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.