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ESB Networks warns against using electricity poles as election poster sites. The recent high winds played havoc with election posters, with many taking flight on major roads causing near misses for many motorists but apparently this isn’t the only danger concerning election posters. ESB Networks is warning against the placing of election posters on electricity poles/structures during the current election campaign. Any unauthorised contact or near contact with the electricity networks can result in serious injury or even death. Anyone attempting to place a poster on an electricity pole/structure is at risk of contact with live electricity which can be fatal. Similar risks apply when posters are being removed. ESB Networks has previously experienced incidents where election posters have caught fire following contact with the electricity network resulting in loss of  supply to customers and damaged infrastructure. Gary Moore – Rock & Blues Icon Gary Moore sadly passed away last weekend having spent almost all of his life in the music business. We have a tribute to Gary in our entertainment section this week and those of us who appreciated his talent and music, recognise the loss of this icon of Irish rock and blues. I met Gary while I worked at Abbey Road Studios in the early 90s and he he was one of the few stars to show up in Cork for the funeral of Rory Gallagher. I can’t help but think that Parisienne Walkways is being

• Pictured at the launch of Care Ring, a new initiative at St Columbas Hall Douglas to keep in touch with the elderly of the community were Michael McGrath TD who launched the service with Jim O’Connell Douglas Credit Union, Phil Goodman Douglas Young at Heart Group who instigated the new service, Greta Crowley HSE, Ryan Howard SECAD and Tony Davis Crime Prevention Officer. Pic:George Thompson

• Author and artist Marie Louise Fitzgerald with kids from local schools at the relaunch of her award winning childrens book ‘You, Me and the Big Blue Sea in conjunction with Douglas Village Shopping Centre at Douglas Library last week. Pic:George Thompson

played once again by Gary and Philo in another place! Cardiac Risk in the Young ‘CRY’ Out for Mini Marathon Runners Native Cork woman and RTE sports presenter Jacqui Hurley has launched a national appeal from CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) to encourage women around the country to ‘Run for CRY’ in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on the June Bank Holiday. The charity hopes to attract up to 1,200 women of all ages to run with the aim of raising €250,000 to support the charity’s ongoing work. Registration for the Flora Mini Marathon opens on Wednesday, 2nd March. All participants must enter on the official entry form. Those who have entered and would like to run for CRY can call Lucia on 01-4525482 or email <> to receive their sponsorship pack. Slán George Thompson - Editor • The guitars lay silent! Gary Moore’s guitars set up usually seen on stage during a cincert, no longer to be played by the guitar wizard who passed away last weekend while on holiday in Spain. The Douglas Post Magazine | Unit 14 | Morris House | Douglas West | Cork | Ireland Tel: 021 4369000 | Fax: 021 4369148 | Email: | The publishers have made every effort to ensure all information is correct at time of print, however no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. The views expressed in the articles herein are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher of The Douglas Post Magazine. The Douglas Post is published weekly by Douglas Post Ltd.

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Family Ties Just call me William. By William (The cocker spaniel) With the help of his owner Bernice Glavin Born in the country William the black cocker spaniel was adopted by a city human mother who couldn’t stay still for long and had him constantly on the move. He explored and sniffed through wonderful doggie adventures as his owner secretly dreamed of becoming a rock star before 60! He graduated from eating sponges and chewing library books to making friends with both the lawnmower and the mouse in the garden shed. His helpful advice on dogfights, chewing, and doggy tails is not only valuable information but educational as well. He dreamt of roller skates and wished he could fly. There was the confusing day when the clocks were going back and he waited all day to see where they were going. There was the terrible event of a bowl of pot pourri mistaken for dog food. Excitement came with the arrival of a new human cousin and sadness arrived with the last day of the year. Thunder and lightening and trips to the grooming parlour caused near heart attacks. He even had a birthday party! Helped by his human mother and fuelled by his imagination William kept his diary for a full year to record his dreams and share his fantasy world with everybody around him. It is a diary interlaced with colourful insights into canine behaviour and interaction between dogs and humans. Dogs are deep thinkers as William shows. He hopes you will enjoy his story. (Bernice Glavin is a nurse in the Mercy University Hospital, and has recently published her second book, “Just call me William”. This book is an account of a year in my dog William’s life kept in diary format, including some fantastic pictures and it is told by William. (With Bernice’s help obviously) William kept his diary for a year to record his dreams and share his fantasy world with everybody around him. It is a book for dog lovers and people of all ages. All proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Men’s Health Unit and Intensive Care Units in the Mercy University Hospital. Her first book “The Journey” has raised 35 thousand euro for Cork Cancer Research Centre to date. The book is on sale at various locations throughout Cork, including Douglas books, Porters Wilton, Barry Collins Supervalu Carrigaline, Maxi Zoo Douglas and Liam Oliver Plunkett DouglasPostAd:Layout 1 Russell’s 18/08/2009 12:00 Street Page to 1 mention a few)

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• Pictured at the Cork Flower Club’s annual dinner were Paggy Cashman, Barbara Bryan, Kathleen Cronin, Anna Coakley, Maura French, Joan Bogue, Carmel Brennan, Matilda O’Flynn, Halen Mullaney, Flo Nagle and Shelagh O’Callaghan.

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Grants for Marketing Programme Cork City Enterprise Board is running a “Cost Effective Marketing Business Programme”. It is a full day workshop on Wednesday 23rd March, followed by a one to one session for each participant two weeks later. Cllr Kieran McCarthy, through his ward funds, is offering to fund five places on this programme for interested persons with a business up and running and provided for, in general, for those living in the south east ward of Cork City. The programme is designed for anyone who wishes to harness more marketing tools in order to keep their business alive or to push their business forward. During the programme participants will: (1) identify their target customers, differentiate their offering from the competition and determine the most appropriate marketing technique to reach these target customers; (2) build a tool kit of effective marketing tools to use in their own business and (3) work on a sales and marketing plan for their business for the next 12-24 months. Areas covered include consumer and market research, how to reach your customers and grow sales, branding, cost-effective marketing techniques such as web, e-marketing, social networking, exhibitions, sponsorship of events, endorsements, PR and targeted advertising. For further information about Cllr McCarthy’s offer, please contact Kieran at 0876553389 or email (first come, first serve). Further details of this course and others are online at www.



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Ear disease or Otitis Externa means inflammation of the outer part of the ear passage (also known as the external ear canal). It is a very common condition and particularly so in dogs. However it is a complex disease which is often due to a number of triggers. Unfortunately our pets can’t tell us when they have a problem, so it is the responsibility of all of us, the owners, to recognise signs of ill health. Ear disease can manifest itself in many ways: Excessive scratching and pawing of the ear and head Rubbing the head on the floor or sofa Unpleasant odour Sensitivity to the touch – may cry out when ear touched Shaking of the head or tilting head to one side Black or yellow discharge in the ear Accumulation of dark brown wax Redness or swelling of the ear flap Changes in behaviour such as lethargy, depression or irritability Loss of hearing or balance and disorientation Bleeding from the ear If you notice any of these signs then you should contact the practice to make an appointment with one of the vets. It is very important that a vet examines inside your pet’s ears to check the canal thoroughly. Putting drops into the ears without them having been checked by a vet can cause further complications if for example the ear drum has ruptured or there is a foreign body present.

