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TDs clash over homelessness and housing Aoife O’Brien

Christan Stach, Ruman Umme and David Rostas, from St Mary’s Primary School, Dorset Street, at an event in Leinster House last week, where Oireachtas members honoured schools for achieving their Yellow Flag Awards, for challenging racism, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. PHOTO: TOMMY CLANCY

school attendance, poor diet, inadequate rest and poor living A NORTHSIDE TD has accused conditions. “We are stunting their growth Fianna Fáil of supporting in ways that may not become the Government’s “shameful apparent for years to come.” record” on tackling the Sinn Fein placed a motion of housing crisis and child no confidence in Minister for homelessness. Housing, Planning and Local Speaking in the Dáil, Dublin Government, Eoghan Murphy, Bay North TD Denise Mitchell last September. (SF) said the Government is According to Deputy Mitchell, actively harming children by denying them their own home. Minister Murphy survived because Fianna Fáil abstained “There are almost 4,000 from voting. children homeless in this As a result, she has accused State,” Deputy Mitchell said. “Numerous studies have shown Fianna Fáil of “directly supporting this Government the detrimental impact that and (their) shameful record on homelessness has on children in terms of physical, mental and addressing the housing crisis that is plaguing this State.” emotional health. “Homeless children are far more likely to have poor continued on page 6







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Lack of school places criticised Aoife O’Brien

who were denied a place were able to attend a secondary school in a A NORTHSIDE neighbouring town but councillor has accused those schools are all full the Government of now,” Cllr Ó Rodaigh not treating the lack of secondary school places told Northside People. in Skerries as a priority. “Children can’t even Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh get on a waiting list for (Lab), who represents schools in neighbouring the Balbriggan Local towns anymore because Electoral Area (LEA) on they don’t meet the Fingal County Council, criteria.” said there is an ongoing According to Cllr issue of many children Ó’Rodaigh this highlights living in Skerries being the lack of planning by unsuccessful in securing the Government. a place in the town’s only “This is an issue post-primary school. that is making people Currently there are 66 extremely angry because children on a waiting list it is exposing the lack of for a place in September forward thinking by the 2020. This figure is Government,” she said. more than double the This situation has been number of students who a ticking time bomb, were denied a place at according to Cllr Ó Skerries Community Rodaigh. College last year. “I’m a teacher so “Last year the students I know the stats we

have to send into the Government. They knew these kids started junior infants eight years ago so they were well aware that the secondary schools would not have the capacity to cope with them,” she said. Cllr Ó Rodaigh believes the Government’s fasttracked planning scheme is partly responsible for the shortages in school places across north Dublin. “Since the Government fast-tracked planning applications for largescale developments it has been taken out of Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh (Lab). PHOTO: LABOUR.IE council hands,” she said. “We have no say in the fact that there is no Cllr Ó Rodaigh now joined up thinking that social infrastructure fears that no emergency if you are going to build there for these houses accommodation will be these houses there are to be built and it’s going put in place to increase going to be children to get worse and worse the capacity in the in them who need because there is no school. education.”

If this happens, she said it will come to August and children, not only in Skerries but in the surrounding towns, will have nowhere to go to school and could miss out on months of education. In April 2018 the Government announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools in the next four years. Skerries was not included in this announcement. However, despite this, the Department of Education and Skills say they are aware of the enrolment issues in Skerries. They have approved a permanent extension consisting of three general classrooms, three special education

teaching offices, science laboratory and prep area, art room and toilets. Pending the delivery of this extension they have also approved interim temporary accommodation which is expected to be in place for September 2020. Meanwhile, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh visited St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush recently where he witnessed firsthand the condition of the premises. Minister McHugh met with members of the Board of Management, including Chairperson, Senator Dr James Reilly, to hear the issues students in the school are facing. •See full story and pictures on Page 14.

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It's the most worrying time of year KIERAN STAFFORD National President SVP

FOR the estimated 50,000 plus homes that contact the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) this winter, the words of the popular song, ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, are totally at odds with their circumstances. For them, Christmas can be the most worrying time of the year. At the recent launch of the SVP Annual Appeal by Ryan Tubridy, we highlighted the fact that our volunteers visited 50,000 homes last year during the winter period. And with the 2019 calls for help so far running ahead of 2018, we expect that the figure for this year will

increase. These are people who want to make Christmas as special for their children and families as everyone else but lack the financial resources to meet the additional costs this time of year brings – but they are already struggling to pay for food, heating and rent. This Christmas, SVP has again put children at the heart of its annual appeal because they are the most vulnerable and should not suffer because society has got things so wrong. This year, we hope to bring a happy Christmas to the many children living in poverty, especially the 3,873 without a home who are relying on emergency accommodation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their generous support, which is so important for those that SVP help each year at Christmas. We recently received a letter from a family we helped, which

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TDs clash over homeless figures continued from page 1 Sinn Féin are playing party politics with the issue,” said the Dublin Fingal TD. Fianna Fáil’s “Voters can look at (Sinn spokesperson on Housing, Féin’s) record in Northern Planning and Local Ireland to see what impact Government, Darragh they have had there O’Brien, hit back at the when they have had the stinging criticism. opportunity to influence “It’s unfortunate that

policy. It’s none. Instead they have closed down parliament for a world record breaking almost three years.” Deputy O’Brien also condemned Fine Gael for its policy for tackling homelessness.

