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Letters to the Editor

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.

Zimbabwe Dear Editor, Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party - who have reduced Zimbabwe to its present bankrupt, dustbowl status, while systematically violating every basic human right – has struck deals with China that will realise up to US$10 billion in investments over the next five years. For its money, the Chinese gets access to Zimbabwe’s vast diamond and other mineral resources. Of course, the ordinary people of Zimbabwe will see little benefit from China’s investments. Past experience shows that their welfare does not rate highly on Mugabe’s priority list. Indeed, the Chinese are currently building him a state-of the-art Army Intelligence College in Harare, even though the country is crying out for hospitals, medical clinics, schools and hospitals. Harare is without electricity most of the time and its water is barely fit for human consumption, but thanks to Mugabe and the Chinese it will at least have a magnificent new military intelligence college.

Many of the 600 Zimbabweans employed on the college building project complain of being forced to work up to 14 hours a day for around €3:00, and of being regularly beaten by their Chinese bosses. Similar stories of low wages, long hours and regular beatings and humiliations in Chinese-controlled businesses are now commonplace amongst indigenous workers in Zimbabwe. Another part of the US$10 billion investment deal allows the Chinese to flood Zimbabwe’s marketplaces with cheap low-quality goods, putting many local manufacturers and vendors out of business. One would have thought that the people of Zimbabwe already had enough to contend with, without another set of serial rights abusers, the Chinese, coming on the scene and making life even harder for them.

Quotation “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men”. Lord Acton, (1834-1902) Historical Essays and Studies, Appendix

Yours sincerely, John O’Shea GOAL PO BOX 19 Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin

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Building our community together

Kieran McCarthy

B.A., M.Phil. INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR, CORK CITY COUNCIL South East Cork City Richmond Villa, Douglas Road, Cork Mob: 087 6553389 E:

• The Hungarian Ambassador to Ireland Dr. Tamás Magyarics signing the visitors book during his courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Terry Shannon yesterday. Also included are the Lady Mayoress Ursula Shannon, John X Miller Honorary Hungarian Consolate Cork and Dr. Esther Ajkay, wife the Ambassador. Photo K Aherne

Heritage on facebook: Cork: Our City, Our Town

Cllr Kieran McCarthy

Twinning Grants Available Cork City Council has an open call for providing grants to Cork city based groups who are willing to pursue activities to promote the twinning links between any of the twinned cities subject to certain conditions. Cork city is twinned with 6 cities, Cologne, Germany, Coventry, United Kingdom, Rennes, France, San Francisco, U.S.A., Swansea, Wales and Shanghai, China. Chair of the San Francisco sub-committee on the Cork side, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted “In particular I am seeking projects that strengthen the links between San Francisco and Cork in the guise of an arts/ cultural/ heritage project. The twinning grant scheme is an ideal source of funding to get ideas off the ground and connect Cork people to other cities of international importance. The nature of the activity may be community based, voluntary, social, business, cultural, educational, sporting or of general social and economic benefit”. An activity which is likely to develop and deepen links and generate new contacts with a twinned city will be given extra consideration. The twinning activity may involve travelling to a twinned city but travel is not a prerequisite for awarding a grant. The maximum grant awarded is €1,270. All applications must be supported by detailed programmes and financial projections. Application forms, together with the conditions applying, are available from the Reception Desk, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork or alternatively phone tel. (021) 4924037. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00p.m on Friday, 2nd March 2012.

The Douglas Post Magazine | 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 South Link Publishing Ltd, Morris House, Douglas, Cork.

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Cork Gets On Board With Gorta’s National Soup Week

Cork GIY February Meeting - Talk by Caroline Robinson on ‘Getting started for the Growing Season’. Also, discounted seed orders for Brown Envelope Seeds being taken.

Cork restaurants have already started signing up to Gorta’s National Soup Week, which will run from March 5-11 next. The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is also encouraging people across the city and county to support the campaign at participating restaurants. During the week, people can also run ‘Soup for Life’ events at home; in the workplace or in clubs, schools and colleges. The annual fundraising campaign encourages people to get out and sip some soup to help make hunger history.

Tuesday 07 February, 7.30pm. South Parish Community Centre. All Welcome.

Coláiste Daibhéid Coláiste Daibhéid will be having a ‘Turning of the Sod’ ceremony at their school on Sawmill Street at 9.30am on the 6th of February 2012. Simon Coveney will be attending to ‘turn the sod’.

Cork Family Carers Forum The next Cork Family Carers Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 9th February at 8pm in The Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork. There will be a special focus on security in the home and a member of An Garda Siochána will address the meeting.

‘Soup for Life’ is a fun, vibrant and positive campaign which is very much focused on participation across the country. This year, Gorta is encouraging people to get out and support their favourite eateries by participating in ‘Soup for Life’. For each bowl of soup sold by participating restaurants, cafes and venues from March 5-11, €1 will be donated to Gorta helping families in Uganda secure a bright future for themselves and their children.

The Good Scotsman An Arab Sheik was admitted to St Vincent’s Hospital for heart surgery, but prior to the surgery, the doctors needed to store his blood in case the need arises. As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn’t be found locally, so, the call went out to all the states. Finally a Scot was located who had a similar blood type. The Scot willingly donated his blood for the Arab. After the surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman as appreciation for giving his blood, a new BMW, diamonds & US dollars. A couple of days later, once again, the Arab had to go through a corrective surgery. His doctor telephoned the Scotsman who was more than happy to donate his blood again. After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman a thank-you card & a jar of candies. The Scotsman was shocked that the Arab this time did not reciprocate his kind gesture as he had anticipated. He phoned the Arab & asked him: “I thought you would be generous again, that you would give me a BMW, diamonds & money... But you only gave me a thank-you card & a jar of candies”. To this the Arab replied: “Aye, but I now have Scottish blood in me veins.”__

Jerry Buttimer T.D. Constituency Office 4 A Glasheen Road, Cork. CLINIC TIMES:

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• The Cork Tartan Army gathered in the South County Bar in Douglas last night to celebrate Robert Burns Day. The iconic Scottish poet is celebrated worldwide by Scottish people. Martin and Kim MacKenzie, Francis and Sean Gordon, Stephen Smith, Graeme Campbell, Derek Crowe, Ishbel MacGregor-Curtin, Finbar Foley and Stephen Smith. Pic: Darren Forde

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2012 Roads Grants to benefit residents and business across Cork Cork South Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has welcomed the 2012 road allocation grants for Cork City and County Councils. Deputy Buttimer confirmed that under the 2012 allocations Cork City Council is being granted €4,293,795 and Cork County Council will receive €45,330,750 for road maintenance, improvements and strategic developments. “The funding announced by Minister Varadkar will enable both Cork City and County Councils to undertake significant projects on local roads. The funding is available for work in 2012, it is important that the councils are make every effort to use these grants this year as they will be of benefit to residents and businesses across the city and county. “In the city €600,000 is being provided for substantive capital works on Barrack Street and a further €140,000 is being made available for smaller low cost safety improvement works at Clontarf Street/Lower Oliver Plunkett Street, South Main Street/Washington Street, Clashduv Road. “Cork County Council is to receive €2.9 million for important strategic projects. This includes €1.5 million for Carrigaline Western Relief Road, €1 million for Clarkes Hill Moneygourney Road and €450,000 for the Cork Technology Park at Bishopstown. “These specific projects will significantly benefit local residents and businesses. In the city Barrack Street needs significant works to cater for the large volume of traffic which use it each day. The residents of Clarkes Hill and Mount Oval will benefit from the improvements to the Clarkes Hill Moneygourney Road, the grants should enable the council to improve condition of the road which has been of serious concern to residents for some time. “Nationally the amount made available for rehabilitation and maintenance of pavements has been increased by €15 million compared to the initial 2011 allocation. As well as this funding the Minister previously secured €60 million for labour intensive improvements as part of the Jobs Initiative. “It is important that when selecting projects to be included in grant allocations that we carefully choose those which will have the most significant impact to local communities and also to local employment. The Minister and his department have worked closely with the NRA relying on proposals from local authorities to decide which projects should be awarded the limited funding.”



