Wednesday, August 07, 2019

TRAMORE is experiencing a strong revival of her social history and, in turn, younger generations are being gifted an opportunity to glimpse life in Tramore as it once was. Similarly, families who were very active throughout the decades will find this experience a pleasant reminder of their family’s role in the community and their contributions to a developing Tramore.

In early July, Waterford Youth Arts launched their social documentary ‘Tramore Tales’, which was the result of many interviews and conversations with Tramore residents and business people. In early May, Dr Maxine Keoghan launched her book ‘Tramore of Our Times – Aspects of Twentieth Century Social History’. Both of these endeavours were the product of keen research and a love for Tramore and it suggests a rebirth of the historical respect for Tramore’s social history, which has always been supported in the community – from Andy Taylor’s beautiful collection of books to Jack O’Donoghue’s fond recollection of the Tramore train.

A new website has just launched to complement Dr Maxine Keoghan’s book and it is a real treat for those who are interested in the emerging social history in Ireland. Interviews were held with over 40 people during a five-year period with the result being a carefully crafted account of Tramore from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Emerging from the social history is a myriad of characters; the supporting shoulders of Tramore, from Gerard Stubbs, Lodges Grocery and Hardware, Nora Cowman and the Mackey family. Ebbing from their stories are the stories of others, the political backdrop to the lives of some residents and the tragedy of the Seahorse, whose loss and voice still reverberates today. The website to access much of this information is and the book can also be purchased from the site.

Tramore is trailblazing in terms of awareness and celebration of social history; all of these wonderful and admirable achievements serve to highlight that the people of Tramore have stories worth hearing, long after their deaths they are still a supporting stronghold of our community. It is this that ensures Victorian Tramore and Modern Tramore are not two separate entities but that they merge to become a Tramore of Our Times.

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By Dymphna Nugent
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