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by George Thompson - Editor

Nagle College Sensory Garden The Sensory Garden, which has been under construction at Nagle College Mahon over the past month was completed this week with the help of 15 volunteers from Novartis which is a major sponsor of the garden, together with staff and pupils. The garden is part of the on-going progression of the ASD programme and is designed to encourage interactivity among the students, of all five senses. The garden will provide students with a number of benefits including development of life skills, as each pupil will gain a great deal of plant knowledge while also learning how to maintain the garden over the school year. The sensory benefits of the garden mean that students have a beautiful area for time out, reflection and discussion which can help with emotional well-being. Well known Douglas man Paul Finglas of Second Nature Garden Services carried out all works in relation to planting and design of the garden.

CBC Students Attempt Climb Into Guinness Book of Records Twelve CBC students with their teacher Mr. James Deane, will attempt to climb Mount. Kilijamaro this coming August to raise funds and awareness for two Irish charities - Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children’s Project. The climb is taking place from 23/08/2012 to 02/09/2012, while the team is also attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of Records with the most people on the summit at the one time. The group will be travelling with an organisation called Kilimanjaro Achievers and further information can be found on their website Training for this event is ongoing with the team having already conquered The Galtees and Carrantuohill. James Bryant and Corey Cashman from Douglas are two of the students on the team.

Ashton to get new school Congratulations to Ashton School, Blackrock Road on the official launch of building work in relation to their new ‘state of the art’ school which takes place on Thursday morning May 3rd, at 10.00 am . This announcement at a time of extreme austerity in terms of the general economic climate, has created great excitement and enthusiasm for students and staff.

• Nagle College, Mahon recently completed their Sensory Garden as part of their on-going progression of their ASD programme and pictured at the completion last week were: Paul Finglas of Second Nature Garden Services who carried out all work in relation to the planting and design of the garden, Mark Finglas representing Novartis who are a major sponsor of the garden and 15 volunteers from Novartis helped with the completion, Shirley SNA and coordinator of the garden with Nagla College principal George Roche.

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Slán George Thompson Editor

• CBC Kilimangaro Climb

• CIT students - Mai Twomey, Suzanne Creagh, Adeola Odugbose and Maelene Clark pictured with the vintage cars which were on display at the CIT Mechanical Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition. Picture: Pascal Ungerer

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

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Letters 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 Please include your name and address and a contact number. Letters may be edited due to space considerations.

City View Radio Dear Editor, I am an avid listener to 2City View Radio”. I love the music they play. They are huge fans of Cork’s own Dixies and they play them quite a lot. You can find them on 87.57 FM at night time. Yours Sincerely Jerry Caulfield (A dedicated listener) Gurranabraher Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in these letters are solely those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of The Douglas Post.

Memories with Michael

Cllr Kieran McCarthy

Sports Capital Grant Scheme 2012 Cork City Council through its Sports Capital Grant Scheme 2012 seeks to assist local voluntary sporting organisation in developing and enhancing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the city area. The scheme is aimed at providing grant aid to projects that are directly related to enhancing facilities and must be of a capital nature. • Eoin Philpott Liam Harris Cliona Philpott Eoin Harris

Dana Forbes R.I.P

It was with a sad heart we learned last week of the unexpected death of composer and music teacher Dana Forbes. Dana who originated from Pennsylvania USA came to live in Cork a few years ago. She was for a considerable amount of time involved in the musical production group the I.O.R.C, based in the old Butter Exchange Building in the shadow of the Bells of Shandon., and made a major contribution to many of their shows in the Cork Opera House. Dana who lived in Bracken Court, Douglas, went on to found The Douglas School of Music. Throughout the years many young musicians got to enjoy studying and learning music with her. They learned to appreciate her musianship, her honesty, integrity and her positive spirit. To Dana her students were more than just colleagues; they were the people she enjoyed seeing and working with every day. Dana was an amazing director and leader and every student felt they were lucky to have learned from her. She has left them with many inspiring footprints on their memories. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and especially by her many pupils. May she rest in peace.

The Minor Sports Grants Scheme (under E.5000) will allow for minor capital grants towards enhancement of premises, pitches etc., as well as allowing for the purchase of non personal sports equipment that will be used for at least five years. The Major Sports Grants Scheme (over E.5,000) will allow for capital grants to develop sport and active recreation facilities throughout the city. Applications forms are available from the Sports and Recreation Section, Environment and Recreation Department, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork, 0214924729 or email The scheme is not intended as an alternative to any new Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports Capital Grant Scheme or other sources of funding, but will complement any such scheme, possibly helping with local contributions to satisfy criteria of other funding agencies, or assisting with funding where certain works are not covered by other grant schemes.

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Seen, Read + Heard by Michael O’Hanlon The headline on a Sunday newspaper said it all “F.G Pledges to ‘Put the Frighteners” on the Electorate”. Unless I’m mistaken Big Phil Hogan tried that a few months ago. The Electorate are not children! We can’t be cowed, threatened and frightened. We are adults who will make up our own minds on any issue that concerns our present and out future. Phil Hogan was replaced by Junior Minister Fergus O’Dowd who was gentle and friendly, almost having a tear in his eye. You know the scene from the gangster movies “Good Cop Bad Cop”. The old people have a saying “A spoonful of honey is better than a barrel of malt” Speaking of old people the HSE is attempting to close the Abbeyleix Community Nursing Home. The HSE used the word “Unit” instead of “Home” to justify their plans which include; ‘Lack of Funding’ ‘Staffing Problems’ and it foresees problems in meeting HICRA standards. To these elderly residents this is there home where they have built friendships with fellow residents, nurses and carers. It’s at this stage in there lives that the home (not Unit) they now live in will be their last home. Resident Mary McCarthy aged 89 says “It’s like home to me, I’m not going out of here except when they carry me out in a box”. Ned O’Keeffe is in a bit of bother regarding a mobile phone invoice. Did you know that T.D’s are entitled to 729 Euro every 18 months for a new mobile phone and assuming that the government runs the full term, a T.D. can claim 2,754 Euro for a phone. Yet I have a Tesco Mobile which cost me under 20 Euro a few years ago. If I was a TD I would have to ask myself “Would I spend 729 Euro on a mobile phone if it was from my own pocket ?” 166 TD’s get allowance for their phones over 5 years at a total cost = 457169 Euro, and they plan to scrap the ambulance service in West Cork! In Ned’s case a file is being sent to the DDP. The papers tell us that if found guilt Ned could face 10 years in jail! And pigs will fly – probably from Ned’s Pig Farm !!! Dr James Reilly Minister for Health wants to ban smoking on Beaches. A few years ago they introduced a law to muzzle Rottweillers, Dobermans, German Shepard’s, Bulldogs, Pitbulls etc. Ops I almost forgot Rhodesian Ridgebacks. It’s been a great success hasn’t it? Dr Reilly wants us all fit and Healthy. Memories with Michael

