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Who killed Michal? A FRESH appeal for information on the murder of a homeless man who frequented the Ongar area in Dublin 15 has been made by Crimestoppers and An Garda Síochána. Michal Kurek’s body was found in a laneway in Ballyboughal, North County Dublin, on August 4 at around 10.40am. He died from multiple stab wounds. Kurek (33) was originally from Dziewin in Poland and had lived mainly in Ireland since 2010. Last week Crimestoppers and An Garda Síochána made a renewed appeal for information on the murder. “We are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who saw Michael



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between Thursday, August 3 or Friday, August 4 to come forward,” said Detective Inspector Eddie Carroll of Balbriggan Garda Station. “Based on Michal’s last known movements, we are particularly keen to hear from people residing in the areas of Ongar, Clonsilla, Coolmine, Hartstown and Huntstown. We are also appealing to members of the Polish community. I genuinely believe that members of the public have information in relation to the murder and I am asking these individuals to come forward.” Crimestoppers posters have been designed in the Polish language to assist any witnesses from Poland. Continued on page 2 local community groups and create LOCAL school kids from the north inner city have created a colourful, involvement in its birthday bash. Bradóg Youth Services in Dominick striking collage to help Jervis Place came up with the idea of Shopping Centre celebrate its 21st working with children from local birthday. NOVEMBER 24 DECEMBER 1/ 2 /8 /9/15 schools to design a mural that would Jervis initiated the project so the € NOV Garthcentre Brooks Tribute could engage with 49pp Continued on page 2 24shopping The Irish Garth Brooks Experience


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Centrepiece of the Dublin skyline. And Centre Manager, Derek McDonnell, says it really is a be displayed in Jervis work of art. Shopping Centre main “We were delighted to mall over the birthday work with Bradóg Youth celebrations. Services on the design of the The 7ft tall mural was mural,” he added. created over a two-day “The student’s workshop in Bradóg Youth involvement and enthusiasm Services Community Centre for this project has been and was facilitated by outstanding and their work local artist Caitriona is truly wonderful. We’re McGowan. delighted to be able to The finished piece is showcase their artwork in inspired by the iconic centre’s significant birthday the centre for everyone to and set against the backdrop enjoy.” Continued from page 1


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Poppintree winners in Neighbourhood Awards A LOCAL Ballymun community team is celebrating after coming out tops in this year’s Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards. The D11 Transformers team was presented with a special certificate and a prize fund of fund of €3,200 at a ceremony in the Hogan Mezzanine Suite, Croke Park. The awards recognise the many hours of voluntary work put in by people in communities all over Dublin to improve their local area. The D11 Transformers, who live in the ‘Courts’ in Poppintree, began by transforming one of the green areas in their estate into a beautifully landscaped space – and they then went on to transform all of the green areas in Poppintree. Dublin Lord Mayor, Mícheál Mac Donncha, presented the local team with their award. “The D11 Transformers should be very proud of themselves,” he said. “This initiative started by planting a few flowers to make the place look nice and it has grown and spread so much, that numerous environmental groups have now been set up in the area. “These groups meet and work daily, maintaining, planting and cleaning the courts, laneways and green areas outside their houses that once were home to much anti social behaviour and dumping. “The community spirit that these residents embody has a strength that has overcome much diversity. “That spirit energises and motivates them to take a continued interest in their community and to pass these skills onto their children, neighbours and friends.” Ballymun local councillor, Noeleen Reilly (SF), commended the local residents

who came together to win the main prize at the Dublin City Council backed awards. “Ballymun unfairly gets some negative press and it is something that greatly frustrates all of us that live there,” she said. “Over the last number of years a group of residents have come together to transform the place and to make it a better place for us all to live. “The time and effort that some people have put in has

been phenomenal. “I am absolutely delighted that they won overall prize. It was thoroughly deserved and a huge testament to all their hard work over the years. “The area was blighted by illegal dumping and bonfires and now it is completely transformed. “This has made a huge difference to the quality of life for people in the area, and no amount of money can buy that."

