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Thur 17 May ‘12 Volume: 8 | Issue: 21

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The Word

by George Thompson - Editor

Anthony O’Sullivan It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Anthony O’Sullivan last week, after a short illness. I have known Anthony and the O’Sullivan family of Gartan Park since the early 70s which made it a more bitter pill to swallow at the death of a young man whose main interest in life apart from his own family, was sport. A stalwart of Douglas Hall FC and St. Columbas Hall, Anthony was a true Douglas man and will be sadly missed by his family, many friends, team and club mates. Our sincerest sympathies go out to his wife and family at this time.

Bikes and Basketball this June weekend As the June bank holiday weekend quickly approaches there are many events and festivals happening to whet the appetite. Cruising, chrome and plenty of craic… it can only mean one thing! Killarney is gearing up for Ireland Bike Fest 2012 which takes place from June 1st to 4th. Upwards of 40,000 visitors from around the world will converge on Killarney for Ireland’s motorcycle and music extravaganza where a carnival party atmosphere is guaranteed. It is Ireland’s largest free open biker festival – all makes, models and manner of bikes are welcome, no registration is required and admission is free to The Bike Village which is party central, located in the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel and INEC Killarney. While if you plan on staying put in Cork for the holiday weekend then the Mardyke Arena is the place to be as Fr. Mathew’s Division I ladies basketball team take on the best of American college basketball. This promises to be a cracker of a game and will appeal to everyone alike. The game takes place on Saturday June 2nd - doors open at 4:00pm and the game will tip off at 4:30pm. This is one not to be missed and admission is just €3 for adults and €1 for anyone under 18.

• Fionn O’Donoghue-Sheahan (2.5) from Killarney on his trike among some super bikes at the 5th annual Ireland Bike Fest which rook place in Killarney over the weekend., Ireland Bike Fest which is supported by HarleyDavidson® Europe, Gleneagle Hotel, Fáilte Ireland, Destination Killarney and Killarney Town Council attraced 30,000 people from all over the world. Picture by Don MacMonagle

Congratulations! Well done to the Douglas Young at Heart group who completed their first ‘Cruise’ recently. The group sailed around the Med visiting cities in Italy and Spain and as Phil Goodman told me during the week, no one got lost in transit – all 44 returned safely. This week the group paid a visit to the Lord Mayor of Belfast and will continue their illustrious travels throughout the summer.

Slán George Thompson Editor

• Pictured at the breakfast meeting organised by the Beacon Initiative, based at the Rubicon centre, CIT ( which helps companies to scale their business), in partnership with Cork county council and the Enterprise board held at Carrigaline Court hotel were, from left, Cllr John Collins, Ger Power, Cork county council; Padraig O’Sullivan, Regional development executive Beacon;County Mayor Cllr Tim Lombard, Cllr Deirdre Forde and Cllr Seamus McGrath

• Zara O’Donovan Campbell (centre) with Kieran Campbell and Imelda O’Donovan enjoying the music at the official opening of SCALA’s new Youth Ministry in Cork yesterday. pic - Patrick Hogan/Provision

The Douglas Post Magazine | Morris House | Douglas West | Cork | Ireland 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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Free Family Events At The RCYC Cork Week, the international sailing event, which takes place every two years in the World Famous Royal Cork Yacht Club, has always provided a wealth of shore side activity and this year’s event, which takes place in Crosshaven from July 7th to 13th looks like being the most Family Friendly ever! An exciting programme of events has been put together including the Under The Sea Marquee, which will host The Whale Workshop on its first ever visit to Cork. Now in his 20th year of operation, Andy Starbuck introduces children to the amazing marine wildlife around our coast. Featuring life size, and lifelike replicas The Whale Workshop explains the spectacular lives of some of our biggest sea creatures and reveals the secretive habits of some of the smaller and lesser-known species. Our friends at the Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle will be bringing some of their smallest residents to meet the visitors to All Aboard. With their expertise in sealife, Oceanworld will be using touch pools to give a “hand on” experience. For those with a competitive streak, Meitheal Mara, the Cork City based Maritime Cultural Organisation


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will be bringing their Dragon Boats and will give the more adventurous visitors a chance to race these on the river! There will also be shore based sea-faring challenges, boat building demonstrations and lots of things designed to get the whole family involved. Also on site will be a host of delicious culinary choices for everyone in the Cork Week 2012 food court. Be sure you don’t miss out on this free admission event taking place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club from 11am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday the 7th & 8th of July. As always racing will start Monday the 9th of July and will consist of 5 days of exhilarating competitive racing. Proudly supported by Cork’s 96FM and the Irish Examiner, Cork Week 2012 takes place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, from July 7th to 13th. For more information, including on line entry, visit

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Review of PET scanner at CUH will be concluded shortly Fine Gael Cork South Central TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has been informed by the VHI that it hopes to shortly conclude its review of an application to cover the PET/CT scanner at CUH. “I have made direct contact with VHI asking that it reconsider providing cover for the PET/CT scanner which has been gathering dust in the CUH for three years. Thankfully VHI confirmed that it is carrying out a review of the application and that it hopes to have the review concluded shortly. I encourage the VHI to prioritise the review and to ensure that its Cork customers have access to the same facilities that are available in Dublin. “Management at CUH has engaged a third party provider, using an alternative service delivery model, to make this service available to public patients from later this month. However, while public patients will have access to the PET scanner there will now be two referral pathways for Cork patients depending on their insurance status. “The Minister for Health, James Reilly, TD, has made it clear that his long term aim is to end this two tier system, ensuring equal access regardless of ability to pay. If we are to achieve equal access to health services then access to essential facilities should not be decided on based on whether or not a patient has insurance. “The PET scanner provides an important service which has the potential to benefit the entire southern region. Universal access to the PET scanner will help the long term viability of this service and it will also deliver the maximum benefit to all patients of the €6.85 million investment in the treatment and diagnostic facility. “Private insurers have an obligation to provide their customers with convenient access to cutting edge diagnostics and treatment. It is imperative for patients across south Munster that the private health insurers live up to their responsibilities and facilitate their customers in accessing the PET scanner at CUH.”

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Carrigaline Community News Marian Hall Ballinhassig Ceili (Sets), Fri May 25th .Music by Ger Murphy. Time 9.30 to 12.30 Admission 10 Euro. Teas served.

