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• Ashton students & Bishop Paul Colton at the launch of the building of a new school at Ashton, Blackrock Road.

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Students will enjoy many new features in the completed school, for example, being three stories high and having quite a significant glass frontage will add a new dimension to the building. The Sports Hall will be totally refurbished, with new floors, new roof and upgraded facilities, and will also be connected with the main school building.

Fr. Mathew’s has grown from its roots as a senior men’s, one team club based in Ballyphehane to become one of the most progressive and largest clubs in the country with membership now exceeding 200, catering for all ages groups from ‘nursery’ to underage and senior. This Sunday sees the clubs annual awards day at Rochestown Park Hotel and with it comes the announcement that the Men’s Division I team will take on Philippine National Team on Sunday August 26th at the Mardyke Arena and it is going to be a sell out as there is already a huge interest among the large Philippine population living in the Munster region. There will also be a huge Mathew’s following in attendance of this first ever match between a Mathew’s side and a senior International side.

New up to the minute Science Laboratories will be a feature of the new build, along with dedicated art rooms, language rooms, library, and enhanced woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing rooms. Best of luck to all at Ashton!

We will be providing regular updates on in the build-up to the big game so keep a close eye on Fr. Mathews club website and face book page. Go Mathews!

Following on from last week’s announcement on Ashton School’s new buildings, I am delighted to report that work has begun on replacing the current building with a modern, three-storey school. This new state of the art building, which will integrate the gracious Georgian building affectionately known as ‘the Old Building’, along with the Sports Hall, will enhance the school’s role as a centre of educational endeavour, and excellence.

Roy Keane Love him or loathe him you have to hand it to Roy Keane for keeping the Cork flag flying in tele-land as he builds his career being a pundit. While it is apparent Roy has the respect of his fellow former players and co pundits, I cringe sometimes when the broad Cork accent comes out but, all in all, fair dues to the Cork star. Like most stars in whichever walk of life, the charity work they undertake very often goes un-noticed however after 10 years doing his bit for the Guide Dogs, Roy has taken the Cork based service for the visually impaired, to another level with the ‘Shades’ campaign which take place every year and once more, this year is no exception…….it’s a great cause so please support it!

• Ballinlough Community Association directors who recently paid a visit to City Hall and on the Lord Mayor Terry Shannon and his wife Lady Mayoress Ursula included Cllr Laura McGonigle, former Lord Mayor Donal Counihan, Mary Cremin, Maura Maher, Anne Quinlan and Maura Olden.

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The Queen, the President, & the Flatulent Horse AT HEATHROW Airport in England, a 300-foot red carpet was stretched out to Air Force One and President Bush strode to a warm but dignified handshake from Queen Elizabeth II. They rode in a silver 1934 Bentley to the edge of central London where they boarded an open 17th century coach hitched to six magnificent white horses. As they rode toward Buckingham Palace, each looking to their side and waving to the thousands of cheering Britons lining the streets, all was going well. This was indeed a glorious display of pageantry and dignity. Suddenly the scene was shattered when the right rear horse let rip the most horrendous, earth-shattering, eye-smarting blast of flatulence, and the coach immediately filled with noxious fumes. Uncomfortable, but maintaining control, the two dignitaries did their best to ignore the whole incident, but then the Queen decided that was a ridiculous manner with which to handle a most embarrassing situation. She turned to Mr. Bush and explained, “Mr. President, please accept my regrets. I’m sure you understand that there are some things even a Queen cannot control.” George W., ever the Texas gentleman, replied, “Your Majesty, please don’t give the matter another thought. You know, if you hadn’t said something I would have assumed it was one of the horses.”


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A Tribute to the Resilience and Dignity of Vita Cortex workers Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has paid tribute to the resilience and determination of the Vita Cortex workers following the resolution of the 20 week dispute last night. “The resilience and determination of the Vita Cortex workers over the course of the sit-in has been an inspiration. I am delighted that all parties have agreed to an acceptable resolution to the dispute. “Each time I met with the Vita Cortex workers I was struck by their sincerity and their positive attitude. The mutual support shown by the members of the group enabled them to stick it out for a staggering 20 weeks. They had received great support from across the local community and I know that this support was deeply appreciated. “There have been many parties involved in bringing this dispute to an end. Kieran Mulvey and his team in the Labour Relations Commission, SIPTU and IBEC have all played important roles in the process. It is also important to recognise the engagement by the company in making an offer that was agreeable to all involved. “In December, when this dispute began, the workers were genuine in their demands. They were seeking what had initially been offered, and indeed what had been given to former colleagues. It was this genuine and dignified approach which resonated with the public, gathering support locally, nationally and internationally. I applaud them for the manner in which they have conducted themselves over the past four months and wish them well for the future.”

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Seen, Read + Heard by Michael O’Hanlon Well, it’s been another interesting week in Ireland, not to mention Douglas. Little did I think I would ever see Parking Meters in Douglas Village. I’ve lived here now for about 40 years, before that in Blackrock Road, which also has parking restrictions. Life as we knew it will never be the same. I trust that here in Douglas, there will be a “honeymoon period” before the Warden begins to issue tickets. Carrigaline has escaped for the time being, but then again they have a powerful Business Association. Perhaps our newly formed Association will grow and hopefully act as one for the business people of Douglas. Although I attended the launch night in St. Columba’s Hall, and at the end of the meeting we were asked for our e-mail addresses. I along with others gave mine. We were told that we would be contacted regarding the next meeting. There have been meetings since, but I’m still waiting to hear from the Committee. Perhaps it’s a teething problem and hopefully “from the acorn, the oak will grow” I went to Goleen West Cork for the long weekend. My daughter lives down there. She told me that Goleen Garda Station is closed. She passed it one day last week and noticed that a skip outside was filled with chairs, tables etc. I remarked “couldn’t they have given it to some local charity or good cause”. I suppose when one doesn’t pay for the furniture and contents, one doesn’t care where they go. I picked up a copy of the local Goleen Newsletter and discovered that (I cod you not!) there will be “a Garda Siochana Clinic” at the Coastguard office on Tuesday 8th May, Tuesday 15th May, Tuesday 22nd May and Tuesday 29th May for one hour. However unforeseen events may occur and prevent the Garda from turning up. In an emergency, ring Bantry”. Only a stone’s throw (if fired from a Howitzer!!) from Goleen. Last year I met an acquaintance of mine, a Garda Sergeant who was walking the beat. I asked him why he walked the beat alone. His response was “they get their exercise in the treadmill in the gym!!” Years ago in the early seventies, I ran a chip shop in St. Lukes and it was there I met Gardai on the beat. I hope they’re all well now – John ‘Brother’ Dwyer, Sean Dwyer, Pat Kenny, Mattie McGrath, Sylvie Murphy, Pat Sheehan. They all had one thing in common, they met people when they “walked the beat”. Finally on this subject, the Government has cut €25 million off Garda overtime. The same amount of money it cost to run the Bastion of Democracy, the Senate!! There were two very good and informative articles in last Sunday’s Indo. The first was by Political Scientist Elaine Byrne; it concerns the attempt by the EU to get member states such as Ireland to introduce a small tax on the International Financial Services industry. Quite simply, they’re based

