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November 1994 – recalling some Avondhu headline news

A GAA county cup had been mislaid in county Limerick, the search was on in earnest; Ballyhooly wished farewell to Fr Joe McGuane; while it was all about diversification in Fermoy. Read on for headline news from November 1994.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
12:05 PM GMT

Popular Fermoy hostelry, Féach Amach, was taken over by noted Cork GAA player Bandon native, Noel Crowley. The Kent Street premises was purchased from Francis and Josie Morrison. Mr Crowley played both hurling and football for Cork with some success over three decades, with a list of All-Ireland medals, including minor in 1969 and 1970, U21 hurling in 1971, as well as junior medals in 1972 and 1983. He was also a selector with the Cork hurling team.

Galtee Gaels GAA officials were trying to trace the whereabouts of the Limerick county intermediate football trophy, which had been mislaid. Having won the title in 1993, defeating Bruree, the last known appearance of the trophy was at a function in Anglesboro!

A special function was arranged in Ballyhooly, to bid farewell to popular curate Fr Joe McGuane, who was transferring to Ballycotton, having been stationed in the parish for over six years. Tributes were paid by representatives of the local groups who were represented, including from May O’Riordan (ICA and senior citizens), Patrick O’Mahony (GAA) and Elmarie O’Reilly (choir and school board of management). Jim McCarthy, on behalf of the organising committee, described him as ‘a man of the people’ with ‘endless stamina’, noting however that ‘he was not infallible’, recalling the Easter Sunday where he wished parishioners a happy Christmas!

‘Diversification’ was the buzz word at a meeting in Fermoy involving the Blackwater Region Development Company (BRDC), where details of the 1995-1999 Development Plan were made public. BRDC chairman Stephen Randles opening the meeting. It was noted that with the Blackwater region ‘heavily dependent on agriculture and food processing’, progress would require seeking whatever diversification was practical, however progress would also require diversification outside of agriculture. Gerry Kelly, IDA business consultant who helped formulate the 5 year plan, emphasised that the region needed to exploit its ‘tourism potential’, ‘locational advantages’ (being at the intersection of 2 national primary routes), as well as to ‘identify and develop new forms of supplementary agricultural income and new food products’. A fundamental part of the BRDC plan was the 17 area development plans prepared by each of the community based member groups – in total over 100 project proposals had been received. LEADER funding in the region of £2M was being sought to advance the plan.

In brief – Frank and Mai Halbert closed the doors on their grocery and light hardware shop in Glenville for the final time on October bank holiday Monday 1994, the shop had been opened by Frank’s parents in the early 1930s. At 84 years of age, the question in Mitchelstown was whether Jim Condon of Clonmel Road was the oldest person to compete in the RTE ‘Live at Three’ over 60s talent contest – the harmonica player was no stranger to the limelight, as he had previously competed in a 1976 senior citizens TV show hosted by personality Bunny Carr.

Tallow were crowned Western divisional junior football champions, when they scored a deserved three point win over Modeligo at Cappoquin, on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-9. The sides were deadlocked at half-time, 1-3 to 0-6, Pat Murphy the Tallow goalscorer. Assisted by the breeze in the second period, Tallow built up an impressive lead of 2-8 to 0-6, Gerry Hogan goaling from a penalty, and held out to claim the title.

Team & scorers: B Pratt, D Martin, T Sheehan, K Murphy, D Doyle, G Sice, B Henley, S Barry, C Cunningham (0-1), JP Grey, G Hogan (1-4), J Doyle (0-1), M Curley (0-1), P Murphy (1-2), P Curley. Sub: S Curley for JP Grey.

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