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ALL eyes will be on north county Dublin this weekend when locals go to the polls to elect a new TD. The Dublin Fingal constituency will host one of four by-elections taking place nationally to elect new members to the Dail to replace TDs who were elected to the European Parliament in May. Clare Daly, who was a sitting TD in Dublin Fingal, took one of those seats necessitating a by-election which will take place this Friday, November 29. Darragh O’Brien (FF), Alan Farrell (FG), Louise O’Reilly (SF) and Brendan Ryan (Lab) are the other Pictured is Rachel Quinn, from Donnycarney, who had 16 inches of her hair cut for charity last week. See her hair- four TDs in the five-seat raising story on Page 21. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

constituency so the big question remains: who will join them in the Dail? The spotlight was thrust upon the constituency recently when historical tweets from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fail’s candidate made national news. Ms Clifford-Lee was under fire over the tweets which included derogatory terms that, in particular, enraged the Traveller community. Her subsequent apologies didn’t go far enough for some, although, importantly, she received the support of Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin. There were even calls in some quarters for Senator Clifford-Lee to be

deselected by her party but she survived and it will be interesting to see how she performs on polling day. Another senator, James Reilly, is Fine Gael’s candidate. Reilly is undoubtedly the highest profile candidate in the 12-strong field having been a former TD for the area and of course, he was also a former Minister for Health. At the Local and European Elections in May, the Green Party was the surprise package and they will be hoping this tidal wave still holds strong and carries its candidate Joe O’Brien all the way to the Dail. Cllr Duncan Smith and Cllr Ann Graves, who both







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A MAN who was caught in prison with Kinder Surprise Eggs containing cannabis and heroin has been jailed for four months. Patrick Morgan (33) of Kilbarron Avenue, Kilmore, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis and heroin for sale or supply in Mountjoy Prison on April 6, 2016. Garda Daniel Keaney told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, the accused was judged to be under the influence of an intoxicant and was brought to a reception area to be searched. Garda Keaney said that during the search, a number of Kinder Surprise Eggs were discovered, one of which burst open and was revealed to contain cannabis. During a second search, further eggs were discovered which the court heard had been “stored internally”

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continued from p.1 the young candidate she has endorsed. Tracey Carey is the represent the Swords Local Social Democrats’ Electoral Area (LEA) on Fingal County Council, will candidate having joined the party in 2017. Ms carry the hopes of Labour and Sinn Fein respectively. Carey already has the experience of contesting However, it’s likely that the Local Elections in the a lot of the focus will Swords LEA although it be on another Swords councillor, Dean Mulligan, would be a major surprise if she finished ahead of the who is the Independents 4 Change candidate, Clare pack this time round. Every election field Daly’s party. will always comprise Daly, who began her a smattering of career as an anti-water Independents and single charges campaigner, has issue candidates and this been such a major voteone will be no different. getter in elections over Glenn Brady, Peadar two decades and it will be interesting to see how her O’Kelly, Conor McKay, large support translates to Gemma Doherty, a former journalist, and Charlie Keddy (an anti-abortion campaigner) make up the rest of the field. The By-Election takes place on Friday. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA



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Is Dublin up to hosting major events? friendly and would never have any hesitation about bringing my kids to a game there. But like many great landmarks Editor in Dublin, it’s the going there and Dublin People Group getting home that takes the good out of every occasion. Last week, Lansdowne Road DART station was closed for the Republic WHETHER the Republic of Ireland of Ireland game against Denmark. This was a trial run for Euro 2020 eventually manages to qualify or and the experiment will be reviewed not, all eyes will be on Dublin next by the FAI and Iarnród Éireann summer for Euro 2020 when we ahead of next summer. host four games at the Aviva. It’s all to do with crowd control The former Lansdowne Road and being able to deal effectively stadium is certainly impressive with fans who turn up on the and can hold its own against any doorstep of the Aviva without international sports venue. With tickets. Presumably there is an some justification, we will be element of method to the madness. allowed to feel a sense of national Personally, I gave up taking the pride as images of the mighty Aviva are broadcast around the world next train to the Aviva a long time ago after a near-crush experience on a June. I’ve been to the Aviva many times, dangerously overcrowded DART. both for international soccer games Since then, I’ve taken the car and on each occasion have been forced and rock concerts. Despite its to endure a trail of tears, from massive scale, I’ve always found it extremely well-run and very family- nightmare traffic tailbacks along the


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Knives out for The Two Popes THE list of popes who have been murdered is surprisingly long. And while this week’s major cinema release doesn’t point to another papal conspiracy theory, it does show us the behind the scenes politics that happen at the Vatican when a new leader is selected. ‘The Two Popes’ stars Anthony Hopkins as

the German conservative Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as the more liberal Argentinian soon to be Pope Francis, in a tale of friendship, politics and ecumenical matters, the likes of which have not been witnessed since the days of Father Ted. The acting is unsurprisingly, superb,

with Pryce especially magnificent, and the story is surprisingly tense and compelling as we wait for the white smoke to show, and secrets to be revealed. Hats off (large white ones)

to the director as well, for a movie we award a review score of four papal stars. Also new this week and a completely different beast all together is ‘Knives Out’, a dark comedy whodunit set around the murder of fictional fiction writer Harlan Thrombey on the night of his 85th birthday. Enter super sleuth Benoit Blanc to interview the extended family and solve the case that involves enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Fans of the Agatha Christie films will be first in line for this highly enjoyable romp that boasts an impressive cast which includes Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis. We would have liked it to be funnier, but it’s still mighty good fun. Recently released is the bleak drama ‘Them that Follow’ about the daughter of a fanatical preacher who ends up getting into trouble with the wrong guy. You can guess where this one ends up, and you’re right, but there is some fine acting along the way by lead Alice Englert and Olivia Coleman. And finally we have ‘Harriet’, the worthy reallife tale of slave turned slave rescuer, Harriet Tubman, in a feature that plays like a Lifetime TV movie. There’s a really good film in this story, but unfortunately, this isn’t it. Paul O’Rourke




