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Call for local Garda station to be reopened Pat O’Rourke


LOCAL TD has called for a Garda station to be reopened in her constituency. The Department of Justice has confirmed that work is currently underway to identify six Garda stations that were closed during the height of the recession to be reopened as part of a pilot scheme. Dublin Fingal TD Louise O’Reilly (SF) said Rush must not be forgotten when these stations are being considered. Deputy O’Reilly said the Programme for

Partnership Government made a firm commitment to launch a pilot scheme to reopen six Garda stations. However, she said that following questions to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald previously, it seemed there was “scant detail” on the basis upon which stations would be chosen for the pilot. “Indeed, while the Minister advised that the Garda Commissioner and the Policing Authority have responsibility for this area, she did say that she will have a role in this,” Deputy O’Reilly told Northside People. Continued on page 3


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▪▪ Dublin Fingal TD Louise O’Reilly (SF)

Call for local Garda station to be reopened in Rush Continued from front page in terms of the merits of having Rush included in the pilot scheme. “The closure of Rush “In recent months, Garda Station has left a void in the policing of North serious violent crime has visited the community of Fingal. Fingal and I believe that as “Rush, due to its part of the pilot scheme, all geographical location, is areas should be considered distinctly disadvantaged equally on their merit and in regards to responses to their need for increased calls, with the only fully operational Garda station in Garda presence in the community,” she stated. Balbriggan. “Reopening Rush Garda “Having received station and restoring numerous calls from services to Lusk, I believe, residents and shop owners should be part of this. in relation to this, I spent a “I will continue to push large amount of time last for this with the Minister year collecting a petition and the Department in the of signatures in the local weeks ahead.” community. A spokesperson for the “Every weekend we were meeting people on this and Department of Justice they voiced their anger over said it is important to point out that the Garda the current situation. Commissioner has statutory “In that regard, I responsibility for the submitted the petition to the Minister to demonstrate distribution of Garda resources in the State, first-hand the groundswell of support for the reopening including in relation to Garda stations. of the station.” “The Government has Deputy O’Reilly believes requested the Garda the petition and the local Commissioner, while fully support carry great weight

cognisant of her statutory functions in relation to the distribution of Garda resources in the State, to identify six stations for reopening on a pilot basis to determine possible positive impacts that such openings will have on criminal activity, with special emphasis on burglaries, theft and public order,” the spokesperson told Northside People. “Work is currently underway in An Garda Síochána to identify the six stations for inclusion in the pilot. The Tánaiste expects to receive a report from the Commissioner by the end of May. “It is intended that the results of the pilot scheme will feed into the wider ongoing review by the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, at the request of the Policing Authority, of the dispersal and use of resources available to An Garda Síochána in the delivery of policing services to local communities.”  

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HE death of Eamonn Casey last week gave cause to reflect on how much Ireland has changed since 1992, when revelations about the former bishop’s relationship with a divorced woman rocked Catholic Ireland to its core.

Catholic perspective, blatant hypocrisy. The recent Tuam babies scandal has laid bare Church and ▪▪ Catholicism was at the peak of its powers when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979. PHOTO: State failings that were far more Of course, it would still be a big Dublin City Public Libraries Digital Archive sinister and far-reaching than deal today if a leading member Eamonn Casey’s. In this context, the sexual of the clergy was found to have A measured response to the died, Pat Kenny’s Newstalk show now infamous appearance on peccadillos of Eamonn Casey pale former bishop’s passing came fathered a child. Throw in the ‘The Late Late Show’, before carried an excellent report by in comparison. Notwithstanding financial elements of the Casey taking a darker turn into the in a statement from President Jonathan Healy on the scandals his misappropriation of diocesan Michael D Higgins, who paid saga and we’d have the makings litany of child sex abuse cases the Church has found itself funds, Casey was really only of a major controversy, albeit and the Catholic Church’s tribute to Casey’s work on embroiled in. It started with perhaps one not so seismic. shamefully inadequate response guilty of human frailty or, if homelessness and housing with the Casey story, with archive harshly judged from a devout About a week before Casey to them. the Irish emigrant community recordings of Annie Murphy’s

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▪▪ The late Jacqueline Daniel pictured taking part in the Torch of Hope Relay event in 2012 with, from left, Luke Fitzgerald, Bryan Cullen and Shane Jennings. dreams of holding the event, in aid of cancer charities. The ‘Grown Ups Debs Night Charity Ball’ will take place at City North Hotel, County Meath, this Saturday, March 25.

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Training centres celebrate 40 years EARLIER this month staff bution. and learners from the Discovery Community Chairperson of IACTO Guss Training Centre (CTC) in O’Connell opened the event, Darndale took part in an giving a wonderful insight exhibition organised by the into how the first CommuIrish Association Of Com- nity Training Centre was set munity Training Organi- up in 1977 and the journey it sations (IACTO) in Dublin took to bring the model up to Castle to mark 40 years of the standard it is known for CTCs in Ireland. Minister today. Dr Dermot Stokes and for Education and Skills Richard Bruton presented Dr Mary Gordon, from the each CTC with a commem- National Educational Psyorative plaque and deliv- chological Service (NEPS), ered a speech congratulat- delivered excellent presening all in attendance for tations. These looked at how Quarter Page Herald 6 Stores draft 2.pdf their hard work and contri- the approach to learning

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circles who refer to her reveal something different, dismissively as “that girl and in her new film, ‘PersonKRISTEN Stewart’s act- from the Twilight movies”. al Shopper’, Stewart tries on the garments of a leading ing ability may have been Closer inspection would lady, a role she wears with unfairly judged in some

an impressive ease and quiet power. The movie tells the story of Maureen, a young American woman living in Paris

and working as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars. But Maureen is also a spiritual medium, grieving the recent death of her twin brother, Lewis. In that capacity she finds herself employed by the prospective buyers of her brother’s old house, who want to make sure that all traces of his spirit are gone before they move in. This is a role that Maureen happily takes on, secretly hoping for one last sign from Lewis, so she can let his spirit rest in peace. But when strange texts start to arrive from someone who seems to know her every move, Maureen begins to wonder could this really be her dead brother trying to make contact from beyond the grave? The film is written and directed by Olivier Assayas who won the Best Director award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Assayas directed the 2014 critically acclaimed ‘Clouds


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of Sils Maria’, also starring Stewart, this time alongside Juliette Binoche, so the two obviously have a creative bond that generates good work. While it may look like a regular run of the mill haunted house tale from the outset, ‘Personal Shopper’ reveals itself to be much more than that. It explores the interesting subject of life after death as well as more standard themes of betrayal,

loss and sanity. All of these meaty matters hang on the model-like shoulders of Stewart, who is more than up to the job. This is her show and she steals it in a spellbindingly breathtaking performance. Your heart may skip a few beats during some of the scarier moments, especially the ending, but it’s worth it for a film we score a haunting 4 out of 5 stars. PAUL O’ROURKE

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22 MAR 2017

Fundraising adventure to help Chernobyl children Hayley Halpin CHERNOBYL Children International is hosting an adventure event to raise money to bring children from Belarus to Ireland this summer. The ‘Go Wild Adventure’ challenge on May 27 will raise funds towards bringing 21 children and young adults from Vesnova Orphanage in Belarus to Ireland for rest and recuperation. Chernobyl Children International (CCI) is asking people to join them in Wicklow for a day of zip lining, zorbing, obstacle courses and more. The event will cater to all levels of fitness. While teams will be made up of five to six people, there is an option to register without a team and CCI will form full teams on participants’ behalves. A bus will be provided from Dublin to Wicklow for the event and a BBQ will

be held for all participants after the adventures have finished. Oldtown resident Trina Gilchriest, chairperson of CCI, said: “We fundraise annually and each year we try to find an idea that is new to the public and not something they would do everyday. “We try to offer something a little out of the ordinary so as to draw people's attention. “To date some of our fundraisers have included a Ghost Hunt in Enniscorthy Castle, an Alternative Rose Competition for men instead of women, a Heaven to Hell Challenge which consisted of a climb of Croagh Patrick and then a drive straight back to the Hellfire Club for an overnight stay at the infamous haunted spot, to name but a few.” Dublin CCI fundraises annually to provide rest and recuperation to children/ young adults who have been

▪▪ Trina Gilchriest, from Oldtown, with Igor (20). affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Members of the group also travel regularly to volunteer in the Vesnova children's orphanage in Belarus which houses 170 children and young adults all with a physical or mental disability. This year, Dublin CCI will

bring 21 children, teenagers and young adults to Dublin for the summer. For some, this will be their first time outside institutional care. Ms Gilchriest said that as well as removing the children from their contaminated land for a month and giving them fresh air, food

▪▪ Tracey Crooke, Ardcath, Garristown, with Vasya (16). and water which will help to build their weakened immune systems, it affords them two years of a healthy life when they return to Belarus. “We also want to create life long good memories for them to take back, something they have had little or

none of in life so far,” she added. Registration for the event must take place by March 31, at a cost of €20 per person. Registration can be made at go-wild-challenge-in-aid-ofadi-roches-chernobyl-children-international-registra-

tion-32574678741. April 26 will mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and will also be the first day to celebrate the inaugural 'International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day' as designated by the United Nations.




