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By Catherine Blake Ballyfermot is bristling with pride and excitement as rumours that local X factor contestant, Mary Byrne, has made it through to coveted Live T.V. stages of the competition, abound. THE BOOKIES, Paddy Power helped to fuel the rumour mill by recently installing her as their 5-1 favourite to win this year’s X-Factor following her stunning performance at the Croke Park auditions. The single mum wowed the judges with her version of Shirley Bassey’s ‘I who have nothing’ and is already been dubbed by the British press as Ireland’s answer to Susan Boyle. Paddy Power told The Local News: “X-Factor forums have been buzzing recently with talk about Mary’s Croke Park performance and it seems they were absolutely right. We’ve taken over 200 bets on her to win this year’s X-Factor since last night's show was broadcast and already have been forced to cut her odds from 8-1 to 5-1. She seems to be the real deal and is definitely the one to beat.” Of course nowhere is the excitement more palpable

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that did it,” Caroline laughs. “She entered a TG4 singing competition last year and won, nothing came of it but it gave her the confidence she needed to go for X factor, and we couldn’t be more delighted for her.” Another work colleague, Caroline Foster, who also attended the auditions with Mary told The Local News:

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vote from the Republic is a contentious topic that is still under tough negotiation between TV3 and ITV. The Local News wishes Mary the very best of luck. catherine@localnews.ie

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Over 2,000 awaiting speech and language therapy service EMMET Stagg TD. questioned the Minister for Health in relation to the number of children in Kildare awaiting assessment for Speech and Language Therapy, the numbers awaiting therapy following assessment, and the waiting times involved.

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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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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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Lucan Tidy Town success By Catherine Blake THE Lucan Tidy Towns committee has been inundated with congratulations after receiving the Dublin (South County) award at this year’s Tidy Towns ceremony which took place in The Helix on Monday last (Sept 13). Lucan’s overall marks jumped from 269 last year to 276 this year, signaling a significant improvement for the village. Local Councillor, William Lavelle (FG) told The Local News: “The year-onyear progress is a fantastic result for Lucan Village and the entire community should be grateful to the small group of committed and hard-working volunteers who make up the local Tidy Towns committee. “The adjudicators also made suggestions on areas for further improvement and I will be raising

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Garda intimidation of school children Éirígí Councillor for the Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward, Louise Minihan, has slammed an operation by the Gardaí in St. Johns College Ballyfermot. Commenting on the incident, which saw the entire student population, of the secondary school searched on Tuesday morning by Gardaí using sniffer dogs, Minihan said: ''I Completely condemn the operation by Gardaí” These are the actions of a police state. Children, some as young as 12, and in their first week of secondary school, were lined up against the wall and forcibly searched. They must have been terrified. In a progressive society, the top priority is the protection of our children, not attempts to intimidate or to criminalise them. ''The Gardaí and the school need to explain the legal basis as to why this happened. The wall of silence from both the Gardaí and the school is a cause of great concern to parents and the wider community, many of whom have contacted me to express their outrage. One parent said, “He couldn’t believe that the school let this happen, he put his trust in the school to look after his child while on their premises and is outraged that they subjected children to such an intimidating situation” Minhan continued: ‘Is this something the Dept of Education and the Gardaí intend rolling out at all school gates, or is it only the working class who are being targeted and criminalised? Councillor Minihan confirmed that she will be working with local parents to get to the bottom of this incident, and ensure the safety and dignity of school Children are respected at all times.

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ART EXHIBITION of local artists and photographers. Festival

Gallery at Douglas Newman Good building, Main Street Lucan. Official launch of the exhibition at 7 pm. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend

Tuesday 21st September LUCAN VILLAGE – HISTORIC WALK

Wishing every success to The Lucan Community Festival from BALLYOWEN and FINNSTOWN

Starting point St Mary’s Car Park at 11am. Curator: Joe Byrne (Finnstown). This is a free event, discover a little more about your local heritage.

22nd September

ART EXHIBITION

Talks – on the history of the Phoenix Park. Kenny’s back lounge at 3pm (free event)

of local artists and photographers. Festival Gallery at Douglas Newman Good Building, Main Street Lucan. Exhibition open from 5pm to 8pm . This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.