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Approval to replace prefabs in schools Cork South Central Fine Gael Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the announcement that prefabs in three schools will be replaced with permanent classroom accommodation. “I am pleased that the Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that three schools in Cork South Central have received approval to replace prefabs with permanent classrooms. Glasheen Boys National School and in Carrigaline both Scoil Mhuire Lourdes and St. John’s Girls National School have received approval. “Scoil Mhuire Lourdes has been approved for four mainstream classrooms. St. John’s GNS will now be able to build 4 mainstream classrooms and 2 resource/learning support classrooms. Glasheen Boys National School will receive funding for 2 mainstream classrooms and one resource/learning support classroom. “The approved funding should ensure that permanent classrooms are built in the three schools by the end of 2012. The new classrooms will improve the facilities available for pupils and teachers, ending the long-term reliance on prefabs. “For too long the temporary accommodation solution of prefabs had been relied on to provide a long term solution for a shortage of classrooms. This initiative by the Minister will end that wasteful use of resources delivering classrooms that meet the current needs of pupils, schools and teachers. “The Minister has approved 78 schools across the country to go ahead with the replacement of prefabs with permanent classrooms, allowing them to begin this work to ensure it is completed during 2012. In total this announcement amounts to an investment of €14 million for prefab replacement in these schools. “In early March the Minister announced a €35 million initiative to reduce the use of prefabs in primary schools. 189 schools were invited to participate in the programme, in addition to the 78 schools which have today received approval another 110 are in on-going discussions with the Department.”

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Poetry Corner with Ronnie McGinn

Patrick O’Halloran is a full time college professor at New York City College of Technology. He teaches accounting, marketing and research seminar in the hospitality department. Originally from Kilkishen Village in County Clare he has been in New York City since 1987. and lives in Cold Spring with his wife Tricia and their five year old son, Eamonn. Patrick’s poetry touches on the fleeting nature of human life, its beauty and impermanence. The compressed texture of his words conceals an exuberance for life that triumphs over its nature.

As My Son Grows Born to grow, born to mow, but not to bow. Born to sigh, born to dance, but not to cry. Born to live but not for me to see you die. Born to fly, born to be well, Born to give life, but not to kill. Born to smile, born to be wild, But most of all, Born to share life with me

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What lovely sound the water makes, Gently as it flows, Sound of thought, sound of praise, Ever so nice, ever so quiet, On its way it goes, Softly as it touches the rocks, Never any harm does it do, And never does it stop.

The Forbidden Fruit I crossed the line, Soaked in your love, Breathless, cobbled together, Undeterred we became the primary color, Innocent and pure, Life lurked between the surface, Aversion to the pragmatist Ensured our love would never die. Patrick O’Halloran Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ / Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas or you can email it direct to ronniemcginn@ If possible keep your poem to 20 lines. You may choose any subject you like, in any form you like as long as it’s original. We look forward to hearing from you. RonnieMcGinn

Writers Group Meetings Bishopstown Writers The Wilton Restaurant – Wed 9th May. at 6.30.PM Douglas Writers Group John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom - Friday the 11th May at 5.30 pm Douglas Junior Writers Group Douglas Library Thursday 17th May at 5.30.PM Ballinlough Writers John O’Sullivan’s (Douglas) Fri 18th May at 5.30 PM Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Please let us know and we will be delighted to publish it for you. Email to – frontdesk@douglaspost. ie. To ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays

Carrigaline Community News CÉILÍ MÓR A large crowd is expected at the Carrigaline Céilí Mór in the GAA Pavilion on this Saturday 5th May for the annual visit of the Seán Norman Céilí Band from Edenderry Co. Offally. Damhsa is from 9.30 pm to 1.00am with a break for tea, sandwiches and scones at 11/15pm. Beidh fáilte roimh chách, €10 including tea at Ireland’s premier dance venue. Enquiries phone Barry 087 813 7990

Altzimers Afternoon Tea This Thursday an afternoon Tea Party is taking place in the Carrigaline Library in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The afternoon tea party organized by the Carrigaline Active Retirement Association in association with the Carrigaline Library will run from 2.00 to 5.00pm: all are invited to come and support this worthy cause.

Blood Donor Clinic The Cork branch of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service held a blood donor clinic in the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion on Monday23rd and Tuesday 24th April last. A total of 253 gave donations of blood on the night. Anyone who may have missed the clinic can make a blood donation at the regional headquarters of the IBTS in St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road Cork contact 021 480 7400

Active Retired The Carrigaline Active Retirement Association holds the annual

Bealtaine afternoon concert in the Carrigaline Library this Thursday May 3rd. A number of popular local musicians will perform and entertain during the course of the afternoon from 2.30 pm. All are welcome. Last Thursday 26th members of CARA travelled to Cobh where they visited the Titanic Experience and the Cobh Cathedral. Some called to the Cobh Heritage Centre. The group then visited Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre on the way home. New members and new ideas welcome. CARA are always open to new members and new ideas: contact Pat 086 387 1108 or Barry 087 813 7990

Men’s Shed Progress on the cleaning, painting and refurbishment of the Carrigaline Men’s Shed is continuing slowly but surely. Work on the kitchen cum dining room is now complete and up and running. It is fitted out with a refrigerator, cooker, kettle, table and chairs and all the necessary kitchen utensils. The reception area where members can sit, chat and relax, read the paper, or listen to the radio is nearly finished. On the outside some storm water drainage work is being carried out while a ramp to facilitate wheelchair access is being constructed. Interested men over 18 years of age are welcome to join; the Shed will be open at present every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11.00 am to 1.00pm. For further information Phone Pat Dineen 4371430 and Barry Cogan 087 813 7990

