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• Let’s Do Lunch Ciara Dooley, Nessa O Callaghan & Isabelle Murphy from CADA Performing Arts launch the Mercy University Hospital Foundation’s Annual Ladies Lunch at the Maryborough House Hotel. picture by Gerard McCarthy

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The Word

by George Thompson - Editor

• Captains Courageous - Captains with their 13 championship winning trophies at different grades at the Fr. Mathews Basket Ball Club annual awards day at Rochestown Park Hotel last weekend. Pic:George Thompson

Fr. Mathews Basketball Annual Awards I attended Fr. Mathews basketball club annual awards at Rochestown Park Hotel last weekend and it was full to the rafters. I mentioned last week about the club’s progression and success, however I did get my stats wrong when I said the club has over 200 members – in actual fact the club now has 400 members and continues to be recognised, as the most progressive club in the country. Last weekend’s awards extravaganza began with a parade of the 13 championship winning captains of all ages and the 13 trophies won by the club this season. All teams were recognised as were the Most Valuable Players and Most Improved Players while the clubs representatives on the Ireland and Cork teams were also honoured. On a personal note I would like to mention the Under 11 Boys who I have been assisting Coach Deirdre O’Mahony with for the past couple of years, a great bunch of kids many of whom will be names to watch out for in the future of Cork and Irish basketball.

• The sun rises over East Cork and lights up the inner harbour. Pic:George Thompson

Summertime! It seems like summertime has arrived apart from the odd blustry shower and gale force wind. It’s wonderful and a feel good factor having these sunny days back. As a photographer I love early mornings and late evenings at this time of year, which give up some fantastic opportunities to shoot images of our beautiful local scenes, so if there’s a bit of a photographer in you get out there and get shooting.

Referendum As the country is about to hit the polls I have listened to the great debate and watched political leaders once more score points and tear strips off each other and their party policies. The people of this country are suffering the penalties of a global collapse but moreso we are suffering the consequences of banking fiascos which have taken the heart and soul out of our nation. So for once, just once, I ask the policy makers and administrators of this country – think about the people, put the people first and come together as parties and political ‘leaders’ and show Europe the way. Blood, sweat and tears is what we have given this country – there have been too many suicides, too many young people having to emigrate, too many homes lost, too many jobs lost. NOW is the time to stand up and be counted and show Europe we are the Irish and we have had enough austerity already!

Slán George Thompson Editor

Ask a Stupid Question ? • Fr. Mathews Under 11 Boys team - stars of the future pictured at the club’s annual awards at Rochestown Park Hotel last weekend. Missing from pic is Coach Deirdre O’Mahony. Pic:George Thompson

Some men in a pickup truck drove into a Timberyard. One of the men walked in the office and said, “We need some four-by-twos.” The clerk asked, “You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?” The man said, “I’ll go check,” and went back to the truck. He returned and said, “Yeah, I meant two-byfour.” “All right. How long do you need them?” The customer paused for a minute and said, “I’d better go check.” After a while, the customer returned to the office and said, “A long time. We’re gonna build a house.”

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• Aoibhinn Santry and Sarah O’Callaghan, Passage West, being presented with their Under-12 Girls trophy. By Eddie Farr

• East Ferry’s Veteran Ladies celebrating after their race.

Congratulations to Sean O’Riordan on his re-election as Representative for the Douglas/ Carrigaline electoral area to the Board of the Cork County Community & Voluntary Forum. The position is for a five year period and Sean will have the opportunity to participate in a countywide network of Community and Voluntary representatives. He will progress the actions in the Cork County Development Board Strategy and relay information to community and voluntary groups in the area. Sean urges all Voluntary Community groups in the area to become members

of the Cork County Community & Voluntary Forum and avail of the many opportunities and services that are on offer and to participate in the platform it provides to forward their views and requirements of Community matters. Groups can join by looking up the appropriate section in the Cork County Council web site: Cork%20County%20Council/ County%20Development%20Board/ Communi Alternatively Sean can be contacted at 087-2413087

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Cllr Kieran McCarthy

McCarthy’s ‘Make a Model Boat Project’, 2012 Cllr. Kieran McCarthy has launched the annual McCarthy’s ‘Make a Model Boat Project’. Aimed at Cork students in primary and secondary schools, it is about making a model boat at home from recycled materials and bring it along for judging to the Atlantic Pond on Sunday afternoon, 12 June 2011, 2pm. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s upcoming Ocean to City Maritime Festival and the Lifetime Lab. See under community programme for application form details. There are two categories, one for primary and one for secondary students. There are prizes for best models and the event is free to enter. Cllr. McCarthy, who is heading up the event, noted “I am encouraging creation, innovation and imagination amongst our young people, which are important traits for all of us to develop”. McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project is part of a series of events for the Ocean to City Maritime Festival at the heart of which is the annual rowing race from the mouth of Cork Harbour to the City. The race is open to all types of traditional & fixed seat rowing boats The organising team is part of Meitheal Mara based at Crosses Green House, Cork. Meitheal Mara is a registered charity working in the areas of boatbuilding, rowing and woodwork training with various groups including youth & the long-term unemployed. More information can be found at

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Seen, Read + Heard by Michael O’Hanlon Well, the pay parking has arrived in Douglas. Speaking to people, it’s got a mixed reaction. I did a mini survey with a few business people in the area and they gave me their thoughts on the introduction of the charges. Why not let us know your thoughts on the matter?

Pictured at the Charity Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) Bike Run which finished last Saturday in the Shamrock bar Ringaskiddy

I attended a meeting of the Douglas Business Association last week. The main subjects of conversation were the parking charges and the traffic situation. Speaking of the traffic situation, the parking charges seem to have overshadowed the Douglas Land use and Transportation plan (LUTS) information meetings which took place. I believe that we need to contact our Councillors and TDs for future updates on any plans or potential plans which may change our way of life. I’ll be meeting a politician this week to discuss LUTS and I’ll have more information in next week’s edition. I watched R.T.E.’S Prime Time show on the PRTB last week. PRTB is the Private Residency Tenancy Board. The PTRB is a Quango set up by the government to protect the rights of tenants. Some tenants are waiting over 5 years to get their deposit back from the landlords. Even worse, their cases haven’t gone to Court yet!

