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Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire transition year students Ronan Hill and Megan Desmond with NASA Astronaut Dan Tani in Blackrock Castle Observatory to promote the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Cork’s favourite NASA astronaut, Dan Tani, will visit four local Cork primary and secondary schools before making his appearance at 2012’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

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The Douglas Post Magazine | Morris House | Douglas West | Cork | Ireland Tel: 021 4369000 | Fax: 021 4369148 | Email: frontdesk@douglaspost.ie | www.douglaspost.ie 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, Morris House, Douglas, Cork.


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Letters to the Editor frontdesk@douglaspost.ie

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Mitchell, where an agreement was expected to be rubberstamped.

China Dear Editor, After participating for months in talks between wealthy nations (aimed at establishing a global partnership on aid effectiveness), China recently withdrew from the negotiations, saying it is not ready for such a deal. China’s decision came on the eve of a major summit in South Korea, attended by 2,500 delegates, including Hilary Clinton, Ban Ki-moon, and the UK’s Andrew

Despite widespread optimism that China would sign up to a deal on aid, it was never in its interests to do so. And China’s own interests always come first. Western aid is about reducing poverty, encouraging local development, and pushing recipient governments towards introducing basic human and democratic rights. In recent years, China has extended its influence right across the African continent, buying rights to

Ciarán Lynch TD

New Clamping Legislation

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in these letters are solely those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of The Douglas Post.

The Dáil’s environmental and transport committee is to launch a wideranging investigation into how to tighten the law regarding clamping with the goal of bringing in a new code of conduct for clampers following public anger at the way many operate. A new licensing system for clamping companies and an appeals process are also on the agenda. It is the first time a committee has been given a lead role in drawing up the heads of a bill, and chairman Ciarán Lynch said: “The committee will examine relevant legislation in other comparable jurisdictions. “Among the other issues we will look at are: concerns with existing legislation, or the lack of it, in regard to parking on both private and public property; what should be regulated and who should regulate; the cost implications of regulation; concerns raised by car owners, as well as concerns raised by private and commercial property owners. “The committee will hold a series of meetings with a number of representative stakeholder groups, such as the City and County Managers’ Association, the Irish Parking Association, AA Ireland and the Consumer Association of Ireland, to consider and discuss their views on what the proposed legislation needs to address. Written submissions will also be accepted from other groups. The final report will contain a series of recommendations which will inform the drafting of legislation to regulate the industry,” Mr Lynch said. Consultations will happen in January and February and the committee will report to the minister by April 1, 2012.

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oil, minerals and arable land. The less inclined a regime is towards the goals of Western aid, the easier it is for China to negotiate the sale of valuable assets. It was never going to acquiesce with the West on aid.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in these letters are solely those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of The Douglas Post.

It’s hardly as though China is noted for respecting the rights of even its own citizens. Yours sincerely, John O’Shea CEO, GOAL, PO BOX 19 Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin 01 2809779

New Year Enrolments For After-School Education Centre in Bishopstown. There continues to be a tremendous response from parents and pupils to the After School Education Centre located in Bishopstown. Now operating in its fourth year, the Centre provides tuition for children between the ages of 6 and 14 in English, Reading, Spelling, Mathematics and Irish. The Centre in Bishopstown is owned and operated by James Sexton, a fully qualified teacher with 18 years of classroom experience. The modern and spacious Centre is conveniently located opposite the entrance to Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown Court. James was educated at Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown and holds a B.A. degree and Higher Diploma in Education from University College Cork. The Centre in Bishopstown currently provides after school tuition for primary and secondary students between the ages of 6 and 14 and specialises in English, Reading, Spelling, Mathematics and Irish. The Centre provides a unique learning environment where students are taught in small groups of no more than five so that they can receive individual attention. The Centre is equipped with modern computer facilities, enabling

students to learn from the excellent English and Maths software now available. A wide variety of students attend the Centre. It caters for children who are having difficulty with their schoolwork or have fallen behind as well as children who would like to be challenged further. Students are offered a free assessment and individual programmes of study are devised focusing on the specific needs of each child. Pupils are guided through their work by experienced and fully qualified teachers. James comments, “The Centre exists to support school programmes in core skills. The aim is to improve students’ overall performance in the key skills of English and Mathematics and to build pupils’ self confidence.” Classes run from 3.30p.m. and 5.00p.m. on Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings and afternoons. For more information about the Bishopstown Centre or to discuss your child’s educational needs, please contact James Sexton on 021 - 4867765 or 089 - 4170645, or email seamusoseasnain@hotmail. com.


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Family Ties with Geraldine Blake

“Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded” Jess Lair

A Higher Plane I found it today-the papier-mâché airplane Matt made so long ago. He was in kindergarten then. Now both Matt and Mike are grown, and I’ve been going through their outgrown treasures. Memories flooded back as I looked at Matt’s plane. He’d spent many mornings in the basement by himself. First, he rolled newspaper to form the wings and body. He used half a roll of masking tape to fasten them together before he mixed the wallpaper paste, stirring so no lumps would spoil the finished plane. And he didn’t tear the newspaper strips; he cut them. Matt waited three days for the plane to dry. He dribbled a little when he painted it, but the red and yellow mixed together made a nice camouflage-orange. We discussed the propeller, and he finally decided to cut blades from a margarine tub lid. Fastened in place, the propeller would “really spin.” At last the airplane was finished, and he decided to take it for show-and-tell that very day. As the morning progressed, his confidence in the idea faded. “Will

the kids think it’s dumb?” I tried to reassure him, but perhaps because he’d had to ask for it, he thought my praise was insincere. Shortly before lunch, he told me he didn’t think he’d show the plane after all, and he set it down on the dining room table. It was still there when third-grader Mike came home for lunch and examined it. “Hey, Matt, this is neat.”

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“Ya really think so?” asked Matt, who thought his older brother knew everything. “Yup.” Nothing more was said about it while the boys ate their lunch, but when they left for school, I noticed Matt carrying his plane. Mike’s simple, unsolicited praise assured Matt the plane was really good and boosted his self-esteem. Now, I realize my grown son’s probably don’t even recall the papiermâché plane, but I tuck it carefully back into the drawer to remind me of the power of praise. Ellen Javenick

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Douglas Credit Union Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Please let us know and we will be delighted to publish it for you. Email to – frontdesk@douglaspost. ie. To ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays

Douglas Writers Group The next meeting of the Douglas Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 13th January 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.

Hello and Goodbye! Douglas Library staff would like to welcome David O’Brien as their new Executive Librarian. Recently transferred from Bishopstown Library, David brings a wealth of experience and creativity to his new posting in Douglas Library and we wish him every success in his new position. On a sadder note, Richard Feely will shortly be transferred to Mayfield Library. Richie is well known to all the children as the Chess Master in Douglas Library and was responsible for organizing the many chess tournaments and competitions throughout the last 3 years. Not content with looking after the children he also visited the elderly and housebound every Tuesday bringing books and good cheer into many homes. He will be missed by all here, staff and customers alike.

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.

Douglas Community Association Douglas Community Association (DCA) would like to wish a Happy New Year 2012 to all members of the Douglas community. Just to recap for new-comers, DCA is a voluntary organisation which provides the following services, Meals-on-Wheels, Pre-School Play Group, Tidy Towns, Recycling facility, and management of a community park in the heart of Douglas (which contains a state-ofthe-art playground, provided by Cork Co. Council). Douglas Care Ring,

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who maintain phone contact by way of a friendly social call, with elderly people, operates from the centre. We also rent out our hall for varied activities such as dancing, language and deportment classes, Uni-Slim, and many other activities. Volunteers are always welcome and if you are new to the community, getting involved is a great way of getting to know people.

