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SWAN SHOPPING CENTRE Enjoy Value and Diversity On any given day walking down the main street in Rathmines you might not know that an entirely different kind of world exists behind the Victorian arches of the Swan Shopping Centre. The red brick arches designed to mirror the homes and buildings of Rathmines have in fact only been there since 1984. THROUGH those arches is a bright and modern mall with shops, restaurants, hairdressers, opticians, books, shoe repair and key cutting, clothes, home wares and food, the list goes on. Inside the Swan Centre, there is a veritable feast of goods and services.

Rathmines Property Ltd. It was another few years before the relevant planning permission was granted to transform the original 33 properties, which included 18 residential units, into a state of the art shopping mall. Construction began in late 1981.

It’s a one-stop shop with something for almost all your needs. It is alive with the people that go through those doors everyday. Bustling with life and activity The Swan centre can change and affect lives. From a parent bringing their child to get their first book to a young student buying sheets for their first flat. A young couple buying their wedding rings to someone getting their eyes tested for their first pair of glasses. These are just a few of the ways The Swan Centre can, and have, made an impact on someone’s life, and that could be you.

The developers wanted a place that would not be alienated from the surrounding community; they wanted to retain the spirit of Rathmines. Coming up with a design that was both new and familiar, on a subconscious level, to the local community that would frequent there was given special consideration by the developers. The architecture of the centre with its high brick arched entrances, and high arch malls, the central concourse with its glass dome all are inspired by the Victorian architecture, which is a key feature of Rathmines homes and buildings.

The Swan Centre began its life, as we know it now, in 1973 when Sisk Properties Ltd. purchased the 3.6-acre site from

The focal point of the Swan Shopping Centre is the beautiful and unique clock. Spe-

cially designed to capture the prevailing character and atmosphere of Rathmines and to give the locals a neighbourhood symbol that they relate too. How many stories have started under the clock! The Swan Centre prides itself on being a local centre, with local staff for local people. It encapsulates the area; there are people of all cultures and ethnic origins to be found at work and shopping throughout the centre. The Rathmines area is well known for its multicultural identity, there is great diversification in the area. It is also an area with a large student population and these influences can be seen within the Swan Centre. When the retail stores close, life at the Swan Centre goes on. Just a little over a year ago the Swan Cinema opened its doors to the public and it has been a great success not only for itself but for take away and restaurants in the Swan Centre too. With the addition of the cinema to the Swan Centre, it has transformed if from a mall to shop in to a centre of activity and entertainment that few centres can boast of. And the cinema will expand this even more as planning permission is still being processed for a

further two screens. They have space for 320 cars to park and the hourly rate is €1.50. The full day rate for a Sunday is just €1.50 and this is the price for parking from 6pm until 12.30am. The overnight rate is just €5 if you decided you were having too much fun in Rathmines to just go straight home after your

movie or meal and felt like enjoying some of the wonderful nightlife in the area. So now, the only question is what’s keeping you? The Swan Centre will value your custom. Spend an afternoon in The Swan which offers more that shops but a chance to change your life. Drop into Dunne’s stores for a few groceries be-

fore picking up a fresh fruit smoothie for the drive home. Or maybe something else suits your needs. To find out if the Swan Shopping Centre has something for you read on to discover the many shops and services located within the centre and meet some of the people that will be there to serve you.

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Discover bargains and value and enjoy shopping at the AS YOU enter the Swan Centre from the town hall end, the Golden Arches of McDonald’s mimics those wonderful Victorian arches of the Swan Centre entrances, a salute to the local architecture. Moving on and you can start to see a sample of the variety of premises at home in the Swan Centre.

For the perfect accessory for your brand new outfit from Beverly Jones Boutique try Vivienne's Jewellers. Vivienne’s will celebrate 25 years of trading in the Swan Shopping Centre this November, and to celebrate they have many special offers in the Swan Centre branch.

Any magazine or paper you would like can be got at Day Today.. They also carry a range of stationary, ideal for students. Just next door is the Colour Copy Centre, another resource for students not to mention budding artists, hobbyists and creative professionals. While it started out as a Colour Copy Shop it has grown into the Art Shop for the area. It also specialises in a range of educational toys from montessori upwards. Possibly the busiest and certainly the longest running shop in the centre is the Hopsack. Their stellar reputation reaches far and wide not least with the local community. “We have a strong attachment to Rathmines because of its interesting tapestry of international and local clientele.” Finn Murray proprietor of the Hopsack told the Local News on why they had chosen the Swan Centre, Rathmines for their business.


mium juice & smoothie bar. All their smoothies are made from fresh fruit and fat free frozen yoghurt and a blend of fresh fruit and/or vegetables in their juice drinks.

If, after getting your health food shopping, you feel like getting a healthy light refreshment you don’t need to go too far. Zumo Juice Bar is right next door to the Hopsack.

Just across the way from Zumo is Mairead O’Leary Opticians. Practice manager Geraldine Dennis has worked with Mairead O’Leary Opticians for over 20 years at the Rathmines Practice and Mary Browne is their full time optician for the last 8 years. “Our branches have in-house optometrists and opticians who are highly skilled and trained to look after your visual health needs using the most modern optical equipment for conducting eye tests.” Geraldine told the Local News.

The Hopsack is one of Ireland’s oldest and best-established health stores. It was established in 1979 by Jimmy and Erica Murray and has evolved to become one of Dublin’s best sources for organic, fairly traded, ethnic and special dietary foods. The shop is now run by the second generation of Murrays’, Finn and Kate. The Hopsack has assembled a great team of staff all chosen because they have experience or expertise in the field of alternative therapies.

Geraldine spoke of the delicate time it is for the person getting their first pair of glasses, when they may be self conscious, “we are very aware of this with our customers and we believe it is our commitment to them and careful handling of this time in their lives that makes our customers come back to us for all their follow up needs” said Geraldine. They are currently running special offers on contact lenses and spectacles. Contact by phone on (01) 4971056 or simply walk in.