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How is Ear Disease Treated? Ear disease is treated in a number of ways – dependant on the underlying cause and how long-standing it is. Your vet will recommend an appropriate regime that will best suit your pet. This may include an ear cleaner as well as a topical medication to use at home. Recurrent and neglected cases may require surgery to help manage the problems so it is always wide to attend to ear problems as soon as they are noted. A really important aspect of maintaining healthy ears is keeping your pet’s ears clean. Animals that are prone to ear disease can really benefit from regular cleaning of their ears. This does not need to be performed any more frequently than every 48 hours. Your vet can advise you of the correct regime for your pet.

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• Michael Kilmartin, General Manager of Barrys, Barry Collins, Zita Buckley, Friends of Marymount, Peter Collins, Proprietor and Niamh Horgan, Event Organiser in Barrys, Douglas presenting a cheque for €3’800. to the Marymount Hospice - Coffee morning organised by Niamh Horgan in aid of Marymount Hospice hosted by Barrys Of Douglas “- for further information contact Michael Kilmartin at Pic Darragh Kane

Love is in the Air in the Maryborugh…… Join us for The Maryborough Valentine’s Ball Saturday 12th February 2011. Enjoy a Prosecco Reception to Start, Followed by a 6 Course Gala Meal, With a Half a Bottle of Wine per personAnd dance the night away till the early hours All for €49.00 per person Special Reduced Package Rate including all of the above with Over Night Stay and Breakfast €99.00 per person Sharing To Book Contact: Elaine Donnelly – 021 4918310 edonnelly@ Sinead O’Sullivan 021 4918309 Parents Information Forum Rochestown Park Hotel - Every Monday night 8.15pm Parents discuss strategies that have worked for them when dealing with learning difficulties, dyspraxia etc.  Pooling resources and sharing local knowledge. "As parents we have the power to inform ourselves, help ourselves and strengthen ourselves collectively.  We can save each other a lot of time, money and energy." Douglas GAA Club “You’re only a stranger once” Thurs Bar - Texas Hold 'em poker Fri - Bar – Live Music Sat . - Hall - Dancing Matches ‘Live’ on Big Screens

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and Social Club Live music every Saturday Night. Matches live on big 8 foot screen. For booking functions contact Eoin 087 2866254 Farmers Cross Ladies Club – Flower Display Meet 2nd Thursday of every month at Frankfield House. New members welcome Maryborough House Hotel Zings Dinner promotion February: Dinner Menu @ €39 per person to include ½ Bottle House Wine on Friday & Saturday nights (not valid Valentines weekend). Douglas Community School Indoor Bowls Club Monday and Thursday nights 8.P.M – 10 P.M. New members welcome! Call to the Hall or phone Mona 021 4293561 for details Care-Ring Douglas Care-Ring is a friendly social phone to older people within the community, 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 in winter. The service was initiated BY Phil Goodman of the Young at Heart Group and supported by the HSE and SECAD. For more information contact Phil on 087 298 7161

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Poetry Corner with Ronnie McGinn

All poets are at times taken up, directly or indirectly, with being different from the rest of society, and are generally preoccupied with this problem. A poet is, almost by definition, an individualist; he / she stands for the private, as distinct from the public values, and for the protection of private sensibility against the influence of the mass. This is not because he / she despises the mass; on the contrary, he/she tries to see the mass as individuals like him or her self, equally able to cultivate their separateness and view the world from different directions at the same time. This week’s poem from Gerard Coughlan of Douglas in County Cork illustrates the point. Morning-coffee in Douglas I could be in the tea-room Of the Albert and Victoria museum: Same patient queues, _ Clatter of delph and cutlery, Discreet enquiries about scones Or Carrot cake. Elderly couples on display Comfortable in silence Or easy interludes of conversation; Content to sit and observe, Comment or criticize .... With only the surround-mirrors Registering their agedness And private,


Postponed terrors. Gerard Coughlan Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ / Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas or you can email it direct to ronniemcginn@ If possible keep your poem to 20 lines. You may choose any subject you like, in any form you like as long as it’s original. We look forward to hearing from you. RonnieMcGinn

Writers Group Meetings Bishopstown Writers – Bishopstown Library Thursday 10th February at 6.15 pm Douglas Writers Group, - Friday the 11th February John O’Sullivan, Boardroom at 5.30 pm Douglas Junior Writers Group - Douglas Library Thursday 17th February at 5.30.PM Ballinlough Writers - John O’Sullivan (Douglas) Fri 18th February at 5.30 PM Ó Bhéal – Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Last Week’s Teazer When the police arrived a man was lying under the car dead. Investigation revealed that although he was not the car’s owner he was the last person to drive it. The car had last been driven that morning but the man’s time of death was established at about 3PM. The car’s owner was discovered in France. Eventually the police and the coroner were satisfied that no crime had been committed.

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Last Week’s Answer The dead man was a mechanic. He had been servicing the car while the owner went on holiday. While he was working on the car the jack gave way and the car fell on him.

This Week’s Teazer. Andy’s Aunt had lived all her life in Los Angeles having moved there when she married an American. She had lost touch with Andy’s mother, her sister, for over 25 years. Then she suddenly wrote to say she was coming back for a holiday. Andy’s Mother gave him the flight number and asked him to pick his aunt up from Cork Airport. “ But how will I recognise her, I’ve never seen a photograph!” he objected. “And she’s never seen a photograph of you”, added his mother cheerfully, “But don’t worry, you won’t miss her.” And she didn’t, but how?

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PASSAGE WEST LIBRARY Opening hours- Tues, Thurs, Fri 2pm to 6pm Saturday 10.30am to 1pm a photocopier is now available for public use in the library during opening hours The knitting and craft group meet every thursday from 2.30 onwards all welcome Why not join? Adults - 2.50 children - 50c"   Passage West AFC Players Injury Fund Draw We ask the people of Passage West and the surrounding Areas, Players from all sports past and present to support a worthy Cause. Over the course of last season and the start of the current season Passage AFC has been hit with numerous horrific injuries. We are running a fundraiser to Marisa Fragolini School of Dance

alleviate some of the financial burden occurred. Passage West AFC Players Injury Fund Draw: First Prize 10 Corporate Box Tickets in the AVIVA Stadium for Ireland V. Macadonia on Sat. 26th March. Plus 6 other prizes of 2 Corporate Box Tickets. Please help this good cause by purchasing a ticket from any club member or alternatively by contacting James McCarthy on 0872710942 also all clubs in the greater cork area have been issued with tickets to distribute. Tickets cost 5 Euro each of 50 Euro for a book of 12. Draw takes place We look forward to your support. Out and About

