Thursday, 4 June 2015

Carnival Preview
Carnival Weekend Ahead
Last time, we gave you details of the opening day’s events for this year’s Carnival, and this week, with Carnival coming this Friday, the 19th June, we will fill in some of the other details for Saturday and Sunday.Following Andrea Jameson’s painting workshop outdoors at St. Anne’s on Saturday morning, the open afternoon at Arthur Maderson’s will run from 12 noon until 5 PM on Saturday, 20th June. Most locals know well how Arthur’s talent has helped to put the Cappoquin area and Tallow Horse Fair on the international artwork map too. There will be a warm welcome to all visitors, with no charge for admission to see the latest paintings, but we do advise people who can walk the couple of hundred metres to Deriheen House to park their cars in the area by the front of the GAA field, if at all possible.The Retro Olympics will feature at Green Street throughout the afternoon of Saturday too, while from 6 PM the action moves to the Boathouse. At 6, there will be serious fun for over 18s when the pallet races begin, with teams of two making their way across the Blackwater to the far side and back at ‘savage’ speed. Life jackets, pallets and paddles will be provided. From 8, Cappoquin Civic Link will host a monster barbecue in the Boathouse grounds, while Seamus and Peadar will again provide the live music. Around 11 on Saturday night, the fireworks display over the Red Bridge will have to be seen to be believed, as always, and where better to do so than from the Boathouse.

Sunday 21st June opens with a historic walk leaving Twigbog car park under the expert direction of Brendan Kiely at 12 15. In the mid-afternoon, starting at 2 PM, the Outdoor Fun begins at the GAA field, with the dog show, a children’s fancy dress, bouncy castle, tug of war, falconry and fishing demonstrations among the highlights. The car treasure hunt will leave the GAA grounds around 4.30 and the final round up will, as always, be at the Square and Castle Street from 6.45. There the notorious ‘Pound Lane Ping Pong Pick Up’ will, once again, put even the shady dealings of FIFA in the shade as over 1000 bouncing balls are fought over by the kids, and a few ex-kids.
The bouncy balls are actually the main way in which the committee manages to finance the Carnival annually, and these are already on sale around the town. We will be selling them in key locations later in the week and all support will be greatly appreciated, rest assured.

As for this week’s photos,
what else, but more Carnival memories,
from bouncy castles and slides,

 to the queue for Mike Coffey’s food at the Boathouse barbecue,

 to Noel Landers and dog going through their paces. 

All kicks off on Friday evening, with the Fire Dept. demo, music and dance at the Square and the famous Dromana 5 mile race. Come along and enjoy the fun, and drive safely through town this weekend, please.

This week, we offer a detailed look at some of the programme of events for the 2015 Cornerstone Carnival. Some last minute details are still being finalised, but we can, at least, outline what can be expected on the opening evening, 19th June and the early part of Saturday, 20th. The organising committee has opted to hold the Carnival opening this year at the Square, as most of the later action of that evening will be in or around that location. Cappoquin youth Choir will set the ball rolling at 7 pm. The ever-popular demonstration by our local fire brigade, at Castle Street, will set the tone for a lively evening atound 7 30 pm and at 8 pm our friends at West Waterford Athletics will stage their annual Dromana 5 Mile race, finishing at the Square from 8.25 pm onwards.
As the last runners come in, the music and crack will already be in full swing, with a host of local talent on show. We will have visiting musicians Seamus and Peadar anchoring the entertainment with a wide range of pop and rock numbers, with other participants throughout the evening including members of Winnie’s Trad group, the local line dancers, Melleray and Cappoquin set dancers and the Scór na bPáistí ballad champions. There will be music and fun in the pubs until late that evening, of course.
On the morning of Saturday, 20th June, Andrea Jameson will host an outdoor painting class in the grounds of St. Anne’s Church at Lower Main Street, starting around 10 am. Not long after, the camogie club will host an underage blitz at the GAA field. Arthur Maderson has kindly agreed to open his latest collection of paintings to the public, at Derriheen House, form the early afternoon onwards. This was a hugely popular event for art lovers last time it featured on the programme and this year will be no exception. Meanwhile, at Green Street, the newly named ‘Retro Olympics’ will be hosted by Cappoquin Heritage Group., starting around 2 pm All the old favourites will feature, from hoola hoops to three legged races and lots more, all free of charge.
Next week, we will look at what’s happening on Saturday evening and on Sunday, 21st June at this eleventh annual Cornerstone Carnival. It’s all go, as you can see. This week’s photos come from last year’s Saturday events at the carnival, and feature a sixteen-kid skipping rope challenge at the Olympics in Green Street, and local artist Noel O’Donoghue deep in concentration at the Blackwater river bend.