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Vol.21. No.32

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Report dispels ‘weed’ myths



Seeing the light!

Jack Gleeson


EW research carried out by Ballymun Youth Action Project (BYAP) has highlighted the detrimental consequences of cannabis usage in the community.

The research found that 78 per cent of young early school leavers surveyed for the ‘It’s Only Weed’ report had used cannabis in their lifetime. The report comes at a time when many drug projects are reporting an increase in cannabis related problems, suspected to be caused by new highly potent strains of domestically produced herbal cannabis. Continued on page 2

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▪▪ Lily pictured during her 100th birthday celebrations.

Big birthday bash for Lily A JOYFUL celebration was held in St Monica’s Nursing Home, Belvedere Place Dublin 1, last month in honour of the 100th birthday of one of the residents. Lily O’ Connell was born in Virginia, Co Cavan, on July 5, 1917, and was one of seven children. In 1938 she came to Dublin and has lived in different parts of the city since then. Lily came to St Monica’s 18 months ago and settled in very well.

The bright, warm, welcoming atmosphere of the home made settling in easy for someone of Lily’s friendly nature, and she was delighted to be able to indulge her love of sport, especially Gaelic football, thanks to a large TV screen in the day room, as well as a smaller one in her room. Lily is a very happy and contented person and when asked to what she attributes her long life, she replied that it is probably due to her life

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The ‘It’s Only Weed’ report originated from observations that a significant number of clients using local services for young early school leavers were missing appointments and demonstrating unusually low levels of motivation. A committee from the Equal Youth Initiative was established to investigate the issue and identified challenges at one training centre where cannabis use was resulting in absenteeism, disengagement and low motivation levels. Programme participants were also reporting high levels of use and, for some, high levels of drug debt. Chair of the Equal Youth Committee, Pat Kavanagh, explained in the report why the research was carried out. “Emerging evidence of cannabis as a problem drug may surprise people who have become accustomed to the view of cannabis as a recreational drug that causes minimum levels of harm,” he wrote. “However, new more potent strains are now in circulation and at Equal Youth meetings we began to question and consider what our own role was in addressing the impact of these changes for the young people in our community.” The survey was carried out on 97 local youths to provide a rapid assessment of cannabis use prevalence within particular education or training centres and community settings in Ballymun. It’s hoped the detailed study can help develop a range of community-based interventions in response to its findings. The research focussed on two local services for early school leavers aged 16-21 and a group of young people not engaged in any educa-

▪▪ Almost a fifth (19 per cent) of respondents reported experiencing drug related debt. tional projects. It found that 78 per cent had used cannabis during their lifetime and of 50 per cent still using, 60 per cent were smoking daily. Just over half who were still using reported spending 3-6 hours under the influence. The total monthly reported spending was €22,820 but this figure is being treated with caution, as the cost has not been verified beyond self-reporting. Almost a fifth (19 per cent) of respondents reported experiencing drug related debt ranging from €50 to €1,000. The research identified that daily cannabis users experienced problems with health, finances, family relationships and educational and vocational performance. The report highlights that current strains of herbal cannabis are notably different to those available to previous generations, with

significant increases in the main mind-altering ingredient, THC. It also states that a high level of apathy towards cannabis use exists, with many family members and concerned others having a liberal view based on their experiences of previous, less potent strains of cannabis. The report recommends that priority should be given to awareness raising and information sharing aimed at family members to update them on the current strains currently being used in communities. It also suggests that service providers and relevant agencies should consider their own priorities, institutional knowledge and viewpoints on problematic cannabis use and ensure they are in line with current evidence. It also recommends specific targeted interventions

aimed at daily cannabis users and early intervention for cannabis use to be reflected in organisational policy and staff training for service providers and policy makers. Publication of ‘It’s Only Weed’ comes just weeks after the launch of the Government’s latest National Drugs Strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery. The strategy recognises that the use of cannabis in Ireland is considerably higher than any other form of drug, with 6.5% of adults using this drug in the last year. It also states that younger people are more likely to use cannabis and it’s the most commonly used drug among children aged 15-16. It also highlights a rise in cannabis-related problems that may be associated with the increased use of more potent strains of domestically produced herbal cannabis.


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“We are delighted to work with See.Sense to expose the city to fresh thinking in how we embrace new technologies. “This project is one of four smart cycle pilots that we have funded with the support of Enterprise Ireland and it’s helping to put Dublin on the map for cycle and technology innovation." Co-founder of See.Sense, Irene McAleese, said the Smart Dublin Cycle Challenge is providing a unique opportunity to engage with Dublin’s cycling community and test the innovative ICON technology. “We work with data science experts at Queen’s University Belfast to gain meaningful insights from the data and to develop a scaleable solution that can be applied to any city in the world,” she added. Edel Kelly, Senior Executive Planner for Dublin City Council said there is great

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Ken set to plough on A MUSIC composer and producer from Dublin 15 has been selected to represent Fingal at the Local Enterprise Village during the National Ploughing Championships next month. ▪ The dedicated staff at EZ Living Furniture Blanchardstown Store (From the Left) Sarah Wickham, Willie Hilliard, Clare Lipscombe, Sasha Ditjatjeva, Ray Wright (Right)

