Monday, 19 June 2017

We had a really great weekend for the Cornerstone Carnival, and a wide range of activities to suit all tastes and ages. This week, we publish a few of the results on the competitions, along with some photographs. Next week, a fuller review of the action is promised, for certain. What we must say, even briefly this week, is that we owe a huge debt of thanks to dozens and dozens of people who helped, supported and just attended the events.

Large Breed   1st James Joyce with Max;  2nd Tom Troy with Bolt;  3rd Anne Massey with Mika

Medium Breed 1st Millie Hickey with Minnie; 2nd Brooke Reddy with Willow

Small Breed 1st Ryan Maher with Coco ; Martina O'Keefe with Sandy; Mike Foley with Harley

Best Groomed 1st Bob Manahan with Spencer; 2nd Roisin Daly with Snowie; 3rd Irene Cahill with Buddy

Best Led Dog by an Adult       Yvette Hickey with her Niece's Dog Minnie
Best Led Dog by a Child         Caitlin Manahan with Spencer

For Fun

"Waggiest Tail"   Maeve and April Curtin with Oscar
"Most Spots"       Yvette Hickey with Minnie
"Shiniest Nose"   Mike Foley with Harley

We thank our Sponsors - Kellehers Supervalu and Mr Pat Devine of Lismore Vets

INFANTS                   Oliver Rezel
1st to 3rd CLASS                     Jack Power
4th to 6th CLASS                     Dylan Sheehan

Thank you to John Murphy Titelines for Prizes and to our special judge, Arthur Maderson

1ST       Eoin McGrath
2ND        Grace McLoughlin
3RD      Lucy Massey
4TH      Sheila Denn
5TH       Megan Glavin
6TH       Eve O’ Connell

Cappoquin Cornerstone Carnival sponsored the Cascade prizes along with Greenway Man



Alex O’ Sullivan
Cian Nolan
Dylan Sheehan
Milly Hickey
Jessica Lacey

All the winners here received sliotars specially signed by members of the Waterford team, and our sincere thanks to Breda Kenny and the great Michael Walsh for organising this for us.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Carnival This Weekend, June 16-18
Friday Night Action
While all the fliers and posters are in circulation at this stage, we'd to remind people that the wonderful exhibition of paintings from the Waterford Council Art exhibition will open specially at Cappoquin Library, from 1 - 5 PM on Friday, and again from 11 to 4 on Saturday during the Cornerstone Carnival. These pictures are really worth seeing and entry is, as always, free.
The evening events on Friday are all moving to Twigbog this year, for safety and traffic reasons. Along with the music, the face painting and baloon trickery at the Twigbog car park, the Dromana Five run will finish there too. This means the runners will come in the road past the GAA field, turn left onto Mill Stret and travel along it until turnign down to finish in the centre of the car park. Naturally, in the interests of safety, there will be some traffic restrictions in the Twigbog area for part of the evening, and we thank residents for their cooperation with this 'necessary evil'. The exhibition of primary school artworks will be staged in the Community Centre at the same time, with proceedigns starting from 7 PM.
The art theme continues on Saturday, with the much-anticipated open house at Maderson's running from 1 - 4 PM, again with free admission to come and view the latest works by Arthur before they head for galleries and homes around the globe. Patrons should park at the GAA field entrance and will be guided at the entrance to Derriheen House by our stewards.
At the GAA field, stallholders for the country market will be setting up for a 1 PM start, while registration for the dog show will be from 12 pm in the field. The dog show prizes are sponsored this year by Kelleher's Super Valu. There will be four categories: Big, Medium and Small Breeds as well as Best Groomed.
Among the other fun and games at the Field, there will be a major novelty tug-o-war event this year, a unique hurling skills event and what we can justifiably call a Cappoquin's Fittest Family event. These all kick off at 1 PM, punctuated by a dramatic demonstration by the local fire and emergency services around 3 PM. A huge thanks to the GAA club, not least to Noel Landers, for their support with the programme.
On Saturday evening, the Castle Street Cascade will again stop the traffic in the town centre, as close to 600 bouncy balls make their way from John Cahill's JCB down to the Cornerstone, to be caught by the local kids. This is our main fundraiser for the Carnival, and now is a good oportunity to say a huge thanks to the hundreds of people who bought lines over the past week, and the dozens of sellers. We appreciate all our sponsors, the main one being the Credit Union, but we value every single €2 received, rest assured.
The Macra mayhem, another charity fundraiser, goes on at the Central Bar later on Saturday night.