If, after getting your health food shopping, you feel like getting a healthy light refreshment you don’t need to go too far. Zumo Juice Bar is right next door to the Hopsack. Zumo is a pre-

Next-door, proprietor Rose Barry is an equally committed retailer that looks out for her customers fashion needs. Beverly Jones Boutique is already a success with two boutiques on the

Northside of Dublin. The Local News asked Rose why she had chosen The Swan Centre as the site of their latest venture: “We were constantly being asked by clients who reside on the Southside to open a shop there. The Swan Centre was our first choice so in November of last year we rushed in and

began trading. We were most fortunate to secure the employment of two great girls, Orla and Phyllis both of whom have extensive fashion experience and are attuned to the needs of our clients in Rathmines and surrounding areas.” Beverly Jones pride themselves on the service they provide, they accept deposits on all garments. Swan Image Express provide more than you would expect; frames, digital photo frames, film processing and digital printing services, disposable cameras, photo albums, printer inks, mobile phone accessories, sim-free mobile phones, mobile phone repair, key rings, passport and license photos. You can find Image Express on the corner across from Dunne’s Stores, or contact by email:, or phone: 01 4982819/0861761833 For the perfect accessory for your brand new outfit from Beverly Jones Boutique try Vivienne's Jewellers. Vivienne’s will celebrate 25 years of trading in the Swan Shopping Centre this November, and to celebrate they have many special offers in the Swan Centre

These offers include 20% off ALL Gold Jewellery, and they are now accepting recycled Gold Jewellery in exchange for cash at very competitive prices. Watch and Jewellery repair services are provided at Vivienne’s too. Contact Vivienne’s Jewellers either by dropping in or calling (01) 4963174. Just across the mall from Vivienne’s is the behemoth of the Swan Centre; One of the best known and most successful Irish brands of all time, Dunne’s Stores. Groceries, clothing, off

license, footwear - not much explaining needed there. Almost, but not quite, dwarfed by Dunne’s Stores is The Bookstation. It’s a virtual treasure chest of cards, books, art supplies, party supplies, folders, pens and much, much more. And speaking of Treasure Chests…Entertoyment is the next incarnation of a once favourite of the Swan Centre, The Treasure Chest. Proprietor Peter McManus also runs Candy Bar, newsagents, and told the Local News that he felt the time was right about a year ago to upscale the Treasure Chest to concentrate on Toys and Party goods. And so far, he hasn’t been wrong, as Entertoyment has gone from strength to strength. “There’s a grand buzz with the people here, I know the faces of the people that are regulars we say hi and chat away” said Peter about working in the Swan Centre. Entertoyment has a wide variety of children’s and party products, all high quality for a reasonable price. Some of the most popular chil

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A tenaciously talented local girl has become the toast of Tallaght after she scooped a bronze medal in an international swimming competition recently. CLODAGH Flood (13) originally from Knocklyon, who is a member of the Tallaght Swim team, won the bronze medal at the British Age group championship, which features top competitors from the length and breath of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is the icing on the cake for the talented teenager who had already secured silver in the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Butterfly, as well as 4 bronzes in 800m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle in a national competition (Irish Age groups, Division One) Indeed, it was a very successful season for the Tallaght swim team over all and the club celebrated a fantastic summer season with a ‘champion’ end-of-season party at the Balrothery Sports Complex. A trio of Irish professional boxing brothers was invited to give the club a talk on team spirit and dedication to training.

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The Hyland brothers, Patrick “Pajo” (Irish Featherweight Champion), Eddie (Irish Super Featherweight Champion) and Paul (Irish and EU Super Bantamwieght Champion) presented trophies to swimmers who were nominated by the coaches for their hard work and consistency during the year. Those receiving awards included: Emily Browne, Alyson KellyByrne, Aislinn Hearne, Lorcan O’Toole, Stephen Byrne, Melissa Cahill and Jessica Kelly. The Tallaght swim team is currently divided into several different age groups. The youngest (under 15’s) aged between 11-15 had 8


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The relay squad. Left to right are Alyson, Clodagh, Emily and Aoife. Clodagh was 12 at the time of competition, swimming in the 11-12 age group.

swimmers competing in the National Aquatic Centre from July 9 to 11, finishing with 10 medals. There was gold for Alyson Kelly-Byrne in the 200m Breaststroke. There were finals and new Personal Bests too for Alana Burke, who knocked off 20 seconds in her 800m Freestyle final, placing 5th, and Bethan Pengelly, who knocked off almost 4 seconds in her 200m Breaststroke. It was however; an altogether tougher event for the older swimmers (aged 15-20) at the NAC from where a team of 5 achieved PB’s and top 10 finishes. Lorcan

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Community programme cuts affecting service IN THE wake of a statement by Irish Rural Link that community projects such as meals on wheels, the rural transport scheme, visiting the elderly and home insulation for older people are coming under threat of closure due to Government cuts, Fine Gael Spokesperson for Older Citizens, Catherine Byrne TD has called on the Government parties to consider where their priorities lie. “The Community Services programme is designed

to address locally identified gaps in the provision of services and to exploit resources which are available at local level. What the present Government is doing is killing all local initiatives and forcing communities to turn valuable resources and energies to fund raising. “In the past the programme has provided long term employment opportunities for people who have been previously unemployed. Instead of trying to nurture these opportunities,

the Government has undertaken cuts of 16% which have hit communities right across the country. “Hubert Humphrey once said: ‘The moral test of a Government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick and the needy, and the handicapped.’ Clearly Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ moral compass is way off course.”

