Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Fri.17th, Sat 18th, Sun 19th June

The 2016 Carnival is Over

The 2016 Cornerstone Carnival 2016 carnival has come and gone, and the consensus is that the linking of the celebration with the local Féile na nGael events worked very well indeed. From the Féile matches on Friday evening, the Dromana Five and Féile Parade on Friday night, right through to events like the Ping Pong Pick-up and heritage walk on Saturday, and the art and boat naming at the rowing club on Sunday, everyone had a good time, and a great opportunity to meet old and new friends too.

There were close on 500 visitors to the 1916 exhibition at the library, and the bulk of the exhibition there will continue for a few days more too. Multiples of that number saw the Féile events at the GAA field and the fireworks over the Blackwater. While the weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday particularly, it didn't dampen spirits in any way, and we hope the visitors from Armagh and Carlow, not to mention those from Tipperary and San Francisco, enjoyed themselves too.

A lot of the funds for Carnival 2016 were raised through the Ping Pong Pick Up, where the prize-winners were Veronica Martin, Pat Troy and Bernie Troy. The Tavern won the keg, sponsored by Diageo, and a sincere thanks to all pubs who entered into the spirit of it and to everyone who supported this fun fundraiser. Thanks to John Cahill and the yellow JCB and all the kids and parents who came with buckets and bags to collect the balls! This year saw an impressive number fo grandparents scurrying around trying to catch the bouncy balls for their grandchildren. Ideas for turning this into a novel athletic pursuit for next year are already beginning to dawn - if 'how high can your grannie bounce?' doesn't sound too ageist, of course. Our special catchers for the event were Keith Landers, Katie Cliffe and Jonathan Hayes.

Elsewhere, a relaxed enjoyable morning was spent in Tourin House with Andrea Jameson. Some very latent artistic skills were discovered, and some people are clearly beginning to fancy themselves as the new Claud-ine Monet, from what we hear. Donations went to the Alzheimers Association. In another charity event, the Rodeo Night hosted by Cappoquin Macra was a real winner with a lot of early fallers but outright winner was Donal Bray who held on for 41 seconds. This was a really brilliant night with all profits going to West Waterford Hospice. Well done the Macra.

Two of Cappoquin Rowing Club former club members were honoured by the naming of two brand new boats: the Liam McLaughlin and the Terry Crotty. The weather didn't dampen the spirits with the Deise Brass Band, a wonderful feast, a grand cup of tea and lots of boat races kept the crowd well entertained. On drier land, the Bloom garden at St. Anne's was a great atraction, and it was also great to see the great work of Paddy Hally and many others come to fruitition in Twigbog on Sunday mornign, with the opening of the new riverside park in a very pleasant ceremony.
Thanks to Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union for their annual sponsorship. Thanks to people like Martin Coffey (1916 exhibition), Danny Fletcher (Bloom garden), Arthur Maderson (as always), Keith Dransfield (back in action) and to everyone who helped with stewarding, catering, organising and so on. A huge thanks to Sheila Curtin and Bernie Leahy for making the library so accessible for the exhibition over the weekend.

There will be more photographs in the weeks to come, but for this week there is just one worthy photo, commemorating the day that the girls from the city of Joe Montana and the 49ers took on the girls from the town of Michael Cavanagh and the other '49ers', when the Golden Gate Bridge met the Red Bridge. We celebrate the first ever appearance of San Francisco in Féile na nGael on Irish soil, at Cappoquin on 17th June 2016. You won't see this scoreboard again!