixth Dukes of Devonshire re-planned the town in the nineteenth century.

Mary Kennedy spoke to chef Paul Flynn about growing up in Dungarvan and she visited his famous Tannery Restaurant. Jim Shine talked to Mary about the history of the town and the granting of the Charter by King John in 1215. The programme, also visited Abbeyside and the site of the original Augustinian Abbey where Prior Fr. Tony Egan outlined the History of the Augustinians in the town.

Austin Flynn from Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club spoke to Mary Kennedy about the Sailing Clubs plans to bring ‘King John’ to Dungarvan in a flotilla of boats while Jenny Beresford from Dungarvan’s Chamber of Commerce spoke about the thriving businesses in the town. Rose Ryall from Waterford County Council outlined all the events planned for the upcoming Festival.

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RTE’s “Nationwide” focuses on Dugarvan 800 celebrations in Waterford. Available on RTE Player International.RTE