1st August, 2002
Folk Dance Festival for Carrigaline
A Hungarian Folk Dance group are coming to an International Folk Dance Festival in Carrigaline on August 16th 2002. The one day festival will commence with a colourful parade at 8 pm through the town led by the Carrigaline Pipe Band, will include the 45 strong Szigetkoz Ensemble from Darnozseli in Northern Hungary, and members of the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group. All three groups will give an open air performance in the centre of the town and later at the festival gathering in the GAA pavilion where all are welcome. As part of their Irish tour the Hungarian group of musicians, singers and dancers will be performing in Clonakilty and at The Lough, Cork on Wednesday 14th, Kinsale on Thursday 15th, Cork City and Cobh Regatta on Saturday 17th and Feili Fhearmui on Sunday 18th.
The Owenabue Valley Traditional Group will launch their debut CD at the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion on Friday 16th August. The Group which have been performing regularly at home and abroad for many years were constantly asked for CD's of their music and songs. The 15 track CD includes 4 lively songs in both English agus as Gaeilge, three solo instrumentals on accordion and bagpipes as well as a wide selection of traditional dance music. The launch coincides with the International Folk Dance festival in Carrigaline.
Chamber of Commerce supports
Cork Businesses must develop Waste
Following detailed discussion the Board of Cork Chamber of Commerce is supporting the application by Indaver Ireland to build a Waste-to-Energy facility in Ringaskiddy. With the current practice of exporting both our hazardous and non-hazardous waste, together with a large pharmachem industry presence in Cork Harbour, the Chamber believes such a facility is necessary in Cork, said John Cashell, Chamber President.
The Chamber firmly supports the need for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling but we see these as only a part of the situation in an integrated Waste Management Strategy. We also believe, given the general targets of 50% recycling, 30% incineration and 20% landfill, the incinerator must be provided for.
Mr Cashell noted that the proposed emissions are well within the EU limits to satisfy the E.P.A. and the Health & Safety Authority have also approved a detailed risk assessment. The Chamber obviously supports the facility on the basis of all the regulatory authorities being satisfied with the operational and safety aspects of such a facility.
Over the past year the Chamber has taken leadership on the issue of Waste Management by undertaking a number of initiatives. These include the publication of a factsheet and the organisation of a seminar. The Chamber also organised a private visit to an incinerator in Charleroi in Belguim and a Task Force is currently developing a Waste Audit Checklist for member companies.
U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS - SHIP OF COURAGE
After their hellish ordeal of five days in the
open sea, the 317 survivors recuperate in the South Pacific while
the Navy kept the incident quiet.
A public announcement of the loss of the U.S.S. Indianapolis was withheld for almost two weeks until August 15th 1945 so as not to overshadow the announcement of the Japanese surrender which ended WW2. At this stage not even the Next of Kin of the Indianapolis crew had been informed of its sinking. However the U.S. Navy was rushing to gather the facts and apportion blame for the greatest disaster in its history.
The ship's captain, Charles Butler McVay III, survived and was court-martialed and convicted of "hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag" (zigzaging was a pattern under which a vessel proceeded in times of high visibility to avoided making itself an easy target for enemy torpedos) despite overwhelming evidence that the Navy itself had placed the ship in harm's way, despite testimony from the Japanese submarine commander that zigzagging would have made no difference, and despite that fact that, although 350 navy ships were lost in combat in WWII, McVay was the only captain to be court-martialed. Recently declassified material adds to the evidence that McVay was a scapegoat for the mistakes of others.
It is important to note at the outset that vital information pertinent to determining responsibility for the loss of the Indianapolis was not made public until long after the subsequent court-martial and conviction of Captain McVay. U.S. intelligence using a top secret operation labelled ULTRA had broken the Japanese code and was aware that two Japanese submarines, including the I-58, were operating in the path of the Indianapolis.This information was classified and not made available to either the court-martial board or to Captain McVay's defence counsel. It did not become known until the early 1990s that - despite knowledge of the danger in its path - naval authorities at Guam had sent the Indianapolis into harm's way without any warning, refusing her captain's request for a destroyer escort, and leading him to believe his route was safe.