The O Sullivan and the O Callaghan families with Charlene O’Mahony

Poor Fine Gael TD Aine Collins, the Cork North West politician, tells us it’s not easy to live on €140,000 a year. That’s only €2,692 a week or €384.60 a day. Aine was or is an accountant. Perhaps she needs another accountant to help her to sort out her finances or contact MABS who are there to help people to live within their means! I’m sure we all feel Aine’s pain!! There is a ‘one stop shop’ in the Dail which tells TDs what they are entitled to claim. Google in ‘one stop trough’ and be enlightened. Until next time if the good Lord’s willing and the creeks don’t rise. Michael O’Hanlon.

Egg Whites... Who Knew? A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it. He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors ignited and engulfed him. He jumped from his truck, screaming.. His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs and a bowl yelling: “bring me some more eggs!” She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks. The neighbor woman helped her to apply the whites onto the young man’s face. When the ambulance arrived and the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this. Everyone pointed to the lady in charge. They congratulated her and said: “You have saved his face.” By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her. His face was like a baby’s skin.

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Cuts to Special Needs Assistants The proposed reduction by 25% of special needs assistants at Sonas pre-school in Carrigaline is an outrageous attack on children with Autism. The provision of one primary school teacher and three SNA’s for six children was supported by the department of Education as the ideal model to nurture the children’s development by placing a strong emphasis on assessment and development structures. It is a further attack on the parents association which has been involved in ongoing fundraising for the school and which was used to subsidize the Department of Education funding. As we appear to celebrate the centenary of the Easter Rising, the proclamation that we ‘cherish all the children equally’ has failed to survive the ravages of austerity. With the cost of these assistants being less than one government adviser, is it to much to ask Government to fairly prioritize its spending.

Let’s Do Lunch… The Mercy Hospital Foundation Ladies Lunch to Benefit Mercy Cancer Appeal. Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Saturday 9th June

The Mercy University Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce details of their second Annual Charity Ladies Lunch, which takes place in Maryborough Hotel & Spa on Saturday 9th June. Following on from the success of last year’s lunch, this one is set to be even bigger and better. On arrival at 12pm guests will enjoy a drinks reception sponsored by Barry Collins Supervalu, Carrigaline, followed by a sumptuous three course meal. Ladies should dress to impress, as there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs thanks to the Keane’s Jewellers who have sponsored €500 worth of jewellery for ‘Best Dressed Lady’, along with prizes for ‘Best Dressed Shoes’ and ‘Best Dressed Accessories’. On top of that, there are some great raffle prizes to be won, and every lady in attendance will walk away with a fabulous goodie bag. Proceeds raised at this year’s Ladies Lunch will benefit the Mercy Cancer

Appeal which helps the Mercy Hospital to continue to provide a world class service to patients diagnosed with cancers of the oesophagus, stomach and pancreas, as well as prostate, testicular, kidney and penile cancer despite state funding cuts. The Mercy Foundation’s fundraising efforts are ongoing, as they raise funds to invest in three key areas:- Diagnosis, where they are donating over €900,000 worth of scanning equipment to provide a more detailed diagnosis of cancers, which is key to planning effective treatment for patients; Treatment, where they are funding the development of Rapid Access Clinics so that patients with cancer of the kidney, bladder, prostate or testes can have access to treatment faster, using the most up to date technology in a world class hospital; and Care, where by supporting a Cancer Liaison Nurse and supporting Patient Support Meetings they ensure that cancer patients and their families are cared for, supported and listened to as they go through their cancer journey. Speaking about the upcoming event, lunch organiser, Rosemary O’Leary,

• Sabelle Murphy, Nessa O Callaghan & Ciara Dooley from CADA Performing Arts launch the Mercy University Hospital Foundation’s Annual Ladies Lunch picture by Gerard McCarthy

Fundraising Executive at the Mercy University Hospital Foundation said “Our Ladies Lunch is a great opportunity to meet old friends and to make new ones, as well as being an integral part of the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s fundraising efforts, as it helps fund the Mercy’s cancer care

services. Tickets are already selling fast for this year’s event, so we’re encouraging ladies to get theirs soon!” A limited number of tickets are still available and cost €50 each, and are available from www. or by calling (021) 4274076.


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Poetry Corner with Ronnie McGinn

The short lines in this week’s poem by Clare Murphy of The Douglas Writers Group create a sense of picturesque intensity. The rhythm is measured and regular, expressing the mood of beauty with deliberate and casual action in a scene that we can all so readily identify with. The imagery is not faked by overstatement and such is the effect of the poem that we feel we are witnessing a scene of three dimensional beauty.


Sea shells Children gathering sea shells in buckets on the sandy shores, Running here and there searching. Seeking and finding Another species just one more. Cockles, mussels, periwinkles, oysters, limpets and common whelk. All assessed and counted, then laid out in jigsaw patterns on strand or sea-wall. A cornucopia of colour A pretty picture A carpet of shells. Clare Murphy 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 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 Douglas Writers Group John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom - Friday the 8th June at 5.30 pm Ó Bhéal Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

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Meetings in Douglas Library 3rd Thursday of every month 5.30pm - 6.30pm Next meeting Thursday 17th May

Come along and get creative with writer Ronnie McGinn. Enquiries to Douglas Library 021-4924932


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 Active Retired This Thursday May 17th the Carrigaline Active Retired Association members are going on a day out to Griffins Garden Centre in Dripsey. The bus leaves the Bandroom at 11.00 am seats still available contact Noreen 0871301122. Last Thursday the CARA members thoroughly enjoyed another session of Line Dancing with Frankie Brierley. After the tea break Kevin Mc Cluskey, Chaplain, Carrigaline Community School spoke to the members about the possibility of transition year students visiting older people in their homes. The young people would help with household chores, do shopping or just chat. The students would be in a group of three and would learn a great deal from the older folk and vice versa. The Community School students would earn credits for their Gaisce Presidents Awards that they endeavour to qualify for. The President presents the Gaisce awards annually. Anyone interested can contact Kevin Mc Cluskey at the Community School phone 4372300 extension 25. Next Week CARA are promoting the outdoor gym in the park. Sport stars headed up by All Star Nicholas Murphy will demonstrate and talk about the benefits of the different pieces of equipment. Carrigaline Sports Therapist Brendan O’Driscoll will be on hand to give advice.