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Carrigaline & District Lions Club presents “Songs And Sonnets” At Carrigaline Court Hotel On Sunday, 13th May 2011, Carrigaline & District Lions Club (in conjunction with the Carrigaline Singers) proudly present an evening of top class Light Entertainment, with proceeds going towards our Senior Citizens Holiday fund. In addition to the renowned Carrigaline Singers, under the musical direction of Brian McNamara, and accompanied by Ruth Stanley, we are honoured and excited to announce that our very Special Guest will be International Soprano, Mary Hegarty. Poet & raconteur Pat Boran & Master of Ceremonies, James O’Sullivan complete the bill for what promises to be a truly memorable evening, tickets for which are now on sale, priced at a “recession busting” €10. Mary Hegarty who of course needs no introduction, will join the Carrigaline Singers in a number of pieces, and also perform her own solo selection. Her voice is known and revered worldwide, and this is a rare opportunity to enjoy her in live performance. In addition to their popular classical repertoire, the Carrigaline Singers

will also perform their own unique interpretations of international best selling hits by John Denver, Billy Joel and many more. Pat Boran, is probably best known for his presentation of “The Poetry Programme” on RTE Radio. He is also a regular contributor to “Sunday Miscellany”, where his humourous poetic portrayals of everyday life are always warmly received. Funds raised from this event will be used by Carrigaline & District Lions to provide a well deserved holiday for local senior citizens at Trabolgan Holiday Centre in East Cork, organised annually by the Lions Clubs of Ireland and to support other Lions Club charities. Tickets are available at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, Phelans Pharmacy Carrigaline, and Martin Walsh’s Pharmacy, Carrigaline Shopping Centre as well as from members of both Carrigaline & District Lions Club and the Carrigaline Singers. Further information at and

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Douglas Library Bealtaine Exhibition In the Wild : Pastels and Prints by local artist Gemma Best Friday 4thPaddy O Gorman will present his favourite choice of music at our monthly Gramophone Recital at 11.00p.m. On Friday 11 May we welcome the local Douglas I.C.A. Choir to sing in the library. They have a wide repertoire with Irish ballads and music from the shows, best of all they encourage everyone to sing along so it’s a great way to start the weekend. After the performance the ICA will also give a demonstration of Planting Flower Boxes so all gardeners are welcome to come along as well. On Saturday 19 May the Western Front Association will host a full day for any member of the public interested in the First World War. If you have any medals or documents bring them along and find out more about them. Full details of this day from the library . On Saturday 26 May Chenta Ni Riordan will hold a Lunchtime concert with pupils from her music school. All welcome

Gala Fashion Show Gala Fashion Show in Douglas Gaa Club Friday 27th May Tickets 10 euro each available at the door or contact Margaret 0879956050

Unique opportunity To join Pat Falvey worldwide adventurer and explorer on a sponsored climb of Corrán Tuathail in aid of Suicide Aware (Ireland) limited on Sunday 20th May 2012 Meeting point Kate Kearney’s cottage, gap of Dunloe at 10am sponsorship cards and details from Pat Behan 087/9454202, suicide aware is a voluntary organisation n.b. all funds raised go directly towards the provision of training courses for schools, colleges, committees, clubs, societies and everyone interested in the prevention of suicide in the community and referral to help lines. it is vital that we have all names in advance in terms of guides, safety and general enjoyment of the climb. Please confirm participation at your earliest convenience

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Look forward to meeting you on the 20th may next for what will no doubt again be an event to remember with Pat Falvey.

• The Douglas Writers Group meet with Lord Mayor Cllr Terry Shannon at the Lord Mayors Chambers in the City Hall

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The next meeting of the Douglas Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Business Centre), Douglas on Friday 11th May at 5.30pm. The Douglas Writers Group meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

I see from Phil’s Young at Heart update of last week that this group are now available to make visits to people who would like someone to call to have a chat. They will be HSE approved and garda-vetted. So if interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact phil at 087-2987161.

This service provides approx. 30 dinners every day and has 66 volunteers, drivers and cooks, who support the service. They are always looking for new volunteers. If you could spare some time, please contact 4362289.

Douglas Community Association

To Contact Us/Office Hours: If you wish to contact us, please e-mail us at or call in to Nicola, our administrator, who is in the office 3 mornings a week, Mon., Tue., and Friday, from 9 a.m. – 1 pm. You can also drop in a note to the centre, or text Nicola at 086-8917234. We hold monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month, so if you have an issue of a community nature which you would like to bring to our attention, please get in touch.

A Community Welfare Officer attends at the Community Centre on 5 different periods in the week – on Tuesday afternoon from 2-3.30 pm, on Wednesday from 9.30-11.30 am and 2-3.30 pm, and Thursday from 9.30-11.30 a.m. and from 2-3.30 pm.

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Wednesdays@10.30: UCC Creative Writing Course

Neighbourhood Clean-up Courtbrack, Donnybrook


Helen Maher, our area rep. for Courtbrack, Donnybrook, who is a member of Tidy Towns and a member of the Executive Committee as an area representative, recently organised a clean-up of her area in Courtbrack, with the assistance of members of Tidy Towns. Date for your Diary! Tidy Towns Concert on Friday May 25th at Rochestown Park Hotel Tidy Towns are in dire need of funds this year for plants and shrubs to spruce up Douglas in readiness for the Annual Tidy Towns competition. With severe financial cutbacks at Cork Co. Co., they must do all the fund-raising themselves, and one of their members, Marian O’Sullivan, is organising a musical evening at Rochestown Park Hotel, on Friday May 25th. The entry fee is €10, and it promises to be a great night, a mix of a variety of individual and group performances, inc. Douglas Church Choir, and sing-a-long with the audience who will be given song sheets. Marian’s husband, David, is a well known pianist and will be performing throughout the evening. Marian will give more specific details in next week’s Post especially as to how and where to get the tickets, but keep May 25th in your diaries as it is going to be a very popular event.

Hall Rental Remember our Community Hall is available at the moment on most week nights, it caters for 90-95 people seated, and there is ample parking of 46 car spaces in our car park, so anybody interested in renting it out, please see contact details below.

Spring is also a time for de-cluttering our home and we would like to remind people that there is a Bring Recycling Centre just inside the main Church Road entrance of the Community Park, which provides recycling for glass and cans.

Volunteers – all help welcome! We are drawing up a list of volunteers who can help us out in our fundraising efforts and would be delighted if anyone with a particular talent or idea could give of their time. You can contact us by e-mail, or by phone at the above numbers, or you can drop a note into the Community Centre with your details. You don’t have to be on a committee to help out and people of all ages are welcome.

Parent and Toddler Group If you and your toddler would enjoy the company of other parents and toddlers, come along to the centre on Wednesday mornings, between 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. in the preschool rooms. Parents or whoever is responsible for the toddler on the day have a cup of coffee or tea and a chat while their toddlers play in a child friendly environment. Please phone 086-1217161 for more details.

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Douglas Library Activities Tuesdays@10.15: Social Sketchers, bring along your paper and paints and try your hand at art in the library

Wednesdays@10.30 Book Club meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Thursdays @ 11.00: Young at Heart (tai Chi) Thursdays@ 6.30 Adult Chess Fridays: First Friday Gramophone Recital @ 11.00. Second Friday: Citizens Information Free Clinic @ 10.00. Fourth Friday: Irish Conversation Group.@ 11.00

Douglas ICA No “Boot Camp” in Douglas ICA, just a warm welcome and the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. With our many activities, including Choir, Drama, Exercise Class, Crafts, Book Club, Outings, etc., we offer plenty of scope to use your talents and gain new experiences. Guild meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 8pm at the I.C.A. Hall on Church Road (opposite entrance to the Community Park). Choir Monday 8pm, Drama Wednesday 8pm, Exercise Class Monday at 11am. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME.

