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South Link

Thursday, 7th August 2008

the word by George Thompson

Olympics Time Again!

It’s hard to believe that at the end of July and coming into August, news reports feature flash floods devastating towns and washing away cars while residents battle flood waters and businesses go about sand bagging to protect their premises! These are not news reports from some far away country, but just ‘up the road’ in Mallow and Fermoy, who are no strangers to this but shockingly to Newcastlewest, who have never seen the like. Welcome to Summer Irish Style 2008 and global warming at its best! * * * Surprisingly, the weather in this neck of the woods for the bank holiday weekend wasn’t bad but wasn’t great either. I began my own summer break last weekend and while I have no plans I will take each day as it comes and see where the weather takes me. One destination I plan on visiting though, is Sherkin Island and hopefully to the Marine Station there, so watch out for some pics in the coming weeks – weather permitting! I suggested to Phil Goodman recently that the Young at Heart Group visit Sherkin and guess where they are off to next week? * * * It’s almost upon us – the four year wait is almost over as the Olympics once again graces our screens, bring to your sitting rooms, bedrooms, pubs and clubs, the worlds top athletes in competition for the ultimate prize. But I wonder, has the modern Olympics lost some of its shine and appeal – the politics, the doping scandals, the cheats? I would like to hear reader’s opinions on this point. It’s every athlete’s and sports person’s goal to be on top of the world but has today’s modern society with its modern attitudes, pressured and influenced some of the worlds top athletes to ensure they are champions, by cheating? I know it’s only a small percentage that resort to this and blacken sports as a whole but when one looks at the ability of some of the top names who were caught – how many sports potentials and fans had their bubbles burst and dreams disillusioned by their idols? Let’s hope that Olympics 2008 from China will bring lots of happy and memorable sporting moments and records and do enjoy the coverage over the next few weeks. Best of luck to all our Irish athletes and in particular our own Derval O’Rourke at the games. * * * Well done to Douglas GAA Club on its 15th Annual Summer Camp held recently. Eddie Murphy is the man behind the Camp and he tells me it is the longest running GAA Summer Camp in the Country.

• Above:- Carmel and a team from Circuit Tone ran the Cork Marathon in aid of ARC House. They collected sponsorship of 900 euro for the event and presented me with a cheque last week. They put huge effort into their fundraising and I would be really grateful if you would be able to give them some publicity for it. I have attached a photo taken of the cheque presentation. L-r: Lisa Sullivan, Carmel Collins, Patricia O’Brien, Karen Colgan (ARC House), The little one is Kayleigh Collins who ran some of the way with her mum.

Slán George Thompson Editor. • Right:- Eddie Murphy Douglas GAA Club receives a sponsorship cheque from Noel O’Riordan and Maria Myers of Ryan’s Supervalu, Grange. Douglas GAA Club held their 15th Summer Camp recently - the longest running GAA summer camp in the country and Ryan’s sponsorship of healthy lunch packs during the camp and financial sponsorship allowed members of the summer camp visit and tour Croke Park recently. Pic: George Thompson

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A d v er t i s i n g

Strongwood Strongwood is Cork’s newest family run company, specialising in striking garden summerhouses, luxury log cabins and topquality timber decking. These log cabins and garden buildings are completely new to Ireland and can make you garden an enjoyable space even in our weather! Owned and run by first cousins Alan Bailey & Paul Ryan, Strongwood was set up with a view to taking gardens and garden buildings to another level. A trip to Strongwood’s new show yard at Wm O’Brien Public Storage Yard by the Bandon Road Roundabout in Bishopstown could be just the sort of pick-me-up your garden needs! Before Strongwood was formed Alan ran a cabin design and decking business. With five years in the business, customers are always guaranteed that their new deck, log cabin or summerhouse is constructed by skilled craftsman. Alan says “Gardens can be so much more than just grass and flowers, and they should never be a chore. Our custom built decking can really transform a garden and create a beautiful, useable and enjoyable outdoor living space”

or shingle roofs. Because everything is made using wood, their buildings can be completely customised to meet your personal needs. Furthermore, with all wood used coming from sustainable sources you can be assured that the planet won’t suffer, and with the best quality at the best prices neither will your pocket!

Strongwood’s supreme log cabins offer unequalled quality and are perfect for use as a study, guest house, games room, home office or just to provide the extra space you always wanted. The garden summerhouses which are an ideal way to enjoy your garden, no matter what the weather, are available with thatch

Strongwood’s new show yard is well worth a visit with samples of the log cabins and summerhouses which truly show the amazing quality of the product. There is also an extensive

decking display which shows just some of the creative ways in which a timber deck can be customised to transform your garden. Strongwood’s new show yard is open 11am – 6:30pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 5:30pm Saturdays and from 2pm – 6pm on Sundays. Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged by contacting Paul or Alan at 021 454 6756. So, why not take a trip to Strongwood and see what they can do for you, for yourself?

TIMBER DECKING Come see our extensive display of decking. Free Design & Quotation Service. Various lighting display’s available.

LUXURIOUS TIMBER CABINS Use as extra room, home office, gym, children’s play room, snug, Granny Flat. Visit now and see for yourself the quality and value of these buildings. New to Ireland and exclusive to us.

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L e t t ers

letters

Deirdre Clune

to the editor We’d love to hear from you. If you have any news, views or issues you’d like to see covered, write to the Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas West, Cork or by e-mail to frontdesk@douglaspost.ie Please include your name and address and a contact number. Letters may be edited due to space considerations.

Dear Editor

Our New Web Site!

At last The Douglas Post is back on line. My wife’s family is from Douglas so it’s great for all of us to catch up on the news from home every week. Keep up the good work. Enhorabuena! Miguel Azofra, Burgos, Spain

www.douglaspost.ie

T.D.

Affordable Housing Development in Skehard Road nearing completion

Local TD Deirdre has congratulated Cork City and County Council for the efforts they have put in to developing Affordable Housing projects. The City Council has confirmed to the local Deputy that the Affordable Housing development on the Skehard Road is now nearing completion and will be allocated later this year. Cork County Council continues to provide affordable housing in the Grange, Donnybrook, Carrigaline and Crosshaven areas. “The Nursery Site development on the Skehard Road will provide 37 affordable housing units and will be allocated by the Council over the next few months. It is just the latest development in what has been a very successful scheme that must continue to be funded and developed.” “I have worked closely with Cork City Council on affordable housing issues and I have been very impressed by their handling of developments such as those in Buckley’s Field, Casey’s Field, Shanakiel and now Skehard Road. The quality of these developments are second to none and the popularity of the scheme speaks for itself.” “Cork City Council have already completed or are in the process of constructing over 550 affordable housing units allowing hundreds of families, who may not otherwise be able, own their own home. Encouraging home ownership and helping someone own their own home is positive powerful and life changing.” “Those interested in more information on applying for affordable housing should visit www.affordablehome.ie or contact Cork City or County Council directly for more information.”

