Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Heritage Notes - 3 December 2010

This week’s picture shows another scene from the book, 'Michael Cavanagh, His Life & Selected Works', close enough to the time Cavanagh lived here. We have no idea why the crowd gathered at the Cornerstone as they have in this image. In the distance the brooding presence of the Police Barracks can be clearly seen, where Cavanagh and others fought out the Cappoquin rebellion of 1849. Today, of course, it is the much more welcoming establishment known as Walsh’s

Santa at the Square

Firstly this week, a reminder to keep Saturday, December 11th in the diary as Santa makes his annual pre-Christmas visit to the Square at Cappoquin around midday. With the weather the way it is at present, we are not sure if he is coming by sleigh or four-wheel-drive but rest assured that if anyone can master the wintry conditions, Santa can. As in other years, the visit will coincide with the Farmers’ Market at the same venue, which will again highlight the wonderful local products available at Christmas time. Full details next week.

Community and Voluntary Awards

Representatives from Civic Link and from the Choral Society travelled to Clonea Strand Hotel last Friday for the Community and Voluntary Awards celebration. Unfortunately, there were no Cappoquin winners in the category or overall awards on the night but what harm! It was nice to have some recognition given to the efforts of groups in the area to improving things for everyone, and that work will certainly continue. Best of luck to the Choral Society with their Cinderella extravaganza coming soon at the Community Centre.

Christmas Cards Going Fast

Just a week on sale, the Heritage Group’s Christmas Card collection is selling fast in several shops around town. The scenes, all suitably snow-covered, include two shots from the river bend, one of Melleray and another from Villierstown looking towards the mountains, and two lovely street scenes painted by Noel O’Donoghue. Our sincere thanks to Noel, to photographers James O’Donnell, Gina Dunne and Anthony McCarthy, and to Mortimer Design for the superb reproductions. What better value can you get for a euro?

Michael Cavanagh – Home Once More!

In keeping with the title of one of his poems, Michael Cavanagh is, to an extent, ‘home once more’ following the launch of ‘His Life and Selected Works’ last Friday night. Civic Link members helped out with sales and other issues on the night and it was a great success overall. Well done to all concerned. At time of writing, the 390-page hardback book is now on sale in a total of sixteen outlets across west Waterford, price €20, with all profits going to support Bunscoil Gleann Sídheáin in Cappoquin. Full details of how to order it are also available on the Civic Link website at www.cappoquin.net or visit us on facebook.

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