28th June, 2001
Notice Board


Carrigaline are celebrating the refurbishment of their “Pottery Barn” with the launch this weekend of their new “Origins” and “Ulyses” tableware ranges, while also marking their last summer at the Pottery before relocating to their new purpose built factory outside of town.

This Sunday, 1st of July, see the “Pottery Barn Summerfest” and promises to be a fantastic day for all the family. To celebrate this product launch there will be live music, clowns, face painting, free refreshments and great prozes. You can even try your hand at clay making while the 96FM Street Fleet will also be in attendance.


Following our recent Area Road Meeting the Engineer presented implementation proposals as stages 1,2 and 3. The cost of implementing the overall scheme excluding long term recommendations is 3.55m. While some of these recommendations can be installed immediately, others will need to wait for land acquisition or other statutory processes. The Engineer recommended the works be staged as follows...
Stage 1 (Implemented immediately)
No.3 West Douglas Street, No.4 Donnybrook Hill / Grange Road, No.9 Rochestown Road, No.10 Maryborough Hill, No.11 Church Road, No.12 Carrigaline Road / Town Centre access road junction.
These works consist of signalising the West Village, initially on a cableless system (time clock). With the footpath improvement programme for the West Village these signal controllers would be linked by cables which would a more efficient on-line linking of the signals.
Other works consist of traffic calming/speed reduction measures in the general road area and consist of on-road works. Total cost of these works, as estimated by the consultants is 370,000 and could be implemented within a year.
Stage 2.
No.1 East Douglas Street, No.2 Church Street and East Douglas Street Parking, No.6 Tesco Roundabout, No.7 Douglas Road/Well Road Junction, No.8 Review Signage, No.13 Grange Road, No.14 Donnybrook Hill, Carrigaline Road and Maryborough Hill, No.15 Clarkes Hill and Maryborough Hill, No.16 Fingerpost Roundabout - provide pedestrian warning signs, No.17 Monastery Road, No.19 Cycle Facilities.
These works are to follow on from stage 1. I have asked for a meeting to be set up with the traders of Douglas East and indeed I will be glad to listen and represent and views on the above proposals. The copy of the full report is available at Douglas Library. The cost of implementing Stage 2 is 828,000.
Stage 3.
Widen and upgrade Board of Works including new junctions. This will require land acquisitions while the junctions may have to be resigned to cater for the future design of the Sli Carrighdoun. The cost of the this stage is 1m.
Medium Term Proposals.
The proposed Tesco Car Park link road is included in recent planning application and will be subject to the planning process.
Other Works.
Due to increasing development to the South of the area, some of the major roads are experiencing some traffic growth which at the moment is greater than 10,000 vehicles per day, worse effected being the Grange and Rochestown Roads. Some of the junctions on these roads are experiencing great exiting difficulty with the volume of traffic and therefore it is proposed to signalise Perrier Drive / NewlynVale / /Rochestown Road. In addition, the junctions of Parkgate, Clarks Hill and Garryduff roads, which are due for improvement works over the next four years. These works will also necessitate signalising Clarks Hill (Rochestown Road junction) and the junction of the development at Mount Oval with Clarks Hill.
Cost of signalisation of Rochestown Road….35,000.
Development of Clarks Hill….3m.
Grange Road (2) 35,000.
Maryborough Hill accomodation works ….approx. 1m.
The total amount of the above works excluding Clarks Hill is 2.3m.
The widening of Board of Works Road and associated junctions….1m. and in my opinion should be moved from 1003 to as early a date as possible.
This report will be on the full councils agenda and I will be pressing for implementation given the amount of money Douglas has yielded to council over the last ten years. Readers are welcome to contact me with their views.

Cllr. Deirdre Forde.


There will be an Anniversary Mass
On Monday 2nd of July @ 7.30 in
St. Columbas Hall for Tony O'Flynn
and deceased members of St. Columbas Hall.

Ursuline Girls Excel at Young
Enterprise International
Examination Young

Enterprise Junior Achievement is the worlds leading business organisation. Active in over one hundred countries worldwide, Young Enterprise brings together business models with young people through a range of tried and tested programmes.

The Young Enterprise International Examination gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills gained during the Transition Year Programme. This Examination is endorsed by the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and by the School of Arts. Fifty thousand students sat this examination right across Europe and five hundred of these students were Irish.