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I am the bearer of good news. The political parties have once again agreed to a ban on posters in Passage during the coming election and I should hope so to. What a relief. I don’t see that it makes any significant contribution to the democratic process to have the whole town turned into a sort of rogues gallery of political wanabees. When I worked for the Co. Council one of my jobs was to remove notices fixed to street furniture and even then I could see no reason why political posters should be an exemption. They are only suspended litter. Every Saturday, at 10 in the morning, a group of locals meet up to clean up around the town. The thing is that due to the cut backs, we are pretty much thrown back on our own resources when

it comes to keeping the town even halfway tidy. If you want to help out join the others on Saturdays even for a short while, ‘cause every little helps. The meeting point is the old water tower opposite the Tavern. Which brings me to another matter. In a recession, small towns suffer the most. If we want to keep our town and the facilities it has, we are going to have to support them. By this I mean we must use local shops and services. We have an excellent super market, a butcher, a vegetable shop, a physiotherapist, three hairdressers, a cafe and a chemist plus the usual take aways and, of course, our pubs. All the fabric of a small local community. For them to be able to keep going so that we can enjoy these facilities locally, they,re going to need us using them. So think local. On a personal note. Every once in a while, I have to attend clinic at the Mercy Hospital. Nothing serious, you understand. Just running repairs. Now I hear all sorts of horror stories about hospitals and I just don’t recognise the Mercy in any of them. I go there on a regular basis and I find a clean, well run hospital staffed by efficient, caring people where I am treated empathetically. Hospitals are always a bit stressful but there I am put at my ease. Now, I don’t know how often they are properly and publicly thanked, so I’m going to do just that here and now. Thankyou to everyone . I hope you get to see this.

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Lá ‘le Valentín amach anseo! An bhfuil grá san aeir agus Lá Fhéile Valentín ag teacht chugainn an tseachtain seo chugainn? Nuair a bhí mé ar scoil (fadó, fadó) is cuimhin liom an caint is comhrá agus na fiosrúcháin i dtaobh líon na gcárta valentine a fuaireas nó a sheoil mé amach. I ndáiríre, is beag cárta valentine a fuair mé, agus b’amhlaidh do mo chairde ar scoil. Ba mhinic dúinn bréaga beaga bána a insint ar an ábhair mar ní raibh fonn orainn a admháil nach raibh gean againn ar chailín ar bith! Ba mar an gcéanna dúinn maidir leis an scéal faoi líon a gcártaí a fuaireamar ó na cailíní – ‘sea, nach raibh againn mar chairde! Níorbh gnáth dúinn bualadh amach le cailíní ag an am.

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Bhíodh níos mó spéise againn sa pheil Gaelach nó sa sacair Shasanach ná sna cailíní – go dtí an cúigiú is an séú bhliain, ach go háirithe. Gan amhras, sna bliana úd fadó thuas ní raibh idir fón so-ghluaiste nó fón póca ann nó againn. Ní raibh an ríomh-poist nó ríomhaire ann, ach an oiread! Bhraitheamar uile ar an gnáth sheirbhís litreach sa chóras poist, an P agus T a bhí ann ag an am – agus ba mhinic dúinn fanacht ag feitheamh le foighne sa halla sa bhaile ar an bpost féachaint ar aimsíoamar cárta valentine, agus dá mba rud é go bhfuair ba mhinic dúinn an carta nó an litir a cheilt ó gach duine. Ag an am dá bhfaigheadh deartháir, deirfiúr nó duine de na tuismitheoirí amach go raibh ‘cailín’ agat mar chara, ní mhairfeadh tú mórán fada gan cur suas le magadh ó gach duine daoibh. B’ shin mar a bhíodh nuair a bhíos óg. Is cuimhin liom an bliain go raibh cailín mar chara dílis ag duine de mo dheartháir agus go bhfuair sé cárta valentine. Ní fheadar an uaithi siúd don carta, mar is nós inniu é díreach mar ba nós ag an am é freisin, nach sínfí aon chárta valentine. Ionsaí béil den scoth mar mhagadh a fuair an deartháir, agus dhiúltaigh sé glan go raibh cailín ar bith aige, dílis nó a mhalairt! Ach déanann daoine neart rudaí rómánsaigh tráth Lá ‘Fhéile Valentín – agus arís admhaím go rinne mé féin neart iarracht chun a bheith rómánsach nó aislingeach agus bean an tí ar intinn agam. Cur i gcás, ba i mí Feabhra ar shiúlóid timpeall ar chnoc Bhinn Éadair i dtuaisceart chuan Átha Cliath a chuir mé an ceist mór uirthi. Agus ansin toisc nach raibh spás sa tséipéil áitiúil aici i gCorcaigh ar Lá ‘Fhéile Valentín phósamar cúpla lá ina dhiaidh sin, agus bhí an ócáid

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beag agús aislingeach dúinn agus dár gcairde. Is fiú cárta Valentín a sheoladh don cara dílis agus do dhílseacht nó do ghrá a léiriú go breá soiléir – fiú más magadh ó chairde nó baill eile do chlann atá i ndán duit! Tá neart rudaí diúltach ag tarlú mórthimpeall an domhain agus tá fáilte riamh roimh deá-scéal nó ceiliúradh – agus ní h-aon eisceacht é Lá ‘le Valentín. Ceiliúr go breá an fhéile agus bain taitneamh as.

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin Our Lady of Lourdes Church Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Triduum  9th, 10th & 11th February Mass each evening at 7.30p.m. Rosary each evening at 7.15p.m. The Novena will be conducted by Fr. Kieran Twomey There will be no 7.30a.m. Mass on each morning during the Triduum. Do this in Memory of Me Mass For First Holy Communion Children and their parents  will be next Sunday 13th February at 10.30a.m. Ballinlough Over 60's  Heat  

Date:Wednesday 16th February Time: 8.00pm.  Venue: Ballinlough Community Centre Entrance: €5.00 For the competition to be a success we need contestants! Persuade your friends, family, or sign yourself up!! Contact  Laura MCGonigle  on 086-0829371 or Mary Cremin on 087-6748215 for more details. A great night of fun & entertainment is assured. Ballinlough I.C.A. There will be no meeting on Wednesday 16th February this month due to the 'Over 60's Heat. Ladies Retirement Club Monday's  at 2.30pm. New members welcome

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Fairness in relation to Minimum Wage Speaking following the cutting of the minimum wage Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer said the issue of the cut in minimum wage must be reversed. “The lowest paid people in society are facing severe hardship because of the €1 cut in the hourly rate of the minimum wage, and the imposition of an unfair Universal Social Charge. We must protect the vulnerable members of society.” “I have been talking to businesses in Cork City and they advise me that their business is not struggling because of the national minimum wage, but because consumer confidence is low and people are not spending. In addition to this credit for small businesses is being frozen by the banks, issues around employers PRSI – which Fine Gael have made proposals about, and VAT on labour intenstive activities. None of the above issues facing our small businesses is that of the minimum wage. Why then was it cut? “How can the Government expect someone to live on low incomes? This Government has consistently told us they are acting in the national interest, how is it the national interest to cut cut cut? Before the budget the Taoiseach’s own salary was 13 times that of a person on the minimum wage, it is now 14 times the amount. “Fine Gael’s policy of reducing PRSI acts as a similar yet fairer initiative to reduce the cost of doing business. This Government, by cutting the minimum wage, has done nothing more than de-incentivise people from working. It will now be more amenable to go on social welfare then to get a minimum wage job, jobs which are often some of the toughest jobs with the longest hours. “This Government and those in FF new or old are in a bubble, they have lost sight of what it is like to struggle to make ends meet, what it is like to not be able to put dinner on the table”

