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Lethal booze alert issued


“If you bought alcohol from an unrecognised seller, do not drink it. Hand the bottle in to your local Garda station to help in the investigation of this incident. “If you recently drank alcohol from a bottle bought on the street and are concerned about It’s believed the vodka symptoms, seek urgent bottle - bought locally medical advice.” from an unrecognised Methanol is contained vendor - had been rein solvents, anti-freeze filled with the dangerous and windscreen wash. colourless, liquid alcohol. Gardaí in Ballymun and Also called methyl alcohol, the Food Safety Authority carbinol, wood alcohol or of Ireland are investigating wood spirit, consumption the incident and the HSE is can cause kidney failure, warning about the dangers blindness or even death. People who drink of fake or counterfeit methanol may initially alcohol. have symptoms of loss “Only buy alcohol of balance, staggering, from a recognised shop, slurred speech and eye off-licence or licenced tremor. premises,” a HSE Continued on page 2 spokesperson said. HE HSE has issued a public health alert after a man ended up seriously ill in hospital after drinking highly toxic methanol from a vodka bottle sold in Ballymun.


Picture perfect N IAMH Burke (8) from Glasnevin was delighted to see her portrait, drawn by acclaimed artist Brian Maguire, framed and hung for the first time last week at The Ark, Eustace Street.

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From Great Bake Off to Great Run Jack O’Toole FORMER Great Irish Bake Off contestant Neil Reid, from Glasnevin, will be swapping cupcakes for kilometres when he takes part in the Great Ireland Run on April 9. Reid, who was contestant on the 2015 Great Irish Bake Off, has struggled with his weight since the conclusion of the show but has already lost 11 pounds since the start of this year. The father-of-one has made some major alterations to his diet and is building nicely as he approaches the 10km run in the Phoenix Park. “I’m down around 11 pounds since Christmas so yeah, it’s been a considerable drop,” Reid told Northside People. “You feel better not only aesthetically, but you fit into your clothes, it’s easier to get up and run around, you just have more energy.

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Ireland has changed since Casey scandal A measured response to the former bishop’s passing came in a statement from President Michael D Higgins, who paid tribute to Casey’s work on homelessness and housing with the Irish emigrant community in Britain

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HE death of Eamonn Casey last week gave cause to reflect on how much Ireland has changed since 1992, when revelations about the former bishop’s relationship with a divorced woman rocked Catholic Ireland to its core.

Catholic perspective, blatant hypocrisy. The recent Tuam babies scandal has laid bare Church and ▪▪ Catholicism was at the peak of its powers when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979. PHOTO: State failings that were far more Of course, it would still be a big Dublin City Public Libraries Digital Archive sinister and far-reaching than deal today if a leading member Eamonn Casey’s. In this context, the sexual of the clergy was found to have A measured response to the died, Pat Kenny’s Newstalk show now infamous appearance on peccadillos of Eamonn Casey pale former bishop’s passing came fathered a child. Throw in the ‘The Late Late Show’, before carried an excellent report by in comparison. Notwithstanding financial elements of the Casey taking a darker turn into the in a statement from President Jonathan Healy on the scandals his misappropriation of diocesan Michael D Higgins, who paid saga and we’d have the makings litany of child sex abuse cases the Church has found itself funds, Casey was really only of a major controversy, albeit and the Catholic Church’s tribute to Casey’s work on embroiled in. It started with perhaps one not so seismic. shamefully inadequate response guilty of human frailty or, if homelessness and housing with the Casey story, with archive harshly judged from a devout About a week before Casey to them. the Irish emigrant community recordings of Annie Murphy’s

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Five Lamps Festival fun Tony Considine THE annual Five Lamps Arts Festival gets underway next week and locals got a chance to hear what’s going to be happening at a launch event in the elegant setting of Dublin’s Custom House on Wednesday, March 8.

Now in its tenth year, the festival runs from March 30 to April 6 with a packed programme of events scheduled for the week

