September 29th – October 5th, 1916

The body of Mr Laurence Eager, Queen’s Square, Fermoy was found in the River Blackwater, a short distance below Artillery Quay. The deceased had been missing for over a week and no trace of him could be found by his friends, who searched in many places for tidings of him. The sad affair caused much regret in the town as the deceased was a most respectable young man, quiet and inoffensive, and was of a very hard working disposition.

An inquest into the death of the 34 year old at the courthouse heard Dr M. A. O’Brien, Fermoy state that there were no marks of violence on the body and death in his opinion was due to suffocation due to the result of drowning. Mr William Eager, brother of the deceased, stated that in his opinion there was nothing wrong with his brother. Mr Timothy Desmond, pensioner, stated Laurence Eager had been sober when last he saw him. Sergeant Sullivan said he often saw him sitting on the wall, having a smoke and chatting to others. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence and gave it as their opinion that Eager had accidentally fallen into the river.

At the monthly meeting of Castlelyons Coursing Club, with Rev. R. Hegarty in the chair, it was proposed by Mr M. Moore and seconded by Mr W. Hegarty that members of the club begged to tender to Mr P. O’Regan their sincere sympathy in his recent sad bereavement on the death of his father. The resolution was passed in silence.

In connection with the Munster Junior Handball Championship Tournament, Coughlan (Cork) versus Ryan (Fermoy) were to have met at the City ball court, Old Market Place to decide their tie in the third round, but owing to the wet weather it was found impossible to proceed with the match.

A very large and representative attendance of buyers was present at St Ann’s Hill on the occasion of the dispersal sale of the stock which had been announced for some time back. The late Sir Richard Barter had attained a very high reputation as a stock breeder and was a notable prize-winner at the show yards throughout Ireland, which in itself accounted for the big gathering around the sale ring. The catalogue comprised in all 258 head of cattle, sheep and pigs. The small herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle were keenly paid for, top price £65 10s being paid by Mr Thomas Robinson, Mitchelstown, for the fine-looking cow ‘Luxury of Moyglare.’

J.J. O’Leary, a teacher at Glenville N. S., expressed his view that the educational curriculum had been specifically devised to meet the requirements of town schools and urban children. ‘Now it is clear that rural districts required special treatment in educational matters. Ireland is essentially an agricultural country and surely agriculture should occupy prior place in the education system’.