31st January, 2002
Do you feel safe on our streets?
This week saw
another vicious attack on a lone male in Cork City. Feeling safe
on our streets is no longer the norm. Increasing levels of
disorder and crime have made Cork City a more violent place.
Monday next, 4 February, the worrying increase in street crime and violence in Cork will be highlighted and discussed at an important conference entitled Do You Feel Safe On Our Streets?
Conference Chairperson Simon Coveney TD explained the reasoning behind the conference, Increasingly people are recounting harrowing incidents that have happened to them in Cork. Vicious unprovoked assaults that change the persons life. For the victims it is a tragedy but there are major negative implications for Cork both socially and economically, notes Simon Coveney.
Dealing with and preventing street crime and violence is a complex matter, as the factors that bring about such aggressive behaviour are not easily identified. Mondays open discussion aims to bring together a diverse range of people with first hand experience of the victims and perpetrators. The aim is to identify causes and find solutions to the shocking crimes on our streets.
While past victims of such violent attacks will detail their ordeals on Monday night, there will also be four key speakers:
Mr. Stephen Cusack, A&E, Cork University Hospital,
Judge A. G. Murphy, former Circuit Court Judge,
Mr. Pat Delaney, Small Firms Association, and
Ms. Sally Hanlon, Victim Support.
The floor will then be open to the people of Cork to ask their questions and share their suggestions.
Everybody affected and worried about street crime and violence in Cork is invited to attend the conference (no cover charge) at 7.00pm on Monday, 4 February 2002 at the Conference Centre, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS
Insurance Premiums Increases
The issue of high level of insurance increases currently being experienced by members of the Chamber is of on-going concern. Increases of 50-100% are likely for most members particularly those in hazardous professions.
There are a number of factors involved in the large increases. As a result of the terrorist attack of September 11th insurance companies have lost between $50-70 billion. Certain markets temporarily closed down and in particular Lloyd's market where they had to await the estimates of losses that occurred. The liquidation of UK company The Independent Group in June of last year with losses of 44.4m affected many Irish businesses who were forced to renew their policies, quoted rates more than 100% above what they were paying Independent.
Following recent amalgamations of Insurers the market has lost a lot of its competitiveness as Hibernian Insurance is the merger of 4 companies and Royal & Sun Alliance is the merger of 3 companies. Some Insurers are also pulling out specialised markets e.g. scaffolders, builders, high risk businesses, leaving them unable to get insurance which is leaving an exposure to everyone, including the employer, the employee and the public.
Training Requirements Survey by Chamber
A training needs survey was recently conducted by the Chamber with a questionnaire distributed to a random sample of 150 member companies. The purpose of the survey was to assess the level of investment in training by members, assess the main areas of training investment, the level of satisfaction with quality and value-for-money from existing training providers and the extent to which the Chamber should become involved in assisting members to determine their training needs and, if appropriate, to become involved directly or indirectly in the provision of training.
The survey revealed that 88% of respondents invested in training in the previous 12 months, 49% spent between 6,500 and 20,000 on staff training in 2001 and 45% invested in training in sales training, e-business, customer service and presentation skills training in 2001.
For further information on the survey please contact Chris Dorgan, Training Liasion Manager at tel 4509044 or email@example.com.
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The History of Douglas by Con Foley
Part 74 VERNON MOUNT AND AN ABDUCTION (continued)
A proclamation was issued on July 17,1797, for "apprehending Sir Henry Hayes for forcibly taking away Miss Mary Pike, on the Strand near Cork." As might be expected the abduction became a talking point in club and at street corner. A reward of £1,000 was offered for the gallant knight's arrest and the penalty on conviction was death. Sir Henry was arrested and brought before Mr. Justice Day at the Spring Assizes, 1801. John Philpot Curran was counsel for the prosecution; his comment to the crowd applauding him outside the court, "If I gain the day, you must lose the knight." The jury returned a verdict of guilty but with a recommendation to mercy. The judge had no power to mitigate the sentence, so the accused was sentenced to be hanged at Gallows Green, (Greenmount). The sentence however was mitigated to penal servitude for life in Botany Bay, New South Wales.
