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People Link Talking with Anne Marie Fagan Managing Director of An Excellent Choice Caterers.

by George Thompson

How long has An Excellent Choice Caterers been involved with Cork Week? ‘We have been involved now since 1992 and it is testament to our service that after 16 years, our association with this event is as strong as ever’.

Fingers crossed for Summer!

Last weekend I looked forward to the ‘clash of the ash’ between Cork and Galway in Thurles and while it looked a bit ominous for Cork for awhile particularly after the dismissal of Cork ‘keeper, Donal Óg Cusak, the Leeside spirit came through taking the ‘Rebels’ to the next stage of the Championship. It was great to see Joe Deane back in the side from the start, his experience and influence certainly was a major contribution in Cork’s win. The hurling was a bit scrappy with tensions running high but this didn’t take away from what was a nail biter of a finish. * * * I always enjoy going to Haulbowline which I consider my second home and catching up with some of my old comrades when ever I do. Last week

When does your planning begin for Cork Week? ‘Our planning for this event is on going in that, for instance on the Monday after the end of Cork Week 2008, we start planning 2010’. How many hours do you cram into your day during Cork Week? ‘I work from 10am until 4am the following morning. I manage 4 hours sleep with a half hour traveling time to and from Crosshaven, so it’s pretty hectic but must be done’. How many meals would An Excellent Choice Caterers cover during Cork Week? ‘We cater for crews and visitors alike and all tolled works out at over 10,000 meals including over 5,000 bar-b-que meals. While 1600 kegs of beer quench the thirst’. Have you encountered many changes over the years at Crosshaven? ‘Trends change annually and what’s popular one year may not be the next. The whole event as a package is important – the racing and the entertainment. It’s important that that crews, visitors and locals go away happy and will want to come back again and again. I’m happy that Cork Week has adapted to trend changes and vice versa ensuring the continued success of the event’. What do you say about adverse publicity regarding value for money at Cork Week? ‘Its nonsense really when you consider the amount of money invested in the event. Stages, lighting, entertainment alone not to mention the large investment by the breweries in terms of cooling systems etc. to ensure that visitors to the site can avail of the best pint in the country. When you look at some other entertainment events, not many offer the same value for money for €85, which is the cost of a Week long ticket for Cork Week – that’s just over €10 per night’.

was no exception as I joined up the Young at Heart Group at the Naval Base for what is now an annual visit for the group and hosted once more by Warrant Officer John Walsh NS. The lads at the Base go out of their way for all visitors and the Young at Heart Group, for the third time, have come away from Haulbowline with lasting memories. Well done to all at the Base, and while I regularly visit, I look forward to returning with Phil Goodman and the group once more later in the year. * * * At last the weather seems to be coming right for the time of year and with August on the horizon, fingers crossed for a summer! Slán George Thompson Editor

• Douglas district and Lions Club in corporation with Irish ExPress Cargo who have been supporting the fund raising of the the Douglas Lions Club in excess of 20 years recently launched their latest drive to raise much needed funds for the Mercy Hospital Foundation and the Corkl Simon Community at Beamish and Crawford Brewery. The golf classic will take place on the 25th of July at Monkstown Golf Club. Picture L/R: Rachel Stevenson, Cork Simon; Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Patricia Gosch, Paul O’Riardon, Vice President of the Douglas Lions Club, Maurice Healy, Monkstown Golf Club Captain and Michael Sheridan of the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Picture: John Lotty.

Finally, did you get the opportunity to get out on the water during the week? ‘Yes, on one day I did manage to get aboard a friends boat’. Interview and photo by George Thompson

The Douglas Post Magazine Morris House, Douglas West, Cork

Tel:021 4369000 / Fax: 021 4369148 frontdesk@douglaspost.ie The publishers have made every effort to ensure all information is correct at time of print, however no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. The views expressed in the articles herein are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher of The Douglas Post Magazine.

• Lennie, Anne and Stephanie Hyde pictured at R.C.Y.C. Crosshaven during Cork Week. Pic.George Thompson

The Douglas Post is published weekly by Douglas Post Ltd.

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Road Improvements on East Douglas Street. Professional Traffic Management In Operation Public road Improvements on East Douglas Street will commence on June 30th. These improvements are being carried out at this time to take advantage of school holidays and the lighter traffic volumes. The works will improve the ESB, Gas & Telecom services in the area & will help in the opening of the new 4 lane road at the base of the South Link Road which will take some of the existing traffic off Church Street. These public roadworks will involve both daytime & nightime activity. There will be a professional traffic management company working to ensure traffic moves efficiently through East Douglas Street and the surrounding areas. As a result of these works East Douglas Street will be more pedestrian friendly. Douglas Village Shopping Centre will remain fully open during these works.

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A – Initial work involves the removal of the existing roundabout & the introduction of a permanent traffic light system that will work with the Well road Junction traffic lights. This new system will enable traffic move more freely in this area. B – Occasionally there will be works on these footpaths. However, at all times there will be an open pedestrian route through the area

During the road improvements, traffic will still run in both directions on East Douglas Street as it does at the moment. There will be no parking opposite the work area on East Douglas Street during these road improvements. There will be a realignment of the existing traffic islands in this area of East Douglas Street. For the duration of the works there will be a traffic light system introduced at the affected junctions in East Douglas Street. There will be a person in position on the site area working as a back-up operator of these traffic lights. If he sees a build-up of traffic at any junction he will be able to react immediately by changing the lights to free up this junction.