Despite the hard facts and testimony of the survivors and the Captain of the I-58, Captain McVays conviction was shamefully unjust. The humiliation and damage to his promising Naval career took its toal on McVay, who received regular hate mail from relatives of those lost as a result of the sinking. Captain Charles Butler McVay III, U.S.N., ended his own life in 1968. In early 2000, only months before his death at the age of 91 in Kyoto, Japan, the commander of the Japanese submarine which sank the Indianapolis gave an interview and, referring to Captain McVay's court-martial, said, "I had a feeling it was contrived from the beginning." A trial is most often contrived to find a scapegoat.
In October of 2000, following years of effort by the survivors and their supporters, legislation was passed in Washington and signed by President Clinton expressing the sense of Congress, among other things, that Captain McVay's record should now reflect that he is exonerated for the loss of the Indianapolis and for the death of her crew who were lost.
In July of 2001 The Navy Department announced that Captain McVay's record has been amended to exonerate him for the loss of the Indianapolis and the lives of those who perished as a result of her sinking. The action was taken by Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England who was persuaded to do so by New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, a strong advocate of McVay's innocence. The survivors are deeply grateful to Secretary England and Senator Smith and also to young Hunter Scott of Pensacola, Florida, without whom the injustice to Captain McVay would never have been brought to the attention of the media and the Congress.
This action, however, does not remove the conviction from Captain McVay's record. Neither would a presidential pardon. A pardon simply frees a person from punishment, but it does not clear the conviction or the stain of guilt from that person's record.
57 years after their harrowing story began, the survivors still fight on seeking a presidential order to expunge the conviction from Captain McVay's record and bring final justice to this story.
USS Indianapolis earned 10 Battle Stars for her service in World War II.
Tuesday 6th. 11 12.30. Looking behind the Scenes at Fota Wildlife Park. Slide show, quiz and prizes with Linda.
Thursday 8th. 3 5pm. Creative Drawing Workshop with Nicky.
Suitable for ages 8+. Places limited.
Harvest time Ceili
The August Ceili Mor in the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion takes place on Saturday 10th with Music by the Mort Kelleher ceili Band. The Macroom based family band are looking forward to their first visit to Ireland's premier dance venue. Rinnce is from 9.30 pm to 1.30 am with a break for tea at 11.30 pm. Cead isteach 7 Euro. Cead mile failte roimh cach.
The Lough Hosts Hungarians
The outdoor ceili's at The Lough, Cork, which have been well supported will get a boost on Wed 14th August when a 45 strong group of Hungarian performers come to town. The Szigetkoz Ensemble are made up of a young energetic group of musicians, singers and dancers who perform a colourful selection of their own Hungarian culture. They will be accompanied by the Owenabue Valley Traditional group who will give a display of set and step dancing as well as leading in the ceili dances where everyone can join in. The free evenings entertainment runs from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm every Wednesday, put Wed August 14 in your diary as a spectacle no to be missed.
As part of the International Breastfeeding Week which takes place from 1st to 7th August, the Cork branch of Cuidiú- The Irish Childbirth Trust are hosting a Coffee Morning on Wednesday August 7th from 10 11.30am at the Doughcloyne Hotel, Togher. All Welcome! For infro contact 021 435 5647
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Question I have been working part time for the
last five years. I am now giving up work to look after my mother
who is very ill and in need of full time care As I only work 17
hours a week will I be eligible for Carer's Benefit?
Answer Carers Benefit, which is based on social insurance contributions, is a payment made by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs to people who leave employment to look alter someone in need of full-time
care and attention. It is paid for up to l5 months.
