28th September, 2000
OF INTEREST TO BUSINESS PEOPLE
Cork Chamber of Commerce has published details of it's forthcoming Conference entitled Cork Business Winning Strategies for the New Millennium. Sponsored by Ernest & Young, ICC Bank, Project Management Group and The Irish Examiner, the Conference takes place on Thursday, 12th October at Rochestown Park Hotel Conference Centre.
The use of information technology, e-commerce, staff retention, labour shortages and immigrant labour are realities of business life today. To survive and grow, businesses will have to stay ahead of the game. Cork must be further developed to enhance it's ability to attract economic development and investment so that is becomes the best place to live, work, visit and invest in. So if you are a service provider, the owner/manager of a company in manufacturing, retail, distribution services or professions, represent development and state agencies, local authorities, business organisations and work in marketing, then mark the date in your diary.
Chaired by Clayton Love Jnr. And Jim Corr, an impressive list of guest speakers include Alan Crosbie, Chief Executive, Examiner Publications, Sean Dorgan, Chief Executive, IDA Ireland, David O'Donnell, University of Limerick, Matt Cooper, Editor, The Sunday Tribune, Prof Gerard Wrixon, President, UCC, Gerardine Jones, Head of Listing, The Irish Stock Exchange, Declan Browne, Managing Director, ATO Associates and Dr Tony Murphy, Vice President, Gartner Group.
For further details and to book your place please contact Helen at the Chamber of Commerce, tel : 4509044, fax : 4508568, email : Helen@corkchamber.ie or check out the Chamber website at http://www.corkchamber.ie.
A WALK FOR LIFE
This year Collins Barracks donated their hardworking legs to a fundraiser to help children in Tanzania with a form of cancer called Burkitts Lymphoma. They walked from Crosshaven to Cork and raised 13,620 in aid of Trocaire. This money will be sent to Shirati Hospital, Tanzania to treat in excess of 350 children. Burkitts Lymphoma is one of the only cancers in the world that is completely treatable with chemotherapy. The success of this fundraiser will enable children who suffer from Burkitts Lymphoma and their families to receive this life saving treatment.
To add to this amazing feat, another 1000 pounds was raised for the special care baby unit of St Finbarrs Hospital. Due to the lack of facilities for the parents with sick infants the money was spent on making the overnight room more comfortable.
We at the Douglas Weekly would like to say well done to all involved and may the Walk For Life be ever more successful next year.
If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause please send to : Trocaire, Eleanor Crowley, Area Manager, Cook Street, Cork City.
DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL - GRADUATION DANCE
Douglas Community School's Leaving Cert students held their Graduation Dance in Jury's Hotel on Sunday 17 September. There was a very large turnout on the night with two hundred students and partners and a large group of staff.
This year's graduating class was a most distinguished one. On the academic front there were excellent results, including students who got seven Higher Level "A" grades, and there were students who gained entry to the various faculties in both UCC and CIT, including those requiring the highest points. In extra-curricular activities also there were numerous successes among
this year's class. Major wins in competitions in public speaking, soccer and mountain running were among the most prominent among a large number of sports and other activities.
The evening was a most pleasant one, affording the students an opportunity to meet their teachers at a social level. As is usual at these events the feedback to the staff of the school from the past pupils was extremely positive, many taking the opportunity to express their gratitude to their teachers for their work over the years.
Guests of honour on the evening were the Principal Mr Bernard Horgan, the Deputy Principal, Mr John O'Connell, the Sixth Year Head, Ms Margaret Huggard and the various Sixth Year Class Tutors.
BORN THIS DAY .. THEN ... Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal) born 28th September 1934. This world famous French film actress beacoame a celebrated sex symbol of the 1960s, she did much to popularise French cinema internationally. Her films include Et Dieu créa la femme/And God Created Woman 1950, Viva Maria 1965, and Shalako 1968. She has subsequently devoted herself to animal welfare.
