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Progress is made on school campus Shauna Bowers PROGRESS has been made on plans to construct a school campus in Swords.




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“The conveyance process is at an advanced stage. The project to deliver a permanent school building for Swords Community College on the Department’s Rapid Design & Build Programme is currently at architectural planning stage.” Dublin Fingal Senator James Reilly (FG) has welcomed the progress made. Senator Reilly said he been working with Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, to ensure that the procurement proceeds quickly.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education confirmed that it is progressing with the plans for the facility at Mooretown. “Officials in the Department continue to liaise with officials in the local authority under the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of the identified site at Mooretown, Swords,” the spokesperson  told Northside People.

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Northside students ready for Young Scientist competition AN abundance of innovation, unique ideas and creative thinking from young minds will fill the halls of the RDS in Dublin next week at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).

▪▪ Pictured are a variety of stakeholders and people from the local area, including special needs assistants, childcare workers, parents and second level students who are hoping to seek academic supports from the new Darndale learning hub. PHOTO: NICK BRADSHAW DUBLIN City University’s Educational Disadvantage Centre has launched a lifelong community learning

hub in Darndale, together teaching profession. with Northside Area Partnership, with the aim of Funded by the Higher Edpromoting access to the ucation Authority (HEA), the initiative hopes to ultimately increase the number of student applications from the Darndale community to primary and post primary education at DCU’s Institute of Education. Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, attended the launch of the Darndale hub, the first of two centres planned, with the second scheduled for Kilbarrack later this month.



The decision to locate these centres in Darndale and Kilbarrack follows the National Access Plan 20152019 which recognises Dublin 17 as having the lowest progression rates to third level education in the country. The centres will include informal and formal education sessions (including taster courses), with a focus also on mentoring and informational meetings about teaching as a career, access to the teaching profession, as well as supports for the

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Minister Bruton said: “Tackling educational disadvantage and ensuring all children have the opportunity to fulfil their full potential is a key priority of mine during my time as Minister. “That is why I am delighted to see the launch of the Darndale learning hub, which will make an invaluable contribution to the local community. “This is one of a range of new initiatives that are being funded by my Department to help support more people from communities, like Darndale, to become teachers. “This is such a positive and pioneering development: these new teachers will be role models for their community and will inspire others to follow in their path.”

Over 1,100 inspiring students, including a large number from Northside schools, will showcase their projects to an expected 50,000+ visitors and 84 judges from January 10-13. Northside students have enjoyed an excellent record in the competition in recent years Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura, students at Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, won the overall title in 2016 while Paul Clarke, a student at St Paul’s College, Raheny, also won the overall award, in 2014. Leading communications and IT Services Company, BT, has also announced a host of new acts, shows and speakers that will be performing at this year’s exhibition for the first time, including Ministry of Science UK, a live Q&A with astronaut in training, Norah Patten and keynote address at BT Mindshare from the ‘world’s most famous hacker’, Kevin Mitnick. Shows returning by popular demand include mentalist David Meade, The Real Science of the Circus, 3D Space Journey and the incredibly popular World of Robots. This year’s exhibition is open to visitors on January 11, 9.30am– 5.30pm; January 12, 9.30am–5pm; and January 13, 9.30am–5.30pm. For information, visit or follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE.

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Bright future beckons for squash stars A POSITIVE ranking is a must for those who wish to pursue their sport in a professional capacity. For two Northside boys, taking number one and two in the latest world rankings for squash, shows they are on top of their game.   Conor Moran and Sam Buckley – both 16 and from Sutton, are best friends who play competitive squash. Their sport is a fast-paced game, with a very clean image and a healthy profile. Forbes magazine called it ‘#1 sport for getting and staying fit with players burning about 750 calories per hour’. Eoin Ryan, who trains the two boys at the Sutton Lawn Tennis Club, says: “A lot of younger people are coming to it now, but the Squash associ-

ation needs to push the sport. “We go out to the schools and show the kids what it is, then we offer a free six-week trial to see if kids like it. If they don’t they just move on. However, the success rate is about 7/10 for those who try it and end up staying.” Over 20 million squash players participate regularly worldwide in over 185 countries, and for Conor and Sam, it has been a road paved with determination and immense hard work. They attended their first overseas tournament in the UK aged only 10. However, this proved good grounding, as they have ranked one and two in Ireland from Under 11, 13, 15,

and now number one and two in the world under 17. The boys will complete their Leaving Cert in 2019, and they may be able to avail of a Squash scholarship to the USA. Ryan points out: “Their Squash rankings are the highest you can get, based on that they would be offered a place, but the academia has to be great grades too.” More than 200 colleges and universities across America have courts, including the top 25 colleges. Their parents foot the bill for travel expenditure and other requirements, but the boys know a sponsor would take a little pressure off to attend more tournaments.  “I have total focus, for most of the year, but we take a bit of a break, maybe a month over the summer,” Conor says.

Their determination to succeed is evident, while their friendship remains vitally important. Sam says: “There is a lot of gym work and nutrition is very important, if you fuel your body you can get more out of it. It’s intense, when we play its competitive on court, but whoever wins, it’s taken as it is.” The Olympics has yet to recognise squash for its panel of sports. However, there is hope that this will happen for the 2024 Olympics. Squash players peak in their mid-20s. However, the typical age of retirement is mid-30s. This leaves the two boys plenty of room to get into the Olympics if it receives an inclusion status. “Yeah – that would absolutely be the dream, but you have to wait and see,” they ▪▪ Sam Buckley (left) and Conor Moran are excelling in the sport of squash. PHOTO: add. ORLA O’DRISCOLL







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Council’s construction programme is praised MINISTER for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, described Fingal County Council’s construction programme as impressive during his recent visit to the largest social housing construction site in the country. Minister Murphy visited Racecourse Common, Lusk, where the council has 74 social houses under construction in a €9.2 million scheme. “It is a very positive development,” said Minister Murphy. “It is the largest social housing build in Fingal and I think it is the largest in the country at the moment which is really impressive. We want to keep on driving that, more houses being built for people on the list, to get them into safe, secure homes.” Fingal County Council also recently completed its first rapid delivery scheme of 20 house in Wellview, Dublin 15, with tenants starting to move in, in time for Christmas while representatives of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and various local authorities from around Ireland visited Balbriggan to see at first hand the construction of rapid delivery homes in Pinewood.