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Lactose intolerance Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency, means you aren’t able to fully digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. It’s usually not dangerous, but symptoms of lactose intolerance can be uncomfortable. The problem behind lactose intolerance is a deficiency of lactase — an enzyme produced by the lining of your small intestine. Many people have low levels of lactase, but most don’t experience signs and symptoms.

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Without enough of the lactase enzyme, most of the lactose in your food moves unprocessed into the colon, where the normal intestinal bacteria interact with it. This causes the hallmarks of lactose intolerance — gas, bloating and diarrhea.



Lactose intolerance is caused by low levels of the enzyme lactase in your small intestine that lead to signs and symptoms. Normally, the cells that line your small intestine produce an enzyme called lactase. The lactase enzyme attaches to lactose molecules in the food you eat and breaks them into two simple sugars — glucose and galactose — which can be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Treatments can’t cure lactose intolerance. There’s currently no way to boost your body’s production of the lactase enzyme. People with lactose intolerance usually find relief from signs and symptoms by reducing the amount of dairy products they eat and using special products made for people with this condition.

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At the Fashion Show in the Douglas GAA Club last Friday night were:

• Students of Scoil Nicalaus who organised a coin trail in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation also pictured are members of the Parents Association Lure Foley and Principle Ahelia O Leary

• Billy and Majella Dorney

• Aoife and Majella Costello with Georgina Cantwell

• Evelyn O Sullivan and Dermot Keane

• Marie of Karla snapped with Pauline Hegarty

• Mary Sheehan Debbie O Donohue and Clare McWhinney

• Clodagh Duggan and Emma Duggan of Douglas Camogie

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• Michael and Margaret Kennedy

• Michael Eddie Phil Dorothy Tina and Liz

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Young @ Heart by Phil Goodman

Traditionally ,old age has been associated with retirement ,illness and dependency .Today most people remain independent into very old age, the majority of people over 65 are well and live healthy active lives in independence in their own homes and communities as long as possible some with the support of family and friends, older people’s lives are changing and as they age the type of information they require change also, this challenge becomes more difficult for people who may be experiencing declining health and need assistance to cope with their problems, many people find it difficult to fill out forms, also been left on hold on the phone for long periods, there are unnecessary difficulties caused to older people when information is not available,we need an information office in the community helping people to access info more easily. As anyone will know who has attended the A&E in CUH you need to be prepared to wait at least 7—8 hours before you are seen, many people have been in touch to say there is also a urgent care centre in the Orthopaedic, the Mercy care centre is open from 8--6 seven days a week and treats broken bones, all sprains and strains, facial injuries, minor burns and scalds, bites cuts, splinters, minor chest pains,etc . The Mercy Centre does not treat children under 10 years old, chest pain, hip fractures. I have got very good reports from people who had reason to go there, full of praise for the staff and the centre and most important no long delays, the number is 4926900 write it down and hopefully you will never need it , The month of May often called “Our Lady’s Month “ is traditionally dedicated to our Lady and is considered the season of the beginning of new life. The following hymn will bring back memories of May Sunday devotions to Our Lady .

Bring flowers of the Rarest Bring blossoms the fairest From garden and woodland and hillside and dale , Our full hearts are swelling , Our glad voices telling the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale, O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the angels and Queen of the May. This week we are off on the Young at Heart cruise of the Med, taking in Rome, Valencia, Florence, Corsica, for the majority it is a first time cruise, hopefully not our last ,,

• Nuala Rosney and Nevin Maguire at cookery demonstration at the Rochestown Park

Up Coming events Mon,11-12 Walk in the Park. Mon 1-4 Care - Ring Phone service. Mon 2-4 Painting for Beginners GAA hall Tues 2-4 Knitting, St Columbas Church Hall. Wed Log on and Learn, Community school. Wed 2-4 bingo Lion house , Thurs 11-12 Tai- Chi, library. Thurs 3-5 Indoor Bowls ,Boys National School May 6th Table Quiz, 7pm, GAA Hall tables of 4 e40 in aid of Romanian Orphanage. May 16th trip to Griffins Garden Centre. May 22nd Glenstall Abbey. May 29th Titanic experience and Spike Island. Tues 5th June Lakes Killarney Boat trip

• Nurses Mary and Maura from the special baby unit at the CUH paying a visit to the the young at heart knitting group

Thought for today “Love thy neighbours but don’t get caught” Cherish your yesterdays dream your tomorrows But be young at heart And live your today’s Bye for now Phil

Thanksgiving The Miracle Prayer Sacred Heart

• Delia Allshire with Christer at Quigley’s in the Douglas Village Shopping Centre

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Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours This time I ask for a 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 3 days promise publication And favour will be granted no matter how impossible - A.C..



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To Whom it May Concern: This is a personal recommendation for Mr. Michael O’Hanlon and his new business venture. Recently Michael undertook a job to clean the large cobbled area outside the main Conference Centre Area of the Hotel. As you can imagine this area sees a huge amount of footfall on an annual basis and the cobbles had in effect seen better days. To his credit, the job was undertaken in an extremely diligent and timely manner. Due care and attention to detail was the order of the day thus ensuring a high standard of craft and workmanship. The end result was incredible, absolutely pristine and totally surpassed my expectations. l was extremely happy with Michael’s work ethic and would highly recommend him to others. Yours Sincerely,

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Cork Slang on Radio Life 93.1FM invites you to join them for “watchamacallit” a complete cork audio dictionary. It is widely accepted that cork has a varied and sometimes colourful vocabulary that is often misunderstood and sends many visitors into confusion, so with each 5 minute episode of watchamacallit Lifefm will take an in depth look in to cork slang words and phrases as well as giving a definition of those words

so that others can come to understand cork people and their slang better. In the programme you will become familiar with such words as bazzer, feen, gat, dodgy to phrases such as story boy, and what’s the craic. With watchamacallit you will also become versed in how to explain things to cork people in their slang such being able to say that you will see them later and ask how to get to Patrick street.

You will hear examples from cork locals young and old as they guide you through watchmacallit’s slang terms. The watchamacallit programme will begin on the 7th of May airing Monday Friday just after 10 am and repeated and 4:30 pm on 93.1 life Fm. This programme has been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound and Vision Scheme.

