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Crack dealers target addicts

Tiger Power! Karen Clince (left) of Tigers Childcare with Deborah Somorin, Founder of Empower the Family. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE

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UNSCRUPULOUS drug dealers are preying on former heroin addicts to try and get them hooked on crack cocaine, a Ballymun councillor has claimed. Cllr Noeleen Reilly (Ind) issued the warning less than a month after the launch of a new awareness campaign developed by the Ana Liffey Drug Project (ALDP) and the HSE. Ireland ranks fourth highest in EU for use of cocaine and Cllr Reilly believes the problem is getting worse. Continued on page 2




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Castleknock is owner and managing director of Tigers Childcare and she’s joined forces with Empower the Family, which aims to break the poverty and homeless cycle for lone young parents. Empower the Family is

the brainchild of Deborah Somorin, who was homeless at 13, pregnant at 14 and a single mum at 15. Despite many obstacles, Deborah was determined to finish her education to Continued on page 2

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price of crack in Dublin health professionals. Continued from page 1 are also being used by City has reduced (€20Minister of State for these people to deal drugs €25 per rock), meaning Health Promotion & the in communities across “You would have to that it is therefore more National Drugs Strategy, Dublin.” be living under a rock accessible to people who “Some communities are Catherine Byrne, said not to see that Dublin is couldn’t have otherwise recent figures that show at their wits end. People experiencing a serious afforded it.” an increase in those don’t feel safe in certain problem with crack Cocaine remains the seeking treatment for areas anymore.” cocaine in the last year,” third most common drug Anna Liffey Drug Project cocaine use was of real she said. Speaking of how “Even though I had my Continued from page 1 reported among people concern. “Drug task forces across (ALDP), which runs an Empower the Family children very young, “This evidence supports presenting to treatment in the capital will all tell you outreach needle and aligns with Tigers my mother taught me achieve her career goals syringe programme based what we are hearing from Ireland. we have a problem. Childcare’s ethos, that this shouldn't limit and provide for her son. In 2016, 12.3 percent of some services on the “The affect this is having out of Middle Abbey Karen says: “From the my ambitions,” she She completed an cases reported problem ground that cocaine use, Street, has handed out on communities is very start Tigers Childcare explained. Accounting and Finance cocaine use, the highest and in particular crack hundreds of reusable worrying. has encouraged “I could still go to degree in DCU in 2014 proportion since 2010. cocaine use, is on the crack pipes since it “We have seen an inclusiveness, with all college and pursue a with the help of Focus Since 2014 there has been rise,” she added. launched a pilot scheme increase in crime related children treated equally career. Ireland and went on a steady increase in the “Since 2017, a number regardless of background to those addicted trying to in April 2017. “She encouraged me to complete a Masters proportion of new cases of communities have Last month the ALDP and all government-aided feed their habits. to study at night for my in Accounting in 2015, for treatment reporting reported seeing an and the HSE launched “Drug dealers are programmes accepted in degree while working, which helped earn her a cocaine as a main increase in crack use, preying on former heroin the #DoYouUseCocaine each of our 14 centres. place at PwC where she is just like she had to do problem drug in Ireland, and more people are campaign to provide addicts to try and get “Working with in the early ‘90s as a now a Senior Associate. rising from a low of 297 presenting with crack as information and raise them hooked. Empower the Family we single mum returning Deborah now wants to cases in 2013 to 568 cases awareness about cocaine their drug of choice. “Young people, give back and help others from Australia with three are delighted to be able in 2016. It is reported that the among drug users and particularly young men, to give some of the most young children starting achieve what she has disadvantaged people achieved and is delighted life from scratch. in society a chance to “She held down two to partner with Tigers jobs while taking courses realise their full potential, Childcare. unhindered by social, “Childcare is one of the in the evenings and eventually progressed to emotional or financial biggest barriers to lone constraints. regional bank manager parents progressing to “By supporting these with Irish Nationwide. third level education, parents, not only do we She is a huge inspiration especially those have a positive impact on and a great example from disadvantaged their lives we also help of what hard work and backgrounds,” she said. change their children’s resilience can achieve.” “With Tigers Childcare lives to achieve better Karen’s mother on board we can help outcomes for them well now works as Tigers eliminate this and give into the future.” Childcare’s financial young student parents Tigers Childcare director, where she has the support to pursue provides a programme been instrumental in their education and of early years, pre-school the company acquiring provide a better life for and after-school childcare three Bright Horizons their children.” services. Deborah’s charity is one centres in Ireland last It has 148 staff and year to become the close to Tigers Childcare largest childcare provider catering for over 2,000 MD, Karen who set up children. Ireland’s first after-school in Ireland with centres Karen who is chair across Dublin and Meath. childcare facility in of the Fingal Childcare The company also Glasnevin back in 2003. Committee and acts recently announced its A single mother of as an advisor to many expansion into the UK two she credits her Government departments successful 18-year career with a new 7,000 sq and voluntary bodies on ft facility in London’s in childcare to two key Elephant and Castle set to childcare and early years Pictured at the launch of the cocaine campaign last month were (l-r) D Eamon Keenan HSE; Minister Catherine influences - education Byrne; and Tony Duffin, CEO Ana Liffey Drug Project (ALDP). education. open later this year. and her mother.