Stairways to insightful views Rick Steves FROM church domes to bell towers, fanciful rooftops to skypiercing monuments, Europe is full of climbable structures. While most lead to impressive views, the best also offer insights into the historical, artistic, and religious thinking of their times. In Milan, a highlight is strolling the rooftop of the city's cathedral (duomo) and the third-largest church in Europe. After taking the stairs or elevator to the top, visitors can climb up and down the roof's multiple terraces, wandering among gargoyles, statues, and frilly spires. Each of the church's 135 spires is similar, yet different. Climbing through the forest of these lovingly decorated spires, it's inspiring to think that every detail — each flower, saint's face, and so on — is an individual work of art carved out of pink marble centuries ago by artists who believed that few would ever see it. Their art was a gift for God to enjoy from the heavens. Another worthwhile climb is to the top of the dome at Florence's Duomo. Though it was built when Gothic dominated Europe, the Florentines decided not to cap their cathedral with a spire, leaving it with a gaping hole while waiting for technology to catch up with the city's vision for a dome instead. In 1420, Filippo Brunelleschi won the job and built the dome that kicked off the architectural Renaissance. Brunelleschi's dome, which inspired the US Capitol and St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, showed how art and science could be combined to make beauty. Today, it rewards those who climb the 463 steep, narrow steps with glorious views. Along the way climbers are treated to a close-up of the dome's Last Judgment ceiling painting, a grand view of the cathedral's interior, and a look at Brunelleschi's ‘dome-within-a-dome’ construction. Because the dome climb is so popular, reservations are required. A thoroughly different and modern — but equally spectacular — dome climb is the hike to the top of the Reichstag in Berlin. Completed in the late 19th century, the German parliament building was gutted by a mysterious fire and World War II bombs, then stood like a ghost, barely repaired, through the Cold War. But after German reunification, this historic ruin was rebuilt with a modern element: a striking glass dome. A walkway winds all the way to the top, providing 360-degree views. Climbers see forests of skyscrapers interspersed with historic sights, such as the nearby Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral's massive copper dome.

But for Germans, mindful of their dark 20th-century history, the view that matters most is inside, looking down through a skylight to see over the shoulders of their legislators. The architecture comes with a poignant message: The people are determined to keep a wary eye on their government. And the dome is so popular that reservations are required to climb it. Ascending the Eiffel Tower is one of Europe's great travel thrills. Built for the 1889 World's Fair, the project celebrated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and demonstrated that France had the wealth, knowledge, and can-do spirit to erect a structure taller than anything the world had ever seen. Smart travellers book their tower visit months in advance. Even with a reservation, many stand in long lines to take the elevators up and down. For hardy visitors, it's cheaper and less crowded to climb the stairs. It's quite a hike — 720 steps up to the second level (the top level is only accessible via elevator), so I prefer to take the stairs down. It takes minutes, and it gives you an up-close look at Gustave Eiffel's amazing engineering. Perhaps the most memorable climb I've done in Europe was just 28 steps — on my knees — up Rome's Scala Santa (Holy Stairs) next to the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano. In AD 326, Emperor Constantine's mother brought home what was reputed to be the marble steps of Pontius Pilate's residence in Jerusalem. Jesus is said to have climbed these steps on the day he was sentenced to death. Today the steps are covered with wooden slats to protect the marble, but they're spotted with glasscovered holes to show stains from Jesus' blood on the original stairs. For centuries, pilgrims have ascended the Scala Santa on their knees while reciting a litany of prayers. And for decades, I watched them from a staircase on the side. But finally one year, a voice inside me said ‘Do it!’ and I tried the climb myself. With my knees screaming, weathered faithful struggling up the staircase beside me, and a fresco of a crucified Christ high above, I climbed each step, learning about both the bone structure of my knees and the value of pain when praying. From hiking to the top of the first Renaissance dome to climbing steps on your knees, a little exertion can mean a big payoff in your travels. Rick Steves ( writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at and follow his blog on Facebook.

Still one of Europe’s most rewarding stairs to climb. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK

The top of Florence’s famous dome is encircled by a tiny terrace that rewards climbers with fine views over the city. PHOTO: DOMINIC ARIZONA BONUCCELLI

At the Reichstag in Berlin, visitors are treated to endless vistas as they spiral up the 80-foot-high glass dome. PHOTO: DOMINIC ARIZONA BONUCCELLI



Nominees announced for Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2019 THERE are just a few days to go to the Northside People Community & Sports Awards 2019, which will take place on Friday, November 29, in the Carlton Hotel at Dublin Airport. This is the third year of the awards, which will once again be hosted by popular broadcaster Joe Duffy. A total of 30 nominees have been shortlisted for awards across 10 categories. There will also be overall winners for sport and community. Nominations were submitted by our readers and considered by our judging panel: Tony McCullagh, group editor, Dublin People; Anthony Cooney, CEO of Fingal

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CLUB OF THE YEAR Trinity Heroes, Trackside LTC, Fingal Rowing Club OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT John Moran, Robyn McDonnell and Siobhan O’Connor

