The Toll Bridge, Trains & Shipping – Memories of the 1st World War and it’s impact on Waterford

“My Mothers father was Matthew Young and as far as I know he made his money in the goldfields and I don’t know if it was California or Alaska? But he made his money and came home and built his house in Ballytruckle….called it ‘Waterloo House’ …. My poor grandmother used to say Your poor Grandfather he only has two vices drinking and gambling sure he didn’t need any more.”  

– Bill Murphy talking about some of the colourful characters and business people from his ancestors

Film Notes

At the end of Bill’s memories of his family he speaks about the 1st World War and its impact on his mum as a young telegram girl and the families here. Over 1100 Waterford people died during the 1st World War and you can find out more information here : Overview of 1st World War and Waterford  –

The impact of the War on the women in Waterford:

Piece on the WW1 Memorial wall in Dungarvan:


About Waterford Cultural Quarter

Created and produced by Waterford Youth Arts in 2021 with support from Waterford Council Arts Office, Waterford Cultural Quarter and Creative Waterford. All Film and Audio by Keith Currams. Website by Thomas Fitzgerald. Producer and Interviewer Ollie Breslin. Special thanks to Michael O’Sullivan and all the members of Waterford History Group (Facebook) and to the National Library Ireland .

Cultural Quarter Films Sponsors

Cultural Quarter Films © 2021

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *