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Vol.22. No.16


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▪▪ The O’Connell Tower at Glasnevin Cemetry is open for viewing: PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA




GAA club in pitch plea Adam Daly A CABRA GAA club is calling on the Department of Education to restore a pitch promised to it 15 months ago. Naomh Fionnbarra signed over its all weather pitch to allow a permanent building to be constructed for Gaelscoil Bharra beside the club. The Northside Irish school had been waiting over a decade to move out of prefab structures and the GAA club was only too happy to help out. However, club secretary, Séamas McGrattan, says the deal was that Department of Education would build a new pitch once construction ended. And 15 months later, the

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once offered unrivalled panoramic vistas to those fit enough to climb its winding, wooden steps to the top. However, in 1971 it was bombed by suspected Loyalist paramilitaries. The blast destroyed the staircase and blew out the tower’s windows. The force was such that it resulted in

Built between 1855 and 1869 to commemorate Daniel O’Connell, the tower

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club is still waiting. “We are delighted to see the new school now up and running and the fantastic facility they now call home,” he said. “As part of the agreement a new all weather pitch was to be built for the club, which was to be completed by last October. But the work has not been finished and all contractors and sub-contractors have been off site for a number of weeks. As we understand the only hold up is money.” McGrattan said that without a pitch Naomh Fionnbarra has had to rent halls and private pitches to train, putting a financial strain on the club while also affecting Continued on page 8


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Towering glory! Continued from page 1 cence of the mausoleum. “Of course, we remema large crack that spread ber O’Connell through the up through its granite. The bridges, streets, and squares crack can still be seen to- named after him, but as we day, and while the structure approach the centenary of remained largely intact it the founding of our state was sealed up and declared we must remember how imoff-limits for safety reasons. portant O’Connell is in our The O’Connell crypt was nationhood,” he added. “O’Connell lit a beacon for reopened in 1991 and a programme put in place to the peaceful parliamentary restore the tower to its for- political process, a beacon mer glory. In 2016, Glasnevin carried on by Butt, Parnell, Trust in partnership with the Redmond and, perhaps more Office of Public Works (OPW) significantly, every Taoisebegan work to reinstate the ach since the end of the civil staircase and complete the war. “Hopefully the exhibition repairs. Chairman of the Glasnev- inside the tower will not in Trust, John Green said only enhance the climb but the completed work means also help to reinstate Daniel Dubliners and visitors to the O’Connell to his rightful posicemetery can once again tion in the pantheon of Irish experience the full magnifi- leaders.”

Last Friday (April 13) the newly installed 198step staircase was officially opened with the help of students from O’Connell School in Glasnevin, who laid a time capsule at its base. Also there for the ceremony was Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe and Commissioner of the OPW, John McMahon. “In recent years, Glasnevin Cemetery has become a unique and unmissable Dublin attraction,” said Minister Donohoe. “Developing from a traditional cemetery, and the resting place of more than one million people, to the home of the wonderful museum and visitor centre and an exceptionally engaging and entertaining tour, it


draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. “The restoration of the iconic O’Connell Tower, with a newly installed staircase that promises unparalleled views, adds yet another string to the already fulsome Glasnevin Cemetery bow. “It is a privilege to be here today, alongside the students from the local school that takes O’Connell’s name, to see the results of the extraordinary work undertaken by the OPW and the Glasnevin Trust. “It is testament to the man we refer to as the Liberator and one of the seminal ▪▪ Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe with students from O’Connells figures in Irish political life.” School and their time capsule that will stay in the O’Connell Tower. Entry to the O’Connell Tower costs €12 for adults and €9 for students, children and seniors or €28 for a family of two adults and two children. An adult must accompany children and those under the age of eight are not permitted to access the tower. The price of the ticket includes entry into the exhibitions in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and €5 credit to perform genealogy searches on the cemetery’s extensive records. ▪▪ The view from the top of the tower. PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA ▪▪ VIP guests on the tower’s spiral staircase


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Dublin West home help hours fall THE number of home help hours provided to those in need by the HSE fell by over 50,000 in Dublin West last year in emerged last week. Home help hours provide medium to high care support so that elderly or disabled people can continue to live at home independently. In 2016, Dublin West received a total of 166,471 home help hours. However, in 2017 the number had been cut to 114,552, a drop of 51,919 hours. The figures were revealed in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Sinn Fein TD, Louise O'Reilly. Her party colleague, Cllr Paul Donnelly, described the figures as “utterly unacceptable”. “Home help is needed more than ever in Dublin

West,” he said. “The demand for home help hours in Dublin West amongst our elderly and in particular those with disabilities has gone up significantly over the past number of years." “Every day I have people in my constituency clinics or on the phone telling me that the HSE will not give them home help support or will not give them additional hours help for their loved ones. “They are calling out for help and all they are told is that there is not enough hours for their loved ones." “The situation is unfair and demoralising especially when we see other areas have their home help hours increase." Hours also fell in other areas across the city including Dublin South West and Dublin South City.

Library’s perfect platform

▪▪ Third class pupils Jakub Mamcarz (9) and Keerthanaa Sree (9) from Hansfield Educate Together Primary School pictured at the opening of their new railway themed library. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA A NEW railway-themed library at Hansfield Educate Together Primary School has been made out of recycled materials donated by Iarnród Éireann. The library, which is 75 percent comprised of materials such as pallets, glass, textiles, plastics and metals, has been

designed to resemble a variety of railway themed furniture and objects. It was opened last month by Iarnród Éireann and UPcycling, a start-up that creates unique learning spaces for schools, such as libraries and sensory rooms. These facilities are made from re-used materials and

have led to over 5,000 kg of materials being diverted away from the waste stream. So far UPcycling has sourced over five tonnes of material from Iarnród Éireann, helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Construction of the library at Hansfield took several months and involved a vari-

ety of talents to complete the project said Director of UPcycling, Przemek Drusewicz. “Since every project is different our team consists of artists and builders of different trades working together to create unique custom build projects,” he said. Acting Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade

praised the new library. “Travelling by rail is one of the most sustainable forms of land transport,” he said. “Sustainability is important to us and we are delighted that these end of life products have been transformed into an informative, educational space for our neighbours here at Hansfield.”


