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Your very own Community Radio Station Cork City Community Radio 100.5 FM Showbands on Parade” Saturday 9-10am Followed by “The Writers Corner” Sun 6.30 pm

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Kind & reliable lady with Fetac Level 5 & Level 6 Qualifications in Special Needs & Chilcare. Available for work/resbite or babysitting. Maria Burke signs copies of her latest best seller The Ark of Dun Ruah PROTECTORS OF THE FLAME at the launch in the City Library

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Found Pandora Bracelet outside Barrys of Douglas Saturday 5 th October Please Contact Marie on 089 440 8242


Walker: Texas Ranger. The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Chuck Norris out. It failed miserably.

The Douglas Post Magazine | Unit 29C | St Patrick’s Mills | 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, Unit 29C, St Patrick’s Mills, Douglas West, Cork.


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Crosshaven’s Kevin remembered with special day By Frank K Hanover

Crosshaven man Kevin Gregan was especially taken with the work carried out at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and the Ronald McDonald House where parents of sick children stay. This was work he saw as vital and which needed the support of everybody who felt as committed to the medical care of children as Kevin himself was, due to the care taken of grandson Ryan, who benefited from the skills provided there. Tragically, Kevin died a while back but he’d have been delighted to have congratulated Nicola Byrne, also from Crosshaven, who Nicola Byrne, Crosshaven, winner of the Kevin’s Day draw for a 2-week family holiday in France courtesy of Keycamp Holidays and Brittany Ferries, receives her prize from Colette Forde, managing director Keycamp Cork. Included are Marie Piper-Gregan, event organiser and Hugh Bruton, general manager Brittany Ferries. Picture: Tom Doherty

bought the winning ticket at this year’s Kevin’s Day fund-raising event held in Douglas Community Park. The prize which Nicola and her family will make use of next year, is by the reckoning of Colette Forde from prize-provider Keycamp Holidays, South Mall and her co-provider Hugh Bruton of Brittany Ferries, Grand Parade - both of whom are pictured here with Marie Piper-Gregan and Nicola - “a great holiday for kids”. A view of the Keycamp Holiday brochure certainly confirms a huge diversity of French locations with mobile home parks and camping sites all staffed and many of which are very close to Roscoff where the Brittany Ferries liner from Cork reaches the European mainland. The holidays provided through both companies are very safe, child friendly and, in addition to the very enjoyable crossing, they benefit from a superior French road network so it seems certain that Nicola, her fisherman partner James and their two

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This week we have a poem from Dinny O’Driscoll of the “Poetry from the Heart” group in Fermoy. Here is a truly inspired poem, a poem of personal feelings with a sincerity that reaches into the very soul of the reader. Yet this extraordinary poem is deceptively simple. You might say that its simplicity, its graphic realism is achieved with consummate art; I would prefer to say that its art is achieved by the poet’s personal involvement in the scene, the physical presence of what he observes and how these things preternaturally alert his consciousness. He does not simply describe the scene; he creates it, and makes it unforgettable. It is like a ghost-story with no action, a brief emotional suspense achieved with the utmost verbal economy. Thank you Dinny!

At Cunnningham’s Cross That October night, a torment climbed me out from under my blanket and I set for Cunnningham’s Cross to find some sleep. My feet pulled my memory back to a small boy evening, when the pockets of my father’s pure wool coat held more than a tobacco-littered hanky and a pack of his favourite Gold Flake. Where a blanket of stars held the love words he whistled, to me his little star. As I walk here now my memory strolls back to boy and teenage moments and I ponder safely. - ©Dinny O Driscoll Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ /Douglas Post, Unit 29C, St Patrick’s Mills, 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

Writer’s Group Meetings

Bishopstown Writers - Bishopstown Library Thurs 24th October at 6.30 PM Douglas Writers Group, - John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom Friday the 8th Nov. at 5.30 pm Mallow Poetry Group – Mallow Library - 5th November at 12.30 p.m Douglas Junior Writers Group - Douglas Library Thursday 21st November at 5.30.PM Ballinlough Writers - John O’Sullivan’s (Douglas) Fri 22 November at 5.30 PM Ó Bhéal – Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Progress on Building of new Meals-on-Wheels Kitchen

The foundations, the rising walls to floor level and the building under-floor drainage are substantially complete and the ground floor slab is about to be poured.

