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1 FREE NEWSPAPERS Action is demanded to help local school THE Department of Education and Skills is being urged to act on the “dire” condition of a number of prefabs at a Northside school. According to a local senator, the situation at St Molaga’s Senior National School, Balbriggan, is leaving countless staff, pupils and families at their wit’s end. Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs, raised the matter again in Seanad Éireann recently.

“St Molaga’s has been an important part of the community in Balbriggan for over 30 years,” she told Northside People. “Just under 30 teachers and six Special Needs Assistants (SNA) are currently providing a quality education to well over 400 local pupils. Over half of these pupils are being taught in prefab accommodation. “It’s incredibly frustrating that I have raised the situation in St Molaga’s a number of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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Senator Lorraine CliffordLee pupils will catch flus and colds over the next few months having to sit in prefabs that are almost 20-years-old, crumbling

quickly as possible. A site visit took place at Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Tyrrelstown ETNS and St Luke’s National School on Thursday (October 25), which involved officials from the Department, structural engineers and representatives of Western Building Systems. “This provided Western Building Systems with the opportunity to view the structural issues identified

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at the three schools,� a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills said. At the time of going to press, the Department was awaiting a response from Western Building Systems. “The overriding priority of the Department remains the health and safety of the school pupils and staff,� the spokesperson added. The first school impacted by the crisis was Ardgillan Community College where a section of the building was forced to close due to significant structural issues. St Francis of Assisi in Belmayne; Belmayne

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will facilitate the project being progressed into Architectural Planning, including the appointment of a Design Team. “In the interim, to meet the short-term needs of the school, the Department approved additional temporary accommodation, which is in place at the school.� The spokesperson added: “The Department wishes to confirm its commitment to progressing and delivering the project for the school.�

Testing time for schools affected by crisis THE Department of Education and Skills has been in contact with all schools constructed by Western Building Systems, and which are due to undergo a structural assessment, to confirm the arrangements. Assessments began at the weekend and are continuing over the mid-term break in order to minimise disruption to schools and ensure they can be completed as

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for St Molaga’s National School is included in the Department’s Capital Programme, primarily to replace temporary accommodation with permanent facilities. “A Technical Site visit has taken place at St Mologa’s Senior National School with a view to identifying the scope of works and to allow for the completion of the project brief,� the spokesperson said. “In that regard the Department is completing the final elements of the Project Brief, which

and getting worse. “In this day and age it’s hard to fathom how this is let go on by the Department,� she said. “Urgent progress must be made on upgrading and extending the school building in St Molaga’s. “Another 12 months cannot be let pass without these building works getting underway and dangerous prefab accommodation is replaced.� In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills said a project

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In the latest statement from Western Building Systems - before going to press - the company said in the case of the three schools currently closed, the Department of Education and Skills’ contracts for these projects stipulated that they be completed within a timeframe of 20-26 weeks. “We met these timelines as per our contractual obligations,� said a spokesperson. “The Department itself deemed each project to be fully compliant, issuing the supporting certificates of completion.� The company said it met officials from the Department last Thursday. “We welcome this development as it allows for a better understanding of why these three schools, previously deemed compliant by the Department, have now been closed,� the spokesperson added. “Mindful of pupils, parents and teachers, we are determined to work with the Department to get to the bottom of this matter.� Meanwhile, Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) has voiced his concern regarding situation at Ardgillan Community College. “The fact that structural issues are present in any school building is wholly unacceptable, and our students and young people deserve better,� he said.


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Council has bottle to install water initiative EFFORTS to reduce plastic waste and provide high quality drinking water in public places have moved up a gear on the Northside. Fingal County Council is in the process of installing sustainable drinking water fountains in Howth and Malahide. The first water fountain was installed in Howth by the council’s operations department which has been working with Refill Ireland, an environmental project that aims to provide readily available water in public places. Another fountain is due to be installed in Malahide Demesne shortly. Director of operations for Fingal County Council David Storey said: “Single use plastic water bottles account for a large proportion of waste and the installation of drinking water fountains will help to prevent this. “The fountains are easy to access and use and are an environmentally friendly

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Education should be a right, not a lottery TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com

THESE are particularly anxious times for parents: on one hand we have schools being forced to close due to safety concerns; on the other, we have a shortage of places for students who are about to start their secondary education. In my local area, there has been unprecedented demand for secondary school places. Sixth class pupils who would have automatically

gained entrance in previous years have been put on a waiting list with over 100 others. Last week, parents and students affected by the crisis at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush held a protest outside the Dáil to highlight their situation. This same school has been promised a badly-needed new building for years, with no visible sign of progress. Despite operating in conditions that are far from ideal, it is to the credit of the principal, teachers and the students themselves that the school has enjoyed academic success over the years and plays a central role in the community. It is a damning indictment of the Government’s lack of foresight when students and parents have to protest

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Teens raise plight of the homeless Stephen Porzio

participate fully in helping the homelessness because of his age, he arranged the YOUNG people are event to remind those in the key to solving the housing crisis, according the suburbs of the extent of the crisis. to Solidarity Councillor “In Dublin city centre, Michael O’Brien, who you see homelessness was speaking at a every day. But there’s not Donaghmede-based many people homeless sleepout to raise around here and those awareness about that are, sofa surf or are homelessness. stuck in their parents’ Arranged by fifth years house. You don’t see it,” from Grange Community said O’Connor. College, the event took “I want people to realise place from 8pm on Friday, homelessness is a growing October 12 to 8am on issue and consider Saturday, October 13. helping out homelessness Around 20 people were organisations in whatever in attendance, setting up tents outside Donaghmede way they can.” The sleepout was Church on the rainy night. The event was organised difficult to organise, by Brandon O’Connor (16), according to the youngsters. a volunteer at Inner City “No one was willing Helping Homelessness. to support us. We’re Feeling unable to

teenagers and people did not want to help in case they were liable if anything went wrong. But I think we managed okay,” said Rebecca Gray (17) who also helped organise the event. After approaching various charities and organisations, the Tasnuva Shamim Foundation stepped in to provide food, tables and tents. The Clongriffin based non-profit organisation is one of the many to give food outside the GPO on Friday nights. “It’s very important to raise awareness in our local communities. I’ve never seen anyone around here do something like this so as soon as these students came to me and asked for my help, I said

Brandon O’Connor organised the event. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA of course,” said Shagor Ahmed Shamim, founder of the Tasnuva Shamim Foundation. “These are the people who will lead our community in the future. It’s important we support them.” Cllr O’Brien, who represents the BeaumontDonaghmede Local Electoral Area (LEA), said

it has been “frustrating” not being able to replicate the success of the water charges campaign for the homelessness crisis. He wants a mass people power movement to tackle the issue, one which will help the Government “do the right thing”. “I think it’s been difficult because those who are the worst affected –

homeless or in emergency accommodation - are unable on a practical level to get active,” said Cllr O’Brien. “The missing piece of the jigsaw seems to be young people who can’t find somewhere affordable. “They’re demonstrating energy and a willingness to get active. That’s key to getting the people power

movement that we need going.” Cllr O’Brien added: “The school students here tell me they are 16 and 17-years-of age. If the Government doesn’t change tack policy-wise on housing, they will inherit the mess by the time they are third-level students trying to find somewhere of their own to live.”

