24th January, 2002
BATT O'KEEFFE, TD, WRITES ...
I am pleased that
the Government has responded to the traffic situation in the
Clarkes Hill area by ensuring that a major road infrastructure
from Clarkes Hill to Maryborough a distance of 3 kilometres at a
cost of 3m will transform the regulation of traffic in the
Planning for the project is underway and it will involve a series of compulsory purchase Orders to ensure an upgraded urban road which will have footpaths on both sides of the road. I have been assured that public lighting will form part of the overall scheme.
The road will be signalised at various junctions including Clarkes Hill. It will be welcomed by members of the public but of course, the compulsory Orders will impinge on the property of private individuals.
At a recent Council meeting, I insisted that traffic lights would be put in place at Cooney's Lane and1 in order to ensure the safety of school children that a pedestrian crossing would be made available at Parkgate / Bellevue.
Residents in Pinecroft, Hollyville and Newton Court will welcome this decision as it will alleviate difficulties being experiencing in alighting onto the Grange Road, particularly at peak traffic times. The advent of the pedestrian lights will also facilitate schoolchildren as parents were particularly worried for their safety crossing the road.
Story-time in Douglas Library
American storyteller, Amy Kerwin, will tell stories suitable for children age 5 and upwards, in the Library on Saturday Jan. 26th at 11.30 am. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Leabharlann na Dúglaise /
An Ciorcal Comhrá
Informal conversation in Irish
Ná bac leis an euro!
Tar le chéile do chomhluadar is comhrá saor in aisce!
January meeting -- No need for euros
Just get together for casual conversation.
25ú dEanáir / 25th January
Celebrate Spring in Carrigaline Library
To mark the extensive folklore attached to the coming of Spring and Saint Brighids Day ,the Library in Carrigaline will hold a crafts/folklore session on the eve of Saint Brighids Day. At 4.00 p.m.on Thursday January 31. Margaret Walsh will demonstrate how to make the different types of crosses associated with Saint Brighid and will outline the different customs and folklore that was common in rural Ireland in the not too distant past.
Demonstration crosses will be raffled off and handouts of the various customs will be available.
Please phone : 4371888 for further details .
The History of Douglas by Con Foley
Part 73 - VERNON MOUNT AND AN ABDUCTION
Vernon Mount demesne lies only a short distance from the village of Douglas West. At the end of the eighteenth century, it was the seat of one of Cork's aristocratic landlords, Sir Henry Brown Hayes, dandy Regency Buck and extravagant liver. As Captain of the South Cork Militia, it was his custom on local manoeuvres to sleep under a silken tent. He is described as a man of middle stature, haughty, wearing a cocked hat with a rosette on either side, living in a fine suburban mansion with a retinue of servants.
But Sir Henry's claim to memory rests not on his military career but rather on his attempt to abduct a Cork heiress and to force her to marry him, an attempt that ended in complete disaster for the gallant suitor. At the time, 1797, Sir Henry was nearly forty, widowed, and the father of several children, past the age of a gay Lothario, one would imagine. In the circumstances one could be forgiven for assuming that Sir Henry's interest was financial rather than romantic.
Miss Mary Pike, Quaker, heiress of Samuel Pike, banker of Bessboro, Blackrock was staying with her relatives, the Penroses at a small demesne near Glanmire. One day during her vacation, Miss Pike received a note purporting to be from the family doctor - Dr. Gibbings - that her mother was seriously ill and that she should come immediately. Accompanied by her friend Miss Penrose, she at once set out for home. On the way, her carriage was held up by Sir Henry and his retainers. The heiress was abducted and put in another carriage with an elderly lady who earnestly pleaded her brother's suit. On arrival at Vernon Mount, Sir Henry himself asked for her hand in marriage but the lady spiritedly refused. She was locked in a room until next morning when she was forced into a mock marriage by a sham clergyman, but undaunted as ever, she tore the ring from her finger and flung it on the floor. This final action convinced Sir Henry that marriage was not to be and so, the lady was released .
Continued next week
DUNLEA MAKES IT TO NATIONAL SQUAD
Back at the start of the month Damien Dunlea from
Douglas received a letter from the Irish Athletics squad to the
effect that he had been selected for the Irish team in an up
coming International race in Dublin on January 26th against the
best in Great Britain. This call up is the highlight of Damien's
career to date and is the only runner selected from Cork.
