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Launch of ‘Women at the Cornerstone’
A crowd of over 300 attended the launch of the Heritage Group’s new book, ‘Women at the Cornerstone’ at the Community Centre last Saturday night. It proved to be a lovely community occasion, with many people coming from places as far afield as London, west Cork and Dublin to attend. The whole event was compered with great efficiency and enthusiasm by local woman Áine Ní Fhiannusa, with guest speaker Una O’Hagan also doing a marvellous job, drawing very interesting insights from the book itself and being loud in her praise of the project.
Preliminary reports from the financial side of the house suggests that close on 300 books were sold on the night, so we are already a long way to clearing the costs, thanks to a grant from Creative Ireland as well. The books will be on sale in most shops in Cappoquin, as well as in two points in Lismore and a number of Dungarvan outlets as well. Considering it runs to over 80,000 words and is in full colour, it is a bargain at just €15. We must also stress that this is a really high-quality production, thanks to the expertise of our printers, Munster Signs and Print, the company owned by local woman Jacinta Uniacke.
A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved in this project, not least to the launch sub-committee of the Heritage Group itself, who oversaw everything in tremendous detail, from the preparations, the wonderful entertainment provided by Nollaig Hennessy, the gift wrapping, catering support, links with selling outlets and so much more. A special thanks also to our sponsors, Maurice Kelleher and Kelleher’s Super Valu and, naturally, to the huge crowd which turned out on the night and bought the book. A fabulous selection of photographs and videos from the night, all thanks to Mary McGrath, can be accessed on Facebook too.
The Bullet in the Library
For the next three weeks, Cappoquin library will exhibit a quite unique item linked to ‘Women at the Cornerstone’. Visitors will be able to see the actual bullet which wounded local girl Camilla Russell, when she was caught in the crossfire during a War of Independence attack outside Russell’s shop in 1920. Our thanks to Leslie Williams, who wrote a chapter about Camilla (his grandmother) for the book, and who has lent this tiny but oh-so-deadly object to us for the coming weeks.
Third annual Library Craft Fair
A final reminder that the Heritage Group is hosting its annual craft fair at Cappoquin library, on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, with doors open from 11 AM to 5 PM each day. All craft sellers will be locally based, so this is an ideal opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done and help support local produce into the bargain. As always, we charge nothing for either the crafts people to display their goods, or for those who come to look and shop.
This week’s photograph
Last weekend saw the centenary of the ending of World War 1, and we hope to print something on the 20 local men who died in that war, in next week’s notes. For this week, our photo has to be from among those taken by Mary McGrath at the launch of ‘Women at the Cornerstone’. It shows, from left, Helen McGrath of Cappoquin Heritage Group, Áine Ní Fhiannusa,mistress of ceremonies, Cllr John Pratt, Chairperson of the local municipal district of Waterford Council, Una O’Hagan, guest of honour, Joan Mason and Tony McCarthy, both of whom read from portions of their chapters on the night