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In Finglas, a bonfire posed an alarming threat to ESB wires and a separate blaze caused concern to residents around the Cappagh area. On Berryfield Drive, there was a large bonfire in the area as well as a fire in the middle of the road while wheelie bins were set alight on Wellmount Road. There were also dozens of incidents in Dublin 15, including a large bonfire on a green space in Corduff as well as a smaller one across from the National Aquatic Centre. Pallets were also set ablaze in Corduff while in the Ladyswell area two bonfires were reported, including one that was close to homes, and at least two vehicles were set on fire in the area. There were also large bonfires in Sheepmoor and on green areas around the Clonsilla area. In Ongar, bushes were set ablaze in two locations and a bonfire close to a local school caused concern. Dublin North West TD, Noel Rock (FG) claimed levels of anti-social behaviour were out of control across the city. “I’ve never had as many complaints in any year as I did last night in relation to fireworks, bangers, antisocial behaviour and dumped

materials,” he said. “It is quite clear that something is amiss this year in relation to the deterrence of using illegal fireworks and bangers. “Fire brigade officials confirmed to me that this was a busier year in their experience than any of the last five. “Furthermore it is completely unacceptable that some fire crews were attacked when out doing their jobs. “It’s clear that when it comes to fireworks and antisocial behaviour, we need far more robust enforcement.” Meanwhile, Social Democrats representative for Castleknock and Blanchardstown, Aengus Ó Maoláin, is calling for fresh thinking on Halloween bonfire regulations. “This year saw yet again an increase in the number of call outs by the fire brigade to illegal bonfires across the city, with at least 30 in Dublin 15 alone between dusk and midnight,” he said. “Repeated efforts to stamp out and ban bonfires have clearly failed, and council staff and the Fire Brigade are being run off their feet dousing, and cleaning up after these bonfires. “We ought to look at how Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes night) in England is han-

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New measles cases spark fresh warning THE number of confirmed cases of measles has risen to at least seven the HSE has confirmed. Last week Northside People reported that the HSE had been notified of two cases in north Dublin city, but the health authority says there are now at least seven cases in Dublin and Meath, with most cases in Dublin. “The Measles Outbreak Control Team continues to investigate and advise on mea-

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Dignam launches FAST plan ADDRESSING stigma is key to challenging addiction and mental health issues, according to the Finglas Addiction Support Team (FAST). The issue was raised at the recent launch of ‘Recovery for a better life’, FAST’s new strategic plan for 2017-2020. Highlight of the launch was the guest appearance of Finglas legend, Christy Dignam, who acknowledged his own struggle with addiction as he launched the plan. Dignam spoke of the great need for FAST in Finglas as well as similar services in other communities across the country.

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No seriously, joking inside! Jack Gleeson HAVE you heard the one about the prisoner, the comedian and the football club? The inmates in Mountjoy certainly did at a recent comedy show

held behind bars inside the land’s funniest acts, Tommy Tiernan. Northside jail. The show was organised The prisoners in Mountjoy by another top comedian, West wing were treated to a John Colleary, who donates great night of entertainment his talent and time through that included a hilarious per- the Bohemian Foundation to formance from one of Ire- improve the lives of Dublin’s

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Rovers fan, Colleary has put aside any footballing differences to deliver comedy workshops to the homeless and inmates in Mountjoy. Not exactly comedy gold you might think, but he’s passionate about raising self-awareness and confidence through stand-up, and the Mountjoy show proved that it works. Two of the performers were inmates who attended Colleary’s workshops and, oozing confidence, neither looked out of place performing alongside Tiernan and host for the evening, Willa White. This was a night where White really could say he knew his audience. That’s because he’s a former inmate who used his time in prison as a springboard to turn his life around, and he instantly connected with the men in Mountjoy West. “Are there any couples in here tonight?” he joked during his non-PC act. Mountjoy West is home to inmates who are generally considered well behaved. The majority are on day release programmes that al-

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Europe’s airport to city transport costs are revealed NOW that autumn is here, and the summer holidays are well and truly behind us, many Irish holidaymakers may be considering a short city trip to keep the holiday blues at bay before Christmas. Although travellers from Ireland can often find cheap flights to many European destinations and there’s always hotel bargains if you choose your dates carefully, many overlook the time and money spent getting from the airport to their city of choice - and on a quick city break, time is everything. In an effort to help travellers maximise their time, travel search engine has collected data on the most popular European cities for Irish holidaymakers, revealing the average costs and travel time to expect when visiting these destinations.


