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Vol.22. No.11

14th March - 20th March ‘18




Wishes do come true!




Mental health hostel concern Adam Daly RESIDENTS in Grangegorman have expressed concern over the number of mental health facilities in their area, including a new hostel for men with “severe and enduring” mental health illness. The HSE recently secured approval for the 10-bedroom hostel in Grangegorman which will provide 24-hour nursing care for men aged between 30-70 who are deemed independent and with no mobility issues. Grangegorman resident Fiona Fox told Northside People that there are two developments beside her and both will cater for mental health patients. ‘’It is a residential area,

Make-A-Wish helped make the dream LITTLE Cade Heffernan, from Ballymun, had a dream come true when he come true and Cade’s mother, Laura travelled with his family to Disneyland Broughan, said it was a fantastic experiParis thanks to Make-A-Wish Ireland. ence that’ll live long in the memory. “The heartache of sickness was comThe three-year-old is living with MDS pletely forgotten,” she said. “We enjoyed every second and the best (myelodysplastic syndrome) and had a wish to meet Sulley from Pixar movie part was Cade's face meeting Sulley!" Continued on page 2 ‘Monsters Inc’.

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but there has been no balance in terms of what's being developed and that’s the basis to which we objected to it, and we weren't consulted. ‘’There is no proper planning in place by Dublin City Council to give areas like ours some sort of balance between one type of development to another. ‘’We have no overriding protection. A good planning regime should manage different types of developments so that an area does not become overly one thing or another, and more sustainable into the future.’’ Fox resigned as the resident rep on the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) community liaison Continued on page 3

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Wishes do come true! Continued from page 1 the work of Make-A-Wish Ireland. The fundraising event Cade’s story was told last week to mark Wish Day on saw volunteers selling wristMarch 9 when more than bands and temporary tat1.500 volunteers at over 200 toos in supermarkets and locations across the country shopping centres to raise celebrated and supported much-needed funds for the

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charity. Make-A-Wish is entirely dependent on the generosity of the public to help with their work of making wishes come true for children with chronic illness. Beth Byrne (9) is another Dubliner who had a wish come through with Make-AWish Ireland. Beth is living with cystic fibrosis and had her wish to be a mermaid granted when she visited Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida. While there, she donned her very own fish tail to become a mermaid-in-training for the day. Before her wish was granted, Beth had respiratory failure and was put in

a medically induced coma. Beth’s parents spoke with Make-A-Wish during this time and told Beth, while she was in her coma, that her wish was going to be granted. When she finally came out of the coma, one of the first things she said was, ‘I’m going to have my wish!’ According to Make-A-Wish Ireland, children's wishes can range from being a princess for the day or meeting their hero, to going on a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. “We are hugely dependent on the generosity of the Irish public,” said Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, Susan O’Dwyer.

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for all the family, the wider local community and all of those involved in granting the wish. “Wherever possible, the child’s family is invited to share in the wish experience, creating lasting memories for all the family, the wider local community and all of those involved in granting the wish.” People can support MakeA-Wish Ireland by donating online at www.makeawish. ie.

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Businesses issue ‘buy local’ plea CONSUMERS are being urged to make an extra effort to support local shops and businesses following Storm Emma. Business group Dublin Chamber said the extreme weather caused major disruption to trade with many retailers and small businesses forced to shut their doors for several days. “The heavy snowfall and weather warnings have had a major impact on the business community,” Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen said. “To help these businesses get back on their feet as quickly as possible, we’re calling on consumers to make an extra effort over the coming days to support any firms that they know to have been closed or impacted by the extreme weather. “If you were planning on buying something online from a website abroad, perhaps rethink that purchase and see if you can instead make it via an Irish company.” Dublin Chamber said many firms were still counting the cost of the weather disruption. “We’d also encourage consumers to show patience with businesses over the coming weeks as they get up-and-running once again. “Some firms perhaps won’t have had deliveries or been able to full restock over the past few days.”



