1st March, 2001
Notice Board


Friday March 2nd at 11.00 - 12.00
The Lough Gramophone Circle will hold a recital in the Library, presented by Pat Lemasney

“Bedtime stories” Wear your pyjamas and bring your teddy bear!
To celebrate World Book Day ( which was march 1st) , there will be a children's' story time in Douglas Library on Saturday March 3rd at 11.00 am.

Tuesday March 6th at 11.30 am
Talk on Irish trees by Re Ó Cinneide of Coillte

Adm. is free and everyone is welcome



Douglas is a chapelry in the parish of Carrigaline and the instrument was dated the 2nd June, 1783, which assigns to the new district or chapel of Douglas the following districts viz: Monriag, Monkfieldstown, Roachestown, Knocknamullagh, Oldcourt, Barryarbin, Hilltown, Ballinrea, Balliegurrie, Cusduff, Burnhill, Danebrook, Grange, Montpelier, Scudoaleen, Scairt, a corruption of the Gaelic name Scairt a' Dailthin, Castletreasure, Maryborough, Menus, Ballincurrig, Ardclarig, Ardewacleahy, Glebe, Ballinemalagh, Ballygarvers and Ballyduhig.
The chapel of the district was built in 1785 at the cost of £695.1.6.1/2, of which £369.4.7 1/2, was gifted by the late Board of First Fruits and £325.16.11 was raised by subscription. On the 17th September 1786, the minister, churchwardens and parishioners of Carrigaline petitioned the Bishop to consecrate the new chapel of Ease under the name of St.Luke, by the Bishop of Cloyne, acting on behalf of the Bishop of Cork who was ill in England.
September 5th, 1788, Thomas Breviter, writing from Douglas, requested permission to build on the glebe of Douglas, which had hitherto been without a house. A commission found that Breviter expended £73.1 3.9. in enclosing the glebe and this amount was passed by the Bishop on 19th July 1799.
On November 12th, 1791, Arthur Keily, A.B., was licensed to be curate at Douglas at £50. per annum, on the nomination of Breviter.
There is a further report for the year 1855, which states "Douglas Chapel of Ease is in good order. Rev.J. Bustead is curate. Five acres of land set. Divine Service twice on all Sundays and once on usual festivals and feasts. In winter, evening service is held in a house. 150 children are on rolls of a school kept by local subscribers. The Protestant population of Douglas is 310:"
In February 1875, St. Luke's was made a separate parish in the charge of Canon S. Hayman, MA, who was transferred, from Carrigaline. By his efforts the church erected in 1786, was almost entirely rebuilt and consecrated on the 27th August 1875 at a cost of over £3,000. 1885-6, he extended the nave, cost £600, and laid the foundations of the tower, which was then raised to a height of 16 feet, for about £450.
Canon Hayman died before the work was completed. He was succeeded by the Rev. George Pring Quick. He completed the tower and spire as a memorial to his scholarly predecessor. This was finished in 1889 at an additional cost of £1,635. The church bell and tower clock, each costing £100, were donated by Miss Reeves, who resided at Tramore House, on the nearby Douglas Road. Miss Reeves made on stipulation, namely, that the clock should face towards her hall door. Tramore House was for many years in the possession of the Presentation Brothers under the title 'Colaiste Muire'. The area is now known as 'Reeves Wood'.
More next week


Cork Chamber urge Government to hold firm on abolishing dual mandate for Councillors.
Mr Michael Geary, Chief Executive of Cork Chamber of Commerce, has urged the Minister for Local Government and Environment to press on with government plans to introduce the Local Government Reform Bill next week. He has also asked the Minister to face up to the threat from Independent TD’s, Mildred Fox and Jackie Healy Rae, to vote against the much needed reform.
“Reform of local government is necessary if economic development is not to be held back by outdated procedures and local vested interests. The Government promised major reform of the system two years ago at the last local elections, yet we are still engaged in an appalling attempt at political bartering.”
“Cork Chamber of Commerce believes the Local Government Reform Bill is only the first step in restoring the business community’s confidence in our Local Government System. Minister Dempsey must not be deflected from his efforts at reform by the efforts of a few independent TDs to hold on their dual mandates. The demands on councillors today require More….total focus – you can no longer be an effective local representative while also attempting to be an effective national representative.”
“It is ironic to hear these TDs argue that it is not possible to do their job without holding down a local authority seat and all the extra responsibilities that go with it. Only a few weeks ago the same TDs were justifying their pay increases by describing long hours and heavy burdens in Dáil representation.”
“The local government system must be modernised. The Chamber of Commerce represents Cork rate payers who pay taxes to fund the local government system. They are entitled to expect reform, efficiency and value for money”.