Fund Raising Efforts for Building We are struggling on to meet our target for fund-raising for 2013 which is a push at the best of times, but with the everyday financial struggles many families are experiencing, this obviously has a knock-on effect on our efforts. People are time-poor also so our core group of volunteers are often over-stretched. Our recent Harvest Day in the Park was a well-organized, great all-round fun event, but because the weather left us down on the day. It would really lighten the load if small groups of people could get together and organize an event such as a coffee-morning in their homes, a locally sponsored walk/road-race, a cake-bake, a pub quiz, etc. to raise some money.

Dates for your Dairy – Other Upcoming Fundraisers

A Church Collection will be held at St. Columba’s Church for the annual costs of running the community centre itself on Sat 26th and Sun. 27th Oct. Bag packing will be held at Dunnes Stores, Douglas Court, on Fri. 25th and Sat. 26th October for our building fund and we urgently need volunteers to help out. If you, or a member of your extended family can help out for an hour or two, please contact Mary at 087-6998510. Christmas Flower Display by Floral Designer Malcolm Kitt - will be held at the centre on Thursday, 28th November for the building fund. Christmas Concert is being organized by Phil Goodman, of the Young at Heart Group, for Thurs. 5th December in St. Columba’s Church for the building fund.


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Hall Rental – Other Trip Down Memory Lane for Residents of Douglas

Douglas is a place steeped in history since it emerged as an industrial village during the eighteenth century. Since then, its extension far and wide beyond the suburbs focal point in the village is a natural response to population growth and the desire of people to make Douglas their home. While the physical landscape of the greater Douglas area has changed, a connection with the past continues to resonate in the village and on Friday 18th October former and current residents of Douglas are invited to the Douglas GAA Club for a night of nostalgia and reminiscence. This is a great opportunity for friends to meet up and share stories of Douglas long ago. Entertainment will be provided by the Kiely Walsh Dancers and later in the night D.J. Matthew McAuliffe will be rolling back the years with a selection of 60’s and 70’s music. Light refreshments will be available, start time is 8pm and cover charge is €3.

Upcoming Fund-raisers

Our hall is available many week-nights and can be seen on our website at www. Please e-mail our secretary at or drop in a note to the office if you would like to rent it for a regular activity, or for a once-off event.

Tidy Towns – now an extra team on Sundays! Tidy Towns volunteers meet in the Community Park on Saturday morning at 10.30 and work until 12, around the village and surrounds, picking up litter. New volunteers are welcomed with open arms and provided with a high-viz jacket, gloves and a pick. There is now a second group of volunteers covering Sunday mornings as

Douglas Village in the early 1970’s

some Saturday night revellers throw their litter around the village areas and it remains there for the week. This war against litter is an uphill battle and in the absence of any sanction for these anti-social acts, it will continue. The Tidy Towns people for this tremendous effort on behalf of the citizens of Douglas, the motto ‘it’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness’ comes to mind.

Next Monthly Meeting – Mon. 21st Oct.

The Executive Committee will be holding their next monthly meeting on Mon. 21st Oct. If you have an issue of a community nature that you would like to bring to our attention, please e-mail us at or drop in a note to our office.

How to contact us Office Times/Website

Our administrator is available at the centre on Mon. (9-1), Tues. (9-2) and Fri. (9-2.30) should you like to call in and enquire further about our activities. Phone no. at centre is 4894955 and e-mail is douglasca@eircom. net. Our meetings are held once-monthly on the 3rd Monday of each month and if readers have any issue of a community nature for which help is needed, they can write us a note, or call to the office giving details and the item will be put on the agenda. Our website is, and facebook site is at douglascommunity.

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ANIMAL FRIENDS by Declan Quigley

5 Ways to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

Halloween can be a fun event for families and their pets. However, if safety precautions aren’t taken, it can also be a hazardous time for our fourlegged

Pet Costumes - The Dangers

If you choose to dress up your dog or cat be mindful that pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings and belts leading to possible injury, including strangulation. Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Small (or large) parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested..

Halloween Decorations – Choose With Care If you like to decorate your home for Halloween, take care. Easy to reach decorations and candles can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock, burns and fire. Keep decorations out of the reach of your pet

Noise – Stress and Anxiety

Dogs and cats can become skittish and anxious at Halloween due to the constant ringing of the doorbell, noise and the use of fireworks. Strangers dressed in unfamiliar and scary costumes can alarm some pets, increasing their anxiety. Consider putting up a baby gate or leaving your dog or cat in a back room of


the house which would keep them calmer throughout the evening. If you are concerned that your pet will become anxious Kalm Aid is an effective liquid suspension which promotes relaxation and reduces nervous irritability. It can be safely given through your pets food in the days preceding a stressful event like Halloween.