Ballymun housing ceremony is described as ‘shameless’ A LOCAL general election candidate has described the official ceremony marking the completion of 11 affordable homes in Ballymun as “shameless promotion”. Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) was speaking about the event earlier this month when Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, and Minister of State for Housing, Damien English handed over the keys for the homes at Baile na Laochra to their new owners. There are now 28 homes occupied in the housing development, designed by the Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance, and the scheme has received widespread praise for its imaginative approach to providing affordable homes. An additional 21 homes will be handed over before the end of 2018. Ó Cualann will also commence building an additional 39 homes, 28 houses and 11 apartments, in Ballymun in the near future with the support of Dublin City Council. However, Cllr McAuliffe says that while new homes are to be welcomed the official celebrations for 11 new homes masks the Government’s “abysmal record” of delivering affording housing in Ballymun. He pointed out that Dublin City Council passed a local area plan for Ballymun last year that earmarked land for up to 2,000 new affordable homes in schemes similar to the Ó Cualann model. “Over 12 months have passed since the Ballymun Local Area Plan zoned and identified planning objectives for close to 30 different sites, but because of the Government’s inaction none of the sites have been disposed of,” he said. “The Oscar Traynor project to develop mixed housing remains bogged down yet Minister Damien English was willing to stand in Ballymun for the photo-ops to deliver just 11 homes. “Despite repeated calls from my party colleagues and I, the Government has failed to adopt plans to establish the much

needed Affordable Housing Scheme. “The Minister came out here to cut a ribbon and have his photo taken while the delay in introducing the scheme is blocking countless Dublin

families from ever owning their own home. “Delivering a handful of affordable homes among a population of over 20,000 people is nothing to laud.” Speaking at the

handover of keys earlier this month, Hugh Brennan, CEO of Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance, said the lack of affordable homes in Dublin was at epidemic level.

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Let’s make it okay to say ‘I am lonely’ The CEO of Alone, Seán Moynihan, describes their work with the Loneliness Taskforce to combat loneliness and create a connected Ireland SEÁN MOYNIHAN CEO Alone

DON Smith came to Alone several years ago. He had worked in journalism and advertising, but despite being active all his life, Don was lonely. As Don told us: “Loneliness is what happens when you stop living your life to the full and become an observer. It can be brought on by retirement, sickness, bereavement or accident. The good news is that it can be overcome! A single phone

call to a friendly voice can change your life.” Alone is a national organisation that supports people to age at home. At Alone, we want everyone who has felt lonely to feel like they have support to overcome it, like Don does now. We want to make it okay to say ‘I am lonely’. This is why, when Senator Keith Swanick first came to us with the idea of creating a taskforce to tackle loneliness, I knew we should get involved. The Loneliness Taskforce was established to coordinate a response to the growing issue of loneliness in Ireland. Recently we launched our report, ‘A Connected Island’, which made a set of five key recommendations for

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Bringing some ’Joy to the world Ryan Clarke