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I’m getting a Celtic Tiger déjà vu feeling Perhaps they have lost their job and then their home; others may be in the midst of a complicated relationship breakdown; some are possibly victims of a chaotic lifestyle involving drug or alcohol abuse. It’s nearly impossible to tell – every car seat has its own story. Those queuing to stake their claim on a new property by sleeping rough in their cars or languishing for days on deckchairs in the freezing cold also attract our sympathy, but perhaps to a lesser degree. We might consider them to be the Comment: Tony McCullagh, lucky ones, fortunate enough to be able Dublin People group editor to secure a deposit that is prohibitively RELAND’s housing crisis is probably out of reach for many first-time buyers. best exemplified by people having However, the reality is that we don’t known their full story either. to sleep in their cars: at one end What sacrifices did they have to we have those who are homeless; make in their personal lives to save that at the other there are the anxious first-time buyers queuing to put down type of money? What are the financial implications for the many generous a deposit on a modest property in a parents who have loaned their life Dublin suburb. savings to get their children on the Both sides are united by the common property ladder? Last week we learned that the dream purpose of wanting to put a roof over of owning a family home is now beyond their heads, albeit in very different the reach of couples with a joint income circumstances. of €92,000 due to spiralling prices. It’s undoubtedly a stressful situation The main difference between now for both sets of demographics. Some of and the boom is that there are tighter those putting their heads down for the restrictions on lending these days, even night in the back of their vehicle may have become homeless for a multitude of if property prices are creeping back to their 2007 peak levels. reasons.


▪▪ An election poster for Fianna Fáil in 1997 in the years preceding the Celtic Tiger. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA To reinforce this sense of Celtic Tiger déjà vu, we now have one of the main political players from that era hinting at a run for the presidency.

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Alison O'Riordan A ROBBER who held up a shop armed with two screwdrivers has been jailed for two years. Patrick Dunne (30) of Santry Lodge, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing Briarswood Stores on Blakestown Road in Blanchardstown on September 29, 2017. He has 95 previous convictions, including theft, burglary and criminal damage. Judge Martin Nolan imposed a two-year sentence on Dunne saying he used screwdrivers to threaten staff and had a serious conviction record. Garda Brendan O’Hora told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that Dunne entered the shop with a scarf around his face on the afternoon of the crime. He had two screwdrivers in his hand, which were each five inches long, and demanded that the cashier open the till. Dunne went behind the counter and took several bags of coins from the till which amounted to €195. The cashier told gardaí that Dunne had seemed nervous at the time. Dunne was later identified by gardaí from CCTV footage as well as fingerprints taken from the drawer of the cash register, the court heard. Dean Kelly BL, defending, said his client was already serving a four-and-a-half year sentence for brandishing an imitation firearm at a shop assistant in Ballymun in September 2017 and had the “bad fortune” that two armed gardaí were in the back of the shop checking CCTV footage at the time.

“This offence is not as serious at that,” he added. Mr Kelly said that while his client accepts this is a separate and distinct offence, he asked the court not to extend Dunne’s stay in custody. Gda O’Hora agreed with the defence that Dunne had a drug addiction that dates back to his mid teens and his history of serious convic-


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Local student is honoured Finglas band declared by Fingal County Council national champs before describing him as a school was proud of Efrem to be part of this because great role model for young and his friends who had they are his family now.” The Chief Executive of people within the commu- come to Ireland last year and Fingal County Council, Paul enrolled in the school. nity. “We are tremendous- Reid, also added his conThey added that his achievement highlighted the ly proud of his sporting gratulations saying it was a role that sport can play in in- achievements but also his fantastic achievement and courage and tenacity,” she that it was important to rectegrating communities. ognise and celebrate Efrem’s The Principal of Le Chei- added. “His friends also deserve achievement. Efrem Gidey, a fifth year le, Dr Aine Moran, said the student at Le Chéile Secondary School recently won the All-Ireland Senior Schools Cross-County title in Waterford, just months after arriving in Ireland from Eritrea having spent several years in a refugee camp in Calais. Councillors agreed at the March meeting of the County Council to recognise his achievement and, after the April meeting, there was a special ceremony where Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, made a special presentation and paid tribute to Efrem along with Cllr Eugene Coppinger, Cllr Matthew Waine, Cllr Paul Donnelly, Cllr Anne Devitt and Cllr Mags Murray. The councillors recalled Efrem’s journey from Eritrea to Ireland and praised his courage and dedication ▪▪ Efrem Gidey pictured in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Swords. THE remarkable achievements of a Tyrrelstown student were recognised by members of Fingal County Council at a special ceremony held recently in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Swords.

▪▪ Band Chairperson Brendan Clarke with Band Patron Michael Doyle and Honorary Treasurer, Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF). FINGLAS Concert Band hit the right notes when they took part in the recent Irish National Bands Competition in Navan Arts Centre. More than 30 children travelled to Meath for the event, which involves concert bands from all across the country. And the journey was well worthwhile when the local band was named overall winner in the Junior Military

section. Chairperson, Brendan Clare, was delighted with the win for Finglas. “It was a fantastic achievement for everybody involved,” he said. “The club has been running in Finglas for years and we have helped so many children fall in love with music.” This year the band is heading to the United States to take part in a parade with DEKALB High School who

travelled to Finglas in 2016. They will take part in the pumpkin picking festival parade. “We are fundraising to bring as many people as possible,” Clare said. “We have a great night at Shelbourne Park planned for Saturday, April 21.” Tickets for the Shelbourne Park fundraiser cost only €10 and a bus from the Shamrock Pub is also available for €10. Call 0858337525 for details.

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▪▪ Pictured (l to r) are Jennifer Kitson, Fundraising Department Simon Community; Desi Derby, Marketing Director Musgrave MarketPlace; and FoodCloud co-founder and CEO Iseult Ward. PHOTO: LEON FARRELL / PHOTOCALL BALLYMUN based Musgrave MarketPlace has donated 115 tonnes of fresh food - equating to over 250,000 meals - to charities across Ireland. The donation, which has a value of €345,000, was made through the wholesale supplier’s two-year partnership with social enterprise FoodCloud. FoodCloud connects businesses with surplus food to charities in local communities through a software platform. It simplifies the process of donating surplus food directly to charities that need it. Since Musgrave MarketPlace established its partnership with FoodCloud, charities like the Simon Community have been able to reduce weekly food costs by an average of 30 percent. John Pakenham, Business Development Manager with FoodCloud, said Musgrave MarketPlace has really embraced the challenge of tackling food waste. “It’s a great example of a business using our solutions to reduce food surplus in the supply chain and at store level,” he added. “Businesses with large volumes of surplus food like Musgrave Marketplace can learn from this partnership, as we work together to provide nutritious, delicious food to charitable and community groups.” Jennifer Kitson of Dublin Simon Community said the Musgrave Marketplace partnership with FoodCloud had been contributing to Simon’s Riversdale House for over

