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Date for Garda station reopening is demanded Shauna Bowers A NORTHSIDE Senator has demanded that the reopening of a local Garda station must be fasttracked and operational in the new year.

across north county Dublin that this is a false dawn,” Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (FF) said. The demand for Rush Garda Station to be reopened has been a long-standing issue for local residents, who submitted a petition last year, led by Dublin Fingal TD Louise O’Reilly (SF), to reinstate the station. Rush residents fear that the plan to have the station in operation again is an “empty promise”. The Department of Justice did not respond to a request from Northside People for comment about an expected date for the reopening.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy confirmed during a recent meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Rush would be one of six Garda stations to be reopened nationwide under a pilot programme. However, locals are demanding that a date be set for the station’s reopening. “While the reopening is welcome, there is a fear 

▪▪ The inaugural Northside People Community & Sports Awards 2017 were held last Thursday at the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, hosted by popular broadcaster Joe Duffy. Awards were handed out in 10 categories, in addition to two overall prizes for Sport and Community. Christine Keegan of the Stardust Victims’ Committee was the winner in the Community & Neighbourhood Group category and also took home the overall Community title. Pictured (from left) are Conor Mahon, general manager, Dublin People Media Group; Antoinette Keegan, Stardust Victims’ Committee; Christine Keegan, winner; Tony McCullagh, group editor, Dublin People; and ‘Liveline’ presenter Joe Duffy. See full list of Continued on page 2 winners and photos on pages 28-31. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA


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Date for Garda station reopening demanded Continued from page 1 The station was closed in early 2012 causing a “serious void in policing� in the area, according to local TDs. Local politicians have been lobbying for the reopening of the station for a number of years. Senator Clifford-Lee said in March she was told that a

The Minister must give the people of Rush a guarantee that the reopening will be fasttracked and completed in a reasonable timeframe and whether Rush will receive the necessary resources to ensure the station will reopen without further delay

report on the matter would go to the Minister for Justice by the end of May, but it was the end of November before a final report went to Government. She is dissatisfied with the delay of this process and wants the plans to be “outlined and acted on urgently�. “I am calling on the Minis-

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ter to give a clear timeframe for the station’s opening,� said Senator Clifford-Lee. “The Minister must give the people of Rush a guarantee that the reopening will be fast-tracked and completed in a reasonable timeframe and whether Rush will receive the necessary resources to ensure the station will reopen without further delay.� If the reopening of the station does proceed, there also needs to be an increase in the number of gardai employed at the station, according to locals. “Having a Garda station in Rush would be great but that’s not the only issue here,� said Niall O’Donoghue, a former resident of Rush town. “Even when it was open,

there was minimal Garda presence around the town. It would need more gardai for it to actually be a worthwhile entity. There’s no point in reopening it if there’s no presence there again. That’s what’s important.�





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Mr O’Donoghue pointed out that Rush has a growing population and there will need to be an increase in Garda numbers after the reopening of the station to reflect this. “This also affects Lusk and Loughshinny too,� he added. “Going to Balbriggan to see gardai just isn’t enough.� Deputy O’Reilly (SF) said she very much welcomed the positive news for Rush and surrounding areas. “This signifies a victory for the local community who have supported our campaign for the reopening of the local Garda station and I would like to thank everyone who signed our petitions and drop leaflets in this campaign,� she said. Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) said: “This signifies a great victory for the local community in Rush.�



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CAROLS CONCERT: The annual carol concert takes place on Wednesday, December 13 at 7.30pm in the St Fintan’s Parish Church, Sutton. The junior and senior choirs will be joined by Mary Callan Clarke, soprano and Johnny Flynn, violin. You can expect all your favourite carols and perhaps a few new ones as well. A great night is promised so don't miss it and it's free.   CRAFT FAIR: The Genuine Craft Fair is holding a Christmas craft fair on Sunday, December 10 in the Marine Hotel, Sutton from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. The fair has a wide variety of unique

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Supermac’s Newtown owner, local businessman Paul Fitzgerald, said it was Supermac’s way of thanking customers for their support. “We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from our customers since we opened this summer. We knew that there was a special relationship between Supermac’s and it’s customers,” he said, “and over the past few months it has been very rewarding to meet with familIes, clubs, schools and community organisations. We have a great relationship with the clubs and families in the locality, especially through our sponsorship of Darndale Boxing Club and we are excited to be giving something back by hosting a fun evening for all the community”, Paul said. Supermac’s is Ireland’s largest indigenous quick service restaurant chain. The franchise currently has over 108 outlets across the country. Supermac’s Newtown also has Papa John’s Pizza and SuperSubs which provide Supermac’s customers with additional healthy options.


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Sutton Creek beach clean up a success THERE was an incredible turnout of almost 300 volunteers earlier this month for a Sutton Creek beach clean. Local woman Rebecca Flanagan, who was involved in organising the event, said: “Patrick Jackson and myself met over a month ago and since we had so much in common in terms of our commitment to the environment we decided to join forces and organise a big beach clean. “We invited every individual and business in the community to join us in our effort to turn this beach around. “Sutton Creek beach is one of the dirtiest beaches along the Dublin Bay coastline. I was so proud of our wonderful community with nearly 300 volunteers joining forces throughout the

▪▪ A large number of volunteers turned out on the day.

▪▪ Fingal County Council supported the clean up operation. day to clear the beach of marine debris. “Two Fingal County Council pick-up trucks were filled and I'm estimating that over one tonne of debris was collected. “It was great to see a wide range of our community working side-by-side with a common incentive to tackle environmental pollution.”

Ms Flanagan said climate change is the biggest issue the younger generation is going to face. “If we think of all the different types of material we collected on the beach we can see the issues wildlife and the oceans are dealing with,” she added. “As well as volunteers we had lots of support and do-

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Sports clubs get perfect Christmas box NORTHSIDE sports clubs were given an early Christmas present last week when the Government announced €56 million in allocations under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) to over 1,700 different sporting projects nationwide. Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, described it as a great day for Irish sport. “When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30 million to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed,” he said. “Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure the required additional resources to enable me to allocate €56 million in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country.

