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RNLI rescues stranded tourists TWO tourists had to be rescued after they became stranded in a scenic area of North Dublin last week. Howth RNLI launched its Inshore Lifeboat on Tuesday, March 3 following reports that two people were stranded on rocks in Balscadden Bay. The RNLI pagers sounded at 1.58pm after a call was placed to the coastguard reporting that the tourists were stranded

on rocks at the base of the cliffs in the bay. Howth RNLI volunteer crewmembers launched the Inshore Lifeboat within 12 minutes of getting the call and proceeded to the area and quickly located the casualties at the base of the cliffs. The casualties were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over and were both in good spirits, unharmed by the

incident and returned safely to shore at Howth Lifeboat Station. They confirmed they were tourists visiting the area and got caught out by the incoming tide while walking at the base of the cliffs. The wind was Force 3 and the sea state was calm at the time. Speaking following the call out, Killian O’Reilly, Howth RNLI Inshore lifeboat helm,

said: ‘”We were delighted to assist the tourists after they found themselves in difficulty. “They did the right thing and called for assistance and remained calm. As visitors to the area they were unfamiliar with the tides and location. “We were pleased to drop them back ashore safe and sound and hope they enjoy the remainder of their visit to Ireland.”

Howth RNLI on their way to the rescue.

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Northside woman proposes to her partner on Leap Day Jennifer Keegan

HAPPY COUPLE: Bryan Geraghty and Maria Kelly pictured at their home on Leap Year Day.

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A NORTHSIDE woman proposed to her long term partner live on television on Leap Day. Maria Kelly, from Portmarnock, proposed to her boyfriend of seven years, Bryan Geraghty, live on ‘Ireland AM’ on February 29, which is traditionally a day when women propose to their partners. The couple met while working together in Dunnes Stores. “We used to sit back to back in the buying office, in head office,” Ms Kelly said. “It was a funny start to the relationship.” They now have three daughters, Cassia, Olivia and Layla and a house together. With the help of Virgin Media’s Ireland AM, Ms Kelly was able to plan a proposal which would be broadcast live. Ms Kelly’s family also knew of her plans so her two sisters were able to help keep Mr Geraghty occupied while their house was readied. ‘Ireland AM’ presenter Laura Woods was seen knocking on the door and pretending that Ms Kelly

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room, where Ms Kelly was waiting on one knee with a balloon arrangement. She told the very surprised Mr Geraghty: “You've captivated me from day one. You interested me with your poker face and from day one you've excited me. We've shared memories, we've shared trips, we've even had children and we've made a beautiful home, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

When she asked him to do her the honour of being her husband, Mr Geraghty replied straight away with “absolutely”. The cameras captured the two of them hugging and laughing. They both said they were “shaking’ following the surprise. The proposal was also witnessed by their children. While planning the proposal, Ms Kelly told Northside People that she’s “a big romantic” and

loves big gestures. She said afterwards: “I was so calm that morning but the five minutes before it was about to happen, I was sick in my stomach.” Ms Kelly said that no date has yet been set for the wedding. “The only thing we’ve talked about is when we’re going to go ring shopping!” she added. The couple spent the rest of their day eating out and celebrating with their family and friends.

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Fionnghuala's Miss Universe Ireland call THE search is on for competitors to take part in this year’s Miss Universe Ireland contest. Last year’s winner, Fionnghuala O’Reilly, from Swords, along with Gráinne Gallanagh and Cailín Ní Toibín, who won the 2018 and 2017 titles respectively, last week launched the search for finalists for the 2020 competition. The event will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on July 2. The winner on the night will walk away with over €70,000 worth of prizes and go on to represent Ireland at Miss Universe at the end of the year. In 2019 Fionnghuala wowed with her poise, passion and intelligence and was named unanimously as the

winner by the esteemed panel of judges. Fionnghuala went on to represent Ireland in the international competition last December in South Korea. The first NASA datanaut to compete in the event, Fionnghuala was the ambassador for Ireland’s Engineers Week which took place from February 29 to March 6. The First Round applications to compete as one of up to 30 finalists for the title of Miss Universe Ireland 2020 are being accepted from now until Friday, April 3. The online application form and further requirement details can be found here: http:// missuniverseireland.eu/ apply-2020/

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Next Government needs to prioritise children’s rights TANYA WARD Chief executive Children’s Rights Alliance

CHILD and family homelessness must be the number one priority for the next Government. Last week, the Children’s Rights Alliance published its Report Card 2020. This grades the Government’s performance on children’s rights in key areas such as housing, health, education, poverty, equality, early years and education. Addressing child and family homelessness must be an urgent priority for the next Government. Children now make up the largest population in homelessness, with child homelessness rising by a staggering 400 percent between 2014

and 2019. The outgoing Government consistently failed in this area, with the grade on this issue fluctuating from an E to an F over the past four years – the lowest grades awarded to any of the areas assessed. What we have witnessed since 2016 has been a grave social injustice. We are now facing a homelessness crisis that is depriving thousands of children of a decent childhood. The next Government must acknowledge this crisis for what it is and commit to build, to legislate and to plan with children and families in mind. In the 2020 Report Card, the Government is awarded an overall ‘C+’ grade for its performance on children’s rights issues over the past 12 months – up from a ‘C’ in 2019. The improved grade is due to the Government reaching its commitments across a number of key areas: • Educational Disadvantage: rising

from a ‘C’ grade in 2019 to ‘C+’ in 2020; • Primary Care: rising from ‘C+’ in 2019 to ‘B’ in 2020; • Subsidised and School-Age Childcare: rising from ‘C+’ in 2019 to ‘B’ in 2020; and • Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children: rising from a ‘C ’ grade in 2019 to ‘C+’ in 2020. Over the past 12 months, we have seen some positive changes for children and young people. Budget 2020 went some way towards addressing the scale of child poverty we have in Ireland by extending the hot school meals programme. It also included a welcome commitment to trial a Free School Books Programme. Another positive development in the past year was the commencement of the new National Childcare Scheme. Much more work is needed to guarantee that every child in Ireland grows up healthily, happily and safely. Back to school costs continue

PHOTO POSED: BIGSTOCK to be a barrier to education for many children. Ireland has the third highest childcare costs in Europe with serious problems in staff pay and retention. The new Government must continue to invest heavily in this area. We are calling on the next Government to make childcare more affordable for parents by increasing investment and introducing price caps on fees. We also want to see free childcare introduced for lone parents. While there has been some improvement for refugee and asylum-seeking children, the reliance on inappropriate emergency accommodation is unacceptable and must stop. The Government must avoid institutional settings and invest in good quality, own-

door accommodation in local communities. The incoming Government needs to appoint HIQA to inspect refugee accommodation. The Government has produced new national standards for refugee reception accommodation and if they are implemented effectively, we could end direct provision as we know it. As well as child and family homelessness, the 2020 Report Card highlighted two other key areas in need of improvement: mental health and the rights of Traveller and Roma children. The outgoing Government has also recorded a poor performance year after year on commitments to Traveller and Roma children. That issue receives a ‘D’ grade this year.

