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URGENT FOSTERING APPEAL-LOCAL CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP! Due to the chronic shortage of local Tusla foster carers in North Dublin, many local children are living in counties outside of Dublin and far from those they know. Can you be a Tusla foster carer? Please call 1800 226 771, visit fostering.ie or email: tusla.fostering@tusla.ie Fostering information sessions: March 5th at 9.45am and March 12th at 7pm in the Elbow Room, 32 North Brunswick St, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Appeal launched to help local girl Jennifer Keegan

her an assistance dog which would greatly improve Lily May’s quality of life and that THE family of a local girl of her family. They have who has severe autism and started a GoFundMe page for accompanying language people wishing to donate. disorder is looking for Lily May struggles with donations to get an assistance dog for her needs. her autism every day. She is especially vulnerable to The parents of Lily May loud noises and crowded Dennison (5), Emma and places which can trigger Wayne Dennison, from ‘meltdowns’. Artane, are looking to get

According to Ms Dennison, leaving the house can be difficult, especially when she has her other children with her. “Cars are no problem, but if it’s a motorbike or helicopter, even if she has her ear defenders on, she will sit on the ground and she won’t get back up,’ said Ms Dennison.

In the past, Lily May has even darted out onto the road if she gets a fright. One day Lily May was so badly affected by the noise of a passing motorbike that she was unable to move for half an hour. The family have had to stop outings such as going to the Zoo, for fear that Lily May will be triggered. These ‘meltdowns’ are

not only tough on Lily May but on her family, too. She has three siblings, Ryan (13), Ally (7) and Louis (1). Ms Dennison said “people look at you as if to say, she’s letting her child run wild when it really isn’t what’s happening at all”. Lily May also has very bad balance and can fall up to 15 times a day. She often wakes

up at night and has panic attacks, thinking that she is alone which can lead to waking her sister who shares a room with her and often the rest of the family as well. “Sometimes she’s kept us awake so late that I’ve had to keep them [the children] off school,” said Ms Dennison. Continued on page 5

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Many tears shed at Stardust vigil Tony McCullagh

last Thursday evening, including relatives of the dead, survivors and JOURNALIST Eamon members of Dublin Fire Dunphy found it Brigade. Former RTÉ impossible to hold correspondent, Charlie back the tears when he Bird, was one of the addressed a gathering guest speakers, along of Stardust families and their supporters in Artane with Eamon Dunphy and local Sinn Féin councillor last week - and he wasn’t Larry O’Toole, who was alone. deputising for Dublin’s Hundreds of people Lord Mayor. turned out for a vigil to Singer Christy Moore mark the 39th anniversary had been due to attend of the nightclub tragedy

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but was fighting a throat infection. He sent a heartfelt message of support to the Stardust families which was read out on the night by campaign spokesperson Antoinette Keegan. The vigil was held in a large marquee which had been facilitated by Dublin City Council’s Madeline Ebbs, who was warmly thanked by Ms Keegan for her help and support. After the names of the Stardust victims were read out, there was a musical performance by the North Dublin Gospel Choir, which included a poignant rendition of U2’s ‘One’. Christy Moore may have been absent on the night but his spirit was captured by signer Eddie Sherlock with a stirring version of ‘They Never Came Home’. An emotional Eamon Dunphy accused politicians of being “as hard as nails” and slammed the treatment of the Stardust families by successive governments. Charlie Bird spoke of the night of the Stardust fire when he was dispatched to the scene as a journalist to cover the story. He repeated the widely held view that if the tragedy had happened on the Southside of the city, the families would have got justice a long time ago. Bird said that when he

Charlie Bird recalled how he reported on the tragedy in 1981. returned to the scene Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Eugene Kelly, Madeleine Ebbs, Antoinette Keegan, Andrew of the fire to make a Loughman and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy at the Stardust vigil in Artane last week. documentary for RTÉ PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA a few years ago, he was taken aback to discover that there was nothing at the site to commemorate the tragedy. This was put right later in the night when the broadcaster unveiled a large plaque on the building featuring the names of all 48 victims. While each and every anniversary is a difficult time for the families, there was sense of optimism at last week’s event that they will finally get justice for the deaths of their loved ones with a new inquest set to be held in the near future.

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Election 2020 was great reality television TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com

WHATEVER the eventual outcome of this month’s general election results, it must be said that coverage of the campaign represented reality TV at its best. Even people that I wouldn’t have previously regarded as political animals became overnight experts on proportional representation, tallies and transfers. Netflix had to play second fiddle as the nation broke out the popcorn and binge watched the

rolling election coverage on RTÉ and Virgin Media. It was a short but eventful campaign, with more lows than highs. Leo Varadkar looked more comfortable during television debates than he did when mixing with ordinary people out on the campaign trail. He certainly got off to a bad start. When a homeless man sustained serious injuries as his tent was being removed by a mechanical device along the Grand Canal, Varadkar was accused of politicising the horrific incident by asking Dublin’s Lord Mayor – Fianna Fáil candidate Paul McAuliffe – to make a statement on the matter. Leo’s student days also came back to haunt him when a previous admission about smoking cannabis resurfaced during an early television debate.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, meet the media at the election count in the RDS. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA At times, Fine Gael did a tremendous job of damaging its own campaign, not least when one of its candidates, Catherine Noone, suggested that her party leader was autistic. It was an extraordinary comment that was offensive on so many levels. Under normal circumstances, I suspect that Noone would have been disciplined by the party and possibly deselected as a candidate. However, given that the election was just weeks away, it was probably considered more politically expedient for Leo to accept her apology and take the air out of the

controversy. Fianna Fáil managed to largely steer clear of banana skins during the campaign, although Micheál Martin kind of overdid it on the anti-Sinn Féin sentiment, an approach he may well live to regret. The party’s most entertaining moment came when young gun Jack Chambers clashed with RTÉ’s Claire Byrne as she repeatedly asked him, justifiably, why children’s internet safety had been included in his party’s climate change manifesto. Sinn Féin seemed immune to bad press. The more their past was dragged

up by rival parties and elements of the media, the better they did in the polls. One thing is clear from the result: Irish voters resent being lectured about how they should think and feel. It would be unfortunate for Sinn Féin if its unprecedented electoral success was tarnished by further outbursts of rebel songs or slogans associated with the Troubles. I fully agree that Mary Lou McDonald shouldn't have to be her TDs' mammy, as she put it herself. But she does need to show leadership by not tolerating such behaviour in the future.



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Hackathon to highlight accessibility challenges DUBLIN Airport is to partner with Hack Access for its accessibility hackathon event which takes place from February 21 to 23. Hack Access, which is a non-profit organisation, aims to ensure no person is excluded from cities due to differences in ability. The hackathon aims to bring bright minds together to specifically look at ways of improving the customer experience for passengers who have accessibility challenges. The organisation connects public and

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challenge the airport’s environment and to present ideas and initiatives for Dublin Airport to consider that will bring further benefits for passengers with disabilities.” Janice Valentine, founder and organiser of Hack Access Dublin, said innovation would be an adventure at the hack. “You begin with a vision of where you want to go, but with no certainty as to how you get there,” said Ms Valentine. “We believe that by working with partners committed to taking

Dublin Airport Passenger Experience Manager, Liz Kavanagh, Hack Access judge; Head of Rail & Air Propositions at Travelport, Mark Lenahan, Project Mentor; Hack Access chief executive Janice Valentine; Smart DCU Projects Facilitator Kieran Mahon, Hack Access judge; and founder of Adaptable Solutions, Katie Bourke, Project Mentor. collaborative and innovative action to creating accessibility solutions the route to your destination becomes clearer. “Dublin Airport has already shown a real commitment to accessibility. We look forward to working together, charting a route that makes Dublin Airport, an international

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Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald speaking to the media at the RDS. PHOTOS: Gary Gannon of the Social Democrats being interviewed after his election in Dublin Central. DARREN KINSELLA

New TDs ready for challenge Aoife O’Brien A GREEN Party councillor has become the first candidate from her party to be elected

to the Dáil in the Dublin Central constituency. Neasa Hourigan, who was elected to Dublin City Council only last May for the first

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second largest first preference vote (Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald topped the poll with 11,223 first preference votes), Hourigan overtook him on transfers to exceed the quota on the final count. Deputy Hourigan said she is now hoping to bring a new focus on persons with disabilities and carers in the next Dáil. “My little girl who is seven, my oldest, is registered as blind and she would be a white cane user and a braille

user and is also hard of hearing,” said Deputy Hourigan. “I had to take a step back from a job and a profession that I really, really loved. “I was an architect and a lecturer in sustainable development and took a step back for a couple of years and felt the kind of pressure that’s on carers and the isolation of being a career and I’m hoping that I can bring some focus on that.” Donohoe reclaimed his seat without reaching the quota along with Social Democrats candidate

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Gary Gannon who was elected to the Dáil for the first time after sitting on Dublin City Council since 2014. In Dublin Bay North, Sinn Féin candidate Denise Mitchell was elected on the first count after receiving 21,344 first preference votes, the highest first preference vote of any candidate in the country. With Sinn Féin claiming 37 seats in the 33rd Dáil, just one less than Fianna Fáil on 38 seats, Deputy Mitchell said: “It was clear on the doors that people wanted change.” Fine Gael candidate Richard Bruton, the outgoing Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, also reclaimed his seat reaching the quota on the 10th count. Cian O’Callaghan (Social Democrats) was the only first-time TD to be elected in this constituency. It comes as part of a surge for the party who are only fiveyears-old as they tripled their number of seats from three to six. Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin regained his seat in the Dáil without reaching the quota in Dublin Bay North. He previously served as a TD for Dublin North Central from 2011 to 2016. Fianna Fáil’s Sean Haughey also reclaimed

his seat without reaching the quota. Haughey was helped by a large number of transfers from Deirdre Heney (FF). In Dublin Fingal, Louise O’Reilly (SF) took the first seat, exceeding the quota by more than 5,000 votes on the first count. Green Party candidate Joe O’Brien took the second seat only two months after he was first elected to the Dáil in the Dublin Fingal byelection. Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien had to wait until Count 8 to secure his seat while Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell also regained his seat. Labour’s Duncan Smith, a replacement for the retiring Brendan Ryan, was elected to the Dáil for the first time. With seat distribution in the 33rd Dáil significantly changed and traditionally smaller parties taking a much larger portion of the votes, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said “significant political change is underway” and agreed that this is a revolution in Irish politics. However, with no party having enough seats to make up a Government on their own it remains to be seen what combination of parties will make up our next Government.



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Local teens lead the way in agility championships in UK A NUMBER of local teens took the lead, quite literally, when they represented Ireland in an international agility competition recently. Tara Doyle (17), from Balbriggan, Paul Hannon (17), from Dublin, Abby Ward (16), from Dublin, Sofia Forsgren (13), from Malahide, and sisters Kayleigh (16) and Aisling (12) Lawlor, from Rivermeade, joined a team of junior dog agility athletes and their dogs in the 2020 Open Junior Agility Championships in Northampton. The team of 11 teenagers, ranging in age from 12 to 17, competed in this fast-paced sport against hundreds of competitors from all over the UK and Ireland over two busy days. Agility is a sport where dogs compete against

the clock to negotiate obstacles guided by their handlers. A judge designs a course with up to 20 obstacles. The obstacles are numbered and the handlers walk the course, to plan the best route. The obstacles can include hurdles, a tyre, long-jump, weave poles that the dog has to slalom around, tunnels, and ramps (A-frame, dog walk and see-saw) that the dogs run over. The handler must direct the dog around the course, taking the obstacles in the correct order, without making contact with the dog. Like show jumping, faults are accrued for mistakes and the round is against the clock. The winner is the handler and dog with the least amount of faults in the quickest The Open Junior Agility Championship 2020 team. time. The winner is the competitor who completes the course with the fastest time and fewest faults. It tests the dog’s fitness and the handler's ability to train and control the dog offlead. It is open to dogs of all sizes and breeds, including mixed breeds and rescue dogs. The Irish Junior team worked tirelessly over