in Dublin where they buy and sell money, in simple terms it’s a clearing house. The tax of, wait for it, 0.01% would bring in €500 million annually. Fine Gael T.D. Peter Matthews told us recently that a 5% tax increase on anybody earning over €120,000 annually would bring in €500 million, so add the two sums - €1 billion. We laughed at Iceland a few years ago. What’s the difference between Iceland and Ireland? One letter and six months. Things have changed since Ireland guaranteed the Banks. Iceland let the banks go under, it protected the Icelandic peoples’ accounts and told the rest to “Go Whistle Dixie”. Unemployment in Iceland is 7%, in Ireland 14%. Healthcare and preschool education upwards is free. In Iceland the Prime Minister and a lot of bankers are going to Court to face charges (the Prime Minister was found guilty of one charge recently), and finally Iceland is expected to balance its Budget by 2014. Ireland? God only knows when. Who’s laughing at Iceland now? I know that this sounds radical, but in Ireland now they have lie detectors – I’m not joking!!! Here’s a suggestion, give every aspiring Politician a test and if he/she fails, tell them to get a real job if they can find one!!! Until next time, if the Good Lord’s willing and the creeks don’t rise. Michael O’Hanlon.

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Poetry Corner with Ronnie McGinn

Poetry has been going on as long as human speech; it has engaged the interest of large numbers of people for many centuries; it has tempted devoted men and women away from worldly success, it has won the passionate concern of men and women of all kinds and in all walks of life. There are no borders to poetry, it can cover every know topic in the universe and even some unknown ones. It can take a multitude of forms shapes and sizes, it can cover subjects we know and subjects we don’t know and sometimes like life itself; not everything is what it seems. This week Ann Leo of the Bishopstown Writers Group presents us with a poem that may evoke a few memories, to which so many of us can relate.


Loss As I write, your loss I feel, This Year, Spring is no big deal, I cry, I weep, I’m almost mad, To part with you, was oh! So sad! The Doctor knew, he shook his head, “The warnings were all-round” he said, And though we tried ignore them all, The forces made too strong a call. My fingers long to feel your touch, My lips miss you so very much, My heart no longer leaps on high, Since we were forced to say goodbye. The day you left, I was made free, Ah what good is that to me? Life to me now is endless fret, Goodbye, my lovely cigarette Ann Leo 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 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 Bishopstown Writers The Wilton Restaurant – Mon 21st May. at 2.45.PM Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Carrigaline Community News Marian Hall Ballinhassig Sun May 13th. Music by Declan Aungier. Time 3.00 to 5.30 Admission 10 Euro Teas served.

Ceol & Craic At Dinner To celebrate their 15 years Douglas branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann held a banquet and gala dinner followed by Ceol & Craic in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Saturday night last 21st April. After a beautiful four course meal all the musicians present took out their instruments and played on stage beside the stage or at their tables. Before the ceol got going Cathaoirleach Barry Cogan who had already welcomed everybody gave a brief history of the branch from a small beginning in October1996 to a vastly expanded branch which it is today. Certificates of merit were presented to four members of the branch. Three young people and one adult. Margaret Quirke read the citation highlighting the major part he plays in the branch made the presentation to Rory Manning. Aislinn Cogan read the citation praising the involvement of Róisín Towe while young Fiachra Cronin was lauded for his enterest in the use and promotion of the Irish language by Oifigeach Gaeilge Niamh Ní Mhaoláin. John Quirke whi in recent years has learned to play the bodhran and mandolin and now plays with the senior Grupa Cheoil Barry Cogan read the citation and said he was getting recognition for all the work he does for the branch.

All were presented with framed certificates of merit and a voucher for free tuition for one season. John Finbarr Crowley Honorary Secretary of Cork County Board of Comhaltas praised the branch for all it had done to promote our traditional irish music and language over the 15 years. He congratulated the founder members on their foresight to form a branch of Comhaltas in Douglas. After the formalities the music had started, the dancers took to the floor and danced the night away.

Active Retired Concert As part of the Bealtaine Festival in the Carrigaline Library the Carrigaline Active Retirement Association held an afternoon concert on Thursday 3rd May. The entertainment provided by local artists Tim O’Leary on flute and vocals, Eileen Desmond on accordion and Donal Power on Guitar and vocals was greatly appreciated by the CARA members and visitors to the library. A number of the CARA members sang and recited poetry or told stories and all joined in the community singing. CARA got a great welcome in the library by David Treacy and the staff. An afternoon tea charity fundraised in aid of Alzheimer’s Society held in the library in conjunction with the concert. A total of €325 was raised for the cause. This Thursday 10th May CARA have another session of Line Dancing with Frankie Brierly lined up while on Thursday next they go on what has become an annual outing to Griffins Garden Centre in

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Dripsey. The following week CARA is planning an exercise afternoon at the outdoor gym with local sport stars followed by a picnic in the park.