A local ballad singer made a jingle to the tune of "Merrily danced the Quaker," and thereby enriched his financial standing.
"Sir Henry kissed behind the bush
Sir Henry kissed the Quaker
And if he did the ugly thing
I am sure he did not ate her."
In the meantime Sir Henry was speeding to Australia in the convict ship "Atlas," a vessel of 300400 tons. On board and, indeed after landing, he was treated as a special prisoner, having his own lodgings and maintaining himself. He even brought his valet with him! Having acquired some land, he built a cottage at the head of picturesque Vaucluse Bay near Sydney. It was reported also that a brig specially chartered from Cork, brought out a load of Irish soil, which was laid in a circle around his cottage. But Sir Henry was not destined to end his days in exile. In far off London, at a fete given by the Prince Regent in Carlton House, his daughter having attracted the attention of the gallant prince was allowed to plead successfully for her father's release, and he was permitted to return home, 1816.
But things could never be the same for him at home. He was unable to regain his former social position - the ladies in particular kept well aloof! On his return from Botany Bay, he was described as "a portly person, wearing striped trousers, a blue coat with brass buttons, and having a rubicund face, charged with effrontery, and shaded by the broad leaf of a sombrero." In old age he was feeble and blind; sitting outside his residence in Grattan Hill he would ask passers-by to take his chair and lead him into the sun - "it is so much colder nowadays to what it was when I was sheriff." He died in May 1833. The Cork Constitution in its obituary stated "On Friday at his residence, Grattan Hill, most sincerely and universally regretted, Sir Henry Brown Hayes, Knight, aged seventy years. He sustained a very severe illness for many months with pious resignation. He was a kind and indulgent parent, and a truly adherent friend. The suavity and gentlemanly manners he possessed made him endeared to every person who had the honour of his acquaintance." He was buried in the family vault in the crypt of Christ Church, no date being specified.
More next week
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
OForty three years ago this week the world of pop
music lost one of its major influences, when a single-engine
plane crashed near Ames, a few miles from Mason City, Iowa.
Charles Hardin Holley (when Buddy signed his first recording Buddy Holly contract the recording company omitted the 'e" in Holley, so Buddy let it stand and Holley became Holly) was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 7th, 1936, the youngest of four children. Buddy began to play the violin and piano at four years of age and three years later he took up the guitar.
In the early '50's he started playing locally, mostly country music, but by the mid-'50's a new sound was spreading across the USA. Rock 'n' Roll was tearing up the '50's, and it was there
to stay. Buddy's early major influences were Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. His first recordings were made in 1956 and were rockabilly, and recorded solo. He had been signed by Decca. But when the records failed to impact, Decca terminated his contract. The next stop for Buddy was to go back to the drawing board, so he got together with some local friends and they decided to form a group. Next they had to come up with a name. One suggestion was Buddy Holly and the Beetles (five years later four lads from Liverpool would
call themselves the Beatles, as a tribute to the Crickets). Buddy's friends were Jerry Allison, Niki Sullivan and Joe Mauldin. The Crickets were born.
They eventually came to the attention of record producer. Norman Petty, who being a producer had many contacts, and secured The Crickets a recording contract with Brunswick Records (a subsidiary of Decca) and Buddy a contract on Coral Records (another Decca subsidiary). They recorded "That' LL Be the Day" (a line taken from the John Wayne classic movie The Searchers). It went to the top of the charts and more success followed with "Oh! Boy", "Maybe Baby", "Think it Over", "Peggy Sue" and more.
