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• David O’Brien, Head Chef East Village Restaurant, Michele Kelly East Village and Packie Begley announce the new East Village Bar and Restaurant Food and Cocktail menus. Pic: George Thompson

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Some Damn Good Food at the St. Columbas Hall Summer B-B-Q! There was almighty craic at St. Columbas Hall last Sunday for their annual summer Bar-B-Q. Music by Drive, bouncy slide for the kids, DJ and some damn good food – well done to the committee and to Julian, John and George who did all the cooking.

• Not a wetland wildlife reserve but this resident of Gartan Park in Douglas checking me out last Thursday. Pic: George Thompson

The Word

by George Thompson - Editor

The election campaigns, plans and strategies have run their courses and there have been winners, losers and some very close calls. Congratulations to all those who have been elected to represent their communities on both City and County Councils. To those who lost their seats and those who were attempting for the first time to become councillors but were unsuccessful, we wish you the best of luck. Likewise, in the European election well done to everyone on a hard fought battle.

• Julian, John and George expert chefs at last weekend’s St. Columbas Hall Bar-B-Q. Pic: George Thompson

The East Village Bar and Restaurant have just introduced a new food menu while in the bar you can chose from a new range of exotic cocktails. I love live music and it’s great to see live music at the East Village every Friday night. Watch this space for an impending announcement on Friday nights ‘Live at the Village’ – good times are a comin!!! Speaking of music venues, I have mentioned Ziggy’s on South Main Street in the past for its craic and music plus its Rory Gallagher Wall. Last Saturday evening there was an auction of Rory Gallagher goodies for charity – tee shirts, badges, vinyl albums – with everything going, raising €2,000 in all. Well done to James Browne owner of Ziggy’s and to my own brother Trevor who was MC on the night and a special thank you and well done to all who contributed and walked away with some great mementos. Let’s hope the sun is taking a short break and is coming back sometime soon. Slán George Thompson Editor

• “Catching up on local news” diver Alice O’ Regan taking the Douglas Post to new depths of the Cork coast. Photo by Ian Kelleher.

The Douglas Post Magazine | Unit 14 | Morris House | Douglas West | Cork | Ireland Tel: 021 4369000 | Fax: 021 4369148 | Email: | The publishers have made every effort to ensure all information is correct at time of print, however no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. The views expressed in the articles herein are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher of The Douglas Post Magazine. The Douglas Post is published weekly by Douglas Post Ltd.

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The Late Bill McGuire

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any news, views or issues you’d like to see covered, write to the Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas West, Cork or by e-mail to Please include your name and address and a contact number. Letters may be edited due to space considerations.

Shamrock Lawn Posters Dear Editor, Shamrock Lawn has now trounced four politicians for postering on Inchvale Road. The code of honour for no postering throughout the estate continues to destroy those with potential. Pesterers are punished and no votes wasted. Yours sincerely. Cross-Party Voter., Shamrock Lawn Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in these letters are solely those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of The Douglas Post.

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Bill McGuire Family & Friends Memorial Water Rock Sun 14th June Tee Off

Bill, you had enough There were no long goodbyes. So to-day we plant a tree To honour the best of you, The man you were to us In this place that we first met. Your kindness gave us hope Your generous gift of encouragement on the golf course Gave us dreams of being great golfers too! May you continue to inspire us For all we loved and lost May this tree be a constant reminder to us And to all who pass this way, of you! The gentleman to whom this tree is dedicated to, Bill. The one and only We salute you! You wanted no fuss What a star Take a bow You now live in a safe place in our hearts Where no pain can reach you. May God keep you in his Heavenly care. With deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and friends from his fellow members of the Douglas Post Golf Team and from all at the Douglas Post

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Help Your Child Succeed at Kip McGrath Education Centre There continues to be a great response to the new Kip McGrath Education Centre opened last September by James Sexton. The Centre in Bishopstown provides tuition for primary and secondary students between the ages of 6 and 14 and specialises in English, Reading, Spelling, Mathematics and Irish. Lessons continue during June and July with new enrolments now being

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The Centre at Unit 2, Ardrostig, Bishopstown is owned and operated by James Sexton, a fully qualified teacher with 16 years of classroom experience. James was educated at Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown and holds a B.A. degree and Higher Diploma in Education from University College Cork. The modern and spacious Centre is conveniently located opposite the entrance to Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown Court. The Centre is equipped with modern computer facilities and provides a unique learning environment where students are taught in small groups of no more than five. A wide variety of students attend the Centre. It caters for children who are having difficulty with their schoolwork or have fallen behind as well as

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Douglas Community Notice Board Community Park Playground It was great to see so many children enjoying the playground during the spell of good weather we all enjoyed recently. The equipment is fantastic and there is great variety, suiting younger and older children.  Parents are very enthusiastic about the new facility.  The one thing that they have brought to our attention is the absence of a toilet.  During the week, the children are welcome to use the facilities within the community centre, but when this is closed, as it is at week-ends, this is not possible. 

Deirdre Clune T.D.

Third Level Silence Govt’s silence on their plan to reintroduce third level fees was deafening in run up to election. Fianna Fáil and Green Ministers, T.D.s and election candidates were careful to avoid the issue of how and when they intend to reintroduce third level fees during the local & European election campaigns. Their silence on the subject of their plan to reintroduce third level fees was deafening. In the absence of any details from the Government we still don’t know how the system will work, when it will be introduced and who will have to pay the fees. Parents are left in a difficult position where they don’t know if they face the prospect of having to pay the cost of third level education for their teenage children in increasingly difficult economic times or not. Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe was clearly silenced until after the local and European elections unless he scares off what little public support the Fianna Fáil/Green Government have left. It is unlikely that now that these votes have been cast that this silence will continue for long. The introduction of third level fees in the way that Minister O’Keeffe was talking about before the Government went silent on the issue is short sighted as it ignores the educational and ecomonic benefits of the last Rainbow Government’s decision to abolish third level fees and the need to reform higher education in Ireland. Even if this Government survives beyond the summer it may not survive Minister O’Keeffe’s attempts to reintroduce a system of third level fees.


Building a separate toilet block to facilitate users of the playground and the general public using the park would be the obvious answer. The matter has been discussed at our monthly meeting and there are serious aspects in relation to the safety/security of the public, particularly of children.  We are sure this matter has been resolved in other areas around the country where there are public parks and we will try to discover ‘best practice’ before considering such a project.  Other playgrounds within the Cork Co. Council area are also trying to grapple with this problem. 

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Meanwhile, if any member of the public has any ideas/opinions or experience on how to resolve this, please drop in a note to the Community Centre.

Frankfield Scouts

Over the June weekend, 31 members of the 74th Frankfield-Grange Macaoimh travelled to Dalgan Park, Co. Meath to participate in a festival that is held every three years for young scouts from throughout Ireland. With over 3,000 scouts camping for the 4 day event in the glorious sunshine, Jamoige ’09, was a fantastic success. Events included Douglas Community Centre sports competitions, science experiments, team games, assault courses, Our monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of each month. If talent competition, model-making, etc. with the emphasis on enjoyment you have any issue/problem you wish to raise, please drop in a note to the and participation. centre on Church Road in advance of the monthly meeting.  Please note e Ad Mar09.indd 1 A special mention to Douglas Credit Union who generously sponsored there will be no meetings during the months of July or August. specially designed poloshirts worn by the 74th Macaoimh at the event.

