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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

East Cork Journal

Issue No. 168


A LATE night disturbance on Beechwood Estate resulted in a conviction and prison sentence for a young Midleton woman. Margaret Butler, aged 24, of Forrest Hill, Midleton, pled guilty to a public order offence committed on September 11th last, writes Barry O’Sullivan During evidence given, the court heard how residents called Gardaí after Ms. Butler was heard shouting and roaring on the estate at 1.35am. When Gardaí arrived on the scene to investigate, Ms. Butler had to be restrained. She was intoxicated at the time.

The defendant, who has 47 previous convictions, apologised for her behaviour and promised to turn her life around.

In his closing remarks Judge Pattwell said Ms. Butler’s credit had run out and he would only give her one more chance to become a law abiding member of society. He promised to impose a heavy sentence if she appeared before him again.

The defendant received a 14 day prison sentence and a fine of €200.

Tubs for Toys at Hurley’s

HURLEY’S SuperValu, Midleton, has joined forces with RTÉ 2fm’s ‘Toys for Tubs’ appeal to make sure that no child is without a toy this Christmas morning. Tommy Grimes, Manager, is delighted that so many people have already shown their support, but adds that there's plenty

of room for more toys to be dropped off at the store. Meanwhile, Barry Murphy, St. Vincent de Paul adds sheepishly, 'Don't ask me... I'm just the Toy Boy!' For full details on how to help St. Vincent de Paul's appeal this Christmas, please see page 3.


GARDAÍ recovered cocaine valued at almost €2,000 during a search of premises in Youghal on Friday evening last, December 3rd. A station spokesman said local Gardaí raided the premises, which was outside the town centre, on foot of intelligence received. A 45 year-old man

local was arrested and questioned at Youghal garda station in respect of possession with intent to supply. 'A file is being prepared for the DPP and court proceedings are expected to ensue,' said the spokesman. - Christy Parker

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A MIDLETON man with 84 previous convictions was imprisoned last week for theft and driving offences. James Butler, aged 23, of St. Gerard’s, Castleredmond, Midleton, was convicted on two separate charges dating back to June of this year.

Mr. Butler pleaded guilty to a charge of acquiring his brother’s car and breaking the speed limit outside his place of residence on June 2nd. The defendant also had no insurance cover and was disqualified from driving at the time of the offence.

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On the second charge Mr. Butler pled guilty to stealing a vehicle in Ballinacurra on June 15th. The car was later discovered abandoned in Killeagh. The defendant’s solicitor argued for family circumstances to be taken into account in the judge’s final ruling.

While acknowledging the defendant’s plea for compassion, Judge Michael Pattwell stated he had little choice but to impose a custodial sentence.

The judge imposed a sentence of five months imprisonment and rescinded his driver’s license for a six year period.

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YOUGHAL girl, Sofia Supple, made her TV debut last Friday night on TV’3 s new dating game show, ‘Take Me Out.’ Sofia failed to get a date on her first appearance, even though she did leave her light on for one or two contestants.

THE annual Fota Island Wedding Forum provides brides and grooms-to-be with all the information and ideas they need to have the white wedding of their dreams, so it’s important that noone misses out!

But Sofia’s definitely got high standards: turning her light off at the last minute for each of the contestants! We can only wait and see what will happen next week. Presenter, Ray Foley has promised to do his best to get all the girls a date, so Sofia’s not out of luck yet!

Those who have been worried about venturing out in the snow to get to the popular event, can now sit back and relax as the resort has decided to postpone the Wedding Forum for a week to allow the icy roads to clear.

Sofia will be on local radio during the week, but don’t expect too many juicy details. As she tells the East Cork Journal, ‘I had to sign a contract and can’t divulge anything until after the shows are aired, so you will have to wait and see for yourself!

The event, which plays host to Ireland’s best and brightest for your wedding, with experts in all aspects of the big day gathered together for one supremely useful and informative evening, will now take place on Thursday 9th December.


And there will be NO alterations to the original itinerary. It will be at the same place, the same time (6.30pm – 8.30 pm) with the original panel of experts offering top tips and advice including; glamorous presenter, Pamela Flood; beauty editor of the Irish Times, Phyl Clarke; top Dublin makeup artist, Leonard Daly; Sharon Hoey from Bridal Boutique; travel writer Fionn Davenport; and Fota Island Resort’s Head Chef Craig Coady. All the essentials for making your wedding simple, stylish and stunning are here for you at the one event – the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum, on Thursday, December 9th at Fota Island Resort from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Limited spaces available so please call to book your place on (021) 488 3700.

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HURLEY’S SuperValu, Midleton, has joined forces with RTÉ 2fm’s ‘Toys for Tubs’ appeal to make sure that no child is without a toy this Christmas morning.



The appeal, being run in conjuction with 2fm and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, will run at Hurley's SuperValu until December 23rd and everyone is asked to bring in new toys, unwrapped, which will be handed out to children in need across the country this Christmas.

'It's great to be involved in this,' Tommy Grimes, Manager, Hurley's SuperValu states. 'At Christmastime there are so many children with very little, so to be able to give them a little Christmas cheer is something we Denis O’Brien, Trainee Manager, Tommy Grimes, Manager, Maeve Cronin, St. Vincent hope the people of East Cork will de Paul, John Cremin, Asst. Manager and Barry Murphy, St. Vincent de Paul’s embrace.' self-proclaimed ‘Toy Boy’, at Hurley’s SuperValu’s toy collection point


Tubs for Toys front man, Ryan Tubridy, has stated that the response so far has been 'overwhelming' but adds that there's no need to stop giving!

Maeve Cronin, President, Midleton Conference of St. Vincent de Paul is delighted with the response so far at Hurley's, and is hoping that more people will come out and support this appeal.

'It doesn't have to break the bank,' she tells the East Cork Journal, 'and it's the nicest thing anyone can do at this time of the year.' So, simply bring your toys into Hurley's SuperValu and know that you've made a difference to a needy child's life this Christmas.

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Midleton Grow It Yourself suggests herbs for health


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This Saturday, December 11th, 11am-3pm at The Square, Midleton

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In the grounds of Barryscourt Garden there is a fine traditional medicinal herb garden, with many of the herbs that would have been grown in castle and monastery gardens

MIDLETON GIY (Grow It Yourself) has invited herbalist, Kelli O’Halloran, to talk to their December meeting about medicinal herbs for combating winter bugs and snivels. This will take place in the Midleton Library on Thursday 16th December from 6pm - 7.30pm. Kelli O’Halloran is a member of the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists (IIMH). She is highly qualified, having studied herbal medicine in the UK and worked in the Whipps Cross NHS Hospital where western herbal medicine has been integrated into their health care for many years. She has been presenting a regular programme on herbs on TV3’s Ireland AM, but will now be taking a short break from that. Kelli specialises in using local and home organically grown herbs.

Many of us are more familiar with the idea of Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs, but Kelli reminds us that all over the world, each community had its own store of herbs and herbal knowledge for treating ailments right back through the centuries. Europe, with its western herb tradition, is no exception, even though we had nearly forgotten about it. In Ireland, the monasteries would each have had their own medicinal herb garden and their own physician who would have used them on the monastic community, the local population and their animals. Right across Europe, Irish physicians were highly regarded for their knowledge and skill in ministering to the sick, and herbal remedies would have been the mainstay of their practices. Unfortunately, this fine herbal tradition is under serious threat from new EU legislation, due to come in force next April. Three directives will affect them.

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• Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (amending Directive 2004/24/EC) This allows the sale of traditional and herbal remedies in Europe, so long as they have been used safely for 30 years, and 15 in Europe. Medical claims are only permissible for minor ailments. The directive bars many traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal preparations, as well as newer herbal remedies that cannot pass the 30 year test. Ref: WDDTY vol 21 no 5 For anyone who practices or uses herbal remedies this legislation is a serious assault on their freedom to continue to do so. In these cash strapped times, it seems ridiculous to bar people from using any alternative treatment to help them stay healthy, particularly when governments are having great difficulty in funding our hospitals and drugs bills. It is well worth lobbying our EU and local politicians to stop this nonsensical legislation. There is a petition against it on

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Ballymacoda / Ladysbridge Christmas luncheon

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THE above takes place on Monday, December 13th in the Garryvoe Hotel. Tickets are still available for this function and anyone wishing to book tickets can contact Margaret on 024 98376.

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CONGRATULATIONS from all the family, friends and neighbours of Orla O’Connell and Sean Reidy who got married in Clashmore Church on Friday, December 3rd. It was truly a white wedding in so many ways...

Engagement congrats on the double

CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas Baldwin from Knockanore and Deirdre O’Keeffe, Kerry who got engaged recently. Best wishes from all your family and friends Congratulations to Alex Hickey and Darla Supple who announced their engagement last week - from all your friends and families in Youghal and Cork.

Flower arranging work night in Aghada

THE above takes place this Thursday night, December 9th at Aghada NS from 7.30pm. Bring your own foliage (everyone shares!) and the Flower Club will have a shop open on the night. Tea, coffee, mince pies and mulled goodies for all! €10 entry fee.

Killeagh / Inch Monday Club annual dinner

The Killeagh /Inch Monday Social Club will be holding their annual dinner in Greenbarn on Monday, December 13th at 7pm. If you wish to attend please contact by telephone Mary on 97250, Kathleen on 95175, Helen 95422 or Finbar on 97210 or drop names into The Londis shop on the main street in Killeagh. The Monday Club has been going from strength to strength and meet from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the first Monday of the month for 10 months of the year, with July and August the only two months that they don’t meet.

Ballycotton Bridge Club results 24/11/10 NORTH/SOUTH: 1st Betty Hanley / Mary Lawless 2nd Margaret Holland / Eileen Donovan 3rd Nora Kennedy / Sylvia Daley EAST/WEST: 1st Michael Daley / John Murray 2nd Patricia Morrison / Mary O'Mahony 3rd Daireen Foott / Anne Aherne

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Knockanore Senior Citizens party

Knockanore Senior Citizens party takes place in Knockanore on Sunday, December 12th at 6pm and on the following Sunday, December 19th, the Children’s Party will take place in Knockanore.

Make a splash for CF

On Christmas morning, a festive swim will take place at Garryvoe beach in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. The choral group, Cor Cois Farraige, are running the swim and are looking for volunteers to get wet on Christmas Day. If you would like to volunteer for this fundraising event, please call Callie O’Sullivan on 021 4631719.


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Cloyne Farmers' Market will hold their Christmas market on Thursday, December 23rd instead of the Friday of that week. All welcome to attend.

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Whatever the weather, the kids are OK!

LOUIS & Matilda, Ballycotton put together a rather fetching snowman. ‘That’s my Christmas card sorted,’ says Helen Eck! Meanwhile, 16 month old Molly O’Brien in Youghal was also getting to grips with the snow. ‘We were enjoying it,’ her Dad Dave tells the East Cork Journal, ‘but it’s been here a bit long at this stage!’

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Mount, Cobh, from 2pm to 5pm. The Fayre will include from the Monastery Workshop, stalls, crafts, jams, cakes, marmalades, winter plants, Christmas cards, cards for all occasions and herbs. There will also be a raffle, prizes and lots more. Santa will also be present. Do come along on what promises to be a great day, meet with the community, relax in the pleasant surroundings of the Priory, or have a stroll in the gardens. Entrance fee on the day will be €3, which includes tea, coffee and some lovely cake selections.

Colbert’s Bar for Cork Simon

The above are holding a fundraiser in aid of the Cork Simon Community at 4pm on Sunday, December 12th, with music by MacGill, Seán O’Driscoll, John O’Regan, Pat Lynch and Jimmy Frahill.

Midleton Country Markets THE IMP Choir, Lisgoold Choir and members of the East Cork Male Voice Choir will present Christmas Carols, at different times on Thursday, December 23rd, in Market Green, Midleton, courtesy of Tesco Ireland. This is the 25th year of Carol Singing in Midleton, in aid of the Cork Simon Community. The event is organised by Noel Collins, who thank you in advance for your generosity.

Cope Foundation fundraising day

Annual Fundraising Day for the above will be held in Midleton on Saturday, December 11th. Anyone wishing to help can contact Ger Wall, Kathleen Woulfe or any committee member.

Cork Autism Christmas Fair

Cork Autism will hold their Annual Christmas Fair in Greenville House, Carrigtwohill, on December 13th, 14th and 15th, from 10am to 3pm. Details from Christine on 085 7256137.

St. John The Baptist NS Christmas Fair

The above takes place on Friday, December 10th in the School Hall from 3.30pm, with a Christmas Draw at 6.30pm. All welcome to attend.

Benedictine Community, Cobh, Christmas Fayre

The above will hold their Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 11th, at St. Benedict’s Priory, The

At the Old School Hall, Church Lane, Midleton every Friday, from 10am until 1pm. Christmas puddings, cakes, mince pies etc. are now on sale. Contact Breda McCarthy, Controller for further details.

Cor Cois Farraige concert at Ballymaloe

A charity concert will be held on Sunday, December 12th, at 8pm at the Grain Store, Ballymaloe. Proceeds to the Keith Phelan Fund, Youghal. Further details from Evelyn on 021 4667136.

Midleton Active Retirement group parties the night away!

The committee of the above held their annual Christmas dinner on Sunday night last, and it was a highly entertaining event with a beautiful meal served by the kind and helpful staff at the Midleton Park Hotel.

Chairman, Flan O’Meara welcomed everyone and paid tribute to all who braved the elements to be present. The music by Pat Burke and Frank ensured that the dancers were on the floor all night. Pat is a legend in his own right.

The choir, under the baton of Anne Crowley and accompanied by Seán Curtin, sang three songs and were very much appreciated by all those present. Anne has certainly done tremendous work and Seán Curtin is outstanding, so looking to the future, this choir will be very much to the fore at various functions and anyone wishing to join should contact Anne. It was so heartening to see Matt and Peg Kerins and Jo and Seán O’Farrell in top form at the function and Seán took to the floor with Jo and also other friends. Those wonderful people will never grow old as Pat Burke sings. It was a great night so well done to all the organisers.


HEARTIEST congratulations to Mary Byrne on reaching the semifinal of the X Factor.

We were devastated on Sunday night when the judges voted her out of the final.

It should have been allowed go to the public vote, which she definitely would have won. Never mind Mary, you are a star. - KW

Railway car parking charges temporarily suspended

Like Deputy David Stanton I, too, have welcomed the decision of Iarnrod Eireann to temporarily suspend car parking charges at the Midleton to Cork Railway Station, for the festive season. However, I find it difficult to understand why the small sum of €2 prohibited some people from parking there in the first place. After years of long drawn out negotiations we eventually got very attractive train stations and car parking facilities, ensuring at all times that cars were safe with cameras etc. I can only speak for Midleton, where every day there is in excess of twenty cars parked on the roadway and on many occasions on bends etc. Personally this situation is not affecting me, but so many residents in this area are unable to park, sometimes outside their own homes, and feel quite frustrated. Anyway, to all passengers, may I say that this great facility is a tremendous boost to our town and hopefully will continue to be supported to guarantee the success of our dream come true. - KW

Ballintotas Soccer Club table quiz

The above are holding their Annual Table Quiz at the Two Mile Inn on tomorrow Thursday, December 9th, at 8.30pm. Great prizes to be won. For further details contact Dominic Knowles on 021 4623734.

heartfelt thanks is extended to her on undertaking this task. It is people like Eileen that make life worth living.

Midleton Senior Citizens outing re-set for New Year

Apologies to all who were booked once again for our outing to Kilkenny, but unfortunately the weather conditions were treacherous in this area. Not to worry we will go early in the New Year on a date that will soon be decided.

Get well soon

Hope that Eileen Lehane will soon be back in top form after her recent accident, when she slipped in the snow and broke her hand. Take care.

Irish Dogs For The Disabled thank you

Thank you to everyone who helped with the collection for the Irish Dogs for the Disabled in October, as well as Market Green Shopping Centre for allowing the charity collect there. A total of €1,815 was raised to help train Assistance Dogs for adults and children throughout the country, with a wide range of disabilities, helping them to live life to the full.

Midleton & District Active Music at Midleton GAA Pavilion Retirement Association Manager, Pat Wafer invites you to come dancing on a beautiful maple floor on Saturday next, December calendar of events 11th, Christmas party, to the music of Richie Halpin, and on Sunday, December 12th to the music of Glynn Flynn. Pat apologises to all who were disappointed last weekend, as dancing Saturday and Sunday was cancelled, due to the inclement weather conditions.

East Cork Wheelchair Association sale of work

Eileen Lehane of Michael Collins Square who is one of the most dedicated, hardworking members of the Irish Wheelchair Association, organised a sale of work at the Scout Hall, Midleton, on Sunday last and despite the atrocious weather raised almost €300. There was a beautiful display of art, which was the work of participant members of the above. Also on sale were books, cakes and very attractive Christmas cards, which were also the work of participant members, with each one depicting the Christmas Season as we knew it in our childhood days. Anyone who wishes to purchase cards or the very attractive art pieces should contact Eileen on 021 4632996. This day was doubly hard for Eileen, as she broke her hand during the week, but she was ably assisted by her daughter, granddaughters, Deanna Brown, Tamara Lehane and family members and friends. Eileen is a wonderful lady and on behalf of the IWA

Thursday, December 9th: Pitch & Putt available at Corkbeg from 2.30 pm. Friday, December 10th: Whist at Edmond Rice Centre at 2.30 pm. Monday, December 13th: Tai Chi Exercises at Community Forum Youghal Road 10.30am to 11.30am & 11.30am to 12.30pm. Indoor Bowling at GAA Pavilion 2pm – 4pm. Tuesday, December 14th: 45 Drive at Edmond Rice Centre at 2.30pm. Wednesday, December 15th: Swimming available at Midleton Park Hotel Leisure Centre & Spa from 11.30am to 12.30pm.


B irthday!

Happy birthday to Marie O’Sullivan, from all your family, friends and relatives.

Birthday greetings to Gerard Healy, Rose Condon, Scott White, Mary Shanahan and her sister Rita Mullins, Ray Savage, Carla McCarthy, Carol Fitzegerald and her friends Edelle Horgan, Therese Hennessy and Aisling McCarthy.

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The Ecclesiastical Review East Cork

Ecclesiastical Events Parish of Youghal THE Youghal Branch of St. Vincent de Paul will hold their Christmas collection at Masses on Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th. Any support given will be greatly appreciated.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Next weekend, Do this In Memory will be held at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 9.30am Sunday Masses in the Parish.

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Eucharistic Adoration

People are still needed for Monday from 5pm to 6pm, and for Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm. Telephone Pat on 91145 if you can help. Feast of the Immaculate Conception Holyday of Obligation For this Holyday of Obligation, the Mass Schedule is as follows; 8am in St Mary’s Church. 9.30am in St. Ita’s Church. 10am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. 12noon in St Mary’s Church. 7.30pm in the Church of the Holy Family. Please note there will be no Vigil Masses, no 11am Mass and no 7.30pm Mass in St. Mary’s.

Today, Wednesday, December 8th

Carol Services

On Sunday, December 12th in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm. Led by the Choral Society. On Sunday, December 19th in St Mary’s Church at 4pm. Led by St. Mary’s Parish Choir. Monday, December 20th in the Church of Ireland at 8pm. All are welcome.

Parish Penitential Service

On Tuesday, December 21st the Parish Penitential Service will take place in the Holy Family Church at 7.30pm, with a number of visiting priests available for the Sacrament. Make an effort this Christmas to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. “God the Father of mercies has sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins”.

Gospel Reflection

Wednesday evening, at 8pm, Gospel Reflection will take place, weather permitting.

Youghal Baptist Church

(people trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life) We meet every Sunday morning at 11am in Brú na Sí (kindly loaned). This Sunday, December 12th, speaker expected is Ernie Tromsness. "Who is Jesus and why did He come?" People from all backgrounds and nationalities are welcome. For more details, contact Mervyn Scott, 024-25964/086-1732034 or see

Parish of Midleton and Ballintotas Mass Cards

The practice of having signed or stamped Mass Cards for sale in shops or other commercial outlets is contrary to the Charities Act, 2009 and as such is illegal. It has been confirmed that Mass Cards may be made available through Parish Offices or Church repositories, provided that proper procedures are in place. As

and from Monday, December 6th 2010 these procedures will be in place in the Midleton Parish office, and Mass Cards will be available.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today, Wednesday December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and a Holyday of Obligation. Masses in all Churches today are as on Sundays. Mass in the Holy Rosary will be celebrated tonight, Wednesday, at 7.30pm.