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Douglas GAA Hall Douglas GAA Hall Friday 3rd in Bar Donie Caulfield Friday 9th Karoake with Sam Hall Bookings now being taken Contact Margaret 087 9956050 watch matches on the big screen

Douglas Business Development Plan A newly formed group of Douglas business people have recently put forward some very positive proposals to promote and bring new businesses to the Douglas area. Their aim is to attract new light industries to the locality, get the authorities to come up with an intelligent traffic plan, and recreate Douglas into a modern thriving community, of which we can be all proud to be part of.

Douglas Community Association Care-Ring Douglas

With a cold snap forecast for the first week of February, we turn our thoughts to the elderly in the community, particularly as we hear from the media that many people are now ‘fuel poor’ and staying warm is essential for older people in cold weather as they may not be as active as they once were. If you know of someone who would appreciate a friendly social phone call, contact Care-Ring Douglas, who provide a service of keeping in regular contact with older people in the community. They are supported by volunteers who are HSE-trained and Garda-vetted. It is a link for people who are unable to leave their homes and who may feel lonely and isolated. For more information contact Phil Goodman on 086-2987161.

Jogging Path

Operation Transformation on RTE1 has really taken the nation by storm, encouraging 5 young people from their local community, to take on the task of shedding unhealthy extra weight, by way of diet, lifestyle and exercise. In the case of one of the volunteers, the whole community came out to support him by joining in a walk which was a great morale booster for not alone him, but all who participated. Some years ago our Tidy Towns Committee pushed the idea of having a jogging path in the park, and made it happen so that it is now in daily use by some joggers. I believe two rounds of the path are approximately 1 kilometre. So if you haven’t made exercise part

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of your daily routine, you might like to try it out and enjoy the lovely outdoor amenity that we have in our community park, in the heart of Douglas.

Community Welfare Officer – Increased Cover

A Community Welfare Officer now attends at the Community Centre on 5 different periods – on Tuesday afternoon, from 2-3.30pm, on Wednesday from 9.30-11.30am and 2-3.30pm, and Thursday from 9.3011.30 a.m., and from 2-3.30 pm.

To Contact Us/Office Hours

If you wish to contact us, please e-mail us at, or call in to Nicola, our administrator, who is in the office 3 mornings a week, Mon. Tue., and Friday, from 9a.m.-1p.m. You can also drop in a note to the centre, or text Nicola at 085-1727835, or leave a message on the office phone 4894955 (make sure you give your name and phone no.) We hold monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month, so if you have an issue of a community nature which you would like to bring to our attention, please get in touch.

Tidy Towns

Our Tidy Towns volunteers meet every Saturday at 10.30 and work until noon. Sometimes messages from members of the public are left where they would like Tidy Towns to look at a particular area needing attention. We would ask that if you do want to make contact with them, that you leave your name, phone number and a brief message on our office phone which is 4894955, or text 085-1727835.

Douglas Writers Group The next meeting of the Douglas Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Business Centre), Douglas on Friday 10th February at 5.30 pm. The Douglas Writers Group meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.Young at Heart Join the Young at Heart on Mediterian Cruise,visiting Corcisa, Florence, Rome ,etc ,for more info contact Phil on 4363867

Douglas Sláinte Toastmasters Club Would you like to improve your skills in public speaking in a warm, welcoming and supportive atmosphere? If so, Douglas Sláinte Toastmasters Club is the club for you. This club affords every member the

opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn leads to increased self-confidence and personal growth. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings, without obligation, where you can witness for yourself the opportunities for growth in participating in Douglas Sláinte meetings. Meetings take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel every second Wednesday from now until late June 2012. Meetings begin at 8.00pm and finish at 10.00pm. Meeting Dates: January, 25th, February 8th, 22nd , March 7th, 21st , April 4th, 18th May 2nd, 16th, 30th & June 13th

Oíche Ghaelach Beidh Oíche Ghaelach anois ar siúl gach oíche Mháirt sa South County Bar sa Dúghlas. Tá siad ag lorg duine éigean chun an oíche a chur i láthair gach oíche Mháirt, agus cabhrú le daoine agus comhrá a spreagadh; ach ní rang foirméalta a bheidh i gceist leis. Deis chun daoine a spreagadh chun cainte agus an Ghaeilge atá acu a úsáid atá ann. Má ta suim agat cuir glaoch orm anseo san oifig ar 021 4310841.

Care-Ring Douglas Congratulations to this group who celebrated their first anniversary recently. They provide a service of keeping in regular contact, by way of a friendly social phonecall, to older people within the community. They are supported by volunteers who are HSEtrained and Garda-vetted. The service is a link for people who are unable to leave their homes and also for people who may feel lonely and isolated, especially as the colder weather takes a grip. For more information, contact Phil Goodman on 086-2987161.

Douglas ICA No “Boot Camp” in Douglas ICA, just a warm welcome and the opportunity to

meet new people and make new friends. With our many activities, including Choir, Drama, Exercise Class, Crafts, Book Club, Outings, etc., we offer plenty of scope to use your talents and gain new experiences. Guild meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 8pm at the I.C.A. Hall on Church Road (opposite entrance to the Community Park). Choir Monday 8pm, Drama Wednesday 8pm, Exercise Class Monday at 11am. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME.

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St.Patrick’s Church Choir, Rochestown. Rehearses every Tuesday night at 8 pm in St Patrick’s church.The choir sings at the 11a.m mass on Sundays. New members are welcome to join this mixed-voice choir. Hope to see you there! Further information contact Susan 086-8677077

The Rochestown Youth Choir are looking for new members! If your child loves to sing we would love to see them joining us for our rehearsal each Friday from 4.30 to 5.30 pm in St Patrick’s Church Rochestown.  Membership is free and we welcome all boys and girls from 2nd class and upwards. Please contact Fr. Michael for further details on 0874198286.

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Douglas Library Library Activities

Thursdays @ 11.00: Young at Heart (tai Chi)

Tuesdays@10.15: Social Sketchers, bring along your paper and paints and try your hand at art in the library

Thursdays@ 6.30 Adult Chess

Wednesdays@10.30: UCC Creative Writing Course

Second Friday: Citizens Information Free Clinic @ 10.00

Wednesdays@10.30 Book Club meet on the second Wednesday of every month.

Fourth Friday: Irish Conversation Group.@ 11.00

Fridays : First Friday Gramophone Recital @ 11.00

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Poetry Corner with Ronnie McGinn

Terese Coe’s poems and translations have recently appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Poetry, Agenda, New American Writing, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, Orbis, and Smartish Pace, among others. Her first collection of poems, The Everyday Uncommon, won a Word Press publication prize in 2005. She has traveled widely and given readings in the US, Australia, England, and Nepal as well as in the US, was a 2000 and 2002 recipient of Giorno Poetry Systems grants, and a 2004 and 2009 finalist in the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. She won first prize in the 2008 Schaible Sonnet Award. Her work appears in several anthologies and she has published both metrical and free verse. This week with all the sharp wit and cynicism of Dorothy Parker, and with an underlying humour that creates a sense of curiosity, which is rounded off beautifully with the last line. Terese presents us with another hint of what she is can really do

Pet Resumé

• Eric Isherwood, wife Veronica pictured with their two sons Eric Jnr (left) and Colm (right) who both suffer from autism pictured in Mahon, Cork. The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has selected artwork by Colm, which will be published as a stamp in recognition of World Autism Day. The stamps, and the other 7 international artists who designed them, will together raise awareness about this important global cause. Pic Provision

(For Dorothy Parker)

Guppies are glum, rabbits are dumb, tarantulas give me the creeps crickets succumb, lizards are mum, puppies leave icky brown heaps snakes are satanic, parrots a panic, kitties bring scraps from a slaughter monkeys are manic, horses titanic— why not give birth to a daughter?