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Northside author’s new crime novel courts great interest Pat O’Rourke A NORTHSIDE journalist’s feature article in a national newspaper has provided the catalyst for her debut novel in the crime genre. Fiona Gartland, from Drumcondra, has been working with The Irish Times for 13 years, covering many trials at the Criminal Courts of Justice. ‘In The Court’s Hands’ is the first instalment of her three-book deal with Poolbeg Press. The lead character is a stenographer (a person who works in a courtroom and transcribes spoken words by typing them into a steno machine). Beatrice Barrington witnesses a meeting between the defendant in the criminal case she’s working on and a woman who later contacts a member of the jury. Still trying to deal with a difficult past, Beatrice

is pulled into a world of deception, danger and blackmail. Helped by her friend, she is in a race against time to find the truth behind the death of the jurywoman before the trial collapses and more people die. Fiona, who began her journalism career with Dublin People, says: “I started writing an article for our weekly Law Matters page and one of the articles was called the ‘The Secret Life of a Stenographer’. A stenographer hears everything in court but nobody really notices them. “As I’ve dabbled in writing fiction over the years, I wondered what would happen if a stenographer saw something (outside their place of work) to do with a case they were working on. “It could have been a short story but I saw

potential for something more and decided to try the novel.” Fiona was shortlisted for RTE’s prestigious Francis McManus Short Story Competition on no less than six occasions. She has also had stories broadcast on radio and been published in magazines including the Stinging Fly. While her knowledge of the courts system would seem to give weight to the adage: ‘write about what you know’, Fiona believes there is a more important tool in the writer’s armour. “Working in the courts was a help but I think the most important thing is understanding human behaviour,” she says. “If you achieve that, your story could be set on the moon, anywhere, with good research. You also have to have a strong character to start out with, a character people

feel they know.” The second book has been sent to Poolbeg but according to Fiona, it was a completely different experience to writing the first. “I was able to write the first one at my leisure but now there is a deadline,” she says. “I’m a journalist, though, so my natural instinct is to work to deadlines. Also, I’ve no problem applying myself; I could write all day. I do a lot of 2pm to 10pm work shifts and most of my intensive writing (fiction) takes place at weekends.” Fiona’s family have been very supportive, so much so that her husband Paul and his friends even built her a ‘writing room’ at the end of the garden. “It’s very quiet and I don’t have the Internet there,” she adds. No Internet and no

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Council praised for housing FINGAL County Council have been praised for the progress it has made on the delivery of housing across the region. Speaking during a visit to Fingal, where he witnessed first-hand the activity taking place under various pillars of the Rebuilding Ireland programme, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said the council is doing “fantastic work”. “Fingal alone is going to deliver more than 640 new homes into social housing stock this year, in addition to all the other things they are going to do,” said Minister Murphy. “And we as a Government are going to oversee delivery of 8,000 homes into the social housing stock this year which is incredibly significant.” He paid tribute to chief executive Paul Reid and Director of Housing Margaret Geraghty and other council officials. “This doesn’t happen if they aren’t taking

leadership in their own local authority, working with the councillors, working with Government and elected representatives,” said Minister Murphy. “When we are talking about building new homes, we have to ensure they are first class homes, no matter who we are building them for. “A person’s home is their castle and we have to take that approach when we are talking about building private homes, affordable homes and social homes and that is something we are committed to doing in Government.” Minister Murphy visited Donabate where he saw major progress in the construction of a €14.5 million distributor road. The 4km road, which is due for completion in mid-2019, runs through the middle of the Ballymastone lands, which are expected to deliver between 1,000 and 1,200 residential units. The new road, which

includes the construction of a new bridge over the Dublin-Belfast railway line, will provide alternative access to Donabate and Portrane and will alleviate traffic congestion in the area. The road will also provide improved access to the new National Forensic Mental Health Hospital. Completion of the first phase of the Donabate Road will result in the provision of a single carriageway road between Hearse Road and the Portrane Road, with the provision of a second carriageway to coincide with the completion of the proposed phases of development. During his visit, Minister Murphy first received a briefing at County Hall in Swords. He then visited Seatown in Swords, where the council recently purchased 18 houses which are currently undergoing extensive renovations before their allocation to people in need of social housing support.

Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure AnnMarie Farrelly, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid during their visit to the the construction of the new railway bridge at the Ballymastone lands in Donabate. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC Minister Murphy then travelled to the St Vincent de Paul-managed St Benedicts’s Housing for the Elderly in Seabury, Malahide, where he officially opened a €1.45

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take part in their sport. •Health & WellBeing: Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland aims to foster an environment where everybody affected by Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus can live a fulfilled life. Good Causes funding supported the SHINE programme offering respite for young people from their early teens through to their midtwenties and beyond. •Heritage: Little Museum of Dublin This much-loved museum tells the amazing story of Dublin. With the support of Good Causes funding it won the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage in 2016. •Arts & Culture: The Five Lamps Arts Festival This unique festival in the heart of the inner city promotes community development and social inclusion through the arts. It has used Good Causes funding via the Arts Council to expand its programme.

•Community: Barnardos Barnardos children's charity works with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland. Good Causes funding helped support the delivery of a series of workshops and social events for teen parents, their infants and families. •Youth: Blossom Ireland Community Inclusion Blossom Ireland, based in Raheny, is a national organisation that serves children and their families with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities by providing fun, affordable, innovative activities. Good Causes funding allowed Blossom Ireland provide Easter and Summer camps. The judging panel, chaired by broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr, spent two days in Athlone meeting 36 finalists from all over Ireland. Mr Kerr, awards chairman, said the judging panel had an incredibly hard job deciding on the winners for the competition. “We were blown away by

the 36 presentations,” he said. “Each of the groups we met are doing amazing work in their communities and were all winners in their own rights. “The work that is being done all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding is outstanding.” National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin congratulated the Dublin groups on coming through the regional stage of the competition and wished them the best of luck on awards night. “We were overwhelmed at the level of entries we received for our first National Lottery Good Causes Awards,” said Mr Griffin. “We had over 500 applications from every county in Ireland in all categories. Through these awards we want to show how people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their communities. This is work that often goes unrecognised.”

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200 new jobs are announced A LEADING provider of care, support and housing solutions has announced plans to provide 200 new jobs. Homecare Independent Living (HCIL) will expand its 1,200 strong team with the creation of the new roles across Ireland in the next 12 months. A number of these jobs are planned for the Dublin area. As part of a major recruitment drive, the company has revealed that the new roles will be available across its domiciliary, housing and support businesses over the next year with up to 50 Health Care Assistant

and Community Management roles immediately available across the Dublin area, and new roles available in finance, HR, marketing, communications, administration, recruitment, housing, maintenance and support. Founded by Mairead Mackle in 1995, HCIL has grown over the last 23 years to a dynamic team of 1,200 staff delivering 6,000 calls daily to clients living independently in their own homes; providing 2,200 beds every night for vulnerable families or those at risk

of homelessness; and independently managing over 900 properties in Ireland for temporary and supported accommodation. HCIL has nine regional offices located across Ireland with plans to expand into its brand new Dublin office imminently. Speaking at the official announcement, Ms Mackle, founder and chief executive of HCIL, said: “We are delighted to officially launch our recruitment drive with the announcement of 200 new roles across our HCIL suite of businesses in Ireland and

Dionne O’Rourke, Denise Martin and Darren Murray pictured at the announcement of the 200 new jobs. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA an investment of up €5 million. “This reinforces our commitment not only to our existing team but our ambition to create a range of excellent career opportunities for those interested in being part of a value-led family business that makes a real difference to the

lives of our society’s most vulnerable.” Ms Mackle said this is a very exciting time to be part of the HCIL journey. “Our reputation for delivering professional, quality services supported by award winning training with a team of passionate people who share our

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other, in an effort to juggle both challenging roles simultaneously. The result is far from a car crash, which incidentally features at the centre of the story, but is also far from impressive. Impressive is a word however, that can be used for the cast, which includes Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill and Jack Black. Based on a true story, Phoenix plays John Callahan, an Oregon native suffering from alcoholism, who enters rehab following a near fatal car accident that leaves him

wheelchair bound. There he meets Jesus-like rehab organiser and parttime guru Donnie, played by Jonah Hill, who helps to turn his life around. It’s on the 12 steps to recovery that Callahan discovers he has a talent for drawing and black humour, something that leads him to a successful career as a cartoonist specialising in dark subject matter. While the acting is strong, even from difficult-tostomach Jonah Hill, the scripting is weak and clumsy. For a start there are too many characters, most of

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Art piece sees the light DUBLIN Airport’s latest art installation – a mural entitled ‘Light Years’, by renowned artist James Earley - can now be enjoyed by passengers transiting between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The concept of ‘Light Years’ focuses on the idea that time and light are intrinsically linked; light links our past to our present and our future. Earley, who was originally a graffiti artist, has been producing abstracted figurative works since 2010. “We are honoured to feature James’ work at Dublin Airport so it can be enjoyed and appreciated by passengers and by airport staff,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison. “This is the seventh installation in our Sense

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Finalists for our 2018 Community and Sports Awards are announced WE are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominees for the Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2018. There are 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. The shortlisted nominees below will be invited to a gala awards ceremony in the Carlton