Ballinlough Writers Group The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 18th

February at 5.30 pm. The Ballinlough Writers Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

• Carmel Lonergan Events Manager Cork International Airport Hotel presenting the Hall of Fame Award to Pat Morley at the Annual South Side Sports Awards sponsored by the Cork International Airport Hotel and Gerald McCarthy (McCarthy Awards and Gifts). Also included is Aaron Mansworth Manager, Eoin Weldon Sports Journalist and Gerald McCarthy. Photo Billy macGill

Ballyphehane Community Notice Board Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane Friday 11th February at 11.00a.m. Cúpla Focal Group meeting. All welcome. CHRIST KING GIRLS IN LEGO ROBOT COMPETITION Six Christ King 2nd year students are entered in the 2011 Lego Robot Building Competition which takes place in the Maryborough House Hotel on 17th February during Engineers week. The aim of this competition is to find and encourage talented students who could progress to Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses at third level and continue to become innovators of the future. The girls, Mia Dovel, Aisling Cotter, Maggie Bogucka, Jenny Owens,

Thea Long and Joanna Barrett are working hard on designing and programming their robot since the beginning of the year. The students have been assigned a mentor from UCC to guide them with their development. Their teacher, Ms Quilter, is very excited about the competition. “They are working hard and meeting weekly for an hour to program the robot and the colour and touch sensor so that the robot can complete the task.” Each year, the competition has a theme to highlight the many ways in which engineering and technology is embedded in our lives today. This year, the theme is Robotics in Space and the students are challenged to build and program space robots using a kit supplied the Cork Electronic Industry Association. The competition is undertaken in conjunction with CIT, UCC and Tyndall National Institute.

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Afternoon Tea Dance Afternoon Tea Dance in the Marian Hall Ballinhassig is on SUN FEB 13TH. Music by :- Lee Sound Time :- 3.00  to  5.30 Admission :- 10 Euro Teas Served FREE RAFFLE More Men at class in Carrigaline Ceili and set dancing is proving to very popular in Carrigaline GAA every Thursday night from 9-11pm. More men are coming along every week to join in the ceol & craic of set dancing. A different dance is taught for the first hour each week, Fionan Cogan TMRC, is the dance tutor and makes it easy for people to walk through each part before doing it to music. One of the dancers commented, "we can pick it up very easy with Fionan, and he'll go back over it if we make a few mistakes." After a short tea break, the dancers then go back over set dances that were taught previously. One of the new men said, "The night is very social, I can dance with different partner for every dance." You don't have to be Michael Flatley or have your own dance partner to come along and enjoy yourself. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or OVER 60S TALENT & SOCIAL NIGHT  This Friday night, 11th February, at 8.00pm, The Over 60s Talent and Social night takes place in the GAA Pavilion in Carrigaline. This heat of the talent competition will be open to all over 60s in the greater Carrigaline area; there is still time to enter. A dance and tea sandwiches and cakes will follow. All welcome. For information contact Barry Cogan 087 813 7990. EARLY CÉILÍ MÓR A gentle reminder that the monthly “Céilí Mór” in Carrigaline was on last Saturday night (normally the 14 - Thur 10 Feb '11

second Saturday night) to free up St. Valentines weekend. Next up is “March Madness” with three Céilís and four workshops all in the one venue, the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion, over one weekend. It all kicks off, pardon the pun, on Friday night with the Sean Nós dancing workshop with the famous Suzanne Leahy. The Fáilte Céilí Mór follows at 10p.m. music by “Neily O’Connor” and his dynamic band. Saturday, Padraig and Róisín McEneany will give Set Dance workshops all day beginning at 10.30 in the morning. Saturday night “The Glenside Céilí Band” take the crowd by storm with their exciting brand of tunes. The weekend continues with “Aifreann Gaelach” at 10 a.m. in Our Lady and St. John’s Church. Back to GAA for another workshop at 11a.m followed by the Sunday afternoon “Closing Céilí” with the wonderful “Jerry McCarthy Ceili Band” from 2.30 pm until 5.30pm. If you ever thought about learning to Set Dance, now is your chance. Info 087 813 7990 SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ Children from National Schools in the Carrigdhoun GAA division will compete in the South East semi fiinals of Scór na bPáistí in Ballinhassig and Ballinspittle on the 12th and 13th February. The Marian Hall, Ballinhassig is the venue on Saturday 12th at 2.00pm and on the Sunday 13th in Ballinspittle at 2.30pm. The qualifiers will compete in the final which will take place in Riverstick on Sunday 27th at 2.00pm. Enquiries contact Sheila Murphy or Barry Cogan 087 813 7990. ACTIVE RETIRED AGM Over 50 members attended the annual general meeting of the Carrigaline Active Retirement Association at the Parish Centre on Thursday. Cathaoirleach Pat Sheridan welcomed everybody to the gathering.  Honorary Secretary

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Rose Hogan gave the Secretary’s report which detailed the many and varied events of the past year. Noreen Lawlor, Hon Treasurer in her report showed that CARA are in a healthy financial state.  They also helped to raise funds to aid a number of charities.  The election of officers resulted in the re election of Chathaoirleach Pat Sheridan, Vice Chair Olive Deane, Hon Sec., Rose Hogan, Hon Treasurer Noreen Lawlor, Assistant Treasurer Teresa Leahy, PRO Barry Cogan.  Committee members elected are Ann O Brien, Biddy Geaney, Marian Lynch, Ann Moxeley, Kay Jeffords, Edna Sullivan and Patsy Campbell.  Thursday 10th February after ‘Go for Life’ exercises the cheque of €1,500 will be presented to Childline. WALKING GROUP The Carrigaline Active Retired Association has extended their weekly activities to include a walking group. The members interested in taking part are

welcome to join the group in the church car park any Monday morning at 10.30 am or on Monday afternoon at 2.30pm. The walkers have a wide variety of easy routes to travel in and around the town. The CARA knitting club continues to meet and flourish every Tuesday in the Library and is very appreciative of the number of people who presented them with generous supplies of wool. MindFreedom Ireland MindFreedom Ireland campaigns for human rights in the area of mental health, specifically in relation to the over-prescription of drugs, forced injections, involuntary detention and the use of electro-convulsive 'therapy'. It is hosting a public event in the Carrigaline Court Hotel at 7.30pm on February 28th when the speakers will include Kathy Sinnott, Dr. Terry Lynch and American medical journalist Robert Whitaker.  Admission is free with donations at the door.