Groups are flying after receiving airport funding SIXTY Northside community groups are to share €400,000 from Dublin Airport’s new €10 million Community Fund. The organisations that are being funded from the fund’s first allocation comprise 43 successful applicants and 17 groups which were previously supported by Dublin Airport in a multi-year agreement and are now backed by the fund as part of a transition arrangement. The fund is also supporting up to 10 students per year from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend Dublin City University (DCU) via its Access Programme. Dublin Airport’s €10 million Community Fund was launched during the summer with an annual investment of €400,000 over the next 25 years. Support is 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 managing director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted that so many community groups had applied to the fund for support. “The response has been fantastic with 100 community groups submitting

▪▪ Pictured at the announcement were Paul Kan, Dublin Airport Authority (daa) with students George Mihailescu, Uduak George Umo, Sidney Adeleye and Daniel Harvey, and Natalie Walker, chief executive of the DCU Educational Trust. applications,” said Mr Harrison. “The doubling of our annual spend means that we are able to reach even further into our communities and more people and causes will benefit from our support.” Eighteen community groups will receive support above €5,000 in this round of funding while 42 groups will

receive €5,000 or less. Among the projects being funded are: new heaters for the 18th Santry Scout Group, refurbishment of Portmarnock Youth Adventure Club hall, new flooring for River Valley Community Centre and new pitch fencing for Innisfails GAA Club, Malahide Road. The Dublin Airport Community Fund

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RAPID funding for Northside groups is welcomed locally THE Fingal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has approved RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and

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from €1,500 to €37,000. The RAPID Scheme aims to improve the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas. Groups to receive funding are based in Balbriggan and the Dublin 15 area. The projects include the provision of a new hub to cater for children and young adults attached to Mulhuddart Community Centre and support for Youth Services in

Balbriggan through its Foroige clubs. Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid said: “I am very happy to see that this funding has been allocated across a diverse range of welldeserving groups who offer valuable services and resources to many Fingal residents. The funding offers a great opportunity to implement projects that will improve the quality of

life for many people while developing sustainable communities.” Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley praised the scheme. “I am delighted that the LCDC has distributed the funding across these nine groups,” she said. Dr Pat O’Connor, Chair of Fingal LCDC, said: “The funding will help community groups complete projects and

develop their services further in urban areas across Fingal.” Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, announced the launch of the RAPID scheme in November 2017 which sees €2 million being distributed nationally across Local Authority areas. The scheme is administered by LCDC under the remit of the Local

Authorities including Fingal County Council. Among the local groups to benefit from the funding are: •Balbriggan Meals Ltd, €2,300 •Remember Us, based in Balbriggan, €2,405 •Foroige Youth Service Balbriggan, €5,000 •Irish Vikings Balbriggan Basketball Club, €2,000 and Fingal Travellers Primary Health Care €4,000

ALONE wins award for Northside service A CHARITY that supports own homes and works with older people to age at home statutory bodies, community organisation and other serhas won a major award. vice providers to ensure that ALONE won the overall the older people get the supHSE Excellence Award for its ports they need. innovative Support CoordiThe Support Coordinanation hub development for tion hub model provides older people in Dublin North scalable, transferable and city and county. effective services that can As Ireland’s aging demo- be purchased, replicated, or graphic increases and one shared. By co-ordinating and orthird of older people now live alone, ALONE says that new ganising services for older community supports and people who might need some services are required to sup- extra support to continue livport older people throughout ing at home or some practithe day. cal help to return home from ALONE’s ‘Innovative Sup- hospital, the two organisaport Coordination for Older tions have, to date, supportPersons’ is a joint project ed over 700 older people in between ALONE and the HSE Dublin North city and county. which aims to keep older Sean Moynihan, chief expeople living well at home ecutive of ALONE, said they for as long as possible. were delighted to have won It addresses issues faced the overall HSE Excellence by older people living in their Award.

▪▪ Pictured at the HSE Excellence Awards were (from l-r): Tony O’Brien, Director General HSE; Samantha Rayner, HSE Older Person Specialist, National Social Care; Sean Moynihan, chief executive of ALONE; Suzanne Kenny, HSE Older Persons Manager, National Social Care; Mary Walshe, Chief Officer, HSE - Dublin North City and County; and Brian Lambe, Services Manager, ALONE. “This award recognises the high quality of our Support Coordination services and the level of care and support we offer to older people,” said Mr Moynihan.

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Temple Street stories are being sought for new project TEMPLE Street Children's Hospital is searching for stories from patients who attended school there through the decades. As part of an exciting new research project, the hospital is appealing to members of the public to come forward with stories of what it was like to attend school at the hospital during times gone by. “Education is an often overlooked aspect of a child’s experience in hospital,” says Temple Street historian, Dr Barry Kennerk (41). “Prior to the opening of our new children’s hospital, we would like to ensure that the story of our past patients has been fully recorded.”

1970s although those with a more recent connection are also invited to get in touch. The hospital started life in Buckingham Street in 1872, and moved to Temple Street in 1879 under the care of the Irish Sisters of Charity. Since then, it has helped hundreds of thousands of children. During the 1950s, daily education was provided at a convalescent centre at St Anthony’s Hospital, Herbert Avenue. In 1968, however, one of the teachers at St Anthony’s transferred to Temple Street. “Today, work at our school ▪▪ Teaching on the ward at St Anthony’s, Herbert is divided into two main arAvenue, in 1953. PHOTO: HOSPITAL COLLECTION eas: classroom and ward This research builds on Of particular interest are teaching. In fact, all students the success of Kennerk’s il- recollections of the hos- who are of school-going age lustrated history in 2014. pital school prior to the are invited to join classes

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If you have any memories of attending school at Temple Street as a child, you are welcome to email: barry. All enquiries will be

