8th March, 2001
Notice Board


THE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS


Part 31 - ST. LUKE'S, DOUGLAS Continued from last week)

The Rev. George P. Quick was fond of writing poetry. He had his poems printed on cards, which he sent to his friends. The late Rector of Douglas, Canon H.J. Packham, kindly gave me an opportunity of copying some of the poems. Here are some extracts from three works.

"Dear are my friends of schoolboy days,
And dear are my old college chums,
Who have made their mark in the worlds highways
Or in work in city slums.
Dear are the hearts that seek God's Face
And touched with heavenly fire,
Are renewed and strengthened by His grace
'Neath the shade of our Douglas spire."
"When harsh words are spoken
Solemn vows are broken,
And love gives no token
God our Father knoweth."
"I love to turn with faith's keen eyes
From scenes so fair and bright as this
To the blest life beyond the skies -
A visit of entrancing bliss."

The report concludes with the following statistics: The church population is about 286, Dissenters 86. St. Luke's National School has about 50 children. Stipend of Rector 300. with a small augmentation from the 'Allen Bequest' of about 22. a year. There is an excellent Glebe House and offices built in 1875 by Canon Hayman, Cost about 2,000. About four acres of glebe land. Rent 12. P.a. and Board of Works charge of 55. p.a. A very fine organ costing 800 has lately been dedicated by the Bishop in Douglas Church, presented by the parishioners as a memorial to Queen Victoria. On the front is a beautiful gravure of the late Queen, around which is the inscription Victoria Reg: Britt: Imps: Ind: A.D. 1837-1901'."

There is one observation by the Rev. H.J. Cole (1903) which deserves special mention "The burial ground surrounding Douglas Church is now deserving of particular notice as it is one of the most beautiful and well kept in the South of Ireland." In this burial ground against the south wall of the church lie the remains of the Cork poet, Milliken. There is an inscription on the altar tomb over his grave, which says:
'Reader
While science, genius and wit shall be admired.
And merit, charity and worth beloved,
The memory of
Richard Alfred Milliken
Will not be forgotten.'
He died 16th December, 18l5. Milliken will best be remembered as the author of "The Groves of Blarney." It is an interesting fact that the Milliken family was also in the linen business. Stephenson's Diary records "Aug. 8, 1755, Proceeded to Castlemartyr through a populous Country and very capable of Improvement: there is a small Bleachyard here, the Property of Robert Milliken." Milliken was himself born in Castlemartyr. As well as being the author of "The Groves of Blarney," he also published "The Riverside," a poem, a volume of Miscellaneous Poems, and a novel, "The Slave of Surinam" but his poem on Blarney is the only one to survive. He practised as a lawyer in Cork and had a great love of the theatre. He was one of the founders of the Apollo Theatrical Society with Robert Besnard in 1805. Their purpose was to raise funds for charitable purposes in Cork. It was said, rather unkindly, that his talents lay more in the work of scene painting then in acting. He was also prominent in founding the Society of Arts.
To be concluded next week


AUTOGRASS RACING GETS IT'S "GRIPS" IN CORK.


