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by George Thompson - Editor the SNAs will be needed even more as a lot of these kids have had little interaction in the past and like other parents, Stuart O’Mahony’s fear is that Amy along with the rest of the children at Sonas will suffer because of these cuts.

• Stuart O’Mahony with his daughter Amy, who attends the Sonas School in Carrigaline where Special Needs Assistants are being cut back.

An emergency Dail debate was held on Tuesday 13th of March during which the proposed cut backs to Sonas was discussed. The average salary of an SNA is around €30,000 a year and when one looks at government ministers, spending €130,000 on an adviser which is €38,000 over the government pay cap or the fact that it is planned to repave Graffton Street in Dublin at a cost of €5 million, maybe a better investment would be in our most vulnerable children. To these SNAs it is not just a job it is a vocation.

Bikers Care Well done to the over 100 bikers who turned out last Sunday morning at Keary’s Motorrad in Little Island for the start of the Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club’s charity bike run in aid of St.Pauls School, Montenotte. The run took in Youghal, Lismore, Fermoy, Castlehyde and Mallow before finishing at the Commons Inn at Blackpool. Bikers in general do and give a lot for charity and the CMR&VC has organised many charity events, with more to come in the year ahead. Slán George Thompson Editor

Special Kids Need Special Needs Assistants! We at the Douglas Post have had a special relationship with CABAS and SHINE who school and educate young people with autism. Recently government cutbacks have affected many special needs schools but the loss of Special Needs Assistants at the Sonas School in Carrigaline is a particular pill that is hard to swallow. Stuart O’Mahony whose daughter Amy is 4 years old and has autism, attends Sonas Special Junior School for children with autism in Carrigaline, where parents and staff were told on March 9th last that NCSE (National Council for Special Education) have done a review of staff there and have decided to cut a quarter of the SNAs (Special Needs Assistants) from the school. This is an outrage and cannot be allowed to happen, there are currently 16 SNAs and 6 teachers that care for the needs of 24 very special kids in four classes, who receive one to one tutoring which they so badly need. These needs and the care will suffer greatly with the loss of 4 SNAs. “Amy started school last September, she was non communicative and because of the work they do down there she now speaks” said Stuart. “She has a lot of trouble transitioning from one place to another (she stops

at doorways and has to be coaxed through) and at the start she refused to even go into the school and used to throw herself on the floor and it would take 2 SNA’s and the teacher to get her in, they would sit with her outside the school and try all sorts to get her in, but now she has improved a lot but though still has some problems and needs the SNA’s” Teachers and SNAs bring the kids on social outings to the supermarket and to the Carrigaline Court hotel for toast to teach them how to deal with social situations, but they need one SNA per child as like Amy a lot of these kids need close attention and care. Sonas is a special school not just in name but because it is the only one of its kind in the country that will take these kids in at a preschool level. They prepare these kids for moving onto primary level be it into mainstream, special units or special schools.It’s a key part of the early intervention that is so crucial for autistic children, Amy is currently undergoing toilet training, for which she needs an SNA with her at all times. There are 14 kids leaving this year (6 going to mainstream schools and the rest to units and special schools) and that means that there will be 14 new children starting in September and

• Dave, Darren and Alan Keating - Biking Brothers from Blackrock who took part in last weekend’s charity bike run in aid of St.Paul’s School, Montenotte organised by the Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club. Pic:George Thompson.

• Orla Flynn of CIT and John O Doherty Regional director AIB Bank pictured viewing the AIB Photojournalism Exhibition 2012, which is currently on display in AIB Bank, South Mall. To co-incide with the Exhibition’s visit, a masterclass is being held for photography students of CIT Crawford College. Pic Clare Keogh

The Douglas Post Magazine | Morris House | Douglas West | Cork | Ireland Tel: 021 4369000 | Fax: 021 4369148 | Email: frontdesk@douglaspost.ie | www.douglaspost.ie The publishers have made every effort to ensure all information is correct at time of print, however no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. The views expressed in the articles herein are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher of The Douglas Post Magazine. The Douglas Post is published weekly by South Link Publishing Ltd, Morris House, Douglas, Cork.

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Teresa Diamond who passed away last week touched many of our lives. Her presence in our world was a gift we will always be thankful for. Many will only know or remember her as the “Lady with the Dog”. Teresa, always a familiar sight out walking her dog, had a great love of animals and of nature. Every morning in her back garden she would utter her own code of call to the Birds and sure enough within minutes they would surround her as she fed them. Teresa will be sadly missed by her many friends especially Kevin Moriarty, and the many wonderful girls, who were always there for her, at Dunnes Stores in the Douglas Court Shopping Centre. Cork Just two days before she died Teresa wrote a little poem. Thank you Teresa! May you Rest in Peace. We know you’re up there with St Francis sharing all the wonders of the Garden in Heaven. And thanks to your good neighbor Phil Goodman for forwarding your poem.

• Kate Leneghan, MVP Basketball Team, Ciara Murray, Hannah McCarthy, Joint Captains Basketball Team and Aisling Fox, Captain Soccer Team at a celebration in Christ King Secondary School, Cork after pupils won 3 All Ireland titles and a Runners Up in a 4th competition. Pic Darragh Kane

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If you look they will be found  You will find Angels all around  I know my Mothers words are true  I found Angels in all of you  Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my life   Have a happy life, look for Angels  Teresa Diamond

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

Writers Group Meetings Bishopstown Writers Bishopstown Library – Mon 9th April. at 2.45.PM Bishopstown Writers The Wilton Restaurant Wed 11th April. at 6.30.PM Douglas Writers Group John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom - Friday the 13th April at 5.30 pm Douglas Junior Writers Group Douglas Library Thursday 19th April at 5.30.PM Ballinlough Writers John O’Sullivan’s (Douglas) Fri 20th April at 5.30 PM Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Community Maintenance Grants Scheme 2012 Cllr Kieran McCarthy is calling on Community Associations, Residents Associations to avail of funding for Cork City Council’s Community Area Maintenance Grants Scheme in 2012. Grants are intended to fund or partfund community initiatives with a litter prevention focus. Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted “there are currently four litter wardens for the entire city and because of the economy an embargo on recruiting extra staff exists. That means the current litter wardens are struggling to police the city’s litter problem. In that light it is important that the local community also take care of some of the aesthetics of their local area. The community grants available are ideal for community groups and in particular city schools; community clean-ups add to the student’s curriculum in raising the importance and value of community and engaging them in citizenship and social responsibility.” Application forms and details of conditions are available from Environment and Recreation Directorate, Room 232, City Hall, Cork, telephone 4966222 ext. 4308, 4299, or from environment@corkcity.ie. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, 20th April 2012.