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Local college receives award for its lifesaving programme THE Irish Heart Foundation has presented a Northside school with a Special Recognition Award for training its students in the lifesaving skills of CPR. Donabate Community College is the third school in Dublin to receive the award, which recognises schools for their remarkable efforts in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) promotion and training. The award was presented as part of the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme, which 73 percent of post-primary schools in Ireland are currently trained in. The charity is creating a generation of lifesavers by training post-primary school students around the country to perform CPR, use an AED in

cardiac emergencies and respond when someone is choking. Laura Hickey, Children and Young People Programme Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “Everyday 13 people in Ireland die from a cardiac arrest and schools are an ideal setting to educate young people in CPR and reduce the incidences of death from cardiac arrest. “Donabate Community College has done tremendous work in creating awareness and taking the fear out of lifesaving. “CPR is a lifesaving skill that everyone can learn, and this programme is available to every post primary school in Ireland, equipping young people with the skills and confidence to perform CPR.

“We would like to train more post-primary schools in Dublin and are encouraging teachers to attend our upcoming free training courses in their locality.” John Doyle, Deputy Principal at Donabate Community College, said staff and students at the college were thrilled to be recognised for its contribution in creating the next generation of lifesavers, with a Special Recognition Award. “We have really enjoyed delivering the programme to develop new lifesaving skills that can be used in every environment; at home, in school and in the community.” CPR 4 Schools is a free programme for post-primary schools and fits into the school curriculum. For schools to take

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Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club completes renovation work A NORTHSIDE sports club recently celebrated the completion of key renovation work at its premises. Special guests and supporters, including Edel Currie of Dublin Port, Outgoing Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, and Richard Nolan of Nolan’s Supermarket attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. Club Commodore Aidan Cronin welcomed the guests and members to the event. “Our Club is 145-yearsold and while we value our history and tradition, it is also essential that we move with the times,” he said.  “Over the past number of years it became increasingly apparent that our facilities were

not fit for purpose. “Our growing female membership had to contend with a limited number of showers and a subpar changing room. “Our regular visitors from the CRC and St Michael’s House, as well as other visitors to the club with extra needs or mobility challenges, had very limited facilities. “Yet we knew that making such improvements would be a huge undertaking for a volunteer run club with limited income.” The club was successful in applying for a Sports Capital Grant and then embarked on almost a year long fundraising programme with events and members contributing to make up the final shortfall. Commodore Cronin said: “Our members have been central to the successful delivery of

Pictured at the event were (from l-r): Outgoing Minister Richard Bruton TD, Club Commodore Aidan Cronin, Edel Currie of Dublin Port and Richard Nolan of Nolan’s Supermarket. this project with their generosity in offering their expertise, their knowledge and their time. “The Sports Capital Grant was essential but it was only the beginning

and ultimately the entire membership was critical to the success of the project as they fundraised and contributed to meeting the costs.” In addition to the

refurbishment of the women’s changing facilities, two chimney breasts had to be removed along with internal walls and new electrics and fire doors, fire alarm and

emergency lighting had to be installed to bring the building up to code. Commending Dublin Port and Nolan’s Supermarket for their support, the Commodore said: “As a volunteer-run club we operate on very tight budgets as we work to deliver the services for our members and our community. “That’s why we are so grateful for the support we receive on an ongoing basis from our friends and neighbours. “Dublin Port has been a longtime supporter of CY&BC and we are very grateful not only for the funding, but the practical support such as our excellent sign outside. “Nolan’s have been a consistent friend to CY&BC with their annual sponsorship in our club diary.

“This year, they facilitated the selling of our calendar with no profit and it was a massive fundraising success for us. We are very grateful for their support and look forward to a continued partnership. “I have to also say a special thank you to the elected reps who supported us in this application and throughout the year - now retired Finian McGrath, Cllr Damien O’Farrell, Sean Haughey TD, Cllr Deirdre Heney and Richard Bruton TD in particular.” “As we approach the sailing season, it is fantastic to see these improvements to our club and I am looking forward to seeing all the results of the hard work being enjoyed by members and visitors to our club.”

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Tuesday 17th March 2020. To celebrate this St Patrick’s Day, Swords Pavilions will have a host of activities happening from 10am to 4.00pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020. • Free face painting - 10am to 4pm • Irish Traditional Band – Outside Zara lower level – 1pm to 3pm • Dance Hall Academy –2pm – 4pm So, if you’re heading to the parade in Swords then why not pop in afterwards and have a bite to eat in one of our many cafes or restaurants, join in the fun and sure maybe a bit of shopping or movies to end the day. We would be happy to celebrate this great day with you all. Wishing all our customers a very Happy St Patrick’s Day.


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Balbriggan tunes up for big festival THE organiser of the inaugural Fingal International Festival of Voices, which takes place in Balbriggan from March 12-15, has committed to running the event for at least five years. Michael Dawson, founder and artistic director of the festival, said he has already settled on dates and begun planning for the next four years. “This is not a once-off event,” said Mr Dawson. “We already have the dates decided and ideas in place for the next editions of the festival.” The three-day festival will feature top choirs

from Ireland, the UK, Belarus and the US and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to the town. Concerts will take place at locations including St George’s Church, Balbriggan Community Centre, St Peter and Paul’s Church, the Festival Pavillion and the Bracken Court Hotel. The event will celebrate the multicultural diversity of Ireland’s youngest town by providing a platform for individuals and communities to showcase their culture through storytelling and spoken word events.

Fingal Mayor Cllr Eoghan O’Brien welcomed the expected 2,000 local, national and international participants to Balbriggan. “The three day festival will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Balbriggan on the international stage,” he said. Increasing the number of festivals and quality events in the town is one of 20 actions in 12 months identified in the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan. Emer O’Gorman, Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism at Fingal County Council,

Blingmasters Barbershop Chorus, Malahide, will perform during the festival. said: “I am delighted that we are able to support this festival through our council-wide events fund and look forward to its many successes into the future.” The vast majority of events and activities will be free to attend. Only

the Grand Prix final of the choral competition will be ticketed. An event called ‘Candlelit Tales’ will breathe new life into Irish myths and legends at St George's Church and younger audiences can make archaeological discoveries

at ‘The Big Dig’. The festival will feature storytelling for children and adults, folk singing, workshops and talks from international experts, a barbershop quartet, a festival pavilion with food trucks, a busking competition and a singing

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Mr Donnellan is a member of a boules club currently playing out of St Anne’s Park and realised that there was a need to have courts based nearer to home as many residents of Fingal were having to travel to St Anne’s Park to play. The facility is free to use and will be run on a ‘turn up and play’ basis. The game is one of the most inclusive activities available where people of all ages, gender, ability and fitness can participate equally together. Instructions for playing boules and petanque are included on an attractive wooden noticeboard on site. The courts are a wonderful addition to the park, helping to meet the recreational needs of the older population in line with the council’s Age Friendly 2018-2023 Strategy. Fingal’s Age Friendly Alliance is committed, through the strategy, to driving a collaborative, multi-sectoral approach which supports interventions that will significantly help to improve the quality of life of the current population of older people in Fingal and of future generations.  Speaking at the opening, Mayor O'Brien said: “I am delighted to open this Boules/Petangue Court and can see that it will be hugely popular with both locals here in Sutton and enthusiasts from other areas of Fingal.” 


