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▪▪ TOP OF THE WORLD: Derek is determined to achieve his seven summit goal.

WHILE most of us are already struggling with New Year resolutions, a local dad-of-three is making his dreams a reality by scaling yet another of the world’s seven highest summits.

Derek Mahon from the Naul in Co Dublin became the only southern Irish person to summit Mount Everest. Last July, the 56-yearold scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and he’s also climbed Mount Elbrus in Russia and

Mont Blanc in The Alps. This Friday, Derek departs for South America to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere, and the world's highest summit outside of the Himalayas. Continued on page 2


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Survey highlights litter problem BALLYMUN has once again ended up almost bottom of the list when it comes to litter levels in Ireland, according to a survey published by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) last week. The Northside area came 39th out of 40 in the survey carried out by national environment and heritage watchdog, An Taisce, on behalf of IBAL. Ballymun has actually dropped in the ranking since last year when the area finished 37th. The result comes despite the efforts of hard working volunteers in Ballymun Tidy Towns and Dublin CIty Council’s deployment of mobile CCTV cameras targeting illegal dumping. During 2017, Ballymun locals received widespread praise for their efforts in improving the area. Ballymun community team, D11 Transformers, was presented with a special certificate and a prize fund of fund of €3,200 in the Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards for maintaining local laneways and green areas. Improvements in the area were also recognised at last year’s Tidy Town Awards, with Ballymun improving from 2016 by five points. Speaking on Newstalk last week, former Lord Mayor, Cllr Andrew Montague (Lab), said illegal dumping was still a problem in Ballymun. “It’s really heartbreaking for the people who live here,” he said. Continued on page 2


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He’s summit else! Continued from page 1

▪▪ Derek pictured during his assent of Mount Everest.


This will be the fourth mountain in his Seven Summit challenge and it’s a daunting task. Towering at 6,962 metres or 22,831 feet Aconcagua claims an average of three deaths annually. Hazards include severe winds, extremities of cold and severe, often debilitating, altitude sickness. Derek is undertaking the global Seven Summits challenge in support of the community-based mental health charity, GROW, which promotes positive mental health and recovery. And his mission started while watching a climbing documentary on TV. “It highlighted the risks, dangers, heights, cold, winds, blizzards, the climbers and their attitude challenges,” Derek explained. “It also captured their appetite for adventure despite Mother Nature and the mountains’ challenges. “What struck me were the rewards after effort, the satisfaction of the summit, the

real emotion of returning safely to base camp and the elation of returning home to your family.” Derek, who works as a Financial Advisor at Tara Financial Partners, is a sports enthusiast. In 2011, he had never climbed a ‘big’ mountain and having summited Mount Elbrus in 2012 and Mont Blanc in 2013, he successfully scaled Mount Everest in 2014. Since then, he summited Mount Kilimajaro in 2017 and is committed to complete the Seven Summit Challenge. He has high hopes of conquering Aconcagua which he acknowledges is “in the hands of Mother Nature and the Mountain Gods” but in doing so Derek will have completed four of the Seven Summits. Vinson in Antarctica will be his next climb, followed by Denali in Alaska and The Carstyn Pyramid in Papua New Guinea. Speaking about climbing in support of GROW and positive mental health, Derek highlights how GROW implements a 12-step programme,

helping people to journey to mental health recovery. “GROW is all about breaking isolation, fostering social connection, shared experience and weekly support meetings based on practical steps and recovery,” he said. “Mental health, wellbeing and ongoing support are vital to us all. I am very proud to be promoting GROW and its message of positive mental health and recovery.” Chief Executive of GROW, Michele Kerrigan, commended Derek and wished him success and safe passage in his climbing venture. “We also thank Derek for highlighting positive mental wellbeing and journeying, step-by-step, to recovery,” she added. GROW holds over 120 free peer-support meetings across Ireland each week, along with education, and young adult programmes.   To support Derek, visit the website and search for Derek Mahon. Details can also be found on the GROW website at www. and the @GROWIreland Facebook page.

▪▪ Litter illegally dumped in Ballymun over the Christmas holidays.

Survey highlights litter problem Continued from page 1 “They’ve to put up with that, people who are working hard, getting up early in the morning and looking after their families and they come home and find someone has dumped outside their door.” However, Cllr Montague said there had been improvements over the past 12 months, despite the IBAL survey results. “What’s different now is the amount of people who are fighting back,” he said. “Families are coming out and planting flowers and taking back control of their street corners.”


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Ballymun Sinn Fein Councillor Noeleen Reilly, who is a member of Ballymun Tidy Towns committee, said she was disappointed at the IBAL results. "It is very disappointing to see Ballymun highlighted as a black spot for litter,” she added. "I don't think it is reflective of the work residents have put in over the last year in impproving the area. "However the report does highlight that more needs to be done to tackle illegal dumping." In better news, the North Inner City, while still described as ‘littered’ in the IBAL survey, recorded its best ever performance since it was first surveyed in 2011. An Taisce noted an absence of littered blackspots or seriously littered sites in the North Inner City. “A starting point on the road to cleanliness is to concentrate on very bad sites and there are signs the council are doing this,” said IBAL’s Conor Horgan. Continuing a trend of recent years, litter levels increased in Dublin City Centre towards the end of the year. “The council has been successful in keeping our capital clean for the peak summer season, but less so when it is over. Cleanliness is not just for tourists – it should be year-long,” maintains Horgan. While the main shopping street areas of Henry Street, and O’Connell Street presented particularly well, there were litter blackspots on Mountjoy Street and Capel Street. According to IBAL, progress in cities has been much slower than in towns, and much less consistent. “We have seen reversals in recent improvements in Dublin City Centre and Ballymun, in a way that we have not witnessed in towns,“ explained Horgan. “This points to a lack of community involvement which is essential to keeping an area free of litter over time.”