Condolences to Philpott Family It was with sadness that we heard of Luke’s sudden death on Christmas Day which came as a shock to all of us who knew him, many of us having seen him at mass on Christmas Eve. Luke was an outstanding example of someone who lived life to the full – right up to end. He was a talented artist, who did wonderful sketches, and painted lovely water colours, and held exhibitions of his work down through the years. He won the Douglas heat of the over 60’s Talent Competition twice, and went on to represent us in the city-wide contest. I took some photos of Luke and his Tuesday Walking Group friends doing warm-up exercises in the park two years ago, and I know he was active with this group throughout 2011. He was a very active member of the Young at Heart Group and he and Maureen went on as many outings as they could manage, game ball to go anywhere, do anything. A wonderfully united pair, they were always out and about together, and passed through the park most days arm in arm, I’m sure. We offer our deepest condolences to Maureen and her family and hope they can reflect proudly on a life very well lived.

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 douglasca@eircom.net, 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. 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.

Douglas Sláinte Toastmasters Club A very happy and peaceful New Year to one and all from all at 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: January, 25th, February 8th, 22nd , March 7th, 21st, April 4th, 18th May 2nd, 16th, 30th & June 13th

Young at Heart Join the Young at Heart on Mediterian Cruise,visiting Corcisa, Florence ,Rome ,etc ,for more info contact Phil on 4363867

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 HSE-trained 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.

All God’s creatures got a place in the choir!!!! 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.

Rochestown Art Centre Art Classes Available: Kids Saturday Art Class, Kids After School Art Class, Adult Art Class, Art for the Retired, Christmas Card Making, Christmas Craft Making Class, Teen Art Class, Portfolio Preparation, & Grind Service”

Douglas Library Library Activities

Tuesdays@10.15: Social Sketchers, bring along your paper and paints and try your hand at art in the library Wednesdays@10.30: UCC Creative Writing Course Wednesdays@10.30 Book Club meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Thursdays @ 11.00: Young at Heart (tai Chi) Thursdays@ 6.30 Adult Chess Fridays : First Friday Gramophone Recital @ 11.00 Second Friday: Citizens Information Free Clinic @ 10.00 Fourth Friday: Irish Conversation Group.@ 11.00

Douglas GAA Hall Fri 13th in Bar Jack Kelleher Fri 20th In bar Pat Barry Fri 27th Appollo in bar No charge Hall available for private functions Call Margaret 087 9956050


Passage West

Poetry Corner

COMMUNITY NEWS

with Ronnie McGinn

Of all the German poets my favourites are Rainer Maria Rilke’s and Heinrich Heine. There is something about translations, that no matter how good, they don’t always do justice or convey the true meaning of the author’s original work. Our good friend, Terese Coe of New York has overcome that, she has the capability of putting translations into contemporary language which gives them better meaning and greater importance since so many more people can appreciate them that way. In her translation of Heine’s poem “The Bottles” she captures the author’s brilliant, sly and ironic love of his work, as well as the humor and cynicism that made him famous. If you are not familiar with Heine, one has only to look at his dying words to understand his mentality. “God will forgive me, it’s His job”

The Bottles (Translated from the German of Heinrich Heine)

The bottles are empty, breakfast was cozy, the girls all so friendly and tickled. They tear off their bodices, gorgeous and rosy, excited and totally pickled. Their shoulders so creamy and bosoms highbred, my heart wants to beg and then wilts. They toss themselves laughingly onto the bed and hide under blankets and quilts. They let down the curtains, draw down the drapes, sing out, “Last one to snore is a flunky!” I stand there alone like a jackanapes, stifled and boring and clunky.

Terese Coe

Writers Group Meetings Bishopstown Writers Bishopstown Library - Mon 9th January. at 2.45.PM Douglas Writers Group Friday the 13th January John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom at 5.30 pm Douglas Junior Writers Group Douglas Library Thursday 19h January at 5.30.PM Ballinlough Writers John O’Sullivan’s (Douglas) Fri 20h January at 5.30 PM Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Please let us know and we will be delighted to publish it for you. Email to – frontdesk@douglaspost. ie. To ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays

Rochestown Art Centre Active Retirement Group

Starting up again on the 16th of January in the Parish Centre at the back of the Grange Church 10 euros per class 14:00 - 16:00 (break half way with tea and biscuits) All Materials Included!! All Welcome. February Mid-Term Kids Art Camp!! 13th February to 17th February 2012 70 euros per child for the week 12:00 - 14:00 (with a break half way) All Materials Included!!

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL TEMPORARY CLOSING OF PUBLIC ROADS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993 that the following road will be closed to

Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance for the Young at Heart, City Hall, Cork Sunday 29th January 2012 3.00pm-6pm Tickets €6 Pro Musica Oliver Plunkett St., Cork 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity

Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra This is a not-for-profit initiative to address the issue of loneliness and the elderly, organised by a local committee of people from the public, private and voluntary sector and in conjunction with the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Terry Shannon. The committee is chaired by Dr. Andrew Crosbie.  We are asking younger people to bring an older person or a group of older people to the ‘Ball’.  Previous Tea Dances have proven to be great fun and the need for these events is greater now than ever before. These dances recognise the role of a previous generation and offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge this contribution.  We are inviting ‘The Young at Heart’ of the nation to use the ‘free travel’ to come to Cork for the ‘craic’. We hope by publicising this event nationwide that local groups in cities towns and villages throughout the country will repeat this initiative. Entertainment is provided by the Cork Pops Orchestra conducted by Evelyn Grant and we expect some of our dancers to out-dance ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

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Wednesday 18th January 2012 and Thursday 19th January 2012 (08.00pm to 06.00am) Road to be closed: N25 Ballincollig By Pass Eastbound between Poulavone Interchange and Curraheen Interchange Alternative route: Poulavone Link Road South (L2259) and Curraheen Road (L2222) This is to facilitate the installation of overhead signage. Director of Services - Cork County Council

Tickets are now on sale in Pro Music Oliver Plunkett St. Cork. Rona Coulter and her dancers from Viva Dance Studios will provide an entertaining interlude with a selection of dances. The Cork Pops Orchestra will perform a selection of up-tempo and ‘smoochy’ numbers. Dancers can enjoy a range of music from Johann Strauss to Abba and demonstrate their dancing skills in waltzes, tangos, twosteps and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll. The Cork Pops Orchestra’s Tea Dances were devised by Gerry Kelly and grew from the successful Millennium Tea Dance project for ‘The Young at Heart’, which took place in Cork City and County with the assistance of the National Millennium committee and the Millennium committees of Cork City and Cork County Council. Cork City Council, HSE, CIT, Cork 2005 and the private sector have supported subsequent dances. The Cork Pops Orchestra - www. corkpops.ie - has evolved as Ireland’s only Community Orchestra providing an educational and entertainment service to the public and private sector. Large-scale projects that the orchestra has been involved in include the annual UCC Strauss Ball, the annual Doc Nunan Ball, The Kinsale Gourmet Festival, “The Tall Ships” visit to Cork, the Tour de France, the Port of Cork Maritime Festival, an annual winter and spring concert series for schools in City Hall, Tea Dances for ‘The Young at Heart’. The Cork Pops Orchestra has a special interest in projects for people with a learning or physical disability. The Cork Pops Orchestra runs a mentoring programme for students and emerging young professionals in music performance, multimedia and community music. Gerry Kelly 0872462636 www.corkpops.ie


Luke By Billy McCarthy On Christmas morning we heard the sad news of the passing of Luke Philpott. To say everyone in Douglas was shocked is putting it mildly. The loss of Luke to the community is huge and his name will be mentioned in our parish for many years. Luke was known for his beautiful singing voice having twice represented Douglas in the over 60’s talent competition. He was a very talented artist and just this past year he treated the public to an exhibition of his works at the Douglas library. But most of all Luke was the quintessential gentleman and a good friend. May he rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Maureen and his daughters Carmel and Mary.

