Thursday 18 October 2018

Community news: Around Mallow

Eugene Cosgrove

Following weeks of rehearsals, pages of lines, and set construction On Q Productions are delighted to present The Odd Couple from Thursday, November 9 to Saturday, November 11.

The show takes place in the Aemelian Theatre, St. Mary's Seconday School, and starts each night at 8pm.

Staring a stellar cast the show introduces the audience to Florence and Olive, two complete opposites sharing an apartment. In the lead roles are Deirdre Linehan and Zoe Fitzgerald. Louise Luddy, Audrey Browne, Siobhain Gallagher and Lorraine Sheedy are the four friends who pop in and out during the play with catchy one liners and snappy remarks.

Adding to the hilarity are David Sheedy and Owen Mathews as the Costazuela brothers who live upstairs. The scene is set for a night to remember.

The Director this year is Danny Buckley who has been putting the cast through their paces for the last few weeks. Of course, no show could be put on without the help and support of the back stage and front of house crew who are the unsung heroes of every show. Special thanks to all those who assisted with the sets.

Tickets are €12 each with concessions for students and O.A.P.'s. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.I.e., ticket line 086-2558199 or at the door each night.

Kids get motoring with Playdough at Scoul Aonghusa

Do any of you remember your mother or grandmother making homemade mala out of flour and water when you were small? Well that is exactly what the Junior and Senior Infants at Scoil Aonghusa were up to this week.

Brian Roache, a childcare student from Mallow College of Further Education, was in the school on work experience and he did a playdough making workshop with the children.

Fine motor skills development is a very important part of a young child's development as they use them for many things for example writing, cutting with scissors and turning the pages of a book. A child's fine motor skills develop as they learn to use the small muscles in their wrists, hands and fingers.

Playing with playdough is not only fun but helps to strengthen these muscles and develop finger control which can help develop pencil grip and control. Why not try making some playdough at home with your little ones, the following recipe is easy to make and it will keep for weeks in an airtight container.

Activities to do with the playdough include hiding objects in it and get your child to hunt for the treasure with their fingers, make shapes with it and/or roll playdough snakes and balls. Older children can make their playdough into numbers and letters and do some simple sums or spell out their favourite words.

The playdough recipe is as follows; One cup of water, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, one half cup of salt, one tablespoon of cream of tartar, a few drops of food colouring and one cup of flour. Directions are; Mix oil,salt, cream of tartar and food colouring in a saucepan and heat until warm.

Remove from heat and add flour and stir and then knead until smooth.

Please ensure to include cream of tartar as it makes this dough last six months. Finally store dough in an airtight box or a sealable freezer bag.

Testing times for Mallow rugby fans

Mallow RFC first XV made the long journey down to Clonakilty on Sunday in what was our 3rd league match.

With 5 points gained from the opening 2 games of the season, Mallow were hoping to put it up to a strong Clon side who have shown decent league form to date.

Mallow did however get off to a slow start. A blocked down clearance and poor defense around the rucks, compounded by missed tackles in open play saw Clonakilty run in 2 tries and add a further 2 penalties in the opening exchanges.

Things picked up from there as Mallow slowly began to gather momentum and gain some territory. At scrum time, the pack were notably combative and gained parity against a sizable Clon tight five.

Mallow eventually got due reward for their endeavours with an opportunistic try from 70m, scored by Jimmy Glynn.

The North Cork side had it all to do in the second half, with great impact coming from the bench, in particular Luke O' Brien, adding impetus and aggression to the Mallow effort.

The away side were unfortunate not to come away with a late try as a superb back-line move involving Mike Sweeney, Hugh Barry and Sean Ronayne led to a knock on in the corner by Jimmy Glynn with the try line at his mercy.

The overall performance was riddled with uncharacteristic and unforced errors which Clonakilty took full advantage of and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 42-10.

Next up for Mallow is a home clash with Killarney RFC on the 26th of November where Mallow will look to continue their unbeaten home record this season.

Weekend Results:

Mallow RFC 1st XV lost away to Clonakilty RFC. Final Score: Clonakilty RFC 42 Mallow RFC 10.

U18's won at home against Thurles RFC. Final Score: Mallow RFC 28 Thurles RFC 12.

U16's won away to Dolphin RFC. Final Score: Dolphin RFC 0 Mallow RFC 96.

U13's lost away to Muskerry RFC. Final Score: Muskerry RFC 10 Mallow RFC 0.

Events Coming Up:

Mallow RFC Annual table quiz is taking place this week at 8pm on Thursday the 9th of November in Chasers Bar.

We would like to invite and urge everyone to attend if you can. This is a great way to meet people in the club and it is a big fundraiser for the club. Teams of four cost €40.

Halloween fun with the Mad Professor

CDYS ACTivate Youth Club decided to have a Halloween party with a twist this year.

They had Niall who runs the Mad Professor Workshop which was a fun and interactive experience to raise awareness and interest in science.

