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▪▪ Dermot Higgins pictured in the US during his Around the World Cycle.

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Action is demanded to save homes FINGAL County Council is coming under increasing pressure to provide emergency measures for homes facing the threat of coastal erosion. Last month Northside People reported that Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and flood prevention, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, visited The Burrow in Portrane to see the problem first-hand. However, the arrival of

Storm Emma exacerbated the situation and locals fear their homes are in serious danger. Senator James Reilly (FG) said high tides, storms and recent severe weather have put homes at risk where a substantial amount of land was lost to the sea. “I am calling on Fingal County Council to take the required action now as an emergency measure to secure the homes at this location,” he said.  Continued on page 2

to complete a Guinness World Record by becoming the oldest person to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. In June 2017, the retired teacher embarked on the mammoth challenge as he set off on his journey, and he is due to finally return to Dublin next month. Read Dermot's amazing story on Page 8.

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Action demanded to save homes There are families under extreme stress here and they need Fingal County Council to act now to save their homes.” Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, who raised the issue with Minister Moran in Seanad Éireann last week, said lives and homes are being left in grave danger. “There is a real risk now of many homes becoming flooded by the sea and both residents and homeowners are incredibly frustrated with the authorities’ lack of urgency in dealing with the threat,” she said. “A solution must be found to save the properties in immediate danger in Portrane while a broader term remedy is identified.” A spokeswoman for Fingal County Council said that

Continued from page 1 “As far as I am aware there is precedent for emergency action in situations like this. “Many Ministers have visited this location and are waiting for a detailed plan and application for funding for remedial work. “This has gone on too long and I am disappointed that the Fingal Coastal Erosion Liaison Committee in Fingal County Council and Fingal officials have not come up with a solution and plan to resolve this and present it to Government for funding.” Senator Reilly said the problem has been well flagged for years. “I am assured by Ministers funding is available,” he added. “However, we need immediate remedial action now.

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since 1997 the council has been working with the local community on initiatives to address their concerns relating to coastal erosion and flooding. “More recently the council has established the Fingal Coastal Liaison Group to improve our ability to work with coastal communities affected by erosion and flooding including Portrane,” she said. “A wide range of best practice technical proposals relating to coastal erosion at Portrane have been examined by specialist consultants on behalf of the council and none of these have proven to be feasible given the particular circumstances at The Burrow.  “The greater risk to The Burrow, however, is from coastal flooding and the council has commissioned consultants to prepare a works programme specifically designed to address this issue. “Our aim is to begin implementing these works as


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Croke Park’s greatest hits ▪▪ PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

With controversy surrounding plans to bring The Rolling Stones to Croke Park in May, DOIREANN BRENNAN takes a look back at some of the top concerts held at the stadium NEIL DIAMOND, 1984 The American singer visited Dublin for the first time in 1984. The crowd of 45,000 stood up and joined him singing his opening song ‘Street Life’. This was the megastar’s first time playing in Dublin. He performed some classics such as ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Hello Again’. Diamond returned to Croke Park in 1992. U2, 1985 U2 played to 60,000 fans in 1985 as part as ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ tour. Their fashion choices and hairstyles seem questionable today, but Bono and the lads poured their hearts out during this concert, performed just before their legendary Live Aid appearance. A documentary, ‘U2 Wide Awake in Dublin’, follows the band in the run up to the concert and the performance. They would return to the venue on many more occasions over the decades, including 2009 (pictured above).

SIMPLE MINDS, 1986 The crowd were packed in like sardines but that didn’t matter as the atmosphere was phenomenal. The Scottish pop/rock band were at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1986, with the success of ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ propelling them to dizzy new heights. The Waterboys and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were among the support acts.

uled to play in Dublin again in 2014 but all the gigs were cancelled. Dublin City Council refused licences for two of the shows due to the limit of three concerts a year at the venue.

BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN, 1998 These two have had some wonderful songs throughout the years. You can only imagine the amount of heart and soul that went into this performance. The pair sung ‘Piano Man’ as the encore - a TINA TURNER, 1996 Tina Turner would have fantastic end to a fantastic been 56 while doing this show. gig but was still well able to rock the stage. The ‘Wildest THE POLICE, 2007 This was one of the biggest Dreams’ concert was part of Turner’s biggest ever tour. shows for The Police after We’re pretty sure the crowd they reunited, performing in belted out tunes like ‘River front of 82,000 people. The Deep, Mountain High’ and first time Sting and co played ‘Simply the Best’. By all ac- in Ireland was in Leixlip in counts, it was quite a night. 1980. They kicked off their set with a blistering version of ‘Message in a Bottle’. GARTH BROOKS, 1997 The country superstar was at the height of his popular- CELINE DION, 2008 Singing sensation Celine ity when he took Croke Park by storm. Brooks was sched- Dion performed in front

goodbye to their loving fans Glen Hansard and Kodaline mance. Bono joined him on with an emotional farewell performed with Ed on the stage for a heartfelt duet of concert. There were tears night, belting out some Irish ‘Because the Night’ towards from the both the crowd and traditional songs like ‘Molly the end of the show. the lads on stage as the band Malone’ and ‘The Auld Triwere joined by their parents angle’. COLDPLAY, 2017 and children. They gave it To make the gig even their all for their final per- SPRINGSTEEN, 2016 more memorable, the crowd formance with songs from TAKE THAT, 2011 Arguably the biggest rock were given a band to wear Take That came to Dublin across the years like ‘Flying star on the planet, the man on their wrists that lit up at with their ‘Progress’ tour in Without Wings’ and ‘You known as The Boss played special moments throughout 2011. This was the first time Raise Me Up´. for a marathon three and a the performance. Chris Marthe band had played togethhalf hours. Bruce came out tin’s amazing voice shined er in 16 years so expecta- ONE DIRECTION, 2014 ready to rock and was full though in every song, includOne of the biggest boy- of life for the entire perfor- ing hits such as ‘Yellow’. tions were high. The stage set up was extravagant with bands of all time came to flashing lights and a huge co- Dublin in 2014. The lads sold out three nights with a lourful statue. whopping combined attenRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, dance of 235,000 people. The screams of the predom2012 One of the best live bands inantly female crowd, couin the world, the Red Hot pled with the loud, colourful Chili Peppers didn’t disap- firework displays throughout point when they came to the entire show, made for an Croker in 2012. The LA funk electric night. rockers took to the stage against a psychedelic back- ED SHEERAN, 2015 This one man band and his drop and played a brilliant set drawn from their exten- guitar blew Croke Park away in 2015. A raw performance, sive back catalogue. no costume changes and ▪▪ Liam Payne and Niall Horan of One Direction the simplicity of it all made pictured at Croke Park in 2014. PHOTO: PATRICK WESTLIFE, 2012 After 14 years they said for an unforgettable night. O’LEARY of 64,000 people in 2008. Tickets for this gig sold out in record time. She was supported by the opera boyband Il Divo, who received a rapturous welcome from the crowd.




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▪▪ INTREPID: Dermot Higgins pictured during his adventure.