Blood Donor Clinic This Sunday, 20th May, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold a special Blood donor Clinic in the

Carrigaline at the GAA Pavilion from 11.00 am until 2.30 pm. The Blood Transfusion Service needs more donors at present and it gives those who missed the recent clinic an opportunity to donate blood on Sunday next.

Céilí Mór

• Carrigaline Railway Station a 100 years ago

The Seán Norman Céilí Band really pleased the dancers at the May Céilí Mór in the Carrigaline GAA last Saturday night. There was a great dancing crowd there who were on the floor for every set and stayed to the end of the night. The next Carrigaline Céilí Mór will take place in the GAA Pavilion on Saturday 9th June with music by the 10 piece Five Counties Céilí Band.

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.

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

• Poet, Pat Boran, giving a reading of some of his very entertaining Poetry during the Carrigaline Lions Club Songs & Sonnets Evening at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. (Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)

• Rachel Rooney of Dun Eoin Carrigaline making her First Communion in the Church of Our Mary and St John Saturday 12 May

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

• Soprano, Mary Hegarty, singing with The Carrigaline Singers during the Carrigaline Lions Club Songs & Sonnets Evening at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. (Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)

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MS Day in Barry’s On Friday 25th May Barry’s Bar in Douglas are very kindly hosting a coffee morning to mark World MS Day which will run from 9.30 to 11.30am – All welcome to attend and all proceeds raised are for the provision of services for People with Multiple Sclerosis in the South.

CAKE SALE - Douglas Union of Parishes CAKE SALE In aid of Douglas Community Association Building Development Sunday May 20th 10.00 am – 1.00pm. In Canon Packham Hall, Douglas.

Free Cookery Class Free cookery class to take place in Cork for people living with arthritis ‘Let’s Cook!’ campaign launched last Friday as more than 50% say their arthritis prevents them cooking. ‘Let’s Cook!’, a series of free cookery classes for people with arthritis, will serve up tailor-made recipes through demonstrations run across the country, with a Cork ‘Let’s Cook!’ class taking place in The Maryborough Hotel, Maryborough Hill, Douglas at 19:30 on Tuesday 29th May. This exciting new initiative, developed by Arthritis Ireland with the support of healthcare company Abbott, will highlight the different skills that make cooking with arthritis comfortable and enjoyable and encourage a healthy, balanced diet.

Sleep Tips Coffee Morning at the East Village Bar Sleep Tips Coffee Morning- What Every Parent Needs to Know! In aid of Cork’s 96 FM Radiothon, raising

funds to support cancer services in Cork. At The East Village Bar, Restaurant & Hotel, Douglas, Cork on Thursday 24th May 10-11.30am. All welcome. Hosted by Lucy Wolfe, CGSC, MAPSC, Paediatric Sleep Consultant and mum of four young children, specialising in infant and child sleep problems that parent’s experience and need assistance in solving. She can help you identify areas affecting your child’s sleep and gently unlock your child’s natural ability to sleep through the night and nap during the day, without leaving them to cry alone. 0872683584 Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Gentle Sleep Advice. Kindly sponsored by The East Village. Suggested donation €5

Family Fun Day Ardfallen Methodist Church -Family Fun Day - 26 May 2-5pm - Lots of Fun and Games - Proceeds Towards Third World Development - BBQ, Bouncy Castle - Face Painting, Gift Stall. Plants for Sale, Teas Coffee’s and Cake Sale.

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

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

• Lisa O’Sullivan and Deirdre Heffernan of East Village prepare for european championship 2012, East Village Douglas, Cork City.

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. Meeting Dates: May 30th & June 13th

Douglas Library Bealtaine Exhibition 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

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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 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

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. Care-Ring Douglas

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 gardavetted. So if interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact phil at 087-2987161.

Health & Beauty

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dental practitioner. This advanced treatment, which can correct 98% of tooth alignment issues, consists of a series of subtle, almost-invisible, custom-designed removable aligners that are changed every two weeks. Not only are the benefits of the aligners seen from the beginning of the treatment, they are subtle and flexible to your lifestyle, enabling you to remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush or for special occasions. The Invisalign team along with Dr. Maria Byrne in conjunction with Dental Options- Ireland’s largest and most experienced provider of Invisalign in Ireland- will be providing information, free private consultations on this day only to anyone that would like to know more about Invisalign. With over 1.5 million users having completed the treatment so far, Invisalign is the best way and proven to transform your smile with little interference to your daily life.

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Lupus Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems, including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs. Lupus occurs more frequently in women than it does in men, though it isn’t clear why. Four types of lupus exist — systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus. Of these, systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common and serious form of lupus.

Symptoms No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. Most people with lupus experience episodes — called “flares” — of worsening signs and symptoms that eventually improve or even disappear completely for a time.