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“The unprecedented numbers of homeless which has soared to 10,300 with almost 4,000 children is a damning indictment of Fine Gael policy,” he said. Deputy O’Brien said Fianna Fáil has forced Fine Gael to triple funding to social housing over the past several budgets. “Fianna Fáil will take the lead on investing in a housing first approach that helps secure the future of vulnerable children suffering the worst impact of government failings,” he added. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said the Government is committed to delivering homes for all of the families currently experiencing homelessness. “In 2019 the Government increased the budget available to local authorities to deliver homeless services by over 25 percent to €146 million, and this will increase again in 2020 to €166 million,” the spokesperson told Northside People. According to the spokesperson, this funding will support more than 5,500 adults and their children to exit from homelessness to a home. “It will also support the delivery of services to prevent families having to enter emergency accommodation,” the spokesperson said. The department added that additional

There are almost 4,000 children homeless in the State. PIC POSED: BIGSTOCK support services for families in emergency accommodation are available through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. These include a special provision of free childcare for children from homeless families and a special emphasis being placed on children from homeless families through the School Completion Programme for services such as breakfast and homework clubs. Denise Mitchell TD (SF)

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Niamh Fay (centre) with friends and supporters, members of Swords Boxing Club, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly and local councillors.

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Civic reception for boxer Niamh FINGAL County Council held a civic reception at County Hall in Swords recently in honour of a local boxing champion who won gold at the

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DUBLIN Airport has announced its support of Swords Tidy Towns’ Inclusivity Garden through its community fund. The garden, which celebrates inclusiveness in the community, is located close to the Malahide Roundabout entrance to Swords village. In 2017, Swords Tidy Towns won a National Diversity Award that recognises the way the committee includes all members of the community on an inter-generational and intercultural basis in the work it does. In order to build on this good work, the committee applied for Round 3 of Dublin Airport’s Community Fund for its ‘What Swords Means to the Community’ project. Swords Tidy Towns has volunteers from 12 different nationalities and of all ages. The aim of the project is to promote respect, diversity, pride, peace, inclusiveness, and collaboration both within Swords Tidy Towns and the wider community. Dublin Airport Community Liaison Manager Maura Cassidy said: “What is wonderful about this project is

Members of Swords Tidy Towns and local councillors with Fingal Mayor Cllr Eoghan O’Brien and Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly. that everyone in the community has the opportunity to appreciate the great work done by the Swords Tidy Towns committee as they are passing through the village. “It is particularly pleasing that this project was supported by the Brackenstown Scout Troop, a previous recipient of our community fund. “Brackenstown Scouts also helped with planting, and representatives from Fingal County Council

helped to clear and dig out the area.” Swords Tidy Towns chairperson Ken Duffy said his group is constantly working to make Swords a better place for everyone. “We are delighted that the hard work of our many volunteers is recognised by Dublin Airport through the community fund,” said Mr Duffy. “A conscious effort was made by our gardening team to use pollinator plants in this project

to support out insect population as well as providing a beautiful welcome to Swords for this driving by.” A total of €2,000 was invested in plants for the garden and the entire community came together for one full day of planting in order to complete the project. Volunteers from Swords Tidy Towns, staff and members of Fingal County Council and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien attended the launch.





Prime tourist spot gets new solar powered bins FINGAL County Council have launched 35 solar powered compactible bins in the prime tourist town of Howth following a successful pilot scheme. The bins feature sensors which alert council staff when the bins become full, as well as pedals for hands-free opening and flaps that keep out seagulls and rodents. The 35 smart bins replace 70 conventional bins that had serviced the Howth area. PEL Waste Reduction Equipment, an Irishowned manufacturing company, was awarded the tender via an open competition managed by Fingal County Council. Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said he is delighted that PEL Waste Reduction Equipment has been recognised with the Irish Times Innovation Award in the Manufacturing & Design

category for 2019. “I recognise the importance of the council collaborating with companies like PEL Waste in future initiatives for manufacturing and green technologies,” he said. David Storey, Director of Services at the council’s Operations Department, said: “The technology alerts us when the bins need to be emptied so this will put an end to any overflowing bins and the associated expensive clean-ups. “These compacting bins operate with an integrated compaction system and an ultrasonic bin-fill sensor which communicates data to a digital dashboard of bin-fill levels and collection requirements.” Caroline Power, Administrative Officer for Howth/Malahide Operations Department, said the new bins provide a more efficient level of

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New bus route A NEW bus route linking Swords to Ashbourne has commenced service. Route 197 will be operated for the National Transport Authority by Go-Ahead Ireland as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) subsidised public transport network. The 197 will operate 17 daily return services on Monday to Saturday and 14 daily return services on Sunday inclusive of public holidays. There are no services on Christmas Day. Services will be run on a one-hour frequency for most of the day in both directions. The principal stopping places are Swords, Rathbeale Road, Lispopple, Nine Milestone and Ashbourne Additional stops will be added to the service in the coming weeks and months at Rolestown, Bunbury Gate in Swords and Tesco at Airside. The 197 buses are low floor and are fully accessible for wheelchairs. Passengers with assistance dogs are also welcome on the 197. A spokesperson for the NTA said they were delighted to announce with Go-Ahead Ireland, details of Route 197. “Swords and Ashbourne are two very busy towns from a retail and employment point of view, with populations that are growing rapidly,” said the spokesperson. “Up to now there has been little or no connectivity between them as far as public transport is concerned, despite the fact that the two towns are relatively close. “We believe that there is great potential for Route 197 and we are confident that it will prove very popular with the local travelling public. “We are hoping to make further improvements to the 197 in the weeks ahead in terms of areas served, new bus stops, and passenger information.”