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County council is developing commemorations programme FINGAL County Council is developing a Commemorations Programme for the period 2018-2023. As part of the programme many aspects of the past will be remembered and commemorated. These may form part of the Decade of Centenaries in which significant historical events that took place between 1918 and 1923, or may relate to other aspects of Fingal’s history and heritage, will be remembered. The council is now embarking on a consultation process so that the people of

Fingal can have their say on what should be remembered and commemorated. This process will also encourage a discussion on how such commemorations can develop a deeper and more lasting engagement with the past. The council is looking for your input in suggesting events, persons and themes that should be remembered between 2018 and 2023. This public consultation process will run until January 15, 2018. Have your say on the Fingal Commemorations Programme 2018 -2023. Visit

Meet Unislimmer of the Year Youth Ambassador Sorcha Doyle Sorcha joined  Unislim Bray with Leader Jean Kelly and weighed in at 16 stone 8 pounds. Suffering from anxiety, Sorcha used food as a comfort. Now 4 stone 7 pounds lighter Sorcha is healthy, confident and looks absolutely gorgeous <3 Growing up, “fat” was the first word people used

to describe me. It didn’t offend me until I found out it was supposed to. For as long as I can remember I have been the chubby, excitable kid, but as I my weight went up, I became the butt of all jokes and was referred to as “cute” and “huggable” and the “class clown”. I began to feel ashamed.

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Progress is made on school campus Continued from front “The establishment of a school campus that will accommodate both primary and secondary schools will be of immense benefit to the families in Swords who have been eagerly awaiting the additional schools to serve the area,” he said. I will continue to work with the Minister and the Department to ensure we have a school built and occupied by the end of 2018.” Provision for the Mooretown School Campus facility was set aside in the Oldtown/Mooretown Local Area Plan (LAP). The plan is set to deliver major educational facilities for the Swords area during its lifetime, in order to deal with the increasing population. The new school, which will be known as Swords Community College, was set to

▪▪ Senator James Reilly (FG) open in September 2017 but was delayed by a year so the new target date is September 2018. Swords local Fiona Stapleton said an increase in schooling facilities is definitely needed in the Swords area due to the ever-increasing population, making it Dublin’s largest town. “I think a new school would be a good idea with the amount of new houses being built,” Ms Stapleton said. “I can see waiting lists [to

get into schools] getting longer and I think it would help with class sizes too.” Another Swords resident, Bronwyn Lee, also agreed that the number of schools in Swords needed to be able to deal with the number of children in the area. “More schools are always welcome,” Ms Lee said. “The more schools there are, the better opportunities there are for children to get a good education and to enjoy their schooling.”

Local schools to get more special needs assistants LOCAL schools are set to get a boost going into the new year with news that 130 additional Special Needs Assistants (SNA) are being made available for allocation over the remainder of the school year (January–June 2018.) Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, who made the announcement, also said that schools will be informed of their SNA allocation for the 2018/19 school year by the end of May 2018. This fulfils a commitment that the notification of SNA allocations would be brought forward so that schools and parents can have greater certainty for the following school year.

▪▪ Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton. Minister Bruton said: “I am keen to ensure, during my time as Minister, that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their full potential within our education

system. “We are investing nearly €1.7 billion in Special Education, nearly one fifth of the total Education budget. This investment ensures that every child that needs SNA support can get one. “I secured an additional €30 million in Budget 2018 to fund the continued development of the SNA scheme with more than 1,000 additional SNA posts being provided for from that funding.” Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) said this is great news for school children who need extra support. “And it is also good news for local people training to become an SNA who will be looking for a job,” said Deputy Farrell.


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Local youths create new short film YOUNG men in the Swan Youth Service in Dublin 1 have created a new short film. ‘Prisoner’ was produced as part of a collaborative arts programme engaging young people, aged 1523, at Swan Youth Service, Crinan Youth Project and Lourdes Youth & Community Services (LYCS). Work produced spanned across various disciplines including film, documentary, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media and mirror engraving, and explored topics such as homelessness, class inequality, mental health, violence against women, the challenges of coming out as a young LGBT person and more. The group, titled Colourful Youth, exhibited through a collective showcase called What's Your Issue in DLight Studios at the end of November and Science Gallery in early December, while one of the photography series was exhibited at the recent launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy in Dogpatch Labs. The programme was funded by the Government under the North East Inner City Initiative, by the DCC Arts office, the Ireland Funds, and the Croke Park Community fund, among others.


Baldoyle Panto 2018 treat is ahead of you! BALDOYLE Musical Society is set to serve up another big pantomime treat with ‘Beauty and The Beast’, made popular by the recent Disney movie, in St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, on the first two weekends in January (5th to 7th and 12th to 14th). Tickets are priced at only €12 (€10 for groups), with a family ticket priced at €50, so patrons are guaranteed great value for money as well as a great night’s entertainment. You are advised to phone 085-1378329 now to secure your tickets or book online at With a new script by Richie Smith, audiences can look forward to plenty of quirky plot twists, hilarious gags, and lots of loveable (and not so loveable!) characters in the village of Bal d’Oil. To add to this terrific family entertainment there is the usual excellent selection of song and dance numbers and the great audience participation that has become a trademark of the Baldoyle pantomime. The spectacle is enhanced by top class staging and effects and a live fivepiece orchestra with chorus, dancers

and principals numbering over 50 in total. Yvette Cuffe makes her debut as director and is looking forward to this production. “We will be providing the best value-for-money around town once again,” Ms Cuffe promised. “We look forward to welcoming back many of our patrons who have been coming to us for years, as well as those who have only been introduced to the Baldoyle Panto recently.” Choreographer Karen McCourt echoed Ms Cuffe’s enthusiasm. “Our talented chorus have worked extremely hard in rehearsals over the last four months,” she said. “The dance routines are going to hop off the stage!” Patrons are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. The Baldoyle Pantomime is so popular that bookings are turned away every year from people who just leave it too late. You have been warned! ▪▪ IT’S SHOWTIME: Adam Kelly (the Beast) and Nicola Smith (Belle) will be among the stars in Baldoyle Musical Society’s latest Panto.

