6th April, 2000

A few weeks ago, we in the ‘Douglas Weekly, came up with an idea which we thought would be good because it would involve our young people in St. Columba’s girls and boys school. We rang school principal Michelle Cashman and asked her if her students would write a composition on “Why I like living in Douglas”. Michelle liked the idea and today we continue to publish another four entries. At the end of the competition we will get a judge to pick three winners, who will receive a prize from Douglas Books. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did ...

What I Like About Douglas By: Eva Foley

My neighbourhood is quiet, small and convenient. My house is over a hundred and fifty years old but strangely is still intact. The enormous development that has taken over Douglas is amazing with its playground and cinema. I am quite near to the Community Park so I can reach many destinations without the use of a car. My school is quite near too and I am also able to walk to school, St Columba's N.S. with facility for Deaf Children, it has a wide range of activities during and after school from French lessons to football or from dancing to speech and drama.
Regarding friendliness this has to be the greatest suburb I know, with so many friendly people. For instance one day our family went to Dublin and decided to go town for something to eat, my sister asked for the time but the people were too busy to worry. But here you can ask anybody the time, and they will gladly tell you.
Three years ago I received a new bike in the summer. This year was a very warm summer and so I cycled with my Mum to the park near Daily's (At this time the houses were not there) All that summer I rode my bike. That park became my favourite place. That's what I like most about Douglas.

What I Like About Douglas By: Lavinia O'Mahony

I have lived in Douglas for the past twelve years. I have had a great childhood growing up in Douglas because it is a friendly community and has a clean environment. All my brothers and sisters have lived in Douglas all their lives and really enjoyed it too.
I attend St Columba's N.S with facility for Deaf Children. St Columba's has various activities to offer such as Gaelic football. On the 15th November 1999 the football team went to Pairc Ui Rinn for a final, even though we lost it was very enjoyable. There are other activities such as camogie, basketball, swimming etc.
Douglas village is a caring place. Everyone always greets everybody else. The village has great facilities for children. For example there is the community playground, children get to run around and have lots of fun. There is also the G.A.A. pitch, you can practice your football and hurling skills if you have joined a
Team. If you have not joined a team you could join the Douglas G.A.A. Club.
I am in Douglas Camogie Club, we got to the Seandun Final and we won. It was a great experience, it was very cold on the day, but we didn't take much notice because we were having too much fun. We got medals and afterwards we had two parties.
So now I hope you can see why I like Douglas so much. I am glad to be an inhabitant of Douglas. It is great fun living in Douglas, so if you are ever going to move, I suggest you move to Douglas.

What I Like About Douglas By: Carissa Murphy

My neighbourhood has a lot of activities. We have a youth club and we have Summer Schemes and the Meals on Wheels come to elderly homes in my neighbourhood. I have been in Douglas for nearly twelve years and during these twelve years a lot of things have happened.
In our school St Columba's N.S. and facility for Deaf Children, a lot of activities were played, especially sports like camogie, Gaelic football, basketball, swimming, P.E games, gymnastics, Irish dancing, tennis and we also have activities after school like karate, music, art classes, speech and drama and French Lessons.
Buildings have complemented our village greatly. It is similar to a little town because we have two shopping centres, a cinema, restaurants, banks, pubs, a G.A.A. pitch, Douglas Hall, St Columba's Hall, chip shops, Douglas Community Park and recently renovated St Columba's Church. Several things have happened and most people are happy with it.
Last term St Columba's Girls National School's Gaelic football team played in the “Scaith Na Scoil” Final in Pairc Ui Rinn, sadly we lost by two points against Watergrass Hill. The boy's also lost in the final too. I thought it was a very disappointing day.
I would say Douglas has changed over the past few years but what I like about Douglas the best is the Fingerpost. I think it is the most historical thing in Douglas and we are really, really proud of it.

What I Like About Douglas By:Amanda Murphy

The thing I like most about Douglas is my neighbourhood and how everybody is concerned about the elderly. Everybody in my neighbourhood is friendly and always has something to say. Everyone helps to produce a safer and cleaner environment.
I attend St Columba's National School, which now has facility for the Deaf. Everyone participates in activities such as Gaelic football, camogie swimming, P.E games, art classes and speech and drama. The school caters for all interests including gardening in the woodland and helping to look after the tadpoles in then bog garden.
Douglas Village has developed greatly in the past twenty years, for instance there are more companies, banks and cinemas, which everyone has appreciated greatly. Douglas Park is tremendously clean and has a newly built playground.
The thing I will remember most about Douglas is Douglas Village and the two parks. The people of Douglas show generosity because they support the Lions Club. Douglas has great community participation, because on New Years Eve came together to celebrate the new Millennium.
The things I like about Douglas are the friendliness and generosity of the people and the scenery. The thing I most enjoy and my family do is the Douglas Weekly.