he Christmas spirit has arrived in Clongriffin Town. Look up this weekend and you will see that the beautiful avenue of trees on main street have shed their autumnal colours and are now twinkling with a hundred thousand Christmas fairy lights. Ask any child, and they will tell you that it is about this time of year that GRIFF the town’s giant Christmas teddy bear awakens from his hibernation slumber and sits proudly on top of the Gannon Homes office to welcome visitors as they enter the town. On the cold dark December mornings, Griff is awake to offer a warm glowing smile to all the young school children of the town as they hurry off to lessons in their schools in the weeks before the Christmas Holidays. The landscaping team have been busy installing two thousand red and white winter bedding plants all the way along Main Street, adding a festive splash of colour on a wet rainy day. Not forgetting our insect residents, six thousand spring flowering bulbs have been installed to help feed pollinator insects as they emerge from hibernation in early spring (Gannon Homes were the first development company in Ireland to sign up to the National Biodiversity Centre’s All Ireland Pollinator Plan). Building on this year’s success, the landscaping team will be extending the wildflower beds that were created this year, which is hoped will add a pollinator friendly kaleidoscope of colour to the town next summer. Other seasonal visitors that have just arrived are the Team Hope Show Box Appeal, who take up residence in Clongriffin Town every Christmas, in their vast festive wonderland on Clongriffin town square. Look closely through the windows on the town square and you will see lots of festive volunteers sorting toys and gifts, filling shoe boxes and wrapping them individually with great care and then stacking them as high as they dare. The first lorry load of lovingly prepared Christmas gifts left Clongriffin Town on the 27th November, to begin its journey to grateful children across the world. Deidre Walsh of Team Hope says “On behalf of Team hope I would sincerely like to thank Gannon Homes, and the other businesses of Clongriffin for the extremely warm welcome we receive every year. We are very fortunate to be accommodated every year and it makes our job a lot simpler. We operate like Santa’s workshop here getting our treat filled shoeboxes out to over 12,000 children and it just wouldn’t be possible without the support we get. Body Transformations, Centra, Stacks Pharmacy, and Trinity Clongriffin Sport & Leisure Club all play an integral part in our operation and we thank you all. Your tolerance is greatly appreciated by all. You can see why we love Clongriffin so much. Hopefully our long association will continue for many more years. Happy Christmas

Heidi Graham from Clongriffin Town meets Santa. everyone!!! Deirdre Walsh” Serviced accommodation and operational assistance are donated free every year to our friends at Team Hope. Another seasonal resident that has just arrived is the Howth & Sutton Lyons Club, they operate their Christmas Food Appeal from donated accommodation within Clongriffin Town. Volunteers work like squirrels collecting food from across North Dublin, which is delivered and sorted in Clongriffin, before festive food parcels are dispatched to help families throughout Ireland enjoy their Christmas. Dan O’Connor of Howth & Sutton Lyons Club says “we look forward to coming to Clongriffin every year, where we have the space to grow our operation every year with increasing volunteer numbers, food donations and the grateful families that receive our food parcels. Let’s not forget the shop keepers in the town that are always

there to offer our volunteers a much-appreciated cup of tea after a cold night on the collection run. We are only visitors to Clongriffin, but we feel right at home every Christmas” The festive season officially kicks of when the Clongriffin Community Association hosts their annual Christmas party. The community volunteers make a huge effort every year to make sure that the community comes together, and their efforts have proven to be a great success year after year. The Christmas party comes hot on the heels of the success of the very well attended family Halloween parade through the town. This year the Christmas party features the lighting of the Towns Christmas tree, and a visit from Santa Clause along with an appearance from some less traditional winter celebrities Princess Anna & Queen Elsa, to meet with the young boys and girls of Clongriffin town. The

highlight of this year’s event will be some live music on the town square and a performance by the Dublin All Stars Marching Band. As the Christmas season get into full swing in Clongriffin Town, the future looks bright for this young town steeped in its own festive traditions, a sign of a true town. There is development still to come in the new year with the opening of more businesses and most importantly the new linear park which is due for completion to connect the impressive Fr. Collins Park with the town square and train station, another vital community asset. The new linear park will open after the spring growing season allow the new planting to establish. Happy Christmas from all at Clongriffin Town Business Network



Minister hears of challenging conditions at St Joseph’s Rush THE board of management, staff and students at a Northside school welcomed Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD to see first-hand the condition of its premises. During his visit to St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush, Minister McHugh met with members of the board of management, including chairperson, Senator James Reilly (FG), to hear the issues students in the school are facing due to lack of facilities and the growing waiting list. In 2018, 224 students applied for 120 places at St Joseph’s and the student population has risen from 375 in 2007 to 800 in 2019. Patricia Hayden, Principal of St Joseph’s Secondary School, said: “Management and staff were delighted to welcome Minister McHugh to discuss the pressing issues affecting our school. In recent times, St Joseph’s has come under increased pressure due to the growing population in Rush and the surrounding areas which has resulted in our school being stretched to the limit to accommodate students that we do not have space for. Despite interest and support from local politicians,

Pictured during the Minister’s visit to St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush were (from l-r): Joseph Corr; Patricia Hayden, Principal of St Joseph’s Secondary School; Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD; Senator James Reilly (FG); and Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG). PHOTO: FINTAN CLARKE we aren’t seeing progress at the speed which is needed to solve the problem with providing school places for the young people of Rush.” St Joseph's is located on 3.5 acres and there are 21 prefabs on site in a bid to tackle serious limitations

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A Christmas Carol delivers festive cheer Paul O’Rourke WHAT makes a great story great? If we knew the answer to that, everyone would be writing them. But one sure sign of a knockout narrative is a tale that spans generations. ‘A Christmas Carol’ was written by Charles Dickens and first published in 1843. It tells the well known story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to show him the effects his life, and sometimes poor decisions, have had on others. It’s a property that’s been through many

imaginings on stage, big screen and small, but this latest incarnation, which plays at the Gate Theatre until January 18, works on many different levels. Firstly, the adaptation by Jack Thorne, who is everywhere these days (‘The Aeronauts’, ‘His Dark Materials’, ‘The Secret Garden’) is both true to the original text and at the same time innovative. The cast, headed by Owen Roe, is altogether brilliant, and the direction by Selina Cartmell is at the same time polished and playful. And the reason the story still resonates after all this time? It shines a light of hope in a weary world. Go

for the uplifting message and interactive audience experience, stay for the magical bell ringing. We award it a review score of five fabulously festive stars. If you like your five star culture on the big screen, check out the wonderful ‘Honey Boy’, starring Shia LaBeouf in a harrowing examination of his life as a child actor. It’s bold, it’s raw, it’s honest, and it’s superbly well acted, written and directed. A masterful study of generational abuse, and one of the best films of the year. And finally, ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ stars Edward Norton as a 1950s New York detective with

tourette’s, attempting to solve the case of his murdered boss. In doing so he gets involved with crooked politicians in a film that tries to emulate the classic

‘Chinatown’ but falls short. It’s a decent watch but not as clever as it thinks it is, with an overly complicated plot and a hammy performance from Alec Baldwin.

