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Council's threat to TD is watered down

Council's threat to TD is watered down

November 1988

After four and a half years of receving water rates demands, Wexford TD Avril Doyle was finally threatened with disconnection for non-payment.

The disconnection warning came at the start of a major campaign by Wexford County Council to clamp down on defaulters.

But the difference between Mrs Doyle and other people receiving such letters is that he doesn't have a County Council water supply, and never did.

So when the disconnection threat arrived, she was delighted. 'Please do,' she wrote back, inviting them to disconnect a supply she doesn't have.

On Monday morning, just hours before the County Council meeting where County Manager Noel Dillon announced his new push against defaulters, Mrs Doyle received another letter from the council, apologising for the mistake and accepting that she has her own private supply.

It all led to some red faces amongst council officials at Monday's meeting.

Mrs Doyle said afterwards she doesn't know how her name got on a council computer. She added that if it took her - a councillor and TD - four and a half years to rectify the matter, how long would it be for an ordinary member of the public?

'You should have come to me - I'd have looked after it in a month!' chipped in Fianna Fail TD, Hugh Byrne.

Betting coup for Wexford punters

November 1976

A betting coup which is believed to have netted thousands of pounds for a syndicate based in Wexford was brought off on Monday.

'Adorable Princess' ran at the Dundalk meeting and won the Kilkeries Maiden Fillies Plate (Division II) for owner/trainer D. Hassett at the odds of 20/1. The successful jockey was Christy Roche.

And many bookies from Dundalk to Wexford were caught by the coup.

Heavy bets were laid on 'Adorable Princess' in bookie shops in Wexford town, Enniscorthy, Gorey, and other centres. The bets ranged from £20 to £100.

'Adorable Princess', which won by one and half lengths, had finished last in each of her three previous outings. Apparently she wasn't backed with the on-course books at all, as she returned £2.22 for a win on the Tote.

The winner of the previous race was 'World's Worst', at odds of 33/1, in Tivision I of the Maiden Plate.

Like the Division II winner, it had absolutely no form behind it as it went into the race.

Concern for future of Vinegar Hill windmill

November 1967

Interested groups in Enniscorthy and throughout the county are concerned that no move has been made by the Board of Works to re-erect the door and repair the stonework of the old windmill at the top of Vinegar Hill.

This week, a notice has been posted on the structure. None of the interested organisations will take responsibility for it, but all say they agree with its sentiments.

The statement reads: 'Vinegar Hill, scene of glorious battle in 1798 between Insurgents and British Crown Forces. Carefully maintained by British Government from 1803-1922. Abandoned by the Irish Office of Public Works when freedom obtained. Only historic monument in the care of Irish Government in Enniscorthy area. Thank God for it.'

Ted Kennedy Jnr. kept a low profile

November 1998

Enniscorthy Gardai were out in foce last week as Ted Kennedy Junior came to town. They feared that they might be needed for crowd control, but as it turned out, the soft-spoken American with the famous name went almost unrecognised for a couple of hours before heading off towards Waterford.

No red carpet or elaborate reception was organised for the lawyer from Connecticut, who was in Ireland with his family and mother-in-law. The party was en route from Dublin Airport to a conference in Waterford, stopping along the way not only in Enniscorthy, but also later in Ballyhack.

They had their lunch at the Antique Tavern before being driven around the corner to the County Museum at Enniscorthy Castle. Ted Kennedy arrived with his wife Katherine (usually known as Kiki), their young children Kiley and Teddy, and Kiki's mother, Elizabeth Herschman.

Ted Kennedy Junior signed the visitors' book at the museum and commented that there is nothing to match the castle's antiquity in his home state of Connecticut - or indeed, in the whole of the USA!

The right 'plaice' at the right time

November 1979

Kilmore Quay fisherman, James Bates, caused something of a stir in the harbour last Thursday and had everyone looking for their record books, when he produced a massive 12lb plaice he had caught off the Helvic Head.

Local fisherman who had seen big lands in their day said it was definitely the biggest plaice ever caught out of Kilmore Quay, and by Friday it was learned that it was the largest plaice ever recorded anywhere in the country.

But despite his huge catch, James' fish will not be considered a specimen and his name will not be entered into the record books. Only fish caught by rod and line are eligible to be called specimens, and James caught his by net from his trawler, six miles out from shore.

The largest plaice ever caught by rod was 10lbs 8oz., and the previous heaviest catch by net weighed just over 11lb. James' plaice will not, however, be completely forgotten, as he will be recorded by the Department of Agricuture and Fisheries.

Co. Wexford could get an airstrip

November 1968

A suggestion that there should be provision for an airstrip was made by Mr Des Corish when Wexford County Council were considering the amended draft County Development Plan at a special meeting on Monday.

Mr Corish said he thought it was only right that they should make provision for an airstrip in the county. Within the next five years, there was likely to be development in the south east area, and with that in mind, the provision of an airstrip should be investigated.

The Chairman seconded, and said he thought they would all agree with the suggestion.

Mr James J Kennedy, TD, pointed out that there was resolution of the Council that the possibility of an airstrip adjacent to the town of New Ross be investigated.

From the adverts

November 1988

RTV National Vision, with a branch at South Main Street in Wexford, were advertising the following deals on the latest technology in November 1988:

- Panasonic G40 Video Recorder, complete with remote control - £499;

- 20" Salora colour TV, with remote control, teletext, and stand - £479;

- Toshiba Rack System with CD player - £499;

- Phillips 700 watt microwave oven, with free cookware worth £30 - £449;

- Second hand video recorders from £199, and second hand TVs starting at £89 for a 14" set.

You could also rent a 22" TV or a VHS video recorder for less than £2 each per week, and there was a special offer of a free three-hour blank VHS tape if you rented both together.

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