Wednesday

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ART EXHIBITION & POETRY Tonight’s focus is on Poetry featuring local and guest poets. Curated by Eamon Lynskey and Niamh Bagnell. Festival Gallery at Douglas Newman Good Building, Main Street Lucan. Exhibition open from 5pm 8.30pm. Poetry reading from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend

LUCAN DRAMATIC SOCIETY Perform extracts of Love Letters by A. R. Gurney. Lucan venue (time & location tbc). This is a free event and all are welcome to attend

Thursday 23rd September LUCAN VILLAGE – HISTORIC WALK through Lucan Village.

Highlights from the Lucan Festival Launch Party at La Banca Starting point Muintir Na Tire centre at 11am. Curator: Joe Byrne (Finnstown). This is a free event, discover a little more about your local area.

CINEMOBILE – ‘KIDS MOVIE’ in association with McDonalds. Ticket price €7 (including meal offer!). Cinemobile – Superquinn Car park. Feature starts at 3.30pm

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A HISTORIC VIEW OF LUCAN through photographs, documents and other memorabilia. St. Andrews Parish Centre 2pm – 6pm. This a free event and all are welcome to attend. Curator: Joe Byrne (Finnstown)

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WISHING THE BEST OF LUCK TO THE LUCAN FESTIVAL! This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend

ART EXHIBITION of local artists and photographers, Festival Gallery at the Douglas Newman Good building, Main Street Lucan. Exhibition open from 1pm to 6pm. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend

LVPA – WILDLIFE & REPTILE ZOO The Village Green. 1pm to 6pm. This is a free event and proved very popular last year.

BOUNCY CASTLES & LOTS MORE street entertainment acts, meet Dexter from Westside Stage School! The Village area from 2pm – 6pm

THE GIG MARQUEE Main Street, Lucan 2pm -6pm. Dancity Ireland, Lucan Comhaltas, Lucan Concert Band, Westside SWAGGA Crew featuring dancers from Pineapple Studios – London, Lee Byrne Dance Academy, Morgan La Faye, Intercultural acts from around the world, Adamstown Taekwon-Do demonstration, Lucan Dramatic Society and more!

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Pick nothing in isolation. Get all your samples together first for floors, curtains, wall paper, sofas and look at them together. Don’t jump ahead and buy say the sofa first.

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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

for six months shook of the ring rust to out box his opponent on his way to a points victory. Hyland fights again on the 6th November in Limerick and it shouldn’t be

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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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-

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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: kieran@kieranfitzpatrick.com or see www.kieranfitzpatrick.com

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…”


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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

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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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Teens with arthritis ARTHRITIS Ireland has launched the first ever Juvenile Arthritis month taking place in September 2010 to raise awareness of the issues facing teenagers living with arthritis and funds to continue to provide vital services for them. Being a teenager

in Ireland is challenging: Being a teenager in Ireland with a disease that people normally associate with old age is even more so. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a debilitating chronic disease that affects 1,000 people under 18 in Ireland. To mark JA

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month Arthritis Ireland has launched Fizz Friends, an online chat room where teenagers can talk to other young people with arthritis in confidence and share their experiences with each other on the unique range of issues that they face every day. Michelle Towey, JA Programme Coordinator with Arthritis Ireland explains “Being a teenager with arthritis can be very isolating. We have developed Fizz Friends to re-inforce the vitality of young people with arthritis as opposed to the disability. It will give these teenagers the opportunity to talk

freely, openly and without fear about how their arthritis has affected their life with other young people who are going through the exact same challenges every day. Simply visit http://fizzfriends.art hritisireland.ie. Arthritis Ireland has also developed ‘Positive Future: a weekend workshop to support young people making the transition from childhood to adulthood. By participating in this workshop they learn how to understand their arthritis, develop independent strategies for living and realise that a positive

future is possible with the right supports. However, the cost of providing these services is significant. Arthritis Ireland is calling on the public to sell JAsper pins in your school, college, office, workplace or community area to ensure that they can continue to help teenagers navigate their way through the complex physical, psychological and social issues that they face. Simply contact Arthritis Ireland on 01 6470203 or email fundraising@arthritisireland.ie to register to sell pins.

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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

said severe restrictions on the sector still exist because of the cap on student numbers. "We estimated this time last year that there were two applications for each place, but the ratio this year has jumped to over three for each place," she said. "In the good times when we had almost full employment there was a cap on numbers in PLC colleges of about 31,000 places. "It is therefore incredible that the limit has not been raised at all in the recession in which we now find ourselves," Ms Dolan added. "The Government should and must meet the demand for places in further education colleges by funding more places in PLC colleges so that school leavers and those recently unemployed can up

skill and retrain." "We urgently request that the cap on student numbers be lifted to assist them in doing so.”

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