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Christmas dog returns are up NORTHSIDE based charity Dogs Trust has experienced a 22 per cent increase in requests from people looking to surrender dogs after Christmas. The canine charity received 186 requests from new dog owners trying to get rid of their pet and one young Jack Russell was abandoned in the Dogs Trust car park. The terrier, named PJ by Dogs Trust staff, was brought to the Finglas rehoming centre on January 9 and the distressed dog watched from the car park as a man dropped his lead and drove away. With no other option, PJ was taken into the safety of Dogs Trust and is now looking for his forever family. However, he is suffering from a lack of confidence, which staff believe could indicate PJ missed out on socialisation in his early life, as he is very quiet. He spends most of his day in bed and is scared to meet other dogs and play the way a happy dog should. PJ has now received all necessary medical treatment from Dogs Trust and is settling into his new life and routine. “It is painfully upsetting to see PJ, a friendly young dog being discarded in such a heartless way,” said Catriona Birt, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust. “PJ is a particularly sad case, which highlights how important those early months are for a pup and how vital it is to make time to socialise and habituate your new arrival in their puppyhood and adolescence. Continued on page 2

Our Lady's Nursery was set up in 1971 to meet the huge demand in Ballymun for childcare. In 2011, it was approved funding to build a purpose built childcare facility, which opened in 2012. The building comprises five preschool The nursery is part-funded by Tusla rooms, a baby and toddler room, kitchen and the award recognises and celebrates and dining area for children, outdoor and examples of imaginative and inclusive roof play areas, sensory room and a Continued on page 2 practice. THERE were celebrations at Our Lady’s Nursery in Ballymun last week when Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, announced it had achieved the Investing in Children Membership award.

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Continued from page 1 “Our care team here are helping PJ with basic training and confidence building, and showering him with love and affection. He is now recovering well from the incident and he is looking for a new family who will love him.” Last November, Dogs Trust launched their #PawsForThought campaign, where they urged the public to “pause” and think twice before getting a dog for Christmas. However, Executive Director of Dogs Trust, said the message was lost on many of the post-Christmas callers to the centre who wanted to rehome their dogs. “We are saddened to see an increase in the number of dogs and puppies being surrendered or abandoned after Christmas again this year,” she added. “Dogs Trust urges the public to avoid getting a dog around the Christmas season. It is disappointing to see that this message is still falling on deaf ears for many as the number of surrender requests continues to rise. “PJ is a particularly sad case. He is such a sweet and kind boy and for him to be discarded this way is deeply upsetting.” Dogs Trust operates at full capacity and offers as many places as possible to dogs from Irish pounds, as they are the ones most at risk of destruction. That means the charity can’t take surrendered dogs from members of the public. However, sadly in the majority of cases so far this year, the welfare of dogs found straying or surrendered was of such concern, that they were admitted for immediate veterinary attention, putting further strain on the service. The charity says it recognises that not all surrender requests are made lightly, and that sometimes circumstances change, resulting in no other option but to surrender a dog. However, staff are urging the public to try and anticipate any major lifestyle changes such as an upcoming move, or ▪▪ Bernie Kelly, Centre Manager of Our Lady’s Nursery, Ballymun (left) with Robert a baby coming into the home and consider how a dog may Murphy, Chairman of Our Lady’s Nursery and Caroline Jordan, Area Manager, Dublin North City Tusla (right), pictured with the Tusla Investment in Children Award. impact this before bringing one into the home. PHOTO: ROBBIE REYNOLDS


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Continued from page 1 tice and to listening to the voices of children and young Conspeech and therapy people. Twenty-five Tusla services room. Caroline Jordan, Area and Tusla-funded services Manager, Tusla, said cur- have successfully achieved rently there are 110 children the Investing in Children Membership Award across attending the nursery. “The Membership Awards the country in 2017. It’s part of the Child and are intended to highlight and raise awareness of working Youth Participation body of within a rights-based frame- work under the Prevention, work and the value of partic- Partnership and Family Supipatory practice for children, port (PPFS) Programme of young people, and services,” Tusla, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies. she added. The PPFS Programme is “I’m delighted that Our Lady’s Nursery in Ballymun about working within the lois getting the recognition cal community to prioritise it deserves for its excellent early intervention and preparticipatory practice with vention by focusing on helping both children and famichildren.” The membership awards lies get all the support they are presented to services need early, locally and in a wraparound that can demonstrate a com- coordinated, mitment to inclusive prac- way.

