13th June, 2002
Notice Board


Cork County Council Veterinary Department, Control of Dogs Act, 1986 & 1992; Control of Dogs Regulations 1998
On the 1st February 1999 new Regulations came into effect regarding dog control.

All dogs must be licensed.
The annual dog licence fee is £10 (€ 12.70)
Licences can be purchased at any post office
The general dog licence, relating to an unspecified number of dogs at a specified
premises, is £200. (€ 253.95)
All dogs must wear collar identification
All dogs must be under effective control while in a public place

Certain breeds of dogs must be muzzled and leashed at all times while in a public place namely: the American Pit Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rothweiler, Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa and Bandog and every other strain or cross of every breed or type of dog described above.
Fines of up to £1,000 (€ 1269.74) can be imposed for breaches of the above legislation.
If you do not hold a current dog licence when the dog warden calls, or if you are in breach of any of the above legislation, you can be liable for a fine of £25 (€31.70) for each offence, or a fine of £1,000 (€ 1269.74) for each offence if taken to court.
Under the anti-litter legislation, dog owners are also required to clean up if their dog fouls certain public places. £50 (€ 63.49) On The Spot Fine,
Maximum fine £1,500 (€ 1904.62)

Copies of the legislation can be obtained from the Government Publications Sales Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 1.


With the arrival of the school summer holidays, kids this year are being offered a unique opportunity in the Cork area with the Cork Summer Hockey Camp, which is being run in Ashton School, Blackrock in the first week of July. The camp is aimed at 11 – 14 year olds, and caters for both boys and girls of all levels and skills.
With the main focus of the camp concentrating on skill development and team play, participants will also learn the importance of stretching in sport and game tactics in a fun and friendly environment. They will be encouraged to learn creativeness within the game and will leave the camp a better, all round player.
The daily schedule consists of a warm-up, followed by two sessions of skills development, interrupted by a break. After lunch, there will be another activity such as rounders or football and in the final afternoon session the skills learned in the morning will be incorporated into a match situation. On Friday there will be a tournament followed by an award ceremony, where participants will be presented with t-shirts, awards for improvement and medals, as well as a personalised written evaluation from the coaches. Each day will be based on enjoyment with plenty of time for participants to experiment with and increase their range of skills.
The camp will have three experienced coaches, two of whom coach senior ladies’ teams. Camp directors Simon MacAllister and Philip Oakley wanted to provide the young hockey players in Cork with an opportunity to stay in touch with their skills that they have learnt in school and to develop youth hockey in the area. With the recent decline of players in schools hockey, this is seen as a welcome opportunity to increase and maintain numbers within the game and to encourage more kids to play hockey.
With the cancellation of the Kilkenny Hockey Camp this summer, the Cork Hockey Summer Camp will no doubt prove to be a success for the sport of hockey in the region as interest has been huge. For more information on the camp phone Simon MacAllister on 086 8304580 or Philip Oakley on 086 8252046, but hurry because places are limited!


by Ger O'Regan
The very early years were spent with summer holidays in Drinagh, West Cork and day trips to Inchageelagh and Kilnamartyra. The latter to those beautiful parts of mid-cork. We had cousins by marriage in Kilnamartyra and'' real cousins'' in Inchageelagh. As a child, I was intrigued by the sight of the gold in a tributary of the river Lee that flowed through Inchageelagh. My cousins still own a pub there. When Kathleen, Margaret and Ann were younger, they would take care of me. Margaret would take me to bring in the cows and help me to avoid the ‘cowpats’. As I stood on the bridge then, I remarked how wealthy my cousins were, having seen all that gold in the river. Of course it was many years later that I realised that the gold was indeed ''bottle caps''. Grandfather Galvin was born outside Inchageelagh, back in the mountains near the main road to Macroom. When he was younger, he built with his bare hands, a grotto dedicated to' “Our Lady''. This grotto still stands today. During the time of the “Moving Statues”, Mam, Dad and I visited another grotto outside Inchageelagh on the Dunmanway road. Till the day I die, I swear it happened. but no statue moved for me. As we knelt before the statue of the Blessed Virgin, the metal that ran through my rosary beads, changed its colour from silver to gold. I didn’t need to go anywhere, because I believe anyway.
Grandmother Galvin came from Leap in West Cork. I spent many a happy childhood day and weekend in Kilnamartyra with my cousins through marriage. Uncle Jim, whom I adored, came from there. Every Saturday morning he'd go home and my days were literally spent with Robert, John Philomena, Eddie, Donal and Willie playing my favourite ‘Cowboys and Indians’ on and around ''Burkes Rock’’, which was a hilly outcrop overlooking Ballyvourney, Mons and Macroom with Mullaghanish in the distance, a beautiful sight. Lunch or dinner as it was known then, was made by Agnes whom I also adored, a lovely lady from Kealkil who was married to Mick, Jim’s brother. As we tired of our cowboy game, we concentrated on Robert's excellent collection of lead Toy Soldiers, Cowboys and Indians. We built our fort on sand and the Indians in those days ''threw'' huge rocks. I believe several wars were won by the Indian section. As I tired of this, I concentrated on reading Roberts comics such as '' The Victor” and the much favoured 64 pager ''The Commando''. Kilnamartyra Hall, now a garage was a haven for kids, but beyond the stage was ''the pit''. I was scared to go there. As Jim and I prepared to go home, my heart would be torn by wanting ''to stay on'' with my cousins. Today sadly, Agnes, Mick, Jim and Sheila have all passed to their eternal reward. R.I.P.
More next week