THE WAR ON FAT
In world's on going battle with being overweight, researchers in America have discovered that a protein called Wnt-lOb controls fat formation. It was revealed that Wnt- lOb inhibited fat precursor cells in mice from becoming fully fledged fat, while, remarkably, cuffing off Wnt-lOb turned even pre-muscle cells into flab. Humans also produce Wnt-lOb, so further study into what regulates the protein may someday lead to the development of long awaited anti obesity drugs. In the meantime there are some very good tried and tested methods of losing weight advertised in your Douglas Weekly.
SAFETY AND HEALTH
European Week for Safety and Health which is running from 23-27th
October is an information campaign designed to raise awareness
and promote activities to make Europe a safe and healthy place to
work. The European Union has adopted many directives to protect
workers and to improve safey and health at work and these are now
part of irish law, ie manual handling of loads, use of work
equipment, safety signs, protection of workers from risks related
to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents and many
For futher information on these directives please contact Kate Geary at the Euro Info Centre, Tel 4050944
ANYONE FOR COFFEE?
How about a double latte with just a touch of polyphenols. Ah Wha! Actually these are antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer and are found in high levels in coffee beans. Unfortunately conventional roasting destroys most of them. Now a company in Austin Texas called the Oncology Sciences Corp. (OSC) claims to have developed a method of roasting beans using different temperatures and some unnamed chemical that boosts the antioxidant levels of roasted beans. They reckon that within a year a new healthier coffee could be on the market.
ON THE ROUNDABOUT
The Progressive Democrats have selected Party National Chairman, Cllr.John Minihan to contest the next general Election in the Dáil constituency of Cork South Central .. "Beauty and the Stalker" a play by Patrick Cotter based on his own book 'The Misogynist's' can be seen at the Granary theatre until September 30th Amnesty International Cork Group hold their monthly meetings on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the Imperial Hotel all are welcome Batt O'Keefe T.D., M.C.C. tells us that the footpaths in the Donnybrook Hill area and the footpaths in James Connolly Place are to be upgraded also there is going to be a continuation of the footpaths from Dun Vale Estate to Woodlands Estate, there will also be a footpath put in place on the section of the road adjacent to the Grange Pub and Keary's Garage ..Deputy Deirdre Clune has called for the Budget increases in Child benefit to be brought forward and paid in line with other Social Welfare increases .."Once A Catholic" the much acclaimed play by Mary O'Malley and starring Mon Murphy can be seen at the Cork Arts Theatre from October 2nd for one week only .. Deputy Simon Coveney has called on the Government to respond to an increase in violent attacks, he also recognises the work of Gardai in their fight against drugs but asks is it enough last month Fine Gael published a radical policy initiative on road safety ..
GRANGE/FRANKFIELD Opportunity Knocks
The Grange Frankfield community Association would
like you to design a LOGO for them. The winner will receive a
prize, kindly sponsored by Colm Houlihan Solrs.
Entries can be sent to Michael Burke "Elmar" 56 Grangeway, Pinecroft, Grange.
BEST OF LUCK TO NEMO RANGERS
On Saturday the 23rd, the junior B hurlers
competed in the final of the championship against Lough Rovers.
This was a very physical game with Nemo giving as good as they
got Nemo were playing some great hurling but went to the break
behind by several points. They came out in the second half full
of fight and pulled the Lough Rovers lead down to just a few
points. Unluckily for Nemo, time ran out but the players did
themselves and their club proud. Best on the night were Anthony
Mullane, James O'Riordan, Colin McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan On
Monday the 25th the Junior 2+3 teams played in their semi- final
of the Shandun cup against Mayfield. After beating Douglas in the
previous round a lot was expected of this team. They started
slowly but after a while they were back in the game. At half time
it was all square at 1-4 to 1-4.
In the second half they came out fighting and took the lead due to a goal by Enda O'Donovan. Unfortunately they couldn't hold on and Mayfield won, a tight game. Best for Nemo were Eoin Weldon and Ger Flanagan.
Best of luck to the Nemo senior team as they play in the senior county final this Sunday. And also congratulations to James Masters and Brian O'Regan on being part of the Cork All-Ireland winning minor team.
