IT’S BEEN LAUNCHED!! Coppeen – A Glimpse Of The Past, Volume IV

Sunday evening 29th October was a BIG EVENT day for CAHCS. A capacity crowd gathered in Coppeen for the launch of their 4th volume of their journal, ‘Coppeen – A Glimpse Of The Past’ Society chairman & book editor Colum Cronin welcomed the assembled crowd, which spilled out onto the outside area of An Caipín, Coppeen. Fortunately, the lovely weather was conducive to standing around! Colum gave a brief mention to each of the 48 articles in the almost 300-page publication which was printed by Inspire Design & Print, Skibbereen. (Thanks to Fintan O’Connell)

Pictured at the launch of  ‘Coppeen- A Glimpse Of The Past’ Vol. 4 were (L to R): John Greene of C103FM who performed the official launch, CAHCS Chairman & book editor Colum Cronin, Mrs Barrett Coppeen, Nuala Lordan Treasurer CAHCS, Rose Cronin, Secretary CAHCS & Jim Barrett Coppeen. Photo: Shane Cronin

Colum acknowledged and thanked the many people who were involved in researching, writing, proof-reading etc. A number of appreciation pages to deceased members of the society were highlighted, remembering the lives and contributions of these individuals, namely Sam Kingston, Sean Hurley and Ned Barrett. The book is dedicated to the memory of Ned Barrett who was the founding President of the society. A book was presented to Mrs Theresa Barrett, widow of Ned, by current President, Mary Cross, along with a bouquet of flowers by Rose Cronin. Also a presentation was made to Therese Bourke/Barrett, proprietor of An Caipín, recognising the generosity of herself and her family in making their premises available for the regular use of CAHCS for their meetings and events. Special mention went to society member Michael Galvin for his highly valued help & guidance. Also to Kim O’Shea from Skibbereen, proof-reader for her efficient assistance.

Another contributor to the journal, Tadhg Ó Murchú, sadly since deceased, was spoken of with high praise and affection. It was gratifying to see the many family representatives of these deceased people in attendance. The lasting heritage legacy of the likes of Sam Kingston, Sean Hurley, Tadhg Ó Murchú and Ned Barrett is impossible to quantify.
The high long-term value of documenting local heritage was stressed throughout the event. It was stated; we are living in times of change. It is imperative that these changes are documented. Today’s reality is tomorrow’s history. It is so, so important to document every-day life, to write it down, record it, lets not forget it, its far too easy to take for granted. 
Popular broadcaster John Greene of C103FM performed the official launch of the publication, charming the audience with some absorbing and humorous stories. John stayed on afterwards and many of those present were delighted to meet this broadcasting legend in person and have him sign their newly purchased journals.
A great evening of chat with refreshments followed.
The book is priced at €15 and is available in Barretts of Coppeen, Centra Enniskeane, Centra Ballineen, Bandon Books, Riverside Shopping Centre Bandon & Sheila’s Shop Kilmurry.

Seen at the launch of ‘Coppeen- A Glimpse Of The Past’ Vol. 4 were: CAHCS Chairman & book editor Colum Cronin, Mrs Barrett Coppeen & John Greene of C103FM who performed the official launch. In front: Eoghan & Nick Bourke
Photo: Shane Cronin

Upcoming events include:
‘The Story of the Ferguson Tractor’, a film & chat by CAHCS, Wed 1st Nov, 8:30.
Annual Table Quiz, Friday 10th Nov.
‘Kilmichael Ambush’ by Gerry White, Wed. 6th Dec.
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