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Douglas Community - how are we seen by visitors to the area?

Those of us who come from Douglas or who live here, love our place, so when an outsider praises it in a multi-faceted way, it really makes us smile! As a community group we slog along week after week as volunteers, each with a specific role, be it a Mealson-Wheels volunteer, a Tidy Town volunteer, a fervent committee member working hard to get funding to complete our Hall project, a hard-working member of staff be it Admin or Caretaking. Not to mind the business people in our town, the teachers in all our schools, the hard-working people who feed their families and maintain homes while striving hard to keep going. Sometimes we don’t see or appreciate how so many people have contributed in ways to make our community a little bit better than it might have been while maintaining our traditions. But progress is slow and it’s hard to see what efforts have lead to achievements. It sometimes takes an outsider to see the progress over the years, impacting on our town of Douglas as a whole, vibrant neighbourhood.
In a weekly city newspaper recently, journalist Ryan O’Neill wrote a lovely account of Douglas where a generous page was devoted to it with the title ‘A suburb with a Village Feel’. He started out by stating “Retaining its village feel while still only a stone’s throw from the bustling city, Douglas is a dynamic suburb with plenty of history and activity.” Wow! What an accolade! He went on to mention all the schools, sports clubs, restaurants bars and public amenities, the prime shopping areas, fashion outlets and specialist stores. The cinema, the luxury hotels, a host of restaurants and bars of many ethnic origins were lauded also. He then particularly mentioned the Community Park: “Nearby, the five-acre Douglas Community Park and playground located in the heart of the town centre caters to kids, joggers and dog walkers alike. The recently refurbished Ballybrack Woods (Mangala) nearby also offers a fantastic outdoor walking experience for locals.” Do ye hear that Tidy Town Volunteers?! He continued, mentioning the sporting prowess, clubs such as College Corinthians AFC, Douglas GAA, Douglas Hall, Nemo Rangers and Garryduff Sports Centre. A bow to our athletes! Then came the schools, St. Luke’s National School, St. Columba’s NS, Douglas Community School, Scoil Bhride Eglantine, Regina Mundi College, Gaelscoil na Dughlaise and St. Francis College. A bow to our teachers! These are just some of the institutions servicing its growing population. (We will add to that, Rochestown Educate Together presently located at Garryduff Sports Centre in a brand new campus). He ended by attesting to the foodies looking to spice up their food plans: “Douglas Farmers from 10 am to 2 pm outside the Douglas Village Shopping Centre. The market offers a diverse range of cuisine, from Mexican burritos and stone-baked pizza to fresh vegetables and doggie treats. You’ll also find a range of cheeses, sauces, spices, breads and organic produce. With so much variety, Douglas is a thriving and growing suburb with plenty to do and see, and one which packs plenty of punch for its size!”If you’re lucky enough to live in Douglas, can you beat that for a blood rush of pride to the head!

Douglas ICA – another Gem in Douglas Village

There is another special place in Douglas that has been there since the early 60’s, built almost 60 years ago. It’s the I.C.A. Hall, a wonderful place for lots of women in Douglas and a hive of activity.
Two ladies who recently joined as members were blown away with all the activities going on there. Founded by local midwife, Mary Hanley in 1959, even all this time later, it remains still a vibrant guild with over fifty members and many activities going on there almost every day. There are fitness and fun exercise classes on Monday mornings from 11am-12.30pm. The classes include warmups, gentle exercises, dance and games, suitable for all ages. On Monday evening between 7.45 & 9.30pm there is a choir which sings a wide variety of music and also performs at concerts for charity. Anyone with a reasonable voice who can hold a tune, is welcome. On Wednesday nights there is Drama, from 8-9.30 and the Douglas ICA Drama Group meet for rehearsals. They perform at the Guild Christmas Party and at the Annual Concert. For those who don’t want to take to the stage, there is a role for you in stage management, organizing the set or the music for productions. There is a Book Club with about fifteen members who meet once a month, usually on the last Thursday of each month. Craft classes are generally organized for six weeks in a month or so. In early summer there is Gardening; learning to plant up hanging baskets and containers. There are many competitions throughout the year organized by Cork Federation such as arts and crafts, baking, flower arranging, photography and so on. Each year they hold a concert, open to the public and it’s always a sell-out performance. Most importantly, the Guild Meeting takes place on the second Thursday of every month and is the ‘business’ night when all guild matters are discussed. Throughout the year, various speakers come and speak on different topics. The current President is Mrs. June McCarthy. Go along and check it out! Don’t miss their Annual Variety Concert on Thursday, March 28th at 8pm. Contact Julie on 0877692969.