Terese Coe Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ / Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas or you can email it direct to ronniemcginn@ 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. RonnieMcGinn

Writers Group Meetings Bishopstown Writers Bishopstown Library – Mon 6th February. at 2.45.PM Douglas Writers Group Friday the 10th February John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom at 5.30 pm Douglas Junior Writers Group Douglas Library Thursday 16h February at 5.30.PM Ballinlough Writers John O’Sullivan’s (Douglas) Fri 17h February at 5.30 PM Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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• Actor Fiona Lucia McGarry, composer Tony O’Sullivan and Julie Kelleher of theatre collective Broken Crow pictured at TDC Talks in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. Corcadorca’s Theatre Development Centre held a series of panel discussions in relation to how the Centre and the theatre community will move forward in 2012. TDC Talks brought theatre professionals from around Ireland to the TDC for two days of panel discussions. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Wrong Bank This is just too funny not to share. Excerpted from an article which appeared in the Dublin Times about a bank robbery on March 2, 1999. Once inside the bank shortly after midnight, their efforts at disabling the internal security system got underway immediately. The robbers, who expected to find one or two large safes filled with cash and valuables, were surprised to see hundreds of smaller safes scattered throughout the bank. The robbers cracked the first safe’s combination, and inside they found only a bowl of vanilla pudding. As recorded on the bank’s audio tape system, one robber said, “At least we’ll have a bit to eat.” The robbers opened up a second safe, and it also contained nothing but vanilla pudding. The process continued until all the safes were opened. They found not one pound sterling, a diamond, or an ounce of gold. Instead, all the safes contained covered bowls of pudding. Disappointed, the robbers made a quiet exit, each leaving with nothing more than a queasy, uncomfortably full stomach. The newspaper headline read: “IRELAND’S LARGEST SPERM BANK ROBBED EARLY THIS MORNING.”

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Kinsale Set Dancing Great crowds are turning up to the Temperance Hall to the Set dancing class on a Monday night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Tutor Fionan Cogan TMRC makes sure all those that come enjoy themselves while they are learning and getting fit at the same time. He also lets the pupils know where there are ceili’s on around Cork where they can go to practise what they learn in the class. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or You don’t have to Michael Flathley to get Ceili Fit™,

UCC Lecturer honoured by Harvard Dr Eleanor Doyle, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Head, School of Economics, UCC has been elected into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School. Dr Doyle is only the sixth person to receive this honour. Dr Doyle joins recipients Professor Torger Reve, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway; Professor Philippe Gugler, University of Freiburg, Switzerland; Dr Zbigniew Bochniartz, University of Washington, USA; Professor Yoko Ishikura, Hitotsubashi University, Japan and Professor Jorge Forteza, San Andres University, Argentina.

West Cork Music announces 2012 Composition Competition

performers led by Festival Composerin-Residence, Thomas Larcher. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 1, 5 and 6 July. The aim of the competition is to give aspiring Irish composers a platform for their work to be evaluated and performed in front of an audience. Entrants must be of Irish nationality, born in Northern Ireland or resident on the island of Ireland and must be under the age of 30 on 1 January 2012. Submissions are to be sent to the Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble St, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Scores must be received by 31 March 2012. Selected compositions will be announced on and www. by 15 April 2012.

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Coffee Morning for those Bereaved or Affected by Suicide First Tuesday of every month @ 10.30 - !2am in The Boardwalk, Lapps Quay Cork City. Teas Coffee and scones are complementary. All are welcome and you may bring spouse, sibling or friend/s. The coming together of those similarly bereaved can offer the opportunity to gain strength and understanding from individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Collette on 087/2750355 or Brigit on 087/6310482 

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival,in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre, announces details of a Composer Competition for Irish Composers at the 2012 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

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Last Week’s Answer Although deaf he was not mute so he shouted “Shark”

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin

Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance I was one of 1,000 people that attended the City Hall on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to our Lord Mayor Cllr. Terry Shannon on bringing back the Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance. It was great to see all the ‘Ladies’ dressed for the occasion. A splendid display was given by the Viva Dance Studio and also a display by Swing Dancers. Entertainment was provided by the Cork Pops Orchestra with Evelyn Grant and Gerry Kelly. There was a great selection of dances -waltzes, tangos, two-steps and a bit of rock’n’roll. Bring on the next one.....

Ballinlough Over 60’s Heat Need Contestants!!!! Date: Wednesday 15th February. Time: 8.00pm. Venue: Ballinlough Community Centre. Entrance: €5.00 Contact Laura on 086-0829371 or Mary on 087-6748215 for more details. A great night of fun & entertainment is assured

Meals on Wheels Drivers and kitchen helpers urgently needed to keep this service going. Can you spare 2 hours once every 2 weeks? Please call in or ring Ballinlough Community Centre 4294021 betwen 10.30-11.30am any morning, you can also ring Breda 4291206 or Marie 4292364

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Triduum 9th, 10th & 11th February Mass & Homily each on Thursday & Friday evening at 7.30p.m. Saturday 11th the Triduun will conclude with Mass and anointing of

the sick at 3.00p.m. Anyone planning to attend the anointing cermony and who may require assistance with transport should contact the Parish Office at 429 4332 before Monday 6th February. The Novena will be conducted by Fr. John Manley OFM Cap.

Parish Assembly The Ladies will be orgainsing a cup of Team and a chat in the Pastoral Centre after 10.00 a.m.Mass on Thursday 2nd February

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Ballyphehane Community Notice Board Friday 10th February @ the Beer Garden Turners Cross. Details from Noelle Feeney 4964055

items from the shelves in the van or can have items delivered to them in their houses. The van is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to avail of this service please contact John O’Leary on 4924934.

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The unison Gospel Choir

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Tory Top Library offers a housebound service to people in the community who cannot access the library. Items for borrowing include books, DVDs, video tapes and audio-books on CD or on cassette. This service is free of charge. The van, manned by library staff, calls to individual homes on a regular basis. Customers may select

The Unison Gospel Choir welcomes new members. Rehearsals resumed on Monday at 7.30 pm. Rehearsal room is over sacristy in Togher Church (down left side of church and up steps). Come along and enjoy singing gospel songs and spirituals.

Calling all singers and musicans

If you are between 11 and 14 years old. If you can spare one hour on Mondays evenings, and want to be part of a ensemble to perform at Sunday Masses, this is for you! Rehearsals Monday’s 5.00p.m. to 6.00p.m. in the Pastoral Centre (next to Church). All Welcome

Catholic Guides of Ireland Our Lady of Lourdes Company are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. Their Annual mass will be celebrated on Sunday 5th February at 3.00pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. All past members welcome

Ballinlough Writers Group The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 17th February at 5.30 pm. The Ballinlough Writers Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Confessions of a Bus Conductor By Neil O’Donoghue Identical twins took up employment with C.I.E causing endless trouble for Supervisors trying to distinguish one from the other. An Inspector would detail one of the twins a duty. Minutes later the Inspector would see the guy sitting in the rest room. “Didn’t I tell you to go down to the Statue’, bawls the Inspector. “ That was probably my brother Inspector”.

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Blackrock / Mahon Community Notice Board St.Michaels Primary training continues in the Ursuline Convent on Friday evenings for ages 5-10. New members are always welcome. Fri 3rd of Feb is registration night in the Ursulines, any one wishing to join can come down on the night. The following Saturday 11th registration will take place in the club in Pairc ui Mhicil for underage teams from 11-16 yrs. Contact 087 6160124 for any questions on registration for any of these ages. To all the budding chefs in the club or anyone interested in cooking good food the club are having a cookery demonstration on March 14th, more details to follow but keep the date in your diary. Good luck to all our teams for the coming year and enjoy your football.

St Patrick’s Day Parade Mahon Community Centre to host St Patrick’s Day Parade on 16th March 9-30 am finish 12.00 noon do come along and enjoy the fun

Legion of Mary The Legion of Mary has been working in Ballinlough Parish since 1946. At present, two groups meet weekly: one on Mondays at 8.00p.m. ; the other on Tuesdays at 2.30p.m. Both groups meet in Marian House opposite the Parish Church. Men and Women are welcome in both groups to visit.

Mahon Family Resource Centre Classes for Mother & Baby.

