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tudents from across the northside flocked to the Rds last week to showcase their skills at the 2017 bt young scientist & technology exhibition.

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ublin one, the area from o’connell st to capel street and Parnell street to the Quays, has been given a prestigious award marking it as a ‘gold standard’ district. It’s the second time Dublin has been awarded a Purple Flag, presented to towns and city centres that achieve a required standard of 30 criteria from 5pm-5am. However, the last Purple Flag went to the Southside, with the Creative Quarter and Dame District picking up the accolade in 2013. continued on page 2

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Children and teenagers of all ages proudly stood beside their carefully researched creations and innovations but two exhibits in particular caught our eye - Coláiste Mhuire students Laura McQuade, Sean Power, and Aoibhín Carr’s caffeine study and Luttrelstown Community College’s LifeStats project, which was excellently created by sixth year students Akhil Voorakkara and Steve Harris. Laura, Sean and Aoibhín examined the different factors that affect caffeine consumption, while Steve and Akhil devised a brilliant webapp that allows users to find car park spaces around Dublin using real-time technology, amongst other things. continued on page 2

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Stafford’s Funeral Directors North city’s purple patch win National Q Mark Award


t the recent National Q Mark Awards for 2016, Stafford’s Funeral Directors were presented with a National Q Mark Highly Commended Award for Quality Management System 2016. ‘The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems is a business excellence framework that reviews all aspects of an organisation on an annual basis. The Q Mark framework is based on the tried and tested business excellence framework which is used by more than 30,000 organisations throughout Europe.’ Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) The principals as laid out above by the EIQA were always fundamental in Stafford’s Funeral Home’s business focus and ethos. Stafford’s family firm have worked at the heart of Dublin communities since the 1940s, arranging funerals for bereaved families. As third-generation Managing Director, Jonathan Stafford is deeply committed to continuous improvement in funeral standards - this professional drive is what sparked his interest in the Q Mark for Quality Managements Systems. When Jonathan’s grandfather Tom Stafford began arranging funerals in Dublin in 1953, he instinctively knew that attention to detail was at the core of helping a family to create a meaningful funeral tribute to the departed in the midst of loss and grief. Stafford’s enduring tradition of good service began with that simple philosophy of care. The city was more simplistic back then; the challenges are different now, but the high standards of care remains the same. “This never changes – at Stafford’s – we see it every day – and so we don’t lose sight of what really matters in our job. Families need calm reliability from their Funeral Director. We can’t erase the often unspeakable loss of life endured in a family, but we can deliver what we promise in terms of top quality service.� Group General Manager John Kennedy gives a simple outline of the Q Mark journey. “It’s a great chance to continuously improve our services – a keen-eyed 3rd party perspective (the Q Mark auditors) make an extensive and thorough assessment of our funeral practices, processes and our quality systems. Independent valuation is useful beyond measure to identify ways to operate to highest standards of quality and excellence� Stafford’s were drawn to the rigorous process of obtaining a Q Mark for Quality Management Systems because funeral arrangements in

Dublin now involves more people, more traffic, and more branches of Stafford’s Funeral Homes in key locations throughout the city. All this offers better options for families, including alternative types of funeral choices. And in busy times, the small details still matter. “Take the funeral flowers, for example. The Q Mark process would acknowledge how our drivers at Stafford’s are instilled with good training in how to sensitively handle the flowers on the day of a funeral. For grieving families, flowers are deeply personal - not just objects to be taken in and out of a funeral car – but fragile floral tributes that can carry huge emotional meaning. Stafford’s are deeply aware that delivering the best possible customer service demands more complex solutions on a daily basis – the best of technology for example to ensure seamless communication between the teams. Jonathan explains how the Q Mark involves helpful suggestions but is also a two-wayconversation. ‘The Q Mark auditors appreciate for example how perhaps a bakery in Dublin won’t need a 24-hour-manned switchboard - but how in our Funeral Directors - it’s unthinkable that a distressed relative phones up and has to speak to a machine. At Stafford’s, people will always be connected immediately to another human being.� If death is life’s most rock-hard certainty, Stafford’s believe that the funeral profession itself needs to be full of flexibility and movement. “People need us to be forward-thinking – so that when a family suddenly realise that they need a large gathering space for Reposal, we can immediately put at their disposal our extensive new Reposing Chapels which are inter-changeable to create either spacious or intimate gathering spaces.� Jonathan believes that a good funeral director’s attention to detail should be everywhere – it’s the clean gleam off the coffin wood, the driver’s polished shoes, the pristine appearance of the hearse and limousine fleet. It’s the sensitivity shown by the staff, the gentle tone of a voice, the courtesy shown at all times to the grieving family. From year to year, the suggestions and feedback from the Q Mark process are carried and implemented into the next year. This directly benefits the families in Stafford’s care. “Making the day of the funeral bearable for people, that’s at the forefront – the heart of it all really�.

Continued from page 1 At that time the Northside was considered not ready for a Purple Flag but thanks to significant progress in the district since then the latest award goes this side of the Liffey. Dublin One has added to its evening time activity, especially on streets such as Capel and Liffey Street Lower. And public safety is being successfully addressed through Garda initiatives including Operation Spire and the Small Area Policing programme of community policing.

