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Get metro back on track into Dublin city centre from north county Dublin by 2023. “At the same time, passenger “The lack of a rail link between numbers through Dublin Airport are the city and the airport is proving a deterrent to companies moving jobs and expected to exceed 36 million by 2022, up from 28 million last year,” she business to Ireland. added. “The absence of such a modern “A new rail link will go a long way to amenity makes an underwhelming impression upon business travellers and supporting such strong growth levels and to accommodating even bigger potential foreign investors." growth in the future." Figures from the Central Statistics Fingal County Council is also Office (CSO) show that Fingal was the fastest growing county in Ireland in the advocating the sustainable development and business case for Metro North to be five years to 2016. fast-tracked. The population of the county grew Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler by over 22,000 in the period - more said he hoped the seminar achieved its than that seen in all five counties in aim. Connaught. “It (Metro North) is the gateway to Ms Burke said a new rail link is needed not only to serve Dublin Airport, a prosperous future for the people of Fingal, the residents of Swords but also to cater for the additional 40,000+ people who will be commuting and those with businesses along its CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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At the seminar, the council outlined how it has used its recently approved 2017-2023 Development Plan to copperfasten the Metro North Economic Corridor as far as Lissenhall. There, it envisages, in addition to a major park-and-ride facility, a new mixed use urban area with significant levels of residential and employment development.

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market with such a scarcity of supply. “Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that increases for sitting tenants have been only half the size of increases faced by new tenants. The

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Latest phase of cycleway project opens The current work includLOCALS can look forward to availing of a new amen- ed the provision of a conity on the Northside now tinuous coastal flood dethat summer has arrived. fence wall from Bull Road to Causeway Road as part Lord Mayor of Dublin of the Dublin Coastal Flood Brendan Carr officially Protection Project and the opened the latest phase of Dublin SAFER Project.  During the construction the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Cycleway at a ceremo- of the cycleway and footway ny held recently at the tram a 600mm diameter water main was installed. shelter on Clontarf Road. Irish Water contributed This latest 2km section of the S2S Cycleway includes towards the installation of a new segregated two-way the water main and worked cycle track and 4km of up- with Dublin City Council to ensure that the water main graded footpaths. The public lighting along installation, cycleway and the route has been upgrad- footway works were all cared and the historic tram ried out at the same time. shelter at Clontarf has The works were coordialso been restored and en- nated to help to minimise disruption to residents, hanced. The National Transport business owners and road Authority (NTA) funded the users. The Lord Mayor said he work.

was delighted to open this stage of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Cycleway. “I hope that residents and tourists alike will get great enjoyment from this wonderful amenity on the north side of the city,” he said. “I congratulate Dublin City Council, the National Transport Authority, Irish Water and the contribution from the local community for coming together to work on this project in this environmentally sensitive area. “This approach minimised disruption to road users, residents and businesses alike.” Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority, said: “The cycleway is an excellent example of the positive re-

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Wait to see a psychologist is ‘shocking’, says local TD RNLI assists boat at Rockabill Lighthouse

A LOCAL TD has described as “shocking” the lengthy wait for people on the Northside to see a psychologist.

▪▪ Skerries RNLI assisted the motorboat. SKERRIES RNLI assisted a motorboat with two men aboard that was experiencing engine difficulties at Rockabill Lighthouse last Sunday week (May 7). Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly after 12.30pm, having received a call from a motorboat that was having difficulty getting their engine to start. The lifeboat was launched

with volunteer Philip Ferguson at the helm and crewed by Paddy Dillon, Steven Johnson and JP Tanner. The crew proceeded on a course to Rockabill Lighthouse as this was the position given by the vessel. Once on scene, they located a five-metre motorboat with two men on board that was having difficulty restarting the engine after becoming entangled in a lobster pot. Fol-

lowing some troubleshooting advice from the lifeboat helm, a former RNLI mechanic, they managed to successfully restart the engine. The lifeboat then stood by while they tested that everything was running smoothly. With the men happy to be on their way again, the lifeboat returned to base and was made ready for the next call out. Speaking after the call out,

Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, said: "Sometimes, even though you are fully prepared, you can just be unlucky. “In this case their luck changed quickly as Philip used his experience to get them moving again. Our volunteers are always ready to help in whatever way they can."

Dublin Bay North TD Tommy Broughan (Lab) recently asked Minister for Health Simon Harris the number of persons seen by a psychologist in Dublin North city and county in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; the number of persons on the waiting list to see to a psychologist; the average waiting time; and the longest time a person has been waiting to see a psychologist. The HSE told Deputy Broughan there are 1,023

on a waiting list to see a psychologist and the average waiting time is 33 weeks. It said the longest time a person has been waiting is 147 weeks. The HSE said there were 756 persons seen by a psychologist in 2014, 969 in 2015, 1,059 in 2016 and to date in 2017, 377. Deputy Broughan said that in an era where mental health is at the forefront of so many political conversations, to think that a person could be left waiting for almost three years to see a posychologist in North Dublin is absolutely shocking. “Even to have an average waiting time of 33 weeks is ridiculous given that usually a person would need immediate mental health supports,” he said.  “I’m calling on the Minister to urgently examine this reply and to take immediate steps to remedy the issue.” A spokeswoman for the

▪▪ Tommy Broughan TD (Ind) HSE confirmed the figures to Northside People and said it is “very aware” of the deficits in psychology services. “We are engaged with the HSE National Division to develop a proposal to incrementally develop Psychology Service provision,” she said. “It is hoped that this will be included as part of the 2018 Estimates process.”

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Alien Covenant brings franchise back AFTER what many considered a misstep with 2012’s ‘Prometheus’, a marmite movie if ever there was one, the Alien franchise is back on track with some top class writing and directing. This latest installment tells the story of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side

of the galaxy, a destination that will take years to reach. When the craft collides with some intergalactic debris, it suffers damage sufficient to wake the hibernating crew from their slumber. And when a signal is picked up from a nearby planet that appears inhabitable, the captain decides to plot a new course to investigate.

Of course, all is not what it seems on this strange and hostile land, and it’s here that the real action begins. The film grabs you from the opening, with a thought provoking and powerfully staged scene involving Michael Fassbender as android David, and Guy Pearce as his master.

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THE IFI Documentary Festival 2017, showcasing the best of Irish and international documentary filmmaking, will run from September 28 to October 1. The festival is now open for original and exciting submissions from Irish filmmakers for the 2017 edition. If your film fits the bill, now is the time to prepare your entries, as submissions

We quickly board the spaceship and, knowing what we know, are on guard for the first signs of any unwanted visitors who may have tagged along for the ride. Hearing that much of the

alien confrontation takes place on solid ground as opposed to up in the air, may be a disappointment for diehard fans, but in actual fact, this only serves to open up the world of possibility for interesting story.

And it’s story where this film scores highest. Securing one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, John Logan (‘Gladiator’, ‘Skyfall’), was a real coup, and his talent combined with the steady hand of director Ridley Scott (‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’), make this a compelling watch. Add in an impressive turn from Fassbender, throw it all

are open in the categories of Irish short documentaries (under 20 minutes), and Irish feature-length documentaries (over 60 minutes). All interested filmmakers should visit www.ifi.ie/docfest/submissions for the complete set of eligibility guidelines. The deadline for submissions to this year’s festival competition is 6pm on Wednesday, June 21.

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Minister opens new facility at Baldoyle school MINISTER for Education and Skills Richard Bruton visited a Northside school last week to formally open a new computer room. Minister Bruton praised the quality of the new facility at St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, and outlined the value of IT in education and promoted the concept of the flipped classroom. The Minister also spoke to the Student Council, Transition Years who were promoting their show High School Musical (taking place on May 17, 18 and 19), staff members and special needs assistants during his tour of the school. He also viewed the areas of the building due to be refurbished under phase 2 of the school’s redevelopment.

▪▪ Minister Bruton with Edel Green, Principal, and some of the school’s Transition Year students.

▪▪ Transition Year students promoting their show – High School Musical – in conjunction with the third class of St Laurence’s Primary School. John Moore, Deputy Principal at St Mary’s Secondary School, said: “Thanks to the support of Minister Bruton, our computer room has been completely transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with 34 new powerful computers, including two work-

group digital platforms with integrated overhead projector, printers and screen. “Following fundraising from our school walk, the school network was also upgraded over the Easter holidays to ensure that the computer room works at the

optimum speed and connectivity. “We are delighted and very proud of this new innovative facility in St Mary’s which will ensure that students will develop key IT skills and advance their independent learning for the ▪▪ Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton pictured with members of the digital world.” Student Council and John Moore, Deputy Principal at St Mary’s.