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Douglas Churches Together 2012 Four churches in the Douglas area have joined together to promote Holy Week and Easter celebrations. They are St Columba’s (RC), St. Luke’s (C.of I.) Cork Methodist Church, Ardfallen, and St. Patrick’s (RC). On Palm Sunday 1st April at 3pm, people from all these churches will gather in the Douglas Community Park for a short time of hymn singing and prayers led by clergy and laity. In memory of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, we plan that a donkey will head a procession around Douglas village with stops at the churches of St. Columba and St Luke for further prayers and Bible readings. During Holy Week which runs from 1st -7th April, publicity stands will be present in Douglas Court and Douglas Village; these will be staffed by volunteers from the four churches between 11 am and 3pm each day from Monday to Saturday, excluding Good Friday. Volunteers will offer timetables of Masses and Religious Services to shoppers. Free literature will be available. A Prayer Box will be available at each stand and all prayer requests will be included in the liturgy of a different church each day during Holy Week. On Easter Morning, Sun 8th April at 7am, an ecumenical Celebration of the Resurrection will take place at St. Columba’s Church after which breakfast will be served in the Parish Hall. All these events are open to anyone who wishes to attend. These events are an encouraging sign of the greater cooperation now existing between Christian denominations and are to be welcome by all who care about the Christian message, the future of the Church and its role in society.

Douglas Library Thursday 29 March@ 11.00am Tai Chi with the Young at Heart Friday 30 March: Ceol, Caint agus Craic @ 11.00pm. why not join us for a song and some good conversation or poetry as Gaelige . All welcome. Friday 30 March. Twitter Workshop@ 10.30 Find out how to tweet! Places limited. Please contact the library 021-4924932 for further details on these events

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Douglas Community Assoc. Tribute to Patsie Simkin, a Woman for all Seasons It was with great sadness and regret that we heard of the death of Patsy Simkin. Patsy was a long-time member of Douglas Community Association, and a member of the Executive Committee right up to her passing. A wonderfully talented woman, with multiple gifts, Patsy used her gifts to enhance the lives of those around her. She trained in nursing and subsequently midwifery in London and returned to Ireland in the 50’s, where she practiced as District Nurse and Midwife for many years, delivering hundreds of babies at home, throughout the Douglas. She kept a log of these births in her Log Book and a Mrs. Lowry from Donnybrook was the last entry. Home births began to go out of fashion in the mid-sixties and Patsy went back to school and got her teaching qualification as a Music Teacher. She taught piano to many children in the community over the years, and used her musical talent to enhance the lives of the people in the community. She did the rounds of the hospitals at Christmas time, she used to dress as Santa Claus, gather a singing group together, and raised funds for local charities and for the poor, down-at-heel Irish In Cricklewood, for whom she had deep, empathy and respect and whom she never forgot. She was a natural poet and used poetry to express thoughts on everyday living, if you got a Thank You note from Patsy for inviting her to your home, it would be in the form of a beautiful poem. Patsy’s Husband, Johnny Brown died, leaving her a widow in her 50’s. She remarried many years later. In her 70’s, Patsy went back to UCC and received a B.A. Degree in Psychology. She was a wise, openhearted woman, and had friends of all ages, who respected her advice, and opinions which were always very measured, practical and logical. Anyone who called was treated to tea and a selection of goodies in the parlour by the fire and always interesting conversation on any topic. Patsy was a life-long member of Douglas Church Choir, and was presented with a Life Long Membership Certificate from the choir shortly before she died. A lover of nature, Patsy’s garden was always

• Chris Crowley, East Village Bar, Restaurtant & Hotel Barman who won the National Cocktail Competition Title.

full of flowers for each season. She will be sadly missed by her family, her daughter Margaret Burke, her son Sean Brown and their families and by her two sisters and brother who loved her dearly.

Corkman to Represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Beijing in October. East Village Bar, Restaurtant & Hotel Barman, Chris Crowley wins National Title. The Bartenders Association of Ireland (BAI) hosted the annual National Cocktail Competition as part of the inaugural Food & Bevy Live in the City West Convention Centre, Co. Dublin. The national cocktail competition was sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd. Bartenders from across Ireland came together to battle it out and create their ultimate cocktail mix. Their common goal was to be awarded the title of National Cocktail Champion 2012. Chris Crowley at the tender age of twenty one from Ballincolllig, representing East Village Bar, Restaurtant and Hotel in Douglas, County Cork won the prestigious title of National Cocktail Champion 2012, now in its 40th year. He will now represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Competition in Beijing, China in October this year. The competition was divided into four categories 1) Pre-Dinner cocktail, 2)

Long Drink, 3) After Dinner cocktail and 4) Fancy cocktail. Entrants were judged on the preparation of their cocktail, appearance, aroma and taste. Chris ‘s entry was a “Monks Martini # 2 Cocktail “ , which comprises of Bombay Sapphire Gin , Green Chartreuse, Gifford’s Honey Syrup ,Lime Juice and dashes of orange bitters with apple fan with orange & cherry for garnish / decoration. The international panel of judges awarded his cocktail the “Pre-Dinner Cocktail Winner “and the overall winner to represent Ireland in the International Cocktail Championship in Beijing. Speaking after the competition, Declan Byrne, President of the Bartenders Association of Ireland (3rd term), said “To be awarded the title of National Cocktail Champion happens only once per year. Chris has achieved this at such a young age and his future looks very bright. He’ll be a great ambassador for Ireland in China”. Derry O Regan of East Village Bar, Restaurtant and Hotel stated “Cocktails are an extremely important part of our business and Chris Crowley title is a great compliment to his dedication and we have no doubt he will represent Ireland well at the World Championships in October“. East Village Bar, Restaurtant and Hotel is one of Cork’ s favourite venues with two large bar areas , an award winning restaurant and hotel accommodation in one of the city’s most desirable suburbs, Douglas Village.