For those looking to start their holiday without wasting a single moment, Arrecife, in the Canary Islands is undisputedly the best option. With its airport conveniently located just seven kilometres from the city centre, travellers barely have to wait at all to start soaking up the sights. And with public transport available at ▪▪ Getting from the airport to the city fast means more time to enjoy your break. just €1.40, the short trip to and from the airport can save travellers more than €10 on taxi fares. Other convenient options include Faro, Portugal, as well as Amsterdam (Schipol Airport), both of which are reachable in around a quarter of an hour by public transport (15, 17 minutes). For those who prefer the comfort of a taxi, the quickest options are Arrecife, Faro, Lisbon and Palma de Mallorca, all of which can be reached from the airport in 15 minutes or less. However, travellers should be prepared to pay more: at €27, the quick trip from the Mallorca airport to the city centre will set travellers back €1.80 a minute.


Price-conscious travellers looking to save their money for sightseeing and shopping should probably start their trip by skipping the taxi. This is especially true when travelling to Paris, Rome or London. In each of these cities, travellers can save more than €45 by choosing to use public transport options instead. In the British capital, which has the highest taxi prices out of the top 20 most popular cities for Irish tourists, travellers can save €46 by opting to rely on public transport - and they’ll also arrive in the city 20 minutes earlier compared to those choosing to ride in a taxi. Apart from Arrecife, with its €1.40

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the destinations for which travellers should budget extra time and money to reach the airport. Rome, Paris, and Athens, all famous for their traffic congestion, can each take at least 40 minutes, no matter the mode of travel chosen. However, travellers should also plan extra time if they are travelling to Budapest (45 minutes by train and 30 by taxi), Prague (40 minutes by bus and HIGHER COSTS, LONGER 30 by taxi), and Madrid (45 minutes by JOURNEYS The analysis also highlights train and 20 by taxi).

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Keswick collection WHEN it comes to great design looks, be it in dresses or decor, sometimes it is the quiet, subtle pieces that produce the most impact. Neptune's new Keswick collection of occasional tables is a case in point. A celebration of brass and glass, Keswick's coffee, console and side tables are the equivalent of a little black dress for the home. Inspired by the glamour of the Art Deco era, they look sophisticated whether you use them for storage, display, or simply as a practical occasional table. And the inspirational designers at Neptune have plenty of ideas on how we can make the most of these elegant creations in our

homes. Perhaps the most versatile piece in the collection, the Keswick console table, with its slender profile, works well in narrow entryways and can hold its own in a more spacious setting. If you like to be creative you could use them alongside a kitchen island to create an impromptu, but sophisticated, breakfast bar. They are just the right height to sit at and just wide enough to eat comfortably on, without taking up too much space. The Keswick coffee table is also full of creative potential. Lightweight in looks and subtly reflective, it makes a stunning centrepiece in a living room. But always thinking out-

side the box as it were, Neptune designers suggest that by combining two Keswick tables in a staggered formation you can place your most beautiful books and vases on the shelves to create an elegant still-life. In another ingenious move, the Keswick small cube coffee table and rectangular side table were designed to be on the floor, however they don't have to be used this way. Placed on top of a counter or sideboard, for example, these pieces can become a wonderful framework for a cocktail bar. You can arrange your bottles on the lower shelves, and glassware on top and a mirror behind the tables will add a touch of Art Deco-style glamour.

Speaking of a little extra glamour, how about using the console tables in a bathroom or bedroom to display favourite perfume bottles and jewellery? Equally, the cubed coffee and rectangular side tables could sit alongside

a bathtub to hold bath oils and scented candles for unwinding in the evenings. Altogether, the Keswick from Neptune really is the most captivating tale of when brass met glass.