Hotel at Dublin Airport on November 30. As with last year, the popular ‘Liveline’ host, Joe Duffy, will again be MC on the night. The shortlisted nominees in each category are as follows: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT Ron Grainger, Jamie Killeen, Robert Dickson/ Seán Waddilove. CLUB OF THE YEAR Baldoyle Boxing Club, Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club, Killester Basketball Club. COACH OF THE YEAR Sheila Finnegan, Lar

Flood, Keith Keane. TEAM OF THE YEAR Raheny All Stars; Naomh Peregrine GAA Mothers and Others; Kilmore Celtic girls U16s. YOUNG SPORTSPERSON Sean Maher, Jessica Ziu, Eliza Bluma. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Nicky Cleere, Lisa Sutch, Tony Murray. SCHOOL OF THE YEAR St Mary’s Holy Faith, Glasnevin; Scoil Assaim, Raheny; The Donahies, Dublin 13. BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY Nan’s SuperValu, Ballymun; Handy

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reception, three-course meal and entertainment. Additional tickets can be bought at a cost of €60 each. To purchase, visit www. dublinpeopleawards.com/ tickets/ Lead sponsors of the awards this year are BathStore and More and host sponsors are once again the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport. Individual category awards are sponsored by Inspire Fitness Centre,

Frank McGowan, Stafford Funeral Homes, Granby of Dublin, Tusla, DCU, Mattress Mick, Best 4 Travel.ie, Northside Shopping Centre and ddletb training centre in Baldoyle. The four judges on the panel are: Tony McCullagh, group editor, Dublin People; Marion Browne, Principal Sports Development Officer, Fingal County Council; Laura Dowdall, Viking Theatre, Clontarf; and

Anthony Cooney, chief executive of Dublin Fingal Chamber. Conor Mahon, general manager of Dublin People Group, congratulated the shortlisted nominees and thanked the sponsors for supporting the awards. “This is the second year of the awards and we are really looking forward to once again honouring the achievement of all these great ambassadors for the Northside of Dublin,” he said.

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Scala & Kolacny Brothers revisit classic rock and indie songs.

The Kolacny Brothers are going to work it out THE Scala & Kolacny Brothers are a unique musical project. The indie-rock choir comprises two brothers, Steven and Stijn Kolacny, and Scala, their all-girl choir. Steven plays the piano, Stijn is the conductor. The brothers usually perform with 15-20 singers, aged from 16-30. Currently the choir has more than 150 singers which allows to perfectly meet the ever-growing demand for concerts. Scala & Kolacny Brothers revisit classic rock and indie songs and reinvent them as elegiac hymns – to breath-taking effect. In the early years, the piano was the sole accompaniment to the voices. Nowadays Scala performs throughout the world, still with the piano on stage, but also with drums, sequencers and synthesizers. The inspiration to do rock songs came to Steven in 2001 after a friend in London sent him a Radiohead CD with some recordings the band had done for the radio station XFM, including a live version of ‘Creep’. “There was something so touching and emotional in his performance,” Stephen reflects.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers had already been going for a number of years – the brothers had formed the choir in 1996 and it became successful in their native Belgium, where it was voted Choir of the Year for 1999-2000. But it was a traditional, classical choir, “performing for older audiences,” says Steven, which was “very nice, but you always play the same old music again and again. It’s like cover ver-sions – there are a trillion cover versions of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. And I didn’t like the feeling much, so that’s why I started making my own music.” Stijn took some persuading. He was worried that the classical press would see Steven’s in-die-rock choir idea as a cheap gimmick. His fears appeared well founded when the brothers expanded their repertoire to include their new songs in traditional choir competitions – they were disqualified from one for using “bad language”. But before a backlash could begin, interest in their music soared in the rock press and on the radio, leading to a record deal with PIAS in 2002; their debut album, ‘Scala on the Rocks’,

went gold within weeks of its release. In its new indie-rock incarnation, Scala & Kolacny Brothers found fame in France and Germany, releasing albums in French (‘Respire’ in 2004) and German (‘Grenzenlos’ in 2005). In 2006, they signed to EMI and launched their own record label and production company, Fratelli. When the email arrived in May 2010, the Kolacny brothers thought it was some kind of joke. But the request was genuine. And the film turned out to be The Social Network. In July 2010, two months after the brothers received the email, the Social Network trailer was released – featuring Scala’s version of Creep. Meanwhile, their live act has evolved into a formidable multimedia experience featuring custom-made video projections, animation, light shows and electronic sampling. Gig venues can be anything from churches to rock venues for a couple of thousand fans to huge outdoor performances and music festi-als. Don’t miss the Scala & Kolacny Brothers at the Olympia Theatre on Friday, June 14.

THE award-winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs Brown’s Boys have announced details of their brandnew production ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical?’ that is coming to arenas across the UK and Ireland in 2019. Four shows have been announced for Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December 2019 and The SSE Arena, Belfast on Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24, November 2019. Tickets for Dublin are priced from €30.50 including booking fee. Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side splitting and musical adventure. Brendan O’Carroll said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? will have you crying with laughter, tapping your toes and you will leave the show singing and smiling to yourself. We are having such fun doing this and can’t wait to share it not just with fans of Mrs Brown’s Boys, but to anyone who needs a

good night out.” Mrs Brown’s Boys’ success has been nothing short of incredible. Voted the No 1 Sitcom of the 21st Century, awards include five BAFTAs, four National Television Awards, three TV Choice Awards, four IFTA awards, three TV Times Awards as well as RTS, TRIC and National Comedy Awards. It is a ratings smash across the globe. Mrs Brown’s Boys live show has broken box office records across the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The years 2014, 2016 and 2018 saw Mrs Brown’s Boys tour Australia and New Zealand selling out multiple arenas and BBC One series All Round to Mrs Brown’s continues to achieve record breaking viewing figures with a third series due next year. If you haven’t experienced Mrs Brown’s Boys live show, this tour is set to be one of the hottest tickets for 2019 and is not to be missed.

Mastodon to play Olympia Theatre GRAMMY award-winning hard rock quartet Mastodon have confirmed their return to live action with an extensive tour of the UK and Europe with a Dublin date in the Olympia Theatre on January 15. Additionally, promoters for each show will be making donations to one of the following three charities, The TJ Martel Foundation, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honour of the band’s long-time manager, Nick John, who passed away last month from pancreatic cancer. For further details, go to: mastodonrocks.com. One of the most internationally respected and influential heavy rock bands of their generation or any other, Mastodon continue to push forward musically, lyrically, compositionally and have become a genre unto themselves as a result. Their current acclaimed album, Emperor Of Sand, has won a 2018 Grammy Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’ for the track “Sultan’s Curse”. The Atlanta rock band was also nominated in the ‘Best Rock Album’ category for Emperor of Sand. This marks Mastodon’s first Grammy win following their previous five Grammy nominations to date. The album also landed the top spot in the Top 100 Albums of the Year, and Mastodon picked up ‘Best Live Band’ at the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. Emperor of Sand remains both a critical and commercial success for the quartet. Not only did it become the group’s third release to bow in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, but it also debuted at number

These boys take no prisoners. one on the Billboard Rock chart as well as number one on the Physical album chart. Emperor of Sand was released to widespread praise: “The music of Emperor of Sand is an emotional statement in itself. Fury and invention coexist, and rage, while palpable, isn’t the sole or dominant characteristic… metal that soars with authority and intellect. Emperor Of Sand stands as another arresting work by Mastodon, which may very well be contemporary metal’s most compelling group.” - Wall Street Journal As previously announced, Reprise Records have released a pair of exclusive 12” vinyl picture discs as part of our on-going ‘Picture This’ series. Brann Dailor’s solo track ‘Red Death’ is one of the six songs found on DC Comics’ Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition collection which comes with a poster and 32-page comic book and limited to 4,000 copies worldwide. Mastodon’s ground-breaking 2014 album Once More Round The Sun was released as part of the ‘Picture This’ series as a two disc 12” set in a limited edition of 2,000 pieces.


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The Scoil Neasain, Harmonstown players celebrate with the Austin Finn Cup after defeating Scoil San Treasa, Mount Merrion, in their Cumann na mBunscol final at Croke Park.

