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Local man’s plea to live independently


North Dublin man who has cerebral palsy is pleading with the HSE to move him from a private nursing home to accommodation where he can live independently. Michael McGealy, from Lusk, was 36 when he was placed in Tara Winthrop Nursing Home in Swords. According to Michael, now aged 45, this move was only supposed to be for a few months but he is still living there nine years later “against his will”. “I feel I have lost nine

years of my life,” said Michael, who is on the Fingal County Council housing list. “I’m desperate to move from the nursing home into suitable accommodation where I can live as independently as possible.” Dermot Murphy, Michael’s keyworker at the CRC Coolock Local Centre, argued that the nursing home is extremely unsuitable for Michael. “Not only does he live with people a lot older than him, he also lives with people with dementia who scare him,” Mr Murphy told Northside People.


“Michael is an educated intelligent man who is capable of living independently with the help of personal assistants like many other wheelchair users. Michael has not been given the choice of where he would like to live and feels he is being institutionalised. “Michael’s preferred accommodation is a shared bungalow with three or four other wheelchair users but at this stage he would live in a suitable apartment on his own if the chance arose. “I personally know a service user who attends our centre and lives in a shared bungalow with other wheelchair users in Rush. He is delighted and very content with his living accommodation.” Mr Murphy added: “We work under the HSE’s New Directions policy which one main focus is integrat-

▪▪ PLEA: Michael McGealy wants to live independently. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA ing people with a disability into the community and allowing them to live independently. “However, Michael and 1,200 people with a disability are in nursing homes and locked away from the public eye.” The HSE confirmed that

as of June 30, 2017, a total of 1,222 persons under the age of 65 years are accessing Nursing Home Care via the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) across both public and private nursing and social care settings. Continued on page 2

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Man’s plea to live independently Continued from page 1 “While a substantial level of this vulnerable group do have a disability, it is critically important to note that this intervention is also an appropriate intervention where the persons concerned have clinically as-

sessed complex medical and social care needs requiring this form of support,” said a HSE spokesperson. “For example, where the person has intensive nursing and medical care requirements which cannot be supported in the person’s home or by their loved ones/next

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“HSE through its network of Community Healthcare Organisations is working to facilitate this within the resources available to it.” The HSE said it could not comment on any individual client or service user. “We can advise that as part of an individual’s care plan HSE Disability Services would explore, in consultation with the person, all options that may be available to assist them to live as independently as possible,” the

of kin. “Additionally some individuals could have early onset dementia or Parkinsons, which is an older person’s condition, but may have affected a person in their early years. “Equally, the HSE is very conscious of the fact that there are people with a disability who are in nursing home care provision who wish to, and should be supported to move back to their home of choice.

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▪▪ Michael McGealy has been living in a nursing home for nine years. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA spokesperson added. “If any individual with a disability residing in HSE-funded accommoda-

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Airport staff win seven medals FOUR members of Dublin Airport’s Fire Service brought home seven medals from the World Police and Fire games which were held in Los Angeles recently. Cian Delaney, Mick Gurley, Mick Bracken and Eric Flanagan represented Ireland at the games which saw over 10,000 firefighters and law enforcement officers from 65 countries compete in more than 60 separate events. Dublin Airport fire officer and paramedic Cian Delaney won an impressive four medals at the games including gold in the cycling time trial as well as two silvers and a bronze in other cycling events. Mick Gurley took silver and bronze in the rowing competitions, while Mick Bracken won bronze in the stair climb. This gruelling event saw competitors scale 128 flights of stairs in full protective gear while also carrying an extra 20kg of breathing apparatus. Dublin Airport’s Fire Service last competed in the annual World Police and Fire games in 2013 when Belfast was the host city. The team defied all expectations on that occasion by securing

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politicians of all hue scrambled to find a solution to the fiasco. Like many others, I hedged my bets and held out until a new Government was elected so I could see which way the wind would blow on the issue. I can’t personally claim to be part of the anti-water charges movement as I didn’t attend any of the mass protests. But in withholding my payment, I like to think I played a small role in their abolition. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy arguably earned a right to be smugger than usual last week when the Cabinet signed off on the refunds, describing the news as “a vindication” of the anti-water charges movement. “The lesson is clear – protest and boycotts work,” Deputy Murphy declared. He warned the Government of similar opposition if any attempt is made to create a back door for water bills through so-called excessive usage charges. Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Housing and Local Government, Eoin Ó Broin, was also quick to hail the refunds as a victory for the Right2Water movement. But all the talk of water seemed to have gone to poor Eoin’s head when he stated that it was important that money for the refunds was not taken from priority areas such as “hosing” and health. I’m pretty sure he meant “housing”. For all the smugness generated by

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Scout group calls for help A NORTHSIDE scout group is seeking help to ensure its survival as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1967 the 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group opened its doors to youth members under the leadership of Dermot Noonan. Starting from a group of 17 young scouts, the group has evolved to become a very active group of approximately 60 children comprising scouts, cubs, beavers and a new venture group was formed in September. Now under the leadership of Group Leader Sean Cullen and Deputy Group Leader Liam Reid they have children ranging in age from six to 16. Kathleen Reid, from the 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group, told Northside People: “We have served thousands of young people and not so young. They were thought many scouting skills and life skills and hopefully brought up to be helpful citizens and took a positive place in so-

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Renêe aiming to net award THREE Dublin based fishmongers, including one from the Northside, have been shortlisted to win a national title recognising excellence in their profession. Ian Doherty, Scott Smullen and Renêe Tallon, from SuperValu, Crumlin, Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt and East Coast Seafood in Malahide respectively, have been named along with five other finalists hoping to be selected as Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Young Fishmonger 2018. Renêe and her partner, James Kirwan established East Coast Seafood in Naas in 2009. In June 2016, they opened a second shop in Malahide. Originally from the fishing port of Clogherhead, Renêe’s father and grandfather were trawlermen, so fishing runs in her blood.

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pet. It can also help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and destructive behaviours. Dogs that have been neutered are also less likely to mark their territory or stray. Female dogs usually come into


season for about three weeks, twice a year. Whilst in season she may act strangely – trying to run away in search of a mate and will need to be kept away from male dogs. Male dogs’ behaviour can also change greatly when a local female dog is in season –they may be desperate to escape, even running onto busy roads or jumping from high windows. My dog is a pedigree – I will have no problem getting homes for his/ her offspring! There are lots of unwanted pedigree dogs in pounds and shelters around Ireland right now looking for homes. Neutering is a humane way to reduce the stray dog population, preventing thousands of unwanted puppies being born each year, that may be cruelly abandoned or needlessly destroyed.  Pregnancy can cause significant health risks to your dog, causing her discomfort and to behave oddly. Neutering your dog also avoids the inconvenience and mess of having seasons. Early neutering can reduce the risk of some cancers developing in later life

for both male and female dogs. It also prevents females suffering from potentially fatal womb infections known as pyometras. Is it not best to let my female dog have her first heat or a litter of puppies before she is spayed? There are no health-related reasons for waiting until after her first season before spaying. It is often in the first season that female dogs get ‘caught’ as their owners haven’t realised they were in season! Will my dog get fat if I have him/ her neutered? Dogs will not put on weight if they are fed sensibly and get enough exercise and your vet or vet nurse will discuss this with you when your dog is being discharged from their practice after neutering. Please be a responsible owner and neuter your dog.

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Newbridge House to host Fingal Festival of History THE Fingal Festival of History will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1. Details of the festival were announced at a launch event last week when the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, was joined by chief executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, County Librarian Betty Boardman; and Newbridge House manager, Ann Brophy. The festival is organised

by Fingal Libraries in partnership with Newbridge House and Farm. Over the weekend, history lovers can expect fascinating talks, a tour of Newbridge House, a family-friendly event and a screening of ‘Fingal’s Finest’ - a feature length drama documentary telling the extraordinary and little-known story of the 5th 'Fingal' Battalion, Dublin Brigade of Irish Volunteers and their actions during the 1916 Easter Rising. This year is the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe and Brian Arnold will look

at his legacy in Fingal and Ireland in his talk, ‘Thomas Ashe, the Revolutionary Teacher’. This is also the centenary of the Russian Revolution and Dónal Fallon will examine the strange connections between Irish nationalism and Russian Bolshevism in the revolutionary period in his talk Hugh O’Donnell will examine the role of 1916 as a key fulcrum for, not only Ireland's self-determination, but its resonance for people in other parts of the world. Cathal Boland will follow the Kettle family through the 19th and 20th centuries as each generation made its mark on Irish Society. Young history lovers will be catered for in Michael Moylan’s interactive family-friendly event, ‘The 1916 Show’. Children will get to

▪▪ Paul Reid, chief executive of Fingal County Council; Helen O’Donnell and Susan Lovatt, Fingal Libraries; Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley; County Librarian Betty Boardman; and Ann Brophy, manager of Newbridge House, pictured at the launch of the Fingal Festival of History.

the design of James Gibbs in learn about the fashion, facts. Newbridge House is one 1747 for the then Archbishop daily work and weaponry of the revolutionary period of Fingal’s heritage proper- of Dublin, Charles Cobbe. In 1985, it was purchased through handling real arti- ties, a Georgian Villa built to by Dublin County Council Council from the Cobbe family, who, with permission of the local authority, retain access to a private apartment on the top floor of the house. This arrangement ensures that the Cobbe Collection of old masters, family portraits and antique furniture remain in Newbridge House in their original setting, ensuring an authentic experience for visitors to the house. Fingal County Council restored the house, grounds and farm and has increased ▪▪ Ann Brophy, manager of Newbridge House; Fingal Mayor Mary McCamley; and the collection of Irish furniCounty Librarian, Betty Boardman, pictured at the launch of the Fingal Festival of ture and artifacts. The counHistory.

cil has invested substantially in the redevelopment of the old stable blocks to create a new visitor centre incorporating a restaurant, retail and reception area, along with a new terrace and a complete refurbishment of the inner courtyard. This project is nearing completion and is expected to open in autumn 2017. This year also saw the start of the redevelopment of the old croquet lawn which is being developed to international standards. In 2018, tennis courts will be added to restore the pleasure gardens to their former glory. Admission to all talks and events is free.


