2016 was a very special year for Clonakilty Credit Union. It celebrated 50 strong and successful years in business and held commemorations throughout the year to mark this achievement. To finish off this special year, Clonakilty Credit Union filled a time capsule and on December 30 buried it in the grounds outside the building. The idea of the time capsule was to mark the Clonakilty Credit Unions’ anniversary but also to give the community the opportunity to show what life was like in Clonakilty in 2016.
The notice went out to all in October including all the schools who were encouraged to write a little note about their lives in 2016. There was a great response to the call-out with lots contributed for the time capsule, from letters about members and staffs lives in 2016, photos of newborn babies in 2016 and even an apple iPhone to show the technology of 2016.
Staff members Karen McDermott and Val O’Sullivan did a lot of work in collecting and documenting different events that set Clonakilty apart in 2016. These events included the building of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Factory and the successful street party that took place to celebrate the newly renovated main streets in the town.
All of the items were placed in the purpose-built container, and then buried on the grounds of the Credit Union building on Kent Street under the watchful eye of builder Paddy O’Regan in a ceremony on Friday, December 30. As the cement was poured in and a commemorative plaque was placed on top of the box of treasures, all present pondered on what life would be like in 2066 and how different the town will be by the time the capule is opened. All agreed that hopefully the Credit Union will remain the backbone of the community and still stand strong in 2066!