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Superquinn Rathgar have decided to pick St.Lukes as their chosen charity. So far SQ Rathgar have raised €2,100 and that is purely by making their customers aware of what thay plan to do to help towards the purchase of 2 new Endoscopy Machines for the treatment of Head and Neck cancer. The 2 will cost in the region of €300,000. Having these will mean that patient’s treatment time will be reduced by 60– 80%. This significantly improves the individual patient experience and also allows more patients access to treatment machines.
One example of the efforts to raise money is that of the Superquinn butcher Stephen Gallagher who is running the Dublin Marathon on the 29th of October in aid of St.Lukes. Stephen has given up his free time to train for the marathon aswell as running a full butcher & fish counter in the Rathgar store. “I would like to thank all my customers for their contribution so far and look forward to many more fundraising events” said Catherine Brougham Store Manager Superquinn Rathgar The St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network comprises three cancer treatment centres in Dublin: - St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar (including Oakland Lodge) - St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre at Beaumont Hospital - St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre at St. James’s Hospital Superquinn Rathgar is supporting the ST. LUKES Foundation
To make a donation log onto www.friendsofstlukes.ie DEBRA Ireland is the national charity established in 1988 to provide patient support services and to drive research into treatments and cures for those living with the genetic skin condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Patients who have EB, have skin that is as delicate and fragile as the wings of a butterfly, and just as easily damaged. EB has been described by a Consultant Dermatologist in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital as “easily the most debilitating and devastating disease I have ever seen.” The condition is extremely painful and leads to disability and deformity. Many patients who survive childhood face the frightening reality that they could develop a very aggressive form of skin cancer, due to the constant breakdown of their skin. DEBRA Ireland offers hope and support to these patients. So far we have managed to raise €800 through a 12 hour cycle. 12 Colleagues cycled for 1 hour each on an exercise bike in the store to help raise money. On the day we also had face painting and a hamper raffle. The day was fun and there was a lot of competition between colleagues to see who would cycle the furtherest in 1 hour.
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We have several other events pencilled in before Christmas including a clothes collection and a Halloween ball. We would like to thank all our customers for their contribution to this very worthy cause. In 2009, Jane Keating (now diseased)was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 28 years. Jane’s sister Clare worked in Superquinn in Blanchardstown for a number of years. Following Jane’s diagnosis, she wanted to do something positive as there was very little information for women about ovarian cancer. With this, Supporting Ovarian Cancer Knowledge (SOCK) was founded in 2010, when we received charitable status. SOCK is a non-profit organisation and is dedicated to raising funds for research into and awareness of ovarian cancer.
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We became very aware that there are leaflets in doctors’ surgeries in relation to breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer etc., however, not for ovarian cancer. We decided that SOCK would change this. Our first initiative was to develop an information leaflet which highlights the symptoms of ovarian cancer and promote awareness of this cancer. Our leaflet has been endorsed by Consultant Medical Oncologist Dr Paula Calvert, (Waterford Regional Hospital & Whitfield Clinic), and we launched our leaflet at the Women’s World Event in the RDS Dublin on the 1st June 2012. In the coming months we will distribute these to doctors’ surgeries throughout Ireland. In addition to promoting awareness, SOCK is currently seeking research projects to which it will channel funds directly into research into ovarian cancer. We are currently reviewing research projects underway in Ireland, when complete we then hope to channel funds into at least one of these projects over the coming months.
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Calorific Nightmare At Chinese Takeaways Chinese takeaways have come under close scrutiny from health bodies in Ireland as a shocking new report from Safefood has shown that just one portion of prawn crackers contains one-third of an adult’s daily recommended calorie intake.
Chinese takeaways are the most popular form of fast food and restaurant food in Ireland, but the new report claims that most Irish people are in the dark about just how calorific even the smallest of Chinese portions can be.
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During the study, Safefood sampled 220 takeaway meals from 35 Chinese takeaway outlets nationwide, looking at foods such as prawn crackers, beef curry, king prawn satay and sweet and sour chicken dishes. Some of the worst calorie offenders that you’ll find at your local Chinese include egg fried rice, which contains almost 730 calories for just one portion, whilst a main course of vegetable spring rolls and sweet and sour chicken could set
you back more than 1500 calories with more than 50g of overall saturated fat. The recommended calorie daily intake is just over 2000 calories for a man, and 1800 for a woman. Beef curry was found to have the highest saturated fat and salt content of any meal offered in these takeaway across the country, whilst portion sizes were hugely varied, but usually excessive, with the average single portion of rice weighing in at 359g, which is enough to feed two adults.
