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Northside TD demands action to tackle obesity

FITTING DECISION Balbriggan has been selected as the host town for RTE’s 2019 Operation Transformation programme. Pictured at the launch at Bremore Castle was Sarah O’Callaghan (OT leader), David Cryan (OT leader), Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF), AnnMarie Farrelly (Director of Services, Fingal County Council), Mayor of Fingal Cllr Anthony Lavin, Kathryn Thomas, (OT presenter), Cllr Grainne Maguire (Ind), Wayne O’Donnell (OT leader), Felicity Moroney (OT leader) and Mary Diamond (OT leader). See story on Page 7. PHOTO: PETER HOULIHAN

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A NORTHSIDE TD is calling on the Government to publish an annual report for an obesity action plan launched two years ago. In September 2016, the Government published ‘A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016– 2025’. Dublin Fingal TD Louise O’Reilly, Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson, said the plan was a welcome one with the principles of trying to reverse obesity trends, to prevent health complications, and reduce the overall burden for individuals, families,




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the health system and the wider society and economy. Deputy O’Reilly said: “The plan was two-yearsold this month yet despite the Government saying it would report annually, we have not seen anything from the Department of Health in terms of the progress of implementing the plan, and in particular, in relation to the implementation of ‘Ten Steps Forward’ which is the key section in preventing overweight and obesity. “Without the provision of an annual report, we cannot benchmark the

progress of the plan and how it is impacting on obesity in the State. “Safefood research estimates that 55,056 children currently living in the State and 85,688 on the whole island will die prematurely due to overweight and obesity.” Deputy O’Reilly said the total lifetime costs of childhood obesity in the State are estimated to be €4.6 billion, with the direct healthcare associated costs estimated at €1.7 million. “Simple health improvements can make Continued on page 6



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had been no animosity between Mr O'Connell and Clarke before the assault. In a victim impact report read out by Mr Kennedy, Mr O'Connell said he was permanently deaf in his left ear and suffered tinnitus. He said he would need medical attention for the rest of his life. His impairment makes it hard to pay attention to what people are saying when there is background noise. Mr O'Connell said his final year in school was to be the year “he set the world alight� and achieved top grades but he found that he often didn't get up to go to school. He felt left out and lonely.

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He said he would see Clarke sitting in the same class as if nothing had happened. He didn't get enough points in his Leaving Certificate to do the course he wanted in college. He couldn't play football anymore because he would fall over if he tried to kick a ball. Mr O'Connell said he felt like the “old me was the real meâ€?, he felt like he was “away from normal lifeâ€?. He said his deafness was a severe impairment that affected both his work and social life. Dominic McGinn SC, defending, said his client had â‚Ź2,000 in court as “a concrete indication of his genuine remorseâ€?. He confirmed that there is a civil action before the courts at the moment. Garda Costello agreed with Mr McGinn that although he believed Clarke had not shown remorse, he had not met with him since his interview. Mr McGinn told Judge Greally that his client's position had changed since his arrest and handed in number of testimonials and a physiologist's report which he said “demonstrates remorseâ€?. His employer described the assault as out of character for Clarke and the co-ordinator of a charity that Clarke has done work for described him as “a placid young man who was never in troubleâ€?. Both testimonials said he was “truly remorsefulâ€?. Mr McGinn asked that Clarke “not be condemned for his initial attitudeâ€? and the answers he gave during Garda interview. He described it as “an isolated act of violenceâ€?. “This is not his character. That is not the story of his life,â€? counsel submitted. Mr McGinn asked if his client should have to suffer unreasonably because of that “momentary lapse in his otherwise law-abiding lifeâ€?. He said Clarke was “an upstanding young manâ€? and spending time in custody would “undermine all thatâ€?. Â



Kodaline pay students a surprise visit in Swords CEOL 2018 le hEoghan McDermott, a compilation of some of the biggest songs of this year recorded by their original artists as Gaeilge, has arrived in schools throughout the country. To help celebrate the delivery of the albums Swords natives Kodaline surprised their local school, Loreto College, by dropping in to distribute the albums themselves. Every school is to receive a copy of the album and a competition is currently running for the best photographs shared with the hashtag #CEOL2018.  Winners will receive a copy of the album along with tickets to a Picture This 2019 show, plus a meet and greet. Peter McNamara, Principal at Loreto College, Swords, said: “The reaction from the students in Loreto Swords, and previously to all

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Ireland’s landscapes. The All Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015 and has seen communities, businesses, parks, schools and farms get involved to help pollinator insects survive and thrive. To contribute to this project, the Swords TidyTowns committee ran public workshops to help raise awareness of the importance of pollinating insects and actions that can be taken to help them. They

worked in conjunction with Fingal County Council to identify and protect pollinator-friendly sites in the area. They also worked with the council and local residents’ groups on pollinator-friendly cutting regimes on grass areas and roundabouts. In Swords Town Park, pollinatorfriendly flowers were planted and special beds for bees were put in place on North Street. The Local Authority Pollinator

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year and the standard of entries was extremely high. Commending the Swords TidyTown committee, Fingal County Council’s senior park executive Hans Visser said: “I’m delighted that the efforts to protect and preserve pollinator insects by Swords’ TidyTown committee has been recognised. “As well as maintaining habitats and food sources for bees, the committee has helped keep Swords looking colourful, clean and litter free.”

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Continued from page 1 a massive difference,” she said. “For instance, if body mass index (BMI) was reduced by 1 percent, the lifetime cost of childhood overweight and obesity would be reduced by €270 million. “A BMI reduction of 5 percent would reduce the lifetime costs by €1.1 billion. “However, there seems to be little appetite to tackle the issue of obesity by this Government.” Deputy O’Reilly said: “We saw this recently with the implementation of voluntary codes for junk food where there has not been a monitoring body set up or any technical guidance despite the

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Louise O’Reilly TD (SF) progressed.” A spokesperson for the Department of Health told Northside People: “We intend publishing on the Department's website a short interim update on progress

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Grants boost YOUTH projects in the north inner city are to receive €107,846 in funding from new Government capital grants. The recipients are: The Cavan Centre (€20,000), An Siol Child & Youth Services (€11,958), SWAN St Agatha’s Hall & North Wall Development Group (€20,000), Bradóg RYS (€20,000), East Wall/North Port Youth Development Group (€15,888) and Belvedere

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Set for a transformation BALBRIGGAN locals will be going all out to prove they are the right fit for the next Operation Transformation TV show. Programme producers, Vision Independent Productions, and RTE have chosen Dublin’s most northerly town for the hit series’ 2019 season. In a new departure for the popular programme, it will work alongside Fingal County Council community and sports officers to encourage people in Balbriggan to get active during the eight weeks of filming. The Operation

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FINGAL County Council’s commencement of work on a road in Donabate has been welcomed. The work will provide for a new Turvey Avenue pedestrian entrance and crossing into Newbridge Demesne. Local councillor Paul Mulville (SD) said: “As many will be aware, the council has now begun works on Turvey Avenue to provide a new pedestrian entrance into Newbridge Demesne, as well as an associated signalised crossing. ”The operations department (at the council) has confirmed that works are due to take two to three weeks for the civil works to be complete on the wall, crossing and pathways.   “When this is done, the council will apply to the ESB for an electricity connection, which always

takes a few weeks more. “The works include a new internal pathway inside Newbridge Demesne, circa 35 metres, to connect the new entrance to the existing path system. “Repair works are ongoing on a phased basis to repair the historic estate wall around Newbridge, including the broken sections along Turvey.” Cllr Mulville said a new pedestrian entrance was first proposed at this location back in 1986 by the Parks Department, “due to the great foresight of then County Parks Superintendent Michael Lynch”. “The plans for this can still be seen on display in Newbridge House,” he said.   “However, more recently it was decided that the entrance would be located at the old ‘Red

Cllr Paul Mulville (SD) at the site in Donabate where the work is taking place. door’ labourers’ gate, as per the local area plan and planning permission connected to the Beresford housing development. “After further examination of the matter though, the council’s roads engineers decided that it was not safe to go ahead with a crossing at the ‘Red door’ due to the lack of adequate sight-lines and as

Breda Dockrell and Jeddy McGuinness who have been fighting hard on this matter for a long number of years,” he added. “It was also a matter high on the agenda for the old Parish Council, now Donabate Portrane Community Council, since housing development began apace along Turvey.”