Chocolate and Sweets Toxicity

Sweets and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats and on Halloween there is an increased chance that your pet may consume these. Chocolate and Xylitol, a sweetener found in many Sweets, can be extremely toxic to pets. Lollipops can be a choking hazard and may cause an obstruction or foreign body ingestion that may require surgery to remove. Sweets wrapped in plastic and other types of wrapping can also lead to chocking or cause an obstruction and upset stomach. Keep these human treats out of the reach of your pet.

Lost Pets

Halloween is not the time to let your dog or cat wander outside attended. Take care and keep pets indoors with you, or on a leash if you are going outside. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can spook your pet, causing them to run away. It is always a good idea to ensure your pet has a collar with an identification tag, in case you become separated. If your pet is not already Micro chipped now might be a good time to have do so. If you have any queries on how best to manage your pet at Halloween or any other queries please just call The Village Veterinary Clinic on 021 489 0101

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Concert 2013

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Concert 2013

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The day-lo Sensational Kids brings popular workshop ‘Handwriting without Tears’ on the road for the first time, visiting Cork! The Handwriting without Tears Workshop uses a multi sensory and fun approach to teach children handwriting from preschool up to age 8 (approx.) Handwriting without Tears

teaches children how to form letters step-by-step through song, games and active learning. Workshop take place on Friday 25th October The Silversprings Hotel, Cork Bookings can be made now by calling Sensational Kids on (045) 520900 or logging onto www.

Environmental Democracy Roadshow

Cork will be the first stop on a national roadshow to explore citizens’ rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters. The first public workshop will be held on Saturday October 19th, from 10am to 4.30pm in Cork County Hall. Please register by phone to 083 1468064 or by email to roadshow@ien. ie. The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.

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Event styling, with Susan, from Artisan Douglas. Party Season is nearly here again, and I believe the most important accessory this year is the hair. When styling hair for an event, the consultation is extremely important. I like to gather as much info as I can before we start. The outfit choice, lifestyle and event itself are all major factors to consider. If you are wearing a dainty dress, then a funky style would look out of place, and vice versa. If you’ve never worn your hair up before , or your thinking it’s too short, don’t worry as we can always achieve a look to suit your style. So if you’ve a big event coming up, or just fancy something different for your Saturday night out, why not phone me on 0214895455 to make an appointment.


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Annual Table Quiz for Douglas Harmonia Singers

Annual Table Quiz for Douglas Harmonia Singers will be held in the Briar Rose bar this Thursday, October 16th at 8pm. Jonathan Healy is MC again this year so a good night guaranteed. €40 per table. All welcome. Contact 087-187-0137 or check us out on www.douglasharmoniasingers. com


Set and Céilí dance classes take place every Thursday night in the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion from 8.30 pm to 10.30pm. Everybody welcome. Enquiries Fionán 087 818 5111


A very interesting talk on hand and foot care was given by Deirdre Wroth to the Carrigaline Active Retirement Association on Thursday last October 3rd. This Thursday CARA members have a choice of Line Dancing with Pat O’Brien or card playing followed by a cupán tae and a chat. On Thursday October 17th Tim O’Brien will be back again for another interesting historical slide show and talk. CARA meet in the Parish Centre every Thursday from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Anyone who is over 55 years of age and is retired is invited and welcome to join Carrigaline Active Retirement Association. New members and new ideas are always welcome. For further information please contact Kaye 086 057 6110 or Thos Maye 021 4371063.


Gardening and Art courses are on the agenda for the Carrigaline Mens Shed in the month ahead. The four-week gardening course given by Pat Linehan commences this Thursday from 11.00 am to while the Art course


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will follow on every Thursday in November. The Mens Shed is very pleased with the great response they are getting to their appeal for timber and old tools and equipment. All the old tools and equipment are being cleaned and restored and where feasible are painted in their original colours for public display. The long-term plan is to have all the collected items exhibited in a future Carrigaline museum. More old items of interest are welcome. Last Wednesday Sandra Graham of Funky Junk gave a talk and demonstration to the members on how to “Upcycle” furniture and turn discarded items i.e. junk into ornaments and something useful. She offered to give our members of the Mens Shed an art course on turning throwaway furniture into something useful and to be admired. New members and visitors are always welcome at the Mens Shed. For further information please phone Dick Jenkinson 0862058916 Pat Dineen 087 7755841 or Barry Cogan 087 813 7990 or Facebook mens.shedcarrigaline.


