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Angry residents oppose DART Underground plan OVER 3,500 residents in East Wall are united in their opposition to Irish Rail’s plans for the DART Underground, which will see their area become a building site for the next 10 years due to tunnel boring.

by Aoibhinn Twomey Locals were shocked to learn that East Wall is the only site where tunnel-boring machines will be assembled and launched as part of the construction of twinbore tunnels. To add insult to injury, the residents are furious that the area will not even get its own DART station despite having to bear the brunt of the works for the duration of the project should the proposal for the underground rail line go ahead as planned. Irish Rail had initially proposed that tunnelling would take place at two locations – Inchicore and East Wall. However, tunnelling at Inchicore was dropped for cost saving purposes. The plans were revealed when Irish Rail recently applied to An Bord Pleanala for a Railway Order. Angela Broderick, spokesperson for the Protect East Wall action group, said the entire community has been galvanised in its opposition to the plan, which she believes shows a “blatant disregard” for the community.

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● GREAT SPECTACLE: Emily Cathcart (7), from Balbriggan, pictured with a giant Marmaduke at the recent Dogs Trust Re-homing Centre's Supporters’ Day, where many homed dogs returned for a reunion party. PHOTO: MARC O'SULLIVAN

● MISSING: Bernie Gavan

Renewed appeal for missing Bernie on anniversary A NORTHSIDE woman has made a desperate appeal for information into the whereabouts of her sister on the third anniversary of her disappearance. Bernie Gavan, who was originally from Finglas, was last seen in the Phibsboro area at approximately 2.30pm on August 19, 2007. Bernie suffered from bipolar disorder and was due to turn 62 next month. Her heartbroken sister, Ann O’Hanlon, from Donaghmede, is hoping that a fresh appeal might bring to light information that will give the family some answers in relation to Bernie’s disappearance. “We really don’t know what happened to her,” Ann told Northside People. Continued page 2

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Renewed appeal for missing Bernie on anniversary

● POIGNANT: Ann O'Hanlon pictured with a framed tribute to her sister Bernie Gavan who has been missing since August 19, 2007. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA

pearance but to no avail. Bernie, who had been staying in Daneswood House, went missing after she left the house to meet her friend for a coffee in Phibsboro. She never arrived at the café and because that Sunday was the day of a big GAA match in Croke Park, Ann believes there is a chance she could have got caught up in a crowd. “We know for certain that Bernie didn’t take the bus and that she had just €20 on her when she left Daneswood House,” Ann stated. “She really struggled and was a very slow walker. She wouldn’t go far.”

by Aoibhinn Twomey Because of her condition, Bernie did go through bouts of depression but she was in a “good place” when she disappeared, according to Ann. “She’s never gone missing before,” she said. “Her disappearance is completely out of character. “The only other time she didn’t return to Daneswood was when she went to the church and got locked in there overnight. “The staff of Daneswood said she was in good form and that they didn’t notice anything unusual about her at the time. “When Bernie was good she

always wanted to get involved in things and go out for walks which is why she was free to come and go.” Over the last three years Bernie’s family have tried everything to find answers to her disappearance. “I can’t think of what else we can do – we are powerless,” Ann explained. “Sometimes I’ll see someone who reminds me of her or looks like her from the back or has the same hair or walks the same way as her. “Of course it makes me think it might be Bernie but it never is.” Ann, whose husband passed away five years ago, keeps a spe-

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cial place in her heart and her home for her beloved sister. “I have a little font of holy water up on the wall in my house with a necklace with Bernie’s name on it,” she said. “All I can hope for is that if she has passed that she is above in heaven.” When last seen, Bernie was wearing a pink jacket, pink top, pink shoes and black trousers. Bernie is described as being five foot tall with blond hair and thick glasses. Anyone with any information or any sightings of Bernie is asked to contact Finglas Garda Station on 6667500 or call the Garda confidential line on 1800-666111.

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“It’s so hard to have so many questions but not one answer. “In the media recently there has been so much reporting of these lovely girls such as Jo Jo Dullard and Annie McCarrick who went missing without a trace. “Apparently it’s very unusual for people to disappear without a trace. “We think that if Bernie went down [drowned] something belonging to her, a piece of clothing, anything, would have been found by now. “It’s so strange that we have not one clue as to what happened to her.” Divers searched the Royal Canal some time after her disap-

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“The future underground promises to be a comfortable ride for passengers, but for East Wall the delivery of this project means an extremely noisy, vibrating, dust-filled nine-year ride with not even a station provided by way of thanks,” Ms Broderick told Northside People. “We are absolutely shocked and feel we have been very unfairly treated. “It seems that East Wall will be dumped with all the tunnelling which will undoubtedly create air and noise pollution, noise vibrations and a constant stream of trucks carrying millions of cubic metres of material through our quiet and settled community.” Ms Broderick said over 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing the plans and a further 70 group and individual submissions have been lodged to An Bord Pleanala in relation to the plan. Furious East Wall residents believe the plan for tunnelling at Inchicore was dropped as a result of an intense media campaign by lobby group ‘Inchicore on Track’ prior to the application for the Railway Order. Members of Protect East

● UP IN ARMS: East Wall residents opposed to the DART Underground plan are pictured near the existing rail line on West Road. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA Wall have also slammed Irish Rail for a “lack of consultation” on the DART Underground plans. “Irish Rail would call the meetings we’ve had ‘consultation’ but we would call it more a ‘presentation’ as our voice was not listened to,” Ms Broderick claimed. However, Barry Kenny, spokesperson for Irish Rail, said there has been “extensive consultation” over the last two years. “We did a review of the project originally which had four tunnel bores, two from the Inchicore

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and two from the East Wall side,” Mr Kenny told Northside People. “There are a number of reasons that we decided against the Inchicore tunnelling. “Cost saving was the biggest motivation as we will now only be using two tunnel boring machines from East Wall, “These machines cost tens of millions of euro. Also, the tunnelling would have had a direct structural impact on houses in Inchicore which will not be the case in East Wall, as the tunnelling will take place at the old freight yard. “Also as a benefit of the freight yard, 75 per cent of the spoil [the material removed as part of the tunnelling] can be taken away by rail, while the remainder can be transported through the [port] tunnel and on the motorways.” Mr Kenny said the East Wall area does not need a DART station as it is within close proximity to Clontarf and Connolly stations, as well as the Docklands. “The environmental impact has been very clearly outlined in the environmental report which indicated that the tunnelling won’t have any significant effect on residents,” he added. “Should there be any type of contamination of the spoil then it will be treated and disposed of appropriately. “We also feel that in the longterm, human health will be improved as the DART will take vehicles off the roads.” Dublin Central TD Joe Costello (Lab) and Cllr Emer Costello (Lab) are among those who have made a submission on the plans. “The original houses in East Wall are almost entirely twostorey and built on land reclaimed from the sea,” a statement from the Costellos read. “East Wall lies within the curve of the railway line and is

isolated from the rest of the city. “Due to its low-lying location it has been subjected to flooding, the most recent being last year, 2009. “Householders find it difficult

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Efforts underway to eradicate dangerous plant A MASSIVE effort is underway to remove an “alien invasive” plant that has been smothering all other plant species on Howth Head. A team of botanists, rock climbers and volunteers will work over the coming weeks and months to eradicate the pretty pink flowering plant that has slowly been decimating all other plant life on the summit.

Threat The Carpobrotus Edulis may seem harmless but it is becoming endemic and poses a threat to plant and bird species who habitat on the cliff face. The plant, also known as a Hottentot Fig, is a risk to rare birds that nest on the cliff face as its seeds are eaten and distributed by rats. The plant also poses a marked threat of erosion of the soft clay on the cliff face due to the sheer weight of the stems. Hottentot Fig is found naturally in South Africa and as such it has no known enemies in Ireland so it is free to flourish. It is believed the plant was brought to Ireland in the 1950s when it became a pretty and popular plant among residents in coastal areas. The first record of the Hottentot Fig on Howth Head dates back to 1962.

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by Aoibhinn Twomey and efforts to remove the plant from Howth. “The plant completely escaped from gardens and it seems to flourish on cliff edges when over time it will create a situation where there will be no other plants on Howth Head,” Ms Smyth told Northside People. “This has already happened in Cornwall in England and in Minorca which have had a serious problem with Hottentot Fig. “The plant is in patches on Howth Head but this is how it starts and we’ve found that it will have a big and sudden push when it smothers all other plant life around it. “It’s definitely starting to do that in Howth.”

Funding Noeleen and her team at the National Botanic Gardens are working with Fingal County Council and have received funding from the National Heritage Council to work on the eradication of the invasive Hottentot Fig in Howth. The team have previously worked with local authorities on projects such as the eradication of giant rhubarb that took over large areas of Achill Island off County Mayo. “From our research we’ve




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found that the stems of this plant can be really heavy to pull out so in accessible areas we will use chemicals to kill it,” Noeleen explained.

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An Post criticised over centralisation plan AN Post has been criticised for “inconveniencing” customers through the relocation of its parcel and registered post collections to Balbriggan, almost 20 miles from many north county Dublin homes. Under the new arrangement, residents living in Garristown will have to make a 40km round trip to personally collect undelivered packages and registered letters.

Responded ● AWARD: Celebrating the success of the Puppet Portal Project in the Business to Arts Awards were (from left) Helene Hugel, Artistic Director, Helium, with Angela Connolly, Patient Services, Marie Keane, Deputy CEO and Avril Carey, Hospital School Principal, all from Beaumont Hospital.

Beaumont’s puppets are highly commended A PROJECT designed to put a smile on the face of children attending Beaumont Hospital has been highly commended by a major arts award committee. The Puppet Portal project is a partnership Using latest web technology, the Puppet Portal Project linked 500 children in hospitals between Helium Children’s Arts & Health, the Centre for Health Informatics at Trinity College in Dublin, Limerick and Sligo. Working together over a 20-week period, Dublin and Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. the children designed and made puppets, deInvolved veloped stories and performed for each other. As well as Beaumont, other hospitals The project received was Highly Comclosely involved included the Children's Unimended by the judges in this year’s Business to versity Hospital, Temple Street, The Children's Arts Awards in the category of Best Use of CreArk Unit, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, ativity. Limerick and Sligo General Hospital. Unveiled Helene Hugel, Director of Helium, explains Marking this achievement, a special Puppet that multiple hospital attendances, difficult proPortal Stage was recently unveiled in Beau- cedures and operations, illness and low energy levels can all take their toll on children’s self esmont’s St Raphael’s Ward. This was created by artists Siobhán Clancy teem. “By helping them access and express their and John Dunn in collaboration with patients there and with the support of the hospital’s own creativity the project helped to transform school and its arts office. the hospital experience,” she says.

However, An Post has responded to criticism by outlining that there are other options available to facilitate those who have undelivered packages. An Post has centralised it main operations in north Dublin to Balbriggan in an effort to increase the efficiency of delivery and collection of mail. The upshot of this is that parcels and registered post that have to be signed for will be returned to Balbriggan if they are undelivered. Dublin North Senator Brendan Ryan (Lab) said the new system was confusing and inconveniencing many affected residents living in the Rush, Lusk, Garristown and Oldtown areas. “There is no credible reason for these changes,” he stated. “There is no associated productivity improvement which will bring savings to An Post. “The postmen who deliver

People. “There are also a number of options available to residents as we try to facilitate and do our best to look after the needs of our customers.

by Aoibhinn Twomey to areas still return to the local post office each evening to leave the undelivered items there to be transferred to Balbriggan later in the evening. “One woman who contacted me recently on finding the note in relation to the failed delivery, immediately got a taxi to Balbriggan to pick up the item and was informed when she got there that the item had not yet been returned to Balbriggan.”

Exacerbates Senator Ryan explained how poor public transport from areas such as Garristown and Oldtown to Balbriggan further exacerbates the situation for residents. “Garristown is just short of 20km from Balbriggan while Oldtown is just under 18km which would make collecting a package or letter a 36km round trip,” he added. “There is no public transport available, as the people of these areas are so acutely aware. “If people have no car or if there is no car available before the Balbriggan depot closes, then the only option is to take a taxi


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at great cost. “That’s even if it is possible to get a taxi in these rural areas of Fingal.” A spokesperson for An Post confirmed that it has centralised its mail operations in north Dublin to Balbriggan Post Office but said this should improve the efficiency of mail delivery and collections. “The centralisation is by far the most efficient way of servicing the mail needs of residents,” the spokesperson told Northside

“If a resident is not home to take a delivery of a package or registered post then a docket is popped into their letter box offering them the option to collect in Balbriggan, to have somebody else collect it on their behalf or to have us deliver it again either to their own or to a different address, whether that be a work address or the home of their neighbour, friend or relative.” The spokesperson added that all undelivered post is held in Balbriggan for a number of days or weeks until notification and directions are received from the recipient. If a resident chooses to have the post re-delivered, it is done so the after the docket and direction is received.

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Community garden project bears fruit PLANS for a community garden in Swords will finally wary of the chemicals used in volves more than just growing bear fruit this autumn when the first sod is turned at commercial farming,” Ann- fruit and veg. Marie added. “We want to add to the local Broadmeadow Linear Park. Locals have been given permission to turn approximately 40 square metres of the four-acre park into a community garden to grow fruit and vegetables in a shared area. So far 18 people have signed up to take part in the community garden project, and co-ordinator Ann-Marie Costello is encouraging more volunteers to join the venture. “The more the merrier, we want as many people as possible to get involved and enjoy growing their own food produce,” she said.

Meadows The park runs along the river at the back of Applewood Village, Thornleigh, Ashton Broc and Castleview estates, and at the moment Fingal County Council is creating wild flower meadows and football pitches in some areas of the park. The design for the Broadmeadow Community Garden will be finalised next month, but so far the aim is to combine a communal area for growing fruit trees, bushes and herbs with rows of 24 mini-plots for use by individual members.

Workshops A series of workshops are also scheduled throughout the year on subjects including gardening for children, recycling, composting and how to grow organic fruit and vegetables. Ann-Marie, who lives in

by Jessica Magee Swords and works as an art teacher at Manor House School, Raheny, has set up a special Facebook page to explain what’s going on at the Broadmeadow Linear Park.

“But if you’re not one of the lucky ones to be awarded an allotment, the community garden could provide an enjoyable alternative. “It’s a holistic project that in-

community spirit, give people living in apartments access to outdoor space, learn about the natural environment and gain a greater awareness of environmental issues.”

● SOWING THE SEEDS FOR SUCCESS: Community garden project co-ordinator Ann-Marie Costello is encouraging more volunteers to join the venture.

Guidance “We are starting with a visit to Summerhill Community Garden at the end of the month to get some guidance for our own project,” Ann-Marie told Northside People. “In October, we will join forces with Fingal County Council for a bulb-planting session. Then in November, we will begin to dig and prepare raised beds, plant fruit trees and erect fencing and hedgerows.” A special art workshop planned for Halloween will demonstrate how to create bird feeders and carve pumpkins. The project is tapping into a surge of enthusiasm among Dubliners for homegrown vegetables, as evidenced by rising demand for allotments across the city. There is currently a 300strong waiting list for allotments in Fingal County Council, while 500 people applied for the 100 allotment spaces recently opened in St Anne’s Park, Raheny by Dublin City Council. “I think more and more people are growing their own fruit and vegetables and becoming

Properties urgently required in ALL areas for fully vetted tenants. ● APPOINTMENT: Reverend Aisling Shine is to be installed as Canon of Christ Church Cathedral.

Northside woman appointed Canon of Christ Church THE Reverend Aisling Shine will be installed as a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral next month. Aisling is currently working in Drumcondra, North Strand and was previously based in Clondalkin and Rathcoole parish. She was deaconed in 2003 and ordained to the priesthood in 2004. A native of Clontarf, Aisling has a nursing background having trained at the Mater Hospital and later qualified as a midwife at the Rotunda Hospital. She is married to Ted, an army officer, with whom she has two grown-up daughters, Emer and Deirdre. Aisling and her family also have a strong commitment to Concern, a charity she worked with in Rwanda. Following her appointment, Aisling said: “I am looking forward to meeting the people who work and worship in Christ Church and being part of that work and worship myself." The installation will take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, September 19, at 3.30pm.

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Council responds to bulldozing queries FINGAL County Council is satisfied that recent work to clear a section of the old Baldoyle Racecourse is not in breach of any planning regulations. Residents in Admiral Park were surprised when a bulldozer recently made its way onto the site behind some of their homes as the land has lain idle for many years. Pat Cuffe, whose home backs onto the land, questioned the necessity of the work given that there are apparently no current plans to develop the site. “On Tuesday (August 3) a large caterpillar machine entered the land and completely flattened every tree and bush in it. “The entire area has been levelled and an existing boundary fence between our houses in Admiral Park and this open land was demolished. “We really don’t know what the reason behind this was because as far as we know there is no development planned for the site. Local community activist David Healy said he was looking into the matter on foot of queries from some local residents. “It’s very hard to determine who owns the land because there doesn’t seem to be planning permission being sought in relation to the site,” he stated. “In my opinion no clearing should be undertaken without prior notification.” However, last week a planning inspector from Fingal County Council visited the site and found that nothing untoward had been carried out. A spokeswoman for Fingal County Council said it appeared that “some work has been carried out in the recent past but this work was confined to cleaning up of the site, clearing away debris”. “The inspector spoke with a

by Aoibhinn Twomey resident of Admiral Park who confirmed there had been some pipes and other material on the site for many years before the site was cleared,” she told Northside People. “The inspector also confirmed that no work has been done recently that could be regarded as development under planning legislation and there is therefore no enforcement issue to be followed up. “A further inspection can be carried out if this changes.”

● Three generations of the O'Neill family pictured enjoying the fun during the recent Grandchildren's Day held at Lusk Community Unit.

