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1 WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Concern over anti-social behaviour in local park


Shauna Bowers LOCAL residents have expressed concern over anti-social behaviour at a Northside park.

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There is a lot of litter, broken glass and anti-social behaviour at the Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock and it is having a detrimental effect on the community, according to local residents. One resident, who did not wish to be named, said she visited the playground in the park recently and described it as “a disgrace”. “It was full of glass and litter everywhere,” she said. continued on page 2

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“I understand lack of funding etc, and the anti-social behaviour which takes place when the park is closed but never before has it been so bad. “It should be closed if it isn’t going to be maintained and this would be a great loss to the younger children in the area.” Local councillor Larry O’Toole (SF) said the anti-social behaviour is really affecting the lives of the people who live in the area. “There is a beautiful playground there that children love but even that is being damaged,” Cllr O’Toole said.

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Concern over anti-social behaviour in local park continued from page 1 “There is even damage to the trees and wildlife such as the swans. “Not only does it have a negative impact on the community but we must remember that the park is a monument to all of the young people who died in the Stardust fire.” The Stardust Memorial Park was opened on September 18 1993 in memory of the 48 people who lost their lives in the Stardust Tragedy in 1981. The memorial features a circular pool with a bronze

▪▪ Cllr Larry O’Toole (SF) sculpture of a dancing couple in the middle, which was sculpted by Robin Buick. The park has a playground, an all-weather pitch, a football pitch and a garden terrace with seating. Cllr O’Toole is calling on

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Dublin City Council to be more proactive in their preservation of the area. “The cleaning needs to be more regular,” he said. “It’s also a matter for the guards. These are all illegal offences that need to be dealt with by the gardai.” Cllr O’Toole said he would also like to see a group established who are on a schedule to monitor and maintain the park. He acknowledges that such a group was established a number of years ago and believes it could work well if it was reintroduced. “I want the council to implement something like a park

working group again where people are scheduled to monitor and clean up the park,” he added. It [the previously established group] seems to have ceased to exist.” Dublin City Council said it is aware of the anti-social issues in the area adding that it maintains the park to the best of its ability. “This park is regularly cleaned but there is an ongoing issue with fly tipping, drinking and anti-social activity - motorbikes, scramblers ▪▪ Rush Harbour vandalism etc,” a spokesperson for the council told Northside People. “Local gardai have been informed.”

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• €7,650 for grouting to fill FINGAL County Council is to receive Government funding voids in harbour structure. Minister for Agriculture, of €83,963 to carry out reFood and the Marine, Michael pairs to Rush harbour. Creed, announced a €2.2 million Capital Investment ProThe council will receive: • €65,625 for lifting and gramme for 52 Local Authority relaying a section of original Harbour projects. stones on the pier surface of Minister Creed said the Lothis protected structure in- cal Authority-owned harbours cluding importing additional in receipt of funding under this stone where necessary to year’s programme are essendevelop a methodology to be tial to the wellbeing of rural deployed on the balance of the coastal communities. surface; He said they play an import• €10,688 for the replace- ant social and economic role ment of missing stones on har- in their respective localities bour face and repointing and by contributing to the ongoing stabilisation of other stones; development of fishing and aquaculture related activiand

ties, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists all of which generate an environment for job creation. “I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist Coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under their ownership,” said Minister Creed. Senator James Reilly (FG) said: “I am delighted that Rush Harbour will be repaired with assistance from this fund supplied by Minister Michael Creed.”



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Applications open for awards APPLICATIONS for the Mayor of Fingal’s Community Vol- ty of volunteerism across Fingal from people of all ages and unteer Awards are now open following a launch in Swords. backgrounds. The awards are an opportunity to express our appreciation to those who dedicate time and effort to posiThe awards acknowledge efforts made by individuals who tively impacting those in their local area.” Any individual who volunteers within Fingal County can be contribute positively to their communities in Fingal through increasing social cohesion and integration, the provision of nominated for an award. Nominations will be accepted from community facilities and promotion of sports, culture and the the general public, community organisations and elected representatives. Applications for the awards are open until 4pm arts in their area. Speaking at the launch in Swords Castle, Mayor McCamley on April 27. Applications can be made online at: http://bit. said: “I am always extremely proud of the level and diversi- ly/FMCVA2018

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Stupid is as stupid does on social media

Comment: Tony McCullagh, Dublin People group editor


N 10 years’ time, we will probably look back aghast at the free-forall anarchy that used to prevail on social media.

In the same way we now find it hard to believe that you could once smoke in cinemas and on buses, we will recall the horror stories about how irresponsible behaviour on social media ruined countless lives, irrevocably damaged good reputations and contributed to a general decline in mental health. We will talk about the high-profile lawsuits that came about when the penny belatedly dropped that our defamation laws also apply to online content; that a drunken midnight tweet can land you in court as easily as a

misplaced photograph in a newspaper crime report or ill-chosen sound-bite on a radio show. When is it going to sink in that just one clumsy sentence can destroy not only the life of the intended target, but that of the person who wrote it? Hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear about a resignation caused by a careless comment, tweet or retweet. Even a hastily deleted tweet can leave a digital footprint if saved by others. These days, you’d almost think that modern society has become more racist, more intolerant, more sexist than ever. But it hasn’t. We are simply now seeing a side to people that we wouldn’t have otherwise if they didn’t have a digital platform to air their stupidity or ignorance. Many mainstream media organisations have taken the decision to remove the facility for readers’ comments on their online stories for fear of being sued. But it is clear that social media sites now need to consider making it easier to disable comments for specific posts, particularly on controversial stories that are likely to provoke extreme reactions. Regulating how we use Twitter will pose a particular challenge. Making it more difficult for trolls to set up anonymous profiles is a start but the deeper problem lies with the often

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From Marino to Mongolia Local man Cian revs up for ambitious fundraiser Doireann Brennan TWO Northside men are taking on an unusual challenge in aid of Pieta House and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. They want to raise awareness and money for these amazing organisations. Cian Hulm (26) and Luke Reilly (26), from Marino, have never taken on a challenge of this scale before. Cian has partaken in many charity events in recent years but nothing similar to this. The lads are funding this journey themselves and there is a lot of planning and paperwork involved in a trip of this magnitude. They have to apply for multiple visas and get a letter of invitation from one of the countries they will visit. This is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the things to do before setting off. In July they are planning on driving from Marino to

Mongolia a 10,000-mile journey in a 1-litre Dihatsu Charade. The trip will be between six to eight weeks long. Doing alternative shifts, they will be driving between 10 and 12 hours a day. They will travel over 100 miles without seeing a petrol station. They will have to carry extra fuel in the car, along with spare tyres and tool kits. They will be trekking across desserts including the Karakum and Kyzylkum and over mountain ranges. The trip will take them from Europe into Iran and then navigating their way around Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, into Russia and then finish up in Mongolia. There are rumours that there is an Irish bar in a Mongolian town of Ulaanbaatar that serves Guinness and that’s where you will find the lads celebrating after they’ve completed their long

and arduous journey. These young men chose Cystic Fibrosis Ireland because it is an organisation close to their hearts. Two family members have unfortunately died from the disease. They want to raise awareness as they also feel that it gets very little attention from the government. They chose Pieta House as Ireland has the fourth highest rate of suicide amongst teenagers in the EU. The lads want to do what they can to help. These are great causes. Please donate what you can. You can donate online on their website Follow them on Facebook and Instagram ‘RockyRoadtoMongolia’ For sponsorship opportunities contact Cian on 0861023400 or email rockyroadtomongolia@hotmail. com   ▪▪ REVVING UP FOR SUCCESS: Cian Hulm with the car he will be driving to Mongolia. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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executive officer of Dublin City Council had urged An Bord Pleanála to reject the proposal. “The proposal to construct 536 housing units on this site is a perversion of what the lands were intended for, and will have a devastating effect on the environmental integrity of St Anne's Park - a park which is the green lung of the Northside. “The proposal was strenuously objected to by local community groups and sports clubs and every single one of the 15 local councillors representing all shades of political colour. “It was our contention that the proposal was completely at odds with the objectives of a Z15 zoning.” Senator Ó Ríordáin added: “I’ll be hosting a community meeting in Raheny United (Football Club), next Thursday, April 12 at 8pm to discuss the next steps in opposition to this proposal.”

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Locals urged to spring into clean-up event WOULD you like to win €1,000 for your community? That’s the prize on offer as part of a spring clean initiative taking place this month. Northside residents, community groups, businesses and environmental groups are being urged to take part in clean-up events in their local area as part of the initiative.   Team Dublin Clean-up takes place on Saturday, April 21 and Dublin City Council’s local area offices will provide clean up equipment and remove all litter collected by the groups. This year, the council is making special arrangements for the segregation and collection of plastics due to the harm they cause to the environment. Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin

Mícheál Mac Donncha said: “I encourage everyone to get involved in this year’s Team Dublin Clean-up. “Groups across the city carry out huge efforts throughout the year to make their areas clean, attractive and beautiful places to live and visit. “This is an opportunity to coordinate these efforts on one day to showcase the great work being carried out across the city. If we each do a little, we will achieve a lot.” National Spring Clean ambassador Sarah McGovern said: “I have been working with the National Spring Clean for many years and am very excited to be associated (with) Team Dublin Clean-up 2018, particularly as Dublin City Council are concentrating in the segregation of plastics which is causing such problems to


our environment. “I am particularly pleased that the Dodder and Canal Action Groups are also cleaning up the rivers and canals on the same day. Together we can make Dublin clean and green.” All groups taking part will be entered into the Dublin City Neighbourhoods Competition and will be in with a chance to win €1,000 for their community. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, launched the 2018 National Spring Clean at a clean-up event at Merrion Square. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the campaign runs throughout the month of April, and calls on communities to register for cleanup activities across Ireland. The initiative is organised by An Taisce anually.