Men in Black

Dear Editor, Various reasons have been put forward to explain the alarming decline in hurling among the weaker Condaithe Na hEireann. The massive reduction in Brotherhood vocations must rank highly in the equation. Christian and to a lesser extent ,Presentation members have been berated, agus ceart go leóir, for over the top methods in educating Buachaillí Na hEireann, would be Mike Tysons using boys as punch bags. But credit to the Men of the Cloth who instilled in us the appreciation of the unique sound of leather on ash. Familiar to all who have swung the Camán. Giving freely of their time tar éis am scoil ar bpáirceanna na hEireann. Church Road! Battle ground for our close camán encounters. Mise proudly wearing An Dearg agus Glas of Scoil Naomh Iosaf Mardyke. Clashing with the blue and green of Mainistir Tuaidh agus Theas respectively. Greenmounts Red and Blue, the Black and Amber of Sully’s Quay and the Green of Turners Cross. The ferocity of embellished verbal exchanges twixt Dog Collar wearing school coaches, making Jerh Loughane types apprar as mere choir boys. No changing rooms so T-am seo. Clothes in a ball. Open aimseara go léir. Small wonder so many of us are crippled with arthritis today. Ag dul abhaile! An mbus reverberating to the chant “ For we don’t care whether we win, loose or draw.” How many of the present lay Múinteóirí would give so willingly and freely of their time to pass on the ancient craft of Iománaoight. Therein lies the malady, starving us of tomorrows Rings agus Mackeys. Therefore Go Mór Buala Bas for our ‘Men in Black’ who bequeathed to us the golden memories of our national game, ag imirt on our boyhood fields of dreams! Go raibh mait agat! Neil O’Donoghue Greenhills

Senator Jerry Buttimer Cork South Central Consitituency Seanad Spokesperson on Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs Tel. Office: Tel. Home: Mobile: Email:

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Tesco Douglas are holding a

Fancy Dress Party

in aid of their charity ‘Make a Wish‘ Auction on the night for Manchester United signed Jersey Great Night Guarranteed

REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE •

at Douglas G.A.A. on August 8th Admission €10

Fancy Dress Optional

There is a huge buzz around Douglas Village Shopping Centre at present. After months of sheet piling and groundwork you can now see the steel coming out of the ground. Over the next few weeks you will be able to see construction of the first floor of the car park. Bowens promise me that the first floor of the car park will be ready for use by shoppers by the end of October! Barters Travel has relocated to the temporary porta cabin located on the main entranceway to the Centre. You can’t miss the bright colourful images of holidays abroad! Work is almost complete on the road improvements on East Douglas Street. Traffic lights will be installed within the next week and AOS Security will be off-site. The photo shows the large area which has been given back to pedestrians to enjoy. At the completion of the redevelopment this area will be paved and landscaped. The canopy on the main entranceway is being dismantled at present. This is the preliminary works to relocate the automatic doors to outside Hills mall entranceway and Boys 2 Men. Work will then commence on demolishing the ex Barters Travel and the adjacent empty unit. Thereafter work will commence on building the new lift well to the upper floors of the car park.

for tickets contact Theresa Casey or Elaine O’Sullivan 021 489 2807/08

MARKETING €10,000 SUMMER GIVEAWAY We are giving away €1,000 per week over 10 weeks! We are now into our last few weeks, and we have given away €8,000 to eight lucky shoppers! Each time you make a purchase from any store in the Centre, you receive an entry form, complete this form and place in the competition box located next to the Information Desk. Each Saturday at 5.00 pm a lucky winner is drawn. Good luck!

SUMMER @ THE HALF MOON THEATRE We have two tickets to give away to the following plays at the Cork Opera House: Sunday 10 August @ 8.30 pm “Tango Sundays” Tuesday 19 August @ 8.30 pm “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Monday 22 September @ 8.30 pm “Via Dolorosa” We will be randomly pulling out entry forms from the competition box over coming weeks and the lucky winners will be notified a week beforehand.

DOUGLAS JEWELLERS - Telephone: 021 489 3231

4X4’s

07 Pajero Sport Comm ...........................................................................€19,700 * 06 Landrover Defender Crew Cab 6 Seats ..............................................€24,700 * 06 Kia Sorento High Spec ........................................................................... €29,900 06 Landrover Freelander ............................................................................ €19,900 06 Toyota Landcruiser Comm ..................................................................€22,900 * 05 Kia Sorento Comm .............................................................................€14,950 * 05 Kia Sorento High Spec .........................................................................€25,900 * 04 Hyundai Santa Fe Comm ...................................................................€10,950 *

• Pandora Jewellery and Tommy Hilfiger Watches. Both exclusive to Douglas.

O’CONNORS PHARMACY – Telephone: 021 489 4089 • • •

Dior Promotion. 14th 15th and 16th August. Free Gift with Two items, one to be skincare. Make overs available in store.

BRESNAN’S BUTCHERS – Telephone:

021 489 1109

A family owned business with only Irish products for sale. Beef, Lamb, Pork Produced locally on family farms. From the Farm Gate to Your Plate.

*Plus VAT @ 21%

PEOPLE CARRIERS

07 Kia Carnival 7 Seats DVD Player ............................................................ €28,800 07 Kia Carens 7 Seats ................................................................................ €19,950 05 Kia Carens Dsl 6 Seats ........................................................................... €12,900 04 Kia Sedona 7 Seats ............................................................................... €13,950

DOUGLAS LIBRARY – Opposite the Douglas Cinema

CARS

Tuesday 12th August @ 11a.m. Wednesday 13th August @ 11a.m.

Saturday, 9th August @ 10a.m. Saturday 9th August @ 11a.m.

06 Nissan Micra ............................................................................................ €9,950 05 Megane Monaco (Leather)................................................................... €11,400 05 Astra Turbo Dsl ....................................................................................... €13,950 05 Almera 3dr Sport ................................................................................... €10,450 05 Space Star A/C........................................................................................ €9,950 04 Peugeot 206 3dr ..................................................................................... €7,950 04 307 HDI Diesel ....................................................................................... €10,950 04 Corsa 1.0 P/S, Alloys ................................................................................ €7,900 04 Focus H/B Extras..................................................................................... €10,450 03 Kia Rio 1.3 Extras ..................................................................................... €4,400

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Colouring Competition. Arts & Craft Workshop Ages 8-12. Booking Essential. Puppet Show. All welcome. Creating Writing Workshop. Ages 11-16. Booking Essential. Make a Wave Workshop. Ages 6-12. Booking Essential. Clay Castles Art Workshop. Ages 8-12. Booking Essential. Colouring Competition. 3D Designs. Ages 8-12. Booking Essential.

Thursday 14th August @ 11a.m. Friday 15th August @ 11a.m. Saturday 16th August @ 10a.m. Saturday 16th August @ 3p.m.

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F a m i l y T i es

The Light in Her Eyes By Eileen Mitchell

Every Sunday my mother would visit her. Never missed a week, except for the rare vacation. Nothing but an out-of-state trip would prevent my mother from going to see her mother, Elena deRoux Escobar—my grandmother—and then she was sure to visit her twice the week after that. My French/Spanish grandma, who had been born in Nicaragua, was at age 88 living in a private home run by a Filipino family, where she received the necessary round-the-clock supervision my widowed mother couldn’t provide. Grandma could no longer live alone. Once my sister dropped in and found a potential fire smouldering on the stove. The burner on high, Grandma was trying to cook a can of dog food for dinner. Another time she was found munching “candy” she had picked up in the bathroom. It was potpourri. She started getting lost on walks around the neighbourhood she’d lived in for two decades. She would open the front door and let the dogs loose. She was losing her balance and tripping over steps, slipping on rugs. We feared one day she would seriously hurt herself or burn the house down. Was it Alzheimer’s? No, the doctors said. The best diagnosis they could offer was that perhaps Grandma was suffering from dementia caused by a series of strokes too minor to detect. She was in good physical health, but her mind was deteriorating. She needed 24-hour-a-day supervision. So after much stress and guilt, Mother put Grandma in this private facility that offered the comforts of home with the supervision now required. Aside from the attendants, there were only six other residents. The family that ran the facility tried to make their residents feel comfortable. They provided home-cooked meals, celebrated birthdays and holidays, and enjoyed assembling everyone in the cosy living room that featured a fireplace and big-screen TV. And every Sunday, for nine years, my mother went to visit her. My sister and I visited Grandma, too, although not as often. Gradually, over the years, Grandma stopped recognizing all of us. ‘Abuelita,” I would say in Spanish as I stroked her cheek. “Es tu nieta, Eileen!” It’s your

