Tragic Fatality

The entire community has been deeply shocked and saddened at the tragic death of “Small” Leonard Duggan, Cloneety Villas, whose motor cycle was involved in a head on collision with a car at Ballymacmague around lunch time last Thursday.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Duggan, the deceased was removed by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the car escaped uninjured.

A post mortem examination on the body was subsequently carried out at the hospital and an inquest will be held at a later date. Local gardai under Supt. Tom O’Grady are investigating the circumstances of the tragedy and are for the assistance appealing for witnesses, if any.

A hugely popular young man, Leonard hailed from an old and much respected Old Boro family, and the tragic nature of his passing has left everyone in a numbed state of both shock, disbelief, and deep, deep sadness.

The removal of Leonard’s remains took place from the Kiely Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Parish Church last Monday evening and following Requiem Mass on Tuesday, he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery amid grief stricken scenes.

A full obituary report will be given in next week’s column D.V.

Untimely Death

With very great sadness we report the untimely death of Bridget Guiry(nee Sargent), Lismore Avenue, Dungarvan, which took place on Sunday of last week at the local District Hospital after a period of illness. She was only in her early 50s.

A native of Modeligo, Bridget was one of the most genuine and sincere people you could ever, and would ever, meet. She was the very essence of honour and integrity, and a lady who worked ceaselessly to ensure the best for her family of three sons and a daughter who have been left devastated by her passing.

Sadly Bridget, who worked locally for a long period of time as a hospital attendant, had not enjoyed good health for almost the last five years and she finally succumbed to that illness to the inexpressible grief of her nearest and dearest and her countless friends.

The removal of her remains took place from the Drohan Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Parish Church on Tuesday evening of last week accompanied by a hugely representative cortege. Requiem Mass was celebrated in a packed St. Mary’s last Wednesday after which Bridget was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery and amid scenes of immense grief.

To her heartbroken sons, daughter, and many other relatives our sincerest sympathy is extended.

Confirmation Day

St. Mary’s Parish Church was packed to capacity last Sunday when our beloved Bishop William Lee administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to boys and girls from the parish in a most impressive ceremony.

Bishop Lee spoke from the heart to those receiving the Sacrament and the hour long ceremony was in every respect a very moving and memorable one. For the boys and girls receiving the Sacrament it was a day in their lives they will always remember, and that day it has to be said was very considerably enhanced by the input of Bishop Lee.

In congratulating all those who made their Confirmation, we congratulate also their respective schools and teaching staffs, and of course their parents who all in their own individual ways made it the great day that it was in the life of Dungarvan parish.

Not A Day Too Soon

The confirmation given at last week’s Town Council meeting by town clerk Joe O’Flaherty that a CCTV system is to be installed in the town within a matter of months will be warmly welcomed throughout the community.

The cameras, eight of them, will be provided at what are regarded as the most strategic locations, and these will be determined at a meeting that will be taking place shortly between Garda Supt. To, O’Grady and the elected council members.

CCTV has been promised for our town for a very long time, and I suppose many people had long since despaired of it ever coming to pass. Well at last it is about to do so, and for that full credit must be given to the Dept. of Justice and to the Govt as a whole. Its not often, mind you, that we find ourselves in the position of being able to shower credit on the Govt. but credit should be given where credit is due.

The well known company, Contractors Group 4, have won the contract to carry out the work, and all going well the system should be in place before the arrival of the dark autumnal and winter evenings.

Hopefully when the cameras have been installed they will be a factor in curbing the anti social behaviour which is now so prevalent in the town especially at weekends.

Grattan Square

The proposed redesigning of Grattan Square should become a top Town Council priority, Fianna Fail’s Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter told last week’s Town Council meeting.

The countless number of motorists who have had their cars damaged because of the inadequacy of the parking arrangements at this location will be fully supportive of Cllr. Rossiter who is of course also president of our Chamber Of Commerce.

The redesigning of Grattan Square was promised a long time ago but nothing has happened in the interim. Meantime almost on a daily basis motorists are encountering – to their considerable cost – the difficulties created by the narrowness of the car parking spaces, so Cllr. Rossiter’s call for action is not before time.