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The signs and symptoms of lupus that you experience will depend on which body systems are affected by the disease. But, in general, lupus signs and symptoms may include: • Fatigue

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• Fever • Weight loss or gain • Joint pain, stiffness and swelling

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Take steps to care for your body if you have lupus. Simple steps can help you prevent lupus flares and, should they occur, better cope with the signs and symptoms you experience. Try to:

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Out & About

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The Farmers Cross Ladies Club. Enjoying a meal and a night out in the Bull McCabes Bar and Restaurant last Thursday night. They meet on the second Thjursday of every month in Frankfield Golf Club at 8.15PM. New members welcome. For further details contact Sylvia @ 087 777 3311

• Eillen O Leary Frances O Keeffe Noreen O Mahony and Helen McDonoughe

• Eleanor o Brien Charlotte Bennet and Lilian Coughlan

• John of The Bull McCabes welcomes Aileen Fitzgerald and Virginia Cantillion to the Reataurant

• Linda Barry and Ann Stanton

• Marie Aherne May Horgan and Betty Hourihan

• Rita Woods Gillian Barber Eileen Keohane and Joan Linehan

• Sadie Mackey Joyce Kingston and Marguerite O Leary

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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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Young @ Heart by Phil Goodman

The Young at Heart cruisers returned safe from a wonderful week on board “Adventures of the Seas”. On these cruises you live in a different world, we visited three countries; Spain, France, Italy all in one week. The logistics of running a liner is mind boggling, with 3,500 people on board 17 000 meals a day are served. We all came back with a little extra bulge here and there, so we will have to do a few extra rounds of the community park. Already there are lots of enquiries about the next cruise, good news travels fast! I hope sometime soon passengers can board in Cobh and eliminate the hassle going through airports, mind you Cork airport was no bother but Malaga airport is so impersonal and not much consideration for our older people. Many thanks to my cruising friends who behind my back organised a birthday surprise, I will certainly remember this birthday, thank you all so much. We strive to dispel the negative perceptions that surround ageing and to transform attitudes towards ageing and older people . Older peoples attitude to old age is very positive -a time to be enjoyed, take holidays, be active and fit. Older people consider themselves much more fortunate than their parents or their children’s generation. Their parents lived lives of great hardship with little money and few labour saving devices, our message is that older people are an asset to society and should never be considered a burden. Forty two personal alarms will be fitted in the coming weeks for those who applied. They will be notified to arrange a suitable time with the service engineer. For application forms give me a call on 4363867 and avail of the grant which is available. The trip to Belfast is on 30th May with an overnight stay. We will meet the Lord Mayor of Belfast, which is actually his last day in office as Lord Mayor, have a tour of the City Hall and also a tour of Titanic Belfast before we make our journey home. We will be traveling by coach; anyone interested let me know as numbers are limited.

Tuesday we leave at 9 o’clock for Glenstall Abbey please remember I must have your name beforehand to ensure your seat on the bus.

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 22 Glenstall Abbey. May 29 Titanic experience and Spike Island. Tues 5 June Lakes Killarney Boat trip

Thought for today “When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane” Cherish your yesterdays dream your tomorrows But be young at heart And live your today’s Bye for now Phil

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• All Aboard The Young At Heart

Ciarán Lynch TD

Bill Will Help Redress Gender Imbalance In Politics Speaking in the Dáil last week I welcomed the provisions in the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill 2011 which seek to address the gender imbalance in Irish politics, something the Labour Party has sought for many years. While the Dáil may have its highest number of female representatives ever, it still stands at only 15% which equates to only one woman in the Dáil for every eight men; one of the lowest figures in Europe. This must change as this low representation has many knock-on effects for society such as policy decisions that effect women being made by men. The Labour Party has for many years highlighted these gender inequalities and published a range of measures in the Party’s Election Manifesto in 2007 and 2011 to address the issue. I also published a Bill while in opposition to encourage political parties to select female candidates.

Margaret Foley Hillcourt, Donnybrook, Douglas. Fifth Anniversary Died - 18th May 2007 I cannot halt the hand of time Or live again the past Within my heart are memories That will forever last We miss you in so many ways We miss the things you used to say And when old times we do recall It’s then we miss you most of all Sadly missed by her husband Tom, family & friends

At last these issues are being addressed in this Bill. From now on, State funding given to parties will be linked to the amount of female candidates being run as candidates in general elections for the party. Currently The Labour Party, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are eligible for this State funding, however if they do not select 30% female general election candidates they will lose half of this funding. After seven years, 40% of general elections candidate will have to be female. While it only applies to general elections, it is hoped that it will be implemented on a voluntary basis by all parties in local elections, significantly redressing the gender imbalance we see today. While there are a range of other issue that need to be addressed such as the unsociable working hours and the cost of childcare, this is certainly a step in the right direction and will help change the predominately male face of Irish politics.”

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Mr Paisley was elated and showed a genuine interest on hearing the group had finalised plans to showcase a spectacular exhibition of historical photos of historical sites taken by the group over a 24 year period in the province. The exhibition is scheduled to take place in Belfast in July 2012 to mark and celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary. It’s unique relationship has grown in stature and relevance. The group is a non profit and community based organisation. The group has held exhibitions in over 20 countries like for example Paris, London, Spain, Rome and Germany. More importantlly we must stress the invaluable contribution and legacy of our founder member and friend David Anthony Lynch who is considered the mostdetermined and enthusiastic person I had ever worked with. His positive manner when financial difficulties arose from time to time he kept everyone going. We would like to thank Rev Sr Sarto, Bessboro who rented us a room at affordable prices. We are also very grateful to everyone who helped us over the years. Denis Coffey. Secretary

• A history walk through Blackrock took place on Sunday led by Cllr Kieran McCarthy who outlined the growth and development of the village Pic shows Cllr McCarty speaking in the Ca

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Christ King Principal Salutes Forthcoming Exam Students; Asks Parents To Be Patient The Principal of Christ King Girls Secondary School, Ms Mary Keane, has saluted all those who will be taking the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations in the next few weeks. Ms Keane, in a Summer Address to Students, said that their hard work over the past number of years must be recognised and stressed that this was not a time for panicking. “Everything you have done study wise has lead up to now so firstly I say – ‘Well Done’! Secondly, relax and don’t panic – they’re only exams. It is as important now to make sure that you are ready for them in other ways – try and get plenty of sleep, fresh air and eat as well as you can. It can be tough now that the nights get longer and the weather, hopefully, improves but it’s only for a few weeks it will all be worth it in the end. To the parent’s of Exam students I say tolerate them – most of us remember what it was like doing exams, so just for this short period, let them off their chores, maybe indulge their moods – good or bad - and it will pass.” For our girls who are lucky enough not to be sitting examinations I wish you a very happy summer. I hope you enjoy your time off and try to come back relaxed and refreshed after the break. Remember, that even during the time-off you still represent your school so I know that you will all acquit yourselves well whether you are working or enjoying your break.” Christ King Secondary School is one of the largest schools in Cork City of County and has a long and distinguished history in both the academic and sporting spheres.

