British movie star, Bob Hoskins was due to spend some time in Glanworth as one of the stars in ‘Felicia’s Journey’, the film based on the novel by William Trevor. With the exception of one brief sequence, Glanworth is the location for all the Irish scenes in the film. Glanworth was chosen as the Irish location when the producers felt the village had the feel and atmosphere of the place where William Trevor wrote about in ‘Felicia’s Journey’.

Jobs boost for Fermoy

There was more good news for Fermoy on the industrial front following the decision of an Australian company to set up its offices in the town’s Mill Island. The company, I&E Systems from Perth in Western Australia, specialised in technical support and software solutions to the oil, gas and other process industries. The company planned to employ up to 60 people over a three to four year period, the majority of which would specialise in electrical and software engineering.

Goats have expensive taste

Two goats abandoned by their owners and left to their own devices in Ballyhooly began to outstay their welcome after the shaggy looking ravenous creatures developed a taste for prize winning roses, expensive shrubs and even designer clothes.

What started off as an amicable arrangement between residents and goats quickly deteriorated when one irate resident, who initially welcomed the goats with some carrots and cabbage leaves, claimed that one of the animals had devoured his Calvin Klein shirt which was hanging out to dry.

Although admitting that he hadn’t seen the goats ‘in the act of eating’ he was adamant that one of the animals was to blame. Still seething with anger the fashion conscious young man explained what life had been like during the reign of terror.

“It was like having a plague of locusts, everything was on the menu as far as they were concerned,” he said. Thankfully the goats returned to a more conventional diet after they were rounded up and taken away to a new home in Cork city.

Tidy Towns

Past winners Galbally and title aspirants Lismore confirmed their positions as the best kept towns in The Avondhu region by securing marks of 244 and 234 respectively in the Tidy Towns competition. Galbally’s score of 244 points was the same as the previous year and their 81.3% approval rating came in just 3% behind the overall winner Ardagh in Co Longford. 

Glenbrohane did itself proud when the renovated church won the special Heritage Award for the village and a cheque for £2,000 in the SuperValu sponsored Tidy Towns competition.

Generous grant enables repairs

Repair work to the belfry of St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore was well under way thanks to a generous grant received from the Heritage Council. The early nineteenth century louvres, which were letting in rain, were replaced, unsafe stairs and floors were repaired, new steel support beams and woodwork installed to carry the bell safety platforms and the main bell was rehung on new steel supports.

In Sport

Kildorrery GAA minor footballers had a sweet victory over Fermoy in the league final, 5-09 to 0-10, reversing the honours from the championship result in which Fermoy won. Sean Curtin produced one of his best performances for Kildorrery and M O’Keeffe, D Lee and TP Murphy were also excellent in a great team performance.

Paki Ryan produced a moment of magic to ensure Bally Rovers FC a share of the spoils against Burncourt Celtic in their debut match. A goal behind and destined for defeat, Paki picked up the ball and showed his class and skill to beat DJ Walsh in goal to level the match. Gary Bennett and Johnny McDonnell were excellent throughout for Bally Rovers but the standout player over the 90 minutes was Pa Meade who was declared man of the match.

Aherlow GAA had four members who were part of the Tipperary junior football team that won the junior All-Ireland football championship when they beat Offaly at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Derry Peters, Mark Leonard, Mark O’Shea and Fergal Clifford were presented with beautiful statues as mementoes of the occasion on behalf of their home club at a social function in the community centre in Lisvernane.