Hopefully, however, it’s an urgent call that won’ continue tot fall on stone deaf ears.

Eason 10K Road Race

A huge turn out is expected locally on Sunday next for the annual 10k road race sponsored by Pat Whyte of Easons Dungarvan and organised by the hugely successful West Waterford AC.

Pat is himself a former athlete of very considerable note and has done so much in the promotion of the sport and the local West Waterford club since he came to reside in Dungarvan from Castlemartyr. Now a very successful member of the business community, he is extremely generous on many fronts when it comes to sponsorship.

Hundreds of competitors are expected to line up for Sunday’s race which has a 2 0 clock start with the superb facilities of the Dungarvan GAA Club at Clogherane being used as the administrative headquarters on the day.

Late Noel Wall

With the regretted passing of Noel Wall of Kilmurray another stalwart and highly respected member of the local community has answered the Final Call.

A proud native of Kilmurray Noel, who was aged seventy tree, had worked for most of his adult life at the former Waterford Co-Op where he was held in sky high esteem by management and workers alive. He was a wonderful husband and father, and suffered a great personal loss when his wife Bridget – Biddy to one and all – passed away in 1993.

Away from his job, gardening was one of Noel’s great delights and he enjoyed nothing better than to potter away in the garden of his home which meant so very much to him. He will be very greatly missed not just by his nearest and dearest but by his legion of friends too.

Noel’s remains were removed from the Kiely Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Parish Church and following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Matt Cooney OSA he was buried in adjoining cemetery. The huge attendances on both occasions were fitting final tributes to a true gentleman.

Noel is survived by his son Kevin, his daughters Betty, Theresa, and Nuala, and many other relatives including the grandchildren he literally doted on. To all of them our sincerest sympathy is extended.

Sexual Assault

Local gardai under Supt. Tom O’Grady are continuing their investigations into a serious sexual assault on a young woman which took place at the Causeway area of Abbeyside in the early hours of last Friday morning.

A number of gardai fine combed the scene later that morning seeking forensic evidence that would help them in their investigation, while they have also appealed to members of the public to come forward with any possible assistance they may be able to provide.

This is an appeal that we would wholeheartedly endorse, and hopefully the perpetrator(s) of the appalling assault will be apprehended and brought before the courts to be dealt with in an appropriate way.

Sport Star

The January Park Hotel Sport Star was presented to Ferrybank athlete Kelly Proper by Pierce Flynn of the Park Hotel at a presentation ceremony in the hotel last Friday.

During January Kelly broke the national long jump indoor record an incredible three times, with each of her jumps representing a personal best. The nineteen year old is fast emerging as an international star of very considerable standing and she is indeed a very worthy winner of the Park Hotel accolade.

The attendance at the presentation also included Fr. Pat Moran OSA, chairman of the adjudicating panel and fellow panel members John A. Murphy and Kieran O’Connor along with members of the award winner’s family.

Starred For Ireland

Congratulations to Niamh Briggs of Ballinacourty who played a starring role in Ireland’s ten point victory over Scotland in the ladies rugby international in Dublin last Friday night.

Niamh came on in the second half at full back and was very assured, and hopefully she will now start in the next game which is against Wales, also in Dublin, on Friday of next week.

Niamh is a member of a wonderful sporting family, and her brother Shane will b a key member of the Waterford senior football team that plays Clare this weekend at Fraher Field in the National League.

New York Bound

Eleanor French of Old Parish can look forward to an exciting trip to New Yortk(with 2,000 euros in her purse) as he winner of the “Name That Estate’ competition run by the Carey brothers who are building a major new housing development on the Clonea Road in Abbeyside.

The developers decided to offer the prize of a trip to New York for two and spending money of 2,000 euros for whoever came up with the name they would choose for the new development and they opted for the nomination of Eleanor which is “Monksfield”.

There was a massive entry for the novel competition, and at the end of the day the honours and the glory went to Eleanor French. Hopefully she will have a memorable stay in the Big Apple.

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