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A NORTHSIDE-BASED charity is among seven non-profit organisations in Dublin and 20 nationally, that are in the running for a share of this year’s €100,000 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. Locals are being encouraged to vote for the groups which include Blossom Ireland Community Inclusion. The Blossom Teen Development Programme is an educational skillsbased programme for teenagers with an intellectual disability. The overall goal is for young people to leave the service, aged 20, with a clear plan about what they want to achieve, a sustainable support network and a specific set of skills and knowledge to help them achieve this. The charity is based in Raheny. The selected groups will now continue in

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Baldoyle writer to stage her fifth play REHEARSALS are well underway for a brilliant new play written by Baldoyle woman Helen McNamara. Helen, from Grange Road, originally wrote ‘MisConceptions’ six years ago but it had languished on her computer’s desktop folder until recently. This year’s abortion referendum inspired her to revisit the play, given some of its subject matter, so Helen set about gathering a cast and crew. ‘MisConceptions’ is Helen’s fifth play and her first to run in Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar. The talented cast have appeared in everything from ‘Fair City’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Vikings’, as well as theatrical productions and music videos. The play centres on six members of the First Thursday Book


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Council outlines housing delivery progress made FINGAL County Council has exceeded its target for delivering social housing by 62 per cent between 2015 and 2017 having provided 2,241 homes. That was one of the key statistics it outlined to an Oireachtas Committee recently. In a presentation, entitled ‘Funding and Delivery of Public Housing under Rebuilding Ireland’, the council’s Director of Housing, Margaret Geraghty, detailed the substantial progress being made by the local authority as it tackles the housing crisis. Appearing, along with Senior Executive

Officer Mary Egan before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Ms Geraghty said the social housing needs of 3,422 families had been met since the introduction of its Social Housing Strategy in 2015. Fingal County Council exceeded its target for delivering social housing by 62 per cent between 2015 and 2017 having provided 2,241 homes. Its target for 2018 alone is 1,637 homes, the second highest in the country, and higher than the target set for the previous three years. “We are on track to

meet this target and to date 1,181 homes have been delivered, which is 72 percent of the yearly target,” Ms Geraghty told the committee. “The aim is for every household that has a need to be able to access an affordable home of good quality, which is suited to their needs and in a secure environment.” Looking forward, Ms Geraghty said there are 26 active social housing sites across the region which will deliver 745 homes over the next two years. There have been 121 houses completed under the direct build programme to date.

The Oireachtas Committee was also told that the three councilowned landbanks at Ballymastone in Donabate, Church Fields in Mulhuddart and Cappaghfinn in Dublin 11 have potential to deliver upwards of 2,200 mixed tenure dwellings. “We are in the process of developing land management plans for these sites in order to deliver their significant housing potential,” said Ms Geraghty. “It is envisaged that these developments would be of mixed tenure with social, affordable, cost rental, co-operative housing and private.”

Funding aims to improve safety for cyclists in the capital AN additional €400,000 in funding is to be made available to Dublin City Council for investment in cycling safety infrastructure. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross made the announcement. The money will be used to fund the city council’s installation of smart cyclist detection equipment at 40 key junctions around the capital. The new traffic management feature aims to make busy junctions safer for cyclists by using smart technology to regulate traffic more effectively. In particular, these measures will help alleviate concerns of cyclists regarding collisions and crossing times at busy junctions.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross Speaking following the announcement, Minister Ross said he wants to encourage more people to cycle. “I realise that safety is a concern to many, so I am continuing to invest in safety measures for cyclists,” he said. “This €400,000 will improve safety for cyclists at 40 key junctions across Dublin City Centre and is a great example of

my Department and the National Transport Authority working with local authorities to improve cycling and walking infrastructure generally. “This funding is in addition to the €110 million I have already secured for the development of cycling and walking infrastructure across the country over the next four years.”  


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users and to reinforce the position of libraries in the community as key points of access to information technology and digital services,” said Ms Boardman. The Development Plan, to be rolled out over the next five years, highlights the future of Fingal Libraries as a dynamic and inclusive space that supports and values culture, recreation, literacy, education and economic development. Over a million visits were made to public libraries in Fingal during 2017. Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the announcement. “This funding will transform our public library service across the Fingal local authority area,” he said. 

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We are delighted to announce the launch of the Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2018. This will be the second year of the awards, which were a resounding success in 2017. And we’re now in a position to accept your nominations for his year’s event, which will be held on November 30 in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. As a local newspaper serving the Northside of Dublin for over 31 years, we never cease to be impressed by the strong community spirit and sporting excellence that define this unique part of our capital city. It may sound like a well-worn cliché but it’s true: there is something about the Northside

that sets it apart from any other part of the country. The Northside has produced many famous names from the worlds of television and radio, not to mention its fair share of Hollywood stars and even an Oscar winner! Northsiders have also featured strongly in literary works: for instance, would Roddy Doyle have been able to write about any other part of the city with the same degree of warmth, humanity and humour? It’s doubtful. Since 1987, Northside People has been happy to give a voice to the unsung heroes of our local communities – our business people, our entrepreneurs, our activists, our volunteers; many of them just ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

It’s the same with sport. Some of today’s successful sports stars, national and international, all started out in local clubs, each spurned on and encouraged by volunteer mentors who believed in them. As with last year, there will be 10 categories across sport and community in total, with an award for the winner of each one – as nominated by our readers and voted on by our panel of judges. In addition, there will be an overall Sports Award and Community Award selected from the category winners. Those nominated will be invited to a gala awards ceremony in the Carlton Hotel at Dublin Airport on November 30. We are delighted to announce that popular ‘Liveline’ host, Joe Duffy, will be again MC on the night.

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Volunteer of the Year Without the work of volunteers, our communities would be a poorer place. From scouting to sport to youth, disability and senior citizens’ groups, it would be impossible for them to function without the selfless role of individuals who give so generously of their time for the benefit of others. Who is the first person who comes to mind – and why – when you hear the word volunteer?

Outstanding Achievement Award Is there an individual who stands out when you think of sporting achievement? Young or old, why does this individual deserve your nomination?

Young Community Person of the Year Award There are plenty of young Northsiders out there who are making a difference in their communities, marking themselves out as role models among their peers and as future contributors to society. Is there a young person who helps out in your community who is worthy of a nomination?

Club of the Year Award Is there a particular club that is part of the very fabric of your local community? What has it brought to your area? Does it play a valuable role over and above sporting achievement? We are certain there are endless contenders for this award. Young Sportsperson Award We have filled thousands of column inches over the years with young sports stars who all went on to achieve great things in their chosen field. Who are the outstanding youngsters to look out for in the future? Coach of the Year Award The backbone of any sporting club or organisation, it’s safe to say that the coach is an essential part of sporting success. From nurturing future talent to encouraging those with less confidence, most coaches are volunteers who often do a difficult, thankless job. This is your chance to thank them.

Business in the Community Award We all know of local businesses that not only provide a valuable service within the community, but also go that extra mile to support their local customers. Be it through generous sponsorship or a commercial premises taking pride in its appearance, businesses serve as the commercial heartbeat of our towns and villages. But some really stand out. We want to know which ones. Community and Neighbourhood Award This category is for any local group across a range of areas that helps make a valuable contribution to your community. Why are they so important? What vital role do they play in enriching the area. Have they made a difference to your life? Tell us about them. Best school in the community This is once again going to be one of the most closely contested categories as schools play such a vital role in our communities, often over and above the area of education. While academic excellence certainly merits a nomination, there are a multitude of other reasons why schools – big or small – should be entered into this category.


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RESIDENTS in a Northside suburb could have been forgiven for thinking they were seeing double at an event recently when stars from Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale arrived in their community. Sixteen players travelled from the UK to Darndale to take part in a ‘Soap Legends’ football match to mark the re-launch of the Darndale Football Academy. The match, organised by local man Thomas Daly with support from Dublin City Council, proved to be a phenomenal success with up to 2,000 people attending to get a glimpse of the Soap Stars in the flesh. Lord Mayor of Dublin Niall Ring kicked-off the match at Darndale Park. He enjoyed every minute, so much so that he returned to Darndale a week later to take part in the weekly Parkrun. The mayor also invited the club, organisers and volunteers to a night out in the Mansion House. Forty locals signed up to play the Soap Stars, while Cormac Costello, a member of Dublin’s All-Ireland winning team, also took part. Madeleine Ebbs, from Dublin City Council, said all the local business and agencies came on board to

support the event. “Again none of this would be possible without the hard work put in by the locals - Thomas Daly, Susan French and Darren Sherlock - and also the great support from Brian Dowling in Parks (Dublin City Council), and last but not least, our team on the ground, ‘The Gateway Guys’, who keep the park in top condition. “On the day of the event, we received a request from the family of a young lad in Cara Park, a huge footie fan, who was unable to attend due to illness. “Without a second thought, Darndale FC, Dave Sullivan (Deck) Fair City, Adam Wafer (David) Red Rock and David Crowley (Westlife) Red Rock went to visit him, bringing with them the Premiership Cup, The Champions League and FA Cup. He also received a football signed by every one of the Soap Stars. “We also held a raffle on the day to assist with the purchase of a special bicycle for another young lad from Darndale. His mam was delighted with this very generous gesture from the club and locals.” It is hoped that the event will also provide a boost for the Darndale Community Pride initiative.


Members of the Soap Legends’ team picutred with locals.

