Radio personality Robert Walshe of 103FM County Sound, landed a prestigious contract with drinks giant, Murphys, which would see him become ‘the voice of Murphy’s Irish Stout in America’. Due to work commitments and short notice, the dual citizen – a holder of both Irish and American passports – had to turn down the offer of being flown to New York to make the inaugural recording for the radio adverts. However, thanks to ‘modern technology’ a link up from the County Sound studios in Mallow, via San Francisco to the Big Apple, allowed for a 2-hour recording to kick-start the promotion.
‘Lucky Joe!’ read the headline. Ballyduff man Joe Barry, had a miraculous escape in February 1997 when during high winds, the ‘trunk of a beech tree… crushed his car only seconds after he had parked it to go to lunch’. The tree, which split in two during the strong gale, fell across the roof of the vehicle, causing enough damage for it to be considered a write-off.