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Phibsborough plan appealed Adam Daly

AN APPEAL has been lodged against the planning permission recently granted for the €50 million revamp of Phibsborough Shopping Centre. Permission for the redevelopment, granted by Dublin City Council, is being objected to by a group of Phibsborough residents. Among them are former politicians Joe and Emer Costello, representatives from Phibsboro Tidy Towns and other locals from Phizzfest. The redevelopment plans include an increase in the number of retail spaces and the construction of apartments for 341 students in blocks, ranging up to seven storeys. Often referred to as one of the ugliest buildings in Dublin, the eight-storey office tower will not be demolished as part of the plans but instead the existing block will be clad with expanded metal mesh. The rooftop antennae will also be screened with the same material. The appellants are petitioning An Bord Pleanála to refuse the mesh treatment of the building. Instead they want new windows fitted and to bring the building up to current environmental standards. The appeal states that the retention of the ’50 year old, single glazed, rusting windows in the tower is an act of architectural vandalism’. Continued on page 2



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Work set to begin on new Clonshaugh hotel soon WORK on a new hotel on a site at Clonshaugh, adjacent to Dublin Airport, is expected to begin in the coming weeks. The Seraphine Group’s 10-storey hotel will provide 327 bedrooms with extensive conference and banquet facilities. A 650-space Park & Ride facility will also be provided to service Dublin Airport. “This is an exciting project, bringing an International hotel brand to Dublin Airport and creating close to 100 jobs once open” said Geoff Kinsella, Development Director at Seraphine Group. “A four star Holiday Inn hotel will bring a new generation of design and comfort in hotel accommodations and sits really well

within our existing portfolio of hotels already operational”. The Seraphine Group bought the site with full planning permission in place for the development. The possibility of having two hotels serving different markets on the one site was explored, but plans are underway to revert to the previously granted planning permission and immediately commence works to bring construction jobs immediately on the project. Industry sources such as Failte Ireland have identified a peak demand shortfall estimated of some 5,000 hotel rooms. The Seraphine Group say that strategically, a hotel of the scale proposed is ideally suited to helping satisfy this demand.


Phibsborough plan appealed Continued from page 1 According to Susan Dawson, one of the founders of Phibsboro Tidy Town, no one knows what the long-term consequences of the mesh will be or who is going to maintain it. “As a Tidy Town, we are particularly interested in the environment,” she told Northside People. “It would be much better I think if that shopping centre was energy neutral. Solar panels and triple glazed windows on the tower block. Those sorts of things should be part of the development plan.”

The feasibility of solar panels on the tower roof, which could produce sufficient energy for the entire development should be examined and included as a condition of planning, according to the appeal. Concern was also raised regarding the student accommodation, which will be in two blocks of four to six storeys. The apartments will partially overhang the existing shops facing onto the Phibsborough Road. The building of student accommodation instead of apartments for families or older people is “a missed opportunity” according to

Dawson. ‘’We want a good mix of people living here,” she said. “We want people living here that are invested in the area and obviously students are here for a shorter time. We would prefer a better mix of residential accommodation. ‘’The other thing that we would like to see is a better community gain from this. There is no community gain at all. We could do with a meeting space, somewhere where we can store equipment, like for instance tidy town stuff.” The appeal group state

in their objection that the absence of community gain could also be offset by the provision of a proportion of the development being allocated as family homes, rather than just the student tenants. Former local TD, Joe Costello, said that while Phibsborough supports the redevelopment he believes a liaison committee should be established between the developer and residents. “This project is a major €40-€50m development in a fragile residential neighbourhood with colossal levels of transient traffic night and day,” he added.

“It is essential that the residents be consulted on all phases of the development.” As a part of the community gain component, the appellants also propose that local residents be involved in the naming of the redeveloped centre. It is now open to anyone to make an observation on the appeal, which costs €50. Phizzfest has encouraged residents on their Facebook page to come together to make an observation. The planning reference number is 2628/17 and it can found on the planning section of Dublin City Council’s website.

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M&S opens new store in Omni THERE was great excitement in Santry last Thursday morning when hundreds of locals gathered for the unveiling of the new Marks & Spencer Foodhall.

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years and 27 years respectively, and both live locally so were delighted to have the opportunity to become part of the new store team. Mr Fahey said: "I am so proud of the team for

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Locals sweep into Broome Lodge OVER 50 senior citizens got the keys to new homes last week thanks to the opening of a new development of 43 one and two bedroom apartments in Cabra. The Clúid Housing scheme was official launched by local TD and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, and Dublin Lord Mayor, Mícheál MacDonncha. Clúid worked in partnership with a number of stakeholders to deliver the much-needed housing in an area of high demand. The Broome Lodge project is being delivered in partnership with Dublin City Council, the Housing Finance Agency, the European Investment Bank and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. In total, 51 senior citizens received the keys to their new homes in the complex last week. Clúid said that as part of its commitment to meeting the housing needs of all residents, Broome Lodge is specifically designed to promote independent living in an age friendly society. “We are determined to keep pace with residents’

▪▪ Pictured at the opening are Brian O’Gorman, Chief Executive Cluid Housing (left), Eibhlin O’Connor, Head of Delivery Cluid Housing and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. PHOTO: CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHERS DUBLIN changing needs by developing schemes like Broome Lodge,” said Clúid’s Head of Delivery, Eibhlin O’Connor. “We believe in supporting senior citizens to ‘age in place’, which means enabling people to stay in their home for as long as they wish. That is why Clúid’s design standard follows the Universal Design principle in its


approach to delivering sustainable housing.” Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. Benefits of the approach include greater independence for residents and the

elimination of the need for retrofitting or adaptation costs. It also reduces the capital cost of disability grants and means less need for support services. “We’re delighted to have worked with Dublin City Council to ensure those with the greatest housing and support needs were prioritised and allocated a ‘home

▪▪ Broome Lodge resident David Cassin pictured with Minister of State at the Department of Housing John Paul Phelan. for life’ at Broome Lodge,” O’Connor said. “They include a number of people who were until now experiencing homelessness and others who were medical priorities. “We believe that Broome Lodge will provide residents with a high quality of life and improved health in a safe, secure community.” The entire Broome Lodge

complex runs on an energy efficient heating system and combined with an affordable rent, this helps combat fuel poverty and supports residents to minimise their living costs. The Cabra development cost just over €8 million while the average cost per apartment totalled just under €190,000. Construction was funded


by loans from the Housing Finance Agency and financial support from the Department of Housing and Dublin City Council provided the site. Local TD, Minister Paschal Donohoe highlighted just how important the new scheme is to the area. “The investment by Government, in partnership with Clúid Housing, demonstrates our commitment to the people of Cabra and to the provision of better housing, new schools and improved infrastructure ensuring better standards and quality of life,” he said. “Today’s proceedings at Broome Lodge act as an important milestone for Cabra West, and marks the official opening of homes for 51 senior citizens in our community. “The redevelopment of this site is not only important because it provides homes for people who need them, it also transforms an area, which has been the source of dereliction and vandalism in the past, into one that is focused on building a sense of community and facilitating people with homes for life.”

