CCDC's 2015 Plan
Twinning with Chanat La Mouteyre
Cappoquin Civic Link Notes
Ace of Trumps at the Cappoquin Parade
Whatever people may have thought of the invitation given last Thursday to President Donald J Trump to visit Ireland, many onlookers at Cappoquin's St. Patrick's Day Parade were quite surprised to see himself take up the Taoiseach's offer just 24 hours later. The Donald strode through Main Street as if he owned it, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka who looked stunning all through, and a somewhat jet-lagged Melania who sported a striking red number for the parade. One of our photos here shows the President and his daughter being hotly pursued by some wall-builders on the back of a tractor and trailor - we kid you not - while after the main event, Donald and Melania were then spotted heading for a quick bite in Kebab Zone. However, in these days when nothing is but only seems, things got more complex still as a second Donald appeared, bodyguarded by the FBI (from Aglish) and accompanied by none other than Barack Obama. And they all ended up in the Central Bar - Obama missed the parade in Moneygall to be with us, or was it Moneygorm?
Both Donalds spoke of the USA and Cappoquin having 'stuff' between them, which of course is very true indeed. Melania apologised over the public address for not getting a chance to shave her legs, but nobody seemed to mind. We are less sure which of the two Trumps in Cappoquin was actually Trump, or how many of the other Trumps were Trumps at all. All we can say is that they seemed to have a good time, and for certain everyone else who saw last Friday's parade, Cappoquin's ninth in succession, had a great time. Well done to the hard working organisers - yet again.
The Carnival committee had its first meeting of 2017 recently and has now fixed the weekend of June 16-18 for this year's event. Committee members are currently exploring all options in terms of events for all ages, and we expect to be able to announce details gradually over the coming weeks.
Heritage Group updates
Due to the restoration works going on at St. Anne's Church at present, the churchyard will remain closed to the public for the next few weeks. Once the works are completed, the Heritage Geroup will once again take charge of access to the churchyard and open the gates for public use, by arrangement with the vestry.
Work is now also underway on our project to commemorate the history of women in our community, with a view to publishing a book in time for the centenary of women getting the vote for the first time (1918-2018). We are open to any ideas, photos, offers of help etc, and are contacting a lot of people who might have particularly interesting histories and stories to tell too. Let any member of the Heritage Group know if you think you'd like to get involved.
Major 1916 Exhibition at Cappoquin Library
Cappoquin Heritage Group is staging a substantial exhibition at Cappoquin Library between June 17 and 19 next, on the theme of '1916 in Context'. The group has amassed a significant amount of material, close to 1000 square feet of it, and is delighted to have use of the upstairs facility at the Library for this exhibition.
The Red Bridge in Cappoquin, where a troop train was allegedly shot at during Easter Week 1916
The aim of the exhibition is to track local, national and international contexts to this year of revolution, war and great social change. The Heritage Group has succeeded in getting display items from the local newspapers archive of the National Library, magnificent photographs from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and a range fo fascinating material from the Central Statistics Office which highlights the differences between life in 1916 and in 2016. A number of attractive display boards on the 1916 Rising, and some clever 'Did you Know?' features will also be of great interest. For example, if you don't know which 1916 leader was once a roller skating champion in Algeria, then Cappoquin is the place to find out next weekend.
Thomas and Christy Hickey, both killed during the 1916 Rising, only moved from Cappoquin to Dublin two years before.
From the local perspective, there will be information from the 1911 census which will show people who lived in their houses and streets back in 1916, as well as a range of photographs which demonstrate what the west Waterford area looked like a century ago. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to get a sense of social change, as the exhibition documents the changing ownerships of businesses like the local post office and pharmacies over the century and even further back.
The Group has also located information from the witness statements given about 1916 activities to the Bureau of Military History, and has details of some fascinating local links with major World War 1 events of 1916 as well. A lot of research has also gone into finding information about how Cappoquin was linked with the 1916 Rising, and a special storyboard ahs been commissioned, containing material on a local rebel, a police casualty and two dead civilians with Cappoquin connections is sure to garner a lot of interest.
This must-see exhibition runs from 10.00 am on Friday, June 17 until 8.30 pm that evening. On Saturday, June 18, the opening times will be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on Sunday, June 19 you can pop in any time from 10.00 until 2.00 pm. Admission is free and the exhibition will have a Heritage Group member on site at all times to offer any additional advice and support that may be sought.