Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Heritage Notes - 11 February 2011

Fifty years ago…

In this week’s picture, we have some of the cast and organising committee of the Cappoquin Hurling and Football Clubs’ fourth annual concert and play, at the Desmond Cinema on March 12th 1961. The show featured a number of acts by local school children, with two one-act plays called ‘After Hours’ and ‘The Pawn Shop’. In the photograph here we have: Front Row from left: John Fraher, Ned Lonergan and Billy Conway. Back Row from left: Eddie Fraher, Michael Fraher, John Smith and Arthur Murray. Both Eddie and John are looking a bit worse for wear in the picture, but don’t worry – it’s just make-up!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Heritage Notes - 4 February 2011

Past Times

Our heritage photo this week comes from Ger Mason’s archive and shows the famous garage owner, Mick Sargent, standing at his petrol pumps on Main Street during the 1960s. What may not be clearly visible is some of the detail from the background. When magnified, you can see that Bridie Gallagher was due to perform in the Boathouse, according to the poster in the window, while the price of petrol was also interesting. For £5, you could buy 11 gallons of ESSO. If we take it that £5 was worth about €6.35 in euro, and 11 gallons is the same as about 50 litres, that makes the price of a litre of petrol in the 1960s at around 12 cent in today’s money. Ouch!