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Clock tribute for Tidy Towns group DUBLIN Lord Mayor, Mícheál MacDonncha, was in Finglas recently to unveil a new decorative clock and civic space at the junction of Jamestown Road and Seamus Ennis Road. The clock and civic space is dedicated to Finglas Village Tidy Towns Committee, which was established in 2007. Since then, they have worked tirelessly to enhance Finglas Village by carrying out regular clean ups, planting projects and running local events. The local group say the clock is a fantastic addition to the way the village looks and it marks the culmination of nine years of work, “We started small with just a few shovels and shrubs but this news makes us feel like we are making real progress,” a spokesperson for the group said. “We must thank Dublin City Council area staff who backed the project which

was funded by the Area Councillors Discretionary Fund.” Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) congratulated the group on their success. “The Finglas Tidy Towns group are really amazing,” he said. “I can't believe it's been nine years since we set up the group to renovate the

old Rock Fountain in the village. “Philomena, Marie and all the gang have achieved so much over the years. If you are looking for a way to de-stress and enjoy some of the sunny summer evenings ahead, I'd encourage anyone to get involved and donate an hour or two of your time.”


Cabra GAA club in pitch plea

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said. “It's having a really bad effect on the older teams particularly. The pitch was due in October and then they told us it would be January, so we didn’t book anywhere to train. “When January came around we had to go looking for places and everywhere was booked. We are struggling to get anywhere at all. “Like any club we haven't got the money to be spending but the teams have to train. We could be spending that money on a lot of other things.” In an effort to bring the project to a finish, the club organised a protest outside the Dáil at the end of March. “The aim was to put pressure on politicians,” McGrattan explained. “There has been a bit of movement so we’re hoping it will be resolved soon.

“As a result of the protest we have been in touch with an official in Tullamore who has been advising us so at least we know a bit more about our situation.’’ In response to queries from the Northside People, a spokesperson for a Department of Education and Skills said that they delay is not because of funding issues. “Some site works remain to be completed in respect of the Gaelscoil Bharra project including completion of the pitch and reinstatement work to the car park of the adjacent GAA club,” a spokesperson said. “The Department is fully aware of the issues and is working to have these site works completed as quickly as possible. The Department has no funding issues with regards the completion of the building project for Gaelscoil Bharra.”

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Who remembers The Concerned? A CHARITY single featuring some of the biggest Irish stars of the 1980s is being remembered by Irish aid agency Concern as it marks its 50th anniversary. ‘Show Some Concern’ by The Concerned spent three weeks at number one in 1985, the same year as the Live Aid concert. The charity supergroup included Dublin singers Mary Black, Flo McSweeney and Dave King of Flogging Molly fame. They are being remem-

bered by aid agency Concern Worldwide - as it thanks them and many other celebrities who have supported its work over the years. The Concerned, made up of over 40 Irish stars, had a number one hit in March and April 1985 with the song and music video ‘Show Some Concern’ - a catchy anthem with lots of big hair and a mandatory 1980’s saxophone solo. Concern’s one and only charity song – which was written by Paul Cleary from The Blades and produced

Ure’s Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ which led to the unforgettable global fundraising Live Aid concert on July 13. The video of ‘Show Some Concern’ is a nostalgic throwback to the mid-80s, containing plenty of shoulder pads and rare not-tobe-taped-over footage of Ireland’s showbusiness top brass in 1985. Dave Fanning, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan, Linda Martin, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Twink (Adele King), Maxi (Irene McCoubrey), Maura O’Connell, Freddie White, Eamon Carr, Johnny Duhan (who wrote The Voyage), Dave King (now singer with Flogging Molly) and Barry Lang are among those singing their hearts out in the video, which was filmed at the legendary Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin. Clannad, The Blades, Stockton’s Wing, Toy with Rhythm, Golden Horde and Sligo group Those Nervous Animals were among the Irish bands who assembled for the recording. “It is great when you see high profile figures using their celebrity for the benefit of other people,” said

by award-winning composer Bill Whelan – was the brainchild of the late Gerry Ryan and Paul Cleary’s then manager, Mark Venner. The song stayed in the Irish charts for eight weeks, earning three consecutive number one positions, until it was topped by the worldwide hit charity single, ‘We are the World,’ by the Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie-led supergroup USA for Africa. This followed the incredible success earlier that year with Bob Geldof and Midge

▪▪ Maxi (front left), Leslie Dowdall (top middle), Maura O’Connell (front centre), Mary Black (back right) and Pat Kenny (right) with The Concerned singing ‘Show Some Concern’ in 1985.

John O’Loughlin Kennedy, who co-founded Concern in March, 1968 with his late wife Kay. “Getting publicity for good work is often hard, but throughout Concern’s history many musicians and well-known personalities certainly made a huge effort to raise awareness and they deserve great thanks.” The full version of the ‘Show Some Concern’ video – made available thanks ▪▪ Mary Black singing ‘Show Some Concern’ in aid of to RTE - begins with several Concern’s relief work in Ethiopia. brief interviews with some of those in the supergroup en, Judas Priest, Dio and donations for Concern while surviving on just water and and it has a small cut from a Journey. While it may not have black tea. speech of Concern’s influenOther well-known persontial CEO at the time, Aengus been to everyone’s musical Finucane, who said to those taste, Concern recognises alities who have supported assembled: “We need inputs that it was great artistic Concern in its fifty year hislike this. We need them. They projects like ‘Show Some tory include musicians Bob Concern,’ along with news Geldof, Bono and Andrea need them.” A short segment from the reports by journalists, Corr; actors Toni Collette, song’s video also features in which captured the public’s Martin Sheen and Mike RTE’s hit series ‘Reeling in attention at that time and Farrell from the TV series the Years’, when it highlights increased support and fund- MASH; former Presidents of ing for its life saving work Ireland Mary McAleese and the top events of 1985. Mary Robinson; celebrity Band Aid and The Con- for five decades. This also included the cook Donal Skehan, Westlife cerned were joined by other famine-relief hits in the mid- immortalisation of Concern star Shane Filan, pop-act 80s, such as a single and and its popular FAST annu- Jedward and rugby player complication album called al fundraising campaign by Rob Kearney. ‘Stars’ by Hear ‘n Aid, which Irish rock group The Saw was a collaboration of hard- Doctors in their hit song ‘I To watch ‘Show Some rock musicians and heavy useta love her’ with its line Concern’, log on to Conmetal bands like Iron Maid- about a woman collecting cern’s You Tube channel.