Luke Philpott (A tribute by Ronnie McGinn) On Christmas morn we heard the news. A dear, good friend had gone, Our hearts were drowned in emptiness, Our thoughts were tossed and torn, You left us, Oh, so suddenly, We share your family’s grief. A truth like this is hard to take, We’re still in disbelief, A gentleman by any rules, Your family was first call, No kinder man has walked this earth, A friend to one and all, We’ll miss you in the days ahead, You’ve left us paintings we adore, And every time we look on them You’re here with us once more, Your art is for the angels now, Our loss is heaven’s gain, But we will hold you in our prayers Until we meet again.

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Cough A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke. Coughs may be dry or chesty. They’re also classified according to how long they last: acute cough lasts for less than three weeks subacute cough gets better over a three-to-eight-week period chronic (persistent) cough lasts for longer than eight weeks Coughs caused by the common cold or by flu usually clear up after several days. Most coughs clear up within two weeks.

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What are the causes? Most people with a cough have a respiratory tract infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold, flu or bronchitis. A persistent cough in adults may be caused by a condition such as rhinitis, or by a prescribed medicine such as an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitor, which is used to treat high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, or by smoking. In children, a persistent cough may indicate a more serious respiratory tract infection such as whooping cough.

Dry cough versus chesty cough Dry cough

Cough suppressants act on the brain to hold back the cough reflex. They’re used for dry coughs only.

Dry coughs are usually felt in the throat as a tickle that sets off the coughing.

Expectorants help bring phlegm up so that coughing is easier, which help chesty coughs.

It happens when the throat and upper airways become inflamed (swollen). It is non-productive, which means that phlegm (thick mucus) isn’t produced.

When to see your doctor

The common cold or flu causes a dry cough because your brain thinks the inflammation in your throat and upper airways is a foreign object and tries to remove it by coughing.

Chesty cough A chesty cough usually produces phlegm. The cough is helpful, because it clears the phlegm from your lung

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Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Please let us know and we will be delighted to publish it for you. Email to – frontdesk@douglaspost.ie. To ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays

Blackrock / Mahon Community Notice Board NEW YEAR’S PARTY AND HOOLEY.

The Rockies Hurling Club extend an Invitation to Members, Friends and Supporters of the Club to celebrate the beginning of a new season with a Hooley at the Club Bar, Church Road, on Saturday January 21st. The evening will consist of Music, Singers and Comedy Acts. And the good news is, it’s all free. So why not join us and start off the New Year with Ceoil agus Craic at the Rockies Club on Saturday Jan. 21st. You’ll Be Glad You Did.

MAHON FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

Classes for Mother and Baby. The Parents Programme had recommenced at Mahon Family Resource Centre. If you are a parent of young Children and are interested in any of the following courses: • 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

Jerry Buttimer TD

Abolition of USC for low earners will protect low paid and incentivise work Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the measure announced in the pre-Christmas budget by Minister Michael Noonan that the Universal Social Charge (USC) is to be abolished for people who earn less than €10,000. Up to now the USC applied to people who earned €4,000 or more. “This will positively affect 330,000 people including the low paid, part time workers and students. This measure is a deliberate effort to protect the lowest paid, encourage spending, incentivise employment and help to keep people off the live register. “As things currently stand the USC is unnecessarily punitive on the lowest paid in society. This Budget involves some tough measures but we are determined to be as fair as possible to the poorest and the lowest paid in society. “We set out quite clearly in the Fine Gael election manifesto that we would review the USC which was introduced by the previous Government. This was because the bottom level of €4,000 was unfair to the lowest paid workers. I also believe it was counter-productive. “Anecdotal evidence suggests that people are refusing jobs which pay barely more than the jobseekers benefit after the USC has been taken. This situation is no good for anyone. The individual remains on the dole and taxpayer picks up the tab. By abolishing the USC for the lowest paid we will help avert this situation in the future which will save money for the taxpayer. “This Fine Gael led Government has been consistent in rewarding and incentivising work. One of the first actions of this Government was to reverse the cut in the minimum wage which was introduced by the last Government. As with the abolition of the USC for low earners we took this measure because we believe in rewarding and incentivising work. Furthermore we do not believe that the lowest paid should be punished for an economic situation which is not of their making.”

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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 handypersons to carry out odd-jobs 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 021-4536554. 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

• Mary Foley and Esther O’Flynn, Mayfield at Rock Bingo in Deanrock Business Park, Togher on New Years Day. Pic Darragh Kane

Jerry Buttimer t.d. Constituency Office 4 A Glasheen Road, Cork. CLINIC TIMES:

Monday: Ballyphehane Community Centre 6pm - 6.30pm Friday: Mahon Community Centre 12.30 pm - 1pm Friday: Togher Community Centre 6pm - 6.30pm

Tel: 021 484 0652 Mobile: 086 235 6892 Email: jerry.buttimer@oir.ie


Home & G a r den Flower Garden Continue taking hardwood cuttings from cornus, willow, flowering currant and other shrubs. Mound up straggly heathers with ericaceous compost to encourage rooted layers for the autumn. Prune sideshoots on the trunks of new standard tree trunks; remove lower ones and shorten those higher up to encourage a clean stem. Thin slender and crossing shoots on flowering currants and early viburnums, and use prunings for early colour in vases.

Kitchen Garden Lay seed potatoes in trays to chit in a well-lit frost-free place. Mulch gooseberries with rotted manure, or a potash-rich material like bracken or wood ashes. Complete cropping plants for the new season, including the rotation of vegetable groups.

Lawns & Hedges If the season gets mild, overgrown deciduous hedges can be cut back to new profiles. Pot up lilies left over from autumn planting, and keep cool. Sow tomatoes for planting in a heated greenhouse in March.

Greenhouse Sow slow-growing half-hardy annuals such as begonias, gazanias, impatiens and \antirrhinums. Sow a summer cauliflower variety and prick out into pots for planting in March under cloches. Sow fern spores on the

surface of moist compost and keep in gentle heat.

Water Garden Clear all floating plant remains from the pond.

In General Clean slippery moss and algae off steps and paved areas with a stone cleaner. Wash down cold frames and cloches ready for the new season. Check the soil round wall-trained plants. Rake gravel and ash paths to disperse moss and algae. Relay uneven paving stones and slabs. Remove lilac suckers close to where they join the main roots. Divide overgrown bergenias, and replant young segments in fresh soil. Continue planting deciduous trees and shrubs when ground conditions are suitable. Try to finish planting new roses by the end of the month. Prune all new bushy roses hard to healthy buds low down. Protect azaleas and dwarf rhododendron roots with a mulch of straw or bark. Cover rhubarb crowns with forcing pots, boxes or upturned buckets to force new young stems. Check where frost clears first in the morning or does not reach, and plan early sowings for these areas. Protect wall-trained figs from frost with a double thickness of fleece. In cold weather, pull up cabbages and Brussels sprouts, and suspend upside down in a shed to keep them frostfree.

WOOD CUTTING SERVICE Agents for

From one shelf to a Ultraglide Sliderobes full house of furniture and for all your DIY supplies Unit 13, Glanmire Business Park, Glanmire, Cork. Tel: 021 482 0770

Things to do This Week (With Christmas behind us, with the mild weather we’re having, its time to think of Spring and the season ahead. This week we’ll try to give you a few ideas on what might need doing. Now not everything in this article may apply to your garden - but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week.) Complete digging on heavy soil as soon as possible, and leave the surface tough. Cover a small area of soil with clear polythene to warm up and keep dry for a seedbed. Continue planting new deciduous hedges if the ground is workable. Wash pots, seedtrays and labels in mild disinfectant, ready for early sowings. Bring in boxes of

chrysanthemum stools to force early shoots for cuttings. Ventilate frozen ponds: melt a hole with a kettle or tin of hot water. Remove nets installed to keep falling leaves out of the water. Keep a garden logbook and transfer important dates and activities to your diary. Finish compiling seed orders and send as soon as possible.

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Rathcormac Set Dancing

about the health, environmental and economical implications of the proposed annual treatment of 30,000 tonnes of hazardous waste at Eras Eco Ltd., Foxhole, Youghal, right beside the Blackwater river, a Special Protected Area under EU law.

