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A mother’s gratitude A NORTHSIDE mum who gave birth to triplets despite being diagnosed with cancer has expressed her appreciation to staff at Holles Street Maternity Hospital. Maeve McAuley from Dublin 15 was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, four years before her triplets - Meadow, Madison and Morgan were born prematurely. Maeve recently returned to the hospital to present a cheque for €2,789 to the National Maternity Hospital Foundation to say a big ‘thank you’ to staff.

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Maeve raised the funds by running her first ever 10-mile road race and organising a 12-hour marathon shopping centre collection. Maeve was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, in June 2009, four years before her triplets were born. She had been warned that the chemotherapy she needed to attack the cancer could leave her unable to conceive, but much to her delight she did become pregnant. “By the time I was, it was stage three,” Maeve said. Continued on page 2

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FIVE generations of a Northside family got together in Finglas last week to celebrate a remarkable woman’s very special birthday and shower her in love and gifts. Georgina Hudson was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great, great grandchildren for her 100th birthday. Raised in Dorset Street, Georgina was born in the year that the first Dáil Éireann met in the Mansion House and Constance Markievicz became the first Irish female cabinet minister. Georgina later moved to Finglas and celebrated her incredible long life at the family home on Cappagh Avenue. PHOTO: CONOR Ó MEARÁIN

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“However, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a curable cancer so I was ‘lucky’ in that sense. I ended up having 12 rounds of chemotherapy over six months. “Before the treatment, the doctors warned me that I might not be able to conceive because of the chemotherapy. So I was delighted when I found out I was pregnant. But when I found out it was triplets I was astounded. “My miracle babies were born at 25 weeks. Madison was born first weighing 660grams, Meadow was next weighing just under a lb at 440grams and Morgan was born last and was the biggest at 740 grams. “Meadow was very sick and it was touch and go. Sadly after two days she had a massive pulmonary haemorrhage and passed away. Madison and Morgan ended up spending three and a half months in the neonatal unit. I will be forever grateful to all the staff who worked so hard to save their lives.” Maeve remembers the worrying days, weeks and years she experienced after the births. “Those first four years were the busiest time of my whole life,” she recalled. “Madison was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and needed so much therapy. For the first four years of their lives I felt like I was in a tunnel. “I was overweight and unfit. I started suffering

with anxiety. I would get heart palpitations lying in bed at night. I think it was because I had gone through cancer “I knew I was at a higher risk of it returning and I wanted to be here for my kids. I remember watching Operation Transformation in 2018 and the leader David Cryan was such an inspiration. “His daughter Zoe also has cerebral palsy. It struck a chord with me and I thought if he can do it, so can I.” Maeve turned to local running group, Porterstown Panthers and attended their couch to 5k programme. “I remember that first night. I remember thinking ‘I am going to die’. I was so unfit that it took me a few extra weeks to actually run 5k without stopping but I got there in the end,” said Maeve. Maeve explained how running has given her the opportunity to improve her mental health and make new friends. “Running with the Porterstown Panthers gave me the chance to meet so many new people and make so many friends. When I said I wanted to run the Trim 10 mile and raise money from the NMH Foundation, everyone got behind me by helping me train for the race and by making donations. “Many of the Porterstown Panthers volunteered to do the collection at the local shopping centre too.”

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THE National Council for Special education (NCSE) is to meet with parents in Dublin 15 who are calling for an autism school in the area. A Department of Education and Skills spokesperson told Northside People the NCSE, which is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising on education provision for children with special needs, will meet with the parents “in the coming weeks.” The Autism School Dublin 15 Committee, made up of parents and experts in autism, recently carried out a survey that found 68 percent of local school principals believed they had students who would be better placed in an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specific school. The committee renewed their call earlier this month on Autism Awareness Day, which they say should be Autism ACTION Day. “We are really tired of hearing the platitudes and well meaning, sympathetic words from those with the power to end the relentless torture that we, as parents of children with Autism, have to endure on a yearly basis, simply to find a place for our children to receive an appropriate education,” said committee member, Síle Parsons, on behalf of the group. “Usually, parents of atypical children have to find a place for their child of school going age just once or twice in that child’s 18 years of primary and post-primary education. “A growing number of parents who have children with autism are forced to do so every year because of the inadequate number of places in autism units in mainstream schools and the fact that, in a large proportion of cases, those units cannot cater for children with complex presentations of autism. “This tortuous process can only be described as a form of state sponsored cruel and unusual punishment. And we have had enough of it.” In response, a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills said it was aware of the demand for

additional special class and school placements in the Fingal area of Dublin. “The NCSE, an independent agency of the Department, is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising on education provision for children with special educational needs,” the spokesperson said. “The council ensures that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all children who have been identified as needing special class placements. “The NCSE’s team of locally based special education needs organisers (SENOs) is available to assist and advise parents whose children have special needs and identify available placements. “The team also supports and advises schools in this area. “Parents who are experiencing difficulties in locating a special class or school placement should contact their local SENO.” The Department of Education added that the NCSE is actively engaging with stakeholders involved in the provision of services for children with special educational needs in Dublin, to ensure each child has a school placement appropriate to their needs for the 2019/20 school year. “As part of this process, the NCSE has advised that they will meet with the parents’ group in Dublin 15 in the coming weeks,” the spokesperson added. “Individual school boards of management are responsible for the establishment of special classes. It is open to any school to make an application to the National Council for Special Education to establish specialised provision.” Autism School Dublin 15 is organising a public meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on Monday, April 29, at 8pm to raise awareness of its campaign. The group is calling for support from anybody with a family member with autism or those working with autistic children as well as local politicians who are invited to attend.