Damien is also making waves in boxing circles and also during last month represented Cork in a tournament against Galway. His opponent in the bout was a tough fighter and former Irish Champion, Martin Forde from Monivea. This call up was at short notice meaning extra training sessions and 5 mile runs over the christmas for the Douglas man. Sparring sessions with dad, David also helped sharpen up his skills. The fight itself went to the Galway man on a split decision much to the disappointment of Damien who said I think it's a little harsh but that's boxing. Damien would like to thank all of his supporters from Douglas for their loyal and emotional support.
DEIRDRE CLUNE, TD, writes ....
Traffic in the Grange area is a major headache
for those living there, particularly in the morning time when we
see queues from the housing estates onto the main road and then
either the Kinsale Roundabout or through Douglas village. One
measure, which should alleviate some of the headache, will be the
provision of a flyover at the Kinsale Road Roundabout. This
measure should have been included in the original design but was
not. However, a recent report presented to Cork Corporation
indicated that work is expected to start in the middle of this
The widening of the existing carriageway to three lanes is underway at the eastern approach road to the proposed flyover. This work is necessary to accommodate construction of the proposed overpass bridge without interfering with traffic, (i.e. two lanes of traffic each way will be maintained during construction)
60% of the traffic through the roundabout is travelling East -~ West and this 60% will in future use the flyover thereby providing relief for those queuing from the Grange and Airport direction.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED ...
ISPCC actively seeking volunteers for all of its services in CorkChildline, STEPSCRIB. ISPCC has a strong commitment to volunteerism and gratefully acknowledges the contribution made by Cork and local Douglas people to volunteering at ISPCC. ISPCC services provide a valuable community resource (Childline is a 24-hour free phone active listening service for children. While the service is now 24 hours, ISPCC is aware of the fact that children still have trouble getting through to Childline. We are seeking to resolve this by increasing shifts and the number of volunteers. In order to do this we need more volunteers to man the lines at Childline, and to increase access to the Childline, service. ISPCC also runs a face-to-face version of Childline with its STEPS service based at 12 Mary Street Cork. The service is open Thursdays 4-5.30 p.m. and Saturdays 11-12.30. We are eager to increase these hours with the help of new volunteers. Cork STEPS provides children and teenagers with a place to go where they can take part in fun confidence building activities or simply talk to a trained volunteer. STEPS provides children with a structured, child-centred environment where they can have positive experiences that will improve their peer relations, self-esteem and communication skills. The other service provided by ISPCC is the Children's Rights Information Bureau (C.R.l.B.). This service provides courses organised in schools and libraries to teach children on their rights.
If you feel you can be of help Please phone 021 4962949
THE MAN BEHIND THE BAR ...
One cannot pass through Parnell place without
noticing the painting of Elvis Presley at the entrance to OFlahertys
Bar. It shows The King in all his glory, when he
presented his Boy next Door image to the world. Elvis
loved his Mamma, served his country, believed in God, supported
democracy and abided by the rules of society. To some the
painting is just a mural on a wall, but to many it is a statement.
Inside, OFlahertys is a modern pub in an Old World
setting. Its seven TV screen and quadraphonic sound system
make it a must for sports fans add this to a variety of music and
entertainment seven nights a week, a strict security code and one
has a thriving business with a friendly in-house atmosphere. OFlahertys
caters for all age groups and consequently is a popular party
venue. Donnybrook man, Bernard McCarthy the owner of OFlahertys
recently spoke to the Douglas Weekly about the trials and
tribulations of running a modern city centre pub.
Although coming from a normal family background, my brothers and I have always been involved in all aspects of the entertainment business and on both sides of the counter, security and promotion. I always wanted to have my own place and as I had been many years working in the ESB, when the opportunity arose I took redundancy and bought into ORiadas in Macroom. ORiadas was a Bar come Nite-Club, which I ran successfully for two and a half years. Then came an offer that was hard to refuse and at the same time OFlahertys in Parnell Place was on the market. So I moved into the City Centre, at last Id got to where I always wanted to be.
It is not easy in the City, we have our regular customers but the majority of our business comes from the people who are fluctuating about in public.
Now we have a problem with Equal Rights. It is a difficult time for all publicans. In the sense that we are almost expected to act as a Priest, Doctor, Solicitor and a Garda all in one and at the same time keep ourselves out of trouble.