No partner required and not much dance experience needed. Call Fionan on 087 818 5111 or email ceilifit@ gmail,com for more information.

Formed as a result of this very real threat to Youghal town and its surrounding areas, BEAG is determined to protect tourism in the historical seaside town of Youghal on the Blackwater river, which is currently enjoying a resurgence in salmon fishing, eco-tourism etc. BEAG has been actively exploring all legal and civic opportunities to stop this decision by the planning authorities.

If your looking to get back in to shape after Christmas, why not come set dancing in the Rathcormac Inn on Wednesdays from 8.30-10.30pm. “It’s better than going to the gym and great craic as well,” one dancer noted.

You don’t have to be Michael Flathley to get Ceili Fit.

Tourist hotspot threatened by hazardous waste

BEAG (the Blackwater Estuary Action Group), formed by a group of people from the East Cork/West Waterford region, is a community group committed to stopping hazardous waste being stored and treated in Youghal town. Earlier this year a planning application was granted by Cork County Council to upgrade a local waste treatment facility to handle hazardous waste. The local treatment plant propose to store and treat hazardous waste after local government failed to resist the planning application for waste treatment at the historical tourist hotspot. This unfortunate decision not only threatens the local community, its’ wellbeing and livelihood, but also threatens the local economy at a time when tourism is the primary economic driver.

An Bord Pleanála is reviewing the application.

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As Bobby Lee, member of BEAG and community worker in Youghal says, “I was gutted that my elected officials, appointed to inform and protect our town and region, did nothing to halt this planning application or even indeed bring it to our attention.” BEAG aims to fight this proposal and, with support from the surrounding communities, say NO to the transportation, treatment and storage of hazardous waste on this site. Contacts Phone : 089 421 0294 Facebook : Blackwater Action Group Website :

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www.beag2011.com

Community action group BEAG is resisting this proposal - concerned

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin Ballinlough Men’s Retirement Club Short Mat Indoor Bowls

The annual Christmas indoor bowling competition was held on Wednesday 21st December. It was sponsored by Brendan Cummins. The standard of bowling was very high throughout and even more so in the final. The winning team were Jim Donnelly, Frank Cronin, Noel O’Shea (skip). The runners up were James Hurley, Liam O’Flynn and Michael O Shaughnessy (skip). Michael J Collins presented the winning vouchers to both teams and thanked everyone for taking part. Special thanks to Vincent Barry for organising the competition. Vincent puts in a lot of time and effort into the club which is deeply appreciated by all the members. Thanks to Ballinlough Community Association for the use of their hall throughout the year, to our sponsors Cllr Terry Shannon, Lord Mayor of Cork who is our main sponsor, to Brendan Cummins and to Gerald McCarthy Awards and Gifts. Thanks to George Thompson and the staff of the Douglas Post for their continued coverage throughout the year. Finally we would like to wish everyone a happy New Year

Ballinlough Youth Clubs Christmas Soiree

Ballinlough Youth Clubs hosted their first ever Christmas Soiree on Sunday 18th December in the Community Centre. First on stage were the Dundanion Singers who sang so beautifully, followed by Mon Murphy who had the audience roaring laughing. The Youth Clubs were represented by Marie O’Donovan, Emily Crotty, Aoife O’Shea and Antoin Corbett. Diarmaid O’ Drisceoil, enthralled with his tall tales and splendid stories. Finishing the night was “Memory Lane”, young and old alike enjoyed a great sing-song led by this 7 piece group. The Soiree was a great success and a lovely event for the community to come together have a cuppa and a few mince pies, enjoy the entertainment and mix and mingle with neighbours. Congratulations to the Youth Clubs and Committee on such a great event.

Ballinlough Park - Christmas Trees Recycling

Cork City Council provide facilities to recycle Christmas Trees, one of these areas is at Ballinlough Park adjacent to Douglas Swimming Pool, the dates are 4th January to 31st January 2012. Please make sure that your tree is inside the area provided.

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Ballinlough Community Association

The members of Ballinlough Community Association wish everyone a Very Happy 2012. There are many activities and events throughout the year in Ballinlough in the Community Centre,Youth Centre and Scout Hall. Anyone that wants any information on any of the above can contact me on 087-6748215.

Ballinlough Writers Group

The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 21 January 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.

Our Lady Of Lourdes Church

New Mass Times for 2012 Over the past year and a half the parishes of the clustered areas -Our Lady of Lourdes Ballinlough, St. Joseph’s SMA Blackrock Road, St. Michael’s Blackrock, and Holy Cross, Mahon have been meeting to discuss new Mass times. Taking into account the declining numbers of priests, the need to be available and help neighbouring parishes, the following are the new Mass times in our church from the weekend of January 2012. Saturday: 6.00p.m. Sunday: 9.00a.m. & 11.00a.m. Daily Mass: 10.00a.m.

House Burglary’s

In recent weeks there have been several break-ins in the Ballinlough area. The burglars are looking for GOLD if you see cars driving around observing houses or persons, report to your Local Garda Station immediately. Also photograph any valuable items in your home including your jewellery, in the event of a break in, this would be a great help to the Gardai, and also for your Insurance company.Garda Stations Nos. - Anglesea Street (021) 452200, Blackrock (021)4536690, Douglas (021) 4857670 Never Never leave any stranger into your home.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

There is Eucharistic Adoration daily at, Marie Reparatrice Sisters, 7 Knockrea Lawn, Ballinlough

Ballinlough Youth Church Choir - Want You

Calling all singers, musicians from 5th class up. 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. All Welcome.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy

2012 Ward Funding Cllr. Kieran McCarthy is calling on any community groups in the south east ward of Cork City with an interest in sharing in his 2012 ward funding to apply for his funds. A total of E.8,000 is available to community groups through Cllr. Kieran McCarthy’s ward funds. Application should be made via letter or email to Kieran at info@kieranmccarthy.ie by Friday 17 February 2012. This email should give the name of the organisation, contact name, telephone number, what will the ward grant will be used for? Ward funds will be prioritised to community groups who build community capacity, educate, build civic awareness and projects, which connect the young and old. Cllr. McCarthy especially welcomes proposals where the funding will be used to run a community event that benefits the wider community. In addition, he is seeking to fund projects that give people new skill sets. That could include anything from part funding of coaching training for sports projects to groups interested in bringing enterprise programmes to encourage entrepreneurship in the ward. Cllr. McCarthy is also particularly interested in funding community projects such as community concerts, coffee mornings and those that promote the rich history and environment within the south east ward. More guidelines can be viewed under Ward Funds 2012 at his blog at DouglasPostAd_Layout 1 www.kieranmcarthy.ie. 29/11/2011 11:55 Page 1

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: info@kieranmccarthy.ie

www.kieranmccarthy.ie

www.corkheritage.ie

Heritage on facebook: Cork: Our City, Our Town

Carrigaline Community News NEW YEAR CÉILÍ MÓR

The first Carrigaline Céilí Mór of the New Year takes place this Saturday 14th January in the GAA Pavilion. To start the 16th year of the Céilí Mór the Striolán Céilí Band will be paying their first visit to Carrigaline. Dancers will be on the floor from 9.30 pm with a tea break at 11.15 pm. Céad mile fáilte roimh chách.

Carrigaline Set Dancing

The weekly ceili and set dance class in the Carrigaline GAA continues every Thursday night from 9-11pm under the watchful eyes of set dance tutor Fionan Cogan. You don’t have much dance experience to have a great night and you don’t have to bring your own dance partner either, but you can if you have one. So why not come along and try it if you’ve never been before. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or ceilifit@gmail.com

Afternoon Tea Dance in the Marian Hall Ballinhassig

Sun Jan 15th, Music .Pat Daly (of Irish Echoes). Time ..3.00 to 5.30 Admission ..10 Euro. Teas served. Free Raffle. All Welcome!

