21st June, 2001
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MISS CORK FINALIST

Miss Cork Finalist, Jennifer O'Regan form Donnybrook tells us a little bit about herself. Jennifer is 20 and is the only girl in a family of four, three brothers…Michael, Ian and Kieran, Parents, Mary and Donal.

Schools: Eglantine and Christ the King.
First Job: Douglas Renault.
Present Job: Douglas Renault.
Hobbies: Horse Riding, cinema, eating out with friends, socialising.
Favourite Meal: Anything Italian.
Favourite Drink: Bulmers or 'After Shock'.
Favourite Music: Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Film sound tracks especially "City of Angels".
Favourite TV Shows:King of Queens, Dharma & Gregg.
Favourite Book: The Horse Whisperer.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Sandra Bullock.
Holiday Wish: 2 weeks in New York.
Ambition: To work in the Marketing and Advertising business.

Closing words…."I would like to thank my neighbour, Bernard McCarthy, owner of O'Flaherty's Pub in Parnell Place who, asked me to represent his Pub in the Miss Cork Competition. Thanks also to Ronnie at the other end of the phone with his advice and calming words and finally to Moss Kennedy and the gang at Douglas Renault for all their support".

Good Luck to Jennifer in the final to be held in Silversprings on June 23rd from all in Douglas.


MOTORING MOMENTS


The late Stephen O'Flaherty of VW fame was born in Passage East 1902 and his father on the Aran Islands where in 1896 his first cousin novelist Liam O'Flaherty was born. Stephen claimed descent from the princely O'Flaherty's who were who were driven from Ballinahinch Castle, Co. Galway by the English and thereby deprived of over a quarter of a million acres. Donal O'Flaherty of the Combats - husband of Grace O'Malley (GranuŠile) was allegedly another ancestor. However Stephen didn't starve and he introduced the VW. Stephen's son lived in a house in Summercove for quite a time.
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THE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS

by Con Foley
Part 45 - continued from last week


THE CONRONS OF GRANGE, DOUGLAS
"No pedigree of the Conron County Cork family has been published to date, nor is there one in manuscript at the Genealogical Office, Dublin, yet this has been a family of some standing in Cork for three centuries. The present article therefore is an attempt to make good the deficiency by putting on record a connected history of the family from the mid seventeenth century to the present day -
The spelling Conron seems to be confined to this County Cork family and helps to distinguish its members. McLysaght in 'More Irish Families' says that Conron and Conran are anglicised forms of the Irish surname O'Conarain. He says that the sept originated in Offaly, spreading to other counties in Leinster... He does not mention the spelling Conron of the County Cork family, but Fr. Woulfe gives this spelling as a variant of the same name."
Hatton Conron I of Mary Street, Cork acquired a grant of lands in Grange, near the village of Douglas, on a 900 years' lease in 1773. A house built on the lands, became the family residence. It appears that he did not live there so, it was probably built by his son Hatton Conrin II. Conron senior married Anastasia, youngest daughter of Edmond Ronayne of Rochestown, second son of William Ronayne and Mary Kearney of Garrettstown. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 18th Regiment of Foot from May 26, 1762, and of the 9th Regiment of Foot from 1st September l 771.
Anastasia Ronayne is said to have run away and married without her parents' consent. Hatton II inherited Grange after his mother's death in 1798. He also held fee simple estates consisting of lands at Ballincollig, Killalohy, and Kilpatrick, property in Barrack Street, and Cove Street, and leasehold interest in the lands of Clankittane and Scarteen, Co. Cork.
There were three children of the marriage of Hatton Conron 1st and Anastasia Ronayne, Christopher who died unmarried 18 August 1794, Hatton 2nd and Robert. The latter two brothers had a drapery establishment, but the partnership was dissolved. "me partnership heretofore subsisting between Hatton and Robert Conron of the City of Cork, is by mutual consent now dissolved -. Their new and extensive assortment of every article in the Woollen Drapery, Linen Drapery1 Haberdashery and Furniture Line, they are disposing of at first cost. N.B. Robert Conron, intending now to confine himself to the Woollen Drapery business only at No.33, corner of Hanover Street, hopes for a continuance of the support of -."
Hatton the 1st died 1 February, 1781 and his wife Anastasia 20 December 1798. Richard died in Cork on 13 August 1795.
"Amberly" & "Grange Heights" building estates are on the old Conron estate. Grange House now has been demolished like Ronayne's Court, Shamrock Law House and Montpelier.


NINE FAMOUS IRISHMEN


In the Young Irish disorders, in Ireland in 1848, the following nine men were captured, tried, and convicted of treason against Her Majesty, the Queen, and were sentenced to death: John Mitchell, Morris Lyene, Pat Donahue, Thomas McGee, Charles Duffy, Thomas Meagher, Richard O'Gorman, Terrence McManus, and Michael Ireland.
Before passing sentence, the judge asked if there was anything that anyone wished to say. Meagher, speaking for all, said: "My Lord, this is our first offence but not our last. If you will he easy with us this once, we promise, on our word, as gentlemen, to try to do better next time, and next time - sure we won't he fools to get caught."
Thereupon the indignant judge sentenced them all to be hanged by the neck until dead and drawn and quartered. Passionate protest from the entire world forced Queen Victoria to commute the sentence to transportation for life to far wild Australia.
In 1 874, word reached the astounded Queen Victoria that the Sir Charles Duffy who had been elected Prime Minister of Australia was the same Charles Duffy who had been transported 25 years before. On the Queen's demand, the records of the rest of the transported men were revealed and this is what was uncovered:
Thomas Francis Meagher: Governor of Montana
Terrence McManus: Brigadier General, United States Army
Patrick Donahue: Brigadier General, United States Army
Richard O'Gorman: Governor General of Newfoundland
Morris Lyene: Attorney General of Australia, in which office Michael Ireland succeeded him.
Thomas D'Arcy McGee: Member of Parliament, Montreal, Minister of Agriculture and President of Council Dominion of Canada
John Mitchell: Prominent New York politician. This man was the father of John Purroy Mitchell, Mayor of New York, at the outbreak of World War I


STOLEN MOBILE PHONE?