were a few years into a “Sometimes with sentence and weren’t charity you’re just going well. They couldn’t get to on runs or cycles to THE Bohemian grips with their situation Foundation continued its raise money. It’s much and but ever since then outstanding community more satisfying if you’re these lads have come to involved face-to-face work with another gigs with big smiles on doing something with recent trip inside the their faces and they’re all your time. walls of Mountjoy doing better. “Prison shouldn’t just Prison. “I’d like to think that be there for punishment, On this occasion, the the Foundation had it should be there for Foundation put on a comedy show for inmates rehabilitation and part of something to do with that should be that you’re that. That’s the key, featuring some of the getting people to face up a recognisable citizen nation’s top comedic and not just locked away to where they are and talents with Joe Rooney, moving them on and and forgotten about. Eric Lalor, John Colleary being positive and lifting Integrating people back and Danny O’Brien. into society is the hardest them up.” The event was a rousing Finally, after the gig and most important success and further actor and comedian Eric thing to do, along with illustrates how the Lalor discussed how breaking the cycle of work being done by the much pride he takes, repeatedly coming back Bohemian Foundation, as a lifelong Bohemians to prison.” on behalf of the club, supporter, from all the John Colleary, who is is inspiring the wider community work of the also a Director with the Dublin community to Foundation. Bohemian Foundation, get involved with its “I’m very proud of the spoke about his delight philantropic efforts. with how the work of the fact that my club, Bohs, Speaking after taking are so involved in the Foundation is impacting part in the show and community and all these inmates. working with the brilliant initiatives they’re “If you can, open them Bohemian Foundation, involved - and we’ve only up to something that’s Joe Rooney spoke of his briefly touched on this progressive rather than immense pride of how one. all the negativity they’ve the Foundation tackles “There are so many already come up against. tough social issues. things that this club puts “This initiative is a really There were one or two 10-TGI-Stags-Northside-Southside-People-260x160-160718.pdf 1 18/07/2018 on for the community. I worthwhile thing to do,” guys in particular, in the early groups we did, that love the fact that we’re hesaid.










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Ireland’s stories to be told Heritage Week events at Dublin City libraries  during Heritage Week MORE than 2,000 events, ranging from storytelling and re-enactments are taking place across the country as part of National Heritage Week 2018. This year’s programme will run from Saturday, August 18 to Sunday, August 26. The call for this year’s Heritage Week activities is ‘Share a Story, Make a Connection’ and people are invited to share their stories with others, be they about a family heirloom, traditional crafts, skills or music, or little-known facts or forgotten places in their local area. Heritage Week highlights include Treasures of the National Museum at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Chairman of the Heritage Council, Michael Parsons said: “Heritage Week aims to raise awareness and appreciation of Ireland’s incredible heritage, while shining a light on the

great work that is carried out in neighbourhoods nationwide to preserve and promote our built, cultural and natural heritage.” Two special days will take place during Heritage Week. Wild Child Day on

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a celebration of our most precious natural resource in all its forms, from the sea, to rivers, lakes and garden ponds. Find out more about the National Heritage Week programme of events at

Pictured at the launch of National Heritage Week are Saskia Pytlarz (5), Clontarf, Twins, Katie and Mia Brady (6), Balbriggan, Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan and Sadie Cooper (3), Knocklyon.

DUBLIN City Public Libraries will host a varied programme of free events to celebrate Heritage Week 2018 (August 18-26). The programme, promoting the theme of ‘Share a Story’, includes talks, performances and workshops on a range of aspects of Dublin’s rich and varied heritage. • Dublin’s traditional industries and workers are a particular focus this year, with Prof Frank Barry’s talk on ‘The Leading Manufacturing Firms in 1920s Dublin’ taking place in Raheny Library on Thursday, August 23. • The Ever Ready battery factory in Portobello is the focus of ‘Ever Ready: Factory and People’ by Denis Tipple & Albert Adamson, taking place in Rathmines Library on Wednesday, August 22. • For those interested in our city’s architecture, there are a number of talks that are sure to

inspire, such as ‘Dublin: Buildings, Heritage and History’ by Pat Dargan which takes place on Monday, August 20 in Ballymun Library, while ‘The River Liffey: History and Heritage’ by Christopher Moriarty is in Cabra Library on Thursday, August 23. • Irish art forms are also well represented, with Photographic Exhibitions in 1930s and 1940s Dublin taking place in Pearse Street Library on Tuesday, August 21, as well as a craft workshop for children, the Glass Garden Photogram Workshop with Brian Cregan, running in Drumcondra Library on Tuesday, August 21. • Music fans are in for a treat with a special performance of ‘Suffragist City: Women in Traditional Irish Music’ by Mairead O’Donnell and Aisling Keogh in the Central Library on Monday, August 20. This is just a small flavour of what’s on offer

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Twins, Katie and Mia Brady (6), at the launch of National Heritage Week at the Irish Traditional Music Archive. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN




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Beneath the Lighthouse About The Author JULIEANNE Lynch is an author of adult genre urban fantasy books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, until her family relocated back to their roots. Julieanne lives with her husband and five children, and is now a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University and considered journalism as a career path. Julieanne is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and is both traditionally and independently published. Julieanne has had several previous projects she worked on optioned for film.

