2nd August, 2001
Notice Board


Volunteers Needed
Cork Cancer Research Centre: Our Annual Street Collection, Shopping Centre Collection and Busking takes place on 2nd August 2001. We will have a Busking Group playing at entrance to Douglas Village Shopping Centre.
We need Volunteer Collectors for both Shopping Centres on the day; they can contact David McCarthy at (021) 4895704.


Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, College of Further Education, Tramore Road, Cork. The College is presently updating its student accommodation register, if you have accommodation available and wish to be included on our student listing, please contact the College Admissions Office.


Maryborough, commanding a very fine view of the Cork River and the adjacent lands on the north side, is one of the handsomest residences in the vicinity of the city. It contains abundance of well-grown timber, and has been much enlarged and improved within the last twenty years." (Townsend)
The Banking Company of Newenham and Company opened in 1800 and continued uninterruptedly until 1821. Apparently it survived the banking crisis in Cork and Limerick of 1st June 1820, which resulted in the displacement of hundreds of workers. In 1821, the bank closed on account of the retirement of one of the partners named Lecky. It was reopened in 1824 by Newenham. Owing to heavy losses, it closed finally in 1825, but it seems to have paid all its creditors fully. What may seem surprising to us in this age is that, the bank of Newenham and Co. in common with other banks of the period, issued bank notes for amounts such as six shillings
In his account of "The Old Private Banks of Munster," Eoin O'Kelly gives a fuller if slightly different account of Newenham's Bank. It was founded by George Newenham, whose father was a substantial merchant, whose estate subsequently passed to the son. The son's interest lay in matters artistic; he was a patron of the arts, a collector of pictures and one of the first to recognise the talent of the young Macuse, whom he employed in his bank.
The bank was registered on the third of April 1800, but it was re-registered on 1st of January, the following year when his son George Junior and John Lecky were co-opted as partners. It is not known where the business was first located but it was later established in Patrick Street. George Newenham and Co., Bankers, Patrick Street. Hours of attendance 10 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. By temperament neither the father nor the son was suited to the monotonous routine of the bank; they were fortunate in that Lecky was a capable and experienced businessman. O'Kelly thinks that Lecky may have left the firm by 1816 and the partnership wound up after the bad financial year of 1814.
In 1821 Lecky joined Jacob Mark in his shipping business. The firm was known as Lecky and Mark. They were closely connected with the Saint George Steam Packet Company founded by Joseph Robinson Pike. George senior returned to his artistic and scientific studies, especially astronomy and sculpture. He was an active supporter of various Cork
cultural societies until his death on 21st October 1821. His obituary was given in a local newspaper as follows: "On Sunday morning last at Summerhill, near Cork, George Newenham, Esq., Banker. It has seldom fallen to our lot to record the death of a more truly respectable character. He was a man of the strictest integrity, and in all the relations of life, his conduct was ingenuous, upright and sincere. In the pursuit of science and the fine arts, he was indefatigable and displayed superior ingenuity and refined taste."
For some reason the younger Newenham attempted to reopen the bank and in 1824 he opened an office near the corner of Queen Street on the South Mall. But the day of private banking was fast going and the heavy losses he incurred during the next few months finally convinced him. All creditors were paid in full and the business was wound up.
Continued next week...


(This is solvable)

1. There are 5 houses in 5 different colours. In each house lives a person with a different nationality.
2. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet.
3. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage.

The question is "Who owns the fish?'

The Facts:
The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the left of the white house.
The green house's owner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps Cats.
The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

Einstein wrote this riddle in the last century. He said 98% of the world could not solve it.

It can be done! Be part of the 2% . Send your answers to Douglas Weekly.