Eleven Fifth-Year students from the Ursuline Convent Secondary School, Blackrock, Cork, sat this examination and they achieved outstanding results. Each student was awarded distinction, which is the top grade. Two of the students received special awards
for their performances. Emer Lehane won the National Overall Award being the candidate who achieved first place in Ireland. Aisling Kiely achieved the highest result in Ireland in the Marketing section. The Awards Ceremony was held as part of the BUPA Ireland National Finals of the Company of the Year Competition in the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Education and Science, Dr. Michael Woods. Congratulations to both girls and to their teachers, Mr. Carroll, Mrs. Spillane and Miss. Winters, on this tremendous achievement. This is following on from a very proud tradition as the Ursulines have represented Ireland twice in Europe in the finals of the Young Enterprise Company of the Year competition.

This has been a very special year for Emer and Aisling as they have just been appointed Head Girl and Vice Head Girl respectively.


by Con Foley

... continued from last week.


"James Ronayne Conrin, J.P., The Grange, Douglas; an estate of 140 acres, which has belonged to his family, one of the oldest in the country and related to the famous Sir Christopher Hatton, after whom Hatton Garden was named, for nearly four hundred years; son of the late Hatton Ronayne Conron, J.P., a well known sportsman and breeder of horses, who formerly owned and hunted a private pack of hounds. Justice of the Peace for County Cork, formerly interested in the breeding of horses, and many raised in his stable were steeplechasers of no mean order. Recreation: hunting. Was formerly a member of the United, Duhallow South Union and the Muskerry Hunts. Married January 1895, Bridie, daughter of Surgeon&olonel Moriarty of St. Patrick's Hill, Cork, and has issue three sons, Hatton Edward, Edmund and Thomas, and one daughter Marguerite. Club: County.
'The seat of Hatton RonayneConronj.P., the demesne bounding over two townlands. The Mansion, which is of large dimensions, with a spacious hall was erected in 1760-. In the mansion is deposited an interesting document, signed by George I, in the seventh year of his reign, setting forth the appointment of the present great-great-great-great grandfather Christopher, who married Anne, daughter of Viscount Hatton of Hatton Gardens, London. They are descended from Sir Christopher Hatton, who was Lord Chandellor in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1587 and were connected with the highest peerage of England.".


On a warm September afternoon in 1879 a boy on his bicycle careered down Chistlehurst Hill (Kent) with his hands in his pockets. He hurled under the railway bridge scaring the life out of two old ladies who were about to cross the road. a constable appeared and the offender was charged with "Furious Riding". In court a crusty old magistrate glared and said;" Fined ten shillings and let this be a lesson to you , not to go so fast in future Malcomn Campbell"
Dan Dempsey's 24 hour rescue & Recovery, Kinsale 086-8217777


Forthcoming Event at Douglas library on Thurs. June 28th @ 5pm and 6.30pm
Cork Radio Club Presents A Film Series:
'Amateur Radio - the Hobby of the Space Age'
and 'How to become Radio Amateur'
The Cork Radio Club meet every Monday evening at 8.30pm At Wilton Park House, Wilton.
Radio electronic theory and morse code classes are held leading to the Government Amateur Radio Licence.
For further information contact Liam Lyons @ 021-4831775.


Camp Douglas is a Sports Camp for children of 7 to 12 years. It is based in Douglas Community School and is organised by Ted Coakley, a physical education teacher at the school. The objectives of the Camp are to introduce the children to a wide variety of sports in a structured and supervised environment, to develop their social skills through mixing with other children and to enjoy their participation on the camp.

Activities at the camp will include gymnastics, basketball, badminton, hurling, football, soccer, netball, rounders, trampolining, rugby and minor games.

The Camp runs from Monday July 2nd until Friday July 13th at Douglas Community School.
For further information call…..021-4841019.


Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little flower" and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians.

Yet Therese died at the young age of 24, after having lived as a cloistered Carmelite for less than ten years. She never went on missions, never founded a religious order, never performed great works. The only book of hers, published after her death, was a brief edited version of her journal called "Story of a Soul." (Collections of her letters and restored versions of her journals have been published recently.) But within 28 years of her death, the public demand was so great that she was canonised.

Therese was born in France in 1873, the pampered daughter of a mother who wanted to be a saint and a father who had wanted to be a monk, they had had nine children in all, the five that survived were all daughters who were close all their lives. Therese lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just four and a half years old and just a few months later became seriously ill herself. While ill, Therese saw her sisters praying to a statue of Mary in her room. Therese also prayed to the statue, she saw Mary smile and was cured.

By the time she was eleven, Therese had developed the habit of mental prayer. At fourteen Therese was refused to Carmelite convent by the superior because she was too young, so the formerly shy little girl went to the Bishop and when he refused she went over his head also. Her father and sister took her on a pilgrimage to Rome, while there they went for an audience with the Pope and were forbidden to speak to him but as soon as Therese got close enough she begged that he allow her enter the Carmelite convent. She had to be carried out by two of the guards! But the Vicar General who had seen her courage was impressed and soon Therese was admitted to the Carmelite convent that her sisters Pauline and Marie had already joined. Later, the youngest sister, Celine also joined the convent bringing the four sisters back together again.