In the late '50's Buddy had a disagreement with producer Norman Petty. Petty wanted to be listed on the songwriting credits and Buddy didn't agree. The Crickets stayed with Petty and Buddy formed a new group, comprising Tommy Allsup, Charlie Bunch and young rock 'n' roller Waylon Jennings (soon to be a huge country star on his own).
In 1958 Buddy married Marie Elena Santiago. He was also trying new projects, singing with orchestras and strings on such hits as "True Love Way's" and "I Guess it Doesn't Matter Anymore".
In early 1959, Buddy and his band, together with rising pop star Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson (The Big Bopper), and Dion (of The Belmonts) were travelling in a tour-bus doing one night stand concerts in the Mid- West. Anybody who knows his or her geography will know that the American Mid-West in the month of February is a very cold place. Picture the scene: travelling in a crowded bus, hundreds of miles between towns in the middle of winter. When they arrived in Clear Lake, lowa, the heater in the bus was out of order. They faced a long trip to Fargo, North Dakota. Holly, AlIsup and Jennings decided to hire a plane to take them to Fargo. They wanted to get their suits cleaned and get some rest before the show in Fargo. When the other tour artistes heard about their plans, Richardson, who was suffering from a heavy cold, asked Waylon Jennings for his seat on the plane. Waylon agreed. Ritchie Valens challenged Tommy Allsup to a coin-toss for a seat, and Ritchie won. The plane took off from Mason City, Iowa, piloted by 21-year-old Roger Peterson. At the time of take-off there was a blinding snowstorm and soon afterwards the plane crashed near Ames, killing all on board. Buddy Holly, 22, Ritchie Valens, 17, JP Richardson, 28, and pilot Roger Peterson, 2]. 13 years later Don McClean had a worldwide No 1 with a song about the death of his teenage idol, Buddy Holly.
The song was "American Pie", and to most fans of Buddy Holly one line from this classic song sums up Buddy Holly's death: "The day the music died".
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Answering Calcuttas Call
The shantytowns of Calcutta can be described as desolate mazes of poverty and disease. Thousands of abandoned children live a cumbersome existence on the streets, without essential food, shelter, education and even sanitation facilities. Each day is torment for these outcast youngsters most of whom are destined to die a premature death. However this is not always the case. For many there is a drop of hope in the sea of chaos. An Oasis in the acrid city.
The Hope Foundation set up by Edith Wilkins, a past pupil of Regina Mundi College is a voluntary charity, providing imperative food, shelter and education to rehab traumatised street children and give them the future they deserve. The charity relies on the generous aid of the Irish public, in order to feed and educate the children.
As part of a C.S.P.F. project the first year pupils of Regina Mundi are organising a fast to benefit the Hope Foundation. As an advocate we would ask you to support these young enthusiasts on their quest by sponsoring a partaker you too can help to permeate the bedlam that is Calcutta
welcomes extension of Recycling Facilities
in the Douglas Area
Cork County Council is extending the number of facilities around the county where residents can bring their waste for recycling.
People are becoming very aware of the need to recycle their waste and I am delighted to let your readers know about the provision of extra collection facilities for recyclable material in Douglas. There are currently banks to collect glass, cans, textiles and books in the Douglas Court Shopping Centre and facilities to collect card, paper, aluminium, cans, glass and textiles in the Douglas Shopping Centre.
In addition, Cork County Council are putting card and paper banks into the Douglas Court Shopping Centre and are presently looking for another location to set up a collection centre in the Douglas area.
I believe many of us want to play our part in reducing our waste. I would like to see the day when we can have separate collection facilities from our houses. There is much discussion about landfill or incineration but very little emphasis on recycling and reducing our waste.
DOUGLAS ISSUES by Deirdre Forde, Cllr.