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Clann Mhuire and Dublin star Carla Rowe with The Croke Park and LGFA Player of the Month award for September. Carla was Player of the Match for Dublin in the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final, in front of a record 50,141 attendance at Croke Park. Carla scored two goals in her county’s victory over Cork. PHOTO: MATT BROWNE/SPORTSFILE

Con Hogan (chairman), Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and Mick O’Grady at the official opening of the Artane School of Music’s new facilities. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) has been granted €9 million in public funding from the Department Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills towards its forthcoming redevelopment. Pictured is RIAM student Yikai Zhao (8), from Drumcondra, with her Tuba at the RIAM’s Westland Row campus to celebrate the good news. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

Foróige volunteers from around Ireland gathered in Kilkenny for Foróige’s annual volunteer conference. Pictured are Margaret Igeo, Chiara Tamborini, Paul Lang and Francesca Bentley who attended from North Dublin.


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Locals show racism the red card SEVEN teams from Portmarnock AFC, ranging from the Under 8s to the Under 16s, took part in the Football Against Racism in Europe Week. The players lined up in ‘Champions League’ style and shook hands with players from the opposing team. As they passed, they exchanged wristbands from Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC). The Northsiders were among more than 68 clubs and nearly 100 schools throughout Ireland who

participated in FARE Week. The week is an initiative of the FARE network www.farenet.org supported by UEFA across Europe and is supported in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). Speaking at the event in Paddy’s Hill, Portmarnock, Grainne Buckley, Child Welfare Officer and MGL Secretary at Portmarnock AFC, said: “Football can be powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. 

“Now that Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults to grow their understanding of the many new communities now represented amongst our neighbours, schools and workmates. “FARE Week is a great opportunity to use the power of football to bring people together, make a stand against discrimination and promote respect for diversity in football and in society.”

Portmarnock AFC Under 16 Major captain Ryan Fowley (left) pictured with the Palmerstown FC captain at the event.

The Portmarnock Under 16 B team with coaches Gerry Bissett, John O’Hanlon and Stephen Peppard.

Pictured is the Portmarnock Under 10 Metropolitan Girls’ League (MGL) team that took part in the event.

Runners compete during the Autumn Open International Cross Country Festival at the National Sports Campus in Abbottstown. PHOTO: HARRY MURPHY/SPORTSFILE

Grace Dolly of Scoil Mhuire, Sandymount (right) in action against Ella Foley of Belgrove Senior Girls’ National School, Clontarf, during Day 1 of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Finals at Croke Park. PHOTO: SAM BARNES/SPORTSFILE


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BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Darkest Place About The Author JO SPAIN is the author of the number one bestseller ‘The Confession’ and the international best-selling DCI Tom Reynolds series. A Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller finalist, Jo’s books have sold in over 13 countries, including the US. Jo writes for TV and has co-written new Irish crime drama Taken Down for RTE. Her Reynolds series has also been optioned for TV adaption. Originally from Coolock, and a graduate of Trinity College, Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children. She releases two more books in 2019: ‘Dirty Little Secrets’, her second standalone; and ‘The Boy Who Fell’, the fifth instalment in the DCI Tom Reynolds series.

IT’S Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds, head of the murder squad, receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oileán na Caillte, an island off the west of Ireland which traditionally housed the controversial psychiatric institution ‘St Christina's’. The hospital has been closed for decades and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss, Joe Kennedy, is handing him a cold case to sideline him. But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances 40 years ago. A brilliant man, ahead of his time, he left behind a wife and two children who’ve never stopped mourning him. The doctor appears to have been brutally murdered, garrotted and buried under patients who died from ‘natural’ causes. Reynolds and some of his team travel to the island to investigate. There, they learn of the horrific practices that took place in the

asylum, all legal and carried out the world over. They discover that, often, people sent to the asylums weren’t insane at all but by after a time there, they were irrevocably changed. Like many of Ireland’s institutions - the Laundries, the Industrial Schools, the Mother and Baby Homes - asylums were convenient places for those society didn’t want to deal with. And the detectives also realise that anybody who tried to stand up for the vulnerable in such a place was usually marginalised or, sometimes, worse. Through flashbacks to the doctor’s days in the asylum we see the build up to his murder, but as Tom soon realises, not all is at it seems. Against a background of continuing tensions in his team, Tom is in a race against time to prevent any more crimes from taking place on the now sparsely populated island. The Darkest Place is the fourth book in the DCI Tom Reynolds series, following bestsellers ‘With Our Blessing’, ‘Beneath the Surface’ and ‘Sleeping Beauties’, and is already garnering critical acclaim for Irish author Jo Spain. The Darkest Place by Jo Spain is published by Quercus, and is available as a trade paperback for €13.99.

Daughter’s moving tribute to ill father 'THE Man Who Moved the Nation: A Daughter's Story’ focusses on the whirlwind final few months in the life of Gerry Collins – the man behind the famous QUIT campaign run by the HSE in 2014 – and movingly recounted by his daughter. 'I wish I was an actor, because if I was an actor, I’d be acting about dying. But I’m not an actor. I am dying. I’m dying from cancer as a result of smoking’... Those were the words Gerry Collins said in early 2014, moving words which carried across the nation. This was due to his central role in the ads for the HSE’s QUIT campaign, which sought to convince people to give up smoking. The Irish nation saw a brave man warning others, trying to save people from making the same mistake that he made. But Gerry was also a family man. A father. For

Lisa Jennifer Collins, her dad had always been ‘her

person’. She simply couldn’t imagine a future without

him. In ‘The Man Who Moved the Nation: A Daughter’s Story’, Lisa guides us through this turbulent period in her life and the life of her family as they battled against the diagnosis. Then, as filming for the ads commenced and the campaign was launched, the public spotlight is suddenly thrust upon the Collins family – all while Lisa struggled to accept her father’s impending death as his health quickly deteriorated. This account of the final months of the life of Gerry Collins, the man who moved the nation with his bravery and honesty, is at once heart-breaking and inspiring, succeeding as it does in capturing the joyful soul of Gerry Collins himself, as well as showcasing the heart and resilience of the

daughter and family who supported him right to the very end. Published by Mercier Press, The Man Who Moved the Nation: A Daughter’s is available nation-wide and online. RRP €16.99 Lisa Jennifer Collins was born in Dublin and grew up in Greystones. Lisa is a local business owner, and also works to support and create networks of local businesses and women in business. Lisa lives with her husband in Co Wicklow. From 2011 to 2014, Lisa, her father Gerry and her wider family took part in an award-winning national television and media campaign to encourage smokers to quit. The QUIT campaign and Gerry Collins are credited with helping reduce smoking prevalence in Ireland by over 100,000 smokers since 2013. ‘The Man Who Moved The Nation’ is her first book, written about and dedicated to her father.

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NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 31.10.18 CLONTARF BOOK FAIR: The Holy Faith Clontarf Parents’ Association November Book Fair will take place in the School Hall, Belgrove Road, on Friday, November 16 (7pm-9pm), Saturday, November 17 (10am to 2pm) and Sunday, November 18 (10am to 2pm). Lots of interesting titles for the dark winter evenings. If you have any books in good condition that you would like to donate to the fair, they can be left into the school any weekday from November 5 to November 16 from 9am to 7pm. MASS: The annual Mass, in memory of deceased members of staff at Clontarf Bus Garage, will take place at the garage on Sunday, November 25 at 11am. ICA MEETINGS (DOLLYMOUNT): The Irish Countrywomen’s Association meet every Wednesday at 8pm in the Irish Wheelchair Association building in Blackheath 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.

HOWTH

MASS: ‘A Mass For Lives Lost At Sea’ will take place at the Sea Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth on Saturday, November 24 at 3pm sharp. All are welcome to attend. Stair lift available. 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: thehowthartgroup@gmail.com WALKING GROUP: Howth Ramblers Walking Group hold weekly walks of Howth every Thursday at 8.30pm. Meeting point: The gates of Howth Parish Church in the village. Come join us to get in shape and meet new friends. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. For more information contact Susan Butterly at howthramblers@gmail.com or check out the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/Howth-RamblersWalking-Group

CITYWIDE STOP SMOKING: The Stop Smoking Programme is an initiative developed in partnership with Northside Partnership and HSE. It is operational within the Northside Partnership catchment area but is open to anyone who wishes to become smoke free. The programme offers a combination of one-to-one support, group support or drop -ins to individuals, young and old, who wish to quit smoking. Services are free. Phone Michael on 0858478960 or Bernie on 085-8478961 to make a appointment.

