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Letter To The Editor

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any news, views or issues you’d like to see covered, write to the Douglas Post, Douglas Community Centre, Church Road, Douglas, Cork or by e-mail to editdouglaspost@gmail. com Please include your name and address and a contact number. Letters may be edited due to space considerations.

Name and Address supplied to the Editor To whom it may concern, a very nice lady I know who doesn’t drive all the time and who is a conscientious and community oriented person who’s lived in Douglas for the past three years was fined €40 recently here in Douglas by an employee of APCOA. She had parked the car she uses one day a week to take her children to the Polish School in the city outside the large locked gate at the bottom of Douglas Community Park opposite the entrance to Tesco at Douglas Village Shopping Centre. She was fined for notionally being on the footpath. When this lady who’d nipped into Douglas Village Shopping Centre Post Office and was away from her car for not longer than five minutes asked why she was being fined, the APCOA employee laughed and said that everybody who parked there was fined. Yet there is no sign up suggesting where the footpath ends or begins and confirming that it’s punishable by fine to have a car parked there even for a minute. My friend’s complaint is not with the fine itself which she paid in full on the same day but with the absence of sufficient signage to alert infrequent visitors and users of Douglas roads and thoroughfares whose first language may not be English despite their contribution to the tax base of our national exchequer and our society. This lady is against cruelty to animals, gets involved in Douglas Tidy Towns and is learning CPR simply to be able to help people who suffer a heart attack when she is close by. She is in no way somebody who “chances their arm” and her experience with the lack of sufficient signage is not an isolated incident. I’ve spoken over the years with visiting drivers who were caught by APCOA personnel in other insufficiently signed areas within Douglas. I’m writing to the Douglas Post to highlight that it’s actually poor commercial practice the company doesn’t indicate where it’s safe to park and where it is impermissible. Otherwise, anyone would be entitled to consider that the street cameras were in place simply to profit APCOA. My thanks to you, all the best.

CHANGING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC. Mr Bob Seward has been named Feb. Cork Person of the Month. For more than 20 years at the Cork Academy of Music, which he founded on the northside of Cork city, he voluntary provided both music education and a pathway to further education and work, often in socially deprived areas. See Bob receive his award on the Cork Person of the Year Facebook. Pictured front l/r Joe Mac, Nominator; Bob Seward, Cork Person of the Month. Rear l/r Manus O'Callaghan, Awards Organiser; George Duggan, Cork Crystal; John Lehane, Lexus Cork; Ann-Marie O'Sullivan, AMO'Sullivan PR; Pat Lemasney, Southern. Pic by Tony O'Connell Photography.

MUNSTER CHAMPIONS - O'Mahony Academy of Irish Dance, Douglas, winners of the Senior Invention Championship. Emily Kelly Steenburgen winner of the Girls Championship Under 14 at the Munster Championships held in Waterford recently.

Charity Shave-a-thon aids Cork Penny Dinners Photo by TOM DOHERTY

The Douglas Post Magazine | Douglas Community Centre, Cork | Ireland Tel: 089 4408242 | Email: | The publishers have made every effort to ensure all information is correct at time of print, however no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. The views expressed in the articles herein are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher of The Douglas Post Magazine. Published by MG Printing.


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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 ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays Mens Shed The Carrigaline Men’s Shed continue to make bird boxes and feeders, timber wheelbarrows and window boxes at the wood workshop on their new site on the Church Road. Another product they have been encouraged to make and decorate is ‘fairy doors’. Work on the development of their site will continue when weather permits. They are still on the lookout for another prefab or container for storage in the short term. Enquiries to Roger Morrissey 0872203547.

St Luke’s Boys First Prize with Old English Market Project Frank K Hanover

St Luke’s B-oy’s School right in the heart of Douglas has achieved a huge accolade by being awarded a 100% for inspiration and hard work in the “Originality and Going-the-Extra-Mile” section of 3rd Year B.Ed in a Church of Ireland College of Education project competition held recently. With St Luke’s winning the competition outright, a Judge praised the inventive project whose theme was the Old English Market seen from the unique and fascinating perspective of the pupils of St Luke’s.

Aifreann Beidh Aifreann Gaeilge á chéiliuradh an Domhanach seo 12ú Márta ar a 10rn agus beidh bileoga Aifrinn ar fáil ag na doirse. Beidh fáilte roimh amhránaithe go dtí an Cór Gaeilge a bheidh ag canadh in áiléar na hEaglaise. Gach eolas ó Aislinn 0879699488. Active Retired 26 members of the Carrigaline Active Retirement Association were on the road again last Thursday March 2nd when they traveled by bus to Collins Barracks for a tour, which they found to be a very interesting trip. It was enjoyed by all; something different for a Thursday afternoon. They are back in the Parish Centre for Line Dancing with Frankie & Cards with Kaye next Thursday March 9th at 2.30pm. Twinning This year promises to be a very busy and exciting year for the Carrigaline Twinning Association. We are busy preparing for the visit of our friends from our twin town in Bavaria for the St. Patrick’s day festivities. We visited Kirchseeon in December and had a wonderful time. The hospitality of our hosts was second to none, and we visited amazing Christmas markets in Munich. We also had the opportunity of visiting Salzburg and were treated to a Mozart walking-tour and another beautiful festive market. Fabulous food and warming gluhwein further enhanced the experience. We were delighted by the spectacle of the Bavarian Perchten. This is a local traditional custom where local men and woman dressed in fabulous costumes as they performed for their annual fundraising. Music, dance and good causes, not unlike the annual straw boys in Carrigaline on St. Stephen’s Day. We then extended an invitation to the Bavarians to visit Carrigaline.