Transplant recipients grateful for sporting chance NORTHSIDER Anne Smyth never thought she’d live to see her children grow up and get married. The prospect of being alive for the birth of her grandchildren was, she thought, another “impossibility”. Thankfully, she was proved wrong on both counts thanks to the generous organ donors who gave her the gift of life on not one, but two occasions.


● MEDAL WINNER: Anne Smyth enjoyed big success at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games.

The Baldoyle local has proved over the last 15 years that she is a force to be reckoned with, a determination she used to her full advantage to win a bronze and silver medal in badminton during the European Transplant and Dialysis Games which were held recently. “I was happy with the medals especially because I injured my arm after the first game but I carried on anyway,” she told Northside People. “I didn’t want to give up because I felt I was not only doing it for myself but for those who donated their organs to give me 15 years of life that I didn’t think I’d get.”

Bronze Despite the arm injury, Anne went on to win a bronze medal in the ladies’ singles competition and a silver medal in the ladies’ doubles. It’s hard to believe that this 56-year-old woman, who looks the picture of health, was given months to live back in 1991 when she was diagnosed with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis – an auto immune disease of the liver which is marked with the slow progressive destruction of the bile ducts.

by Aoibhinn Twomey “There’s no doubt that I would be dead if I didn’t get that liver transplant,” she explained. “I was only on the waiting list for five months which I was told was longer than usual because of how many people donate their organs in Ireland. “Unfortunately, my liver unexpectedly began to fail again in 2001.

Hospital “I became very ill and was in hospital for a few months before I was well enough to get another transplant. “That’s the funny thing about getting a transplant. You have to be sick enough to need an organ transplant but well enough to be able to get through the operation and the recovery.”

Kidney Anne also had to have a kidney transplant as a knock-on effect from the failure of her liver. “When I first got sick my children were young and I didn’t think I’d live to see them grow up,” she added. “Not only did I see them grow up but I was also thankfully alive to meet my three lovely grandchildren. “None of this would have been possible were it not for the people who donated their organs to give me the gift of life. “I would urge everyone to become an organ donor and to live every day to the full.” ● See a round up of the European Transplant and Dialysis Games on Page 13.


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Iarnrod Eireann responds to bridge collapse report IARNRÓD Éireann’s failure to act on safety reviews dating as far back as 1997 was a major factor in the collapse of the Malahide viaduct, a report into the incident revealed last week. The viaduct collapsed on August 21, 2009, as an Iarnród by Aoibhinn Twomey Éireann passenger train crossed en route to Pearse Station from tidal movements and flooding) had started at the base of pier Balbriggan. The train driver reported a four and that the rock armour weir was “too light for the job”. section of the viaduct beginning Further reviews carried out to collapse into Broadmeadow four and nine years later recomestuary, and within minutes one mended that a floor/scour manof the piers holding up the track, agement plan be developed to pier number four, had collapsed address the dangers posed to leaving unsupported track hangbridges. ing over the sea. The scouring of the ‘grouted Scouring rock armour’ was pinpointed as Last week’s report from the the cause of the collapse of the Railway Accident Investigation pier. Unit (RAIU) highlighted an inMinister for Transport Noel dependent inspection carried out Dempsey described the report, in 1997 identified that scouring in which 15 recommendations (a form of erosion caused by were made, as “a worrying ac-

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count of the inadequate maintenance and inspection regime in Iarnród Éireann”. “This is an important report into a very serious event,” he stated.

Actions “Thankfully, due to the speedy actions of the train driver on that day and the effective operation of all post accident procedures, there were no fatalities or injuries to any members of the public or staff. “However, this report gives a detailed and worrying account of the inadequate maintenance and inspection regime in Iarnród Éireann of recent years which failed to safeguard the viaduct structure from the impact of scour and erosion in Broadmeadow estuary.” Minister Dempsey added: “I understand from the report and from updates by Iarnrod Eireann that significant changes have now taken place to meet the shortcomings identified and to ensure that there is no repetition of this event.” Dublin North TD Michael Kennedy (FF) also welcomed the report and called on Iarnrod Eireann to instil commuter confidence by taking on board the recommendations. “This report is a very impor-

tant step in rebuilding confidence among the travelling public in Iarnrod Eireann’s network,” said Deputy Kennedy. “The collapse of the Malahide Viaduct into Broadstone estuary was extremely serious and could have killed or seriously injured many people.” Iarnród Éireann said it accepted the findings and sincerely regretted the issues that led to the accident. “At the outset, Iarnród Éireann accepts the findings of the RAIU and Railway Safety Commission (RSC),” said a spokesman for the company.

Regret “Together with the findings of our internal investigation, we sincerely regret those issues which have been highlighted in the reports which led to this accident on August 21, and apologise to customers, who experienced significant disruption to services. “Following the accident, Iarnród Éireann commenced a programme of major reform across all aspects of the safety management of infrastructure. “The implementation of this programme has ensured that all of the recommendations from RAIU report and RSC audit are already actioned, with many complete.”

● ONE IN A MILLION: Pictured at the celebration of Dublin Bikes’ 1,000,000th journey were (from lr): Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Gerry Breen; Joanne Grant, JCDecaux; Joe Murray, prize winner; Cllr Andrew Montague (Lab); and John Tierney, Dublin City Manager. PHOTO: MARTIN McCHREE

Dublin Bikes scheme celebrates milestone AROUND 7.30pm on August 14 the Dublin Bikes scheme’s 1,000,000th journey was made. Joe Murray took the journey from Chatham Street to Jervis Street, and on reaching the milestone was presented with a fabulous prize of a luxury two-night stay in Paris. The prize includes flights, accommodation in a top hotel and €2,000 in cash. The scheme, operated by JCDecaux (Ireland) on behalf of Dublin City Council, has been a resounding success since it was launched on September 13, 2009. Over 40,000 members have joined the scheme and 96 per cent of the one million plus journeys have been free. Artane Whitehall ward councillor Andrew

Montague (Lab), who first proposed the scheme, said: “This marks Dublin Bikes out as one of the most successful bike schemes in the world. “In Melbourne their bike scheme is averaging less than 70 trips per day, while in Dublin it is over 5,000 trips using the same number of bikes. “In Paris 3,000 bikes were stolen in the first year, in Dublin we had two stolen and both were recovered. “In London annual membership costs over €50, while it is only €10 in Dublin.” Cllr Montague said the scheme also highlights how safe it is to cycle in Dublin. “After one million trips, there hasn't been a single serious accident,” he added.

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Coffee morning appeal ST FRANCIS Hospice Service, based in Raheny, is appealing to the people of north Dublin city and county to dig deep for this year’s coffee morning on September 16 to help maintain its local service. Now in its 17th year, Ireland’s biggest coffee morning with Bewley’s is an all-island fundraising event that raises vital funds each year for hospice care services all over Ireland. Bewley’s has sponsored the annual event each year since it began and provides all the coffee nationwide free of charge.

AN innovative film programme starting on the Northside measure any changes in their this October will offer laughter and light relief to people overall wellbeing, happiness and stress levels. challenged by cancer. More than 30 comedy and inspirational films will be screened over an eight-week period at the ARC Cancer Support Street on Eccles Street. The cultural programme, which also includes reading selected books and listening to classical music, will use humour and social intercourse in a bid to alleviate stress and improve wellbeing for people experiencing cancer.

Positive Co-ordinator Jason O’ Callaghan said the Monday Movie Madness course is based on the premise that positive psychology can help people on the road to recovery. “Laughter has a huge beneficial effect, both medically and psychologically, and it’s important to remember that the mind and body are connected,” said Mr O’Callaghan, a former showbiz journalist who now works as a psychology research assistant at Tallaght Hospital. “There will be two strands to the course. Firstly, the positive material of funny films and TV shows could help participants feel better. “Secondly, just being part of a group and talking about your illness with someone who understands what you are going

by Jessica Magee through can reduce stress.” Participants will be able to select their preferred movie choices of classic comedies or inspirational films ranging from golden oldies to recent box office hits. The list includes Marx Brothers’ films, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, Some Like It Hot, When Harry Met Sally, A Fish Called Wanda, Father of the Bride, Meet the Parents and Fawlty Towers.

Questionnaire The group will discuss the movies before and after each viewing over a cup of tea or coffee. Participants will fill out a short questionnaire at the start and at the end of the course to

● INNOVATIVE: Co-ordinator of the Monday Movie Madness programme, Jason O’Callaghan.

“Stress is responsible for 40 per cent of all illnesses, and 75 per cent of heart attacks and strokes, so this diverse programme will help alleviate stress by offering a relaxing evening of laughter, humour and fun,” added Mr O’Callaghan.

Research The programme will also help with research Mr O’Callaghan is carrying out for a PhD thesis on the effects of positive psychology on cancer patients. He says some of the course material is based on the work of the late American writer Norman Cousins, who cured himself of heart disease and arthritis by watching Marx Brother films, training himself to belly laugh and taking large amounts of Vitamin C. Monday Movie Madness is free of charge and will cater for approximately 30 participants. It runs from Monday, October 4, until Monday, November 24, from 7pm until 9.30pm. It’s just one of a range of courses offered by the ARC Centre in Eccles Street, which offers professional support to those challenged by cancer. Other courses include Art Therapy, Yoga, Ta’i Chi and Chi Kung, Mindfulness and Stress Management.


● FUNDRAISER MAPPED OUT: Pictured at Bewley’s Café for the launch of this year’s coffee morning were Anne Langan of St Francis Hospice, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, television personality and Patrick Bewley of national sponsor Bewley’s.

The national target is to raise €2 million – that’s over one million cups of Bewley’s coffee. People in workplaces, homes and local organisations across the northside are being asked to hold a coffee morning and collect €2 for each cup consumed. All money raised locally stays locally and goes directly back to fund local Hospice care services. For more details about this event, phone St Francis Hospice on 8327535 or visit


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Teens involved in short film series THE National College of Ireland, based in the IFSC, and Duke University, North Carolina, recently brought together local teens (14-17-years-old) from disadvantaged and migrant communities, and partnered them with Irish and American third-level students to create a series of short films, focusing on contemporary challenges confronting communities across Dublin today. The films were created as part of the Discover University programme, where 32 second level students (over half being from migrant communities) worked with 12 American and five Irish college students.

● Cllr Larry O’Toole (SF) pictured at the launch of the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing phone line.

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Create Under the direction of faculty from Duke and NCI, the thirdlevel students taught the participating teens how to create internet websites along with techniques for successful and ethical interviews, video filming and editing, and problem solving skills in maths that will help them prepare for the Leaving Cert. Working in groups, the young people produced a series of fiveminute films which highlighted a specific community challenge, alongside a short policy document that complements the film.

Issues The films addressed issues ranging from racism to intergenerational distrust. Following the showcase of work at the Chester Beatty Library the films went on display at National College of Ireland from


THE National Dial to Stop Drug Dealing free phone line in Dublin North East was launched in Artane recently.

● REEL-Y INTERESTING: NCI student Sinead Thompson (right), from Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, is pictured with Miatta Echetebu (left) from Duke University, USA, at the short film showcase where Dublin teens displayed a range of films that addressed contemporary community challenges in the capital. PHOTO: FENNELL’S PHOTOGRAPHY

August 9-13. The films showcased included: ● Discrimination is Backward Thinking. This video focused on discrimination in Ireland and how it impacts people's lives. ● Relationship Between Youth and the Elderly in East Wall, which focused on the relationship

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Transplant Games leaves gift of life legacy IRELAND may have been pipped in the medals table at the recent European Transplant & Dialysis Games but celebrating life will be the legacy of this country’s staging of the event for the very first time. With its best performance ever, Ireland secured the largest haul of medals overall at the games with an impressive total of 116 (40 gold, 35 silver and 41 bronze). However, the table is decided on gold medals, and Hungary finished in the top slot with 45 gold, 31 silver, and 33 bronze, making a total of 109 medals. Germany came third with 37 gold medals. The Games Village was located at DCU with various events taking place at different sporting venues on the northside. Good weather prevailed and large crowds attended the games.

dertaking, particularly as we had athletes who required dialysis while they were here in Dublin. “The games’ success can be attributed to the support of national governing bodies, our sponsors, to staff and members of the Irish Kidney Association for their organisation and fundraising for the games, and the selfless work of so many dedicated volunteers.

failure and many were embracing a second chance at life, while honouring their organ donors through sport. Wonderful, heart-wrenching stories emerged throughout the week with athletes overcoming huge health hurdles to take part.


Pleased Ireland team captain Mike Dwyer said: “We are very pleased to have retained our position in the top three on the medals table against the unstoppable Hungary and Germany. “We finished third at the previous European Games in Wuzburg, Germany, in 2008. “However, it’s not just about winning medals here - every athlete taking part is a winner.”



The unique games brought over 350 brave athletes from 24 European countries together to celebrate the ‘gift of life’. The biennial event was hailed an outstanding success both on an off the sporting field as all those taking part were united in sharing a common and poignant bond. They all had suffered organ

Mr Dwyer added: “We were proud to be able to participate on home soil this year and demonstrate to our European friends the warm hospitality for which our country is renowned, and we are confident they will have fond memories of their time in Ireland. “There is a huge sense of comradeship throughout the

● John Moran, from Glasnevin, pictured taking part in an event at Morton Stadium, Santry.

games and we look forward to renewing friendships when we travel to Zagreb, Croatia, when it hosts the seventh European Games in 2012.” Balbriggan man Colin White, chairman of the Games Organising Committee, said: “We were delighted to play host to this historic event, which took over two years’ planning. “It was a major logistical un-

Mr White added: “We hope the legacy of these games will reinforce the importance of organ donation and the significant role that sport plays, both psychologically and physically, in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.” Athletes who took part in the games have received a transplant of one, or a combination, of the following: kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lungs, and bone marrow, or else are receiving dialysis treatment.

● Paul Prendergast, from Santry, pictured in action during the European Transplant & Dialysis Games.

Celebrations The games concluded with a Gala Dinner in the Regency Hotel with celebrations into the early hours of Sunday morning (August 15). Many of the European athletes returned home on the Sunday with some taking an extra few days to discover Ireland.

● Chikoyo White, from Balbriggan, pictured at Morton Stadium.

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The Dublin People group is publishing the winning entries to the ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ Media Awards 2010 over the coming weeks. The annual awards are organised by the Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs (GBRD) and sponsored by the Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force and the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee. All the winning entries can be downloaded from the GBRD website at This week's article is by UZAIR SAIF QURESHI, from Clonsilla, Dublin 15, who was runner-up in the age 15-17 category.

Tackling drugs - the cost of budget cuts

MOST of the stars on the EU flag have got their sparkle back, or in other words, most EU states are out of recession. But some are still lingering towards it. Ireland was considered to be recovering at the beginning of December 2009 but like the bitter snow, the recession is leaving behind its own black ice. Budget cuts are making sure the world of drugs is becoming more easily accessible. According to Drugnet Ireland, six per cent of adults (over 18) illegally used drugs in 2008. The most commonly reported illegal drug in each of the regional Drugs Task Force areas was cannabis, with proportions ranging between 36 per cent in the East Coast area and 13 per cent in the North West.

Increased According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), both cocaine and heroin abuse has increased since 2003, with heroin use rising by 47.7 per cent during 20052006. During the first nine months of 2009, the number of drug-dri-

by Uzair Saif Qureshi vers detected rose to 600 from 490 for the same period of time in 2008, an increase of more than 22 per cent.

Rise The percentage of motorists who drive while under the influence of drugs has augmented by an alarming 70 per cent over the last five years as well, but the greatest rise was observed from 2008 onwards which coincides with the beginning of the recession when budget cuts began to be implemented. An important study by National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) and published in 2008 highlighted that the percentage of Irish people who had used any illegal drug in Ireland rose from 18.5 per cent of the population in 2002-03 to 24 per cent in 2006-07. The six Dublin Garda divi-

sions of illustrated a collective four fold increase in drug cases from 1,468 between January and September of 2004 to 5,377 cases in the first nine months of 2008.

Reduced However, between January and September of 2009, the percentage of cases reduced in 16 of the 28 Garda divisions. Generally, the decline was below 10 per cent. Budget cuts can have a relatively strong impact on tackling drug use but there are signs that many measures have been taken to prevent drug use and trafficking, according to Drugnet 2009.

Difficult Tackling drug misuse at a time of budget cuts is a difficult task but there are steps being taken to prevent an overall increase in drug use and trafficking. However, as previously seen in the ‘80s, when people are affected by a financial downturn they often take refuge in drugs to

get away from their money troubles. Back then, there was an increase in the abuse of drugs and it’s quite obvious that this will be the case again.

Consequences Budget cuts can lead to dire consequences when dealing with alcohol and drugs, but it is not all bleak. Schools are trying to involve their students in talks about drugs and their harmful effects and even with very few Government grants, many committees are still hard at work trying to prevent drug abuse. However, nothing can be overlooked, as rehabilitation centres and drug abuse support groups are finding it difficult to manage with very little funding due to the budget cutbacks. ● Editor’s note: This article was originally submitted to the ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ competition in December 2009.

● Uzair Saif Qureshi, 17, from Clonsilla (Institute of Education, Leeson Street), is pictured receiving his award from Jim McVeigh, County Dublin VEC

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Bursary reminder for sports clubs SPORTS clubs throughout the Northside are reminded that Sunday, August 29, is the closing date for receipt of entries for the 2010 Texaco Sportstars Bursary scheme for which over â‚Ź100,000 has been allocated. Twenty bursaries of â‚Ź5,000 each will go to deserving sports clubs in the Republic of Ireland with five going to clubs in Northern Ireland in amounts of StgÂŁ3,500 each. In preparing their entry, clubs must demonstrate why they deserve a bursary and how they would spend it if successful. Winners will be presented with their award at a ceremony to be held in Dublin on Thursday, September 30.

partment supplied a lovely cake to mark the occasion. John is well known for his beautiful garden in Swords and Barney was an accomplished athlete, completing many marathons in her day. During the celebrations John and Barney got up to dance for the first time in a while to the anniversary waltz. John also sang his own special version of ‘Danny Boy’. When asked what was the success of a long and happy marriage the couple said: “plenty of give and take, some rows, plenty of kisses and pulling together.�




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THE newly appointed President of Howth Sutton Lions Club Marianne Lehane (pictured) literally walked her way into her new role. Marianne started with a walking group in Clontarf organised by the local Lions Club. She joined the Lions Club and became President of the Howth Sutton branch. Marianne said: “I walked myself into a job.” Encouraging the community to take part in exercise and activity is just one of the many community projects undertaken by the Lions Club. Information on walks is available on Walks are free and take place five days a week - Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.