Talented duo to represent Finglas MUSICAL duo Tommy McPartlan and Jimmy Moran will be flying the flag for Finglas at the Irish Youth Music Awards National Day and Education Hub taking place at Croke Park on Saturday, May 11. The Education Hub will feature workshops and masterclasses and it marks the launch of Youth

Work Ireland week with other activities and events happening around Ireland. Top acts hosting classes and performing at include The Riptide Movement and The Academic. The National Day will also feature musicians aged 1219, performing across two stages throughout the day with Tommy and Jimmy tacking to the stage as part

of these performances. Tommy and Jimmy will be representing the Finglas Youth Resource Centre and are looking forward to the experience. “We have been working hard with our team learning skills like video production, graphic design, stage management and public relations,” they said.

Irish Youth Music Awards Director, Barry Lennon, said Education Hub had a great line-up and would create a space for young people to get hands on advice, skills and knowledge about the creative and music industries from some of Ireland's best acts. “We believe it’s so important to support

and develop the music and creative industries in Ireland and provide pathways for our future cultural entrepreneurs to develop,” he said. “We are honoured to be a part of this through the work we do in our IYMAs hubs across the island of Ireland and at our National Day in Croke Park, which is all ages and open to

everyone to attend.” Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Alan Swan, said the event was a vital part of RTÉ 2FM’s mission to support young musicians, songwriters and producers. “We have started to see acts that have been involved in the programme to now be part of RTÉ 2FM’s content,” he added.

The winner of the Irish Youth Music Awards will win recording time in a recording studio, a recording session in RTÉ 2FM’s Studio 8 and a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin. They will also produce an album of their own original tracks released on physical CD with a professional design.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Beaumont Hospital THE National Hearing and earlier this month. The centre is a joint Implant Research Centre initiative of Beaumont was officially opened by

Professor Laura Viani and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar cut cake for the children at the opening of the new centre at Beaumont Hospital.

Hospital, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, RCSI and Trinity College, Dublin. It was a wonderful day for all in attendance, including the children of parents from the Happy New Ear and Our New Ears groups. The project was led by Prof Laura Viani, who is a pioneer in the field of cochlear implants and neurotology (neurological disorders of the ear). Dr Viani gave a special welcome to the children and insisted they were first to receive their slice of the cake, cut by the Taoiseach

himself. Dr Viani received a welldeserved standing ovation following her speech. She has changed hundreds of lives in Ireland, for children and adults, over the last 25 years. Many of them were present at the special event in Beaumont. Speech pathologist, Jenny Robertson, and admin team lead, Susan Gray, were also given a special mention as valued members of staff. Dr Viani played a video clip of Emma Dunne (15) being switched on to sound 14 years ago,

Samantha Stephens and her daughter, Eimear, from Castleknock, pictured at the opening of the new centre in Beaumont Hospital. followed by footage of how she is today. Emma then presented the Taoiseach with a souvenir of the day. Ruth Dunne, Emma’s mother, explained how the implant team have impacted their lives.

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Talking the talk! STUDENTS from St Francis Xavier Senior Primary School in Blanchardstown showed they really can talk the talk when they won the recent Concern Primary Debating final. The winning team comprising of Suhani Bhagat, Conrad Whelan and Iria Cordoba were selected from the school’s panel of debaters and researchers that also included Jessica Beagan, Michael Becker, Ava Dixon, Emmet Rogers and Lucy Sweeney. The motion for the final that ‘food waste should be made illegal’ was keenly contested between St Kevin’s of Kilnamanagh and St Francis Xavier with the Dublin 15 school emerging as the champion debaters for 2019. The victorious team from St Francis Xavier Senior Primary School.

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Skatalites mark anniversary with several top Dublin gigs FREQUENTLY credited as the originators of ska, The Skatalites are set to return to Ireland with shows in Dublin as they mark the 55th anniversary of the band. Having played main stage slots at Electric Picnic and Beatyard in the last two years, the July 16 gig in the Button Factory and their Beatyard return at Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the weekend of August 3 and 4, will be some of the band’s first headline shows in Ireland in some time. The original members of The Skatalites had played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. They backed most of the vocalists in Jamaica at that time, including Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe as well as many others. After disbanding in 1965 the individual members

continued playing in various groups as the music evolved from ska to rocksteady to reggae. In the late 70's a resurgence of interest in the music began in the UK which caused the creation of many bands such as The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, The Selecter and Bad Manners. This became known as the Two-Tone era and these British musicians fused rock music with the ska and reggae. In the early 80's the music started to spread to the US and other parts of the world and bands began to emerge playing different flavors of ska and reggae fused with whatever else they wanted to throw in, including hard core, jazz and even punk. In 1983 The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay and subsequently in

London at The Crystal Palace for the UK version of the Sunsplash event. A few years later they began emigrating to America and in 1986 the first US shows began at The Village Gate in NYC. In 1989 the band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour and in 1990 they embarked on their first headline tour of the states and have not stopped touring the world ever since. Their unique infectious brand of real Jamaican ska continues to please audiences of all ages across the globe year after year. This year sees The Skatalites back in the studio recording a new album following 2016’s Platinum Ska and 2017’s The Best of The Skatalites and The Skatalites (Live). Every ska revival band owes a huge debt to The Skatalites.

Frequently credited as the originators of ska, The Skatalites are set to return to Ireland.