22 MAR 2017


Local business pays tribute to top chef Hayley Halpin KAY’S Kitchen in Clarehall Shopping Centre have paid tribute to one of their head chefs who sadly passed away recently. Scott Curran (40), originally from Ballymun, was one of three head chefs in the central kitchen of the business for the past eight years. He sadly died following a heart attack last month. Bart Glover, proprietor of Kay’s Kitchen, has spoken fondly of the time Scott spent working with the company. “It was a terrible tragedy for us all,” said Mr Glover. “He was such a character. I own the place and before I go into the kitchen I would have to say: I wonder what he’s going to come out with today. “He was a great chef, he was a natural chef.” Scott had only recently re-

▪▪ The late Scott Curran (fourth from left, back row) pictured with his Irish teammates at the competition in Slovakia. turned from a major cooking competition in Bratislava, Slovakia. A group of chefs from Ireland travelled to the competition to represent the country.

Along with Stephen Reilly, head of food at Kay’s Kitchen, Scott competed against a vast array of international competition. Both Scott and Stephen won gold medals, while

▪▪ Scott’s friends in the catering business formed a guard of honour at his funeral in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington. Scott won the overall as the Best Chef in the competition. “It was a great tribute to ourselves and we were all delighted,” Mr Glover said. Following their return Scott went on to attend the CATEX cooking competition in the RDS, one of the biggest catering events in Ireland, where people attend to sell equipment, software and different kinds of foods. Scott, who won silver at a cooking competition held at the event, stayed at a nearby hotel to be close to the venue for the weekend. He tragically passed away after taking ill in his hotel room that night. “He was a born comic and he was a great man to pass remarks. Apart from his

good cooking, his impeccable timekeeping, his reliability, his dependability and his skill as a chef. He was a very skillful chef and his personality was really something,” Mr Glover said. “It left a big hole in Kay’s ▪▪ Scott Curran RIP that has to be filled. Now we have to go and find somebody else and all the rest of that. They may be as good as Scott but they’ll never be better. “He was somebody that was very good at his job but had a huge personality as well,” he added. In a symbolic gesture, Scott’s many friends in the catering business, wearing their chef’s attire, formed a guard of honour at his funeral mass in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington, County Meath.

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Swimmers in the medals at lifesaving championships DEDICATED lifesavers of all ages from Dublin city made big waves at a major international swimming event in England recently. St John Berchman’s Lifeguard Club proved itself amongst the best in Britain and Ireland at the prestigious Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS) international speed championships at the Ponds Forge international 50-metre pool in Sheffield. Members returned home with a string of top times along with 18 medals. Swimming, lifeguard and surfing clubs from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland took part in the championships, which bring together the best and fastest volunteer lifesavers. Twenty competitors from the lifesaving section of the 150-member Dublin club took part in the event, which was organised by the RLSS, an international charity ded-

and swimming instruction for local children. Between June and September each year, members give up their time to run outdoor lifesaving classes at North Dublin beaches. The RLSS speed championships involve young and old lifesavers competing in a number of disciplines and distances, including obstacle races, rescues using life saving equipment, rope throwing and carrying manikins filled with water to simulate adult casualties. The events are based on real lifeguard techniques such as using rescue equipment, and the sport of Life Saving is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Winners of gold medals in▪▪ The team members who enjoyed great success in Sheffield. cluded Paddy Kelly and David Browne in the Individual Line icated to drowning preven- in 1974 to provide training valuable life skills such as Throw, Patricia Kelly and Laura Mulhair in the equivfor local people looking for swimming and first aid. tion worldwide. The club soon expanded to alent ladies’ event, and the St John Berchman’s Life- lifeguard jobs in the leisure guard Club was established industry, as well as learning include a competitive section ladies’ team of Laura Mul-

hair, Michelle Butler, Niamh Ronan and Eva Harrington won the rescue rope-throw relay event, setting a British record in the process. The club’s director of swimming, Sheila Mulhair, said: “Lifesaving Sport is a great way of ensuring that the nation’s lifeguards keep up their fitness during the winter months, in readiness for taking up duties on the beaches later in the year. “This year was one of our best performances at the international speed championships and everyone was totally elated, although the swimmers came back very tired from a really hectic weekend. “It was amazing to see them do so well, with personal bests recorded in several events, and three overall silver medals for the club.” Other team members included Noel Mulhair, June and Sarah O’Flaherty, Niall and Donal McLarnon, Al-

annah and Robyn Drumm, Shane Kelly, Eoghan Heeney, Cilian Spain and Naoise and Fiachra O’Nuallain. Ms Mulhair added: “You hear a lot these days about kids sitting at computers or hanging around the streets, but these kids train several times each week as lifesavers. “The Sheffield event brings together the very best young (and not-so-young) lifesavers, and there were over 500 competitors. It was a great chance to show other clubs what we can do. “A number of our swimmers achieved qualifying times for the European Championships, which take place in Belgium in September.” Other Irish clubs represented included Poseidon Swimming Club from County Wicklow, and the overall championship was won by Olympia Life Saving Club from Belfast.


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GAA team smiling following orthodontist’s sponsorship The Fingallians GAA Under 14 Girls’ team had plenty to smile about recently when they received a set of new jerseys sponsored by Swords Orthodontics. The Fins ladies are currently preparing to participate in the Féile Peil na nÓg competition in April and are still on a high after winning their championship in late 2016. Liam Ó Culbáird of Fingallians presented a framed jersey to Dr Stephen Murray of Swords Orthodontics. “All voluntary groups, such as the GAA, depend on the support and generosity of local businesses,” said Mr Ó Culbáird. “We are delighted to have the support of Swords Orthodontics. “Many of our members have been through the doors of Stephen’s practice and we have already been working together for a number of

▪▪ Dr Stephen Murray, left, receives a framed jersey from Liam Ó Culbáird of Fingallians. years. Long may it last.” Dr Murray said: “This group were one of the first teams we sponsored a few years ago and everybody at the practice takes an interest in their progress. “Swords Orthodontics is

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Who were the Irish Citizen Army? people succumbed to their injuries and died. Hundreds more were injured and the newspapers referred to it as ‘Bloody Sunday’, one of many such tragic Sundays over the course of the 20th Century in Ireland. Reminiscing on the formation of the Irish Citizen Army, Frank Robbins maintained it was founded to protect “the lowly paid and despised workers” who were “murdered, imprisoned and brutally beaten by the armed forces of the British With Lorcan Collins Crown.” The three main founders of the ICA were James Connolly, Jim Larkin and Captain HE Irish Citizen Army was Jack White, a former member of the British founded during the Lockout to defend workers against attacks Army and son of a well known Loyalist. On November 13, Connolly, speaking to by the Dublin Metropolitan a large crowd at Liberty Hall, said: “The Police (DMP). next time we are out for a march I want to be accompanied by four battalions of our On August 31, 1913, Jim Larkin was own men”. arrested after giving a speech from a The ICA first mustered in Croydon window in the Imperial Hotel opposite the Park, Fairview on November 23, 1913 GPO. As the union leader was being led where Captain White did his best to away by the DMP, Countess Markievicz organise about 40 hungry, bedraggled and ran to shake his hand only to receive a undisciplined men. policeman’s fist in her face. They had no uniforms or guns; just a few The police, who had been drinking, went on a rampage on Sackville Street, beating hurleys and plenty of courage. During the Lockout the ICA acted as a deterrent to any man, woman and child. police action against the strikers and they After a long weekend of violence three


▪▪ Serving Ireland: the Irish Citizen Army were a welcome presence at any pickets and certainly acted as a morale booster. When the strikes ended in January 1914 a meeting was held in Liberty Hall to decide upon the future of the ICA. Rather than disband it, Sean O’Casey, Markievicz, Connolly and others resolved to reorganise it and turn it into a permanent revolutionary force. A new constitution was adopted which avowed that the “ownership of Ireland, moral and material, is vested of right in the people of Ireland.” An order was given to the famous Dublin firm, Arnotts, for 50 uniforms of dark green serge topped off with a

slouched or Cronje hat pinned with the red hand badge of the union. Under a new flag, the ‘Starry Plough’, the army cut quite a figure as they marched through the streets of the capital. When Larkin left for the US in October 1914, James Connolly took charge of the ITGWU and the Citizen Army. He appointed a new chief-of-staff, Michael Mallin, who had spent a dozen years in the British Army. It was Mallin who really whipped the ICA into shape in preparation for the coming revolution. Tom Clarke was careful to invite the ICA to attend, with the Irish Volunteers, the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa in August 1915.