‘Entangled’ to be staged at the Millbank Theatre RUSH Panto Group is delighted to take to the stage over Christmas with what promises to be a superb show. ‘Entangled’ tells the wellknown story of long haired beauty Rapunzel, with a nice variety of song and dance and plenty of the usual audience banter.

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DUBLIN Airport has announced that 44 local groups have received €122,358 in funding from the latest round of the airport’s Community Fund. First time recipients of funding include Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna in Ballymun towards a school library, Anew Support Services in Swords for a community gardening project and the Community First Responders in Malahide and Portmarnock who received funding for defibrillators. The €10 million Community Fund was launched in 2017 with an annual investment of €400,000 over 25 years. Support is focused on areas such as: environment and sustainability, sports and recreation, social inclusion and community development, health and wellbeing, and culture and heritage. Dublin Airport Community Liaison Manager Maura Cassidy said: “Since the fund was opened in June 2017, more than €1 million has been granted to community groups based within the eligibility area. “That’s a significant amount of support doing a lot of good in our local communities. We are delighted that 44 local groups will benefit from the latest round of funding.” Ms Cassidy said the fund is available to members of the local community that meet the eligibility criteria. “It’s wonderful to see the wide range of projects receiving funding - sports groups, community associations, primary and secondary schools, afterschool clubs, senior groups and disability support groups have all received funding this round,” she added. The fund also supports up to 10 students per year from economic disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend Dublin City University (DCU) via its Access Programme.

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Baldoyle Utd win Fair and square LAST Saturday week local club Baldoyle United took on the stars from RTE’s Fair City in a charity match for St Michael’s House and the club. As revealed in a recent edition of Northside People, the match was set up after Fair City’s Carrigstown Crusaders claimed the Baldoyle goalkeeper cheated in a fictitious cup final penalty shootout during a recent episode of the top TV soap. The rematch was a sellout with almost 500 people turning up at Baldoyle’s Brookstone Road pitch. The game ended in victory for the local side after ‘another’ dramatic penalty shoot-out. Baldoyle goalkeeper Stephen Penrose saved brilliantly to his right in the shootout. This time there was no doubt that the ‘keeper saved fairly.  Fair City’s Will (actor John Cronin) played the pantomime villain as he

approached his spot kick. However, much to the delight of the home crowd he pulled it wide. It was left to Baldoyle United’s Barry ‘Bruiser’ Byrne to convert the kick that gave Baldoyle United the ‘Grudge Match’ cup.  Charity was the real winner, though, with the game expected to raise around €6,000 for St Michael’s House. Speaking afterwards, Fair City’s George McMahon (Mondo) said: “Congratulations to Baldoyle United on their win. It was a great game and we were delighted to take part in the rematch. We hope to do it again next year.” A number of Carrigstown favourites took part in the game including Maclean Burke (Damien), Johnny Ward (Ciaran), Sorcha Furlong (Orla) Wesley Doyle (Doug), John Cronin (Will) and Adam Traynor (Aidan).

Fair City’s Will (John Cronin) leads out the Baldoyle mascots.

(Above): The Baldoyle coaches and (below) Fair City’s Carrigstown Crusaders. ALL PHOTOS: DAVE NUTLEY

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Santa arrives at the Pavilions THERE was great excitement at the Pavilions in Swords last Sunday week when Santa arrived at the popular shopping centre. The great man arrived

at the appointed time and was warmly greeted by hundreds of local children and their parents.    And, of course, needless to say, no one went home

empty handed with presents galore and other goodies being dished out. The countdown is now on for the big day. How many more sleeps is it exactly?

(Above) Santa and Mrs Claus pictured while on tour around the Pavilions; and (below) arriving at their grotto.

Phoebe Boylan (3), from Swords, and her mother Ellen were first to meet Santa at his grotto in the Christmas Quarter at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords. ALL PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA

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Applegreen Welcomes Mayor of Fingal to Official Opening of New Santry Services Dublin, 22nd November 2019: Applegreen plc continues to expand its network of convenience shopping and forecourt operations with the opening of the new Santry service area just outside Dublin Airport on the Swords Road, and in doing so brings 50 new jobs to the local area. The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien was in attendance to officially open the new Applegreen alongside Aaron Duggan, Head of Service Area, Regional Manager, Lisa Brown and the Applegreen Santry team lead by Manager Matt Farrell. Applegreen Santry is open 24 hours a day and includes a Lavazza Café, café seating area and a relaxing upstairs lounge with flight information screens, Burger King and Bakewell café offering a range of Irish made savoury and sweet treats, along with amenities and services including free WiFi, an off-licence, ATM, toilet facilities, car wash and the fuelService app for disabled drivers. Commenting at the Official Opening of Applegreen Santry, Aaron Duggan, Head of Service Area Retail and Operations said: “We are delighted to now be open at Santry, Swords Road and to create 50 jobs

for the local community. This new service area offers a wide range of food to go and eat in options, as well as a Lavazza café for your favourite barista made coffee. Santry facilities also include fuel, convenience retail and car wash. With Dublin Airport flight Arrivals and Departure information screens and a quiet lounge area, Applegreen Santry is the perfect place to wait before collecting friends and family from the airport.” Applegreen is renowned for its ‘low fuel prices, always’; and by choosing Applegreen you are also choosing to do good for others. Every time a customer makes a purchase in-store 1c is donated to the Applegreen Charitable Fund at no extra cost to the customer, and in December it’s Double Donations Month. In 2018, an impressive circa €750,000 was donated to Irish charities, giving much needed support to the incredible work done by these organisations every day. you are also choosing to do good for others. Every time a customer makes a purchase in-store 1c is donated to the Applegreen Charitable Fund at no extra cost to the customer, and in December