Douglas St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday 17th March at 2pm

Marie Piper-Gregan and the whole Events Team at DCA have been exceptionally busy this year planning for their seventh St. Patrick's Day Parade in Douglas. There is so much detailed planning and organisation of this Parade in maiking sure that everything works like clockwork on the day and that each and every group gets maximum exposure and enjoyment from the event. The PArade will start at 2pm on Sunday, 17th from St. Columba's Girls' School and all participating groups must be at the school by 1.15 to take up their places, helped by our stewards. Leading the parade will be our local St. Patrick<, Aiden McSweeney followed by the wonderful Castlelyons Pipe Band marching in their kilts. Vintage cars, tractors, and motor bikes, all beautifully restored and polished up for the event, will join the parade and many local groups will participate, from school pupils, to those in sport, dance, martial arts, drama, keep-fit, etc. For sure the of Douglas will be on show! After leaving Douglas N.S., the parade will turn right onto Church Road, pass the park, go under the "bow-wow" bridge and turn left onto Douglas Lawn, then left again onto Tramway Terrace, through Douglas East onto St. Columba's Terrace, turning left onto Douglas West and back to the park. One thing missing that MArie would like to see included, is a couple of floats, so if there are any visionary artistic people with a theme (or groups) out there who could put together a float, it would really add to the drama and colour. It's never too late.

Lots of fun in the Park, Post Parade!

There will be plenty of stalls set up at the park serving hot drinks, hot food, cakes etc. and the variety of stalls selling their wares for anyone looking out for a bargain. The Piper Carousel will be there for the smallies and additionally MacDonalds's sponsor the face painting, there will be a pony rides, candy floss, food stalls and numerous other entertainments, not least of which will be crime fighting whirlwind and man of action, Spiderman.

Douglas Tidy Towns

Our local Douglas Tidy Towns is always planning ahead and they have some lovely new members. Sheila Fitzgerald, who has dedicated so much of her life to Tidy Towns, is very passionate about keeping the projects going. She sent a photo of a new planting around a big conifer at the new Independence Park, close by a seating area, so we hope members of the publics will enjoy it. She gave an account of other activities taking place as follows: "Douglas tidy Towns is fortunate that as well as our regular volunteers on Saturday mornings, we are joined by many students who are taking part in Gaisce, the President's Award, which promotes self developemnt for young people from 15 years upwards. We have facilitated these students, mostly female, but not all, to join our ranks ans we sign their froms having carried out the work. This has been going on for many years and at present we have students from Christ King, REgina Mindi and St. Angela's. There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold and some of the students are going for Silver. Some of the Christ King girls work on Saturday afternonns as they are not available in the mornings and they are also superivsed by one of our members. Our usual equptmrnt of HI-Vis jacket, gloves and pickers are provided for all. This has been a mutually benefical cooperation and long may it continue. One or Two have continued volunteering even when they have achieved thier Gaisce goal and we hope many more will do so when school is completed! Another welcome group of volunteers are residents of the Kinsale Road Reception Centre, including a married couple from Russia and many others from Nigeria and other African countries. Everybody gets on well and together we all attempt to speak in languages other than our spoken one." The more diversity in all facets of our planet, the better!

Cork Flower Club

The next meeting of Cork Flower Club is on Tuesday 19th March at 8pm at Canon Packham Hall on Churchyard Lane. The yearly subsciption is €30 due each January, or €5 per night for visited. There's always a cuppa and snack afterwards and it's a lovely evening to spend with such an enthusiastic group.

Main Hall Upgrade

In the last year, our original, main hall, built in 1986, has been gradually improved. New larger windows were installed in 2018, giving more light and lovely views on to the park outside, the old wooden floor has been replaced with a new laminate one, new carpeting has been laid around the perimeter and it’s been newly painted. Many groups are availing of the facilities and any group or individual looking for a place to rent out for an activity, can contact the office between 9-1 pm from Monday to Friday and talk to administrators Denise or Sandra who will be happy to help them.

Mindfullness Course at DCA

Michelle Hardwick will be running a 6-week Mindfulness Course each Monday, starting on 25th February from 7.15-8.15 pm in the old centre. This course will run through to Monday, 1st April and will be extended if demand continues. She will also provide recordings on Mindfulness for each session which can be listened to on a daily basis. She can be contacted at 0871492338.

Childrens'Zumba Dancing

Another new activity at the centre is Childrens’ Zumba Dancing on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 pm and is aimed at children from 6-12 years old. If you are interested, contact Yvonne at 086 608 3205.

