14th June, 2001
Notice Board


Dear Michael,

I am glad to report that the Business Premises are now painting their place of business and flower boxes and hanging baskets are making an appearance. South County Bar have the painters on site and are ready to put hanging baskets on display .
Cork County Council must be congratulated for the flower boxes at the two roundabouts opposite Douglas Village Shopping Centre and Douglas Court Shopping Centre. The Community Park river is also undergoing major improvement with new fencing in place.
Also excellent work has been done to the river near the ICA hall.
The Street Sweep commenced for the first time last Wednesday and new people are always welcome (time 7.00pm to 9.00pm) meeting at the Community Centre , Church Road.
I was delighted on behalf of Douglas Tidy Towns Committee to make a presentation to Father Liam ,who celebrated forty years work .Also thanks to all who organised an excellent evening. Father Liam keep up the good work.
Cork Corporation are in the process of putting tubs at the Well road and at the entrance to Douglas East.
I would like to hear from your readers whether Douglas is looking better for our efforts

Is mise le meas
Sean O'Riordan Chairman ,
Douglas Tidy Towns Committee


If there is a prerequisite required starting any business, it must be to like what you are doing. That means the people you deal with will are sure to get that extra care and attention that makes all the difference in the quality that inspires good customer confidence. Once you've achieved that you're on a winner.
Claire Caulfield has always loved flowers and has always enjoyed working with them. When she was sixteen years old she went to work in a florist. For nine years she studied and learnt, practised and perfected everything there was to know about being a florist. From the very beginning it had been her intention to open her own flower shop and when she saw the opening for a Florist in the Ballintemple / Ballinlough / Blackrock / Douglas area she did not hesitate to provide one. So with the help and support of her family and friends and some neighbouring businesses, her dream has come true.

Claire's florist shop, appropriately named " All That Blooms" is now open at Churchyard Lane in Ballintemple, if you are not familiar with the area it's next to the Silver Key Bar. Claire offers a full comprehensive range of floral services. Flowers for every occasion; Birthdays, First Communions, Confirmations, 21'sts, Engagement Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Funerals, no matter what the occasion Claire knows how to say it with flowers and floral arrangements. But what else would one expect from someone who loves her work. Give her a call on (021) 4295040.


Best of luck to the staff of the Touchdown, who are off to Romania on a fundraising
expedition next Tuesday. Those participating would like to extend their thanks to Barry
O'Connell of O'Connell's Food Hall The Lough for his generous sponsorship and also
to the owners and management of the Touchdown.


E-Commerce Act
The Electronic Commerce Act 2000 came into legal effect in Ireland in late September 2000. If you are using the Internet and email at work, it may be of interest to you to learn how this Act provides a legal framework for online business activities.
If a person wishes to make an application, make a claim, lodge a return or carry out any transaction with a public body, the Act provides the necessary legal framework to be carried out online or by other electronic means. For private transactions, including the formation of contracts between private persons or businesses, these may be transacted by electronic means in a secure legal framework.

Membership Directory 2001
The Chamber’s Annual Membership Directory contains contact information for all it’s members. Due to be published for the coming year all members recently received an update form with each company’s current listing. Changes/additions must be sent to Helen for immediate publication. Members should note that if the form for their company is not returned, the Chamber will presume the current information is correct and proceed with publication. Helen can be contacted at 4509044

Chamber visits Fota House.
On Monday evening Prof Tom Raftery, Secretary of Fota Trust welcomed Chamber members and guests to Fota House for a Business After Hours event. Fota House is one of Cork’s most important historic buildings and is currently undergoing an expansive restoration programme costing £5 million, 2 million of which is being generated by a private fundraising campaign. Visitors say the work completed on the main structure of the house and got a taste for what is to come in the second restoration phase due to start in July.


