18th May, 2000
Notice Board



Tionólfar an chéad chrinniú eile den Chiorcal Cómhrá ar an Aoine, 26 Bealtaine, ag 11.00a.m. Beidh fáilte roimh einne gur mhaith leis/léi Gaeilge a chleachtadh, nó le bhualadh ar Ghaeilgeoirí eile, nuachtáin is irisí Ghaeilge a léamh, nó le caint I nGaeilge, agus le cupán tae d'ól. Saor cead isteach.
The next meeting of the Ciorcal Comhrá is on Friday May 26th. at 11.00 a.m. in Douglas Library. If you would like to practice speaking Irish, to read newspapers and books “as gaeilge”, listen to somebody speak in Irish, you are very welcome to come along. Admission is free.


The roots of Reflexology stretch back into ancient times where pressure therapies were regarded as a preventative and therapeutic practice. It's origin is unknown but there is ample evidence that various types of foot massage has been practised the world over by various cultures throughout history.
It is thought that it may have originated in China over 5000 years ago, however there is concrete evidence in the shape of paintings found in the tomb of an Egyptian physician that it may have been practised there at an even earlier time.
Variations of Reflexology can be found in North and South America where the indigenous Indians used it extensively to help heal their people.
In Europe a form of Reflexology was known and practised as far back as the fourteenth century and was available to rich and poor alike. Books on the subject were published in Germany and Italy. Modern Reflexology stems from neuro1ogical studies done in London in the I890's by Sir Henry Head. Prior to that a lot of work had been done in Russia who were investigating reflexes in the body, the most famous of whom was Dr.Pavel. He developed the theory of conditioned reflexes -namely that there is a simple and direct relationship between a stimulus and a response and that any stimulus can act as a conditioning stimulus to produce a conditional response.
The Germans were looking into the treatment of disease using massage techniques and one doctor in particular Dr Alfons Cornelius discovered while being treated for an infection that when his masseur worked longer on the painful areas the treatment was very successful. Gradually he instructed the masseur to treat only the painful areas and within a couple of weeks he had recovered. He then began to use pressure points in his own practice with excellent results.
The credit for putting Reflexology on the map this century must go to the Americans, Dr W Fitzgerald and Eunice lngham, particularly the latter. Who is considered the guru of modern Reflexology and whose map of reflex points of the feet is the basis for our therapy to day. She died in 1963 and her nephew Dwight Byres promotes and carries on her methods through the International Institute of Reflexology in Florida.
From Marian Gray@ 087 6540696 - More next week


A reader has complained about a mattress lying at the side of the slip road from the South Douglas Road to the South Ring Road over looking St Patrick's Mills…. Progressive Democrats National Chairman Councillor John Minihan has called for draconian sanctions for corrupt individuals and says there should be a ten-fold increase in corruption fines…..SIPTU have announced that Home CARE Assistants in the Southern Health Board region are to be balloted next week on proposals for payment of arrears of holiday pay owing for the period, 1990 - 1999……Cork's Lady Mayoress, Grace Wallace has teamed up with a group of volunteers from the business community to organise a fashion show at the City Hall on this Thursday May 18th to raise funds for the relief of famine and flood victims in Africa…at the CMP sponsored Cork Community Games Ballinlough came second in the U13 hard court tennis and Turners Cross came joint third with Ballincollig, in the U16'S Ballinlough Sth came 2nd and Ballinlough Nth came 3rd…Cllr Deirdre Clune has condemned the Ministers failure to make any concrete proposals for recycling construction waste, Deputy Clune has also revealed that there are unacceptual low childhood immunisation levels in the Southern Health Board area….Riverside Cabs the new Douglas Cab company are moving base but can still be contacted at 361999.


You'll find that special skin treatments come in all shapes and sizes and in various formulations.
Sermus and gels
These have an ultra-light formulation, a non-greasy texture and a high concentration of active ingredients. They're not usually designed to be used on their own, except on oily skins. They're generally applied under a moisturiser to enhance its benefits and boost the anti-ageing process.
You can lift your skin instantly with creams that are designed to tighten, firm and smooth. They work by forming an ultra-fine film on the skin, which tightens your complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines. The effects last for a few hours, and make-up can easily be applied on top. These products are a wonderful treat for a special night out or when you're feeling particularly tired.
Skin energizers
These are creams that contain special ingredients designed to speed up the natural production and repair of skin cells. As well as producing a fresher, younger-looking skin, this is also thought to help combat the signs of anti-ageing.
Ampule treatments
These are very concentrated active ingredients, contained in sealed glass phials or ampules, to ensure that they're fresh. Typical extracts include herbs, wheat germ, vitamins and collagen - used for intensive and fast-acting results. Vitamin E is another great skin saver. Break open a capsule and smooth the oil onto your face for an immediate skin treat.
Liposome Creams
Liposomes are tiny spheres within the cream which contain and carry special ingredients into the skin. Their shells break down once they're absorbed into the upper layers of your skin, releasing the active ingredients.
Kathyrn Kennefick


Dogs are loyal family pets and guardians but need to be properly cared for and supervised, especially in public. It is the owner's responsibility, to have a licence for the dog, and not having one could be a costly mistake.
Dog Licences: Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 if you have a dog over 4 months old, you must have a licence for it. You must be aged over 16 years to get the licence. The dog licence fee is £10 and is valid for one year from the date of issue. A licence may be purchased at any post office. If you do not have a licence for your dog, you are liable to a £25 fine. It you don't pay this fine, you can be fined up to a £1,000 and /or receive a 3 month prison sentence if convicted. New rules for identification tags on dogs were introduced in February 1999. When a dog is in public the owner must ensure it wears a collar. The collar, or a tag or disc attached to it, must include the owner's name and address. You can be fined up to a £1,000 for owning a dog, which does not have an identification tag.
Dirty tricks: Dog fouling in public places is hazardous and unsanitary; and the problem makes up most complaints about dogs to the Corporation. Dog owners cause a health hazard by not removing dog faeces from public places. Dog faeces carry an infection known as Toxocariasis, caused by roundworms in the dog's intestine. Children are most commonly affected by Toxocariasis as they are the most likely to handle contaminated soil. The litter Pollution Act 1997 requires dog owners to clean up after their pets if they foul in public places. The on-the-spot fine is £50. Which if not paid can lead to Prosecution with a maximum penalty of £1,500. Guide dogs for the blind, and dogs used by the Gardai and Customs and Excise are exempted from all these rules.
Stray Dogs: Local authority dog wardens and the Gardai have the power to seize stray dogs. Wardens cannot enter private houses and the Gardai can only enter houses with a warrant. All local authorities must hold stray dogs for 5 days. If no one claims them after this time they are disposed of, which can include selling or re-homing.
More next week

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