EZ Living Furniture chosen again as one of theTop 100 Stores in Ireland, Award of Excellence 2017 EZ Living Furniture, a proudly Irish-owned family-run company, has been named among the Top 100 Stores in Ireland by Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative organisation in Ireland. The Top 100 Stores are part of the Retail Excellence (RE) Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry. As part of the Top 100 selection process, all store entrants were visited by a mystery shopper and only those with exceeding service and standards criteria were selected in the Top 100

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Ken McHugh, who runs Fresh from...The Pier, has made a success of his pate making business, preparing by hand super tasty, nutritious products from finest quality ingredients. He first came to attention when his Rustic Smoked Fish Pâtè was crowned Dublin regional champion and national runner-up in the RTE TV series ‘The Taste Of Success’. “Lots of viewers were contacting me looking to buy the product,” says Ken. “I decided to setup my own food business to bring it to market. ‘Fresh From...’ was born. We're all about super tasty, nutritious food and convenience.” Now Ken is ready to ‘plough ahead’ in September when he’ll be flying the flag for Fingal at what is Europe’s largest outdoor event from September 19-21. The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Fingal is part of a network of 31 offices nationwide, and it’s one of the largest and most active in the country. The role of the LEO is to support and provide assistance to existing and potential small business promot-

▪▪ Ken McHugh will be at the Local Enterprise Village during the National Ploughing Championships. ers located in Fingal. The Local Enterprise Village was launched last week by Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Business, Pat Breen. “For the 280,000 people expected at the National Ploughing Championships in September, I would encourage them to pay a visit to the Local Enterprise Village to support Ireland’s start-ups and small businesses,” the Tánaiste said. Minister Breen added: "The National Ploughing Championships is a wonderful event, especially for small businesses looking to launch new products to a mass audience.” An Tánaiste and Minister Breen were joined at the launch by Anna May McHugh, Managing Director

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Ballymun plan goes back on display Jack Gleeson THE latest draft Ballymun Local Area Plan (LAP) is open again to the public for submissions and observations following amendments made last month. The LAP will shape the area’s economic, social, environmental and physical character for the next decade and it’s the first major plan since 1997 when Ballymun Regeneration Ltd (BRL) was established. Now that BRL has been wound down and Dublin City Council is again responsible for the area a new LAP is needed for the area to replace the 1998 Ballymun Masterplan. The plan is approaching completion having gone through a number of phases including previous invitations to the public to have their say. Last month local councillors voted to approve the plan and residents now have a final chance to view the draft LAP and make submissions until August 28. If the plan is approved at a full council meeting, Ballymun could benefit from almost 2,000 new homes, a second level Gaelscoil and more facilities for local sporting clubs including Setanta, Ballymun Kickhams and Willows FC. Under the LAP, some land will also be set aside for affordable Co-op housing similar to the scheme by O’Cualann Cohousing alliance, which was officially launched last month. It’s planned to include homes of mixed income and mixed tenure. There are also aspirations to bring Ballymun Kickhams back into the heart of the area, provide more land for Setanta GAA and develop the old red barn site on Jamestown Road for soccer facilities. It’s proposed to facilitate the relocation of Kickhams from their current home in Collinstown, to Ballymun, and explore the possibility of a new council owned sports facility near Balcurris. The council also accepted calls from local councillors to explore the possibility of obtaining ‘network Gaeltacht’ status from the Department of Arts Heri-

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Finglas dad-of-five is jailed for refuse collector assault Fiona Ferguson A FATHER-OF-FIVE who took part in drunkenly assaulting a refuse collector after a bin was not collected because it had been “blacklisted” for non-payment has been jailed for two years. John Morley (31) was one of three men who assaulted the Romanian man working with Greyhound Recycling. A Garda who attended at the scene was attacked by one of his co-accused. Morley, of Deanstown Drive, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the man causing him harm at Virgina Park, Finglas, on August 5, 2015. He has 20

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Creepy-crawlies enjoying the luxury of Dublin Airport ‘hotel’ DUBLIN Airport’s tiniest inhabitants are enjoying a life of luxury following the unveiling of a brand new creepy-crawly hotel.

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Disco legends Sister Sledge to star at Leopardstown IN THE history of music, there have been only a handful of musical groups that have managed to transcend time, genre, and culture . . . and Sister Sledge is indisputably one of them. The sisters have created some of the most defining tracks of the disco era, with ‘Lost in Music’ (co-written and produced by Nile Rogers) and ‘We Are Family’ spanning decades of playlists and dazzling audiences with a heady mix of jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B. It’s with huge anticipation that Bulmers Live at Leopardstown welcomes them to Dublin this Thursday, August 10. The American musical vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was formed in 1971. The group consisted of sisters

Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolising strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era. The year 1979 saw the release of their breakthrough album ‘We Are Family’, which peaked at number three on the US Album Chart and went Platinum. The album included the 1979 single ‘We Are Family’ which reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination, together with two other 1979 top 20 international hits ‘He's the Greatest Dancer’ and ‘Lost in Music’. Their other US hits include a 1982 remake of Mary Wells' 1964 hit, ‘My Guy’. Other international hits include ‘Mama Never Told Me’ (1975),

and ‘Thinking of You’ (1984), before they hit number one on the UK Singles Chart with the song ‘Frankie’ in 1985. Remixed versions of three of their singles in 1993 returned them to the UK Top 20. Following Kathy's departure in 1989, the group then operated as a trio (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and several releases in the 1990s) until Joni's death in 2017. In 2015, Sister Sledge performed for Pope Francis at the World Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Building on the success of previous Live at Leopardstown events, this summer has delivered yet another season of top class horse racing, superb live music, festival food and fun. Leopardstown Racecourse has al-