SIXTEEN-year-old Jamie McGuinness isn’t your average teen boy. Life is unfair, his once happy family unit is now a mess, and all the while he’s battling a silent war with grief and depression. Rarely expressing how he feels, he keeps the darkness of his pain to himself, afraid to let his guard down. It is a coping mechanism, and one that has grown from the abuse he suffers. It has been three years since the body of his 12-year-old sister, Emer, was found by the lighthouse. And though her death was deemed an accident, Jamie isn’t so sure. There was never any closure, and because of this, he’s inexplicably drawn to the very place she died. Though Jamie feels like he is alone, his best friend, Lenny, is his voice of reasoning. Lenny brings a sense of clarity to Jamie’s grief and obsession with the lighthouse. He’s the very source of strength and courage that propels Jamie to fight another day. But there is only so much advice he can listen to, especially when he has an incessant desire for his own demise. On the last day of school, Jamie is at an all-time low. Having been confronted by his drunk and abusive father, he takes refuge in the only place he feels close to his dead sister—the lighthouse. Brooding about the past, and what his future has in store for him, Jamie becomes aware that he is being watched, but by what? A vanishing figure presents itself. Someone who is bound to him by more than blood. Life soon changes when the angry

spirit, Iliana, latches onto him. The ghostly possession leads him down a dark and twisted path - one that reveals the truth behind old family secrets, the truth behind Emer’s death, and worse, the sins of his father are revealed. Through the spirit’s eyes, Jamie is awakened to the fateful night Emer died. He experiences her trauma first hand, and becomes acutely aware of how much danger his family are in. He seeks solace in a girl from school, Claire, who shows Jamie that not everything is doom and gloom, and there can be life after all the pain. Through their growing bond, Jamie finds the courage to ask the spirit, Iliana, what she wants, but Jamie isn’t fully prepared for what is revealed beneath the lighthouse. With his life thrown into chaos and with Iliana’s growing presence, Jamie is unable to withstand the possession once she takes over. He steps into a dark, sinister world, where balance is lost, and good intentions are replaced by malice, violence and lies. Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace - but, first, he has to survive. Beneath The Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch is published by Vesuvian Books in paperback and e-book. Visit

New edition examines history of trams THIS is the fourth book in a series that covers the history of the tram systems of the British Isles post-war. It covers the networks in Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland. Peter Waller examines the history of the tramways in Ireland, Wales and on the Isle of Man. With three different legislative frameworks, the history of the systems covered are very different – from the surviving horse tramway at Douglas on the Isle of Man through to the new Luas system operating in Dublin. With an overview that provides the background to all of the tramways that once operated – plus the only tramway in the Channel Islands – alongside a comprehensive account of those systems that survived after 1945, the book is a fascinating portrait of the changing streetscapes of cities like Belfast and Cardiff as well as the remarkable survivor post-war, such as the Bessbrook & Newry and the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay. Fully illustrated throughout with mono and colour

illustrations – many of which have never been published before – as well as system maps, the book will be of interest to all with a history of trams – past and present – in the British Isles. Brought up in Bradford, Peter grew up as the city's trolleybus network gradually declined. In 1986, Peter commenced in a career in publishing, working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltds Publisher (Books), where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book that he wrote was ‘British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945’ in 1992. Since then he has written a number of books on transport subjects. Moving to Shropshire in 2007, Peter is now a full-time author and editor. He is also a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive, a director of Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride, a trustee of the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.

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A tremendous UK medal haul for our Dublin transplant team A NORTHSIDE kidney transplant recipient was amongst a group of 12 Irish athletes ranging in age from nine to 70+ who won over 20 medals at the recent British Transplant Games while representing Dublin. Ron Grainger from Castleknock is an urologist who has treated kidney patients and he himself underwent a kidney transplant. He has previously represented Ireland as part of Transplant Team Ireland at World and European Transplant Games and he scooped two gold medals at the British Transplant Games, which took place in Birmingham over the August Bank Holiday. Proving deserving of his nickname ‘The Flying Doctor’ for his speed on track, Ron, who competed in the 60-69 age category continued

his winning streak since his stellar performance at the European Transplant Games earlier this summer by going on to win two gold medals for the 100m and 200m races. The Dublin teams racked up a total of 21 medals including nine gold, seven silver and five bronze. The team included five liver, five kidney and two bone marrow transplant recipient. The Games, which promote organ donation, attracted over 1,000 transplant recipients. A small Dublin children’s team of three amassed five gold and two silver medals and surpassed a world transplant record in the process. Liver transplant recipient Tara Madigan (11) put in stellar performances winning three gold medals at her second British Transplant

