15th August, 2002
Cork Comfort for Cancer Support Group
The Annual fundraising Ceili of the Cork Comfort for Cancer Support Group was held in the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion on Thursday August 8th last. There was a fabulous crowd turned up on the night for a most enjoyable evenings entertainment laid on by the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group and the Kiely Walsh Academy of Dance. There was a special presentation made to Finbarr O'Leary who raised almost 600 of the 1500 raised in total for which we are deeply indebted. Our prayers and thanks go out to all of you that contributed or helped in anyway.
Boyhood Days of Yore
by Ger O'Regan - Part 11
By Ger ORegan.
Halfway into my teen years, I was invited to partake of a 3 week tour of middle Europe, this was to be the first of many 'outside' trips but the head always belonged to Ireland and to Cork and always, even when on holiday a longing to see home again and Ballinlough.
The 3 week tour was for the main a camping trip with 11women 4 guys and 4 priests. It began with the crossing to Swansea a drive through the night to Ramsgate in Kent and then the following morning, the hovercraft to Calais. What a machine!, every bone in my body shook. Then on to' Ypres' to see its World War I battle damaged cathedral. We slept somewhere but dont ask me where. Next stop for 3 nights was "The Racing Club of Paris, visiting all the sights including the Eiffel tower and Tivoli gardens. From Paris to Taize where I was astounded by the size of the tents.
To Grenoble then Eastwards and climbing for the French-Italian Alps with temperatures in the high 20s. Camped by the side of the road just below the summit on the Italian side and above 'Susa', it was then downward all the way to Pisa and its famous tower before continuing towards the 5 day stopover in Rome. I loved the Eternal City. We camped in the grounds of the Irish college near St. John Laterno and close to the Collesium. With temperatures soaring to the 30s, the college had its own outdoor swimming pool, which was well used. Vatican City is a most beautiful place with priceless artefacts and its here that I stop recollecting to make a personal statement - every day in this fair city of ours and on the TV, the box is always out for donations, the same applies to church gate and inside church collections. I have also seen the priceless artefacts on display in St. Peters and in its vaults. It is a well known fact that when we die, we cannot take any treasures with us, my faith is strong thankfully and my belief in prayer is even greater but in order to save the starving people of this world why not sell 2 or3 or these priceless artefacts, but then thats only my opinion. I saw pope Pius at his residence in Castle Gondolfo and visited the tombs or St. Francis and St. Teresa north or Assissi.
We arrived in Switzerland through 'The Great St.Bernard Tunnel from Milan and camped on the shores or Lake Geneva near Charlie Chaplins home in Vey-Vey'. We were there when President Eamon de Valera died in l975.
From Switzerland it was back to Cork via Lichtenstein, Calais, Holly Head and Dublin - great to be home from a huge adventure. l984, 1985, I989 and I992 saw me in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Pennysylvania, Indiana and Kentucky.
On account of the continued success of the Douglas Weekly and the progressive expansion of it's readership base,I have been asked by Michael to put together a regular column to look at the general Business environment for the benefit of our readers.I am happy to do this and I hope that you will enjoy it also.
My own background has been in Electronics Manufacturing and I have worked for a number of Multinational Companies in the area over the past number of years.For the past 3 years I have been operating as a Business Consultant which has provided a good opportunity to see both sides of the Manufacturing landscape.I have also travelled to and worked with Companies in Eastern Europe,in particular Hungary and the Czech Republic and in future articles I will discuss our competitive position in relation to these lower cost Countries.
As the second largest City in Ireland we are fortunate to have a large representation among all of the major business sectors ,and the accompanying diagram illustrates this. We will look closely at these sectors and the Companies that represent them.
Many of the Electronics Companies have had a presence for over 20 years and some of the major players in this sector would be EMC, Apple, Flextronics, Sanmina-Sci and Sensormatic.
