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

The case for Irexit Dear Sir,

recipients of both the UK and Irish Old Age Pensions will note the recent UK increase is twice the percentage of the paltry Irish increase. Who said Brexit would make people less well off? Ireland is a nett contributor to the EU and when the UK leaves the Union, Ireland will be forced to pay more. That’s a given while Leo Varadkar is Taoiseach, having made that commitment during his recent EU Parliament speech. There is a strong case for Irexit. Leaving the EU, Ireland will get its hard-won sovereignty back, get its wealth back through repossessing its natural resources; fisheries and sub-terrain assets. The hundreds of millions being sent to Brussels could be used to: repatriate the many who’ve had to emigrate, to solve the Health Service and Housing crises.

The Eileen Rice 'Country Against Cancer' Memorial Music Weekend' which took place in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney last October raised €20,000 and two charities benefitted from the event. Our photo shows Jerry Moriarty presenting €10,000 to Noreen Smiddy, of Marymount Hospice in Cork and country singer Trudi Lawlor presenting €10,000 to Breda Dyland of the Kerry Cancer Bus campaign on St. Patrick's night in the Gleneagle Hotel. Also in photo are, Trish Kelly, Anna Kenny, Eve Twomey, Shane and Chris Rice, Katelyn Rice, Jeanne Rice and Laura Twomey.

Joe Terry (address and telephone number with the Editor) Letter from the Editor Welcome Readers, the new issue of the Douglas Post has all the features you’d expect of a new edition of such a magazine as ours; a community oriented advertising platform. It’s a pleasure to announce that in the following issue we’re boosting the full array of amenities that are to be had in Douglas and environs but what’s most important to this issue is the Barry’s of Douglas Coffee Morning for Kevin’s Day which as regular readers and people living in Douglas will know is a way of giving charitably to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the extraordinary family facility attached to it known as the Ronald MacDonald House. The Barry’s event runs between 9am and 11am on Friday April 27th. Kevin’s Day takes place this year on July 1st and that’ll be a wondrously busy Family Day in Douglas Community Centre and Douglas Community Park. Expect it to be a big spectacular with something for every member of the family and you’ll not be wrong. The Barry’s of Douglas event on Friday April 27th is open to all well-wishers and will have raffles and prizes in abundance. That’s abundance rather than a bun dance. Be there and you’ll have a great time in a very good double cause. In the meantime, enjoy your read and being informed by Douglas’ most long lived local community magazine. The Editor


Well over 1,500 men, women and children all now have great awareness of basic life support. From all of us at the Carrigaline Community First Responders, to all of you "THANK YOU".

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Mahon Community News

with Ferdia O’Mahony

John O' Mahony, Chairman on behalf of Mahon Community Association, would like to thank Community Warden, Geraldine Sutton, and all volunteers who helped in the litter pick up last Wednesday. Everyone did an excellent job. Well done everybody. This initiative is supported by Mahon Community Centre. The fundraising for the RNLI at The Blackrock Inn on Sunday 8th April 2018 was a huge success. We would like to thank outgoing Manager, Denis Coffey and staff, Ferdia O' Mahony, PRO of Mahon Community Centreand John O' Mahony, Chairman of Mahon Community Association for all their help. Opening Times for Maria's Community Cafe at Mahon Community Centre are Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm. Lunches and full Irish breakfast plus being served between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Light snacks are being served too. On Saturday we have a special; full Irish breakfast plus being served from 9:30am - 1:30pm. A warm welcome awaits you as always.

The open air markets in Blackrock Village, Cork are in idyllic surroundings with magnificent scenery all around; a sight to behold. The stalls have a great range of cuisine and there is something for everyone to see, enjoy and buy. It was lovely to be down there on Sunday to see how busy it was and if you have not been, we highly recommend a visit. Open every Sunday morning in the village plaza from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Photo by Denis Coffey Gary Spike O'Sullivan Has the World at his feet and his opponents on the canvas. Best wishes to Spike on his upcoming fight, from Denis Coffey, Manager and staff of Mahon Community Centre and John O' Mahony, Chairman of Mahon Community Association. Gary "Spike” O'Sullivan is being lined up to fight Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the biggest fight of his career in September. Spike tells us, "The fight I'm looking at is Canelo after May 4th, so I obviously hope that Canelo beats Golovkin. I'm going to fight him regardless, but it's much better for me if he wins." He adds, "If Canelo beats Golovkin, I'd love the opportunity to knock him out and prove I can mix it with the best in this division."