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What’s with all these weather events? was clear that Dublin – yet again – had got off lightly in comparison with some parts of the country. There are so many storm warnings these days that we run the risk of suffering from weather fatigue and not taking them seriously enough. Even the practice of giving them human names can dilute their severity in our minds. While adverse weather conditions are certainly not a new phenomenon in this country, warnings are now issued far more frequently. But rather than being an ominous sign of global Comment: Tony McCullagh, warming, it possibly has more to do with Dublin People group editor meteorological advances in forecasting O-CALLED weather events seem technology. I can only recall two major weather to dominate the headlines events from my own childhood. The first these days. In Dublin, we was the big freeze of January 1982, when barely noticed Storm Dylan schools remained closed after Christmas, before Eleanor arrived in town for much to our delight, and we played in what turned out to be a flying visit. the snow from dawn till dusk. The biggest hardship was running Ophelia – which closed our schools out of bread and milk as it took an for two days last October – is now just a expedition worthy of Tom Crean to get distant memory. That’s not to take from to the local shop; a journey further the trail of destruction it left in many hampered by having to run the gauntlet parts of the country, leading to three of ferocious snowball ambushes at every fatalities and bringing power disruption corner. to thousands of homes and businesses. We reluctantly returned to school a Looking at last week’s television number of weeks later, dragging slush images of a flooded Salthill in Galway and muck into our classrooms. We’d and the battered seafront in Lahinch, it


▪▪ The big freeze of 1982 brought the city to a standstill and closed schools. never see the likes of it again, although the pre-Christmas snowfall of 2010 would come a close second. In 1986, my uncle got married during Hurricane Charley, which made for an interesting wedding reception, with water leaking through the hotel roof onto the invited guests. That was the only storm I ever remember having a

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In addition, traffic volumes are far higher now, increasing the risk of accidents when the road conditions are poor. As a nation, we have always loved to discuss the weather. We have to be careful, though, that we don’t talk ourselves into complacency by turning every incidence of wind and rain into a crisis of biblical proportions.



DCU expert warns against fitness bloggers Adam Daly NEW Year resolutions are always dominated with promises to get fit after the indulgence of Christmas, but turning to online fitness bloggers for inspiration is something experts warn against. According to Dr Mary Rose Sweeney, some health and fitness bloggers on Instagram and Facebook are trying to make commercial gain out of their celebrity status, with many not having adequate nutritional training from a university. Real nutritionists and dieticians are working in an academic setting with international collaborators, operating from the perspective of what the evidence says works, Dr Sweeney, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU said. “A strong grounding in nutrition is needed but also in things like biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and genetics but above all in research,” Dr Sweeney said. “You need all these skills to advise others on what the evidence says. A sample size of one, of what works for you, is not evidence of what will work for others’’ The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute warn of people who claim to be nutritional therapists. The increase in the number of self-proclaimed nutrition practitioners emerging from informal courses not recognised by the State or

Irish universities is on the rise. Nutritional therapists can be found online but also in private clinic settings. Some may offer nutritional tests such as food intolerance testing, which is not evidence-based within conventional medicine. Some may also offer treatments such as supplements, detox diets, and food exclusions for which there is also little scientific evidence. Since 2015, only those who have applied or registered with Coru, Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator, are entitled to practise using the title Dietician. If someone does misuse a protected title under this law, it is a criminal offence and on conviction they may be liable to a Class A fine and/or six months imprisonment. However, as Dr Sweeney points out, this law does not cover the use of the title nutritionist. There is currently a campaign under way to change the law surrounding that title. Dr Sweeney herself has a PHD in nutrition and has worked in the area since 1996, with international peer reviewed work. Before taking the advice of a nutritional therapist people should check if they have a BSc or MSc in Public Health Nutrition, Human Nutrition or Nutritional science Dr Sweeney warns. The thing that Dr Sweeney wants people to remember is that online influencers are able to put every moment of every day into losing weight

and staying lean in order to obtain their brand. ‘’The average members of the public have to work or rare families. They have responsibilities. They can't obsessively exercise.’’ When it comes to online personal trainers, proteins in powder form can be a big part of their agenda. From a safety point of view, Dr Sweeney says orthodox trained nutritionists and dieticians would never advocate that. ‘’We like people to eat real food, in the right amounts, to get a blend of nutrients. There is a risk of over consuming powder protein which puts extra strain on your kidneys, as it has to be broken down by the body.’’ She said. Many people turn to social media for nutritional advice to lose weight because if you are in any way overweight it is a lot more difficult to put yourself out there and go to a professional dietician or nutritionist. But this is something that professionals are aware of Dr Sweeney said. RTÉ’s ‘Operation Transformation’, which is back on TV this month, is something that Dr Sweeney recommends watching for someone who may not want to go see a professional but who still wants to lose weight healthily. ‘’Advice there is evidence based, with a lot of good tips and menu plans there. It’s a safe way to lose weight. They recommend one to two pounds a week. Rapid weight loss, as we all know, isn't sustainable.’’ Dr Sweeney added.