A team of independent assessors visited the area in December and recommended that the district be awarded Purple Flag status. Areas are judged under a number of criteria including the quality of the offering, ease of movement through the area and the safety and security of the location. Dublin One will officially receive the Purple Flag accreditation at a ceremony taking place on February 8 in Carrick-on-Shannon. Richard Guiney, CEO DublinTown said a Purple Flag

The brainy bunch Continued from front page Helping and assisting others was a central theme of both presentations; ColĂĄiste Mhuire’s through healthy lifestyle choices and Luttrelstown’s through navigation, but both groups also seemed to help themselves in what was an enjoyable experience for all involved. “It was a bit of a reality check,â€? Sean Power told Northside People. “We didn’t realise how much caffeine was in the different drinks until we actually did the research.â€? “We found the younger you are, the less effect caffeine had on you,â€? added Laura McQuade. “Younger people can metabolise the caffeine quicker, but then it affects men quicker than it affects women.â€? The group identified weight, age, gender and daily intake as the four factors that affect

â–Ş Akhil Voorakkara and Steve Harris from Luttrelstown Community College. how caffeine is consumed, while Steve and Akhil identified limited parking availability in Dublin as a growing problem that needed to be solved as part of their project. “We actually came up with the idea at the exhibiton last year,â€? Steve told Northside People. “We came up with a similar idea but it actually became this app we have now. The great thing




â–Ş Irene Collins, Leo Varadkar, John Kennedy, Jonathan Stafford, Nigel Brothers, Stephen Murphy, Chris Davis, Nevan Stafford.

award is hugely significant for areas that achieve it. “Not only does it demonstrate excellence in the management of the evening and nighttime economy, it adds a level of prestige to an area,� he explained. “When we first applied for Purple Flag for the Creative Quarter, the Northside of the city was not ready. Since then there has been significant improvements to the area and it’s great to see that development gathering pace to the point where it can achieve a Purple Flag.�

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about it is how simple it is to use. Everybody from your nana to your child could use this, and it’s only two taps on your phone. There’s no downloading an app, it’s just straight to your phone.� “There’s options with this,� added Akhil. “It gives you spaces that are free, nearby multi-storey car parks, and it tells you prices, how many spaces there are. Then it goes straight into Google Maps, opens navigation and press one more button and you’re on your way.� The duo were selected as part of the 100 top potential start-ups in Ireland and are also in discussion with Dublin County Council about how their app can be used to help reduce traffic congestion. LifeStats utilises datasets such as real time transport data to help users make better decisions about travel by providing relevant information. “We’ve had meetings with the County Council and Smart Dublin, and they see it as a benefit,� said Akhil. “For example, for the car parking one, people won’t be driving around slowly looking for spaces causing congestion, because they’ll know where to go. “The tow trucks also don’t have to go on rounds anymore, they can all be kept on standby, which will save the council fuel and labour, because the tow trucks will know where drivers are going to, and if they’re avoiding free park spaces, they’ll know there’s other cars there.�


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NORTHSIDE based MMA coach has challenged the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to “educate himself” on mixed martial arts before making “inflammatory statements” concerning the sport in Ireland. Team Ryano’s Andy Ryan was responding to Minister Shane Ross’s recent comments that he finds some of the scenes in MMA “quite disturbing”. However, he has now been given an open invitation from Ryan to come down and attend his Team Ryano gym in Finglas so he can find out for himself about the sport. “You have got to come down and speak to the coaches,” Ryan told Northside People. “Drop down to my gym in Finglas, or Barry Oglesby’s gym in Glasnevin, or one of the established gyms around. We go above and beyond what we’re meant to do. “You need to go and educate yourself a bit more, like Sport Ireland have done. They went over to SBG (gym) and thought it was a great set up. “Come down and look and watch the training we do, the facilities we have, the standards we set. We have the highest medical standards in the world, not just Ireland, and that’s for amateur and professional MMA.” Ryan also noted the extraordinary lengths that groups like IMMAA and Safe MMA Ireland go to to ensure fighters are given the best possible medical treatment when competing. Ryan runs a local show called BattleZone, which is a much smaller promotion compared to the heavyweights of the UFC, Bellator and BAMMA. The former Irish Army soldier also coaches Irish UFC fighter and Dubliner Neil Seery, but insists that even at his shows, fighters have to go through the strictest of protocols in order to compete. “I run BattleZone as my own little show for the local fighters in Ireland,” said Ryan.

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Why I support injecting centres

COMMENT: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin


S IRELAND commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, the bodies of two men were found a few dozen metres away from each other in Dublin’s city centre. The body of a 42-year-old man was found in an apartment complex on Foley Street - he had lain undiscovered for several days before the alarm was raised. A man, aged 33, was found dead in the toilets of Connolly Station, with a

syringe found nearby. Both fatalities were the result of overdoses. If you hadn’t heard about these cases it is because they didn’t result in any public outcry. There were no protests, no petitions, no media documentaries. For many in Irish society, these lives don’t seem to matter. But they do matter. Ireland has the third highest overdose rate in Europe and some of our most vulnerable citizens are literally dying on our streets. Society blames the addict for their addiction, but there is no other area of medicine where someone at risk of death is treated with such a judgmental attitude. If we are honest, most of us have heard those sucked into addiction referred to as ‘junkies’ more than once. In fact, we hear it all the time. And for me, it is time for us to reclaim the humanity of this issue and to consign that dehumanising and degrading term to the dustbin of history. The issue of street injecting is not unique to Dublin but other countries have taken a much more progressive approach and they are saving lives. Over 90 Medically Supervised Injecting Centres have been opened across Europe and Australia to combat the

