23rd May, 2002
Notice Board


Douglas Library
The Internet: Introductory one hour sessions for older people on Friday May 24th from 10 – 1.00
Places limited so book early. Ph.: 4277110

Douglas Library
Storytelling from “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”
With Lucy from the show. Saturday May 25th at 12 noon. Adm. Free and all are welcome.

Carrigaline I.C.A. Breast Rancer Research
Will be hosting a walk on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway on Sunday 9th of June in aid of breast cancer research, as part of a national Activity day.
This walk is a lovely amenity and to promote this and the charity Collection will lead walkers on the marathon.
Collection boxes will be available along the route. Please donate generously. All welcome. Contact Pauline @ 021 437 2673 after 6pm

Passage Table Quiz
Passage Soccer Club have organised a Table Quiz in Aid of the Belarussian Orphange Project and Local Volunteer Alan McCarthy, from Ardmore Estate & a student at St. Peter's Community School.
The Table Quiz will take place in the Soccer Club on Thursday May 23rd. 8.00pm.
Great Prizes & Great Craic Teams of 4. 20. Euro per team.
Please Come Along & Support This Worthy Cause.

Young Alan McCarthy will travel 3,600 km. to help as a volunteer worker in the Novinki and Draznia Institution in Minsk, Belarus in the former Soviet Union. Novinki & Draznia are the home to over 470 children & young adults with Psycho-neurological disorders. Many of these have been resident in the institution for over 15 years without a break. Any help or assistance for the project would be greatly appreciated.

C.I.E. Male Voice Choir to Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary with Concert at City Hall, Cork on Saturday, May 25th 2002.

The Band of the 1st Southern Brigade will accompany choir. Proceeds from Concert will be in aid of Marymount Hospice, Cork.
“There is a great opportunity for people to attend something very special in City Hall, Cork on Saturday night, May 25th next and all for a good cause” said Andrew Roche, Business Development Manager for Iarnrod Eireann in Cork.
The statement was made when Iarnrod Eireann was announcing details of the C.I.E. Male Voice Choir concert in City Hall, Cork.
The Cork concert is one of a number of concerts being performed by the C.I.E Male Voice Choir this year to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Other concerts have been planned for Waterford and Galway. “Iarnrod Eireann is particularly delighted to bring this concert to Cork” said Tim Sheehan, District Manager, Cork.
The C.I.E. Male Voice Choir was formed in 1977 as a church choir in Merchant’s Quay, Dublin. Since then the Choir has branched out into competition singing and has been successful in many competitions at home and abroad. In 1995 the Choir performed in Carnegie Hall, New York with the late Frank Patterson, at the St. Patrick’s Day Concert. The Choir continues to impress audiences at concerts and competitions throughout Ireland.
Iarnrod Eireann is also delighted to have the Band of the 1st Southern Brigade, conducted by Capt. Liam Daly, accompanying the C.I.E. Male Voice Choir on this occasion.
All proceeds from the concert will be in aid of Marymount Hospice, Cork. Tickets cost €10.00 per person. A Special Booking Hot-Line is in operation for the sale of tickets and information (021-4557022 or 4557057 or Mallow 022-21120).
Iarnrod Eireann are asking people to support this concert by purchasing tickets or alternatively by promoting the concert to friends and colleagues.

Crime posing a threat residents and
business interests.

By Maurice Fitzgerald

Crime has impacted on the concerns of local residents and the business community in the Douglas area. A number of serious incidents have been detected in Douglas, which have lead to calls for a stronger Garda presence in the region. There's a growing need in the public mind for greater feedback from Gardai regarding criminal prosecutions and crime detection. Regionally elected Garda chiefs may offer a better scheme of law enforcement and accountability in relation to public security matters; Gardai have often commented about the lack of people coming forward with information'. Regionally elected Garda chiefs may make the force more approachable and improve crime clear up rates. Criminals have become experts in their field, with organised individuals who leave nothing to chance. Criminal behaviour is not just confined to violent activity; parents need to be aware that child-abduction' is a very real aspect of criminal behaviour, having terrible consequences for all concerned. Children of all ages can be abducted at any time of the day or night, even in the most secure environment. Public places offer many possibilities to criminals; where many children are about, and every child can look the same. The late social hours cause most of the problems regarding violent incidents, with loitering and boisterism can take place outside various establishments. Garda have warned licensed premises, about what comes on to the street after patrons have consumed drink on their premises. Crime figures are reported to have fallen, however, the level of violent crime has increased dramatically. Violent drama on television could be promoting a violent culture with violent scenes appearing on most soap opera's. Video shops (legally) sell cassettes with age restrictions set by the censor's office for suitability; however, television can produce violent dramas without difficulty. More warning's need to be given out as to the content of violent dramas. It's quite supprising what can be shown on soap opera's even to an adult audience. The time has come to look at the social aspects of criminal behaviour as well as law enforcement.


