26th July, 2001
Members of Douglas
Tidy Town's committee wish to thank all at St Columbus Terrace
for the excellent work done, which looked very well on Saturday
I would ask that a special effort is made for the remainder of this month to ensure a good result for July, especially during the weekends.
I would like to see new members join the Street Sweep on Wednesdays and Saturday's meeting at the Community Centre, Church Road. I would like to hear from representative of clubs and other organisation in Douglas to contact us.
I again request any suggestions as to how Douglas Village can be improved to achieve a good result and win .I know the will and commitment is there from both Cork County Council and Cork Corporation.
Finally thanks to the many business that have offered and given financial support over recent weeks.
Is mise le meas,
Sean O'Riordan, Chairman, Douglas Tidy Towns Committee
THE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS
"Not far from Douglas is a handsome house adorned with a cupola and good plantations, the residence of Mr. Richard Newenham, merchant in Cork, a gentleman who is the largest dealer in Ireland in the worsted trade." For the following information on Maryborough House, I am indebted to Mr. Dermot H. Sherrard who lived there for many years and whose eldest son is still in residence. "Unfortunately I don't know much about the history of that particular branch of the Newenham family except that towards the end of the last century they lost their money and could not remain in Maryborough. The Perrier family rented it for about fourteen years and my father bought it in 1889, as far as I can remember.
It is possible that Captain Newenham of Coolmore, Carrigaline could give you information on his cousins. He is descended from the same ancestors and Coolmore is a sort of sister house to Maryborough, though a good deal later in the eighteenth century period.
'Owing to the design it would seem that Maryborough was built between 1700 and 1730-.
'I never heard of any military establishment in Maryborough, unless the regiment of soldiers camped there for a week or two during the last war (World War Two) is referred to. Of course we did have the Free State Army occupying the front lodge area and the De Valera group at the back which resulted in a lot of shooting, but I don't remember anybody being hit.
'Newenham had sentry boxes built into the wall on Maryborough Hill, both inside and outside the wall - some are still there. It is said he used them to prevent people using the road, hence the construction of Carr's Hill Road to Carrigaline. Of course he did own all the land on both sides of the hill so, I suppose he may have owned the road. John Newenham, a younger brother of the last Newenham owner of Maryborough was, apparently a great gardener and collector of trees and shrubs and left behind a very interesting collection, for which we have always been most grateful, and to which we have added many, which will be interesting to see in another thirty years. Even now, there is quite a unique collection of rhododendrons...
'I don't think there is really anything very notable about our family. We suspect that our ancestors arrived in Ireland about 1670 or 80. On my mother's side we may have arrived with the Milesians - or so my grandfather maintained. Possibly our only distinction is that we are still here and hope to stay!"
Further enquiries to Mr. Sherrard, with particular reference to the picturesque lodge by the main entrance, brought the following reply: "As I think I told you, all records concerning the property were destroyed in the Four Courts fire, so we are largely dependant on speculation, hearsay and legend for information. According to Desmond Cuinness of the Ceorgian Society, Maryborough House was almost certainly built during the period 1720 - 1730. After that, rooms tended to be much larger and decoration became purely Adam Style. Some of Maryborough's rooms appear to have Adam style decoration added - notably the entrance hall and some mantelpieces. According to an old man who lived in Douglas when I was a child, the lodge was older than the present house, and served an older house said to have been more or less on the present site but facing the other way, and approached from the area now a flower garden, the avenue being closed inside the wall of Maryborough Hill. How reliable all this is we don't know, but certainly the design of the lodge is Queen Anne in style and this would seem to bear out the tale."
Note: Oueen Anne died 1st of August 1714.
"The largest demesnes in this parish (Carrigaline) are those of Coolmore, containing 540 acres, Maryborough 370 and Oldcourt 350 acres. They belong respectively to William Worth Newenham Esq., Richard Devensher Newenham Esq., and Sir Francis Coold. Oldcourt formerly the property of Mr. Morris, owes all its beauty to the present possessor who built a handsome house and adorned the grounds with a variety of rich plantation.
Continued next week
THUMBS UP FOR ALL NEW CLIO
This week sees the beginning of a new motoring
feature by Douglas Weeklys, George Thompson bringing you
reviews of the newest and best from your local dealer showrooms.
This week I took the all new Renault Clio for a test drive courtesy of Douglas Renault on the Douglas Road, and on first impressions I must say I was surprised. Now when it comes to the small car class, one imagines town driving in a cramped cabin with just enough room in the boot for the shopping but, if this were the case then the revamped Clio would be the exception to the rule.