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Election threat has damaged Irish politics bit of breathing space between until the real polling day now that the phony war is over. By that time, there will probably be fresh controversies and new calls for more ministerial heads on plates. Politicians are learning to their cost that they are only one tweet or email away from being shown the door. They need to stop putting their digital footprints in their mouths. Irish politics is all the poorer for the Fitzgerald debacle. The unedifying behaviour of some Fianna Fáil TDs, as Comment: Tony McCullagh, they loudly cheered Jim O’Callaghan’s Dublin People group editor ‘Six One News’ declaration that the party had no confidence in the former Tánaiste, was nothing short of vulgar Dáil barstool SN’T democracy great? Only in bravado. Ireland could a minister resign in Leo Varadkar’s tough-guy stance in the morning and then be selected refusing to throw his Justice Minister that very evening to contest the under the bus began to wear thin after next general election. a few days, particularly when new emails emerged that made Fitzgerald’s Of course, Frances Fitzgerald is well within her rights to put her name forward resignation all but inevitable. It was the at a convention and the good Fine Gaelers first real test of his mettle as Taoiseach in Dublin Mid West are equally entitled to and his judgement has been called into question by some. put her on the ticket as they see fit. The For all the rhetoric about keeping the timing just seemed a bit odd. Government afloat for the sake of Brexit, I imagine that Deputy Fitzgerald the reality is that neither Fianna Fáil nor wouldn’t have savoured the prospect of Fine Gael wanted to face the electorate. knocking on constituents’ doors had her continuation in office precipitated a pre- This wasn’t about doing what was right for the country; it was a blatant exercise Christmas election that nobody wanted. She will be hoping for a fade factor and a in self-preservation.


You could sense a cooling of heads after a weekend poll showed that there would be no major change in the political landscape if an immediate general election took place. Likewise, the Independent Alliance had everything to lose by going to the polls so early into their nascent ministerial careers and they predictably urged all sides to pull back from the brink. Sinn Féin seemed the most relaxed about an election being triggered by their no confidence motion and Mary Lou McDonald must be relishing the prospect of being the pivotal party figure in a postGerry Adams world. Our politicians flexed their muscles but backed down when they took the public temperature, which – a bit like December – was subzero. Some people I spoke to said they wouldn’t have bothered voting had a snap election been called. The cold weather, combined with voter apathy, could have resulted in one of the worst election turnouts in history. In the cacophony of all the petty bickering, the scandalous treatment of whistleblower Maurice McCabe was almost lost on us. In addition, the death of two homeless people on the streets of our capital last week should also have helped concentrate minds on Kildare Street in terms of where political priorities should lie. ▪▪ Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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Ballymun kids get kicks from coding THE Ballymun Child & Family Resource Centre has launched a CoderDojo programme designed to teach local kids as young as seven the art of computer coding. The centre is now registered with the CoderDojo Foundation, a global movement teaching children how to code. Coding clubs are known as Dojos and the children who take part are Ninjas. There are already 21 Ninjas

in Ballymun CoderDojo with a waiting list of 10. Manager of the Family Resource Centre Valerie O’Carroll explained why the programme was launched locally. “We wanted to give children in Ballymun an edge when it came to second and third level education, even as far as employment in the IT field,” she said. Ninjas in the local Dojo move through different levels so they can go on to build

a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative and social environment. CoderDojo is supported by volunteers who kids build a positive future through coding and community. O’Carroll pointed out how important they were to the Ballymun programme. “We couldn’t run the Dojo without the commitment and good will of all the volunteers,” she said.

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Bradshaw does the double NORTHSIDE Kickboxer Lauren Bradshaw was crowned WAKO World Champion, not only once but twice at the recent WAKO Kickboxing World Championships. The ‘fighting Dub', who is no stranger to international success, fought in two disciplines at the championships and came out on tops in both. Bradshaw, who currently holds the European title, fought in the 70kg divisions of Light Continuous sparring and Kick Light sparring. Light Continuous is an action packed discipline of Kickboxing where, like boxing, scores are accumulated over three two-minute rounds. Kick Light is similar only the upper legs become legitimate scoring targets also, similar to K1 and low kick. The world championships, which was staged in Budapest, Hungary, attracted 60 countries from across all five continents and had 1,553 competitors

fight it out over five days for the coveted WAKO title, the most prestigious title in the amateur sport of Kickboxing. Lauren had to beat competitors from Croatia, India and Poland to meet a Russian pro boxer in her final of the Light Continuous. The Cabra girl was just too strong and experienced for the Russian fighter who tried desperately to adapt to Lauren's tactics, but just couldn't keep up. After three explosive rounds in the final, Lauren was crowned champion of the world in light continuous. In her Kick Light bouts she had to face competitors from South Africa, Chile and Italy in the final. Again Lauren was just too smart for the Italian fighter and she took her second world title with a unanimous decision. Lauren's double win at the world championships tops off a hugely successful year for the Cabra Kickboxer. She took gold at this

year’s Irish Open World Cup, and also took gold at the Dutch Open World Cup and silver at the Hungarian Open World Cup lining her up to be the most accomplished female Light Continuous fighter to come out of Ireland. Lauren is currently ranked number 1 in the world across all weight categories. But in her usual laid-back style, she was humble in her victories. "Yeah, it's been a hugely successful year for me,” she said. “Success like this doesn't come easy and it doesn't come quickly. I've been chasing these titles for a long time now. “I've been training since I was seven years of age and I was lucky enough to train with one of the most brilliant tactical coaches in the world - so it's really a team effort." Jon Mackey has been Lauren's coach since day one. He is also head coach for Kickboxing Ireland's Light Continuous division.

"Jon has a unique understanding of the sport,” Lauren said. “He's the Billy Walsh of amateur kickboxing! These wins are as much his and a testament to the work he has put in to me since I became a regular member of the Irish national team." Lauren's double gold closes a very successful year for her and her club, Red Star Kickboxing, which is based on Nore Road in Glasnevin. Lauren won't rest until closer to Christmas as she teaches her classes every week at Red Star Kickboxing. She has a very popular class of Little Kickboxers who will hopefully follow in her footsteps well into the future. Red Star already has a few rising stars in its ranks. Earlier this year Finglas girls Eliza Bluma and Robyn McDonnell and Dayna Walsh and Nazreen Flannery from Cabra from the club represented Ireland at the WAKO European kickboxing championships for juniors in Sko- ▪▪ Lauren with coach Jon Mackey and the two beautiful trophies that mark her pje, Macedonia. double win.

