3rd January, 2002
Notice Board


A new Certificate course on 18th Century Antique Furniture promises to be one of the most exciting courses on offer in Cork this winter.
The course will cover the major designs and stylistic changes of English and Irish furniture over the course of the century. Addle McCarthy of the Institute of Decorative Arts who is an established expert in this field presents the course. She has been lecturing for years on Decorative Arts and previously studied and worked in Sotheby's of London. enthusiasm and knowledge of her subjects guarantees an educational experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone with an interest in Antiques.


From Ger. O’Regan

In Berlin, after World War II, money was short, supplies were tight, and it seemed like everyone was hungry. At that time, people were telling the tale of a young woman who saw a blind man picking his way through a crowd. The two started to talk. The man asked her for a favour: could she deliver the letter to the address on the envelope? Well, it was on her way home, so she agreed. She started out to deliver the message, when she turned around to see if there was anything else the blind man needed. But she spotted him hurrying through the crowd without his smoked glasses or white cane. She went to the police, who raided the address on the envelope, where they found heaps of human flesh for sale. And what was in the envelope? "This is the last one I am sending you today."

The History of Douglas by Con Foley

Part 70 - Carr’s Hill Road

Carr's Hill Road to the top of O'Leary's farm. This part of the road is sealed off where the lane just past Cashman's house meets it. This lane was one entrance (or exit) from the road. Proceeding upland once more, the trail can he picked up easily - a short, narrow, overgrown lane that curves into the site of Castle Treasure.
Here are the remains of old farm outhouses, the stonework which is very old, and could very well he part of the stones that littered the place when Crofton Croker saw it. From the site of the castle, the old road swung in a gentle right hand curve to meet the lane that starts almost opposite Lehane's house. This curved part is now gone.
The remains of this old Donnybrook Road at the Ravensdale end can still he seen, if one looks over the low part of the wall opposite the Rectory gate. It is very much overgrown at this point but still visible.
I have walked the greater part of this old road (mainly in the interest of historical accuracy!) and generally it is quite passable if muddy and overgrown. It is at its widest at a point just beyond Delaney's (now Scriven's) farm.
The Carr's Hill Road takes its name from the Carr family that held land near the top of the hill. Though this road was built in 1844 (the date is inscribed in the gable end of the old Garda Barracks), it is still known locally as "the New Road."
Almost at the top of this hill and on its western side is a long narrow road, which is remarkable for its straightness. This road is known as the "Board of Works," and is said to have been part of the early famine relief work.

Jacob's Ladder
This is a nautical term rather than a biblical one, referring to the rope ladder to the rigging of an old time sailing vessel. It is a little known name for the last, and steep, descent into Ravensdale opposite the rectory gate as one comes off Carr's Hill.

The Cafe
This was a red coloured corrugated building, just to the left of the Douglas bridge as one enters the village from the city.( The site is now the entrance to the road leading to Douglas Court Shopping Centre from the roundabout at the Select Service Station) It was originally built as a teashop towards the end of the last century, it was still known by its original name up to the time it was demolished. It was built by an English contractor named Knight, who was also engaged in the construction of the Cork Tramways. The venture was not a financial success so, the centre was used for a while for local entertainment. It was divided into four separate houses.

The ‘Kushawallas’
The spelling is phonetic. 'Cois a' bhaile' in Irish roughly means 'at home' or 'the homestead.' The establishment of this society to promote the speaking of Irish, in the beginning of this century, is a reminder of the efforts of the Gaelic League in Douglas for the restoration of Irish. In the promotion of the Irish language, culture and dancing, the O'Driscoll family must receive special mention.

Civility Stud
On the left side of the South Douglas Road going towards the city. It is easily recognised by the very high iron gates and red brickwork. This was the racing establishment of the Reece family. The workmens' houses were in the yard. Judging by its size and the number of horse stables it must have been a big establishment in its day. The Reeces had a stallion named 'Civility' - hence the name of the stud.

"Scotchies' Terrace"
This is a terrace of five stone houses just past Morroghs' Mills. As the name implies, these houses were build to accommodate skilled operatives from Scotland.
There is another row of houses, of red and yellow brick, at the beginning of Grange Road. These were probably occupied by mill foremen or minor executives. The two in the middle are of different design, perhaps for a managerial class. Some of these houses have been already sold.


Goodbye to the pound - goodbye!
Hello to the Euro and Cent!
It’s a matter for you and I,
To handle with good intent.

You rate the new currency high,
And treasure its value like gold,
Yet you measure a nation by,
The way that it cares for the old.

Few listen to “Grey Bloomers” cry,
Such cause’s are seldom well hailed,
It’s where you can never deny
Our Celtic Tiger has failed.

Perhaps in the future we’ll try
Improve on the laws of the ‘Wigs’,
And all will be right, - bye and bye,
Now we’re one of the “BAFFLING PIGS”

It’s a matter for you and I,
To handle with good intent,
Goodbye to the pound – goodbye!
Hello to the Euro and Cent.

Ronnie McGinn


Henry Ford II sold his fathers company to the public on the 7th March 1956 but at the same time he wanted absolute control to remain within the family. When his retirement drew near he feared his that super businessman president Lee Iacocca would be too good for his descendants so he sacked him.
Iacocca was recruited by Chryslers, then about to go into receivership, and within a few years he executed a fairy-tale turnaround. He became a folk hero and wrote his autobiography.
Lee exposed Henry 11 (self-styled benevolent despot) for the man he had become. Henry Ford 11 shunned on all sides became a recluse and within a few years died of alcohol and shame.
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