Author and Journalist, Victoria Mary Clarke, compèred the evening together with festival Artistic Director, Roisin Lonergan, representing Marino College events at the launch. of Further Education who First up was Benny Cullen co-share sponsorship of from Waterways Ireland who the event with Dublin City are sponsoring the Royal CaCouncil and Waterways Ire- nal Big Day, which runs from April 1-4. land. Dubhlinn, a 10-person Now in its tenth year, the festival runs from March heritage canal boat, will pro30 to April 6 with a packed vide free short tours on the programme of events. A canal with music on board number of guest speakers throughout the day. participating in the festival Puppeteer Julie Rose Quarter Page Herald 6 Stores draft 2.pdf gave some detail on their McCormack then treated

the audience to an excerpt from her show, which runs in Marino College itself and in Charleville Mall Library at the Royal Canal on April 1 and 4 respectively. The next speaker was Dylan Joyce who hails from the North Wall area. Dylan will present an exhibition of photographs depicting young people from the area swimming and diving in the local docks and the River Liffey with a number of the photos taken underwater. The exhibition is sure to be fascinating for anyone who’s witnessed these daredevils diving off the bridges and docks in their area. There followed a chat with local artist Fionnuala Halpin, about her work with the Swan Youth group, Then Declan Byrne from the Dublin Dockworkers Preserva15/03/2017 13:24 tion1 Society gave a flavour of

▪▪ Festival Artistic Director, Roisin Lonergan, pictured with film director, Sé Merry Doyle, at the launch event. the Dublin Dockers In Their Own Words night (happening on April 1 in Lloyds pub on Amiens Street) entertaining the audience with a few hilarious anecdotes from the glory days when over 5,000 locals were employed on the docks.

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Change your mindset, urges Dubs star Philly McMahon Daniel O’Connor DUBLIN footballer Philly McMahon is urging people to change their mindset in order to improve their physical and mental health. The Ballymun Kickhams defender will be talking to GAA members around the country over the next four weeks as an ambassador for the GAA Healthy Clubs Roadshow. Speaking to Northside People before the roadshow’s Leinster event in Croke Park earlier this month, Philly explained how Irish people’s outlook on life is damaging their overall health. “One of the big areas I would like to go after is about the mindset,” McMahon says. “We wake up every morning, we look at the weather and we’re constantly thinking negative thoughts throughout the day. “The foundation of getting healthy either physically or

▪▪ Dublin star Philly McMahon pictured at the GAA Healthy Clubs launch at Craobh Chiarain GAA Club in Donnycarney. PHOTO: CODY GLENN/SPORTSFILE nutritionally is based around your mindset. If you get that right you’ll get the other two right.” The GAA Healthy Clubs Roadshow, launched at Craobh Chiaráin GAA Club, Donnycarney, earlier this year, will showcase the Healthy Clubs initiative, focused on improving physical and mental wellbeing in GAA clubs around the country. A number of programmes will be delivered to clubs focused on areas including healthy eating, community

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Local postmaster joins GPO protest Jack Gleeson BALLYMUN postmaster Dermot Higgins joined with colleagues from around the city outside the GPO last week for a protest against Post Office closures. It was part of campaign by the masters’ Union comes ahead of

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ONE in three dogs are overweight – is yours? That’s the question being asked by Petmania as they launch Operation TransPAWmation in stores across the country. Aimed at encouraging pet owners to think about their dog’s overall health and wellbeing, Petmania is reminding dog owners that being overweight can have a serious negative impact on the health of our pets. Overweight dogs are more at risk of illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes, heart and respiratory Illness, kidney disease, osteoarthritis and cancer. Signing up to Operation TransPAWmation is easy. The first step is to bring your dog to meet with one of Petmania’s certified weight management advisors and have its weight checked. Combining weight with a body condition score,


mation team will set you up For more information on you can visit www.petmania. a personalised programme your local Petmania store, ie. that looks at diet and exercise for your dog. ¨ Each participant will receive a goody bag containing a digital weighing scales, to Ask the Experts with Siobhan help get your dog’s portion size under control, as well Parasite Control For Dogs & Cats as on-going free support and Regular flea and worm dampen a piece of cotton wool guidance with regular check- treatment is necessary to keep against your pet's skin, if dark your pet, your family and your brown blotches appear on the ins part of the programme. cotton wool, this is flea dirt and home healthy. Dogs that reach their goal you can be 100% sure that Worms practically all kittens your pet has fleas. will also receive a speand puppies have worms, so cial rosette, as treatment to kill these Fleas can be tackled with well as a start parasites is very important as Spot-on treatments, which towards a they can affect your pet’s must be applied on a h a p p i e r , health and can potentially be thoroughly dry and clean coat passed on to humans. Worm (after being washed with healthier treatment can be administered insecticidal shampoo). life, both in the form of tablets or inside and suspension. Tablets are usually The environment of the pet flavoured to encourage dogs must be also treated, as the out! and cats to take them and they fleas that we see on our pet are For your Petmania’s can be given directly to your only 5% of the whole flea dog’s free pet or they can be disguised in population that lives near our team will let Therefore, to successfully weight check their food. They act as a cure as pet. you know if combat fleas it is important to well as maintenance. and assessment your dog’s weight treat the house and dog’s drop along to Petma- Fleas - check your pet's coat kennel area with insecticidal needs some special atnia at Gulliver’s Retail Park, for external parasites. The best spray. Fleas and their larvae tention. way to do this is with the use of can live all year round so If your dog is overweight, Santry, Dublin 9, throughout a flea comb. You can also monthly treatment is advised. the Operation TransPAW- the month of March.