(Above) Pictured at the event were, from left, Ciaran Mahony, Dublin City Council; Madeleine Ebbs, Dublin City Council; Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring; Paddy McGowan, local artist; and Brendan Kenny, Dublin City Council; and (below), Thomas Daly, event organiser, with Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring. (Above) Madeleine Ebbs, Dublin City Council, with David Crowley (Westlife) in Red Rock; and (below) some of the Soap Stars who took part in the match.



Brian Sullivan (New Ireland) presents Sarah Murphy, captain of Clontarf GAA Club, with the trophy. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM


The Clontarf team celebrates after their victory over Cuala in the New Ireland Assurance Dublin Intermediate Ladies Football Final. The Northsiders defeated their Southside opponents 6-15 to 4-6. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

Pictured are members of the Saint Anne’s Golf Club team, winners of the Fingal Junior Girls Trophy 2018. PHOTO: Katie Murray (Player of the Match), left, and Sarah Murphy (captain) pictured after LEO ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT Clontarf’s triumph over Cuala. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

Dublin footballer Paul Mannion and Ladies’ footballer Lyndsey Davey pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup and Brendan Martin Cup at AIG Insurance’s head office in Dublin to mark the capital’s recent All-Ireland wins in Croke Park . PHOTO: SAM BARNES/SPORTSFILE

AIG’s chosen charity for 2018, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, joined in the celebrations when the Sam Maguire and Brendan Martin Cups went on display at AIG Insurance’s head office in Dublin. AIG’s Declan O’Rourke makes a presentation of a signed Dublin jersey to Mick Rochford of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie to mark the occasion. PHOTO: SAM BARNES/SPORTSFILE




Jazz rockers Steely Dan to play Dublin on arena tour THE Grammy-award winning jazz rock band Steely Dan has announced an Irish and UK arena tour that will include a Dublin date in the 3Arena on February 28. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide Donald Fagen will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood. Critically acclaimed album ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’ was named 145 in Rolling Stone’s 500 albums of all time. ‘Aja’ became a platinum selling album and ‘Two Against Nature’ saw Steely Dan win an impressive total of four Grammys including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. With plenty to showcase on their upcoming arena tour which kicks off on February 20, Steely Dan

have celebrated a long history of success, having worked with the likes of multi-award winning singers Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross. When Steely Dan took to the stage during BluesFest in 2017, the band were well-received with glowing reviews. Their new arena tour will stop at Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Dublin during February next year. Composer, legendary vocalist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and multiple Grammy winner, BMI icon and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Winwood has sold over 50 million records in the course of his fivedecade career. Winwood is a respected innovator in Rock ’n’

Roll who has created some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. He will be performing the greatest hits of enduring classics from his days with The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic, and the popular songs from his own enduring solo career. He has previously worked with Jimi Hendrix, The Who, James Brown, George Harrison, Tina Turner and more recently Carlos Santana, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton. The BMI icon award winner, honoured for his “enduring influence on generations of music makers”, was named the one of the ‘Greatest Singers Of All Time’ in 2010 and is set to join Steely Dan for their muchanticipated Irish and UK arena tour next year. The late Walter Becker and Donald Fagan founded Steely Dan.

Metallica Vs The Cure IT’S the line-up that has divided music-loving fans across the country. While there may not be an obvious similarity between the music of goth kings The Cure and heavy metal merchants, Metallica, the fact that both global acts are appearing here on the same day in two different venues next summer has some in a tizzy. Some music fans took to social media last week to exclaim their astonishment that both acts are booked to play here on the same date… Metallica in Slane and The Cure in Malahide Castle.. on June 8. Last week it was revealed that the Cure will return to Ireland to play their first headline show in seven years. Tickets priced €69.50 (including booking fee) go on sale this Wednesday, October 10 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets are strictly limited to four per person and the lead booker’s name will be assigned to all tickets.

Eaarlier this summer, The Cure celebrated their 40th anniversary in July with a very special sold out concert in London’s Hyde Park, almost 40 years to the day since their first ever show. Performing to 65,000 fans, the set list was packed with 29 hit songs including 'Pictures Of You', 'Lovesong', 'Inbetween Days, 'Just Like Heaven', 'A Forest', 'Lullaby', 'Boys Don’t Cry'

and other fan favourites. Meanwhile, Metallica will bring their WorldWired Tour to Slane Castle for their first Irish show in over a decade. The dates for the new tour are Metallica’s first in the UK and Europe since the September 2017 to May 2018 indoor run that broke attendance records in 29 venues across the continent. Kicking off May 1, 2019 at Lisbon’s Estadio

Restelo, the 25 newly announced WorldWired shows across 20 countries include a good dozen cities not visited on those 2017-2018 legs of the tour—including Milan, Zürich, Dublin, Brussels (for the first time since 1988), Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Bucharest and Gothenburg, and first ever appearances in Trondheim Norway, Hämeenlinna Finland and Tartu Estonia.

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Sophie is back with disco and strings AS ONE of British music’s most recognised and distinctive vocalists, the only question must be why the mix of Sophie Ellis-Bextor alongside a sumptuous live orchestra hadn’t happened sooner. Now, following on from performing live with orchestra and band for the first time at London’s Royal Festival Hall on October 3, comes the announcement that she will tour nationwide in 2019. The renowned singer will perform orchestral versions of her hits as well as songs from the great cannon of disco songs on the tour, which begins in Cambridge on June 2, before taking in



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“It’s so exciting to be performing hits from my entire career with full orchestral arrangements for the first time! This is a bit of a dream come true. I’m especially delighted that I get to do some proper full-on live disco with strings.. it’s going to be really special. Nottingham, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, with the final stop in Dublin. Since the release of her debut album ‘Read My Lips’ in 2001, which sold over two million copies worldwide, EllisBextor has had six Top 10 singles, including ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Get Over You’, and of course ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’. For millions though, their first introduction to Sophie was with

her collaboration with Spiller creating the No 1 hit - ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’. The song catapulted her into the music scene and was the most played record on UK radio between 2000 and 2010. She has incorporated several genres over the course of her career, from her debut through to 2014’s ‘Wanderlust’, which fused elements of folk, baroque and orchestral music. The album was





certified Gold and spawned the hit single ‘Young Blood’, which will be performed on the tour. Her most recent album, 2016’s ‘Familia’, included disco, dance, sophistipop and chamber pop. What has been a constant thread though is her trademark, stunning vocal sound. Sophie said: “It’s so exciting to be performing hits from my entire career with full orchestral arrangements for the

first time. This is a bit of a dream come true. “I’m especially delighted that I get to do some proper full-on live disco with strings. It’s going to be really special.” The basis for the shows will be arrangements stemming from her forthcoming Orchestral Greatest Hits album due in 2019. She worked on it with long term collaborator and album producer Ed Harcourt with orchestral arrangements by Amy Langley (Dirty Pretty Strings), and additional production from David Arnold. You can catch Sophie Ellis-Bextor when she brings her ‘The Song Diaries Tour’ to Vicar Street on June 13.



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A NORTHSIDE woman says she has improved her fitness and increased her confidence thanks to a new way of wearing her prosthetic leg. Maeve McGrath (58), who lives in Swords, became a below-knee amputee three years ago after contracting osteomyelitis in her leg, which had already been damaged from an accident more than 40 years previously. Since the amputation, Maeve, a dressmaker, who has been under the care of Ottobock’s clinic at Cappagh Hospital in Finglas, has worked hard to regain her mobility. Recently she was offered the chance by her

prosthetist Donna Fisher to trial a new socket system, which would give her more comfort, safety and confidence. The socket system, made by Ottobock, is called Dynamic Vacuum System (DVS) and works by magnetically connecting the socket at the end of the prosthesis to the liner the wearer puts on their residual limb. When Maeve puts weight on her prosthesis, DVS pushes all the air out, before pulling in air when she lifts her leg to walk. The constant push-pull of air as Maeve walks creates a suction vacuum, meaning there is a better connection between her residual limb and her

prosthesis. Maeve says: “Before, I would feel the separation between my leg and my socket. Lifting my leg up, I would feel a dragging sensation. It wasn’t comfortable and it made me feel unsure of myself. “With DVS I have none of those issues, it’s like my prosthesis is a continuation of me. I wear it from the minute I get up to when I go to bed, and I’ve been able to improve my health and fitness as a result.” While Maeve still walks with a stick, she swims several times a week and has been able to achieve 4km walks with DVS — a distance she hopes to increase as her fitness

Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland World Osteoporosis Day 20th Oct 2018 OSTEOPOROSIS CLINIC because of her own understand that you IRELAND was established painful condition scoliosis can have osteoporosis/ by Susan Boland a diagnosed at the age of osteopenia anywhere in Nutritional Therapist and 26, which is a risk factor the body, not just in the Karen Byrne a Registered for osteoporosis. As a hips and spine. We are Normal Osteoporosis General Nurse as a result result Karen suggested providing a service at of their common interest checking Susan’s our clinics to educate our Osteoporosis is Preventable - Osteoporosis in osteoporosis and bone bone density with her clientsisinTreatable relation to their health. ultrasound bone density bone health, to assist the Susan is also qualified scanner, gives an improvement of bone advice basedwhich on your symptoms Susan Boland, Nutritional Therapist Osteoporosis ClinicaIreland is a body strength and ‘Osteoporosis Index’ density. Atyou, Osteoporosis (NT) will assess to develop multidisciplinary clinic, providing 4. Weight bearingrisk exercises to conditioning coach with based readings of Clinic Ireland wetoperform personalised nutrition meet your a unique triple therapy approach, target theon improvement of bone many of teaching the radius (wrist) and aspecific bone density scan bone health needs. that hasyears been developed to assist density experience assistingto bone tibia result every 6 months in people with or predisposed 5. Bone(shin).The density scanning to people with bone health indicated that Susan between 2 yearly Mary McCallan, CharteredDXA health issues. Osteoporosis is a silent determine osteoporosis risk index issues. She monitored has osteoporosis in based her on scans to monitor Physiotherapist will assessour you & disease affecting 1 in 2 women 6. Supplements explained her yearly forearm Karen therefore clients progress with our give you specific exercises to improve and 1clients in 4 men 2over the ageDXA of 50 in each client’s&needs scan the suggested a DXA scan to program. Thisbalance includes your bone density, & posture, Ireland,results althoughfor all age groups can 7. Testing available to identify last number of years check spine and hips. specific bearing designed toweight fit in with your lifestyle be affected. individualher requirements and foundisthat thoseand The was normal exercises and individualprovided Osteoporosis preventable 8. DXAresult scan explained who didn’t their it but based on the severe aSusan Physiotherapist/ & Karen use the mostdiet/ up to treatable at all follow stages therefore 9. Preventable measures addressed protocol exercise/ level ofpredisposed scoliosis, nutrition date research and in the testing development of is important of to address your bone for those to the osteoporosis diet/nutrition Radiologist decided to in to look each theirrelation program. We forward to health especially if itregularly is hereditary. eg. early menopause/ family history resulted in deterioration check forearm which individual’s symptoms allto engaging with you on your journey There are usually no warning 10. Manyher conditions can be in bone density. gave a T-score of -4 which under roof of our improvingthe yourone bone health. signs an individual has developed associated with the development of Susan hasand it’s a special is osteoporosis. multi Follow updisciplinary consultations areclinics available osteoporosis often only osteoporosis interest in this area People need to countrywide. to you at 3 to 6 monthly intervals in diagnosed when a bone is fractured. During your consultation at each location countrywide.

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improves. And with the system, she was also able to fulfil one of her life ambitions — walking over Sydney Harbour Bridge. “I knew I wanted to do it and even if I hadn’t had DVS I would have tried,” she says. “But knowing what I know now about DVS, it would have been a lot harder and potentially more painful. “I felt much more confident and had no issues throughout the walk despite all the stairs and the distance. It was brilliant!” For more information about Ottobock’s range of products and services, visit

Maeve McGrath is benefiting from the new Dynamic Vacuum System (DVS).

Increase in dementia research funding urged THE Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is calling on the Government to increase dementia research funding. The call follows the release of the World Alzheimer’s Report 2018, ‘The state of the art of dementia research: New frontiers’, which looks at breakthroughs and barriers into dementia research on a worldwide scale. The report, which has been released by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), asks where we are now, why have there been no major breakthroughs in 20 years and what are the barriers to finding solutions. It looks at exciting new work in the field, the new frontiers of dementia research and it underlines the vital call for increased dementia research funding. Dementia is one of the most significant global health and social crises in the 21st century, yet too often diagnosis is made late. There is also no cure for dementia; it’s the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. Alzheimer Society of

the impact of dementia on communities and countries. “We hope that the release of the World Alzheimer’s Report will increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and spark a debate which will lead to more governments and businesses dedicating funds and focus to help people with dementia and Legendary chef Darina Allen (centre); Alzheimer their families live better Society of Ireland Stakeholder Training and Compliance Officer Davina Smith (left); and Alzheimer lives,” added Mr Fitzgerald. Separately, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland Head of Fundraising Mairead Dillon Society of Ireland also pictured with the book ‘A Taste to Remember’. marked World Alzheimer’s Day 2018 by launching a Ireland chief executive Pat increase by 10 million in new collectible cookbook, McLoughlin said the report 2018. ‘A Taste to Remember’, “These are startling makes for very interesting a book that features figures and Governments reading. across the world must take recipes from people “We are fully supportive this issue more seriously.” with dementia, family of this report and the members, volunteers and On World Alzheimer’s wider ‘Every 3 Seconds’ ASI staff. Day, which took place campaign which is being recently, the ASI called backed by all the major The book also features on the Government to international dementia recipes from leading Irish organisations to highlights dramatically increase chefs including Darina awareness, detection and the fact that dementia is Allen, Clodagh McKenna, the global health and social diagnosis of dementia Catherine Fulvio and challenge of our time,” said by meeting targets of the Simon Delaney. World Health Organisation Mr Fitzgerald. For the thousands (WHO) global plan on the “In Ireland there are an of families living with public health response to estimated 55,000 people dementia in Ireland dementia 2017-2025. with dementia and, on a today, the cookbook This plan aims to improve perfectly illustrates their worldwide scale, there the lives of people with are more than 50 million reality – sharing meals, dementia, their families people currently living stories and memories and the people who care with dementia and this together in good times for them, while decreasing and bad. figure is predicted to



NAC Masters Swimming Club wins tenth consecutive title MEMBERS of a Dublin swimming club are celebrating after winning a historic 10th Leinster Open Sea title in a row. NAC Masters Swimming Club is also celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Every summer the Leinster Open Sea Committee, part of Swim Ireland, organises a season of ‘Open Sea’ swimming races in a variety of locations along the Leinster coast. The races cater for all ages and abilities, from teenagers to senior citizens and from novice swimmers to former internationals. The races take place at a variety of swimming locations along the east coast, including some of Dublin’s best known bathing spots like the Bull Wall, Portmarnock, Seapoint and Killiney Beach. This year over 33 races took place. The Liffey Swim and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race are the two ‘Majors’ and most highly prized events in this calendar. The NAC Men’s team claimed the ‘Men’s Team of the Year’ title for the 10th year in a row this year, having won their first title in 2009. NAC Masters is one of Ireland’s

Members of NAC Masters with their haul of trophies. largest and most successful masters swimming clubs. Founded in 1988, the club has grown steadily in both membership numbers and reputation. ‘Masters’ is the term given to competitive swimming for anyone over 25-yearsof-age. Chairperson of NAC Masters John Farrell said: “The 2018 open water summer season was no different to

any other year - competition in the water was intense among the 19 clubs competing for the title. All 50 members of our Men’s team battled hard in every race over the summer. “This is a super achievement for our men’s team and we’re very proud of them. “I’d especially like to thank our coach Declan Harte who has put in

Members of the Men’s team at NAC Masters after they won their 10th successful title. a huge effort over the last number of years coaching and motivating both the Men’s and Ladies’ teams.” Mr Farrell is encouraging anyone with an interest in training and competing to visit one of their sessions at the National Aquatic Centre or Westwood Clontarf. The training times are available on www. “In the pool we currently have 11

Irish record holders: Dan Golden, Joanne Figala, Jack Meade, Julie Galloway, Helena McGrath, Liz McCarthy, Sandra O’Leary, Tom Healy, Richard Harding and Helen O’Leary and we also have 28 Irish relay records across the age groups,” he added.

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You’ll see a lot of us about From 7th October, the following routes will be operated by Go-Ahead Ireland on behalf of Transport for Ireland

45a, 45b, 59, 63, 63a, 75 and 75a TFI Leap Card, Free Travel Pass, Dublin Bus Rambler, Monthly and Annual TaxSaver tickets remain valid. Ireland




COMEDY PLAY: PS Productions presents the hilarious comedy, ‘It Runs In The Family’, by Ray Cooney, at the Sean O’Casey Community Theatre, East Wall, from October 16-20 at 8pm. Directed by Pat O’Sullivan. Tickets cost €12/€10. Bookings: Theatre: 01-8509000 or Pat on 087-6773322.   CUPLA FOCAL: Try out your cúpla focal Every Thursday at 11.45am in the Seán O'Casey Community Centre in East Wall. For more information, phone Ben on 086-2663392.  




ART GROUP: Ross Art Group is welcoming new members, male and female, to join their friendly weekly painting sessions. They meet on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm, at the Ierne Sports & Social Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra. If you enjoy painting and would like to join, please contact Patricia Doyle 087-7431142 ( or Pauline Walsh on 01-8370821 (paulinemurphywalsh@hotmail. com). BRIDGE CLUB: Victory Bridge Club is open to new members. They play every Tuesday at 7.30pm at St Patrick’s Training College, Drumcondra. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and it provides an ideal environment, both for beginners and for more experienced players. Enquiries to Fiona at 0861713970 or Liz at 086-8457309.  