issue of street injecting and have proven to be incredibly successful. No one has ever died in any injecting centre; the issue of drug litter such as syringes on the streets has greatly reduced; and users are much less likely to contract HIV or Hepatitis C from risky and unsafe injecting. In short, the centres save lives. In December 2015, as Minister for the National Drugs Strategy, I succeeded in getting cabinet approval for the introduction of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres to Ireland. The Programme for Government of the current administration commits to continuing with that policy and the Health Committee held its first meetings about the legislation last month. It is envisaged that the legislation will be in place in the spring of this year which will enable the minister to seek applications to open and run Ireland’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Centre this year. For every change in public policy there will of course be questions and concerns. But what I have been struck by since I first raised this proposal in 2015 is the number of people who approach me quietly and tell me how they lost a loved one to a drug overdose. However, the stigma of addiction

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like that where most of the bodies are found. The introduction of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres won’t solve Ireland’s drug problem but they are certainly a step in the right direction. They will save the most vulnerable of lives, and help addicts to take the first steps in the road to meaningful recovery.

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IGHT Dublin athletes including four Northsiders will be representing Ireland at this year’s Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria next March. Lee Ryan Byrne from Mulhuddart, Stephen Lee from the Navan Road, Matthew Colgan from Swords and Anthony Murry from Balbriggan are all part of a 26-strong Irish team who will compete in Graz and Schladming from 14-25 March. All the local athletes will be competing in Floorball; one of the newest team sports on the Special Olympics programme. Floorball is similar to ice hockey, but not played on a rink, with two teams of four competing against each other. Played indoors, floorball is a fast game that enables athletes to develop speed, power and agility along with great team spirit. It first featured as a demonstration sport in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea in 2015. In 2017, floorball will feature as an official sport for the first time and Team Ireland will be one of over 20 teams competing in floorball events in Austria. The Irish squad will have two teams of 10 floorball athletes making up the teams. Lee Ryan Byrne or ‘LJ’ as he’s known to his teammates is one of the younger members of Team Ireland at just 19 years of age. He’s the shot stopper on the team and has to wear protective goalkeeping equipment when he takes to the floor. In floorball, the goalkeeper must remain on his knees during the game but that doesn’t mean that LJ is off the hook when it comes to training. “It has really helped me to improve my fitness,” he says. “I’m training hard for Austria but it has also provided me with a great social life and a chance to make new friends.” LJ made the transition to floorball from athletics where he won gold in the Javelin and 100m at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick in 2014. His mum Elaine will be one of Team Ireland’s biggest supporters at the Winter Games in March. “Special Olympics has helped Lee become more independent over the years,” she says. “He has made a lot of good friends and socialises regularly with them. He is really looking forward to travelling to Austria and representing his country.” Matt English, Chief Executive of Special Olympics Ireland, says Team Ireland represents

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hard work, commitment and dedication. “I am extremely proud of the 26 athletes who will represent both their country and their local communities at the 2017 World Winter Games next March,” he adds. “Each selected athlete has shown unwavering motivation, strong discipline and tremendous skill in getting this far. The entire country will be cheering on and celebrating Team Ireland throughout the competition.” English paid tribute to the many business and organisation who have and continue to pledge funds to Special Olympics Ireland to help raise the necessary

▪ LJ Ryan (left) from Blanchardstown celebrates with Adam Lalo from Clonee after competing in Special Olympics Ireland Games at the University of Limerick. PHOTO: DIARMUID GREENE / SPORTSFILE €3,000 needed to cover the cost per athlete for their participation in the Winter Games.

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Parkrun blazing a trail Brein McGinn HAVE you ever walked through Albert College Park in Glasnevin on a Sunday morning and wondered why there’s a large group of children flying around the pathways? That would be junior parkrun, a relatively new initiative to get kids between the ages of 4-14 rise out of bed for a 9.30am start to get the blood pumping. The initiative began in Rush and Ballina, and Glasnevin’s junior parkrun is a free, weekly group where children can get an extra exercise session into their busy weekly schedules and set person-

al best times. It is a branch of the adult version which is currently sweeping the nation, but instead of running either five or 10 kilometres, the little ones do two. Bronagh Traynor, organiser of the Albert College parkrun, explained why she took on this service for her community. “December last year (2015), I

got the newsletter from parkrun and it said that Rush junior parkrun, the first junior parkrun, had just set up and I thought it was a fantastic idea,” she said. “At the end of the article it said if you would like one in your area, please get in touch, and I thought Albert College Park would be fantastic. “I got in touch and Matt Shields, Ireland’s parkrun supervisor, got back to me and said that the park would be very suitable and that he knew the park. From then on he just led me through the steps in setting up.” The first ever parkrun on the

grounds near DCU was on the June Bank Holiday Sunday and it has grown from a few dozen to averaging over 100 a week. “It’s a great start to a Sunday morning and you meet lots of people,” Bronagh said. “It’s a bit of fun and it’s a relaxing environment because it’s not competitive. It’s a great way to get young people into running and is added exercise in a friendly group setting.” Obviously the aim of developing such a group is for the wellbeing of the youngsters, but Bronagh also thinks it gives kids a fun