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Aslan mark debut album’s anniversary LEGENDARY Dublin band Aslan will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album ‘Feel No Shame’ with a special Live at The Olympia show on Sunday, March 18. The band will be taking to the stage over the St Patrick’s bank holiday weekend to mark the fact that their debut album was released in 1988. Christy and the lads will be dusting the cobwebs off some of the songs from the album on The Feel No Shame Tour that have not been played in a very long time. The band are very excited about the Feel No Shame Tour and are delighted that a Dublin date is happening as part of it. They have a lot of things planned to celebrate Feel No Shame’s 30th anniversary, including a new single which is being released in January. Aslan, who took their name from the heroic lion in CS Lewis’s series of books

chronicling the fictional land of Narnia, (Aslan is the Turkish for ‘Lion’), emerged from the working-class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin’s Northside, in the mid-1980s. They released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in the spring of 1986, which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland’s pop radio station, RTÉ 2fm.  In the summer of 1986 they played a series of rapturously received shows in the UK and Melody Maker noted, ‘Lucky the label that signs this band!’. Janice Long at BBC Radio 1 recorded Aslan in session and went on to air it for an unprecedented three times in the subsequent weeks. At the end of 1986 Aslan walked away with The Stag/ Hot Press,’ Most Promising New Band’ award and signed to EMI.  In 1988 they recorded their debut album, ‘Feel No Shame’ which shot straight in to the numbr one spot

of the Irish charts and remained there for weeks. Within a couple of months, it was certified Gold. Then in August 1988, just as the option for their second album had been picked up, Aslan infamously implode. Five years and a day to the last time they gigged together (on July 11, 1993) they played what was supposed to be a one-off charity gig in Finglas. The spark was reignited and Aslan landed a new record deal with BMG. The first fruit of the deal, their single ‘Crazy World’, entered the charts at number four and stayed in the charts for three months, becoming one of the most played songs on Irish Radio for the year. Crazy World also won the ‘Single of The Year’ in 1993’s Hot Press Awards. A few months later the follow-up single ‘Where’s the Sun’ reached number three. But it was ‘Feel No Shame’ that will always be their best-known legacy.

▪▪ Christy and the boys will be celebrating their debut album in March. The latter part of 1994 was spent touring consistently in Ireland and recording their album, ‘Goodbye Charlie Moonhead’, which was released in Ireland at the end of 1994 and charted at number one, going on to be certified Gold weeks later. Then in 1995 the band were dropped, the victims of

boardroom changes at BMG. Undeterred, Aslan went into the studio under their own steam and began recording a new album, ‘Here Comes Lucy Jones’ in April 1996. Released in October 1997, the album went into the Irish chart at 14 and Aslan were nominated in seven categories of the 1997

Hot Press readers’ poll. ‘Shame About Lucy Moonhead’, a compilation of the best of Aslan’s recorded work on EMI, was released in July 1998, shot into the Irish albums charts at No.1 and has since turned double platinum. In March 1999 Aslan played 5 sell out shows in

Ireland’s most prestigious intimate venue, Vicar St, during which their live album and video concert movie/DVD ‘Made in Dublin’ were recorded. Both shot to No 1 in their 1st week of release. The album turned platinum within 3 weeks and remained in the top 10 for 8 weeks.

Lap of victory for this Dunlop ever been involved with.” Gareth has written with some of Nashville’s top songwriters, one of them being writer/producer Bobby Hamrick. Gareth adds: “Bobby and I hit it off No stranger to recording in right away. His approach to writing and conventional studios, Gareth Dunlop’s producing couldn’t be further from my new album ‘No 79’ sees him take a step own. in a different direction. “He had ideas when we were “We moved into our house in Belfast recording that I would have never about three years ago,” he reflects. thought about and that’s definitely “Spending months at a time away something I wanted around me when from the house, it just felt right to make making this record.” this record in my own home.  In addition to Bobby Hamrick on bass “As well as it being somewhere I’m and guitar, Gareth pulled in Matt Weir most comfortable, it just has a cool vibe (Drums) and John McCullough (Piano) and sound to it, and I wanted to capture – “I wanted to keep the palate small that. ▪▪ Gareth Dunlop is in Whelans in for the record, no lush strings, brass “Something different happens when March. sections or synths. There are limitations the studio comes to the musicians… it to recording in a house and I wanted to forces you to approach things differently first time I sang down a studio mic and use those restraints as an opportunity to recorded the first songs I ever wrote. and think outside of the box. be more creative. “He has worked with some of my “The songs we recorded were all “It made us all use our instruments in musical heroes and his love of capturing written in the months leading up to sound is something I’ve always fed off.” a different way… because we didn’t have the session and I think the emotions of a string quartet, we taped up the strings  Having previously worked with the songs were very much still on the artists such as Van Morrison, The Rolling on my old piano to emulate a string forefront of my mind.” part on ‘What It Wants’. That was the Stones and U2 Alastair, said: “When The album is produced by Gareth, story for most days... If we didn’t have the idea for Gareth’s project came up, Bobby Hamrick and Alastair McMillan. it, we had to make it. I spent a couple of the plan was to keep everything as Gareth’s musical relationship with weeks driving my family crazy getting simple and organic as possible. To that Alastair began in 2009 when Alastair the house ready and sound treating the discovered Gareth playing cover songs in end we decided to record with no EQ rooms. It wasn’t until we recorded the or dynamics, just the bare minimum of a pub in Belfast. first take of the first song that I knew This led to Alastair recording Gareth’s microphones in front of instruments. it would work. Having great musicians What that gave us was an incredible first material in Dublin’s Windmill Lane. pure clean energy that jumped right off and great friends in my home made “Working with Al again was like the tape from day one and made for one the process of recording these songs so picking up from where we left off,” of the most enjoyable sessions that I’ve much more enjoyable.”  he adds. “Al was behind the glass the

GARETH Dunlop will be performing Live Upstairs at Whelan’s on Saturday, March 3.