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New sports facility to be shared by clubs ▪▪ Pictured at the opening of Sluagh Hall were members of Fingallians GAA Club and Swords Boxing Club. PHOTOS: KEVIN McFEELY TWO neighbouring Fingal sports clubs were celebrating last week after a new facility was opened in their community. Swords Boxing Club and Fingallians GAA Club will share Sluagh Hall, which was once a purpose built military facility. Eamon de Valera opened Sluagh Hall for the first time in 1938. It served a military use as the home of the Local Defence Force and FCA for 75 years until its closure in 2013 due to the re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Forces nationally. At that time, Fingal County Council identified the opportunity to redevelop the hall for use by the people of Swords and acquired it from the Department of Defence

in January 2014. The council engaged with Fingallians GAA Club and Swords Boxing Club and came up with a plan to convert the facility into a home for two of Swords’ prominent sports namely Gaelic games and boxing. It was decided to divide the hall into two separate parts to maximise its potential as a facility that could be used by both clubs to develop their respective sports. Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid thanked the two clubs for their support of the Sluagh Hall project and the level of co-operation they showed during the many stages involved in delivering the project. “Your efforts in encouraging participation in sport,

Swords Boxing Club and Fingallians GAA Club will share Sluagh Hall, which was once a purpose built military facility particularly among our younger citizens are very much to your credit and are something the council supports fully,” Mr Reid said at the opening ceremony. “This refurbished hall stands as a great example of the council’s work in breathing new life back into properties that come into the

▪▪ Pictured at the opening was Tommy Clarke, chairman of Swords Boxing Club, Mayor of Fingal Darragh Butler, Brendan McGrath, vice chairman of Fingallians GAA Club and Derek McKittrick, chairman of Fingallians Adult Games. council’s ownership for use by the local community.” Mayor of Fingal Darragh Butler said: “There has long been a strong tradition of voluntary military service in

the area of Fingal, not least of which was the participation of men from the area in the 1916 Rising, both in the city and rural areas across the county.

“Throughout the years Sluagh Hall was recognised for volunteering. It is then most fitting that this spirit of volunteering will continue through the endeavours

of Fingallians GAA Club and Swords Boxing Club. I wish Fingallians and the Swords Boxing Club many happy years in their new homes in Sluagh Hall.”

Northside street party celebrates community spirit IRISH soccer legend Niall Quinn hosted an old-school street party in Stoneybatter earlier this month to launch this year’s Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland star was joined by past award recipients of Community Spirit Awards - including Shelbourne Girls FC, DCU Mercy Basketball Club and Ballymun Men's Shed - for the event. Quinn, who is patron of the Community Spirit Initiative, called on volunteer groups from around the city to apply for this year’s awards. “Whether it’s a day out for

older people, homeless or mental health support programmes, children’s sports days or homework clubs, we need to encourage and support the people and volunteer groups that make a tangible difference in their local areas around the city and embody true community spirit,” he said. “They are the real heroes and Dublin Bus, through the Community Spirit Awards, wants to support them and local communities around Dublin.” The awards provide funding for volunteer community groups to develop new projects, improve their locality and help raise community spirit. Dublin Bus chief executive Ray Coyne said any vol-

untary group is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. “We are very proud of this initiative as it supports people and groups who are selflessly and tirelessly giving back to their own communities,” he added. “Each year we are more inspired by the groups who give up their own time and resources to improve the lives of others. “Since 2004, we have helped fund almost 1,800 groups across Dublin with our grants to their worthwhile causes and we want to find more deserving groups that embody true community spirit and reward them in 2017.” Local groups involved in

any type of volunteer community work can apply for an award. There were 85 recipients in 2016 drawn from a wide variety of groups. They included ARTzheimer's, which brings Alzheimer’s disease into a classroom setting through art, Tree of Hope that plants trees in communities as a symbol to all affected by a suicide or living with mental health issues and Inner City Enterprise (ICE), which helps the unemployed in Dublin's inner city establish their own businesses. The closing date for applications is June 23 and successful applicants will be notified by Dublin Bus from August onwards. For details ▪▪ Niall Quinn pictured at the Stoneybatter street party with volunteer groups from see www.dublinbus.ie around the city. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW/FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY


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Swords women are delighted to be quitters A GROUP of ladies from Swords are celebrating after completing a free programme which aims to help women quit smoking together. In total, nine women from the area successfully completed the We Can Quit course, held in Rivervalley Community Centre, and five women have completely quit smoking. The women commenced the 12-week programme in January. They attended weekly group sessions and one-to-one support meetings as well as receiving 12 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to the value of €450 free of charge. The programme was open to female smokers over the age of 18 years and living in the Swords area. Rachel Burke, Community Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We would like to congratulate all of the local

▪▪ Pictured at the graduation ceremony in Swords were Binta Obola (HSE facilitator), Hazel Kehoe, Jean Molloy (HSE facilitator), Audrey O’Flaherty, Anne Freeman, Geraldine Kane, Edel Dooley, Brede Houlihan, Rachel Burke (Irish Cancer Society), Eimear Gormley and Niamh O’Sullivan (Blanchardstown Area Partnership) women who have completed We Can Quit – it is a fantastic achievement which will have a positive impact on their lives, and those of their families. “We Can Quit offers women support to take on and

succeed on their quitting journey. Through the programme, women can access a friendly and supportive network of like-minded women who really understand what they are going through.” Ms Burke added:

“Together, the women in We Can Quit help each other to quit smoking for good.” We Can Quit, an Irish Cancer Society initiative, is run in conjunction with the HSE, Blanchardstown Area Partnership and Riverval-

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Youth mental health signposting tool is launched by NYCI by young people and those working with them as the number one area of importance in the National Youth Strategy. “As part of our response we have developed this fantastic YMHS tool for youth workers, young people and the wider community. “It brings together in The Youth Mental one place information on Health Signposting Tool over 108 organisations (YMHS) helps users that provide services find information about and supports; over 40 supports, services and different mental health training programmes, training programmes available nationally and suitable for young people, locally, that relate to parents, carers and those youth mental health and working with young self-care. people; four sources of It was developed emergency help and four by the National Youth national organisations Health Programme, a with staff across the partnership between country - so it’s a really NYCI, the Health Service great starting point for Executive and the those looking to access Department of Children youth mental health and Youth Affairs. supports.” Rosemary Scott, NYCI The signposting tool Mental Health Promotion is available at www. Officer, said: “Mental health has been identified youthhealth.ie/signposts. THE National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people – has launched a new tool for young people to access mental health supports in their area.

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Top class education attracts investment Cormac Spencer IN the late 1960s Donogh O’Malley, then Minister for Education, made second level education free up to Intermediate Cert level. In the mid 1990s Niamh Bhreathnach abolished fees for third level education from the same office. Both politicians saw the merit of increasing participation in education and both acts reaped massive rewards for Ireland by creating a highly educated population. This highly trained population helped homegrown entrepreneurship flourish, drove domestic business forward and also attracted multinational investment from across the world. The returns on investment in education for this country have been clear, so where do we stand in terms of our record in recent years? One indication that all is not well comes from the position of Irish universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The 2016-17 rankings show that only one Irish university, Trinity College made the top 200 universities in the world. A recent comment from the Irish born Vice Chancellor of Oxford University (ranked no 1) suggests that a lack of funding is due to blame for the slide. In 2009 Trinity was considered the 43rd best university in the world. That’s a drop of close to 100 places in less than a decade and is an indicator that something needs to change in relation to investment in education here. These rankings may seem trivial to people who don't attend and don't intend on attending this university, but Trinity is no outlier. Almost all Irish Universities have lost significant ground since our budgetary situation worsened in 2008/2009, with the notable exception of NUI Galway. The problem here is twofold. Firstly, what we are offering Irish students is the prospect of paying significant money for a deteriorating service. Since education

▪▪ An educated population is good for families, business and democracy. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK cuts were introduced, and fees returned by the back door, it seems Irish students, and their families, are paying more for less. Secondly, what we are offering international students is becoming less attractive. If international students are going to spend thousands on an education, they want

to attend a university that is well regarded. Any drop in foreign student numbers (who pay much higher fees) further starves Irish institutions of funds. However, it isn't just students who look at these rankings. Companies expanding abroad cite access

to a talented pool of labour among the top three reasons for investing in a country, a factor they rate as more important than low corporate tax rates. If Ireland doesn't rank with the top universities in the world our competitiveness is affected. There is no reason why Ireland can't compete. We have done so in the past, and our peers in small countries are able to do so now. Denmark, for instance has three universities in the top 200. It is estimated that an investment of €100-160 million extra per year would help to improve the offering of Irish Universities. While this isn't peanuts, as our national finances improve we have to do what we can to make sure we are offering our people the best education possible, and offering the world an attractive place to learn and invest. Of course, third level education isn't the only part of the system we can improve. We should reform our primary and secondary level system to ensure a good grounding for all students,

