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Peop e Sugarbabe Northside Vol.23. No.50. TEL: 01 8621611. 15 Dec - 21 Dec ‘10 EAST Stunning PARTY DRESSES Arriving Weekly n Ope s y 7 Da at -S n Mo .30 -7 9.30 39 Henry St., D.1. Tel: 8747091 We saved our Dad’s life TWO Northside brothers have been rewarded for their bravery after they saved their doting Dad’s life when he suffered a stroke earlier this year. Niall (16) and Eoghan (12) O’Reilly from Dal Riada, Portmarnock, were honoured for their bravery and quick thinking at the Irish Heart Foundation’s inaugural Stroke Awards in the Mansion House. The teenagers were presented with the Act FAST award after their decisive action in recognising that their father, Tony, was having a stroke when he collapsed in March. Tony, then 61, faced a life or death situation when he was struck down suddenly with a stroke. Fortunately, he survived thanks to his sons who had the wherewithal to recognise that he was having a stroke even before he realised what was happening. Amazingly, Niall recognised the symptoms having seen the FAST advertisement on television which gives the warning signs of stroke: F for facial weakness, A for arm weakness, S for speech problems and T for Brothers rewarded for act of bravery by Aoibhinn Twomey time to call 999. According to Tony’s doctors, the quick reactions of his sons undoubtedly saved his life as a less severe type of the stroke he suffered claims countless lives each year. Eoghan, who was 11 when his Dad fell ill in their front garden, remembers the day vividly. “It was really scary,” he told Northside People. “I didn’t really know what was happening to Dad until Niall said he was having a stroke. “I didn’t know what to do except call the doctor and then we put him in the recovery position on some cushions on the floor in the kitchen. “It was like the ad because his face dropped on one side and his speech was a little slurred.” Continued on page 2 Blind woman tells of budget hardship A NORTHSIDE service user at the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI) has told how she’ll struggle to survive financially after last week’s savage budget cut her monthly allowances by €82. Sharon Byrne who regularly attends the NCBI, based on Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, described how she would bear the brunt of the cuts to her housing and disability allowances and the cut to the Blind Pension. Sharon (45), who became totally blind six years ago after she suffered a haemorrhage behind her eyes, now faces a cut in her allowances of almost €1,000 a year. “These budget cuts will affect me in so many ways,” she told Northside People. “I’m already struggling to get by financially. I don’t know how I’ll cope. “There’s nothing we can do to stop these cuts and the time is gone for the Government to sit down and reconsider just how they will affect the most vulnerable in society. Continued on page 2 Focus on Portmarnock  LIFESAVERS: Brothers Niall and Eoghan O'Reilly pictured with their Dad, Tony. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA See pages 23-27 NORTHSIDE SKIP HIRE OFFICE 6, UNIT 49 ROBERTSON HOUSE, BALDOLE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, D.13. Back at T he Sands New Years Eve 2010 You will NOT find us in The Golden Pages Email: Landline: 01 8489964 Mobile: 086 8382058 after 5pm Bathroom Centre  Operate 24/7  Excellent rates for builders  Fast, Affordable & reliable  Long term hire no extra charge Mini €75 • Midi €129 •14c €285 Standard & Maxi 8cys Available ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED We do what others don’t - print prices on our ads VELUX SOLAR PANELS - INTELLIGENT HOT WATER Northside Peop e Open Thursdays until 7pm EAST 150 Harmonstown Rd, Raheny, D.5. unrivalled coverage EVERY WEEK 45,000 COPIES  Tel: 8511700 w w w. d av i e s . i e


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