September 15th-21st 1916

Under the Defence of the Realm Act, Mr W.J. Ryan, shopkeeper, Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown was arrested and conveyed to the local barracks. No further information was given.

In GAA, Fermoy travelled to Castletownroche to fulfil an engagement in hurling with the local team, for the purpose of enabling the Castletownroche club get together some funds. There was a good attendance, notwithstanding the inclement weather, but the play was not up that standard which was expected. The Castletownroche men were too well up for the game and very soon they demonstrated their superiority. The final score was Castletownroche 4 goals, Fermoy 1 goal and 1 point.

At Sunday Mass at Lismore, Rev. John M. O’Shea, C.C., celebrant, in the course of his address to the congregation, said he had been asked by Monsignor Walsh to ask the parishioners of the southern end of the parish to follow the lead given to them by those in the northern end – he referred to the custom of giving out drink at threshings, which the people of the northern end had refused to do. Father O’Shea said that this custom with farmers was a kind of reserved sin for them. It was a sin of scandal and no ordinary confessor could give them absolution for it. He went on to say that the custom of distributing drink at christenings, marriages and deaths was a disgraceful one.

At Mitchelstown Sessions, Head Constable Shelly charged a large number of persons with offences under the Sheep Dipping Order of 1915. They were fined 6d and costs in each case. He also charged James Flynn, John McCarthy and Thomas Flynn with the larceny of apples, the property of Mr T.L. Carroll. All were fined 5s and costs. Also, at the Mitchelstown Sessions Rev. Dr Wigmore, C.C., applied to have a boy named Thomas O’Neill admitted to an industrial school, as he had no one to look after him. The Bench committed the boy to Greenmount Industrial School until he had attained the age of 16 years and made no order for any contribution at present.

Deaths in the Great War included: T. Condon, Fermoy and T. Connery, Kilfinane, both of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. The list of men from that regiment who were wounded included the names of P. Myles and J. Hayes from Kilworth, J. Murphy, Fermoy and T. O’Brien, Ballyduff.

At Cappoquin Sessions, District Inspector O’Keeffe, through Head Constable Cahill, Cappoquin, charged an old man of the general dealer class, in custody, named Michael Donnelly, with the larceny of an ass from Mrs Mary Keane, Cappoquin. Donnelly pleaded not guilty, insisting that he never stole the donkey but that the animal had followed him. He was remanded in custody and informed he was to be returned for trial to the Quarter Sessions to be held on September 29th in Waterford.