Students are ready for Young Scientist event AN abundance of innovation, unique ideas and creative thinking will fill the halls of the RDS in Dublin this week at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Over 1,100 inspiring students, including a large number from Northside schools, will showcase their projects to an expected 50,000+ visitors

and 84 judges from January 11-13. Northside students have enjoyed an excellent record in the competition in recent years Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura, students at Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, won the overall title in 2016 while Paul Clarke, a student at St Paul’s College, Raheny, also won

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REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2017 THE North Inner City and Ballymun are both still suffering from litter problems according to the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey. A HIGHLY commended campaign to raise awareness of drug debt intimidation that was started in Dublin 15 calls for funding so it can be rolled LOCALS in Poppintree and Ballymun out nationwide. feared that the artificial pond in their The ‘Think Before You Buy’ initiative local park could be contaminated. by local community policing forum, In 2016 the pond at the popular Safer Blanchardstown, highlights the Poppintree Park was struck by a series connection between recreational drug of mysterious pollution incidents and use and gangland activity. more incidents were reported in 2017. NORTHSIDER Conor Grassick (24) is IRISH Water chooses a site at declared a real champion to his family at Newtown/Kilshane, in Dublin 11 for a the Hidden Hearing Hero awards. new biosolids storage facility to serve Last April his mum Ann was diagnosed the greater Dublin region. with leukaemia, and with Conor’s The new facility will store biosolids 20-year-old younger brother Colin produced at the upgraded Ringsend having Prader Willi syndrome, he took Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the over managing the house and became a Greater Dublin Drainage project once full-time carer. that becomes operational. TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar comes THE community in Dublin 15 rallies under fire when a strongly worded around a severely disabled local sixyear-old girl to raise funds for a specially objection he raised to a four-storey development of 41 apartments at adapted car that will greatly improve Brady’s Pub in Castleknock is highlighted her life. Little Kym, from Clonsilla, contracted in a radio report. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meningitis just two weeks after she was born and was left severely mentally and said objections by leading Government figures, such as the Dublin West physically disabled. TD, to developments in their own AN OPEN day is held in Ballymun constituencies wasn’t showing good on Tuesday, September 19, to provide leadership. information to the local community on DUBLIN City Council estimates the the new Lidl development in the area. final bill for pyrite works on 55 homes FINGAL Dublin Chamber appoints in Carton Estate, Ballymun, will be €3.3 Anthony Cooney as its new chief million. (continued on page 8) executive.

The final part of our review of the year where Northside People takes a look back at the local stories that made headlines during 2017.


▪▪ An impression of the proposed Ballymun Lidl store.

▪▪ Brian O’Gorman, Chief Executive Cluid Housing (left), Eibhlin O’Connor, Head ▪▪ Conor Grassick from Drumcondra is of Delivery Cluid Housing and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the his family’s hero. opening of Broome Lodge in Cabra.


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REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2017 (from page 6) The development of 90 dwellings was completed in 2007 but the damaging material was discovered later.


A FRESH appeal for information on the murder of a homeless man who frequented the Ongar area in Dublin 15 is made by Crimestoppers and An Garda Síochána. Michal Kurek’s body was found in a laneway in Ballyboughal, North County Dublin, on August 4 at around 10.40am. He died from multiple stab wounds. ALL-IRELAND winner and Ballymun hero Philly McMahon publishes a heartfelt memoir in which he tells of his relationship with his brother who died tragically. ‘The Choice’ details how Philly’s rise to sporting greatness coincided with his sibling’s descent into drug addiction. AN POST proposes to close the Finglas East Post Office in the Spar shop on Glasnevin Avenue. The move sparks a campaign to save the local facility. A NEW multi-million euro hi-tech centre in Dublin 15 will create 250 new jobs in the area it was announced in October. PLANNING permission is officially lodged for the new Ballymun Lidl development that includes over 60

units that can provide beds for more than 360 students. WOMEN from a homeless service in Finglas are featured in new powerful videos telling how living without a permanent roof over their heads has devastated their lives. The short videos tell the stories of women from the Abigail Women’s Centre on Kildonan Road, which provides support and accommodation to more than 30 women. AN POST backtracks on plans to close Finglas East Post Office and will advertise for the position of postmaster following a campaign to keep it open. THERE was despair and later relief in Finglas when the iconic Mother and Child statue is snatched during Storm Ophelia – and found unharmed two days later.

organising celebrations and firework displays in Finglas, Ballymun and Smithfield, firefighters were still called to over 300 fires, including 200 bonfires, across the city from 9am to 11pm. DUBLIN Aerospace is to create 150 new jobs over the next three years, the company announced in November. AN POST says there’s “no question” of Phibsborough Post Office closing, despite local petitions asking for it to be kept open. An Post says it’s tendering for a contractor to run the local post office, along with six others nationwide, but is adamant it will remain open and that all current services provided will be retained. DUBLIN and Ballymun GAA hero ▪▪ Niall Quinn and Philly McMahon pictured with 6th class pupils from Holy Spirit, Philly McMahon went back to his old school in October to pick up an award Brandon Whelan, Kyle Kelly, Kyle Keenan, Gracjan Bobko and PJ Caulfield. that meant as much to him as his All Ireland winner medals. Philly was at Holy Spirit BNS to THERE was drama and tension in be presented with a Dublin Bus Finglas when a member of the public Community Spirit Award for his brought a suspicious device found on their street into the local Garda station HalfTimeTalk CLG, which he was inspired to set up by the tragic death on Mellowes Road. of his brother John in 2012 who was The road was closed off and the battling with drug addiction. device declared safe by a bomb THE sod is turned on the new disposal team two hours later. paediatric outpatients and urgent care THE Northside air was thick with toxic smoke on Halloween night when centre at Connolly Hospital. A DETAILED study of the Dublin dozens of dangerous, illegal bonfires property market finds that Dublin 15 were lit across several areas. had the highest number of sales in the Despite Dublin City Council


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▪▪ An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at the official opening of theVeritas Technologies research and development centre.