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▪▪ Pictured are Dublin members of the Comhaltas Ceoltoirí National Folk Orchestra in rehearsals at the Clasac Centre, Clontarf, for their new musical project, ‘Legacy’, to be staged at this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis, County Clare in August. t back (l to r): Fiona NicConmara, Matthew Gaffney, Fiona Gaffney, Maria Doolan and Grace Doolan; and in front (l-): Tim Doyle and Eleanor Gaffney. PHOTO: BRID RYAN

▪▪ Pictured at the launch of Taste of Dublin 2017 were Aoife Noonan, executive Pastry Chef at Luna, Kevin Dundon, owner of Dunbrody House and Sunil Ghai, Head chef at Pickle. Dublin’s favourite culinary event returns to the Iveagh Gardens for its 12th year from Thursday to Sunday, June 15-18. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN

▪▪ Biking brothers Paul, Karl and Brian Greene, from Dublin, pictured before heading off on the ‘RevUp4DSI’/Down Syndrome Ireland 3-Day Mystery BikeTour around Ireland. Over 140 bikers took part in the annual three-day motorbike event to raise vital funds for the charity. PHOTO: DON MACMONAGLE

▪▪ Budding presenters, twins Lily (11) and Ben Nolan (11), from Raheny, and CBBC presenters Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton, set their sights on the coveted BAFTA and IFTA awards at the Cinemagic, BAFTA Kids TV presenting Masterclass in association with IFTA. The masterclass taught children aged 8-12, top tips about TV presenting to be in with a chance to report at the Cinemagic Film Festival which took place last week. For more, visit www.cinemagic.ie PHOTO: LEON FARRELL/ PHOTOCALL IRELAND 

▪▪ Andrew Duff, from Lucan and Alan Kavanagh, from Swords pictured before heading off on the ‘RevUp4DSI’/Down Syndrome Ireland 3-Day Mystery BikeTour around Ireland. Over 140 bikers took part in the annual three-day motorbike event, which started in Dublin and continued with a mystery 1,000km tour around Ireland to raise vital funds for the charity. PHOTO: DON MACMONAGLE

▪▪ Pictured are members of the Comhaltas Ceoltoirí National Folk Orchestra in rehearsals at the Clasac Centre, Clontarf, for their new musical project, ‘Legacy’ to be staged in this year’s Cheoil na hEireann. PHOTO: BRID RYAN

▪▪ Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler, Cllr David O’Connor (Ind), Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) and Cllr Tony Murphy ((Ind) with Dublin heat Rose of Tralee contestants at Ardgillan Castle.


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▪▪ Katie O’Sullivan (St Sylvester’s, Malahide) kicks a point for Dublin in their Leinster Under 14 final meeting with Meath. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

▪▪ Isa Nacewa (Leinster) pictured at the Guinness PRO12 semi-finals media event in Dublin. In one of the semis, Leinster will play the Scarlets at the RDS this Friday, May 19. PHOTO: INPHO/DAN SHERIDAN

▪▪ Eimear Mangan pictured scoring Dublin’s second goal in her team’s victory over Meath in the Under 14 Leinster Final. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

▪▪ Pictured at the official opening of the new training wall at Naomh Barrog GAA Club, Kilbarrack, were (from l-r): Kilkenny legend Eddie Brennan; Dublin Camogie captain Laura Twomey and DJ Carey Kilkenny legend.

▪▪ Aishling O’Neill (Dublin), left, and Allanna McNulty (Meath) in action during the Under 14 Leinster Final at Clane GAA Club, County Kildare. The Dubs won 3-14 to 1-6. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

▪▪ Holy Faith Clontarf represented Ireland in the 2017 ISF World Basketball Championships in Croatia. Their coach Jerome Westbrook was delighted with the girls’ outstanding performance.


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ENTERTAINMENT

Leixlip gets ready to Rock in the Yard Celeb Spy Xtra in association with

with Rebecca Lee

It has been reported that wrestling star Hulk Hogan has been offered a major deal to take part in the next series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. Channel 5 bosses want him to shake things up and have offered him their biggest ever pay cheque. Hulk’s no stranger to reality TV, having already starred in his own show ‘Hogan Knows Best’. Hogan in the jungle…how cool would that be? They’re famous for their hit ‘80s track ‘Red, Red, Wine’, but now UB40 are hoping to have success with their own alcoholic beverages too. The band, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, have created their own red wine which is set to go on sale shortly. I’ll be buying some of that! The legendary David Attenborough has celebrated his 91st birthday. He has shown no signs of slowing down and is working on a new TV series at the moment. Although he’s been making programmes about nature for more than 60 years, David says there will always be things he wants to explore. Emma Watson has picked up the first-ever genderless acting award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in LA. She saw off competition from Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy as women went head-to-head with men in the Best Actor in a Movie category. Emma won the award for her portrayal of Belle in the live action remake of Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’. And finally, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professional dancer Natalie Lowe is quitting the show. After seven years, she has decided not to return later this year, explaining that it’s with a heavy heart she’s arrived at this decision. Natalie’s partners over the years have included Greg Rutherford and Ricky Whittle.

That’s it from me. Until next week

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CLOSE your eyes. It’s early in the morning and the ground is shaking underfoot while your fingers are pulled upwards by some invisible but very audible force. The force of a TUNE. Since their debut album, Le Galaxie have replicated this scene across clubs and venues, bars and fields, tents and countries, cities and towns, parties and raves. And in doing so, the band has had a multiplier effect, growing from a cult following to a force. Le Galaxie has spent the past six years claiming their title as Ireland’s best live act. And now all systems are go as they prepare for their debut at the Leixlip Festival open air music spectacular at the Court Yard Hotel. The eagerly-awaited festival this June Bank Holiday weekend will see an amazing line-up of headline acts including The Blizzards, The Riptide Movement and the massively popular annual Monday night headliner, Smash Hits, who are guaranteed to rock the yard with a

▪▪ The Blizzards powerful blast of rip-roaring feel-good boogie. Once again, the Court Yard Hotel has put together a line-up of incredible music talent, on par with the best entertainment in any major city or music venue, and at a fraction of the cost. For their Court Yard debut on Friday, June 2, Dublin-based Le Galaxie will be presenting brand new music from their new album, including the first single release, ‘Pleasure’, a sensuous slice of dance pop with powerful vocals. On Saturday, June 3, Mullingar five piece The Blizzards headline, having taken time

▪▪ La Galaxie out from live performance in recent years. After a six-year hiatus, Mullingar five-piece are back and have enjoyed one hell of a comeback year. This has included an instantly sold out Whelan’s date, a headline show in the Olympia Theatre, a UK tour, and the release of infectious singles ‘Drop Down The Anchor’ and ‘Perfect On Paper’ that have been taking over Irish radio and featuring on playlists across the country. These power pop chart toppers are obviously no strangers to the Irish music scene. Before the Voice of Ire-

land, and Niall Breslin’s solo and producing career, The Blizzards drew crowds of sincere music fans with their combination of catchy pop toe tappers and contagious beats to stages at Slane, Oxegen, Independence and The Olympia. With upwards of 20 local and national acts and DJs featuring in the 2017 Leixlip Festival line-up at the Court Yard Hotel, it will be a bank holiday to remember, according to Laura Moriarty. “We have four days and nights of top music and entertainment as part of this year’s Leixlip Festival,” the Operations Director at the

family-run hotel group said, “and there is literally something for everyone in the family. “Rock the Yard will again thrill true Irish music fans, and cement our reputation as one of Ireland's top local music festivals as part of the Traditional Leixlip Salmon Festival.” To enjoy the best live Irish music acts at the 2017 Leixlip Festival, weekend and day pass tickets are now available for ‘Rock the Yard’ on the Court Yard Hotel website. Go to www.courtyard.ie/ ticket-sales for tickets and full line-up details.

HamsandwicH join line-up at Leopardstown ONE of Ireland’s most enthralling live acts in recent times, HamsandwicH, will be rounding off a great summer of gigs at this year’s Bulmers Live at Leopardstown series. Well known for their incendiary live performances, thyy have established themselves as one of the top touring acts in the country. Featuring their signature calling card of Niamh Farrell's powerful yet sweet vocal and Podge McNamee's juxtaposing baritone, if ever there was a band to feed off their audience, it is melodic, hook-laden, and heart-warmingly charming HamsandwicH. Their most recent album ‘Stories From The Surface’ debuted straight in at Number 1 in the official album chart, while its predecessor

‘White Fox’ featured in Irish Times’ writer Tony Clayton-Lea’s acclaimed book ‘101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die’, where he described it as a “masterclass in quality indie pop”. HamsandwicH will play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown on Thursday, June 22. The Original Wailers had been scheduled to perform on this date, however, this show has unfortunately been cancelled. HamsandwicH will instead join a fantastic line-up of thrilling Thursday nights at Leopardstown Racecourse, that already includes Something Happens (June 8), The Jerry Fish Electric Side-show (June 15), Hot House Flowers (July 13), The Riptide Movement (July 20), The Stunning (July 27), Sister Sledge (August 10) and Happy Mondays (August 17). ▪▪ The excellent HamsandwicH


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Historic school names new extension after a local hero THERE was great excitement at Mount Carmel Secondary School, King’s Inns Street, Dublin 1, recently for the official opening of a new five classroom extension.