Mental health hostel concern Continued from page 1 have expressed concerns about the safety of people committee two years ago be- living nearby. Former local TD Joe cause, she claims, residents were not consulted about Costello says he has had numerous residents come developments in the area. ‘’Where we live, it is a nice to his constituency office to area, but if more and more complain about the mental institutional based develop- health hostel and the lack of ments are built in this small communication. ‘’So what they’re doing area it will spin it in a different direction in the future,” here, and what they’re doing without any consultation, is she said. The HSE was granted per- establishing a severe mental mission by An Bord Pleanála health hostel in an area that for the hostel at 26-29 Stan- is totally the wrong place for hope Terrace on Stanhope it, in the confluence of all the Street and plan to relocate school-going children of the residents currently accom- area,” he said. Costello believes buildmodated in Cork Street, Dublin 8, in a building that ing in the residential area is “exceeds current demands”. unnecessary as there is land In its original application available on the North Circuto Dublin City Council, the lar Road. ▪▪ The site where the hostel will be built on Stanhope Street. “They have more than adHSE said Stanhope Street hostels had opened in the equate space,” he claimed. late ‘80s but were closed in “They have a 15 acre site 2009 as they were too small that they could build on by TOLKA Valley Park is set to benefit from Government funding aimed at tackling illegal and had fallen into disrepair. the Phoenix centre. But indumping. The health authority said stead they’re demolishing the houses had been viewed houses down by the bottom The €2 million funding will be spent on CCTV and drones to monitor areas blighted by by Dublin City Council but it of Grangegorman to make dumping. was decided the buildings, way for the hostel’. Local TD, Noel Rock (FG), welcomed news of the investment to tackle dumping. An Bord Pleanála ruled which had been occupied “The announcement is extremely significant and is a boost to many communities who by squatters for a period, that the new hostel was an suffer with incidents of illegal dumping,” he said. weren’t suitable for social acceptable use for the site “Such an investment as this proves that this Government is behind efforts to thwart illeand that it would not have an gal dumping in areas that are used by a vast amount of residents in a particular community. housing. However, residents are unacceptable impact on res“I was very satisfied to hear the Taoiseach mention Tolka Valley Park as a public park that angry that they weren’t con- idential amenities in Grange- will benefit from this announcement.” sulted about the plans and gorman.

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Croke Park’s greatest hits ▪▪ PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

With controversy surrounding plans to bring The Rolling Stones to Croke Park in May, DOIREANN BRENNAN takes a look back at some of the top concerts held at the stadium NEIL DIAMOND, 1984 The American singer visited Dublin for the first time in 1984. The crowd of 45,000 stood up and joined him singing his opening song ‘Street Life’. This was the megastar’s first time playing in Dublin. He performed some classics such as ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Hello Again’. Diamond returned to Croke Park in 1992. U2, 1985 U2 played to 60,000 fans in 1985 as part as ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ tour. Their fashion choices and hairstyles seem questionable today, but Bono and the lads poured their hearts out during this concert, performed just before their legendary Live Aid appearance. A documentary, ‘U2 Wide Awake in Dublin’, follows the band in the run up to the concert and the performance. They would return to the venue on many more occasions over the decades, including 2009 (pictured above).

SIMPLE MINDS, 1986 The crowd were packed in like sardines but that didn’t matter as the atmosphere was phenomenal. The Scottish pop/rock band were at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1986, with the success of ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ propelling them to dizzy new heights. The Waterboys and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were among the support acts.

uled to play in Dublin again in 2014 but all the gigs were cancelled. Dublin City Council refused licences for two of the shows due to the limit of three concerts a year at the venue.

BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN, 1998 These two have had some wonderful songs throughout the years. You can only imagine the amount of heart and soul that went into this performance. The pair sung ‘Piano Man’ as the encore - a TINA TURNER, 1996 Tina Turner would have fantastic end to a fantastic been 56 while doing this show. gig but was still well able to rock the stage. The ‘Wildest THE POLICE, 2007 This was one of the biggest Dreams’ concert was part of Turner’s biggest ever tour. shows for The Police after We’re pretty sure the crowd they reunited, performing in belted out tunes like ‘River front of 82,000 people. The Deep, Mountain High’ and first time Sting and co played ‘Simply the Best’. By all ac- in Ireland was in Leixlip in counts, it was quite a night. 1980. They kicked off their set with a blistering version of ‘Message in a Bottle’. GARTH BROOKS, 1997 The country superstar was at the height of his popular- CELINE DION, 2008 Singing sensation Celine ity when he took Croke Park by storm. Brooks was sched- Dion performed in front