More importantly the Irish Republican Brotherhood were to welcome Connolly into their organisation in January 1916 thus ensuring that the Irish Citizen Army would join forces with the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann during the Easter Rising. Lorcan Collins runs the Michael Collins Walking Tour (www. and the 1916 Walking Tour ( His books, published by O’Brien Press, include 1916: The Rising Handbook (2016) and James Connolly: 16 Lives (2012).


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COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee Morning in aid of Down Syndrome Dublin will take place at the Coffee Dock in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Artane, on Wednesday, March 29 at 10.30am. All are welcome. NEW MEMBERS: North Dublin Singers rehearse on Tuesdays from 8pm to 10pm at Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre and are looking for new members. Fun centred, range of styles, four-part harmony, active choir that fundraises for charity and performs at community events. All ages/levels welcome. Phone Susan on 086-8805599 for more details or visit


SHOW: Baldoyle Musical Society presents 'Seussical', a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza which is fun for the whole family. 'Seussical' weaves an inspiring story that features great musical numbers and spectacular dance routines. It runs from April 18-22 at 8pm in St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle. Tickets are priced at €15 for adults, and €12 for children, OAPs and groups of ten and over. Bookings can be made at or on 085-1378329. SPRING SHOW: Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society will hold their annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 1 at St Nessan's Community School, Moyclare Road, off Warrenhouse Road, Baldoyle, and visitors are welcome between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. New exhibitors are welcome with all you need to know about the society and show brochures available on or from the secretary (Ann Campbell on 086-8183709. Free admittance for exhibitors and members, €2 for non-members.


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FOOTBALL MEMORABILIA: Killester United Football Club will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a black tie event in Clontarf Castle on October 7. Are you a past player/member? Do you have any old photographs/memorabilia which the club could use in a brochure/memories booklet for distribution on the night? If you have, please contact Frank Farrell on 01-8480320 or email killesterunitedit@ or alternatively drop it into Killester Sports & Social Club, Hadden Park, Killester.


TALK: Howth Peninsula Heritage Society presents a talk by author Padraig Yeates entitled ‘Dublin in the War of Independence’, at the Howth Angling Centre, West Pier on Tuesday, March 28 at 8pm. Admission to non-members is €5. AA MEETINGS: If you feel you have a drink problem or want to stop drinking you are welcome to attend AA meetings which are held every Wednesday from 8.30pm–9.30pm at Columbanus Hall, Parish Centre, 12 Main Street, Howth. This is a fellowship of men and women who share a common problem and help others to recover from drinking.


TALK: Balbriggan and District Horticultural society will hold a garden talk, 'Spring Garden' by Christopher Heavey, on Thursday, March 23 at 8.30pm in the Scouts’ Den, Market Green Balbriggan. Admission is €4.

▪▪ Michael Whelan, Pamela Coates, Pat Treacy, and David Blair of The Inn Raheny Golf Society pictured presenting a cheque for €19,000, the proceeds of their annual golf outing, to Berndatte Gillis and Sr Margaret Cashman of St Francis Hospice, Raheny. PHOTO: FRANK MALONE take place from 2pm to 4pm every Tuesday in the meeting room attached to Raheny Court, end of Avondale Park. Tuition in oil painting, watercolour and acrylic is by a professional artist. Friendly atmosphere and all abilities are catered for. For further information, contact Frances McGivern on 01-8314251 or Michael Gaffney on 01-8318662.


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Have you been bereaved in the last two years? Would you like support to help you CEILI: Balgriffin Hall Committee and cope with your grief? TARGET CounKinsealy CCE are holding a ceili in Balgriffin Hall, Malahide Road this Saturday, selling Service and the Irish Hospice March 25 from 9pm to 12midnight. Music Foundation will be running a grief COOLOCK by the Brian Boru Ceili Band. Admission support group soon. If you would like MEETING: Alcoholism is a family to find out more about this group, is €10. Refreshments served. problem. If you think you or a family please contact Trish/Emma on 01member has a drink problem, Alcoholics 8671967 or email trisha@targeteduAnonymous is holding an open Public SWORDS Meeting for information and educaFAIR: A Daffodil Craft & Vintage tion in St Brendan’s Parish Centre (old Fair, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, church), Coolock Village, on the first will take place at the Riasc Centre, SUTTON Tuesday of every month from 8.30pmSwords Business Park, Feltrim Road BRIDGE: Are you interested in im9.30pm. All are welcome. Speakers from on March 25 from 12noon to 5pm. proving your bridge? If so, why not join Al-Anon and AA. There is a solution. AA BEREAVEMENT: Bethany trained a friendly and welcoming group in St office, phone 01-8420700, 9.30am-5pm; members are available to provide supFintan's Community Centre, Greenfield after hours 6pm-10pm/weekends 10am- port to those grieving the loss of a loved Road, Sutton, on Thursdays at 7.30pm. 6pm, phone 01-8527000. one. They provide a free, confidential For more information, phone 087PARENTS ALONE: Doras Bui, a service. The group meets on the second 2135576. parent alone resource centre, is and last Monday of every month from located on Bunratty Drive, Coolock. 7.30pm at the Parish Office, Parochial FAIRVIEW Accurate information on your rights House, Seatown Road, Swords. Contact PITCH & PUTT: Fairview CY Pitch & and entitlements is provided by a Terri on 01- 8403243, Brid on 086Putt Club on Philipsburgh Avenue is staff member who is available to talk 6006397 or Mary on 01-8402652 for open for new members who can call to you in person or by phone. A Teen further information. Open to all Fingal to the club any afternoon or contact Parent Support Project is available for residents. the secretary Nancy Stanbridge on teen parents who become pregnant 086-0562577 for more information. while at school. For more information RAHENY Groups are also welcome. on these and other services, phone VOLUNTEERS: Need a new chal01-8484811/8481872, email info@do- lenge? Looking for adventure? The SANTRY or visit 73rd Raheny Scout Group is looking COMMUNITY GARDEN: Members for volunteers age 18+ to sign up and of Santry Community Garden meet in become Leaders in an exciting, fun a four-acre heritage walled garden CLONTARF and adventurous scout group. They in a quiet corner of Santry Demesne. TALK: Clontarf Gardening Society provide all the training you need and The opening hours are Wednesday and will present ‘Easter Flowers’, a talk by Friday from 2pm to 4pm, and Saturday Sharon O’Sullivan on Thursday, March 30 you get to have all the fun! For more and Sunday from 11am to 1pm. If you in St John’s Parish Centre, Seafield Road information email would like to join the group and make at 8pm. Admission for non-members ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The Raheny new friends, visit www.santrycommuniis €5 and includes tea and homemade cake. Admission for members is free. All Active Retirement Art Group art classes


▪▪ Maura Corr, Feng Tien and Margaret McLoughlin pictured at the International Women’s Day celebrations at Artane Coolock Family Resource Centre. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA


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CHARITY BINGO: Charity Bingo in aid of the St Francis Pastoral Centre building fund takes place every Tuesday at 8.30pm in Martin's Lounge, Priorswood. All are welcome.


SENIOR CENTRE: Golden Years is a senior centre in Darndale with day care and drop-in facilities available for older people living in the catchment area of Darndale, Belcamp, DONNYCARNEY Moatview, Ferrycarrig, Clonshaugh, Le Chéile – Donnycarney Community Riverside, Glin, Cara Park and PriorCentre have daily activities and classes swood. New members are sought for to suit all age groups. Classes range the drop-in and day care services. For from art, music, writing, dancing and fitness. For full listings, visit more information, contact Golden Years on (01) 8771600 or email info@ or call 01-8329676.


SOCIAL CLUB: Pitch & Putt, bowls outdoor and indoor, tennis, snooker, gym, bridge and bar games take place at Ierne Social & Sports Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra. New members are welcome. Phone 01-


BOWLS CLUB: Bayside Indoor Bowls Club is seeking new members. This active age group meets every Friday from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Bayside Community Centre. No experience necessary.