TABLE QUIZ: Friends Of Balscadden Bay (FOBB) is organising a fundraiser Table Quiz on Thursday October 11, starting at 8pm, at the Abbey Tavern, Howth. Entry is €10 per person, tables of six maximum. Cash prizes, raffle tickets on the night. ART GROUP: Howth Art Group is seeking new members. They meet every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 10pm in the Old Courthouse, Howth. Sessions consist of selfdirected painting interspersed with demonstrations from professional artists. The friendly group has artists with a range of painting experience from beginners to advanced. If interested, email:  


LIP SYNC: A Lip Synch Battle, in aid of St Francis Hospice and the St Anne’s Day Ward at Beaumont Hospital, will take place on October 20 at Craobh Chiarain. Tickets are €20. Please contact Cathy on 0838440306 for more information. AGM: The Le Cheile Donnycarney Community & Youth Centre CLG AGM is taking place on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm and we are welcoming your interest in volunteering on Director or Sub-Committee level of our organisation. Email the centre manager to receive a nomination form. People living, working or otherwise engaged with Donnycarney or neigbbouring communities are invited to get involved.

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton visited Ardscoil La Salle to join their Golden Jubilee celebrations. The school was established in 1968 to serve the Raheny, Kilbarrack, Donaghmede and Edenmore areas and now also accepts students from the growing areas of Belmayne and Clongriffin. Minister Bruton is pictured planting a tree in the company of some of the students and Principal Colm Mythen.


FUCHSIA WORKSHOP: The Irish Fuchsia & Pelargonium Society is holding a meeting on Thursday, October 11 at 7.45pm in St Brigid's Resource Centre, to the rear of the car park of St Brigid's Church, Howth Road, Killester. Fuchsia Workshop with Nick Egan, ‘Keep your fuchsias happy over winter’. Admission is €4 and everyone is welcome.



DRAMA: Bayside Drama Group meetings have resumed at MidSutton Community Centre. The group is staging a variety musical show in early November and would love to see lots of new members - all ages and talent welcome! For more information email


TARGET: Trinity Adult Resource Group for Education & Training (TARGET) has relocated to Donaghmede House Community Centre, Newbrook Road. Enrolling now for autumn/winter classes, contact 01-8671967 9am-3.30pm, email COUNSELLING SERVICE: TARGET counselling service takes place at 41 Grangemore Grove, Donaghmede (bungalow behind Holy Trinity Church). For further information, contact 01-8670279, Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm and 3.30pm-7.30pm.  


TALK: Clontarf Gardening Society will present a gardening talk by Dominica McKevitt of Ardgillan Castle at St John’s Parish Centre, Seafield Road on Thursday, October 25 at 8pm. Admission for non members is €5 and includes tea and homemade cake. Admission for members is free. All are welcome. ICA MEETINGS (DOLLYMOUNT): The Irish Countrywomen’s Association meet every Wednesday at 8pm in the Irish Wheelchair Association building in Blackheath

Pictured are members of the Raheny Tidy Village Group, winners of the Bronze Medal Award in Category E of the SuperValu TidyTowns National Awards, from l-r: Leo ‘George’ Devitt, Michael Gaffney, Terry Clarke, Con Clarke, Seamus Griffith, Mary Judge and Pat Crimmins. PHOTO: LEO ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT Avenue, Clontarf. Numerous craft activities, exercise classes, folks outings etc. New members always very welcome. For further information contact Attracta Berkery on 086-1638494 or Kay Dwyer on 086-6042268.


GUIDES: Buion Colette Guides CGI Baldoyle. Cygnets meet every Saturday from 10.30am-11.30am (four and a half to six and a half years); and Brigins every Saturday from 11.30am to 1pm (7-10years). Drop in and have some fun. Phone Pauline on 087-2975452 for more information. 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 are welcome including beginners. Participants can learn: sending and receiving emails, adding an attachment to an email, paying bills, shopping online, booking flights,

using Skype, searching the internet, Social Media and much more. For more information phone the school on 01-8325591.

information. HEALTHY FOOD: Do you wish to improve your shopping, cooking and eating habits? Healthy food Made Easy is a cookery and nutrition SUTTON six-week course run between the CRAFT FAIR: The Genuine Craft HSE and Northside Partnership, and Fair is holding a craft fair on open to all. Contact Linda for details Sunday, October 14 in the Marine 01-8320995. Hotel Sutton from 10am to 4pm.   Admission is free. The fair has a wide variety of unique arts and crafts, ARTANE jewellery, patchwork, sculpture, CHURCH CHOIR: A church choir knitting, crochet, cross stich, requires new members, both male painting, stain glass, painted glass, and female. They practice every face and body products and wood Wednesday at 7pm for an hour and working. sing on Saturday at the 6pm vigil mass   in St John Vianney Church Ardlea Road, Artane. Contact Martin on 01KILBARRACK 8316168 or 086-8931034. STOP SMOKING: Northside   Partnership is holding a free stop DRAMA: Riverside Drama Circle smoking services group course for meet at St John of God Girls’ School, men and women who wish to quit Kilmore Road, Artane. Aspiring smoking, starting on October 15 and experienced actors are most (every Monday for six weeks). It welcome, especially male actors. will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm Contact Kevin Jones, PRO, on 086at Kish House, Greendale Road, 2435478. The group is planning to Kilbarrack. stage two one-act plays at Naomh Phone Michael on 085-8478960 Barrog GAA Club in November. or Bernie on 085-8478961 for more




Experience the best of Ireland YOU certainly won’t be stuck for things to do if you holiday at home. Ireland not only boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery but it also provides families, couples and groups of friends with lots to do. Take a look at our top ten things to do on a staycation. 1. ISLAND HOPPING Ireland has unbelievably beautiful islands dotted around the coastline, most with rugged shores, spectacular beaches and rugged cliffs. Scuba dive off the coast of Donegal at Toraigh, surf off Achill Island, spend some time wandering around the legendary Aran Islands, do some fishing on the Valentia islands, or even bird-watch on Ireland’s Eye off the coast of Dublin. 2. HORSE TREKKING Trek through Killarney’s beautiful National Park with Killarney Riding Stables. It’s just 2km from Killarney town and offers a range of outings from two hour treks to up to five day horseback hikes around the surrounding forests, beaches and country lanes. After the trek, visit Muckross House - a 19th Century mansion featuring all the furnishings and artefacts of the period.

already vibrant university city to life. This celebration of visual and performance art is regarded as one of Europe’s key cultural events and each year thousands throng the city to see the creative street performances, art, music and have some mighty craic. 6. GO GOLFING There’s some truly magnificent 18 hole golf courses dotted along the North West Atlantic coastline which make use of spectacular coastal scenery in creating some of the world’s most challenging golf courses. There’s an easy and relaxed atmosphere in most clubs such as the County Cavan Golf Club, Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal and of course the Lough Rynn Castle & Nick Faldo Championship Golf Course. 7. RUN INTO THE WEST Get your running shoes on and join over 3,500 participants taking part in one of the world’s most unique marathons - The Connemarathon. The run takes place over Connemara’s Twelve Bens and is one of Ireland’s most successful marathons.

8. TAKE A HIKE Take to the mountains and hills of Ireland and explore the beauty and uniqueness of our country on foot. 3. GO CRUISING Our dramatic landscape makes it an A cruise on the Shannon is hard exciting one for hiking and walking to beat for fun. Plot a route and see and there’s always a spectacular where you end up - the sense of view just around the corner. There’s freedom is fantastic! The scenery is breathtaking and there’s plenty to see some stunning walks in Connemara, and do along the way. Ireland has 800 The Burren, and Kerry, which are all famous for their walking trails. kilometres of navigable waterways which are open all year around and 9. SET SAIL TO CORK cruisers can be hired until October. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race docks in Cork from July 1-9 and 4. DISCOVER WONDERFUL it promises to be an exciting time. It’s WATERFORD the first year Ireland has ever entered The Sunny South East’s capital is this race which set off from the East full of history, heritage and culture. Coast of England in September. Ireland’s oldest city has numerous There’s plenty of festivities organised cultural events throughout the year over the eight day stop off. such as the Sean Dunne Writers’ Festival, World Ocean’s Festival and the Trafest Music Weekend. Activities 10. SURFING The Shannon region has lots of in the surrounding areas include golfing, angling, equestrian activities great surfing spots with good schools where beginners can find their sea and cycling. legs. County Clare is perfect for both total beginners and experienced 5. FESTIVAL FUN IN GALWAY big wave riders with the best surfing Ireland’s largest arts event, the experiences at Doonbeg Castle, Galway Arts festival takes place in Spanish Point and Lahinch. July and it never fails to bring this

Horse trekking is a great holiday activity.