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Illicit cigarette machine and materials seized REVENUE officers seized machinery and materials such as cigarette filters, foil and carton paper, associated with illicit cigarette manufacturing last Thursday week (February 6) This followed a search, under warrant, of a commercial premises in the Dublin 3 area. There was no illicit manufacturing in operation on the premises. As part of Revenue’s ongoing action against smuggling of tobacco products, Revenue officers also seized 240kgs of processed tobacco and approximately 60,000 cigarettes which were concealed in wooden crates. The tobacco and cigarettes have a combined retail value of approximately €174,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €153,168. Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

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Local road project gets underway CONSTRUCTION is underway on a local road project that aims to improve safety and environmental benefits.  Fingal County Council has appointed SIAC Construction Ltd who will deliver the Hole in the Wall Road/Mayne Road Junction Upgrade scheme. The project involves the realignment of the junctions of the Mayne Road with the Hole in the Wall Road and Drumnigh Road. It will create a much safer road layout for all road users by providing improved sightlines and new signalised crossing facilities, as well as new footpaths and cycleways and road pavement reconstruction. Speaking at the announcement, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said infrastructure upgrades such as the Hole in the Wall Road/Mayne Road Junction Upgrade scheme are necessary for supporting the development and growth of the area. “These upgrades will provide a safer and sustainable infrastructure

AnnMarie Farrelly (FCC) and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’ Brien sign the contract of agreement with Group Finance Director of SIAC Construction Ltd. Pearse Ferguson (sitting at the desk) and Director of SIAC Construction Ltd. John Mitchell. Also pictured are Matthew McAleese, and his team Paul Carroll and Ciaron Markey of Fingal County Council. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC for the road with new footpaths and cycleways that will create a supportable environment for all users,” he said. Flood management measures and new water supply network infrastructure is also included. Construction started on February 10 with a 14-month work programme. AnnMarie Farrelly,

chief executive of Fingal County Council, said: “This project will further underpin the ongoing sustainable development in the area including in those lands earmarked for development under the Baldoyle-Stapolin Local Area Plan.” Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Matthew McAleese said: “I am delighted to see

this project, which is being co-funded by Fingal County Council and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the Rebuilding Ireland (Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund) LIHAF initiative. “With the ongoing construction of badly needed new homes in the area, developments

such as, these are timely to ensure the future sustainable development of the area.” Senior Engineer Paul Carroll said: “This project will result in the removal of two sub-standard junctions and the creation of a safer road layout with lower speeds, significantly improved sightlines for drivers, and improved facilities for pedestrians

First responders’ group launched THE official launch of the Malahide/Portmarnock Community First Responders took place at Malahide Rugby Club recently. Members of the national ambulance service (NAS) and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien were among the attendance. The Malahide Portmarnock CFR

group has been live since October 2019. It comprises 32 volunteers trained to national ambulance service standards who do call for a 12-hour shift, once a fortnight. The Dublin airport authority (daa), Fingal County Council, Malahide Lions Club and Portmarnock Lions Club

are generously assisting the group. This funding has allowed the group to purchase essential training equipment and defibrillators. Community First Responders (CFR) are volunteers who are trained to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live

or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care including defibrillation, until the more highly skilled ambulance crew arrives

on scene to take over the treatment. CFR groups who are linked to the NAS National Emergency Operations Centre are alerted to an emergency in their area and as they are community based, can provide medical assistance within minutes of a 112/999 call being received.

PRAYERS Novena to the Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for this special favours (mention it). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then is his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. KKS Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus in the past I Have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one (mention). Take it Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your prayer not mine Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. MJS Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus in the past I Have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one (mention). Take it Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your prayer not mine Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. AK

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Being part of our local communities is a huge part of who we are as a Credit Union. We’re extremely proud to say that since 2014 over 200 local charities, groups and not-forprofit organisations have benefited from our Community Development Fund, helping them provide vital services in their communities. To date we have given over €825,000 to our local community. Wherever you see the blue heart, you know it’s powered by the MFCU Community Fund. We are delighted to announce our latest sponsorship with the Forget-Me-Nots choir. It is an inclusive choir that unites older people with family, neighbours and friends, with a particular welcome for those affected by dementia or memory loss. Participants are drawn from the community. The main aims of the choir are: 1


To extend access to a quality, professionally managed Arts activity for the continued selfgrowth and creative enrichment of members. To promote wellbeing and happiness through song (as Gaeilge freisin) and through social inclusion in our community.

The choir got its inspiration from The Unforgettables Chorus founded in New York in 2011 by Dr. Mary Mittelman of NYU Langone Medical Centre’s Comprehensive Centre on Brain Aging. Norah Walsh, who is also a composer, is the Musical Director, with Emmet O’Connor as Piano Accompanist - both highly distinguished music professionals. The Forget-Me-Nots is the first choir of its kind in Dublin’s Northside and interacts with the youth of the community as well through Montessori, Primary & Secondary School interaction as school term allows. The Forget-Me-Nots is as much for carers as it is for those individuals with various dementia conditions, providing a warm and supportive environment which features challenging rehearsals and exciting public performances throughout the year. Now celebrating its 6th anniversary, membership is at capacity at 150 with an active waiting list. New choirs are using the Forget-Me-Nots as a community model and “Rising Voices” in Finglas and a yet-to-be-named choir in Clontarf

are expected to start up soon. Music is widely understood to provide an important channel of communication when so many other abilities are failing, and choral singing combines music, collaboration, discipline and companionship helping people who have become more isolated to belong in their community afresh. The Forget-Me-Nots Organisation is a registered charity No 20144661 and looks forward to the next 6 years continuing to perform in places such as The Helix, The Olympia, The National Concert Hall, Fingal Atrium, Trinity College, The National Gallery, The National Maritime Museum, Dublin Airport, Baldoyle Community Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Michael’s House, L’Arche, Insomnia Sutton and local residential nursing homes. Member First Credit Union are delighted to support the Forget-Me-Nots as they continue to grow and inspire others to launch similar groups across North Dublin. If you would like to apply for sponsorship for your cause with MFCU, get in touch today. We’re always happy to hear from new and established initiatives.