China visit Christ King Girls Officials from the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government in China on a visit Christ King Girls Secondary School, Cork. Dancers and musicians from the school entertained the visitors. Last year Christ King Girls School in Cork city has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Nanyang High School in China in an initiative designed to strengthen the collaboration between schools in Shanghai and in Cork.

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Austerity Leads to Suicide Rate Increase Friday’s Vancouver Sun had a short item, “Suicides up, road deaths down due to recession.”

other countries which are in economic difficulties, that the suicide rates will increase there as well.

Suicides rates rose sharply in Europe in 2007 to 2009 as the financial crisis drove unemployment up and squeezed incomes, with the worst hit countries like Greece and Ireland seeing the most dramatic increases, researchers said. But rates of road deaths in the region fell during the same period, possibly because higher numbers of jobless people led to lower car use, according to an initial analysis of data from 10 European Union countries.

Many economists, including Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, argue that savage cuts to these countries will only make their economies worse, and inflict more pain on their populations.

If one were to extrapolate from this data, one could hypothesize that as more harsh “austerity” measures – including pay cuts and fewer public services in addition to even higher unemployment – are imposed on the Greek people that the suicide rate will grow even higher. One might further speculate that, if such severe punishment is also imposed on Spain, Portugal, and

On the other hand, the “good” side of the story is that, “rates of road deaths in the region fell during the same period, possibly because higher numbers of jobless people led to lower car use. Even better, the speculators (gamblers) who have bought the Greek and Irish bonds will get their money back. And to top it off, the “royal” couple is having SUCH a good time as they visit Los Angeles to party with other “celebrities”! Isn’t it great to have some good news once in a while?

• John Buttemore with Mark and Gavin

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Check The Register And Make Your Vote Count Local Labour Representative Ciarán Lynch TD is urging members of the public to make sure that they are registered to vote in time for the forthcoming Stability Treaty referendum on May 31st. Commenting on the forthcoming referendum Deputy Lynch said, “It’s really important that people check the register to make sure that their details are correct, particularly those who have recently changed address. I am especially calling on all those who have recently turned 18, and others who are eligible to vote but have not voted before, to get on the register so that their views can count on May 31st. Deputy Lynch further added, “The deadline for the general supplementary electoral register is on Monday, May 14th, while the deadline for the postal. Voters can check their details on the register in all local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries.” Should you find that your name is not on the register you can get yourself registered to vote by contacting the Franchise Offices at either Cork City Council at 021 4966222 or Cork County Hall at 021 4276891.

• At the launch of the “Terrace Bar & BBQ Area “in East Village, where clients got to match Beers of the World from Heineken Ireland to delicious BBQ food were, from left: Kelly O’Connell (CITCO), Lynn McCarthy (G4S) and Deirdre Fitzgerald (EMC).

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The Comedy Club at the City Limits will play host to Andrew Maxwell this Saturday. Doors are at 9pm and tickets are €20 with entry to club afterwards. Andrew performed his show The Lights Are On at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe and was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show for the second time. The show was a sell-out and had fantastic reviews where the show was particularly praised for its pin-sharp and up-to-date material about the Arab Spring and the London riots. Andrew recorded an episode of Sky Atlantic’s eagerly awaited first original comedy series, Morgan Spurlocks New Britannia in January 2012 alongside Shappi Khorsandi and Ruby Wax which aired in April. Andrew also had a four part Radio 4 series commissioned in early 2012 – Andrew Maxwell Public Enemies with producer Sam Bryant. Last September, he presented an authored documentary for BBC3, Conspiracy Coach Trip: 9/11 (with Renegade Pictures) which aired around the 10 year anniversary of the events. In 2011, Andrew recorded his first appearance on BBC One’s legendary comedy show Live At The Apollo which aired on Friday 9th December and was one of the highest rated shows of the series. He appeared alongside host Rich Hall and fellow guest Mark Watson. Andrew has won and been nominated for several awards including an

Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show, a Time Out Live Award in the category of Best Stand-up, a Loaded Magazine Award for best stand-up and Chortle Award for best contribution to the live comedy circuit. He was also recently voted Best Irish Comedian by the public at the awards. Andrew continues to dominate the live and festival circuits. Notable appearances have included several sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, The Amnesty / Channel Four Secret Policeman’s Ball, at the HBO US Comedy & Arts Festival in Las Vegas (alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock), several sell-out runs in the main house of The Soho Theatre, Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, Glastonbury and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. The line-up for this year’s Castlepalooza festival (Aug 3rd to 5th) has been revealed and it features a host of Ireland’s finest live acts. Choice Prize winner Jape will be joined at the festival by Ghostpoet, The Charlatans, Katie Kim, Le Galaxie, MMoths and many more. The festival will take place this year, as per usual, at Charleville Castle in Tullamore and it will be the largest scale one yet with three stages being rolled out for festival-goers. Tickets, if you buy between now and Friday, are only €50! Jessie J has been announced to play at Live At The Marquee on July 3rd. Tickets are €44.05 and go on sale at 9am on Friday 4th May.




















Gig Guide Thursday 3 Michael Chapman & Hiss Golden Messenger 8pm, Triskel Christchurch Trad 9pm, Charlie’s The Mashed Potatoes 9.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Souldriven 11.30pm, Crane Lane Friday 4 The Frank & Walters / Fred / The Walls 8pm, Beamish, South Main Street Later with The Grunts 9pm, The Roundy G.I.M.P. 10.30pm, Charlie’s Amadans & Bodhrans 10.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett The Wall Street Thieves 10.30pm, Redcove Inn, Mahon y Roy Buckley 10.30pm, Welcome Inn Nathan Fake 11pm, The Pavilion Saturday 5 The Lee Sessions 5pm, The Oliver Plunkett Fernanda Martins 7pm, An Cruiscin Lan The Human League 8pm, Beamish, South Main Street Doctor Foxes Old Timey String Band 10.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Tim Mullane 10.30pm, Welcome Inn Bone Dog Blues 10.30pm, Charlie’s Sunday 6 Joe Mac 5Pm Canty’s Pembroke St Gavin Moore 3pm, Beamish, South Main St. Trad 3pm, Charlie’s Hank & Edel 7pm, Welcome Inn Paula Drozd 7.30pm, The Roundy Celtic Fusion 10.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett The Wall Street Thieves 10.30pm, Anglers Rest Celestial Café The Roundy

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• Lydia Padraig Mary Maura and Ciara enjoying a day at the Park

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Brainteazer This Week’s Teazer Jim White watched in exasperation as the soccer team he had led to world fame over five years was trounced by Brazil. It was just awful! No matter how much he bellowed advice and encouragement nobody took the slightest notice. He almost wept with sheer frustration. At last the whole dismal affair was over and Brazil won by such a huge margin that it went into the record books. Yet, oddly, when the next day’s newspapers came out, Jim, far from being attacked was extravagantly praised. Why ?

