Siege of Waterford commemoration ceremonies to take place

Ceremonies for the centenary of the Siege of Waterford and the National Day of Commemoration will be taking place over the next two weeks.

The Siege of Waterford in July 1922 was a significant moment during the Civil War.

Mount Misery, Gyles Quay, The Granville Hotel, Reginald's Tower, The Munster Express Office, and the site of the old Gaol were all key locations involved in the war. The buildings were to be demolished by Anti-Treaty forces.

The first ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 10th in Cathedral Square to celebrate the National Day of Commemoration.


The Defence Forces, local Oireachtas members, and religious representatives will be present.

The Siege of Waterford will be commemorated on Saturday, July 16th through historical talks, guided walks, a documentary and a live tweet of the sequence of action that took place over the centenary of the siege.

Local historian, James Doherty, made the documentary that features a range of interviews using archived images. It will be available to view on YouTube from July 16th.

The programme for Saturday begins at 2pm with a welcome speech from Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr John O'Leary.


It will be followed by the commemoration, a talk from historian Dr Pat McCarthy, an interview between Ivan and George Lennon, and finally a tour of the Siege locations led by James Doherty.

The event is ticketed and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

The commemoration is hosted by Waterford City and County Council Commemoration Committee as part of an ongoing programme marking the Decade of Centenaries.

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