“The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, for both physical and mental health, and these new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible.” Minister Ross added: “The grants are also excellent news for our communities both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion.” Local TDs and councillors welcomed the funding for clubs and groups in their respective constituencies. Some of the top Northside allocations went to:   • Ballyboughal Gaelic Football Club (€150,000) to develop a second grass pitch and clubhouse extension • Balbriggan Rugby Football Club (€130,000) for pitch development • Clann Mhuire Gaelic Football Club, Naul (€133,830) for pitch re-


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▪▪ Karl McCullagh, Fergus Cooney and Brian Hanratty pictured at the public launch of the installation of a defibrillator at the Happy Out Cafe, North Bull Wall. PHOTO: LEO ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT

▪▪ Donna Cooney and her dog Harry pictured at the public launch of the installation of a defibrillator at the Happy Out Cafe, North Bull Wall. PHOTO: LEO ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT

▪▪ Sylvia Howlett and Dick Nugent, from Sean O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, are among the aspiring artists whose work features in the ‘Port Perspective’ book. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

▪▪ Joe Mooney, chairperson/coordinator of Raheny Community First Responders, demonstrates how to use a defibrillator during the public launch at the Happy Out Cafe, North Bull Wall. PHOTO: LEO ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT

▪▪ Carmel Gormley and Anne Gormley, from Sean O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, were among 30 artists who took part in in Dublin Port’s ‘Port Perspectives Community Drawing Clubs Project’. The group’s sketches, watercolours, pastels and collages, depicting life at Dublin Port, went on display during the summer at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and feature in a special edition of the book. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

▪▪ Eithne Foster, from Sean O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, receiving a special edition of the book from Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive, Dublin Port Company, ▪▪ Heather McNeary, from St Mary’s Youth Club, East Wall, is one the aspiring artists, whose work features in to celebrate her involvement with Dublin Port’s Port the special edition of the Dublin Port ‘Port Perspectives’ Perspectives Community Drawing Clubs Project. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY book. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY



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Howth water scheme work to begin in 2018 IRISH Water is working in partnership with Fingal County Council to deliver the Howth Water Supply Scheme. The company has published a notice to confirm a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire the necessary lands in Howth, Baldoyle, Burrow, Deerpark and Howth Demesne to progress the project. The CPO relates to land purchase, permanent wayleaves and temporary construction rights to replacement 6km trunk water mains in Howth. The CPO enables Irish Water to construct, lay, keep, operate, maintain, renew, repair and inspect the proposed infrastructure required as part of this project. The project will go to tender in Quarter 1 2018 and works are due to commence in Q4 2018. The project will improve the water supply service to

householders and businesses in Howth and surrounding areas. Due to the age, size and condition of the current water infrastructure, customers in certain areas experience water pressure below acceptable levels of service. Irish Water said the benefits of this project include: • Improved security of water supply, • Increased water pressure to homes and businesses, and • Fewer unplanned water interruptions William McKnight, Irish Water Regional Lead, said the project will improve the security of the water supply for the people of Howth. “Once complete the new trunk water mains will provide a more reliable service for customers,” said Mr McKnight. “The project forms part of Irish Water’s investment in upgrading Ireland’s water infrastructure.”


▪▪ Grange Community College in Donaghmede runs an Intercultural Club every Monday. The club recently held Show Racism the Red Card Day at the school. Everyone, teachers included, dressed in red and got a great response to the event and raised over €200 for the charity.

Fingal shows are set to receive funding DUBLIN Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) has welcomed the announcement of funding for the Flavours of Fingal Show, and the Skerries (Irish Association of Welsh Pony and Cob Society) Show by Minis-

“This finding is being allocated ter for Rural and Community Deto agricultural shows nationwide velopment, Michael Ring. in order to boost rural communiThe shows will receive up to ties, and highlight the importance €7,000 in funding from the Govern- of our rural economy,” said Deputy Farrell. ment.

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The Frank and Walters are back together ▪▪ The Frank and Walters

THE Frank and Walters, who recently embarked on a celebratory tour to mark 20 years since the release of their second album ‘Grand Parade’, are playing The Academy on Friday, December 2.

a 20th anniversary celebration tour marking their debut album ‘Trains, Boats and Planes’ and in May 2015 released a single entitled ‘Look At Us Now’. Tickets are available through

The set list on the tour will include an array of stunning singles from the Frank’s amazing career including, ‘Fashion Crisis Hits New York’, ‘After All’, ‘Indie Love Song’ and ‘We Are The Young Men’ and will feature Grand Parade played in its entirety. The alternative pop band from Cork city was founded in 1989 and named in honour of two eccentric local characters. The original line-up included Paul Linehan (as vocalist/ bassist), his brother Niall Linehan (as guitarist), and Ashley Keating (on drums). Niall Linehan was replaced as guitarist in 2004 by Kevin Pedreschi, who was in turn replaced by Rory Murphy in 2010. Cian Corbett joined on keyboard duties in 2005. In September 2012 The Frank and Walters undertook

TRACK RECORD WITH PAUL LINEHAN: 1. Best gig you’ve been to in Dublin? The best gig I’ve been to in Dublin was U2 at Croke park in 1985. Supported by REM, The Alarm, Squeeze and I think In Tua Nua. 2. Most memorable moment in Dublin? Cork winning the All-Ireland hurling final in 2004. 3. Most want to forget moment in Dublin? When Kerry destroyed Cork in the 2005 All-Ireland football semi-final, also at Croke park. 4. First album you bought and last album you bought? First album I bought was ‘Steve McQueen’ by Prefab Sprout. Last album I bought was a Nina Simone best of. 5. When you’re not play-

ing music, what else do you do? The pastime I enjoy the most is going horseracing. I enjoy point-to-points the most. 6. Who are your influences? My influences would be many. Prefab Sprout. The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground. Nina Simone, The Stranglers, New Order, The Cure, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Doors. 7. If you weren’t in The Frank and Walters, who would make up your ideal band with you as frontman? Probably my favourite backing band would be The Doors. 8. Any tips on life? Tips on life from me would be to respect everyone. 9. First person you’d invite to your party? It would be my family. 10. Last person you’d invite to your party? Last person I’d invite would be no one.