Last Week’s Teazer The little Scottish island of Moray boasts the grandly titled “Bridge over the Atlantic” (The locals gloss over the fact that , at this point the Atlantic is only a few feet wide). The bridge is only single track and every morning McLeod the postman drives his van at breakneck speed over the bridge and onto the island. However, every morning the local milkman drives his van at similar speed across the bridge as he leaves the island. Neither could ever bring himself to give way, so why is there never an accident ?

Last Week’s Answer. Fortunately, they, reached the bridge at different times.

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Blackrock / Mahon Community News Thirteenth anniversary of the Omagh bomb. Mr Hugo Squire UK Minister of State for Northern Ireland and Denis Coffey representing The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Terry Shannon at the thirteenth anniversary of the Omagh bomb.

• Claire Cronin Ballinlough and Maeve O’Shaughnessy Blackrock picture by Gerard McCarthy

• Breeda McGettigan Monkstown at The L’Arche Community Cork Annual Ladies Dinner in Jacobs on the Mall on Thursday, April 26th. This marked the 9th year of this event in Jacobs.

The Omagh bomb was the worst massacre in Northern Ireland’s recent history. On Saturday, 15th August 1998, a massive bomb exploded in the Lower Market Street, Omagh. Thirty one people, including unborn twins were killed and hundreds more were injured. Many local people and visitors from far and near had come to Omagh to shop and enjoy the carnival procession in the town. At ten minutes past three the sound of devastation, mayhem and despair fell on the

county town of Tyrone. Subsequent to the horrible tragedy a Peace Garden called the Garden of Light with a memorial sculpture was erected in the exact location of where the bomb exploded. Also installed was a stained glass window, called Windows of Hope, in the local Omagh Library.

Baby Massage Classes Baby Massage Classes are starting at Mahon Family Resource Centre on Fri May 4 from 11 a.m. to 12.30p.m. Baby Massage promotes bonding between Mum and Baby. It promotes relaxation and may help reduce colic and improve the quality of sleep. Classes are suitable for babies from birth to 9 months. For more info or to book a place please contact Christine at 4358866.

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The Douglas Business Association The DBA wants to highlight two issues amongst its members. 1. On street pay parking is about to be introduced in Douglas in the coming days. The views of the members are sought. 2.  Cork County Council Land Use and Transportation Strategy is underway. The Council is seeking views from all interested parties. The DBA is seeking the views of its members.

• Thirteenth anniversary of the Omagh bomb

There is a survey which is available on the Cork County Council website. If you have difficulty in downloading the file please call to the Douglas Post in Morris House and they will gladly print one out for you. Alternatively look go to The Douglas Post Website www. and look for the Douglas Business Association. Please take the time to review and complete anonymously. Completed surveys can be returned by post to Padraig J Sheehan Solicitors, Village Green House, Douglas West, Cork. In the alternative bring the completed form to the open meeting of the DBA to be held on Tuesday 8th May at 8pm St Columbas Hall. The agenda for the open meeting will be to invite member’s views on the above issues with a view to making a submission to Cork County Council. Please make every effort to attend and ensure you invite at least 2 other business people to the meeting. Best regards, Padraig Sheehan Chairman Douglas Business Association

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• Staff members and pupils together with volunteers from Novartis pictured at the completion of the Sensory Garden at Nagle College as part of the on-going progression of the ASD programme. Pic:George Thompson

• Pictured at the launch of the annual colouring competition in St, Lukes School were students, School Principle Olwen Anderson, Liz Kavanagh and Mary Byrne of Douglas Credit Union and Robert Healy of Douglas Print. Douglas Credit Union and Douglas Print are co-sponsors of the competition

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• Conor, Rory, Eoghan and Tomas O’Leary from Kilkerran, Ballinspittle, pictured at the Munster Rugby Centerpiece at the CIT Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition in CIT. Picture: Pascal Ungerer


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Straight Ahead provides free surgery for Irish children who need urgent operations for severe orthopeadic deformities such as scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and neuromuscular limb deformity and are currently on unacceptable waiting lists. For some of these the waiting leads to a deterioration of their condition, considerable pain and a huge reduction in their quality of life. Straight Ahead wants to do something about this and are looking to complete 10 such free operations in the next year. Straight Ahead has a fantastic team of surgeons, nurses and other medical staff at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin waiting to complete these surgeries, many of them providing their time for free. In addition a number of Irish medical device companies have generously provided free surgical implants to ensure that these surgeries

are completed for the lowest possible cost. Normally these 10 operations would cost about €500,000 but Straight Ahead has reduced this cost to €150,000. We have already started doing these life changing operations (see the “before and after X-Rays” on this page from our first operation) but we need your help to reach our target. By giving a donation you can help us reach our goal to change the lives of at least 10 Irish children in the next 12 months.

Claudia McCarthy and her friends will be collecting in your area in the next 2 weeks Any donations will be greatly received for this worthy cause.

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin Ballinlough Community Association A.G.M. The A.G.M. was held on Tuesday 24th April at the Community Centre. Among the attendance were Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr.Terry Shannon, Cllr. Laura McGonigle (Chairperson of Ballinlough Community Association) Cllrs. Jim Corr, Des Cahill, Kieran McCarthy & Denis O’Flynn. The Chairperson addressed the meeting, she spoke in praise of the voluntary work done in the community, she thanked her fellow officers, said that Ballinlough was a vibrant Community Centre, and wished it well for the next twelve months. The Secretary’s report was read by Lil Downey. Reports: Meals on Wheels - 220 meals were delivered a week last year, this is all thanks to the cooks who turn up on their rota to cook and likewise to the drivers that deliver them. A recruitment drive drive took place during the year, some new drivers and helpers were recruitment. As the holiday period is approaching, they will be appealing for volunteers, it is one day in the fortnight for a few hours in the morning, if you have recently retired, you might like to help. Call to the Community Centre any morning between 10.30 am to 11.30am. Youth Clubs - It was another a very successful year for them. Membership is very high in the Youth Clubs. The End of Summer Festival was a great success with over 1,300 attending. this year, the Spook Parade for Halloween, the Christmas Soirée was a sell out. Several group use the Youth Centre. The building got a lot of work done this year including a new heating system. I.C.A.: The I.C.A. meet the first and third Wednesday of every month. New members are welcome. Their AGM is on Wednesday 2nd May. Indoor Bowls - They play on Mon & Tues nights at the Community Centre. membership has increased his year. New members are always welcome. 45 Drive - Every Thursday night at 9.00pm, Everyone welcome Other activities include: Ladies & Gents retirement Clubs, Bingo, Computer classes. Lord Mayor Cllr. Terry Shannon addresses the meeting, he said he was delighted to be present as Lord Mayor, he is a member of the Community Association, where he holds the position of an officership.