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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. As Gaelic A Eagarthóir a chara, Tuigeann daoine go maith go bhfuil Iarthair na hÉireann ag fáil bháis de réir a chéile. Idir cailleadh postanna traidisiúnta feirmeoireachta, iascaireachta agus déantóireachta, druidim agus scrios na seirbhísí poiblí cosúil le seirbhísí sláinte agus oideachais, tarraingt siar mhodhanna iompair phoiblí, agus, faoin tuath, druidim scoileanna, siopaí agus staisiúin Ghardaí. Mar chuid den straitéis atá agam leis na fadhbanna seo a réiteach, beidh mé féin, mar bhall den Chomhchoiste Oireachtais um Ghnóthaí Ealaíon, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta, beidh mé ag cur páipéar le chéile dar teidéal ‘Cad é atá de dhíth chun athnuachán eacnamaíoch agus sóisialta Iarthar na hÉireann a bhaint amach?’ Leis an pháipéar seo a chur le chéile tá sé de rún agam dul i mbun comhairliúchán pobail ar fud an Iarthair. Beidh sraith chruinnithe poiblí ann mar chuid den phróiseas seo, chomh maith le cruinnthe le hionadaithe ó na pobail fheirmeoireachta agus iascaireachta, grúpaí forbartha pobail, boird fhiontraíochta, Cumainn Tráchtála, ceardchumainn, grupaí ban agus grúpaí ábharacha feachtais eile ón Iarthair. Iaraim ar ghrúpaí nó daoine aonaracha a bhfuil suim acu aighneacht a chur isteach chuig an chomhairliúchán seo dul i dteagmháil liomsa ag Pearse. Doherty@oireachtas.ie Tá tuilleadh eolais agus téarmaí tagartha ar fáil fosta ach teagmháil a dhéanamh liom ag an seoladh seo. Cuirfear fáilte roimh gach aighneacht. Is é an dáta deiridh do na haighneachtaí a bheith istigh ná 12 Méan Fómhair 2008. Cuirfear an tuairisc críochnaithe foilsithe os comhar an Chomhchoiste Oireachtais le bheith faofa. Is mithid dúinn seasamh le chéile, comhchlár a aontú, agus troid ar son Iarthair na hÉireann. Is mise Seanadóir Piaras Ó Dochartaigh

Green Party saddened to hear of the death of Charlie Hennessy Green Party member of Passage West Town Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, along with his party colleague Senator Dan Boyle, were saddened to hear of the death of Monkstown resident Charlie Hennessy. Cllr. Donnelly said: “It is with great sadness that I heard of the death of Charlie Hennessy. If anyone embodied what it means to be a community activist, then that was Charlie. With over 25 years of service as an independent member of Passage West Town Council, including numerous years as Mayor, as well as his active participation in countless other organisations, it is unlikely that anyone will ever match Charlie’s level of service and dedication.” Cllr. Donnelly continued: “I first met Charlie through his involvement with the Cork Environmental Forum, of which he was a director for almost 10 years. I remember him saying once “I was an environmentalist before anyone knew what an environmentalist was”. When I decided to run for election to Passage West Town Council in 2004, he was extremely helpful and supportive, having himself served on the Town Council for so many years. Then late last year I succeeded Charlie as chairperson of the Monkstown branch of CHEPA (Cork Harbour Environmental Protection Association), in their successful fight to prevent the Port of Cork getting planning permission for a new container terminal on the Oyster Bank off Ringaskiddy. He was absolutely passionate in his love for Cork Harbour, and he was so delighted when their planning application was rejected last month by An Bord Pleanala that he nearly danced out of his hospital bed. Charlie will be sorely missed, particularly in Monkstown. Our sympathies go to his family, and to his countless friends. May he rest in peace.” Cllr. Dominick Donnelly

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CHANGE COMES TO CORK Change – Ireland’s Plan of Action on Climate Change to Cork. The “Know your Number” Roadshow will visit Wilton Shopping Centre on Thursday 24th July and Mahon Shopping Centre on Friday 25th July and will be open to the public from 11 am to 7 pm each day. I’m delighted that the “Know your Number” Roadshow will be spending two days in Cork this week. They are providing people in Cork with an opportunity to learn about how their lifestyle impact on the environment, their own carbon count number and what steps they can take to help reduce this. Recent months have seen increases or the announcement of future increases in the cost of petrol & diesel, gas, electricity and home heating oil. The effects of these increases are hitting families very hard. The Road show will give people information on how they can save money while they save the environment. Climate change is a worldwide challenge, a challenge that can only be met by each individual, especially those of us in the developed world, facing up to our responsibilities to understand just how we each contribute to climate change and taking positive steps to reduce this.                         The Stop Climate Chaos campaign shows that Ireland produces 17.5 carbon tonnes per person per year. Among rich countries we are the sixth most polluting per person. We each need to strive to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible and a visit to the “Know your number” Roadshow in Wilton on Thursday or Mahon on Friday would be a positive step in that direction.

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The family went to visit our friend, Fred who works for Concern in Tanzania. It took three flights over two days to get to Dar Es Salaam. I am not a great traveller and I think airports are the armpit of the world: too warm, uncomfortable and nothing decent to eat. But we got there in good spirits and then set off the next day for another day and half ’s drive to get to Ruaha Safari park in central Tanzania. Driving through the bush, the roads were so battered; it was like driving on corrugated iron. The kids, all five of them, were thrown around in the back of the jeep and they loved it. Several hours into the journey, my husband delicately asked the driver, Rogerino for a pit stop. Rogerino, so named by the Italian nuns who ran the orphanage he was raised in, picked his spot carefully, first pulling across the empty road and back over again until he was satisfied that he found the shadiest spot. Men and boys are lucky, they can go anywhere. I would have to walk a mile before I had decent cover and then you wouldn’t know what or who you might meet: this was Masai tribe and lion territory. Two hours later

and we arrived at the park gates and I could see a single hut up a hill marked ‘Ladies’. While Rogerino played eenie meenie mo with his parking options, I opened the door with the car still moving and hit the ground running, past the sentry and several tourists to that gleaming hut on the hill. Sanity restored, I strolled back down to find the children standing on a bridge gawping down at several crocodiles and hippos in the river. We were to see lots of animals over the next three days but my favourite became the hippo. It is hard not to attribute human characteristics to animals; if it is fat then you assume that it must be cuddly until Fred told us that they actually kill more people than crocodiles. Hippos are defensive, cranky and paranoid. They are herbivores but if the mood takes them, they will overturn a boat and take a chomp out of you and then the crocodiles move in. No wonder they hang out together. When we moved into our house on stilts over looking the river, there were two hippos submerged in the water before us. They act like badly behaved old ladies who have had too much to drink. They