22 MAR 2017




House prices putting homes beyond reach of workers who build them


NITE general secretary Len McCluskey says that spiralling house prices are putting a home beyond the reach of many of the workers building them. Mr McCluskey, who is standing for re-election as general secretary of Britain and Ireland’s biggest trade union, was addressing a meeting of Unite members in the construction sector, in

Dublin last week. “According to the latest figures the average house price in Dublin is now nearly eight time times the average annual earnings of a construction worker,” said Mr McCluskey. “Unite is working to ensure that construction jobs are good jobs: organising and defending members against the kind of sharp practice which is not only bad for workers but bad for the entire construction

sector. “Workers deserve decent jobs – and decent employers deserve a level playing field. That’s why Unite has been campaigning for a Sectoral Employment Order which will ensure that bad employers cannot drive down terms and conditions in a bid to undercut each other. “But wages are just one side of the living standards coin: prices, including the price of housing, are the other side.”

Mr McCluskey said it’s unacceptable that the average price of a house in Dublin, at over €300,000, is nearly eight times the basic annual pay of an average construction worker. “Housing is a human right, and it is up to Governments to intervene to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing,” he said. “This means: • A major housing drive to end homelessness and tacking the obscene waiting

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• A vacant land and empty-house tax that would penalise land-hoarding and create incentives to build, renovate and bring more houses back into the market and • A new policy approach

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Council makes presentation to Rush GAA team


FINGAL County Council recently made a presentation to a local club to mark its significant achievement in Gaelic football. St Maurs GAA Club was honoured to mark their success in winning the 2016 All-Ireland Ladies’ Junior Football Championship. This was the first All-Ireland title won by Rush club in its 88-year history. The team showed great character, determination and plenty of skill to beat the Cork and Munster champions, Kinsale, by 2-13 to 3-8 in the final at Dr Cullen Park in Carlow. Eadaoin McGuinness, captain of the team, said in her victory speech that this was not only a victory for the team but for her club and the parish of Rush, and by holding this presentation in their honour the council was making it clear that this was also a great victory to be savoured for the county of Fingal. Speaking at the presentation event in Swords, Mayor

▪▪ Eadaoin McGuinness, from St Maurs, with Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler. PHOTO: KEVIN McFEELY of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler said: “Myself, and my fellow councillors, as elected members of the council, know the positive impact that this victory will have not only in Rush but right across Fingal and there is a great sense of pride at what you have achieved. “At a time when we need female role models in sport, you have a provided a squad

full of great ambassadors not only for St Maur’s and Rush but for also for Fingal and Dublin. “It came as no surprise when your inter-county star, Olivia Leonard, was named as the Fingal Sportsperson of the Year for 2016 following her exploits for club and county last year.” While the event was primarily to honour the ladies’

▪▪ Katie O’Sullivan (St Sylvester’s), left, pictured scoring one of her seven goals for the Dublin Under 14 team in their Lidl NFL Leinster Championship match against Kildare. The Dubs won 11-12 to 1-16. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

team tribute was also paid to everybody else at the St Maur’s club for the tremendous work they do in Rush by providing football, hurling, ladies football and camogie for all ages. Getting people active in sport and improving their wellbeing is becoming more and more important within the community as a whole was emphasised at the event.

▪▪ EYE ON THE BALL: Roisin Quigley (Clontarf) pictured in action for the Dublin Under 14 team in their Lidl NFL Leinster Championship match in Newbridge. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

▪▪ Members of the St Maurs team pictured with Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler in the council chamber, Swords. PHOTO: KEVIN McFEELY

▪▪ LISTEN UP: Declan Darcy (Dublin Under 14 manager) pictured giving a prematch speech to his team before their match against Kildare in the Leinster Championship. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM



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▪▪ Representing Ireland from left, Patrick Flanagan, Ellen Keane, with (centre) James Scully, Barry McClements and Nicola Turner, during day 2 of the first Para Swimming World Series meet in Copenhagen. The five Irish swimmers competed among 122 athletes from 19 countries. PHOTO: LARS THOMSEN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ The Sheriff YC FC team ahead of their FAI Junior Cup quarter final clash with Peake Villa FC in Thurles. The North Dubliners won 2-1. PHOTO: EOIN NOONAN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ John Rock of Sheriff YC FC celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during their FAI Junior Cup quarter final match against Peake Villa FC. PHOTO: EOIN NOONAN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ Anthony Kavanagh of Sheriff YC FC, left, in action against Sean Wade of Peake Villa FC during the FAI Junior Cup quarter final match in Thurles. PHOTO: EOIN NOONAN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ Ellen Keane, from Clontarf, pictured during day 2 of the first Para Swimming World Series meet in Copenhagen. PHOTO: LARS THOMSEN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ Sean Murphy of Sheriff YC FC, left, in action against William McCarthy of Peake Villa FC during the FAI Junior Cup quarter final match between the teams. Northsiders Sheriff YC advanced to the semi-final after winning 2-1. PHOTO: EOIN NOONAN/SPORTSFILE


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Track Record with..Two Stephens


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Following a public vote, the Le Crunch Apple of my Eye Song Contest has announced that Dublin band Scoops, from Balinteer and Blackrock duo, Stephen Kelly and Mimi Lane, will be among the final five contestants who will be performing to a packed live audience at Whelan's in Dublin this Thursday, March 23. Before the long-awaited showdown Dublin People caught up with contenders, Stephen O'Rourke (SOR) from Scoops and Stephen Kelly (SK) to hear about their Dublin track record...

Lingus before going back to New York! 3. MOST 'WANT TO FORGET' MOMENT IN DUBLIN? (SOR) Waterford Hurling team getting a hiding from Kilkenny in Croke Park in the All Ireland a couple of years back. (SK) Crashing my brother’s car......again 4. FIRST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT AND LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT? (SOR) First one was ‘Hanson’ (I was young!) and latest would be, like most of the country, Ed Sheeran’s new album. (SK) Oasis - ‘What's the Story Morning Glory’, or Kings of Leon - ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’.

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7. WHO WOULD MAKE UP YOUR IDEAL BAND WITH YOU AND MIMI FRONTING IT (MUSICIANS PAST AND PRESENT) 1. BEST GIG YOU'VE BEEN TO IN DUBLIN? (SOR) For me I would love an Irish super group (SOR) Without a shadow of a doubt for me the best 5. WHEN YOU'RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE with the like of Christy from Aslan, Pa from Walking gig I attended in Dublin was The Eagles in the 3AreDO YOU DO? On Cars, Jimmy from Picture This, Dave from The na. To get to see them live was a once in a lifetime (SOR) I love to explore new places and cultures Coronas, Barry from Hermitage Green and Niamh opportunity and one I won’t ever forget. On a more – so travelling is something I try to do as much as from HamsandwicH. Yea, that there sounds like a local level it would have to be Walking On Cars in the possible when the time allows for it. right fun groUP. Olympia. These guys, in my eyes, can do no wrong (SK) Think about music! Also I like to play football, (SK) Matt Tong (Bloc Party) on drums, Flea (Chili and are all sound out. cook and workout. Mimi likes to run and eat PringPeppers) on bass and Jeff Buckley on guitar. (SK) Either Coldplay in Marlay Park like 10 years le's...Not at the same time though. ago or Daft Punk at Oxygen. 8. ANY TIPS ON LIFE? 6. WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES? (SOR) My motto in life is simple – Find something 2. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN DUBLIN? (SOR) Myself and my dad have a massive love for you love, do what you love and then find a way to get (SOR) My most memorable moment in Dublin country music so my influences come from a long line paid to do it. would have to be the day I moved up from Waterford. of country music stars in America. Lately Luke Bryan, (SK) Moderation in everything, including moderIt was an exciting and memorable moment as I had Zac Brown Band and further back the likes of Alan ation! (go nuts every now and again) And If you're lived at home during college. Jackson and so on. having fun stay, if not, go. (SK) Getting paid €700 to stay an extra day by Aer (SK) Chet Faker, Hozier, Oh Wonder, Oliver Riot,

▪▪ Stephen O’Rourke 9. FIRST PERSON YOU'D INVITE TO YOUR PARTY? (SOR) Family first always. (SK) Will Smith. 10. LAST PERSON YOU'D INVITE TO YOUR PARTY? (SOR) This one is a bit harsh ha! Em maybe my old boss – I can’t say which one though! (SK) Hannibal Lecter, cause he'd get the wrong idea when you say there'll be finger food.