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He praised and congratulations all the people involved in the association, and stressed that everyone involved are voluntary workers. As Lord Mayor he has visited almost every group and area in the city, he said we should be proud of our city, as Cork is one of the Top 10 cities. He also said that we should look at all the positive aspects in our city.

Garden Competition Our Summer Gardening Competition, is open to all our readers. You can win a prize every week from now to September. So 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. We would love to print it. If you have a neighbor with a nice garden who might be a bit shy, why not take a photo for them. Send your photo to Gardening, Douglas Post, Morris House, Douglas. Cork . Or email to

Each of the local councillors spoke on local issues in the area, and said that Ballinlough should be proud of its Community Association. Garda Ger Harrington of Blackrock Garda Station said that Ballinlough is a ‘Model’ as it is a quiet locality. There is sight traffic congestion in some areas. There is a great improvement in the area known as the ‘Japanese gardens’ as it is constantly patrolled by the Gardai. Douglas Swimming Pool: The pool has been refurbished, it also has extended public opening hours Saturdays 1.00pm - 4.00pm The lack of larger Playground in the area was discussed, it was suggested that Ballinlough needs a new Playground which should be closed at night. It was great to see some new faces at the AGM., so hopefully new people will bring new ideas to our community.

Paddy Kearney Memorial Trophy The final of the Paddy Kearney Memorial Trophy was played in the Community Centre last Wednesday 25th April. The competition was sponsered by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Terry Shannon. The Lord Mayor said he was privilged to be here, he praised and honoured the years of work that the late Paddy Kearney did in the community, Mrs Anne Kearney was also present. The Lord Mayor presented the trophies to the winning team of Mossie McGrath, Frank O’Flynn and Jack Healy. Runners up were Liam O’Flynn, Frank Cronin and Denis Murphy. The Trophies for the event were sponsored by Cllr. Terry Shannon in association with Gerard McCarthy Awards & Gifts. The orgainsing committee of Ena Collins, Maura Maher, Maura Olden, Marian Quinn, Michael J. Collins and Liam Towler would like to say a special word of thanks to Vincent Barry and Michael J. Collins for orgsinsing the event.

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Corinthians started the game with great intensity, and despite playing into a strong wind controlled the game with great passing and movement. Everton broke dangerously once after 10 minutes but a superb save from Alan Kelleher kept the shot out. Despite all the possession Corinthians had to wait until 5 minutes before half time to open the scoring. A Mark Cronin corner was sent into the net by a fine header from Jaze Kabia. The second half started with Corinthians again playing great passing football . Adam Gilbride played a great ball to Rory Doyle who finished superbly to the net. Daniel O Donovan shot was deflected to Rory Doyle who beat one man before shooting past the keeper. A good ball from Cian Morgan to Mark Cronin at the edge of the box was sent to the roof of the net. The fifth goal was an OG from the defender under pressure. The sixth goal was a fine finish from Adam Gilbride following a great through ball from Mark Cronin. Padraig Nash, Ger O’Mahony, Conor Fagan and Nathan O’Donnell all played well in a great squad performance. Under 14 Division One Corinthian Boys A 5 Kanturk 1 (Mikey O Doherty 2 Aaron Purcell 3 ) An excellent second half hatrick by substitute Aaron Purcell ensured victory for Corinthians. The game started rather slowly as Cors looked nervy at the beginning. However Mikey O’Doherty scored from a Cian Barry pass and later put Cors two up with a fine individual goal. Cors playing against a strong wind in the second half needed to ensure Katurk did not stage a comeback. Purcell duly obliged by converting most of the chances that came his way to earn a man of the match performance. Sean Canny was

dominant in goal while Daniel Tyner, Mark O Regan , David Smith and Cathal Kelleher also played well. Under 15 Division 4 Corinthian Boys A 1 Mayfield A 0 THE U15 second string made it ten points from a possible twelve as they maintained their push for a top four finish in Division Four. Adam Brennan grabbed his 12th goal of an impressive campaign shortly after half time in a tightly contested 80m minutes between two of the inform sides in the division. Fintan Ward and Brennan had good first half chances but the sides remained deadlocked at the interval. However Brennan latched onto a neat flick on in the 53rd minute to stroke home the only goal. Mayfield upped the intensity in the final quarter and Corinthians had to rely on keeper Matthew O’Mahony to stand tall and deny one clear cut chance. The sides meet again in Mayfield Thursday night. Corinthians: M O’Mahony; R Hurley (R Dwane, ht), G Spillane, D Cronin (capt), M Anthony (C Kiernan, 55); D Leen, J. Quigley; T. Hyland (W Byrne, 68), F Ward, M Rohan; A Brennan. Underage Street League Times We would love to see new members coming up to play in the leagues which are open to all. There is always a special welcome for our under six and under seven players many of whom are coming up to Corinthians for the first time. Our Under Six and under Seven League are undoubtedly an ideal starting point for any young budding “Ronaldo, Fabregas, Messi or Wayne Rooney “, the games are fun filled with the emphasis very much on enjoyment. So if you were born in 2005 / 2006, why not come along, we would love to see you in Corinthians Depending on your age group games will take place at the following days and times Saturday: Under 6 (2006) 12.30pm -1.45 pm. Under 7 (2005) 12.30pm -1.45 pm. Under 10 (2002) 4.30pm5.45 pm Sunday: Under 9 (2003) 11.30am- 1pm Wednesday: Under 8 (2004) 6.45pm - 8.15 pm

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• Christ King Girls School All Ireland League and Cup Winning Junior Basketball team visited the Lord Mayor who congratulated them on their historic victory.Front l-r Leanne Riordan; teacher; Pauline Hayes; teacher; Cllr. Terry Shannon; Lord Mayor of Cork; Lady Mayoress; Ursula Shanahan and Francis O’Sullivan; basketball coach.Back Row l-r Ciara McCarthy; Kelly Lynch; Heather Lynch; Hayley Nason; Ciara Murray; Hannah McCarthy; Laurie O’Donnell; Clíona Keating; Emma Cotter. Missing from photo are Laura Wyse; Kate O’Toole; Chelsea Noonan; Kate Leneghan; Aisling Kiely.