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Property reports highlight price increases Jack Gleeson THERE was more bad news for Northside home-hunters in the first house price surveys of the year that were published at the beginning of the month. Property website,, says the rate of inflation in Dublin was 5.1 per cent during 2016, close to

double what it was the previous year. In Dublin, prices in the final three months of 2016 were five per cent higher than a year before, compared to the rise of three per cent seen a year ago. The average house price in the capital is now €322,000. The market bottom was reached in the second quarter of 2012 and

prices have risen by an average of 46.2 per cent - or €101,850 since that time. According to, the average asking price in both the North City and City Centre areas is up 6.4 per cent on last year while in the North County the increase slightly lower at 6.3 per cent. However, there was little change in average prices be-

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As the housing market tightens, first time buyers desperate to secure homes will be encouraged to take out the maximum 90 per cent LTV loans

in 2017. “The Help-to-Buy scheme – providing a tax rebate worth five per cent of the purchase price of newly-built homes to first-time buyers – will add fuel to the fire,” he explained. “In the short term, the measure is likely to push up house prices, helping builders’ profit margins. However there is likely to be little material impact on housing supply as land prices quickly rise. “Secondly the Central Bank of Ireland has relaxed its lending

rules so that there are no restrictions on the availability of 90 per cent loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages to first time buyers. “While the immediate impact of the change is likely to be small, limited to Dublin and commuter belt counties which account for the bulk of transactions above the €220K threshold, the main impact may be on expectations. “As the housing market tightens, first time buyers desperate to secure homes will be encouraged to take out the maximum 90 per cent LTV loans.”


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Republican, socialist and leader

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epublican, socialist and one of founders of the Irish Citizen Army James Connolly was born in Edinburgh on 5 June 1868. His parents were Irish emigrants who had left Monaghan for a better life in Scotland. The Cowgate that young Connolly was raised in was more popularly known as ‘Little Ireland’. Decent jobs and housing were scarce and poverty, disease and degradation abounded. At the tender age of 14, as a means

▪ The James Connolly memorial in Dublin city centre. of escaping poverty, Connolly falsified his age and joined the British Army, enlisting in the 1st

Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment in 1882. Initially stationed in Cork and

eventually in Dublin it was in this city that he first met Lillie Reynolds who he later married in Scotland having left the army prematurely as his battalion was being shipped off to India. Over the next few years his interest in socialism developed to the extent that he became one of the leading organisers of the various small socialist parties in Scotland. Finding himself blacklisted by Scottish employers he decided to try his hand at becoming a cobbler. His business acumen was sorely lacking and he wryly commented that he was going to buy a shaving mirror and watch himself slowly starve to death. An appeal for work for Connolly was made and a job offer came from the Dublin Socialist Club, so in 1896 he came back to Ireland with his young family. He immediately disbanded the Dublin Socialist Club and founded instead the Irish Socialist Republican Party which one commentator said had more syllables than members.

A little known aspect of Connolly’s life is that he lectured extensively in the United States in 1902 and in fact emigrated there in 1903. For seven years he was involved with the Labour movement in the US and eventually rose to become the New York organiser for the Industrial Workers of the World who campaigned under the motto: ‘An injury to one is an injury to all’. Returning to Ireland in 1910, a matured Connolly campaigned for the Socialist Party and after a time Jim Larkin appointed him as Ulster Organiser for the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in Belfast. Active during the Lockout of 1913-14, Connolly was one of the founders of the Irish Citizen Army. With the departure of Larkin to the US in 1914 Connolly now found himself in charge of the ITGWU. He was also in command of the Citizen Army and had his own newspaper the Workers’ Republic. Liberty Hall now became, according to the Irish Times, “the centre of social anarchy” in Dublin.

A strong supporter of women’s rights, Connolly was a close associate of Maud Gonne, Constance Markievicz, Dr Kathleen Lynn and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington. Connolly was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood in January 1916 which ensured that the Labour movement and the ICA would have a central role in the planned Rising. He was appointed Commandant-General of the Dublin Brigade, directing the Army of the Irish Republic from the GPO during Easter Week. Badly wounded in two separate incidents Connolly was executed strapped to a chair in the Stone-breaker’s Yard in Kilmainham Gaol on 12 May 1916. • Lorcan Collins runs the Michael Collins Walking Tour (www.michaelcollinstour. com) and the 1916 Walking Tour ( His books, published by O’Brien Press, include ‘1916: The Rising Handbook’ (2016) and ‘James Connolly: 16 Lives’ (2012).


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IMPLE Minds have added a second Olympia Theatre date after their June 7 gig sold out. The Scottish rockers are bringing their ‘Acoustic live 2017’ set on tour to highlight the release of a new album featuring a career-spanning collection of songs. They have now added a second Olympia Theatre date on June 8 due to demand. This follows several years in which the band has gone from strength-to-strength, while becoming more relevant than ever. Their 2014 album ‘Big Music’ received across the board praise, with MOJO magazine declaring it “their best album in 30 years�. Simple Minds Acoustic continues the band’s artistic quest with a one-off album release of stripped down and re-imagined songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious

career. On Simple Minds Acoustic, the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and a dozen Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint. The synths are no more but the Celtic soul remains. The fact that the album sessions entailed a sentimental return to their Glasgow roots for Jim and guitarist Charlie Burchill helped, with some songs recorded in Gorbals Studio, a former railway workers’ social club located a stone’s throw from the high-rise estates of the city’s Southside where the pair took their first musical steps. It was in this building that Jim and Charlie played their first gig, as teenagers in a school glamrock band, and emotions were understandably high on their return.