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HEALTH Campaign challenges perceptions around intellectual disabilities L’ARCHE Ireland and Northern Ireland has launched their Christmas appeal, which this year aims to challenge perceptions around people with intellectual disabilities. ‘Through L’Arche Eyes’ is the name of the campaign that the international organisation has started, and which will guide their events and fundraising efforts in both countries during this season. The objective is to re-focus the discussions about intellectual disabilities to target the right problems. L’Arche Dublin, located

in Baldoyle, has joined the campaign Diana Walsh, Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator for L’Arche Ireland and Northern Ireland, says: “Sometimes when looking at intellectual disabilities, people tend to be short-sighted. “We have seen it in the past when asking for support. “We have been told that intellectual disabilities are a problem in which we cannot have any real impact. “Not much can be done for people with intellectual disabilities, since they can’t be helped, or cured, or saved. But this is not the problem. “People with intellectual


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Plagiocephaly and Brachycephlay are descriptions of babys heads which are distorted or misshapen.


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disabilities don’t need to be cured because they are not sick; they don’t need to be saved because they are not lost. “We don’t want less people with intellectual disabilities around us; they are a gift to our societies.” Ms Walsh said the issue is not the disability but the “way we look at it”. “The real questions should be about inclusion; about personal encounters without prejudices; about the kind of societies we want in the future,” she says. “Of course, there is real impact when supporting causes like ours, which aim to create a more human society for all of us.” To transform views on intellectual disabilities,

L’Arche is inviting people to look at them through a new set of eyes: theirs. The non-profit organisation has designed two pairs of glasses people can download from their website and are calling out for everyone to ‘wear, share and donate’. Ms Walsh adds: “People can print the glasses, cut them out and wear them. To share the pictures with us, all they have to do is upload them to their social networks and use one of our hashtags: #ThroughLArcheEyes and #WearShareDonate. People can also donate online through our website and our Facebook page.” L’Arche is an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities


▪▪ Tracy Thompson and Una McGarry, core members at L’Arche, try on the glasses as part of the campaign. share life together. In their family-like settings, international volunteers and people with different levels of ability live, work and learn in community. The L'Arche Dublin Project began in 1993 in a rented cottage in Portmarnock. On February 1 (St Brigid's Day), 1994, the first core members

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Osteopthy and Flat Head Taoiseach Syndrome. launches mental health initiative

Brachycephlay TAOISEACH Leo VaradPlagiocephaly and Brachycephlay kar met with students are descriptions of babys heads and teachers at Govwhich are distorted or misshapen. ernment Buildings last week to launch the fifth TheseAgainst conditions can be caused by Cycle Suicide pressure onSchool the skull within the Ambassador Prowomb from overcrowding, or not gramme. Plagiocephaly enough fluid, or if baby is in an awkward position. Over 200 schools are Injury can occur to babys now involved in the pro- head, base of the skull or neck if which there is difficulty in the birthing process and gramme recognises may not show up until and rewards schools thatbaby is lying for long periods of time. Thenexceptional the flattening will occur on the side demonstrate baby favours. commitment to the proIf the injury is notmental severe then the normal growth motion of positive process will normalise the head. When the injury is health. severe however,said: a shock The Taoiseach “I or holding causes the soft tissues whichtolinebethein-bones of the inside of the am delighted headintolaunching tighten. These volved the Cy- tissues will not grow at the same rateSuicide as healthy tissues and an injury pattern cle Against Ambassador School Programme. occurs. “The programme As a babies skull is has soft and malleable and harden grown hugely five to get treatment as soon as they grow,init just is wise years and is aTreatments very im- can be over a number of as possible. portant ofdepending increas- on the severity of the growth part spurts ing awareness of men▪▪ Pictured at the launch injury. Osteopathic treatment regarding babies arewas Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Cycle Against Suicide Ambassadors Padraig Gleeson talvery health issues our and O’Sullivan from Coloiste Mhuire, Thurles, and Aoibhe Conway and Kayleigh Harris, from St Mary’s Holy gentle, non in invasive andBen relaxing, and involves schools very practical Faith, Killester. PHOTO: handsinona techniques which enable the shock to CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY but fun way.  release and the natural moulding process to take As part of the programme “I would encourage all the programme over the dents and the Ambassador completion of ‘Five Gears’ place. schools to get involved and last five years is indicative Programme allows them to over the course of a year, all 7,000 students will attend D.O, M.I.C.O, M.O.C.I. schools are integrate mental health into of which are aimed at rais- the annual Student Leaders’ toTony go up O'Brien through allOsteopath five of the emphasis Email gears in the programme.” now placing on the area of the school plan in a very ing awareness of the mes- Congress at the 3 Arena on or sage that ‘It’s OK not to feel January 18 to share their tangible way,” she said.  Ambassador School wellbeing.  The Littlejohn Centre, The Programme, which OK; and it’s absolutely OK to experiences and showcase “These schoolsRoad, go the exCo-ordinator Colleen Gal- Cromwellsfort their initiatives.  tra mile to support their stu- is school-led, involves the ask for help’.   lagher said the growth of 4560300 Walkinstown, ph. 01