Do This In Memory

Mass for all children who are to receive First Confession and First Holy Communion this year, and their parents, will be celebrated in the Holy Rosary Church on Saturday next, December 11th, at 7.30pm and in Ballintotas on Sunday, December 12th at 10am.

St Joseph’s young priest’s Society

The monthly meeting will be held on today, Wednesday December 8th after the 10.30am Mass in the Edmond Rice Centre, Rosary Place. All are very welcome. The Society wishes to thank all those who have supported it over the past year. The aim of the society is to support Seminarians in their vocation to the Priesthood.

Midleton Male Voice Choir and Owenacurra Singers

The Choir and Singers will sing at the 7.30pm Mass on tonight, Wednesday December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and also at the 6.10pm Mass on December 18th.

Midleton Community Hospital Christmas Fundraiser

Carol Service by candlelight featuring Caroline Fraher, James O’Donovan, and Midleton Hospital Choir in the Hospital Chapel on Wednesday, December 22nd next at 7.30pm. Tickets €10. Contact the hospital 021 4635300.

Parish of Cobh

St Benedict’s Christmas Fayre

St Benedict’s Priory Cobh will have their Christmas Fayre on Saturday next, December 11th at St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh from 2pm to 5pm. Lots of stalls, raffles, winter plants etc., Admission €3.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

To celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy Mass and the Blessing of the Special Image will take place on Wednesday, December 15th in St Benedict’s Priory at 8pm. All are very welcome. Guadalupe Pro Life Cobh.

Parish of Carrigtwohill

Church Collection

The door collection for November 27th and 28th amounted to €1,190.50. Thank you.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The annual Christmas Appeal will take place on the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December. Your response to our appeal last year was most generous, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for your contribution and continued support throughout the year.

The History of the Advent Wreath

THE Advent wreath is part of our long-standing Catholic tradition. However, the actual origins are uncertain. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using wreaths with lit candles during the cold and dark December days, as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring. In Scandinavia during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn “the wheel of the earth” back towards the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth.

By the Middle Ages, the Christians adapted this tradition and used Advent wreaths as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas. After all, Christ is “the Light that came into the world” to dispel the darkness of sin and to radiate the truth and love of God (cf. John 3:19-21). By 1600, both Catholics and Lutherans had more formal practices surrounding the Advent wreath.

The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Saviour. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.

The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world. Some modern day adaptions include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve. Another tradition is to replace the three purple and one rose candles with four white candles, which will be lit throughout Christmas season. In family practice, the Advent wreath is most appropriately lit at dinner time. A traditional prayer service using the Advent wreath proceeds as follows: On the First Sunday of Advent, the father of the family blesses the wreath, praying: O God, by

whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy blessing upon this wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” He then continues for each of the days of the first week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The youngest child then lights one purple candle. During the second week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure minds. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The oldest child then lights the purple candle from the first week plus one more purple candle. During the third week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, we beg Thee, incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The mother then lights the two previously lit purple candles plus the rose candle.

Finally, the father prays during the fourth week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The father then lights all of the candles of the wreath. Since Advent is a time to stir-up our faith in the Lord, the wreath and its prayers provide us a way to augment this special preparation for Christmas. Moreover, this good tradition helps us to remain vigilant in our homes and not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

255 years ago

WHEN the English poet John Donne (1572-1631) wrote 'A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day" the saint's feast day fell (as it still does) on December 13th, the longest night of the year. That the midwinter solstice now falls on December 21st is the result of adjustments to the calendar made in 1752 when, to general alarm, it was decreed that Wednesday September 2nd was to be followed by Thursday, September 14th. This was because the calendar in Britain was by then 11 days out of step with the rest of Europe. Ireland followed suit. Some things never change!

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Youghal ICA Christmas meeting

THE Christmas meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, December 8th at 7.30pm in the Cumann na Daoine premises, Catherine Street. A great opportunity to share with Jane and Jim Horner their experiences during their trip around the world on their yacht. Members and friends.

CHECK it out tonight with the Scouts

The Scouts Christmas Bingo will take place tonight, Wednesday December 8th at 8pm at the GAA Hall at Magner’s Hill. Prizes galore to be won. Everyone welcome.

Youghal Rotary Club

The members of Youghal Rotary Club very much regret the cancellation of their recent Christmas Concert featuring The Garda Band. This was due to the adverse weather conditions which made it impossible for the band to travel. Refunds can be had by returning your ticket to where it was purchased. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment.

Youghal GAA lotto

The numbers drawn for Monday last were 17, 19, 25, 27. The Jackpot of €19,710 was not won. €200 shared by Ml. Cunningham, John Leahy and John O’Callaghan. Seller’s prize Carmel Forrest. Next week’s Jackpot is more than worth winning at €19,710.00. Make sure you’re in.

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Every little bit helps at Tesco Youghal

The Irish Cancer Society needs your help to raise funds this Christmas! Tesco stores throughout Cork will take part in the Irish Cancer Society Tesco Charity of the Year National Bag Pack, which will take place on Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th. The Irish Cancer Society is asking any groups in Cork, from work colleagues to schools, sports teams and groups of friends, to come to Tesco Youghal and lend a few hours of their time to help pack a few shopping bags! If you are a group leader or have a group of friends that would like to volunteer for the Tesco National Bag Pack, please contact Cliodhna O’Riordan on 01 231 6628 or Elaine Gillespie on (01) 231 6621, or email Because.... every little bit helps.

Bun Scoil Mhuire Cake and Book Sale

The annual Cake and Book sale which had been organised for last week, was postponed due to the closure of the school during the bad weather. It has been rescheduled, and will now take place on this Friday, December 10th at the school. As usual, there will be cakes and pastries, scones and jam, books galore and much, much more. An opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours, sit and have a chat and enjoy a nice hot cup of tea or coffee with delectable goodies to complement them. This annual event is always very popular and well attended, and it is hoped that you will lend your support again this year.

The flowers will bloom again

Youghal Flower & Garden Club Christmas Floral Demonstration with Maureen O’Keeffe, which was to be held on 7th December, has been postponed to 14th December. Maureen will demonstrate a traditional Christmas theme and the entry fee of €10 will also include refreshments. All arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Name: Noel Cronin Hometown: Youghal Age: 54 Hobbies: Radio, Technical, Broadcasting Favourite Bands/Music: The Eagles, Santana, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac , Doobie Brothers etc. Show: Rural Report A little bit about my show: All about giving rural communities in our Franchise area a radio voice Time of show: 10am to 12 noon every Saturday morning Interesting Fact: Noel was one of the founding members of Community Radio Youghal 31 years ago in 1979.

So, another chance to learn the skills of making Christmas floral arrangements, which make such a difference in any home. See you in the Walter Raleigh Hotel on December 14th.

45 Card Drive results

The results for November 23rd last at the GAA Pavilion, Magnier’s Hill were as follows: 1st: Simon and Buster; 2nd / 3rd Divided between Ann and Dick / Gene and Maighréad; Best of the last five, Kathleen and Assumpta; Last Game was won by Ann and Chrissie. Cards every Tuesday night at 8.30pm and everybody is welcome.

MICHAEL Del Punta, well-known as Youghal's 'Singing Waiter' has launched a CD entitled 'Christmas in New York.' The launch took place in the Nook Bar, Youghal last Friday night, with Michael surrounded by friends, family and other local musicians and singers.

Thursdays at Kinsalebeg

The Kinsalebeg Community Hall will host the launch of a book comprising of stories by members of ‘The Thursday Club’ and friends on tomorrow,Thursday December 9th at 7pm. This book is packed with photos, local history and other interesting little snippets from the past. The launch will include performances from the Thursday Club Band, Batchelors in Trouble, and Batty Prendergast. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Cork Association for Autism coffee morning

Tiny and Tommy O’Connell of Youghal have organised their annual fundraising Coffee Morning in aid of Cork Association for Autism, which will be held in Youghal GAA Club on Saturday next, December 11th from 10am to 1pm. This is a very worthy cause, and the O’Connell family would really appreciate your continued support. Everybody welcome.

A Town Out of Time

This local documentary film is much looked forward to and will be shown in the Walter Raleigh Hotel (please note change of venue) on Sunday next, December 12th, at 8pm. The film focuses on the social changes to the town of Youghal during the boom years, and should be of particular interest to all locals. Admission is free.

Don’t forget Dickie!

Youghal Community Bus is heading off for a Night with Dickie Rock at the Everyman Palace Theatre on 6th January 2011. Tickets are €25 plus €10 for the bus. For more information contact Cumann na Daoine on 024 91900 or Tony on 024 20843. Places are limited so please book your place as soon as possible.

The Y Factor is coming

Auditions for this year’s Y Factor Talent Show will take place at the Hot Spot Youth Centre, South Abbey, Youghal on Saturday, December 18th from 2pm until 6pm. Entries from over 18s only please. Entry forms are available at the Hot Spot Youth Centre and Youghal Library. The successful performers will compete in the final on Saturday, January 8th in the Walter Raleigh Hotel. The final will be hosted by the Jane Holly Show, and will also include special guests. Admission for the final is €5 per child and €8 for adults. Doors 7.30pm. For

Michael is pictured above with singer Jenny Stack, Colin and Orianna Broderick, Lorraine Del Punta, musicians Tony Kiely, Ollie Loughnane, Warren Tivy and John Burke from Claycastle Studios, Youghal. (Photo: Michael Hussey more information, please ring Bobby on 087 995 7102 or Nicola on 086 170 2347.

An evening of Christmas Inspiration

The next Christmas Event, organised by the Family Friendly Group, is "An Evening of Christmas Inspiration" . It will be held Wednesday, December 15th at 7.30pm in Green Barn Bistro. The evening will include demonstrations by David Fitzgibbon of Ahernes, Oonagh Poynton of Rhincrew Cookery School, Susan Spillane of Absolute Flowers and Stella Perks Table Settings. Christmas Shopping in Green Barn will be special on that evening, where 10% of all purchases will be donated to the Family Friendly Group supporting Childline. There will be free Mulled Wine & Mince Pies, and the entire evening promises to be a great night out ! Tickets are € 20 and are available from The Green Barn, The Red Store & Youghal Tourist Office. All food, flowers, Christmas decorations etc., will be raffled on the night. Please support a very worthy charity, and also have a great night out.

Blackwater Academy Variety Show

Saturday December 18th in the Walter Raleigh Hotel from 7pm to 9pm. Full details in next week’s edition.

Youghal Bay Bridge Club results

November 16th: 1st Kathleen Donnelly / Patricia McCarthy; 2nd Carmel Treacy / Kieran Groeger; 3rd Gerry Stack / Liam Kelly November 18th: The Adelphi Trophy 1st Maura O'Brien / Rita Landers; 2nd Andrew McNulty / Kieran Groeger; 3rd Olive Cotter / Cliff Bennett; 4th Rose Galvin / Sally O'Sullivan; 5th Clare Quill / Joan Murphy

Events at Cumann na Daoine

Wednesday, December 8th 1.30pm - 2.30pm Walking Group; 3pm - 5pm Women's Group; 7.30pm - 9.30pm ICA; 7.30pm 9pm Grow (Community Mental Health Group) Thursday, December 9th 11am - 1pm Men's Drop-In; 11am-12.30pm Archaeology ; 7.30pm - 9.30pm Music Group 8pm - 9.45pm Bingo Monday, December 13th 4pm- 5pm St Vincent de Paul Tuesday, December 14th 5.45pm - 7.30pm Weight Watchers; 7.30pm 9.30pm Card Making; 7.30pm - 9.30pm Cardiac Support.

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Midleton Active Retirement not deterred by ‘a little snow’

MIDLETON Active Retirement Group braved the elements on Sunday, December 5th to stage their annual get together at the Midleton Park Hotel. Conditions were far from ideal on the roads and footpaths, but these senior citizens had seen far worse in their time and a little ice was not going to put them off having a good time. With the function commencing early it was possible for them all to get home before the road conditions got really bad.

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Asylum seeker convicted of drink driving at Midleton court

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

A CONGOLESE man was handed a three month prison sentence for a drink driving offence in Midleton.

Mo Nsambi Monanga, aged 34, of the Kinsale Road accommodation centre, pled guilty to breaching the legal alcohol limit on October 16th last. Mr. Monanga was apprehended by Gardaí on Bailick Road,



where it was found he also had no driver’s license or insurance.

The court heard how Mr. Monanga was an asylum seeker and had suffered persecution in his home country of the Congo.

The defendant also said he had limited resources and had to survive on a state income of €19.50 a week.

In his summation Judge Michael Pattwell inquired as to how the defendant managed to get drunk on such a limited income.

In lieu of this being Mr. Monanga’s second drink driving offence; a custodial three month sentence was imposed. The defendant was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Bord Gáis opens new €400m Cork power plant

BORD Gáis officially opened its new gas-fired power station at Whitegate on Monday last. The €400m investment marks the company’s first significant move into electricity generation. Up to 50 people will be employed at the plant once it reaches full production.

The new 445 megawatts plant provides power for 445,000 homes and at the peak of its construction, 800 people were employed on the site.

LISMORE Dramatic Society’s presentation of “Frosty Frolics” takes to the stage this weekend at the Courthouse on Saturday, December 11th at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, December 12th at 2pm and 8pm. This is a children’s winter musical extravaganza, with a cast of over 100 children, Frosty Frolics is ready to bring Christmas cheer to all this year. Rehearsals have been going on in the Courthouse theatre over the past 2 months and we are looking forward to

showcasing the young talent around Lismore and surrounding areas. Frosty Frolics is a variety show with new and old taking part. The production is directed by Aislinn Celisse Morrissey and Vanessa Celisse. They have been working hard to give everyone the Christmas feeling. The musical numbers and singing this year has been under the direction of Liz O’Hara and her expertise in this area was vital to this show. Vanessa is choreographer for all our musical

‘The Whitegate power plant will add significantly to Ireland’s security of energy supply, while

Frosty Frolics in Lismore this weekend

contributing to a cleaner environment,’ commented Rose Hynes, Chairman of Bord Gáis. After its ‘Big Switch’ campaign launched in February last year, Bord Gáis now has over 420,000 electricity customers. production and again this year she has outdone herself. Watch out for her Rockin Robins and Santa is comin to town.

And on that note Santa will be making a visit to our grotto on Sunday, December 12th at 3.30pm after our matinee performance at 2pm. We would like to thank all the parents and guardians of all the children in the show. And we ask everyone to come and support the children and book tickets soon. Booking at Cahill’s, Lismore on 058 53992 daily or Aislinn Celisse on 0870575255

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In The Driving Seat

Our regular motoring guide

Motorists spend 18 days searching for Vito wins Van of parking during driving career the Year award Parking costs us up to €680 per annum THE average Irish driver could be spending in the region of 18 days searching for parking spaces during their lifetime, according to the results of an AA Motor Insurance poll. The AA Motor Insurance poll of more than 7,000 motorists reveals that drivers in Ireland spend an average of 12 minutes and 24 seconds hunting for car parking each week. On the assumption that these drivers will have a driving career that spans 40 years, AA Motor Insurance estimates that motorists could be spending up to 18 days searching for parking spaces during their lifetime. Both Dublin and Cork motorists spend slightly longer parking their cars each week, averaging out at 12 minutes 30 seconds and 13 minutes and 6 seconds respectively.

From a cost perspective, nearly half of respondents said they spend less than a tenner each

week on parking fees. 5% indicated that they spend €50 or more per week. Overall AA motor insurance calculates the average weekly spend to be €13.10 which equates to a substantial sum of €680 per annum. The results of the AA Motor Insurance poll also supports the widely held belief that car parks are notorious spots for fender benders. A quarter of all respondents said that they have been involved in a parking mishap within the last 3 years. Dispelling the stereotype that women are more likely than men to get into scrapes while parking, a fifth of women said they have had an accident while parking compared with 27% of men. Of those who stated that they were involved in one or more parking incidents, 85% said they did damage to their own vehicle, 18% admitted they damaged someone else’s car, 4% said they ran over their own belongings or those of a family member, 4%


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Of those respondents who admitted to damaging 3rd party property while parking, 44% said they waited to talk to the owner/representative from the property, 35% said they left a note with their details, 12% said they left without telling anyone and 4% said they informed the Gardaí.

‘If you do damage to someone else’s vehicle and leave the scene, even if it occurs in a car park, in the eyes of the law it’s still classified as a hit and run,” warns John Farrell, Director of AA Motor Insurance. ‘If an accident does happen take responsibility for your actions and speak to the owner of the other vehicle or property.” ‘With only a few weeks left until Christmas, shopping centres and their car parks are starting to get pretty hectic”, says Farrell. ‘To avoid adding a call to your insurance provider to your busy Christmas to-do list, we’ve put together the following safe parking tips:

Preventing Parking Mishaps this Christmas

1. Slow down. It’s a car park not a race track! 2. Look out for distracted pedestrians. They will be pushing heavy trolleys, lugging bags of shopping, supervising children and in some cases chatting on their mobile phones all at the same time. 3. Be patient. There’s more de-

mand on car parks at this time of the year so be prepared to have to spend longer searching for a space. Impatience will only lead to carelessness. 4. Turn off the Christmas jingles! Switch off your radio when you’re in a car park. It’ll only distract you and means you may not hear other vehicles. 5. Give reversing your full attention. Don’t be checking your text messages, tuning in the radio or programming your SatNav when pulling out of your parking space. Look and look again to check that you’re clear to reverse. And don’t forget to check if there’s someone about to pull out of the bay directly behind you or else you could have a case of bumper cars on your hands. 6. Park in the centre of the parking bay. This will make it easier to reverse out when leaving and also will reduce the likelihood of the cars either side of you doing damage to your vehicle. 7. Don’t squeeze into a parking space which barely allows you to open your doors, just for the sake of being closer to the shops. You’ll only end up scratching your car or those either side of you. 8. Use your indicators. Some people think that you don’t need to use them as you’re not on the road. However,a you still need to let other drivers know which way you’re turning. 9. Ask your children to be quiet when you’re parking.

The AA also reminds motorists not to block footpaths, be conscious of people with prams, buggies or wheelchairs, and respect disabled only parking spaces.

THE New Mercedes-Benz Vito has won the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association Van of the Year Award. Acknowledging the award on behalf of their light commercial vehicles dealer network, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Sales Manager, Fergus Conheady said “we are delighted to have been presented with this highly coveted award and to have won it against such tough competition”.

Some seven vans competed for the award, which was presented as part of the Irish Car of the Year Awards ceremony held at the new National Convention Centre in Dublin recently. Commenting on the Vito, Mr. Conheady said that, with its new engine line-up, new 6-speed van gearbox, increased payload options, new interior, improved chassis and strong new body design, the Vito once again sets the benchmark in the light commercial vehicles segment.

Priced from €19,190 plus VAT, the Vito is offered in twenty model variants.


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O deer, oh dear...

with John Whelan-Curtin

Domestic disturbance leads to €500 fine for Midleton-based man A Midleton based Eastern European man was fined for a public order offence involving his ex-girlfriend.

Rafal Glodowski, aged 25, of Willowbank, Midleton, was arrested by Gardaí on March 19th in Riverwalk, Tir Cluain, Midleton.

Residents in the area called Gardaí after Mr. Glodowski was heard shouting and kicking at the door of his ex-girlfriend’s house.

When Gardaí arrived on the scene, Mr. Glodowski became even more aggressive and challenged Gardaí to arrest him. The defendant, who has five previous convictions, was intoxicated at the time.

Through the aide of an interpreter, Mr. Glodowski apologised in court for his actions. He also stated he was on better terms with his ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a two year old child. Judge Michael Pattwell imposed a fine of €500.

WITH three weeks to go until the great highlight of the year (referring to Christmas that is) it is a shame we can’t take a peek at the life of Santa’s helpers; the reindeer. Even though we don’t have any of the beautiful beasts in residence in the wild, we do have three (and possibly four) wild species of deer in Ireland. Note I said wild and not native.

It is a reasonably nice thought, when out in nature in Ireland, that one has little to worry about in terms of terrible beasts. At the end of the day a human being is as big and dangerous an animal as you’ll see in nature on our safe little isle. Of course, a red deer stag shatters the entire illusion. While far more likely to make for the hills on seeing you (nothing to do with your looks, don’t worry) a male red deer could, if he so chose, pose a great danger to anyone. At 240 Kg (that’s almost 540lbs to those living in imperical, or more than 38 stone to those living even more in impirical) a red deer stag is quite possibly the most potentially dangerous wild animal in Ireland.

