10th May, 2001
Notice Board

Minister Martin Welcomes
Improvements at St. Columbas
National School in Douglas, Cork

Mr. MicheŠl Martin, T.D., Minister for Health and Children today (4 May, 2001) welcomed the announcement by his colleague, the Minister for Education and Science on the proposed building project at St. Columbas National School, Douglas, Cork.
Approval has now been given to accept tenders for a boundary fence to the cost of £78,880 at the school and for a complete yard resurfacing to the cost of £147,448.
I am delighted that the Minister for Education and Science was able to respond positively to my representations and I have no doubt that these developments will result in a significant improvement in the quality of life of pupils and staff. I wish the school every success with its building project? the Minister said.


Joe Harris ALIA (Dip)

If saving is important then income protections is vital. There has been much hype in relation to savings plans recently. While saving is commendable it should never he done at the expense of a proper income protection plan.
In the last ten years critical illness cover has become very popular. This is because it fulfilled a need for security at a time when a person is most vulnerable both physically and financially. These plans can provide cover for about twenty-six diagnosed illnesses. The core of these being:
Heart Attack; Heart by-pass Surgery, Cancer: Stroke; Multiple Sclerosis; Rheumatoid Arthritis.
If a person survives one of these, which more and more people are, for a period of usually 14 days. Then a lump sum is paid out to what ever- level of cover you opted for: say £100,000.
Once this money is paid out it's yours to keep. The payment is unaffected by your ability to work or not. Most people would have corresponding life cover within the same plan, so that in the event of not surviving the 14 days then the life cover would pay out. This is called accelerated cover. Accelerated cover gives one payout on the person that's covered, either death or serious illness whichever comes first. So, if you have a serious illness claim then your life cover would be gone.
Stand alone serious illness cover on the other hand gives you a separate pay out for both life and illness cover. That means if you have a critical illness claim then your life cover is still in force.
Anyone who has taken out a mortgage in recent years would more than likely have included serious illness cover as part of their mortgage protection plan (this is not to be confused with repayment protection; which cover the mortgage payments for twelve months if you are unable to work due to accident, illness or redundancy. There is no lump sum payment in this plan.)
Sometimes people are put off by the medical questions or the fact that they might have to go for a medical before their policy is issued; Don't Be! The insurance company will pay for the medical. In fact you should welcome and expect a rigorous underwriting process for one important reason; there can be no come back by the insurance company when you make a claim.

Joe Harris is a member of the Life Assurance Association and the Insurance Institute of Ireland.


Enzo Ferrari was asked shortly before he died - who in his opinion was the greatest driver of all time. He said it was difficult to judge as cars had changed so much, but he said there were two men who could always be relied on to work miracles. One was Tazio Nouvelari the diminutive Italian and the other was Sterling Moss.
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New curate-assistant appointed - Revd Eileen Cremin

On the evening of April 23, following the Easter General Vestry Meeting in the Canon Packham Hall, Douglas, a sense of excitement spread through the air. The Church of Ireland parishioners of Douglas Union, with Frankfield, were about to meet their new Curate-assistant, Eileen Cremin from London.
Moments later, a smiling and obviously delighted Eileen and her husband Tom stood before them, being warmly welcomed to Douglas and to Cork by Archdeacon Robin Bantry White. In her reply, Eileen said how much she was looking forward to her new post, to meeting parishioners in their own homes and to welcoming them to her new home in Blackrock. A cup of tea was next on the agenda and this gave the Cremins an opportunity to mix, mingle and talk.
Coming to Cork will be quite a change for Eileen. Since 1994 she has been Priest in charge of Christ Church Brondesbury, a large city parish in the multi-cultured, multi-racial Diocese of London.
Eileen's parents came from Antigua to London where she was born and where she has lived until now. She was educated in the John Howard Girls' Grammar School, Hackney and later at Salisbury and Wells Theological College...She was ordained a deacon in 1988 and priest in 1994. Her interests in ministry include young people, hospital work, ministering to the sick and religious broadcasting.
Husband Tom comes from Rathanker, Passage West, so for him the move to Cork means returning home.
Eileen will take up her duties next August. All wish her a happy and fulfilling stay among us.


A short play by G. I. Brilliant and Presented by Low Brow & Granary Productions
It is the much-anticipated continuation of the award winning play "Mac Bits" which stormed The Granary Theatre's One Act Festival last December. Love Bits runs in the Granary Theatre from Tuesday 15 May to Saturday 19 May.