The main Carnival event on Sunday will be a mini-regatta of scratch races and kayaking organised by the Rowing Club, from 10 AM. Slightly more leisurely pursuits are also on offer, with Andrea Jameson providing a painting class for all-comers at Tourin House from 10.30, and back in Cappoquin the inimitable Brendan Kiely will lead his 13th annual historical walk to another 'hidden' section of Cappoquin, starting at 12.15.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

13th Annual Cornerstone Carnival 16-18 June

Major Art Exhibitions for Carnival weekend

The Carnival opens on Friday 16th June, and an interesting highlight all day on the Friday, June 16, will be an exhibition of high quality artwork at Cappoquin library all day, and on Saturday June 17 also. The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with Cappoquin Heritage Group is pleased to present 'Selected Works from the Waterford Art Collection', as part of the Cappoquin Carnival weekend in Cappoquin Library, Co. Waterford. This is a Waterford Rural Arts Network Initiative. Admission is free and we will confirm exact opening times next week. With thanks to the Arts & Library Service of Waterford City & County Council.
The Carnival committee members are also delighted to confirm that internationally renowned local artist, Arthur Maderson, will open the doors of Derriheen House from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, June 17 for visitors to come and see his latest works. As usual, Arthur draws his inspiration from the French countryside and daily market scenes, but also very much from this locality, so visitors will undoubtedly enjoy his unique depictions of the South of France side by side with scenes from West Waterford, including Glenshelane and Tallow Horsefair. Our sincere thanks to Arthur, Verlayne and family for this wonderful opportunity for art lovers. This picture is one of Arthur's, depicting a Tallow Horse Fair scene which he has called 'Small Talk'

Evening of Friday June 16
From 7.00 PM on Friday, the main action centres on Mill Street and the Twig Bog Carpark. The change of location this year has been decided upon due to the combined challenges posed by traffic congestion at the Square and the one-way system. At Twigbog, the highlights will include DJ Michael O'Rourke, face painting by Ciara and some balloon magic courtesy of Laura McNamara. At the same time, there will be an exhibition of primary pupils' art at the community centre, themed around 'Carnival'. This art competition will be judged by local artist Arthur Maderson and it's great to have the use of the centre for this new event in the Carnival.

From 7.30 onwards, the Dromana Five race will begin to arrive at its new finishing line on Mill Street, under the auspices of West Waterford Athletic Club, with a lot of local stewards giving their usual time to ensure it all goes smoothly. The revelry will continue late in a number of hostelries around town, have no doubt, with details to be confirmed.

Saturday June 17

Apart from the two major art exhibitions already mentioned. the main action on Saturday will focus on the GAA field. A family fun day will run from 1 until 4 pm, featuring various cuisine and craft stall holders, bouncy castle, lots of children's races, tug-o-war and novelty events, plus a few for the 'big' children too. A special demonstration by local emergency services personnel is also being organised, and a few more events are currently being finalised. Tony (Magic) O'Donnell will be our MC for the afternoon. Our sincere thanks to Affane-Cappoquin GAA Club for its ongoing support here.

At 8 30 pm on Saturday, the now legendary Castle Street Cascade will take place, with close to 1,000 bouncy balls being released from a JCB at the top of Castle Street, to be caught and collected by a horde of kids at the bottom. We noticed a somewhat new trend last year, of grandparents getting in on the act, and can reassure everyone this year that age will be no barrier to participation here - if you can catch the ball, it's yours. Later, on Saturday night, the local Macra will host another madcap fundraiser for charity at the Central Bar.
Sunday June 18

With the Waterford hurlers taking on Cork at Semple Stadium around 4 PM, the Sunday events on the Carnival programme will be concentrated on earlier in the day. The artistic theme continues, with a painting class hosted by Andrea Jameson at Tourin House - more details to be confirmed. Brendan Kiely will lead his thirteenth historic walk of a section of the town, starting from the Square at 12.15 PM. We are also delighted to welcome the Rowing Club to this year's programme, and a regatta of scratch races and kayaking will be held also on Sunday morning. Again, the time will be confirmed in due course.

Our main fundraising activity for the Carnival is the Castle Street Cascade, and our ball sellers will be in operation during the weekend before the Carnival and in the days leading up to it. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Our thanks also to our regular sponsors, Lismore Cappoquin Credit Union, whose financial assistance is invaluable in helping to keep the event in operation. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Carnival 2017 News

Weekend of June 16-18 
NEWS From latest Meeting - 16th March

The Carnival committee met at  Barrons' last Saturday morning, and members are hard at work sorting out the details of this year's Carnival, which is now just two months away.
It will open on Friday, June 16, with the Dromana Five and some street entertainment. The one-way system in Main Street has made the usual race finish at the Square more problemmatic, due to traffic flow issues, and a slight change of location for the race finish and entertainment is currently being considered.
For Saturday June 17, we are delighted to announce that the Maderson family will open the exhibition space at Derriheen House between 1 and 4 PM, and all are welcome to come and view Arthur's latest paint-magic. At the same time, the main Carnival fun and games will take place across the road at Affane Cappoquin GAA field, by kind permission of the club. We are still working on the details here.
At other stages over the weekend, with times to be confirmed as yet, there will be the Castle Street Cascade, historical walking tour, art classes, scratch races at the rowing club and we are also working on a second art exhibition.
The next committee meeting, to which any interested newcomers will be very welcome, is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 in Barrons' at 10 AM.

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!

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. 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

This year's carnival will be held from
Friday 19th June until Sunday 21st June.

Looking forward to the Carnival

This week we preview the start of Decade 2 of the Cornerstone Carnival. The years have gone by so quickly, it is hard to believe that this is the eleventh annual event. The brochure is heading for the printers this week, and should be out and around within the next fortnight.

What better way of previewing this year’s event than including a few reminders of previous action. Hopefully, the photos included here will jog a few memories, and in the coming three weeks we will go into more detail on what the programme will offer, day by day, between Friday 19
th June and Sunday 21st June.