Pfizer's Sports & Social Club hosted a spectacular fashion show at the Maryborough House Hotel on Thursday 25th April in aid of Action Breast Cancer. The event was generously sponsored by Brown Thomas Cork and their latest Spring/Summer 2002 collection was showcased by the Celia Holman Lee Agency.
Leading Irish designers Louise Kennedy, Paul Costelloe, Quin & Donnelly and Helen McAlinden joined international designers Max Mara, Calvin Klein and DKNY on the catwalk, while new labels to the store Fenn Wright Manson and Coast greatly impressed the audience.
Celia Holman Lee was last week voted Ireland's most stylish woman by VIP magazine readers and she described the Brown Thomas collection on the night as "...a welcome return to femininity and casual chic. Designers have embraced ethnic and folkloric themes creating pretty, girlie pieces with fluid, soft shapes and finishes."
The glamorous fashion show was attended by over 300 Pfizer employees including the organising committee of Mike Crowley, Karen Conway, Catriona Costigan, Marie McCarthy and Liam Cusack.
Well known Area Co-Ordinator of the Irish Cancer Society, Margaret O’Sullivan was also present on the night to organise the super raffle, which raised additional funds for Action Breast Cancer.
Prizes won on the night-included weekends away in Waterville and Dublin plus dinners in some of Corks finest restaurants.
The highlight of the night was some impressive cat walking by four male Pfizer employees that had everyone cheering for more! Chairman of the Pfizer Sports & Social Committee, PJ O'Meara, thanked everyone for supporting the night "... and in particular, Brown Thomas Cork, for their generous sponsorship and advice that made this night such a success and helped us raise money for such a worthy charity."
All proceeds from the night will be presented to Action Breast Cancer which raises money to provide nursing homecare and a free phone 24 hour help line. The national campaign raises over half a million Euro a year for continued cancer research.


On Friday May 17 while everyone else was rushing to vote, the pupils of St Luke's School, Douglas were getting ready for a very important occasion and a very important visitor. Micheal Martin, Minister of Health and Children, was coming to officially open their extended and refurbished school.
Ceremonies began at 11 am with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Luke's Church, Douglas, with pupils leading both the service and singing. They then formed an applauding Guard of Honour from the church to the school, much to the delight of the many parents, past pupils and guests such as The Lord Mayor, Cllr Tom O Driscoll, and Deputies Deirdre Clune and Simon Coveney and Father Liam O’Regan, Parish priest of Douglas.
But all small eyes were on Minister Martin, who in his speech praised the determination of Principal Miss Mary Roycroft ; "once she got half way in the door, there was no stopping her." He commended the new additions to the school, the administration section, the staff-room, the learning support room, PA system, new outside fencing and, best of all, the two 'en-suite' classrooms. In his day, 'leaving the room' was often a welcome break from class, but now there was no excuse to 'dul amach'!
He could see that St Luke's School was everything a Primary school should be and he told the pupils their parents had made one great decision in their lives, to send them to the school and he asked them also to be conscious of being part of a tradition.
Mr Bill Perrott, Chairman of the Board of Management, thanked the many people who helped in the extending and refurbishment, and Bishop Paul Colton, a past pupil of the school who remembers getting the odd slap, the Lord Mayor and the Principal also spoke Maire Roycroft paid tribute to her staff and their continuous "team-work" and dedication. She praised Minister Martin for highlighting the smaller schools when he was Minister of Education and Science as, without his action, schools of less than 8 teachers might have remained "the poor relations."
A presentation was made to Mr Thomas Trinder, oldest living past- pupil, whose children Ivor, Neville, Jacqui, Lorraine and Glynnis also all attended St Luke's, and the youngest current pupil, Ceri Miller made a presentation to the Minister.
Following the speeches, Bishop Colton blessed the building and Minister Martin, helped by a number of pupils, cut the pink ribbon and the 'new' school was opened, so now visitors could view the additions or go to the gym hall for a delicious tea, during which Minister Martin autographed copies of the History of St Luke's, on sale for 10 euro.
Earlier in the day, pupils sang "Consider yourself one of us" and "Congratulations" from the musical "Oliver" and, certainly, congratulations are due to all for a memorable day.