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Addiction now spans three generations COOLMINE Therapeutic Community clients are often second and even third generation of their family with addiction problems the treatment centre has revealed. Research into the backgrounds of 1,350 clients attending Coolmine annually shows that often their parents and grandparents also experienced addiction problems. The figures were highlighted at the opening of an extended Early Years crèche and pre-school facility at Coolmine Ashleigh House, which can now work with 50 children per year. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, attended the official opening ceremony earlier this month. Coolmine Chief Executive, Pauline McKeown explained the difficulties faced by some women with addiction problems. “The majority of those with drug addiction problems also have family members including parents and siblings with similar addictions,” she said. “Often the pregnant women and mothers that we work with have experienced little love themselves and histories of child maltreatment and trauma are all too prevalent. “They may not have been proper parented themselves and yet now are mothers facing many challenges. “With support from Government and private donors, Coolmine has been

able to expand its mother and child facility, which is the only one in Ireland.” Coolmine say that integration of addiction treatment and early childcare interventions can help stop generational cycles of addiction and homelessness. “Ashleigh House allows pregnant women and mothers to keep their children with them during their residential treatment programme,” McKeown continued. “The alternative is that these vulnerable, high-risk families remain unsupported in our communities, often struggling in homeless accommodation. “They are often afraid to acknowledge their addiction for fear that their unborn, their child or children will be taken into care. “They remain hidden and unsupported in our communities.” Coolmine accommodates 65 women and 25 children in its residential service every year. McKeown says the extended on-site Early Years crèche and pre-school facility doubles the number of babies and young children that it can support. “The service provides a real opportunity to decrease the negative impact of parental substance misuse on children,” she added. “It contributes to breaking generational cycles of addiction, which is all too prevalent amongst disadvantaged families in Ireland today. “Many of the women

Coolmine helped have significant histories of trauma, resulting from past and present abuse. “First and foremost, they are in a safe and secure environment at Ashleigh House to acknowledge and work through these experiences. “This, combined with the expanded crèche facility can help more mothers overcome their addiction and enable their families to lead a fulfilled and productive life. “This is achieved with the strengths based Parents Under Pressure Programme (PUP) to empower ▪▪ Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, pictured at the opening of the extended creche and mothers become the best pre-school facility for children of Coolmine clients. PHOTO: MAXWELLS parent for their child or children.” Coolmine Ashleigh House is the only addiction residential rehabilitation centre for mothers and their children in Ireland. Last year 66 women attended Ashleigh House of whom 62 per cent were national admissions. Seventeen children were supported by the onsite early years crèche service. There are still more male clients at Coolmine with 134 men attending residential therapy at Coolmine Lodge of whom 59 per cent were direct prison or probation service referrals. Fifty five men and women engaged in Coolmine’s Drug-Free day programme in 2016. Twenty-one clients progressed to aftercare and Late Show band ‘The Cam- Area Council which will go 14 graduated from the proA BRILLIANT night was tember 27. towards helping families embert Quartet’. enjoyed by local senior gramme to access training, A total of €1,000 was in the area over the Christcitizens in Erin’s Isle GAA They enjoyed a beautiful education and employClub on Wednesday, Sep- dinner and dancing to Late raised for the SVP Finglas mas. ment placements.

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Academy date for reformed The Celeb Spy Xtra Frank and Walters in association with

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to have a small church wedding.

The Prince announced he would be marrying the previously divorced ‘Suits’ actress in spring. It’s believed the pair will be looking to minimise the fuss associated with previous royal weddings with just their family and close friends invited. Is it just me or are things moving a little fast? Vance Joy admits his latest song was five years in the making. His new album, ‘Nation of Two’, comes out in February next year, but the lead single, ‘Lay It On Me’, is out now. In an interview with Dublin’s Q102, the Australian singer-songwriter (real name Gabriel Wanderson Keogh) said the delay is due to being tied up with family matters. Katie Hopkins has left The Mail Online after two years as a columnist for the website. The former ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s contract was not renewed by “mutual consent”. Her departure comes six months after her radio show was taken off the air following a controversial tweet about the Manchester bombing. Hopkins rose to fame by appearing in the third series of ‘The Apprentice’ and wrote for the Mail Online for two years after leaving The Sun. But her columns and tweets have seen her accused of publishing deliberate provocation rather than legitimate commentary.

Miley Cyrus has confessed that she doesn't like listening to her own music most of the time. She was praising a contestant on ‘The Voice USA’ when she made the admission. Miley is a judge on the hit TV show. She has also returned to her country roots as she took to the stage with a cover of Shania Twain classic ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ during a recent edition of the show. The 25-year-old paid homage to the iconic music video accompanying Shania’s international hit by sporting a distinctive leopard print romper suit while performing the track with protégés Janice Freeman, Brooke Simpson and Ashland Craft.

That’s it from me. Until next week


keyboard duties in 2005. In September 2012 The Frank and Walters undertook a 20th anniversary celebration tour marking their debut album ‘Trains, Boats and Planes’ and in May 2015 released a single entitled ‘Look At Us Now’. Tickets are available The set list on the tour will include an array of stun- through ning singles from the Frank’s TRACK RECORD WITH amazing career including, ‘Fashion Crisis Hits New PAUL LINEHAN: York’, ‘After All’, ‘Indie Love 1. Best gig you’ve been to Song’ and ‘We Are The Young Men’ and will feature Grand in Dublin? The best gig I’ve been to in Parade played in its entirety. The alternative pop band Dublin was U2 at Croke park from Cork city was founded in 1985. Supported by REM, in 1989 and named in hon- The Alarm, Squeeze and I our of two eccentric local think In Tua Nua. 2. Most memorable mocharacters. The original line-up in- ment in Dublin? Cork winning the All-Irecluded Paul Linehan (as vocalist/bassist), his broth- land hurling final in 2004. 3. Most want to forget er Niall Linehan (as guitarist), and Ashley Keating (on moment in Dublin? When Kerry destroyed drums). Niall Linehan was re- Cork in the 2005 All-Ireland placed as guitarist in 2004 football semi-final, also at by Kevin Pedreschi, who Croke park. 4. First album you was in turn replaced by Rory bought and last album you Murphy in 2010. Cian Corbett joined on bought? THE Frank and Walters, who recently embarked on a celebratory tour to mark 20 years since the release of their second album ‘Grand Parade’, are playing The Academy on Friday, December 2.

First album I bought was ‘Steve McQueen’ by Prefab Sprout. Last album I bought was a Nina Simone best of. 5. When you’re not playing music, what else do you do? The pastime I enjoy the most is going horseracing. I enjoy point-to-points the most. 6. Who are your influences? My influences would be

many. Prefab Sprout. The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground. Nina Simone, The Stranglers, New Order, The Cure, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Doors. 7. If you weren’t in The Frank and Walters, who would make up your ideal band with you as front-

man? Probably my favourite backing band would be The Doors. 8. Any tips on life? Tips on life from me would be to respect everyone. 9. First person you’d invite to your party? It would be my family. 10. Last person you’d invite to your party? Last person I’d invite would be no one.