The red deer are true natives, they’ve been here since the Ice Age. Naturally, as we do, people hunted them and destroyed their habitats here until there were only around 60 left in the country, about 100 years ago. The red deer has, thankfully, not gone the way of the wolf, and has now reestablished itself.

In the Disney film, Bambi, the hero is a fallow deer. In the original story Bambi was a fallow deer. These beautiful dappled creatures were introduced by the Normans when they came to Ireland and have hung around since. While there are still only around 1,000 red deer in the whole

country, the fallow deer number around 10,000. Much smaller than the red deer, many of us will out weigh even a big fallow deer (and many of us who don’t outweigh them now probably will by the end of the holiday season) a paltry 85kg max for a buck compared to the 240Kg of the red deer.

While the red deer has been with us through thick and thin, and the fallow deer have certainly stuck around, the sika deer has yet to prove itself a friend. The Sika are native to Eastern Asia and Japan, and established themselves here mainly as fugitives from parks. Sika deer are a serious invasive problem here because of their feeding habits, breeding habits, and the fact that the only creature really capable of hunting them can just pop a frozen pizza in the oven rather than go get ‘em. European scientists found that the only animals more harmful as an invasive creature than Sika deer, were muskrats and brown rat.

Finally, the Reeve’s Muntjac have recently begun setting themselves up here. These little beasts hail from China and hardly seem like anything compared with native red. A Reeve’s Muntjac deer weighs in at only around 20Kg. A middle sized Labrador could easily weigh 30Kg making the Reeve’s Muntjac the elf of the Irish deer world. Reeve’s Muntjac are, unfortunately, terrible fond of eating saplings and are doing terrible damage to young forestry. Santa Claus might have reindeer but we’ve got four different types. And while he seems to make pretty good time with the reindeer pulling his sleigh, he might have time to relax if he had a few of our bigger brawny Irish stags doing the job.


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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

A TRUE TEA PARTY: Imokilly Senior Citizens Jamboree

EAST Cork Muintir na Tire came together on Sunday night, November 21st for a Tea Dance, in the Midleton Park Hotel. The senior citizens that attended from all corners of Imokilly and indeed beyond, had a great evening, as old and new acquaintances were made, while plenty of dancing was done as the ladies and gents tripped the lights fantastic on the dance floor.

Susie Buckley with Noreen Manley

Theresa Rohan with Pat Quinlan

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Eileen, Hegarty, Mary Hegarty and Nellie Collins

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Help seniors to stay safe this winter

FALL prevention is one of the biggest senior safety concerns for the elderly, especially those that live alone.

Speaking about the importance of fall prevention, Noeleen Cronin of Home Instead Senior Care said, ‘Falling is a very common and serious problem for older persons.

Falls are also responsible for many seniors breaking a bone and losing their independence. The good news is many falls can be prevented and there are a number of steps seniors can take to lower their chances of falling.

‘All too often, falling results in injuries such as broken bones and a loss of independence.

‘Often times, falling can be prevented by following simple fall prevention tips, such as reducing clutter.

Here are 10 fall prevention tips from Home Instead Senior Care:

• Fix uneven cracks and pathways outdoors. • Install handrails or grab bars on stairs and steps. • Trim shrubbery along the pathway to the home. • Secure rugs with non-skid tape as well as carpet edges. • Reduce clutter. • Install night lights or motionsensitive lighting throughout the home. • Remove wheels from all items

of furniture • Mount a liquid soap dispenser on the bath-wall. • Install a portable, hand-held shower head. • Install a raised toilet seat if needed. The following statistics reveal some startling truths about falling and the importance of fall prevention:

• 82% of accidents to people over the age of 75 are fall related. • 20% of people aged 60+ who fracture their hip will pass away due to complications within 6-12 months. • Only 30% of people aged 60+ who fracture their hip regain their independence.

‘It is important seniors do what they can to avoid falls and maintain their independence,’ she concluded. For further information on fall prevention please call 021 500 2190 to order a FREE copy of Beat the Break: A Guide to Bone Health and Fall Prevention. You can also download a copy from

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KGK urges: ‘Have a laugh’

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

BEAT the cabin fever this weekend as weather conditions are set to improve and head down to the KGK Community Sports Hall for an action packed Comedy night. This is your final reminder to come along this Friday night, December 10th or Saturday, December 11th at 8.15pm to enjoy two comedies, “Moules Mariniere” by Mary Marron and “And The Winner Is” by Mitch Albom, both directed by Tomás Roche. As always in Knockanore a friendly welcome and atmosphere awaits you, along with a warm cup of tea or coffee at the interlude, as you collectively share in the enjoyment of the night.

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The cast of both plays are sure to keep you entertained with their exciting and competent performances. For any enquiries you can call Ber O’ Farrell on 024 97315 /087 9940043 or Bridget Hunt on 086 8398247. Remember to book the hall or simply make an enquiry for birthday parties, meetings, classes, or anything else for which you may require the space, you can do so by calling 087 9675399 between 7pm and 9pm.

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The KGK Community Sports Hall is kindly sponsored by Tallow Area Credit Union.

Fermoy whist drive Results Sunday, December 6th:

Winning ladies: Mary Dowling, Mary Mason, Margaret O’Flynn, Claire Kennedy, Mairead Scannell, Joan O’Callaghan, Margaret Mulkeen and Esther Lomasney.

Winning gents: Tadgh Donovan, B. Finucane, E. Ring, Fr. Aquin Casey, I. O’Brien, K. Clifford, M. Moran and Gerald Donovan. Raffle: Mairead Scannell, Joan O’Callaghan and Violet Draper.

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NO, the Prince of Pop has not risen from the dead. Instead, it’s Michael Jackson impersonator, Anthony ‘Moon’ Walker at Opera Lane, Cork City showing off his dancing skills to promote his one night only show at the Cork Opera House on Sunday, December 12th. Dangerous, indeed. (Photo: Billy MacGill)


CANTEMUS Chamber Choir will present its 2010 Christmas Concert in St. John the Baptist Church, Midleton, on Saturday, December 11th at 8 pm and in the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, on Wednesday, December 15th at 8pm. The rich and varied programme will include some of the greatest Christmas music, ranging from the early music of Schutz and Sweelinck to the more contemporary offerings of Poulenc, Rutter and Whitacre and will, of course, include the best loved Christmas classics! There is something here to gladden every heart for the Festive Season - and what better way to get rid of the chill of last week’s cold snap? Midleton audiences are by now familiar with the work of Cantemus,and the choir is looking forward to performing in the fine acoustics of the Sirius Arts Centre for a brand new audience. Tickets priced at €10 represent good value in these recessionary times.

1. Take the time to wash out seed trays and pots and sterilize them with Milton for re-use in the coming year.

2. House plants and greenhouse plants need relatively little water in winter and should be kept just on the dry side of moist. More house plants are killed by too much water in winter than by drought in summer. If the plant stands in water for more than a few days, the roots may die and rot. The rot can progress through the roots system, eventually destroying the roots and killing the plant. Make sure to drain the plant after watering. 3. Stored dahlias, gladiolus and cannas should be checked every few weeks in storage. If the conditions are too dry, these corms and tubers tend to shrivel, while they may rot if the air is over damp or too cold. Shrivelled tubers can be soaked in water for a day or so to replenish their water supply but be sure to allow the tubers to dry on the surface before storage. Later on, watch for signs of new growth and large infestations of greenflies that may appear. 4. Forced hyacinth bulbs that were potted up in September should be lifted and brought into a warm place to flower.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

‘Dwyer’s Ireland – A View From Above’ gets off to a flying start with off icial launch

THE superb book of aerial photography by Kevin Dwyer, ‘Dwyer’s Ireland - A View From Above’, was launched recently by renowned marine correspondent, Tom MacSweeney. The launch took place in the Penthouse of the Clarion Hotel, a very suitable venue for such an occasion, with its aerial views overlooking Cork City and the River Lee. The publisher, Con Collins of The Collins Press, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Tom MacSweeney to the guests. Tom went on to speak about the book, noting the importance of living on an island and how it challenges us to see ourselves as island people. “Kevin’s books portrayed the accuracy of Ireland as an island nation. The images are a sculpture of light and Kevin has brought the magnificence of Ireland into our homes, with an ability to see out over the headland.”

Tom is freshly back from the UK where he was recently honoured by being the first journalist outside the UK to be presented with the prestigious Desmond Wettern Award by the British Maritime Foundation in London. This special honour was made in recognition of the outstanding contribution which Tom has made to generating awareness of maritime issues. The trophy and £1,000 award was presented by Countess Mountbatten, President of the Maritime Foundation, at its annual awards ceremony in London. Tom graciously gave the award back to the Foundation to support Kevin Dwyer, centre back, is congratulated on his success by his very proud family their work, particularly in the area of tall ships opportunities and sea training for young people. The Foundation will be offering places to Irish people and are interested in extending the work of the Foundation to Ireland.

Kevin Dwyer with his pilot, Jerry Creedon of Gaelic Helicopters, Mallow

Dwyer’s Ireland is an amazing view of Ireland from above. Commencing in Athlone, this journey heads to the Celtic Sea and features some of Kevin’s favorite locations around our magnificent coastline. Evoking the thrill of your very first airplane trip, Dwyer’s Ireland illustrates our landscape from an exhilarating aspect, and proves that Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Kevin thanked Con Collins for his continued support. To date, 40,000 copies of his books of aerial photography have been published by The Collins Press, which have gained world wide recognition. Kevin also thanked Tom MacSweeney for officially launching the book “Tom is a specialist in creating awareness of maritime matters through the airwaves. However, for me, it is from the air and over the waves!” Kevin went on to note the tremendous support from his family, especially his wife, Fie, who had also contributed significantly to the photographic content of Dwyer’s Ireland. (Photos: Thomas Tattan)

Freddie Pedersen, Royal Danish Consul and Hanne Conor Doyle, Kinsale, Freddie Pedersen, Royal Danish Consul and John Potter-Cogan, Midleton Pederson from Glounthaune with Kevin Dwyer

Padraig MacSweeney, Midleton. Mag & Bob Bennett, Glanmire with the O’Reillys from Glanmire

Jim Murphy, President of the Glanmire Rotary and John O’Reilly

Tom MacSweeney, author Kevin Dwyer and publisher, Con Collins

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Eanna Dowling is Hot Press pick of the fortnight EANNA Dowling’s 6 track demo CD Change has been selected by Jackie Hayden of Hot Press magazine as the ‘Pick of the Fortnight’. Presented as a ‘Righteous Soul Rebel’ project, the Youghal resident composed and recorded the 4 songs and 2 instrumentals at home on his laptop.

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It’s a real grass roots cottage industry, as he designed the cover and produced the CD at home. He’s been quietly selling and sharing the limited edition, and one of the rare copies came into Hayden’s hands.

‘I was at a concert in Wexford,’ says Eanna. ‘My friend from Clare was there and I’d brought some CDs for her to bring to the West. Milling around outside afterwards I found myself standing next to Jackie, so I gave him a copy. I’m delighted he reviewed it and chuffed that he chose it as this edition’s pick.’ Jackie Hayden has written for Hot Press for many years but will always be known as the man who gave U2 their first recording contract with CBS in 1979. His regular First Cuts column reviews demos by bands and solo artists, offering a frank critique of the work and an introduction to the readers of the music magazine.

He has this to say about the Righteous Soul Rebel ep: ‘Change! Economy Voodoo’ has echoes of A House’s ‘Endless Art’ and is a spirited diatribe about the state of the world, with deft samples and treated vocals.

‘The Eye of the Storm’ has a heavier vibe about climate change, although Dowling’s vocals could be more dominant in the mix. ‘Doctor Bankenstein’ has smart synth washes on an instrumental that . . . is really a provocative slab of electronica. ‘Its sleeve notes convey his sense of anger about the mess

we’ve been plunged into through corruption, greed and a dose of stupidity. Fascinating stuff that confronts real world issues.’

Dowling is currently recording a new album of songs in Claycastle Studio, Youghal. Provisionally called ‘Rising” which he hopes to launch in the spring. This time he’s working with local musicians to create a more acoustic, folky sound for his original songs. Further information and CDs:

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Midleton Credit Union AGM 2010 Over 17,000 members gain 0.5% dividend Manager's Report 2010

Midleton CU Christmas Party on Dec. 17th MIDLETON Credit Union's annual Christmas Party takes place on December 17th from 10am to 12 noon. Seasonal refreshments will be served.

A message to the 'Anonymous Letter Writer' – I say your words are wasted as those who attend the party and, maybe, have a 'tipple' are responsible enough not to drive – KW.

Given by John Fenton, Manager THIS year has been a very challenging year for all Credit Unions.

Everyone welcome to attend, so do come along and join us to herald in the festive season.

THE 42nd Annual General Meeting of Midleton Credit Union took place at the Midleton Park Hotel on Thursday last and, despite the very poor weather, almost 100 people attended.

Chairman's Report By Pat Burke

THE one thing I can assure you of is that your money is safe with Midleton Credit Union. We, the Manager and Directors, have been actively managing our financial affairs in a conservative manner in these difficult times. Some members may have found it hard to meet loan repayments, and we have done our best to help them. Others, who ignore their obligations and make no effort to meet us to discuss them, we have to deal with in a different way.

At the outset Chairman Pat Burke welcomed everyone and then recited the Credit Union Invocation.

He then ascertained that a quorum was present and proposed the adoption of standing orders. He extended sympathies to all who had lost loved ones during the year, RIP.

The League of Credit Unions is still there, but major decisions are now taken by the Regulator regarding arrears in re-payments. Re-scheduled loans do not qualify for another loan for 12 months, unless in special circumstances. Many members of Credit Unions here and around the country do not agree with the actions of the Regulator in regard to Credit Unions. The whole ethos of our organisation is changing and it seems that they want to treat us like a bank, and you know what happened to them. They do not understand that Credit Unions are for the ordinary people. Midleton Credit Union also benefits from the double protection of the I.L.C.U. and the government guarantee of €100,000. As you will see in other reports, our membership is still rising. The workload of the Manager, Directors and Supervisors is increasing daily, with the directives of the Regulator. A challenge for us all, but we will meet it. My thanks to our Manager, John Fenton, Directors, Supervisors, staff and voluntary workers in Carrigtwohill.

During the meeting, draws for members were held at intervals and many lucky winners went home happy as there were 45 draws of €25 - typical of the kindness and generosity to the members of Midleton Credit Union.

Pat Burke invited Kathleen Woulfe, Vice-Chairperson, to say a few words and Kathleen said how delighted she was to see so many people present, mentioning Manager John Fenton, who had travelled from Dungarvan in atrocious conditions to be present, as did Derry and Denis from Clonakilty. She thanked them and Chairman, Pat Burke, for their dedication and loyalty to the movement. She paid special tribute and sympathised with her colleague, Eleanor Laffan and her family on the recent death of her husband, Bernie. Also all who were bereaved throughout the year - Ar dheis laimh Dia go raibh a-hAnam dílis. Secretary, Richard Craven read the minutes of last year's AGM, after

which he read the report of the Board of Directors.

After the reports were given, very appetising refreshments were then served to all.

Joe McCarthy announced the Directors elected as follows: Eleanor Laffan, Richard Craven, James Ginn, Pat Barrett, Killian O'Sullivan and Denis McCarthy, elected Auditor. (Crowley & McCarthy, Chartered Accountants).


Chairman, Pat Burke proposed the following motions, which were carried unanimously: 1. That €9.50 can be deducted from each member in accordance with our payment of League Affiliation fees and Death Benefit. 2. That 50 cent can be deducted from each member in accordance with our payment towards ILCU charitable organisation donations.

In conclusion, Pat Burke thanked the hotel and Pat Faye, ILCU for his encouraging message and also thanked two ex Managers – Denis Corbett and David Lane - for attending. Election of officers resulted as follows: Chairman – Pat Burke Vice-Chairperson – Kathleen Woulfe Secretary – Richard Craven Treasurer – Don Menzies Next meeting takes place tomorrow night, Thursday, December 9th at 3pm, to elect sub-committees for the next year.

Membership Committee Report Given by Don Menzies

DON Menzies laid out the criteria for becoming a member of a credit union and stated that the current membership now stands at 17,068 individuals and 100 clubs. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members, and also to thank the Management and staff for their cooperation and assistance throughout the year. Pat Barrett, William Murphy, Pat Burke, Don Menzies and Ann White.

Category 16 & under 17 to 24 25 to 30 31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 65 66 plus Total

Total 2477 1650 1941 3900 2871 2748 1481 17068

Male 1225 752 937 1773 1312 1202 624 7825

Female 1252 898 1004 2127 1559 1546 857 9243

As already outlined by the previous reports, new and more stringent Regulatory requirements have made it necessary to commit significantly more funds to bad debt provisions, and set aside larger reserves for possible future economic deteriorations.

Notwithstanding these factors, Midleton Credit Union returned a surplus of €917,165, resulting in a dividend payment of 0.5% and loan interest rebate of 10%. This represents a prudent distribution of surplus funds, but members can be assured that we have maintained liquid assets and provisions to strongly meet our future obligations. While we understand that the dividend rate is low at 0.5%, our priority is to provide credit for those who need it in these difficult times, while maintaining a solid balance sheet. Loan Applications for the year were again very strong at €9.5 million, and members can be assured that they continue to benefit from the double protection of the ILCU savings scheme, as well as the government's guarantee of up to €100,000 per depositor. Midleton Credit Union has a large lending capacity and continues to offer access to credit facilities for those who need it in these difficult times.

Our new website is almost complete and this will allow members to make balance enquiries online, move cleared funds between accounts and source loan applications and repayment terms. Our Bi-Monthly Car Draw continues to be extremely successful and I would encourage all of you to avail of it. This year we intend to implement an EFT system which will facilitate the payment of Social Welfare, Pensions or Payroll directly to a member's account from source.

I would like to thank the Board of Directors, staff and Supervisors for their help and assistance over the past year and, in particular, Mr. Pat Burke for his continued work and commitment. As always, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the year ahead.

Christmas opening hours Christmas Eve: Closed Monday, Dec. 27th: Closed Wednesday, Dec. 28th: Closed Thursday, Dec. 30th: Open 9.30am - 4.30pm New Year's Eve: Open 9.30am - 6.30pm New Year's Day (Saturday): Closed Monday, January 3rd: Closed Tuesday, January 4th: Open as normal

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Midleton Credit Union AGM 2010 Loans rescheduled during the year total €3,854,591

Treasurers' Report THE revised and more rigid regulatory requirements have once again impacted on the direction and focus of Midleton Credit Union, requiring us to concentrate on our resources on reserves and provisions. However, we continue to trade successfully in the best interests of our members.

Given by James Ginn

Our assets stand at €68.216 million and total savings stand at €59.236 million, while our deposits, investments and overall liquidity are in complete compliance with Regulatory stipulations.

In a time when many Credit Unions in the country will not be in a position to pay either a dividend or rebate, I am glad that we can pay 0.5% dividend and 10% of interest to members in Midleton. I readily acknowledge that there are challenging and difficult times ahead of us, but we will continue to manage our affairs in a prudent and pro-active manner on behalf of you, our members. I would like to thank the Board, Manager and staff for their work and efforts over the past year and our Auditor, Mr. Derry Crowley and his staff for their help and support. Finally, I would like to thank all of our members for their continued support and encourage them to utilise all of our services in the year ahead.

Honorarium of €3,500 proposed and seconded for the Treasurer. Directors approved financial statements on November 15th, 2010.

Staffing Committee Report 2010

Our current staff consists of 10 full-time staff and 3 parttime staff. Staffing committee: Jim Fox, Eleanor Laffan, Richard Craven, James Ginn, John Fenton, Pat Burke and Donal Leyne.

Given by James Ginn

New Year, New Car for Aghada’s Pat

Credit Control Credit Committee Report 2010 Committee Report Given by Don Menzies

THE Credit Control Committee meets monthly to deal with the most unpleasant aspect of the Credit Union's business – setting and implementing policy and procedures for pursuing defaulting borrowers. The past year has probably been the most difficult for the Credit Union, taking into account the worsening economic climate and resulting unemployment, coupled with reduced income on the part of numerous members. The Committee has constantly endeavoured to ensure that people with loans, who find themselves in difficulty, are given every opportunity to seek the assistance of management. Again, we must stress the importance of contacting the Credit Union immediately if repayment difficulties arise. The Regulator is currently opposed to the rescheduling of loans and we must take cognisance of this.