• Mr Clown, Sinead Murphy and Donna Gillen from Monkey Maze, Daniel O’Dwyer from Ballinlough and David Delaneyfrom Ballincollig in Glanmire at the Cork Chamber Family Day at Fota House pic Gerard Mccarthy

sit submerged in the water all day come into the house during the long with only their nostrils and night. I reassured him with, “He’s enormous rumps showing. Every so fat that he won’t be able to get now then they emit loud honking up stairs and even if he did, the noises and burps and occasionally stairs would collapse under his they come to the riverbank to bask weight.” He nodded vigorously in in the sun like great big brown agreement and said, “Anyway, he slugs. The boys renamed them doesn’t have a key!” Hippo-butt-am-I. The dining room was in a separate building about 500 yards from the houses. After dark, it was not advised to walk around alone and so every night after dinner, a Masai warrior escorted us home. The warrior was real: I felt his spear and it was as sharp as Gillette. The first night, my eight year old and I were walking back to our house when the warrior spotted a fully grown hippo under our stilts. We became worried: it was a possibility that the hippo could head butt the stilts and send the whole • Karen O’Leary, Lola Coughlan and Reuben thing crashing into the Coughlan enjoying the day in Bishop Lucey river. My son was afraid Park in Cork yesterday. that the hippo might Pic: Provision

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• 90’ superzero yacht ‘Rambler’ beating into the wind during racing at ACC Cork Week yest. pic michael mac sweeney/provision

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• Adien O’Leary Celtic Interiors congratulates Passage West Rowing Club on a very successful regatta last Sunday. Aideen Murphy, Cora Murphy, Lora O’Callaghan, Tina Lehane, Pat Sutherland Cox.

• Pauline Lynch Diabetes Federation with Declan O’Connor and Ciara O’Connor of Lee Travel aboard the Norwegian Jade at Cobh recently.

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A r t s & C u l t u re

poetry corner

Douglas Writers Group Frankfield House Competition

with Ronnie McGinn The author of this week’s poem, who hails from Co Derry, asked if it ‘cut the Mustard’. At first glance it reminded me of that well known Irish ballad ‘The Old Bog Road’ and I immediately felt it contained a dated sentiment that in this modern word of instant communication no longer applied. On reflection I realised I was totally wrong. There are a great many people out there who due to circumstances not of their making suffer the same longings and pains as did their predecessors a hundred years ago. THE DEAR OLD SOD.  An Irishman in a festive pub, Far, far away, As he sits on his stool, He dreams of Derry in the good old day.

The Douglas Writers Group, next meeting will take place in Douglas Library on Friday the 8th August at 5.30 pm. It might be the middle of summer (?) but the search is on for Christmas Stories and poems. 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.

Ó Bhéal in association with Foras na Gaeilge presents Niall Herriott Monday 28th July

Niall Herriott lives in West Cork. He’s a scientist who is struggling to make better use of the other half of his brain! Much of his writing in the past has been of an environmental slant and more recently he has been attempting to address the approaching global crisis and how we relate to it. Satire and black humour is his current form of expression. His latest book is A Magic Little Virus and other short stories published by Carraig Press. Regarding poetry he feels he is still an apprentice despite numerous workshops endured and enjoyed at Munster Literature Centre. He has a selection of poems out - Beachcombers (both of these books are available in Vibes and Scribes and several other bookshops, also through lulu.com, including to download).  He has read at a number of venues including O Bheal, Triskel, Tigh Fili, Irish Writers Centre, Cuirt Poets Platform, Haarlem Literary Festival, Listowel Writers Week, Linen Hall Castlebar etc. and has had stories and poems published in various anthologies and journals. He is currently working on a novel.

“They’ve torn the place down now”, He said to me as I joined him at the bar, But as I listened I wondered, Was it to me or anyone in particular?   ‘Tis twenty years more or less, Since I’ve seen the dear old shore, As a tear fell from his eye, And my heart broke to the core.   “Make sure you go home son”, He said with a tear in his eye, “ Cause all my life I said I’d return to the emerald isle”.   He never got to see the sod, Before he had to go, And only a few of us ex pats, Were at his funeral in Colorado.

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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.

  And as I reminisce, Of that chat from long ago, I realised I should have listened, As I long for my own shore. Annette Mc Loughlin 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

• Douglas Post - Norwegian Jade Competition winners, Ellen Cremin and June Hurley pictured with Douglas Post’s Marie Piper Gregan during their visit to the ship at Cobh.

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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

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• Work is progressing well on the road improvements on East Douglas Street. Most of the area has now been tar sealed and in time will be paved. This area has been landscaped to create a pleasing ambience. • The area around the permanent County Council Pumping Station by Church Street has been cleaned and tar sealed. A structural steel cladding will be erected around this area. The remainder of this area has been returned to car park. • Piling and casing work continues on the west entranceway. This is preparatory work for the building of the new Tesco which will start in the New Year. • The future Tesco lift area in the western car park is complete and covered over for car parking. • Works on the “9 – 27” (northern) part works continues. Construction staff are presently dismantling the old river area towards the western end. We will start to see the multi storey car park come out of the ground within the next month. • Work will commence soon on the lift well in the unit next to Boys 2 Men. • Barters Travel will be relocating to a colourful porta cabin located on the main entranceway to the Centre. Barters Travel will be trading from this area 31 July until Christmas.

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

MARKETING €10,000 Summer Giveaway. We are giving away €1,000 per week over 10 weeks! We are now into our seventh week, and we have given away €6,000 to six 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 week 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: Thursday 31 July @ 8.30 pm – “A Broadway Romance” 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 HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS A display of Historic Photographs of Douglas can be found opposite Puccinos. If you would like any or all of the photos please let Kathleen or Carol at the Information Desk know and we will be happy to provide them to you, compliments of Douglas Village Shopping Centre. DOUGLAS JEWELLERS, Telephone: 021 489 3231 50% off selected items, 25% off selected diamond rings, 20% off all gold earrings. Plus many other special offers in store. HOUSE OF JILL, Telephone: 021 436 6568 Don’t go past House of Jill if you are looking for wedding, anniversary, birthday presents or even something different to decorate your home. They have delightful pieces of jewellery, paintings, cushions and collectables – in fact the House of Jill is a great place to browse!

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Q. Were you long in the hospital? A. No, I was the same size that I am now!

