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Last link in £8.3m Wexford ring road

April 1988

This was 'breakthrough' week for the £8.3 million Wexford ring road - almost eight years and 1.25 million tons of shifted rock and earth since the project began.

The 4.6 mile link between the Rosslare Harbour Road and Ferrycarrig, which is expected to funnel 5,000 vehicles per day away from Wexford town, is now expected to open in October.

Between now and then, the County Council and Wexford Chamber of Commerce will be progressing discussions already started to make sure that the short cut does not cream off all the tourists and business traffic from Wexford town in the process of relieving traffic congestion from the county capital.

But with County Manager Noel Dillon and his officials committed to a multi-million revitalisation scheme in Wexford town which leans heavily on tourist promotion of Wexford's medieval town wall and its historic connections, the County Engineer, Phil Callery, was reassuring as the opening of the relief road moved a giant step closer.

'Careful attention will be paid to signposting on the road in order to ensure that heavy goods traffic is encouraged to use the relief road while passenger and tourist traffic is encouraged to visit Wexford town,' he said.

The relief road scheme started in 1980 with the construction of Ferrycarrig Bridge, which cost £1.3 million, and since then work has been advancing on the connection from Ferrycarrig to Drinagh.

That has involved moving 1.25 million tons of material, and cutting at Ferrycarrig which went to a depth of 23 metres. The 'breakthrough' on the Drinagh to Duncannon Line link was made this week, and the £7 million stretch of road extends to 4.6 miles, with four bridges on the scheme costing just short of £2 million.

Average employment on the scheme was 40 men, and when completed, the roundabout on the New Ross road intersection will be topped up with further roundabouts at Drinagh, the Duncannon Line, and Clonard.

Hail the Cheltenham Gold Cup hero!

April 1996

Gold Cup champion jockey Conor O'Dwyer received a royal welcome in his home town when he was afforded a civic reception by Wexford Corporation in the Municipal Buildings on Thursday night.

There to greet Conor was Mayor of Wexford, Alderman Ted Howlin, along with other members of the Corporation, family, and friends and colleagues from the horsey world. They joined in an occasion where praise was showered upon the shoulders of the 29-year-old jockey.

While this was the first time a jockey had been honoured with a civic reception, the family has had in the past a close connection with Wexford Corporation, for Conor is a grandson of a former Mayor of Wexford, James Gaul.

Since 'Imperial Call' won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, Conor has been widely sought on the social circuit. However, he considered the honour of a civic reception in his home town as the single greatest tribute to his triumph.

The honour of creating this piece of history went to Conor, but there also to join in the celebration on Thursday night was the breeder of 'Imperial Call', retired Taghmon chemist Tom O'Donnell. Tom played his part his part in this historic achievement which has changed his world, as he stressed: 'I have hardly a day without a caller'. One could see the smile of satisfaction in his face.

The Mayor, Ald Howlin, spoke of the great joy which Conor's victory brought to Wexford and indeed the whole country. The scenes on that particular Thursday afternoon were unbelieveable, particularly the roar from Michael Kelly's which greeted the victory, the Mayor said.

Conor broke the mould of lengthy speech-making when, in a short address, he thanked the Mayor for hosting the reception. He looked upon it as a great honour, he said.

Cross Country quiz man coming to Bree

April 1978

Television quiz master Peter Murphy will be in Bree Hall next Saturday night for a monster question time starting at 8 p.m. and being held by the Wexford County Executive of Macra na Feirme.

The 'Cross Country Quiz' presenter will be hosting what is no ordinary question time, as each member of a team of three may select his or her subject from a list of ten which includes current affairs, sport, ladies choice, pot luck, history and geography, literature, art, films, TV, stage, famous people and places, songs and music, and agriculture in Ireland.

Certainly your favourite subject is listed above, so do come along and try your luck on Saturday night next.

The prize money is very attractive, with £40 going to the best team. The runners-up will get £10, while £10 will also go to the best individual.

The question setter has said that all questions that will be asked are to be found in his current question time books, available at all good book sellers. Entry fee will be £2 per team of three.

Students to hear lecture on AIDS

April 1986

A controversial lecture on the AIDS problem is to be held for senior students at Wexford Vocational School.

The move, which is to comply with a request from the Department of Education, has won strong backing from members of the Town of Wexford Vocational Educational Committee, despite the misgivings of some parents of students.

CEO, Terry McDermott, said the Department now requests that all students be informed on this vital issue before leaving the second level cycle.

Parents are to be informed of the proposal and they can attend with their children if they wish.

Cllr Helen Corish said a far greater amount of advertising warning of the AIDS problem should also be carried on RTE, and it should be put out at peak viewing times when programmes like 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty' are transmitted.

These programmes continually portrayed immoral conduct and if people to follow this example, at least they should be warned to take precautions, said Cllr Corish.

Cllr Peter Roche said it is time people realised AIDS represents a real problem. He was aware that some parents were uneasy about their children being spoken to about such things, but information is vital and the proposed lecture could do nothing but good, he said.

The CEO informed the meeting that any parents who do not wish their children to attend the lecture can opt out.

Rosslare Rugby Club successfully revived

April 1975

After a lapse of more than a generation, Rosslare Rugby Club has been successfully revived.

On Easter Monday, a harbour fifteen, captained by Liam Griffin, travelled to Park Lane and created a big shock by defeating Wexford Wanderers by 26 points to 18.

Before World War II, there wasa strong rugby club in Rosslare Harbour. Simultaneously, there was a GAA club, a soccer club, a tennis club, a handball club, a sailing club, a swimming club, and an athletics club.

With the population there now almost doubled since then, it is hoped that these many sporting activities will, within the near future, become stronger than ever.

From the Adverts

April 1988

If you were thinking of changing your car back in April of 1988, you had the following options at Wexford Car Centre, which back then was operating from Westgate:

1987 Nissan Sunny 1.7LX diesel, red - £10,150

1985 Ford Escort Laser, 1.3, 5-dr - £5,950

1985 Nissan Micra, 5 speed, 8 hp - £6,350

1983 Triumph Acclaim, immaculate - £5,150

1981 Nissan Violet, 52,000 miles - £2,950

1981 Fiat Panda 45, 8 hp - £1,850

You could also 'make us an offer' on a 1980 Honda 550 van with 73,000 miles on the clock.

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