October 27th – November 2nd 1916

At Mitchelstown Sessions, six young men were convicted for an offence under the Defence of the Realm Act and fined 10s and costs as well as being bound to the peace. One of the defendants, P Sullivan complied with the order of the court but the other five, J Walsh, D O’Keeffe, D Clifford, P Roche and D O’Keane, in default of giving bail were arrested and conveyed in the evening under police escort to Cork gaol.

It emerged that the wrong name had been given for a man still missing and presumed drowned after an accident while watering his horse at the slip in the West Quay, Fermoy. He was not Thomas Phelan from Cappoquin but Maurice Phelan of Camphire, Lismore. He left a wife and three children. The river had been dragged without success.

Board members of Clogheen Union voted to adopt The Omagh resolution against reverting to new summer time and the Cork Union resolution against compulsory service. They also expressed their thanks to Mrs Nolan, Garnavilla for the gift of illustrated papers to the union.

The greatest sympathy was felt for Messrs John Feeney M.C.C., Lismore and Michael Feeney, merchant, Ballyduff, two prominent nationalists in the district, on the double bereavement that took place in their family in the space of 24 hours. Their mother, Johanna, aged 81 years, died on the Monday and their sister, Mrs Thomas Brackett, Tovadoo, Ballyduff, who left six in family, passed away on the Tuesday.

News was officially received at Cappoquin that Private Thomas Collins from Barrack Street, aged 20 years, of the 7th Leinster Regiment, had been killed in action on September 9th. He had been through many engagements including the Dardanelles. The sad news also arrived that Private William Hackett of the Royal Irish Regiment was killed in action on the same date. He was reared at Old Chapel Street, Cappoquin.

Miss Blanche Hardwicke was knocked down by an incoming train to Dungarvan and sustained some serious injuries. She was the daughter of Mr Hardwicke, Brewery Lodge. The accident happened when she, with others, was proceeding to the hockey ground to play a match and had to pass the railway level crossing at Shandon, about 100 yards from the platform. The wind was high and she did not see the train rushing in. As she crossed the track, the engine caught her and she was dragged some fifteen yards. The driver stopped the train but her hand and toes were crushed. Dr Dennehy of Lismore, going to travel by the train, ran down and administered first aid. She was taken to hospital in a precarious condition.

A terrific storm raged over Mitchelstown on the night of October 27th, accompanied by a tremendous downpour of rain. Much damage to property was reported in the district, with roofs of houses being blown away and trees knocked. There was one case of a loss of life.