Readers may be interested to know that Cork
County Council is currently preparing the Review of the County
Development Plan at present which is concurrent with the coming
into force of the new Planning and Development Act 2000 which
requires County Development Plans to incorporate such things as:
1. More strategic context for the Development Plan
2. Statutory base for Local Area Plans
3 Six year term for Development Plans
4 More community involvement at the formative stage of the Development Plan process.
The Plan will shortly be put before the public for their observations and submissions and I would urge people to get a hold of it and see what is proposed for their areas. This is the time for residents to have a say on how their community evolves. Obviously, there will be a diverse range of opinions and comments on such issues as Incineration; Densities; Commercial Development; Amenity & Recreation; Residential Neighbourhoods; Infrastructure & Transportation and provision of services and local Area Plans and much more. What it all boils down to is whether you, readers and I can live, work and play in an environment that produces the quality of life that we would like to have. The more people participate in the process the better as far as I am concerned.
Cork Airport and its Environs
I wonder do any of us stop how much of an asset Cork Airport is to us here in the Douglas Area and to the wider region. The Airport plays a significant role economically in the establishment of major industries in the area. A recent Study by U.C.C. states that the impact of business conducted at the airport including the Airport Business Park directly results in employment amounting to 1302 jobs paying 47M in Wages; and purchases 24M worth of goods and services within the region. In addition the E240m spent by visitors in 2000 had an impact in the catchment area. This impact which includes the direct, indirect and induced effects, was E335m worth of purchases of goods and services. Is it any wonder that we would want to protect this asset and ensure its growth for the future prosperity of our area?
Non-National Roads Grants 2002
Cork County Councill has been allocated E36,871,778 this year under the grant scheme from the Department of the Environment and Local Government. Without going into too much detail I will list below for readers where some of the money will be spent locally:
Access Road from Sli Carrig Donn to Garryduff 304,737
Ballyduhig - Bowens Cross Roads` 66,000
Riverstick /Five Mile Bridge 250,000
Restoration Improvement Schemes
Monkstown: Passage to Rafeen 181,021
Fingerpost to Rochestown 58,565
Crosshaven Graball Road 72,375
Grange : Inchvale Close ` 15,236
Grange : Inchvale Road 12,316
Castletreasure: Melbourne Donnybrook 14,220
Castletreasure : Calderwood Road 22,220
Tramway Terrace Douglas 30,474
Frankfield Estate 8,888
Newton Court Grange 18,986
Monkstown Glen Road 32,759
Monkstown Passage to Rafeen 101,474
Upper Road to Grand Crosshaven 49,011
Crosshaven Point Road 33,755
Pembroke Church Hill Passage West 54,598
Maulbaun Meadowlands Passage West 33,013
These allocations are on top of those I outlined last week and should save on car maintenance and blood pressure especially when the bad weather desends on us!!
It is proposed to install traffic lights at Conney's Lane junction with Grange Road. This should be welcomed by residents here who have had to endure long delays exiting especially at peak times.
It is also proposed to install traffic lights here to facilitate residents and school traffic. There are approx 10000 pw on this section of road and it would be extremely dangerous for children, buggies etc. The cost of these lights will be in addition to Douglas Traffic Study allocation and we have recommended that developments charges should be used for same.
Bye for now - more next week. Deirdre Forde 021 4363318
NEWS by Aoife BarryI thought that I had
thoroughly expunged myself of my detestation of Irish 'wonder'-band
'6', but, alas, I still have a little more to say on the subject.
Bear with me - I shall be finished shortly! On Liveline last
week, Ronan Collins took it upon himself to tell the country what
he really thinks about the band- and needless to say it was less
than complimentary! Labelling both them and their single "awful"
and "unimaginative", he went on to indulge in a war of
words with none other than Mr. Louis Walsh! Obviously Ronan's
insults grew too much for Louis, who then proceeded to call the
kettle black and throw some insults at Ronan.and all over a
manufactured band...it's as good as Jerry Springer!
Major gigs are planned for Cork in the coming month, so if I were you I would save my last pennies! Damien Rice is to play the Lobby on the ninth of February, at 4pm, which means that all ages are free to attend, as far as I know, which has worked extremely well in the past. Early attendance is advised to ensure a good seat!