More musical laughs as Copper Darkness to shine a light Face Jacks returns for summer PACKED full of craic, huge laughs, culchies, Dubs, lots of shifting and a stellar cast, Copper Face Jacks : The Musical is set to be the smash hit of the summer all over again as extra dates have just been added due to phenomenal public demand. Copper Face Jacks : The Musical will return to the Olympia Theatre from July 10 and will now run until August 10. Tickets from €26 (plus booking fee and €1 restoration levy) for the extra dates are on sale now. The announcement comes hot on the Cuban heels of Johnny Ward's star turn on Dancing with the Stars. Johnny (Love/ Hate, Fair City) returns as Gino Wildes and is reunited with Roseanna Purcell (Red Rock, Fair City) as Noeleen Níc Gearailt. Michele McGrath (The Tudors, Damo and

Ivor) stars as Gretchen Ackerman alongside Stephen O'Leary as Mossy Munnix, Tom Moran as Cormac McCloone, Rachel O'Connell as Lucelita Ni Choncubhair, Kelly Marie Ni Cheallaigh as Therese McQuill, Mark Fitzgerald as Eamon Godly, Shane Fallon as Anto Moran and Daithi O'Donnell as Jeremiah. From the creator of Ross O'Carroll Kelly - Paul Howard, Copper Face Jacks : The Musical is a love story set on the eve of a Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final, when a sweet Kerry girl ends up falling head over her flatshoes for the Captain of the Dublin football team - Gino Wildes. Can love conquer all as these two young sweethearts face massive cultural and linguistic hurdles on their road to happiness/Croker? Copper Face Jacks : The Musical is produced by Kite Entertainment and

Verdant Productions in association with the Olympia Theatre. Original concept and reated by Darren Smith with Paul Howard. Previous reviews have included: ‘A belter of a show...a joy to behold'

(Irish Daily Mail); 'One of the hits of the summer' (Sunday Independent); 'Sheer Hilarity' (The Irish Times); 'Top class' (Irish Mail On Sunday), 'Brilliantly acted and hilariously played' (Irish Mirror).

Johnny Ward and the glamorous cast of Copper Face Jacks get ready to hit the dance floor to celebrate their Olympia Theatre extension.

UK ROCKERS The Darkness have announced a headline Dublin show at the Academy on Wednesday, November 27. The Darkness have announced that they’ll release a new album later this year. It’s entitled 'Easter Is Cancelled', and it’s set to arrive on October 4 via Cooking Vinyl. It’ll be the UK outfit’s first studio album since 2017’s ‘Pinewood Smile’. The Darkness formed in 2000. The band consists of Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and Rufus Tiger Taylor. The Darkness came to prominence with the release of their debut album, 'Permission to Land', in 2003. Front man Justin Hawkins says: “We live in dark times. As powerhungry clowns cast a shadow of despair across this land, our people cower in tumbledown hovels. The birds do not sing and the children

UK rock band The Darkness have announced a headline Dublin show. do not dance. Hope is crushed. “Where are the heroes that this world needs? Where are the heroes that this world deserves? Cast aside despair, people, for the tide will turn! “We are men in tight costumes and we are ready to fight with every weapon that our forefathers have

bequeathed – the guitar axe, the drum hammer, and the bejewelled codpiece. “Nor shall we be cowed by the nay-sayers, nor shall we be bought off by the money lenders, nor gagged by the pious indifference that pours from the orifices of the clown-lords.” Quite.



Dementia-friendly concert held in New Cross College NURSING home clients, nurses and carers along with students, teachers and staff from New Cross College, Finglas, were treated to a dementia

friendly concert earlier this month. The National Concert Hall and the HSE Odin’s Wood Day Care Centre brought the Tea Dance

Tunes event to the college. Staff and clients from Odin’s, Sean Chara, Nethercross, St Mary’s Hospital, Beneavin

Students from New Cross College with Coleen and Nigel from the National Concert Hall, Mairead O’Brien, Home School Community Liaison Teacher and Paula Bermingham, manager of HSE Odin’s Wood Day Care Centre.

Lodge and Manor and Carechoice Nursing Home joined the students, parents and teachers for an afternoon of music that demonstrated the positive impact music has on those with dementia. The Finglas students, under the leadership of home school community liaison teacher, Mairead O'Brien, undertook an educational training session to build a generation of dementia friendly students. And now New Cross College can proudly say that all of its students have a greater understanding of dementia. Sandra Browne of HSE Odin’s Wood Day Care Centre, said: “Music helps enhance the senses and recall for people with dementia. Music also has a positive impact on those with dementia and their carers.”

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DUBLIN City Council is being urged to explore Paula Bermingham, ‘group switching’ to help manager at Odin’s Wood social housing tenants Day Care Centre, thanked save money on utility the National Concert Hall bills. and the management, Fingal County Council staff, students and parents has approved a motion to of New Cross College examine group switching “for the enthusiasm with whereby tenants can avail which they greeted our of discounts if they all sign proposal and embraced up to the same service the idea of getting the for gas, electricity or students involved in Tea broadband. Dance Tunes and creating Social Democrats local awareness around election candidate, dementia.” Patricia Roe, says Dublin She also thanked City Council should also Micheal Doyle Funeral look into group switching. Director for their financial “My party colleague, support in bringing the Cllr Cian O’Callaghan, put event to fruition. forward the motion in at The National Concert the April meeting of Fingal Tasty Tasty dishes dishes Hall hopes to replicate the County Council,” she said. idea of intergeneration Trusted Trusted service service “At the moment, Tea Dance Tunes on the over a million Irish Easy Easy to to cook cook households overpay for Southside of the city.

