15th February, 2001
Notice Board


First Tribute Artiste Jailed!

1958 "Get A Job" by The Silhouettes was No.1 in the States.
1964 The Beach Boys "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Glad All Over" by The Dave Clark Five released.
1967 An anti-bootlegging law goes into effect as an attempt to curb the pirating of records.
1969 A Florida hairdresser is jailed for staging a phony Aretha Franklin concert at a Fort Meyer nightclub. The 'Aretha" impersonator, \/ickie Jones, was so convincing nobody asked for a refund.
1976 Bette Midler bails out seven members of her entourage following a bust for cocaine and pot possession.
1977 Glen Matlock is fired from The Sex Pistols, to be replaced by the notorious Sid Vicious
1981 Mike Bloomfield dies in his car in San Francisco. The blues guitarist came to national prominence in the mid-sixties for performances with Paul Butterfield and Bob Dylan, then formed The Electric Flag Best known for his Super Session LP recording in 1968 with Steve Stills and Al Kooper.
BRIAN HOLLAND, Detroit. Michigan. (1941) . Super songwriter and producer of The Motown Sound in the sixties. with brother
MICK AVORY, London, (1944). Former drummer for The Kinks.


Question I have heard that there is a new social welfare means test for pensioners. I am a widow on a reduced pension because I have some money in a savings account. Does this apply to me?

Answer Yes, if your pension is Old Age or Widow's Non-Contributory Pension paid by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs. This capital assessment test applies to all means tested social welfare payments except Supplementary Welfare Allowance. The means test for these payments takes into account other income you may have and this may reduce your payment. If you have money in a savings account the Department does not look at the actual interest you receive but instead it assesses the capital according to set rules.
Previously the first £2000 was disregarded and the balance was assessed against your payment. However from October 2000 the rules for assessing capital have changed and now the first £10,000 of capital is not assessed. Capital of between £10, 000 and £20,000 is assessed as weekly means at a rate of £1 per £1 000. Capital of more than £20,000 is assessed as described in last month's Rights Column.
So for example, if you are on a Non Contributory Old Age or Widow's Pension and have savings of £16,000 it would be assessed as weekly means of £6. As you may have weekly means of £6 and still receive the full payment you may have savings of £16,000 without your payment being reduced. Uneven amounts are rounded down so amounts between £16,001 and £16,999 are rounded down to £16,000.
Your means will be reassessed by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
According to these rules for assessing capital and if your savings amount to £16,999 or less and you have no other means you may receive a full pension.
Information compiled by Cobh Citizens Information Centre - 021 4813094.


Question My husband is unemployed and we have two children aged 8 and 10. 1 was wondering if there was any assistance available to help with the cost of schoolbooks.

Answer There is a grant scheme for schoolbooks for needy pupils in primary and secondary schools. It is operated by the principals of schools to assist the pupils from families, which are most in need. This could be because of unemployment, prolonged illness of a parent, a single parent or other circumstances

Families, which may be eligible for assistance, are:
(a) Those mainly dependent on social welfare payments.
(b) Those who have low income from employment e.g. those in receipt of Family Income Supplement.
(c) Families who are experiencing financial hardship because of particular circumstances.
The school may also operate a book loan or rental scheme. Application should be made to the school principal who has total discretion in deciding which pupils are most in need.

This information is provided by Cobh Citizens Information Centre, which provides a free and confidential service. For further information phone 021 4814422 or call into the Parish Centre, Roches Row, Cobh.

Forthcoming Events in Douglas Library

Friday February 16th at 11.00am
Gramophone Recital presented by David McInerney. David is the presenter of a music programme on Cork Hospital Radio on Saturday mornings. His programme on Friday morning will be classical and light classical and promises to be very enjoyable.
Adm. is free and all are welcome.

Saturday February 17th at 10.00am
Do you want to meet Gandalf the Wizard? Come to Douglas Library and meet the great wizard from Tolkien's "The Hobbit"! The actor who plays the Wizard in the forthcoming production in Cork Opera House will be in Douglas Library at 10. 00 am and will do an interactive session with children who are interested in the book "The Hobbit" Asmission is free.