The clarity and inventiveness that characterized the boys’ superb work also came in for special mention especially with the keys that clarified their arresting viewpoint for all onlookers. Further comment highlighted the way the project captured the essence of the Old English Market and isolated specific locations within it with a superb use of maps and stall modeling while also showing wonderful invention to relate information in climactic style with a game sequence. The nature of the practical work between the pupils and their teachers Miss Guinane and Miss Welch showed a serious talent for systems of information delivery and working collaboratively. Clearly, St Luke’s pupils are a highly intelligent group very ably supported by their teachers. We congratulate them heartily and are very happy that they are enhancing Douglas so well.

As a result, a group of 15 Germans, including the Mayor of Kirchseeon, Herr Udo Ockel will arrive on Wednesday 15th March and join us in our celebrations. We are planning four days of fun and friendship and invite everyone to join in. We hope that our guests will receive a warm welcome from residents and businesses in the town. It is a great opportunity to promote Carrigaline as a destination for tourists and all visitors. Plans are well underway for the trip to Guidel in the summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the twinning charter in Brittany in 1987. A group of nearly 40 people, including members of the Carrigdhoun Comhaltas, the Polyphonic Barbershop chorus, and other musicians, dancers and friends will travel from Ringaskiddy to Guidel in June. It promises to be a trip to remember. Watch out here for more updates and follow the Carrigaline Twinning Association Facebook page. We are running a competition in conjunction with the Abbey restaurant to mark the upcoming visit so follow our page for an opportunity to win a voucher for the Abbey. Poster Competition It is the time of year again when Tidy Towns committee visit all the schools of the Parish promoting the annual poster competitions. Contact Maura 0868670222.


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Richard Twomey; Beloved Hero, Blacksmith and Volunteer Frank K Hanover and Richard Twomey's Grandson Donal

A descendant of Richard Twomey Blacksmith and Volunteer in the War of Independence of Carrigadrohid and Macroom rather wonderfully wrote a piece on their Grandfather and presented it to the Douglas Post this week. It tells a compelling narrative of bygone times that nonetheless has significant resonance for us today. Donal's Grandfather Richard Twomey joined the British Army in the Great War and endured great privations that he never discussed with family members; a characteristic he held in common with millions who'd seen unspeakable horrors between 1914 and 1918. He became known to many of his friends and comrades during this period as Dickson Twomey and he was clearly an admired soldier held in high esteem following training at a barracks in Taunton, Somerset. He joined an Indian regiment and worked as a farrier on the continent in the last war to have made prolific use of horses as military power.

CORK'S LOCAL HISTORY CHAMPION HONOURED. Kieran McCarthy has been named January Cork Person of the Month to mark his work in promoting Cork's local history and heritage over the years. Pictured at the award presentation this week l/r Manus O'Callaghan, Awards Organiser; John Lehane, Lexus Cork; Ann-Marie O'Sullivan, AMO'Sullivan PR; Kieran McCarthy, Cork Person of Month; George Duggan, Cork Crystal ; Pat Lemasney, Southern. Pic by Tony O'Connell Photography.

Richard Twomey was married by the time he trained for the British military and although assumed to be relatively happy prior to the engagement of battle in his military service must have surely missed his wife and their first-born child Pansy. He wrote to her and asked her to join him at Minehead in Somerset where he was then billeted. It was a happy time for the young family until her father passed away at which point she returned to Macroom where she hailed from. At war's end the Allies staged an Olympiad at Paris, France which Richard Twomey performed at. He won the overall high jump competition and was clearly a remarkable athlete to have done so. He returned home in 1918 with a black leather belt festooned with no fewer than 12 commemorative medals a family heirloom that's priceless. Once returned, Richard Twomey suddenly found himself in a scenario where having fought for the British on the continent he was now motivated to give his service against the Tans and the Auxiliaries many of whom had also served the Army during the Great War. By now the family had extended to three children; Pansy, John and Richie while Mauny was on the way. At about this time Richard Twomey was imprisoned by the dwindling Empire in Cork which had the effect of delaying the registration of Mauny's birth three months after she'd been born. The Registrar at Macroom told the young parents that he'd put her date-of-birth as July 17th and the only effect of this would be that she'd be three months late to receive her pension. As for Richard Twomey, he worked the forge as the Blacksmith beside the great house until his death many years later. A regard of the image you see here effortlessly fascinates for Richard Twomey is shown as a quietly heroic and private man who was a beloved father and husband, a friend and comrade and yet who lived through the most dramatic epoch in the country's history. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Richard 'Dickson' Twomey's Grandson Donal without whose effort we couldn't have brought Douglas Post readers this amazing life history.

Celebrating 25 years of great neighbours Angela Walsh, Ann Hegarty, Brid Hegarty, Theresa Mc Sweeney, Carmel Slattery, Missing from Photograph Betty Mc Carthy and Kay Hegarty. Here's to another 25 years.

Interesting Fact!


Golf: the only sport played on the moon - on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.

Thanks to Heineken. Douglas man Ian Collins wins an all-inclusive trip to Edinburgh for the European Rugby Champions Cup Final. With Joe Molloy, Jarlath Regan & David Wallace.