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ready seen record numbers attend The Stunning, Riptide Movement, and the Hothouse Flowers over the last few weeks. Live performances are preceded by a top-class card of horse racing and a wide selection of hospitality options available for everyone, from the great value ‘Summer Bundle’ to the premium ‘Summer Party’. Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line, with dedicated shuttle buses running from the Sandyford stop. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Ample free parking is available onsite. For tickets see or call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01-2890500.

Metropolis Festival returns to the RDS THE Metropolis Festival, a unique indoor event set in the stunning industrial warehouses and venues within the beautiful RDS complex, is back for its third outing. Located right in the heart of Dublin, this is an urban festival not to be missed. This October Bank Holiday is shaping up to be one to remember with two days of amazing music, art installations, performance and conversation where you can kick back and relax. The 2017 edition kicks off with a special Opening Concert on Saturday, October 28 across two stages. This will be followed with the

biggest night of the year, the October Bank Holiday Sunday which will see eight hours of music, performance and conversation across six stages. Headlining the Opening Night Concert are the awesome Leftfield, performing their seminal album ‘Leftism’ live. One of electronic music’s alltime greatest acts will be followed by the first Irish show in five years for Richard Fearless’ outfit Death in Vagas, who will bring their signature blend of electronic, dub, techno and guitar sounds to Metropolis. FJAAK, an electronic music trio born and raised in Berlin, are

childhood friends who have been making hardware-based techno together for a few years now, releasing a few EPs before landing on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label in 2014. They have since attracted worldwide attention with an alternative and boundary pushing take on classic techno, house and breakbeat. Another highlight is Peggy Gou, a Berlin-based Korean artist who, through a regular stream of high quality mixes, has begun to turn heads in underground circles. Sitting somewhere between Detroit, London and Berlin in sound, her DJ sets are an assured, kinet-

ic combination of dark, pulsing house and techno, broken beats and abstract compositions. She is a unique artist and we cannot wait to catch her live. DJ Deece’s star is on the up, and you can expect an amazing set from this up and comer. Meanwhile, our very own Irish eight-piece Booka Brass Band features trumpets, trombones, saxophones, sousaphones and drums – and they know how to get a party started. They’ve performed the length and breadth of the country and have been special guests to the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Love Island’s Gabby Allen has hit back at racist online trolls over abuse she’s received for her relationship with Marcel Somerville. She posted a series of videos on Instagram expressing her disgust at the comments and messages she’s received. Gabby has threatened to name and shame if the abuse continues.

It has been confirmed that Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will be returning to host the revamped ‘Dancing on Ice’. The ITV show is set for a return to screens in January 2018.

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Dubliners encouraged to celebrate our unpaid carers THE Irish Red Cross is calling for Dublin to celebrate its unpaid carers by nominating them for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award. The award is open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care. Previous winners include men and women from

around the country who provide care for loved ones who are ill, vulnerable or living with a restrictive disability. Last year’s winner, Vincent Callaghan, from Roscommon, has cared for his two children all their lives, while in 2015, Bernie O’Reilly, from Cavan, has cared for her son Damien who has cerebral palsey for more than 30

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Study shows Irish people want to eat more healthily NEW Bord Bia research highlighting our attitudes towards diet, grocery shopping and cooking shows that seven in 10 Irish people want help to eat healthily. Since 2001, Bord Bia’s PERIscope study, the largest quantitative study of its kind in Ireland, has been exploring consumer attitudes towards a wide range of food related topics including local food, the environment and health and wellbeing. The comprehensive study is carried out across eight countries - Ireland and the UK, four Continental European markets, along with the US and China – and involves over 8,000 interviews. The findings were presented to Irish food and drink companies in a series of events. Grace Binchy, Consumer Insight Manager, Bord Bia, highlighted the importance of the study to Ireland’s food and drink industry. “This level of knowledge

▪▪ The study shows that seven in ten Irish people want help to eat healthily. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK and consumer understanding allows our food and drink producers, selling at home and abroad, to make well informed business decisions that serve customers’ needs better,” she said. “For instance, we know that nearly 70 per cent of those surveyed want help to eat well. “With this in mind, manufacturers should consider how they can help people to do just that, as well as digest nutritional labelling, create convenience in their lives and address changing perceptions around sustainability.”