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THE latest fatal gun attack brings to 19 the number of people killed in 2010 as a result of a gang war that has long since spiralled out of control and is a crisis which the Justice Minister seems incapable of addressing, stated Fine Gael Justice Spokesman, Alan Shatter T.D. “The swift action taken today by the Gardaí in arresting 10 individuals, following the cold blooded assassination of a man in Portmarnock last night, is to be commended. The depressing reality is, however, that the chances of somebody being convicted for the crime are slim indeed. “In response to a Parliamentary Question put by Fine Gael earlier this year, the Minister for Justice revealed that, of the 193 murders involving a firearm committed in Ireland between 1998 and 21st of March this year, only 23 convictions had been secured up to that

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“The Commission has been working on the introduction of a CCCTB for Europe since 2001. The EU has to varying degrees consolidated economic, social and monetary policies. Taxation policy is the next step. Sinn Féin argued against giving the EU further powers during the public debates on the Lisbon Treaty.The EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta has clearly stated that if member states do not sign up a CCCTB he is prepared to force the issue by using an enhanced co-operation procedure.” “The country is broke, billions are being lost to Anglo’s black hole and the ECB is the only taker when it comes to Irish bonds.The bigger member states are eager to finalise a CCCTB for Europe and Ireland is totally unable to stop them. Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation can Batt O’Keeffe can huff and puff all he wants, but he knows the government has not got a leg to stand on.”


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AUGUST data indicated that overall operating conditions in the Irish construction sector continued to deteriorate during the month, despite a marginal increase in new business. Activity and employment both fell further, extending the current periods of decline to thirtynine and forty months respectively. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index™ (PMI™) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – remained below the no-change mark of 50.0 in August, signalling a further reduction of activity in the sector. However, the reading of 48.4 – up from 45.0 in July – indicated that the rate of contraction was the weakest in the current sequence (which began in June 2007). According to respondents, lower activity reflected continued uncertainty among clients. Commenting on the survey, Lynsey Clemenger, Economist at Ulster Bank, noted that: “While the Manufacturing and Services PMIs have signalled expansion over the past 5-6 months, the latest reading of the Ulster Bank Construction PMI reveals that operating conditions in the Irish construction sector remain particularly tough. “In fact the PMI is telling us that the sector has been in contraction for 39 months now, by far the longest period of decline in the survey history. In terms of the detail, activity declines remain broad-based across the three main subsectors housing, commercial and civil engineering. Furthermore, with new work remaining scarce, and the continuing focus on cost containment, employment levels across the sector fell for the 40th consecutive

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Liberty belle goes for gold By Catherine Blake A 14-YEAR-OLD local girl is attempting to kick box her way to a gold medal at the World Kick Boxing championships currently being held in Serbia. A former majorette, Shannon McGee, started kickboxing in 2008 at the tender age of 12 at The

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Master Filippo Fusco and Sensi Christy Stringer with student Shannon Magee (age 14 ). Riding the crest of this victorious wave, Shannon then set her sights on the All Ireland, AKAI/ kickboxing Ireland, where her impressive performance quickly secured her place as the youngest member of The Irish Kickboxing Team- no mean feat! As part of the National team, Shannon (who has been dubbed ‘The Liberty Belle’) subsequently traveled to Croatia in September 2009, where she made both her community and her country proud by making it to the final and winning a sliver medal. “I was so excited about going to Croatia even though I was way younger and less experienced than the rest of the team”, Shannon told The Local News. “It was a

beautiful country, I met so many friendly people and we had a big party at the end. I love kick boxing so much I don’t mind having to train three times a week, I even spar with the adults when I get a chance.” Currently the ‘Liberty Belle’, who is the youngest of seven siblings, is competing in the Wako World Championships in Serbia, aiming for gold and Shannon’s mum, Catherine, couldn’t be more proud. “She has been 100% dedicated to the sport for the past two years and we couldn’t be prouder parents,” enthuses Catherine. Catherine does admit however that she wasn’t always as enamoured with the idea of her daughter boxing. “I was a bit surprised when she

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Start with something special and you’ll finish with a room you love Let’s be honest, for many of us, the fun part of decorating our home is finishing it. We see ourselves lovingly adding those little personal touches like photos or flowers, finding the perfect lamp or finally hanging that beautiful photo we took last year. And naturally, we plan to enjoy the streams of compliments about our impeccable taste and style! UNFORTUNATELY, before we can reach that pleasant summit of achievement, we need to make big decisions about floors, window coverings, sofas. All expensive items that represent a major commitment. Get them right and we're well on our way. But get them wrong and they’re very hard to hide. Is it any wonder that so many of us end up playing it safe - with neutral floor coverings, neutral blinds, neutral suites. And yes, we can accessorise to our hearts content, but maybe it’ll never be quite the gorgeous, vibrant room we had hoped for. So, we've summoned the help of four experienced Dublin interior designers from, a website which presents photos and customer recommendations

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Gospel music festival programme announced Ireland’s first International Gospel Music Festival will take place at The Convention Centre, Spenser Dock, Dublin on Saturday, 25th September, starting with workshops from 10am and music from 6pm. Announcing the programme, Chinedu Onyejelem, editor of the multi-cultural newspaper, Metro Éireann, which is co-ordinating the festival said: “The aim of the festival is to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Ireland. Gospel music is now being enjoyed by all strands of Irish society and is a great force in bringing people together. “Ireland is now home to some eminent gospel choirs – such as the Dublin and Discovery Gospel Choirs – which will feature among the highlights of our festival programme. In addition there will be plenty of opportunity for visitors to explore the dimensions of gospel music in a range of free-to-public workshops that will be staged throughout the day.