DJ Jenny Green to bring orchestral moves to 3Arena LAST year, 2FM brought DJ Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra together for the standout act of Electric Picnic and a sellout night at Dublin’s 3Arena. This year, 2FM - the Sound of the Nation - is taking this live 1990s experience across the country and will be back at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday, April 21 before tearing the roof off the tent at the Marquee, Cork on Saturday, June 17. Standing alongside Jenny Greene will be Cork-based singer Gemma Sugrue and conductor Gavin Murphy. Classics from the original set will be delivered along with unbelievably exciting new arrangements which will be a surprise that will be kept just for the night. At the Electric Picnic last year they played to a mobbed Rankin’s Wood. During the rehearsal session, word went around Stradbally that something special was on the way and by the time of the performance the tent was packed, with queues of people outside desperate to get in. They topped the list for many as the highlight of the weekend. Last November, in response to phenomenal demand, the same team came together for a full gig and it was the hottest ticket in town. Numbers

▪▪ Jenny Greene like ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’, ‘Children’, ‘Not Over Yet’, ‘Everybody’s Free’ and ‘Insomnia’ had a packed 3Arena on their feet for the night. A whole new audience discovered the thrill of seeing and hearing an orchestra in full flight and who better to introduce them than the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, voted the World’s Favourite

Orchestra in an international poll in 2015? Doors will open at 7pm with the gig set to start at 8pm in Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday, April 21. Tickets (€49.50) are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.



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The countdown is on for Women’s Mini Marathon IT’S springtime and don’t you just love it. Memories of the dreary short days of winter can finally be put to the back of our minds as we look forward in anticipation of the bright evenings, longer days and hopefully, a bit of mild weather to heat up the bones. One of the best times of the year is that time when the clock goes forward one hour. This year summertime begins on Sunday March 26 so the countdown is well and truly on. And look around you and you’ll see the difference in people’s moods when those evenings take a good long stretch. We’re more energetic that’s for sure. We’re out walking, running, keeping fit, doing the garden and visiting people we haven’t seen since we went into hibernation at the onset of winter. You’ll notice around this time of year the amount of runners pounding our streets and parks, and in particular women. That can only mean one thing: training for the much-celebrated VHI Women’s Mini Marathon – which takes place this year on the June 5 (Bank Holiday Monday) – has begun in earnest. There are few greater feelings in sport than being on the starting line for a race.

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▪▪ At this time of year there is a surge in runners pounding our streets and parks. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK especially in these challenging times economically, they rely on the women’s unstinting support more than ever. The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon has quite simply become the largest all-wom-

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with many having started their training after Christmas. Indeed, the cold, dark nights can prove difficult for any outdoor activity let alone running, but now that

we’re on the cusp of the long, bright nights again, it sure gets much easier. And the major plus for training in the bright nights as opposed to the dark ones, is that you can train in pub-

lic parks again and away from the madness of Dublin traffic. Also, as any runner will tell you: it’s much easier on the joints if you run on grass rather than concrete. It’s also much easier to get the motivation to train when you are in a group and that’s where the Meet and Train Groups come in. As this event grew bigger, these groups were set up specifically to help women train for the mini marathon. They hold regular group runs and give advice on how to prepare for the big event. They also organise a series of smaller, shorter races throughout the year which includes road races and cross-country races. These groups can be found at locations all over the country. So roll on June 5 when Mna na hEireann will be running, jogging and walking around the course, hoping that their hard work on the training fields over the last few months yields rich dividends for themselves and their chosen charities.


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Regular flea and worm treatment is necessary to keep your pet, your family and your home healthy.

dampen a piece of cotton wool against your pet's skin, if dark brown blotches appear on the cotton wool, this is flea dirt and you can be 100% sure that Worms - practically all kittens your pet has fleas. and puppies have worms, so treatment to kill these Fleas can be tackled with parasites is very important as Spot-on treatments, which they can affect your pet’s must be applied on a health and can potentially be thoroughly dry and clean coat passed on to humans. Worm (after being washed with treatment can be administered insecticidal shampoo). in the form of tablets or suspension. Tablets are usually The environment of the pet flavoured to encourage dogs must be also treated, as the and cats to take them and they fleas that we see on our pet are can be given directly to your only 5% of the whole flea pet or they can be disguised in population that lives near our their food. They act as a cure as pet. Therefore, to successfully combat fleas it is important to well as maintenance. treat the house and dog’s Fleas - check your pet's coat kennel area with insecticidal for external parasites. The best spray. Fleas and their larvae way to do this is with the use of can live all year round so a flea comb. You can also monthly treatment is advised.

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ONE in three dogs are overweight – is yours? That’s the question being asked by Petmania as they launch Operation TransPAWmation in stores across the country. Aimed at encouraging pet owners to think about their dog’s overall health and wellbeing, Petmania is reminding dog owners that being overweight can have a serious negative impact on the health of our pets. Overweight dogs are more at risk of illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes, heart and respiratory Illness, kidney disease, osteoarthritis and cancer. Signing up to Operation TransPAWmation is easy. The first step is to bring your dog to meet with one of Petmania’s certified weight man-

special attention. If your dog is overweight, the Operation TransPAWmation team will set you up a personalised programme that looks at diet and exercise for your dog. Each participant will receive a goody bag containing a digital weighing scales, to help get your dog’s portion size under control, as well as on-going free support and guidance with regular c h e c k- i n s part of the programme. Dogs that reach their goal will also agement advisors and have m a n i a ’ s receive a special team will let its weight checked. rosette, as well as a start Combining weight with a you know if your body condition score, Pet- dog’s weight needs some towards a happier, healthier

LEAD YOUR PET TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE! Equipet and Red Mills Leader have teamed up to lead your pet to a healthier lifestyle and are launching their Healthy Pet Programme instore and online. The healthy pet programme is a 10 week health and nutrition programme, the main focus of which is to improve your pet’s diet and teach good food practices. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! As a nation we are extremely conscious of the food choices we make and are very aware of the impact the food we eat has on our body, mind and waistline. Can we say the same for the food we feed our pets? Feeding a poor quality diet can cause serious health problems for your pet and while your pet will happily eat the food offered it doesn’t mean that they are thriving. Poor quality, supermarket pet foods are made from cheap protein sources and contain carbohydrate fillers. They bulk up the feed but have no contribution to your dog’s nutritional needs and are passed as waste. These fillers are putting a huge strain on your pet’s digestive system, which in turn leads to a variety of digestive complaints. Leader Pet food is developed by vets and the ingredients have been carefully selected to provide excellent digestibility and nutrition. The hypo-allergenic recipe will aid digestion and digestive issues which means less poo and smelly flatulence! WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PLACE ON YOUR PET’S HEALTH? Many pet owners assume that feeding a premium diet is expensive and therefore choose to feed a supermarket brand. However, when you look at the price of your pet’s overall health, you will find that feeding a premium food can, in fact save you money. Premium pet food is designed specifically for your pet’s needs and therefore you will feed less than you currently do. For example, an average breed dog, weighing between 10-15kg on Leader Adult food requires 175 – 255g daily, whereas when feeding a well-known supermarket brand the same size dog would require 190-380g of food daily. Using these averages, a 15kg bag of Leader Adult food would last approx. 75 days compared to the supermarket brand lasting only 52. Over a year that is saving you up to €116.52. Feeding premium food could also save you money long term on vet’s bills. By feeding a higher quality food you decrease the chances of your pet developing skin problems, skeletal dysfunction, gastrointestinal problems or oral health issues and in turn decrease the amount of visits to the vet. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE We understand in our busy lives that being able to purchase pet food while doing your weekly shop is convenient, so we aim to make your trip to Equipet worthwhile. Our in-store food advisers are fully trained in nutrition and are on hand to answer any questions you may have about diet, weight, condition and even stools. We have heard and seen it all, nothing can scare us! Your pet is welcome instore and we love getting a chance to see familiar faces. We open 7 days a week with late night openings on Thursday & Friday. Alternatively, you can purchase your pet food online and we will deliver it straight to your home or workplace. By investing this small amount of time into your pet’s nutrition you could add years onto the time you will spend together. HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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Each participant will receive a goody bag containing a digital weighing scales, to help get your dog’s portion size under control life, both inside and out! For your dog’s free weight check and assessment drop along to Petmania at Gulliver’s Retail Park, Santry, Dublin 9, throughout the month of March. For more information on your local Petmania store, you can visit www.petmania. ie.