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Finglas Luas bus divides opinion Jack Gleeson A NEW bus service linking Finglas with Cabra and the new Luas Cross City line has received a mixed reception from local politicians. The new service, called the 40L, will run from Tyrrelstown through Finglas West onto Broombridge and is expected to start within weeks. Dublin North West TD, Noel Rock (FG), welcomed the news, which he described as “another step towards getting the Luas

▪▪ Dublin North West TD, Noel Rock (FG)

extended to Finglas.” However, Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) said he was shocked to learn that the new service will bypass Finglas village and several areas with large communities. “For many years Dublin Bus has been promising a link from Finglas to Cabra via Broombridge,” he said. “The bus has been campaigned for by local residents groups and by agencies that serve both the Finglas and Cabra communities. “In recent weeks the Government has been heralding a new service in the area with posters and press releases. “However it has now emerged that the new 40L Luas bus will in fact come from Tyrrelstown in Dublin 15, cutting through Finglas West only on Cardiffsbridge Road and through Deanstown.” Cllr McAuliffe, who is chairperson of the D11LUAS Campaign, said that while the service was “obviously very welcome” for some, it would still leave residents in areas like Scribblestown and Valley Park with no

transport connectivity. “It will leave the majority of Finglas, including the village, with no Luas connection at all,” he said. “It also gives no connectivity for Scribblestown and Valley Park residents back up to the village and Charlestown Shopping centre. “We were promised a Luas bus link for Finglas and instead we have got a Tyrrelstown service that skirts through the area.

“Finglas deserves answers as to why this was allowed to happen.” However, Deputy Rock believes the new service is a “good news” story for Finglas. “The new route will travel through Ballycoolin, Cappagh Hospital, West Finglas and finally Broombridge,” he said. “This will create a link between Dublin 11 and the new LUAS Cross City line. “The draft timetable that

I’ve seen effectively supplements the 40D in parts of West Finglas.” “This marks the completion of phase one of my Fing-Luas campaign, where I promised that I would work to ensure a viable bus connection between Finglas and Broombridge was brought about. “Having a bus serve the Luas is a no brainer, and while others joined my campaign for a new Luas, nobody has been mentioning

a bus feeder service apart from me. “Now, the next steps involve ensuring that this service is regular and convenient to as many as possible in Finglas. “I will continue to put pressure on the NTA to develop park and ride facilities. “But the final step of my campaign is to bring an extension of the Luas line itself to Finglas. I am confident this can be done.” ▪▪ Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF)


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Good Friday agreement reached on pubs actually. But the Good Friday ban, which has been in place since 1927, has only served to shine a light on how immature we are as nation. Just witness the packed supermarkets and booze-filled shopping trolleys every Holy Thursday and the collective compulsion to stock up. Sure you could die of thirst, you know. Like Christmas Day - now the last bastion of abstentionism when it comes to the pub - many people drink more on Good Friday than they would normally. This year, though, you will be able to Comment: Tony McCullagh, pop in for a pint after the Stations of the Dublin People group editor Cross instead of having to circumvent the ban by buying a train ticket or going to FORMER colleague of mine the dogs or the theatre. In other words, it famously used to host a red has taken all the craic out of it. meat and wine party every Fair play to the Government for Good Friday. It was his way dealing with this matter of national of playfully sending up what he felt importance with the urgency it deserved. was a ridiculous law; a throwback to the dark old days when Ireland was in Not since the night of the bank guarantee has a piece of legislation seemingly thrall to the Catholic Church. passed through the House with such efficiency. Within a week of securing allThe traditions of abstaining from party support, the bill had been signed the twin evils of meat and drink on this into law by President Higgins, just in time particular holy day have been under for Good Friday on March 30. threat for years. Ireland has matured, Seriously, we never knew our you see. We are now a multi-cultural and increasingly secular society that won’t be politicians had it in them. If only the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill could have dictated to by men in white collars. And another thing: how come the pubs been given the same priority. Trying to justify the closure of pubs on were forced to close while butchers could remain open? It was all a bit... well, Irish, Good Friday as a public health measure


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Castleknock Lidl plan gets the green light to proceed Jack Gleeson A CONTROVERSIAL Lidl development in Castleknock is finally going ahead after a High Court decision gave a green light to the project. Fingal County Council granted permission for the low-cost supermarket in 2016 but it its decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala. A request for a judicial review of the appeal has now been rejected by the High Court, much to the frustration of many locals. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who is local TD for Dublin West, has previously said he was disappointed with the decision to grant permission for the development. Other local TDs including former Tainaste Joan Burton (Lab) and Jack Chambers (FF) have also been opposed to the plans.