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“I wanted it all to just go away” WHEN a pregnancy causes fear and distress, instead of brining joy and happiness, where can you go for support? Cura: Crisis Pregnancy Services provides immediate and easy access to counselling and support to anyone in distress because of an unplanned pregnancy. Cura has 16 centres throughout the country. We provide a safe and confidential space where you can begin to explore your feelings about your pregnancy without judgement, opinions, advice or conditions with trained counsellors. “Thinking of starting a family was extremely painful, it brought up so many unresolved feelings from the time I had the abortion as a teenager” Cura provides counselling after an abortion support to women and men who seek this support in the weeks, months or even years after an abortion. Cura services are • Free pregnancy testing. • Crisis pregnancy counselling and support. • Counselling and support at any time during the pregnancy. • Information on Social Welfare and other rights and entitlements. • Linking clients with other support services. • Support with

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Victory for Dublin trio DUBLIN fight fans were served up a great night of boxing last Saturday as the National Stadium hosted two European Title Fights and a number of other bouts involving local Fighters. Heading the “Battle of Europe” show was Belfast Middleweight Brian Magee who successfully defended his European Title and Spain’s Kiko Martinez on winning was crowned European Champion for the second time on Irish soil. The first being that awful night for Irish boxing when he robbed Bernard Dunne of his European title in front of a shocked crowd at the Point Depot in 2007. There were also a number of undercard fights involving some of Dublin’s finest that brought big crowds to the near capacity Stadium. The most ea-

Also on show was Tallaght’s EU champion Paul Hyland who fought in a six rounder against American Robert Daluz. Hyland who had been out action

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long before he gets a crack at a major title. To top off a great night of boxing Finglas’s very own Brendan Fitzpatrick made his pro debut against Poland’s Mariusz Radziszewski. Fitzpatrick impressed his large following of supporters bursting into action from the first bell, landing an array of punches to

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Thousands missing out on PLC courses AN AVERAGE of three applications has been received for every place in Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses in colleges of further education, it was claimed. The Teacher's Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for the limit on student numbers imposed by the Department of Education and Skills to be removed immediately. "Research conducted by the TUI shows that there were over three applications for each of the 30,000 places in the sector, a massive increase on demand last year," the union said in a statement. "Some colleges have reported that increasing numbers of the recently unemployed are looking to secure a place." However TUI Deputy General Secretary Annette Dolan

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FURTHER improvements in breast cancer survival rates are expected in the coming years, guests were told at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in partnership with Vhi Healthcare. International evidence has shown that when breast cancer is treated in a specialist environment utilising a multi-disciplinary approach to care, survival rates improve by at least 20%. The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) can report that by the end of 2009, 98% of urgent cases were seen within the recommended two week time frame and 100% of all breast cancer cases were discussed and treatment was planned at Multidisciplinary Team Meetings. This comes on top of a 10.6% increase in survival rates between 2002 – 2006. Over 80% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland survive for five years or longer according to the most recent data from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI). The NCRI five year survival data showed that; • 70% of women diagnosed with all stages of breast cancer across all age groups survived for five years or more between 1994 – 1997. This figures increased to 80.6% for women diagnosed between 2002 – 2006 (the most recent survival data available from the NCRI) • According to the 2002 – 2006 survival data, survival rates were highest for women across all age groups presenting with stage I breast cancer (93.8%) with the highest rates (100%) occurring in women aged between 60-69 presenting with stage I breast cancer. • The lowest rates are recorded for those presenting with stage IV breast cancer with

just 23.5% surviving for five years or longer and the lowest rate - 15% - in the 60-69 age group. The Irish Cancer Society’s 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, in partnership with Vhi Healthcare will comprise a month-long national and regional radio, press and outdoor advertising campaign. The Irish Cancer Society’s Pink Ribbon Day in aid of breast cancer research will take place across the country on Friday 8th October. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Irish Cancer Society invites women, who have had breast cancer or who are currently going through treatment and their partners, to a day long conference titled ‘Supporting Women with Breast Cancer’ in Croke Park Conference Centre on Saturday 18th September. The objective of the conference is to give women support, advice and information as they go through their breast cancer journey. For further details or to book your free place, log o n t o tcancerconf or contact Eleanor at 01 231 0518 / email Breast cancer incidence The latest data from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) shows that there were 2,837 new cases of breast cancer in 2008 (2815 in women and 22 in men). The 2008 data further shows that of the 2,815 cases in women diagnosed;

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Grants to protect our seniors Minister Pat Carey has announced funding of over €8500 in the Ballymun Whitehall area under the Community Support for Older People Scheme.

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Great People and Value in THERE ARE some great offers and deals on offer in Inchicore at the moment. P and P Meats are on Bulfin Road. The butchers shop is run by Pat and Pierce and are ably assisted by Eamon. This month's specials are terrific value for example there is 10 Irish Fillets for only €10, a large chicken and a ham Fillet at €10 or how about the breakfast special? This consists of 1 LB of Rashers, 1 LB of Sausages, 1/2 dozen eggs, Black and White Pudding all this for only €10. By the way all meat in P and P Meats is fully traceable and is 100 % Irish. Also the quality is superb and the presentation is second to none. The proprietors Pat and Pierce say that every day is a pleasure to open the door as their customers are so good and they do appreciate their custom. So call in and see the other great offers on at the moment and once their meat has been tried you'll be back. If you need some laundry washed or maybe some dry cleaning.Cleanwell Launderette is always on hand to make your life easier.They are open 6 days a week and also offer a dry cleaning facility too. You can be sure of a quality service and they are in a very convenient location too. he business has been in the same location for many years indeed call in or ph (01) 453 5390 119 Emmet Road. In Tom Tavey's 118 Emmet Road,

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INCHICORE there is finger food and music after every St Pat's home game . All drinks midweek are only €3.50 and there is a pound draw every every Sunday. There is Music every Friday, Saturday and Sundays. A DJ karaoke plays every Saturday so be there or be square good, fun is guarenteed. If you want great value Londis located

at 199 Tyrconnell road is the place to check out. When you step in there is a fine display of fresh fruit and veg at brilliant value and quality. For example any 5 apples are €2 and punnets of nectarines, pears, and satsumas at only €2. Also on offer is Vo5 Shampoo and Conditioner €3.50 Fiesta 2 Pk kitchen towels are €1.50. Also instore there

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for yourself. With the change in the weather food good hot food is we need. Red Chilli 52 Bulfin Road offer a delivery service and if your order is more than €16 your order is delivered free ! The business is now under new management and is open for lunch from 12 pm to 3 pm daily. There is great value deals on at lunchtime why not try Chicken Balls 2 pieces 1/2 a chip portion, a small curry sauce tub and and a can of soft drink for only €3 . You can telephone your order (01) 473 2536 (01) 473 3654 the food is quality fresh produce and the cuisine is Chinese and thai. So save this number into your phone and you wont be disappointed when you do.