We have no problem serving members of the Travelling Community provided they behave in a civilised manner, but unfortunately there is an element of them that misbehave. The law says that I must serve these people but I am responsible for what happens within my pub. If we serve these people our regular customer feel uncomfortable and start to leave because they feel discriminated against. So we try to balance it the best way we can, obey the law and at the same time keep our customers happy.
We know most troublemakers, potential or otherwise, regardless of social status, so we refuse them at the door. We consider each person separately because every individual is different. Our aim is to protect our clientele and our property. If someone gets in and becomes aggressive towards a customer I am held responsible and could wind up in court, on the other hand by refusing to admit the same person without proper cause I could also wind up in court. The whole thing is a minefield.
We pay good money for our pubs and we are held responsible for them and a publican should be allowed to manage his/her own pub. For example, in the event of Druggies coming in to my pub the Gardai would be very quick to remind me not to allow that element on the premises and to get rid of them.
Now a law that has been ruled against us; children should be served, even if they are accompanied by a know trouble-maker, regardless of whether they have dirty nappies, or have not been fed or whatever. As a publican and a parent I think this law is wrong and should be changed.
In our society we have lobbies for helping people in trouble. The powers that be want us to allow babies into pubs and let them stay till closing time. Where are these lobbyists now? As a parent and a publican if I find somebody with children on my premises after six oclock Im going to ask them to leave, irrespective of the law, because I feel I am protecting the child.
It is hard to enjoy running a pub because the law is tying my hands behind my back. Long ago a publicans concern was the Pint and was the pint to the customers satisfaction. Today it is different, the publican worries about his clientele and whos going to walk through the door. Does he serve them? How much trouble will he get into if he doesnt serve them? How much trouble will they cause if he does serve them? Its not about pulling pints anymore
Bernard had a lot more to say about his views on the pub business, which we hope to refer to at a later date. In the meantime perhaps some of our readers might like to write to us and let us have their views on the subjects mentioned.
DOUGLAS ISSUES - Cllr. Deirdre Forde
There was quite a long agenda at our recent Area
Road Meeting held on Monday and some of the issues concerned the
wider Douglas Area and I will synoposise them as follows as I
know they may be of interest to you readers
1st Phase implimentation of Douglas Traffic Study:
Church Street & East Douglas Street
Improve parking enforecemtn and provide on street pay and display with resident parking discs.
Provide bollards and guard rail on footways to discourage illegal parking Cost 25,000 IR
West Douglas Street
Provide traffic signals at Church Road Junction(Dailies)particular care to ensure right turn into Inchvale Rd and School Cost 55.000
West Douglas Street
Parovide on street parking bays and ban parking near to N25 on-slip junction Cost 12,000
Donnybrook Hill/Grange Road
Improve Junction layout (extra lane facilitated by taking some verge at corner). Cost 45,000
Frankfield Road/Kinsale Road Junction
Amend road markings to provide two lane junction approach Cost 6,000
Introduce traffic calming, including central island at Dunnes Stores access and provide pedestrian crossing
facilities here. Also Signalling junction at Perrier Drive /Wainsfort Cost120,000
Maryborough Hill;Carrigaline Road;Carrs Hill; Donnybrook Hill; Scairt Hill; Grange Road and Coach Hill
Introduce speed reduction measures Cost 70,000
Implement traffic calming outside St. Luke's School with safe pedestrain crossing points Cost 30,000
I expect Council to begin implementation as soon as possible and these measure will go some way to addressing the concerns of many residents in the area. Obviously, some measures will need to be discussed further and if any resident wants to clarify any matter with me they can phone me at 4363318.
Clarkes Hill /Moneygourney Road Widening
Part 10 for widening this section of road will be published the next week or so. This procedure involves publicly advertising the proposal and making available for public inspection the preliminary plans of the project. Cork County Council must consider any submissions which it receives from the public or any other statutory bodies. It will then prepare a report for consideration of the members. In 2002 - 2004 the works will consist of Detailed Design and Land Acquisition (including Compulsory Land Purchase if necessary) preparation of Contract and Tender Documents Tendering procedures and finally Construction .