The genesis of Simple Minds Acoustic can be traced back to a rare live session the band recorded for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show in September 2014, while promoting their 16th studio album, Big Music. The reaction, to the band’s surprise, was overwhelmingly favourable. With this in mind, the band began 2016 by putting together an acoustic set for the Zermatt Unplugged Festival in the Swiss Alps. Having spent weeks working on meticulously layered acoustic arrangements of their best-loved songs for that 90-minute performance, they began hatching plans to record them. As a group who formed in the punk era and found their mojo through a shared love of Bowie, Kraftwerk and electronic dance, Simple Minds are not natural acoustic adventurers, but they have done a remarkable job here, adding fresh nuance to brilliant

▪ Simple Minds songs without trampling on sacred memories. Simple Minds’ career has

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It’s not too late to vaccinate, says Minister Mcentee MINISTER of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, met with organisations representing the needs of older people in Ireland last week to provide them with the most up to date information and advice on the current influenza outbreak. Older people are especially vulnerable to contracting the strain of flu currently prevalent in Ireland. Minister McEntee said caring for our older population is a priority. “Keeping our elderly family and friends as healthy and safe as possible during this winter season is vital,” she said. “We can achieve this by making people aware of the risks associated with this ill-

ness, and most importantly, ensuring that they are familiar with the ways in which they can avoid becoming ill. People aged over-65 are considered to be one of the at-risk groups who are encouraged to get the flu vaccine and it is welcome that uptake rates have improved in these groups. “However, my information is that only around half of older people on medical cards have taken up the vaccine.”

Minister McEntee said it is important that older people and their families are aware that the particular strain of flu prevalent in Ireland at the moment predominantly affects older people and to remind them that it’s never too late to vaccinate. If you are 65 or over or have a long-term medical condition you should also ask your doctor about the pneumococcal vaccine. “People can access the vaccine easily by contacting their GP or pharmacist, and the HSE provides the flu and pneumococcal vaccine free of charge for all those over65,” said Minister McEntee. “The vaccine and consultation

are free for those with a Medical Card or GP Visit Card. People who don’t have either a Medical Card or GP Visit Card may be charged a consultation fee.” Minister McEntee said no older person wants to end up in hospital if they can avoid it. “Vaccination is really the best way to ensure they are protected from flu which may exacerbate conditions they already have and then involve a lengthy hospital stay,” she added.“Even if you have had the vaccine, and you develop symptoms, contact your GP immediately as they may prescribe antiviral medication, which can help keep you out of hospital.”

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New Year resolutions for your dog Corina Fitzsimons


S THIS is our first column of 2017, Happy New Year to you from everybody at Dogs Trust. Most of you will have set New Year’s resolutions for yourself, perhaps to lose a few pounds and get fitter. So why not set a few resolutions for your dog while you are at it? A shocking proportion of dogs are currently overweight; this can shorten their life span, reduce their quality of life and be responsible for the onset of Diabetes, Arthritis and breathing difficulties. It is very hard to resist giving our dogs treats and/or food from the table, especially when you look at those big sad eyes, the facial expression

that says ‘I’m SO hungry and you won’t share’ and of course with our squishier faced companions, the inevitable drooling that accompanies the aforementioned begging. An easy way to help your dog to lose weight without feeling deprived is to change his treats to vegetables, cooked or raw depending on his preference. There are also plenty of dried vegetable treats available now from veterinary practices and pet shops. Another way is to weigh out his daily food allowance and keep some aside for treats, that way they are not eating over the recommended allowance but are still getting ‘treats’ throughout the day. Like humans, an increase in exercise will also help your dog to lose weight and to stay trim and healthy. Maybe consider getting up earlier before you go to work and taking your dog for a walk first thing.

Dogs that are walked early in the morning usually relax and snooze for the majority of the day as their wandering needs have been met. It also means when you get home you are free to go about your own business or even bring your dog for a second walk! If your dog has joint problems and too much walking is not good for him/her, maybe look into hydrotherapy (after checking with your vet first). Hydrotherapy is great exercise and because it’s done in the water there is little pressure on your dog’s joints. It will not only tire him out but it also builds up the muscles that support his joints and can often lead to an increase in mobility as this happens. If your dog is overweight and you are struggling with this, having tried the basics above, call into your local veterinary practice as there are plenty of prescription weight loss diets available.

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Tuscany gem is a must-see S Rick Steves

AN Gimignano is the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.

About 25 miles from both Florence and Siena, it’s the region’s glamour girl - visually striking and perfectly preserved, it gets all the fawning attention from passing tour buses. But despite its tourist-trap feel, it’s still worth slotting into your Italian itinerary - especially if you can sidestep the hordes who descend during the day. San Gimignano is beloved because of its skyline of medieval towers. Though a unique sight today, pointy skylines were the norm in Tuscany in the Middle Ages, when feuding noble families ran the hill towns (think Montagues and Capulets). Each family had its own private army that would periodically battle things out from the protection of its respective family towers. While some were built as a refuge against attackers, others were empty, chimney-like structures built only to boost noble egos. In the 14th century, San Gimignano, like other hill towns, fell under Florence’s

control. The Florentines usually asserted their power over the local nobles by ordering them to lop off their towers. But for whatever reason, some of San Gimignano’s original skyline was allowed to remain intact. Today, 14 of its original 72 towers still stand. At the centre of town is Piazza della Cisterna, named for the cistern that is served by the old well standing in the centre of this square. Rustic-yet-proud facades crowd in a tight huddle around the well. I like imagining this square in pilgrimage times, lined by inns and taverns for the town’s guests, with maids and children fetching water from the well. On Piazza del Duomo stands the town’s Romanesque cathedral. Sienese Gothic art from the 14th century lines the nave with parallel themes - Old Testament on the left and New Testament on the right. This is a classic use of art to teach. Many scenes are portrayed with a 14th-century ‘slice of life’ setting to help townspeople relate to Jesus. Nearby is a pair of towers that have stood side by side for more than 700 years. These sisters are empty shells, built by the Salvucci family simply to