Inspired by childhood tales of Phileas Fogg and his around the world trip, Dermot Higgins is set to complete a Guinness World Record by becoming the oldest person to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. The Rush resident has taken on this epic and incredible adventure of a lifetime headfirst, spending the first nine months of his retirement pedalling 31,000km in an attempt to break a world record all while raising valuable funds for Trócaire. In June 2017, the retired teacher embarked on the mammoth challenge as he

set off on his journey. At 55, the father-of-four set out to become the oldest person in the world to successfully complete the challenge while simultaneously raising awareness for UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and to raise funds for Trócaire’s work in developing communities around the world. Dermot is currently in the US where he is pedalling hard to arrive in Washington DC just before St Patrick’s Day. On his arrival, Dermot will meet a host of dignitaries including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Following this meeting, Dermot will travel on to New York City where he will be taking part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Then he will undertake the last leg of his journey from Lisbon to Madrid

where he’ll be joined by a group of 12 friends to rally around and cycle the last leg of his trip, culminating in his arrival in Dublin on Easter Sunday, April 1. Now sporting a rainbow coloured beard, Dermot will have trekked through 21 countries, kicking off in Madrid last July, travelling through Europe, Central and South-East Asia, Australia/New Zealand, across the US and back to Europe, cycling solo, camping daily, transporting all his own gear and equipment and spending as little as €15 a day. To satisfy the Guinness Book of Records requirements, a continuous journey East-West or West-East (the latter in Dermot’s case) of at least 18,000 miles (29,000km), a total distance at least an Equa-

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▪▪ The shrine at St Gabriel’s Church.

Church’s shrine to St Patrick Gabriel’s Church in Dollymount/Clontarf, the team has opened a shrine to St Patrick in preparation for our Patron Saint’s Day on March 17. The shrine is divided In what is a first for St into two sections, depict-

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Man sentenced following attack Aoife Nic Ardghail A DUBLIN man who broke into a family neighbour's house and held a knife to her throat while heavily intoxicated on alcohol and prescription drugs has been jailed for six years.


Garda Michael McGuinness revealed that Michael Doyle (27) was so intoxicated that gardaí with pepper spray and batons found it “impossible to put him down” on the night. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the pepper spray had no effect on Doyle, who fought and threatened five

gardaí and continued to resist arrest at the scene. The homeowner had earlier managed to phone emergency services after Doyle attacked her in the middle of the night. Garda McGuinness told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that Doyle was unfit for inter-

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view for six hours but the following day he presented as a “different person”. Doyle, with an address at homeless accommodation on North Cumberland Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and threats to kill at Redmond's Court, Kilbarrack, on May 27, 2017. He has 45 previous convictions, including assaults and public order offences. Garda McGuinness revealed that the homeowner had been alone on the premises and had gone to bed when she awoke later to find Doyle on her landing calling her name. She said he made a comment about her weight, pulled out a knife and followed her into the kitchen where he punched her three times in the face and head area. Doyle threatened to slit the woman's throat and then began smashing up her kitchen.

While he was doing this, the woman grabbed her phone and dialled emergency services. She only managed to say one line of her address, before Doyle destroyed the phone and threatened to burn down her house. There was some back and forth with Doyle and his victim entering and leaving the apartment and when gardaí arrived, they saw Doyle pushing at the front door to get back in. Garda McGuinness said Doyle shouted to him and his colleagues “Come on, I'll fucking kill you”. The gardaí then struggled with Doyle and deployed their pepper spray, which had no effect. Garda McGuinness said at one point during the struggle, Doyle got back into the house, reappeared at an upstairs window and fell out while attempting to jump.

He ran into a neighbour's garden and was finally arrested at another location after gardaí had used their batons on him. Garda McGuinness revealed that Doyle was a different person once sobered up, but that he denied attacking or threatening his victim. Doyle claimed he had been doing up his father's neighbouring apartment and had gone to apologise to his victim and her partner for things that had happened over the years. Doyle admitted to gardaí that he was a much nicer person when sober and he entered an early guilty plea. Garda McGuinness agreed with Anne-Marie Lawlor SC, defending, that her client had been in an extraordinary state of intoxication and that it had been “impossible to put him down” on the night. Ms Lawlor submitted to

Judge Martin Nolan that Doyle had attended anger management and drug treatment counselling while in custody. Counsel said Doyle had had a troubled upbringing and was abusing alcohol and medication not prescribed to him when he broke into the victims's home. Ms Lawlor asked the judge to take into account that her client was dealing with his drug addiction and wished to apologise for his behaviour. Judge Nolan described the offence as a “terrifying experience” for the injured party and noted that Doyle had a propensity towards violence. He accepted Doyle didn't get a great start in life but said he must impose a serious custodial sentence. He backdated the six-year jail term to when Doyle entered custody in May last year


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PLAYS: Voyagers Drama Group is staging two oneact comedy plays – ‘Cloud ‘ and ‘Let’s Dance’ – in Naomh Barrog GAA Club, Kilbarrack, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 20, 21 and 22 at 8pm. Tickets cost €8 and are available from Marie (087-6323122) or Maureen (086-3935085). A raffle will be held each night with all proceeds going to Erin Artiles Lees Fund. The money is going towards an ECMO Machine for the ICU in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. SINGERS NEEDED: Third Day Chorale is looking for singers in all voices. Rehearsals are held on

Wednesdays from 7.45pm to 10pm in Kilbarrack Foxfield Parish Centre, Greendale Road. The choir enjoys singing a wide variety of music from oratorio and opera choruses to pop and folk. For more information, visit www.thirddaychorale. com or contact Maura on 087-9016430.


EVENTS: The Irish Fuchsia & Pelargonium Society is holding an event on Thursday, March 15 at 7.45pm in St Brigid's Resource Centre, to the rear of the St Brigid's Church car park, Howth Road, Killester. Jackie's Quiz Night and ‘Q&As on Shaping your Plants’. Admission is €4 and

everyone is welcome.


COFFEE MORNING: The annual Daffodil Day Coffee Morning, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, will be held on Wednesday, March 14 from 10am to 2pm at Nautilus Restaurant in Malahide. Whether you pop in for a coffee or volunteer your time on the morning, your continued support will be greatly appreciated. Any queries contact Sheila Morris on 086-8889552. TALK: Malahide Historical Society presents a talk by Paddy Ryan - ‘Malahide Oysters and the Fishing Industry in the area’ – on Wednesday, March 14 in


▪▪ Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland have praised Coolock Art Group after it raised €1,500 for its services from the sale of a calendar. Pictured are members of the art group handing over the cheque to Cherie Tyner from Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. Ms Tyner said: “When creative people come together and use their talents to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and forgotten children with autism, the results are incredible.”

