from 5pm Wednesday 15th May 2019 Outside Betty’s Shop
To provide seating for a new linear walkway in Slieverue, Michelle Browne measured a cross-section of the population from knee to foot. Participants aged from 0 to 95+ gathered outside Betty’s Shop on the main street. These measurements will work towards a series of bespoke varied height benches. The walkway is inspired by Slieverue local John Donovan – an important figure in mapping Ireland for the Ordnance Survey in the 1800s.
16th July 2018 beside Betty’s Shop
15th June 2018 Slieverue National School, 19th June 2018 Ringville National School and 18th June 2018 Jonah Special School, 132 students participated.
Just 4 kilometres from Waterford City, and a similar distance from Belview Port, Slieverue is a small village laid out on a linear street plan. It was by-passed in the 1980s by the N25 Waterford-New Ross road, and today the majority of its residents commute to either Waterford or New Ross to work. Despite their close geographical connection, Slieverue has a strong local identity and there was fierce resistance in the area to recent proposals that would have seen the Waterford city boundary extended to take in part of Co. Kilkenny, including Slieverue. In the early-mid twentieth century, Slieverue was famous for its platform dances. These were crossroads dances, for which a wooden
platform was built as a dancefloor. There were four or five regular dances in the locality, of which the Skew Bridge platform was one of the best known. Slieverue was the birthplace of John O’Donovan (1809-1861) the Irish scholar known for his work with the first Ordnance Survey of Ireland – particularly on placenames research – and who translated the ancient text Annals of the Four Masters into English. In his memory a conference on local history Éigse Sliabh Rua – now a week-long festival of local history, music, poetry, outings, talks, storytelling and culture – is held in November each year. It has been running for over thirty years.