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Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Email to – Douglas Writers Group The next meeting of the Douglas Writers Group will be held in John O’Sullivan’s (Business Centre), Douglas on Friday 9th October at 5.30 pm. The Douglas Writers Group meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at 5.30pm. Tidy Towns Volunteers – Results out on Monday 28th Sept.! Douglas Tidy Towns urgently need more volunteers! You don’t need to come out every Saturday or Sunday morning. If you can just spare one morning in the year that would be brilliant - we are all busy with family and other commitments, we know what it’s like. And we don’t just do litter picking, we are looking for gardeners, wildlife experts, graphic designers, builders - basically anyone who can provide assistance in our mission to make Douglas an enjoyable place to work and live. This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition is as competitive as ever, with a record 862 entries. Volunteers in communities throughout the country have been busy improving their towns, villages and local environment and will be eagerly anticipating the announcement of the SuperValu Tidy Towns winners at the National awards ceremony on Monday 28th September, in The Helix Theatre in Dublin. Progress with Meals-On-Wheels Facility A Design Team including the architect and a kitchen specialist, having held several meetings and consultations and have now completed the design phase of the kitchen. The next stage of development will be to complete the internal works on the MOW kitchen area. The tendering process has taken place, and the architect has gone through the applications and nominated three contractors. A decision will be made very shortly as to which of the three will be chosen for the project. We hope this facility will finally be up and running in the New Year. Douglas Community Pre-School and Playgroup The children are settling in nicely now at our pre-school and playgroup. We have a few places available so do contact us if your child needs a placement. 086 1217161


Parent & Toddler Group Parent &Toddler group back in action each Wednesday during school terms. Please bring a smile and €2 contribution towards tea and coffee. All welcome Date for your Diary – Harvest Festival: Marie from our Events Committee wants us to remind you that the Harvest Festival is to take place on Sunday, 4th October at the Community Park. SECAD (South and East Cork Area Development) Training SECAD are offering training courses on the Internet, 6 hours over two days, on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th Sept. mornings and afternoons available, at the Carrigaline Parish Centre. The aim is to develop internet skills for those looking for a job or to do voluntary work. You will learn to develop tools like: how to use a Search Engine, create an e-mail account, attach documents to e-mails, how to use websites, do basic online transactions, access Government Services, on-line purchasing and social media basics. If you are interested, contact SECAD at 4613432.

practicing. We rehearse every Monday evening from 8pm to 10pm in the Ardfallen Centre. Check out our website to hear some of our pieces on or our like our Facebook page for updates. Call Catherine on 087-217-3162 for more information.

Above: St. Luke’s - Millowners & Paupers

Above: Nicky’s Line DancersDouglas Harmonia Singer’s Open Night Harvest Festival On Monday next, September 21st, Douglas Harmonia Singers will open it’s doors in the Ardfallen Centre; adjacent to the Briar Rose Bar from 8pm. If you have been thinking about joining a choir, this is a great opportunity to come along and meet us in an informal setting to see if you would like to become a member of our relaxed, friendly and vibrant group; who just love to sing. We cover a varied and interesting selection of pieces from modern to classical and sacred. Male singers especially welcome; both tenors and basses to help keep the balance. Sight reading is not necessary, as each groups line is recorded by our wonderful conductor Lorna Moore (vocal coach for poor fella is just exhausted!- Harvest Festival Voiceworks Studio) and is available for Oct 4th The Douglas Post

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Carrigaline Community News 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 – To ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays Carrigdhoun Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Classes Notices Carrigdhoun Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann hold Traditional Music and Dance Classes every Monday from 14th September on from 8pm-9pm, in the boys School, Ballea road, Carrigaline. Also SeanNós and Traditional Step dance class on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in the Pipe Band Hall, Carrigaline. New students always welcome. Music classes cater for all traditional instruments. Branch musicians continue after class to the weekly Monday night Seisiún in the Stables Bar Carrigaline. Branch members also take part in festivals and events in the area. Anne 0868865349/John 0872246436/ Web/ Facebook Carrigdhoun CCE. Mens Shed The inclement weather curtailed the planned outdoor activities in the Carrigaline Mens shed last Monday, however time is on their side and there is always another day. Indoors a few community projects are being worked on. The men are off by the Community bus to the ‘Ploughing’ on Wednesday next. Other activities are planned for the months ahead. New members and visitors are always welcome. Contact Roger Morrissey 021 4372438 Dick Jenkinson 0862058916 or Pat Byrne 086 1924375. Pipe Band The Carrigaline Pipe Band is pleased with the response to their invitation to beginners to join the band. Beginners classes for both pipers and drummers start his Monday September 21st in the Bandroom from 7 to 8 pm. Two experienced instructors are available for each instrument. Any other beginners wishing to join and learn piping or drumming are welcome and can call to the Bandroom between 7 and 7.15pm any Monday or Thursday. Enquiries Erica Breen Hon Sec on 086 194 2774 or Facebook . The band played at the hurling blitz of 92 teams in Passage West on Saturday last, this Friday they play for the official opening of the Lions Youth Club. A night class with a difference Would you like a winter night class with a difference? Why not try Ceili Fit this September. There will be a beginners class at 7.30pm for a 6 week term. Followed each night by the improvers section at 8.30pm, starting this Thursday in St. Mary’s School, Carrigaline. There’s a very social atmosphere, it’s great craic and enjoyed by men and women of all ages and fitness levels. All the times and how to book are on or contact Fionan on 0878185111 or email You don’t need a partner or know what your doing to enjoy yourself at Ceili Fit.