You’re in safe hands at The Skincare Boutique Let’s face it: in a perfect world our skin would look its glowing best every day of the year. From the moment we wake in the morning until we go to bed at night, there wouldn’t be a blemish in sight, a need for hair removal or any other treatments to have us looking our absolute best. Due to a number of reasons, though, it’s just not possible for this particular dream to ever become reality. Our skin is never going to be perfect every day and for every occasion. However, help is at hand to give us the best chance possible to get close to the dream, thanks to the advanced skincare treatments available at The Skincare Boutique. Located at 13 St. Olaves Malahide Road, Kinsealy The Skin Boutique opened November 2017 and is owned by three local sisters Elaine, Karen and Deborah Wheeler. The salon offers skin and laser treatments and is the 5th salon to be launched by the girls. They also run Beauty Laine in Northwood, Santry and The Brow Boutique Jervis, Swords Pavilions and Liffey Valley.

the answer. A meeting takes place in Malahide Parish Centre every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. No weigh-ins, no fees. Call Catherine on 087-3576335 (www. for full list of meetings).




• Nordyls by Ellipse Advanced Laser • Rejuvapen Micro Needling • Skin Rejuvenation • Laser Hair Removal • LED Light Therapy • Venus Freeze Face & Body Skin Firming Treatment • Image Skincare Clinical Couture Facials and Peels All members of staff are highly trained skin specialists who are experts in their field. Therefore, you can rest assured you are in very capable hands for all your skincare needs. The template for success at The Skincare Boutique has already been set as this is the Wheeler sisters’ fifth salon. They also own and operate Beauty Laine in Northwood, Santry, and The Brow Boutique Jervis, Swords Pavilions and Liffey Valley. So the next time, you feel like indulging in a deserved spot of pampering, or want to look your very best for a special occasion, drop in to The Skin Boutique. You won’t leave disappointed! The Skin Boutique are having a Laser Hair Removal sale this month with prices starting from €16.50 per session for the lip area or just €80 for a full leg. Log on to for more info For more information, phone 01-8464060 or visit


Rush Musical Society is delighted to announce it is staging the hugely popular hit Rock Musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Millbank Theatre, Rush, from Thursday, April 5 to Saturday, April 14 from 8pm. The show is packed full of local talent both young and not so young! Bookings are now open at the Millbank Theatre with a new online booking system now in operation allowing patrons to choose their own seating. Book online at https://millbanktheatre.



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Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin 3 11am - 6pm Discounted Admission €2.50 Info: 085-8629007 or find VintageIreland on Facebook

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: The Transition Year students at St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, offering free one-to-one Computer Classes to senior citizens every Friday from 11.05am to 12.15pm. All are welcome including beginners. Participants can learn: sending and receiving emails, adding an attachment to an email, paying bills, shopping online, booking flights, using Skype, searching the internet, Social Media and much more.


FAIR: On Sunday, March 18, Vintage Ireland will return to the Clontarf Castle Hotel, hosting the Antiques & Vintage Fair, open from 11am till 6pm. The fair will include expert and specialist traders offering thousands of rare and unique finds, including fine antique and vintage designer jewellery, along with antique furniture and a wide variety of items for the home.



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Port landmarks to go green DUBLIN Port’s iconic landmarks will be illuminated in green to celebrate the St Patrick’s Day Festival. 

erald green for the duration of the festival which runs from Thursday, March 15 to Monday, March 19, at dusk each evening. The Diving Bell, Port Centre The Diving Bell on Sir Rogerson’s Quay, Port Centre and and Crane 292 are in illustriCrane 292 will be aglow in em- ous company as each year

global landmarks show their Patrick’s Day spirit by going green. This year over 300 stadiums, statues, museums and towers will take part including the Colosseum in Rome, Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls, not to mention the GPO,

Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel closer to home. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company, said: “Usually blue is our favourite colour at the port but we’re keen to go green this week.

“The inclusion of these iconic port landmarks is of special significance for us as port city integration is at the core of everything we do. There is a shared history, culture and community between the port and our capital city.”

▪▪ Dublin Port’s Crane 292 and Port Centre lit up in green as part of the global greening for the St Patrick’s Day Festival. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Drama guaranteed in Kilbarrack area MEMBERS of a Northside community drama group are looking forward to entertaining locals with their latest work.

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Voyagers Drama Group, based in Kilbarrack, is a group of women who script, devise and perform all their own work. They get the community involved by scripting parts for local teenagers and adults and also by getting help with stage management, make-up and set construction. The two one act-comedy plays – ‘Cloud 9’ and ‘Let's Dance’ - will take place at

Naomh Barrog GAA Club, Kilbarrack, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 20, 21 and 22, at 8pm sharp. Tickets, which cost €8, are available from Marie (phone 087-6323122) or Maureen (phone 086-3935085). Voyagers Drama Group will be holding a raffle each night with all proceeds going to Erin Artiles Lees Fund. The money is going towards an ECMO Machine for the ICU at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. A great night’s entertainment is promised!



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NORTHSIDERS take drugs and steal cars. Southsiders are obsessed with sunbeds and granola. These stereotypes, far from the truth as they are, form the basis of the hit RTE TV show turned movie, ‘Damo & Ivor’.



The movie version carries the story forward to reveal the existence of a third brother, thought to be raised by Travellers, and the boys’ search to find him.   The film is directed by Ronan and Rob Burke (‘Standby’) who also directed series two of the television show, and stars Ruth McCabe as Grano and Simon Delaney as dodgy carnival owner, ‘Tricky Dickey’. Quirke wrote the script and remarkably plays the role of all three brothers. Not being a fan of the series, we didn’t expect to enjoy this instalment, but it was hard not to laugh at some of the comical situations. The producers seem to be going for the same market

as ‘The Young Offenders’, but that’s a tough act to follow, and they fall far short of the mark. Fans of the TV show will love this extended version and newcomers should get a laugh or two but be prepared for something very silly.

We award the film a review score of 3 stars. OTHER RELEASES: You Were Never Really Here - 4 Stars Gringo - 2 Stars 




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This week’s Beauty Dial Star Buys By Edel Cox of The Beauty Dial (

Top model Vogue Williams jetted back home from London last week to officially celebrate Elle No 5’s Third Birthday with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Alannah Beirne and Celebrity Makeup Artist Michelle Regazzoli Stone. Guests got a first-hand look at the newly opened bespoke Hair Replacement Facilities with experts on hand to talk through the new addition to the salon. 3D Lipo’s Irish Managing Director Sabrina Ni Concubhair showcased the celebrity favourite skin tightening and fat reducing treatment alongside Elemis BIOTEC brand experts who shared insights into the new facial treatment which will now be available in the salon located in the heart of Celbridge.

PENNEYS URIAGE HYSÉAC PURIFYING CLEANSING GEL RRP €25 We all want to look our best, and Uriage HYSÉAC Purifying Cleansing Gel is just the answer to giving you clearer, fresher and healthier skin. Breakouts on the face and body don’t discriminate. They can happen to anyone at any age. Various environmental and hormonal changes can affect the appearance of our skin and cause flare ups and blemishes as can diet and stress. Imperfection prone skin is always a concern among men and women and not just on our faces. Back acne or ‘Bacne’ as it is often referred to in the press, can be a major confidence buster. Men can be more prone to getting ‘bacne’, however, many women also suffer from breakouts in this zone. HYSÉAC Cleansing Gel gently cleanses the skin, eliminating impurities and excess sebum which leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh. Suitable for use on face, chest and back, the flip cap bottle makes this the perfect shower buddy. Available in pharmacies nationwide.