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FREE TALK: A free public talk by Brid Carroll, entitled ‘Grieving Alone’, has been arranged for both Bethany members and members of the public in Holy Child Parish Centre, Thatch Road, Whitehall, on Wednesday, September 20 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This is a topic that has been requested in feedback from earlier talks.


CEILI: Kinsealy CCE and Balgriffin Hall Committee are holding a ceili in Balgriffin Hall, Malahide Road, on Saturday, September 30 from 9pm till midnight. Music by Glenside Ceili Band Admission is €10. Refreshments served. All are welcome.


LAMBAY SINGERS: The Lambay Singers meet every Thursday at 7.30pm in Colaiste Choilm in Swords. New members are welcome. Call Eric Duffy on 0862555751 for further information. NEW MEMBERS: Swords Viewfinders Camera Club is seeking new members for the coming season starting September. They meet at B.A.S.E. on the Brackenstown Road at 8pm on alternate Wednesdays. Ideally new members should have some knowledge of their camera or are already competent. Contact Charlie O’Neill on 0872446071 for more details.   TABLE QUIZ: Swords Tidy Towns is holding its annual fundraising Table Quiz Night in the Boro Pub, Main Street, Swords, on Thursday, September 14 at 8pm sharp. The cost is €10 per person. Swords Tidy Towns relies entirely on the support and generosity of the people of Swords. For further information, email or contact Ken on 086-6008313.  


LADYBIRDS: Calling all girls aged 5 to 7 years old. Raheny Ladybirds meets every Saturday from 12.45pm to 1.45pm in the hall at All Saints’ Church, Howth Road. There will be games, music and song, fun and challenges, indoor and outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Now taking names for start in December 2017. Text or call Nicola at 086-3371520 if you require further information. COUNTRY MARKET: Raheny Country Market is open on Fridays between 10.30am and 12noon in the Johnston Hall (Church of Ireland), Howth Road, Raheny. Produce all made locally includes cakes, breads, jams and marmalades, savouries, cards, glass craft, jewellery, knitwear, some plants and limited vegetables in season.   


BADMINTON: Millhill Ladies’ Badminton Club has reopened for the new season. It takes place every Tuesday from 8pm to 10.30pm in Skerries Community Centre. For more information, phone 087-7520506. CHOIR: Skerries Community Choir resumes rehearsals in Skerries Rugby Club, Holmpatrick, on Thursday nights at 8pm.

▪▪ Pictured are local cyclists who took part in the third annual Mighty Matthew Coast to Coast charity cycle, from Dublin to Sligo, which took place over two days covering 315km. The money raised has made a life changing difference to Matthew Hayes’ family, from Clontarf. The first rehearsal will take place on September 14. The choir’s repertoire is very eclectic ranging from sacred music to light and a bit of jazz. New members are very welcome. Those interested should contact musical director David Maxwell on 087-2909536 or email dmaxdub@


TALK: Clontarf Gardening Society will present ‘A Plantsman’s Garden’, a talk by Carl Dacus in St John’s Parish Centre, Seafield Road on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Admission for non-members is €5 and includes tea and homemade cake. Admission for members is free. All are welcome.


CHURCH CHOIR: A local church choir requires new member, both male and female. They practice every Wednesday at 7pm and sing at the Saturday 6pm vigil mass at St John Vianney, Ardlea Road, Artane. Contact Martin on 01-8316168 or 086-8931034 for more information. 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  


NEW MEMBERS: Ross Art Group welcomes new members, both male and female, to join their weekly painting sessions. They meet on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm at Ierne Social and Sports Club,

Grace Park Road, Drumcondra. Contact Rita Sharpe on 01-8339520 or Pauline Walsh at 01-8370821 for more information.  


ACTIVITIES: Le Chéile – Donnycarney Community Centre holds daily activities and classes to suit all age groups. Classes range from art, knitting, writing, ballroom dancing and fitness. For full listings visit or call 01-8329676.


FIRST AID: Order of Malta Ireland is a voluntary organisation that provides Ambulance, First Aid and Community Care services throughout Ireland. The Baldoyle Unit Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is running a First Aid Responder (FAR) course on Wednesday evenings starting on September 27 at 8pm in Baldoyle Community Hall. Email baldoyle@ for more details and to book a place on the course. 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. or phone 01-8323697 or visit u3asuttonbaldoyledublin for further information.   OUTREACH SERVICE: An outreach service is provided by the Northside Centre for the Unemployed (NCU) every Tuesday between 9.30am and 12.30pm in the Baldoyle Family Resource Centre. A free and confidential information and advocacy service is provided on Social Welfare, Employment Rights, Education & Training, Jobs Club, Housing, Debt Management and Mediation & Family Law. No appoint-

▪▪ Ben Headon, Captain of St Anne’s Golf Club, presents his Captain’s Prize 2017 to the winner John Duffin. PHOTO: LEO GEORGE DEVITT ment is necessary. For further details, HOWTH phone 01-8326115. AA MEETINGS: If you feel you have a drink problem or want to stop drinking you are welcome to attend AA meetBALBRIGGAN NEW MEMBERS: Balbriggan Men's ings which are held every Wednesday Shed is open for new members. They from 8.30pm–9.30pm at Columbanus meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Hall, Parish Centre, 12 Main Street, Thursday from 10am to 3pm in the Howth. This is a fellowship of men and Shed behind St Peter and Paul’s women who share a common problem and help others to recover from drinkChurch, Balbriggan. No skills necessary. Open to all men ing.   in the community. Join the group for a cuppa and hear more about this excit- COOLOCK ing initiative. WALKING CLUB: A community walk   catering for all ages and levels of fitness takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in DARNDALE GOLDEN YEARS: Are you over 65? The the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock. Golden Years Senior Centre is looking for Parents, grandparents and strollers are new members to join its fun-filled social welcome after the school drop-off. No club. If you are looking to get out of the booking needed. Just turn up and join house and meet new people, this social them for a walk. For more information contact David club is ideal for you. Limited transport to and from the centre will also be offered, Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286. please contact 01-8771608 to join.



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Dublin City Childcare Committee is one of 30 City and County Childcare Committees operating nationally. We are the first point of contact for anyone seeking advice, information or support in relation to early childhood care and education within Dublin City. Our focus is to develop, support and enhance early childhood services in Dublin City.

Attention Parent/Guardians: Dublin City Childcare Committee Autumn Parent Event Wednesday 20th September from 6.45pm – 9.00pm The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 ‘Raising Emotionally Healthy Children; the joys and the challenges’ By guest speaker Paul Gilligan CEO, Psychologist and Author of ‘Raising Emotionally Healthy Children’ Dublin City Childcare Committee will also provide information on the National Childcare Funding Programmes The information provided will include the More Affordable Childcare Scheme recently launched by The Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Other topics will include relevant supports such as the Access and Inclusion Model and tips on Choosing Childcare.

'Raising Emotionally Healthy Children - the joys and the challenges' Is it getting harder to raise emotionally healthy children? For many parents, the challenge of this seems daunting. The pressure to achieve academically, living in a world dominated by social media and “likes”, the relatively availability of drugs and alcohol are all issues which drive many parents to feel they want to wrap their children in a protective blanket. But for most Irish children life is good. Growing up in Ireland has never been safer. There has never been as much opportunity. We are producing emotionally healthy, mature young people who, in general, have a balanced healthy approach to life. How parents are achieving this and how they themselves remain emotionally healthy is the key theme of this talk by psychologist, CEO and author of ‘Raising Emotionally Healthy Children’ - Paul Gilligan.

This event is free of charge for parents within the Dublin City area To book a place or for more information, visit our website or Call Dublin City Childcare Committee on 01-8733696 or email


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Northside People


Awards NORTHSIDE PEOPLE COMMUNITY & SPORTS AWARD 2017 the past 30 years, we never cease to be impressed by the strong community spirit and sporting excellence that define this unique part of our capital city.

Tony Mc Cullagh, Dublin People Group Editor


s a local newspaper serving the Northside of Dublin for

It may sound like a well-worn cliché but it’s true: there is something about the Northside that sets it apart from any other part of the country. The Northside has produced many famous names from the worlds of television and radio, not to mention its fair share of Hollywood stars and even an Oscar winner! Northsiders have also fea-

tured strongly in literary works: for instance, would Roddy Doyle have been able to write about any other part of the city with the same degree of warmth, humanity and humour? It’s doubtful. Since 1987, Northside People has been happy to give a voice to the unsung heroes of our local communities – our business people, our entrepreneurs, our activists, our volunteers; many of them just ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s the same with sport. Some of today’s successful sports stars, national and international, all started out in


We are delighted to announce that popular


Anniversary Announcing the inaugural Northside People Community and Sports Awards

local clubs, each spurned on and encouraged by volunteer mentors who believed in them. That’s why we think it is fitting, in our 30th anniversary year, to announce the inaugural 'Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2017'. There will be 10 categories across sport and community in total, with an award for the winner of each one – as nominated by our readers and voted on by our panel of judges. In addition, there will be an overall Sports Award and Community Award selected from the category winners.