Cork Flower Club

Our Douglas Tidy Towns group meets every Saturday morning at the Community Centre in the Community Park at 10.30am and work until noon. The group will supply picks and shovels and a high viz jacket, so wear comfortable shoes.

Cork Flower Club

This group of flower arranging/gardening enthusiasts meet in Canon Packham Hall on Churchyard Lane, opposite the carpark behind St. Columba’s church. It starts at 8pm on the third Tuesday of every month for nine months of the year, September to May. Cork Flower Club is the oldest club in Cork county having been set up by the late Maud Byrne from Grange many years ago and welcomes everyone interested in flowers and horticulture in general. They hold competitions on each club night on Flower Arranging in different categories from Advanced to Novice and also in Horticulture. On most club nights there is a professional flower demonstration or talk on horticulture. There is no pressure to compete in the competitions, so come along and enjoy the evening. The yearly subscription is €30 due each January, or €5 per night for visitors. There’s always a cuppa and snack afterwards and it’s a lovely evening to be with such an enthusiastic group.

Designer Tiles Douglas at St Patricks Woollen Mills; Exceptional & Exciting

Something extraordinary is happening at Designer Tiles Douglas of St Patrick’s Woollen Mills. As you might expect of a design centred one-stop shop for domestic tiling needs, and much more besides, it’s well worth your while to visit St Patrick’s Woollen Mills where Designer Tiles Douglas is very well signposted and parking is ample throughout the week as well as free for two hours daily toward the rear of the Woollen Mills.

Designer Tiles Douglas; the outlet itself, is a design triumph. A place of light and space and room, it’s very well appointed and is definitively a place to spend time as you deliberate in comfort. Billy Shannon who works at Designer Tiles Douglas smiles as he tells me, “We’re cleaner and fresher across the price ranges here. Just as no two customers are alike our range reflects the array people want to see when making choices about interior design and how their homes should be. People need to be able to see everything clearly and we pride ourselves on that.” That’s certainly an impression that remains in the mind long after you leave the perfectly formed warehouse shop, Designer Tiles Douglas.

But that’s not all that impresses at this exceptional outlet. Designer Tiles Douglas offers a total design process without ambiguity. Every aspect of tiling is regarded and professionally rendered. Customers will benefit from expert floor tile restoration across a massive range of materials such as marble, slate, Victorian, terracotta, stone, porcelain and ceramic. The measuring, delivery, fitting and interior design visits to individual homes which will be enhanced on February 28th when Interior Designer Jane Manning will be available in-store to assist customers in realising their plans each week on a Thursday between 10am and 1pm.

Crucially, there is Designer Tiles Douglas transparent pricing with no hidden extras, excellent installation by Designer Tiles Douglas partners, floor tile cleaning, sealing and polishing and even the fit-out of complete bathrooms all undertaken and carried out to an outstanding standard that’s directly offered to the customer by Designer Tiles Douglas. And as you may expect, nothing but the best materials are utilised across all price ranges. Benfer adhesives and grout, tantalising Italian and Spanish imported tiles and a great diversity of tile materials ensure that any visit made to Debbie, Billy, Coleman and Danny at Designer Tiles Douglas is both a fascination and an exciting opportunity to add extraordinary beauty and value to your home.

The fact that everything can happen beneath one roof makes the Designer Tiles Douglas experience a natural assistance to the home improver within each of us. Designer Tiles Douglas is open 7 days every week from 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 12pm to 6pm every Sunday. It has a Facebook page you should really look at named ‘Designer Tiles Douglas’ and a Pinterest site that really draws the eye and consideration of many people intent upon improving their homes. And there is also the exciting www.designertiles.ie website. Feel free too, to call the shop on (021)4366939. The massively experienced staff (30 years experience and more between them) at Designer Tiles Douglas truly are, ‘The professionals you can trust’. And rest assured, they look forward to meeting you and looking after you.