The South East final of Senior Scor which was held in the Marian Hall, Ballinhassig on Sunday night 11th Feb, proved to be a night of top class entertainment. A capacity audience enjoyed the wealth of talent from the participating GAA clubs in the Carrigdhoun division. Carrigaline who competed in all eight categories won the Carrigdhoun Cup for the best overall club.
The winners were as follows :- Rinnce Foirne, Carrigaline, Kay Herlihy, Bernie Walsh, Anne O'Donoghue, Maire Molloy, Dave Tobin, Barry, Fionan and Eamonn Cogan; the same team also won the Rinnce Set; Solo Singing, Paul Moriarty, Valley Rovers; Instrumental Music, Carrigaline, Maire Molloy, Aisling de Cogain and Eugene Walsh; Novelty Act, Ballinhassig, Sheila Coleman, Noreen Sheehan, Brian Holland, Bernadette and Sinead O'Halloran, Michael Birmingham; Quiz, Tracton, Fionan McCarthy, Paddy O'Brien and Philip O'Reilly; Recitation, Tracton, Paddy O'Brien; Ballad Group, Valley Rovers, Paul Moriarty, Katie Beech and Ann Lynch.
Runners-up in the Rinnce Foirne, Ballygarvan; Solo Singing, Carrigaline; Instrumental Music, Ballinhassig; Novelty Act, Carrigaline; Quiz, Ballinhassig; Recitation, Ballinhassig; Set Dance, Ballygarvan.
The winners and runners up next compete in the County Semi Final in Watergrasshill on Sunday 25th Feb at 7.30 p.m.


The candle burns, so raise your glass,
Let's dance across the sands of time,
When you my love, were but a lass,
And sent me my first Valentine

Oh! Happy days, when we so young,
Walked hand in hand, and summertime
Made dreams come true, and we were one,
Ah! Golden days, dear Valentine
All long ago, and far away,
Another place, another time
My love! It seems like yesterday,
Since first you were my Valentine
To all the bridges we have crossed,
A rose, a tear, a glass of wine,
For all we've gained, and all we've lost,
For you, my love, my Valentine.


(Quotes from the Old West)
"Life teaches us much of which we are not aware. Our senses perceive things that do not impinge upon our awareness, but they lie dormant within us and affect our recognition of people and conditions".
Louis L'Amour -The Walking Drum


At a recent Southern Committee Meeting of Cork County Council, I called for a Pilot Dog Programme' similar to that operated in Youghal to be initiated in the greater Douglas area.
Such a programme would have many benefits. The scheme is already operating successfully in Youghal, Midleton, Kinsale and Ballincollig, where the County Council supply Bags, Signs, Pooper-Scoopers and gloves and specially designated bins. I am an animal lover myself and dogs have got to do what comes naturally9 but this programme, I believe, will contribute to the health arid environmental well being of residents and children."
I understand that people were initially sceptical of the scheme but that it is now operating very well. Under the new Regulations, which came into effect regarding dog control; fines of up to £1500 can be imposed on owners if their dog fouls certain public places.
A number of residents have expressed concern to me in relation to dogs fouling public areas especially where children play. Since 1992 nine eased of human toxocariasis have been diagnosed in Cork City and County (Irish Veterinary Journal/SHB Cork) A study carried out by the Veterinary Department of Cork County Council in 1993 highlighted significant weaknesses in the control and prevention of human toxocariasis.
Toxocariasis is a common infection in children world-wide. There has been increasing interest in the parasite, particularly in the developed world in recent years because the public perceives Toxocara infection to be an important cause of preventable blindness and illness in childhood. Research (Feldman & Parker 1992) has also suggested a possible causal link between T. Canis and asthma in children.
While it is important that we keep matters in perspective I believe that the introduction of such a programme in an urban area like Douglas would have two- fold benefits. -It would minimise the risk of infection in children and adults and enhance the environment by removing litter/fouling matter immediately. I will be pressing for the implementation of the programme as soon as possible and l will keep readers informed of developments.
Deirdre. Forde


Home Design will be holding their annual an Exhibition in the Rochestown Park Hotel, from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2001. This exhibition is now Ireland's largest to be held outside Dublin.