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The Carrigaline Senior Citizens monthly meeting took place at the Day Care Centre on Wednesday 2nd October. The committee is looking for new members and anyone interested would be very welcome to become involved. They have Bingo every Tuesday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Day Care Centre and Water Aerobics every Friday morning from 11.00am to 12 noon in Carrigaline Court Hotel.

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FOR THE GREATEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE W e d d i n g The day one gets married must count as one of the definitive days in a lifetime. It’s significant that the memories of such a day are the ones that remain in heart and mind the longest. However, it’s a huge undertaking to provide these memories in such a way as the day you get married defines the enduring imagery and emotion that’ll remain once the day is past. In Cork, at Blarney, in Douglas and Midleton there are a plethora of highly professional and expert service providers that really will exceed in making your wedding day

the sumptuous and romantic event that you’ve always intended. To assist in the organization of such a day the businesses and providers featured here are excellent purveyors intent on taking the hassle out of what is, after all, one of the busiest days of your life. Among the most necessary services required that distinguish a wedding day, you’ll find here dedicated professional services including hotels, providers of bridal wear, bridal tea party event stagers, a milliner, a groom wear provider, a shop

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Personal attention is a key part of organising a boutique wedding held at Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. Nestled in the picturesque village of Blarney and situated next door to one of Ireland’s most revered heritage gems, the focus is on creating a day where beautiful memories are made and treasured. The hotel’s general manager and wedding co-ordinator Stephen Crowley highlights that by keeping the venue intimate, the focus is always on the couple. “From that initial phone call we are always interacting with the bride and groom and discussing their options so everything is

tailored specifically for them and meets their needs exactly,” he says. Prices range from €48 to €65 per head for their silver, gold and platinum packages, which include culinary highlights such as succulent roast fillet of monkfish with shaved fennel salad and prawn velouté or roast rack of Kerry lamb with herbs, basil mash and rosemary jus. “Our head chef Phillip sits down with each couple and designs a menu for them and of course, a complimentary tasting is included,” says Stephen. The historic hotel caters for between 40 to 120 guests in the

newly appointed Martin Suite with its neutral yet elegant décor complemented by a rows of chandeliers sparkling overhead. Crisp white linen tablecloths along with refined candelabras add a finishing touch of elegance to the perfectly styled room. The hotel is also registered for civil ceremonies with a beautifully appointed room holding up to 50 guests. Other little extras at the Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel include a champagne reception for the bride and groom, rooms for both sets of parents, first year anniversary dinner in the Christy’s Bar and a year’s



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membership at the hotel’s Health & Fitness Centre. For those looking to have photographs in the grounds of Blarney Castle, the hotel will make all the arrangements. When it comes to styling, Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel employs design consultants Cover Story, who specialise in wedding chair cover s, sashes, l i nen, r unner s, centrepieces and organza drapes. “Marie from Cover Story will speak to each couple and ask them what exactly they want on the day. It means that their vision can truly be achieved,” highlights Stephen.

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Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 (“The Bill”) Current Approach

No. of children perpetrating sexual abuse against other children is a serious cause for concern Rape Crisis Network of Ireland report details harrowing statistic which show 37% of child sex abusers are themselves under 18 years. Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, said the launch of the report at the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland AGM today (Wednesday) makes for distressing reading which will force us to examine the result in exceptionally close detail. “This report, ‘Hearing child survivors of sexual violence Towards a national response’ is based on data which has never before been used and comes from 16 Rape Crisis and Children at Risk in Ireland (CARI) branches. Reports of this nature always make for uncomfortable reading but none so much as when, as is the case with this, it details the fact that more than a third of abusers are themselves children under 18 themselves. “This startling statistic, which also indicates that 97% of those children who are abusing are male, will force us to examine the reasons why such a high level of childhood sexual abuse is being carried out by our children; are they themselves victims of abuse, is children’s exposure to inappropriate content on the internet playing a part or are there other factors that need to be considered? “We know that most people who have been abused do not go on to abuse. However, a high majority of those who carry out abuse have themselves been abused. Ireland has a horrible past when it comes to a history of adults abusing children. This report will be a cause for serious reflection, however, on how and why such high levels of abuse being perpetrated by our young boys. “I welcome the Minister for Children’s commitment today to the development of a coordinated national approach for sexual and abuse services for children and young people. The Minister has requested that the HSE proceeds with filling four posts of regional coordinators and this will assist in better managing services on a national level. Furthermore, four regional coordinators posts are to be filled for services for children demonstrating sexually harmful behaviour. “Our children are growing up in a world that is unrecognisable when compared to that of their parents’. This report will be important in charting the road ahead and in determining the best way of ensuring that our children are safe and supported in a society that is free from childhood sexual abuse.”


