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| Fire at the Gorteen House Hotel
The Gorteen Hotel has suffered 25% fire damage. It took more than thirty firefighters to put the blaze out and the police suspect arson. Nobody was hurt, though some time ago when a fire was started in the same place a fireman died when a roof collapsed under him. Woodland Walk is fast becoming a dangerous place because some houses were damaged there only a short time ago when an arsonist set fire to an oil tank.
Our photograph shows the Gorteen in better days. It is a listed building and was built around 1903 by the Boyle family.
| The end of a building site?
Regular readers have no doubt wondered why there have been so few recent entries in our 'Silly Sign' column. This is either due to the fact that we have already discovered most of them or - and this is our preferred reason - because sign-writers have become much more careful since the first appearance of this paper.
Be that as it may. Our editor and chief executive came across the sign above - positioned romantically under a tree in Main Street and secured with a sturdy sand bag. (For readers not familiar with British road signs - we are talking about the sign on the left showing a man who appears to be struggling with a large umbrella).
As the two arrows on the road indicate so clearly:
these days Main Street is one way only; hence the question is:
'Who is going to see this sign?'
- apart from pedestrians walking up the road - and reversing drivers?
And here is our customary link to the rest of our unbelievable silly sign collection
Could this be the Spring?
Spring has come.
We suggest you enjoy it while you have the chance!
The council's days are numbered
Our map graphically shows our lovely green valley with its new acquisitions right on top of the rest of the province!
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