The Castletownroche Mill Restoration Committee had shown ‘Fanahan McSweeney’s courage, heart and commitment in seeing the Mill project through thus far’ – the opinion of Cork County manager, Noel Dillon at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to the outstanding athlete in 1996. Fanahan had been involved in the initial planning stages, as well as a great supporter of the Mill restoration project, prior to his untimely death in 1995. The plaque in his honour was located on the outer wall of the Mill premises.
The presbytery in Glenville, home to Fr Jim Davern, fell victim to a burglary in 1996 when perpetrators gained access by kicking in the back door and smashing other interior doors, before absconding with ‘a sum of money believed to be in excess of £100’. What made the burglary ‘particularly interesting’ was that ‘it continued a sequence of burglaries at the presbytery going back over 40 years’, with The Avondhu learning that almost every occupant of the building since the early 1950s had been burgled. With ‘one, perhaps two, notable exceptions to this sequence’, in effect all priests serving in Glenville in the 40 years prior to 1996, had fallen victim to burglars during their time in the area.