DONNYCARNEY

ART GROUP: A group of artists called Different Strokes paint every Monday morning at a class in Le

HOSPICE CHEQUE BOOST

CONGRATS TO TONY & PHYLLIS

Lavinia O’Leary and Catherine Lawlor of the Catherine Lawlor School of Art are pictured presenting a cheque for €3,020 to Bernadette Gillis (centre) of St Francis Hospice. Catherine would like to thank all her students and supporters who helped make their 16th annual art exhibition a great success while raising much-needed funds for St Francis Hospice.

Congratulations to Tony and Phyllis McCullagh, from Seagrange, Baldoyle, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Chéile, Donnycarney. The Different Strokes Art Exhibition, showcasing oils, watercolours and acrylics, will open on Friday, November 2 from 6.30pm until 8pm at Le Chéile, Donnycarney. It continues on Saturday, November 3 from 10am until 2.30pm. MUSIC: Experienced musicians are welcome join an up tempo Trad Session every Wednesday morning from 11am - 1 pm in La Chéile Donnycarney Community & Youth Centre (beside Donnycarney Church) Cost €3 (includes a cuppa!)

BALDOYLE

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.

EAST WALL 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.

DRUMCONDRA

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 on 087-7431142 (trisha.doy@gmail. com) or Pauline Walsh on 01-8370821 (paulinemurphywalsh@hotmail. com).

BAYSIDE 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 baysidedramagroup@gmail.com

DONAGHMEDE

1 at 8pm in the Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore Road. Admission is €5. Phone the Dublin Five Horticultural Society on 087-2423020 for more information. DRAMA: Riverside Drama Circle presents two one act plays - ‘The Allergic Audience’ by Joan Greening and ‘Gosforth’s Fete’ by Alan Ayckbourn - at Naomh Barróg GAA Club, Kilbarrack Road (opposite Denis Mahony’s) Kilbarrack, on November 19th, 20th and 21st at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 at the door or €8 for groups of 10 or more. For more information contact Kevin at 086-2435478. See www.facebook.com/RivDramCir/

SWORDS

Talk: An illustrated talk – ‘Women’s Year (Bliain na mBan)–1918’ - will take place on Thursday November 1 at 8pm in Donaghmede House, Newbrook Road. It will be given by Cathy Scuffil, Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council. Visitors are welcome and admission is €3 for non-members. Further information is available at 083-1884024. 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 info@targeteducation.net 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.

CAMERA CLUB: Swords Viewfinders is seeking new members for the new season. The club meets every second Wednesday at B.A.S.E. Community Centre, Brackenstown Road, Swords. They ideally would like members to be reasonably competent and want to improve their skills. Contact Charlie O’Neill on 087-2446071 for more information or drop in on the night. BEREAVEMENT: Bethany trained members are available to provide support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. They provide a free, confidential service. The group meets on the second and last Monday of every month from 7.30pm at the Parish Office, Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords. Contact Terri on 01- 8403243, Brid on 086-6006397 or Mary on 01-8402652 for further information. Open to all Fingal residents.

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BEAUMONT

TALK: ‘Fruit in the Garden’, a talk by Dominica McKevitt, Head Gardener in Ardgillan Castle, will take place on Thursday, November

GIRL GUIDES: Beaumont Girl Guides, located at St Fiachra’s School in Beaumont, offers a variety of activities and events for girls

aged five to 19. The Cygnets and Brigins meet on Sunday morning and the Guides and Rangers meet on Monday evening. To register your interest for September, email beaumontguides.cgi@gmail You can also check the Facebook page, where you will see a few photos from last year’s events: www.facebook. com/Beaumont-Girl-Guides-BuionClothra-111475636166/.

COOLOCK:

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

RAHENY

MARKET: The St Anne's Park Red Stables Market takes place every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The Raheny Active Retirement Art Group art classes take place from 2pm to 4pm every Tuesday in the meeting room attached to Raheny Court, end of Avondale Park. Tuition in oil painting, watercolour and acrylic is by a professional artist. For further information, contact Frances McGivern on 01-8314251.


24 Travel

NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 31.10.18

Highlights of happening Helsinki Rick Steves HELSINKI - Europe's youngest and northernmost capital city - feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic setting of Stockholm, or the futuristic vibe of Oslo, Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals with its creative spirit, zest for architecture and design, and a steamy love of saunas. Perhaps the best way to understand Helsinki's origins is to take the short ferry ride across the harbour to the island-fortress of Suomenlinna (now a popular park). Little Finland was long caught up in the superpower chess moves of its big neighbours, Sweden and Russia. The Swedes dominated the country from medieval times until 1809, when they lost it to the Russians, who held it until 1917. The Swedes built Suomenlinna in the mid-1700s to counter Russia's rising power. Peter the Great had just created his new capital nearby, at St Petersburg, and he was eyeing the West. With five miles of walls and hundreds of cannons guarding the harbour, Suomenlinna squelched the Russian threat (at least for the time being). With all that activity, small-time Helsinki took off, becoming a boomtown in support of the grand strategic fort. Helsinki is buffered by more than 300 islands, and its harbour is always busy. Frequent passenger ferries cross the Baltic Sea from Stockholm, Tallinn, and even St Petersburg. The arrival of cruise ships - sliding through tight passages between the surrounding islands - energizes the city each day. Mighty ice breakers moored in their summer slumber are the only reminder of the bitterly cold Baltic winters. Almost everything worth seeing is walkable from the harbour. Most visitors head directly to Helsinki's fun harbour square, called Kauppatori. This colourful outdoor food bazaar is the place in town for a casual, quickand-cheap lunch (moose meatballs are a favourite). Everyone from the Finnish president to visiting tourists stops by for a dash of local flavour. Daily bus tours run from the docks for a rapid-fire overview of Finnish history and a quick look at the top monuments and churches. Or you can stretch your legs along Helsinki's grand boulevard, the Esplanade, leading from the water into town. With wide sidewalks and a friendly park sandwiched in the middle, this is the city's best stroll for window shopping, people watching, and sun worshiping. Then delve into the boutiques of the Design District for some of Europe's most eye-pleasing fashion and home decor. A surprising number of global trends - from Marimekko's patterned fabrics

to Nokia's pioneering mobile phones to the Angry Birds gaming empire have been born right here in designconscious Helsinki. (The local Design Museum displays these innovations and more.) Helsinki is famous for its 20thcentury architecture, from its central train station, an Art Nouveau masterpiece by Eliel Saarinen, to the modernist simplicity of the Finlandia concert hall by Alvar Aalto. The city also boasts beautiful and diverse churches: the gleaming white Lutheran Cathedral, a Neoclassical gem; the red-brick Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a reminder of Russia's long dominance here; and the underground Temppeliaukio Church, blasted out of solid granite and capped by a copper and glass dome. There's also the little Kamppi Chapel. Sitting unassumingly on a city plaza, the spruce structure encloses a windowless cylinder of silence. Inside, indirect light bathes the alder-wood panelling in warmth and tranquillity. Does it resemble Noah's Ark? The inside of an egg? Although it's a church, there are no services; it's open to anyone needing a reflective pause. Overall, I find Finns to be pretty quiet and contemplative. I once wandered into a flea market in Helsinki, closed my eyes, and listened to the soundtrack of 300 Finns. It was almost silent - I could have been in a mountain meadow. So, I was surprised to discover the Finnish love affair with lotteries and gambling. Slot machines and games of chance are everywhere, including restaurants and supermarkets, manned by Finns eagerly stuffing in coins. There's even a roulette lounge at the Helsinki Airport. A more traditional touchstone of Finnish culture is the sauna. These days, with so many Finns affluent enough to have saunas in their homes (5.4 million Finns have 3.3 million saunas), some of the working-class spots I've long enjoyed have gone upscale. The chic Löyly complex is typical of the new trend, with its saunas finely crafted from warm woods, a restaurant serving fashionable Nordic cuisine, and a seaside terrace for lounging. Helsinki seems designed to promote a sense of community, and when the weather warms, everyone takes full advantage. The city blooms with bikers, picnickers, runners, and walkers, and cafés push their tables out to the sidewalk. Café Kappeli, an Old World oasis of pastry and relaxation, sits proudly at the harbour’s edge. It's the perfect spot to sip a coffee while waiting for your ship, already savouring your Helsinki memories. Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at rick@ricksteves.com and follow his blog on Facebook.