The sight of Autograss Cars is now becoming common at Castletownkenneigh near Enniskeane. This is the home to Cork Autograss Racing Club where drivers test their skills at this excellently appointed venue. The sound of the basic Class I Mini or Uno can be heard right tip to the mighty arid exciting sight of a Class 10 Special in hill flight.
Autograss is the sport of racing specially prepared saloon cars and purpose-built specials (open-wheeled vehicles) on a laid out oval track. The surface is natural whether grass, dirt or even mud. Strictly a non-contact sport, the object is to beat the other cars in the race to the Finish line in a set number of laps from a stationary start.
It is one of the most inexpensive and exciting forms of motorsport where innovation is more important than wallet size. It has been in Ireland for over ten years but is only now starting to take off. One of the reasons Autograss has been slow to develop is that by keeping the costs to competitors so low, there hasn't been a lot of money readily available to promote the sport. But now with large numbers taking part in Ireland the sport is really making its mark.
All Clubs cater for Ladies, Juniors (12 - l6yrs old) and Men. It is Common to find a father and son or husband and wife sharing the same car at race meetings.
The majority of racing is done at club level with visits to other clubs in the area There are 3 Clubs in die South of Ireland - Cork, West Waterford and Carlow and 3 Clubs in Northern Ireland plus numerous Clubs in England and Wales. Once a member of any Autograss Club you are welcome to race at any venue. The All-Ireland Autograss Series is held over 5 rounds (3 in the South, two in the North) and is open to all Autograss drivers. This series provides plenty of competition and excitement and being held over a weekend, the social side guarantees plenty of 'craic',
The National Championships, which are held in England in August, are for the top 400 drivers who qualify through their leagues. The ladies and juniors National Championships are held in September with entry by application.
With 10 classes to choose from there is a class to suit all pockets and levels of skill. Whether you want to race a front engine front-wheel-drive or a front engine rear-wheel-drive or even a mid-engined car, it is an inexpensive sport in which most people can afford to compete. For example, the cost of buying a ready-to-race Class I Mini and running it for the season would be less than 500 and it can be done for less if you build the car yourself. So it truly is one of the most inexpensive ways of competing in motorsport.
Cork Autograss will host the First Round of the AlI Ireland Autograss Series 2001 on the 4th & 15th April. Many top drivers will be attending this meeting from the U.K., Wales, Northern Ireland and the South. New members and enthusiasts are openly welcome to attend this event.
Further details on the Club and this event may be had by contacting Lee O'Donovan (Chairman) at 087 2618077 or Colin Byrne (Chief PRO) at 087 2905735


MAD AS A MARCH HARE


Once upon a time they were plentiful in the hills around Douglas. Farmers Cross and Ballygarvan had an abundance of them, nowadays they have almost disappeared. Those who argue in favour of coursing claim they are helping to preserve them. Incredible as it may seem to some there are people who wouldn't know one if they saw one.
A Hare is a long-eared mammal with powerful hind legs and a short, fluffy tail. Hares are related to rabbits and are often confused with them. But hares differ from rabbits in several ways. Hares give birth on the ground or in a scratched-out depression called a form. The young are born covered with fur and with their eyes open. Rabbits are born naked and blind in a fur-lined nest. Hares never dig burrows, as do many rabbits. In addition, hares usually try to escape from their enemies by leaping away rapidly. Rabbits usually try to hide from enemies. The Belgian hare is really a type of rabbit. The North American snowshoe rabbit and the jackrabbit are, in fact, hares.
Most hares are brownish-grey with a pure white belly. Some kinds of hares that live in cold climates turn completely white during the winter. The largest hares grow to nearly 27 inches (69 centimetres) long and can reach a weight of more than 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).
Hares court and mate in spring. During courtship, they often jump and twist in the air. This behaviour may explain the phrase "mad as a March hare." Young hares are called leverets. There are usually fewer than five leverets in a litter, but there may be as many as seven litters a year.
Hares rest during the day and generally look for food during the night and at dawn. Hares eat plants and can become pests by eating and destroying alfalfa and other farm crops. Hares thump (tap the ground) with their hind legs, which may warn other hares of danger. Their enemies include man, dogs, eagles, and foxes.


SOME SPECIAL DAYS


Here in Ireland we celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year - St. Patrick's Day on March the 17th. In the United States, as well as St. Patrick's Day there are several important state and religious holidays. For example; Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the Union on March 1. Texas celebrates March 2 as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico. On March 4, the people of Pennsylvania commemorate the granting of the state's charter to William Penn in 1681. In Maryland, March 25 is set apart for a celebration of the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
Also the Jewish festival of Purim usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.