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News “Calorie Nightmare At Chinese Takeaway” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 0NE And this is without taking into account the added calories which will be gained through consuming soft-drinks along with these meals. Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, director of health and nutrition at Safefood has said that the findings in the study are more than alarming saying: “With our taste buds in the West favouring foods which are high in fat, salt and sugar and because we eat bigger portions, Chinese dishes have become less healthy over time.” “There are plenty of healthy Chinese takeaway options available and
people should consider sharing dishes when ordering to ensure appropriate portion size,” she added. Safefood are now encouraging Irish takeaway outlets are being urged to offer healthier options, to provide calories on their menus, and to cut down on portion sizes. Ironically, traditional Chinese food is one of the healthiest cuisines on the planet, and when cooked properly is loaded with nutritional values. However, the version on offer on this side of planet is laden with fat and salt in order to appease the unhealthy Irish takeaway lifestyle.
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Dublin Woman Makes National Lottery History A lucky young woman from Dublin has made history as the first ever winner of National Lottery’s brand new game, Daily Million. The delighted winner bought her ticket on the very first day of the new draw Tuesday, 11 September 2012, and was lucky enough to match all six numbers to scoop the top prize of €1 million. The woman was accompanied by several excited family members as she collected her prize at National Lottery offices. The winner, who wishes to remain private, bought her
ticket in Centra, Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Dublin 24, on Tuesday, 11 September 2012. “I was buying my usual Lotto ticket and the agent mentioned the new draw Daily Million. I thought I’d give it a go and I am very glad that I did!” said the lucky lady. Although still in shock about her win, she has a clear idea of how she will spend her prize, “I am excited that I’ll be able to finally buy my dream home. My family mean everything to me, so I’ll share some of my winnings with them. And if there is anything left over, I’ll
take a holiday to Australia!” The person winner is the only Daily Million top prize winner to-date. The National Lottery’s Daily Million game was launched on Tuesday 11 September 2012, replacing the Monday Million and All or Nothing games. It gives players the chance to win €1 million every day. For €1 per line, players choose six numbers from 1 to 39 for the chance to win a top prize of €1 million. For an extra 50 cent, you can play Daily Million Plus and be in with a chance to win €500,000.
Local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Brian Hayes has confirmed that works to repair two wooden bridges in Pearse Park, Rathfarnham will commence shortly. Minister Hayes stated, “I am delighted to be in a position to confirm that a contract for the repair of one of the bridges in Pearse Park has been signed and work will commence very soon. The condition of a second bridge
has deteriorated beyond repair and I have asked my department to issue a procurement notice for its replacement. I hope that this work will be completed later in the year.” Minister Hayes further stated “Pearse Park and Museum has a very important place in Irish history and in fact during the Summer it was awarded the Museums Standards Programme of Ireland by the Heritage Council. The Museum will be a major focus
during the forthcoming “Decade of Commemorations” details of which I will announce in the coming weeks. It is only right, given the historic significance of the park that it is maintained to the highest quality and the repair of the bridges are part of that. I have also asked my Department to carry out dredging of the pond following the completion of the two bridges.”
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Speaking in the Dáil having secured a Topical Issue Debate on the matter deputy Ó Snodaigh said: “We understand that 60,000 families dependent on social welfare received a letter last month informing them that due to a departmental
error last April in which the department paid for an extra week they will not receive any fuel allowance payment for the week of 8th October. “The fuel allowance is a means-tested payment and by definition is only available to the people who cannot afford to pay for home heating fuel. “The government seems determined to leave people in the cold. Following the election Minister Burton cut fuel allowance for people in smokeless zones from €23.90 to €20 (-16%). At the same time she cut
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Ó Snodaigh Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has told the Dáil that the department is refusing to make the first scheduled payment of fuel allowance to thousands of people in October due to an error that it made last April. He asked the government to intervene urgently and direct the department to reverse its decision in light of the hardship that it will cause.