MONDAY Mallow, Le Cheile Centre, Fair Street Time: 8.00pm TUESDAY Cork GROW Office, 1st Floor, 34 Grand Parade, Cork Times: 2.00pm + 8.00pm (Opposite Cork City Library, above Adecco.) Gurranabraher, Youth and Community Resource Centre Time: 7.30pm Macroom, Family Resource Centre, Fairfield, MasseytownTime: 8.00pm WEDNESDAY Cork GROW Office, 1st Floor, 34 Grand Parade, Cork Time: 10.30am Youghal, Cumann na Daoine, Catherine St.Time: 7.30pm THURSDAY Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre, Main Street, Carrigtwohill Time: 7.30pm Wilton, S.M.A. Parish Centre Time: 7.30pm Cork GROW Office, 1st Floor, 34 Grand Parade, Cork Time: 8.00pm Myross Wood, Leap Time: 8.00pm (M.S.C. Grounds)

Pioneers The Carrigaline Pioneers hold their National Church Gate Collection this weekend before all masses. The Mid West Region annual Lunch and social takes place in the Carlton Hotel on Sunday October 11th. Enquiries Sheila Murphy 021 488 8103 / 087 768 6112 or Aislinn Cogan 087 9699 488 / 021 437 2035


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With Mary Cremin

Gardening Things to do This Week

Think about a host of golden daffodils in the spring – now is the time to plant bulbs. But don’t stop there. Plant crocus, snowdrops, bluebells, tulips, hyacinths for a beautiful spring garden. As usual we 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 early chrysanthemums, cut down stems and box up the stools; keep in a cold frame until January. Finish bringing in tender perennials, and box or pot up to keep under frostfree glass. Plant new pinks and hardy carnations on light soils - elsewhere wait until spring. Plant new rhododendrons and azaleas in acid soil, and mulch with cocoa shells. Plant container grown shrubs and trees in prepared soil, but leave bare-root plants until next month. Kitchen Garden Start taking hardwood cuttings of soft fruit such as gooseberries and currants, and root outdoors. Clear outdoor tomato crops or lay plants on straw and cover with cloches to finish ripening. Mix all summer lettuce varieties together with endive, chicory and other salads for sowing as a cut-and-come again mixture. Cover vacant light soil with a protective layer of manure or compost, or dig and sow a green manure. Earth up winter leeks for extra-long blanched stems. If runner beans are still cropping, feed with general fertiliser Lawns & Hedges Lay turf on new lawn sites. Spike lawns and scarify with a wire rake or hired machine, if not done already. Greenhouse Plant parsley in a greenhouse bed or cold frame for winter supplies.. Disbud late-flowering chrysanthemums to stimulate larger blooms. Start to reduce watering and damping down generally, and water in the mornings only. Sow greenhouse radishes to crop in late November. Water Garden Net ponds to keep falling tree leaves from fouling the water. Continue dividing bog and marginal plants for a week or two after that wait until spring. In general Before ordering seeds check through old stocks, retaining the most recent. Test soils with a pH kit,. and make plants to adjust acidity levels where necessary.


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 – To ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays Ballinlough Writers Group The next meeting of the Ballinlough Writers Group will be held in The Ballinlough Community Centre on Fri 18th September. at 5.30 PM. The Ballinlough Writers Group normally meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at 5.30pm but due to a First Communion we’re running a week late this month. Please come along we look forward to seeing you there! (inquiries 086 8839392) Ballinlough Community Indoor Short Mat Bowling Club Every Monday and Tuesday night at 8.00pm in the Community Centre New members welcome Gents Retirement Club Wednesday afternoon 2.30pm - 4.30pm Ladies Retirement Club Date to be announced shortly for re-opening of the club on Mondays Ballinlough Scouts Beavers: Re-opened date Monday 14th September 6.30pm to 7.30pm Cub Scouts: Re-opened date Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm to 9.00pm Scouts: Re-opened date Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm to 9.30pm Venture’s : Re-opened date Monday 14th September at 8.00pm There is a waiting list for some of the groups. New members can apply to join online by completing the form. A.G.M. Monday 28th September at 7.30pm Email us a Ballinlough Text Alert Anybody wishing to join our Text Alert System can get an application form on the Notice Board in the Community Centre or any Garda Station. Completed applications with €10.00 can be handed into Anglesea St Garda Station or any member of Ballinlough Community Association. Any query please contact 087 6748215

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Mercedes-Benz MSL Cork Fashion Week Launch 2015


osted by founders Emer O’Mahony and Vivienne McCarthy, Mercedes-Benz MSL Cork Fashion Week was launched with panache and style in the magnificent Penthouse Suite at The Clarion Hotel last Friday evening. In its eight year, CFW will celebrate and showcase the work and collections of Irish designers and independent boutiques with a variety of events from 7-15th October. The much anticipated opening event A Celebration of Irish Design will take place at the Grainstore in the world renowned Ballymaloe House. A fashion awards ceremony will be preceded by a spectacular Fashion Show with collections from some of Irelands leading designers including Jennifer Rothwell, Heidi Higgins and London based Catriona Hanley. Top Irish milliners including Ashleigh Myles, Kinsale based Celestine McCoy, and Kerry based Cathy Troth amongst others, will showcase their A/W collections, an exciting array of modern, classic and intricate bespoke headpieces. A sumptuous afternoon tea will be served by the

Emer O’Mahony, Vivienne McCarthy Co-Directors Cork Fashion Week, Pat Walker The Douglas Post

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award winning team at Ballymaloe House. Special guests from Los Angeles, the UK and Ireland will travel to Cork for what promises to be the Fashion Event of the Year. Tickets for the exclusive event are available online from For further information contact

Stay Stylish Pat

Robin Sibbs and Heather Mulcahy Lockdown Models

Laurence Keating, Dalton

Hope Hickey and Heather Mulcahy Lockdown Models, Deborah Barrett Cork Chamber, Elizabeth Barrett Brown Thomas

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Above: Rebecca White Jess O Keeffe at Oriel House Ballincollig