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LEAD YOUR PET TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE! Equipet and Red Mills Leader have teamed up to lead your pet to a healthier lifestyle and are launching their Healthy Pet Programme instore and online. The healthy pet programme is a 10 week health and nutrition programme, the main focus of which is to improve your pet’s diet and teach good food practices. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! As a nation we are extremely conscious of the food choices we make and are very aware of the impact the food we eat has on our body, mind and waistline. Can we say the same for the food we feed our pets? Feeding a poor quality diet can cause serious health problems for your pet and while your pet will happily eat the food offered it doesn’t mean that they are thriving. Poor quality, supermarket pet foods are made from cheap protein sources and contain carbohydrate fillers. They bulk up the feed but have no contribution to your dog’s nutritional needs and are passed as waste. These fillers are putting a huge strain on your pet’s digestive system, which in turn leads to a variety of digestive complaints. Leader Pet food is developed by vets and the ingredients have been carefully selected to provide excellent digestibility and nutrition. The hypo-allergenic recipe will aid digestion and digestive issues which means less poo and smelly flatulence! WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PLACE ON YOUR PET’S HEALTH? Many pet owners assume that feeding a premium diet is expensive and therefore choose to feed a supermarket brand. However, when you look at the price of your pet’s overall health, you will find that feeding a premium food can, in fact save you money. Premium pet food is designed specifically for your pet’s needs and therefore you will feed less than you currently do. For example, an average breed dog, weighing between 10-15kg on Leader Adult food requires 175 – 255g daily, whereas when feeding a well-known supermarket brand the same size dog would require 190-380g of food daily. Using these averages, a 15kg bag of Leader Adult food would last approx. 75 days compared to the supermarket brand lasting only 52. Over a year that is saving you up to €116.52. Feeding premium food could also save you money long term on vet’s bills. By feeding a higher quality food you decrease the chances of your pet developing skin problems, skeletal dysfunction, gastrointestinal problems or oral health issues and in turn decrease the amount of visits to the vet. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE We understand in our busy lives that being able to purchase pet food while doing your weekly shop is convenient, so we aim to make your trip to Equipet worthwhile. Our in-store food advisers are fully trained in nutrition and are on hand to answer any questions you may have about diet, weight, condition and even stools. We have heard and seen it all, nothing can scare us! Your pet is welcome instore and we love getting a chance to see familiar faces. We open 7 days a week with late night openings on Thursday & Friday. Alternatively, you can purchase your pet food online and we will deliver it straight to your home or workplace. By investing this small amount of time into your pet’s nutrition you could add years onto the time you will spend together. HOW TO GET INVOLVED


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Free weekly boot camp starts in Blanchardstown this month Sia is a student of Fitness Management who has lived in Ireland since 2002, and is originally LANCHARDSTOWN locals from Liberia. who want to get fit and She decided to set up the boot lose weight will soon be camps with an Irish friend from able to do so at a free college after they saw a need for an weekly boot camp in their area. alternative to the gym, which can Trainer Sia Esther Taiwo be very expensive and intimidating Adeshino says she wants to help the to beginners. community get healthy and tackle She says she’s eager to help the obesity and is offering Saturday community achieve their fitness boot camps open to everyone, goals and improve their health. starting soon in two locations, “The level of obesity in Ireland including Blanchardstown. is on the increase on a large scale, The hour-long boot camps so we have to do something about are taking place on Saturday that.” mornings from 10-11am, and a Sia believes it’s important for sign-up form is available online at people to not only become more or through active, but also to eat better and the Avnel Fitness Facebook page. make better decisions regarding Avnel is a women’s fitness club, alcohol and junk food. but anyone is welcome to come “We will be giving nutritional along to boot camp - all they need advice as well on what to eat, and to bring is a bottle of water and a what not to eat. towel. “You are what you eat and at the Sia says the exercises will focus end of the day, in the whole process on weight loss and overall fitness. of getting fit and healthy, 80 per “At the end of the day, cent of it is your nutrition.” everybody’s different, so whatever Sia’s passionate about fitness we’re doing, we’re targeting the and health in general, and says whole body,” she explains. she will also be there to motivate “Most people are not really fit - if people and keep them on track you’re fit you’re going to live longer, with their goals. She is also looking you’ll be healthy.” for support from local businesses

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and hopes to work with schools in the future to help with children’s health. “Kids are becoming obese at a younger age, so we need to tackle that at a younger age. “Hopefully it’ll be successful and maybe we might do more in

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▪▪ Moscow is a great party city.

