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Chemist defends controversial poster

March 1993

A Wexford chemist has defended his right to publicly display a poster showing a foetus being lifted out of a bucket with a forceps.

Matt Murphy of North Main Street said he felt forced into the action because of what he described as a one-sided media approach to the current amendment issue.

For the past few weeks, the front window of Mr Murphy's premises has featured a graphic anti-abortion poster of a foetus being taken from a bucket.

The Wexford chemist, who has used his shop window to display anti-abortion literature since the 1983 referendum campaign, admitted that the poster had given rise to complaints from passers-by, but said he had received an equal number of supportive messages.

'I was forced to show what abortion is. People don't really understand what it is about,' he said. 'The media is really quite one-sided. I didn't do it to offend people, but to get a point of view across.'

The poster displayed in Mr Murphy's window was this week branded as 'offensive' by Workers' Party councillor Michael Enright, who said he received several complaints from parents of young children.

'Everyone is entitled to their view,' he said, 'but I think that kind of publicity in a public place where it can be viewed by visitors and children is most unfortunate.'

Cllr Enright brought up the issue at Monday night's meeting of Wexford Corporation. He believed that if the Corporation had the right to tell someone that they can't erect a plastic sign, surely they could advise people against displaying posters of this kind.

'The proprietor is perfectly entitled to his views,' he said. 'But what I object to is the manner in which he is choosing to express them.'

He added that he was not advocating censorship, but 'there was too much hysteria about abortion in 1983, and it seems to be emerging again.'

Will we get a taste for Chinese food?

March 1983

A demonstration in the art of Chinese cooking will be given in Wexford later this month.

Sharwoods cookery expert Triona Power will be in the Talbot Hotel on Tuesday 22nd March, to give demonstrations at both 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Triona worked in a number of exclusive Dublin restaurants before moving to Sharwoods. She has already given a number of demonstrations in Dublin, but this will be her first outside the capital.

It remains to be seen how Chinese food is accepted in Ireland. Chinese restaurants and takeaways are common in other parts of the world, but not here in Ireland. Chinese cooking features such dishes as chop phooey, spring rolls, and the puzzlingly-titled sweet and sour sauce, and these would all be new experiences to most Wexford palettes.

Triona will however be hoping to convince people that Chinese cuisine is one to be enjoyed. She will offer samples of each dish she cooks, and there be will a free raffle at the demonstrations for prizes including a Chinese Wok (a type of large frying pan that is commonly used in Chinese cooking).

Entry will cost £2 per person.

Tourism office to go ahead at 'wrong' site

March 1980

Plans to build South East Tourism's new Rosslare Harbour on the 'wrong' site, more than a mile from the ferry terminal, are to go ahead, despite strong opposition from local hoteliers and guesthouse owners.

'The new tourist information office WILL be built on the two-thirds acre site at Kilrane,' SET Manager, Mr Bill Walsh, confirmed on Tuesday.

'After consultation with the people who bring in the tourists, and a broad study of office locations in Britain and on the Continent, it is our view that the Kilrane site is the most suitable available,' Mr Walsh added.

There has been condemnation of the move from Rosslare Harbour, and feelings ran high at a special meeting of hoteliers and other business interests last Thursday, where the Kilrane site was condemned as 'just plain wrong'.

One hotelier claimed that 40 per cent of his business was derived from incoming traffic and said he now stood to lose that.

Mr Henry Reid of the 100-bedroom Great Southern Hotel said that if motorists had to drive a mile or more from the ferry to find a tourist office to inquire about hotel accommodation, they would not turn back to go back to his hotel, but would instead continue moving on.

The SET decision was also described as 'arbitrary' and 'outrageous' by another hotelier, Mr Liam Griffin.

But on Tuesday, Mr Walsh defended the decision to choose Kilrane. He said the decision had the full backing of the SET Board of Directors, and he claimed he had also received many messages of support from business people in the area.

He added that the current tourism office at Rosslare Harbour is 'totally inadequate' as it has to share a small premises with a car rental firm and also with the Students Union of Ireland, who provide information to students coming to Ireland to work or learn.

Canvass team went to the wrong place

March 1987

The dust may now be settling on the recent General Election but still some stories are emerging from what was a hard-fought campaign trail - including one about the canvass team that went to the wrong place.

Independent candidate Padge Reck had planned with his canvass team to work the Tomhaggard area on the Thursday before polling day. Cllr Reck went to Tomhaggard as planned - only to find there was nobody there to meet him. The others had all gone to Tacumshane instead.

'These things happen,' Cllr Reck said when asked for a comment this week. 'Maybe I need to buy a few good maps if I ever decide to stand again!'

Joe's show turns into a no-show

March 2001

There is a saying that 'there is now show like a Joe show', but unfortunately for Joe Dolan fans, his scheduled gig in the Riverside Park Hotel last week turned into a literal 'no-show'.

It was a case of 'oh me, oh my' for the organisers as they deliberated over cancelleing the event because of the Foot and Mouth crisis.

After taking advice, the Riverside Park Hotel decided to cancel the gig, after consultation with Dolan's own management, because the fans being attracted to the concert were planning to travel from all over the country. Some were understood to have been due to travel from as far away as Galway and Limerick to see the Mullingar man in action in Enniscorthy.

However, Joe lovers need not despair. The concert has been rescheduled for May 17, in the hope that FMD restrictions will be lifted by then, and tickets that were sold for last week's event will be valid for the new date.

From the adverts: cheap drink at sea!

March 1983

In the sort of promotion that probably would not be tolerated today because of concerns over binge drinking and acholism, Sealink were promoting special offers on duty free alcohol, 34 years ago this month.

'You can get all this for only £11!' declared a large headline over an illustration of six bottles -

1 litre of Wyborowa Vodka, £3.50

34 cl of Castillon Cognac, £2

Five bottles of Marques dey Caceres Rioja wine, £5.50 (£1.10 each)

The advert also heralded 'massive savings on cigarettes, tobacco, perfumes, jewellery, and other great gift items'.

A day trip from Rosslare to Fishguard, that would entitle you to take advantage of the duty free offers, cost £12.

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