Community fund receives almost 70 applications DUBLIN Airport’s Community Fund has received almost 70 applications from eligible neighbouring communities including Santry, Rolestown, St Margaret’s, Portmarnock and Tyrrelstown.

▪▪ Pictured at the launch of Team Dublin Clean-up was Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha and Sarah McGovern, National Spring Clean Ambassador. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE PHOTOGRRAPHY

This is the second round of applications to be assessed since the new €10 million fund was launched in 2017. Dublin Airport is investing €400,000 per year over the next 25 years in local projects focused on areas such as environment and sustainability, sports and recreation, social inclusion and community development, health and wellbeing, and culture and heritage. Dublin Airport’s Community Liaison Manager, Maura Cassidy, said it’s inspiring to see the broad range of

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Locals travelling to Haiti HAVEN, a prominent Irish NGO working on the ground in Haiti, is undertaking its 12th volunteer trip to Haiti from April 13-22. Geoff Duff (Skerries), Arlene Hetherington (Santry), Michael Marangos and Joanne Martin (both Malahide), along with another 32 volunteers, are setting off on a life-changing experience with Haven’s 2018 Volunteer Programme. This programme will see the group travel to the small commune of Gressier, located two hours south west of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince. The programme will play an important role in supporting the people of Gressier, who are still working to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Volunteers will lead the refurbishment and upgrade of the main building of the local Jean Jean School, which has six classrooms and serves 160 children.


Volunteering in Africa has changed local woman’s life A NORTHSIDE grandmother had no idea how much of an impact volunteering could have on people’s lives until she experienced two weeks as a volunteer in Africa. Lillian Lynch, from Rush, discovered that volunteering really does transform lives, and that the difference can be subtle but life changing.   “I had no idea that just 10 hours away are some of the most poverty stricken and helpless children on the planet,” said Lillian, who volunteed with Humanitarian Volunteers.   Its organiser Denis Buckley said: “The volunteers are a great help, especially in times of low morale on the projects. “So long as they have a good heart, are creative and smiling, they can make an enormous contribution both physically and emotionally to the project.”  Lillian learned how volunteering at the project cultivated confidence in children who had none.  She described

▪▪ Lillian Lynch sharing her love, knowledge and experience as a grandmother with orphaned children at Terry’s Children’s Home, Machakos, Kenya. how one young orphan who, when she started, wouldn’t even make eye contact with anyone. Now, with care and support from volunteers, he smiles and integrates much better with others. Lillian described how the volunteer’s presence encour-

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IRELAND’S flagship greyhound stadium, Shelbourne Park, will host a charity fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland on Friday, April 13.

A NORTHSIDE teen has been elected as Dublin Regional Organiser of Young Fine Gael. Eoin Scarlett (19), from Fairview, said he is “absolutely delighted” to be elected to the position. “I wish to thank all the members who supported me, especially my home branch of Dublin Bay North,” Eoin told Northside People.   “I look forward to working with members across Dublin. “We face into a busy term with local and European elections, as well as a potential general election and my top priority is to prepare for these. “I hope to make YFG in Dublin the engine of the party as well as its conscience.” Eoin added: “I also want to be involved on a national level particularly running campaigns on issues I am especially passionate about, and I hope to have a leading role once again on our International Committee." Young Fine Gael is the youth wing of the Fine Gael

The event is being organised by a cross-section of greyhound owners, trainers and supporters. Tickets for the evening event are available online priced at just €10. The ticket includes admission, a race programme and entry to the Buster Draw with an array of fantastic prizes to be won. The Special Olympics IreTHE NEW AUTUMN & W N T EwillRtake2place 0 1 in 6 –1 7 B R O C H U R E landI games Dublin in June with athletes ▪▪ Pictured F R O M W I LT S H I R E F A R M F O O D S at the launch of the Irish Greyhound from across Ireland compet- Industry Fundraising Night in aid of Special Olympics ing. For more information on Ireland were fellow athlete Nicole Redmond, Rebecha | F R E E N A T I O N W I D E D E L I V the E Rfundraising Y M E A Lvisit S FMcAuley R O M (Face O NofL the Y £2018 2.9 5 event, Special Olympics Games) | N O C O N T R A C T ,and O V E R 3 0 0 T A S T Y R E C I P E S www.shelbourneparkgreyN Matt O CEnglish, O M Mchief I T Mexecutive E N T of Special Olympics. PHOTO MAXWELLPOTOGRAPHY.

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Skerries man wins competition A NORTHSIDE man was celebrating recently after winning a competition for his culinary skills. Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) BA (Hons) Culinary Arts Year 2 student, Derek McClelland, from Skerries, was part of the winning pair that won the inaugural Dairy Chef 2018 competition along with his partner on the day, Pierre-Louis Delacroix from Université de Cergy-Pontoise. A total of 10 culinary students, five from France and five from Ireland, were selected to take part in the 2018 final. The competition was organised in a partnership between the Embassy of France in Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the French Dairy Council (Cniel). Culinary students from top colleges in France and Ireland were invited to champion their institution by creating a three-course menu celebrating Irish and/or French dairy produce. Each dish had to include dairy as the main ingredient. For the final, each Franco-Irish pair of students was

given a mystery basket of ingredients and asked to produce a three-course meal of their choice with dairy produce included in each course. Derek, a past pupil of Skerries Community College, who currently works as a pastry chef in Waterford’s Bay Tree Bistro, was delighted with his win. “Winning the Dairy chef 2018 was a huge achievement for me personally and for my career,” he said. “I’ve worked hard over the last three years to get myself to the position I’m in now, hearing my name being called out was a relief and I was overcome with happiness and excitement. “I couldn’t have done it without the continued education and support from my lectures at WIT, my current head chef Keith Boyle and, of course, my French partner on the day, Pierre.” Derek added: “I’m very excited for my internship within the kitchens of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign affairs in Paris.” The cook-off event was held on Good France Day (Goût de France) at DIT, Cathal Brugha Street.

▪▪ Pictured at the event were (from l-r): Guillaume Lebrun, Chef at Michelin-Starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud; H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland; Derek McClelland, WIT winner; Pierre-Louis Delacroix, Cergy-Pontoise University winner; Ross Lewis, Chef at Michelin-starred Chapter One Restaurant; and Frank Cullen, Head of School of Culinary Arts at DIT. quality produce and hospitality. “This first Dairy Chef challenge highlighted the depth of relations between culinary

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JOHN Krasinski may be best known as that bloke from the US version of ‘The Office’ and perhaps Emily Blunt’s husband, but is he up to the task of directing a major Hollywood movie? ‘A Quiet Place’ opens in an unoccupied and abandoned supermarket somewhere and sometime in the future. A young family quietly search for provisions, careful not to make any noise, communicating with sign language. As they leave the building we see a newspaper blow in the wind, the headline reads, ‘It’s Sound!’. The clever premise of this story quickly reveals itself when we realise that Earth is now inhabited by deadly creatures who have evolved with super hearing, and pounce on the slightest pin drop. What follows is a fascinating and gripping look at one family’s struggle to survive in a hostile world where the sole objective is to stay as quiet as possible. Krasinski stars as Lee Abbott with his real life wife, Emily Blunt, joining him to head up the onscreen household. The two parents, along with their three children, are the only real characters in the piece with everyone else presumably victims of their































inability to keep schtum or hiding underground out of beastly earshot. The alien creatures are suitably monstrous, and when they first strike it will both scare the pants off you and bring a tear to your eye if you’re brave enough to watch. The tension is almost unbearable at times but beautifully written, acted and directed, all of which Krasinski can take credit for (yes he only went and wrote the damn thing as well). One special ingredient is a genius plot point revealed

early on which literally sets off a ticking time bomb that will inevitably go off creating lots of unwanted noise.    This is a simple yet genius idea, superbly composed, masterfully directed and perfectly cast. It’s incredibly tense, unbearably scary, but expertly put together. We’re calling ‘A Quiet Place’ the best movie of the year and award it a review score of five flawless stars. Other Releases: ‘Love Simon’ - 3.5 stars Paul O’Rourke

Open call for creativity event DUBLIN City Council has launched an open call for artists and cultural makers to create activities for an event in June. Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of creativity for children and young people, will take place on June 23. The focus will be on activities taking place in the city’s suburbs, neighbour-

hoods and villages, enabling young people to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends and family. If you are interested in organising an event the city council would like to hear from you. Dublin City Council can provide financial support towards the costs of run-


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Local students take part in cultural programme A NORTHSIDE school is taking part in a cultural programme over the next two years. The project, entitled ‘What’s Ours is Yours’, links Mercy College Coolock with Carluke High School in Scotland and Institut Francesc Ferrer i Guardia in Barcelona. The first part of the Eras-

mus + project involved 15 students and three teachers from Mercy College, Coolock, travelling to Barcelona. The students selected to take part come from the school's Diversity Committee, whose members encourage and promote the acceptance of all cultures in school under the Yellow Flag Programme. The students are drawn

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from across the six years and it was an excellent opportunity for all year groups to mix and get to know each other. The students were involved in many different activities including school visits, Spanish lessons, Catalan dance and music lessons, Spanish cultural lunches in local families’ homes, an Irish cultural dance and song

exhibition and, of course, some sightseeing. The girls had a fabulous time away and represented Mercy College, Coolock, wonderfully. The next part of the project involves creating a video of day-to-day life in Mercy College Coolock in English, Irish and Spanish which will be used as teaching resources in the three schools involved.