There’s no shortage of hiking adventures all around Ireland.

Another gold award for Galgorm NORTHERN Ireland’s Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ballymena has been awarded ‘Best Four Star Resort’ at the coveted Gold Medal Awards at a black-tie gala dinner at The Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. Now in their 30th year, the Gold Medal Awards are run by the catering industry bible, Hotel & Catering Review. Galgorm’s award as Ireland’s Four Star Resort acknowledges excellence in service and accommodation in a

four-star resort environment. Judges said Galgorm demonstrated high standards and flawless service in a comfortable, quality resort, while both meeting and exceeding guest expectations. This year The Gold Medal Awards had over 550 entries, across 33 categories as well as 200 site inspections so Galgorm was up against stiff competition. General Manager of Galgorm Resort & Spa, Colin Johnston, said: "We are

extremely proud to be recognised in the Irish hospitality's biggest industry award. “It’s a huge accolade for all the staff to be honoured as achieving the highest standards and excellence in hospitality." Hot on the heels of winning Gin Bar of the Year 2018 at the Bar of the Year Awards, this is another accolade for the trophy cupboard at the resort that has already scooped a number of high profile awards this year.





Truth & Dare by Martina Devlin About The Author MARTINA Devlin is an Omagh born author and journalist. Her prizes include a Hennessy Literary Award, and the Royal Society of Literary of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize. She is a current affairs commentator for the Irish Independent. She has been short listed twice for the Irish Book Awards. Her latest book ‘About Sisterland’ follws other works by Martina, including ‘The House Where It Happened’, ‘Banksters’, ‘Ship of Dreams’, ‘The Hollow Heart’ and ‘Venus Reborn’.

LEADERS. Rebels. Pioneers. Their times were out of step with them – but now their time has come... In this series of short stories by award-winning writer Martina Devlin we are re-introduced to some of Ireland’s trailblazing women. In this collection we meet Countess Markievicz back from the dead to cast a disapproving eye over modern Ireland; Hanna Sheehy Skeffington on hunger strike in prison; and Somerville and Ross discussing book business with their London agent, Mr Pinker. Others we encounter include a range of activists –Anna Parnell in a pawnshop, Belfast’s Mary Ann McCracken walking her brother to the scaffold, Nano Nagle in a hedge school and Dr Kathleen Lynn locking horns with an archbishop. Authentic and poignant, witty and revealing, Truth & Dare draws on true events to breathe life into an extraordinary cast of women. “The women I write about in Truth & Dare have been submerged - overlooked or undervalued - despite each one being a trailblazer,” the author explains. “They didn't always succeed in their aims but they

always took action – and didn't ask for permission first. Some were interested in winning the vote for women, others in the labour movement and still others in Irish independence. A number were involved in all three causes. They dreamed, worked and collaborated, and together pushed against the boundaries. “Despite making exceptional contributions they were reduced to a historical footnote. A hundred years ago, the women of Ireland first voted in a general election. Let’s reclaim these inspirational women in this centenary year. For their sakes – and our own.” The book has been described by fellow author Sinéad Gleeson, as: “An intelligent, insightful collection that takes some of Ireland’s most significant women and brings them effortlessly to life. From political renegades to writers, they live, breathe and walk among us.”

Nursing home residents reveal writings A SPECIAL collection of writings by nursing home residents was launched recently on International Day of the Older Persons, by Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly. The launch also coincided with the commencement of Positive Ageing Week. The collection of writings has been brought together by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI). It features writings from over 80 nursing home residents who are living in nursing homes across the country. Nursing Homes Ireland undertook the special initiative to showcase the talents of nursing home residents and to provide people with an insight into the very special people who live in our nursing homes. The writings encompass positive reflections of times present and past, with special childhood memories recalled. The book features writings that encompass reflection, sadness, humour, happiness, faith, friendship and love. Life traits are blended together within the book of writings.

that is undertaken every week between residents and school pupils and students across the country. Some sage advice and reflections are provided within this collection of writings. The positivity of times past is recalled and residents write of the importance of respect, friendship, love, support, care, happiness and contentment. People reading the book will laugh and also be touched by the sentiment within the writings. We are immensely Richie Collins (92) is one of the contributors to ‘A Story I Have Lived so proud of this project and complement the fantastic writers Long to Make’. He is pictured with (left to right) Maureen O’Donovan who have made this work so and Catriona Petit at the launch of the book. special.” The oldest contributor to the during their lives. Nursing Homes Ireland CEO, book is 104 years of age and the “This extraordinary project Tadhg Daly, states: “We are title emanates from a phrase presented great opportunity delighted to publish this very used within one of the resident’s for nursing home residents to special and unique collection embrace storytelling and put pen writings. of writings during Positive The book has been circulated to paper. For many, it’s a first for Ageing Week. Nursing homes to more than 400 nursing homes them to see a writing of theirs are committed to enabling the across the country and to people residents entrusted in their care to published in print. working within the elder care and “As a society, we can learn pursue their hobbies and interests health sectors. A limited number from our older people and and to participate in meaningful of copies are being made available and engaging activities. The arts of residents in nursing homes. This on demand to members of the writing and storytelling have been is demonstrated by the fantastic public. Tel: 01-4699800. intergenerational engagement integral to many older people

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Dacia Duster is cleaning up Seán Creedon WHEN Dacia introduced their Duster to Ireland in 2012 they described the “no frills’ car as “shockingly affordable”. The Romanian-built car arrived as we were nearing the end of a recession and it proved to be a popular buy for many Irish motorists who were looking for a bargain. Six years ago the entry level price for the Duster was €14,990. Dacia had modest sales targets for Ireland, but Paddy Magee, MD for Renault Ireland, who distributes Dacia, said that over the past six years they sold 20,000 Dacia cars here which includes 10,300 of their bargain basement Duster. The entry level price is now €17,390, but the manufacturers say it’s now a higher speced and more sophisticated car. Everybody loves a bargain and while we cannot recommend you cross the border or go to England to buy a new car, in the UK the Duster costs approximately £10,000 sterling. But then there is nothing new in this price difference. I remember the price of cars in Ireland compared to the UK being one of Gay Byrne’s hobbyhorses on his morning programme on RTE radio

The new version of the Dacia doesn’t look much different to the first model. many years ago. The Government cannot stop motorists going north or to England for a bargain, but maybe the situation will change for the better when Brexit happens next year. The new version doesn’t


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Every car launch we attend these days all the talk is of Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). And it looks this new WLTP test which measures fuel consumption, CO2 and pollutant emissions, could mean an increase in the price of new cars. Dacia product manager Jeremy Warnock says the new Dacia is WLTP compliant and added that the Duster at entry-level prices is €2,000 cheaper than its competitors. The first version of the Duster surprised a lot of people with its off-road capabilities. It still has great ground clearance which makes it ideal to go off-road. A 4x4 version will be available next January. Two roof rails add to the chunky look. I really liked the armrest, which is provided specially for the driver. My test car came in a very bright Desert Orange colour and coupled with an impressive new-look grille, it was easy to find the car in the shopping absorbing surfaces and centre car park. thicker front windows. Yes, the Duster is still The driver’s seat is now more adjustable, and new “shockingly affordable” and the news is that it electric power steering now has a few touches of, makes light work of dare I say it luxury, with parking. Rear legroom is adequate and the boot has a reversing camera and keyless entry. 445 litres of space.

SIMI shows new car figures are down OFFICIAL statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of September were down 17.9 per cent (3,201) compared to last year. Registrations year to date are down 4.2 per cent (123,099) on the same period last year (128,548). New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were down 12 per cent (1,285) on September 2017 (1,460). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have increased 40.44 per cent for the month of September (191) when compared to the same month last year (136) and are up 4.61 per cent (2,337) year to date. Imported Used Cars have shown a slight decrease of 1.9 per cent for the month of September 2018 (8,494) when compared to September 2017 (8,662). Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan, stated: “The negative impact of Brexit is continuing

to drive new car registrations ever lower while increasing the volume of used imports on foot of a low sterling exchange rate and the falling value of older diesel cars in the UK.” He added: “We are also facing a further serious challenge with the rollout of the new WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure) Emissions testing regime that is being phased in since 1st of September on all new cars. “Under the new test regime, new cars will face an additional tax burden compared to usedimports as the stricter test will produce higher CO2 values but this only applies to new cars. “Unless the issue is addressed in the Budget this could mean a VRT increase for motorists buying new cars, but not for those buying a used import, although the EU had stated that it was never intended that consumers should have to pay increased taxes as a result.”