Dublin to light up for New Year’s Eve DUBLIN band Kodaline (pictured right) who headline the 3Countdown Concert, have officially launched the programme of events for New Year’s Festival Dublin at the Custom House. Dublin’s iconic landmark will be at the centre of the action as Dublin counts down to the New Year. There will be several days of spectacular events to mark the occasion. For the first time ever, two spectacular Midnight Moment events will countdown to 2018 in style with breath-taking aerial and aquatic displays. As well as the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment there will

celebrate the New Year with Kodaline at the 3Countdown Concert and kick-start 2018 at the free, family-friendly 3New Year’s Day Celebration and concert. New Year’s Festival Dublin also revealed details of their free, family–friendly 3New Year’s Day Celebrations at Custom House Quay on January 1. Running from 12 noon until 4pm, you can enjoy award-winning performers and the hugely popular New Year’s Day concert featuring the brilliant Garda Band, The Line Up Choir and the Hit Machine Drummers and more. The 3New Year’s Day also be the family-friendly the earlier time of 6.30pm. New Year's Festival Dub- Celebrations promise to be Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee starting at lin participants can also a fun filled day of enter-

tainment with pop up performances from jugglers, mime artists, stilt walkers and face painting. This year’s participants in New Year’s Festival Dublin can also ring in 2018 at Liffey Lights Midnight Moment – a dazzling light, aerial and aquatic display. Keelin Fagan, Head of Dublin for Fáilte Ireland, said: “This year’s festival has an action-packed programme with spectacular, welcoming and fun events planned over the two days with something for everyone”. She added: “For the first time ever, visitors will be treated to the unique visual spectacle of the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment.”



PayPal staff hack for charity STAFF from PayPal were at Castleknock Hotel earlier this month to take part in a challenge to create and develop digital resources and systems for Irish charities over a 24-hour period. Opportunity Hack involved employees from various disciplines including coding, software development, customer support, risk and compliance, being tasked with working with the charities to develop solutions for their pressing digital needs. A judging panel consisting of various members of the PayPal team - including Maeve Dorman, Vice President of Merchant Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Anthony Rafferty, Director of Merchant Services, as well as Guy Thompson, General Manager of the Castleknock Hotel and President of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce – had the difficult task of choosing the best projects. The team behind Chifundo, a charity dedicated to the education of underprivileged children in the villages of Zomba in Malawi, claimed the number one spot. The PayPal techies helped create an online shop for the organisation to sell Malawi crafts brought back to Ireland by volunteers, the proceeds of which will be donated directly to the school. Second place went to Pieta House which helps those in suicidal distress. It was provided with an app allowing community centres to streamline the registration and payment system for its Darkness Into Light event, thus saving the charity 5,000 volunteer hours, and eliminating the handling of over €1.5m in cash. Junior Achievement Ireland, an organisation that encourages and supports young people to remain in education, and Outreach Moldova, which is dedicated to protecting the rights of vulnerable children in the Republic of Moldova, took joint third. Junior Achievement Ireland collaborated with PayPal to develop an integrated CRM system to digitise materials used in the classroom. Outreach Moldova’s collaboration resulted in a new online ticketing service to make it easier for people to purchase tickets for its dinner and lunch events. Speaking at the event, Maeve Dorman said PayPal is committed to giving back to the local community where it does business.

“It’s been fantastic to see our team joining forces with local charities to tackle their digital challenges, and come up with solutions,” she said. “It is a tremendous event for all involved. Not only do the charities benefit but PayPal teammates get a great sense of achievement.” Guy Thompson said Castleknock Hotel was honoured to be the partner hotel for PayPal’s Opportunity Hack 2.0. “As President of the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Com-

merce, we strongly encourage CSR initiatives amongst our members and PayPal is leading the way, providing much needed expertise, support, enthusiasm and a genuine passion for helping the community,” he added. Director of Funding and Advocacy at Pieta House, Kieran Brady, was delighted with the app created for the charity during Opportunity Hack 2.0. “It streamlines the registration and payment process-

es, saving us countless hours, and protects both staff and volunteers by reducing cash handling,” he said. “It will also help us adhere to tightening data protection legislation and maintain transparency, which is so important to us in remaining accountable to the many people who support us in doing our work. “We are extremely grateful to the PayPal team for lending us their time and expertise for this project.”

▪▪ Pictured (l-r) at PayPal’s Opportunity Hack are Guy Thompson, Fingal Dublin Chamber president and Castleknock Hotel; Alison Pryce, PayPal; Kristina Fernandes, PayPal; Cian Delaney, PayPal; Francesca Placido, PayPal; and Anthony Cooney, CEO, Fingal Dublin Chamber.




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Think twice about a Christmas puppy Corina Fitzsimons


E RECENTLY launched our #PawsForThought Christmas Campaign as we are asking people to pause and think twice about getting a dog this Christmas. Last year, in the three months after Christmas, we saw an increase of 58 per cent in calls and emails from people asking us to take their dog. The most common reason for these requests was that people simply didn’t have enough time to care for their dogs. Owning a dog is an amazing privilege but it is a huge commitment and definitely not something to be rushed into. There are many reasons why getting a dog at Christmas is not a good idea: Attention – A puppy, especially one who has recently left the comfort of his littermates and mum will crave attention and comfort and you may just not have the time to provide this at a busy time like Christmas. Guests - Christmas is often the busiest time of year in homes with lots of guests and excitement. This can be

over whelming for any puppy! If puppies are over whelmed and frightened by visitors this can easily lead to behaviour problems in the future. Housetraining – Housetraining a puppy takes a few weeks, lots of

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patience, routine and consistency with the whole family, and most importantly you need to be there to recognise when your puppy needs to ‘go’. With the festivities, this can be difficult to do as your concentration can be on preparing

meals and wrapping presents etc. Trees & Decorations - Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year for most of us but with lots of forbidden foods and decorations within reach, it can be a very busy time for veterinary practices

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The Dublin People Newspaper Group has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Amber, an eight-year-old female Pit Bull Terrier.

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She was returned to Dogs Trust after five years through no fault of her own, due to a change in her family’s circumstances. Amber loves people so much that she would prefer to be the only pet in the home. She would love to live with children but she is quite bouncy and playful - so any little ones in the home would need to be able for her extremely affectionate nature. Amber is a big favourite amongst the staff here, especially the volunteers! If you're looking for a fun, affectionate and bouncy pal then Amber would be an amazing addition to your family. Amber’s unconditional love will make you feel like the most important and loved person on the planet! If you think you can offer Amber a loving home, contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

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around the country! Chocolate, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, and alcohol are toxic to dogs and rich fatty foods can cause serious damage. You’d need eyes on the back of your head with a puppy around all of these harmful temptations! Gifts – There are usually lots of new, expensive gifts lying around at Christmas and puppies like and need to chew; they cannot differentiate between cheap and expensive items. Timing – Gifts at Christmas are an indulgence for our loved ones – puppies are a 15-year commitment and simply not a material item to be gifted as a surprise. Puppies need stability, routine and a calm environment to settle into, and as wonderful as Christmas is, this is not the time of the year to make such a commitment. To find out more about how you can support our campaign, please log onto

▪▪ Ciiara Byrne and her dog, Jenna, pass some #PawsForThought paw prints. PHOTO: FRAN VEALE


Give a Dog a Home Today! Phone us on 01 8791000 Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at You can also pop up for a visit. Dogs Trust is open six days a week from 12-4pm. The centre is closed all day Tuesday. You can also find Dogs Trust on Facebook at or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE





IF YES HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE FOLLOWING? The noise these vehicles can create and the disturbance they can cause for your neighbours. Did you know last Christmas a teenager in Dublin was killed when his scrambler was involved in a collision with another vehicle? Each year misuse of these vehicles have led to a number of deaths and serious injuries! Quad bikes/scramblers are not toys! MICHELLE MCNALLY PHONE: 086 411 5783 E-MAIL: 22/11/17


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Local heroes are honoured THE inaugural Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2017 were held in the Carlton Hotel at Dublin Airport last Thursday, with broadcaster Joe Duffy doing the honours as MC. Due to the high quality of nominees submitted by our readers, our judges were faced with a near-impossible task in drawing up their shortlist for each of the 10 categories. The following were the winners and runners-up in each category: SPORT Club of the Year: Cumann Baire Setanta, Ballymun (winner); Darndale Boxing Club; Fingallians GAA Club. Team of the Year: St Finian's Under 15 Camogie/Gaelic Football Team (winner); Shelbourne FC Ladies’ Team; Baldoyle United FC U11s. Young Sports Person of the Year: Aoife Hopkins (winner), Jessica Ziu, Eliza Bluma. Outstanding Achievement Award: Liam Daly (winner), Dick Fields, Robyn Byrne. Coach of the Year: Nicholas Duffy (winner), Fionntan MacGibb, Paul Keane. COMMUNITY Best School in the community: Belvedere College (winner); St Michael's House, Baldoyle; Pobalscoil Neasáin. Volunteer of the Year: Olive Kelly (winner), John (Sammy) Donnelly, Helen Thompson. Business in the Community: Laverty’s Pharmacy (winner); Clodagh Bury, Slim4Life; Top Oil. Young Community Person of Year: Dylan Lynch (winner) Stephen James,

Stephen Lally. Community & Neighbourhood Group: Christine Keegan, Stardust Relatives and Victims’ Committee (winner); Bohemian Foundation; Portmarnock Arch Club. Christine Keegan also took the Overall Community Award, with Cumann Baire Setanta winning the Overall Sport Award. Tony McCullagh, group editor of Dublin People, paid tribute to all the nominees shortlisted for awards on the night. "It is fitting that we honour community groups, volunteers, businesses and sporting excellence in the year of the 30th anniversary of Northside People," he said. "As the leading local newspaper, it has been a pleasure to feature so many of these nominees in our pages over the past number of decades." Northside People would like to thank the sponsors of the awards: Finglas Safety Forum, Cabra Community Policing Forum, Jennings Funeral Directors, Baldoyle Training Centre (ddletb), Staffords ▪▪ Joe Duffy shows off his ‘Freedom of Funeral Homes, ACME Blinds, Jump Zone, the Northside’ front page Orchard Fostering, Northside Shopping Centre and the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to sales executive Orla Carpenter, who was the main event organiser and did an incredible job in making the awards such a resounding success. Special thanks also to Joe Duffy who was an outstanding host on the night. The popular broadcaster was presented with a special edition front page, declaring him to have been awarded the 'Freedom of the Northside'.

▪▪ Tony McCullagh, Dublin People group editor and Conor Mahon, general manager, present Joe Duffy with his ‘Freedom of the Northside’ award

▪▪ Olive Kelly and Anthony Byrne (Finglas Safety Forum)

▪▪ Nigel Brothers (Jennings Funeral Directors, sponsor) presents Coach of the Year Nicolas Duffy with his award

▪▪ Young Person in the Community winner Dylan Lynch and Niall Counihan (sponsor)

▪▪ Cumann Baire Setanta’s Eibhlín Nic Aoidh, Caroline Sage (Northside Shopping Centre, Club of the Year Award sponsor) and Éilis Ní Chearnaigh

▪▪ Chris Brien, Larry O’Toole, Jack Gleeson, Jeff Conway, Thomas Haynes, Christine Keegan, Antoinette Keegan, Jonathan Stafford (Stafford Funeral Homes, sponsor), Sinead McGowan, Bríd Finn and Stephen Burke




▪▪ Colleen Carrig, Nikita Godfrey, Rachel Kavanagh, Ken Seery (Baldoyle Training Centre ddletb), Tommy Laverty, Jessica Delaney and Katrina Walsh at the awards ceremony in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport

▪▪ Frank Mulrennan, chief executive of Celtic Media Group, with Joe Duffy

▪▪ Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering, sponsor) with Simon O’Donnell and Leslie Byrne of Belvedere College

▪▪ Suzanne McCarthy, Paul Quinn (Jump Zone, sponsor) and Bernie Longe at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards 2017

▪▪ Jessica Ziu, Aoife Hopkins, Lee Ennis (ACME Blinds, sponsor) and Eliza Bluma

▪▪ Stardust campaigner Christine Keegan with Community and Neighbourhood Group Award sponsor Jonathan Stafford

▪▪ Stephen Lally, Dylan Lynch, Niall Counihan (Cabra Policing Forum) and Stephen James


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▪▪ Young Sports Person of the Year Aoife Hopkins and ▪▪ Cumann Baire Setanta won the Overall Sport Award. Pictured (from left): Breena McHugh, Olive Kearney, Paula de Burca, Fergus Breathnach, Lee Ennis (ACME Blinds, sponsor) at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards 2017 Conor Mahon (Dublin People), Kathleen Iwasaki, Éilis ní Chearnaigh and Eibhlín Nic Aoidh

▪▪ Mary McGuigan (group commercial manager, Celtic Media), Joe Duffy and Yvonne Jackson, sales manager, The Anglo Celt, pictured at the awards

▪▪ Paul Keane, Nigel Brothers (Jennings Funeral Directors), Nicolas Duffy, Eibhlín Nic Aoidh and Éilis ní Chearnaigh

▪▪ Liam Ó Culbáird, Eibhlín Nic Aoidh, Caroline Sage (Northside Shopping Centre, sponsor), Éilis Ní Chearnaigh, Christy Carroll and Joe Russell at the awards night in the Carlton Hotel

▪▪ Helen Thompson, Olive Kelly, Anthony Byrne (Finglas Safety Forum) and John Donnelly at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards 2017




▪▪ Iris Kavanagh, Imogen Gold, Colleen Carrig, Nikita Godfrey, Rachel Kavanagh, Ken Seery (Baldoyle Training Centre ddletb), Tommy Laverty, Jessica Delaney, Katrina Walsh, Clodagh Bury and Sam Zraier

▪▪ Dick Fields, Liam Daly, Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering) and Robyn Byrne

▪▪ Outstanding Achivement winner Liam Daly with Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering)

▪▪ Pavel Toim, David Nutley, Dermot Penrose, Suzanne McCarthy, Paul Quinn (Jumpzone, sponsor), Bernie Longe, Jason Dunbar and Jessica Ziu

▪▪ Ann Higgins, Katriona Maher, Russell Lander (Orchard Fostering), Simon O’Donnell, Leslie Byrne, Aidan Pepper, Kate Pepper, Therese Glennon, Valerie Tyndall pictured at the Northside People Community & Sport Awards

▪▪ Conor Mahon, general manager, Dublin People, with sales colleagues Louise Hogan, Dearbhla Foley and Orla Carpenter (event organiser)