St. Lukes Church are holding their annual Sale in Canon
Packham Hall on Saturday May 12th from 11am to 1.30pm.
With Homemade cakes, Country produce, Plants, nearly new
clothes, books and much more, all are welcome. Entrance fee
is £1 (including morning coffee) and mini-lunches will be
served from 12 noon to 1.30pm for £3.


by Con Foley

Part 39 - Montfield House

On the rising ground across from Ronayne's Court stands the twenty-eight roomed Montfieldstown House, once the residence of the Kearney family. This was once the science of a great tragedy and was known as "the Haunted House." The bridal party had just returned from the church; an illustrious company of guests seated around the breakfast table waited expectantly for the bride with her wealthy husband to cut the wedding cake. Suddenly, a horseman rode madly up the drive, and dashed into the house. It was the new bride's former suitor, rejected because of his lack of wealth, returning now with his fortune made, to claim her hand in marriage. Bitterly he upbraided her for her change of affections. The bridegroom had given his bride a diamond pin to fasten her veil and in agony of mind and remorse, the unhappy girl pulled out the pin and fatally stabbed herself. (Another telling of the story suggests that she was on the point of cutting the wedding cake and that she plunged the knife into her heart). The horror-stricken guests rushed madly from the room, bundled into their carriages and raced frantically down the carriageway. The bride's parents left the house that day never to return. The wedding breakfast was actually left on the table for the rats and mice to eat. Years later, when the carpet was lifted, an ominous brown stain could still be seen on the floorboards.
It is held that Dickens immortalised that tragedy in "Great Expectations," published in serial form in 1861. Dickens had given a reading of his works in the Athenaeum (now the Cork Opera House) and, during his visit to Cork, stayed in a house near Donnybrook MIII, now divided into smaller houses. During his stay at Donnybrook, he must undoubtedly have heard the story and regarded it as "good copy"
The house where Dickens stayed in Donnybrook is now divided into two houses. It was once the home of Hugh Pollock, brother of James Wheeler Pollock of Belfast. It stood a little way off the road just past the mill, facing the northern boundary wall of Donnybrook House. There is a gate entrance but the gate is gone.
It is true that Dickens gave readings in the Athenaeum on Monday, 3oth August and Tuesday 31, 1858. Although, according to his letters, he (Dickens) stayed at Morrison's Hotel in Dublin, I have never found any reference to where he stayed in Cork. It would be unusual for him to stay privately as when on his reading tours he was very reluctant to accept hospitality from friends and several times refused invitations in England. 'In regard to Miss Havisham in "Great Expectations," I do not think it likely that the incident you mention inspired that character or the circumstances surrounding her in the story. Dickens knew several cases equivalent to that of Miss Havisham and indeed wrote about a woman in white, dressed as a bride and disappointed on her wedding day, he used to know as a boy. This was referred to in a paper called "where we stopped growing" which he wrote and published in his magazine "Household Words" in 1853, seven years before he wrote "Great Expectations" ... There were also other cases which Dickens knew of which might have contributed to the creation of Miss Havisham.' (Above observations from the Dicken's Fellowship, London).
"Dicken's visit to Cork attracted a large audience. Special trains were run from Passage and Bandon and a steamer from Cobh. The audience was as might be expected, very fashionable - the reserved seats being filled with members of the first families of the country." Prices were, four shillings (reserved), three shillings and one shilling (gallery).
There is a brief account of a meeting with Dickens on the steamer from Cobh to Passage, by James Rederick O'Flanagan, a Cork barrister and author. The writer tells of his approaching Dickens on deck while the other passengers were sheltering from the rain in the saloon, and pointing out the convict settlement of Spike Island and other features of the harbour to him. They parted at Passage. On the return journey to Cork, Dickens would have passed near Monffieldstown House and could conceivably, have heard the story of the tragic wedding breakfast. Dickens, as we know, was in Cork in 1858 and "Great Expectations" appeared in 1860.
Anyone who saw the final episode of "Great Expectations" on R.T.E., December 1969, could not fail to be struck by the similarity between the breakfast table of Miss Havisham and the breakfast table of the Kearney family in Montfieldstown House. In both cases, the wedding breakfast was left uneaten and the room untouched. I have heard other versions of this story, slightly altered in detail. The following version was given in the Sunday Dispatch June 23rd, 1940.


A variety show in aid of the South infirmary Cancer Care
Unit on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May at 8pm in Ashton
Comprehensive School. Tickets: Adults - £5, O.A.P's &
Students - £3 available from 0'Driscoll's Shop and Liam
Wills Hair Studio.