Loans rescheduled during the year total €3,854.591.

We are pleased to report that there is a marked increase in people contacting the Credit Union over the past year, and not ignoring the letters and calls made to them. Of course, there are those who still ignore our efforts and we regret the necessity of proceeding to the legal process with these. We have engaged a Contractor to visit people who fall behind on their repayments, and this appears to be a successful development. Unfortunately, we have to do our utmost to recover loans and, where people do not respond to our efforts to communicate with them, ultimately we have to enter the legal process with a view to recouping the loss. This process is undertaken as a last resort, to protect our members' savings.

There are at present 251 cases with our legal representatives. These are in various stages of a long legal process.

New legislation makes our task of pursuing cases through the courts more difficult, but we are again in the process of taking delinquent cases to law. We are hopeful that we can recover an appreciable amount, if not all, of the delinquent loans. We continue to bear in mind the current situation and people's ability to repay loans. Our provision for bad loans stands at €1,523,368 – this sum has been increased from over €710,334 as per the Regulator's requirements. PAT Melvin was the lucky winner of Midleton Credit Union's first Car Draw of 2010. She picked up a brand new Seat Ibiza from Cashman Car Sales, Cork Road, Midleton and was delighted, as was her husband Gerry, to have such a great start to 2010. 'A brand new Seat Ibiza for just €60,' quipped Credit Union Manager, John Fenton, 'that's not bad going at all!'

The Committee feel that our Credit Union has coped relatively well under adverse conditions over the past year and wish to thank the Manager and staff for their continuing work in what is a very unpleasant task. We look forward to continuing cooperation with the new Board of Management. Pat Barrett, Chairman; Don Menzies, Ann White, Richard Craven and Donal Leyne.

MR. White, in his address, stated the General Rules on Loan Applications and provided the Loans Analysis Report (year ended September 30th, 2010) as printed below: Credit Committee members: Pat Burke, Kathleen Woulfe, Bill Murphy and Michael White.

Given by Michael White

House Purchase Home Improvements Car/Bike Purchase Car/Bike Repairs/Tax/Insurance Education Expenses Personal Expenses Business Expenses Holidays/Travel Christmas Expenses Wedding Expenses Miscellaneous Domestic Appliances House Maintenance/Repairs Household Expenses Total

No. 5 567 440 208 115 1161 41 380 311 75 31 8 24 160


€ 70,000.00 2,201,580.00 2,391,678.00 230,111.00 274,620.00 2,159,285.00 187,300.00 629,971.00 345,480.00 405,600.00 109,320.00 6,123.00 183,850.00 295,690.00 9,490,608.00

Last date for loan applications is Tuesday, December 14th, 2010. Countdown to Christmas at

Midleton Credit Union 23/24 Main Street, Midleton email:

Season’s greetings to all our customers and every good wish for 2011 Thank you for your support in 2010

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Cold spell continues


Waterford Way Cinderella Ardmore Pottery opens in Cappoquin Christmas Fair now on With Declan Barron

THIS Friday, December 10th the Cappoquin Choral and Dramatic Society will perform “A Christmas Cinderella” for two nights at the Cappoquin Community Centre. Bookings can be made by contacting Gillian Coffey at 058-52208 or 083-3023096. Adult tickets are just €10 while children are priced at €5 so a great two night’s entertainment is in store.

THE Annual Mary Lincoln Christmas Craft Fare is now on, and continues until Christmas Eve at the Ardmore Pottery Shop on the Cliff Road. There is always an exciting array of gifts on offer at prices to suit every pocket, so a visit is certainly recommended.

Ardmore Pattern Festival Committee

Wholesale cancellations due to weather

BEING able to get around is one of the main needs of the public and with the recent snow and frost making it almost impossible to get around this had led to the cancellation of social and sporting events as well as school closures, with safety being of paramount importance. A number of these events will be rescheduled but some will also go by the wayside, with restaurants and hotels being particularly hard hit by the weather. Sporting fixtures have been almost completely wiped out, with the Munster Rugby game the only major fixture to survive. The full programme of WWEC fixtures, including the Oscar Traynor Cup fixture against Wicklow, went by the board so there will be some catching up to be done over the Christmas and New Year period.

Ardmore GAA medal presentation

THE Ardmore GAA club will hold their medal presentation on Sunday, December 12th for the various successful underage teams at the clubhouse on Sunday afternoon. Weather permitting, the Maurice and Theresa Power sponsored underage finals will also have been completed on Sunday morning, bringing a successful season to a conclusion.

Christmas market in Cappoquin

gious award at the Waterford Community and Voluntary Awards night held in the Clonea Strand Hotel. The award in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Category is one of the toughest to achieve, and the Festival Committee are delighted to have won. Already plans are well underway for the 2011 event which takes place around the feast of St Declan on July 24th.

It is perhaps ironic that Ardmore are truly delighted that they have been chosen by the Author, Fergal Keane signs a book for Community Forum, when the Mary Houlihan from Lismore during Community Forum themselves the 2010 Ardmore Pattern Festival have found out that they might not receive any funding for THE Ardmore 2011 from central government. It really is crazy that Pattern Festival voluntary groups like the Community Forum and the committee has Pattern Committee, who are working hard to inbeen rewarded for crease activity that will lead to more people visiting three years of un- and staying in the area which has a financial benefit selfish effort by to the community, so cutting funding does not seem winning a presti- to be the right way to go.

WEST Waterford, like the remainder of the country, continues to be held in the icy grip of the weather as the cold snap continues to stay with us. This, of course, brings with it the many difficulties associated with snow and ice, with getting prom point A to point B one of the main problems. Thankfully, the hardworking County Council and Local authority staff have been doing trojan work in gritting the many icy areas and black spots that only local knowledge can point out. While the NRA look after the major roads such as the N25 it’s the feeder roads that have the problems and it is here that the local council staff have done great work. As someone who is on the road every day I know full well the benefit of having even a little grip at bad junctions, so while the council staff gets plenty of unwarranted publicity at times, they should also receive the plaudits when they are due. Being able to get to a shop, a doctor or to visit family and friends have all been made possible thanks to your efforts, so well done to you all for the great effort you have made to keep our roads safe and passable.

Aglish Children’s Christmas Party

THE children’s Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 12th in Aglish Hall at 4pm, weather permitting of course, so please watch out for notice that it goes ahead.

Modeligo sale of work

SUNDAY, December 12th is the date for the Modeligo GAA club Sale of Work, commencing at 2pm in the community centre. There will be the usual stalls, as well as a cake sale, raffle and of course a visit from Santa Claus to look forward to.

SATURDAY, December 11th should see a fine crowd gather at the square in Cappoquin for the Annual Christmas Market. As usual there will be plenty of local produce on offer while a visit from Santa will also be one of the highlights in Cappoquin.

Christmas Craft Fair at Blackwater Garden Centre

ALREADY well established as a splendid venue, the Blackwater Garden Centre will host a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 12th from 10.30 am to 5pm. There will be plenty of stalls with Silks, Ceramics, Jewelry, Knitwear, Pottery and other Christmas gifts so there is sure to be something for everyone. Admission is free but donations for St Vincent De Paul can be made if desired.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Shop lo cally and discover what’s on offer this December

Christmas shopping do’s: 1. Quality matters

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2. Stay safe

Don't leave your Christmas shopping on view in the car, if you're popping into the shops or are going for lunch. Keep your shopping in the boot of your car and away from the prying eyes of thieves.

3. Make a list

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One way to save money this Christmas would be to prepare a list well in advance. Don’t head out to the store only with your credit card in hand. Impulse shopping can keep you up at night worrying about bills!

4. Special wrapping

Christmas gifts are more than just gifts. They reflect the sentiments of the giver. So save a little money to wrap up your gift in a special way. You can even add a customised note to each family member.

5. Keep your eyes open

Keep your eyes out for a good bargain this Christmas. Many shops have already started their sales or are offering buy one get one free. Make the best use of these special offers as some only come around once a year!

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Christmas shopping don’ts: 1. Avoid peak periods

If you want to avoid bumping shoulders with every other shopper then go shopping on a week day – preferably in the morning, if possible. Heading out over the weekend? Many shops have longer Christmas opening hours so head in late in the evening or early in the morning, to make greater use of the reduced crowds!

2. Don’t limit your choice

So you’ve made a list of items to be bought, but you can’t find one or two. What do you do? Plan for this in advance by writing a back up gift option on your list. This will save you a lot of time especially if you’re shopping for a large number of people.

3. Don’t lose receipts

Save all the receipts from your Christmas shopping expedition. You may need it later, when your gift turns out to be faulty or has a missing part. Your gift recipient will be glad you can get a replacement.


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4. Don’t wrap right away

Check your item thoroughly before you thrown on the fancy wrapping paper. Also remember to remove the price tag and other purchase particulars.

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5. Don’t wait

Christmas shopping doesn’t need to be restricted to December 20th onwards. Shop when something catches your fancy. You can store it away for Christmas day!

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal


As snow and ice might make him fall ... DENISE FITZGERALD REPORTS

WITH roads impassable, black ice menacing, and snow packed solid on the sides of roads, it looked as if the much looked forward to visit from Santa, like many more events, would have to be postponed. But, with the huge advantage of being a seaside town, Aquatrek stepped in and offered to bring this very special guest to the children of Youghal via boat. And so, at 2pm on Saturday last the parents and children stood on the quayside in anticipation, stamping their feet in the cold and blowing on gloves. Right on time, the man himself arrived on the crest of a wave and, with arms waving and shouting his trademark Ho! Ho! Ho! he embarked onto the slipway, helped by John Innes of Aquatrek, and made his way up to the quayside where he was received with rapturous applause, hugs and kisses. Waiting patiently on the quayside was Santa’s horse and carriage, courtesy of Tom Morley from Tallow/Youghal, and after a few chats with the children, the entourage moved off quickly to the warmth and festive atmosphere of the Mall Arts Centre. Queues of children waited with their parents to meet the great man individually and every child received their free visit, their photograph taken with Santa, face painting, and meeting with the cast of Aladdin. Mums and Dads were treated to mulled wine and mince pies, while the Youth Choir and the Youghal Choir entertained throughout the afternoon.

John Innes ofAquatrek tells Santa “It’s OK now, you are on dry land....”

Tadhg, Cora and Calum Twomey wait anxiously for Santa to arrive

To round off an amazing afternoon, Youghal’s own Pipe Band escorted Santa to the Market Square where, at 4.30pm, the official turning on of the Youghal Christmas Lights took place. What an enchanting sight in the beautiful seaside town, with the rapturous expressions on the faces of the children at this magical time as they gazed in wonder at the lights.

Credit to the organisers for their forward thinking, their generosity in giving of their time, and the huge amount of work which they put into giving the children of Youghal a free, fun filled, magical time in the lead up to Christmas.

Speaking with the East Cork Journal, Clodagh Mahon, Youghal Her- Tom Morley holds tight to the reins befor taking Drew Kenny itage, said that this year many parents cannot afford to do as much for and Donnacha Headley for a brisk trot their children as in previous years, due to the recession, and the Committee wanted to organise a day where everything would be free and where the laughter of the children would be heard loud and clear. And it was!

Natasha and Joe Hunter find a comfortable seat while waiting for Santa

Clodagh wishes to thank all who helped in any way to make this event such a success – Santa (aka M.D.), Aquatrek, Tom Morley and his gentle pony, the sponsors (without whom it would not have been possible) and all who made donations. The delight on the faces of the children was, surely, the biggest thanks one could receive.

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It’s doggie time in Youghal with Iza and Misty, beautiful German Shepherds, under strict control by Harry Keating

Pauline Lane assures young Dylan that Santa will soon be here

Jingle Bells. Jingle Bells....

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

a BOAT brought Santa into Youghal

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Some of the colourful cast of Aladdin, who will be performing in Youghal this week

Zygmund, Wojtek and Wiktoria Mopek on their way to see Santa

Aladdin’s girls aka Sarah Clerkin, Maggie Quirke and Chelsea Desmond

Katelyn and Michaela Daly smile for the East Cork Journal

Did you get your photo taken with Santa? See more photos in next week’s edition

Ryan McNamara gets a snap with Santa

Graham McDermott (of Aladdin fame) shows Daniel Reilly that he can face paint too

Lending an elegant air to the Festivities are Stella Perks and Sal Tivy

Lauren and Robert Lenihan with Brendan Waugh and Norma Murphy

It’s family time in Youghal awaiting the Man himself

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A sporting chance Midleton are national TaeKwon-Do champions


Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

OPEN just over a year, Midleton TaeKwon-Do Club had a huge success at the IUTF National Championships this November, which every student placed in the tournament, taking home 15 medals from just 10 competitors, and an incredible 5 national champions! Paul Manning became national champion in the black belt sections and, in the colour belt sections it was all kept in the family when brothers and sisters, Arnaud and Verlene, and Natalia and David, all came first in sparring, with David and Arnaud also taking bronze in sine-wave patterns. Very different to the traditional style of patterns they were used to.

It was very nearly an all-Midleton sparring final between Natalia and her club mate, Nicola, who only lost by one point in the semi finals but took home bronze. Midleton’s adult students, Daniel and Sam, both did their club proud taking home bronze each, and Junior student, Jakob, took home silver after an exhausting four fights to get to the final. David was the youngest of Midleton’s national champions at 6. Natalia won the under 10 white to green belt section. Verlene and Arnaud won the under 12 and under 17 white to green belt sections respectively, bringing five national champions back to Midleton!

Their Instructor, James Dwyer, took home silver for the club also in the senior black belt middleweight sparring, being narrowly beaten by current ITF

European, Champion Leon Brydon. The fight was highly anticipated by everyone there, as James is the current ITF World Champion, having taken gold in Korea earlier this year.

This was the first time these two fighters met in the ring ,as they kept missing each other in previous tournaments. Although unlucky this time, James is looking forward to their next fight which will likely be at the 2011 European

Championships, which will be held in Ireland next June.

And finally Paul Manning, co-instructor of the Midleton Ninjas with Dwyer, took gold in the senior blackbelt lightweight sparring. This adds to a remarkable year for Paul Manning having taking bronze and silver in the World Championships, gold in the British Championships, and now adding the National Championship title to his

Youghal ladies RFC

Youghal 11 Nenagh 14

DESPAIR filled the air around Frogmore after Youghal ladies suffered defeat in the final play of the game.

Youghal looked to settle the score following a constant seasonal battle with the Tipperary side. It was clear, however, from the referee’s initial whistle that there was very little separating the sides. A constant tug of war, possession wise, was the general occurrence of the first half. The Limerick side gained the first points from a powerful run from their experienced 1st centre and poor defending from the seasiders made this even more gut wrenching.

The outhalf slotting over this straightforward conversion brought the score to Youghal 0 Nenagh 7. Youghal ladies quickly retaliated with some textbook team play following crash ball from the

forwards, creating room for the fancy footed faultless performer, Tamar Jayawardene to give Youghal a deserved pointer and nerve settler. Moments before half time Youghal were awarded a penalty, which Kate Sheehan comfortably shot between the posts leaving Youghal gripping the lead at half time Youghal 8 Nenagh 7.

With both sides desiring the win, the physicality was ferocious. This worked to Youghal’s advantage, gaining another penalty which Kate Sheehan slotted over bringing Youghal 4 points clear. The general belief of the supporters is that Yougal had clinched this, but Nenagh were settling for no less than victory. Nenagh left it late, the last play in fact. Youghal ladies gained possession against the head in the scrum. However, the kick to touch attempt fell short with Youghal’s chase up resulting in a knock on. With yet another Nenagh scrum, the ball was flashed out to the backs and when their powerful first centre dived over the try line with two Youghal players clinging on, they couldn’t deny her score. Adding more salts to the wounds,

the outhalf converted bringing the final score Youghal 11 Nenagh 14. Player of the match goes to reliable anchor at the back of the scrum, number 8 Ciara O’Flaherty, for her exceptional work rate throughout play. Superb performance in the backs from the newly positioned 2nd centre, Tamar Jayawardene, a continuous threat to the opposition. TEAM: J. Ryan, K. Faul, T. Coady, J. Arnott, U. Fitzgerald, O. O’Mahoney, D. Fitzgerald, C. O’Flaherty J. Barry, S. Fitzgerald, L. Barry, S. Hogan Capt, T. Jayawardene, C. Griffin, K. Sheehan, O. Castaing, N. O’Regan.

Tralee 31 Youghal 13

The Youghal women’s XV travelled to Tralee for the fourth round of the league against last year’s table toppers, and a side tipped to be close to the honours again this year. Youghal’s performance

“golden four”. This means that in the same year he has been the Munster, Leinster, Connaught and now National Champion in light weight sparring. Both instructors and all their students, hope to win even more medals again at the European Championships next June, bringing the gold back both for Midleton and for Ireland! For more information log onto or

was nervous and this was evident throughout with an unusually high basic error count.The home team dominated in every facet of the game during the first half, and were full value for their 18 point tally whereas Youghal could only respond with a penalty from Kate Sheehan. To their credit, Youghal proved that they had more to offer in the second half. The forwards upped their game, gaining more possession, and as a consequence were able to threaten the home defense. Twice, winger Lucy Barry was able to show what an explosive runner she is when she made the most of two half chances to cross the Tralee line to bring Youghal right back into contention. Tralee, however, proved that no one will beat them easily this season, by bouncing back to see out the game with two excellent tries of their own, along with a penalty, to bring the full time score to Tralee-31 Youghal13.Best for Youghal were Jennifer Barry for her sterling play at scrum-half and Una Fitzgerald, a consistent lineout jumper who operated faultlessly, both defensively and offensively, for the full 80 minutes.

TEAM: K.Faul, J.Arnott, J.Ryan, K. O’Mahoney, U. Fitzgerald, D.Fitzgerald, L. Dorian, C. O’Flaherty, J. Barry, S. Fitzgerald, L. Barry, S. Hogan, K. Sheehan, C. Griffin, T. Jayawardene, T. Coady, O. O’Mahoney, S. O’Sullivan.

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Youghal cycling club The Week Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal


In Sport with Declan Barron

The year in review - Part I

WITH the year coming to a close and the club spins restricted by the weather at present, we have this week decided to take a look back at some of the events completed by members of the club this season.

Tour of Flanders, Belgium

Two members of Youghal CC kicked off the season by travelling to Belgium last March to participate in the Tour Of Flanders Cyclo Sportive and to experience the Tour Of Flanders Classic (Ronde Van Vlaanderen) as well as a weekend of bikes, beer, frites and mayonnaise. The Tour of Flanders is 260 km in length and is one of the oldest and, according to one Lance Armstrong, hardest one day races on the professional calendar. 19,000 people participated in this event when they travelled from all corners of the Globe. A great weekend of cycling was had but what topped it off was the company we kept while staying in our Hotel in Gent. None other than the Professional Team, Garmin, graced our presence for the entire weekend. Can’t wait to do it again.

Kilmallock Hub Tour

Kilmallock CC held the first big organized tour of the year in April 2010 and a group of seven members from Youghal CC traveled up to participate. A mass start of over 200 riders took to the mountainous route of 120km. A great day on the bike was had by all those who partcipated, and in particular the pig on the spit went down a real treat after the event.

Midleton Tour de Cure

Midleton Cycling & Tri Club held their 2nd Annual “Stephen Roche TOUR DE CURE” Charity Cycle Sportif in May 2010. On the day over 1200 cyclists took part over the various routes, with 15 members of the Youghal Club taking part in either the tough 160km route or 100km route. It was a good leg tester for the upcoming events.

Ring of Kerry

Our annual trip to Killarney was completed on Saturday July 3rd, when a group of over 20 club members travelled to Killarney for our second biggest objective of the season. Many bodies travelled down on the Friday afternoon, with the remainder making the early journey on the Saturday morning. The day started early for some, with the first group departing at around 6.00am. The next group followed shortly when they departed at around 6.45am. The final group (the lazy ones) departing at 8.15am with a belly full of full Irish from the Gleneagle. A total of 178km was completed on the day by the three different groups which all covered the ‘parcours’ in a time of between 6 and 7 hours. A fine ride by all who participated with the other confirmed 7000 + cyclists

Ironman Nice 2010

Local Youghal IRONMEN, Tom Curran and Connor Coleman, completed an International Ironman event in Nice, France in July 2010. They were suitably kitted out in the new club gear for this mammoth task of a 2.4 mile (4km) swim followed by a 112 mile (160km) cycle and finishing it off with 26.2 mile (40km) marathon. Both of the lads completed the event together in less than an amazing 13 hrs. Fantastic time lads. Well done from all at the club.