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>> Alcohol bill using a sledgehammer to crack a nut OPINION

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T’S fair to say that Ireland had a bit of a reputation for the demon drink long before you could pick up a bottle of wine at your local petrol station or enjoy a glass of bubbly while you treated yourself to a wash and blow dry at the salon. That’s why I’ve mixed feelings about some of the measures contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which is currently winging its way through the legislative process and, all going to plan, could become law by the end of 2017. I’ve no doubt that the bill is well-intentioned on the part of the Government, even if it appears to be a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. There is something of the nanny

state at play when we hear talk of clamping down on barbers offering beer to their customers or our favourite Christmas ads falling prey to tough new regulations. The relationship between the drinks industry and sporting organisations is a trickier one. On one hand, it can be argued the prominent branding of alcohol at major sporting events is setting a bad example for young people in attendance. The counter argument is that sponsorship from drinks companies helps financially sustain local clubs and, in doing so, provides amenities and diversionary activities for our youth. Young people who are passionate about sport recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle and are educated by their coaches about the negative impact of alcohol on their performance. In terms of a healthy lifestyle, our new Taoiseach is a positive role model for clean living and is more likely to be photographed doing a triathlon than posing with a pint in his hand (certain former Taoisigh come to mind!). Based on his media profile, I’ve no idea whether or not Leo likes the occasional pint – and fair play to him if he does – but he seems to drink a lot of bottled water. While it might seem tokenistic, the Government should lead by example and start by removing the availability

▪▪ The Government is seeking to de-normalise the purchase of alcohol. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK of alcohol in our national parliament. Do our hardworking TDs, ministers and senators need the distraction of two bars in the Dáil, taking their focus off the job of actually running the country? Forget about unpaid bar tabs, late night drinking and even the ‘Lapgate’ scandal (Google it!). It just seems wholly inappropriate that our legislators can consume alcohol in their workplace

while at the same time seeking to blame supermarket owners and hairdressers for the ills of the nation. Alcohol abuse has caused devastation for generations of Irish families and it is only right and proper that the State looks at solutions to contain what is a significant public health and societal problem. But in targeting the lowhanging fruit, the Government runs the

risk of overshadowing the many positive measures contained in the bill. With so many headlines focusing on hair salons and TV commercials, the real danger is that the message will be lost on the public. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill may well prove to be the most important piece of legislation since the smoking ban - it just needs to be fine-tuned.

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Euro success for Irish team Jack Gleeson A TEAM of amateur Northside soccer players have succeeded where many top professionals have failed by picking up winning medals at an international tournament. The Bohemian Foundation team was representing Ireland at Euro Football Norgerhaven, a unique 7-a-side tournament that took place at an open prison in the Dutch village of Veenhuizen. The tournament was made up of teams from soccer foundations in Germany, Norway, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, and the fans were mostly inmates of Norgerhaven Prison. Many of the players taking part were former prisoners who use soccer as part of their rehabilitation, while some were from disadvantaged communities who had turned their lives around through sport. Others were former internationals, like Glenn Helder who played four times for Holland and was George Graham’s last signing for

Arsenal before the arrival of Arsene Wenger. What they had in common was a desire to give something back to sport, and collectively the teams had much to prove at Norgerhaven. The Irish team had the smallest squad of the tournament, with only seven players available, but Bohemian Foundation President, Thomas Hynes, says what they lacked in numbers, they made up for in talent and confidence. “They’re Northside lads mostly from Ballymun who play together in the Leinster League,” he told Northside People. “A lot of them would have grown up together and gone to the same schools. “They play as the Bohemian Foundation team in all the tournaments and exhibition games we’re involved in. “I was worried about how we’d get on in the tournament but the lads were convinced from the start that they’d win.” The 12-team tournament involved two groups of six teams with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The small Irish squad was supplemented by super

subs, 46-year-old coach, Kenneth Coakley, and Bohemian Foundation community director, Jeff Conway. As the tournament progressed, other teams and the crowd began to sit up and take notice of the Bohemian Foundation team as win followed win. They progressed through their group unbeaten, with ‘keeper Graham Bedford pulling off a series of fantastic saves, and an impressive German side was disposed of in the semi final. The Irish team then won the tournament in a tight final against a Norwegian side thanks to a late winner from Karl McMahon, who was the competition’s top scorer. “The standard of the games was really high and they were all really tight,” said Hynes. “When we got to the final everybody there was convinced we were going to be beaten. The place went silent when Karl scored. It was brilliant. “It was very nice because we were presented with the Irish flag and the played Amhrán na bhFiann. It was a wonderful moment for the

▪▪ The Bohemian Foundation team celebrate their victory. PHOTO: ANNEKE POELMA team. I’m sure some of them never thought they’d be representing their country at an internatioal tournament. “The lads did really well and I think the authorities over there were impressed

with both the team and the work the Bohemian Foundation does. “We’ve been invited back next year to defend the trophy.” Hynes says Irish represen-

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Ballymun GAA legend’s book tells a poignant tale ALL-IRELAND winner and Ballymun man Philly McMahon has written a heartfelt memoir in which he tells of his relationship with his brother who died tragically.

