23rd August, 2001
TRIBUTE TO NOEL MORRISH
It`s hard to
believe that Noel Morrish went to Heaven over a month ago, he is
so much yet a part of An Oige and shall remain a loving memory.
His was a life full of joy and happiness. He missed his wife Mairin but he rose above it and his family were indeed a Bulwark to help him along.
His love of books and research took Mairin and himself into another world. When they spoke in Irish you witnessed the deep love they had for "An Teangan Dhuchais" Noel had a phrase when parting he would say "No lets not just keep the faith _ lets spread it" How right he was.
Let`s get out in the countryside that he loved. Trees were his speciality so " Orienteering" was a joy for him and the beauty of the forest with its flora and faunaheld a special place in his heart. He was very knowledgable leisurewalks in Boreens and lettle roads he loved, with
comanding views over our lovely land.Last Sundays Walking "Union Hall" would have been very special.
He had recenthly taken over as Regional Chairman of An Oige which he loved and was a regular at it`s Thursday night cycle runs. A Guard of Honour was provided at his removal of cyclists young and not so young by over 20 of the Thursday night cycle group. He loved being with people and he was passionate about swimming and climbing with friends was again something special.
We will honour his memory on a hill walking week-end which he was to lead on the week-end of 1-2nd. Sep. next taking in the beauty of Benaumore and Mangerton in his beloved Kerry, staying in the An Oige Hostel in
Noel we miss you but Ta imis cinnte go bfuil tu ins na bhlaitis immeasg na n-aingeal is na naomh mar bhi tu gconnai reidh.
Mairin agus Noel enjoy Heaven. To his family we extend our deepest sympathy. Stand proud for having a father who was the love of your lives and whoes frindship we treasured.
CLLR. DEIRDRE FORDE WRITES ...
Readers I've had a very' busy week I'm glad to say. There are many issues and concerns to keep me going on a full time basis and with the economic growth around Douglas and Rochestown and the rest of the constituency it looks set to continue in that vein.
Someone once asked me what would I do if! won the lotto (as if) and I know I would still hope to he doing this job which must he a good sign!
I have noticed the bad weather has a detrimental effect on various road surfaces and this will escalate over the winter. I have notified Council that there are potholes on the Fingerpost Roundabout; Calderwood Road (more of Calderwood is on the programme for next year) the Ballycurreen road is in a terrible condition. Incidentally, I am aware that Residents and commercial businesses in this area are taking their lives in their hands when trying to cross the Airport Road at the Bull McCabe junction. The speed and volume of traffic on this road leads to kamikaze style crossing and I know that there have been a number of accidents at the junction. I will be asking Council Traffic Engineers to examine what can be done. This road will continue to be heavily utilised and lets face it, with the backup of traffic in Frankfield we need all the infrastructure of the area to be up to standard and functioning at maximum,
I am delighted that work has commenced on the footpath at 'The South County' and I have
discussed with the Engineer again the suggestion of bollard's under the Bow Wow Bridge.
While we were examining the scene last week, we nearly had our toenails clipped when a van and a car crossed under the bridge. Bollards were suggested in the traffic Plan (as an alert resident of the area recently pointed out to me) I know that the Engineer felt that the larger bollards would be too obtrusive under the bridge and was contemplating placing two prior to entry under the bridge to slow traffic. However, I still hold the view that the danger to the elderly and those with buggies especially is when under the bridge. The Engineer is going to examine the problem and come back to me soon.
I have also written to the Engineer asking him to place sections of footpaths adjacent to the E.S.B. boxes in Kensington on the footpath programme for upgrading and to send in the truck to clean the drains to prevent flooding over the winter months. That's it readers,
I'll be in touch next week. Cllr. Deirdre Forde
ANIMAL CARE SOCIETY
Since its foundation in October 2000, The Animal Care Society has gone from strength to strength with many new developments. Perhaps the most important development to date is that the ACS is now a registered charity which significantly means that any donations or financial support to the ACS is tax deductible.