The current approach to capacity in Ireland is archaic and is based on a medical assessment of the individual. The current status is “all or nothing”. The Bill proposes to change this so that capacity is assessed only in relation to the matter in question and only at the time in question. If a person is found to lack decision-making capacity in one matter this will not necessarily mean that they lack capacity in another matter.

What does the Bill aim to do?

The Bill aims to modernise the law and support decision-making by adults who have difficulty making decisions without help. The Bill aims to “safeguard the autonomy and dignity of the person with impaired capacity”.

Guiding Principles of the Bill

There will be a presumption of capacity unless the contrary is shown: Intervention will only take place where necessary; Only where all practical steps have been taken will a person be treated as being unable to make a decision The persons rights and freedoms will be respected at all times; The persons will and preferences will be taken into account at all times.

Three types of Decision Making Support Options The Bill proposes three types of decision-making support options which are:-

*Assistant Decision-Making – an assistant is appointed to support him or her to understand and make the decision; *Co-decision making – a person is appointed to make decisions jointly; *Decision-making representative – (for the minority of people who are unable to make decisions even with help) the Circuit Court appoints a representative to make decisions on behalf the person.

Other areas covered by the Bill

The Bill also expands the powers afforded to Attorneys in relation to Enduring Powers of Attorney. It also deals with instances where informal decision making takes place on a regular basis and provides protection from liability for those involved in the informal decision making process. It proposes the replacement of the Wards of Court office with the Office of Public Guardian to deal with capacity-related matters for adults. Niall Colgan is a Cork based Solicitor with over 10 years in private practice.

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Denis and Lord Mayor of Belfast

Belfast City Hall

By Denis Coffey

In 1888 Queen Victoria conferred on Belfast the title of city, and it was agreed that time had come for a new city hall. This magnificent building is a lasting landmark to Belfast‘s success and civic pride. My first visit to Belfast was in 1982 and I wrote a favourable article about the city which appeared in Cork City newsletter, under the headline amazing endeavours by unique people. Belfast Corporationacquired one and a half acre site, work began in 1886 to build a new city hall, it opened its doors on the first August 1906. Visitors at the main entrance will see the impressive and stunning marble floors, grand staircase, the large stained glass windows, some depicting the Belfast Coat of arms and other prominent historical events, such as the longest serving Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Sir Crawford and Lady McCullagh. The Mayors Chain of Office dates from 1874 when it was presented to the then Mayor, James Alexander Henderson. The title Lord Mayor did not come into usage until 1892; four years after Belfast became a city. Belfast city council sits on the first working day of each month it has 51 members. The café is open to the public dailyso indulge yourselfin delicious dishes tasty savoury treats it’s the epitome of peace and tranquillity.The ideal venue when your visit Belfast. Contrary to popular belief a visit to Belfast City whatever your reason be it your business or pleasure, book a break for yourself soon. You’ll like it; beauty is never just a skin deep. Slan Donncha Beannacht de agat.

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Blackrock Community Association

Blackrock Community Association have their annual Christmas Dinner Dance on Monday 16th. December at the Clarion Hotel. Tickets: €40.Names and deposits now being taken by any committee member. Contact: 087-6122007

Mahon Community Centre

Weekly Bingo at the Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 8pm. All welcome. Community Café open daily from 8.45am – 5pm. Great offers & full menu available. Come along for a tea / coffee and a friendly chat. Great book sale on-going, 3 books for €2.

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Depression is one of the most common health conditions in the world. Depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply “snap out of.” Depression, formally called major depression, is a medical illness that involves the mind and body. It affects how you think and behave and can cause a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may not be able to go about your usual daily activities, and depression may make you feel as if life just isn’t worth living anymore. Most health professionals today consider depression a chronic illness that requires long-term treatment, much like diabetes or high blood pressure.