▪ The historic centre of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

show off. At the time they were built, no one was allowed a vanity tower higher than the old City Hall’s 170 feet. So the Salvuccis built two 130-foot towers - totalling 260 feet of stony ego trip. Local guides claim that Minoru Yamasaki, the architect of New York City’s World Trade Center, was inspired by these twin towers. (I have no idea if that’s true, but they sure look like they

could have.) Of the 14 towers, visitors are allowed to climb the one at the newer City Hall - at 200 feet, the city’s tallest tower. A visit here also includes access to a small museum with festive frescoes that provide a peek at how people dressed, lived, worked, and warred in the 14th century. Although San Gimignano is gorgeous, it is also quite crowded, and at midday it

can come off as a pretty greedy place, with vendors everywhere vying for the tourist euro. I find the charm of San Gimignano is easiest to enjoy after hours, when most tourists have gone back to their buses, vendors have made their money, and the town recaptures its magic. Smart travellers arrive here late in the day and stay overnight. Though San Gimignano has perfectly good accommodations, if you want to get the full dose of that salt-ofthe-earth Tuscan magic, stay in the countryside surrounding the town, either at a bed-and-breakfast-type guesthouse or an agriturismo (a small, working farm that rents out rooms). At many of these places, visitors can enjoy fine food, a swimming pool, a serene setting, and the company of other travellers - and good Tuscan living. No matter where you stay, eating dinner at one of San Gimignano’s restaurants provides a fine opportunity to sample typical Tuscan home cooking. Cinghiale (wild boar) is made into stews, soups, and - my favourite - salami.

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Take the DFEi route to college YOU may not immediately notice the DFEi building on Cumberland Street in Dún Laoghaire because it is situated in the quiet end of the town. There is a completely different buzz though when you pass through the automatic doors. It’s the buzz you feel between classes or at break time when the stairs and corridors are filled with learners of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, who all seem to be on a personal mission. They might be heading for the library to type up an assignment, heading to the sound studio to do a recording, the radio studio to do an interview or to the TV and film studio for a casting call. Why not tune into 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries and reports online at Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, or sat in on a Dåil debate, the journalism learners have plenty to write about.

▪ DFE’s very own radio station, The Wave, can be found on 107.8fm or online at Other learners of a more scientific bent might be bracing themselves for a dissection in the lab, or for testing their newly acquired veterinary assistance or grooming skills on real animals. The more corporate minded business learners will be grappling with computerised payroll, bookkeeping, spreadsheets and databases, while Office Administration learners will be acquiring the languages of medicine and

the law. In DFEi, you are as likely to see learners carrying T-squares and tool kits as guitars and cameras. That’s because courses like Furniture Making and Restoration and Musical Instrument Making and Repair demand the tools of the trade. Some Sound Engineering learners will have composed their own material and will audition for the annual college album

release. The skills of the Security learners will always be sought for live events. Newspapers, scripts, and press releases will be written. Ireland’s archaeological heritage will be studied, web sites will be designed, architectural models will be built and fine pieces of furniture will be made. It’s all in a day’s work at DFEi. While activities beyond the classroom doors are engaging young (and not so young) minds there is something more important that the discerning person might notice. That is teachers and learners in conversation. It might appear like more casual one-to-one classes are taking place on the stairs, the corridors or on the sofa outside the admin office. This will usually be reassurance, explanation or clarification, news about work experience or progression with an assignment. The big appointments book outside the Guidance Counsellor’s office will become fuller as the academic year unfolds with learners anxious to discuss their Higher Links options – links to

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Minister hosts meeting on wellbeing


INISTER for Education & Skills Richard Bruton, hosted a consultation with education partners focussing on the topic of Wellbeing in Education in Merlin College, Doughiska, Co Galway last week. The event was one of a series of fora being hosted by the minister to outline the Government’s Action for Education plan and the steps aimed at making Ireland the best education and training system in Europe within a decade. The ‘town hall’ style meetings are built on a successful series that Minister Bruton held each year during his time as Minister for Jobs. Last week’s event in Galway raised issues relevant to pupil wellbeing and mental health.

and the broader health and social services community concerned with the area of Wellbeing. The forum was presented with the main elements of the Action Plan for Education 201619, which was followed by a

moderated discussion between the audience and a panel of experts in the field. “Schools, while not the only players in the area, have an important role in promoting wellbeing,� Minister Bruton said. “I have set out objectives and

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Mercedes GLC Coupe is one classy car Seán Creedon MANY years ago when I started reviewing cars, a PR woman told me not to worry about how quickly a car will get from zero to 100kph. She advised me to concentrate instead on what a car is like for everyday family use. Ever since then I await the views of my family on Monday evenings when I arrive home with a new motor. After a few weeks of mixed reaction to sporty ‘boy racers’ and massive people carriers, I got many compliments when I got home last Monday with the new Mercedes GLC 220d Coupe. “Now this is a classy car,” was the unanimous verdict.

