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TWO Northside brothers have been rewarded for their bravery after they saved their doting Dad’s life when he suffered a stroke earlier this year. Niall (16) and Eoghan (12) O’Reilly from Dal Riada, Portmarnock, were honoured for their bravery and quick thinking at the Irish Heart Foundation’s inaugural Stroke Awards in the Mansion House. The teenagers were presented with the Act FAST award after their decisive action in recognising that their father, Tony, was having a stroke when he collapsed in March. Tony, then 61, faced a life or death situation when he was struck down suddenly with a stroke. Fortunately, he survived thanks to his sons who had the wherewithal to recognise that he was having a stroke even before he realised what was happening. Amazingly, Niall recognised the symptoms having seen the FAST advertisement on television which gives the warning signs of stroke: F for facial weakness, A for arm weakness, S for speech problems and T for

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by Aoibhinn Twomey time to call 999. According to Tony’s doctors, the quick reactions of his sons undoubtedly saved his life as a less severe type of the stroke he suffered claims countless lives each year. Eoghan, who was 11 when his Dad fell ill in their front garden, remembers the day vividly. “It was really scary,” he told Northside People. “I didn’t really know what was happening to Dad until Niall said he was having a stroke. “I didn’t know what to do except call the doctor and then we put him in the recovery position on some cushions on the floor in the kitchen. “It was like the ad because his face dropped on one side and his speech was a little slurred.” Continued on page 2

Blind woman tells of budget hardship A NORTHSIDE service user at the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI) has told how she’ll struggle to survive financially after last week’s savage budget cut her monthly allowances by €82. Sharon Byrne who regularly attends the NCBI, based on Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, described how she would bear the brunt of the cuts to her housing and disability allowances and the cut to the Blind Pension. Sharon (45), who became totally blind six years ago after she suffered a haemorrhage behind her eyes, now faces a cut in her allowances of almost €1,000 a year. “These budget cuts will affect me in so many ways,” she told Northside People. “I’m already struggling to get by financially. I don’t know how I’ll cope. “There’s nothing we can do to stop these cuts and the time is gone for the Government to sit down and reconsider just how they will affect the most vulnerable in society. Continued on page 2

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The boys’ mother and Tony’s wife, Margaret, who was out of the house at the time, described how proud she was of her two sons and her husband who is making a good recovery through determination and hard work. “They are all amazing,” Margaret told Northside People. “There’s no doubt that the quick action of the boys saved Tony’s life. “Niall said to me after that the only reason he recognised it was a stroke was because he had been watching something on Sky Plus a few weeks before. “He had been forwarding fast through the ads until he saw the FAST ad and for some reason he paused and watched it. He doesn’t know why he did it but it saved his father’s life.” Niall immediately called 999 who directed that he and his brother put Tony in the recovery position until the ambulance attended the scene a little over five minutes later. “Tony had been getting pins and needles down his arm and was feeling very dizzy,” Margaret explained. “He doesn’t remember much of what happened in the house.” Tony spent three months in hospital and is now thankfully bouncing back, but according to Margaret, his recovery will be a long and slow process. As the stroke was in the left side of his brain, his feeling and movement on the right side of his body is still affected and he suffers from tinnitus and constant headaches and tension. “For all of us we are now discovering what it means to have a stroke,” she said. “It’s has a major and long-lasting effect on those affected. Recovery is a slow process but Tony’s getting there. “I think the whole thing hits the boys in waves. Eoghan would have been quieter initially after it happened and it’s hard to know with Niall because he’s older. “Fortunately, in our house we have a very strong gallows humour though and the kids have no trouble in reminding Tony that he owes his life to them if ever they want anything.” Margaret added: “We’re a very close family, thankfully.” At the Irish Heart Foundation Awards ceremony Michael O’Shea, chief executive, said the awards was a good opportunity to hear the stories of how stroke affects people’s lives. “Stroke affects tens of thousands of families every year in this country but we hardly ever hear their story,” Mr O’Shea said. “Our charity is proud to host the first national stroke awards to bring to light the daily miracles and heroic efforts happening around the country in overcoming stroke.” Anne Copeland, founder of the Volunteer Stroke Scheme in Dublin, was also among those honoured at the ceremony for her lifetime devotion to stroke patients.

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 ANGER: Sharon Byrne pictured in class at the National Council for the Blind (NCBI) in Drumcondra. Ms Byrne is among those facing hardship as a result of Budget 2011. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA

Blind woman tells of budget hardship from page 1 “Last week’s budget was an absolute disgrace. The rich got rich and the poor got poorer. “I don’t see why we should have to pay for the mess that the Government got us in.” Until now Sharon received €96 a week in rent allowance, which will now be cut by €8, or €32 a month. This cut is something she will find hardest to take as she already struggles to make up the remainder of the balance to meet her €750 a month rent. “I live on my own, I don’t have any children so I really don’t know how people who have children are going to cope with that cut,” she stated. “My disability allowance is also being cut by €8 a week, going from €196 a week to €188. “On top of all that the Blind Pension is being cut from €244 per month to €226 a month. “I’m already stretched to capacity, I don’t know how people are supposed to live like this.” In total, Sharon’s monthly

income will be down €82 a month or €984 a year. The NCBI was scathing in its criticism of the Government after details of the budget were revealed. NCBI chief executive Des Kenny, from Baldoyle, said the cuts to the Blind Pension and the Disability Allowance would have a profound impact on the most vulnerable in society. “These cuts perpetuate the uncertainty and state of fear that vulnerable people live about their stability and future,” he stated. Mr Kenny was speaking after the proposed amendment to protect the Blind Pension failed to be voted in, in the Dáil last Thursday. “The NCBI and indeed those managing on the Blind Persons Pension throughout the country will be bitterly disappointed that our representation over the last 48 hours went unheeded by a Government which failed to listen,” Mr Kenny told Northside People. “The fact that the vote was so close at 76-72 is all the more

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upsetting. “There were a handful of votes in this and Independents and backbenchers alike let the blind people of this country down. “The cuts in Blind Persons Pension and Blind Welfare allowance will leave blind people all the poorer with the Government attacking the most vulnerable in our society. “Scrooge arrived early this year and the spirit of Christmas is definitely one of the past.” According to Mr Kenny, the number of people availing

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15 DECEMBER 2010. NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST

Igloo fundraiser for Hospice melts the heart A GROUP of Northside teenagers demonstrated their ingenuity last week when they not only built an impressive igloo but also managed to raise over €100 for charity. The four friends and neighbours from Santry used the snow and school closures to full advantage when they set about building the igloo which took almost 24 hours to build. They then invited parents and children to have their picture taken inside

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(13) were not satisfied with just building the structure in the communal green of Aulden Grange estate - they wanted some good to come from it, which is how they came up with the idea to open it to the public. “We built it over two days stopping only for food and to go home at night,” Adam told Northside People. “There were times during the days when we thought of giving up because we were hungry and tired but we just kept going. “About six or seven other people helped us by collecting the snow in buckets. “It was great and once we had it all done, we all had a little celebration inside the igloo. “Then Maria came up with

the idea of inviting people to visit it so that maybe we could raise some money for St Francis Hospice in Raheny where her father passed away.” The teenagers worked fast as the igloo was no sooner built than they produced and circulated leaflets in their neighbourhood advertising the igloo and asking anyone to visit to give a small donation to their chosen charity. “We had to act quick because the igloo could have melted at any time,” Adam explained. “The leaflets invited people to visit from 2.30pm to 4.30pm so we couldn’t believe it when we arrived at 2.20pm and saw a queue of parents and children

waiting outside. “We had the hub of the igloo decorated with a disco ball, Christmas decorations, a radio playing Christmas songs and we even managed to get a little table and chairs inside. “For those who didn’t have a camera with them we offered to take their pictures and get them developed and delivered to them.” Through their ingenuity, the innovative teenagers raised €120 (and counting) for St Francis Hospice before the igloo melted and collapsed the next day. “It was really sad when the igloo collapsed but we were really happy that we were able to make some money for charity from it,” Adam added.

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My vision for our country is a radically different alternative to the Government's plan, based on increasing investment on a sustained and substantial basis in order to promote growth, employment and iscal stability. I will address these later. We must start at the top. All Ministers, party leaders, Deputies and Senators must show leadership in these dificult times. All wages and expenses should be cut immediately.

