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Cappoquin Civic Link Notes

Christmas Ribbons
Due to the inclement weather we encountered over our main ‘ribbon’ weekend, income from the Christmas ribbons was down somewhat this year, to €444  in total. Nevertheless, every euro of contributions was greatly appreciated, and has gone to maintain the Christmas lights and umbrella insurance cover for 2019.
We have thanked all involved in preparing things for Christmas already, but now want to give a special mention to Anthony and Carmel Prendergast of Main Street, the Mescal family of Castle Street and Brendan and Emma Coffey of Barrack Street. In all cases, they allowed the town lighting to link into their electricity supplies, in order to ensure that the lights, spread over 600 metres, worked splendidly all over Christmas. The usual lighting displays at the community centre and Church of Ireland were lovely too, complemented this year by the efforts of the Tidy Towns and GAA club committees. Last, but not least, it deserves to be said that many, many people all over the place made a special effort to brighten their homes and neighbourhoods over Christmas, and it definitely made a difference and added a bit of a feelgood factor to the town over the festive season.

Sales of ‘Women at the Cornerstone’
While copies of the book will continue to be available in various local outlets, including in Dungarvan and Lismore, our calculations to date suggest that sales are now well over 600 copies, meaning that all costs have been cleared and the Heritage Group is around €3,200 in profit. The purpose of the book was never to make money, in fact, but rather to celebrate the role of local women in many facets of life and so commemorate the centenary of the vote for women. However, every euro we can get will again be appreciated and used to promote local history and heritage in any way possible, and it has been very nice to be able to receive and pass on to the authors so many positive comments about the book’s content and quality since it was launched.

Traffic Calming
It has been a long ‘discourse’ but word came through just before Christmas that the Council has reviewed its initial assessment of the traffic issues on the N72 through Cappoquin, and intends to install some form of speed warning system, albeit on a temporary basis to begin with. Civic Link has been battling for this for some time, and has been inundated with concerns from people who struggle to cross the road safely, or who are trying to take a right turn from Church Street to Main Street against oncoming traffic. On a journey to Mallow along the N72 recently, it was interesting to note that places much smaller than Cappoquin, such as Ballyduff and Ballyhooley, have such warning systems in place, and the Council is to be congratulated for accepting that they are needed here too.

This Week’s Photo
It was sad to hear recently that one of the women featured in ‘Women at the Cornerstone’ has passed away since we launched the book. Lady Brenda Cook, originally Bridget Lynch from Lyrattin, Modeligo, passed away in Jersey at the age of 97. Tony McCarthy’s account of her life is a fascinating one of schooldays in Modeligo and Cappoquin, wartime experiences in Britain and, particularly, of collecting fine art with her husband, Sir Francis Cook. When the ‘lost’ Leonardo DaVinci painting, Salvator Mundi, as sold at auction in 2017 for $450 million, it transpired that it had once been owned by the Cooks, who had sold it on for £45! Nonetheless, Brenda Cook had a remarkable and successful life and, we believe, had kept in touch with many friends from home throughout much of it too. Our photo this week shows Lady Cook with her husband many years back.

 

Lady Cook

 
     

 

 
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