WEEKLY would like to wish Nemo Rangers every
success on Sunday in the Senior
County final. Best of luck boys !
CORK'S GOURMET CENTRE
Eating Out in Douglas & the Surrounding Area's
I think as residents here in Douglas, Carrigaline and Monkstown that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants, Carvery lunches and bar food. The selection is enormous and to such a high standard that you could not go wrong when choosing somewhere to eat out. Whether it's for a romantic meal for two, a light hearted gathering of friends or a special occasion or celebration, Douglas has it all. Not only though are we limited to staying within the Douglas boundary. Carrigaline also has a lot to offer. The Carrigaline Court Hotel has a fabulous menu to offer us in their highly essteemed Kingfisher restaurant and bar food is available daily in Collins bar. Istabraqs are a new venture on Carrigalines main street and have a wonderful array of Pasta, Pizzas and Steaks to tantalise your taste buds. Well worth a visit.
The Bull McCabes on the Airport Road have a hugely successful carvery and comes highly recommended by all who have dined there.
Frankfield House is set in the beautiful surroundings of their Golf course and driving ranges. It offers wonderful views to accompany an extensive lunch and bar food menu. This provides adequate refreshment for the business person or avid golfer.
Set in the heart of Douglas Village is Eco's restaurant. An inviting and cosy atmosphere twinned with a modern menu has highlighted this truly exciting eatery.
A jewel in the crown has to be the Rochestown Park Hotel. Not only can you enjoy a meal or Sunday lunch it is also a marvellous location for all major corporate functions.
The Bosun, in Monkstown, just 10 minutes from Douglas Village offers superb cuisine, fine wines and is fully licenced. Situated on the waters edge it gives the eye and the palette a treat never to be forgotten.
Last but not least one of the newest restaurant and bar ventures has to be the Bohemian. Offering us Carvery lunch every day, bar food until 8pm daily and a fully licenced restaurant serving celtic fusion cuisine and new age wines has to be worth a try. A local atmosphere finishes off an evening that will stay imprinted in your memory.
So if you are in the mood for traditional, modern or a celtic influence you have an excellent choice within Corks Gourmet Centre.
THE PERRIER FAMILY
Taken from "A History of Douglas" by Con Foley
While the Cork Directory of 1787 mentions Julius
and John Besnard with a place of business at Lavitt's Quay, there
is no mention of the name Perrier, but early in the nineteenth
century, the Perrier's were actively engaged in the business life
of the city and municipal affairs. At least one member of the
Perrier family appreciated the value of publicity in civic
matters. "The Mayoralty of Sir David Perrier, elected to
that office in 1813, was marked by a display of lavish
hospitality at the Cork Mansion House-. Sir David had a state
barge constructed for twenty oarsmen and accompanied by Lady
Perrier was accustomed to proceed down the river to pay visits of
state." While the citizens of Cork apparently accepted this
display in a large measure, they could also appreciate the
balloon-bursting antics of the fun loving Ballintemple
Corporation who decided to stage their own river show. They
proceeded upstream with a piper sitting on the effigy of an
elephant. The quays on both sides were lined with grinning
spectators. The fact that, the overzealous piper fell off his
perch at Patrick's Bridge into the water, only to be quickly
rescued, in no way detracted from their enjoyment of the
caricature. It was all taken in good part and when Sir David retired from office, the Cork Southern Reporter could say that "Sir David maintained the situation of Mayor with dignity and splendour, with which was united an appropriate hospitality.'1 He died on 1st December 1826, and was buried in a vault in St. Nicholas' Churchyard. Another Perrier, Sir Anthony, became Mayor in 1820. After the financial difficulties of the Newenham family, the Perrier's moved into Maryborough House. From there, members of the family moved out to Blackrock, Lota and Monkstown. The Cork investment Society, Cork and Bandon Railway (now closed), Cork Permanent Building Society, the Atlas Insurance Company, Skiddy's Home, District Lunatic Asylum, The Masonic Female Orphanage, 27 Mary Street, the Munster Bank, Commercial Buildings. The Pipewater and Wide Street Commissions - all these matters occupied the attentions of different members of another French émigré family, the Perrier's, one time of Brittany.
