A “scandalous decision” was how Deputy Ned O’Keeffe described the purchase by Cork County Council of a house in the Downing area of Kilworth, to house a travelling family. Calling the decision to outlay £62,500 to house one family ‘a disgrace’, Deputy O’Keeffe said ‘this same amount of money could have been used to house two ‘settled’ families in the area’ – however, he received ‘little or no support from other members’ at the December 1996 Council Northern Committee meeting. Willie and Mary O’Donoghue, who at the time were ‘sited at the industrial estate in Fermoy and formerly at Molly Barry’s Cross’, had six children and were ‘very well respected in the area’ according to Senator Joe Sherlock. While Cllr Jack Roche stated that there was a social and Christian responsibility on the part of Cork County Council to see that such families were adequately housed.
150 students from Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile brought musical ‘Oliver’ to stage, with ‘some great comic moments, sparkling performances and magical music numbers’. First year student Adrian Carroll played the lead role of Oliver, while some other cast members included Colm Fitzgibbon, Catriona O’Callaghan, Damien O’Connor, Seamus Hunter, Lisa O’Regan and Barry O’Leary.