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Raheny lights up for Christmas THERE was great excitement in Raheny last Sunday week when the annual ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’ ceremony took place. Large crowds gathered and were soon in festive mood, helped in no small measure by seasonal tunes courtesy of a marching band. There was also a Christmas market with Christmas stalls, festive food, mulled wine, face painting and lots more for locals and visits to enjoy. Once again the Raheny Business Association (RBA) sponsored an excellent event. ALL PHOTOS: LEO ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT



Toying with idea of eco-friendly business pays off for Northsider A RAHENY mum who set up an eco-friendly toy business will be hosting Ireland’s first plastic-free toy store at ‘Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair’ in the RDS from December 4-8. Sharon Keilthy, from Watermill Road, set up Eco Toys because she wants to make it easier for people to “do the right thing”.  A keen environmentalist and mum of Ava (5), Sharon found herself walking out of toy shops because she couldn’t bring herself to buy anything in them. “Our model for making toys is completely broken,” says Sharon. “Ninety per cent of toys are made from new plastic and 80 percent of them are made in China. It would take 1.2 billion trees to cover the carbon emissions of making and transporting these toys to our shores.

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New Mercedes-Benz SUV will prove a popular child-carrier WITH the launch of their new GLB – which arrives on the market here early next year- Mercedes-Benz has raised its SUV range offering to an entirely new level of desirability. One of 22 newcomers from the luxury carmaker that are set to arrive here in 2020, its appeal has been made even greater with the availability of a 7-seater version that is likely to prove attractive to families with children to transport. Whilst remaining within the current eight-strong Mercedes-Benz compact car family – alongside the A-Class, A-Class Saloon, B-Class, CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA – the new GLB blows open the definition of a compact car by offering exceptional levels of spaciousness and passenger capacity not naturally associated with its category.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB compact SUV. The first MercedesBenz in its class to offer a third row, 7-seat option, the additional two bucket seats, both fully retractable, provide comfortable seating for passengers up to a height of 1.68m. Second row seats split 40:60. In the same vein, the

GLB has plenty of room in all dimensions. At 2,829 millimetres, it has the longest wheelbase of Mercedes-Benz’s current compact generation. Front headroom is 1,069mm. At 967mm, rear legroom in the fiveseat version is said to be ‘especially comfortable’.

Poised to become a potent contender in its segment, the new GLB is helped by its many unique and attractive characteristics – not least a pedigree that has energised the sales of Mercedes-Benz generally and led to some seven million vehicles in its class

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Range Rover hits heaven Seán Creedon

above Sandyford looked inviting. This is the second WHILE waiting to pick version of the Range up the Range Rover Rover and the tyreEvoque at Spirit Motors kickers among you may in Sandyford last week remember that Victoria the video playing on the Beckham did the internal big screen in the lobby design for the first version caught my eye. which was launched in It was the ‘Dragon 2011. Challenge,’ which was ‘Posh Spice’ is not being undertaken by the Range Rover Sport Plug-in mentioned this time, but the interior is certainly Hybrid. It’s an amazing challenge very posh with a really classy design. along seven miles of You now get super-slim mountainside road, with Matrix LED headlamps, 99 hair-raising bends flush door handles and and 999 steps before a few new elements at you get to what’s known the front and rear of this as Heaven’s Gate on gorgeous car. Tianmen Mountain in The exterior has got China. a few new touches, but Heaven’s Gate, a most of the changes are natural rock arch on inside the car which the mountainside, is really has a comfortable, mythically thought to be a link between the mortal relaxing feel to it. The seats are really world and the world of the comfortable and I gods. suppose luxurious is My test car came in a the one word that best 2.0-litre diesel with 150 describes the interior. brake horse power, but I The two-door version didn’t have to tackle any has been dropped and serious challenge. Still Three Rock Mountain, just four-door has plenty of

room for five adults. Available in Ireland in petrol and diesel versions, that plug-in hybrid which climbed Tianmen Mountain, should be available in Ireland next year. The door handles close in when central locking applied and open out once you turn off the alarm. The weather is reasonably mild in Ireland, but I’m told this unusual feature on the door handles was a major challenge as the designers had to ensure the door handles would open in very cold conditions. The designers have also stretched the gap between the front and rear wheels which means just a little bit more leg room for back seat passengers. The exterior colour was Kaikoura Stone, while the interior was officially described as Cloud Grained Leather. Prices start at €42,845, while the all-wheel diesel models with automatic

The new Range Rover Evoque. gearboxes as standard, start at €49,595. Road tax is €390. The price of my test car which had a plethora of goodies, came to €59,995. You get a space-saver spare wheel. At the launch of the first version of the Evoque

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Why this Ford Focus would be the ideal Christmas present Seán Creedon AROUND this time every year I seem to get an opportunity to test drive a car which would make an ideal Christmas present for some young male driver. I say male because the cars I am talking about are often referred to as ‘boy racers,’ but how a ‘boy’ could afford to buy and insure one of these powerful motors I find hard to fathom. This year it’s the Ford Focus ST, which was recently voted Continental Tyres Irish Hot Hatchback of the Year by my motoring colleagues. I like the Ford Focus and often drive my daughter’s four year-old Focus, but I think I would prefer to spend the 40K plus it costs to buy an ST on two regular versions of the Focus.