On the Roundabout ...

‘A Doll's House' by Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian poet and playwright, published in Copenhagen in 1879, is on at the Granary Theatre until Sat 3 March………… Cllr. John Minihan speaking on the Waste Management Strategy at Cork Corporation said " no one section of the community should be asked to continue to carry the burden for all"………Deirdre Clune TD has called on the Health Minister to intervene in the Blood Bank row and allow a full blood testing service to continue in Cork, she also says that the impression created by Ministers Noel Dempsy and Bobby Molloy that the housing crises is easing is false and misleading….The first student play of this academic year, Michael West's 'A Play on Two Chairs" has been selected to play in the Acthea student drama festival in Prague in October…. Cllr. John Minihan has called on the Minister for Justice to conduct a wide- ranging review of prisoner escort procedures..he has also welcomed the increase in housing aid grants for the elderly.. he has also called on Minister McCreevy to use recovered DIRT Tax to provide a network of rural ATM's….'Improvisation Comedy' is being presented by Cyclone Productions at the C.A.T. Club 1-3 March, Improv depends on audience participation, actors take audience suggestions and use them to jump start scenes… 'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams is on at the Granary Theatre Tue.6th -10th March…. The death rate on Irish roads is twice the per capita rate in Britain and the highest in the EU with a road death every 19 hours. The number of fatalities is growing rather than reducing as the Government sits idly by, paying only lip service to a road safety strategy, said Fine Gael's Deputy Whip, Simon Coveney TD MCC.

5th Annual Set Dance Workshop

The Owenabue Valley Traditional Group are holding their 5th Annual Set Dance Workshop in the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion from the 9th to 11th of March 2001. This calendar event commences with a gathering night on Friday 9th March with a traditional music session in the lounge from 8 PM to 10 PM. Anyone with a musical instrument is welcome to join in. The night continues with a Ceili, music by Tadgh Kearney Ceili Band from 10.00 PM to 1.00 AM.
The Set Dance Workshop commences on Saturday morning March 10th at 10.30 AM with internationally renowned tutor, Pat Murphy of Toss the Feathers. Registration begins at 10.00 am and the workshop continues until 5.00pm with a break for lunch. The Ceili Mór is on Saturday night from 9.30 PM to 1.30 AM with the Michael Sexton Ceili Band from Co. Clare.
The workshop continues on Sunday morning after 10.00 AM mass. The weekend concludes with an afternoon Ceili from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM with Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Tea, fresh sandwiches and scones will be served at all Ceilithe. Inquiries to Barry Cogan 021-4372035 or Kitty Murphy 021-4371537.


The Macaoimh Cup Competition has begun in earnest now with the 6th Cork Macaoimh having their inspection at the meeting on Friday night. Morale is very high here at the moment after the success of our quiz team in the Regional Quiz which was held in Carrigaline recently. The team came joint 4th, behind the winners the 38th Cork Ballinlough. Our other Macaoimh Cath, the 47th Cork were well represented at the quiz but finished well off the pace in 10th position. Last Tuesday saw the Chess and Draughts competition take place in Ballinlough. Congratulations to the lads who played very well and did themselves proud! Congratulations to Gearóid Cullinane and Kieran Woods of the 6th Cork who were awarded badges for their excellent work in Hobbies and Sports respectively. More awards will follow in coming weeks as the lads continue to show their skills in various areas. Our Beavers are in action on Fridays between 6pm and 7~30pm. Beaver of the Month for February is Ronan Whyte. Well Done!
Our Scouts (Wednesdays, 7pm - 9pm) are also running a great programmie this year Plans for Annual Camp were announced last week. We will be travelling to London for two weeks with a four-day stay in Paris in the middle of Camp! Roll on July!
The Unit (Scouts and Macaoimh) will be going to Russagh Mill Outdoor Adventure Centre in Skibbereen next weekend, March 9th - March 11th. A very active weekend is assured and we have a nice crowd travelling. Weekends away like this afford the lads the opportunity to mix with others away from the home environment. News of how we fared will follow in the coming weeks.