Health and wellbeing continues to be a major trend globally and Irish people have a positive perception of their own health, with 88 per cent recognising it is important to eat well and acknowledging a link between diet and mental wellbeing. Overall, Bord Bia found that very few people follow an eating regime, with 4 in 10 saying they believe in eating a balanced diet. People believe their eating habits are becoming healthier, with one third saying they are eating healthily. Half of people claim to be confused about what we

should eat to be while some 60 per cent say nutritional claims and food labels are hard to understand. The perception of ‘low fat’ as a healthy choice is experiencing decline, down from 71 per cent in 2006 to 58 per cent Sugar is also under pressure with 59 per cent checking for sugar content and 71 per cent are conscious of their children’s sugar intake. Some 94 per cent said they try to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables Over 80 per cent (84 per cent) are trying to eat high fibre foods, while 88 per cent see protein as an important part of their diet. People are trying to eat less sugar and bad fat (98 per cent), salt (96 per cent), soft drinks (92 per cent) and breads, cereals, rice and pasta (64 per cent). The study also found that meat creates divided opinion with 49 per cent of respondents saying they are eating less, while 51 per cent are consuming more.


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Small reduction in destruction rates at dog pounds is cautiously welcomed STATISTICS released by the Department of the Environment recently revealed that 12,549 dogs entered Irish pounds during 2016 only a four per cent reduction since 2015. The statistics also reveal that 1,522 dogs were destroyed in Irish pounds in 2016, which is a 16 per cent decrease on 2015. We are pleased to see the reduction of these figures; however this still means that just over four dogs a day were put to sleep in pounds throughout the country. Since our work began in 2005, we have seen a steady decline in the number of dogs dying in Irish dog pounds year on year. Through our preventative measures such as neutering, microchipping and education campaigns to promote responsible dog ownership, we hope to see these numbers continue to decrease. The number of stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs

▪▪ Over 12,500 dogs entered Irish Pounds during 2016. remains alarmingly high, particularly with stray dogs. In 2016, 9,244 stray dogs entered Irish dog pounds, which is 16 per cent higher than the previous year. This highlights the worrying issue Ireland is still facing with unwanted dogs. Of continuing concern to Dogs Trust is the high percentage of registered greyhounds entering and dying in the pound system.

Of the 284 greyhounds entering the pound system in 2016, 234 were surrendered by their owners and 46 were taken in as strays. Of the 284, a total of 152 were destroyed. Dogs Trust once again calls on the owners and trainers of racing greyhounds to make adequate provision for their rehoming once their racing careers end.

“The reality of the figures show that just over 34 dogs entered Irish pounds each and every day during 2016,” says Suzie Carley, Executive Director at Dogs Trust. “When a dog is picked up by a dog warden and enters the dog system as a stray, the pound has an obligation to keep the dog for five days in case the owner comes forward looking for their pet. “However, when a dog is handed over by its owner, as 3,137 were last year, the pound has no legal obligation to keep it for any length of time and the dog could be put to sleep the same day. This figure highlights just how important our preventative campaigns are to ensuring the safety and welfare of dogs. “The continued work of welfare groups nationwide to rehome unwanted dogs is pivotal in saving the lives of thousands of dogs across the country. “In addition to the 3,013 dogs rehomed directly from Irish dog pounds, the lives of 6,065 dogs were

saved by Irish welfare groups in 2016. “Dogs Trust never destroys a healthy dog and our message to dog owners is very simple – please be a responsible dog owner by neutering and microchipping your pet. Dogs Trust runs affordable neutering and microchipping campaigns throughout the year enabling members of the public to have their dogs neutered and microchipped for free or at a subsidised price.” If you are considering getting a dog, why not give a stray or abandoned dog a second chance of love and life? For more information visit www.dogstrust. ie or call to the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Finglas.

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Send them back with a healthy lunchbox IT ALWAYS helps to plan ahead for the new term, and thinking about what the kids are going to eat should be part of planning process. Healthy and nutritious food is so important to fuel your kids through the school day and senior nutritionist with the National Dairy Council, Dr Marianne Walsh, has some helpful advice and tips. “There’s a lot of new things to get used to at the start of the term, ranging from new subjects to possibly a new teacher, classroom or friends,” says Dr Walsh. “It’s ideal if you can experiment at home with lunch ideas and to introduce some new flavours and textures during August, before school starts - or at home during the weekends. “This means children are not coping with new foods on top of everything else at the start of the term in the classroom, but it also means they feel part of the planning and preparation.” Children may want the cakes, biscuits and crisps in their lunchbox but it’s really important to start them on a journey of healthy eating early. Weight is still an issue for Irish children, as research from the Department of Health shows that that one in four children is either overweight or obese. And the European Congress on Obesity notes that 27.5 per cent of children in Ireland under the age of five are overweight or obese, making children in Ireland the heaviest in Europe. The best way to manage this is to watch portion sizes, and ensure a good balance of varied foods in the diet. Don’t forget that a school lunch is one of your child’s three meals a day. Typically, a packed school lunch should contain all of the major food groups, as per the guidelines below: • 1 portion of starchy

carbohydrate (wholegrain breads, pittas and wraps, brown rice/pasta) • 1 portion of meat or meat alternative (chicken, fish, egg, pulses) • 1 portion of dairy (yogurt, cheese) • 1 or more portion of vegetable (carrot sticks, peppers, sweetcorn, lettuce, onion) • 1 or more portion of fruit (apple, orange, banana, pear, kiwi) • A drink of water and/or milk If a child favours a particular type of food or sandwich it is easy to fall into a routine of providing that as a ‘dependable reliable’ all of the time. But they may become bored with that food and could even grow to dislike it because they have it so often.   Including variety in sandwiches can be challenging, especially five days a week. Using different types of bread can help to prevent boredom - such as pitta bread, wraps and bread rolls. Try to opt for wholegrain varieties where possible and vary sandwich fillings from day to day using fresh ingredients and avoiding processed options. Preparing