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Big Increase in Burglaries in Cork Figures recently released to mainstream local media have shown there’s been an increase in burglaries in Cork over the past two years. In 2016, there were 468 burglaries throughout the Cork region. This increased by 32% in 2017, with 621 burglaries being recorded. Figures also show an increase in the Douglas area. There were 53 burglaries in the Douglas area in 2017, a 43% increase since 2016. A major source of these burglaries has been a number of gangs which have been operating outside of the Dublin area. These gangs target built-up suburban areas looking for any opportunities to strike. The has come at a time when, as reported in this column earlier in the month in the Douglas Post, Garda resources have been stretched to breaking point in Cork. I highlighted that between 2014 and 2017 the Cork City Division only received 38 new recruits, out of a total of 1,600, which is around 2% nationally.

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As a volunteer and a candidate for Douglas in the 2019 local elections and somebody living in our locality, it’s clear to me that the Government has not prioritised Cork when considering Garda allocations. This has left Cork vulnerable to burglars, who have targeted the area over the past number of years. It’s very concerning to see the increase in burglaries in the Douglas area, with its 43% increase between 2016 and 2017 and it’s totally unacceptable that Douglas Garda station has been left so totally understaffed while spending more time closed than open. People in the area pay their taxes and they are not getting the service they deserve. Douglas Garda station needs to receive more resources and needs to be in a position to provide a proper service to the Douglas area. There has been a clear pattern to the recent burglaries, which mainly happen between 6pm and 10pm, and also during mass and at funeral times. Gardai have made a number of suggestions to try and deter burglars. Alarms, CCTV and light sensors can act as a deterrent, with dogs also being very useful. Additionally, houses with a lot of vegetation and those which have easy access to the rear of the house, are more at risk. It remains important that any unusual behavior is reported to the Gardai immediately. Togher Garda station’s number is (021)494 7120 while Anglesea Street Garda station’s number is (021)452 2000.

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The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club will hold their next meeting on Monday 23 April at 8 pm in the C. of I. school hall Carrigaline. Rachel Darlington (A regular contributor to the Irish Garden Magazine) will give a talk on "Exciting Annuals". Visitors always welcome. Enquiries to 086 322 2615

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Ballinlough Community News

with Mary Cremin

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Ballinlough Community Centre Celebrates 50th Anniversary Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2018: Celebrating 10 Years This is the tenth year of Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition. The auditions for this FREE ENTRY arts participation event take place Sunday 22 April, 10am-4pm in the Old Cork Waterworks Experience-Lifetime Lab, Lee Road, with call-backs the same day. A Cork performance arts project for young people with no entry fees, where all talents are valid for consideration. The final takes place at Firkin Crane, Sunday 6 May, 7.30pm, and that’s open to the public. This not-for-profit community project supports our community’s young people, and creates a great night’s entertainment. Each year there are some seriously shiny stars, some adorable raw talent, and some endearing stories. Firkin Crane on the 6th May will be massive fun, as we celebrate the event’s 10th birthday. There are two categories, with 12 acts in the primary school children’s category and 12 acts in the secondary school student’s category. Winners will be awarded a perpetual trophy and prize money of €150 (two by €150.) The project is founded and funded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy in association with RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions). Returning to the audition panel again this year are the lead coach Shane Ryan of Crux Entertainment, RSVP producer Yvonne Coughlan, with Livy Riordan from Carrigaline Community Choir as the lead mentor once again. This year’s production team also sees our performance coaches Natasia Duhau, Tanya Adamson and Julie Dennehy O’Callaghan back with us for the 10th birthday celebrations. Joining them from Cork City Musical Society is Jelena Belan. The performance coaches take the contestants through boot camp and rehearsals before they meet the final judges, and each year sees talented dancers, vocalists, rap artists, bands, duets, magicians, dancers and actors in the line-up. Everything from speed cups to gymnastics is welcome for audition; and all talents are valid. The audition panel often reward initiative by forming new performance groups for the competition, and coaching them through to the final. The talent, much like the mentors, coaches and judges, is always diverse, entertaining and fun. Who are our 10th birthday final judges? With us for 2018 is the wonderful Sharon Crosbie who was missed in 2017, this altruistically minded jazz singer always goes the extra mile for our competitions. Entertainment journalist Colum McCormack Crowe is delighted to be back to mark this special 10th birthday year, this long standing judge and coach of MCTC will also mark the celebrations with a specially created interval performance at the live final, along with Tracey Fleming the first winner from 2009, and Sadbh O’Riordan one of our 2017 winners. The 2017 winners Emma O’Callaghan and Sadbh O’Riordan will also share their experiences at boot camp, in mentoring sessions with the new participants. Cllr. McCarthy began the talent competition as a community initiative, he believes, ‘It encourages all young people to develop their talents and creative skills, to push forward with their lives, and to embrace their community positively.’