A Cake sale in aid of the Cork Penny Dinners A Cake sale in aid of the Cork Penny Dinners will be held in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church (Fr. Mathew Quay) on Sunday 20 May from 7.30a.m.- 2.00pm. Please come along and support this very worthy Cork Charity. Raffle tickets on sale to win a fantastic prize!

- 2 tickets to see a Manchester United Home game during the 2012-2013 season. 3 tickets for only €5.00 . Full details of this fundraiser or to buy tickets from Cherie O Sullivan @ 087 9936940

Cork Conference On Fibromyalgia. A conference on Fibromyalgia will take place on Saturday 19th May at the River Lee Hotel, Cork.

• At AIB, Patrick Street, Sean O’Callaghan speaking at the Business information and networking eveining. Picture, Tony O’Connell Photography.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition, the main symptoms being widespread pain, chronic fatigue and non restorative sleep. The conference is being held to promote a greater understanding of the condition among patients, their families and medical personnel. Admission is free. Anyone wishing to reserve a place at the morning session( 9 - 12) can text their name followed by ‘morning’ and contact details to 085 1567924. Medical personnel who wish to attend the afternoon session (2 - 5) can text their name followed by their medical title and contact details to 085 1567924. Alternatively email your booking to

Killarney Darts Festival 2012 The Killarney Darts Festival has announced a massive increase in the prize money for this year’s festival. A whopping €90,000 will be up for grabs at The Killarney Darts Festival which takes place at the Killarney Convention Centre from October 19th to 21st 2012.

• Dave McCarthy CEO Mad Pride Ireland, Francesca Castellano aka Dr Looney from Cork Circus and Lord Mayor Cllr Terry Shannon in Cork’s Fitzgerald’s Park to launch Mad Pride Ireland summer program of events and their free Family Fun Day for Ballydehob on Sunday May 27th and Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork City on Sunday June 3rd. Pic Darragh Kane

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 • Mark Lawrenson former Liverpool, Irish International with Lauren Arthurs pictured during their live Premier League punditry session East Village Douglas, Cork City.

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Parking in Douglas – A Few Comments One businessman in Douglas West said

“ I agree with it in theory but when we get a goods delivery we need a parking bay so that the truck driver can unload. Perhaps the Council would look into this problem?” Sean O’Riordan Public Accountant:

“We need a concession from the Council as they have in Ballincollig and Midleton, where they have the first two hours ‘Free parking’, that would give everybody a chance” Michael Creeden Estate Agent:

“ New parking charges will have a negative impact on commercial property prices in Douglas that don’t have their own customer parking provision. People will be funneled through shopping centres or just avoid coming to Douglas altogether, as the recent headline in the Carrigdoun stated, ”Carrigaline will benefit from Douglas Pay Parking”. The shopping centres have most to gain and those outside have the most to lose, this shouldn’t be the case, and property prices will reflect accordingly. The simple solution is to follow Ballincollig’s example of letting people have a 2 hour grace period,

before charges apply, this has 2 great benefits, it rids the town of all day parking which Douglas did suffer from, but it allows people to shop an go without fear of fines. It is also disappointing that the council gave the contract to a private operator that seems to focus on parking issues solely, there are 3 wardens in Douglas patrolling for illegal parking, what Douglas really needed was a warden employed by the Council that could do a variety of roles. 1. Making sure that there was no all day parking within the village, giving a 2 hour grace period like Ballincollig.

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2. Issue litter fines, as this is an ongoing problem in the Village. 3. Also act as a dog warden to police the dog fouling problem. It isn’t unusual that the council opted for the easy option when dealing with Douglas. They dealt with a problem that wasn’t there (Parking) and ignored a problem that has always been there (Traffic, Litter and Dog fouling) The Council also claimed on their website that “Pay Parking in Douglas was a great success, and running extremely well”, that particular statement was put up on their website the day before pay parking was introduced

• Sean O’Riordan

The Douglas Business Association At an open meeting last week the DBA heard the concerns expressed by it members to the introduction of paid parking in the Douglas area. Members are concerned particularly that the introduction of a parking charge is now another barrier to employment in the area. Employers and employees alike will have to pay in excess of €75O per annum for parking within Douglas. Members were also concerned that the introduction of paid parking provided a disincentive to business within the village. The public might now think twice before travelling to the village. Douglas was compared with Ballincollig where it is noted that a reasonable approach has been adopted by the County Council and free parking is available. • Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Terry Shannon, lent a hand to Happy Heart collectors, Karen Dineen, 16, and Niamh O’Connor, 16, from Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, and Cormac Mulcahy, 15, and Luke Royal, Presentation Secondary, to raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation in Cork city at the weekend. Pic Diane Cusack

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The DBA is actively canvassing its members their views on parking and how it now impacts on their businesses. The DBA is also writing to the Public Representatives in the area expressing its concerns and seeking their reasons as to why the introduction of paid parking has been introduced in Douglas and not in other areas such as Carrigaline. Serious concerns were expressed by the members as to traffic conditions within Douglas. lt was felt by members that the current parking arrangements introduced by CCC will do little to alleviate this problem. Padraig Sheehan Chairman Douglas Business Association Thur 17 May ’12 - 17

