In common with the national trend, secondary schools in The Avondhu area expressed ‘great satisfaction’ at the improvement in results across the board in the 1997 Leaving Certificate results. It was very much a landmark year in Colaiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy with the secondary school being only one of seventy nationwide to have students sitting the Applied Leaving Cert exam, 20 in total. Mary Stokes, daughter Simon and Eileen Stokes, vice-principal and teacher at Nagle Rice Secondary School respectively, scored top points at the Doneraile school, achieving 6 A1 grades at higher level. A sound follow-up to her great results from her Junior Certificate in 1995, where she received 9 As.
Shorts, sunglasses and cool drinks were the order of the day, as the Feile Fhearmui concert in Fermoy was reported on as ‘a resounding success’ in August 1997. In only its third year, the festival, celebrating all things traditional, brought a wealth of talent to the banks of the Blackwater with foreign tourists from Britain, Slovakia, France and Australia reported to be frequenting the town’s pubs. The open air concert on the Sunday of the festival, held at Ashe Quay, along with the old time threshing at Fitzgerald Place were ‘more than well attended’.