Photos by Emma Downey The Douglas Post wishes correspondent Mary Cremin and the People of Ballinlough the Very Best next Half a Century!

Seated L to r Noreen O'Shaughnessy Cllr. Terry Shannon deputising for the Lord Mayor Mary Cremin. Standing L to R Ursula Shannon Elaine.

Cllr. Terry Shannon deputising for the Lord Mayor with Ursula Shannon.

Lil Downey signing the Visitors Book.

AUDITIONS McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition. Venue: Old Cork Waterworks Experience-Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. DATE: Sunday 22nd April Time: 10am-4pm. FREE ENTRY! For further information contact Yvonne: Or see out website for previous years


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Cllr Terry Shannon deputising for the Lord Mayor with Mary Cremin launching the 50 Year celebrations of Ballinlough Community Association 1968-2018 in the City Hall.

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Carrigaline Community News with Barry and Aislinn Cogan

Macra Win Drama County Finals Congratulations to Carrigaline Macra who won the County final in the Drama competition in Castlemagner on Sunday night with their production of “Babysitting Calvin”. Carrigaline producer Daniel O’Regan was awarded Best Producer, James Browne was awarded Best Actor and Eilís Ahern was awarded Best Supporting actress. Well done to all the cast members and the backstage crew. They now go forward to the All-Ireland finals in Rossmore on April 7th. Kiely Walsh Academy of Dance at the World Championship Some 70 dancers representing the Kiely Walsh Academy of Irish Dance have travelled to Glasgow to take part in the World Championships this week. There are 8 solo dancers, 8 Céilí dance teams and two figure dance teams all of whom had to compete to qualify at previous Provincial and All Ireland championships. So far the individual dancers that have competed have jumped places and achieved new personal best. The Under-11 Céilí team have won 4th place in the world. Free Hands only CPR Training Carrigaline Community First Responders are running a Free CPR Awareness and Training day on Sunday 15th April 2018 from 10.00am to 6.00pm in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. The main aim of this event is to provide Free Hands only CPR Training to as many of the public as possible on the day. The event exists also to raise awareness of the importance of providing immediate assistance in the event of Cardiac Arrest, in the form of excellent quality Compressions. In Ireland 13 people die every day from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We have one of the highest rates in Europe of attempting bystander CPR, yet our survival rates are less than 7% (as compared to Seattle where they are almost 40%) and this is due mainly to lack of proper training in CPR on the part of the public. Training stations will also run every 30mins throughout the day and they will cover Adult, Infant and Child CPR and Choking. As part of the community awareness day the Carrigaline Community First Responder have organised free Health screening for anyone who wishes to avail of it. This screening will be run by qualified nurses and EMTs. It’s completely confidential and carried out in a secluded setting. Active Retired On Thursday April 19th CARA will travel to Griffins Garden centre and on April 26th and Keith Roberts will lead the group with another afternoon of Whist. CARA are off to Carlow on April 30th where they will stay until Friday, May 4th. Active Retired meet in the Parish Centre on Thursdays from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Country Markets Carrigaline Country Markets celebrating 42 years are very satisfied with their new location in the Band Hall. The new hours of business from 8.30am to 10.30am also provides those dropping children to school and people going and coming from mass the opportunity to drop in and support the market. There is an enhanced range of local produce available alongside tea, coffee and scones. The market provides a pleasant social outing every Friday morning.

ALKove Launch of New ‘Take It All’ Single Rated ‘Extraordinary’ Frank K Hanover Regular readers will already know from these pages and their sense of delight that The ALKove, our primary and most original Rock band -fronted by Eddie Kelly whose image as you can see here adorns the band’s extraordinarily powerful new iTunes single ‘Take It All’- are madly industrious and gigging widely both near and far across this land their work to celebrate and put about. ‘Take It All’ is a glowing example of the stylistic momentum that currently absorbs Andrew and Alan; the Kiely brothers writing, by being as Rock in its thrust as it is Soulful in its belly. Periodically, nothing on this Earth is better or more apt than to see what the guys are up to and because they are a purposeful, hard-working company of men they came up with a most special gig. The ALKove pitched up at the World famous Fred Zeppelin’s of Parliament Street close by the South Mall one recent Saturday night to launch ‘Take It All’ which is amazing. The gig was intimate and epic and extraordinary in equal measure as the love Cork has for The Alkove poured forth beside the Lee’s South Channel. The buzz is decidedly electric around each successive Alkove release but somehow ‘Take It All’ advances the band’s creativity somewhere else, somewhere well worth the while of mining as they add value and energy to an already healthy reputation on Ireland’s gig circuit. The Opera House gig where they supported Aslan some weeks ago gave access to a bigger and wider audience but each time they go out and the set list grows larger and more eclectic as well as more powerful brings The Alkove closer to its most intense apex as a band that makes music for livelihoods.