Eamonn Kielt, Maryborough Hill Jodie Keegan O’Connell, Midleton Laura O’Sullivan, Well Road Emma Coughlan, Riverstick Stella Kennedy, Hunters Way Shauna Buckley, Macroom Zoe Marie Fleming, Maryborough Hill Amber Murphy, Crosshaven Lia Ryan, Maryborough Claudia Webster, Passage West Anna Hernan, Maryborough Woods Caitlin Buckley, Ballinlough Chloe McCarthy, Passage West Elizabeth O’Brien, Blackrock Sarah Morrissey, Glenbrook Ruby Kennedy, Hunters Way Taylor Webster, Passage West

Q. What button won’t you find in a tailor’s shop? A. A Belly button! Q. How did the farmer fix his jeans? A. With a cabbage patch! Q. What stories do the ship captain’s children like to hear? A. Ferry tales! Q. What kind of car does Mickey Mouse’s wife drive? A. A minnie van! Q: How did the telephones get married? A. In a double ring ceremony! Q: Why did the child study in the aeroplane? A: He wanted a higher education! Q: Why was the broom late? A: It over swept! Q: Do you know the time? A: No, we haven’t met yet! Q: What kind of hair do oceans have? A: Wavy!

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

forde focus Cllr. Deirdre Forde

LIGHTING FROM ROCHESTOWN INN TO ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE

The Engineer in charge of lighting and the Area Engineer gave an update in relation to the installation of the above, apparently 43 lights with ducting have been installed and the Engineer is hopeful that the lights will be connected within the next month. However I queried the delay in completing the job to the Rochestown College and he explained that he had to take the men off the project to attend to issues elsewhere, there were difficulties also with stream, however, when pressed he stated

that he would have the Council Staff in the area again shortly to work on the remaining column and I stressed it was imperative that the remaining work was completed before the nights shortened, particularly for the pedestrians and those attending the nearby Rochestown College. The Engineer regretted the delay due to other factors but agreed the urgency of the matter. A programme for lighting for 2009/2010 will be before us in September so I would urge residents if they have problems with the lighting in their area to notify me as soon as possible.

GRASS CUTTING IN OPEN SPACES

I asked the Area Engineer to give

South Link an update in relation to the grass cutting in the public open spaces as there are many large and small areas which are overgrown and give a run down appearance to areas which residents find unacceptable naturally. He explained that he has two staff and the gardening section and one local contractor working on a continuous basis to try and keep on top of it. The difficulty is the large area he has to cover and the little resources to do the work. He is to give me a financial breakdown of costs for the Douglas and other areas.

CLARKES HILL

ROCHESTOWN The Part 8 procedure for the scheme was completed in May 2005. The works do not qualify for funding under the strategic roads grants scheme administered by the Department of Transport. Significant housing development has taken place over the past 15 years in the vicinity of the works. The current estimated cost of the scheme is 20m. Development charges to the value of over 4m are assigned to the scheme. In the absence of progress which I believe is sad testimony to the efficiency of local government I have asked the

Manager to assess the feasibility of moving ahead with at least some critical parts of the scheme which may have a lower cost and could be delivered in the short term.

CARRIGALINE INNER RELIEF ROAD

Member approved this proposed development on 25th July 2005. The CPO for the project was published in Oct 2007. It was then forwarded to An Bord Pleanala for confirmation. 3 Objections to the CPO were lodged and to date we are awaiting the decision from them, which may be to hold a public enquiry and or to confirm the scheme with or without modifications. The Manager stated there is an issue in relation to Strategic Roads. He said there are a number of roads for which funds are not in place and it will not be possible to fund them all. The Manager said land costs for projects of this nature can be high and Council cannot pay top price required. The Manager stated the Carrigaline project is not yet ready to go, when it is, the question of funding will have to be looked at.

• Caroline Edwards, Gareth Evans, James Tyres, Mark Benfield and Nikki Woodroffe in the middle, enjoying the festivities of Cork Week in Crosshaven during the week. Pic Provision

• Bikers Jim,Paul and Karen Noonan,who will take part in the Harvest Bike Run organised by the Dripsey Volunteer Outreach Group of Chernobyl Children’s Project International (CCPI),photographed at the launch of the event at Kearys Motorrad,Sarsfield Rd. Included are Lisa Long and Dave O’Shea (Motorrad) with Chernobyl children Dzianis,Valentin,Alexsandra and Viktoria. Picture Mike English.

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• Emma Grayem from Greenmount pictured with her son James on her recent birthday.

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WEDDING FLOWERS

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

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• All wedding flowers • Corporate events & parties • Hotels • Private homes & floral decor

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• Donna Sweeney & Trevor Heffernan, Married on 16th May 2008, at St Columbas, and reception at Incydoney. Pics: Healy Rimington

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

Heal t h & B ea u t y

PREGNANT WOMEN Liadh Fitzgerald ND URGED TO BE EXTRA Nutrition in pregnancy VIGILANT WHEN Optimum nutrition during Eat complex carbohydrates during pregnancy can have a profound the last 2 weeks of pregnancy: CHOOSING FOOD effect on the health of you and your whole-grains, pulses and vegetables baby so ensure you are getting the to ensure necessary energy reserves OPTIONS ADVICE ON in the liver and muscles best out of your food by: Always avoid: Eating fresh raw organic food Avoiding processed/refined food sugar & saturated fats (red AVOIDING LISTERIA containing additives/synthetic meat, biscuits etc), additives, preservatives, caffeinated drinks, chemicals Cooking food as little/as whole as ready cooked meals, salt, pate, ISSUED cooked chilled foods, undercooked possible Avoiding frying – fats turn to ‘trans’ fats when heated Washing and peeling foods, drinking filtered water Eating organic meat to lessen ingestion of hormones and antibiotics Eating complex carbohydrates: fresh fruit & vegetables, wholegrains/brown rice/wholemeal pasta and avoiding simple carbohydrates: white sugar/flour/etc Eating protein: lean meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, cheese, pulses and avoiding processed and high fat meats: sausage, salami etc Eating fats: seeds, nuts, flaxseed oil, oily fish and avoiding saturated/ trans fats For labour:

meat/eggs, soft, blue veined or unpasteurised cheeses: brie, camembert etc Seek advice of GP before taking supplements when pregnant or lactating.

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 01-2353094. You can also contact Liadh on 022-49886.