granddaughter. And Grandma would give me her gentle smile, not sure who I was, but glad that I had come to visit nonetheless. At age 94 however, the light in her eyes began to fade until soon we realized that she no longer knew who we were. Sundays became more difficult for my mother. After each visit, she would call and tell me in a shaky voice that Grandma was going downhill. And she was right. Grandma no longer nibbled on the Pepperidge Farm cookies mother would feed her. She stopped responding to familiar voices. When I kissed her nose, I would tease, “Abuelita, que naricita mas fria que la de un perrito.” Grandma, your nose is cold, like a dog’s! She use to smile at that, but now she just sat there, staring blankly into space. Mother and I would sit in the family room conversing while Grandma sat upright in a chair, immobile, frozen. “What a horrible way to live,” my mother would sigh while using a baby brush to comb her mother’s wild, white hair. I would caution her to watch what she said around Grandma. Who knew what words might filter through the fogbanks of her mind? At 97, Grandma’s condition worsened and she was transferred to a nursing home. When we went to visit, I was shocked at her appearance. Although I’d seen her just a few weeks earlier, it was now quite apparent that she was dying. My once robust Grandma had withered to a mere

60 pounds. Her lips were firmly sealed shut. She hadn’t opened her mouth for days, the nurse said, not to eat or drink or speak. We stood in the sunny room and watched as Grandma, lying in a fetal position, stared vacantly at the wall. My mother sobbed and I stood there awkwardly, not knowing how to say goodbye. I leaned over and put my face close to Grandma’s, directly in front of her blank eyes. “Hola, Abuelita,” I whispered, hoping she might understand me just one more time. “Es tu nieta, Eileen.” Nothing. “Mi Abuelita, yo te quiero.” My grandma, I love you. And suddenly, her brown eyes focused and she looked at me. Saw me. A light of recognition flickered briefly as she gazed into my eyes. She opened her clenched mouth and whispered, “Yo tambien.” Me too. Her first words in over two years. Then the light faded and she went back to starting into space. Grandma died five days later. At her funeral, I watched as relatives—people who hadn’t thought to call or visit once in ten years— mourned, but I couldn’t cry. I was relieved, actually. Happy that her spirit was freed from the frozen shell she’d been locked in for so long. And I held close to my heart the knowledge that for one precious moment, my grandma had returned to say goodbye. “Yo tambien.” Me too.

• Victoria Shorten Power Media Managing Director with Special guests Walter Swift and Niamh Gunn ,Members of the Cork business community have gathered to hear about the power of positive PR at the New Cork School of Music, . The event was hosted by Cork PR and Marketing company, Power Media, which has announced details of a new expansion plan,Special guests on the evening included Walter Swift and Douglas Niamh Gunn. Walter Swift was recently released having been wrongly convicted of a Community Centre crime based on false evidence. Niamh Gunn Limited number of is the Cork solicitor and businesswoman Places for 1st Sept. who, through her work with the US-based CONTACT HELEN Innocence Project, was instrumental in freeing Walter Swift after 27 years in prison 086 1679531 Images by Gerard McCarthy

DOUGLAS COMMUNITY PLAY GROUP

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Corks Young People Say Yes to Fair Trade

IPods glued to the side of their heads, franticly texting, with their eyes glues to their phones, oblivious to those around them.. This is the more common image people have when they think about Irish youth of today. A generation obsessed with designer labels, working long hours for holidays aboard and using their free time for socialising and shopping. Yes the Irelands young people often give the impression that are often unaware of what is happening around them, but Corks young people are challenging this stereotype by running Corks only Fair Trade shop six days a week, 52 weeks a year and all for free. The shop located on French Church Street shop was opened on the 9th of December 2005. Oxfam Ireland’s Fair Trade programme had been looking for a retail unit in the city centre over period of years and when the shop on French Church street became available they decided to launch Corks first solely Fair Trade shop. The shop offers both Fairtrade food produce and Fair Trade craft products from around the world. Rachael O’Sullivan, 29 , Ballintemple is using her marketing and PR skills to help promote the shop. She said: “I have the skills and being able to use them for a cause I believe in is really rewarding. It’s about making sure that the producers of the products receive a fair wage for the work they do, so they can help their children receive an education. It’s a way for me to get involved in the Cork community as well and

make me feel connected to that’s happening in my city.” Fiona Keating, 24, a Law student from Model Farm Road, uses her free time to help run the shop fours mornings a week. She said: “I am really interested in human rights and I felt that volunteering for Fair Trade was a way for me to starting putting my money where my mouth was. It’s great to know the time I spend here has a direct impact on people lives and allows them to help their communities in a long term way. I know that I probably won’t be able to do this forever but while I can it seems like a great use of any free time I have.” David Spillane, 20, City Centre is a waiter in the city centre. He said: “I have one day a week off and I was sick of using to just meet my friends for coffee or watch TV. I wanted to feel like I was doing something that made a difference so I decided on Fair trade as its more about helping people to help themselves than charity. The people or producers of the products are jut asking for basic rights like a fair wage and I think these are things we just take for granted in Ireland. And the products are actually really good quality not what I imagined at all. So I spend my Thursday afternoons volunteering in the shop to help them sell their products. It makes me feel like I am giving something back and am part of the community I live in instead of just working and socialising. And the people are really good fun!”

days a week like their commercial competitors. Without the energy and enthusiasm that these young Cork people are giving the shop would not be able to function. So the next time you read an article about the youth of today remember French Church Street where you can find Corks Young

people volunteering their time and energy for a cause they believe in can make a difference. www.oxfamireland.org or Contact the shop at 8 French Church Street, Cork city Centre.

Oxfam Ireland operates four Fair Trade shops (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast), each of which is managed by a paid member of staff, but all other assistance is provided by a team of dedicated volunteers. The volunteers are crucial to the running of the shops and these people, through their time and effort, are the reason that the shops can remain open six

• Taking time out to review the success of the Covin Supermarkets Recruitment Day are l-r Covin Supermarkets Director Kevin White, Group HR Manager Shirley O’ Connor, EUROSPAR Store Manager Colm Lyons and Covin Supermarkets Director Colin Byrd. Showcasing the EUROSPAR development in Passage West the event enabled interested parties to meet the Covin Supermarkets management team, gain a greater insight into the plans for Passage West and attend walk in interviews.  There was a large turnout on the day and the new supermarket is due to open in late September. Pic: Miki Barlok

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FOTA WILDLIFE PARK INTRODUCES NEW MALE GIRAFFE The latest birth at Fota Wildlife Park, Finn (pictured), a male giraffe, was officially announced today, 30th July 2008. Born on the 4th July. Finn has settled in extremely well at Fota, and is thriving. Finn is now one of 15 Giraffe present in Fota Wildlife Park. As the herd continues to grow the view of the extensive herd in the park is very impressive. Speaking at Fota earlier today, Director of Fota Wildlife Park, Dr. David Gibson said, “The team at Fota are delighted with the birth of the giraffe. It is even more special as he is the first male arrival in many years. He is a very welcome addition to our Giraffe herd here and has made great progress since his birth.” Finn is welcomed by his mother, Roisin, and his four sisters, Blaithin, Caoimhe and Maeve. In keeping with his sibling’s traditional Irish names, Finn was named after the legendary warrior Finn MacCumhnaill and the privilege of naming him was given to the children at Fota’s summer camp. Finn is now venturing outside to the delight of onlookers and can be seen grazing alongside his fellow giraffe herd, zebras, ostrich and even a gathering of scimitar-horned oryx. For further information log onto www.fotawildlife

Pic Daragh Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Win a Weekend Break for 2 in the Montrose Hotel, Dublin.