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You can hear a piece of and buy ‘Take It All’ on Spotify, on iTunes and on Google Music Play and you should. Elsewhere on social media, check out and @ TheAlkove on Twitter for pics and live renderings of tunes such as the bone-crunchingly good ‘Returning Fire’. Andrew, Alan, Eddie, the hugely Brainiac Bassist Barry Walshe and the returning tub-thumper supreme Sean Devine are an especial sound in anybody’s life. They will be huge in due course and that’s why you should head out to catch them live with Live Forever on May 5th at Cyprus Avenue. Really, everybody everywhere should catch the band live. They’re amazing!

Great Railway Run The Carrigaline Lions Club are having the Great Railway Run on Sunday April 22nd. The 25K starts at 9.30am and the 10K starts at 11am. Tidy Towns Carrigaline Tidy Towns are compiling a newsletter for the launch date on Monday April 9th. Tidy Towns are always looking for more volunteers.


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Did you Know? A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.

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Symphony of the Seas Rises High Above the Waves with Jackie Coakley

stunning ship has to offer but it gave us a real feel of what you get included in your cruise fare. Royal Caribbean is certainly not the cheapest Cruise line out there but they neither claim nor want to be that. What you get is far and beyond a Full Board holiday is an experience, one that you will never forget. The Symphony is sailing on a 7 night Western Mediterranean itinerary for the Summer of 2018 from Barcelona before it heads to the Caribbean for Winter. Contact me, Jackie, on (021)4277094 or email me on

I was extremely excited and privileged to be invited on the launch of the largest cruise ship in the world the Symphony of the Seas along with over 3500 travel industry colleagues from every corner of the globe. The sight of this super liner as you approach the dock in Barcelona port is breathtaking. After a speedy checkin and embarkation at the port myself and my colleague Lorraine headed straight to the Windjammer buffet restaurant with its huge array of hot and cold food for a sumptuous lunch. So here are the facts about the Symphony of the Seas. It has 18 decks and is 1188 feet in length. It can take up to 6800 guests and has a crew of 2175. It has 7 neighbourhoods on board and 20 Restaurants with over 300 menu options. The Royal Promenade is the main hub of the ship with its bionic bar, English pub, Pizza and coffee shops alongside an array of entertainment and shopping outlets. It also has the Rising Tide Bar which moves decks as you drink your favourite cocktail. The 1950’s themed Boardwalk is another outdoor area with a Carousel, Sweet shop and Sports Bar plus it possesses the Aqua Theatre which is where we watched the most amazing show with Divers and Synchronised swimmers. Central Park was one of my favourite out door areas with a luscious collection of over 12,000 trees and plants and lovely places to sit out or eat at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant. Sitting here, you forget that you are actually on a cruise ship. For thrillseekers (which I admit I am not!!) there are the Perfect Storm waterslides, the Abyss which is the largest slide at Sea, the Zip Line, the Flowrider Wave Surf and plenty of other sports and activities for all ages. For me it was sipping a cocktail by the pool and listening to the Caribbean band play Bob Marley songs ....all in the name of research of course!

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The view from Barcelona's Port.

A spectacular evening performance.

Poolside overlook!

The entertainment on board is where Royal Caribbean makes itself a true leader in the cruise market. We saw the hit Broadway musical ‘Hairspray’ on our 2nd day on board and we also got to see the amazing Ice Skating show. While on board we also had a go in the Karaoke Bar, spent a few minutes in the silent disco, hit the night club which was rocking, lost a small few dollars in the Casino and whizzed through the beautiful Spa area. Two days was definitely not enough to take in everything that this


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Is there a community event or fundraiser in your area? Email to – Playground at Douglas Community Park With the temperamental weather we have been experiencing, we hope parents and their children will be taking advantage of some dry weather to take their children to the park. But showers can spoil the experience so it’s a good idea to have a fair sized cotton cloth (an old T-shirt is ideal) to wipe off the rain from slides and other equipment so that children won’t be disappointed and enjoy their rides.