YOUNG SPORTSPERSON YOUNG COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR PERSON Niamh O’Doherty, Katie Black, Conleth Richard, Birkby and Joe Dundon, Sarah Challoner Byrne/Matthew Rankin TEAM OF THE YEAR Raheny All Stars, Transplant Team Ireland, Man O’War GFC Ladies COACH OF THE YEAR Sean Russell, Paul Cumiskey, Davina Cummins

CARER IN THE COMMUNITY Audrey O’Reilly, NCBI Iona Resource Centre, Tony Walsh BEST SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY Blanchardstown Community Training Centre, St Brigid’s GNS Glasnevin, Mary Mother of Hope NS, Littlepace

Group editor of Dublin People, Tony McCullagh, paid tribute to all the VOLUNTEER OF THE shortlisted nominees. YEAR “It was a very difficult Allison Leetch, Claire decision for our judges Ann Ferry, Tom O’Neill choosing a winner for each category as they BUSINESS OF THE YEAR were all of a very high Des Kelly (Swords), standard,” he said. Myo’s of Castleknock, “We look forward Edel Lawlor (Slimming to highlighting their World, Marino) achievements.”

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Kilmore to honour local heroes during celebrations KILMORE West Youth Service CLG, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s North Central Area Community Development Team, Near FM, DCC Recreation Centre and St David’s CBS, are organising a major community event this Christmas.  ‘Heroes of Kilmore’ will take place at Kilmore West Recreation Centre on Sunday, December 8 from 2pm-5pm. Over the last few weeks, residents in the Kilmore West area have been given the opportunity to nominate their local hero. On December 8, all nominees’ applications will be displayed and five special people from the community will receive an award and the title ‘Hero of Kilmore 2019’. Near FM will be on

hand to interview these special people. Madeleine Ebbs, from Dublin City Council who is involved in the initiative, said: “We are also hoping to launch the new Community Garden which is being worked on at present. “This is a joint venture between the Community and Parks Section of Dublin City Council and the ‘Get Kilmore Going’ group. The funding for this came from ‘Creative Ireland’. Ms Ebbs said: “It is the most wonderful time of the year, so Santa Claus will be present in his festively decorated grotto. Each child who visits Santa will receive a chocolate treat. “There will be some Christmas stalls offering up trinkets and treasures for you to wrap under the tree, not to mention

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festive favourites.” The countdown to Christmas in Kilmore truly begins with the switching on of the lights.

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conditions meant that fundraising for vital dementia-specific services for the 55,000 people living dementia in Ireland was hurt badly. Members of the public are now being advised to use the Text to Donate facility instead – text Memory to 50300 to donate €4. The ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementiaspecific supports and services. It has a service in every county in Ireland. The ASI receives approximately 58

percent funding from the HSE and needs to fundraise around €3.3 million every year just to keep its services going hence the importance of fundraising campaigns such as Memory Ribbon. Alzheimer Society of Ireland chief executive Pat McLoughlin said: “Heavy and persistent rain has had a dire impact on street collections in particular with collections down an anticipated 50 percent in some areas. “I’m afraid this is going to have a detrimental effect on our fundraising

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Kerri-Ann Warren at Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock last week with some of the Memory Ribbons. PHOTO: SAM BOAL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND efforts that we badly need just to keep out services going. “To ensure our services can keep running, people should please Text to Donate – text Memory to 50300 to donate €4. “We are so grateful to the general public for

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Kids lap up praise after completing marathon OVER 5,500 primary school students attending Fingal, Dublin City and South Dublin primary schools were celebrating recently after completing a marathon. As part of the MarathonKids Ireland Programme, the fifth and sixth class students from 87 schools completed 25.2 miles over eight weeks, training four times a week in school before completing the last mile at a specially organised one-mile event at Morton Stadium, Santry. This is the fifth year of the programme, which sees former Olympian and 400m European Champion, David Gillick, and MarathonKids Ireland Ambassador working with Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership and Dublin Marathon to promote the programme.

The students are supplied with a workbook, which highlights the benefits of sport and is used as both a training guide and learning tool for in classroom use. Over the years that the MarathonKids programme has taken place, it has seen the numbers grow from 800 students and 22 schools in 2015 to 5,500 students from 87 schools this year. Inspired by a similar programme in the US, Fingal County Council Sports Officer Niall McGuirk and MarathonKids Ireland Director Neil Kennedy created a programme that combines four running sessions per week with a class workbook that links into the SPHE subject in the school curriculum. The workbook highlights the benefits of sport and contribution to a child’s overall physical and mental wellbeing.

David Gillick visited schools in the council areas to talk about the programme and the importance of students being aware of the benefits of physical activity. David praised the inclusive nature of the programme as being beneficial to children who don’t have an interest in sports but want to be active. “As someone who was involved in all sports in school, I also appreciate that there were other kids who didn’t do as much activity,” he said. “MarathonKids is open to everyone regardless of their ability and a fantastic opportunity for kids to get active.” Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly, Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe and Mayor of South Dublin County Council Vicki Casserly attended the event.”

Some of the children pictured during their participation in the programme.

A great day was had by all at Morton Stadium.