The Montrose Hotel is giving away the superb prize of a weekend break for two including two nights accommodation in their conveniently located hotel, ideal for exploring all that Dublin and its environs have to offer. Included in the prize is breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening in the rustic Belfield Bar and Restaurant. The Montrose Hotel offers a warm, friendly atmosphere, ideal for a relaxing weekend break. The hotel boasts two pubs, Lonnegan’s Pub and Belfield lounge & bar, to relax in. Unwind in one of the large soft beds, watching your own multi-channel TV or take a hot bath in the luxurious en-suite bathroom. The Montrose Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. T: +353(0)1 2693311 F: +353(0)1 2693376 W: www.montrose.ie

To be in with a chance of winning, name the two pubs in The Montrose Hotel, Dublin.

Entries to: Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas West, Cork.

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A r t s & C u l t u re

poetry corner

Douglas Writers Group Barry’s of Douglas Competition

with Ronnie McGinn

The Douglas Writers Group, next meeting will take place in Douglas Library on Friday the 8th August at 5.30 pm. The prize for Aug comes courtesy of Barry’s of Douglas, they are offering a full lunch for two for the winner. So Writers get scribbling and have your poem/ short story ready for the 8th August. New Members Welcome! Meetings held on the second Friday of each month.

Simon Urbanski moved to Ireland from Poland in 2005. He wrote “Housewar”, a poem we published a few months ago, during Business Studies Course (2006/’07) in St. Colman’s Community College in Midleton, where he now resides. At the moment he is in first year in C.I.T. There is a second part to this week’s poem which we hope to include shortly  

“Last Breath/First Step” Long time ago someone was born Long time ago someone had to go that unknown road Through the day and through the night Through the love and through the hate Sometimes it was light, sometimes it was dark Do you remember that time? First time when you laugh, first time when you cry Disappointed for a very first time of crying the tears out True smile and love until the end of time Quiet and peaceful life until the feeling of primal screaming The whole of the soul, because of Death taking someone close Can you come back to that past? Someone is missing, life is in pieces You can sit and start to think In your eyes all this world is so wild And there is nobody to ask why Is it the end of life?

• Creative Writers Colm and Emma Powerat the Douglas Library.

Ó Bhéal in association with Foras na Gaeilge presents

Do you now realize what it is all about? It is all about death which has many ways There is no escape; it’s like the smoke of cigarette Your humanity is gone, it will be time to die And maybe nobody will be around.

Dairena Ní Chinnéide Monday 11th August

Simon Urbanski Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ / Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas or you can email it direct to ronniemcginn@eircom.net. 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

Dairena Ní Chinnéide lives in the West Kerry Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne. Her first bilingual collection of poetry An Trodaí agus Dánta Eile/The Warrior and Other Poems was published by Cló Iar Chonnachta in 2006. She received second prize in the Samhain Smurfit International Poetry Competition in 2004. She was awarded a bursary from Ealaíon na Gaeltachta and the Arts Council the same year. In 2005 she was shortlisted for the Strokestown International Poetry Competition and received a bursary from Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge. Dairena represented Ireland on the Words Unbound international poetry exchange visiting France, England and Belgium in 2006/2007. She also represented Ireland in the Cuairt na mBard poetry and musical exchange with Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. Dairena also worked on the Gaelic Jazz Project for IMRAM 2007. She was shortlisted for the Strong Award in 2007. Her second poetry collection Máthair an Fhiaigh/The Raven’s Mother was published by Cló Iar Chonnachta in May 2008 . A new work An tEachtrannach/The Stranger was published by Púca Press Dingle in June 2008 . She works as an interpreter for the European Parliament.

Ó Bhéal News

The Monday Bhéal open-mic evenings continue at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street. Entrance is  free. Readings will last between 40-60 minutes after which there will be the usual open-mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats. Full bar available. The night begins with the Poetry Challenge  at 8.30pm. Guest poets begin from 9.00pm.

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• The Naked Camera - RT… Two, Mondays at 10pm starting on 4th April. Pictured is the characterThe Enforcer - played by Patrick McDonnell A new six part comedy series,which unleashes larger than life characters and hilarious sketches on an unsuspecting Irish public. Disarmed by their cloak of familiarity but utterly bizarre behaviour the reactions of the general public are caught for posterity on a hidden camera.

City Limits Comedy Club

appeared in a film with a band synonymous with his act (the very scary Prodigy) and continues to impress audiences in Britain and Ireland with his unique brand of outraged nonsense.

Patrick McDonnell Plus Mc and support Saturday 9th August Adm 16 euros Doors 9.00

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Patrick is probably best recognised for his performance as country singer Eoin McLove on the hit series Father Ted. Riding on the success of this, Patrick put together a live show entitled Further Ted for the 1999 Edinburgh Festival with Joe Rooney (aka Fr. Damo from Father Ted) which played to sell out crowds and received rave reviews.

“McDonnell shines with edgy, intelligent oneliners” - The Stage

He has recently starred in the RTE hidden camera comedy show Naked Camera and the sketch show Stew. However he is probably best remembered at home and abroad for his role as Eoin Mc Love in the sitcom Father Ted Patrick McDonnell has been standing up and making people laugh since 1996, when he appeared as a novice at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. He later went on to appear in the final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition in Edinburgh. Since then he has returned to both festivals,

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“McDonnell’s stand-up routine is a delight, a cynical, angry beast of a set which never loses its comic edge” - The Scotsman

“If they don’t get their own television show by the time the Fringe is over, then there is seriously something deeply wrong in this world.****” - The Scotsman

Patrick co-wrote and performed on the two series of the “O Show” for BBC Radio 4. He has also appeared in a number of short films, including Solomon I, Swag, Stephanie Knows Who, and the feature film Separation Anxiety. His television appearances include The Empire Laughs Back for BBC N.I, RTE’s The Lounge, and The Candidate from @ Last TV, plus a weekly slot as the roving reporter on Don’t

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“Splendidly original and a bit bizarre, he is the business” - The Sunday Times. “Truly hysterical” - The List

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KIDz Korner

Thursday, 7th August 2008

Colour me in.....

This Week’s Winner Vanshika Garg,

Belgard Downs.