Games in her 9-11 age category for the 3km race and 50m race and Long jump event. She also won three gold at the British Games last year. Tara’s gold medal for her record breaking Long Jump of 3.29 meters was significantly further than the current World Transplant Games record in the 9-11 age record of 2.87 meters, set by a New Zealand girl at the 2009 World Transplant Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Also putting in great performances in the 9-11 age category and at her first ever Transplant Games was Laura McDowell (9) from Dalkey who underwent a living donor Liver transplant in the UK. Laura, although not a medallist, enjoyed competing in the Ball Throw, Long Jump and 50m race and proved to be a welcome newcomer

to the junior team. Her parents Aoife and Greg, brother Stephen and sister Catherine were proud to support her at the games. Sweeping the decks in his competitions by securing two gold and two silver medals was Jack O’Brien, (15) from Navan, Meath, whose mother Cassandra donated a kidney to him when he was just two-years-old. Jack won his two gold medals in the 5km race and Long Jump and two silver medals in the 100m and 200m races. Dublin Teams’ Games Manager, Colin White, said the British Transplant Games was an extremely well organised event with excellent facilities. “We are fortunate to be included in this annual celebration of the gift of life,” he added. “Our Dublin Adults and Dublin Children’s


teams had some new members this year and it was great to have them on board. With the World Transplant Games in Newcastle next year and Dublin being the host city of the European Championships in 2020 we have an exciting couple of years ahead and we are looking forward to more newcomers swelling our ranks.” The Irish Kidney Association manages and coordinates the Dublin teams at the British Transplant Games. Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 016205306 or free text the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website card. You can also indicate your wishes to be an organ donor on your driver’s license, which is Ron Grainger from Castleknock won two gold medals represented by Code 115. at the Transplant Games.



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MOST dog owners in Ireland know that all dogs are legally required to be microchipped. However, many are still not aware that to be fully compliant with the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations, you must also be in possession of an up-to-date microchipping certificate. Dogs Trust is running National Chipping Week from August 13-19 in partnership with Fido; a Government approved microchipping database. This campaign is run on an annual basis to encourage all dog owners to chip and register their dogs. WHAT IS NATIONAL CHIPPING WEEK ALL ABOUT? With less than half the canine population being fully compliant with the legislation, we want to highlight that microchipping is a three step process; • Step 1-Get your dog microchipped! • Step 2-Make sure your details are correctly registered against the chip with a Government approved database • Step 3-Be in possession of a valid microchipping certificate We want to change this

statistic so that more dogs can be returned safely and quickly to their homes if they are found straying. So, we are offering free chipping clinics and a microchipping cert amnesty. WHERE ARE THE FREE CHIPPING CLINICS TAKING PLACE? Free Chipping Clinics will be taking place at the following Maxi Zoo stores: • Bray – August 13 • Maynooth  – August 14 • Tallaght – August 16 • Finglas – August 17 The clinics run from 10:303:30pm each day and booking is essential. You can pre-book a time slot via ncw18. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME? Valid photo ID (passport, drivers licence or Garda age card) and proof of address (in the form of a utility bill dated within the past 3 months). You must be the dog’s owner and be over 16 years of age- and we cannot chip your dog unless you meet these requirements! WHAT IF I HAVE MY DOG CHIPPED, BUT DON’T HAVE A VALID MICROCHIPPING CERTIFICATE?

Getting your dog microchipped is a legal obligation. To make sure that owners are fully compliant, Dogs Trust are offering a limited number of free microchipping certificates to dog owners who have their dogs chipped but do not yet have a certificate or need to update their current one with their new contact details. Please visit our website for more info! WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MY DOG MICROCHIPPED?

Besides it being a legal requirement, microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray; the chances of being reunited with him will significantly increase. Last year, shockingly only 18 percent of dogs entering Irish pounds were reunited with their owners, but we believe through microchipping and correct registration, this figure could be greatly improved.

The importance of an ID Tag Every pet owner’s worst nightmare; your pet has gone missing, been taken or worse still: grew tired of a life in shelter and relative comfort to go and find themselves in Cambodia over the course of a month. Whatever it may be, an ID Tag can be the difference between the swift retrieval of your pet and a month long search in vain. So, to save yourself going all Liam Neeson with a ‘particular set of skills’ or John Wick should the worst come to pass; here are the top 3 reasons to get your best furry-friend an ID tag!