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REST assured, regardless of how they’re behaving, your dog is neither being dominant, nor using dominance, to get what they want. The dominance theory asserts that dogs constantly desire to gain a higher status than other dogs, or the people around them, and that it is this desire to be the ‘number one’ or ‘winner’ that might lead them to become aggressive, in order to dominate the other dog or person, and to end up in control of their environment. Science now proves that this is completely incorrect. Unfortunately, the dominance theory is a misleading interpretation of why dogs behave in the ways that they do and has resulted in the development of training techniques that use punishment or force. These types of training techniques claim that people need to ‘show the dog his place’ at the bottom of the group, or pack, and can use physical control to teach him so. Very early research into wolf behaviour studied a group of unrelated wolves living in captivity. Researchers witnessed the wolves using aggression between each other and fighting over valuable resources like food and mates, with the most aggressive wolves gaining the very best of everything. Because dogs are directly descended from wolves, it was then

for these within their confinement. The wolves were not family members, did not have enough space to live in successfully, and were expected to share resources that they just wouldn’t normally in The dominance theory can result in a frightened, the wild – so it wasn’t a realistic way to learn confused dog. about wolf behaviour suggested that individual at all. These captured dogs would also fight to wolves behaved very be the leader or ‘alpha’ of their pack and obtain differently to their wild counterparts. the best that life had to Up to date research offer in this way. studying the behaviour The theory became of wolf groups living so popular that it was freely in the wild has even used to interpret shown that rather than interactions between being aggressive and dogs and people and fighting over resources assumed that dogs see like food, shelter and their owners as direct mating opportunities, competitors in the wolves live in extremely struggle for top social co-operative and status. collaborative family Although dogs originated from wolves, groups. Offspring remain with they have evolved over the family to learn from thousands of years their parents and to help into a different species raise other litters. In the altogether, with altered wild, when resources appearances and are scarce, rather than behaviours. fight, wolves will simply Dogs are social disperse and spread animals who base out into smaller groups their relationships on across a wider range of individual experiences. land. This is very different They naturally avoid from the idea that conflict, where possible, their single desire is to because it puts them dominate each other. in danger of coming to So, what’s wrong with harm themselves. the dominance theory? If an owner believes The problem is that it is that a dog is constantly based in the behaviour trying to ‘be the boss’ of wolves when living then they might feel in a very unnatural that they have to environment, in which demonstrate to the dog they were captive and that he is not the boss resources such as food and that they, in fact, are. were limited. Unable to spread out and find their own food, shelter and mates, the wolves had no other option than to compete



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


PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: North Dublin Camera Club is holding a photography exhibition at Naomh Barrog GAA Club, Kilbarrack on Saturday, November 30.  

8484811 for more information. WALKING CLUB: A community walk catering for all ages and levels of fitness takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock. Parents, grandparents and strollers are welcome after the school drop-off. No booking needed. Just turn up and join them for a walk. For more information contact David Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286.  




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


ART & CRAFT FAIR: An Art & Craft Fair will take place at Malahide Tennis Club on Saturday, November 30 and ARTANE CHRISTMAS SALE: A Christmas Sale Sunday December 1 from 10am to 5pm. Genuine hand crafted gifts by will take place at Our Lady of Mercy local craft workers. Church, Gracefield Road, Artane on Saturday, November 30 from 10am to 1pm. Bargains galore promised. BALDOYLE   BALDOYLE TO WESTPORT TOUR: TALK: Dublin Five Horticultural A local group in Baldoyle is planning Society is holding a talk, ‘Seasonal a tour for 2020, to the Castlecourt Displays of Plants and Planters’, by Hotel, Westport, Ireland’s tidiest Marie Staunton, at 8pm on Thursday, town, for a few days from Tuesday, December 5 in the Artane Beaumont June 9. The trip will be launched in Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore the Racecourse Inn on Wednesday, Road. Admission is €5. Phone 087November 27 at 7.30pm sharp, where 2423020 for more information. full details will be given. The group   has enjoyed successful tours along the wild Atlantic Way and Waterford CLONTARF SCHOOL REUNION: Class 1970 Holy over the last number of years. Faith Convent Clontarf Reunion will   be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 NEW MEMBERS: Baldoyle Musical at 7.30pm at Clontarf Castle. If you Society seeks new members. Are you require further information contact looking for a fun hobby with a great Anne Doyle at 085-7442884 or social life? Do you love to sing and/or dance a bit? New members must be aged 16 or older. More information   on membership will be available on ART EXHIBITION: The annual Cluain Tarbh art exhibition will open the night. For queries email info@ in Áras Chluain Tarbh on Seafield   Road on Friday, November 29 at 8pm with Attorney General and club FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: The member Séamus Woulfe opening Transition Year students at St Mary’s the exhibition. It will continue on Secondary School, Baldoyle, are Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, offering free one-to-one Computer December 1 running from 10am-4pm Classes to senior citizens every each day. This is a great opportunity Friday from 11.05am to 12.15pm. All to purchase some unique paintings learners, complete beginners and from local artists in the run up to the upwards, are welcome. festive season. Topics vary according to request   but participants can learn: sending and receiving emails, adding an FLOWER DEMONSTRATION: attachment to an email, paying bills, Clontarf Gardening Society will shopping online, booking flights, present ‘Sparkling Christmas’, a using Skype, searching the internet, seasonal flower demonstration by Social Media and much more. For Harumi Langford, on Thursday, more information contact Mr Ryan November 28 in St John’s Parish Centre Seafield Road at 8pm. Flower at St Mary’s on 01-8325591. arrangements will be raffled.   Admission is €10, tea and homemade KILLESTER cake included. All are welcome. BRIDGE: Social Bridge takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am   to 12noon at St Brigid's Resource COOLOCK Centre, Killester. Join in a relaxed CHRISTMAS FAIR: The 80th atmosphere for a friendly, nonCoolock Scouts presents its first competitive game of Bridge. No annual Christmas Fair on December 15 from 12noon to 6pm at the Coolock partner required. Contact Imelda at 087-6494524 for more information. Scout Den in Coolock Village.     COMMUNITY CAFÉ: Doras Buí MEN’S SHED: Killester Men’s Shed Community Café takes place at meets every Thursday from 10am Bunratty Drive, Coolock, every to 12noon in the Resource Centre Friday from 10am to 12noon. All are adjacent to St Brigid’s Church, welcome including your babies and Howth Road, Killester. They are toddlers. Guest speakers and much seeking new members who will find more. Join us on Facebook. Phone 01- a friendly and welcoming group