This Week’s Runners-Up Annika Dunford, Belmount Park, Jennifer O’Shaughnessy, Crosshaven Jodie Keegan O’Connell, Midleton, Cillian O’Sullivan, Bishopstown Colm Casey, Frankfield, Ciara Ryan, Somerton Park Laura Aisling O’Sullivan, Well Road Shauna Buckley, Macroom Sarah Morrissey, Passage West Domnick Cunningham, Broadale Sarah O’Callaghan, Passage West Megab Davis , Crosshaven Dhruv Garg, Belgard Downs Kellie Lynch, Gartan Park Taylor Webster, Passage West Katie Coughlan, Broadale Chloe McCarthy, Passage West Eoin Griffin, Kildinan Anna Murphy, Broadale Caitlin Cunningham, Broadale Charlie Davis, Crosshaven Seren Dunford, Belmount Park Jonathan O’Shaughnessy, Crosshaven

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Kidz Korner Jokez Q: Why did the King go to the dentist? A: To get his teeth crowned. Q: What do you call a three legged donkey? A: A wonkey. Q: What happened to the dog that swallowed a firefly? A: It barked with de-light! Q: Why do birds fly south in the winter? A: Because it’s too far to walk. Q: why are fish so smart? A: Because they live in schools. Q: What is black and white, black and white, black and white? A: A zebra caught in a revolving door. Q: What do dogs eat at the cinema? A: Pup-corn! Q: What’s a snakes favourite subject in class? A: Hissssstory. Q: Why do monkeys have big noses? A: Because they’ve got big fingers.

• Finbarr Caokley with Grandson Marcus at the Ryder Cup in Monkstown GC

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Q: What do you call a sleeping bull? A: a bulldozer!

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forde focus Cllr. Deirdre Forde Joint Code of Practice on Provision of Schools and Planning System. A new Code of Practice on the above has recently been announced.The Code of Practic e has been agreed between the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Department of Education and Science and Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas in conjunction with the City and County |Managers’Association and sets out the roles, responsibilities and the specific actions to be taken in relation to forecasting future demand for school places and planning for schools provision through the development plan, local area plan and development management processes. The Code of Practice is part of a wider packatge of initiatives designed to facilitate the provision of schools and schools-related infrastructure within the planning system. This is welcome news as I note from experience locally that the synergies between these departments and agencies has been somewhat non existent in the past and many delays could have been avoided. The code of practice is available to view and download on the peaprtments’s websites www.environ.ie/en/publications/developmentand housing/ planning.

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Annual Review of Register of Electors

The annual review of the Register of Electors will begin in July/August 2008. This will involve a door-to-door update of households within the city boundaries enquiring as to who is resident at that address to ensure their inclusion in the Draft Register of Electors 2009/2010. Every person who is ‘ordinary resident and over 18 years of age up to and including 15th February next’ is eligible for inclusion in the Final Register of Electors 2009/2010. All persons should ensure that their names are included in the Final Register of Electors 2009/2010 to ensure that they are registered to vote at the Local Elections 2009. Forms for inclusion in the Register are available at Garda Stations, Post Offices and Libraries.  Application forms are also available from the Franchise Section, Cork City Council, Tel: (021) 4924107/4924108/4924109/email HYPERLINK “mailto:franchise@ corkcity.ie” \o “blocked::mailto:franchise@corkcity.ie” \t “_blank” franchise@corkcity.ie or from the Reception Desk, City Hall, Cork. During the next few weeks enumerators will be in the Ballinlough/ Blackrock/Douglas areas.  All enumerators carry appropriate I.D.  

Ballinlough Newsletter Team

The Balinlough Newsletter team had a very enjoyable night out recently, they went to a BBQ at the Briar Rose. Fortunately it was a dry night, we were served lovely food and with plenty of music to keep us all in a happy mood. This newsletter is printed three times a year, and delivered to every house in Ballinlough parish.   

Meals on Wheels

Cooks and Drivers are urgently needed especially  in the summer months, as some of the regular cooks and drivers are on holidays.  This is one of the most important services in our community, so if you have a few hours to spare once a fortnight, do contact us any morning between 11 and 12 at the community centre or by phone at 4294021.  

Ballinlough Scouts 38/40th TroopBallinlough Scouts

Members and Leaders of the 38/40th Troop have headed off for the All Ireland Jamboree 2008 that is been held in Punchestown to celebrate the centenary of Scouting in Ireland. It begins Saturday 2nd August. A Scout Jamboree is a unique scouting experience, that every scout should have the opportunity to enjoy. These international scouts, and the scouts from all over the island of Ireland will help in making this a truly Irish celebration. (Full report on their return)

FACT: 25% of your heat is lost through your Attic!

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• Stephnie Kidney and Jim O’Connell from Promac Machinery with Valerie Hogan from Hogan interiors ,Members of the Cork business community have gathered to hear about the power of positive PR at the New Cork School of Music, . The event was hosted by Cork PR and Marketing company, Power Media, which has announced details of a new expansion plan,Special guests on the evening included Walter Swift and Niamh Gunn. Walter Swift was recently released having been wrongly convicted of a crime based on false evidence. Niamh Gunn is the Cork solicitor and businesswoman who, through her work with the US-based Innocence Project, was instrumental in freeing Walter Swift after 27 years in prison Images by Gerard McCarthy

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Our Wedding Day • Tim Murphy and Joy Walsh Wedding in SMA Blackrock and Inchydoney Lodge and Spa. Pics: John and Anne Daly

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Thursday, 7th August 2008

Heal t h & B ea u t y

Liadh Fitzgerald ND ACID REFLUX

If you suffer from acid reflux accompanied by neck, arms or rib pain please seek the advice of your GP as this may indicate a peptic ulcer, gallstones, gastritis, a hernia, etc which requires medical attention. Acid reflux can be due to low levels of gastric acids so it is vital you know the nature of your symptoms especially if taking an antacid. In the interim the following may help: Eliminate cow’s milk as it increases production of stomach acids Fruit and veg acids are not the same as stomach acids but some citrus fruits may aggravate so avoid citrus for a while especially packaged orange juice Eliminate cooked/canned tomatoes which are more acid-producing than raw and skinned tomatoes Molkosan is a lactic acid that can be taken (1tsp in water) to regulate over and under acidity Try food combining to relieve the digestive system Decrease fat intake as it takes time to digest meaning the stomach produces more acids Eat slowly and steer clear of: alcohol, caffeine, chilli, cow’s milk, fatty foods, garlic, onions, peppermint, peppers, plums, rhubarb, salad dressings, vinegar, spices etc Liadh M Fitzgerald ND is the Director of Studies of the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). The CNM is Ireland’s most highly respected and well known complementary training providers of specialist courses in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Homeopathy. For more info contact www.naturopathy.ie or call 012353094. You can also contact Liadh on 022-49886

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Contact : Margaret Twomey RGN B.Sc

CITY CENTRE Appointments : 086 3937058

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P u z z les Crossword

• Model Pippa O Connor enjoys a sneak preview of The ESPA at The Europe, Killarney. The stunning spa, one of Irelands largest boasts an infinity pool, 3 outdoor pools, 16 treatment rooms, an ice fountain and a couples suite opens on Friday 1st August. Pic Darragh MacSweeneyProvision

Questions and Answers With John Philpott Q: My son has recently completed a course of antibiotics for a throat infection, and although the infection has cleared up, I’m concerned he may now need a good probiotic to get him back on track. What can you recommend? A: John Philpott and his team from Here’s Health says, While there is no denying the importance of antibiotics if you really need them, they can cause unwanted side-effects. Most notably, perhaps, they disrupt the balance of good and bad flora in the gut, which can lead to all sorts of problems. When it comes to fighting infection, antibiotics do kill harmful bacteria (not viruses) but, unfortunately, they also wipe out your friendly bacteria too. These friendly bacteria, called ‘probiotics’, actually help healthy people fight infection by producing natural antibiotics in the gut, and they’re very important for keeping your digestive system healthy. The gut contains around 11 trillion bacteria, weighing approximately 1.5kg. Ideally at least 70% of these should be healthy probiotic bacteria; however antibiotics can turn this balance on its head, allowing bad bacteria to outnumber the good. It is advisable to follow a course of antibiotics with a course of probiotics, to build up your good bacteria again. One supplement that’s ideal for children (or indeed adults who don’t like capsules) is Higher Nature’s Probio-Easy. A powerful probiotic powder, you simply sprinkle over food. Each quarter level teaspoon provides 16mg of the friendly Lactobacillus acidophilus and is milk-free. Suggested intake is ¼ - ½ level teaspoon a day. For further advice, ask at your local health shop.