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Inspirational Debbie launches TEDx Talk Aoife O’Brien A NORTHSIDE woman has launched a TEDx Talk detailing her experiences from setting up a charity at her kitchen table over 20 years ago to having dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Clontarf native Debbie Deegan was approached by TEDx to give a talk in Kingston Upon Thames after they heard about her charity work with orphan children in Russia. The resulting talk, ‘Mrs Deegan - President Putin will be seated to your right’, is a heartfelt insight into her experiences transforming how children in State care are treated in Russia that lead to her receiving the highest award ever presented to an Irish citizen in that country. Debbie’s experience started in 1998, after she met a child who had travelled to Ireland with the Chernobyl Children International charity. Shortly after, Debbie travelled to Russia to find the orphanage where the child lived. She was so shocked by the conditions that the children were living in she

was inspired to establish the charity ‘To Children With Love’ formerly known as ‘To Russia With Love.’ “We looked into huge bedrooms, old metal beds wedged into rows full of orphans, there was an overpowering smell of urine,” she said of the orphanage in her TEDx Talk. On the day she was to leave the orphanage Debbie kissed a young girl, with bruises on her face, goodbye. She told Debbie’s interpreter: “Tell Debbie I’ve never been kissed before.” A young boy gave her a note asking for her help to find his big brother and Debbie decided she had to do something to show these children they were loved and cared for. Over the last two decades the charity has dramatically changed the lives of over 5,000 orphaned children in one of Russia’s most desolate regions. Looking back on the past 20 years Debbie said she is so proud of everything they have achieved. “Ten years ago I would’ve said the fact that we were able to turn

One of the children helped by the charity. PHOTO: TERRY MCMAHON a really grim orphanage into one of the best orphanages in the world was our biggest achievement,” she told Northside People. “15 years on I would have said we were absolutely stunned that we were going to be standing at college universities watching our children graduate. “20 years on which is now, I’m standing back looking at our original children with children

of their own, happily married in normal relationships, they have smashed all of our goals and expectations.” Despite the love and passion that Debbie has for her work and all of the children that they have taken into their “family”, she found doing the TEDx Talk a very daunting experience. “I wrote the speech, about 10 A4 pages, so I had to learn it off by rote the way you did in

school,” she said. “So because I learned it off I couldn’t remember what was coming next was even though it was my own story so I was very afraid that I would blank.” After 20 years’ successfully transforming the lives of orphaned children in Russia, Debbie said she will continue her work. “I’m married to it so I will stay involved with the children’s lives so there’s no getting out of it for me,

Debbie Deegan on stage during her TEDx Talk. nor do I want to,” she said. Debbie has also been offered the opportunity to do another TEDx talk, in Ireland, and said she definitely would like to pursue more motivational speaking. “I would like to talk more. I’ll talk to anyone

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Turnkey Housing Developments and/or Long-Term Leasing of Developments (10+ Years) for the Provision of Social Housing Fingal County Council is seeking expressions of interest from developers, contractors and homeowners for the provision of turnkey housing developments and/or long-term leasing of developments for social housing purposes across the Fingal area. For turnkey and/or long-term leasing developments to be of interest to the Council, they must be close to services within an urban settlement/town/village, and within walking distance of shops, schools and local amenities. Housing design and construction standards of any proposed developments must at a minimum meet the requirements of all relevant statutory planning and building control requirements. An ‘Expressions of Interest’ Briefing Document is available for download from www.Fingal.ie or alternatively, by contacting Housing Construction Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on 01-8905411 or construction@fingal.ie . Submissions and supporting documentation must be received no later than 4pm on Friday 3rd April 2020. Fingal County Council is not obliged to purchase any turnkey housing development or enter into any longterm lease for developments that may be submitted as part of this process.

Debbie Deegan (far left) pictured with the some of the people she works with. PHOTO: TERRY MCMAHON

who wants to listen to me because I feel in the world that we live in today that people do not realise how powerful they are,” she added. If you would like to contact Debbie to speak at an event, you can find more information on www.debbie-deegan.com


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BOOK OF THE WEEK

Where The... Go: a children’s picture book written by Frae About The Author FRAE is an Australian who is living in Dublin with his wife and four-year-old daughter. Having been born in Scotland and brought up in South Africa and Australia he has been drawing, painting and creative from a very early age. Currently working in architecture, he has for a long time wanted to write and illustrate a children’s book, and the issue this book tackles created the perfect opportunity to do so. He is currently writing more books in the series as there are plenty more tough hurdles facing anyone raising a young child. This is Frae’s first picture book. On his website is a certificate from the character Abby which can be downloaded with the child and pacifier’s name inserted, congratulating them on the huge step they have taken. There is also a colouring page and a make your own pacifier page to help the child create their own memories of their pacifier.

THE concept for the book came about as a need, the need to assist my daughter in letting go of her pacifier, (hers was called Doddie). This was something we really struggled with, and after a visit to a local park we chanced upon a tree that children hung their pacifiers on to say goodbye. The tree was called the fairy tree and was covered in fairy doors and houses, as well as hundreds of pacifiers. It was then I came up with a story about a little girl called Abby whose best friend was her doddie. And telling her this story over a number of weeks it worked. The story revolves around their strong friendship and Abby’s reliance on her pacifier. The doddie in turn had made friends with the other pacifiers in Abby’s play group but over time notices some of these friends have vanished. When he begins to wonder where they have gone, an owl he has befriended tells him he knows the secret. The owl takes doddie to the fairy tree where he discovers all his friends live in a magical land inside the tree. He is told, however, by the fairy who guards this paradise that the only way he can

get in is if Abby hangs him on the tree and leaves without crying and as a reward the fairy will give Abby a gift for letting go. In the weeks after discovering this, doddie becomes more and more sad as he realises that Abby will not let him go. It is then the owl returns with some magic dust which once sprinkled allows Abby to dream of this land in the tree and to see how happy the doddies are living there. Through time and through these dreams Abby then decides it is time to let doddie go. So with her mum she heads off to the park with her bravely saying her goodbyes without crying. She finds it hard at first but the present given to her by the fairy helps her feel better. Abby keeps memories of her doddie on her wall so she will always remember her best friend. The illustrations are bold and bright to keep the interest of the child and with the story being read over a period of time it slowly lets the child understand the concept of letting go. The book has also been designed in a way to allow the parent to fill in the particular name given to their child’s pacifier.

Incredible story of obsession among Sinéad and Rick’s series of Must Reads EASONS selection of Sinéad and Rick’s Must Reads features a series of eight carefully selected titles that proved to be big hitters last year. Book-lovers Rick O’Shea and Sinéad Moriarty have gone for an exciting selection of fiction and non-fiction books from last season, showcasing the best of new Irish and international talent. Featured in the selection of Sinéad and Rick’s Must Reads is ‘She Said’ by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who are credited with igniting the #MeToo movement and ‘Olive Again’, the highly-anticipated sequel to ‘Olive Kitteridge’ by Elizabeth Strout. Get Theroux This’ by Non-fiction reads BBC-documentary maker are popular with the Louis Theroux, as well as hotly-anticipated ‘Gotta

Bill Bryson’s latest book ‘The Body: A Guide for Occupants.’

Every season Sinéad and Rick select eight titles, ranging from the thrilling to the hilarious, with something suitable for every taste. This season’s titles include tales of family, friendship and some interesting takes on the world around us. Sinéad Moriarty said: “This selection shows some of the most exciting upcoming Irish and international literary talent and I’m excited to share these books with everyone.” Broadcaster, Rick O’Shea, added: “I am delighted to share my Must Reads with the nation. The books I have chosen will have something for every reader.” The eight titles selected

as ‘Sinéad and Rick’s Must Reads’ feature enthralling, jaw-dropping and heart-warming titles with a range of Irish and international authors including: ‘The Dutch House’ by Ann Patchett. This has all the ingredients of a dark fairy tale - the beautiful house, the distant father, the disappeared mother, and the cruel stepmother and stepsisters. The novel is narrated by Danny and is a sweeping account that covers almost five decades of their lives. It’s an incredible story about an obsession with a house and a fractured family, but most of all, it’s a book about the powerful bond between siblings. A book described as essential reading.