The Parents Programme has recommenced at Mahon Family Resource Centre. If you are a parent of young Children and are interested in any of the following courses:

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Baby Massage Mother and Baby Pilates Parent and Toddler Group

Please contact Christine on 021 4358866 Beginnings Creche at Mahon Family Resource Centre: have a limited number of crèche spaces available for children ages 6months to 4years. Call Kathy on 021 4358866

Blackrock Community Association Monday Dance and exercise 10am-12noon Crafts 2 30pm 4 30pm Set Dancing 8 30pm-10pm Tuesday Art with Elaine Coakley 2pm-4pm Irish Dancing Classes for Children 4 15pm-5 15pm Tai Chi 7 30pm-8 30pm Wednesday Dance and exercise 10am-12noon Crochet 2 30pm-4 30pm Thursday Yoga 2 30pm-4pm for 4 weeks and will be followed by Nutrition classes 2 30pm- 4pm for 3 weeks Come and join us for our Classes. We will have some Social Evenings as well .Contact Martha 0871253157 Irene 0876122007

New Local Phone Number for Care & Repair Age Action has announced that due to the continued expansion of the Care & Repair programme in Cork there is a now a local phone number, 0214536554, which older people can call to arrange to have jobs done around their homes free of charge. Age Action’s Care & Repair service uses a pool of trustworthy volunteer

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handypersons to carry out oddjobs and DIY work for older people who find it difficult to do these jobs themselves. Some of the jobs that our volunteers can do include changing light bulbs, minor painting and decorating, hanging curtains, minor gardening, minor carpentry and installing smoke alarms. The service is free; clients only pay for the materials used. For bigger jobs that are beyond the scope of the volunteers, Age Action maintains a register of reliable and honest tradespersons whose contact details can be provided. As well as all of the main trades such as plumbers, electricians, builders etc, they have details for people who service boilers, clean chimneys, clean gutters and many other useful services. Regular social visits to older people can also be arranged.

John O Mahony, Care & Repair Development Officer, says “I’m delighted that we now have a local Care & Repair phone number in Cork. This will make it quicker and easier for people to access our services and I would ask anybody who thinks that we might be able to help them around the house to contact me on 0214536554. I would be happy to chat to people about how we can assist them.” Age Action is Ireland’s leading charity for older people. They believe that Ireland should be the best place in which to grow older. They work to fight discrimination, promote positive ageing and improve policies and services for all older people. Phone: 021-4536554

The Way of things “We know our lands have now become more valuable. The white people think we do not know their value; but we know that the land is everlasting, and the few goods we receive for it are soon worn out and gone.” - Canassatego _(Famous Quotes of North American Indians)

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Transport Committee to Examine Clamping Regulation The Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht will begin a series of meetings this week on the regulation of the vehicle clamping industry when representatives from the County and City Managers’ Association and Cork City Council will address the committee. The Minister Committee is to take a lead role in designing the initial drafting of the legislation and will hold a series of meetings with a number of representative stakeholder groups to consider and discuss their views on what the proposed legislation needs to address. Committee Chairman Ciarán Lynch, TD said: “The Committee will play a major role in drafting new legislation to regulate the vehicle clamping industry. This is the first time that a Committee has been asked to help draft Heads of a Bill and we will be considering the views of a number of interested parties which will help form part of a report which the committee will prepare on the issue. That report will contain a series of recommendations which will inform the drafting of legislation to regulate the industry. We’re looking forward to our meeting with representatives from the County and City Managers’ Association and Cork City Council to get their observations on clamping regulation. Among the issues we will be addressing are the requirement, or not, for new legislation and what the legislation should address, regulation of the industry, licensing for clamping companies, standards and codes of practice for operators, the appeals process and penalties.”

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How Does Your Garden Grow ? After 20 years of apartment living, last summer 2 years I became the proud owner of my very own cabbage patch. Like all modern estate houses, the garden is so tiny that you could have the lawn, both at the front and the back of the house, mown during a coffee break. The back garden is used by the boys as their ‘stadium’ and I am banned from planting so much as daisy in it. After a year of football and rugby, it resembles an old man’s head: balding down the middle with sparse growth around the edges. There was a lovely rambling rose planted by the previous owners but it kept snagging the ‘players’ and so it got wrenched out of the ground and flung in the bin. The front garden has been allotted to me. Earnestness and good intentions are no substitute for experience and patience. Since half of everything I

plant dies on me, I buy two of each plant in the hope that one of them survives. Daffodils are my favourite flowers. Last September, I planted over a hundred bulbs both in the beds as well as artfully strewing them across the lawn to create that ‘spontaneous’ wild flower look. However, last Saturday since I was getting rather desperate to see the end of this winter, I decided to cut the grass. My husband said it was bad luck to cut the grass before Paddy’s day but I did it anyway. I used a strimmer to tip toe around the baby daffodils that were beginning to peep through but I found it so heavy and hard to control that I ended up massacring half of the daffodils anyway. The patio used to be the home of 74 flower pots but that population has been decimated down to 15 since they cannot withstand the daily onslaught of footballs that rain down

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on them like grenades. I love pruning; there’s something very satisfying in the hacking and nipping but I have paid for my savagery as several of my bushes have refused to flower or berry since. My only success is the Russian Vine or a Mile-A-Minute that

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Oral thrush Oral thrush is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your mouth. Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on your tongue or inner cheeks.

Symptoms Children and adults

Initially, you may not have noticeable oral thrush symptoms. Signs and symptoms may develop suddenly, but they may persist for a long time and can include: Creamy, white lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks and sometimes on the roof of your mouth, gums and tonsils, Lesions with a cottage cheeselike appearance, Pain, Slight bleeding if the lesions are rubbed or scraped,

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Cracking at the corners of your mouth, A cottony feeling in your mouth and Loss of taste. Infants and breast-feeding mothers

In addition to the distinctive white mouth lesions, infants may have trouble feeding or be fussy and irritable. They can also pass the infection to their mothers during breast-feeding. Women whose breasts are infected with candida may experience the following signs and symptoms: Unusually red, sensitive or itchy nipples, Shiny or flaky skin on the areola, Unusual pain during nursing or painful nipples between feedings and Stabbing pains deep within the breast.

Causes Oral thrush can occur when your immune system is weakened by disease or drugs such as prednisone, or when

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antibiotics disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in your body.

Treatments The goal of any oral thrush treatment is to stop the rapid spread of the fungus, but the best approach may depend on your age, your overall health and the cause of the infection. For infants and nursing mothers

If you’re breast-feeding an infant who has oral thrush, you and your baby will do best if you’re both treated, you may use a mild antifungal medication for your baby and an antifungal cream for your breasts. For healthy adults and children

If you’re a healthy adult or child with oral thrush, eating unsweetened yogurt or taking acidophilus capsules or liquid may help lessen your infection. Yogurt and acidophilus don’t destroy the fungus, but they can

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help restore the normal bacterial flora in your body. Try warm saltwater rinses. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of salt in 1 cup (237 milliliters) of warm water. Swish the rinse and then spit it out, but don’t swallow.

Prevention The following measures may help reduce your risk of developing candida infections: Rinse your mouth. Try using fresh-culture yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus. Treat any vaginal yeast infections that develop. See your dentist regularly. Watch what you eat.

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Come and join in Dungarvan’s ‘Fleadh Blaa Hooley’! Waterford Festival of Food and Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan to host Dungarvan’s first ever ‘Fleadh Blaa Hooley’, Sunday, February 12th, 2012. WATERFORD’S dual passion for great food and the very best of traditional Irish music and dance will be celebrated in Dungarvan on Sunday, February 12th, with the uniquely titled ‘Fleadh Blaa Hooley’. The family-focused event at Lawlor’s Hotel will set the scene for a busy festival calendar in the West Waterford seaside town, acting as a fund-raiser for this year’s Waterford Festival of Food, Dungarvan and Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan (Munster Fleadh). A true feast for all the senses, the hooley will feature traditional Irish music and dance and the famous Waterford “Blaa”, a distinctive floury bread roll unique to the area

which will be filled with “Truly Irish Country Foods” produce, including their delicious sausages and rashers . So special is the Blaa, which dates back to the County from Huguenot times in the 1700’s, that the European Union is considering giving it special status which, if granted, will mean the blaa can be produced only in Waterford! Musicians and friends of Comeraghs Comhaltas will be on hand to provide music for The Fleadh Blaa Hooley. The local Comeraghs Comhaltas branch will host the 2012 Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Dungarvan from July 15th to 22nd. This is the largest Provincial Fleadh in Ireland, Britain and United States with visitors coming from all over Ireland and abroad to enjoy the best of traditional music, song and dance at concerts, céili’s and sessions all around the town.