The Northside girls are looking forward to a trip to Scotland in September and hosting students from the two schools during Seachtain na Gaeilge in March 2019. The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme that was established in 1987.


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Get on your marks for the mini marathon ▪▪ David Gillick and Amanda Byram, members of the Vhi support team. PHOTO: BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

OVER 35,000 women are expected to walk, jog and run the 10K route for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, The event will be moving back to Sunday this year, taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday, June 3 at 2pm. The race is starting at Fitzwilliam Square and finishing on Baggot Street.   The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon has also revealed a new Dublin city centre race number collection venue. Participants will be able to collect their race numbers and soak up the preevent atmosphere at Trinity Sports Centre, Trinity College, on the Friday and Saturday of the June Bank Holiday weekend.  This is the biggest all female event of its kind in the world and Ireland’s largest one day charity fundraising event. Since its inception it has


raised over €210 million for charities and it is hoped that 2018 will see further fantastic fundraising for a host of worthy causes nationwide. Registration is now open for this year’s race (www. VhiWomensMiniMarathon. ie). Of course, a lot of preparation must go into the event from the huge team of organisers and the runners, with many having started their training after Christmas. Indeed, the cold, dark nights can prove difficult for any outdoor activity let alone running, but now that we have the long, bright nights again, it sure gets much easier. And the major plus for training in the bright nights as opposed to the dark ones, is that you can train in public parks again and away from the madness of Dublin traffic. Also, as any runner will



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tell you: it’s much easier on the joints if you run on grass rather than concrete. It’s also much easier to get the motivation to train when you are in a group and that’s where the Meet and Train Groups come in. As this event grew bigger, these groups were set up specifically to help women train for the mini marathon. They hold regular group runs and give advice on how to prepare for the big event. They also organise a series of smaller, shorter races throughout the year which includes road races and cross-country races. These groups can be found at locations all over the country. There are few greater feelings in sport than being on the starting line for a race and especially a marathon. The surge of adrenalin coursing through your veins, the anticipation, the limbering up in front of the tape, the clock above you waiting to record your every step, the nervous glances at your fellow competitors, the checking of your watch, and finally, the deafening sound of the gun. You’re off and there’s no turning back. Around 35,000 women from all corners of the country will experience this magical feeling and rush of endorphins on June 3 when they toe the line for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. So roll on June when Mna na hEireann will be running, jogging and walking around the course. They will no doubt be hoping that their hard work on the training fields over the last few months yields rich dividends for themselves and their chosen charities.



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EDDIE’S SMOKELESS FUELS Heating North Dublin for over 40 years working together to service the greater North Dublin area. Eddie’s Smokeless Fuels supplies top quality fuel to their customers, including a wide range of Calor gas, which they provide to customers through their efficient delivery service, which is undertaken with an unmatched In fact, the family-run business sees level of personal service and value. “Our business has changed a lot over three generations of the Cummins family EDDIE’S Smokeless Fuels have been Dublin’s leading suppliers of heating fuel for over 40 years. Based in Donaghmede, the business is now run by Eddie Cummins, and co-run by his son Alan.

the years, but we are delighted to be in as strong a position today as ever, and that is very much down to the support of our customers,” says Alan Cummins. “Over four decades you build very solid relationships with your customers, and we have been meeting the energy needs of generations of families, from grandparents to their grandchildren

▪▪ Eddie, Josh and Alan pictured at their base. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

with same-day delivery.” “When we first opened our doors on the Hole-in-the-Wall Road, the centre of Clongriffin had not yet been developed, and we were very much based in rural Dublin. “We have been at the epicentre of the creation of Clongriffin, witnessing firsthand the development of homes and

business and improvement in infrastructure as a result. “Naturally this led to an increase in both domestic and commercial gas customers in our service area. We have been supplying Calor gas since the day we opened our doors, and so were always equipped to meet this increased gas demand as it developed.”

▪▪ Eddie’s Smokeless Fuels has been a major success story in the community for four decades.

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American choir visits Baldoyle for concert A CALFORNIAN choir brought their singing talents to the Northside recently to perform in a benefit concert for a local group. The La Jolla Country Day School Tour Choir, from San Diego, were special guests at Baldoyle Community Hall for the event, held in aid of the Forget-Me-Nots Choir. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley officially welcomed the US choir to Baldoyle. The La Jolla Country Day School Tour Choir is a 25-voice select ensemble representing vocalists from the Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir ensembles. The students have been noted for their dedication and work ethic, and continue to set new standards of excellence for their peers. The LJCD Choirs perform

year round, on local, national and international stages, earning many superior ratings and awards including 1st Place Mixed Choir and Best Overall Choir at the 2015 San Francisco Music in the Parks Festival. The choir was delighted to tour Baldoyle on its tour of Ireland. Established in March 2014,  the Baldoyle-based Forget-Me-Nots Seniors Choir is a dementia-inclusive choir, drawing membership from local seniors with a welcome for those suffering memory loss conditions along with their carers and family. Membership numbers are now in excess of 120 including residents of local nursing homes and enthusiastic volunteers. The Forget-MeNots Organisation became a registered charity in 2017. The choir’s mission is to provide a socially inclusive

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and challenging quality arts pursuit within the Dublin North East senior community, to enrich the lives and experiences of seniors, including those suffering from memory loss, their carers, ▪▪ (Above) Members of the La Jolla Country Day School Choir with Mayor of Fingal family, friends and neigh- Mary McCamley, and Des Gallagher and Pearse Barnett, from the Forget-Me-Nots bours through the joy of choir, and (below) Des Gallagher with LJCD musical director Caroline Pryzmus. choral learning and public performances. Founder of the choir, Órla Horn, was the 2016 recipient of the Pride of Ireland Award for her tireless efforts to help enrich the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Forget-Me-Nots will appear with Debby Campbell (Alzheimer’s activist and daughter of the late Glen Campbell) and Vintage Youth, at the Sonas apc 10th anniversary dementia conference (free event) at The Helix - ‘Moments of Joy’ on Monday, April 16 from 6pm to 7pm.

MALAHIDE Community School will reduce its carbon footprint by 89 tonnes this year, thanks to a new state-of-the-art lighting system, installed by local company eLight. Over 1,800 LED products were installed in the school. It is estimated that the lighting will reduce energy consumption at Malahide Community School by 66 percent. This reduction in energy use will lead to a significant annual saving for the school. Malahide Community School has been partnering with eLight since 2014.  Since then, the company has helped the school community identify new ways to reduce their energy use from lighting. The lighting installations have been made at no upfront cost to the school. The value of the installations is recouped through energy savings over a five-year period.

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Making music for hospital kids sounds great Fionnuala Walsh SOMETIMES words are not enough to comfort a child who has received impossible news, but music is. This is according to Gráinne Hope, founder of Kids' Classics, a non-profit organisation which brings professional music into hospitals and local communities, in partnership with the National Concert Hall. Gráinne, who regularly visits St John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, recalls one teenage patient she met in cancer treatment who was keen to meet the musicians, even though they were scheduled for an important test that day.

When they arrived to the ward the musicians were told that the patient had received difficult news, but that the patient still wanted them to visit. The teenager had received news that they would start a new drug trial the following day and, as a result, plans to attend a St Patrick’s Day parade, with VIP treatment would have to be postponed. “We knew what that meant, so as we walked into the room everyone understood,” Gráinne says. “I love the Hans Christian Andersen saying, ‘where words fail, music speaks’, and what could you say? “There were no words to say other than to play music and drumming was their thing.

“They did this brilliant little riff and I asked could I capture that in a recording on my phone. “I was listening to it recently and noticed a little giggle at the end of it, I think we all landed on a different chord, it is a lovely memory to have.” Tragically the patient has since passed away. “When I look back now, that musical interaction was like gold dust to me, where music was so important in that teen’s life,” Gráinne says. “Someone at 16 knows the gravity of a treatment trial that they are about to start and they still wanted music. You can’t say no to that. “For me, I would play music with this teen over per-

forming on a concert stage because you just see what it means to them and family.” The idea for Kids’ Classics began in 2008 when Gráinne was studying for her Masters in America and she participated in a community performance at a local hospital. She brought the idea to Ireland with her, hoping for a couple of weeks of funding. Kids' Classics is now approaching its 10th birthday and is officially a non-profit organisation. The six-person team consists of two classical players, including Gráinne who is a cellist and a flautist, two traditional Irish players, playing Uilleann pipes, whistle, mandolin and banjo, and two folk singer/songwriters. Gráinne says that for

▪▪ Gráinne Hope, the founder of Kids’ Classics. many families, a visit from Kids' Classics is an escape from a ward, like “a walk outside in your head when you can’t leave your child”. She recalls one family who had a small child in longterm care, and three other little siblings who watched one of their performances. “The mum said to me,

‘that’s the first time we’ve ever done anything as a family’. The younger child had always been in hospitals since they were born. “I just thought, ‘wow, if we can do this, the meaning that this visit has to a family, isn’t it amazing’,” she says. “I remember a Director of Nursing once saying that

live music can help give a voice to a child in a situation where they feel have very little control of their environment.” Kids' Classics also run Musical Memories in nursing homes, Twinkle Twinkle Little Ears for maternity hospitals, and Medical Notes in general hospitals.