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Safefood and the HPSC have urged pregnant women to be extra vigilant when consuming certain types of food and issued advice on how to avoid the risk of listeriosis. During 2007, 9 cases of pregnancy associated Listeria were reported in Ireland, five of these were among women for whom English was not their first language. “Listeria is a bacterium found in many types of food”, said Dr. Thomas Quigley, Director, Science and Technical, safefood. “Infection in healthy adults usually produces no symptoms, or a mild flu-like illness. However, in certain people including unborn babies, people with weakened immune systems and elderly people, it can cause very severe illness, or even death”. “The greatest danger is to unborn babies”, continued Dr. Quigley. “Listeriosis is most often associated with ready-to-eat, refrigerated and processed foods, such as pre-prepared cooked and chilled meals, soft cheeses, cold cuts of meat, pâtés and smoked fish”. The recent increase in pregnancy associated Listeria cases has primarily affected women who have recently entered Ireland from Eastern Europe, Asia and sub Saharan Africa. These groups are particularly at risk. Dr. Paul McKeown of the HPSC said “Pregnancy is a time when expectant mothers take a lot of care with many aspects of their lives. Simple measures such as ensuring that the fridge is in good working order with the temperature between 2-5 degrees Celsius, eating food that is well within its use-by date, so that harmful bugs will not have had time to grow and practising good general food hygiene will reduce the risk of listeriosis”. All women who are pregnant, or who are thinking of becoming pregnant should avoid these high risk foods, such as soft cheeses, pâté and pre-packed salads and coleslaws, until they have given birth. Safefood has produced a resource, ‘Listeria and Pregnancy’ in a number of different languages, which contains useful information and advice on how pregnant women can protect themselves and their babies throughout the pregnancy. Copies of the resource are available from Safefood by calling 1850 40 4567 or from www.safefood.eu.

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H o m e & Gar d e n

gardening

Crossword

things to do this week

Charlie Wilkins will be on hand this Saturday from 2pm to help kickstart the famous end of season sale in Dunsland Garden Centre. They are offering up to 50% off all plants, pots Garden Furniture and Ornaments from now til the end of August. Charlie will be more than happy to help you pick out the best of the bargains for your garden. Dunsland Garden Centre is conveniently situated in Dunkettle, Glanmire, just two minutes from the Jack Lynch Tunnel. The gardens there date back over two hundred years and contain over 300 Camellia specimens and 2 of the biggest Liriodendron (Tulip trees) in the country, to mention but a few. It is an old woodland garden complete with streams, waterfall and Japanese Maples and Yew trees all dating back over 200 years. Attached to the gardens you will get a huge surprise when you see the range of outdoor plants

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Brainteazer Last Week’s Teazer Fred was inquisitive about the world outside. Each day he gazed wistfully through the glass at a world he could never know. Then one day, the unthinkable happened. Some boy’s playing outside accidentally broke the

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of outdoo pots in Munster Tarmacadam Tennis Courts • 6 acre • 200 year old woodland garden o Paving • All Area Property Planned & public 7 Prepared days All types of Drainage Work Patios • Tar & Chipping • Peter Dowdall on hand at all times for 20 colours to choose from • Kerbs • 30% OFF allSupplied plants and pots during A

glass, instantly Fred regretted his curiosity. Why?

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Last Week’s Answer Fred was a Goldfish ! This Week’s Teazer Smart Alec sat In the Biology Class with a smug smile on his face.” What are you looking so pleased about? “ asked the teacher with a feeling of Impending doom. “ I know something that has four legs and two arms” announced Alec proudly. The teacher racked his brains but he could never know. But could think of no creature which fitted this description. What did Alec mean?

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and pots in the garden centre. The gardens and centre are run by Peter Dowdall a well known gardener due to his love of the subject and his work on television and radio. He has presented and appeared in many television gardening programmes in Ireland and England and is currently to be found every Thursday on Ireland AM on TV3 and every Wednesday on C103FM Cork offering help and advice on all things gardening.

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Tel: 021 4354949 E-mail: info@dunsland.co Website: www.dunsland.

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

H o m e & Gar d e n

Garden Winner

The winner of our Summer Garden Competition this week is Jon and Karen O’Mahony “Rose Cottage” Estuary Drive, Ballinure. Jon and Karen win 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

• This week’s Gaeden Winner Jon and Karen O’Mahony Rose Cottage Ballinure.

Plenty of colour to Brighten up your SUMMER!!! Top Quality Garden Furniture Containers & Baskets Made to Order Bistro Patio Sets Back In Stock

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A d v er t i s i n g

• One of the biggest selections of outdoor plants and pots in Munster • 6 acre 200 year old woodland garden open to the public 7 days • Peter Dowdall on hand at all times for help and advice • 30% OFF all plants and pots during August

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Dunsland Garden & Garden Centre, Dunkettle, Glanmire, Co Cork Tel: 021 4354949 E-mail: info@dunsland.com Website: www.dunsland.com

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

South Link

Ballinlough Notice Board Ballinlough Community Centre

Every Wednesday Unislim Every Thursday 45 Card Drive Every Friday Bingo

6.00pm 9.00pm 8.15pm

Gents Retirement Club will re open early September 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. Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island in Wexford on Sunday 27th. July. Bus will leave Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield at 8.30am sharp. To Book phone 4961581 Pathways: A new opportunity for adults interested in exploring their faith This course, beginning in Cork city in September 2008, offers you a chance to explore questions related to faith, church and life in general one night a week over the course of the year.  Open to adults of all ages.  No exams or written assignments required, simply an openness of learning with and from others. For a brochure, call Fr. Sean O’Sullivan, Adult Religious Education Office 021-4357765 or email are@corkandross.org Closing date for applications 31st July. Our Lady of Lourdes Church Ballinlough Devotions every Tuesday evening at 7.00pm. if you are free at that time, do come along and join us.

• Outing to West Cork of the Retirement clubs.