WHAT IS A TECHNICAL GROUP IN THE DAIL AND SEANAD? A Technical Group is where a group of T.D.’s and Senators from different political positions come together to share speaking time. If you have 7 members you can get Leaders Questions, Priority Questions and powers to bring forward legislation. It is NOT an alliance, coalition or coming together on policy matters. It is a technical arrangement for speaking time. Some Politician’s and some media often try to misrepresent this like they did in the past with Finian’s human rights work. DÁIL QUESTION NO 112 To ask the Minister for Finance if he will clarify a matter.. are all deposits in AIB and Bank of Ireland guaranteed? - Finian McGrath. REPLY Minister for Finance ( Mr Lenihan) : Retail (consumer) deposits are guaranteed under the statutory €100,000 Deposit Guarantee Scheme (the “DGS”) which covers 100% of retail deposits with all credit institutions au-

DAIL UPDATE thorised in Ireland (including credit unions) up to a maximum of €100,000 per qualifying depositor per institution. The DGS guarantee does not have an end-date. As the Deputy may be aware, the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee (ELG) Scheme was extended in national law by the Oireachtas on 17 November last until 31 December 2011, subject to six-monthly State aid approval by the European Commission. The ELG Scheme guarantees the balance of retail deposits in the participating institutions (which include the two institutions speciied by the Deputy) over the €100,000 limit of the DGS, and 100% of the balance of corporate deposits, as set out below. The balance in on demand accounts or current accounts in an ELG Scheme participating institution in excess of any amount covered by the DGS will be guaranteed until 30 June 2011 (which is the maximum period under EU State aid rules for which approval can be received) regardless of the date the account was opened. The balance on ixed term deposits (in excess of €100,000 covered by DGS where applicable) opened with a participating institution during a period from the date the participating institution joined the ELG Scheme up to 30 June 2011 will be guaranteed for the full term of the deposit, up to a maximum deposit term of ive years. A list of the dates when participating institutions joined the ELG Scheme can be found on www.ntma.ie.

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Huge response to Abbey’s appeal “This is our only way of giving our daughter the chance at life that she deserves.

NORTHSIDE People readers have been generously donating to help Swords toddler Abbey May (2) who needs a heart transplant in Canada. Last month, we reported how bright and beautiful Abbey, from Brackenstown, was born with an incurable congenital heart defect that doctors believe could kill her at any time. But despite these cashstrapped times, Northside People and Abbey’s parents Jacqui and Tony have been inundated with calls of support and fundraising offers. The story tugged at the heartstrings of many and mum Jacqui said she was “overwhelmed” by the support and generosity of our readers.

Response “We got a huge response, in fact I’m still trying to go through all the emails I’ve received,” she told Northside People. “Some people who are in a similar position to us have got in contact to tell us about their children who have different conditions but a similar life expectancy to Abbey. “It’s touching and sometimes heartbreaking to hear their stories but it gives me the encouragement and reassurance that I am doing the right thing for my daughter.” Abbey has a rare and complex heart condition known as

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by Aoibhinn Twomey Right Atriel Isomerism which means that all her internal organs are reversed. Her heart isn't where it should be, her kidney and liver are midline and her stomach is on the wrong side. Abbey is also without a spleen, she has a very large hole in her heart that cannot be repaired and instead of a left and right ventricle she has two right ventricles, a condition known as pulmonary attresia. Heartbreakingly, Abbey's life expectancy varies between six and 10 years, as she is not eligible for a heart transplant in Ireland because her lack of a spleen, which is vital to combat infection, makes her too high a risk.

Outlook The outlook had been bleak for the shy and loving two-yearold here and her parents Jacqui and Tony who are desperately trying to raise €350,000 to pay for her to have a transplant in Canada where she would be eligible for the organ donation despite not having a spleen. When we last spoke to Jacqui, there was just €8,500 in the kitty. However, things are

G APPEAL: Abbey May pictured at home last month with her parents Tony and Jacqui. There has been a huge response to an appeal set up to raise funds to get Abbey the lifesaving treatment she needs. FILE PHOTO

looking up as almost €17,000 has been raised since then through various fundraising efforts and generous donations from the public. “The future is certainly looking a lot brighter,” Jacqui told Northside People.

“I had been scared thinking there was no way that we could raise that kind of money but I’m definitely more optimistic now. “The support we’ve got over recent weeks has been overwhelming. It’s amazing that

people can be so giving even though we are in the middle of a recession.” After our article last month, we were inundated with offers from members of the public who wanted to organise various fundraising gigs and events to

help Abbey. One man even offered to sell hot water bottle teddies, the proceeds of which would go towards the Abbey May Trust Fund. “Please God, the momentum will keep going,” Jacqui said.

“I don't feel that Abbey is safe in Ireland because the options are so limited for her here. “That's why we are planning to move to Canada because I dread to think of what would happen to her if she went into cardiac failure here.” She added: “Like any parent, I have to look to her future and do whatever it takes to give her the treatment she needs.” In the meantime, the family is looking ahead to Christmas when Abbey is hoping that Santa will bring her a little bike and a doll. “The donations and generosity we’ve received have been more than enough of a Christmas present for us but I think Santa just might bring Abbey what she wants because she’s been such a good girl,” Jacqui added. “She understands a little of what happens at Christmas although she was a bit wary of this man in a big red suit when we brought her to visit Santa recently.” For those who wish to donate, an account has been set up in Abbey May's name at the AIB branch in Swords, sort code 932523, account number 35097007.

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New cystic fibrosis unit opens in Beaumont BEAUMONT Hospital has opened a new unit specifically for the treatment of patients who have cystic fibrosis (CF). Traditionally a disease of children, improvements in diagnosis and treatment mean that today over 50 per cent of people in Ireland with CF are adults and this proportion is set to rise in the future. Beaumont is one of the largest adult centres in Ireland providing specialist treatment and services to adults with CF. The new 2,500 square foot unit has been built at a cost of €3.5 million, with funds provided under a capital allocation from the Health Service Executive (HSE). The dedicated centre will facilitate the delivery of a comprehensive range of services by multidisciplinary teams and allow more patients to be seen during each day. These services including consultations with doctors and nurses, provision of treatments which might otherwise have required hospitalisation, assessment of pulmonary function, physiotherapy, dietetics and psychology. Dr Cedric Gunaratnam, a respiratory consultant at Beaumont with a special interest in Cystic Fibrosis, said there were significant benefits for patients in having all services provided in “a CF facility as it should be”. The building includes consultation and therapy rooms with air filtration units that allow for 12 air changes per hour, approximately three times the average rate in a normal room. This has significant benefit in reducing the time needed between patients for infection control purposes, which are particularly important for people with CF. While all appointments have to be scheduled, the new ambulatory day care facility improves patient access to essential services. Dublin North East TD Terence Flanagan (FG) has welcomed the opening of the new unit. “I hope now that the other promised unit in St Vincent's Hospital will open by March 2011,” he stated.

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nesses close down with no sign Deputy Broughan. A NORTHSIDE TD has raised his constituents’ con- constituency. “This haemorrhaging of of any succeeding business.” “In this proposal, the banks cerns regarding the alarming spate of retail and small small business jobs can be clearly Deputy Broughan has urged would make the key lending decibusiness closures in his area. Dublin North East TD Tommy Broughan (Lab) told a recent Dail debate that the prob-

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the Government to take action to increase credit facilities for small businesses, especially given the “colossal sums” which taxpayers are paying to recapitalise the banks. He is also demanding action on high rents and service charges that have “not lowered in tandem with falling incomes and falling price levels”. “I have asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Batt O’Keeffe) to urgently implement Labour’s proposal for a Small Business Working Capital Guarantee Scheme,” stated

DEPUTY Tommy Broughan and Cllr Sean Kenny have been selected as the Labour Party’s candidates for the Dublin North East constituency. While Deputy Broughan’s selection was an obvious choice, Cllr Kenny’s selection was a little less clear cut as he was pitted against Cllr Killian Forde (Donaghmede ward) and Cllr Cian O’Callaghan (Howth Malahide ward). Cllr Kenny garnered a large majority of the votes as he is considered a strong candidate for the area having previously served as a TD and a Lord Mayor of Dublin. “I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected,” he told Northside People. “I think it’ll be a good election for the Labour Party and we should be able to get two seats in the Dublin North East constituency.” Cllr Kenny, who got 4,119 first preference votes in the local elections, is hoping to build on that quota in the general election. “One of things I will be campaigning for is the completion of unfinished estates such as Priory Hall, The Coast and Belmayne,” he added. Cllr Killian Forde, who joined the Labour Party from Sinn Féin at the beginning of the year, said he wasn’t disappointed at the result despite only getting three votes. “I wish Sean Kenny the very best and in my view he has the best chance of securing a second seat for the party, and the delegates recognised that on the night,” Cllr Forde told Northside People.