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Getting a Puppy? Corina Fitzsimons HAVING a bouncy, happy, playful puppy is a very enjoyable experience. However, it is also a big commitment, demanding in time, money and care. Remember, a puppy will grow into a dog and will be with you for many years to come. Why buy a puppy when there are thousands of lovely unwanted and abandoned dogs in need of homes at dog rescue centres all around Ireland? If you adopt a puppy from Dogs Trust, we are there to offer help and advice for the rest of your dog’s life should you need it. But if you still wish to buy a puppy from a breeder, ask your vet if they know of reputable breeders in your area. If you do choose to get a puppy from a breeder, here are our top tips to en-

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He is a smashing young dog who will make a fantastic addition to an experienced home. Porkie was born here and raised with his siblings by his mum and carers. From a young age he has been boisterous and playful and can become overexcited easily. For that reason, it is very important, as he will grow into a large strong boy, that he finds the right home. Porkie is looking for a home with adults who can continue the fantastic training started here at Dogs Trust. This includes basic training, self-control training to help this boy with excitability, and muzzle training as he is a restricted breed. He enjoys the company of other dogs but would need a confident and playful (yet sensible!) dog to live with if his new family had another pet. Equally, he would be happy in a home without other pets. His owner will need to have an active interest in continuing his training. We cannot wait to wave this sweet boy off to start his new life with a family of his own! If you think you can offer Porkie a loving home, contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

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Ford's ST-Line Mondeo is impressive Sean Creedon Ford introduced their ST line of cars earlier this year to celebrate 100 years in Ireland. At present the ST range consists of the Fiesta, Focus, Kuga and the Mondeo which I drove last week. At the launch of the ST-Line Ford’s Irish MD Ciaran McMahon said: ‘‘With the ST-Line you get the sporty looks and the dynamics, but you don’t get the running costs. At Ford, Vignale stands for premium, luxury and style, while the ST-Line is aimed at a dif-

ferent customer. We think we will be more successful with the ST-Line than we have been with the Vignale range.’’ Due to a switch of location by Ford for their manufacturing plant from Genk in Belgium to Valencia in Spain, we waited a long time for the new Mondeo to arrive in Ireland. But when the car got here it was voted Irish Car of the Year for 2016. My Mondeo ST-line came in Frozen white, which was impressive. It was a 2.0-litre diesel with 180 brake horse power and that simply meant trying to keep within the speed limits.

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The ST-Line delivers the stylish practicality of the Ford Mondeo with all the eye catching aesthetics of a performance-line vehicle. There are so many goodies inside and on the outside of the car in the ST-Line that you will be spoiled. It’s a massive car and my test model also had a sun-

roof which certainly added to the overall look. The ‘look’ begins with an impressive grille, which really catches your eye. Inside, all the controls on the dash are well laid out and so easy to use. You get ST-line seats and steering wheel, which I thought was a bit skinny. My daughter, who

is my daily front seat passenger, agreed that the heating and radio controls were user friendly, unlike some other models I drove recently. There is plenty of leg and head room for five passengers and the boot is enormous. Underneath that boot you will find a ‘mini’ spare wheel.

There are so many SUVs on the road nowadays, but if you want to experience the luxury that a classy looking saloon or hatchback has to offer, then have a test drive in the muscular-looking Mondeo. I think you will be impressed. The Mondeo has probably won as many awards as Ron-

aldo or Messi since it was first introduced in 1992 and it continues to be a winner. Prices start at €34,295 for the ST-Line and naturally there are lot of extras, if you have the cash to buy them. For example the panoramic roof will cost you an extra €950 and the rear-view camera is €600.

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8 NOV 2017



The V90 is not just any estate... it’s a Volvo estate Seán Creedon I HAVE driven a few big Volvo cars in recent months like the XC60 and XC90. Last week I was also in a Volvo, but this time is wasn’t a high vehicle, but the elegant V90 estate. In the SUVs I felt like the ‘king of the road’, whereas the estate had a more luxurious, you could say limousine feel to it. Often estates can give an image of practical family cars where the boot is packed with wellingtons, sports gear or maybe bags of potatoes. Well there is plenty of room for the spuds and the golf clubs in the V90, but this is not just any estate it’s a Volvo estate. Volvo realise they are

reinventing a classic. The V90 is a successor to the real Volvo estates of yesteryear. The famous ‘square back’ look is gone and has been replaced with a more streamlined design. The V90 has much the same design as the massive XC90. The cars share the same distinctive radiator grille and lights, which are really cool at the front and back. As a nation we are huge fans of estate cars. Apart from the small shopkeepers who need a massive boot when they visit the cash and carry wholesale outlets, maybe there are not enough of us who are into the shooting and fishing lifestyle. Inside, the dash area is much the same as the XC90.