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Blind dogs can be perfect pets WHETHER born blind or having lost sight through age, illness or accident, dogs are amazingly adaptive to life without sight and owning and training a blind dog can be a hugely rewarding experience. Considerate communication will give your blind dog the right kind of support to help them understand the world around them. Here are some safety tips: • Blind dogs learn to navigate their usual environment but might struggle in unfamiliar places so keep them on-lead and go slowly so they can acclimatise. Within the home keeping furniture in the same place will help your dog feel safe! • Padding sharp corners (i.e. coffee tables) and placing mats next to entrances/exits, or under water/ food bowls can help your dog learn to feel their surroundings! • In public spaces, it’s best to keep your dog on a long lead so there’s no risk of panic should they become separated from you. • Having a special word such as “careful” can help warn about obstacles. With repetition they will learn to slow down and feel around with their feet when they hear you

say “careful”. LIVING WITH YOUR BLIND DOG. • Be consistent with rules and routines, so they can be confident and unlikely to become confused about their environment and interactions. • Most blind dogs will be startled if touched when they are asleep or not expecting it. You can help your dog to get used to this by gently touching

them and immediately giving them a treat. Most blind dogs soon learn that being surprised is not necessarily a bad thing. However, occasionally a dog might become aggressive when surprised, as a means of communicating that they are worried and need to be left alone in order to feel safe. If your dog reacts in this way or

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appears to become increasingly more startled when practising this, you should stop right away and contact a qualified behaviourist to support you reduce your dog’s anxiety. • Touch should always be positive for any dog, especially blind dogs so try not to interact with your blind dog when you are feeling frustrated or angry about anything, as they might sense this feeling from you and become worried or confused as they can’t understand why you are feeling this way. • Instead of allowing people to come straight over and pet them, always allow your dog to approach a person in their own time, and only if your dog chooses to. • If you have other pets in the home, keeping a bell on their collars can help your blind dog know where they are. • Blind dogs can get anxious if you have left the room without them noticing, always tell your dog that you are leaving. You can use a special word or phrase such as “back soon”! TRAINING YOUR BLIND DOG Most importantly, you will need plenty of patience and time for training. You will also need plenty of imagination, because sound, touch and smell are key with a dog that can’t





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e h t f o G DO WEEK The Dublin People has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Top dogs this week is Bliss, a stunning 7-yearold male Greyhound with a heart of gold. He is a chilled out, calm boy who loves cuddles, meeting new people, food and a comfy bed to snooze on. Bliss is looking for a family who can give him all the rubs and cuddles he deserves. He is such a gentle boy who can live with young children and doesn’t mind sharing his castle with another dog. Bliss has partially impaired vision, but our Training and Behaviour Advisors will be happy to assist his new family with training or concerns they may have about this. If you're looking for a relaxed couch potato, Bliss is the right dog for you! If you have room in your heart and home for Bliss, then contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

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Dublin’s finest SEVEN individuals and a voluntary organisation were the recipients of a Lord Mayor’s Award at the Mansion House recently. These are people and groups who have made a special contribution to this great city and its citizens. The 2019 recipients were: Kellie Harrington (boxer), John Sheahan (musician), Marie Tyrrell (manager of Larkin Centre), Norah Casey (broadcaster,

publishing entrepreneur and equality rights campaigner), parkrun Ireland (volunteer-led free-to-enter 5k run), Christy Dignam (singer), Aoife McGivney (nurse who performed life-saving CPR on a bus driver when he fell ill) and Noel Carroll (Irish middle distance runner who set European and World Records in the 1960s) – posthumous award. Lord Mayor Nial Ring said

the ceremony is one of the highlights of his term of office. “I have chosen to honour individuals and a group from many different walks of life,” he said.   “However, all of them have one thing in common: they have enriched all our lives in some way, whether through music, sporting achievements or simply their work in supporting and caring for others.

This acknowledgement of their contribution is richly deserved.” The wonderful work the volunteers do in supporting people in keeping fit is to be applauded.” The Lord Mayor added: “I congratulate all the recipients and thank them on behalf of the people of Dublin for their contribution to this great city.”

Lord Mayor Nial Ring presenting the Lord Mayor’s Award to north inner city boxer Kellie Harrington.

Lord Mayor Nial Ring presenting The Lord Mayor’s Award to lead singer of Aslan Christy Dignam and John Sheahan from The Dubliners.

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Best beaches for a sun holiday MAKRONISSOS BEACH, AYIA NAPA Secluded white sands lead to the azure ocean in this Blue Flag beach. Makronissos beach is actually two beaches, the Western beach and the main Makronissos beach itself. The main beach tends to get a little more crowded, especially in the summer, while the west beach is quieter, and thanks to its more open position tends to have better waves. If you’re planning on a little surfing or body-boarding, this is the beach to choose. The eastern main beach is protected from the prevailing winds, so the sea is calmer and great for the kids. Being a former reef, the peninsula is home to a variety of Praia do Camilo, Portimao interesting rock formations. There are some ancient tombs, which make it an interesting beach also. Makronissos Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus €689 - 3* Green Bungalows S/C –Sept 9  - 7 Nights   TORREVIGÍA BEACH BENALMÁDENA Torrevigía Beach is in Benalmádena and is a blue flag beach. It’s also a hidden secret and one of the quietest in the area. It has formed in a small nook on the Malaga coastline. It is near to Selwo Marina Delfinarium and Tivoli World and so ideal for families. Torrevigía Beach, Benalmádena €629 – 3* San Fermin Hotel B&B (free upgrade to half board) – 04th May – 7 nights Bitez, The Bodrum Peninsula, PRAIA DO CAMILO, PORTIMAO Turkey €399 – 3* Summer Garden S/C This blue-flag beach and the neighbouring Praia Dona Ana (where – 01st June – 7 Nights Bitez is a small charming resort there are cave tours by boat) grace surrounded by citrus groves. It is many a postcard of the Algarve. a laid-back resort with a relaxed Admire the magnificent rocks, atmosphere, with turquoise waters, some rising 70ft from the Atlantic. tiny coves, beaches, tranquillity and Torrevigía Beach Benalmádena These rock formations protect the stunning scenery in abundance. beach from the wind of the azure The sand and shingle beach with its blue ocean for sunbathing and shallow waters makes it perfect for swimming. families and ideal for windsurfing Praia do Camilo, Portimao – €399 and other water sports. - 3*+ Estrela Do Vau S/C – Sept 21 – 7 Nights IT’S really all about the beach on our summer holidays. The quality, breadth, sand quality and serenity of a beach can make or break a summer holiday. Seduced by far-flung heat and the exotic tropics, it is easy to forget that some of the best beaches in the world are a couple of hours from home. Europe is blessed with some of the world's most sensational coastlines. Great long stretches of golden sand, secret coves, the calm blue-green waters of the Mediterranean; and the strong Atlantic waves to play in. Sunway has done the work for us and highlighted the best beach destinations for you and your family this summer. Call 01-2311800 to book any of the breaks featured below or visit www. for more options.   PRAIA DE ALVOR Much loved by locals and visitors alike, Alvor’s blue-flag beach is a big, open beach stretching for several kilometres. It’s particularly popular for kite-surfing, but you can also rent pedalos or kayaks and the waters are beautifully calm. Its white sands are picture perfect and contrast with the clear, blue waters. The long boardwalk takes you through the beautiful Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve where you can see exotic birds in their natural habitat. Praia de Alvor Alvor - €399 -  3*+ Prainha Village S/C –Sept 21 – 7 Nights

