January 12th-18th 1917

A grand variety entertainment and concert was held in the Lismore Courthouse in aid of the funds of the Red Cross Sphagnum Moss Depot Class. It was estimated that £36 was raised, which was considered very good for Lismore and district.

Fermoy Quarterly Great Horse fair took place and although the number of animals on sale was on the small side, the buying was good and there was a large attendance. Good prices were realised and on the whole the fair was deemed a success. Mr J. Fouhy, Ballyday, Castlelyons sold a 5 year old bay mare for £48, Mr M. Fogarty, Mitchelstown sold a 5 year old bay horse for £30, whilst Mr W. Walsh, Kildorrery sold one for £60.

A tramp named Patrick Burke received two months in gaol with hard labour at Fermoy for stealing, on Christmas Day, two shirts valued at 7s 6d, the property of Attendant Phillips, Soldiers’ Home.

At Lismore Sessions, a farmer named Patrick Veale was summoned for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart on January 3rd. He was also summoned for not having a light on his cart on the same occasion. A fine of 5s and costs in the first case and 2s and costs in the second was imposed.

Sergeant-Major Conway, Royal Irish regiment, a native of Clogheen, stationed at Templemore was awarded the military medal for meritorious conduct and bravery on the field and devotion to duty. He was for years stationed in Clonmel, where his 21 years expired and at the outbreak of the war, he rejoined.

The death took place of Mr John Murray of Bridane, Lismore, a man who had completed his 100th birthday. Deceased was a labourer whose anecdotes of the by-gone days would remain fresh in the memory of the younger generation for a long period. Also, the announcement of the death of Mr Florence McCarthy, Watergrasshill caused regret amongst a wide circle of the community. His popularity in the electoral division of Watergrasshill was evidenced in his election and re-election as their representative in the Cork County Council, since the inception of that body.

At a meeting of Mallow Rural Council, the following work, recommended for proposal was passed: – To repair the bridge and retaining walls at Ballincurrig between Killavullen and Ballyhooly at a cost of £25.

Clogheen Union adopted a resolution from the Tipperary Guardians calling upon the government to empower the land courts to give rent reductions to unpurchased tenants pending the resumption of land purchase.

At the Cork Athletic Grounds, the second teams of Fermoy and Macroom met in the intermediate football division. Fine weather prevailed, the field was in excellent order, the game was well contested but the attendance was small. There was no score at half-time, but that changed only for Macroom in the second half. The final score was Macroom – 1 goal and 2 points, Fermoy – Nil.