Church of Ireland
Saturday June 15 2002 THE DIOCESAN SYNOD 2002 will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel. Bishop Paul Colton, President of the Synod, will take the chair at 11 am and, following initial formalities, will give his Presidential Address. (National as well as local matters are usually covered here) The Diocesan Synod is the Diocesan AGM when reports are presented and, hopefully, lively and productive debates follow each of these.

"Rekindling the wonder - for a new lease of life"
Due to the very popular feedback from the recent "Rekindling the wonder ""workshop a further workshop has had to be arranged in St.Dominic's Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte.
If you are feeling stressed out or fear you have lost your creative spark then this workshop is specially for you -"you will be helped to access your creative energies in a way that brings health to body and soul" , says facilitator Martina Lehane.
Gentle relaxation exercises, guided visualisation, creative dance and movement will be used at this workshop which takes place on Wednesday 3rd July 2002 from 10.30a.m. - 5.00p.m., at a special subsidised cost of only 10.00 Euro. Booking is essential. Contact: Mary Corcoran (021) 4502520.

CHASE to mark World No Incineration Day
With 'Picnic on the Prom' at Cobh on Sun, 16 June 2002
The First Global No Incineration Day is planned for 17 June 2002, where organizations and citizens around the world will use the event to highlight the efforts being made to close down cancer-causing incinerators and highlight the environmentally-safer alternatives now readily available.
CHASE - Cork Harbour Area for a Safe Environment - have chosen to join the global events with a 'PICNIC on the PROM' event to take place on Cobh's famous promenade. This will take place on Sunday, 16th June, (also Father's Day) and families are invited to bring their picnics and partake in this event. Entertainment will be provided by Cobh Confraternity Band and families can partake in an escorted historical walking tour of Cobh which will be led by Mick Martin, who is renowned for an in-depth knowledge of Cobh's heritage.
The event will highlight the dangers posed to the Cork population by the proposed Hazardous Waste Incinerator, for which Indaver Irl. Ltd. have an application for planning permission lodged before Cork County Council. For further information contact: Ann Kirwan Tel: 437 8151 / Audrey Hogan, 087 6347827


Now that the dust has settled after the General Election there is plenty to keep us busy at a local level. Not least of these is the ongoing traffic hold ups. The sum of 300,000 punts were set aside in the Estimates (last November) for the implementation of some recommendations of the Douglas Traffic Plan but the delay in getting the work started is a sad reflection on the operational system of the Council. I know that staff resources are limited but I believe that in a largely populated area like Douglas, any work that will alleviate the congestion should be fast tracked. I will be pressing for the work to be done (Traffic lights at Daily’s; Traffic Lights at Rochestown Road; Pedestrian Crossing at Parkgate) before the School Term in September.
Broadale Estate will be going before the Areas Roads committee next week for recommendation for Taking in Charge; it will then go to Full Council for ratification. Council has also installed some public lights in Maryborough Estate and also a light across from Douglas Community Park at my request. The lights in Delfern Grove Lisadell and Kevington Close, Grange Heights both require ducting which increases the cost and therefore will take a little more time but should be completed before the winter. Council also trimmed overhanging trees in Alden, which was cause of some concern.
I intend to ask the Council to examine the feasibility of widening the road to facilitate parking on road opposite the Ulster Bank. I notice that on weekends especially cars are parked on either side of road and the two-way flow at East Village is held up unnecessarily.
The Boy's Brigade 1st Cork Company recently held their Annual Inspection, Display, Promotions and Awards Ceremony in St Lukes School to which I was very kindly invited. What a night it was, an excellent display of marching, games and a sketch. There was much enthusiasm and the young members and young adult members did themselves their leaders and families proud.
I cannot give enough praise and recognition to the voluntary work and time spent each week by the leaders such as Captain Paul Smyth, Michelle de Foubert, and Lieut. Andrew Whittaker and their colleagues. Week in and week out they endeavour to instil in their members (some very young) a spirit of teamwork, discipline, leadership and fun. I hope that they continue to grow their membership and would encourage young people in the area to consider joining such activities in the future. More next week....Deirdre Phone 0872837780 or 021 4363318