Douglas Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns volunteers meet at the centre every Saturday morning at 10.30 to do a litter clean-up of the area. With the council cut-backs on grasscutting and maintenance of planted areas, more volunteers are needed to help with this work so that the standards of past years can be maintained.  Please come along on Saturday morning if you have an hour or two to spare.

• Photo shows Teresa Horgan, Manager, Grange Branch, Douglas Credit Union, presenting one of the poloshirts to Conor Nash of 74th FrankfieldGrange Macaoimh.

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Poetry Corner with Ronnie McGinn

Our poem this week comes from one of our many website readers, Tiffany De Vos of Brooklyn, NY. Tiffany told it’s rare to find space and care devoted to poetry in a print magazine and she thanked us for it. She enjoyed reading Christine Potter’s poem in a recent issue. Tiffany has Irish heritage from her mother’s side of the family, and she recently experienced her first trip to Dublin, Cork, Blarney, Waterford, and a few other choice locations. She has had poems published in many literary magazines such as “Washington Square”, “Yuan Yang” - A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing. “Pebble Lake Review”, “Global City Review”, “Dark Sky Magazine”, “Alimentum”, “The Saint Ann’s Review”, “Ars Medica”, “The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette”, and “HOBART”. She received my MFA in 2004 from New York University and a Hopwood Award in 1999 from the University of Michigan, and has taught at the University of Michigan and New York University. She currently works as a high-school teacher in the New York City public school system and serves as an assistant editor at the literary journal “Many Mountains Moving”. Thank you for your motovating three dimentional poem Tiffany, you certainly invigourated a few dormant brain cells in this rusty head.Your poem paints a picture that is bigger than the words you use, it is a reminder to us all what the essence of good poetry is all about. Thank you Tiffany!

The Archives

Writers Group Meetings Douglas Writers Group

Douglas Library on Friday the 12th June at 5.30 pm.

Ballinlough Writers

Fri 19th June in The Douglas Library at 5.30 pm.

Wilton Writers Workshop

every Tuesday @3.00pm Bishopstown Library

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Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

Douglas Junior Writers Group Douglas Library on Fri 26th June at 5.30pm

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We keep castings of you, catalogued, tagged; displays of shopping, drinking, love, and your voices spooling on tape— directions, oaths, a lover, accusing, and you, pleading off. We have your rocks and stamps, everything you collected; even your dogs bark in the dioramas where we can induce any episode and it will not change. One of you slaps another, and makes the same print, no more aware each time of the glass around you, the small colonies where we isolate you, studying the senses you seem to have: your music, scratchy from dubbing, the images you saw, stained on slides, ordinal. © Tiffany De Vos Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ / Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas or preferably you can email it direct to If possible keep your poem to 20 lines. You may choose any subject you like, in any form you like as long as it’s original. We look forward to hearing from you. Ronnie McGinn

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Crosshaven Development Committee Following on from the success of the 2009 calendar and the positive feedback form the people that purchased the calendar, the committee have once again decided to produce a calendar for 2010. It is with this in mind that the committee invite people to submit any photographs with a local theme (new or old) for consideration in the new calendar. The calendar is a major source of income for the Development Committee and the monies raised in the past have been used in projects in and around the village inc. the new amenity park at entrance to the village, the new seating area at the pier and the Point, the viewing area at Weavers Point and the reinstatement of the steps at Graball Bay.

for a weekend break with a difference? The Irish Heart Foundation invites you to take part in the Annual Kerry Walk around Killarney on June 12-15, which promises to put a feel-good bounce your step. You can enjoy a unique experience combining beautiful scenery, invigorating walks and the knowledge that every step you take is helping in the fight against heart disease. All you need is a good pair of boots, plenty of enthusiasm and a great sense of adventure. The weekend includes three night’s accommodation in the Lake Hotel in Killarney, all meals and packed lunches, two full day and one half day walk. All who take part are expected to raise a minimum of E675 to help raise essential funding for the national heart health charity. Sign up now before it’s too late! A €E100 deposit is required to reserve a place.

The calendar is also a great source of enjoyment for expats all over the world form Australia to USA who now wait for their copy of the calendar from their friends & family back at home in Christmas. The committee would like people to start submitting their photographs as soon as possible and as many photographs as they would like to submit by email to photo@ or photographs can also be sent or handed in to Crosshaven Post office for the attention of the Development Committee.

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We would like to have a cut off point for submissions by the 9th September 2009. The committee would also like to thank all those who submitted photographs for 2009 calendar and all those who supported us by purchasing the calendar.

Last thursday Ballinlough Credit Union marked a remarkable season by Ballinlough Celtic Soccer Team for who they are primary sponsors. The team presented representatives of the Credit Union with the Summer Shield, the Nite League Perpetual Plate and the 3rd Division League Trophy for display in the Credit Union on Ballinlough Road.  The presentation also marked the renewal of Ballinlough Credit Union’s sponsorship of the team and hopefully the start of another successful season

Walking weekend break You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy a refreshing change of scenery. This June, why not think closer to home and head to the Kingdom

Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin Corpus Christi The Annual Eucharistic Procession takes place on Sunday June 14th. beginning from the Cathedral at 3.00pm to Daunt Square Ballinlough Parish will assemble outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 2.30pm, and we will walk to Daunt Square Please come and join us.

Monthly Coffee Morning Wednesday 10th June Topic: ‘Who am I in relationship to self, to others and to God’ Presented by: Sr. Una Boland, LCM. Venue: Ballinlough Pastoral Centre (beside the Church) after 10am Mass Everyone Welcome

Ballinlough Writers Group Ballinlough Writers Group meet in Douglas Library on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm Bring ten copies of a short story or poem have written. Where possible all entries should be typed and have the authors should be typed and have the authors name and date on top.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels urgently require volunteers to assist with cooking, and drivers to deliver the meals. This work takes approximately two hours one morning every two weeks Anyone that could help please call or phone Ballinlough Community Centre any morning

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St. Mary’s School Hall, Carrigaline on Staurday 6th June and received a huge round of applause from an enthusiastic audience.

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TIDY TOWNS There was a great turn out of volunteers to clean Carrrigaline’s Town Centre on Wednesday last 3rd June. Some 30 people turned up including Councillor John Collins and his canvass team who took time out to support the cause. Willing hands gathered bags full of litter on the Main Street. Others had the lawn mowers in action and helped to freshen up the town. During the week volunteers carried out more grass cutting and the gardening section carried out and some summer planting. More volunteers are always welcome to join the happy civic-minded people in Tidy Towns.