The world’s most sociable cities revealed in study ONE of the best reasons to travel is meeting friendly locals, and a study published last month by Hostelworld has revealed the most sociable cities in the world.

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possible experience. “Dublin Airport welcomed a record 27.9 million passengers last year, and we did so while maintaining our already excellent customer service standards.” ACI World Director General, Angela Gittens, said Dublin Airport Dublin was joint third in Europe in and the other award winners had a tie with Malta, Porto, and Zurich. dedicated themselves to “delivering Sochi and Moscow Sheremetyevo a stellar customer experience” and airports were awarded first and “promoting a culture of continuous second places in Europe respectively service improvement”. in the awards. The ASQ survey measures The Airports’ Council International passengers’ views of 34 key (ACI) World Airport Service Quality performance indicators, including (ASQ) Awards are based on 600,000 airport access, check-in, security “Winning this award is a fantastic passenger survey results in 84 screening, bathrooms, shops and achievement for everyone at Dublin countries that measure the key restaurants. elements of a passenger’s experience Airport,” said airport Managing Each airport uses exactly the same Director Vincent Harrison. at each airport. survey, which creates an industry “What’s particularly pleasing The ASQ Awards are presented to database that allows airports is that this award is based on the the airports whose customers have to compare themselves to other view of our passengers and we’re rated them the highest during the always striving to offer them the best airports around the world. year. UBLIN Airport has been rated joint third in a major international survey covering the quality of customer experience airports provide to passengers.

It’s the first comparative analysis of the social lie of world cities and local residents' views on global travel and tourism. The study measured 'sociability' in ten categories, including the frequency with which people socialise, eat out, openness, trust in friends, use of social media and the propensity to party. Dublin entered the list at number 10 but top of the list was, perhaps surprisingly, Gothenburg in Sweden followed by Stockholm and Chicago. Overall, Scandinavian and North American cities are the most sociable in the world according to the study, with London ranked only in 21st place. The study, the first ever comparative study of the social life of world cities, analysed the social behaviour and attitudes of 12,188 residents from 39 major cities in 28 countries. The findings come as social travel is on the rise with more young travellers prioritising destinations based on social rather than cultural experience.

Global Head of Brand at Hostelworld, Marek Mossakowski, said social travel experiences are a driving force behind people’s reason to travel. “Young travellers are choosing to stay in hostels because of the opportunity to meet other travellers, and for the social environment and spontaneous adventures that come along with it,” he said. “The beauty of staying in a hostel rather than other accommodation is that it has a community of travellers from around the world to socialise with – so no matter where you are, you can meet the world. “Our new study offers a window into the social lives of the people who live in the world's big cities, showing many fascinating variations between styles and cultures of socialising around the world." MOST SOCIABLE CITIES 1. Gothenburg (Sweden) 2. Stockholm (Sweden) 3. Chicago (USA) 4. Boston (USA) 5. New York (USA) 6. Copenhagen (Denmark) 7. Madrid (Spain) 8. Rome (Italy) 9. Hamburg (Germany) 10. Dublin (Ireland)

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22 MAR 2017


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THE achievements of Community Training Centres nationwide over the past 40 years were celebrated at a special ruby anniversary event held recently in the Printworks Room of Dublin Castle.

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▪▪ Pictured at a special ruby anniversary awards event in the Printworks Room of Dublin Castle are Padraig Bannon and Pat Quigley, Ballark CTC, Dermot McCrudden and Edel Moloney, Darndale CTC, Conor Sludds, Finglas CTC, and Michael Rohan, CDETB. from Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, who congratulated the centres on their achievements on behalf of young people. For the past four decades, Community Training Centres have been providing second-chance education to early school leavers, with over 100,000 young people supported in making the transition to work or further education. Chair of Ballark Community Training Centre, Pat Quigley, said 2017 was a special year to celebrate the achievements of community training centres and learners over the years. “From the beginning, Community Training Centres had, in general, three significant characteristics which they