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ESTUARY Players presents John B Keane’s classic comedy ‘Moll’ at The Martello Room, Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre, from Wednesday to Saturday, September 1-4, nightly at 8pm. There’s more than a hint of Father Ted in John B Keane’s hilarious tale of parish life in Ballast, County Kerry. Moll Kettle rules the roost as the new housekeeper to Canon Pratt and his two curates. Trouble surfaces when the Canon gets extra attention at mealtime while the other priests have to deal with Moll’s wily ways. The forthcoming visit of the bishop promises to stir things up even more and add to the fun. Myra Maguire, who received the Best Director award at the RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals in 2008 and 2009, is the director of Moll. ● MOLL AND HER CHARGES: Moll (Teresa Cashin) pictured with (from l-r) Sean Colgan, Robbie Tickets cost €12/€10. For bookings, phone 086-1005511. Quigley and Gerry Jennings.

JobFit Roadshow for Donaghmede THE JobFit Roadshow, part of a new initiative to support people to upskill or retrain and get a job or move on to further education training, is coming to Donaghmede Shopping Centre on three consecutive Tuesdays – August 24 and 31 and September 7 – from 10am to 3pm. From its state-of-the-art mobile training unit, JobFit is offering a free job search clinic where friendly staff will be on hand to offer advice, guidance and support to people in their quest to find employment. Thanks to the generous support of Donaghmede Shopping Centre in offering a convenient location, all are welcome to come aboard the unit and find out how JobFit can help them. It will be possible to register for the JobFit programme, a 13-week personalised programme for unemployed people offering free skills training, free job search support and free work placements with local employers. JobFit is available to people who have been receiving benefits for a minimum of three months and are qualified to Junior Certificate level or below. The programme currently operates out of two centres - New Church Street in Smithfield and Greenhills Retail Park in Tallaght and places are available immediately. Visit the mobile unit and see what JobFit has to offer you! JobFit is funded by the Labour Market Activation Fund of the Department of Education and is delivered by TGB Learning in partnership with National Learning Network. To find out more, visit, email or freefone 1800 303 359.

OVER 250,000 old mobile phones have been collected by schoolchildren all over Ireland for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation since September 2009. St Fintan’s National School and Santa Sabina Dominican College, both in Sutton, were among the top 10 schools for collecting phones on behalf of the Foundation. As part of Jack & Jill’s ‘Phones for Boards’ campaign, the old mobiles will be exchanged for 400 interactive whiteboards for the classroom valued at €1.2 million so far. The campaign is hugely important in raising the €3 million Jack & Jill requires annually to support its 322 families nationwide with home nursing care for their children with brain damage. As the Foundation only receives 19 per cent from the State, it has to be very creative and practical about the way it raises funds, and the unwanted mobile phone is an environmentally friendly currency for Jack & Jill, with 250 phones buying home nursing care for a sick child for one month. As the new school term begins, the Jack & Jill Foundation is recruiting a new schools co-ordinator to build and develop this campaign and to add more names and success stories to the 1,400 schools already involved.


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Greagsby wins Ladies’ Strokeplay Inter event CYMC/LC, based in Fairview, hosted the Dublin Ladies’ Strokeplay competition recently, with the home club’s players dominating the Inter event. Rose Collins and Helen Greagsby were the frontrunners after 18 holes in the Inter section. Rose was the only player to break par and Helen was neatly tucked in behind her on level par. In the second 18, as the wind and rain arrived in abundance, Helen showed her true class and the form that saw her win in more difficult conditions in Roadstone Group Social Club (RGSC) Pitch & Putt Club two weeks previously. She pitched superbly well on route to a fantastic 49. Helen was one of only two players to break 50 in all three grades over the weekend. Her final score of 103 earned her a seven shot win. Rose couldn’t hold on for second place after managing a 57, and had to settle for third behind her clubmate Eileen Nolan, who managed to finish runner-up on the back 18. It was Eileen’s second time in recent years to finish runnerup on her home course having lost out in the Dublin Matchplay final in 2007. Meanwhile, Marino native Helen paid tribute to all those who had helped to prepare the course for the weekend and said she was delighted to win the Peg Smith Cup.

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Local teens to star in musical TWO Northside teenagers are set to star in a schools’ edition of ‘Les Miserables’ in The Helix in September. Lucy O’Byrne (19), from Baldoyle, and Donal Brennan (17), from Howth, will play the roles of Eponine and Marius in the famous musical to kick-start their stage careers. REAL Theatre Company, the brainchild of Lucy O’Byrne and her sister Rachel, is producing the show.


● STARS IN THE MAKING: Donal Brennan and Lucy O’Byrne are set to star in a schools’ edition of ‘Les Miserables’ in The Helix.

Lucy had always dreamt of playing Eponine, but she realised she would have to act fast if she could take part in the schools’ edition, which places an age limit of 19 years. Together with her sister Rachel, who is in her final year of studying French and theatre at Trinity College, fellow performer Andrew Linnie, and long-term friend Eamonn Crowe, the group set up REAL Theatre Company using the first initial of each of their names.

by Jessica Magee Luckily, the team of four already had a wealth of experience in the performing arts scene. The O’Byrne sisters have been performing with their parents’ stage school, Song and Dance, all their lives. Andrew Linnie has already written and produced his own musical.

Degree Eamonn Crowe is entering the final year of his degree in business and arts management, and was confident that the show would come together. “After acknowledging the enormity of the task, the excitement of staging such an amazing show set in,” said Eamonn. “I had enough event management experience to know we had a solid basis

to produce something special. “We scraped together the deposit for the venue and the rights, and got cracking on getting a cast together.” The team visited 22 schools across Dublin to spread word of the show, and held auditions for 140 hopefuls over two days at The Helix.

Exciting Forty young actors were finally cast in what promises to be one of the most exciting youth productions in Dublin this year. For the show’s Northside representatives, Lucy and Donal, the event should be a key stepping stone to what they hope will be a lifelong stage career. Donal enters his Leaving Cert year in September at Belvedere College, but plans to pursue theatre after school, while Lucy has already finished school and is about to embark on a two-year theatre studies course with Bull Alley Theatre Training College.

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● RACING CERTS: Northside model Nadia Forde and Dublin footballers Bernard Brogan and Ross McConnell pictured at the announcement of the Run to Africa event. PHOTO: BRIAN McEVOY

Runners prepare for St Anne’s race RUNNING enthusiasts from all over the country will head for the northside next month to take part in a special event for a very worthy cause. The Run to Africa 10K race will take place on September 12 on the grounds of St Anne’s Park, Raheny. The run will raise crucial funds for charity organisation Playing for Life, which was established by top sports commentator Tracy Piggott in 2005. A host of Irish celebrities, including author Amanda Brunker, RTÉ’s Darren Kennedy and Mary Kennedy,

GAA stars Seán Óg Ó’Hailpín, Bernard Brogan and Ross McConnell, model Nadia Forde, TV star Katherine Lynch and many more are supporting the high profiled event, which expects to attract over 500 eager participants from all over Ireland. After a life-changing visit to Africa, Tracy set up Playing for Life with a focus on underprivileged African communities. The charity aims to build better lives for young people through educational, sports, medical and construction projects. To date, the charity has

worked closely with communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Malawi. Tracy Piggott said: “Anyone who participates and fundraises through our Run to Africa event will be giving something incredibly valuable, worthwhile and life-changing to people that need it most. “I would like to thank in advance everyone who takes part in September. Good luck and more importantly, have fun!” To register for the run, visit and apply for a sponsorship card.


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Football tournament CRY-ing out for players TWO northside brothers are CRY-ing out for football fanatics to take part in a soccer tournament this weekend for charity. Jonathan and Kenneth Treacy, originally from Finglas and now living in Clongriffin, have put on a united front for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Grateful The brothers who are immensely grateful for the help and support they received from CRY and Dr Deirdre Ward at the Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons (CRYP) centre in Tallaght, have organised

Big entry for World Sailing Championships FORTY-THREE boats from nine countries will compete in the World Championships of the International Etchells Class, a 30ft.long 3-crew racing boat, at Howth Yacht Club this week. The championships, supported by Fingal County Council, the Irish Sports Council and Dublin Tourism, has also been backed by local organisations such as Howth Chamber of Commerce, Community Council and the ‘Howth is Magic’ group. Organising committee chairman Berchmans Gannon said the local community has really rallied behind the event to create a festival atmosphere with such diverse activities as fishing demonstrations, heritage talks, traditional music nights, coast guard and lifeboat air-sea rescue demonstration, transport museum tours and pipe bands. Some of the world’s top sailors, including Olympic medalists and former world champions, will compete in the 9race series being staged on the waters between Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye. Over 130 Etchells sailors will participate and in addition to the 12 Irish boats, which qualified for the event, entries have been received from Australia, USA, UK, Holland, Italy, Singapore, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Fifteen of the overseas entries participated in the recent Irish National Championships sponsored by Euro Car Parks to familiarise themselves with the Howth waters, with Peter McNeill from Sydney winning the title ahead of Britain’s Julia Bailey. Ireland’s top qualifier, Dan O’Grady, and his crew from Howth, finished third overall. The event opened on Saturday, August 21, and will conclude on August 28. Howth Yacht Club is the single largest sports club on the Howth Peninsula and with some 2,200 members is the biggest sailing club in Ireland. The club, which won the Irish Sailing Club of the Year Award in 2009, is recognised globally for its race management capabilities, having hosted numerous national and international regattas over the years.

a 5-a-side soccer tournament for Sunday, August 29, from 11am to 2.30pm. The tournament, which consists of 32 teams, will be held in the Astropark in Tallaght on the Greenhills Road. Each group will have a guaranteed three games each followed by a knockout competition for the successful teams in the run up to claim the title prize. The family fun day will feature a barbecue feast, music and bouncy castles to keep the little ones entertained. All this is included in the entry cost of €125 for a team of 5-7 players. Entrants must be strictly over 16 years to participate

with a ladies’ competition included subject to demand. Jonathan Treacy played for UCD in the League of Ireland from 1990 to 1997.

Unwell During the 1996 season, he started to feel unwell during games, which prompted him to get checked out at the CRYP Centre in Tallaght where he discovered that he had probable Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is a condition whereby your heart muscle thickens and can restrict blood flow to the heart, thereby leading to seri-

ous problems including sudden death. Jonathan was lucky enough that the thickness of the muscle in his heart is very small and is free to continue his life without any need for intervention on condition that he is monitored yearly at the CRYP centre. Jonathan’s brother, Kenneth, who is a top league hockey player, also needs to be monitored as he continues his active lifestyle. If you are interested in taking part in the tournament, visit www.cry5aside, to register your team.

● CRY FOR HELP: Jonathan Treacy (left) and his brother Kenneth are looking for players to take part in the 5-a-side soccer tournament to raise funds for CRY.

Local basketball club hosts top American team EARLIER this month Killester Basketball Club hosted top-ranked college basketball team, the University of Pittsburgh, for two matches in the DCU Sport Complex. The club’s development programme for 6The Pittsburgh Panthers played against an Irish Men's Select team and Killester Men's 10 year-olds runs on Sundays from 10amSuperleague team on August 3 and 4 respec- 11.30am. If anyone from age 6 to adult is interested tively. Each night saw over 800 fans in attendance, making it two of the best-attended in playing basketball with Killester Basketball Club, email basketball events of the year. Meanwhile, at the match between Local hip-hop group AKA Crew performed on both nights, adding to the festive Killester Basketball Club and the University of Pittsburgh, Sports Across Ireland (SAI)) atmosphere. Killester Men's Superleague won the tre- presented the Man of the Match Award to ble last year, making them Cup, League and senior Gilbert Brown. Three of SAI’s Upward Basketball League Northern Conference champions. Pittsburgh beat the Killester team 88 to 62, players, Hannah Ronan, Nathan Mackenzie but the northsiders kept the Pittsburgh Pan- and Nojus Lukosiunas, assisted director thers to only a nine-point lead at the end of Daniel Tabb in presenting the golden basketball to Gilbert. the third quarter. SAI is a non-profit organisation that has Pittsburgh is set to be ranked in the top 10 of Division 1 college basketball teams going been operating in the Ballymun area for the into the 2010-2011 season while several of last seven years. It runs Upward basketball and football their current players are expected to join the leagues, sports camps, and primary school NBA upon graduation. For more information about the Univer- coaching, with over 400 youths participating sity of Pittsburgh team, visit www.pittsburgh- each year. For more information about Sports Killester Basketball Club has over 400 Across Ireland and its programmes, visit members and more than 20 underage teams.

● Gilbert Brown pictured after receiving his Man of the Match award. Also pictured, from left, Sports Across Ireland's Upward Basketball League players, Hannah Ronan, Nojus Lukosiunas, Nathan Mackenzie and SAI director Daniel Tabb. PHOTO: AMY TABB

● Aaron Westbrooks of Killester Basketball Club (left) defends against a Pittsburgh player during the teams’ clash at the DCU Sports Complex. PHOTO: KEVIN O’BRIEN

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Beach With over 3,500 kilometres of French coastline, dotted with hundreds of beautiful beaches, it’s impossible to come up with a definitive coastal route but start off in Brittany at Vannes and you won’t go far wrong. Vannes is a great seaside town, with lots to do beside laze back on its beautiful beaches, including golfing at one of the area’s many courses. After you’ve had your fill from Vannes, head south to La Rochelle. Stopping off in Nantes will break up the three hour drive nicely. The coast around La Rochelle – especially the islands – is great for young families, with miles of safe, sandy beaches and shallow water. Naturally, this makes it very popular, so advance booking in peak summer months is advised unless you’re camping. Out of season, it gets much quieter and it’s no less beautiful for it. The misty seascapes and working fishing ports are really stunning at any time of year. From La Rochelle the next stop is Bordeaux and the two hour drive passes lots of beautiful beach towns and gorgeous scenery well worth stopping at for a wander or a bite to eat. Bordeaux is in the Aquitaine region and there are plenty of top-notch beach resorts in the area. One of the best is Arcachon, which has beautiful beaches and nice boardwalks for post-meal evening strolls. The Bay of Arcachon is Europe's oyster capital and the entire area is a paradise for all kinds of water sports.

● Hong Kong, 5* Harbour Grand Kowloon, 5 nights B&B and Honeymooners receive a bottle of house wine and welcome platter!...........................................from €936pp Above offers must be booked by September 30, all based on two sharing a double room. Subject to availability at time of booking. High season supplements apply. Travel up to October 31, 2010. Above prices are per person sharing and include taxes. As always holidays are subject to availability so my advice is to get booking now…

Hot tips from John for a perfect couples holiday Year-round sunshine, crystal-clear waters and palm-tree lined white sandy beaches are just some of the tempting reasons to plan a holiday with your loved one. Fruity cocktails, fabulous food, laidback tunes and time on your own to fall in love all over again make a couples holiday one to remember. ● Away from the everyday demands of life at work or at home, you literally have hours on end to be together. That makes a holiday a perfect opportunity for couples to spend quality time together so remember to relax in each others company and try not to let any little tiffs get in the way of a dream holiday ● It can be a good idea to divide the responsibility of travel planning and booking the trip. This will not only ensure that the trip goes smoothly, but it will also prevent any one person from feeling as if he or she has to do everything ● Another important agreement to be made ahead of time is about money allocation. This can be a major cause of friction so agree in advance how you’re going to split the costs for your trip.

Hot spots from John Top short break destinations for romantic couples are Paris, Venice, Rome, and Vienna. Prices per person sharing for a three night package including flights, in a centrally located hotel, range between €299 to €350 depending on the time of year - flying midweek may be less expensive. John is available to answer any of your holiday queries so drop him an email to

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PLAYERS WANTED: St Malachy’s Football Club, based in Edenmore, is looking for Under 11 players for its DDSL Major Division team for the new season, If interested, contact John Paul on 087-9135087.

DONAGHMEDE SHOW: The new Paddy Hayes Showband will appear on Thursday, September 30, at Trinity Sports & Leisure Centre, Hole-in-the-Wall Road, Donaghmede (main function lounge), from 9pm till midnight. Admission is €5 at the door. Paddy Hayes would like to say a big thank you to the public relations team involved in organising the night – Olive, Ann, Helen, Kay, Carmel, Eamonn and Annie, Tony Bridgeman (treasurer) and Philomena Ward (sponsor). For further information, phone Paddy on 0851370300 or 085-1409652. ST DOULAGH’S EVENTS: As part of National Heritage Week, St Doulagh's is open to visitors on Wednesday, August 25, from 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 10pm, and on Sunday, August 29, from 2pm to 6pm. Enjoy a family day out by visiting this ancient yet vibrant centre of Christian worship from circa 6th century. There will be a fun quiz for children and a source of living history for all. St Doulagh’s is located on the Malahide Road at Balgriffin. Admission is free, however, donations to the Church Repair Fund will always be welcome. Parking is available by kind permission in the lower car park in St Doolagh's nursing home opposite the church. Further information is available from 087-6711547 or HOCKEY PLAYERS: Clontarf Hockey Club is seeking new recruits, men and women, all levels. The club is based at Mount Temple School, Malahide Road. For more details, visit ART EXHIBITION: Beaumontbased artist Paula Pohli will open ‘Artlino’, her exhibition of linoprints on Thursday, August 26, at 6pm in Darc Space, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. The exhibition continues until September 11. SUPPORT GROUP: A support group is being set up by Fingal LEADER Partnership for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Fingal. The aim is to create a safe, supportive space for people to meet new people and have an informal chat. If you

LEEDS UNITED: A members’ club for Dublin Leeds United supporters is open for new recruits. Dublin LUMC organise regular trips to home and away matches and have regular meet-ups for televised games at their base in the Players’ Lounge, Fairview. Members also benefit from exclusive events and offers. To join, just show up or alternatively email or visit COUNSELLING SERVICE: The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling services to help victims (both men and women) recover from the trauma of sexual abuse or rape. For appointment, information or support contact the 24-hour National Helpline 1800 77 88 88. Counselling provided for past sexual abuse, recent rape, past rape and sexual assault.