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W h y not? Cats are prone to exploring and adventuring anyway. If Mittens doesn’t come home one night, what insurance do you have, that should a Good Samaritan find her, he or she will know what to do? An ID Tag takes this fear away and makes sure that your contact info is freely available to anyone who might find her. We do recommend, however, that a smaller ID Tag is better suited to cats.

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Living on the Edge Seán Creedon

Edge two years ago I said that it was over priced with a starting price of EARLIER this year Ford €55,700. applied their ST-Line Now Ford is now upgrade to five more offering the entry level of their cars: EcoSport, Mondeo, Kuga, S-Max and Edge from €47,995, while the starting price for the the Edge, which I drove last week. The Fiesta and ST-Line version I drove Focus were the first to get last week is €50,425. We are reliably informed the ST-Line touch. that very few customers Engines in the ST-Line opt for the entry level in include the 1.0-litre any type of car nowadays EcoBoost with up to 125 and my test model with brake horse power in the EcoSport and the 2.0-litre plenty of goodies started diesel with up to 210 brake at €55,075. After that there were still horse power in the Kuga more options available if and Edge. Ford didn’t do very well you had the cash to spend. Ford say that the Edge is sales-wise with their Kuga, the ‘epitome of modern but then two years ago they introduced the Edge refinement.’ It sure is a comfortable car to drive to Europe. and travel in. It’s a chunky looking There is only a diesel motor, bigger than the five-seater available, but Kuga and had been on sale in the US and Canada I wouldn’t fault them for that. After all, how many since 2006. Ford has some excellent people really use seven seats? people carriers in the The Edge ST-Line has C-Max, S-Max and Galaxy, 20-inch alloys, handswhich are reasonably priced, but reviewing the free electric tailgate and

key-free system, Sony DAB navigation with 12 speakers and rear-view camera. At launch two years ago I drove the car on an off-road course at Palmerstown House in Johnstown. Later I took the Edge to the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore and it didn’t look out of place among the farmers. Many new cars offer heated front seats, but in addition to heated seats, the Edge also has the facility to cool your posterior if the weather is really hot, like it was last month. By now I am very familiar with the Ford brand and I think that the dash area in all Fords is very well laid out and the instruments easy to use. I am not mad the electronic handbrakes, but this one worked well and it releases automatically when you

start to drive. There is no third row of seats, so decent space in the boot and the good news is that you get a ‘mini’ spare wheel. It’s a big motor to handle, so you will appreciate the reversing

camera and also the side mirrors fold in when the central locking is applied. Last time I drove a manual ruby red-coloured version and it looked great. This time round my test model was an automatic

in ‘Absolute Black’ and while it too looked good, but maybe not as eye catching as the ruby red. IT is only available in 2.0-litre diesel with a choice of 180 or 210 brake horse power. Road tax is €390.

Ford has some great cars, but this is a beast, albeit an expensive beast. With that chunky look and tinted rear windows I think the Edge would be ideal for chauffeuring celebrities and rich people, or maybe both.

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employment increased by 5.1 percent, with an increase of 9,907 jobs since 2016. Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys welcomed the results. She said it shows another year of strong employment Minister for Business, performance in companies Enterprise and supported by our Innovation, Heather enterprise agencies. Humphreys. “The Government’s economic and enterprise in Irish-owned agency assisted companies in 2017. policies are translating into job creation throughout Employment in foreignthe country,” said Minister owned firms increased by 5.3 percent since 2016, Humphreys. “Nationally we have seen with over 11,200 additional jobs. In Irish-owned firms, unemployment fall from

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SOCIAL Welfare inspectors recently visited approximately 1,000 employers in Dublin city as part of ongoing measures to detect instances of false self-employment and other possible abuses of the PRSI system. The inspections, carried out by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, were undertaken across the city and in a Minister for Employment variety of sectors. Affairs and Social These visits to Protection, Regina employers have proved Doherty. very worthwhile and have increased awareness of possible abuses of the PRSI system, according to the Department. The visits follow the Department’s recent information campaign highlighting the issue of false self-employment. Speaking about the large number of visits, Employment Minister Regina Doherty said: “Given the reduction in the Live Register and changes to work practices, our inspectors are increasingly being deployed to conduct employer inspections – checking that social insurance records are being correctly maintained, that workers are being properly classified as employees and that time at work is being reported correctly. “It is important to note that employers who falsify records or deliberately misclassify a worker can be charged arrears of social insurance contributions and can be prosecuted.” We will follow up with prosecutions as appropriate.” The Department said it will be increasing the number of Social Welfare inspector visits on PRSI related activity over the course of 2018 and will continue this approach into 2019 in order to protect workers’ rights.