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Niamh’s Design is All About Function and Aesthetics Frank K Hanover

Niamh Lynch of Niamh Lynch Design (niamhlynchdesign. com) is a refreshingly bright designer with her focus clearly on the light and space of style, architecture and design. Her twelve years in design have been spent with such luminaries of international design as Miriam Peters and Helen Turkington in Dublin and designers Terence Conran and his son Jasper at the Conran Shop in London. Niamh has long exceeded her initial training in both residential and commercial design and architecture at St John’s here in the city. Her work is identified by a keenly developed sense of design that’s about purpose, authenticity and unique character. It’s inevitable that from working with leaders in international interior design and architecture that Niamh would eventually step out on her own with a distinctive style that identifies her qualities and ideas. This is going well. Niamh, “With my new company we’ve carried out a number of assignments; some commercial and some domestic. At Glasheen, a job on a kitchen and a den extended into the hallway, the stairs and landing. This extended after consultation with the owners into the further design of two bedrooms and a dining/sitting room. A recent completion is Garvan Lynch’s Pharmacy in

Broadale in Douglas which works very well as a commercial project.” So things are busy and Niamh’s natural energy and desire to work on projects is keen. Niamh Lynch Design sensitively and stylistically undertakes everything from refurbishments to modification with an eye on future detailing. Ireland has been transformed by interior and commercial design over the past two decades and with Niamh’s bright, light and intelligently conscientious approach she’s right to anticipate a busy time in Douglas environs. A look at her website is as instructive as it is aesthetically pleasing so I asked how she views her practice and philosophy. “I hope that what sets me apart is the experience I’ve acquired alongside the fact that my company seeks to bring to Cork a huge variety of distinctive and fake-free knowledge and ideas. We’re not here just to spend all the client’s money.” The possibilities of Niamh’s approach are as endless as they are highly informed and given that design is about guidance primarily, she inspires an absolute confidence. Pay her site a visit and get in touch by email at info@ or give her a call on 083 801 6320. Nobody is better. 083 801 6320 Issue 1310

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The Art of Transforming Yourself at Lynda’s Slimming World Group Frank K Hanover

Award Ceremonies for Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2017 to take place The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 201617 will come to its conclusion over two evenings in March. The award ceremony for County Cork schools takes place on Wednesday 15 March whilst the ceremony for City schools is on Monday 20 March (7pm start both evenings, Silversprings Convention Centre). Founded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, the year 2017 marks the fourteenth year of the award ceremonies for best local history projects submitted into the project. The Project is open to schools in Cork; at primary level to the pupils of fourth, fifth and sixth class and at post-primary from first to sixth years. A total of 20 schools in Cork City and 18 in Cork County took part in the 2017 Project. Approx 150 projects were submitted on all aspects of Cork’s history with 900 students participating between individuals, group and class entries. The project in the city is kindly funded by Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council and the Heritage Council. In the 2017 season prizes will also be provided by Learnit Lego Education, Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre Watergrasshill, and the Lifetime Lab. The project in the County is funded by students and Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Commenting, co-ordinator of the project, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that one of the key aims of the project is to allow students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun way. “Every year we get really creative projects, which take on the many complex stories of Cork and its region. The Project is all about building awareness on the many sides of development of an ancient port city region such as Cork. The project attempts to provide the student with a hands-on and interactive activity that is all about learning not only about your local area but also about the process of learning by participating students”. Continuing, Cllr McCarthy highlighted that the Schools’ Heritage Project also focuses on motivating and inspiring young people. “Every year as well many teachers, parents and extended family are involved in assisting students in their work – by offering their own story or helping with fieldwork and creative methods such as model and short film making. It is estimated that apart from the 800 students involved directly with projects, a further 4,000-5,000 people every year are also involved indirectly with the projects that are taken on”. A list of winning projects can be viewed at Kieran’s heritage website

Lynda Deady joined a Slimming World group a little more than two years ago and lost five stone in not much more than ten months. She’d tried many weight loss programmes over the years but none of them provided her with what she needed to reduce her weight to her own targeted preference. It’ll surprise nobody that there are many yo-yo programmes in the slimming-weight loss universe so when one regards Lynda’s before and after transformation in the photographs shown here one immediately wants to know how Slimming World works where other ideas fail. As I speak with Lynda, who is the picture of health, it emerges precisely why Slimming World groups work. Whether you’re a man or a woman –there are always five or six men who join Lynda’s group- the groups that Lynda runs on Thursday at 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Church Hall behind Frankfield Church and also at 5.30 and 7.30pm in Wilton on Tuesday are achieving the best results because of how the fifty members who join each group run by Lynda are mutually supportive of each other. Add to this the fact that the philosophy of free foods or unlimited foods that are prepared in the way that our grandmothers used to prepare them and it becomes logical that over a period you will lose weight whether your physiology is that of a woman or a man. Lynda, “Your appetite is the decision maker with free foods. With the back-to-basics style of food preparation we’re into freshness and simplicity.” A typical Slimming World meal won’t deny the slimmer a typically delicious meal of steak, potatoes and one or two or even three vegetables. Nothing comes from a jar or canister which requires a chemistry degree to interpret. When you arrive at Lynda’s Slimming World groups there’s a half hour talk given followed by an individual yet group therapy situation where each member gives and receives support from every other slimmer. This encouragement is vital. You’ll spend €18 to join and a weekly session will set you back a mere €9. You’ll decide your target weight and be in the very best place to achieve it. Losing weight is excellent because you’ll spare yourself sadness, depression, obesity and everything relating to health and well being that denying yourself your optimal weight messes up. Because there are vouchers issued across media that offer money off at Slimming World, there’s never been a better time to take yourself in hand and transform your life, your appearance and your self-image by joining one of Lynda’s groups. You can get in touch on 087 127 2111. // Kieran’ Heritage on Facebook: Cork: Our City, Our Town