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“We realised that there was €18,000,” said Seonaid. A NORTHSIDE woman who lost three limbs in a fire in have a rich and active life.” The Coolock woman has no support for Irish amputees, “This means that many Coolock 13 years ago is helping to publicise an information brochure for other amputees about the range of serv- certainly not let amputation and that often the latest devel- Irish people are caught in the prevent her from living life to opments in the sector, like new benefits trap; they decide not to ices available in Ireland. Seonaid Dunne (32), who now lives in Swords, says the booklet will be a useful resource for over 4,000 Irish people who have had a limb amputated and may not be aware of the extensive facilities that exist for them. Speaking to Northside People, Seonaid said the brochure, compiled by Amputee Ireland, includes information on using a prosthesis, pain management, adapting your car, home or office and claiming financial supports. She said that one of the key services highlighted in the brochure is the peer support network run by Amputee Ireland, whereby people who have just recently lost a limb are put

by Jessica Magee in contact with more experienced amputees. “After I lost both my legs and my right hand in a house fire, all I wanted was for someone who had been through a similar experience to talk to me and tell me there was light at the end of the tunnel,” said Seonaid. “Even now when I go and visit someone who has lost their leg or arm, they tell me afterwards that the first time they saw me walking through the hospital door in my boots or high heeled shoes is when they began to feel hope and realise that they too would be able to

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prosthetic limbs, were slow in reaching Ireland,” she explains. They also discovered that Ireland was one of the few European countries where the State does not provide free limbs for amputees. “If you have a medical card you can get your limb for free, but otherwise they could cost anything from €5,000 to

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Jobs boost for Swords THERE was some good news on the jobs front locally last week when it was announced that 86 new positions are being created through the opening of a clothing chain in Swords. The jobs at the Next store in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, which opened last Wednesday (December 8), are added to the 110 new jobs that were created in the centre throughout 2010. The store will trade over two floors, offering womenswear, kidswear, menswear and homeware. Ian Hunter, Centre Director at the Pavilions, thanked Next for having the confidence in the shopping centre. “We are delighted with the arrival of Next which brings a new dimension to the wide choice of fashion and other stores available to the consumer at Swords Pavilions,” he stated. “Next is a strong retailer which consistently delivers great service and standards, and is constantly evolving its offer and look as the market place changes.” The Next retail group has more than 500 stores in the UK and Ireland employing a total of 40,000 people. The revenue for the group for year ending January 2010 was £3,406 million. The Pavilions Shopping Centre comprises more than 80 stores including Dunnes Stores, Superquinn, Zara, H&M and TK Maxx. The centre attracted over 11 million customers last year and employs in the region of 1,500 staff across all retail units.

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Heated debate as twinning proposal passed CHINA’S human rights record was at the centre of a eign language,” the report stated. city of Beijing. “It would help our universi“There are approximately heated debate during a Dublin City Council meeting last ties if Dublin was linked with 300 Irish people living in Beiweek when a controversial proposal to twin the capital Beijing. jing,” the report stated. with Beijing was passed. Several attempts have been made to twin the two cities over the last decade in order to improve economic links. Clontarf ward councillor Aodhan Ó Ríordáin (Lab) was among those vehemently opposed to the plan, which to his disappointment, was passed. “A twinning is not a neutral economic trade statement,” he stated. “A twinning is a statement of solidarity with another city, a statement that we have a common understanding in relation to issues cultural, social and human rights issues - a statement of brotherhood. “Building and encouraging trade and economic links with countries like China is one thing and indeed should be encouraged, but a twinning arrangement like the one proposed by Dublin City Council is entirely inappropriate. “I do not believe that we should implicitly endorse a regime like China, which has little respect for freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and less respect for women's and workers' rights by entering into such an arrangement.” Cllr Ó Ríordáin added: “While much progress has been made in China in recent years, it remains one of the most repressive and authoritarian countries in the world, where human rights, and what we would re-

by Aoibhinn Twomey gard as basic civil liberties, simply do not exist.” However, not all councillors were opposed to the bi-lateral relations between Dublin city and Beijing. Cllr Bill Tormey (FG), who believes that Mandarin Chinese language studies should be a part of the secondary school curriculum, said: “China is an absolute dynamo as a country and an economy with massive problems to overcome. “Tiananmen Square happened in 1989. We will never forget. Neither will the Chinese people and Government. “The Cultural Revolution and other tyrannies were worse in scale but looking back will not direct us to the new and better life. China has changed. Let’s move on.” According to the 2006 Census, there were 11,161 Chinese people living in Dublin but the city council believes that this figure is now closer to 100,000. According to a report from Dublin City Council’s protocol committee, the twinning of Beijing and Dublin would benefit both cities politically, educationally, economically and culturally in the future. “All our universities are actively recruiting students in China and our education system is promoting Chinese as a for-

“There is now a very significant Chinese population living in Dublin. The majority are from mainland China and all have deep cultural, linguistic and social roots to the Chinese nation. “It would strengthen the bridge culturally and socially if Dublin was linked to the capital of China.” The committee also argued that Dublin and Irish companies who are competing for access to the Chinese market would be better placed if Dublin had bilateral relations with the Chinese

“There are 250 Irish Small Medium Enterprises (SME) engaged with trade in China and 107 of them have offices there. “There are 115 Irish companies with an interest in China, many of them in the education sector. “China is Ireland’s seventh highest trading partner. “Enterprise Ireland have identified opportunities for Irish companies in software and IT, environment, education, medical devices and food and drink.”

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Local man wins Silver Surfer award A NORTH county Dublin man was celebrating recently when he was announced as one of the winners of the 3 Silver Surfer Awards. Dick Brennan, from Malahide, won the Best Use of Internet category. For the past two and a half years Mr Brennan, who was nominated for the award by Susan Lovatt, a librarian at Malahide Library, has helped familiarise Silver Surfers with computer skills. He has provided PC classes three times a week, teaching over 1,000 pupils the basic skills of computing. With his cheerful and kind nature, Mr Brennan has ensured that all enjoyed this process and despite illness he has persevered. The staff of Malahide Library and all his pupils are delighted that he has received recognition for his efforts. The 3 Silver Surfer Awards 2010 with Age Action aim to acknowledge elderly people who have used IT and the internet for fun and to improve the quality of their lives. Three finalists were shortlisted in each of the six categories and were chosen from hundreds of entries for their passion and willingness to embrace new technology. Speaking at the awards ceremony in the Gresham Hotel, Minister for Older People and Health Promotion Aine Brady

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said: "Given the challenging times that we are in, we must be creative in finding new ways to help and encourage older people to use new technologies – the Silver Surfer Awards is a brilliant example of this. “The awards have totally disproved the misconception that older people are not interested in learning or using new technology. “All who have been nominated for these Age Action awards are ambassadors for older people, and society should widely celebrate this.

Age is no barrier to learning technology!” 3’s National Broadband Scheme Director, Damien Gallagher, said it’s never too late to learn something new. “People like our 3 Silver Surfer award winners are an inspiration to older people across the country that would like to try new technologies to improve their day-to-day lives,” stated Mr Gallagher. “Everyone in the country can access high quality broadband thanks to the National Broadband Scheme rolled out

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Sinn Fein selects O’Toole for Dublin North East

Fine Gael announces Dublin North candidates FINE Gael has selected its two candidates to contest the Dublin North constituency in the general election. At a very well attended con- elected to the Dáil for the first vention last Sunday week (De- time in 2007, said Fine Gael cember 5), held in Fingallian’s has its policy platform already GAA Club, Swords, outgoing prepared. TD Dr James Reilly and “Those policies focus on Malahide Howth ward council- jobs, growth and fairness while lor Alan Farrell were selected. protecting the more vulnerable Deputy Reilly, who was in our society,” he stated.