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ur health and well-being is shaped by many things in the world around us- our family, our home and neighbourhood, our education and work, our friends and community, in addition to other biological, social, environmental and economic factors. Improving the health of the nation is a national priority for the government and all of society. While life expectancy has increased and mortality from a range of diseases has fallen significantly, there are many trends that are leading us towards an unhealthy and costly future. As a member of Healthy Ireland Council our vision is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential; where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility. About one third of all women in Ireland will die of cardiovascular disease, yet many women still think of heart attack as mainly being a man’s problem rather than being an issue for them too and more women than men die from stroke. Most women think they are going to die of breast cancer when in fact they are six times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. A women may have nausea, tiredness, shortness of breath or back pain rather than the more familiar crushing pain the chest that shoots down the arm. It can be very difficult to diagnose and that’s why heart disease and heart attack if often missed in women. If you experience any of these symptoms don’t hesitate to get help. 4,388 women died of cardiovascular disease in Ireland in 2014. Over the next ten years heart disease is expected to rise in women by 50%. The good news is that 80% of the disease is preventable. We all know how important exercise is to our health and well-being, join us every Monday, starting 28th September in Dennehy’s Gym in Douglas Village Shopping Centre where you will have gentle exercise class combined with exercise machines with our own personal trainer for 1 hour. As with all our activities it is also an opportunity to make new friends and encourages us all to get out and socialise, especially with the long winter approaching. If you have any energy left join us also on Monday from 2.30 – 4.30 in Douglas GAA Hall for a game of Rings, it is great fun and we hope to encourage more men to come along as well. In-door Bowls is on every Thursday in the Boys National School from 3.00 – 5.00, Tai-Chi exercise is on every Thursday in the Library from 11.00 – 12.00. We put in place all these exercise activities which are so important for our physical and mental well being. We also have knitting and crochet classes every Tuesday from 2.00 – 4.00 in the Church Hall, Bingo on Wednesday in Church from 2.00-4.00 and Painting and Drawing on Monday’s in Douglas GAA from 2.00 – 4.00. The winter is especially difficult for people who cannot get out and about for various reasons. The Care-Ring Initiative was set up to support people, many of whom never leave their homes, and who benefit from a friendly phone service once a week. We believe the service has helped to reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation. The volunteers make people aware of other services available to them in the community. We help and understand and listen. People who use the service know they can talk to us, in confidence. The sound of the phone ringing brightens us many a person’s day. We are often told “thanks for calling, you don’t know how much it means to me”. As volunteers we build up relationships and find this service very rewarding. If you know of someone who would benefit from the service, contact me on 087-2987161, email: They can talk to us in confidence. A lot of interest in Young at Heart cruise for next year. On 08 December we go to Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin to see Mary Poppins the Musical. Keep sending in your recipes for the Young at Heart Cook Book. You can drop your recipes into the Young at Heart office any day from 10.30 – 4.30. You might have a favourite recipe passed down through the generations, we would love to include it in the book. Upcoming Events: Monday’s 11.00 – 12.00 Exercise class in the Gym 2.00 – 4.00 – Painting and Drawing in the GAA Hall 2.30 – 4.30 – Rings GAA Hall Tuesday’s 2.00 – 400 Knitting and crochet Wednesday’s Fetac 3 Computer Classes Thursday 11.00 – 12 Tai-Chi in Library 27 October Halloween party, St Columbas Hall


Thanksgiving The Miracle prayer Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one (mention favour). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own Broken Heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful Eyes it will become your favour not mine. M.T.C

Amen Say this prayer for 3 days promise publication and favour will be granted how impossible

Thanksgiving The Miracle prayer Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one (mention favour). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own Broken Heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful Eyes it will become your favour not mine.



Say this prayer for 3 days promise publication and favour will be granted how impossible

Thanksgiving The Miracle prayer Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one (mention favour). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own Broken Heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful Eyes it will become your favour not mine.



Say this prayer for 3 days promise publication and favour will be granted how impossible

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MEMORARE Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen. J & P.H

Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest (Veni, Creator Spiritus) Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above. Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God’s hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue. Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply. Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside. Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow the Father and the Son to know; and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest. Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, with Thou, O Holy Comforter, henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen

J & P.H.


The Good Fish Company –

GRAND OPENING 22nd August 2015


imon Coveney, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine was on hand to perform the grand opening of the sensational new Good Fish Company Seafood Centre at the Carrigaline Industrial Estate. Widely renowned for the excellence of their retail units throughout the city and county, this new departure by Good Fish is destined to become a Mecca for lovers of good food. The seafood centre, while primarily focused on the best of fresh local fish and seafood and smoked fish from their in-house smokery, offers customers much, much more. With a vastly expanded range of products on offer, it is now a one-stop shop for lovers of good food, regardless of their culinary abilities. For those who might be a little intimidated at the thought of cooking fish, the seafood centre stocks a wide variety of hand-made products, all produced by in house chefs, which are the Mr. Goods Fabulous Fish Range, such as Seafood Chowder, Fish Pies, Seafood Lasagne, Seafood Noodle Curry etc. There is also a selection of marinated fish in a unique and innovative packaging format “cook in pouch”, which provides an ideal no mess, no fuss solution to cooking fish. These products can be oven cooked, microwaved or cooked sous vide in a matter of minutes without having to remove the fish from its packaging. Customers can choose from Cajun spiced salmon fillets; lemon marinated hake fillets; and garlic and herb marinated cod fillets and the Good Fish website offers recipes for tasty side dishes to go with each item – or you can just pick up some prepared side dishes in the centre. The new Seafood Centre now stocks a very extensive range of artisan food products – many of which have been sourced locally. This is affordable gourmet at its finest. Choose from authentic continental and Irish cheeses and charcuterie, browse stands of delicious Italian pastas, sauces, rice and olives, choose some speciality oils, condiments, homemade Irish chutneys and preserves. Or why not try stone ground flour or porridge from West Cork? In addition you can try speciality teas, coffee roasted and ground in Ireland or products from the sea, such as dillisk and carrageen, or indeed a prepared seaweed salad. The new Seafood Centre is a great place to browse and gather the ingredients for a really special meal. Excellent products and accompaniments, very many locally sourced, along with the very best of Irish seafood, sourced through local Irish boats and trawlers Photos: that engage in responsible and sustainable fishing – Far left - Mark Collins this is truly a remarkable treasure to have, just on the with his daughters, outskirts of Carrigaline. Sienna, Grace and Kate Left - Braham Brennan with his Grandson Fionn Above: Denis Good Proprietor and Caroline McCarthy Chairperson of Carrigaline Business Association Top: Minister for Agriculture, Food, Defence and the Marine Mr Simon Coveney, Cutting the Tape with Denis Good. Also in attendance Local councillors and seafood Centre Staff. The Douglas Post

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Cllr Joe Harris

Independent 089 2210574 Email. Politicians Take Credit


here can be few things more nauseating sights than watching politicians take credit for things they had little or nothing to do with. I know it’s the nature of the beast and it’s the way things are.... but let’s get real. Our recent growth rate of 6 percent is a credit to the self employed and our exports and and our public and private sector workers. Not the smarmy politicians who never created a job in their life. No the real people who should take credit are the thousands of our children who emigrated to take the pressure off our social welfare system. Thousands of our children are living in bedsits in London,Australia,Canada,America, they are the real heroes. More of our children are working long hours for minimum wage while trying to put themselves through college.Real heroes. When I see the smug faces of our politians tell us how great they are for turning things around...I get annoyed. If some things are improving it is not because of them it is in spite of them. Thousands of ordinary Irish people have paid with their lives during this crisis because of the humiliation heaped on them by the banks while our government and politicians stood by collecting their


fat pay checks. They stand by and do nothing about the rental sector especially here in the greater Douglas area. The huge property tax and housing crisis and the mess that is Irish Water. They get the council to introduce pathetic schemes that don’t work and then strangle us with red tape and beuracratic bull. Moving people from one agency to another. Our political class have failed to tackle the Big Boys...instead going for the easy target of PAYE workers and self-employed the pensioners and the students. The Irish People are not stupid ,they have paid and continue to pay a huge price in grief for loved ones who have died or emigrated . Grandchildren seen only once a year . All to make sure that the elite did not lose out on their risky investments. In the meantime our politicians continue to collect their huge pay checks for doing nothing and showing no leadership. They then have the neck to start claiming credit when there is any pick up in the economy. It’s a double insult to all of us. Instead the credit belongs to our heroes,....those who bore the brunt and continue to shoulder the heavy weight of keeping this country afloat.