Providing you meet the contribution conditions and the Department decides that your mother is in need of full-time care and attention you should qualify for Carer's Benefit.
Previously you would have had to be working 19 hours a week or 38 hours a fortnight in order to qualify. Since II April 2002 the number of hours which a person is required to work during the 13 weeks immediately prior to claiming Carer's Benefit has been reduced to 17 horns a week or 34 hours a fortnight.
You should apply for Carer's Benefit S weeks before you intend to leave work in order that your eligibility can be assessed before you leave.
You could apply for carer's leave from work and your basic employment rights would be preserved. You would be paid Carer's Benefit while on leave and you could return to work when the carer's leave finished. The right to return is broadly similar to the right to return after maternity leave. You must give your employer notice of your intention to take carer's leave 6 weeks before the leave starts.
This column has been compiled by Cobh Citizens Information Centre, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 021 481 4422 Address: Parish Centre, Roches Row, Cobh
Boyhood Days of Yore
Part 9 - By Ger ORegan
Every form of childhood game was played in Pic-du-jer'' park but the emphasis was on soccer. Donal and Mrs Sheehan were residents of the park alongside my pal Pat Murphy. Donal was a photographer with the Cork Examiner'' and it was in his house, courtesy of Mrs Sheehan, that I firstly saw television. After a hard afternoon of soccer it was great to be invited in to view this black and white Pye marvel. As a child of eight, my favourite programs were Daithi Lacha and Have gun will Travel' with Richard Boone in his black cowboy outfit. I had a dislike for 'Buntus Cainte' but in our day beggars couldnt be choosers! I have never forgotten the kindness that Mrs Sheehan in particular bestowed on us children and recently while attending a removal in Wilton I met both again after an absence of 42 years and reminded them of that kindness. They had moved from Ballinlough. As I have said television was a marvel to my generation and was greatly influenced by it. My favourite programs may bring back happy memories for others, who knows? The High Chaparral, Batt Masterson, Doctors and Nurses, to name but a few.
Im sure that many remember 'the old park' or to give it its formal title, The Athletic Grounds'. How many remember the vendors selling paper hats and rosettes in their respective county colours or seeing the large ships pass on their way up or down the river Lee and they blowing their hooters. It was easy to see them over the corrugated iron sheds if one was lucky enough to be seated in "the open aired stand', The bane of anyones life was the vendor with his or her large tray shouting, apples, oranges, pears or chocolates as they flitted in and out of every row. As children, we dont realise that others have to make a living also who was I to complain, after all, as a small boy, I would normally be ''smuggled'' in under dad or uncle Jims long coat. Behind the city goal was a treasure trove for lost slithers. A great place to lie on the grass and await 'the next arrival'. Or if it went beyond the grasp it could end up in the tiny stream that ran behind the hill. This stagnated stream bordered one of the sheds of the showgrounds.
Since we didnt have any television we listened a lot to Radio Eireann and that wonderful station on 1500 megahertz BBC Radio 2 and had our own singsongs around the fireside. Mam would sing her greatest favourite Boulavogue and the boys of Wexford, later The Galway shawl was added. Dads favourite was The Nail and the Hammer and Jims favourite was Doonaree. In recent years while dad was still with us, each Saturday night. The TV would be switched off at lO.15pm for the 45 minute listening in, to 'Failte isteach' with Donnacha O Dhuiling on radio I remembering the old songs and remembering friends and family no longer with us.