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Peugeot unveils three new models

GOWAN Distributors Limited, Peugeot Importers in Ireland, unveiled a trio of new models at the National Ploughing Championships recently The radical new Peugeot 508, the rugged Rifter MPV and the eagerlyawaited new Partner van each made their Irish debut on the Peugeot stand, ahead of their official launches in early 2019. Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director at Gowan Distributors said: “Year to date the Peugeot brand has enjoyed an excellent sales performance. Peugeot has seen a 46 per cent increase in new car registrations with our van range maintaining a top five position. “We look forward to continued consumer interest with the arrival of three very important new

Peugeot unveiled three new models this year. models. “The National Ploughing Championships prove every year to be the perfect platform to launch new models.” The new Peugeot 508’s exterior design is sharper and sleeker than that of its predecessor, while the car’s spectacular interior boasts the latest generation of the iconic Peugeot i-Cockpit. Highly favourable press reviews

from the international press launch of the new 508 in late June have already signalled exemplary road-handling, high performance new petrol and diesel engines, countless technology features and a quantum leap in quality. nitial units of the new 508 will arrive in dealerships in late 2018, with an official launch anticipated in early 2019.

Replacement to the popular Partner Tepee MPV and mirroring the premium style of the lionbrand’s latest creations, the robust new Peugeot Rifter is versatile and practical. Borrowing SUV characteristics from its big brother 3008 and 5008 SUVs - a high ride height, large wheels, wheel arches and rear bumper protection – proportions are perfectly balanced. Equipped with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, it features high levels of safety and comfort equipment, newgeneration petrol and diesel engines and is available in two lengths, with five or seven seats. The new Rifter will land in Ireland in late 2018, ahead of 191-registrations. The all-new Partner is the brand’s first light commercial vehicle to feature the Peugeot


i-Cockpit as standard, an unprecedented move in this vehicle segment. Offering the perfect balance between convenience, practicality and drivability, the new Partner is available in both Standard and Long body, to swallow goods measuring up 2.16m in length. It delivers a load capacity of up to 4.4m3 (two Europallets) and payloads ranging from 650KG to 1,000KG. A range of new petrol and diesel engines will be launched on the new Partner in 2019, with a choice of both manual and automatic transmission. The new Partner will launch in Ireland in early 2019. Peugeot is a regular exhibitor at the National Ploughing Championships and this year they displayed a total of 14 vehicles across the range.




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Applications open for North Wicklow ET NORTH Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School is to open for applications for First Year 2020 on October 17. Now in its third year, the school is currently based on Putland Road in Bray but is set to move. The Department of Education and Skills announced in June 2017 that the permanent location of the school will

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underpinned by the core pillars of its patron Educate Together – so it’s democratically run, equality based, student centred and coeducational. North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School is holding an open night on Thursday, October 25 from 5.30pm8pm where you can learn more about the school.

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Universities launch new joint charter IRELAND’S seven universities have committed to a charter to grow and develop the university education system for current and future generations of students. The Ireland’s Future Talent charter commits to to delivering a competitive university system for Ireland’s needs. Professor Patrick O’Shea, President of UCC and Chair of the Irish Universities Association explained why it’s needed. “Ireland has long extoled the virtue of our indigenous talent, nurtured by our education system,” he said. “However, a decade of under-investment by the State, the demographic bulge and a dynamic, competitive international education environment forces us all to confront stark realities. “It is incumbent on the State, on universities and on society to implement

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The right tools for every job DIY can be a great hobby but there’s nothing worse than deciding to take on a job and then finding out you don’t have the tools for the job at hand. Toolboxes are a personal thing – no two are the same - and what finds its way into yours is likely to be reflected in the type of DIY you like. But you have to start somewhere and if you’ve just moved into your first home or are fed up forking out on professionals every time there’s a bit of home improvement to be done then we can help you get your box tooled up. Your toolbox will grow with your DIY ability and will include some special tools that you may need to buy for specific jobs but for this article we’ll try to keep to the basics. For virtually every job around the home you’ll need to mark the work out, keeping your lines straight, plumb and square so a pencil and piece of chalk are essential. You can sharpen the pencil with a blade so don’t worry about sharpeners. You’ll also need a tape measure at least three metres long but get a five metre measure if you can afford it. A combination square with a spirit level built in is another must for your toolbox. It can be used to mark right angles, 45 degrees, as a depth gauge and as a ruler.

Fill your toolbox with equipment you’re likely to use most first. To get a plumb line you can either improvise with a nut and a piece of string or get one of the modern, selfchalking ones – useful when it comes to wallpapering or tiling. So now you have everything you need to prepare the job. The next step is getting the right tools. Here’s a list of basic tools that will enable you to do simple DIY tasks like assembling flat-pack furniture, changing fuses and fixing leaky taps.

• Stanley knife: You don’t have to buy the Stanley branded type although they are good. You can get reasonable disposable razor knives with snap-off blades. Useful for trimming, cutting and much more. • Spatula (scraper): for scraping off old decor, and applying filler among other things. • Pliers: Grip, twist and cut, but beware if the pliers' grip fails suddenly - you can nip yourself very painfully.

• Screwdrivers: One medium pozidriv, one medium slot type, and an engineer’s screwdriver for electrical jobs are the bare minimum. Larger posidriv and slot types are useful, or you may wish to get one of those drivers with the 6mm hexagonal bits stored on the handle. • Hammer: Avoid the cheapest as the head may splinter. A claw hammer is probably the best for general DIY. • Adjustable spanner: Purists will insist that only the right spanner should be used on any nut but for general DIY an adjustable will usually be adequate. • Wood saw: Probably the best bet is to buy the cheap hardpoint type and be prepared to ditch it when it goes blunt. Re-sharpening a good saw can cost more than buying a new cheap one. • Hacksaw: A junior hacksaw will probably cope with most of the jobs a beginner will be tackling. • File: A flat medium-cut file will be useful for cleaning up the edges of the metal you have cut with the hacksaw. • Surform plane: A useful allpurpose wood tool. The blades wear out rapidly so when it starts feeling like hard work it’s time for a new blade. • Chisel: A wood chisel is likely to be bought for a specific project so

initially it’s not an essential piece of kit. As well as the basic tools you’ll also need to keep a few odd and ends that will come in useful from time to time on a variety of jobs. • Torch: A Godsend if the lights go out or you are trying to see what is going on in a confined space. • Disposable lighter: Always handy, especially in conjunction with the next item. • Candle: Besides providing light in emergency it can be used to lubricate woodscrews and drawer runners. • WD 40: All sorts of uses including stopping your tools going rusty. • Insulating tape: Again all sorts of uses. • Cable ties: When pulled tight with pliers cable ties come close to the holding power of Jubilee clips. • Extension lead: A very useful bit of kit. • Picture hooks: Sooner or later you’ll want to hang something decorative on the wall. • Wood glue: For making sure that the flatpack furniture you put together stays that way. All sorts of other uses of course. • Nails: A bag of assorted nails and pins can be useful - particularly to hold a workpiece together while the wood glue sets. • Rawplugs: For fixing anything to a wall.

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Get the family together and carve out some pumpkins. scarier than a room full of vases with dead flowers drooping from the sides. For even more of a ‘Dawn of the Dead’ feel, consider hiding plastic spiders and bugs in unexpected places like between seat cushions or under the bathroom soap.

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NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 10.10.18 OK, so the house is really spooked out at this stage but there are some seasonal decorating ideas that will last long after the Halloween. Creating a wreath is one

of the more popular and easy crafting projects you can do this time of year. Wreaths can be round, square, or any shape you desire to complement your style.

Hung from a door or a wall or placed on a tabletop, wreaths are a wonderful way to add the elements of the season to your home. Items that can be

used to decorate a wreath are as limitless as your imagination. They include: silk or dried flowers; fruits; vegetables; berries; ribbons; and bows. You can find everything you need to create a wreath at your local arts and crafts stores, which have a wide selection of decorative tools and embellishments. For novice wreath makers, many websites now provide step-by-step instructions to help you create your very own wreath Another easy way to

set a seasonal mood in a room at this time of year is with a floral arrangement. You can really let your imagination run wild when you create an autumn floral display. You can use pinecones, seasonal fruit, evergreen branches, dried flowers, or even reeds to fill a vase, decorate a table or fill a corner of the room. Another popular and easy way to bring the look of autumn inside is through ‘candlescaping’. Candlescaping is all about creating a mood or telling a story using


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Pictured at the launch of the 2018/2019 Fingal Student Enterprise Programme in Swords Castle was Zara Stafford and Tegan Byrne ( 2nd years at Loreto College, Balbriggan) and Max Web and Aaron Abraham (2nd years at Colaiste Choilm in Swords). PHOTO: AIDAN CRAWLEY/SON PHOTOGRAPHY

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ABOVE: The Tartan Larder Cafe has been a big success since it opened in Swords. LEFT: Could you resist this coffee and cake? Glasgow College of Food Technology, and I have dipped into tasting the foods and fares of Australia for a number of years. “But at last the time has come for our family to live our dream. “We are based on Main Street Swords and have thrived since our opening in February with our quirky décor, hand roasted organic coffee from McCabes in Wicklow to our homemade brownies and cakes and our delicious Haggis all the way from Bonnie Scotland.” The Tartan Larder Café uses local suppliers and artisans as much as possible to source their produce. “We have a full and exciting Scottish breakfast menu and our speciality sandwiches and salads and tasty pies are made fresh and are available throughout the day,” adds Paul. The opening hours are: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm; Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There is outside catering available. Phone 01-5672920. You can also follow on Facebook and Instagram, The tartan larder experience.