Next Week Sails and Ropes
THE McGILLYCUDDY REEKS
A few weeks ago we printed a number of
articles "World War Two Air Accidents in Cork and Kerry"
by Ger. O'Regan. We received such a very positive response from
some of our many readers that we are now delighted to publish
some more of Ger's material. No doubt our readers will join with
us in commending Ger on his diligent devotion to the subject and
for the enormous amount of research he has done.
Very many people climb to the summit of Irelands Highest Mountain "Carrantuohill" at 3,414 ft. But few realise that while many have died trying to reach the summit, five Americans lost their lives on a nearby summit during World War Two.
Unlike the recent "Out of the Blue" TV programme on RTE 1 with Derek Davis at the crash site, this author will give the true story about what happened at 7am on the dark morning of December 17th 1943.
This particular Aircraft, the C.47 was the military version of the famous DC3 or in British Terms "The Dakota". It was brand new when the United States Army Air Corps took delivery of "43-30719" in June 1943. It was built by the Douglas Corporation at Long Beach, California at a cost of $109,000.
The winter route for this C.47 was from the USA to England on a ferry flight in preparation for D-Day, was from Morrison Field - West Palm Beach, Florida to St. Eval - Cornwall via British Guiana and Dakaar in West Africa to Port Lyautey in French Morroco. At Port Lyautey, the C.47 refuelled and took on a cargo of Battle Bicycles (this will be explained later) and medical supplies, but contrary to other official reports, no nurses were on board.
The crew comprised of the following (TCG-Troop Carrier Group), 2nd Lt. John L. Schwarf (Pilot) of San Ardo, California (63rd TCG). 2nd Lt. Laurence E. Goodin (Co-pilot) of Springfield, Ohio (63rdTCG). 2nd Lt. Frederick Brossard (Navigator) of Washington DC. (437th TCG). Staff Sgt. Arthur A. Schwartz (Engineer) of Wilmington North Carolina (Army). Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Holstlaw (Crew Chief) of Luka, Illinois (Army).
The Aircraft took off at 10.30pm on December 16th 1943 from Port Lyautey for St. Eval in Cornwall. The routing would be mostly over water and strict radio silence had to be maintained over 'The Bay of Biscay' where Luftwaffe Junkers JU88's were on heightened alert.
Our C.47 was accompanied by four other C.47's. A course change was due off Cape Finnestere in Northern Portugal but our C.47 never made it. But continued in a Northerly direction and at approximately 6am on the morning of December 17th 1943 and in total darkness the C.47 arrived over the Dingle Peninsula. In order to locate where they were, the Aircraft dropped altitude to approx. 2,000 ft. Not realising they were in an area of 3,000Ft summit, The Brandon and the McGillyuddy Mountain Ranges in it's immediate vicinity. I suspect that the crew may have confused the Dingle Peninsula with SouthWest Cornwall.
At approximately 7am, the Aircraft slammed into the ridge above Coomena Peasta Lake at an altitude of 2.000ft. Four of the crew died instantly. Staff Sgt. Arthur Schwartz, a man of 16 stone crawled away from the ensuing fire and died wedged between two rocks.
Should the story end there, I think not! And I certainly know not!
Many historians will tell you that the Aircraft crashed on Feb.3rd 1944. This was the story told at time and historians carried it forward until 1981, than I began my research.
After three years of difficult groundwork I surmised a local person returning home from an all night card game, observed something on fire high up on the mountains on Dec 17th 1943. He told his neighbour and both persons "visited" the crash site on St, Stephen's day, Dec 26th 1943. They would have seen the charred remains of the crew inside the still smouldering aircraft. They too would have seen the body of staff Sgt. Schwartz wedged between the rocks, the only injury observed would have been his scorched back. They would have seen the gold ring on his wedding finger and they certainly saw the Battle Bicycles.