lunches in interesting shapes and colourful lunchboxes can also make lunchtime more appealing. “Unfortunately, national surveys have shown us that 37 per cent of Irish girls and 28 per cent of Irish boys aged from 5 –12 don’t get enough calcium in their diet; while 42 per cent of teenage girls and 23 per cent of teenage boys have insufficient calcium intakes,” says Dr Walsh. “This is worrying because children and young adolescents are going through really important phases of bone growth and development. The Department of Health advice of three servings from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group each day for those aged 5 years and up; with five servings recommended for 9-18-year olds due to the importance of calcium during this life stage. Not only is dairy an excellent source of calcium, it also provides a wide range of important nutrients your child needs such as protein, iodine and B vitamins. Help your child boost their calcium intake with these lunchbox ideas: • A container/mini-carton of milk (200ml) • A pot of yogurt, homemade smoothie or rice pudding

• A matchbox-size (25 g) piece of cheese such as cheddar, edam or gouda. You may like to check if your child’s school is registered with the School Milk Scheme, which is a convenient and affordable way to help your child meet the recommended intake from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group. The National Dairy Council has produced ‘Nutrition & You’ booklets for Children and Teenagers, which are endorsed by the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI). These booklets provide tailored information across a variety of topics such as: healthy eating; keeping active; body weight; lunchbox tips; bone and dental health. They are available download for free at publications or email enquiries to   The NDC has also developed educational initiatives to help primary school children and teenagers learn about healthy eating, keeping active and the nutritional importance of dairy foods. Ask about the Moo Crew for primary schools (www.; and the HealthFest event for secondary schools (

New community liaison officer at Trinity College TRINITY College has appointed a new community liaison officer to facilitate and promote engagement between the college and the local area. Over the years, the Trinity’s community liaison officer has worked extensively with the local community on various activities and events, addressing any issues that may arise as well as communicating the current and future plans of the university. Established in 2002, the community liaison officer works on a voluntary basis to help Trinity further develop its relationship with the city and the immediate local community and to encourage inclusive access to the college com-

munity. Ussher Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Dr Ciaran O’Neill, will now take over the position from Professor Ciaran Brady who spent the last 11 years in the role. On his departure from the role, Professor Brady praised the assistance of the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast as well as the previous Provost, Dr John Hegarty. “I was asked to do it by the previous Provost John Hegarty”, said Professor Brady. “Since then, the two provosts I’ve worked with have been amazingly supportive. “Provost Hegarty and Prendergast made my job so much easier” Professor O’Neill praised Ciaran Brady for his “sterling service” to

the role over the past 11 years or so. “I’m delighted to continue on his work with our neighbours here in Dublin 2,” he added. “This is an exciting time for the docklands, in particular, and it is important that Trinity continues to build and maintain the links we have made with local groups and institutions since this role was created back in 2002.” Speaking on the occasion of Professor Brady’s retirement from the role, Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast praised the work and commitment of Professor Brady over the last 11 years as well as reaffirming Trinity’s commitment to develop and enhance relationships with the neighbouring community.

▪▪ Pictured (l-r): former Trinity Provost Dr John Hegarty, Dr Ciaran O’Neill, Professor Ciaran Brady, and current Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast

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500 years in 90 seconds Rick Steeves IN THE gorgeously preserved Tuscan hill town of Siena, Italy, the Middle Ages seem to survive in the architecture and in the civic spirit. The city is known both for its pride and for its independent attitude. And twice a year, that spirit shows itself in a crazy horse race, as it has for five centuries. That world-famous race, the Palio di Siena, takes place twice every summer - on July 2 and August 16 - and the city’s people hurl themselves into the traditional revelry of the event with wild abandon. As my friend Roberto explained when I visited to see last year’s race: “For the Sienese, you’re born…there’s the Palio…and then you can die.” Siena is divided into 17 neighbourhoods, or contrade, 10 of which vie for the coveted Palio banner - and all-important bragging rights. Each competing contrada gets its horse through a lottery system and then showers it with love, washing and grooming it in a stable that’s more like a five-star hotel. Contrade - each with its own parish church, fountain, and square - are filled with rivalries. Each contrada is represented by a mascot (porcupine, unicorn, she-wolf, and so on) and a distinctive flag - colours worn and flown all year long, but omnipresent as the race nears. While the race itself lasts just 90 seconds, festivities go on for days. As Palio day approaches, processions break out across the city, including one in which the famed and treasured banner - featuring the Virgin Mary, to whom the race is dedicated - is held high as it is paraded to the cathedral. Locals belt out passionate good-luck choruses. With the waving flags and pounding drums, it all harkens back to medieval times, when these rituals boosted morale before battle. The day before the race I joined a crowd in the main square, Il Campo, to see the jockeys - mostly hired hands from out of town - get to know their horses in a practice run called the ‘charge of the carabinieri’. At midnight that night, the streets were filled with eating, drinking, sing-