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Fingal International Festival of Voices is set to entertain us THERE will be no stopping the music when a major event takes place in Balbriggan next month.  The first ever Fingal International Festival of Voices will be staged from March 12-15 in the town. As part of preparations, 11 schools around the town have signed up for free singing workshops as part of an outreach programme run by Fingal International Festival of Voices. The workshops are coordinated and delivered by Dónal Kearney, cofounder of Fingal Academy of Music and the Irish Institute of Music and Song. Among the local schools benefiting from the outreach programme are Balbriggan Educate Together National School, Bracken Educate Together National School, Scoil Chormaic, St Molaga’s, St Teresa’s, Balrothery National School, Scoil Moibhi - Milverton

National School, Ardgillan Community College, Bremore Educate Together Secondary School and Loreto Secondary School. Each of the 11 schools responded enthusiastically to an initial call-out in early January. Within a week of the festival having launched the Outreach programme, most of the schools in the area had been allocated a 45-90 minutes slot for their free singing workshop. The festival is focused on celebrating diversity and inclusion through music. It will provide a platform for individuals and communities from home and abroad to showcase their culture. In the context of Balbriggan, this is an opportunity to begin creation of an extraordinary musical legacy. This will not be a one-off occasion. For those who

wish to be involved in the festival, there will be followup community workshops, including conducting workshops, to which all students, teachers, and members of the public are invited. These will be delivered by Donal and Michael T Dawson, artistic director of the festival. One was held in Flemington Community Centre on February 15 and another will be held in Castlelands Community Centre this Saturday, February 22. Both workshops are being held from 1pm to 3pm. Each of the schools is being invited to participate in the festival directly. Some will be competing on Friday, March 13; others are starting choirs as a result of this initiative. Where interest is maintained, workshops will continue well after the festival. Dónal’s workshops draw on his experience as Music Coach with Ulster Youth

The choir of Bremore Educate Together Secondary School in Balbriggan led by Donal Kearney of the Fingal International Festival of Voices. Choirs and National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, as well as his development work as Manager of Fingal Youth Choir and Fingal

Children’s Choir. He is a certified Community Music Leader with the international humanitarian organisation, Musicians

Without Borders, which runs music events in conflict zones and refugee camps. In 2019, he ran two

parallel intergenerational singing programmes in Direct Provision centres in County Monaghan and County Dublin.

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A NATIONAL charity supporting people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and mood-related conditions, has launched a volunteer recruitment campaign for its Support Line. The Aware Support Line is a national freephone service which operates from 10am to 10pm 365 days a year. The line provides telephone support to people concerned about issues relating to their own mood or that of a friend or family member. It operates against a backdrop of an estimated more than 450,000 people experiencing depression in Ireland at any one time, while there are approximately 45,000 people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bríd O’Meara, Aware’s Director of Services, said that by giving back, volunteers gain as much as they give on the Support Line: “Our more than 400 volunteers nationwide are a crucial lifeline for people impacted by depression and bipolar

Brid O’Meara, Aware. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL PHOTOGRAPHY disorder,” said Ms O’Meara. “They play a key part in our work supporting people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and moodrelated conditions, and are passionate about nurturing people’s positive mental health. “On our Support Line, volunteers listen carefully to callers, their questions, concerns and reasons for calling, so as to best understand and respond. “They are

compassionate and nonjudgemental, treating people with dignity and respect, and provide information and signpost people to pathways to recovery such as other services and therapies. “We know from people who have volunteered for the Support Line that it is hugely rewarding for them. “There is a real feelgood factor in giving something back, while also developing their own life skills and talents in

the process.” People interested in registering their interest to become an Aware Support Line volunteer can email Emma at recruitment@aware.ie or telephone 01 -2374926. Training for the next volunteer intake commences on Saturday, February 22. If you are worried about depression or bipolar disorder, please call the Aware Support Line on Freephone 1800 80 48 48.

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Tasty line-up for Fruit festival FORBIDDEN Fruit, Dublin's first and longestrunning city centre festival - is returning for its 10th anniversary on the incredible grounds of Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It all kicks off on Saturday, May 30 with Jorja Smith, Peggy Gou, Loyle Carner and Fatima Yamaha. On Sunday 31, dance masters Underworld headline with Hot Chip, The Murder Capital and The Avalanches all taking to the stage. English R&B singer/ songwriter Jorja Smith’s soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Alunageorge, Nao, Lulu James, and Amy Winehouse. The Brit Award winning artist’s debut record ‘Lost & Found’ was released to critical acclaim - and she has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Burna Boy, AJ Tracey, fellow Fruit artist Loyle Carner and many others. She will be playing her first ever Dublin show at Forbidden Fruit 2020. We also love the awesome Peggy Gou, who played her Irish festival debut at Forbidden Fruit in 2017 to a rapt audience. One of the biggest names in dance music today, the South Korean DJ and producer now returns as one of our 2020

headliners. Loyle Carner first appeared on the scene back in 2014, with his debut EP ‘A Little Late’, which cemented him in the UK's rap scene as one to watch. He followed that up in 2017 with his BRIT (Best Male, Best Newcomer) and Mercury Prize nominated, top 20 debut ‘Yesterday’s Gone’. He then released his highly anticipated sophomore record, ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ in April of last year. His performance at this year’s All Together Now and his sold out Vicar Street show in October of last year were truly something special. This will be Loyle’s first time to grace the Forbidden Fruit stage in 2020. Returning for his first show since 2018, Fatima Yamaha is one of many aliases used by Dutch producer Bas Bron, under which he releases understated electronic dance tracks that have a retro, synth-led aesthetic. The alias originally emerged in 2004, for the release of an EP, ‘What's a Girl to Do’, on D1 Music. Soon after the EP was released, Bron put aside the Fatima Yamaha moniker to focus on several other pseudonyms, including Bastian, Gifted, and Seymour Bits. As the years rolled by,

the title track continued to circulate, gaining new momentum from various reissues, including a release on Bron's own label, Magnetron Music, and Dekmantel, both in 2015. By then the record had gained an underground following, resulting in the resurrection of Fatima Yamaha for a string of festival appearances and a full-length debut album, ‘Imaginary Lines’. Having had no tour dates throughout 2019, this is Fatima Yamaha’s first show announcement to mark his return in 2020. Underworld, aka Rick Smith and Karl Hyde (pictured right) are at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops, and Japanese department stores. Having cemented their place in the ’90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1996 when their timeless anthem ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ became the soundtrack of a generation after it was featured in the film Trainspotting. From playing a sold-out Forbidden Fruit in 2016 to then headlining the debut year of All Together