AN APPEAL is lodged against planning permission recently granted for a €50 million revamp of Phibsborough Shopping Centre. Permission for the redevelopment, granted by Dublin City Council, is 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. OVER 50 senior citizens get the keys ▪▪ Luas driver Gareth Irivine celebrates at Broombridge Terminus after to new homes thanks to the opening of a succesfully bringing the first Cross City tram home. PHOTO: TOM HONAN/ (continued page 11) JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Trad legends Stockton’s Wing headline racing festival STOCKTON’S Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, and they are celebrating just over 40 years since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times and even supported Michael Jackson for two

nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. They headline The Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse on Sunday, February 4. For more info Track Record with Mike Hanrahan from Stockton’s Wing: 1. Most memorable moment in Dublin? It has to be sharing the stage with Sammy Davis at

Lansdown Road in 1988. Incredible life experience. 2. First album you bought and last album you bought? My first album was Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass of Home’. The last album I bought was Declan O Rourke’s chronicles of the great Irish famine. 3. When you’re not playing music, what else do you do? I love cooking. I’m a trained Ballymaloe cook and teacher and that passion

grows daily with each dish. 4. Who are your influences? Leonard Cohen. Darina Allen, Nick Cave and lately Declan O Rourke. 5. Who would make up your ideal band with you as lead singer? Backing vocals Leslie Dowdall, Christy Dignam and Eleanor Shanley. And Fran Breen on drums. 6. Any tips on life? Keep ‘er going patsy.

Brothers work it out NASHVILLE’S Brothers Osborne received their third Grammy nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category last November for their Top 10 rowdy hit ‘It Ain’t My Fault’. This nomination joins their previously nominated performances for their smash hit ‘Stay A Little Longer’ as well as the nostalgic ‘21 Summer’. All three tracks are featured on their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Pawn Shop’. Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like ‘Stay a Little Longer’ and ‘Rum’, the Brothers Osborne grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the Osborne household, where a series of loose, all-night jam

▪▪ The Brothers Osbourne will be playing Dublin’s Academy on Friday, May 4. sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones. The Osborne siblings strummed their first chords during those jam sessions. From the very start, TJ Osborne was the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like John-

ny Cash long before he was even old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the family’s guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang, and everything in between Combined, the two Osbornes could play everything from traditional country mu-

sic to rock & roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound that would eventually fill the 11 songs on their major-label debut. Like its title suggests, Pawn Shop offers a little bit of everything. There’s bluesy slide guitar, country duets, southern rock solos, harmonies, and plenty of groove. The hooks are big, the guitars are loud, and the songs introduce a duo whose music bridges the gap between the mainstream and the alternative world. Some were written at home in Nashville, while others came together on the road, where the guys spent several years headlining their own club shows “Most duos are built on singing,” says TJ. “But John is an incredible guitar player, and this band is built on me singing and John playing guitar. It gives us two parallels that work nicely together.” “It’s like an old-school rock approach,” adds John. Catch them live at the Academy in Dublin on Friday, May 4.

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A sweet moment of triumph for Stephanie STEPHANIE Rainey is the to break into the music busiIrish singer songwriter ness – had more than a milwho made the impossible lion hits. It quickly rose to five happen. million views across both With no money, no manag- Facebook and YouTube and er, no contacts and no care- offers poured in from US and fully calculated social media UK record companies while campaign, she created a garnering world-wide media music industry stampede of attention. For the Cork-born singer it epidemic proportions with just one heart-stopping song was a bitter sweet moment of triumph. – ‘Please Don’t Go’. The song was not just her Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto last roll of the dice as an artFacebook, Stephanie – who ist but it was also sparked by had spent a decade trying the devastating loss of her

one-year-old nephew, Fionn, from meningitis. The song was coupled with a powerful, poignant lofi video for the song. It featured friends – including her brother Dylan and the cult Irish comedian Cian Twomey – who had each suffered the loss of a loved one - holding up photographs and placards with messages of how each family member had died. Stephanie is at the Sugar Club on Wednesday, February 28.



REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2017 (from page 9) new development of 43 one and two bedroom apartments at Broome Lodge in Cabra. UP TO 1,300 medical card and GP visit cardholders in Finglas are told they’ll have to go to Ballymun to see a new GP following the resignation of a local doctor. Local TD Dessie Ellis (SF) says he’s inundated by calls from frustrated locals complaining they’re facing a two-mile trek for GP services. A SUPER senior citizen from Ballygall is honoured for her exceptional dedication to the community at the Volunteer Ireland Awards. The amazing 90-year-old Treasa ▪▪ The Finglas East Post Office came under threat in October. Martin was one of just two Dubliners ▪▪ There were more jobs announced at Dublin Aerospace. to receive a coveted award during a ceremony in Co Sligo. A NEW Peter McVerry Trust homeless hostel on New Cabra Road is given the green light before residents in the area are properly consulted causing local anger. IT WAS a long time coming but Luas Cross City finally gets up and running in December– and trams are jam-packed in the run-up to Christmas. THE National Transport Authority (NTA) withdraws its controversial objection to the new Ballymun Lidl development, much to the relief of locals. NORTHSIDE areas along the new Luas Cross City Blue Line experience a surge in property prices, with some asking prices shooting up by up to 25 per cent ▪▪ Dumping is still an issue in according to the website Northside areas according to IBAL. ▪▪ The facility at Newtown/ Kilshane, in Dublin 11 will store biosolids for Greater Dublin.