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The Irish return to Cyprus THINK Cyprus and it’s hard not to conjure up images of sandy beaches and cloudless blue skies but the Mediterranean’s island of love has plenty of other funky features that make it perfect for a family holiday. This island nation was a favourite holiday destination up to around a decade ago, but like Ireland, it was hit hard by the financial crisis. Direct flights stopped and Cyprus dropped off the radar when it came to sunshine getaways. However, flights have resumed and Irish holidaymakers are going back in droves. In fact, over 2,000 seats have been sold every month between Ireland and Cyprus by Cobalt Air. Confidence in the market is now so strong the airline has announced a year-round schedule from Dublin, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, direct to Larnaca, from €350 return including taxes and luggage. Cyprus is gloriously predictable when it comes to the weather, with guaranteed sunshine from May to October. And when the novelty of lazing away in the heat wears off, there’s enough activity and adventure to keep kids amused right throughout the day and their parents entertained well into the early hours of the morning. Ask any seasoned traveller what makes a destination special and invariably the answer will be ‘people’. So the warm, welcoming nature of the Cypriots helps explain why the island has been one of Ireland’s favourite holiday hot-spots for more than four decades. Cyprus has some of the cleanest bathing waters in the Mediterranean. The best are found around Agia Napa and Protaras, where warm turquoise waters lap gently against white sands. Nissi beach in particular is ideal for smaller children as it has warm shallow waters. Other beaches in Agia Napa include Makronissos and Landa, both perfect for building sandcastles and simply relaxing. The kids will love the Cypriot beaches but when they start looking beyond the sandy coastline for fun there are plenty of family attractions that children of all ages will enjoy. The island’s water parks provide hours of entertainment and there are some wonderful wildlife attractions to explore including the Aquarium and Bird Park in Pafos; the Camel Park near Larnaka; the Donkey Sanctuary near Limassol; and the Ocean Aquarium at Protaras. For older children and adults, most beaches in Cyprus offer water sports with everything from thrill seeking activities like water-skiing, kite-surfing and parasailing to more conventional canoeing and sailing on offer. And if there’s not enough fun on top of the water you can always go under it. Cyprus is great for snorkelling and scuba diving with an abundance of magnif-

▪▪ Nissi beach is as beautiful as it is popular. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK

▪▪ A traditional Cyrpriot home. icent marine life to discover around the island, as well as a shipwreck just off the coast of Larnaka. Cyprus also ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a fantastic natural environment. Cape Greko, a preservation area of extreme beauty near Agia Napa, is one of the highlights and exploring the shoreline for secret sea caves and coves is a great way to spend an afternoon. Take a short walk up the hill to the top of Cape Greko and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best viewing points to watch the sun set in Cyprus. Another natural ‘must-see’ is the Akamas Peninsula, a nature conservation area in the Pafos region, on the western side of the island. Here, protected loggerhead turtles return every year to beautiful Lara Bay to lay their eggs. The only way to get to it is by jeep safari from Pafos.

▪▪ The island is steeped in history. Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a charming and historic town that makes for a perfect base for families with slightly older children. A stunning 13th century castle overlooks its picturesque harbour and there’s a wealth of history to explore. Attractions include the local archaeological park which has the most beautifully preserved mosaics; an ancient burial ground known as Tomb of the Kings; and a magnificent second century Odeon built entirely of limestone block. A holiday to Cyprus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Troodos Mountains. The whole Troodos area is the perfect place for the whole family to work up an appetite. With its charming, traditional hilltop villages and vine-blessed slopes, it offers some cool relief from the warm summer heat, and provides a chance to

enjoy hiking, cycling and bird watching. Villages in the Troodos are picturesque with cobbled pathways, traditional cafes and family run taverns. It’s the best place to experience the legendary hospitality of the Cypriots. Cypriots are happiest when eating and it’s really worth making an effort to join locals for a meze – a slow banquet of Cypriot delicacies. Meze can consist of as many as 30 small plates, so there’s always something to satisfy everybody’s taste buds. Dishes range from savoury dips and vegetables to a wide variety of meat and fish recipes, all washed down with a glass of local wine. Producers of their own tipples, Cyprus has a long tradition of wine-making and the island boasts the oldest named wine in the world – Commandaria. There’s loads of organised family entertainment throughout the year on Cy-

prus such as outdoor theatre and drama as well as contemporary, classical and traditional musical. Festivals are a big part of Cypriot life and in villages and towns across the island hardly a weekend passes without some kind of a celebratory event. Cyprus offers a good selection of accommodation to suit all budgets. Popular choices include hotel apartments or villas with pools, but there’s also some quiet hideaways in simple, family-run establishments. The island is dotted with beachside hotels with excellent amenities including health spas where visitors can indulge in pure relaxation. Most hotels also provide children’s entertainment and good crèche facilities. ▪▪ For flight information visit www. and for more on what Cyprus has to offer see www.




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€4,000 prize money to his favourite charities; Milford Hospice, Adare Alzheimer’s, Brothers of Charity Newcastle West, Brothers of Charity Foynes, Recovery Haven Tralee and CRY Monagay. Over 5,000 people voted for the Noonan’s entry. Energia will judge the entries up until Monday, December 11 when the 20 finalists will be announced. Public voting will then take place on the competition’s Facebook page until Friday, December 15, when the winner will be declared. This year’s prizes are donations of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 respectively to the charity of choice of the first, second and third placed houses following the public vote. “Energia Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home was such a hit with Irish householders in its first year,” said Amy

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BOOKS About the author JOHANN Callaghan is an author, keynote speaker, educator, entrepreneur and busy mum. She is the organiser of the 'Empowering Mind Body & Soul Expo' event 2017 and Micro Biz Award Winner (MBA) 2016. Johann regularly features in radio interviews and talks and gives talks, workshops and online training in healthand wellness Johann believes that we can be our own health care advocate. She helps empower, inspire and educate mums to take back their own power and live a better life. whealthier and happier life. Find out more about Johann's book, "How to get a good night's sleep" at http://howtogetagoodnightssleep.

‘How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep’ by Johann Callaghan AS YOU might already know, good quality sleep is one of the most important ingredients to living a healthy, happy and successful life free of worry.