Douglas Tidy Towns Launch of the independence Park on 19th January 2019

This very significant event was organized by Douglas Tidy towns (DTT) on Saturday afternoon, 19th of January, at Indpendence Park, opposite Douglas Garda Station. DTT chairperson, Shane O'Callaghan, explained the significance of the occasion and in his speech he stated that the monument erected in the park, commissioned by Douglas Tidy Towns, commemorates a pivotal event in our history, namely the Declaration of Irish Independence adoped at the first meeting of the First Dáil, on 21st January 1919. This monument contains the full inscription of the text of that declaration which is extremely interesting to read as it's contents were so inspring for the members of that Dáil, located in the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dublin. Sinn Fein deputies declared Irish Independence, ratifying the Proclamtion of theIrish Republic that had issued in the 1916 Easter Rising, and adopted a provisional consititution. Shane explained that Sinn Fein were the biggest group with 73 seats. It was te first time in Ireland that women could vote. Countess Markievicz was elected and became the first Minister of Labour. By coincidence, the Soloheadbeg ambush took place on the same day as the first Dáil, 21 January 1919, when members of the Irish Republican Army ambushed Royal Isish Constablurlary (RIC) officers who were escorting a consignment of gelignite explosives at Soloheadbeg, County Tipperary. Two RIC officers were killed and their weapons and explosives were seized. The volunteers acted on their own initiative and had not sought authorization for their action. It is often seen as the forst engagement of the Irish War. of Independence, a guerilla war fought from 1919 to 1921. In 1922 the Irish Civil War started because some of the Irish Republican army Army (IRA) members were not happy with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which provided for the establishment of the Irish Free State within a year as a self-governing dominion within a year as a self-governing dominion within the "community of Naations" within the British Emprire. The pro-treaty forces, the Free State Soldiers, and the anti-treaty group the Irregulars, spent a year fighting, and a lot of people died.

An anti-treaty speaker, Sean O'Ceilleachair from West Cork, whose father was a veteran of that war, was invited to the event and he spoke to honour and commemorate the establishment of the first Dáil in 1919. Sean said the first Dáil had difficulties with the British in trying to govern, i.e members were put in prison, were forced to go on the run and an obstructionist campaign was cunducted by the British who also would not recognize the results of the ballot box. They then condycted a military campagn, introducing the notorious, merciless Black and Tans in March in 1920. The Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland to give Ireland a Free State status within the British Empire was not accepted by many Republicans, Sadly all these dramatic circumstances lead to the Civil War of 1922 where brother was pitted against brother and loss of lives and suffering took a huge toll.

Minister of Foreign Affaris and Tanaiste, Simon Coveney then addressed the group. He spoke of the complexity of identity now in our country in people's lives, that there is no one identity. he admitted that both wars caused huge loss and suffering. He mentioned the Burning of Cork by the British in December 1920 as being a very traumatic experience. However, in time, he said, we have moved to a better place. Minister Coveney went on to speak of te 60 years that Irish soldiers have given in commitment to continuous peace keeping in many foriegn countries; that an Irish Aid Programme gives 7% of Ireland's wealth to poorer parts of the world; now up to €2.5 billion per year. He said we are a small nation but we are bridge builders, committed to the U.N and the E.U which are the best forums fro solving issues. He spoke of the challenges of Brexit, and reminded us that we need to cultivate tolerance for differnece in others, that remembering can be sensitive and challenging and that all traditions can be cherished as to who we are. We need to be inclusive, he said, and that achieving statehood didn't come without a price. He finished by saying, "We need to learn from lessons of the past, not to be provocative".

A wreath was laid on the monument by Sheila Fitzgerald of Douglas Tidy towns, one of the main organizers of the event. As a very nice gesture, the O'Connor family of the south County invited all the attendees to their premises in Douglas West for tea and sandwiches. Additionally, the Carrigaline Pipe Band added great colour ad sound to the occasion.

Report on recent AGM at the Douglas Commubnity Association

Our annual AGM took place on Monday 19th of November at 8 pm. Members of the public, active members of the DCA and nearly all our local Councillors attend along with one national politician. We were all delighted to see our Chairman, Billy Coleman, back at the helm to chair the meeting as he missed it last/year due to illness. Billy recieved a great applause from the audience, very well deserved for a thoroughly amazing man who has given over 45 years of service to the community. He related all the various reports from the different service providers, Meals-on-Wheels who are in sore need of administrative and accounting voluntary support so please do get involved beginning with the advertisement reproduced here the Pre-School and the Playgroup, Tidy Towns, Douglas Playground and Park Events Report. Billy explained how the DCA project began in 1969 with a small group of local residents. One of the three Directors of DCA, Bill Perrott, thanked Billy Coleman for his 45 years of service. Douglas Tidy Towns chairman, Shane O'Callaghan, said 2018 was the best year yet in the National Tidy Towns Competition where Douglas increased their mark by 12 points to 298. He said 200 native trees were planted recently against the wall of St. Luke's half way down the park, to increase the pollinator insect population. He mentioned the Annual Spring Clean-up in Douglas and environs and a Recruitment Drive to attract more prople and the new Heritage Style street signs all around Douglas.