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Director of Waterford Festival of Food, Therese McDermott said: “This is a marvellous partnership combining the best of Irish music and dance with food unique to Waterford. We are delighted to be partnering with Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan and great craic is guaranteed on the night!” The ingredients for the evening will be largely provided for by Waterford Festival of Food sponsor, ‘Truly Irish Country Foods’, while the food will be prepared by Lawlor’s popular chef, Conor Foran, and his team. The Blaas will be provided by Cappoquins famous local Bakery Barrons. Waterford Festival of Food is now in

its 5th year and runs in Dungarvan from April 12th to 15th 2012. It has grown into one of the biggest food festivals in the country celebrating the best of local food and beverages. Both festivals are expected to attract thousands of visitors to the town, generating significant business in the region and giving a boost to the local economy. Tickets for the ‘Fleadh Blaa Hooley’ cost €25 for a family, €10 for adults and €5 for children. Vegetarian options available. Tickets are available from The Wine Buff in Dungarvan or at

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Things to do This Week Now that February is here, and the daffodils are begining to peep out, it’s time to think of the days ahead. We’ll try to give you a few ideas on what might need doing. Now not everything in this article may apply to you or to your garden - but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week.

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Start pruning roses if the weather is not frosty. Prune clematis which flower in summer on new growth, cutting them down to about 2 buds, or 30cm (l2in) high. Trim wall-trained shrubs such as pyracanthas, removing most of last year’s growth with shears. Prune winter jasmine as soon as flowering finishes. Mulch lily-of-the-valley beds with well-rotted manure. Divide large clumps of montbretia, and replant 8cm (3in) deep. Divide and replant small perennial grasses such as Festuca glauca. Plant ranunculus tubers in leafy fertile soil, with claw-like fingers pointing downwards.

Start planting modern varieties of shallots and garlic, not done in the autumn. Trim off the tops of tall summer raspberries, or weave the thin surplus growth along the top wire. Spray outdoor peaches for peach leaf curl, or shield with polythene. Pull up exhausted Brussels sprouts stems, crush or chop in pieces, and add to the compost heap.


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Wash down all the glass outside to admit maximum light. Start dahlia tubers growing in warmth to produce early shoots for soft cuttings. Sow tomatoes for growing in unheated greenhouses. Sow cannas at 210C (700F) after filing a notch in each seed and then soaking for 24 hours. Sow an early Brussels sprout variety for crops in August and September.

Make plans for new ponds, order materials and clear the site if overgrown

Clean out tubs, troughs and other containers ready for the new season; treat timber with preservative

On The Buses In the days of the back door Double and Single Decker Bus, the Conductor stood on the platform at the rear of the vehicle. On one occasion a Bus pulled into a bus stop. There was a large queue at the bus stop. The Conductor shouts, “ Next bus please” to those unable to get on. A lady asks the conductor “Will the next bus be long boy?” “About the same length as this one Madam”, answered the Conductor with a large smile. “ And will there be another eegit like you at the back of it” shouted the lady after the disappearing vehicle. From; ‘Will the next bus be long Boy?’ by Neill O’Donoghue

Lawns & Hedges Clear leaves and debris from the base of hedges, and feed with general fertiliser.


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Carrigaline Set Dancing

Special Mass For The Sick

Great craic is being had week at the Set dance class on Thursday nights in the Carrigaline GAA from 9-11pm There is always a great welcome for new and regular members who all mix in together every night. Dancers there say that “it’s a great way to get fit and meet up with new people who are in the same boat.”

To mark the Feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes a special mass for the sick will be celebrated at 11.30 am on Saturday 11th February in the Church of Our Lady and St John, Carrigaline. Everybody is welcome to attend especially family who may have a member with an illness at present. Anybody needing transport to and from the Mass please contact Ber in the Parish Centre phone 4371109. All are welcome to meet in the Parish Centre after Mass for a chat and a cup or tea or coffee.

No previous dancing experience and no dance partner needed either. So come and join us for a great social night out. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or

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Progress is reported on the development of the new Carrigaline Men’s Club. Entitled the ‘Carrigaline Men’s Shed’ the new organization will cater for men of all ages and talents. At present a suitable premises is being sought and arrangements are in progress to insure the organization. To date 11 men are meeting regularly to set up the ‘Carrigaline Men’s Shed’ and when everything is in place it will open to all men for membership. For update watch this space.

The next Carrigaline Céilí Mór takes place in the GAA Pavilion on Saturday week 4th February. Please note the change of date. Music will be by Con Herbert and Mountain Road Céilí Band from Sliabh Luachra. For further information contact Barry Cogan 087 813 7990

Summer Festival For many years there was a great tradition of summer carnivals and festivals in Carrigaline. These were memorable and enjoyable community events and helped to raise the spirits of the people. They also helped to finance local clubs. Festivals are still being run in parishes the length and breath of Ireland and it would be nice to see the Carrigaline Festival on the 2012 calendar.

SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ 2012 Scór is the cultural side of the GAA that promotes our national culture over the winter months through competition. Scór na bPáistí is open to all children attending national school. This year, 2012, in the Carrigdhoun division, we are asking that all national schools in the division be represented and showcase their talent. The two South East semi finals of Scór na bPáistí will take place on Friday 3rd February in Ballinspittle GAA Hall at 7.00pm and Saturday 11th February in the Marian Hall Ballinhassig at 2.30 pm. The Final of the South East will take place on Sunday the 26th February in

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Riverstick at 2.30 pm. Scór na bPáistí is composed of 10 categories: Each school in the division is entitled to be represented in all categories: Figure Dancing, Solo Dancing (Soft shoe Reel), Solo Singing, Music Group (2 to 5 persons), Solo Music, Recitation, Ballad group (3 to 5 persons), Novelty act (10 minutes 2 to 8 persons), Set dancing and the Quiz (Group questions - Written answers - 3 per team). Enquiries Sheila Murphy 4888103 or Barry Cogan 087 813 7990.

LEGION OF MARY The Carrigaline Legion of Mary meets every Tuesday night from 8.00 pm to

9.00pm in the Parish Centre and new members are always welcome.

An 0ige Adult Swimming Club An 0ige Adult Swimming Club Celebrating 10 Years meet every Thur. from now till July @ 9.30pm. in the An Carrig Health & Leisure Club Carrigaline Members €3,Guests €5 per. Night. Thur. 15 Sep. Gym night @ 8.30pm. followed by swim @ 9.30pm. New members welcome. Michael mob.0872717897

You Don’t Have To Own A Cat To Appreciate This One! We were dressed and ready to go out for the New Year’s Eve Party. We turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard. We phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house. As we walked out the door, the cat we had put out in the yard, scoots back into the house. We didn’t want the cat shut in the house because she always tries to eat the bird. My wife goes on out to the taxi, while I went back inside to get the cat. The cat runs upstairs, with me in hot pursuit. Waiting in the cab, my wife doesn’t want the driver to know that the house will be empty for the night. So, she explains to the taxi driver that I will be out soon, ‘He’s just going upstairs to say Goodbye to my mother.’ A few minutes later, I get into the cab. ‘Sorry I took so long,’ I said, as we drove away, ‘that stupid so and so was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her in the backside with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to run off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked! I hauled her fat ass downstairs and threw her out into the back yard! She’d better not mess in the vegetable garden again!’ The silence in the cab was deafening.

• Sean Murphy outgoing President congratulating the incoming President Tom Durcan at the Cork Business Association AGM at the Clarion Hotel. Photo Billy macGill

Young @ Heart by Phil Goodman

They say it is the mildest winter in 52 years ,that is so true the birds are singing louder and earlier they are like an orchestra ,the snowdrops are beautiful are the daffodils are sprouting through the wonder of nature ,The Tea Dance in the city hall was a wonderful occasion enjoyed by all ,the concert hall is the perfect venue for such an event ,the music with pops orchestra and Evelyn Grant was magic ,but i thought the Lord Mayor ,and Lady Mayoress were a credit to the office they hold ,as each and every person left to go home tired and happy both Lord Mayor Lady Mayoress stood at the front door and said goodbye and shook hands with everyone ,a lovely gesture and I am quite sure much appreciated . I would like to thank Dan Cowman Community Guard for transporting our group to the event , We have such a lot of events coming up we would need 10 days in some weeks , Monday 6th we are invited to CIT where we will enjoy a short tour of the college and refreshments ,bus will leave at 2o clock , Tuesday 7th once again we will thread the boards of City Hall for the Rotary Friendship night with entertainment, music, etc,

and nothing less than an Oscar will be good enough for our Stars. Avail of the free computer classes for beginners funded by the Vec it is an opportunity to learn new skills and take the fear factor about computers aside, everyone taking the course will be a beginner,

Up-coming events Mon 11- 12 walk in the Park, Mon 1 - 4 Care-ring in the Community Hall, Mon 2 - 4 Painting for beginners in the GAA Hall, Tues 2 - 4 knitting group in the Shopping Centre, Weds Log on and learn in the Community School, Weds 2 - 4 bingo in the Lion House, Thurs 11 - 12 Tai -Chi in the library, Thurs 3 - 5 indoor bowls in the Boy’s National School, Mon 6th Feb - Trip to C.I.T, 2pm Tues 7th Feb. - City Hall, Rotary Evening  Wed 8th Feb Lord Mayors Reception in the City Hall 6:30 8:30

Thought for today “Never dull your shine for somebody else”

Wednesday 8th, City Hall, to a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor, and Lady Mayoress for the Young at Heart, Friday 10th Members taking part in a film from 9 in the morning to 8 the evening, we are not called young at heart for nothing you would want plenty of stamina to keep up with us,the making of the film should be great fun ,--the film is called Granny

• Brian Crowley MEP pictured with Kay Ratcliffe of Douglas Young at Heart Group at the People of the Year Awards recently.

