Conna Drama Group were set for a ‘court appearance’, preparing to tread the boards in late 1996 with their production of ‘The Evidence I Shall Give’, written by former circuit court justice, Richard Johnson. A play set in the south west of Ireland during the 1960s and featuring a cast of 25, direction was by Michael Riordan, who also played the part of District Justice McCarthy. Other cast members included Tom Cotter, Liz Hannigan, Peter Barry and Frank Hayes.
A ‘straw poll’ undertaken by The Avondhu on the streets of Fermoy back in November 1996 ‘met with a generally favourable response’ towards the proposal to introduce pay parking, in an effort to fund the purchase and development of a further off-street site for parking. The poll found business people were generally in favour of the concept of disc parking along the main street, as people “might have more respect for the streets of the town and for the parking regulations”. One trader expressed the opinion that any levy charged ‘should be reasonable and affordable’, perhaps 30p for two hours, so as ‘not to turn people away’.