▪▪ Pictured left, Joe Grant (Chairperson Board of Management), Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Gerry Cullen (Principal) at the opening of the new classroom extension at Mount Carmel Secondary School. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

The new extension is named Áras Skinnider in honour of Margaret Skinnider who fought in the 1916 Rising. Skinnider was a sniper and the only female wounded in action during the Easter Rising. She became a teacher at King’s Inns Street in 1928 and continued teaching there until her retirement in 1961. She was a member of Cumann na mBán, involved in the campaign for Women’s’ Suffrage and an active member of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), to which she was

elected President in 1956. A number of past pupils, now aged in their ‘80s, who were taught by Skinnider attended the official opening of the extension by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, on May 2. This new extension comprises four bright classrooms over two floors with a well-equipped music room on the third floor. The new building dovetails with the original building (completed in the early 1940s) and sits on the corner of Bolton Street and King’s Inns Street. The staircase incorporates beautiful vantage points overlooking the historic Henrietta Street and the extension opens on to a beautiful landscaped garden space. Principal Gerry Cullen says the extension positions Mount Carmel as one of the

foremost schools for girls on the Northside and joked that it’s “the best kept secret in Dublin”. “However, based on increased enrolment experienced in recent years it looks like the secret is finally out there,” he added. “The school is thriving at the moment with student numbers higher than they have been in the last 25 years. “It is also encouraging to see the number of students progressing to third level has doubled in the last decade from 30 per cent to nearly 60 per cent.” Mount Carmel is an allgirls’ secondary school situated adjacent to DIT Bolton Street and at the foot of Henrietta Street. Its roots go back over 200 years to 1812, making it one of the oldest schools in the Dublin Metropolitan area.

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HEALTH

Inspired Toni aims to help others lose weight ▪▪ BEFORE: Toni Stewart

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The emotional and physical toll this was taking on her was escalating. Medically she was unwell, developing ulcers and hernias and emotionally was feeling miserable and down. "I knew I had to do something about my weight but this time I had even more to lose and it just seemed impossible,” Toni recalls. A friend suggested Slimming World which wasn’t long opened in her area. It wasn’t the first time Toni heard of it as she knew another friend who had great results so thought: "why not, I’ve tried everything else". Toni remembers the first night feeling apprehensive as she walked through the doors of her local group but was instantly reassured and welcomed by the consultant. "The next 25 minutes as

I listened I couldn't believe what I was hearing,” she says. “She (consultant) told us about all these unlimited foods we could eat and lose weight meaning I never had to be hungry. I didn’t have to feel like I was starving myself. "I was horrified when I saw my weight on the scales and I made a promise to myself that I was going to fix this. “So that first week my book went everywhere with me and I referred to it all the time. My friend and I both took turns cooking each day which gave us both the opportunities to try new and exciting foods. “So when it came to the end of the first week while I knew I had a good week I still had doubts about losing weight with all I had eaten. "I was both nervous and excited when I went back to

group that week and to say I was shocked is an understatement when the scales showed I had lost an incredible 9.5lbs. “That night in group was fantastic as my loss was celebrated when I was presented with my first award for losing half a stone. “I was absolutely hooked. That night when I was talking to my Mam she was so surprised that she decided to join the group the following week.” After losing five stone Toni went on to conceive her second daughter. During the pregnancy while she knew she was going to gain weight, she was absolutely confident of losing it again, which she tained for seven months now. did and a further half stone Toni's mother was also bringing her total loss to a successful managing to lose staggering five and a half four and a half stone. stone which she has main"Slimming World has changed my life so much," says Toni. "I want to share that with others. My dream is for others to achieve their weight loss goals for whatever reason for them, so much so that I’ve decided to take the next step on my journey."

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Toni recently returned from the Slimming World Academy in the UK where she trained as a consultant. She is delighted to announce that she will be re-launching the Donaghmede group on Monday, May 29 and it will run every Monday in the Donaghmede Inn at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For more information contact Toni on 0872430247.


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NOTICEBOARD DONNYCARNEY

CONCERT: A Ring of Hope Concert will take place this Sunday, May 21 at Our Lady of Consolation Church, Donnycarney, at 8pm. All proceeds are in aid of Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. Tickets cost €10, contact Harry Browne on 086-2133399 or Fr John Ennis on 086-3027430. The concert will feature the Kells Silver Band, the Garda Male Voice Choir, Antoinette Heery, 4 in a Bar Barbershop Quartet and the High Hopes Choir. ▪▪ Pictured are the fifth year students from the Politics and Society Class of Grange Community College in Donaghmede during a visit to Dáil Éireann where they met local TD Seán Haughey (FF). The students and Seán had a robust political debate in the Fianna Fáil TEA DANCE: The Le Chéile Af- Parliamentary Party room. ternoon Tea Dance for active TALK: Howth Peninsula Heriretired and senior citizens takes place on Tuesday, May 16 from tage Society presents a talk by 2.30pm-5pm, with live music from Eugene McEldowney, entitled ‘40 ‘The Imperials’. Tickets are €5, Years as a Journalist, in the Howth and include Afternoon Tea & Raf- Angling Centre, West Pier on Tuesfle entry. They are available at re- day, May 23 at 8pm. Admission to ception in Le Cheile Donnycarney. non-members is €5.   For full class listings visit www. PITCH & PUTT: Howth Ladies’ dcyc.ie or call 01-8329676. Pitch & Putt Club is now open for   new members.  The club plays KILBARRACK SUMMER FAIR: North Bay Edu- every Sunday morning throughcate Together’s annual Summer out the year at Deerpark, Howth Fair family fundraising event and offers ladies a friendly and will take place at Greendale healthy atmosphere and an opRoad, Kilbarrack on Sunday, portunity to meet new friends. June 11 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Experienced golfers and beginThere will be something for ev- ners are welcome. For more ineryone including kids’ games, formation contact Barbara on raffle, books, toys and bric-a- 085-7297688. brac, face painting, cafe and cake stall, BBQ, international CLONTARF food and more. All are welcome. TALK: Clontarf Gardening SociThe cost is €2 for adults and kids ety will present ‘A Seasonal Talk’ go free. Children must be accom- by Marie Staunton in St John’s panied by an adult and super- Parish Centre Seafield Road on Thursday, May 25, at 8pm. Admisvised at all times. sion for non members is  €5 and includes tea and homemade cake. COOLOCK WALKING CLUB: A communi- Admission for members is free. All ▪▪ Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton with pupils from Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire ty walk catering for all ages and are welcome. Na Mbrathar in Marino during Active School Week (ASW) which took place recently. PHOTO:   levels of fitness takes place every MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE Tuesday at 9.45am in the Stardust SANTRY Memorial Park, Coolock. Parents, SCHOOL REUNION: A school re- Society presents a talk by Nick Constance Gardiner (mezzo-so- RAHENY grandparents and strollers are union for the Leaving Cert class Egan on Fuchsias and Gerani- prano). Admission is €10. TickCAR BOOT SALE: St Paul's Colwelcome after the school drop- of 1977 and Inter Cert class of ums at 8pm on Thursday, May ets are available from Skerries lege, Raheny, will be holding a off. No booking needed. Just turn 1975 at St John of God Second- 25 in the Artane Beaumont Fam- Book Shop, Strand Street, and at car boot sale on the June Bank up and join them for a walk. ary School, Kilmore Road, will ily Recreation Centre, Kilmore the door on the night. Holiday Monday to raise funds For more information contact be held at the Crowne Plaza Road. Admission is €5. Phone for a group of students travelling David Phelan on 087-6525001 or Hotel, Santry, on Sunday, May 087-2423020 for more details,  SWORDS to Lourdes in September as volMadeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286. 28. They will be meeting in the if required. SUMMER CONCERTS: The Lam- unteers on the Dublin Diocesan   restaurant at 5pm for the threebay Singers are performing three Prilgrimage. Open from 8am to  SPECIAL BLESSING: A special summer concerts in May as fol- 3pm. No need to pre-book. ConPHOTO EXHIBITION: St Bene- course early bird menu (€26). dict's Photographic Club is hold- Those who can’t come to the blessing for expectant mothers lows: 27th at 7pm in St Columbas tact 086-2648868 for further ining a photo exhibition at Coolock meal are welcome to join the will take place on Thursday, May Church in Swords; and 28th at formation. group later. Contact Helen Mc- 25 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 3pm and 5pm in Newbridge House,   Library until the end of May. Guirk on 086-2142676 by May Artane at 8pm. If you are preg- Donabate. Tickets cost €10 and ART EXHIBITION: Brook Art AA MEETING: Alcoholics Anon- 19 to confirm number for the nant, the organisers would love to they are available at the door or Group is holding an art exhibiymous is holding an open pub- meal or to let them know if you see you there. If you need further contact Eric Duffy on 086-2555751. tion in Raheny Library until May 27. The group, which is based in information, contact Alice on 01lic meeting for information and are coming later.   8319770 or Eileen on 01-8319617. BEREAVEMENT: Bethany trained Donaghmede, is open to new education in St Brendan’s Parish All are welcome. Refreshments members are available to pro- people joining their class.  Centre (old church), Coolock Vil- BAYSIDE lage, on the first Tuesday of every CONCERT: Third Day Chorale will be served afterwards.  vide support to those grieving   COUNTRY MARKET: Raheny month from 8.30pm-9.30pm. All presents Maytime Miscellany at the loss of a loved one. They proare welcome. 8pm on Wednesday, May 17 at the SKERRIES vide a free, confidential service. Country Market is open on Fridays   Church of the Resurrection, Bay- CONCERT: Skerries Community The group meets on the second between 10.30am and 12noon side, Sutton. Tickets cost €15 and Choir presents their annual sum- and last Monday of every month in the Johnston Hall (Church of HOWTH SUMMER FETE: St Mary's includes donation to St Vincent de mer concert, ‘Summer Miscella- from 7.30pm at the Parish Office, Ireland), Howth Road, Raheny. Church in Howth is holding its Paul. Phone 087-9016430, email ny’, on Friday, May 26 at 8pm in Parochial House, Seatown Road, Produce all made locally includes Summer Fete on Saturday, May 3rdDaychorale@gmail.com or vis- Holmpatrick Church, Skerries. Swords. Contact Terri on 01- cakes, breads, jams and mar20 from 12noon. There will be it www.thirddaychorale.com Special guests include students 8403243, Brid on 086-6006397 malades, savouries, cards, glass   all the usual stalls including of the Skerries Music Centre, the or Mary on 01-8402652 for fur- craft, jewellery, knitwear, some books, cakes, plants, bric-a ARTANE Skerries Ukulele Strummers, ther information. Open to all plants and limited vegetables in season.  brac, clothes and accessories. TALK: Dublin Five Horticultural Sarah Waldron (soprano) and Fingal residents. 