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8.5% which will add €75 to the average families’ annual gas bill – these bills have already risen by €230 over the past year. Likewise electricity hikes are set to rise by almost 5% from mid-October adding more than €50 to the average annual bill. In the year to June the price of 1,000 litres of home heating fuel rose from €800 to €940. “120,000 Bord Gáis customers are now in arrears. Of these 83,500 are in arrears of more than €100 for more than two months. “The government should direct the
department to reverse this decision and make the fuel payment on the 8th October. To do otherwise is to condemn poor families to the cold.” Responding to Minister Dinny McGinley who apologised for the error but refused to reverse the department’s decision, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said; “Your response is appalling and I know where my constituents would tell the government to shove its apology.
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Light At The End Of The Recessional Tunnel? Ireland is in the right direction towards “heading out” of its current financial crisis according to a recent report.
The report, which was conducted by Danske Research, has projected that Ireland will return to positive growth in 2013, despite the modest economic figures which the national economy has been posting in 2012. Danske Research is part of Danske Markets and operates as part of Danske Bank Group’s research department, which monitors financial markets and economic trends of relevance to Danske Markets and its clients. Early forecasts which have been given expect Ireland’s GDP to grow by up to 0.8% by the end of 2013, and to have grown by a further 2.3% in 2014. The growth is expected to come from an increase in exports and an overall stabilisation in domestic demand.
In recent months, the Irish housing market has started to dig itself out of the crisis, as there have been two consecutive months of price increase, whilst fiscal tightening is progressing as planned by the Government.
By John Bodkin The Government has also announced that it’s on track to meet its end of year tax targets, as the latest exchequer figures to emerge suggest that national revenues are running €385 million ahead of targets. The main areas which garnered the biggest return for the exchequer included both income and corporation taxes, VAT and a decrease in excise duty by a third for a third consecutive month. The upcoming budget is expected to bring further cuts and
hardships across the board, however, the Department of Finance says that it things are looking up for Ireland in the next few years. The current deficit is expected to fall to 8.3% of GDP in 2012 and to a further 7.5% of GDP in 2013, with general government debt expected to reach 117% of GDP at the end of this year which is a decrease in comparison with figures at the end of 2011. Unemployment figures in Ireland have also stabilised over the past year, as unemployment rates in August of this year remained unchanged at 14.7% from the month prior. Overall, almost 360,000 jobs have been lost nationwide due to the recession, which has led to a major increase in outward migration, particularly amongst the 20 to 34 segment in the labour force. This outward migration is expected to slow in the next two years as the economies takes small steps towards recovery.
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Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid-West, Derek Keating, has appealed to voters to ensure that they are on the Register of Electors ahead of the Children’s Referendum on Saturday 10th November. “It is important to ensure that you have your say on 10th November. This is only possible if you are on the Register of Electors. “The Children’s Referendum is a major decision for our country and its citizens. Its aim is to amend the Constitution to protect children, support families, remove inequalities in adoption and recognise children in their own right.
“After the Stability Treaty Referendum, I met a significant number of constituents who did not vote because many were not on the Register. “This important Constitutional amendment comes after 20 years of debate, numerous Church and State scandals, bad practice by our professional services and lack of resources by previous Governments. “I want to encourage every citizen to familiarise themselves with the debate that will take place to ensure that they are available on Saturday 10th November to vote and express their view. “I am, of course, calling on you to
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“The worrying fall in literacy and numeracy standards in recent years can in part be attributed to the Junior Cert and there is a general consensus that this 20-yearold exam needs to be reformed. Education Minister Ruairí Quinn deserves credit therefore, for implementing radical changes to an exam that is of key importance to young people during their first four years at secondary school. “I believe we need to learn from progressive, high performing education systems such as those in Finland and New Zealand where there is less emphasis on learning by rote and greater importance placed on continual assessment. “I understand that the new revised Junior Cert exam
syllabuses are to be drawn up by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and will combine traditional subjects with a number of short courses in areas such as digital media, entrepreneurship, sustainable energy and living and Chinese language and culture. “These changes will hopefully ensure that future generations of young people leaving Irish schools are better equipped to meet the demands of an evolving workplace and global market. Reform of the Junior Cert will however be rendered meaningless unless our education system is properly resourced and this includes ensuring there are incentives for the most capable graduates to enter teaching. “Moves to introduce standardised tests in numeracy and English reading in second year, from 2014, should improve literacy and numeracy standards that are so essential achieving an individual’s academic potential. “I also welcome the proposals to have in place standardised tests in science related subjects, and this must be ac-
companied by changes in how science is taught at primary level which presently averages at one and half hours per week, or well below the OECD average. One of the areas I am concerned about are the plans to have teachers assessing their students’ work. This is likely to place teachers in a very difficult position both in terms of their increased work load, the time they have to teach and problems with objectivity when assessing their own student’s work. “They will also face the added burden and pressure from parents, particularly those who have unrealistic expectations of their own children and it is an aspect of the reform proposals for the Junior Cert that must be carefully considered. “Another issue that we will be looking at is the future status of history and geography and how they will be affected should the number of core subjects within the Junior Cert be reduced. “I believe it would be a retrograde step to downgrade either of these subjects as they are a vital part of our school curriculum.”