From slogan swimsuits and novelty t-shirts to budget friendly accessories, Penneys has all your bride tribe will need ahead of your big day. In stores nationwide now Penneys has launched their latest bridal collection with pieces for the hen, the big day and the after party. Planning a wedding can be expensive enough without having to spend a fortune on items such as these. See in selected stores nationwide.

THALGO MILKY MOISTURISING GEL – RRP €29 This evanescent gel combines the rich Cryo-Extract of Boreal Algae with an extremely nourishing and soothing Icelandic Lichen Oleate. Its hydrating, film-forming, delicately pearlescent texture envelops the body in a gentle veil for a silky, iridescent finish. Application of the Milky Moisturising Gel is a real sensory experience where the stimulating texture and effective marine active ingredients come together to relax, soothe and enhance the body. For more information about Thalgo as well as a list of stockists across Ireland visit



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Student entrepreneurs are gearing up for county final A TOTAL of 2,500 entrepreneurial scholars from 24 local tember. schools are preparing for the Fingal Student Enterprise The savvy students are Programme County Final, which will take place in the running actual businesses, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, on March 22. having researched, resourced and now trading services and Organised by Fingal Local been eager participants in the products, with the guidance of Enterprise Office, these inno- National Student Enterprise business mentors. There are 31 Local Entervative north Dubliners have Awards Programme since Sep-

prise Offices nationwide. Fingal LEO co-ordinates and presents the largest number of participants every year. Now in its 16th year, a record number of students from Fingal are competing. Category winners will advance to the National Final to be held in Croke Park, on May 2. The National Student Enterprise Programme, annually sees over 22,000 students compete on the national stage. The programme is sponsored for the eighth consecutive year by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and

Training Board. Blanchardstown Centre is also a loyal partner for this programme for many years. Its marketing manager, Mercy Prendergast, said: "Blanchardstown Centre is proud to support the Student Enterprise Programme in Fingal. “It is fantastic to see the energy and enthusiasm that each of these young local aspiring entrepreneurs. “It is an inspiration to our community." Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise, Fingal Local Enterprise Office, said: “Hosting the largest programme in the

country, we are proud to say we have seen many successes in the National Finals. “We have seen phenomenal growth and this year we are delighted with the record numbers of students, from secondary schools across the region setting up and running their own businesses. “The schools, our mentors, local businesses and the sponsors are more than encouraging and every year we can see that students continue on their entrepreneurial journey and indeed set up successful enterprises in post school years."

Chief executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid added: "What they gain from this programme is an invaluable insight into the roots of business and a taste of experience in a safe environment. “The lessons they learn on this programme will help set them on an entrepreneurial path from a young age.” Further information about the programme for secondary schools is available by emailing or by visiting www. /

▪▪ Pictured are Fingal LEO Head of Enterprise Oisin Geoghanan, Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley, Blanchardstown Centre Marketing Manager Mercy Prendergast and members of former winners ‘Sticks & Stones’.

Malahide Castle Concerts 2018 Community Information Session Five outdoor music events will take place in Malahide Castle, Demesne on 5th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th June 2018. This event is promoted by MCD Productions and comprises of music performance. Date

Headline Artist

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Tuesday 5th June

LCD Soundsystem



Friday 8th June




Saturday 9th June




Friday 15th June

Liam Gallagher



Saturday 16th June

Chic feat. Niall 16:00hrs Rogers, Soul II Soul & Craig David


We would like to invite you to a drop-in Community Information Session on proposed five concerts to take place at Malahide Castle in June 2018. The session will take place on Wednesday 14th March between 6pm to 8pm in the Project Room in the Visitors Centre of Malahide Castle. Representatives from Festival Republic and Fingal County Council will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the events taking place. A residents’ information sheet will be circulated prior to the event with information on traffic management, event times, sound checks and the resident hotline information. If you are unable to attend the Community Information Session and have any queries about the upcoming concerts, please email

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Whose tale will you follow? Kerri Sullivan REGISTRATIONS for the 2018 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon opened on March 7 and there are three furry reasons why you should gather the girls and take part on behalf of Dogs Trust (run, walk or jog!). They are the Dogs Trust Women’s Mini Marathon team captains - Bella, Marley and Maggie! We hope these three extraordinary Dogs Trust residents’ tales will inspire you to join their teams and get involved for Dogs Trust on Sunday June 3 to help raise vital funds for our life saving work. Simply choose which dog’s tale you want to follow and then register for the marathon and send us your details. We’ll send you everything that you need in your one-of-a-kind Mini Marathon Doggie Bag, which will be packed full of Dogs Trust goodies and of course your exclusively designed Follow their Tale T-Shirt and your team rosette! So here’s what you need to do. Register for the race: Go online to register at to get your registration number. When you receive your registration number; choose the tale you want to follow then send us your details on our website. Then, get your friends & family to

sponsor you and your dog’s tale. We kindly ask setting up an online fundraising profile – so your friends and family can easily donate online! Your fundraising profile is easy to share with your friends and family on social media.

You’ll reach more people and raise more funds for your dog’s team! It makes our lives easier too – less paperwork means we can be more efficient and save money. You can also request a sponsorship card when registering with us! So why should you choose to run (walk or jog!) for Dogs Trust? The health and happiness of every dog is at the heart of Dogs Trust and all of our work. Dog Trust never destroys a healthy dog. But we cannot do this alone. Dogs Trust receives no Government funding so we need dog lovers like you to help fund our life saving work. Our Rehoming Centre finds new homes for the vast majority of the dogs in our care. However, some of our dogs can be with us for much, much longer. Dogs like Bella, Marley and Maggie, who through no fault of their own, sometimes suffer with behavioural or health problems and find it a bit more difficult to find their Forever Home. Taking part in events such as the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon raises vital

funds for long term residents like Bella, Marley and Maggie and their friends. Over the course of the next few months we’ll be posting regular updates from the girls to help you along the way! Your chosen top dog will be howling you on too and providing you with all the inspiration that you need to cross the finish line! Be sure to share your progress with us and if you have a four-legged friend perhaps they’ll enjoy getting stuck into the training with you! So whose tale will you follow - #TeamBella, #TeamMarley or #TeamMaggie? For more information, please call 01-8791834, email minimarathon@ or visit minimarathon.

As we become more aware of the importance of choosing the correct food for our pets and the impact their feeding habits have on their general health and wellbeing are we guilty of overlooking a main area of our pet’s nutrition, when it comes to feeding healthy pet treats? texture works to remove plaque and tartar as your dog chews. Other long lasting treats include the Anto Antler chews.