DOUGLAS TIDY TOWNS - AN UPDATE

On Sat. 24th Feb. South Douglas Road was targeted for attention from Douglas S.C. to the Texaco Garage. There was a lot of litter especially in the green area in front of a beautiful private estate and in the numerous lay-bys. A huge trailer is parked in one of these lay-bys with bales of shredded paper on top. Despite calls to the Authorities, this was still there on Monday the 5th March, with paper constantly falling from it.
Sat. 3rd March had two teams out, cleaning two areas, which had been given notification of our intention to so do, and asking for help. Maryborough Hill and the green outside The Paddocks was done and our volunteers were joined by three ladies from that estate.
The second area, a mammoth task was Grange Road from the Donnybrook cross traffic lights to the shop. This was a very neglected site especially the grassy bank. As well as the usual paper, cans and bottles it seems to be used as a dumping ground for garden waste including grass and shrub cuttings, trees and even a few Christmas Trees. A gentleman, who saw us from his car, went home and after getting suitably attired, joined us and was certainly very welcome. Eleven refuse sacks plus the garden waste was collected by the Co. Council who gave us their usual co-operation.
We would love if the green areas outside estates could by cleaned by Residents Associations and of course more volunteers for our Clean Ups which will be advertised in the Douglas Weekly.

" The future is the best present we can give our children”


BONOVOX - The Sound of your Voice

In a recent interview Bono of U2 explained how he got his name. Apparently shortly after they had formed U2 and decided to give themselves stage names he was walking down North Earl Street in Dublin when he saw a sign for Bonovox. He immediately connected Vox with a range of guitar amplifiers and assumed that Bono had to have some connection. He was right of course Bono means Sound and Vox means Voice , what a great name for the U2 front-man to choose and what a great name for a Hearing Aid company to have. But there's nothing new about Bonovox.
Bonovox have been dispensing Hearing Aids in Cork for over thirty years. During that time the business was managed by Ed Costello, until his untimely death in 1999.Today the company is run by Ed's wife Joan who is now working with a new team, consisting of Senior Hearing Aid Dispenser; Kevin Vieira and Katherine Gorey. Both Kevin and Katherine have worked for many years at Bonovox in Dublin. Kevin also dispensed Hearing Aids at Hospitals in England. A new team in Cork perhaps, but probably one of the most experienced hearing health team of professionals in the area. If you feel you are developing a hearing problem, no matter how slight, remember it is better to be safe than sorry. So take a trip into Bonovox in Drawbridge Street and have your hearing checked out. Our hearing is one of our most important scenes and needs to be given our full attention and treated with our utmost respect. That's why you should always go the experts, and they don't come any better that Bonovox. Ask Bono!


THE FANTASTIC MR. PLASTIC


Have you got an invisible room in your house? Most of us have, but not all of us make use of it. We are talking about your attic of course. We give ourselves lots of reason for not making proper use of it, no flooring, and no lighting, too much trouble, too awkward etc. The main reason we never get around to it is because it's so inaccessible, first you must get a ladder then take it upstairs (unless you live in a bungalow), set it up against the ceiling, then open the trapdoor, all without scratching the paint or causing a mess. Then you can put away those Christmas Decorations or whatever, and when it's all done you must repeat the process in reverse. What a drag! But it needn't be all you need is a folding stairs fitted to your attic and you can go up and down as often as you like without the slightest inconvenience. It almost sounds too good to be true! But it is that simple. How do you go about it? Just phone Mr. Plastic and he will measure and install a folding stairs for you in a matter of hours. And the cost? It's less than 300! Fitted and installed.
Now isn't Mr Plastic a funny name for the supplier a folding stairs? Well, maybe not. You see there's a lot more to Mr. Plastic than that. For example have you ever wondered about your gutters and downpipes and the fascia around your house? They get old and rusty and clogged up, and need repairing and repainting. Why not just replace the lot with modern longlife PVC You will never have to worry about the problem again. And who can do that for you? You're right! Mr. Plastic.
And who is Mr. Plastic? It's the name of a local company and the man behind it is Garry Ryan. Garry lives in Douglas and has been in the construction business for over forty years. He set up Mr. Plastic in Unit 7, South Link Park Ballycurreen (That's opposite Musgraves Cash/Carry) four years ago. He is well known for his support of local sporting activities.
So should you have any inquiry's even a small one, Garry's expertise is just a phone call away. Make a note of the number because if you don't need it at the moment you may need it in the future - 021 4310466 .