Now in 2018, this marks Underworld’s return to Dublin in 2020 to headline what will be a very special 10th anniversary for the festival. Returning for their first outdoor live Dublin show since 2013 is Hot Chip. This excellent synth pop gang headlined All Together Now in 2019, and now make their Forbidden Fruit debut. Australian mixing maestros The Avalanches will also be taking to the

Joan As Police Woman to ‘Cover Two’ in Dublin WE just can’t get enough of Joan As Police Woman. After her sold out Irish tour last July, it has been announced that Joan will be performing her new album ‘Cover Two’ live in concert with Parker Kindred (drums) and Jacob Silver (bass) for two nights, on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday 14 in the Georgian gem that is Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church. Tickets for Joan As Police Woman Trio are on sale now. Her new album ‘Cover Two’ (Sweet Police/PIAS), will be released in May.

This will be Joan’s second album re-working songs by other artists and again, Joan makes some very interesting and surprising choices. About the new album Joan says: “I began working on new covers ever since the release of the first covers album 11 years ago. “I’ve been performing ‘Kiss’ by Prince and my version of ‘Out of Time’ by Blur throughout last year’s Joanthology Tour. “Recreating existing songs is a gratifying creative challenge for me.”

Forbidden Fruit stage for their debut. Fans had to wait 16 long years for ‘Wildflowers’, the follow

up to ‘Since I Left You’. Dublin based five-piece The Murder Capital exploded onto the scene

last year in the Irish album charts and are currently playing sold-out shows on their European tour.


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Memories of Playing with Skulls! THERE was great interest in the launch of the latest book by wellknown local historian Maurice Curtis. In fact, it could be said that many who turned up for the launch were very inquisitive about the unusual title of the book – ‘Playing with Skulls - A Dublin Childhood’. Appropriately enough, the book was launched over Halloween! Maurice reminded his audience about the disappearance and thankfully, the recovery, of the ancient Crusader’s skull from the crypt of St Michan’s Church in the heart of Dublin. In fact, the crypt of St Michan’s had previous visitors in 1996, according to Maurice, when some teenagers vandalised it and helped themselves to some skeletons. They introduced the skeletons to ground level, which must have been somewhat of a shock to their systems, not haven seen daylight for

About The Author MAURICE Curtis is an historian and novelist. He has written 15 books on Ireland and on Dublin in particular. These include ‘To Hell or Monto: Dublin’s Most Notorious Red-Light Districts’; and ‘The Liberties – A History’ and ‘Temple Bar – A History’.

hundreds of years. Furthermore, these rascally lads then took it upon themselves to play football with the skulls! The public and media seemed somewhat shocked at these happenings, using words such as ‘desecration’ and ‘sacrilegious’. They need not have worried, however, Maurice told his rapt audience, as there is a long tradition going back to the late 16th century and even before that, of individuals playing football with skulls. A case in point is the Battle of Carrickfergus in 1597, when allies of the Great O’Neill, the MacDonnell’s of Ulster, won an impressive victory over the English forces of Sir John Chichester. After the battle, Chichester’s head was chopped off and used as a football by the MacDonnell clan. According to Maurice, all this reminded him, in more recent times, that the tradition of playing football with skulls was also enacted on a regular basis in Mount Jerome Cemetery, in Harold’s Cross. Thinking back to his younger days, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Maurice well remembers the local teenagers visiting Mount Jerome, not to pay their respects to loved ones, but to indulge covertly in that ‘madman’s drink’ – cheap cider. Often times when it rained,

they took shelter in the quaint cosiness of the many vaults and mausoleum’s that lined the avenues in the older part of the cemetery and surrounding the Gothic Victorian Chapel. In those less security-conscious days, it was easy to enter or climb into the old vaults, as the cemetery was not as well managed as it is today. It was shrouded with overgrown grass, unkempt gravestones, with trees falling down everywhere, and hidden paths leading hither and thither and to the underground vaults. Over time, the vaults of Mount Jerome became the favourite haunts for many of the local teenagers. And it was not unknown for many a party to be held in the company of the grinning skeletons. The main tree-lined avenue leading to the Victorian Chapel had an ideal camber for bowling, with gullies at the sides to catch errant skulls. This game was quite popular in the long summer evenings. ‘Dancing with the grateful dead’ was the catchphrase for some. “All this was most interesting,” said Maurice, and years later he was persuaded to write Playing with Skulls. “Happily, also,” he added, “the book is also about those growing up years of the 60’s and 70’s when so much change was happening in Ireland and how that impacted on the lives of the young.”