Regards Cllr Joe Harris ,Independent member Cork County Council Member of regional health forum Member joint policing committee Vice Chair of Carrigaline/Douglas/Ballincollig Municipal District Mob 0892210574

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By: Sian Horn - Founder at Elite Pilates

aving worked hard over my 10 day cleanse and losing an amazing 17lbs the question I had to ask was - What happens next? Diet is obviously so important but exercise has to play a big part to. As a Pilates instructor I am always on the move but it is really important for me to mix up my training. Pilates is such an important part of my life. Having spent years in pain and €1000’s on Physio I decided in 2013 to bite the bullet. I left my corporate world and returned to my dancing roots and my passion for Pilates. Opening Elite was the best thing I ever did for my body. When you live with pain , like so many of us do its hard to imaging a life without it. But Pilates has done that for me. I no longer spend my time in Physio waiting rooms and instead move freely with a strong body fully protected.

body fat! You’ll build strength and endurance, while working on achieving beautiful posture and alignment. All our Barre classes are mixed level so jump right in - click here to book your Elite Barre class and start to plié your way into that Little Black Dress!

For those that think Pilates is easy …Think again! I mix up my training from Mat to Ballet Barre and then finally my favourite of all - the Reformer. The Reformer has definitely changed my world and I will never again be without it.

Mat classes In a Mat Pilates class, you will work out on the floor for 50 minutes – you will either be lying on your back, on your front, on your side, seated, or kneeling on all fours. This class will work your entire body and will focus on engaging your deep abdominal muscles to strengthen the core and the back. As well as the traditional ‘core work’ or abdominal exercises, we include a serious of exercises for the inner and outer thighs, the glutes and the hamstrings, as well as the arms and shoulders Many mat classes also incorporate small props like foam rollers, magic circles and very light hand weights.

There is nothing better in life than loving your job and I love mine. The satisfaction you receive when working with clients, and seeing them change both physically and mentally as they reclaim their bodies is second to none. What Is a Pilates Reformer? For us, nothing beats the Reformer – that’s why we were Cork’s first dedicated Reformer studio! The Pilates method using the Reformer gives our clients what they want in the least amount of time: a toned, energetic, lean, pain-free body that moves with ease! Reformer Pilates is Pilates exercised performed using a Reformer machine, one of the most effective pieces of equipment in the Pilates repertoire. The Reformer is a spring based piece of equipment that provides both resistance and support. The Reformer’s resistance (which can be changed depending on the exercise and depending on the individual using the machine) allows you set it up to suit your body perfectly, meaning that all the work you do on it will be extremely effective, providing enough resistance to build strong bones and muscles, building strength while increasing flexibility. Reformer Pilates is ideal for complete beginners, as well as anybody returning to movement after an injury. Barre classes Elite Barre is a workout designed to target your entire body, creating sculpted, lean, elongated muscles. Elite Barre is an energetic workout, set to funky playlists, and combines Pilates and Ballet inspired movements to lift your booty, tone and slim your waist and thighs, flatten your abs and give you lean, sculpted arms. You do NOT need to be a dancer to do this work-out! We target small muscle groups to shape and define the body while also working up a bit of a sweat to torch


Follow Sian’s Journey on Instagram sianhorn For more information on Pilates Contact Sian at 0214369097 Elite Pilates Studio Donnybrook Commercial Centre Douglas Cork

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in ageing skin put the glow back in ageing skin

Has your skin been dull, flaky or uneven lately? It could be related to environmental changes, allergies, sun damage, even stress - o it could just be because you’re ageing. (Don’t worry, it happens to everyone.) Fortunately, there is something you can do about it: exfoliate!

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“We lose that ‘youthful glow’ as we age because our natural cell-turnover process slows down. This causes dulling dead skin cells cling to our skin’s surface longer,” says Annet King, Director of Global Education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Insti “Exfoliation helps coax our inner glow back to the surface by removing all that dry, dull debris and revealing the softer, smoother ski underneath.” Has your skin been dull, flaky or uneven lately? It could be related to environmental changes, allergies, sun damage, even stress - or it could just be because you’re ageing. (Don’t worry, it happens to everyone.) Fortunately, there is something you can do about it: Exfoliating also helps targeted treatments and moisturisers better penetrate the skin; exfoliate! Exfoliating tips reduces breakout-causing congestion;

smooth rough, callused areas and helps prevent ingrown hairs. “It


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Ask your Phamacist By Garvan J. Lynch

Arthritis of the Hand The hand and wrist have multiple small joints that work together to produce motion. This gives the fine motion needed to thread a needle or tie a shoelace. When the joints are affected by arthritis, activities of daily living can be difficult. Arthritis can occur in multiple areas of the hand and wrist. It can have multiple causes. It is estimated that one out of every five people living in Ireland has at least one joint with signs or symptoms of arthritis. About half of arthritis sufferers are under age 50. Arthritis is one of the leading cause’s of disability in the Ireland.

common forms of arthritis from disease are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.



Cartilage works as nature’s “shock absorber.” It provides a smooth gliding surface for the joint. All arthritic joints lose cartilage. When the cartilage becomes worn or damaged, or is lost due to disease or trauma, the joint no longer has a painless, mobile area of motion. The body attempts to make up for the lost cartilage. It produces fluid in the joint lining (synovium), which tries to act like a cushion, like water in a waterbed. But it also causes the joint to swell. This restricts motion. The swelling causes stretching of the joint covering (capsule), which causes pain. Over time, if the arthritis is not treated, the bones that make up the joint can lose their normal shape. This causes more pain and further limits motion.