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. www.anoige.ie Michael mob.0872717897

Colour is Magic

An activity group for Pre-School Children (Parent / Guardian supervision essential). A morning of painting, sticky time, playdough, crafts, playtime, singing & dancing, refreshments Carrigaline Community Complex. Every Wed 10.00am -11.15am (Price 8 Euro per child, additional Children 6 Euro).No need to book, just turn up Contact Sinead. 021 4832060 086 062 7192


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Kinsale Set Dancing

Every Monday night in the Kinsale Temperance Hall from 8.30-10.30pm, learn to ceili and set dance in a relaxed atomsphere and meet a few people at the same time. You don’t have to be Michael Flatley to come along and having a dance partner is not a requirement either. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or ceilifit@ gmail.com

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, to deliver lecture at UCC on Climate Justice

UCC’s Centre for Global Development will host a public lecture titled “Climate Justice Post Durban” by Mary Robinson as part of the CGD’s Global Challenges Lecture Series on Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 6.00-7.30pm, Boole IV Lecture Theatre. COP 17, the most recent climate summit took place in Durban in December 2011. Mary Robinson and her team from the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ) attended the COP and in this public lecture Ms Robinson will explore the outcomes of the conference from a climate justice perspective and the extent to which it addressed the needs of those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. She will also discuss the prospects for future action and the imperative for global leadership. Speaking after the recent UNFCCC negotiations in Durban, South Africa, Mary Robinson said: “COP17 reached agreement on a roadmap towards a new legal instrument that encompasses all countries as opposed to a voluntary mechanism. The fact that the Durban Platform deal has a target of 2015 is, at last, recognition of the urgency of the issue facing

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us. Now, we must ensure that the necessary political will is mobilised to meet this deadline and to increase the ambition of emissions reductions targets in order to protect the most vulnerable people whose most basic rights to food, water and health are undermined by the impacts of climate change.”

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama.

NITB is encouraging everyone to take up a new activity or learn a new skill as their New Year’s resolution and there is no shortage of ideas according to NITB’s market manager (ROI) Fiona Cunningham.

A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010. Mary Robinson serves as Honorary President of Oxfam International and Chair of Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. Mary is the Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. The lecture will take place at 6pm in Boole IV Lecture Theatre, UCC. Members of the public are invited to attend and admission is free.

West Cork Inspires

An exhibition on 50 Years of Studio Craft In West Cork Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke Walk, Cork. Running till January 14th 2012.

WHETHER it is learning how to ride the waves in Portrush, cooking up a storm in Belfast or perfecting your putt in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is home to a wealth of potential new hobbies says the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).

“The New Year is traditionally a time when people make a commitment or a new personal goal and Northern Ireland is the perfect place to start a new hobby with everything from cookery to canoeing available,” she said. “Whether you want to try your hand at a new skill or improve an existing one there is something for everyone and it’s also a great chance to have some fun and make new friends,” added Fiona.

Golf If golf is your thing, Northern Ireland has dozens of golf courses, many designed by leading and innovative architects, offering lessons for different abilities including beginners, improvers, ladies and juniors. Why not head to one of NITB’s 25 qualityassured courses such as Tandragee Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Galgorm Castle, Hilton Templepatrick or Lough Erne Resort and improve your

Local Clubs

swing in stunning surroundings by taking private tuition – a must for fans of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell or Rory McIlroy.

Paddy O’Brien calls for organisations to host local heats of Over 60s competition

IT may be hard to believe, but plans are already underway for the 36th Over 60s talent competition. All groups caring for the elderly, as well as social clubs and local organisations are being encouraged to consider holding a heat. Some groups, who have a long association with the competition, already have the date circled on their calendars for their local heats, which will begin early next year. Once again, the competition, which was founded by 2010 Cork Person of the Year, and advocate for the elderly Paddy O’Brien, is being sponsored by the Evening Echo and also by the Blackpool Shopping Centre. This week, John Hartnett, manager of Blackpool Shopping Centre, said he was delighted to be associated with the popular competition. He said: “We are very pleased to be associated with this truly unique event. It is a major highlight of the year for Cork’s elderly population, and we look forward to hosting the Blackpool heat, here in the mall of the shopping centre on February 28, 2012.

Please send your reports, results, fixture and notes to

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CHRIST KING GIRLS DONATE TO BUILD 4 LIFE PROGRAMME

Christ King Girls School Student’s Council made a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland for their Build 4 Life 4 Kids Programme. Build 4 Life was founded by friends and family of Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Cork and Kerry. Ireland has the highest rate of CF in the world. This year’s aim for Build4Life is to raise €1.5 million to build a dedicated Children’s Unit in the Cork University Hospital. Cathy Carlton of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland was presented with a cheque at the school by pupils Ciara O’Regan, Claire Shellard, Niamh Ferguson and teacher Kathleen Geaney

Irish Language Classes for Spring

For those looking to brush up on their “cúpla focal” this January, Gael-Taca will be offering a number of Irish Language Classes – both for complete beginners and for those who already have a bit of Gaeilge and wish to improve their language skills. The Intermediate class will begin on Monday 23rd of January and Beginners on Tuesday 24th of January @ 7p.m. A registration night for the classes will take place on Thursday 19th of January between 6 and 7 p.m.

Both classes and registration will take place in our Irish Language Centre on Sullivan’s Quay. Also, for students Gael-Taca are providing an Intensive Oral Irish Language Class, aimed at students wishing to improve on their spoken Irish for the Oral Irish Leaving Certificate exam. Classes for juniorcycle students will be offered on demand. “Classes will cover a different theme every week, with comprehensive notes for students. Its all about making students comfortable with their ability to speak Irish and instilling confidence in them, especially as there is a large portion of marks now going towards the Oral Irish exam in the Leaving Certificate” says Áine Ní Shléibhín, Development Officer with Gael-Taca.. These classes will commence at the end of January and further information is available from aine@gael-taca.com or call the office on 021 4310841.

AGE ACTION’S CARE & REPAIR PROGRAMME Free Handyman Service for Older People

to carry out minor repairs and odd jobs 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, changing locks, minor painting and decorating, hanging curtains, minor gardening, minor carpentry and installing smoke alarms. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For bigger jobs that are beyond the scope of our volunteers, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons whose contact details we can provide for you. We can also arrange regular social visits to older people. All volunteers are Garda vetted and carry official Age Action identification cards. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care & Repair number, 1890 369 369. Age Action is Ireland’s leading charity for older people. We believe that Ireland should be the best place in which to grow older. We work to fight discrimination, promote positive ageing and improve policies and services for all older people. Care & Repair is sponsored by Irish Life. Low Call: 1890 369 369 To nominate your local family carer for the Carers of the Year Awards 2012 see www.carersireland.com or drop in to your local centre at 9

Are you 65+ years of age and living in Cork City and suburbs, Ballincollig, Kinsale, Carrigaline, Glanmire or Carrigtwohill? Do you have a small repair job that you would like to have done for you? Age Action’s Care & Repair service uses a pool of trustworthy volunteer handypersons

Tuckey Street, Cork carerscork@ carersireland.com / 021 4806397

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

FOROIGE BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER CORK

Be a Big—give a Little something back As a Big Brother/Sister you can help impact the life of a young person for the better. Big Brothers and Sisters are in high demand. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we’re always looking for more men to be mentors. Ready to be a Big? After you complete it, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you shortly to discuss the next step. CONTACT: SUSAN DELANEY 086 0412946 SUSAN.DELANEY@FOROIGE.IE

Ballyphehane Community Notice Board Housebound service

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 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.

The unison Gospel Choir

• Presenting a donation from Christ King Girls School Student’s Council to Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland for their Build 4 Life 4 Kids Programme are (l-r) Ms Kathleen Geaney, Ciara O’Regan, Head Girl, Cathy Carlton, Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, Claire Shellard and Niamh Ferguson Deputy Head Girl Christ King.

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.