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New Year resolutions for your dog HAPPY New Year to you from everybody at ance and keeping some aside for treats, will ensure that he is not eating over the recomDogs Trust! mended allowance but is still getting ‘treats’ Most of you will have set New Year’s res- throughout the day. Like humans, an increase in exercise will olutions for yourself, perhaps to lose a few also help your dog to lose weight and to stay pounds and get fitter? So why not set a few resolutions for your trim and healthy. Maybe consider getting up earlier before dog while you are at it? A shocking proportion of dogs are currently you go to work and taking your dog for a walk first thing. overweight. Dogs that are walked early in the morning This can shorten their life span, reduce their quality of life and be responsible for the usually relax and snooze for the majority of onset of diabetes, arthritis and breathing dif- the day as their wandering needs have been met. ficulties. It also means that when you get home from It is very hard to resist giving our dogs treats and/or food from the table, especially work, you are free to go about your own busiwhen you look at those big sad eyes, the facial ness or even bring your dog for a second walk! If your dog has joint problems and too expression that says ‘I’m SO hungry and you much walking is not good for him, maybe look won’t share’. And of course with our squishier faced com- into hydrotherapy (after checking with your panions, the inevitable drooling that accom- vet first). Hydrotherapy is great exercise and because panies the aforementioned begging. An easy way to help your dog to lose weight it’s done in the water there is little pressure on without feeling deprived is to change his your dog’s joints. It will not only tire him out treats to vegetables; cooked or raw depend- but also builds up the muscles that support his joints and can often lead to an increase in ing on his or her preference. There are also plenty of dried vegetable mobility as this happens. If your dog is overweight and you are strugtreats available now like Soopa Treats, which you can buy in our centre, from our online gling with this, having tried the basics above, shop or from pet call into your local veterinary practice as there are plenty of prescription weight loss shops. Weighing out your dog’s daily food allow- diets available.

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SEOULISTA ‘ROSY HANDS’ INSTANT MANICURE (RRP €8.99) Following on from the massively successful launch of Instant Facials, Seoulista Beauty introduces ‘Rosy Hands’ Instant Manicure & ‘Rosy Toes’ Instant Pedicure. An authentic Korean innovation created by dermatologists, Rosy Hands & Rosy Toes boast beautiful skin loving ingredients. Rosy Hands and Rosy Toes will ensure you will have beautifully smooth and younger looking hands and fabulous flaunt worthy feet in under 30 minutes in the comfort of your own home. This patented double layer hand mask is infused with Bulgarian Rose Complex and provides 16ml of serum for your delicate, yet hard working hands. Wave goodbye to ageing hands with this unique treatment with a lovely long lasting rosy scent. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, this hand treatment works hard to deliver a remarkable rescue from the signs of skin ageing. After just 30 minutes, you’re ready to reveal softer, smoother and more youthful-looking hands. Available throughout independent pharmacies and department stores both in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seoulista Beauty products can also be bought online and on


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Festival fun on the slopes THE winter holiday season is underway and a great way to add something extra to your snow trip is to time it to coincide with a festival. Festivals on the mountains bring live music, artists and top DJs from across the globe to link two of life’s greatest delights - skiing and partying. There is nothing quite like a festival on the slopes. Whether you like sipping on mulled wine while listening to French pop or getting your rave on to techno music, these festivals offer world class entertainment in breath-taking mountain settings. Take a look at some of the unmissable festivals gracing the mountains in 2018, with amazing offers to match from Crystal Ski Holidays.


The SnowBoxx festival will run from the March 17-24 and this year’s line-up includes the legendary Fatboy Slim and Mike Skinner. Located in the otherwise peaceful, traffic-free village of Avoriaz, France, this festival has a reputation for loud and lively clubbing and midnight raves. From Igloo sessions to karaoke cabins, ▪▪ The SnowBoxx festival runs from March 17-24 street-food stalls to cocktail bars, this is often described as the ultimate ski festival. This exciting events continues to get bigger and better every single year! Depart March 17, stay at the 4* Les Crozats, Avoriaz, for seven nights, on a self-catering basis, from €749pp (Based on five sharing)


Sölden's Electric Mountain Festival brings some of the world's best DJs and dance artists to an open-air stage at the Giggijoch base station. This festival will run from April 5-6 and the good news is that admission is covered by your area ski pass. This is one you will not want to miss! Depart March 31, stay at the 3* Gästehauses, Kneisl, Sölden, for seven nights, ▪▪ The Electric Mountain Festival at Sölden. on a B&B basis, from €865pp


Horizon Festival is an electronic music festival held in March in the ski resort of Arinsal, Andorra. Over seven days, a carefully curated line-up of internationally renowned DJs and artists bring the party to numerous venues across the resort. Two mountain top stages, a host of clubs and bars, and secret forest raves are filled with the sounds of house, techno, funk, soul, drum & bass, reggae, garage, grime and more. This is one for everyone's bucket list. Depart anytime between March 1-31, stay at the 3* Sant Roma Apartments, Arsinal, for seven nights, on a self-catering basis, from €415pp (Based on four sharing) ▪▪ To book your festival holiday now 01-4331080, visit or contact your local travel agent.

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Staycation focus at Holiday World Show THIS year’s Holiday World Show taking place in the RDS from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, will have a stronger focus than usual on staycations. The 2018 event will have the largest ever Home Holiday Pavilion, which will showcase hundreds of destinations and holiday experiences from all across Ireland. Maureen Ledwith, Organiser of the Holiday World Show, said, the event will offer visitors the opportunity to meet with over 1,000 travel experts from across Ireland and the globe, book fantastic breaks and avail of special show-only offers. “This year’s Home Holiday Pavilion is

the biggest one yet, with a new Northern Ireland Tourism Village and Donegal Tourism, voted ‘the coolest place on the planet in 2017’, hosting the largest stand,” she continued. Holiday World Show 2018 will also feature the largest ever ‘Visit USA Pavilion’, a new French Camping Pavilion, Irish holiday favourites Spain and Italy, as well as an array of other destinations, cruise companies and airlines. International award winning travel journalist Eoghan Corry will once again take to the stage and present his newly formatted series of talks called ‘Let’s Talk Travel with Eoghan Corry’. For further information on the ▪▪ Minister of State for Tourism, Brendan Griffin with Maureen Ledwith, Holiday World Show 2018 visit www. of Holiday World Show and Fiddle player Meg LaGrande at a photocall to launch this year’s event. PHOTO: ARTHUR CARRON




Balance of payments About the author A TRUE-blue Dubliner, Dermot McGarthy grew up off the North Circular Road on the Northside and subsequently in the nearby suburb of Drumcondra. He attended O’Connell’s School on North Richmond Street in Dublin 1, and in Plunket College on the Swords Road. A lecturer in DIT for over 20 years, he has been writing fiction and poetry since his late teens.