Douglas Community Assoc. Playground March 18.

POBAL Grant to Douglas Tidy Towns Committee for Park at Douglas Garda Station Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring recently announced a special grant to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition. It is to support work carried out by Tidy Towns committees. Pobal administered the scheme on behalf of the Department. Douglas Tidy Towns were awarded a grant to improve the park area in front of Douglas Garda Station at the Fingerpost.

stronger. Dainius of Greenland Landscaping Ltd. carried out the work. Dainius also arranged power washing for the paths and steps which made the park safer to walk in. Many people have commented favourably on the improved appearance of the park. Tidy Towns intend to paint the two seats in the park when the weather improves and also to maintain the grass cutting. They are very grateful for the grant which enabled Tidy Towns to make such a difference to the park. Dainius is also responsible for the great appearance of the Fingerpost Roundabout which is sponsored by McDonalds. An Taisce’s National Spring Clean 2018 – Douglas Tidy Towns Event An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, Ireland’s premier anti-litter programme of clean-ups in local neighbourhoods, takes place during the whole month of April every year. An Taisce is an independent, national charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. They are counting on local community spirit and encourage all groups to register with the National Spring Clean 2018 initiative to receive a free clean-up kit. Douglas Tidy Towns will be undertaking their Annual National Spring Clean event on Saturday 28th April, meeting at 10.30 at the Community Centre. Please come along and join in the fun. High viz jackets and picks will be supplied by our Tidy Towns committee.


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Meals-on-Wheels – Volunteers needed for Summer Months With summer holidays coming up, Douglas MOWs would like to get a few more cooks trained up to be able to help out during the summer months when people will be taking their holidays. Garda Vetting is now part of the process of training our cooks and drivers so we have to plan to get staff ready in advance. If you would like to help out, please contact the DCA Office and leave a message with Denise, our Administrator, who is there every morning Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm. Rochestown Community Development Group Rochestown Community Development Group wish to acknowledge the work undertaken by Cork County Council at the Village Green area where they thinned out the very dark overgrown canopy of trees recently. This group will be very active over the summer months in continuing their work on the core area of Rochestown. You can join them on Facebook.

Park near Douglas Garda Station.

Sheila and Marian of Douglas Tidy Towns received great complementary horticultural advice from Ingrid and Tina, two well-known gardeners in Douglas. They were advised about cutting back some shrubs, thinned out large trees to allow light at the underplanted Rogusa Rose and to plant various flowers and shrubs to enhance the park. The Cornus (dogwood) was also cut back revealing some trees which were almost smothered by the overgrowth. All the shrubs will come back better and


Tick Talk Ireland Now that we are looking forward to getting more time outdoors over the summer months and many of us will be taking nature walks, it is a good idea to be informed about ticks (from the arachnid or spider family) which bore in under the skin and can cause Lymes Disease. To get yourself and your family informed about ticks, take a look at the website Tick Talk Ireland which is a great resource for explaining the damage to health that can arise from these insects. Ireland as a whole is becoming more informed on this issue and UCD and the Mater Hospital are organizing a National Lyme Disease Conference at Astra Hall, Student Centre, UCD Belfield, Dublin on Saturday 2nd June 2018 which the public are invited to attend.

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Learn basic CPR and Save a life! 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? 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.

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Heartburn Garda Michael Golden from the Community Policing Unit at Douglas Garda Station, paid a visit to Rochestown College recently to talk to third year students about the role of Gardai in the community, personal safety and substance abuse. Thanks to everyone involved for facilitating the talk.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest, just behind your breastbone. Heartburn pain is often worse when lying down or bending over. Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. More frequent heartburn that interferes with your daily routine may be a symptom of something more serious that requires help from a doctor.

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Symptoms of heartburn include: • A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night • Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over Seek immediate help if you experience severe chest pain, especially when combined with other signs and symptoms such as difficulty breathing or jaw or arm pain. Chest pain may be a symptom of a heart attack. Make an appointment with your doctor if: • Heartburn occurs more than twice a week • Symptoms persist despite use of over-the-counter medications • You have difficulty swallowing

Rob and Marian Heffernan present Vera Twomey with a People of the Year Award. The 43rd Rehab People of the Year Awards 2018, which were broadcast live on RTÉ One television from Dublin’s Mansion House, and hosted by Gráinne Seoige and Aidan Power, saw ten winners recognised for their heroic deeds and remarkable achievements. Ireland’s longest-running and most prestigious awards event, each of the winners is nominated by members of the public, with Young Person of the Year, Community Group of the Year, International Person of the Year and Sports Person of the Year, among the categories awarded. Campaigner Vera Twomey believes the Government now needs to legislate and put a framework in place for the prescribing of medicinal cannabis to ensure that other families do not have to go through the same ordeal as hers. For more, visit www. Photo by Robbie Reynolds.