Dr. Nichola Dunne BSc. (Chiropractic); D.C. (Member of the Chiropractic Association of Ireland).
After a hard day at work, many of us find that the ideal way to let off steam is by getting some fresh air in the garden. However occasional we tend to our gardens, we must still make sure we are well prepared for this kind of exertion. Below is a summary of the risks involved, and some chiropractic tips on minimising the dangers.
Garden work is a common cause of backache, because this apparently restful activity uses actions, which are otherwise rarely performed. Stooping and bending places strain on the spine, which can give rise to a dull ache over the following few days. It is important to do a simple warm-up such as walking followed by muscle stretching exercises. Your chiropractor can recommend stretches designed to improve muscle stamina.
Chiropractors see hundreds of patients whose injuries have been brought on by hobbies such as gardening. People who lead a sedentary lifestyle, and who suddenly exert themselves with weekend gardening, often find that the unaccustomed actions bring about pain and injury apparently disproportionate with the level of activity. The prolonged stretching and heavy lifting involved in gardening, for example, can lead to pinched nerves in the lower back.
Chiropractic tips for gardeners:
Do not bend when you can kneel.
Kneel on one leg rather than bending from the hips. Avoid sudden pulling movements for example when removing tree roots dig and cut them out properly rather than pulling at them.
Lift with your knees keeping your back straight.
Do not overreach, but work as close to the job as comfortably possible.
Keep your back hollow while digging. Use your legs rather than your back.
Vary tasks throughout the day rather than slogging away at one thing. Select three jobs that require different physical activity, for example mowing, weeding and digging. Allot 20 minutes in every hour to each task
Choose tools which minimise bending or reaching, such as forks, rakes, pruning shears and long handled hoes.
Take manageable loads on a wheel barrow rather than one large one that risks low back strain.
When you have finished gardening avoid slouching in front of the television on a soft couch. Ensure that your lumbar spine receives necessary support when you relax. Many problems are compounded by overstretching warm and tired ligaments in a slouched position after a day’s work.
If you experience pain after gardening, consult your chiropractor immediately.
How can chiropractic help?
Chiropractors lead the way in an approach to healthcare that focuses on helping each individual obtain optimum well being. Chiropractors believe that good health depends upon having your spine and nervous system working at their best. Chiropractors ensure that your nervous system, which is like a “communication superhighway” is able to relay information back and forth between your body and brain. By correcting spinal misalignments of the spinal bones by a series of adjustments, chiropractors can ensure that the spine and nervous system are functioning properly. The most common conditions which chiropractors treat are low back pain, headaches, neck pain, and arm and leg pain. For enquiries/appointments phone Dr. Nichola Dunne BSc; D.C. at the Douglas Village Chiropractic Clinic 021- 4361559.


by George Thompson

With the introduction of the Focus to replace the Escort and the re-shaping of the Mondeo, I guess it was inevitable that the engineers at Ford were to give the trusty Fiesta a new look and this they did. While the All New Fiesta won’t be available to buy until probably August, C.A.B. At Monahan Road have a demo model which Douglas Weekly got hold of last week.
The Ford Fiesta, since its original launch way back when, has been a popular leader in the small car market and with this major re vamp in style, performance and safety the ‘little’ Ford should maintain its popularity.
It is fair to say that the New Fiesta is more than a little like the Focus in shape but I feel that the Fiesta has a lot more character than its big brother. Launched in Malaga, Spain last March, the new Fiesta will be officially launched on the |Irish market at Ford week in Crosshaven in July.
The new Fiesta’s wheel base is 41mm longer than before and is higher and wider than the current model giving overall more space within the cabin. The interior is a breath of fresh air, plenty of storage spaces, dash readouts come in a mix of the usual dials and more up to date LED readouts. The drivers position is very comfortable with adjustable steering wheel and all controls close at hand. The new higher mounted gear shift allows for a smoother gear change, further enhancing the comfort of driving this car. A larger glass area means more visibility and the added third window on each side gives rear seat passengers more light. The model I drove had the 1.4 engine which I found very responsive and complimented by power steering made the Fiesta a fun and practical car to drive. With the now 14 inch wheels pushed further to the corners of the Fiesta, the handling and suspension was magnificent magnificent. Boot space is on a par with the current mode, but a huge plus is that the spare wheel is now located in the boot and not as it used to be, in its own cradle under the car.
The New Fiesta comes in a variety of colours and standard features include driver/ passenger airbags, CD Player, Side Impact Protection Beams and immobiliser. Engine sizes vary from 1.3, 1.4 and 1.6 while a 1.4 diesel model will also be coming on line.
Prices start at 14,895 euro for the 1.3 Finesse 5Dr. to 18,295 euro for the 1.6 Ghia. As with all other new Ford models, the Fiesta comes with a Two Year Warranty.
All in all, thumbs up for this ‘smiling’ car.......go see for yourself.
Ratings....Fiesta 1.4 LX