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Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Email to – Douglas St. Patrick's Day Parade Marie Piper and the whole Events Team at DCA are gearing up for a more exciting than ever St. Patrick's Day Parade on this, their fifth year. There is so much detailed planning and organization of this parade in making sure that everything works like clockwork on the day and that each and every group gets maximum exposure and enjoyment from the event. The parade will start at 2pm on Friday 17th from St. Columba's Girls' School and all participating groups must be at the school by 1.15 to take up their places, helped by our stewards. Leading the parade will be our local St. Patrick, Aidan McSweeney, followed by the wonderful Castlelyons Pipe Band marching in their kilts. Vintage cars, tractors, and motor bikes, all beautifully restored and polished up for the event, will join the parade, and many local groups will participate; from school pupils, to those in sport, dance, martial arts, drama, keep-fit, etc. For sure the best of Douglas will be on show! After leaving the Douglas N.S., the parade will turn right onto Church Road, pass the park, go under the 'bow-wow' bridge and turn left onto Douglas Lawn, then left again onto Tramway Terrace, through Douglas East onto St. Columba's Terrace, turning left onto Douglas West and back to the park. There will be plenty of stalls set up at the park serving hot drinks, hot food, cakes, etc. and a variety of stalls selling their wares for anyone looking out for a bargain. One thing missing that Marie would like to see included, is a couple of floats, so if there are any visionary, artistic people with a theme (or groups) out there who could put together a float, it would really add to the drama and colour. It's never too late!!! Douglas Pre-School and Playgroup Wheelathon - an account of one mom! Friday 17th of February saw the WHEELATHON with Douglas Community Pre-School. The rain held off allowing the children a chance to partake in the sponsored drive. It was a great sight to see and passersby stopped to look at the array of bikes and scooters as they made their way around the park. The parents of the children were in attendance and enjoyed the impromptu exercise. It was a fun event and carefully planned by the teachers, with lollipop signs in use to direct the children. There will be


an open session for enrolments 2017/2018 on Friday 31st March 12.45-1.15pm but we will do our best to accommodate viewing any time by appointment. With Easter just around the corner don’t miss the opportunity for your child to attend Douglas Community Pre-School from the 18th of April. If you have any queries you can phone Catherine on 0861217161. Tidy Towns - Colourful Spring Planting Our Tidy Towns' spring planting initiative in the public spaces around Douglas has really been taken to another level with all the containers now planted with a riot of colourful primulas and flowering shrubs. Also our daffodils planted last year are blooming beautifully right now! The primulas planted by the late TT volunteer, Donal Dempsey, are flowering beautifully along the Grange Road, what a lovely legacy! Tidy Towns volunteers meet every Saturday morning from 10.30 to noon at the community park, everyone is welcome to join in, picks and litter bags are provided and you will be in the best of company! So do come along, even for an hour if you are free and our gallant group. Thanks Tidy Towns volunteers for your dedication and hard work in lifting our spirits! Cork Flower Club Night Cork Flower Club will hold their Club night on Tuesday 21st March at 8 pm at Canon Packham Hall when Con Kelleher, who is a landscaper and garden maintenance expert, will be giving a talk. There will be the usual cuppa and snack afterwards. Entry is €5 for non members, all are welcome. A Tribute to Owen O'Callaghan The untimely death of Owen O'Callaghan in January came as a great shock to his family. The news of his death also stirred a deep emotional reaction from many Corkonians who held him in great affection as nobody could ever match his contribution to our city’s landscape. At Centra in Rochestown, staff were genuinely moved to tears at his passing as he likened the shop to 'a community centre' such was the welcome he always got there. Coming up to Christmas he’d helped Shelagh, his wife, to place festive flower arrangements in the local St. Patrick's Church, his son Brian having made The Douglas Post

beautiful wooden lanterns for the main aisle, ready to be adorned with flowers. As a family, the O’Callaghan’s are communityminded people, happy to enhance the lives of others being genuinely caring, generous and unassumingly modest. A big man physically, Owen was a man with big dreams. Putting roofs over people's heads was his great ambition. There are few Corkonians who don't appreciate the huge construction projects he took on such as Mahon Point and Opera Lane. The Mahon Point project brought major retail brands including the Omniplex cinema which has brought movie-going back to Cork. There was even a skating rink. It’s is a great recreation area for families and no matter the weather, queues of cars take to the road to avail of the facilities. The Opera Lane project in the centre of Cork city, transformed a dark, dilapidated street of buildings running from the centre of Patrick Street to Emmet Place into a light, airy, glazed development where many top fashion stores have located. Herculean in vision, Owen was also responsible for building major shopping centres such as Merchant's Quay, Paul Street, and North Main St. and recently Lancaster Gate on the Western Road. He also redeveloped the Douglas Village Shopping Centre giving Douglas shoppers a most enjoyable and comfortable shopping experience. Starting in 1969 as a Quantity Surveyor, he employed a loyal, core professional team over 48 years and created huge employment in the construction industry throughout those years, as well as big numbers of retail employment in all the businesses centres he, and his team, created. You just can't separate Owen O'Callaghan from Cork. He loved Cork and worked tirelessly to serve its people. One colleague said of him, 'He was everything he shouldn’t have been as a successful developer. They’re expected to be ruthless and mean but he was always gentlemanly, courteous and generous with his time and advice, he was loyal to his team once they’d proven a trust and he loved Cork.' His legacy will live on in the city he loved so well. Helen Fox Issue 1310

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Drug Free World Project is Cutting Edge Frank K Hanover