And if something is not important to us, then we don’t value it or respect it. But sleep needs to be appreciated and acknowledged that it is vital for our overall health and well-being. We sleep for a third of our lives, so if we spend so much time sleeping, it has to be significant. Sleep is not a waste of time. In fact, when we are asleep our bodies and our brains are very busy. In this book, the author sets out to change the way you think about and understand sleep while giving you new healthy habits to enable you to enjoy a good quality night’s rest. For many of us, we are so desperate to sleep that we try to control it and life gets pushed aside. We can’t control sleep. However, many of us try to do this and struggle to get to sleep. This book is for anyone for whom getting a good night’s sleep has become an almost a nightly annoyingly frustrating struggle. Taking the first step of understanding sleep will energise you into making improvements to your sleep. This will be a gentle process that will allow the natural process of sleep without the struggle. If you sit trying to think your way out


We are all living busy lives. As people can be co-dependent in relationships, we are now also becoming co-dependent with work and we lose focus on our lives and the importance of sleep. All our time goes into getting as much done as we can, so that we often overlook one of the most crucial elements of life, sleep. While we are busy keeping ourselves busy, we forget to slow down and try to use the time we have to get things done. We bring all these thoughts and emotions to bed with us trying to figure them out and keeping the brain awake. Then you have the problem of feeling stressed, weak and exhausted. The problem is that you struggle to get to sleep or to go back to sleep. Quite often there is a perception that sleep is not important.

of a feeling, you will be unsuccessful. Limiting beliefs that you don’t explore is the same as just accepting and resigning to them. It won’t work long term if you are beating yourself up to get to sleep. You need to rewire your brain to make it easier. As humans, we are very addictive in nature. It is much easier having habits that we do automatically than having will power and energy to do what we should be doing. We are wired to understand the language of our body and to know if we are losing our power and control of our health. How does your body talk to you? Understand choice and Sleep is the consequence. This is a skill you can develop and will empower you to understand and most important and foundational factor respect sleep on a deeper level giving you for long term health and a good quality of life. real results.

Irish novels compete for literary award A TOTAL of seven Irish novels are among the 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award. This is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha. Speaking as the Patron of the Award, he said: “Dublin is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. “There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. “It also makes for a bet-

ter quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.” Chris Morash, a member of the 2017 judging panel and Vice Provost of Trinity College, added: “Dublin is a city that has been inscribed in literature in a way that few other cities have. “I think for us to make that a living thing, we need to engage with the new work that is being published every year.” Kapka Kassabova, travel writer and member of the 2017 judging panel, said Dublin seemed a natural home for a prize like this. “I truly feel this prize breaks down borders,” she said. “It stands for connectedness, and we are all connected. You can see this in the longlist of titles. I think this is a truly humanist prize and it stands for humanist values and we need that now more than ever.” The Irish titles nominated for 2018 include ‘Days Without End’ by Sebastian Barry (pictured right with Liz Nu-

gent). There is also ‘The Wonder’ by Emma Donoghue, ‘The Years That Followed’ by Catherine Dunne, ‘The Lesser Bohemians’, by Eimear MacBride, ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack, ‘Lying in Wait’ by Liz Nugent and ‘All We Shall Know’ by Donal Ryan. The International Dublin Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 150 books eligible for the 2018 award were nominated by libraries in 111 cities and 37 countries worldwide. Speaking of the global interest in the award, the City Librarian revealed: “This great prize affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators and to literature and creativity. “Through this award Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, brings the worldwide community of readers to-

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▪▪ Sebastian Barry who was nominated Days Without End and Liz Nugent who was nominated for Lying in Wait.

gether to read the writers who are inspired by themes local and universal. in settings real and imagined.’ All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public

libraries. The full list of 150 titles is available on www. The shortlist will be published in April 2018 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 13th June 2018.




Work prospects for our

emigrants are looking good Cormac Spencer WELCOME home to the many emigrants returning for the next few weeks to spend time with family and friends. While you are here you may try to keep your mind as far away from work as possible, but if you’ve been thinking about returning home you should examine what Ireland can offer you. It’s very possible that the opportunities that weren’t present when you left are available right now. Our economy is growing again, there is a renewed sense of positivity and the prospects for the country in 2018 look bright. The figures back up the feeling. Economic growth is set to be around 5 per cent this year with a 4 per cent expansion forecast for 2018, making Ireland a candidate for fastest growing economy in Europe this year and in all likelihood next. Unemployment stands at 6 per cent, down from the 15.1 per cent level record-

ed in February 2012 and is dropping month by month (Dublin’s unemployment rate is significantly lower than this national rate, leading to some saying we are approaching ‘full employment’). More importantly, job creation is on the rise. Thousands of jobs have been created and the number of people in work is the highest it has been in almost a decade. Although forecasting is a dangerous business, it’s difficult to see this momentum stopping in the near term. Despite the initial shock of Brexit, activity has gone up, employment has risen and wages are rising with it. What’s more: wages are rising after years of stagnation. Pay packets are up 1.7 per cent for the year to September and they will continue that trajectory.

Some of the fastest growing and most innovative Irish and foreign companies are based here, and they are hiring. Ireland is at the cutting edge in a number of sectors, and we need no longer look abroad for progressive ideas. They are being put into practice here and they are creating jobs now. There has been huge growth in opportunities in the tech and green energy sector, as well as steady growth in more traditional sectors such as professional services, finance, administration, construction and manufacturing - even the public sector is hiring again! The last couple of years have already seen people start to come home in significant numbers. For the first time in nine years we recorded net immigration for 2016, and this was repeated in 2017. The advent of technologies like Skype, has meant a lot of the leg work required

to find a job in Ireland from abroad can be done remotely allowing candidates to get a clear picture of what’s available without any risk. Often people can walk straight off a plane or boat into an interview and can be gainfully employed in a matter of days. Bringing people home from abroad is something we have been doing at Link Personnel Services for years. It’s a simple process and shouldn’t be seen as an extra hassle to candidates. Anyone looking to stay in Ireland next year should get in touch to discuss the options we have to suit. Whereas Ireland can never provide all the opportunities in the world (what country can?) it is a country of opportunity, with ample capacity for growth, progress and success. What is needed to ensure this progress is that we keep our best and brightest here. Enticing the best to stay in

▪▪ The advent of technologies like Skype has meant a lot of the leg work required to find a job in Ireland from abroad can be done remotely. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK Ireland will allow for the economic recovery to take root and for the creation of a successful and vibrant political system and society.

While you are enjoying your Brussels sprouts, why not consider the opportunities available to you here in Ireland?

•Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit or call 01-8456312.

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Dublin City Council We, Declan & Martina Byrne, intend to apply for Permission for development at No. 23 Cremore Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. The development will consist of extensions and renovations to the existing house. These include a two storey extension to the rear and side of the existing dwelling, a single storey extension to the rear and a dormer style roof window to the rear, changes to the elevations and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council I, John Bermingham seeks permission indefinitely for the retention of a single storey rear extension consisting of a bathroom and kitchen (Area: 10m2) including the addition of 2 No new rooflights & internal modifications along with the associated site works to the existing two storey dwelling at No 29 Aberdeen Street, Dublin 7. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council We Grainne and Tony Whittle intend to apply for Planning Permission for two velux windows located in the front roof elevation and a dormer roof extension to the rear roof elevation as part of an attic conversion located at Number 16 Leo Street, North Circular Road, Dublin 7. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of 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 applicatio

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We Brian Kelly & Joan Daly wish to reapply for planning permission for a previously approved application No. 4990/07 consisting of the following: The demolition of the existing single story extension to the West Elevation of the existing dwelling; The construction of a two story two bedroom dwelling attached to the West Elevation of existing dwelling; Construction of a single story porch to the South Elevation of existing dwelling; Creating a new vehicular access entrance including piers & gates to existing south boundary wall with new driveway facilitating 2no. car spaces and all ancillary works and service connections at no. 40 Wellmount Green, Finglas West, 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 Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.