Symptoms of depression include: Loss of interest in normal daily activities, Feeling sad or down, Feeling hopeless, Crying spells for no apparent reason, Problems sleeping, Trouble focusing or concentrating, Difficulty making decisions, Unintentional weight gain or loss, Irritability, Restlessness, Being easily annoyed, Feeling fatigued or weak, Feeling worthless, Loss of interest in sex, Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior, Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches. Depression symptoms can vary greatly because different people experience depression in different ways. A 25-yearold man with depression may not have the same symptoms as a 70-year-old man, for instance. For some people,


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depression symptoms are so severe that it’s obvious something isn’t right. Others may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why. It’s not known specifically what causes depression. As with many mental illnesses, it’s thought that a variety of biochemical, genetic and environmental factors may cause depression.


Depression generally isn’t an illness that you can treat on your own. But you can do some things for yourself that will build on your treatment plan. In addition to professional treatment, follow these self-care steps for depression: Take your medications as directed. Even if you’re feeling well, resist any temptation to skip your medications. If you stop, depression symptoms may come back, and you could also experience withdrawallike symptoms. Pay attention to warning signs. Get active. Physical activity and exercise have been shown to reduce depression symptoms. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening or taking up another form of exercise you enjoy. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Alcohol and illicit drugs can worsen depression symptoms. If you would like more information on depression, or lifestyle choices to combat depression, contact Garvan at Lynch’s Pharmacy on 4366923.

CYCLE LANE IMPROVEMENTS FOR DOUGLAS Cork County Council is set to go to public consultation with its next stage of the Douglas Land Use and Transport study. Cork County Council plans to implement the next stage of its cycle lane development for Douglas which will follow on from the soon to implemented cycle lane development in the Mangala woods which will see Bracken Court in Donnybrook linked with Douglas. The new plans will propose a new cycle lane which will link Amberley Heights to Douglas village. The proposals from officials will see a new cycle lane running along Inchvale road on the grass verge that runs parallel to the road. The plans will include long needed traffic calming along the Inchvale road. The proposals will also include two cycle lanes under both flyovers which will link up with the city cycle system. Independent Cllr. David Boyle says,” I welcome the proposal from traffic calming on the Inchvale road. This has been badly needed and has been requested for some time. The intension is slow the travelling speed of the cars at the Oakview side of the road. The proposals for the cycle lanes will go to public consultation in the next few weeks and people will get their chance to have their say”.

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Eighteenth Century Cork Historical Walking Tour The weather is still relatively mild, so Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s next historical walking tour is on Saturday 26 October 2013 –Making a Venice of the North, Exploring Eighteenth Century Cork City - explore a world of canals, and eighteenth century Cork society, meet at Cork City Library, Grand Parade, 2pm (E.5, duration: two hours). For nearly five hundred years (c.1200-c.1690), the walled port town of Cork, built in a swamp and at the lowest crossing point of the River Lee and the tidal area, remained as one of the most fortified and vibrant walled settlements in the expanding British colonial empire. However, economic growth as well as political events in late seventeenth century Ireland, culminating in the destruction of the city’s core in 1690, provided the catalyst for large-scale change within the urban area. The walls were allowed to decay and this was to inadvertently alter much of the city’s physical, social and economic character in the ensuing century. By John Rocque’s Map of Cork in 1759, the walls of Cork were just a memory- the medieval plan was now a small part in something larger – larger in terms of population from 20,000 to 73,000 plus in terms of a new townscape. A new urban text emerged with new bridges, streets, quays, residences and warehouses built to intertwine with the natural riverine landscape. The unofficial title of the Venice of the North was given to Cork in the eighteenth century. This was a type of branding exercise, a cultural code in a sense, a reference by native and foreign merchants that Cork was part of several cities in northern Europe (Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bruges, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Manchester) that contained canals, all compared to the enduring connection with water in Venice, Italy over many centuries. Cork and other cities in northern Europe were to be conditioned by ideas of the ideal city tradition. During the post medieval centuries European artists and engineers began to represent political and social ideas and concepts in graphic terms. In truth, this encouraged planners to imagine the ideal port city as a complete unit of which the river, harbour, or canal was an integral part, conceptually and figuratively. This tour explores these ideas and how they influenced perception and culture in growing eighteenth century ‘Venices of the North’ such as Cork. Kieran’ heritage on facebook: Cork: Our City, Our Town


TIP OF THE WEEK I always make up double quantity of crumble and freeze half for a really quick pud!! Use other fruits if you prefer. What a brilliant year it has been for apples , I have at last perfected watching tv & peeling apples at same time !!!!


