A Glenville man had to undergo surgery at a Cork hospital, ‘following a vicious assault by two armed men in the early hours of the morning at his farm in Graigue’. The farmer, in his mid 60s, had reportedly ‘lost part of his thumb as a result of the attack which involved a slash hook’. Injuries from the attack in June 1997 included a number of gashes to the farmer’s left hand as well as being ‘badly beaten about the back’. Gardai from both Fermoy and Cobh, who were called to the scene, were following a definite line of enquiry, as the two culprits involved were known to them.
A random tele-poll of 300 people undertaken by The Avondhu, one week before the people of Cork East went to the polls in the general election of 1997, showed two candidates well ahead. The poll, taken ‘to show the score with regard to first preferences’, had Ned O’Keeffe (FF) at 27.93%, closely followed by Paul Bradford (FG), just 2.29% behind on 25.64% – both looked to be on course for a comfortable return to Dail Eireann. The tele-poll placed Michael Ahern (FF) in third on 16.28%, with a ‘battle royal’ likely to be decided on transfers for the fourth seat – if the poll outcome was anyway indicative – between sitting Labour TD, John Mulvihill (6.97%), Senator Joe Sherlock (Democratic Left, 5.42%) and first time Fine Gael contender, David Stanton (7.75%).