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LORD Mayor Gerry Breen will officially name an existing roundabout in Drimnagh, Carruth Rounda b o u t / Ti m p e a l l á n Carruth on Tuesday, 7th September at 3.30pm at a ceremony in Drimnagh Boxing Club, Keeper Road, Dublin 12. The roundabout is located on Mourne Road at its junction at Slievenamon Road. “The naming of the roundabout is a fitting tribute to thirty years that the Carruth family have been involved in the Drimnagh Boxing Club which culminated in the achievement of Michael Carruth in winning a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. The occasion is further enhanced by the presence at the ceremony of Ronnie Delaney who won Ireland’s previous gold medal at the 1956 Games in Melbourne” said the Lord Mayor.

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Energy needs of older people not being met THE notion of replacing grants for home energy saving measures with a series of discounts under a new national energy retrofit programme, leaves much to be desired, according to Catherine Byrne TD. 'This is especially with re-

gard to the effect on older citizens', she stated. “Thirty two million euro of these energy grants were unclaimed in 2009 so it is clear the system needed to be changed. The question is: how will the new scheme make it

easier for older people to make preparations for the harsh winters coming upon us? Will the new scheme be user friendly and help older people keep their homes warm? “Will the Minister outline what measures are being

introduced to counterbalance the carbon tax for older people and will the fuel allowance be reformulated to include central heating oil? The Minister

needs to be clearer on how he is eliminating the scourge of energy and fuel poverty. Vulnerable households should not have to make a choice between

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KIERAN FITZPATRICK advises in his regular column on how to achieve your goals. WHEN I started writing these articles we were in a time of economic boom. Many people may have looked on these articles as just help for those in some kind of pesonal crisis. But from the start, I have said that the methods and techniques and ways of thinking that I have shared with you here can benefit everyone whether they are in crisis or doing very well thank you. However, it is more often in a time of crisis that people look for and most need some help in getting through an experience that is difficult, unpleasant and possibly new and confusing to them. Unfortunately, with the current economic downturn, property price corrections, unemployment and the credit crunch surrounding us and coming at us from all angles, we have all found ourselves in changed circumstances. So now we have a situation that is common to pretty much everyone and a real life example of where we can all use the material that I have been sharing here. Throughout this series I have been talking about feeling better. The daily news this year would hardly help anyone to feel better. There is such a sensational focus on bad news. And bad news affects everyone negatively. And yet, if you are to be at your best, you need to be feeling good! Then you are giving yourelf the best chance to succeed. So in this issue of The Local News I am going to start with this live situation and apply what I have been writing to surviving this credit crunch/economic crisis/ recession. We cannot always control what thoughts come into our head or are put into it from outside. But we CAN decide whether or not to continue thinking them. And, most of the time, we CAN actually decide what to think about or focus on. And this is going to be our first step in getting in good shape to succeed in this difficult period. I have always talked about goals and targets and they are what determine our mood, give us motivation and energy. Things we need in difficult times. Most people being affected by all of this gloomy news are undoubtedly focussed on all of the negative aspects, this is what they are thinking about and this is why they are feeling down, worried, demotivated and scared. So, before the next article I want you to start to take control of what you think about and focus on the majority of the time. I want you to start to focus on your goal. And if you are wondering what that goal is, what I want you to begin focussing on is where you want to be and what you want to be doing when this recession is over. There is not much that most of us can do about what is happening to the economy in general right now. So there is no point in focussing on and worrying about the general situation. But there is a lot you can do about your own future. If you do not have a destination, you just wander and drift and never get anywhere. If you have a destination, goal or target then you can decide your route and begin your journey there. We will start doing that in the next issue. See you then. Kieran Fitzpatrick ADHP MIAPH (Member of The International Association of Pure Hypnoanalysts) is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP, Practitioner and Personal Coach. His practice is between Terenure and the M50 in Dublin. For more details call 0871227361, e-mail: or see

THE summer has gone and the harsh thoughts of going back to school are prevalent in the minds of all the young kids the dreaded homework, early mornings are things all young kids hate. Headlice is very common in young children particularly between ages 4-11

years and it often occurs when kids return to school as they are in close contact with lots of others so the Headlice infection can easily spread. Many parents feel embarrassed that their kids have Headlice but they should not as it is very easily treated. The best way to

check for Headlice in your child is with a fine tooth comb over a white piece of paper. The hair should be damp to make the combing process easier and less painful. Such a check should be carried out regularly say once a week particularly behind the ears and around the nape of

the neck. The presence of live lice will require a treatment, please ask your pharmacist to recommend a specific product for your child. All the products offer different advantages for different people for example certain products are more suitable for asthmatic patients or people with sensitive skin. Examples of products available at McKee Pharmacy are Derbac M, Lyclear, and Hedrin. As prevention is the best option there are numerous Headlice repellent sprays available and the use of Tea Tree shampoo is also helpful as a natural repellent. Another common childhood complaint is that of the Threadworm. Usu-

ally parents will notice first signs of the child scratching his or her bottom, this is a classic symptom of the threadworm as it is caused by an allergic reaction to the substances in and around the worms eggs laid around the anus. Itching is generally worse at night. Persistent scratching can lead to secondary infections which may require referral to a doctor so it is important to identify the presence of an infection sooner rather than later. The appearance of cream coloured thread like objects in the faeces is not uncommon. Parents should remember to treat all members of the family at the same time even if only one person has symptoms. It

s important to cut fingernails short so as to avoid tearing skin but also to prevent the transmission of eggs. Hands should be washed before eating and also showering before bed and in the morning to wash away any eggs will help too. Vermox liquid or Vermox tablets are available at McKee Pharmacy and can be given to children from the age of 2 years upwards, so please contact Fiona on 8361203 or call in if a treatment is required. In my next article I will be discussing Asthma. Contact Fiona in McKee Pharmacy, 2 McKee Road, Finglas to discuss all your families health needs. Tel 836 1203.