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Report highlights youth needs A REPORT has been launched that aims to identify and analyse the current, emerging and aspirational needs of hard to reach 14-24 year olds living in the north east inner city. ‘Reach Out – Identifying and enabling positive and sustainable pathways for “Hard to Reach” young people in the North East Inner City’, also aims to identify gaps and blocks to these young people’s engagement with services and supports. Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, launched the report on behalf of Young People At Risk

(YPAR) at an event in St Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street in the north inner city. The research was carried out by the University of Limerick and funded by the NEIC Initiative. The NEIC Initiative was established by central government following the spate of feud related shootings and deaths in the area. “Hard to Reach” is defined by YPAR as young people experiencing difficulties with relationships, education/training, employment, and health who are caught up in damaging criminal,

anti-social and/or at risk activities, and are not engaging on a consistent and voluntary basis with local social supports and services. According to the report, young people at risk in the north east inner city present with a range of complex needs and vulnerabilities including adverse childhood experiences, substance misuse, mental health issues, trauma, and dual diagnosis, along with learning and behavioural difficulties. Several of the issues impacting the lives of young people are interconnected, as has been demonstrated

internationally. According to the OECD, mental health issues, socio-economic disadvantage and youth vulnerabilities are strongly linked. It is hoped that the findings, conclusions and recommendations

contained in the report will inform more collaborative multiagency responses and enable the development of effective social inclusion and developmental pathways for young people. YPAR is an action

focused interagency network of statutory, voluntary and community projects and services including the HSE, TUSLA, An Garda Síochána, the Probation Service/Irish Youth Justice, Dublin City Council, CDETB,

Inner City Organisations Network (ICON), and other voluntary and community children and youth organisations, working to support, facilitate, and implement an integrated approach to meeting the needs of young people at risk.

Public Consultation Information Events A series of information events are being held about the BusConnects core bus corridors project public consultation. The core bus corridors project aims to deliver 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors in Dublin. The public consultation for the sixteen core bus corridors is taking place on a phased basis and will run until May 2019. The public consultation for Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 is open until 30th April. Phase 3 is open until 31st May. The 2 events below are in addition to those previously advertised.

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Fingal County Council Fergus Flanagan Architects on behalf of Mairead Ryan & Michael Murphy, intend to apply for permission for development at 92 Georgian Village, Castleknock, Dublin 15. D15 HH24. The development will consist of: 1. Retain the existing first-floor side windows. 2. Replacing the rear chimney with a bay window, reduce the rear ground-floor glazing area, reduce one proposed rear first-floor window size, internal alterations and all associated site works to that previously granted under planning ref no. FW18B/0044. 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.

Fingal County Council Declan & Marguerite Quinn, 14 College Gate, Castleknock, Dublin D15 V3YW , wish to apply for Planning Permission for development at the above address. The Development will consist of the demolition of existing kitchen extension, conservatory and porch, the construction of a single storey flat roofed utility side extension (12m2), rear kitchen & dining room pitched roof extension (50m2), new front porch (3m2), internal alterations and associated site works all to existing detached 2 ½ storey dwelling. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Brendan and Jennifer McGuirk intend to apply for (i) permission and (ii) retention permission for development at the front of 479 Collins Avenue West, Dublin 9. The proposed development consists of building a 1.8m high x 0.8m wide wall at the west side boundary of the dwelling to incorporate the electricity meter being moved from the converted garage to an external termination box unit in the proposed wall. The retention permission consists of a new wall and bay window at the front of the garage/utility conversion at the side of the house and raising the flat roof of the original garage/utility room to meet the ceiling heights of the house. The works include all associated internal and site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application 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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How long are you together? Three and a half years. How long have you been engaged? We got engaged last November, three years to the day from when we met. How did you meet? We met at a Gavin James concert. We were standing near each other on the balcony and we both couldn’t stop looking over! We went on a date the following week and never looked back. It’s become a yearly tradition to go to a Gavin James concert to celebrate.

