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Cappoquin Civic Link Notes

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As mentioned in last week’s press, there has been some surprise locally at the outcome of the traffic survey which was carried out at Lower Main Street last year, which suggested that there was no speeding issue to concern the Council. Civic Link was the local community body which wrote to the Council about this and seeking a chance to see the survey report, as mentioned by the chief engineer at a recent meeting. It will be interesting to see the details of the report, and we will do our best to keep people informed, as it is hard to see what harm a few flashing speed signs would do in the western end of the town, as are found in other less built-up areas. Cappoquin is, as far as we know, the only town which sits astride the N 72 that doesn’t have a Stop sign or electronic speed warning signs of any description. That is all we have ever suggested, but we will see what the report says in due course.

Last Week’s Photo
It was great to get some significant feedback on last week’s photo, which showed the youthful Cappoquin Pipe Band on parade at Walsh’s Hotel. The group included people like Paddy Mason, John O’Donoghue, Eddie Fraher and Paddy Cahill, and the story behind the image was that this was the band’s first outing, in 1957, when formed by John Crowley and Tommy McCarthy.
Eddie Fraher in particular had some great memories, including of the band members being taught tunes with relative ease by John Crowley using an alphabetical scale rather than traditional sheet music. The photo was taken just before the band piled into the back of a lorry and headed for the Munster hurling championship match between Waterford and Limerick in Cork. They performed a selection of tunes outside the venue that day, and raised the funds needed to pay for much of the band’s uniform and instrument costs.
Unfortunately, the lorry broke down on the way home and, in the decades before mobile phones, emails etc, the happy group eventually returned to some very concerned mothers at around 1.30 in the morning. However, a great day was had by all, and Waterford would go on to reach the All-Ireland that year too.

Poetry reading at the Library
Just a final reminder that the evening of poetry with Thomas McCarthy and Lani O’Hanlon is scheduled for Cappoquin Library at 7 PM on Thursday, April 26. Refreshments will be provided afterwards, and it’s a great opportunity to come and meet Cappoquin’s greatest living poet and also the poet who is currently the ‘writer in residence’ at the centre named in honour of Cappoquin’s most famous novelist,  Molly Keane.

This week’s photo
This week’s photo is an aerial shot of Cappoquin from around the mid 1950s. If anyone has a recent shot taken from a drone or from your own private helicopter (!), do let us know as it would be great to compare and contrast the two.
In the image here, towards the top right you can see the foundations being laid for the first row of houses at Shanbally, while the Dane’s Field is exactly that, a field. The later housing developments, sports facilities, Day Care and school facilities had not even been dreamt of at that stage.
A lot of the rest of the town looks the same as it does today, with the length of the gardens behind the south-facing houses on Main Street and Barrack Street being one of the things that surprises people – many of them extend up to 50 metres back, before reaching the old Cappoquin Estate wall. In Barrack Street, where the fire station is now, you can see a row of houses which were colloquially known as the ‘Nun’s Houses’ until demolished in the 1960s.
At the other end of town, towards the lower left of the picture, you can see the Blackwater bend in very clear profile, including what was effectively a beach on the inside of the bend due to the deposition of silt as the river turned towards the sea. Again, things like the houses and the community centre in Twigbog were decades into the future at that point, though there is a nice view of the old railway line in the lower right quadrant and the buildings housing Cappoquin Bacon Factory, the mill at Mill Street, the boat docks and some warehouses from the 19th century industrial heyday are also clearly visible.
Different times, but same place all the same.

 

 

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