• Leo Foran of Douglas Over 60s on a recent visit to Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge in London


Young @ Heart by Phil Goodman

We had a night to remember at the over 60’S competition in St Columbas Hall,it was special because contestants were singing for The Luke Philpott Perpetual Memorial Trophy, we had nine singers on the night all performed so well, in fact Luke had a new song for the competition, but the Lord designed otherwise and I am sure Luke joined in with us on the night from his heavenly home. It was a great honour for the Young at Heart and for the people of Douglas to perpetuate Lukes memory, but there can be only one winner. Well done to Billy McCarthy who sang the lovely song “Eileen” he was delighted to win on the night but to be the first man to lift the Luke Philpott Trophy brought tears to his eyes. Billy now goes forward to the semi -final in the city hall on April 15th. If you want to support Billy you can contact me for tickets on 4363867. The historical tour of Douglas last Saturday with Cllr Kieran McCarthy was a huge success and the weather was beautiful for the occasion. He spoke of the Belfast connections with Douglas the way machinery was transported to the village, the story of Douglas seems to be in part a story of experimentation of industry and of people and social improvement. Our thanks to Kieran, for transporting us back in time and reminding us of our heritage and how our village developed. Due to popular demand we hope to continue another tour  in the coming weeks. Another event to look forward to is the annual waltz competition on April 5th in Douglas GAA hall. Dancers will compete for the Douglas Village Perpetual Trophy; Rona Coulter of Viva Dance Studio along with Ernest

Perryman will judge the competition. There are prizes for 1st -to 6th in both categories, Man and Woman Dancing and same prizes for two women dancing, for more info give me a call. I hope by now you have your Easter Bonnet ready for the competition next Tuesday night in St Columbas Hall at 8. 30. All welcome to take part in both events.

Thought for today

Over 100 family and friends celebrated Nora Healys 90th birthday in the Maryborough House Hotel ,it was a very special occasion  spanning the generations of a very united family, her children, grandchildren and six great-grandchildren were all present. Nora is very special to many people as a mother, grandmother, great -grandmother and as a friend. Thank you Nora for your kindness and encouragement along our journey of life.

And live your today’s

“Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow” Cherish your yesterdays dream your tomorrows But be young at heart

Bye for now Phil

• Billy McCarthy of the Young At Heart Group Winner of the Douglas Over 60’S

Up Coming events  Mon,11-12 Walk in the Park, Mon 1-4 Care - Ring  community hall. Mon Painting for beginners GAA Hall. Tues 2-4 Knitting in St Columbas Church Hall. Wed ,log on and learn ,Community school. Wed Bingo lion house .2-4. Thurs Computers for beginners Library. Thurs Tai-Chi 11-12 Library. Thurs 3-5 Indoor Bowls Boys National school. March 28th Annual Intergenerational Quiz Douglas Community School. April 3rd Easter bonnet competition. April 5th Waltzing Competition GAA Hall. May 16th - Griffins Garden Centre. May 22nd - Glenstall Abbey. May 29th Tour of Spike island & Titanic Experience

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Rugby pundit V GAA legend at the Clarion Hotel Cork in aid of Suicide Aware. Fundraising Lunch post lunch panel discussion featuring Pat Spillane & Donal Lenihan takes place March 30th

An annual fundraising lunch in aid of Suicide Aware is due to be held at the Clarion Hotel, Cork, on March 30th. Rugby legend and columnist with the Irish Examiner, Donal Lenihan and Kerry footballing hero and Sunday Game analyst Pat Spillane will take part in a post lunch panel discussion where they will answer questions from the attendees. The event will begin with a sparkling wine reception at 1:30 pm followed by a three course lunch, including wine at 2:30pm. Tickets for the event are €60 and a raffle will also take place on the day. All proceeds from the lunch and raffle will go to Suicide Aware; a Cork based voluntary charity set up to help people dealing with the issues of depression of suicide in Ireland. Event organiser Tom O’ Connor from the South County Bar in Douglas says; “We’re very excited about this lunch and we think that these sporting giants will have a lot to talk about.

We’re expecting an afternoon of great fun and banter for our guests on the day. They will all be supporting the cause of Suicide Aware, a charity I’m a committee member of. The whole ethos of the charity is to provide a light in darkness; we want to help people who are dealing with depression and suicide and the money raised by this lunch will help Suicide Aware to continue its vital work” For more information on this lunch please visit the newly launched website www.suicideaware.ie. Tickets for the event are €60 and can be ordered by contacting Tom O’Connor c/o the South County Bar & Cafe, Douglas 087 2765412

We Are The Champions: Christ King Celebrates Three All-Ireland Wins Major celebrations took place in Christ King Secondary School following the school winning 3 All Irelands titles and a Runners Up in a 4th competition. All players of the winning Senior soccer, Junior soccer and Junior basketball, teams as well as their parents, coaches and their loyal and enthusiastic supporters,

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attended a celebration party in the school hall. The first title was won by the Christ King Senior Soccer team Senior FAI Schools All Ireland competition. In the final they beat Moville Community College 5 – 2, this is the second time in 3 years that the team coached by Mr F O Leary and Mr B O’ Connell have won this title. The previous week the school’s Junior soccer team were narrowly beaten by Moville in their All Ireland Final, 3 - 2. In Basketball Christ King’s Junior Basketball team have achieved the Double in winning both The Cup and The League All Ireland Finals. In the Cup they beat Our Lady’s Templemore comprehensively, in the League they had a very competitive match against Mercy Convent Coolock, 45 - 37.