Already well-established in Dublin, Sligo and Limerick and backed by a highly successful American experience of positive outcome, Drug Free World is now being established in Cork City and County by local Addiction Counsellor and Community worker: Mr Brian Mc Donagh who has a B.A Hons Degree in higher addiction studies. With Ms Mary O’ Regan a community worker with young people, both are activists in the awareness and education and prevention of substance abuse in the Community. Mr McDonagh who has worked in addiction and homelessness in the past with Limerick City Council has been working within the homeless sector in Cork City for the past 15 years. Having been at the forefront of homelessness and substance abuse, he is well aware of the destruction and mayhem caused to young people and families through substance abuse and misuse in the communities around Ireland. Supported by a portmanteau of educational DVD, literature, in-school and in-house dialogue and a vast professional experience, Brian’s support of the Drug Free World approach –which coincidentally considers the entire array of harmful chemical dependencies including alcohol- is gleaning success because as he puts it, “The ethos with Drug Free World is to see the crucial importance of placing children centrally in the school situation for example, as exemplars. Without that, the outcomes couldn’t be as successful as they are.” The Drug Free World approach impresses because of its being genuinely empowering and interactive. Brian and Mary are heavily engaged introducing The Truth about Drugs and Drugs Free World Programme to the Department of Education, Local Community Groups, the Gardai Youth Organizations, Schools, and Colleges and local representatives.

Cork City Synthetic Drug Booklet Distribution – Last week in March: Volunteers needed, to distribute 35,000 booklets in one day to bring awareness up and slow the mayhem with Synthetic Drugs in Cork City. Drugs Free World will be at the Mind, Body and Spirit EXPO at RDS Dublin between March 17th-19th Education is the key to the success of any person or pursuit in life, so the more you know the better you can control things in that area. This also goes for the subject of life and illegal Drugs. Drugs and dependency are never a solution to life’s problems. You can contact Brian at for Cork city or Jerry Alred; Coordinator for Foundation for a Drugs Free World at

The package of educational aids issued by Drug Free World is offered at no cost. A boxed leaflet library on the harmful effects of all narcotics including synthetics such as head shop bath salts, salvia and so on, a DVD; ‘The Truth about Drugs’ and an almost encyclopedic as well as helpful ‘The Truth About Drugs’ Educators manual. Nothing is achieved without the active participation of people claiming control over their relationship to harmful or addictive drugs and Drug Free World has obviously been set up along pragmatic as well as compassionate lines. It’s a humane and brilliant new approach to a massive social ill and it’s one whose time has surely arrived if our political representatives aren’t fast asleep. Drugs free world is a decades-long fight to alleviate the human misery and economic consequences associated with drug abuse. It has led to one of the most successful, privately funded and promoted anti-drug crusades in the world- one focused on the prevention of drug use. These efforts towards a drug free world have being built from the ground up to partner with local police, educators, and government to bring “The Truth about Drugs” to those facing temptation. To assist this the National Affairs Office of Ireland is designed to engender collaboration with groups and individuals who share the goal of a drug free Ireland. These are the upcoming events in different areas of Ireland utilising Drugs Free world materials:


Grandparents Day at Scoil Naomh Iosaf. Attending the Day Marie Piper Gregan, Jensen Marah, Charlie Dean, Luke Fowler, Teacher Miss Galvin, Olive Lennen Mary Breacan, Sean Breacan. A great day was had by all.

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Poetry Ronnie McGinn’s


There are many forms of poetry in which the visual element is part of the poem’s art. The typographical arrangement of letters and words on the page are as much a part of the poem’s essence as the more traditional poetic techniques such as prosody, meter, image and so on. Most important of all, poetry is a community connector. This is particularly evident in this week’s mindtingling poem from Emma Meade. Emma is currently living in Galway. She received a BA in English and History from University College Cork.

The Princess She smiled and the room was ablaze

WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS Douglas Writers Group - Frankfield House - Friday 10th March at 5.30pm Ballinlough Writers - Ballinlough Community Centre Fri 17th March at 5.30pm Ballincollig Writers – The White Horse - Monday 20th March at 7.30pm Mallow Poetry Group – Mallow Library - Tuesday 21st March at 12.30pm Frankfield House – Around the Fireside – Tues 21st March from 8.30pm Bishopstown Writers- Bishopstown Library Thurs 23rd March at 6.15pm Midleton Writers – “My Place” Midleton Thurs 6th April at 7.30pm 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)4320042. Ó Bhéal – Open mic every Mon at The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street

Chinks of crackling radiant fire Her tongue tasted of white gold

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She probed, teased. Her body winked.

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A caress for each goose bump The voice sharpened, the teeth flashed Ashes now drowning the light Her body a crematorium She just – Fell. Emma Meade

Send your poem to ‘The Poetry Corner’ /Douglas Post, Douglas Community Centre, Church Road, Douglas, or you can email it direct to 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


Denis Coffey and Michael Gallagher at Omagh ahead of the publication of Denis' article on why Omagh must be remembered.

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Learn basic CPR and & Save a life!

Ask your Pharmacist

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you found a member of your family unconscious? Would you know what to do? Can you use a Defibrillator?

with Garvan J. Lynch

Getting over a cold Because this affliction is still with us; Being sick with a cold virus for a week or two doesn't mean you have to be miserable. These remedies may help: • Fluids — Drink plenty of liquids. Water, juice, clear broth, or warm water with lemon juice and honey can help loosen congestion. • Saltwater gargle — To relieve a sore or scratchy throat, gargle with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. • Saline nasal drops and sprays — These non-prescription products combat stuffiness and congestion. Unlike nasal decongestants, saline drops and sprays used over the long term don’t cause symptoms to get worse once use is discontinued (rebound effect). • Nasal decongestants — Limiting use of nasal decongestant products to no more than three consecutive days generally provides symptom relief without the rebound effect. • Chicken soup — The soothing qualities of a steaming bowl of soup may be due to its possible mucus-thinning and anti-inflammatory effects.