New book on the RMS Lusitania is launched A NEW book entitled ‘RMS Lusitania: The Story of a Wreck’ tells the story of the largest and fastest ocean-going liner in the world. On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, a German U-Boat torpedoed Lusitania 18km off the southern coast of Ireland inside the declared war zone. The liner sank in 18 minutes, killing 1,197 passengers and crew. The sinking was a contributing factor in the United States declaring war on Germany two years later. Given the dramatic circumstances of its loss, the wreck has been the subject of much investigation, research and survey work since its loss over 100 years ago and was protected by Underwater Heritage Order in 1995. Ongoing collaboration between the National Monuments Service and INFOMAR (Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute) has furthered research into the wreck, leading to the production of this new book which not only tells the story of the ship itself but

The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was sunk in May 1915 by a German U-Boat. also of other World War I losses off Ireland’s coast. Images from newspapers, postcards, paintings, photographic collections and a variety of other sources show the impact the sinking of the Lusitania had globally. Recent acquisition of detailed high resolution scans of the wreck carried out by INFOMAR provides new imagery of how the shipwreck looks on the seafloor today. Pointing out that the publication

reflected her department’s commitment to creating an awareness and appreciation of heritage and archaeology in particular, Minister Josepha Madigan said: “This very readable and meticulously researched book will be an essential work of reference for all interested in heritage studies and maritime affairs for many years to come.” Minister Madigan added: “As we continue through our decade of centenaries, there are few greater

tragedies to remember than the sinking of the Lusitania. “Most of the 90 Irishmen, women and children listed as passengers were lost when the liner went down. There would also have been many unlisted Irish working on the ship.” men who had emigrated to Liverpool and found work as firemen, trimmers, stokers and greasers in the Lusitania’s boiler rooms. “Their loss tells us of the enduring story of Ireland, and of the pendulum of emigration.”

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ART EXHIBITION: The Central Remedial Clinic Parents and Friends Association is holding its annual art exhibition at the CRC, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf on Saturday, February 22 from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday, February 23 from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free. This is the association’s main fundraising event of the year. SCHOOL REUNION: Class 1970 Holy Faith Convent Clontarf Reunion will be held on Friday, April 24 at 7.30pm at Clontarf Castle. If you require further information, contact Anne Doyle at 085-7442884 or annekdoyle@gmail.com.  


QUIT SMOKING: Quit Smoking for Lent. Save up to €600 by Easter (20 a day). Get FREE support on one of Northside Partnership’s two Smoking Cessation courses starting: Monday, February 24 from 11.30am to 1pm at KLEAR Adult Education, Swan’s Nest Road, Grange or Thursday, February 27 from 6.30pm to 8pm at Kish House, Greendale Road, Kilbarrack. Call 01-8320995 to book. HEALTHY FOOD: Healthy Food Made Easy: Fun six-week nutrition and cookery course. Cook and taste healthy recipes, learn nutritional information and get tips on food shopping. Starts February 27 Thursday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm at Kish House, Greendale Road, Kilbarrack. To book or for more information, call Linda on 018320995.   MEN’S SHED: Kilbarrack Men’s Shed meets every Wednesday from 11.30am to 1pm at KLEAR, Adult Education Centre, Swansnest Road, Kilbarrack. All men in the general district are welcome to join the meetings. They have regular talks

on subjects including history, social welfare and Know Your Rights. For more information phone KLEAR on 01-8671845.



TALK: Balbriggan and District Horticultural Society is hosting a talk on birds and wildlife by Christine O’Daly on Thursday, February 20 at 8.30pm in the Scouts’ Den, Market Green, Balbriggan. Plant and seed swap and garden magazines and leaflets available on the night. Raffle and cup of tea. Admission is €4. For more information phone 0877520506.


IRISH CONVERSATION: The Irish conversation coffee morning has resumed on Tuesday mornings in the Beaumont House at 10.30am. All are welcome.


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.


ART EXHIBITION: Mixed Media Art Group is holding an art exhibition in Raheny Library for the entire month of February. There will be oils, acrylic and watercolours on display. GIRL GUIDES: Raheny Irish Girl Guides is taking names for new female members commencing September. They run a comprehensive programme aimed at giving girls confidence through weekly meetings with badge work, activities, outings and events. Text Andrea on 087-6301634 for more details or to enquire about membership, visit www. irishgirlguides.ie


The National Lottery recently announced that two winning tickets for a €7,773,998 Lotto Jackpot were sold at Dunnes Stores in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, and the Circle K Service Station in Kilmainham. The lucky ticket holders received a cool €3,886,999. Yvonne Strong, Natasha Molloy, Michelle McCluskey and Alex Byrne, members of staff at Dunnes Stores, Donaghmede are pictured during the celebrations. PHOTO: MAC INNES PHOTOGRAPHY

Kevin Cooper (left) presents five brave ladies with their Peter Mark gift pack after they completed an Ice Mile Swimming Challenge in Clontarf recently. They are (from l-r): Aoife O’Connor (Limerick Masters), Claire Ryan (Dublin Swimming Club), Jaimie Monahan (New York - World Open Water Swimmer of the Year and 1st individual to swim an ice mile on all seven continents), Sarah Coughlan (Limerick Masters), Ailbhe Dempsey (Limerick Masters) and Fergal Somerville (Eastern Bay). Jaimie was fastest woman in a time of 29:13 and was presented with a prized red Eastern Bay Ice Mile jacket. Carr from Autism Ireland, for visiting the library recently to collect a check for €1,500, and Northside Shopping Centre customers for supporting the sale of the group’s yearly calendar. 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. BALDOYLE   FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: The WALKING CLUB: A community Transition Year students at St Mary’s walk catering for all ages and levels Secondary School, Baldoyle, are of fitness takes place every Tuesday offering free one-to-one Computer Classes to senior citizens every Friday at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial from 11.05am to 12.15pm. All learners, Park, Coolock. Parents, grandparents and strollers are welcome after the complete beginners and upwards, school drop-off. No booking needed. are welcome. For more information Just turn up and join them for a walk. contact Mr Ryan at St Mary’s on 01For more information contact David 8325591. Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine   Ebbs on 086-8150286. U3A GROUP: The Sutton/Baldoyle   U3A group (University of the Third Age) caters for people over 55 years. SANTRY They meet at Baldoyle Library SANTRY COMMUNITY GARDEN: from 10.45am-12.45pm on the New volunteer members are second Wednesday of every month welcome in this four-acre walled (except June-August). For more heritage garden in a quiet corner information email u3asutbal@gmail. of Santry Demesne. Those who com or visit their website www. share the work share the varied u3asuttonbaldoyledublin/ and healthy produce! It is open   Wednesday and Friday from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday ARTANE from 11am to 1pm. Visit the garden NEW MEMBERS: A church choir or check the group out on www. requires new members, both male santrycommunitygarden.com and female. They practice every   Wednesday at 7pm for one hour and sing on Saturday at the 6pm vigil DARNDALE mass in St John Vianney Church, GOLDEN YEARS: Are you over 65? Ardlea Road, Artane. Contact Martin The Golden Years Senior Centre is on 01-8316168 or 086-8931034 for looking for new members to join more information. its fun-filled social club. If you are   looking to get out of the house and meet new people, this social club COOLOCK is ideal for you. Limited transport THANKS: Coolock Library Art to and from the centre will also be Group would like to thank Debbie 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 Men’s Shed meets 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.  

offered, please contact 01-8771608 to join.