Youghal Triathlon 2010

The annual Youghal Triathlon also took place in September 2010 with 7 club members participating in the event. In particular, young Chris Mintern who was first out of the water, first back on the bike and finally finished second overall in the men’s single event at the tender age of 16. Well done to all who organised and participated in the event from all at the Club. Continues in next week’s edition.

Weekly club spins

Throughout the year there have been regular club spins every Sunday morning with additional weekly runs every Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. On average there was always a group of between 12 and 15 enjoying the various club runs and an average distance of 7,000km would have been clocked up by a lot of the club members. Good training, trips to other countries and counties, as well as a good old bit of craic was had by all.

Racing Circuit

Youghal CC also ventured back to the racing circuit for the first time in a long time this season with 4 club members pinning on the race number. The highlight, of course, would have been Eoin’s near miss on winning the National Road Race Title when he came within 500m of winning the event from a solo break. Good results throughout preceded the nationals for all the club members. Again, well done to all wearing the race number.

Monthly meeting

Our monthly club meeting will take place tonight, Wednesday, December 8th at 8pm in the Holy Family church hall. All members are asked to attend.


Congratulations this week to John Terry and Barbara on their new little arrival. Great timing for Christmas folks! You can order the baby size club kit for an Christmas present from the club secretary!

Munster stays top of Magners League

MUNSTER made light of the recent horrific weather by staging their game against Cardiff Blues in Thomond Park. The ground-staff worked overtime to have the venue playable, and their efforts paid a handsome dividend as Munster recorded a 16-9 victory to remain on top of the Magners league going into the Christmas Break. While Munster were 0-6 to 0-3 in arrears at the break, a try by Alan Quinlan and successful kicks from Ronan O’Gara were enough to give Munster the win, as freezing fog descended on the Limerick venue for the closing stages of this contest.

Heineken Cup action resumes

It is back to Heineken Cup action this weekend for the Munster players as they resume their Pool 3 matches with back to back fixtures against the Ospreys, in what is the tightest group of them all with Munster on 6 points, Ospreys on 5 and both Toulon and London Irish on 4 points, so the group could go to any of the four sides at this stage. These pre Christmas fixtures will, however, set the scene for all four sides and victory for Munster on Sunday in the game which kicks off at 1pm would set them up for the return trip to Liberty Stadium on the following weekend. Leinster, too, has a tough task on their hands as they face Clermount Auvergne in their back to back fixtures and, without Brian O’Driscoll, they could well be in a bit of trouble. Ulster are still in with a chance in their group, while Connaught received a great boost from the IRFU that will see them receive proper funding for a three year period going forward, which can only be good news for Irish Rugby.

Gunners shoot to top in Premiership

With Manchester United’s trip to the seaside to take on Blackpool cancelled, Arsenal took full advantage to shoot to the top of the Premiership for the first time this season, as they climbed above Chelsea, who could only draw with Everton. They now hold a one point lead over United, who have a match in hand. With Arsenal set to meet United this coming weekend, it sets us up nicely for a top two clash. In the meantime Arsenal need to defeat Partisan Belgrade in their final group match to secure their place in the champions league knock out stages, so victory tonight (Wed) should set them up nicely for the match with Manchester at the weekend. The Premiership race this season is fascinating, with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur joining the title contender. It should be a very interesting Christmas period with a lot of crucial games down for decision.

Disappointment for England in World Cup auction bid

The big sporting news story over the weekend was, of course, the failure of England to secure the 2018 World Cup which will now be staged in Russia for the very first time.

England came 4th in the bidding process securing only 2 of the 22 votes on offer, suggesting that there is something sinister going on behind the scenes as, from all outward appearances, going into the room they were in pole position. Much has been made of the legacy that the World Cup will leave on a country, and in this regard a first World Cup for Russia could be seen as a good thing. It is the manner of the voting that seems to be a problem for England as, without doubt, they would have little difficulty in staging it. The other decision to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was far more predictable although that, too, will pose problems for the teams taking part.

Having watched the bid process, the plans for Qatar to dismantle the stadia and rebuild them in smaller stadiums after the World Cup seems to have been their legacy trump card. In a country where drinking in public is banned and people with Israeli passports are not welcome, these are but two of the significant problems to be overcome going forward.

Europa League Final

Listening to FAI chief executive, John Delaney in a radio interview prior to the awarding of the World Cup, one got the distinct impression that FIFA don’t like England, and Delaney correctly predicted that England could well lose out.

He said that gaining the Europa League Final of 2011 for Ireland showed him just how much power FIFA have, and Ireland can be thankful that the powers that be looked kindly at the staging of the Europa League Final in Dublin. The former Lansdowne Road Stadium, now the Aviva Stadium, will become the Dublin Arena while the Europa League is in town, but the huge fringe benefits it will bring with it in terms of revenue will showcase Ireland to a 20 million worldwide audience.

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180 for East Cork Darts in Glanmire Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

THE Paddy Kenny 3 A Side Competition was held on Friday, November 26th at Sars GAA Club, Glanmire.

Over 100 players took part in the Paddy Kenny Memorial Charity Shield which proved to be a very successful event with a record attendance this year. Congratulations to the winners, Maggie May’s team from Youghal, who beat The Two Mile Inn team in a great contest. Many thanks to all players who took part in this competition, which showed a very high standard of darts throughout. Results as follows: QUARTER FINALS: Two Mile Inn (Anthony Troy, Steve Holland, Kevin Riordan) 3 v Cobh (Paul Mc Gee, Rob Pender, Dave Histon) 1. Cobh (Richie Mc Grath, Mark Hurley, Paddy Lawlor) 3 v Schooner Bar (Kenneth Donoghue, Ryan Donoghue, Mark Galvin) 0. Tosh Cahill’s (Donie Kelleher, Cathal Cronin, Ashley Walsh) 3 v Maggie May’s (Chris O’Connell, Jason Kennedy, Steven Scully) 2. Maggie May’s (John Fitzgerald, Thomas Burke, Liam Faul) 3 v Maggie Mays (Michael Byrne, Justin Donnelly, Terry Hughes) 1 SEMI-FINALS: Two Mile Inn (Anthony Troy, Steve Holland, Kevin Riordan) 3 v Cobh (Richie Mc Grath, Mark Hurley, Paddy Lawlor) 0. Maggie May’s (John Fitzgerald, Thomas Burke, Liam Faul) 3 v Tosh Cahill’s (Donie Kelleher, Cathal Cronin, Ashley Walsh) 1. FINAL: Maggie May’s (John Fitzgerald, Thomas Burke, Liam Faul) 3 v Two Mile Inn (Anthony Troy, Steve Holland, Kevin Riordan) 1. Results from Friday, November 19th: PREMIER DIVISION SPONSORED BY SEAN MCGRATH, MCGRATH’S BAR, BALLYCOTTON O Coileain’s had a bye Two Mile Inn 4 vs. Tosh Cahill’s 3 Mc Grath’s 4 vs. Central 3 Thatch 3 vs. Maggies (A) 4 DIVISION 1 SPONSORED BY GERALD MCCARTHY Wood’s had a bye Maggies (B) 4 vs. Gaelic 3 Barry’s 3 vs. Schooner 4 Session 4 vs. Sars 3 DIVISION 2 SPONSORED BY LISA CUSSEN, THE THATCH LISGOOLD. Mackey’s had a bye Castle 3 vs. Harty’s 4 Gaelic 4 vs. Colbert’s 3 Thatch 5 vs. Batt’s 2 LEAGUE TABLE AFTER 3 ROUNDS: Premier League Table: Central Star 14 McGrath’s 11 Maggie May’s A 11 Two Mile Inn 10 Tosh Cahill’s 8 Thatch Killeagh 6 O’Coileain’s 3


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Division 1 League Table: Sars 13 Session 12 Gaelic A 11 Schooner 10 Maggie May’s B 8 Barry’s Bartlemy 7 Woods 2

FIXTURES Saturday, December 11th: John Cronin Cup at 2pm: Wayne Callanan vs. Brendan O’Neill Sunday, December 12th in Cloyne: Christy Coleman Cup at 11.30am: Tony Murphy vs. Sean Twomey Paddy Hennessy Cup at 12.30pm: Seamus O’Tuama vs. Johnny Walsh

Most games were cancelled on Friday, December 3rd, due to the bad weather.

TRIALS CANCELLED The Underage Trials, fixed for Cloyne on Saturday last, were postponed to a later date, due to adverse weather conditions.

Division 2 League Table: Castle 11 Gaelic B 11 Colbert’s 10 Harty’s 9 Batt’s 8 Thatch Lisgoold 8 Mackey’s 6.


Premier Division: Two Mile Inn has a bye McGrath’s vs. O’Caoileain’s Thatch Killeagh vs. Tosh Cahill’s Maggie May’s A vs. Central Star Division 1: Sars GAA has a bye Gaelic A vs. Barry’s Bartlemy Woods vs. Maggie May’s B Session vs. Schooner Division 2: Castle has a bye Mackey’s vs. Gaelic B Thatch Lisgoold vs. Harty’s Batt’s vs. Colbert’s

The East Cork vs. Cobh Challenge Match went ahead as scheduled on Sunday, December 5th.

Despite the bad weather conditions there was a good turnout and a great evening was had. There was a great standard of darts with many 180’s scored, with Rory O’ Flaherty from Cobh having a high checkout of 164 (T20, T18, Bull).

All clubs are reminded to text in results to Stef at 089 4170405 after games have been played. Just a reminder to clubs that there will be games on Friday, December 17th.

CONVENTION The annual Convention of An Bol Chumann takes place tonight, Wednesday, December 8th at 8.30pm in St. Finbarr’s GAA Pavilion, Togher, Cork.

SOCIAL The regional presentation social will take place on Saturday night, December 11th at 7.30pm in the Hi-Chapparal, Ballymore, Cobh. All adult and underage championship winners will receive prizes.

Lismore golf club results

29/11 - 5/12: 12 Hole Stableford

There was no 12 hole competition this week due to the bad weather. Hopefully, we can get back to playing some golf this week. Entry Sheet is now up in clubhouse for our Annual Spring league 2011 which is kindly sponsored by Dermot O’Leary Agri. The closing date is the 9th of January.

12 hole Turkey competition can be played on any day from Monday to Sunday every week from here to Christmas... snow permitting!



The weather was the only winner this week with the course not playable. Hopefully, things will pick up during the coming week and competitions can go ahead.

28/11 - 11/12: S/Ford Members Prizes. This competition is ongoing for the week, re-entry allowed.

Ladies Christmas Party

The Ladies Christmas Party is going ahead this Friday night, December 10th. There will be a presentation of prizes and a little bit of music and craic on the night. Hopefully the weather will have improved, and all of you ladies who have been confined to barracks will be glad of the night out. See you there.


Membership is now due and should be paid asap to Registrar Colm Burke.

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Wednesday, December 8th , 2010 - The East Cork Journal


FOR the second consecutive weekend the weather proved a spoil sport, with the snow and the heavy frost making it impossible to have any games played on Saturday or Sunday. Apart from losing the league games, the visit of the Wicklow League to Cappoquin on Saturday last in the Oscar Traynor Cup was also cancelled when the FAI called off all cup games at Intermediate, Junior and Youth Level on Thursday night. There can be no disputing this decision, as attempting to travel to any venue could only be described as fool hardy. With the roads throughout the country treacherous, especially in the East and throughout Waterford city and county, travelling was out of the question. The WWEC League called off their league programme on Friday lunch time and, so as we are about to commence the 2nd half of the league in both divisions, we lose two weekends in succession. Last season we lost an entire Christmas programme and a few weekends into January, but this is the first time we recall, for many seasons, losing two weekends so early in the season. The League committee also cancelled the delegate meeting last Monday night. This meeting will now take place on Monday night next at the Brideview Complex Tallow at 8.30pm.

Cancellations, of course, cause problems, especially for the League Fixture Secretary, as the games will have to be fitted in before the end of the season. As we wrote last week, luckily enough the premier division this season has only nine teams, which will mean less games. The same applies to the first division except, in this division, with ten teams, after the half way stage, the division is split into two halves with five teams competing in the top half and five in the bottom half, giving all clubs an extra eight games each. Last season was the first occasion on which this formula was used, and the feed back from all the teams in the division was positive. It made for an exciting finish to the season, be it with teams fighting for promotion, or teams in the lower half trying to win the section. This season has proved no different, with Valley Rgs B and Glen View meeting in Conna two weeks ago, with the winners playing in the top half and the losers in the lower half. The game itself was of cup final proportion with the result so important to either team. Valley won by the odd goal in

qualify in 2018, it will be the long trip the country of two continents. The Irish, of course, will have an opportunity next September to sample the Russian welcome when Ireland plays Russia in the group game in the Euro 2012 Championship. Russia won in the Aviva by 3 goals to 2 goals last October. But that game is for another day. On the same day that Russia was selected, a big shock was the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 finals. With temperatures of 40%-50% during the day in June, one cannot understand how players will be expected to play in that heat. It was reported over the weekend that the finals may be changed to take place in Jan/Feb instead of June. The mind just boggles with FIFA.

Hon. Fixture Secretary, Noel Hegarty, is organising the fixtures that were planned for the past two weeks, but fell foul of the weather, to take place this weekend. This includes the Oscar Traynor Cup tie at Cappoquin when the Wicklow League will be visitors, and the Youths inter league game against the TS&DL which will be played at Cahir Park this Saturday.


three. And to have a game of this importance come so early in the season shows the competitiveness of the league and how serious the teams take their league positions, and this only November. So many times we have written here through the years, while league titles are not won in the first few games of the season, it is so important for clubs to have a good start and accumulate as many points as possible in the opening half dozen games or so. Points lost in those games will see clubs play catch up football for the rest in the league.

Our two divisions are noted for the number of local derbies that take place each weekend, and if one was to analyse the fixture list, one would see that we have local derbies every week. We definitely have more local derbies than any other league in the country and this, of course, helps the league make it so exciting and competitive week in week out. With grounds at present not playable training, for most teams, continues with the use of the Astro turfs in many areas of the league. When Ray Houghton visited a couple of weeks back he continuously referred to the facilities that exist within the league, especially the clubs that have now Astro turf available for training, and the other clubs that also use those same facilities. Indeed, compared to a few years back, no club can now have any excuse for not organising training with the Astro turf pitches all within easy reach of any club. It has been pointed out to us that players are now much fitter, thanks to the training, compared to year’s past. Clubs that want success, be it at junior or underage, are all using this wonderful facility. Even those of an older age and many years retired from competitive football, play at least one night a

week and this, of course, is a help to keep a fitness that will be also beneficial health wise. Ray Houghton asked parents to make sure their children had some outdoor leisure and not be camped in front of the TV or play station daily. Our selves agree entirely with those sentiments, regardless of the sport the children are participating in. This is a subject we will return to again in the next few weeks. Off the field of play, apart from the weather and the economic situation in the country, the World Cup was the main topic on most news channels and print media. The 2018 and 2022 World Cup locations were announced in Zurich last Thursday, and England’s bid to host the 2018 finals lost out to Russia. England’s failed bid dominated all sports programmes in the UK and Ireland over the weekend. On Thursday, as the presentations were taking place, one Sky reporter felt England couldn’t lose as they had, “a future king, the current Prime Minister and a football icon” leading the delegation. However, Sepp Blatter felt differently and he had backed the Russian bid from very early on. England spent £15 million in their bid and only received 2 votes, one of them their own, and this was very disappointing to the English delegation, the English media and, of course, the English population who believed the football world would be focused on English stadia during 2018. We have heard much discussion and analysis on why Russia were selected as hosts, or why England did not receive the votes necessary to bring the finals to England. For so many of us, having the World Cup finals across the water would be brilliant and more especially if Ireland were involved as it would be a short trip for us all. Now, if Ireland does

As we pen our notes, Monday morning, the Oscar Traynor game against the Wicklow League will be played on either Saturday or Sunday at Cappoquin.

The League has requested a Sunday afternoon kick off as the youths are involved on Saturday. The league programme on Sunday, regardless of what day the Oscar Traynor game is on, will be curtailed as teams with players involved at inter league level will have their games called off. So we are not certain if Wicklow will be with us on either Saturday or Sunday. Our advice is to check with your club before Saturday to find out what games are on or off.

We previewed all the league games two weeks ago and since then nothing has changed, but we have now two inter league games to our fixture list. This is the second group game in the Umbro FAI Youth Inter League Cup, and the WWEC make the trip over the Knockmealdown to Cahir to play the TS&DL on Saturday afternoon. A few weeks back the WWEC team were defeated in Cappoquin by a very experienced Kilkenny League by 4 goals to 1 goal. Reporting on that game we wrote that the scoreline was an injustice to the WWEC League, as the 3rd and 4th goal arrived only in the last 10mins, and that with the home team attacking as they chased an equaliser.


But as so often happens, a break from the visitors saw the home defence caught and the third goal was scored. This was followed shortly afterwards by a penalty, and this was the killer punch. Overall, the visitors were just about the better team, but it

would have been interesting if the sides had been level as we entered the final minutes. The same weekend the Tipperary side were defeating the Waterford District League in Waterford and this, to many neutrals, was a big surprise. Last season we defeated the TS&DL at Cappoquin by 3 goals to 2goals, and this led to a wonderful start in the group. With two games remaining this season, a result in Cahir on Saturday will have us back in the running for at least runners up spot and this will leave us playing in the open round. So, we wish the management team of Eric McCarthy, Maurice Cahillane and Coach, Ml Looby and the entire squad the very best on Saturday.

WWEC vs. The Wicklow League

As we pen our notes this game is planned for Saturday in Cappoquin, but the WWEC League have requested the game be transferred to Sunday, as the Youth team is also playing on Saturday. This game was to have taken place last Saturday but was called off due the bad weather and in our notes last week we previewed the game. Already having played a draw with the Carlow League in Tullow a few weeks back, there is confidence within the squad that the management team of Joe Riordan, Tom Guiry and Coach, Ml Looby has selected. In the Carlow game, the WWEC side led from the 9th minute to the last 25mns when the home team equalised. With the confidence gained from this game, we would expect the WWEC to come out on top, more especially as the visitors will be playing their first group game. But the Wicklow League come with a strong Oscar Traynor tradition, and the Wicklow League is a very strong league, especially as they are on the edges of the Dublin leagues and the players are experienced at playing at a high level. Still we believe that the WWEC team is a strong side and we look forward to reporting on a victory in our notes next week. 11/12/10: UMBRO FAI YOUTH INTER LEAGUE TS&DL vs. WWEC LEAGUE 2.30pm at Cahir Park


SATURDAY/SUNDAY UMBRO FAI OSCAR TRAYNOR CUP WWEC vs. Wicklow League, 2.30pm, E. Cusack, D. Coleman, D. O’Sullivan

13/12/10: MARI MINA PHARMACY PREMIER Kilworth vs. Valley Rangers, 2pm, D. O’Sullivan Blackwater vs. Accrington, 2pm, E. Cusack Castlebridge vs. Mogeely, 2pm, D. Coleman Cappoquin vs. Inch, 2pm, J. O’Riordan


LISMORE HOUSE HOTEL 1st DIV Railway Ath vs. Clashmore A, 11.30am, K. Griffin Glen View vs. Kilworth B, 11.30am, P. Griffin Valley Rgs B vs. Pinewood, 11.30am, S. Drislane Ballybridge vs. Cappoquin B, S. Forde

11/12/10: U 17 LEAGUE Railway Ath vs. Cappoquin, 2pm, P. Browne Valley Rangers vs. Castlebridge, 2pm, P. Griffin Kilworth vs. Ballybridge, 2.15pm, S. Forde PLEASE NOTE—all the above league fixtures, Juniors and Youths can change with the inter league games on Saturday/Sunday. Clubs to contact league fixture secretary. The December Delegate Meeting planned for last Monday night was cancelled, due to the weather conditions which made the roads treacherous. The Delegate meeting will now take place this coming Monday 14th December at 8.30pm at the Brideview Complex, Tallow.