Douglas Post photocopying service Photocopying service now available at the Douglas Post Office

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just 53.3 mpg (combined cycle), a record for a petrol car in this class. CO2 emissions are down to 119g/ km, while the car’s range is in the region of 620 miles, which is similar to the distances associated with diesel models.

with George Thompson

Renault set for a Méga(ne) 2012 For 2012, Mégane has undergone a number of small styling changes to freshen up the model’s original lines. The front end has a more modern feel, while LED daytime running lights provide a distinctive new lighting signature. The bumper features a gloss black finish with chrome highlights, and the selection of wheels has been entirely revised. The sum of these modifications mirrors the attention that has been paid to quality, an area which Renault sees as a priority. Meanwhile, the cabin comes with new interior trims, including a twotone leather pack available in a choice of two finishes in the UK. The personality of the specific GTLine finishes has also been enhanced inside and out thanks to specific ‘boomerang’-shaped LED lights, visible red upholstery stitching and a sports steering wheel incorporating thumb rests, plus Renault Sportbadged door sill guards and dashboard trim strip, serving as a reminder that it belongs to the Renaultsport family. Last but not least, the list of body colours available for Mégane 2012 has been extended with the addition of Azzurro Blue and Arctic White.

Mégane 2012: ‘Stop and Start’ downsized engine power

Mégane 2012 is the first Renault

model to be available with the three new Stop & Start engines which combine both motoring enjoyment and fuel efficiency. They are the fruit of new-generation downsizing and call on Renault’s experience in F1 to form unprecedented technology packages for this level of range, including Stop & Start complete with deceleration/braking energy recovery. Thanks to their carefully-tuned acoustics, these engines produce a discreet, cushioned sound, with noise levels halved compared with the engines they replace. Renault TCe 115 Stop & Start – the return of petrol engines: the TCe 115 is the first Renault petrol engine to feature direct fuel injection and turbocharging for fuel-efficient performance. This new 1,198cc block is poised to replace the 1.6 16V and boasts both extra power (up 5hp to 115hp) and peak torque up 40Nm to 190Nm, with 90 per cent of this figure available from 1,650rpm. Its flexibility and acceleration from low revs are consequently similar to those of a diesel engine. In addition to being the market’s best-performing 1.2-litre petrol powerplant, the Renault TCe 115 Stop & Start is particularly energy efficient, with fuel consumption down 25 per cent. Versions of Mégane 2012 powered by this engine consume

Mégane 2012 will also be available with the two best diesel engines in their class, both of which combine driving pleasure with the market’s lowest fuel consumption. New diesel dCi 110 Stop & Start: the Mégane range’s best-selling 1.5 dCi engine has undergone a significant metamorphosis with the introduction of technology first introduced in 2011 on the 1.6 dCi 130, not to mention record low fuel consumption which has been improved by 15 per cent to 80.7 mpg. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 90g/km and makes Mégane one of its segment’s top three models in terms of energy efficiency.

There has been no corresponding falloff in performance, however, since peak torque is up 20Nm to 260Nm, which is available from as low as 1,750rpm. Renault dCi 130 Stop & Start: this 1.6-litre diesel engine delivers 130 horsepower and 320Nm of torque, making it one of the market’s most powerful powerplants for its size. It is also a pleasure to drive thanks to crisp acceleration performance from as low as 1,750rpm. Under the bonnet of Mégane, it returns combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 70.6 mpg, which is a 20 per cent saving compared to the former 1.9 dCi 130 engine. CO2 emissions stand at 104g/km

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In The Loop with Peter Bowles

The opening episode of The Voice of Ireland has proven to be a great ratings success on RTÉ One, with 708,000 tuning in to see the first group of hopefuls. This is debatable as many believe 708, 000 simply misplaced the remote control. Anyway, Sunday’s show saw the four coaches - Bressie, Sharon Corr, Kian Egan and Brian Kennedy - pick the first singers they will mentor on their teams. The coaches were not allowed see the singers during their auditions, only to hear them. There will be four more ‘blind audition shows’ where the coaches are not allowed see the singers, only to hear them. This will be followed by three singing battle rounds and then the live performance shows will begin on March 4. The live shows will run for nine weeks, with the public helping to decide who stays in the competition. The final four contestants, one for each coach, will compete in the grand final for a recording contract with Universal Music. One man who got picked during the first show was local man, Steven Griffin. Steve hails from the Rochestown Road, he made a big impact with his nervous but otherwise note-hitting rendition of Michael Buble’s, “Everything”. Sligo Man, Kian Egan, was the judge that selected Steve to be on his team. As a member of Westlife, Kian has sold over 44 million records worldwide, had fourteen number one singles and seven number one albums, won two Brits, an MTV Award, a World Music Award, no less than four Record of The Years and an incredible back catalogue spanning well over a decade, not many people can argue with his experience and judgement. If Steve can shake the nerves and let his confidence show in his singing he will be one to watch and one that we here at In The Loop will be following and supporting. Keep it local!!! In music news Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in New York City and, wouldn’t you know it, the kid has already made her recording debut.

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The song called, ‘Glory’, was produced by Pharrell and features some recordings of the infant just after she was born. As you might imagine, this isn’t one of JayZ’s more hard-hitting tracks, with lyrics such as: “The most amazing feeling I feel, words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real / Baby, I paint the sky blue, my greatest creation was you.” Jay-Z may indeed be kissing his hardearned street cred goodbye with lyrics like that!! Lady Gaga has told fans to expect a new album in 2012. The singer’s second studio album Born This Way was only released last May, but she told press that she has been continually writing new music and expects a new LP to be in the shops before this year is out. I can’t wait to have new songs to be sick of hearing all over airplay and tv!! “I just want to keep going. I’m not as goal obsessed as I am process obsessed. I just want to keep writing music. I’m looking forward to putting out another album and going on tour.” Jason Derulo has said that he feels “blessed” to have survived a potentially fatal neck injury. The Fight For You singer cancelled his upcoming world tour after fracturing his neck in rehearsals this week. Serious stuff to be fair. In a recent Facebook post Derulo opened up about his injury for the first time writing: “My injury is called a ‘Hang Man’s Break’ because it is the same bone that is broken when someone is hung! “I am so blessed to still be here! 95% of ppl with the same injury end up paralyzed or gone.” He added: “Everything happens for a reason. Traumatic experiences can change you for the better. My outlook on life is so much clearer! Don’t forget what’s important. Life is short so do it today, tomorrow could be a day too late!” Derulo said that he suffered the injury while “doing tumbling and acrobatics” for his tour.

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Finally to film news now and it’s been reported that Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr are on the verge of joining forces for Warner Bros’ live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. Tim Burton could helm live-action version of Pinocchio. While the quirky director has yet to make a public response, The Hollywood press have stated that Downey Jr, currently starring in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, “expressed serious interest” in playing puppet master Geppetto. The classic tale is guaranteed a quirky reinterpretation given that Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is on script duty and producer Dan Jinks has insisted: “I think we’ve found a fresh approach that’s going to be very entertaining.” Exciting stuff indeed.

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Young @ Heart by Phil Goodman

With the New Year upon us, it is a time for self -reflection, an analysis of the year gone past and a time when resolutions for the year to come are made and possibly broken before to long ,every New Year brings hope and a sense of renewal as we walk the road of life .

The village of Douglas will not be the same without our soft spoken gentle soul Luke.

It was with great sadness we lost two friends from the Young at Heart, Luke Philpott and Kit Barry .Kit and her husband Michael enjoyed many outings and activities for as long as they could ,Kit showed tremendous courage throughout her illness and never left it stop her from enjoying life to the full with her devoted husband by her side ,Michael and Kit were married 50 years on St Stephens day, she will be a huge loss to her family and all who knew her .

All activities start back next week, including Care-Ring, Tai-Chi, Knitting, Indoor Bowls, Bingo, and Computer classes. We have a lot to look forward to in 2012 including the Mediterranean Cruise on May 5th anyone interested needs to book before the end of January, and those who have booked tickets for Daniel O’Donnell concert in August give me a call to arrange to collect them .