When arthritis occurs due to disease, the onset of symptoms is gradual and the cartilage decreases slowly. The two most

Maeve McGinn, 3 from the left, celebrating her birthday in Eco’s, with her sister Siobhan , niece Laoise and her partents.



When arthritis is due to trauma, the cartilage is damaged. People of any age can be affected. Fractures, particularly those that damage the joint surface, and dislocations are the most common injuries that lead to arthritis. An injured joint is about seven times more likely to become arthritic, even if the injury is properly treated. Pain Swelling Changes in Surrounding Joints Warmth Crepitation and Looseness Cysts Treatment options for arthritis of the hand and wrist include medication, splinting, injections, and surgery. Hand exercises may help improve muscle strength and joint range of motion in people who have arthritis. You can do hand exercises daily or, preferably, several times a day. You might find it helps to do hand exercises while soaking your hands in warm water. Know your limitations, though. For more information on hand exercises available for hand and wrist arthritis, call Garvan at Lynch’s Pharmacy on 4366923.

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Ciarán Lynch TD Constituency Office 29 St. Patrick’s Mills Douglas Tel: 021 4366200 Fax: 021 4366202

NUMBER OF NEW HOMES IN CORK JUMPS BY 19% 599 new homes have been completed in Cork City and County from January to July this year, new CSO data has shown. It represents a 19% increase in house building activity on the same period last year. The figures have been welcomed by Labour TD Ciarán Lynch, stating that newly built homes are crucial to both providing affordability for home buyers and also to reduce the existing pent up demand in the private rental sector. Deputy Lynch said: “These figures paint an improving picture of the level of housing activity in Cork so far this year, mirroring the national trend. They show that in 2015, 599 new homes were completed in Cork, which compares to 503 in 2014, and that is a step in the right direction. Also, Commencement Notices were 3.5 times greater in June this year than last year and this is another sign that confidence is picking up on the ground. If this trend continues, then over 8,100 units are estimated to be commenced countrywide by the end of the year. Nationally, there is a sustained increase in housing output this year, with every month excluding May showing an increase. However, I do believe that there is still an under capacity of new homes being built and that further increases at an affordable level in domestic property construction are needed in order to deal with both the legacy of the housing crash and to provide first time buyers with the opportunity to own a home of their own.

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Writers Group Meetings

Ronnie McGinn’s

Poetry Corner In her book ‘My Road’ Marion Rose Horgan tells us that she wrote this poem to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Jack Doyle who was a legend in his own lifetime. He was born in Queen’s Street, now Connolly Street, in Cobh on August the thirty-first 1913 and spent just a few short years there before the finger of fame beckoned him onto a wider stage. He excelled in the boxing arena and on the stage where he mixed with figures of world renown. In his turbulent lifetime he experienced the heady heights of fame and celebrity but also knew despair and destitution. He died, penniless, on December the thirteenth, 1978 in Paddington and his body was brought back to Cobh. He was buried in the historic Old Church graveyard just outside the town. His amazing drive and versatility will always be remembered with pride by the people of Cobh.

JACK DOYLE REMEMBERED Oh Gorgeous Gael you dreamed your dreams, Which later came to be. And many a heart you charmed and won, Through your diversity. Your prowess in the boxing ring, Brought fame beyond our land. And fortune smiled its transient smile On you, so fine and grand.

Ballinlough Writers - Ballinlough Community Centre Fri 18th September at 5.30 PM Bishopstown Writers- Bishopstown Library Thurs 24th September at 6.15 PM Midleton Writers – Cork Marts House – Market Green Thurs 1st October at 8.00pm Mallow Poetry Group – Mallow Library - Tuesday 6th October at 12.30 p.m Douglas Writers Group, - John O’Sullivan’s, Boardroom Friday the 9th Oct at 5.30 pm Frankfield House – Around the Fireside – Tues 20th October from 8.30 pm Carrigaline & District Writers’ Group meet at the Stables Bar in Carrigaline, on the first Saturday of every month at 11:30am. Writers in all genres are welcome to come along to our meetings, where like-minded people share their ideas & experiences in a relaxed environment. Further information is available on 021 432 0042. Ó Bhéal – Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street Writers Workshop - every Tuesday 3pm – 5pm Bishopstown Library. It’s not for beginners, but for people who are already committed to writing and have quite an amount of work already written. Writers Corner – Cork City Community Radio 100.5 FM – every Sunday at 3.30PM

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The bright lights lured you on to sing In London’s halls of fame, And Cobh was proud of its fine son, And of his Irish name. Yes, you became a wonder, Of ring and stage and screen, But wonders too, begin to wane As darker times set in.

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Your light was quenched before its time, Amid adversity, Far from your home and those you loved, In Queenstown by the Lee. Three requiems were held for you, As you lay cold and pale. In London, Dublin and in Cobh, They mourned the Gorgeous Gael.

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You lived each day, and seized your dreams And realised each one, And Cobh will not forget you Jack, Its proud, illustrious son. All fame and glory wilt and fade, Down through the mists of time, But the love and pride will never die, In those you left behind. Marion Rose Horgan


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Ballinlough Community News With Mary Cremin

Tuesday 20th October

Cork to Benefit from Global Tourism Campaign


ine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has said that tourism in Cork will benefit from Tourism Ireland’s autumn marketing campaign. Deputy Buttimer was commenting following the announcement of €12 million promotional campaign, launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, TD. Building on a successful 2015 tourist season an extra €12 million will now be used to attract more visitors to Ireland, as part of Tourism Ireland’s autumn marketing campaign. It is great to see that Cork has been included in this campaign, which will deliver benefits for tourism across the city and county. Cork is getting particular attention as part of this campaign and hopefully this will increase the number of overseas visitors. Cork has a great international reputation for food and food products and this will be highlighted as part of the campaign. Travel loggers have been commissioned to produce a series of videos, which will include gastronomy in Cork city and county as one of three themes. This will bring international attention to the excellent food produce our county has to offer. People in key tourist markets will also be targeted, encouraging them to fly to Cork. An online and outdoor advertising campaign will promote flights to Cork from key European markets and flights from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain will be advertised. This is another measure that will help to continue the trend of increasing traffic at Cork Airport. It is great to see Cork included as a central part of this latest tourism marketing campaign. This is vital for our city and county. But we need more campaigns and marketing drives that will promote Cork as a distinct region and brand. Under national policy this role falls to both local councils and Fáilte Ireland also has a role to play. We need to see the plan for marketing brand Cork as a tourist destination as soon as possible.”


