Cappamore's annual marks 23rd birthday

THERE is enough reading in Ceapach Mhor 2010 to last you until the launch of next year's annual. Oliver Dillon, chairman of Cappamore Historical Society, said this was their biggest ever yearbook.

THERE is enough reading in Ceapach Mhor 2010 to last you until the launch of next year's annual. Oliver Dillon, chairman of Cappamore Historical Society, said this was their biggest ever yearbook.

"It's our 23rd year this year and there are 272 pages in the book, with 30 pages of colour photographs. It's our biggest book," said Mr Dillon, who paid great credit to Mary T Ryan, who launched the book in O'Dwyer's Pub in the village last Friday night.

Dozens braved the Arctic conditions to get a copy of what was excellent fireside reading said Mr Dillon.

If it happened in the Cappamore locality this year, then it is in Ceapach Mhr 2010.

It is split into local celebrations, local history, church news, obituaries, schools, colour photographs, clubs and organisations, our community at home and away.

From the successful Cappamore Show, to sporting triumphs sych as John Hayes' 100th Irish cap and Alan Quinlan's medal haul in the Special Olympics, to the 40th anniversary of the Cappamore Development Association, everything is chronicled.

It's been a busy year for Cappamore Historical Society as this is their second book this year. As Time Goes by . . ., a photographic record of Cappamore had to be reprinted as it sold out so quickly.

Mr Dillon said the book was sent around the world and they were busy filling orders to send the two books abroad.

One woman remarked to Mr Dillon that she had never seen a photo of her grandfather until she was flicking through the book.

"She thought no photos of him existed. It's got a great reaction. You could look through it 20 times and spot something new each time," said Mr Dillon, who, along with Mary T Ryan, thanked everyone who submitted articles, photos and adverts.

"Without the interest of all those people, there would be no yearbook full of interesting material," said Mrs Ryan, who is joined on the committee by Mr Dillon, Pauline Campbell, Patrick Campbell, Joan Egan, Paddy McCormack, Anne McCarthy and Julie Hogan.

Fr Dick Browne said the yearbook reminded him of the passing and swiftness of time because Christmas was again around the corner.

And it was essential Christmas reading, said Mr Dillon.

Ceapach Mhr 2010, printed by Mulcair Print, costs €10 and is available in all the usual outlets in the locality.