13th December, 2001
Notice Board


Founded in l970 by the late Brother Jerome Kelly the S.H.A.R.E. Christmas Fast will take place at the Crib, Patrick St. Cork from 15th December - 24th December, day and night. The funding drive will be launched by Cllr. Tom O’Driscoll, The Lord Mayor of Cork on Friday l5th December and the Crib, the focal point of the week-long drive, will be blessed jointly by Bishop John Buckley and Bishop Paul Colton. 1800 students from 22 secondary schools in Cork City will participate in the Christmas Fast for SHARE.
It is the only fundraising event held by the organisation throughout the year. The New Day Care Centre will cost in excess £4 million. So far a grant of 750K has been received from the National Millennium Committee, 450K earmarked by the Southern Health Board. Cork Corporation (through the Department of the Environment) has contributed substantially to the provision of the Complex. Work commenced on site in September 2000. Dedication of the site occurred on December 7, 2001. Completion dates June 2002.
S.H.A.R.E. boys and girls are determined to see the project through and confident that the generosity and social accountability of Cork people will help them bring the project to a successful conclusion, transforming the lives of those in need.


From Ger. O’Regan

A woman living in the Salt Lake City, U.S.A. was visiting some friends in Ogden. When she got into her car in front of this friend's house, she noticed that a car started up right behind her car. It was about 2:00 in the morning, and there weren't any other cars on the road. After she had driven to the highway, she began to think that this car was following her. Some of the time he would drive up real close to her car, but he wouldn't ever pass. She was really scared to death and kept speeding to try to get away from him.
When she got to Salt Lake, she started running stop lights to get away from him, but he would run right through them too. So when she got to her driveway she pulled in really fast, and this guy pulled in right behind her. She just laid on the horn, and her husband came running out. Just then, the guy jumped out of the car, and her husband ran over and said, "What the hell's goin' on here?" So he grabbed the guy, and his wife said, "This man's followed me all the way from Ogden." The man said, "I followed your wife because I was going to work, and as I got into my car, I noticed when I turned my lights on, a man's head bob down in her back seat." So the husband went over to her backseat, opened the door, and pulled this guy from out of the backseat.


“Christmas shoppers need to be aware of their consumer rights, to avoid disappointment, or worse, on Christmas morning” said Niamh Murray, from the Citizens Information Call Centre.
Consumer legislation, particularly the Sale of Goods Act 1980, protects us if we are sold anything which turns out to be faulty or substandard and we have a right to return the item to the shop and expect some form of redress, usually a refund. But we do not have an automatic legal right to return something to the shop just because we change our minds about it when we get home! For that we rely solely on the goodwill of the retailer.
“When buying presents we need to be even more careful than usual” says Niamh. “If you are not sure about something you are buying and think that you, or the person you are buying it for might later wish to exchange it, or get a refund, then ask the sales person just exactly what is the shop’s policy regarding exchanges and refunds, and make sure you keep the receipt !
Choosing a toy to give to a child as a present can be really difficult as there is always a worry that they either already have it, won’t like it or, most worrying of all, that it may be unsafe!
When buying toys it is essential always to look at the label very carefully. Safety laws came into effect in 1990 to ensure that all toys manufactured in the EU are safe, so always check for the CE safety standard mark. If toys are not suitable for young children, for instance if they contain small pieces or have sharp edges, this should also be stated on the toy or container.
Toys should also be marked with instructions for safe use, especially in the case of electrical toys. These should always be read before the toy is played with; a simple precaution which can easily be overlooked in the frenzy of unwrapping on Christmas morning!
If a toy should turn out to be defective and as a result causes injury or damage, the manufacturer is liable for the damage caused, you do not have to prove negligence, only that a defect caused the damage.
To obtain an information sheet on toy safety and consumer rights, or for information on any of your rights and entitlements call The Citizens Information Call Centre on 1890777121 (local charge) 9.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday.


Amenity Grants - I am happy that among the applicants for funding under this scheme those who approached me have received a grant of over 500 pounds which should go some way to helping their good works. i.e. Douglas Camogie Club; Douglas Community Play School; 1st Cork Company Boys Brigade: St Mary's C.Y.M.S. Hall Passage West.
Cllr. Deidre Forde