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Brainteazer Last Week’s 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 Week’s Answer Although deaf he was not mute so he shouted “Shark” This Week’s Teazer Farmer Blastem has one of those gas-fuelled bird scaring machines. It lets off an alarming bang once a minute. If he sets it going so that the first bang takes place at 6AM. How many times will it have gone off by 7AM ?

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H o m e & Gar d e n

Garden Winner

The winner of our Summer Garden Competition this week is Jerry & Mary Hickey Ballincollig wins a voucher for 50 euro’s worth of goods from Kiernans, Garden Centre, Douglas Court. Next week – it could be you! Our Summer Gardening Competition in conjunction with Tidy Towns is open to all our readers. Win a prize every week from May to September. Get out the hoe and start now for a stunning summer garden. If your garden or any part of your garden is blooming, or just looking good, why not lets us have a photo. It could win you a prize! If you have a neighbor with a nice garden who might be a bit shy about entering why not take a photo for them and they could win a prize. Send your entry to Gardening, Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas. Cork . Or email to frontdesk@ douglaspost.ie

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gardening

tender perennials, indoors and out, as they will root well before winter. Finish repotting house - and greenhouse plants in the next 2 weeks; after that, wait until spring. Finish thinning grapes. Feed cacti for the. last time, but continue watering in warm weather. Take cuttings of scented pelargoniums in gritty compost. Start thinning vigorous marginal and bog garden growth, especially where species have finished flowering. Spray new ground with giyphosate for maximum impact Prepare sites for new evergreens of all kinds. Check brassicas regularly for caterpillars and clusters of butterfly

things to do this week

We are approaching the ‘flowers that bloom in the Fall’ time, perhaps we’ll get a late summer, but who knows?. As usual we try to give you a few ideas on what might need doing in your garden this week. Not everything in this article may apply to your garden - but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week. Flower Garden Feed dahlias every fortnight to sustain flowering and build up tubers. Continue spraying roses and Michaelmas daisies with fungicide, as diseases are more likely now. Tie in new stems on climbing roses, arching them downwards to encourage flowering sideshoots Kitchen Garden Make new strawberry beds and transplant rooted runners to new positions. Check sweetcorn regularly and gather as soon as it is ripe. Trim chives and pot up for winter use. Sow a large leafy turnip variety for winter “greens”. Start covering endive with a large pot or dinner plate to blanch the hearts in 3-4 weeks time. Lawns & Hedges Rake lawns in the next week or two to scratch out thatch and other dead or loose material. Greenhouse Remove a little shading from the glass as heat levels decline. Pot up springflowering bulbs for early colour indoors. Take conifer cuttings with a heel for rooting in a cold frame. In General Continue taking cuttings of all

eggs. Finnish summer pruning all fruit. Cut out the exhausted stems of loganberries and other hybrid berries, and tie in new canes. Water and mulch runner beans and the pods ripen. Watch out for woolly aphids on apples and treat with methylated spirits. Check brassicas regularly for caterpillars and clusters of butterfly eggs. Finnish summer pruning all fruit. Cut out the exhausted stems of loganberries and other hybrid berries, and tie in new canes Water and mulch runner beans and the pods ripen. Watch out for woolly aphids on apples and treat with methylated spirits.

• One of last years Garden entries Tim O’Sullivan, Pouladuff

Gardening Competition Win a pair of ornamental glass garden balls. Send your name and address on a postcard to the following address.

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young @ heart by Phil Goodman Before too long a new drug could prove at least twice as effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease as current medicines. As you all know Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most distressing complaints there is. It affects language use, memory and attention span. There are 35,000 sufferers in this country. Several studies are taking place with the aim of dealing with the underlying condition. Great progress has been made in dealing with the symptoms of the disease, within four years it is hoped to have a drug on the market which will stop this cruel disease from progressing. Staying with health, which mainly effects, but not always our older people? I would like to draw attention to prostate cancer, which affects nearly always older men ’70 and over’. They now advise men from 45 up to get checked. Prostate cancer is Ireland’s second most common cancer among men. A purpose built Men’s Health Clinic will open in the Mercy Hospital in October specify for the detection and treatment of prostrate problems. I urge all men in our community to have a prostrate blood test.

• Betty Maura Bridie Deilia with Christine Cregan in Kinsale.

Congratulations to Bartosz Mieszala who is the new manager of the Douglas Village Shopping Centre. He will have a very busy time ahead with they new shopping centre which should be completed some time next year. Our group paid a visit to Kinsale and called to Dino’s Restaurant where Christine and Mary Gregan (Dino’s daughters) had the restaurant reserved for us and what a meal they served us. Of course “Dino’s Fish and Chips” were top of our list but there were lots of other choices. Well done to the girls, we will certainly pay a return visit after the 5 star treatment. Also we’d like to wish Dino ‘ the man himself ’ a speedy recovery from his recent illness. Don’t forget the Heart Foundation Church Collection at St. Columbas Church on the 9th and 10th of August. I need collectors for each Mass. The trip to Baltimore and Sherkin Island is almost full. We also have a trip to Waterford Glass Factory, where you can see the glass being made. That trip is on the 19th August.

• Young at Heart Group on their Kinsale visit.

Young at Heart Group Douglas.

Our trip to Skibbereen Heritage Centre last week was very interesting. All about the Famine and how it affected Skibbereen. Well worth a visit. Happy Birthday to a beautiful Lady – Eileen O’Leary ! Our Thought for the Day: Take care of your body. It is the only one you will get to live in.

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12th August - Baltimore/Sherkin Island – Bus leaves at 10.30am 19th August – Waterford Glass Factory

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“Cherish your yesterdays Dream your tomorrows. But be Young at Heart And live your to-days” ‘Bye for now, Phil.

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(Please include Membership Fee of €10 with this application)

Novena to the Sacred Heart Dear heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours This time I ask you this very special one mention favour Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart Where your father sees it then in his merciful eyes it will become your Favour not mine Amen say this prayer for three days promise publication And favour will be granted Eilish

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Douglas Community Notice Board

Wednesday, 13th August 11.00a.m. – Creative Writing Workshop with Pauline Jackson. Ages 11-16. Booking Essential. Thursday, 14th August 11.00a.m. – Arts & Crafts Workshop. Ages 6 and up. Booking Essential. Friday, 15th August 11a.m. Clay Castles Arts & Crafts Workshop. Ages 8-12. Booking Essential. Saturday, 16th August 10.00a.m. – Colouring Competition. All ages. All Welcome. 3.00p.m. – 3- D Designs. Ages 8-12. Booking Essential.

Is there a community event or fundraiser happening in your area? Please let us know and we will be delighted publish it for you.

Our Deepest Sympathy The management and staff of The Douglas Post would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Geraldine O’Keeffe of Newton Court, who died so unexpectedly during the week. Our prayers and thoughts are with Ross, Emily, Kim and Kevin. We knew Geraldine as a friend and business associate and we are deeply sorry for her loss.