Chamber launches Labour Force Results for Cork
8Cork Chamber advocates comprehensive immigration framework that strikes the right balance between the flexibility needed by business and the planning required to integrate non-nationals into our economy and our society.
8One in three Cork businesses recruited non-nationals in past 12 months.
8Lack of availability of childcare facilities is a big issue for Cork businesses.
Yesterday Cork Chamber of Commerce launched the very probing and challenging results of
Labour Force 2001, an Economic Immigration and Childcare Provision survey recently carried out amongst a spectrum of business sizes and sectors in Cork city.
One in three employers experienced problems in processing work permits for non-EEA citizens. Commenting on this, Chamber Chief Executive, Michael Geary said “ We urgently need a comprehensive immigration framework that strikes the right balance between the flexibility needed by business and the planning required to integrate non-nationals into our economy and our society. We continue to recommend the establishment of a National Immigration Authority that will act as a one stop immigration shop so that we can streamline the confusing maze of organisations which currently operate in this area”.
This survey shows that labour shortages continue to be a major issue for Cork business. Almost 60% of businesses surveyed currently experience vacancies many of which they could not fill in the short term because of current labour shortages and the shortage of skilled/qualified/experienced applicants. Companies are increasingly looking overseas to meet their staffing needs. Inspite of difficulties in verifying qualifications and language barriers, over 35% of the businesses surveyed recruited non-nationals in the past year, particularly in the manufacturing, retail and construction sectors.
The Labour Force 2001 survey also reveals the growing impact that the lack of childcare places is having on labour market participation. One in four businesses whose staff have children under 12 years are concerned about childcare and 42% believe that the current lack of available childcare is impacting on their ability to recruit and retain staff. The high costs (Ireland has one of the highest childcare costs in the EU as a proportion of earnings),unsuitable opening hours and having no family/friends available to help were also listed as reasons why employees find it difficult to source suitable childcare. Michael Geary added that “according to a Goodbody report, it is predicted that at a minimum the demand for childcare could increase by up to 50% between now and 2011”.
He said “ the solution is therefore to boost the supply of childcare places. The sector is underdeveloped and is not able to cope with the increase in demand, particularly in light of strong inward migration. It is important that employers who want to assist their staff with the provision of childcare are helped. For instance existing staffing grants should be made available to employers that run childcare facilities on a not-for-profit basis. Also the survey reveals how employees whose employers fund childcare places at independent crèches should not be subject to benefit-in-kind taxation. This would increase confidence in the market and thereby increase supply”.
According to the survey Cork employees would like to see more family friendly arrangements such as part-time work, flexi-time and job sharing introduced at work with greater tax relief and tax incentives for setting up facilities made available.

YARIS - The Great All Rounder

This week I took the Toyota YARIS on the road courtesy of Keary’s of Cork in Grange and was more than surprised at the all round enjoyment this “little” car had to offer.
Voted “Car of the Year” in 2000 the YARIS is currently rated the safest car in its class and driving it I can see why.The interior ofthe YARIS is like something from Star Trek, no clocks or gagues in sight only a driver angled hump mounted on the centre of the dash which turns into a three dimensional monitor once the ignition is switched on. This supplies the driver with all the information required in LED form, an innovative and great design. Room is a plenty in the cabin for driver and passengers alike with lots of little storage spaces specially around the dash area for storing all those bits and pieces.
Driver position is one of the most comfortable I have experienced with all controls configured to give maximum ease when driving. The overall interior of the YARIS is radical in design but practical. The boot isn’t huge but the rear seats slide forward by 150mm to create extra space while the rear seat can also be split or fold forward altogether t allow even more carrying space.
The YARIS comes with either a 1.0 or 1.3 Litre engine and it was the 1 litre, 5 door which I tested. This car is a joy to drive, power steering, well balanced suspension and all round good visibility together with a peppy engine and smooth gear box amounting to a couple of hours of non frustrating, non boring motoring. I know if I was buying a practical car and moreso my first car the YARIS would have to be high on the list.
Safety is a priority with the YARIS, the low centre of gravity and the newly designed suspension and brakes make the little Toyota safer in an emergency situation while door beams and pillars are strengthened to spread the impact load. The compact body is designed around a rigid, low deformation passenger compartment which absorbs the energy of impact.
Overall verdict.....the YARIS is a deceivingly spacious and practical car disguised in a compact body of timeless design. The 1 Litre YARIS will give you 50 mpg, serious value for money in an era of escalating fuel prices.
Prices begin at £10,620 for the YARIS 1.0 3Dr. E up to £16,050 for the YARIS 1.5 3Dr. T Sport.
Ratings.........Based on 1.0
5 Door.

