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Cappoquin Civic Link Notes

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Best wishes to the hard-working St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee, now in the final stages of planning and preparing for next Saturday’s parade. This year’s event will be the tenth annual Cappoquin parade, starting as always at 12.30. This has become one of the great local events annually, and the range of entries, creativity of many of the floats and huge crowds that attend are always great to see. Here’s hoping for fine weather yet again but, even if it rains, the crack will still be mighty.
Trekkin Eejits
Just when you thought it might be safe to go for a relaxing stroll, the Trekking Eejits are back and need your help. This excellent local fundraising team are walking this year for the local ‘Le Chéile’ ASD unit at Bunscoil Gleann Sídheáin, so it’s a more than worthy cause. The routes this year will be relatively local ones – full details in the coming weeks – but we can tell you that the date for your walking diaries is Saturday 28 April and sponsorship cards will be available from the usual suspects shortly.
Poetry deadlines
A final reminder to the school goers of Bunscoil Gleann Sídheáin and the Transition Years at Blackwater Community School that the deadline for getting your poems written and given to your teachers about ‘A Woman I Admire’ is Tuesday, March 20. They will be collected by Heritage Group members from the schools on that date or the next, so don’t delay and give yourself a chance of winning a very nice prize for Poetry Ireland Day in April as well as getting your winning poem published when we launch our book dedicated to the history of local women, on 10 November next.
Any old iron?
A series of meetings about the tourist potential of the Blackwater has been going on at the community centre over the past month or so. At last Wednesday’s one, the importance of local industrial heritage along the Blackwater was mentioned more than once, and it has prompted this scribe to root out a few photographs.
Cappoquin has a pedigree of iron working going back at least four hundred years, from the cannon works at the river bend, through to wheel and carriage making, farm machinery, individual craftsmen like John Rea and Arthur Butler and, to this day, the workers at CIL Precision of course.
Around the end of the 19th century, the firm of R&F Keane was a major manufacturer of agricultural machinery, mainly at their base where the co-op is today in Green Street. Some of the Star products  went as far as South Africa through a depot in Durban, and to the Steppes of Russia using a transhipment depot at Constanta in modern day Romania. Believe it or not!
Almost always, the company used the ‘Star’ logo and called itself the Star Iron Works. Sometimes, however, the family name and the name of Cappoquin appeared on the products, particularly when they made one-off pieces to order. Our photos this week show a ‘fire wheel’ used to blow air into furnaces or large fires, and a water tank made for the parochial house locally (which still holds water, as you can see). If you look closely you can see ‘Cappoquin’ named on each one. They are, today, at least 120 years old. If anyone has a photo of other products marked with ‘Cappoquin’ we would be delighted to have them.



Water Tank

  Fire Wheel  







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