13th 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: Ciara Lowen

I have been living in Douglas for twelve years. I have a lot of friends living in Douglas. I live in a clean environment because once a year all the women and children come together and pick up all the rubbish in the park. They also dig up the wedges around the park. There are plenty of houses in Douglas and plenty more are been built.
I am attending St Columba's N.S. with facility for Deaf Children. The main sport activities are Gaelic football and camogie, which are played in Douglas. There is a Girls football team in Douglas Hall. In St Columba's we also have a lot of activities like swimming, computers, creative dance and we can talk to other schools through the Internet. We have got as far as Pairc Ui Rinn in Gaelic football.
Douglas Village has a swimming pool, two shopping centres, a G.A.A. pitch and a G.A.A. hall. There is a new park in Douglas for all the children living in Douglas. There are many restaurants, pubs, chip shops and a big cinema.
The St Columba's Church has been renovated. The bridge near the St Columba's Church is called the “Bow Wow Bridge”
The best newsletter, which I like is Douglas Weekly.

What I Like About Douglas By: Dannielle

My neighbourhood is a friendly environment in Douglas. I have lived in Douglas for twelve years and have seen it develop immensely. The old and the young enjoy the different activities in our area. The community comes together to cater for the elderly by providing “Meals on Wheels” We are very lucky to have such commitment and not only do they cook the meals, they also do it voluntarily.
I attend St Columba's N.S. with facility for Deaf Children. I think that the children in my school are extremely lucky. My main reason to think this is because they will not think a child with a disability is any different than themselves. We have a lot of activities in our school such as football our Gaelic football team got into the “Sciath na Scoil” final. We also have activities such as camogie, basketball, swimming, P.E games, gymnastics, Irish dancing, tennis, karate, music, art lessons, speech and drama and French lessons.
Douglas village is like a town itself. There are all different places in Douglas. There are two shopping centres, a community park and G.A.A. grounds. While if you need to get out of the house and are over eighteen there are numerous pubs you can go to. (A swimming pool where you can learn to swim)
What will always remind me of Douglas will be what my Mom told me, that when she had first come here it was like the country, full of fields and now it like a mini town.
I have been an inhabitant of Douglas my whole life and am very glad to be. We also have our own special, unique newspaper called the Douglas Weekly.

What I Like About Douglas By: Karen O'Leary

Douglas is situated south west of Cork. I have lived there for twelve years. Douglas is an urban environment and is very well known for history, farming and sports. There are lots of beaches around Douglas. Ireland is a part of the E.U. it is also known as a wealthy country. There are a lot of shops and supermarkets such as Douglas Court and Tesco. The Community Park has just been decorated and is lovely for kids in the summer.
Swimming is also very popular in Douglas and it is only 90p for four hours (I think) Golfing in Frankfield is very near Little Chef, town, Douglas Court and the new Shell garage, if you are hungry or running out of gas. For tourists there are some great hotels such as Rochestown Park Hotel, Jury's Hotel and the Maryborough House Hotel. There are also a very large variety of B&B's.
Schools are very wealthy in Douglas especially St Columba's G.N.S. which has just joined on to a school for the Hearing- Impaired. Adults think it's really good for their children to see that they are no different to them than anyone else.
Douglas is a good suburb and it is very close to the city, but any day I could stand up and say I live in Douglas.

What I Like About Douglas By: Michelle Kennedy

I have been an inhabitant of Douglas ever since I can remember (12 years to be exact) I like the park I live in. I have a lot of friends there mostly boys, but I don't mind. I have seen Douglas grow to its full potential with all its local facilities. Douglas has grown over the years to one of the best suburbs in Cork City.
It has a G.A.A. pitch and hall, two shopping centres, swimming pool and a community park to relax in, where there's dogs allowed and there's a Children's playground. I have been attending St Columba's N.S. with facility for Deaf Children for eight years it is a good school. It has a variety of activities to choose from. During school hours on certain days, the class has P.E., you can play football, camogie, basketball, swimming or computer. All the staff are really helpful and kind. There are after school activities as well like disco dancing, Irish dancing, tennis, art and many more.
Douglas cares a lot about its inhabitants. It has Meals on Wheels for the elderly people and every year the G.A.A. hosts a disco for the children. Although Douglas is not the City, it has all the facilities the city has to offer.