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

Standard Features Include.
> P.A.S.
> Driver & Pass. Air Bags
> CD Hi FI System
> Engine Immobiliser.
> Side Impact Beams.

BIG BROTHER - Third Time Unlucky?

by Aoife Barry

It’s hard to believe that this year sees the third series of Big Brother, the reality TV show where the contestants battle it out for £70,000 while their every move is filmed and they have to survive weekly evictions at the hands of the unforgiving public. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a regular watcher of the last two series, even if it was only the last few weeks of the show that I was glued to the screen every night for. At first, I found the whole thing fascinating – just why would anyone want to live in a house, with complete strangers, while their every move was filmed? Never mind the inevitable scenario once they were out of the house, when they would be instantly recognizable and have to put up with constant tabloid kiss-and-tells by their ex-flames. If you take part in Big Brother, it became apparent after the first series was over and miniature builder Craig was proclaimed the winner, your life will never be the same again.
The secret behind the success of Big Brother is not very complex – it lies in our innate human inquisitiveness, our insatiable need to know everything about people. Watching 10 (or 12, as is the case this year), hapless people live their life out before our very eyes makes us feel very content, allowing us to judge their every move, secure in the knowledge that we would never have to go through such a thing ourselves. Human beings are essentially voyeuristic in nature, and Big Brother expertly preys on this voyeuristic streak. In essence, one could say that everybody wins – the contestants achieve the fame they so desperately crave, and the viewers can nose away to their hearts’ content, even being able to vote out contestants that they do not particularly like.
But while in the past two years the contestants have been for the most part quite likeable (even ‘Nasty’ Nick Bateman had his moments), it seems as though this year the Big Brother producers may have struck it third time unlucky. So far, one of the contestants, Sunita Sharma, has left the show and proclaimed it a “pantomime”, there have been numerous bouts of in-fighting regarding some of the housemates’ ‘toilet habits’, and one of the housemates, Jade, has been branded a ‘pig’ by more than one TV host for her unfortunate resemblance to a certain pink farmyard animal. In fact, far from the last two series when the contestants were actually nice people, even given their various quirks and foibles, in this third series, it is hard to find a likable person out of any of the housemates. They all seem too guarded (Adele), too broody (Spencer), too boring (P.J, Sandy, Lee, Lynne), too fake (Kate, Jonny), too loud (Alison, Jade), or too…piggy (guess who?)! Now that they’ve gotten rid of Alison, (who in fairness did have her many good points once she kept her gob shut) and Lynne – the only one how told Jade she’s be nicer if she shut up – there’s less housemates to annoy me, which can only be a good thing. Hey, whaddya mean I’m hard to please?!
In truth, I think they should have finished the series after the adorable Brian won the show last year. There was no chance that they would ever be able to repeat the farcical relationship between Helen and Paul, the sheer kookiness of Brian’s camp antics, or the whole ‘flirty Mel’ saga from the previous series. You can’t come close to duplicating those two series, so why try? By now the public knows more about Big Brother and the Big Brother game than they did at the start, so there is no sense of anticipation or surprise, no matter how many tricks the game’s producers have up their sleeves – even the poor house/rich house scenario that was introduced at the weekend. They are going to have to come up with something totally different next year if they want to have a successful Big Brother 4 – a different formula perhaps? How about, no dizzy blondes, no good-looking men with goatees, no ex-strippers, no fledgling love affairs between people who already have partners…On second thought, it probably wouldn’t be the Big Brother we all know and love if it didn’t have these elements, it would just be like real life. And it’s no fun watching normal people live their lives, now is it?