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 such as day trips, guest speakers, coffee and chat. Contact Niall on 0873141310 for more information.


LADIES’ PITCH & PUTT: St Mary’s Pitch & Putt Club is seeking new lady members. They play at Inisfails GAA Club, Balgriffin on Saturdays at 10am Why not go along and give it a try? For details, phone Pat on 086-3505384.


COFFEE MORNING: Priorswood Parish Centre is holding a coffee morning on Sunday, March 1 from 9.30am to 1pm for the benefit of St Francis Hospice. Please support this worthy cause. All are welcome.


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. Further information can be had from Liam at 086-3814422.

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Local enterprise students are bidding for Croke Park final   SECONDARY students across Fingal are dreaming of a final appearance at Croke Park this year following the launch of the Local Enterprise Offices’ (LEOs) Student Enterprise Programme (SEP) for 2019/2020. Outgoing Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen and rugby star Josh Van Der Flier launched Ireland’s largest business and enterprise programme for second level students Fingal has the largest SEP in Ireland, with over 2,500 students from 25 secondary schools taking part in this year’s programme in the hope of making the National Finals in Croke Park on May 1. The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 LEOs

in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 25,000 students from 515 secondary schools across the country take part in 2018/2019. Last year proved to be a particularly good year for student entrepreneurs in Fingal, with MalahidePortmarnock Educate Together School scooping the top prize in the Junior category at the Croke Park final. This new school had just opened its doors last September in the Riasc Centre and won the coveted first place at the national awards, proving Fingal’s student entrepreneurs are top of the class! This year’s programme will see two new pilot competitions across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories. The first, the ‘My Entrepreneurial Journey’ pilot will be run in the Junior and Intermediate



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Pictured are Oisin Geoghegan, Local Enterprise Offices; Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Mayor of Fingal; Eithne Deeney, Principal, Portmarnock Community School; Ava Gilmartin, Specrest; Josh Van Der Flier, Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador; and Pat Breen TD, outgoing Minister for Trade, Employment and Business. entrepreneurial and innovative skills allows them to change things, to create new opportunities and to contribute to

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late 2014. As one of Ireland’s largest hotel groups, it now has more than 1,600 bedrooms and employs over 1,500 staff.

Jobs boost for Ballymun as hotel reopens A BALLYMUN hotel reopened this month, almost two years after a fire-related closure. Metro Hotel Dublin Airport, which is located at Santry Cross, was badly damaged when a blaze broke out in an adjoining apartment in March 2018. Thanks to the efficiency of staff and emergency personnel who attended the scene, the hotel was quickly evacuated and there were no injuries. The 88-bed hotel has undergone a €20 million revamp with a significantly enhanced offering aimed at attracting a four-star rating. When fully operational, the Metro Hotel is expected to employ 50 permanent staff, including 10 staff members retained throughout its refurbishment. It will also support an estimated

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Dublin City Council 101/102 Malahide Road, Dublin 3 - Eircode D03 KX07. Health Service Executive, (HSE), intends to apply for permission for development at this site, 101/102 Malahide Road, Dublin 3 - Eircode D03 KX07. The development will consist of change of use from office (former credit union - class 3 use) to a day centre, for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) use at ground level and healthcare use at first and second floor levels (all class 8 use), together with alterations to internal layouts and external elevations, signage and associated site 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council John and Caroline Coyne are applying for Planning Permission for development at 33 Greencastle Drive, Coolock, Dublin 17, D17 NF25. The development will consist of the construction of new first floor pitched roof rear extension and first floor internal alterations to provide 4 bedrooms in lieu of 3 bedrooms. The first floor rear extension is being part built over a ground floor flat roof rear extension currently under construction which is Exempted Development . Other works include, connections to all services and all necessary ancillary site development works to facilitate this development. This 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 that a submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We, Philip & Barbara Cullen, intend to apply for retention planning permission for 1) The single storey extension (34.34m2) to the rear of the existing dwelling consisting of a kitchen/ living area and shower room. 2) The conversion of the integrated garage (10.83m2) to a bedroom. 3)The conversion of the attic area (13.09m2) to a non-habitable room with three Velux roof windows on the rear and gable hipped roofs. 4) The widening of the existing offstreet parking entrance at 6, Abbey Park, Dublin 13, D13 C9E2. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Niamh Duggan, intend to apply for planning permission and retention permission for development at 71 Brookwood Avenue, Dublin DO5 V2T6. The development will consist/consists of the reinstatement of a former front pedestrian gate and pillar and also the retention of an existing vehicle access gate for offstreet car-parking, with all associated site 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 it’s public opening hours (9.00am - 4.30pm) a submission or observation in relation to application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, 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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1. File out to words given by the judge? (4,8) 7. A note that comes back unaltered (5) 8. Stop and leave a coat? (5) 9. Money paid when one leaves the cab (3) 10. Speculates that Kojak gets up (9) 11. Drink to drink back and cause a commotion (6) 12. Getting a companion of his age somehow (6) 15. Do you have to go a long way to get old money (9) 17. Appreciate the excavation (3) 18. Joe goes back to the toilet of the Eskimo’s house (5) 19. Reveal that the French get a hundred (3,2) 21. A good actor could be an art thief (5,7)