The upright touch screen is impressive and works well once you can figure out what all the controls are for. The leather seats were soft and very comfortable. I am always impressed with cars that have a walnut trim on the dash. This time the trim was more brown than walnut, but it was still classy looking and added a lovely finishing touch to the interior decor. My D4 Inscription test model was an automatic with 190 brake horse power and was a joy to drive. It had elements of semi-autonomous driving like staying in the proper lane. The technology worked once you keep some pressure on the steering wheel, but I think we are still a few years away from driverless

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cars. The entry price for the V90 is €47,745, but my test model with lots of extra brought the price to €61,100. Road tax is €200.

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ŠKODA unveils two new models for Dublin drivers ŠKODA has unveiled two newlook models, the ŠKODA Rapid and the ŠKODA Citigo, which can be seen at Annesley Williams on the Old Airport Road. The ŠKODA Rapid has got a fresh new face and a host of new equipment including LED daytime driving lights, modern touchscreen sound systems and stylish interiors. The most impressive aspect of the new Rapid is a brand new 1.0 TSI 95bhp petrol engine which delivers diesel-rivalling fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres per 100km and annual road tax from €190. Prices start from €19,150. The second model on display during the event is the popular Citigo, which has undergone a facelift. Already a family favourite, the Citigo receives a fresh new look including body paint

colours, wheels and connectivity technology. Prices have remained unchanged, starting from €11,550 for 5-door versions. Speaking about the two new model versions, Ray Leddy, head of marketing at ŠKODA Ireland, said: “The Rapid and Citigo have been really popular cars in Dublin over the past few years, and I have no doubt that people will be very impressed with the new models. “With the ŠKODA Scrappage EcoGrant offering Dublin drivers huge savings, it’s certainly the best time to start thinking about a new ŠKODA.” ŠKODA are running a number of incentives and offers across the range with 0% PCP Finance offered on the Fabia, Rapid, Octavia and Superb, while the Scrappage EcoGrant continues to be available until December 31. ▪▪ The ŠKODA Rapid has got a fresh new face.

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Minister takes to the road in Renault ZOE THE Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, hit the road recently in the new 100 per cent electric Renault ZOE ZE 40. The minister is test driving the ZOE as he travels to engagements and meetings in the course of his normal working week, including between his constituency of Roscommon-Galway and Dáil Eireann. The Renault ZOE ZE 40 has the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle, which Renault estimates at up to 300km, meaning the

minister can travel from Dublin to Roscommon and around Dublin city without any so-called ‘range anxiety’. In Budget 2018, Minister Naughten’s department announced funding of €10 million to incentivise the use of electric vehicles (EVs). New grants to continue to support the installation of home-charge points will be available from January 1 for new and second-hand electric cars. There will also be a 0% rate of Benefit in Kind for EVs for one year as an interim measure while a BIK review on vehicles takes place,

and additional funding will be provided to support the provision of public charging with an increase in the number of rapid chargers available. Minister Naughten is driving the Signature Nav version of the new Renault ZOE in pearl white, complete with built-in sat nav and BOSE 3D sound system. Minister Naughten said: “With the measures outlined in this year’s budget, the Government aims to make going electric more accessible for Irish motorists. “As I travel from Roscommon to Dublin in the Renault

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The King of Lavender Square About The Author

‘There is a simple cure for loneliness… it’s to reach out to others but to also embrace being reached out to.’

Susan Ryan grew up in Gorey, County Wexford. After graduating with a degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, she worked in Greece, Germany, London and Australia in positions as diverse as ‘menu translation’ in Greece to ‘cook’ in the Western Australia wheat belt. She now works as an advertising copywriter, on campaigns ranging from banking to beer, and has won a number of industry awards. In 2012, she was commissioned by Ireland’s only two star Michelin restaurant to write ‘Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud: the First Thirty Years’. She lives in Dublin with her partner, Stéphane, and daughter, Sophie. ‘The King of Lavender Square’ is her first novel.