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Alex and Ani... The latest spring collection from Alex and Ani is inspired by consciousness, purpose and clarity. If you are busy, frustrated, distracted and unaware, you will not see the cosmic messages the universe is sending you. When you slow down you will see that you have the ability to be guided by serendipity. Unplug, quiet your mind, and wake up to what is happening around. The latest collection is made up of the Cosmic Messages range, brand new additions to the Words Are Powerful collection and Chain Station, as well as completely redesigned core collection - Path of Symbols. To find the nearest authorised retailer, learn more about the brand or shop online. Visit 

Nimue This is a favourite of Helena Christensen, the Nimue brand ambassador. The serum is a booster treatment for additional hydration and anti ageing support in all skin types and conditions. This light, fresh gel cream concentrated serum is based on a high hydration profile of ingredients that delivers immediate moisture to saturate and refresh the skin that offers continual diffusion for long term hydration. The ingredients are captured in a nanotechnology delivery system to enhance results. The serum compliments the skin rejuvenation process when used in conjunction with the nimue core prescriptions without creating a negative feedback system in the skin. Available in selected salons nationwide.

Cailyn 7 In 1 Dual 4D Fiber Mascara Seven incredible effects in one stroke, the Cailyn 7 In 1 Dual 4D Fiber Mascara fulfills all your desires for luscious, smudge and flake-free lashes. The innovative dual wand provides an enormous volume to upper lashes as well as defining individual lower lashes. This intense jet black waterproof mascara contains conditioning E5 fibers to create full dramatic long lasting lashes. The seven elements include a 4D square brush, Dual Wand, E5 fibres, conditioning serum, volumising properties, lengthening and curling abilities and it’s waterproof. Available in selected pharmacies nationwide, see for stockist information.

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▪▪ Moscow is a great party city.

The world’s most sociable cities revealed in study ONE of the best reasons to travel is meeting friendly locals, and a study published last month by Hostelworld has revealed the most sociable cities in the world.

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Dublin Airport ranked highly for passenger service levels


Dublin Airport welcomed a record 27.9 million passengers last year, and we did so while maintaining our already excellent customer service standards

possible experience. “Dublin Airport welcomed a record 27.9 million passengers last year, and we did so while maintaining our already excellent customer service standards.” ACI World Director General, Angela Gittens, said Dublin Airport Dublin was joint third in Europe in and the other award winners had a tie with Malta, Porto, and Zurich. dedicated themselves to “delivering Sochi and Moscow Sheremetyevo a stellar customer experience” and airports were awarded first and “promoting a culture of continuous second places in Europe respectively service improvement”. in the awards. The ASQ survey measures The Airports’ Council International passengers’ views of 34 key (ACI) World Airport Service Quality performance indicators, including (ASQ) Awards are based on 600,000 passenger survey results in 84 “Winning this award is a fantastic airport access, check-in, security countries that measure the key achievement for everyone at Dublin screening, bathrooms, shops and restaurants. elements of a passenger’s experience Airport,” said airport Managing Each airport uses exactly the same at each airport. Director Vincent Harrison. survey, which creates an industry The ASQ Awards are presented to “What’s particularly pleasing database that allows airports to the airports whose customers have is that this award is based on the compare themselves to other airports rated them the highest during the view of our passengers and we’re year. always striving to offer them the best around the world. UBLIN Airport has been rated joint third in a major international survey covering the quality of customer experience airports provide to passengers.

It’s the first comparative analysis of the social lie of world cities and local residents' views on global travel and tourism. The study measured 'sociability' in ten categories, including the frequency with which people socialise, eat out, openness, trust in friends, use of social media and the propensity to party. Dublin entered the list at number 10 but top of the list was, perhaps surprisingly, Gothenburg in Sweden followed by Stockholm and Chicago. Overall, Scandinavian and North American cities are the most sociable in the world according to the study, with London ranked only in 21st place. The study, the first ever comparative study of the social life of world cities, analysed the social behaviour and attitudes of 12,188 residents from 39 major cities in 28 countries. The findings come as social travel is on the rise with more young travellers prioritising destinations based on social rather than cultural experience.

Global Head of Brand at Hostelworld, Marek Mossakowski, said social travel experiences are a driving force behind people’s reason to travel. “Young travellers are choosing to stay in hostels because of the opportunity to meet other travellers, and for the social environment and spontaneous adventures that come along with it,” he said. “The beauty of staying in a hostel rather than other accommodation is that it has a community of travellers from around the world to socialise with – so no matter where you are, you can meet the world. “Our new study offers a window into the social lives of the people who live in the world's big cities, showing many fascinating variations between styles and cultures of socialising around the world." MOST SOCIABLE CITIES 1. Gothenburg (Sweden) 2. Stockholm (Sweden) 3. Chicago (USA) 4. Boston (USA) 5. New York (USA) 6. Copenhagen (Denmark) 7. Madrid (Spain) 8. Rome (Italy) 9. Hamburg (Germany) 10. Dublin (Ireland)

BEST FOR: • VIBRANT CULINARY SCENE Interested in eating out and engaging with locals over dinner? Visit New York, Chicago and Boston, where they eat out several times per week. • AUTHENTIC HOME COOKED MEALS Travellers who like private social gatherings with locals should visit Copenhagen, Prague and Warsaw, where they value entertaining at home. • LIBERAL, OPEN-MINDED CULTURE For meeting open-minded folk visit Milan, Rome and Hamburg, where locals are accepting of a wide range of lifestyles. • PARTY ATMOSPHERE If you want to party head for Moscow, Madrid and Gothenburg, where locals will find any excuse to party. • COMMUNITYMINDEDNESS Travellers interested in a community vibe and spirit should take a trip to Gothenburg, Copenhagen or Stockholm, where locals look to the community above the needs of the individuals.



22 MAR 2017




Fifteen Minutes To Freedom About the Author:


TEPHEN Travers a clinical hypnotherapist and certified International Havening Techniques Practitioner and Trainer based here in Dublin. Stephen is one of the most experienced and skilled Havening practitioners in the world. His full interview is featured in chapter 21 of this book. The Havening Technique was developed by US neuroscientist Ronald Ruden as a form of trauma therapy and is championed by hypnotist Paul McKenna. ▪▪ Stephen Travers


IFTEEN Minutes To Freedom: The Power And Promise Of Havening Techniques is compiled and edited by Harry Pickens.


Harry Pickens is an award-winning musician, educator and life transformation strategist. A certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and Trainer, Harry is the founder of Havening Louisville and Havening for Humanity. His multifaceted background includes certifications in Applied Positive Psychology and Energy Psychology, extensive experience as an educator on elementary, secondary, college and adult levels, and has enjoyed an international career as a jazz pianist, collaborating with hundreds of the world’s top jazz artists. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, he works with clients throughout the world via Skype and in person. The message this book outlines here is that there is a quiet, healing revolution spreading slowly but surely across the planet. This

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revolution is taking place not through the latest discoveries in pharmacology, or through new insights in how to manage symptoms of emotional, physical or psychological disease. It is taking place one person at a time, through a simple process that uses the power of touch, attention and imagination to heal emotional pain that often has seemed intractable and unresolvable. This revolution cuts to the core of the cause of much of humanity’s suffering, and provides a simple yet profound cure that literally rests in the palm of our hands. Fifteen Minutes To Freedom tells the story of this revolution from the perspective of those who are devoting their time and energy to learning and sharing this powerful process with the world. In the book, Havening Techniques students, practitioners and trainers share how this remarkable neuroscience-based tool is helping their clients dissolve toxic stress, boost positivity and resilience, recover faster from physical, emotional, and psychological challenges and quickly and permanently heal the emotional residue of trauma.

Author enjoys having a few laughs while going on a bit of an aul rant SINCE the turn of the century life this book aims to help the living a normal life isn’t con- reader loosen up and stop being snowed under by the negativity sidered ‘normal’ anymore. in the world. Ed Larkin is a father of one and Social media is now the hub of everything that takes places is not your stereotypical author. He doesn’t go to Starbucks and in our lives; if it is not on social look stressed as he battles with media it can’t be true. Over the past 16 years every writer’s block. In fact he doesn’t even drink day life has become far more serious and people have forgot how coffee or tea for that matter. What he is good at though is to unwind. Everybody is too busy being making people laugh and writsold the celebrity dream through ing; his two passions that he has social media that they neglect rolled into one to start a new path in life as a comedy writer. appreciating their own lives. According to Ed, there are two They think money will make them happier but what they things that are certain with hudon’t realise is by simply light- man beings; we are all different ening up and laughing, their lives and no one is perfect. With that message portrayed can change forever. A smile, as throughout this book, the reader they say, costs nothing. Ed Larkin’s book ‘‘Barrel of is not only allowed to laugh out Laughs and the odd rant’ is a hu- loud but also take some notable morous look at everyday life and advice on how to love themselves issues that invites the reader to and appreciate the important open his or her own mind and things they have in their lives. Ten different topics have been enjoy life from a different point carefully chosen to ensure that of view. Instead of wishing to be some- anyone, regardless of age, race, one else or live someone else’s sexual ordination or gender can

help of the author’s rants, and mixed in with these comical outbursts are little sprinkles of truth. But the true beauty of this book is that it is written so it seems like the author is having a personal conversation with the reader. Written in this way it lets the reader make up their own mind on what they do and don’t agree with. Here, they have their own opinions and are allowed them, ▪▪ Ed Larkin unlike on social media where it is often influenced for them. Ed isn’t your By the time the reader has stereotypical completed the book they should author; he have a new outlook on life, feel doesn’t go to Starbucks more positive or at very least smile a lot more. and look stressed as The one message that is he battles with writer’s shared through the book is to block. slow life down, embrace the beauty around you, smile and laugh. After all, laughing is the best medicine and even better, relate to these common subjects. it’s free. ‘Barrel Of Laughs...And The What makes this book even more entertaining is the amusing Odd Rant’ is on Amazon where twist as each topic is addressed it can be downloaded for €1.99.