First impressions last IT IS NOW widely accepted that you have less than 10 seconds to make an impression with someone you have met for the first time. In most cases, people make up their mind about you in 4 seconds or less, and that is before you’ve even opened your mouth to speak!! Immediately you will be put into one of 3 brackets, Good, Bad, or Undecided. So now you know how quickly a first impression is made but how do you make sure your first impression is a good one? Well really, it doesn’t have to be a good impression; it just can’t be bad one. We all know that if you greet someone with a nice warm smile, you are automatically

Consultants warn against health cuts The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is calling on the Government not to reduce health sector funding in the Budget. The IHCA has said frontline services are already under strain following a cut of more than €1bn in health spending this year. In its pre-Budget submission, the association said the Government must reverse its plans to make further cutbacks "in the interest of patient safety". The IHCA President, Dr Margo Wrigley, said the reductions in acute hospital and mental health services are creating a crisis. Dr Wrigley said: "It's having a very devastating affect in terms of theatres closing, out-patient clinics being closed over the summer and people spending protracted periods of days on hospital trolleys before they are admitted to acute beds."

taken out of the bad impression bracket and put into either the undecided or good bracket. So you could say that smiling is the first step to creating a good impression. But what if you hide your smile? At Evolve Ireland, we have found that the majority of people that we speak to about Laser Teeth Whitening, have come to us because they are ashamed or not happy with the condition of their teeth. They also tell us that they hide their teeth when smiling which gives the impression of a false smile and a lack of self confidence. When we have performed the procedure, we can see the confidence in

clients as they leave the clinic with a beaming smile. We can lighten the shade of clients’ teeth by up to 10 shades!! Sometimes we can do it less than an hour but sometimes it may take a little longer. And best of all, there’s absolutely no pain involved (unless of course you want some, in which case, we would have to charge extra for!!) So whether you are going for a job interview, meeting with potential clients, attending a social occasion or even going on a hot date, make sure that you have the confidence to greet people with a smile because we all know that “First impressions last…”


Harvesting the best from all corners of our estate. Join in to see what Greenhills has to offer you.

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th September 2010 THE GREENHILLS HARVEST FAIR is a celebration of our Community and our Community Groups. The Fair has been organised by representatives from many groups within our estate including Greenhills Residents Association, Greenhills Community Garden, Greenhills Boys Football, Greenhills Community Games, Robert Emmets GAA, St. John Ambulance Walkinstown Drimnagh Division, Walkinstown Greenhills Network.

Friday 17th September 10am-1pm Community Information Morning Community Groups, Service Providers and Residents can share information about what is available in and around Greenhills. The Mayor of South County Dublin will launch the event and there will be speakers from South Dublin County Council (Housing Grants) and the HSE (Primary Health Care).

The event will take place in the Greenhills Community centre and there will be a workshop to explore relevant issues for the Greenhills Community.

8pm-11pm Disco for Teenagers This is a ticket only event for the under 18s. Tickets must be purchased in advance for €10 from committee members of Spark the

Greenhills Youth Group (phone Mary Clare at 087 9887007 if you are looking for tickets).

from 9.30pm Informal Sing Song Greenhills Community Council Social Club invite members and guests to an informal Sing Song in the John Walsh Room. Your chance to do your party piece. Full bar service available.Strictly over 18s.

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Saturday 18th September 12pm Harvest Parade All community groups and residents are invited to join the Harvest Parade. The Parade will be led by Irish Olympic boxing champion Michael Carruth. Clubs are encouraged to bring along club banners and walk together. Please assemble with your group at 11.45 beside the Greenhills Community Garden. Why not come dressed as a scarecrow? There will be a prize for the best dressed scarecrow. Route: from the Community Garden, St James’s Road, St Joseph’s Rd, St Gerard’s Rd, St. Patrick’s Road, Limekiln Lane, Community Centre.

12.30pm to 4.30pm Outdoor activites in Greenhills Park Outdoor activities (including soccer, GAA, races and fun games) will be co-ordinated by; Greenhills Community

Games, Greenhills Boys Football, Robert Emmets GAA, Greenhills Scouts and Girl Guides. The Community Garda and the fire brigade will be along with their vehicles for children to see close up and St. John Ambulance will provide demonstrations of emergency procedures. All children are welcome and have a chance of winning a medal kindly provided by the Greenhills Credit Union.

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There will be indoor sports, an art and craft area organised by the Greenhills Summer Project and a section with fun harvest activities co-ordinated by Greenhills Community Garden members. Entries for the harvest colouring and art competition and Arts & Crafts created by senior citizens from the St. Andrews Club and other clubs from Greenhills will be on display .


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Country and Western Night, starting with some line dancing followed by a country and western DJ.