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This week, we invite you to fill out the nomination form on the following page or go online to to fill out the nomination form on the following page in the following catagories Entry Deadline Date 9th Nov 20177


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Entry/Nomination Form

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Please tick the category of your choice Volunteer of the Year Without the work of volunteers, our communities would be a poorer place. From scouting to sport to youth, disability and senior citizens’ groups, it would be impossible for them to function without the selfless role of individuals who give so generously of their time for the benefit of others. Who is the first person who comes to mind and why when you hear the word volunteer? Young Community Person of the Year Award There are plenty of young Northsiders out there who are making a difference in their communities, marking themselves out as role models among their peers and as future contributors to society. Is there a young person who helps out in your community who is worthy of a nomination? Business in the Community Award We all know of local businesses that not only provide a valuable service within the community, but also go that extra mile to support their local customers. Be it through generous sponsorship or a commercial premises taking pride in its appearance, businesses serve as the commercial heartbeat of our towns and villages. But some really stand out. We want to know which ones. Community & Neighbourhood Group of the Year Award This category is for any local group across a range of areas that helps make a valuable contribution to your community. Why are they so important? What vital role do they play in enriching the area? Have they made a difference to your life? Tell us about them. Best school in the community This is going to be one of the most closely contested categories as schools play such a vital role in our communities, often over and above the area of education. While academic excellence certainly merits a nomination, there are a multitude of other reasons why schools – big or small – should be entered into this category.

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Is your local team a source of tremendous pride in your community? It may have achieved sporting greatness or perhaps the team is deserving of a nomination because it has been successful against all odds. We all love an underdog story with a happy ending, don’t we? Outstanding Achievement Award

Is there an individual who stands out when you think of sporting achievement? Young or old, why does this individual deserve your nomination? You will be spoiled for choice in this category. Club of the Year Award

Is there a particular club that is part of the very fabric of your local community? What has it brought to your area? Does it play a valuable role over and above sporting achievement? We are certain there are endless contenders for this award. Young Sportsperson Award

We have filled thousands of column inches over the years with young sports stars who all went on to achieve great things in their chosen field? Who are the outstanding youngsters to look out for in the future? Coach of the Year Award

The backbone of any sporting club or organisation, it’s safe to say that the coach is an essential part of sporting success. From nurturing future talent to encouraging those with less confidence, most coaches are volunteers who often do a difficult, thankless job. This is your chance to thank them.


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Preparation is everything for a perfect wedding day I T GOES without saying that the bride and groom should look their best on the big day. But nature is going to need a helping hand to make sure those wedding photographs are picture perfect.

The key to perfect makeup is finding the right balance. Your cosmetics should be camera friendly and you’ll need to ensure the effect is not too dramatic and definitely not pale and uninteresting. Regardless of modern convention, you don’t have to fork out a small fortune on a professional beautician

to get the perfect wedding day glow. Choose a foundation that matches the skin tone, otherwise you risk ending up

looking like you’re wearing a mask in the photographs. Blend the foundation using your fingertips or a damp sponge, preferably in

natural light. And make sure you avoid that dreaded tidemark. Softly outline your eyes using a brown kohl pencil. Blend your chosen eye colours into your natural eye

shape. Remember, the goal is to enhance your existing features, not to create new, unnatural looking ones. The eyebrows frame the face, so ensure they are well

shaped and symmetrical. If necessary, use a light brown pencil to further enhance them. Try to avoid trendy looks such as glittery eyeshadow or blue nail polish or you


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might be embarrassed to show your wedding pictures to your kids 10 years from now. To get your lips looking kissable, exfoliate them first with a toothbrush. Moisturise and then allow some time for it to be absorbed. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, blot, and then apply lip liner in a similar shade all over the lips. This will help ‘set’ the lipstick so that you won't be left with any telltale outline. Dot a little lip-gloss onto the centre of the bottom lip to create a pout effect. Remember, traditional red lipstick makes the teeth look whiter. For the finishing touches, dust a little translucent powder over the face, and then apply a little blush on the cheekbones and temples to define the bone structure. You should practice your make-up look before the big day. For a final practice run, put on the dress and veil and see the complete effect – but be careful not to smudge the dress! If the gown is simple and classic, the hair and makeup should be too. Make sure the dress colour doesn’t clash with the makeup colours. Of course, these days grooms are as self-conscious as brides about sprucing up to have themselves looking fresh and sharp at the altar. Many men tend to ignore daily grooming advice so grooms need to get themselves into a ‘beauty routine’ a few weeks before the wedding, paying particular attention to hair and skin.


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Here are some top tips for the blushing bride AFTER picking her husband, one of a bride-tobe’s biggest dilemmas is choosing her gown. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to ensure a stressfree shopping experience and allow you to look picture perfect on your special day. • Don’t Break the Bank: brides should establish a budget and stick to it. Research shows that women spend about five per cent of their total wedding budget on the gown. Keep finances in mind without compromising on style. • Do Your Homework: look through bridal magazines, websites and visit bridal shows for styles that best suit your personality and body type. Educated brides will have an easier time conveying their preferences to bridal consultants, maximising their appointment time and enjoying the

shopping experience. • Match your natural assets: tall, slender brides look stunning in long, lean silhouettes, while shorter brides should avoid full skirts and trains, opting for smaller details and trims. A V-shaped waist makes you look taller; you can emphasise a neat waist with a sash; show off good legs with a short skirt; hide

plump arms under long sleeves; and bony shoulders under high necks. • The perfect fit: on the day you purchase your gown, schedule the appointment for your fitting. Be sure you have the proper foundations and shoes in hand for your appointment. Experts suggest that alterations be made at the store where your gown was

purchased, as they will be more accustomed to the fit and construction of your gown and guarantee better results. Allow a minimum of six to eight weeks prior to your wedding or portrait date for alterations. • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise: many gowns have coordinating accessories, ranging from tiaras and veils to shoes

and handbags to necklaces and earrings, so be sure to ask your consultant about finishing touches. Once the headpiece and veil are chosen, hair trials are also a great way to ensure that these items complement your hairstyle for the big day. • Get Coordinated: every aspect of your special day should reflect your personal style. Try to have a theme matching your gown which complements bridal party attire and accessories. So, while finding the man is up to you, following these simple steps will help to make the shopping experience an enjoyable one and, ultimately, find the dress that can make your dream wedding a reality. When the big day finally arrives, all you have to do is look fabulous, enjoy the party and live happily ever after. DEBS advert FINAL.pdf

Venue booked, Date set to what you want and use a bespoke alteration specialist like The Zip Yard (6 stores around Dublin, 26 nationwide, check for locations) to create THE dress of your dreams. So you love the fit of that ivory lace sheath style gown but that high neckline is giving you anxiety? Get that neckline made into the plunging V neck you pictured. That full skirt is looking more meringue than Disney princess? Have some layers of tulle removed to reduce volume. Love that mermaid style silk gown but wish you could cover your arms? Get some sleeves added, or a matching cape designed. Inexpensive designs can be sourced on many online retailers now and are at your door in a matter of days, probably saving you thousands. The fit is never going to be right first time but with a skilled team of professional dressmakers on board at The Zip Yard this is not a problem. The Zip Yard is offering 10% discount to all North side/ South side People readers on their wedding related alterations. Visit your local store to avail of this offer and a free consultation whether you are a bride, bridesmaid, groom, groomsman, wedding guest or mother of the bride.



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Why can’t I find my dream dress? So he liked it and put a ring on it (thanks Beyonce), but then the daunting task of planning the biggest party most of us will ever have to organise takes hold. Most brides-to-be will spend many sleepless nights adding wedding dress pictures to Pinterest boards, Scrolling endlessly at 3am and thinking what if I don’t ever find THE Dress? It may sound neurotic but think about it... on the day all eyes are on her and THE dress. It’s IMMENSE pressure! Let’s face it until you have found THE dress you don’t even feel like you are getting married. So you would think wedding dress shopping would be a fun, memorable experience with tears of joy thrown in for good measure? Think again. Wedding dress shopping is Hard Work. The reality is more like 16 dresses later you are losing the will to live and ready to say “I Do” to the nearest bottle of prosecco. Where are all those dresses you saw on Pinterest, you ask yourself? Who the hell stocks those? Don’t give up on that dream dress just yet. Start to think outside the box. Get shopping in new and innovative ways. You can purchase a dress that is close enough