Do you feed a calorie controlled diet but then provide endless sugary or fatty goodies for them to snack on? Have you chosen a holistic, natural or grain free food to help provide relief for sensitive tummies or itchy skin, only to hand over goodies full of cereals, colourings and additives?   With the variety of treats available it can be easy to choose treats that don’t complement our pet’s carefully selected diet.   How to choose healthy pet treats? One of the easiest ways to identify what ingredients a treat contains is to check out the packaging. This is the same practice that we would recommend when choosing a pet food. When reading nutritional information

on pet products there are a few key points to remember; similar to human food, pet food must list ingredients by weight, starting with the heaviest, so the first ingredient listed is the main ingredient. Ideally the first ingredient you would want to see listed here is meat, a treat that contains a high meat percentage makes a perfect training treat as they are tasty and easily digested. Alpha Spirit Dog Treats are ideal healthy pet treats with a high meat content, these treats are produced with no addition of meat meal or dehydrated materials. Another vital piece of information contained on the treat packaging is the fat content, this is important to note for all pets but especially if your pet is prone to gaining weight or if he is currently trying to lose weight. Healthy Pet Treats should contain a low fat and sugar content which could be a cause of secret weight gain. Consider choosing a low calorie treat like Pet

Munchies Natural Dog Treats if your pet is overweight.   Homemade Healthy Dog Treats Cook up your own batch of healthy pet treats  Homemade dog treats are a great way to show your dog some extra love and will also allow you to control the ingredients used so ideal for fussier dogs or dogs with allergies. It is also a good way of disguising supplements and including them in your dog’s diet. Anna from our Drogheda store has perfected this delicious doggy treat recipe which is easy to make and can be adapted to suit your dog’s individual requirements.   Are treats good for my pet’s teeth? Long lasting treats are good for dental health  Just like us, your pet produces plaque and bacteria in his mouth and if left untreated can turn to tartar, which can lead to gum pain and other periodontal diseases. Some dog treats are specifically designed to encourage longer chewing which is great for dental hygiene. Whimzee treats are long lasting and are recommended as a dental treat, as the

How can I make treats more interesting for my pet? Treats are mostly used as a tasty reward for good behaviour and it’s important never to use treats to supplement your pet’s main meals however that isn’t to say treat time shouldn’t be fun. The Interactive Treat Maze will encourage your pet to use his paws, nose, tongue and mouth to find the hidden treats. Kong toys, which can be filled with a variety treat options, combine a dental toy with a treat dispenser providing hours of entertainment. Feeding good quality, healthy treats will enhance all the wonderful changes you see in your furry best friend when they are getting the quality of nutrition that they deserve.  

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▪▪ Pictured at the launch of Fingal Local Enterprise week with the seminar ‘Show Me The Money, Finance Options for SMEs’ was guest speakers Billy Griffin, Artisan Solutions Mobile, Brendan Murphy, Emer’s Kitchen, Ann McGee, MIAS pharma, Marc O’Dwyer, Big Red Cloud and Gavin Coyle, The Coyle Group. PHOTO: ORLA MURRAY/ SON PHOTO

▪▪ Pictured at the launch of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) National Speak Out Tour 2018 at the Mansion House were Donahies Community School students (clockwise from top centre) Jamie McGuirk (16), Taylor Massey (16), Gavin Donegan (15), Lauryn Fitzpatrick (15), Ellie Newnham (16) and Chloe Kennedy (15). The students’ project, titled ‘Don’t throw away, give away’, is an awareness raising project tackling the amount of waste that people and households throw away. PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN

▪▪ Pictured at the launch of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) National Speak Out Tour 2018 at the Mansion House was Taylor Massey (16), who with her classmates created the project titled ‘Don’t throw away, give away’. PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN

▪▪ AWARD: SuperValu in Talbot Street, Dublin, has been named Small SuperValu Store of the Year for 2018. Pictured with the award were (from l-r): Dan McCartney, Carol Kane and Eddie Kane, SuperValu Talbot Street, JF Michel, Three, Simon Farrell, store manager, SuperValu Talbot Street, Robert Ward, Group operations manager and Michael Morgan, Sales Director, SuperValu.

▪▪ Pictured at the AIB Build A Bank Challenge Dublin Regional Final in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan from St Paul’s College, Raheny, was Daniel McHugh, Robert McGuirk, Adam Farrell, Sean Bradsahw, Cian McGovern and Ryan Ash. It was one of three regional events taking place in Dublin, Cork and Athlone where schools from across the country will compete to be selected for the final in the RDS on March 21. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY


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Beyond Florida’s fab theme parks MILES and miles of sunny coastline, countless golf courses, fabulous festivals, a fantastic nightlife and the world’s best theme parks make Florida one of the few holiday destinations that can truly boast of having something for everybody. As well as many of America’s most vibrant cities, the Sunshine State has also got some of its most charming small towns and the excitement generated at attractions like Walt DisneyWorld is in stark contrast to the tranquillity found in vast areas of

unspoilt natural beauty, like the Florida Everglades. The theme park capital of the world is jam packed with action and fun for families, couples and the young at heart. With great year round weather, enough theme parks to fill a lifetime and shopping galore, an Orlando holiday is guaranteed to leave visitors wanting a return trip. The ideal holiday is when you mix relaxation time with fun and there are some great beaches a short drive from Orlando like St Petersburg or Clearwater on the west

coast, which has the warm, calm water from the Gulf of Mexico. Daytona Beach on the east coast is just two hours way and fantastic for a few days downtime away the magical mayhem of those famous theme parks. But it’s those legendary theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld that really make Orlando a destination like no other! Make sure to book attraction tickets in advance of travel with your tour operator to guarantee the best val-

▪▪ The famous Fort Lauderdale beach, Florida.

ue and prices, and cut out all the hassle. Florida is huge. To give an idea, it takes around 14 hours to drive from Key West in the south to Pensacola in the north and there’s a whooping 67 counties in between. The weather helps drive the state’s tourism industry with mild winters and hot, balmy summers ensuring there’s never a shortage of tourists. Florida is best explored by car. Anybody over 16 with a full driving licence can hire one and a sat-nav will make finding your way on and off those scary freeways a breeze. There’s more toll roads in Florida than in any other US state but the prepaid SunPass Mini Sticker transponder is not expensive and it’s available in most stores allowing visitors to avoid queues, as well as saving time and money. Most Irish visitors head for the thrills and spills of the theme parks, and it certainly is a ‘must’ but more and more are taking time to explore Florida’s stunning coastline with its countless bays, inlets and islands. Miami Beach has long been a haunt of the rich and famous but Palm Beach scores equally highly in the glamour stakes. Fort Lauderdale is a popu-

lar spot for families, offering a wide assortment of sports and recreational activities while to the south, the fantastic Florida Keys provides a tropical climate, beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. With no rip tides and a gently sloping shoreline, Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island in Lee County is perfect for young or inexperienced swimmers. The beaches at nearby Sanibel Island are among the best in the world for collecting seashells and the shoreline at Savastian Inlet State Park that straddles Brevard County and Indian River County is great for kite flying and surfing. If horseback riding on the beach rocks your boat, head to the coast north of Jacksonville for Amelia Island, one of the few places in the US where it’s allowed. The coast – and the planet – feels like it’s a world away at the Kennedy Space Centre, where kids can tour launch areas, meet an astronaut for lunch and train in spaceflight simulators. It’s also got a brilliant kids’ play dome complete with moon-rock wall for climbing and plenty of tunnels to explore and the Hubble 3D movie narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio is amazing. Tampa’s Florida Aquarium