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SOMEWHERE, in a cluttered basement in rural Vermont, you will find ‘Nothing, Nowhere’ creating in solitude. In this very basement a socially anxious kid has ironically managed to reach not only the rest of the country, but the globe. Since creating the project in April of 2015, the

that perform with him for live shows under the ‘ Nothing Nowhere’ name. Before creating music, Mulherin had an interest in filmmaking. He attended film school at Burlington College in Vermont and while in college co-created a minor hit movie. The project's first album, ‘the nothing, no-

▪▪ The artist known as ‘Nothing Nowhere’. project has surpassed a million plays on SoundCloud in just 10 months and has found a home within the new wave of internet music. Described as midwest emo meets southern trap with heart wrenching guitar riffs, forget a genre, it is what it is - and Nothing, Nowhere wouldn’t have it any other way. Nothing, Nowhere is the pseudonym of American musician Joe Mulherin. He was born in Massachusetts and currently lives in Vermont. While the music composed by ‘Nothing Nowhere’ is entirely written, produced and performed by Mulherin, he maintains a group of musicians which consist of friends

where lp’, appeared in June 2015, followed by the EP ‘Bummer’ later the same year. Working on some of the tracks with producers he'd met on SoundCloud, the latter was recorded in his parents' basement in Vermont around the time he committed to pursuing music full-time. The EP ‘Where Are You?’ followed on Synergy Records in early 2016, and in 2017, the single ‘Clarity in Kerosene’ arrived via Pete Wentz's CD2 label and Equal Vision Records. And now he has just released the latest single ‘Ruiner’ on Fueled. Nothing, Nowhere. plays The Academy Green Room on Friday, October. 19.

MADNESS have announced a headline date at 3Arena, Dublin on Saturday, July 28 with special guests The Lightning Seeds. Madness is a band that retains a strong sense of who and what it is. Many of the same influences are still present in their sound – ska, reggae, Motown, rock’n’roll, rockabilly, classic pop, and the pin-shap vernacular of their beloved London streets. It may be refined and updated, but its essence remains clear and true. This is what they do best. “You may use the same colours,” says Cathal, “but you don’t want to paint the same painting.” Most colourful of all is Madness’ ability to write songs that sparkle with the stuff of British life; that find poetry in everyday reality – not the faux bright lights of celebrity. These are songs that may not shy away from death or darkness but retain the right to employ wit and warmth. They are songs that have

left their mark on British pop culture; their spirit endures in the music of Blur, the Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Sway and Plan B (Cathal cowrote Great Day for a Murder on Ill Manors and appeared briefly in the film.) Madness are in the unique position of having their legacy celebrated by the nation with historic performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, and at the Olympic Games closing ceremony. And all the while at the same time enjoying a creative renaissance that has led to some of their finest work. This purple patch began with 2009’s critically acclaimed album ‘The Liberty of Norton Folgate’, and now ‘Oui, Si, Ja Ja, Da Da’. Turns out they never lost their songwriting edge after all, they just misplaced it for a few years.

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Joan as Police Woman heads out for Irish tour FOLLOWING the release of ‘Damned Devotion’, Joan As Police Woman is taking her captivating live show on the road and has just announced a three date Irish tour.

▪▪ Joan heads out on tour.

Tickets for the Dublin date in Whelans on Thursday, August 16 are priced €24.50 Already acknowledged as a thrilling live performer and starkly honest lyricist, new album Damned Devo-

tion finds Joan Wasser at her rawest. While her 2014 album ‘The Classic’ was a soulful celebration of life and her 2011 album ‘The Deep Field’ a lush moody expansion, this

new release sees her stripping her compositions back to the core. The bare-all lyricism and timeless melodies hark back to her accolade-winning album ‘To Survive’ (2008) and the universally acclaimed debut album ‘Real Life’ (2006). Joan says: “My maxim is: if it feels scary to say it, it’s the thing you must say.” And on Damned Devotion the thoughtful lyricism is married to Joan’s most accessible music to date. The American musician, singer-songwriter and producer, began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders and played with Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons, and Those Bastard

Souls. Famously a collaborator and muse to artists as diverse as Anohni, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and Beck, since the release of her last album Joan has worked alongside fashion designers Viktor & Rolf as well as a growing list of musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Lau, RZA and most recently Daniel Johnston. “I say yes to almost everything,” she admits. “I just want to be making music all the time. “I can comfortably say that music has saved my life and continues to save my life. I am a devotee. It’s not something I can even choose or not choose, it’s just what is.”



Solar farm opens at Dublin Airport THE Dublin Airport Authority (daa), in partnership with ESB, has installed 268 solar panels on top of the airport’s reservoir system which will provide more than half of the reservoir’s annual energy requirements. The solar panels are connected directly to the airport’s reservoir system which provides 500 million litres of water - the equivalent of 200 Olympic sized swimming pools - to both passenger terminals, as well as servicing all the offices and businesses on the airport campus.

The solar farm is part of an energy agreement between daa and ESB. daa chief executive Dalton Philips said the company was working closely with ESB to identify opportunities to use low carbon technologies to improve energy performance at the airport. “We are committed to reducing our energy consumption by 33 percent by 2020,” Mr Philips said. “We want to be leaders in this area and help Ireland meet its national obligations in the process.” Dublin Airport is already Airport Carbon Accredited, as part of a Europe-wide

airport carbon management certification programme that covers more than half of European air passenger traffic. “Over the past three years Dublin Airport succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 5,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to a 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions under its control,” added Mr Philips. “We are looking forward to building on this performance and making even more energy savings that will also benefit the travelling public through sustainable environmental performance and annual cost savings.”

▪▪ ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty and daa chief executive Dalton Philips at Dublin Airport’s solar farm.

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▪▪ Natasha Eames DSPCA with Shane (10) and Eoin (8) Carroll and dogs, Shannon, Teddy, Ruby, Cuddles and Fraggles. PHOTO: JASON CLARKE

Pet festival is coming back PETS in the City is taking place again on Smithfield Square on Sunday, April 29, it was confirmed at the official launch of the event last week. The free event promises animal lovers lots of activities and live entertainment. Visitors are invited to bring their four-legged friends to take part in dog agility workshops and the Scruffs Dog Show. A DSPCA adoption parade will also take place, highlighting lot of wonderful animals available for rescue.

