31st May, 2001
Notice Board


THE TASTE OF LIFE

The taste of life
Has many flavours
Enjoy them while
You're passing through,
As down the road
Of life one labours
We know not where
We're going to,
There are questions
We can't answer,
Where we begin?
Where will we end?
Is religion
A psychic cancer?
Is God a non-
Existent friend?
Why are we born?
Why do we die?
What is the purpose
Of it all?
Perhaps we'll find
Out bye and bye?
Perhaps we won't
Find out at all?
In the meantime
Share life's favours
And do with them
What you must do
For life and death
Are next door neighbours
A shrinking time
Divides the two.

by Ronnie McGinn


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS


Competition Policy in Ireland
The Chamber’s series of Breakfast Briefings continue to attract a lot of interest with a packed audience attending the May Breakfast to hear Dr John Fingleton, Director of Competition Enforcement in Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University, John was appointed Chairman in March 2000 and subsequently Director of Competition Enforcement with the Competition Authority.
Dr Fingleton spoke of the role of the Authority in enforcing competition policy legislation and in breaking down “hard core cartels”. He welcomed the role played by business organisations in reflecting the views of small businesses and lobbying on their behalf and stressed the need for continued co-operation to ensure a competitive market exists for consumers through lower prices and wider choice. He said the lack of competition costs Irish consumers up to 4 billion a year.
Guest speaker at the Chamber’s June Breakfast is Padraig O’Ceidigh, Managing Director of Aer Arann. To book your place please contact Helen at the Chamber office, tel 4509044 / Helen@corkchamber.ie.
Cork Airport
Chamber Chief Executive, Michael Geary has welcomed Minister O’Rourke’s decision to appoint a Cork based Director to the Board of Aer Rianta. “ The Chamber is delighted that it’s lobbying over several months is now bearing fruits and is looking forward to the Minister’s announcement due shortly”.
CIE
The President led a joint Chamber/Cork TD’s deputation to meet with the Chairman and Executives of CIE bus/rail companies in Dublin. The purpose was to express the Chamber’s concern regarding delays in the development of the bus and rail stations, be appraised of CIE plans and to discuss bus/rail services.
The adoption of the Cork Strategic Plan which will set out transportation issues and development policies will be a major determining factor in CIE’s plans. Meanwhile an executive based in Cork is developing these. The group agreed to meet again shortly.
Internet Training
The Chamber is giving a One Day Internet and Email course for beginners in Charleville on Friday, 8th June at 9.30am. The training will take place in the new computer training rooms at St Mary’s Secondary School. It will cover how to surf the internet, source material, send and receive emails and email attachments.
This course will be organised shortly in Cork at a cost of 95 for the full day including a step-by-step manual. For further information contact Linda at the Chamber, tel 4509044 / lindaj@corkchamber.ie.


MORTGAGE PROTECTION

This is not a topic to set the blood racing but it can be very costly if you get it wrong.
People often think of mortgage protection as an after thought. This is a mistake! Remember you are entering into a twenty or thirty year commitment. You need to ask yourself a number of questions in relation to your plan:

What exactly is covered under your plan, i.e., life & serious illness?
Is the cover reducing with the mortgage or is it staying the same over the term?
What about if you re-mortgage, is your plan flexible or will you have to cancel your insurance and take out a new one?
What about if you move house, will the same apply as in point 3?
Is your policy a fixed term contract or a whole of life contract?
If it is whole of life is there a premium review after 10 years?

Your mortgage protection should not be done in isolation from your other insurance protection. The average life span of an insurance policy is 7 years. This would indicate that people's circumstances are changing on a regular basis.
People move house or re-mortgage 4 or 5 times in their lifetime.
Their mortgage protection policy can often be the only constant insurance they have.
With that in mind it is worthwhile to carefully consider your options. It might be worthwhile considering a whole of life plan with serious illness cover.
That way as the mortgage balance reduces your cover will stay the same or increase if you avail of indexation option.
This will overtime give you surplus money should you need to make a claim on your policy.