Two Major On-Going Issues were discussed - Douglas West and our Building Project.

The first issue was the dereliction in Douglas West with several properties looking unsightly, even boarded up, and this issue hasn't been tackled by the Local Authorities up ro now. In the "Residential Streets and Housing Areas" category of this year's Tidy Towns, we recieved 35 marks out of 50, many makes lower than our rivals Ballincollig who had 46marks and Carrigaline 45 marks. One attendee said that because lack of action by the council, our very hard-working Douglas Tidy Towns group would find it nigh -impossible to increase their achievements in the Tidy Towns Competition, or reach any of the heights that neighbouring suburban areas recieved this year in the South Cork category. To be fair, the business premises have played their part well and were lauded by the Tidy Towns judges starting "shop fronts looked well, especially along Douglas West." A general discussion took place about improving the appearance of a number of neglected, dilapidated houses in the Douglas West area. The point was made that a big problem is that multiple houses are now in ownership by single parties who seem to be in no hurry to develop or maintain the properties. In fairness, the mood of all our public representatives present seemed to be at one with our community on this issue and ways to improve the situation were discussed by having meaningful dialogue with landlords to begin with. In their report, the Tidy Towns judges put forward a simple idea that is food for thought, " a co-ordinated colour scheme is suggested for a charming terrace of single storey dwellings in Douglas West."
The second major big issue is financing for the final phase of the building project. The fourth and last stage of our building project which is the substantial space in the upstairs that we hoped would be used for youth facilities, lies unfinnished, because of lack of financing. The politicians took both messages on board and said they would check on what action and funds can be tapped into going forward.

Douglas Tidy Towns (DTT)

Douglas & St finbarr's Scouts joined Douglas Tidy Towms just before Christmas to undertake our now, twice-yearly litter pick up along the Tramore River Walk. We met at the gate to the walkway close to Douglas N.S and all were decked out with boots and carried a spade. We also planted some 200 trees, which were all native species (alder, rowan, birch and hawthorn). Many thanks to everyone who came along and did their bit bot for our local environment and the greening of our planet! DTT

Happy New Yea to all our Volunteers/Meals-on-Wheels Need your help!

Without our volunteers, we would not be able to keep our services going so we thank them for their loyal service and wish them all a very Happy New Year.

Douglas Tidy Towns

Douglas & St Finbarr's Scouts joined Douglas Tidy towns on sunday 25th November to undertake our now , twice-yearly litter pick up alone the Tramore River Walk. We mer at the gate to the walkway close to Douglas N.S and all were decked out with boots and carried a spade. We also planted some 200 trees, which were all native species(alder, rowan, birch and hawthorn). Many thanks to everyone who came along and did their bit both for our local environment and the greening of our planet!

Douglas Community Preschool

Our Christmas concert was a smash hit!! This social event is one of the highlights of our year. The children loved entertaining their families and friends, the party atmosphere and the home baking!! The playrooms are all aglitter with seasonal art and it was jingle bells all the way until the end of term !! The new year brings a new term and another season of adventure through nature, brisk walks in the park, birds feeding outside our window on cold and frosty mornings and the warmth of a welcoming friend in their classroom. We look forward to getting to know the new children and their families starting with us in January 2019.

Christmas Lights in the Park

Once again, Marie and the Events Team outdid themselves with this year's Christmas Lights event in the Community Park. Broadcaster Gareth O'Callaghan of 4fm fame did the honours of switching on th echristmas lights! Santa was delivered safely to the park thanks again to Cork Fire Brigade and worked his way around, chatting to the children and listining to their wishes for Christmas. A super Mrs. Santa entertained the children, who had them gathered around her in a circle for chat and face painting. Musical entertainment was given by several groups, the High Hopes Choir and two excellent DJ's who sang us through the most magical evening ever in the park, lightening our hearts and launching the festive season. There was nostalgia with our cobh Re-enactment Group dressed as Cork shawlies, snow flurries from the sky to delight young and old, gorgeous baked goods at the tea and coffee stall, a beautiful life-sized reindeer created out of wood who didn't have a name but for a €1 ticket you could guess it! The weather was very good, a pleasent autmnal day, no rain, just a lovely gentle snow provided by the magic Events Team. They deserve a big Buaile Bos! Also thanks to all groups who made the day so pleasant: the high Hopes Choir, our two DJ's, out caretakers and ex-caretaker, Eddie, and the general public who came along in droves this year to enjoy the Best Ever Christmas Lights in the Park! The Events team also requested members of the public to make up charity boxes for the homeless people in our city and there was a terrific responce again this year. Thank you all for supporting the event and enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere as you pass by the park over the coming weeks.