Styling *****
Performance ***
Ride & Handling ****
Accommodation ****
Costs *****
Verdict ****

Standard features vary from model to model and include......
3D Digital Guages.
Driver & Pass Airbags
Power Steering
Central Locking

by George Thompson.

Statement by Kinsale Road Dump
Action Group (KRDAG)

City Manager Deliberately Causing Crisis

The announcement by City Manager Mr Joe Gavin that City Management are continuing to build a W.R.F. at Kinsale Road has been met with severe disappointment and frustration by the Kinsale Road Dump Action Group. In February, City Councillors unanimously voted not to have the WRF sited in the Kinsale Road area. Mr Gavin refused to accept this and promised a report on the consequences of such a move, within two weeks. Five months later the report has finally been brought to Chamber. The report has no new content as it merely reiterates Management's earlier stance. Furthermore it shows no attempt whatsoever to source an alternative site. Following the Manager's announcement the KRDAG have issued the following statement:
"We believe that the delay in bringing this report to the Councillors is part of the Manager's strategy to ensure that no other site can be considered. We had hoped that a change in City Manager would bring a change in attitude. It is now clear that Mr Gavin is intent on continuing City Management's policy to railroad the development of an WRF on the Kinsale road."
"Since taking office Mr Gavin has used various delaying tactics in order to cause the current crisis which provides Councillors with very limited options. We believe that he is bringing the issue to a cliff edge in an attempt to force Councillor's to reverse their consistent and unanimous position to end waste treatment at the site."
"City Management have consistently been acting contrary to the wishes of the democratically elected Councillors. Since 1990 the Councillors have passed six motions to bring an end to waste treatment at the Kinsale Road. Despite this, Management have been acting on their plan to build a WRF at the site, incurring actual costs of £825,000. Mr. Gavin is now using this sum to pressurise Councillors to accept the WRF at this location. It is our opinion that the blame for any financial fallout rests squarely at the feet of City Management, who have been acting entirely without the support of the elected Councillors."

For further information contact Chairperson Teresa O'Brien @ 021-4895420


Dear Michael.

As you are aware Nationwide RTE brought camera and crew to document the efforts of Douglas Tidy Towns committee .I would like on behalf of the committee to thank all those who gave of their time to make this possible and those who helped on the day. I am sure Douglas Village has captured many stars for the big screen. Also thanks to the Douglas Weekly for recording the moment for your many readers.
I am informed that this will be broadcast on Wednesday 8th August. 2001.
It was good to see staff from Shell, Centra, Barrys and South County bar making a special effort in presenting Douglas as good example of Village life.
I would like to thank all at St Columbus Terrace for the excellent work done and it will look well on R T E.
Remember you are all welcome to help with the Street Sweep every Saturday (10.30am to 1.00pm) And Wednesday (7.00pm to 9.00pm).

Is mise le meas

Sean O'Riordan
Douglas Tidy Towns Committee


Joe Harris ALIA (Dip)

Putting money aside for your children's education is obviously a wise move. Even if the notion of free education has been introduced, any parent will tell you that the reality of putting your child through the education system is far from free.
In fact the costs seem to be going up every year. Even starting secondary school can set you back a tidy sum.
However ,the funding situation becomes serious when it comes to third level education. Depending on which course your children go for they could be in college for four to seven years. It's a long time!
Then depending on where they go to college you could be faced with accommodation & transport costs.
Regardless of where they go to college you will have to deal with the costs of books, meals and general living expenses.
In any event you need to make provision for at least £6,000 per annum in today's terms, over the term that your child is in college.
The best time to start saving for a college fund is 10 years before its required. If they never go to college the money could be used to set them up in business or maybe a deposit for their first home. The important thing is to start some kind of an education savings plan. There are many available through all the financial institutions.
Education funding is easy to put on the long finger as it can seem a long way down the road It's not!
My advise is to make a start now because once you have the plan set up it will take care of itself.
Joe Harris is a member of the Insurance Institute of Ireland and can be contacted at 021 4 897300


Alberto Ascari was just the opposite of what is generally the case: Usually it is the driven in the lead who is worried - he is harassed, he wonders whether he can hang on to first place - but Alberto felt sure of himself when he was acting as the hare.
Dan Dempsey's 24 hour rescue & Recovery, Kinsale 086-8217777

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