Interesting Fact! People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze,your heart stops for a mili-second.


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Causes Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. Normally when you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter — a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of your esophagus — relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then it closes again. However, if the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. The acid backup is worse when you're bent over or lying down. You may find heartburn relief by making small changes. Consider trying to: • Maintain a healthy weight. • Avoid tightfitting clothing. • Eat smaller meals. • Elevate the head of your bed. • Stop smoking. • Avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn. Alternative Medicine Anxiety and stress can worsen heartburn symptoms. Some complementary and alternative treatments may help you cope with anxiety and stress. If your heartburn is worsened by anxiety and stress, consider trying: • Aromatherapy • Gentle exercise, such as walking or riding a bike, but avoid vigorous exercise, which can worsen heartburn • Listening to music • Massage • Relaxation techniques

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If you feel you suffer from any of the above symptoms, contact your G.P. for an evaluation. If you would like more information on heart burn, contact Garvan on (021)436 6923.

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Poetry Ronnie McGinn’s


Everything in the universe is within the range of poetry. Humour, however can sometimes unfairly relegate a writer to the ranks of a lesser poet. That’s because poetry wants to be a little more than a laugh; it wants to leave the reader with something that lasts beyond that initial smile. But humour can be used to deliver serious messages without boring the reader, or it can stand alone on its own merit. Where this elitist attitude to humorous poetry came from is beyond me, after all Shakespeare was quite an accomplished humorist in his own right. Our poem this week, which comes from one of our finest poets, illustrates the point. Terese Coeis a member of The Ballinlough Writers Group and holds an M.A. in dramatic literature, and first wrote professionally as a drama critic for The Rocky Mountain Review in Salt Lake City USA, then as a columnist for The Wood River Journal in Idaho. She has taught poetry workshops for advanced English students in Kathmandu, Nepal and for children in Idaho; has written several plays about artists and writers in New York; has worked for periodicals in positions which ranged from paste-up to writer to editor-in-chief. She has travelled widely and given readings in Nepal as well as at St. Mark's Church and The Cedar Tavern in NY, was a 2000 and 2002 recipient of Giorno Poetry Systems grants and a 2003-4 finalist in the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Her poems, translations, adaptations and reviews have appeared in publications all over the world.

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WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS Bishopstown Writers- Bishopstown Library Thursday 26th April at 6.15pm Ballincollig Writers – The White Horse - Monday 30th April at 7.30pm Douglas Writers Group, - Douglas Library – Wednesday 2nd May at 12.30pm Mallow Poetry Group – Mallow Library - Tuesday 1st May at 12.30pm Midleton Writers – “My Place” Midleton Thursday 3rd May at 7.30pm Frankfield House – Around the Fireside – Tuesday 15th May from 8.30pm Ballinlough Writers - Ballinlough Community Centre Friday 21st May at 5.30pm

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, at the Mayoral Reception hosted by him in County Hall, with AB Karen Casey and Chief Petty Officer Bartley of the Naval Service, to formally recognise a number of significant achievements from groups and individuals across Cork County. Picture: David Keane.

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 Monday at 8.00pm, The Hayloft (upstairs at The Long Valley), Winthrop Street, Cork

The Douglas Writers Group Meet at 12 noon in The Lennox Robinson Room at the Douglas Library on the first Wednesday of the month.

Raffeen Creek 2018 Senior Scratch Cup Winner Bryan Delaney receives his cup from Club Chairman Richard Jordan.

Raffeen Creek 2018 Intermediate Scratch Cup Winner David Howard receives his cup from Club Chairman Richard Jordan.