Back in May local boy Damian Dunlea made his fourth trip to the National Stadium on the South Circular Road in Dublin to participate in the National Boxing Championships. He was then the present BantamWeight Champion weighing in at 54 Kilos. There were seven other contestants in his class all champions of their own Provinces and Counties. Damian was drawn against the Leinster Champion, Vincent Monaghan whom he defeated in the second round, - after Vincent got two standing counts the referee stopped the bout.
In the semi-finals Damian was up against Owen O'Malley from Eagle in the North who he beat on a 10 -4 scoreline.
In the final Damian boxed Paul Lockhart from Golden Cobra in Tallagh who had previously knocked out both of his opponents. Damian had already beaten Paul Lockart by a point the year before so he knew it was going to be a hard contest. And so it was, it went the full distance and Paul Lockart won on a two-point decision (8-6). This meant that Damian won the Silver Medal and a place on the Irish Team.
If he can repeat this or even win the Nationals next year he will be going to the Celtic Junior Olympics in Scotland.
The Douglas Weekly would like to congratulate Damian on winning the Silver Medal and to wish him every success in the future.
Damian of course says its all thanks to his Dad, David, who helped him with his training and dieting throughout the year.


Father's Day is a day on which the people of many Western countries express gratitude and appreciation for their fathers by giving them gifts or greeting cards. It is generally accepted that Father's Day falls on the third Sunday in June. The concept itself appears to come from some ancient tradition, but surprisingly enough it is a relatively modern idea and as we shall see it is typically American.
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington State, U.S.A, got the idea to set aside a special day to honour fathers in 1909, after listening to a sermon on Mother's Day. She wanted to honour her father, William Jackson Smart. Smart's wife died in 1898, and he raised their six children on his own. Dodd drew up a petition recommending adoption of a national father's day. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) supported it. Through Sonora Dodd's efforts, Spokane celebrated the first Father's Day on June 19, 1910. Over the years, many resolutions to make the day an official national holiday were introduced. Finally, in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Father's Day into law. It must be the only positive thing in Nixon's Presidency for which he gets any credit. Over the years most countries around the world have included a Fathers Day in their calendar .


by Josephine O’Herlihy

Always make sure that the deposit paid to the Auctioneer is paid “subject to contract”. This means that if for any reason you decide not to purchase prior to signing Contracts for Sale, your deposit is safe and will be returned to you by the Auctioneer.

Make sure the property is thoroughly checked by an Architect or Engineer prior to committing to the deal. You have no comeback if you find defects later because the principal “let the buyer beware” applies when purchasing a second hand property. Be careful.

It is not necessary to own the Freehold of your property (i.e. forever). Some purchasers are anxious to “buy out the ground rent”. Often the ground rent can be as little as 5p per year and provided the Lease is for a lengthy term it is still good Title. However always ask your Solicitor if there are any conditions in the Lease which may restrict your use of your new home.

It is very important to take out a Mortgage Protection Policy to cover your borrowing’s with the Financial Institution. In the event of the death of the purchaser or either of them if there are more than one the proceeds of the Mortgage Protection Policy are used to pay off the Mortgage.

A house purchase usually takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks so be prepared to wait. A purchaser however should try and ensure that he or she inspects the house prior to final completion to ensure that no damage has been done to the property and that the house is as it was when first inspected.

For further legal advice phone 021-4966166.


by Con FoleyPart 44 - continued from last week

Across the road to the left of Donnybrook House, could be seen until recently the ornamental iron gates of Montpelier House. The name itself was enscrolled on the gates. This was once the residence of the O'Donovan. Richard O'Donovan is said to have studied for twenty two years in the University of Toulouse, where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Laws.
He was elected member of parliament for Baltimore but resigned to Jeremy O'Donovan of Rinogreany. He married Catherine Ronayne of Ronayne's Court, Rochestown (now derelict), the aunt of Mary Ronayne, wife of Morgan O'Donovan, the ancestor of the O'Donovans of Montpellier. Morgan O'Donovan Montpellier is listed in the Cork Directory of 1867. (Montpellier itself, is a town in France, 31 miles south-west of Nimes. It has a university noted for its faculty of medicine. There are distilleries, printing works and other industries).
Colonel William O'Donovan, The O'Donovan, J.P., D.L., Chieftain of the ancient Irish sept of o,Donovan, of Clan Cathal, Liss Ard, Skibbereen, only son of Henry Winthrop O'Donovan, The O'Donovan, M.A., J.P., D.L., and his wife Amelia, daughter of Courcey O'Grady, The O'Grady of Kiliballyowen, Co. Limerick; educated at Haileybury and Magdalen College, Oxford, B.A; Licut. Colonel commanding 4th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusilliers, Special Reserve (late South Cork Militia), served with the Battalion in the Boer War 1899- 1902; mentioned in Dispatches. Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant, Co. Cork.