There is no need to remind clubs that it is imperative they are represented at the meeting, as Fixture Hon. Sec. will be announcing the fixtures for the Christmas and New Year breaks. Having lost two weeks of fixtures already, and unfortunately the forecast for two weeks time is not good for football either, fixtures are going to be the most important items on the agenda. Again we appeal to all the clubs, be represented on the night and remember the meeting will commence at 8.30pm sharp.


We congratulate our neighbours across the Knockmealdowns, Cahir Park FC, who celebrated 100 years of football this year and concluded their year long festivities with a Gala Ball at Cahir House, Hotel last Saturday night, with Giovanni Trapattoni, as the guest. We ourselves were present, and to say the occasion was a tremendous success would indeed be putting it very mildly. With over 320 attending this momentous event, it was a wonderful occasion for the Cahir club with records and photos dating back to the founding of the club in 1912, making the club the oldest club in Munster. Many of our clubs have played in Cahir Park in cup competitions during the years, and both Railway and Clashmore have played cup games in their magnificent grounds in the past few weeks. All have agreed with us that the new Club House at Cahir Park is one of the best anywhere in the country. From all of us in the WWEC League, we congratulate the Cahir Park Club on their centenary.

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Wednesday, December 8th , 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Midleton FC Weather hits fixtures

THE entire Cork Schoolboys League programme for last weekend was wiped out by the Arctic weather. The schoolboys matches in the city and county last weekend were lost by the weather. The hope is that a thaw will set in over the coming days, and that a full resumption of fixtures will go ahead this coming weekend of December 11th and 12th. As well as schoolboys teams, Midleton have ten schoolboys teams in the Cork schoolboys league. This week we look at their progress in the league below. * Tables below all run in format, Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Points. There are eight teams in this section with Everton the leaders. P W D L Pts Everton 5 4 1 0 13 Midleton 5 4 0 1 12

Under 11 Division 2

There are ten teams in this section with Mallow United the leaders. Mallow United 5 5 0 0 15 Midleton A. 6 4 0 2 12

Under 11 Division 6

There are seven teams in this section with Midleton the league leaders. Midleton 6 6 0 0 18 Blarney United 7 4 1 2 13

Under 12 Division 1

There are eight teams in this section with Macroom the leaders. Macroom 6 5 0 1 15 Midleton A. 5 1 1 3 4

Under 12 Division 5

There are eight teams in this section with Kinsale so far the leaders Kinsale 5 5 0 0 15 Midleton 5 3 1 1 10

Under 13 Division 3

There are seven teams in this section with Macroom the league leaders Macroom 4 4 0 0 12 Midleton A 4 1 1 2 4

Under 13 Division 4

There are eight teams in this section with Blarney United the leaders. Blarney United 8 6 2 0 20 Midleton 8 4 1 3 13

Under 14 Division 1

Everton lead the way in this seven team section Everton 4 4 0 0 12 Midleton A 3 1 0 2 3

Under 14 Division 2

selves. All match reports should be put into the letterbox at our Club House, Knockgriffin Park, during the week, after the weekend fixture. So, managers, get the pen to paper.

Our schoolboys league table was complied by PRO Pa Coakley. As well as PRO, Pa gives his time with Secretary Eddie Allen, at Football Academy every Sunday morning. One of Pa’s other duties is the weekly lotto, in which there are two nights work, giving out tickets and collecting them. Being well known is a great help Pa so he has a massive output of tickets.

Schoolboys League tables

Hats off to all the people who give of their time and effort for Midleton Soccer Club.

Senior League Premier: Midleton 1 Avondale United 0

Vital league points for Midleton in this clash with Avondale, in icy conditions at Knockgriffin Park. But a good pitch made it a decent game of football at the Magpie’s venue.

Midleton’s keeper, Jason Greene made a good save to push Avondale’s Mark Cronin’s driver over after 20 minutes, and that save became all the more significant when the home side grabbed the advantage a minute later.

Ian Stapleton’s exquisite pass breached the visitors defence, and Andrew Knowles was on to the ball in a flash and slotting it low into the far corner of Avondale’s net. Later, Andrew Knowles had a chance to make it 2 – 0 for the Magpies, but he headed a Martin Hickey cross just wide, while Triggs, Spratt and O’Brien all had chances to score for Avondale. Midleton absorbed all the pressure in the last ten minutes as they held on for all three points and chalked up their second win of the campaign.

In the Youths League One, Midleton continued their good form with their 6 – 0 victory away to Wilton United. Midleton scorers were Andy Howick 2, with the rest of the goals coming from Tariq Tynan, Gloire Matiki, Dylan O’Riordan and Chris Smith.

Runners-up, Adrian Ryan, Kevin McSweeney and Bernard Sheehan

The best of luck to our senior team who make the trip to Dublin this Sunday, December 12th, to play against Ballyfermot in the third round of the FAI Intermediate Cup. Kick off will be in Dublin at 2pm and no doubt John Ryan and Barry McMahon will have the team up for this big cup clash. The jackpot will be €13,000 on Thursday, December 9th. The results for Thursday, December 2nd, for a jackpot of €12,750. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 11 and 24. There was no winner.

This is a big section with ten teams and Ringmahon Rangers the league leaders. Ringmahon 8 8 0 0 24 Midleton 8 2 3 3 9 Win, draw or defeat, all schoolboys managers should send in their match reports. All parents, family members, supporters and club officials love to read about match results as do the players them-

Let’s hear it for the girls - Kathleen Crowley, Kabrina Doyle, Marbina Brosnan - who won the overall prize and, quite frankly, put the boys to shame!

Best of luck

Bonus jackpot of €1,000. The numbers drawn were 4, 7, 11 and 17. There was no winner. Lucky dip winners who each receive meat vouchers were; Killian Flavin (Seniors), Tim Cummins (Ross U13), Darren Hodnett (U14), Eileen Desmond (C. Desmond), Ray Connor (Ray), Breda Gubbins (M. Cody), Olive Fitzgerald (K. Fitz) and Angela Hennessy (Pa).

Match reports

A MIDLETON FC Club Quiz took place last week at Wallis’ Bar and was a deemed a tremendous success - with 35 teams taking part. Proceeds from the quiz went towards the re-roofing of the old clubhouse, and thanks are extended to all the teams who took part, Seamus Cunnigham and staff of Wallis’ Bar as well as quiz organisers Ian Kirby and Duncan McCarthy and Quiz Master, Mick Higgins.

Youths League: Midleton 6 Wilton United 0

Midleton lotto

Under 16 Premier

The winning team of Kathleen Crowley, Kabrina Doyle, Marbina Brosnan

MIDLETON PANEL: Jason Greene, Kevin Tattan, Michael Kenneally, Peter O’Halloran, Kevin O’Brien, Diarmuid Ring, Martin Hickey, Ian Maher, James Murphy, Ian Stapleton, Andrew Knowles, Mark Duggan, Emmet Cotter, Peter Horgan, Cormac Murphy and Stuart Costigan.

Under 15 Division 1

A group of five teams in this section with Bandon the leaders. Bandon 7 4 0 3 12 Midleton 7 2 2 3 8

Midleton FC’s brainwarmers

The next lotto draw will take place on Thursday, December 9th, at the Club House, Knockgriffin Park, for a jackpot of €13,000.

3rd place went to Mossie Horgan, Noel Connolly and Brendan Stack

Eggheads: Organisers, Ian Kirby and Duncan McCarthy and Quiz Master Mick Higgins

Andy Howich, David Williams, Phil Day and Oisin Lynch

Midleton FC Christmas Get Together

Friday, December 10th at 9pm, Wallis' Bar 96fm DJ Pierse Free members' draw Come along with your friends - all welcome

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Lisgoold GAA urges you to meet Santa (and buy a brick)

Killeagh / Ita’s East Cork juvenile Board in


Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

THE Building Development Programme kicks off in earnest on Sunday, December 12th, with the arrival of Santa to the Community Centre around 12.30pm. There will be ample opportunity for kids to present their letters and drawings to the Man in Red, whilst others have the chance to view the plans for the building works that will be on view. The session will also give an opportunity to “Buy a Brick” for the sum of €50 each. This will give a great start to the fund raising plans, as well as provide a unique opportunity to purchase a life time gift, maybe for a Club supporter who no longer resides in our area. Face painting, music, and teas and coffees will, hopefully, provide a festive kick start to the campaign. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Castlemartyr AGM 2010

OUR AGM was held in the school on November 26th. After another successful year for the club it was a very positive meeting with chairman, Dave Fleming keeping order.

Secretary, Michael John Cremin gave a comprehensive overview of all activities that took place during the year including actives on and off the pitch. Treasurer, Charlotte Carroll insisted no bail out was necessary after keeping tabs on the finances for the past 12 months, which are in good order. Bill Moran and John White reported on the juvenile and minor front, where Kiltha Óg had another successful year. Chairman, Dave Fleming then addressed the crowd and congratulated both junior hurling teams on their success this year. He also stressed that we have to build on our success, and ensure that we strive to move forward as a club.

On to the election of officers where there was plenty of changes as the top table. Dave Fleming was once again elected to the chair of the club, with Cha O’Neill continuing as his right hand man in the role of vice chairman. With Michael John stepping aside as secretary after doing great work over the last number of years, Donagh McCarthy was elected to the committee for the first time. Frank Hayes takes over from Charlotte Carroll as treasurer, and it is a credit to Charlotte that we find ourselves in a healthy financial state in these times. Damien Roche takes over the public relations duties from Carey Joyce, who brought the job to a new level over the last number of years. Hopefully the new PRO will have as much success to write about as Carey did! So everyone left the meeting safe in the knowledge that our club was in safe hands for 2011 and hoping that the success of the last two years will continue.

Date for your diary

Our victory dinner dance will take place on Saturday, January 29th, in Garryvoe with ‘The West End Boys’ again providing the entertainment. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Clashmore GAA Lotto

JACKPOT of €4,300 was not won and the €20 prize winners were Paul Mark, Ronan Fitzgerald, Kathleen Veale, the Dalton family and Padraig Allen.

Knockanore GAA Lotto

THE numbers drawn were 12, 15, 23 and 28. There was no winner of the €9,400 jackpot and the €20 prize winners were Mary Buckley, Rebbecca O’Keeffe, Thomas Baldwin, Edward O’Regan and Jodie O’Neill.

healthy position


Pirate Pete and Rory at the Killeagh / Ita’s juvenile Christmas party

Christmas Party brings smiles all round

FOR two hours on Saturday last, the economic climate and the other climate (the one that brought us snow, ice, frost and danger) were put to one side as our juvenile players and their parents and siblings gathered in Killeagh Hall for a celebration of our activities for 2009 and 2010. Trophies and medals were in abundance for a range of events, from our internal Parish Leagues to competitions won in East Cork, Cork and Waterford, and we were blessed once again to have our local hero, Joe Deane, on hand to present the many trophies and medals to our present young guns, some of whom we hope will be stars of the future. Our Cathaoirleach nua, Adrian, played a blinder as M.C., while magic man, Pirate Pete’s arrival at the conclusion of the medal presentation kept the younger folk enraptured and inquisitive, while the over 14’s helped themselves to tea and a chat next door.

Many thanks to all who helped to make the event such a success, especially to Ursula for her usual brilliant preparation and organisation, and to Paudie for assisting in making the hall available at short notice when our own grounds were, like Dublin Airport, declared out-ofbounds for all arrivals. Let’s hope 2011 brings us similar success and reasons to be cheerful.


Our parent club’s erstwhile Rúnaí, Tracey Kennedy, made history last week by being elected Secretary of the East Cork GAA Board, the first female to hold such a position, and only the sixth ever holder of this office. We are sure that Tracey will be a brilliant administrator for the division, and we congratulate and wish you well in your new post, Tracey.

Inch Ladies Football

With the week that we had, it was no surprise that the snow, literally “bate Banagher”. So it will be next Sunday, December 12th, rather than the one just gone, when the good folk of Inch, Killeagh and surrounding areas will hopefully manage to get to Banagher, Co. Offaly, to cheer on our local heroes, Inch Rovers Ladies Football team, as they attempt to win the All-Ireland Senior Club Final against Carnacon of Mayo. We wish Noel O’Connor, his mentors and the team a double dose of the very best of luck, and hope that the prize you covet will be yours.

The Board did show a loss of income for 2010 in comparison to 2009 with €62,780 as opposed to €70,636, while in expenditure the Board spent €67,863 as opposed to €73,110. This resulted in an operating loss of €5,083 for the year, but with once off expenditure for a New Jamsey Kelleher Cup, it does show that the Board is in a healthy financial position with a credit balance of €51,567 to the end of October, which is a very healthy position for the board to be in.

In his final report to the Annual Convention, Secretary Willie Ring says ‘for me the wheel has turned full circle, as I leave office as Runaí, because it was here in Cloyne that I first ventured into administration in Cumann Luthchleas Gael, when I was elected as Runaí of my club 50 years ago’.

He goes on to thank those who were in charge of the Divisional teams, and congratulates Sarsfields, Cloyne, Castlelyons, Erin’s Own and Cloyne on their county title success, which is great for the Imokilly division. He goes on to say that all of the Divisional championship was keenly contested, while the full league programme will be finished within the calendar year. He gives a full report on the activities of Scór and appeals to all clubs in the division to promote Irish Language and Culture.

The secretary also pays tribute to the referees within the division under Chairman, John Hanley and Secretary Cathal McAllister, while assessor, Tony Cody also receives praise for his efforts. Willie Ring also praises the Juvenile Board for the work they do within the division, and also heaps praise on the 10 sponsors who continue to support the board’s competitions. While retiring himself, he also pays tribute to Dave Hoare, Oliver Loughlin and Tracey Kennedy for their help and co-operation at all times, and wishes them well for the future. He remembers especially those that passed to their eternal reward during the year, with Tom Fitzgibbon, Tom Kelleher, Dan Long, Mick Barry, Canon John Ahearn, Michael Foley, Fr Declan Hennessy, Haulie Donnelly, Eddie Foley, Derry Falvey and Tommy Canavan all being called ashore in 2010.

Finally, Willie Ring pays a personal tribute to all the Officers, GPC Members, Club Delegates, Club Runaí, Referees and their officials, members of the Press and Media, the County Runaí and his staff, Mairead and Barbara at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for their help in 2010.

He says ‘to all those who served with me or assisted me in any way during my 36 years as an Officer of this Board, I sincerely offer you my gratitude. It has been my privilege to serve the Board and I hope that I have contributed to its well being and progress over the years’.

Killeagh GAA Lotto

JACKPOT of €1,800 was not won. Numbers drawn were 5, 25 and 32 and the €30 prize winners were Laura O’Connor, Maureen O’Mahony, Patrick Beecher and Richard Landers.

ON Thursday night in Cloyne, the East Cork GAA Board will hold their postponed convention. Several Officers including Secretary, Willie Ring, Treasurer Oliver Loughlin, Cultural officer Dave Hoare and PRO Tracey Kennedy will all step down. Taking over as Treasurer will be Jerome O’Brien from Cloyne who inherits a healthy balance sheet.

The U11 team with Joe Deane

Of that there can be no doubt and, as Willie bows out he leaves behind a legacy of great work. As the longest serving officer he hands over the reins of office to the youngest serving officer, as Tracey Kennedy from the Killeagh club will become the first female Runaí since the boards inception in 1924.

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Russell Rovers


Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

THE Russell Rovers GAA AGM took place on Sunday afternoon last, December 5th, in front of a good-humoured crowd. The chairman, Dick Fitzgerald opened the meeting by expressing how lucky and proud he felt to be presiding over his first AGM, and thanked everyone for attending despite the recent poor weather conditions.

He then called on Secretary, David Walsh to give his report. David went through the various teams and progress in each competition, from the East Cork B football final to the Minor league playoff still to be played. The players were thanked for all their efforts on the fields, but overall it will not go down as one of the best. Each coach and mentor were praised for their contributions through the season. Our referee, Gerard Murray for his

Youghal Lotto Draw

representations on the whistling front, and our FÁS man Martin O Sullivan, who has done sterling service since coming aboard.

Also all the people who assisted with our main fundraiser, the Blue Jeans Festival back in August, were duly appreciated for help and support. The Juvenile club were thanked and praised for their success on the fields in the past and future season. Condolences were offered to members and friends who passed on during the year. May they rest in peace.

Looking forward to 2011, the new committee were elected and positions were filled as follows: Chairman - Dick Fitzgerald Vice Chairman - Sean Maher Secretary - David Walsh Ass. Sec. - Donal Fitzgerald

Treasurer - Timmy Cummins Ass. Treas - Seamus Kearney PRO - Pa Morrissey Registrar - Donal Fitzgerald Cultural Officer - Mossy Coffey Liason - Niall Cronin Commitee - Martin O Sullivan, Tom Ahern, Eoin Ivers, Michael Walsh, Redmond Walsh and Michael Kearney

Long Puck 2010

Our traditional Long Puck will be held on St. Stephen’s Day at 11am. A great day’s entertainment on the roads from Churchtown Hall to Ballycotton’s Bun, with a sociable and a festive afternoon in the Schooner Bar.


Donal Fitzgerald is looking after the membership again this season and prices are €50 adult; €20 minor & OAPs.

Waterford Hurling DVD Chasing Glory

NUMBERS for last Monday were 17, 19, 25 and 27. Jackpot of €19,710 not won. €200 shared by Michael Cunningham, John Leahy and John SHANE SUPPLE WRITES O’Callaghan. Seller’s prize went to Carmel Forrest. Next THE eagerly awaited gift box set of 10 DVDs of the Waterford week’s Jackpot is €19,710. Hurler’s magnificent decade will be available from today, Wednesday, December 8th.Very reasonably priced at €50 the gift box set of 10 DVDs, comes with Club Déise membership and is a collection of Comhghairdeachas do Michael the Waterford Hurler’s best matches in the past decade. Re-live magO’Regan who won 5th prize nificent hurling in a decade that produced 21 Waterford All- Stars. (laptop/LCD TV) in this What an era. Feel the emotion of the breakthrough in 2002, and what month’s Cork County Draw. was described as the best Munster final ever in 2004. Enjoy the very special year that was 2007 and savour all the scores that made Dan Shanahan Hurler of the Year.

Cork County Draw Juvenile Awards night

Our Juvenile Awards were due to take place on December 5th, but these have been cancelled due to the bad weather conditions. New date will be notified shortly. Our Juvenile Christmas party will be taking place on Saturday, December 11th between 3pm and 5pm. Santa will be there…

Youghal GAA AGM

The above takes place this Friday, December 10th. Mass will be said first at 7pm, followed by our AGM. Our Christmas party will also be held on the same night. We look forward to seeing you there.

Youghal GAA Calendar

Calendar going on sale this week at €10. Thanks to all for supporting this and all funds raised will go towards equipment and training.

There’s entertainment to carry you over Christmas and beyond. No need to watch Willy Wonka again this year. Instead, have all the family sit down and enjoy one of the 5 Munster final victories (4 senior and 1 minor) or The National League victory 2007, or one of many other classic matches - you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Inch ladies footballers re-set for Sunday

All proceeds to go to Waterford GAA Training Funds.

INCH Ladies Football All Ireland Final has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 12th because of the weather, so you still have plenty of time to get your flags out and travel arrangements made to go along and support the ladies of Inch, who are in their third All Ireland Final. We wish them every success and hope they bring home the title.

Senior Club AGM

The AGM of Cobh GAA Club was held on Thursday, December 2nd. Bill Brannigan was returned as Chairman for a third year with John Hanley continuing in his role as Secretary. Sandra Farrell took over the reins as Treasurer of the club, Brendan Kearney continues as Registrar, while John Ronan remains on as Intermediate hurling manager, Ger Morgan takes control of the Junior football team.

The appointment of Minor selectors was left over until the Juvenile Club AGM, as minor competitions will fall under the same umbrella as the other juvenile age groups in 2011 under new structures introduced by the Cork County Board.

Minors East Cork Hurling League Final: Cobh 0-11 Bride Rovers 0-3

Bingo goes big for Christmas

Sunday, December 19th at 8:15pm will be our Monster Christmas Bingo Night. All Prizes will be DOUBLED including a €250 game, 2 x €300 games, and a €500 game. Spots on every Line and every Full House. At least 5 Hampers to be raffled. Over €3,000 in Prize Money. Great night assured. Not to be missed.


Teams of 3, any mix you want, starting in Ballymore. Sliotars will be provided, but spares may be required! Many team prizes and entertainment in the club pavilion afterwards. (Registration at the club pavilion from 10.30am.)