Go Ford go! But then maybe I am too old for an ST car! Externally the car looks much the same as the regular Focus, but surprisingly it doesn’t have the letters Focus printed on the boot like

the regular new versions of the Focus. The red calliper brakes are the first clues before you sit in. It’s all about power and the 2.3-litre test car had 280 brake horse power. The engine is a variant

of the Focus RS and the famous Mustang, so no doubt about the power under the bonnet. Thankfully there is a heads-up display on the dash to let you know the speed you are travelling

at, which should help you avoid picking up penalty points. Inside the decor is predominantly black and the Recaro seats are set low and are very comfortable.

The controls on the dash are much the same as your regular Focus. In the back there is room for three adults at a squeeze. It’s a powerful motor, but also a very thirsty one. And it would be helpful if the ‘boy’s’ parents owned a petrol pump. My test car was a six-speed manual so plenty of fun working through the gears. And the good news is that you get a space-saver spare wheel, rather than the dreaded repair kit. A question I often ask myself is why couldn’t I have driven a powerful car like this when I was much younger. But then I think would I still be here now if I had a powerful car like that in my twenties? The speed limit on Irish motorways is 120 kmh so you can really only appreciate the power of the ST on the motorway or maybe a race track like Mondello Park.

But of course you could enjoy working through the gears on a winding country/mountain road. Prices for the regular Ford Focus start at €23,364, while the starting price of the ST version starts at €41,099. When you add in all the extras the price of my test car came to €44,729. So you can see my reasoning for buying two normal Focus instead of one ST. Road tax is €750 and of course insurance will depend on the age of the driver. Apart from the so-called ‘boy racers’, the ST might be an option for men or indeed women who enjoyed a bit of rallying when they were younger, but now have enough money to invest in a powerful sports car. I cannot see how a ‘boy’ can afford such an expensive car and that’s where Santa comes in.





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Award-winning Audi is ready for a test drive AUDI’S award-winning SUV is now available for test drive at Audi Centre Sandyford. The Audi Q3 was announced as the Continental Tyres Irish Medium SUV of the Year at the annual Irish Car of the Year awards, which took place at Dublin’s Westin Hotel on November 7. Voted on by a jury of 34 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards highlight the best vehicles that have been launched in the country, taking account of the particular requirements of the Irish market. A second-generation model, the new Audi Q3 is a family SUV which boasts unparalleled style, versatility and space for enhanced comfort. The award-winning SUV

also earned the top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. The new Audi Q3 starts at an on-the-road price of €40,100 and is available to test drive in Audi Centre Sandyford now. Commenting on the award-winning Q3, Donal Duggan, Head of Business, Audi Centre, said: “We have seen the popularity of the Q3 rise with local motorists over the past year as it is a very impressive SUV and we are delighted to see the SUV get this award. “As part of our 2020 showcase, we are now offering Q3 test drives and we want to encourage motorists to call into the dealership where our staff can give a full run through of this award-winning model.” For further information contact Audi Centre in Sandyford on 01-9023215.




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28 Noticeboard PRIORSWOOD CHRISTMAS FAIR: A Christmas Fair will take place in Priorswood Pastoral Centre (St Francis of Assisi Church grounds) on Sunday, December 8 from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Santa’s Grotto, ‘New to U’ designer label clothes/bags/shoes sale, Legion of Mary Christmas shop, jewellery, knitwear, wreaths, hand carved wooden Christmas decorations, home made cookies, boxed frames, candles, tea/coffee/ mince pies/biscuits and other stalls. Free admission and all are welcome.




CHRISTMAS FAIR: The 80th Coolock Scouts presents its first annual Christmas Fair on December 15 from 12noon to 6pm at the Coolock Scout Den in Coolock Village. COMMUNITY CAFÉ: Doras Buí Community Café takes place at Bunratty Drive, Coolock, every Friday from 10am to 12noon. All are welcome including your babies and toddlers. Guest speakers and much more. Join us on Facebook. Phone 018484811 for more information.   WALKING CLUB: A community walk catering for all ages and levels of fitness takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock. Parents, grandparents and strollers are welcome after the school drop-off. No booking needed. Just turn up and join them for a walk. For more information contact David Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286.  


CHRISTMAS ART EXHIBITION: Artists from Malahide and Portmarnock are holding an art exhibition in Malahide Parish Centre on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, from 10am to 5.30 pm. A wide variety of paintings will be on sale over the weekend including paintings of local scenes, still lifes, landscapes, seascapes etc. in a variety of mediums, at very affordable prices. All are welcome.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT: A Festive Christmas Concert with Third Day Chorale will take place on Wednesday, December 4 in the Clontarf & Scots Presbyterian Church, Clontarf Road at 8pm. Admission is €15. Contact Maura on 087-9016430 for more information. SCHOOL REUNION: Class 1970 Holy Faith Convent Clontarf Reunion will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7.30pm at Clontarf Castle. If you require further information contact Anne Doyle at 085-7442884 or  


CRAFT FAIR: The Genuine Craft Fair is holding a craft fair on Sunday, December 8 in the Marine Hotel Sutton from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. The fair has a wide variety of unique arts and crafts, jewellery, patchwork, sculpture, knitting, crochet, cross stich, painting, stain glass, painted glass, face and body products and wood working.