THE author of the Harry Potter series of books, JK Rowling, has described words as our most inexhaustible source of magic.

The very title of the collection itself deals with this clash head on, and lets the reader make up his or her own mind on the sentiment conveyed in the poem ‘Balance of Payments’. Poetry, amongst other things has been described as “yoga for the senses”. You won’t need a mat, however, to read and hopefully enjoy, the 40 poems contained in this book. This form of writing has also been seen by some as somehow elitist or airy-fairy, but nothing could be further from the truth according to Dermot who writes about pubs, the building industry, rock ‘n’ roll, chips, and park benches, amongst other things. Most people are put off poetry for life, by the way it is sometimes taught in schools. This is a tragedy in itself and happened to the author, until he started reading more anarchic and apt descriptions of human experience, from the likes of the punk poet John Cooper Clarke, to name but one. Poetry has to be of now, not then, if it has to have any lasting connection with the reader, according to Dermot. Colour photos and prints in the book help create a suitable backdrop for many of the poems - a mixture of comedy, tragedy, joy and despair, and hope - for the future as well as the past. ‘Balance of Payments’ is available to purchase from The Winding Stair bookshop, Halpenny Bridge; Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 or from It is priced €20.


As a poet, Drumcondra native Dermot McGarthy weaves his own brand of magic through the pages of his recently published hardback collection of poems. ‘Balance of Payments’ is an assembly of episodes and extraordinary insights about ordinary and everyday people and experiences. The author has always found that what nature provides to be stranger than fiction or fantasy, more brutal, more ridiculous, more tragic and of course, more funny. So, there are accounts of a local chip shop/fast food outlet through the generations, where the now middle aged poet wiled away countless teenage hours. The passion of new romance is vividly conveyed in the poem ‘Lightning Strikes’ while ‘The Crossword’ is a document of togetherness and devotion through the years. Nature and the built environment itself leave, predictably enough, a deep impression on most writers, and it’s no different in the case of this book. A vivid account of a Dublin street scene is documented, with various characters in tow, like a snapshot, frozen in time forever. A recurring theme throughout the collection is the contest between our visible material existence and the vague notion of a spiritual overhang, and how it might influence our behaviour or thinking.

This cheeky story is full of adventure BASED on a true story of a monkey that went missing from a horse carriage in Central Park, ‘Cheeky Monkey’ is full of adventure and features one memorable character after another. When a little girl, Abby, runs away from home to Central Park after feeling ignored, she meets up with Cheeky the monkey for a super fun journey. This includes meeting Knock Knock the raccoon (you guessed it - he tells knock knock jokes), Belvedere the wise owl, and Coyote, the beautiful spirit of Abby’s mother. Along their journey and adventure, Cheeky and Abby develop an unbreakable bond, and the young Abby realises and finds her way. In the end, Cheeky Monkey is truly about the importance of family. Families are never perfect, but once you have love, that’s all you really need. The Cheeky Monkey chil-

dren’s picture book is suitable for anybody that has a childish imagination (ages 2-8) and is really a big thank you to the amazing energy of the city and Central Park there is really no place quite like New York City. Barry Reeves is a Southsider who grew up in Ballinteer and played soccer for Broadford Rovers FC and Lourdes Celtic. He has been living in New York ever since he went there on a soccer scholarship in the early nineties. Storytelling has always been a passion for Barry. His father is a standup comedian, (Shaun Connors is his stage name) and his mother is a bit of a comedian in the house. “She also had six cheeky monkeys of her own to deal with, so storytelling and humor were always a big part of my life from a young age onward,” Barry reflects. Inspired by the recent birth of his daughter Sophie, as well as a story he was told about a monkey that

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went missing in Central Park, Cheeky Monkey quickly came to life. In addition to writing children’s books, Barry has also written books and films about his time in NYC, including his hilarious best selling memoir, ‘A Shot in the Dark’. Barry travels extensive-

ly and continues to live and work in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, where he writes. His book, ‘Cheeky Monkey’, as well as ‘A Shot in the Dark’ are available at,, in most bookstores and on both kindle and Nook. “But what I’m most proud

of is that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mickey Reeves Scholarship Fund, named after my very courageous nephew who passed away recently from cancer,” Barry adds. Donations to the fund can be sent to Tappen Zee High School in New York.


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Dacia gives its Duster a make-over Seán Creedon THE Romanian-built Dacia Duster, which is part of the budget line in the Renault stable, was introduced to Ireland five years ago when we were in the depths of a recession Dacia attracted many new customers with their ‘shockingly affordable’ advertising strap line and the Duster became very popular. It was a great time for a new brand to make their Irish debut as we struggled and whinged about the reasons for the demise of the Celtic Tiger. Now the economy is booming once again and Dacia has several models on offer including the still ‘shockingly affordable’ Duster. Initially the Duster was only available in left hand drive and if I remember correctly, that left hand model in 2012 had a fire extinguisher in the cabin, which

was necessary by law in Romania. The entry level price was €14,990. Over the past five years over one million units of the Duster have been sold worldwide. Now Dacia has given the Duster a make-over and entry price has risen to €16,890. But while the price has risen so has some of the quality. You still don’t get the luxury of a BMW or Mercedes, but you do get a decent car at a bargain price. I drove the 1.5 diesel automatic Prestige version which will cost you €22,010. So like most cars there is a low entry level price and then as you add in the extras the price goes up. Yes, I have fond memories of the basic Duster which you can now get with cruise control, mounted fingertip controls, rear parking sensors and rear parking camera.

