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Wexford gets first local bus service
Wexford town walkers can rest their weary feet from now on thanks to a new around-town bus service that has just been introduced by private bus operator, Noel Ryan.
The 'Superswift Town Service' is the name of the new bus service that has just come into operation. So far, it has been going 'okay', according to Noel, who added that the Christmas period was probably not representative of what demand for buses would be like in the long-term.
The bus service costs 70p for adults and 25p for children and services the entire town from Crescent Quay to Coolcots and all areas in between.
The single bus service operates on a circuit of the town which takes approximately on hour to complete. The first pick up is at 9.30 a.m. at Crescent Quay, and the bus makes 55 separate stops around the town before arriving back at the Crescent again.
According to Noel, there is 'an obvious need' for a bus service in Wexford town. 'The town has been developing rapidly over the past few years. There are a lot more houses being built in Coolcots and other outlying areas,' he points out.
'I thought that a bus service was much needed by the people of the town, while I also saw the business opportunity in it,' he said.
The service will also prove to be far cheaper than taking taxis. 'It will only be 70p for an adult to get from Ferndale Park, for example, into town,' he said.
The 35-seater bus is instantly recognisable by its green and white colours, and it also has the word 'Superswift' embossed in large letters on the side.
Youths in row at Midnight Mass
A plea for parents to care more about what their children and what they are doing was made by a Wexford priest on Sunday following disturbances at Midnight Mass in Bride Street Church on Christmas Eve.
Youths congregated around the main door of the Church, and asMass was celebrated, bottles were smashed inside the porch and even thrown into the church itself. Gardai then had to be called when a row broke out between the youths, with one of the gang being assaulted and at least one other being arrested.
Last year, Midnight Mass in the Church of the Assumption was also disturbed by youths singing, breaking bottles, and fighting.
In a sermon on Sunday, Fr John Jordan, a curate in the Church, said that people out for 'a night of joy and peace' and trying to worship were being interfered with by 'a gang of hooligans in the house of God'.
While he realised these youths were in the minority, he wondered who was to blame for their behaviour. Their parents, he believed, would blame the schools, the police, the clergy, and the system, but he believed they had to take the blame themselves.
Fr Jordan said there is a general breakdown in discipline in a lot of homes, with parents not caring enough about what their children are getting up to. He hoped that his message might get across to the parents of these youngsters, who, he added, were probably not even aware that their children were causing trouble around the Church that night.
Talk about plight of Chilean refugees
A lecture on the present situation in the South American country of Chile and the plight of refugees from there will be given by a Chilean trade unionist to the Wexford Trades Council at its next meeting early next month.
Since the overthrow of the Allende government in 1973, a state of repression has existed in the country, with the outlawing of Chilean trade union. At present, it is estimated that almost 100 Chilean refugees are living in Ireland.
The Trades Council lecture is being organised by the Wexford/Chile Solidary Committee and after the talk there will be an exhibition of photographs and posters.
The Trades Council hopes that Wexford may welcome refugees from Chile in the future.
Swarm of locusts spotted in Rosslare
On Wednesday of last week, a most unusual discovery was made by Mr Horst Kenarski, of Lannanbeg, Kilmore. He was spraying protective coating on cars in Rosslare Harbour when he discovered a number of live locusts under the wing of a white Fiat Ritmo that had been shipped into the country from Italy approximately a week previously.
The strange insects were just over two inches long each and one was brought by his daughter, Antoinette, to Scoil Realta na Mara, Kilmore, where it was an object of great interest.
Mr Tomás Hayes, NT, confirmed that the creature was, indeed, a locust, as he had become familiar with these insects while teaching in Africa.
Mr Jim Hurley, teacher of Biology, Bridgetown Vocational School, said that locust is the name used for a group of insects in a particular group of about fifty tropical grasshoppers when they move from one area to another in huge breeding swarms.
Mr Hurley said there were very few records of locusts or foreign grasshoppers having been found in Ireland. One of the most impressive records dated back to September 1748, when 'great multitudes' of locusts came in on a easterly wind and covered Dublin city.
For detailed examination, carcasses of the locusts found in Rosslare were sent to Dr Donald Cotton, Sligo Regional Technical College, who is an expert on grasshoppers, locusts, and related insects.
Ogras on look-out for tell-tale signs
Members of Ogras in Wexford are at present busily on the look-out for any signposts in the town which do not carry directions in Irish.
The young language enthusiasts claim that by law directions have to be in Irish as well as English. They are nothing any that they find and say they will be writing to the authorities that these are taken down and replaced by new ones where Irish is given equal prominence. They say they have found quite a few already, and report that every single sign for the new Wexford Industrial Estate is in contravention as they are all written in English only.
Pressed however by this reporter as to the correct or an acceptable translation for 'Industrial Estate', a member of Ogras was unable to provide an answer.
New Wexford GAA crest is approved
County GAA teams are now to use the County Council crest on their jerseys instead of the town of Wexford crest, which has been the norm for many years.
On Monday afternoon, councillors decided at their monthly meeting to grant a request from the GAA for permission to use the crest on county jerseys in the future.
Proposing that the GAA be allowed to use the crest, Deputy Hugh Byrne said he rated the County Council crest as the county crest and it would be more appropriate that county teams use it than the Wexford town logo.
'When we next go to Croke Park it would be nice to have the county crest on the jerseys,' he said.
The proposal was seconded by Cllr Jimmy Curtis, who agreed with Deputy Byrne's sentiments that it was appropriate for the GAA to use the county crest on their jerseys rather than the crest of just Wexford town.
While agreeing to the GAA being allowed to use the crest, some councillors expressed concern that it might be used for commercial gain, and this was something they shouldn't allow to happen, they said.
The proposal was carried unanimously, however. 'This is a historic decision,' remarked Deputy Byrne, 'and let's hope that 1996 is a historic year for Wexford GAA'.