Three years ago the Douglas Weekly asked Dúcas about Dundannion Castle. “Where is it?” They asked. “In Blackrock, Cork “ we replied. “ We never heard of it “ they told us. “How come you have a preservation order on it?” We asked. “ Oh” they said, “ we’ll look it up and ring you back”. Now three years late we ‘re still waiting for that call.
Two years ago we asked the Central Statistics Office “ How many dog licences are there in Ireland? “We don’t know, you’ll have to ask the Gardai ” they told us. We discovered that the Gardai (understandably) only kept records of their own areas.
We ran into a similar vague response when we inquired about The Irish Medicines Board. No one could tell us the occupations of the board members or their connections, if any, to the Pharmaceutical Company’s.
All this motivated us to employ the services of a professional survey company and carry out our own surveys and collect our own information. Naturally enough The Douglas Weekly is only interested in matters that concern our readers, so we started with shopping. Our surveyors covered a random selection of households in the Western side of Douglas from Donnybrook to Turners Cross. We must emphasise the survey only covers part of the entire Douglas area, but the results are food for thought

Question 1 Are you responsible for the main grocery in this household ?
Yes 64% No 36%

Question 2 In what supermarket do you do your shopping ?
Tesco 34% Dunnes 16% Breens 2% Supervalue Carrigaline 2%
Tesco & Dunnes equally 4% Don’t Know 42 %

Question 3 What is the main reason for shopping in this supermarket ?
Convenience 42 % Value for money 16% Force of habit 8%
Don’t Knows 32%

Next week we ask about the pub trade. If you have any subjects you would like to have included in our survey, please write to us at St. Patrick’s Mills.

Chaos for Douglas traffic as rain pours down

by Maurice Fitzgerald.

THE extent to which Douglas remains a bottleneck for traffic is further exasperated by rainfall, bringing Douglas to a standstill. Traffic congestion in Douglas doubles when bad weather arrives, clogging roads and making it impossible for any normal flow of traffic. This is not just confined to peak times, but for most of the time when the heavens open up. Drivers going to work need to get up earlier to allow for the chaos that awaits them in Douglas and in the city. The pressure involved for parents taking young children to school can he enormous and unbearable at times. Notwithstanding the traffic moving through Cork city, Douglas can develop long periods of gridlock, with a tailback stretching all the way into the city. Car-sharing or bus services must be considered as real alternatives to tackle what's becoming a losing battle for the people living and working in Douglas. Businesses operating in Douglas are put under added pressure when waiting for deliveries to arrive, because of the critical infrastructure crisis that now faces Douglas. The danger involved for children going to school is obvious enough when one considers the close proximity of schools to major roads. It must be pointed out that stopping distances are reduced significantly in the rain, for drivers who have to act quickly in the case of emergency. School children are very much at risk from the overload of traffic coming into Douglas, where the odds of a serious accident are increased exponentially when traffic volumes swell. Even with the best drivers in the world, small children can be unpredictable and oblivious to the danger that awaits them on the road. Roundabouts seem to be our arch nemesis at times: the reason for this can be seen when one looks at the number of roads serviced by a single roundabout, and why all roundabouts should have no more than a small number of exits. Drivers may need to look at the routes they take travelling to work each day, and assess whether these routes are the correct routes for their journey; there may be some cost effective alternative routes for those who take the time to figure out a different route. The knock-on effects for long periods of time spent in traffic; are increased travel costs going to and from a destination, reduced worker performance because of stress, and earlier rising times for everybody. The future for Douglas does seem to be bleak, with no short term plan in place to relieve traffic gridlock for the thousands- yes, thousands of cars that enter Douglas everyday. Once upon a time, people in Douglas and beyond used to marvel at the finger post in Douglas as a pivotal point in its cultural identity, those days have been overshadowed somewhat by the suburban city that is now called- Douglas.


Question I believe that you can now claim income tax relief on maternity care expenses. Can you please give the details?
Answer You can claim tax relief for certain medical expenses incurred by you whether for yourself your spouse and certain relatives and dependants. You cannot claim for any expenditure that will be reimbursed by, for example, VHI. The relief is given at your highest tax rate subject to a minimum threshold, which you must pay.
The Finance Act 2001 provided for income tax relief on "routine maternity care". Prior to 6 April 2001, routine maternity treatment covering the first 14 days of treatment in a hospital and all treatment and care not provided by the hospital was not allowable.
It was the practice of the Revenue Commissioners to treat expenditure incurred on a caesarean section operation as outside the scope of the relief for years prior to 2001. Following a review of the position, income tax relief will be granted for expenditure incurred in relation to caesarean section operations carried out prior to 6 April 2001.
The normal time limits for repayment claims will apply to any claim made for years of assessment prior to 2001.
Further information is available from your local tax office and from the Citizens Information Centre below.
This column has been compiled by Cobh Citizens Information Centre, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 021 4814422 Address: Parish Centre, Roches Row, Cobh

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