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Martial artists kick on to record latest achievements THIRTEEN Blackbelts of the Irish Mugendo Kickboxing to achieve. Association (IMKA) were celebrating recently after reIn the association there cording big achievements in their sport.  are junior and senior national and international Nine Sensei members flexibility, strength, stamina, champions. Training includes passed their 2nd Dan grad- speed and co-ordination as physical fitness, stretching, ing in December, and three well as general health and self-defence (with an emphapassed their 3rd Dan. On wellbeing. sis on anti-bullying), kickboxEstablished in 1983 by Lar- ing, kata and breaking techthe same day, Chief Instructor Liam McConalogue was ry Kidd, 7th Dan black belt, in niques. awarded his 5th Dan. Chanel College, Coolock VilIMKA continues to grow Mugendo means Unlimited lage, (as Chanel Karate Club), strong and will celebrate 35 Way and is a modern fighting IMKA is recognised by its stu- years in existence in 2018. system which combines the dents as being a friendly and The door is always open to art of boxing with powerful family orientated club. beginners. For information kicking techniques. Training is not based sole- on classes, you can contact A Mugendo kickboxing ly on a grading system, but them on their Facebook workout benefits the entire based on the individual, his/ page: Irish Mugendo Kickbody and mind by increasing, her skill and what they wish boxing Association.  ▪▪ ABOVE: 2nd Dan Black Belts: Graham James, Louise Kissane, Paul Faherty, Lee O’Donnell, Paul Noone, Roger Raso, Damien Lynch, Hazel Coyle-McConalogue and Chris Shields. ▪▪ LEFT: Sensei Liam McConalogue (centre), with Sensei Larry Kidd, and Sensei Eugene Murray.

▪▪ 3rd Dan Black Belts: Chris McEnroe, Louise Roche and Chris Crowe.

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Revolution in St Petersburg

Rick Steeves A FORMER imperial capital and the home of the czars, St Petersburg is Russia's most tourist-worthy city. Pastel palaces, bucolic gardens, commanding statues, and graceful waterways evoke romantic images of Peter the Great and the Romanov dynasty. But travellers can also find memories of St Petersburg's darker history: In 1917, the Russian Revolution started in the streets, ultimately doing away with the czars and ushering in the Soviet era. In February of that year, Czar Nicholas II was ousted and a provisional government took over. Just months later, in what's now called the ‘October Revolution’, Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks grabbed power. Not long after, the Bolsheviks executed Nicholas and his family. In today's Russia, there's little official recognition of the centenary of these turbulent events. Still, St Petersburg's Museum of Russian Political History tells the story in detail, and you'll find other revolutionary sights around the city. Start with the battleship Aurora, docked on the Neva River (and now a museum). According to popular history, this ship had a key role in the revolution: It was a shot fired from the Aurora that signalled the start of the October uprising. On that fateful day, the anarchists' first move was to storm the czars' Winter Palace (now the Hermitage Museum), where members of the provisional government had holed up. Imagine them worriedly looking out over the huge Palace Square as it filled with masses of angry workers, inspired to action by the promise of a better life under Bolshevism. The seeds of this discontent had been planted a half-century earlier, in 1861. Nicholas' grandfather, Alexander II, freed Russia's serfs. Suddenly free but with no land and no livelihood, the dumbfounded peasants rioted. Meanwhile, extremists, dissatisfied with the pace of reform, began plotting. In the end, an assassin tossed a bomb at Alexander, killing him on a St Petersburg street in 1881. The Romanovs built the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood to commemorate the very spot where the czar fell (even preserving the bloodied cobbles).

▪▪ St Petersburg’s Church on Spilled Blood, with its fairy-tale onion domes, commemorates the spot where anarchists assassinated Czar Alexander II. PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT

▪▪ Many masterpieces of 20th-century art, confiscated after the 1917 revolution, ▪▪ Thef Moika River in St Petersburg is as beautiful as the canals in Venice. ended up in Russian museums. PHOTO: SUZANNE KOTZ PHOTO: BIGSTOCK With its gilded domes and dazzling mosaics, it's a fairy-tale image of Russian tradition and history, and one of the city's most popular sights. But the very theme of the church honouring an assassinated czar - was an insult to the Bolsheviks. They looted it with gusto during the 1917 revolution. In the communist era, the church was used for storing potatoes, and the streets around it were named for Alexander's assassins. Other churches suffered similar degradations. Mobs overran the Peter and Paul Fortress, ransacked its cathedral of saints Peter and Paul, and desecrated the Romanov tombs there. Some churches were made into ice-hockey rinks, swimming pools, and so on. The Kazan Cathedral, repository of the treasured icon of Our Lady of Ka-

zan, for years functioned as a Museum of Atheism. Today, the churches and Orthodox religious practices have made a comeback. It's particularly meaningful to see the beautifully renovated cathedral of saints Peter and Paul. Glittering with Orthodox imagery, it's filled to the brim with dead czars and czarinas, including the last Romanovs: Nicholas II and his wife and children. Things have changed so much that they're now considered martyrs, and were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church. Ironically, St Petersburg's museums owe some of their wealth of western European art to the revolution. The urbane aristocrats of turn-of-thecentury Russia patronized French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art-

ists, buying paintings in Paris (especially from newcomers like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso) and sending them home to St. Petersburg. After the October Revolution, the state confiscated those private collections and designated them to state museums. The owners, meanwhile, fled abroad. Today the very paintings that once hung in St Petersburg's palatial townhouses are viewable in the galleries of the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. Perhaps the most storied ‘reclaimed’ artworks in St Petersburg are the Easter eggs crafted by the illustrious House of Fabergé, made on commission for czars Alexander III and Nicholas II. Fourteen Easter eggs - nine of them imperial - are on view in the Fabergé Museum, itself housed in the beautifully

restored Shuvalov Palace. The final imperial egg (on view in the museum) was given by Nicholas to his mother in 1916. When she fled Russia three years later, it was this egg -with miniature portraits of her murdered son and grandson - that the dowager empress carried out. The Bolsheviks kept the rest, and over time, the Soviets sold the eggs to fund their government. The Fabergé Museum (with the help of a deep-pocketed oligarch) had to buy the eggs back on the open market. A century after the revolution, most tourists come to St Petersburg for its resurrected aristocratic opulence. But its 20th-century upheavals were every bit as transformative as the age of the Romanovs - and are just as enmeshed in the city's cultural fabric.