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Motor Industry’s outlook for 2011 positive as January car sales rise by 29% • 21,078 new cars bought in January • 29% increase on last year • Represents €30 million increase in Revenue • C0₂ emissions fall again – 6% reduction on last year • Outlook for 2011 – a continuation of the progress toward recovery Full statistics at The SIMI today released new car sales for January, which at 21,078 are 29% up on last year. Speaking at their January press briefing at the Merrion Hotel this morning, SIMI’s Director General, Alan Nolan says that the increase in January car sales is a strong indication that the Government Scrappage Scheme is incentivising people to buy new cars. “January is the busiest month for car sales and sets a precedent for the rest of the year. At 29% up, the performance in January was even better than anticipated, driven by Scrappage, strong offers from all Brands and the availability of finance in the dealerships. Although we don’t yet have official figures feedback from members confirms that interest in Scrappage has been very strong so far this year and we expect that demand will continue to be high until the end of June when the scheme ends. It really is a great time for consumers to take advantage of these incredible offers while they last.” Commenting on the outlook for the year Ala Nolan said “This is a great start but It is very early days to draw any firm conclusions, we have to remember that January last year was impacted by snow and Scrappage continued right to year end of 2010. That said there is great confidence in the sector and levels are likely to be similar to last year. We will have a clearer picture at the end of Q1.”

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Mahon Retired Senior Citizen's Mahon Retired Senior Citizen's are very pleased to Announce that Our Venue And Time for Our Heat of the Over 60s Competition for 2011 will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of March, starting at HYPERLINK "" \o "blocked::" 8pm. in Mahon Community Centre, Which is on Ave-De-Rennes, this is a History Making Occasion, as this will be the First Time Our Heat will be Held in The Centre. If You are Over 60,and can Sing, Dance, Play an Instrument, Or Tell a Few Funny Stories, then please come along and Participate. For More Information ContactAnn Dixon-021-4350011,or Breda Jordan-021 4357171. Tea, Cakes And Sandwiches. (free) Admission is 5 Euro, Music on the Night By--Con Twomey, Great Night Assured, All are Welcome. On Behalf Of Mahon Retired Senior Citizen's, May i Extend An Invitation to You All To Join Us On Our Special Night. Blackrock Community

Centre Dancing Classes Dancing for fun Monday 10am12 noon Set Dancing Monday 8 30pm10pm Art classes Tuesday 1 45pm-3 45pm Irish Dancing for Children 4 00pm-5 00pm Tai chi 7 30pm-8 30pm Dancing for fun Wednesday 10 am- 12 noon Crochet Wednesday 2 30pm- 4 30pm Drama Classes 7 00pm-8 30pm. if you have any queries about classes telephone  Irene 0876122007 Blackrock Community Centre is situated at Convent Road Blackrock and all are welcome to come and join us at any Class. The Cork Geological association The Cork Geological Association will host a lecture to be presented by Prof. Mike Benton, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011. The title of the lecture will be ‘The Colours of Fossil Birds and Dinosaurs’. Information on other lectures can be found on www.

corkgeologicalassociation@ All lectures are held in the Ted Neville Geology Laboratory, Cork Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork. Lectures commence at 8pm. New members welcome. Search for Dust Busker’s " Dust Buskers " are in search of some able bodied  musicians of a vintage age who would like • Dennis Coffey of Celtic Historical Photography places a wreath on the to come on board. We practice grave of Michael Collins on Mon nights from 7-9 at the Resource Centre in Mahon. Do think about it. We would love to Support Group for Parents see you there. Only stipulation and Carers Has your child been diagnosed you must be able to read music. For more information contact with a learning difficulty or long Bernadette Moynihan on term illness? Mahon Family Resource Centre 0868128230 is setting up a Support Group for Parents and Carers. Mahon Community Centre Parent Walking Group every Grandparents and Foster Parents Monday morning. Group leaves are also very welcome the Mahon Family Resource If you are interested in joining the Centre at 10.30am and walks Group or need more information. are usually around the marina with a coffee stop along the way. ROCKIES NIGHT AT THE This is a great way to meet other DOGS parents and get in some exercise Fri. 25th Feb. AT CORK TRACK so grab the buggie and join us! All GREYHOUND ADMISSION €10.00 welcome RESTAURANT (including admission) €40.00 Tickets available Blackrock National Hurling at Club Bar and Club Members of hurling committee Music in The Bar Starring. Ray Barron, Hank Wedell & Marian ENQUIRIES: Colm Daly Tel. 087 7756294 Bradfield on Sunday Feb. 20th. 9.00 pm to 11.00 pm. Adm. Free. Web: info@blackrockhurlingclub. Come along and enjoy the Craic com & Ceoil

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Sirius Arts Centre presents Open House 4 - 2011 10th March – 3rd April 2011 A unique group exhibition of Cork artists. Opening Thursday 10th March at 7pm To celebrate the creative energy of artists living and working in the Cork area Sirius Arts Centre is once again inviting artists to exhibit in a unique group exhibition. Admission is open to artists over the age of 18, working in a variety of materials, there is a submission charge of €10 per artist. All work must be wall based for this exhibition. There is no theme to this exhibition, but there are restrictions regarding work submitted as follows: Art works will be accepted on a first come, first served basis (spase is limited). Artists must contact Sirius (021 481 3790) from Monday the 7th February to book their place in the exhibition. Drop-off of the works will be on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of March between 11am – 4.30pm (only for artists who have booked their place in the exhibition) a €10 fee must be paid at time of delivery. Artists must be living & working in the Cork area and 18 years of age or over. Due to space limitations artwork can be no bigger than 80cm/32” inches in either direction and be ready for hanging.


Volunteers Wanted for……. Big Brother Big Sister Cork Big Brother Big Sister Cork is a Mentoring Programme and we are looking for Volunteers to sign up to mentor young people aged 10 – 18years. Some ‘Little Brothers’ have been waiting for over a year for a mentor, so male Volunteers very welcome. We also have ‘Little Sisters’ waiting to be matched and are looking for women to Volunteer as Big Sisters. Volunteers are matched to young people based on common interests and hobbies. What is expected of volunteers? Volunteers are asked to spend 1-2 hours a week with their Little Brother/Sister. The initial commitment is for one year. What support will I get as a Volunteer? DOWN SYNDROME You will be assigned a staff IRELAND CORK BRANCH member who will support and  CHARITY FASHION SHOW   On 8th April at 8.00pm at the maintain regular contact with you throughout the life of your Silversprings Moran Hotel. friendship. Volunteer training will Tickets: 15.00 Euro   For further details Contact Avril at 085-2419405    Commemorations The annual Titanic Commemoration, organised by Cobh Tourism will take place on Sunday 10th April 2011 at 3 pm. The Lusitania Commemoration organised by Cobh Tourism will take place on Sunday 8th May 2011 at 2.30 pm in the Old Church Cemetery and at 3.15 pm at the Lusitania Peace Memorial. Guided Tours of the Old Church Cemetery with Jack Gilmartin will take place on the first Sunday of every month from April to September, commencing on 3rd April at 2.30 pm. Each artist may submit no more than 2 pieces of artwork and works must not have been shown at the Sirius in the past. Hanging will be done at the discretion of Sirius Arts Centre. As many works as possible will be hung though this will be dependant on the quality and the amount of work submitted as space is limited in the Sirius Galleries. Exhibition opening reception will take place on Thursday 10th March at 7pm Exhibition runs until Sunday 3rd April. For further information contact: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork – Tel. 021/4813790 email