Cherish your yesterdays dream your tomorrows But be young at heart And live your today’s Bye for now Phil • Person of the Year nominee, Phil Goodman with her son John at the People of the Year awards recently.



Ask St Clare for 3 favours 1 business 2 impossible Say 9 Hail Marys for 9 days with lighted candle Weather you believe or not Powerful novena may the Sacred Heart of Jesus be Praised Adored Glorified and loved now and forever Throughout the world amen your request will be granted No matter how impossible it may seem - M.G.

Dear Heart of Jesus,in the past I have asked for many favours This time I ask for a special one (mention favour). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own Broken Heart where your father sees it.Then in his merciful Eyes it will become your favour not mine Amen Say this prayer for 3 days promise publication And favour will be granted no matter how impossible - A.B.

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The Miracle Prayer Sacred Heart

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Rathcormac Set Dancing It’s the place to be on a Wednesday night to keep yourself fit. One dancer mentioned “I feel like I’m after losing half a stone already.” Weekly set dancing classes in the Rathcormac Inn every Wednesday night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, where everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun. They’re all talking about it, so go along next Wednesday and see for yourself. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or

“Swim to Swansea” cheque presented to Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat station Ever wonder how far it is from Cork to Swansea? Staff at the 4 star Garryvoe Hotel, on the shore of Ballycotton Bay in East Cork, decided to run a fundraising event that would cover the distance to raise funds for their local RNLI lifeboat station across the bay in Ballycotton. Proposals were put forward and the idea of Swimming to Swansea was born. It is approx. 314 kms from Cork to Swansea and the organisers wondered if they could cover the distance in 24 hours. Those taking part quickly realised that if this mammoth task was to succeed they would need some help. Posters were put up in the hotel leisure centre looking for volunteers. Leisure centre members interested in taking part were encouraged to take sponsorship cards. On Saturday, 23 July 2011, at 8am, a team of 25 swimmers started a relay swim in the Garryvoe hotel leisure

centre swimming pool. Their aim was to swim 80 kms in 12 hours. When the swimmers were finished their part of the swim they were presented with a bag with fruit and bottled water, sponsored by the Village Greengrocer in Castlemartyr. The second part of the fundraising event was to row the balance of the distance, i.e. 234 kms. Approaches were made to the Fastnet Line, who kindly agreed to sponsor the return trip for the fundraising team and provided a cabin to rest in between rowing. At 6pm on the 23rd a team of 9 rowers took a bus from the Garryvoe Hotel to Ringaskiddy to catch the Fastnet Line ferry to Swansea. They brought three rowing machines with them. Two came from the Garryvoe Hotel leisure centre and a third was provided by T&T Fitness. The 9 rowers formed three teams of 3 and commenced rowing on deck in relays. They rowed from Cork to Swansea. While one team was rowing the others rested in the cabin provided by the Fastnet Line. To ensure the fundraisers got the best support possible, and raised as much money for Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat as they could, regular announcements were made throughout the ship encouraging travellers to visit the rowers and offer their support. RNLI lifeboat collection buckets were placed close to the rowing machines and passengers dropped money into them to help with the sponsorship effort.

Garryvoe Hotel presented a cheque for €3,500 to members of the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat fundraising committee. Mr. Belton related that the staff at Garryvoe Hotel were delighted to support this local charity. Committee Chairman, Fiona Flynn, said the funds raised by the Garryvoe Hotel and Leisure Centre staff and members would go towards on-going training of lifeboat crew. Ms Flynn thanked them for their efforts and explained how much it is appreciated by all involved at Ballycotton RNL lifeboat station.

Eat It, Drink It, Slurp It And Help Make Hunger History! Food entrepreneurs, Cully & Sully have joined Gorta – the Freedom from Hunger Council of Ireland to announce that National Soup Week will run from March 5 -11 next. ‘Soup for Life’, Gorta’s annual fundraising campaign encourages people to get out and sip some soup to help make hunger history. Pictured at the launch in Ballymaloe Cookery School were Deirdre Kingston and Maggie Dwyer from Gorta and Cullen Allen and Colum O’Sullivan from Cully & Sully. Cully & Sully are loyal supporters of ‘Soup for Life’ and have pledged for the second year in a row to donate 5c per carton of soup sold throughout the course of the week. ‘Soup for Life’ will also roll out in over 250 restaurants across Ireland and for

each bowl of soup sold between the 5th and the 11th of March, €1 will be donated to Gorta’s work fighting the causes of hunger and malnutrition in Uganda. The programme which the campaign is supporting aims to alleviate hunger, especially among women and children. All money raised will go towards providing seeds and seedlings, rooster hens and training and planning on all aspects of nutrition and food security.

Chorus of Opera Cork Chorus of Opera Cork will perform a concert of favourite melodies at the Castlemartyr Resort on Friday February 3rd at 8pm. Guests artists include Louise O’Sullivan (Mezzo), Carol Kennedy (Soprano), Michael Lawlor (Tenor) and Emma Kate Tobia (Soprano). Tickets are €15. and are in aid of the Marymount Hospice and St Annes Church Castlemartyr which is a very worthy cause. Tickets or further information is available from Lottie West 021 4667311 or 087 9240021

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The weary but delighted team of swimmers and rowers completed their 314 kms task. In January 2012, when all funds were counted, Stephen Belton, General Manager, and staff at

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Volkswagen Group Ireland recalls 2,112 cars Volkswagen Group Ireland has initiated a recall of 2,112 cars with a specific 2.0-litre TDI engine due to scoring on the fuel pipes which can crack and leak diesel. The cars affected are from 2009 onwards and customers are being contacted directly by Volkswagen Group Ireland. Models include some versions of the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb - all fitted with a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel engine. A small number of Audi A3 models are affected. No SEAT models or Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are affected. Customers will be contacted in the coming weeks with details of the repair programme which involves

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Honda NC700X - car technology on two wheels. Just as Honda’s Fireblade caused a fundamental change in how sports bikes were designed in the Nineties, so the new NC700X looks set to change the world of two-wheeled commuting. That’s not something I was expecting to say, and it’s not what quite a few other reviews of the bike will tell you. But the mainstream motorcycle press is very sports oriented and the NC700X is the antithesis to a sports bike, not just because it has a low power peak, but because its engine is the first in a modern motorcycle to be designed to car principles.

