Fermoy 2017 Grand Marshal
The Fermoy St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee invited Cope Foundation, Fermoy to nominate the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Parade. Cope were selected in recognition of their huge contribution to the Fermoy Area, in taking care of special needs clients. They provide respite care, workshops activities, art facilities and residential care. Cope Fermoy had no hesitation in nominating Ian Fleming.
Ian grew up not far from Fermoy – in Midleton where his father was the Church of Ireland Rector and his mother worked as a physiotherapist in the local hospital. After schooling in Midleton College he went to Trinity College Dublin where he qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1977.
In 1978 he came to work in Fermoy for the Condon Brothers Veterinary Surgeons which were then located ‘under the clock’ in Pearse Square, Fermoy.
Ian’s late sister Anne was a client of the Cope Foundation from the time she was a young girl, having spent much of her life in the Cope facilities in Cork. Ian’s parents and followed on by Ian himself spent much time fundraising for Cope and were so delighted that all the local efforts came to fruition when Dun Aoibhín was opened in 1999. This is a wonderful facility for the Fermoy Area Cope clients. Anne was, by then, in her 40’s and the family were delighted that Anne was able to move to Fermoy.
Since then, as Chairman of the local fundraising committee, he has been involved all the time with Cope – the current project has been the acquiring of a new people carrier to enable the clients to get out and about. Ian is so appreciative of all the help that the whole community of Fermoy and District has given towards this project.
Over the years Ian has been involved in amateur drama and local choirs and a number of Fermoy Choral productions. He developed an interest in the history of the area while doing a Christian heritage project for the Bicentenary of Christ Church, Fermoy in 2009. Ian is passionate about the potential of the Blackwater Valley and Fermoy as a tourist destination.
Ian is an active member of Christ Church Fermoy and part of a prayer group (Maranatha) in the town in support of Christian Unity
Ian is married to Heather who has roots in Cork. Their four children ;Sam, Peter, Shane and Jilly were born here and attended Fermoy Adair School and then secondary school in both Colaiste an Chraoibhín and Midleton College. The family will be celebrating 40 years in Fermoy next year and look forward to many more.