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Dublin City Council I Alfredo Fantino intend to apply for permission at this site 81 Macroom Road (corner of Greencastle Drive), Coolock, Dublin 17, D17 PF80. The development will consist of the development of existing fastfood takeaway and residential premises. The development will include alterations to existing ground and first floor and the construction of a 2-storey extension to side and rear of existing premises. The ground floor (currently take-away premises) shall be extended to include new retail food store and proposed extension to side/rear of existing building which will include relocation of existing fast food take-away to front and side of new extended area. The first floor will consist of extension to existing apartment to form 2 no. 2 bedroom apartments and 1 no. 1 bedroom apartment . The development shall accommodate car-parking spaces to front of proposed development and connection to existing services 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 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.

Fingal County Council We John and Carol O‘Mahony intend to apply for a planning permission for a development on this site. The development will consist of a new single storey family room and store extension to side, single storey porch to side and internal alterations all to existing house at Bouley, 44B, Station Road, Sutton , Dublin 13. 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 16.30pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of Euro 20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Bryan Woods & Michelle Donohoe intend to apply for planning permission at No.50 All Saints Road, Raheny, Dublin 5. The works consist of the following: 1. Form new vehicular entrance onto public road and alter footpath. 2. Construct new two storey extension to side of existing dwelling. 3. Construct new single storey extension along front of existing dwelling. 4. Construct first floor bedroom extension above rear existing dining room return. 5. And for 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I Patricia Mc Evoy intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site 13 Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin 17, D17 R634. Development will consist of a 2 storey end of terrace 2No. bedroom house in the side garden of 13 Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin 17 and all associated works and demolition of existing boundary wall to the side of the existing house and a proposed pedestrian entrance to the front of the proposed house and a proposed new vehicular garage & entrance to the rear of the proposed site. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Application for planning permission for demolition of existing single storey extension to side and construction of new vehicular access and new detached two storey house with ancillaries & widening of existing vehicular access at 17 The Park, Beaumount Woods, Beaumount, Dublin 9, signed Adam Jesson. 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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DOWN 1. Heathen (5) 2. Harvest (6) 3. Cunning (3) 4. Contention (6) 5. Strength (7) 8. Petition (7) 11. Cautious (7) 13. Vagary (7) 15. Comment (6) 16. Departure (6) 17. Haste (5) 20. Fresh (3)

DOWN 1. He’ll put you in your place (5) 2. Transfix one man when the leader of the party intervenes (6) 3 and 11Dn. Covers for dormitory feasts? (10) 4. An angelic turn of phrase (6) 5. Humiliates me when clerics are around (7) 8. Essential prescription for a tonic! (7) 11. See 3 Down. 13. Shrewd interpolation in any lawless state (7) 15. Revenue from company in mine reconstruction (6) 16. It may get broken - put it down (6) 17. Bread for the meal? Just the reverse (5) 20. One appearing in Genesis and Revelations (3)


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SOUTH DUBLIN ANTIQUES & VINTAGE FAIR On Sunday, October 14 the regular South Dublin Antiques & Vintage Fair will take place at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, from 11am till 6pm. Included will be thousands of antique, vintage and collectable items. Admission to the fair is €3.50 per person, or just €2.50 with a voucher in this week’s Southside People. Entry is free for under-15s when accompanied by a supervising adult.

COMIC CON IRELAND Back to the Future fans can get a look at a real DeLorean at the official Comic Con Ireland Event taking place at the RDS on October 14-15. The event promises something for sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts as the RDS transforms into a huge celebration of modern pop culture. Visitors can explore a Comic Village packed with artists and writers, enjoy colourful costumes in the Cosplay Masquerade and meet special guests from the worlds of TV and film.

GAELFORCE HOWTH SUMMIT 10KM This 10km trail run route takes you from Howth village to Howth Hill Summit along rough tracks, grassy trails and sealed roads. It starts at Howth Castle and runners make their way through Deer Park Golf Course before ascending Howth Hill. It’s a tough run, but participants will be treated to sweeping views, making the climb worth every effort. Full details at

DUBLINTOWN FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL One of Ireland’s top models, Aoife Walsh joined Morelands Grill executive chef Dermot Brennan, and barista Barry Matchett at the launch of the DublinTown Food & Drink Festival, which is a festival dedicated to the city’s excellent food and drink, with everything from skinny lattes to espresso martinis, and from pizza to porchetta! The inaugural DublinTown Food and Drink Festival will celebrate establishments LIGHTNING COMEDY AT D’PARISH that water and feed Lightning Comedy at D’Parish will take place upstairs in the the city’s population Lord Mayor’s Pub, Swords on Friday, October 12. from morning ‘til night. Hosted by local playwright David Gilna, a bolt of laughter is Running from Monday, October 15 until Sunday, October 21, guaranteed. The line-up is Aoife Dooley, Mags McHugh, Derek there will be events in DublinTown's network of restaurants, Burke, Sean Begley, Robbie Ford, Linda Hayden, Orla O’Doherty bars, cafes and coffee shops, as well as hotels and retailers too. Brown, Danny Ballance, Dakota Mick and Brian Gallagher. The festival will also feed the mind of visitors with talks, Tickets (€10/€5) are available at the door or on eventbrite. workshops and masterclasses in the festival hubs across the city. Doors open 8pm; show starts 8.30pm. IMRAM 2018 IMRAM, the Irish language literature festival takes place in multiple venues around Dublin from October 15 – 20. Boasting a diverse and culturally filled programme of events for all ages, this year’s highlights include ‘Buail na Cloig/Ring them Bells: The Dylan Gospel Project’, performed by Liam Ó Maonlaí and a host of musicians, and celebrating the acclaimed work of Liam Ó Muirthile, who sadly passed away earlier this year. IMRAM na nÓg 2018 is the children’s literature and arts segment of the festival and the Lexicon Library and IADT in Dun Laoghaire play host to numerous colourful, fun and educational events from October 11 to November 10 – and they’re all free. THE BOYS Michael Harnett’s play, ‘The Boys’, will continue its run at the Viking Theatre, Clontarf, until October 13. The play, set in Drumcondra in the ‘60s, deals with the boys growing up, their own struggles with sexuality and maturity, their worries about the future and the most important subject in their lives, girls. Featuring four talented actors – including Killian Coyle who CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS recently joined the cast of Fair City – a total of 24 characters are ACROSS: 6 Ishmael; 7 Level; 9 Relay; 10 Debated; 12 recreated through the swift actions of the actors who change Helping hand; 14 wigs and costumes in the blink of an eye. Inside story; 18 Brocade; 19 Scale; 21 Shams; 22 Overdue. Tickets cost €15. For bookings phone 087-1129970. For more DOWN: 1 Usher; 2 Impale; 3 Bed; 4 Seraph; 5 Demeans; information, visit 8 Keynote; 11 Spreads; 13 Anarchy; 15 Income; 16 Record; 17 Flour; 20 HOWTH TABLE QUIZ Eve. Friends Of Balscadden Bay (FOBB) is organising QUICK SOLUTIONS a fundraising Table Quiz ACROSS: 6 Manacle; 7 Stoop; 9 Faint; 10 Besides; 12 on Thursday October 11, Fraudulence; 14 starting at 8pm, at the Abbey Hairdresser; 18 Premier; 19 Rogue; 21 Scare; 22 Require. Tavern, Howth. Entry is €10 DOWN: 1 Pagan; 2 Garner; 3 Sly; 4 Strife; 5 Potency; 8 per person, tables of six Request; 11 maximum. There will be cash Guarded; 13 Caprice; 15 Remark; 16 Exodus; 17 Hurry; 20 prizes and raffle tickets on the New. night.

Crossword Answers 10th October

OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN This is Ireland's largest architecture festival, inviting all Dubliners to explore our city from October 12-14. It works through a simple but powerful idea - showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren't usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides. All tours are completely free. Check out the individual event details and booking instructions on the Open House Dublin website at


From the Archives


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

Bertie Ahern, pictured with his then partner Celia Larkin, celebrates his election to the Dail in 1997. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA

Freeman’s Journal, October 12, 1836

Freeman’s Journal, October 26, 1829

A couple enjoy a day out in Skerries in 1965. PHOTO: DUBLIN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Freeman’s Journal, October 16, 1829.

Irish Press, October 26, 1950

Freeman’s Journal, October 3, 1827



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