EURO COUNTDOWN

Economic and Monetary Union has been a reality since 1 January 1999. The countdown began with the commencement of a 3 year transition period. We now have 10 months left.
Is your business Euro ready? Or is your business among the 60% of small and medium sized enterprises who have not yet assessed the implications of the euro on production, marketing, human resources, information technology and finance amongst others.
You need to stop being euro complacent and start being euro compliant. The Chamber of Commerce Euro Countdown morning conference at Rochestown Park Hotel on Tuesday, 13th March is the place to start. It will give you an overview of all the different aspects of the changeover, enabling you to assess your business needs. It will also give you a forum to voice any problems you have encountered or expect to encounter in the coming months.
Conference speakers include Patrick R O’Beirne, MD of Systems Modelling Limited, Niall O’Sullivan, UCC Dept of Economics, Sean Curtis, Head of Marketing with TSB Bank and Michael Callaly, Project Manager of the Loughrea Euro Town Project.
To book your place please contact Kate Geary at the Chamber’s Euro Info Centre, tel 4509044 or email eic@corkchamber.ie


Celebrating 50 Years of Al-Anon


Are you concerned about someone's drinking?
If so the Al-Anon Programme can help you.
The abuse of alcohol causes more family misery than most other social evils put together.
Alcoholism is now recognised as a disease but what many still do not realise is that it is a "Family Disease" which affects all members of the family, emotionally, spiritually and even physically.
People who are living with a drinking problem may take a very long time to recognise and admit this fact, even to themselves, and then it can take even longer to pluck up enough courage to ask for help. Confusion fear and shame prevent many of us from telling our problems and asking for support.
The Al-Anion programme is for family members and friends who need help and support to deal with the "Consequences" of excessive drinking in a member of the family.
There are 26 meetings in Cork City and County each week. A telephone information line is available at 021 4311899 and we can be contacted by letter at post Office Box 55 Eglington Street, Cork.

The following is an example of one member's 'story'.
As my husbands drinking escalated out of control I, once a happy lively practical person, became unable to cope with day to day life. On the surface we were seen to function but in reality life in my home was unbearable. The kind gentle loving man I married seemed to have no thought in his head except his next drink, everything else, including me, came second. Hurt, angry, bitter and resentful my own life almost ceased to exist. My obsession with the drinker took over completely; I watched his every move and tried every way I knew to stop the drinking but to no avail. After about 5 years of this "Madness" I could not take any more. By this time I longed for the dark nights when I could draw the curtains, leaving the light off so that I could pretend there was no one at home, that way I might not have to explain to friends and neighbours how bad things really were in my home.
Salvation came for me when I was told by a friend about "Al-Anon". They did not have the "Cure" I wanted for the drinker but I came to believe that they could show me a better way to live my own life. I learned that I did not cause the drinking, that I could not control it, and that I could not cure it, that in fact the only person I had to control was myself. I realised that if I got better emotionally I could again cope with life and if I was well then that would be a 50% improvement in our home and this was enough incentive for me to try to work the programme.
The weekly meeting and reading of Al-Anon literature slowly helped me to get my life in order and to once again be a happy, healthy person.