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Remember: it’s ok to ask for help Aoibhe Conway SOME days the walls may feel like they are closing in on you. You may feel that there are so many worries and negative thoughts going through your mind at the same time that it feels like a swarm of bees are invading your happiness. Your wellbeing and your mental health are really important. By opening up and talking about how you feel, it can help a lot. Remembering that it is okay not to feel okay can be a game changer, as some people don’t believe that it is okay to talk about how they feel. But it is 100 per cent normal. This is why three words are really important to ask everyone in your life: “Are You Ok?” These three words take less than a minute to type and could mean the whole world to someone

It’s okay to ask for help. who may be feeling down. It opens the conversation about mental health and let's others know that you care about their wellbeing. I believe it is necessary to check up on the special people in your life and make sure they are doing okay because sometimes you just don’t know what

is going on in someone else's mind. There is always someone to turn to even when you feel like the world is against you and that no one cares about you. Everyone does because you are AMAZING. You are unique and you are enough just the way you

are. Don’t ever forget that. Turn to someone you trust. That may be a family member, a friend, a colleague, a teacher, or maybe many of the incredible helplines that are available. Please do not bottle up your feelings inside. This is not good. Talk. Talk to your friends about how you feel and ask them if they are okay too. Let's make talking about our feelings and mental health normal and just as easy as having a conversation about designer shoes or a movie you recently watched. Ask the question: "Are you okay?" Look after yourself, and seek the help you may need. Let's mind our minds together! If anyone needs help, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. •Aoibhe Conway of instagram-lets.mind.our. minds

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Maggie Hayden, director and volunteer, pictured at an event to mark Dublin Samaritans’ 50th anniversary. Starting with just 39 volunteers and one telephone line in March 1970, the charity answered 1,048 calls from the public in its first year. Samaritans volunteers in the Dublin branch now respond to 8,000 calls for help every month. They can be contacted on 116 123. PHOTO: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

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TALK: A talk by George Sevastopulo on behalf of Malahide Horticultural Society - Small Plants for our Modern Gardens - will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at St Andrew's Parish Centre, Church Road, Malahide at 8pm. Visit malahidehorticulturalsociety.com or contact John Warren at 087-2561761 for more information.

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TALK: ‘Daffodils’, a talk by Deirdre Cairns, will take place on Thursday, March 12 at 8pm in the Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore Road. Hosted by Dublin Five Horticultural Society Admission is €5. Phone 087-2423020. NEW MEMBERS: A church choir requires new members, both male and female. They practice every Wednesday at 7pm for one hour and sing on Saturday at the 6pm vigil mass The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate pictured during their special visit to Howth last week. in St John Vianney Church, Ardlea PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL Road, Artane. Contact Martin on 01-8316168 or 086-8931034 for more information. co or follow the PA Facebook page from 10am to 12noon. All are welcome after hours 6pm-10pm/weekends   @StPaulsCollegePA. There are also 10am-6pm, phone 01-8527000. including your babies and toddlers. attractive sponsorship opportunities Guest speakers and much more. Join   HOWTH available for the quiz, please contact on Facebook. Phone 01-8484811 for PITCH & PUTT: Howth Ladies KILBARRACK the PA for further information. more information. Pitch & Putt Club is now open for MEN’S SHED: Kilbarrack Men’s new members. The club plays every Shed meets every Wednesday from     Sunday morning throughout the year 11.30am to 1pm at KLEAR, Adult SCHOOL REUNION: Class 1970 WALKING CLUB: A community at Deerpark, Howth and offers ladies a walk catering for all ages and levels Education Centre, Swansnest Road, Holy Faith Convent Clontarf Reunion friendly and healthy atmosphere and of fitness takes place every Tuesday Kilbarrack. All men in the general will be held on Friday, April 24 at an opportunity to meet new friends. district are welcome to join the 7.30pm at Clontarf Castle. If you at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial Experienced golfers and beginners require further information contact Park, Coolock. Parents, grandparents meetings. They have regular talks are welcome. For more information, on subjects including history, social Anne Doyle at 085-7442884 or and strollers are welcome after the contact 087-7820824. annekdoyle@gmail.com. school drop-off. No booking needed. welfare and Know Your Rights. For   Just turn up and join them for a walk. more information phone KLEAR on   For more information contact David 01-8671845. DONAGHMEDE BEAUMONT   Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine COUNSELLING SEVICE: TARGET IRISH CONVERSATION: The Irish Ebbs on 086-8150286. Counselling Service has relocated conversation coffee morning has CLONTARF   to Donaghmede House Community resumed on Tuesday mornings in the QUIZ: The St Paul's College Parents Centre, Newbrook Road. For further Association Table Quiz will take place Beaumont House at 10.30am. All are MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous information, call 01-8670279 Monday holds an open Public Meeting for welcome. on Thursday, March 19 in Clontarf to Friday, 9am to 9pm. Rugby Club 8pm. This year the information and education in St     Brendan’s Parish Centre (old church), quizmaster is past pupil and RTÉ Sport RAHENY Coolock Village, on the first Tuesday of presenter Damien O'Meara. Tables of COOLOCK MEN’S SHED: A Men’s Shed meets every month from 8.30pm-9.30pm. All up to six team members costs €10 per every Thursday at 10.30am in Raheny COMMUNITY CAFÉ: Doras Buí are welcome. For more details, phone member. You can reserve your table by Shamrock Athletic Club (to the rear Community Café takes place at Bunratty Drive, Coolock, every Friday AA office on 01-8420700, 9.30am-5pm; emailing stpaulsparentsassoc@gmail. of the Scouts’ Club). Men who live in Raheny and surrounding districts are welcome to attend.   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. Ladybirds for ages 5-7 meet Saturday lunchtime, Brownies for ages 7-10 meet Saturday morning and Guides for ages 10-14 meet Thursday evening, all in the Raheny area. Text Andrea on 087-6301634 for more details or to enquire about membership, visit www.irishgirlguides.ie   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.    Through fundraising efforts and their very generous patrons, Swords Pavilions raised €28,022.51 for St Francis BALDOYLE Hospice, Raheny in 2019. Swords Pavilions and their patrons have been supporting the Hospice since 2015 and will SPRING SHOW: Howth and Sutton continue to raise awareness in its renewed partnership for 2020. Pictured at the cheque presentation were (from Horticultural Society is holding its l-r): Sister Margaret Cashman (St Francis Hospice), Deirdre King (Swords Pavilions), Nurse Helen Regan (St Francis annual Spring Show and Plant Sale Hospice) and Ian Hunter (Swords Pavilions).  on Saturday, April 18 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St Nessan’s School, Baldoyle.

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NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 11.03.20 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.   U3A GROUP: The Sutton/Baldoyle U3A group (University of the Third Age) caters for people over 55 years. They meet at Baldoyle Library from 10.45am-12.45pm on the second Wednesday of every month (except June-August). For more information email u3asutbal@gmail. com or visit their website www. u3asuttonbaldoyledublin/  

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SANTRY COMMUNITY GARDEN: New volunteer members are welcome in this four-acre walled heritage garden in a quiet corner of Santry Demesne. Those who share the work share the varied and healthy produce! It is open Wednesday and Friday from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Visit the garden or check the group out on www.santrycommunitygarden.com

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

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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.