Damhsafest 2012 Plans for this year’s DamhsaFest are progressing favourably. International Folk Dancers from America, Russia, Finland Philippines, Togo and Wales are expected to join with the Irish dancers for the annual festival, which takes place from July 25th to 29th. The organizers are still looking for volunteers and a numbers of host families to accommodate some of the dancers. For further information contact Barry 087 813 7990.

Douglas Comhaltas A large number of traditional musicians, singers, and storytellers from Douglas branch of Comhaltas will compete in the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil in Macroom on Saturday and Sunday next. The branch has members competing in Solo items, Duets, Trios and Comhra Gaeilge. The branch also has three Céilí Bands, U12, U15, and U18 and two Grupa Cheoil taking part. Comhaltas members from 27 branches within the County are all eligible to take part in the Fleadh Cheoil.

Aifreann Gaeilge The May Aifreann Gaeilge will be celebrated at 10.00 am on this Sunday morning in the Church of Our Lady and St John, Carrigaline. Mass leaflets and hymn sheets As Gaeilge will be available. Anyone who wishes to sing in the choir is invited to join them in the gallery. Enquiries 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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Douglas Writers Group 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

Douglas Sláinte Toastmasters Club Would you like to improve your skills in public speaking in a warm, welcoming and supportive atmosphere? If so, Douglas Sláinte Toastmasters Club is the club for you. This club affords every member the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn leads to increased selfconfidence and personal growth. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings, without obligation, where you can witness for yourself the opportunities for growth in participating in Douglas Sláinte meetings. Meetings take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel every second Wednesday from now until late June 2012. Meetings begin at 8.00pm and finish at 10.00pm.

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Douglas Library Bealtaine Exhibition 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

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

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• The TREK 4 Temple street team pictured at their table Quiz night at the South County , Douglas on Thursday 3rd. May. - The group held a successful Quiz night that was greatly supported and enjoyed by all. They are presently preparing for their forthcoming climb of Kilamanjaro. - All in aid of Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

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

Douglas Community Association 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

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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. Recycling/Bring Centre

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!

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Lifestyle remedies Once sunburn occurs, you can’t do much to limit damage to your skin. However, the following tips may reduce your pain and discomfort in the hours and days following sunburn: Take anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, on a regular basis according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subside. Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Apply cold compresses — such as a towel dampened with cool tap water — to the affected skin. Or take a cool bath or shower. Apply a moisturizing cream, aloe vera lotion or hydrocortisone cream to affected skin. A low-dose (0.5 percent to 1 percent) hydrocortisone cream may decrease pain and swelling, and speed up healing.

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If blisters form, don’t break them. They contain your natural body fluid (serum) and are a protective layer. Also, breaking blisters slows the healing process and increases the risk of infection. If needed, lightly cover blisters with gauze. If blisters break on their own, apply an antibacterial cream. Drink plenty of fluids. Sun exposure and heat can cause fluid loss through your skin. Be sure to replenish those fluids to prevent dehydration — when your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. Treat peeling skin gently. Within a few days, the affected area may begin to peel. This is simply your body’s way of getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin. While your skin is peeling, continue to use moisturizing cream. If you need more information, call Garvan at Lynch’s Pharmacy on 4366923.

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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. Meals-on-Wheels

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. Community Welfare Officer

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. Douglas Library Activities

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

Broadale, Maryborough Hill Tel: 021 4366923

Wednesdays@10.30 Book Club meet on the second Wednesday of every month.

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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.

Wednesdays@10.30: UCC Creative Writing Course

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Out & About

with Michael O’Hanlon

At the Fashion Show in the Douglas GAA Club

• The Magnificent Seven

• Daniel Akinsonya Glory Nwadeoze Dipo Akinfaye Michael Akinsonya and Ifeoluwal Akinsonya enjoying the Fashion Shown at the Douglass GAA Hall

• Bunni Deborah Wunni Rachael enjoying the Fashion Show in the Douglas GAA Hall

• Michael Eddie Phil Dorothy Tina and Liz

• Philip Shine Roy Corbett Colm Lucey Eoin Cotter David hanrahan and Paddy Barry

• Pictured at the Fashion Show in the Douglas GAA Hall Angela Maher Nuala of Karlas Botique and Teresa Casey

• Tricia Walsh Michelle St Ledger Maeve Fitzgerald Eileen and Claire Cadogan

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n 2010 Nagle community college secured the necessary fundin to build two new classrooms for the students in the ASD programme. As a project, the students in transition year, under the guidance of Shirley Barry SNA, decided to complete a sensor garden that would benefit all students in learning the principles of gardening and horticulture while stimulating the 5 senses. It would also provide a place for time-out, reflection and conversation and would be something the whole community could get involved in.

In order to achieve that goal, it was vital to secure th funding to do so. Considering the times we live in, it was heartwarming to see the amount of sponsors who, not only donated money and materials, but also their invaluable advice and enthusiasm. With thanks and gratitude, Nagle Community College, Shirley Barry and Paul Finglas.

Top left: Turning of the first sod to begin work on the Sensory Garden with students Shane Crosby and Sean Cronin. Above: Staff members and pupils together with volunteers from Novartis pictured at the completion of the Sensory Garden. Left: Paul Finglas of Second Nature Complete Garden Services who carried out all work in relatio 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 completio Shirley Barry SNA and coordinator of the garden with Nagle Community College princip George Roche. Below: Before, during and after pics.