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of balance, making it difficult to walk with a normal gait. These suggestions may help:Try not to move too quickly, Aim for your heel to strike the floor first when you're walking, If you notice yourself shuffling, stop and check your posture. It's best to stand up straight with your head over your hips and your feet eight to 10 inches apart. Avoiding falls In the later stages of the disease, you may fall more easily. That's because Parkinson's disease affects the balance and coordination centers in the brain. In fact, you may be thrown off balance by just a small push or bump. The following suggestions may help: Don't pivot your body over your feet while turning. Instead, make a U-turn, Don't lean or reach. Keep your center of gravity over your feet, Don't carry things while walking, Avoid walking backward. Dressing Dressing can be the most frustrating of all activities for someone with Parkinson's disease. The loss of fine-motor control makes it hard to button and zip clothes, and even to step into a pair of pants. An occupational therapist can point out techniques that make daily activities easier. These suggestions also may help: Allow plenty of time so that you don't feel rushed, Lay clothes nearby, Choose clothes that you can slip on easily, such as sweat pants, simple dresses or pants with elastic waistbands,Use fabric fasteners, such as Velcro, instead of buttons. Alternative medicine Coenzyme Q10: People with Parkinson's disease tend to have low levels of coenzyme Q10, and some research has suggested it may be beneficial. Massage: Massage therapy can reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation, which can be especially helpful to people experiencing s o

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Gurranabraher/ Churchfield Drugs Outreach Project A report published by Youth Work Ireland Cork strongly supports the use of harm reduction approaches in addressing drugs issues. The report on the impact that youthwork projects can have on drug issues in the community, entitled: “Youthwork as a Response to Drugs Issues in the Community” was launched in University College Cork by Mr Brian Crowley, MEP. The research was commissioned by Youth Work Ireland Cork and undertaken by Mr Pat Leahy, School of Applied Social Studies, U.C.C. along with two mature students, Ms Emma Bennet and Ms Aoife Farrell, both of whom are in third year of Bachelor of Social Work undergraduate degree course. Mr Leahy said that the research into the work of Youth Work Ireland Cork (the organisation that operates the drugs task force project in Gurranabraher) shows the effectiveness of small, locally based harm reduction projects that feature dedicated and skilled

Pressure builds to re-open Mallow sugar factory EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos is to meet with Irish MEPs and sugar producers to discuss the possible re-opening of the sugar beet factory in Mallow, County Cork. Munster MEP Sean Kelly has organised the meeting to ask for the Commissioner’s help with initiatives to encourage investment in the plant and revive what he says could be a profitable industry in the south. The Fine Gael MEP says the decision to close the Mallow sugar factory in 2006 was based on out-ofdate statistics from 2001, and did not take into account the intensive rationalisation which had succeeded in creating a viable sugar beet industry. “It was an appalling, immoral decision, but if there’s a will, then there’s a way to reopen this plant. Europe was oversupplied with sugar in 2006, but now the EU imports 15 per cent of its sugar. And as well as producing sugar, the plant could be used to create bio ethanol to help Ireland fulfil its environmental targets. It’s a nobrainer!” said Mr Kelly. Meanwhile, Commissioner Ciolos has confirmed that the current quota system for sugar will be reviewed as part of the debate on the Common Agricultural Policy post 2013. o p

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Meet the Candidates Blarney Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates’ evening for all the candidates in the Cork North Central constituency on Wednesday  February 16th at 7.30pm in the Blarney Castle Hotel, Blarney.  All candidates are invited to attend and speak on their vision for the constituency for the next 5 years with a particular emphasis on their views for the people of the greater Blarney area.  Each speaker will be given the opportunity to speak, with a right of reply, which will be followed by a Question and Answers Session.  Local media will be invited to attend also and a large crowd of local people are expected to attend what should be a very informative meeting.

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The evenings are getting shorter and spring is definitely in the air; time to embrace getting fit and enjoying our social events. If you would like to represent Douglas in our over 60s Talent Competition on the 22nd of March or take part in the Strictly Dancing Competition where the dancers compete for a perpetual trophy also gold, silver and bronze medals. Rhona Coulter of VIVA Dance Studio will be master of ceremonies along with Ernest Perryman who will also judge the competition. This event is on the 29th of April in Douglas G.A.A Hall, if the singing and dancing is not for you. Also in April we have our Annual Table quiz with the students from Douglas Community School, each team consists of 2 older people and 2 students battling it out for coveted Credit Union Trophy and with lots of other prizes this event takes place in Douglas Library. No reason and no excuses for not getting out and meeting new friends after the long severe winter we endured we have much to look forward to, the trip to Edinburgh on the 15th of May is a popular choice, we will enjoy 3 full days in Edinburgh enjoying the many attractions this beautiful city has to offer. Queensland where a natural disaster caused devastation to its cities and towns in recent weeks could have a silver lining for our unemployed here in Cork. There is a real opportunity for those who are willing to leave home to find employment to assist in the rebuild where 28,000 houses, bridges and roads have all to be rebuilt it is heartbreaking to see many of our young leave our shores to find employment.

Well done to our Knitters, week after week they knit the most beautiful garments and also knit for the special baby unit in C.U.H where once again we will invite a staff member from the unit to give you an insight into their work and how much they appreciate the support. We send Happy Birthday Wishes to a wonderful lady who is 96 years old this week Agnes McCarthy. “Agnes” is singing for us in the over 60s and is also taking part in the Waltzing Competition of which she is a “Past Winner” with her son Liam she is truly an inspiring woman.

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• Two Meerkats at Fota Wildlife Park. • The animals at Fota Wildlife Park are definitely feeling loved coming up to Valentines day with the news that the park had its record number of visitors in 2010, with 377,000 people visiting Cork’s number one tourist attraction. Image credit: Neil Danton.

Thought for Today “A good fortune may forebode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune.” Chinese Proverb "Cherish your yesterdays, Dream your tomorrows, But be young at heart and live your today’s" Bye for now, Phil


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inimitable Australian comic Steve Hughes embarks upon a string of solo dates. One of the most exciting and distinctive comedians on the UK circuit, Steve has been invited to perform at every major comedy festival in the world and recently joined Reginald D Hunter as a special guest on his mammoth nationwide tour – taking in over 80 venues nationwide playing to tens of thousands of people nationwide and gaining legions of extra fans along the way. Also this weekend, Eddie Haliwell will be playing in the Savoy on Friday. The most hotly anticipated poll in dance music history has now launched – Mixmag greatest DJ of all time and Eddie has deservedly been shortlisted. Over the next few months, Mixmag is asking dance music lovers to make history by taking part in the most important DJ poll ever by voting for their greatest DJ of all time. Eddie may be the youngest talent among this list of dance music greats, but this bears no hold on his technical proficiency and awe inspiring stage presence. No other DJ reads and connects with the crowd as Eddie does, no other DJ can bring a room alive like Eddie and no other DJ comes anywhere near. Pioneer of dance music, Judge Jules gave his opinion on why Eddie IS the greatest DJ of all time: “Eddie looks in to people’s eyes and he performs. Incredible stage performance, incredible skills, and an almost telepathic ability to read a crowd – Eddie’s got everything.” Eddie Halliwell plays Fire It Up at The Savoy Theatre Cork this February 11th 2011 with Jordan Suckley and support from Mark Young and leeside favourites Mucca and Baxtard's Remik. Doors open 10pm. Advance tickets are available from The Savoy Theatre Box Office and on the door on the night priced 20 Euro including all booking fees & charges.