The Supporters who travelled to the All Ireland Finals were colourful and lively and chanted for their team to the last whistle. Christ King Secondary School is one of the largest schools in Cork City or County and has a long and distinguished history in both the academic and sporting spheres. For more information on the school visit www.christkingschool.com

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Some Things To Entertain You In Northern Ireland Stuck for something to do? If so, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of exciting things to do in Northern Ireland . For more details on these and other events, Callsave 1850 230 230, visit Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Information Office at Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, or click on www. discovernorthernireland.com/events Titanic Belfast Opening, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, March 31. There will be an extensive programme of events for all the family at the opening of this Titanic themed visitor attraction. Titanic Belfast Festival, Belfast, March 31 – April 22. A celebration of Belfast’s most famous maritime creation with a fusion of events and commemorations. SGW Tour of Carlingford, Co. Armagh, April 1. This 80k cycle tour is suitable for all abilities of cyclists and will soon get you fit as a fiddle. Family Adventure Day, Castle Ward Estate, Strangford, Co. Down, April 1. Have a fun day out trying various outdoor activities. The whole family

can enjoy a 2.5 hour session trying out activities such as Canadian canoeing, archery and orienteering. Titanic Leaving Voyage, Donegall Quay, Belfast, April 2. This boat tour follows the wake of Titanic as she left Belfast Harbour for Southampton, where she would later depart on her fateful maiden voyage. The tour takes in Belfast Harbour and makes its way out into the Belfast Lough to Holywood and beyond. Easter Egg Hunt at Murlough Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Co.Down, April 8. Come along for some Easter fun as you follow the clues over the sand dunes and beach to discover the chocolate treasure. War Years Remembered Exhibition, Mid Antrim Museum, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, until April 13. A vast and unique collection of home front and battlefield artefact will be showcased along with many other displays. Walk the Line Exhibition, Limavady, Co. Derry, until April 28. This interesting exhibition shows the work of three local poets that have come together to produce exciting new work.

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Blackrock / Mahon Community Notice Board Earth Hour 2012 Head to CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory this Saturday March 31 as they unite with hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour - March 31 Time: 20:30 - 21:30 Guests visiting the Castle for Earth Hour will get the chance to be involved in a discussion hosted by BCOlabs on issues such as light pollution and how it affects stargazing as well as the environment.

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of the Holy Cross, Avenue Du Rennes, Mahon. Opening Hours; Every Thursday 2pm to 4.30pm. Outreach Officers Also Available for Home Visits or at the Meeting Room. At Other Times By Appointment Phone: 0214359137 or 087-0516070. E-Mail: ollieb@eircom.net Web: www. msssltd.webs.com. All Members & Survivors Welcome Tea/Coffee, Forms Filled, Advice Clinic Etc. Or Just Join Us For A Social Afternoon.

Legion of Mary The Legion of Mary has been working in Ballinlough Parish since 1946. At present, two groups meet weekly: one on Mondays at 8.00p.m. ; the other on Tuesdays at 2.30p.m. Both groups meet in Marian House opposite the Parish Church. Men and Women are welcome in both groups to visit.

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin The Over 60’s Semi Final The Over 60’s Semi Final will be held at the City Hall on Sunday 15th April. The local heat was held in the Ballinlough Community Centre last month. The winner was Paddy Crowley, he will represent Ballinlough in the Semi Final. Tickets are available from Laura McGonigle 086 0829371 Come along and support our local man.

Our lady of Lourdes Church FIRST HOLY COMMUNION St Anthony’s Apr 21st Scoil Bhrìd Eglantine May 12th Our Lady of Lourdes May 19th Rockboro May 19th CONFIRMATION Scoil Bhrid Eglantine Apr 24th St Anthony’s Apr 27th

Ballinlough Parish Over 55’s Mixed Golf Scramble 2012 The above outing will be held on Thursday 10th May at Douglas Golf Course from 10.00a.m. to 12.30p.m. 9 or 18 holes. Mixed Scramble open draw. Entries plus €30.00 fee should be handed in to Canon Jim O’Donovan. Parochial House Ballinlough together with name & address, phone No.and handicap before Thursday 19th April 2012

Ballinlough Writers Group The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 20th April at 5.30 pm. The Ballinlough Writers Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

• Great Grandmother Margaret Keating, Ballyphehane. Grandfather: Bernard Keating, Farmers Cross. Father: Paul Keating, Belvedere, Farmers Cross. Children: Andrew & Baby Zach


Home & Garden Things to do This Week Now the buds are starting to appear we’ll 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 you or to your garden but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week.

Flower Garden

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Support peonies, deiphiniums and other precocious perennials before they become very large. Plant gladioli and other summer-flowering bulbs. Plant evergreen shrubs and conifers, and shield from wind in exposed gardens. Sow hardy annuals direct where there are spaces in borders. Plant out spring-sown sweet peas after hardening off. Deadhead spring bulbs if seeds are not needed, but do not remove flower stems. Where wind has damaged the growing tip of young trees, tie in a flexible upper branch to a tall cane as replacement.

Prick out celery and celeriac sown last month. Shade young plants and seedlings with newspaper in bright sunshine. Sow cucumbers and melons for growing in unheated greenhouse and cold frames. Plant tomatoes in unheated greenhouse. Train tomatoes on canes or strings in heated greenhouses, and remove sideshoots regularly

Kitchen Garden

In General

Cover a row of strawberries with cloches or fleece to advance crops by a fortnight. Dig a trench for traditional celery, and work in plenty of manure arid compost.

Watch out for early invasions of aphids and other precocious pests. Check over-wintered tender plants are growing well, ready for reintroduction to the pond in a few weeks. Bring bags of compost into the greenhouse to warm up before use.

Lawns & Hedges Sow new lawns on well-prepared sites. Trim young conifer hedges to height and shorten any long side branches. Plant box, laurel and other evergreen hedges.

Water Garden Start feeding fish if they are actively searching at the surface.