How did you propose? Laura was turning 30 and, knowing I was going to propose, I planned a surprise trip to Disneyland Paris for us and our little boy. I carried the ring in my pocket for two nights until finally I found the right moment to ask the question, under the Princess Castle. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for each other? The Paris engagement is definitely the most romantic moment we have had, but we are just an average modern couple trying to fit time for ‘us’ in our busy lives. Sometimes romance is a takeaway and a bottle of wine after a tough week. What would your ‘first dance’ song be? Gavin James - ‘The Book of Love’. What would it mean to win this prize? We became an ‘instant

Karl Whariskey and Laura Denham. family’ when we got together as I have a little boy. Karl became a dad overnight, and our little

man adores him. For us to get married would mean becoming an official family. We hope that Karl

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Be An Irish Explorer About The Author BEX Shelford lives in Co Dublin near the sea. She can actually see the sea from her house if she presses her head against the bathroom window. She has learnt the hard way not to do this while brushing her teeth. She is a teacher and art therapist. She has a most magnificent husband and two fantastically awesome children. She might be biased. She knows everyone is imaginative and creative and wishes people would not get too worried about whether they can draw something that looks like something, because that is called ‘representational drawing’, not creativity.

THIS new adventure book is the ultimate boredom buster for young minds As we enter the season of longer days and warmer weather, staycations and visits to relatives in distant counties beckon on the horizon. Often with these come long car journeys, and worse still the burden of keeping children entertained on said car journeys. This 2019, choose books over screens to keep your little ones busy. Be An Irish Explorer, a unique new adventure book from Bex Shelford, is the perfect boredom buster, keeping children engaged whilst stealthily educating them on Ireland’s offerings. Each page of Be An Irish Explorer has a different location, from Newgrange to Bunratty, the Giant’s Causeway to the Cliffs of Moher. Activities include drawing the sights, designing your own postcards, colouring Irish dancing dresses and creating your own comic. You will learn all about Saint Patrick, discover every county’s GAA team

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Frank Connolly’s ‘A Conspiracy of Lies’ is launched IRISH Actor Stephen Rae officially launched Frank Connolly’s novel ‘A Conspiracy of Lies’ in Dublin recently at City Assembly House. Frank has drawn from his personal experience on the streets of Dublin on the day of the Dublin Monaghan bombings to create his debut novel. In A Conspiracy of Lies, Dubliners Ange Whelan and Joe Heney are brought together by the effect of the bombings on their lives. These two young people then set out on a quest to discover who is responsible, facing confrontation with dark forces in Irish and British society. This thriller is set among the cultural and political life of Dublin in the 1970s. Angie and Joe's relationship deepens as they delve into the shocking political and criminal landscape surrounding those in high places with the blood of innocents on their hands. But the more they find out, the deeper they become embroiled in a world they don't understand, and the consequences could be devastating Published by Mercier Press, A Conspiracy of Lies, is available nationwide and online. Frank Connolly is an investigative

journalist who has written extensively on current affairs and politics in Ireland over the past 30 years. His journalism contributed to the establishment of two judicial tribunals into planning and police corruption. He has worked with numerous Irish media organisations over the years and has been a regular contributor on radio and television news and current affairs programmes. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he has also lectured in journalism and regularly appears at book and cultural festivals and events to promote his work. He is currently Head of Communications at SIPTU. His previous books include Tom Gilmartin: the Man who brought down a Taoiseach and NAMA-Land, and he is the editor of The Christy Moore Songbook.

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Put the head down on the pillow and wake up in the morning with hydrated skin. This ultra lightweight facial moisturiser, designed to be used under a separate sun protection by day or alone at night, the noncomedogenic formula, ideal for those with normal to dry skin, is rich in ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. A highly efficient moisturiser, the MVE delivery system ensures it continues to be effective long after the initial application, offering long-lasting hydration and helping to restore the protective skin barrier. For more information about CeraVe visit CeraVe can be found in pharmacies nationwide.

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20 House & Home


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experts have considered all the different characteristics and maintenance of each material and have come up with a guide that paves the pathway to finding your perfect outdoor partner. Stone has a natural place in the garden, so Neptune uses two types for its Hudson, Monaco and Provence garden collections. Their Hudson tables, for instance, uses composite stone, a glass-reinforced concrete that looks like stone and behaves like stone, but is far lighter and stronger than some natural stones. Granite, an incredibly tough natural stone, is the choice for their

Provence and Monaco ranges. Both designs have a thinner profile, which is why natural stone is an option. All Neptune stone is sealed to protect it from the elements so it can be left uncovered outdoors for years and will fare just fine. Wood also wears rather well, and the two types of sustainably sourced timber Neptune uses in its timber collections, teak and acacia, are both known for their durability, longevity and impressive resistance to rot. Strong and easy to live with, both are treated to give them extra layers of protection from weather

and staining. While teak will see colour changes within the first few months, you can slow down its silvering by applying oils to maintain its goldenbrown appearance. However, if you are content to see it silver, and many homeowers are, teak needs very little maintenance. Similarly, acacia can be left to the elements, or oiled to prevent it taking on a dark grey tone, but because Neptune generally protects it with tabletops, acacia asks for very little help. Wicker is synonymous with garden furniture. For their weave collections, Neptune use a tough resin fibre, an 'all-

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22 Employment/Business


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job, you breathe a sigh of relief and relax. It’s all downhill from HAVING nailed the here, isn’t it? Not quite. interview, and accepted an offer to start your new While signing your

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to institute yourself as a valuable member of the team. First impressions are important and you only get to make one. Good first impressions allow you to establish yourself as someone recognised as smart, motivated, and possessing the potential to progress. The chances are that you have never met most of the people you are working with, so you have a clean slate on which to make your mark. For the first few weeks of a new job, co-workers will cut you some slack. They assume you don't know how everything works, so use this time to ask questions. Bring a pad and write down answers to make

Don’t rest on your laurels when you get your new job. sure it sinks in. A good tip is to hold queries until the end of the day as they are often answered in the normal course of things. This also stops you butting in with a question every five minutes and coming across as though you aren’t grasping things. Familiarise yourself with new systems and work practices, ask pertinent questions, and look for training early on, because whereas people are happy to help when you first join the company, if you are asking what your system login is after two months their patience may begin to wear thin! It’s important to