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Kids learn that it’s More Than Money A NEW programme aimed at teaching primary school kids how a real business works is being rolled out across the city. More than Money was launched recently by Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) in partnership with HSBC Holdings and 20 students from Central Model Senior School, Dublin, were invited to attend the event at HSBC in Grand Canal Dock. The primary school initiative will be rolled out by 60 business volunteers to over 2,000 students across Ireland and introduces young children to financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. More than Money teaches students the key differences between earning, saving, and spending; strengthens their money-management skills; and helps them to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives. HSBC’s support of the programme is part of the bank’s global focus on developing future skills. This includes increasing levels of financial capability and sup-

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Northsiders clean up at movie awards THERE was great success for budding Northside filmmakers at the recent FÍS Film Festival Awards. Local schools topped the awards table with six winning entries honoured at a ceremony held in front of a capacity audience in the Helix Theatre. Award entries came in from all around the country and a total of 25 schools across Ireland were recognised for their film making endeavours. After much deliberation the judging panel shortlisted 26 films for what was the 13th FÍS Film Festival Awards. The winners included Ladyswell National School,

Mulhuddart, who won the Editing Award for their fun and frolics tale ‘Monkey Madness’. Gardiner Street Primary School, Dublin 1, scooped the award for Horror with a haunting film called ‘The Spooky School of Gardiner Street’. Dublin 7 school, St Paul’s CBS (The Brunner!), won the award for Adaptation for their lovely treatment of a story about unwelcome visitors to the classroom, called ‘Teacher’s Pet’. The FÍS office said it was delighted that 2017 marked an increase in Irish language entries and so the competition for ‘An Scannán is Fearr as Gaeilge’ was tough but St Mochta’s National School

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REUNION DINNER: St Joseph's CBS Fairview is holding a 1968 Class Reunion Dinner on February 23, 2018. Any former pupils who would like to attend and meet up with old friends and colleagues are advised to contact or


PANTOMIME: Baldoyle Musical Society proudly presents 'Beauty and The Beast'. Lots of fun guaranteed for all the family! The show will be held in January 2018 on Friday 5th and 12th at 8pm, Saturday 6th and 13th at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday 7th and 14th at 3pm in St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle. General admission is €12. Discount price of €10 for groups of 20+. Family ticket (two adults and three children) priced at €50 (online booking only). To book, visit, or call 085-1378329.


ICA MEETINGS: Swords ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) meet every Thursday at 8pm in BASE Centre, Brackenstown Road, Swords. They do various crafts, dancing, ten-pin bowling and other activities. The guild has ladies of different age groups and you will make friends very easily. You are invited to go along and

meet up with them. You can get a cup of tea as well. For more information, contact PRO Mary Nugent on 0863218167. BEREAVEMENT: Bethany trained members are available to provide support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. They provide a free, confidential service. The group meets on the second and last Monday of every month from 7.30pm at the Parish Office, Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords. Contact Terri on 01- 8403243, Brid on 086-6006397 or Mary on 01-8402652 for further information. Open to all Fingal residents.


NEW MEMBERS: Balbriggan Men's Shed is open for new members. They meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm in the Shed behind St Peter and Paul’s Church, Balbriggan. No skills necessary. Open to all men in the community. Join the group for a cuppa and hear more about this exciting initiative.


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

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MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open Public Meeting for information and education in St Brendan’s Parish Centre (old church), Coolock Village, on the first Tuesday of every month from 8.30pm-9.30pm. All are welcome. For more details phone AA office on 01-8420700, 9.30am-5pm; after hours 6pm-10pm/ weekends 10am-6pm, phone 018527000. PARENTS ALONE: Doras Bui, a parent alone resource centre, is located on Bunratty Drive, Coolock. Accurate information on your rights and entitlements is provided by a staff member who is available to talk to you in person or by phone. For more information on these and other services, phone 01-8484811/8481872, email or visit www.


PARKRUN: All walkers and runners are welcomed to the new Parkrun that has begun at Father Collins Park. Parkrun is a weekly, timed, 5k walk/

▪▪ Damien Behan, Derek Reddy and Andy McGovern, from The Goblet Artane, recently presented a cheque to Gene Murphy and Bernardette Gillis from St Francis Hospice, Raheny, for money raised through the Monday night quizzes held at the pub. Since 2009, over €72,500 has been raised from the weekly quiz night. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA run that takes place every Saturday at 9.30am, and the best part is that it's completely free. This is a communitybased, volunteer-led initiative and is a great way to meet people and keep fit. For any further details and to register, visit find them on Facebook.


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A NEW book entitled ‘The Art of Hurling: Insights into Success from the Managers’ reveals what it takes to make a winning hurling team. In The Art of Hurling: Insights into Success from the Managers, acclaimed sportswriter Daire Whelan talks to some of the most successful intercounty managers of the last40 years. These guardians of the game speak candidly about their experiences, their often fiery and controversial views on the state of the modern game and the qualities needed to perfect the art of hurling. How are some hurling managers able to transform losing teams to All-Ireland champions in a short time? What is it about their philosophies and beliefs that makes them unique and successful? What are their thoughts on the future of hurling in this period of unprecedented focus on the game and its development? Daire Whelan uncovers the ideas and methods tracing the evolution of hurling


managers. From the 1970s up to the present day, he has spoken to some of the game’s most enlightened thinkers including Eamon O’Shea, Anthony Daly, Justin McCarthy, Eamonn Cregan, John Allen, Diarmuid Healy and Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton. These are all managers who won AllIrelands or provincial titles in unique circumstances, often ending decades-long losing streaks and usually bringing success within a season or two. The interviews provide an insight into the traits and techniques of some of the greatest hurling managers. ‘This is a great read with real insights into the minds of hurling managers’ - Eoin Kelly ‘From Ger Loughnane and Liam Griffin, to Anthony Daly and Eamon O’Shea, who wouldn’t want to hear what these managers think? This book captures the essence of them’ - James O’Connor. Published by Mercier Press, The Art of Hurling is available now.