BALGRIFFIN

PITCH & PITT: A ladies’ pitch & putt club is seeking new members. They play at Inisfails GAA Club, Balgriffin on Saturdays at 10.15am Why not go along and give it a try? For details, phone Pat on 086-3505384.

KILLESTER

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@gmail.com or alternatively drop it into Killester Sports & Social Club, Hadden Park, Killester.  

BAYSIDE

BOWLS CLUB: Bayside Indoor Bowls Club is seeking new members. This active age group meets every Friday from 2.30pm4.30pm at Bayside Community Centre. No experience necessary.

BALDOYLE

MEETINGS: For 55 plus, the U3A Sutton Baldoyle-Dublin North East meetings take place every second Wednesday of the month at Baldoyle Library from 10.45am to 12.45pm. Emailu3asutbal@ gmail.com or phone 01-8323697 or visit u3asuttonbaldoyledublin for further information.

MALAHIDE

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning for family carers takes place at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30am. Discussion, speakers, information and occasional outings included. All family carers welcome. For more information, contact the North Dublin Carers’ Association - Jacqueline on 086-0213798 or Suzanne, Sabrina or Marie on 0863890620. Alternatively, email dublinnorth@carersireland.com

CITYWIDE

NEW MEMBERS: Victory Pitch & Putt Club welcomes new members, male and female, every Sunday at 11am. The club meets at The Brock Inn, Ashbourne Road. For more information contact Pat on 086-8882853 or Ann on 0863640663.  

BAYSIDE

TENNIS FOR EVERYONE: Trackside Lawn Tennis Club beside Bayside DART station is open for membership. Why not call into the club and enjoy a game of tennis - rackets available so just wear appropriate footwear. Enjoy fun days of tennis is a friendly atmosphere. For more information visit www.Facebook. com/tracksidelawntennisclub


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Exercising With Your Dog

The best way to strengthen bonds with your dog is to exercise. Whilst exercising together can be fun, it can be dangerous for you both if proper precautions are not taken.

jump into a hardcore exercise regime. Always start slow and build up. Once your dog is able to walk for 20 – 25 minutes you can then build up to a jog. 4. Be consistent - before you begin, choose command words that are suited to the activity. If you are cycling, commands like ‘Left’, ‘Right’ and ‘Stop’ will soon teach your dog what you want him to do. Always keep you dog on the same side as you.

1. Check up - Before you begin to introduce an exercise regime to your dog, bring him to the vets first. It is important he gets a full check up before you begin. Tell your vet that you plan to exercise with your pooch. 5. Stay hydrated - this applies 2. Type of Dog - Some dogs more during warm weather. If are more suited to different you are planning a long walk, types of exercise. Small dogs bring a dog friendly drinking with short legs will not last bottle and allow time to rest. long on a long distance jog, Pack a small snack to help keep where as large dogs with long his energy levels up. legs will go the distance.

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Rehoming a senior dog Corina Fitzsimons Senior dogs, through no fault of their own, often find themselves looking for a new home in their twilight years and can sadly be overlooked due to their age. Dogs over the age of seven are considered by some to be old, but this depends a lot on the breed. The ‘average’ life expectancy of a dog is 13 years, however smaller breeds generally tend to live longer than larger breeds. You may think that older dogs are more likely to have been diagnosed with health problems and worry about the cost implications of rehoming an older dog. In some circumstances Dogs Trust may offer finan-

cial support for identified conditions, so please, don’t let this put you off. Perhaps you also think it might be too upsetting to adopt an older dog as they may not have many years left. Although it is true that older dogs have less time left, by adopting one, you have the power and the privilege to make that dog’s last few months or years the happiest of their entire life! You will also value the time you spend with your dog more because that time is so precious and there really is nothing more rewarding than giving a dog the retirement home they so deserve. You don’t have to adopt a puppy to form an amazing bond with a dog. Dogs who have lost their previous

owner(s) can be more likely to form strong attachments to the new person in their life, especially if that person shows them lots of love and affection. When rehoming an older dog, what you see is what you get as his size and personality have already been shaped. There is no wondering about how big he will get or if he will be calm or giddy or affectionate or silly. Older dogs can generally have the run of the house as unlike their younger counterparts, they are less likely to get up to mischief or chew on your prized possessions. They also tend to have better manners and most are already housetrained. Senior dogs are less demanding, often calmer and more relaxing to be around

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Travelling with your pet If like us, your pet is part of the family it is only natural that you will want to take them on holidays with you. You can eliminate unnecessary stress for you and your pet by researching your travel options prior to your holiday.

Before your trip Ensure your pet is in good health by taking the time to visit the vet. Some airlines will also request a fit to fly certificate for pets. Check that all your pets’ vaccinations are up to date before you travel and you should never travel with a sick, injured or pregnant pet. We would recommend micro-chipping your pet before travelling and if your pet is already micro chipped check that all details are up to date. Investing in a new identification collar with details of where you can be contacted while on holidays is also a good idea.

Travelling with your pet by car It is not safe to let your pet roam free in the car and pet seat belts and harnesses have been developed to provide safety and comfort for your dog while travelling. The CLIX CarSafe harness is made from approved safety-standard seatbelt material and has been designed in a continuous loop, to ensure that in the unfortunate event of an accident, maximum strength is retained.

▪▪ Older dogs can make great companions. and most require less exercise and are content to snooze most of the day away after their walk. Contrary to popular belief; you can teach an old dog new tricks! Older dogs still enjoy mental stimulation and training as long as it is not too physically strenuous. There are plenty of dogs

vehicle while stopped at traffic lights. Schedule pit stops to allow your pet to stretch his legs, relieve himself and burn off some excess energy. Always ensure your pet is correctly leashed before letting him out of the carrier. You can minimise motion sickness by offering light snacks and allowing these to be properly digested before returning to the car. Travel-Eze tablets are a natural herbal tablet that can help reduce the effects of motion sickness should your pet suffer. Never leave your pet alone in a car, on a warm day your car can rise to 49 Degrees Celsius within minutes, even with a window open.