Active Retired The Carrigaline Active Retirement Association enjoyed another great day out last Thursday when they visited Griffins Garden Centre in Dripsey. They left Carrigaline at 11.00 am got a short talk on gardening at Griffins where they stayed for lunch. On the return journey CARA visited Blarney where they spent the remainder of the evening before returning in great spirits to Carrigaline. This Thursday CARA are having a ‘Picnic in the Park’ while on Thursday 31stth a trip to the Mizen is planned contact Noreen 0871301122

hospitality they received. While the Men’s Shed may be open most days it will definitely be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. New members welcome especially anyone interested in gardening. For further information contact Pat 4371430 or Pat 4372661

Damhsafest 2012 Plans for this year’s DamhsaFest are progressing favourably. International Folk Dancers from America, Russia, Finland Philippines, Togo and Wales are expected to join with the Irish dancers for the annual festival, which takes place from July 25th to 29th. The organizers are still looking for volunteers and a numbers of host families to accommodate some of the dancers. For further information contact Barry 087 813 7990.

Fitness Awareness To highlight the availability and benefit of the outdoor gym which was installed in the town park last year a fitness promotion day is organized for this Thursday 24th. Local football star Nicholas Murphy and other sport personalities will demonstrate the equipment while local sports therapist Brendan O’Driscoll will be on hand to give advice.

The Men’s Shed A group of men from Carrigaline Men’s Shed are travelling to the Men’s Shed in Gorey this Saturday on a fact-finding mission. They are travelling by coach from Middleton with Shedders from Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal. Last Friday a number of men from the Midleton Shed who called to see the Carrigaline Men’s Shed were well impressed with the great welcome and

Men’s Shed Progress on the cleaning, painting and refurbishment of the Carrigaline Men’s Shed is continuing slowly but surely. Work on the kitchen cum dining room is now complete and up and running. It is fitted out with a refrigerator, cooker, kettle, table and chairs and all the necessary kitchen utensils. The reception area where members can sit, chat and relax, read the paper, or listen to the radio is nearly finished. On the outside some storm water drainage work is being carried out while a ramp to facilitate wheelchair access is being constructed. Interested men over 18 years of age are welcome to join; the Shed will be open at present every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11.00 am to 1.00pm. For further information Phone Pat Dineen 4371430 and Barry Cogan 087 813 7990

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Seen, Read + Heard by Michael O’Hanlon This week’s piece is totally different from previous ones. I want to write about something which is close to my heart – the subject being music, and the power of it. Most of us are familiar with the creeping sickness Alzheimer’s, also known as Dementia. In the U.S.A. 5.6 million people are inflicted with it and the experts are saying that by the year 2030 it will increase to 16 million, due to the Baby Boomers era of the late 50s. A few years ago, I met a band from Scotland who playing in the local Shopping Centre. We got talking and they told me that they played music for the old folks in hospitals, rest homes etc. They were paid by a local charity and/or the Health Board. I approached local business people and asked if they would sponsor the band to entertain the elderly. I must mention the Shipton Group, owners of the local shopping centres, who sponsored 10 concerts. These guys in the band are not just great musicians but the interaction with the patients was awesome. Old people languishing in wards expressionless until the music began, then a smile, foot tapping, handclapping, some danced, nurses waltzing with patients in wheel chairs, it was a joy to behold and then it was on to the next venue.

People with Alzheimer’s do not enjoy television, radio, present day pop music. They love music from an era when they were young. It takes them back and brings contentment whilst the music is playing and gives some peace to the carer and family members. I wish I had written the following piece, but I didn’t. It was written about 340B.C. BY Plato and it says it all: “Music is moral law, It gives a soul to the Universe, Wings to the mind, Flight to the imagination, A charm to sadness And a gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order And leads to all that is good, true, and beautiful”

This is where the power of music shines through; people sit or lie there who don’t know who they are or who their family members are, but there is facial recognition of close family members. Sadly at this time there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there is a time of respite and comfort for the sufferers and their families. Actually everybody involved is a victim of this disease, some can handle it, some can’t, that’s the sad part. Many years ago, when I was a DJ, I had a gig playing in a Cobh pub. I still remember they served Crubeens during the break, and I put on a slow song “The Three Bells” or also known as “Jimmy Brown”. A woman approached me with tears in her eyes and said “Thank you for that song, it reminds me of my late mother, who used to sing me to sleep with it”. Music gives back a memory. A few years ago, one of my grandchildren, the child was 4 or 5, and couldn’t or wouldn’t sleep. Somebody mentioned “Calpol”, I said no and recommended a 40 watt light bulb and a shade and I made a compilation CD of children’s lullabies with songs such as “Scarlet Ribbons” , “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Hush Little Baby” and more. The child was sleep in ten minutes - the power of music.



If anybody wants to talk to me regarding the article I have written or join me in this campaign to bring a little peace to troubled minds and families, give me a call @ 087-1473212. If there is anybody who can put LP tracks onto a CD, that would be much appreciated. Until then, keep the Faith. See you soon, if the Good Lord’s willing and the creeks don’t rise. Michael O’Hanlon.


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Science Camps link with Two Secondary Schools in Tanzania. Science Camps is a new summer camp for Cork children aged 7-15 years with six locations in Cork City and © County. The camps combine LEGO Robotics, CSI Science, Snap Circuits and Experiments. Sciencecamps also have an option of Adventure & Science where kids get to do a range of adventure sports in addition to © the Science & LEGO . This week Science Camps are delighted to announce details of their link with Oysterbay Secondary School and Kenton High School in Tanzania. The camps will run from June 18th to Aug 17th in the Lifetime Lab, Douglas GAA Hall, The Glen Resource Centre, Mallow-GAA Complex, Fermoy-Adair Hall and Blackwater Castle, Castletownroche. All camps are run over four days with a special final fun science day in Adair Hall, Fermoy on Aug 17th which will feature the StarDome from Blackrock Observatory. There are two types of camp: Future Techie (7-10 yrs) which cost €80 and Adventure & Science (8-15 yrs) which cost €110 and €89. The Adventure & Science camp is more expensive as ziplining, zorbing and archery

are included in the programme. All © students get to use LEGO Robotics: © LEGO WeDoTM for the younger © kids and LEGO MindstormsTM for children aged 10+. Camps running in The Lifetime Lab, Douglas GAA Hall and Castletownroche will link up with Oysterbay Secondary School and Kenton High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Both schools participated in the inaugural Young Scientist Tanzania Exhibition last year and the aim is to run some experiments concurrently between the Cork and Tanzania. Minister Sean Sherlock notes, “Learning about science and maths in a fun interactive and experimental environment will help kids as they progress through the education system. These camps are really innovative and creative and will allow young people to learn to appreciate science and maths in new ways. It is great to see this happening within our local communities.”