Senator Catherine Noone (FG) recently welcomed members of Raheny Men’s Shed to Leinster House for a tour. “Men’s Sheds are growing all over Ireland and the work they do is invaluable to the community and to its members. They give men an open space to socialise and take part in different projects. These kinds of organisations strengthen community links and improve the wellbeing of its members,” said Senator Noone, pictured here with the group. PANTO: Rush Panto Group will take to the stage over Christmas with its show ‘Entangled’ at the Millbank Theatre, Rush. ‘Entangled’ tells the story of long-haired beauty Rapunzel with a nice variety of song and dance and plenty of the usual audience banter. Come to the recently refurbished Millbank Theatre this Christmas and enjoy a truly magical and fun-filled family experience while supporting your local theatre. Family tickets are available at www. or call 018437475.


CHRISTMAS PARTY: A Christmas party will take place at Santry Resource Centre on Friday, December 6 from 7pm to 9pm. The Lord Mayor will be in attendance for the switching on of the Christmas tree lights. Santa will also be flying over from the North Pole for a quick visit!


TALK: Dublin Five Horticultural Society is holding a Talk, ‘Seasonal Displays of Plants and Planters’ by Marie Staunton, at 8pm on Thursday, December 5 in the Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore Road. Admission is €5. Phone 0872423020 for more information.


BRIDGE: Social Bridge takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12noon at St Brigid's Resource Centre, Killester. Join in a relaxed atmosphere for a friendly, non-competitive game of Bridge. No partner required. Contact Imelda at 087-6494524 for more information. MEN’S SHED: Killester Men’s Shed meets every Thursday from 10am to 12noon in the Resource Centre adjacent to St Brigid’s Church, Howth Road, Killester. They are seeking new members who will find a friendly and welcoming group who undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities

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CAR BOOT SALE: A Christmas car boot sake will take place at Inisfails on December 15 from 9am till 2pm. Doors open to sellers from 8am.


NEW MEMBERS: Baldoyle Musical Society seeks new members. Are you looking for a fun hobby with a great social life? Do you love to sing and/or dance a bit? New members must be aged 16 or older. More information on membership will be available on the night. For queries email info@ FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: The Transition Year students at St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, are offering free one-to-one Computer Classes to senior citizens every Friday from 11.05am to 12.15pm. All learners, complete beginners and upwards, are welcome. For more information contact Mr Ryan at St Mary’s on 018325591.  


BINGO: Bingo takes place at the Raheny GAA Clubhouse, 2 All Saints’ Road every Thursday, from 8.15pm to 10.15pm. Contact bingo@rahenygaa. ie or phone 01-8313530 from 7.30pm to 10pm for more details.   MEN’S SHED: A new Men’s Shed has opened in the Raheny area. They meet every Thursday at 10.30am in St Anne’s Park (City Farm) Raheny. Men who live in Raheny and surrounding districts are welcome to attend.  


GOLDEN YEARS: Are you over 65? The Golden Years Senior Centre is looking for new members to join its fun-filled social club. If you are looking to get out of the house and meet new people, this social club

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COUNSELLING SEVICE: TARGET Counselling Service has relocated to Donaghmede House Community Centre, Newbrook Road. For further information, call 01-8670279 Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm.


TENNIS: Trackside Tennis Club is open for membership, family, senior and junior. Six all-weather courts. Court hire available - rackets supplied. For details call into courts at Seagrange Park (behind Bayside DART Station) or check out the website or Facebook page.


IRISH CONVERSATION: Practice your 'cúpla focal' every Thursday at 10.30am in Le Chéile Community Centre, Donnycarney. Contact Ben on 086-2663392 for more information.


TABLE QUIZ: A fun table quiz in aid of St Francis Hospice takes place every Monday in the Estuary Pub, North Street, Swords, starting at 10pm. Why not go along and enjoy the craic? It’s for a very good cause! IRISH: Fingallians GAA Club hosts an Irish language conversation group every Wednesday in their clubhouse at the Estuary Roundabout, Swords, at 9pm. This is a free service for people who would like to practice their Irish or learn some more. People with all standards of Irish are welcome.

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Local company receives funding for machinery A NORTHSIDE company is set to benefit from a funding announcement that was made recently by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring. A total of €63,825 in LEADER funding has been approved for K&K Packs Limited in The Ward. Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) said this is great news as it supports jobs and investment in the north county. “K&K Packs Limited is receiving this funding to contribute towards the purchase of two pieces of machinery to help automate vegetable processing line, and this investment represents 50 percent funding for the cost of delivering this project,” said Deputy Farrell. “Funding of this sort is vital in terms of supporting local businesses and encouraging job creation in our communities.” The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment. LEADER is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

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NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 04.12.19 PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We Hugh and Patricia Kilbride intend to apply for a development on this site at 25 Carrickbrack Heath, Sutton, D13.The development will consist of retention planning for attic conversion with velux windows to side consisting of 3 bedrooms and bathroom all within the existing roof space and for internal alterations to ground floor bedroom to form a T.V room area and enlarged kitchen and planning permission is also sought for new dormer at side to form a new corridor to bedrooms. bedroom and utility. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Fingal County Council Planning Authority, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 16.30 pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN I, Mary Allen intend to apply for retention planning permission & planning permission for development at this site 58 Larkhill Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9, D09 KF80. Development will consist of retention planning permission for a ground floor side extention to the existing house and planning permission for a ground & first floor extension to the rear of the existing house and a proposed new detached ground floor extension to the rear of the existing site and all ancillary works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.