Next meeting: Wednesday 2nd May

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Your one-act plays and villanelles are bleak and unromantic. Expressionism suits you well, but living makes you frantic. Your renaissance won’t pay the rent, we’ve done the psychodrama, the bills are not a nonevent, and I am not your Mama. My paycheck has been stretched beyond its means, and when you wave your fingers like a magic wand, I want to dig your grave. Terese Coe 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


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Actors Emily Gilbert and Shane Walters at the recent launch of the Cork Arts Theatre's short play event, 'Views from a Bar Stool', which takes place at the Carroll's Quay venue from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th May. The event features 10 brand new short plays written specifically for the occasion. Full details at

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Pictured are winners of the Excellence Award, pupils from Bandonbridge NS, and overall winners with Gaelscoil Thomais Daibheis, at the Dell VEX IQ Primary School finals which took place today in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). The competition is run by Dell, in collaboration with CIT who have been involved with the programme since Dell brought it to Ireland six years ago. TodayÕs overall winners have won a spot at the VEX World Competition which will be held in Kentucky later this month. For further information on the Dell VEX Robotics Competition log onto or contact EMC.VEX.Robotics. Photo by Diane Cusack.


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

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

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Pictured is Grace Taylor, 5th class pupil from Bandonbridge NS cheering on her school team to victory at the Dell VEX IQ Primary School finals which took place today in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

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Fortunately, they, reached the bridge at different times.


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Young at Heart


with Phil Goodman

Think well, think young. "Don’t focus on your age and what you can’t do! Think young and focus on what you can do. Community involvement brings a sense of perspective on life and encourages an appreciation of life’s blessings. These are the combined effects of interacting with other people and helping people. So stay involved with community. It gives Phil Goodman structure to your life, plus involvement in your local community is not just the key to good health and happiness, it can provide you with a network of support during difficult life events. Being involved also means you get to know more people and become embedded in your community. The first step to getting healthy is to find 30 minutes in your day to get your exercise session out of the way. Typically, it’s good to do this in the morning and get yourself set up for the day. This way you’ll start on a positive note, choose a form of exercise you enjoy and continue to do it. Things you don’t enjoy don’t last, no matter how high your motivation is you won’t manage to sustain it. Here’s a suggestion. If you enjoy company join Young at Heart every Monday for the Park Walk "weather permitting". From 11am to midday we begin with 10 minutes Tai Chi exercise. Then, walk at your own pace and whatever suits you is perfectly fine. Benefits? Everyone feels better after exercise because it’s very good for your mental health and wellbeing. Do you have a small repair job that you would like to have done? Care and Repair carry out small jobs free of charge for older people who find it difficult to do those jobs themselves. They, for example, hang curtains, do small gardening jobs and execute minor carpentry. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For bigger jobs, if you contact (021)2067399 where you will find the Care and Repair office, they have a register of reliable trade people who are Garda vetted to carry out bigger jobs. And so to trips. We had a very enjoyable trip to Waterford where it was marvellous to see Waterford crystal being made. We also went to Mount Juliet but of course we forgot to bring the bag of clubs. We will have our annual trip to Griffins Garden Centre in May. Later we’ll visit the Naval Base at Haulbowline and Sherkin Island in July but before that we have a cruise to the Greek islands on the 30th of May. There is so much to look forward to and all we want is good Thanksgiving weather.

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


Up-coming events Mondays; 11am to 12 noon Park Walk at the Community Park Tuesdays; 2pm – 4pm Knitting and Crochet at the Parish Hall, St Columbas Wednesdays; IPAD classes Wednesdays; Bingo 2-30pm - 4 30pm at the Parish Hall Thursdays; Tai -Chi 11am to 12 noon at the Library Cherish your yesterdays Dream your tomorrows But be Young at Heart And live your todays Take Care, Phil

Young at Heart group on recent visit to Mount Juliet.

City put Waterford Woes behind Them Frank K Hanover

Cork City FC moved up to second in the table following their controversial Munster derby defeat last time out against Waterford FC off the back of a 1-0 win against Pats. The victory sees City continue a 100% four match home winning series thanks to a secondhalf goal by Graham Cummins in a fixture that was combative and which allowed the Dubliners to start well and attack with some aplomb throughout the ninety. Manager Liam Buckley’s men began the better and dominated the exchanges throughout much of a first half which saw Steven Beattie and Garry Buckley watch from the stand due to suspension while replacements Horgan and Shepperd came in. A much quieter and far less frenetic second-half tempo seemed to suit City better and when Graham Cummins scored the winner just after the restart, City dominated and shored up McNulty’s goal in front of the Shed. It was no more really than City deserved for a disciplined and professional performance and will have settled nerves given the obvious need of a three point pick up following the Waterford debacle which saw four players sent off following John Caulfield’s running onto the field of play to retrieve the ball which a Waterford player was reluctant to hand over for a City throw in that games dying moments. Indeed, Caulfield is banned from the touchline on Tuesday when Sligo Rovers visit in City’s next home fixture. But with Waterford losing 1-0 against Derry City at the Brandywell, also last Friday, City have eclipsed the Blues to move into second place underneath Dundalk who have only surrendered one goal since the season began. Dundalk defeated Bray Wanderers 0-2 at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday.