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Banks Playing Games Over Variable Mortgage Rates Minister for Finance has been given run around for last six months


ianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has today accused the banks of engaging in a concerted campaign to maintain high variable mortgage rates in the face of overwhelming evidence that they are out of line with rates in the rest of Europe and the cost of funds that the banks face. Deputy McGrath commented: “Today’s meeting between the banks and the Minister for Finance is likely to provide just another PR opportunity for the banks to claim that they have been responding to widespread anger amongst the public on this issue. The reality is that the banks have adopted every stalling tactic possible. Despite the fact that variable rates in Ireland are more than 2% higher than the euro area average, the only bank to offer a straight cut in its variable rate has been AIB and its EBS and Haven subsidiaries. Bank of Ireland still has a standard variable rate of 4.5%. PTSB has offered a change to its pricing which leaves it still charging a 4.3% variable rate to borrowers above 90% loan to value. The issue has not been resolved. In effect banks have openly defied the Minister. This highlights the extraordinary low cost of debt for banks in the markets, driven down by a number of factors including the policies of the ECB. It shows the extent to which mortgage customers are being ripped off. “Bank of Ireland and KBC have left their variable rates unchanged and only offered a reduction in fixed rates for periods of 2 – 5 years. For mortgage holders who want to sell their home while on a fixed rate mortgage they would have to pay a penalty for breaking the fixed term early. If you have a variable rate mortgage, you can overpay without penalty at any time. If you fix your interest rate, depending on the lender you may not be able to pay lump sums off your mortgage without a penalty. However the need for profitability is not a justification for ripping off mortgage customers. In fact global ratings agency Fitch has stated that if banks reduced the costs of home loans, the move would make the debt more affordable for the borrower to service. “As well as legislation to give the Central Bank the power to cap variable rates, we would require banks to treat new and existing customers equally,” concluded Deputy McGrath.


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Vital Educational Service Being Ignored by Government Funding

By Frank Hanover

In a new series of pieces on vital Cork voluntary services that are becoming frontline emergency services in modern Irish society, Frank K Hanover looks at the Cork Life Centre situated on Winter’s Hill in Sunday’s Well where he spoke with Centre Director Don O’Leary and Deputy Centre Director Rachel Lucey and learned that when it comes to Department of Education embarrassment and countering the state’s philosophy regarding educational services, it barely matters how excellent and necessary a service as Cork Life Centre you operate. Read how an excellent and very necessary service is being deprived of the taxpayer’s support despite the moral support of an increasingly larger local community.


he extraordinarily facilitative Cork Life Centre www. situated on Winter’s Hill in Sunday’s Well currently provides an access point for 47 students to re-engage with Junior Cert and Leaving Certificate educational progress and examinations following an interrupted schooling experience. I met with Director Don O’Leary and Deputy Director Rachel Lucey to get a sense of how evolved a service they provide at the open door Cork Life Centre which has been in existence since 2006 and which, despite an initially positive government response when the service began so far as funding was concerned, in 2015 relies very heavily on a dedicated group of professionally qualified as well as highly experienced volunteers which enabled seven Junior Certificate completers and another seven Leaving Certificate students to excel in their examinations in the recent academic year. Don is the only paid staff member at Cork Life Centre because since 2006 an initial funding of some fifty-thousand Euro has had to be replaced with fund raising methods and sponsorship more in keeping with a charity than the essential frontline emergency service that Cork Life Centre has become. What this indicates is that although the service firmly establishes in its ethos and philosophical view that mainstream education has failed the various students at Cork Life Centre, the present executives of policy and legislation in Dublin are reluctant to fund what remains a budgetarily prudent and excellent focal service working with a percentage of a national demographic of some 4400 young people. Don, “The stereotypical view of a child or adolescent who’s been forced out of mainstream school is that he wears a hoodie and comes from a disadvantaged area. That he doesn’t ever want to work and that he’ll be loitering on the corner, smoking and that he’ll be trouble for the society. But that’s just a stereotype that doesn’t reflect the reality here. We have students from across the classes.” The government proprietorially puts forward what they refer to as the “school leaver” number as being 10% of the entire school-attending secondary community where the figure given is 44,000 students. But a European Union data agency puts the Irish “school leaver” figure at 15% of all the students attending secondary education in the Republic of Ireland. There’s an expectation in the EU that the government must address these high social-impact figures within the next year and a half. Yet the success rate of Cork Life Centre has been achieved without any will to address these figures on the part of the existing government beyond Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan refusing on


PJ Coogan’s 96FM show to acknowledge the work successfully being carried out year-after-year and adding that Cork Life Centre was not part of her department. Even if one errs on the conservative side of what many professional educational thinkers consider may become a huge social problem, a question continually reasserts itself. What is it that Cork Life Centre actually provides its forty-seven young people returning to education with? Rachel, “We take a holistic approach to young people and their pursuit of a qualification. There’s a philosophy known as the Servol philosophy and what that implies is that the seventy-eight staff working here all presume a philosophy of ignorance where the students must tell us what’s really happening and when they do that we practice attentive listening. We don’t comment, we simply listen because kids are actually very expert at clarifying what’s wrong. Finally we make a respectful intervention which recognises the importance of the student having a role in the management of any issue. The primary benefit here is that we all focus on the student getting an academic qualification and this has worked brilliantly.” So what’s happening academically at Cork Life Centre? Don, “We don’t limit the choice of subject. Two kids are currently learning Japanese and other students studying science subjects head to another school with whom we co-operate where that’s better facilitated. Junior Cert students attend between 9.30 and 14.30. Leaving Certificate students attend between 9.30 and 16.00. Academic students not in a year where they sit the Junior Cert or the Leaving Cert are here between 14.30 and 17.30.” The service provided by Cork Life Centre which has had temporary advocators from the politically representative class such as Kathleen Lynch and Ruairi Quinn of the Labour Party whose attitude changed after they became part of the current government, is being squeezed by the tendency at Leinster House to not support any service outside its philosophical but not problem-solving model. So the Centre provides its own service training and on a shoestring budget, because government does not acknowledge the benefit of what has become a brilliantly tailored service that’s as indispensible as it is expert in delivering excellent results. At Cork Life Centre students and staff eat and cook together, they plan and engage on acquiring life opportunities and experiences that go to make a more rounded and more experienced human being. The students have a Rockband named The Unknowns that heads out on the road in yet another creative outlet at this extraordinary educational service. Last year several students and staff members went to India with the Hope Foundation to walk a mile in the shoes of people from the Asian sub-continent. Another trip to Africa was no less formative and no less successful. The simple fact is that after comparatively bad starts in secondary education, students at Cork Life Centre go on to Third Level education so the service provided at Cork Life Centre behind the iconic red door on Winter’s Hill is as essential as it is successful. It should absolutely have the support of the taxpayer given the demand upon government concerning interrupted students as required by its European partners. The fact that the Cork Life Centre is cheaper to fund than other services and is so successful makes the neglect of funding by the state an actually soul-destroying reality which over time will involve increasing numbers of kids missing out on the opportunity to emerge strongly as well as academically in life. One thing that Cork Life Centre fully understands and which the present government ought to know is that alternatives to this model are a much more expensive proposition. One presumes this is fine by the government with its commitment to spend three-hundredand-fifty-thousand Euro per adolescent, per annum to keep them incarcerated at the National Detention Centre in Oberstown, rather than fund initiatives such as Cork Life Centre which has an operating cost of less than 5,000 per student, per annum and a far greater inclusivity. Unquestionably therefore, this is a time when greater numbers of people are correct to question the expenditure of their taxes by an unresponsive government which plainly isn’t listening attentively at all and shows all the short-sightedness that alienates people.