First impressions are important and you only get to make one. Good first impressions allow you to establish yourself as someone recognised as smart, motivated, and possessing the potential to progress introduce yourself around in a new organisation. Get to know who does what, and who makes the decisions. Knowing the key players allows you to do your job better. Try to avoid getting sucked in to gossip about co-workers. Be polite to those who are spreading it, but take people as

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you find them. This is an opportunity to progress in a new company, so don't make enemies when you don't need to. During the early days of a new job, try to have an input in meetings and during work. Come up with suggestions and insights that mark you out as someone who is sharp, confident and who knows their stuff. Be careful not to come across as a know it all, or to impose yourself too aggressively, and remember not to say things like: “this is not how we used to do things in my old job”. You aren't in Kansas now! People are most interested in what works in the here and now and for the future. Finally, don’t rest on your laurels. It should be said, that probation periods are two-way streets (allowing the company to assess you, but also allowing you to see if the job is really what you want), but once you decide you want the job, don't let your performance drop after you are confirmed as a permanent employee. Keep contributing and mark yourself out as one to be watched. A new job is a new leaf. Be confident, make yourself invaluable and you might find opportunities present themselves for progression and salary increases. • Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit www. or call 01-8456312.

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Entrepreneurs put to the test at bootcamp THE 18 applicants shortlisted at last month’s Fingal ‘Celebrating Entrepreneurship’ Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) breakfast seminar, took part in an intensive two-day Business Bootcamp. The bootcamp included business workshops, networking opportunities and, more importantly, giving the finalists the chance to prepare their ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch for the county final. It was organised by Entrepreneur’s Academy on behalf of the four Dublin Region Local Enterprise Offices (LEO). The Fingal IBYE Final will take place on May 2 in the Atrium County Hall, Swords, and is being organised by LEO Fingal. With an IBYE investment fund of €50,000, Fingal LEO will award up to six investments to three category winners and three runners-up at county level. Category winners will go forward to represent Fingal in the Dublin regional finals on June 12, and ultimately the National Final in September. Now in its fifth year, IBYE is run by all 31 LEOs and is supported by the

In brief

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Speaking ahead of the County Final, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Anthony Lavin, said: “In Fingal we have a very entrepreneurial young population that are continually looking for ways

to develop their business. “Fingal County Council, through the Local Enterprise Office, will ensure they are given every opportunity for their businesses to flourish.”

MCDONALD’S Ireland has reopened its Mary Street restaurant following a major refurbishment. The investment of €650,000 will create an additional 13 jobs for the city centre restaurant. The Mary Street restaurant is operated by franchisee Sean Quirke and employs over 45 people at present.  The latest refurbishment will see employment at the restaurant go up to 58 people. The revamped outlet will now feature a host of new digital facilities, all designed with changing customer needs in mind. Speaking about the restaurant reopening, Mr Quirke said: “I am very proud of the changes we have made to our Mary Street restaurant. It is important to us to offer the best family-friendly facilities and services.”

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7. On the surface, there’s nothing in a piece of stage scenery (6) 8. See 9 Down 10. Interim arrangement for rail-heads (7) 11. In communication a message includes the titles (5) 12. Turns and departs (4) 13. Made fun of the conductor, by the sound of it (5) 17. Trunks that hold water, we hear (5) 18. In court a substitute for nothing (4) 22. Short extract from the Easter Services (5) 23. Mysterious utterances that could become so clear (7) 24. Text-book used by the organist (6) 25. The running track sounds rough (6)

7. Anele (6) 8. Winner (6) 10. Host (7) 11. Cape (5) 12. Country (4) 13. Robust (5) 17. Titan (5) 18. Staff (4) 22. Lift (5) 23. Sideways (7) 24. Hue (6) 25. Cave (6)


ANSWERS April 17th

1. Jeer (7) 2. Order (7) 3. Genuflect (5) 4. Glutinous (7) 5. Seat (5) 6. Stop (5) 9. Oblong (9) 14. Sadly pensive (7) 15. Messenger (7) 16. Roof (7) 19. Trauma (5) 20. Meadow (5) 21. Cut of beef (5)

1. Freight charge - take trouble about the label (7) 2. Nearly everybody carrying weapons is scared (7) 3. Little room for the vehicle at home (5) See answers on the following page 4. Absorbing examples of marine life (7) 5. In the main, they’re used as steering wheels (5) 6. One will leave the carriage in pursuit (5) 9 & 8 Across. Metaphorically speaking, statistics provided by the orator (7,2,6) 14. One farm overseer redeployed (7) 15. They bawl when schoolboys make them! (7) 16. Female in the forefront is not allowed freedom of movement (7) 19. Kind of collection to impress (5) 20. Hoist a kind of winger (5) 21. Stick to a veto all round (5)









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SWEET CHARITY IN BALDOYLE Baldoyle Musical Society presents 'Sweet Charity', from April 23-27 at 8pm at St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic movie, which features such hits as 'Rhythm of Life', 'Hey Big Spender', and 'If They Could See Me Now'. Tickets are priced at €15, and €12 for concessions and groups (of 10 and over). Book at 085-1378329 or


Donabate Portrane Dramatic Society is hitting the boards again with Eric Chappel's hilarious 'Haywire'. Alec Firth, a bookseller, and his beautiful assistant Liz have carefully plotted a top-secret trip to Marbella while his wife Maggie is away at the Tulip Fields for Easter, but they haven't reckoned on the ability of Alec's family (including the dog!) to throw a spanner in the sangria. ‘Haywire’ runs from Wednesday to Saturday, April 24-28 at 8pm in Donabate Community College. Phone 086-0712530 for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Swords Viewfinders Photography Club is holding its annual photography exhibition at the Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre, Main Street, Malahide until May 1. Approximately 100 images will be on display, covering a wide range of subjects. There is free admittance to the exhibition for all visitors. For more information visit www.

