November 3rd-9th 1916

Miss Kelly who recently entered on her duties as assistant in Castletownroche Girls’ School, was awarded by the Commissioners of National Education a prize of £10 to mark their appreciation of the success achieved at her final examination.

At Fermoy Sessions, Mrs Kate Daly, Kilworth, was summoned for having a rug and blanket, the property belonging to the military, in her possession. Defendant said that Major Lewis was a lodger with her about nine years ago and he left the blanket with her and she kept it since. She did not want it and had no call to it. The case was dismissed. Michael Colbert, Glensheskin was also summoned for having army property in his possession. It appeared that the defendant was an old age pensioner and had three sons in the army. His son James, who was home on temporary leave, claimed the pair of shoes as his own but did not appear in court. A fine of 2s 6d was imposed. Michael Grout, Kilworth was fined 2s 6d for having a pair of military underpants in his possession.

Mr Coroner John J. Horgan, solr. and a jury of which Mr Forde was foreman, held an inquest at Carrignavar into the circumstances of the death of James O’Sullivan. The deceased who had been found dead at his residence was aged 74 years, in receipt of the old age pension and lived alone in a labourer’s cottage at Ballyvorisheen, Carrignavar. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony – that the deceased died from a stroke of apoplexy.

At a meeting of Fermoy Urban Council, the clerk read a letter from the Dublin Corporation, requesting that delegates be appointed to an All-Ireland Convention for the purpose of establishing a Political Prisoners’ Amnesty Association. The chairman, Mr E.J. Quinlan, said that the resolution had come from the proper centre and he suggested that the council would appoint delegates. Messrs Power, Barry and the chairman were appointed to represent the council.

At Kilfinane Sessions, David Ryan, Keale summoned his son for assault and the magistrates, after hearing the evidence, sentenced the defendant to a month’s imprisonment and at the expiration of the period, to enter into a bond to keep the peace. Mr R. Fox, solr., appeared for the defendant.

The announcement of the death of Mr Thomas Rice, Fermoy, ex-sessional crown solicitor, removed from the legal profession one of the surviving links to the old days. He belonged to one of the oldest families in Munster and was esteemed for his respect for everyone with whom he had any dealings. He was 87 years old and enjoyed fox hunting. It was said that the hounds were always certain of a fox at Clondulane covert and Mr Rice made sure of this, as he had on several occasions purchased foxes in Wales and England for his covert, which was so well looked after.