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Government Merging Local Authorities is the Wrong Call for Cork


he implementation of the Smiddy report’s recommendation to merge Cork City and County Councils could seriously jeopardise investment in the entire South West region. The report, which was published last week, has come in for severe criticism from many people including, constituents, local businesses’, analysts and politicians. I have serious concerns about the proposed merger of Cork City and County Councils as recommended by this report. The suggested super structure, which would see the establishment of a Cork Metropolitan Division, a Cork North and East Municipal Division and a Cork West and South Municipal Division is an unnecessary reworking of the existing councils, and has even failed to secure the full support of the 5 member panel set up to examine the proposal. I find it extraordinary that the panel did not take on board the advice of academics in University College Cork who stated that the recommendations are not feasible. A bullish approach, whereby critical voices were ignored rather than engaged with, appears to have been adopted by some members of the panel. This blinkered attitude has resulted in a seriously flawed document, which has the potential to jeopardise the status of Cork city and the future development of the region. I believe in a revised boundary arrangement. As cited by Prof. Keogh and Dr. Reidy, Cork City Council would become one of the largest local authorities in the country with a projection population of 230,000 and Cork County Council would be in the top five in the country in terms of size, supporting a population of 290,000. The City and the County are clearly large enough to maintain their own governance structures into the future. The conclusion of the minority report of Professor Dermot Keogh and Dr. Theresa Reidy puts forward a clear, coherent argument which states that “Cork city needs an independent and autonomous future. It is the second city in the state and it should be empowered to grow and develop in that spirit.” Cork city is integral in driving investment and job creation for the entire region, and the progress that has been made in recent months and years, through the Cork Area Strategic Plan, could be put at risk if the city council is abolished and merged into an overarching authority. The recommendations contained on the Smiddy report need to be thoroughly examined and debated. The merger model is simply not the right decision for Cork as a whole. The current City and County Council model is not working as it should but Minister Alan Kelly should not rush into pressing ahead with an equally flawed replacement. If you would like to discuss this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. Micheál Martin


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Midleton Community news

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

ave you ever wondered what you would do if you came upon an accident or worse again found a member of your family unconscious? Would you know what to do? Would you like to know what to do? Can you use a defibrillator ‘? It is generally recognised that getting to a person in Cardiac arrest within 4 minutes could make a huge difference to them. Only a few classes are needed to teach you to be able to do what is necessary. A series of basic first aid CPR classes are being offered free of charge in order to teach people of Douglas how to deal with such situations. St Luke’s school in Douglas has kindly donated their Canon Packham Hall for training. John Clifford, a Cardiac trainer, has also offered his training expertise free of charge and plans to run a number of courses starting on Tuesday 14th April at 8.30 pm It would be ideal for a number of people from each park to get involved, so get a number of your neighbours interested. We can train you as a team and offer advice on setting up your own group. lf you did one thing this year that could have a profound effect on someone’s life then do this. Even if you don’t want to, come along and see how it’s done, then decide later. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY ! It won’t take long and you could save someone’s life and it will cost you nothing!

Midleton Food & Drink Festival Lovely to see you all at the weekend and huge congrats to the Midleton Chamber and team for a great Food Festival. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Canon Packham Hall Douglas Tuesday 13th October Further details available from: John Clifford at 087 246 2629 Or Ronnie McGinn 086 883 9392

Pictured at the launch of IT@CorkÕs upcoming ÒflyhackflyÓ event at Cork Airport are Fergus Murphy, CEO of Plus10, Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communcations at Cork Airport, Blaine Doyle,, Philip Mngadi,, and Will Martin, The event, a first for an Irish airport, will take place at Cork Airport over two days, 2nd and 3rd October 2015 as part of the Startup Gathering. Registration for the event, which is free, is now open for developers, designers, marketers and at for individuals or teams. Pic: Diane Cusack


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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS By Blackrock Citizens Information Service

Water Conservation Grant Question I registered with Irish Water earlier this year. How do I apply for the Water Conservation Grant? Answer

Every household that registered its principal private dwelling (main home) with Irish Water by 30 June 2015 is eligible for the Water Conservation Grant in 2015. The payment is €100 and will issue from September 2015. Households that registered after 30 June 2015, or have yet to register, are not eligible for the grant in 2015. By the end of September 2015, all eligible households will get a letter from the Department of Social Protection explaining how to apply for the Water Conservation Grant. You cannot apply for it until you have received this letter. When you get your letter, you apply online on You must apply before 8 October 2015. You will need the following information to apply for your Water Conservation Grant: • TIN (Transaction Identification Number) – you will find this number on the letter you received from the Department. • WPRN (Water Point Reference Number) – a number specific to your house, which you will also find on the letter from the Department. • Irish Water account or registration number – you got this when you registered with Irish Water. If you have your own water supply and waste water services, you will have a registration number instead of an account number. Contact Irish Water directly if you cannot find these numbers. • Your PPS number. • Details of the bank or other account into which you want your grant to be paid (BIC, IBAN and account name) – you will find these on recent bank statements. If you do not have internet access or a bank account, you can telephone the Water Conservation Grant Support Team at 1890 100 043 (9am–5pm, Monday to Friday) and they will make arrangements for you. Further information is available from your local tax office and your Local Enterprise Office. Information is also available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