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still retain today,” he added. “Firstly, we are firmly rooted in our local community. Secondly, programmes are based on experiential learning with recognised qualifications. “Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the programme is focused on individual learner needs. These principles hold true, and are as apt today, as they ever were despite the very different educational, training, employment and societal landscapes.” Commenting on the 40th anniversary celebrations, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton said returning to education and supporting lifelong learning are key priorities for the Government. “For an early school leaver, the decision to return to education in a Community Training Centre offers a life-changing opportunity to re-engage in learning, to develop personal and in-demand skills, and to progress to further and higher education and to rewarding career opportunities." Chairperson of the Irish Association of Community Training Organisations, the national representative body for the network of 35 centres nationwide, Guss O'Connell, said the key element of their success was putting learners at the core of everything they do. “We work with each person to form a personalised individual learning plan that looks at where they have come from, where they want to get to, and how we are going to get there together,” he explained. “Of course, while this year we celebrate our ruby anniversary, “ He added: “our sights are firmly set on the next 40 years.”






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.

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 There is a completely dif- mission. ferent buzz though when you They might be heading for pass through the automatic the library to type up an asdoors. signment, going to the sound studio t o do

a recording, the radio studio to conduct 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 Dáil debate, the journalism learners have plenty to write about. Other learners of a more scientific bent might be bracing themselves for a dissection in the lab, or for ▪▪ DFEi caters for all types of learners




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ever, we didn’t really listen to Eminem or Dr Dre’s music last week; it was mainly Sunshine Radio or Marty in the Morning on Lyric. In the cabin it’s a regular lay-out and apart from the excellent speakers you would be hard pressed to realise that it was anything other than a regular Polo. The controls on the dash are as you would find in a normal Polo, that means well laid out and easy to use. However, I could image a younger driver rocking up alongside me in his/her Beats with three of their buddies in the bar seat and Dr Dre’s loudspeaker system blasting out loud music. A regular Polo would have about an 80 watt stereo. This one has 300 watts with seven high-end speakers around the cabin including a subwoofer in the well where the spare wheel should be in the boot. The attractive Beats edition comes with just one engine size, 1.0-litre petrol with 75 brake horse power. My test model was red and it had an attractive nice touch of grey on bottom of the doors. Inside there are

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two shades of light grey, which really gives the cabin a bright look and feel. The Beats version has been pimped up with some decals, coloured door mirrors, gloss black radiator grille, 16-inch alloys and also subtle ‘Beats’ logo on each B pillar. There is room in the back for three people at a squeeze, two in comfort. The boot is a decent size, but sadly there is no spare wheel, just a repair kit and that extra speaker. Prices for the Polo range start at €15,705, but the Beats version starts at €20,120. Road tax is €190.

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New energy saving kits are now available across the city KITS to help householders better understand their energy use and reduce their bills can now be borrowed free-of-charge from all Dublin City Public Libraries. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, launched the Home Energy Saving Kits earlier this month. The kits were developed by the Dublin energy agency Codema and this is the first time that such a scheme is available in Ireland, and follows on from a successful pilot last year, where the kits were trialled in 10 library branches. The six tools in the kit address key areas of energy use in the home - space heating, hot water and electricity consumption - and can identify common issues such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and appliances that might be driving up electricity bills. Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: “I have consistently said that climate and energy policies must be citizen and community led. “Codema’s Home Energy Savings Kits are an excellent example of a simple but easy to use and understand device that will help thousands of homeowners to take that all-important first step on their sustainable energy journey. “In fact, I am such a firm believer in these kits that I am delighted to announce that my Department will be

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Fifteen Minutes To Freedom About the Author:


TEPHEN Travers a clinical hypnotherapist and certified International Havening Techniques Practitioner and Trainer based here in Dublin. Stephen is one of the most experienced and skilled Havening practitioners in the world. His full interview is featured in chapter 21 of this book. The Havening Technique was developed by US neuroscientist Ronald Ruden as a form of trauma therapy and is championed by hypnotist Paul McKenna. ▪▪ Stephen Travers


IFTEEN Minutes To Freedom: The Power And Promise Of Havening Techniques is compiled and edited by Harry Pickens.


