6th July, 2000
Notice Board


Now here's why the Irish get on so well all over the world. ONE BORING AFTERNOON, Saddam Hussein was sitting in his office wondering who to invade when his telephone rang "Hello Mr Hussein," a heavily accented voice says, " This is Paddy down in County Cavan, Ireland. I am ringing to inform you that I am officially declaring war on you!!" "Well, Paddy," Saddam replies "This indeed is important news! Tell me, how big is your army?" "At this moment in time," says Paddy after a moments calculation "there is myself, my cousin Sean, my next door neighbour Gerry and the entire dominoes team from the pub - That makes 8!" Saddam sighs and says "I must tell you Paddy that I have 1 million men in my army waiting to move on my word" "Oh Dear" says Paddy "I'll have to ring you back!" Sure enough, the next day Paddy rings back. "Right Mr Hussein, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some equipment!" "What equipment would that be, Paddy?" Saddam asks. "Well, we have 2 combine harvesters, a bulldozer and Murphy's tractor from the farm" Once more Saddam sighs and says "I must tell you Paddy that I have 16 thousand tanks, 2 thousand mine layers, 14 thousand armoured cars and my army has increased to 1 and a half million since we last spoke" "Ah me!" says Paddy "I'll have to ring you back!" Sure enough, Paddy rings again the next day. "Right Mr Hussein, the war is still on! We have managed to get ourselves airborne! We've kited out old Ted's cropsrayer with a couple of rifles in the cockpit and the bridge team has joined us as well!" Once more Saddam sighs and says "I must tell you Paddy that I have 10 thousand bombers and 20 thousand Mig 109 high manoeuvrability attack planes and my military complex is surrounded by laser Guided surface to air missile sites and since we last spoke, my army has increased to 2 million" "Oh My God" says Paddy "I'll have to ring you back" Sure enough, Paddy calls again the next day. "Right Mr Hussein, I am sorry to tell you that we have had to call off the war" "I'm very sorry to hear that," says Saddam "Why the sudden change of heart?" "Well," says Paddy "We've all had a chat and there's no way we can cope with 2 million prisoners"


I was so sad to hear that another 'legend' from Douglas passed away early this week, Tony O'Flynn. I have known Tony since he was a wee lad, but only really got to know him in the past number of years, since becoming a member of St. Columba's Hall. On entering the "Tinny Shed" any weeknight when Tony was on duty behind the bar, you were guaranteed two things, a good wit and a mighty pint from the man himself. He prided his beloved St. Columba's Hall as the best establishment in the area for the beer and the Craic.
Tony, a member from an early age, was part and parcel of the place. As a lad, it wasn't long before he was asked to join the Junior Committee, which he served with enthusiasm, afterwards taking his place on the main committee. Later on he joined the Douglas Rugby Club as a player and later served on their committee.
Playing along side the likes of the frightening Martin (Pinkie) Pinfield, John Quilter, 'The Mighty' Dennis Barry, John (Dixa) White, all great buddies, and the many other numerous friends he had. It would take up the whole Weekly to print them all, but I'm sure they know who they are.
A wonderful gentleman from the town of Doneraile in North Cork once told me what life is all about. He said "Life… it's about the friends you meet along the way". Well, from your immeasurable friends Tony, at the Hall, and the other places you crossed in your path, a fond farewell old friend. You will always be remembered for your laughter, good snooker, and of course that great pint within the boundaries of the Hall, and readers do remember Tony in your prayers. May he rest in peace.


Getting the priorities right!!!

Monica Nyhan, The official word..... NB - Effective from today Thursday. Closing time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and on the eve of public holidays, extended to 12.30am all year round with 30 minutes drinking up time. Closing time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be 11.30pm all year round again with 30 minutes drinking up. Sunday 2pm to 4pm closing will be abolished but closing time remains at 11pm. Late exemptions easier to get, extending to 2.30am. Christmas Day and Good Friday remain the two closed days of the year. Off license sales may begin from 8am instead of the current 10.30am. NB - Effective from 6th July 00.


Www.virtual-gaa.com comprising Predictions, Knowledge and Opinions is a totally new, innovative and uniquely interactive web-site revolving around the GAA Hurling and Football Championships as they play-out between now and the end of September, 2000….Corkman Richard Coakley of Rope Walk, Blacrock, has been named Robt. Roberts retail Rep of the year….Siptu announced this week that Home helps in the Southern Health Board accept proposals for 9 years back pay….CSN Dramask Presents "A Galway Girl" by Geraldine Aron at the Everyman Palace Bar from Thursday 29th June to Saturday 8th July…..Shamrock All Ireland Gardens Competition announced that there is an increase in the Cork entries for the Gardens Competition……


Continued from last week ...