Suomenlinna Fortress — the second mightiest fort of its kind in Europe after Gibraltar — boasts five miles of walls and hundreds of cannon. PHOTO: RICK STEVES

Helsinki grew up around its busy harbour, overlooked by the gleaming white Lutheran Cathedral. PHOTO: RICK STEVES

Meditative spirituality and modern architecture converge beautifully in Helsinki’s Kamppi Chapel. PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT


Planning & Notices

NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 31.10.18 PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine is applying for Planning Permission for the construction of a two-storey combined workshop, accommodation (offices and canteen) and storage area with a gross floor area of 827sq.m. The proposed development shall be situated within the Howth FHC Boatyard, West Pier, Howth. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin County Council Planning permission is sought for retention for as built alterations to previously approved application ref. no. 2958/10 (construction of a single storey extension to the rear, a second storey extension to the side and rear, a single storey bay window extension to the front and dormer window to the roof of the dwelling to the rear.) Alterations to include: 1/ construction of flat roof to previously approved second storey extension to side and rear. 2/ non-construction of previously approved single storey bay window extension to front. 3/ construction of additional flat roofed first floor extension to rear. Planning permission is also sought for construction of new pitched/hipped roof to existing two storey side extension, and associated site works at 15, Elm Mount View, Beaumont, Dublin 9. signed Brian & Selina Murphy. 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

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning Permission is sought by John McDonnell for a site to the rear of 17/18 North Frederick Street, Hardwicke Lane, Dublin 1 for the construction of a new three storey apartment building comprising of three no. two bedroom apartments. The proposed works include: a new pedestrian entrance to the site in lieu of the existing vehicular access; balconies to the 1st and 2nd floor apartments; bin storage and bicycle parking; associated landscaping; boundary treatments and all other associated works to facilitate the development. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We Graham Neville and Kate Kelly would like to apply for Permission for the construction of a single storey extension to the rear, alterations to the existing fenestration on the side elevation and associated site works. Retention Permission is sought for changes to the front elevation from those permitted under planning permission Reg. Ref. No. F03A/1492 including of the removal of the bay at first floor level. Change to the location of the single storey section at the rear of the dwelling and change of its roof profile from duo-pitch to mono pitch from those permitted under planning permission Reg. Ref. No. F03A/1492. Revised front vehicular entrance and associated boundary walls to the dwelling with parking for 2 No. cars. The entrance to the rear garden from the side for non-vehicular use only. All at 35 Torcaill, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Dublin City Council We KMCNA(Castleknock) U.L, intend to apply for retention for the change of use of a residential unit at 57 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3, and an existing wholesale warehouse at the rear of the mentioned residential unit into a bed and breakfast - short term rent facility, consequent opening of 10 windows on Esmond Ave., new side gate on Esmond Ave. to access existing courtyard and extinguishing of double sliding doors. proposed new works to raise the flat roof of the extension, demolition of part of the existing roof to create an external courtyard and new gate on Esmond Ave. for access, a connection between the existing house and the wholesale warehouse and all associated site works to facilitate the development. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Aidan & Theresa McWeeney intent to apply for planning permission for the construction of a single storey extension to the front of the existing dwelling, with all associated landscaping alterations, all at 4 Coolatree Park, Dublin 9, D09 XC95. 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.

APPLICATION TO FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL FOR A WASTE FACILITY PERMIT Notice is hereby given in accordance with Articles 7 and 8 of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007 that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Agriculture House, Kildare St. Dublin 2 intends to apply for a Waste Management Facility Permit at Middle Pier, Howth Fishery Harbour Centre, Dublin Northside, Howth, County Dublin to Fingal Count Council. The application for a waste facility permit will be made to Fingal County Council within 10 working days of the date of this notice. The Class(es) of Activity at the site, as specified in the Third Schedule of the Waste Management Act, 1996, is/are as follows; Class R5, R11, Class R13 & Class 10. A copy of the application for the waste permit will as soon as is practicable after receipt by the Local Authority, be available for inspection or purchase at the principal office at County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We Michael O‘Dwyer and Tom O‘Hare intend to apply for a planning permission for a development on this site. The development will consist of a change of use of existing retail unit to new solicitors offices consisting of two offices, meeting room and reception area and internal alterations and with new external sign all to existing shop unit at Unit 7 , Sutton Cross Shopping Centre, Greenfield 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 16.30 pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of 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.

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ROAD TRAFFIC (SPEED LIMITS) (COUNTY OF FINGAL) BYE-LAWS LOCAL AND REGIONAL ROADS 2018 NO. 1 Notice is hereby given that Fingal County Council at its meeting held on 12th February 2018 in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act, 2004 (No. 44 of 2004) made the above named Bye-Laws in respect of certain regional and local roads within its administrative area. The purpose of these Bye-Laws is to provide for Speed Limits of 30km/h, in the interest of prudent traffic management and road safety, on sections of roads as shown on the following listed drawings, which are displayed together with the bye-laws: 1.

30km/h-2017-SPL1-001 – Castleview & Ashton Estates, Swords, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-002 – Abbeyvale & Berwick, Estates, Swords, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-003 – Cois Inbhir, Donabate, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-004 – Rosepark Estate, Balrothery, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-005 – Cardy Rock Estate, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-006 – Chapel Lane, Castle Avenue & Castle Park, Swords, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-007 – Sutton Park, Downs, Lawns, Grove & Court; Bayside Walk, Crescent, Park, Boulevard & Square; Verbena Avenue, Lawn, Park & Grove, Alden Road, Drive & Park; Sarto Park, Lawn, Rise & Road; Del Val Beach View, Court & Avenue; Roncalli Road; Montini Road; Pacelli Avenue;

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-008 – Grace O’Malley Road & Drive; Evora Park, Terrace & Crescent; St Peter’s Terrace; St Lawrence Terrace & Road; St Nessen’s Close & Terrace; Tuckets Lane; Seaview Terrace; Harbour View; Dunbro Hill & Terrace; Howth Terrace; Church Street; Woodcliff Heights; Casana View & Balkhill Park & Grove, Howth, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-009 – Seacliff Road, Drive & Avenue; Seagrange Road, Avenue & Drive; Marian Park & Court; Abbey Park; Stapolin Lawns; Castlerosse Drive, Crescent & View & Grange Park, Baldyole, Dublin 13.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-010 – Limetree Avenue, Elner Court, Dal Riada, Purley Park, Waterside Crescent, Radlett Grove, Onward Walk & Close, Torcaill Court, Wheatfield Grove & Road, Briar Walk, Ashley Rise, Bracken Drive, Heather Gardens & Walk, Kelvin Close, Redfern Avenue, Wendell Avenue, Alder Court, Martello Court, Blackthorn Close, Dewberry Park, Carrickhill Rise, Walk & Close, Portmarnock Drive, Park , Walk, Rise, Avenue, Grove & Crescent, Parkview, Portmarnnock, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-011 – St Margaret’s Road, Park & Avenue; St. Andrew’s Grove; Ashleigh Lawn; Seamount Road, Grove, Abbey & Drive; Old Golf Links Road.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-012 – Aspen Road, Park & Drive; Ashdale Close & Road; Birchdale Road, Close, Drive & Park, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-013 – Castlecurragh Heath, Park, & Vale, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-014 – Waterville Row & Terrace, Tory Square, Blasket Square, Aran Court, Bantry Square, Garnish Square, Anagh Court, Skelligs Court & Dursey Row, Waterville, Dublin 15.

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30km/h-2017-SPL1-015 – St Mochta’s Green, Close, Drive, Road, Lawn Chase, Avenue, Vale & Grove, Stationcourt Park, View, Way & Hall, Windmill Park Terrace, Court & Square, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.