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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning Permission is sought by Denise Gallagher and Donncha Dillon for alteration/extension of the existing two storey semi-detached house at 61 Ashington Avenue, Ashington, Dublin 7, D07 Y6V6, comprising construction of a new two storey and single storey extension to the rear, conversion of the attic to include 2no. dormer windows to the rear roof slope, and alterations to the existing fenestration including provision of 2no. Velux roof-lights to the front roof slope, with associated site development. "The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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ACROSS 1. Breach (4) ACROSS 3. Compassionate (8) 1. Does some striking when the boom returns (4) 8. Certain (4) 3. Legislation for the beginnings of trade unions in America (8) 9. Frenzied (8) 8. One demonstrating a bit of musical tonality (4) 11. First performance 9. Relation could be Chinese (8) 11. Procedural query showing the reason for discipline? (5,2,5) (7,5) 13. Bud (6) 13. Heavenly types who back the show (6) 14. Muffle (6) 14. Some of the Brethren Americans call by a different title (6) 17. Ignore (4,2,6) 17. Biblical version of Utopia (8,4) 20. Bullfighter (8) 20. See 2 Down 21. Singe (4) 21. There’s endless danger for the spritely one (4) 22. Compress (8) 22. Making records is urgent (8) 23. Legend (4) 23. Sounds like one paying for farm accommodation (4)

DOWN 1. Reply (8) 2. Abstain (7) 4. Anger (6) 5. Firm belief (10) 6. Bring (5) 7. Fortune (4) 10. Revile (10) 12. Investigation (8) 15. Fanciful (7) 16. Merry (6) 18. Pinafore (5) 19. Aural (4)

DOWN 1. Come back again to harvest the fruit (8) 2, 5Dn & 20Ac. What those in a tete-a-tete are doing! (7,5,5,8) 4. The charge for causing endless traffic snarl-up (6) 5. See 2 Down 6. Is it included in the levy (5) SEE ANSWERS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE 7. Material taken by the barrister (4) 10. Impasses produced by overtrained colleagues (10) 12. The last possible moment for reporting a row of corpses (8) 15. The day came to transfer to higher education establishment (7) 16. Behind a set arrangement by the Royal Navy (6) 18. Scoundrel to go the wrong way in French street (5) 19. Shoots up to prevent progress (4)









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A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK from 12-7pm each day The Mart Gallery, located at the Old Fire Station, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, will provide a much-needed place to sell, promote, showcase and buy eco-friendly gifts and services. This will include gift items made from reused / recycled materials alongside businesses promoting reuse and the sharing economy. Housed in a beautifully repurposed fire station on the high street, Rathmines, the market will showcase a wide range of handmade, locally produced items – perfect for Christmas gifts.


Dubliners are being urged to register for the 12th annual Aware Christmas Run, which will take place in the Phoenix Park, this Saturday, December 9. This is Aware’s flagship fundraising event. Online registration is now available at events for both 5K and 10K options at a cost of €25 per person. The race is run under AAI rules and chip timing applies. Festive attire is encouraged and all are welcome from walkers to runners!




Glow is back in Smithfield on Saturday December 9 from 2-6pm! Expect an exciting free line-up of family activities to celebrate the winter season, including workshops, family performances, comedy and music.

On December 11 and 12 at 6.30pm Dublin Castle is hosting an evening of Christmas carols and a viewing of the Neapolitan crib in the magnificent Chapel Royal, which will be especially illuminated for the festive season, followed by a glass of wine and a mince pie in the Gothic Room in the beautiful State apartments. Tickets cost €10. See for details.


No Fixed Abode is a group exhibition of artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptures who have donated works to help raise much need funds to combat the homelessness crisis in Ireland, in association with the Peter McVerry Trust. The exhibition of the work is taking place in The Copper House, Saint Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8, from now until December 22. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.



After a successful year exhibiting all over the world, including a 5,000 square foot mural in the new World Trade Centre, New York, IrishItalian artist, David Uda (Duda), has returned home to Dublin to launch his most recent body of work at Sol Art Gallery (No. 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2). The exhibition will run from December 7-16. To find out more about the Duda exhibition, visit


Retro railway-style posters of Dublin will be showcased by an award-winning illustrator and storyboard artist at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS from December 5-10. The Baily Lighthouse and central Dublin via Holyhead have been recreated in the style of 1930s railway posters, which have already proved to be extremely popular in the build-up to the Fair. Gifted celebrates the best of over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond. It takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at

Dublin Christmas Flea Market takes place from December 7-10 in the Point Village, Dublin 1, when 135 producers will come together to create a bustling festive market to showcase the very best of Irish hand crafted art, textiles, ceramics, beauty, up-cycled, vintage goods and speciality foods, to create this unique indoor Christmas market. It’s open on Thurs & Fri, from 1-8pm, and Sat and Sunday from 11am-6pm.

There will be a night of Beatles music in aid of DEIS (Development Education Ireland Sharing) Madagascar CLG on Friday December 8 at 9pm sharp in the City of Dublin Workingmen’s Club, 33-36 Little Strand Street, Dublin 7 featuring an Ensemble of Singers including Barrington Cullen, Roisín Gaffney, Paul Hoey, Christy Kearns, the OLMC Folk Group, Dave O’Mara, Harry Shiels, Martin Sneyd and Danny Weir. Tickets €10 each. 1960s fancy dress optional. For tickets and information contact Bernard Neary on 085-7132116.


The Mart Gallery has revealed details of a Green Christmas Market for 2017 running from Friday, December 7 to Saturday 23

Crossword Answers 6th December CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 1 Raps; 3 Statutes; 8 Alto; 9 Oriental; 11 Point of order; 13 Angels; 14 Rename; 17 Promised land; 20 Together; 21 Peri; 22 Pressing; 23 Byre. Down: 1 Reappear; 2 Putting; 4 Tariff; 5 Their heads; 6 Tithe; 7 Silk; 10 Stalemates; 12 Deadline; 15 Academy; 16 Astern; 18 Rogue; 19 Stop.


Across: 1 Rift; 3 Merciful; 8 Sure; 9 Frenetic; 11 Opening night; 13 Sprout; 14 Stifle; 17 Take no notice; 20 Toreador; 21 Char; 22 Condense; 23 Myth. Down: 1 Response; 2 Forbear; 4 Enrage; 5 Conviction; 6 Fetch; 7 Luck; 10 Vituperate; 12 Research; 15 Flighty; 16 Joyous; 18 Apron; 19 Otic.



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

▪▪ A postcard showing yachts sailing in Howth Harbour on a calm day, c. 1905. The East Pier with its lighthouse is on the right and the West Pier is on the left. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & MacMillan/ The History Press

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, December 14, 1867

▪▪ Irish Press, December 18, 1972

▪▪ Irish Independent, December 18, 1934

▪▪ Irish Press, December 14, 1987 ▪▪ Irish Press, December 31, 1958

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, December 18, 1852

▪▪ Sunday Independent, December 23, 1934

▪▪ The Promenade, Dún Laoghaire, in the 1950s. People enjoy the views of the mail boat and the harbour. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & MacMillan/The History Press


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