JUNE CÉILÍ MÓR Going to the match this Saturday evening why not come to the Céili after the match. The monthly Céilí Mór in Carrigaline is renowned throughout Ireland and in many parts of the world. Now in it’s 13th year the Céilí Mór is organized by the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group who bring the best Céilí Bands to the Carrigaline GAA Hall that is recognized as Ireland’s premier dance venue. This Saturday the Davey Céilí Band from Navan, County Meath brings tit’s own style of exciting traditional dance music to Carrigaline. Young Nigel Davies, their box player, starred with Riverdance for a number of years. Damhsa is from 9.30 pm to 1.30 am with a break for tea at 11.30 pm. Táille isteach €10 including tea. Beidh fáilte roimh chách.

ACTIVE RETIRED The Carrigaline Active Retired Association is taking advantage of the fine weather with some outdoor events during the month of June. Last Thursday they met as usual in the Parish Centre and then went on a walk through the Park along by the river, through Wesley Estate and back the Church Road to the Parish Centre. This Thursday, 11th CARA meet at 2.30pm and for a trip to Thompsons Farm shop and complex. Next week Thursday 18th they are off to East Cork and Youghal for the day. Thursday 25th will be the last day before Summer break and a special surprise is being planned, every effort will be made to get all CARA members to attend. New members and new ideas are always welcome contact Sally 437 2840, Barry 087 813 7990, Noreen 087 130 1122 or Olive 086 154 9309

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The new library in Carrigaline, situated near Dunne’s Stores, has been a great success since it opened at the end of April. Over 1,000 people have either joined or renewed their membership and half of these have been children. In the month of May alone, 11,000 items have been issued and again at least half of these have been issued to children. The building itself is over 4,000 square feet in size and is full of light. This atmosphere lends itself to browsing and reading the extensive stock of new books .Newspapers and magazines are also available. For both children and adults we have books on tape and CD. A good collection of DVD’s will be available soon. Over 11,000 people have visited since it opened. Activities of all kinds will take place during the summer with a puppet show, workshops and storytime for the children. A French club will begin shortly for children going to France on holidays or who have an interest in french.. Please contact the library for details at 021 4371888 We have started a weekly story time for children of 3 – 6 years each Friday at 3.00 p.m. Our book clubs for adults and children will resume in September as will our Music Recitals. In the future we intend to work with local groups and societies and make our new facilities available whenever possible In these recessionary times we offer the best value in town. For E2.50 a person becomes a member and this entitles them to books, DVD’s and free internet access. They can also participate in any activity that is taking place. Children can join for E0.50. Do drop in and see us

KNOCK PILGRIMAGE Fr Billy O’Sullivan SMA will accompany the annual Carrigaline Pilgrimage to Knock again this year. Fr Billy is a wonderful Spiritual Director on this pilgrimage; he gets everybody involved and makes the prayers so meaningful. On the Sunday at noon he gathers the crowds for outdoor Stations of the Cross where he relates the Stations of the Cross to the lives of those present and what Jesus does for us. The celebrant and the homilist will be Bishop Eamonn Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin and Vice Chairperson of the Irish Bishop’s Drugs Initiative as that Sunday is the Matt Talbot and Pioneer Association pilgrimage.  The Carrigaline bus will leave the Bandhall on Saturday morning at 9.30 am on July 18 and return on Sunday night 19th. The group will be staying in Knock House Hotel and the cost is the same as last year E135 per person sharing. Phone Aislinn 437 2035, 087 9699488, Mary 437 1025 or Mary 437 3316 (after 6pm).

An Oige An Oige Swimming Club meet every Thur. @9.30pm in the An Carrig Health & Leisure Club. Members E3, Guests E5 per. Night. New term start 16th April. New members welcome. Ph. 0872717897

Cork has six young up and coming talented composers in its midst. The pupils of MusicMakers level two guitar class composed the music and lyrics for ‘Carrigaline, the Summer’s Fine’ in their composition workshop during the year. The song was performed in the MusicMakers end of year Summer concert in

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A big THANK YOU to all the people who supported me in last weeks election. Be assured that I will be as committed as ever to addressing the concerns and issues of all my constituents over the next 5 years. Cllr. Deirdre Forde Tel: 021 436 3318 087 916 1952

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Tráth na Scrúdúcháin linn arís Sea, agus nach bhfuil sé ait go mbriseann an ghrian na cloch i dtús mí an Mheithimh gach bliain agus idir mhic léinn tríú leibhéil, daltaí scoile dara-leibhéil agus páistí bunscoile uile sánaithe laistigh i seomraí nuair atá an seachtain is fearr, ó thaobh na haimsire, buailte linn? Gan amhras tá an t-ádh dearg ag mórchuid múinteoirí dara-leibhéil mar gur thosaigh a mbriseadh, nó a laethanta saoire, ar an lá deireanach de mí Bealtaine, agus beidh siad saor go dtí tús mí Meán Fhómhair. Sin ráite beidh neart acu gafa le ceartúchán na scrúduithe teistiméireachta, agus beidh neart eile acu i mbun cúrsaí samhraidh a chur i láthair. Beidh scata mhór acu ag glacadh páirte i gcoláistí samhraidh Gaeltachta agus beidh scata eile i mbun cúrsaí samhraidh éagsúla eile nach bhfuil ar siúl sa Ghaeltacht a chur ar fáil - cúrsaí samhraidh teanga éagsúla eile ina múintear príomh-theanga na hEorpa, an Fhraincis, an Ghearmánais agus an Spáinnis,

mar shamplaí. Is breá an rud é go gcuireann tuismitheoirí a bpáistí chun na cúrsaí samhraidh seo mar is léir go gcabhraíonn siad go mór leis na bpáistí a rogha teanga a fheabhsú – agus gan amhras gan fáil a bheith ar mhúinteoirí oilte is beag cúrsa samhraidh a bheadh ar bun, dar liom. Is minic go gcloistear scéalta éagsúla ina gcáintear achar fada na laethanta saoire scoile seo, ach is obair crosta é an múinteoireacht nuair atá cúram ar na múinteoirí ní amháin aire a thabhairt ar ghrúpaí éagsúla daltaí gach lá linn tréimhse naoi mí den bhliain, ach cúrsaí oilte leathan a mhúineadh chomh maith. Feicim seo gach lá mar go bhfuil an múinteoireacht go láidir fite fuaite sa chlann againn. Ach le filleadh ar thráth seo na scrúdúcháin agus an deá-aimsir, is cuimhin liom deartháir liom a bhí i mbun an cuntasaíocht fadó.

cuntasaíochta eile chun a gcuid scrúdúcháin a dhéanamh. Is minic mo dheartháir ag gearán faoin teas millteanach go háirithe ón ngrian a bhíodh ag spalpadh trí fhuinneoga dian an halla mhór. B’fhuath leis tráth seo na scrúdúcháin. Gan amhras ghnóthaigh sé a chéim cuntasaíochta, agus inniu tá sé fostaithe mar chomhairleoir airgeadais i gcomhlacht domhanda ríomhaireachta atá lonnaithe sna Stáit Aontaithe. “B’fhiú an fhulaingt” a deir sé inniu, ach ní raibh an fhulaingt chomh deas sin ag an am! Ar deireadh, is dócha go mbeidh toradh fiúntach ar shaothair na mic léinn ollscoile, ar dhaltaí meán scoile agus ar pháistí óga tráth seo na scrúdúcháin. Guímid rath ar gach duine atá i mbun a scrúdúcháin faoi láthair.

