30th May, 2002
ARE YOU FESTIVAL FIT?
By Aoife Barry
Aah, the Heineken Weekender festival, four days of extremes extremely loud music, extremely large amounts of alcohol and extremely talented bands. This year, it appeared that Dublin was the town that received all the good bands, The Hives, The Revs, Ikara Colt, Turn, to name but a few, but it looks as though they didn't abandon Cork completely, as one look at this weekend's line-up will show. Live favourites (and a favourite band of mine) the Frames will be kicking off the weekend, supported by none other by Damien Rice and the American troubadour Josh Ritter. Then it's onto acts such as Ireland's favourite bad-guy-with-great-talent, Van Morrison, eighties legend Bryan Ferry and US hip-hoppers De La Soul, accompanied by the aptly named Lo-Fidelity Allstars. Something for all ages then! Tickets are selling out fast, so if I were you I'd head down to my nearest Ticketmaster straight away!
Ozzy Rules! Well, that's what the whole world seems to be saying following the showing of the fly on the wall MTV documentary about the former Black Sabbath and Blizzard of Oz frontman with the long hair and foulest mouth ever seen on television. Apparently, the potty-mouthed family cursed nearly 60 times in the first episode, so if you're of a delicate disposition, then steer well clear! Personally, I have a soft spot for the mad Brummie and his mad family after watching only one episode, even if I can't understand most of what Ozzy says (or should that be mumbles?). Catch The Osbournes on MTV at 10pm on Sunday nights and you'll see your delinquent family in a completely new light!
If, like, me you're sick of watching rap or garage videos featuring nothing but thong-wearing buxom women and homies hollering and toking, then the UK's latest export, the fiery Miss Dynamite will be like a breath of fresh air. Her debut single, 'It Takes More' is out about now, and in a refreshing change of theme, she denounces sexist and obscene musical artists, poking fun at their immature lyrics and videos, and adding a moral edge to an otherwise soulless musical world. Not one to ignore, perhaps Miss Dynamite will be the face of the future. Let's hope that other musicians follow her lead.
Gemma Hayes isn't Ireland's answer to Miss Dynamite, but she's already making waves not just country but worldwide. Her new album, 'Night On My Side', was released on Friday, to immediate critical acclaim. Her three preceding eps, '4.35am', 'Work to a Calm', and 'Hanging Around', were a good taste of what was to come from the talented young lass from Ballyporeen, with their acoustic sentiment and rock influences. Buy it before it sells out and you will not be disappointed. But that's not all Gemma is coming down to Cork on the 2nd of June, to play in the Half Moon Club. If the hype surrounding her is to be taken seriously, then this is going to be one of the essential gigs of the year.
If you're in the mood for even more gigs this week, then catch Cork band The Shades and Dublin band Eightball in the Half Moon Club tonight, and try to catch the Anti-Pop Consortium in the same venue on Monday.
That leaves me just enough time to mention a new e.p that is to be launched by the wonderful Pete Courtney tonight in Dublin, and he assures me he'll be launching it in Cork soon. Can't wait!
HEALER COMES TO CORK
International healer and clairvoyant, 46 year old, Tom Flynn has been a natural physic for the past sixteen years. He lost his father at the age of 3 and his mother when he was 13. Tom believes his parents are giving him back the love to give to others in need.
Toms work has taken him to many different countries, even far away Australia, to help those who are sick and suffering in so many different ways. His work takes him to different hospitals in Ireland.
Tom says he is just an instrument to do the good work as a healer to help others whenever he is asked.
Tom is also a clairvoyant and has been on TV and Radio. He will be in the Victoria Hotel on Tuesday 4th June from 8.30 p m to 10pm. The doors open at 7.30.
Tom will be contacting our loved ones who we have lost to the spirit world. The evening will consist of prayer, healing medium-ship and clairvoyance. You can contact Tom at 087 9832160
The History of Douglas by Con Foley
Part 87 THE GAELIC LEAGUE IN DOUGLAS
In the first edition of this book, p.129, there is mention of the Establishment of a branch of Connradh na Gaeilge in Douglas. In the mid-thirties there was another attempt to revive the language. A simple unpretentious building was erected on the field (then a soccer pitch) by the Pond Bank. It was built and supervised by Mr. Jack Dennehy with the help of local voluntary workers. The site was almost opposite the present I.C.A. Hall. Mr. Whooley from the School of Commerce was the teacher. I was given the names of local enthusiasts who helped financially and otherwise Messrs. O'Driscoll, Dwane, Desmond and Foley (again, no relation) Unfortunately the response was very poor and the attempt at reviving the language was short lived. I am told there is a picture of the building still hanging in Mrs. Dennehy's house. "Go mairidh a'rnGaoluinn slan."
Traffic problems continue to afflict Douglas.
