Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Carnival 2017 News


The Carnival committee had its first meeting of 2017 recently and has now fixed the
Weekend of June 16-18 for this year's event.
Committee members are currently exploring all options in terms of events for all ages, and we expect to be able to announce details gradually over the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


CARNIVAL WEEKEND 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.