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The Hall garnered all three points against a gallant home eleven courtesy of goals from Cal Sheehy & Conor O’Leary ( two apiece ) and one each from Paul McCarthy & Ronan Cooper to stay in title contention. Umbro U-16 Division 2 Macroom 3; Douglas Hall A 0 In a fine game of football, James O’Donovan & Dara Murphy excelled for an under strength Hall who could

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G.A.A. FOCUS By Pat Harrington I.I.B.A. Short Mat Bowls Snippets from the local Results and Fixtures (Cork Zone) by Michael J.O’Shaughnessy and National Scene Happy Campers The Cork hurling management will have been well pleased at getting another competitive game tucked safely under their belt. Did they worry about the winning or losing? Winning means another game with Kilkenny in the league final. Winning also means that the “auld enemy” Tipp have been overcome once again – though the championship may be a different kettle of fish. The Rebels have had a good league; they surely will not be lacking confidence for the championship. What of Tipp? On the day their touch would at times been frowned upon at junior B level. They also over-played the short passing game. After the 45th minute the Premier County had a brief ten minute golden period where they won a lot of ball in the air, and played more to their previous high standards. The game as a spectacle was dreadful for 45 minutes but it certainly picked up after that. One wonders if both sides were playing mind games. No doubt Cork will be more pleased with the outing. Both sides were short some players on the day. Tipperary will have an extra championship game played should they overcome Limerick – this would be an advantage Kilkenny had their expected victory over Clare without being over-extended. The Cats are short established players through injury at the moment. They will still put up a big challenge to Cork. The last time the sides met in a semi-final was in 2002 – with victory going to The Cats. The Cork dispute occurred later that year. Galway vs. Dublin Galway defeated Dublin in the replayed relegation encounter. On the day the Tribesmen were clearly the sharper of the two. They also made some positional changes. Dublin had two players on suspension as

well as a number of players out through injury. It is said that winning becomes a habit, but Dublin are struggling with two draws and five losses in the league, though it must be said that they were competitive in most games. The burning question is will those long-term injured be up to the pace of the game. The Liffeysiders may not have wanted to win the league but they would have been confident of maintaining their status in the higher grade. Paul Galvin On Setanta recently Paul Galvin was asked about his role in the Kerry team where he is spending a lot of time gathering possession in his own half. Pat Spillane in the Sunday Independent said that Galvan had been in possession on 32 occasions against Mayo. He referred to the legendary Kerryman as a great player who is not creative in the manner of some of the great European footballers. This comment was merely to stress the fact that as Galvin is not a very creative player why give him the ball so often? Referring to the younger players, (minor and under 21) in Kerry Spillane made a further comment saying that these lads were not bulked up enough; a comment with which Paul Galvin agreed. My comment is that these lads are only youngsters. Does Spillane maintain that the G.A.A. should be creating rugby-like players at such a young age? My take on the subject is that there should be a slowdown of this bulking of players so young. Dónal Óg Final may I wish Dónal Óg Cusack a speedy recovery. I may not always agree with the man’s politics but he is a wonderful keeper. Congrats Congratulations to Douglas men Eoin Cadogan and Eoin Cotter on winning National League medals with the Cork footballers last Sunday.

Crosshaven Pitch & Putt This Week our Club Matchplay is in full swing, the Final to be played on Sunday at 6pm best of luck to all. Monday saw the last morning of Coaching for the boys school which was a great success our thanks to Steven Enneguess the National Coach for a job well done. Coaching will be provided by the Club Coach on Saturday at 2.30 all welcome. Results: Tues - Jim McCarthy & Mary Murphy were the nett winners with only 1/2 point to spare from Michael Desmond and Breeda O’Connor with 42.

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Sunday Jim was once again in top spot with Pat O’Mahony and Ausin O’Connor at12 under while Mick Murphy Garry Ryan and Mary Murphy captured the gross. Fixtures: Matchplay time sheet on the board, Competitions Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30. Saturday Ladies and Coaching 2 30. Sunday threeball 3pm. Juvenile Membership now due New Members welcome.

The Cork Zone (I.I.B.A.) Inter Club League Cup and Plate Finals which were sponsored by (O’Briens Garage, Midleton) were played on Wednesday 25th April in St. Anthony’s School Hall, Ballinlough and the results were as follows:League Cup Final - Cathedral Parish (GR) versus Cox’s Hall with Cathedral Parish names first:- (Rita Looney, Celia Healy, Michael Courtney & Billy Egan) beat (Jean Kingston, Elizabeth Jennings, Sam Jennings & John Ellis)(14/9) and (Noeleen Quinn, Muriel Doolan, Stephen Thompson & Rose Moore) lost to (Frances Kingston, Valerie Jennings, Georgina Watters & Colin Watters)(8/13) (Agg. Score – 22/22) In the s.d. extra end, Cathedral Parish secured victory after a outstanding match.

League Plate Final: Douglas G.A.A. (GR) versus Carrigaline G.A.A.with Douglas GAA names first:- (May O’Neill, Aidan Delea , Pat Corbett & Michael O’Brien) beat (Marie McCarthy, Kay Cooney, Patrick Tierney & John Noonan)(12/3) and (Pauline Doyle, Ann Twohig, Danny Twohig & Paddy Barry) lost to (Finbarr Corcoran, Mary Galvin, Michael McCarthy & Maurice Hayes) (10/12) The Umpires on duty for the finals were Eddie Mills and Tim Murphy. At the conclusion of play Roy Corbett (Sales Manager, O’Briens Garage, Midleton) presented the prizes and also the Perpetual Trophies to Billy Egan (Cathedral Parish Team Captain) and May O’Neill (Douglas GAA Club Captain)

Douglas GAA Congratulations to Eoin Cadogan and Eoin Cotter who last Sunday were part of the Cork panel that defeated Mayo to win the national league football title. Douglas G.A.A. Table Quiz: The social committee have organised a fundraising quiz for this Friday 4th

May. Start time is 8pm in the club pavilion. All are welcome. Golf Classic: This years Douglas G.A.A. Golf Classic is scheduled for 1st June. For details contact Der O’Regan on (086) 6093083.

Pfizer Pitch and Putt by Brendan Hayes Photo Pfizer under 16 team winners of the recent Cork County Juvenile team event at Claycastle with coach Weeshie Murphy. Well done to Dave Ahern who qualified for the finals of the Munster matchplay in Tipperary also well done to the Bouge brothers, Denis and Graham, Corey O Callaghan and Ger O’Sullivan who qualified for the finals in the Douglas nett cup.

Shane Murphy and Chris McCarthy 18 under. Sunday: 18 hole stroke 1st Nett Ger O Sullivan Mick Stack 37 1/2 1st Gr John Hughes and John Callnan9 under 2nd Nett Denis Bouge and Mark Jordan 38

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