Happy Christmas to all our Volunteers/2019 Calendar

Without our volunteers, we would not be able to keep our services going so we thank them for their loyal service and wish them all a very Happy Christmas. Our 2019 Calendar will be distributed to house holds around Douglas area and we thank all the businesses who subscribed to it.

Rochestown Community Development Group

In recent work, volunteers planted many daffodils on the river slope while yet more plants were planted around the village green, and four dilapidated tubs were repainted and planted with shrubs and festive cyclmens for all to enjoy. Once more; thnaks to all our volunteers who helped out in 2018. If you would like to keep up with our activities, please join us on the Rochestown Community Development Group Facebook page or e-mail us at [email protected] where we will keep you updated. Happy Christmas!

Report onn recent AGM at the Douglas Community Association

Our annual AGM took place on Monday 19th of November at 8pm. Members of the public, active members of DCA and nearly all our local Councilors attended along with one national politician. We were all delighted to see our Chariman, Billy Coleman, back at the helm to chair the meeting as he missed it last year due to illness. Billy had a great applause from the audience, very well deserved for a thoroughly amazing man who has given over 45 years of service to the community. He read out all the various reports from the different service providers, Meals-on-Wheels, PreSchool and Playgroup, Tidy Towns, Douglas Playgorund and Park Events Report and explained how the DCA project began in 1969 by a small group of local residents. One of our three Directors of DCA, Bill Perrott, thanked Billy Coleman for his 45 years of service. Douglas Tidy Towns chairman, Shane O'Callaghan, said 2018 was the best year yet in the National Tidy Towns Competition where douglas increased their marks by 12 to 298. He said 200 native trees were planted recently by the TT group on the Tramore River Walk and over 200 plants at the pollinator insect population. He mentioned the Annual Sprring Clean-up in Douglas and environs and a Recruitment Drive to attract more people and the new Heritage Style street signs all around Douglas.

Two Major On-Going Issues were discussed - Douglas West and our building project

the first issue was the dereliction in Douglas West with several propeties looking unsightly even boarded up, and this issue hasn't been tackled by the Local Authorities up to now. In the "Residential Streets and Housing Areas" category of this year's Tidy Towns, we recieved 35 marks out of 50, many marks lower than rials Ballincollig who had 46 marks and Carrigaline 45 marks. One attendee said that because lack of action by the council, our very hard-working Douglas Tidy Towns group would fing it nigh-on impossible to increase their achievements in the Tidy Towns Competition, or reach any of the heights that neighbouring suburban areas recieved this year in the South Cork category. To be fair, the business premises have played their part well and were lauded by the Tidy Towns judgesstating "Shop ronts looked well, especially alone Douglas West." A general discussion took place about improving the appearance of a number of neglected, dilapidated houses in the Douglas West area. The point was made that big problem is that multible houses are now in ownership by single parties who seem to be in no hurry to develop or maintain properties. In fairness, the mood of all our publice representatives present seemed to be at one with our community on this issue and ways to improve the situation were discusses by having meaningful dialogue with landlords to begin with. In their report, the Tidy Towns judges put forward a simple idea that is food for though, "a co-ordinated colour scheme is suggested for a charming terrace of single storey dwellings in Douglas West." The Second major big issue is financing for the final phase od the building project. The fourth ans last stage of our building project which is the substantial space in the upstairs that we hoped would be used for youth facilities, lies unfinished, bescause of lack of financing. The poloticians took both messages on board and said they would check out what actions and funds can be tapped into going forward.

Army helps out with Bikes for Africa Project

Lee Rotary Club wishes to give a big shout out to the Army personnel who came to our rescue. They helped us to load the donated bikes onto a truck and get them to Loughlan House Prison, Co. Cavan. There the bikes are being refurbished and very soon 300 bikes will make their way to the Gambia, where they will be distributed to school going children and will make a great difference to their life.
We would also like to wish a Very Happy Christmas and a big thank you to all those who donated their used bikes. The project was a great success and we hope to do it again in the near future. We would also like to say thank you to Douglas Rotary Club, Douglas Community Centre and Douglas Tidy Towns for their help and collaboration.

