31st May, 2001

Last Saturday I called down to the GAA pitch to take some photographs of the Street Leagues competition. Hundreds of youngsters there with their parents made it, I’m sure, a most enjoyable day for all concerned. Well done to all who gave their time and effort into this great local sporting event which is really the youngsters day, and well done to Douglas Credit Union who continue to sponsor it.
Last Saturday night, my wife and I went for a meal in the new look Bohemian Restaurant. The two most important people in any restaurant are the person who greets you at the door, and with Sheila Murphy to welcome patrons, with a smile, they’re half way there. The second most important person is the chef, and may I say, after eating the meal, the Bohemian are on a winner. Excellent! I almost forgot, when you’ve finished your meal try a ‘Bohemian experience’. What a drink!! Well done to Kenoz and his team.

Most of you will have seen the work being carried out on the Link Road, diggers, wooden fencing, etc... We rang a few of our local politicians, but only Councillor Peter Kelly could tell us what was happening. The work is being carried out by the NRA (National Roads Authority) to reduce the noise pollution level to the residents parallel to the road. I spoke to a resident of a local estate who told me that diggers had come to their estate last weekend, dug up some ground, deposited the earth in front our their houses, and left. The residents don’t seem to know what’s happening. I’ve mentioned it before, organise a residents association, or if you want to know what’s happening in your area, contact your public representatives, that’s what they are there for.

I got a very unusual call last week from Frances. She told me that she was carrying out a survey for the Royal College of Surgeons, in association with the Dept. of Health and Children and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. She wanted 15 minutes of my time to ask me questions on “sexual violence”. I asked her how she got my home telephone number (ex-directory). She told me it was picked at random. I told her to fax me the questions and I’d look at them and reply, but Frances wasn’t interested. Did any other readers hear from the Royal College of Surgeons?

Well done to Jerry Russell on his fantastic tribute to Perry Como last Friday night. Everybody I spoke to who was at the show, really enjoyed it. Not forgetting Tim Desmond on keyboards. Well done lads.

Speaking of music, the South County is having a rock’n’roll night with live music on Sunday night. I’ll be there, hope to see you there.

Congratulations to Terry and Maeve Brugha of Olgrin Wines, Douglas East. They tell me that they finally got their wine licence. Now we have a classy wine bar in Douglas. What’s that country music song title, “A bottle of wine and Patsy Cline”, although Maeve is very partial to Edith Piaf. A selection of coffees is also available.
There is a sense of an election in the air, I can feel it. The politicians are calling on Louis Copeland, the hair-stylists are being booked, the tanning lamps are coming out. Ireland is booming, both Carrigaline and Ballincollig are seeking a town council. What about Douglas? It’s caught between a ‘rock and a hard place”. Half of it is in the city and half of it is in the county. A twenty acre site in Carriagline is being built as a social and youth facility. There are also big things happening in Ballincollig. What about Douglas? There is a 13 acre site for sale at present in our area. What about something similar for our young population?

Finally, my good friend Derek Rusk, manager of Douglas Court Shopping centre, is moving to a new job. Most of you will know Derek, a tall, good looking guy with glasses (that’s another cup of coffee you owe me!), who has been a tremendous asset to the centre for the past few years. Readers, if you’re in the centre on Thursday, wish him well, as I do, and hopefully he’ll keep in touch with his friends in Douglas. Thanks Derek.

Readers, enjoy the long weekend, drive carefully, belt up, no drink driving, don’t swim alone and I’ll see you next week.

Bye for now,
Michael O’Hanlon

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