Mercedes, who recently confirmed that all of its new car prices are dropping by ten per cent, are on a ‘high’ right now as sales in Ireland have increased by 44 per cent this year. Also Mercedes’ E-Class was named Continental Car of the Year at the end of October by Irish motor writers. The company say the price reduction will apply for a

limited period and is intended as a competitive tool to give support to dealer organisations in their efforts to combat the effect in currency values on new car sales here following the Brexit result. The GLC is a mid-size SUV and slots in between the smaller GLA and the larger GLE. It is the first Merc of its kind and size in Ireland as it replaces the GLK which was only made in left-hand drive. And it sure is a comfortable and classy motor to drive and travel in. Available in petrol and diesel, I had 170 horses working under the bonnet in my 2.1 automatic version and naturally there was

▪ The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. plenty of power. Externally it’s a chunky looking motor, but you do get the coupe effect as there is a slight slope towards the rear. Two silver-coloured side running boards suggest that this car would be fit to transport an American president. I associate running boards in cars with US presidents because the first time I saw detectives use the running boards was when looking at television coverage of a presidential cavalcade. Inside you get all the usual Mercedes goodies on the dash. I love the cruise control lever in

Mercedes cars and also the way you can scroll through the radio stations. There is also an option for Internet Radio, but when I tried it I got a message saying no internet connection. Despite the ten per cent reduction, you couldn’t describe the GLC as cheap, but no doubt it’s a bargain compared to other luxury brands with a starting price of €65,435. The various extras bring the price of the car as tested to over 72K. But when you apply the ten per cent reduction the price falls to just over 65,000 which basically means that you get all those

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INISTER for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has welcomed the further fall in monthly unemployment shown in the figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The number of people out of work fell by 18.4 per cent in 2016, from an estimated 193,200 in December 2015 to an estimated 157,700 last month. This means that unemployment fell at a faster rate in 2016 than in any year since the start of the recovery. As a percentage of the workforce, unemployment now stands at 7.2 per cent, down from 7.3 per cent in November 2016 and from 8.9 per cent in December 2015. Minister Varadkar said the figures confirm that the economy has continued to improve during 2016 resulting in a reduction of 35,500 in the number of people who are unemployed. “I am determined to continue to make more changes for the better this year to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery are felt by every individual, household and region in the country through reduced unemployment, higher living standards and enhanced social protection,” he said. The Minister has pledged that every effort will be made to make substantial progress towards the unemployment target of 5-6 per cent and long term unemployment target of 2.5 per cent and move another 20,000 people from welfare to work in 2017. He added: “This will be achieved through activation measures like one-to-one engagements with jobseekers; using initiatives like JobsWeek to match jobseekers with employers; making work pay through sustainable wage increases, effective tax reductions and new social insurance measures like paternity benefit; promoting financial supports like JobsPlus and the Wage Subsidy Scheme; reforming existing work schemes like Community Employment and Tús; and developing initiatives across the whole of Government in education, training, housing and childcare. “In addition, the publication of the Action Plan for Jobless Families will allow us to zero in on long-term and intergenerational unemployment.”

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Dublin City Council I, Fergal Mc Caffrey, intend to apply for Planning Permission to demolish existing single storey extension (8.4m.sq) and erect single storey extension (12m.sq) to rear of existing dwelling and all ancillary works at 12 Black Street, Dublin 7. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council 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.

Dublin City Council Permission sought for retention of the vehicular entrance driveway to the front garden area at 1 Park Road, Navan Road, Dublin 7, D07 F504, For Tom McKenna. This 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.


Dublin City Council John Poole and Kitty O'Connor seek permission to carry out the following works at 437 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9: (a) construction of dormer window on the side hipped roof; (b) construction of dormer window on the rear roof; (c) construction of single-storey extension to the rear of the house; (d) construction of single-storey garden room at the rear of the garden; (e) attic conversion. This 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.

Fingal County Council We, Gas Networks Ireland, intend to apply for permission for development at a site at the boundary of the green area (to College Road) located to the southwest of Beech Lodge, Farmleigh Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin 15. The development will consist of a safety enhancement to the existing gas mains network comprising the installation of a vent stack (up to approx. 3.5m in height) to the existing District Regulator Installation as well as associated site development works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. 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.

Dublin City Council Fergus Flanagan Designer Architects on Behalf of Myles Mc Donnell and Phoebe Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donoghue, intend to apply for Permission for development at No.1 Ratra Park, Navan Road, Dublin 7. The proposed development will consist of 1. Amendments to the existing vehicular entrance. 2. Proposed new first floor flat roofed extension to the rear over the existing dwelling. Amendments to the front, side and rear elevations. Internal alterations and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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18 Jan 2017 • northside PeoPle West


A feW thinGs Worth CheCkinG out this Week

It’s a timed run over 5km so you can monitor progress and while participation is completely free, you’ll need to register at first. Venues include Malahide Park, Cabinteely Park, Shanganagh Park, Marlay Park, St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Tymon Park and Poppintree Park. Runs take place from 9.30am to 1pm and more details can be found on

AlAddin At the ClAsAC

Guaranteed to provide spectacular entertainment, belly-ache laughter and more bad puns than a Father-of-the-Bride speech, this is a show that you can’t afford to miss. Help Aladdin, Wishee Washee, Princess Jasmin & The Widow Twankey to do battle with the evil Magician Abanazar, in this madcap panto that can only help cure your January blues. Tickets just €15.50 available via or call 087-9782712 to reserve.