Mná Feasa

The womens donestic violence project, set up in the main by survivors of emotional and physical abuse and is run on a voluntary basis by community. Helpline -021 4211757. Mon. to Thurs. 10am to 2pm Tues.8pm to 10pm.


(Prayer Enterprise and Christian Effort)
The Sixth National Song Contest for Peace takes place at the
Everyman Palace, Cork, on Sunday March 4th, when 10 songs
are in contention for prizes worth £1 800.


Question My 15-year-old son has started looking for a job. How many hours a week can he work?
Answer The Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1996, sets limits on the maximum number of hours for young workers. Under the act a "child" means a person under the age of 16 and a "young person" means a 16 or 17 year old.
A child aged 14 may not work during the school term. He/she may work during school holidays provided the hours do not exceed 7 hours a day and 35 hours a \week. A 15-year-old may work up to 8 hours a week during term-time. During the holidays the same maximum number of hours apply as for 14 year olds. Both 14 and 15 year olds are not allowed to work between 8 p.m. in the evening and 8 a.m. in the morning. A young person aged 16 or 17 may work up to 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week. However. in general, they should not work before 6 a.m. in the morning and after 10 p.m. at night.
Where someone has two or more jobs, the combined daily or weekly hours worked must not exceed the maximum hours. While it is up to the employer to ensure that the law is not broken. a parent or a 16 or 17 year old who helps breach the law may be committing an Offence.
If your son is offered a job he should request a contract of employment in writing. After one month on the job he is entitled to a written statement of his terms of employment, providing he is working at least 8 hours a week. This is not, however, a contract of employment.
This information is supplied by
The Cobh Citizens Information Centre tel. 021 4814422.


The promises of Lenten-time are genuine to a fault,
And intended to surpass the test of time,
When you make your resolutions to forsake the weed and malt,
And rid yourself of all that tar and grime.
You face Ash Wednesday bravely with a sunny glowing smile,
And all the world is well, or so you say,
Then the morning turns to mid-day and the evening turns to night,
And you've survived a full sixteen-hour day.

Then you awake on Thursday morning and you spring out of the bed,
Full of beans and looking forward to the test,
But reality assails you when you feel your aching head,
And you realise you're not feeling at your best.
So you roll into the sack once more and cover up your head,
And life's not so attractive as you thought,
And you think about the “ciggy” you discarded yesterday,
And remember the mint chewing-gum you bought.

Life's not really worth the living, too much stress and too much strain,
And your friends have turned against you and your sad,
But you struggle on regardless and you face the wind and rain,
And you wonder what conceived this smokeless fad.
Then you reach the workplace nonetheless and colleagues gather round,
And enquire about your Lenten sacrifice,
Sure they give you great encouragement and compliments abound,
And you feel that all the effort's worth the price.

Then comes the morning teabreak with the banter and the craic,
And stories from the pub the night before,
And you wonder at this stage if you should really buy a pack,
'Cause you're cranky and you're brassed off to the core.
Now you know you're not so pious, and of questionable faith,
And you're longing for that mighty thirst to wet,
And you know the world would benefit from people such as you,
If you could only have one lousy cigarette.

But you're still alive at lunchtime and you've beaten all the odds,
And your mates declare you “martyr to the cause”,
And you sense the admiration in your friends' approving nods,
While you feel a strange sensation in your jaws.
It's that dammed, accursed chewing gum you've munched throughout the day,
Playing tricks on your addiction all the while,
But still it played a major role and kept the urge at bay,
And in all your misery you have to smile.

Now the days are passing quietly and you long for Patrick's Day,
When abstainers will be granted a reprieve,
From the agony they've suffered, when a brightly shining ray,
Will accompany the respite they receive.
And when the blessed day arrives and goodwill shrouds the land,
And love and joyous wishes are provoked,
You greet your neighbour kindly with a friendly outstretched hand,
And - you've guessed it, you forget you ever smoked.