Kathleen Newman, formerly of Donnycarney, celebrating her 90th birthday in the Raheny  Community Nursing Unit, with her daughters Linda and Marie and her grandson Alex. who undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities such as day trips, guest speakers, coffee and chat. Contact Niall on 087-3141310 for more information.  



TABLE QUIZ: A fun table quiz in aid of St Francis Hospice takes place every Monday in the Estuary Pub, North Street, Swords, starting at 10pm. Why not go along and enjoy the craic? It’s for a very good cause!


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


GOLDEN YEARS: Are you over 65? The Golden Years Senior Centre is looking for new members to join its fun-filled social club. If you are looking to get out of the house and meet new people, this social club is ideal for you. Limited transport to and from the centre will also be offered, please contact 01-8771608 to join.


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Emily Whelan of Shelbourne (centre) pictured being presented with her Young Player of the Season award by Marie McDonagh of SÓ Hotel and Women’s National League Committee Chairman Myles Kelly during the Só Hotels WNL Awards. PHOTO: EOIN NOONAN/SPORTSFILE celebration. The choir will be doing a 20-minute concert after the Mass.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: A Christmas party will take place at Santry Resource Centre on Friday, SANTRY December 6 from 7pm to 9pm. The CHOIR PERFORMANCE: North Lord Mayor will be in attendance Dublin Community Gospel Choir for the switching on of the will be performing at 10am Mass at Margaret Ball Church for the 25th year Christmas tree lights.


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Rathcoole and the United Irishmen About The Author KERRON Ó Luain is an historian and activist from Rathcoole, Co Dublin. He received his doctorate in history from Queen’s University in Belfast in 2016. Afterwards he taught history in UCD and he was recently on a Fulbright Scholarship to the US where he taught Irish and history. His work deals mainly with collective action and activism. He is interested in how people came together to challenge injustice, whether political, cultural, social or economic. The book upon which this short article is based is entitled Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798-1803, and is available online from Four Courts Press now.

MANY who pass through the small, but ever growing, village of Rathcoole, Co Dublin, today would be unaware of its place in the history of the great 1798 rebellion. In Wexford, large memorials to the tumultuous uprising can be found throughout the county. Statues of pike men command the central spot in many town squares, and the rebellion lives on in the folk memory and traditional songs of the county. Yet, Dublin, and the villages and towns surrounding it, including Rathcoole, were central in the plans of the United Irishmen to rise against British rule in the fateful summer of 1798. Prior to 1798, Rathcoole had escaped much of the political and social turmoil which had characterised the 1790s elsewhere. The Defender movement had been active in protecting Catholics against Orangemen in Ulster and in attacking landlords and wealthy farmers in the nearby counties of Meath and Kildare. The ongoing struggle for Catholic reform created tensions in the capital and elsewhere, but Rathcoole remained a sleepy village defined primarily as an important rest stop for those travelling by coach to Munster. What changed? In 1792 a young boy of only 13 years of age, named John Clinch, was sworn into the Society of United Irishmen at a meeting on Fishamble Street in the city. Clinch went on to recruit a

nucleus of rebels in Rathcoole, including Felix Rourke, into the Republican fold. The Clinch family home, known in Rathcoole today as ‘The Old House’, still stands on the left of the road as one enters the village from the east. It was here that Clinch, and other United Irishmen, orchestrated the rebellion in the village in May 1798. Unfortunately, the rebellion in Rathcoole was hampered by events in Dublin. Spies had given away rebel plans and much of the national leadership was arrested in the weeks leading up to the rising. Nevertheless, the rebels in Rathcoole, and nearby Saggart, still rose. And on the Commons of Saggart, the United Irishmen hoisted their banner.

A doctor brings us on a journey DR EOIN Kelleher is more than a doctor, he is also an illustrator and cartoonist, and is currently studying to be an anaesthesiologist! In Journey Through the Body: A Visual Exploration, a beautifully presented book where modern medicine meets art history, Eoin reveals the world inside all of us that keeps itself hidden. While we may sometimes feel that we stumble or falter in our daily lives, our bodies are gracefully working with consistency and purpose. Behind the scenes, there are a whole variety of systems and processes to help us meet the challenges of the outside world. Most of these systems and processes do not require us to stop and think. We instinctively know, for instance, which way is up and which is down, even with our eyes closed. If you look away from what you are reading momentarily and found a tiger facing you, you would not have to think to tell

your heart to beat faster or your pupils to dilate things just happen automatically. Our bodies are remarkably well designed for the world we inhabit. Our immune system is a stunning, complex creation that has evolved to protect us from the array of threats in the environment. Our bodies are adept at extracting large amounts of nutrients from the food we eat and converting them into the building blocks essential for life, even as the bones and muscles that scaffold us provide a robust and versatile means to navigate our world. By his use of illustrations, Eoin hopes to shed light on some of the more interesting aspects of the body, from the intricacies of the immune system to our ability to interpret and adapt to the world around us. Artists or art movements have inspired many of these illustrations. But he has not set out to write a comprehensive tome of physiology and anatomy, but merely to give you the reader a novel glimpse into the inner workings of the ultimate work of art: the human body. Dr Kelleher is an illustrator, cartoonist and practising doctor. His first book, Journey Through the Brain, was a colouring book about neuroscience.