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Beach clean is a big success IRISH Water said it was delighted to be invited to take part in the Donabate Portrane Clean Coasts Beach Clean. There was a great turn out from the local community for the event, held recently in Portrane, and organised by Olive Gilsen and Elena Erro. The day included fun and educational workshops

in Pipers in Portrane with speakers from Irish Water, Clean Coasts, DIT Irish Microplastics Awareness Project @microplasticDIT and Voice Ireland. The workshops were followed by a clean up along Portrane Beach and a treasure hunt with a pirate to catch! ALL PHOTOS: KEVIN McFEELY PHOTOGRAPHY ▪▪ Pictured are some of the locals who took part in the Portrane beach clean.

▪▪ Wala, Lara, Emma and Matteo Vescovi.

▪▪ The Galus family.

▪▪ Chloe Fleming (5) and Conor Chambers (7).

▪▪ Antoinette, Tess, Nell and Darragh Fitzgerald.




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Big plans for Shels’ Youth Academy Gavin White THE new head of Shelbourne FC’s Youth Academy says that it’s his mission to make it the “number one academy” in the country. Belfast native Conor Mitchell has recently taken over the helm of the footballing institution in Drumcondra and has outlined his vision for a centre of excellence at the academy. Having previously worked with the DDSL/FAI and their Emerging Talent Programme, as well as holding a director of football role in other clubs, Mitchell has some pedigree preceding him. He will be soon completing the UEFA Elite Licence, required by FAI regulations having already completed the UEFA A Licence. With changes to the youth system in Ireland brought about by the FAI, the new National League system has been implemented to mirror the SSE Airtricity National League of Ireland structures and give young players a pathway to senior teams. “I wanted to get involved with the National League

set up as the future is bright for Irish football,” Mitchell told Northside People. “I was asked to go to another National League club but decided to go to Shelbourne. “There’s a massive opportunity with Shels compared to other League of Ireland sides. “We are in a unique position in that we have our own academy and there’s an opportunity there to make something special with the player pathway.” The Under 13s, 15s and 17s are operating under Mitchell’s remit and with an exciting Under 19s Shelbourne side, he plans to link them all together soon. “There definitely needs to be a better pathway and that’s something I want to work on,” he continued. “Players want to have a pathway to the senior side. “Players today dream of going to play in England, which is great, but we have a unique opportunity to provide the right platform for these players through the best football development, as well as encouraging them to get an education. This is something we are working on at present with the recent partnership

with DCU,” he added. The Shelbourne youth teams are currently playing and training at the AUL facilities which are of a high standard. However, Mitchell is keen to implement high standards across the board with training pitches, strength and conditioning, nutrition and top-class video analysis. “The youth of today want to be playing football every day, in the right facilities. In my opinion, they need to be training three or four days a week,” he stated. “We have to be able to facilitate that to give us the best chance to succeed in football. We need to make sure we have the right facilities to give them the best chance.” Mitchell believes the current crop of Shelbourne youth players and coaches are of an “excellent standard”. “It is my job is to make Shelbourne the best academy in the country by developing the current players, as well as being able to attract future quality talent,” he said. Mitchell says part of his ambition is to help develop a Shelbourne side that can return the club to its former

▪▪ Conor Mitchell, head of the Shelbourne FC Youth Academy. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA greatness. “We have a fantastic opportunity to develop the best players at underage level, which in turn will lead to strengthening the first team,” he said. “With the new National League set up, kids now have an opportunity to play in the senior team

▪▪ Pictured are members of the Parnell’s Under 11 GAA team, based in Coolock, who played Lucan Sarsfields at Croke Park during half-time of the recent Dublin v Monaghan Division 1 National League game. The talented youngsters were given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the hallowed turf at headquarters.

here.” Community involvement will be key, he believes, to further the progress of the academy and the senior team. “It's not going to happen without the community,” Mitchell added. “You need the community to buy into

▪▪ Piaras Ó Mídheach, left, a photographer at Sportsfile, is pictured with the Best Photograph award which was presented to him by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan, during the GAA MacNamee Awards. The awards were held recently at Croke Park. PHOTO: MATT BROWNE/ SPORTSFILE

it. It comes from the parents and everyone around the club.” He was encouraged by the atmosphere and performance at the first Shels home game of the season when they beat Longford 3-2 with a stoppage time penalty from David O’Sulli-

van. “At the first game of the season in Tolka Park, there was a good buzz around the place, and that’s all coming from the people in the community. It’s really encouraging and the future is bright for Shelbourne Football Club,” he concluded.


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ENTERTAINMENT Picture This...we sold out the RDS! PICTURE This have joined likes of Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead and Prince, among other crowd-pleasers, in selling out Dublin's 35,000 capacity RDS Stadium venue. Their sold-out June 23 stadium performance will also feature Clean Bandit, JP Cooper and Little Hours. Breaking records is something Picture This fans are making a habit of these days with the bands meteoric rise within just two years! Picture This have had a phenomenal year with the release of their self-titled album storming into the charts at No. 1, the highest charting entry for a debut artist last year. “This Morning,” the bands brand new chart topping single, is merely a taste of what’s to come. Right now, the boys are putting the finishing touches on their second full-length—due out soon. The biggest new act in Ireland and the nation’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 Album chart position in the

▪▪ Picture This are RDS bound. country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it’s remained in the Top 5 ever since its release. Two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 250K tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin. Clean Bandit best known for their hit singles “Rather Be” and “Rockabye” featuring Sean Paul, will join the line up on Saturday. Their number #1 single for 9 consecutive weeks “Rockabye” has been nominated for numerous awards including “Best Song” at last year’s MTV EMAs.

The Darkness set to light up Marlay Park THE DARKNESS will be taking the stage alongside The Boomtown Rats as special guests when Queen + Adam Lambert perform their massive open-air concert at Marlay Park on July 8. Queen + Adam Lambert are returning to Dublin this summer following unprecedented demand from Irish fans who were unable to attend their incredible soldout 3Arena show last November. Since first sharing the stage for the American Idol final in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert have proved to be a hugely successful global partnership, having now played more than 130 shows in every corner of the world. On the musical side, the Queen + Adam Lambert touring band also features Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion. They will be joined by the The Boomtown Rats who exploded out of Ireland in 1976. Fronted by singer Bob Geldof, their defiant motormouth, their arrogance and flagrant disrespect for authority endeared him and the band to every youth who felt weighed down by the heavy-handed blandishments of church and State. They first toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads rocking and mocking the status quo alongside the Sex

▪▪ From out of the Darkness comes the light. Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers. They became one of the biggest bands of the late 70s /80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards. Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK Number 1 hit with ‘Rat Trap’, they went on to top the charts in 32 countries with ‘I Don't Like Mondays’ and racked up six era-defining albums. The Darkness released their Number 1 debut album

▪▪ Feel the power of Queen + Adam Lambart.

‘Permission to Land’ in 2003, which went five times platinum and sold over 1.5 million copies in the UK alone. The Darkness headlined the Oxegen Festival in 2004 and won three BRIT Awards the same year for Best Group, Best Rock Group and Best Album. They also won two Kerrang! awards for Best Live Act and Best British Band. They released their latest album ‘Pinewood Smile’ last year. The summer concert will again showcase Queen +

Adam Lambert’s spectacular new stage production which was conceived around the 40th anniversary of Queen’s News of the World album and drew rave reviews. Queen + Adam Lambert’s magnificent 2017/2018 touring show has been custom tailored for the band by some of the world’s most cutting-edge creative talents. Responsible for design and production is Ric Lipson from Entertainment Architects Stufish Productions, who are renowned worldwide for their innovative work with artists such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and U2, as well the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Making use of over 300 moving lights during the show is the highly acclaimed lighting designer Rob Sinclair, who has illuminated tours for major artists including Adele, Peter Gabriel and Kylie Minogue. The production’s genuinely eye-popping laser elements are the work of ER Productions, who were behind both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics that were seen by over 900 million people worldwide. Tickets from €79.50 available now via Ticketmaster.



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Explore Europe’s great cities GETTING a few days away from it all is a great way to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries.

easy to distinguish the later additions, such as Léopold II’s Parisian-style boulevards (Belliard and La Loi) today lined with embassies, banks and the grand apartments of the bourgeoisie and close to the glitzy EU quarter. Sightseeing in Brussels is relatively crowd free but the city offers a remarkable choice of some 90 museums. Accommodation is cheap, particularly off peak and the city’s Metro and tram system make it easy to travel around.

And these days it’s affordable and convieient to get to great destinations our grandparents could only dream about visiting. Let’s have a look at some of the fabulous cities you can fly to for less than the price of weekend break in Ireland.