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Poets are the pioneers and explorers in the world of feeling. Wherever you End yourself in that world, a poet may have been there before you. He will not have had your precise emotions not experienced exactly your problem; but his experience will have had enough in common with yours for you to feel supported and reassured by what he has written. One hundred years ago Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences it was at this crossroads James Joyce wrote “Dubliners” a collection of fifteen short stories capturing the experiences, self-understanding and illumination of the Dublin people during that time. In this week’s poem by Dave Jordan of the Ballinlough Writers Group, we get not just a glowing admiration of Joyce and Dubliners but a warm tribute from a fresh and enduring perspective.

‘Dubliners’ ‘ Close to perfection, This word magic, alchemy of the word. This complete word world spinning, Wrapped in its grey, urban ambience, Softly singing, So fresh. So clear and fresh Like a soft spring. And characters that come to life. These characters are the undead: They will never die! And always they will bring the ecstasy Of instant recognition. Yes, when every story hits the spot; When every line glows and sings You know you’re in Dear Dirty Dublin.

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin Ballinlough Scout Group The 38th/40th Cork Ballinlough Scout Group visited the Lord Mayor, Cllr Terry Shannon in the City Hall on 16th May. After a reception in the Council Chamber the Lord Mayor described his time as a scouts in Ballinlough and recalled the friends he made. The Group made presentations of a 38th Cork neckerchief, (the Lord Mayors old troop), a scout whistle, a scout penknife. The Lord Mayor was then quizzed on some merit badges and was awarded a special framed Public Speaking & Civics merit badge. He then invited all the scouts into his office and gave them a tour and asked them all to sign the visitors book. The Lord Mayor took time to chat the scouts and answer their questions.

Ballinlough Community Assocation - Clean Up Ballinlough Needs YOU Help clean up the area around the Japanese Gardens and Gus Healy pool on Saturday 26th May, 2012 - the first in a series of Ballinlough clean ups. Meeting at the swimming playground at 10am, for two hours of fresh air, community spirit and exercise!

If possible please bring one garden tool, a shovel, sweeping brush or rake. All welcome - children need to be accompanied by an adult.

May Procession The annual May procession will be held on Sunday 27th May at 7.30pm Assemble at the Community Centre at 7.15pm. First Communion children and those who have made their Confirmation especially welcome.

Ballinlough Gramophone Recital Thursday 24th May at 8.00pm in the Pastoral Centre. Presenter on the night will be Pat Butler Everyone welcome

Ballinlough Writers The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 15th June at 5.30 pm. The Ballinlough Writers Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. New members always welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dave Jordan 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 • Members of the 38th 40th Cork Scout Group on the visit to the City Hall

Writers Group Meetings Bishopstown Writers The Bishopstown Library – Mon 4th June. at Douglas Writers Group John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom - Friday the 8th June at 5.30 pm Ballinlough Writers John O’Sullivan’s (Douglas) Fri 15th June at 5.30 PM Douglas Junior Writers Group Douglas Library Thursday 21st June at 5.30.PM Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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• Niall Cremin, Sam Jackson, Jack Mulcahy, Lord Mayor, Conor Cashman, John Beardsworth, Brenda Cooper


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✉ • Sinead O’Donoghue pictured at CUMH, Cork with her newborn daughter Siobhán, who was delivered as their jeep passed through the Wilton Roundabout at 3.37am on 21st May by Sinead’s mother Claire O’Driscoll (R). Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

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Douglas Tidy Towns Musical Evening at Rochestown Park Hotel At enormous expense (€10 per ticket), Douglas Tidy Towns are organizing a “Musical Evening with Sing-Along” on Friday next, 25th May 2012 at 8 p.m. at Rochestown Park Hotel. It will be a real banish-the-blues night and will include a variety of performances, including Douglas Church Choir, a Sing-Along of pop and folk songs played and introduced by a band of 5 local musicians; a young, talented upand-coming Soprano, Ann O’Sullivan will be singing. Well-known Cork musician and choral director, David O’Sullivan, who plays regularly at the Choral Festival Club each year, is a wonderful pianist, and is great for getting an audience to sing their hearts out. Sean O’Se of ‘An Puc ar Bhuile’ fame will be the MC for the evening, so it will be the most ‘happening’ event of the month. Tidy Towns will not be getting any funding from Cork Co. Council this year so have to raise all the money for plant displays themselves. They are determined the show will go on and that Douglas will be as gorgeous as ever for this year’s Tidy Towns Competition. They are a wonderful, committed group of volunteers who clean up Douglas every Saturday morning and its an opportunity

for us to show our appreciation by supporting their fantastic efforts – and having a great night to boot! Tickets are on sale at O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Grange, or at Jim McGrath Dry Cleaners, Douglas Rd.

Douglas Community Preschool Last week was Teddy Bear week a highlight of our school year! Each day our furry friends were brought along to preschool to participate in fun and games culminating in our Teddy Bears Picnic… we beat the weather by having it on rugs in the Community Hall! We look forward to the flurry of end of school year activities including our school tour and sports day in the next few weeks.

Douglas Union of Parishes Cake Sale Thanks so much to the Douglas Union of Parishes for organizing a wonderful Cake Sale on Sunday morning last at Canon Packham. It was lovely to be able to buy fresh, home-made produce and to sit down with friends and enjoy a cuppa and a biteen of cake after mass/service. All those busy bakers take a bow!

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• Dé Luanís: This group meet at the South County every Monday night for a ‘jam’. They have been jamming now for 6 years. Dé Luanís is a fun social group of amateur musicians that meet up weekly to exchange tunes, help each other , practice, and just have a bit of crack. All are welcome.....

coffee morning to mark World MS Day which will run from 9.30 to 11.30am – All welcome to attend and all proceeds raised are for the provision of services for People with Multiple Sclerosis in the South.

Free Cookery Class Free cookery class to take place in Cork for people living with arthritis ‘Let’s Cook!’ campaign launched last Friday as more than 50% say their arthritis prevents them cooking. ‘Let’s Cook!’, a series of free cookery classes for people with arthritis, will serve up tailor-made recipes through demonstrations run across the country, with a Cork ‘Let’s Cook!’ class taking place in The Maryborough Hotel, Maryborough Hill, Douglas at 19:30 on Tuesday 29th May. This exciting new initiative, developed by Arthritis Ireland with the support of healthcare company Abbott, will highlight the different skills that make cooking with arthritis comfortable and enjoyable and encourage a healthy, balanced diet.

