The departure of the troops from Fitzgerald Camp, Fermoy was carried out with the kind of efficiency that is the hallmark of professional soldiers. Whatever their personal feelings on the matter, the soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Squadron performed with customary discipline and organisation by marching out of a military installation which had been their home from home. Having been inspected by Brigadier General David Taylor, GOC Southern Command and having performed the ceremonial lowering of the tricolour, the men, led by the band from the Western Command, marched out of and away from Fitzgerald Camp.

‘Mature individuals’ only

There was no shortage of takers when the director of Felicia’s Journey, Atom Egoyan sent out word that extras were required to take part in his film. There was an even bigger rush when it was revealed that these extras were required for pub scenes.

It sounded like a good deal, you got paid to drink beer and you were given a free lunch. And so a posse of budding actors made their way to Fitzgibbon’s Pub in Glanworth to see if they fitted the bill. However, there was some disappointment when it was made known that the director was only looking for ‘mature individuals’.

Pre-school in Kilbehenny

Availing of a spare room at Kilbehenny National School, Carmel English and Martha Holmes from the Kilbehenny area came together to establish the community’s first pre-school. As well as preparing young children for school life, the new facility provided youngsters with the opportunity to mix and integrate in a supervised, yet relaxed atmosphere. 

Ned ‘Cork Person of the Month’

Well known Garda, Ned Kirby, originally from Johnstown, Fermoy was named Cork Person of the Month to mark his work with young people in the Gurranabraher, Knocknaheeny and Holyhill areas of Cork city. Local priest and community activist Fr Paul O’Donoghue who nominated Ned said he was a most caring person and worked far and beyond the call of duty.

All Ireland glory for Fermoy golfers

Fermoy Golf Club became All-Ireland champions when they won the JB Carr Diamond Trophy at Woodbridge, Co Wicklow. In the final Fermoy played some magnificent golf to win 3-nil (the other two matches were called in with Fermoy ahead).

At a function later on Sunday night the Munster and All-Ireland pennants were presented to club captain Jim Collins, but the biggest cheer of the night came when Fermoy’s team manager and player Dick Murphy received the JB Carr Trophy from the legendary Joe Carr. It had been 30 years since Fermoy won a national title and celebrations went on into the early hours.

Ballyduff tops in survey

Ballyduff Festival finished tops when a survey was carried out among the 30 full-length drama festivals in Ireland. The survey was very detailed in some aspects and threw up some interesting statistics, for example, the average cost to groups who travel on the circuit was over £2,000.

In other aspects the outcome was very straight forward. When all components were brought together, Derry and Mountmellick finished in third spot, the West Cork Festival in Rossmore finished second and top of the pile was the West Waterford Festival at Ballyduff.

Kathleen & Sean steal the show

The Munster Dancesport Board Waltzing competition held at The Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown was a brilliant success and very rewarding for the organisers and Cope Foundation, Mitchelstown committee after all of their hard work.

Competitors came from all over Ireland, dressed in wonderful colour but Kathleen and Sean Dennehy stole the show. Their unforgettable demonstration of Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Quick Step received thunderous applause.

In Sport

After 29 long years Bride Rovers were once again crowned junior hurling champions of East Cork. After years of disappointment a glorious new chapter was written in the Bride Rovers story. Finishing the first half in style Bride Rovers led their opponents Dungourney by four points, a point from Terry Broderick the final score of the half that read Bride Rovers 1-07 – 1-03 Dungourney.

Despite starting the second half in whirlwind fashion Dungourney couldn’t reel in the Bride Rovers’ lead and when Jerome O’Driscoll notched a great score to increase the Bride Rovers’ lead to seven points, John Motherway sounded the final whistle, the famine of 29 years was over.

Terry Broderick was named man of the match but in truth all the Bride Rovers’ players could have merited the award. However, Terry’s tally of 1-5 from play was a huge contribution to Bride Rovers’ success.