On the Roundabout


…Deirdre Clune T.D. has called for the provision of seat belts on buses carrying passengers to be made mandatory…. "Beautiful Thing" a play by Jonathan Harvey opens at the Granary Theatre from 30th may to 9th June…… Deirdre Clune T.D advocates a 'Yes' vote on June 7th … Councillor John Minihan has called on the Minister for Public Enterprise to use recovered DIRT tax to provide a network of ATM's in rural Post Offices…. "SUMMER LOVE" at The Cork Arts Theatre 5th-9th June at 8pm… Councillor John Minhan has welcomed the 24.7 million for Local Authority Housing in Cork City in 2001…. "The Crooner" a comedy that slowly turns into a miniature tragedy can be seen at the Granary Theatre from June 11 - 13


ANTONY RIORDAN - HAIRDRESSER

Antony Riordan Hairdressing opened in Douglas West just six months ago and business is booming. The salon situated in heart of Douglas West is a bright spacious premises with a large reception area where clients can relax or browse at retail displays while waiting for their appointment or they may have simply come in for a free consultation. The treatment area has seven styling stations well spread out so clients do not feel crowded.
Antony admits that returning home from London, after the best part of fifteen years, with no client base in the area Douglas and only very few contacts, was quite a challenge but a risk he was willing to take. It was always his ambition and intention to open his own salon on home ground and now all those later his dream has come true and so far he has exceeded even his own his initial expectations.
Antony worked for many years as a hairdresser in salons in London's fashionable West End, during which time he was also doing fashion shows and make-overs. He eventually opened his own West End salon which he ran for the past six years. Having established himself in the glittery West End Tony then decided to return home to his roots bring all his extensive experience with him and apply his unique style and approach in all aspects of styling to the ladies and gents in the Douglas area. Suffice to say that every one of his customers that the


HOME COMPOSTING

A little means a lot. - Cllr. Deirdre Forde
Given the very real concerns expressed in relation to our environment and our management of waste nationally and here in Cork I am sure that most people will be surprised to hear that approximately 33% of our household waste can be composted successfully. With a minimum of effort we can reduce the quantity of rubbish we send for disposal and turn this part of waste into a soil improver.
Composted material can be reused in our gardens, which recycles the nutrients back into soil and plant life. Home composting aids new Government targets, which require a 50% reduction in overall household, waste being sent to landfill. Using your own homemade compost means savings on peat and chemical fertiliser.
I hope that the following may be of use and interest to your readers. I extracted the 'dos' and 'don'ts' of home composting from a booklet entitled Composting at Home - beginner's guide. Copies of this booklet can be obtained from Indaver Ireland Tel. 01 2145830. In addition, composting bins are available from Cork County Council for a small fee.
The following is a list of materials that can be composted at home. They have been separated into "Green" and "Brown" for simple identification.

The Green List include; Coffee grounds - Tea leaves and tea bags - Fruit and vegetable waste (cooked and uncooked) roots, cores, etc - Bread, pasta and rice - Cut and dead flowers - Manure from any vegetarian pets (good activator)** - Grass cuttings and green leaves (good activator)** - Weeds (avoid weed seeds) - Old Plants (not diseased) - seaweed or garden pond cleanings (good activator)**

The Brown List include; Egg Shells - Kitchen paper - Newspaper* or shoe boxes (crumpled)* - Pet Hairs and human hairs - Wood / peat / peat ashes (no coal ashes) - Tree prunings and woody material (chopped) - Hay and straw - Sawdust or woodshavings

* Newspapers, cardboard and paper can be added to the bin in small crumpled amounts but it is better to recycle them if you can.
**Activators are the primary food of the organisms, and help to establish the bin or speed up the process.
Some organic materials are not suitable for home composting. The following is a list of materials that should not be composted at home and the reasons for their exclusion are: Meat & Fish scraps (Attract pests), Grease & Oil (Slow to decompose and attract pests), Cat litter and cat or dog faeces (Temperature of the bin too low to kill pathogens -diseased cells), Glossy papers or magazines (Plastic coating will not compost), Barbecue and coal ashes (Coals have been chemically treated and will chemically contaminate the compost). Large woody material (Slow to compost), Evergreen shrubs (Too acidic), Garden wastes that have been recently been treated with chemicals (Will chemically contaminate your compost), Disposable nappies or septic tank sludge (Temperature of the bin too low to kill pathogens -diseased cells), Diseased animal carcasses and plants (Temperature of the bin too low to kill pathogens -diseased cells). Soil (Slows down the decomposition process).