● FAN-TASTIC: John Grimes, who makes up the Jedward double act with his brother Edward (left) is pictured giving big fan Laura Murray, from Swords, a hug at Golden Discs in the Pavilions Shopping Centre during the twins’ recent visit. PHOTO: DEREK LAWLOR

would like to find out more information please contact Helen on 8020484 or email Discretion and complete confidentiality is guaranteed. BADMINTON: Badminton beginners and improvers adult course starts on Tuesday, September 14, at the Baldoyle Badminton Centre, 7-8pm, for 10 weeks. For full details contact 8393355/8393074. ART EXHIBITION: The Friends of St Paul’s Art Group is holding an art exhibition in the Courthouse, Howth, on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, from 10am to 7pm. A raffle will be held in aid of St Francis Hospice Raheny. Admission is free. BRIDGE: The three Bridge clubs in Swords will reopen in September. New members are al-

ways welcome. Swords Bridge, Wednesday, September 1 and St Cronan’s Bridge, Thursday, September 2, both in the Senior Citizens’ Building, Swords; and Brackenstown Bridge, Monday, September 6, in the New Boro School, Swords. Play commences at 7.30pm in all the clubs. For more information, contact Anne (Swords) on 8402068, Angela (St Cronan’s) on 8401812 or Patsy (Brackenstown) on 8405368. AUTUMN SHOW: Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society is holding its Autumn Show and Plant Sale on Saturday, September 4, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St Nessan’s Community School, Moyclare Road, off Warrenhouse Road, Baldoyle. Books, cakes and refreshments for sale. Admission is €2, members free and children (with adult) free. Wheelchair access available.

MINI LEAGUES: Portmarnock AFC is holding its annual mini leagues at the end of August. Non-members of the club are welcome to join in. The event is open to children between the ages of five and 12 and will take place on Thursday, August 26 and Sunday, August 29. New members to the club are always welcome, so why not take this opportunity to get the kids involved and enjoy some good football with Portmarnock AFC? There will be a registration night on Thursday, August 19, at Paddyshill Clubhouse between 8pm and 9pm. For further details contact Martin on 0863268881.

Admission is by ticket only at €10 per person. Phone 0876711547 or email to book your ticket. Parking available by kind permission in the lower car park of St Doolagh's Park opposite the church. ART EXHIBITION: Artists are in-

vited to exhibit their work at an exhibition which is being held at St Columba's Church, Swords, in association with Swords Heritage Week, which takes place from August 26-29. Profits made will go towards church funds. For further details phone 8400080 or email

ANGLING CLUB: New members are required and beginners are welcome for a coarse angling club. Contact Martin Brady on 087-2203158. DEBATING CLUB: A debating club meets at the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, on Wednesdays at 8pm. If you would like to gain more confidence when debating your point of view, then you are very welcome to come along and enjoy a night out with this group. For further information, contact Joe O'Connor on 086-8031992 or email

PLAYERS NEEDED: Killester United are looking for players for their Dublin and District Schoolboys’ League (DDSL) Under 14 Major team for the 2010/2011 season. Contact Tom on 087-9506816 for more information. FUN DAY: Crosscare is holding its annual Family Fun Day and Antique Valuation Day on Saturday, August 28, in Clonliffe College. Bring your jewellery, coins and anything you may like to get valued by experts. The day will also consist of a Farmers’ Market and a kids’ inflatable area. All proceeds from the day will go to Crosscare programmes in homeless services, community services and young people's services.

● THANKS A LOTTO: Paul McKinley, from Marino, won €22,000 including a holiday to Prague on last Saturday week’s (August 14) National Lottery Big Money Game Show, held in RTE. Pictured at the cheque presentation were, from left, Peter Plunkett, Head of IT, National Lottery, Paul McKinlay, winning participant, and Brian Ormond, game show host. The winning ticket was bought in The Gem, Quinnsboro Road, Bray. PHOTO: IAIN WHITE/MAC INNES PHOTOGRAPHY

NIGHT OF SONG: The Friends of St Doulagh's are holding a ‘Night of Song’, featuring the Conservative Club Male Voice Choir on Friday, September 10, at 7.30pm for 8pm in St Doulagh's Church, Malahide Road, Balgriffin. It promises to be a most enjoyable evening with proceeds going towards the Church Repair Fund.

● FIRST BIRTHDAY: Actor Sir Roger Moore KBE, a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, returned to Ireland recently to make the first birthday of a fundraising initiative he helped launch last year between UNICEF Ireland and Topaz. Topaz, with the help of some young friends, presented Sir Roger with a cheque for €240,000, which will support UNICEF’s ongoing work in Kenya and Haiti. Pictured was Paul Candon, Marketing and Corporate Services Director at Topaz, Sir Roger Moore KBE and his wife, Kristina Tholstrup with Maia Kuzmin (7), Rachel (10) and Anna (7) Shaw from Malahide. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE/JASON CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY





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Dublin Ballet School Ltd. Incorporating Dublin Junior Ballet

BALLET CLASSES re-commencing at all centres from Monday 6th September

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ver the next couple of weeks thousands of adults, teens and kids are heading to class with many beginning a brand new adventure in education.


And we’ve got all the info needed to get the best results in this super supplement. Inside we’ve got all the news on the latest developments in the world of education and some great features on how to get the best possible head start to the new school term. Getting back to school doesn’t have to be a lesson in failure. Keep this supplement to hand and give yourself the best possible chance of getting an A + in back to school preparation.

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CENTRES: • BALDOYLE • BAYSIDE • PORTMARNOCK All teachers are fully qualified and insured through the Royal Academy of Dance, London. Registration: call Linda on

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21, Fairview, Dublin 3. (Beside Javaholics Coffee Shop)

We are now taking enrolments for September 2010 in Maths, French, History , Irish, English and many more subjects. Catering for the Northside Dublin area. Over 21 bus routes pass by our door and we are just 2 minutes walk from Clontarf Dart Station. Highly academic staff with many years teaching experience and expertise in grinds tuition. They inspire and give students the knowledge and insight into how to successfully achieve the optimum results in the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations.

We offer grinds in a wide range of subjects in small classes from as little as €20 per hour. SPECIAL OFFERS FOR BLOCK BOOKINGS. LIMITED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER 2010.

Tel:01 805 4909 for details or e-mail

Free Introductory Class From September 2010 all students who enrol will traditionally receive the first class free, this is to ensure that both pupils and parents are 100% satisfied that our teachers and classes are of the highest quality.


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Resource centres providing recession lifeline FAMILY Resource Centres are increasingly acting as a lifeline for people who have lost their jobs because of the recession – and providing education and training for adults plays a major part in getting locals back on their feet. That’s according to the Family Resource Centre National Forum and the Family Support Agency, which earlier this summer launched a report detailing the work of Family Resource Centres (FRCs) throughout Ireland over the course of 2009. There are 107 FRCs in Ireland in total and following the report launch, the Family Resource Centre National Forum and the Family Support Agency held a political briefing event in Dublin to which all members of the Oireachtas were invited. Representatives from local FRCs briefed TDs and Senators about their work and the impact of FRCs overall. The event was attended by almost 90 politicians.

Topics The report launched shows that hundreds of Dubliners completed training courses – directly related to employment – in FRCs last year. Thousands

more availed of information on a range of topics, including social welfare rights and entitlements, housing and personal debt.

Lifeline Packie Kelly, Chairperson of the Family Resource Centre National Forum – the support network for Ireland’s 107 FRC, said the centres serve as a lifeline for those who find themselves suddenly out of work. “In addition to providing practical supports – like education and training opportunities, information and advice – we also provide emotional and personal support,” he said. “In Northside Dublin, for example, 784 people availed of direct one-to-one support – what we call ‘cup-of-tea’ support – in FRCs last year, while a further 1,095 people received in-house counselling sessions. “People who are feeling worried or stressed because of the recession – or for any other

● Dublin North East TD Terence Flanagan pictured with representatives from Baldoyle FRC at the political briefing which followed the launch of a report outlining the impact that Family Resource Centres (FRCs) have in communities throughout Ireland. PHOTO BY CONOR Ó MEARÁIN

reason – can come to their local FRC for a cup of tea and a chat with one of our staff members or volunteers.

Listen “Just sharing their worries with somebody else and having somebody listen to them in a respectful and confidential space can go a long way towards lightening their load.” According to Mr Kelly, while the recession presented new challenges

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if people come to an FRC to get information on job opportunities or unemployment supports they are more likely to engage then with other activities and return to the Centre for future events.” The report is available to download from Further information about Family Resource Centres in Dublin is available at

THE Open University has announced that Mr John D’Arcy will be its next Director in Ireland. Mr D’Arcy succeeds Dr Rosemary Hamilton and will take over the position on October 4. Mr D’Arcy is currently Chief Executive of the Association of Northern Ireland Colleges, a post he has held since 2003, in which he has led the organisation and the sector through a period of unprecedented change. He led the central change project to merge 16 colleges into the present six larger regional colleges. Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, said he was delighted with the appointment. “John brings a wealth of experience across secondary, further and higher education and in the private sector,” he said. “He is also a very active citizen, involved with a range of public bodies in the fields of sport, culture and social enterprise. “The Open University has strong relationships across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with governments and with partner institutions. John is an ideal person to build on those relationships and to take us into an exciting future, in which the Open University contributes actively to the development of the economy, culture and civil society on both sides of the border.” Mr D’Arcy graduated with a degree in psychology from Queen’s University Belfast in 1982 and much of his career has been devoted to research. He has also published on new technology in schools, early career teachers, teacher stress, and assessment and examination systems in Northern Ireland.


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for FRCs, there were also a number of positive developments over the course of 2009. “One thing we have noticed is that providing practical resources like photocopying and computer services has a knock-on effect of attracting people to FRCs who we have traditionally found difficult to reach,” he said. “What we have seen now is that

Open University appoints new director

School of Natural Sciences Landscape Gardening & Design Veterinary Assistant Foundation Course in Science School of Visual Arts Art Portfolio Preparation Cultural & Heritage Studies Commercial Photography School of Business & Computers Data Networking (CISCO) Computerised Office Skills Business Studies with Computer Applications Business Systems and I.T. School of Social Studies Childcare & Early Learning Classroom Assistant/Special Needs Assistant Montessori Teaching Disability Support Worker School of Engineering & Technology Security Systems – Installation & Maintenance

Wide variety in Craft, Health, Leisure, Languages, Computers and Business courses including... • Childcare (FETAC Levels 5&6) • Dental Nursing Cert (NEBDN) • Classroom / SNA (FETAC level 5) • Community Care (FETAC level 5) • Manual & Computerised Accounts (FETAC level 5) • Make Up Artist, (ITEC Level 2) / Web Design (FETAC Level 5) • Cooking for all • Interior Design • Yoga • Dressmaking • Oil and Watercolour • Angels • Photography • 11 Different Languages • Guitar • Reiki • Jewellery Making • Salsa & Ballroom Dancing • ECDL • Computers – Beginners • English for International Students • Cambridge Exams Enrolment: 6th, 7th & 14th September – 5.00 - 8.00 pm Commencement: 21st, 22nd & 23rd September 2010

ADULT DAY CLASSES ALSO AVAILABLE 14-20 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin (opp Fairview Park) Telephone Majella or Breda @ 853 0940, 833 4201 or 833 2100

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Northsider helps out on hotline A NORTHSIDE student is helping to provide advice to first year students at a third level institution in Galway. Brídín Carroll from Glasnevin trained to provide an efficient, began working on NUI Galresponsive service to callers way’s dedicated First Year Stuand are expected to deal with dent Hotline earlier this month numerous issues that are of and it’s open for calls until concern to incoming first year September 24. students. The initiative, the first of its Anticipated queries include: kind across the sector, has points requirements for been specially designed to courses; first round offers; reghelp new students make the istering as a student of the transition to third level educauniversity; start dates; fees tion. and accommodation options. The hotline is open to stuA new designated website dents, their parents and their for first years has also been advisers. created and will updated on a daily basis detailing the inforTeam mation sought and fed through An extra team of speciallythe new hotline. trained staff and students is servicing the hotline until August 28 from 10am to 1pm to help with the decision making progress following last week’s release of the Leaving Certificate results. The hotline will be active throughout first year orientation on September 11 and 12 and will remain in service for two weeks after lectures begin on September 13, providing students with a place to direct any conceivable query they encounter as they embark on their journey to NUI Galway. The hotline team has been


It will serve as a portal of specific information aimed at demystifying the first few weeks of university life. Dr Martina Ní Chuláin, Admissions Officer at NUI Galway, explained why the hotline was set up. “We understand that this is such a difficult but yet exciting time for students entering university and we hope that this new initiative will provide a mechanism for quickly addressing any queries or concerns that students or their

● Pictured at the launch of the NUI Galway First Year Student Hotline are student advisers Rory Gavin from Claremorris, Co Mayo and Brídín Carroll from Glasnevin.

parents have,” she said. “We at NUI Galway are committed to making the transition into university as easy as possible for our students and their families and we look forward to taking to their calls.” Students, parents and advisers can contact the First Year Student Hotline at 091-493999 or visit www.

• Junior & Leaving Cert, Practical & Theory

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Institutes of Technology website launched

A NEW website is aiming to make it easier than ever to take a positive step towards finding a new course to further education prospects in the current economic climate. Launched on July 30, search, compare and apply. is a facility from Users can search over all the Institutes of Technology courses in the database and which allows users to comthere’s also an advanced pare courses conveniently and search option which allows register online at any time. them to specify more search The website is a unique criteria such as providing institool for members of the public tution, delivery method and who are interested in upacademic details. skilling and preparing for the Users can then save an upturn in the economy. item that has interested them to their account in order to Developed The site was developed by quickly and easily compare two learning items side by 14 Institutes of Technology to side based on the information fill a void that existed for provided by the Institutes of those who were interested in Technology. developing their educational qualifications to an internationally recognised standard, but were finding it difficult to allocate time out of busy schedules to do so. offers hundreds of courses in various formats, including online courses, distance learning, or classroom, all of which are flexible. The website is designed around three core features -

Register also allows users to register for courses online, saving time queuing at the college admissions office. In addition to offering information on courses also provides advice on many varied courses, from engineering to fashion design. It permits users to enter their previous experience, and will

Huge numbers sign up for free online courses

● ONLINE: Sharon Ní Bheoláin and Dr Richard Thorn, Director of Flexible Learning at the Institutes of Technology, Ireland, are pictured at the launch of the website. PHOTO BY RYAN BROPHY

suggest courses that might be most suited to them. Although the user might not have previous experience in the course that they’re interested in, shows that it can be taken with confidence and will assist progress through their chosen career path. and the Institutes of Technology around the country say they are keen to support those who are interested in up-skilling, and to

make it as simple and straightforward as possible to research and register for courses which can fit in with their lifestyles.

Key Up-skilling and taking advantage of further learning opportunities will be a key to generating economic and jobs growth in Ireland, and say they’re offering a user-friendly method of researching educational opportuni-

The Donahies Community School Further Education FETAC Certified Level 5 Courses 1. Liberal Arts Foundation Course for Third Level Access Who is it for? This course is designed specially to prepare students for entry to third level degree courses. It is suitable for persons who may or may not have completed the Leaving Certificate. It is also suitable for mature students who have completed the FETAC Level 4 programme on General Vocational Studies. Course Modules • Communications, Writing and Research Skills Personal and Professional Development • • History • Media Analysis • English Literature • Social Studies • Word Processing Access to University Colleges have reserved places for students who achieve a high grade in the FETAC Level 5 Liberal Arts programme. Delivery The programme is delivered on 5 mornings per week to facilitate students who may have commitments in the afternoon. 2. Business, Computers and Office Administration Who is it for? This course is designed specially to accelerate the acquisition of computer skills, administration skills, visual presentations and interpersonal skills. Course Modules • Communications Business Administration • • Database and Spreadsheet Methods • Book-keeping and Accounts • Tourism • Social Studies • Word Processing

How to Apply To find out more please contact Tony Mullins at 0868568666 (e-mail or school office at 8473522. The Donahies Community School, Streamville Road, Dublin 13

ties. was established by the Institutes of Technology Ireland as part of the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund project: Flexible Learning. The site has already been recognised by the online community, as it was nominated for a prestigious eGovernment award. The public nominated the eGovernment service websites that they considered to have made a considerable difference to Irish citizens.