▪▪ The crowd looks on as an oxen cart pulls the Palio banner through Siena’s main square. PHOTO: RICK STEVES

▪▪ Representatives of Siena’s neighborhoods gather at the cathedral. ing, and camaraderie, as neighbourhoods gathered to pump each other up. On race day, bets are placed on which contrada will win...and lose. Despite the shady behind-the-scenes dealing, the horses are taken into their contrada’s church to be blessed. (‘Go and return victorious’, says the priest.) It’s considered a sign of luck if a horse leaves droppings in the church. In Il Campo, dirt is brought in and packed down to create the track’s surface, while mattresses pad the walls of surrounding buildings. The most treacherous spots are the sharp corners, where many a rider has bitten the dust. The entire city of Siena packs into Il Campo. Bleacher and balcony seats are expensive, but it’s free to join the

masses in the square. Those who are well-connected get to watch from the comfort of an apartment window. Roberto’s friend, Franco, shared his apartment overlooking the racecourse…and we enjoyed the best seats in town for the event. From this vantage point, we watched as the square filled, with pageantry unfolding, flags waving, and excitement building. Finally, it was time. A cart pulled by oxen carried the Palio banner into the arena and the crowd went wild. As the starting places were announced, 10 snorting horses and their nervous riders lined up to await the start. Silence took over. And then… The race! Once the rope drops, there’s one basic rule: There are no

▪▪ The most treacherous spots are the sharp corners. rules. The jockeys race bareback like crazy while spectators go berserk. In Siena, life stops for these frantic three laps. Up in the apartment, Roberto and Franco held their breath. And then, the winner: Lupa, the she-wolf district. We zipped out into the street to join the ecstatic mobs coursing toward the cathedral. The happy ‘Lupa-Lupa-Lupa!’ horde thundered through town, weeping with joy. At the cathedral, the crowd packed in, and the winning contrada received the beloved banner - champions…until the next race. The most recent race I witnessed, in August 2016, was historic: For the first time in over a century, the same contrada won both the July and the

August races (and Lupa had gone 27 years without a win). Seeing euphoria overcome members of the winning contrada reminded me that it’s impossible for a tourist to really understand what this ritual race means to the people of Siena. Carrying their new trophy and hoisting their jockey high, the Lupa contingent tumbled out of the cathedral and back out into the streets of Siena, where the celebration would continue until the wee hours - 500 years of tradition, still going strong. ▪▪ Rick Steves ( writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on TV and radio around the world. You an email him at and follow his blog on Facebook.




Arona makes its Irish debut THE all-new SEAT Arona is here. The last SEAT creation made its first appearance during a media event in Barcelona, in front of 250 international journalists. The all-new SEAT Arona will make its public debut at the Frankfurt International Motorshow in September and will arrive in Irish shores this November. The all-new SEAT Arona is the Spanish brand's third new model release in 2017, after the upgraded Leon and the all-new Ibiza. This is yet another addition to the SEAT range in its biggest product offensive ever, which also includes the Ateca and the upcoming large size SUV that will be released in 2018. The all-new SEAT Arona sits neatly within the SUV range as the younger brother in the family, in an outstanding and bright way, that combines the advantages of its compact dimensions

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Thinking outside the vase FLOWERS, plants and greenery are among life's simple pleasures and there is no doubt a room with a flower-filled vase is a happier place. In an effort to spread that happiness, leading design house, Neptune, has come up with a mini-master class in flower arranging. Fortunately, the clever designers at Neptune also have a beautiful selection of incredibly life-life, fresh as a country garden, silk flowers to help your creativity blossom. To mix flowers or not to mix can be a question, and the answer from the floral experts is that it depends on what type of look you are going for. If your aim is for sophisticated elegance, then using all one colour and all one flower type works really well. Think of a tight arrangement of white tulips or simple display of white lilies. However, if you want something more relaxed and textured then combining two or three flower families together is a lovely option. If it is a spontaneous, hand-picked appearance you are after then don't over think it.

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Outlasting your probation period Cormac Spencer HAVING nailed the interview and accepted an offer to start your new job, you breathe a sigh of relief and relax. It’s all downhill from here, isn’t it? Not quite. While signing your new contract might be pleasing, your new job isn’t something guaranteed for life. For a start, most jobs require a six-month probation period to assess whether your work performance matches your performance in interview. For an employee, this time

is important in making sure the probation is a mere formality, and that the job is secured for however long it’s wanted. Starting a new job provides the opportunity 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

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new systems and work practices, ask pertinent questions and look for training early on, because whereas as people are happy to help when you first join the company, if you are asking what your login to the computer is after two months, their patience may begin to wear thin! It’s important to 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

IS IT TIME TO CONSIDER AN EMPLOYER OF CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY – AND ONE WITH A FUTURE? Prosper Fingal is an established company that provides services to people with an Intellectual disability, on behalf of the State, in North Dublin. In response to the ever increasing demand for its services, it has developed a strategic plan as to how these services are to be delivered, managed and accounted for into the future.