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Shamrocks celebrate second consecutive All-Ireland title Dave Hooper  THE old say goes: if you wait around long enough for one bus, two buses come in quick succession, a saying apt for Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club. For 58 years the wait seemed eternal for the Raheny senior men’s team, the title of ‘Irish Champions’ always seemed to be just out of reach. Since 2006, the club landed seven silver and two bronze medals in this event as Dublin rivals Clonliffe Harriers AC and Dundrum South Dublin AC stole the show. There was no show to steal in Abbotstown on November 26, no question marks or doubts as Kevin Dooney led Raheny Shamrock to a twoin-a-row All-Ireland Cross Country championship victory. The hoodoo was finally broken in 2016 when Rio 2016 Olympian Mick Clohisey led the Raheny Shamrock men to their first national cross country title, the club’s women’s teams having won the women’s titles in 1968, 1971 and 2013. Twelve months later and minus Clohisey, the title was successfully defended with the trophy returning to Raheny village. This time it was Kevin Dooney who led the team home. Dooney, national junior cross country champion in 2012, battled with Ballina man Hugh Armstrong and eventually lifted individual silver. In club athletics it’s a fourman team that lands the silverware and Conor Dooney was the next ‘Shamrock’ to pass the finish line in ninth place, just 41 seconds behind

▪▪ A general view of the leading pack including eventual second place, Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrock AC, centre, during the Senior Men’s and U23 10,000m at the Irish Life Health Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships 2017 at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. PHOTO: DAVID FITZGERALD/SPORTSFILE Pollock. Eoin Strutt came home in 13th place. The new member of the senior team becoming the third scorer and taking the Under 23 silver medal which was run in conjunction with this race. Mark Kirwan came home in 18th place to secure an unbeatable score of 42 points, gold medals and the title as Ireland’s top club. Kilkenny City Harriers took silver with 69 points, with Dundrum South Dublin taking bronze totaling 78 points. The day will be remembered as one of the most successful in the club’s history as Brian Fay took silver in the junior men’s race after a titanic battle with North

Down’s Craig McGeehan. The exploits of Kevin Dooney, Eoin Strutt and Brian Fay saw the trio selected as part of the Irish team for the European Cross country championship in Slovakia in the senior, under 23 and junior races respectively. The women were not to be outdone either, as the latest seed started to bloom in Abbotstown. The club’s junior women’s team landed the silver medal with Niamh Corry leading the team home in 20th place followed by Ailish Murtagh, Lucy Barrett and Aoibhinn McGoldrick. In August 2018, Raheny Shamrock will celebrate its 60th birthday and is currently enjoying its most success-

ful period. The club will bring over 4,000 people to Raheny village on January 28 for the AXA Raheny 5, showcasing their hometown. Seven days later their green and white singlets will once again compete in the European Club Cross Country championship. ▪▪ Brian Fay of Raheny Shamrock AC on his way to finishing second in the Junior boys’ race during the Irish Life Health Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships 2017 at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. PHOTO: DAVID FITZGERALD/ SPORTSFILE

Sports clubs playing their part for homeless TEN sports clubs in the Howth and will be the much-anticipated annual Sutton area have come together to Carols @ the Cross event on December raise awareness and funds for the 16. This is a very good opportunity to homeless in Ireland, this December. engage the entire community to supEach club will run in-house events port the almost 8,500 people experiduring the first two weeks of Decem- encing homelessness this year. The participating clubs are: Howth ber with proceeds being split between Focus Ireland and the Peter McVerry Golf Club, Sutton Lawn Tennis Club, Howth Yacht Club, Sutton Dinghy Club, Trust.  The culmination of the fundraisers Deerpark Ladies, Suttonians Rugby

Club, Beann Eadair GAA, Sutton Golf Club, Howth Celtic Football Club and Suttonians Hockey Club. Keep an eye out for the logo (pictured) which will be used to advertise all fundraising events in the various clubs over the coming weeks. The organisers are hoping everyone comes out to support the club and community in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness.


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Think twice about a Christmas puppy Corina Fitzsimons


E RECENTLY launched our #PawsForThought Christmas Campaign as we are asking people to pause and think twice about getting a dog this Christmas. Last year, in the three months after Christmas, we saw an increase of 58 per cent in calls and emails from people asking us to take their dog. The most common reason for these requests was that people simply didn’t have enough time to care for their dogs. Owning a dog is an amazing privilege but it is a huge commitment and definitely not something to be rushed into. There are many reasons why getting a dog at Christmas is not a good idea: Attention – A puppy, especially one who has recently left the comfort of his littermates and mum will crave attention and comfort and you may just not have the time to provide this at a busy time like Christmas. Guests - Christmas is often the busiest time of year in homes with lots of guests and excitement. This can be


around the country! Chocolate, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, and alcohol are toxic to dogs and rich fatty foods can cause serious damage. You’d need eyes on the back of your head with a puppy around all of these harmful temptations! Gifts – There are usually lots of new, expensive gifts lying around at Christmas and puppies like and need to chew; they cannot differentiate between cheap and expensive items. Timing – Gifts at Christmas are an indulgence for our loved ones – puppies are a 15-year commitment and simply not a material item to be gifted as a surprise. Puppies need stability, routine and a calm environment to settle into, and as wonderful as Christmas is, this is not the time of the year to make such a commitment. To find out more about how you can support our campaign, please log onto

▪▪ Ciiara Byrne and her dog, Jenna, pass some #PawsForThought paw prints. PHOTO: FRAN VEALE

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Local heroes are honoured THE inaugural Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2017 were held in the Carlton Hotel at Dublin Airport last Thursday, with broadcaster Joe Duffy doing the honours as MC. Due to the high quality of nominees submitted by our readers, our judges were faced with a near-impossible task in drawing up their shortlist for each of the 10 categories. The following were the winners and runners-up in each category: SPORT Club of the Year: Cumann Baire Setanta, Ballymun (winner); Darndale Boxing Club; Fingallians GAA Club. Team of the Year: St Finian's Under 15 Camogie/Gaelic Football Team (winner); Shelbourne FC Ladies’ Team; Baldoyle United FC U11s. Young Sports Person of the Year: Aoife Hopkins (winner), Jessica Ziu, Eliza Bluma. Outstanding Achievement Award: Liam Daly (winner), Dick Fields, Robyn Byrne. Coach of the Year: Nicholas Duffy (winner), Fionntan MacGibb, Paul Keane. COMMUNITY Best School in the community: Belvedere College (winner); St Michael's House, Baldoyle; Pobalscoil Neasáin. Volunteer of the Year: Olive Kelly (winner), John (Sammy) Donnelly, Helen Thompson. Business in the Community: Laverty’s Pharmacy (winner); Clodagh Bury, Slim4Life; Top Oil. Young Community Person of Year: Dylan Lynch (winner) Stephen James,