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Cinema Releases Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2(2012) The fifth and final instalment of The Twilight Saga is finally upon us. Based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, (which is the final book in the Twilight Series), we finally get to see Bella (Kristen Stewart) in her vampire form after the first part of Breaking Dawn frustratingly ended before letting us see Bella as a vampire. We will also see Bella and Edward (Robert Pattinson), along with the Cullen family fight to protect Bella and Edward’s child from the Volturi. Breaking Dawn Part 2, will definitely have been worth the wait! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is in cinemas on the 16th of November.
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DVD & BLU RAY Avengers Assemble (2012) The Avengers is a superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and directed by Joss Whedon who was the creator of the massively successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. For Marvel comic fans, this was a very highly anticipated film, as it brings together their favourite Marvel comic superheroes. In The Avengers, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who have all been given their own feature films, as well as Black Widow (Scarlet Johannson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) come together after being recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who is director of the peacekeeping organisation called S.H.I.E.L.D. Their mission is to stop Thor’s brother Loki (who appeared in the Thor feature film) from destroying the Earth. As expected this film is action packed from the beginning, as we are re-introduced to each superhero. If you have previously seen Marvel’s films you will need no introduction. I quite enjoyed the fact that each superhero who features in The Avengers was given their own film, as you are already familiar which each character. The interaction between each superhero is great, especially when Tom Stark (Iron Man) is concerned. Scarlet Johannson provides the eye candy for the men as she dons a leather cat suit for the majority of the film, but ladies don’t despair as we have our own eye candy in the form of Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. This is definitely a blockbuster that has lived up to the hype, whether you are a Marvel Comic fan or not, The Avengers will definitely not disappoint!
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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day(2012) Directed by Dick Carruthers; Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day documents the band’s 2007 reunion show at London’s O2 Arena. Filmed in high definition, this was the first time Led Zeppelin played a full set since they split in 1980, and the performance was extraordinary. This is a must see for Led Zeppelin fans, as well as music fans in general. Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day is in cinemas on the 17th of October.
TV Entertainment Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 Boardwalk Empire has returned to our screens for a third series. Set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition period of the 1920’s, it stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson as the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City due to his success in the bootlegging business. Nucky is part politician and part gangster, who is as cruel and vicious as he is charismatic. The first episode of the third series did not disappoint as we are once again shown the power and cruelty involved in bootlegging liquor during the prohibition era. The screenplay, visual style as well as Buscemi’s acting is excellent, and has won Boardwalk Empire widespread critical acclaim. The first ever episode of Boardwalk Empire was directed by Martin Scorsese. Boardwalk Empire airs on Sky Atlantic every Saturday at 9:00pm.