Troubleshooting
If there is a rotten odour, it may be the bin is too moist. In which case turn the material and add dry porous materials such as fallen leaves sawdust paper cardboard or straw. Or it may be that there is no air getting to the compost in which case aerate the compost using a fork.
If there is an Ammonia odour, then the bin has too much Green (nitrogen rich) material. Add more brown carbon rich such leaves, wood shavings or straw.
If you have a low bin temp, and then the bin is too dry, so add more water while turning the material.
During cold weather put activators into the compost to warm the bacteria into action.
Should you have a high bin temp, the pile is probably too large, so reduce the pile size. Or it may be that there is insufficient ventilation, in which case just turns the pile.
If the bin is drawing pests, it's probably because meat and fatty food scraps have been added to the bin. Remove the unwanted materials and cover the top layer of the bin with fallen leaves, sawdust or soil.
If the compost is too dry it may be due to the evaporation of water due to hot weather, simply add water until compost is moist and close the lid on the composter.
I hope these tips will encourage a greater awareness that small daily changes in our disposal of waste will ultimately benefit us in the long term.
- Cllr. Deirdre Forde.


Cork Photographer Catches A
“Glimpse” to Win International Prize


O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars Announce the Winners of their Fourth Annual International Competition

May 2001. O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars, Ireland's fastest growing franchise chain, are delighted to announce Rosemarie O' Mahony as one of the winners of this, their fourth annual Photographer of the Year Competition, entitled “Glimpse”. This year, entrants were asked to capture a snapshot of their life or a fly on the wall view on a daily routine.
Rosemarie, from Douglas Road in Cork, who works in her family stationary and printing business is a keen photographer and tries to engage in her favourite hobby as much as possible.
Her winning picture entitled “Chance Encounter” was taken when visiting the Roscarberry festival in Cork. She saw this couple dancing in the street and realised it was a photo opportunity not to be missed.
Rosemarie noticed the poster outlining details of the O'Briens worldwide competition in her local O'Briens in Douglas Shopping Centre. She then picked up the information and sent in this colourful photograph.
This was the second year the competition included all O'Briens International territories and entries were received from the UK, Ireland, the US, Singapore and Australia. Following the extensive search to find the Photographer of the Year, O'Briens received an outstanding amount of entries for the competition. The main sponsor O'Briens Sandwich Bars and co-sponsor Fuji Photo selected Rosemarie as one of the winners.
The five other winners of the competition were:
Niall Carson from Belfast, Alison Lowndes from Dublin, Martin Chua Hwee from Singapore, Wayne Sleeth from the UK and Michael O'Byrne from Kilkenny.
Each winner receives 300 worth of Fuji camera equipment as well as their photographs being replicated as free postcards in all O'Briens stores worldwide.


THE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS


by Con Foley

Part 42 - continued from last week

OLD COURT
This house, standing amidst extensively wooded grounds was once the property of Sir George Goold, Bart. It was built in 1812.

NORWOOD COURT
This fine old mansion standing on rising ground as one approaches Rochestown was once the residence of Mr. O'Grady, J.P., a relative of the Anglo Irish writer Standish O'Grady.