Did you have a strange dream last night and weren't sure what it meant? Well we at Sweet Dreams, the young enterprise, mini company in Regina Mundi College have the answer.
As a company with extremely high targets, we have decided to pursue the nocturnal market, with our innovative packages and quality goods. We put a main emphases on the phenomena of dreaming and can help you crack the mystery with our dream packs containing, a dream analysis book, cushion, pencil and notebook for recording your dreams and a sachet of soothing hot chocolate. We have also designed and made tooth fairy cushions to help the little imp on his quest for teeth.
On Thursday the 29th of November, as a result of weeks of hard work, planning and devotion the Sweet Dreams Company, won the best Overall Exhibitor prize out of twenty-two schools and thirty companies in the trade fair, held in the Douglas Village Shopping Centre. We were ecstatic to be presented with such a prestigious award and relieved to know that we were being successfully received as businesswomen.
The rewarding experience has, I feel, boosted everyone's confidence and resulted in heightened ambition within the team.
We are a company with unprecedented initiative and very high confidence (evidently). With an amazing reputation, gracefully handed down to us by last years company and our fantastic muse and mentor Mrs Lane, a lady with contagious charisma and zest, we as young entrepreneurs plan to take the business world by storm. Excellence is our aim and dreaming is our game.
Edwina White


Deirdre Clune T.D. has reiterated her criticism of the governments totally inept handling of the Eircom Shares debacle…..Cllr. John Minihan has welcomed the inclusion of the PD waiting list plan in the governments health Strategy….. Senator Máirin Quill says the major growth of low cost airlines are the key to tourism success….. “Whipped & Beaten” a play which is described as ‘ scenes from a Nightmare Dining Room’ can be seen at the Granary theatre from Tues.18th Dec to Fri 21st……


From Ger O’Regan

Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love.
The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye and where the other should have been was a hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.
Ugly would have been a dark grey tabby, striped type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, and even his shoulders. Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. "That's one UGLY cat!!!"
All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction.
If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around your feet in forgiveness.
Whenever he spied children, he would come running, meowing frantically and
bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.
One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbour’s dogs. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly's sad life was almost at an end. As I picked him up and tried to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting him terribly, I thought.
Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying, was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion. At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain. Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly.
Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful. He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for.
Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me...
…..I will always try to be Ugly.


As the holiday season approaches, The East Village Team felt it only appropriate to give something back to the Douglas community. In conjunction with the Douglas Lions Club, a non-profit organisation that supplies housing and food for the less fortunate, The East Village will be fundraising money over the holiday season. All money raised will be donated to the Douglas Lions Club to aid the significant work they do for the Douglas community.
The Fast Village Team asks you to help us support this very important cause, and to make these holidays a memorable one for those who are less fortunate. All donations can be made at the East Village Bar and Restaurant.
The East Village Team


Conclcuding with Kenneth O’Connor
( Lic.AC, AC, C. Ac. China, M.A.I.Ac.) on his visit to China

Your G.P. should be your first port of call when you have a concern about your health no matter how trivial it may seem to you, the only silly question is the question you haven't asked! Attitudes amongst GP’s to acupuncture vary but most GP’s now accept that Acupuncture may be helpful for some chronic conditions which are not responding to conventional medicine or where patients do not wish to be on long-term medication or where such medication is causing unpleasant side effects. GP’s are also mindful of the increasing desire of people to try other forms of Complimentary Medicine.
Your GP may refer you to an acupuncturist and many acupuncturists favour this form of referral, as they then know that the patient has been fully evaluated by the GP unless your acupuncturist is also a GP It is worth noting that most acupuncturists do not have anything like the level of clinical acumen and experience of the G.P. in Western Medicine In fact, at a first consultation, an acupuncturist may ask the patient to visit their G.P. for an assessment if they have not seen their G.P. for some time or if the acupuncturist identifies something in the medical case history which warrants the GP's assessment. Don't be surprised if you visit an acupuncturist who suggests that you should make an appointment to see your GP first, the skill of any acupuncturist is knowing when to treat and when to seek an expert medical opinion.
Since many people seek acupuncture treatment without a referral from their GP, an acupuncturist can frequently pick up signs and symptoms such as hypertension, changes in bowel habits, suspicious skin lesions, persistent cough with blood etc. which warrant early GP intervention.


Animal Care Society
The Animal Care Society is holding a Beat the New Year’s Blues raffle and is appealing to you for help. The Society, a registered charity, aims to reduce the number of neglected and abandoned animals in Cork City and County. If you would like to help the Society to continue its much needed and unique work by either buying or helping us to sell raffle tickets, or even by volunteering or joining the society, please call us on 021 4545981.

Great News for Radio Listeners

Cork University Hospital Radio. CUH FM has changed frequency from 106.1Fm to 107.8FM and still playing all your favourites. Rock ‘n’Roll, pop , Blue Grass, Jazz, Oldies & Irish, Country & Western, Opera, Classical, Comedy. And all the Radio entertainment you will ever want to hear; Mon to Fri 12.30 PM to 3PM and from 4PM to midnight. On Saturdays from 9.30 AM to 2PM and on Sundays from 9.30AM to 2PM. Plus non-stop Music / News and Sport 24hrs a day. Tune in to 107FM I and you’ll find it’s the only Radio Station you won’t want to turn off.