The Greater Chernobyl Cause Gala Auction

The East Village Bar & Restaurant Friday 29th August 2008 at 8.30pm Items include; Jacuzzi Bathroom Suite, Furniture, Jewellery, Designer Fashion, Breaks at Leading Hotels, Annual Membership to Leisure Centres, Signed Rugby & Football Jerseys & Much Much More Music with John Spillane Bands and DJS All funds raised will support the children at Ayagus Orphanage Kazakhstan For Further details please call Fiona on 087 9536133 Mandy 087 2270126

Douglas GAA Club

“You’re only a stranger once” Thurs: Texas Holdem Poker Fri Bar - Tim Desmond Sat Hall - The Glen Flynn Band Matches ‘Live’ on Big Screens

Douglas Library.

Al-Anon Family Groups

Saturday, 9th August 10.00a.m. – Colouring Competition. All ages. All welcome. 11.00a.m. – Arts & Crafts Workshop. Ages 8-12. Booking Essential. Tuesday, 12th August 11.00a.m. – Puppet Show with Sean O Laoghaire. All welcome.

Hope for anyone affected by another’s drinking. Monthly Meeting, First Wednesday @ 8.30pm Free Admission- Open to all Dominican Centre Popes Quay

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Douglas Slainte Toastmasters meet every fortnight (Wed) in the Rochestown Park Hotel. Next meeting 14th August at 8pm. Toastmasters is all about personnel development – speaking confidently in public or to a group. People come and develop their speaking and presentation skills and stay because it is fun, entertaining and an excellent place to meet new people. You’ll find our meetings, friendly, informed and efficiently run. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills. If you would like more information please feel free to contact us. HYPERLINK “http://www. freetoasthost.org” www.freetoasthost.org Mary Dooley 086 836 7233 or Aidan Coakley 086 825 7224

Enable Ireland require local volunteer collectors for Tour de Munster

Enable Ireland Disability Services are seeking volunteers to collect on the route of this year’s Tour de Munster cycle. The cycle takes place from 14th – 17th August through Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. If you are available on any of these dates and want to help collect money for children and adults with disabilities in your community, please call Charlie on 021 4294434 or email corkfr@ enableireland.ie Log onto www.enableireland. ie or www.tourdemunster.com for further details.

The following events will take place in Carrigaline Library this summer.Goldilocks and the Three Bears Puppet Show will be presented by Miriam Lambert of the famous Lambert Puppet Theatre on Wednesday August 20th. at 11.00a.m. All are welcome and there is no need to book a place.A Workshop called Kool Krafty Keyrings with Sarah Geary will take place on Saturday July 26th at 11.00 a.m.Booking is essential due to small numbers.The age group here is 8-12 years.A novel workshop called Cowboy Roundup with Margie will be held on the theme of Cowboys and the Wild West.Booking is essential and the age group is7-10. All these events are free and will be great fun.

Passage West Poker Passage West GAA Club are holding Texas Hold’em Poker every Thursday night. BUY IN is 10E TOP UP is 5E We also have the option to buy back in before the break if you are unlucky enough to be knocked out. Come along and show us your talent. Don’t be afraid to contact us on the email.

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Summer Programme in Carrigaline Library

Passage West GAA Summer Camp The Passage West GAA Summer Camp takes place until Friday 8th August from 2pm to 5.30pm each day. Boys and Girls between the ages of 6 and 14 are welcome to come along to play hurling, football and camogie. All are welcome, particularly new members and a fun week is guaranteed.

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“Put on your dancing shoes” Ceili Cois Locha – open air. 7.30pm every Wednesday. All welcome

Carrigaline Community News

Passage West Community News

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• Ariel Ambassadors Sean Og O’hAilpin and Tom Kenny were pictured with Kate Higgins, Emma Hartnett, Ciara Sweeney and Grace O’Connor at the Mahon Point Tesco store in Cork. The two Cork Hurling stars were promoting Ariel’s official GAA promotion where they are giving away free GAA towels with packs of Ariel. Pic: Miki Barlok

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in the loop with Peter Bowles D.J.

The Anybodies

The Anybodies are a local band that have broke onto the scene in a big way during the last year. They are together only 2 year and have already played with the likes of the Blizzards, Delorentos and the Flaws. . In the last few months they were invited to open for the 2fm 2moro 2our which featured Dave Geraghty, Ham Sandwich and Concerto for Constantine. After being seen here, they were invited to headline the Munster heat of the 2fm School of Rock competition. They are due to release their debut single, “Valintine”, on the 15th of August. It will be available on itunes and download music. ie aswell as HMV, they will be touring the country in support of the single release. Check out www.anybodiesmusic.com for info. The song itself has a great chance of making a dent in the Irish charts. It’s about a lads willingness to comply with the commercial guidelines of Valintines day in order to get his girl. Upon hearing the track the first time I found myself bopping along to it in a content manner. Its got a nice calming feel to it with its catchy hook and unique guitar riffs. The lads did well with this one, can’t wait to see what they get up to next! Akon has spoken out about writing new material with Michael Jackson, saying that it was “a dream come true” and proof that he’d “made it.” The Senegalese rapper recently collaborated with the self-proclaimed King Of Pop on a track entitled Hold My

Thursday 7 August: Revelation Sound System 9pm, Cyprus Ave Green Lights 9pm, The Infirmary Perish The Thought+Filthy Kings+Ladydoll 8.30pm, Fred Zeppelins

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Hand, which will feature on Akon’s next studio album, Acquitted. Akon said, “I had a wish list of all the collaborations I ever wanted to do. Mike was at the top.” “But I got to Mike ten years earlier than I expected. So I decided not to make retirement goals anymore.” Akon is believed to have finished his follow up to Konvicted, as well as a further album entitled Double Jeopardy. A release date has yet to be set for either album. In keeping with the topic of collaborations, Kanye West has put an end to rumours that he is lined up to produce new material for Britney Spears. The hip hop rapper and producer has set the record straight on his well-used blog in an entry labelled the ‘Clarity Post’. He writes, “I have not siged up to do Britney Spear‘s music!! Clarity post will be my new thing 2 de-spell all false rumours... short and sweet.” Spears is said to be currently working on her sixth studio album, with possible contributions from Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams. UK singer-producer Taio Cruz has also submitted songs for the follow-up to 2007’s