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14 MAR 2018


Sporting chance for Blind Tennis Fionnuala Walsh EVERY Monday evening from outside the National Tennis Centre in DCU Glasnevin, you can hear shouts of encouragement, instructions being called, the clash of rackets and a strange jingling noise. For many of the players on the court, these sounds are all they need to play a competitive game of tennis. Blind, or Visually Impaired Tennis, is “all about playing to peoples strengths”, according to Sarah O’Donohoe, one of the club’s coaches. Sound really is the key to it.  “Across the game the starting person would always say ‘ready’, and your opponent would say yes or no. Before I hit the ball I say ‘play’ so she knows that it’s coming and then it’s down to the sound of the ball. Different players will have more vision than others and obviously everybody uses what they can,” says O’Donohoe. The players use sound balls that jingle when they move so that they can be easily detected from across the court. Tactile lines (strips of rubber approximately the width and length of the lines on a tennis court) are used so that players can feel where the edges of the court are. The sound balls are imported from Japan, and a certain amount of bounces are allowed according to your level of vision. The atmosphere in the club is welcoming and friendly. The players, coaches and volunteers help guide each other to the court and set up the tactile lines for drills. They gush over a player’s guide dog and ask about each other’s week as they get their rackets ready to play. “We’re actually some of the

most competitive people you’ll meet,” Sarah jokes before they begin, and this becomes apparent even before the first ball is thrown. The players tease each other good-naturedly throughout the training, reminding their opponents of which tournaments they won against each other and against other clubs. The sport caters for the fully blind to visually impaired people, categorising their ability so that matches are as fair as possible. The categories go from B1 to B5, with B1 being completely blind and B2 and B3 being visually impaired. “If you’re in the B1 category you have no vision or light perception, you play on a smaller court with tactile lines as the base line. Then if you’re in the B2 or B3 category you play on a three-quarter court,” O’Donohoe says. “I come every Monday, it’s absolutely brilliant,” says Alba Hession, who has been coming to practice for nearly two years. “It’s good for your health, and it’s good for your mind and all over.” Alba first got involved at Mayfest, an event organised by Vision Sports Ireland, which exhibited many blind and visually impaired sports. “I love sports, always did since day one,” she says. “I was doing the rowing, I was doing the blind tennis, crazy golf, there was blind football, there was a few other things that I tried out, tandem cycling too.” The game was launched by President Michael D. Higgins in Dublin in May 2016, and has been described by Vision Sports Ireland as the fastest ever growth of any sport played by the blind/vision impaired community. Two pilot programmes began in Dublin in the summer of 2016 at the National Tennis Centre in DCU

▪▪ A guide dog watches members of the Blind Tennis club train at the National Tennis Centre, Glasnevin.

and at Shankill Tennis Club. Since then the sport has grown rapidly, with clubs being established all over the country and branches opening in Belfast, Sligo, Navan and Cork last year. Further expansion is expected this year in Dundalk, Galway, Waterford and Killaloe. In May 2017 the first Irish Blind Tennis team comprising eight players competed at the International Blind Tennis Association’s world games in Alicante, Spain. “Some of those players from Japan who have been playing for 20 or 30 years were just incredible,” Sarah says. “Players from the UK who were playing for about 10 years, and then everywhere from Mexico to Singapore, all over the place.” “I love it, I really look forward to it. It’s a great way to unwind after all of the stress in college,” says Emma Cur- ▪▪ Oran O’Neill takes a shot with trainer Tony instructing him. rens, a second year Occupational Therapy student from Trinity. “I saw it on the Vision Sports website and I was just looking for a sport to get involved in. I thought I’d try tennis and if I didn’t like that I could try something else, but I ended up loving tennis so I stuck with it.” Clare Whelan jokes with the other players about being the oldest one there, but says she’s enjoying it the most. “I love the energy it has and I get from it. I never played tennis as a sighted person, I was never interested in it, but now I like it all,” she says. The second Irish national championships took place in February, and on April 29 and 30 Dublin will host the Takei Cup, named after Miyoshi Takei, founder of Blind Tennis. They hope that teams from Asia, Europe and Africa ▪▪ Trainer Sarah O’Donohoe explains the rules of a game to players Cathal Joyce, Claire Whelan, Alba Hession and will take part in the event. Emma Currens.

▪▪ Blind Tennis uses equipment such as sound balls, tactile lines and tennis rackets.

▪▪ Blind Tennis club member Edvard hits the ball to his opponent.


14 MAR 2018


An event to speak out about THE upcoming generation of young adults is fast becoming the most analysed and researched group in our society, yet opportunities for them to be truly heard and listened to don’t match up. That’s according to Rachel Collier, co-founder and chief executive of Young Social Innovators (YSI), which launched its National Speak Out Tour in Dublin last week. The tour will travel 2,000 kilometres over the next four weeks, to eight venues and 15 events, to hear 7,000 teenagers speak out about issues they are concerned about and innovations they are undertaking to address them. Ms Collier said: “Marketeers, advertisers and insight companies are committing huge resources to analysing the preferences and behavioural patterns of young people so they can plan campaigns for future products and technologies. “They are the first generation born to be digital, and that’s why there

is a massive urge to understand what makes them tick. “But despite all of the research, there’s a real deficit in opportunities for young people to be truly heard and listened to. “Researchers tell us that Generation Z care about the world they live in and want to make a positive contribution.” Ms Collier said that on the rare opportunity when Generation Z is given an opportunity to speak and be listened to, they show themselves to be interested, rational and engaged. “In the most recent spate of US school-gun massacres, some of the most considered voices in the debate were those of the young people directly affected,” she added. “They were united on tackling the problem of gun control, rather than knee-jerk measures. Their considered views outflanked some of the political classes.” The YSI Speak Out Tour is one channel through which young people can get

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▪▪ SPEAKING OUT: Pictured at the launch of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) National Speak Out Tour 2018 were Donahies Community School students (clockwise from bottom) Jamie McGuirk (16), Taylor Massey (16), Chloe Kennedy (15), Ellie Newnham (16) and Lauryn Fitzpatrick (15). PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN involved in social issues that matter to them and engage with their peers and wider society in order to effect change. Some of this year’s 400 plus projects include: •‘Don’t Throw Away, Give Away’, by Donahies Community School, Dublin 13: An awareness-raising project from revolves around the three Rs – reduce,

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Ireland’s first driving school opens for kids IRELAND'S first ever driv- purpose built, road marked ing school for kids has traffic course before leaving with their own driving opened at Tayto Park. licence. The new 1,000m2 track is Tayto Park and Nissan have joined forces to offer currently under construction kids the chance to learn at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, the rules of the road and to Co Meath and will be comtest their driving skills on a pleted and open to the pub-

lic on Saturday, March 24. The easy drive track will accommodate 20 miniature battery operated Nissan cars at one time with the new attraction set to give young drivers a real experience of what it is like to take to the road.