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and thrive in Ireland, boosting jobs and bringing our business services sector forward.” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD said: “Today’s announcement that arvato is expanding ahead of schedule and creating 100 additional jobs in Fairview is great news for north Dublin and for Ireland. Financial services forms a key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, with a target of 10,000 additional jobs by 2016. Today’s announcement shows that Ireland’s offering is strong in this sector. I am determined that, through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, we will continue to attract additional investment in this sector and create more jobs for north Dublin and for Ireland”. Dublin continues to be a strategic centre of knowledge and innovation for arvato Finance. The company has made significant investment into the refurbishment of the 6,000 sq metre premises, which has been re-named ‘The arvato Building’. It features state of the art office and meeting facilities for 350 employees, and provides sufficient space for future expansion. Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said, “With more than 1,350 employees in Ireland, arvato, is an important strategic client for IDA Ireland and their decision to expand further demonstrates the long-term commitment of this German company to their Irish operations. The Irish company has won a number of strategic business lines over recent years and this expansion and new office
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European Airlines To Post Big Losses By The End Of 2012 Further decreases in the numbers of passengers flying in first class and business class travel are expected to hit the European airline industry hard in 2013, according to the latest reports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced its industry forecast for the end of 2012, which projected European airlines to post a loss of €940 million by the end of this year. However, on a global front, airlines are expected to post an overall profit of more than €3 billion due to the increase in fairs in certain world regions. IATA has reported a decrease in first class trans-Atlantic travel of 2.4% over the past year, and has cited this for the main reason behind the huge losses which are expected to be posted. IATA has also noted that the ongoing European financial crises, which have hit all of the major markets across the continent, are the primary reason for the poor take-up of premium class flights in recent years.
By John Bodkin Premium European airlines such as International Airlines Group an Lufthansa rely heavily on their long-haul operations for most of their earnings. Director General of IATA Tony Tyler has said that Europe has some work to do if it is to get some of their biggest airlines back on track. “The eurozone crisis is continuing despite the best efforts of politicians,” said Tyler. “Not only is the economy weak but Europe has some very unfriendly conditions for doing [aviation] business – onerous regulations, high taxes and an air traffic management system badly in need of modernisation,” he added. While governments and the European Central Bank have taken measures to shore up confidence in the euro, these have been fraught with political difficulties.” However Tyler finished by saying that the future
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FORD CORTINA: AN ICON TURNS 50 The Cortina Club of Ireland celebrated the 50th birthday of the iconic Ford Cortina in September. Some 70 Cortina models converged on Roscarbery, West Cork, to display this iconic car.
Produced at the Ford factory in Cork, the Ford Cortina was first launched in Ireland in 1962 and very quickly became a favourite with Irish motorists. With the launch of the Mk III model in 1970, the Cortina began more than a decade as Ireland’s most popular car. It was the top selling model every year for a 10 year period (1972 to 1981 inclusive). “The Cortina is truly an iconic Ford with a great Irish legacy”, said Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “For anyone who lived through the 60s and 70s, the Cortina was such a common sight on our streets and driveways. It was a car that was loved by motorists across the coun-
try both for its modern new design and its great driving ability.” The Cortina Club of Ireland which has over 100 members around the country was set up in 1995 and gives an opportunity for dedicated enthusiasts to get together, display their cars and share views, technical advice and spare parts. Speaking about his love of the car, Treasurer with the Cortina Club of Ireland, John Noel Cronin of Mallow says: “I used to own a Mark I Cortina in the 1970s and the beauty of the car was that it was so easy to work on. Just about every mechanical part in it unbolts and, with a little confidence, one can turn the saddest of Cortinas into a roadworthy classic.” Originally conceived as a replacement for the Ford Consul in 1962, the car ceased production in 1982 when it was replaced by the Ford Sierra. The car was named after the chic Italian Alpine ski resort, Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Cortina was produced in
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“For anyone who lived through the 60s and 70s, the Cortina was such a common sight on our streets and driveways. It was a car that was loved by motorists across the country both for its modern new design and its great driving ability.”
Ferris & Dowds Call For World Heritage Status For Glendalough Labour TDs Anne Ferris and Robert Dowds have called for the Government to press the case for Glendalough to be made a UNESCO World Heritage Site as soon as possible. With a rich cultural history stretching back nearly 1,500 years and visits from thousands of tourists each year, Glendalough is a unique place which is worthy of being inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
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10 million Likes, and according to Brandwatch, FIFA Soccer 13 was mentioned every 1.3 seconds on Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms in the three days after the demo launched. FIFA Soccer 13 is already a critical success with 32 review scores of 90 out of 100 or higher. In Spain, Eurogamer awarded FIFA Soccer 13 a perfect 100 score, while Vandal.net (94/100) described the action as “close to perfection.” In Italy, FIFA Soccer 13 earned 95/100 from Multiplayer, who called the game the “best FIFA ever.” In France, JeuxVideo Magazine (90/100) said “FIFA 13 approaches a form of perfection,” while UK magazine GamesMaster (91/100) called it “football perfection.” FIFA Soccer 13 will once again give players all over the world the opportunity to compete to become a true FIFA World Champion by competing in the FIFA Interactive World Cup, one of the in-game modes. The tournament broke its own competitor record last year with more than 1.3 million registered players all over the world.