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Franz Ferdinand have announced a mini Irish tour in advance of the release of the band’s fourth studio album, which is due out later this year. The Scottish group will play three dates in May across Ireland. They play Cork on Sunday 20th May in Pavilion. You’ll no doubt have noticed that Dublin has been omitted from the list and while this might annoy some hardcore Franz Ferdinand fans in our capital it’s a refreshing change to see some big name acts playing in smaller venues across the country, and rumour has it they prefer the real captital!!! Tickets for the shows go on sale from Friday 30th March from usual outlets nationwide and are priced at €30. For one night only, for one time only, this exclusive gathering of three musical giants Van Morrison, Tom Jones and Bobby Womack will take place in Marlay Park on Saturday 25th August. All three will perform full sets with their respective bands and promise a few surprise collaborations on the day. Van’s recent sold out O2 Dublin show is being hailed as a highlight of the year so far. This outdoor concert at the foothills of the Dublin mountains promises to be a spectacular show in a spectacular location. Tickets for the show are on sale from Friday 30th March and will cost €59.50 Saturday night sees Danny Dowling play the City Limits. Doors 9pm and tickets are €15. New Zealand Danny Dowling comic has been tearing rooms apart with his version of life in Ireland and a GAA fan that you won’t forget. Winner of Come Dine With Me Ireland with the highest score in the series mainly due to 250 custard pies. Danny has started strongly in 2011 working with Tommy Tiernan, The Rubberbandits and touring with Glenn Wool. He was handpicked for the 2010 & 2011 Electric Picnic Main Comedy Tent and reviewed as “The

best début at one of Ireland’s best Festivals”. Dublin rockabilly singer Imelda May took the stage in Monte-Carlo last night, showcasing her growing baby bump. The singer, hailing from The Liberties in Dublin, was performing in Monte-Carlo at one of Monaco’s biggest charity events, The Rose Ball. May performed alongside her band, including her guitarist husband Darrel Higham. Speaking of baby’s, opera star Andrea Bocelli has become a dad to a baby girl. The blind Italian tenor’s fiancée and manager, Veronica Berti, gave birth to the couple’s first child on Wednesday. The new arrival, Bocelli’s first daughter, is named Virginia. The singer has two teenage sons, Amos and Matteo, with his ex-wife Enrica Cenzatti. Soul star, Aretha Franklin, has announced that she plans to record a new album at her 70th birthday. A number of stars were in attendance at the birthday bash, including Diane Sawyer, the Reverend Al Sharpton and her former fiancee Willie Wilkerson. The party took place at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, and the septuagenarian sat next to the legendary record producer Clive Davis. Franklin announced that she has resigned a deal with Clive and intends to record with him once more - they first worked together in the 1980s. Aretha also commented on the delays to her planned biopic, which is currently on hold saying: “It’s in a limbo position, it’s just a lot going on.” Franklin has previously hinted, in an interview with Billboard, that she would like Halle Berry to play her in the movie, adding that Berry would not be expected to sing and that it would be her own voice used in the movie.

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UCC School of Music & Theatre presents GAMELAN ‘Telephones and Gongs’ with FIONA SHAW, Colin Dunne, Kate Ellis, Nick Roth and more, Cork Opera House – 8pm April 12, 2012 UCC School of Music and Theatre is delighted to announce that Fiona Shaw will perform with the UCC Gamelan at Cork Opera House on Thursday, April 12. Shaw and several of Ireland’s most exciting performers, including Colin Dunne and Kate Ellis, join the Gamelan in a programme of new music and dance, as well as traditional Javanese music.

The UCC Javanese gamelan – a set of 66 bronze gongs and metallophones, drums, flute, spiked fiddle and zither – was made by Java’s greatest living gong-smith, Pak Tentrem Sarwanto, in summer 1994.

One of the world’s finest classical theatre actresses, Fiona Shaw also has impressive film credits to her name and a growing reputation as a director of opera. Fiona is winner of many awards for theatre, including three Laurence Olivier Awards for best actress, two London Critics›s Awards and one New York Critics›s Award for her performance in TS Eliot›s The Waste Land (which she also performed at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork). She was awarded an Officier des Arts et Lettres in France in 2000 and an honorary CBE in the 2001 New Years Honours. Film credits include My Left Foot (1989), Super Mario Brothers (1993) and Harry Potter.

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Rathcormac Set Dancing Wednesday night set dancing in the Rathcormac Inn from 8.30-10.30pm is as popular as ever but they could do with a few more men for gender balance. So if your a man that can dance or would like to learn, please feel free to come along for the craic and you’ll be very popular with the ladies there. Ladies welcome as well. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or email ceilifit@gmail.com

US University Opens International Centre in Dungarvan Mercyhurst University, which is based in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, today announced the official opening of an international centre in Dungarvan. The centre was officially opened by Mr Michael Noonan TD, Minister for Finance. There will be three strands to Mercyhurst’s activities in Ireland. The centre will offer US students an opportunity to study with their professors in Ireland In addition, the University is looking to establish links between Irish and European academic institutions, and preliminary discussions have advanced with Waterford Institute of Technology The third element is the establishment of Mercyhurst’s European Centre for Intelligence, Research, Analytics and Training (CIRAT). This centre will provide opportunities for training

in analytics for both the public and private sectors. This is an emerging market with an estimated value of €1.8billion in Europe.

Get on board for Titanic100 Cobh 2012 Anchor yourself in Cobh Co. Cork for the Titanic 100th anniversary commemoration events from 9-15th April People around Ireland and the world are getting ready to mark the centenary of the legendary passenger liner, The RMS Titanic. If you would like to be part of to the commemoration events taking place, then anchor yourself in Cobh Co. Cork, then Queenstown, the Titanic’s last port of call where 123 passengers boarded the magnificent vessel. Cobh will play host to a memorable series of events from April 9-15 to remember The Titanic and the people associated with her. The events series, organised by Titanic100 Cobh 2012, has something for everyone from concerts to cruise liners, a vintage car show, a Titanic art display, lectures, exhibitions and museums, music recitals, a search and rescue display, a 10 mile road race, gala dinners, a remembrance service and a range of water activities and on-street entertainment for all throughout the week. The events will appeal to history buffs, culture vultures, adventure seekers, concert enthusiasts, food lovers, and families.