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 DOUBLE ACT: Cllr Alan Farrell and outgoing Dublin North TD Dr James Reilly pictured after they were selected by Fine Gael to contest the constituency of Dublin North in the next general election.

“Fine Gael has the people with the courage of their convictions and the competence to bring success to our economy. “The team under Enda Kenny’s leadership is ready to lead the next Government and I am sure Fine Gael will be the biggest party in that Government.” Deputy Reilly reminded the delegates that many people in Dublin North had lost their jobs “as a result of the FF/Green Government’s mistakes” in running the country.

“It is very important that we remind the voters to let the outgoing Government TDs know of their dissatisfaction and anger at the state we are in now,” he added. Cllr Farrell said he was honoured to have been nominated by the Skerries, Swords and Malahide branches of Fine Gael to stand at the next general election. “While national politics is a big step up from local Government, I am supremely confident of being able to deliver what is

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SINN Fein has selected Artane Whitehall ward councillor Larry O’Toole to represent the party in Dublin North East in the upcoming general election. Cllr O’Toole was selected at a well-attended convention held in Donaghmede House on November 30, which was addressed by the party’s TD for Kerry North, Martin Ferris. Deputy Ferris congratulated Cllr O’Toole on his selection, paying tribute to his long record of service in the constituency. “In this area Sinn Fein is highly regarded for the standard of representation that Larry has provided over many years,” he said. “I have no doubt that the people of Dublin North East will return Larry O’Toole as the Sinn Fein TD for the constituency when they have the opportunity to cast their vote in the coming weeks.” In his acceptance speech Cllr O’Toole thanked party members for coming out on such a bad night and outlined his view of Sinn Fein’s stance entering the election period. “Sinn Fein is increasingly being seen as providing the only left wing alternative to the discredited policies and practices of the current Government and the two larger parties in Opposition,” he said. “We will present the voters with a real and radical alternative to the sell-out currently being forced upon the people.”

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Martin raises the bar to win music award Pride 2010. Speaking at the ceremony, President McAleese said the recipients of the Traveller Pride Awards were “exactly the kind of people Ireland needs right now”. “They are leaders, problemsolvers, the kind of people who refuse to become mere specta-

TRAD singer Martin Collins, from Coolock, was “over the moon” after he was presented with the Music Traveller Pride Award at a ceremony in Dublin last week.

by Jessica Magee The 22-year-old, who plans to launch two CDs of his work early in the new year, was one of 10 members of the Traveller community who won awards in recognition of their achievements and contributions to Irish society. Speaking to Northside People after the ceremony, Martin said winning the award means a lot to him and his family.

tors when there is work to be done so that the road ahead can be made easier for others,” she stated.

Future “They are the people who are creating the Ireland of the future - a fairer place, a place where Travellers can hold proudly and openly to their

Traveller identity right at the heart of the mainstream of Irish life.” The awards marked the beginning of Traveller Pride Week, a nationwide event organised jointly by eight Traveller organisations with the aim of celebrating and showcasing Traveller culture.

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Musicians The young singer, who performs every weekend in the Cobblestones Bar in Smithfield, comes from a long line of talented musicians, singers and songwriters. “I learnt all my songs from my grandfather and uncle, and some of my favourites were their favourites too - songs like ‘Pat O’Donnell’, ‘The Blue Tar Road’ and ‘Dundalk Town’,” he said. His brothers played the banjo and accordion growing up, while Martin still plays the bodhrán and is determined to carry on the musical tradition. “Many old Irish songs have been lost but I think it’s a sin to

 TRAVELLER PRIDE: Martin Collins pictured receiving his music award from last year’s winner, Selina O'Leary (left), and Anne Cassin, the awards ceremony host. PHOTO: DEREK SPEIRS

let them die out,” he stated. “I love getting the chance to sing songs that have been passed down to me by my family in the Traveller tradition.

Trade “My father is one of the last remaining tinsmiths in the country, so that’s another trade I have to pick up! It’s a bit like the singing, it’s a part of who I am.” Martin said he hopes that winning the award will encour-

age other young Traveller men and women to get involved in singing and other aspects of Traveller culture. “There’s so many of them out there that can sing 10 times better than me, but sometimes they’re just ashamed to do what they love best,” he added. “Take me for example, I keep all my songs in my head. I can’t read or write, but I can learn a song in 20 minutes.” President Mary McAleese,

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Christmas time at Temple Street in the 19th century Temple Street Hospital historian BARRY KENNERK takes a look at what life was like for patients in 1892

child was taken there from his Aran Island home by his grandmother. She came to Dublin Banim explains ‘dressed in her Island costume of red petticoat, dark gown, white or plaid shawl, and on her feet “pampoaties” [sic] or cow-hide sandals’. Afterwards, she wrote to the nuns, eliciting a promise that if her grandson could not be cured, he would be returned to ‘sleep in the old churchyard where the sea rolls up almost to the very graves’. Healthy children were encouraged to donate pennies or toys and to visit their unfortunate bed-bound peers at Temple Street. Every day, the wards

THE Children’s Hospital, Temple Street, has always occupied a special place in the hearts of Irish people, particularly at Christmas when staff and visitors alike make special efforts to delight and entertain the patients. This tradition began during the late Victorian period when the Sisters of Charity, in an attempt to meet the heavy cost of running the hospital, opened their doors every December for the annual Christmas tree fête. In 1892, one such caller was Irish author Mary Banim (a daughter of novelist Michael Banim). She later documented the experience in her Story of the Children’s Hospital – a pamphlet that is still as fresh and vivid as the day it was first printed. In its early days, Temple Street (once the city mansion of the Earl of Bellomont) bore little resemblance to a hospital. The large drawing rooms were converted into wards and the sisters slept in the harness and tack rooms above the old stables. The upper stories of the house afforded excellent views towards Howth and during the winter, the hearths were kept burning by the busy porters who piled them high with coal and logs for the benefit of the patients. During her Christmas visit, Banim took particular delight in speaking to the sick children.

One favourite of hers was a shy five-year-old named Lily who, despite her infancy, was described as ‘an old sufferer’. As treatment for her spinal deformity, Lily was obliged to lie strapped day and night in bed with heavy weights attached to her legs. An adjacent sliding table was covered with ‘whole families of dolls and their peculiar belongings and a box full of scraps of coloured stuffs, out of which “the dolls’ dressmaker” selects the materials for costumes’. In another corner, a nun cared for a threeyear-old ‘who the Sister says they now trust will pull through’. “Sister – Sister – that fellow over there with a leg and a half, and that’s not right in his wits, took my donkey!” Unlike today, the wards in 1892 were more like large nurseries ‘where, in rows of snug cribs ranged around the walls, a number of little girls are keeping holiday, some in bed, some up and dressed…there was a real nun…holding a small baby on the prancing rocking-horse, laughing the while as if her own

were thrown open to them from 2 until 3 o’clock and again from 4.30–5.30pm, apart from Sundays when only parents were allowed. One of the cots was paid for solely through the donations of the nearby Loreto Convent, North Great George’s Street. and its girls were particularly sought after for their sewing skills. On request, the superioress was prepared to post clothing patterns to them. ‘They will think’ Banim wrote, ‘of the lessons of love and mercy preached by that first gentle Disciple of Charity, St John, and take for their motto his one great sermon – “Little children, love one another”.