Douglas Community Notice Board

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

Douglas GAA Club “You’re only a stranger once” Thurs: Texas Holdem Poker Sat Bar - The Publiners Saturday Night Hall - Sam O’Doherty Matches ‘Live’ on Big Screens

Al-Anon Family Groups

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

Ceili Cois Locha

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

Douglas Toastmasters Club

Douglas Slainte Toastmasters meet every fortnight (Wed) in the Rochestown Park Hotel. Next meeting 29th July 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. www.freetoasthost.org Mary Dooley 086 836 7233 or Aidan Coakley 086 825 7224

Douglas Community School Bowls Club

New members are invited to join and play Indoor Bowls on Mondays (8pm to 10pm) and Thur (8pm – 10pm). Come along on any or all of the above nights. All welcome! Enable Ireland require local volunteer collectors for Tour de Munster

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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.

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young @ heart by Phil Goodman As we continue our trips every week, you’d be inclined to think there are not too many places we have not visited. But thanks to your suggestions we are always coming up with new ones and some are worth a second visit. What really pleases me the most is to see the enjoyment and memories our members get from our outings. We will continue with our trips up to the end of August. By then we will have covered a few thousand miles and celebrated a lot of surprise birthday parties, shared many a magic moment and seen many places in a new light. Please remember everyone is welcome on these outings. I am sure there are still lots of people in our community who would like to e a part of our group so please give me a call on 436 3867. Our activities continue all year round. Here is a “Thought for the Day” which I hope you’ll enjoy reading. It’s a reflection by an older person: “Old age is a gift. I am now for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Despite my wrinkles I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life and my loving family for anything. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself and less critical, I’ve become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon, before they understood the great freedom that comes with ageing. I know I am sometimes forgetful, but then again some of life is just as well forgotten. Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. I’ve been through tough times, but tough times and broken hearts are what give us understanding and compassion. As you get older it is easier to be positive, you care less about what people think. So I like being old, it has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever and with God’s help I am going to make the most of every day that’s left.”

Upcoming Events:

• John, Leo, Michael, Gerry, Michael and Frank of the Douglas Young at Heart Group pictured during the group’s visit to Haulbowline last week. Pic:George Thompson

• The popular Dehlia Allshire with regular Young at Heart bus driver Denis O’Mahony at the Naval Base Haulbowline. Pic:George Thompson

29th July Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Bus at 10.30 5th Aug. Trip to Hillsborough Castle

Know Your Rights

Question I have a medical card for myself and my family. Is the card valid for a certain period? Do I have to do anything to renew it? Answer A medical card is usually issued for a period of one year and is then reviewed, although it may be issued for a longer period depending on your circumstances. You must still meet the eligibility requirements during this period so if, for example, your income or family circumstances change, you may no longer be eligible. The Health Service Executive (HSE) will usually ask you to confirm your circumstances each year by sending you a review form that you must fill in and return to your Local Health Office. It is important to return this form as otherwise your card may not be re-issued. The same process applies to the GP Visit Card. If you have dependent children who are covered on your medical card, they should apply to get their own card when they reach 16 years of age. If you don’t automatically receive a form to do this, you can obtain one from your Local Health Office. To ensure that there isn’t a gap in coverage, it is important to allow sufficient time so that the application can be processed before their 16th birthday.

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

The Bible Says………….. John 3 – 16: For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life

Thanksgiving 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 MD

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Blackrock Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 021 4358352 Fax Information is also available online at www.citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, Lo-call 1890 777 121.

Thanksgiving 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 ML

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• Douglas Young at Heart organiser Phil Goodman presents Warrant Officer John Walsh N.S. with a copy of the The Douglas Writers Group recently launched book ‘The Dark Stream’. Pic:George Thompson

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LOCAL PROJECT SENDS BOOKS TO AFRICA

Douglas nurse Sarah Keane who worked in Malawi and was shocked by the lack of educational materials set up ‘Schoolbooks for Malawi” with her Ballinlough friend Lynda Morgan to enable local students assist those less well off in Africa. Lynda made presentations at Regina Mundi College and Beaumont Girls National School. Both schools collected books. The staff of Regina Mundi College donated a considerable amount of money to the project. Past pupil Amy-Ruth O’ Connell, a teacher in Castleknock organised a ‘No Homework Day’ through which they raised €190 for ‘Schoolbooks for Malawi’. Gemma Crowley of Munster Rugby, also a past pupil donated a substantial amount of  sports equipment. Dr. Bill Hodder, a former teacher of Lynda and Sarah at Regina Mundi made a very  generous donation towards sending the shipment. Anne Sheehan of Douglas Bookshop in Douglas Village Shopping Centre also provided several boxes of brand new books for the school in Malawi that has over 1700 pupils! Lynda also thanked Vivian O’Brien at Shipping and Transport (Cork) Ltd and Kieran Thompson of  William O’ Brien Public Storage Ltd., off the Bandon Road Roundabout, who donated all the boxes and packaging materials at a considerable discount. Many others organised book collections: School of the Divine Child, Lavanagh Centre, Ballintemple, Diploma Youth and Community Work UCC, Class of 2008, Staff, Aras na MacLeinn, Student Centre, UCC, Chris Buckley,

DAMHSA GETS IN STEP

ART EXHIBITION

Folk dancers from France and Italy arrived last Monday in advance of Damhsa the Cork International Folk Dance Festival. Les Cam lodiens from France landed in Shannon Airport and paid a visit to the Bunratty Folk Park and Museum on their way to Cork. They did some sightseeing and they headed for Kenmare and Killarney. Li Pistacoppi from Macerata in Italy paid a courtesy visit to the County Hall and met Lord Mayor Brian Bermingham in the Clarion Hotel where he officially launched the five day Damhsa Festival. Tuesday night Ina from Goleniw in Poland arrived in Cork Airport and will be hosted in Dunmanway where they are eagerly awaited. The first concert of the Festival in the Carrigaline Court Hotel Wednesday at 8.00 p.m.Li Pistacoppi the Italians who are staying with families in Carrigaline head for East Cork on Thursday, they perform in Cobh at 11.15 a.m. and in Youghal at 8.00 p.m and then on Friday they travel to Dunmanway where they join the other groups for an open air family fun evening in the Square. The French Les Comlodiens perform in Blarney at lunch time on their way to Dunmanway. Saturday Cork City will have a feast of dancing from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 and from 2.30 to 5.00 p.m. The Festival Gala Concert takes place in the City Hall on Saturday night at 8.00 p.m. Tickets available at Pro Musica, Carrigaline Court Hotel and on line www. damhsafest.ie The groups are very colourful and energetic dancers and musicians and the concert is guaranteed great entertainment. The French, Italian and Polish groups will be joined by the Filipino Community in Cork dancers, The Cork Irish Dance Company and the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group.