Since the Clio first rolled off the production line in 1988 over 1,7000,000 have been sold and this year the little French runabout got a major make over in style and safety features before reappearing in Irish showrooms this month.
The interior of the Clio is completely redesigned, is spacious and has excellent all round visibility. The dash is well laid out with all controls at finger tip length including Renaults unique stereo/radio controls just below the wiper controls on the steering column meaning you never have to take your hands off the wheel while driving. LED mileometer tells you the mileage on your engine while you can also trip the secondary readout to monitor the mileage on your current journey. Very useful also is a LED readout when you start up, telling you that you oil is OK. New stowage spaces allow for extra room in the cabin with plenty of leg room for rear seat passengers.In terms of safety, apart from the revised structure, the New Clio now offers adaptive front air bags, safety belts equipped with load limiters and pretensioners as well as head/thorax side airbags.
Driving the Clio I couldnt help wondering if it wasnt its bigger brother, the Megane I was in control of, I was so impressed. Comfortable to drive, I felt confident in this small car. The power assisted steering is superb but not for the unwary as it is so light, I was able to turn the wheel fully with one finger while driving. The ABS brakes were smooth especially when braking at speed. Performance wise this car is very responsive so much so that I didnt notice how quickly I had reached 70 mph after merging with traffic on the South Link Road. For parking this car is a dream as with the assistance of the light steering it is possible to turn this car 360 degrees on a thrupenny bit.
The exterior of the New Clio is a huge improvement with the new twin element headlamps and high mounted indicators giving it that distinctive sporty look, while the rest of the design has evolved to complete the make over.
Overall I have to give the Renault Clio the thumbs up. Whether driving or parking around town or indeed driving to Dublin this car offers the comfort and safety one might expect in a luxury car.
The all New Renault Clio is available from Douglas Renault on the Douglas Road with prices ranging from £11,290 for the 1.2, three door model to £20,850 for the top of the range 2 Litre 172 bhp sports model. I tested the 1.2 Sport, 5 Door saloon which has a price tag of £12,050.
The All New Clio......
Ratings (out of five)
Ride & Handling ****
Standard Features with the Al New
Driver & Passenger Air Bags
Front Side Air Bags
R/C Central Locking
Electric Front Windows& Mirrors
TECHNOLOGY & THE LAW
By Josephine O'Herlihy, Solicitor
A lot of people view the legal system as archaic, out of touch, old-fashioned and resistant to change but this is not the case. Ireland is now the leading producer of software and technology in the world and the legal system has now fully embraced the world of technology and computerisation. Here follows a few examples:
THE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE ACT 2000
The Electronic Commerce Act 2000 came into effect in September 2000 and electronic communications and information are now recognised legally. Previously, only original paper documents were considered legal and had to be presented in Court as proof of their existence and originality.
Section 9 of the Act states that information shall not be denied legal effect, validity or enforceability, solely on the grounds that it is wholly or partly in electronic form. The Act also recognises electronic signatures in certain circumstances, however there are exceptions, the most important being a Will which must always be in its original form.
If somebody buys on the Internet, the Electronic Commerce Act 2000 considers this to be a formal contract where previously this would have been in doubt. There are, however, difficulties concerning on-line contracts, the most obvious being a problem of jurisdiction. If you order goods from the US on-line, where was the contract made? If you have problems with what you bought and have to sue, you will most likely need an American lawyer to fight your case in the US.
THE LAND REGISTRY
The Title to most people's houses is registered in the Land Registry. For the Cork region the Land Registry is situated in Waterford City. For each Land Registry Title a Folio Number is attributed to the Registered Owner and all details of the owner's property, for example what Mortgages affect the property and the size and acreage of the property is registered under this Folio Number. Within the last few months the Land Registry in Cork has gone on-line. This obviously involved a huge amount of work as every Folio had to be entered and as every property is bought or sold each Folio is updated. All this information can now be accessed by clicking on the mouse.
ACTS OF THE OIREACHTAS
Up to approximately one year ago if you wished to obtain any Statute or Act of the Oireachtas you firstly had to know the year in which it was passed, find and obtain the book in which it was published and if you wished to know whether or not any Acts were passed on a particular subject, it was not possible to do this. Now every Act of the Oireachtas passed since 1922 is available on one CD. Not only is this extremely convenient, but the search facility allows you to find if an Act on a certain topic was passed or not. You simply key in the appropriate words and, with a click on the mouse, the information is presented to you.