The ever rising number of animals saved and re-homed is testament to the ACS but the Society needs urgently, its own sanctuary. With its own sanctuary the ACS can handle emergency cases without having to ring around for help. Like most projects there is the question of funding for a down payment on a suitable premises and subsequent mortgage. To this effect the ACS has started its own standing order campaign featuring recent rescuees Chester and Buster.
Since becoming active the ACS has rescued and re-homed in excess of one hundred animals, mainly cats and dogs and working closely with the Cat Action Trust, have been able to spay/neuter almost all of these animals. The numbers are rising all the time and it would be fair to say that but for the Animal Care Society most if not all of these rescued animals would have died or been put to sleep.
The ACS needs help to achieve their moral goals, your help to save the many abandoned and mistreated animals and pets that end up in its care, so all donations or financial support be it individual or Corporate Sponsorship (Tax Deductible) will be gratefully received.
Membership of the Animal Care Society is available at £15 per year, £10 for OAPs and students. For further information on the Animal Care Society and its services contact 021-4545981 or e-mail: email@example.com, website: www.irishanimalcare.org .
MUSIC REVIEW by Aoife Barry
'Skindive' - Skindive
Irish-based quartet Skindive are the new kids on the block of the Irish music scene, but with their eponymous debut offering they've delivered a fresh slice of rock laced with electronica that leaves the listener in no doubt but that they are here to stay. Gerry Owens, Trim-born and flame-haired, is the main creative influence of the group, the main songwriter and composer, and also the person who picked Canadian-born Danielle Harrison to be the vocalist, the chosen one to transmit his lyrics from page to greater public. Finding Ms. Harrison was undoubtedly one of the best discoveries Owens could have made for his band, a fact that the first track on the album, the current single, 'Swallow', lays testament to.
Her unique vocal style is clear, sharp, cutting, eerily slicing through the pulsating rhythm and sonic bursting riffs, wavering high above the music, making each song unforgettable, taking the listener in and sucking them into the dark world of Skindive before releasing them, sometimes gently, sometimes with a resounding thud. Songs such as 'Skindive', 'Salt Peter', 'In For The Kill' and the superb 'Tranquilizer' leave an indelible print on your brain, others, such as 'Confession' or 'No More Good Guys' leave a light footprint, until repeated listening drives them home.
Name checking electronic-rock acts such as Nine Inch Nails is par for the course in reviewing Skindive, as well as the similarly female fronted Garbage, and while Skindive do also indulge in some film sampling (a' Ia Fun Loving Criminals) and make liberal use of loud riffs, they steer clear of resigning themselves to sounding like Trent Reznor and co. The inclusion of the Irish film orchestra widens the scope if each song and attests to Gerry Owens musical insight and versatility. Epic, panoramic, biting, loud and, well, loud, to be fair anything I say about them may sound cliched but it's true. Skindive are a force to be reckoned with, and although they lack the slower moments one might expect, the best, as they say, is yet to come - any alt-rock or electronic rock fans, miss this at your peril. Rating: 8.5 / 10 Buyl it!
Marilyn Manson fans take note: the 'dark one' plays Dublin, in early September, tickets on sale now Five fans will be glad to note that Sean and Scott have not left the band, contrary to reports, Five are still, well, five......Victoria Beckham's debut single will be available in the coming weeks, and she also recently admitted to having not one but two breast enlargements, not that nobody noticed! .Garbage's new album, 'Beautiful Garbage', is out soon ..American all-round Bad Boy Kid Rock is dating Pamela Anderson, hmmmm new punk band on the block, 'Sum 41' have released their debut single over here, 'Fat Lip', for ..all you punk-loving skateboarders out there ..Run DMC are to play a show in the Savoy in late August, definitely one to go to Weezer have scrapped the video for new single 'Island in the Sun' following an offer from Spike Jonze to make one for them - and they say themselves that it's even better than the one for Buddy Holly! I'll keep you posted on that one Commiseration's to all you J.Lo fans but the one with the perky posterior is now engaged to dancer Cris Judd ..Pufty admits he's 'trying to block it out' finally, I'll be reviewing Faithless next week, all dance fans take note!