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Ballinlough School of Motoring and Aoife O’ Leary, Blackrock.  Lynda concluded: “I would like to thank Pat Keane, and Mags Morgan as their support over the last few months has made it possible for ‘Schoolbooks for Malawi’ to actually happen.” Picture shows Anne Sheehan of Douglas Bookshop who donated new books with Lynda Morgan and Pat Keane of Schoolbooks for Malawi.

Sunday Damhsa comes to Carrigaline with all the International Groups in parade through the town and on stage in the Owenabue Car Park at a family fun day. For further details check the website www.damhsafest.ie or phone 021 437 2035 or 087 9699 488.

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Damhsa Fest art exhibition in the Ulster Bank officially opened by Ian Mc Donagh, Arts Officer, Cork County Council on Wednesday evening at 6.30 p.m. The local Carrigaline Arts Network artists are holding an Art Exhibition in the foyer of the Ulster Bank to coincide with Damhsa Cork International Folk Dance Festival. The Carrigaline Photo Society are holding an exhibition in Hogans Bar for the week. Call in to either venue and browse through these excellent exhibitions.

WALKERS & RUNNERS WANTED!

SUPPORT THE MENINGITIS RESEARCH FOUNDATION IN THE WOMENS MINIMARATHON Sun 28TH September at 1 p.m. Carrigaline Court Hotel Health & Leisure Centre Are kindly taking registration for the marathon at Reception. Registration fee 10 euro (cheques payable to womens mini-marathon) Collect your sponsorship card at reception. Marathon Entry Nos. and T-Shirt will be available at a later date.

MCGRATH WELCOMES CORK AIRPORT PASSENGER GROWTH IN 2008

Cork South Central Fianna Fáil T.D. Michael McGrath has warmly welcomed the strong passenger growth at Cork Airport during the first 6 months of 2008. According to the latest statistics, Cork Airport enjoyed an increase of 7% in the number of passengers to pass through it in the first half of this year, with 1.6 million using the airport in comparison to 1.5 million for the same period last year. During the same period the number of people

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using Shannon Airport fell from 1.67 million last year to 1.5 million this year, indicating that Cork is well on the way to being the country’s second busiest Airport. Speaking about the latest statistics, Deputy McGrath said, “7% growth in passenger traffic at Cork Airport is a remarkable achievement given the economic downturn we are experiencing. Cork has certainly picked up some additional passenger traffic on its London - Heathrow route since the ending of the Shannon - Heathrow service. “The increase in passengers using the airport is indicative of the hard work of everyone involved in the airport.   It also proves that the airport is performing strongly in the aviation sector, despite increased competition throughout the world.” “It is also good news for the local economy in Cork.   More passengers going through the airport means more money being spent in the local area.   It is a welcome development for everyone involved in Cork tourism and beyond, and I wish the Airport well it its efforts to continue to grow passenger traffic into the future,” he concluded.  

Summer Programme in Carrigaline Library

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.

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in the loop with Peter Bowles D.J. Going through the charts this week I have to say I’m not happy with number one, “All I Ever Wanted”-Basshunter. I’m not a huge fan of that type of music, fast hard beat with childish fairytale lyrics much like their previous tune, “Now You‘re Gone”. In at number eight is “Dance Wiv Me”-Dizzie Rascal Ft. Calvin Harris, its an interesting collaboration. Calvin is coming up in the world as a very reputable producer, recording songs with other artists like Kylie Minoge. In fact Dizzee says he wants to work with Calvin Harris again. Dizzee, real-name Dylan Mills, said, “I hope to be working with him [Harris] again, we’ve had a couple of other ideas, but nothing’s concrete yet.” He added: “It’s the music business, [there is] paperwork and things down the line, but I hope to [work with him again] anyway.” The Ting Tings, “That’s Not My Name” is at number nine, this indie-electro couple are doing really well and have released two other tracks that have made the charts, “Great Djs” and “Shut Up And Let Me Go”, They played Oxegen and Glastonbury this year, two of the biggest festivals in the UK and Ireland. Kat De Luna is back this summer with “Run The Show”. Hey summer 07 tune “Whine Up” was very successful around Europe but didn’t do as well in the Irish charts. For the official second single from her debut album, 9 Lives,

Kat remixes Run The Show; similar to the original version except for a Shaka Dee’s verse being replaced by Busta Rhymes. While producer Red One delivers on the dancehall beat, Kat’s bilingual vocals no doubt entertain a wider audience by having a Spanish and English version, thus giving her the one up on other artists only catering for English speaking countries. Busta, who’s been quiet recently beefs up this track with his own contribution. Currently just into the charts at 39 its sure to make its way up there very soon.

GIG GUIDE

Saturday 26 July: Exit The Street 8pm, Crane Lane Oliver / Dawson - Saxon 9pm, An Crúiscín Lán Giveamanakick 9pm, Cyprus Ave

Thursday 24 July: Philtre + Disconnect 9pm, The Infirmary Bob Mcneill 9pm, The Roundy The Dan Clan 10pm, Liquid Lounge Friday 25 July: The Shed 8.30pm, The Whisky Hudson Mohawke+Johnny Doobs 9pm, Liquid Lounge A Band Called Wanda 9pm, DeBarras, Clon.