Billy McCarthy.


Residents have been in touch with me concerning the provision of a Bus Shelter on Maryborough Hill and I proposed that the Area Road Committee write to Bus Eireann regarding the feasibility of having such a shelter erected.
I am advised by Council Personnel that it is an advertising company who provides bus shelters under the auspices of Bus Eireann and hence there is a considerable commercial Dimension in determining where shelters are actually provided. The normal criterion is that shelters will be provided in areas of high visibility i.e. where there are adequate "passers by" either motorists or pedestrians. I would think that there is sufficient volume of houses, population (and growing) and traffic in this area to warrant such facility. The matter has been referred to Bus Eireann and I will keep you informed of developments.
Cllr. Deirdre Forde


Our words of wisdom this week come from Confucius who said (roughly
translated),"Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's
forehead." So keep your head up Gang! even if the flies are hanging
around. Wishing you the very best! - Big Daddy


At the launch of Rehab’s projects for this year plans for the Australian trek were outlined and everyone is invited to participate. Fiftien thousand pounds was presented to Rehab by two cities, the cycle group who braved the elements to cycle from Mizen to Malin and raised Twelve & a half Thousand pounds for Tehab and even more courageously the Christmas swimgroup who took to the waters at Myrtleville and raised Two and a half Thousand pounds. The projects for this year include a mid-summer ball, a summer cruise on Cork Harbour, a climb on Carrantouhill , the exotic trek in Australia and an Autumn fashion show by Beth of Douglas.
All monies raised will go towards the new hospital being built by Rehab in Cork.
Further details from Pat Russell Behan at 087-6787417.

YOU SAY IT BEST ... when you send a card!

They tell us 'it's the thought that counts' and sure enough you can often say more with a single card than you could with a thousand conversations. Cards are a great way of communicating which is why it is important to spend a little time choosing the right card for the right occasion. A card should be more than just a signature at the foot of a scribbled greeting, the design itself should convey the ambience of the occasion to the receiver and it should also reflect the mood and the sincerity of the sender. None of this is difficult if you have a wide range of good quality cards in a card shop close at hand. The people who do their shopping in Douglas are lucky to have such a shop in "The Card Company" at the Douglas Village Centre. Here you will find a complete range; for example they offer an exclusive line of 'Lantz Wedding Stationary' which incorporates Celtic designs as well as humorous and traditional designs, everything you ever wanted to say on a wedding card can be said with Lantz Wedding Stationary. And that's just one example. Fond memories are made with good quality cards. It's what makes dropping into the Card Company such a good idea. They have a friendly and experienced qualified staff on hand to help you if required. Also they have an ordering service, which means you can get Thank You Cards, Reply Cards, Invitation Cards etc. in any shape, size or quantity tailor made to your requirements. The Card Company shop is open six days a week and is open till 9,30 PM Thursday's and Friday's. So the next time you're sending a card make sure to drop in to the Card Company, remember you say it best when you sent a card.


The National Parents Council-Cork East Primary are holding the Cadbury's NPC Challenge (table-quiz) at 2.30 PM. on 11th March in St. Finbarr's National Hurling & Football Club..
This Cadbury's Challenge is in its 9th year and it's a fun and educational quiz for Primary School Children from 4th,5th,& 6th classes. Over 80 schools have been invited to partake and 300 plus children are expected to compete. The success of the Cadbury's NPC Challenge is due to the combined efforts of children, parents & teachers working together for this fun event which is generously sponsored by Cadbury's. lst,2nd and 3rd prizes are awarded by Cadbury's on the day and the 1st & 2nd teams go forward to the final in Dublin on 29th April in the Burlington Hotel when Damien McCaul Presenter of DEN 2 will be quiz master. There will be spot prizes and lots & lots of Cadbury's "goodies" for all the children on the day.


Thanks to the great response for the last two Saturday's. The Douglas Tidy Town's committee are to hold another Street Sweep on this Saturday the 3rd March. The committee would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the Street Sweep so far; as they are making an important and unselfish contribution to the enhancement of the community. 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.

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