From sightseeing musts like the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain to scampi carpaccio with caviar, the Eternal City of Rome has it all. First-time visitors are always amazed at the magnificent architecture. It seems every corner turned brings into view a more spectacular sight then the one just left behind. The city is literally teeming with temples, basilicas, churches, palazzi, piazzi, parks, museums and fountains. All this and the splendour of the Vatican makes Rome a ‘must-see’ city. The great thing about Rome is that there’s so much to see, it’s a city you can revisit countless times and always find something new to amaze. However, a two day trip is time enough to take in some of the major attractions such as the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Cathedral. The fantastic Spanish Steps at the magnificent Piazza di Spagna and the Colosseum are other spellbinding sights that the first-time visitor should make a beeline for. It’s worth putting any post-holiday diets on hold to


▪▪ Find romance in Rome. sample the delights of traditional Roman cooking which is made up of simple, meagre ingredients, that follow the seasons and which is therefore extremely fresh. Needless to say, Rome is a Mecca for shopping – and fashion. Prices can be a bit startling but there are plenty of market stalls offering good value for money.


The home of the EU has a unfair reputation of being somewhat dour, which makes a first visit to the Belgium capital very rewarding. There’s no Eiffel Tower or Colosseum to act as a focal point for visitors who are always a little bemused by the crowds which gather at the

▪▪ The Grand-Place in Brussels.

city’s famous Manneken-Pis, a tiny statuette of a urinating boy. However, it’s when the narrow cobbled streets open suddenly into the breathtaking Grand-Place, with its ornate guild houses, impressive Town Hall and buzzing atmosphere that the attraction of Brussels suddenly becomes apparent. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful square in the whole of Europe. Bars, restaurants and museums are clustered within the compact city centre, enclosed within the petit ring, which follows the path of the 14th-century city walls. Medieval Brussels is clearly defined by its narrow, labyrinthine streets, making it

The capital of Catalunya, famous for its legendary football club, hasn’t always been the major attraction it is today. Just a few decades ago, few tourists would have considered venturing into the city which was then little more than a rundown industrial centre. However, Barcelona has since undergone a seismic change that culminated in the hosting of the Olympic Games in 1992. In recent times the city has become something of a Mecca for the world’s top architects, who have flocked here to conjure up an array of modern structures and avant-garde designs. Many have drawn their ▪▪ Park Guell in Barcelona. inspiration from the seminal work of Barcelona’s most famous son, the modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, whose unique style can still be savoured in a number of key buildings around the city. His masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia cathedral, but his work can be seen even in the lampposts and fountains of Plaça Reial. Barcelona is neatly framed by the Mediterranean to the east and the hills of Montjuïc and Tibidabo on two of its other flanks. The central section of the city, where most tourists spend their time, is conveniently divided by La Rambla, the main artery of Barcelona life, which tumbles from Plaça de Catalunya southeast towards the Mediterranean and the recently reborn districts of Port Vell (Old Port), and trendy La Ribera (The Waterfront). Barcelona’s night-life is thriving and the city’s stalls and markets offer some great opportunities for bargain hunters.


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HEALTH Anam Cara to hold meeting ANAM Cara North Dublin, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 18 from 7.30pm-9pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their grief and loss. A parent who attended a recent Anam Cara North Dublin meeting said: “What I heard was so familiar to me, I felt less alone and understood.” Anam Cara chief executive Sharon Vard emphasised that this event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age of the child or children, the circumstances of their death, or whether this was recent or not. For those considering attending but are unsure, Ms Vard suggests they visit the “There, in their own time, parents can watch our short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who have attended Anam Cara events,” she said. “The videos, which are just four minutes each, show parents interviewed on topics like ‘A Dad’s Grief’, ‘Sudden and Traumatic Death’ and ‘The Grieving Family’.” Anam Cara services are offered free of charge. One of the fathers who attends the group, urged bereaved parents to give it a try. “There is no pressure to talk, yet you feel supported by the other parents who know how desperately hard it is after your child has died. Like so many bereaved parents Anam Cara has been my lifeline,” he said.


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Darkness Into Light launched PIETA House’s flagship fundraising awareness event will celebrate its 10th year next month in over 150 venues in Ireland and across the world. Darkness Into Light was launched in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre with Irish rugby international Hannah Tyrrell, celebrity chef Derry Clarke, and radio DJ and mental health advocate Nikki Hayes – who have all been hugely supportive of Pieta House’s work – in attendance. Chairperson of the Phoenix Park organising committee, Dolores Ronan, is encouraging the local community to register online early for the event, which sells out every year. “The Phoenix Park has been incredibly supportive of the event since our first year in 2009,” she said. “Last year, 12,000 people took part from the local community, and we would love to see that again. Suicide and self-harm are serious problems in Dublin and we need to face them together.” Darkness Into Light began in 2009 when 400 people came together in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and selfharm. From these humble be-

▪▪ Pictured at the launch of the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light event was radio DJ and mental health advocate Nikki Hayes (left), celebrity chef Derry Clarke, Brian Higgins, chief executive of Pieta House and Irish rugby international Hannah Tyrrell. PHOTO: ALAN ROWLETTE ginnings, the event has blossomed into a global movement against suicide and self-harm, with over 200,000 expected to take part on Saturday, May 12. This unique event begins at 4.15am as participants walk 5km routes around the world

and finish as the dawn is breaking, journeying together from Darkness into Light. Pieta House chief executive Brian Higgins said: “I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm.

“All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis, and to the doors of Pieta House.” Registration for the event

is open and will be exclusively online at Community registration events will take place closer to the date; for updates please find Darkness Into Light Phoenix Park on Facebook.

Tea Day support brewing RTÉ broadcaster Dáithí Ó Sé enjoyed afternoon tea on board the Vintage Tea Tour Bus in Dublin to mark the launch of an annual fundraising event. Alzheimer’s Tea Day, which will take place on Thursday, May 3, is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) largest annual fundraising campaign, supported for the third year by Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994 over €8 million has been raised to provide essential support to the 34,650 women and 19,800 men living with de-

mentia in Ireland today. Every year thousands of people host tea parties in their homes, offices and schools. This year the organisers are asking you to join them. All funds raised locally stay locally. The ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services. There is nothing we Irish love more than sharing a cup of tea with friends and families, where the problems of the day are tackled. With one in two people in Ireland knowing someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, calling round for a cup of tea is also a great

▪▪ Dáithí Ó Sé pictured with Inès Brophy O’Connor (5) on the Vintage Tea Tour Bus. way to bring a little light into the day of someone who may be isolated. Dáithí Ó Sé said: "I'm delighted to support Alzheimer’s Tea Day again this year. There's 12,498 people living with demen-

tia in Dublin today so that's 12,498 good reasons to get the kettle on. What alarms me is that this number is set to double in the next 20 years. By taking part in this campaign you are helping to raise vital funds and aware-

ness of a condition that is affecting so many of our family, friends and neighbours.” For more information, or to register for an Alzheimer’s Tea Day fundraising pack, visit or call 01-2073800.



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Prepare your dog for new baby’s arrival Kerri Sullivan BRINGING a new baby into your home should be a pleasurable experience for both you and your dog, and the sooner you start to prepare your dog for the new arrival, the better. In the months leading up to the baby’s arrival: • Bring your dog to basic dog training classes to brush up on his training so that he sits, lies down and remains quiet for short periods on command, won’t jump up, can walk on lead without pulling, and will come back to you when called. • Address any behaviour problems such as aggression, separation anxiety etc. by seeking the advice of a qualified, dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods, such as those listed on . • Ensure that your dog’s vaccinations and worming and flea treatments are up to date. • If your dog is an ‘only’ pet, it’s quite likely that he’s used to having

▪▪ A dog needs to get used to a new baby. your full attention. You’ll soon be busy with the new baby so, to avoid a negative reaction, get him used to being alone in a safe area with his bed and a tasty chew item for short periods of time every day. • Start bringing your dog for walks with the empty pram, so that you both get used to it. Teach him to walk gently next to the pram, without pulling. • Set up any new items of furniture such as playpens or highchairs in the

house, so that he can get used to them. • Use a doll to help your dog get used to you having the baby in your arms. Stand, sit, and move around while holding the doll, and pair with the baby noise recording. Again, reward your dog for calm and relaxed behaviour. • If the expectant mum is the one who has previously done most of the interacting, dog-walking and feeding of the dog, it’ll help the dog adjust to having less

time and attention from her in the future if her partner, relative or dog walker starts taking over most of these duties. When baby arrives: • Bring clothes the baby has worn home and allow your dog to sniff them. Reward him if he stays calm. • Make sure that your dog’s first meeting with baby is calm and quiet with just parents, baby and dog. • Teach your dog how to approach the baby properly and gently. Allow him to make safe initial investigations and approaches. • Help him to see the baby as a nice thing to be around. Give treats and lots of praise when he behaves well around the baby. • Give your dog a safe space to retreat to if the noise and activity gets too much. A quiet room or a crate with a comfy bed and some chew toys would be ideal. If your dog has gone to his safe space, don’t allow visitors to follow him or disturb him. • Always use positive training techniques and never punish or reprimand your dog around the baby. Never hit or shout at him for approaching the baby in

the wrong way. Gently, show him what you wish him to do and reward him when he gets it right. • Don’t place the baby on the floor with him and NEVER leave your baby alone with any dog. • If you have any concerns about your dog’s behaviour after the baby has arrived, consult a qualified canine behaviourist for advice. The Education and Community Team from Dogs Trust will be holding workshops at the Pregnancy and Baby fair in the RDS on April 14th and April 15th. These workshops will offer advice and tips on how to prepare your dog for your new arrival, and how to safely introduce your little bundle of joy to their new furry friend. Workshops begin at 3.45pm on both days so make sure to pop by.