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“The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will be the first of its kind in Ireland of which I’m sure will be very popular among our younger visitors this season. “I’m delighted to welcome Nissan to Tayto Park as this marks a milestone as the first sponsored attraction at the park.” The CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, added: “Innovation and excitement for everyone is at the heart of what we do at Nissan. “We are delighted to bring that thinking to our sponsorship of the new Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park. “The thousands of children who will enjoy this new family attraction are the EV drivers of tomorrow. “This innovative partnership with Tayto Park provides an exciting opportunity for Nissan to continue pioneering the switch to Electric Vehicle driving. “We look forward to demonstrating the full range of Nissan vehicles, including the new Nissan LEAF, as part of the new family attraction and to joining Tayto Park in providing children with a fun and memorable experience

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Having a Grand time in the Opel Insignia Sport Seán Creedon THERE is an old saying that “it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice”. That phrase came to mind last week when I went to pick the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport from the company’s offices in Sandyford. If a motor writer cannot make the launch of a new car often it a case of learn as you go when the keys are handed over to you. But last week was different, as thanks to a very efficient PR lady named Emily Barry I got a complete rundown on what this new Insignia has to offer.

You may well say that’s her job, but not every PR person goes to that much trouble. I have driven several versions of the Insignia, which replaced the old reliable Vectra in 2009. Six years ago I travelled to Scotland for the launch of a new version of Insignia. The car was designed by a young man named Malcolm Ward from Luton. It was fascinating to see the designer standing alongside the car he worked on and point out the different aspects of his design. This time I drove the Grand Sport (GS) version of the Insignia which is built on a new platform. It’s a premium family car

and should also be popular for fleet owners. There are so many SUVs around, it was a pleasure to find a luxurious car like the GS which competes in the same sector as the Ford Mondeo, Toyota Avensis and VW Passat. You wouldn’t think it to look at the car, but this new car is 175kg lighter than the previous version. It’s also lower and wider than its predecessor. I drove a 1.6-litre with 136 brake horse power, which if I needed to could get me from zero to 100kmh in 10.5 seconds. The top speed is around 210kmph, but I didn’t get an opportunity to go to Mondello Park to check it out. I think a luxury car like

this is for cruising along the motorway, rather than being the first to jump away from the traffic lights. The first thing you notice when you sit in the driver’s seat is the heads-up display that tells you the speed limit and the speed you are doing. The dash area is now clutter-free with most of the buttons on the touch screen display. In the back seat there is ample room for three wellbuilt adults, with plenty of leg and head room. I am not a golfer, but most golfers should be happy with the massive boot. However, while there is a well for a spare wheel none is provided. So once again the advice is that if you are buying new to haggle with

the dealer for a spare. All Opel cars now have their OnStar service where you can talk to an agent at the touch of a button in the cabin. This agent will tell you where you nearest filling sta-

tion or restaurant is. Prices start at €27,350 but my 1.6-litre turbo starts at €32,350. Then of course there is a plethora of extra, but as I always say it’s up to you the buyer to choose

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MOTORING Peugeot maintains its magnificent momentum PEUGEOT maintained its tremendous growth in passenger car sales in February, recording a 78.5 per cent year to date increase.

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Dream property impresses NOT many of us get to live in our dream home, but architect Niall Henry is one of the exceptions to the rule. Niall from Dublin Design Studio lives with his wife Emma and their three children in this contemporary home he designed in Clontarf. The house sits alongside the homes of his wife’s sister and brother, which were also designed by Niall. Niall had to work within the constraints of a very narrow site and wanted to push

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Niall is one of the finalists in this year’s RTE Home of the Year show. Championing individuality, creativity and commitment to design, Home of the Year features homeowners around Ireland who have done something special to the place they call home. Over eight weeks, 21 homes are competing for the Home of the Year title, with three very different properties featured each week. Take a look at some of the features of Niall’s home in these stunning photos.

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IN 1984, a 73-year-old Ronald Reagan was coming under media scrutiny. The oldest serving president in US history was now seeking re-election, and commentators opined that he may not be fit to hold office for another four years. During a Presidential debate, the moderator asked the incumbent what the newspapers had been asking for weeks. “Is there any doubt in your mind that you would be able to function (as President)?” Reagan’s quip in response was witty and helped to end the chatter around his capacity. Addressing the questioner and the voters he said: "Not at all, and I want you to know that I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." The rest is history. Today it’s not in the least bit unusual to see world political and business leaders over 65 (think of Richard Branson and Warren Buffett). However, despite those people being revered and respected as luminaries and contributors to society we live in a world where a lot of people find it difficult to get work because of their age. Retirement age in Ireland is generally 65, although some companies have a lower threshold. I can understand an employer’s reluctance to hire someone for a permanent role who may well be planning to stop work in a few years. However, as a general rule, if someone is qualified, technologically adept, and willing then the experience an older person can bring and the lack of other commitments to distract them (often children have been reared and mortgages paid) should be highly prized. Whereas a groupthink in relation to older candidates has existed, attitudes are beginning to change. In 2012 18.5 per cent of people over 65 were working in the US, compared to 10.8 per cent in 1985. At home things are changing too. The public sector now has a minimum retirement age of 65 in many areas, meaning that people who are healthy and suitable can continue to work. This is

▪▪ We live in a world where a lot of people find it difficult to get work because of their age. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK in part due to the realisation that pension costs are growing as people live longer. Recent changes to State Pension eligibility rules mean that from 2021 new recipients will have to be 67-years-of-age, as opposed to 66 today. This means that under current rules many people without private pensions will find themselves in a situation where they have no income for a period of years between the end of their career and their pension kicking in. While this is a good argument for starting a private

pension, it also means that we should examine whether contractual retirement ages are too blunt of a tool for both employees and employers. This is something that is on candidates’ minds today. In my line of work, I'm often asked if age will count against an applicant. The answer is that an age bias probably does exist. Of course, there are ways to counter any misgivings on the part of an employer. Candidates should not rest on their laurels or on past experience alone. They should be up to speed tech-

nologically - if they need to upskill there are mature student programmes and government retraining schemes available. They should also make sure CV and interview skills are properly honed and should make absolutely no apologies for age. Rather, candidates should use age, but more importantly experience as an advantage, impressing upon employers their flexibility and desire to work. We recently placed two men and two women well into their 60s in well paid and skilled jobs, so although

there is a bias, opportunities do exist. Numbers associated with retirement (55, 60, 65) are outdated, and don’t take account of the vitality and sharpness of a lot of people at or nearing that age. Age is not some perfect indicator of capacity. The sooner employers realise that, the more opportunities may present themselves. That would be a win-win for individuals and society. •Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit or call 01-8456312.

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Dublin City Council We, Thomas and Eileen Whelan, intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at the site 7 Whitethorn Close, Artane, Dublin 5. The development will consist of the removal of the existing ground floor window and extending the ground floor to provide a bay window. The roof over the new ground floor bay window will extend over the main entrance door as an external canopy. The new window and roof will match the existing. 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 its 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.