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with confidence, mentorship and a sense of purpose; priceless gifts in a Ballymun under siege. Others were not so fortunate, including John, who fell prey to rudderless-ness, boredom and, eventually, drugs. While the blue jersey became Philly’s mission, and a springboard to university and a successful career, John slipped from the family circle and into a debilitating, and ultimately tragic, cycle of addiction and recovery. For Philly, the book is a plea for compassion and awareness. “Some people look at addiction and think beating it is as simple as choosing to do something positive with your life,” he says. “Like, I chose to play football and go to university, and John chose to be an addict. It isn’t that simple. “I was empowered to make decisions, to make the most of opportunities John never had. “Some of that was luck, some of that was seeing his pain and learning from it. But what choice did John have? “He was struggling with addiction before he was 15. “The choice at the heart of this book isn’t that choice; it’s the one we each have to reach out and help others, to make the most

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Stay off the tracks! THE operators of Dublin’s Luas have unveiled a series of pictures that show progress in the works ahead of the opening of the new Cross City line. With the line expected to be fully operational in 12 weeks’ time, the operators have also appealed for motorists and other road users

to avoid parking illegally on the route. Earlier testing of the sytem was impeded by cars and delivery vans blocking the tracks during tram operating tests. “The Luas Cross City project is nearly complete and passenger services are due to commence in 12 weeks’ time,” the company stated

last week. “The driver training phase has commenced with trams travelling through the city daily. “You can now see how the city is looking in our latest photographs ( with heritage footpaths and kerbs reinstated and new granite paving and

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carriageways resurfaced.” The statement adds: “Trams are now running daily. Please do not park on tram tracks or block streets in which trams are running. Vehicles will be towed.” “We did anticipate some problems with illegal parking at the start,” a Luas spokesperson said previously. Gráinne Mackin, communications director for the project, said the tram tests were interrupted several times when drivers met vehicles parked illegally on the tracks. She said this was an issue as morning and evening peak-time testing of trams ▪ THEN: St Stephen’s Green in April. began on the line that will run through the city centre people don’t block the line. the businesses” had been from St Stephen’s Green to It’s not viable and it’s not good. Broombridge in Cabra from allowed.” He said there now apDecember. Last month, construction peared to be “a job of work” “We are in the bedding-in workers placed notices on in explaining to the lorry and period and people are on cars parked on the tracks delivery van drivers where a learning curve, so we did around St Stephen’s Green, they could pull up. anticipate there were would warning them of similar in“There is a job to explain be some problems with ille- fringements. where deliveries can still gal parking at the start,” she Graeme McQueen, of Dub- happen and it is going to be said. lin Chamber of Commerce, more difficult,” he said. “However, daily testing, said the “purpose of the “It has been a slow job every 15 to 20 minutes, from testing process is to catch because it is not easy, but Monday to Friday, is now this problem” and he felt we are coming out the far part and parcel of the city, that “communication be- side now and the work is to so it is very important that tween Luas Cross City and entice people back into the

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Powerful play for Finglas A NORTHSIDE group dedicated to promoting positive mental health is brining a play described as “amazing emotional and empowering” to Finglas. The Walk of Hope team managed to secure funding from Dublin City Council Finglas Area Office and the Finglas Cabra Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force to stage ‘Bring Me Back Alive’ on Tuesday, October 10. The performance takes place at St Jo-

seph’s GNS on Barry Road in Finglas West and admission is free. Donation buckets for the Mental Health Reform will passed around on the night. Mental Health Reform is at the forefront in campaigning for best practice in mental health system and is also calling for 24/7 access to mental health services. Anne Ellis from the Walk of Hope team says the powerful play is one well worth watching, and she’s delighted that

locals can see it for free. “Please invite family and friends, do not miss this opportunity to see this event,” she said.

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Free paint makeover competition THE Rediscovery Centre is Ballymun is running a competition for community groups, clubs and schools who think they can create the most brave, bold and imaginative makeover of their hall or clubhouse. Rediscover Paint – Rediscover Colour is being run to promote the reuse of perfectly good paint that would otherwise be

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Pupcake Day promises to be just ‘pawsome’ IRELAND’S first ever ‘Pupcake Day’ is taking place this Friday (October 6) and Northsiders are being asked to join in the fun.

