Recalling March 1992


Recalling March 1992

The unexpected death of Canon Pierce Condon in Kilworth in March 1992 caused great shock to his parish of Kilworth and surrounding area.

Thursday, 28 March 2013
3:15 AM GMT

Front page news on March 26th, 1992 told of the unexpected death of Canon Pierce Condon, Kilworth. A native of Templevalley near Tallow in county Waterford, Canon Condon passed away at his sister’s residence in Limerick. He came to Kilworth parish from Buttevant in 1April 1964, following the death of Canon Kelleher. He was survived by his two sisters, Mrs Roche and Mrs Gibbons.

The support from the public for Daffodil Day in Fermoy was being lauded by organiser, Jim Bartley. An incredible 3,000 button-hole silk daffodils were sold, while close to 700 bunches of real daffodils (at £1 each) were purchased on the streets. The sizeable sum gathered was in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Parents were on the alert in Mitchelstown and surrounding area, following an incident in the town where a young boy was accosted while walking home. The suspect, described as elderly and driving a large black vehicle, tried to get the youngster to sit into his vehicle – however the boy ran off and the incident was then reported to the gardai.

A single course lunch in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel (Monday to Saturday) would set you back £3.95, while ‘early dinner’ could be has for the bargain price of £5.95, before 7pm. Children under 5 were free at all times, while children U12 cost £2.95. 3 course Sunday lunch came in at £9.95!

Local gardai and members from the Emergency Response Unit from Dublin were targeting areas east of Mallow in their searches for subversives’ bunkers and arms dumps. Intensive garda searches had taken place in isolated areas around Doneraile as well as Killavullen, following on from searches taking place over a six week period in North Cork, Kerry and West Limerick. There were no reported finds.

A dwelling in Galbally, known as the Corner House, had claimed 1st prize in county Limerick for the best kept premises in the county. The premises’ owner, Richard O’Donovan, was a prominent member of the village’s Tidy Towns committee since 1981. Originally used as a base by Bianconi to change horses on his way from Clonmel to Cork, it was converted to a dwelling house in 1836.

A crowd, estimated to be in excess of 300, turned up in Christ Church, Fermoy to witness the installation of the Reverend John Luttrell Haworth, by the Lord Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Robert Warke. Reverend Haworth was filling the role of spiritual director, vacated by Reverend Gordon Pamment on health grounds. He was joined by his wife Rose and 25 relatives at the ceremony. His new parish would cover Mitchelstown, Fermoy, Ballyhooly, Glenville and Conna.

Despite suffering defeat, Castlelyons junior hurlers made an encouraging start to their 1992 league campaign, going down to Castlemartyr at home. The final margin of defeat was 5 points, 1-12 to 1-07. Against the wind in the opening period, the home side managed to register 4 points from P O’Brien, P Randles and C Murphy in the first half, as against Castlemartyr’s 0-9. A strong second half performance failed to close the margin, with C Murphy registering the side’s goal. Team and sub: A Barry, G O’Regan, D Spillane, K Sheehan, D Sheehan, M Spillane, B O’Brien, P O’Brien, P Randles, S Cotter, W O’Riordan, B Fitzgerald, C Murphy, P O’Sullivan, H Hegarty. Sub: P Sweeney for Barry Fitzgerald.

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