It was shock when we heard of the untimely passing of Luke Philpott ,Luke was indeed a man with numerous talents -a gifted artist who had sketched many beautiful images of Douglas Village and painted some stunning watercolour pictures not only was he a talented artist, his voice was truly beautiful, it was little wonder that he was chosen to represent Douglas in the over 60s singing competition . Luke also had a tremendous love of learning ,however aside from his many talents what Luke will be most remembered for his unique personality he was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, Luke always had time for a chat and was such a genuine caring man. I have no doubt that the people of Douglas and those further a field had their lives enriched through their friendship with Luke. However Luke was above all a family man he was a wonderful husband and best friend to Maureen and a much adored Dad to Mary and Carmel. One need only picture Luke together with Maureen strolling through Douglas to see the unspoken love they shared.

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Up Coming Events Monday’s ,Walk in the park ,11am Mondays, Care -Ring 1-4 Community Hall Tues , Knitting group ,2-30 -4 Shopping Centre Weds Computers for beginners . Weds ,Bingo ,lion house .2-4 Thurs .InDoor Bowls 3-5 .Boys National school . Sunday 29th Jan, Tea Dance, City Hall 3-6

Thought for today “Someone once said life is hard. I say, compared to what?” Cherish your yesterdays dream your tomorrows But be young at heart And live your today’s Bye for now Phil

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G.A.A. FOCUS By Pat Harrington Snippets from the local and National Scene Well here we stand on the threshold of the new season for club and county. Some will relish the idea of the commencement of the 2012 season. Others will no doubt dread the very thought of running on the murky fields on freezing cold nights; moreso those players who have not kept themselves in shape, preferring to hibernate during the closed season. For some players there are questions to be answered before they kick a ball or strike a sliothar. If you expect to achieve results that you have never before accomplished then you must expect to play at a level you never attempted. People regularly query the secret of success; I believe the secret lies in the mirror. Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you the means to do it. Some players wallow in a comfort zone – happy with their performances. They feel their place in the team is safe. Such players will have to change their mindset if they want to improve their displays at club level. Ambition is a word that should be in every player’s vocabulary. Improved displays should be on a consistent basis for the club to benefit. Only the players can change how they perform. The team management can cajole, encourage or in some cases take it further by laying down what is expected of the player. At the end of the day the player must be mature and adult enough to know what is required of him. Admission Prices For the first two years of the current

recession I have been critical on the the matter of admission prices. Tickets for the Munster Clubs Hurling final played in Thurles cost 20 euro. The teams contesting the competition came from Limerick and Clare. The attendance was 2980; a disappointing figure however you look at it. The chairman of the Munster Council stated that the clubs should have tossed for venue. Na Piarsaigh of Limerick were approached first to toss for choice but refused. The team management stated it was their right to reject the proposal. Ticket prices were reduced by 5 euro for the replay. Perhaps in future the Munster Council will rule that clubs agree to toss for venue. Some people will ask the question, if the price was set at 10 euro would the attendance increase sufficiently to justify the reduced cost. The F.A.I. did it for a cup final and drew an attendance of 36,000. The question must be asked, would it be better to have near-empty stadia or larger crowds attracted by reduced prices? At the end of the day is it all about finance or putting more bums on seats? The Member A typical statement at the A.G.M. is “We must galvanise ourselves”. This seldom fails to put a smile on my face; the term is used with such ease and apparent sincerity. The G.A.A. like many other organisations experience some serious fallouts – often with members opting out. What is most disappointing is when members fall out with their clubs. Such people may not be seen for

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weeks, months, years or in some cases they may never again become involved. Are these people looked on as were the lepers of old? Why are they not approached with a view to getting them involved again? In some cases committee members cannot remember what the falling out was about, yet there is a reluctance to invite them back into the fold. There is always someone who stands up at the A.G.M. and declares that we should show club solidarity and stand as one. A challenge I would put out to clubs everywhere is “if you talk the talk you must walk the walk. Street Leagues I made a comeback with the Street Leagues section last year and was amazed at the number of mentors and helpers who are happily giving of their free time. Many of these people have attended coaching courses; some are due to attend a further course arranged for January.

There is a huge structure in place that was not there twenty years ago. Our greatest problem back then was a shortage of manpower. Nowadays there is a large number of mentors with backgrounds in Gaelic games. The one area that concerns me is where some parents drop their children at the club and return an hour later to collect them. Children need the support of their parents. The games and the skills learned are a great discipline but it is not fair to the child or the mentor when parents are absent. Lest I am misinterpreted here I must state that I am not writing on behalf of Douglas G.A.A. Street Leagues – I am drawing from my experience as a coach of twenty-five years standing. Over the Christmas period sadly we have had a number of bereavements within our club. I wish here to express my condolences to the families of George Kingston, Mrs. Kit Barry and Jerry Dineen. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha.

College Corinthians AFC Schoolboys Section Under 14 Premier Division Corinthian Boys 3 Midleton 0

The U14 Premier team continued their unbeaten run in the league disposing of Midleton 3-0.The opening goal came after just 3 minutes, when after a scintillating run by Colin O Brien,  he crossed to Keenan O Flynn who slotted home. Corinthians should have had at least two more goals but were a bit rusty having not played a game for a month, and ended the first half with a 1-0 lead. 3 minutes into the second half a superb cross by Bryan Cotter found Gavin Holland at the back post who slotted it home from 4 yards made it 2-0. On the half hour mark from a Midleton kick out Colin O Brien’s lob was cleared off the line but then he got the ball back to Harry Shanahan who scored the third and final goal. Ross Welch, Mark O Leary, Stephen Jermyn  and Bryan Cotter played very well today. Stephen Jermyn, Sean Desmond, David O Regan (Alex O Driscoll 43 mins) David Burke (Dean Swords 43 mins) Mark O Leary (Jack Murray, 53 mins) Ross Welch (David Lynch 61 mins) Keenan O Flynn, Bryan Cotter, Colin O Brien, Gavin Holland, Harry Shanahan

Under 15 Division 1 St. Marys 0 Corinthian Boys A 3

The U15 division 1 side got the new year off to a great start on Saturday when they recorded a 0-3 win away to St Mary’s. Sean Powter opened the scoring in the 5th minute when he reacted quickly to latch on to a loose ball in the St Mary’s penalty area. Corinthians had a number of further chances before half time but failed to capitalise on them. St Mary’s started the second half brightly and came close on a few occasions. Corinthians however extended their lead on fifty minutes when Sean Powter popped up again to slot the ball calmly past the St Mary’s goalkeeper. Corinthians were now well on top with Sam Collins and Luke O’Leary playing very well on both wings and full backs Brian Barry and Liam O’Sullivan also pushing forward at every opportunity. Adam Geaney got the pick of the goals when he curled a free kick from 25 meters to the far corner of the St Mary’s goal leaving the keeper with no chance of saving. Best for Corinthians on the day were Ross Butler, Sam Collins and Liam O’Sullivan.


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Umbro U12 Division 2 Innishvilla 1 Tramore Athletic 0

Ladies Inter Zone Championship

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The Tramore Athletic U12s suffered an agonising, ill-deserved defeat away to Innishvilla on Saturday. The match was an extremely hard fought affair with both teams’ defences in magnificent form and as a result chances were scarce throughout. Villa capitalised on one of the few chances created in the 22nd minute and it proved decisive. Tramore tried everything to get back into the game unfortunately to no avail but can be very proud of their efforts. Heroic displays for Tramore were witnessed from John Sweeney, Jason O’Mahony and Thomas Murphy.