▪▪ The ‘shockingly affordable’ Dacia Duster is back. Those extras included a spare wheel which will cost you €100, but in my opinion it’s well worth it. It’s a fairly high motor to get into and if you had arthritis you might struggle to climb on board. Inside there is a commanding view of the road. Two roof rails add to the

SUV look and just to let everybody know what you are driving, the words ‘Duster’ are printed on those roof rails. There is a massive boot and you do get a spare wheel, but it’s located underneath the car. So my advice is to leave an old coat or blanket in the

boot in case you need to get at that spare. Last time I drove a Duster it came in a stand out Altai green. This time the colour was Platinum, which was more discreet. I found the 1.5-litre diesel engine very frugal. The only thing that sounded old fashioned was the

horn. It sounded like something from the sixties! So there you have it. The Duster was initially seen as a bargain motor in the recession. People will tell you that it might be difficult to get a good price when it comes to trade-in time and you may have to go for another Dacia

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Children First Act comes into force THE Department of Education has published new child protection procedures for schools following the full commencement of the Children First Act.

New provisions mean teachers will have to follow new reporting requirements in respect of their role as mandated persons. The Designated Liaison Person will still maintain their central role in the school’s child protection arrangements. The new procedures for schools set out the reporting requirements for registered teachers in respect of their role as mandated persons. Schools will now have a statutory obligation to produce a Child Safeguarding Statement under the changes. This statement sets outs a school’s commitment to keep children safe from harm. Procedures published in De▪▪ Spending on Gaeltacht Education is to more than double in 2018. cember will give guidance and The Minister secured addi- delighted to see the success of the best in Europe within a de- the further success of its im- direction for schools to help them to produce a safeguardtional funding of €1.3 million in the Policy to date. cade. Ensuring schools in our plementation.” “The Gaeltacht School Rec- Gaeltacht areas are properly Budget 2018, for the Policy on Gaeltacht Education, bringing ognition Scheme has clearly supported to flourish as centhe overall additional funding been very warmly received tres of excellence for educafor Gaeltacht schools to €2.3 and I urge the remaining tion through the Irish language million. schools to look at the benefits is important to achieving this Speaking at an event to of the scheme and to carefully ambition. mark the one year anniversary consider participating in it. “I was also pleased to over of the Policy in Scoil Náisiún“I have set the overall am- double the funding allocated ta Uí Ghramhnaigh in Ráth bition to make Ireland’s ed- to the Policy in Budget 2018 Chairn, the Minister said: “I’m ucation and training system and I look forward to seeing

ing statement and meet their obligations. The Department has published user-friendly templates to assist schools in preparing, publishing and reviewing their Child Safeguarding Statement. The move was welcomed by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton. “I’d firstly like to thank all involved in the development of these important new procedures,” the minister said. “The protection of children is of utmost importance to me and my Department and these new procedures give direction and guidance to school authorities and to school personnel in relation to meeting their new statutory obligations under the Children First Act, and in the continued implementation of the best practice (non-statutory) guidance set out in Children First National Guidance 2017. “My Department is committed to ensuring that there is full compliance with the new procedures.”

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Retaining key staff is still a big concern for businesses THE number one concern for businesses going into 2018 is being able to attract and retain key staff, according to a survey by business group Dublin Chamber. The survey, carried out amongst 210 companies, found that more than two thirds of firms (69 per cent) rank the retention and attraction of employees as an issue of high concern for 2018. Concerns about new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation - due to come into effect in May - provide the second biggest headache for firms. Sixty-two per cent stated that they are highly concerned by how the new regulations will impact on their business. One in four firms (23 per cent) said they felt their

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Fingal County Council We, Sport Ireland, intend to apply for Permission for the following development at the designated Triathlon Ireland site at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15. The development will consist of the following; a single-storey detached prefabricated temporary office building (162sq.m) with access steps and ramp, bicycle racks and all associated site development works including lining of parking spaces in the existing car park and site drainage works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours (9.30-16.30 Monday-Friday) at Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Fingal, Dublin 15. A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council 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, Niamh and Gaul Gaudin, Intend to apply for permission for development at this site at No. 32 Shandon Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. The proposed development will consist of the demolition of 28msq of existing single storey rear extension and the construction of a new 39msq single storey rear extension. The existing single storey house gable wall to Shandon Park is proposed to be demolished and rebuilt in brick, with the provision of a replacement vehicular gate to the property side garden. It is proposed to convert the attic into 17msq of storage space. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON IDENTIFICATION OF BATHING WATERS IN FINGAL FOR 2018 Fingal County Council is currently carrying out a consultation with members of the public to assist in identification of Bathing Waters in Fingal for 2018. The Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 set out our obligations for bathing water quality checks and public information during the bathing season. We take 10 samples in total, one before and 9 during the bathing season, and this is far in excess of the minimum requirements. Samples are taken fortnightly from the end of May to mid-September. We monitor 11 beaches in Fingal for water quality, and 10 of these beaches are identified bathing waters. Identified bathing waters are sea, river or lake surface waters that we consider to be widely used by the public for bathing. Every year you, the public, can take part in identifying bathing waters in Fingal. If you swim at a beach, lake or river in Fingal, this consultation will allow you to tell us if you think we should maintain existing identified bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming but not designated at the moment. If you are a regular swimmer and want to help us decide which bathing areas should be identified for 2018, it might be helpful to consider the following: • How your swimming area has been used up to now; • How many people use the site; • What facilities (e.g. signage, parking, toilets, picnic area etc) exist at the site and how accessible it is; • Any safety issues. If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site, please make your submission through our online Consultation Portal at Alternatively, please post your written submission to: Operations Department (Bathing Waters), Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

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10 JAN 2018


A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK Theatre Panto, Polly and the Beanstalk. They’ll join the all-star cast that includes hilarious Rory Cowan, Dustin the Turkey, Fair City's Ryan Andrews and RTE's Sorchio star Michaela O'Neill. Running until Sunday January 14, there’s matinee and evening shows most days. Tickets priced from €26. See for details.