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 “Sister – Sister – that fellow over there with a leg and a half, and that’s not right in his wits, took my donkey!”

turn were coming next’. The sixty patients were usually put to sleep at six o’clock each evening, but some, by virtue of their adult responsibilities could hardly be described as such. After her father’s death, ‘Miss Kate’ (aged 10) was

obliged to support her mother and three younger sisters. Another child named Mary (aged 12) explained that she received her injuries while preparing supper for her father who was out at work. “My legs and hips were nearly scalded off ”, she ex-

plained, “and sure, wasn’t it well I’d just laid the child down out of my arms!” Looking out at the snow in another part of the hospital was an Irish-speaking boy who spoke no English. His father had been drowned in a storm the previous winter and the

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Local artist holding exhibition at Ardgillan LOCAL artist Tony Fenton is holding an exhibition of 41 of his paintings at Ardgillan Castle until December 22, from 11am to 4.30pm (Tuesdays to Sundays). The exhibition opened on December 1. Tony, who was born in Manchester in 1942, married a Rush girl in 1963, and the couple have four children and eight grandchildren. The family lived in Europe for some time before coming back to Ireland in 1970. Tony served his time as an engineer. After several years he retired to study art and design and earned his living as a freelance graphic

artist. Now in his late 60s, he devotes his time to his family and an ideal life of painting, boating and fishing. His first achievement was to win an art award from the BBC in Manchester at the age of 15. Since then he has sold and participated in many art exhibitions in Ireland and England. Tony’s love of painting covers many subjects especially in the Fingal area. His favourites are oil, charcoal and watercolour. From the sale of any of the paintings on display at Ardgillan, Tony will make a donation to the Skerries branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

SHOPPERS visiting Dublin city centre over the Christmas period will be able to benefit from a brand new free service. Hop, Shop & Drop, a joint pilot initiative between LUAS and Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID), offers consumers a shopping bag ‘crèche facility’. People can avail of public transport and take advantage of the wonderful offerings in Dublin city centre over the Christmas period without having to carry shopping bags with them from location to location. The aim is to allow people combine some of their Christmas shopping with activities that might otherwise be more difficult when laden with bulky packages. People can deposit their shopping bags free of charge and then, freed up, can enjoy other activities in town – meeting friends for a meal, taking their children to a festive show or even continue with some more shopping. The facility aims to make trips to town a little easier for consumers in Dublin over Christmas this year. Richard Guiney, chief executive of Dublin City BID, is keen to help shoppers make the most of their shopping trip to

 Hop, Shop & Drop is a joint initiative between LUAS and Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID).

the city. “We want to offer people a service that adds something extra to their shopping experience in the city and make it a little easier,” said Mr Guiney. “Hop, Shop & Drop will free up people so that they can enjoy the special Christmas atmosphere in town and take advantage of all that is unique in the city centre. “In the longer term we would like to see this being

rolled out to more locations and as a more permanent service for shoppers across Dublin city.” With locations in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and GPO Arcade, which runs from Henry Street to Princes Street both conveniently close to LUAS stops - it is hoped the initiative will also encourage people to use public transport to access the city. Cara Moloney, LUAS marketing manager, said: “We hope

that as many people as possible will take advantage of this free service.” Hop, Shop & Drop will run until January 5, and will be open Thursday to Sunday between now and Christmas and will re-open on Monday, December 27 for the January sales. For full opening hours and further information, customers can free phone 1800 300 604 or visit www.dublinatchristmas.ie /shop-and-drop or www.luas.ie

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Volunteers sought for Community Games WOULD you like to make new friends, give something back to your community and help young people experience sporting and cultural activities in a safe and positive environment? If the answer is yes, then Dublin Community Games wants to hear from you. As another busy year approaches, the Community Games movement needs new volunteers at all levels, local and at county final competitions. No matter what your age, experience or spare time, you can become involved in a way that suits you. Volunteers are needed to help coach, train or manage local teams in sporting and cultural activities; help with committee work such as chairperson, treasurer, secretary or development officer; help organise and steward local events; help with local fundraising and sponsorship initiatives; or transport teams and equipment. Looking to the year ahead, development officer David Byrne said: “We had a great year in 2010 although we struggled to run some competitions, but with the help of new volunteers, we can make 2011 a hugely successful year for everyone involved.” Dublin Community Games provides over 40 sporting and cul-

 HELP NEEDED: Dublin Community Games participants pictured enjoying themselves at the 2010 finals. Volunteers are now needed for 2011.

tural activities ranging from athletics to art, choir to chess, soccer to swimming, judo to gymnastics, and volleyball to variety, operating in local communities, providing opportunities for young people to develop in a healthy and safe environment while experiencing a wide range of activities. Community Games caters for people aged six to 16 in a pro-

gramme with a strong emphasis firmly placed on fun, participation and creating community spirit. Don’t worry if you’re over 16, you can get involved with the youth section and help out at local and county events. Adult volunteer members play an active role in organising all these activities. The social aspect is tremendously important

and many volunteers have found the Community Games an ideal way to meet new friends and have a laugh. Other benefits of volunteering include giving something back to your community, encouraging young people to participate in sport and cultural activities, fostering community spirit, developing your own abilities and

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PREMIER Stage Productions is delighted to announce that Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott, John Virgo, Cliff Thorburn and Michaela Tabb are visiting Goffs in County Kildare on Sunday, May 29, 2011, for an evening of snooker, laughter and nostalgia. Canadian legend Kirk Stevens (special guest) will join the stars of the green baize for what promises to be a fantastic night’s entertainment. On this special evening one of them will be crowned the Goffs Legend 2011! This event is strictly one night only, a chance to meet Kirk, three world champions, plus the people’s champion Jimmy White and professional snooker referee Michaela Tabb. Limited VIP packages are available. This includes a champagne reception with all the players prior to the  Jimmy White matches, a premium seat at the event and a souvenir brochure. Also, one lucky audience member will partner a legend in a game of doubles at the home of snooker on the night. The eagerly awaited event will begin on May 29, 2011, with a VIP reception at 6.15pm before the main action at 7pm. Tickets cost €30, VIP tickets €80. For tickets call 0818 719300 or  John Parrott visit www.ticketmaster.ie

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• You can enjoy your meal while watching the Xfactor A rich heritage Roberto’s Pizza & Pasta is not just another Italian restaurant. Roberto’s stands out from the rest as it is steeped in a rich Italian tradition that goes back generations. The restaurant is run by Italian chef Marco De Rosa. Marco’s passion in life is great food. Marco says ‘In Roberto’s we aim to give the best quality Authentic Italian Food What Makes Roberto’s special You can ask any Italian what makes a restaurant special and they will probably say that it is the food. This is definitely the case in Roberto’s. The Head Chef Marco De Rosa takes pride in serving only the freshest pizza and pasta dishes as well as a range of the finest Italian meat dishes. Marco is always at hand in Roberto’s and really enjoys his interaction with the customers. Marco qualified at the extraordinarily young age of just 17 in the culinary school in Cassino, near his hometown of Cervaro, a small town 100km south of Rome. Since then Marco’s passion for food has continued to grow. The finest Italian Food Marco followed his father’s footsteps and moved to Ireland when he was 17. Having worked in a number of restaurants, Marco runs Roberto’s Pizza & Pasta. He takes pride in producing his

favourite dishes for a receptive North Dublin clientele. His specialities include Spaghetti Frutti Di Mare, Penne al Salmone and lasagne. He is also totally passionate about the pizzas. Marco spends a lot of time sourcing the freshest local produce and finest ingredients. He even goes as far as importing the olive oil from a distributor near his hometown of Cervaro. According to Marco the exceptional pizza it is the recipe for the dough that he inherited from his grandfather. Why not visit Roberto’s to see Marco spinning the pizza base and also try some of his freshly home made Tiramisu. There is always a big Italian welcome and the finest Italian food and maybe even a tip or two for home recipes from Marco himself. Also, it’s important to point out that there is plenty of parking. Call in and enjoy a meal after work or a visit to the cinema. You won’t be disappointed! *Macari's Diner is joined with Roberto's Pizza & Pasta in Main Street Belmayne, Dublin 13 (just off Clarehall Roundabout). Both businesses are enjoying strong trade since they opened. Macari's diner is operated by brother and sister, Dario and Lydia Macari and Roberto's Pizza & • Marco cooking some fresh Pasta is operated by Marco De Rosa.‘

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Local companies win awards for excellence

Northsiders urged to reach their GOAL IS there a better way to start your Christmas than going for a brisk run and raise money for charity at the same time? On Christmas morning the more energetic of you will have the opportunity to do just that courtesy of the GOAL Mile. Eleven venues across Dublin will play host to the popular annual fundraiser over the festive period, which is for people of all ages and fitness levels. The GOAL Mile is held in villages, towns and cities all over Ireland every Christmas and is one of the country’s biggest and longest-running annual fundraising events. The concept is simple: people run or walk a mile (the equivalent of just four laps of Santry Stadium) and contribute whatever they can afford to GOAL on the day. Thanks to GOAL Mile organisers and participants, millions have been raised to support the chairty’s work in the developing world since the first mile was staged in 1982. The flagship Mile will once again be held at Belfield in UCD on Christmas Day from 10am to 1pm, where thousands are expected to turn

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out alongside a number of well-known personalities. Dublin Miles will also be held on Christmas Day at Kilbogget Park, Ballybrack, from 11am to 12noon; the Pope’s Cross in the Phoenix Park from 10am to 12noon; Irishtown Stadium from 10am to 12noon; Lucan Harriers Athletic Club from 10am to 12noon; at Lusk Athletic Club (Ring Road) from 12.30pm; Malahide Castle (main car park, rear entrance) from 11am to 12noon; at St Anne’s Park, Raheny (St Paul’s entrance), from 11am; at Morton Stadium, Santry, from 10am to 12noon; and at Tallaght Athletic Club (Greenhills Road), from 9.30am to 12noon. There will also be a GOAL Mile held in Skerries, with a date and time to be announced soon. Check the GOAL website for updates. For more information or to pick up a sponsorship card, please contact your local organiser, phone GOAL on 2809779 or visit www.goal.ie

 ON YOUR MARKS: Irish rugby star Gordon D’Arcy launches the GOAL Mile with Suzanne Murray of GOAL.

