December 22, 1962
Rathdowney. An exceptionally big number of salmon are reported to have gone up the local streams to spawn.
Poachers have been busy with their gaffs while the waters were low, but with the rivers now in full spate and fishery inspectors patrolling the various spawning grounds, it is hoped that the senseless slaughter will cease.
Not everybody is aware that the out-of-season fish can cause unpleasant skin disease.
Many breeders in the Ballinakill district decided not to part with their poultry at present prices.
Turkeys disposed in the area last week made from 2s to 2s 9d per lb. It is hoped that the prices will increase this week.
High over the Square in Mountmellick on Monday the voluntary Christmas Tree Committee workers put the finishing touches to the giant tree in the centre of the town.
Fully illuminated and with a life-like crib arranged at the base, this form of festival decoration must be one of the highest in the country.
Steel scaffolding held the structure while the final touches wre being added for Monday’s switch on.
In a Christmas Darts’ Competition at Coolrain last week, O’Dwyer’s representatives from Ballinakill suffered a surprise defeat at he hands of a team from Roscrea. They lost three games to one. Playing for O’Dwyer’s were: Mick Walsh, George Carter, Jim Brennan, Tommie Farrell, Joe Delaney, Tom Sims, Jimmy Kelly and Jack Dooley.