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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012

EDITION NO. 34,796

Serving Cork for 120 years

A STEP BACK IN TIME 2

A STEP BACK IN TIME 1 Feast of sports nostalgia inside

Archives reveal 1982 snowfall damage SIX inches of snow fell at Cork airport in January 1982 as snowstorms swept the country, causing £66 million (today €225 million) worth of damage nationwide. This was revealed in the archives of the Government for 1982 which have just now been released for public inspection. The archives also revealed that a solar powered dairy farm at Fota illustrated an innovative spirit that would see Cork through the Eighties. Then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey, addressing the Cork Chamber of Commerce and announcing the Government funded project, spoke of the ‘fiercely independent outlook of Cork people’ and their determination to promote their city and county. Technological enterprise and innovation in science were key factors for Cork’s economic growth in the 1980s, he said. ● See Pages 10 & 11 for more.

Insight into life in 1982: Pages 10/11

Heartless vandalism

Families devastated as up to 30 graves are desecrated in Ballyphehane HEARTLESS vandals caused huge upset to families over Christmas by desecrating up to 30 graves at St Joseph’s Cemetery on the Tory Top Road. Between 20 and 30 headstones and shields were smashed after being knocked over onto their graves. Gardaí are investigating the incident that occurred sometime over the Friday night or Saturday morning before Christmas. As a result, many people attending the graves of a loved one on Christmas Day and the following days have been left very upset. City Councillor Henry Cremin said he was contacted by friends about the damage in the cemetery. “They were very upset at the damage that was caused to a family member’s grave. “I was there myself visiting my grandparents’ graves over Christmas and saw 10 damaged headstones.

By ALAN HEALY They had been pushed over onto the graves,” he said. “Christmas time is such a busy period for people visiting graveyards so this act is very upsetting. Whoever did this has no respect for the dead. This is their final resting place,” he said. Eileen Woods, who lives in Crosshaven, said her brother Noel discovered damage to the family grave on Christmas morning. Their parents, grandparents and brother are buried in a family plot in St Joseph’s Cemetery and the headstone was smashed. Speaking on behalf of the family, she said: “How could any human being do this to another human being, let alone the dead? They didn’t just kick the headstone, they hammered it. “It is frightening to think that someone went there and did this. ● Continued on Page 2.

Money is top of ‘worries survey’

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money problems was putting strains on relationships with families and friends. While more than half of women surveyed would talk about their problems, less than a third of men would do the same. Pio Fenton, chairperson of

Samaritans, said: “It’s clear that a large majority of Irish people are very worried about money. We know from our work that middle-aged men from disadvantaged groups are at higher risk of suicide, which is why Samaritans is making a special effort to reach out to them.” ● See Page 4 for more.

Cllr Henry Cremin at a vandalised grave at St Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road, this morning.

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