goodbye to their loving fans Glen Hansard and Kodaline mance. Bono joined him on with an emotional farewell performed with Ed on the stage for a heartfelt duet of concert. There were tears night, belting out some Irish ‘Because the Night’ towards from the both the crowd and traditional songs like ‘Molly the end of the show. the lads on stage as the band Malone’ and ‘The Auld Triwere joined by their parents angle’. COLDPLAY, 2017 and children. They gave it To make the gig even their all for their final per- SPRINGSTEEN, 2016 more memorable, the crowd formance with songs from TAKE THAT, 2011 Arguably the biggest rock were given a band to wear Take That came to Dublin across the years like ‘Flying star on the planet, the man on their wrists that lit up at with their ‘Progress’ tour in Without Wings’ and ‘You known as The Boss played special moments throughout 2011. This was the first time Raise Me Up´. for a marathon three and a the performance. Chris Marthe band had played togethhalf hours. Bruce came out tin’s amazing voice shined er in 16 years so expecta- ONE DIRECTION, 2014 ready to rock and was full though in every song, includOne of the biggest boy- of life for the entire perfor- ing hits such as ‘Yellow’. tions were high. The stage set up was extravagant with bands of all time came to flashing lights and a huge co- Dublin in 2014. The lads sold out three nights with a lourful statue. whopping combined attenRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, dance of 235,000 people. The screams of the predom2012 One of the best live bands inantly female crowd, couin the world, the Red Hot pled with the loud, colourful Chili Peppers didn’t disap- firework displays throughout point when they came to the entire show, made for an Croker in 2012. The LA funk electric night. rockers took to the stage against a psychedelic back- ED SHEERAN, 2015 This one man band and his drop and played a brilliant set drawn from their exten- guitar blew Croke Park away in 2015. A raw performance, sive back catalogue. no costume changes and ▪▪ Liam Payne and Niall Horan of One Direction the simplicity of it all made pictured at Croke Park in 2014. PHOTO: PATRICK WESTLIFE, 2012 After 14 years they said for an unforgettable night. O’LEARY of 64,000 people in 2008. Tickets for this gig sold out in record time. She was supported by the opera boyband Il Divo, who received a rapturous welcome from the crowd.


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Do you feed a calorie controlled diet but then provide endless sugary or fatty goodies for them to snack on? Have you chosen a holistic, natural or grain free food to help provide relief for sensitive tummies or itchy skin, only to hand over goodies full of cereals, colourings and additives?   With the variety of treats available it can be easy to choose treats that don’t complement our pet’s carefully selected diet.   How to choose healthy pet treats? One of the easiest ways to identify what ingredients a treat contains is to check out the packaging. This is the same practice that we would recommend when choosing a pet food. When reading nutritional information

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How can I make treats more interesting for my pet? Treats are mostly used as a tasty reward for good behaviour and it’s important never to use treats to supplement your pet’s main meals however that isn’t to say treat time shouldn’t be fun. The Interactive Treat Maze will encourage your pet to use his paws, nose, tongue and mouth to find the hidden treats. Kong toys, which can be filled with a variety treat options, combine a dental toy with a treat dispenser providing hours of entertainment. Feeding good quality, healthy treats will enhance all the wonderful changes you see in your furry best friend when they are getting the quality of nutrition that they deserve.  

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Minister visits Foróige Blanchardstown MINISTER for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone, was in Blanchardstown last week to see a number of local Foróige projects. The Minister was also in Dublin 15 to launch an exhibition of photos taken by young people in the Web and Orb GYDP as well as to meet Foróige members, hear their voices, their opinions of their community, and the positives and negatives of their daily lives.