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Sport G.A.A. FOCUS

Snippets from the Local and National Scene By Pat Harrington

Cork vs. Clare

I took a rest on Sunday July 27th. and didn’t go to Thurles for the Clare match. My opinion prior to the encounter was that Cork might find it difficult to raise their game after their tough clash with Galway. These lads may be professional in their approach to the game but after all they are amateurs in reality, relying on their day jobs for their livelihood. It’s difficult to turn it on three weeks in a row. Clare were by far the better team in throughout the opening half but wasted numerous chances. Cork were struggling in almost every line, with Tom Kenny being the exception in his manner of standing up to the Bannermen. The Cork half back line were in serious trouble as John Gardiner’s man cleaned up and Diarmuid O’Sullivan was having problems at full back. I experienced many emotions, thankfully in the first half as the Claremen gained and missed so many opportunities. Disappointed that Cork might exit the championship, I was not

optimistic. The introduction of Timmy McCarthy made a significant difference. The whole Cork team must have paid a visit to Tír Na nÓg at the interval; such was the transformation. They came out totally re-energised for the second half. The Rock was withdrawn, and in my opinion not before time. Kieran (Fraggy) Murphy and Neil Ronan were introduced and the moves made an immediate impact. The mood at the conclusion of the game was certainly one of elation. I can fully understand how management like to show loyalty to long-serving players but at times this loyalty can be misplaced. Cork do not have a ready replacement for Diarmuid O’Sullivan and yes, the Cloyne stalwart has given stirling service to the county. Yet I feel it would be foolhardy to start him against Kilkenny. Think Brian Murphy, if not John Gardiner. Dónal Óg Cusack Dónal Óg Cusack has been the subject of much discussion over the last number of years. He has developed into a fantastic goalkeeper, most professional in his approach to the game and measures his every puck with foresight and accuracy. By all accounts he is great to sign autographs and is generous with his time for young kids. At the end of the Dublin game some young lad asked him for his jersey and Dónal Óg didn’t hesitate to make this kid happy, going home with his prized possession. He is a most articulate spokesman as witnessed when he was interviewed for television during the players’ dispute last winter. Dónal Óg is a member of the G.P.A. Some would

They Shoot, They Score!

say he is too big for his boots; that he assumes too much power. There were comments after the Galway game that his sending off was no loss to the team. Tom Humphreys in The Times described him as a hate figure for some traditionalists, which is strange when one looks at his unselfish service to the game and it’s grassroots. During the course of the Dublin game one spectator shouted at Dónal Óg calling him a “Muppet” and a “Clown” amongst other names. My take is he stands up for the players’ rights and is prepared to fight their every cause. I congratulate him for facing up to the Association’s Hierarchy. Conversely I am concerned that he has too much say in the Cork hurling setup. Players should be content with playing the game. The job of management is to select and manage. Douglas Junior Hurlers Congratulations to Douglas junior hurlers and their backroom team on qualifying for the junior ‘A’ hurling championship final for the first time since 1984. To qualify this year is all the more noteworthy when one considers that on this occasion it is the club’s second team. There is one very significant link between the teams of 1984 and 2008; Brendan Larkin was a team selector in ‘84 – and now 24 years later he still fulfils that same role. Condolence This week we send our condolences to Cormac Dineen, his mother Nan and family on the recent death of his father Gus. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. More next week, Pat.

CORK Kids Graduate from National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer School 1st August 2008 Pictured: Pat Leogue, Branch Manager, National Irish Bank’s Fermoy branch congratulates graduates of the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer School which took place at : Fermoy FC, Carraig Park, Fermoy, Cork, this week. Pictured is Oscar Bradley with Pat Leogue. To celebrate their sponsorship of the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer Schools, which are now in their second year, National Irish Bank are offering children the chance to become one of the FIFA Flag-Bearers at the Ireland vs. Cyprus World Cup 2010 qualifying match in Croke Park on the 15th of October next. To enter, all you have to do is drop into your local National Irish Bank branch and open a Junior Savings account between the 30th of June and the 19th of September 2008. The prize will include match tickets for the winner, two adults and one other child, one night’s accommodation in Dublin, return transport and €500 spending money. 270 Summer Soccer Schools will take place all over Ireland this summer, offering over 23,000 children the opportunity to develop their soccer skills under the supervision of FAI-qualified coaches in a fun and encouraging environment. PIc. Emma Jervis

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Cork Coastal Rowing Association

Competition just stepped up a gear this weekend at the fantastic County Coastal Rowing Championships. Nine clubs travelled up from West Cork to take on the six Cork Harbour Clubs at the beautiful beach that is Cuskinny on the Great Island of Cobh. Without a doubt competition on the water was fierce with twelve 2007 All Ireland Title holders coming from County Cork Crews. Better conditions could not have been ordered for crews competing on the water and spectators and supporters ashore. Besides the exciting races it’s also an opportunity to renew old acquaintances. There was a very early start for all crews because of tidal conditions with the first starting gun set off at ten for the Mixed Vet race. It was a great race to start the day with Myross taking a clear early lead with a very close competition between Kilmacsimon and Crosshaven for second place. The next two races, U18 ladies and Men went West to Galley and Kilmacabea. The Senior Mixed race was a super race for all three medal places with Rushbrooke taking Gold. The young boy’s crews from Passage West whipped up a storm on the water. Shane O’Sullivan, Mark and Aaron Horan with Louise Walsh won U 12 while Louise swapped places with Danial Santry for the crew to win U14. The U12 girl’s race was fantastic with seven crews on the water fighting for medals. The young girls from Rushbrooke came across the line in first place with Ardfield-Rathbarry and Kilmacabea rowing in second and third place. All three places in the U16 Girls race were won by

DOUGLAS PITCH AND PUTT CLUB

Results

Memorial week 1 R O’Donoghue, 2 D Dennehy, 3 M Lynch, 4 P Noonan, 5 L O’Brien, 6 S Gregson

Juveniles 1 L Harris 2 A Deane

Sunday

Gross: - Liam O’Brien & Tadgh Sheehan Nett: - Linda O’Donovan & Rory O’Neill

Fixtures

Saturday 3 ball scramble @ 2.30pm Sunday President Denis Cashman’s Prize (36 hole Stableford) @ 09.30am. Last Card @ 1.00pm Best of luck to Linda O’Donovan and the rest of the Cork team this weekend.

• It’s all action at the first turning buoys in the Junior Men’s race at the County Coastal Rowing Championships.

West Cork Crews; Galley, Kilmacsimon and Kilmacabea. Myross were very dominant in the Pre Vet Ladies race while Crosshaven were the very convincing winners in the Pre Vet Men’s race. Myross Vet Ladies had an unstoppable crew while the Vet Men’s crews showed plenty of power in every boat on the water. All Junior, Senior and intermediate competitions were a fantastic exhibition of superb rowing and shear grit. The intermediate men’s race was a very close fought race with the new crew from Blackrock taking the lead for most of the race to be beaten by kilmacsimon on the turns. The Junior Ladies race was a great spectacle with Kilmacsimon and Rusbrooke locked together until the final vet buoys for second and third place, Myross took gold. After a great day’s competition there was a fairly even spread of medals throughout all clubs with fourteen gold medals heading West. Club of the day was awarded to Kilmacabea. In his speech to the gathered competitors Michèál O’Murchú, West Cork Coastal Rowing Chairman, said “This is one of the best county regattas I have been involved in and the very best of luck to all clubs competing in the AIB All Ireland Championships in a couple of weeks.” Shane Russell, Chairman of the Cork Coastal Rowing Association congratulated Dave O’Sullivan and the committee from Rushbrook Rowing Club for producing a very successful regatta. He also said “Today we have witnessed some of the finest display of coastal rowing seen in recent years.”

Douglas Hurling & Football

Events on the field

Junior B hurling championship defeat Douglas were defeated by Na Piarsaigh in their latest Junior B hurling championship game. At half time the score was five points to four but Na Piarsaigh ran out winners on a score of 1-10 to nine points. Diarmuid Lynch provided six of Douglas points from frees. Senior Football League The senior footballers won their final league game away to Killavullen on a final score of 2-18 to 2-5. Fixtures for the coming week Wednesday 6th August Premier Minor Hurling Championship Douglas v Fermoy 7.30 venue unknown Wednesday 13th August Craobh Rua Cup (Junior B Hurling) Douglas v Lough Rovers away 7pm Please check our website www.douglasgaa.com for the latest fixtures and results.

• Douglas Hall’s Caroline Hawkes

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