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Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, 2015-16


llr Kieran McCarthy is encouraging Cork students to enter the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, which has been launched for the 2015/ 16 school season. The Project, which is celebrating its thirteenth year allows students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun way. Interested students can pick any topic on Cork’s heritage to research and can participate as individuals, groups or as a class. Students produce a project using primary material such as fieldwork, interviews, making models, DVDs of their area. Co-ordinator and founder of the project, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that “The project is about thinking about, understanding, appreciating and making relevant in today’s society the role of our heritageour landmarks, our oral histories, our scenery in our modern world for upcoming citizens. So the project is about splicing together activity on issues of local history and heritage such as thinking, exploring, observing, thinking, discovering, researching, uncovering, revealing, interpreting and resolving. The Schools’ Heritage Project also focuses on motivating and inspiring young people, giving them an opportunity to develop leadership and self development skills, which are very important in the world we live in today.” The City Edition of the Project is funded by Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council, The Heritage Council, Evening Echo, Lifetime Lab, Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre, Watergrasshill and Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Application forms to enter the project can be viewed on Cllr McCarthy’s heritage website, www. Kieran’ heritage on facebook: Cork: Our City, Our Town

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Brain Teazer Ben Bright was a smart kid. He bet all the other kids in his class that they couldn’t stick a pin in a fully inflated balloon without busting it. He was right, they couldn’t. Each loser had to give him their lunch money and by the end of the day he was quite rich. The other kids insisted that the trick was quite impossible but Ben did it easily. How?

Last Issue’s Answers Last Week’s Teazer Two little boys come out of a movie. “I liked the bit where that dinosaur ate all those cavemen” said one. “Rubbish” replied his friend” it couldn’t do it”. “But that was Tyrannosaurus Rex, the most fearsome reptile in the history of the world! Of course it could eat a few lousy cavemen”, insisted his friend with maddening superiority. Who was right? Last Issue’s Answer: Dinosaurs and cavemen never lived at the same time. So cavemen were never eaten by dinosaurs.


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SPORT Cork City Women’s F.C. Notes by Joseph McSweeney

UCD Waves 4 - Cork City W.F.C. 0 (O’Gorman 8, 49 Duggan 35 Russell 78) Cork City fell to a heavy defeat in Jackson Park after conceding four goals to a UCD Waves team down to ten men. The Leesiders struggled against the Dublin club in Kilternan, conceding two goals in each half as UCD ran out easy winners. The first goal arrived eight minutes into the game when Trish Fennelly was dispossessed inside her area and O’Gorman was on hand to finish from close range. Saoirse Noonan then had two good efforts for the visitors with Caomihe O’Reilly denying her in the first instance and blaring over on the second effort. O’Reilly next saved a Noonan effort after a Ciara Desmond knock-down while Fennelly denied Julie-Ann Russell shot. It wouldn’t be long before Waves doubled their lead after Fennelly failed to gather Russell’s cross and Karen Duggan was on hand to finish. At the beginning of the second half, Susan Hackett was sent off for UCD after bringing down Saoirse Noonan. They weren’t adversely affected however, as moments later – Russell’s low cross was steered home by O’Gorman. O’Gorman was denied completing her hat-trick however by three superb stops in quick succession. The Cork stopper would be beaten once more however, as Russell scored a superb curling effort into the top corner to wrap up the contest for Waves. Julie-Ann Russell had one more exquisite moment late on when her drive from 35 yards crashed off the crossbar but City were able to clear. A tough day at the office for O’Regan’s players, but they’ll now have a few weeks to work on the training ground as their next game will be Sunday the 4th October in Ferrycarraig Park against Wexford Youths in the Shield before their first league game of the season in Kilkenny the following weekend. UCD Waves – Caomihe O’Reilly, Ciara Grant, Niamh Prior, Ali O’Brien, Susan Hackett, Julie Ann Russell, Karen Duggan, Catherine Cronin, Chloe Mustaki, Aine O’Gorman, Orlagh Nolan Substitutions - Emily Cahill, Sarah Clune, Jetta Berrell, Rebekah Carroll, Caroline Thorpe, Dora Gorman Cork City W.F.C. – Trish Fennelly, Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Zoe Murphy, Angie Carry, Stacey Paul, Rebecca Walsh, Barbara O’Connell, Saoirse Noonan, Ciara Desmond, Catherine Cooke Substitutions – Katie McCarthy, Tara O’Gorman, Megan Carroll, Shannon Carson, Chelsea Noonan, Maggie Duncliffe, Megan O’Keeffe Referee – Paula Brady


Above: Douglas GAA Awards

Pat Fogarty, ESB Staff Member, making the presentation of EU 1,500 to Douglas GAA Cork Chairman, Barry O’Donoghue. The ESB is the Official Energy Partner to the GAA and the award is part of the ESB’s Fund whereby ESB staff members nominate a local GAA club that is making a difference in the community. A grand total of EU 30,000 will be awarded to twenty GAA clubs around the country. Picture: Mike English

Raffeen Creek Pitch and Putt Notes by Brendan Hayes

Wed night results Nick Coakley and Richard Jordan won the Nett while Weeshie Murphy and Ger O Sullivan won the Gross.I was out with Syd Venner,all i will say is that he was not good on the night compared to Mick and Richard they played brilliantly and deserved to win the Nett. Well done to the Cork ladies and gents teams that won the adult national intercountys in Douglas over the week end. Final arrangements to be made with Mark O Riordan this week for our bus outing on the 19th Sep to Tipp.

Above: Douglas GAA Award

ESB Official Energy Partner to the GAA, presents Douglas GAA Club in Cork with a cheque for EU 1,500. The prize is part of ESB’s GAA Fund whereby ESB staff members nominate a local GAA club that is making a difference in the community. A grand total of EU 30,000 will be awarded to twenty GAA clubs across the country. Photo shows Pat Fogarty, ESB Staff Member, making the presentation to Barry O’Donoghue, Chairman Douglas GAA. Included are club officials, Pat Harrington, Aidan O’Connor, John Grimes and Donagh Corby and under age players, Diarmaid Desmond, Ben O’Flynn, Dylan O’Hare, Ronan O’Callaghan, David O’Sullivan, John Scanlon and Daniel Coakley. Picture: Mike English

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