Stephen Lally. Community & Neighbourhood Group: Christine Keegan, Stardust Relatives and Victims’ Committee (winner); Bohemian Foundation; Portmarnock Arch Club. Christine Keegan also took the Overall Community Award, with Cumann Baire Setanta winning the Overall Sport Award. Tony McCullagh, group editor of Dublin People, paid tribute to all the nominees shortlisted for awards on the night. "It is fitting that we honour community groups, volunteers, businesses and sporting excellence in the year of the 30th anniversary of Northside People," he said. "As the leading local newspaper, it has been a pleasure to feature so many of these nominees in our pages over the past number of decades." Northside People would like to thank the sponsors of the awards: Finglas Safety Forum, Cabra Community Policing Forum, Jennings Funeral Directors, Baldoyle Training Centre (ddletb), Staffords ▪▪ Joe Duffy shows off his ‘Freedom of Funeral Homes, ACME Blinds, Jump Zone, the Northside’ front page Orchard Fostering, Northside Shopping Centre and the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to sales executive Orla Carpenter, who was the main event organiser and did an incredible job in making the awards such a resounding success. Special thanks also to Joe Duffy who was an outstanding host on the night. The popular broadcaster was presented with a special edition front page, declaring him to have been awarded the 'Freedom of the Northside'.

▪▪ Tony McCullagh, Dublin People group editor and Conor Mahon, general manager, present Joe Duffy with his ‘Freedom of the Northside’ award

▪▪ Olive Kelly and Anthony Byrne (Finglas Safety Forum)

▪▪ Nigel Brothers (Jennings Funeral Directors, sponsor) presents Coach of the Year Nicolas Duffy with his award

▪▪ Young Person in the Community winner Dylan Lynch and Niall Counihan (sponsor)

▪▪ Cumann Baire Setanta’s Eibhlín Nic Aoidh, Caroline Sage (Northside Shopping Centre, Club of the Year Award sponsor) and Éilis Ní Chearnaigh

▪▪ Chris Brien, Larry O’Toole, Jack Gleeson, Jeff Conway, Thomas Haynes, Christine Keegan, Antoinette Keegan, Jonathan Stafford (Stafford Funeral Homes, sponsor), Sinead McGowan, Bríd Finn and Stephen Burke



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▪▪ Colleen Carrig, Nikita Godfrey, Rachel Kavanagh, Ken Seery (Baldoyle Training Centre ddletb), Tommy Laverty, Jessica Delaney and Katrina Walsh at the awards ceremony in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport

▪▪ Frank Mulrennan, chief executive of Celtic Media Group, with Joe Duffy

▪▪ Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering, sponsor) with Simon O’Donnell and Leslie Byrne of Belvedere College

▪▪ Suzanne McCarthy, Paul Quinn (Jump Zone, sponsor) and Bernie Longe at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards 2017

▪▪ Jessica Ziu, Aoife Hopkins, Lee Ennis (ACME Blinds, sponsor) and Eliza Bluma

▪▪ Stardust campaigner Christine Keegan with Community and Neighbourhood Group Award sponsor Jonathan Stafford

▪▪ Stephen Lally, Dylan Lynch, Niall Counihan (Cabra Policing Forum) and Stephen James


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▪▪ Young Sports Person of the Year Aoife Hopkins and ▪▪ Cumann Baire Setanta won the Overall Sport Award. Pictured (from left): Breena McHugh, Olive Kearney, Paula de Burca, Fergus Breathnach, Lee Ennis (ACME Blinds, sponsor) at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards 2017 Conor Mahon (Dublin People), Kathleen Iwasaki, Éilis ní Chearnaigh and Eibhlín Nic Aoidh

▪▪ Mary McGuigan (group commercial manager, Celtic Media), Joe Duffy and Yvonne Jackson, sales manager, The Anglo Celt, pictured at the awards

▪▪ Paul Keane, Nigel Brothers (Jennings Funeral Directors), Nicolas Duffy, Eibhlín Nic Aoidh and Éilis ní Chearnaigh

▪▪ Liam Ó Culbáird, Eibhlín Nic Aoidh, Caroline Sage (Northside Shopping Centre, sponsor), Éilis Ní Chearnaigh, Christy Carroll and Joe Russell at the awards night in the Carlton Hotel

▪▪ Helen Thompson, Olive Kelly, Anthony Byrne (Finglas Safety Forum) and John Donnelly at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards 2017



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▪▪ Iris Kavanagh, Imogen Gold, Colleen Carrig, Nikita Godfrey, Rachel Kavanagh, Ken Seery (Baldoyle Training Centre ddletb), Tommy Laverty, Jessica Delaney, Katrina Walsh, Clodagh Bury and Sam Zraier

▪▪ Dick Fields, Liam Daly, Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering) and Robyn Byrne

▪▪ Outstanding Achivement winner Liam Daly with Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering)

▪▪ Pavel Toim, David Nutley, Dermot Penrose, Suzanne McCarthy, Paul Quinn (Jumpzone, sponsor), Bernie Longe, Jason Dunbar and Jessica Ziu

▪▪ Ann Higgins, Katriona Maher, Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering), Simon O’Donnell, Leslie Byrne, Aidan Pepper, Kate Pepper, Therese Glennon, Valerie Tyndall pictured at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards

▪▪ Conor Mahon, general manager, Dublin People, with sales colleagues Louise Hogan, Dearbhla Foley and Orla Carpenter (event organiser)


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Sportsfile marks 21 years Are you struggling of GAA book to find the perfect fit?