Wilt will be playing the Half Moon Club on the 16th of the same month, with the wonderful Turn supporting them. Apparently they have a new member and tons of new material, so the show promises to be a good one! Tickets will be 11 euro each, expensive enough, but worth it, I assure you!
Pete Courtney, one of Ireland's rising stars, is also to play the Lobby on the 23rd of February. Pete has expanded his band to include Tomo, Damien Rice's drummer, and Paul Smyth, who is the keyboardist with David Kitt, and promises to include loads of new songs in his set, as well as "a few surprises". Definitely not one to miss!
Hearsay have announced that Kym Marsh has left the band - excuse me while I wipe away the tears - and shall shortly be replaced by a new member. Kym is apparently hoping to spend more time with her two children and fiancé Jack Ryder. The band played a five-minute long set at the Childline concert in Dublin recently, minus Kym, but refused to divulge if they had a new member yet. So we'll all have to wait and see - ooh, I'm biting my nails already...
If you are in despair at the sorry state of Music Awards ceremonies at the moment, (Gorillaz winning 'Best Dance Act' at the MTV Music Awards?!) then have no fear - there is one Awards ceremony that consistently brings back the goods. The Technics Mercury Music Awards awarded none other than P.J. Harvey the prestigious 'Album of the Year' award for her outstanding 'Stories from the city, Stories from the Sea' and although P.J. herself wasn't there to receive it in person, she extended her thanks via video link. Ed Harcourt, Zero7, Tom McRae and Goldfrapp were other artists that were nominated, and I have to say that each and every one of the albums up for the award deserved it. So if you have money to burn after the Christmas season then I would recommend any of them, especially Ed Harcourt's 'Here Be Monsters', which is one of the best debuts by a British soloist for years.
Finally, if you are in the habit of buying film soundtracks, then I would recommend the soundtrack to 'Vanilla Sky', Cameron Crowe's new film. Featuring everything from Radiohead to R.E.M, it is not in any way as weird as the film, which can only be a good thing!
Cllr Deirdre Forde writes ...
Residents in this area have been in touch with me regarding a number of issues. (They have a very dynamic committee up there!) and the co-operation between residents and Council is very heartening.
Council have cleared soakways at entrance and increased capacity as much as possible. They will also repair paving at entrance shortly. The Ball at the entrance Pillar was removed and the remaining one will be examined to ensure safety and perhaps it will be removed. Council have also agreed to place a crash barrier at one section within the estate. I have written to Council placing a request for lighting to be installed along the walkway and invited a deputation of residents before our next Area Roads meeting. This allows residents representatives to speak to all Councillors at the meeting outling their concerns. We do not debate the issues at that time but I can follow up matter subsequently. The Council have also agreed to co-operate with residents and assist them with removing debris of various origins in the vicinity of the walkway. This is certainly the way I envisaged Better Local Government to operate on the ground and I say well done to all to try to make their environment a better place to live in. I will continue to play my part in the loop. Regards 'til next week.
THE ONLY HOME I KNEW
Two weeks ago we printed the second part of the interview with a former detainee of the Industrial School in Upton. The Douglas Weekly recently spoke with the same individual about what is happening to him today. He continues
When I was last talking to you there were a lot of our people sleeping rough on the streets. We now have our own organisation Right of Place and our own premises on Bishop Street, with a full time staff, run by our own committee. There is also a branch in Limerick and we even have a branch in London. Here people can be re-educated; they can attend classes and do computer courses. The Committee corresponds with the various Health Boards around the country and has even been in contact with the Minister. They have approached the Corporation and so far have found housing for about twelve of our homeless, but there are still a lot of our people out on the streets. The Committee are appointed from existing members and meet approximately once a month. All victims of abuse are welcome, but some have difficulty coming to terms with the fact that the committee members are themselves former abuse victims, so sometimes the newcomers understandable resentment of authority shows. But they get plenty of encouragement and hopefully they will all come back again.