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Colum Mc Donnell plays the City Limits this Saturday at 9pm. Admission is 15euro. Colum is one of the best kept secrets in Irish Comedy. Over the past decade Colum has established himself as a regular on the Irish and U.K comedy circuits, with his unusual and often self depreciating outlook on family, life, love and the pain of being the last living hobbit in Ireland. As well as his numerous appearances in comedy shows on Irish Television (including The Republic of Telly and the Podge and Rodge Show), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are coming back to Ireland! They played their first ever live show here in Dublin at The Olympia Theatre in October. Now they are set to return for a sell out show at The O2 in Dublin on Feb 17th. The O2 show sold out in minutes when it went on sale back in October. ‘If I Had Gun’ is the 3rd single to be taken from the #1 selling eponymous debut album – also released in October 2011. Brother and sister duo Cars Love Girls are set to release the next single from their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Skip School’. The single ‘Future Ex-Wife’ is out on March 2nd and is full of CLG’s signature hooks.. The album is due for release on March 9th. ommy Tiernan will be continuing on his World Tour gigs taking in South Tipp, Monaghan, Cavan, Offaly, Limerick and Kerry he will then finish up in Vicar St for 4 dates in April where he will be performing his brand new show “Poot”. Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb is preparing to make a comeback at a charity concert in two weeks. The 62-year-old musician is currently receiving treatment for cancer. However, he has vowed to appear at the London Palladium for the

charitable Coming Home concert, in aid of British troops on February 13. Speaking to the press Gibb said: “I’m looking forward to appearing if possible and being able to continue my support for our service men and women.” Robin recently revealed to the newspaper that he believes he is winning the fight against liver cancer saying: “I’ve had a scare. But now I’m happy to say I’m nearly better. For more than 18 months, I have lived with an inflammation of the colon; then I was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to the liver. Two years on from their controversial show at the O2, Guns N’ Roses have announced that they will be returning to Dublin for a concert in May. The band - Axl Rose, Frank Ferrer, Tommy Stinson, Richard Fortus, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Dizzy Reed, Chris Pitman and DJ Ashba - will play the O2 on Thursday May 17. Tickets, priced from €65.45, go on sale on Friday February 3 at 9.00am. ABBA fans will be pleased to hear that the Swedish pop legends are going to release a previously unheard song in April. The legendary group - made up of Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - will unleash the track, From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel, on the up-coming deluxe edition of their final 1981 album The Visitors. The song is described as a ‘demo medley’ on the band’s website, and will mark the first previously unreleased ABBA music since 1994. The re-issued album will feature 16 songs, including hits like When All Is Said And Done and Cassandra, plus a DVD of unseen archival footage.


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Eleven per cent of Cork homes recently tested for radon were found to have high levels of the cancercausing gas according to figures released today by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII). Over 300 homes from across the country have been identified by the RPII as having high levels of radon in the last seven months. Nationally, radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths each year. In Cork, 205 tests for radon gas were completed in homes between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2011. Of these, 22 were above the acceptable level of 200 becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3). One home in Douglas had more than three times the acceptable level with a reading in excess of 600 Bq/m3.  The remaining 21 homes had readings above the acceptable level and were found in: Mallow (7), Carrigaline (2), Carrigtwohill (1) Ballyhooly, (1), Ballyphilip (1), Bandon (1), Castlelyons (1), Clonakilty (1), Crosshaven (1), Curraheen (1), Doneraile (1), Kildorrery (1), Newmarket (1) and Whitechurch (1). Measuring for radon and, in the event of a high reading, reducing the levels present are both easy to do. To test for radon, one radon detector is placed in a bedroom and a second in a living room for a three-month period.  The detectors are sent and returned by post for analysis.  The RPII and a number of private companies provide a radon measurement service. The cost of a measurement is around €50.

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‘The Wizard of Oz...! From Thursday 16th February to Sunday 19th February ‘WE’RE OFF TO SEE....The Most Magical Adventure of them all !!! Follow the yellow Brick Road over the rainbow and into the Firkin Crane Theatre for the Performer’s Academy’s new production of... ‘The Wizard of Oz...!’ Starring the cream of Cork’s up and coming young talent, this exciting production is a must see. The Wizard of Oz will feature all of the well known and much loved songs from the original, all of the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way !Come and join Dorothy, Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow on this fabulous adventure for all the family. Suitable for children aged 4 to 94 Directed by Killian Collins & Irene Warren Dates and Times: Thursday 16th Feb at 7.30pm, Friday 17th Feb at 7.30pm, Saturday 18th Feb at 7.30pm, Sunday 19th Feb 3pm, Tickets: Є16, Family Ticket, 4 for Є60, (Telephone bookings, fee applies) Booking details : Tickets on sale from Tuesday 24th January, Box Office (021- 4507487), Tuesday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

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G.A.A. FOCUS By Pat Harrington Snippets from the local and National Scene The Economy

The Irish economic downturn has had a disastrous effect on both clubs and counties. There are very few people who have not suffered as a result of this setback. Many have lost their jobs whilst others are down anything between 20 and 30 per cent in their salaries. This situation has impacted not only on the daily lives of our members but clubs and counties in turn suffer since the man in the street must pick and choose his spending priorities, consequently clubs find it difficult to sell tickets. Club & County Debt

It has been reported that a number of counties are presently in debt – Kildare, Waterford and Mayo to name but a few. Clubs are also suffering. The most high-profile club to come to my notice was Glen Rovers; this case was documented in the Sunday Independent last year. Then there are those clubs who have in the past decade built big elaborate sports complexes and who now are finding it difficult to maintain expensive pitches and buildings. Both club and county need to, as my late grandmother would advise, cut their cloth to suit their measure. The county could perhaps trim the expenditure on intercounty teams. While all counties do not pay their managers the ones that do need to take a look at the sums of money they pay out in this area. Clubs likewise pay outside coaches; perhaps they also need to rethink their strategy, or at least reduce the budget for this practice. It is now more that ever essential for the club members to give of their free time to club maintenance. Some members have been to the fore in this regard down through the years, but it can no longer be left to the willing few. The catchphrase must now be “All hands on Deck” for the benefit of the club and our games. Neither can we forget the standards in the bar must be maintained as the income from this facility is essential for the future of the club. A Story of Interest

The Kerry squad cut short their holiday – there were no wives or girl friends on the trip. It is reported that the board has also tightened up on medical bills during the past year. There will be those who will say that

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the organisation is penny-pinching – not at all. These are hard times – times that need sensible solutions. Referees Fees

I understand that referees in the City Division have had their match fees reduced. Dublin footballers are perceived to have a big following, and Leinster rugby for its part has a huge following in Dublin. A survey carried out by “Outside Sponsorship” found that over 500,000 claimed to be loyal Dublin football supporters. The same survey found that over a million people said they were Leinster rugby supporters. A somewhat modest contradiction here is that just 35,000 turned up on the streets of the capital on the Monday following the winning of the all-Ireland. Only a few hundred supporters greeted Leinster at the R.D.S. following their Heineken Cup victory. Be it Dublin football or Leinster rugby the players are involved in high-profile games. Dublin moving their league games to Croker proved a great success – they brought music into the mix as well. Where they are falling down is they do not have a shop to market Dublin jerseys, tops, socks, etc. The Club Shop

I can remember in my own club for many years the “elder lemons” were reluctant to go with the shop. Now, a group of thirty under 9s turn up for training and the majority of them are wearing club jerseys, bought in the club shop. Most of the city clubs now boast their own shop. Sadly our County Board does not have a shop sporting our fabulous Cork G.A.A. memorabilia. The big challenge out there is Munster rugby whose jerseys are to be seen everywhere. It is for each county to promote its own games and its merchandise. Regrettably some counties do not see the importance of this challenge.

Many more people are now involved and a big number of these have done coaching courses. More coaching sessions will be held throughout the coming season. The season runs for ten months of the year. Congratulations Philip on a job well done. The new man in the hot seat is Martin McSweeney. Martin will be assisted by a very strong committee and an excellent group of coaches. I know Martin for a long time and I am confident that he and his team will do a first class job.

Street Leagues Registration

Well, it’s that time of year again. Registration for under 5 to under 10 commences on Saturday, 4th February from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. at the club pavilion. Registration fee is 50 euro per child and 70 euro where there are two children from the one family. Under 5s play football only. All other age groups play both hurling and football. It is vital that all children are registered on February 4th to avoid a lot of confusion for the organisers.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in my column are exclusively my own and are not the views or opinions of my club.

Douglas GAA Annual General Meeting: At the recent Annual General Meeting of Douglas Hurling Club, Fearghal Hayes was re-elected Chairman and once again he will serve alongside Eddie Murphy, Secretary and Seán Downey, Treasurer. It promises to be a challenging campaign for the club at all levels and this year Cathal Collins and Mick Doyle lead the respective senior hurling and football teams.

of several former dual players who featured in Douglas’ 1960’s successes and their enthusiasm remains undiluted after decades of involvement. In a bid to introduce younger blood, the Friday Club recently announced that Tim Dineen will be joining them for the 2012 season. Thank you and best wishes to the Friday Club for the coming months.

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For several years some seasoned members of Douglas Hurling & Football Club have dedicated their Friday afternoons to the maintenance of the club grounds. The valuable work that these volunteers conduct eases the pressure on the senior hurling & football committee by ensuring the playing pitches and club property are fit for purpose. Led by Brendan Larkin, the Friday Club comprises

Registration day is scheduled for Saturday 4th February. Also, 2012 Street Leagues calendars are still on sale. Under 21 Football Championship:

Sunday 5th February Douglas v. St. Nick’s (11am in Ballinlough)

Street Leagues A.G.M.