These bicycles were to be used by the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming eagles) of the American Army. They were used to be parachuted behind enemy lines in German occupied France on June 6th 1944;the smouldering Fuselage and bodies were looted.
Finally on Feb 3rd, the Garda Siochana in Beaufort were notified, and they in turn contracted Army Brigade HQ in Limerick. On the morning of Feb. 4th 1944 a detachment of the 15th INF BTN. From Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee arrived at Mealis and walked to the crash site. The recovery of the victims was dangerous. Some of the Army Party were led to believe that the Aircraft crashed on Feb 3rd 1944 and indeed all-future crash reports carried that date. The five bodies were coffined at the GorthBee Youth Hostel and they were brought to the Town hall in Killarney where an inquest was held on Feb 6th 1944. The five coffins draped in the "Stars and Stripes" were buried with full military honours in the New Cemetery Killarney. However in June 1944, the coffins were exhumed and reburied in the GI Cemetery near Belfast.
In 1946 the coffins were exhumed again. The bodies of 2nd Lt's Schwarf, Goodin and Brossard are interred in the U.S. Military, Cambridge, England. While Staff Sgt. Holstaw was reburied in Luka, Illinois alongside his mother. His father Thomas died in 1947 of a broken heart. Staff Sgt. Holstlaw was an only child.
Staff Sgt, Schwartz was reburied in Beni- Israeli Jewish Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina.
I located all five families in the USA working from the 1944 addressees. A memorial ceremony was held at Cronin's Yard Mealis, Beaufort on August 19th 1984 in the shadow of the crash-site. The then US Army Defence Attaché of the American Embassy "Colonel Carl Finstrom" unveiled the memorials.
It is a disgrace that these five families suffered greatly from the disappearance on Dec16th '43 to the recovery of Feb 4th 1944. All for the sake of greed
Greetings all ye members and friends of the 6th
Cork Douglas Scout Unit! Welcome to yet another year of scouting
in Douglas. This year the Unit is 50 YEARS OLD! Keep your eyes
and ears peeled for any "special events" coming your
way! Without the support of the community in the past, we would
not have lasted this long.
Our Beaver Section began in earnest last Friday evening. Paul & Christine took the lads out to the area across from the Community Park for and evening of challenging activities, such as a relay and blind mans trail.! Did you see them?
Enrolments for this section continue this Friday. Our Meeting time is 6pm 7:30pm.So,if your son is aged between 6 and 7 years old, why not bring him along on Friday to meet Paul and the Beaver Team? The scout hall is located next to St. Columbas Church in Douglas.
Our first beaver of' the week is Philip 0' Connor. Congratulations Philip
The 6th Cork Macaoimh began also last Friday. Paul meets between 7:30pm and 9:00PM. A variety of exciting activities such as orienteering and weekends away are planned for the Year.
The 47th Cork Macaoimh resume their meetings on Monday the 11th of September. Conor has changed his meetings to Monday nights between 7:00 and 8:30pm. This year a good programme based on monthly themes. Each month, there will be a special activity to suit the month's theme such as visits to the Lord Mayor and Killarney!
New members between the ages of 8 and 10 are most welcome to come along to the Macaoimh meetings this week and next for further enrolment. If you don't try it out, you'll never know what you could be missing. Both the section Leaders will be glad to meet you, Come on, give it a try!
The 6th Cork Scouts have resumed on Wednesday the 20th. They, too, have a new time slot on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Anthony and his leadership team are hoping to build on the excellent success of winning the Hubert 0' Donovan Regional Competition last year. The two-week Camp to Lough Dan in Co. Wicklow in July was extremely successful The group of 20 whom attended enjoyed activities such as
kayaking, hill-walking, dragon boating and raft-building. This years programme includes a lot more outdoor activities such as mapping, backwoods and pioneering as well as more water based activities. So if you are aged between II and 16 and want to see for yourself that we are serious about the fun we have then call down to the hall and meet Anthony and the team on Wednesday next.