The new Lidl supermarket will be on a site, part of which is located within the Castleknock Village Architectural Conservation Area. The proposed mixed-use development will have a total floor area of almost 5,000 sq mt in three separate blocks arranged around a new street and public spaces. The development will include the Lidl supermarket as well as a café and a residential component with six three-bed duplex apartments and two two-bed apartments. A medical centre is included in the plans and access to the development will be from the existing entrance on the Castleknock Road, which is to be upgraded and improved. The development will mean demolition for a number of existing buildings, including a flower shop, a former betting office and the vacant dwelling known

as Church View. When completed, the development will create 60 new jobs made up of 30 permanent positions in the Lidl store with the medical centre and retail units expected to employ a further 30. In excess of 100 construction jobs will be created during the building phase. Alan Barry, Director of Property at Lidl Ireland, welcomed the High Court decision, which allows the project to proceed. ''We are pleased with the ruling which dismissed a judicial review on all grounds taken against a mixed use development in Castleknock anchored by a Lidl supermarket,” he said. “We look forward to commencing construction of the development by April of this year. “The development in the centre of Castleknock was granted permission by Fingal County Council in September 2016 and since then

▪▪ An impression of the new Lidl development in Castleknock. has been the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála and most recently the recent judicial review in the High Court. “The High Court decision paves the way for upwards of €15million to be invested

in the Castleknock area with the building of a Lidl Supermarket, a medical center, cafe, retail units and eight residential apartments. “The development has been designed to the highest of standards taking into

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New bike sharing scheme on the way for Fingal area FINGAL County Council is fee for the journey. The bikes will be equipped planning on rolling out a bike sharing scheme in with GPS technology, meaning cyclists will have reDublin 15 on a pilot basis. al-time information to access Several bike sharing oper- bikes that are located close ators have approached the to them. Green Party Dublin West council and council managecandidate, Cllr Roderic ment are keen on the idea. The pilot scheme will use O’Gorman, has welcomed a ‘dockless’ system, which news of the pilot scheme in differs from the Dublinbike Dublin 15, which came during scheme run by Dublin City a Fingal Transportation Strategic Policy Committee meetCouncil. There will be no docking ing on which he sits. “I’m delighted that Fingal stations in the Fingal scheme and bikes can instead be left are going ahead with this and picked up in an identified proposal,” he said. “This has the potential to geo-fenced area or a type of be hugely useful to Dublin ‘virtual station’. The bikes will have a lock 15 residents seeking to move that prevents them being quickly and easily between used and they won’t need to locations in the area. “While the Dublin Bikes be locked to a fixed structure when the cyclist is finished scheme in Dublin City requires users to pick up and their journey. Cyclists will need to down- drop off bikes at a specific load an app to take part in docking station, the plan for the scheme. The app will Dublin 15 is to use a system unlock the bike and charge a where bikes are picked up

▪▪ The bike sharing scheme in Fingal is similar to ones used in other cities and won’t require docking stations. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK and dropped off within specific areas. “The bikes will be self-locking, which means they cannot be taken by anyone who is not a member of the sharing system.

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The Lotto Boyzz are onto a winner AT FIRST glance the ascent hooks and irresistible dance of Birmingham’s Lotto floor energy. Drawing on afrobeats, Boyzz appears meteoric rap, bashment and gospel, In September 2016, the they had created a sound vocal duo of Ash (20) and that was both familiar, yet Lucas (21) released ‘Hitlist’, unmistakably their own crea summery fusion of sweet ation. Bursting onto the scene RnB harmonies, hot afrobeats rhythm and bass-heavy with three massive songs in the space of half a year, they dancehall swagger. Hitlist effortlessly reflect- notched up millions of Youed the current fusion sound tube views along the way. But this sudden rise to of Britain, establishing Lotto Boyzz as hotly tipped new the top masks another side artists in the UK’s exploding to the Lotto Boyz story – the years of grind they have put ‘afrobashment’ scene. Before Hitlist had a chance in, the grind that lends their to settle, they followed up music a depth and maturity with two more self-released far beyond most of their consingles, ‘Bad Gyal’ and ‘No temporaries. “We met five or six years Don’, honing their sound to a slick mix of earworm vocal ago at a youth club called