BALLYBRACK HOUSE
As one begins the steep rise of Donnybrook Hill, the T shaped house of Ballybrack appears on the left. Here Sir Hugh Lane, critic and patron of the arts was born. When the dower house of the Lane family was transferred to Vernon Mount, the house at Ballybrack was given to a clergyman's son. He married a Persse of Roxhoro, Co. Galway. Hugh Lane was their son. The mother spent most of her time on the continent, educating her son. They were frequently accompanied by her sister, Lady Gregory. Lady Gregory, wife of Sir William Gregory, M.P. was an enthusiastic promoter of the Irish Literary Revival and her plays were staged in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She was a great friend of William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and dramatist, who helped found that internationally known theatre. With such a background it is no wonder that Hugh Lane became the best informed dealer and art collector of his time. He was knighted for his services to the arts. When the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine near the Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork, during the First World War, 7th May1915, Lane unfortunately met his death. It will be remembered that, in a codicil to his will, he left his famous collection of pictures to the Dublin Art Galleries but, because this codicil was not witnessed, the pictures were retained in London despite all representations of the Irish Government. However, some years ago, an amicable solution was found to what was merely a legal technicality. By reciprocal arrangement, half of his collection is on show in Dublin, and the remainder in London, a transfer being effected every five years.

WEST GROVE
Douglas can also lay claim to the fact that here on the high ground of Donnybrook was born Stuart Lennox Robinson, famous playwright and director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. His father, The Rev. A.C. Robinson married Emily Anna, daughter of Thomas Jones, barrister at law, on July 10th, 1876. Here at Westgrove, Donnybrook, the playwright was born in 1886. In the book 'Three Homes' he describes 'Westgrove' as "a long rambling house, built to form two sides of a square, the other two sides of which were formed by stables and farm buildings... Above the library were the nurseries, the day and night nurseries. I used to have to go to bed in the afternoon from three to four and I could read the clock. There was sunshine outside, a buzzing fly in the room, my sister and my brother were screaming in the garden over some game." Westgrove was built about 1720 and was originally known as High Court.

DONNYBOOK HOUSE
In nearby Donnybrook House lived Lennox Robinson's mother's sister, Aunt Eleanor, married to a rich brewer. He describes the house as 'lowbuilt, old and charmingly planned, rooms open one into the other, on the groundfloor a bedroom opened off the diningroom, the drawingroom on the opposite side of the hall had its back drawingroom and the same plan was repeated in the bedrooms upstairs."
This oldworld house was once the residence of Dean Rowland Davies, a Cork man who assisted at the Battle of the Boyne and was also present at the Siege of Cork in 1690. In the eyes of Cusack, Dean Davies had a greater vocation to fighting than for preaching but it must be said that the Dean was a distinguished graduate of Trinity College, and no mean apologist. "In the aforesaid books of the County Cork - Land lying on the south side……..


Over 70's are missing out on entitlements Says
Citizens Information Call Centre


Since the beginning of May everyone over the age of 70 is entitled to a free telephone and electricity allowance as well as a free T.V license. These "Free schemes", as they are known are worth about 10 a week to people living in the country and slightly less to those living in urban areas.
"We feel that many people who are entitled to these benefits may be missing out because they simply are not aware of their right to claim them," said Kaye Dolan, information officer at the Citizens Information Call Centre. "Last year, when this entitlement was given to everyone over the age of 75 we were snowed under with calls from people from all over Cork City and County asking how they could apply for the schemes and yet this month with many more people becoming entitled we have had very few enquiries.
We are particularly concerned as we know from experience that older people may often be reluctant to come forward and claim their entitlements if they are worried about having to divulge too many personal details about their means or their living arrangements.
However, on this occasion people need have no such worries as the application form is very straightforward and does not ask any intrusive questions.
People do not need to be in receipt of a State pension to avail of this benefit; all that is required is that they are permanently resident here and that the bill for these services is in their own name and if the latter is not the case then it is a simple matter to get it changed.
We urge anyone aged 70 or over that is not currently in receipt of this benefit to apply now. We are also asking people to tell any elderly friends, neighbours or relatives about their possible entitlement. If people phone us on lo-call 1890 777 121 we will post them an application form, which comes with a prepaid return envelope. Alternatively they may pick one up from the local Post Office or Citizens Information Centre. We also have available a booklet outlining all benefits and entitlements for the over 60's.
The Citizens Information Call Centre provides free, confidential advice and information on peoples rights and entitlements including Social Welfare, Employment Rights, Taxation, Family Law and Health Services. The service is available from 9.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday at local telephone rates throughout Cork City and County on 1890 777 121


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