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Wild Beasts to play Dublin as part of their farewell tour WILD Beasts have announced a series of gigs that will prove to be their last after their recently announced split. The band is also unveiling a new EP as well as playing three farewell shows after revealing their plans recently to call it a day. The ‘Punk Drunk & Trembling’ EP arrives on October 20 via Domino. All three songs on the EP were recorded during sessions for last year’s ‘Boy King’. Meanwhile, the efinal Wild Beasts shows will take place from February 15-17 at Dublin’s Olympia, Manchester’s Albert Hall, and the London Eventim Apollo, respectively. “The four of us have decided, for our own reasons

and in our own ways, that it is now time to leave this orbit,” the band wrote in a statement. “We’re caretakers to something precious and don’t want to have it diminish as we move forward in our lives. “Wild Beasts are coming to an end,” they added. “Our hearts and minds have been devoted to the band since we were teenagers. “We've created something quite of our own and built a body of work which we stand by as heartfelt and true. “Thank you for your love and energy and for helping us make it what it is. “We consider ourselves remarkably fortunate to have lived out this dream. But before we go, we'd like to celebrate with you.”

As part of the celebrations, the band will play their final ever live dates early next year. You will be able to come along and wish them luck when they take the stage on February 15 in Dublin’s Olympia. Tickets are available for pre-sale via the band’s website and on general sale. Despite the break-up, the record producers Domino said they were nonetheless proud to announce the release of the ‘Punk Drunk & Trembling’ EP. An uncovered gem from the band’s Boy King recording sessions, its eponymous lead track is available digitally. The EP also features the tracks ‘Maze’ and ‘Last Night All My Dreams’, which were

▪ Wild Beasts will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre previously only available on the deluxe vinyl version of ‘Boy King’. In the band’s statement

released recently they ex- ‘Punk Drunk And Trembling’, plained: “The track listing ‘Maze’ and ‘Last Night All My for the ‘Punk Drunk & Trem- Dreams’. The ‘Punk Drunk And bling’ EP includes the tracks

Trembling’ EP will be available digitally on October 30 and on limited 10” via Dom Mart on November 17.”

Bowie regulars to pay tribute LEGENDARY Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson, who collaborated with the artist for longer than any other player, is heading up a new tribute band.


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Along with previous Bowie band leaders, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew (Sound & Vision Tour) and guitarist Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour) they have over 30 years’ experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie. Joining Mike, Adrian and Gerry will be Bowie’s Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas. More than just a mere salute, ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ keeps David’s music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians who were greatly influenced by him. Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy-nominee Gaby Moreno, as well as special guests and other former Bowie band members, will make surprise appearances when they play here, in the

Olympia Theatre on January 15 CdB creator and producer Angelo Bundini (aka guitarist Scrote) is also back and excited about the concept

for the new show. “After the last tour, I didn’t really imagine playing more shows because it was insanely difficult to pull off,” Angelo said.

“David’s last tour was in 2004, so I began to wonder what he might do if he were to tour again today. That’s what we’re presenting in 2018.”



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Ger will be there on the night talking about our new menu and giving guests tips and advice on healthy eating and lifestyle. Tickets Cost €25 per person and funds raised will be donated to Barretstown Children’s Charity to support them with all the amazing work they do for sick children and their families all over Ireland.


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Halloween preparation for your dog WITH Halloween fast approaching, now is the time to start getting your dog prepared to deal with fireworks. With this in mind, we have added ‘Sounds Scary’ to our website at www., which helps your dog to become slowly accustomed to the sounds of fireworks over a period of weeks. Sounds Scary is not only backed by years of clinical experience, it is also scientifically proven to be safe, effective and easy to use. Over the Halloween period, if your dog has only recently developed sensitivity to fireworks or noises, try to act as if there is nothing to be scared of - jolly him along and praise him for responding positively. However, if your dog has a serious or long-standing phobia, give him attention if he requires it - he’ll be too scared for this to act as a reward, so it won’t encourage the unwanted behaviour and instead he will benefit from the comfort this gives him. Essentially though, try to find out what helps him to cope and be sure to