Many of the Pharmaceutical Companies have been in operation for close on 30 years and the worldwide players here would include Pfizer, Novartis, FMC and Pharmacia & Upjohn. Pfizer has a serious worldwide presence now since the recent acquisition of Warner Lambert. The Bio-Medical sector are represented by De Puy (division of Johnson & Johnson),Amersham and Boston Scientific. We are starting to build up a presence with Call Centres such as Merchants Group, RCI,Assurant and I have heard through the grapevine that another major player will be coming to Cork shortly. The SME sector (Small to Medium Enterprises) is vitally important and I intend to spend some time on these. In the majority of cases these Businesses are Irish owned and managed and provide services for the larger Companies.
We also have an amount of Companies offering Business Consultancy and Training such as Leading Edge and Flexible Learning .Cork is also well represented in the Recruitment sector by most of the major players .Recruitment is often viewed internationally as a good barometer of the economy and recent reports indicate that 60% of companies are planning more hiring in the next six months than the previous six.
On a Weekly basis we will look at International and National events and distill them down to a Cork relevance.We will feature on a particular sector/company and will also cover Plant openings and expansions. We would also be delighted to receive regular comments from our readers and we are looking forward to this interaction.Issues may be thrown up from time to time which may become controversial and we will do the best we can to provide a balanced forum for these.
On a regular basis also I intend to take a look at the more human side of commerce by interviewing a number of the personalities involved in Cork business.As well as business insights and opinions we will look at the people behind these positions in a personal context also. So watch out, that next telephone call could be from me to arrange an appointment!
That's it for now, and looking forward to your company as we go on.
'It's strange how unimportant your job is when you're asking for a raise, but how important it can be when you want to take a day off' (Mathes)
"The Man with the Hat since 1999"
By Aoife Barry
Its not often you meet a musician whose moniker tells it like it is. While most trade themselves on childrens-rhymes nicknames like Bonny Prince Billy and the like, there are those around who like to do things a little bit different. Take The Man With The Hat, for instance. Hes a man. And by golly, look! He wears a hat. But the name belies the act, the Man With The Hat experience, if you like. For rather than trading himself on lonesome songs sung about/to/at his hat, or on childish tunes about his younger days, Ronan Leonard, as he is called when he is without hat, waxes lyrical on everything from cowboy dreams to broken romances and the rocky road back again.
A firm fixture on the Cork music scene (he founded the Open Mic nights at Fred Zeppellins), and an accomplished performer in his own right, Ronan has been, as he says himself, The Man With The Hat since 1999, when he and his hat found each other in Leaders on North Main St. Having cut his teeth through supporting various acts such as Josh Ritter, Hawksley Workman, Damien Rice and The Frames, (you may have seen him pop up on stage during Frames gigs in Cork with a Dictaphone in his hand!, now it seems it is Ronans turn to take centre-stage as he is welcomed back from a brief hiatus to a headlining gig in The Lobby next Thursday. And this time, it is he who has the honour of having his own support acts, who appear in the shape of local Cork musician, Barry Twomey and Dublin duo Old Man Polka, made up of Steve Fanagan and Paul OReilly.
The gig itself promises to be as unique an experience as any other TMWTH gig, with homemade videos of Cork, impromptu singalongs, stories and faux-cowboy accents galore. One could term the gig a multi-media experience, but someone else has would have gotten there before you. The unique thing about TMWTH experience is that each gig is totally unlike any that came before or will come afterwards. But while the main purpose behind this gig is, if course, to entertain, there is also the serious business of getting down and promoting Ronans new website, www.themanwiththehat.com. Set up after many hours of toiling over the computer, the site boasts lyrics, pictures, a biography, message boards, (where opinions and typing combine to create...stuff), and, of course, a diary, which may not be updated regularly but which he thinks regularly of updating.
The Man With The Hat is one of those rare entities a musician who doesnt always take himself too seriously, but when he does, he takes himself very seriously indeed. As he says himself, he is a man who loves to rant, but who will take any excuse to tell a joke, crap or not. Some love him, some hate him and some simply think hes whiny and out of tune. But make up your mind for yourself, and pop along to the Lobby on the 22nd of August to see with your own eyes, and while youre at it, buy yourself a pint and use some of the change to buy his new live EP which will be launched on the night. And if you need any more of an excuse, Ronan tells me that his links with Douglas include some relations, an off-licence, and two bottles of cider but the less said about the latter two, the better!
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