SWORDS

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, from those with only a cúpla focail to the daoine líofa (fluent), are welcome. Further information can be had from Liam at 086-3814422.


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Welcome for new homes CLLR Larry O’Toole (SF) and Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell (SF) recently visited the site of 65 new homes that are under construction at Bunratty Road, Coolock. Cllr O’Toole told Northside People: “Deputy Mitchell and myself welcome the provision of these homes which will be allocated to applicants on the Dublin City Council housing list.” Deputy Mitchell topped the poll in Dublin Bay North in the 2020 General Election. Cllr Larry O’Toole (SF) and Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell (SF).

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and those on the Autism spectrum. Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the news. “The funding will be utilised to provide three sensory pods and seven light tables,” said Deputy Farrell. “While the Department is providing €19,722, I understand that the total indicative cost of these resources is €26,296. “Libraries are focal points of communities throughout

the country and hubs for K education and work, with Fine Gael recognising the value of these invaluable local resources through increased investment.” Deputy Farrell added: “A total of €691,231 will be invested in libraries across the country by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and this amount will be matched with a contribution of €220,000 from the relevant Library Authorities.”

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DCU Mercy are crowned champions DCU Mercy were crowned the 2019/20 Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League champions after running out 81-58 point winners over Maree in the penultimate game of the season. Mark Ingle’s charges were pushed all the way by the Galway outfit in the fixture played at DCU. It was a stunning third quarter display from American Meredith Burkhall that ultimately put them on the road to glory. Burkhall dominated under the boards and headed to the free throw line on numerous occasions in the period, slotting home 12 points in the quarter, with 10 of these coming from the free throw line.

A close first half saw Maree get the better of proceedings early in the first quarter, with Fiona Scally, Carol McCarthy and Claire Rockall dominating the scoring to edge them into an early lead. Good play from DCU’s Ashley Russell, Burkhall and Rachel Huijsdens saw the Dubliners claw back the lead though, to trail by just two at the end of the first quarter, 14-16. An extremely close second quarter followed, with Sarah Woods, Huijsdens and Burkhall all on-form for DCU, but Rockall and Scally along with good scores from Maggie Byrne kept Maree with the hosts every step of the way to tie the game up at 31 points apiece at the half.

Burkhall hit her stride in the third, dominating the offensive boards and picking up numerous fouls to put Maree in foul trouble. DCU Mercy led 55-45 going into the last quarter, a lead they were never going to relinguish. Speaking afterwards, DCU captain Sarah Woods said: “We’re just elated. We came in with a job to do. “We know how good Maree are, they beat us in Galway and we knew it would be a really tough game. I’m just so happy to be holding the trophy now and to be finally able to say we’re league winners.” Also in the division, UCC Glanmire defeated Pyrobel Killester 96-83 in an overtime thriller in Clontarf.

Neil Hoey of Bohemians in action against Ruairi Murphy of Cork City during the Megazyme Irish Amputee Football Association National League Round 3 match between the teams at Shamrock Rovers’ Academy in the Roadstone Sports Complex. PHOTO: MATT BROWNE/SPORTSFILE

(Above) The DCU Mercy team that was crowned the 2019/2020 Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League champions following their victory over Maree; and (Left) DCU Mercy captain Sarah Woods receives the trophy from Ireland Senior Women’s head coach, James Weldon.

Stefan Balog of Bohemians in action during The Megazyme Irish Amputee Football Association National League Round 3 match between Cork City and Bohemians. PHOTO: MATT BROWNE/SPORTSFILE


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This week’s Beauty Dial Star Buys By Edel Cox of The Beauty Dial (www.thebeautydial.ie) DERMALOGICA STRESS POSITIVE EYE LIFT RRP €68.50 Apply a cooling eye mask and relax for 20 minutes. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift is an active, cooling cream-gel masque energises skin to reduce visible signs of stress. High-performance formula minimises the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, increases skin luminosity, lifts the eye area and helps restore skin barrier integrity, exactly what we all need after the winter season. Available from the website www. dermalogica.ie and all authorised Dermalogica stockists. PHYTOKÉRATINE REPAIRING THERMAL PROTECTANT SPRAY RRP €23 After the winter season your hair may be in need of some TLC. For weak, brittle and damaged hair due to frequent heat styling, the Phytokératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray is a heat-activated thermal protecting spray which works to reconstruct hair's internal structure to prevent damage and safeguard hair from frequent use of hot tools. Infused with botanical keratin, this heatactivated thermal protecting spray instantly prevents breakage and safeguards hair from heat damage. This spray leaves your hair protected, hydrated and silky soft. Available in pharmacies nationwide and at cosmeticsonline.ie.

URIAGE DEPIDERM ANTIBROWN SPOT HAND CREAM SPF15 RRP €13.50 Did you know that UVA and UVB rays can damage your skin, even in the winter? This nourishing and protective SPF 15 cream corrects brown spots and prevents their appearance. Its light and silky texture leaves a velvety finish on the skin. The hands are left soft and supple and their evenness is restored. With Cx complex, an ultra-concentrated solution with 20 per cent anti-brown spot, soothing and antioxidant active ingredients, pea and sucrose extracts, Vitamin C, Uriage Thermal Water and Enoxolone, it corrects brown spots and evens out pigmentation on the hands. With its SPF 15 UV filter system, this cream prevents the appearance of brown spots on the hands. Enriched with Shea Butter, this very nourishing formula delivers lasting comfort to your hands, so they will be protected and nourished. Available in pharmacies nationwide. POCO BY PIPPA Baby it's still cold outside.... so stay warm with the new Poco Jackets. The highly anticipated Poco Puff Sleeve and Cord Collar jackets, essential to any winter wardrobe are available now on www. pocobypippa. com.The site created by the Irish fashion icon.


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On a public waiting list? Need access to private healthcare but have no medical insurance? Globally, healthcare is funded either through Government public systems or privately. Private medical insurance is the traditional and more established way of funding healthcare privately. Those who cannot afford the cost of private medical insurance will normally rely upon the public health system - or become ‘self-payers’ and privately fund their own treatment or diagnosis. However, compared to those with private

Letsbuyhe medical insurance, self-payers are poorly served in terms of innovation and customer service. There is an absence of products, limited access to medical treatment options online and/or consumer agents, which are all common in other markets. LETSBUYHEALTHCARE is setting out to change that for self-payers of healthcare. LETSBUYHEALTHCARE is a booking website for people to access pay-as-you-go private healthcare.

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Pet owners prepare for a fun-filled day Find out the best way to groom your pet at Maxi Zoo Clearwater in Finglas on March 21.

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to advise customers on important care topics like nail clipping and which tools to use for your pets individual needs – like brushes, clippers, scissors, shampoos and sprays. If you are a pet owner, it sounds like an event not to be missed.

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e h t f o G DO WEEK The Dublin People Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Top dog this week is Enzo - an extremely affectionate three-year-old crossbreed who just loves rubs and cuddles. He is instantly friendly with everyone he meets but can be a bit picky with other dogs, preferring doggie pals who are calm and don't interact too much. In his past life, he was quite the accomplished escape artist, so his future adopters will need to be mindful of this and keep a very close eye on him. Although his sweet, friendly nature would make him an ideal family pet he is quite strong and could potentially knock over very small children in his enthusiasm. If you have room in your heart and home for Enzo, then contact Dogs Trust on 018791000.