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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Application for Retention Planning Permission for detached single storey Shed to rear garden at 97 Woodbine Park, Dublin 5, D05Y927 signed Maurice Nolan. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

2020 FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION WORKS TO PROTECTED STRUCTURES OR STRUCTURES WITHIN ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION AREAS Fingal County Council is inviting applications for the following schemes for small, medium or large scale repairs or conservation projects to Protected Structures and in certain circumstances to buildings that enhance Architectural Conservation Areas within the Fingal area. • Architectural Heritage Fund’s “Stitch in Time Grant” 2020 • Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020 • Historic Structures Fund 2020 Further details of each scheme and application forms can be downloaded from Fingal County Council’s website through the link or can be requested from the Conservation Officer, Fingal County Council, Architects Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 X8YZ. Tel. 01 8906709 or 8905050 Email: Please note applicants cannot avail of funding under both the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme in the same year and so should only apply for one scheme The deadline for the submission of completed applications is 5PM FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2020. Applications should be made directly to the Conservation Officer of Fingal County Council Note: Funding for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund is provided by:

36 Pets


Christmas decoration danger for pets WATCH out! Danger lies in wait for dogs and cats during the festive period. Many animals are drawn to it as if by magic - the Christmas tree. If you put it in the middle of the room, accidents are much more likely, because your pet might jump on it. Position and attach it in a corner, so that it stands

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can also affect your pet’s health. Last but not least, the electrical cords for the lights can be a great source of danger. If you still wish to have a decorated Christmas tree despite having a pet, you must set up a ‘no trespassing zone’. As soon as your dog or cat approaches the Christmas tree, clap your hands and shout ‘no!’. You can hinder your dog further by placing protective grating in front of the tree. Unfortunately this kind of indoor fence won’t work with cats. In theory, you shouldn’t let any of your pets inside the Christmas room without supervision. Remember, the Christmas tree isn’t the only source of danger. Keep decorations, ribbons and wrapping paper away from your pets as well. They could hurt themselves playing with these things or even consume indigestible or poisonous components. During this period you

Keep your pets safe and sound this Christmas. should also relocate small animals and birds to a safe room for any time spent outside the cage or aviary. You may need to forgo this time altogether for one or two days. Burning candles are also dangerous for households with pets. Aside from the fact that your pet could burn himself or knock over a candle, thus causing a

blaze, many animals are afraid of fire. Even a gentle flame could incite additional stress. Please avoid poinsettias as well. This plant is one of the most dangerous house plants and can lead to lifethreatening poisoning. For more tips on enjoying the festive season safely with your pet, call in to your local Maxi Zoo store.

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Murley The Dublin People Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Top dog this week is Murley, a wonderful three-year-old crossbreed, looking for a home to call his own. He loves attention and will make a wonderful new addition to a family who can match his energy levels and provide him with a fun and varied lifestyle. Murley is such a sweetheart and just wants to be loved. He would like his new family to be around all of the day as he doesn't like to be left on his own at the moment. Murley will love a family that will make him feel secure

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Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at You can also pop up for a visit. Dogs Trust is open six days a week from 12-4pm. The centre is closed all day Tuesday. You can also find Dogs Trust on Facebook at or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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Gifted If you are looking for the widest range of exciting and innovative designers, then Gifted at the RDS from December 4-8 is the fair for you. Billed as the ultimate destination for anyone interested in craft, design, unique independent brands and artisan food producers the fair has been running for four decades now. For ticket details see

MEASURE FOR MEASURE Set in Vienna, this is a dark comedy in five acts that was written in the early 1600s. Vienna is overrun with brothels and loose morality and when a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Presented by Liberties College, Bull Alley, it plays in Civic Theatre, Tallaght, on Saturday December 7 at 7.30pm. For details see


Is your child a budding chef or do they love to help you out in the kitchen? Young Chef cookery classes at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, on Sunday, December 8 might be right up their street! All classes are suitable for 8-12 year olds who love all things food! Each class is based on a seasonal theme and will begin by exploring what’s available in the garden and will then move on to prepare and cook a selection of themed recipes. For details see

MESSIAH Irish Baroque Orchestra’s annual production of Handel’s masterpiece is a memorable and glorious affair. This year it’s happening on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Joined by outstanding soloists and the wonderful Sestina choir, IBO’s performance tells the universal story of triumph over trial, where life’s sorrows and despairs are met by overriding hope and unbridled joy. Tickets costing €50/€35/€30/€10/€5 are available at www.


THE WORLD’S BIG SLEEP OUT Trinity College will host Depaul’s Sleep Out event on Saturday, December 7. It coincides with The World’s Big Sleep Out which will take place in over 50 cities on the same night around the world. The event will aim to see 50,000 people sleep out in the hope of raising $50,000,000 for people experiencing homelessness and global displacement. To find out more visit

The Rediscovery Centre is hosting its first Sustainable Christmas Fair this weekend on December 6, 7 and 8. There will be a large selection of stalls with independent suppliers who sell sustainably made products. There will also be plenty of activities for all the family with Christmas movies, demonstrations and festive food. The fun kicks off from 5pm on Friday and from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT BINGO LOCO Polish your glass slippers, dust off your magic lamp and join in the fun as the clock strikes rave round for Bingo Loco’s special festive edition. Once Upon a Time at Bingo Loco will be lavishly brought to life in a production packed full of hilarious comedy, extraordinary special effects, sing-along routines and everything you would expect from Bingo Loco - rave rounds, insane prizes and a dance off or two. It’s running at a special pop-up venue on Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, throughout the month including this weekend (December 5-7 inclusive) at 8pm. See

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Enjoy the festive atmosphere with a glass of mulled wine while browsing a large selection of high quality crafts and artisan foods at this fair in Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co Dublin, on Sunday, December 8 from 10.30am4.30pm. There will be pottery, stained glass, handmade soaps and creams, knitted products, fabric toys, prints, felted products, candles, farmhouse cheeses, jams & chutneys, chocolates and more. On the day visitors will be entertained by Naul Choir, Blanchardstown Brass Band and others. Santa will be there but advance booking is essential via e-mail to

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

An old photo of Santa at Dublin Zoo.

Evening Herald, December 1, 1937

Irish Independent, December 7, 1935

Irish Independent, December 11, 1933

Irish Independent, December 17, 1931

Undated photo of a man doing some window shopping at Arnotts on Henry Street at Christmas.




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Northside People (East) December 4th 2019  

Northside People (East) December 4th 2019