Extraordinary stories from ordinary people A FASCINATING book featuring a series of 14 candid interviews with high profile Irish personalities has proved a major success. In ‘It’s Who I Am’, Conor Kenny interviews 14 Irish people about their purpose and passion and asks them what it is that got them to where they are today. Brent Pope, Tommy Byrne, Finbar Furey, John Healy, Domini Kemp, Bobby Kerr, Paul Kimmage, Maebh Leahy, Gary McGann, Eamon Morrissey, Liz Nolan, Roberta O’Brien and Pádraig Ó Céidigh all tell their stories. ‘It’s Who I Am’ is a story of the journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary. In 14 candid interviews, Conor Kenny speaks to these people, from a range of professions in each enthralling and unique chapter, offering an insight into the lives of each person. “Who am I? It depends who you ask,” says Paul Kimmage. “I heard Gavin Duffy describe me on radio once as a ‘man who would darken any room’, which was interesting as I’ve never met Gavin or shared a room with him. “And if I had a pound for

every time I’ve been described as ‘bitter’ or a ‘failed cyclist’, I’d be a very wealthy man.” Conor Kenny commented: “Many go through life without discovering their purpose or passion. “These 14 people have. Though, in many ways ordinary, their stories are extraordinary. “It’s their pursuit of being true to who they are that teaches us to look differently at our work, our lives and purpose. The only common thread is that what they do is who they are.” In these inspirational and honest interviews, Conor shares tears, laughter, highs and lows and gets to know who they really are. “When we think about famous people, it’s easy to put them on a pedestal and bestow untouchable status on them,” reflects Brent Pope. “In reality, they are ordinary people just like you and me – but it is their experiences that make them extraordinary.” Gary McGann adds: “The one thing that I absolutely learned all my life is that if you don’t know how to play on a team, or develop

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a team, or lead a team, you haven’t a hope.” According to Pádraig Ó Céidigh: “I was surprised at the significance the media has for politicians – huge. During the water scenario, somebody phoned me one morning, and was really annoyed with me because I wasn’t giving them an interview. They said, ‘Do you

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Be prepared when looking for new job opportunities Cormac Spencer FOR people either unemployed, or unhappy in their job, looking for a new opportunity can be an exasperating process. It can be frustrating trawling through job adverts (often after a day of work), frustrating having to decipher jargon-laden job specs and frustrating when, after identifying a role interesting enough to apply for, there is no reply - nothing. People often try to increase their chances of success by applying for multiple jobs, but the key is the quality of the application, not the quantity of CVs forwarded. An employer’s time is limited. Although essential to a successful company, recruitment is often seen as an add-

▪▪ Don’t let your CV fall through the cracks. ed burden of work. Managers with their own heavy schedule can find it difficult to find time to concentrate on filling vacancies and as a result being the most qualified candidate does not guarantee your success. Below I outline a few tips on how to better your chances of getting noticed and landing that new job.

Enterprising students meet Dragon Duffy THE Fingal Youth Enterprise Market was buzzing with Dragons’ Den’s Gavin Duffy and two sporting heroes, Paddy Andrews, Dublin GAA and Lynn Cantwell, Irish rugby, at County Hall, Swords. Fingal's secondary school entrepreneurs had a great time at the event. These innovative north Dubliners are eager participants in the National Student Enterprise Programme. The savvy students are running actual businesses, having researched, resourced and now trading services and products, with the guidance of business mentors. They learnt from the best at an audience with Gavin Duffy of Dragons’ Den and two sporting heroes to inspire and motivate them on their journey. In conjunction with Bank of Ireland, this enterprise packed morning, with an

excellent speaker line up, focused and promoted entrepreneurship amongst savvy young business tycoons. There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide and Fingal LEO co-ordinates and presents the largest number of participants in the competition every year. Now in its 16th year, over 2,500 secondary school students from Fingal are competing for a place in the County Finals in March. Category winners will then advance to the National Final in May. This year sees 22,000 students enter nationally.

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BE AVAILABLE – If you want to leave your job, make sure you are available to grasp the opportunities to do so. Make sure you are readily contactable. Put your home and mobile number as well as an email address on your CV. Keep your phone powered up and if you can’t take a call in work, respond at the first opportunity. Most employers will be flexible with early or

FOLLOW THROUGH – late interview times, but if it has to be during working Once you have the person hours try to make yourself recruiting for the job on the phone don’t waste the opporavailable. tunity. Use the time to make FOLLOW UP – Once you your pitch for the job. have sent your CV, wait for Your CV is already in front a few hours before calling to of them so push that advanconfirm it has been received. tage home to make sure an For many roles I recruit for, I employer is in no doubt as to receive upwards of 100 appli- your suitability and availabilcations. ity. Most people want an easy Many applicants aren’t life, and most people also suitable, but it still takes the don’t like to say no. An emsame amount of time to open ployer will weigh up the time and read each CV. I’m a re- it will take to look through cruiter, so I don’t miss much, another inbox full of CVs verand I make sure any clients sus the time it would take to I send CVs through to don’t interview the plausible caneither! However, consider a didate on the end of the line hiring manager who has a full and plump for the latter. schedule in addition to 100 You may start the phone CVs to examine. Some CVs call as just another applicant, will inevitably fall through but a convincing pitch could the cracks. Make sure yours doesn’t suffer that fate.

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Dublin City Council We, Mark Breen and Suzanne O’Neill, intend to apply for Planning permission at 6 Mount Prospect Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing single storey sunroom, portions of rear wall and garden shed; the construction of a low energy part single storey/part 2 storey rear extension; skylights to the rear will also feature and associated works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Dublin City Council. I, Dominic Delaney intend to apply for permission for alterations to the previously approved planning decision for a detached house at the side of 84 Rathvale Park,ayrfield Dublin 13 (Registry Reference: 4318/16). The alterations include (i) relocating the house on the site, (ii) aligning the orientation and roof height to match existing houses in Rathvale Park, (iii) internal layout alterations and (iv) a single-storey kitchen-dining room extension at the rear of the 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 the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We Mr & Mrs Grimes Intend to apply for planning permission for the construction of a two storey rear extension and associated works, and construction of porch to front of 5 Marian Park, Baldoyle, Dublin 13. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the office 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 (20 Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application . 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 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 Permission for side extension previously granted as a two-storey (1257/76) but built as a single-storey. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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The Gaiety Theatre has hosted a panto each year since 1873 and tickets for this year’s show, Rapunzel, are selling like hot cakes. Let down your hair and let a star-studded cast give this marvellous tangled tale a magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere! Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates his 28th year in the industry, will play ‘Nanny Ninny Noonah’ and he’s joined by Ciara Lyons as ‘Rapunzel’, Johnny Ward as ‘Johnny B Goode’ and Nicholas Grennell as the King ‘Larry Lilly Loolah’. Running now until January 21. See www.


