The closure of the entrance road to Tallow Bridge Quay came about following objections by local residents, local landowners and from the West Waterford town’s public representative, Cllr Willie McDonnell. It was claimed that cars were ‘being driven down the road at all hours of the night and the quay was being used for many types of activity – some rather unsavoury’. Although the road was not Waterford County Council property, it was a right of way for local residents, landowners and fishing club members said Mr McDonnell at a meeting of Waterford County Council, and their interest in the matter was in keeping with their policy to protect areas such as the quay. The road was closed off by the placement of 2 concrete posts and a 12’ gate, erected by the Council at a cost, which included £100 contribution from local residents.
A ‘civic-minded citizen’ promptly brought the matter of tree pruning in Fermoy town to the attention of Fermoy UDC chairman, Michael Hanley, who hastily proceeded to ask the Council staff members on the morning of the works not to continue, as no one in management could be contacted. Describing the pruning at O’Rahilly Row as ‘vandalism’, Mr Hanley met with, what he described as an ‘intimidatory’ response from the Town Clerk, who informed him that councillors should not interfere with the work of (council) staff. Declaring that ‘he was not going to put up with failure to communicate on issues that require the full input of the council’, Mr Hanley stated that a meeting between the town clerk, engineer, manager and the full council had to take place to finalise the breakdown in communication and put an end to the ‘constant frustration’ to progress important matters.
Parishioners in Mitchelstown came together to bid a fond farewell to Fr Tom Browne, who was transferred to Aghabullogue where he was stationed as parish priest. Also present at the function in the Clongibbon House were Canon O’Leary, Canon Sheehan and Archdeacon Frazer, who all spoke in the highest esteem of Fr Browne’s time in Mitchelstown. Carol Bradley, secretary of the community council, presented Fr Browne with a painting by local artist Rosemary Doody, on behalf of the community, while Hilary Connolly, treasurer CC presented him with a cheque for £1,700.
Some grocery pricing from September 1995, as advertised by the Co-Op Superstores, Mitchelstown and Cahir. A shoulder of bacon could be purchased for 59p/lb, while Galtee sausages were priced at 99p/lb. T-bone steak was £2.99/lb. 10 loose apples could be purchased for 99p, while you could get 9 loose oranges for the same price. In the frozen food department, Donegal Catch Fish (450g) was £2.09, while a Goodfellas Pizza would set you back £1.99.
Mitchelstown qualified for the North Cork junior A football final, defeating rivals Fermoy following a replay held in Araglin. Playing with a strong breeze, their football in the first half ‘left a lot to be desired’, where they struggled to hold onto the ball. However, they managed to lead at the interval 0-5 to 0-3 and turned to play ‘against a near gale force wind’. Playing with ‘tremendous heart’ in the face of adversity in the second period, ‘Town’s backs excelled in every position and they held out to book their place in the final, versus Mallow, on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-5. Team & scorers: A Griffin, N O’Donnell, D Maher, J Cleary, D Power, D Lynch, J McGrath, J Walsh, M Beston, J Barrett (0-7), P Donegan, N Finn, W Kenneally, D Maher, K Cotter (0-1).
Pat Ryan from Ballyporeen Handball Club, partnered with Kevin Croke from Horse & Jockey, to claim the All-Ireland 60×30 novice doubles in Ballina in a nailbiting 2-set encounter, 21-20, 21-20. While Kilworth junior B footballers, captained by Aidan Hyland, bridged a 10 year gap when claiming the Nork Cork championship title at the expense of Buttevant on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-7.