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Born on April 4, 1952, in Belfast, Ireland, Moore became interested in guitar during the '60s, upon discovering such blues-rock masters as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and perhaps his biggest influence of all, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green. After relocating to Dublin later in the decade, Moore joined a local rock group called Skid Row, which featured a young singer by the name of Phil Lynott, who would soon after leave the group to double up on bass and form Thin Lizzy. Skid Row persevered, however, eventually opening a show for Moore's heroes, Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac, and making such an impression on the veteran group that Green personally requested their manager help secure Skid Row a recording contract with CBS (in addition, Green sold Moore one of his mostused guitars, a maple 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, which would become Moore's primary instrument).

II. But once more, Moore's tenure in his latest outfit was fleeting as Moore accepted an invitation by his old buddy Lynott to fill in for a Thin Lizzy U.S. tour, playing arenas opening for Queen. Moore proved to be quite busy in 1978, as the guitarist appeared on three other artists' recordings. The same year, Moore issued his second solo release, Back on the Streets, which spawned a surprise Top Ten U.K. hit in May of 1979, the bluesy ballad "Parisienne Walkways," and featured vocal contributions by Lynott. Moore joined forces with his Lizzy mates once more in 1979, appearing on arguably the finest studio album of their career, Black Rose, which proved to be a huge hit in the U.K. But Moore left the group once more, this time right in the middle of a U.S. tour. During the early '80s, Moore finally got serious with his solo career -- issuing such heavy metal-based works as 1982's Corridors of Power, 1983's Victims of the Future, 1984's Dirty Fingers and the in-concert set We Want Moore!, 1985's Run for Cover, 1987's Wild Frontier, plus 1989's After the War -- establishing a large following in Europe, despite remaining virtually unknown stateside. The decade wasn't all rosy for Moore, however -- although he was able to patch up his friendship with Phil Lynott (appearing with Lizzy for several tracks on Life/Live,


Moore formed his own outfit, the Gary Moore Band , for which the guitarist also served as vocalist. But after the band’s debut album, 1973's Grinding Stone, sunk without a trace, Moore hooked up once more with ex-bandmate Lynott in Thin Lizzy. Moore's initial tenure in Lizzy proved to be shortlived, however, as his fiery playing was featured on only a handful of tracks. Moore then set his sights on studio work before joining up with a prog rock/fusion outfit, Colosseum

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The high winds led to the cancellation of three games at the weekend, the Seniors, MSL Juniors and the U/17’s. The AUL Juniors had a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Blackstone Rovers. The ‘Hall came from two down in the seciond half to force the game into extra time. No further goals in extra time and onto penalties. The first nine were converted before Blackstone missed their last penalty. The Youths had a 3-2 away win over Rockmount in the league on Saturday, Rob Lehane (2) & Brian Hickey were the scorers. Next week’s fixtures are as follows Fri, Feb 11th MSL Juniors away to Blarney at 7:30pm Fri Feb 11th U/17 home to Rockmount at 7:30pm Sat, Feb 12th AUL Juniors away to Kilreen at 2:30pm Sat Feb 12th Youths away to Rockmount at 2:30pm Sun Feb 13th Seniors home to Belgrove (Dublin) at 2pm (FAI Intermediate Cup) Thur Feb 17th Seniors home to Avondale at 7:30pm (Munster Senior Cup)

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College Corinthians AFC The weather was the spoilsport over the weekend with several games cancelled and the blustery conditions making it very difficult to play constructive football. However the games that did go ahead provided some fine entertainment. Under 11 Premier Division Carrigaline Utd. 1 Corinthian Boys 1 Corinthian Boys maintained their unbeaten record in very difficult conditions against a good Carrigaline side and in doing so take a valuable away point. The swirling wind and drizzle spoiled what would have been a terrific game between these two top sides. Full credit must go the lads of both Teams for giving it  their all and in the end a draw will be seen as a fair result. Both goalkeepers and defences were well tested in these difficult conditions and both did extremely well to keep the score low. Corinthians goal came from an o.g. late in the second half after a good attack down

the right by David O'Sullian & Bryan Hill. At that point Corinthians must have felt they had done enough being so close to the final whistle. However, Carrigaline played right to the end and got their reward 3 minutes from time coming from an attack down the left, which Corinthians  didn't deal with early and paid the price.  Goalkeeper Christian Begely and the back four for Corinthians of David Nason, Ciaran Couch, James O'Donovan & James Holland were outstanding over the 60minutes.    Under 12 Premier Division Carrigaline Utd. 2 Corinthian Boys 1 Corinthians had a poor start to this match giving away a soft penalty in the first few minutes. They found themselves two down soon after when carrigaline walked through the defence. However, after that Corinthians came more into the game with Bryan Cotter and  Colin O'Brien playing well for the visitors. Corinthians goal came from a corner from Ross Welch who curled the ball into the back of the net. The second half Corinthians had more pressure on the Carrigaline defence but without creating any clear cut chances. Under 13 Division 1 St. Marys 0 Corinthian Boys 3

Cork Con planning the busiest month of the season The next three weeks of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League have Cork Constitution playing all three matches in Cork and as a consequence the club are planning a hectic February. Next Saturday Con host their old rivals Shannon in Temple Hill, a week later they will make a trip across the South Link to Musgrave Park to play local rivals Dolphin and finish the month with another of its Munster rivals Garryowen, again in Temple Hill. On the rugby front it going to be busy February with the business end of the Ulster Bank AIL building up to a great finish and still much to play for all clubs in 1A. Cork Con dropped points in Limerick on week 9 of the league against Young Munster’s, in a tight and hard fought 6 – 3 game in terrible weather conditions in Greenfields. Old Belvedere bounced back after their defeat to Cork Con against Blackrock and St. Marys also dropped points at the weekend so things at the top of the league have Con and Belvedere swopping 1 & 2 spots. This year Cork Con has repeatedly talked about Community Engagement and Family Attraction reinforcing the message that Cork Constitution is a community club. The month of February will see another month of activities off the pitch to compliment the three matches on the pitch and echo the sentiments of the clubs message for the season. The busy schedule kicks off in Temple Hill this Saturday with internal blitz’s and training for the underage followed by the annual coaches lunch which is the way the club show their appreciation to the 50 coaches involved in the underage section. The coaches are invited to lunch as an appreciation for their effort, commitment and dedication involved in coaching and developing the 500 underage players in the club. The match day lunch has been gathering momentum during the season and this Saturday promises to be no different. A buffet lunch format that was changed earlier in the season to encourage a relaxed atmosphere prior to the match is now again an integral part of Temple Hill on AIL match days and great value at €20, which includes entry to game. After the pre match lunch the main event Con vs. Shannon gets underway at 2.30pm which promises to be another epic between these two great clubs. The match is followed by the Six Nations Rugby live on TV with hot bites in both bars. The day finishes up with the Annual Valentines Night Disco, which this year is an 80’s night, with a 96FM DJ playing all the 80’s music, spot prizes, food and much more, a night that is organised by the parents committee and a great night is promised.