1. Cameraman (12) 7. Cleave (5) 8. Goodbye (5) 9. Look at (3) 10. Futile (9) 11. Referee (6) 12. Acacia (6) 15. Distress (9) 17. Speck (3) 18. Double (5) 19. Drunkard (5) 21. Preposterous (12)

DOWN 1. Essential (12) 2. Lubricate (3) 3. Keep (6) 4. Toy (9) 5. Banish (5) 6. Prove (12) 7. Precipitous (5) 10. Keep on (9) 13. Command (5) 14. Gap (6) 16. Pretend (5) 20. Write (3)

DOWN 1. Is it controlled by a change of order? (5,7) 2. Some embarrassing transgression? (3) 3. The figure of an anaesthetist? (6) 4. Former hotel-workers become businessmen (9) 5. Is concerned with the outcome of races (5) 6. Our amusement at killing (12) 7. A Russian saying? (5) 10. Feel the feathers landing (9) 13. Chair the Danes set up (5) 14. Fishes in corners (6) 16. Eric runs out of money for a keepsake (5) 20. Match in which the scores are level? (3)


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34 Happenings

A few things worth checking out this week


Nature Heroes Drop into the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street Upper, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, February 22 and meet some real nature heroes from organisations such as BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Seal Rescue Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, The Herpetological Society of Ireland and more. Learn about sustainability and how to be more environmentally friendly towards wildlife in Ireland. There are lots of different activities and short talks on the day during this free, fun and educational event. No booking required.

Mamafesta Memorialising is on at Project Arts Centre.


This spring critically acclaimed choreographer Philip Connaughton brings his beautiful, sparkling, laugh-out loud meditation on the fear of forgetting and of being forgotten Project Arts Centre with performances from February 19-22. Mamafesta Memorialising is woven from inspirations including musical theatre, Bruce Forsythe’s Generation Game and most importantly, Philip’s mum Madeleine, who has senile dementia. Tickets cost from €16-18. Booking via www.projectartscentre.ie or call 01-8819613.

Meet some real nature heroes at the Natural History Museum.

Casino Model Railway Museum

Mother Tongues Festival will take place in Rua Red, the Civic Theatre and Tallaght Library.


The Mother Tongues Festival will take place in Rua Red, the Civic Theatre, and Tallaght Library this weekend on February 22 and 23. The festival celebrates the best in contemporary theatre, poetry, dance, music, literature and visual arts through some of the many languages spoken in Ireland today. Events are held in a mixture of English and the artist's mother tongue, offering an opportunity for you to have an immersive experience. For details see mothertonguesfestival.com

The Casino Model Railway Museum, Malahide, opened again recently following the completion of a €4 million restoration programme on the historic Casino building and conservation of the Fry Model Railway Collection. As well as the Fry Model collection, the museum also accommodates a large modern model railway layout depicting several railway scenescapes in Ireland, interactive displays, soundscapes, an education and exhibition space and historical interpretations and memorabilia from Irish Railways. To book a visit see www. modelrailwaymuseum.ie

The Casino Model Railway Museumnow is now the permanent home of the Fry Model Railway collection.

Crossword Answers February 19 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 1 Life sentence; 7 Minim; 8 Parka; 9 Tax; 10 Theorises; 11 Rumpus; 12 Geisha; 15 Farthings; 17 Dig; 18 Igloo; 19 Let on; 21 Scene stealer. Down: 1 Light traffic; 2 Sin; 3 Number; 4 Exporters; 5 Cares; 6 Manslaughter; 7 Maxim; 10 Touchdown; 13 Sedan; 14 Angles; 16 Relic; 20 Tie.

Scene + Heard, the Festival of New Work is running from February 12-29 at Smock Alley Theatre.

Make brownies & cookies at Airfield Estate, Dundrum.


Bring your young bakers along and together create some delicious Brownies & Cookies in the new Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate, Dundrum. This adult and child baking workshop is perfect if you're looking for a mid-term activity to enjoy with the little ones. It’s happening on Saturday, February 22, from 10.30am to 1pm. For tickets see airfield. ticketsolve.com.


Running until February 29 at Smock Alley Theatre, this festival showcases the best tasters of never before seen theatre, comedy and DEREK JARMAN, PROTEST! music from the north, south, east There’s a final chance to see a and west of Ireland. Organisers major retrospective of the work programme a variety of wild and of acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994), wonderful performances. The public at IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham. can then give their honest feedback in a variety of ways – secret ballot, Marking 25 years since his death, video booth, or tablet tale. You buy a this is the first time that the diverse €10 ticket (if booked in advance) to a strands of his practice have been specific ‘block’ containing two short brought together in over 20 years. The retrospective ends on February shows, performed one after the other, lasting about an hour in total. See 23. Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes that smockalley.com/sash-2020-whats-on may not be suitable for all audiences. for details. Derek Jarman, PROTEST! ends on February 23.

A Holy Show at Draiocht this Saturday.


It’s 1981. Step on the plane with us and experience the most Irish of hijackings, featuring an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima. Featuring actors Roseanna Purcell and Mark Fitzgerald, it’s playing at Draíocht on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm. Tickets cost €18. See www.draiocht.ie.


Across: 1 Photographer; 7 Split; 8 Adieu; 9 Eye; 10 Pointless; 11 Umpire; 12 Mimosa; 15 Suffering; 17 Dot; 18 Twice; 19 Toper; 21 Unreasonable. Down: 1 Prerequisite; 2 Oil; 3 Retain; 4 Plaything; 5 Exile; 6 Substantiate; 7 Steep; 10 Persevere; 13 Order; 14 Hiatus; 16 Feign; 20 Pen.

From the Archives 35


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

An undated old photo of Raheny Village.

Irish Independent, February 15, 1927 Ian Dempsey with Zig and Zag on ‘Dempsey’s Den’, circa 1989.

Freeman’s Journal, February 8, 1817

Irish Independent, February 7, 1936

Freeman’s Journal, February 21, 1862



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