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Permission is sought for a mixed-use commercial building, 3 stories over basement on the existing vacant site located east of Ulster Bank and forming part of the overall Deanstown House site & car park at Main Street, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. D15 V3PN. Uses of the building will be Office and related uses to the first and second floors, retail use with 4 separate shops to the ground floor and a secure storage premises to the basement area. Development will consist of removal of the existing advertising signs on site and all existing boundary walls/ palisade fence, reconfiguration of existing car parking spaces to the rear car park with an increase from 26 to 37 car parking spaces, 10 no. new bicycle spaces to the rear car parking area, associated site development works/ hard landscaping/ boundary treatments/ waste disposal areas and services connections. Applicant: Patrick Molloy. 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.

I, Mark Wilson, wish to apply for retention permission to retain the vehicular entrance widening in front boundary and planning permission for the alterations to existing roof profile to convert from hipped roof to a side gable to facilitate an attic conversion to create a new bedroom with one roof light in front elevation roof profile at No. 68 Finn Eber Fort, Finglas, Dublin 11. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council. I, Mykolas Kliusenkovas intend to apply for permission for development at 33 Beechwood Gate, Hansfield, off the Ongar Road, Dublin 15. The dwelling house is part of the development granted permission under Registry Reference F15A/0032. The development will consist of (i) building a flat roof single storey extension at the rear and side of the house, (ii) building a dormer window in the rear roof, converting the attic space to habitable bedroom accommodation including an en-suite bathroom with a ’Velux’ roof window to the front roof, stair access from the landing area and (iii) all associated internal, site and drainage works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during 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 Fingal County Council We, Micheal & Martina Carroll intend to apply for extensions and modifications to existing 2.5 storey detached dwelling to include a) removal of existing front (south) single storey conservatory type extension and flat roof balcony and replacement of same with part single storey, part 2 storey extension and flat roof, b) removal of existing first floor dormer window on front elevation and replacement of same with first floor extension and flat roof, c) external modifications including new and amended window and door positions on all elevations, replacement of existing roof tiles with new slates, d) removal of 3 no existing roof lights on rear (north) roof slope and replacement of same with new dormer type window, e) internal modifications on ground, first floor and attic level to provide complete rearrangement of internal layout, f) single storey extension to rear (north), g) rearrangement of existing driveway, garden and front entrance to set back existing entrance gate position and provide new pedestrian gate and h) all associated site development works on site area of circa 0.098 Ha. at No. 12, Deerpark Lawn, Castleknock, Dublin 15. T he 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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Fingal County Council I, Aidan Nolan intend to apply for Permission for development at this site address, 21 The Drive, Hunters Run, Dublin 15. The development will consist of the change of use and conversion of existing attic space to habitable space with new roof profile (from hipped roof to gable end) to gable/side wall with new dormer window extension to the rear and new single storey porch to the front elevation and all associated ancillary site works required. 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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Sadie Cooper (3), Knocklyon, Twins, Katie and Mia Brady (6), Balbriggan and Saskia Pytlarz (5), Clontarf, are pictured at the launch of National Heritage Week. Coordinated by the Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become Ireland’s largest cultural event. More than 2,000 events ranging from storytelling and gathering, iron forging and nature trails, to a medieval re-enactment and a special concert unlocking the sounds of Ireland’s ancient instruments, will take place across the country from Saturday, August 18 to Sunday August 26. The full National Heritage Week programme is available at


This year’s Bark in the Park sponsored dog walk in Tymon Park on Sunday 19 will take place at a new starting location. Hosted by the Irish Blue Cross, it begins from Tymon Park North Entrance (beside the playground) and all four-legged, furry friends and their human families are invited to come along. There will be an afternoon of fun, laughs and plenty of barks with Positive Dog Training hosting family friendly dog classes and training demos. The classes and demos kick off at 2pm and the sponsored walk barks off at 3pm.