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Community Training Centres celebrated THE achievements of Community Training Centres nationwide over the past 40 years were celebrated at a special ruby anniversary event held recently in the Printworks Room of Dublin Castle. Representatives from Community Training Centres in Ballark, Darndale, Finglas and Tolka Valley were on hand to receive a specially-commissioned plaque from Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, who congratulated the centres on their achievements on behalf of young



people. For the past four decades, Community Training Centres have been providing second-chance education to early school leavers, with over 100,000 young people supported in making the transition to work or further education. Chair of Ballark Community Training Centre, Pat Quigley, said 2017 was a special year to celebrate the achievements of community training centres and learners over the years. “From the beginning, Community Training Centres had, in general, three significant characteristics which they still retain today,” he added. “Firstly, we are firmly rooted in our local community. Secondly, programmes are based on experiential learning with recognised qualifications. “Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the programme

▪▪ Pictured at a special ruby anniversary awards event in the Printworks Room of Dublin Castle are Padraig Bannon and Pat Quigley, Ballark CTC, Dermot McCrudden and Edel Moloney, Darndale CTC, Conor Sludds, Finglas CTC, and Michael Rohan, CDETB. is focused on individual learner needs. These principles hold true, and are as apt today, as they ever were despite the very different educational, training, em-

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Take the DFEi route to college YOU may not immediately notice the DFEi building on Cumberland Street in Dún Laoghaire because it is situated in the quiet end of the town. There is a completely different buzz though when you pass through the automatic doors. It’s the buzz you feel between classes or at break time when the stairs and corridors are filled with learners of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, who all seem to be on a personal mission. They might be heading for the library to type up an assignment, going to the sound studio to do a recording, the radio studio to conduct an interview or to the TV and film studio for a casting call. Why not tune into 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries and reports online at Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, or sat in on a Dáil debate, the journalism learners have plenty to write about. Other learners of a more scientific bent might be bracing themselves for a dissection in the lab, or for testing their newly acquired veterinary assistance or grooming skills on real animals. The more corporate minded business learners will be grappling with computerised payroll, bookkeeping, spreadsheets and databases, while Office Administration learners will be acquiring the languages of medicine and the law. In DFEi, you are as likely to see learners carrying T-squares and tool kits as guitars and cameras. That’s because courses like Furniture Making and Restoration and Musical Instrument Making and Repair demand the tools of the trade. Some Sound Engineering learners will have composed their own material and will audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Security learners will always be sought for live events. Newspapers, scripts, and press releases will be written. Ireland’s archaeologi-

cal heritage will be studied, web sites will be designed, architectural models will be built and fine pieces of furniture will be made. It’s all in a day’s work at DFEi. While activities beyond the classroom doors are engaging young (and not so young) minds there is something more important that the discerning person might notice. That is teachers and learners in conversation. It might appear like more casual one-to-one classes are taking place on the stairs, the corridors or on the sofa outside the admin office. This will usually

be reassurance, explanation or clarification, news about work experience or progression with an assignment. The big appointments book outside the Guidance Counsellor’s office will become fuller as the academic year unfolds with learners anxious to discuss their Higher Links options to Institutes of Technology and universities all over Ireland, and beyond. If, for whatever reason, you do not get enough points for your chosen third level course, consider

spending a year in DFEi. It’s another tried and tested way to get a place in college through our many defined progression routes. The formula is simple eight FETAC Level 5 or Level 6 modules with as many distinctions as you can get. But it takes some work on your part. You need to come to class, complete assignments on time and prepare for exams. Whether it’s Instrumentation and Robotics in Computing and Technology, Maternity Support in Nursing Studies or Criminology in Security

Studies, the teachers are there for you every step of the way if you are there for them. Because that’s what DFEi is good at – teaching learners in small classes the fundamental skills and survival techniques that will put them on the ladder to a third level qualification in their chosen area. You will be taught how to present work in written and oral format. You will be taught basic research skills, referencing systems, and general academic conventions across all courses. Experience at DFEi has taught us that every student does not learn in the same way or at the same pace. If you have particular learning support requirements, they will be met at DFEi. DFEi courses are open to learners from all walks of life, both male and female, with all types of prior experience who for whatever reason are seeking the knowledge, skills and competencies’ to enhance their ▪▪ DFEi caters for all types of learners

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Hitting the street in the VW Beats WHILE driving the special edition Polo Beats last week my wife, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, remarked “this would be a nice car for us when we get old”. I replied that the car was VW’s attempt to try and attract more young people to their brand, but her comments sounded positive, as she didn’t think of herself or myself as being old enough to downsize to a small car. In truth the day for downsizing is probably only a few years away, so it’s good to know that there are plenty of neat city cars like the Polo and UP! available when our nest is empty. Maybe the Beats editions would keep us ‘young at heart.’ The special edition fourdoor Polo Beats is very impressive. The phrase ‘Beats’ come from rapper, record producer and entrepreneur Dr Dre, who patented his

own distinctive Beats headphones. I have heard my daughter talk about Emimen in the past and was told that he was a big fan of Dr Dre. However, we didn’t really listen to Eminem or Dr Dre’s music last week; it was mainly Sunshine Radio or Marty in the Morning on Lyric. In the cabin it’s a regular lay-out and apart from the excellent speakers you would be hard pressed to realise that it was anything other than a regular Polo. The controls on the dash are as you would find in a normal Polo, that means well laid out and easy to use. However, I could image a younger driver rocking up alongside me in his/her Beats with three of their buddies in the bar seat and Dr Dre’s loudspeaker system blasting out loud music. A regular Polo would have about an 80 watt stereo. This one has 300 watts with seven high-end speakers around

the cabin including a subwoofer in the well where the spare wheel should be in the boot. The attractive Beats edition comes with just one engine size, 1.0-litre petrol with 75 brake horse power. My test model was red and it had an attractive nice touch of grey on bottom of the doors. Inside there are two shades of light grey, which really gives the cabin a bright look and feel. The Beats version has been pimped up with some decals, coloured door mirrors, gloss black radiator grille, 16-inch alloys and also subtle ‘Beats’ logo on each B pillar. There is room in the back for three people at a squeeze, two in comfort. The boot is a decent size, but sadly there is no spare wheel, just a repair kit and that extra speaker. Prices for the Polo range start at €15,705, but the Beats version starts at €20,120. Road tax is €190.

