28th February, 2002

Thank You Douglas Weekly

Dear Douglas Weekly
A very sincere thank you to all concerned in making Valentines Day so special.
First I had a full makeover from Caroline in Heaven Scent. Caroline has a very warm personality, and her one-to-one approach is first class. I was thrilled with the result.
Then Euro-taxis whisked me over to All That Blooms and Claire who was having a hectic day presented me with a magnificent bouquet.
At 7 PM, Kevin of Euro-Taxis, collected my husband Ber and I and chauffeured us to the Great Southern Hotel, Cork Airport, where we were welcomed by Deirdre the manager, who presented us with the famous 'Lovers Cocktail', Wow! Deirdre wouldn't reveal the contents as she said it's a very closely guarded secret. We then had our scrumptious valentine's meal and a bottle of wine. After drinks at the bar Euro-Taxis returned us safely home.
Once again, thanks to Douglas Weekly, Heaven Scent, Euro-Taxis, All that Blooms and The Great Southern Hotel for all your kindness.
Regards from
Ann & Ber Leahy
Beaumont lawn, Ballintemple

Douglas Community Association

Dear Michael,
The Committee of the Association has set up a Sub Committee to proposals for the Community Park and the building known as the Community Centre.
The development of the park reflects so very well on the founding members of the Association who through good times and bad, battled to have a park that Douglas could be proud of, and would be available for all of the residents in Douglas.
When they had some funds available and with great courage, they developed the Community Centre which is now available for a whole range of community services, and these are community services in the truest sense of the word, providing facilities for the senior citizens, pre school children, a terrific play area, a meeting place, and offices for other community services.
But times move on and the park may need some changes, and the Community Centre needs to be expanded and refurbished, and generally improved, and the car parking area needs to be surfaced and properly laid out.
The task of the Sub Committee over the next 3 months is to prepare a summary of the ideas and comments we receive from existing users, potential users, and the community generally in the Douglas area, and we are very anxious to hear from anybody who would like to make comments as to what needs to be done, or what should be done. You may want to say that the existing park and structure should not be changed, or you may want to suggest substantial changes, but we really want to hear from everybody as to what your views are so that we can give consideration to the broadest range of opinion, make a summary of these opinions and present them to the Association's General Committee for their consideration.
As we have set a deadline for the end of April for finalising our own report, we would be very grateful if any proposals were submitted to us before the 31st March 2002.
We strongly urge everybody to make some contribution to this process of planning and identifying what we need in the future, and would be very grateful for your comments.
Yours sincerely,
John Fitzgerald, Secretary 021 436 2289

Credit Due
Dear Michael
I must say 'thank you' to the men in the gardening section of Clover Hill, Blackrock, for the wonderful job they have done in the Ballintemple Graveyard. It's only the best, they have cleaned it all up like a new pin. It's a credit to them.
Joe Brown, Upper Ballintemple

Douglas Neglect
Further to your Editorial of the 24th.Jan. '02. 1 would like to add my views on the neglect of Douglas by our elected representatives.
a. Despite the major increase in traffic there is still only one set of traffic lights in the Village. Try getting out to the back Douglas Road at South County, or Daily's Shop, and you can sit for 15 minutes. or more. Try to get out of Maryborough Estate onto Rochestown Road, and you take your life in your hands, again no lights, and the pedestrian lights fitted are as useful as an ashtray on a motor bike.
b. Maintenance of road surface is a disgrace and would qualify as some of the worst in the Country.
Tramway Terrace, like a patch -work quilt.
Road past Dunnes Stores to round a about.
Main Douglas Road past A.I.B Bank riddled with subsidence.
I am a resident of Douglas for 36 years, and the excuse we heard in the past was the lack of Public Representation for the area. This was all to change after the Local Elections in '99, but alas nada!
(Name and address with editor)

Thank You Douglas Village
Shopping Centre
Dear Sir
Please allow me, to express my thanks to the staff of 'The Douglas Village Shopping Centre', in particular the information Desk, for helping me to locate a cheque which I dropped in the vicinity, on my way to the bank.
Particular thanks to the unknown person who picked up the cheque and handed it on. It is good to know that people are conscientious, where lost property is concerned.
Yours Sincerely
(Name and address with editor)

On behalf of parents, pupils and staff of Scoil Niocláis, I would like thank the management of the Douglas Village Shopping Centre for their generous sponsorship of CASH FOR OUR COMMUNITY project. We were the lucky recipients of €1000 last week. Mrs Evelyn O'Leary from PARTNERS IN FASHION was our kind benefactor and I can assure you that the money will be put to good use.
As you know, Scoil Niocláis is a new school in temporary accommodation while we await sanction for a permanent 16-teacher school in the 4-acre site behind the church. We hope that the construction of the new school will begin during the summer. Resourcing a new school is an expensive business and Scoil Niocláis Parents Association hold regular fundraising events to help purchase equipment for the school. One of our major projects each year is the Scoil Niocláis Golf Classic, which will be held this year on 2nd May in Douglas Golf Club.
Again, we are delighted with the prize and thank all concerned, particularly Bronwyn Cross, the marketing manager, for foresight and generosity in sponsoring such an endeavour.
Slán tamall.
Micheál Ó Cochláin, Priomh-Oide.
Scoil Niocláis, Frankfield, Grange