When Susan Ryan spotted a shelf dedicated to the age of anxiety and living in it in her local book shop, she was disheartened but not altogether surprised. At the time the writer was living in a flat in a pretty square in Rathmines where she had an eagle-eye view of her neighbours. She watched them scurrying past, some with headphones on, others with heads in their phones, but all ignoring each other purposefully, politely; drifting along in their lonely universes. And it became clear to her where the root of the so called age of anxiety lay. In a world where communication was at its most sophisticated, people seemed to be lonelier than ever. Kids no longer plonked down their jumpers on the street anymore to fashion quick goalposts and play football. They were monitored closely, kept tabs on. Doors firmly shut, not knocked on unless agreed by pre-arranged text. There were fewer occasions for conversation; parents commuting; up early and back

late; no time to talk. The elderly passed by, a nod, a quick flash of a wave through a car window and people without children having fewer reasons to be pushed together or called upon. From a height, the writer could see that neighbourliness was a potential cure. And she wondered what could work as a catalyst to bring these people, who lived right next to each other yet worlds apart, together. She realised it would take a little magic and believed that a child would be the key. It inspired ‘The King of Lavender Square’ and the character Patrick Kimba – the AfricanIrish boy with a dream powerful enough to change his life and the lives of his neighbours. It is a rally cry against loneliness and a call to arms against the age of anxiety. It is an antidote to isolation and of conversation with real people in real life and in real time. It is a tonic.


New books tells tale of 1916 battle ‘HEUSTON’S Fort: The Battle of the Mendicity Institution’ is a paperback book produced by Helen Kelly, Eamonn McHale and Jimmy Stephenson. It is an account of the 1916 Battle at the Mendicity Institution on Ushers Quay told through the words of Irish Volunteers who participated in that struggle during Easter Week under the leadership of Seán Heuston. The writers are each a grand child of members of the garrison at the Mendicity Institution. Helen Kelly is the granddaughter of Patrick Kelly of the Fingal Brigade; Eamonn McHale is the grandson of William O’Dea of D Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade; Jimmy Stephenson is the grandson of Paddy Joe Stephenson, also a member of D Company. The book uses written records of those who fought at the battle to tell the story. These narratives are supplemented by photographs, illustrations, original drawings and replicas of official documents and personal letters. All these combine to give a

very personalised and detailed picture of what the garrison members experienced during the fighting and afterwards. Nearly all the garrison members were court martialled and sentenced to death. Only Heuston was executed. “We are not historians,” explains Helen Kelly. “We are people who are

interested in deepening our knowledge about the event and discovering for ourselves what our grandfathers went through during those historic times.” Eamonn McHale adds: “Central to our efforts was the desire to identify the lives and stories of each of the individual 29 men who made up the Mendicity garrison. It was important to us to have the actions of all the men recorded and commemorated.” Jimmy Stephenson said: “We hope our book will act as an encouragement to others to carry out further research. The significance and importance of the battle at the Mendicity is generally underestimated and often only partially told. We hope others will be stimulated to revisit the story.” The book gives details of the activities and preparations taking place across the city and county of Dublin in the weeks and days leading up to Easter Sunday. The Mendicity garrison was made up of members of the 1st Dublin Battalion who seized

the building on Easter Monday and also members of the Fingal Brigade who were sent by James Connolly on Tuesday as reinforcements. Thus there are accounts covering activities within Fingal, within the GPO area and also within the Mendicity Institution, Church Street and Four Courts areas. We see a collection of patriotic and enthusiastic Volunteers become battle-hardened soldiers in a matter of hours as they are pitched against over 300 soldiers of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The strength of this book is that it uniquely collects together in one volume the stories of all the participants of a single 1916 garrison. It tells us what life was like for those not in positions of leadership, who participated in the Rising and put their lives at risk for a cause they fervently believed in. The book is published by Odnem Publishers and can be obtained via at a cost of €15 (excluding postage and packaging). Alternatively, copies of the book can be ordered from the authors directly by emailing

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COOLOCK WALKING CLUB A community walk catering for all ages and levels of fitness takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock.

Parents, grandparents and strollers are welcome after the school drop-off. No booking needed. Just turn up and join them for a walk. For more information contact David Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286.