Lots of Activities at the Douglas Community Centre

At DCA, there are great opportunities to get active and meet new people no matter your age and interests. At the same time, you can develop new skills that you only dreamed of having, such as taking up a new language, becoming fitter or improving mental health. There's great choice at Douglas Community Centre. Spanish classes take place from 6-7pm on Sunday, and also on Monday at 4-5pm in the centre. Anyone wanting to slim down for Christmas and improve their eating habits can attend Unislim on Tuesdays 9-10.30am and 6-7pm. Irish language classes are held on Tuesday from 7.30-9pm. For people who would like a mind-calming experience, there is Mindfullness on the fourth Monday of every month from 7.30-9pm in the new meeting room and Meditation every Wednesday from 7-8pm in the main hall. For children there are several activities; a Children's Choir from 5-6pm on Wednesday, Bounce Box for the toddlers on Thursday 10-12pm, Speech and Drama from 4.30-6.30pm and Foroige 7-8.30pm. Foroige's work is to give children and young people a voice in the development of local services and policies aim to promote active citizenship. On Friday, Messy Hands takes place from 11.15-12.15pm and there's Irish Dancing at 5.30-8.30pm. More dancing on Friday and Saturday with the Montford's Dance & Drama group at 10-2pm. So do get out there and get active!

Rochestown Community Development Group (RCDG) Recent Church Collection

Thanks to all the people of Rochestown who supported our recent collection so generously at St. Patrick's Church and at the Franciscan Monastery and thanks to all our collectors. The proceeds were €659, which will be used to enhance the Village of Rochestown. You can follow our progress on RCDG Facebook and if you wish to join us' please contact us at [email protected]

Cork Flower Club - Christmas Flowers with Melanie

This flower club is the oldest running flower club in Cork County and has an amazing group of people keeping it up and running who have a great passion for flowers and gradening in general. The art of flower arrainging is very popular throughout the world and, naturally, here in Cork. The Association of Irish Floral Artists(AOIFA), which was founded in 1973, is the official organisation of Floral Art Groups and Flower Garden Clubs in Ireland. It organises Inter-Club and Floral Artist of the year heats. Our local Cork Flower Club which holds club nights in Canon Packham Hall will be hosting a Christmas Flowers night with Melanie Harris on Tuesday, December 11th and there will be a cuppa afterwards with gorgeous mince pies very generously baked each year by one of the members, Barbara Bryan. Do come along and enjoy the experience.

Rochestown Community Development Group (RCDG)

Our Rochestown Group achieved a lot recently. Donal and Helen planted daffodils on the riverside embankment at the Green last week and more plants were purchased for the area. On a Group Work Day last Saturday, Kevin, John and Donal shifted two very large planters to the Village Green area where they will have much greater impact once they are painted and planted up. A local man, Chirs Lombard, joined us for the first time and we hadn't realised that Chris has been picking up rubbish in the area every week for years. Well done, Chris! He, along with Catherine and Helen planted an area near the west side of the bridge and placed a lovely Pampas Grass on top of the bridge! John took to the stream in wellies to place big stone slabs that had been removed and thrown into the middle of the river, back to their origional place at the bottom of the slope which was eroding. Shortly, we will be adding four tubs to the village Green, that will be planted up to provide winter colour for all to enjoy.

New Staff at DCA

There are two new faces at DCA, Niall McAuliffe and Sandra McCabe, and by coincidence both are from the Maryborough area. They are both employed through the SECAD (Tús) scheme for 12 months which facilitates people who may have gaps in their employment and choose to get back into the workplace and update their skills. Sandra has been working in the office with Denise. Niall is very keen to upgrade his skills and really enjoys the buzz of meeting the many people who come and go from the centre throughout the day; Meals-on-Wheels and Tidy Towns volunteers and the caretaker staff at DCA Declan and Michael with whom Niall is working, who all help to manage the centre, the adjoining 5-acre park and to assist the general public enquiring about activities. The office hours at the centre run from 9-1pm Monday to Friday and you can e-mail Denise and Sandra at [email protected] The phone number is (021)4894955, the website is www.facebook.com/dougalscommunity.

Events Committee Christmas Lights on Sunday 25th November from 2-6 pm

Once again, Marie Piper and her Events Team are creating magic in the park on Sunday 25th November with the turning on of the Christmas Lights. The master of ceremonies is broadcaster Gareth O'Callaghan recently retired from 4fm while Santa Claus and Fire Engine Friends will be there too. Our bubbly Mrs. Claus will also be making a very special appearance as she's so excited to be meeting all the children again. The high Hopes Choir will be on board singing classical Christmas songs and the Cobh Animation ladies will be dressed up in thier old-world finery,getting us all in a cheery Christmas mood. There will be a hot drinks stall to keep the chills away and the vey popular Piper's Children's Carousel will be installed for the children. And to cap it all with seasonal atmosphere, there will be a Snow Flurry in the park! How cool is that? Even Met Eireann can't predict that far ahead.

