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Social History

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Barrack Street (2013)
A Film by WYA  exploring the social history of Barrack Street, one of the City’s most historical streets, and includes interviews with historians Dermot Power, Jack O'Neill and Eddie Wymberry. The film also incudes footage with customers in Norris's Bar, Hannigans Hairdresserrs and well known local business people like John Thompson and Bobby Phelan and  ex-GAA president Pat Fanning. 

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Down The Town Part 1 (2015)
A documentary film that explores the history of inner city Waterford through local historians and the people who worked, lived and played there. In this film which is broken into two parts we meet butchers, cardplayers, cobblers, fishmongers, dockers, cinemagoers, stories of tenements, messenger boys, scouting for boys, theatregoers and many more

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We're All Saints Out Here (2016)

A documentary series on the Social History of Waterford by Waterford Youth Arts – this film is about St. Johns Park – Waterford’s first major housing estate. This film was funded through support from Waterford Arts Office.

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BallyBricken (2014)
This documentary was commissioned by Waterford City Arts Office and is the second in a series which looks at the people, history and stories from various famous streets and landmarks around Waterford. The film is made by documentary maker Mark Power for Waterford Youth Arts.

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Down The Town Part 2 (2015)
The second part of the film Down the Town “Exporting cattle, robbing apples, asking
a girl to dance at the Olympia, playing thirties, repairing shoes, selling fish, foreign
holidays, Tramore train, Tops of the Town, the little parish, the Manor School,
working in England, going to the Coll., the Lido Cafe, pigs toes, chocolate crumb,
short back and sides, the Penny Bank, and the town where everyone had their own
song”

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Grattan Square, Dungarvan (2017)
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A documentary series on the Social History of Waterford by Waterford Youth Arts – this film is about Dungarvan and includes stories from Ring and the Comeraghs etc. This project was funded through Waterford Council Arts Dept.

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Eigse Sliabh Rua / Eigse Slieverue (2017)  

A social history film commissioned by Eigse Sliabh Rua Committee celebrating 40 years 1978 – 2017 and made by Waterford Youth Arts. This film looks at this area of South Kilkenny.

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​         Cultural Quarter Films (2021) 
Cultural Quarter Films are a series of short videos and stories that celebrates the rich heritage of O’Connell Street and its surrounding areas.17 short videos on different aspects and stories from the Cultural Quarter : Singer Sinead O’Connor and T & H Doolans bar, St. Patrick’s the parish that no longer exists, Jacobs Biscuits, The Quakers, Murphy Engineering, O’Connell Street, Waterford newspapers, Bells Shop and chemist, Strangmans, Olympic champion Peter O’Connor, John Moore 1st president of Ireland, 1st World War, Tenements and poverty, Whites Shipping, Bridge Street, Sack and Bag Comapny and singer Willy Watt and much more

Tramore Tales (2018)

A documentary series on the Social History of Waterford by Waterford Youth Arts – this film is about Tramore and the surrounding areas including Fenor and Copper Coast.
This film was funded through support from Waterford Arts Office

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Broken Glass  (2023) 

Broken Glass (2023) Broken Glass is a social history documentary film on the workers and craftsmen that helped to make one of the most successful brands in the world. At its height Waterford Glass employed 3,500 people in their plants in Waterford and Dungarvan and generations of local people worked there over its 50 years of production. This film pays tribute to the workers and gives small insights into the various stages of its development. 

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               Cultural Quarter Films (2024)

Here is the second part of the short film pieces called 'Cultural Quarter Films' 

in this instalment we cover all sorts of topics but also personalities from Irish music legends the Flanagan Brothers who hailed from Summerhill terrace, Spanish Civil War hero Mossie Quinlan, US Civil War hero Thomas Francis Meagher to one of Ireland's first professional female photographer Annie Brophy. We look at various industries from 
Power Seeds and the Docks and the shops. We also meet the local pubs, the abattoirs and the local hotel that helped the Irish cause in 1916 (The Metropole). We look at the cultural side 
including music venues, cinemas,  and also two churches St. Thomas Church and the Dominican and of course a lot of local people from the area who worked and played in the community.For some of these short pieces we included earlier footage shot for Down the Town film made in 2015.

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