Art Exhibition
An Art Exhibition by the Brushstrokes Art Group can be seen at the Douglas Library until 22nd December

Christmas Craft Fair & Café
On behalf of Cork Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten On Saturday 15th December 12 noon – 4 pm
At Quaker Meeting House, Summerhill South, opp Capwell Bus Station. Wonderful day out for all the family with; A puppet show, children’s crafts, home baking, hand made crafts, and café. Come and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Ph 4310581

Christmas Carol’s
St Columba’s school with facility for Deaf Children are having their annual Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday December 18th at the following times;
11 O’Clock Senior Pagent (2nd to 6th Classes) St Columba’s Church
6.30 Junior Carol Service ( Infants to 1st Class) St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown

Christmas Swim
The Christmas Swim at Myrtleville Beach on Christmas morning @ 11.30 AM in aid of the National Suicide Research Foundatiion. Ireland has one of the fastest rising suicide rates in the world. In 20 years the numbers of Irish male suicides has quadrupled. The number of suicides registered in year 2000 was 413. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among young Irish people.
Sponsorship cards are available. Join the swim or sponsor a swimmer. Contact 087 6537513 for sponsorship cards or to sponsor a swimmer.
Information on the Foundation is available from Eileen Williamson N.S.R.F. at 1 Perrott Ave. 021 4277499

St. Vincent de Paul
On behalf of the members of Saint Columba’s Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, wish to thank those who responded so generously to our Christmas appeal Thank you to all those who volunteered to collect at our Church Door Collection. by giving your time and money to our collections you have helped to ensure that the disadvantaged people of Douglas enjoyed a happy and comfortable Christmas. Please continue to support us the coming year. It's through your generosity that the Saint Vincent de Paul Society can help those in need not just once a year but every day of the year.

Carrigaline Toastmasters
The next meeting of Carrigaline Toastmasters will be held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Monday December 17th at 8pm. A great night is assured learning the art of public speaking in an informal and relaxed environment. New members and guests are particularly welcome. For further information Tel. Derek Lynch 021-4373324 or 087-2617560


The children are bubbling with glee,
Young hearts running wild with delight,
The Late-Late-Toy-Show on T.V.
A tear on her pillow tonight.
While looking at tall Christmas Trees,
With Fairy Lights blinking and bright,
Even small children are pleased,
A tear on her pillow tonight.
And over the sky the sleigh goes
Off on their Christmas Eve flight,
To visit all Santa Claus knows,
A tear on her pillow tonight.
In a manger a child is born,
The Angels are singing tonight
They’ll be peace on Earth in the morn.
A tear on her pillow tonight
But deep in her heart she is sad,
And nothing can ever put right,
For the child that she never had,
A tear on her pillow tonight

Ronnie McGinn

By Josephine O'Herlihy Solicitor.

Now that Mr. Charlie McCreevy has again opened the market for the Investors, you will find an increase in Apartments for sale. There are however a number of matters of which you should be aware before you consider purchasing an Apartment.

You will only own the actual Apartment itself you will not own what are called the Common Areas for example main entrance, doorways and halls, staircases, lifts and corridors. It is therefore very important that when you purchase an Apartment you also acquire rights which give you proper access to your Apartment.

The Common Areas are owned by the Management Company which is a Limited Liability Company and the Shareholders of this Limited Liability Company are the owners of each Apartment. When you purchase an Apartment you obtain a Share Certificate showing that you are a member of the Management Company. This Management Company holds the actual Title to the Common Areas and as you are a member of this Management Company you are entitled to avail of the use of the Common Areas.

It is vitally important that the Management Company remains in existence because it can happen that Management Companies are dissolved or struck off the Companies Register for failure to lodge Accounts with the Companies Office. It is up to the owners of the Apartments to ensure that this does not happen because if you try and sell your Apartment and the Management Company is no longer in existence you will be in difficulty.

Watch out for Service Charges charged by the managing agents of Apartment Complexes. These charges cover the maintenance of the Apartment Complex and they can be quite hefty and have nothing to do with the charges charged by the Local Authority.

Insurance you will find that you will not be able to insure your Apartment on it's own but that your name will be noted on what is called the Block Insurance Policy of the Apartment Complex. As an Apartment owner you should ensure that the Block Insurance Policy remains in existence and that premiums are paid so that your Apartment is covered by Insurance.

The above may sound complicated but most Apartment Complexes work very well provided there is adherence to rules governing Apartment Complexes.

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