Harry Pickens is an award-winning musician, educator and life transformation strategist. A certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and Trainer, Harry is the founder of Havening Louisville and Havening for Humanity. His multifaceted background includes certifications in Applied Positive Psychology and Energy Psychology, extensive experience as an educator on elementary, secondary, college and adult levels, and has enjoyed an international career as a jazz pianist, collaborating with hundreds of the world’s top jazz artists. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, he works with clients throughout the world via Skype and in person. The message this book outlines here is that there is a quiet, healing revolution spreading slowly but surely across the planet. This revolution

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is taking place not through the latest discoveries in pharmacology, or through new insights in how to manage symptoms of emotional, physical or psychological disease. It is taking place one person at a time, through a simple process that uses the power of touch, attention and imagination to heal emotional pain that often has seemed intractable and unresolvable. This revolution cuts to the core of the cause of much of humanity’s suffering, and provides a simple yet profound cure that literally rests in the palm of our hands. Fifteen Minutes To Freedom tells the story of this revolution from the perspective of those who are devoting their time and energy to learning and sharing this powerful process with the world. In the book, Havening Techniques students, practitioners and trainers share how this remarkable neuroscience-based tool is helping their clients dissolve toxic stress, boost positivity and resilience, recover faster from physical, emotional, and psychological challenges and quickly and permanently heal the emotional residue of trauma.

Author enjoys having a few laughs while going on a bit of an aul rant SINCE the turn of the century life this book aims to help the living a normal life isn’t con- reader loosen up and stop being snowed under by the negativity sidered ‘normal’ anymore. in the world. Ed Larkin is a father of one and Social media is now the hub of everything that takes places is not your stereotypical author. He doesn’t go to Starbucks and in our lives; if it is not on social look stressed as he battles with media it can’t be true. Over the past 16 years every writer’s block. In fact he doesn’t even drink day life has become far more serious and people have forgot how coffee or tea for that matter. What he is good at though is to unwind. Everybody is too busy being making people laugh and writsold the celebrity dream through ing; his two passions that he has social media that they neglect rolled into one to start a new path in life as a comedy writer. appreciating their own lives. According to Ed, there are two They think money will make them happier but what they things that are certain with hudon’t realise is by simply light- man beings; we are all different ening up and laughing, their lives and no one is perfect. With that message portrayed can change forever. A smile, as throughout this book, the reader they say, costs nothing. Ed Larkin’s book ‘‘Barrel of is not only allowed to laugh out Laughs and the odd rant’ is a hu- loud but also take some notable morous look at everyday life and advice on how to love themselves issues that invites the reader to and appreciate the important open his or her own mind and things they have in their lives. Ten different topics have been enjoy life from a different point carefully chosen to ensure that of view. Instead of wishing to be some- anyone, regardless of age, race, one else or live someone else’s sexual ordination or gender can

help of the author’s rants, and mixed in with these comical outbursts are little sprinkles of truth. But the true beauty of this book is that it is written so it seems like the author is having a personal conversation with the reader. Written in this way it lets the reader make up their own mind on what they do and don’t agree with. Here, they have their own opinions and are allowed them, ▪▪ Ed Larkin unlike on social media where it is often influenced for them. Ed isn’t your By the time the reader has stereotypical completed the book they should author; he have a new outlook on life, feel doesn’t go to Starbucks more positive or at very least smile a lot more. and look stressed as The one message that is he battles with writer’s shared through the book is to slow life down, embrace the block. beauty around you, smile and laugh. After all, laughing is the best medicine and even better, relate to these common subjects. it’s free. ‘Barrel Of Laughs...And The What makes this book even more entertaining is the amusing Odd Rant’ is on Amazon where twist as each topic is addressed it can be downloaded for €1.99.




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AVING nailed the interview, and accepted an offer to start your new job, you breathe a sigh of relief and relax.

▪▪ NEW APPOINTMENT: Emma O’Reilly.

A new appointment announced at local company JOHNSON & Perrott Fleet has announced the appointment of Emma O’Reilly to its driver support services team. Ms O’Reilly will take on the role of Driver Services Executive in its dedicated and technically trained support team as the company expands to cater for its 12 per cent growth in fleet numbers. Coming from a background of almost a decade in Belgard Motors - a main Audi, Mercedes, VW and Porsche dealer, and from previous support and advice roles with Sheehy Motors and DNG, Ms O’Reilly will hone her automotive expertise and customer service for the role with Johnson & Perrott Fleet. Jonathan O’Brien, Managing Director with Johnson & Perrott Fleet, said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma to our team. “We have no doubt that her skills and expertise will further enhance our client support service which is key to continuing to building our strong and loyal client base.” Ms O’Reilly, who hails from nearby Tallaght, said: “I’m excited to join the team of Johnson & Perrott Fleet at this time of steady growth for the company that has a high-calibre and ever growing client base.”

