Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Trip to Cappaquin

I had reason to go to Cappaquin today so I brought the camera and took a detour to a little inlet off the River Blackwater to where I had often seen one of my favourite animals fishing. I was glad to see that the otters were in the area and I spent twenty minutes watching this one fishing. He was doing very well and must have caught about a dozen fish (mostly dace) while I was there. The pictures, I`m afraid, aren`t great as they were taken with a fairly large zoom while only handheld. Still, it`s nice to see one of Irelands rarer mammals. I have also included a few other pictures that I took along the way.

Dromana Bridge was origionally built of wood and paper machier in 1826 to welcome home the newly wed Henry Villers-Stuart and his wife from their honeymoon. They liked it so much that they commissioned a permanent structure to the same design.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The first bridge was built in Cappaquin in 1625 by Richard Boyle, the earl of Cork and after a few  disasters caused by the early wooden bridges getting washed away in flood waters the present day bridge was built in 847 as part of a project funded by The Famine Relief Act.

The Cappaquin Rowing Club was founded in 1862 and is still a very active club today. One of it`s first presidents was Sir John H. Keane who had one time captained the prestigious Trinity boat club at Cambridge to a famous victory over rivals Oxford.                                                   
The old Cappaquin railway bridge has been closed since 1967 and is now just a rusty eyesore  which is unlikely to ever again be put into use. It was originally opened in 1878 and for a long time was a busy and well used line.   
Cappaquin now marks the end of practical navigation by vessels from the rivermouth at Youghal.The following is a link to a boat which does very enjoyable cruises on the river.            

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