The government has liased with the Committee and together they have come up with a draft proposal in relation to compensation. The Committee has various questions in concerning the overall document but have accepted the proposals in general.
Members now know that there are people out there fighting for their rights, people who are themselves former institutional detainees. There is one man in particular who is spearheading the project; he is a former detainee who went on to study for the priesthood. While studying to become a priest he was sent back to one of the institutions where he had been detained. When he saw what present day detainees are going through he was reminded or his own experiences as a result he decided to throw away the collar and champion the cause. To get things off the ground he let everybody know exactly what is and what was going on over the years in these institutions.
There has been no apology from the Institutions or the Religious Orders and I dont think well ever hear the word sorry. They want anybody going forward to make a statement, and if it is deemed justified they will receive a sum of money. First they must sign a document absolving the guilty parties of their responsibility and forfeiting any further mention in the press or the Courts. Starting with the older ones everyone is to be compensated although thats not much good to the seventeen who committed suicide as a result of the treatment they got as children. They cant all be given lump sums because about 30 or 40 % of them are alcoholics and it wont end there because you can never scrap memories.
Ive hated the system. I have no respect for priests. As one gets older and gets more confidence and one can look back and remember a time when one had respect for them but not any more thats probably why half these fellows are going around in civvies and not in clerical uniform. No! You can never scrap memories, I can still remember one Priest abusing me at twelve oclock at night an then the following morning hed be down at the alter preaching about hell and the devil and all that sort of thing. When I look back I say to myself what a load of scum.
I do believe in God but not in religions that have someone preaching The Word and using their God as a shield to do what they want. I feel guilty going into a church. I feel guilty about having being in an Industrial School. I feel guilty talking about it. So do a lot of others.
But Ive been lucky. I got a good a good start when I got out of Upton and I was able to build my life around that. Now I have my family and were quite happy thanks be to God! I suppose at the end of the day its not about revenge, because that that would only eat you up, its about justice!
But I still go back, back to Upton. Back to the bread and lard, to porridge once a week, to one egg a year, to the crying at night, to the abuse, to betrayal in confession, to the grave of a nine year old boy who was left to die, to the Nun who told me I didnt want to know who my mother was and slammed the door in my face. Yes I still go back, because thats where my roots are. It was where I was reared. As a child it was the only home I knew.
DEPUTY BATT O'KEEFFE WRITES ...
Im pleased that Minister Michael Woods has
agreed to the purchase of a new site at Maulbaun, Passage West
for the development of a 16 classroom school. The Office of
Public Works and Cork County Council are currently in
negotiations with regards to the price of the site and it is
hoped that the sale of the site to the Department of Education
will be completed within a matter of weeks.
In the interim period, the Girls National School in Passage West has been cited as being totally unsuitable and the Dept. of Education has now agreed to purchase new pro-fabricated classrooms so that the school can be amalgamated on the site of the Star of the Sea School in Passage West. Tenders for the purchase of the prefabricated classrooms are to issue immediately.
The conditions in the old school in Passage West were so bad that it was cited by the INTO and agreed by the Minister that it could not realistically safely house Teachers and students in the long term. Accordingly, I am determined that the design of the new school will proceed apace and that the building will be put in place at the earliest possible date.
l am delighted that Cork County Council have again reiterated that they envisage surfacing the car park at Lion House which will provide an opportunity for off street parking to many persons wishing to Co business in the general Douglas West area. This facility will also be important in terms of car parking for the Church and is a badly needed amenity in the area.
At a recent Council meeting I insisted that traffic lights would be put in place at Cooney's Lane and, in order to ensure the safety of school children, that a pedestrian crossing would be made available at Parkgate / BeIlevue
Residents in Pinocroft, HoIlyville and Newton Court will welcome this decision as It will alleviate difficulties being experiencing in alighting onto the Grange Road1 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.
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