It’s all downhill from here, isn’t it? Not quite. While signing your new contract might be pleasing, your new job isn’t something guaranteed for life. For a start, most jobs require a six-month probation period to assess whether your work performance matches your performance in interview. For an employee this time is important in making sure the probation is a mere formality, and that the job is secured for however long it’s wanted. Starting a new job provides the opportunity to institute yourself as a valuable member of the team. First impressions are important and you only get to make one. Good first impressions allow you to establish yourself as someone recognised as smart, motivated, and possessing the potential to progress. The chances are that you have never met most of the

Familiarise yourself with new systems and work practices, ask pertinent questions, and look for training early on, because whereas as people are happy to help when you first join the company, if you are asking what your login to the computer is after two months, their patience may begin to wear thin

people you are working with, so you have a clean slate with which to make your mark. For the first few weeks of a new job, co-workers will cut you some slack. They assume you don't know how everything works, so use this time to ask questions. Bring a pad and write down answers to make sure it sinks in. A good tip is to hold queries until the end of the day as they are often answered in the normal course of things. This also stops you butting in with a question every five minutes and coming across as though you aren’t grasping things. Familiarise yourself with new systems and work practices, ask pertinent questions, and look for

training early on, because whereas people are happy to help when you first join the company, if you are asking what your login to the computer is after two months their patience may begin to wear thin! It’s important to introduce yourself around in a new organisation. Get to know who does what, and who makes the decisions. Knowing the key players allows you to do your job better. Try to avoid getting sucked in to gossip about co-workers. Be polite to those who are spreading it, but take people as you find them. This is an opportunity to progress in a new company, so don't make enemies when you don't need to.

During the early days of a new job, try to have an input in meetings and during work. Come up with suggestions and insights that mark you out as someone who is sharp, confident and who knows their stuff. Be careful not to come across as a know it all, or to impose yourself too aggressively, and remember not to say things like: “this is not how we used to do things in my old job”. You aren't in Kansas

now! People are most interested in what works in the here and now and for the future. Finally don’t rest on your laurels. It should be said, that probation periods are two-way streets (allowing the company to assess you, but also allowing you to see if the job is really what you want), but once you decide you want the job, don't let your performance drop after you are confirmed as a permanent employee. Keep contributing and

mark yourself out as one to be watched. A new job is a fresh slate. Be confident, make yourself invaluable and you might find opportunities present themselves not just for increases in salary, but for progress. *Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services, based in Malahide. Visit www. or call 01-8456312.

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Centre, Church Road, Malahide. It will be a night of music, laughter and song with a bumper raffle during the evening and lots of prizes. Tickets will be on sale during the evening. Also, you will be served a delicious Italian meal. The cost is €20 per adult (free admittance for children). The Number 42 bus stops beside the centre on Church Road, and the DART stops in Malahide, within a three-minute walk of Church Road. To purchase a ticket, phone 087-6711547. All tickets must be paid advance and can be delivered to your home.

‘Manga Hokusai Manga; Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics’ is an exhibition exploring Japanese manga from its roots to modernity, looking at the works of 19th century Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai on to the popular culture phenomenon of manga today.


There’s a lot happening in Dundrum’s local arts venue over the next few months, with nightly shows and events over weekends, it’s a hub of activity for all the community.

The world traveling exhibition from the Japan Foundation opens to Irish audiences at The Long Room, Trinity College Dublin on March 20 and runs to April 1. Admission is free. The exhibition is part of a programme of events by the Japanese Embassy in Dublin to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland. See international/ for more.

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, Bushy Park, St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Tymon Park Waterstown, Porterstown, Hartstown, Castletown, River Valley and Poppintree Park. Runs take place from 9.30am to 1pm and more details can be found on


This exhibition is a true feast for the eyes and brings together two of the most exciting illustrators working in children’s books today, Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Enter their world of the imagination, featuring art work from their award-winning picture books at this event. Both are masters of composition and colour and their work is lively and full of humour. Curated by dlr Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb, the exhibition will be on display until March 31 and will be a highlight at the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival which runs from March 22 to 26. ‘Collected Stories’ runs until March 25. Tickets cost €15. For bookings phone 087-1129970. For more information, visit



The stage play ‘Pete Best of the Beatles’ is returning for four performances at The Complex (just off Capel Street) from March 29 until April 1.


Darkly funny but with brilliant humour, ‘The End’ by Samuel Beckett, will be performed in Tullow Church, Foxrock by wellknown actor Marcus Lamb on Saturday, March 25. This will be a special, limited capacity event in a unique location inextricably linked with one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Tickets at €25 are on sale via (search for Beckett in Foxrock 2017) and include a wine reception and an exhibition depicting Beckett and Foxrock. Beckett in Foxrock is the second annual event honouring the writer’s connection with the area. Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate, was born and brought up in Foxrock and was a regular attender, along with his mother, at Tullow Church. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Beckett’s niece in 2016.