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Students attend Countess Markievicz Conference MINISTER for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, and the Secretary General at her Department, Dr Orlaigh Quinn, hosted the Countess Markievicz Conference: Celebrating Women Leaders in Ireland at Bank of Ireland, College Green last week. The event celebrated women leaders - past, present and future - across all areas of Irish life and

moderated by Dearbhail McDonald, was leadership by Irish women. During the Conference, Minister Humphreys announced an exciting new postgraduate scholarship from her Department, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, which will honour the legacy of Countess Markievicz and assist in increasing the participation of women in senior leadership roles.

reflected on the journey that Irish women have taken and on the distance that remains to be travelled. Inspired by the vision of many pioneering Irish women, guest speakers championed the talent, leadership and advancement of Irish women since the appointment of Countess Constance Markievicz as Minister for Labour some 100 years ago. The theme of the conference,

Secretary General at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Dr Orlaigh Quinn pictured with students, from left Hannah Armstrong, Hannah Furlong, Tania Shamin and Emma O’Hanlon, from Santa Sabina Dominican College in Sutton who were invited to attend the conference. PHOTO: MAXWELL’S

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Francis helps Skoda launch new age diversity initiative SKODA Ireland has announced a new age diversity initiative with the help of media personality and advocate for the elderly, Francis Brennan. The initiative, called Simply Older, Still Clever (a play on the brand’s tagline Simply Clever), aims to recruit older individuals who may have previously worked in the motor industry. Success in the motor industry is reliant on excellent customer service and building and maintaining customer relationships. Skoda believes the older generation possesses unrivalled skills in this area and are taking the first steps to re-introduce retirees into the work place to fufill customer facing duties in showrooms and forecourts across their dealer network. The motor industry workforce is under resourced in the months of January and February where 43 per cent

of annual new car sales are delivered to customers. It is in these peak periods Skoda believes they can utilise the retired skillset to fulfill vehicle test drives, vehicle demonstrations and vehicle customer hand overs; all the while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction and service. The Skoda dealer network has embraced the idea and has already begun the recruitment process. Speaking at the launch, Skoda Ireland Head of Marketing and Product, Raymond Leddy, said: “Many vehicle brands are overfocused on the youth market, technology and digitalisation. “Very few brands are stepping into the territory of considering older employees and even fewer will publicise or endorse associations with the older generation. “At Skoda, we see ourselves as paving the way for others in not just the motor industry but

in Irish businesses in general to follow suit.” Skoda is acutely aware of Irish demographics with over 65’s representing over 15 per cent of the Irish population reaching 23 Skoda by 2040. This group is already valued as this generation has been essential to the success of the brand in Ireland with 18 per cent of their current customers over the age of 60 Speaking at the launch, Francis Brennan, famous for his skills in hospitality said: “I just turned 66 and I have no plans to retire anytime soon. Many of us are fitter and more physically active in our 50s and 60s than our parents were. “Life expectancy is at record levels and we can expect a much longer period of healthy, active retirement. “The more I experience, the more I know that keeping mentally active has significant benefits for health and wellbeing. “Opportunities like this will

Irish hotelier and TV personality Francis Brennan along with model agent Celia Holman-Lee officially launched Skoda’s age diversity initiative which aims to recruit retirees and older people who previously worked in the motor industry back into its dealerships nationwide. bring huge benefits to both the employees and the SKODA business in general.”

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Audi Centre Sandyford all set for 2020 AUDI Ireland has announced details of its 2020 model range. The company is adding the eagerly anticipated new Audi A4, the athletic Audi Q3 Sportback, the efficient Audi Q5 TFSI e and the everimpressive Audi Q7 2020 to its existing model offering. An integral element of the new 2020 model range is the incredible choice now available to customers with an engine for every individual across combustion engines to hybrids to fully electric. Continuing to offer motorists incredible value, Audi Centre in Sandyford is also offering exclusive APR rates from as little as 2.9 per cent. Ireland’s most popular Audi model, the new Audi A4 is now even tauter and sportier than before. The new A4 features considerable changes to the design, upgrades in connectivity technology and a new engine line up. The midsize model looks even more dynamic and sophisticated thanks to the sportier design highlights. The new design language ensures the Singleframe grille is now broader and flatter; horizontal lines emphasise

the width at the front and rear. The Irish pricing has been announced, starting from €41,520 OTR. Featuring a more diverse range of engines, many options now come with mild-hybrid systems (MHEV) – with efficiency and comfort benefits from this broad-based electrification. The new Audi Q3 Sportback combines the strong presence and versatile everyday convenience of an SUV with the sporty elegance and agile handling of a coupé. The first compact crossover of the Audi brand, the Audi Q3 Sportback stands for strength and precision to an equal degree, and reflects this in all design details. The black grille of the octagonal Singleframe is strongly three-dimensional in design. Boasting a large and highly variable interior, the Q3 Sportback has ample space for three backseat passengers. The volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 530 litres to 1,400 litres. Available with the TDI engine with 150HP or the 230HP 2.0-litre TFSI. The Audi Q3 Sportback is now available in Audi dealerships starting from €41,100 OTR.