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back at the year. In 2017, we were treated to some thrilling football matches across both the leagues and the championship which culminated in an All-Ireland final for the ages that saw Dublin defeat Mayo to retain the Sam Maguire for a third consecutive season. In the hurling, there was no stopping Joe Canning and Galway as they ended their 29-year wait and got their hands on the Liam MacCarthy trophy after a thrilling final against Derek McGrath’s Waterford. Sportsfile captured Sarah McCaffrey’s two goals off the bench as Dublin’s ladies followed their male counterparts by defeating Mayo, while in camogie, Cork got revenge on Kilkenny as they

To discuss a recruitment strategy and budget to suit your needs The book is available call uson-today on 049 4379707. line now and in bookstores ▪▪ Ciaran Reddin, captain of Dublin, with the cup at the end of the Football Challenge nationwide from December 4. Now in its 21st year of publication, ‘A Season of Sundays 2017’ embraces the very heart and soul of Ireland's national games as captured by the award-winning team of photographers at Sportsfile. This year’s instalment captures some fantastic moments from Dublin as well charting the highs and lows of the GAA season in another bright and absorbing look

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BOOKS About the author JOHANN Callaghan is an author, keynote speaker, educator, entrepreneur and busy mum. She is the organiser of the 'Empowering Mind Body & Soul Expo' event 2017 and Micro Biz Award Winner (MBA) 2016. Johann regularly features in radio interviews and talks and gives talks, workshops and online training in healthand wellness Johann believes that we can be our own health care advocate. She helps empower, inspire and educate mums to take back their own power and live a better life. whealthier and happier life. Find out more about Johann's book, "How to get a good night's sleep" at http://howtogetagoodnightssleep.

‘How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep’ by Johann Callaghan AS YOU might already know, good quality sleep is one of the most important ingredients to living a healthy, happy and successful life free of worry.

And if something is not important to us, then we don’t value it or respect it. But sleep needs to be appreciated and acknowledged that it is vital for our overall health and well-being. We sleep for a third of our lives, so if we spend so much time sleeping, it has to be significant. Sleep is not a waste of time. In fact, when we are asleep our bodies and our brains are very busy. In this book, the author sets out to change the way you think about and understand sleep while giving you new healthy habits to enable you to enjoy a good quality night’s rest. For many of us, we are so desperate to sleep that we try to control it and life gets pushed aside. We can’t control sleep. However, many of us try to do this and struggle to get to sleep. This book is for anyone for whom getting a good night’s sleep has become an almost a nightly annoyingly frustrating struggle. Taking the first step of understanding sleep will energise you into making improvements to your sleep. This will be a gentle process that will allow the natural process of sleep without the struggle. If you sit trying to think your way out


We are all living busy lives. As people can be co-dependent in relationships, we are now also becoming co-dependent with work and we lose focus on our lives and the importance of sleep. All our time goes into getting as much done as we can, so that we often overlook one of the most crucial elements of life, sleep. While we are busy keeping ourselves busy, we forget to slow down and try to use the time we have to get things done. We bring all these thoughts and emotions to bed with us trying to figure them out and keeping the brain awake. Then you have the problem of feeling stressed, weak and exhausted. The problem is that you struggle to get to sleep or to go back to sleep. Quite often there is a perception that sleep is not important.

of a feeling, you will be unsuccessful. Limiting beliefs that you don’t explore is the same as just accepting and resigning to them. It won’t work long term if you are beating yourself up to get to sleep. You need to rewire your brain to make it easier. As humans, we are very addictive in nature. It is much easier having habits that we do automatically than having will power and energy to do what we should be doing. We are wired to understand the language of our body and to know if we are losing our power and control of our health. How does your body talk to you? Understand choice and Sleep is the consequence. This is a skill you can develop and will empower you to understand and most important and foundational factor respect sleep on a deeper level giving you for long term health and a good quality of life. real results.

Irish novels compete for literary award A TOTAL of seven Irish novels are among the 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award. This is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha. Speaking as the Patron of the Award, he said: “Dublin is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. “There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. “It also makes for a bet-

ter quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.” Chris Morash, a member of the 2017 judging panel and Vice Provost of Trinity College, added: “Dublin is a city that has been inscribed in literature in a way that few other cities have. “I think for us to make that a living thing, we need to engage with the new work that is being published every year.” Kapka Kassabova, travel writer and member of the 2017 judging panel, said Dublin seemed a natural home for a prize like this. “I truly feel this prize breaks down borders,” she said. “It stands for connectedness, and we are all connected. You can see this in the longlist of titles. I think this is a truly humanist prize and it stands for humanist values and we need that now more than ever.” The Irish titles nominated for 2018 include ‘Days Without End’ by Sebastian Barry (pictured right with Liz Nu-

gent). There is also ‘The Wonder’ by Emma Donoghue, ‘The Years That Followed’ by Catherine Dunne, ‘The Lesser Bohemians’, by Eimear MacBride, ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack, ‘Lying in Wait’ by Liz Nugent and ‘All We Shall Know’ by Donal Ryan. The International Dublin Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 150 books eligible for the 2018 award were nominated by libraries in 111 cities and 37 countries worldwide. Speaking of the global interest in the award, the City Librarian revealed: “This great prize affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators and to literature and creativity. “Through this award Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, brings the worldwide community of readers to-

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▪▪ Sebastian Barry who was nominated Days Without End and Liz Nugent who was nominated for Lying in Wait.

gether to read the writers who are inspired by themes local and universal. in settings real and imagined.’ All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public

libraries. The full list of 150 titles is available on www. The shortlist will be published in April 2018 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 13th June 2018.