Located only 2.5km from the city centre, Glasnevin is a peaceful oasis in bustling urban Dublin. Opened in 1832, the cemetery is one of monumental national importance encapsulating the history of Ireland and is the burial place of over 1.6 million people. Passionate, knowledgeable and entertaining guides take you on a journey through Ireland’s fascinating past, visiting the gravesides of Ireland’s heroes and heroines, rogues, rebels and revolutionaries. Glasnevin offers a window into Irish history and the tours are filled with enjoyable anecdotes and wry stories that bring it to life. THE O’CONNELL TOWER – 1ST ANNIVERSARY This April, Glasnevin celebrates the first anniversary since the reopening of the O’Connell Tower. The cemetery’s founder, legendary Irish statesman Daniel O’Connell is buried in an ornate crypt beneath the spectacular round tower, the tallest of its kind in Ireland, standing at 180ft. Following a bombing in 1971, the monument has been restored to its former glory and is now accessible to visitors. Climb the 198 steps to spectacular views of Dublin, Wicklow and the Irish Sea. To mark the anniversary Glasnevin are running a haiku competition giving applicants the chance to win complimentary passes and a bespoke Glasnevin poster. To be in with a chance to win, write a haiku related to either Daniel O’Connell or the tower itself and post on the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum Facebook page by May 17th using the #oconnellhaiku hashtag. DAILY GUIDED TOURS TheGeneral History Tour visits the gravesides of the inspirational figures that shaped the Ireland we know today including Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera, Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O’Connell, Grace Gifford, Maud Gonne and Countess Markievicz. This tour runs at 11:30am and 2:30pm daily, with additional tours running during the summer months. The Dead Interesting Tour offers an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland’s largest cemetery holds and the history within its walls.


Learn of its sculpture, symbolism, architecture, sporting heroes, natural life and the lesser known stories of extraordinary lives and extraordinary events. This tour runs at the weekends and on Bank Holiday Mondays at 1:00pm. UPCOMING MAY EVENTS Dead Interesting ‘National Drawing Day’ Tour @1pm on Saturday, 18th May. This Dead Interesting Tour will have an additional focus on the beautiful architecture and sculpture found in abundance throughout Glasnevin. Sketch or photograph your surroundings as you wander through Ireland’s largest cemetery with your knowledgeable guide. The cemetery is a treasure trove for genealogists, history-buffs and anyone with an interest in Irish history. Each burial record has been digitized and information is available online or through resident genealogist, Lynn Brady. Glasnevin’s mission today remains as it was handed from Daniel O’Connell “to bury people of all religions and nonewith dignity and respect” and to preserve and honour the heritage of past generations, serve and respect the needs of the present generation and provide a legacy for future generations. Not convinced? Go and see for yourself! W: T: +353 (0)1 882 6550 E: Group Bookings: booking@ Opening Hours: (open daily) Summer (April – September): 10am - 6m Winter (October – March): 10am – 5pm

The Inchicore Literary Festival simultaneously celebrates the three world-renowned poets associated with the area namely Thomas Kinsella, Michael Hartnett and Francis Ledwidge. On Friday, April 26, the Gala Launch at 7pm will feature a talk on the work of poet Thomas Kinsella that will be given by Gerald Dawe, Professor of English Trinity College. Saturday 27 starts at 11am with a showing of a 'Necklace of Wrens' with a general discussion on Michael Hartnett and his sojourn in Inchicore followed by Lunch at 1pm. At 2.30pm Desmond Egan Director of The Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer School will give a talk on Michael Hartnett that will be chaired by Poet Bernie Jameson with a response by Poet Eithne Cavanagh. Sunday 28 features a showing of Behind the Closed Eye with a general discussion on Francis Ledwidge with lunch at 1pm.

FROM BALLOTS TO BULLETS’ A typist in Dublin Castle and spy for the IRA; a priest who rebelled against the British and his own church; and a playwright who spread the republican message coast to coast across America: these are just some of the personal stories told in ‘From Ballots to Bullets: Ireland 1918-1919’, an exhibition which draws on the National Library of Ireland (NLI)’s rich collections to paint a picture of two tumultuous years in Irish life. It’s free to visit, and is open seven days weekly: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 12noon to 5pm on Sundays. The exhibition runs in the NLI’s National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar until Sunday, May 26. For more information, visit

Crossword Answers April 24th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 7 Afloat; 8 Speech; 10 Termini; 11 Names; 12 Goes; 13 Guyed; 17 Boles; 18 Love; 22 Terse; 23 Oracles; 24 Manual; 25 Course. Down: 1 Cartage; 2 Alarmed; 3 Cabin; 4 Sponges; 5 Helms; 6 Chase; 9 Figures of; 14 Foreman; 15 Howlers; 16 Leashed; 19 Stamp; 20 Crane; 21 Baton.


Across: 7 Anoint; 8 Victor; 10 Compere; 11 Cloak; 12 Land; 13 Stout; 17 Giant; 18 Pole; 22 Hoist; 23 Lateral; 24 Colour; 25 Cavern. Down: 1 Catcall; 2 Command; 3 Kneel; 4 Viscous; 5 Stool; 6 Brake; 9 Rectangle; 14 Wistful; 15 Courier; 16 Ceiling; 19 Shock; 20 Field; 21 Steak.

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

An aerial view of the former Red Island Holiday Camp in Skerries.

Irish Press, April 11, 1969

Freeman’s Journal, April 30, 1874

Irish Independent, April 4, 1934

The mailboat train in Dún Laoghaire in the 1920s.

Freeman’s Journal, April 21, 1908

Evening Herald, April 15, 1938








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