How Many Women? A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?” “Sixteen,” the boy responded. His cousin was amazed that he knew the answer so quickly. “How do you know that?” “Easy,” the little boy said. “All you have to do is add it up, like the Priest said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”

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• Rory Golden (Titanic Explorer), Geraldine Martin (Titanic Trail), Dr. Michael Martin and Lorcan McGerry pictured at the premiere screening of the Julien Fellows Titanic mini series at the Commodore Hotel. Cobh, on saturday. pic - Patrick Hogan/Provision

• Guests pictured at the premiere screening of the Julien Fellows Titanic mini series at the Commodore Hotel. Cobh, on saturday. pic - Patrick Hogan/Provision

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Pension entitlements of politicians found guilty of corruption should be withdrawn Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has this evening (Monday) said he supports calls to withdraw the pensions of politicians who are found guilty of corruption or misconduct. Deputy Buttimer was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Grange Frankfield Fine Gael Branch. “Politicians are elected by the people to serve all of the people; not vested interests or golden-circles. If a politician betrays that trust there must be consequences. It is wrong that someone who acted inappropriately can retire without any significant personal consequence and that they can continue to have the benefit of excessive lumps sums and overly generous pensions. This must be stopped. “I agree with suggestions that laws should be put in place that permit the withdrawal of pensions of politicians who have been found guilty of corruption or misconduct. The Mahon Tribunal has recommended that the sanctions contained in the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889, which includes withdrawing pension entitlements, should be extended to Oireachtas members. “There may be difficulties in enacting retrospective legislation but it can be put in place for current and future Oireachtas Members. The recommendations in the Mahon Report should be acted on. This is one measure which can be implemented quickly. “The Government should consult with the Attorney General to see if it is possible to implement similar legislation which will have the same effect where former Oireachtas members who have been criticised in tribunal reports are concerned. “There must be severe consequences for corrupt activities. Corrupt civil servants and politicians should be held to account. I believe this should include measures to reduce or withdraw their pension entitlements.”


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Countdown to a great Crafter offer from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Get ready, set and go! The 4-3-2-1 Offer for Crafter from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is ready. For the month of March and April, all Crafter* registered will include: 4 Years Warranty (including Roadside Assistance) 3 Scheduled Services 2 Years Road Tax on the No.1 Irish Van of the Year 2012 “The Crafter has been a huge success for us in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and we are particularly proud of the fact that it was voted the 2012 Continental Irish Van of the Year by the Irish Motoring Writers Association. This offer celebrates this by adding the assurance of an extended warranty, three scheduled services included and two years road tax on what has been voted by the critics as the number one Van of the Year,” says Niall Phillips, Sales and Marketing Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. For more details on this and the rest of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, range contact your local Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles retailer.

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Ballyphehane Community News Volunteers needed to fan the flame on Special Olympics Ireland’s Annual Collection day! 600 Volunteers needed in Cork! Special Olympics Ireland’s annual Collection Day will take place throughout Ireland on Friday 27th April 2012. This is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and is hugely important to the organisation. The aim of Special Olympics Collection Day, which is proudly supported by eircom, is to raise as much funds as possible to build and support the programme of sports training and competition offered by Special Olympics Ireland so that every person with an intellectual disability has the opportunity to be involved. 600 volunteers will be needed throughout Cork City and County to look after the collection points in Cork City, Clonakilty, Macroom,

Fermoy, Skibbereen, Kinsale, Midleton, Bandon, Youghal, Cobh, Dunmanway, Charleville, Mitchelstown, Bantry and the Fermoy toll plaza. Ger Deegan, Regional Director Special Olympics Munster said “This is our biggest annual fundraising event and as such is of huge importance to us. We need volunteers to help us collect on the day to ensure we are successful. Even a few hours will make a huge difference to us. Every donation we receive on April 27th will help us to further realise our promise of changing the lives of people with Intellectual Disabilities throughout Munster”. For further information about Special Olympics Ireland’s Collection Day and to volunteer please visit www. specialolympics.ie/collectionday or phone Siobhan Nolan at Special Olympics Munster on 021 4977192.

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Carrigaline Community News CÉILÍ MÓR The next Carrigaline Céilí Mór takes place on Saturday the 14th April in the Carrigaline GAA from 9.30 pm until 1.00 am. Top Dublin band the Brian Bórú Céilí Band make a welcome return visit to Carrigaline. The first dance of the night starts sharp at 9.30 pm. Táille isteach €10 including tea. Céad mile fáilte roimh chách

Proposed Youth Theatre A new youth Theatre is being organized in Carrigaline. Caroline Conway heads up the venture in conjunction with the Carrigaline Arts Network. Caroline has many years of acting experience and has recently qualified in UCC with a BA Hons degree in English and Drama Theatre studies. She is a founder member of the Carrigaline Arts Network and can be contacted at 087 962 1463.

Damhsa Fest 2012 This year’s DamhsaFest (Cork International Folk Dance Festival) will take place from Wednesday 25th July to Sunday 29th July. Six international dance groups are taking part in the event with groups travelling from Russia, USA, Wales and Finland joined by Cork based dance groups from the Phillipines and Toga. The organizers are looking for host families to accommodate some of the visiting dancers contact Barry Cogan 087 813 7990.

Active Retired Last Thursday in the Parish Centre the Carrigaline Active Retired Association was given a most informative talk on gardening by John Cummins of the Stonewall garden centre. John who has total command of his subject treated the attendance of 54 members to a highly entertaining afternoon. The gardening

enthusiasts in the group were quick to identify the different plants that John had on show and spoke about. He presented some spot prizes and raffled more including a summer flower basket he designed. Many bought plants and shrubs, which will adorn their gardens and the neighbourhood in the years ahead. This Thursday 29th March CARA go on a day out to Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick. The bus leaves the Bandroom at 10.00 am. The members will attend Mass at the Abbey have lunch there and be given a guided tour of the Abbey and gardens. On the way home they will call to the Crescent Shopping Centre. As next week is Holy Week CARA will not meet but will be back in action on Thursday 5th April with Lind dancing with Frankie Brierley.