Among Councils proposals would be traffic lights at Rochestown Road /Clarkes Hill junction; also lights at main entrance two the O'Flynn Development and or lights at T junction near Garryduff..Improvements here to facilitate buses up to Mount Oval.The proposed widening will be on left hand side as far as O'Flynn Dev. Footpaths Widening between Landsborought and Foxwood; realignment of road by High Acre; a small roundabout at Garryduff Maryborough Hill junction; Footpaths to be installed as far as slip road on Maryborough Hill on oposite side and also section to facilitate Bus Shelter on this side. The approximate length of the new road will be 3km. The new road will generally be constructed with a 7metre wide carriageway and two 2m wide footpaths. The cost will be approximately 1m per kilometer including lighting costs. The approved grant from the Dept of the Environment was 2.655 millon and Cork County Council will fund the project to the amount of approx 0.885 million from its own resources. The project will be carried out over a four year period. When this project has been completed it will have significant benefits for pedestrian and motorists alike. If any readers has any queries in relation to this matter I should be glad to be of help.
I am very pleased that over the coming months these measures together with further improvements coming on stream under the Non-National Roads Restoration Programme that this will mean significant financial investment in improvements for the Douglas Area. After all don't you all deserve it!!!
The issue of Traffic Calming and or ramps is potentially contentious. Some residents in varous estates are in favour and some are not. Council have a set of Guidelines which they use i.e. is roadway sufficent in length and relatively straight,. Is it on a bus route; if there is a history of accidents and are Gardai in favour. Quite often residents themselves contribute to speeding problems. In new Estates Council's planning conditions can ensure provision of traffic calming measures but in mature estate (and there are many) the increase in vehicular traffic and speed of same is the cause of huge concern. Council propose to draw up a list of Estates requiring Ramps and Traffic Calming and each will be considered on its merits including consultation between Local Authority and Residents. I have raised the matter with Engineers recently in relation to petition I received from residents in Shamrock Road and the Engineer is to examine this section and report back. I also brought to the attention of the Engineers that is was over twelve months ago that traffic calming on Inchvale Road was requested by some residents and in fact the Gardai also examined this section and reported back. The delay in finalising the matter one way or another is not acceptable. Also specific financial provision will have to be made to tackle this wide ranging matter.
POPSTARS - Pure Hype or Pure Talent?
By Aoife Barry
By now absolutely everybody has seen, or at least heard of, the new RTE show, 'Popstars'. Following the 'groundbreaking' British series of the same name, which was filmed last year, it promises, like its predecessor, to show us the entire manufacturing of a pop band from beginning to end. Now that we have reached an era when fake is as good as the real thing, the music business has reached an all-time low with these so-called 'reality TV' programmes, which aim to do nothing more than brainwash us into accepting mind-numbing and mediocre music.
While the show did provide us with a few light moments - notably the cringe-worthy auditions where talentless morons attempted to convince music mogul Louis Walsh that they were the next Britney Spears, only to end up doing a realistic impression of a cat with its tail stuck in an electric fence - it was by and large boring. I found myself nodding off like a narcoleptic numerous times during the show, especially when Linda Martin's pained face came into view and she started one of her 'I love you all.you're all so talented.' speeches. Yawn. Samantha Mumba and Westlife were drafted in at the Dublin auditions (proving once and for all that only real popstars come from Dublin, you know.) to make sure the participants were under no illusions that talent might actually be a stipulation for winning, which must have been a relief for all involved. While I for one both relished and abhorred in equal measure Simon Powell's treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen approach shown on Pop Idol, I found the Irish judges too saintly by far.
I mean, Louis, come on boy, as we say in Cork - don't tell someone she looks like Christina Aguilera when all you really want to say is that she wears too much make-up and skimpy clothes - be honest. And as for crying when you are telling the 'un'lucky ones that they must go home after having their fifteen minutes of fame - Linda, get over it. They soon will, when they realise what they have escaped from!
And what about the music? Well, it is almost always the case that the songs these bands produce are well below par, and that they usually follow the same format - first a mid-tempo song, then a fast song, then a ballad and hey presto, the album which sky-rockets to number one faster than you can say 'suckers!' We have learnt not to expect much from these bands, to nod meekly as we make our way up to counter, CD in hand, safe in the knowledge that we have bought another pair of Gucci trousers for the band and a one-way ticket to millionaire-dom for their wily manager. We listen to their bland singles, watch their monotonous videos and never once do we stop and question why it is that we are doing so. In short, we are those cute, fluffy, but ultimately dumb animals, sheep.
So what is the solution to this ridiculous, but irritating, problem? The answer is simple: watch the show; laugh at the contestants; but realize that you are, at the end of the day, merely a pawn in a clever man's (woman's?) game. And when you make your move - aim for checkmate. Don't buy the single, don't buy the album, and watch these 'reality' shows disappear as fast as Hearsay. Result!
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