▪▪ Remember to keep your pets safe at Halloween. let him do this, – for example, letting him hide under the table – don’t try to coax him out, if this is where he feels safest, he’ll come out when he’s ready and then you can praise him. Should you fear your dog will still be

upset by fireworks, despite following the Sounds Scary programme, perhaps consider some of the following: 1. ThunderShirts – a calming vest that applies gentle, constant pressure that may help your dog feel safe and

secure (available in some pet shops and online). 2. Adaptil spray, collar or plug in diffuser – releases dog-appeasing pheromones that help calm your dog (available from most veterinary practices). 3. Pet Remedy – a blend of essential oils that can help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets (available online). 4. Toys - Keep your dog busy with interactive toys such as those that can be stuffed with tasty treats, like K9 Connectables or even make your own by making plaits from old towels and adding treats as you plait. 5. Sleep over - Consider asking a friend or relative who lives in a rural area that will have little or no fireworks on Halloween night if your dog can sleep over. At very noisy times around Halloween, provide your dog with a safe hiding place (a suitably sized cardboard box would do) in his favourite room of the house and close the curtains. If it is not possible to black out your windows, consider taping black bin liners to them.

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The Dublin People Newspaper Group has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Ivor, a four-year-old, male German Shepherd crossbreed. He is ready to start his life over again and cannot wait to find his loving, forever family. Ivor is a real gentleman who likes to look his best so he really enjoys being brushed and groomed. He is an energetic boy who loves to keep busy so he will need plenty of exercise and brain work to keep him happy and in good form. Ivor is quite a nosy dog so he wants to be included in every activity taking place. He

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theatre. K-Star Academy students attend classes in the following five Northside locations: Ongar Community Centre; Scoil Ghrainne CNS Phibblestown; Tyrrelstown Community Centre; Holywell Community Centre, Swords; and Scoil Phadraic Cailini, Donabate. Classes cost €10 for a one hour class for 4-6 years or

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Horror nights in Orlando HALLOWEEN Horror Nights is now open at Universal Orlando Resort – with more event nights and terrifying frights than ever before. This year, the annual fright-feast includes the most unearthly and macabre collection of terrors called The Festival of the Deadliest. This Halloween tradition has taken root inside Universal Studios Florida in recent years and it’s filled with hellish wonders that are hard to resist and impossible to escape. This ghastly collection of madmen and monsters from beyond the veil join together to revel in firelight and create the ultimate afterlife of fright. And this is just the beginning of the horror. Unimaginable horrors come to life in nine disturbingly-real haunted houses based on some of the most horrifying legends in modern pop culture and creepy fairytales from the past. Guests will feel the wrath of the disturbing ‘Raspers’ and infamous serial killer Bloody Face from Asylum. Then there’s the fearsome Salem witches with their bloody rivalry within Coven, and the ghosts of the blood moon in Roanoke from FX’s ground-breaking anthology, American Horror Story. Visitors will also succumb to the overwhelming ‘shine’ and the murderous ghosts inhabiting the eerie Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s classic, The Shining. They’ll also fight to survive ‘Jigsaw’s’ scariest game yet, featuring infamous traps from the legendary film series and the upcoming eighth instalment JIGSAW, inside SAW: The Games of Jigsaw. Guests will be kept busy fending off demonic Deadites alongside Ash Williams and his trusty chainsaw from the STARZ Original Series Ash vs Evil Dead. And they can attempt to escape the clutches of the menacing demon Bughuul from the Sinister franchise as well as a gang of bloodthirsty home invaders from the inaugural instalment of The Purge; and Insidious’ paralyzing Lipstick-Face Demon along with the hauntings from Dr Rainier’s nightmarish childhood in The Horrors of Blumhouse. There’s more horror for those who step inside the twisted minds behind Florida’s premier Halloween event in four haunted houses based on spine-chilling original stories And there’s even more scares lurking in the streets of Universal Studios with five unique scare zones, two of which are based on two celebrated horror films -Trick ‘r Treat and The Purge - as well as three haunting original concepts. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will also feature two

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▪▪ Trick or treat? You decide. incredible live shows. This year, Academy of Villains returns for a second consecutive year with an all-new show, Academy of Villains: Afterlife – incorporating fearsome elements from this year’s Festival of the Deadliest scare zone. Plus, after 26 years of Excellent Halloween Adventures, Bill and Ted are bringing their Farewell Tour to Halloween Horror Nights to review this year’s most outrageous moments. For a record-breaking 34 select nights through to November 4, guests can experience theme park thrills by day and terrifying horror film chills by night at Halloween Horror Nights. For more information on the Halloween events, visit www. Orlando.