Set Dance Classes: Thursday night set dance classes continue in Carrigaline GAA right through Easter every Thursday from 9.00pm to 11.00 pm. All welcome not much experience needed or you can come on your own or with a partner. Enquiries to Fionán 087 818 5111.

Men’s Shed The new men’s club the Carrigaline Men’s Shed continues to make progress. The area around the Men’s Shed on the Minane Bridge road has been cleared and cleaned up and looks very presentable. The building itself has been cleaned and is being painted. The inside of the premises is being furnished and made comfortable and inviting. The club is open for membership; all men over 18 years are eligible to join. The club is looking for tools and equipment. For further information contact Barry Cogan 087 813 7990.

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Maria Doyle Kennedy to play at Grove House Schull Easter Sunday “I have found my voice,” sings Maria Doyle Kennedy on ‘The Silence’, a track from her beguiling new album, Sing. And what a voice. Sometimes melancholy, other times joyful, always passionate – elemental folk shot through with a potent soulful impulse. Yet as a singer, Maria remains one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. Indeed the raven-haired Dubliner is probably more familiar as either Katherine of Aragon, nanny to the son of a serial killer or the estranged wife of the lovely Mr Bates from the three awardwinning television series, The Tudors, Dexter and Downton Abbey.

New Classes Available at the Good Things Café & Cookery School, Durrus, The Good Things Café & Cookery School is located on the shores of Dunmanus bay in the beautiful West Cork village of Durrus, Ireland. It is here, admidst the unspoilt beauty of the Sheeps Head peninsula that award winning chef, Carmel Somers finds her inspiration to create and teach an ever changing menu of delectable dishes, using only the finest fresh, local, seasonal, and (where available) organic ingredients.

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Cork Primary Science on Show Internationally Primary School children in Luxembourg will get the opportunity to experience hands on science and maths workshops Cork style as local primary science centre Lifetime Lab participates in “Discovering the World Week” from March 26th to 30th. Discovering the World is a science themed series of events and activities centred on delivering international educational experiences to primary school children in Luxembourg with participants selected from countries all over Europe. Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks was specifically identified as an ideal candidate for its “hands on” approach to promoting science and maths and is the only centre from Ireland and Britain to have been invited. Speaking about the opportunity Mervyn Horgan Manager of Lifetime Lab said “The invitation is a complement to our education programmes, to be identified internationally and invited to participate is a testament to the success of Lifetime Lab.

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G.A.A. FOCUS By Pat Harrington Snippets from the local and National Scene Referees

I have oft’ been critical of poor refereeing decisions and I must confess I have in the past had a number of spats with the man with the whistle. That said I would never leave the field of play after a game without shaking hands with the referee. I often ask myself the question, who would want to be a referee? The amount of criticism hurled at him and the abuse referees have to take would make one wonder why these men volunteer their services. Recently there has been a lot of comment in the print media regarding the suggestion that the Revenue Commissioners plan to tax the income received by referees when they officiate at games. The rate paid to referees varies from division to division and from the different boards. The Cork City Division reduced the 40 euro payment to 25 euro but in time reinstated the original figure. A figure of 13.71 euro + 50c per mile travelled has been spoken about. Apparently the Limerick board (through Revenue) has been requesting P.P.S. numbers. So what if referees are making a few bob during the summer months? I certainly am disappointed that it has come to this in order to get more revenue in. There are surely other areas where this paltry sum could be collected. Any man who has the courage to act as referee deserves this little consideration, if only in appreciation of the abuse he so often has hurled at him. The government must realise and appreciate that without sport we would have a lot more vandalism and even more serious crime.

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Well done to those referees who tog out week after week; you deserve whatever payment you receive and taxing this “income” is totally unnecessary. I understand those who referee rugby matches at club level gain free entry to all club games. Cork Minor Panellists

Douglas have three players, Paul Fitzgerald, Jamie Davis and Kevin Hayes Curtin on the Cork minor football panel. Paul Fitzgerald has been on the Cork hurling panel as well but has been tied up with Coláiste Chríost Rí and Douglas under 21 these past few weeks. Mark O’Connor has been with the under 17 hurling squad and was recently invited by the minor selectors to play in a challenge game against Dublin. He contributed five points from the corner forward position. Management teams are perhaps giving their squads an opportunity to show their mettle during the league. Some players who may have been injured are again getting game time. While they all like to do well in the league there sights are obviously on the championship. For some it is a provincial title – for others Sam is the ultimate goal. Summer Time

Summertime has arrived, with longer nights and the smell of new-mown grass. The good weather of late should have the pitches in pristine condition. Plenty of night games – no more training under lights and away from the all-weather pitches where the sliothar moves with extra speed. Talk again next week, Pat.

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• Douglas G.A.A. representatives Martin McSweeney, Patrick Scannell, Martin Barry & Barry O’Donoghue with Fiodhna Ní Bhaoill of Scoil Phádraig Naofa

Douglas G.A.A. and Scoil Phádraig Naofa Coaching Initiative Since the school opened at Foxwood, Rochestown in 2009, the management Principal and staff of Scoil Phádraig Naofa have sought to foster a sporting culture among its students. This was acknowledged by Chairman of Douglas Hurling & Football Club Fearghal Hayes, on a visit to the school on Friday 22nd March. Hayes noted how members of Douglas Hurling & Football Club have always been warmly received when visiting the school and hoped that this relationship would now be cemented, with the launch of a formal coaching structure that will complement the school’s ethos. While addressing the teachers and students of the school, under-age coach Eddie Murphy noted the results of a 2011 study that linked the growing trends of childhood obesity and related illnesses with the sedentary lifestyles prevalent in modern society. The emergence of social networking via the internet and computer games as preferred choices of recreation has meant that children are more sedentary than previous generations

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and consequently obesity among young children and its associated health problems are more prevalent. Murphy confirmed that Douglas Hurling & Football Club recognises its responsibility in encouraging the young children of the community to embrace a physically active and healthy lifestyle. To support this commitment, Barry O’Donoghue and Martin McSweeney of the Douglas G.A.A. under-age and street leagues presented school Principal Fiodhna Ní Bhaoill with hurleys, sliotars and footballs. Also, at the launch the club announced that senior players Martin Barry and Patrick Scannell will assume a central role in imparting the skills of hurling and football to the children. Principal, Fiodhna Ní Bhaoill thanked the club representatives for their contribution and referred to Martin Barry’s recent attainment of a Garda Youth Award when remarking how the Douglas G.A.A. coaches serve as valuable role models for the children in the community.