STORY COLLECTING WEEKEND EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, is looking for emigrant stories from people who have lived overseas and returned to Ireland, as well as those with emigrant family members or ancestors. This a Story Collecting Weekend taking place in the museum from August 18-19. Bring along an object that symbolises your migration story. It can be anything; letters, clothes, recipes, art. The museum would particularly like to hear from new Irish communities. Admission free. Call 01-9060861 or email for more details.


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architecture of the prison and hear stories of crimes committed by children. An adult must accompany children and tours need to be booked in advance by emailing

MEAN MARY International touring musician Mean Mary celebrates the releaseof her new album, ‘Blazing’, in Dublin on Thursday, August 16. Mean Mary’s new Blazing Tour takes her to the Cobblestone at 77 North King Street. The American singer-songwriter’s performance at this music venue will feature the release of her new album, ‘Blazing’, and her new award-winning action novel. The show takes place at 9pm, and admission is €10. All ages are welcome.

run until October 19. The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which granted partial suffrage to Irish women. For the first time, women over the age of 30 could vote in parliamentary elections if they owned property, were the wives of property owners or were university graduates. Following the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and as a result of determined lobbying on the part of women’s groups, universal adult suffrage was granted. Free public tours are available on weekdays beginning at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Book in advance by contacting the Oireachtas at or 01 618 3271 / 3781.


A free Music and Meditation event will take place on Sunday, August 19 at the Hilton Dublin, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2, at 4pm. Enjoy a vibrant session of meditation and Indian and Western music. For more details visit

Crossword Answers 15th August CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

PALMERSTOWN CAMERA CLUB Palmerstown camera club are proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition in Lucan Library. The exhibition opened last Tuesday and will run until August 31. The exhibition contains up to 30 prints framed and mounted. There is also a competition to win a print by entering a competition naming your favourite print (don’t forget your phone number so they can contact you). At the end of the exhibition 100 YEARS OF SUFFRAGE The Houses of the Oireachtas, in collaboration the winner will be picked and the framed image will be presented to them. with the National Museum of Ireland and with If you have a moment drop in and see the special thanks to the Sheehy-Skeffington family, exhibition in Lucan Library where admission has opened ‘Votes for Women: Suffrage and is free. Citizenship’, a new public exhibition that will

ACROSS: 3 Afflicted; 8 Apex; 9 Reinforce; 10 Caddie; 11 Asked; 14 Pitch; 15 Dice; 16 Thorn; 18 Sink; 20 Auger; 21 Eight; 24 Misses; 25 Bed-sitter; 26 Were; 27 Wrestling. DOWN: 1 March-past; 2 Headstone; 4 Free; 5 Links; 6 Crowed; 7 Etch; 9 Right; 11 About; 12 Disgusted; 13 Depressed; 17 Nadir; 19 Kisses; 22 Hotel; 23 Dear; 24 Mean.


ACROSS: 3 Intensity; 8 Sour; 9 Behaviour; 10 Earned; 11 Steer; 14 Tucks; 15 Rein; 16 Troop; 18 Oath; 20 Radio; 21 Eerie; 24 Fuhrer; 25 Disregard; 26 Snug; 27 Chartered. DOWN: 1 Assertion; 2 Lubricate; 4 Need; 5 Exact; 6 Spider; 7 True; 9 Beast; 11 Slope; 12 Rendering; 13 Entourage; 17 Proud; 19 Hearer; 22 Ingle; 23 Nigh; 24 Free.


From the Archives


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

The west front of Trinity College, c. 1920. The impressive Palladian frontage was designed by Theodore Jacobson in 1750 and is a perfect balance to the Parliament Building on College Green. A horse-drawn cart is seen on the right carrying crates to Jacob’s biscuit factory on Bishop Street. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland (Central Dublin)’, by Derek Stanley. PUBLISHED BY GILL & MACMILLAN/THE HISTORY PRESS

Irish Press, August 3, 1933

Freeman’s Journal, August 26, 1858 Freeman’s Journal, August 17, 1827

August 1, Irish Independent, 1928

Freeman’s Journal, August 10, 1874

Shelbourne Football Club, runners-up in the Irish Cup in the 1904/05 season. From left to right, back row: Pidgeon, Penston, Doherty, Ronan (treasurer), Abbey, Kelly, Monks (trainer). Cunningham (secretary); middle row, Wimble, Jack Owens, Heslin, James Owens, Ledwidge; front row, Lawless, Cleary. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland (Central Dublin)’, by Derek Stanley. PUBLISHED BY GILL & MACMILLAN/THE HISTORY PRESS



Northside People (West) August 15th 2018  
Northside People (West) August 15th 2018