We, James and Tracey O’Shea, intend to apply for planning retention permission for creation of vehicular access driveway to front garden with associated site development works to dwelling house at 10 Belton Park Road, Donnycarney, Dublin 9, D09 Y9W2. 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 I, Noel Preston intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site 66 Greencastle Crescent, Coolock, Dublin 17. Development will consist of a proposed new ground floor only detached building to the rear of the existing site to be used as a games room/gym. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council I Fr. Gerard Tanham intend to apply for planning permission for an external accessible entrance ramp serving the Church of the Assumption which is a protected structure (ref: RPS 597) at Church of the Assumption, Main St., Howth, Co. Dublin D13 V6R9. 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 I Rachel Wall of 29 Glenshesk Road Whitehall Dublin 9 am applying to the Council for the widening of entrance gate to allow for off street parking with dishing to foot-path kerb The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We Thomas & Sinead Cosgrave intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at 30 Warrenhouse Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.The development will consist of replacing the existing dwelling house with new dormer style dwelling mainly on the existing footprint, and all ancillary & associated site works. Previous Planning Ref: F10A/0014. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I/We, Superford Ltd Trading, trading as San Lorenzo’s restaurant intend to apply for planning permission for a change of frontage to this premise. The addition of a retractable canvas awning to extend diagonally will be affixed to the building at a height of 2.95 metres from ground level, at first floor level, providing patrons with weather protection. 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 Fingal County Council We, Eamon and Marie Donnelly, intend to apply for Permission for development at the site located on the corner of Back Road and The Hill, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of modifications to a previously approved development (REG. REF: F15A/0604) and will include the following A) A reduction in size of the proposed dwelling B) Omission of previously proposed single storey flat roof elements to the south and east elevations C) Revised pitched roof design D) Revisions to window locations and design E) A Revised vehicular entrance and gate location from The Hill to Back Road F) provision of a new pedestrian entrance gate accessed from The Hill F) Alterations to boundary wall locations with No. 1 Parnell Cottages and F) All associated site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council. We Brian and Anne Marie Gaffney intend to apply for a planning permission for a development on this site. The development will consist of single storey bedroom and bathroom extension to side, single storey porch to front, internal alterations, alterations to ground floor windows all to ground floor and for new first floor dormer roof extension to form new lounge and kitchen ( Previous Ref No F08B /0357 ) with new off street car parking to front and all to existing bungalow at 6 St Lawerence Terrace, Howth Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Fingal County Council Planning Authority, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 16.30 pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of Euro 20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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From waltzers to family attractions to the carousel, there is something for everyone at the St Patrick’s Festival Funfairs. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. A firm festival favourite, the Funfairs at Merrion Square, Dublin 2 and Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, will light up the city with colourful carnival fairgrounds. Whether you are young or young at heart, go along for some craic!

This fun event takes runners through the heart of beautiful Georgian Dublin and is suitable for families, fun runners and dedicated athletes. There’s a guaranteed lively atmosphere as street performers, face painters and musicians will be on hand to entertain, and spectators line the route to cheer the runners on.

Almost every Dubliner has fond memories of the St Patrick’s Day Parade so why not create some more for this event that gets bigger and better every year. ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ is the theme for the 2018 Festival Parade, which will weave its way through the heart of the capital city in a flourish of colour and flair. Ireland’s finest street-theatre companies will be swirling by with fantastical pageantry and raucous performances.


The Irish Premiere of ‘Daddy Long Legs’ The Musical takes place from March 20-24 at 7.30pm at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin (also, matinee performance on March 24 at 2.30pm). Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, ‘Daddy Long Legs’ is a beloved tale about Jerusha Abbott the ‘Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home’ and her mysterious benefactor who decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor’s identity – so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Visit for more information.


If you are feeling energetic on St Patrick’s Day, you are invited to take part in the annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk, from Howth Harbour to Dun Laoghaire (or vice versa). The 16.2-mile walk will take participants along the scenic Dublin Bay route with a ‘Halfway Hooley’ hosted at Dublin Port Company’s public plaza. TRADITIONAL SLOW-SESSION Participants can register at at a cost of A traditional slow-session takes place on Monday evenings in the Sandyford Community Centre. This would suit beginner to intermediate traditional Irish musicians who would love an opportunity to €25 per person. All funds raised will go towards Aware’s nationwide support, education and information services. play with fellow troubadours but don’t quite yet have the skill or confidence to take that jump. Lots of fun playing jigs, reels and other musical delights with fiddles, concertinas and banjos aplenty! Contact 0874340019 or

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THISISPOPBABY, with St Patrick’s Festival, is continuing with ‘Where We Live’, a two-week programme of theatre productions, work-in progress showings, music events, live art and a major exhibition that began on March 6 and ends on March 18 in The Complex in Smithfield. ‘Where We Live’ is a kaleidoscope of stories about what it feels like to live in Dublin and Ireland today, told by some of the best storytellers on the island. Tickets for ‘Where We Live’ events are on sale at

This World Poetry Day (Wednesday, March 21) creatives and coffee lovers in Dublin can swap out plastic for prose and claim a free coffee at locations across the city. The Pay With A Poem initiative inspires people around the world to try their hand at poetry, using their favourite songs for inspiration. Those who get creative can pay for their coffee with a poem at Baked Dundrum on Sandyford Road and Baked Rathmines on Lower Rathmines Road. To get involved, customers need only write a poem at either location to claim a free coffee or tea.


Cast Eimear Smyth, Doris Cullen and Lisa Walsh of the Balally Players star in ‘Little Germ’ a wonderfully funny play at the Mill Theatre on March 16. Three generations of women tell the story of one extraordinary year in their lives. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion the Sambucas won’t shift, Lorraine has lost it at work and is shipped off to see the head doctor and Granny Kay is minding Gem and wondering about an itch she can’t fix...all told with love and humour. Be prepared to be beguiled and enchanted by this moving and entertaining play.

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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

▪▪ Malahide Coast Road and Strand, c. 1915. On the left stands the converted Martello Tower with its conical roof with superb views over the beach and estuary. The Martello Tower conversion was designed by the architect F.G. Hicks in 1910 for his own home and it became known as ‘Hick’s Tower’. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin) by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, March 29, 1853

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, March 15, 1867

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, March 15, 1867

▪▪ Sunday Independent, March 15, 1925

▪▪ Irish Independent, March 11, 1947

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, February 7, 1865

▪▪ Irish Press, March 9, 1966

▪▪ Evening Herald, March 3, 1939

▪▪ Phoenix Park, c. 1940. The park was a popular destination for Dubliners. This postcard shows a busy scene on the main road through the park with motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all enjoying an afternoon out. The road runs for three miles in a straight line from Parkgate to Castleknock Gate. On the right is the Wellington Monument, which was erected in 1861 to commomorate the victories of Dubliner Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, particularly over Napoleon Bonaparte and the French at Waterloo. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin) by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill Macmillan/The History Press.


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