Building Control Inspections to be increased

Cllr. Deirdre Forde

Following her recent motion before Council, Cllr Deirdre Forde has welcomed the commitment of Management at Cork County Council to increasing staffing levels by 12 in the Building Control side, to ensure that a reasonable inspection regime can be put in place for Building Control Regulations. Many constituents have contacted me about the conditions of entrances to Building Sites. Dust pollution; pools of water, roadside conditions adjacent to such site. In many cases sites left exposed without adequate security fencing; buildings proceeding without proper commencement notices or Fire Certificates, no wheel washing facilities resulting in muck being carried for miles. "Many developers/builders do fulfil their obligations" stated Cllr Forde. " It is those who have no regard for residents living nearby to such sites and who openly flaunt disregard for proper standards that I am concerned about. I am pleased that Cork County Council will send out a clear message that such conditions will no longer be tolerated The Fire Office carry out Fire Inspections (700 in 2000) and Building Control inspections 216 - which is an extremely low rate in my opinion given the amount of development in Cork South not to mention the County at large. 'I am glad that a substantial increase in the level of spot checking will be achieved'. Under the Building Controls a system of self-certification prevails where the owner or his/her developer is responsible for ensuring the regulations are complied with. This, in effect, is like asking turkeys to vote for Christmas concluded Cllr. Forde. The Council is developing a system at present, which will attempt to link the lodgement of commencement notices with application for water connections. This should ensure that people would lodge their commencement notice prior to development. In 2000 Court proceedings were issued in two cases in relation to Building Control. "Imagine, things were so good in the whole of Cork that in only two cases were proceedings issued". Can people take comfort from this fact queried Cllr. Forde? In relation to overseeing the Demolition of Buildings: The County Manager stated that the responsibility for ensuring a building is demolished in a proper manner lies with the owner of the building and the Council has no inspection role in this regard. The Council would only become involved if the building became a danger to users or the public. This means that a householder who suffers damage as a result of a demolished building has to go to the courts for redress. If the householder is elderly, they may not be in good health or unable to face a court case which could be lengthy or expensive. I will be contacting the Minister for the Environment and Local Government to ensure that such people are not penalised by the failure of developers to carry out proper, safe and adequate demolitions. I believe that the onus should be on Local Authority to inspect and oversee such demolition sites before during after the work has been carried out." With 2.9M in building fees one would imagine that it will not be too difficult to achieve this" and I will be closely monitoring overall progress." concluded Cllr. Forde.


Douglas Tidy Towns 2001 - The Sweep Continues

Thanks to the great response for the last three Saturday's. The Douglas Tidy Town's committee are to hold another Street Sweep on this Saturday the 10th 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.


What is the Essence of good Yoga?


A good teacher is someone who has the ability to take a difficult concept or theory and present it in a way that is simple to grasp and apply in practice. Similarly this is so with yoga. Everyone does yoga, every moment of every day but for the most part with a lack of consciousness. With what consciousness I apply to any activity is what makes it yoga or not,
Through one can begin to discover an internal dimension that is one's life. Yoga is about contacting and awakening inside each one of us. In this way our self- healing capacity is stimulated and the positive effects of yoga arrive (relaxation, reduced stress, greater energy, etc). When we create positive experiences in a conscious way the feeling is etched in the memory of our cells. It is in this simple way the joy of one's life grows.
Yoga in essence is an internal study in the direction towards wholeness. This is achieved in feeling more deeply our internal part, which we contact through awareness of our breath. It is the breath that connects our two realities, the external and the internal. Our breathing, when it is long and deep gives us a feeling peace and harmony. On the other hand when our breath is short and shallow, the muscles become tight, hence the feeling of stress. Becoming conscious of breathing and how it is influenced by situations is a first step in changing internally.
A yoga class therefore is simply a moment to feel more deeply this contact with one's internal part and how movement influences breath. Slowly awareness grows and how one can influence breathing in daily life, in order to keep it long and deep, as it is this type of breathing that stimulates healthiness.
Eugene O'Riordan is responsible for the study and practice of Okido Yoga in Cork. He offers classes in his centre at 39 Princess St. and beginning on Thursday March 22, @ 10.30 /12.00 is offering a 6-week course on yoga and health. For information contact him at 4646205.


DOUGLAS LIBRARY


Saturday march 10th at 10.30 am
"Spaisteoireacht Tivoli Liam Ui Mhuirthile", a bi-lingual presentation by Dr. Tadgh O Dushlaine.
Admission is free and all are welcome.


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