Keep in touch

To be included on the text alert list for 2011 text your name to 086 3099942 . Also, send an email to and receive the latest press releases & newsletters covering local and National GAA issues.

Puc Fáda – St. Stephen’s Day

All are welcome to join in the fun of the Puc Fáda on St. Stephen’s morning. No experience necessary! Entry fee: €15 per adult and €5 per juvenile.

Glanmire Football Club AGM

The Cobh U7s in action

St. Ita’s GAA AGM

ON Friday nigh, December 3rd, in Gortroe Hall, St. Ita’s AGM took place. It was a well attended meeting and the following have been elected as the THE above held their AGM on Wednesday, Novem- officers and committee for the coming year. ber 24th, at the Club Pavilion in Sallybrook, in the President: Jim Griffin. presence of a large attendance. Club President: Jim Griffin Executives elected for 2011 were as follows; Vice President: Art Supple, Billy Cronin, Uachtaran, Michael O’Leary; Leas Uachtaran, Chairman: Sean Harnedy Bishop John Buckley, Rev Frs, Martin Barry and Secretary: Shane Supple John O’Callaghan; Messrs, Oliver Brennan and Denis Treasurer: Sean Supple Kelleher; Cathaourleach, Michael Burns; Leas East Cork & County Board Delegates :Sean Cathaourleach, John Egan; Runai, Daniel Spillane; Harnedy, Oliver Loughlin and Art Supple Leas Runai, Denis Kelleher; Cisteoir, Richard Cash- Juvenile Affairs: Alan Loughlin and John Foley man; Leas Cisteoir, Kevin Whooley; Clarathoir, Neil Registrar: Sean Supple PRO & Website: Shane Supple O’Sullivan; Oifigeach Piobhechta, Denis Kelleher. Committee Members: Tim Cronin, Mossy Quirke, Committee Members; Mark Hopkins, Seán O’Sulli- Michael Cronin, Art Supple, Dave Cunningham, van, Jerry Reon, Drew Long, Eamonn O’Connor, Declan Foley, John Foley, Ger Coleman, Billy Chris Cummins, Colm Sheppard, Shane Collins, Bar- Cronin, Alan Loughlin bara Buckley (ladies football club) and Brian Lotty. It was a good year for St. Ita’s, gaining promotion County Board delegate, Denis Kelleher; Proxy Dela- by winning out the league last year so next year gate, Dermot O’Connell; East Cork Board Delegate, sees them step up a division. With the new logo and Oliver Brennan; Proxy Delegate, Daniel O’Sullivan; the club’s website now in operation, all systems are County Minor Board, Michael O’Reilly; Proxy Del- go for St. Ita’s for 2011. We wish all the new officers every success and egate, Denis Kelleher. wish to thank all those who worked so hard last year. Various selection committee to be finalised.

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RTE’s The Sunday Game perfect reading any day


Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

A league of their own


THE East Cork GAA Board will hold its rearranged convention on Thursday night in Cloyne. It was a season that saw plenty of action for the clubs of the division. In our end of year review we will look back on the season in general, but for now the following were the final league positions of the clubs in the Imokilly Divisional Leagues. Just two finals remain to be played as these fell foul to the weather this week, with the Cloyne vs. Carraig na bhFearr Junior A football final and the Minor A final replay having to be postponed. The division can be very pleased with the progress they made this year as they have completed a vast amount of league and championship fixtures on time.



Fr. O’Neill’s lotto

JACKPOT of €4300 not won. The numbers drawn were 10, 13, 17 and 23. The €40 prize winners were Mags Finn, Bridie O’Reilly, James Blue, Greg Hodnett. The juvenile club will be holding their fundraising night on December 18th. Tickets are on sale and can be bought from any committee member. Just to remind people that the Fr. O’Neill’s Shop is open each Wednesday night from 8pm to 9pm, and it is an ideal time to buy your club jersey, jackets etc. as a Christmas present for a friend or family member, or even to treat yourself. Fr. O’Neill’s will hold their Long Puck competition on December 27th. This is a great day out for both young and old alike so put that date into your diary.

Ho, ho, hurleys... Aghada juvenile Santa arrives in Rostellan

On Sunday, November 28th, Santa arrived in Rostellan to commemorate the end of the hurling and football season for the under 8’s.

Before his arrival the under 8’s were presented with completion training certificates by mentor, Diarmuid O’Shea and Juvenile Chairperson Pat O’Connell. The young juveniles were delighted to see Santa throw away his walking stick for an Aghada hurley before he gave out presents to all present.

Christmas specials at the Aghada GAA sports shop

Operated from the club house in Rostellan with all the latest sports tops, caps, jerseys, hurleys, helmets, balls etc to support your local club or the rebels. Check it out, it’s open most Sunday mornings or contact Robin Triggs 087 2138780 to see the full range. We also do vouchers, which is an ideal Christmas stocking filler. All proceeds go towards the running of the Juvenile club.

Family day out after the Christmas turkey!

26th December(St. Stephen’s Day) is the annual Puc Fada in Whitegate village starting at 11am. This is a major fundraiser for Aghada Juvenile club and a great sporting occasion around the roads of Aghada and Whitegate. All one needs is a hurley, an ability to strike a sliotor and a good sense of humour! Bring the family along. It’s a 5 mile walk and good exercise with refreshments and prize draws afterwards in the Schooner, this year.

Aghada Juvenile GAA Social in association with Aghada Ladies Football Club

The social night out is scheduled for Friday, February 4th, 2011, in the Garryvoe Hotel. This event starts at 8am and finishes at 12pm, after the Disco. Tickets will be on sale early in January 2011. Cloyne Road Bowling Club

RTE’S The Sunday Game 2010 is essential reading for anyone still keen to follow the action during the past season, The 215 page hardback, published by Gill & MacMillan, is beautifully illustrated and features match reports on all the major games in hurling and football. Contributors include Michael Lyster, Des Cahill, Joanne Cantwell, Ger Loughnane, Joe Brolly, Ger Canning, Darragh

Moloney, Mary Hannigan, Marty Morrissey and Evanne Ní Chuilinn.

It is also dedicated to Micheal O’Muircheartaigh in recognition of his outstanding contribution to broadcasting with RTE and his long, passionate association with our national games. From a Cork point of view, the year ended with a long awaited league / championship ‘double’ for only the second time in the county’s history.

Towards the end, Des Cahill lists his top twenty hurling and football moments and says that nobody can begrudge the Leesiders their victory.

ifiers,’ Des states, adding, ‘But they stayed focused and enjoyed a thrilling win over Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

‘Lots of people were writing them off after their defeat to Kerry, and what they considered an unimpressive run in the qual-

But who will be good enough to topple them in 2011?

‘Having been in the previous six semi-finals and having lost three finals, they earned their title the hard way.

‘They trailed badly against Down in the final but, yet again, that Rebel spirit emerged and they were quite brilliant in the second half.’

Cloyne Road Bowling Club

Runner-up; Jake Holmes, U12 Winner; Cillian O'Donovan, U12 Runner-up; Conor Tynan, U12 Semi Finalist; Dylan Mullane, U12 Semi Finalist; Ellie Coady, U 12 Runner-up; Mikey Cahill, U 10 Winner; Shane O'Driscoll, U10 Runner-up and Nigel Lewis, U10 Semi Finalist.


11/12 at 2pm: John Cronin Cup Wayne Callahan vs. Brendan O'Neill

12/12 at 11.30am: Christy Coleman Cup - Tony Murphy vs. Sean Twomey At 12.30pm: Paddy Hennessy Cup - Seamus O Tuama vs. Eddie O'Driscoll.

Youth Trials

The third and last trials of the year, for a place in the East Cork team which were to take place in Cloyne, were cancelled last week, due to the bad weather. It is hoped to re-arrange them, in the near future - details to follow.

Underage Tournament

The bad weather has also held up our Underage Tournaments, but if the weather improves, and enough young members are available, it is hoped that some of the scores will be played this Saturday morning, instead of the usual 2pm time.

We’ll just have to wait and see...

The East Cork Underage team, in the the Counties Finals of the All Ireland Youth Tournament

The Club Registrar, Michael O'Donovan, will be in touch with parents this week. As soon as all the tournament's scores are played out, it is hoped that we will then hold a club presentation and social for the underage members, nearer to Christmas.

East Cork Social in Cobh

The Regional Presentation Social takes place in the Hi-Chapparal,

Ballymore on Saturday next, December 11th at 7.30pm. It will be a very proud night for the club's underage players as 13 of them are set to receive prizes. The club fielded, and won prizes, in almost every category as detailed below: Keith Dennehy, U18 Runner-up; Aoife O'Donovan (Girls) U16 Winner; Alice Heffernan U16 Runner-up; Jack Rossiter, U14

Also representing East Cork regions teams, all from Cloyne who played in the County Youth Finals were Briain Minihane, Cillian O'Donovan and Mikey Cahill. This was the first year that Cloyne entered players into the competition, and it is hoped that we will again field a large contingent in the coming year. To all the underage players, their parents and family for supporting them, and the Youth Officers, John Gleeson, Michael O'Donovan and John Rossiter we say thank you! Here's to next year! For further information on the club, or to join please contact either Michael O'Donovan on 087 9691275 or John Rossiter on 087 6252936.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal


Santa, Market, Music, Choir, Aladdin & Christmas ‘Spirits’ in Greenbarn DENISE FITZGERALD REPORTS

VEHICLES of all shapes and sizes made their careful way to Green Barn on Sunday last, where a Spirit of Christmas market, supporting Childline, was held. Entering the entire under-cover area, the visitors were met with warmth, hospitality and a true festive atmosphere. Market Stalls included Oonagh Poynton of Rhincrew Cookery School, Yawl Bay,Yew Craft, Ahernes, Collins Bakery, Perks, Capri Bay, Absolute Flowers, Jewellery, Roly’s Fudge, Rebel Chilli, Green Barn, Hand Painted Glass, Jackie Troy, Christmas Wreaths, Hand Painted Furniture and much more. Shoppers browsed whilst sipping mulled wine and listening to the wonderful entertainment provided by Ceolta Si, Pantomania’s Christmas Production of Aladdin and the Holy Family Choir. 2.30pm was the highlight of the day when the children saw Santa arrived in a Vintage Car, full of the Christmas spirit.

Organised by the Family Fun Group Youghal, the entire event proved a tremendous success with shoppers delighted with their purchases, children thrilled with their visit to Santa, those who were lucky enough to win in the Christmas Raffle and, most importantly, the amount which was raised for the very worthy charity, Childline.

Nessa Brown told the East Cork Journal that they were delighted with the day, and she wished to thank everybody who helped in any way to make it such a success. To all the entertainers, those who sponsored prizes and, of course, to all who came out on such a cold day to support a very worthy cause.

It’s Scarf time for Katie Poynton and Kayla Gardner

Holly and Hanna Kretschmer from Ardmore

The next Christmas Event run by the Family Friendly Group is “An Evening of Christmas Inspiration” on December 15th at 7.30pm in Green Barn Bistro with demonstrations by David Fitzgibbon of Ahernes, Oonagh Poynton of Rhincrew Cookery School, Susan Spillane of Absolute Flowers and Stella Perks Table Settings, with Christmas Shopping in Green Barn on this special evening where 10% of all purchases will be donated to the Family Friendly Group supporting Childline. With Free Mulled Wine & Mince Pies this promises to be a great night out ! Tickets are € 20 and are available from The Green Barn, The Red Store & Youghal Tourist Office. All food, flowers etc will be raffled on the night. Your continued support for this event will be very much appreciated.

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Dylan and Jordan telling Santa what they would like him to bring on Christmas Day

The Galvins are not quite sure about getting closer to the chickens

Denis Conway with his baby daughter, Denise, who insisted on coming to meet Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! I’m here, safe and sound

The Goggin girls – Ameerah, Zoe, Abby and Ruby are BFFs

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal


Greenbarn get in the East Cork students FESTIVE SPIRIT graduate from CSN

CSN graduates, Raymond Tobin, West Waterford (Theatre 2); Daniel Nugent, Youghal (Music Management Sound); Mark Long, Villierstown, Co. Waterford (Music Management Sound) and Paudie Murphy, Youghal (Theatre Performance) Barry Clohessy poses with Maggie, Sarah and Niamh

CSN graduates, PJ O’ Driscoll, Cobh (Leisure Recreation); Niamh McLoughlin, Cobh (Social Studies); Chantal De Vries, Midleton (Art & Craft Design); Hannah O’ Hare, Cloyne (Art & Craft Design) and Anna Rogers, Whitegate (Cultural Heritage)

Ricky Roche, Laura Cunningham and Luke McCarthy smile for the East Cork Journal

From Ballymacoda to Greenbarn came Mary Kate Owens, Aoife with James O’Brien from Youghal getting in on the action

Say Cheese - Big smiles from Kim and Karl Ryall from Castlemartyr

Dylan and David O’Regan enjoy the hot food while queueing for Santa

Luke and Callum Kennedy from Youghal brought their Mum, Sandra (who is camera shy)

CSN graduates, Kim O’ Connor, Cobh (Coach Education/Sport Studies); Marie Trihy, Youghal (Legal Business Studies); Laura McSweeney, Crosshaven (Coach Education/Sport Studies) and David Hurley, Cobh (Rugby Studies)

FRIDAY, November 19th, was a very significant day for hundreds of graduating students at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, College of Further Education in Cork. As well as the many Post- Leaving Cert learners graduating, the college also specialises in mature students returning to education and, for many, this qualification will enhance employment opportunities or progression to further studies. The Graduation day was the culmination of last year’s work when students were awarded Certificates from the many and varied courses available at the college ranging from Amenity Horticulture, Art, Craft & Design, Music, Management &

Sound, Furniture Design, Multimedia, Radio Broadcasting, Soccer and Rugby Academies, Culture & Heritage Studies to name but a few.

The Guest of Honour was be Ted Owens, CEO, City of Cork VEC and representatives from the awarding bodies together with representatives from industry with whom they have close working links. Awards presented include certificates from FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 , City & Guild, BTEC Higher National Diploma, Royal, Royal Horticultural Society, ITEC, ILAM and ICM.

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It’s a strange world

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal



Family send pet pig to canine obedience classes

'Spiderman' arrested for climbing building again

Golfer’s wild swing sets fire to golf course

HUMAN spiderman, Alain Robert scaled the 57-storey Lumiere building in Sydney yesterday. But the police had a low opinion of his antics... The 48-year-old French daredevil, who never uses safety ropes, was arrested after reaching the top in just 20 minutes. THE Louden family weren’t keen on having a dog as a family pet so they chose what they thought was the next best thing – a pig.

They get a few strange looks when they take Patrick out for a walk, but to them he is a ‘joy to be around’ and is even taking obedience lessons. ‘It’s like having a fourth child – he is brilliant, the kids are great with him and he’s great with the kids,’ said mother-of-three, Catherine Louden.

‘He stays in the house, but cannot get up the stairs because he only has little legs and is a bit heavy.’ And she says he ‘socialises a lot more with different people’ since attending lessons at the Happy Dogs obedience school in Hurworth in Co Durham. Former police dog trainer, David Davies, was more than happy to have Patrick, from nearby Shildon, join his classes. ‘Catherine contacted me and said she had been turned down by about ten dog trainers, but I was very interested,’ he said.

‘He has come on leaps and bounds in the six weeks I have had him and is a joy to teach. ‘Initially I did not know she meant a pig, I thought it was an awkward dog when she said it was “a pig”.’

Mrs Louden said it was the family’s love of the film, Babe, that inspired them to chose a pig as a pet.

‘We have three little boys so we let them pick the pet we were going to get. They love the film, Babe, and we are not keen on dogs so we went with a pig. He has never gone for anybody and is rarely in a bad mood. He is a very placid pig.

'I'm sad he's been arrested, but hopefully he'll get out soon and we can have some champagne,' said his agent, Max Markson.

He was charged with risking the safety of another by climbing a building and entering enclosed land, police said. He was released from custody and ordered to appear in court on Friday.

Many of his past climbs have resulted in arrests and fines. Last year, Robert was fined 750 Australian dollars (£430)) for climbing the 41story Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney.

The 48-year-old has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, according to his website. Whichever building he attempts to scale next, you can be sure that the stakes will be high.

IN SCENES comparable to golf film, Happy Gilmore, a golfer in California inadvertently set fire to a large area of The Shady Canyon Golf Course, thanks to a misplayed shot.

Having seen his approach shot land in the rough, nothing could prepare the unlucky golfer for his next shot. The unnamed man snagged a rock as he tried to play a shot out of the foliage, causing a spark that sent the parched rough ablaze. 150 fire fighters fought off the flames that spread, literally like wildfire, over a 12-acre area.

Man's new mobile phone is the one that was stolen from him A MAN who bought a shiny new mobile phone online, choosing it because it looked just like his old one, realised afterwards it was actually the very one that had been stolen from him.

The California resident was browsing for a new model on classifieds site, Craigslist, when he happened upon the strangely familiar handset, according to the sheriff's office. When his purchase arrived, he saw that his numbers were still stored so he tipped off officials.

No charges were filed against the golfer.

They promptly arrested 28-year-old Neil Hefner and recovered 163 stolen phones, along with computers, wallets, gift cards and rare coins, concluding he must have broken into dozens of vehicles to accumulate his small mountain of loot. What Hefner failed to do, however, was leave his return address off the package containing the stolen phone he was inadvertently attempting to sell back to its owner.

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O’Donovan -

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

Buckley -

10th Anniversary

In loving memory of a wonderful wife and mother Mary, late of ‘Shalom’, Knockgriffin, Midleton, who died on December 8th, 2000. Your smile was made of sunshine, Your heart was made of gold, To me you were the greatest wife, This world could ever hold. Memories are like leaves of gold, They never tarnish or grow old, No more tomorrows for us to share, But yesterday’s memories will always be there. A wonderful wife, warm and true, These are the memories I have of you. Sadly missed by your loving husband Donie x x x . Anniversary Mass will be held on Saturday, December 11th at 7.30pm in the Holy Rosary Church, Midleton.

70th Birthday Remembrance

Bridget (Biddy) Coppinger, late of 9, Saleen, Cloyne, Co. Cork. Treasured memories of my dear wife, Biddy, whose birthday occurs on December 9th, 2010. Remembering you is easy, I do it every day, It’s the heartache of losing you, That never goes away. You left quietly, Your thoughts unknown, But you left me a memory, I’m proud to own. So treasure her Lord, In your garden of rest, For when on earth, She was the best. Your loving husband Tom.

10th Anniversary

FOR OUR DEAR MAM AND NANNY, BIDDY COPPINGER. How great it would be to say, ‘I’m going to see my Mam / Nanny today,’ To see your face, To see your smile, To sit and talk to you a while. To have you in the same old way, Would be our greatest wish today and every day. Happy birthday Mam / Nanny. Loving and missing you always, your daughters, sons and grandchildren.

Mam, We love and miss you every day, More than words can ever say.

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL. Deep in our hearts, You will always be, Loved and remembered every day. Son-in-law Dan, late daughter-in-law Geraldine, brothers and sisters.

Buckley -

Mam, Your photo stands in pride of place, A loving smile lights up your face, You always seem to be so near, My only wish is that you were here. Love always Vickey x x x.

Love always Margaret, Dominic, David, Adam and Cillian.

Buckley -

10th Anniversary

Mam, What I would give if I could say. ‘I will go and see my Mam today.’ To hear your voice and see your smile, To sit and chat with you a while, A silent prayer to keep in touch, With the Mam I love and miss so much. Love Tracey, Jimmy, Katie and Zoe.

Buckley -

10th Anniversary

Remembering Mary with love on this, her anniversary. A heart of gold, A life so true, Loved and respected, By all you knew. Always willing, helpful and kind, These beautiful memories, You’ve left behind. Remembered with love by Pauline, Gerard and godson Jonathan.

Birthday Remembrance Biddy Coppinger

Bernie McConnell Anniversary

God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be, So he put his arms around you and whispered, ‘Come to Me.’ A golden heart stopped beating, Hard-working hands now rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Lovingly remembered by Joe, Jessie, Sarah, Wayne, Lucy and Adam.

