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Cappoquin Civic Link Notes

This Week’s Photo
One from the archives of the late, great Terry Crotty this week. The scene comes from the late 19th or very early 20th century and shows Lower Main Street full with carts and trailers. It is likely to have been a Fair or Market Day in Cappoquin, although it is also possible that some of the carts here were carrying pigs to the bacon factory, which had opened in 1907.

Assuming that this is a picture of a market day in Cappoquin, it is a nice reminder also of the great traditions of the town at that time. It was absolutely normal for hundreds of farmers to bring their produce to town and sell them on such an occasion. The original Market House, at the Square, was built in the 1620s in order to administer the market days even then, and continued in that function into the 20th century. You had to go to the ‘office’ on the ground floor to pay the fees for having a stall at the market, and the courthouse where any unruly behaviour was dealt with, was directly upstairs in the same building.

Elsewhere in Cappoquin, there were sheep dipping sites – one dip, using a portable tank, was located in the yard of Walsh’s Hotel and was manned by the County Council. There was another dip at the top of Castle Street, where the ‘pound’ for stray animals stood at the top of the street as well. There was also a sheep dip, stone lined, behind one of the first houses in Mass Lane, where it can still be found today.

In the 19th century and again during World War I, the demand for meat abroad led to significant trade by ship to and from Cappoquin – We exported meat to Britain during World War I in large quantities, while in reverse, it is known that a refrigerated shipping company had its own depot at Twigbog in Cappoquin, housing low-cost frozen meat from Australia and New Zealand which was then sent around the country from Cappoquin, especially before World War I.

Obviously, the trade in animals was inextricably linked to the growth of local industries like the bacon factory, and poultry processing. You also had a number of butchers operating in the town. The co-op butcher up to the 1960s, Tommy Whelan, used to slaughter the animals in a building on the present co-op site. Scanlons had a butcher’s shop in Main Street, where O&A Hairdressers now are, but their slaughter house was in Castle Street, in the premises where Brunnocks had operated a similar business before that. Currans Butchers on Mill Street had a slaughter house behind the premises too.

 

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