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emigrants are looking good Cormac Spencer WELCOME home to the many emigrants returning for the next few weeks to spend time with family and friends. While you are here you may try to keep your mind as far away from work as possible, but if you’ve been thinking about returning home you should examine what Ireland can offer you. It’s very possible that the opportunities that weren’t present when you left are available right now. Our economy is growing again, there is a renewed sense of positivity and the prospects for the country in 2018 look bright. The figures back up the feeling. Economic growth is set to be around 5 per cent this year with a 4 per cent expansion forecast for 2018, making Ireland a candidate

for fastest growing economy in Europe this year and in all likelihood next. Unemployment stands at 6 per cent, down from the 15.1 per cent level recorded in February 2012 and is dropping month by month (Dublin’s unemployment rate is significantly lower than this national rate, leading to some saying we are approaching ‘full employment’). More importantly, job creation is on the rise. Thousands of jobs have been created and the number of people in work is the highest it has been in almost a decade. Although forecasting is a dangerous business, it’s dif-

▪▪ The advent of technologies like Skype has meant a lot of the leg work required to find a job in Ireland from abroad can be done remotely. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK ficult to see this momentum stopping in the near term. Despite the initial shock of Brexit, activity has gone up, employment has risen and wages are rising with it. What’s more: wages are rising after years of stagnation.

Pay packets are up 1.7 per cent for the year to September and they will continue that trajectory. Some of the fastest growing and most innovative Irish and foreign companies are based here, and they are

hiring. Ireland is at the cutting edge in a number of sectors, and we need no longer look abroad for progressive ideas. They are being put into practice here and they are creating jobs now. There has been huge growth in opportunities in the tech and green energy sector, as well as steady growth in more traditional sectors such as professional services, finance, administration, construction and manufacturing - even the public sector is hiring again! The last couple of years have already seen people start to come home in significant numbers. For the first time in nine years we recorded net immigration for 2016, and this was repeated in 2017. The advent of technologies like Skype, has meant a

Local company wins award Shop4Crumlin, where One4all encourage customers to go shopping, to raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Additionally, One4all have worked to improve efficiencies in the workplace One4all won the Large Employer of with ‘Lean’ efficiency training – allowing the Year CSR Award at the Fingal Dublin Business Excellence and CSR Awards 2017. all staff members the opportunity to Campaigns included Cycle4haiti, where suggest, post or present new ideas to the business, with a system that ensures over 100 participants cycle across the all ideas are heard by the management country raising funds to help improve team. the lives of the Haitian people, and also A LOCAL company has been rewarded for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaigns.

tunities in the world (what country can?) it is a country of opportunity, with ample capacity for growth, progress and success. What is needed to ensure this progress is that we keep our best and brightest here. Enticing the best to stay in Ireland will allow for the economic recovery to take root and for the creation of a successful and vibrant political system and society. While you are enjoying your Brussels sprouts, why not consider the opportunities available to you here in Ireland? •Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit or call 01-8456312.




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The Irish return to Cyprus THINK Cyprus and it’s hard not to conjure up images of sandy beaches and cloudless blue skies but the Mediterranean’s island of love has plenty of other funky features that make it perfect for a family holiday. This island nation was a favourite holiday destination up to around a decade ago, but like Ireland, it was hit hard by the financial crisis. Direct flights stopped and Cyprus dropped off the radar when it came to sunshine getaways. However, flights have resumed and Irish holidaymakers are going back in droves. In fact, over 2,000 seats have been sold every month between Ireland and Cyprus by Cobalt Air. Confidence in the market is now so strong the airline has announced a year-round schedule from Dublin, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, direct to Larnaca, from €350 return including taxes and luggage. Cyprus is gloriously predictable when it comes to the weather, with guaranteed sunshine from May to October. And when the novelty of lazing away in the heat wears off, there’s enough activity and adventure to keep kids amused right throughout the day and their parents entertained well into the early hours of the morning. Ask any seasoned traveller what makes a destination special and invariably the answer will be ‘people’. So the warm, welcoming nature of the Cypriots helps explain why the island has been one of Ireland’s favourite holiday hot-spots for more than four decades. Cyprus has some of the cleanest bathing waters in the Mediterranean. The best are found around Agia Napa and Protaras, where warm turquoise waters lap gently against white sands. Nissi beach in particular is ideal for smaller children as it has warm shallow waters. Other beaches in Agia Napa include Makronissos and Landa, both perfect for building sandcastles and simply relaxing. The kids will love the Cypriot beaches but when they start looking beyond the sandy coastline for fun there are plenty of family attractions that children of all ages will enjoy. The island’s water parks provide hours of entertainment and there are some wonderful wildlife attractions to explore including the Aquarium and Bird Park in Pafos; the Camel Park near Larnaka; the Donkey Sanctuary near Limassol; and the Ocean Aquarium at Protaras. For older children and adults, most beaches in Cyprus offer water sports with everything from thrill seeking activities like water-skiing, kite-surfing and parasailing to more conventional canoeing and sailing on offer. And if there’s not enough fun on top of the water you can always go under it. Cyprus is great for snorkelling and scuba diving with an abundance of magnif-

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▪▪ A traditional Cyrpriot home. icent marine life to discover around the island, as well as a shipwreck just off the coast of Larnaka. Cyprus also ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a fantastic natural environment. Cape Greko, a preservation area of extreme beauty near Agia Napa, is one of the highlights and exploring the shoreline for secret sea caves and coves is a great way to spend an afternoon. Take a short walk up the hill to the top of Cape Greko and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best viewing points to watch the sun set in Cyprus. Another natural ‘must-see’ is the Akamas Peninsula, a nature conservation area in the Pafos region, on the western side of the island. Here, protected loggerhead turtles return every year to beautiful Lara Bay to lay their eggs. The only way to get to it is by jeep safari from Pafos.

▪▪ The island is steeped in history. Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a charming and historic town that makes for a perfect base for families with slightly older children. A stunning 13th century castle overlooks its picturesque harbour and there’s a wealth of history to explore. Attractions include the local archaeological park which has the most beautifully preserved mosaics; an ancient burial ground known as Tomb of the Kings; and a magnificent second century Odeon built entirely of limestone block. A holiday to Cyprus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Troodos Mountains. The whole Troodos area is the perfect place for the whole family to work up an appetite. With its charming, traditional hilltop villages and vine-blessed slopes, it offers some cool relief from the warm summer heat, and provides a chance to

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prus such as outdoor theatre and drama as well as contemporary, classical and traditional musical. Festivals are a big part of Cypriot life and in villages and towns across the island hardly a weekend passes without some kind of a celebratory event. Cyprus offers a good selection of accommodation to suit all budgets. Popular choices include hotel apartments or villas with pools, but there’s also some quiet hideaways in simple, family-run establishments. The island is dotted with beachside hotels with excellent amenities including health spas where visitors can indulge in pure relaxation. Most hotels also provide children’s entertainment and good crèche facilities. ▪▪ For flight information visit www. and for more on what Cyprus has to offer see www.