Towards this organisational vision, we have a range of career opportunities for honours graduates in the areas of: • Psychology • Sociology • Business and Commerce

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We will consider applicants from a wide cross section of educational achievement, including the above to be part of our frontline services. We are just looking for the right people to make good things happen for people with disabilities and their carers. In our business we have to, on a daily basis, manage funding, facts, projects, compliance obligations, staffing, buildings and relationships. Can you see your skill set fitting into this workplace? If you think you have the education, aptitude and personality to be part of a dynamic organisation, why not apply? Applications should be made by cover letter and C.V. to H.R., at For enquiries or a job description, contact 01- 8493600. Closing date: Monday 21st August 2017. Prosper Fingal is an Equal Opportunities Employer

those who are spreading it, but take people as 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

▪▪ A new job is a fresh slate. 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 fresh slate. Be confident, make yourself invaluable and you might find opportunities present themselves not just for increases in salary, but for progress. •Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit www. or call 018456312.

▪▪ Rush-based brothers Michael and Noel Ruigrok of Rush Bulbs and Flowers will deliver 110,000 Irish-grown sunflowers to Aldi stores nationwide over the next six weeks.

Local business to supply Aldi with sunflowers ALDI Ireland has announced a new agreement with Dublin-based flower growers, Rush Bulbs and Flowers, that will see 110,000 Irish-grown sunflowers delivered fresh to Aldi stores nationwide over the next six weeks. Aldi’s partnership with the Rush based family-run business is part of a nationwide initiative to promote locally sourced fresh flowers in its stores. Rush Bulbs and Flowers has partnered with Aldi Ireland since 2011. As well as sunflowers, the company also supplies the supermar-

ket retailer with tulips, lilies and gladioli. Aldi will buy over 3.4 million sunflower stems from the company this year. The family business, which is run by brothers Michael and Noel Ruigrok, has been supplying locally grown flowers to the Irish market since 1935. The company’s partnership with Aldi has played a significant role in the continued success of the business. In the past six years, the number of people employed by Rush Bulbs and Flowers has grown from four to 15, making it one of the largest flower growers in Ireland. The Rush Bulbs and Flowers

farm has also doubled its production volume in three years. Michael Ruigrok, director at Rush Bulbs and Flowers, said: “As the third generation of Ruigroks to be supplying fresh flowers to the Irish market, my brother and I are very proud to see our business continue to grow. “Our partnership with Aldi has allowed us to develop our operation rapidly in recent years. Since 2014, we have doubled the production volume of our farm and have increased our production of tulips from 1.5 million to six million stems on hydroponics.”




Search underway for top young entrepreneur THE latest search to find Fingal’s Best Young Entrepreneur and ultimately Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) is underway. With a €50,000 investment fund available for Fingal winners, this National enterprise initiative attracted 1,842 applications across the country last year and supported over 450 young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial assistance. Announcing the start of this year’s programme, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, said: “Building on the success of previous IBYE competitions, this Government wants to support more young entrepreneurs right across the country through the LEOs. “Ireland has a well-earned

reputation as a country that supports and fosters enterprise. “Our young entrepreneurs are talented, innovative and dynamic. Last year, 180 young entrepreneurs won investment funding for their businesses through IBYE, helping them reach their export and job growth potential.” Minister Fitzgerald added: “I would encourage all young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 to talk to their LEO about the IBYE programme and the valuable supports available throughout the various stages of the competition.” The initiative is co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices and begins with a nationwide competition across three categories at county level: Best Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established

Business. Around 450 applicants, across every local authority area will be invited to regional ‘Entrepreneur Bootcamps’ in November to help them develop their business and new venture ideas. With an investment fund of €50,000, Fingal Local Enterprise Office will award six investment prizes to three category winners and three runners-up, before the Regional Finals early next year. The local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories will receive €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive €5,000. The Best Business Idea winner locally will receive an investment prize of €7,000 and the runner-up will receive €3,000. The competition is now in

▪▪ Pictured at the launch were Seamus Tighe of Everest Granola; Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley; chief executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid; Head of Enterprise in Fingal, Oisin Geoghegan; Damian O’Kelly of Nutrictics; and Louisamay Hanrahan of Luvguru App. its fourth year and last year’s local winners were: Marcin Kulik of SmartTrace Software, from Malahide, in the Best Business Idea category; Seamus Tighe of Everest Granola, from Castleknock, in the Best Start-Up Business category; and Damian O’Kelly of Nutritics Ltd. from Swords in the

Best Established Business category. To enter, entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 in Fingal are asked to visit www. to submit their entry online. The closing date is Saturday, September 29 and there is no entry fee

Local retailers in Ireland’s top 100 list RETAIL Excellence, the largest retail industry representative organisation in the country, has named 21 Dublin businesses among the top 100 stores in the country. They are as follows: The 3 store, Swords; Adrian Dunne Pharmacy; Inglot, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre; Love Suits, Swords; McCabe’s Pharmacy, Pavilion Shopping Centre; Moriarty’s SuperValu, Balbriggan; Peter Mark, Swords; Butlers Chocolate Café and Ecco both located in Liffey Valley; Donnybrook Fair, Donnybrook; Dubray books, Grafton Street; Fitzsimons Family Fishmongers; Gino Gelato’s, Grafton Street; Laduree, South William Street; Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Blackrock Shopping Centre; L’Occitane en Provence, Dundrum Town Centre; Rock’s Jewellers, Stillorgan Shopping Centre; St Stephen’s Green Food Village, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre; Stonechat Jewellers, Westbury Mall; The Natural Bakery, Donnybrook Mall; and Tilestyle, Ballymount. The Top100 stores are part of the Retail Excellence (RE) Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry and are now the largest and most prestigious of their kind in Ireland. The awards will take place on November 11 in Killarney. David Fitzsimons, chief executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, said: “There were almost 700 entries nationwide and as with other years we are delighted with the quality of applicants this year. The very high standard of service, customer engagement and display among Irish retailers was very evident.”