Transformations in Birmingham,” Ash remembers. “I was 15, and I started going there because this girl that I liked went. “I saw this guy sitting there with all these people around him, and I thought, ‘who is that guy’. And that was Lucas.” Lucas adds: “We started recording tracks together, and when you do music with someone you have a different connection. “We did our first tune and just bonded from there. This youth club had an amazing studio. There was a vibe. We got shown the basics and learned the rest ourselves; we just wanted to make music.”

▪▪ Birmingham’s Lotto Boyzz have been making some noise with their ‘Afrobean’ sound.. At first the duo was trying to write grime bangers, but they quickly widened their scope to push their sound forward, citing everything from DJ Mustard to the grime producer Preditah (who also happens to be Ash’s cousin) as an influence. Principally, they were making music for their friends in Birmingham, as Lucas acknowledges. “You have to be aware of the sounds that are popping. You have to take in what’s going off in your city, and shape yourself to the point where your city will back what you are doing. So, we taught ourselves how to make all types of vibe.” This led them to embrac-

ing the embryonic afrobashment sound being produced by artists such as J Hus and Belly Squad as they determined to stamp their own take on the genre. They switched up from being Ash & Lucas to become Lotto Boyzz (Lotto standing for Last Of The Trill Ones), and created a new name for their sound - ‘Afrobean’, a word that highlights how they mix afrobeats with their own Caribbean roots. Ash’s family hails from Montserrat and Lucas’s from Jamaica. The final element they needed to create the Lotto Boyzz sound came when they hooked up with producer Amos. “I met Amos at another

youth club,” says Ash. “He was playing the keys – I play piano as well, so when I saw him playing keys, I could just feel it, he just had this thing. “I started describing and singing beats I’ve got in my head to him, and he could just put them down. From there on it’s been amazing. I don’t feel like there’s anyone who sounds like Lotto Boyzz. “We produce all our tracks from scratch in the studio,” Lucas adds. We’ll come up with a tempo, Ash will start singing the melody, Amos will follow on keys, Ash will build a chorus which I’ll then work on, and start building my verse.” This tightly intertwined approach to song-writing is

mirrored in the way Ash and Lucas interact day to day; they finish each other’s sentences, crack in-jokes, and share a flat in Birmingham. They joke about what the other gets up to in there – “Lucas is hooked on playing UFC. All I hear is mad grunting coming from the TV,” Ash laughs. “He’s addicted to Facetime,” Lucas responds, “he’s on it so much we’ve even written a song about it.” This is typical as well; everything they do is poured back into the music. “We’re serious about this,” Lucas says. You can see for yourselves as the boys are in the Academy 2 on Thursday, April 26.

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Dublin date for YouTube stars GAZ Coombes will play Dublin’s Academy on Friday, May 25. The gig is part of a tour supporting his forth-

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How to stop your puppy biting Kerri Sullivan FOLLOWING on from last week’s Canine Column on puppy play biting, this week’s column will offer some tips on how to prevent inappropriate mouthing. If your puppy ‘mouths’ just ignore the behaviour and the second they stop, offer them one of their own toys. Make this toy extra exciting by interacting with it, making puppy believe it is the best thing in the whole wide world. Never shout or push them away for the reasons explained in last week’s column (negative attention can have negative effects on your puppy). If puppy persists, slowly stand up and walk away, trying to stay as unresponsive as possible. This feeds back to puppy that his behaviour causes him to lose being with you, which is a serious consequence for a puppy. Try to be consistent with all reactions and make sure everyone in the family is following the same method. Always remove yourself and never the

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Elderly Care Enjoy those golden years 20

YOU’VE worked hard for your entire life to earn your retirement and now you should enjoy it.