Most pets, especially cats, feel safer when they travel in a carrier; the Capri Pet Travel Carrier has a device to attach the carrier securely to a car seat. This carrier has a compartment for storing treats, a hatch at the top to allow you access to your pet without opening the front door and ventilation slits. These features make it an excellent choice when selecting a pet travel carrier. Familiarise your pet with the carrier by introducing it before your trip and place a toy or blanket into the carrier on the day of travelling to lessen any stress. The benefits of using a pet restraint on car journeys are they prevent injury in the event of an accident or sudden braking and protect the passengers on board. They also reduce driver distraction and ensure your pet cannot escape the

Plane Most airlines require that pets fly in the hold of the aircraft and will only allow assistance dogs on-board during flights. Consider this before deciding to fly with

of all shapes and sizes, as well as different ages, at Dogs Trust. If you’ve been thinking of adding a dog to your family, pop up and have a chat with their experienced adoption team. Hopefully you’ll be a #SpecialSomeone to one of their dogs and give them their happy ending.

your pet. When it is necessary to fly your pet, there are many things you can do to make the journey as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. Flying is not recommended for certain dog breeds. Snub nose breeds which include Pugs, Boxers and Bulldogs have difficulty breathing and are unable to cool themselves down, making airline travel unsuitable for them. Check this with your vet prior to travel. Airlines require all pets to travel in an approved carrier, The Petmode Airline Carrier is an airline approved pet carrier, which allows safe and comfortable transportation for your pet. When choosing a carrier, select one that allows your pet to sit, stand and lie comfortably in. Pack a toy in the carrier on the day of travel for a sense of familiarity and to offer a distraction. To help easily identifyyour carrier, attach a travel label to the carrier, this should include your name, permanent address, telephone number, final destination, and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the flight arrives. Prior to flying only offer light meals and avoid feeding in the few hours before the flight. You must provide fresh water for your pet and to avoid spills consider using ice cubes or freezing your pets water bowl the night before. Carry a portable water bowl so that when you reach your destination you can offer fresh water. Should your flight incur a delay be sure to make the airline staff aware that your pet is on board, disembarkment may be necessary if the delay is lengthy. On arrival at your destination collect your pet immediately and go for a long walk before heading on the next leg of your journey.


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URIAGE THERMAL WATER SPRAY RRP €5 Nothing beats being out in the open with the sun beating down but be aware that high temperatures cause your skin to become hot and red with open pores allowing dirt and bacteria to enter the skin. So why not cool down your skin with Uriage Thermal Water which hydrates, soothes irritations and reinforces the skin’s natural defence mechanisms? Spray Uriage Thermal Spring Water on the skin, wait a few seconds to let it dry into the skin then relax in the sun feeling cooled refreshed, revived and hydrated! Uriage Thermal Water Spray comes in a 50ml, 150ml and 300ml version, so the 50ml version is perfect for your handbag or pocket when at festivals. Uriage Thermal Water is available in pharmacies nationwide and at www.uriage.ie

THALGO EXPERT CORRECTION FOR STUBBORN CELLULITE BODY GEL RRP €36 In 2014 the Thalgo Laboratory created an innovative approach to reverse the cellulite generating process, thanks to its exclusive oxy-active technology, which works to oxygenate the cells. Thalgo have now launched Expert Correction for Stubborn Cellulite body gel. This advanced anti-cellulite body gel features a highly effective scientific innovation to correct the appearance of stubborn cellulite. It helps reverse the dimple-generating process and creates a short-circuit in the signalling pathways that control adipocyte storage.  This potent corrective gel is designed to reduce and remove stubborn cellulite on the thighs, buttocks and arms. The oxy-active technology in Expert Correction, saturated with encapsulated oxygen and rich in santalum, helps disperse pronounced cellulite and reinforce the skin’s resistance to unsightly dimples, for visibly smoother-looking skin. The cool gel texture, enriched with moisturising polysaccharides, provides an ultrafast sensory application and has a quick-drying, non-sticky finish. It is available in 15,000 Thalgo Spas, Thalassotherapy Centres and Beauty Centres throughout the world. For a list of Irish stockists visit www.thalgo.ie


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TRAVEL ORLANDO is Ireland’s favourite cross-Atlantic holiday hotspot and it’s certainly one destination that never gets old. The theme parks just keep getting bigger and better, new attractions seem to pop up out of nowhere and there’s always something new to discover in Florida’s playground city. With so much to do in one place, it can sometimes be overwhelming for families who are trying to fit everything in. American Holidays knows Orlando better than most and have come up with some top travel tips for families that will make your holiday unforgettable. Walt Disney World An Orlando family holiday really isn’t complete without a trip to arguably its most famous theme park. Walt Disney World Resort is a firm favourite with Irish families who arrive in their thousands for its thrilling rides, over-the-top parades and unforgettable evening spectacles. A great tip for families is to research the park and plan ahead for the day. Get the opening times and know in advance what rides your kids can and can’t go on. This will save you a lot of time, energy, and hassle. If there’s a particular show or parade that the family want to see then get there early in order to secure a good vantage point. Wear a money belt Keep in mind when visiting theme parks that the rides and water slides do not allow you to carry a bag or any other loose accessories. Save time waiting for the lockers and wear a money belt that’s big enough to hold your money, phone and any other small essentials you may need throughout the day. I Ride Trolley – International Drive Make sure to visit international drive, one of Orlando’s most popular and vibrant streets. Packed with heaps of fun and kid-friendly attractions it’s the perfect place to spend the day. Without a car, it can be difficult to get around the area – and this is where the I Ride Trolley comes in handy. Hop on and visit the Orlando premium outlets and the many key areas along International Drive. One-way fares are a steal at $2. Jump off at WonderWorks, an up-

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side-down building, and watch the kid’s faces light up. Make reservations Dinner time does not mean the family fun should stop. Eat and be entertained with a variety of dinner shows such as Medieval Times and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Sit back and enjoy the kid-friendly dinner drama, with acrobatics, music and the most entertaining actors. Everyone in the family will love it. Tables in these restaurants are always in high demand, so if there is a certain restaurant you desperately want to dine at, make reservations as soon as possible. Cocoa Beach For a break from all the action plan a day trip and take the family to one of Florida’s stunning beaches for a day of fun in the sun. With so many stunning beaches to choose from it can be hard to decide where to go. Cocoa Beach is one of the most popular family beaches because of

its soft sand, crystal clear waters and serene vibe. Have lunch by Cocoa Beach Pier, let the kids take a surf lesson or simply spend the day building sandcastles and dipping your toes in the water. Picture perfect Our number one tip for families travelling to Orlando? Get snap happy! Capture those unforgettable family moments with plenty of pictures and videos. If you’re thinking of travelling to Orlando with the family and want to find out more contact one of the experienced team members at American Holidays and let them help you create your perfect holiday. Get an Orlando and Beach combo holiday deal for August with seven nights in Orlando and four nights at Clearwater Beach from €939. Price includes flights, accommodation and car hire. Other August Orlando deals start from €539. ▪▪ Visit www.americanholidays.com or call 01-6733894 and talk to an American Holidays travel specialist.

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Tips on staying safe in the sun HUNDREDS of thousands of Irish holidaymakers will be jetting off to sun drenched destinations over the next few weeks, but some will be bringing back unwelcome souvenirs. Sunburn can quickly and quietly turn that dream vacation into the holiday from hell, and the link between too much sun and skin cancer is well documented. Effective skin protection is vital to prevent against skin cancer as well as

premature skin aging caused by over exposure to the sun. Follow these tips to make sure your family enjoys the sun, and avoids suffering from it. • Avoid peak sun times around midday as this is when the sun is at its strongest • For added protection cover up with t-shirts and hats • Always re-apply sun cream • Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration

• Children should be covered with clothing and hats at all times • If you become sunburnt, make sure to apply plenty of moisturiser and don’t expose the skin to any more sunlight. • If sunstroke occurs, move the person to a cool area and provide cool drinks, such as a sports drink, which contains sugar and salt. • If you suffer from cold sores, you’re more likely to get them if you are exposed to sunlight. Wear a lip balm with high sun protection and carry a cream

▪▪ Slap on the suncream and keep safe this summer.


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BOOKS BOOK OF THE WEEK: ‘The Other Side of the Wall’ About the author ANDREA Mara is a freelance writer and blogger, who lives in Dublin with her husband and three young children. She writes lifestyle features for Irish newspapers, magazines, and websites, and has won multiple awards for blogging. She attempts to balance work, family and writing, then lets off steam on her blog, OfficeMum.ie. When she’s not keeping one eye on the kids, and the other on Twitter, she’s furiously scribbling notes for her next book. The ‘Other Side of the Wall’, a psychological thriller set in Dún Laoghaire, is published by Poolbeg Press.