Recent Pilgrimage to Knock
By Fionan Cogan
The annual pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday July 21st organised by the Carrigaline Pioneers was an outstanding success. The coach load left Carrigaline promptly at 6.30 a.m., had a short stop in Ennis for tea and scones and arrived in Knock at 11.00 a.m.. The weather was ideal for the Joint Matt Talbot and International Pioneer Pilgrimage which was attended by centres from all over the country. The Carrigaline pilgrims who said the usual rosaries and sang hymns on the way to and from Knock were accompanied by Rev. Fr. Con O'Driscoll S.M.A., a native of Aughadown who was one of the concelebrants at the Mass in the Basilica. Fr. O'Driscoll led the group at the outdoor stations of the cross at 11.30 a.m.. Blessing of the sick was at 2.30 in the Basilica. Cork and Ross Diocese were responsible for organising the liturgy for the Mass. The principle co-ordinator was Bridie Kennefick, Ballygarvan. Fr. John Newman representing Bishop John Buckley gave an inspiring homily. Midwest Regional Secretary Elizabeth O'Donovan did one of the readings while Mrs. Margaret O'Donovan, Bandon, Mary Warren, Carrigaline and Mary Holland, Bantry were among the gift bearers. President of the Midwest Region, Finbarr O'Donovan and Central Council member Robert Shannon,
Durrus, carried the statue of Our Lady at the procession which was held outdoors. Flag bearers from Cork included Diocesan President, (yours truly -Fionan Cogan), central council member and Cork City Regional President, Tadhg Kelleher and Barry Cogan. Another central council member Aislinn Cogan recited three decades of the rosary, one in Irish, she also recited the litany. The Clonakilty Choir were magnificent. Under the baton of Donal O'Mahony and with soloist Richard Jennings they sang through from 2.30 p.m. for the blessing of the sick, at the Mass and during the procession which concluded at 5.00 p.m.. Monsieur Grealey P.P who welcomed all the pilgrims to Knock was full of praise for an ordinary parish choir which he described as extraordinary. One of the highlights of the afternoon in Knock was the
arrival at 3.00 p.m. of the hundreds of peace walkers from Belfast and Derry. The Belfast walkers left home on Tuesday and the Derry group started on Wednesday. The Carrigaline pilgrims left for home at 5.30 p.m., had
dinner at Ennis and were back in Carrigaline for 11.15 p.m..
ALDEN TREES UPDATE
Cllr. Peter Kelly writes ...
Further to the public meeting last evening, I inspected the planning files at Cork County Council this morning, in relation to Alden Estate. The planning permission for Alden shows the boundary of the estate extending north towards the city by approx. 2.5m from the Public Roadway.
On this basis the boundary is approx. 1.5m behind the chalk link fence. It was a planning condition that the trees & shrubs in this area be retained and that a hedgerow should be planted behind the fence, to re-enforce this area.
The removal of the hedgerow and tress is a planning enforcement issue, and below are the exact file details relating to this case. I have already contacted the enforcement section, but I urge you to write to the County Council, asking them to act the matter also.
The planning permission for the construction of Alden Estate was granted in two inter-linked permissions.
They are: S/91/2768 and S/94/1682
The first permission was granted in 1991 and the second permission in 1994. The permissions clearly state that the landscape layout proposed in the application (G149) forms part of the granting of Planning Permission.
On the Landscape Map (G149/456) it clearly states that the existing trees and shrubs on the Northern Boundary (City side) are to be retained, and that there is to be a chain link fence, and re-enforcement of the boundary with a hedgerow. The laurel trees which have been removed are part of this hedgerow.
The boundary of the estate is clearly shown on this planning maps as approx. 2.5m back from the road, or 1.5m behind the Chain-Link Fence.
Un-Authorised Removal of Trees:
The Hedgerow and Trees at Alden are protected by the original planning permission. The removal of these trees is in direct contravention of the planning permission of the estate, and is illegal.
The Council has a duty to uphold the planning law and to prevent unauthorised activities.
What Can Residents do?
Write a letter to the Planning Enforcement Section, Cork County Council, Planning Department, Model Farm Road, Cork - complaining about the unauthorised removal of the trees and hedgerow at Alden - and ask them to take enforcement action to stop this work.
If you require any additional information on this matter, or if I can assist you in any other way - please contact me at 63 Seven Oaks, Frankfield, Cork, or telephone: 021-4893199.
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