Thankfully in our communities there is a great variety of activities all year round for older persons to participate in and continue to live life to the maximum. For example, one of the great successes in modern times is Age & Opportunity’s annual Bealtaine Festival which is held every May. Every year, Age & Opportunity invites local authorities, arts centres, libraries, Active Retirement groups, care settings, community s, Raheny has retained its village feel. PHOTO: DARREN groups, clubs and associations Beach from part of henyevery Age Friendly Community proximity to Dollymount

and Bull Island. As well as St Anne’s Park, St Francis Hospice on Station Road and St Joseph’s Hospital on Springdale Road, are two of the other landmarks in the area. Both perform a very important role in community life. There are a number of organisations carrying out great work in the community including the Raheny Tidy Village, Raheny Business Assocation (RBA), Ra-

providing an excellent early 30 years. ounded the hospital in ty healthcare for the heny and the

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Club, the charity Blossom Ireland and many others. The Tidy Village group volunteers are always on hand to ensure Raheny puts its best foot forward and have won numerous awards over the years in the both the National SuperValu Tidy Towns competition and Dublin City Council City Neighbourhood Awards. The group will be bidding for more success when the results of the National Tidy

the country to run Bealtaine tancy is now 78-years-of-age events that celebrate cre- which gives you ample time ativity for people as they to enjoy those golden years. It’s important to note age. The festival, which began that you don’t need to see in 1996, continues to flour- a doctor every day to stay 15 June 2016 • FOCuS On RAHenY • nORtHSide PeOPle eASt ish with greater participa- healthy. There are plenty of tion year on year and long ways to take care of yourself at home. Here are just a few may that continue! In order to enjoy all of the ideas you can try yourself: • Monitor the information activities that are available to older persons, maintain- your doctor wants to know. ing good health and a good There are lots of blood pres▪ John Gaffney Manager SuperValu Raheny presents Denis Cronin, Seamus Griffith Chairman and ▪ Despite its growth in recent years, Raheny has retained its village feel. PHOTO: DARREN quality of life is vital. sure monitors available in KINSELLA Con Clarke with litter pickers, spades, forks and high visibility vests to assist the Raheny Tidy Village Group in their campaign in the Nationwide SuperValu TidyTowns competition 2016. PHOTO: LEO Looking after your health, pharmacies. Dailyfrommonitorproximity to Dollymount Beach heny Age Friendly Community ‘GEORGE’ DEVITT Continued Page 19 Club, the charity Blossom Ireland and Bull Island. both physical and mental, ing can helpTheyou and your As well as St Anne’s Park, and many others. Towns awards are announced in to the generosity of local donors, located next to the Garda Station Red Stables is among the Blossom now runs activity camps, in the village. It was built in 1981 The Tidy Village group vol- September. facilities your located in the 300 acres St Francis Hospice on Station will help you to actively doctor keep blood The Raheny Age Friendly Com- specialised yoga classes and Blos- and has been extensively modof beautiful parkland at St Anne’s. Road and St Joseph’s Hospital unteers are always on hand to socialise with friends, fam- pressure levels down and art- on Springdale Road, are two of ensure Raheny puts its best foot munity Club is for people aged som Buddies year round. ernised and extended in recent This popular facility houses To donate to the charity or to years. studios, an Irish Artists’ the other landmarks in the area. forward and have won numer- 60+ to meet, have a chat, meet thedayrisk of stroke ily and neighbours, enjoy minimised ists’ One of its current stars is Brian Residential Studio and an Inter- Both perform a very important ous awards over the years in the old friends, make new friends find out more about their work, Fenton, who played a key part in both the National SuperValu Tidy and have a cup of tea. The club visit national Residential Studio. Let’s role in community life. spending time on your hob- or heart attack. Dublin’s All-Ireland success over Sport in Raheny There are a number of organi- Towns competition and Dublin meets on the second Wednesday be honest: most of us would like SPORT is very important in a Kerry at Croke Park last Septemto havefriends, a beach on our doorstep, sations carrying out great work City Council City Neighbour- of every month at 10.30am in the • Invite your famibies or taking trips to see ▪ John Gaffney Manager SuperValu Raheny presents Denis Cronin, Seamus Griffith in Chairman and Raheny in the community including the hood Awards. The group will be Cara Hall, All Saints’ Drive – just large area like Raheny, with lo- ber. especially the summer. Con Clarke with litter pickers, spades, forks and high visibility vests to assist the Raheny the grandchildren. ly and neighbours toTidy aVillage weekRaheny United Football Club cal clubs consistently doing great residents are fortunate in this Raheny Tidy Village, Raheny bidding for more success when past the national schools. Group in their campaign in the Nationwide SuperValu TidyTowns competition 2016. PHOTO: LEOarea’s close Business Assocation (RBA), Ra- the results of the National Tidy was founded in 1994 following an Blossom Ireland provides ther- work to foster young talents. the TheDEVITT average life expec- ly game ofrespect, golf,given badminton ▪▪ Enjoy those golden years. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK ‘GEORGE’ Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club amalgamation between Raheny apy-led after school activities to Dublin children and teenagers has become synonymous with Boys and Dunseedy United. somelocated other sport you next to the Garda Station local donors, Towns awards are announced in to the generosity of or Today, the club boasts an the community and continues to with intellectual disabilities. Blossom now runs activity camps, in the village. It was built in 1981 September. house. Whether you’re into enjoy. beautiful, leafy house Academy for five and six-yearThe localplants charity also has a have a huge membership. The Raheny Age Friendly Com- specialised yoga classes and Blos- and has been extensively modIndeed, the prestigious Raheny olds; 16 schoolboy teams; three teen social group called ‘Blosernised is and some extended ingentle recent munity Club is for people aged som Buddies year round.Not only mysteries, historical fiction, or plant your entire outdoor som Buddies’ where teenagers 5-Mile race has become one of senior men’s teams and two Over To donate to the charity or to years. 60+ to meet, have a chat, meet teams. friendships One of physical its current stars isexerBrian their work,good old friends, make new friends find out more aboutsport biographies or romance landscape in anurture fieldrealof co- and gain the biggest events in the athlet- 35Last year, Raheny United’s social independence away from ics calendar every year. Fenton, who played a key part in and have a cup of tea. The club visit Women’s team amalgamated with Pat and Dick Hooper, who both parents and siblings. Dublin’s All-Ireland success over novels, stretch your imagilourful blooms, working with Sport in Raheny cise, but also the competimeets on the second Wednesday The Blossom Buddies can be represented Ireland in athletics, Shelbourne Ladies’ FC following a SPORT is very important in a Kerry at Croke Park last Septemof every month at 10.30am in the contributes tionwithkeeps nation, share your thoughts plants is fun and lo- ber. your mind sharp Cara Hall, All Saints’ Drive – just large area like Raheny, seen been out and about in Ra- have been instrumental in pro- very successful few years in the Raheny United Football Club cal clubs consistently doing great past the national schools. club’s history. developing life skills such moting the race over the years. well-being. interaction and engage your fellow book to a sense ofheny was founded in 1994 followingbalan talents. social Blossom Ireland provides ther- work to foster youngwhile Shelbourne reached the ContiRaheny GAA Club is another as shopping and independent Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club amalgamation between Raheny apy-led after school activities to sporting institution in the area nental Tyres Women’s FAI Cup Fitravel. process Plus, the planting lovers in a good discussion. ances out a well-rounded Dublin children and teenagers has become synonymous with Boys and Dunseedy United. The charity receives no Gov- that boasts a high membership nal at the Aviva Stadium last NoToday, the club boasts an the community and lifestyle. continues to with intellectual disabilities. vember where they were beaten ernment muscle, funding and relies on and excellent facilities. • Getan excellent your hands dirty involves a little Raheny Hospital has been providing Academy for Veterinary five and six-yearThe local charity also has a have a huge membership. The club has a large clubhouse by Wexford on penalties. donations and volunteers. Thanks service to Northside pet owners for nearly 30 years. schoolboy club teams; three Indeed, the prestigious•Raheny teen social group called ‘Blosand plant a garden. Wheth- helping you to keep your Joinolds;a 16 book and Veterinary surgeon Patrick Keating founded the hospital in som Buddies’ where teenagers 5-Mile race has become one of senior men’s teams and two Over 1988 with the aim of providing quality healthcare for the 35 teams. invite members topopulation your in er you fill indoor pots with body in good condition. the athlet-the nurture real friendships and gain the biggest events in ever-increasing pet Raheny and the

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same meals week in, week out. Wiltshire Farm Foods also caters for a variety of special diets such as gluten-free, vegetarian, low salt and sugar and calorie controlled. “Good health starts with good food. Our meals are manufactured to the very highest standard,” he says. “They are freshly frozen and packaged to lock in the goodness”.

