Ballyporeen 30-day fundraising run set to raise in excess of £7,000 – looking back at October 1992


Ballyporeen 30-day fundraising run set to raise in excess of £7,000 – looking back at October 1992

Lismore Heritage Centre was awarded the 1992 Heritage Award of the Irish Cultural Institute; ‘Sive’ and Hello October’ were on stage locally, while Watergrasshill’s minor B hurlers exited the semi-final of the championship – some highlights from October 1992.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013
6:55 PM GMT

Fermoy’s most senior town council member, Tom Phelan walked out of the council’s monthly meeting, vowing never to return. The incident in relation to a letter which had been sent by the council to a person who had died a month earlier, seeking payment of a levy on a derelict building. The town clerk pointed out that what had happened was a complete misunderstanding, with chairman of the council, Michael Hanley apologising on behalf of the council, promising the matter would be fully investigated. Appeals from fellow councillors failed to stop a clearly upset Cllr Phelan from leaving.

An update on the progress of Ballyporeen based garda, Liam O’Reilly’s staggering charity fundraising feat. His ‘Race Against Time’, a 30 day run to help aid Somalia’s humanitarian crisis, looked likely to reach the £7,000 mark, having already topped £5,000. Racing against the clock on a 10Km route daily over 30 days, Liam’s final run was set to bring out well-wishers, contributors and others willing to fundraise, helping to push the figure higher than targetted.

Lismore Heritage Centre was set to be awarded the 1992 Heritage Award of the Irish Cultural Institute. Carrying a cash prize of £2,000, the award honoured efforts to promote and interpret Irish history at community level. The principal attraction of the centre, which had opened that year, was a 25 minute cinematic presentation, narrated by Niall Toibin, which offered a colourful introduction to the great names associated with the West Waterford town.

Honorary secretary of Doneraile Community Development, Matt McGrath, was in New York representing the North Cork town, where a twinning with Ramapo town was set to be officially signed and sealed. At the conclusion of speeches by members of the Ramapo town board, Supervisor Herbert Reisman placed a specially prepared and inscribed medallion on the American ribbon, around Mr McGrath’s neck, proclaiming him honorary supervisor for the town of Ramapo. In turn, Matt presented ‘A History Of Ireland’ to supervisor Reisman.

Glenahulla emigrant, Helen McCarthy, celebrated the opening of her new beauty and hair salon in Sutton, London with the aid of soccer legend, George Best. Set to give employment to five girls, including her own sister Tessa, Helen was educated at Glenahulla National School and St Fanahan’s College, Mitchelstown. She spent the previous 3 years working as a consultant beauty therapist in the UK. George Best and his girlfriend were on hand to cut the ribbon.

Treading the boards locally, ‘Sive’ was set to be staged in Fermoy Community Youth Centre by the Palace Players. The cast included Kate Murphy (Nana), Ber O’Sullivan (Mena), Martina O’Brien (Sive), Tom Dunne (Thomasheen Sean Rua), Michael Twomey (Mike Glavin), Tom Collier (Sean Dota), Donal Sheehan (Liam Scuab), Oliver O’Brien (Pats Bocock) and Humphrey Langford (Carthalawn). Meanwhile, Ballyduff were set to host a musical extravaganza, ‘Hello October’, directed by Geraldine Canning. With over 60 children, featured artistes included Ken Johnson, David Anglesey, Margaret Madden, Enda Ormonde, Seanie Barry, Jan O’Sullivan, Emer Mills, Dick O’Mahoney, Catherine Kenny, Marie O’Reilly and Fr Gene Sheehan.

The following joke was sent in by Fermoy’s Jim Phelan in 1992, an old rib tickler let’s say! Shortly after God created Adam, he went along to him and said “I know you are lonely Adam, so I am going to create for you the perfect woman. She will be beautiful, intelligent, kind-hearted, faithful, never demanding but always wanting to give, etc etc, but it will cost you”. Adam asked “What will it cost me, God?” God replied “It will cost you an arm and a leg”. Adam replied “I wouldn’t pay an arm and a leg for any woman, even how perfect she is, but what could you give me for a rib?”

Watergrasshill minor hurlers surrendered a five point half-time lead to Glen Rovers in the semi-final of the minor B championship, played in Carrignavar. Leading 0-7 to 0-2 at the interval, the Glen upped their second half performance to run our winners 1-9 to 0-9. Team: Dinny O'Leary, Patrick O’Neill, Don Ryan, James Roche, Donal O'Shea, Cathal Collins, David Daly, Willie John Manley (0-2), Paud O’Neill, Brendan Kearney (0-3), Brian Cussen (0-1), Alan Herlihy, Liam Walsh, Jimmy O'Leary (0-1), Richie Cahill (0-2). Sub used: Des Ryan.

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