METHOD 1) Peel and chop apples into slices and layer with berries and sugar into shallow oven proof dish, pop in the microwave to cook for 5 minutes , just to start the apples off. 2) Place flour, spice and butter into large bowl and rub into flour as if making pastry, when it looks crumbly add oats and sugar and mix well, 3) Sprinkle crumble topping over fruit, about an inch thick, and sprinkle with a little brown sugar and flaked almonds if you like, 4) Cook in medium hot oven gas 7 or 200o electric for 40 mins until golden brown, serve with custard or vanilla icecream YUMMY!!!


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ESCAPE PLAN (15A) 4.00 6.30 9.00PM

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TURBO 2D (GEN) 1.45 4.00 6.30 8.30PM + SAT & SUN 11.30AM

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THE SMURFS 2 2D (GEN): SAT & SUN @ 11.30AM

Brain Teazer A deaf man noticed a bather taking an early morning dip. Just then he saw the tell-tale dorsal fin of a shark approach. In what way could he communicate with the swimmer.

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Last Weeks Teazer Smart Alec sat in the Biology Class with a smug smile on his face.” What are you looking so pleased about ? “ asked the teacher with a feeling of impending doom. “ I know something that has four legs and two arms” announced Alec proudly. The teacher racked his brains but could think of no creature which fitted this description. What did Alec mean ?

Lorraine Quinn, Royal Carribeen International Head of Sales Ireland with the winners, Betty & Dominc Casy, Carrigaline who won a trip to the Fjords on ‘Independence of The Seas. Sean Healy & Declan O’Connell, M.D. Lee Travel.

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LYNCH URGES B.O.I. TO GO FURTHER ON SPLIT MORTGAGES Labour TD, and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Ciaran Lynch has given a measured welcome to news that Bank of Ireland are lowering their interest rate on split mortgages, but stated he believes the bank needs to go even further so its approach is consistent with other banks. The Cork South-Central TD was responding to confirmation from Bank of Ireland’s CEO, Richie Boucher, that the bank is lowering the interest rate for customers on variable rates who avail of split mortgages.“I would give a measured welcome to this decision by Bank of Ireland to soften its approach to those on split mortgages, specific to those on the variable interest rate. I also note that it is a direct outcome of the bank engaging with the Finance Committee in recent weeks at which this concern was brought to their attention.“However, I don’t think it goes far enough. It continues to be the case that Bank of Ireland is keeping the non-active side of the mortgage ‘live’ by requiring customers to continue paying interest on the warehoused portion of the mortgage. By insisting that distressed customers do this, Bank of Ireland is completely out-of-kilter with other financial institutions like AIB or Permanent TSB who charge no interest. Not only is it leading to inconsistency across the banking system, but it is also resulting in an inconsistent approach to distressed Bank of Ireland customers as it differentiates between those on tracker and those on the variable interest rate. “Whilst we must be thankful that some progress is being made, we need the approach to be more consistent. I would also encourage Bank of Ireland to explore other solutions, such as the concessionary mortgage resolution being offered by Ulster Bank at the moment.“This issue of inconsistency was raised with the Governor of the Central Bank, Patrick Honohan, when he appeared before the Committee last week and I was assured that he intends to look into it as part of a broader auditing exercise into Bank of Ireland. People need to be offered sustainable, long-term solutions that enable them to work their way out of debt and see a light at the end of this tunnel.

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Launching the Athletics Ireland Fit 4 Youth programme in association with Cork Sports Partnership at The Sonia O’Sullivan Athletics Track at UCC were, left to right: Claire Hurley, Sports Development Officer,Cork Sports Partnership; Stephen Cotter, Evan Byrne and Fionn Bracken from Douglas Community School; Olympic silver medalist Sonia O’Sullivan, and Steven Macklin, Development Officer, Athletics Ireland. For further information contact or call 021 4665081. Picture: Tom Doherty Greg Moore, Mount Oval Restaurant, presenting a set of sponsored jerseys to Dara Philpott, President Douglas RFC with Douglas RFC Child Welfare Officer, Grace Gilbert and u-14 players Sean O’Shea and Ben Gilbert. The new Kooga shirts will be worn at Thomond Park at the Heineken Cup match on October 19 when Douglas RFC u-11s play Fethard RFC at half-time. - Photographer Rose Gowan