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Follow our tips for marital bliss IF YOU are getting married in 2018, this is going to be a year to remember for the rest of your life. We've put together some handy tips to help ensure that your special day goes to plan. • Don’t break the bank: brides should establish a budget and stick to it. Research shows that women spend about five per cent of their total wedding budget on the gown. Keep finances in mind without compromising on style. • Do your homework: look through bridal magazines, websites and visit bridal shows for styles that best suit your personality and body type. Educated brides will have an easier time conveying their preferences to bridal consultants, maximising their appointment time and enjoying the shopping experience. • Match your natural as-

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Junior pupils take up coding initiative COMPUTER science is becoming a Leaving Certificate subject in September but many young students are already taking giant strides in the subject. They’re being supported by Intel and Lero in a coding initiative aimed at junior cycle students and they’ll have no fear of the subject. The short course in coding is part of their junior cycle programme, and the number

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schools since we began the programme of support for schools interested in including the Coding short course at Junior Cycle,” said Clare McInerney, education and outreach manager of SFIbacked Lero. “Over 170 schools applied which reflects the growing appetite and enthusiasm in developing teacher and student skills in the vitally important area of coding.” Maeve Byrne, Public Affairs, Intel, says computer science is present in every aspect of modern society and is creating millions of



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Locals reach national entrepreneur final ▪▪ Construction Industry Federation Director General, Tom Parlon, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and CIF President, Dominic Doherty. PHOTO: FINBARR O’ROURKE

KEVIN Kelleher, from Ostoform, in Malahide and Alan Hickey, from WeBringg in Castleknock, have both clinched places in the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Dublin in March. The two entrepreneurs are competing in the ‘Best Business Idea’ and ‘Best Start-Up Business’ categories respectively, and are two of the three young entrepreneurs who will represent the Dublin region on March 4. The local entrepreneurs now have the opportunity, along with 22 other national finalists, to become Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and share in a €100,000 winners’ investment fund. The category winners who will go forward to the National Final were announced by the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, at the IBYE Regional Final in the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street.

Construction industry boost OVER 50,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry since the lowest point of the recession in 2013. ▪▪ Pictured from l-r were: Helena Humphries; Director of Services in Fingal County Council, Ed Hearne; Alan Hickey, WeBringg; Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley; Minister Pat Breen; Kevin Kelleher, Ostofrom; chief executive of Fingal County Council, - Paul Reid; Head of Enterprise at Fingal LEO, Oisin Geoghegan; Martin Daly, Bryan Coughlan and Anne Donaldson. The other national finalist who was selected by the judging panel is Conor O’Loughlin from Glofox of Sandyford in the Best Established category. The Best Idea winner, Kevin Kelleher of “Ostoform”, has developed a novel medical device that manages and effectively reduces skin complications caused by Colostomy bags. He has conducted two pa-

Retailers adapting to the new age of technology ALMOST 70,000 training days were facilitated in 2017 as Irish retailers continued to embrace workbased learning. That’s according to the latest figures published from Retail Ireland Skillnet, the education and training division of Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector. Manager of Retail Ireland Skillnet Sean Carlin said: “The Irish retailing landscape has changed dramatically in the last number of years due to the constant development of online technologies and the consistent rise in consumers opting to acquire goods and services via the internet. “Last year, over 1,600 retail employees participated in different courses as pro-

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tient trials to date which saw a 45 per cent improvement in patients’ skin conditions. Best Start-Up Entrepreneur Alan Hickey of ‘WeBringg’ has developed a crowd-sourced on-demand delivery platform that can deliver online purchases in minutes by sourcing drivers in the same way as Mytaxi sources taxis. Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley spoke of her de-

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CSO figures indicate that industry has hired approximately 1,000 people per month in this period. It is expected that one in 16 people in the economy will be employed in construction by 2019 as the industry enters a sustained growth phase. Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys welcomed the news and said the industry is entering a sustained growth phase. “It also builds on the positive announcement from the CSO that the seasonal-

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PLANNING & NOTICES 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council I, Alfred Melvin, intend to apply for planning permission for A.) 1 No. Agricultural Shed. B.) All associated site works on farm at Ashbury House, Kilmartin Lane, Hollystown, Dublin 15. 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 Fingal County Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We James and Paula Daly of 64 Grace Park Road Drumcondra Dublin 9 intend to apply to the council for permission to convert attic space to storage space with alterations to the rear roof to include the construction of a dormer with 2 No. windows to the North Facing gable with all the 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, Woodquay, Dublin 8 during it’s public opening hours 9am – 4.30pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Glasnevin Cemetery has some new tours specially designed for families this February. They take in the oldest part of the cemetery and tell tales of grave robbing, prison escapes and deadly animals. The tour also includes a visit to the grave of Michael Collins. The tours run on February 10, 11, 17 and 18, at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets are €7.