THE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS by Con Foley
Part 53 - "Head or Harp" (Lionel
'But some of them were undeniably odd - as least their records make them out to be odd. Not only in what they did but in what is said to have happened to them.
'Of the sixteen brothers and sisters, Anne was drowned while bathing in the little lake behind the Dyke House, where they had gone for the summer.
'Elizabeth was burned to death while threading a needle, the end of which she burned in a candle.
'Eliza died from rupture of a blood vessel, while dancing at a ball in Bath. 'Another daughter died from an overdose of belladonna before a dance - she had heard it would give lustre to her eyes.
'Ronald went to sea and was never heard of again.
'Isaac fell into the river, while crossing the gangboard into the ship which broke his ribs and caused his death.
'Others died, also from accidents - My great grandmother Rebecca (who cut all the hair off one of her daughters to teach her not to be vain) was always engaged in some project or other. She started handlooms in the cottages all around, and made hundreds of floursacks to give employment to the people, but they were so badly made that they did not sell. They were piled up to the ceiling in one of the rooms; the children spent wet days climbing up and sliding down them. After the visit to Cork of King William IV, she bought up all the red felt which had been laid on the streets for the Royal procession, and tried to make it into cloaks for the ragged children.
One of the last inheritors of Tramore, Henrietta Reeves, showed the same warm, impractical charity. She tried to start silk-weaving in the district, importing hundreds of mulberry trees from France for the silkworms and distributing spinning wheels to all the cottages. But the plan was not a success. She rented a farmhouse which she filled with 'scrofulous consumptives' and treated according to her own prescriptions - these consisted mainly of hemlock and tar-water. Some of the invalids did improve, but at least two of them died. They would have died in any case, but it caused great fury and questions, with the result that she sold everything and gave up. Almost the only enterprise which lasted was her idea of a yearly exhibition in Cork (now the annual Cork Summer Show), and it is unkindly noted that this prospered only because it was taken out of her hands in time.
'Cousin Tom was of the same mould, but he went further than they. He literally sold all he had and gave to the poor. Tramore and its possessions went and were distributed; he himself moved into the slums he was trying to help. He became odder and odder - writing a book to prove that the Pyramids foretold the end of the world, walking about Cork in a white robe, becoming a disciple of Gandhi, finally forsaking the Christian religion and dying somewhere out in Africa.
'It was again while I was on the Irish Times that I made the connection once more. I had occasion to seek an interview at one of the offices of the Co. Council and only realised when I was inside the building that it was none other than Cousin Tom's old house on the quays. I could not resist telling the story to the official, adding that in the old days the walls had been covered with texts. "So that's what they are" he said. "They're showing through the distemper, and there isn't a man in the place hasn't tried to find what they say. Sure what use would a fellow like that be."
Note: Will of Barbara Reeves of Youghal, widow: Son John Reeves £500, daughter Alice Reeves under twenty-one. My aunt Elizabeth Kelly of Youghal made me executrix of her will. Executors, my brother Jeremiah Pratt of Youghal and James Ellis of Cork, gentleman. (Dated 29 July 1704).
MOTORING by George Thompson
Karl Dempsey of the newly opened C.A.B. Showrooms
on the Douglas road called me during the week and asked if Id
like to take the Ford Focus for a bit of a run, so I did and heres
The model I took on the road was the Focus 1.8 Ghia Diesel in all red livery. First impressions were instinctively, reps car in the mid car range, fuel saving diesel and no soul but a Ford is a Ford and I was wrong.
This car was designed with all aspects of motoring in mind, everything from space to safety and not surprisingly it was voted car of the year 1999 and safest car in its class. The interior has the biggest space in its class, the result of higher seating positions and large window/glass area which give a clear view of the road ahead. Low sill and high-opening tailgate together with split rear seats allow for oceans of loadspace in the boot.