A range of stalls will offer pet lovers deals on pet accessories, grooming products, toys and novelty items on the day. The DSPCA will be on hand to provide services such as micro-chipping and pet health advice. Pets in the City will also have an exotic animal area, a reptile corner and an animal farm where visitors can interact with and learn about a variety of different animals. Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha said: “This event is the perfect opportunity for the entire

family, and their pets, to enjoy a day out. Brian Gillen, CEO of the DSPCA, said he was delighted that Pets in the City is in it’s fifth year. “The event is a brilliant day out for all ages, offering the perfect opportunity to interact and learn about animals,” he added. “For pet owners, it’s a great chance to get pets micro-chipped and get advice on how to look after their loved pets.” Full details on the event can be found online at


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Greyhounds as family pets Kerri Sullivan GREYHOUNDS are often mistakenly thought of as dogs that need lots and lots of exercise But did you know after a short burst of exercise, most are happy to curl up and snooze on the sofa for the rest of the day? In fact, there is a very popular saying that highlights this; ‘Adopt a Greyhound, lose a sofa’. The Greyhound is one of the oldest known breeds of dog, stretching back in time at least 1,000 years. They were often owned by royalty and treated with great care. Most commonly seen on Ireland’s racetracks, many ‘retired’ racers sadly end up in rescue kennels waiting for that loving home to call their own. Greyhounds belong to a larger grouping of breeds called sighthounds, and it includes Salukis and Whippets. Lurchers are a cross between a sighthound and another breed of dog, often a Collie or Terrier. Originally bred for hunting, they share many sight-

▪▪ Greyhounds can be great pets. hound traits, both in temperament and intelligence! They vary in appearance depending on breed mixture, and their coats can be long or short, and colouring can differ too. There are hundreds of Greyhounds and Lurchers in Ireland’s rescue cen-

tres, and if you choose to welcome one of these adult ‘pointies’ into your home, you will be rewarded with a gentle, loyal, intelligent - and surprisingly laid back pet. Contrary to what people assume adult Greyhounds and Lurchers are often couch potatoes and demand little

exercise. Quite lazy at heart, they love to cosy up on a comfy bed and snooze. However, it’s worth remembering that, like all puppies, ‘pointy babies’ are full of beans and quite active! These dogs are athletic, and usually get on well with other dogs, although some will chase cats and small animals. Being so fast, they may be quick enough to catch them! Others, however, learn to live with small animals, and accept them as part of the family. Of course, Dogs Trust recommends a secure garden and this is especially essential for Greyhounds and Lurchers because if they are motivated, some are willing to clear a six-foot fence! Depending on their breed mix, Lurchers can require mental stimulation to prevent boredom. Agility training and fetch games are a good way to occupy them, and food is a great reward tool. Tasty chews or chew toys can also prevent them from chewing your possessions. These leggy lovelies eat the same

food and same amounts as other dogs. Some can be angelic faced, food stealing ninjas, so make sure you don’t leave your dinner where they can reach it – you may want to get a dog proof bin too! Generally, they adapt to home life quickly and become solid citizens. Many are gentle enough to have qualified as therapy dogs in nursing homes and hospitals! We cannot over emphasise what amazing and affectionate pets Greyhounds and Lurchers are, so please don’t overlook them if you are considering adoption. Last week, Dogs Trust launched their campaign #Greywatch in a bid to help protect and rehome Irish Greyhounds. For more information, please visit

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TidyTowns get set for new competition TIDYTOWN committees across the Northside are on their marks as it was announced that the 2018 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now open for entries. Now in its 60th year, the competition was launched in the TidyTowns Grove in the Phoenix Park. Administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the competition is sponsored by SuperValu. Over the lifetime of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, generations of TidyTowns volunteers up and down the country have worked to improve the appearance of their locality and make their town or village more attractive for residents and visitors alike. Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said: “This year is an important milestone for SuperValu TidyTowns as it marks the

60th anniversary of the competition. “Reaching this landmark is a remarkable achievement both for the competition and the TidyTowns committees who have worked tirelessly over the year to enhance their towns and villages.” Mr Kelleher added: “This is the 27th year that SuperValu has sponsored TidyTowns. “We are delighted to continue our long-running partnership with the competition to help make the communities we live in even better and to recognise the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country who put in countless hours every week. “This year, as we mark the 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, we are calling on volunteers in Dublin to get involved. “As Ireland’s leading independent grocery retailer, with our stores owned by entrepreneurs from the

local community, we understand the importance of improving the quality of life in the towns and villages that our retailers work and live in.” Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, said the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition is built on the voluntary effort of ordinary people across Ireland. “Its success is a result of that selfless effort,” he stated. “It is a competition which brings neighbours, with shared values and shared interests, together to improve their locality. “Almost all members in a community can contribute to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, regardless of age, ability or interests. “I urge existing TidyTowns Committees in Dublin to register by the May 23 deadline and I would love to see towns and villages get involved which haven’t previously participated in the competition.

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“Sixty years on from the first TidyTowns, the competition is going from strength to strength. “Last year over 870 towns and villages competed in the SuperValu Tidy Towns, each of them driven by the same sense of community pride which spurred on the inaugural contestants in 1958. “In recognition of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 60 years, I provided a once-off grant scheme of between €1,000 and €4,000 for TidyTowns committees last November. “Over €1.3 million was provided to 900 TidyTowns Committees to spend on improving their communities and I have no doubt that this investment had a significant positive impact on communities throughout the country.” This year’s competition will also see the addition of the Schools Award, an

▪▪ Pictured celebrating 60 years of SuperValu TidyTowns at the launch of the 2018 competition in the Phoenix Park are Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, and Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu with Jake English (7) and Brooke Walton (5). initiative run by SuperValu that aims to encourage schools in communities across the country to get involved with their local TidyTowns committee and play a part in building better communities. The award aims to encourage greater youth involvement with TidyTowns initiatives, and primary or secondary schools that showcase a significant con-

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Perfect cities for short breaks LAST week, we showed you three of Europe’s great cities to visit for a short break. Well, sit yourself down, grab a cuppa and learn about three more fabullous destinations that are just perfect for a quick getaway.


Modern Lisbon is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and creative city that has managed to successfully marry the historic with the modern and the traditional with the cutting edge. Lisbon is at its best on languorous summer evenings, when the pavement cafés and riverside restaurants bustle with steamy life. Even in winter, when rain sweeps in off the Atlantic, any brief snatch of sunshine brings the tables back outside, in a city where enjoying life and taking time to appreciate it is still paramount.