Sleep Tips Coffee Morning at the East Village Bar Sleep Tips Coffee Morning- What Every Parent Needs to Know! In aid of Cork’s 96 FM Radiothon, raising funds to support cancer services in Cork. At The East Village Bar, Restaurant & Hotel, Douglas, Cork on Thursday 24th May 10-11.30am. All welcome. Hosted by Lucy Wolfe, CGSC, MAPSC, Paediatric Sleep Consultant and mum of four young children, specialising in infant and child sleep problems that parent’s experience and need assistance in solving. She can help you identify areas affecting your child’s sleep and gently unlock your child’s natural ability to sleep through the night and nap during the day, without leaving them to cry alone. 0872683584 Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Gentle Sleep Advice. Kindly sponsored by The East Village. Suggested donation €5

Family Fun Day Ardfallen Methodist Church -Family Fun Day - 26 May 2-5pm - Lots of Fun and Games - Proceeds Towards Third World Development - BBQ, Bouncy Castle - Face Painting, Gift Stall. Plants for Sale, Teas Coffee’s and Cake Sale.

Gala Fashion Show Gala Fashion Show in Douglas GAA Club Friday 27th May Tickets 10 euro each available at the door or contact Margaret 0879956050

Douglas Writers Group The next meeting of the Douglas Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Business Centre), Douglas on Friday 8th June 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

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 selfconfidence 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: May 30th & June 13th

Douglas Library Bealtaine Exhibition On Saturday 26 May Chenta Ni Riordan will hold a Lunchtime concert with pupils from her music school. All welcome

Health & Beauty Douglas Community Association Hall Rental

Remember our Community Hall is available at the moment on most week nights, it caters for 90-95 people seated, and there is ample parking of 46 car spaces in our car park, so anybody interested in renting it out, please see contact details below. Care-Ring Douglas

This group are now available to make visits to people who would like someone to call to have a chat. They will be HSE approved and gardavetted. So if interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact phil at 0872987161. 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 9 a.m. – 1 pm. You can also drop in a note to the centre, or text Nicola at 086-8917234. 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. Recycling/Bring Centre

Spring is also a time for de-cluttering our home and we would like to remind people that there is a Bring Recycling Centre just inside the main Church

Road entrance of the Community Park, which provides recycling for glass and cans. Volunteers – all help welcome!

We are drawing up a list of volunteers who can help us out in our fundraising efforts and would be delighted if anyone with a particular talent or idea could give of their time. You can contact us by e-mail, or by phone at the above numbers, or you can drop a note into the Community Centre with your details. You don’t have to be on a committee to help out and people of all ages are welcome. Parent and Toddler Group

If you and your toddler would enjoy the company of other parents and toddlers, come along to the centre on Wednesday mornings, between 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. in the preschool rooms. Parents or whoever is responsible for the toddler on the day have a cup of coffee or tea and a chat while their toddlers play in a child friendly environment. Please phone 086-1217161 for more details. Meals-on-Wheels

This service provides approx. 30 dinners every day and has 66 volunteers, drivers and cooks, who support the service. They are always looking for new volunteers. If you could spare some time, please contact 4362289.

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Hair loss Your hair loss may have started with a few extra hairs in the sink or in your comb. But now you can’t look in the mirror without seeing more of your scalp. Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp and can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), the most common type of alopecia, affects roughly one-third of men and women. It’s typically permanent. Other types of alopecia are temporary, including

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alopecia areata. It can involve hair loss on your scalp or other parts of your body. Your hair goes through a cycle of growth and rest. The course of each cycle varies by individual. But in general, the growth phase of scalp hair, known as anagen, typically lasts two to three years. During this time, your hair grows about 1 centimeter (just less than 1/2 inch) a month. The resting phase is called telogen. This phase typically lasts three to four months. At the end of the resting phase, the hair strand falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. Once a hair is shed, the growth stage begins again.

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Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn’t cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair. Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches. Baldness, whether permanent or temporary, can’t be cured. But hair loss treatments are available to help promote hair growth or hide hair loss. For some types of alopecia, hair may resume growth without any treatment.


the appearance of hair loss: Eat a nutritionally balanced diet. Handle your hair gently. Whenever possible, allow your hair to air-dry naturally. Avoid tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails. Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair. Check with hair care experts about hairpieces or styling techniques that help minimize the effects of balding. The over-thecounter (nonprescription) medication minoxidil (Rogaine) promotes new hair growth and prevents further hair loss in a small percentage of people. If you are worried about hair loss, contact your G.P. For more information contact Garvan at Lynch’s Pharmacy at 4366923.

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• The minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the Gradam Award with Principle Mr. Jim Long to Luke Lewis First year Endevavour Award.

• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. receives a hand crafted gift representing nature from Principle Jim Long and Deputy Principle Chris Hickey on behalf of the pupils of Douglas community School.

• Minister Simon Coveney T.D. greeted by the pupils and principle Jim Long.

• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the Drama Gradam Award to Jordan Smith with Principle Mr. Jim Long.

• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the 1 st year Gradam Award to Emmet O’Sullivan with Principle Mr. Jim Long.

• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the best leaving cert 2011 to Cian Mangan with Principle Mr. Jim Long.

• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the F1 Racing Gradam Award to Conor Powell with Principle Mr. Jim Long and teacher Ms G McNamara.

• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the international basketball Gradam Award to Liam Harris and and Jack O’Mahony with Principle Mr.Jim Long and teacher Ms Rosanna O’Callaghan.

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• Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents the Senior Gradam Award to Conor Martin O’Sullivan with Principle Mr. Jim Long.

• Attending the Douglas Community Scchool Gradam Awards were from L/R: Susan Lewis, Luke Lewis, David O’Connor and Laura Lewis.



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Dementia currently affects almost 40,000 people in Ireland each year with a further 50-000 Carers and hundreds of thousands of family members also affected. With Irelands ageing population these figures are expected to double over the next 20 years.Dementia affects 1 in 20 over the age of 65 and 1 in 4 over the age of 80. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias have no short term memory - they can only live in the past. If you try to force them to live in our world - in the here and now they can become agitated and upset, instead of arguing with them, give reassurance, hugs, smiles, avoid these words “no, don’t, stop, you cant,” use these words when possible “thank you, yes, good and ok”. How you relate has a big impact on course of the disease. It is important for family caregivers to try and understand why a person with dementia behaves in a aggressive or agitated manner as most of the time the person is reacting to something that happened to them, for example; invading a personal space can result in defensive behavior. People with dementia may wander for a number of reasons, this s where the person repeatedly attempts to leave their home even though they have lived there for many years, this more often happens in the evening time and is referred to as “Sundowning Behavior”. In that case a person with dementia may say they need to get home and often mean their childhood home. Activities should be about pleasure and success not challenging the person, things that gave the person pleasure and made them laugh, music is a great therapy especially songs and music from days past. Remember the best way to approach any activity is to simply think how you would like to be treated, if you would like more info on you can contact Home instead senior care, who have produced many booklets on all types of dementia and care of the elderly based here in Cork. Also they are doing a Care -Givers workshop for

family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and other dementias so that they can happily and safely remain living in their own homes . Next week is a busy week,on Tuesday we go to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience and a tour of Spike Island. Wednesday we go to Belfast at the invitation of Lord Mayor Cllr Niall O’Donnghaile followed by a tour of Belfast City Hall. We will also visit the birthplace of the Titanic and experience the story from Belfast in the early 1900s. We will travel by coach with a overnight stay. Please note our “Trip to Lakes of Killarney” is on Wednesday 6th June. All who applied for the Personal alarms will have them in the coming two weeks if you know of someone who would feel more safe and secure in their homes by availing of the 100% grant funded monitored alarm please let me know, the monitoring cost is 75 Euro a year a small price to pay for piece of mind both for the family and the person themselves, you can contact me on 4363867 for more info .

