WHILE the St Stephen’s Day storms caused some power outages in the village of Broadford, it was the unearthing of a “time capsule” which has proved to be the biggest talking point for local residents.
A 30-year-old glass jar, containing a list of names of boy scouts, cubs, girl guides and brownies from the parish was discovered in the roots of a Willow tree in the church yard, which was blown down during the storm.
It is hoped the contents of the ‘capsule’, which was buried on June 7, 1985 to mark International Youth Year, will be framed and on put on display in the coming weeks.
Some of the more than 100 names, were typed while others were handwritten by the youngsters before being placed in the jar and buried. While some of the ink has faded over the years, most of the names can still be read.
Paddy Duggan, whose name was one of those in the capsule, was aged 14 at the time.
“I can remember the day we buried it all right, I can remember bits of it. When I heard the capsule had been found, I thought it (my name) might be on it all right,” he said.
The idea to compile the list of names and bury them under the Willow Tree was that of the then parish priest, Fr Thomas Crawford.
Father Crawford moved to Glin parish in recent years and the discovery of the capsule came as a surprise to the current parish priest, Fr Frank O’Dea.
Paddy Edmonds, who was a scout leader in Broadford when the list of names was buried in 1985, says the interest locally has been huge since the jar was unearthed.
“The interest around has been huge and everybody was hoping that everything was preserved and because it was in a reasonable state of preservation, it will be possible to frame it and it will be of great interest,” he said.
Kitty Duggan, who has lived in Broadford most of her life, says the burying of the time capsule was a major event in the village at the time.
“It was a big deal at the time and Father Crawford was mad into setting these trees and it was his idea to put names into the bottle and they thought no more of it until the other day and there are lots of people inquiring ‘is my name in it?’ There are people enquiring alright, ” she said
Paul Edmonds says nobody could have predicted the way the time capsule was unearthed.
”I can remember the youngsters were encouraged to come and put their names down on the sheet of paper and have themselves listed and then they sealed it up as best they could and it was buried and they said it would be opened up for some future generation but I don’t think they anticipated a storm like we saw would uproot it so quickly,” he said.
While no final decision has been made in relation to the contents of the jar, it is hoped they will be preserved and framed and put on display in the local library or day care centre.