She met with young people from Mulhuddart and Corduff Youth Projects who highlighted, through their Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship projects, the positive work they have been involved with locally such as Clean-up Corduff; the Community Garden; and a petition to Fingal County Council to reinstate the playground in Corduff. The Minister then met the young people from the Web and Orb Foróige Projects who talked to her about the images they took for the exhibi-

tion using smart phones and tablets to depict daily lives in their communities. Miriam Ryan, Area Manager Foróige Blanchardstown said everybody was delighted to welcome the Minister to Foróige Blanchardstown. “She acknowledged the hard work of the young people in putting the exhibition together and how insightful it was,” she added. “This event highlighted the massive support Foróige has in this community; and the young people were thrilled

at being recognised and commended for everything they’ve achieved.” The visit was supported by the local gardai, including Inspector Tony Twomey and his JLO team. The gardai highlighted the importance of the work that happens with Foróige in engaging young people in positive developmental opportunities. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley was also in attendance to help re-launch the recording studio of the computer clubhouse.


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Minister leads mission to India MINISTER of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor was in New Delhi recently to lead the ‘Education in Ireland’ trade mission to India. The trade mission is built around Education in Ireland Fairs organised by Enterprise Ireland in the Indian cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, New Delhi and Pune. Admission staff and academics from 20 Irish Higher Education Institutions engaged with over 2,000 Indian students during the Education in Ireland Fairs, making this the largest education mission to India to date. Speaking prior to her departure Minister Mitchell O’Connor said she was delighted to lead the mission to India. “Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions are at the forefront of research and innovation,” she said.

“We are known for delivering ‘employment-ready’ skills so students can transition smoothly into the workplace. “This has been an important driver in Ireland’s transformation into a high tech, knowledge based economy. “The possibility of gaining valuable post-study work experience makes Ireland a very compelling option for Indian students. “This mission is part of the Department of Education and Skills’ plan to substantially increase the numbers of international students studying in our higher education institutions, by 33 percent, from 33,000 to 44,000 by 2020.” Minister Mitchell O’Connor visited the Education in Ireland Fair in New Delhi on Saturday, February 24, when she met with Irish higher education institutions and their Indian agents as well as Indian students considering mov-

ing to Ireland to study for a third-level qualification. In New Delhi, Minister Mitchell O’Connor visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where she witnessed the signing of an agreement of understanding between JNU and University of Limerick. The signing is the latest development in the relationship between the two universities, which is focussed on growing research collaboration, the exchange of faculty, researchers and students and joint cultural programmes. She also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Birla Institute of Technology & Science and Trinity College Dublin. At a reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador to India, Brian McElduff, Minister Mitchell O’Connor announced details of two new programmes launched by Cork Institute of Technolo-

▪▪ Minister Mitchell O’Connor led the ‘Education in Ireland’ trade mission to India. gy and NUI Galway, opened the call for applications for the Government of Ireland -International Education Scholarships and launched the Ireland-India Alumni Network. Minister Mitchell O’Connor also travelled to Mumbai where she met with officials of the Government of Maharashtra and ProVice Chancellor at Mumbai University to discuss how to develop further collabora-

tions between Ireland and the State of Maharashtra in the areas of international mobility of students, staff and research initiatives. Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland at Enterprise Ireland, said India is now the fastest growing education market for Irish higher education institutions. “Latest figures from Enterprise Ireland show a 90 percent growth in exports

from the Irish education sector to India since 2013. “In 2017, Higher Education Institutions saw a rise of 25 percent in the level of interest from Indian students wishing to study in Ireland. “Based on the positive response and levels of interest we have seen from across India on this Education in Ireland mission, we expect to see similar growth in the next academic cycle.

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Peugeot maintains its magnificent momentum PEUGEOT maintained its tremendous growth in passenger car sales in February, recording a 78.5 per cent year to date increase. The lion-brand thus remains the fastest growing car brand in Ireland in 2018, enjoying a 4.2 per cent combined car and van market share. Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director at Gowan Distributors Limited, Peugeot Importers in Ireland, said: “With an excellent model line-up, to include the Irish Car of the Year 2018, the excellent Peugeot 3008 SUV and the new 5008 7-seater SUV, the Peugeot range continues to prove itself with strong consumer interest.” He added: “We are also

looking forward to the future with renewed confidence, thanks to new models that will be introduced at the end of 2018. “Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, the new Peugeot 508 and Rifter models were unveiled to much applaud worldwide.” With a five-year warranty across the Peugeot car range to give customers peace of mind motoring, March offers include finance from 0 per cent, scrappage up to €4,500 and deposit contributions up to €4,500. The company recently unveiled its iconic lion figure at the Geneva Motor Show. At 12.5m long and 4.8m tall, the monumental sculpture symbolises the pride, strength and excellence of the brand and its 200 year