Located outside in the main square of the shopping centre, next to Milano’s Restaurant, the theatre is open Mon-Sat 11am to 5pm for bookings, the bar and box office reopen an hour before all shows. Pop in for a look at the gallery exhibition and check out what’s coming up – choose from live gigs, comedy, local drama, children’s performances and much more. Theatre manager Kate Canning has a diverse and exciting production and education background, programming many family friendly events such as a big Roald Dahl family show. To keep updated subscribe to the Mill’s newsletter on www.milltheatre. ie, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for regular news, meal deals and special ticket giveaways.

Pete Best was drummer with The Beatles for two years in the early 1960s. He played hundreds of shows with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison – and then was mysteriously kicked out of the band a few short weeks before they released their debut single (‘Love Me Do’) and went on to take over the world. This is the first stage play ever written about Pete Best and it examines the mystery of Pete’s sacking from the band – and presents a fascinating insight into the early days of The Beatles and their wild nights in Liverpool and Hamburg.

COLLECTED STORIES AT VIKING THEATRE Actress Maeve Fitzgerald is returning to Clontarf’s Viking Theatre (Connolly’s – The Sheds) with ‘Collected Stories’, a play by Pullitzer prize-winning American writer, Donald Margulies.

‘Collected Stories’, staged by Then This Theatre, takes place in Greenwich Village, the bohemian capital of New York City. Maeve plays Lisa Morrison, a naïve and eager young writer who dreams of literary stardom.

Errol Walsh and Ted Ponsonby, together with bassist Joe Murray, will be playing their first ever Dublin gigs on Friday, March 24 at the DC Club, 20 Camden Row Dublin 2; and on Saturday, March 25 at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. In the 1970s Errol Walsh pioneered country-rock in Northern Ireland with bands like Rodeo, who were regulars on the Irish university circuit playing regularly at Queen’s, Trinity and Cork. Errol has a new album out, ‘Just Sayin’, with his friend Ted, who is a stalwart of the Northern Irish music scene coming from a musical family from just outside Letterkenny. For more information, visit or, or contact Colm Flynn on 087-9670707 or email biensondido@

ITALIAN NIGHT FOR ST DOULAGH’S Ireland's oldest church, St Doulagh's in Balgriffin, is seeking to raise €300,000 to carry out major repairs.

As part of its fundraising effort, they are holding an ‘Italian Night’ on March 25 from 7pm to 10pm in St Andrew's Parish

Crossword Answers 22nd March CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Resign; 4 Staple; 9 Fractiousness; 10 Sidings; 11 Alien; 12 In use; 14 Genus; 18 Weser; 19 Opposes; 21 Thinking aloud; 22 Enlist; 23 Sheets. Down: 1 Refuse; 2 Standing still; 3 Get in; 5 Testate; 6 Precious stone; 7 Easing; 8 Poise; 13 Strikes; 15 Swathe; 16 Towns; 17 Asides; 20 Poach. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Source; 4 Scrape; 9 Unfashionable; 10 Fervent; 11 Olden; 12 Tubby; 14 Proxy; 18 Amass; 19 Correct; 21 Precious stone; 22 Spying; 23 Unused. Down: 1 Stuffy; 2 Unfortunately; 3 Caste; 5 Contour; 6 Ambidextrous; 7 Exeunt; 8 Witty; 13 Bastion; 15 Pampas; 16 Scour; 17 Attend; 20 Risen.

Parkruns are a great way to shed any St Patrick’s Day kilos if you’ve overindulged. The free weekly runs take place on Saturdays at parks including Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay, Raheny, Ballymun and Tallaght.








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

▪▪ Girls cycling across the bridge on Strand Road, Portmarnock c. 1950. The ruins of the water-driven corn mill, which had been damaged in the storm of 1903, are on the right. The mill had been at this site for 200 years and it was powered by the rise and the fall of the tide. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, North Dublin, Derek Stanley. Published by Gill and Macmillan/The History Press

▪▪ Irish Press 23rd March 1964

▪▪ Evening Herald 26th March 1938

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal 18th March 1853

▪▪ Irish Press 22nd March 1932

▪▪ Lower Rathmines Road from Portobello, c. 1930. On the left of the road is a fine terrace including the church of Our Lady of Refuge. At the end of the road is the clock tower of Rathmines Town Hall. A horse-drawn water wagon heads in the direction of the Town Hall. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, South Dublin, Derek Stanley. Published by Gill and Macmillan/The History Press

▪▪ Irish Independent 7th March 1955


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