Baking soda
This mild abrasive has been used since the early 19OOs for cleaning teeth. It has been added more recently to toothpaste and many' people believe it is better for teeth than regular toothpaste. While its abrasive action will remove plaque it becomes less effective when wet since some of it dissolves. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is alkaline and is thought to neutralise the acidity of dental plaque making it less likely for certain bacteria to grow. But there is no evidence that it fights decay or gum disease better than toothpaste's without it.
Tooth whitening agents
Tooth colour, like hair colour, is genetically determined. Teeth can also become stained superficially by coffee, tea and tobacco or as a result of illness or certain medications. Sometimes teeth become discoloured by the breakdown of tissue if a nerve dies. Teeth can he bleached externally by applying bleach under the supervision of a dentist. Whitening toothpaste formulations vary. Some use agents similar to those in anti-tartar toothpaste. In Europe, whitening toothpaste's do not contain bleach (hydrogen peroxide) because EU law allows no more than 0.1% in toothpaste and this it to0 little to make a difference to tooth colour. Some toothpaste for smokers may be slightly more abrasive than regular toothpaste's which scrub the stained teeth. All toothpaste should have an abrasivity level within the requirements of the 1995 International Standard (ISO 11609) but there is no system for ensuring that toothpaste sold in this country adheres to this Standard. The effect of abrasive toothpaste is temporary and after a week the teeth can become stained again. This can lead to people overusing them, which may damage the teeth or expose the dentine leading to increased sensitivity. There are numerous whitening products available over the Internet, through mail order or pharmacies. Some of these products may not contain hydrogen peroxide at a concentration high enough to have any effect. If they do they are illegal.
Herbal toothpaste
Using a herbal toothpaste it probably better than not using any
toothpaste at all as it contains some form of detergent, which removes plaque. The ingredients of these toothpaste's can vary but the most common are tea tree oil, which is thought to have antibacterial effects, or aloe vera to soothe sensitive gums. Other ingredients may include anything from ginger oil to seaweed extract. Most of these products have ingredients described as being of 'natural' origin such as peppermint, silica, sorbitol, and xylitol but these can be found in any toothpaste. The majority of these products do not contain fluoride and probably do not have any clinical evidence that they reduce dental decay.
A wide range of mouthwashes are available from simple breath fresheners to products which contain active ingredients. Brushing is the most effective way of cleaning teeth but using a mouthwash can provide extra benefits. Mouthwashes which contain fluoride can help to prevent dental decay Fluoride mouthwashes may be recommended for children having orthodontic treatment since a bracould be chewed for around 20 minutes to maximise dental benefits.


Douglas is a chapelry in the parish of Carrigaline and the instrument was dated the 2nd June, 1783, which assigns to the new district or chapel of Douglas the following districts viz: Monriag, Monkfieldstown, Roachestown, Knocknamullagh, Oldcourt, Barryarbin, Hilltown, Ballinrea, Balliegurrie, Cusduff, Burnhill, Danebrook, Grange, Montpelier, Scudoaleen, Scairt, a corruption of the Gaelic name Scairt a' Dailthin, Castletreasure, Maryborough, Menus, Ballincurrig, Ardclarig, Ardewacleahy, Glebe, Ballinemalagh, Ballygarvers and Ballyduhig.
The chapel of the district was built in 1785 at the cost of 695.1.6.1/2, of which 369.4.7 1/2, was gifted by the late Board of First Fruits and 325.16.11 was raised by subscription. On the 17th September 1786, the minister, churchwardens and parishioners of Carrigaline petitioned the Bishop to consecrate the new chapel of Ease under the name of St.Luke, by the Bishop of Cloyne, acting on behalf of the Bishop of Cork who was ill in England.
September 5th, 1788, Thomas Breviter, writing from Douglas, requested permission to build on the glebe of Douglas, which had hitherto been without a house. A commission found that Breviter expended 73.1 3.9. in enclosing the glebe and this amount was passed by the Bishop on 19th July 1799.
On November 12th, 1791, Arthur Keily, A.B., was licensed to be curate at Douglas at 50. per annum, on the nomination of Breviter.
There is a further report for the year 1855, which states "Douglas Chapel of Ease is in good order. Rev.J. Bustead is curate. Five acres of land set. Divine Service twice on all Sundays and once on usual festivals and feasts. In winter, evening service is held in a house. 150 children are on rolls of a school kept by local subscribers. The Protestant population of Douglas is 310:"
In February 1875, St. Luke's was made a separate parish in the charge of Canon S. Hayman, MA, who was transferred, from Carrigaline. By his efforts the church erected in 1786, was almost entirely rebuilt and consecrated on the 27th August 1875 at a cost of over 3,000. 1885-6, he extended the nave, cost 600, and laid the foundations of the tower, which was then raised to a height of 16 feet, for about 450.
Canon Hayman died before the work was completed. He was succeeded by the Rev. George Pring Quick. He completed the tower and spire as a
memorial to his scholarly predecessor. This was finished in 1889 at an additional cost of 1,635. The church bell and tower clock, each costing œ100, were donated by Miss Reeves, who resided at Tramore House, on the nearby Douglas Road. Miss Reeves made on stipulation, namely, that the clock should face towards her hall door. Tramore House was for many years in the possession of the Presentation Brothers under the title 'Colaiste Muire'. The area is now known as 'Reeves Wood'.
More next week


Here are some more howlers that have turned up in exam papers;

11. Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his subjects by playing the fiddle to them.
12. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw.Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the same offense.
13. In midevil times most people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the futile ages was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote literature.
14. Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.
15. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah.”