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house. Sylvia is finding it more and more difficult to sleep at night, which is not helped by her husband’s frequent business trips. She’s almost sure someone is coming into the house at night, but has no idea why, and it’s becoming confusing trying to separate fact from fiction. The man who lives across the road from her says he doesn’t trust Sam either, and has seen an unlikely visitor go in and out of the house. But as Sylvia watches him standing outside Sam’s house at night, Wondering if night feeds and sleep deprivation are getting to her, she hurriedly she starts to wonder who is telling the truth. retreats - the fact that a local child has gone missing The story of the missing child is still on may be preying on her mind. Her husband is certain the news every hour, and Sylvia reminds she imagined it and suggests they go back to sleep her childminder to keep a very close eye and forget about it. Life takes over again the following morning – Sylvia on her children. Her work environment is just back to work after maternity leave and finding is becoming increasingly stressful it challenging to settle back in. Her assistant manager and she’s faced with dealing with her assistant manager head-on when is unhappy with her return and making life difficult nobody else will help. The normally for her. Her boss isn’t interested, and she begins to question why she bothers going to work at all. There’s non-confrontational Sylvia is forced out no time to think about the next-door neighbours until of her comfort zone, but is helped by a week later, when inexplicably she hears the sound of an unlikely ally. At home, she lies awake at night, a man crying through her bedroom wall. She decides it’s time to introduce herself to the new listening to every noise the house neighbours and calls next door, where she meets Sam makes, then wakes every morning wondering what awaits her who has recently moved in. His wife and children are downstairs. Events take a more away for the summer and he joins them at weekends sinister turn, but still nobody – he’s fixing up the house while they’re gone. Sylvia will accept it’s anything but her finds him friendly and helpful, yet she becomes imagination, fuelled by exhaustion increasingly uneasy about him. and stress.  Then Sylvia’s young daughter wakes one night, Sylvia is certain it’s not – there’s screaming that there’s a man in her room, and this something very wrong on the other side of the wall. is followed by a series of bizarre disturbances in the HEN Sylvia looks out her bedroom window one night and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races into her neighbour’s garden. But the pond is empty, the garden is quiet, and no-one is answering the door.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Gutter Bookshop wins top British industry award DUBLIN’S Gutter Bookshop has won Independent Bookshop of the Year at The British Book Awards. Known as the ‘Nibbies’, the awards recognise the best independent bookshop in Ireland and the UK. This is the first time that the bookshop has won the overall title, having previously claimed the regional award in 2015, 2012, and 2011. Sponsors Gardners Books presented the bookshop with a cheque for £5,000 to be invested in the day-to-day running of the shop or in potential improvements. Shop owner Bob Johnston said: “Thank you to all our customers and to all the people who buy books from independent bookshops. “You make us what we are and you make our high street diverse.”

▪▪ Victoria Hislop, bookshop owner Ben Johnston and presenter Lauren Laverne at the book awards. The Gutter Bookshop beat seven other regional winners for the prize. It was chosen for the regional prize by a panel of expert judges, who as part of the selection process, read testimonials by local customers submitted online to the BBA website. Founded in 2009, the bookshop trades from two sites in Dublin and Dalkey, and has cleverly expanded into non-book stock such as children’s puppets and tote bags.

Taking its inspiration from the Oscar Wilde quote: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”, the Gutter Bookshop picked up the ultimate accolade at a glamorous awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in central London. The evening celebrated the entirety of the book world, bringing together authors, publishers, industry in-siders, booksellers, librarians and literary agents. Produced by leading industry magazine The Book-

seller, The British Book Awards represent a high point in the book trade’s calendar, with awards including Publisher of the Year, Book Retailer of the Year, and the Books of the Year awards. The latter recognise the publishing process as well as the books themselves. The idea is to celebrate the whole journey from the author’s mind to the reader’s hand, and showcase the range and depth of modern publishing. It’s about the story itself, but also the way that the publishing contributes both to the story telling and to finding an audience. To win an award is the ultimate recognition of an individual or an organisation’s excellence. For a complete list of categories go to www.thebookseller.com/events/britishbook-awards

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mental health difficulties beginning before the age of 24, it’s crucial that students learn how to manage their mental health and access available supports from an early age.” For more information on the Transition Year Programme please visit www. walkinmyshoes.ie.

Student exhibition at BIFE THE Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) is hosting its annual exhibition of students’ work from a variety of art and design courses from Wednesday to Friday, May 24-26.

tunity to display their creative work and processes in addition to showcasing the variety of courses that the college offers. The show features the work of approximately 120 students from Art PortfoThe annual exhibition lio Preparation, Art Craft offers students an oppor- Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Architectural Design and Technology, Horticultural Design, 3D Game Design and Fashion Theatre Make-up. The students are graduating with QQI Certificates or BTEC Higher National Certificates or Diplomas. The exhibition opens with

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stigma associated with mental health difficulties. On completion, participants become mental wellbeing ambassadors and return to their schools and communities with an added understanding of positive mental health. Paul Gilligan of St Patrick’s said education and

a reception in the Institute from 7-9pm on Tuesday, May 23. It is then open to the public and will be on view from 10am-4pm on Wednesday May 24, from 10am-9pm on Thursday, May 25, with an open evening from 7-9pm, and from 10am-1pm on Friday May 25. The public will have an opportunity to view the extensive range of courses and facilities available as well as browsing the Art & Design Graduate Show. For further information, contact the Institute on 012829668 or check out www. bife.ie.

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Further education courses starting in September DEIRDRE Hanamy is the Principal of Blackrock Further Education Institute (BFEI), a new state-of-theart further education college located in Blackrock village and just a short walk from the DART. She is passionate about the benefits of taking a Further Education course, which includes flexible entry requirements. And as BFEI is not part of the CAO points systems it offers alternative pathways to degree courses and professional qualifications for those who want to go directly into employment. If you do not have the Leaving Certificate and are

looking for a new career, and a fresh start, then BFEI can provide you with that second chance opportunity. Students who choose to study at BFEI will benefit from small teaching groups and continuous assessment, as this is an integral element of most courses, and they will also get excellent career guidance advice. BFEI offers a variety of courses at Level 5 and 6 in area such as: • Business, Accounting Technician, Auctioneering, Pre-University Law, Retail Management & Marketing. Marketing with Digital Media • Design (Interior, Graphic, Landscape) and Web Design and Digital Media,

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Work in an accounting firm four days a week and attend lectures at BFEI one day a week over two years. The next open day at BFEI is on Wednesday, May 24, from 2-4pm and Deirdre recommends that people should visit to find out more, meet the staff and see the new facilities including computer laboratories, design studios, beauty salons and an ICT learning centre. If you can’t visit on open day then she highly recommends you browse the BFEI website or request a brochure. Further details on the Institute and all the available courses can be found at www.bfei.ie

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Could this be the first Tesla EV to travel across the High Atlas of Morocco?

for the faster CHAdeMO chargers; after some research, we got the necessary adaptors and cables from Tesla to use along the way. We chose the route down through the UK, onto the Chunnel, through central France and along the East coast of Spain, based on the extensive network of Tesla superchargers there, which is continually growing. Indeed the Cullar station After that trip, we were near Granada was opened Grattan Healy keen to go further and not long before our trip, get across the High Atlas getting us almost within ’M one of the lucky to the next large town of reach of the ferries from few who already has Ouarzazate, 200km further Algeciras or Tarifa. a Tesla Model S here We also charged up in Ireland. It’s a great on to explore the “other Morocco”. on the Tesla Destination car with extensive range It seemed like the perfect Chargers located at the fine that enables me to charge Vincci Hotels in both Malaga at home, drive around all trip for my Model S. While and Marbella. day, regularly crossing the we planned thoroughly to Our route took us country, while charging up take as much risk out of the trip, we left enough loose through Tangier and then here and there. ends in order to at least continued on to Casablanca have some adventure. for our next stop, ahead of Driving an EV around Considering you can arriving at Marrakech, with Ireland is really easy charge from almost any more than 'half-a-tank' still given the public charging power source with the in store. infrastructure here. Model S and there are The Movenpick Hotel in The ease of living with a Marrakech has a commando Model S led me to consider probably more electrical sockets in Morocco than socket set up, and the hotel what might be possible petrol stations, we just very kindly arranged an further afield. needed to make sure we adaptor for us. First Tesla across the had the right equipment to So having enjoyed a few High Atlas of Morocco be able to charge. days in Marrakech and filled perhaps?  I only require a Type our tank to the brim, as it We love a good road trip 2 cable to charge my car were, we headed for the and had previously driven in Ireland, although we High Atlas. as far as Marrakech in a also  carry a Tesla adaptor We crawled along to petrol-fueled Audi Allroad.