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“Cuimhní Cinn” ... Dán le Máirtín Ó Díreáin Bhíodh na  mná  pioctha  néata Ag triall ar an Aifreann mar an gceanna Is cé go bhfuilimid ag imeacht as faisean, Maireann a gcuimhne fós im’ aigne Is mairfidh cinnte go dté mé i dtalamh... Is maith liom an véarsa beag sin a chum Máirtin agus é ag cur síos go héifeachtach ar atmaisféar agus nósanna ‘beannaithe’ a bhí go láidir timpeall fadó, maidir leis an dturas seachtanúil le haghaidh Aifrinn- Aifreann amháin a bhí a cheiliuradh in a lán des na pharóistí beaga. Ní chreidfeá anois is dócha, chomh tabhachtach is a bhí an dualgas céanna don ghnáthduine- cúpla phaidir phearsanta, leathuair caidrimh ag na fir agus seans siopadóireachta dos na mhná. Is léir go bhfuil an file ag smaoineamh siar ar na laethanta fadó nuair a chuir gach éinne a chóta agus caipín Domhnaigh air/ uirthi ag tabhairt aghaidh ar an mbóthar go dtí an tseipéil chun páirt a ghlacadh san Aifreann agus cúpla phaidir a rá leis/leí féin 18 - Thur 11 Jun '09

go príomháideach chomh maith. Chuir sé na smaointe sin im’ cheann ar léamh dhom na línte céanna agus ní raibh aon dabht ach gurbh é an Domhnach an lá fíor-speisialta i saolta na ndaoine- pé creideamh a bhí á chleactadh acu. B’shin é an t-aon lá sa tseachtain a thóg m’athair fhéin sos ó hobair na feirme seachas crú na mbó agus gnothaí práinneacha mar sin. Ní héisteodh sé faoi haon dhualgas eile, bail ó Dhia air agus is cuimhin liom é a rá gur chreid sé nach bhfásfadh aon bharra talún i gceart dá mbeadh síol curtha ar an nDomhnach. B’shin é an lá go raibh culaith éadaigh réidh a bhí glan tropallch agus snas ar na bhróga cé go raibh aistear fada roimh chuid des na daoine agus muna mbeadh páistí ina dteannta, bhíodh an rothar réidh chun bhóthair. Bhí an ghruaig nite agus gearrtha go néata (dá mbeadh gá le ‘bearbóir an tí’ don jab céanna!) agus bhí sé de nós ag an am nach raibh sé ceart do mhná dul isteach sa tséipeal gan caipín, scairf nó ‘mantilla’ a bheith ar a gcinn. Sea, bhí aer speisialta timpeall ar an Domhnach cinnte agus b’shin é an lá gur bhailigh na fir le chéile

i gcúinne ar imeall na sráidbhaile ag caint ‘s an plé chúrsaí reatha eatarthu féin. Bhí sos agus suaimhneas ina measc, mar b’shin é an t-aon lá go raibh seans agus am acu taithneamh a bhaint as bheagáinín seanchaíochta agus tuairmí a roinnt faoi phraghas na mbeithíoch lá an aonaigh, crot na h-aimsire,raidhse na mbarraí agus rudaí tabhachtacha mar sin. Bhuel tá a lán aithriucháin tar éis tarlú ar an saol ós na shean-laethanta agus ó thainig na caranna agus na 4x4s ag na feirmeoirí agus is dócha go bhfuil deireadh le seanchas an chrosbhóthair mar adéarfá, faraor. Ar aon nós, níl dabht ach go bhfuil rud speisialta ag gabháil leis an nDomhnach go fóill. Is ar an lá sin a thógaimíd sos beag anois is arís, in éineacht le clanna agus gaolta, b’fhéidir agus fós ambaist! tagann na “bibeanna” nua ioldaite amach ag na mhná chomh maith. “Is e an t-éadach an duine” deirtear, ‘sé do chreideamh phearsanta a mheallann suaimhneas aigne.

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by Dr. Douglas Meckelborg B.Ed., D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic)

My Neck Pain is Driving Me Mad!! Have you ever seen someone holding the top of their shoulder and moving their neck around in circles while that grimacing look of pain comes across their face? Maybe that’s describing you! Neck pain is a common problem and many people suffer needlessly from this annoying and painful condition. Over time, the pain usually gets progressively worse and becomes more easily triggered and can begin to cause headaches or that feeling that your head is just too heavy for your neck to support! The first line of defense is usually a trip to the medicine cabinet or to the medical doctor where relief is hopefully found in the form of a tablet. After “popping a pill”, the pain is usually unaffected or only temporarily relieved, only to resurface again. Unfortunately, this never ending path worsens the underlying problem and is a temporary solution that numbs symptoms, but allows more damage to be done. You probably aren’t aware of the fact that there are 8 pairs of spinal nerves in the neck that originate from the spinal cord and exit between the vertebrae. These nerves supply the muscles of the neck, shoulder and arms, and other organs in the neck and chest. Irritation to these nerves can cause the type of pain described above, along with a whole host of other symptoms including sinus problems, migraines/headaches, tingling, pins & needles, dizziness, facial pain, ringing in the ears.....and the list goes on! Tiny displacements in the vertebrae in the spine can irritate nerves and spinal joints, causing an array of pain, discomfort and often unnecessary “clicking” and “grinding”. Healthcare professionals are well aware of the damaging effects spinal misalignments have on the nervous system and on overall health. The good news is that millions of people around the world have received great relief by having their spines checked by a qualified chiropractor for misalignments and having these misalignments corrected. This approach offers a more permanent, natural solution than chemicals designed to deaden nerves and mask symptoms. Chiropractors are the only doctors that are trained to detect and correct spinal misalignments known as “vertebral subluxations” and as a result,

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Arthritis Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints - such as one or both knees or wrists, or a part of your spinal column. Joint pain and stiffness are the main symptoms of arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The two main types of arthritis damage joints in different ways. In Osteoarthritis, wear-and-tear damage to cartilage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movement. In Rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks joints and inflames the synovium, causing swelling, redness and pain. Risk factors for arthritis include: Family history: Some types of arthritis run in families, so you may be more likely to develop arthritis if your parents or siblings have the disorder. Age: The risk of many types of arthritis — including

osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout — increases with age. Sex: Women are more likely than are men to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while most of the people who have gout are men. Previous joint injury: People who have injured a joint, are more likely to eventually develop arthritis in that joint. Obesity: Carrying excess pounds puts stress on joints, particularly your knees, hips and spine. Obese people have a higher risk of developing arthritis. Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. You may need to try several different treatments, or combinations of treatments, before you determine what works best for you. Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis, as exercise has a number of benefits for Arthritis sufferers including, strengthening the muscles around your joints, reducing joint pain, helping you maintain bone

strength, giving you more strength and energy to get through the day, making it easier to get a good night’s sleep, helping you control your weight and making you feel better about yourself and generally improving your sense of well-being. Though you might think exercise will aggravate your joint pain and stiffness, that’s not the case. Lack of exercise actually can make your joints even more painful and stiff. That’s because keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is crucial to maintaining support for your bones. Not exercising weakens those supporting muscles, making your bones more prone to breaking. If you would like further information on specific exercises for arthritis which include: range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises and aerobic exercises, call into Intervene Clinic at Lynchs Pharmacy, Broadale or phone 4366923. We can answer any questions you may have regarding arthritis, and will provide you with an exercise plan, with our compliments.