Dash layout is driver friendly with all graphite effect gauges and dials easily read and all important controls at your fingertips including hifi controls on the steering column. Security/safety features include, driver and front passenger airbags, immobiliser, central locking side impact door beams front and rear, but surprisingly ABS on the Ghia only.
Driving the Focus, I found it very solid on the road and for a diesel surprisingly quick [the 18 turbo diesel engine features a turbocharger and direct fuel injection for enhanced performance, greater fuel economy and reduced fuel emisions] and a joy to drive and I can see why it is a favourite of many companies as well as a family car. Steering is magic and down to the finely tuned suspension giving new levels of balance and comfort. It is said that the Focus is one of the best cars that Ford has produced and I agree, but dont take my word just ask Colin McCrae and the rest of the successful Ford Focus WRC team.
Features vary from model to model in the Focus, optional extras include ABS & Traction Control, Alloy wheels, Body kits, Leather seats and Parking distance sensor. Prices vary according to spec and model starting at £14,150 up to £18,550.
Ratings.........Based on the 1.8 Ghia Diesel
Ride & Handling ****
Standard features include......
Twin Air Bags
Body Colour Bumpers
Congrats to Michael Schumacher and Ferrari on winning the Drivers and Constructors championships in Hungary last weekend. I watc hed Schumachers career progress with interest and commented when he began to make waves with the Bennetton Team back in the early 90s that we could see one the all time greats here and it looks like I wasnt wrong. Also interesting to hear that Eddie Irvine was being linked to Jordan before the Alesi move.....the two Eddies, two smoothies on the one team....naah!!!!
CORK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS
Michael Geary, Chief Executive of Cork Chamber of
Commerce recently completed a week-long professional development
programme with the Institute for Organisation Management,
presented by the US Chamber of Commerce, held from 12-17 August
at the College of Charleston.
The Institute programme offered innovative, challenging and leading edge continuing education for Chamber of Commerce executives. The Institute is designed to position Chambers to meet the needs of the 21st century. Specifically, programme participants build skills essential to address the challenges of increase competition, greater member demands and tighter resources.
CITIZENS INFORMATION CENTRE
MOTOR INSURANCE QUERIES ARE ON THE INCREASE,
says Citizens Information Call Centre.
It is not only young people who can have a problem getting motor insurance, says Judy Bamford, manager of the centre, we receive calls from people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties.
For example, people who have regained their license after being banned, or those in particular areas of employment may even be turned down altogether by an insurance company.
However, everyone who has a valid licence and wishes to drive a car is entitled to obtain motor insurance.
So, if you do experience difficulties obtaining cover from a motor insurance company we suggest that you either contact us here at the Citizens Information Call Centre, or get in touch directly with the Insurance Information Service and give them details of your complaint.
The Insurance Information Service is the professional body for insurance companies. They give a free information service on all types of insurance and provide assistance to people having difficulty in relation to insurance issues. They will deal with queries from policy holders and mediate between them and the insurance company concerned. The Insurance Information Service will make telephone enquiries and seeks to address the issue in an informal and conciliatory way or, if this does not solve the problem, they can arrange for your case to be considered under the terms of the Declined Cases agreement.
If you wish to know more about this service, or you want to know about any of your rights and entitlements and you live either in Cork or Kerry you can contact the Citizens Information Call Centre for free, confidential information on lo-call 1890 777 121 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKE THAT WILL!
By Josephine O'Herlihy Solicitor.
As difficult as it may seem, I cannot over-emphasise the importance of making a Will and this does not apply just to the elderly. The number of problems that can arise when a person dies without making a Will (intestate) are many and varied, and still people die everyday without having made their Wills.
The main rule about making your Will is to keep it as simple and straightforward as possible so that there can be no confusion as to what the Testator (the person who has made the Will) intended. The Testator appoints an Executor (usually two) who looks after the affairs of the Deceased (the estate) and signs the appropriate forms after death to extract what is called the Grant of Probate of the Will of the Deceased.
It is extremely important that couples with children appoint Guardians of their infant child or children. With the amount of fatal injuries on our roads at present there is nothing, unfortunately, unusual about a father and mother dying together leaving children orphaned.
