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Welcome Insurance Refund
Because of the impossibility of holding any events over the past six months, there was a little bit of a silver lining last week when we received an insurance refund of €475 for the year 2020. This will at least help to make sure that we have Christmas lights in December, though obviously any possibility of having a formal ‘switch-on’ event as in previous years will have to remain uncertain for the time being.

A Great Moment for Cappoquin soccer
The two main sports that Ireland enters international teams in are surely rugby and soccer. Cappoquin has the remarkable record of having two full international rugby players, each capped back in the mid-1950s. David McSweeney of Lower Main Street (and Tourin) won a rugby cap in 1955, and the following year Brendan Guerin, who lived in Church Street near the current pedestrian crossing, was also capped at full international level.

Now, finally, it looks inevitable that we will soon have a full soccer international from Cappoquin. Jayson Molumby has been included by Stephen Kenny in the Irish squad for the forthcoming Nations League games, the first of which is scheduled for next Thursday. It may be a little optimistic to expect that he will make his debut for the senior side on Thursday, but it is a certainty that he will do so very soon. Jayson played part of the club match for Brighton against Chelsea last weekend and came through unscathed. No one who has seen his performances for Millwall last season will have any doubt that he can make the step up to both Premiership and full international sides this season. Everyone involved in Cappoquin sport will be rooting for him, not forgetting that he graced more than a few underage hurling, Gaelic football and soccer teams locally not all that long ago. One suspects that Jayson will go on to win many more caps in time, but here’s to the first one being imminent.

Speaking of local soccer, well done to the local players who represented the WWEC League in the Munster final for development squads last Sunday. Cappoquin Railway had five players on the panel in all – James Hickey, Liam Devine, Oisin Aldred, Oisin Coffey and Sam Shanahan Quinn – and by all accounts they were in very hard luck to lose to Cork by a late goal.


This Week’s Photo
This week’s picture comes from the Lawrence Collection at the National Library. It dates from either the end of the 19th or start of the 20th Century. There are a number of interesting historical features visible in the picture, and several which are no longer visible. If you look at the left hand side of the bridge, for example, there is a wonderfully clear view of the embankment which was built in Famine times, raising the roadway up from the Kilbree side so that it was on a level with the Cappoquin side, allowing the road bridge to be built level.

The embankment was encased in a stone wall, sloped inwards to ensure that the slope did not give way under rain or flood. Nowadays, this is entirely covered with vegetation, so it is nice to see the original workmanship in this image. The bridge itself has altered very little since it was built, of course, though it is no harm to note that the design you see here might have been constructed in the late 1840s but was actually drawn up at least two decades before that.

On the inch, just in front of the left eye of the bridge, you can see what looks like a small stone tower. This was the remnant of the old wooden bridge which spanned the Blackwater from the 1620s and was still standing according to a Royal Navy survey in 1849. That bridge remained intact, just about, until the ‘new’ stone bridge was in place, and even well into the 20th century, the old stone pillars on the Kilbree side were left just as you see them here. Remember that the main road between Cappoquin and Lismore actually went along the south side of the river back then, not the north side as it does today.

In the right foreground you can see the stone wall of the river port dock, the place that the modern Port na hAbhann housing complex gets its name from. This dock operated from the 1600s up to the early 20th century and was adjacent to a number of local industries and warehouses. Notice the relatively small crane standing on the dockside, probably for lifting products from the wheel and carriage works or sawmill onto boats bound for Bristol.

The water channel in the immediate foreground, coming up to the old boat is likely to have been an inny, allowing the flat bottomed barges laden with iron ore from Tallow to come right up to where the Earl of Cork’s iron works stood. Once unloaded, they could be pushed off easily again without needing a dock like the larger ships did. To this day, the field adjacent to where the boat in the picture is situated is known as The Cinders because of its association with the piles of charcoal used to smelt the ore for moulding into cannon and other products  in the 17th century.

They say every picture tells a story. This one tells several, and if you are interested, it can be viewed and enlarged on the National Library website, www.nli.ie .

 

Cappoquin Bridge at the turn of The 19th -20th Centuries

Cappoquin Bridge

 


 
     
 
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