Up Coming events Sunday May 27th final over 60s City Hall Tues .May 29th Titanic and tour of Spike island Wed 30th Belfast City Hall, Titanic Tues 19th June Naval Base Tues-Weds Derrynane Hotel Tues3rd July Kilkenny Castle Tues 10th July Sherkin Island

Thought for today “A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion”

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registration at 10.30 am Blarney Woollen Mills, Blarney to Mill Street Country Park.

Blarney Vintage Club WIN a Classic MG Midget in the grand raffle tickets available form club members and via local businesses.

4/5/6 August Blarney Vintage and Classic Care Festival. To be held in Blarney.

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Funds raised in these events will be used to support cork based activities of the alzheimer society of ireland.

10th June 2012 Chris Pardoe Memorial Classic Care Run,

Ciarán Lynch TD

Extra springboard places to help 6,000 more people get back to work Deputy Ciarán Lynch has welcomed the announcement of an additional 6,000 part–time higher education places for those who are unemployed as an example of state activation to meet the unemployment challenge. Commenting on the announcement Ciarán Lynch TD said, “Since its launch as part of the Government’s Jobs Initiative last May, Springboard has already supported almost 5,000 people who had previously worked in areas such as construction and manufacturing to up-skill and retrain to work in areas with high potential for growth. Now with this announcement, a further 6,000 places will be provided to meet identified skills needs in areas such as ICT, Medical Devices, Entrepreneurship and the Green Economy. “The eligibility criteria for applicants have also been expanded to include people who were previously self-employed and others in receipt of an extended number of social welfare payments. One of the main driving points of Springboard is the need to activate every organ of the state to tackle unemployment. The state needs to be proactive and I believe Springboard provides a practical example of this as the Department has identified the skills needs and then provided the training places to meet them.

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“This form of state activation sets the standard of how we should respond to the unemployment crisis and I look forward to further similar policy responses that help get people back to work. Deputy Lynch further added, “A Freephone guidance line has also been introduced to provide information and advice to prospective students - 1800 303 523. A full list of courses available, as well as exact details on eligibility requirements are also available at:

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Ciarán • The Young at Heart Group on their recent Cruise

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Pictured at the Charity Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) Bike Run which finished last Saturday week in the Shamrock Bar Ringaskiddy

• Barley Neil and Shaughs

• Noel O’Callaghan and Todd O’Sullivan

• Ola James Kyra and Paulina snapped at the Shamrock Shanbally last week

• Propieter of the Shamrock Bar snapped with Evelyn

• Siobhan Laoise and Jonathan take time out for a picture last Saturday in Carrigaline

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• The Kieran Kramer Band in fine form

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- New street parking; Pay & DISPLAY 80c per hour Mon - Sat 8.30 - 6.30 * * outside of these hours, parking is free - Tesco, Douglas village shopping centre, Complimentary customer parking for 3 hours. - New Public Car-Park , located at the rear of St. Patrick’s Woolen Mills (entrance at Dinos take-away). Pay & Display; €3 for 24 hours. You can leave your car over night and pick it up the next day! This car park is well lit and has CCTV.** Please note you could be clamped in St. Patricks Woolen mills if you’re not in the public car-park. Morris House is also a clamping zone.

Killarney Darts Festival 2012 The Killarney Darts Festival has announced a massive increase in the

prize money for this year’s festival. A whopping €90,000 will be up for grabs at The Killarney Darts Festival which takes place at the Killarney Convention Centre from October 19th to 21st 2012.

Coffee Morning for those Bereaved or Affected by Suicide First Tuesday of every month @ 10.30 - 12am 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

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Interested in finding out more on the Old Cork-Blackrock and Passage Railway Line? Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, local historian, will conduct a tour of the old line on Thursday morning, 31 May 2012 starting at 10.15am at the entrance on The Marina side adjacent the Main Drainage station of the Amenity Walk. The tour is free (approx 1 1/2 hours) and is being run in association with Mahon CDP, Mahon Walking Group and the Bealtaine Festival. The event is free and is open to all. Cllr. McCarthy noted: “South east Cork City is full of historical gems; the walk not only talks about the history of the line but also the history that surrounds it. It is also a forum for people to talk about their own knowledge of local history in the ward. The walk also forms an important amenity walk through the south east ward.” The Cork Blackrock and Passage Railway, which opened in 1850, was among the first of the Irish suburban railway projects. The original terminus, designed by Sir John Benson was based on Victoria Road but moved in 1873 to Hibernian Road. The entire length of track between Cork and Passage was in place by April 1850 and within two months, the line was opened for passenger traffic. In May 1847, low embankments, which were constructed to carry the railway over Monarea Marshes (Albert Road-Marina area), was finished. In Blackrock, large amounts of material were removed and cut at Dundanion to create part of the track there. Due to the fact that the construction was taking place during the Great Famine, there was no shortage of labour. A total of 450 men were taken on for the erection of the embankments at the Cork end of the line. Another eighty were employed in digging the cutting beyond Blackrock. These and other stories feature on Kieran’s tour. It is also hoped to run this tour again on an evening in June (date to be decided). To have updated information on Kieran’s future walking tours click ‘like’ on Kieran’s heritage facebook page at Cork Our City, Our Town or check out the blog on

Know Your Rights A: Claiming Child Benefit Question: How do I apply for Child Benefit for my new baby and when will it be paid? Answer: When you register a birth in Ireland, the baby is allocated a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number. The Department of Social Protection automatically starts a claim for Child Benefit if the birth is registered within three months: If you are not already getting Child Benefit for another child, the Department creates a new claim and sends you a partially completed claim form for your signature and payment details. This form also tells you how to claim for your new baby online. (Please note that you can only claim online if the Department invites you to do so.) If you are already getting Child Benefit, your new baby is automatically added to your existing claim and payment begins from the month after the birth. The Department will send you a letter confirming payment. If your child is not born in Ireland, or the birth is not registered within three months, you must fill in a Child Benefit


form (CB1). Send the completed form by FREEPOST to the Child Benefit Section, Social Welfare Services, Department of Social Protection, St Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Lo-call: 1890 400 400. Child Benefit is paid from the month following your baby’s birth. It is paid on the first Tuesday of every month. If there is any delay in processing your application the payment will be backdated to when you first applied. If you apply more than a year after your baby’s birth the payment may be backdated if you have a good reason for the late application. Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below. Know Your Rights has been compiled by Blackrock Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0761 076930 Address: Convent Road, Blackrock Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

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This week at the City Limits Colum McDonnell , Ross Brown and Cyril Bedeway will entertain the crowds. Admission for this Saturday’s gig is €15 and doors are 9pm.

Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Dolly Parton. Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on the Isle of Man and his family later moved to Manchester where the brothers performed in local venues.

From The Republic of Telly to the Podge and Rodge Show, from being a festival regular in Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide, to appearances on The Paramount Comedy Channel’s “The World Stands Up” show, Colum Mc Donnell is one of the best kept secrets in Irish Comedy. Colum finished a successful 2010 by working with Scotland’s newest comedy star Kevin Bridges on his UK and Ireland tour. Ross Browne is a regular face in all the major comedy clubs around Ireland and the UK. With a high energy fast paced style he is a favorite with crowds up and down comedy clubs. Also a regular contributor to various radio stations such as Red FM.

The family then moved to Australia, where the group released their first single, The Battle of the Blue and the Grey, in 1963. They had their first UK number one with Massachusetts in 1967. With their contributions to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack the Bee Gees became superstars, with album sales giving them the same industry clout as the Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd. In 1988, Andy Gibb, the youngest brother who was also a singer, died aged 30.

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry helped define the disco era, has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 62. Robin Gibb’s musical career began when he formed the Bee Gees with Barry and Maurice in 1958. The Bee Gees are credited with defining the disco era, selling more than 200 million albums, with hit songs spanning six decades including How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever and You Win Again. The group also wrote tracks for artists including

Maurice Gibb died in January 2003, aged 53, of complications resulting from a twisted intestine, a condition that Robin Gibb also suffered from. During bowel surgery 18 months ago, a tumour was discovered, and he was diagnosed with cancer. His gaunt appearance led to media speculation that he was seriously ill, but in February he spoke of a “spectacular” recovery and later that month performed on stage for the last time at a charity concert in London. But he became ill again and was unable to attend the world premiere of The Titanic Requiem, his first classical work written with son Robin-John. Robin-John told Reuters at the event that his father had worked on much of the requiem while in hospital.




















Gig Guide Thursday 24 Trad 9pm, Charlie’s Cross Pollination with Liz Clark 9pm, The Roundy The Calvinists 9.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Ana Gog 11.30pm, Crane Lane Friday 25 Seamus Matthews 7pm, The Oliver Plunkett Alan and the Accident 9pm, The Roundy Youth Work Ireland Fundraiser 8pm, Crane Lane Hot Blooded Animals 10.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Bluestars 10.30pm, Charlie’s Billy Attridge 10.30pm, Welcome Inn Gorilla Radio Reardens Saturday 26 The Lee Sessions 5.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Papa M 8.30pm, Crane Lane Dead School 9pm, The Pavilion Hot Blooded Animals 10.30pm, Charlie’s The Pearls 10.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Ellie & Mick 10.30pm, Welcome Inn The Shamones 10pm-close O’Reilly’s Crosshaven Sunday 27 Trad 3pm, Charlie’s Tommy McNulty 5pm, The Oliver Plunkett Kenny Live 7pm, Welcome Inn Colin Deady 9pm, The Oliver Plunkett Souldriven 11.30pm, Crane Lane The Kilkennys Reardens Sunday Worship The Roundy Funky House Session 7-close O’Reilly’s Crosshaven

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• Ryan Howard, SECAD, pictured with Sonia Harris, Titanic Experience, and Pa Twomey, Farm Fresh Foods (who have both received SECAD Funding) at the launch of the SECAD Funding Showcase, which will explain how to access SECAD funding for your business, tourism or community idea. The showcase event takes place on 6th June 2012 in the Radisson Blu Little Island Hotel at 4pm. Visit for more information. Pic Diane Cusack

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Last Week’s Teazer Victor Serebriakoff, International President of Mensa, once made up a poem about Hyperbolic Acid, a substance so corrosive that it would eat its way through anything. One day Sir Clive Sinclair, the inventor and UK Mensa Chairman, phoned his old friend with some stunning news. “Victor, you’ll never believe this but I have actually invented you Hyperbolic Acid! Stay where you are and I’ll dash round to your house with a flask of it right now”. Victor replaced the phone and chuckled to himself. How could he tell he was being teased?

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“Let’s go under the sea” said Johnny excitedly. “But I can’t swim his father protested. “ You don’t have to” said Johnny. “But we’ll get

wet” continued the reluctant parent. “Oh, no we won’t” said Johnny. “There are sharks down there” said his father. “I know – I’ve always wanted to see real sharks” said Johnny. “Won’t you be scared?” inquired the father. “Of course not they won’t harm us” Johnny told his dad where he meant to go. “OK you win” said the relieved parent. “Let’s go” said Johnny. Johnny and his Dad are not going diving, or taking a trip in a glassbottomed boat. So how are they going under the sea without coming to any harm?


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Family Ties with Geraldine Blake

Oh to be in Cork now that summer is here I was babysitting my dad for the weekend as my mum went to London for my brother’s daughter’s communion and was prepared for a sedate two days. My father only watches RTE so I was obliged to watch the Late Late which I feel hasn’t been same since Gaybo retired. My parents have a lovely garden which I was quite content to sit in but my son had a match in Cobh so we dragged ourselves along. We got lost several times and tempers were deteriorating rapidly as we got more hot and bothered trapped inside an airless car when suddenly we came across the pitch perched on a hillside overlooking the sea on a glorious Saturday morning. On Sunday, my sister had a fit to go swimming so we sat under an apple tree in the Anglers Rest for lunch and afterwards, we left my dad in the shade with his Sunday papers to find a place to swim. We crossed the road, cut through the car park and entered a field snowing with dandelion seeds and followed the track to find a river bank full of travellers with their horses and dogs. My first instinct was to run but my sister was

completely unfazed. She flapped out her towel on the stones where we sat demurely and watched the antics of Francie dragging his horse into the river ‘for a swim’, while his friends oblivious to the freezing water dived into the river terrifying the fish with their belly flops. The dogs were no bigger than rats and were resigned to being picked up by tiny toddlers and flung into the water. There was a four day old foal that looked a dog with an oversized head that was obviously adored. Everybody seemed to be called Francie; there was lots of good natured slagging and they didn’t mind the audience. I could have sat there all day. We then went to Fountainstown which was mobbed with half of Cork down there already. The tide was well in and everybody was forced to sit on the stones. Because of my freckly skin I fry in the sun and slathered sunblock in all my sensitive areas but forgot my right arm which was exposed to sun while driving. Today I have one pink arm which looks like an undercooked sausage but that’s an Irish summer for you - lobster skin: we rush out to greet the sun because we never know when it will be back again.