TWO Dublin companies, one on the Northside and Southside, were honoured at the fourth annual Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards. SOTA Orthopaedics, based in Malahide, took silver in the ‘Emerging Company of the Year’ category and Blackrock-based dabl took silver in the ‘Innovation, Research, Development and Commercialisation’ category. Both are Enterprise Ireland client companies. SOTA Orthopaedics won the award for developing the X-Bolt, an innovative expanding bolt device that gives significantly better fixation in hip fractures. The traditional method of repairing a hip fracture involves using screws and a plate, but in around five per cent of cases these screws loosen, requiring the procedure to be repeated. SOTA created X-Bolt to specifically address this problem and clinical trials will begin in 2011 in two major regional centres in Ireland. SOTA Orthopaedics founder and chief executive Dr Brian Thornes said: “With the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis together with an ageing population, fractures of the hip are becoming more and more common. “We are confident that the X-Bolt will go a long way towards reducing complications from the ensuing surgery.”

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IRELAND’S shockingly high cancer rates were branded “a legacy of Fianna Fáil’s failed health policies” by an angry Irish MEP last week. Labour MEP Nessa Childers, a member of the European Parliament’s influential Public Health Committee, was responding to a new report which shows that Ireland has the highest mortality rate in Europe for breast cancer alongside Denmark. A total of 31 per cent of breast cancer sufferers in Ireland die of the disease, according to the study published by the European Commission. Ms Childers, who helped draft an ambitious EU plan to tackle cancer, said there is a significant gulf between Europe’s cancer strategy and the policies pursued by the Irish Government. She pointed out that European strategy aims to dramatically reduce the burden of cancer by achieving 100 per cent coverage in terms of screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer over the next five years. “As it stands, the Minister for Health plans to initially commence free screening for the 60-69 age group in 2012, with an expansion of the programme envisaged but only if resources permit,” said Ms Childers. “Ireland needs to take inspiration from Europe’s leadership and tackle this whole area much more comprehensively.” The EU report also aims for all member states to have integrated cancer plans by the end of 2013, which should result in a 15 per cent reduction in cancer cases by 2020.

FOUR multinational technology firms have promised that they will remain loyal to their Irish operations despite the country’s dire financial straits and rock-bottom economy. at its plant in Leixlip, Co Kildare and a further 200 working in Shannon, Co Clare. About 2,000 people work for Google in Dublin, while eBay employs over 1,600 at its base in Blanchardstown. More than 200 people are employed by Cisco Systems in Dublin and in Oranmore, Co Galway. Mr Kelly added that executives from Google and eBay did not express any concern over a perceived threat from some EU countries to Ireland’s low corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent. “They were concerned only about a proposal to decrease the current US corporation tax rate from 39 per cent to 25 per cent.” Mr Kelly was the sole Irish representative to attend the meeting in his role as a member of the European Parliament’s Committee with responsibility for US relations. He travelled economy class to the States.

Management at eBay, Intel, Google and Cisco voiced confidence in Ireland’s future during a meeting with Irish MEP Sean Kelly in California last week. The Fine Gael MEP, who travelled to Silicon Valley to attend the 69th EU-US Inter-parliamentary Meeting, said he was reassured by senior executives from the four firms of their loyalty to their Irish operations. “Management at these firms have only the highest regard for Ireland,” said Mr Kelly. “Cisco specifically pointed out that one of the biggest attractions Ireland holds in business terms is a highly educated workforce with a good work ethic. I am confident that these companies will continue to develop their bases at home and provide vital employment.” The four companies employ a total of almost 9,000 people across the country. Intel is the largest employer, with 4,500 staff

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8pm), 16 (3pm), 21 (8pm), 22 (3pm and 8pm) and 23 (3pm). For ticket information please contact 8314078, 8316433 or 087-1713597. BOOK SALE: A bric-a-brac and book sale will take place in the Old Courthouse Howth on Sunday, December 19. A book sale only will take place on Saturday, December 18, at the same venue.

RAHENY DRAMA: Raheny Drama and Variety Group presents ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ at Scoil Aine (opposite the Garda Station) on January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Tickets cost €10 from children and €12 for adults. Family ticket costs €40 (two adults and two children) Special offer – children (groups of 10 or more) €8 each. Book now. Phone 8316779 or 087-7996485 for more information. CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Swords Baptist Church invites you to an ‘Evening of Carols–The Story of Christmas’ on Sunday, December 19, at St Finian’s Com-

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PANTOMIME: Baldoyle Musical Society proudly presents its magical production of the pantomime 'The Three Musketeers' on Friday, January 7 and 14, 2011, at 8pm; Saturday, January 8 and 15 at 3pm and 4pm; and Sunday, January 9 and 16 at 3pm in St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle. Great Panto entertainment is promised for young and old alike. Book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at €15 (€12 for OAPs and children), and €12 for all on Friday, January 7 and Sunday, January 9. Discounts available for groups of 10 and over. To reserve tickets please call 085-1378329. ART EXHIBITION: Jackie's Art Club is hosting its second art exhibition in Sutton Golf Club from December 14-19, from 12noon to 9pm daily. The exhibition closes on the Sunday at 5pm. Enjoy a pre Christmas drink in the beautiful surrounds of Sutton Golf Club against the back drop of fabulous sea views while enjoying spectacular local art. Admission is free and all entrants receive a free raffle ticket for a painting. Ten per cent of all proceeds go to the local St Vincent De Paul. CHRISTMAS LUNCH: The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Day Lunch Association is pleased to announce that despite the current economic climate the 24th annual Christmas Day Lunch for people living alone or in hard financial circumstances will be going ahead as usual in the club room of Blackrock Rugby

SOCIAL BADMINTON: If you would like to play social badminton on Tuesdays from 8.30pm to 10.30pm in Portmarnock, phone Eileen on 8461474 for details. New players are needed.

Club, Stradbrook Road on December 25 from 10.30am until 2.30pm. The lunch is a dignified event in a warm atmosphere offering the highest quality traditional fare with live music. For further information and transport options contact Margaret Brown on 2804776.

YOUTH CLUB: The Balbriggan North Youth Club has reopened at St Molaga's School Hall on the Drogheda Road in Balbriggan. Every Wednesday night a group of 30 juniors (10-12year-olds) meet from 7-8pm and 30 seniors (13–18-yearolds) meet from 7-8.30pm. There are places left in each group and anybody interested in joining should contact bnyouthclub@gmail.com or send them a message on their Facebook Page - Balbriggan North Youth Club.