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Delicious destinations for happy honeymoons AFTER all the excitement of the big event, the happy couple’s first trip as married partners should be a relaxing, romantic and glamorous holiday. And the ideal honeymoon for most is a stress free break in an exotic destination with plenty of sunshine and culture. Our grandparents probably never got further than the Isle of Man for their honeymoon while our parents were lucky if they got as far at Spain or France. However, these days the world really is your oyster when it comes to choosing the ideal honeymoon location. Always popular with newly-weds, Italy is a romantic and beautiful country, from the sophisticated elegance and natural beauty of Sorrento to the inspiring energy of Rome. Competing with Italy in the romantic destination stakes is the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia. The area enjoys an old ▪▪ Take time to relax and enjoy each other’s company with as few distractions as possible. world atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, coupled with top class hotels in stunning locations and boasting panoramic views of the Adriatic and Elaphite Islands. Many Irish long-haul honeymooners are now opting for Mauritius - often described as the ultimate paradise with white sandy beaches, coral lagoons and sweeping sugar plantations. Mauritius has dozens of quiet romantic hideaways and has traditionally been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations with lots of top-class resorts to choose from. St Lucia is another honeymoon hot spot. The island is one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, with a stunning coastline of powder fine sandy beaches overlooked by volcanic peaks. It’s the perfect post-wedding destination for a quiet and relaxing escape. Further afield, New Zealand is a simply stunning destination. A country of incredible contrasts you can climb a glacier, hike across a volcano, swim with dolphins, ▪▪ Do the simple things together. ▪▪ The Maldives is a great honeymoon destination. watch whales or just bask on a beautiful beach. spot. The 160km costal stretch along the Thailand is another choice for the ad- Portuguese Algarve boasts spectacular venturous couple. The South East Asian scenery, warm seas and a fantastic sunny country has great value hotels with ex- climate. Hare are ten tips to help make sure the happy honeymoon couple stay that way – at least until they get back home. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, 1. Be sensible with your budget. Does your wallet allow for a couple of nights in a quiet hotel at home in Ireland, a roundcellent facilities and world-renowned hospitality, stunning beaches, rainforest the Algarve is dotted with hidden coves the-world trip, or something in between? You don’t want to start married life with a massive honeymoon bill to pay off. 2. Discuss your idea of the perfect vacation. Who likes sports? Who likes sun? Who wants to explore an exotic destination? adventures, fascinating culture and bar- and relaxing beaches where the water is calm. 4. Use a travel agent. It doesn’t cost any more and in fact usually works out cheaper. A travel agent also reduces stress gain basement shopping. Grooms might take note of the 30 golf as they’ll make all the arrangements so all you have to do is turn up at the airport and take off to your dream destination. Lanzarote is another great destination 5. If you’re going abroad, leave plenty of time to make sure your passport is current and you have the visas needed. If for fantastic picture perfect honeymoon courses in the region while brides might be tempted by the shopping opportuni- inoculations are required, get them well before the wedding. snaps. 6. When you make reservations, let everybody know you’re on honeymoon. You may get upgraded to a better room at no Couples can laze away by the beach ties with an abundance of cheap handor pool or take advantage of vibrant made silver, ceramics, leather goods and charge, receive a welcome bottle of champagne, and who knows what else. 7. Protect your privacy. This is especially important if you have a destination wedding where the guests tend to hang and varied night life in the island’s many jewellery on offer in the markets. restaurants, clubs and bars. Majorca - the largest of the beautiful around. A honeymoon should be just for the two of you. No kids, no pets, no company. 8. Be considerate of your partner’s wishes. A new husband mightn’t enjoy shopping for shoes while many brides are unNewly weds feeling energised by love Balearic Islands – has long been a favourlikely to be impressed by a visit to the golf course. can enjoy jet skiing or wind surfing while ite with Irish newly-weds. 9. Splurge a little, it’s your honeymoon! Do something special that you wouldn’t normally do on holiday. Spend a little a romantic trip to the volcanic landscape Majorca has a typical Mediterranean of Timanfaya National Park is certain to climate. In Summer the average tempera- extra for a room upgrade, or the honeymoon suite. Plan a romantic dinner at a gourmet restaurant or go on a sunset cruise. 10. When packing for your honeymoon, think about taking along some romantic items like candles, massage oil and some take the breath away. ture is 23º Celsius and the skies remain new lingerie. Portugal is another honeymoon hot- blue throughout the season.

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New ‘Pop-Up’ church opens in Clongriffin


Wind River movie blows hot and hot


T’S rare that a screenwriter begins their career with a hit movie. Even rarer that they follow it up with another hit.

Taylor Sheridan has to date penned one of the best films of 2015 in ‘Sicario’, one of the best films of 2016 with ‘Hell or High Water’, and now tries his hand at directing as well, in his latest offering, ‘Wind River’. The film tells the story of agent Cory Lambert, played by Jeremy Renner, who works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (yes, there is such a thing!) who discovers the body of a young girl in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner (played by Elizabeth Olsen), but she arrives unprepared for the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. Banner quickly employs the services of Cory as a tracker to help her navigate the frost covered landscape, as the two begin to unravel the truth behind what really happened to the body in the snow. This movie concludes Sheridan’s ‘American Frontier Trilogy’, and it

shares similar themes with the first two projects. They are all set in rural areas where jobs are hard to find and crime seems to occupy the gaping employment vaccum. In that regard they each serve as a commentary on modern-day America, and a negative one at that. But it’s the story at the heart of the setting which is not only expertly crafted, but cleverly told. In his first outing in the director’s chair, Sheridan employs many of the techniques that ‘Sicario’ Director, Denis Villeneuve, used so effectively, such as sweeping helicopter shots and a haunting soundtrack. The violence is harsh and graphic, but it’s hard to argue that this is not the reality for those who live in the land of the free. Renner is excellent in the lead role, Olsen less so, but the action and suspense are what keep you stuck to your seat. This is accomplished storytelling at it’s finest, which we score a breathless, 4 out of 5 stars. Paul O’Rourke  

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Malahide at 10am, Howth at 11.45am and now Clongriffin at 5pm. There are typically about 15 nationalities from various backgrounds in Malahide and Howth, and Clongriffin will no doubt raise that number. Their free summer camp for kids - ‘Going Bananas’ - has been running since 2000, but this year they added a new Football Camp in Father Collins Park which they look forward to running again next summer. This is just one of the many groups in the area, as seen at the Family Fun Day in the park a few months ago. While building community is always hard, it’s happening. For more information visit or Facebook: ClongriffinPopUpChurch  

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▪▪ Liam Lawless (Swords) pictured at a St Michael’s House Tennis Camp weekend in DCU.

▪▪ Diarmuid O’Donovan, St Michael’s House staff, Adult Autism Day Service, and Dylan Ryan (Artane) pictured at the Tennis Camp.

▪▪ Brother and sister Donal (8) and Kate Hewson (10) watch on as street artist Solus puts the finishing touches to his mural for the launch of the 2017 All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. The national competition attracts 30,000 entries annually through 250 credit unions and is open to all ages. Further information and entry forms are available from local credit unions. PHOTO: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

▪▪ Pictured at the Tennis Ireland and St Michael’s House Tennis Camp Weekend in DCU were (from l-r): Diarmuid O’Donovan, St Michael’s House staff, Adult Autism Day Service; Mark Ennis (Raheny) SMH service user; Johnny O’Farrell (Santry) SMH service user; Liam Lawless (Swords) SMH service user; Jim Watt, Ulster Branch of Tennis Ireland and Director of Coaching in Malahide TC; Christopher O’Loughlin (Donabate) SMH service user; Hugh O’Loughlin (Donabate) Tennis Coach, Malahide TC; Dylan Ryan (Artane) SMH service user; and Oisin Fulham (Clontarf) SMH service user.

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Balbriggan performs brilliantly in litter survey THERE was mixed news for Northside area following publication of the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey. While the North Inner City and Ballymun were placed in the ‘Littered’ and ‘Moderately Littered’ categories in the survey, there was a more positive showing for other local areas. Dublin Airport Environs and Balbriggan are in the ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ category, while Dublin City Centre is ‘Clean to European Norms’. Speaking about the national results, Conor Horgan of IBAL said: “Across the board we have seen improvements. The news is all the more positive given the importance of how we present our country over the summer months, when we attract over 40 per cent of our visitors. “Also satisfying is the pristine state of the roads around Dublin Airport, which help form a first impression for many of these visitors.” The report on Dublin Airport Environs states that “for visitors arriving at Dublin Airport, the impression they gain should be a positive one, based on this survey”. It adds that many of the airport environs sites were pretty busy with traffic but this didn’t impact in any negative way on the litter situation, and that “all in all, this was a top ranking site throughout”. The Balbriggan report praised the excellent impression on the approaches to the town, the well-maintained environment and cleanliness in the town including the railway station and the beach. Ardgillan Castle & Demesne was singled out for praise in the report, which states “if a site ever deserved a Grade A+ this would definitely have to be one of the top contenders!  W It is a wonderful amenity NE which is clearly very well respected by the users and lovingly tended by those responsible for the maintenance - well done to all concerned”. Chief executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid said: “The inclusion of two Fingal locations in the latest

IBAL survey demonstrates clearly the ongoing commitment of Fingal County Council in the fight against litter. “The success in this year’s survey is testament to the dedication and hard work of the Operations Cleansing Crews and council staff who strive to ensure Fingal is an attractive place to live, work and visit. I would like to also commend the excellent work being done by the local community and tidy towns groups.” Meanwhile, following the result for the North Inner City, Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzpatrick called on Dublin City Council to re-introduce domestic bin collections in the area with a waiver scheme for low income households. As leader of the Fianna Fáil group on Dublin City Council 2009-2014, Ms Fitzpatrick strongly opposed the privatisation of domestic bin collections and the abolition of the waiver for 40,000 low-income house-

▪▪ Balbriggan performed brilliantly in the latest IBAL survey. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA holds in 2012. “Since the privatisation of domestic bin collections in 2012 illegal dumping has spiralled out of control, charges increased and 40,000 low income households which availed of the waiver have been left with

no affordable collection service,” said Ms Fitzpatrick. “The North Inner City has a very strong and engaged community but it also has a considerable number of low income households which simply cannot afford to pay

for private bin collections. “Privatisation of domestic bin collections in Dublin’s north inner city has not worked. “Dublin City Council needs to admit its mistake

and instead of reducing the rate of the Local Property Tax (LPT), use the income to provide households in Dublin City with an affordable and reliable domestic bin collection service.”

Dublin City Council said it had no comment to make at this time. For the survey, An Taisce assesses litter levels in 40 towns and cities on behalf of IBAL.