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New flights to Montreal announced AIR Canada has announced a four times weekly direct service to Montreal next summer. The airline also says it will increase capacity on its Vancouver service by 65 per cent next year with the addition of two extra flights, offering a five times weekly service for summer 2018. Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison, welcomed the Air Canada announcement. “Adding the city of Montreal to its route network from Dublin and increasing frequency on its Vancouver service represents a significant expansion of services by Air Canada,”

he said. Air Canada has carried more than one million passengers between Dublin Airport and Canada since it started scheduled flights from Dublin in 2002. Air Canada Sales Manager Ireland,

Bláithín O’Donnell believes the Montreal service will benefit Irish Canadian communities. “It will appeal to both the many Irish with friends and family in this great city and to the Irish Canadian business communities,” she added. ▪▪ Air Canada’s Bláithín O’Donnell and Dublin Airport’s Jon Woolf celebrate the news




Graduates start with ESB OVER 20 graduates from across the capital began a prestigious three-year development programme in ESB last week. A total of 70 graduates from Irish third level institutions, spanning fields of engineering, IT, HR, marketing, trading and finance were chosen for the programme - and 23 of them are from Dublin. ESB’s tailored Graduate Development Programme is aimed at helping graduates develop both professionally and personally. It forms part of an ambitious drive by the company to recruit high-calibre talent from third level institutions around the country. This year’s graduates will be placed across five business units – ESB International, ESB Networks, Generation and Wholesale Markets, Business Services Centre

Open day at Irish school AN EXCELLENT all-Irish boarding school for girls situated in the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry is hosting open days on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, from 12 noon to 4pm. Coláiste Íde is renowned for its high standard of post-primary education. The college has a strong focus on personal development and each student reaches her potential in an environment that fosters self-confidence, independence and self-esteem. Students leave Coláiste Íde confident, capable, well-educated and well prepared to enter third level education. The open day will facilitate years 2018, 2019 and future years. Further details available by calling 066-9151211 or visit

▪▪ Pictured at Croke Park are (l-r): Liam Kennedy (Navan Road); Emily Barrett (Clontarf); Ben O’Brien (Glasnevin); Pat Naughten, ESB Executive Director; Sam Skelton (Swords); Aidan O’Halloran (Newry, Co Down); Garron Clarke (North Strand); Glenn O’Reilly (Swords); Thomas Mac Hale (Drumcondra) and Saoirse Flood (Navan Road) and Electric Ireland. The graduates studied in a cross section of universities and Institutes of Technology from the island of Ireland and beyond. Pat Naughton, ESB Exec-

utive Director, Group People and Sustainability, welcomed the Dublin graduates on their induction week in Croke Park. “These graduates join us at an exciting time,” he said.

“As ESB celebrates 90 years, the energy sector is undergoing a major transition which will require fresh and innovate thinking. “ESB is leading Ireland’s transition to a low carbon

▪▪ Pictured at Croke Park are (l-r): Brian Carolan (Stillorgan); Haozhang Li (Mount Merrion); Conor Browne (Blackrock); Katie Ryder (Rialto); Conor McGlade (Rathfarnham); Pat Naughten, ESB Executive Director; Conor Dundon (Glenageary); Binang Gamit (Stillorgan); Meave Coll (Sandymount); Cian Haddock (Leopardstown) and Tim Brophy (Rathfarnham). society, putting in place solutions today that will leave a positive legacy for generations to come. “Our 70 new colleagues will play an important part in building this brighter, more sustainable future, as

the company seeks to remain at the forefront of energy innovation. “ESB offers diverse career path for all those interested in meeting these challenges of the coming decades.”

ESB has announced that graduate recruitment for 2018 is open. The company is now inviting applications from final year students for next year’s programme until October 24.



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Awards NORTHSIDE PEOPLE COMMUNITY & SPORTS AWARD 2017 the past 30 years, we never cease to be impressed by the strong community spirit and sporting excellence that define this unique part of our capital city.

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It may sound like a well-worn cliché but it’s true: there is something about the Northside that sets it apart from any other part of the country. The Northside has produced many famous names from the worlds of television and radio, not to mention its fair share of Hollywood stars and even an Oscar winner! Northsiders have also fea-

tured strongly in literary works: for instance, would Roddy Doyle have been able to write about any other part of the city with the same degree of warmth, humanity and humour? It’s doubtful. Since 1987, Northside People has been happy to give a voice to the unsung heroes of our local communities – our business people, our entrepreneurs, our activists, our volunteers; many of them just ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s the same with sport. Some of today’s successful sports stars, national and international, all started out in


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local clubs, each spurned on and encouraged by volunteer mentors who believed in them. That’s why we think it is fitting, in our 30th anniversary year, to announce the inaugural 'Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2017'. There will be 10 categories across sport and community in total, with an award for the winner of each one – as nominated by our readers and voted on by our panel of judges. In addition, there will be an overall Sports Award and Community Award selected from the category winners.