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Congress concerns over new ‘workfare’ scheme CONGRESS is particularly concerned about the reports over the weekend that unemployed workers will be under threat of losing their social welfare if they do not participate in the proposed new Work Opportunity Scheme. In a letter to Minister for Social Protection, Éamon Ó Cuív, Congress General Secretary, David Begg has said that trade unions will vigorously oppose mandatory participation and 'workfare' schemes that are more about punishing the unemployed than helping them. David Begg has asked for an urgent meeting with the Minister to discuss the scheme which, it has been reported, includes a proposal for a weekly pay-

ment of €210 for participants if they carry out a range of community or other employment tasks. He said any scheme should not be used to down play cut backs or make up for dwindling funds for local and community work. It must not be used to replace jobs nor to create a pervasive climate of fear, David Begg wrote.He called on the Minister to include a number of safeguards that Congress wants to see in the proposed scheme including the extension of existing employment rights for all participants. He said that the scheme must be voluntary and refusal to participate should not result in any negative impact on social welfare or secondary


benefits. "Participants on the work opportunities scheme are employees and must be recognised as such. All employment rights must apply, such as health and safety, sick leave, holidays, protection from discrimination, force majeure and maternity and the right to union membership and collective bargaining," David Begg wrote. "These are minimum decent standards and it must be clear that these legal obligations fall on not-for profit employers. Otherwise, there is a danger that conditions for these workers will be unsafe, unfair, at the grace and favour of their employer and contrary to human dignity." He said that employees on the

work opportunities scheme must be provided with an entitlement to time off to attend at interviews and should not be required to work a notice period. "It would be contrary to the purpose of the scheme if workers could not attend for interviews from fear of losing their social welfare or if they were unable to take up job opportunities because of notice periods," he said. Participants on the work opportunities scheme should be allowed to modify their working time to allow them to take up part time work opportunities. He said the scheme must ensure that women are not disadvantaged from participating due to child or other care responsibilities.


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reputation for high quality service and excellent results” emphasises Christina Wilson. “Yes I totally agree we both think the exact same about performance neither of us believe in excuses just results that is why I chose to join Wilson Moore as Sales Director” adds Patrick Leonard. In the current market place it is not just the sales service that is important but equally the after sales service to get the transaction completed without unnecessary delays and brought to a successful conclusion as soon as possible. “We will always do our utmost to ensure that all aspects of a property transaction are monitored very closely and ongoing communication with all parties concerned is essential until the deal is done “ states Christina Wilson. “Separate to sales we know that a lot of landlords are concerned at the moment about the rental market and are having problems securing suitable tenants for their properties” states Patrick Leonard. The company’s Lettings Department is always on hand to advise landlords on current market conditions and assist them in every area of property management. Their offices are open Monday through Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Take some time to view the Wilson Moore corporate video on and/or phone the Lo Call number 1890 80 80 80 to talk with the Dublin property specialists.

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Hannah and Jim Sealy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the KCR House last week. Our photos show some of the friends and family enjoying the event.

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SWAN CENTRE nature red soles of Louboutin designer shoes. John Adam Hair and Beauty Salon is located in the heart of the Swan Centre. Both salons are open 7 days a week for all your hair and beauty needs. They have a long list of special offers. visit their website, or contact them on 01 4971880 for further info or better still - drop in for a visit. John Adams hairdressing were the first to set up shop in the Swan Centre, they really have been there since day one. John started his hairdressing business some years before that at the Uppercross Hotel, which is owned by his brother, and is a native of Rathmines. Speaking to the Local News, Sandra Quinn told us ‘she has been a stylist there for almost as long as John Adams Hairdressing has been in business’. “Most of the staff have been here since the beginning, staff stay because we’re a family here,” said Sandra. dren’s toys, of the moment, the micro-scooters and like-a-bike, are in stock. And for your party needs helium balloons, bunting, badges and party ware. Across the mall are a couple of fabulous clothes shops. A favourite with students is Genius, and they carry some seriously cool labels such as Diesel, Levi, Religion and J-shoes. Student discounts are available all year round.

“We were constantly being asked by clients who reside on the Southside to open a shop there. The Swan Centre was our first choice so in November of last year we rushed in and began trading.” Right next-door is the ultra chic Cyan. Unique designer clothing that you will only find here. For footwear its Shoezone, quality shoes at bargain basement prices, great for kids shoes especially now it’s back to school. Banana Tree has been a firm fixture of the Swan Centre for many years. They have a very quirky selection of jewellery, furniture, rugs, lighting, picture frames, ornaments and things just for fun. They also carry a range of unique and beautiful cards for any occasion. Next door to Banana Tree is Dubray Books. Dubray Books are an Irish-owned family business consisting of eight branches across the country. The bustling branch in the Swan Centre opened in 1994. The company policy of recruiting staff that are readers and lovers of books is evident in their wide-ranging staff recommendations. Aileen Smyth is Dubray’s Swan branch manager and is ably assisted by Martin, Stephen and Vivienne. Book Club members will be happy to learn that they can earn a 10% discount on their club choices by registering at Dubray Books Swan Centre or at any of our branches. They will also order any book they don’t have for you. And each Saturday at twelve o’clock Dubray Swan Centre hold a story-time for younger children. Find them on Facebook.

For cards for all occasions why not visit the Corner Card Shop. Swalk, has a beautiful selection of cards from the best designers and writers. And there’s more to them than cards alone. They have a large selection of bespoke items that would make a great gift for any special occasion. Moleskin notebooks, sterling silver frames and more. Swalk faces onto the other Dunne’s Stores unit at the Swan Centre, this unit carries their menswear and home-ware collection. Dave and Maxi have been cutting keys and heeling shoes for almost as long as the Swan Centre has been open at the Heel Bar. Dave has been at The Heel Bar for 5 years and Maxi has been cutting keys there for 23 years. Maxi talks about how they stayed in business for so long at the Swan Centre, “We started small and built the business up, keeping our prices low and competitive.” The quality of the workmanship is also important explained Maxi. In addition, The Heel Bar will do their utmost to meet with customers needs, for example; recently they started stocking the sig-