A number of events are taking place across Dublin as part of the 2018 First Fortnight festiva, which aims to challenge mental health stigma through music, film, spoken word, theatre, art and discussion events. The festival is currently taking place in 17 counties across Ireland and runs until January 21. For more information about the events taking place in the capital, visit www.


All walkers and runners are welcome to take part in parkruns every Saturday at 9.30am at a number of local venues including St Anne’s Park, Fairview Park, Poppintree Park, Darndale Park, Father Collins Park, Newbridge Demesne and Ardgillan Demesne. Parkrun is a timed 5k walk/run and is a completely free to participate communitybased, volunteer-led initiative, and a great way to meet people and keep fit. Junior Parkruns for four to 14-year-olds take place on Sundays at a number of venues over a 2km distance. For further details and to register, visit


Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family performed by Coolmine Panto Group. It’s happening at Draoicht in Blanchardstown on various weekend dates from now until January 21.


Baldoyle Musical Society presents ‘Beauty and The Beast’ on Friday, January 12 at 8pm; Saturday, January 13 at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday, January 14 at 3pm in St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle. Lots of fun guaranteed for all the family! General admission is €12. Discount price of €10 for groups of 20+. Family ticket (two adults and three children) priced at €50 (online booking only). To book, visit www., or call 085-1378329. Book now to avoid disappointment!


It’s become one of Ireland’s favourite festive traditions and this year’s Cheerios Panto at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre is finishing up this Sunday (January 14). The smash hit panto starring TV3's Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages tells the well-loved children's classic tale, Sleeping Beauty, and it’s expected to be another roaring-with-laughter success. The hilarious Rob Murphy plays the part of 'Buffy' while Mary Byrne and Michelle McGrath also star. Tickets are available from or the Tivoli Theatre box-office on 01-4544472.


Funderland at the RDS has been part of winter in Dublin for over 40 years and this year’s event finishes up this weekend. It comprises almost three acres of attractions housed inside the Simmonscourt Pavilion with many more located in the complex outside. Exciting attractions include the Power Wave, Break Dance and the amazing Star Flyer called ‘Around the World’. All the old favourites are there too along with the Funderland Loop, Ireland's only looping roller coaster! See www. for booking and details.



The Gaiety Theatre has hosted a Christmas Panto each year since 1873 and tickets for this year’s show, Rapunzel, are selling like hot cakes. Let down your hair and let a star-studded cast give this marvellous tangled tale a magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere! Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates his 28th year in the industry, will play ‘Nanny Ninny Noonah’ and he’s joined by Ciara Lyons as ‘Rapunzel’, Johnny Ward as ‘Johnny B Goode’ and Nicholas Grennell as the King ‘Larry Lilly Loolah’. Running now until January 21. See www.

Running since 2014, Ice Skating POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK Blanchardstown takes place in a stunning 1,000 X Factor Sensations Sean and Conor Price are sq mt ice rink is located next to Blanchardstown special musical guests in this year's Olympia Shopping Centre All levels of experience are catered for on the rink from beginners to advance skaters. There’s a large main rink and a separate rink for kids aged 3-10 years, which is always supervised, while the penguin club will help little ones find their ice legs. There’s also Flying Ducks junior ice hockey, figure skating with the ISAI, schools skate, student skate deals, group and midweek offers, special events and tasty festive food. See for full details.

Crossword Answers January 10th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Lunch; 8 Anatomy; 9 Charted; 10 Titan; 12 Manual work; 15 Never-never; 18 Yards; 19 Capital; 21 Duchess; 22 Realm. Down: 1 Place money; 2 Incas; 3 Chat; 4 Landau; 5 Bastille; 6 Pontoon; 11 Naked flame; 13 Arrested; 14 Avarice; 16 Excise; 17 Steal; 20 Part. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Avoid; 8 Already; 9 Exigent; 10 Shape; 12 Journalist; 15 Barrenness; 18 Exist; 19 Mariner; 21 Coterie; 22 Bless. Down: 1 Lamentable; 2 Comic; 3 Idle; 4 Banter; 5 Trespass; 6 Satanic; 11 Enterprise; 13 Overturn; 14 Frailty; 16 Number; 17 Inter; 20 Robe.



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 long goods train ‘101 class 0-6-0 No. 144, with horse boxes and wagons, leaving Kingsbridge under steam for the south of Ireland, c. 1915. The station yard foreman, the train driver and his assistant pose for the photographer. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/ The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 5, 1867 ▪▪ Irish Press, January 3, 1963

▪▪ Evening Herald, January 18, 1939

▪▪ Irish Press, January 2, 1962

▪▪ Irish Independent, January 4, 1937

▪▪ Stephen’s Green North, c. 1910. A two-wheeled trap heads in the direction of the Shelbourne Hotel. On the left is A Bell & Sons, Dyers and Cleaners. The Dublin Bread Company shop is next door at No. 3, with a horse-drawn van standing outside. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press. ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 21, 1865


10 JAN 2018








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