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Chic Style always needs a Head Start! Chic style is not just about adored designs and beautifully cut clothes from   the catwalk; gorgeous glossy hair is a   coveted accessory too. Whats more, that wow new outfit you are trying to justify purchasing will probably only get the ocassional airing, but those beautifully coiffed locks will be on show 24/7. What is it for us girls? There is nothing quite like that feel good factor of when your stylist gets that look right for you. .........that chic style, that just has that edge.......that colour that has that tone and just gives you confidence in a way nothing else can. But as we change our hair less often than

our clothes, the thought of a new look although you would love it - might be a bit daunting. So my advice is have a good chat with your stylist, getting the new seasons look does not have to mean radical stratagy. Add movement and texture to you hair for a stunning and versatile look,when your hair is dry rub a small ammount of Sebastian Craft Clay through your hair,to define and hold your texture.For that final finish use you hair drier on low speed, and med heat, blasting from the underneath very gentily keeping your drier well back from your hair while similtainously spraying Sebastian Zero Gravity hair spray, which is a dry brushable spray.

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The Grieving Process. Hi Dr. Cronin. My mother died just over three years ago. Her death was sudden and unexpected and was just two days short of my parents wedding anniversary. My brother and I had a very difficult time dealing with our grief at the time, however, my father seems to be totally incapable of functioning properly ever since and even today when I called home I found him distressed and very upset. Have you any advice on coping with grief? Rosa.

Hi Rosa. Grief is the normal process of reaction to the death of a loved one. We all cope with grief differently and deal with it in different ways, and therefore, the grieving process is very much a unique experience for every individual. However, there are some emotions that are common during the grieving process, including: sadness, guilt, anger and despair. The symptoms of normal

grief, if you can call it that, will begin to fade within six to twelve months. The mourner needs to go through his/her own process of grief in order to reach an acceptance of the loss. However, grief may also be experienced for a prolonged or protracted period of time and become more complicated, with the bereaved actually experiencing even more pain and becoming more incapacitated by their loss. In other words, as time goes by, grief may actually get worse instead of ease and get better. Complicated grief is indicated when the bereaved is finding it impossible to accept the death, emotions are predominantly upsetting and severe, with persistent thoughts of the loved one over an unusually long length of time. In a case such as this the grief may have developed into a medical condition, for example, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Depression. Treatment for complicated grief will depend upon the individual’s symptoms and if it has developed into depression, PTSD or any other condition. It is important during

the grieving period to maintain a healthy diet, get enough sleep, exercise regularly (obviously, under the circumstances easier said than done), and therefore, support at this time can be very important and hugely beneficial. Avoidance of alcohol during the grieving period is advised as over indulgence can lead to even greater complications and difficulties. If grief is interfering with your ability to function properly on a daily basis and is having a prolonged negative impact on you life, then you should see your doctor or health care provider. Paradoxically, deceased loved ones would not want us to grieve at all and would rather we carry on and live happy functional lives. You are welcome to download our free complementary “De-Stress And Relax…” CD by going to Dr. Declan Cronin. Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist 021 4892510 Thur 11 Jun '09 - 23

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Year of the Constant reader For a full programme of these and other events, see or contact your local library. The programme includes big reader competitions including tickets and accommodation for two to the All-Ireland Hurling Final and a family holiday to Parc Astérix in Paris.

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Children’s Books Ireland which organises Children’s Book Festival annually in October has selected Cork City Libraries as the venue for workshops to design the festival’s national poster for 2009. So, if you are aged between 7 and 11 years and are creative and artistic sign up now to take part in the workshops which will be held on Saturdays 13th and 20th June at 11.30a.m. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

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Have you a memory of Shandon you would like to share? Cork Community Art Link will be in St Mary’s Road Library to collect memories, stories and images of the Shandon area. The material gathered during this week will be incorporated into an exciting wall washed mural to be unveiled during the Shandon Street Festival in June. So why not join us for tea and a chat and let your memories become a work of art. (Any photos brought in will be scanned and returned on the day) For more details contact St Mary’s Road Library at 021-4924933 or drop in.

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Fortcoming Events Midleton Library Positive Ageing Photographic Exhibition till 15th June Thurs June 11th 6.00pm Children’s Bookclub (2) Saturday June 13th 2.00pm Storytime for children Opening Hours 9.30 – 5.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 9.30 – 8.00pm Thursday. All events are open to all and free of charge

News A capacity audience attend a recent recital by City East Male Voice Choir conducted by Musical Director Marguerite O’Sullivan in Midleton Library. Their repertoire varied from a lively version of Living Doll to an evocative Let It Be. The evening was a great success and we look forward to an encore when the choir can spare time from welcoming liners into Cobh.

• ABOVE - Regional Winners 4HOME’s ‘Let’s Get Gardening’ St. Josephs NS, Castlemartyr • BELOW - Former pop star Sinead Sheppard watches the count as her Cobh Town Council nomination looked successful yest. pic michael mac sweeney/provision

Coming Shortly Colm Liddy author of 40 Fights Between Husbands and Wives is coming to Midleton Library on Friday July 3rd at 11.00am to meet the bookclub and read from his book. 40 Fights Between Husbands and Wives is the Bookclub June book and we anticipate a lively debate and interesting session. All are welcome to this event. Copies of the book are available in the library.

Maclise Art Society “Painting for Pleasure” Summer Exhibition opened by Mayor Ken Murray of Midleton on Friday last the 5th June. The Exhibition runs until Monday 15th June. • Mary Cotter Donnybrook Imelda Wilkins Sth Douglas Road Mayor Murray of Midleton and Artist Bert Wilkins at the opening

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As usual we try to give you a few ideas on what might need doing in your garden this week. Not everything in this article may apply to your garden - but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week. Flower Garden Deadhead basket and container plants, and start feeding regularly. Feed Michaelmas daisies and thin the stems if necessary. Cut sweet peas frequently, and do not let any blooms run to seed. Transplant biennials sown under glass, 8cm (3in) apart in a nursery bed. Inspect hellebores for aphids, which can affect next year’s growth if left. Kitchen Garden Thin apples and pears when surplus fruits have finished falling naturally. Stop cutting asparagus and feed plants with general fertiliser. Estimate when first early potatoes will be ready, and soak about 2 weeks beforehand to boost crops. Plan winter crops while there is still time to sow them. In hot weather sow lettuce direct in the afternoon, and cover with damp newspaper for 24 /

