Talks & Walks

I’m delighted to be asked to do talks on the maritime heritage of the Waterford area.  I can also provide a walk of the area if this is what interests you. I can be contacted by mobile 086 396 8496 or email

Unfortunately due to Covid 19 – my normal activities had to stop, however, I did contribute to a large number of events online, including Booze Blaas and Banter, Bealtaine festival and Active Aging week via the Waterford County Library.  Many of these were added to my you tube channel.

Completed Events

Booze Blaas  & Banter – Lawless Lightermen (Date TBC)

Imagine Arts Festival – A talk titled “In the Great Westerns Wake” Date TBC

Heritage Week 2022 – 2 events.  A talk on the dredger Portlairge in Reginalds Tower in conjunction with the Office of Public Works  – Thursday Aug 18th.  Also a workshop on the Head Weirs of the Harbour with Tomás Sullivan and supported by Local Authorities Water Programme. Sunday 21st August.

Following the pilgrims footsteps – Walk for the Camino Society of Ireland, Saturday, July 23rd 2022

Mayday Mile – Walk for Dunmore East RNLI – May 22nd 2022

Heritage Week August 2021  – Jack Meades Heritage Ramble and blog features on significant heritage buildings on the site.

Mayday Mile walk event on behalf of Dunmore East RNLI – Sunday 30th May 2021

Culture Night, Friday 18th September 2020.  Hosted a one-hour of readings from my first book and some from the new book as part of culture night. Due to covid restrictions, we did this outside on the village green.  Focused on the fishing heritage of the community.

Heritage Week August 15th to 23rd 2020.  For the 15th year, my wife Deena and I contributed an event.  For this year we drew on the assistance of friends to do stories about the placenames along the three rivers, culminating on Water Heritage Day of a new webpage A-Z of Placenames of the Three Sisters

Parlour Vintage Tea rooms rebrand – Provided a 15min talk to this event in the old Harbour Commisioners office at the top of Gladstone St in the city on Saturday 4th July 2020. My talk linked the building to the development of the Commissioners

Bealtaine Festival May 2020  -I read four excerpts from my first book – Before the Tide Went Out which were published by the Waterford City & Co Library during the month-long festival.

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Talk to the Minaun Guild of the Irish Countrywomens Association.  The Captains Grave at Faithlegg.

Saturday 21st December 2019.

Winter Soltice Walk, departs Cross Roads Cheekpoint at 7.30 am to finish back for 9.30am at Ben Powers Shop.  Soltice viewing from Cromwells Rock, Minaun. For more details check out my facebook page or email

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Guided walk from Faithlegg House via the Minaun to Cheekpoint.  Dunhill Multi Education Tourisim Skills course participants. (Rescheduled to 2020 due to weather)

Friday 1st November.  Family walk

The Young family have asked me to show them around the Faithlegg estate as part of a family gathering at Faithlegg House Hotel.

Saturday October 26th – Sunday Miscellany

As part of the 2019 Imagine Festival and the Waterford Writers Weekend I have been chosen to do a reading of a short story called Steamboat.  This will be recorded by the Sunday Miscellany show of RTE Radio 1 fame at the Theatre Royal Waterford.  It will be broadcast on radio at a later stage.  Postscript:  The show was broadcast on Sunday 17th November.  Here is the subsequent Podcast for the show.  My story starts at 13 minutes in

August 24th & 25th.  National Heritage Week

To Celebrate National Heritage Week and Water Heritage day this year we partner with Local Authorites Water in Communities to bring a number of events to showcase the local maritime heritage including a celebration of local biodiversirty and nature with Paddy Dwan, a photo exhibition in the Reading Room, Cheekpoint and a seminar on Sunday 25th.  For more details click here.

Sat 10th August; Family history walk – Keough/Power/Walsh/Lynch family reunion

Guided walk including Faithlegg Graveyard, old school and the old family home focusing on the way of life for the family in the area in the late 19th, early 20th century.

June 8th Tide Line (To celebrate the firth year of the blog)

On June 8th 2019 I am organising an evening in the Reading Room, Cheekpoint to celebrate the four previous years of blogs (275 blog stories) by inviting a few friends, neighbours and contributors to share their favourite blog, a memory inspired by a blog, or something related to the story of the maritime heritage of the area.  I will do a short talk on the Portlairge, a story that will feature in my forthcoming new book Tales from the Aft Oar.  Audience participation hoped for! MC for the night will be my long time supporter James Doherty.

The night is supported by the Cheekpoint & Faithlegg Development Group

July 2019 Waterford Archaeological & Historical society summer walk.                 Theme – TBC possibly – Before the Tide Went Out; Cheekpoints fishing heritage


Dolman Active Retirement group

Tuesday 7th May 2019 (Holy Cross bar, Waterford)

This was an off the cuff talk with no slides or photos on a maritime heritage of Waterford theme.  I chose to deliver a talk on the Great Western which was well received, almost all the ladies had heard of the ship, some had sailed on her and as the talk dealt mainly with the social aspects of the ship, emigration, etc there was something for everyone in the audience.

Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed

Monday 18th Febuary 2019

Talk and slide show delivered to the men of the shed on the theme of the Passage East lighthouse known as the Spider Light, its purpose, design and its operation

Barony of Gaultier Historical Society 

Ardkeen library, Tuesday 11th December 2018

To launch the annual BGHS Calendar I will speak on a panel discussion of local history with a specific focus on maritime heritage, I’ve been asked to talk on the loss of the downeaster Alfred D Snow, lost in the harbour in January 1888

Dunhill Tourism and Smart Media

Friday 7th December 2018

A guided walk exploring the fishing heritage of Cheekpoint, with a specific focus on the social and cultural way of life and how this is still to be found in the landscape, built infrastructure and local place-names 

Cheekpoint and Faithlegg Active Retirement group
The Faithlegg Story. Faithlegg House and Estate. People, places and events 
Wednesday 5th December

Booze Blaa’s and Banter.
Jordans American Bar, Waterford Quays
Saturday 27th October 2018 commencing 9am

I plan to talk about Royal Navy press gang incidents in the harbour and city

Heres a blog I published to promote it.

On the day. Photo courtesy of James Doherty

New Ross Historical Society
New Ross Boat Club, Rosbercon.
Venue change 14/11/2018 St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, Main Hall, Michael St.
Thursday 15th November 8pm

I will do a talk on the Paddle Steamer service that operated between New Ross and Waterford 1937-1907 and the Duncannon to Waterford Service 1837-1917