Lisbon’s superb natural setting, spread across seven hills and hugging the banks of the wide River Tagus estuary, attracted settlers as far back as 900BC, with the arrival of the Phoenicians. However, most of the city centre Baixa area only dates back to the 18th century, when a large swathe of Lisbon had to be rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1755. Lisbon’s famous fado music mournfully recounts the passing of the maritime golden age and such traumas as the earthquake. However, Lisbonetas today have a renewed spring in their step and have come a long way, in a very short time, from the introspection and fatalism of fado. Getting around Lisbon is all part of the fun, with a city centre that is easily navigable on foot for reasonably fit

▪▪ Spitfire Hall in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

visitors. When the gradients become too much, the rapidly improving metro system is on hand and there is also the bus network, as well as the enjoyable array of clanking trams, bobbing ferries, crawling funiculars and lofty elevadors. São Jorge Castelo also commands impressive vistas, with the rambling Alfama old town rumbling away below the ramparts and the grid-like order of the Baixa visible just to the west. Visitors should head for Lisbon’s once neglected docklands which have been revamped over the last decade, with ▪▪ Riga is an under-visited gem of a city. new shops, bars and restaurants spicing has Europe’s most impressive array of up the old warehouses. Germanic Art Nouveau architecture. A fact recognised by UNESCO, on their RIGA: While the Latvians have come to World Heritage List. Across Bastekalns Park lies the New Ireland in their thousands there’s also been an exodus in the other direction, Town, the commercial and business heart of the city, with its broad avenues albeit for a rather shorter stay. Known throughout east Europe as the and grid-like layout, while further down Paris of the north, Riga is now firmly on river is the city’s sprawling port. Winter can be long, dark and bitter in the tourist map and is the only Baltic the Latvian capital but spring and sumcapital to have a real big-city buzz. Any lingering images of Communist mer days are often blessed with balmy deprivations are quickly blasted away daytime temperatures and long hours by a stroll around this city, with its of daylight. When the sun shines, the city’s nugleaming renovated buildings, its fashion conscious mobile-phone carrying merous parks fill up, tables spill out of youth and the new bars and cafés that cafés and revellers laze along the city seem to be opening just about every- canal in rowing boats, in a scene that is more Mediterranean than Eastern Eurowhere. The focus in Riga has always been pean. firmly on its Old Town, which tumbles towards the banks of the Daugava River GLASGOW: in a maze of cobbles, voluminous spires Glasgow has seen more changes over and impressive squares. the past two decades than almost any It is ironic that the city that was once other British city. besieged and captured by Germany now Once a declining industrial centre

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HEALTH Campaign is encouraging healthy eating for children A CAMPAIGN is encourag- for almost two-thirds of the ing parents to reduce the annual spend on treat foods. The research only includes amount of treat foods given supermarket shopping trips to children. and doesn’t account for purResearch reveals 19 per- chases in outlets such as gacent of the average weekly rage forecourts, cafes and family food shop is spent on cinemas. The research was highly processed ‘treat’ foods carried out to coincide with like crisps, chocolates and the latest phase of START, the sweets. This compares with five-year public health awareonly 10 percent spent on fruit ness campaign from safefood, and 7 percent on vegetables. the HSE and Healthy Ireland. The research found that on The campaign is encouragaverage, families with chil- ing families to take the first dren spent €1,037 last year step towards a healthier lifeon treat foods. In comparison, style for their children by supthe spend on fruit was €521 porting them to start with one and €346 on vegetables. daily win and to persist with Among treat foods, choco- the changes, no matter how late and sweets (€228), sugary difficult they become. Visit drinks (€199), biscuits (€161) and crisps (€129) accounted for more on the campaign.


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Colourful fundraiser is launched locally STARS of RTE’s ‘Young Offenders’ were up to their usual colourful antics last week but this time for a good cause as they announced the line-up of the Irish Cancer Society’s 2018 Colour Dashes. PJ Gallagher, who plays exasperated headmaster Brian in the hit RTE show, was joined by Chris Walley and Alex Murphy, teenage terrors Jock and Conor, for a riot of colour as they urged members of the public to sign up for the fun 5k. Colour Dash, sponsored by Aldi Ireland, takes place in four locations this year: Phoenix Park, Dublin (June 17), NUI Galway (June 10), University of Limerick (June 23) and Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork (June 24). All money raised is used to support cancer patients and to fund vital cancer research. PJ Gallagher said Colour Dash is a fantastic opportunity for families in Ireland to enjoy a fun day out, while helping the 40,000 people who will get a cancer diagnosis this year. “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and I lost my dad to the illness,” he said. “Colour

▪▪ James Sullivan (Aldi Long Mile Road); Darragh McCallion, Pawel Panko and Daniel Maloney (all from Aldi Coolock); and Akacia Lacerda (Aldi Santry) pictured with PJ Gallagher, Chris Walley and Alex Murphy at the launch of Colour Dash 2018. PHOTO: ANDRES POVEDA Dash, sponsored by Aldi, is a fun event with a serious cause at the heart of it. We can all play our part in the fight back against cancer. “Sign up now at cancer. ie/colourdash and help raise crucial funds for cancer research and supports for cancer patients and their loved ones.” Averil Power, chief executive of the Irish Cancer So-

ciety, said: “As the number of Irish people with cancer increases, record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for information, care and support. “Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on money raised through events like Colour Dash to fund vital lifesaving cancer research

and services such as our Night Nurses, Volunteer Drivers and Freephone Cancer Nurseline. “Inject some colour into your summer by taking on a Colour Dash and show your support for people affected by cancer.” Aldi Ireland’s Group Buying Director, Finbar McCarthy, said they are very proud to partner with the

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Countdown is on for the mini marathon ▪▪ David Gillick and Amanda Byram, members of the Vhi support team. PHOTO: BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE 3/30/2018



The event will be moving back to Sunday this year, taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday, June 3 at 2pm. The race is starting at Fitzwilliam Square and finishing on Baggot Street.   The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon has also revealed a new Dublin city centre race number collection venue. Participants will be able to collect their race numbers and soak up the preevent atmosphere at Trinity Sports Centre, Trinity College, on the Friday and Saturday of the June Bank Holiday weekend.  This is the biggest all female event of its kind in the world and Ireland’s largest one day charity fundraising event. Since its inception it has

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The Night of the Party ABOUT THE AUTHOR THE Night of the Party is the fourth book from RTE Morning Ireland presenter, Rachael English. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has always been an enthusiastic reader but only started writing in recent years. Her first novel, ‘Going Back’, was shortlisted for the most-promising newcomer award at the Irish Book Awards and spent two months in the top 10. Her third book, ‘The American Girl’, was a number one best-seller earlier this year. Rachael and her husband live in Dublin.