As the trailblazer for the range of plug-in models from Audi, the Q5 55 TFSI e is making a suitably progressive statement by combining the economic and environmental benefits of electrified driving. A range of over 40 kilometres and a top speed of 135kph in electric-only mode enables the hybrid Q5 to cover most everyday driving distances – including motorway journeys – without backup from the petrol engine. The Q5 TFSI e is now available to test drive in Audi Centre and is priced at €65,000 OTR, reduced to €57,500 OTR once grants of €7,500 are accounted for. The 2020 Audi Q7 comes with a striking new visual design, exterior styling, interior design and top of the line connectivity. The premium SUV features the new design of the Q family and offers superb dynamics and excellent comfort, in addition to its superior spaciousness. It adopts the large octagonshaped Singleframe with its six upright slats which creates an even more powerful impression from the outset, and its two-part side air inlets have a much more expressive line, as does the sill area that

Audi Ambassadors Peter O’Mahony, Joe Canning , Robbie Henshaw, Sonya Lennon, Lisa Jordan Aidan O’Shea, Paul Galvin, Garry Ringrose, and Rob Kearney. draws attention to the large SUV’s considerable ground clearance. During the redesign process, the large SUV has grown in length by 11 millimetres and with the improved interior length, offers more headroom and elbow room in both the front and rear. The cockpit architecture harmonises perfectly with the new, digital operating concept, which incorporates two large touchscreens.

The Audi 2020 Q7 makes a technological leap, taking on board the latest engine updates, mild hybrid drivetrain developments and cabin digitalisation innovations first seen in the coupé-inspired flagship of the Q range. With style, power and presence, it’s all you could ask for in an SUV. The Audi Q7 will be available in Ireland from with a starting price of €87,645 OTR. With finance available from 2.9 per cent, the Audi

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WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) combined fuel consumption figures for Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer: (l/100km): 7.7 to 5.5. WLTP combined CO2 (g/km): 178 to 145. Citroën C4 Cactus: (l/100km): 7.2 to 4.8. WLTP combined CO2 (g/km): 167 to 127. Citroën C3: (l/100km): 5.9 to 5.7. WLTP combined CO2 (g/km): 137 to 132. Models shown for illustrative purposes. *Representative example: Citroën C3 PureTech 83 manual Flair. OTR Price: €21,035 (RRP◊ €20,285 + Recommended Delivery Charge €750), Deposit: €7,282, Total Amount of Credit: €13,753, 36 monthly payments: €160, Duration of Agreement: 37 months, Optional final payment (GFV): €7,993, Representative APR: 0% fixed PCP Finance. Minimum 35% deposit required. Finance is arranged by First Auto Finance Ireland Limited, the exclusive agent of Close Brothers Limited, trading as Close Brothers Motor Finance in Ireland. You will not own the vehicle until the final payment is made. Finance Eligibility Criteria apply. Warning: You may have to pay charges if you repay early, in full or in part, a fixed rate credit facility. Subject to status. Over 18s only. Ts & Cs apply. ◊RRP (Recommended Retail Price) excludes €750 recommended delivery charge & optional extras such as metallic paint. ‡5 year unlimited Citroën car warranty is made up of 3 years’ manufacturer’s warranty & 2 years’ extended warranty. Offers end 31.12.2019. Information correct at time of print. See for details.


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THE Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is urging homeowners to get their homes winter ready now that the evenings are getting darker earlier. About two thirds of household energy bills is spent on heating, with most of that during the winter months. The SEAI has come up with some advice to help homeowners make their homes more comfortable this winter and at the same time reduce their heating bills and lower their carbon footprint.

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Local companies are shortlisted for awards DUBLIN-BASED Keelings Select, Kepak Group, Keoghs, Butler’s Chocolates and Diageo have been announced as five of the 29 Irish companies shortlisted for Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards 2019. Designed to recognise excellence within Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, more than 300 industry leaders will gather at the event hosted by RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan on November 27 in the RDS. •Keelings Select from St Margaret’s, North Dublin has been shortlisted in the Domestic Success award category. •Kepak Group from Clonee, Dublin 15 has been shortlisted in three award categories: Consumer Insight, Sustainability Project Impact and Domestic Success. •Keoghs has also been shortlisted in the Sustainability Project Impact Category. Keogh’s is an Irishowned potato growing and snack manufacturing business, located outside

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS One of Ireland's greatest living playwrights & probably the only Irish playwright in recent times to have had a play staged in theatre's world capital (New York City Off Broadway). Now, prolific Irish playwright John Ruane asks why aren't stage actors sharing equally in all revenue generated within theatre companies in new one hour long one-act play/short story called "Stop Being So Fearful" from new theatre book "Twelve Stories From Aevinom" (available Amazon)

Dublin City Council We, Glen & Aoife Richardson intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site 42A Grangemore Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13, D13 PT02. Development will consist of a proposed new flat roof dormer to the rear of the existing house roof and a proposed ground & first floor extension to the front of the existing house and all ancillary works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

ROADS ACT 1993 – SECTION 70 HEDGE / TREE CUTTING The Operations Department of Fingal County Council wishes to inform the public that Section 70 of the 1993 Roads Act obliges landowners and occupiers of land to take all reasonable care to ensure that structures, trees, hedges and other vegetation on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road, including footpaths on housing estates. Landowners and householders are requested to have overgrown trees and hedging on their properties cut back in the interest of public safety. Overgrown hedges should be cut back before 29th February 2020. Failure to fulfil the above obligations may result in the service of a notice on the owner or occupier by the Local Authority which can result in fines. Enquires in relation to this matter can be made to the Operations Department at 01-890 5000 or by email to Any further information can be found on, Roads Act, 1993, Section 70. David Storey, Director of Services Operations Department

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Christopher & Eileen Ryan intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site 18 Grangemore Lawn, Donaghmede, Dublin 13, D13 C5K3. Development will consist of a proposed new ground floor extension to the front of the existing house and canopy to extend across to the existing side extension and all ancillary works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Denise & Phillip Murray wish to apply to Dublin City Council for Permission to (a) convert existing attic to usable Attic Room including flat roof dormer window to the rear, (b) construct a dormer to access proposed attic Room to the South, (c) internal alterations & modifications to existing dwelling, & all associated site development works at 54 Vernon Park, Clontarf East, 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 Dublin City Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.


