Friday, September 24, 2010


Just a reminder that The Cappoquin Collection, a series of 10 postcards, are on sale at The Credit Union, The Post Office and Veale's Market House. Our thanks to Arthur Maderson, Helen McGrath, Mary McGrath, Thames & Hudson Ltd., The Lawrence Collection, The National Library of Ireland for the use of their images for this collection.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Heritage Notes - 24 September 2010

This Week’s Picture

Michael Deegan has supplied this week’s picture from his base in England. Mike is a nephew of Nell Daly’s in Barrack Street, and tells us that his uncle John Daly is second from the right in the front row here. The picture comes from the 1950s and appears to contain more than a few well known local personalities. Hopefully one or two of them will be able to give us more details about the image once they see it here.

Dr Gabriel O’Connell Redmond

We anticipate a visit in the coming weeks from a descendant of Dr Gabriel O’Connell Redmond. This man was the medical officer in Cappoquin for over thirty years before he retired in 1914 and was replaced by Dr William White. He was a descendant of Daniel O’Connell’s and was also a noted historian, along with being the town’s columnist with the Waterford News for most of his time here. If anyone has more information about Dr O’Connell Redmond, or indeed a photograph of him, any Heritage Group member would be delighted to hear from you.

Community and Voluntary Awards

In case any local groups have not been nominated, or have not self-nominated, for this year’s Community and Voluntary Awards, the good news is that the closing date for applications has been extended to Friday next, September 24th. Forms are available from the community forum link on the Council’s website,, and can be submitted online or in hard copy to Muriel Tobin at the Council offices.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heritage Notes - 17 September 2010

Just by way of a reminder that the United Nations exhibition continues at the library for a few weeks more, this week we include another picture from the display. One of the important activities beside military duties which Irish troops engaged in during the Congo crisis in the 1960s was that of protecting the youth from the conflict. Organising boy scout brigades and marching bands were some of the additional duties which Sergeant Tom Hackett from Mill Street, Cappoquin took on, with Tom pictured here at the rear among some of his young recruits in 1963. Photograph courtesy of Mrs Maureen Hackett.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Portlaw Fair in the Square

The Portlaw Heritage Centre and friends are delighted to announce that the annual 'Fair in the Square will once again take place this year on Sunday, September 12th from 2-5pm (weather permitting). It promises to be a fun filled day with live music and many fun filled activities and stalls ongoing throughout the day. This year, the sideshows will include crazy golf, golf putting, bouncy castle, fancy dress, dog show, face painting and many more. The organising committee invite thouse interested in setting up a stall to come forward at a minimal cost of just €10 for the day. Proceeds raised on the day will be donated to The Martin Hospital, a very worthwhile cause, so your support would be very much appreciated. Go along, there will be plenty of craic.

This is an event that is run each under the auspices of the Portlaw Heritage Centre and proceeds go to different local charities each year. The Centre will be open to visitors as well.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Heritage Notes - 10 September 2010

This week’s picture

This week’s picture comes from Teresa and Gerry Moore of Shanbally. It shows a group scene outside Collender’s public house in Main Street, now Danny and Nora’s Central Bar. Mr Collender, who was a local school teacher in the early 20th century, and family are pictured in their finery here, and any further information as to the date or the names of the people would be much appreciated. When you zoom into the electronic version of this image, it is clear that the notice board between the two boys and the rest of the group contains some photographs or postcards, including ones of Dromana Bridge and Main Street, Cappoquin, while the larger posters inside the window are advertisements for Clarke’s perfect plug tobacco and snuff.

Heritage Exhibition at Library

By special permission form the County Library Service, the ‘Cappoquin and the United Nations’ exhibition at the library will continue upstairs for a few weeks more. It has been great to see the interest the exhibition has aroused and indeed the amount of new photographs and information which continues to arrive. We have now found thirty five local people who have served in UN peacekeeping work abroad, and there may well be more. The exhibition is open during library opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and all day Saturday until further notice.

Heritage in your face(book)

While practically all the information there is to know about Civic Link can be found on our website at , just a reminder too that you can find the Heritage Group and other items also on facebook, where our ‘friends’ total has now gone over 200 and also updates on our blog.