OVER 40,000 Irish people have signed up for free courses at a learning website that’s got 500,000 international members. Irish company, ALISON, say that with unemployment still at record levels, education is on the radar as the answer to increasing competitiveness and aiding economic recovery. Providing over 150 high quality interactive multimedia certified courses in a diverse range of subjects, the number of ALISON learners is expected to grow exponentially over the next year, as more people look to upskill themselves in order to avail of new opportunities that should arise in the near future. ALISON provides interactive multimedia courses for subjects as diverse as IT Literacy, English Language, Financial Literacy, Math, Business Skills and Health & Safety for Schools. It serves both the adult and second level learners. Since the beginning of 2007, ALISON has acquired learners in almost every country worldwide. It says it’s mission is to enable anyone, anywhere to educate themselves for free via the internet. ALISON stands for Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online. The full list of available courses, can be found online at


Adult Education Autumn 2010 Registration Monday 6th September 2010 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Tuesday 7th September 2010 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Wednesday 8th September 2010 1.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Monday 13th September 2010 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Classes commence week beginning Monday 20th September 2010 (unless otherwise stated) School will be closed for Mid-Term break from 25th October - 29th October 2010. TUESDAY 101. COMPUTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€150.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20p.m. 102. CREATIVE TEXTILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 103. FIRST AID (Civil Defence) Ms. C. Donaghy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€50.00 . . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20p.m. 104. ART / PAINTING Mr. Ciaran O’Briain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30- 9.20 p.m. 105. ARCHERY Mr. Martin Cunningham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.00 - 8.00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.00 - 9.00 p.m. 106. AN INTRODUCTION TO GOLDSMITHING Ms. Sinead Cooke . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€130.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30-9.20 p.m. 107. A WHIFF OF THE EAST Raja Yoga Meditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€60.00 . . . . . . . . . . . .7.30-9.20 p.m. 108. KNOW YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA Mr. Gerard Erraught . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30-9.20 p.m. 109. SPANISH (Beginners) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 110. BEAUTY COURSE Clodagh Fanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 weeks . . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 111. GUITAR Beginners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 8.25p.m. Improvers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.30 - 9.25 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 112. INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING Ms.Eimera Brennan . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 113. PILATES FOR LIFE – FOR ALL THE STAGES IN LIFE Ms. Sinead Foley (087) 2278763 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 weeks . . . . . . . . . .€95.00 . . . . . . . . . . . .7.00 - 8.00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.00 - 9.00 p.m 114. INTRODUCTION TO 3D CAD - COMPUTERS Mr. A. Conroy . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€120.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 115. A). ULTIMATE BODY TONE CLASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 8.15 p.m. 115. B).FITBALL CLASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .8.00 - 8.45 p.m. 116. GOLF Group coaching for Beginners / Improvers.Limited places (18) available – early booking advisable. Session I 7.15 - 8.00 p.m. (6 Places) Session II 8.00 - 8.45 p.m. (6 Places) Session III 8.45 - 9.30 p.m. (6 Places) Mr christopher Salmon . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 (Assistant Professional – Island Golf Club) 117. SPANISH (Continuity) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 118. THE IRISH LEGAL SYSTEM- An Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 119.INDIAN COOKING Ms Nanth Kaur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€140.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 120. CREATIVE WRITING Ross Campbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 121. INTERIOR DESIGN Ms. Amy Cooney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 weeks . . . . . . . . .€100.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.30 - 9.20 p.m. 122. INTRODUCTION TO INVESTING - Module 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€197.00 . . . . . . . . . . .7.00 - 9.00 p.m. WEDNESDAY 201. CHELATION ENERGY HEALING Ms. Veronica Coughlan ....................10 weeks ..........................€100.00 ................2.00 - 4.00 p.m. 202. INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE & ESSENTIAL OILS Mr James Garza ..........10 weeks ..........................€100.00 ................2.00 - 4.00 p.m.

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Student union launch accommodation guide THE Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched its USI Rent Book 2010 which will provide third level students with all of the relevant information needed on accommodation issues they may face throughout the college year. Aideen Hayden, Chair of Threshold, the National Housing Organisation, launched the publication which has been produced with the support of Threshold and the Department of the Environment. The guide details to students what their legal obligations are in regard to renting accommodation. Only nine per cent of students can get purpose built student accommodation, which means that the majority of students live in private rented accommodation. The USI Rent Book lists a number of support organisations and services that are available to students. Copies of the booklets will be made available to all students at colleges throughout the country. USI Welfare Officer, Rebecca Murphy, said students hand over on average â&#x201A;Ź3,500 of rent every year, as well as a sizeable deposit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, more than ever, students have to make sure they are protecting their rights and that they can protect their deposit and any monies paid to their landlords,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is vital that accurate records are kept of all rent that changes hands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The USI rent book helps students to keep a record of their transactions in case of future disputes, as well as giving information on the dos and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ts of student accommodation. Aideen Hayden of Threshold said the rent book would be an invaluable source of information for any student thinking of renting accommodation.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Threshold is delighted to be associated with it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with something as important as where you live it is vital to know what your rights are, how best to ensure that your deposit is protected and what are the minimum living standards that must be met. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking the advice set out in the rent book will get any student off to a good start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students make up about ten per cent of the private rented market and are an important source of income for many landlords. While the relationship is usually a happy one, Threshold still finds that students often have difficulty in securing the return of their deposits in particular.â&#x20AC;?

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STUDENT accommodation website,, has come up with some advice for students to help with the search for new digs. Before you start looking for your next home-away-from-home, think of the type of place you want: on campus; off campus; with friends; on your own; student complex; private residence. Then work out how much can you afford on rent and decide how far from college are you realistically prepared to live. has loads of student specific accommodation that you can compare. Accommodation adverts on the website have detailed property descriptions, photos, interactive map locations and accommodation features. Make sure you have a good look at whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there, as in today's market it certainly pays to shop around. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found a place that you like, ask the landlord plenty of questions and make sure the property is habitable. â&#x2014;? Is there heating and lighting, ventilation? â&#x2014;? Do all the electrical appliances work? â&#x2014;? What local services are nearby? â&#x2014;? What other specific features are you looking for in your accommodation like broadband or a microwave? Before you hand over any deposit or sign a lease, make sure you view the property and are happy with it. Get a receipt of the deposit paid. At the end of your tenancy you should get the deposit back unless thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding rent or damage to the accommodation beyond expected wear and tear. Never agree to hand over any money until you are completely satisfied with the accommodation. In the event that something goes wrong and you are having problems with the landlord, the first place you should go to is your studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union. The Welfare Officer can provide you with advice and information regarding any problems. There is also the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) which was set up as an informal court where tenants and landlords would take their disputes. The board is used if the problem cannot be resolved between tenant and landlord. You don't need a lawyer, just fill out a form and pay a small fee. Lastly, remember to keep in mind that wherever you choose you will be spending the next nine months so make sure you are happy with the accommodation and the people you will be living with. Living away from home is one of the most exciting aspects of being a student, but also it brings responsibility. Enjoy it! â&#x2014;? Make sure you have a good look around at whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there, it certainly pays to shop around.








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Reform of school application process on the way SIGNIFICANT reform of the process for recognition of new second-level schools was announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, this summer. The new framework to be and increased transparency in established by the Tánaiste decision making on the pawill involve the setting out of tronage in these cases arises clear criteria against which as there are now a number of new second-level school appli- patron bodies seeking to escations are to be assessed. tablish new schools. “It is also right that any Transparency It’s designed to increase the prospective patron has clear criteria to consider in making transparency of decision making, with the establishment of an application.” The Tánaiste said the new a small expert group to advise on second-level school patron- framework will provide greater clarity, allowing applications to age applications. be made where there is de“We are forecasting an increase of over 67,000 post pri- mographic need and it will also establish minimum sizes mary pupils in the State by for new schools. 2024,” The Tánaiste said. “While this increase would Advise equate to around 67 new postThe expert group, to be primary schools catering for known as the Second-Level 1,000 pupils each, in practice it Patronage Advisory Group, will is likely that this will result in consider applications for new the expansion of a large num- schools and advise the Táber of existing post-primary naiste, having undertaken surschools and the establishment vey work of parental views of many new schools. and using the criteria to be set Predictions down. The Tánaiste plans establish “Predictions show the poputhe group in the autumn and lation increasing most quickly seek its input prior to the finalin the eastern area where isation of detailed criteria and there is less likely to be spare procedures. classroom capacity. “The need for clear criteria In relation to two schools to

● Mary Coughlan has announced reform of the process for recognition of new second-level schools

be established in the near future, the Tánaiste announced that a new second-level school in Clonburris, Lucan, will be established as a VEC school for-

mally in partnership with Educate Together. The Tánaiste is asking the County Dublin VEC and Educate Together to discuss the ap-

proach to achieving this with her department. It’s envisaged that the following will be used in establishment of the detailed

criteria for new school applications: ● Whether the demographics of the area support the need for the establishment of the proposed new school; ● The likely impact that the proposed new school will have on school capacity in the area (other than in an exceptional case where a school is considered to have grown too big); ● Whether the school model is capable of catering for pupils of all faiths and none; ● Whether the school can cater by way of an Aonad for pupils desiring tuition through the Irish Language in areas where there are insufficient numbers for an Irish medium second-level school; ● Whether the school model offers the broadest comprehensive curriculum possible on a co-educational basis; ● Whether the school model proposed has the capacity to operate schools in the size range of 800 to 1,000 pupils. A lower threshold of 400 would apply for Gaelcholáistí having regard to the alternative of establishing an Aonad within a school; ● Whether the school model proposed has capacity for flex-

ible use of the school buildings and facilities to allow for community use in the form of evening classes or use of PE halls and sporting facilities. Evening classes may be provided by the school itself or another service provider; ● The capacity of the proposed school model to protect the State’s investment by guaranteeing the future educational use of school buildings for changing circumstances and demographics; ● The capacity of the proposed school model to make the most efficient use of teaching resources in times of changing circumstances such as through the availability of a teacher redeployment scheme; ● Whether the establishment of the proposed school model would not result in a surplus of pupils that would necessitate the establishment of a very small school to cater for them; ● Whether the establishment of the proposed school model would result in greater diversity of school provision in the area where there is a demand for such diversity.



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Bank urges education financial plan BANK of Ireland Life is urging parents to put in place a financial plan to educate their children following the publication of research that showed a lifetime cost of €70,000 per child. The bank’s head of products, Eoin Kennedy, said parents they spoke to as part of their annual survey said that the last couple of years have highlighted the importance of starting their children’s education savings early. “Most parents agreed that the best time to start saving for their children's education is from day one,” he said.

SmartChoice “In fact, if the current child benefit of €150 a month was saved from birth to age 18 and put into our SmartChoice Education plan, parents could end up with a lump sum of over €43,000 to help towards the various costs associated with children's third level education. “The issue of re-introducing fees for third level students has had little focus in recent months. However, it is always better to be prepared, especially since any policy decisions could be effected within just 12 months, leaving parents with little time to save. “Putting plans in place now to help fund these very expensive third level education years is vital for parents and something we strongly recommend.”

Good news for adult education

Utilise the internet THE internet is now an indispensible tool in the world of education. It’s used by all students for research as well as providing distance learning to those who can’t get to college. The huge amount of information available online means facts and learning opportunities are never far from your fingertips. The internet also makes it much easier to discover what offline and online learning options are available.

A Statement from Chairman of the National Association of Adult and Community Education Directors (NACED), Robbie Harrold

Information Many schools now have their own websites, which provide information on course content, delivery methods and other services available. The internet is also extremely useful as a research tool. Using a search engine you can find information about pretty much anything in just a few seconds. It’s like having the world’s biggest library in your living room, but not everything that glitters is gold and there are pitfalls.

Reasearch It often takes a good deal of experience and research before you can find the exact information you are looking for. The internet is also littered with information from years ago so it’s important to ensure the material you find is up to date, accurate and correct.

There are lots of reputable and trustworthy websites online, but there’s also some sites which should be approached with caution. Where the internet is probably best is in giving supplementary information and extra reading and research material. You might check out a website before a class to get a basic introduction to a subject you’re going to study. The internet really comes into its own as a complemen-

tary aid to your primary method of study.

Courses Internet learning through online courses can be divided between free courses and those run for profit by professional schools. While there are lots of free courses available in a wide variety of subjects, these vary widely in content and quality. Free to everyone courses are generally better as introductions or short taster courses.

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Further details are available in our new brochure which can be obtained, free of charge, in Malahide, Raheny and Swords libraries and from local supermarkets and newsagents from 20-8-10. There are 3 ways to enrol for classes: 1. At enrolment night on 21-9-10 in the school from 7.30 to 9.00p.m. By post with the postal form which is on the inside cover of the brochure 2. 3. Online enrolment at from 25-6-10. To apply online go to and register using a valid email address. Then select Malahide CS Adult Ed from the drop down list of organisations. Select the course you want and proceed to pay

For enquiries please phone 8460949 or e-mail Director of Adult Education: Robbie Harrold Also Autumn brochure and adult education information available on adult education section of school website at

I WARMLY welcome the alleviation of the moratorium on filling of Posts of Responsibility Circular from the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan. The circular (0042/2010) was published on July 6. Specifically with regard to adult education it outlines that if a director of adult education retires or resigns in a school, the post will be replaced. This is a very significant announcement as it guarantees the future provision of adult education in community and comprehensive schools. The alleviation also applies to directors of adult education in VEC schools. Since last November our organisation has been highlighting how the moratorium would have a catastrophic effect on adult education in our schools. We outlined to teacher unions, school management bodies, public representatives and officials in the Department of Education and Skills how adult education in community and comprehensive schools is self-financing, creates employment, makes payments to Revenue and contributes to local economies. NACED is very pleased to see that the relevant section in the circular is titled Director of Adult Education at Deputy Principal Level. Our contention was that the post of director of adult education was linked to the post of deputy princi-

● Robbie Harrold, NACED Chairman

pal and therefore should have been exempt from the moratorium. Circulars 46/00 and 0042/2010 confirm this linkage. The minister’s circular does not allow for replacement of teachers who had assistant principal or special duties posts in adult education but it does ensure that adult education programmes will be available to communities all around the country after school hours. The importance of adult education has never been greater than in the present economic climate. It makes a great deal of sense for our schools to be able to provide cost effective courses which enhance the employability of adults in a time of recession and growing unemployment.


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Educate Together push on for second level schools Adult education EDUCATE Together has published research on the second-level educational destinations of its graduates in Dublin. The research shows children leaving Educate Together primary schools go on to attend all types of post primary schools with a preference shown for coeducational models. The report also cites a 90 per cent preference expressed by parents for second level Educate Together schools for their children if available. Educate Together CEO, Paul Rowe, said the ‘Where to Next?’ research shows that parents whose children go to Educate Together schools, try to send them on to second level schools with a similar ethos. “The vast majority of them would prefer to have an Educate Together school to go to instead,” he said. Mr Rowe said the proposed patronage framework initiative recently announced by An Tánaiste and Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, which should make it easier for Educate Together to patron new second level schools was welcome news. “We have been calling for a transparent process by which school patronage can be democratically determined for many years,” he said. “We look forward to the expert group green lighting our second level applications that will allow us without further delay to deliver the model of second level education our research shows us

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● Pictured at a photocall to promote Educate Together second level schools are young students Ibi Bress, Skirma Dabulavicus, Alva Dunne and Jack Dwyer Whelan

is in high demand.” Educate Together has longstanding applications lodged with the Department of Education and Skills to open second level schools in a number of locations nationwide. Educate Together's Blueprint for Second Level education proposes a new approach to the

delivery of the second level curriculum. The approach is learning centred rather than exclusively focused on teaching to a test. It also encourages and fosters the development of key life skills such as critical analysis, problem solving, independent research, leadership, teamwork

and innovative thinking. Established in 1978 with the opening of the Dalkey School Project, Educate Together is now patron to 58 multi-denominational primary schools nationwide. It applied to open its first second level school in Lucan in 2007, where it has five primary


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THOUSANDS of adults and students are expected at the RDS next weekend for Which Course Expo 2010 which is being touted as the city’s largest course fair. Entry to the expo is free and it’s aimed at adults who are interested in finding out more about the thousands of evening, weekend and online learning courses available in Ireland. The expo was backed this year by an extensive €185,000 advertising and marketing campaign. In 2009 the expo hosted over 80 exhibitors and drew almost 4,500 attendees, and organizers say a host of new elements including free career coaching, interactive practical seminars and high profile celebrity guest speakers have been added for next weekend’s event. Managing Director of Learning Ireland, Kevin Branigan, said there’s lots to look forward to at the expo. “This is the third year of the Which Course Expo and the event has proven extremely popular with prospective students in the Greater Dublin area over the last two years,” he said. “This year we are forecasting an increase in footfall of over 40 per cent on 2009 figures and furthermore, there will also be a distinctly practical element to the expo, featuring many different areas to showcase the wide variety of creative courses available. “Other new developments at the exhibition include a new layout for the entire exhibition; computer terminals which will direct attendees towards the exhibitors which best suit their interests and a number of well known celebrity guest speakers who will chronicle their own inspirational paths to success. “Which Course Expo 2010 is guaranteed to be one of the significant events in the Irish adult education calendar." Which Course Expo 2010 is being organised by the Learning Ireland network of adult education services. For more information on the expo visit

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Parents alerted to huge education cost THE cost of educating a child from primary to third level has been estimated at a whooping €70,000. And research published earlier this month by Bank of Ireland Life, in association with online parent resource, revealed that parents are not surprisingly feeling the pinch when it comes to finding the cash. Nearly half of all parents surveyed said that this school year was one of the most difficult, with over two-thirds having to seek financial assistance from their family. Some 78 per cent of parents said they wished they had started saving for their children’s education much earlier and three-quarters believe that the best time to start saving for their children’s education is from birth, using the monthly child benefit of €150, if possible. The research found that 30 per cent of parents are currently saving some or all of the child benefit (up five per cent on 2009), with 41 per cent opting to do this with a regular savings investment plan. And 78 per cent of parents say that the proposal to means test the child benefit payment would leave them in a difficult financial position. The vast majority of parents (83 per cent) believe that the public primary school education is just as good as that offered

by private schools, but this sentiment drops to 63 per cent for public secondary schools. A total of 42 per cent of parents are prepared to pay for their children’s private secondary education in an effort to improve their child’s exam results, yet 67 per cent have no savings plan in place to fund it. Most parents agree that the third level education years will be the most expensive for them, yet only 39 per cent have specifically started to save for these years and 71 per cent can see themselves having to borrow to fund these costs, rising to 88 per cent if the Government re-introduces college fees. With parents spending on average €696 this month alone as they purchase the back to school essentials, parents believe there are a number of ways that their costs could be reduced. Three-quarters of parents think that school uniforms are too expensive, with 90 per cent advocating the idea to introduce a school crest badge which could be affixed to a standard uniform that could be bought in a supermarket. A third of parents plan to buy a larger size school uniform for their children this school year and 90 per cent

will purchase generic or nonbranded back to school supplies including backpacks, pencil cases, copybooks and lunchtime snacks. Over 42 per cent of parents will search through Irish recycling and community websites for free and second-hand schoolbooks, schoolbags and uniforms. Almost all (97 per cent) believe that the school book curriculum should only be changed a minimum of every five years to facilitate parents buying second-hand books, and in particular for those looking to save money by passing schoolbooks on to other siblings. When it comes to communion and confirmation days, a total of 64 per cent of parents believe that their children should wear their school uniform and 97 per cent believe that the secondary school transition year should be optional due to the additional expense it brings. With many parents already feeling the financial pressure in putting their child though school, 90 per cent feel the additional strain placed on them throughout the year from the school, with 60 per cent giving their children additional money for school supplies and fundraising events at least once a month.