Give a Dog a Home Today! Phone us on 01 8791000 Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at www.dogstrust.ie. 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 www. facebook.com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Best of the Blue Flag beaches THE beach is key to the perfect holiday, from just lazing by the sea to being active with water sports, so it’s worth heading for a destination with Blue Flag accreditation. Blue Flag awarded beaches have the best water quality and facilities so holidaymakers can be sure of being safe in the sunshine. The coasts of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are fringed with an overwhelming array of Blue Flag beaches from Greece to the Algarve. Other countries are now seeing the value of Blue Flag accreditation – Dubai now has 28. Sunway has some of the most perfect beaches on its books this season. So let’s take a look at the best of the best. Spain is the country with the most blue flag beaches in the world and runner-up Greece has 519 of them. The highest proportion of its awards - 89 - went to beaches in Halkidiki, northern Greece.

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Jumeirah Beach is Dubai’s original beach resort, and it remains as popular as ever. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel includes a kilometre-long stretch of private beach bookended by the Cove Beach bar and restaurant. With an on-site waterpark and a huge variety of activities and restaurants, it’s easy to see why this five-star hotel is a universal winner. It's designed so all rooms are seafacing with views of the sail-shaped Burj, and décor is modern and practical. Seven nights at the 4* Le Meridien Abu Dhabi costs from €659pp, based on two adults sharing. The price includes direct flights, luggage and transfers. There’s a €60pp supplement for breakfast.

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Portugal’s Algarve region is a bit of a show-off when it comes to Blue Flags, with 86 beaches, along its 155km coast so you will be spoiled for LANZAROTE choice. Playa Blanca in Lanzarote is one of Halkidiki is an unspoiled treasure in northern Greece. Albufeira boasts dune-trimmed six beaches on the island that proudly Praia da Galé beach. It’s just a little fly a Blue Flag. off the beaten track, so it’s possible It stretches for over seven to stretch out a bit here, even in high kilometres from just west of the season. beautiful Papagayo beaches to the But lifeguards are on duty all Faro De Pechiguera lighthouse with a seafront promenade along the entire summer, you can hire sun loungers, the local fish restaurants score top way. marks and there’s even a cool little The warm, turquoise waters and beach bar. soft sand of Playa Dorada are the Seven nights here at the 2*+ Bayside main draw for holiday-makers, with Apartments costs from just €170pp plenty of restaurants and amenities based on two adults sharing. close by. The Marina Rubicon area has a sophisticated vibe featuring KUSADASI upmarket hotels, designer boutiques Kusadası is a harbour town in and a great selection of restaurants Turkey with the most beautiful sea, and bars. sand and sunshine and 22 blue flags. Known to be one of the best beaches Ladies Beach is a one-kilometre long in Spain, the stunning Papagayo, part beach of fine sand with changing of the Los Ajaches nature reserve, rooms, sunbeds, umbrellas, shower is just a few kilometres from Playa and toilet facilities. Blanca, and worth the trip too. Lifeguards are also on duty between Seven nights here at the 3* Cassa del 8am-7pm. Those who like water Sol Villas costs from €419pp, based on sports will find plenty of them here. Jumeirah Beach in Dubai remains as popular as ever. two adults sharing. With soft sand and shallow waters, restaurants to suit every taste and the ancient Grand Bazaar marketplace to HALKIDIKI explore, this child-friendly resort has Halkidiki is an unspoiled treasure got all bases covered. in northern Greece. The beaches Seven nights B&B at the 4* Golden are said to be the best on the Day Wings Hotel costs from €359pp Mediterranean. based on two adults sharing. Sunway offers Sani Club, which is located on a secluded indigo bay, overlooking Mount Olympus and the CYPRUS Aegean Sea, set within the prestigious Cyprus is another country with a Sani Resort. healthy share of Blue Flags - 49 of Set directly in front of the hotel is a them, on a coastline you can cover in stunning 1km long Blue Flag private less than two hours driving. beach. It’s part of a much longer Paphos has Coral Bay Beach which stretch of white sand, which rolls is said to be the loveliest beach in gently into the shallow crystal-clear the region, with 500m of golden turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea sand, sheltering limestone cliffs, and the ideal spot for families to enjoy water sports, lifeguards in summer safe swimming. and, of course, the blue water of the The resort enjoys spectacular Mediterranean. scenery with rugged red mountains Seven nights at a 3* Azzurro Luxury plunging down to sandy coves, heavy Holiday three bed villa costs from with the scent of pine and flowering €419pp based on four sharing. gorse. Seven nights half board here is To book these resorts and offers, call available from €719pp, based on two Sunway on 01-2311800 or go online at adults sharing. sunway.ie. Playa Blanca in Lanzarote is one of six beaches on the island that proudly fly Blue Flags.


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Peugeot opens order books for all-new 2008 SUV range GOWAN Distributors, Peugeot importer in Ireland, has opened order books for the allnew 2008 SUV. Pricing has been announced for diesel and petrol models with diesel units now arriving in dealership forecourts with petrol powertrains due later in March. Retailing from €23,900, plus delivery related charges for the Active 1.2 PureTech petrol 100bhp model and from €25,900 plus delivery for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp model, the full electric e-2008 SUV pricing will be announced closer to launch, this April. Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors, said: “The stunning all-new 2008 SUV has real road presence and I have full confidence it will gain new custom, even in its

very competitive B SUV segment. “Our philosophy of offering customers the option to choose the model, then choose the powertrain – petrol, diesel or electric – without compromising on space, technology, looks or driving sensations, is striking a chord with customers. “We strongly believe this approach allows customers to opt for the powertrain that best suits their exact needs.” Sporting a striking, robust front face and strong lighting signature, the new 2008 SUV is longer and wider than its predecessor model. Measuring 4.3m long, 1.77m wide and 1.55m high, the all-new 2008 SUV holds a maximum capacity of 1,467 litres in the boot, even with an electric battery in place.

The battery is positioned under the floor of the all-new e-2008 SUV, so there’s no compromise to space. The all-new 2008 SUV is available with a choice of four PureTech petrol engines to include a 1.2 PureTech 100bhp 6-speed manual, a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 6-speed manual, a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 8-speed automatic and a 1.2 PureTech 155bhp 8-speed automatic. The diesel offering is a 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp 6-speed manual. The e-2008 SUV, the brand’s first fully electric SUV, is powered by a 50kWh battery and 136hp motor to provide a range up to 310kms from a full charge, under WLTP testing. There is standard specification across the range, from Active trim, includes 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning,

six airbags, ESP with Hill Start Assist, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, eco LED headlights and front fog lamps. Customers will also benefit from the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, featuring a compact multifunction steering wheel, heads up instrument panel and touchscreen, while Bluetooth, Mirror Screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also standard across all versions. The Allure trim, from €25,850 plus delivery related charges, gains the latest-generation 3D i-Cockpit with a configurable 3D instrument panel display, 17” alloy wheels, central front armrest, electric / heated / power folding door mirrors, and front parking sensors, The GT Line version,

from €28,380 plus delivery, gains heated front seats, a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, dark chrome

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2020 has more motoring options than ever before. And the fact is, no one power option suits everyone’s needs. Your Hyundai dealer is ready to answer your questions about Electric, Hybrid and eco-friendlier Euro 6 Petrol and Diesel models. If you have questions, Hyundai have the answers. For more information on our 201 offers or to book a test drive contact:

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*Price includes: VRT exemption - €5,000, Residual VRT - €745 (Paid by Hyundai), SEAI grant - €5,000. Excludes delivery and related charges. Subject to stock availability. 1 The Hyundai 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty applies only to Hyundai vehicles that have been originally sold by an authorized Hyundai dealer to an end-customer, as set out in the terms and conditions of the warranty booklet. Local terms and conditions apply. 2 8 years or 160,000 km warranty on vehicle battery unit. Contact your official Hyundai dealer for further information. Lending criteria terms and conditions apply. Model shown for illustrative purposes. 201 offers exclude electric models. The BIK calculator is to be used for guide purposes only. It is recommended that you seek independent tax advice from your accountant or tax advisor.