Douglas library, in association with Douglas Village Shopping Centre, have lots on this summer. On July 12th a video will be shown in the library at 11.00am of John Keats. July 7th is “Storytime” (suitable for under eights) at 11.30am-12.30pm, and for those over eight years old there will be a chess tournament on July 12th. There is also a holiday Collage (for over 8’s) on July 11th, places are limited to 10 per session for this, so booking is advisable.
There is no charge for any of the activities.
There are lots more events to follow, so watch this space for all the latest goings-on in the Library.


by Declan Cronin, Apex Clinic.

Having read your previous articles I've decided to put pen to paper and write about my own experiences in trying top cope with stress.
I've been suffering from stress for about six years flow whereupon I can become very agitated, and capable of going off the rails and making the biggest deal of the simplest of things. This can obviously be very distressing for those and myself around me. When I am in this stressed state I am likely to say anything. And that would generally tend to be something hurtful. Then I will feel ten times worse, and even when everything has cooled down 1 would still feel bad about myself and the person I took my temper out on. Sometimes I can become so irritated that 1 would literally scream and shout at the top of my voice with no logic whatsoever to my argument and without care or regard for those around me whom I might hurt or frighten. I would please like to know if there is anything that I could do to help me cope with the stress I am experiencing as I feel that it is interfering with my relationship and we seem to be in continual conflict. My boyfriend should definitely be canonised a saint for the great support. Love and understanding that he has shown me since we first met. I would like to thank your good self and the Douglas Weekly for helping me to get the courage to write about my experience. Which I intend showing to my boyfriend. Keep up the good work. Donna.
Comment: Your boyfriend sounds like very nice chap indeed. You state that you've been suffering from stress for six years and that it is now causing hardship in your relationship. Stress is actually the main contributor to conflict and disharmony in families. When a person is trying to communicate with another, and one or both are in a state of stress then the communication of emotions and beliefs can become lost in the heat of the moment and finding a solution to the problem or argument are greatly decreased. If one or two persons are experiencing a strong need or wrestling with a difficult problem then the likelihood of a negative impact from stress is greatly increased and the result can be that the desired outcome is not achieved for both parties. It is impossible to avoid conflict, and conflict managed properly can be healthy and have a very positive outcome for both concerned, once the value issues are addressed and your needs and the needs of your partner are satisfied. Even though an argument or been nasty might seem to relieve stress and tension for you, you should remember that what you are getting rid of, you are giving to your partner. It is also important to do a careful appraisal of the full consequences and cost of conflict, which will help to deter you from involving yourself in needless disputes. It is difficult to estimate the cost of conflict because emotions are unpredictable and can get out of hand. Nevertheless it is a dumb fighter who hasn't tried to estimate the consequences of engaging in an unnecessary dispute. Psychotherapy can certainly help with the above issues.
More next week.


On Friday evening last, the owners of 44 Blue Productions of Studio City Los Angeles paid a visit to Douglas G.A.A club to observe the junior hurling match between the home side and Glen Rovers. Rasha and Stephanie Drachavoitch along with their sons Mike, Chris and Tom were enthralled by the game of hurling. In fact it was the family's first time seeing a hurling match live.
After the game they were shown the club facilities by Club secretary and coach Eddie Murphy who then invited the three boys aged six to sixteen to practise the game in indoors. They loved every minute of the experience and later in the club pavilion, Christy O'Mahony presented all three with Hurleys, Sliothars and Jersey's.
44 Blue Productions is owned by Rasha Drachavoitch and its technical director and adviser is Rasha's father in law Richard (Dick) Noonan whose ancestors came from Cork. Stephanie is Dick's daughter and works a senior position for Warner Brothers. During their time in Douglas they stayed in Rochestown Park Hotel which they (as anyone would!) enjoyed immensely. The party also met with Lord Mayor Damian Wallace at city hall and visited the museum at Collins' barracks during their weekend visit.
Last year"44 Blue Productions" filmed a one hour documentary in Dingle about the rescue of eight airmen from a downed B.17 flying fortress during World War 2.This documentary titled "Journeys to remember" was shown on "Discovery Travel and Leisure" Advisers to this documentary were Capt.Dan Harvey of Collins' barracks and Ger. O'Brien of Ballinlough.
"44 Blue Productions" will return to Cork at a later stage for a major documentary "Pubs of Ireland". In all the Drachavoitchs'trip to Ireland was an unforgettable one made special by their visit to the City Hall and of course Douglas G.A.A Club. Mike, Tom and Chris now intend to pursue their new sporting interest with vigour, while enjoying the almost all round sunny weather of Los Angeles.

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