A phone call to a member of staff at Bank of Ireland in Fermoy, informing them of ‘the presence of a bomb on the premises’ in April 1997, was reported to have ‘caused considerable panic’ at the local branch.
With the 150th running of the Aintree Grand National suffering the same fate only days previous (organisers there receiving a bomb threat from the IRA), the incident closer to home saw 20 members of staff and a small number of customers immediately vacate the premises. The caller to the branch, who was said to have spoken with a Northern accent, stated that ‘a device was planted on the premises’, with local gardai, under Inspector Liam Hayes promptly arriving on the scene.
Once given the all clear and declared as a hoax, the decision was made to close the bank for the remainder of the day in question, a move manager Patsy Myers described as following ‘internal procedure’, thus allowing everyone sufficient time to recover from the ordeal.
‘Stripping the Model’, the entry by the Watergrasshill Novelty Act group in the Munster Scor final of 1997, brought glory back to the ‘Hill following a ‘fabulous witty performance’. Members John O’Connell, Lizzie O’Leary, Timmy Healy, Dan Kearney, Delia O’Riordan and Eleanor Collins, were looking forward to the All-Ireland finals scheduled for April 19th 1997 in The Two Mile Inn, Co Monaghan.