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This Saturday at the City Limits Chris Kent, Mc Ross Brown and Cyril Bedeway make up a quality comic line up for the night. Chris along with Neil Delamere and Pj Gallagher will be a part of a new Radio show on RTE 1 called The 2nd Republic. Chris was a winner of the Comedy Smackdown at the Galway Comedy festival 2010 and of the Bulmers Nuttin’ But Funny Competition 2009. Chris Kent is one of Ireland’s rapidly rising young comedians. His sharp style preys on his own everyday life and his ability to laugh at himself gives for some great viewing. Ross Browne is a regular face in all the major comedy clubs around Ireland and the UK, with a high energy fast paced style. Also a regualar contributor to various radio stations such as Red FM. Admission is €15 and doors are 9pm. It has been revealed that Ed Sheeran has collaborated with Northern Irish Indie Rock band, Snow Patrol. Ed Sheeran who opened the band’s North American tour earlier this year, claims to have written a few new songs with the band as well as writing songs solo to follow-up his debut album. In a recent interview, Sheeran said: “I’ve done around 20 new songs for the new album and I’ve been writing a lot with the Snow Patrol boys as well.” Recently the singer-songwriter helped to fulfill the wish of a dying fan when he visited Sheffield’s Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice to perform. Last month Sheeran visited 14-year-old Abigail Fleming and performed some of his tracks at her bedside. The teenager has since passed away but Sheeran has been praised by her parents who said it “didn’t just make her day, it made her life.” The Coronas have already opened for Sir Paul McCartney and now the boys from Dublin have revealed their dream collaboration would be with Prince. Frontman Danny O’Reilly said:”I’d love to work with Prince, he’s just a musician that blows me away. I remember watching the Super Bowl when he did the half-time performance and he was phenomenal. I’ve never seen him live but he’s just one of those musicians who is an icon and can play any instrument. To work with him would be amazing.” The group release their album Closer

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to You in the UK this week and Danny said they are prepared to start at the bottom once again: “The stage we’re at now in the UK, we were at that stage in Ireland about four or five years ago, where we’re getting one or two hundred people at gigs and getting some regional play on radio and just trying to build on that so it’s just like starting again. At the stage where we are back home doing bigger gigs, we can afford to come over here and work our way up.” “We quite like the smaller gigs because in a way the more successful you are in a smaller territory like Ireland the less gigging you can do. We’re only doing the 02 at Christmas and a few gigs in the summer and you’re trying to sell out those bigger gigs so you don’t do any touring really.” “We’ve just finished our first UK tour and we were really happy with the numbers that we’ve had at the gigs. It was our first UK tour we didn’t really know what to expect, the crowds were really receptive and it was great for us to get out on the road too. When we’ve had a bit of time off we miss performing live.” Movie news now and Superhero Blockbuster, Marvel Avengers Assemble has made more than $1 billion (£623 million) worldwide, in just 19 days. The comic book movie starring Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth took $207.4 million in its first weekend, breaking the previous record held by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2. It is the first Marvel film and fifth Disney film to achieve such success and one of only 12 in history to pass the $1 billion mark joining Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3, amongst others. The Marvel Studios film, distributed by Walt Disney has become the biggest grossing superhero film of all time after overtaking 2008’s The Dark Knight. The movie topped $300 million in the US after just nine days. The second weekend figures of $103.2 million, which dropped 50.3% from its opening weekend, is now the highest on record, beating the previous record holder, James Cameron’s 2009 SciFi film Avatar, which earned $75.6 million in its second weekend.




















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Aoife Murphy began teaching Children’s Art Classes with her father Seamus Smyth in 1998 in Co. Meath. Seamus is a Professional Artist and Art Teacher to both adults and children. He taught Aoife how to craft with clay, paper, and natural materials and of course paint. She particularly enjoys crafting with natural materials to make Dream Catchers, Treasure Chests & keep sake boxes. Aoife teaches children how to make various animals, pinch pots and roses with clay. Aoife says “We use the Summer Sessions to make pencil holders for school and we’ll be making hand-made bubble wands, which will be tested during break time! I also teach the children how to paint various masks.” Aoife’s classes provide children with the opportunity to work with different mediums and many will find a firm favourite in doing so, as well as learning some fantastic new techniques! She has been running Art & Craft Camps regularly for many years and she always has fun with the children who attend. In fact, many come back each time she runs new classes! She has worked with children aged 3yrs to 10 yrs. She will divide the children who attend into

• This weeks Garden winner Pat Keane, Skehard Road, Blackrock

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their relevant age groups and will be teaching age appropriate crafts. This will be her first time teaching these classes in Douglas and she is looking forward to meeting some new faces! Children’s Art & Craft Summer Camp, Aged 4-10 years Running for 2 weeks from Monday 23rd July to Thursday 26th July & Monday 30th July to Thursday 2nd August 10am1pm daily in Ashford Court, Grange, Douglas. Contact Aoife Murphy @ 089-4265540 or 4894785

Garden Competition Congratulations to this weeks Garden winner Pat Keane, Skehard Road, Blackrock. Pat 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

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Funding to improve facilities at Douglas swimming pool Cork South Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has said that additional funding will improve disabled access and increase energy efficiency at Douglas Swimming Pool. “I am please the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD has approved additional funding to improve the swimming facilities at Douglas Swimming Pool. “In the current round of funding under the Disabled Access and Energy Upgrade Scheme Douglas Swimming Pool will receive €59,730 to improve and enhance the facilities available to swimmers. This funding is in addition to €340,270 allocated in 2011. In the last twelve months the Minister has allocated €400,000 under this scheme to Douglas Swimming Pool. “In total the public swimming pools in Cork have been allocated an additional €468,059 under the Disabled Access and Energy Upgrade Scheme. The condition on the funding is that the work must be carried out by September. “In the last twelve months a total of €1,191,059 has been provided to the three public swimming pools in Cork. That is an average of almost €400,000 per swimming pool, a significant investment in these amenities. In 2011 the three Cork swimming pools, at Bishopstown, Douglas and Churchfield, were allocated €723,000.” “There is an obligation on government and local authorities to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of facilities available for sport and recreation. As a society we must invest in providing access to facilities that promote physical activity, such investment can have an impact in improving health across society. “As our lives are becoming more and more sedentary as a result of advancing technology the need for facilities such as public swimming pools is increasing. This funding will assist in making the public swimming pools in Cork more enticing places for people to use for their regular exercise routines.