The procedure involved is quite simple but always consult a Solicitor. It is not a good idea to try and make your own Will despite the fact that there are certain forms entitled Last Will and Testament which can be purchased in some stationers. There are very definite rules governing the making of a Will; for example a Beneficiary can never be a witness to a Will; there must always be two witnesses to the Testator's execution of the Will and these two witnesses must both be present when the Will is being executed, and this must be further recited in the Will.
It is always a good idea to give your Solicitor details of what Bank you bank with, your Bank Account Numbers, details of your Life Policies, location of your Title Deeds and any other assets, so that in the event of your death he or she will be in a position to contact each Financial Institution to ascertain the extent of your estate. There are thousands of Bank Accounts lying dormant with Financial Institutions unclaimed for years because the Executor and his or her Solicitor is unaware of their existence.
Regularly review the provisions of your Will and update it as necessary as circumstances throughout your life change. If you make a Will and marry after making the Will, this Will is void and a further Will must be executed. Likewise if you have entered into a Separation Agreement it is vital to make a new Will immediately.
Having a Will made means that at least you do not have to concern yourself about how your affairs are to be dealt with, if misfortune strikes by way of a fatal road traffic accident or sudden serious illness.
For further information please phone 021-4966166.
TEA WITH EMILY
Douglas Library is proud to present the highly acclaimed one- man show on the life and works of Emily Dickinson. Presented by Martha Furey, the half hour performance will be held in the Library on Thursday, 30th August at 7 pm.
Intended for an adult audience Martha Furey, dressed in period costume of the time, will enact the life of one of Americas greatest literary figures.
Martha Furey is an American actress and playwright who has written and performed a number of one act plays both in Ireland and the United States.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Kick up your heels at a Ceili for Kenya
Thursday August 30th, the Carrigaline GAA pavilion sees a Ceili for Kenya, held for Nora Cogan who departs for Turkana, Kenya on September 18th.
Nora joins fellow Carrigaline man Fr. John Heinhold (Kiltegan) in Lodwar for a two year assignment in association with the SMA African Missions. They will be working with the poor of the Turkana Desert, one of the hottest places on earth. For decades there has been an association between Turkana and Cork with the late Bishop Lucy joining Fr James Good for two years after his retirement. The current bishop of the dioceses is Bishop Patrick Harrington from Castletownbere.
This ceili marks the end of a very successful summer of traditional Irish nights run by the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group in the GAA Pavilion. The Ceili runs from 9pm to midnight and admission is £3. For information on tickets phone 021-4372035. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Comhaltas Day out
This year Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann are celebrating 50 years. Cork county and city are celebrating the event with a full day of our native music, song and dance in Cork city. Hundreds of musicians, singers and dancers from the 24 Comhaltas branches around the county and city will be performing at all the shopping centres and several parts of the city. All traditional musicians are welcome to join in. Munster Comhaltas champions and All-Ireland Fleadh Ceoil winners will be on stage. The event will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor, Tom O'Driscoll and Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú at Emmett Place. A ceili dance workshop will be run in the Aras, Dyke Parade, by Donnacha O'Muineachán on Saturday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. The day will conclude with a Ceili Mor Corcaig in the City Hall. Music is by the Turloughmore Ceili Band from Co. Clare, Fear an Tí Donnacha O'Muineachán and guest artist Sean O'Sé. The Saturday events are run in co-operation with the Cork Folk Festival which will run from Thursday August 30th to Sunday September 2nd.
Last Couple of Irish nights
The very successful season is nearly at an end for the Owenabue Valley Traditional Irish nights. If your looking a great night of traditional Irish music, singing and dancing then head for the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion this Thursday night. Music will be provided by the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group for ceili, old time and set dancing. Step dancers from the Kiely Walsh Academy of dance will be providing some cabaret entertainment during the night also. Dancing begins at 9 p.m. and continues until 12 midnight and if your not so sure then there will be some helping hands around to guide you along. Great family entertainment for locals and tourists alike all for just £3 each.
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