Need a place to store out-of-season Sports equipment, or somewhere to put things while you clear your workshop or shed, store tools between projects, or a place to put excess home or office furniture in to storage. Usually we all find ourselves in a position where we need some extra storage space even if it's only for a short while.
Now a new company called "U Store It" have come up with a solution. First of all "U Store It" have developed a philosophy dedicated to customer service and convenience. They offer the best facilities, which include the most up to date security technology, convenient access, and a friendly and well-trained staff. They have developed a customer care package, designed around your needs, which is the best in the industry. Their commitment is to have Space always available, today and everyday. Have no hidden charges in other words what you see is what you pay for. There is no long-term commitment; you can stay for one month or forever. And you can have free unlimited access, which means you can come and go as often as you please. Open 6 days a week you can drive your car to your unit door and select a unit size to suit your own requirements. There is 'State of the art' security at all times. For packing supplies they've got everything you need as well as a pick up service, meaning they'll pick up your stuff. Trolleys and pallet cars are available free of charge. You can also protect your valuables with insurance cover. You can store computer and electrical equipment. In brief you bring it, you pack it, you lock it and you keep the key.
Each customer has a separate unit and is allowed unlimited access during business hours. There is always secure storage space available ranging in size from a small locker to a warehouse. Therefore, you pay only for the space you need and you can use it for as little as one month or as long a period as you like.
Unlike traditional storage, your space is provided in your own clean, dry, private unit, which is locked with your own lock and key. They also sell all the necessary storage materials, such as boxes, plastic wrap, covers and locks for your convenience.
You can store practically anything as long as it is not flammable, perishable or illegal. No matter how big or how small it is, they've got you covered!
Their customers include both businesses and individuals that means people like you and me, so if you are in need of a temporary storage space why not check it out.


Eileen and Jim Prendeville founded Prendeville's Home Furniture in 1987. They both have over thirty years experience in the retail trade. Today they are the main stockists for top quality Pine Furniture. They can supply you with three piece suites, dinning room suites, bedroom suites and occasional furniture pieces. In Prendeville's you will find a variety of furniture to suite every room in the house, including an exquisite range of cane furniture. They also specialise in exclusive mirrors and lamps.
They are also very proud of the fact that their entire range of pine furniture does not have any plywood and all their pine furniture is assembled with proper dove tail joints.
With their extemporary customer track record, enhanced by a good delivery service, Prendeville's Home Furniture is a centre every homemaker should visit, you will find them in the Commercial Centre on the Kinsale Road and they are open from 9.30pm to 5.30pm Mon to Sat. and from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sundays.
P.S. To get that little extra care and attention, just mention ‘Douglas Weekly’.


An adaptation of "Song of Europe" by Ismael
Kadare.Premier, St. Petersburg State Theatre, Russia
16/21 May 2001 Institute of Choreography and Dance,
Firkin Crane, Cork 23/24 2001 presented by Boomerang
Theatre Company.


Fighting Blindness is Ireland's only charity funding research into blindness in Irish Universities. Various forms of genetic eye disease affect over 65,000 people in this country alone. These devastating conditions cause children and adults to lose their sight over a period of time resulting in total blindness in most cases. As these conditions are genetic a number of members of the same family are often affected. "Fighting Blindness" is committed to finding therapies to combat these horrific conditions. As a way of raising funds "Fighting Blindness" have organised the ' Borneo Challenge 2001'
Among those taking part are John Clarke of Pinecroft Grange. John will be walking 100 Kilometres in Northern Borneo. This walk is a real test of determination and stamina. Not only must he push himself physically he must also raise £2,500 for "Fighting Blindness" He has already donated £200 of his own money and he is looking for your help to raise the rest. All sponsorship cheques should be made out to "Fighting Blindness" and you should contact John at 087 6185064. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.
The patron of "Fighting Blindness" is Mary McAleese the President of Ireland


Over the past 25 years, Language and Activity Holidays have been placing foreign students in host families in the Douglas / Rochestown / Ballinlough area. Many families and students have kept in contact and friendships have been formed which have lasted. It is a cultural experience that proves rewarding to both the students and families alike and many students return year after year to Douglas with fond memories of their previous trips. We have always made a point of using as many services as possible in Douglas as it was our starting point. Douglas Community School, Hop Island Equestrian Centre, Frankfield Golf Course, Douglas Cineplex and the list goes on and on. Of course, we are especially thankful of the fantastic reception that the host families have provided our students over the years.

We endeavour to provide a very professional and friendly service and our host families are guaranteed that when they do host any of our students, they are dealing with a quality school. We guarantee the following : 24 hour back-up service, Multi-lingual group leaders, a school that is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and members of the regulatory body MEI-RELSA. These foreign students come over from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, etc… and many have never travelled before so this is their first experience and one they never forget.

All of our families receive a full itinerary so that they know what their students are doing along with group leaders phone numbers should there be any questions. These students come over here to learn English and live as part of a family and we hope that the experience is a memorable one for both the families and students.

We are now looking for more families to host our school going students primarily during the months of July and August and also throughout the year. We can place up to three students per house and the rate for these junior students is £95 per week per person sharing. Maybe you have taken students in the past or maybe you are considering taking them for the first time, call Fiona or Marc on 021-4551522 and we will answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.
Marc Cullen

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