Education lifeline for unemployed at ITB THE Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) has announced it’s taking part in a Government run programme that offers an education lifeline to victims of the economic downturn. Under the initiative, ITB is giving away free places on four of its technology based courses to anybody who has been unemployed for three months or more. The free places are available thanks to the new Government run Labour Market Activation programme which has been set up to improve job prospects for people affected by the recession. Participants on the courses don’t have to pay any fees and are allowed keep their jobseeker’s allowance and benefit payments. Head of Development at ITB, Tom Doyle, said the new funding would help the unemployed update their skills and increase their job options. “ITB is very pleased to be part of this initiative to support those who are presently unemployed and it is a continuation of our efforts in this area for the past two years,” he said. “Further programmes are currently being planned to help people re-skill, particularly those who have lost jobs in the construction and retail sectors of whom there are significant numbers in the

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Back to class Adult students face some unique problems but once they’re overcome older learners can excel on any course.

RETURNING to education can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven’t been near a classroom for years. around you – particularly at But adult learners have a lot home. going for them. They’ve got a Once you’ve eliminated exwealth of experience and once ternal distractions (such as they settle down most tutors noise), you can then start to agree that in many respects work on the more difficult ones. they’re easier to teach than By examining where you younger students. work, how you take care of Mature students often have yourself and what motivates to overcome a fear of failure. you to work, you’ll find that you There may also be concerns about being the oldest member can increase your concentration of the group and some are wor- and thereby improve your output. ried about getting to grips with classrooms filled with new techPersonal nologies. Keep in mind that all of this However, most colleges and is very personal and individual. course providers are aware of You’ll need to find out what the unique difficulties facing works best for you. older students and will provide Ask yourself where you do all the reassurance and back-up most of your work. Then ask needed to get you settled. yourself if this is the most effiOlder students are out of cient place for study. practice and can sometimes be Seriously examining where too hard on themselves, particu- you study and what changes larly when it comes to concenyou could make to the physical tration. environment will go a long way


It takes time to get back into the swing of things in the classroom and sometimes adults feel they aren’t able to begin their work or they feel that they aren’t working as efficiently as they would like to. No one can concentrate 100 per cent of the time, but you can easily minimise distractions

to improving your concentration. Ask yourself the following questions: ● Does it have adequate lighting? A light bulb in your face can cause eyestrain. ● Does it have adequate ventilation? Lack of circulating air can make you sleepy. ● Does it offer space and comfort? n order to work efficiently

you need a clear desk for writing and a comfortable chair for reading. ● Is it too warm or too cool? Both extremes of temperature can make you sleepy. ● Are there too many line-ofsight distractions? Some students get distracted if there are photographs or a TV in their view. ● Does it feel like you are in a sterile prison and being punished? As silly as it may sound, some students work more efficiently with their doors open. ● Are there too many noise distractions? Some students need to have complete silence in order to concentrate, while others need some music. Just make sure that you’re not listening to music where you have the urge to sing along. ● Are you too easy to locate and easily distracted by your friends? Short of hiding, you’ll have to be firm with your friends and tell them "I can’t right now. I’m trying to study."

Ability Your ability to concentrate also largely depends on how well you take care of yourself. You’re not a teenager any more so you won’t get away with the stereotypical student lifestyle. Getting ade-

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quate sleep, decent nutrition, and exercise all make a difference to your study performance. It’s very important to establish a regular routine of eating, sleeping, and exercise. Students who incorporate all three into their lives generally show higher marks. Like we mentioned earlier, some older students can be very hard on themselves but others can be overconfident. Try to look for balance.

Interest In order not to feel like you’re being punished severely and being made to study, it is important to bring interest to the material and a sense of purpose to the task. Let’s face it, if you don’t believe the material is relevant to you, it’ll bore you. You may find yourself in a situation where you may need to create relevance. Try to relate the material to what interests you or discuss it with your peers. Always make sure that before you sit down, you have a clearly defined purpose and task. Remember Everyone works best with positive reinforcements, so make sure you reward yourself for your accomplishments.


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Get ready for the big day THE first day at crèche, playschool or preschool is a big one for you and your child. It’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time and it can be one of the hardest experiences parents have. Many parents struggle with the need to work and the natural desire to stay at home and take care of the kids. But it’s a reality of modern life that both parents often need to keep working just to make ends meet. On the upside, once they get settled in, kids love childcare and it teaches them social interaction skills that are difficult to pick up at home. Here’s a few tips on how best to prepare both parent and child the big day and help make the transition from family home to childcare a smooth one. ● Start gently preparing your child well in advance, mentioning what a great adventure crèche will be with lots of new friends and games. Keep it low key though; don’t overdo it as this could overwhelm your child ● Try to foster independence in the weeks preceding crèche with visits to friends, washing own hands etc ● Be sure and visit the crèche with your child a couple of times before starting, allowing him or her to absorb the environment in your company ● Make sure you have everything packed for the big day like snacks, change of clothes, comfort toys etc ● Stick labels on everything to prevent much-loved belongings getting lost ● Be sure and have all fees paid and forms completed before the big day so you’re not distracted by these tasks on the day itself ● Ensure you have lots of time to get ready the first morning with a good breakfast and some chat about the great adventure ahead ● Allow the child to help pack his or her bag and let them carry it ● When you arrive at the crèche walk your child in holding his or her hand – don’t carry them

● When the time comes for you to sit in the car or go for a coffee say ‘bye, mammy (or daddy) will see you later’ positively with a quick kiss and leave the room. If your child cries don’t look back – remember, once you are out of sight the child will stop crying shortly and eventually be distracted by play and activities ● It’s very important to establish this drop off routine from day one. Firm and consistent is key with children ● Finally, remember your crèche do this all the time. They ‘know the drill’ so listen to their advice. They’ll call you if they have any concerns so try not to worry

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Teachers proud of Leaving Cert class TEACHERS heaped praise on students last week as thousands of exam stressed pupils collected their results from schools all around the city. ASTI President, Jack Keane, said results day represented the culmination of five or six years learning and effort from students. “Teachers are proud of all their students and know that for some students obtaining passes is as significant – and deserves just as much praise - as others obtaining honours,” he said. “Each and every student has a unique set of skills, abilities, talents and experiences to take with them as they progress to the next stage of their lives.” Mr Keane advised students to take their time exploring their options over the coming days. “It’s vital that students keep a level head and explore all the options carefully over the coming days and weeks, so that they can make a considered and wise choice about their future.” Mr Keane also paid tribute to all of the second-level teachers who are committed to delivering a holistic education to young people. “Teachers and schools continue to challenge a narrow points-focused view of education which is promoted through the likes of college entry tables,” he said. “Despite pressure on schools, teachers and students to concentrate only on exams, recent research carried out by the ASTI found teachers strongly committed to providing a diverse range of extra-curricular activities for their students. “The benefits of these activities for students include a smoother transition from primary to second-level school and improved mental health. These outcomes are not as easily measured as exam results, but they are vital to the future life chances of young people and to the future of society as a whole.” Mr Keane also said measures should be taken to lessen the effects of current economic crisis on the young students of today. “Our school leavers and young people must not be the casualties of years of financial mismanagement by banks and the Government,” he said. “Looking after young people by investing in education is vital to economic recovery.”

● Tánaiste Mary Coughlan is pictured at Portmarnock Community School with Deputy Principal Vincent Rattigan and Averil Power on Leaving Cert results day

Tánaiste congratulates students on results THE Tánaiste and Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, was first to congratulate students, parents and teachers following the release of the Leaving Certificate examination results for 2010. O'Riordan, and all the teachers “Students across the country and staff of on helping students getting their results today do their best in the exams. should be proud of their The Tánaiste was accompaachievements in the Leaving nied on the visit by local Fianna Certificate examinations, and Fail representative in Dublin look forward to the future with North East, Averil Power. confidence,” she said. “As the students opened The Tánaiste visited Porttheir results envelopes, it was marnock Community School on results day and met students as great to see anxious faces replaced by sighs of relief and they collected their results. smiles when they saw that their She congratulated them on hard work had paid off,” she their achievements and commended school principal, Patrick said.

“I remember all too well how nervous I was when I was waiting for my own exam results and I know that whatever grades students get today, they will be glad that the long wait is over.” A total of 57,839 Leaving Certificate candidates picked up their results last week. Of these, 51,279 were school-leavers, 3,737 external candidates and 2,823 repeat candidates. Overall, 38,885 sat the established Leaving Certificate, 15,596 sat the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and 3,358 took the Leaving Certifi-

cate Applied programme. The Tánaiste urged students and parents to carefully consider their options and to seek advice where they’re uncertain. Options for school-leavers have never been broader with places in universities, institutes of technology, colleges of education, post-leaving certificate and FÁS courses, and private colleges up for grabs. Meanwhile, the State Examinations Commission presented a report to the Tánaiste on problems which arose in the operation of examinations this year. The report relates to a colla-

tion problem with the Higher Level Leaving Certificate Accounting paper which impacted on 217 candidates in 19 examination centres, and an error in the Junior Certificate Business paper at Higher level, where cash flow figures were incorrectly transcribed into the electronic version of the examination paper. The State Examinations Commission has apologised for the distress and disruption caused to students by the problems which were put down to human error.

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The CV - your passport to opportunity

A CV is one of the most crucial documents that you will ever prepare as you try to enter the workplace. They say that first impressions last and as your CV is your first point of contact with a potential employer it must be treated with the utmost care and attention.

Pointers The first thing to keep in mind is that there is no set format for a CV – they are created in all shapes and sizes but there are a number of pointers that must be followed if it is to be effective in getting you a crack at an interview where you can use other tactics to help secure the job. A good CV must detail all the necessary skills and attributes that you, as an applicant, possess for the job in question. It must also present the information in a clear and concise manner.


It is vital that there is as little “padding” as possible. A recruitment person may have to read hundreds of CVs every day so they will not want to read unnecessary, lengthy passages

about what you did while on your holidays this year. Essentially a CV is a document that lists your academic and employment record to date but just as importantly, the layout could be the make or break factor. The reader must be able to find the information that they are looking for without having to read through paragraph after paragraph of nonsense. Before you start compiling your CV think of the relevant skills that your potential employer will be looking for and emphasise them.

Details Although there is no set formula, no matter what type of job you are applying for or what type of CV you use, it is essential that it contains all the relevant details such as: education and employment history, qualifications, skills, interests and references. You should use good quality white A4 paper and the paragraphs should be evenly spaced, rendering it easy to read. Education and employment details should be listed in chronological order with the

most recent courses/classes or employment listed at the top. Do not go into unnecessary details about your interests or hobbies. Everyone knows what "walking" entails: it is unnecessary to explain where and when you like to walk. Keep it simple.


But bear in mind that any unusual activity or interest will pique interest quicker than merely stating that you like “reading” and “watching TV”. Try to be as honest as possible. Claiming you can speak Spanish while you worked for NASA on an exchange programme could backfire! What of the interviewer asks you about your family in espaniol? Read, re-read and read it again. It is almost guaranteed that every time you look back over your CV you will spot another grammatical error or misspelling. Get a fresh pair of eyes to look over it as they may spot something that you haven’t noticed.

Relevant Generally speaking a CV should not be longer than a couple of pages. As mentioned above, a busy interviewer

wants to find the most relevant applicants quickly and will want to separate the chaff from the wheat. Making them read a short book about yourself will not get you past this stage. Once you have the basics down on the page it might be worth paying a professional typesetter to design it for you. While it is an additional expense it can be quite reasonable and may make the difference in getting to that all important interview stage.

Specific Remember, the most effective CV focuses on a specific job and addresses the employer's requirements for the position. The more you know about the duties and skills required for the job you desire - and organise your CV around these points - the more effective it'll be in the long run. A good covering letter is essential as well as it gives an overview of what is in the CV. It should be on a separate page, adhere to the principals above of clarity and brevity and should be an introduction to yourself and your CV. Good luck!

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● CERTIFIED: Graham Shaw (back right), international director of City & Guilds, recently met with some of the 250 B&Q staff at B&Q Liffey Valley who achieved qualifications in Retail Skills or HIKQ. Pictured picking up their certificates from Brian Dodgson (back left) General Manager B&Q Liffey Valley and Graham are John Nangle, Audrey Whealan and James Murphy.

The sky’s the limit ENROLLING on a business, travel and tourism course could be the ideal platform for an exciting career say experts from Portobello Institute. The Institute regularly analyses gaps in the jobs market place and designs courses accordingly so it can best fulfil future employer requirements, and the travel and tourism sectors have thousands of positions to fill.

Relationships Strong relationships between Portobello Institute and industry experts ensures that throughout its courses expert guest speakers can make presentations to the students, providing them with insight and knowledge into operations and strategy and paving the way for successful employment opportunities in their chosen field. In addition to guest speakers, students take part in a number of field trips to relevant businesses such as Dublin Airport Authority, The Digital Hub, the Science Museum and the Dáil to name but a few, to liaise with authorities already successful in their sector.

Economy The travel, tourism and airline industry is one of the leading sectors in Ireland earning more than €5 bil-

lion for the economy. Over the years Portobello Institute has developed its courses in this area to mirror the needs of a fast and ever demanding industry. Past students have successfully gone on to work as travel consultants, tour operators or as airline staff in many areas - ground staff, checkin, cabin crew, customer services, call centre reservations and airline operations. Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports with almost 15,000 people working within its eight-mile perimeter and with the recent expansion and new terminal building it’s an ideal time to opt for a career in this extremely busy sector.

Business Portobello Institute also offers various business courses, aiming to provide a comprehensive introduction to the key operations of business and organisational marketing and managerial context. The knowledge that students will have acquired by the end of the courses will serve as a solid foundation on which more focused and con-

centrated studies can be applied. Successful graduates of business courses at Portobello have gone on to enjoy wide and varied careers in facilities management, as marketing assistants, website developers and many more.

Indispensable All tutors at the Portobello Institute have worked with major global companies such as Aer Lingus, Dell Computers, BBC, KPM Management and HOKTIEF Global Facilities Management and many now run their own successful companies. This first hand knowledge is indispensable when guiding students through their future career. Courses are run on a part-time and full time basis and cover areas such as business development and marketing, legal studies, facilities management, security studies, human resources, multi-media production and ebusiness and internet marketing with the majority of courses being FETAC accredited. ● For a full list of courses at Portobello Institute visit

Students call for more college places THE Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has asked higher level institutes to consider making more college places available for the increasing number of students entering third level education. The number of students entering college has risen as a direct result of the recession, and this has driven the points for certain courses higher, adding more pressure on Leaving Certificate students. The lack of job opportunities has also forced many more mature stu-

dents to return to third level education, and this has also contributed to a four per cent increase of CAO figures in applications for higher degree courses. College applications for higher level courses have reached record levels, up from 64,774 to 67,640. A recent report from the ESRI, carried out for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), has shown that students’ health is at risk from pressure caused by the points race.

USI is calling on the Higher Level institutions to investigate the possibility of increasing the availability of college courses that are in higher demand. Gary Redmond, USI President, said: “There should be some increase in the number of college places in the courses that are most popular. More places are desperately needed to alleviate the pressure being put on Leaving Cert students as a direct result of the points race.”

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THE ACADEMY OF RUSSIAN BALLET The Academy of Russian Ballet, presents a unique opportunity for children to work closely with Irelands most prolific ballerina and Artistic director Monica Loughman.All of the Academy's students will have an opportunity to perform in the Helix and also to participate in our Russian ballet exams. Chosen students also have the opportunity to perform with the Irish Russian ballet company as they tour Ireland with the ballet ''Giselle''. Many Academy students have been accepted into full time ballet schools across America, Europe and Russia.Our aim is to encourage children to develop their individual talents in a warm and friendly environment. For further information Tel: 086 8012246 or visit our website

ST. HELEN'S TUITION CENTRE, PORTMAMOCK St. Helen's Tuition Centre, Portmamock is well known for its excellent teachers and outstanding examination results. St. Helen's offers evening and weekend classes in all Junior and Leaving Certificate subjects. The duration of each class is 1½ hours. The courses cover complete syllabuses in each subject over a period of thirty weeks. Students are therefore advised to enroll in September, if possible, in order to derive maximum benefit from the programme. Specially prepared notes on each course are provided and sample answers to exam questions from previous years are made available. Study Skills are incorporated into each course advising students how to study, with special emphasis on self-motivation, time management, memory improvement, essay writing and effective revision. New in 2010: Post Gradu-

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18 classes & courses GRANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Grange Community College is situated in the heart of Donaghmede, Dublin 13. Grange offers a variety of further and adult education courses which are aimed at learners wishing to pursue a profession, upskill, or for those who wish to return to the learning environment after an absence. Our courses are all accredited and range from Fetac level 3 up to and including Fetac level 6 for Childcare Supervision Art, Craft and Design can be a useful entry route for those who wish to continue studying at a higher level in University. Our therapies department provides a realistic working environment and gives the opportunity to avail of work

experience while gaining both Internationally and Nationally recognised qualifications. Secretarial and Computer skills are popular as is our Computer maintenance course. For further information contact Adult Education Secretary at 018471422 or email to

A CAREER IN PAYROLL We all go to work to get paid, over two million of us in the country! Every week or every month the magic payslip arrives to replenish our funds. In every business across the country it is the payroll person who makes sure that the employees get paid, on time and with the correct amount of deductions made from our gross pay. Several skills are required by

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THE CLONTARF SCHOOL OF MUSIC Now in its 17th year The Clontarf School of Music offers many classes in, group and private tuition.