In 1896 she coughed up blood, but carried on working without telling anyone until she became so ill a year later that everyone knew it. Pauline had her writing down her memoirs and wanted her to continue so that they would have something to circulate after her death. Her one dream was the work she would do after her death, helping those on earth. "I will return," she said. "My heaven will be spent on earth." She died on September 30th 1897 at the age of 24 years old. After she died everything at the convent went back to normal. Pauline put together Therese's writings (though heavily edited them) and sent 2000 copies to other convents. But Thereses "little way" of trusting in Jesus to make her holy and relying on small daily sacrifices, instead of those great deeds appealed to the thousands of Catholics and others who were seeking holiness in ordinary lives. Within two years the Martin family had to move because her notoriety was so great and by 1925 she had been canonised.

She once said…."We live in an age of inventions. We no longer climb laboriously up flights of stairs in well to do houses, there are lifts. And I was determined to find a lift to carry me to Jesus, for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection."


by Joe Harris.

There are many reasons people start saving. To accumulate money for a rainy day or a deposit for a house. Some save for their wedding or a holiday, people also save for their retirement still others for their childrens education, the list goes on!
One thing is clear that whatever your reason it is important to make a start. It is one thing to earn money, it can be a lot more difficult to hold onto it. That's where your choice of savings or investment is important.

It is vital to make use of the years when things are going well for you to put something aside. You could put your savings into buying a property or a long-term savings plan or invest in the Government sponsored scheme. The main thing is to have a plan and a goal.

Take education funding for example; if you predict that you will require 20,000 in todays terms, in 10 years time for college expenses then it makes sense to start now.

I list below the different reasons for saving and my preferred choice of plan to match that need. Many will overlap. As the fella said 'whatever you do, do something'. If you do nothing that's exactly what you will have to show in 10 years time NOTHING!


Deposit for house 2-5 years Government savings plan or deposit ccount-through either banks, credit unions or post office
Retirement 15-30years Pension Plan through one of the insurance companies or
property investment
Childrens Education 7-10 years Government savings plan or
education savings plan through insurance company

One other factor is important in relation to savings and that is access to your funds. Too easy access to your money can undo most of your good work. The best rule of thumb in savings is out of sight out of mind. It is no harm to enter into a plan that commits you to putting away a certain amount every week or month that cannot be taken out on a whim.
Don't put yourself under pressure in relation to the amount you can save. Only put away what you can comfortably budget for. That way you are more likely to keep your savings going long term.
Remember; in relation to saving getting started is the hard part!
Joe Harris is a member of the Insurance Institute of Ireland.