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Pet parking hates RESEARCH by mobility solutions specialist, easytrip, Ireland’s only electronic parking and tolling tag provider, has revealed that one in 10 motorists find parking to be a stressful experience. While parking availability can determine what parking style a

motorist must use, the research also highlighted certain preferences with 43 per cent of respondents selecting parallel parking over 36 per cent who chose perpendicular parking. Parking scenarios can be tricky to navigate, and other drivers’ behaviour

can have a huge impact on it, increasing the stress levels of motorists. When asked what motorists found to be the most annoying parking habits of other drivers the following where revealed as the top five: 1. Hogging two parking spaces (38 per cent)

2. Parking in a disabled space when they had no disabled sign and weren’t a disabled driver (27 per cent) 3. Parking too close to your car (15 per cent) 4. Blocking you in so you can’t get out of your parking space (5 per cent) 5. Blocking an entrance

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so you can’t get into your home or place of work (4 per cent) Commenting on the research, CEO of easytrip Ireland, Colin Delaney, said: “While advanced technology has made parking hassle free for many there will be times that parking becomes stressful. “This could be down to parking preference spaces not being available or other drivers’ behaviour. “We would encourage drivers to take their time when parking and seek out a parking space they are comfortable with parking in.” He added: “It’s important to be considerate of other motorists’ needs. “And this includes parking between the white lines, not on them. “Not parking in a space that is not dedicated for their use, whether that be a disabled, family or electric vehicle space, and not parking on double yellow lines.”

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Homeowners urged to switch mortgage to make big savings MANY Irish homeowners could shave ten years off their home repayments by switching mortgages and keeping their repayments at the same level, a new report has found.

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The spread between the highest and lowest interest rates available on the market has now grown to 2.25 percent or €290 per month in terms of monthly repayments for an average private dwelling house mortgage. This large spread means monthly repayment savings of up to 27 percent are possible for homeowners who switch their mortgage – a gap that has widened by six percent in 12 months. The highest rate of repayment on the average 25 year mortgage as at Q4 2019 is €1,346, while mortgage holders on the lowest rate are paying €1,056 per month. The Index is based on the average mortgage drawn down for new lending in both the first-time buyer and second-hand mover markets as at Q4 2019, currently €242,175. The doddl Index looks

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Age is no limit for employees at B&Q, workshop hears EMPLOYERS, who attended ‘The Future of Recruitment’ workshop organised by the Northside Enterprise & Employment Group, in conjunction with B&Q, and hosted by Baldoyle Training Centre, learned an interesting statistic at the event. B&Q, the home improvement and garden living retailer, has no retirement age for employees, the oldest of whom is 82! Those who work with jobseekers attended the event where they were provided with up-to-date insights and information on the recruitment process, and in particular, how B&Q recruit. Michelle Mahon, B&Q’s HR Manager, and Sandra Darcy, Unit Manager, facilitated the workshop which outlined the recruitment

process from online applications, telephone, video interviews, Situation Judgement Test and instore assessment. “Recruitment is changing and the CV is not necessarily the calling card anymore,” said Ms Mahon. “It’s people’s attitude and behaviours are what matter. B&Q hire for Will over the Skill as we can teach a skill.” Michelle and Sandra D’Arcy gave examples of how to be successful and provided tips on being effective when applying.  Sandra spoke of her progression from Customer Advisor to Unit Manager. They provided information on the added benefits of working for B&Q such as the in-house training provided along with external training and more about their apprenticeships. “The recruitment

Pictured at the event were (from l-r): Lisa Bornemann (Northside Partnership), Deirdre Smith, Sandra D’Arcy, B&Q, Hashmit Parkers (Colaiste Dhulaigh,) Kevin White (Colaiste Dhulaigh), Michelle Mahon (B&Q), Niamh McTiernan (Northside Partnership), Sharon McCarthy (Baldoyle Training Centre) and Jackie Rynn (Northside Partnership). landscape is everchanging,” said Jackie Rynn, Northside Partnership. ”An event like this is essential for those of us who work

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Campaign inspires engineering talent TRANSPORT Infrastructure Ireland played a leading role in inspiring Ireland’s future engineering talent by engaging with over 550 students in North Dublin during STEPS Engineers Week 2020. STEPS Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. This year’s event took place from February 29 to March 6. The initiative was coordinated by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme and supported by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and other leading industry bodies. During Ireland’s largest celebration of engineering in the community, engineers from Transport Infrastructure Ireland engaged with eight schools along the MetroLink route to showcase to students the role of engineers and to highlight the importance of site safety and the environment through activities, presentations

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Dublin City Council We Ciarán O Murchú and Áine Ní Ghloinn intend to apply for Permission for development at this site:40 Oak Road Donnycarney, Dublin 9. The development consists of a two-storey extension to side and rear of existing end of terrace dwelling consisting of a ground floor living room and first floor two additional bedrooms with reconfiguration of existing dwelling internally. External landscaping to rear back garden and 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 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.

Dublin City Council We The Grafton Barbers Ltd. Intend to apply for Permission for the development at this site 1 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin 3. The development will consist of 1 no. internally lit projecting sign box at ground floor level to the front elevation. 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.

We Gemma and Bryan McSweeney wish to apply to the above authority for planning permission for (1) the partial demolition of existing single storey front and rear elements of existing dwelling house, (2) the construction of a new two storey extension to side, (3) a single storey extension to rear, (4) a replacement pitched roof over existing two storey flat roof area, (5) the widening of existing vehicular entrance to front and all associated site development works, all on site at No. 32 Oulton Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Gerry and Mary Moore hereby apply to Dublin City Council for Full Planning Permission to convert existing attic space into habitable accommodation and new porch roof to front elevation at 111 Seafield Road East, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The development will consist of a new roof dormer to the side elevation to enable stair access to attic rooms and a new roof dormer to the rear elevation. We also seek permission to construct a porch roof over entrance and existing bay window to side extension. 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.

Fingal County Council Target Transport Services Limited intend to apply for Planning permission for: (a)the alterations to the elevations of the existing warehouse and offices; (b) construction of 106m.sq extension to the rear to accommodate new dock leveller area; (c) change of use of 35m.sq of existing warehouse into additional 70m.sq office space within the existing building; (d) widening vehicular access; and (e) associated works; at Unit 11 Airways Industrial Estate, Boeing Road, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 W860. 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 may be made to the Planning 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We, Vas & Jo Vasiliou intend to apply to Fingal County Council for permission for development at our site at villa maria, corballis, Donabate, co. Dublin. the development will include the addition of a dormer window on the south elevation and roof windows on the north and west roof faces. 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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Fingal County Council We Colin & Maria Moran Intend to apply for planning permission for development at No.1 Abbeyvale Crescent, Swords Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the construction of a first-floor extension over existing single storey element to the west side of existing dwelling, also 3 no. proposed roof lights, and the erection of a porch to the front of existing dwelling, and widening of existing site entrance to 4m, together with associated site works and landscaping. 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.

