‘Youth gangs out of control’ was how a number of concerned parents described incidents in Mitchelstown over the Easter weekend in 1997, where ‘a number of youths received severe injuries after being set upon by a gang estimated to number between fifteen and twenty’. Local youths, of both sexes, ‘hell bent on causing trouble’ according to one parent, were responsible for the unprovoked attack which saw two youths knocked to the ground, set upon and kicked repeatedly. Not the first time such ‘street fights’ had occurred in the town, in this instance ‘bottles were used to strike people’. A Garda spokesperson informed The Avondhu the incident was being investigated and was ‘under control’.
Fermoy An Post members Donie Lyons, Michael O’Shea and Michael O’Brien volunteered to shave their heads, to raise funds for the Joanne O’Riordan Appeal. Hoping bald would be beautiful, local residents were instructed ‘not to run for their lives’ if encountering the men following the event – our reporter noting they would be as ‘friendly as ever’, in spite of the fact that they wouldn’t have as much hair as before.