At the recent A.G.M. of the Street Leagues Philip Doherty retired to the back benches, ending a ten-year involvement, during which time Philip filled the roles of P.R.O., vicechairman and chairman. The Street Leagues that I knew in the ‘90s has grown beyond belief.

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Tramore Athletic AFC It was a great weekend of Local Cup success for the Tramore Athletic schoolboys as the Tramore Athletic U13s, Tramore Athletic U12s and Tramore Athletic U12 As all progressed through to the next round in their respective competitions. The Tramore Athletic U13s came out on top in a twelve goal thriller when they defeated Mallow United A by 7 goals to 5 at Tramore Park on Saturday. Both Tramore Athletic U12 teams overcame away disadvantage

and the pressure of penalty shootouts to advance to the next round of the local Cup at the expense of Mayfield United and Wilton United. The Tramore Athletic Soccertots training camp continues this Sunday morning in Tramore Park from 10am for boys and girls aged 6-10. Learn new football skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere under the watchful supervision of qualified coaches.

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U-13 Local Cup Rockmount 0; Douglas Hall 3

In heavy underfoot conditions, the Hall scored three unanswered secondhalf goals through Ryan Hunter, Mark Gallagher & Joe Coughlan to make it through to the next round. Fiachna Nolan & Cathal Kenny impressed throughout for the winners. U-15 Friendly Douglas Hall A 1; Everton 2

The visitors scored twice inside the opening ten minutes before Ian Dorney netted following excellent approach work by Fergus & Conor O’Leary. In an even second-half, both teams served up entertaining football with Aaron Duggan, James Burnes, Noel O’Malley, Matt Butler, Alan Johnstone & Ronan Cooper shining for the Hall. Daly Industrial Supplies Youths Lge. 1A Douglas Hall B 5; Everton 3

In the battle of the basement clubs, Everton jumped into an early 2-0 lead before goals from David O’Connor (2) & Dan Savage inside a ten minute spell approaching half-time,

put the hosts in front at the interval. O’Connor completed his hat-trick before Craig Madden headed a fifth for the hosts late on. Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup – Fourth Round Malahide 3; Douglas Hall 1

The Hall made the long trip to Dublin last Saturday afternoon and took an early lead through a Simon McGarry penalty. The loss of central defender Gary Prout proved crucial as former Rep. of Ireland striker Glenn Crowe began to exert an influence in helping the hosts to go in 2-1 up at half-time. A third goal killed off any chance of a Hall comeback in a match full of high quality football.

The finals of the National/Ladies/ Over55’s/Junior Championships of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association (Cork Zone) were played on Sunday 29th January 2012 at St. Anthony’s School Sports Hall, Ballinlough, Cork, before a large attendance and the results are as follows:(National Singles):- Conor Middleton (Crosshaven) beat Gerry O’Donoghue (Ballincollig GAA) (National Pairs):Ken Kennedy & George Tanner (I.C.I.C.Y.M.A.) beat Paddy Ahern & Billy Moloney (Highfield) (National Triples):- Sheila O’Driscoll, Mary Boland & John O’Driscoll (Douglas Community School) beat Betty Kenneally, Tim O’Neill & Tony Kenneally (Douglas GAA) (National Fours):Ballincollig GAA (Mary Boyde, Denis Riordan, Sheila O’Leary & Martin Sisk) beat Crosshaven (Mary Middleton, Eddie Farrell, Con Middleton & Conor Middleton) (Over 55’s Pairs):- Peg Ahern & Chris Ahern (St. Anthony’s School ) beat Mary Middleton & Con Middleton (Crosshaven) (Ladies Singles):- Betty Kenneally (Douglas GAA) beat Majella Conlon (Watergrasshill)

(Ladies Pairs):- Grainne Murphy & Mary Middleton (Crosshaven) beat Rita Cullinane & Gerty Stroker (B.E.D.A.) (Ladies Triples):- Ballincollig G.A.A. (Mary Boyde, Eithna Linehan & Sheila O’Leary beat Crosshaven (Cora Sheehan, Grainne Murphy & Mary Middleton) (Junior Singles):- Shane O’Regan (Watergrasshill) beat Jack Lynch (Junior)(St. Anthony’s School) (Junior Pairs):- Kiernan O’Regan & Shane O’Regan (Watergrasshill) beat K. Deane (St. Columbas) & J. Twomey (Douglas Community School) The above Championships now in their 24th year were staged in the School Sports Hall and the Umpires on duty for the finals were as follows:Theresa Burke, Pat Collins, John Curran, John Long, Tim Murphy, Pat McCarthy, Denis O’Mahony, Michael O’Regan ,Hazel Payne & Danny Twohig. At the conclusion of play Hazel Foley (Zone Convener) presented the Perpetual Trophies /Prizes and thanked all those who helped to make the (2012) Cork Zone (I.I.B.A.) Championship/Finals a great success.

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1) Paul Heelan (14) 8up 2) Patsy Harte (9) 5up

Fixtures: Saturday/Sunday 13-hole Singles

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I.I.B.A. Short Mat Bowls Results and Fixtures (Cork Zone) by Michael J.O’Shaughnessy

Sat 28th was a great day for the clubs juvenile teams, club mentors Weessie Murphy and Mick Coakley were delighted with the A team’s victory over Douglas B and especially the B team’s victory over Douglas A, they are now eagerly looking forward to next week’s game at the Majestic (all players to be at club house at 12.15pm).

Jordan was delighted with the 6 and half to 2 and half victory. As there was no leagues fixture at our facilities on Sunday morning, a few brave hearts battled the elements to have a 4 ball competition - results as follows:

Sat 27 hole scramble results:

Fixtures for next week

1st nett Corey O’Callaghan, John Calnan and Ger O’Sullivan on 46 points 1st Gr Chris O‘Sullivan, Richard Jordan and John Tett -24. Sunday morning the Inters were in action at St Anne’s in the first game of the leagues against last year’s finalist Douglas. Team captain, Richard

1st Corey O’Callaghan and Richard Flaherty 31 and half 1st Gr Chris O’Sullivan and Richard Flaherty-10 (Richie was anchor man). Saturday 4th Feb Juveniles play at the Majestic, Sunday 5th Juniors are playing Collins A at the Majestic. Inters are playing Douglas in Lakewood and the Seniors are playing ESB in Lakewood. Saturday will also be the usual 27 hole scramble.

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Butterfly Wings hosts 6th Annual Butterfly Ball on Patrick’s Night in Fota Island Resort Butterfly Wings launched its 6th annual Butterfly Ball in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurse Programme on last Thursday, in the luxurious surrounds of the Fota

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Island Resort with Jane O’ Connor (Cobh Community Rose) and Niamh Cadogan (Cobh Regatta Queen). Both girls wore dresses from the Princess Rooms Cobh and head pieces from Velvet Bow, two long term supporters of the charity.

• Bridget Leahy & Sandra O’Brien presenting a cheque for €1,900 to Anne Riordan, Regional Manager of Irish Heart Foundation.

Bridget & Sandra undertook to fundraise for the Irish Heart Foundation in memory of their late uncle Ger Hawe and received generous support for running in the Cork Mini Marathon 2011. Ger was a very well known local sporting man. In his youth he was a noted hurler, footballer, badminton and soccer player in Buttevant and in later years became a respected coach. Last May, at the age of 53, he passed away unexpectedly and tragically after suffering heart failure. Ger’s

~ Memorium ~ In loving memory of Lena (Dolly) O’Callaghan late of Marian Terrace, Grange Rd, Douglas, whose 24th anniversary occurs on 3lst January.

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Just a prayer from the family, who loved you, Just a memory fond and true In our hearts you will live forever, Because we thought the world of you.


Always remembered by Sheila, Gerry & Family also Mary & Rosie

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sisters Nuala & Tish said they were delighted with Bridget & Sandra’s achievements and efforts “We knew they would be supported by the community but we were amazed by the level of support shown – it’s a testament to how much Ger meant to the people of North Cork ”. They would like to thank everyone for their generous sponsorship & support - colleagues from the local GAA, staff of Bank of Ireland, Mallow and their own work colleagues and friends.

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