Fingal County Council FURTHER INFORMATION/REVISED PLANS (REG REF F19A/0147) Emer Wickham intends to apply for planning permission for development at Barbary, Strand Road, Sutton, Dublin 13. The works shall consist of two dormer bungalows, each sited on 0.15 acre plots to the rear of Barbary, and all associated site and development works. Floor areas to be 181sqm & 184sqm and ridge heights 6.45m and 6.4m. Access shall be provided by a new lane from Strand Road. Significant further information/revised plans in relation to the Planning Application have been submitted to Fingal County Council and 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. Submissions or observations in relation to the further information/revised plans may be made to the Planning Authority, in writing no later than 2 weeks after receipt of the site notice and newspaper notice by the Planning Authority. Any submission or observation must be accompanied by the prescribed fee, except in the case of a person or body who has already made a submission or observation.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I Emmet O’Sullivan intend to apply for Retention Permission to retain the off-street vehicle driveway at front of my property at 57 Collins Park, Beaumont, Dublin 9 D09 H6X8. 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 (9.00am - 4.30 pm) Monday to Friday. 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 five 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 We Roy and Emma Finlay of 506 Howth Road Dublin 5 intend to apply to the Council for planning permission to demolish existing single storey rear extension and to re-build a two storey rear extension with pitched roof over including the installation of two rooflights to the south facing roof elevation, in addition the development will include a single storey rear dining area with flat roof over and the relocation of the existing East facing front door to the south facing gable. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council John & Janet Banville hereby apply for planning permission for the construction of a single, 2 storey, overstreet level, private residence, with single storey projection to rear, at 43 Church St. Howth, Co. Dublin: geothermal renewable energy (option). 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 may be made to the Planning 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Michael and Cynthia Hurley, intend to apply for Retention Permission and Permission for development at No 67 Kilbarrack Road, Kilbarrack, Dublin 5, D05 PP94. The proposed development comprises; Retention Permission for demolished chimney breast (1 No); and Permission for demolition of 1 No remaining chimney breast and removal of existing flat roof and hipped roof (both on existing single storey structure), and construction of a new roof suitable for habitable space with an increased roof pitch from that of the existing roof, and ridge height raised by 600mm to accommodate habitable space within attic conversion. The new hipped roof will include 1no. box dormer window to rear (south) roof façade, 2 no. roof lights to front (north) roof facade, 2 no. roof lights to the side (east) roof façade, and 2no. roof lights to the side (west) roof façade, and internal modifications 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 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 payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Robert Magee and Geraldine Russell of 50 St Davids Wood, D05 H7W6 wish to apply for permission for a Change of profile of existing hipped roof to pitched roof with side dormer, to create space within their attic for a playroom and storage area. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council I, Owen Lennon intend to apply for planning permission on this site at Driftwood, Carrickbrack Road, Sutton, Dublin 13. The development will consist of subdividing internally an existing house to form two semi-detached houses. House (A) - 3 bedroomed house to front and House (B) - 5 bedroomed house to side/rear with external alterations to front and rear dormer also dividing the existing garage into two, including site works. 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.


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Pageant on the Plaza: Ballymun

ABAIR: Ballymun

A joint collaboration between Dublin City Council, Ballymun Communities and St Patrick’s Festival, Pageant on the Plaza: Ballymun is a fabulous show outdoors on Civic Plaza taking place on Sunday, March 15 at 2pm. It’s a taster for the St Patrick’s Day parade in the city centre the following Tuesday and it features a section of the final pageant plus one of the visiting international marching bands, Morrison’s Academy Scottish Pipe Band. Expect a vibrant whirlwind of glittering colour, entrancing choreography and bombastic tunes as the audience gets a rare ‘sneak peek’ of what’s to come.

Abair is a four-day program of traditional singing and storytelling events exploring the oral folk traditions of Ireland. There’s a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions still preserved and practiced to the present day. The events at Axis Ballymun, the Rediscovery Centre and Ballymun Civic Buildings on Main Street will also feature a ‘songs from the floor’ session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story of their own, relevant to the theme of ‘treasures’. Search ABAIR: Ballymun at www. stpatricksfestival.ie for tickets and details.

BALLAD TOUR

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

TREASURES OF IRISH FOOD

Join half a million Dubliners and visitors and lose yourself in a whirlwind of glittering colours and entrancing choreography. Marvel at the incredible feats of design and engineering, and sing and cheer to a cacophony of joyous sounds! Hopefully, the rain holds off. It starts at midday.

From a truly Irish welcome to a hands on workshop, if you love spuds this event at Airfield Estate on Saturday, March 14 from 10.30am to 2.30pm is for you! A guide will take you through a little history of the potato, and why it became such an important part of the diet in Ireland. Then it’ll be time to wear some wellies and head out into the garden where you will get to plant your very own Irish potato. You will then stroll through the food gardens in to the demonstration kitchen for some spud treats. See www. stpatricksfestival.ie for tickets and details.

FESTIVAL VILLAGE

Running over four days (March 14-17), Custom House Quay will come alive for St Patrick’s Festival with waltzers, bumper cars and carousels. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. A firm festival favourite, the funfairs will light up the city with colourful carnival fairgrounds.

Starting this weekend, Merrion Square will be transformed into a bustling St Patrick’s Festival Village, with four days of fantastic events, fun adventures and glorious food! Head along and enjoy Céilí Mór, circus and science shows, children’s readings, live music, games, street theatre, the food village and more.

LAVENDER WALK This is a unique tour of historic gay Dublin hosted by well-known civil rights activist and historian, Tonie Walsh, exploring the socio-cultural and political gay life of the city. Expect two hours of education, illumination and possibly a little titillation. It’s taking place at 12.45pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (March 14-16), beginning at Trinity College front square. The cost is €10.

THE Ballad Tour is an interactive journey through time, space, song and rhyme chronicling the history of Irish music and Dublin City in a simple, laid back and good humoured style, led by balladeer, mummer and storyteller Seán Fitzgerald. It’s happening at 11.50pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (March 14-16) with the tour starting from the back of Smock Alley Theatre, Essex Street West/Cow’s Lane. It costs €12.

CITY AT PLAY FUNFAIR

Crossword Answers March 11th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Cups; 3 Barracks; 8 Ream; 9 Compared; 11 Intersection; 13 Adrift; 14 At will; 17 Contemporary; 20 Drawback; 21 Dodo; 22 Suspense; 23 Bass. Down: 1 Cardinal; 2 Psalter; 4 Atones; 5 Repetition; 6 Curio; 7 Side; 10 Profitable; 12 Playboys; 15 In a coma; 16 Smacks; 18 Orals; 19 Adds.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 East; 3 Wondrous; 8 Each; 9 Airfield; 11 Presentiment; 13 Assume; 14 Stupor; 17 Aristocratic; 20 Imprison; 21 Shoo; 22 Endanger; 23 Eros. Down: 1 Exemplar; 2 Success; 4 Opiate; 5 Defamatory; 6 Ocean; 7 Side; 10 Permission; 12 Precious; 15 Pitcher; 16 Morose; 18 Rapid; 19 Fire.


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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

Freeman’s Journal, March 5, 1864

The St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, 1978. PHOTO: DUBLIN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Irish Press, March 18, 1937

Irish Press, March 17, 1966

The old chairlifts on Bray Head offered stunning views across Dublin Bay.


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