Played on Saturday 7th January 2012 in Colthurst Hall, Richill, Co. Armagh - result: Armagh Zone 60-shots and Cork Zone 44-shots. Match report in next weeks Douglas Post 2011-2012 National Championships:

The following have qualified for the Cork Zone finals on Sunday 28th January 2012 in St. Anthony’s Hall, Ballinlough, commencing at 2-00p.m. (National Singles):J. O’Donoghue (Ballincollig GAA) versus Conor Middleton (Crosshaven) (National Pairs):- P.

There was further bad news for Tramore Athletic this weekend on the results front when the Tramore Athletic A U12s also suffered defeat when they were narrowly beaten by three goals to one at home to Mallow United A on Saturday at Tramore Park. 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.

Triples):- M. Boyde, E. Linehan & S. O’Leary (Ballincollig) ver C. Sheehan, G. Murphy & M. Middleton (Middleton) (Over 55Pairs):P.& C.Ahern (St. Anthony’s) ver M. & C. Middleton (Crosshaven) (Junior Singles):J. Lynch Jnr. ver S. O’Regan (Watergrasshill) Fixtures:

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Douglas Hall FC Umbro U-12 Premier Douglas Hall 0; Carrigaline Utd. 0

The Hall pulled out all the stops to garner a point from leaders Utd. in a thrilling contest last Sunday morning. Captain Brian Lynch was magnificent in a fine team performance. Umbro U-12 Division Five Douglas Hall B 5; Corinthian Boys B 0

Sean Hayes opened the scoring for the leaders before captain Killian Walsh, sub Ben Roberts, Shane Downey & Robin O’Donovan completed a comfortable win for the hosts. Sean McCabe, Conor Cronin & ‘man-ofthe-match’ David Malone impressed for the winners. Umbro U-13 Division One Blarney Utd. 0; Douglas Hall 2

Goals from Jonathan O’Regan & Chris Murphy sealed a fine away win for Frank Hunter & Paul Territt’s young charges. Sean Grace was outstanding along with keeper Pat McSweeney who made a number of quality saves. Umbro U-15 Division One Douglas Hall 4 ; Leeside Knockraha 0

Donnacha Murphy fired the Hall in front ten minutes before halftime, before captain Jack Austin netted twice early in the second-half & Eoghan O’Leary completed a comfortable win with a fourth late on. The win gives the hosts a fighting chance of staying in the division. In an excellent squad performance Murphy, Aidan Cronin & David Barry excelled. Umbro U-16 Division Three Wilton Utd. 4; Douglas Hall A 2

In a thrilling contest, Mark Power scored a screamer for a gallant Hall eleven who hit the woodwork three times in the second-half and missed a penalty into the bargain. Beamish Stout Junior Premier Division Douglas Hall 4; Everton 3

The Hall avenged an earlier League Cup final defeat to remain in contention for the title at Moneygourney last Friday night. John McCarthy bagged two, with Deccie O’Connell & Finbarr Desmond also among the goals. Murphy’s Stout AUL 1A UCC 1; Douglas Hall 2

The title remains very much in the Hall’s sight following goals from Dean Kelly & the evergreen Albert Clarke at The Farm. Beamish Stout Senior Premier Douglas Hall 1; Blarney Utd. 0

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in the 18th minute to seal a first three points of the New Year for the hosts and help maintain a title challenge. Daly Industrial Supplies U-17 League 1A Kinsale 3; Douglas Hall 4

The Hall fought back from 3-1 down to dig out a fine win at the finish to reverse last season’s result between the two teams. Kevin Cotter opened the scoring for the visitors as early as the second minute with a trademark run from defence before unleashing a long range strike past the opposition’s keeper. The home side led 2-1 at the break before increasing their lead early in the second-half . Paul Lehane’s deflected free-kick two minutes later gave the visitors a lifeline for Dave O’Connor ( pen.) & Lehane to seal a valuable three points on the road. Daly Industrial Supplies Youths Premier Douglas Hall 2; Springfield Ramblers 1

Goals from Darren Lehane & Dave Reardan guaranteed a much needed three points for the home side in their quest to climb out of the bottom two of the division. Daly Industrial Supplies Youths League 1A Douglas Hall B 0; Passage 0

A battling performance from the Hall was rewarded with an excellent point in trying conditions under lights at Moneygourney. Stephen Cronin was a revelation at the heart of the Hall’s defence along with inspiring captain Colin Downey, the industrious Mark O’Connor in the centre and the game Daniel Savage up front. Daly Industrial Supplies Youths League 1A Buttevant 3; Douglas Hall B 1

Gary Hartnett gave the visitors a onenil half-time lead before a missed second-half penalty proved costly as a more physical home side put the match out of reach with three secondhalf goals. FOOT-NOTE: The club wishes a Very Happy New Year to all players, coaches, parents & readers of The Douglas Post.

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bundling him to the deck. Top scorer Cann stepped up but failed to convert and the chance went. Cann was not to be denied however, and only five minutes later, he put The Vale 2-1 in front with a cool ‘head/knee’ combo from Kennedy’s pin point cross.

David Long started in goal and was protected by a back four of Dan Cronin, Keith O’Callaghan, Shane Kennedy and Ken O’Connor. Damo O’Callaghan, John Harris, Ross Farrell and Colin Murphy (C) made up the midfield with Dave O’Connor and Adam Cann up front.

The second half was a lively affair and only for a number of inspirational saves from Long, extra time could easily have been required. This was Long’s first appearance in a number of months having only just recovered from a broken finger, but no one would have thought this, such were his reflexes particularly in the 75th minute when he double saved to keep the home side in front. The Vale created a few decent chances also but the final touch just eluded them at the vital moments. However, the management will be happy with the overall performance, Richmond are rarely a soft touch and Sunday’s game was no different. With decent showings all over the park, no more so than Kennedy, who slotted into the centre back void left by Dave Burke who has gone on his travels and carries the Clubs best wishes in his endeavours. The win sees Grangevale progress to the 4th round of Cork’s most prestigious Cup competition and hopefully cleared the cobwebs from the Christmas excess’s. Next week the lads are again in Cup action with Crescent Athletic visiting Grangevale Park for a City Challenge Cup 2nd round tie, kick-off 10.45.

Grangevale got the New Year off to a great start with a hard fought 2-1 victory over a Richmond side who have improved greatly since the sides last met back in August.

The home side began well, controlling possession and creating a few decent chances, the best of which saw Keith O’Callaghan’s header come back off the crossbar in the 10th minute. However, it was Richmond who took the lead in the 14th minute with a sweetly struck shot from 20 yards giving Long no chance. This was a blow considering it was the first real attempt that the visitors had. Dave O’Connor’s form has been inconsistent this season but, gladly, he showed glimpses of his great ability throughout the game, the best of which saw The Vale equalise in the 28th minute. O’Connor coolly curled a left footed shot from wide on the right flank which beat the opposing keeper all ends up. Harris won a penalty in the 32nd minute after a strong run through the defense ended with the centre half

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Pfizer Pitch and Putt by Brendan Hayes.

On a beautiful Sunday morning, ideal for a game, players gathered outside the club hut and listened to chairman Mick Coakley thank the large turn out and expressed his opinion that it would be hard to emulate the success that the club enjoyed last year, but that we are in a great position to give it a shot again for 2012, he wished the league teams all the best for the coming season and hoped they would get the support of non-playing members. Three competitions have been held so far this season, while yours truly was on sabbatical Jimmy (the leak) was filling my inbox with the results. Sunday 1st January 18 hole s/ford:

1st nett Richard Jordan and Billy Venner on 52 points 1st gr Sean McInerny and Weessie Murphy 44 gr. Sat 7th January 27 hole scramble: 1st nett Frank Bruen, Pat O Callaghan and Ian O Donoughue 47 points 1gr John Hugues Ger O Sullivan and Charlie Morrissey 59 gr winning on back 9. Sunday morning 8th January 18 hole: 1/2 combined stroke overall winners Brian Murphy and Billy Venner on 37 nett 1st gr Dave Ahern and Syd Venner 43 gr 2nd nett Willie Mullane and Weessie Murphy 46 gr winning on back 9.


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