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FIFA Soccer 13 trailers, screenshots and fact sheet are available at http://info.ea.com. FIFA Soccer 13 will be available for the PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360 with Kinect™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo Wii™ console, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and November 18 on Nintendo Wii U™ system.
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Halloween celebrations will take place in South Dublin County on October 31st between 5-7pm in Tallaght and North Clondalkin. These celebrations will provide a fun filled spectacle for families in a safe environment. “THE HAUNTED” celebrations will involve over 200 young people from Tallaght and Clondalkin who will create artistic pieces in arts and
performance workshops to display on Halloween night. There will be a parade in Tallaght and a pageant in North Clondalkin with celebration of music, dance and games at both events. The Mayor Cathal King visited Dominic’s Community Centre and took part in a HAUNTED workshop. “I am delighted to take part in preparing for the HAUNTED – I am looking forward to seeing all of these wonderful pieces in the parade. Halloween is a special
time of the year – the HAUNTED is a learning opportunity and a celebration. As Mayor of South Dublin County I want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween – don’t provide material for bonfires, think of others and come out and see these artists display their scary artistic pieces. I am looking forward to the HAUNTED” To reduce the amount of material available for bonfires, the Council in conjunction with CCRI in the lead up
to Halloween are encouraging households to recycle WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical) materials - that’s anything with a battery or a plug, in a safe and legal way. There will also be a free WEEE collection day provided by WEEE Ireland on 27th October at Powercity Fonthill 10am -4pm. South Dublin County Council encourages everyone to join in the Halloween celebrations and support a Safe and Happy Halloween.
St. Patrick’s University Hospital The hospital was established over 250 years by Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. It is Ireland’s largest independent mental health service provider. It is a Not-for-Profit organisation. St. Pat’s provides a wide range of programmes and services delivering therapeutic treatment and care to patients such as;
• Adolescent Services for young people aged 14-17. • Young Adult Programme for those aged 18-25 • Eating Disorder Programme • Psychiatry of Later Life which focuses on mental health of the elderly • Alcohol and Chemical Programme to treat addictions • The Dean Clinic-unique community- based services • Support and information line a free service 01 249 3333 We are looking forward to doing many more fund raising events in the store throughout the year,” said Maria McDaid, Store Manager Superquinn Heuston St. Quarter is supporting the ST. PATRICK’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
To make a donation, log onto www.stpatrickshospitalfoundation.ie RESPECT DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY. Currently RESPECT have the responsibility of caring for 2,300 people, 800 of whom are in full-time residential care, with 1,500 attending their Specialist Centres on a daily basis. RESPECT look after people in all age categories. Previous functions such as sponsored cycle from Dublin to Navan in May, Waterways Ireland Triathlone –Athlone- in June, The RESPECT Summer Lunch and much much more. What we plan to do in Superquinn Rathborne is to organise fundraising in store around seasonal times and around events RESPECT from cycles to walks to get awareness into the local community. We look forward to seeing our customers in store during our fun days for RESPECT.
Superquinn Rathborne is supporting RESPECT Ireland
To make a donation please visit www.respect.ie. St. Catherine’s Association is a non-profit making organisation which provides education, training, healthcare and residential/respite care to clients who have intellectual and other disabilities. St. Catherines Association was originally formed in 1970 by a small group of friends and families of children with intellectual disabilities. Over the past 40 years, hundreds of families have benefited from the dedication and professionalism of the staff in caring for and educating children with special needs from all over the county. These services include Early Intervention for children from birth to age six, Pre-Schools, National Schools , Respite/Residential Living, Outreach, Nursing, Speech & Language Therapy and Physio Therapy.
Superquinn Charlesland is supporting the ST. CATHERINES Association
Superquinn charlesland will now support St. Catherine’s Association through instore bucket collections, fund raising events, raffles, seasonal events and donations while also helping with any educational and development programs that it can.
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