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Dublin City Council We Kenneth Pierce and Rachael O’Byrne are applying to Dublin City Council for alterations and extensions to our dwelling to include for demolition of a rear lean-to extension approx. 3sqm and for the erection of a two storey rear extension approx. 22sqm with 2nd floor roof garden/terrace together with raising the existing roof line and all associated ancillary site works, all at 6 Northbrook Terrace, North Strand, Dublin 3. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council We, John & Susan Boyle intend to apply for Permission for development at 32 Apollo Way, Coolock, Dublin 5. The development will consist of: Extensions and alterations to the rear of an existing dwelling house and associated site development works. This 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 (9.00am - 4.30pm). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council retention planning permission sought for a ground floor kitchen, living, dining room extension and a roof dormer bedroom extension to the rear, a roof window to the side, alterations and associated site works at No.1 Killester Avenue, Middle Third, Killester, Dublin 5 for Terry Carroll. 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 opening hours 9.00am 4.30pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) 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 their decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council I, Hazel Kilpatrick, Intend to apply to the above authority for permission for development for a detached two storey dwelling house & associated site works at The Laurels, Terenure Road West, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of 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, Fergal Mc Namara, intend to apply for permission for development at 15 Baymount Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The development will consist of: demolition of existing boiler flue and installation of roof dormers to the side and rear. 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 (9.00am4.30pm). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing 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. 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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ROADS ACT 1993 TO 2015 – SECTION 75 PROPOSED TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE An application has been made for the temporary closure of the R123 Moyne Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13. The purpose of this closure is to facilitate road works. The period of the proposed temporary closure will be: • Wednesday, 19th April 2017, from 6pm to Thursday 20th April at 6am and • Thursday, 20th April 2017, from 6pm to Friday 21st April at 6am. The alternative route for traffic travelling in the area during the proposed closure is as follows: For traffic travelling east on the R123 Moyne Road: • Turn left on to the R124 Drumnigh Road, turn right onto the L2150 Station Road and then take the 2nd exit at the roundabout at the junction of Station Road, Strand Road and Coast Road onto the R106 Coast Road. For traffic travelling north on the R106 Coast Road: • Continue on the R106 Coast Road take the 1st exit at the roundabout at the junction of Station Road, Strand Road and Coast Road onto the L2150 Station Road and then turn left onto the R124 Drumnigh Road. For Traffic Travelling South on the R106 Strand Road: • Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout at the junction of Station Road, Strand Road and Coast Road onto the L2150 Station Road and then turn left onto the R124 Drumnigh Road. Local access will be facilitated where possible and extensive diversion and information signage will be in place. Any interested person may lodge an objection in writing to the Administrative Officer, Howth/Malahide Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 or via email to to arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27th March 2017. Administrative Officer Howth/Malahide Operational Area



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Centre, Church Road, Malahide. It will be a night of music, laughter and song with a bumper raffle during the evening and lots of prizes. Tickets will be on sale during the evening. Also, you will be served a delicious Italian meal. The cost is €20 per adult (free admittance for children). The Number 42 bus stops beside the centre on Church Road, and the DART stops in Malahide, within a three-minute walk of Church Road. To purchase a ticket, phone 087-6711547. All tickets must be paid advance and can be delivered to your home.

‘Manga Hokusai Manga; Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics’ is an exhibition exploring Japanese manga from its roots to modernity, looking at the works of 19th century Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai on to the popular culture phenomenon of manga today.


There’s a lot happening in Dundrum’s local arts venue over the next few months, with nightly shows and events over weekends, it’s a hub of activity for all the community.

The world traveling exhibition from the Japan Foundation opens to Irish audiences at The Long Room, Trinity College Dublin on March 20 and runs to April 1. Admission is free. The exhibition is part of a programme of events by the Japanese Embassy in Dublin to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland. See international/ for more.

It’s a timed run over 5km so you can monitor progress and while participation is completely free, you’ll need to register at first. Venues include Malahide Park, Cabinteely Park, Shanganagh Park, Marlay Park, Bushy Park, St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Tymon Park Waterstown, Porterstown, Hartstown, Castletown, River Valley and Poppintree Park. Runs take place from 9.30am to 1pm and more details can be found on


This exhibition is a true feast for the eyes and brings together two of the most exciting illustrators working in children’s books today, Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Enter their world of the imagination, featuring art work from their award-winning picture books at this event. Both are masters of composition and colour and their work is lively and full of humour. Curated by dlr Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb, the exhibition will be on display until March 31 and will be a highlight at the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival which runs from March 22 to 26. ‘Collected Stories’ runs until March 25. Tickets cost €15. For bookings phone 087-1129970. For more information, visit



The stage play ‘Pete Best of the Beatles’ is returning for four performances at The Complex (just off Capel Street) from March 29 until April 1.


Darkly funny but with brilliant humour, ‘The End’ by Samuel Beckett, will be performed in Tullow Church, Foxrock by wellknown actor Marcus Lamb on Saturday, March 25. This will be a special, limited capacity event in a unique location inextricably linked with one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Tickets at €25 are on sale via (search for Beckett in Foxrock 2017) and include a wine reception and an exhibition depicting Beckett and Foxrock. Beckett in Foxrock is the second annual event honouring the writer’s connection with the area. Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate, was born and brought up in Foxrock and was a regular attender, along with his mother, at Tullow Church. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Beckett’s niece in 2016.

Located outside in the main square of the shopping centre, next to Milano’s Restaurant, the theatre is open Mon-Sat 11am to 5pm for bookings, the bar and box office reopen an hour before all shows. Pop in for a look at the gallery exhibition and check out what’s coming up – choose from live gigs, comedy, local drama, children’s performances and much more. Theatre manager Kate Canning has a diverse and exciting production and education background, programming many family friendly events such as a big Roald Dahl family show. To keep updated subscribe to the Mill’s newsletter on www.milltheatre. ie, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for regular news, meal deals and special ticket giveaways.

Pete Best was drummer with The Beatles for two years in the early 1960s. He played hundreds of shows with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison – and then was mysteriously kicked out of the band a few short weeks before they released their debut single (‘Love Me Do’) and went on to take over the world. This is the first stage play ever written about Pete Best and it examines the mystery of Pete’s sacking from the band – and presents a fascinating insight into the early days of The Beatles and their wild nights in Liverpool and Hamburg.

COLLECTED STORIES AT VIKING THEATRE Actress Maeve Fitzgerald is returning to Clontarf’s Viking Theatre (Connolly’s – The Sheds) with ‘Collected Stories’, a play by Pullitzer prize-winning American writer, Donald Margulies.

‘Collected Stories’, staged by Then This Theatre, takes place in Greenwich Village, the bohemian capital of New York City. Maeve plays Lisa Morrison, a naïve and eager young writer who dreams of literary stardom.

Errol Walsh and Ted Ponsonby, together with bassist Joe Murray, will be playing their first ever Dublin gigs on Friday, March 24 at the DC Club, 20 Camden Row Dublin 2; and on Saturday, March 25 at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. In the 1970s Errol Walsh pioneered country-rock in Northern Ireland with bands like Rodeo, who were regulars on the Irish university circuit playing regularly at Queen’s, Trinity and Cork. Errol has a new album out, ‘Just Sayin’, with his friend Ted, who is a stalwart of the Northern Irish music scene coming from a musical family from just outside Letterkenny. For more information, visit or, or contact Colm Flynn on 087-9670707 or email biensondido@

ITALIAN NIGHT FOR ST DOULAGH’S Ireland's oldest church, St Doulagh's in Balgriffin, is seeking to raise €300,000 to carry out major repairs.

As part of its fundraising effort, they are holding an ‘Italian Night’ on March 25 from 7pm to 10pm in St Andrew's Parish

Crossword Answers 22nd March CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Resign; 4 Staple; 9 Fractiousness; 10 Sidings; 11 Alien; 12 In use; 14 Genus; 18 Weser; 19 Opposes; 21 Thinking aloud; 22 Enlist; 23 Sheets. Down: 1 Refuse; 2 Standing still; 3 Get in; 5 Testate; 6 Precious stone; 7 Easing; 8 Poise; 13 Strikes; 15 Swathe; 16 Towns; 17 Asides; 20 Poach. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Source; 4 Scrape; 9 Unfashionable; 10 Fervent; 11 Olden; 12 Tubby; 14 Proxy; 18 Amass; 19 Correct; 21 Precious stone; 22 Spying; 23 Unused. Down: 1 Stuffy; 2 Unfortunately; 3 Caste; 5 Contour; 6 Ambidextrous; 7 Exeunt; 8 Witty; 13 Bastion; 15 Pampas; 16 Scour; 17 Attend; 20 Risen.

Parkruns are a great way to shed any St Patrick’s Day kilos if you’ve overindulged. The free weekly runs take place on Saturdays at parks including Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay, Raheny, Ballymun and Tallaght.








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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

▪▪ Girls cycling across the bridge on Strand Road, Portmarnock c. 1950. The ruins of the water-driven corn mill, which had been damaged in the storm of 1903, are on the right. The mill had been at this site for 200 years and it was powered by the rise and the fall of the tide. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, North Dublin, Derek Stanley. Published by Gill and Macmillan/The History Press

▪▪ Irish Press 23rd March 1964

▪▪ Evening Herald 26th March 1938

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal 18th March 1853

▪▪ Irish Press 22nd March 1932

▪▪ Lower Rathmines Road from Portobello, c. 1930. On the left of the road is a fine terrace including the church of Our Lady of Refuge. At the end of the road is the clock tower of Rathmines Town Hall. A horse-drawn water wagon heads in the direction of the Town Hall. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, South Dublin, Derek Stanley. Published by Gill and Macmillan/The History Press

▪▪ Irish Independent 7th March 1955


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