By Maurice Fitzgerald
Traffic problems in Douglas area continue to be a major infrastructure problem, causing difficulties for the region. The South-Link road was designed in part to relieve traffic entering Douglas; however, the effectiveness of this is highly debatable. Slip roads from the South-Link road have allowed more traffic back on to the old roads. It seems that we've shot ourselves in the foot with this idea, if one was to look at rush hour traffic in the mornings and evenings. School children are at greater risk with added volumes of traffic; any area close to a school should be fully protected with rails. There are many areas where pedestrian safety may need to be reviewed. The South Douglas road may need to be railed on the footpath, to shield people from any possible collision with walkers- a wrong foot in this area of town could spell disaster. Protective 'bollards' have also been used in the city centre to offer greater protection to walkers. Parking still remains a hot issue for people shopping and living in Douglas. High-rise car parks are not works of eye-pleasing architecture and some would claim add to the problem. The lack of parking spaces has caused fury among parents with children, trying to find a parking space relatively close to the entrance of shopping centres. Reserved 'parent and child spaces' need to be made available in shopping areas as a matter of urgency; some shopping markets have tried this initiative with excellent results. Disabled zones take parking priority-immediately outside the doors of shopping centres, for those people who especially need it. The increasing range of businesses and services in Douglas has produced greater volumes of traffic and added to congestion. Lunchtime traffic has increased dramatically, becoming the third rush hour, causing tailbacks and frustration for many road users. It would seem that Douglas has reached 'bottleneck status' requiring immediate infrastructure review to tackle a growing problem. Locally, residents in Douglas can help the situation themselves by assessing the need to use cars for Cork City. People living in Douglas who work in the city, may consider taking the bus; instead of the car if the journey time remains the same. This principal can also apply to anyone, living anywhere. There's a temptation to build more roads to improve our transport infrastructure problems; however, public transport can be a viable and cost-affective alternative if plans are well worked out. One can contrast a weekly return ticket- with fuel costs, parking fees, and the stress that comes with driving a car. Is it worth it...?
SAVE YOUR HARBOUR - PUBLIC MEETING
The newly-formed Cork Harbour Environment Protection Association (CHEPA) is holding a public meeting on Monday June 10th at 8pm at Monkstown Golf Club in opposition to The Port of Corks plans to develop Port facilities at Monkstown Creek and Oyster Bank, Ringaskiddy. An interim committee was established last month when word of The Port of Corks development plans emerged. The interim committee organised over a thousand letters of submission to Cork County Council objecting to the inclusion of the Ports plans in the County Development Plan. The purpose of the forthcoming public meeting is to outline to local residents the Ports development plans, the consequences for the harbour area and to elect a permanent committee to effect a vigorous campaign opposing the plans going forward.
Festica Annouces exciting line-up for the Midsummer
On Monday, May 27, 2002-The newly
renamed Woodford Bourne Cork Midsummer Festival, officially
launched its programme today at a reception in Cork. The Festival
kicks oft on June 18 with an all-day Cultural Tourism Symposium
at City Hall, and runs until June 29 Encompassing all artistic
forms - dance, theatre, literature, music, visual art - the
Festival promises some exciting and innovative performances and
exhibits in the more than 20 participating indoor and outdoor
venues across the city.
'Fifteen separate visual arts events and exhibitions are waiting to be discovered, while there are seven theatre shows - including Irish premieres and dramas with a real Cork flavour - for both adults and children', said Ted Turton, Artistic Director. 'This year's festival will be even bigger than last year and we are very pleased to have Woodford Bourne, a national distributor of fine wines, come on board with a 3 year title sponsorship commitment,' stated Ted.
'With Cork being named European City of Culture for 2005, this year's Festival holds great significance,' said ClIr. Jim Corr, Festival Chairman and Founder 'The Cultural Tourism Symposium which is taking place on the opening day of the Festival at City Hall, will provide an excellent forum to discuss some of the very important issues facing both the cultural and tourist industries,' continued Jim.
Guests in attendance included: Dan Linehan, Chief Executive, Evening Echo, Nicole Walsh from 96 FM, members of the National Chamber Choir, Cork Music Works, cast from Mick an Cnoic, Mind That Tis My Brother cast, members of Corcadorca, performers from Boomerang, a number of the amateur Cork actors performing in The Wedding, entertainment by Jandemann and Friends, and Pat Austin, Director, Communicaions, Woodford Bourne Ltd, Robt. Roberts Ltd., KP Nuts, Lemons Confectionary
Our company was founded in Cork in 1750,' said Pat Austin, 'and we are very happy to be able to participate in such a diversified and eclectic arts festival in the city. I'm planning to see as many shows and exhibits as possible and any free time will be spent in our Woodford Bourne VIP Pavilion at the Everyman Palace Bar, enjoying a glass of Francis Ford Coppola's wine'.
Other not-to-be missed events include: The Wedding, a production by the Belgrade Theatre and Shaskeen Theatre Company from Coventry, set against the 1990 World Cup, at the Opera House incorporating 70 local amateur actors in the show; an audio art piece by Susan Phillipsz involving the sounds of the buildings of Cork; The Car is the Star at Tig Fili Gallery, a visual art display with the 'car' as the subject; Compania Vicente Saez presents Ruah, a multi-media dance production at Firkin Crane; visually stunning outdoor performances of The Lament for Arthur O'Leary, by Boomerang with Italian, Spanish and London companies performing; world premier from Meridian Theatre, rehearsed readings from Corcadorca; closing event Carnival of Animals, by the National Youth Orchestra; and many, many more.
The Festival thanked the continued support of the Evening Echo and 96 Fm as media partners. Additionally, the event would not be possible without the ongoing support from the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Bus Eireann, UCC Castlewhite Apartments and all the patrons of the Festival.
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