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PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council I Eamonn Peakin, intend to apply for Permission for development at this site 9 Main Street, Baldoyle, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of double storey rear extension clad in zinc and separated by a glazed linear rooflight. The first floor will have glazing to front and rear. 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 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 this application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Application for Retention Planning Permission for single storey extension to rear at 16a Elton Court, Ard Na Greine, Dublin 13 Signed Cassandra Campbell. 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.

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Hosted by St Patrick’s Cathedral, and produced by a small but dedicated team of Swift enthusiasts, the Jonathan Swift Festival takes place from November 29 to December 1. Supported by Failte Ireland, Dublin City Council and UNESCO City of Literature, the festival is a vibrant collaboration between a number of creative bodies and cultural institutions across the city who have a historic or cultural links to Jonathan Swift’s life and work. For details see www.

C'MERE 'TILL I TELL YA! The Queen of Ballymun, Dame Stuffy, is coming to town for her first headline show in the city centre with a brand new comedy extravaganza. Featuring big live musical numbers, hilarious sketches and special guests this is one date for your calendar you don't want to miss. Taking place at Liberty Hall on Friday, November 29, tickets cost €18. Dame Stuffy is risqué so parental guidance is advised (age 15+).

NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION – ‘PHOTOS OF PROSPECT’ Did you know Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has a new photographic exhibition on display?


Entitled ‘Photos of Prospect’, this collection of images dates back to 1890 and documents the history of Glasnevin Cemetery, one of the most well-known historical sites in Dublin. Glasnevin Cemetery is Ireland’s national cemetery and has long been a site of commemoration and a host of important figures from Irish history and culture are buried here.

TASTE OF DUBLIN: FESTIVE EDITION The festive edition of Taste of Dublin takes place from November 28 to December 1 at the RDS, which will be transformed into a festive feast for the senses where visitors can soak up the gourmet atmosphere, celebrate the season and explore the latest food trends in a stylish and vibrant setting. See for ticket details.


A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live to picture by The Orchestra Of Ireland at the Convention Centre on Sunday, December 1. Home Alone will be on the big screen accompanied by full live orchestra and choir on stage with over 100 performers taking part. Tickets priced €59.50 + booking fee available via Ticketmaster.

Highlights from this photographic exhibition include images from the funeral of Éamon de Valera which feature Princess Grace of Monaco, the funeral of acclaimed writer Brendan Behan and the nine funerals of Irish soldiers who were killed in Niemba, the Congo in 1960 while on duty for the UN. Alongside these events, images of commemorations feature prominently throughout such as the unveilings of the Cross of Sacrifice by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 2014 and the monument dedicated to Thomas Ashe, Peadar Kearney and Piaris Béalaí in August 1967. This collection tells the story of the cemetery itself through historic images which document how the grounds and monuments contained within have been revived through an ongoing intensive restoration project. NOT CONVINCED? GO AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

SPECIAL OFFER – 20% OFF TICKETS! We are delighted to announce that there will be a special online offer running from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December. During this period, you can avail of a 20% discount off all tour and tower tickets, and museum admission on their website! Simply visit, choose your tickets and use the code BF2019 at the checkout. You must visit before December 31st 2019 to avail of this limited time offer. We advise that all visitors arrive at the museum reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your chosen tour.For group bookings (15 or more people) please contact or +353 (0)1 882 6570 for further information and group rates. W: T: +353 (0)1 882 6550 E:

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Dublin Gospel Choir at The Civic in Tallaght with a brilliant selection of festive favourites and gospel greats. The choir is versatile, vibrant and uplifting with powerful voices and rich harmonies. They have performed with artists as diverse as John Legend, Take That, Duran Duran, Damien Rice, Outkast and Ennio Morricone and their annual slot at Electric Picnic is nothing less than legendary. There are two shows on Sunday, December 1 – a family friendly matinee at 3pm, with lots of fun for the kids and an evening performance at 8pm. Bring your Santa hats! See for tickets.

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From the Archives 47


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

A peaceful scene in Donnybrook Village, c 1910. This was not always the case as the Donnybrook Fair, held here each year from 1204 until it was suppressed in 1855, had a reputation for bacchanalian debauchery and drunkenness. Photo and caption from Images of Ireland’, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

Irish Independent, November 26, 1949

Freeman’s Journal, November 3, 1827

Irish Press, November 28, 1973

Irish Press, November 15, 1974

Irish Independent, November 9, 1949

The Zoological Gardens in Phoenix Park opened in 1831, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. It is well known for breeding lions, including the lion which roars at the start of Metro Goldwyn Mayer films. A visit to the zoo must be one of the favourite leisure activities of all Dubliners. Here, in the 1950s, it is very crowded and children enjoy a ride on Sarah, the Indian elephant. Photo and caption from Images of Ireland’, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.




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