Forum on the Value of Urban Design
'Designing Cities' is a major forum on urban design and development, which will take place on Tuesday June 26th in Cork¹s Millennium Hall. Developed and organised by the National Sculpture Factory and Cork Midsummer Festival, the forum will provide an opportunity to explore the challenges faced by architects, engineers, town planners and developers in meeting new demands for redevelopment, regeneration and expansion.
The forum which will feature keynote national and international speakers and practitioners, will be preceded on the evening of Monday June 25th by 'Designing Cork', an outline of the Cork city development plans and a presentation by architect Beth Galí who is designing the redevelopment of Patrick Street. This is a free public lecture, which will take place at 6pm in the Crawford Municipal Gallery.
Speakers at the 'Designing Cities' forum will include, Joe Berridge, of Urban Strategies Inc, and specialist in urban design and development, Architect and Property Developer Roger Zogolovitch, of Lake Estates Ltd and Joe Gavin, Cork City Manager.
The forum will feature two panel discussions, the first 'Regeneration or Redesign?' will be chaired by Noel Brady and will feature, amongst others, Beth Galí, Neil Hegarty, Cork City Architect, Fred Manson, Head of Regeneration and Environment in Southwark Council, London.
The second panel event will examine the Role of the Government and local authorities in setting the agenda to encourage better urban design and architecture. This session will be chaired by Sean Ó¹Laoire director and co-founder of Murray Ó¹Laoire Architects and will feature Joanna Averley, head of Project Enabling, Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment UK, Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, The Irish Times and John Fitzgerald, Dublin City Manager.


The Maternity Protection Act 1994 sets out the main entitlements of pregnant employees. The Act applies to all pregnant employees. There is no need to have worked for any specific period of time, or to work any minimum hours per week. Any contract which attempts to diminish the rights given under the Act is void.
Once a pregnancy is confirmed there is an entitlement to take reasonable time off to attend ante and post natal medical check-ups, without loss of pay.
The basic maternity leave entitlement is 18 weeks at least four weeks must be taken before the birth of the baby and four weeks after, the balance of ten weeks can be taken as the employee decides.
It is the right to leave from employment, not paid leave, which is covered by the Act. During these 18 weeks Maternity Benefit may be paid by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, as long as the PRSI requirements are met . This payment is based on a rate of 70% of the employees gross earnings subject to a minimum of £98.70 and a maximum of £183.00.
Up to 4 weeks additional maternity leave may be taken, however, this will not be covered by the Maternity Benefit payment.
Some contracts of employment provide for additional rights to payment during the leave period, for example, that the employee will receive full pay, less the amount of Maternity Benefit. Whilst on Maternity Leave, apart from pay, the employee must be treated as if she had been at work during her maternity leave. As a result, if pay or other conditions have improved the employee is entitled to benefit from that when she returns to work. Maternity Leave cannot be counted as part of any other leave entitlement e.g annual leave entitlement. Employees on Maternity Leave are entitled to have the credit of any public holiday(s) during the Leave period.
Once the maternity leave period is over there is a right for the employee to return to the job that was previously being done by her, on terms at least as good as were in existence before that leave. If it is not practical for the employee to return to the exact same job then the employer must provide them with suitable alternative work.
Under the terms of the Act four weeks notice must be given in writing of intention to take Maternity Leave and four weeks notice of intention to return to work. The importance of following these and other associated rules cannot be overstressed, failure to do so can seriously affect the employees rights.
This information was provided by the Citizens Information Call Centre. The centre provides free, confidential information, on all rights and entitlements. The service is available on lo-call 1890 777 121 from 9.30 am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.


for Fr. Liam O'Regan , by Fr. Jim Good.
Saint Peter was in rather nasty mood
He didn't know his new computer well.
Some saintly people nearly went to hell:
Some entered heaven who were by no means good.

"O Regan, Liam is here", said he, and stood
At heaven's gate. "A single look will tell
I've done my forty years and feel quite swell;
They said you'd let me enter if you could."

"Not quite so fast," said Peter with a frown.
"O'REGAN my computer prints 'UNKNOWN',
And first-name LIAM has no computer key.
Get back to earth, and there you'll wait and see

Your further sentence in this vale of tears:
P.P in Douglas Parish - TEN MORE YEARS."

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