All our courses are suitable for children, teenagers & adults from the total beginner to advanced students, whether you are playing for pleasure or thinking of making music a career. The Clontarf School of Music has courses suitable for you. Morning classes available for Senior Students in, Piano, Violin, Guitar. Guitar styles range from Folk, Sing along, Electric, Classical, Jazz & Blues, and Rock. Guitar Group classes consist of no more than 7 students per class, and are available for students of all ages from children 6yrs to mature adults. All our group classes are grouped according to age, experience and level. We also run an Introduction to Music for 3-6yrs & Making Music course for 6-12yrs. Music classes are available for students in transition year, junior & leaving cert, for all instruments, whether its help required with the practical, theory, or history part of the course. All our classes are available afternoon and evening, and are available six days/nights a week. We also run morning classes in Piano, Violin & Guitar. For further information on all our courses contact Paul Mc Cabe on 087 8054963 or Shona Blake 087 7904420 Email paulcsmusic@ or

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HAPPY DAYS FOR PEFORMING KIDS! Happy Days School’s new Casting Agency, got off to a flying start when they placed 12 of their students into a new Irish Movie, “Pentecost”. It could not have happened at a better time for Happy Days as the School has expanded from their core Speech and Drama classes to a School of Performing Arts. “We have had wonderful successes in all our shows and particularly our recent musicals “Oliver” and the “Wizard of Oz” in the Civic Theatre” said HappyDays Director Grainne O’ Rourke LGSM LLSM ARIAM. Expanding to offer classes in Dancing, in Musical Theatre & Singing and the Casting Agency

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enthusiastic teachers! Happy Days classes give students the ability to express themselves in a clear and confident manner in all social situations. As Gráinne said “we aim to develop our student’s confidence, communication skills and creativity! They use what they enjoy learning in our fun filled classes today to gain a competitive edge in the jobs market tomorrow!” To “Give your child the confident edge” as their motto goes and discover more about their classes Speech and Drama, Dancing and Musical Theatre & Singing for children from age 4 to 19 enroling this September visit or call or text Gráinne on 087 679 5470.

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DUBLIN BALLET SCHOOL Dublin Ballet School operates in Bayside, Baldoyle and Portmarnock and has been teaching dancers in all three centres for over thirty years. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance system which allows students progression to be developed and measured through their world recognised examinations. Students are also encouraged to develop their dance skills, confidence, team-work and self discipline through regular stage performances. After very successful performances in the Helix in February students are now getting ready for their upcoming examinations. Students can start ballet from the age of four years and all enquiries are welcome. You can contact Linda on 085730-5880.

SET DANCING CLASSES Set dancing is very enjoyable and is surprisingly good exercise. It's a great way to socalise in a relaxed, friendly environment. Southside classes: Tuesdays 8-10 pm in The Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, Churchtown, starting 14th September. Northside classes: Thursdays

8-10 pm in Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, starting 16th September. No experience required and people who are new to dancing are especially welcome. Why not give it a try you'll discover a friendly group of people, who make newcomers feel very welcome. It's not necessary to have a partner, but couples may of course dance together if they wish. There's no need to book in advance, just go along. The main emphasis is on dancing for enjoyment and many of the class participants meet up at ceili and festival events throughout the year, where the craic continues! More information, including detailed directions on how to get there, at:

O’CONNELL SCHOOL Founded in 1828 Repeating the Leaving Certificate in O’Connell School, Dublin. O’Connell Secondary School, located in the heart of Dublin City near Croke Park and in close proximity to Connolly, Clontarf and Drumcondra Train, Luas and DART Stations, offers boys and girls the affordable opportunity to repeat their Leaving Certificate in one

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year. This is a stand-alone programme run in a separate section of the school. A full and wide range of subjects and levels are available from very experienced teachers who have helped pupils to dramatically improve their grades and CAO points. Our reputation for excellence has been built upon our proven track record over the past 14 years. We deliver high standards of teaching and motivation and in return we expect high levels of punctuality, dedication and focus. We truly believe that once inspired and motivated effectively, all students have the ability to achieve their own personal goals. At the beginning of the year students attend a series of seminars on study/exam skills and techniques. In addition, throughout the year, we provide constant supervision, caring support structures with a dedicated tutor and a safe and secure environment for teaching and learning to take place. All students have full use of the school’s excellent canteen facilities where hot meals, drinks and sandwiches are available daily. Supervised study and evening study takes place every day in a controlled and silent environment. Comprehensive career guidance is a core part of the programme and the individual career needs of each student are carefully explored. Our spacious and bright classrooms are equipped with digital projectors and our three science laboratories have just been completely renovated

and equipped to the highest standards in the country. Assessment takes place on a monthly basis with mock exams in October, December and February. Our student-focused approach ensures that the environment of the programme is entirely one of mutual respect and encouragement. At all times we endeavour to maintain constant contact with parents/guardians and discuss any concerns that may arise. Parents are welcome to meet with the Principal and teachers at the dedicated parent-teacher meeting before Christmas or indeed at any time throughout the year. For further details contact the Principal, Gerry Duffy, on 01-8748307.

LEARNING IRISH WITH GAEL LINN! - AG FOGHLAIM GAEILGE LE GAEL LINN ! Learn Irish this Autumn with Gael Linn Gael Linn’s Irish language evening courses will begin again on the 6th of September. Courses are held in their offices on Dame St. in Dublin. Learning levels range from a complete beginners course, to intermediate and advanced level courses.. Evening courses are held over a six week period, 2 evenings per week and comprise of 24 hours of tuition. They are designed to give the learner as much exposure as possible to speaking the language over a short period of

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MARIAN LENNON SCHOOL OF BALLET Marian Lennon School of ballet is located at St. Francis Xaviour School, Roselawn, Blancharstown. Children of all ages are accepted, starting at 4 years. They are taught a wide range of dances styles and are prepared for Royal Academy of Dance Classical syllabi, Freestyle Jazz and Imperial Society of Teachers of Modern Dance. Students are prepared for show work and have performed at the Draoicht Theatre, Blanchardstown. They are also encouraged to create their own pieces for the Annual Choreography Competition. For further details contact Marian Lennon at 8152992.

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range Community College is a multi-denominational, co-educational second level school of County Dublin Vocational Education Committee. The college opened in 1981 and has met the education needs of the Donaghmede area for 29 years. Over the last four summers Grange has benefited enormously from the Summer Works schemes. The works included roof refurbishment, a fully programmable heating system, new windows and doors, and this summer a complete refurbishment of the electrical systems, including state of the art computer networking. The college has a six year cycle. Transition Year is compulsory. The college provides a comprehensive curriculum up to Leaving Certificate Higher Level. As well as the academic subjects Grange offers subjects like Engineering, Building, Home Economics and Biology. There are four computer rooms in the college and our students study Information Technology in Transition Year.

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Skills@Work programme. The students have gained significant skills and experiences from this involvement. The College Care Team monitor the progress and provide support services for vunerable students to enable them achieve to the best of their ability. Senior students receive training and certification as student Prefects. The Student Council is made up of representatives of each class group and plays an active role with the management • Grange CC Credit Union with Patricia Hanlon, Trinity Credit Union (past pupil) of the college. The student council is an active participant in the development of school policies.

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Transition Year Transition Year is taken by all students at Grange CC. Students are introduced to a range of leaving certificate subjects so that they can make an informed choice for fifth year. Work experience is an important part of Transition Year and students take their first block working in the community care area. Part of work experience is taken during mid-term or Easter breaks so as to maximise the time for classes. Students take Information Technology and this year will have ECDL certification. Transition Year is a time for students to broaden their horizons and they are offered a range of activities including Drama and Make-up classes. This year students will be given the opportunity to work towards Gaisce Awards.

Student Support Grange has a transfer programme to help new first year students to make the transition to second level. Students and their parents visit the school before the summer. They get to meet their “buddies”, senior students who will watch out for them and help them to settle in in September. As a DEIS school Grange Community College has a full time Home School Community Liaison teacher, School Completion Program and Junior Certificate School Programme. Through the Schools Business Partnership Grange Community College is linked with Cadbury Schwepps. Our senior students participate in the Student Mentoring programme and the

The college has developed over the years excellent working relationships with the Community Gardai, the Educational Welfare Officer and local youth workers. Students from Grange are active with local charities and we donate money raised in the college each year to St. Francis Hospice in Raheny. We are delighted that the Dublin All-Stars Marching Band use the college for practice on Friday evenings, and the college is used on Sunday mornings for religious services. Evening classes are provided on Monday nights, offering a range of courses and are proving very popular. Primary schools are invited each year to use a science laboratory, under the direction of our science teacher, to conduct experiments as part of their science curriculum. The student council have establish a credit union in the college under the guidance of Trinity Credit Union.

Sports Sport is an important element in the balanced curriculum of Grange CC and all students are encouraged to participate fully. The college enters boys and girls teams in soccer and gaelic football. This year we will be competing in basketball competitions and in athletics.

• ACHIEVEMENT: Pictured at the Green Flag award ceremony were (from l-r): Kathryn Poxon, An Taisce; Gerry McKeown, Niamh Kavanagh, Hannah Lambert, Katie Geraghty (from Grange Community College Green Schools’ Committee); Clare Egan, Dublin County Council; and Siobhan Smith, The Wrigley Company.

Green School The Green School committee worked very hard this year to help us to recycle our paper, plastic and cans and to compost other waste. The collection of old phones, used batteries and printer cartridges were particularly successful. Their hard work was rewarded in May when the college was awarded the Green Flag. The college also has a good BER rating which we will improive this year as well as reducing our water consumption.

Inclusive School Grange has always been an inclusive school and has catered for students of all backgrounds and abilities. This year we are very proud to have opened a new facility for students who have been diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD). The new classroom is just beside our main entrance and caters for six students from the local areas. There is also an excellent daytime adult education programme offered at Grange in Beauty Therapy, Childcare, Legal and Medical Secretary, PC Maintenance, Information Technology and Make-up Artist. These courses lead to certification at Fetac Level 4, 5 and 6. It is not unusual to see three generations from a family in classes at Grange.


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dry rot prevention. Slight leaks can develop over the winter, dampening timbers and there is rarely ventilation to flat roof timbers so dry rot can develop in sealed off voids. It’s important to keep a look out for tell-tale damp patches on ceilings or damage to the roof finish. Once dry rot has started, it will grow unseen until it has taken a substantial hold on the timber. An early warning sign is a rippling of painted skirting boards. This might be just a slight disturbance in the painted finish compared to the smooth finish adjacent. Gently push a screwdriver against this disturbed area to test if it is sound or soft. A more advanced sign is a coating of red dust across the floor, on the skirtings or in the roof space. This is actually a coating of seeds or spores that have burst from a fruiting body. Once you have found the dry rot, you need to tackle it as floor or behind wall panelling it can thrive without you even knowing it. Dry rot fungus attacks the tiny cells within the timber. Once attacked, it becomes brittle and lacking in strength and when the rot has attacked one piece of timber, it marches on to find new sections. It is even known to take moisture with it from one part of the building to another to enable it to develop. So how can you tell when your home has caught dry rot? Well first let's go back to the cause. The first and most obvious point to look out for are damp areas. You may have only seen rising damp or patches of penetrating damp on walls, but any timbers connected to damp areas of wall are vulnerable. The first thing to do is to check some common dry rot areas like where the gutters are cracked or the roof tiles are leaking. Areas of rising damp or where there’s built up soil on an outside wall can also give rise to sufficient dampness to allow dry rot to develop. The next thing to look for is still air. Ground floor timbers are less likely to be affected by dry rot if a howling gale is blowing beneath them. Modern houses have lots of airbricks beneath the damp proof course level which allow the air to flow but older houses are often less protected. Flat roofs are the another headache when it comes to

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Grow the décor with the kids YOU’LL probably have noticed that as your kids get older they want to have more of a say in everything, and decorating their bedroom is no exception. In itself this is a good thing but you may find you’ll have use all your negotiating skills to avoid the room becoming a horrible mish-mash of blinding colours and expensive Hanna Montanna or Ben Ten merchandise. A few years ago it was considered going all out to have a matching football-themed bedspread and curtains in a kid's room. Nowadays entire sets of sheets, duvets, curtains, rugs and even wall hangings all featuring the same Powerpuff Girls or N'Sync motif can be seen in kids’ bedrooms all over Dublin. And any respectable wallpaper outlet will have not just a few, but a vast selection of kidthemed patterns, as well as the all-important matching borders. But with so many options now available it can be hard to know just how far to go with it all. Or even where to begin for that matter. The best strategy to use when you're about to begin decorating a kid's room, just like when you're designing any other space, is to keep in mind what the room will be used for and then get into what it will look like. Ask yourself some questions. How many kids will be sleeping there? If it's just one,

do you expect that he or she will have to share sometime in the next few years? Will the bedroom be his or her main space for play as well as sleep, or will there be a separate play area? Is he or she really into arts and crafts, which would mean the floor and work surfaces should be easy to clean up? Is your kid likely to get very tall and need a double bed? All these questions are much more important than whether to paint the walls powder-shell or rose pink. Not that colour isn't important, for it most definitely is. But function should be your first consideration. So let's take a look at the usual basic elements of a kid's room: ● A bed with a good mattress; ● Bedside table with a lamp; ● Desk with a chair and lamp for homework; ● Surface for art and play (can be the floor); ● A mirror; ● Places to store hanging and folded clothes; ● Storage for books, toys and games; A bed with a mattress that provides good support is extremely important. Kids' bones

● It’s important to let older children have a say in the style of their room

are still growing and solidifying at a fast rate, and spending long sleeping hours in bad positions can lead to or exacerbate serious posture problems. Most agree that too soft is a big no-no. Use your best judgment and keep in mind that in the world of mattresses, you


usually get what you pay for. A bedside lamp is also important, if only because it's really nice to be able to turn on a light without getting out of bed – especially if you're afraid of the dark. It's also nice to have a nearby light for reading bed-

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and writing and a comfortable chair that provides good back support. If the room is also the child's main play area, you'll want to keep this in mind when considering the flooring. You’ll probably have to choose something that’s easy to clean but

you may want something softer for comfort. It's nice to really do a room up, but bear in mind that kids' tastes often change pretty rapidly. Some people don't mind making frequent major changes, but for the rest of us, it's often wiser to stay somewhat basic with the features of a room that take the most time to change - like the walls and carpeting. Classic colours like pale blue, pale green and yellow can be dressed up with accessories like: lamps; area rugs; sheets; curtains; and toys featuring the kid's favourite cartoon characters or pop stars. And in the case of older kids, they'll probably cover the walls with posters anyway. When choosing furniture, many people find that regular grown-up furniture is just fine for kids. A full-size dresser or bookshelf from another room in your house can be livened up with a fresh coat of paint in white or a bright colour. Finally, treat a kid's room like any other room in the house but keep in mind that the person you're decorating for will be going through drastic changes in his or her tastes and mindset over a fairly short period of time.



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DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms. Sea view 1st Floor. 15 minutes from Malaga Airport. Direct flights from Dublin with Ryanair and Aer Lingus. €650 per month or €200 per week

NUMBER 36 Brookdale Way in Rivervalley, Swords, is a three-bedroom semi detached residence, which has been brought to the market in showhouse condition. This impressive property boasts beech style kitchen units, its own garage space and the potential to extend subject to planning permission. Accommodation comprises an entrance hall, guest washroom, living room and kitchen/dining area while the upper level of the property features three bedrooms and a main bathroom. The price excess for this property is €255,000. Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the opportunity and pristine condition of this property. For more information, contact Kevin Flanigan Estates on 8400938.


Excellent opportunity in Rush NUMBER 21 Ravenswell is a beautifully presented three-bedroom property that is ideally located in Rush. The house has been maintained to the highest standards and it also boasts a sunny south-facing garden for added benefit. The property is situated close to amenities such as shops, schools, train station and Rush Main Street. Accommodation includes a reception hall with ceramic floor tiles, understairs storage, kitchen with a range of shaker style units and a dining room with semisolid oak flooring. Upstairs includes three sizeable bedrooms and a main bathroom. The property also includes a cobbleblock driveway and well-maintained gardens front and back.


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Papa would be pleased with Clio THIS week I was due to write about Renault’s new Fluence. But a double booking meant that the Fluence will have to wait for a few more weeks and instead I got a revised version of the Renault Clio. This was my first-ever drive in a Clio and recent improvements mean the front of the car is now similar to the Megane. The new version also has new-look front and rear bumpers and new lights, at the front and back. When I think of the Clio I’m reminded of those famous television ads featuring Nicole and Papa including one where Nicole whizzes around the back streets of a French town in Papa’s Clio. Those ads were made in the early nineties and were the most popular TV motoring adverts ever made. That’s probably why we remember them so well.


My daughter, who is around Nicole’s age, was impressed with this supermini. She drives a Nissan Micra and naturally comparisons were made, with the Clio coming out on top. We both agreed the Clio was a nippy car for urban driving. But to be fair, our Micra is three years old and Nissan are bringing out a new version

by Sean Creedon later this year. First impressions are, as we know, lasting and for me the fact that it was a four-door rather than a two-door, made for a good start. In our house everybody hates the hassle of getting out to allow back seat passengers in and out.