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• Douglas Hall squad & supporters celebrate winning the Donie Forde Trophy following the sparkling 3-0 win over Rockmount at Turner’s Cross last Friday night. Pic: Finbarr Buckley

Douglas Hall FC Umbro U-13 Division One Strand Utd. 0; Douglas Hall 1

Despite the hosts hitting a combination of post & crossbar on three occasions, Joe Coughlan turned in the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining to keep the visitor’s title hopes alive in a lively contest at Ballyanley. Not for the first time this season, keeper Pat McSweeney was called upon to make a number of fine saves along with the dependable Sean Grace to guarantee his team all three points. City Challenge Cup – Third Round Douglas Hall 1; Hillington 0

Ross Kelly scored the only goal of the game ten minutes into the second-half to keep the Hall’s hopes a league & cup double very much alive at floodlit Moneygourney. The hosts reward is a quarter-final tie against the winners of the Cobh Wanderers/Greenwood B FIXTURE. Beamish Stout Donie Forde Trophy Final Douglas Hall 3; Rockmount 0

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exacted sweet revenge for the league play-off defeat lback in May of last year. In truth, the margin of victory could have been greater but for the excellence of opposing international keeper Brendan O’Connell, who made a number of outstanding saves particularly in the second-half to deny the rampant Hall strike force of Simon McGarry, Derek Varian & Cillian Murphy. Murphy ‘s eye for goal led to the dynamic frontrunner opening the scoring midways through the first-half, when he clinically dispatched Wilkinson’s headed pass to the back of the net. The striker’s second in the 70th minute was a gem, this time timing his run to perfection to get between Rockmounts’s central defenders and head Kevin Kelleher’s inch-perfect cross past O’Connell. Sub Mark Reardan completed a memorable night with his side’s third with seven minutes remaining to cap a thoroughly merited win for the Moneygourney based club. The victory was just reward for the hard work put in by the management trio of Kelvin Flanagan, Philip Long & Dave Moore, along with team assistant Michael McCarthy, goalkeeping coach Alfie McCarthy , chairman Brian Kennedy, treasurer Anthony Lane & secretary Nick Swanton.

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Schoolboys Section Local Cup, Under 13 Everton 0 Corinthian Boys 5 Corinthians Boys made their way into the last 8 of the Local Cup after defeating a hard working Everton side. The away side dominated much of the play and led by two goals to nil at half time after well taken scores by Eoin Murphy (7) and David O’Sullivan (23). Corinthians could have led by more but for the Everton Keeper who was in terrific form. Second half goals by David O’Sullivan (37), Eoin Davis (40) and Arseni Lamonov (53) ensured the win for the Castletreasure side. The Corinthians defence will no doubt be very happy again with another clean sheet. Corinthians Team: Christian Begley, Alex Chandler, Ciaran Couch, James O’Donovan, Dylan Ward, Mathew McAuliffe, Eoin Murphy, Stephen Fox, Arseni Lamonov, Eoin Davis, David O’Sullivan, Bryan Hill & James Holland League Action Under 13 Division 4 Kinsale 3 Corinthian Boys B 3 A competitive draw for both sides as the boys struggled to deal with the power and physicality of a strong Kinsale side. The boys went behind three times but to their credit continued to play their passing game as they battled back on each occasion and a draw was a fair result in the end. With Kinsale having conceded 5 to the boys last weekend they were better prepared this time and used their physical advantage well to prevent Corinthians from settling on the ball. Goals from Daniel Hurley, Karl Hyde and a superb strike from outside the box by Jack Lyons gave the boys a share of the points. Youths Section Under 17 Premier Division College Corinthians 1 Rockmount 2 Corinthians under 17 Premier Side were a little unfortunate to go down 2-1 to a strong Rockmount side in this very enjoyable league clash. The game turned against Corinthians on

25 minutes when Conor Mc Carthy was sent off. Rockmount made their extra man tell early in the second half as they snatched the lead goal. However showing great battling qualities Corinthians fought back and leveled the game when Cian Murphy headed home a superb Sean Keating cross. Rockmount were not to be denied however and with Corinthians tiring they grabbed the winner in the final ten minutes. This was a great effort by our lads who continue to improve as the season progresses. Under 18 Douglas Hall 1 College Corinthians 6 Corinthians had a comfortable victory over neighbours Douglas Hall in this Premier League clash, goals from Rakib Mousa (2), David Barrett (2), Dylan O’ Halloran and an OG scored for Cors and Eoin Baldwin, Tomas Duggan and stand in keeper played well for Corinthians. Paul had an adventurous day as he was sent off in the second half when conceding a penalty but stand in keeper number two saved the resultant penalty. Schoolgirls Section Under 18 Lakewood Ath. 0 Corinthian Girls 4 Corinthians remain very much in the running for the under 18 schoolgirls league title following a fine away victory over Lakewood. Laura O’ Brien, Katie O’ Shaughnessy and Megan Connolly (2) scored for Corinthians and Michelle O’ Regan, Leannie Mullins, Kathlyn Hickey, Nicole Connolly, Erin and Alecia O’ Donovan did well for Corinthians. Underage Section Underage training takes place every weekend in Corinthians and new members are always welcome. Training times are as follows Saturday: Under Six & Seven (2005 /2006 ) - 12.30pm - 1.45pm. Under Eight (2004) - 12.30pm - 1.45pm. Under Nine (2003) - 4.30pm - 5.45pm Sunday: Under Eleven (2001) 10.00am – 11.30am. Under Ten (2002) - 11.30am – 1.00pm

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