27th 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: Louise Sheehan

Douglas is a really great village to live in. If I was asked by anybody where I live, I would be proud to stand up and say “I'm from Douglas”
In the village itself we have two shopping centres, a cinema, restaurants, hotels, and even a library. As it so happens St. Columba's Church has just been done up and is looking spectacular. We are a sporty lot too here in Douglas. Last year an indoor hall was built, it is used for all types of sports. Then there is the G.A.A Club, there are tennis courts, a swimming pool, golf, and two large pitches. There is something for everybody, it does not matter if your big, small, young or old, we cater for all.
I must say St Columba's School (my school) is brilliant. It's spacious because we are right next to the pitches and the school has the use of them, which is great. Last year there were 3,000 daffodils planted in the school grounds alone.
The school's surroundings are beautiful to look at, so in the spring it is going to look really colourful. We also have a bog garden and in sport we have a camoige team and a Gaelic football team. The football team made it into the finals in Pairc Ui Rinn. I was on the team and I felt very proud to be wearing the Douglas Jersey that day.
The location of the village is great, you could be in town in five minutes. We are also very lucky to be near the link roads and near to the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
So I just want to tell you I am really proud to be from Douglas.

What I Like About Douglas By: Sinead Dorgan

I have lived in Douglas all my life and I love it. It is a wonderful place to live. I am never ever bored, I always have something I can do, and I think you and your family would love it like I do.
Douglas is a village but it still has lots of amenities and facilities. If you wanted to go somewhere you would not have any problems as there is the cinema with five huge screens that have wonderful films for children, teenagers and adults. If you are into sport there's a lot to join. There's the G.A.A. Hall and pitch, which has football, hurling and Gaelic for people of all ages. There is a swimming pool for all ages from babies to adults, which is great. There is tennis, which is a nice sport, but if you are an enthusiastic shopper you won't have anything to worry about as there are lovely shops to visit sweet shops, clothes shops, grocery shops. Then if you are a bookworm there is a large library in the shopping centre. There are two shopping centres, there are lovely hotels with lovely food and rooms, to top it all there is a golf course nearby, it is brilliant.
St Columba's is one of the best School's in Douglas, I would think so anyway. It is very spacious and peaceful. The G.A.A. pitch fortunately is right next to us and so at school we can avail of the facilities. It is very nice around the school, it is very green with beautiful flowers, daffodils and all kinds of trees. We also have a bog garden with wonderful plants that will come up in spring. The school is a bright building with six hundred and fifty two pupils who love the school.
Douglas is a wonderful suburb. Who wouldn't resist the wonderful sight of Douglas and I am proud to live here because of everything it has to share. I would recommend Douglas to anyone.

What I Like About Douglas By: Amand Croke

Douglas is a really, really great place, I moved here when I was ten and it is a great place to live. People around here are lovely they are kind and caring. There are loads of things to do, so you never get bored.
The hotels are lovely and clean and the food is divine in the hotels. Rochestown Park Hotel is lovely and outside is really pretty. The shops have everything you need, the shopkeepers are really nice. I don't have to go to town because Douglas Court has loads of shops like Sasha, Body Sense and loads more. We have a great cinema, it's clean and they have a little snack bar there, not too dear like other cinemas. There are great restaurants, like for special occasions and take away places. There are lots of bars where some men and women like to go at night for a break, relaxing and quiet. There are lovely churches around, St Columba's has just been done up and it's really lovely. Our library is brilliant and has all the latest books.
Our school St Columba's is the best school. There are loads of green and we have a bog garden. We even planted 3,000 bulbs for the millennium. We have a fantastic computer room. This school is the best. I love living in Douglas it is a great place to live.

What I Like About Douglas By: Regina O'Sullivan

I am living in Grange in Douglas for twelve years now. Douglas is nice for its shops, its green grass and lots of trees. I love to visit the cinema and McDonalds nearby. The people around here are nice. There are lots of choices of places to walk your dogs, or just going for a walk by yourself.
Our school has a few activities in our school there are dancing classes, speech and drama, football and basketball. I go to karate after school. I like the G.A.A. disco every year. I love going to the Community Park with my friends. The swimming pool is great fun in the summer.
I love taking a walk with my Mum and Sister. In Douglas there lots of people who own dogs and cats.