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Rockmount Building Fund Sat 12th May, an evening of Craic and Conversation with the one and only Roy Keane and Mickl Butt at the Silversprings Moran Hotel. Tickets for the Fundraiser can be had from all Cummins Sports Shops, The Boston Barbers at Mahon, Planet Entertainment Blackpool and the Bog Warehouse Merchants Quay. Doors open at 7PM and questions and answers will kick off at 8P.M. sharp

Coffee Morning for those Bereaved or Affected by Suicide First Tuesday of every month @ 10.30 -12pm in The Boardwalk, Lapps Quay Cork City. Teas Coffee and scones are complementary. All are welcome and you may bring spouse, sibling or friend/s. The coming together of those similarly bereaved can offer the opportunity to gain strength and understanding from individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Collette on 087/2750355 or Brigit on 087/6310482

Cork Samaritans 40th Anniversary Public Lecture Series John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison will present a public lecture at Cork’s Imperial hotel on Wednesday 16th of May at 7:30. The lecture is the second in a series being held throughout 2012 to mark 40 years of Samaritans in Cork. In his role as governor of one of the country’s largest prisons, John Lonergan has keen inisght into a range of issues affecting modern Irish society and speaks candidly on the value of community, the scourges of bullying and drug abuse and why we can’t enforce change on others. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Samaritans have been in Cork since 1972 and have supported tens of thousands of people in that time on the phone, in person and more recently by text message and email. Samaritans can be contacted 24hrs a day on 1850 609090.

• At the 66, South Mall for the AIB Business Seminar were L to R., John Slattery, AIB Branch Manager, Oonagh Connolly AIB, John O’Doherty, AIb Regional Director, Kevin O’Keeffe, Action Coach and John Webb, AIB Head of Business Banking. Picture, Tony O’Connell Photography. DouglasPostAd_Layout 1 29/11/2011 11:55 Page 1

Building our community together

Kieran McCarthy

B.A., M.Phil. INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR, CORK CITY COUNCIL South East Cork City Richmond Villa, Douglas Road, Cork Mob: 087 6553389 E:

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Upcoming Community Projects ‘McCarthy’s History in Action Project will take place at the early summer school fair of Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Ballinlough on Sunday 13 May, 2012 2.30-5pm. This event, supported by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, will bring history alive for all the family, with the participation of re-enactment groups, storytellers and more. • Be part of Happy Heart Weekend 10-12 May. Calling for Cork volunteers to sell happy hearts in aid of Irish Heart Foundation Meaghan Fichtner, volunteer, Betty Hickey, Nurse Service Manager, Cardiac Renal Centre, Tony McNamara, General Manger, CUH Group, Lord Mayor, Cllr. Terry Shannon, Anne Riordan, Irish Heart Foundation, Martina Delaney, Business Manager, Cardiac Renal Centre, Mr. Ronan Curtin, Cardiologist, and Linda Daly, volunteer, pictured at the launch of Happy Heart Weekend in Cork University Hospital recently. Pic Diane Cusack

Fishy Story A boy was taking care of his baby sister while his parents went to town shopping. He decided to go fishing so he took her with him. “I’ll never do that again!” he told his mother that evening. “I didn’t catch a thing!” “Oh, next time I’m sure she’ll be quiet and not scare the fish away,” his mother said. The boy said, “It wasn’t that. She ate all the bait!” 16 - Thur 10 May ’12

As part of ongoing research project into the local history of the southeast ward, Cllr Kieran McCarthy will conduct a historical walking tour of Blackrock Village on Sunday 13 May 2012, 6.30pm, leaving from Blackrock Castle (approx 1 ½ hours, free event). The earliest and official evidence for settlement in Blackrock dates to c.1564 when the Galway family created what was to become known as Dundanion Castle. Over 20 years later, Blackrock Castle was built circa 1582 by the citizens of Cork with artillery to resist pirates and other invaders. These and a range other themes will be discussed on the walking tour. Cllr McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project takes place at Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Sunday afternoon, 10 June 2012, 2pm. Cork students are encouraged to make model boats at home from recycled materials and bring it along to the Atlantic Pond for judging. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s Ocean to City, Cork’s Maritime Festival and the Lifetime Lab. There are three categories, two for primary and one for secondary students. There are prizes for best models and the event is free to enter. Innovation and imagination is encouraged. Further details on all the events above can be found under community programme at

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• Ethna Rowland Ballina, Jacinta Coleman Foxford and Catherine Moyles Ballina down for Mayo to see the Independence of the Seas Cruise ship picture by Gerard McCarthy

picture by Gerard McCarthy

Independence of the Seas Cruise ship visit to Cobh Boosts Cork Economy Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas cruise ship created a spectacle when it called into Cobh over the Bank Holiday weekend. The 3,634 guests onboard helped to boost the Cork economy by visiting local attractions such as the English Market and the nearby Blarney Stone - contributing towards the €43.9 million and 212 full time equivalent jobs that the cruise industry adds to the local Cork economy annually.* One of the largest in Europe, the 1,112 foot long, 160,000 GRT ship with 15 passenger decks includes many innovative features including a rock climbing wall, a Flowrider surf simulator, ice skating rink and a

1,320-seater theatre as well as three pools, six whirlpools, over eight restaurants, a spa and fitness centre.

Rathcormac Set Dancing More men for Rathcormac Set Dancing

• Christine Heine, Louise and Anna Ley at the Psoriasis Association ‘Dare to Reveal’ fashion show in the Cork International Airport Hotel

There is an abundance of women attending the Wednesday night classes in the Rathcormac Inn from 8.30-10.30pm and they are looking for a few more men to dance with them. 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. Enquiries to Fionan on 087 818 5111 or

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This Saturday Eleanor Tiernan will perform at the City Limits. Since starting comedy Eleanor has performed at the Cats Laughs Festival,her own solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and starred in the play Help! She wrote this play with her two cousins Tommy and Niamh Tiernan. Sharp and sassy Eleanor competed 120 shows as the support act for Tommy Tiernan’s ‘Bovinity’ Tour. She also featured in 2 RTE 2 shows, “The Savage Eye” and “Fancy Vittles” with Maeve Higgins. Admission is €15 and doors are 9pm. Not content with an already epic lineup, Westport Festival of Music and Performing Arts have added even more musical treats to Ireland’s newest music and arts gathering! The festival takes place on Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th on the lands of the fabulous Westport House in the heart of Westport town in Mayo. Announced today are hot new beat band The Strypes, leading Irish rock act The Walls, indie rising star Katie Kim, former Beautiful South chanteuse Briana Corrigan, Kopek – a great Irish band breaking in the US and synth merchants Electric Penguins. The festival roll call is bulging with Irish and international artists, from Ray Davies (who plays a warm-up gig at the Roisin Dubh in Galway on June 22nd) to Jools Holland and his special guest Marc Almond, Seasick Steve to Imelda May, The Chieftains to Beth Orton, Lloyd Cole and Horslips, Damien Dempsey and Macy Gray, The Dubliners to Tom Baxter, Duke Special to Alison Moyet and many, many more. Huge established international bands and the best new emerging Irish talent will take to three stages over the weekend of June 23rd and 24th, with music to suit all tastes and ages at the very reasonable ticket price of €75 for one day ticket and €130 for the two days. Children under 12 years of age are welcomed into the festival for free, once accompanied by a ticket holding adult aged 18 years or over, limited to two children per adult. Teens are also very welcome to attend the festival and the organizers have introduced a very special discounted ‘Junior Ticket’ for young people aged between 13 years and 16 years. One day tickets are priced at €40 while a weekend ticket for 13 – 16 year olds