The show times are as follows:
Friday 2:00 PM-10: 00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM-7: 00 PM.
Sunday 11:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Naturally enough Douglas Weekly are amongst 90 Exhibitors of this years show, as are Value Tiles, one of the main feature's of the show will be their tile display for each room of the home, this will act as a Centrepiece of the show. Value Tiles, Tramore Road will supply all the tiles from their extensive and unique range. They are even giving a door prize to the value of £1500, which is open to everyone and will be drawn on Sunday 11th @ 6.15pm.
This year there are some innovative stands that include Unico Systems, who provide High Performance Heating and Cooling for Superior Indoor Comfort. Unico will be exhibiting their product range for the first time in Cork.
Harry's Time from Skibbereen, will provide an interesting display on Clock Watch restoration. Why not bring along you're your old watch for repair or a free valuation.
Maher Sports will again sponsor a free draw for a prize worth £1,000, for anyone who fills out a ticket. The draw will take p[lace on Sunday @ 6pm Maher Sports are the largest stockist of exercise equipment in Munster. Their product range includes treadmills, gravity walkers as well as weights and benches. They have also just taken delivery of their new 2001 stock. Their energetic staff will be on hand to provide professional and expert advice.
This year's Garden Feature will include Peter Dowdall from Dunsland Garden Centre. Peter was the presenter of the hugely popular R.T.E. TV show "Herbal Infusion", which presented gardening in an altogether more light hearted way. Peter will be on hand to advise on all aspects of gardening.
This year we will have a special treat for those who attend the Exhibition. Fiona Kennedy, winner of the best New Performer in Rte's Show "Screen lest" will provide a free open concert, in aid of Carol Wiley's Bosnian Aid. Fiona has also appeared on the Late Late Show as well as having done her own one hour TV Special. Fiona is taking time out from her tour of Ireland to play this free concert. There will be raffles for Bosnian Aid throughout the weekend with up to £10,000 worth of prizes to be one.
Other exhibitors include Corrin Wood Products, Celtic Interiors (Kitchens). Jacuzzi's Bathrooms, Security Stands, Blinds, Curtains, Windows and Fireplaces, which will make the exhibition an ideal one, stop location for anyone considering Home Renovations in 2001.
The Exhibition is organised by Peter Crowley of Bandon and your PR lady for the weekend is Naesa Murray of 96FM.


An Oige Cork-Kerry Regional Group AGM. will be held at the Cricket Club The Mardyke Cork on Saturday 24 February at 8pm.
All welcome.
Feb. 19th. Monday night visit to the Leisure Club. Swim - Jacuzzi - Sauna & Steam Room. Numbers limited. Tel. Breeda 021-4963435, Irine 021-4313699.



Element: Woman
Discoverer: Adam
Atomic Mass: Accepted as 55kg, but known to vary from 45kg to 225kg
Occurrence: Found in large quantities in urban areas with trace elements in outlying regions

Physical Properties
1. Surface normally covered with film of powder and paint.
2. Boils at absolutely nothing, freezes for no apparent reason.
3. Melts if given special treatment.
4. Bitter if used incorrectly.
5. Found in various grades ranging from virgin material to common ore.
6. Yields to pressure if expertly applied.

Chemical Properties
1. Affinity to gold, silver, platinum and all precious stones.
2. Absorbs great quantities of expensive substances.
3. Explodes spontaneously without reason or warning.
4. Greatly increased activity when saturated with alcohol.
5. The most powerful money reducing agent known to man.

Common Use
1. Highly ornamental, especially in sports cars.
2. Can be a great aid to relaxation.
3. Can be a very effective cleaning agent.

1. Pure specimens turn bright pink when found in their natural state.
2. Turns green when placed alongside a superior specimen.

1. Highly dangerous except in experienced hands.
2. Illegal to possess more than one, although several can be maintained at different locations as long as specimens do not come in direct contact with each other.


Douglas Community School - Table Quiz
Douglas community School parents Association are holding their annual charity table Quiz in aid of the St, Vincent De Paul Society on tonight Thursday February 15th in the Douglas GAA Club at 8.30pm. Teams of 4 £12.00. We look forward to your support. All are welcome!

" Switch" for Rochestown Park Hotel
Ireland’s latest pop sensation are to appear live at the Home Design Exhibition in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Sunday 11th March at 3.30pm. The concert is absolutely free so make sure to get there early. Also on the bill is our own Fiona Kennedy

Public Meeting
Proposed development of Douglas Village Shopping Centre. John O'Sullivan's Meeting Room, Friday 16th at 7.15pm.
Public representatives will attend.

Public Meeting
A Public Meeting will take place in the Douglas Community Centre at 8 o'clock on Thursday 22nd February. All are welcome .

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann
Traditional Irish Music Classes (Tin whistle, flute, violin, accordion & keyboard) Available at the Riverstick Community centre. Every Saturday - £2, Contact Rosaire Cagney @ 087-9384341

Douglas Tidy Towns 2001 -
Clean up in Douglas

A number of different firms are taking part in a united 'clean sweep' up of Douglas on Sat 17th February. All those wanting to participate are asked to meet in the Community Centre Car Park at 10.30 am. The entire operation is expected to last about two hours.

Killarney Millennium Fund
An Auction of 'Goods and Favours' takes place on Friday 23rd February at 8pm in the Ardfallen Centre , Douglas Road. If you can offer any services such as Babysitting, Grasscutting, Typing, Computer Tutorial, etc. In fact if there is any service or goods that you can offer please contact Eleanor Bateman, Verna Brownlow, Eric Gosnell, Brian Holland, Ed Ritchie or David Watson at the Centre.

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