The sooner you get to a person in Cardiac Arrest the better chance they have. Only a few classes are needed to teach you what to do if necessary. A series of basic CPR classes are being offered free of charge to train people how to deal with such situations. St Luke’s Community in Douglas have kindly donated their Canon Packham Hall for the training. A number of trainers offer their services free-of-charge. These include John Clifford, Rory Conlon, Ronnie McGinn, Maurice Hennessy and Aoife Keohane. 6.45pm for Beginners 8.00pm for Regulars The 8pm class includes role plays and is open to anyone with relevant experience. If you do one thing this year that could have a profound effect on someone’s life, then do this. N0 EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Canon Packham Hall, Douglas. Tuesday 14th March Further details available from: John Clifford at 087 246 2629 Or Ronnie McGinn 086 883 9392

What doesn't work? Worth noting are antibiotics, which destroy bacteria, but are no help against cold viruses. As for zinc, a recent analysis had mixed results and stopped short of recommending it until more research is done. These days, taking care of yourself is a necessity of life. We make it our mission to provide practical, easy-to-understand information on topics of interest to people like you! If you have a question, contact Garvan at Lynch’s Pharmacy, Douglas on 021-4366923, or email

Interesting Fact! There are at least six universal facial expressions. They are: happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, anger and surprise.

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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 ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays The Community Centre is the hub of advice and usefulness in Mahon. Micheal Martin TD holds a clinic on Mondays from 11am to 12 noon. Cllr. Nicholas O' Keeffe arrives to advise on Wednesdays from 1.15pm to 2pm. Senator Jerry Buttimer comes to Avenue Des Rennes on Fridays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Keep these times in mind. Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, Ny. “wait For Me Daddy,” By Claude P. Dettloff In New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940.

Introduce your children to the Shotokan Karate Club. "Karate lessons are a great option for your children to learn exceptional life skills that will keep them physically, mentally & emotionally fit. Learning Karate from a young age can help children to develop good behaviour. Kids will learn to be more disciplined & determined." The benefits are enormous in respect of confidence, leadership, physical fitness and health awareness, a positive mental attitude, inccreased focus, improved balance and co-ordination. Class Details: JKS CORK, Mahon Community Centre, Avenue de Rennes, Blackrock, Cork. Mondays/Wednesdays: 5pm (Kids) & 6pm (Teens & Adults). Your instructor is Bobby George (Blackbelt Shodan) and you can reach out to him at 0894583876, email: Examiner: Sensei Dermot O' Keeffe (6th Dan), Head, JKS Ireland and new members are always welcome. Are you interested in bowling?

Austrian Boy’s Moment Of Pure Happiness After Receiving New Shoes During WWII.

Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932.

New members are definitely welcome. Mahon Indoor Bowling Club - is a friendly group of men and women of mixed ages and abilities who meet in Mahon Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons (2.30 - 4.30pm) and Friday evenings (7.00 - 9.00pm). Please call Rose (021)4357372, or Kay (021) 4357196, or Mary (021)4537298. Girl Guides are on at 5.15pm on Thursday at Mahon Community Centre. New members are always welcome. For more information call over to the Centre. A warm welcome awaits you. Bingo - Tuesday night at Mahon Community Centre. Books go on sale from 7:00pm. Bingo starts at 8:00pm sharp. Fitness Classes - Full Body Workout, Guaranteed Results. Every Monday at 10am. At Mahon Community Centre. 5 euro per class. All levels of fitness welcome. Contact Noel Quinn 0877558970.

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Cork Blademasters meet every Thursday night from 8pm to 10pm and Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Mahon Community Centre. New members are always welcome. This is a very enjoyable sport and we recommend you visit the Community Centre on Thursday nights and Monday evenings to see for yourself. A warm welcome awaits you. Drama Club at Mahon Community Centre. This is Mahon's newest kids club. Fun and games are guaranteed. It is on from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesdays. The club is for kids from the age of 7 to 12. The price of the of the Drama Club is €2 per class. The class is being held by Linda O' Sullivan. Contact number: 085-1258628. All are welcome.

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Domestic violence

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My partner has been violent towards me and my children. What can I do to stop him and protect my family?


If you are concerned about violence in your home, you can contact the GardaĂ­, who are specially trained to deal with these situations and can offer advice and information. Under the Domestic Violence Act 1996, where there is an order in place, GardaĂ­ have the power to arrest and prosecute a violent family member. Under the law there are two main kinds of protection available, a safety order and a barring order. A safety order is an order of the court which prohibits the violent person with whom you are living from further violence or threats of violence. It does not oblige the person to leave the family home. You can also get a safety order against a person with whom you have had a child even if you are no longer living with or have never lived with the person. It prohibits them from watching or being near your home. A safety order can last up to 5 years. A barring order is an order which requires the person to leave the family home. If you are not married or in a civil partnership, you can get a barring order against a violent partner if you have been living together in an intimate and committed relationship for 6 out of the previous 9 months and your partner does not own most or all of the house you are living in. A barring order can last up to 3 years. Both types of order can be renewed by applying for a further order before the previous one has expired. Others living together can also apply for protection. For example, a parent can apply for protection against domestic violence by their own child if the child is over 18. To get a barring order or a safety order you must apply to the District Court. While you are waiting for the court to hear your application, the court can give you an immediate order, called a protection order. The protection order has the same effect as a safety order. In exceptional circumstances the court can grant an interim barring order. This is an immediate order, requiring the violent person to leave the family home.