Irish art lovers have the chance to get their hands on 100 pieces of original artwork for €100 – as well as works by Banksy – at Ireland’s premier art fair Art Source, which will be held at the RDS from November 10-12. Over 15,000 people are expected to view exhibits from artists across all genres in the year’s biggest art show. Admission is €10 adults, €8 OAPs. Children under 16 free, only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Opening times: Friday Nov 10: 11am-9pm, Sat Nov 11: 10am-6pm, Sun Nov 12: 10am-6pm. November 12. Visitors can view two exhibitions chronicling the terrors of war: Aftermath: The War Landscapes of William Orpen and Käthe Kollwitz: Life, Death and War. There will also be a Remembrance concert in the Shaw Room on Sunday, November 12 at 3.30pm by Kaleidoscope featuring performances from Fionnuala Moynihan, Deirdre Moynihan, Ficino Ensemble. Further details from



The National Gallery of Ireland is presenting a special programme in honour of Remembrance Weekend on Saturday November 11 and Sunday

structure this year, providing a truly magical ice skating experience. There's something for everyone, from families and school children to teens and social groups or why not plan that romantic date night on ice? It runs daily until mid-January. Get your skates on and book at

This is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis and the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. Performed by Brokentalkers in association with Project Arts Centre, This Beach was written and directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan. It’s happening in Draoicht, Blanchardstown, on Friday, November 10 at 8pm. Tickets cost €18. Book online at

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Dublin’s most spectacular ice rink brought to you by Tesco Mobile, is gearing up for its biggest season yet. FAT CHANCERS Comedians Karl Spain and Bernard O’Shea have Returning to its prime location in the Pembroke decided to drop a few pounds together and go District of Dundrum Town Centre, visitors can take on tour. to the ice and soak up the Christmas atmosphere whether they’re on the rink or watching on from The two comedians will be performing stand-up the festive viewing deck. around Ireland in 2017 and 2018 and their sideThe crisp white, real ice rink is in an all new splitting show comes to Axis Ballymun, Main Street

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Distributors; 7 Ranks; 8 Lithe; 9 Cow; 10 Underfoot; 11 Senate; 12 Indian; 15 Elaborate; 17 Sea; 18 Caged; 19 Close; 21 Round the bend. Down: 1 Direct speech; 2 Run; 3 Beside; 4 Tolerance; 5 Ratio; 6 Getting ahead; 7 Rowan; 10 Untrodden; 13 Issue; 14 Mascot; 16 Anglo; 20 Ore.

Taking place from November 9-12 at the RDS, visitors are guaranteed to be wowed by the workings of some of Ireland and the UK’s most celebrated textile curators. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit



QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Over the limit; 7 Cowed; 8 Sheer; 9 Eat; 10 Contacted; 11 Ethnic; 12 Stroll; 15 Legendary; 17 Arc; 18 Nerve; 19 Imbue; 21 Repercussion. Down: 1 On the decline; 2 Tow; 3 Ending; 4 Instantly; 5 Inert; 6 Predilection; 7 Catch; 10 Clientele; 13 Orate; 14 Maniac; 16 Gorse; 20 Bus.

Ireland’s longest-running textile arts and crafts event, The Knitting & Stitching Show, returns this month with an unmissable line up of worldclass artists.



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

▪▪ Castle Street, Dalkey, c. 1915. The Goat Castle, on the right, which was owned by the Cheevers family in the 16th century, became Dalkey Town Hall in 1869. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin) by Derek Stanley. PUBLISHED BY GILL MACMILLAN/THE HISTORY PRESS.

▪▪ Evening Herald, November 22, 1938

▪▪ Irish Press, November 25, 1955

▪▪ Irish Press, November 11, 1964

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, November 6, 1869

▪▪ Irish Press, November 20, 1964

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, November 19, 1838

▪▪ Evening Herald, November 17, 1938

▪▪ Finglas Village and St Canice’s Church, c. 1950. Finglas, or Fionnghlas, means ‘pure stream’ and takes its name from a small river tributary which used to flow through the village. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin) by Derek Stanley. PUBLISHED BY GILL MACMILLAN/THE HISTORY PRESS.


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