IT’S JANUARY 1982, and Ireland is in the grip of the biggest snowstorm the country has seen in decades. In the Co Clare village of Kilmitten, the Crossans are holding their annual party. While people drink and dance, a blizzard engulfs the village.

how well they know their neighbours. It becomes clear that whoever was responsible must have been at the party. Fingers are pointed at various people including Tess’s mother who refuses to go to the priest’s funeral. Others claim that Conor’s father, who is the local sergeant, has something to hide. Years pass, and although Kilmitten becomes infamous as the place where a priest was killed, the crime is never solved. The four friends go on to lead very different lives. One follows a traditional path. One becomes world famous. One makes a decision that leads to crippling unhappiness. One drifts. They fall in and out of love. Relations become strained. But they remain connected by their childhood memories. As the 35th anniversary of Fr Galvin’s murder approaches, Conor is going through a personal crisis. A senior police officer, he becomes obsessed with the crime his father failed to solve. He believes that Tom can help to identify the killer, something Tom denies. He also finds that there are people, including his own family, who don’t want him to revisit the past. His quest draws the four friends back together, forcing them to question their lives and to confront their differences. But only Tom can decide whether Kilmitten’s secret will finally be revealed.


Four young friends see the party as an opportunity to have some fun of their own. Tom Crossan, Conor Varley, Tess Fortune and Nina Minogue spend the evening in a shed at the back of the house where they share a stolen bottle of beer and some cigarettes. The beer runs out, and Tom offers to fetch another bottle. When he reaches the house, he spots a familiar figure leaving the kitchen. But when he opens the door, he gets a shock. The parish priest, Fr Leo Galvin, is on the floor. Scared that raising the alarm will get him into trouble, Tom returns to his friends in the shed. He says nothing. The following morning, the news is all over Kilmitten: Father Galvin is dead. The village is besieged by gardaí and journalists. Rumours are traded and locals start wondering

New book explores how the Irish see the meaning of ‘home’ THE Irish pride themselves on being world er is to reach out to both the Irish at home and travellers, but what connects the Irish dias- the diaspora. “It paints a picture that those living abroad will pora back to their homeland while they’re miss their family and friends, and the way they abroad? go on, while it’ll remind those left at home that Scott De Buitléir spent 12 months living in En- they are missed. “The book centres on my own story of returngland looking at how the Irish think about the meaning of home; what causes them to leave, ing to Ireland, but there are many themes which what makes them miss it, and what makes many I hope readers will be able to relate to.” The Irish Outlander is published by MKB Pubreturn after a period of time. The result is his latlishing and available to buy in paperback format est book, ‘The Irish Outlander’. The Irish Outlander follows Scott’s own story, and for Kindle via Amazon. Scott De Buitléir was born in London to Irish as he and his partner prepare to leave their temporary home of Nottingham and return to Ireland parents and raised in Dublin. He holds an honours degree in Modern Irish to settle down in Cork city. During their last year in the UK, the author’s and Welsh, and a Master’s degree in Writing and experiences make him examine and value his Communications in Irish, both from University connection to Ireland and the Irish, from speak- College Dublin. He has worked as a broadcaster, journalist, ing Irish in a Nottingham pub with fellow Gaels, to and columnist, writing for publications across valuing family bonds at home and abroad. The book also combines Scott’s own story with Ireland, Britain, Denmark, and the United States. He has performed at various literary festivals, those of many other Irish people living abroad, who took part in an online survey to discuss the including the Dublin Book Festival, and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. meaning of home to the Irish. in Galway. In 2017, he published his poetry The result is a wide range of thoughtful, heart-warming, and sometimes poignant quotes, collection, Fás | Growth, which covered a decade of his writing in Irish and English. He now lives interwoven throughout the book. Speaking about the release of his latest book, in Cork City, where he is currently working on a Scott says: “The whole point of The Irish Outland- novella, due late 2018.

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Outlander is a fine sturdy people carrier Seán Creedon MUCH OF Mitsubishi’s success in recent years is down to their solid Outlander. It’s a fine sturdy people carrier which comes in five and seven-seat options and two and four-wheel drive. When first launched in 2001, the car was described as a compact crossover. Seventeen years ago it began life as the Airtrek and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX. The original Airtrek name

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of snow I would have liked to have had the four-wheel drive Outlander in early March or over the St Patrick’s weekend to see how it would have performed in snowy conditions. I’m told we had snow in the month of May back in 1947; maybe I will be going back to Mitsubishi for another drive next month! Only available in 2.2-litre diesel in Ireland. Prices start at €32, 500 for the five-seater, while the seven seater starts at €39,900. Road tax

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This spring, ASICS launches a new collection, Sakura, inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom season, which is now available in Intersport Elverys and online www. The new Sakura collection will take pride of place in Intersport Elverys new concept store on Henry Street, which opened in September 2017. The store has been designed using innovative materials derived from, and inspired by, sports gear, so shoppers can experience the fascination of sport in a new and exciting way. As this time of year is synonymous with new beginnings, the Sakura collection provides suitable footwear and apparel for anyone wanting to make a fresh start with their training. With three new models of performance running shoe, the Sakura collection offers excellence in spring style for runners who want to look as good as they feel.




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Dublin City Council Retention Planning Permission is sought by Adele de Brun and Robert Reynolds for alterations to the original two storey semi-detached house at 116 McKee Road, Finglas East, Dublin 11, D11 C970, comprising of a single storey extension to the rear, a single storey extension to the side & front, and associated elevational alterations and site development works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Dublin City Council I, Declan Kinsella, am applying to the above for Retention Permission for the removal of the existing front railings, pedestrian gate and base plinth-wall along front boundary and the formation of gravelled/landscaped area to provide space for private car parking (1 No. space) and storage of wheeled bins to serve the existing 2 storey end-ofterrace at No. 33 Hardiman Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Woodquay, Dublin 8 during it’s public opening hours 9am – 4.30pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Gerald Byrne is applying for permission for the construction of a single storey terraced rear extension consisting of a new kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Extension is flat roofed consisting of two number Velux windows at 58 Glengarriff Parade Phibsboro. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning permission is sought by Gavin & Laura Molloy at 7 Ashington Dale, Navan Road, Dublin 7 for the conversion of the attic space incorporating the changing of the roof profile from hip end to full gable end profile, the building up of the gable end, the installation of a dormer window to the rear roof slope and the installation of a velux type roof-light to the front roof slope. 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 five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We, Starrus Eco Holdings Ltd. Intend to apply for Permission for development at Greenstar Materials Recovery Facility, Millennium Business Park, Cappagh Road, Townland of Grange, Ballycoolin, Dublin 11. The proposed development will consist of the construction of a single storey waste recovery/transfer building within the site of the existing Materials Recovery Facility. Permission is also sought for all associated site works and services. The proposed development relates to an activity covered by an existing Waste Licence No W0183-01 issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed development will not require a review of the Waste Licence. 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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DRAFT WATER ANIMATION STRATEGY Dublin City Council has prepared a Draft Water Animation Strategy for the Docklands. The document addresses how the water amenities of the Docklands area are managed and used and how we hope to increase further the use of these areas. A draft strategy has now been prepared and we are seeking feedback, opinions and comment on the document. The document can be viewed on our webpage: or At Dublin City Council’s Docklands office, Custom House Quay, Docklands, Dublin 1 from 09.00hrs to 16.30hrs Monday to Friday Submissions can be sent by email or post to: Email: Post:

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Closing date for receipt of submissions is Tuesday, 15th May 2018 at 17.00hrs. As a pilot phase in implementing the Strategy, Dublin City Council and Dublin Port Company are inviting expressions of interest for berthing licences of 5 years at particular locations along the River Liffey. For further details, please call or email Dublin City Council’s Docklands Office. Details can be downloaded from the Dublin Docklands webpage at

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning permission is sought by Susanne Crowe for partial demolition of existing single storey extension to rear & construction of a new single storey extension to rear to include a new pedestrian access gate to rear lane to replace existing & for all site & ancillary works located at No. 20 Connaught Parade, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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DCL01P00290 DCC541_Public_Notice_16x2__SP_PD.indd We, Simon Dolphin and Siobhan Dolphin, intend to apply for permission for development at 20 Grove Park Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. The development will consist of of single storey extension to front and side gable of existing two storey semidetached dwelling to provide utility room and playroom (to the side). Proposed works also include construction of porch (to front) and widening existing vehicular access gate. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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Women from the Women4Women Network dlr have spent the past few months researching artists and artworks from the amazing AIB Art Collection. There will be work from artists Dorothy Cross, Tracy Staunton, Sarah Walker, Jackie Nickerson and lots more on show. The exhibition is part of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s 2018 Gallery Programme, which aims to provide lots of opportunities for people of all ages to get involved with the arts. As well as the exhibition there are a variety of events, workshops and tours for all ages to try out.

The Jog for Jigsaw in Tymon Park, Tallaght, on Sunday, April 22 is encouraging everyone to get active in their community in supporting young people’s mental health. Whatever your age or ability, join with your local Jigsaw service to be active in promoting positive mental health for young people in your community by walking, running or jogging 5km for Jigsaw in Tymon Park on the day. It is €15 for adults and €10 for under 26s to register. To sign up visit or register on the day from 9.30am to 10.30am.

▪▪ 7th April 2018 - Lexicon Library, Dún Laoghaire - Pictured at the launch of ‘and the Women voted’, an exhibition of women artists from the AIB art collection were, left to right, Maja Malinowska from Leopardstown. Julia Kashanima from Stepaside. Ekaterina Simankova from Sandyford. Photo by Peter Cavanagh Photography Enjoy yoga to the music of The Grove. Enquiries: contact or


The 27th Supreme Cat Show takes place in Ballinteer Community School, Broadford Road, Ballinteer, on Sunday, April 22. As always, the show offers a unique opportunity for the public to view the ‘Creme de la Creme’ of the cat world, as all exhibits, in order to qualify for the show, have had to win first prize in an Open Class for their particular breed, making it the ‘Crufts’ of the cat world. The Best in Show judging will commence at 4pm with doors open to the public from 12.30 – 5pm. Admission Fees: Adults €6. Children/students/seniors €4

The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, who for the last 19 years exhibited in Dun Laoghaire, is this year moving back to their roots on the Northside of the river on Customs House Quay, in the CHQ Building. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday, April 16 until Sunday, April 29 from 10am to 5pm each day.

The Ashbourne Living History Festival will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 12 midday to 5pm at Swan’s, Curragha, Co Meath. The programme will include living history displays, exhibitions and static displays of military vehicles. Battle re-enactments will feature the 1798 Rebellion and the Irish War of Independence. Admission is free and the festival is a family friendly event. For the latest information follow us here and on Facebook at Battle of Ashbourne 1916 and keep an eye and ear on your local press and radio for more details.



An exhibition, titled ‘Early Christian Swords’, is currently taking place at St Cronan’s Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown Road, Swords, and runs until Saturday, April 27. The Swords area is steeped in history and it was an important centre for Christianity in the early days of the Irish Church. The exhibition is open to all and there is no entrance charge.


finishes up this weekend. The overall programme this year - brought to the city by Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions - focuses on the themes of collaboration and community. Check out for a full list of events taking place around the city.


The Grove Yoga Breakfast will take place from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, April 21 at the Study Hall in St Paul’s College, Raheny. The cost is €20 per person and includes a healthy breakfast after class. All proceeds go to the National Council for the Blind MUSICTOWN of Ireland (NCBI). MusicTown is back with a bang and the ten-day Book online at https//the-grove-yoga-breakfast- musical celebration taking place around the city

There’s league of Ireland soccer action this Friday at Dalymount Park where Bohs take on champions Cork City while south of the Liffey Shamrock Rovers are welcoming Limerick at Tallaght Stadium. In the First Division Shels will be hoping to give their promotion chances a boost against Galway. It’s a great way to round of the week while supporting your local club and watching Ireland’s top league players in action.

Crossword Answers 18 April CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 3 Amidships; 8 Rose; 9 Transient; 10 Spirit; 11 Prate; 14 Whack; 15 Save; 16 Scrub; 18 Ruth; 20 Omega; 21 Sally; 24 Glider; 25 Windfalls; 26 Bore; 27 Threatens. Down: 1 Brushwork; 2 Aspirants; 4 Mart; 5 Donor; 6 Hoists; 7 Pink; 9 Ticks; 11 Party; 12 Eavesdrop; 13 Remarried; 17 Bowls; 19 Handle; 22 Leapt; 23 High; 24 Glen.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 3 Floodgate; 8 None; 9 Beginning; 10 Lieder; 11 Clean; 14 Eaves; 15 Lava; 16 Truss; 18 Chef; 20 Prick; 21 Winch; 24 Arcade; 25 Gallivant; 26 Rope; 27 Component. Down: 1 Influence; 2 Interview; 4 Leer; 5 Oriel; 6 Genial; 7 Tank; 9 Beast; 11 Couch; 12 Navigator; 13 Hackneyed; 17 Spurt; 19 Fillip; 22 Coven; 23 Halo; 24 Anon.



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

▪▪ Enjoying a walk along the Bull Wall in 1969.

▪▪ Irish Press, April 15, 1977

Annie viewers lash Gay

▪▪ Irish Press, April 3, 1993

▪▪ Tram lines being removed from outside Trinity College after the service ended in 1949.

▪▪ Irish Independent, April 16, 1945

▪▪ Irish Press, April 20, 1979

▪▪ Traffic was heavier than usual in Fairview during the bus strike of 1974.



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