In spite of our dreams it's still very much greenhouse weather. We'll try to give you a few ideas on what might need doing. Now not everything in this article may apply to you or to your garden - but there might be something, if not this week maybe next week. Flower Garden Prune Eucalyptus gunnil hard to ensure plenty of young foliage. Plant out autumn-sown sweet peas. Sow hardy annuals where they are to grow. Kitchen garden Dig up remaining leeks and parsnips, and heel in elsewhere to make room for Cultivation. Check blackcurrants for bigbud; pick off any found and destroy them. Continue planting onions sets. Sow early beetroot and turnip varieties in a warm spot. Sow carrots in the open or under cloches. Sow early leeks in a nursery bed. Lawns & Hedges Clip deciduous hedges to shape, pruning them hard back if necessary. Greenhouse Plant tomatoes, peppers and aubergines in a heated greenhouse. Sow parsley, chives and annual herbs in small pots for planting out next month. Harden off early vegetables and hardy annual plants started under glass. Sow halfhardy annuals such as asters, Daffodils dahlias and zinnias in a cold frame. Pot or box up dahlia tubers and start them into growth in a cold frame. Take cuttings from dahlias started earlier in heat. Spray grape vine buds occasionally with warm water to induce growth, but keep dry when flowers open. Topdress large container plants, replacing top 5cm (2in) with fresh compost. Order growing bags and lay in the greenhouse to warm up before use. Water Garden Continue new marginal and bog garden plantings. In General Plant tomatoes, peppers and aubergines in a heated greenhouse. Bring bags of compost into the greenhouse to warm up before use.

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Brain Teazer Ali ben-Ibrahim was a salt dealer, every day he went to the market with two huge sacks of salt tied to his donkey. One hot day, as they passed along the banks of the Tigris River, the donkey broke free from Ali and plunged into the cool water. When the salt-seller finally got the beast to leave the river, it immediately noticed that much of the salt had dissolved was therefore considerably lighter. After that, no matter how hard Ali tried, he could not prevent the donkey from diving into the river and ruining its load of salt. But when it came to lateral thinking Ali himself was no slouch. One day he loaded up the donkey and, as usual, the animal plunged into the river. Then it learned its lesson and never tried that trick again. What had Ali done?

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Ballinlough 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 ensure publication your entry should reach us before 5 PM on Mondays Ballinlough Garda Forum A very successful Forum was held last Wednesday 1st February in the Community Centre and was well attended. Gardaí were represented by Sgt Stewart Philpott Garda Marie O’Neill, Blackrock and Garda Michael Golden, Douglas. The meeting was chaired by Cllr Terry Shannon Chairperson of Ballinlough Community Association. Issues discussed were parking on yellow lines on the Ballinlough Road by Joup and at the corners in Oakfield Lawn also illegal parking on match days. Dog fouling on the road and Beaumount Quarry, parking at Mass times, funerals and weddings which cause buses having a problem getting through and cyclists on footpaths especially on the path between Bellair and Bernadette way. The meeting was followed by tea and beautiful cakes. Thanks to Lil Downey. Next meeting in May - date will be announced. Olde Ballinlough Faery Trail Again there has been serious damage to the faery trail. A small voluntary group of six mums & two hard working students were devastated to see their hard work destroyed. Most of the children in the community have put their heart and soul into creating this beautiful amenity and it is so upsetting for the smaller children. They are appealing to their faery friends to be vigilant and report any sighting to the gardai who are a great support and have launched an official investigation into this criminal damage. They would also like to thank everyone for their continuous support and confirmed they will always be striving to keep the trail at its best. Date for your Diary A.G.M. of Ballinlough Community Association Tuesday 18th April at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. Bingo Every Friday night 8.00pm in the Community Centre. 45 Drive Every Thursday night at 9.00pm in the Community Centre.

Interesting Facts 85% of plant life is found in the ocean. & A duck can’t walk without bobbing its head!

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Young at Heart with Phil Goodman

As we grow older we can find new opportunities to celebrate, to branch out and learn something new and encourage everyone to reach their full potential as they age. Our aim is to turn the period from age 50 onwards into one of the most satisfying times in people lives. Whether you want to get more active or learn new skills to help you develop personally we have a programme for you. We all need someone to believe in us whatever age and whatever station in life we’re at. Growing older doesn’t have to mean bowing out and it’s never too late to try something new. Retirement has to be a time of action; gone are the days when you can sit idly by and expect to remain fit and healthy. Physical activity is so important for our health and well being that we look to the benefits of different activities that Young at Heart has put in place such as Tai Chi, Indoor bowling, Kurling, Computer classes, Bingo, trips to the theatre, talks on health issues, social outings, the dancing competition and so on.

the community of Douglas. Books can be purchased at the Post Office in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, SuperValu Grange, Togher and Glanmire and Centra in Douglas Village. The price is £10.