DCA Annual General Meeting on 19th November 2018

This annual meeting will be held at the centre at 8pm on monday 19th November. We welcome everyonew to come and join us that night and to hear the interesting reports from the different groups that operate in the centre such as Meals-on-Wheels, Pre-School and Play Group, Tidy Towns, DCA Playground and the Events Team.

Douglas Tidy Towns need more Volunteers!

Our Tidy Towns group are an amazing team of dedicated people who actually love the work they do to make our community look the best it can be. But they need more help! While Douglas made great strides in the recent Tidy Towns Competition increasing their score by 12 marks, there is much more work to be done to keep up with our major rivals such as Carrigaline and Ballincollig who are way ahead of us. So COME ON DOUGLAS!!! We are the biggest suburban population in Cork County, so why are short of volunteers? Where's the sense of PRIDE about our area? The more attractive we make our town the more people will want to come here to support local enterprises, to shop, stoll around, visit local restaurants/cafes, enjoy the buzz and everyone's a winner! All we ask is that people join us on a Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12pm at the Community Centre. you will be warmly welcomed and even be supplied with a litter pick and high viz jacket.

Roundabout at Douglas Court

A recent initiaive by Tidy Towns. Just passing Douglas Court recently, we note a very attractive, clever configuration of large deep planting boxes placed at the roundabout opposite Douglas Court Shopping Centre. This was planned and executed by Douglas Tidy Towns . This roundabout is probably the busiest in Douglas but it's quite small, all concrete, has no soil and is hard to access for people watering plants, so this installation is a great innovative solution. We look forward to seeing the boxes planted up and painted!

Mangala Award re the Douglas Tidy Towns and Cork County Council

Douglas Tidy Towns are delighted to be part of the work carried out to develop and maintain the Ballybrack Greenway(known locally as the "The Mangala") and they conratulate their partners Cork County Council, who have been shortlisted for KPMG Property Excellence Awards in a couple of categories(the onlt Council to have been shortlisted). This includes the work done in the Mangala under the category "Communtiy Benefit Project of the Year".

Douglas Community Assosciation(DCA)

It's wonderful to see the community association's new signage in place for all to see as they pass the newly extended part of the building in the Community Park in Church Road. It's taken a while for it to happen so those of us involved in the project are very happy to see it finally in place. Also the older, original building has been painted to tie in with the new and its looking very smart.

Annula General Meeting of DCA

The AGM of Douglas Community Assiociation will be held at the centre on monday 19th November at 8pm. Reports on all the different activities held at the centre will be given and it's a great opportunity for anyone interested in the local community to learn about the services it provides. We greatly need volunteers to help out woth organising activities at the centre particicularly fot the Meals-on-Wheels facility and Denise, our administrator, can explain what help is needed if you contact her at the office from 9am-1pm, Monday to Friday. The phone number is (021)4894955. If you wish to learn more about DCA, you can checkout the website at www.douglascommunity.ie and also on facebook.

Rochestown Community Development Group

For people in Rochestown, who havn't heard of our project, we are a group called the Rochestown Community Developmen Group who formed in Jan 2016 to regenerate the core area of Rochestown. You can catch up on the Rochestown Dev. Group Facebook page. We hope to give support to businesses which are investing in the area and to make it a more pleasent place for its residents. Our concentration at the moment is on renewing the Village Green area and to that end we have planted over 100 hydrangeas and cotoneaster on the east slope of the river and have re-planted the garden under the birch trees at the Village Green area. It was a very challenging job to keep our plants alive due to the sever drought over the sumer-autumn, and then when some rain fell in September, weeds took over to choke out the pants! It is very challenging to garden on parts of the slope down to the river, so once we cleared all the hydrangeas with mulch. A huge amount of mulch was needed and fortuitously for us, a young man, Brian, who was building a house nearby, had to remove some tres from his site had turned then into mulch. When he heard our story, he very generously provided us with the five very large bags and a group of us filled all all five. He then orginised transport to drop off the mulch to the Village Green, where it was dispenced amongst the plants providing them with a fine thick layer which should hopefullly stop any further weeds from shooting up. It was such a nice gesturetat it made everyine feel happy when the work was completed. Talking about kind gestures, we would like to thank Partick at Cinnamon Cottage who regularly provides hot drinks and lovely snacks for our work group. You can keep in touch by following us on Facebook of e-mailing [email protected]