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9 AUG 2017




Calling all junior detectives! GPO Witness History has misplaced some key objects of historic significance. It’s with the greatest urgency that these must be located and we need your expertise. The search is taking place weekly on Sundays throughout August. If you are up to the task, register your participation by emailing This fun activity is available for children aged five to 12 and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It costs €12 per adult, €6 per child or €26 for a family of four. After the experience, there’s a session of crafts and games from the Victorian era.


The number of parkruns on the Northside increased recently with a new addition – Fairview. The 5k run, which is free to enter, also takes place at a number of other local venues every Saturday at 9.30am, including St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Malahide Castle, Ardgillan Castle and Poppintree Park, to name but a few. To register for a parkrun near you, visit



Hear the most popular ‘Ukulele Songs of All Times’ in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Come along and hear the Dublin Ukulele Collective playing and singing on the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Band Stand – East Pier, on Saturday, August 12 from 3pm JERVIS KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT Jervis Shopping Centre is running some great until 4.30pm. kids’ entertainment every Saturday & Sunday from 12pm-4pm during August. There are some amazing themed shows at 12.15pm, 1.30pm & 3pm and lots happening in between. And there’s the added bonus of being able to do some shopping while you’re there!

Written and performed by Robert Gogan, Strolling Through Ulysses! tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday - June 16th 1904 - the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based, and guides you through the curious events and quirky characters of the iconic novel in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner. Bawdy, irreverent and great fun, this one-manshow takes place The Stag's Head, Dame Court, every Sunday. Tickets cost €15 and are available at Dublin Visitor Centres, from and at the door (subject to availability).




The Bray Train & Model Fair will take place on Sunday, August 13 from 11am to 3pm in Bray Wheelers Clubhouse on the Schools Road, off Boghall Road. Diecast, tin toys, models -vintage/modern, Dinky/Corgi/Matchbox/Oxford. See

Movie fans are in for a treat this weekend with the annual Fingal Film Festival taking place over three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 11, 12 and 13. With outdoor cinemas, live stand-up comedy and music, full bars, food vendors, and a new venue, the 800-year-old Swords Castle, the festival offers a weekend of family-friendly excitement. For more information on the full schedule, visit

Emlyn Boyle, a Westmeath-based artist who is originally from Coolock, is holding an exhibition of his work at Rush Library. ‘Those Ancient Folk’ is based on Irish myths, legends and folklore and launches this Saturday, August 12 in Rush. This is Emlyn’s second solo art exhibition but his first one based in Dublin. It runs until September 1.


A car boot sale will take place in the grounds of the Methodist Church, Ballinteer Road, Dundrum (just off M50 - beside Wesley Rugby Club) on Saturday, August 12. Gates open for sellers at 8am. Prices are cars €20 and for car and trailer €30. For buyers, admission is free. Free parking in grounds of Wesley College. Cafe with light refreshments available. Further details from email:

Crossword Solutions CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 News flash; 8 Err; 9 Unemotional; 11 Federal; 12 Egret; 13 Realms; 15 Aspire; 17 Heirs; 18 Entries; 20 Grave-digger; 22 Sol; 23 Displayed. Down: 2 Eon; 3 Flour; 4 Aridly; 5 Hunters; 6 Self-raising; 7 Greatness; 10 Endearingly; 11 Farmhouse; 14 Mislaid; 16 Sewers; 19 Twill; 21 Eye. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Associate; 8 Rim; 9 Refrigerate; 11 Airless; 12 Prone; 13 On hand; 15 Reside; 17 First; 18 Afflict; 20 Overbalance; 22 Sir; 23 Eternally. Down: 2 See; 3 Chide; 4 Averse; 5 Example; 6 Premonition; 7 Amusement; 10 Furthermore; 11 Aloofness; 14 Not here; 16 Rabble; 19 Felon; 21 Col.



From the Archives

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

▪▪ The Dublin train from Howth steams into Sutton Railway Station, c. 1907. There were superb views from the train as it ran along the coast. Passengers wait on the station platform which would certainly be more crowded today. The wall on the opposite platform carries advertistements, including one for ‘Wright’s Coal Tar Soap’. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Evening Herald, August 26, 1939

▪▪ Evening Herald, August 31, 1939

▪▪ Irish Press, August 17, 1977

▪▪ Victoria House, Victoria Terrace, Kingstown, c. 1905. The hotel was formed by the amalgamation of two houses which had been built on the waterfront by Thomas Egan in 1843. The proprietor was Thomas Ross and Ross’s Hotel was very popular. In the 1930s it had an ‘electric lift’ and an added attraction was the ‘winter garden’ on the hotel roof. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, August 8, 1867

▪▪ Sunday Independent, August 27, 1939


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