TheatreworX Productions returned to The Helix this Christmas for yet another panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Starring Orla Jennings as Beauty and Chris Corron as The Beast and causing as much trouble as possible. Paul Byrom will be rocking in the role of Gaston. Many shows are already sold out but the production runs until January 21, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. See

The hilarious Rob Murphy plays the part of 'Buffy' while Mary Byrne and Michelle McGrath also star. Tickets are already selling fast and are available from or the Tivoli Theatre box-office on 01-4544472.



X Factor sensations Sean and Conor Price are special musical guests in this year's Olympia Theatre Panto Polly and the Beanstalk. They’ll join the all-star cast that includes hilarious Rory Cowan, Dustin the Turkey, Fair City's Ryan Andrews and RTE's Sorchio star Michaela O'Neill. Running until Sunday January 14, there’s matinee and evening shows most days. Tickets priced from €26. See for details.

Dublin’s most spectacular ice rink brought to you by Tesco Mobile, is gearing up for its biggest season yet. Returning to its prime location in the Pembroke District of Dundrum Town Centre, visitors can take to the ice and soak up the Christmas atmosphere whether they’re on the rink or watching on from the festive viewing deck. The crisp white, real ice rink is in an all-new structure this year, providing a truly magical ice skating experience. There's something for everyone, from families and school children to teens and social groups or why not plan that romantic date night on ice! It runs daily until mid-January. Get your skates on and book at


Funderland at the RDS has been part of the winter holidays in Dublin for over 40 years. It comprises almost three acres of attractions housed inside the Simmonscourt Pavilion with many more located in the complex outside. This year’s exciting attractions include the Power Wave, Break Dance and the amazing Star Flyer called ‘Around the World’. All the old favourites will be there too along with the Funderland Loop, Ireland's only looping roller coaster! See for booking and details.


Dublin Zoo’s new winter Wild Lights experience features giant colourful lanterns and illuminated sculptures, inspired by wildlife. An enchanted lantern trail through the zoo is lit up with beautifully crafted silk lanterns in the form of a pride of lions, orang-utans, tigers, giraffe, monkeys and other wildlife. Highlights also include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. Visitors will be entertained by Chinese performers and can enjoy themed food and warm drinks at a marketplace selling handmade crafts from Chinese artisans. Tickets cost €20 for adults and €15 for children and have to be bought in advance online from

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IT’S become one of Ireland’s favourite festive traditions and this year’s Cheerios Panto at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre is shaping up to be the best yet. The smash hit panto starring TV3's Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages tells the well-loved children's classic tale, Sleeping Beauty, and it’s expected to be another roaring-with-laughter success. An Evil Queen casts a spell on the baby princess and she is destined to prick her finger on a spinning wheel. Can the Handsome Prince save the day? Will Sammy Sausages defeat the Evil Queen? And will Buffy finally get her hands on a daddy? Maybe now that she’s been called ‘Queen of the Dames!’


Running since 2014, Ice Skating Blanchardstown takes place in a stunning 1,000 sq mt ice rink located next to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre All levels of experience are catered for on the rink from beginners to advance skaters. There’s a large main rink and a separate rink for kids aged 3-10 years, which is always supervised, while the penguin club will help little ones find their ice legs. There’s also Flying Ducks junior ice hockey, figure skating with the ISAI, schools skate, student skate deals, group and midweek offers, special events and tasty festive food. See for full details.


Fossett’s Circus is taking place in two heated Big Tops at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. The show lasts for around two hours, which includes a half hour circus pre-show when the audience can meet the performers. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, daredevils and contortionists will thrill and amaze visitors with amazing acts of grace, skill and strength. At the end of each performance snow will descend from the roof of the Big Top as all the cast and crew join in a sing along to wish you a very happy Christmas. See www.fossettscircus. com.

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Opera; 4 Milksop; 8 Teacher; 9 Nadir; 10 Fate; 11 Newsreel; 13 Flop; 14 Tart; 16 Coracles; 17 Alto; 20 Irene; 21 Monster; 22 Earnest; 23 Therm. Down: 1 Out of practice; 2 Exact; 3 Ache; 4 Murder; 5 Linesman; 6 Saddest; 7 Parallelogram; 12 Concrete; 13 Forbear; 15 Permit; 18 Lathe; 19 Gnat. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Remit; 4 Debacle; 8 Nervous; 9 Trait; 10 Ugly; 11 Catacomb; 13 Glib; 14 Pair; 16 Sluggish; 17 Etch; 20 Extol; 21 Relieve; 22 Mineral; 23 Guest. Down: 1 Run out of steam; 2 Moral; 3 Tool; 4 Dismay; 5 Betrayal; 6 Clamour; 7 Establishment; 12 Singular; 13 Glutton; 15 Astral; 18 Theme; 19 Flag.



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From the Archives We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month from years gone by ▪▪ The Shelbourne Hotel, c. 1920. This fine Victorian hotel, with its statues of Nubian princesses at the entrance and slave girls at the front corners, opened in 1867. Due to its superb location overlooking the Green, it was the fashionable society hotel for the Dublin season and had many famous guests, including Shelly and also Thackeray, who was extremely impressed during his stay in 1842. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 28, 1852

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 25, 1862

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 24, 1818

▪▪ Irish Independent, January 3, 1916

▪▪ Dame Street, c. 1910, looking down towards City Hall. There are many fine Georgian buildings on this busy commercial street. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Irish Press, January 13, 1967


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