For your legal advice contact Josephine on 021-4966166.
Cllr. Deirdre Forde - ROCHESTOWN ROAD
Following representations from residents in the area I have drawn Councils attention to the stacking of rubble and earth in the 'lay-by' in the area. From time to time trucks and other vehicles also park here and residents have indicated that they would like to see the footpath continued at that side of the road. I will keep you informed. Deirdre Forde.
Projects in Africa being Run Through Trocáire
Last Saturday's walk from Crosshaven went off
very successfully with soldiers from Collins Bk., FCA personnel,
Nurses from St Finbarrs Hospital Special Baby care Unit, retired
PDF and friends taking part. £2011 was raised on walk day
because of the generosity of the people of Crosshaven,
Carrigaline and Cork City & County. To date in excess of £14,000
towards the School Project in Uganda and the Cancer Project in
Tanzania has been raised.
Members of the 89 INF Battalion in South Lebanon also walked organised by Com Walsh from the City and C/S Team from Grenagh. They also intend to run A Race Night to raise further funds for the Projects.
89 B Battalion is to be the last Irish Battalion in the Lebanon
Sgt John Wade, Collins Bk. Cork
Gerhard Berger Grand-Prix driver talking .
"You have one disadvantage with high natural talent and that
is you are not used to working hard. And then you go to a level
where you're going to fight with Senna - a level where you meet
people with very high natural talent who also spend twenty four
hours a day working on it.
Dan Dempsey's 24 hour rescue & Recovery, Kinsale 086-8217777
CORK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS
Cork / South West Consortium Slams Proposed Airport Landing Charges and Calls on Minister to Act
A Cork/South West Consortium has made a detailed
submission to the Aviation Commission on the proposed landing
charges at Cork Airport, having made a presentation to the
Commissioner at public hearings this week.
The proposals, if adopted, could seriously damage Cork Airports viability and the regions development. While the detailed submission covers a range of issues, the Consortium feels that overall the Commissioners determination is extremely flawed and damaging to Cork Airport which has had the least investment of the three state airports, although it is still the most efficient of its peers in the UK and Europe.
Speaking on behalf of the Consortium, Michael Geary, Chief Executive of Cork Chamber of Commerce said Cork Airport is a key item of regional infrastructure that, despite being deprived of essential investment, operates efficiently and provides a range of services that have contributed towards the development of the national and regional economies. Any proposal that would place unfair and disadvantaged costs on Cork Airport would have extremely serious repercussions for the region and its potential to contribute to balanced regional development, in addition to the regions potential to provide a counterbalance to the over capacity of the greater Dublin region. Without a competitive Cork Airport such policies will not work.
The Consortium submits that the Commission has not taken sufficient cognisance of Government policy and strategy as outlined in the National Development Plan on 'balanced regional development and the National Spatial Strategy in the need to provide a counterbalance to Dublin in arriving at its conclusions, in so far as Cork Airport is central to such policies, which is a major shortcoming.
The Consortium now calls on Minister ORourke to use her powers under Section 10 of the Aviation Regulation Act and give a general policy direction on the contribution of airports to the regions in which they are located as she is empowered to do.
TRACTON NIGHT OUT
The Traditional Irish nights at the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion are proving to be a great success this year. Last Thursday the annual Comfort for Cancer fundraising night was once again well supported, the variety of entertainment was top class and enjoyed by all. This Thursday July 26th is a special night in aid of the Tracton Parish church building fund. It promises to be an action packed programme with the talent of the parish joining forces with the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group and the Kiely Walsh Dancers. Special guest artist will be All-Ireland Scor Champion storyteller Paddy O'Brien. A great night out for all the family including visitors is in store. Everybody is welcome to take the floor for waltzing, ceili and set dancing from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, Adm. only £3. Cead mile failte roimh cach.
SUNDAY MASS - INDIAN CHURCH APPEAL
Fr. Pius Baraik, The priest from India will say
Mass at 12 O'clock next Sunday 29th July at St. Augustines
Church, Washington Street, in thanksgiving for your generous
contributions towards building a church in India.
Fr. Pius is coming particularly to Cork to acknowledge and personally thank you all for all the efforts which resulted in the success of this venture, and all the money will be presented to him after the Mass.
All are very welcome
For those who are unable to go to the Mass. If they wish they can see Fr. Pius at St. Columba's Hall at 1.30pm
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