Benefit ConCert there are two benefit concerts in support of homelessness campaign group home sweet home taking place at sin É, Bar & Music Venue on ormond Quay this weekend on friday and saturday, January 20 and 21.

It is also a fundraiser for their Circuit Play so they are hoping for the maximum support possible from friends and followers. Doors are at 8pm.

BrAy trAin & Model ColleCtor’s fAir

there’s still time to join tempus Productions at the Clasac theatre, Clontarf, where you’ll be whisked away to a land of mystery and intrigue with this ‘Genie-us’ of an Aladdin panto that’ll never fail in ‘Peking’ up your spirits!


for All duBlin reAdershiP

the train & Model Collector’s fair on sunday, January 22 features diecast/tin toys, models (vintage/modern), dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, oxford, and paints/kits/accessories etc. It runs from 10am to 2pm in Bray Wheelers Clubhouse on the Schools Road, off the Boghal Road in Bray.

My fAVourites WAlkinG tour

sleePinG BeAuty the s PAnto A Pantomime for all the family, sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale about a beautiful Princess, an enchanted spinning wheel and a handsome Prince. The legend that transcends time begins with a christening, a jealous fairy called Magnificent and her evil spell at the Princess’s birthday party. But there to help is Auntie Dolly Dollar, the Duchess of Dishwater and her ‘friends’! This is a show full of fun, song, dance and romance all spun together in Coolmine Panto Group’s spectacular production. It runs at Draoicht Blanchardstown until January 22. Tickets cost €20.

the ‘My favourites’ dublin City Walk tour offers a unique experience for dubliners and tourists alike where they are given the opportunity to taste the diversity of arts and culture that currently exists in the capital. The free tour takes in cafes, bars, markets, unusual stores, galleries, theatres, arts spaces, and more. It takes place on Tuesdays at 2pm, Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm. Meeting point is at The Spire on O’Connell Street and while it’s free, it would be rude not to give a donation at the end of the tour. For more details contact Emily Gallagher at or 0852725095 or visit


non-traditional brides and grooms-to- be should head for the Chocolate factory on king’s inn street on sunday, January 22, where kBC Wedfest 2017 is taking place. The event is an alternative wedding festival, focused on creating the day you want outside of the traditional cookie-cutter template.

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On Friday acts include The Eskies and Farah Elle while Saturday’s line up features Barq, The Hot Sprockets, Grand and Moon Looks on. The music starts from around 8.30pm and all proceeds from tickets priced at €15 and available from will go towards the Home Sweet Home Campaign.

18th January down: 2 Recuperate; 3 Pile; 4 Divine; 5 Direct; 6 Farcical; 7 Jest; 11 Allegiance; 13 Perceive; 16 Detail; 17 Margin; 18 Flue; 20 Cage. Across: 1 Drop; 8 Inimitable; 9 Yuletide; 10 Chat; 12 People; 14 Tackle; 15 Hatred; 17 Malign; 18 Fete; 19 Turncoat; 21 Unavailing; 22 Even. CryPtiC solutions

Parkruns are a great way to get those new year resolutions to get fitter back on track. the free weekly runs take place on saturdays at parks in Malahide, Cabinteely, shanganah, Marlay, raheny, Ballymun and tallaght.

dalkey Players are hosting their one Act Play ‘seduction duet’ in the studio, dlr lexicon on January 18 and 19 and this is their entry for the Bray festival which will be staged on friday, January 27.

Featuring a mystical genie, a flying carpet and an old lamp, a beautiful princess, irresistible baddies and an exotic trip to the Far East as well as the usual panto antics, it’s one of the best shows in Dublin. Aladdin runs at The Helix Theatre, Dublin until January 22 with tickets from €19.50. Bookings at or call 01 700 7000.

Across: 1 Trap; 8 Underwrite; 9 Charming; 10 Soft; 12 Damage; 14 Tenors; 15 Agreed; 17 Disney; 18 Pens; 19 Coverage; 21 Imposition; 22 Keen.


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down: 2 Right-angle; 3 Purr; 4 Advice; 5 Bright; 6 Presents; 7 Felt; 11 Fire engine; 13 Aversion; 16 Deceit; 17 Devoid; 18 Pair; 20 Rank.

theatreworx Productions return to the helix this Christmas for yet another panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Aladdin.

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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


▪ Freemans Journal 27th January 1920

▪ Students working in the science laboratory at St. Patrick’s Training College, Drumcondra, c. 1913. The writer of the card says Professor Foy is giving the lecture at the front of the classroom. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, North Dublin, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press

▪ Freeman’s Journal 11th January 1854

▪ Irish Press 13th January 1967

▪ Irish Independent 20th January 1937

▪ Dalkey from Sorrento Park, showing Killiney Hill in the distance and Vico Road, c.1903. Dame Blanche MacDonnell, who lived at Sprrento Cottage, gave the park for the benefit of residents in 1894. There was a Dalkey Amusements Committee, which arranged entertainment in the area and managed the park. The bandstand with its ornamental lighting is seen in the centre. Dalkey was renowned for the purity of its air and was a favourite summer resort of many of the leading Dublin doctors including Sir Dominic Corrigan, who lived at Inniscorrig. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, South Dublin, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press

▪ Irish Press 5th January 1985

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