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will cost just €70. Ardal O’ Hanlon will play the Opera House on 17th of May as part of his Irish tour. Tickets from €20 and doors are 7.30pm. Ardal is thoughtful, silly, but always punchy, he has delighted audiences on his recent tours of UK and Australia, talking about the things that matter – religion, politics, family, childhood, Irishness – and things that don’t matter so much. Although best known for his starring roles in the sitcoms, Fr Ted (C4) and My Hero (BBC), Ardal’s vocation is as a stand-up comedian. A founding father of Dublin’s Comedy Cellar, the spiritual home of Irish comedy, he moved to London where he quickly won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. Since then he has continued to perform to sell-out audiences around the world including tours of China and the USA. He presented the Stand Up Show on BBC for three series and recently featured on Live at the Apollo (BBC) and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow (BBC) not to mention Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave). He has also appeared on The Graham Norton Show, Parkinson and The Late Late Show. He has written a bestselling novel, The Talk of the Town, which was included in the influential tome, 1001 Books to read before you die. Madonna has said that Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys rapper who died Friday, was one of a kind. She added that the hip-hop group, who opened for her 1985 Like A Virgin tour, was important to her musical history. The singer says the seminal hip-hop group was “integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time.’’ Yauch’s representatives confirmed that the rapper, also known as MCA, died Friday morning in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. Madonna says she was sad to hear of Yauch’s death and asked God to bless his family. Rapper Eminem also paid tribute the influential Brooklyn-born musician and his groundbreaking outfit in a statement yesterday: “I think it’s obvious to anyone how big of an




















Gig Guide Thursday 10 Keep Shelly In Athens / Sacred Animals / Young Wonder 9pm, The Pavilion Trad 9pm, Charlie’s Grainne Cotter Jazz Quintet 9pm, The Roundy Nathan O’Regan 9.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Echogram 11.30pm, Crane Lane Friday 11 Seamus Matthews 7pm, The Oliver Plunkett Therapy?/ Paradox / Axis Of 8.30pm, Cyprus Ave. Vudu Nation 9pm, Crane Lane Camea / Robin Keys 10pm, The Pavilion Single Malt 10.30pm, Charlie’s The Planted 10.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Mick O’Riordan 10.30pm, Welcome Inn Adams Locker Reardens Saturday 12 The Lee Sessions 5.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Alexander Tucker & James Blackshaw 8pm, Triskel Christchurch Trucker Diablo / Mockingbird 8.30pm, An Cruiscin Lan John Blek and the Rats 9pm, The Pavilion Hot Guitars 10.30pm, Charlie’s Tim Mullane 10.30pm, Welcome Inn Hermitage Green 11.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett Sunday 13 John Blek and the Rats 3pm, Pine Lodge, Myrtleville Trad 3pm, Charlie’s The Outfit 7pm, Welcome Inn Blaze Bayley / Flatline 8pm, Fred Zeppelins Rua Rí 9pm, The Oliver Plunkett King Twit / Long Fingered Bandits 11.30pm, Crane Lane Kramer Reardens The Purple Lounge The Roundy

influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others.” The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. Robbie Williams’ dad wants his pop star son to perform at his wedding. Divorcee Pete Conway, 64, who is getting married to a woman the same age as the Take That member, wants 38-year-old Robbie to sing at his nuptials. Conway, who is marrying Melanie Mills, is confident that his boy will do his bit.

“Robbie is so, so pleased for me,” Conway said. “Melanie and I have been together for over two years so we thought we’d get engaged. “The next thing is to plan the marriage. When it happens Robbie might sing, wouldn’t that be lovely. We’ve got to all get together and plan it. I will see Rob next week and we’ll have a little celebration,” he said. Conway, who got divorced when Williams was three, is now expecting his first child with Mills.

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On Wednesday next we pay our annual visit to Griffins Garden Centre. Margaret will give a talk on all different aspects of gardening, Potting, Planting window boxes etc. There is always a raffle for a few spot prizes and Margaret shows us the best plants to put in containers and window boxes and raffles them off afterwards. All welcome to join us on the day or in fact there is a welcome for you on all our trips, but I must have your name beforehand to book the seat on the bus. On May 22nd we visit Glenstall Abbey in Murroe Co. Limerick, it is always a special place to visit especially the Icon Chapel. We leave early for this trip, on arrival we will have tea and scones followed by Mass in the in the Abbey Church with Gregorian Chant in Latin. After that lunch followed by a tour of the grounds which includes a great variety of trees and flowers, a great favourite is the seventeenth century Italian style terraced walled garden. On the way home we’ll have our tea in the Charleville Hotel In the coming weeks we will go to Belfast,we will pay a visit to the City Hall and also see where the Titanic was built.

who help out each week with the different events, John Swanick, Harry McAuliffe, Kay Ratcliffe, Mary O’Callaghan, Dorothy Humpries, Peg O’Brien, Dennis Carroll and all the Care-Ring volunteers and who helped make Douglas the caring community we all aspire to.