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▪▪ Grattan Healy is pictured in Morocco where he travelled to the city of Ouarzazate from Ireland in his Tesla Model S.

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the foothills and then up the twisting road to the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2,260 metres, which is around half-way to Ouarzazate. That first half of the journey used 40 per cent of our battery, so we were at least confident of reaching Ouarzazate. We had of course anticipated that the descent would use very little battery, and indeed it only took a further eight per cent to reach the Berbere Palace Hotel in Ouarzazate. The reception manager even claimed that our car was the first electric vehicle in Ouarzazate! Having celebrated New Year at the hotel in style with Moroccan artists, we finally headed back across the Atlas to Marrakech on January 1 and followed the same route back to Spain. We took a further detour to the Algarve to visit family and then charged up at the facilities at the NH Casino in Badajoz, which were great. All along the way our magnificent Tesla Model S gave us not one moment of trouble, not even a puncture. It may well have been the first electric vehicle to cross the High Atlas, and brought us all the way back to Ireland, all 9,500km at minimal cost.


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Fingal County Council Mairead and Alex Ingle seek Planning Permission to construct a new fourth bedroom at first floor level above the existing side extension, at 59 Stapolin Lawns, Baldoyle, Dublin 13. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the 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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Dublin City Council Brendan Vickers is applying for planning permission at 195 Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin 9. The development consists of new pitched roof dormer to the side with flat roof dormer to the rear at attic level to allow for the provision of revised roof storage space. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Ian and Anna Harkin are applying for Planning Permission for development at 3 Woodlawn Drive, Santry, Dublin 9. The development will consist of an attic conversion to form play room with dormer window within rear roof slope and dormer window within side roof slope. 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 during its public opening hours, and that a submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Ann Boland intend to apply for Retention Planning Permission for development at this site 23 Woodlawn Close, Santry, Dublin 9. The development will consist of the retention of a dormer roof to the side of the existing house roof creating a new attic space and all associated work. 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 Dublin City Council Planning Permission is sought by Sean and Agnieszka Mc Cabe for alterations and extensions to the existing two storey terraced house at 58 St. Anne’s Avenue, Raheny, Dublin 5, D05 A9F9, comprising extension of the hallway to form a new front porch, amalgamation of the entrance doorways to the shared rear garden access, construction of a new bay window to the front Living Room and widening of the existing vehicular access. 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 Suzanne Fowler and Tim Cummins intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site; Presbytery, 1 Thormanby Road, Howth, Co. Dublin (an Architectural Conservation Area). The development will consist of; (a) Partial demolition of the existing structure and demolition of the external storage structures located to the rear and side (b) Alterations to the existing front bay window to include provision of a new 1st floor bay window extension and pitched roof over (c) Alterations to existing residential house to include new fenestration and external wall finishes (d) The construction of a part one, part two storey extension to the rear and side of the existing house (e) construction of a new single storey side extension (f) The conversion of the existing side bay window roof to facilitate balcony access (g) Alterations to the existing entrance to include widening of vehicular access gates and provision of new entrance piers and gates and (h) 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 the public opening hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday - Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin (to inspect Planning Applications on all lands west of the N2). A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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RING OF HOPE

AFRICA DAY

A Ring of Hope Concert promises great entertainment at 8pm this Sunday, May 21, at Our Lady of Consolation Church, Donnycarney.

Irish Aid’s flagship Africa Day event will take place in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate in Phoenix Park this Sunday, May 21.

All proceeds are in aid of Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. Tickets cost €10, contact Harry Browne on 086-2133399 or Fr John Ennis on 086-3027430. The concert will feature the Kells Silver Band, the Garda Male Voice Choir, Antoinette Heery, 4 in a Bar Barbershop Quartet and the High Hopes Choir.

The free event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will run from 11am to 6pm. It will feature free public performances by well-known African and Irish musicians, children’s entertainment, traditional African drumming and dance workshops and cultural performances. Dublin Bus will provide a free shuttle-bus service from the Heuston Bridge/Parkgate Street bus stop into the Phoenix Park from 11am to 6pm. Africa Day visitors are asked to leave their cars at home. ▪▪ PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN

MAYTIME MISCELLANY

Third Day Chorale presents Maytime Miscellany at 8pm on Wednesday, May 17 at the Church of the Resurrection, Bayside, Sutton. Tickets cost €15 and includes donation to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. For more information, Phone 087-9016430, email 3rdDaychorale@gmail. com or visit www.thirddaychorale.com

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On the second anniversary of Ireland saying YES to marriage equality, Mother and THISISPOPBABY are joining forces to throw the mother of all birthday parties. Yestival is a night of live music, DJs and stellar performances from a host of acts including Peaches, Rubberbandits and Panti. It’s happening at Tivoli Theatre on Friday, May 19 and tickets cost from €18-26.

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Pre-registration for an essential new activity The Bray Train & Model Collector’s Fair takes event for older adults is necessary by May 19 for place on Sunday, May 21, from 10am to 2pm in the May 24 DLR Go For Life Games Blitz in dlr Bray Wheelers Clubhouse on the Schools Road Leisure Loughlinstown. There will be diecast, tin toys, models (vintage/ The Blitz will be a fun morning based on the modern), Dinky/Corgi/Matchbox/Oxford, kits and three activities in the National Go For Life Games accessories etc. see www.braywheelers.com. - Lobbers, Flisk and Scidils - the aim of which is to involve older people in recreational sport. This event is open to anyone over the age of 55 living in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area. An application form is available by calling 01-2719502 for any queries and those who would like to sign up.

FOREST FRIENDS BIODIVERSITY WEEK

Forest Friends is hosting a series of Biodiversity Week Events from May 20-26. This new project consists of discovering the biodiversity of Ireland to the local populations as well as numerous tourists throughout various activities. The programme includes 'Worlds Apart' - a walk and study of the biodiversity of Clonliffe Road and Ballybough on Saturday, May 20 and a conducted walk and assessment estimating the ecological footprint of Croke Park on Sunday, May 21. Both events start at 11am in the SmallChallenges Wholefoods Store in the Arts and Business Campus, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road. More details online at www.forestfriends.ie.

BATTLE FOR THE BAY

This is an entertaining weekend for all the family where audiences are enthralled, entertained and captivated by kite surfers from across the world as they weave across the glittering bay at this year’s Battle For The Bay Watersport Festival on Dollymount Strand. The concept is very simple: Fun, wind, water… and more fun!!! Free entry.

BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE PENSIONER Neil Delamere will preview his new show ‘Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Pensioner’ at the Bray Comedy Club in The Martello Hotel on Wednesday, May 17.

Tickets are available online from Eventbrite.ie and from the reception of The Martello. See www. brayanddalkeycomedy.com

Crossword Answers May 17 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Ahead; 8 Hardest; 9 In train; 10 Pound; 12 Upper-class; 15 Listlessly; 18 Years; 19 Recover; 21 Everest; 22 Bride. Down: 1 Rationally; 2 Betty; 3 Edna; 4 Change; 5 Tropical; 6 Secular; 11 Discharged; 13 Polished; 14 Ashamed; 16 Sprite; 17 Avoid; 20 Cube. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Inure; 8 Eyesore; 9 Hatchet; 10 Idiom; 12 Attraction; 15 Modernised; 18 Natal; 19 Capital; 21 Blossom; 22 Flirt. Down: 1 Highwayman; 2 Gusto; 3 Mesh; 4 Letter; 5 Mediocre; 6 Solicit; 11 Manipulate; 13 Tireless; 14 Edition; 16 Income; 17 Staid; 20 Puff.


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

▪▪ The Main Street, Swords, c. 1910. Swords is the most ancient town in County Dublin and has its origin in an extensive abbey founded by St Columcille around 560. The first abbot was St Fionan Lobar and under his leadership Swords became a treatment centre for leprosy. The monastery was the overnight resting place for the bodies of Brian Boru and his son Murtagh after the Battle of Clontarf before they were taken on to Armagh for burial. In 1910, the town consisted of one wide street about a mile in length. The castle can be seen on the left at the far end of the street. The grocery shop on the left is owned by John Coleman. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, North Dublin, by Derek Stanley, published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Irish Press, May 15, 1971 ▪▪ Irish Press, May 6, 1964

▪▪ Irish Independent, May 3, 1937 ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, May 18, 1872

▪▪ Evening Herald, May 5, 1916

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, May 16, 1856 ▪▪ Ballsbridge Road, c, 1906. A quiet scene as tram no. 284 heads for Nelson’s Pillar. The railings on the right surround Herbert Park, which was the site for the 1907 International Exhibition. On the left, there is a drinking trough for horses. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, South Dublin, by Derek Stanley, published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.


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