Fusion Sundays is making a return on February 11 (11am-5pm). Experience a different kind of market, with stalls from all over the world sharing one space to create a unique culture clash. The World Culture Market will be held at the Green Door Market, Newmarket Square, Merchants Quay, this time round, just a few doors down from the usual location. Visit this family friendly and free event. Plenty of free parking and wheelchair access is available. For more information visit www.


Take a journey through the Jurassic Era as part of the free Dinosaur Day Live, mini stage shows, at Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre this weekend. The kids can have fun with interactive puppets Terry the Triceratops & Vinny the Velociraptor Dinosaur as well as the star of the show - Trixie the Giant T-Rex. After the show visitors can head down to the supervised kiddies free Dino Dig Site (upper level in front of Dunnes Stores) from 2pm to 5pm (Saturday and Sunday). It’s happening on Saturday, February 10th & Sunday February 11th.


Theatre company, Vile Bodies, is bringing, ‘After the End’, by Dennis Kelly, to The New Theatre, Dublin (43 East Essex Street), from February 6-24. This fast-paced thriller will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, as you follow Mark and Louise, two colleagues who are sheltering from the fallout of a nuclear attack. Tickets are available to purchase on The New Theatre website, for €16, or €12.50 concession. Visit •Note this production contains strong language, full frontal nudity, scenes of a violent nature, scenes of sexual violence and flashing lights.


This show by Training With Aoibheann is a dynamic trip through the deepest and most elite side of dance, presented through Aoibheann's chorographical mind. It’s a show filled with different styles, techniques and performances. It’s happening at Axis Ballymun on Saturday, February 10, at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets cost €15.


On Sunday, February 11, an Antiques & Vintage Fair will be held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, from 11am till 6pm. Over 30 traders from across Ireland and the UK will gather to exhibit thousands of items, from antique and vintage jewellery and items for the home, including furniture, to traditional collectables such as rare books, coins and banknotes, plus film and music memorabilia, along with all manner of curios from a bygone era. Admission is €3.50, or just €2.50 with the voucher included in this week’s Southside People. Entry is free for Under 15s when accompanied by a supervising adult.


Dublin City Council has come up with a new cultural experience in Dublin to celebrate with your loved ones. The St Valentine’s Festival takes place in various locations around the city from February 9 to February 14. Dublin has the largest collection of love letters to St Valentine, and St Valentine's remains are in Dublin so it really is the capital of love. Music, movies and fun are promised. See for more.


The Ronan Collins Showband Show has been a smash hit for the past eight years, and it returns once again to The Helix on Friday, February 9. Take a trip down memory lane with the stars and hits from the showband era. Tickets costing €31 are on sale at 01-7007000 and

There’s €3,500 in prizes up for grabs when the best minigolf players compete to take the title of Irish Minigolf Open champion at the Irish Minigolf Open taking place at Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum Town Centre on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11. The event is open to any player over 16 years of age and is contested over the two days when players compete over five rounds on day one and then three rounds on day two. Tickets cost from €20. See www. for more.

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QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Antagonise; 7 Blear; 8 Rummage; 10 Vitality; 11 Flop; 13 Bemuse; 15 Answer; 17 Able; 18 Atremble; 21 Dwindle; 22 Tonic; 23 Relentless. Down: 1 Avert; 2 Tireless; 3 Gyrate; 4 Name; 5 Swallow; 6 Above-board; 9 Experience; 12 Unsettle; 14 Malaise; 16 Street; 19 Bonus; 20 Edge.



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 polo match at the Phoenix Park in July 1928. This is one of the few places in the world where polo can be watched without charge. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Evening Herald, February 14, 1938

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, February 3, 1872

▪▪ Sunday Independent, February 12, 1933

▪▪ Irish Independent, February 2, 1948

▪▪ Main Street, Rathfarnham, c. 1910. The enterprising salesman advertises his services on the back of his van. The village, at the ‘Gateway to the Dublin Mountains’, was well known for its educational establishments, including the Jesuit House of Studies at Rathfarnham Castle, St Columba’s College, St Enda’s College and the Loreto Abbey. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press. ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, February 10, 1872


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