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 16 trip to Griffins Garden Centre May 22 Glenstall Abbey May 29 Titanic experience and Spike Island Tues 5 June Lakes Killarney Boat trip

Thought for today “In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back”

We also have trips to Sherkin Island, Naval Base, Kilkenny Castle, Lakes of Killarney, Derrynane Hotel and many many more contact me on 436 3867

Cherish your yesterdays dream your tomorrows But be young at heart

Computers, Knitting, Tai- Chi, Bingo, In -Door bowls, Painting, all take a break for the summer. Our sincere thanks to all our volunteers

Bye for now

And live your today’s Phil

Brainteazer This Week’s Teazer A man went to the garage to have an electrical fault on his car repaired. Unfortunately the mechanic was ill and therefore the work could not be done, determined not to waste his trip the man decided to put his car through the car wash. He closed the sun roof, retracted the radio aerial, drove the car into the tunnel and then got out and waited outside for the washing to begin. It was only when he pushed the button that the man began to bellow with rage. Why ?

Last 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 Answer.

• Maureen Phillpot meets Douglas Overs 60s representive with Frank Downey holding The Luke Phillpot Perpetual Trophy

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Jim had retired as captain and was watching on T.V. The papers compared the teams current miserable performance with it’s fame under Jim’s captaincy.


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Family Ties with Geraldine Blake

Ellen I have a friend called Ellen. She was my best friend from the age of five when we were in ‘Babies’ together right up until she got married and moved to Boston in 1988. We went to Eglantine school when the desks still had inkwells; you could lift up the tops and store your books inside and had benches that could sit two pupils. Our desk was up against the wall. Ellen sat on the inside next to the wall and when she got bored, she would raise her right leg and shove me onto the floor. She was half blind and I had a hearing aid; as a pair we functioned quite well. Our teacher often remarked, “The lord made ye but the devil matched ye.” We were both manic readers. My library of Enid Blyton books was bigger than hers. It was so big that several weeks passed before I realised that Ellen was quietly stealing them from under my nose. One afternoon when we were in Ellen’s house, she proudly showed off her newly extended collection. Impressed, I took down a book and looked through it. My name on the inside cover had been clumsily scrubbed out. I looked at Ellen and said, “But these are my books!” Ellen panicked and snatching the book back said, “No, they’re mine now.” I had to fight her for them. I lived very close to the school and walked home every day for my lunch. On the way, I passed Ballingcurrig Stores, outside of which were several bubble gum and gob stopper machines. I discovered one day, by accident, that one of the machines was faulty i.e. that you could turn the handle and still get a bubble gum without putting in the penny first. I couldn’t believe my luck. I cherished my secret stash and modestly rationed myself to two bubble gums a day. I let Ellen in on the secret. The day I told her, I went home for lunch as usual and passed the bubble gum machine. The glass bubble was half full. I nodded kindly at it and thought

‘See you on the way back, my friend.’ But when I returned the machine was empty. I assumed I had been rumbled and that the shop keeper had removed the loot. Back at school I sought out Ellen and told her that sadly our supply of bubble gums was no longer. She winked at me and cackled, “No I have them.” She told me that she had ran home at lunch time, got a large shopping bag and cleared the machine all in one go. I was stunned. “Give me some”, I said. “No, she replied, “They’re mine now.” When we were both seventeen, we went up on the train to Dublin for a one day shopping extravaganza. We were like Ivana Trump and Paris Hilton on speed: we managed to get into every single shop on Grafton and O’Connell Street. We didn’t buy anything because we had almost no money but that didn’t slacken our fervour. Ellen warned me at the outset that we weren’t wasting any time stopping for lunch. However, around mid-afternoon; I crumbled and told her that I could not go on unless we ate something. Ellen rolled her eyes and consented to stop for five minutes. We went into a large fast food place on O’Connell Street which thank God no longer exists. We sat down at a table. My legs were killing me. I said, “OK, I’ll go up. What do you want?” Ellen pulling out a tin of tuna and a bread roll from her vast hand bag said, “A can opener.”

Garden Competition Congratulations to this weeks Garden winner Kathleen Howard of Grangeway in Pinecroft. Kathleen wins a 50 Euro voucher from Kiernans Garden Centre, Douglas Court. 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

• This weeks Garden Winner Kathleen Howard of Grangeway in Pinecroft

In our early twenties, we loved going to night clubs not for the men but to dance. We had no shame, the emptier the dance floor the better. Sometimes we wouldn’t be let in at the door. Ellen would assume her thickest country accent and whine, “But we’re all the way from Fermoy.” It worked every time. I was chief bridesmaid at her wedding. Ellen’s mother said we were a disgrace in my blood red dress and Ellen, head to toe in dangling pearls and a plunging backless dress. Cork couldn’t contain Ellen: she was outrageous. I miss her.

• A previous Garden Winner Jeannette & Gus Delaney South Douglas Road


Punographic I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

Senility Prayer GOD grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked; the good fortune to bump into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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Flower Garden Finish sowing hardy annual flowers outside. Later sowings will result in later blooms. Sprinkle general purpose fertiliser around clumps of spring-flowering bulbs. Ensure permanent shrubs and hedging are given a generous feed using this or rose fertiliser. Hoe it into the soil’s surface and water in before covering with a mulch of garden compost. Place support frames over tall perennials, or those with a floppy habit. Remember to put eye guards on top of any canes used. Prune back the flowering stems of hellebores, such as Helleborus argutifolius, as soon as blooms are past their best. Cut back to their base to make room for new shoots. If seedlings are required, leave a stem to set seed, then collect and sow it when ripe. Lightly trim off dead flowers of moss phlox, saxifrage, aubrieta and other alpines once they have faded. Excessive growth should also be trimmed to keep plants tidy. Rooted portions can be potted up separately.