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▪▪ Alan Brogan puts the children through their paces at SuperValu’s #BehindTheBall Volunteer Camp at Skerries Harps GAA Club. PHOTO: ©INPHO/TOMMY DICKSON

▪▪ A young lad shows off his football skills in the company of former Dublin GAA star Alan Brogan at ▪▪ Hannah McLaughlin (Clontarf), left, tackles Sinead Moran (St Maurs) during the New SuperValu’s #BehindTheBall Volunteer Camp at Skerries Ireland Assurance, Dublin Ladies’ Gaelic Football Intermediate Championship Final in Harps GAA Club. PHOTO: ©INPHO/TOMMY DICKSON Swords. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

▪▪ Niamh Carthy (St Maurs), left, and Sarah Fagan (Clontarf) in action in the New Ireland Assurance, Dublin Ladies’ Gaelic Football, Intermediate Championship Final, at Fingallians GAA Club, Swords. PHOTO: GAAPICS.COM

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Dubs aiming for three-in-a-row IN SPORT, the cream nearly always rises to the top. And in this year’s All-Ireland Football Championship, there is no doubt the best two teams on the island have come through the battlefield for this Sunday’s showdown at Croke Park. Dublin, as many predicted, have ended up in another All-Ireland final by taking the direct route, encountering no landmines along the way, although the semi-final clash with Tyrone was expected to be just that. But rather than being a landmine, it proved nothing but a balloon, which the Dubs burst early in the game and didn’t look back. Mayo’s route has been circuitous to say the least. Knocked out of the Connacht championship early by Galway, they were forced into the uncertainty of the qualifiers but showed their mettle to fend off all opposition placed in front of them.

It probably wasn’t a surprise that the Mayo v Kerry semi-final went to a replay for the Westerners are now specialists in providing entertainment for anybody lucky enough to have a ticket for one of their matches. But make no mistake, every person associated with Mayo would gladly ditch the entertainment for something more tangible – like the Sam Maguire Cup for instance! By this stage every cow in every field in Mayo knows they haven’t won the All-Ireland since 1951 and have remarkably lost eight finals since the 1980s. If ever there was a county that deserved to catch a break in an All-Ireland decider, it’s Mayo. But sadly you don’t always get what you deserve in sport. George Best never played in a World Cup, Holland, who gave us Johan Cryuff, Ruud Gullit, Denis Bergkamp and their ilk, never won a World Cup Final and

Jimmy White never won the World Snooker Championship. There will no sympathy in the Dublin camp come throw-in on Sunday either, as Jim Gavin’s team chase a third consecutive All-Ireland. The feat was last achieved in the eighties by Kerry when they won Sam in 1984, 1985 and 1986. It will take a gargantuan effort from Mayo to thwart the Dubs’ treble bid while at the same time finally exorcising the ghost of 1951. If Dublin win, it will be there 27th All-Ireland in total and fifth in the last seven seasons. While Mayo have an excellent team and a number of stand-out players, including Lee Keegan and Andy Moran, it’s Dublin’s bench that has been the catalyst for their strong finishes in big games in recent years. In the semi-final against Tyrone, Dublin’s starting 15 didn’t include the likes of Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan, Kevin McManamon, Paul

▪▪ Dublin will face off against Mayo again at Croke Park this Sunday. FILE PHOTO Flynn and Michael Darragh McAuley, players who would be automatic first choices for every other county. This could be a real problem for Mayo boss Stephen

Rochford and his selectors to contend with, especially if there is little between the teams coming down the home straight. Last year, it took a replay to separate the

sides in the decider; in 2015 there was another replay at the semi-final stage; and in 2013, Mayo’s hearts were broken once again when the Dubs won the final by a point

after another gigantic tussle. So can Stephen Rochford’s Mayo team finally reach the Holy Grail or will Jim Gavin’s supremely talented Dublin side prevail once again?


13 SEP 2017



Strypes to play all ages headline gig AFTER a highly energetic set on the main stage at this year’s Electric Picnic, the Strypes have announced an all ages headline show in Whelan’s on the afternoon of Friday, December 22. After a whirlwind four years of non-stop touring, the four youngsters from rural Ireland released their fabulously diverse third album ‘Spitting Image’ in June of this year. The songs effortlessly transcended their roots in R&B to present them as songwriters of skill and maturity beyond their tender years. Clearly influenced as much by New Wave heroes like Squeeze and Elvis Costello, Sas by their formative fascination with the blues, these

new numbers will propel them into the next stage of their career. And in the studio, producer Ethan Johns captured all of their fizzing chemistry onstage, while also helping them realise their own songwriting potential. Son of Rolling Stones/ Beatles studio giant, Glyn Johns, and himself revered producer of classic albums by Tom Jones, Kings Of Leon and Laura Marling, Ethan emerged from the process full of praise for their talents. “The Strypes are the real deal,” he enthuses. “Bands like this don't come around very often. I feel lucky to have recorded them.” When the explosive combo first invaded across the Irish Sea in 2012-13, the British music scene was justifi-

ably electrified by the sheer exuberance of these four 16-year-olds. They were mesmerised by their spot-on update of a tradition that runs from Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters in ’50s Chicago through to The Rolling Stones in ’60s London and Dr Feelgood in ’70s Essex. In 2015, The Strypes released their second album, entitled ‘Little Victories’ which reached number 1 on the Irish Charts and number 17 on the UK charts and announced a tour to promote the album. Still barely into their twenties at the time, their overworked tour bus eventually rolled up in their hometown of Cavan, just in time for Christmas 2015. The first couple of months


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▪▪ The Strypes are playing an all ages show in Whelan’s. of 2016 were spent recuperating and taking stock, but the youngsters were writing, too. In November 2016, the band announced a limited edition run of 500 vinyl only singles including Stefan Mur-

phy’s ‘Down at the Radiotron’ on their website with all proceeds going to the teenage cancer charity Canteen. The Strypes will bring their all age’s show ‘Spitting Image Tour’ to Whelan’s on Friday, December 22.

Brand New show for Dublin’s Olympia Theatre BRAND New have announced their Irish return with a show at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday, November 16. Although the members of Brand New cut their teeth in various hardcore bands, the group took a more melodic approach to its own work, embracing punk-pop on the debut album ‘Your Favorite Weapon’ and incorporating aspects of indie rock during future projects. Formed in Long Island, New York, the band took shape in 2000 around the talents of drummer Brian Lane, vocalist/guitarist Jesse Lacey, bassist Garrett Tierney, and guitarist Vin Accardi. Brand New wasted lit-

▪▪ They are Brand New in Dublin. tle time attracting local attention with a self-released demo which helped spread the band's buzz outside New York. In 2001, they released their first record, ‘Your Favorite Weapon’. Proving to be more than just another punkpop outfit, the group made something of a stylistic leap with ‘Deja Entendu’, a decidedly matured follow up released in summer 2003 to warm reviews. Music videos found significant airplay on MTV, and Brand New graduated to larger venues by playing with New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182. Touring eventually slowed to a halt as Brand New holed themselves up to work on their third album and major-label debut. After an extended quiet spell they emerged in summer 2006 for several headlining dates in America, their first nationwide tour in three years. The highly anticipated ‘The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me’ appeared in November 2006. Brand New set to work on another album one year later and the resulting record, ‘Daisy’, was issued in 2009. In July 2016, the band released an EP called ‘3 Demos, Reworked’. The EP contains re-recorded versions of three songs that appear on ‘Leaked Demos’. They play the Olympia Theatre on Thursday, November 16. Tickets on sale now.



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Charity appeals for new premises following fire


de Paul East Region President, said: “We urgently need to find a replacement quickly as the loss of revenue is a blow to our ability to support those who seek our help. "The level of goodwill and offers of help from the local community which depended heavily The fire caused some structural damage which on the invaluable service means that it will be some of the Vincent’s shop has time before the Vincent’s been overwhelming.” While an alternative shop can reopen. premises is being sought, The unit, operated donations can be left at by a full-time manager, St Vincent de Paul (SVP) with the support of shops in Fairview Strand, three community Kilbarrack, Killester and scheme workers and Malahide. approximately 40 Meanwhile, anyone who volunteers, was one of can offer an alternative the busiest in the SVP premises to SVP until the shops’ network in the Coolock shop is able to Dublin area and will reopen is asked to contact be a major loss to the Mark O'Brien on 087community. Liam Casey, St Vincent 7762293. HE Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is seeking a retail unit to replace its shop in Coolock Village Centre which was destroyed by fire in the early hours of last Monday week, September 4.

▪▪ Fire damaged items outside the shops, including the St Vincent’s shop, in Coolock Village. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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Focusing on dementia AS part of a ‘Focus on Dementia’ series, this article looks at how to support someone with dementia to live well by creating a dementia-inclusive community. It’s estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland, a figure expected to more than double by 2036 with around 4,000 people developing the condition each year. The majority of people with dementia live in the community and so it is important that we all play our role in ensuring our villages and towns are compassionate, supportive and inclusive of people with dementia. Here's what you need to know. What is dementia? Dementia is caused by

a number of diseases that damage the nerve cells in the brain. Common symptoms may include difficulties with thinking and language, problem-solving and carrying out everyday tasks, as well as issues with memory loss and changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia affects shortterm memory and some common problems include: •Forgetting people’s names •Struggling to remember day-to-day events or experiences •Misplacing items such as keys or glasses around the house •Getting lost in familiar places or on a regular journey •Finding it hard to start or follow conversations What is a dementia-inclusive community?


Osteopthy and Flat Head Syndrome.