Cork Women’s F.C. Cork Women’s F.C. will play their first game ever under floodlights in Saint Coleman’s Park as part of the upcoming Cork Rebel Week on Saturday 19th October 2013. Cork Women’s F.C. will face Wexford Youths WFC in Cobh Ramblers home stadium of Saint Coleman’s Park in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League game in association with Cork Rebel Week. The game will kick-off at 7PM, which will be a new time for the Cork club who generally play their home games in the afternoon. Cobh is one of the host towns for Rebel Week, and this game will hopefully give football supporters of all ages in Cobh and the surrounding area a chance to sample the Women’s National League. Board member Pat Healy had this to say “We’re delighted to be involved with Cork Rebel Week – anything that helps promote the strong culture that can be found in Cork is something that Cork Women’s F.C. fully supports. We’re also extremely grateful at being able to use Cobh Ramblers’ home ground for our first game under floodlights. We have an association with Cork City F.C. since the beginning of this season – and it’s great to see how the Cork National League clubs are able to work

together to improve Cork as a community.” The Cork club have recently added some players to their squad with Elaine Walsh, Michelle Brown, Ali Roche and Val Leahy coming on board at the Leesiders, with Lyndsey McKey moving on to rivals Galway WFC. The Leesiders have a tough trip coming up to Dublin this weekend against Shamrock Rovers WFC in Tallaght Stadium this Sunday but are looking in better shape in recent weeks as the season has progressed with more cohesive displays sure to yield more points as the season progresses. Cork will be playing their first home game under floodlights in St Coleman’s Park in Cobh on Saturday the 19th October at 7PM in association with Cork Rebel Week, admission for the game is €5, with individual and family season tickets still available from the club’s website at www.

Frankfield Golf Club

Ryans Super Valu Hamper 1st Zak Nawaz (19) 43pts 2nd Mick Murphy (11) 43pts 3rd Martin O’ Regan (12) 42 pts B.G Paudie Coughlan (7) 34pts 5th Eddie Farrell (20) 42 pts Weekly 23 1st Patsy Harte (12) 30pts 2nd Jimmy Barrett (22) 29pts

3rd Barry Notley (21) 29pts


19/20 Oct Fourball Hamper Frankfield Committee, Frankfield Golf Club, Cork. Tel: 021 4363459 Email: frankfieldgc@gmail. com Web Page: www. frankfieldgolfclubmembers. com FrankfieldGC.

Pfizer Pitch and Putt notes By Brendan Hayes

Saturday the first of the two competitions in aid of Marymount Hospice which was open to all registered players took place in ideal weather conditions in a coarse that was in excellent condition thanks to the work of John Tett, Christie Wade and ground staff. Saturday’s competition was a 4ball V/ Par open draw the oval all winners here were the bold Christie Wade and Richard Jordan results as follows, Overall Christie Wade and Richard Jordan 1st Gross Ray Murphy and Noel O Donovan 2nd Nett J Crowley and Dave Ahern 2nd Gr Mick Coakley and Roy Browne 3rd Nett Mark O Riordan and D Cochran the hole in one went to Noel O Donovan

1st Nett Ger O Sullivan 1st Gross Dave Ahern 2nd Nett Mark O Riordan 2nd Gross Syd Venner 3rd Nett Billy Venner 3rd Gross Richard Jordan 4th Nett Mark Jordan 4th Gross Richard O Flaherty Juvenile winner was Ruauri Mehigan Presentations were made in clubhouse after Sunday’s game the main presentation was by chairman Mick Coakley to Jimmy Cullinane(alias the leak) of monies raised over the weekend this amounted to 600Euro Jimmy gladly excepted a cheque on behalf of Martmount Hospice he thanked Pfizer for hosting the competition John Tett Christie Wade for the work done on the coarse and all the competitors who took part or contributed on some way he also thanked Gary McCarthy trophies for his sponsorship. Usual turkey game Saturday, Sunday club strokeplay competition begins at 9,30am.

This Week at Curraheen Park 17th October-19th October This week’s racing kicks off on Thursday night 17th October with The Cork GOBA Thursday Night Special with €320 for the winner. We also have the first rounds of the Newcestown GAA A3 Stake with the winner receiving €700 on the night of the final.

Sunday Morning was singles results as follows:



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