which eventually dominated in a tasty second-half despite City’s early 1-0 lead. A new rivalry will undoubtedly follow. This is all good for Munster and the footballing community more generally. And City will inevitably be on the hunt for a more dominant display when next the two sides meet. Cork City FC U-17’s made the journey to play against Kerry FC in Tralee this past weekend. In an extremely testing trial, the Kingdom men asserted their time-honoured reluctance to be second to anything from Cork and proved themselves to be formidable opponents. That is, formidable opponents who came out on the negative side of a five goal thriller. City U-17’s are like each assembled squad at Cork City in that they never give up and this 2-3 victory sets the lads up well for impending competitive outings. An own goal from a Kerry player and two cracking efforts from Jamie O’Sullivan served to establish City’s rights to satisfaction. Elsewhere, Bishopstown to be precise, Cork City U-15’s took on Wexford and turned them by a 2-0 margin with Chris O’Connor and Robert Walsh performing the coup de grace. These names may seem unfamiliar at present but there is no question about what a grounding playing at Cork City gives. You have to catch them when they’re hot of course but you’ll always be rewarded to check out City U-15’s and U-17’s. It’s good to look up @CorkCityFC on Twitter to know what’s coming up but also look up where you’ll have a feast of insight. Finally, never forget to be well aware of Cork City Women’s Football Club. They are extraordinarily tenacious and are a joy to watch. Football in the community is excellent at City.

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Raffeen Creek Pitch & Putt weekly notes Despite the mixed weather, our annual open was a great success with over 200 people playing the course last weekend, results are as follows;

Nora McAuliffe, Mary O'Callaghan and Patricia O'Regan on recent Young at Heart trip to Waterford. City celebrate Graham Cummins' breakthrough against Pats (courtesy of


Unfailing Novena to the Holy Spirit. - O Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads that I can attain my goal; you gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life you are with me. I want, in this short prayer, to thank you for all things, as you confirm, once again, that I never want to be separated from you in spite of all material illusions. I wish to be with you in eternal glory. Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. This prayer must be said for three days and after three days the favour will be granted. This prayer must be published.


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Unfailing Novena to the Holy Spirit. - O Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads that I can attain my goal; you gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life you are with me. I want, in this short prayer, to thank you for all things, as you confirm, once again, that I never want to be separated from you in spite of all material illusions. I wish to be with you in eternal glory. Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. This prayer must be said for three days and after three days the favour will be granted. This prayer must be published.


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City’s schedule is effectively pivotal as the Premier League approaches the conclusion of its first third. Our guys will head to Bohemians this coming Friday and with the squad squeezed by the postponed EA Sports Cup tie with Waterford in Waterford on Monday 23rd, will return to the Cross on April 27th when Dundalk FC will visit. That League fixture is a must win and the match will unquestionably be a sell out so tickets need to be had sooner rather than later. After that Friday meeting, City are away to ever-hopeful Shamrock Rovers where Greg Bolger plies his trade on Monday the 30th. Positively, Barry McNamee is now showing precisely why John Caulfield brought him to City from Derry and his contribution to the victory over Pats showed his playmaking excellence very well indeed. To be fair, Waterford FC’s players were good value for their victory due to an excellent midfield Issue 1416

Scramble Competition: Overall Nett; Mark O'Keeffe, Greg Lynch & Shane Kelleher, Overall Gross; Shane Murphy, Cian Forde & David Howard, Overall Mixed; L. Buckley, C. O'Mahony & G. Harte, Friday Nett; Pat Haugh, Kathleen Haugh & L. Farrell, Friday Gross; Barry Morrissey, Mark O'Keeffe & Kevin O'Donoghue, Saturday Nett; Greg Lynch, Shane Kelleher & Mark Jordan, Saturday Gross; G. Hogan, B. Hickey & Jerry O'Donovan. On Sunday we held our Scratch Cups and the following are details of the winners; Junior Scratch Cup 1st Michael Bransfield, 2nd Donal Field. Intermediate Scratch Cup 1st David Howard, 2nd Luke Howard. Senior Scratch Cup 1st Bryan Delaney, 2nd Philip Byrne, Best 36 Declan Freeman, Final 18 Frank O'Donoghue. The semi finals of the leagues take place this weekend, our Junior play St. Stephens in Rocklodge and our Intermediates play Collins in Fermoy, best of luck to all involved.

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