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Ireland’s first driving school opens for kids IRELAND'S first ever driv- purpose built, road marked ing school for kids has traffic course before leaving with their own driving opened at Tayto Park. licence. The new 1,000m2 track is Tayto Park and Nissan have joined forces to offer currently under construction kids the chance to learn at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, the rules of the road and to Co Meath and will be comtest their driving skills on a pleted and open to the pub-

lic on Saturday, March 24. The easy drive track will accommodate 20 miniature battery operated Nissan cars at one time with the new attraction set to give young drivers a real experience of what it is like to take to the road.

▪▪ Lollipop man, David Mitchell, is pictured with twins Conor and Tara Ocks (4) as they try out the cars that will be driven at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park.

All drivers arriving at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will enjoy a short video demonstration at the new attraction’s Learning Theatre, where they will learn the rules of the road before negotiating the traffic course. Young drivers who complete the course and prove to their parents that they have what it takes to make the move from the back seat to the front seat can pick up their driving licence. Nissan has confirmed to sponsor the new attraction as part of a three year sponsorship deal with Tayto Park. Speaking at the launch, the founder of Tayto Park, Raymond Coyle, said: “Here at Tayto Park we’re always looking for innovative and creative ways to enhance the experience for families at our theme park and zoo.

“The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will be the first of its kind in Ireland of which I’m sure will be very popular among our younger visitors this season. “I’m delighted to welcome Nissan to Tayto Park as this marks a milestone as the first sponsored attraction at the park.” The CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, added: “Innovation and excitement for everyone is at the heart of what we do at Nissan. “We are delighted to bring that thinking to our sponsorship of the new Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park. “The thousands of children who will enjoy this new family attraction are the EV drivers of tomorrow. “This innovative partnership with Tayto Park provides an exciting opportunity for Nissan to continue pioneering the switch to Electric Vehicle driving. “We look forward to demonstrating the full range of Nissan vehicles, including the new Nissan LEAF, as part of the new family attraction and to joining Tayto Park in providing children with a fun and memorable experience

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Prayers Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a very special one. (Here mention your request.) Take it, dear Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then, in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say for three days and promise to publish. TF

Planning Permission is being sought by Mr. William Kelly for development at this site: Rear and side of No’s 5&6 McKee Park, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7. The development will consist of the construction of 2no.houses comprising of 1no. 2 storey 3 bedroom house 95.14m.sq on the corner of Blackhorse Avenue and McKee Park and 1no. single storey 3 bedroom house 93.40m.sq on McKee Park, the development will include for 1no. off street parking space to each house and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Niall Maguire, intend to apply for Permission for development at this site, 32 Broombridge Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. The development will consist of 1. A new tiled roof entrance porch to the front of the existing dwelling. 2. The Construction of a new two storey side and rear extension to consist of a T.V. Room, W.C. and dining room at ground floor and a bedroom with ensuite at first floor.The design incorporates a tiled bay window to the front at ground floor, a tiled hipped roof to the side of the first floor and a flat roof to the rear of the first floor. 3. Part remodel at both floors to suit the proposed layouts including a new ensuite to be located at first floor off existing bedroom 2. All services, drainage, structural and associated site works to be implemented. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Retention Planning Permission is sought by Adele de Brun and Robert Reynolds for alterations to the original two storey semi-detached house at 116 McKee Road, Finglas East, Dublin 11, D11 C970, comprising of a single storey extension to the rear, a single storey extension to the side & front, and associated elevational alterations and 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 Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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From waltzers to family attractions to the carousel, there is something for everyone at the St Patrick’s Festival Funfairs. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. A firm festival favourite, the Funfairs at Merrion Square, Dublin 2 and Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, will light up the city with colourful carnival fairgrounds. Whether you are young or young at heart, go along for some craic!