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The U 13 Division 1 side got their league campaign back on track with a hard earned 0-3 win away to St. Marys on Saturday. The game was played in atrocious weather conditions but both teams made an effort to play attacking football. Sean Powter was the hero of the day with a first half hat trick. Others to play well were Luke O’Leary, Liam O’Sullivan and Ross Butler. Ger O’Connell was very alert on goal and made one terrific save from a free kick taken from the edge of the penalty area. The result, which was achieved with a very spirited display from the entire squad, puts Corinthians very much back in the frame for promotion in what is shaping up to be a very competitive an exciting title race. Under 15 National Cup De La Salle 2 Corinthian Boys 1 Corinthians bowed out of the National Cup but only after a brave effort against Waterford side De la Salle. Played in dreadful conditions, the two sides responded well and provided an entertaining contest. Cian Murphy scored for Corinthians with a fine header and was a little unlucky to have another header ruled out later for offside. Ryan O’ Brien, Charlie White, Conor Mc Carthy and Dylan O’ Halloran did well for Corinthians.

Douglas Pitch & Putt Email : 021 4363042 The poor weather conditions last Saturday caused the cancellation of the threeball scramble competition. Results Sunday Nett Denis Dennehy & Alf Hanrahan 10 up Gross Denis O Sullivan & Joe O Sullivan 9 up. We would like to congratulate long serving members Padraig O Shea & Mick Lynch who recently took on the roles of Cork County Board Secretary & P.R.O. respectively at the recent convention. On Saturday morning the 19th February in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, members of the visually impaired golf association will visit our club, also on that day we host an U16s county league match in the afternoon Fixtures Saturday: Threeball Scramble 2.15pm Sunday: Fourball 10.30am

• Ireland’s Soccer Team Manager,Giovanni Trapattoni,photographed at Cork International Airport Hotel with Aaron Mansworth (Hotel General Manager) and Tony Fitzgerald (Vice-President FAI). Picture Mike English


Douglas Hall Underage by Finbarr Buckley Umbro U-11 National Cup St. Kevin’s Boys 3; Douglas Hall 1 Paul Territt & Frank Hunter’s emerging team traveled to Dublin last Saturday to make their debut in the open round of the National Cup. The home team were pushed all the way in very wet conditions before eventually getting the better of a battling Hall outfit. Two down at half-time, the visitors got back into the contest through Chris Murphy. The final result was always in doubt right up the final whistle when the home side tagged on a third goal. Tomas Territt & Stephen Sharpe were outstanding in a marvelous team display. The club wishes to congratulate the squad for their excellent behaviour throughout their visit to the capital.

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Umbro U-13 Division One Douglas Hall 1 ;Temple Utd. 4 Oliver O'Sullivan opened the scoring in this game after a fine move down the right wing by Donnacha Murphy. The visitors equalized late in the half to leave the sides level at half time, before going ahead early in the second-half. After the Hall went down to ten men due to a blood injury, the northside outfit scored twice to close out the game. David Barry and Conor O'Regan gave outstanding performances while Conor O'Driscoll made many excellent saves throughout.

Umbro U-14 Division Five Macroom 4; Douglas Hall A 4 The Hall turned in another fine display to lead twice and go within half a minute of winning all three points at Murrayfield on Saturday morning last. Adam Gould and Fintan Cadogan netted two apiece, but the real

G.A.A. FOCUS Snippets from the Local and National Scene

By Pat Harrington

County Minor A.G.M. I recently attended the final County Minor Board A.G.M. This board was founded in 1990/91 and I understand it was the brainchild of the Late Con Murphy, R.I.P. who held the G.A.A. presidency in the mid 70s. The post of secretary has been held by Jim Healy over a 20 year period and has done fantastic work throughout that time. Jim has paid tribute to C103fm for the fantastic cover it has given games at all grades, club and intercounty from Croke Park to Cavan, Dunmanway, etc. Another person who deserves mention is Martin O’Brien P.R.O. who ensures the games get excellent coverage in the local press. In future the board will be known as Coiste na nÓg and will cover games from 18 to 13 years. County Board chairman Jerry O’Sullivan remarked that it is most important clubs are aware when they are due to play. There was a major breakdown last year when games were too often called off for minor reasons.

Club Brochure Douglas G.A.A. has produced a brochure documenting in word and in pictorial form the progress of the club over the past 50 years. The photographs in particular capture the imagination. Rolling back the years one has to marvel at

those people still involved in the club fifty years on – surely a huge commitment. The Club, The Schools and The Blow-ins The marriage of the club to the local schools has had a major impact. The outsiders, as the natives call those of us who have come into the club over the years bringing with us valuable expertise, have played a huge roll in the development of the association at local level. What captures my imagination most of all are the fathers and sons who have played with the club and presently a new generation starting to play at Street Leagues level. Make no mistake about it there can be fallouts (I should know) but at the end of the day great and lasting friendships have been formed. I can recall Father Crowley saying in the early ‘80s that he looked forward to Douglas playing in the senior grades. At that time such was but a distant dream. There is one very important point I would like to make; not everyone will play senior, nor will everyone win trophies. Some will not have the ability to participate at the highest level but I am sure they can equally enjoy themselves. I played up to forty-four years of age and never won a medal of any sort in football. Was I disappointed? Yes, but I also have great memories. I must say that the magazine to which I referred is a wonderful production and proclaims aloud what Douglas is about.

Burnout The issue of burnout has once again come to the fore with the Fitzgibbon cup and the Sigerson

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• Presentation Brothers college Cork fullback Seamus Glynn dives for the line with Glenstal Abbey's Stephen O'Donnell on his back in yesterday's Avonmore Schools Senior Cup 1st round match in CIT, Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

cup in full flow at this time. Some of the players involved in these competitions are required to train with their under 21 county footballers; others would be a part of senior intercounty panels and the clubs about to begin training may wish to see their players. In relation to the fixtures concerning these competitions something has got to give. My call would be to run off the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson cups in November and December.

Club Championship Congratulations to Meelin and Ballymartle who will have their day in the sun (Croke Park) over the next few days. Only a limited number of players get to play on this hallowed sod and for these two clubs, the players and their families it surely a dream come true. Doneraile won the junior B Munster championship – I don’t think there is an all-Ireland in this competition. Congrats also to Nemo Rangers who now face St. Brigids of Roscommon. In his Sunday Independent column Páidí Ó’Sé tipped Dr. Croke’s and Kilmacud to reach the club final. I think I’ll give the bookies a wide berth on Páidí’s choices.

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