48 hours to keep seeds cool. Next week – it could be you! Thin peaches and nectarines to about 15cm (6in) apart. Our Summer Gardening Competition is open to all our readers. Win a prize every week from May to September. Get out the hoe and Lawns & Hedges Trim lonicera and privet hedges start now for a stunning summer garden. If your garden or any regularly. Use a rotary mower to part of your garden is blooming, or just looking good, why not lets cut the wiry stalks of plantains us have a photo. It could win you a prize! If you have a neighbor and other large weeds. with a nice garden who might be a bit shy about entering why Greenhouse Sow busy not take a photo for them and they could win a prize. Send your lizzies for houseplants in the entry to Gardening, Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas. Cork. winter; cut back in March Or email to and take cuttings for bedding. Start harvesting cucumbers while still small, to encourage further cropping. Sow cacti and succulent seeds in gritty compost. Start Net green algae if it builds up, and add to the leaving vents open at night regularly, or compost heap. Mulch the bog garden with install automatic vent openers to cope with straw or leafmould to conserve moisture, or fluctuations. Most cacti can be stood outdoors spread pebbles and coarse grit as a mulch. now, in a bright sheltered position. In General Pick produce and deadhead Water Garden Check ponds regularly in flowers to avoid a summer backlog of routine hot weather in case they need topping up. chores.


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The winner of our Summer Garden Competition this week is: Mary Ruff , 44 Stocton Close, Grange. Mary wins a voucher for 50 euro’s worth of goods from Kiernans, Garden Centre, Douglas Court.

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Ali ben-Ibrahim was a salt dealer, every day he went to the market with two huge sacks of salt tied to his donkey. One hot day, as they passed along the banks of the Tigris River, the donkey broke free from Ali and plunged into the cool water. When the salt-seller finally got the beast to leave the river, it immediately noticed that much of the salt had dissolved was therefore considerably lighter. After that, no matter how hard Ali tried, he could not prevent the donkey from diving into the river and ruining its load of salt. But

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Minister for Environment at Lifetime Lab Minister John Gormley TD was on hand to reward Cork City schools during a special ceremony at Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. Students of 85 primary, secondary and special schools received their “Green Flag” for successfully completing the scheme. Lifetime Lab was delighted to host the event, ‘Lifetime Lab promotes sustainable living through onsite interactive exhibits, classroom workshops and onsite work practices, by operating onsite best practice Lifetime Lab has realised a reduction of almost 40% in energy. The Green Schools programme reinforces our message of promoting, understanding and building a better future”, says Mervyn Horgan, manager Lifetime Lab. Lifetime Lab is located at the old Waterworks building on the Lee Road. The site now comprises of a Visitor Centre and Steam Engine Room, Playground, Conference Room, School Resource Centre and Cork City Energy Agency office.

Bishopstown Library Do you have a cupla focal? Then why not come along to Bishopstown Library on Thursdays at 2.30pm and meet like minded people for Irish conversation. Beginners welcome. Exhibition this month is from the Cork Ballet Company. Plenty of memorabilia and photographs on display. Book Club meeting. The club will be reading “To kill a mockingbird” for the summer months. All welcome

• ‘Let’s Get Gardening’ competition - Scoil Abhan Naofa, Ballyvourney

Wilton Writers will meet Wednesdays at 2.30pm. New meetings welcome.

The West Cork Literary Festival Needs You!! If you, or anyone you know, would like to volunteer to help in the running of this year’s West Cork Literary Festival, 5th – 11th July. Please contact Sinead Collins 086-2206306

Bishopstown Toastmasters Bishoptstown Toastmaster’s is Cork’s only Toastmaster Club to meet weekly and on Saturday morning at 11.00am - 12.30pm at Bishopstown Library. For information about Bishopstown Toastmasters contact John Keating on 085 7202 808 or check out our web site

Join The “Gospel Messengers” Choir Sing your cares away with our gospel choir. Everybody welcome. Rehearsals on Monday nights starting at 7.30pm. Rehearsal room is situated over sacristy of Togher Church for further information 087-7820942.

• Monkstown Golf Club (6/6/2009) Mary Rea presents her husband Alex’s Prize to Alister Dunne. Picture: John Lotty.

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• BELOW - UCC students Pat Donlon, Mary Murphy and Avril Garvin enjoying the sun pictured in Bishop Lucey Park, Cork City, yesterday. Pic: Clare Keogh/Provision

30 - Thur 11 Jun '09 • Tom O’Mahony pictured with boxing champion Gary ‘Spike’O’Sullivan at the St. Columbas Hall Annual Bar-B-Q last weekend. Pic:George Thompson

• Stuart O’Mahony from Donnybrook enjoying the food and music at St Columbas Hall Bar-B-Q last weekend. Pic:George Thompson

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• Lauren and Darragh Calnan at the St. Columbus Hall Barbecue last weekend Pic:George Thompson

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• ABOVE - Trevor and Sam pictured at Ziggy’s Music Bar for the Auction for Charity of Rory Gallagher memoribilia. Pic: George Thompson

• LEFT - Richard Malone and Jessica Fennell who travelled from Dublin at Ziggy’s Music Bar for the Auction for Charity of Rory Gallagher memoribilia last weekend. Pic: George Thompson

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Shanbally Nationa School Golf Classic 2009 Launch At a very nice get-together in Raffeen Creek Golf Club the Principal and Board members of Shanbally NS announced very generous Sponsorship of their forthcoming Golf Classic. The Main Sponsors this year are House of Coolmore Furniture and Poseidon Management Services Ltd. The Chairman of the Board of Management, Fr. John Newman PP, expressed sincere thanks to Mr Pat O’Sullivan and Mr. Jerome O’Mahony, Managers of both Companies respectively. Mr. Liam Shanahan pointed out that all money raised in this year’s Classic is earmarked for the provision of Interactive Technology solutions in the three Special Education units in the School, namely the Special Class for Speech and Language, Resource and Learning Support. Interactive Whiteboards are currently in place in all eight Mainstream classes after a two-year Fundraising project, recently completed. Current funding has not been provided by the Dept. of Ed. and Sc. in the IT area for years, so schools are forced to take on this initiative if they want to lead their children into this latest cutting-edge technology in education. The Golf Classic returns to its home in Raffeen Creek Golf Club next Friday 12th June. Teams of three play throughout the day, Burger break on the 9th and a meal provide afterwards. There are lovely prizes on offer. There are tee-times available in the morning and a few left in the afternoon. The Captain of Raffeen Creek GC .Mr.John Howard and Lady Captain Ms.Kay Bray were also there to wecome Shanbally NS Golf Classic to the Club. Any one interested in supporting this very worthy event with Teams or Sponsorship of Tees are most welcome this week. Contact: School 021/4378178 or Principal Liam at 087/2930470