Get Walk Ready With New Flexi Leads Why choose a retractable dog lead? Using a Flexi retractable lead gives your dog the freedom to wander while you remain completely in control. Pet owners can extend and retract the lead, using the braking system when required, allowing you to guide and control your dog’s movements at all times. What are the benefits of a using a retractable lead? The Flexi Classic Dog Lead offers up to an 8 metre range, this opens up 16 metres of free run for your dog and an 8 metre circle for the more advanced retractable lead user! Both you and your dog benefit from this free space, your dog is getting more exercise than he would on a standard lead and you are given the freedom to walk behind your dog without having to stop and start with him as he walks. What size Flexi lead does my dog need? Before you purchase a retractable lead you must first decide what lead is best suited to your dog. There are many op-

tions within the Flexi range, covering the needs of all dogs and pet owners. The option for a tape or cord lead is dependent on the size and strength of your dog. Tape would be considered a stronger option than cord and the new range of Flexi tape leads have solved the tangle problem when retracting, making them the more popular choice. Know your dog’s weight prior to purchase and adhere to the Flexi size guide. These products have been tested to withstand and support these weight limits. Are they safe to use? For safety your dog must be loose leash trained before using a Flexi, as retractable leads are not suitable for training.

When moving from a standard lead to a Flexi, familiarise yourself with how the lead works prior to your first walk. Read the enclosed safety leaflet; become comfortable with holding the lead and using the pause and braking system. When you are ready to use your Flexi lead take the time for some practice with your dog, large fields with little distraction are ideal training grounds. The benefits of the practise sessions are they allow your dog to pull and play against the lead, you can use commands like “easy” or “slow” to warn your dog before you apply the brake and you can also master the art of reeling in the lead. Become comfortable passing the lead from one hand to another and moving your body to avoid the tape or cord wrapping around you. Injuries can occur if the lead is grasped or wound around your body. Use a shortened leash and keep your dog close until you are both comfortable, this will help avoid unnecessary inju-

ries. As a pet owner you have a responsibility when walking your dog and you must be extra vigilant when using a retractable lead. Failing to be aware of your dog’s surroundings can cause accidents. Always keep your dog on a short leash when close to busy streets, cyclists and other dogs as this ensures better control. Never allow your dog to turn a corner ahead or behind when on a longer leash. The Flexi Range The Vario range is the stylish new addition to the Flexi Dog Lead family and includes some great new features. The handle adjustment system allows users to resize the holding handle of the lead to accommodate larger or smaller hands and the soft stop braking system reduces the impact of braking on the pet owner and dog. Additional products are available to fully customise your Flexi Vario Lead, the Duo Coupler Lead allows you to walk two smaller

dogs at once and features reflective components for extra safety. The innovative Multi Box is easily attached to the base of the handle to store treats or poop bags, so no excuse not to clean up after your dog! There are also new safety accessories like the LED lighting system with a front and back light ensuring high visibility in darker conditions. Offering comfort, control and safety to you and your dog it’s easy to see why Flexi retractable Leads are a popular choice with pet owners and pets alike.

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MUSICAL: Baldoyle Musical Society presents '9 to 5 - The Musical' from April 24-28 at 8pm in St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle. This hilarious musical comedy is based on the 1980 movie and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Tickets are priced at €15, and €12 for concessions and groups (of 10 and over). Book now at 0851378329 or FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: The Transition Year students at St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, offering free one-to-one Computer Classes to senior citizens every Friday from 11.05am to 12.15pm. All are welcome including beginners. Participants can learn: sending and receiving emails, adding an attachment to an email, paying bills, shopping online, booking flights, using Skype, searching the internet, Social Media and much more.  


PLAY: PS Productions will stage ‘Charlie & Me’ at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, from April 10-14 (8pm nightly). Tickets, which cost €12/€10 concessions, are available at 850900/or contact Pat on 0876773322. Catherine Barry’s play is based on one woman’s fight against addiction. DRAMA: Riverside Drama Circle, now in its 45th year, is moving to a new venue for its major 2018 production. The group will present Frank Vickery's hilarious comedy, 'Trivial Pursuits', on April 25, 26 and 27 at the Sean O'Casey Theatre, off East Wall Road. For tickets please contact 01-8509000 or 087-2030321. See  

Chelsea Flower Show’, a talk by Christopher White, in St John’s Parish Centre, Seafield Road on Thursday, April 26 at 8pm. Admission for non members is €5. Tea and homemade cake included. Admission for members is free. All are welcome. WALKS: Clontarf Walkers with MS and/or family members meet every Wednesday - sunshine or rain - at 10am in the St Anne's Red Stables carpark. The walk takes approximately an hour in the park and ends with a casual chat in a coffee shop. If you are interested in joining the walkers, email  



VOLUNTEER KITCHEN ASSISTANTS: Would you like to volunteer your time for two hours a week for a worthy cause? KARE Social Services is looking for kitchen assistants for its community kitchens in Raheny. This is a vital service to provide hot nutritious meals in the local community. Contact KARE Social Services on 01-8058574 for more information. MARKET: The St Anne's Park Red Stables Market takes place every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  


EVENING OF MUSIC: ‘You Raise Me Up’, starring Red Hurley with special guests, Whitehall Church Adult Choir, will take place on Friday, April 27 at 8pm in the Church of the Holy Child, Swords Road, Whitehall. An entertaining evening of music is promised. Proceeds are in aid of a new church organ. For tickets, which cost €20, call (01) 8375274, Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.  

▪▪ Anne and James Buckley, from Artane, pictured celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary recently with their children and grandchildren in the Shelbourne Hotel. is holding a Spring Flower Show on Wednesday, April 11, which is open to the public at 8pm in the Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul. All are welcome. Admission is free. Staging of exhibits will take place from 5pm to 7pm, and everyone’s welcome to exhibit. For more information, phone 086-2850561/0877520506.  


bers are welcome. For more information, contact PRO Mary Nugent on 086-3218167. BEREAVEMENT: Bethany trained members are available to provide support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. They provide a free, confidential service. The group meets on the second and last Monday of every month from 7.30pm at the Parish Office, Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords. Contact Terri on 018403243, Brid on 086-6006397 or Mary on 01-8402652 for further information. Open to all Fingal residents.   

LECUTRE: Seán Magee will present his lecture, ‘St Thomas’s Parish Grand Jury Records’, to the Old Dublin Society at 6pm on Wednesday, April 11 in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin BALGRIFFIN CLONTARF NAUL TALK: Clontarf Gardening SoFLOWER SHOW: Naul Garden- 2. All are welcome and admisPITCH & PUTT: A ladies’ pitch ciety will present ‘Showing At ing and Flower Arranging Club sion is free. & putt club is seeking new mem bers. They play at Inisfails GAA Club, Balgriffin on Saturdays at MALAHIDE OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Do 10.15am Why not go along and you worry about the way you eat? give it a try? For details, phone Does food rule your life? Over- Pat on 086-3505384.   eaters Anonymous may have the answer. A meeting takes place HOWTH in Malahide Parish Centre evSEA ANGLING CLUB: Howth Sea ery Wednesday from 7.30pm to Angling Club meet on the second 8.30pm. No weigh-ins, no fees. Tuesday of every month in the Call Catherine on 087-3576335 Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth, ( at 8.30pm. Their 2018 season is for full list of meetings). about to get underway with a full   calendar of events. New members are always welcome, beginners SWORDS ICA MEETINGS: Swords ICA and experienced. No experience (Irish Countrywomen’s Associ- is necessary as coaching is proation) meet every Thursday at vided. For further details, phone 8pm in BASE Centre, Bracken- 086-1923529.   stown Road, Swords. They do AA MEETINGS: If you feel you various crafts, dancing, ten-pin ▪▪ Patrycja Sykula, from Fingal Community College, pictured bowling and other activities. have a drink problem or want with her project ‘PS Handmade’ which was an entry in this The guild has ladies of different to stop drinking you are welyear’s Fingal Student Enterprise competition. PHOTO: JOE age groups and you will make come to attend AA meetings KEOGH friends very easily. New mem- which are held every Wednes-


day from 8.30pm–9.30pm at Columbanus Hall, Parish Centre, 12 Main Street, Howth. This is a fellowship of men and women who share a common problem and help others to recover from drinking.


a chat will follow. The venue is wheelchair accessible. It will consist of singing well-known hymns, prayer, bible reading and a short talk. Everyone is welcome.