Tried, tested and funnily enough it works! A little 'get your own back' if you have your mobile
stolen. It may be of interest to those Mobile Users among you. To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # . A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. Should your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if
the thief changes the SIM card you phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody did this, there would be no point in stealing mobile phones.


DANCING TOUR - 3 HOURS OF NON-STOP DANCING

Keith, Lorraine and the Showband Show, Roly Daniels and Big Chief kick off their nationwide dancing tour on Friday 25th May. After the success of the last tour, this one hopes to be the biggest one ever. The rehearsals are now fully underway and sounding good.
ROLY DANIELS, one of the great surprises of the last tour had major record success with “Hello Darlin”, “The Fighting Side of Me”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, “Mr Jones”. Roly first performed with the Memphis Showband and later with the exciting and very colourful Nevada Showband. Roly has just won a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award with Irish World Newspapers in London this month. Roly is regarded as one of the best entertainers on the entertainment scene.

BIG CHIEF (Flaming Star), Noel Brady from the Indians has had many hits during his singing career, including “Running Bear”, “Squaws along the Yukon”, “Wig Wam Wiggle”, plus many more. Big Chief had retired from the music circuit for the past 4 years and after seeing Roly perform with the superb Showband Show in the Red Cow on the last tour, he could not refuse an offer to return to the stage.

KEITH & LORRAINE, have had several chart successes, “Showband Shuffle”, “Candy Store”, “Answering to Everything” ... to mention a few. They have now just released a brand new single, a Tom Jones hit from years ago, “The Green Green Grass of Home”.

THE SHOWBAND SHOW is not just music, but a vibrant, colourful and powerful musical experience. The Showband Show, consisting pf six members, features Lorraine McDonald (sax, flute), and her brother Keith who plays the trumpet. This dynamic duo, along with the star studded colourful production promises to be the best touring show Ireland has seen for a long time.

If you want to re-live Showband Nostalgia with Roly, Big Chief, Keith and Lorraine and the Showband Show - it’s the only show to see.


ON THE ROUNDABOUT


The 6th "Army walk for Life" from Crosshaven to Cork takes place on 21st July, this year it is in aid of projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Cork, more details as the event approaches………Water contamination is unacceptable and urgent action is needed now says Deirdre Clune T.D….. Councillor John Minihan has welcomed the decision by Minister Robert Molly to give tax designation for 2,800 linear metres of street space in Cork, under the 'Live Over the Shop Scheme'…..Simon Coveney TD.MCC. is critical of the way in which the Sports Capital Grants Programme for 2001 has been allocated; " It seems the counties that minister McDaid and Minister McCreevy represent have received preferential treatment…."………


Not all workers are receiving the legal minimum Wage


The National Minimum Wage rate for experienced workers, will increase on 1st July from its current level of £4.40 to £4.70.
“Since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage Act in April 2000 we have received a great many calls from employees working in both Cork City and County who want to know if they are entitled to be paid the legal minimum wage.” said Judy Bamford, manager of the Citizens Information Call Centre.
We find that, particularly in the case of young people, many workers who are covered by the provisions of the Act, do not always receive the appropriate level of payment for their work This seems due, in part, to the existence of a considerable amount of confusion as regards who is entitled to receive the minimum wage and just what that minimum level actually is.
All full time, part time, contract and “piece” workers are covered by the Act, as are temporary and casual workers. This includes both students and young people still at school, even if they only work weekends or for an hour or two after school. Many apprentices, for example apprentice hairdressers are also covered. In fact the Act applies to almost all employees except people who are working for close relatives and some apprentices.
There are a number of differing rates of pay within the Act. At the top of the scale is the rate for “experienced adult workers” which is set at £4.70 from July1. But there are also set rates for other categories of workers, for example, people, over the age of 18, in their first job should receive at least £3.76 per hour after the July increase.
At the bottom of the scale are young people under the age of 18 and they will be entitled to a minimum of £3.29 per hour. This is the very least that anyone covered by the Act may legally be paid. Of course, there is nothing stopping employers from paying more than this and many do, especially in this time of near full employment.
If you want to find out more about the Minimum Wage or any other of your rights and entitlements you may contact the Citizens Information Call Centre on 1890777121 for free, confidential advice and information. The service is available throughout Cork City and County from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6.30pm at local telephone rates.


Taste of the World ...

Cuisine at it's best!


A Recipe from the Bohemian
"Gaspaccio"
A Chilled Mediterranean Vegetable Soup
1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
1/2 Cucumber
1 MEd Size Red Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
3 Med. Size Tomato
1 Lt. of Tomato Juice
1 Oz. Of Fresh Coriander
1 Glass of White Wine (Dry)
Salt & Pepper
Method: Dice the Veg, and add to tomato juice and white wine. Add salt, coriander and pepper to taste. Chill and Serve.
If that is too much work why not come upstairs to the Bohemian Restaurant this week and enjoy this soup. Made by the professionals as part of The Early Bird Menu and get a complimentary glass of wine with your meal
Jimmy-Barry-Murphy, Chef. Bohemian

The Bohemian is now serving Sunday brunch upwards
from 12.30pm - 4pm for only £15 (all you can eat!)


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