This fun event takes runners through the heart of beautiful Georgian Dublin and is suitable for families, fun runners and dedicated athletes. There’s a guaranteed lively atmosphere as street performers, face painters and musicians will be on hand to entertain, and spectators line the route to cheer the runners on.

Almost every Dubliner has fond memories of the St Patrick’s Day Parade so why not create some more for this event that gets bigger and better every year. ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ is the theme for the 2018 Festival Parade, which will weave its way through the heart of the capital city in a flourish of colour and flair. Ireland’s finest street-theatre companies will be swirling by with fantastical pageantry and raucous performances.


The Irish Premiere of ‘Daddy Long Legs’ The Musical takes place from March 20-24 at 7.30pm at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin (also, matinee performance on March 24 at 2.30pm). Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, ‘Daddy Long Legs’ is a beloved tale about Jerusha Abbott the ‘Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home’ and her mysterious benefactor who decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor’s identity – so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Visit for more information.


If you are feeling energetic on St Patrick’s Day, you are invited to take part in the annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk, from Howth Harbour to Dun Laoghaire (or vice versa). The 16.2-mile walk will take participants along the scenic Dublin Bay route with a ‘Halfway Hooley’ hosted at Dublin Port Company’s public plaza. TRADITIONAL SLOW-SESSION Participants can register at at a cost of A traditional slow-session takes place on Monday evenings in the Sandyford Community Centre. This would suit beginner to intermediate traditional Irish musicians who would love an opportunity to €25 per person. All funds raised will go towards Aware’s nationwide support, education and information services. play with fellow troubadours but don’t quite yet have the skill or confidence to take that jump. Lots of fun playing jigs, reels and other musical delights with fiddles, concertinas and banjos aplenty! Contact 0874340019 or

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THISISPOPBABY, with St Patrick’s Festival, is continuing with ‘Where We Live’, a two-week programme of theatre productions, work-in progress showings, music events, live art and a major exhibition that began on March 6 and ends on March 18 in The Complex in Smithfield. ‘Where We Live’ is a kaleidoscope of stories about what it feels like to live in Dublin and Ireland today, told by some of the best storytellers on the island. Tickets for ‘Where We Live’ events are on sale at

This World Poetry Day (Wednesday, March 21) creatives and coffee lovers in Dublin can swap out plastic for prose and claim a free coffee at locations across the city. The Pay With A Poem initiative inspires people around the world to try their hand at poetry, using their favourite songs for inspiration. Those who get creative can pay for their coffee with a poem at Baked Dundrum on Sandyford Road and Baked Rathmines on Lower Rathmines Road. To get involved, customers need only write a poem at either location to claim a free coffee or tea.


Cast Eimear Smyth, Doris Cullen and Lisa Walsh of the Balally Players star in ‘Little Germ’ a wonderfully funny play at the Mill Theatre on March 16. Three generations of women tell the story of one extraordinary year in their lives. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion the Sambucas won’t shift, Lorraine has lost it at work and is shipped off to see the head doctor and Granny Kay is minding Gem and wondering about an itch she can’t fix...all told with love and humour. Be prepared to be beguiled and enchanted by this moving and entertaining play.

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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

▪▪ Malahide Coast Road and Strand, c. 1915. On the left stands the converted Martello Tower with its conical roof with superb views over the beach and estuary. The Martello Tower conversion was designed by the architect F.G. Hicks in 1910 for his own home and it became known as ‘Hick’s Tower’. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin) by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, March 29, 1853

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, March 15, 1867

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, March 15, 1867

▪▪ Sunday Independent, March 15, 1925

▪▪ Irish Independent, March 11, 1947

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, February 7, 1865

▪▪ Irish Press, March 9, 1966

▪▪ Evening Herald, March 3, 1939

▪▪ Phoenix Park, c. 1940. The park was a popular destination for Dubliners. This postcard shows a busy scene on the main road through the park with motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all enjoying an afternoon out. The road runs for three miles in a straight line from Parkgate to Castleknock Gate. On the right is the Wellington Monument, which was erected in 1861 to commomorate the victories of Dubliner Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, particularly over Napoleon Bonaparte and the French at Waterloo. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin) by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill Macmillan/The History Press.


14 MAR 2018


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