WALKING CLUB: A community walk catering for all ages and levels of fitness takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock. Parents, grandparents and strollers are welcome after the school drop-off. No booking needed. Just turn up and join them for a walk. For more information contact David Phelan on 0876525001 or Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: Rush Musical Society is staging the hugely popular hit Rock Musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Millbank Theatre, Rush, until Saturday, April 14 from 8pm. Directed by Barry Kavanagh, this show is packed full of local talent both young and not so young! Bookings are now open at the Millbank Theatre with a new online booking system now in operation allowing patrons to choose their own seating. Book online at https:// ARTANE ROCKFIELD TENNIS: All-weathshows er newly refurbished tennis courts are available on a pay and play basis (floodlit) in Rockfield DONAGHMEDE RELOCATION: Trinity Adult Park, Whitethorn Estate (beside Resource Group for Education Artaine Castle Shopping Centre). & Training (TARGET) has tem- Enquiries to Jean at 086-3785147 porarily relocated to Donagh- or Pauline at 01-8329753.   mede House Community Centre, Newbrook Road Donaghmede. KILBARRACK Phone 01-8671967. Places SINGERS NEEDED: Third Day available for Beginnners Art Chorale, under its new music Class, phone 01-8671967 from director Marion Doherty, is 9am to 3.30pm. looking for singers in all voices.    Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7.45pm to 10pm in SUTTON CARERS’ EVENT: Carers, the Kilbarrack Foxfield Parish CenCared for, and their families are tre, Greendale Road. The choir invited to a new Community enjoys singing a wide variety of Worship Service, which will take music from oratorio and opera place on the third Sunday of ev- choruses to pop and folk. For ery month, from 4pm-4.30pm, more information, visit www. at Sutton Methodist Church, cor- or contact ner of Church Road. A cuppa and Maura on 087-9016430.


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Mixed emotions for St Mary’s at NBA Division 2 Final, St Mary’s Secondary School was up against two teams from St Louis High School, Rathmines. St Mary’s lost out to the In the Under 19 Division Southside team 39-36 in a 1 Final and the Under 16 thrilling Under 19 final but THERE were mixed emotions for a Northside school at the Dublin Basketball Finals held recently in the NBA, Tallaght.



won the Under 16 Division 2 title with a convincing 34-9 victory. There were excellent performances from the St Mary’s players in both games as the local school continued its proud tradition

in the sport of basketball. St Mary’s enjoyed great support for the finals from the fans who travelled to the South Dublin venue. The school would like to congratulate all the players involved and their coaches.  

▪▪ The Under 16 winners with coaches Robert Fennell and Denise Morgan, back: Robert Fennell, Amy Reidy, Molly Butler, Sarah Keenan, Gemma Keenan, Jessica Carroll, Niamh Cummins, Denise Morgan; and front: Fasih Mebuin, Aicha Freeman, Caitlin O’Brien, Cody Fitzsimons, Shauna Benson and Nikita Corrigan.

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▪▪ The St Mary’s supporters arriving at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

Deadline for submission Friday at 12pm

▪▪ The Under 19 St Mary’s basketball team: back, Aine Ryan, Maria Malina, Maya Keyes, Megan Gore, Rosie Doyle, Stephanie Gibbons, Ruby Smith; and front, Hannah Dent, Alanna Egan, Rachel Dipeolu, Leah Balmer.

▪▪ Twin sisters and joint captains of the St Mary’s Under 16 team, Gemma and Sarah Keenan, and MVP Niamh Cummins (centre).



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Outlander is a fine sturdy people carrier Seán Creedon MUCH OF Mitsubishi’s success in recent years is down to their solid Outlander. It’s a fine sturdy people carrier which comes in five and seven-seat options and two and four-wheel drive. When first launched in 2001, the car was described as a compact crossover. Seventeen years ago it began life as the Airtrek and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX. The original Airtrek name

was chosen to ‘describe the vehicle’s ability to transport its passengers on adventure-packed journeys in a ‘free-as-a-bird’ manner and the name was coined from the words Air and Trek. When the second generation of the Airtrek was introduced in 2006 the name was changed to Outlander. The new name was supposed to evoke a feeling of ‘journeying to distant, unexplored lands in search of adventure.’ Last week I did at times

feel as free as a bird when motoring along the M50 in the seven-seater Outlander. I drive over the M50 most morning and there are always hold ups with crashes and lots of rubber necking going on. So off-peak is definitely the best time if you want to enjoy a drive on Dublin’s famous orbital road. The Outlander got a makeover some time back and it’s now a much more spacious vehicle. The nose, headlights and overall look of the front of the car now has a much

neater look to it. My test model came in a dark blue colour and it got many favourable comments from strangers in shopping centre car parks. I found the six-speed manual diesel engine was very frugal and thanks to the Eco button you can tell how economically you are driving. All my family appreciated the high-driving position which gave us excellent views over the hedgerows as we checked out those ‘unexplored lands’ beyond the

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of snow I would have liked to have had the four-wheel drive Outlander in early March or over the St Patrick’s weekend to see how it would have performed in snowy conditions. I’m told we had snow in the month of May back in 1947; maybe I will be going back to Mitsubishi for another drive next month! Only available in 2.2-litre diesel in Ireland. Prices start at €32, 500 for the five-seater, while the seven seater starts at €39,900. Road tax

ranges from €270 to €390. All the talk now is of electric cars and Mitsubishi do offer the option of a hybrid plug-in version of the Outlander. Kia is famous for its seven-year warranty, but Mitsubishi go one better with an eight-year warranty. I liked the Outlander and among the items I appreciated was the old fashioned style handbrake. There is a spare wheel provided, but you may have to get your hands dirty if changing a wheel, as it’s located underneath the car.




THE National Transport Authority (NTA) and GoCar have announced that smarter travel users can now access the car sharing scheme using their Leap Card. To celebrate the integration of Leap Cards into the service, GoCar are offering free signup for the month of April. Darragh Genockey, Sales and Operations Manager of GoCar said: “We’re delighted to be able to integrate Leap Cards into the GoCar service. “Our mission is to provide an attractive alternative to car ownership, and we believe the integration of public transport, Dublinbikes bike sharing, and GoCar car sharing all on the Leap Card is another positive addition to this alternative. “We know that over 80 per cent of our members do not own a car and over 60 per cent use public transport every week, so this innovation will make their

M50. I drove the seven-seater with three rows of seats, but didn’t have much use for the two extra seats at the back. I know my young grand children would love them if they were in Ireland for a holiday. So if you don’t have a big family, then the five-seater would probably be big enough for your needs. But maybe you like shooting and fishing, and if so, the extra space at the back would be ideal to ferry your dogs. After two recent spells

▪▪ Darragh Genockey, Sales & Operations Manager, GoCar car-sharing, and Anne Graham, CEO, National Transport Authority, at the announcement that public transport users can now join the car sharing scheme for free and assign their Leap Card to access their GoCar. journeys a little easier and their wallets or purses a little lighter. “We believe if people own a car, they are irrational about how they get about – they are vested in that car. “If you offer more alternatives and solutions to break that cycle of car ownership, people make the right decision about where walking is the best, or cycling, using public transport, or occasionally using car sharing.

“The NTA have continually supported GoCar in the expansion of our service, and we hope our Leap Card integration along with free membership will further integrate Ireland’s smarter travel network and encourage those who haven’t used GoCar yet to try it out.” Drivers can join via GoCar. ie. GoCar users can book cars online or via the app for as little as an hour; the keys are in the car, with fuel, and

insurance all included. Rates start from €8 per hour, with 50KM of driving included on each trip. GoCar members click Add a Card in Access Card section of the app and choose a GoCar near them. When they are at the car, they select the vehicle and then hold their Leap Card to the card reader on the windscreen. Once confirmed, they can then use this card in future to access GoCar.

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Tips on filling in the cracks A QUICK inspection of the walls on your home may make you feel like getting plastered – or should that be plastering? If you live in an older house there’s a good chance the walls will have developed some cracks that may need plastering. And even newer walls can be damaged by accident leaving unsightly cracks and holes. While plastering may look like a doodle on those DIY TV shows it really is an art form that’s usually best left to the professionals as making a good job of it takes lots of practise and patience to develop a good technique However, many jobs are simply too small to justify calling in an experienced tradesperson – and they usually don’t come cheap. If you’ve got a small crack on your wall sometimes the best solution is to tackle the work yourself. If there’s only a small area

of dodgy surface to fill and repair there’s no harm in having a go at a spot of DIY, as decorating over the top should more or less cover up a less than perfect finish. Indeed, if you’re doing some painting or wallpapering it’s essential to fill cracks and holes and smooth over any uneven or cracked plaster before starting the job. Plaster is mucky stuff so you really should consider taking up any carpets from around the house. If that’s not possible you’ll have to cover up all the floors with dustsheets to avoid ending up with white footprints all over the house. Easy-to-use fine fillers are readily available from any DIY stores, where you’ll also find more traditional undercoat and topcoat plasters or one-coat plasters. Allow plenty of time for plastering. You’ve got the enough time to dry out thorpreparation, the actual work oughly before paint and wall and it’s also imperative that coverings are put on top. Very small cracks and plaster and fillers are given