The talent dedication and hard work of the gymnasts, coaches and indeed the parents from the club was acknowledged at the Southern Region Gymnastics Awards which were held recently. There to present the awards was the President of Irish Gvmnastics, Mr Pat O'Brien, who referred to the region as 'being the flagship region within Irish Gymnastics".
The following club members were recipients of awards on the night. "We see this as quite an achievement for such a young club", said Mary Coakley, one of the directors.
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Junior- Suzanne O'Halloran
Suzanne was one of the first Rhythmic gymnasts at Chimea'ra and has worked steadily and consistently throughout her training, Suzanne is a quiet girl who tries her very best 100% of the time. Although she is naturally very stiff and her feet seem to have a mind of their own, she works hard to overcome this and is her persistence is paying off. We think Suzanne deserves this award in order to show that her hard work does not go unnoticed.
Senior- Daniela Riecke
Daniela has been doing gymnastics for less than a year and in that time has evolved from a lanky, stiff inelegant, awkward child into a graceful, beautiful gymnast! Daniel a has worked extremely hard in order to catch up with her team-mates who have been training considerably longer than her. Since our trip to Hillingdon school of Gvmnasties during the Easter holidays her personality has started to bloom, as has her gymnastics skill. In fact, the change has been so remarkable that it is a standing joke in our club that we brought away a "Dani" to London, and we came back with a Daniela! We think Daniela deserves this award for her hard work and dedication.
Sonya Coaldey-Hanan- 23 year old Sonya is a veteran of gymnastics. She was an artistic gymnast from the age 7-14. she trained at Douglas Gym before moving to England for training, she took up trampolining at the age of 15 and despite fracturing her back trampolining she still competes to this day and is currently training for the World
Age Group Games in Denmark this July. Sonya is also a coach of men's/women's artistic gymnastic trampolining, Pre-school and llllivthmie Gvrnnastics, is Vice President of Rhythmic gymnastics in this country, and in her "spare' time (!) she is studying to be a sports irjut~' therapist. We think Sonya deserves this award for her dedication to the sport over the years and for being brave enough to wear a leotard at the age of 23!
Yvonne Dowling- At the age of 8, Yvonne is one of the youngest members of regional squad. She has been Trampolining less than a year and is showing amazing talent. She is a naturally gifted trampolinist and has incredible form for some one her age. She is a quiet and unassuming child who is a delight to teach. This girl is name to look out for in the future. We feel that Yvonne deserves this award as a reward for the hard work she puts in to her training. We hope that it will give her the confidence she needs to believe in herself and to realise just how good she is.
Johnny Collins- 12 Year old Johnny started trampolining in September 1999 and progressed at a steady rate until he began to learn the dreaded back somersault! This move caused major problems for him and major headaches for his coaches'. He took a break from the sport for a few months and what a difference a few months makes. Johnnv is now back in the gym with a renewed enthusiasm and a much more mature attitude and is training extremely hard. He has even overcome his fear of back somi's and it is hoped that he will soon trial for Regional and National squads. We think Johnny deserves this award for his new and improved attitude and for conquering his fear when it would have been easier to give up.
Jamie O'Toole- 15 year old Jamie, was alwavs known as "Colm's little brother", this is about to change! Jamie was an artistic gymnast for years with Canigaline Gym Club, and since taking up trampolining less than a year ago Jamie has really come into his own. The strength and power as well as the acrobatic skill that he gained as a gymnast are proving to be of huge benefit as he is picking up new skills with incredible ease. Jamie has been tipped for the top visiting coaches from abroad and if he keeps progressing at the rate he is, he will be competing at international level before long. We think Jamie deserves this award for stepping out of his brother's shadow and bouncing to new heights.
Aideen McCarthy- 14-Year-old Aideen is one of a new breed of gymnasts in that she competes at two disciplines of the sport. An artistic gymnast at Douglas Gym for years, and now a trampolinist for Chimea'ra Gymnastics. Her gymnastics background has been a great help to her trampolining, and she is one of the most promising young members of National Squad. Aideen is always bright and cheerful and is a pleasure to coach. She works hard training and is a much-valued member of both regional and national squad as well as both her clubs. We think Aideen deserves this award in view of both her achievements in her trampolining and her hard work and dedication. We would like to apologise to Aideen for omitting her name from our last article regarding National Championship results. Aideen, in fact, took first place in the Under 15 Girls Advanced. Congratulations are to be extended to the regional committee on the success of the evening.


A lot of people view the legal system as archaic, out of touch, old-fashioned and resistant to change. Ireland is now the leading producer of software and technology in the world and the legal system has now fully embraced the world of technology and computerisation.

The Electronic Commerce Act 2000 came into effect in September 2000 and electronic communications and information are now recognised legally. Previously, only original paper documents were considered legal and had to be presented in Court as proof of their existence and originality.
Section 9 of the Act states that information shall not be denied legal effect, validity or enforceability, solely on the grounds that it is wholly or partly in electronic form. The Act also recognises electronic signatures in certain circumstances, however there are exceptions, the most important being a Will which must always be in its original form.
If somebody buys on the Internet, the Electronic Commerce Act 2000 considers this to be a formal contract where previously this would have been in doubt. There are, however, difficulties concerning on-line contracts, the most obvious being a problem of jurisdiction. If you order goods from the US on-line, where was the contract made? If you have problems with what you bought and have to sue, you will most likely need an American lawyer to fight your case in the US.

The Title to most people’s houses is registered in the Land Registry. For the Cork region the Land Registry is situated in Waterford City. For each Land Registry Title a Folio Number is attributed to the Registered Owner and all details of the owners property, for example what Mortgages affect the property and the size and acreage of the property is registered under this Folio Number. Within the last few months the Land Registry in Cork has gone on-line. This obviously involved a huge amount of work as every Folio had to be entered and as every property is bought or sold each Folio is updated. All this information can now be accessed on-line.

Up to approximately one year ago if you wished to obtain any Statute or Act of the Oireachtas you firstly had to know the year in which it was passed, find and obtain the book in which it was published and if you wished to know whether or not any Acts were passed on a particular subject, it was not possible to do this. Now every Act of the Oireachtas passed since 1922 is available on one CD. Not only is this extremely convenient, but the search facility allows you to find if an Act on a certain topic was passed or not. You simply key in the appropriate words and the information is presented to you.

It certainly is the case that the mouse has become mightier than the pen.

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