I hope by now you will have picked up a copy of the Young at Heart Inter-Generational Cook Book which was launched by PJ Coogan in St Columba’s Hall. It’s a collection of favourite recipes from students of both Primary and Secondary schools, service users from Cope Foundation, Brothers of Charity, Rehab Care and Cork Association for Autism. Recipes have also been supplied by Lord Mayor of Cork Des Cahill, County Mayor Seamus McGrath, Professor Donal O Shea; Endocrinologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Broadcaster PJ Coogan and Evening Echo Features Editor Elaine Duggan. The recipes will sit side-by-side with longtreasured recipes handed down through the generations and shared by members of Young at Heart. We’d sincerely like to thank Douglas Credit Union for their generous sponsorship of this publication and SuperValu Grange for providing the catering. It is very much appreciated from

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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


WE have a fundraising concert for Marymount on 31st March in St Columba’s Church. Performing will be Tenor Dan Twomey and Regina Mundi College Choir as well as others. Tickets are £15 and can be had from the Parish office, the Info desk at Douglas Village Shopping Centre or you can contact me on 0872987161. Our next trip is to Kilkenny for 3 nights on March 20th. We’ll visit the Castle, Smithwicks Brewery and Mount Juliet for lunch. We visit Edinburgh between June 28th to July 2nd with trips to Loch Loman, Edinburgh Castle and the world famous Brewery. If anyone would like to join us, let me know. Monday: Members teach basic knitting skills to 3rd Class Girls at St Columba’s Tuesday: Knitting ,Crochet 2-4pm Parish Hall Wednesday: Bingo 2.30pm Parish Church Hall Level 3 computer classes Kurling 11am -12.30pm GAA Hall Thursday: Tai Chi in the Library 11am-12pm Indoor bowls St Columba’s Boys School Friday: Teach basic sewing skills to 3rd Class Boys in St Columba’s

The Miracle prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God; Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity (Mention your request here) There are none that can withstand your power. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times) Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times) Amen. AOS This prayer is never known to fail and is to be said for 3 consecutive days. Publication on granting of the favour must be promised and done.

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SPORT Raffeen Creek Pitch and Putt with Brendan Hayes

A mixed weekend for the club with our Seniors on a free weekend, it was up to the juniors to find a venue for their game versus Collins B, luckily Bishopstown were able to host the competition and we ran out winners by a 5/4 margin. Our Inters were beaten by the same score line 4/5 out in Rocklodge we will blame the weather for that. Our own course was closed for the weekend. Meeting Thursday night 7,30pm in clubhouse

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Fermoy -, Kilshannig - Not Played; St Kevins - St Peters - Not Played; Granard Gaels - Ballycastle Gaels - Not Played; Knocknagree - Sliabh Luachra Gaels - Not Played; Killavullen -St Dominics - Not Played;

Ramblers Set their Sights on Shelbourne Scalp Cobh Ramblers go into Saturday's game with Shelbourne on the back of last weekend's superb 3-1 win away to Longford Town. It was Ramblers' first win of the season following the opening day draw with Wexford Youths at St Colman's Park, and boss Stephen Henderson was delighted with the result. "The lads were fantastic, the back four, the middle three, the front three, Paul Hunt in goal, they were all brilliant. "After the match I walked into the dressing room area and heard a row, I thought it might have been the Longford team but it was our lads, they were that disappointed at conceding a late goal! Which shows you the passion of this group of players." Karl Caulfield was one of Henderson's signings over the close season, the midfielder arriving from Avondale United. Caulfield opened the scoring against Longford on Saturday night, and Henderson is delighted with how he's settling in. "He was fantastic. He set us on the way with a cracking goal out of nowhere. He curled it in from 25 yards, and he deserved it, it capped off a cracking performance. Karl and Kaka (Christopher McCarthy) and Craig Donnellan were immense in the middle of the park." Shelbourne by contrast go into the game hot on the heels of a 4-0 defeat to UCD, however Henderson is expecting a backlash from Owen Heary's side on Saturday afternoon. "People were surprised that UCD beat them, but I wasn't, UCD have the pick of some of the best players in the country so they're always going to be a good side. The four-nil scoreline is what I was surprised at, so Shelbourne are going to be looking for a reaction. "But that's fine, as long as we do our jobs we'll be ok. Shelbourne are still definitely one of the favourites for the Issue 1310

league title. It was a poor game they had last weekend, and they'll come down to St Colman's Park and try to rectify that. We look forward to that challenge. For us, I don't want to replicate the performance level from the Longford game, I want to go one better. We have to look at it and say, 'that's a fabulous performance, but how can we improve on it?'" "We're going to be a good side this year in a league full of good sides. We have set our standards, but what I want to know is can we improve on that week on week over the course of the season? We're not going to rest on our laurels, we still have work to do." Ross Mann and Jason Abbott both missed the win over Longford due to illness, but are in contention to return to the team this weekend. Ryan Hogan (back), Cian Kingston (hamstring) and Darren Murphy (ankle) will miss Saturday's game. Matthew Whelan has returned from America and is available for selection. Injuries : Ryan Hogan (back), Cian Kingston (hamstring), Darren Murphy (ankle). There are no suspensions. Rambler's League form (last game first) : W D.

Comhaltas na Dúglaise

10 Comhaltas na Dúglaise members played traditional music for a visiting Gaelic football team from Quimper, Brittany last Saturday. The visitors hosted by Douglas GAA played a friendly game of football against a Douglas selection. In the Clubhouse they were treated to hospitality, exchanged gifts and enjoyed the music. Comhaltas na Dúglaise have no classes this week because of Mid Term.

Carmel Lonergan, General Manager Cork International Hotel, main sponsors, presenting the February Southside and District Sports Award to Daniel Pender, UCC Soccer Team, winners of the Collingwood Cup. Included are Cllr. Joe Harris, Deputising for County Mayor, Tanya O'Sullivan, Sales Executive Red FM, media sponsors, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, Deputy Lord Mayor and Gerald McCarthy, Gerald McCarthy Awards and Gifts, award sponsor. Picture: Mike English

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