COUNSELLING: Guidance in changing times with pressure, stress, anxiety, depression and free spiritual counselling. Tel 085-1597200. PHOTOGRAPHY: Viewfinders is a new photography club based in Swords. They meet every second Wednesday at the Hawthorn Hotel, Main Street, Swords. Anyone with an interest in photography and who has a little bit of experience in taking photos is very welcome. Contact Hugh at 089-4104301 for more information. CHOIR: The Culwick Choral Society has vacancies in the Bass section. Enquiries are invited from men who would enjoy the challenge of singing great choral works with this large amateur mixed choir. Experience of singing in a choir would be an advantage, as would the ability to sight-read music. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings in Wesley House, Leeson Park. If you would like to attend a trial rehearsal with a view to auditioning for membership, please email culwick@gmail.com, telephone 6608489, or visit www.culwick.org. ANTE-NATAL: Do you want to

 AWARD: Rachel Rosney, from East Wall (pictured), was one of the 57 recipients of the Gaisce Gold Awards presented to young adults from all over Ireland at a ceremony on the 25th year of Gaisce in Dublin Castle. PHOTO: MAXWELLS

avoid that unnecessary journey into hospital for ante-natal classes? Five-week courses are available at St Colmcille’s GAA Club, Swords. No charge. Partners please attend if possible. This is being run by HSE public health nurses/midwives. Phone 8283110 to book and for more information. HOWTH BROWNIES AND LADYBIRDS: There are currently some places available for Lady-

birds 5-7-year-old and Brownies 7-10-year-old. Ladybirds meet on Saturday mornings with Brownie Units meeting on Friday and Saturday afternoons. For more information email irishgirlguideshowth@gmail.co m or phone 8391538.

women) recover from the trauma of sexual abuse or rape. For appointment, information or support contact the 24-hour National Helpline 1800 77 88 88. Counselling provided for past sexual abuse, recent rape, past rape and sexual assault.

COUNSELLING SERVICE: The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre outreach service in Coolock provides counselling services to help victims (both men and

BADMINTON: Sheriff Badminton Club is currently recruiting new members, male and female (over 16). The club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from

8.30pm to 11pm at 1 Commons Street, IFSC, Dublin 1 (adjacent to Jury’s North Wall). The cost is €4 per night. Phone Catherine on 086-2730399 for further information. VIGIL: On the first Friday of every month, a Night Vigil of Adoration and Reparation takes place at the Lady Chapel, Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace Church, Raheny. Phone 0862350538.

GIRL GUIDES: The Coolock Girl Guide Unit provides a varied programme of art and crafts, games, outdoor activities, weekends away and more for girls aged 518. New members are welcome in all sections. They meet on Friday nights at St Brendan's Parish Centre, Coolock Village. For further information contact Mairead on 087-2479820. MUSIC REHEARSALS: Third Day Chorale is a long established choral group that performs a wide variety of music. There is something to suit all tastes. New voices are very welcome. Rehearsals take place in Bayside Church every Wednesday at 7.45pm under the direction of Ruaidhri Ó Dalaigh. For more information contact Maura on 087-9016430.

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Regency Centra a timely boost for local shoppers THE opening of a brand new Centra store beside the Regency Hotel in Whitehall couldn’t have proved more timely for local shoppers given the arctic conditions that have plagued the country for the last two weeks.

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Regency Centra is set to make a huge impression in the community following an ambitious €850,000 investment and the creation of 40 jobs with a view to creating 30 further positions in the future. It was a tough week to open the spacious, neatly laid out store but management and staff were not to be deterred by the snow and ice with their aim of bringing a top quality service, matched by excellent value, to locals.

 NEW VENTURE: Niall McGettigan and Paul Lynam, store managers at Regency Centra.

 IT’S A DEAL: Pictured are Michael Kearney, chief executive of the Carlton Hotel Group, and Russell McQuillan, Business Development Manager of Bitbuzz, after Bitbuzz signed their largest ever deal to provide Wi-Fi to all 10 Carlton Hotels across Ireland.

Buzz of anticipation over Wi-Fi deal Regency Centra has started as it means to go on, and is already providing big offers on fresh meat and fruit and vegetables. Free parking, a great deli and strong customer service will also be hallmarks of the new store, which is ideally located in this bustling Northside area. These are exciting times at Regency Centra as the all new coffee shop brand - Coffee & Co - is being created within the

shop. The 40-seater coffee shop promises to be a contemporary relaxed coffee shop offering free wi fi and great value wholesome food without compromising on quality locally sourced ingredients and of course serving the best coffee in town. This is definitely a welcome addition to the Northside coffee culture! The new Regency Centra is opened seven days a week from 8am to 6pm. For more information phone 7044005.

BITBUZZ, Ireland's largest independent Wi-Fi network operator, has signed the company’s largest ever deal to provide Wi-Fi access to the Carlton Hotel Group’s Irish hotels. Russell McQuillan, Business Development including Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport. OthManager of Bitbuzz, said this is a big deal for ers will follow later this year. Michael Kearney, chief executive of the the company. “The Carlton Hotel Group is one of the Carlton Hotel Group, described it as an imlargest hotel groups in Ireland with 10 hotels portant step for the hotel group. “Before signing up to Bitbuzz we had been nationwide, and over 1,300 bedrooms,” stated using a number of different Wi-Fi solutions Mr McQuillan. “It will raise our coverage in hotel bed- across the group,” said Mr Kearney. “This deal will provide continuity and relirooms from 6,300 to over 7,600, further cementing our position as the leading Wi-Fi ability of service for our guests across all our provider in the Irish hospitality market, and we Irish hotels, and we look forward to working are looking forward to working with the Carl- with Bitbuzz in upgrading our service.” Carlton Hotel guests will receive half an ton Group as the service is rolled out.” The deal will see Bitbuzz roll out its Wi-Fi hour of complimentary Wi-Fi access per day, service to the entire Carlton Hotel Group, be- and if required, guests can purchase additional ginning immediately with five of the 10 hotels, time from the hotel.


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Day in day out, people use this path for their exercise, inhaling the sea air and taking in the wonderful scenery that’s all around them. Continued next page

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In Portmarnock there are two well-known landmarks – the Martello Tower and The Kiosk. The latter has proved to be a great shop over the years, providing sweets, ice-cream and people’s needs for the beach. The Martello Tower is situated on the Coast Road and many people enjoy a stroll alongside it while taking in views of the Irish Sea. Portmarnock’s amenities are easily accessible with regular trains, including the DART, making stops in the town. Buses are also available from Dublin city centre to bring visitors to the area.  MAKING WAVES FOR CHARITY: Locals pictured during last year’s Christmas swim in Portmarnock.

Fundraiser set to make waves EIGHT years ago, the Jesson family of Onward Walk were devastated when their dad, Billy, died from a rare brain tumour. They felt compelled to do something in his memory and felt it was important to give something back to St Francis’s Hospice in Raheny, for all the care and support they received. The first Billy Jesson Christmas Swim took place the year he died (2002) and was followed with a Golf Classic a year later. Over the past seven years over €60,000 has been raised for the Hospice and the Marie Keating Foundation. Times have changed and it is more difficult to raise money but the Portmarnock community is a generous one and last Christmas Day more than 70 locals braved the elements of the Irish Sea, raising over €7,500. Karen O’Mara now coordinates the effort and this year it is hoped the swim will be bigger and better then ever. The organisers of this special event would like you to join them for a swim and get your Christmas off to the perfect

start, or just come down and soak up the atmosphere. The swim starts at 11am. For more information or a sponsorship card, text 086-8885285 or email karenomara01@yahoo.co.uk

Portmarnock ARCH Club A group of parents and friends of children with disabilities founded Portmarnock Integrated ARCH (Association of Recreational Clubs for the Handicapped) Club in 1990. The ARCH Club is a purposebuilt facility situated to the rear of St Anne's Church in Portmarnock Village. It was built to the highest possible standards with total accessibility for members with physical disabilities. The centre provides members with week long activities like music, dance, drama, aerobics, snooker, bowling, table tennis, swimming and football.

During the summer it was a very special time for the members of Portmarnock Arch Club when it celebrated its 20th birthday. The celebrations were held in the car park at St Anne’s Church. Some of the people, who were involved in setting up the club two decades ago, were invited as special guests. Geraldine Birthistle, secretary of the National Federation of Arch Clubs, presented certificates to the volunteers in recognition of they great work they do at Portmarnock Arch Club. A spokeswoman for the club said at the event: “We owe our existence to the drive and foresight of Kay Moriarty who was District Nurse in Portmarnock at the time. “Kay called the first meeting of parents as she saw clearly there was a great need in the area for an organisation for people with special needs. “Louise Colman and Orla Darcy deserve special mention

as they have spent 12 years (Louise) and 10 years (Orla) working with our members. “Many people have worked hard over the past 20 years to make the Arch Club what it is to day. “The families of the members with special needs worked tirelessly to make a dream come true and provide necessary facilities in Portmarnock.” The spokeswoman said this work was aided by a large number of volunteers from the adult community. “Two of these volunteers have been with us since the beginning and continue to offer support and expertise,” she added. “We were delighted to acknowledge the unbroken commitment of Margaret Donohue and Shay Smyth.” Willie Scully and Geraldine Doyle, who represent the Portmarnock centre of Prosper Fingal, also joined in the celebrations.