Kelly 7th Anniversary

Remembering my brother Jimmy, with special loving thoughts on the anniversary of your sudden death. A special day, another year, In our thoughts you are always near. May your kindly soul rest in peace. Kathleen and Mick Woulfe

1st Anniversary



Pat O’Donovan

Late of Ballinbrittig, Carrigtwohill ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Died December 7th, 2009

In loving memory of my husband, Pat. To where you rest I travel Pat, It’s where I feel most near, I place flowers around you, And whisper, ‘Pat, I’m here.’ I won’t forget your loving face, Or the memory of your smile, Or the countless things you did for me, To make my life worthwhile. A wonderful husband, My best friend, Caring and giving till the end. Loved and missed always by your wife Diane x.

O’Donovan 1st Anniversary

In loving memory of our Dad, Pat. We lost a father with a heart of gold, How much we miss him, Can never be told. He shared our troubles, And helped us along, If we follow his footsteps, We will never go wrong. What we’d give if we could say, ‘Hello Dad’ in the same old way, To hear your voice and see your smile, To sit with you and chat a while. So if you have a Dad, Cherish him with care, For you’ll never know the heartache, ‘Till you see his vacant chair.

Lovingly remembered by your sons Jamie and Conor xx.


BARRY: John, of Broomfield East, Midleton, on Friday, December 3rd. RIP. Requiem Mass on Monday last in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Midleton, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

BUCKLEY: John, of Corbally, Leamlara, on Friday, December 3rd. RIP. Reception of his remains into St John the Baptist Church, Lisgoold on Monday last, followed by Requiem Mass and burial afterwards in the local cemetery. ALLEN: Hannah, of Kilworth and Youghal, on Tuesday, November 30th. RIP. Requiem Mass on Wednesday last, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand, Youghal. Private cremation will take place later. O'DONOGHUE: Daniel (Dan), of Rockgrove Estate, Midleton, on Monday, December 29th. RIP. Reception of his remains into the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Midleton, on Wednesday last followed by Requiem Mass and private cremation afterwards.

O’KEEFFE: Denis Noel, of Norwood Park, Cobh, Ex Garda Síochána. Formerly of Drominarigle, Newmarket. on Tuesday, November 30th. RIP. Requiem Mass on Thursday last, followed by Cremation afterwards at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy.

PAT’S wife, Diane and sons, Jamie and Conor would like to sincerely thank all those who sympathised with us on Pat’s death. To those who attended the Rosary, Funeral and Mass, those who sent Mass Cards and floral tributes. We would especially like to thank my two brothers Martin and Kieran and their families; Pat’s late sister Mary, her husband Kevin and family; his sister Eileen, husband Seán and family and his aunt Pat, who were a great support to us in Pat’s last few weeks. We would also like to thank Pat and Celine O’Donovan and family of O’Donovan Transport, Carrigtwohill, for everything they did for us. Also, thank you to all our family, neighbours and friends. Thank you to District Nurse Angela Paul, Monsignor Denis Reidy, and to O’Farrell’s Funeral Home for all their kindness and professionalism. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Kitty O’Driscoll 1, O’Neill Crowley Terrace, Ballymacoda, Co. Cork Acknowledgement and First Anniversary Died December 8th, 2009

THE family of Kitty wish to thank most sincerely those who sympathised with us on our recent sad loss.

Thank you to all those who attended Rosary, Removal and Requiem Mass. Also to those who sent floral tributes, mass cards and Letters of Enrolment.

Sincere thanks to Fr. Dan Gould PP, Fr. Mulcahy, Fr. Riordan PP, Canon T. O’Leary, organist, soloist, altar servers, sacristan and to all those who travelled long distances to be with us.

A special word of thanks to the doctors, nurses, Phyl McKenna and all the staff of the South Infirmary. We thank our very kind neighbours and dear friends for your wonderful support. Thanks also to Egan’s Funeral Home for their professional services and to the grave-diggers.

Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions. ‘We know you are always with us, Forever by our side, Guiding and protecting us, just as you did in life.’


PUBLIC NOTICE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT, 2000 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF ELECTORAL AREA DRAFT LOCAL AREA PLANS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS With reference to Public Notice dated 22nd November, 2010 giving Notice of the Preparation of Electoral Area Draft Local Area Plans and Environmental Reports, please be advised that the closing date for submissions/ obser vations to the Draft Local Area Plans and Environmental Reports is now Wednesday, 12th Januar y 2011 at 4.00 p.m. and not Monday, 10th Januar y 2011 as previously advised. Submissions or observations are hereby invited in relation to the Draft Local Area Plans and Environmental Reports and may be made on-line via the Council’s website or in writing to the Senior Planner, Planning Policy Unit, Floor 13, County Hall, Cork. Submissions or observations made on-line or in writing, and received by the Planning Authority on or before 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 12th Januar y 2011, will be taken into consideration before the making of the Local Area Plans. Signed: Director of Planning. Dated this 3rd day of December, 2010.

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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL Corcoran Engineers & Architects Tel: 0214630101 intend to apply on behalf of James Moloney for outline permission for the erection of a dwelling house, new entrance and a waste water treatment system along with all other associated site works at Ballyknock South, Ballynoe, Mallow. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. CORK COUNTY COUNCIL Corcoran Engineers & Architects Tel: 0214630101 intend to apply on behalf of Aideen O'Malley & James O'Connor for permission for 1 no. single storey and 1 no. two storey extension & alterations to existing dwelling house and erection of a new garage along with all associated site works at Castleredmond, Midleton, Co. Cork. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL Seamus Geaney intends to apply for retention permission for development (change of use and as constructed mezzanine floor) and permission for development (new exterior facade) at a site of approximately 1,186.5 sq m located at Greenwood Unit, Cobh Cross Industrial Estate, Carrigtwohill, County Cork. The development consists of: the retention of the change of use (approximately 584.5 sq m) at ground floor from Warehousing (as permitted under Cork County Council Reg. Ref. No. 4443/79) to Retail Warehousing and the retention of the mezzanine storage floor (approximately 531 sq m); and the construction of a new exterior facade and 8 no. reconfigured entrances (approximately 38 sq m). The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL I, Eoin Butler, apply for planning permission for amendments to previously permitted and constructed planning permission ref.077447. The amendments comprise (1) a change of use from the permitted industrial/ warehousing use to a leisure and entertainment complex, (2) the introduction of a first floor to accommodate a late night venue licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages on the premises, (3) various physical alterations to include elevational changes, new entry and exit doors, signage, stairs, new first floor structure and internal fitout (4) alterations to the permitted site layout to accommodate additional parking, & (5) all necessary ancillary site works, connections to public services, and landscaping works required to facilitate the development. The aforementioned works are all proposed at Units 1 – 5, at a site known as North Point Business Park, Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. CORK COUNTY COUNCIL Micheal Kiely 087 2740486 Architectural Planning and Design is applying on behalf of Tony and Marguerite Mulcahy for planning permission to construct a bungalow and associated site works at Ballinascartha, Midleton, The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

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Fo o d fo r t h o u g h t SEASONAL SUGGESTIONS

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ONE of the secrets for a delicious Christmas dinner is to put some thought and time into your accompaniments. Once again, you can prepare both your bread & potato stuffing the night before and the cranberry sauce can be prepared weeks in advance.

2 Cloves of Garlic 1 White Onion 2 Sprigs of Thyme 40g Flat Parsley 100g Butter 300g Breadcrumbs

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SHOPPING lists, cooking times, forgotten Christmas cards and a hundred and one other “festive” concerns are on everyone’s minds, so I thought I would tackle another seasonal concern. For the past few weeks there seem to have been more than the usual number of people in our shop with coughs, colds and chestiness, asking for help.

Potato Stuffing with Sage and Onion

So, if you are already on medication, what can you do to help a chesty problem? Eat a healthy diet! Include lots of fruit and vegetables to build up your immunity, choosing organic if you can afford it, as organic foods are higher in vitamins and minerals than standard crops grown with artificial fertilisers. That said, be a bit cautious with oranges. Many people take extra orange juice to up their vitamin C levels, but it should be borne in mind that this increases your acid intake, and to protect itself the body may well produce extra mucous. Also many people find that dairy products increase phlegm, especially cheese. Some people find soya has the same effect, so for them rice milk is a useful alternative.


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1. Chop the bacon into small pieces and fry in a pot until crispy 2. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and sweat on a low heat (cook without colouring) for 2-3 minutes 3. Add the chopped chestnuts, parsley and butter 4. Add the breadcrumbs and mix until they have soaked in all the butter 5. Season with salt and pepper

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Recently, clinical trials were carried out to compare a well known branded cough remedy (not herbal) with simple honey and lemon. Honey and lemon were found to be just as effective, if not more so, and had no side effects.

A well tried and tested remedy for a cough, especially in these parts, is carrageen. Wash a small handful, soak it for an hour, then add it to a pint of water and simmer for about twenty minutes. Strain, leave to cool and sweeten with honey. “Pieces” sugar, on a string, was traditionally used to sweeten the brew, and if anyone can tell me where this can still be found I’d love to source it. To make the drink more appetising, some people will simmer the carrageen with orange and lemon rind, and add the juice when it is cool.


1. Firstly, soak the leaf of gelatine in water for 20 minutes and set aside. 2. Place the cranberries, red wine vinegar, star anise, sugar and honey in a pot and place on a medium heat. 3. Simmer for 10 minutes 4. Add gelatine and gently simmer for a further 20 minutes. Stir occasionally 5. Leave to cool - it will take up to 4 hours to set

Firstly we ask if a customer is on medication for any problem. If this applies to you, and increasingly people are on multiple medications, then we can talk about lifestyle and food, but are wary about offering herbal remedies without having a doctor or pharmacist’s go-ahead, especially if anyone has blood pressure concerns. And as anyone with diabetes is well aware, most cough syrups are ruled out due to their sugar or – better – honey content.

1. Cook the potatoes – it’s a good idea to steam the potatoes as this keeps them nice & dry. 2. Mash the cooked potatoes – don’t add butter or any liquid at this point 3. Melt the butter in a pan on a low heat and sweat (cook without colouring) the chopped onions 4. Add the herbs and the mustard to the pan 5. Add the mashed potato & season 6. Make sure you mix it well 7. Place in an oven-proof dish and cook for 12 minutes at 200c.

Another old remedy for a problem chest is applying a mustard compress a couple of times a day. This really gets heat into the chest. Make up a solution (not too runny) of Colman’s English mustard, spread it on brown paper, cover with another layer of paper and a towel, then apply to the chest. A small child can only take this treatment for, say, half a minute before it becomes too much, but a hairy chest might take it for several minutes before getting too red.

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BRRRRR... boy, is it cold outside. Luckily, Arcade Midleton is ready to keep you cosy with a wealth of winterwarmers including caps from €4.99, gloves from €1.99 and lots of snuggly socks, scarves and thermals in a variety of styles and sizes.

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Keep the kids warm, cosy and fashionably funky this winter, courtesy of Arcade Midleton. Why not choose a gorgeous pinafore jacket and cap with faux-fur detailing for €39.99 or a 2 piece tracksuit from €9.99? We love Arcade Midleton's 'Party Sets' - a dress, leggings and winter cap for €19.99.

Everyone knows that if your feet are warm, you are warm, so pick up a pair of toasty snow boot at Arcade Midleton for €39.99. Shearling-lined with funky detailing, they're ideal for the cold weather. Add a pair of thick leggings and 'layer up'!

There's boys' jeans available for €9.99 as well as a host of winter accessories including hats, scarves, gloves and caps.

Combining fashion and warmth, try on a stylish tunic for €19.99 or a dress for €29.99; p-p-pick up a puffa jackets in black, navy and grey or get some luscious leggings or fashion-tights in a host of designs and colours. DON'T want to face a big bill all at once? Secure your item at Arcade Midleton and 'pay as you go'. Tried and tested for decades at Arcade Midleton, it's an easy way to get what you want without maxing the cards out all at once! Call in today for more information on this easy-pay scheme.

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UPSTAIRS at Established Woman, there's plenty to choose from, including a new range of nightwear, with fleecy pyjamas a must-have.

There's also a gorgeous range of 50% wool knits from €24.99 and, of course, the stunning range of Castle Knitwear the perfect look for any stylish occasion. Don't forget your fleece-lined trousers from Arcade Midleton.

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Perfect presents Get great gifts at Arcade Midleton now, from luxury animal print blankets (€30) to Arcade's stunning new range of homeware, part of the Cronins Forge collection of hand-crafted and innovative Irish iron designs, including occasional tables, chairs, lamps, candle holders and much, much more.

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ARCADE Midleton knows that shopping for First Holy Communion wear can be difficult, so we are here to ease the stress, with designer brand dresses and suits at competitive prices - and it's better to start early as the seasons are just flying by! There's girls' dresses from €59.99 and boys' 5 piece suits for €59.99 (jacket, trousers, waistcoat, shirt and tie), as well as a full selection of accessories such as hats, bags, gloves and various styles of headpieces, including ones with veils.

A visit to Arcade Midleton won't be complete without a trip upstairs to the XPresso Cafe, where winter warmers abound! Choose from a tasty bowl of homemade soup, fresh scones, cupcakes, paninis and, as it's that time of the year, mince pies! Pick up a cup of coffee or tea for that walk back to the car too!

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THE PLACE TO BE An Seanachaí present funds raised to SERT & The Solace Centre

PROCEEDS from the head shave and waxing that took place in November at An Seanachaí, Pulla Cross, Dungarvan will be presented to SERT and the Solace Centre on Friday, December 10th at An Seanachaí. All who participated and helped out with the event are invited back on the night. Tony Tobin, SERT and Kathleen Foley, The Solace Centre will be present to accept the cheques. All Welcome Phone 058-46755

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Christmas Fayre this Friday at Wallis’ Bar, Midleton


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CHERNOBYL Children’s Trust are hosting a giant Christmas Fayre this Friday, with the kind help of Seamus Cunningham, Wallis’ Bar, Main Street, Midleton. We have Christmas gifts at reasonable prices, suitable for all pockets. We are bringing Christmas spirit with mulled wine and Christmas music. There is no entry charge, so why not come along and enjoy some Christmas cheer?

Chernobyl Children’s Trust recently hosted a mother and child in Whitegate for medical tests. Although we were not able to provide a miracle, we were able to ease the mothers worries and give them the holiday of a lifetime. Our Christmas children are arriving on December 22nd for a much-needed break from the poverty and hardship which is part of their daily lives.

Tuesday 9.30pm


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THE Long Point Bar, Whitegate is hosting an evening of comedy on Saturday which is sure to be riotous fun. Billy Ahern will be joined by Ross Browne and Tom ‘The Bear’ O' Mahoney. Our very own Tonto Walsh, famous from Goldfish syndrome, will be singing to get the party started! Ross Brown has been playing all over Cork and has been made famous from Republic of Telly. Tom ‘The Bear’ O'Mahoney from Tipperary is the brightest star of the comedy circuit, playing all over Ireland, and is coming directly from the International, Dublin. Our local hero, Bill Aherne is the funniest man to come out of East Cork, famous from 98.3fm afternoon slump!

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Thursday, December 9th 9pm traditional irish music session & Christmas 45 card drive for hams Christmas Brochures now available from Bar & Restaurant or visit our Webpage

Many menu options available to celebrate this Christmas with colleagues or friends. 4 Course Menus for €19.50 & €25 available, Mulled Wine Reception on Arrival & Entertainment.

Complimentary Platters of Finger Food for Groups (Cocktail Sausages, Chicken Tenders, Cheese Croquettes, Garlic Mushrooms with a Selection of Dips), Sandwiches & Hand Cut Chips.

One Course Meal Option €12.50 available in Bar or Restaurant.

Santa's Grotto @ Harty's Sunday December 12th & 19th from 1pm - 5pm. Visit Santa, Present, Kids Meal, Mineral -

€7.50 per child mums and dads are invited to take own photos for free

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T G U I D E ! Shane Supple’s musical connections... The Spirit of Christmas

music for the tracks. David had worked with Tomás before on other projects and the two have a great working relationship in the studio.

ON Friday last I interviewed Tomás Dubghaill about the release of his new single “Where did Christmas Go”. Tomás was helped in the studio by two local girls, Aine and Caoimhe O’Driscoll from Inch National School, who provided backing vocals on this track. When Tomás spoke with school principal, Mr. O’Mahoney about finding some singers for his single there were many fine singers to

pick from in the school, but the two girls came out on top. The Songs for the single were written one morning by Tomás after a good night’s sleep. As he says himself, he must have been dreaming about it because it was fresh in his mind and easy to write in the morning. So Tomás took his songs and the two girls to a recording studio in Blarney where his friend, David Murphy, was able to supply the backing

Every detail of this new single was brought to life under the watchful eye of Tomás. Even the cover was designed and made by himself and, using a photo of Skellig Island and a photo of the two girls, he sat down and made it all on his own computer. Now what makes this tale a little extraordinary is that Tomás is not a young wannabe pop star, but a rather distinguished musical vocalist who has spent many years singing in different choirs, from

The Cork School of Music Choir, St Finbarr’ Choir and choirs in Manchester, and has even appeared on Radio with Gay Byrne and on the Cork Opera House. Tomás says himself “as you get little older and time moves on and the years fly by, it’s not easy to get the sound I once was able to achieve, but you have to live your life and get on with it”. I asked Tomás how old he is and he replied “I am 71 years old and enjoying things at the moment including the recording of this single”.

There are two tracks on the CD ‘Where did Christmas Go’ and ‘Christmas Bells’, Tomás prefers the first track because it was the one track that had the two girls singing on it, and it’s a song about hope and getting on with things. I asked him how the girls in the Studio were and he said they were better then himself, totally relaxed and sang great. The song has received lots of play on local radio in Youghal and is available to buy in Youghal, Midleton and Mallow.

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The soon-to-be-Captain-Jack-again Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in Venice.

During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Cue gorgeous scenery and gorgeous people being, well, gorgeous. Yes, there's a plot - but does it really matter?

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FOR the next three weeks, we'll be looking at Christmas films of days gone by - and why it's worth revisiting them this festive season - even if you've seen them a hundred times before... Miracle on 34th Street 'We believe'.

Who knew that two simple words could reduce you to tears? And not just you. Grown men have been spotted blubbing like babies when watching Miracle on 34th Street.

In 1947, the film - starring Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn (as Kris Kringle) became a perennial Christmas classic. The story of what takes place in New York City following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it pulls at the heart-strings like no other. As department store Santa, Kris Kringle, begins work, people start to wonder is he the REAL Santa and, from that point on, we're always rooting for Mr. Claus. Thrown into the mix, is a young girl - experiencing family turmoil who really, really, really wants to believe that Christmas miracles can, and do, happen.

The film won several Academy Awards and was remade in 1994, starring Richard Attenborough (as the bearded, red-suited one), Elizabeth Perkins and the adorable Mara Wilson. Whichever version you see, the court case where Kris Kringle is put on trial and refuses to admit that he's not really Santa and the flood of support which flows in from the public in his defence, is still one of the defining moments in Christmas cinema - and won't leave a dry eye in the house. We believe - and always, always will.

Santa hat splash at Garryvoe Polish man Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - The East Cork Journal

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A POLISH man received a prison sentence after falling asleep in his car which was positioned in the middle of a road. ARE you brave enough to take a Christmas dip? If so, then hit the water in aid of The Hope Foundation this December. On Sunday, December 19th, the annual Santa Hat Splash for HOPE will take place at Garryvoe Strand at 12noon. Come in your wetsuits, or even fancy dress; get a group of friends or your family together; have some fun and at the same

time raise funds that will make a difference to the lives of street and slum children in Calcutta. The Hope Foundation, set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, now works with 16 Indian NGO partners to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata (Calcutta) in India, improve their quality of life, and give them a better future. Today, The Hope Foundation funds 64 projects including

education; primary healthcare; shelter; vocational training; child protection; and drugs rehabilitation; and has reached out to over 22,000 children through education alone, and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid. Can’t make it to Garryvoe? The Santa Hat Splash takes place on the same day at a number of

Tomasz Szudrawy, aged 28, of Blueberry Fields, Broomfield, Midleton, was found snoozing by gardai in the Broomfield area.

other locations nationwide including Galway and Dublin.

The court heard how the defendant’s car was running at the time and posed a serious hazard to oncoming traffic.

To sign up and receive sponsorship cards and a free t-shirt call The Hope Foundation on (021) 4292990 or email

Mr. Szudrawy was later taken to Midleton Garda station where he failed a breathalyser test.

The defendant has been living and working in Midleton for a number of years. He has no previous convictions.

For further information on The Hope Foundation visit

Judge Michael Pattwell imposed a prison sentence of 14 days and urged Mr Szudrawy to stay off alcohol.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Issue 168  

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010