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


These conditions can be caused by pressure on the skull within the womb from overcrowding, or not Plagiocephaly enough fluid, or if baby is in an awkward position. Injury can occur to babys head, base of the skull or neck if there is difficulty in the birthing process and may not show up until baby is lying for long periods of time. Then the flattening will occur on the side baby favours. If the injury is not severe then the normal growth process will normalise the head. When the injury is severe however, a shock or holding causes the soft tissues which line the bones of the inside of the head to tighten. These tissues will not grow at the same rate as healthy tissues and an injury pattern occurs. As a babies skull is soft and malleable and harden as they grow, it is wise to get treatment as soon as possible. Treatments can be over a number of growth spurts depending on the severity of the injury. Osteopathic treatment regarding babies are very gentle, non invasive and relaxing, and involves hands on techniques which enable the shock to release and the natural moulding process to take place.

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A dementia-inclusive community is one where its people, businesses and services ensure that people with dementia feel valued and supported, and where they can actively contribute and engage with local life. Why is community important? There is a certain amount of fear and stigma which can surround dementia and prevent some from seeking help or telling people about their diagnosis. It can also stop others from talking to people with dementia that they know. This can be isolating for those affected but it doesn’t have to be like this. There are simple things that we can all do to make life better for people with dementia and their carers. Dementia-inclusive Businesses and Community Groups If you are a local business-owner or run a community organisation, why not avail of free online dementia awareness training?

This can help you to identify if a person needs additional support and what you can do to help them. For example, signs of dementia could include: if someone is having trouble remembering names or details like their address, is finding it difficult to communicate what they need or want, or is having difficulty navigating an unfamiliar environment or their own neighbourhood. Dementia-inclusive shops Think about how your shop layout and signage works for people with dementia. Signage should be clear and visible and it’s good to ensure that there is plenty of space to walk around easily. Creating a quiet space where you can bring a distressed or vulnerable customer is a good idea. Having seating, good lighting and being aware of noise levels are a few other considerations. These changes to the environment, combined with staff trained in dementia aware-


▪▪ If you know someone with dementia, help them to continue to participate in everyday life. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK ness who smile warmly, speak clearly and listen carefully to what a person is saying, and give them extra time as needed, can really help someone with dementia to continue to be independent. Dementia-inclusive clubs Consider setting up an Alzheimer Café or a social club in your local health centre, community hall or as part of

your own sports club. This is a great way to provide people with dementia or their carers with an outlet to gain mutual support. Dementia-inclusive you If you know someone with dementia, help them to continue to participate in everyday life. Call around for a cuppa and a chat, offer your time and support, go out for

coffee, or invite them for a walk or to take part in their favourite pastime. For more information, Freephone 1800 341 341 or visit •‘Focus on Dementia’ is an initiative of the Dementia: Understand Together campaign, which is led by the HSE, working with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio.  

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Capital funding boost for apprenticeships CAPITAL funding of just over €8million for 10 Institutes of Technology to support apprenticeship programmes was announced recently. The funding will enable the institutions to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for the implementation of new syllabi for four existing apprenticeships in Electrical, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Metal Fabrication and Plumbing. Funding is also being provided to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for a new apprenticeship in Pipefitting in Cork Institute of Technology. The funding is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The recently published Action Plan to expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship in Ireland sets out how state agencies, education and training providers and employers will work together to deliver on the Action Plan for the Department of Education’s commitments on the expansion of apprenticeship and traineeship in the period to 2020. Announcing the funding, Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the funding supports a Government objective to expand apprenticeships and traineeships in the period to 2020 and ensure they are an attractive path for people to take. “We plan to more than double the number of annual Apprenticeship and Traineeship registrations to 14,000 by 2020,” he added. “Apprenticeships and traineeships give an exciting career path for many young people. “As well as modernising existing apprenticeships we are also focused on supporting the development of new programmes. “A key commitment set out in the plan for this year was the issuing of a second call for apprenticeship proposals to refresh the pipeline of proposals already established through the first call. “I urge employers to come forward with new apprenticeship proposals that

can be developed to meet the skill needs in their sectors.” Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said she was delighted with the funding. “Institutes of Technology will be rolling out new syllabi in the 2017/18 academic year for Electrical, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Metal Fabrication and Plumbing,” she added. “It’s fantastic to see the development of the apprenticeship and traineeship career paths and the provision of opportunities for people to learn skills and get hands-on experience.” Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan also welcomed the funding. “It’s great to see the development of apprenticeship career paths and the provision of opportunities for people to learn skills and get experience.” ▪▪ Minister for Education, Richard Bruton.

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New accountancy MSc begins at DIT this month THE Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) have launched an MSc in Applied Accountancy. The MSc will allow students to work full-time while they study to obtain their professional CPA qualification. The programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, also provides the fastest route for would-be accountants to obtain both an MSc and professional qualification. To address the needs of employers, the College of Business at DIT and CPA Ireland undertook extensive consultation with employers, students and academics. The result is a programme designed to produce qualified accountants that are not only technically proficient, but

also equipped with skills such communication and problem-solving that are essential in the workplace. Upon admission to the programme, students will go directly into a dynamic work placement. For the first two years, each trainee will attend work four days per week and take classes in DIT each Friday. The final year will see students work full time to obtain their professional CPA qualification, becoming one of the most sought after accountancy professionals in Ireland and one of the million plus CPAs across the world. Commenting on the new MSc in Applied Accountancy Margaret Fitzsimons, Head of the School of Accounting and Finance said she was delighted with the new MSc. ''We are honoured to collaborate with CPA Ire-

land in developing this unique Masters in Applied Accounting,” she continued. “CPA Ireland is renowned for supporting business needs through its internationally recognised qualification and we are delighted to partner with them in creating this programme. “It will give our students the opportunity to work and study, whilst obtaining a Masters and admission to CPA Ireland as members.'' Deirdre Kiely, CPA Ireland President, also has high hopes for the new MSc. “This Masters in Applied Accountancy is the only combined level 9 Masters Degree and Professional Accounting Programme available in Ireland,” she added. “There is significant demand for qualified accountants across a range

of sectors, so it is a great time to be entering the profession. “The exceptional state of the art facilities at DIT and CPA Ireland’s commitment to the support of its students and members ensures the best student experience possible. “This new joint qualification gives students an excellent alternative route to be becoming a qualified accountant while addressing the needs of employers.” Applications for the MSc in Applied Accountancy are currently being accepted now. Successful applicants will then be paired with CPA Approved Employers to ensure valuable work experience. The course will commence later this month. Further information is available at CPA Ireland and DIT School of Accounting and Finance.

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The art of good reading READING is an essential part of learning, and while it might seem like it’s simply a matter of turning the pages, there are a number of ways to make sure you get the

most out of your books. Most students open their books, read until they finish, lose interest or fall asleep. Then they convince themselves that

their concentration, comprehension, and speed are poorer than everyone else's. If this sounds familiar, take heart, you are certainly not alone.

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▪▪ Concentration is essential when it comes to retaining what you read.

every single item that is given to you. This is just not possible, unless of course you don’t eat or sleep. Once you realise that this is the case you need to turn your attention to trying to make your reading more effective so that you are able to recall what you’ve read after you’ve finished. Reading from cover to cover won’t help you to retain information. You have to realise that you’re not reading a novel, you are collecting information. The following tips are designed to help you become a more effective reader. 1) Read the material more often but for shorter periods of time. Most students can read for just 20 to 30 minutes without losing concentration. Studies have shown that learning is improved by changing tasks each hour, spreading the work over time and dipping into

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it more frequently. 2) Read groups of words at a time and don’t mouth them. Read as though you’re just skimming for information, not as though you are practising a speech you plan to recite. Your brain can read faster than your mouth. Speed and comprehension will increase if you read in meaningful phrases. 3) Figure out ‘why’ you are reading the material. Establish a context by beginning with an overview of the material. This will improve your comprehension and retention. Begin by reading the introduction, headings, charts, graphs, diagrams, conclusion, and summary. Then take a minute to think about the material before beginning to read in depth. 4) Read with a purpose. Don’t just begin reading. Before you read ask yourself some questions and then note the answers or the most important points where they occur. Establish a list of questions, either by turning the headings into questions, or by looking at your class notes. Then read with the intention of answering these questions. Check the margins when you think you've found answers. It's better not to take notes, highlight, or underline at this point; you won't know which are the most important points until you are finished. Read through the material again and focus on your checks in the margin while deciding which points are the most important. It is only at this point where you will be able to make an informed opinion and then highlight or take notes of the material. 5) Turn your reading material into a study tool. You’ve bought the books - so make sure to get good use from them. Since you don’t have to give them back feel free to mark them up, highlight passages, and write notes in them. Write your questions in the margins, opposite the answers. Regularly review the material by covering the page and answering the questions.


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Back-breaking bags fail test WHEN it comes to taking care of your child’s physical health it’s all in the bag – the schoolbag that is. It’s estimated that children carry as much as 20 per cent of their body weight in bags laden down with books and school equipment. A heavily weighed bag or one that’s not carried correctly may injure muscles and joints. This can then lead to severe back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. Heavy school bags are one of the main causes of back, neck and shoulder pain in children. We’ve all despaired at seeing a child lugging a bag that seems almost bigger than them around. So while your child or teenager may be looking for a stylish bag, it’s important to ensure that it’s up to the job. Look for a bag with comfortable wide, padded shoulder straps. Narrow straps can dig into shoulders causing pain

and restricting circulation and make it tempting for the child to carry the bag incorrectly. Choose a bag with a padded back too. This protects against sharp objects and increases comfort. Research suggests weight limits for bags based on age. A maximum limit of 3.7 kg is the recommended weight for 12-year-olds while 17-year-old boys should keep below 6.2kgs and girls of the same age are suggested not to carry more than 5.5 kg. Local conditions and distance to and from school should also be taken into account. Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps as while slinging a bag over one shoulder might look cool, it can increase the curvature of the spine. This may surprise you but how a bag is packed will make a big difference to the strain it places on the back muscles. Most bags come with several compartments so use them to help distribute the weight evenly.