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Things to do This Week Creosote Warning: Some time ago we received a warning about the use of creosote in gardens. Apparently creosote is a very dangerous substance and even mild contact with it can cause cancer. Gardeners are asked to be very careful about using it, especially near fruit and veg patches, where, during warm weather when it sweats, it can leak into the food chain. So if you have ‘sleepers’ in your garden, check them out. It’s hard to believe that in less than four weeks we’ll be at mid-summers day. In the meantime we’ll try to give you a few ideas on what might need doing in your garden this week. Not everything in this article may apply to your garden - but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week.

Flower Garden Dig up, divide and replant bearded iris as soon as flowers fade. Tie in new rambler rose shoots, and cut out any that are surplus. Deadhead rhododendrons carefully, avoiding the young shoots immediately below. Prune brooms, philadelphus, deutzia and similar shrubs as they finish flowering. Cut down old hellebore stems to expose new growth. Continue sowing hardy perennials in a nursery bed, and biennials such as Canterbury belIs. Tie in the young stems of wall shrubs before they grow away from their supports.

Kitchen Garden Suspend pheromone traps in apple and pear trees to attract cod ling moth and other flying pests. Test first early potatoes for size, and continue earthing up as necessary. Remove runners from strawberry plants if not needed for propagation. Plant tomatoes outdoors in a sunny sheltered spot. Plant out marrows and cucumbers after fully hardening off. Plant out self-blanching celery close

together in blocks. Pinch out the tops of broad beans to deter aphids. In dry weather water seed drills before sowing, and allow to drain. Pick rhubarb regularly, and pinch out any flower stems.

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Beavers: Blackrock Castle Observatory, Easter Egg Hunt, Hike in Currabinny, Beaver Mini-Olympics (county –April).

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38th Cubs: Activities included: County Mass, Pancake Tuesday, Spike Island tour with 40th County Inspection, County Hike.


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

Last week I watched Cork and limerick play in the first round of the minor hurling championship. The pitch was soft and was cut up in some areas. The lead changed hands on several occasions and the sides went in level at the break. The Shannonsiders were the better side for long periods of the second half. The Cork selectors rang the changes. The moving of the centre back to wing forward was a master stroke though Limerick won by a point scored in the final two minutes. The standard was poor though there were some good individual performances. Hopefully the extra game courtesy of the back door will help Cork. Perhaps some of the younger players suffered from stagefright. Limerick were not much better. Cork will claim they had three goal chances which they fluffed. Every game is different and we hope to see a better Rebel outfit the next day. Well done to Douglas man Paul Fitzgerald on his performance. Oh! Such False Prophets

In the TG4 build-up to the Cork vs. Kilkenny league final all three pundits went for a Cork victory on the basis of the Cats being down so many players through injury. They maintained that Cork were bound to overcome Kilkenny on this occasion. The Noresiders forward line is bereft of some high-profilers, namely Henry Sheflin and Richie Power and there is still a question mark regarding “King” Henry’s return anytime soon. On the other hand Ger Loughnane pointed out that the league is a totally different competition to the championship – with less importance and therefore is less intense. Another question to arise was the matter of Cork’s leadership on the field of play; does it possess the influence to bring the Liam MacCarthy cup back to Leeside in 2012? In the opening half Kilkenny were like a tornado rushing forward and brushing this Cork team aside with consummate ease. They attacked in droves. The Cats were fearsome in the tackle showing scant regard for their opponents. They were thinking quicker on their feet, whereas the Cork lads were being caught in possession and were easily dispossessed. Somehow I don’t think either the Cork management or players saw this physicality coming on the day. For that matter neither did we, the hurlers on the ditch. Cork had not experienced such intensity in the league to date and this may have painted a false picture as to the progress of the team. The second half was about showing

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some pride in the jersey. Cork did match their opponents on the scoreboard for that period; other than that it was a damp squib. The game proved once and for all that to match Kilkenny there must be a number of factors to account for and as many boxes to be ticked. What comes to mind immediately is Intensity, skill and speed of thought. Was this defeat a blessing? The word blessing is perhaps something of a euphemism but to put it mildly, all of us Rebels needed a kick in the arse. As I’ve said before Kilkenny are the benchmark and perhaps Cork hurling is rather too soft. Should the Cats see their goal threatened they will haul the dangerman down – cynically at times. The frightening thing about all this is the thought that Kilkenny have got Sheflin, Power, Fogarty and Rice yet to come back. Cork does not have such an embarrassment of riches and with this in mind we can bury our heads ostrich-like, or alternatively work on our weak points. We have until June 24th, the day we meet either Limerick or Tipperary to get it right. This is a big ask for Cork, but yes you will say that the back door is still there as a means of progress. There has to be a realisation that pure hurling will no longer suffice at intercounty level. Footnote

J.B.M. didn’t think his team were dominated physically on the day. Jimmy is a nice man, but his comment as above must have been made with tongue in cheek. I would honestly say that he was the only one watching the game to hold that belief. Well Done! Congratulations to Cork camogie on their defeat of Wexford and winning the national league. Well done to Douglas girls Julia White, captain, and the Mackey twins for the huge part they played in the game, and to panellists Amanda O’Regan and Clair Shine. My crib of the week is the lack of coverage by R.T.E.; they showed about forty seconds of action on the camogie final.

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• Kathleen O’Keeffe, Chairman Munster District, presenting Douglas Lady Captain Deirdre O’Sullivan with the cup after beating Muskerry in the Munster Senior Cup Final at Kinsale Golf Club. Picture: Cillian Kelly

Douglas Pitch and Putt Results:

Saturday Threeball Scramble 1st Nett 33 3/6  Simon Grella, Patrick Lee, Tony O’Donoughue. 2nd Nett 34 5/6 Colin O’Sullivan, Graham Stack, Sean Dunlea. 3rd Nett 38 Denis O’Sullivan, Conor Irwin, Cillian Dunlea. Sunday 1st Nett +14 Steven Noonan, Kevin Murphy.2nd Nett +11 Ger Neiland, Barry Murphy.3rd Nett +11 Denis O’Sullivan, Shane Neiland.

