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Wexford bidding to be 'Info Age' town

May 1997

Imagine the day when we all talk to each other by e-mail, when everyone has a modem, and when most local businesses and maybe even the local authorities have their own website on the internet.

It may all seem like science fiction, but that day may not be too far away if Wexford Corporation has its way.

For the local authority is going all out to win the Telecom Eireann 'Information Age Town' competition. If successful, Wexford could benefit to the tune of €15 million of new technology, making it the most techno-friendly town in the country.

According to borough accountant, Pat Collins, who is spearheading the Wexford campaign to win this competition, this is a research project for Telecom to see what would happen if an entire town had access to all modern telecommunication devices.

He said that Wexford is putting in a five-pronged submission, showing how technology could benefit the local authority, local business, educational bodies, arts and culture, and the community as a whole.

Speaking at Wexford Corporation's monthly meeting on Monday night, Cllr Peter Roche said the day is fast approaching when every councillor will end up having a computer in their home.

He added that technology could be put to good use if user-friendly computers were installed at Corporation offices to dish out information relating to grants schemes, etc.

If used properly, this system would stop hard-pressed staff from becoming tied up with the public, he said.

Wexford Court in a Beverly Hills cop-out

May 1987

It was a Beverly Hills cop-out at Wexford Circuit Court this week when advertising rates in a local paper in the US shook the bench.

Judge Diarmuid P. Sheridan vetoed a plan to advertise in a Californian newspaper - because the cheapest advert available there would still cost a whopping 900 dollars.

The court is trying to locate a man who was named as a beneficiary in a will left behind by a Wexford man. All that is known about the man in line for some money is that he lives in Beverly Hills in the United States.

At a previous court, Judge Sheridan gave permission to advertise in the local Beverly Hills newspaper, in an effort to locate the man.

But in court on Tuesday, Mr David Hardiman, B.L., informed Judge Sheridan that he had discovered there are in fact five different Beverly Hills in the United States.

He had since advertised in the four 'others' but had done nothing yet in the most famous Beverly Hills of all - the exclusive millionaires' row in Hollywood.

An advertisement in the local paper there would cost at least 900 dollars, he said. Judge Sheridan agreed that this amount was excessive, and ordered that the search for the beneficiary continue without an advert in the California Beverly Hills.

A grave error in Bannow cemetery

May 1978

While digging a grave in Carrig-on-Bannow recently, two local men - Andy Monaghan and Jimmy Neville - were using a jackhammer to break through rock.

Leaving off in the evening, they put the jackhammer in the parochial house. But next morning, quite a surprise lay in store for them.

Not alone had the jackhammer disappeared - but the parochial house was gone as well!

During the evening, the house had been demolished, covering the jackhammer in rubble. The men had to finish the grave with pick and shovel.

The jackhammer has since been retrieved though, and we are assured it will 'soon' be fit for use again.

Hard times lead to a boom for sausages

May 1986

Hard times have led to a sausage boom in the county, where an estimated 68 per cent of families now eat sausages two or three times a week.

A survey by students from Good Counsel in New Ross found that a whopping 16 per cent of families surveyed in the New Ross area include sausages in their diet every single day.

The survey may have been compiled in New Ross and surrounding areas, but the pattern is no different across the rest of the county.

In job-starved Wexford, for instance, George Herterich - a pork butcher who has been famous for years for his home-made bangers - sells 1,200 pounds of sausages per week.

And he says there is definitely a connection between the banger boom and people having less spending power because of unemployment. Sausages are a good wholesome food at a cheap price, and are also every handy, he points out.

Wexford butcher Danny Cullimore finds that while sausages have always been big sellers, they have become an even bigger favourite of children in recent years.

He says it is important to make sure sausages are both meaty and tasty. 'The flavouring is what people go for,' he says.

Health Inspector Fiona Redmond is charged with the task of testing locally-sold sausages for preservatives, and she gives the thumbs-up to Wexford bangers.

The permitted preservative in sausages is SO2, and so far, Fiona - who works with the South Eastern Health Board at the County Clinic on Grogan's Road - has had no cause to issue any Wexford butchers with warnings under the Sale of Food and Drugs Act.

According to Fiona, while EEC guidelines have been laid down in relation to preservative levels, there are no standards in relation to meat content in sausages. But companies which label their sausages with a higher meat content than is actually present can be caught under the Trade Descriptions Act.

From the adverts #1 - Rosslare fine dining

May 1983

The restaurant at Casey's Cedars Hotel in Rosslare was going all out in 1983 with regard to the trend of the time of naming dishes in French, so as to appear more sophisticated.

An advert publicising a three-course meal from the set menu for £15 listed such choices for starters as 'Le Cocktail de Fruits de Mer Chaud', 'Saumon Fumé Irlandaise, avec le pain préparé à la maison', 'Salade des Oeufs Bouill', and 'Potage Aux Champignons'.

Translations - Seafood Cocktail with a hot sauce, Smoked Salmon with home-made bread, Boiled Eggs Salad, and Mushroom Soup.

The main courses were easier to figure out for non-multilingual diners, but they still all had a French sound too - e.g. 'Prime Sirloin Steak Marchand de Vin', 'Escallope de Pork Fillet Maurice', 'Baked Rainbow Trout Aux Noixettes', and 'Poached Supreme of Slaney Salmon Veronique'.

There was no such French effort made for desserts, however. Instead, choices were much simpler there -

'Choose a sweet from our sweet trolley' was the straightforward instruction for those still hungry for more!

From the adverts #2 - remember these?

May 1979

The old Abbey Cinema in Wexford was showing no fewer than five films on different nights, this week back in 1979 - but it's fair to say that none of the five have stood the test of time, and it's highly doubtful whether anybody would remember even one of them.

First, there was something called 'Innocent Bystanders', starring Stanley Baker and Geraldine Chaplin (who?).

The advert for another said 'You've seen 'Mandingo', and 'Drum' get ready for 'Slaves'.'

Other films showing that week included 'Crucible of Terror', 'Killer in the Snow', and 'Power Play', with Peter O'Toole and Donald Pleasance.

It seems it wasn't always the silver screen. There was a lot of mediocre stuff then too....

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