Niall - the Mad Professor - encouraged the young people to join him in creating experiments which were fun and educational. Many disciplines of science were covered which included; Sound and Vision, Chemistry, Engineering, Energy - Electricity, Kinetic, Potential, Pressure. This was made possible by the North Cork Honda Club who held a fundraiser for the ACTivate Club in May 2017.

A Speakeasy night of culture and travel in the comfort of the Hi-Bi

Last week's meeting of Speakeasy Toastmasters was a night of culture and travel - from Japan to the early days of transatlantic flight, and from the vineyards of Alsace to the ski slopes of Austria.

It was a meeting where the common theme was travel and mobility. Valerie Murphy commenced proceedings with a speech entitled 'Preparation for my first week in Japan'.

She recalled her experiences as a 22 year old student in Japan, setting off on a year long term of teaching English in Konin City. It all began with an orientation course in Tokyo where Valerie was awe struck by the sight of the new and exciting Neon lights and skyscrapers that seemed to sway in the breeze.

And that was just the start of a fruitful and challenging year in Valerie's life.

Theresa O'Reilly kept the theme breezing along with 'Smooth Driving'. This was a sales presentation on the art of 'Cold Calling'. With the willing participation of Marie Fitzpatrick, Theresa deftly demonstrated the skills required to successfully develop a rapport with a potential client and how to close the sale. The items on sale were a fleet of Volkswagon vans.

Jillian Harris artfully presented 'A great expectation'. She bought the group back to 1980s, when German wine exporters targeted the Irish market with labels like Blue Nun and Black Tower, wines of dubious quality.

Great German wines were considered too good to export. They were kept for the home market and inferior quality plonk exported. A huge mistake as the German wine industry still had not found favour in Irish hearts.

Gillian spoke glowingly about the charms of the Riesling grape and it's aromatic dry wines, a warm companion on a cold night. She outlined it's aging qualities and described wines with a vintage of a century or more, which seemed rather sad for those in the audience who wish to enjoy a wine in their own lifetime.

Don McSweeney took on a journey to 'Foynes and Beyond'. He recalled the days when flying was in it's infancy and when aviation's biggest challenge was to cross the Atlantic.

It was the era of the flying boat and the village of Foynes in the Shannon Estuary became the hub for Pan American flights into Europe,becoming one of the largest airports in the world.

Liam Jones closed out the Speech Programme with his outlandish tale of 'Séamus with a Fada'. He flew the audience to the Austrian Alps, with the flamboyant Limerick man, the maestro of the belly-dance and a dapper dresser who deemed it appropriate to wear his all white ensemble on the piste. Needless to say that all forms of mayhem ensued with the irrepressible Séamus sliding backwards down the 'Mercy Slide' to earn his place in Austrian folklore.

The Toastmaster of the meeting was John Brennan. Though new to the Club, he performed like a seasoned professional, introducing each speaker with style and creating a positive, friendly environment.

Topicsmaster of the evening Bridie O'Connell challenged the impromptu skills with provocative questions on the negative impact of Facebook, temptation, first impressions and the future of electric cars. The group learned that Facebook is like a fridge - you know that there is nothing in there but you look anyway.

The General Evaluator, Sean Corcoran appraised the meetings strengths and awarded prizes to Marie Fitzpatrick (Best Topic), Mary Buckley (Best Evaluation) and Jillian Harris (Best Speaker).

The meeting season continues on Thursday, November 16. For more information about Speakeasy please visit the website or follow on Facebook.

Alternatively, contact Helsa Giles 083 8858848.

Suicide prevention course Halloween fun with the Mad Professor at the Le Cheile centre

The Suicide Prevention Resource Office in collaboration with Mallow Community Health Project and Le Cheile FRC are hosting a three hour workshop in SakeTALK training for persons aged 18 years old or older who are interested in supporting people who may be at risk to suicide.

The SafeTALK workshop is an interactive workshop where participants develop their skills through active participation and role-play. SafeTALK is designed to help caregivers become more suicide alert and they will learn four basic steps to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources.

The steps in the safeTALK training involve general awareness around the topic of suicide, alert skills to become more alert to the signs of suicide, intervention skills to intervene safely and appropriately and assessment and management skills of the needs of the person at risk.

The aim of safeTALK is to help participants to become more suicide alert while the objectives of the safeTALK training are to help participants to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide, identify people who have thoughts of suicide and to apply the safeTALK steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to people and agencies who can help.

SafeTALK can be challenging at an emotional level and is not recommended for anyone who is feeling emotionally vulberable. If you have been bereaved in the last year by suicide in recent months it is recommended you do not attend the course at this time.

The venue for the training is Le Cheile Family Resource Centre and it will be held on Tuesday, November 21 from 10am to 1pm. To book a place on this training please contact Martina Daly (Mallow Community Health Worker) on 086 433 5047 or email Places are limited and there is no charge for this training.