The draws for both the Handicap Cup and the Club Matchplay are on the window of the Clubhouse. We would appreciate if members would come up on Saturday morning for some coarse work. Fixtures:

Saturday Threeball Scramble 2.30pm Sunday Fourball 10.30am Wednesday Juvenile Fourball 3.30pm Fourball 6.45pm

I.I.B.A. Short Mat Bowls Results and Fixtures (Cork Zone) by Michael J.O’Shaughnessy The final of the Cork Zone (I.I.B.A.) Inter Club Championship (Frances Cody Trophy) was played in the S.M.A. Hall, Wilton, on Friday 11th May 2012 between Crosshaven (Holders) and Mitchelstown. The format was as in previous rounds consisting of two sessions with the Singles/Triples games in the first session and the Pairs/Fours in the second session and the following were the results with the Crosshaven name first:- (Singles):Conor Middleton beat Andy Callanan. (Triples):- (Grainne Murphy, Con Middleton & John Turner) beat (Eleanor McEvoy, Vinny O’Donnell & Phil Lawton) (Triples):- (Mary Middleton, Eddie Farrell & Keith Middleton) beat (Shane Coleman, Hazel Payne & Hazel Foley) (Pairs):(John Turner & Mary Middleton) lost to (Veronica Caplice & Jim Caplice)

(Fours):- (Cora Sheehan, Grainne Murphy, Eddie Farrell & Conor Middleton) beat (Charlie Dowling, Jean Wiley, Pat McEvoy & Tom Lawton) (Fours):- (Robin Gregan, Ann Farrell, Keith Middleton & Con Middleton) lost to (Dave Connell, B. Murphy, Dave Casey & Dick Cahill) (Match Result:- Crosshaven - 12pts. Mitchelstown -6pts) The final was umpired by John Curran and Bob Jennings. The Captain of Wilton Bowls Club , Eileen Kiely, presented the Frances Cody Trophy to Keith Middleton , Captain of the winning Crosshaven team. Fixtures:

St. Vincent’s Bowls Club Lic. Triples Competition on 14th/15th/16th/17th /19th/20th May Westgate B.C. Over 60’s Pairs Competition 21st/22nd/23rd/24th/ 25th/26th May 2012.

Pfizer Pitch and Putt by Brendan Hayes

The club would like to offer its condolences to the Callnan family on the death of Eileen, wife of John one of the founding members and past chairman of the club. As a mark of respect all competitions were cancelled for the week and a minutes silence was observed before tee off for the captain’s prize. Congratulations to Stephen Power who won the Intermediate scratch cup at Collins, Stephen was 14 under after 3 rounds and won in a play-off with ex senior Paul Scannell, at the second hole. Well done to Corey O’Callaghan who was 3rd in the St. Stevens nett cup, also well done to Dave Ahern who qualified for the nationals and will also represent the club in the Munster Matchplay finals in Tipperary Hills next Saturday. Also well done to Juveniles Fionn Murphy David Howard and Shane Livesey, who qualified at the Cork trials. Captains prize.

Mark O’Riordan got his own competition off to a great start with a brilliant tee off shot in front of a large gallery unfortunately it was downhill after that. Overall winner was Denis Bouge with a brilliant 96 points. Shot of the day goes to Christy Wade who tried to repeat his shot of the first round at the 16th by using the tree to deflect his ball towards the hole John Tett got a fit of laughing when the ball shot back at Christy, but Christy had the last laugh when he chipped over the tree to land within 3 inches of the hole.

Results as follows

Overall winner Denis Bouge 96 points 1st Gr Richard Flaherty 15 under 2nd Nett back 9 Ger O Sullivan 92 points 2nd Gr Sean McInerney 12 under 3rd Nett Graham Bouge 92 points 1st Nett 1st round Corey O Callaghan 46 points 1st Gr 1st round Frank O Donoughue 7 under 1st Nett 2nd round Weeshie Murphy 48 points 1st Gr 2nd round Dave Ahern 4 under. Juveniles results 3 man team 2scores to count. 1st Nett were Shane Livesey Ryan Walsh and Shane Flavin. 1st Gr were Killian Murphy Ian O Donoughue and James Maher. Draw for the club matchplay competition was made in club house after captain’s prize and it threw up some interesting combinations ,list and rules will be posted shortly. Fixtures:

Wednesday 16th May Fahy cup – 6.30pm. Friday juveniles 5.45pm. Sunday morning usual game. Congratulations to local boy Mark O’Sullivan who got man of the match for Avondale in the all Ireland intermediate cup final win against Cherry Orchard this is Marks third medal and a brilliant achievement for a local boy he is also brother to Pfizer pitch and putt players Chris and Garry.

• Roy Keane pictured with former teammate Nicky Butt autograph soccer balls during a fundraising evening for Keane’s first club Rockmount AFC, Silversprings Pic Clare Keogh

Crosshaven Pitch & Putt Our four Teams who played in the National P J Bell Mixed Team Competition Finals in Inniscarra, while playing well they were no match for the local Team who carded a brilliant score of 165 points nine shots clear of second place Cunnigar. Congratulations to team Inniscarra C on taking top spot. Out of the forty teams taking part our top place was 18th.Well done to all our teams who took part.


Frank Kavanagh Breeda O’Connor, Mgt Ryan 57nett. Pat Murphy, Gary Ryan, Mary Murphy 74 gross. Ml Desmond, Noreen Desmond, Mary Murphy 51 net. Fixtures:Please note new time Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday,7pm. Saturday Ladies Competition and Coaching 2.30 New Members welcome.

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• Cork camogie player Michelle Browne with participants BridCotter (Coachford), Aoife McIver (Carrigaline) and Sinead Griffin (Carrigaline) pictured at the Bord Gáis Networks Fuelling Cork’s Camogie Passion training camp at Castle Road Camogie Grounds. 70 young camogie players won a place to attend the skills camp where they trained with members of the Cork Senior Camogie Team pic - Pat Hogan/Provision

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