DVD Chart

1. ALL I EVER WANTED BASSHUNTER 2. ALL SUMMER LONG KID ROCK 3. NO AIR JORDIN SPARKS FEAT. CHRIS BROWN 4. FOREVER - CHRIS BROWN 5. CLOSER NEYO

1 In Bruges 2. 10.00 BC 3. There Will Be Blood 4. No Country for Old Men 5. The Cottage 6. Definitely Maybe 7. Step Up 2 the Streets 8. The Other Boleyn Girl 9. The Bucket List 10. Rambo

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

Sport

Douglas GAA – Senior Section By Eilish Barry

Double championship delight for Douglas

Douglas Minor hurlers defeated Bishopstown on Wednesday night in the c’ship on a score of 1-13 to 2-8. Meanwhile the Junior’A’ footballers also were successful against St Vincent’s in their c’ship tie. The final score in that game was Douglas 0-12 to St Vincent’s 2-5. Vincent’s had the better start to this game but failed to take advantage of their possession. Douglas’ first score came n the ninth minute with a Stephen Bermingham point. Ken O’ Keefe’s accurate free taking in the first half did a lot to keep Douglas in control of this game and the score at the break was Douglas six points to four. The second half saw Douglas up the tempo with Gary Wade and Niall Gannon particularly strong. Douglas were well on top but St Vincent’s brought the game back to a single point with a goal.Douglas

kept the pressure on though and Conor McCarthy and Paddy Barry worked hard at minimising any breaks in play by the Vincent’s. In injury time, with Douglas leading by four points, St Vincent’s scrambled in a goal leaving a point between the sides again. An attempt for a point in the dying few seconds of the game went wide giving Douglas the win. Kelleher Shield Douglas senior footballer defeated Bishopstown in the Kelleher Shield 1-17 to 1-5. Douglas GAA receive defibrillator The importance of a defibrillator is often only remembered when tragedy strikes. Douglas Hurling and Football Club are ensuring that all measures are taken to ensure the height of safety in the club. Stephen Barry, East Douglas Village recently donated a defibrillator to the club, something which is very much appreciated. Attached photograph is of Joe Barry, Chairman Douglas GAA, Stephen Barry, East Douglas Village and Cormac Cahill, Insurance Officer Douglas GAA. Fixtures for the coming week (subject to change please check www.douglasgaa.com) Thursday 24th July Junior B Football League v St. Finabarr’s away 7.30 Sunday 27th July Junior A Hurling Championship v Passage in Ballinlough @ 11 o’clock Tuesday July 29th Junior B Hurling Championship v Na Piarsaigh in Ballinlough @ 7.15

DOUGLAS PITCH & PUTT CLUB Results

Sunday Gross: - Denis Cashman & Rory O’Neill Nett: - John Ward & Tony Noonan Fixtures Saturday 3 ball scramble @ 2.30pm Sunday 4 Ball @ 10.30am Sharp Best of luck to Denis Dennehy on Saturday in the National Intermediate Strokeplay Final at Tullamore. Congratulations to Linda O’Donovan on her place in the Cork County Team. Committee meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm.

• They Shoot, They Score! Cork Kids Graduate from National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer School Andreas Rasmusen Business Manager of National Irish Bank’s Cork Business Centre, congratulates graduates of the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer School which took place at Mayfield United Park in Cork last week.

• Pictured at the Mercy Hospital golf classic which was held at Douglas Golf Club in aid of the Leukemina and Paediatrics centre were the winning team of Frank Murphy, Joe McSweeney, Golf classic organiser Miriam Murphy, Minister for Forign Affairs Michaél Martin TD, and Liam Edwards. Picture: John Lotty.

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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. For further details on the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer Schools, log onto www.summersoccerschools.ie or call 1890 – 653-653. Pic Provision

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Sport G.A.A. FOCUS

Snippets from the Local and National Scene By Pat Harrington

Don’t Believe a Word of It Several weeks after the Munster final and the Kerry rogues are still trying to instil a false sense of security in us poor Rebels. The other day a Kerryman (sure they all end up in Cork for the jobs) said Cork must be short odds for the all-Ireland; he reckons the Kerry team have serious problems down the middle. Darragh might do a job at full back. He said the Kerry management team had been lambasted – so would Conor Counihan and Co. if Cork had lost. Hope Springs Eternal Tomás Mulcahy told the nation on Sportscall that he once came on as a sub in a Munster football final. Before going on the pitch he was instructed that Cork needed a goal. He informed us that the only thing he got from Páidí O’Sé that day was Páidí’s jersey after the match. Tomás commented on Cork’s great victory over Kerry, stating that the team now needed most of all to guard against complacency – nothing won yet – the goal has to be Sam. Season Tickets – A Proposal Recently I called to Páirc Uí Chaoimh and enquired about a season ticket

for club championship games under the auspices of the County Board. It disappoints me that there is none. Recently my wife and I paid €10 each for two senior football games. I stayed for the first game and then went to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to watch the Barr’s and Blackrock – another €10. Surely in this day and age the County Board should introduce a season ticket. Wexford I have been listening to and reading John Meyler’s comments on the state of Wexford hurling. John is very passionate about hurling and is hugely committed having been involved at intercounty level in Kerry and Wexford. He was also coaching in Kilmoyley (Kerry), Ballinhassig, Douglas and C.I.T. Far be it from me to criticise those working on the promotion of hurling in Wexford. Former al-Ireland winner George O’Connor is heavily involved. There are development squads at ages 14 and 16. Having said that I would like to pose the question: How many minor, under 21 and senior all-Irelands have Wexford won since 1968. The Decline – The Cause – and The Cure It would appear that hurling in Wexford was allowed to fall into decline. It was neglected at underage level, maybe not intentionally but those responsible apparently took their eye off the ball. Well done to Meyler for attempting to pick up the pieces. Personally I feel sad for Wexford following another hiding by Kilkenny in the Leinster final. John Meyler cannot be blamed for the Wexford demise but the game is sorely in need of an injection of confidence and a lot of honest graft. Mark Collins Congratulations to Douglas hurler Mark Collins on winning a Munster Minor hurling championship medal and for his selection as 96 & 103 fm. player of the month for June. Mark plays football with Castlehaven. More next week, Pat.

• Peter McGivern strikes, watched by club mates at the Tramore Athletic Family Fun Day held at Tramore Park recently.

Frankfield G.C.

F.S. Qualifier 1st b mc sweeney (19) 40PTS 2nd c. gaffney (15) 40pts 3rd D. murphy (23) 38pts 4th p. heelan (17) 35pts 5th p. kelly (19) 35pts 6th a. lysaght (14) 35pts 7th r. o’sullivan (18) 35pts 8th t. hallahan (14) 34pts Thursday Fourball 1st a. carroll & g. carroll 30pts 2nd r. o’donovan & i. o’donovan 29pts weekly 25 1st c. gaffney 29pts 2nd j. gaffney 28pts Fixtures Wednesday 23rd seanori open Thursday 24th 12 hole fourball Friday 25th 9 hole mixed scramble Sat & Sun 26th-27th 3-man team

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