by Phil Goodman

The DOUGLAS BOOK OF solidarity supporting victims of institutional abuse is now closed, Lord mayor Cllr Brian Birmingham invited us to present the Douglas book at a ceremony in City Hall, where Lord Mayor presented the City Hall Book. Both books were presented to the group called “Right of place”. The books were handed back to be kept in the archives in the Seamus Murphy Building, Great William O’Brien Street .The archives of both city and county are stored there. It is certainly worth a visit . The weather was lovely on our trip Mount Mellary, we had a stop in Lismore for a cuppa. I believe there are only 12 brothers now in the Abbey. It is unique to hear them chanting in the beautiful church, the shop was kept busy with our group buying rosary beads medals etc. Each item was blessed as we bought it, when you meet Minnie ask her about her confession (no not her sins), it could only happen to Minnie! Next Tuesday we are off to KenmareKillarney and if you are interested give me a call on 4363867. The Garda are advising the ladies to mind their handbags as there is a spate of gangs (usually women) who work in two’s with one to distract, whilst the other relives you of your possessions, so please do not take large amounts of money with you, and only take what you need! On behalf of our Young at Heart Group, I would like to send our best wishes to Bartoz Mieszala on the occasion of his wedding to the lovely Dagmara, and as you know Bartoz is the manager of Douglas shopping centre and he is getting married in his native country of Poland. I did try to get an invite for the entire group to go to his wedding, but he has been avoiding me since (joke). All the best for the future.

Thought for the Day “ The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” Peter F. Drucker

Up coming events. Walking Group meet in the Community Park at 11’o clock every Monday Tuesday 9th June Kinsale - Afternoon trip Tuesday 16th June Kenmare-Killarney Wed 24th June Naval Base Tuesday 30th June Gougane Barra Tuesday 7th July Baltimore-Sherkin island ‘Bye for now, Phil

• Back row; Jerome O’Mahony,Poseidon Mgt. Svcs., Pat O’Sullivan, House of Coolmore, Liam Shanahan,Principal, Sean Horgan, BOM

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Congratulations to Mark O’ Reilly from Ballygarvan who won last weeks pair of 50Cent tickets. This week win tickets to Anastacia, simple tell me what year she released her hit single “I‘m All Outa Love”, answers to peteintheloop@ The gig guide is unusually quiet this weekend but the dry spell wont last long with live at the Marquee and the Speigletent coming up. In fact the Speigletent is shaping up to be quite a cracker of an event with the likes of homegrown Cork band Fred gracing it. Another event about to kick off is Murphy’s “Little Big Nights Out”. The launch of this will take place tomorrow night at the Crane Lane. Paddy Casey will be playing on the night with local Annette Buckley providing support. “Little Big Nights Out” is a series of fifteen great nights out in Cork running from June through to November, it will bring the very best of free music, cinema, sports and food to a host of venues across Cork city and county.

The nights are aimed at transforming your local into a great music venue or the beer garden into a movie theatre. Providing an opportunity to meet a Cork sporting legend for pints down your local, the nights are also keen on promoting the very finest of West Cork food produce whilst chilling out to great live music in your favourite watering hole. Straying away from local affairs now and the Saturdays have invited Susan Boyle to join their band, the perky five-piece reckon the 48 year old, who took second place in the talent show final last month, would be a worthy sixth member of the group. Mollie King said, “Susan is great and would be a welcome addition to The Saturdays. The first time she came on in the TV I thought she was amazing, especially because you didn’t expect it. It sounds awful, but no one expected it, not even the judges.” She continued; “If she wants to join the Saturdays we will have to give her a glam makeover, It won’t quite be fake eyelashes and tons of make-up, but we like good hair, it is very important. We also love colour so we’d have to put her in a nice colourful dress. She would

fit right in once we finished with her.” The Saturdays’ new single, ‘Work’, is out late this month. Finally as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival the AIB street performers world championships will take place this weekend at Fitzgerald’s park. For 2 magical days the best contortionists, piano jugglers, magicians, breakdancers, comedians and general world class professional jesters will descend on Cork City to battle it out for the most coveted title in street performance, the 4th AIB Street Performance World Championship. 31 world-class street performers from around the globe will take centre stage and compete for your entertainment. Performers will travel from all four corners of the globe including Canada, Russia, Japan, Tanzania, Somalia, Russia, Sweden, Germany and Australia. Taking place in Cork for the first time, 80 outstanding free shows will be staged in 5 performance locations in the idyllic surrounds of Fitzgerald’s Park. Fun and free, this will be the must-see highlight of the summer for families and performance enthusiasts alike.

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• Lockdown Models Kellie Forde and Miss Cork 2009 Etaoin Ni hAilpin launch the highly anticipated Highend casting for Lockdown’s search for models to train and work in the international modelling industry. The casting takes place at the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Wednesday 17th next from 6pm-9pm. Pic: Miki Barlok

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Douglas Camogie The Senior championship has been fixed for Wednesday 24th June in Ballinlough at 6:45pm against St. Finbarr’s. As you are aware we beat them in last year’s final so this is going to be the big game of the first round. A number of last year’s panel are not available so we will definitely see a few new faces making their debut in this game. The Cork Senior team won the Munster final recently against Tipperary. Amanda O’Regan started the game but went off injured with 5 minutes to go to half-time. Catriona Mackey came on in her place. Other Douglas players on the panel were Pamelia

Mackey and Jessica Kavanagh (called up late as the sub keeper was injured). Amanda accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates (See photo). To my knowledge this is the first time a Douglas player has captained a winning Cork Senior team. The Senior team are preparing for the championship which is being played as a round-robin with two sections of four teams. The top two teams in both sections play-off in the All Ireland semi-finals. Cork play Dublin on Saturday 20th June in Cork in the first round.      A number of players played for Munster in the Geal-

Championship Draws: After their narrow first round victory over Naomh Abán, Douglas footballers have been drawn to face Dohenys in the Senior Football Championship. Meanwhile, for the second consecutive year Douglas and Youghal will meet in the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship. Last year the sides served up a cracking third round contest in Carrigtwohill which ended in a draw on a scoreline of 3-13 to 2-16. With Douglas winning the replay, the East Cork side now have an opportunity to exact revenge.

Michael Quirke Tournament: Next Saturday afternoon Douglas G.A.A. Club host the under 11 hurling tournament held annually in memory of the late Michael Quirke. Douglas are the defending champions as last year a team captained by David Barry and coached by Jim O’Mahony, Pat Walsh, Kieran Kingston and Seán O’Mahony beat Fr. O’Neill’s in the final. The games are scheduled to begin at 2.00pm.

Linn Interprovincial competition recently. Amanda O’Regan was on the Senior team who went on to win the senior competition against Connaught. Helen O’Mahony, Jessica Kavanagh, Pamela Mackey and Catriona Mackey were on the Junior team who were beaten by Leinster in the final.


Fixtures: Friday 12th June: Junior “B” hurling championship Douglas v. St. Vincents (in Passage), 7.30pm Tuesday 16th June: Junior “A” hurling league Douglas v. St. Vincents (Home), 7.30pm   Wednesday 17th June: Junior “B” hurling league Douglas v. Mayfield (Home), 7.30pm   Sunday 21st June: Junior “B” hurling league Douglas v. Belgooly (Home), 11.30am   Wednesday 24th June: Junior “B” hurling league Douglas v. Nemo Rangers (Away), 7.30pm

Stephen Noonan (8) Patrick O’Callaghan (7) Marie Kerr (18) Rory O’Neill (8) Mark O’Donoghue (4) Michael Dennehy (10) Declan Sheehan (5) Con Doolan (7)

The club would like to thank all players from all grades for participating in Nett Cup and helping to make it a success.