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Please tick the category of your choice Volunteer of the Year Without the work of volunteers, our communities would be a poorer place. From scouting to sport to youth, disability and senior citizens’ groups, it would be impossible for them to function without the selfless role of individuals who give so generously of their time for the benefit of others. Who is the first person who comes to mind and why when you hear the word volunteer? Young Community Person of the Year Award There are plenty of young Northsiders out there who are making a difference in their communities, marking themselves out as role models among their peers and as future contributors to society. Is there a young person who helps out in your community who is worthy of a nomination? Business in the Community Award We all know of local businesses that not only provide a valuable service within the community, but also go that extra mile to support their local customers. Be it through generous sponsorship or a commercial premises taking pride in its appearance, businesses serve as the commercial heartbeat of our towns and villages. But some really stand out. We want to know which ones. Community & Neighbourhood Group of the Year Award This category is for any local group across a range of areas that helps make a valuable contribution to your community. Why are they so important? What vital role do they play in enriching the area? Have they made a difference to your life? Tell us about them. Best school in the community This is going to be one of the most closely contested categories as schools play such a vital role in our communities, often over and above the area of education. While academic excellence certainly merits a nomination, there are a multitude of other reasons why schools – big or small – should be entered into this category.

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Is your local team a source of tremendous pride in your community? It may have achieved sporting greatness or perhaps the team is deserving of a nomination because it has been successful against all odds. We all love an underdog story with a happy ending, don’t we? Outstanding Achievement Award

Is there an individual who stands out when you think of sporting achievement? Young or old, why does this individual deserve your nomination? You will be spoiled for choice in this category. Club of the Year Award

Is there a particular club that is part of the very fabric of your local community? What has it brought to your area? Does it play a valuable role over and above sporting achievement? We are certain there are endless contenders for this award. Young Sportsperson Award

We have filled thousands of column inches over the years with young sports stars who all went on to achieve great things in their chosen field? Who are the outstanding youngsters to look out for in the future? Coach of the Year Award

The backbone of any sporting club or organisation, it’s safe to say that the coach is an essential part of sporting success. From nurturing future talent to encouraging those with less confidence, most coaches are volunteers who often do a difficult, thankless job. This is your chance to thank them.


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lives to be happier and more successful. This fear can be hidden under a façade of bravado or pretence that everything is okay. It’s very basic stuff, like knowing our value and purpose in life, the basic requirments to increase confidence and happiness levels. Yet this “stuff” requires you to study it and act on it, to decide every day that you believe in yourself and that you will act according to what’s important to you. Recognising that mistakes are inevitable on the road to success, Attracta provides advice on constructively using these missteps to further your achievements and attain growth. Setbacks can actually be key to discovering a stronger sense of self and purpose, and through these practical tools, illuminating personal stories, and easy-to-follow techniques, Attracta sets you on the path to greater self-knowledge and confidence. Whether wishing to alleviate stress in one’s life, having come to a crossroads and desire direction, or a yearning for advancement both personally and professionally, these techniques are designed to transform the reader’s outlook and future.


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Sam Maguire Cup has company in trophy cabinet after ladies’ triumph THE Sam Maguire Cup won’t have the spotlight all to itself this winter after the Dublin ladies made it a memorable double over Mayo with a 4-11 to 0-11 triumph at Croke Park. Sitting alongside Sam in the trophy cabinet will be the Brendan Martin Cup, won by the Dublin senior ladies after a flurry of late goals decided a thrilling contest watched by a record crowd of 46,286. Dublin ended their losing streak in All-Ireland ladies’ finals with a dominant display against the Westerners.  After finishing runners-up in 2014, 2015 and 2016, each time losing out to Cork, Dublin finally landed the big one to ease all that heartache. It was Dublin’s first senior women’s All-Ireland title since 2010. Also, it’s the first time since 1986 that the Men’s All-Ireland senior football title and the Women’s All-Ireland senior football title were won by the same county. Kerry did the double that year. Last Monday week the Dublin ladies’ team enjoyed a fantastic reception from supporters in Malahide where they paraded the trophy. It was particularly special for the St Sylvester’s trio of Niamh McEvoy, Nicole Owens and Sinead Aherne who were among the Dublin stars who lit up ▪▪ Dublin players celebrate with the Brendan Martin Cup after the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final victory over Mayo at Croke Park. PHOTO: Croker! BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ Dublin star Noelle Healy reacts at the final whistle. PHOTO: CODY GLENN/SPORTSFILE

▪▪ JUMPING FOR JOY: Kate Fitzgibbon, left, and Aoife Curran of Dublin celebrate following the victory over Mayo at a packed-out Croke Park. PHOTO: STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE






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STAMPA 2017 Stampa, the Irish National Stamp Exhibition, takes place from Friday, October 6 to Sunday October 8 from 11am to 6pm (5pm on Sunday) and entry is €5.