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Congratulations to this weeks Garden winner Jeannette and Gus Delaney of Dunmahon South Douglas Road. Jeannette and Gus win a 50 Euro voucher from Kiernans Garden Centre, Douglas Court. Our Summer Gardening Competition is open to all our readers. You can win a prize every week from “Now” to September. So get out the hoe and start now for a stunning summer garden. If your garden or any part of your garden is blooming, or just looking good, why not lets us have a photo. We would love to print it. If you have a neighbor with a nice garden who might be a bit shy, why not take a photo for them. Send your photo to Gardening, Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas. Cork . Or email to

And You thought We Were Bad? In the middle of a court fight to determine whether South Carolina’s Voter Identification law is Constitutional (so far: no), Kevin Shwedo, director of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, announced that “more than 900” people listed in state records as deceased have “recently voted” in elections. “If you have voted after you are dead,” Shwedo told reporters, “there is a good, strong possibility that you did something illegal.” (RC/AP) ...On the other hand, surely the dead would do a much better job of electing honest representatives.

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Things to do This Week At last we have some badly needed growth, lets hope it keeps up and we can have a really good gardening season. As always we’ll 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.) rhubarb with general fertiliser and continue to remove flower stems.

Flower Garden Rejuvenate top-heavy shrubs and climbers such as roses now that growth is vigorous; bend stems down or prune to height. Finish bedding out with the most tender plants, such as cannas and ricinus. Deadhead lilac as the flowers fade. Cut back oriental poppies to ground level after flowering. Pinch out the tips of chrysanthemums to encourage more flowering stems to develop. Clip senecios and other flowering evergreens, if blooms are not required. Deadhead pansies and violas regularly to prolong flowering. Watch out for clematis wilt, and treat promptly if seen. After flowering hard prune shrubby prunus species such as P. triloba to 8-10cm (3-4in) high.

Kitchen Garden Transplant leeks to their final positions, and water in well. Cut hard back herbs such as tarragon, winter savory and lemon balm to encourage young growth. Check gooseberries regularly for signs of sawfly caterpillars. Sow ridge cucumbers and gherkins direct in rich ground, especially beneath sweetcorn as ground cover. Dress

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Water Garden Remove dead leaves from water lilies, using a long-arm pruner if necessary

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Calling Douglas cyclists to pedal in behind charity quest for COPE On this Saturday, May 26 in aid of the Irish Performing Arts Festival 2012 and COPE Foundation were, left to right, Martin Calnan, QDS (COPE Foundation), Vicars Road; Ryan and Finbarr Crowley, Ballinhassig Cycling Club; Elyn Moore and Denis McGarry, Ballincollig GAA Club, and Tom Dorgan, vice-chairperson Ballincollig GAA Club. The starting point is QDS (COPE Foundation) on Vicar’s Road, Togher, to COPE Foundation,


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G.A.A. FOCUS By Pat Harrington Snippets from the local and National Scene This is my second time writing this article. I didn’t wish to appear so critical; I thought it important to provide some balance. It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and to be critical of the Cork minor hurlers when they lose; ten years is a long time without success. The results/ performances over the past two years have really shown Cork on a downward spiral. As I wrote previously the game between Cork and Limerick was of a very poor standard. After the Cork vs. Clare game the former Clare senior hurling manager Ger Loughnane declared “I didn’t think it was possible for them to be so bad, Cork were deplorable”. He questioned if Cork were putting in the work at this age level. A press report stated that Cork had been very successful last year at under 14, 15 and 16, declaring that the future looked very bright for Cork hurling. Perhaps it is a little early for these players to be coming through. One wonders if the best players are being selected. Do the mentors appointed have the necessary knowledge of players in the urban areas? I’m told that all this years selectors are from the country – no city representative. Are the divisions represented? We are told that a number of former Cork players are coaching at different levels. Surely these people should have a very good knowledge of the situation. Perhaps it is time to recognise that Cork hurling is not up to the required standard. Of course the halcyon days of The Mon and Farrana are long gone and we in Cork tend to be ultra-conservative and afraid of change. Why not take a leaf out of the Waterford and Dublin schoolbooks and have northside and southside Harty Cup teams. Join up schools

north of the Lee together and form one team. Likewise the schools south of the Lee. To be blunt but fair Cork hurling is but a pale shadow of its former self, but it can improve. To put it mildly the county championship threw up some shocks; not least the victory of Bishopstown over Nemo Rangers which went to a replay and two periods of extra time. Over the years the Town have flattered to deceive. Perhaps Brian Cuthbert has brought a bit of steel to this team. The draw could well determine if they will make an impact on the championship. They may not play again for at least ten weeks. Ballincollig’s victory over Illen Rovers was very impressive. With Podsy O’Mahony at the helm they have been very solid this season, despite having lost a few players through emigration. St Finbarr’s are a very good outfit and will be in the shake-up. Last year’s beaten finalists Castlehaven will expect to be in the mix. Douglas were not tested by Na Piarsaigh but will need to tighten up in defense. The divisional side Carbery will have a very strong panel. At the other end of the championship the burning question is who will be relegated? For my money I think it will be between St. Nick’s and Na Piarsaigh, both of whom have thus far struggled in league and championship.