The Bye-Laws come into effect on 24th December 2018. A copy of the Bye-Laws may be inspected during office hours at Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin and at Civic Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Telephone: 01 8905000 for further information. They may be viewed on line at https://consult.fingal.ie/ Karen Gallagher, Senior Engineer Operations Department Dated this 22nd day of October 2018


26 Motoring

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Step on up to the sporty S-Max Seán Creedon THE Ford S-Max and the Citroen Picasso are probably two of the best seven-seater cars available in Ireland right now. They are both gorgeous and I would recommend either car. The S-Max, which has much the same attributes as the ever reliable Ford Mondeo, has been with us since 2006 and the following year was voted European Car of the Year. It certainly is a classy looking people carrier. You may have heard an item on radio recently where there was a delay in sourcing a new car for a competition winner. The reason given for the delay was that the winner wanted a very basic model, but it transpired that very few customers now opt for a basic version; it seems we all want extras. That’s probably why Ford has introduced the ST-Line to seven cars in their range. I had already driven ST-Line version of the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo,

The Ford S-Max is one of the best seven-seater cars available in Ireland right now. Kuga, EcoSport and Edge. Last week it was my turn to experience the luxury that the S-Max ST-Line offers. Basically, these ST-Line cars are for people who like a sporty image but don’t want to pay for the super-duper performance of an ST. That’s why they

use the term ST-Line. ST versions are mainly for young drivers and rallying, while the ST-Line versions have higher-power engine derivatives to go with improved driving dynamics and sport suspension. Engines include the

1.0-litre EcoBoost with up to 125 brake power in the EcoSport and the 2.0-litre diesel with up to 210 brake horse power in the Kuga. The 2.0-litre manual diesel of the S-Max that I drove had 180 brake horse power. It’s a massive car to drive

and travel in and only the Galaxy is larger in the Ford range. Prior to picking up the S-Max I had been driving a few automatic versions and it was strange going back to a manual, but like everything in life, you get used to it. When the seven seats are

repair kits. And a neat electric hand-brake, which worked very well. My daughter finds her 1.0-litre Eco Boost Focus a bit thirsty, but the 2.0-litre diesel S-Max was very frugal. But I think she will switch! Now there are several variations in prices. The entry level price on the S-Max Titanium version starts at €39,285. The entry level S-Max STLine starts from €41,065, while my test model started at €46,165. Road tax is €270. You don’t have to opt for every extra available, but it looks like you could be waiting for a delivery if you want to opt for a basic version with most of the car manufacturers. There are so many extras available in the S-Max in use, naturally the boot ST-Line. For example the space is a bit tight, but if you don’t use the third row panoramic sunroof will cost you just over €1,000, of seats there is massive cargo space. And the good but you could live without news is that there is a spare it. Or the adaptive LED headlamps at €1,265. wheel, but it’s located So as the old saying goes underneath the car. ‘cut you coat according to Still it’s much better option than those dreaded your cloth.’

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New digital scheme launched AN INNOVATIVE scheme promoting excellence in digital learning and teaching, and aimed at equipping pupils with cutting-edge digital skills, is set to be offered to Irish secondary schools. The Digital Schools Award was announced earlier this month by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, and it encourages schools to integrate digital skills across the curriculum. The initiative builds on the aims and processes of the Department of Education and Skills’ ‘Digital Learning Framework for PostPrimary Schools’ that was introduced earlier this year. Participating schools self-assess their developments in digital technology under the two areas of Leadership and Management, and Teaching and Learning. The programme encourages teachers to identify and develop classroom activities that

promote skills such as digital innovation and creativity, collaborative and self-directed learning, problem solving and computational thinking. It also supports teachers’ professional development in digital technologies, digital equity and access, and cyber resilience across the whole school. HP Ireland, Microsoft Ireland and Intel are providing practical support and resources, including financial backing. The programme, which will initially operate as a pilot in a number of schools. Developed by HP in Ireland in partnership with Microsoft, the digital schools programme is already proving successful in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where more than a third of schools have signed up. Speaking at the launch of the Digital Schools Award at the NAPD -

National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals - Conference in Galway Minister McHugh said: “Digital technology is revolutionising lives and careers, and Irish education is harnessing the potential of digital in teaching and learning, so that Irish students are fully engaged and well placed to take advantage of the digital revolution. “The Department’s Digital Strategy for Schools Action Plan is backed by a €210million capital investment programme and is key to our schools being part of the best education systems in Europe. “This Digital Schools Award, backed by industry, will further support schools in embedding digital technologies in all aspects of their activities, and help ensure that good practice is captured and shared among the teaching community. “I welcome the support of HP Ireland, Microsoft

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The Digital Schools Award was announced by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, earlier this month. continued. “We’re engaging students through our dedicated education and innovation hub at our campus, DreamSpace, opening their minds to the opportunities technology can provide them with. “With teachers we’re supporting training and development at our newly opened education suite, and also directly

with our partners, DCU and UCD. “Through this work we’re constantly inspired by the leadership approach teachers around the country are taking to future-proof their schools and ensure students and teachers have the digital knowhow to excel in the classroom of the future.” The Digital Schools Award is an important

Dubs’ boss supports Trinity med students in fundraising venture JIM Gavin’s blood pressure rose as the Dubs boss gave his support to Trinity College medical students who will take to the streets this Friday (November 2) to raise €1million on annual Trinity Med Day Claudine Howard-James, Chairperson of Trinity Med Day, said her colleagues want to contribute to the health services in a way that will help improve the

quality of care for patients. “It is our way of making a difference as we prepare to complete our studies and start our careers in medicine,” she said. “So, we are asking individuals, families, clubs and community groups to raise funds for our Med Day event. “You might consider getting your friends to sponsor you to leave the

car at home and walk or cycle to work. Your sports clubs could have a fundraising day. “For example, an athletics club or a cycling club would organise a race to raise funds.” Companies and organizations could benefit from sponsorship of this Med Day event as the students will be on the streets of Dublin from early

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Trinity College medical student, Catherine Keenan, watches her colleague Claudine Howard-James takes a blood pressure reading on Dublin GAA manager, Jim Gavin.

morning until late at night collecting funds. “My colleagues will be at every main train station in Dublin as well as near the busy areas of the city and suburbs,” explained Claudine. “So, sponsorship will get your company’s logo on our tee-shirts, which will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in the capital.” The Trinity College students are seeking support from individuals and companies over the coming weeks to raise the necessary funds to purchase new software for the Centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young at Tallaght Hospital, a bedside ultrasound platform and a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring service for St James’ Hospital as well as a musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging system for the National Rehabilitation Hospital Full details of the sponsorship and fundraising opportunities are available at medday@ csc.tcd.ie.


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Relax with a few home comforts A HOME should be a sanctuary for those who live in it. After all, there’s nothing better than coming back after a hard day’s work or study and taking it easy in a cosy, relaxing environment. So how do you create the perfect, relaxing space?

Here's our top tips to transform part of your home into a super sanctuary. • Your chill-out space doesn’t have to be a whole room, especially if space is tight. A sofa dressed with squashy cushions and squeezed into a snug corner of a kitchen or dining room

can work just as well. • Chairs look cool dressed in simple pull-on loose covers. Use tough machine-washable woven cotton and calico. Natural linen is good, but it creases so it's not a great choice if that sort of thing bothers you. • Buy the biggest sofa you can afford. A good

one should have a sold hardwood frame with sprung base and back. • Feather-filled cushions are soft and squishy, but need plumping daily to maintain their shape. Don’t bother with cheap foam cushion pads as they are not worth it for either looks of comfort. • Calm soft pools of

light from table lights with pretty shades are most relaxing. Dark walls absorb more light than paler ones so choose wattage of bulbs accordingly. • Build a blazing fire with smokeless fuel or logs. Sweep the chimney if it has not been used for some time. Consider painting radiators the same colour as walls for a more relaxing feel. • Sunny south-facing sitting rooms that let in lots of light are tremendously uplifting. In summer make the most of rooms with doors or windows that open onto the garden or terrace.