by George Thompson

It was with great anticipation that I waited for the opportunity to drive the New Opel Vectra since news of its creation late last year and on Tuesday last it was Richard Treacy of J&P Opel, Douglas Road who created the opportunity.
Like most newly designed cars of today the Vectra’s new shape is radical, boxy and robust with a touch of space age technology. On first impressions I was a little dubious looking at the rounded lines of the last model which made it more attractive - or so I thought. As I drove the New Vectra and stepped out and looked around its features on a number of occasions, the more the car grew on me. Interior wise it seemed bland at first but its simplicity only added to the attraction that belied the ultra sophistication packed into the engineering of this tried and tested Opel. Plenty of storage spaces within the cabin with one or two of these spaces cleverly camouflaged in the seating. Plenty of space and leg room for all passengers ensuring a comfortable ride on both long and short journeys plus, all round visibility is excellent together with one of the most comfortable driver positions I have experienced.
Opel’s Interactive Driving System (IDS) means a fine balance between the pedal and steering wheel movements providing overall safety and driving stability offering greater driver control and a smooth ride in all road situations and conditions (and if you cast your mind back to Tuesday, road conditions were bad!!!). A big plus for the new generation Vectra is its list of active safety features such as Electronic Stability Programme, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Dualrate Brake Assist, Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control while passive safety features includes an array of air bags which has to make this one of the safest cars on the road.

The New Vectra comes in a choice of Models - Club, Comfort and Elegance with a variety of engine sizes, colours and trims throughout the range.
Overall this new generation Vectra is a fine example of modern technology and safety and should carry on, the Vectra tradition well into the future.
The car we tested was the Vectra 4 Door Comfort 1.8 XE with a price tag of 26,300 euro.
Prices begin at 24,350 euro for the 4 Door Club 1.8 XE up to 33,250 euro for the 4 Door Elegance 2.2DTR. As usual the Vectra comes in both Petrol and Diesel Engine versions.

Ratings....Vectra Comfort 1.8XE

Styling (Interior) ***
(Exterior) ****
Performance ****
Ride & Handling *****
Accommodation *****
Costs ****
Overall Rating ****

Standard Features Include.
> Front & Side Air Bags
> CD Hi FI System
> Engine Immobiliser.
> Side Impact Beams.

The History of Douglas by Con Foley


Rackrents, evictions, and the callous treatment of tenant farmers by uncaring landlords, prompted by Michael Davitt, to call a meeting at Irishtown in his native county Mayo, to protest against the actions of a local landlord, in April 1879. Form that meeting the Land War came into being and was officially founded as the Land League in October of the same year when Charles Stewart Parnell joined the movement. Their slogan was " keep a firm grip on your homesteads." Douglas, like the rest of the country, was in the iron grip of local landlords, and formed a branch to secure fair rent, fixity of tenure and free sale, known for short as "the three Fs". There is a very blurred minute of a meeting held on Nov. 22, 1884 giving the names of the executive officers and committee; Chairman John Baggott, V. Chairman B.J.Riordan, Treasurer D. McCarthy, Secretary Br.-a (Bowan?).
Committee of Management: S. Horgan, Jas. Hergaty, John Driscoll, Thos. Mulcahy, B. O'Sullivan, Timothy Carey, B. Buckley. Two members of the Douglas Branch were evicted within the next four years, Thomas Mulcahy and Timothy Carey, both from Castletreasure.
A Mr. Richards, tenant of Mr. J.T. Cromwall, was also evicted. In the Cork Archives there is a copy of the Douglas branch of the National Federation meeting, presided over by Canon Murray, P.P. Also present at that meeting, presided over by Canon Murray, P.P. Also present at that meeting were Fr. Tracy, T. Carey, P.L.G. (Poor Law Guardian), Edmund Mulcahy, M.Murphy, D.Lane, J. Leahy, J. Colman, J. O'Sullivan, P. Brown, T. Foley (no relation!), F.O'Connor, D. McGragh, etc. At that meeting a proposition by Mr. Bowen - "that we call on the Government, through the Irish representatives, to introduce a clause to the present Purchase Bill, to have evicted tenants restored to their holdings on fair terms, as we believe it is the only means that will restore peace, happiness and unity to this unfortunate country." The Rev. Fr.Tracy, seconding the resolution, said he had very little hope that any expression of opinion from a body of Nationalists would have any effect upon the present Government in bringing the landlords to their knees, and compelling them to reinstate the evicted tenants. At that meeting the evicted Mr. Richards said the people treated him with the greatest kindness, though Mr. Cornwall sought to make out that they had no sympathy with him. Mr. T. Carey mentioned that his landlord, Mr. G.K. Sherlock Brown, Solicitor, Bandon, had advertised his farm for sale at a rent lower than that which he had been paying for it. His rent was 93. 15s. and that was posted on the bills as 63. 15s. Two comments relative to the above; I am happy to relate that the grandsons of the evicted Thomas Mulcahy are living in the locality. One grandson, Mr. Jim Mulcahy lives in Ballinlough. His wife, Maura, is a daughter of the late David O'Driscoll, principal of Douglas Boys' National School. He retired in 1938. Secondly, for my Intermediate Certificate Examination, my teacher of Irish was Mr. Sean Carey, born in Casfietreasure, Douglas. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Mulcahy and his wife for their interest and help in my researches.

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