Pack the heavier items closest to the centre of the back. Rolling bags are a good idea for children and teenager who must carry a heavy load. But remember they still have to carried up the stairs and they aren’t much use in the snow. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BACKPACK - LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING: • Wide, padded shoulder straps • Two shoulder straps – backpacks with one shoulder strap that runs across the body cannot distribute weight evenly • Padded back • Waist strap – a waist strap can distribute the weight of a heavy load more evenly • Lightweight backpack – the backpack itself should not add much weight to the load • Rolling backpack – useful for carrying heavy loads but not as good as reducing the load itself! TO



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Teacher survey reveals a few of their favourite things IT’S said that teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world - and a recent survey has found that most teachers in Ireland agree!

Close to half (45 per cent) say that becoming a teacher and working with young people was a vocation and something that they always knew they

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to a class. While it may be loathed by some students, maths is the subject teachers most like to teach (25 per cent) followed by English (19 per cent) and Irish (13 per cent). When asked what subject teachers would most like to see added to the curriculum, 15 per cent chose mindfulness as a subject they would like to see practiced in schools. Those surveyed said they think that the addition of mindfulness would be of benefit to students to help them deal with daily stress. It seems that teachers in Ireland are very virtuous people with almost one in three (30 per cent) agreeing that patience is the single most important quality for a teacher to have. According to the poll, compassion is the second most important trait (16 per cent) followed closely

by empathy with 14 per cent of the vote. The research reveals that seeing a student struggle when they know the student is working hard is the most difficult part of being a teacher (45 per cent). But when it comes to rewarding aspects of the role, teachers say that ‘helping students be the best they can be’ is the most rewarding part of their job (44 per cent) followed by ‘seeing a pupil’s educational and emotional growth’ (31 per cent). When it comes to appreciation from pupils, teachers really don’t look for much. More than half (57 per cent) of those surveyed said that a simple ‘Thank You’ from students makes them feel most appreciated. One in five (21 per cent) responded that a special card or drawing makes


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Nissan reveals its new EV NISSAN revealed its new LEAF last week - the world’s most advanced mass-market electric vehicle (EV).

All electric, and packed with ingenious technology, the new Nissan LEAF is the company’s first car in Europe that will embrace the early steps of advanced driver assistance. It is packed with cutting-edge innovations such as e-Pedal, allowing you to drive and brake in a totally new and seamless way. It can also go further, with a range of 378km on a single charge, and has been redesigned for a new generation, with a sleeker look inside and out. The new Nissan LEAF will be on sale in Europe from January 2018. “The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan’s future,” said Hereto Soakaway, presi-

dent and chief executive officer of Nissan. “The new Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, strengthens Nissan’s EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally. “It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models.” Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the company’s blueprint to redefine the future of driving and looks set to progress the role of the car to be more than simply a mode of transport. Nissan Intelligent Mobility is defined by how the car is driven, how it is powered and how it integrates into society. The new Nissan LEAF is the company’s on-road embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, with its early-stage of Repilot technologies, advanced all-elec-

▪▪ Nissan’s new LEAF is set to transform electric vehicles. tric powertrain and unique ability to connect to and power the buildings it plugs in to. The focal point of Nissan Intelligent Power in the new Nissan LEAF is its e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output for an enhanced dynamic performance.

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Torque has been increased to 320 Nm, resulting in improved acceleration. The new Nissan LEAF’s driving range has been increased to 378km on a single charge. For those who want to drive their new LEAF further, Nissan will introduce a high-power version with increased motor power and

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Kia Picanto is a great city car Seán Creedon AFTER a few weeks driving some luxury cars, it was back to a fairly normal, small car last week, the latest edition of the Kia Picanto. This is definitely a car for urban dwellers, or it could possibly be used a starter car for a singleton or a second family car, in the city or country. As a nation we are not huge fans of small cars and their total sales in 2016 was just three per cent of the Irish market. Another difficulty for the Picanto is that its cousin, the Hyundai i10, is the big seller here. This latest version of the Picanto, with prices starting at just over €13,000, should appeal to a lot of people who don’t want a big car. I think it would be ideal for a first-time buyer, who might be on a tight budget or may-

be the downsizer, who hasn’t yet got the free travel pass. Getting into Dublin city is now a bit of a challenge, but if you do manage to do it, it’s good to know that the Picanto is very easy to park and so small it doesn’t really need a reversing camera. This new version is certainly an improvement from the previous one and while it costs around €500 more now, there is a better spec available. It has a longer wheelbase, but the car itself is not longer than the previous version. The Picanto has been with us since 2004 and after a few revamps we now get the third generation. Inside there is good leg and head room, but at that price you don’t get lots of luxury. Well I suppose you can’t have it every way. This model has Kia’s famous ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and coupled with LED lights, the front is very attractive.

▪▪ The Kia Picanto is a great car for getting around the city in. There is room for five people, but obviously it would be more comfortable with just two people in the back seat. The boot space has been increased, but there is still

no spare wheel, just the dreaded repair kit. But it had a good old-fashioned style hand brake. The entry level has Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, electric front win-

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town, but tended to be a bit noisy. And the power wasn’t great, especially if I had a few adults on board. I still think it would be ideal for someone buying their first car or as a runaround.


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New Mercedes-Benz is pure class THE subtle touches, the clever modifications, the engineering enhancements and the almost imperceptible styling changes are to be seen in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, first versions of which are arriving here in October. Flagship model of the Mercedes-Benz range – and the bestselling luxury saloon in the world last year – the S-Class saloon has sold well over 300,000 units since its introduction in 2013.  Now, in its latest form, the S-Class has many new elements that distinguish it from its predecessor, including an eye-watering array of technical features that Mercedes-Benz says will “better protect the safety of passengers and enhance the driving experience”.  It has been described by Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, as a “technological master class” worthy of its place at the head of the Mercedes-Benz model range. The new S-Class will, he said, deliver “unbeatable levels of luxury, comfort, safety and enjoyment, whether driving or being driven”.  As expected from a model of such calibre, the new S-Class will come with industry leading levels of standard and

▪▪ Super-stylin’ - the new Merc is a powerful beast. optional equipment. There is a slightly remodelled radiator grille, a redesigned lower bumper section, and LED headlamps with prominent light torches that adjust to traffic conditions. High-quality open-pore woods and leather-trimmed doors and upper body edges define the interior. Under a shared glass cover that forms a widescreen cockpit are two high-resolution 12.3-inch screen displays. Touch-sensitive buttons on the steering

wheel give the driver control of functions. An infotainment system is operated via a centre console touchpad and by voice control that responds to more than 450 commands. Recognising its status as a technological forerunner from which innovations trickle down to other models in the Mercedes-Benz range, this latest S-Class comes equipped with a host of features that take it another big step closer to autonomous driving.

Active Distance Control and Active Steering Assist help the driver to maintain a safe distance and steer while speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts. For example, Active Distance Assist uses substantially more map, route information and navigation data to support the driver and adjust vehicle speed appropriately.  Magic Body Control with Road Surface Scan is another function that recognises road bumps in advance and compensates for them, while another comfort enhancement, Curve Inclination Function, is available for the S-Class for the first time.  Drivers can enjoy an extra feeling of ‘wellness’ according to their mood thanks to an energising comfort control system. Ambient lighting tones in the interior can be combined to create ‘colour worlds’ that suit individual temperament and mood.  Climate control functions can be adjusted to ‘fragrance’ the interior. Seats have heating, ventilation and massage mechanisms. The music system has six mood-appropriate programming options from which Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort and Training may be selected.  Infotainment features include a wire-

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The importance of getting connected Cormac Spencer THIS column frequently discusses the importance of a good transport infrastructure for job creation and the economy as a whole. However, having an effective communications infrastructure is equally, if not more important to Ireland in terms of our ability to do business at home and compete with others abroad. Think of how far communications infrastructure has come in the last 10 years and how it has impacted on the way business is done. It is less than 10 years since the first iPhone was released to the market, and now think of how much shopping and business is done on mobile devices alone, not to mention online in general. Things are moving quickly and the ability to keep abreast of changes is very important to a business if it

wants to attract customers. Although it has become integral to business, there is a dearth of broadband coverage in many areas of the country. While ‘broadband blackspots’ in rural areas are well reported, even the big cities aren’t served properly in terms of access to high speed broadband. Dublin City and suburbs have 80 per cent coverage while Limerick City and suburbs have only 71 per cent broadband coverage. So what does all of this really mean and why does it matter? In brief, it means companies don’t have an online shopfront to attract clients, and can’t trade online with customers in Ireland and abroad, (those Irish customers will look to sites in the UK and Europe to spend their money); it means that small businesses and farmers in rural areas may have to travel to the nearest town to lodge forms; it means

that students may not have access to online learning resources; it means foreign investment is discouraged (who wants to set up a business if you can’t be sure your email will reach its destination!); and it means potential problems for tourists who want strong Wi-Fi speeds in their hotel. Broadband coverage has only gone up by 6 percentage points nationally from 2011– 2016 despite the introduction of a National Broadband Plan (NBP) in 2012. More recent announcements suggest the plan is set to kick into a higher gear with high-speed broadband to be delivered to 540,000 houses and businesses in the country within two years. The cost to the State will be between €1-1.5 billion. This is absolute peanuts in terms of the benefits the country will reap from increased productivity and increased opportunities to do business. Assuming the NBP’s tar-

gets are achieved, we will be in a much better place as an economy and a country, however, a problem will remain. At this point 37 per cent of SMEs do not have a website of even the most basic variety – you can lead a horse to water as they say. It’s fully understandable that a small business wouldn’t want to throw money away on a website when the internet connection to its premises and the surrounding areas is sub par, but if the NBP succeeds then SMEs need to access the financial supports available to them through their local authority and get online. Just like you won’t find too many people who will commute for three hours each way on a rickety transport system to get to a job, so today’s customers want to trade with ease and efficiency without wasting hours of their time. By increasing broadband coverage, bet-

▪▪ Increasing broadband coverage will ensure Ireland’s competiveness into the future. tering our digital infrastructure and getting Irish businesses online to compete nationally and internationally we will increase trade, create jobs, attract investment and ensure Ireland’s competitiveness into the future. Like the broadband we want, we should get it done Super Fast. ▪▪ Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit www. or call 01-8456312.