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Wellness initiatives a good fit for businesses Cormac Spencer IN November, Japanese company Piala granted non-smoking employees an extra six days’ annual leave to level the playing field with smokers who, it was estimated, spend 15 minutes a day on cigarette breaks. The head of the company said he wanted to discourage smoking through incentives rather than coercion. It’s an effort to introduce healthier practices in the work place and is part of a growing focus on ‘Employee Wellness’ across the world. In the 1980s, Japanese workers were doing calisthenics on the roof of their workplaces, while Irish workers still had an ashtray at most desks. While we may have thought the Japanese custom unusual, even comical, at the time, if you look at the focus on health and wellness in Irish workplaces today you realise that we are now much closer to the Japanese of the 1980s than the Irish of that era. But, how do Irish workplaces rate in 2017? What wellness programmes do Irish companies run, and are they just a fad or do they produce real benefits? Irish companies have introduced a number of wellness initiatives in recent years. From bowls of fruit on every floor, to gyms on site, to Pilates classes at lunch, employers are providing workers with ample opportunity to stay fit and healthy. What’s more, and equally important, companies now provide rest rooms and mindfulness classes as well as access to other schemes beneficial to mental health. Employers make this investment to see a return. Companies hope that the money spent on these initiatives will produce a win-win outcome. The expectation is that fitter and happier employees will be more productive. One example often cited to back up this expectation is that of Johnson & Johnson. Since 1995 the percentage of employees at the company who smoke has dropped by

▪▪ Wellness can benefit companies. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK two thirds. The number with high blood pressure, or who are physically inactive, by more than half. An analysis of the benefits to the company of the investment in wellness initiatives found that over a decade they saved the company $250 million, as a result of a decrease in sick days and

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go for the ‘platinum package’ to make a difference. At Link Personnel, we ensure staff don’t feel under pressure to work through lunch or to work late and look for other ways to make work an easier place to be. For instance we recently instituted a ‘clean inbox’ strategy which involves other staff members fully monitoring the emails of a colleague on holidays. The person on annual leave doesn't have to worry about emails when they are away and don't have to come back to two weeks of unread messages which will take days to sift through. This reduces stress, increases the company’s productivity and responsiveness and is basically cost free. Employee wellness pro-

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PLANNING & NOTICES PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council. Planning permission is being sought for conversion of existing attic space to storage area, including (a) new dormer to rear, (b) change from hipped-end roof at side of house to gable-end roof and (c) removal of existing chimney, at 44 Carrickhill Road, Portmarnock, D13X228. Applicant A Fidgeon. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application



Fingal County Council We John & Sarah Cullen are applying for permission to construct a single storey extension to the west side of the existing dwelling, the conversion of the attic with the insertion of two rooflights in the south face and one rooflight in the west face of the existing roof, at 60 Castlemoyne, Balgriffin, Dublin 13. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Fingal County Council We James and Susanne Neary intend to apply for a planning permission for a development on this site. The development will consist of internal alterations to existing dormer attic to form two new bedrooms and bathroom within the existing roof space, two new dormer windows to front, enlarging widow to side and for alterations and upgrading existing ground floor windows all to existing bungalow at "Glenthorn", Carrickbrack Road, Sutton, Dublin 13. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Fingal County Council Planning Authority, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 16.30 pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of Euro 20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.



Fingal County Council Planning Permission sought by Ms Laura Glynn for 4 dormer bungalows of 256 sq.m each on a 1.3 acre site formerly attached to Killossery Lodge Stud, Rowlestown, Swords, Co. Dublin including all associated site works and a new sewer connection from the private road access to the public roadway junction at Rowlestown. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for (a) Demolition of a single storey extension to the rear (b) Construction of a single storey extension to the front (c) Construction of a two-storey extension to the side and rear (d) New rooflights to rear (e) New Vehicular Entrance to the side (f) Alterations to existing window fenestration all with ancillary site works at 84 Bayside Walk, Bayside, Dublin 13 for Amy and Daragh Mcloughlin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application.


PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council Tom and Claire Grogan intend to make a planning application for Permission at 25 Gainsborough Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin for an extension at ground and first floor levels, conversion of the attic space for storage and reconfiguration of the roof at the property; and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We, Diarmuid and Siobhan Mawe, intend to apply for Permission for development at the site located at Eagle’s View, Wendell Avenue, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of (A) Part demolition of existing two storey detached dwelling and removal of the roof (B) Construction of one and two storey extensions to the front, side and rear elevations (C) Revisions to external finishes to include new window sizes and locations (D) Construction of a new pitched roof with provision of dormer roof windows and rooflights (E) Provision of a 1st floor roof terrace with privacy screening to protect existing residential amenities to the south east (F) Provision of a new, wider vehicular entrance gate accessed from Wendell Avenue (G) All associated site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.


Dublin City Council Planning permission sought by Mrs. Geraldine Heavey for Alterations to existing semi-detached house to side/rear, associated works, new vehicular access to front , and new 2/3 storey detached house to side/rear at 98 Kilmore Road Artane Dublin 5 . The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, John Doyle intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at 34 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The development will consist of a new vehicular access, modifications to the existing rail frontage of house, a new sliding gate to match existing railings, landscaped carparking space and path, a new dished footpath onto public roadway and the associated building works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council I Maria Logan Intend to apply to the above Authority for Permission to construct a single storey residential extension to my existing dwelling together with all associated site development works on part of the site at 60 Carr’s Mill, Donabate, Co. Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Morgan & Georgina McKnight intent to apply for planning permission for the construction / conversion of the attic space with a dormer window to the side and rear, all at 14 Maywood Crescent, Raheny, Dublin 5. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council Hogan & Associates seeks Planning Permission for; Construction of new first floor extension with hipped roof to rear of existing dwelling. Extension to include: - Layout reconfiguration of existing three bedrooms to give one with ensuite and one with dressing room plus ensuite. - Roof lights to rear to second bathroom and one ensuite for Michael Martin at 29 Ashgrove, Baskin Lane, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.


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PS Productions will stage ‘Charlie & Me’ at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, from April 10-14 (8pm nightly). Tickets, which cost €12/€10 concessions, are available at 01-850900/ or Pat on 087-6773322. Catherine Barry’s play is based on one woman’s fight against addiction.


THE WORDS ARE THERE ‘The Words Are There’ by Ronan Dempsey will appear at dlr Mill Theatre on Friday, April 13 at 8pm. Life has left him speechless, but in his silence lies a story... A flat in dreamy Bettystown. He awaits her return. Amidst childhood falsehoods and fragmented memories, he struggles to find the words for this very important day. This is a compelling and timely new piece of innovative physical theatre that delves into a lesser learned side of domestic abuse. This is a topical and relevant piece of theatre that tells a timeless story from perhaps a different perspective, particularly at a time when gender equality is at the tip of the nation’s tongue.


The 18th annual Great Ireland Run will take place in the Phoenix Park on April 15. Sponsored this year by technology brand Garmin, it is one of Ireland’s leading sporting events, and part of the world's biggest mass participation running series, The Great Run Company. There is something to suit everyone on the day, with the choice of a 10k or a 5k run, as well as mini events suitable for kids from three to 15-years-old. After the run, kids will take home their very own finisher's bags, which will include lots of goodies including some branded souvenirs.




The Japanese Film Festival will welcome acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada to Dublin for the Irish premiere of her directorial debut, ’Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms’. Hot on the heels of its recent international premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival - the first screening outside of Japan - the Irish premiere of this major new anime film will take place at the Light House Cinema on Saturday, April 14 at 6pm. Tickets are now on sale at https://

Ardgillan Castle will host a Spring Garden Tour, with head gardener Dominica McKevitt, on Thursday, April 12 at 11am. Admission is free. Places are limited and booking is recommended. For more information contact 01-8492212 or email



Seán Magee will present his lecture ‘St Thomas’s Parish Grand Jury Records’ to the Old Dublin Society at 6pm on Wednesday, April 11 in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. All welcome – admission free.

SERGIO LEONE DOLLARS TRILOGY To coincide with a new 4k restoration of A Fistful of Dollars, the IFI is presenting screenings of Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy on consecutive Sundays throughout April. Beginning on April 15 at 4.40pm with A Fistful of Dollars, this short season will continue on April 22 with For a Few Dollars More, and finish on April 29 with The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Full details at



With support from the Improvised Music Company, pianist Francesco Turrisi will be celebrating the launch of his new album 'Northern Migrations' with a performance at Fumbally Stables, Dublin, on Saturday, April 14. ‘Northern Migrations’ features original solo piano compositions and improvisations by Francesco Turrisi and the 10-year journey of Italian pianist from the heart of the Mediterranean to the North of Europe. Tickets €12 - €16.50 are available from

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah was famously premiered in Dublin on April 13 in 1742, in Musick Hall on Fishamble Street, at the western extremity of Temple Bar and the event is commemorated this Friday. The 120-strong Our Lady’s Choral Society, along with the Dublin Handelian Orchestra, will perform excerpts from Messiah outdoors on Fishamble Street itself under the direction of conductor Prionnsías Ó Duinn. It’s happening at 1pm and it’s free.

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From the Archives We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news in years gone by ▪▪ Irish Press, April 13, 1983

▪▪ Ballymun flats under construction in the late 1960s.

▪▪ An ad for the B&I Line Jetfoil, which commenced service between Dublin and Liverpool in 1980.

▪▪ The old shop at Seapoint, Blackrock, in the 1970s.

▪▪ The Central Bank, Dame Street, under construction in the 1970s. It later had to be reduced in height due to planning regulations.

▪▪ Evening Herald, April 10, 1939

▪▪ An ad for the Whitehall Carnival from the Evening Herald, April 11, 1941.


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