Any enquires or questions can be directed to our Public Relations Officer, Paul Sheehan at 436 4055 after 6pm any evening.
BODY FOCUS IRELAND
Dispelling the Myths - Presenting the Facts
Body Focus Ireland formed by qualified Fitness Personal Trainers, Enda O'Flaherty and Deirdre Duggan, who graduated from the N.C.E.F. Institute at Thormond College Limerick. Both qualified in Nutrition with the N.C.E.HS. in Dublin and became Energise Weight Management co-ordinators.
Enda and Deirdre are two Cork born ladies and have worked in the health fitness industry for the last eight years. Their philosophy to successful and permanent weight loss is to dispel the myths and present the facts. They believe there is no quick fix in weight loss.
Can you relate to the following?
Tiredness - When? - On waking?
Exhaustion - At work - At home?
Poor Concentration - Sweet Cravings -during stress - Pre-menstrual?
Light Headedness - Low Calorie diets - restriction of food intake?
These symptoms can relate to some fault in your diet. They can be helped / eliminated by tailoring your diet to suit your lifestyle.
Can you fit into last year's cloths? Are you self-conscious about your appearance? Are you at a constant battle with your weight?
The Energise Weight Loss programme can help you change your diet and give you permanent weight loss. Not just for Christmas but for your entire lifetime.
Body Focus also runs, a small group, one -to-one exercise. Enda and Deirdre both say the benefits of reducing body fat through exercise are great as it;
Maintains Muscle Mass, Lowers Blood Pressure, Lowers Cholesterol levels
Increases Energy Levels, Improves Self Image
Body Focus Ireland's six week groups sessions commence on Tuesday 3rd & Wed 4th Oct. Further details can be had from Enda or Dee @ 021 4291270 / 086 8831403 / 087 9731211. www.bodyfocusireland.com
TELESALES AND THE WORLD OF THE INTERNET
For the last several years all we have heard
about from every possible media source is the internet,
the www and e-commerce. What is it? What
is it all about? Will it really affect us?
Let us address the last question first; will it really affect us? The answer to that is a resounding YES! Within the next five years nearly all of our daily commercial and many domestic activities will be controlled, influenced or handled by the internet. Whether you know it or not, if you haven't already got a computer in your house you will have. Remember colour T.V.? Remember the Video Recorder? The P.C. is next.
The internet is a method of connecting your home or office computer, via your telephone line, to the world wide web (www). Once you have accessed it you will be exposed to the biggest shopping, personal and commercial directory you could ever have imagined. The real beauty is that it is totally world wide! You can look up sites from Carrigaline to Cairo all at the cost of a local telephone call and in certain cases even less.
You will surely be aware of how our current government have been urging Irish business's, big and small, to get onto the web in order to expand their customer base and open their business to a much bigger market. This also applies to local business's either commercial or retail. People in Ireland are now beginning to let their mouse do the walking to borrow a well known catch phrase. In the unlikely event that you don't know what a mouse is, it is a hand held unit which allows you to navigate your computer screen.
The process is simple. Just like the golden pages you can buy space on the www. You can either employ a company to design your own Web Site which will give you a unique listing out there on the web with pictures of your company, your products etc., and descriptions of whatever it is you want to describe. Alternatively you can buy advertising space on an existing guide which means that when somebody looks up the web for a certain product the key words will lead them to a relevant section on the web.
This is where the world of telesales comes into it. Internet and web design companies need staff to ring virtually every commercial enterprise in the country in an effort to get them represented in one way or another on the internet. More importantly, those commercial enterprises NEED someone to contact them because most of them want to get onto the internet but don't know how; and the beauty of telesales is that it can be done from home while the kids are at school or if you are someway incapacitated that restricts you from leaving the house.
Even in this issue, a midlands based company, C.B.N.C Limited, have an advert for telesales staff. Could you be the person out there that they are looking for?
Article written by Terry Hennebry, Managing Director, C.B.N.C. Limited
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