Extra The Tom Tom sat nav is now available as an extra option in all new Renaults and it is really well placed on the dash. You can control the Tom Tom with a small remote control similar to the one you use for your television. It’s a great system and takes the pressure of the driver as the front seat passenger or even the dreaded ‘back seat driver’ can adjust the settings. There’s a myriad of slave controls at the side of the steering wheel including cruise control. Also the two stalks at the side of the wheel are very neat and look like they were cut in half. They still worked perfectly and added to the overall ‘neat’ ef-

fect around the steering wheel. The Clio, a very lively car around town and reasonably comfortable. Like most small cars if you drive it very hard it can get noisy. But the best compliment I got was from a salesman in what was a non-

Renault garage. He said that the Clio is the best car that Renault make.

Squeeze There is room for five adults, but three adults in the back would be a bit of a squeeze. The boot is average

for a small car and there’s no spare wheel, just a repair kit. Prices start at €13,990 for the 1.2 petrol three door but if you have an eight year old trade in and take Renault’s and the Government scrappage schemes into account

you can get one for the bargain price of €8,990. The five-door version starts at €14,600, but if you have a suitable trade-in you can get it for €11,280. The 1.2 Tom Tom version I drove costs €16,800, but the price drops

to €13,930 if you have a trade-in of the correct vintage. Yes, this is a neat motor and I can see why Nicole or indeed her Irish counterpart, Niamh or Nora, would love to get their hands on the keys of Papa’s Clio.

MICHAEL GRANT MOTORS 8C Santry Hall Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 9



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02 MG ZR 105 Half Leather ...........................................71000 .......1.4.....Petrol ............................Red ...........e2,950

08 BMW 3 Series 320D 177 bhp Saloon ......................63000...........2 ....Diesel .........................Black .........e21,550

02 BMW 7 Series 745 1A LWB TOP SPEC......................84005 .......4.4.....Petrol ............................Red .........e10,995

07 Mini Cooper Top Spec ...............................................24233 .......1.6.....Petrol ........................White .........e16,500

02 Toyota Camry 2.4 VVTI ..............................................63000 .....2.36.....Petrol.................Met Silver ...........e5,200

06 Ford Focus NT ZETEC 1.4 5DR ..................................55302 .......1.4.....Petrol ................Met Green............e7,900

02 Volvo V70 D5 SE 2.4 .................................................103000 .......2.4 ....Diesel.................Met Silver ...........e7,950

06 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 2.7 TDV6 ......47224 .......2.7 ....Diesel.................Met Silver .........e34,900

01 Fiat Seicento 1100 (NCT'D and Taxed) ...................43000 .....1.11.....Petrol .........................Black ..............e995

06 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Auto Leather ..........36661 .......1.8.....Petrol .................Met Black .........e17,450

01 BMW 3 Series 318 I 1.9 ..............................................94000 .......1.9.....Petrol .........................Black............e4,450

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04 BMW 3 Series 316 M Sport 4DR...............................69900 .......1.8.....Petrol ..................Met Grey............e9,650

99 Mitsubishi Carisma 1.6 GL ........................................91000 .......1.6.....Petrol.................Met Silver ...........e1,600

04 BMW 3 Series 316I M SPORT 4DR (NCT 04/2012).79000 .......1.8.....Petrol ................Met Silver............e9,450

99 Nissan Maxima 2.0 SE AUTO Leather ...................116000...........2.....Petrol.................Met Silver ...........e1,950

04 BMW M3 Cabriolet SMG Gearbox ...........................80000 .......3.2.....Petrol.................Met Silver .........e22,900

99 Subaru Impreza GL 1.6 (Bodykit) ............................84785 .......1.6.....Petrol .........................Silver ...........e3,500

03 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CDI 220 CLASSIC 04DR.131731 .......2.2 ....Diesel............Metallic Blue ...........e7,750

97 Renault Clio 1.2 RN ..................................................154000 .....1.15.....Petrol ................Met Green ..............e460

03 Toyota Yaris TERRA 5 Door........................................69000...........1.....Petrol .................Met Black ...........e4,495

96 BMW 3 Series 316 I E36 02DR ................................143809 .......1.6.....Petrol ............................Red............e2,200

03 Skoda Octavia GLX 1.4 AMBIENTE 75HP ...............74000 .......1.4.....Petrol .............Met Orange ...........e4,950

96 Peugeot 406 1.9 Diesel ...........................................130000 .......1.9 ....Diesel ................Met Green ..............e990

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Calls for new Eco VRT concession TOP motoring website,, is calling for an additional lower VRT (Vehicle Registration Tax) rate and the removal of road tax on newer, lower-emission vehicles for a period of two years. While there have been welcome announcements regarding grants for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to encourage the purchase of this new technology, the existing VRT and motor tax band system fails to offer an incentive to buyers of new petrol or diesel cars with emissions of less than 100g/km, says editor, Paddy Comyn. “Car manufacturers are being forced to lower their average emissions at an EU level and in some cases this has led to newer models with ultra low emissions," he says. "Advances in technology, as well as the addition of stop-start technology mean that new petrol and diesel models are coming on stream with emissions as low as 92g/km, but the difficulty is that here in Ireland there is no real incentive for manufacturers to sell these cars - or for customers to buy them. "In a lot of cases, the technology that allows these cars to be so frugal isn't cheap and they can end up costing more than models with higher emissions." The lowest VRT and tax band, Band A, includes cars with emissions of 0-120g/km, and while this is a band that Irish buyers have embraced, there are now significantly more cars available in this band than there were in 2008

when the current emissions legislation came into effect. Newer eco-friendly models, such as the Fiat 500 TwinAir, Audi A3 TDI, MINI Cooper Diesel, Opel Corsa EcoFlex and Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, now come with emissions of less than 100g/km yet are taxed in the same way as higher emitting versions. is now calling for a new Eco VRT Band of 10 per cent, plus a period of free road tax for two years to be applied to petrol or diesel cars with emissions of less than 100g/km. "In other countries in Europe, including the UK, France and Sweden there is an incentive for cars with emissions of less than 100g/km," says Shane O'Donoghue of "If we are really serious about being at the forefront of new green technology then we should encourage its purchase. We have already seen how Irish car buyers have embraced cleaner cars, with 77 per cent of new cars sold so far in 2010 being from Band A and B. "There will be plenty of incentives for buyers to buy electric vehicles for the next two years, but this is a leap that many drivers won't want to make yet, often for practical reasons." A new VRT band would also encourage buyers to keep buying standard hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius, which loses its €2,500 VRT refund at the end of 2010 yet has emissions of just 89g/km.

● AWARD: Anne-Brith Sviggum and Ingvar Sviggum, Vice-President of Ford of Europe are pictured presenting Sean Lillis of Lillis-O’Donnell Limited and his wife Madge with the prestigious Ford Chairman’s Award.

Ford award for Lillis O’Donnell LILLIS O’Donnell on the Naas Road has claimed the prestigious Ford Chairman's Award for its parts sales performance last year. Director Sean Lillis collected the Award from Ford of Europe Vice-President, Ingvar Sviggum, at a recent ceremony in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. The Ford Chairman’s Award is based on direct feedback from customers who have purchased a vehicle from the dealership and is in recognition of a dealer's performance in meeting those customers’ expectations. Extensive research has been carried out by Ford

in assessing these expectations and in providing guidelines to dealers to satisfy them. In addition to the purchase experience itself, the award also covers after-sales service. “In this difficult environment, when many businesses are cutting corners, it’s refreshing to see a dealership really going the extra mile to keep its customers satisfied," said Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “It’s that very spirit that will keep Lillis O’Donnell in good stead through these tough times. Well done to Sean Lillis and Sean O’Donnell, and to their team.”

● GREEN MACHINE: The Toyota Prius loses its €2,500 VRT refund at the end of 2010 despite having emissions of just 89g/km

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Back to school basics… Over 12,500 pounds James Riordan, Manager of Nourish Healthfood Store in the Omni Shopping Centre, gives his top health tips to parents as their children return to the classroom this September…

✓ Immune boosters are essential. Parents should ensure they keep their children’s immune systems in tip top condition. Echinacea is an essential immune booster and can to help prevent infections and keep notorious nasties at

bay. I would recommend Kiwiherb Children’s Echinacea which is made from premium certified organic Echinacea root, in a base of organic apple juice.

✓ Say No to Sugar. Sugar suppresses the immune system and can help feed viruses and bacterial infections. Make sure to keep fizzy drinks and sugary snacks well away from lunch boxes. Choose fresh fruit, nuts and healthy snack bars for after school snack-times. ✓ Food Boosters! Choose natural immune boosting foods that are rich in vitamin C like fruits and berries. Natural yogurt is also a great option as it’s full of good bacteria, which has an immune building effect. A good children’s multivitamin will also help to maintain your child’s all round health. Floradix Kindervital contains vital calcium to help build strong bones and teeth as well as nine vitamins.

✓ Choose Arnica for schoolyard bumps and bruises. Arnica ointment is essential first-aid for all types of bruises resulting from daily knocks and falls. Nelson’s Arnicare Cream is great because it soothes and treats bruises and sprains quickly and effectively for instant relief.

✓ Nit Nice. Nits are an inevitable hazard of going back to school for Irish youngsters. If your child starts to scratch, make sure to tackle those itchy pests straight away. Choose a natural headlice repellant or shampoo containing tea tree oil like Tisserand’s Lemon and Tea Tree Shampoo. Tea Tree acts as a deterrent by driving lice away if you have them or keeping them away if you don’t!

✓ Kids need healthy parents! Remember that if it’s good enough for your children it’s good enough for you. Don’t forget to look after your own health this September! Nourish is located in the Omni Shopping Centre in Santry, call 8621392 or visit for further information

lost in Dublin Following an investigation into the missing 12,500 pounds it was established that the local Slimming World groups were responsible. This case is unusual because the owners insist that they don’t want the 12,500 pounds back. Over the last number of months the Slimming World groups have successfully grown and the members have successfully shrunk. The 5 Dublin Slimming World groups (Blanchardstown, Clondalkin, Drumcondra, Tallaght and Templeogue) are run by consultants who between them have lost nearly 25 stone. They are thrilled that their members have lost such a HUGE amount of weight by FILLING UP on free foods like lean meat, fish, potatoes, rice, pasta, eggs, fruit, vegetables and much more! One of Slimming World’s members Roisin Mc Gee, has lost 3 stone with Slimming

World and is now at her target weight. She has been so amazed at how easy it was to lose weight, that she is opening her own Slimming World group in Peacock’s Bar & Restaurant, Rivervalley, Swords on Wednesday September 1st at 7.30pm. Roisin says: "I want to help people to be as happy with themselves as I am. Slimming World is great. I am never hungry, the food is delicious and I never feel deprived of anything as I can allow myself treats. My favourite meal is Slimming World curry with chips – I can PILE my plate high and still lose weight!." she remarks. For over 40 years now, Slimming World has been encouraging members to fill up and eat more to lose weight. Now, at last, nutritionists and obesity experts outside the

leading weight loss organisation are acknowledging that satiety is the key to successful weight loss. It stands to reason that foods which fill you up fast, while also being low in calories, are a slimmer’s best friend. Obesity researcher at Slimming World, Dr Stubbs, says: ‘It may seem strange, but eating is actually the best way to lose weight. Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan* has always encouraged slimmers to fill up on these highly satiating foods, because we know that hunger and guilt often lead people to abandon diets. Eating to satisfy your appetite is the key to successful long term weight loss and knowing which foods help (or hinder) most makes it so much easier.’ If you’re interested in finding out more, then contact us TODAY! Call 01-6569696, or log onto for further information.

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The Mobility Care Centre opened its doors 1 year ago this month and since then has become a fantastic recourse for the people with limited mobility, carers, family and friends. The Mobility Care Centre offers a wide range of products for people with limited mobility in a non fussy and friendly manner. If you or a family member has an issue with mobility why not visit their showrooms to view a wide range of mobility products including: ● Wheelchairs ● Bathroom aids ● Mobility scooters ● Walking aids

● Rise & recline chairs ● Daily living aids Their knowledgeable staff will be on hand to give you advice on what ever your need may be. The Mobility Care Centre is the only company North of the Liffey offering such a wide range of mobility products. Most items are in stock and ready for immediate free delivery. Why not call into their showrooms Monday to Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm & 2pm – 5pm Saturdays 10am – 1pm and after hours by appointment. Tel: 01 8900 890 or www.mobilityonline.ieIdeally located in Unit A3, Airside Motor Park, (opposite FIAT/Kia), Swords.

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Osteopathy HEADACHES

Headaches. It’s been said that at least 90% of occcasional headaches are a result of nervous tension. While that may be true, it is also misleading and possibly dangerous, because a surprising number of environmental factors entirely unrelated to the state of your

nerves may be the real culprit. Most people at some time in their lives have experienced headaches. Headaches can vary from the infrequent and trivial nuisance, possibly from too much drinking the night before, to a symptom of serious disease.

Headaches is a broad term covering pain found in the neck, face, scalp, nose, throat and teeth. With headaches, other types of discomforts can be experienced such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, visual disturbances, hearing problems and difficulty with balance. A single episode of severe headache that has not been experianced before, or headaches that accompany vomiting should be checked by a medical professional. This type of headache might have a serious cause.If a headache comes after a trauma or blow to the head then a consultation with a medical professional is also required. Serious headaches though only constitute a small percentage of headaches generally experienced. Recurring headaches that have occured over several months or years may have been treated with painkillers or anti inflammatories with varying degress of success. But have the causes been addressed and treated? Osteopathically there are different kinds of headaches which have various causes. Tension headaches are frequently linked to stress. Contraction of the muscles around the neck squeeze and irritate some senstive nerves at the base and around the skull. Taking painkillers will dull the pain but, would treating the tension in

the simple beauty behind the treatment around the neck and therefore treating the cause of the headache not be better? Gentle osteopathic treatment can help the tension and pain and provide longer relief, reducing the need for medication. Pain which goes across the forehead or in the scalp could be due to irritation of the joints at the base of the neck. Irritation of these joints can also lead to other feelings of nausea or an irritable bowel. Improving the movements of these joints will help reduce this kind of headache. The ostepath is not just interested in the joints, but also why the joints are not working properly. For example age and degeneration, whiplash type injuries that have not been properly treated, and posture could lead to stresses on these joints and thus cause pain. Any misalignment along the spine can lead to accumulated stresses in the neck and give headaches. Treating the misalignment of the spine will provide longer periods of pain relief as the underlying causes are being treated. Improper blood supply to and from the head can lead to migrainous types of headaches and sinus congestion. Blood needs to

flow freely to and from the brain which is very sensitive to changes. Mechanical blockage by misalinged spine or tense muscles may impede blood flow and lead to some of the most uncomfortable types of headache. Adjusting these mechanical blockages to allow free flow of blood will help reduce if not stop this kind of headache. Other causes for headaches include improper diet, not drinking enough fluid, poor body position at work, visceral disturbances or hormonal imbalances. With so many types of headaches and different causes it becomes clear that headaches and their causes are unique to the individual. This requires the osteopath to take a detailed case history and examination, which will help to identify what is causing the headaches. The osteopath will then offer a personalised treatment plan. This would possibly lead to less headaches and because the causes may have been identified, long term relief and better quality of life will be experianced.

For queries any of the Articles contact Tony O’Brien or Chris Campbell at the Littlejohn Clinic, 122A

Cromwellsfort Road, Walkinstown. Telelphone: 01 4560300. Tony also has a private clinic in Swords and can be reached at 087 2992899 or 01 8021748.

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public notices & plannings planning notice

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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL We Mr. & Mrs. Gerry & Mary Casey intend to apply for Permission for development at 33 Elm Mount Road, Beaumont, Dublin 9. The development will consist of alteration to front boundary treatment; new vehicular entrance to front garden; new ground floor extension (bedroom and en suite )to front extending to 20 sq.m.; new ground floor extension (dining room) to rear extending to 8 sq.m. This 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 that 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.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL I, Joseph O’Reilly, intend to apply for Permission for the construction of a dormer window in the roof at rear of dwelling, the conversion of existing attic to a habitable room, the construction of a new stair case from the first floor and 2 roof lights to front elevation at 7 Burnside, Magenta Crescent, Santry, Dublin 9. This 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 that 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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I, Frank Fitzsimons of 10 Grove Lawns, Malahide, Co. Dublin hereby give notice that I have applied to the Minister of Transport, under section 67 of the Mercantile Marine Act of 1955 in respect of my boat "Mean Fiddle" ( Official Number 404362 ) for permission to change her name to " Soul Trader" and for the boat to be registered in the said new name at the port of Dublin. Any representative or comment on the application should be sent to the Superintendent of the Mercantile Marine Office, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2 within seven days of the appearance of this notice.

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Full Time Pharmacy Counter Assistant Required for Terminal 2 Dublin Airport Own Transport and Pharmacy experience essential. Post CV to: Attention Declan Dublin Airport Pharmacy, Terminal 1, Dublin Airport Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 1st September 2010. Praxis Care is a leading Charity providing care in the community for people with learning disabilities, mental ill health brain injuries and dementia, operating throughout Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England and the Isle of Man.





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CHILD MINDING QUALIFIED childminder available to look after child in Baldoyle, Sutton area. Can collect from school. Own car. Excellent references. PH 085 1010077

FRIENDSHIP 4,000 men who served in Pierce Battalion 1946 - 1959 plus 12,000 men who served in Pierce Company 1959 2000 20th Battalion. Many would like to know there is an active battalion. Details from Louis O Brien from 36 Crannagh Park Rathfarnham Dublin 14 phone 014909214

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2007 VOLKSWAGON LUTON van for sale, reg 07 D63990, 2.5 litre engine, 65000km, white box body, 14 feet long by 8.5 foot high plus the luton body space over the cab, just like new, €20,000 euro. PH 085 7398327

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