Kitchen garden Crops to sow outside or under cloches during early May include dwarf French beans, beetroot, sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, summer and savoy cabbage, cauliflower, ridge cucumbers, endive, kale, kohl rabi, lettuce, marrows, peas, radish, spinach, swede, sweet corn and turnips. Delay sowings if soil conditions are cold and wet. For an early crop of beans, sow French and runner beans in pots in the greenhouse or on a windowsill. Choose deep pots,

if possible, sowing two seeds per pot, and thinning to leave the strongest seedling which is then planted outside in late May or June. Alternatively, sow directly outside under cloches in May or June for a slightly later crop

Greenhouse Continue sowing seeds of summer bedding plants. Thin out those in trays, or prick them out individually into pots. Hanging Baskets Plant up baskets with fuchsias and tender perennials, then hang them in the greenhouse to develop.



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In General Water newly planted fruit trees, roses and shrubs regularly to help their root systems establish. Hoe borders once a week to prevent weed seedlings establishing. Buy young plants for pots and containers as well for bedding displays. Most need to be potted up into 7.5cm (3in) pots and grown on in warm, bright conditions ready for planting out at the end of May. Be sure to acclimatise plants to cooler outdoor conditions before planting out. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by warmer days. While the weather continues to be unpredictable, it pays to take precautions.

Out of the Mouths of Babes A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin Ballinlough Writers The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Board Room), Douglas on Friday 18th May at 5.30 pm. The Ballinlough Writers Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. New members always welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Reception by Lord Mayor Last Thursday night the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Terry Shannon hosted a reception for Ballinlough Community Association, committees, and Church groups. A large crowd attended. The Lord Mayor praised the voluntary work of all the groups in the parish, he said that as he was a Ballinlough boy himself, he was proud of the Parish, and said there was so much going in there from Youth clubs to Retirement clubs, something for every age group. Cllr. Laura McGonigle chairperson of Ballinlough Community Association thanked the Lord Mayor Cllr Terry Shannon for inviting all the groups into the City Hall, she said for some people it was there first time there. Laura presented the Lord Mayor with a watch on behalf of the parish, Mary Cremin presented the lady Mayoress Ursula Shannon with a bouquet of flowers. The Lord Mayor made a presentation to a representative from each group.

Election of Officers at Ballinlough Community Association The following Officers were elected for the coming year at a meeting held on Tuesday 1st May: Chairperson: Laura McGonigle Vice Chairperson: Donal Counihan Secretary: Lil Downey Assistant Secretary: Anne Quinlan Treasurer: Maura Olden Assistant Treasurer: Maura Maher Booking Officer: Terry Shannon P.R.O: Mary Cremin Other committees & clubs including: Over 60’s & Retirement Clubs, Bingo, 45 Drive, Maintenance, Canon Horgan Youth Centre Management Committee, Indoor Bowling Club, Retirement Clubs & Bingo committee, Maintenance committee.

First Holy Communion Scoil Bhrìd Eglantine May 12th in Our Lady Of Lourdes Church

May Procession The annual May procession will be held on Sunday 27th May at 7.30pm Assemble at the Community Centre at 7.15pm. First Communion children and those who have made their Confirmation especially welcome.

• Ballinlough C.G.I. leaders pictured at a reception held at City Hall for Community Groups from Ballinlough recently. Pic:George Thompson

• Matthew Morris from Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s production of Starlight, pictured launching the programme for the 2012 Cork Midsummer Festival, which takes place from the 21st June -1st July. The festival presents unique experiences in unexpected places, attracting over tens of thousands of visitors to Cork, and is a showcase for groundbreaking work by local and international artists. Priority booking available on www., Box Office opens on 14th May. Pic Michael mac Sweeney/Provision

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ We doubt it’s a true story, but the recent disaster with the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia reminds us of a comment made by Winston Churchill: After his retirement, Churchill was cruising the Mediterranean on an Italian cruise liner and some Italian journalists asked why an exBritish Prime Minister should chose an Italian ship. “There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise ship,” said Churchill. “Yes?” said the journalists. “First, their cuisine is unsurpassed.” “Oh yes!” agreed everyone within earshot. “Second, their service is superb!” “Indeed!” said the gathering crowd, all smiles. “And the third?” urged the closest newspaperman. “Well,” Winston said, “in time of emergency, there is none of this nonsense about women and children first!”

• Sr. Josephine and Sr. Kathleen pictured in council chambers at City Hall during the recent reception hosted by the Lord Mayor for Community Groups from Ballinlough. Pic:George Thompson

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I.I.B.A. Short Mat Bowls Results and Fixtures (Cork Zone) by Michael J.O’Shaughnessy Watergrasshill Bowls Club staged the final session of their Annual Licensed Triples competition on Sunday 29th April 2012 for the John O’Callaghan Memorial Trophy and held in the local Community Hall. The competition was once again a great success and attracted an entry of 87-teams from the City/County clubs over a wide area and the results were as follows:-

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Corinthians U18 Girls Do The Double Corinthian Girls 8 St. Marys 3 Our Under 18 girls completed their league season in spectacular style with a high scoring victory over a gallant St. Marys side. Meagan Connolly (5), Laura O’ Brien (2) and Alecia O’ Donovan scored for Corinthians. Best for Corinthians were Kathlyn Hickey, Leonie Mullins, Niamh Kiely, Aine Kearney, Kate O’ Shaughnessy and Michele Murphy. Well done to all the girls on a fantastic season and to the management team of Mike Connolly, Louise O’ Regan and Dave Dennehy, the girls have won a Munster Cup, two league titles and two local cups; a spectacular effort and one of which they can be very proud.

Douglas Hall FC by Finbarr Buckley Hall A 2; Leeds A 2 In a thrilling game between two fine teams, Cal Sheehy fired the host in front on 25 minutes after Ian Dorney crossed from the right wing. The visitors levelled before the break and stretched the early in the secondhalf only for captain Conor O’Leary to strike a stunning free-kick from 25 yards to the back of the net to maintain his side’s recent run of good form with a deserved equalizer. Umbro U-16 Division Two Douglas Hall A 4; Kanturk 1 The Hall finished off the season in fine form with a comprehensive win at Moneygourney last Saturday morning. James O’Donovan, Mark

Power & Dara Murphy impressed for the winners who should go into next season’s campaign full of promise. Daly Industrial Supplies U-17 League 1A Douglas Hall 1; Everton 1 Seamus Flynn & Michael Hennessy’s charges played their last match of the campaign under lights with David O’Connor opening the scoring in the rain after 20 minutes. The visitors equalized form the penalty-spot with both teams going all out for the winner in a frantic second-half. The Hall were best served by defenders Eoghan O’Brien & Ben Collins along with Peter McGivern, Brendan Couch, Paul Lehane & Mikey Hennessy.