OCEAN AFTER NATURE EXHIBITION A major new exhibition, ‘The Ocean After Nature’, is open at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

This three-day event is a wonderful opportunity to see stamp collecting in action. An Post will provide some special exhibits from their archives and there will also be a display of miniature model post boxes. It’s happening at the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

This free exhibition, which will run until January 7, 2018, is curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. It explores the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalised world.

SIMON HOME RUN The Dublin Simon Community’s annual Fun Run takes place at 10am in Phoenix Park on Saturday, October 7.

‘Double Movement’ includes works in film, installation, sculpture, text and photography and stems from the artist's in-depth research into the now defunct Eblana Theatre, which was located in the basement of Dublin’s famous central bus station Busáras. The exhibition runs until November 18 at No. 5-9 Temple Bar and admission is free.


This is a compelling theatrical tapestry revealing for young audiences (aged 3-7) infused with Irish the wit, triumph and tragedy of Oscar Wilde in an traditional music, puppetry, and folklore. explosion of richness, boldness, passion and beauty. It runs at the Bewley’s Café Theatre in the PowerIt tells the story of Farmer Lonán who one sum- scourt Townhouse until October 14. See www.bewmer’s day discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest. Suspecting that it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of his farm, Lonán decides that the whistle should be returned to its rightful owners. It’s at the National Concert Hall on Saturday, October 7 at 12.30pm and it’s selling out fast.

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A variety of busking acts from around the country will be performing in Smithfield Square on Sunday, October 8, as part of Busker Fleadh! This is a free family event that showcases the best of independent music and performance in an electrifying atmosphere. The line up of performers will cover a range of genres, ages and nationalities. Aside from the musical talents, spectators will wander the cobbles of Smithfield and enjoy choirs and circus street performers. The Busker Fleadh is held in association with COMEDY NIGHT AT LAUGHTER LOUNGE the Smithfield Stoneybatter Food Festival, a gastronomy fare taking place in the area from Friday A new comedy night comes to the Laughter October 6 to Sunday October 8. Lounge, Eden Quay, Dublin, every Wednesday beginning on October 4 with Seann Walsh. THE FAR Charming and charismatic, a natural motormouth, Brighton’s Seann Walsh is the most frighteningly precocious talent to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in ages. Tickets are on sale now for all shows via Ticketmaster and the Laughter Lounge.

FIELD Ceol Connected’s The Far Field is an irresistibly joyful musical tale

Michael Judd returns with his ever popular performance of The Importance of Being Oscar in an edited show for lunchtime.

ANTIQUES & VINTAGE FAIR Vintage Ireland will host their largest Antiques & Vintage Fair of the year so far at The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, on Sunday, October 8, from 11am till 6pm. The fair will feature over 40 antiques and vintage traders, offering thousands of rare and unique finds. Traditional collectables on offer will include rare coins, banknotes and books. Admission to the fair is €3.50, or just €2.50 with the voucher included in this week’s Southside People. Entry is free for Under 15s when accompanied by a supervising adult.

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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents a new exhibition by Irish artist Gavin Murphy.

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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

▪▪ Crowds gather in O’Connell Street in 1940 to welcome Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, who was appearing at the Theatre Royal. His visit created great excitement and the shows were a sell-out. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Irish Press, October 30, 1964 ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, October 7, 1817

▪▪ Irish Independent, October 5, 1935

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, October 30, 1826

▪▪ St Patrick’s Cathedral, c. 1914. The cathedral is built on the oldest Christian site in Dublin and St Patrick is said to have baptised some converts there around AD 450. John Comyn, Archbishop of Dublin, began building the church in 1191 and it became a cathedral in 1213. However, much of the original construction was destroyed in a fire in the 14th century and had to be rebuilt. Jonathan Swift, author of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and a champion of the poor, who was Dean from 1713 to 1745, is buried in the cathedral. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/ The History Press. ▪▪ Freeeman’s Journal, October 30, 1827

▪▪ Irish Press, October 8, 1964


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