First Clothing is located beside the Candy Bar by the stairs and has a interesting selection of clothes and great year round deals. And Juns Fashion has great designs that young people will love. Amelia’s Angels is a gift shop for anyone who wants a gift that means a little more. Vladimir Alehno now manages the shop that was once a healing centre run by his mother, Amelia. Based on their clients’ ideas the Healing Centre grew into the shop it is today. Amelia’s healing services are still available through the shop. They are one of only 4 or 5 places in Ireland that offer Aura Photography. Of their range of products Vladimir said, “if anything we have can help people feel better, a little stone or angel, we are happy to provide it.” Visit the store or go online to their website, A recent addition to the Swan Centre is Holland and Barrett. This well-known outlet will meet all your vitamin and supplement needs, and they have many special offers, which change regularly. Under the stairs is Swan Flowers. The lovely

Lisa Parsons has been selling her beautiful bouquets for 9 years but Swan Flowers has been in existence for over 17. Situated near the door it’s a very handy spot when, heading home, you decide to surprise your other half with a bouquet. Swan Flowers also deliver and is part of Interflora. Call Lisa now to discuss all you flower arrangement needs 01-4960720. Knit and Make set up shop in The Swan Centre a little under a year ago. Since proprietor, Teresa Brennan, opened her doors, business has been very good. Teresa chose the Swan Centre as it was situated in a busy inner city suburb. “People are thrilled to be able to buy Haberdashery in Rathmines,” said Teresa. Customers come from all over Dublin to buy their wool and needles in The Swan Centre. Whether you knitted before or are a complete novice, Knit and Make is worth the visit and may inspire your creative side. Down by the main entrance fronting onto the main street is the only pharmacy to reside at the Swan Centre; Life Pharmacy. Chris Byrne is a committed community pharmacist who gets to know his customers; Life Pharmacy’s professionals have all been specially trained to offer the best advice and superior level of customer care. Life offer a range of specially designed services, beauty and lifestyle collections and advice for living well in a welcoming professional environment. The Swan Centre is also home to a Dental Clinic, which can be found upstairs. Dr Barry Cramer & Dr Mary O’Neill run, a highly reputed, general and cosmetic dental practice. With over 40 years experience between them they provide a full range of quality dental services, call (01) 4977533. Also on this level are Dermatologica, a Skin Care facility and the Tanning Cove. Heading back down the stairs maybe you’re thinking of heading home to relax with a good movie, Xtra-vision is right by the door. On the main street there are a few more Swan Centre shops including Leo Burdocks, serving the finest fresh fish in batter this side of the equator since the time of the Vikings… ok maybe not quite that long. Beside Burdocks is the EBS, taking care of your finances with a friendly and personal touch. Now what else would you like to have in your local centre?

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Now you know about the great range of outlets available for your perusal in The Swan Centre, but did you also know that just nine months ago The Swan Cinema opened its doors to the viewing public? Bringing movie lovers locally and from further a-field the Swan Cinema has been a most welcome edition to Rathmines. SPEAKING with the Cinema manager, Paul John Anderson, we learned just how well received the three-screen cinema has been. “We’ve been very busy since day one, it’s great to see customers coming back” said Paul. “It was quiet in June although we were the only cinema in Ireland to screen the World Cup Finals in 3D and the final sold out.” Of some of the new features on offer at the Swan Cinema Paul said they have been a great success, particularly the screenings live from the MET and there’s great interest in the new season including a screening of the Bolshoi Ballet and Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the greater successes of the Cinema has been their hosting of the Indian Film Festival. The festival got great media coverage and they had the honour of a couple of directors attending screenings including ‘Raajneeti’ director, Prakash Jha.

needs is the most important part of running the Swan Cinema and this philosophy will stand the test of time. The Swan Cinema has taken the Swan Shopping Centre experience to a new level, and other businesses have risen to meet the expectations that the Cinema has given the local community. Café Kylemore, uniquely situated on the first floor right beside the Swan Cinema entrance, was first to recognise the needs customers of the Cinema would have and introduced menu changes to make the waiting cinema goers experience even better. Now a new restaurant located on the main street of the Swan Centre has offers to improve your experience even more. Fitzroy and Flinders is the brainchild of Michael MacCurtain, originally from Galway, Michael came to Rathmines via Melbourne, Australia.

main course will only set you back by €10, amazing value for incredible food. I tried a sample of one of Michael’s signature dishes; a Kangaroo salad, which I can highly recommend it’s a light-refreshing dish with wonderful flavour perfect if you’re heading to the cinema later on. Michael will be introducing a cinema ticket and meal deal later this month so watch out for that and the many other great offers that will surely be firm favourites in no time. The interior of Fitzroy and Flinders is refreshing and the walls are adorned with some interesting and unusual art that Michael picked up from artists in Australia including a wonderful piece by Jeff Coons.

The Coons Monkey is also part of a competition they are running to name the Monkey. Check out Fitzroy and Flinders on facebook for this and news of all their great menu selections and offers. And for all you coffee lovers Michael has another surprise; Aeropress coffee, this is coffee like you’ve never tasted before the filtering process of specially selected roast beans leaves the coffee so clear it’s almost translucent and tastes divine.

And here your Swan Centre experiences ends or more precisely it is just the beginning. Head down there now and find out all about it for yourself.

“Fitzroy is a suburb in Melbourne where I spent three years as a Chef, and when I came to Dublin to start this venture I spent months looking for the right location and to me Rathmines is like a twin of Fitzroy so it made sense to set up the restaurant here” Michael told the Local News. Paul added that it has been great to be so busy, he believes this is because they have provided a consistency of service providing a better experience for moviegoers. The move by the Swan Centre to extend and revise their parking times and rates have been a great boost for the Cinema, helping to extend their busy periods to their matinee shows. And they too have taken heed of their customers needs by extending their student deal to run all week. Paul believes that getting to know your customers and meeting their

“The Flinders part of the name is the Central Station in Melbourne which has a clock similar to that of the Rathmines Town Hall so it seemed fitting to draw on this comparison too” said Michael. Having only opened a few short weeks ago Michael is keen to keep adapting their menu and is leaving it up to his customers to decide which direction they will take. Already matching their service to the need of the community Fitzroy and Flinders are open from 7.30am until 10.30 every evening. A

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