Fr. Mathew’s Division I Ladies v USAAI College All-Stars

Fr. Mathews Basketball Club are delighted to announce that our Ladies Division I team will play host to USA Athletes International (USAAI), a top college touring side whose players are made up of NCAA Div III and Div I players. The USAAI side are touring Ireland in late May and early June and will be in Cork on the 1st and 2nd of June and are delighted to announce confirmation of this fixture between Fr. Mathew’s and USAAI. The tie will take place on Saturday 2nd June at the Mardyke Arena. The doors open at 4:00pm and the game will tip off at 4:30pm. It will be a fantastic day for the club and are encouraging all club members to attend the game to cheer on their

Division I Ladies side and give a warm Cork welcome to the visitors. Admission: €3 for adults, €1 for children under 18 The full schedule for the match day is as follows: - 4:00pm: Doors open - 4:00pm to 4:20pm: Teams warm up - 4:20pm: Introduction of players to the crowd and guests - 4:25pm: National Anthems - 4:30pm: Tip off - Half Time: 3 point competition – 5 Mathew’s players will compete for the ‘3-Point Champions’ title - 5:30pm (approximately): End of game – special post game reception for both teams, club members and friends in the Mardyke Arena Hospitality Suite DON’T MISS IT

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Lar, the marquis forward is back for Tipp. He is definitely short on match practice and may take some time to settle in. No doubt his return is a major boost for the Premier County. There are a lot of rumours emanating from Tipperary regarding disharmony. They face a huge challenge if they are to bring The MacCarthy Cup back to what they like to consider the home of hurling

• Dee McCarthy presents her husbands Captains prize to Billy O’Neill. Picture: L/R Dee McCarthy, Billy O’Neill and Captain Tony McCarthy. Picture: John Lotty.

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I.I.B.A. Short Mat Bowls Results and Fixtures (Cork Zone) by Michael J.O’Shaughnessy St. Vincent’s Bowls Club staged the final session (last 12) of their Annual Licensed Triples Competition for the Fr. John Cleary Perpetual Trophy on Sunday 20th May 2012 and proved a most enjoyable event with 87-teams doing battle for the top prizes. The tournament was held in the C.B.S. Hall, Blarney Street and the results were as follows:- (Quarter-finals): Watergrasshill (D. Crowley) beat Douglas Community School (Betty McCarthy, Clare Cremen & Tony McCarthy), Ballincollig G.A.A. (M. Sisk) beat Watergrasshill (David West, Majella Conlon & Liam Conlon), Little Island (A. Ruxton) beat St. Vincent’s (Mairead Quinn, Adrian Tanner & Gerry Quinn) and Watergrasshill (S. O’Riordan) beat Wilton (Kay McCarthy,C. Lewis & Pat McCarthy) (Semi-final):Watergrasshill (D. Crowley) beat Ballincollig G.A.A. (Mary Boyde, Sheila O’Leary & Martin Sisk) and

Watergrasshill (S. O’Riordan) beat Little Island (Bridie Harty, Nora Murphy & Albert Ruxton) (Final):Watergrasshill (Josie O’Riordan, Eddie Mulholland & Seán O’Riordan) beat Watergrasshill (Paddy O’Regan, Shane O’Regan & Denis Crowley) At the conlusion of play Lindsay Sherwin (Club Captain) paid tribute to all those who supported this years competition , she also praised the efforts of club officers,committee, members, umpires and sponsors who played a big part in making their annual tournament a great success. The prizes were presented to the winners by Lindsay Sherwin (Club Captain) and Rev. Fr. Jack Harris presented the Perpetual Trophy to Sean O’Riordan (Skip) of the winning team. (Fixtures):- Westgate B.C. Over 60’s Pairs Competition 21st/22nd /23rd/24th/25th/26th May 2012.

Crosshaven Pitch & Putt Club. This week saw a noticeable increase in the numbers taking part in Club Competitions which led to some great games. the best score of the week came from the team of Joe Lee, John O’Mahony who made a welcome returned from injury and Mary Murphy with a score of 55 1/2 nett. Noreen Desmond, Michael Murphy, Mary Galvin with 68 captured the gross.

On Thursday, Frank Kavanagh, Pat O’Mahony and Marie Mc Carthy lost out on the back nine to Garry Ryan, Mary Murphy, and Breeda O’Connor with 56 1/2 nett. Fixtues: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 7pm. New Members welcome Coaching Provided.

Douglas Hall FC by Finbarr Buckley Umbro U-15 Division Four Churchvilla 2; Douglas Hall A 3

years, the Hall lifted the coveted title in front of an ecstatic attendance last Sunday morning. Dean Kelly (2), Ross Hickey & Albert Clarke were on target for the winners whose success deserves congratulations to all involved.

Umbro U-15 Division Four Douglas Hall A 3; Rathcoole Rovs. 0

FOOT-NOTE: The club wishes a speedy recovery to goalkeeping coach Alfie McCarthy, who is recovering following a recent illness.

Despite beating fellow title contenders Churchvilla in mid-week,, goals from Paul O’Regan, Cal Sheehy & Aaron Duggan weren’t enough to claim top spot for the away team.

The Hall went back on top courtesy of a convincing win at Moneygourney last Sunday morning. Cal Sheehy ran onto Conor O’Leary’s through pass to open the scoring in the first minute. Ronan Cooper doubled the lead on the half hour before Ian Dorney volleyed in O’Leary’s pinpoint corner in the 74th minute. Murphy’s Stout AUL 1A Douglas Hall 4; Glenthorn Celtic 0

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• Pictured with the Munster Senior League winners Cup and Intermediate Cup, at the Avondale United Schoolboy Soccer Marathon/ Fun Day, William Haugh, Ben O’Connor and Andrew Sisk, at Beaumount Park, Blackrock, Cork, Sunday 20th May 2012. Picture. Jim Coughlan.

Douglas Pitch & Putt Results:

Saturday Threeball Scramble 1st Nett 35 3/6 Sean Desmond, Mick Lynch. 2nd Nett 37 Ger O’Connell, Cian Morrison. 3rd Nett 38 2/6 Mark Crean, John O’Sullivan, Cillian Desmond. Sunday Fourball Gross -9 Shane Neiland, Denis Dennehy.1st Nett 34 Ciaran Elley, Denis Cashman. 2nd Nett 38 Tadgh Sheehan, Barry Noonan.

Good luck to all of the Juveniles playing in the Cork trials in Majestic on Saturday. We would appreciate if members would come up on Saturday morning for some course work. Fixtures:

Saturday Threeball Scramble 2.30pm Sunday Fourball 10.30am Wednesday Juvenile Fourball 3.30pm Fourball 6.45pm

Frankfield Golf Club Results

Jim Barrett Memorial Singles: 1) Sean Wade - 44pt 2) Robert Stephens - 39pt 3) Niall Hourihan - 39pt BG- Stephen Murphy - 32pt 5) Andy Pickles - 38pt

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Thurs 4ball, Saturday/Sunday singles stableford Pierce Purcell in Fermoy GC on Saturday @ 13:40. Please support the team

• Former Douglas RFC players who took part in the Crosshaven Golden Oldies Rugby Festival 19th May 2012 Photo: Rose Gowan

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