Sunday Gross: - Susan Gregson & Denis Cashman Nett: - Tony Noonan & Tadgh Sheehan

Fixtures Saturday: - 3 ball scramble @ 2.30pm Sunday: - 4 Ball @ 10.30am Sharp Handicap Cup continues this week

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Douglas ladies reach County Final match winning performance while Up front Amy Curtin and Chloe Nason were up to their old tricks and completely out foxed the Colemans defence. Half way through the second half Douglas put on all their subs and everyone of them proved themselves worthy of a place on this team.  The final score on the day did not show St Colemans to be a bad team (and they were not) what it did show was the depts the Douglas girls were willing to go to in order to get into a County Final. Final score Douglas 6-11 St Colemans 0-03 scorers ,Chloe Nason 1.0, Amy O Connor 2.0. Hannah Mc Carthy 2-02,  Lydia Coveney 1-02, Emma Cotter 0-03,  Amy Curtin 0-01,  Lisa Smith 0-02, Niamh Coughlan 0-01.

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to 0-01, but it was quickly pointed out to the girls that they missed far too many chances and that st Colemans were a good side and they were sure to come out fighting in the second half. Its a great credit to all the players involved that they take on board  everything that the  mentors have to say and will always correct any mistakes made. The second half started as expected with a strong showing from Colemans but once again the Douglas girls stepped up their game and quickly took charge of the game. Lucy Hayes made sure that very little ball got into lauren Delae  , Alicia Cremin did the same on the other side, while Ciara Mc Carthy played what was probably her best game in a Douglas shirt to ensure that goalkeeper Shiela Kearney rarely got near the ball.In the middle Lisa Smith gave what can only be described as a

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The u13 Douglas team once again made history after they became the first team from the ladies football club to reach a county final, Douglas met with East Cork side  St Colemans in  the county u14d semi final in Glanmire and as in the previous match against Kanturk, nothing was known about the opposition and once again the girls came out ready for a battle and determined not to let St Colemans into this game at all. Chloe Nason was quickly on the score sheet drilling in a great goal in the second minute  this was quickly followed by another from Amy o Connor , who scored a second goal before the break, Lydia Coveney also got on the score sheet with a great goal, Emma Cotter and Hannah mc Carthy were also on the score sheet in the first half. At the half time break Douglas were up 4-04

• Douglas player John Cantwell holds off the challenge of Ciaran o Hainifein Scoil Olibheir in the Sciath na Scoil finals at Pairc ui Rinn. Pic:George Hatchell

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G.A.A. FOCUS Snippets from the Local and National Scene By Pat Harrington Prior to the Cork vs. Kerry encounter Eugene McGee (journalist, T.V. pundit and former Offaly manager) stated that he felt Kerry were under more pressure going into the game. He claimed it is Tyrone’s all-Ireland to lose and he did not expect Kerry to be good enough. The point was made regarding the success of C.I.T in the Sigerson cup as well as the Cork under 21 success but McGee’s opinion was that whilst all this is positive it does not guarantee success at senior level. Sennan O’Connell spoke about the number of hand passes made by Cork before a shot at goal was attempted. The feeling among the pundits was that Cork should be more direct in their play. The more hand passes the greater is the chance of dispossession by the opposition. Obviously Kerry didn’t read the script; they were

sluggish and wasteful and their build-up was slow and laboured. Of course losing Tommy Walsh through injury didn’t help. In contrast to the Kingdom Cork moved the ball at pace for the opening twenty five minutes, playing the game at high intensity. The goal scored by Pierce O’Neill was all about pace, well worked and clinically executed. Cork got out of jail when Colm Cooper drove a penalty hopelessly wide. They returned to bad habits again for the final six or seven minutes through their labourious distribution of the ball. A sad statistic of the first half highlights 85 punch passes. Cork who were the better side had Spillane taken off; in fact he was left on the field for too long. James masters was also called ashore; one assumes that the selectors felt that he wasn’t physical enough. Cork did not really take advantage of the amount of possession they enjoyed and a one goal interval lead was a poor reward. The Rebels were again the better team in the second half, extending their lead to five points. Paddy Kelly could and should have wrapped up the

LEE ROWING CLUB Well done to Shane Ryan and Joe Kearney of Lee Rowing Club  who were  selected by the I.A.R.U. to row for Ireland in the Coupe De La Jeunesse. Joe and Shane will row as part of the coxed four and the men’s Junior 8 with oars men from Portora R.C. and St Joseph’s B.C. The Coupe De La Jeunesse, other wise known as the Junior European  Rowing  Championships, which was held in Cork in the National Rowing Centre  last year, will  this year be held in Vichy, France  from the 31st of July  to the 2nd of

August, but first there is the small matter of the Leaving Cert. to be done. On the home front Lee R.C. travelled to Castleconnell where  they had two wins. The winners  being the  Women’s Junior 14 Coxed Quad rowed Jenny Creedon (stroke), Leonie Hamel (2),  Roisin McDermott (3), Sally Haugh (bow)  and Laura Healy(cox). The second was a win  for  the  Men’s Junior 15 single sculler  Brian Twomey-Thompson.

game with two great opportunities to score a goal and a point from play. Again from play Nicholas Murphy missed a great chance of a point. Kerry scored some good long distance points to worry the Cork footballers and supporters. A draw was the end result. Whilst possession is vital Cork need forwards who will take their chances. Yes, workrate is important; ultimately the scoreboard forms the result. Let’s not forget Kerry also had their share of wides. Selectors make decisions and changes but the players between the white lines are the people who do or do not perform. Michael Cussen’s introduction as substitute for Masters did not have the desired effect on this occasion. The postmatch comment from C103 “We was Robbed” re-echoed throughout the following few days. More next week, Pat.

Pfizer Pitch and Putt Notes NEWS Congratulations to Frank Bruen, Chris McCarthy, Declan Sheehan, Patrick OCallaghan and Donal Field on qualifying for the Gents National Strokeplay in Tralee. Frank shot a fantastic score of 13 under par in Corkbeg to top the Intermediate qualifying with Chris in second on 9 under. The Finals are on the 25th July. Inauguration Shield Results: Winner: Declan Sheehan 49 b/9 Senior: Finbarr ODonnell 51 b/9 Intermediate: Chris McCarthy 49 Junior: Kevin Murphy 57 Prizes will be presented on Sunday 14th June. Well done to Declan Sheehan on his win and also on his recent win in the Tralee scratch cup.

Fixtures Wednesday Fourball, 6:30pm start Sunday Fourball, 10:30am start

Grangevale A.F.C. Announcement

• Pauline Moran presents the Frankfield Golf Club captain’s prize to Shane Callanan (Carrigaline) on Saturday last. On right is Jim Moran ,Captain. Picture Mike English

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