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Fingal County Council We, Paul & Kate Molphy, intend to apply for Retention Planning Permission on site no 4. Usher Park, Knocksedan Demesne, Naul Road, Brackenstown, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development consists of the retention permission for second floor (attic) bedrooms with 5 no. roof lights to Rear (east) Elevation. The planning application may be inspected or purchased a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority (County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin) during its public opening hours (9.30-16.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council We, Eoin and Isobel Kidd, intend to apply for Permission, for development at this site 10 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing ground floor single storey extension and artist’s studio to the rear, and the construction of two storey extension comprising kitchen, artist’s studio, and ancillary spaces, with glazed link to main dwelling, and a new courtyard garden. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning permission is being sought for alterations & extension to existing dwelling to include kitchen, dining, living area to rear, extend front porch, develop attic for storage with shower room & store, widen entrance & connect to existing services at 60 Seafield Road East, Clontarf, Dublin 3 for Nuala McElhinney. 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, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours. A submission or observation may be made on payment of 20Euros within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Tom and Josephine Weafer, intend to apply for planning permission for a development on this site adjacent to 74A Ardlea Road, Artane, Dublin 5. The development will consists of the construction of a new two storey three bedroom detached house consisting of lounge, kitchen, toilet on ground floor and three bedrooms and bathroom to first floor with new off street car parking and vehicular entrance to front and also new off street car parking and vehicular entrance to front of existing house at 74A Ardlea Road, Artane, Dublin 5. The planning application can 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 of 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of the receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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Dublin City Council Stephen Dunne and Anne Devitt wish to apply for planning permission for development at no 80 St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3. PROTECTED STRUCTURE: The application comprises the demolition of the existing single-storey conservatory to the rear of the house, the construction of a new larger single storey extension with a flat roof with 2 no. rooflights, installation of a new roof-light to the side pitch of the existing main two storey roof and solar panels to the south facing pitch of the return, along with all associated siteworks. 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 Catherine Corcoran seeks planning permission to change the height of the large window at the ground floor on the front elevation of No.11 Bayside Square South, Sutton, Dublin 13, from 1179mm to 1609mm. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.



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ACROSS 6. Sweet substance made by putting lettuce in adhesive (7) 7. The sixth vehicle for a churchman (5) 9. Choose a work-shirt (3) 10. Having two tongues? (9) 12. 25 per cent rebate for the American footballer (11) 15. Usefulness of a public toilet (11) 17. Gets back from the River Tees (9) 19. Some domesticated animal (3) 21. Hide a holy man by a tree (5) 22. Car used somehow for a campaign (7)

ACROSS 6. View (7) 7. Worth (5) 9. Also (3) 10. Allusion (9) 12. Stylish (11) 15. Mercury (11) 17. Pretentiously (9) 19. Dandy (3) 21. Clutch (5) 22. Scoundrel (7)

DOWN 1. Undergarments seen on a cricket field (5) 2. Perform only part of a play (3) 3. It's a comeback for Italian wine (4) 4. Method of carrying bacon? (5-4) 5. Victoria and Albert stick with the drapery (7) 8. Call for no tricks as the motorway dried up (6) 11. Awfully repulsive crush (9) 13. Give back a tenner for cheesemaking substance (6) 14. She breaks a toaster (7) 16. She's sweet (5) 18. Nobleman playing Lear? (4) 20. Enquire like a king (3)








DOWN 1. Backbone (5) 2. Unity (3) 3. Region (4) 4. Shameless (9) 5. Fast (7) 8. Shrink (6) 11. Unequalled (9) 13. Hurry (6) 14. Harsh (7) 16. Film (5) 18. Den (4) 20. Pilot (3)



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Comedian Gearóid Farrelly takes his brand of chatty stand-up comedy to the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, on Saturday, September 16 at 8pm. This show will address eve r y t h i ng from Trump to decluttering and explains why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat. Gearóid h a s appeared at comedy festivals all over the world and sup- ported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. Tickets: €12 / Bookings: / 01-2969340.

ALTERNATIVE SUNDAY SOCIAL CLUB The Alternative Sunday Social Club is back and will be kicking off the next series of Sunday afternoon gigs in Toners of Baggot Street on September 17 at 4pm. Over the coming weeks there’ll be gigs by The Dubtones, Francie Conway, The Tony Strickland Quartet, Spike Lancaster, Death in the Sickroom, Eileen Gogan and The Instructions, TV Smith (with support from Pete Holidai), Minnie and the Illywhackers, Tytania and The Hacklers. The first gig next Sunday is a three-band bash headlined by The Dubtones along with Amongst the Wolves & The Snübbed.

DEPAUL RAFT RACE On Saturday, September 16, homelessness charity Depaul’s annual Raft Race will be taking place, starting at 11am.

RAINBOW RUN The Rainbow Run is now one of Ireland’s biggest fun runs! In its fourth year now, this unique run involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder paint while they run, jog or walk the beautiful route along Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier on Saturday, September 16. The Rainbow Run is entirely focussed on fun so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions. All that matters is that you enjoy yourself and finish covered in loads of colour. Tickets cost from €25 for adults and €15 for children with family tickets also available. See for details.

Leaving suits and ties behind, 30 corporate teams will be taking to the water, powering their rafts around a course in Grand Canal Dock in a series of 500m races. The event promises to be a great day out in the heart of the city, with entertainment for adults and kids alike including a DJ, face painting, food and prizes in a festive atmosphere for colleagues, supporters and family.


Following the success of ‘Ich Liebe Dich Cabaret’ — one of the hottest tickets in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 — Film Fatale is back with its new cabaret show, ‘Closing Night’, which takes place in Liberty Hall for three shows only on September 15 and 16.

The 8th Indian Film Festival of Ireland (September 15-17) opens with, the story of Poorna

Join Film Fatale for three intimate evening shows – September 15 (8pm) and September 16 (6pm and 8.45pm) - of classic cabaret performance, burlesque and old school vaudeville, set to a soundtrack of Broadway hits and cabaret solos. Tickets for Closing Night are priced at €24 and available via Fringe Fest.

MARKET GRUB WE’RE ALL MAD HERE Grainne O’Carroll will be presenting her innovative physical theatre piece, ‘We’re all mad here’, at the Dublin Fringe Festival on September 1819, and September 21-24 at 8pm in the Fumbally Café.

Stock up on great grub and fine wines at Honest2Goodness food market this Saturday. The weekly market has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods and wines. Honest2Goodness is run by passionate foodies whose aim is to share their love with as many as possible.

The market is open from 9.30am to 4pm and it’s In this bizarre work, experience interweaving physical theatre that draws upon mime, dance and behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after Glasvisual art. Tickets are available. Visit www.fringef- nevin Cemetery at 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin.

Malavath, a 13-year- old girl from a tribal Indian village who became the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest in 2014. The festival will close with ‘Halal Daddy’, a movie that showcases multicultural Ireland at its very best. It was filmed in beautiful Sligo and is the first Irish film with an ethnic family at the centre. Dundrum Cinema will host the Festival Red Carpet Opening at 5pm on September 15.  

Crossword Answers 6th September

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Night-clubs; 7 Titan; 8 Massive; 10 The scent; 11 Fast; 13 Comedy; 15 Needle; 17 Acre; 18 Penchant; 21 Tailors; 22 Inane; 23 Adolescent. Down: 1 Nitre; 2 Genocide; 3 Timing; 4 Lose; 5 Brigand; 6 Statecraft; 9 Entreaties; 12 Describe; 14 Married; 16 Ceases; 19 Apart; 20 Pool.

It's the festival's 5th birthday so get ready for a fun-filled day featuring some of Ireland's best musicians, artists and street performers. There will be lots of different activities like youth talks and dance workshops taking place through the day, so there should be something for everyone. The best part? It's absolutely free!


QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Governance; 7 Clean; 8 Chatter; 10 Redouble; 11 Pass; 13 Devise; 15 Wicked; 17 Tilt; 18 Lengthen; 21 Dubious; 21 Amuse; 23 Despondent. Down: 1 Greed; 2 Vanquish; 3 Recall; 4 Away; 5 Cutback; 6 Accredited; 9 Residences; 12 Disgrace; 14 Voluble; 16 Reason; 19 Haunt; 20 Romp.

The annual BlueFire Street Fest is back and bigger than ever on Saturday, September 16, in Smithfield Square for a colourful celebration of diversity!



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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

▪▪ Sunday Independent, September 18, 1927

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 30, 1865

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 28, 1827

▪▪ Irish Independent, September 21, 1942

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 29, 1829

▪▪ Five cars start in the ‘Tourist Section’ at the Portmarnock Speed Trials in 1904. The drivers are accompanied by ladies. There is an interesting car with three wheels (reg. no. DUP 7), second from the left. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin) by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Irish Press, September 29, 1972

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 3, 1827


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