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EVENTS AND FESTIVALS 2018 Fingal County Council’s Events Unit is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for financial assistance for events and festivals taking place in 2018. Applications will be accepted from community/voluntary groups for existing and/or new events or festivals and from commercial organisations for new events or festivals. For more information and an application form, please email or visit The deadline for applications is 3pm on Monday, 8 January 2018.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Colin and Carmel Moloney, intend to apply for planning permission for development at 402 Collinswood, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9. The development will consist of conversion of existing attic to storage room and construction of new dormer window to side and roof lights to rear of existing 3 Bed semi detached dwelling. 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 RETENTION PERMISSION is being sought for single storey timber framed building to rear of existing two storey semi-detached dwelling at 111 Ardmore Drive, Artane, Dublin 5 for Lynda Lynch.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, Woodquay, Dublin 8 during it’s public opening hours 9am - 4.30pm. 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) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submission or observation 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.

Dublin City Council We, Kevin Joyce & Martina Byrne intend to apply for permission & retention permission for development at this site, 14 Beaumont Grove, Beaumont, Dublin 9. The development will consist / consists of an extension to rear of existing dwelling, front porch, & render finish to existing stone clad. Retention of changes to previously granted permission 1257/76. 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.

DUBLIN PLANNING Dublin City Council Planning permission is sought for: 1) extension of existing single-storey garage conversion to front of dwelling, including new entrance doors and parapet. 2) new two-storey extension to rear of existing dwelling, including partly raising existing roof ridge level; at No.84 Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 (corner site with Blackheath Gardens, Clontarf, Dublin 3) on behalf of Aisling and Joseph O’Malley. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK from 12-7pm each day The Mart Gallery, located at the Old Fire Station, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, will provide a much-needed place to sell, promote, showcase and buy eco-friendly gifts and services. This will include gift items made from reused / recycled materials alongside businesses promoting reuse and the sharing economy. Housed in a beautifully repurposed fire station on the high street, Rathmines, the market will showcase a wide range of handmade, locally produced items – perfect for Christmas gifts.


Dubliners are being urged to register for the 12th annual Aware Christmas Run, which will take place in the Phoenix Park, this Saturday, December 9. This is Aware’s flagship fundraising event. Online registration is now available at events for both 5K and 10K options at a cost of €25 per person. The race is run under AAI rules and chip timing applies. Festive attire is encouraged and all are welcome from walkers to runners!




Glow is back in Smithfield on Saturday December 9 from 2-6pm! Expect an exciting free line-up of family activities to celebrate the winter season, including workshops, family performances, comedy and music.

On December 11 and 12 at 6.30pm Dublin Castle is hosting an evening of Christmas carols and a viewing of the Neapolitan crib in the magnificent Chapel Royal, which will be especially illuminated for the festive season, followed by a glass of wine and a mince pie in the Gothic Room in the beautiful State apartments. Tickets cost €10. See for details.


No Fixed Abode is a group exhibition of artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptures who have donated works to help raise much need funds to combat the homelessness crisis in Ireland, in association with the Peter McVerry Trust. The exhibition of the work is taking place in The Copper House, Saint Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8, from now until December 22. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.



After a successful year exhibiting all over the world, including a 5,000 square foot mural in the new World Trade Centre, New York, IrishItalian artist, David Uda (Duda), has returned home to Dublin to launch his most recent body of work at Sol Art Gallery (No. 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2). The exhibition will run from December 7-16. To find out more about the Duda exhibition, visit


Retro railway-style posters of Dublin will be showcased by an award-winning illustrator and storyboard artist at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS from December 5-10. The Baily Lighthouse and central Dublin via Holyhead have been recreated in the style of 1930s railway posters, which have already proved to be extremely popular in the build-up to the Fair. Gifted celebrates the best of over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond. It takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at

Dublin Christmas Flea Market takes place from December 7-10 in the Point Village, Dublin 1, when 135 producers will come together to create a bustling festive market to showcase the very best of Irish hand crafted art, textiles, ceramics, beauty, up-cycled, vintage goods and speciality foods, to create this unique indoor Christmas market. It’s open on Thurs & Fri, from 1-8pm, and Sat and Sunday from 11am-6pm.

There will be a night of Beatles music in aid of DEIS (Development Education Ireland Sharing) Madagascar CLG on Friday December 8 at 9pm sharp in the City of Dublin Workingmen’s Club, 33-36 Little Strand Street, Dublin 7 featuring an Ensemble of Singers including Barrington Cullen, Roisín Gaffney, Paul Hoey, Christy Kearns, the OLMC Folk Group, Dave O’Mara, Harry Shiels, Martin Sneyd and Danny Weir. Tickets €10 each. 1960s fancy dress optional. For tickets and information contact Bernard Neary on 085-7132116.


The Mart Gallery has revealed details of a Green Christmas Market for 2017 running from Friday, December 7 to Saturday 23

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

▪▪ A postcard showing yachts sailing in Howth Harbour on a calm day, c. 1905. The East Pier with its lighthouse is on the right and the West Pier is on the left. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & MacMillan/ The History Press

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, December 14, 1867

▪▪ Irish Press, December 18, 1972

▪▪ Irish Independent, December 18, 1934

▪▪ Irish Press, December 14, 1987 ▪▪ Irish Press, December 31, 1958

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, December 18, 1852

▪▪ Sunday Independent, December 23, 1934

▪▪ The Promenade, Dún Laoghaire, in the 1950s. People enjoy the views of the mail boat and the harbour. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & MacMillan/The History Press


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