• Blue and white is a great chill out colour combo. Key elements include soft white and duck egg blue. • Use natural textures and scents for living, breathing spaces. Try roughly woven baskets, fibrous rugs and woolly throws. Burn tea lights in jars or light good scented candles. • Wall-to-wall carpet doesn't suit a light and airy look, so stick to mats or rugs. Painted white floorboards look great and are easy to achieve. • Bamboo mats, natural greenery planted in terracotta pots and lacquered wooden nesting tables provide

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Sit pretty on a stylish armchair THERE are some pieces of furniture that a home can't do without. A bed is one, a sofa is another and a dining table would probably make the list too. So what about armchairs? Not quite as crucial as a sofa they do however have a certain can't-quite-put-yourfinger-on-it charm that sofas struggle to fulfil. What is it about armchairs that can make them the most popular seat in the house? Leading interior design house Neptune have some ideas on how to find yourself sitting pretty. Unlike a sofa where

the focus is on providing comfort for a crowd, an armchair is somewhere to call your own. And while sofas undoubtedly have curl-up appeal, it is not quite in the same way as their smaller and cosier cousins armchairs, do. Thanks to our time in the womb it is part of our DNA to like snug spaces that are cosseting and comforting. So when we are sitting in a space just right for one, or two curled up close as in a loveseat, we are in a place where we can feel secure and almost cocooned. And when it comes to loveseats, Neptune's

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Local businesses hungry for a successful food strategy FOOD companies throughout Fingal recently attended the launch of a strategy that will help food producers grow. The ‘Fingal Agri-Food Strategy 2019-2021’, aimed at cultivating businesses and employment in the county, sets out a series of actions designed to bolster food businesses in the region in the three-year period to the end of 2021. Two years ago, Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid brought together some of the key food businesses and encouraged them to work together and collaborate on a new plan for the county’s food sector. The ‘Fingal Food Committee’, chaired by Michael Hoey (founder of Country Crest and Ballymaguire Foods), was formed and comprises key business leaders from the county’s food industry.

This committee has steered the production of the strategy and marks a new approach to collaboration among the food sector. Work on the formulation of the strategy was coordinated by the Fingal Local Enterprise Office which itself provides a series of successful and popular programmes designed to support small and start-up food businesses in the region. The areas where food businesses will benefit from the new focus are summarised in six key areas: fostering collaboration and clustering among stakeholders; enhancing innovation; improving business management performance; supporting the attraction and retention of food talent into Fingal; creating a Fingal food and drink tourism destination; and examining the feasibility

of developing an AgriFood hub. Following the launch, Fingal Local Enterprise Office hosted a business networking event with over 60 local food businesses benefiting. The council, through the Local Enterprise Office, is delivering a wide range of financial and non-financial supports to agri-food companies in the county. The Agri-Food Strategy builds upon this work and sets out a common framework that will foster innovation and collaboration across the sectors, increasing value added, leading to further jobs creation in the agri-food sector and maximising the potential of the agri-food base in the county. Fingal County Council developed the strategy with the input of a steering group of local sectoral experts. Mayor of Fingal Cllr

HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS: Pictured at the Fingal Agri-Food Strategy 2019-2021 launch was Mairead Steele (Juice Inc), Sarah Holm (Rawbites) and Trish Kelly (Cupcakes Store). PHOTO: ORLA MURRAY/SON PHOTO Anthony Lavin launched the strategy in Newbridge House, Donabate. Mayor Lavin said the

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Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys

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BRASS BAND TO PERFORM IN NCH

The Irish Youth Brass Band will perform iconic and much loved standards at a concert in Dublin this weekend. The concert, in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall on Sunday, November 4 at 3.30pm, will be a reflective journey around Ireland and the UK, with music hailing from places and composers across both islands. This is a family-friendly performance. Tickets are €15/€10 concession and are available from www.nch.ie. ALL walkers and runners are welcome to take part in parkruns every Saturday at 9.30am at a number of local venues including Tolka Valley Park, Tyrrelstown, St Anne’s Park, Fairview Park, Poppintree Park, Darndale Park, Father Collins Park, Newbridge Demesne and Ardgillan Demesne.

Parkrun is a timed 5k walk/run and is a completely free to participate community-based, volunteer-led initiative, and a great way to meet people and keep fit. Junior Parkruns for four to 14-year-olds take place on Sundays at a number of venues over a 2km distance. For further details and to register, visit www.parkrun.ie

Charles Tyrrell, Barbara Warren RHA, Colin Davis, Tom Climent, Bee Orpen RHA, Anthony O'Brien and Roisin Murphy. Featuring art from a wide range of disciplines, the auction will take place at 4pm on Sunday, November 4 in The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland on Molesworth Street.

BEATLES DAY IN DUBLIN

‘Beatles Day’ will take place on Saturday, November 3, at the Workman’s Club in Dublin city centre. Tickets costing €20 are on sale at Eventbrite and selling fast. Events on the day will include a two-set show from Scotland’s REVOLVER, one of which will be the exact same set of songs that The Beatles played in Dublin in November 1963! There will also be a performance of the play ‘When the Beatles came to Dublin’. Tickets for this cost €8. And the hugely popular Beatles Table Quiz returns to the Workman’s on November 3 with the usual excellent mix of questions and lots of great prizes. Tickets cost €40 for a team of four.

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MEDAL SOCIETY OPEN DAY

fly the nest for the big city and Kate is trying to hold it all together. This is a story about graduating, dreaming big and slowly realising that “it” might not happen, at least not as planned. Aspirations swiftly dashed, plans pulverised and unexpected ultimatums, we follow a group of young Irish friends as they journey through their new unknown using a contemporary Irish score.

The Medal Society of Ireland is holding an open day on Saturday, November 3 from 11am to 4pm at Knox Hall, Monkstown Village, Co Dublin. Visitors can bring, buy, trade, swap or get free valuations or identifications of medals. Contact Pat on 087-2447522 or Austin on 0872344890 for more information. For more on the Medal Society of Ireland see www.msoi.eu.

CHROMATICS

Join Harry Potter fans from all over Ireland at The Red Cow Hotel, Dublin 22 on November 3 & 4 at Dublin’s first Wizard Con. It’s being organised by a group of Harry Potter fans (and friends) on a quest to unite and befriend as many like-minded wizards as possible under one roof. It's a chance for wizarding fans to come together and share their love of the characters, books, movies and stories at an immersive, intimate, fan focused convention. Tickets and details available online at www.dublinwizardcon.ie.

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FLORA OF MEADOWBROOK

Meadowbrook Residents’ Association are inviting all locals in Wyckham, Meadow Grove, Ludford, Hillview, Broadford and Ballinteer to celebrate the installation of a new ‘Flora of Meadowbrook’ panel on Acorn Road at St Attracta’s junior school hall, Meadowbrook on Saturday, October 27 at 2pm. The Programme will include music and dancers followed by short presentations by local artists like craftsman Nick Ryan.

the Dogs Breed Village. There will be plenty of fun and activities for lovers of cats, dogs, birds and other kinds of pets. Tickets cost €10 for adults, €5 for children with family tickets (2 & 2) priced at €25. Free entry for dogs.

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Artworks by John Behan and Elisabeth Frink are among those being sold to help fund A new musical by Shauna Carrick is running at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, from November research into cures and treatments for sight loss. Over 100 works of art have been donated 6-10. ‘Chromatics’ is directed by multi-awardfor sale at the fundraising auction in aid of sight winning British director and champion of new loss charity Fighting Blindness, and includes Musical Theatre, Andrew Keates. pieces by well-known artists such as John Chromatics tells the story of James, who is trying to create his first play, while Al is ready to Behan RHA, (pictured) Elisabeth Frink RA,

Ireland’s biggest consumer Pet Expo show features two days of a vast variety of pets, pet products, live demonstrations, have-a-go activities, service providers, entertainers, clubs and organisations that cater to pets. It’s taking place at The National Show Centre Stockhole Lane Cloghran Swords, Co Dublin, on November 3 & 4 from 10am-6pm each day. Events include a fun dog show with celebrity judges, birds from the National Bird of Prey Centre, National Reptile Zoo, a petting zoo and

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

Tara Street Baths, 1912. PHOTO: DUBLIN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Freeman’s Journal, November 19, 1863

Irish Press, November 5, 1965

Undated photo of the petrol station on Beaumont Road. Does the car give a clue to the date? Email us on news@dublinpeople.com if you can shed any light on it. Freeman’s Journal, November 20, 1826

Freeman’s Journal, November 29, 1828

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