Quarter-finals: Crosshaven (C. Middleton) beat Conna (Unity Harper- Smith, A. Tanner & J. Martin), B.E.D.A. (E. Stroker) beat Conna (L. Hannigan, P. O’Leary & B. Hamilton), Sacred Heart (T. Murphy) beat Mallow (H. Sullivan, S. Ahern & G. Ahern) and Grange/Frankfield (J. Long) beat Mitchelstown (S. Coleman, H. Payne & H. Foley)

Semi-finals: Crosshaven (C. Middleton) beat B.E.D.A. (Rita Cullinane, Gerty Stroker & Eamon Stroker) and Grange/Frankfield (J. Long) beat Sacred Heart (Mary Murphy, Denis Keane & Tim Murphy) Final: Crosshaven (Keith, Conor & Con Middleton) beat Grange/ Frankfield (Phyllis Long, John Swanick & John Long) The Umpires on duty for the final session were : Denis Crowley, M.J.O’Shaughnessy, Con O’Sullivan & Albert Ruxton. The prizes were presented by Majella Conlon (Club Captain) and Joan O’Callaghan presented the O’Callaghan Memorial Trophy to Con Middleton (Skip) of the winning team.

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Well done to Barry Murphy ex Pfizer member who won the Douglas Nett Cup last week end, to our own players Ger O’Sullivan who was second overall, to Graham Bouge who had the best score on Saturday and his brother Denis who finished 5th also Corey O’Callaghan who was 4th. Next Sunday the 13th is Captains Prize day and we are expecting a large turnout for this competition. Juvenile competition is being switched from Wednesday night to Friday night at 5.45pm to encourage participation at this level.

Adult results as follows: Wednesday - 1st nett Gavin Murphy and Billy Venner 55 points 1st gr Denis Bouge and Pat O Callaghan 10 under 2nd nett Ger O Sullivan and Willie Mullane. Saturday - 1st nett Willie Mullane and Gavin Murphy 40 1st gross father and son Weeshie and Shane Murphy 12 under Shane had 2 hole in ones. Sunday - 1st nett Graham Bouge and Mick Stack 35 1/2 1st gr Dan Cooney and Stephen Power 44 2nd nett Corey O’Callaghan and Brendan Hayes.

Frankfield Golf Club Results: Lyons Para Olympics open singles 1) Stephen Kelleher (16) 44pts 2) Kevin Flanagan (12) 43pts 3) Pat Coleman (16) 42pts BG- Paudie Coughlan (7) 32pts 5) Niall Mc Mahon (15) 42pts 6) Stephen Murphy (9) 40pts 7) Peter Crowley (17) 40pts

8) Christy O’Sullivan (14) 39pts 9) Paul O’Mahony (18) 39pts 10) Robert Stephens (13) 39pts 11) Mick Kenny (11) 39pts 12) Eugene Sheehan (14) 39pts Fixtures: Thursday invitational Fourball / Saturday-Sunday 18Hole singles Stableford.

• Left to right Denis, Graham Bouge, Ger O’Sullivan and Corey O’Callaghan.

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G.A.A. FOCUS By Pat Harrington Snippets from the local and National Scene This column attempts to examine the positive and negative aspect of each subject. I offer my opinion while at the same time I invite you the reader to offer your take on the issue at hand. In a recent article I commented on the poor coverage given to Gaelic football and hurling. On the other hand I must complement TG4 for its presentation of games on Sunday afternoons. On most Sundays we are treated to two games – one live and the other a delayed presentation. While the pundits are very knowledgeable on their subject, I suppose the one disadvantage is that one would need to have a good grasp of the Irish language. For me the highlight of the TG4 week is its subtitled magazine programme on Friday nights. Former Kerry footballer and Journalist Dara Ó Cennéida is very comfortable in his position as presenter of the show. Seán Bán Breathnach appears regularly as a pundit in this slot. In the last episode I viewed, Former Galway winning captain Ray Silke and Kerry football supremo Jack O’Connor were guests. The beauty of the programme for me is that they vary the guests from week to week. In the final part of that programme the topic for discussion was the poor turnout at the hurling and football double-header for the national leagues semi-finals. For the football there were 11,500 souls in Croke Park. Kerry and Cork Supporters are notorious for not travelling to these games. The other points discussed were the cost of admission which is still too high and the cost of fuel which is another major factor when planning a trip.

The defensive way in which football is played does not make the game attractive. It was interesting that Jack O’Connor wasn’t giving away too much on the subject; he stated that Donegal could well have taken Dublin in last year’s semifinal. Should one take from that statement that the end justifies the means? Cork senior footballers have continued to underachieve down through the decades. The Rebels had success in 1945 and 1973. The ’73 team was en excellent football side displaying all the skills of the game. Sadly in 1974 the Dubs defeated them in the semi-final. The next victory was in 1990 and it was two decades before the Sam Maguire came back to Leeside again. The current team has made its own piece of history by winning three-in-a-row national league division 1 titles. While this in itself is a magnificent achievement, Kerry in the ‘70s won four-in-a-row. At this stage the goal for this group of Cork footballers must be a minimum of one more Sam Maguire – nothing less will suffice. The Sunday Game pundits still fancy Kerry to reach football’s Holy Grail and history is certainly on the side of the Kingdom. Pat Spillane boastfully remarked that should Cork meet Kerry in Croke Park there can be only one winner – Kerry. No doubt winning is everything at this level. I myself would like to see Cork playing – and winning an Ireland with more flair. Yes, that would be my utopia! The pundits record that Dublin are the only other side to challenge. The opinion is that if the Dubs lose the Brogans through injury or if they are held, then the Dublin challenge will falter. 1/6

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