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with changing facilities available in the adjoining Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre’s premises. The club’s private facilities at Paddy’s Hill opened in 2002 and include two full size pitches and an 80m x 40m state-of-the-art all weather training surface with floodlights. Portmarnock Golf Club is also a major attraction in the area as is the Portmarnock Sports

Education Porrmarnock Community School has been providing second level education to the community since it was established in 1979. It was one of the first community schools to be built in Ireland. Every year the school sends more than 50 transition year students, parents, teachers and friends with a cross section of skills in construction, health and education to continue a programme of work in the Lusikisiki community in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. St Marnock’s National School also provides a great service to the community, catering for in excess of 300 pupils. The school provides, in partnership with parents, a safe, caring and stimulating environment where every child can achieve his/her full potential. Accommodation includes permanent classrooms, a general purpose room, a computer room, special educational needs rooms, a library and offices. Outdoor recreational facilities consist of two hard courts

and Leisure Centre (PSLC). And speaking of golf, Portmarnock Golf Club tasted success earlier this year in the McGinley Trophy, which was held at Powerscourt Golf Club. The semi-finals and finals were played on the same day and all three matches were keenly contested with each of them finishing on the 18th. In the second semi the Woodbrook pair – Pat Cuneen and Peter O’Flanagan - were

2up after 6 against Portmarnock’s Denis Corboy and Michael Kearney who went on to fight back and win by 1up. In the final Portmarnock again had a slow start and went 2 down again after 6 against Old Conna. Both pairs played some solid golf but Portmarnock won the 17th to go one up and held on to win on the 18th.

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Sport Sport forms a huge part of community life in Portmarnock, with a number of clubs and groups providing a vital outlet for children and adults. Naomh Mearnog is one of

the biggest GAA clubs in the north county area and has enjoyed huge success over the years. The club was formed in 1975 and provides Gaelic football, hurling, ladies’ football and camogie to those of all ages and abilities. In 2000, Naomh Mearnog opened a new clubhouse and pitches, which was a huge undertaking at the time. However, the vision of those behind the project has paid rich dividends as the facility has proved to be a huge asset to the local community over the last decade. Shane Ryan is one of the club’s most well known players, having starred in midfield for the Dublin senior team over the last few years. The ladies’ section of the

club also boasts a number of stars including Cliodhna O’Connor, who kept goal for the Dublin senior team when they defeated Tyrone in this year’s Ladies’ All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. There was no greater sight for Dubliners this year than to see captain fantastic Denise Masterson lift the cup for the ‘Jackies’. Soccer is also very popular in the area with Portmarnock AFC continuing to nurture the talents of young footballers. Indeed, it was the seniors, who put the town on the map in 2000 when they won the FAI Junior Cup, the biggest prize in junior football, with a 2-0 win over St Michael’s at Tolka Park. The club currently uses five full size pitches and two sevena-side pitches at Carrickhill,

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abroad as well as local residents. The calendar sells for just €10 and all proceeds go to Naomh Mearnóg GAA club. Available now from Smyths Butchers in Portmarnock Village or from Naomh Mearnóg bar and shop.

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Supporting local businesses this Christmas THE year 2010 will certainly go down as one of the most turbulent in recent times given our economic woes and the situation we now find ourselves in after years of living it up while the Celtic Tiger strutted across our communities. Who could have predicted the crisis that has cast doom and gloom over every town in the country? The tiger is but a distant dream and has been replaced by the wolf that we’re all battling to keep from the door. However, we’ve been down

this darkened road before, albeit not for some time, and our fighting spirit will see us through no doubt. It’s time for our communities to batten down the hatches and pull ranks, support each other in these challenging times. Business communities especially are in need of our support and there’s no better time than at Christmas to help our local traders and keep employment levels up in our areas. As the festive season looms large on the horizon, the business community in Portmarnock is gearing up to offer its citizens the very best in local services.

Portmarnock has always been renowned as a close-knit village, providing shops, local services, schools, sports clubs and recreational outlets. This time of year presents us with a great opportunity to give something back and in respect of businesses in Portmarnock, there’s no better time to support the traders who have been there for us 12 months of the year – and ‘Not Just For Christmas’ as that well-worn phrase goes. Portmarnock has certainly grown from being just a little village and this growth has been more than matched by local businesses that have stepped up to the mark.

There is a good variety of services in the area, with local businesses always willing to welcome you with a friendly smile, as well as that all important quality service. In a lot of cases, those serving us from behind the counters are our friends and neighbours, which is another incentive to shop local during these challenging times. Portmarnock has a proud history and great potential and as we get set to enter a new year, there’s no better opportunity to support the local businesses on our doorstep that have been looking after us in good times and bad.

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How does it work? External Wall Insulation (EWI) is a composite cladding system comprised of suitable insulation and waterproof coating which is applied to all the external walls of a building. The application of EWI reduces heating bills, and consequently, carbon emissions also. External Wall Insulation (EWI) is the most efficient way to insulate an existing building. FACT. It uses the fabric of the building like a storage radiator. Because the heat can no longer escape through the outer layer of insulation, it is reflected back into the living areas, creating a constant warm home. With up to 40 per cent heat lost through external walls, EWI can help reduce your heating bills by up to 40 per cent. It can also reduce your carbon footprint by cutting your CO2 emissions by up to 2.5 tonnes per year. As well as having a huge impact on the inside of your home, External Insulation Ireland can also have a dramatic and positive effect on its exterior. When upgrading the Thermal performance of a building using the External Wall Insulation system, you are also given the opportunity to create a bright new low maintenance façade without the cost associated with conventional methods. The company’s certified brick finish system helps replicate any existing brick finish without the cost associated with conventional systems.

Avail of a €4,000 grant to re-insulate your home. Contact us or SEI for more information

In 2002, the Government set up SEI as Ireland’s national energy agency. Its mission is to promote and assist the development of sustainable energy. There are a number of grants available for homes and business including a Home Energy Saving scheme (Insulation Grants).

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Of course everyone would like to have a much warmer home but what about the cost involved. The good news is that Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) provides grants to offset the cost. Grants of €4,000 are available for an External Wall Insulation. Also, don’t forget that you are saving as much as 40 per cent on your heating bills annually which has to be factored in to any outlay.

Gail Sinclair, estate agent at Remax Partners, Fairview, was asked to value a house in Kilbarrack before and after insulation work was carried out to bring the property from an F energy rating to a B3, which is the highest rating available to a second hand house. The original house had kgCO2/M2/Yr emissions of 76.55, which dropped to 25.73 after remedial work, saving the householder 67 per cent in energy bills and carbon omissions in addition to helping the environment. The house in Kilbarrack is a three-bed semi-detached family home with a garage to the rear. In the good old days of the property boom, such a property would have commanded a price of around €500,000 with or without a favourable BER rating. In these straightened times, the purchaser is King and is becoming more and more discerning about this, one of the most important buys in their life. If the property is in walk-in condition, with a good energy rating, it has a much better chance of being sold, number one and, number two, achieving a good price for the vendor. The contractor carrying out the work on this house spent a total of €26,000 broken down as follows: Details of upgrade

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Original house BER Before/after survey & advisory report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€350 . . . . . . .€200 . . . . . .€150 . . . . . . . .F . . . . . 76.55

EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€10,000 . . . .€4,000 . . . .€6,000 . . . . .D1 . . . . 50.26 Change windows & doors to Munster joinery Double glazed PVC . . . .€5,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€5,500 . . . . . .C2. . . . . 39.22 Boiler & heating controls upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€2,700 . . . . . .€700 . . . . . .€2,000 . . . . . .C1. . . . . 31.1 Addition of porch/Draught lobby3,750.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€3,750

. . . . .C1. . . . . 30.78

Install 3m2 evacuated tube solar panel with 150L separate storage .€3,250 . . . . . .€900 . . . . . .€2,350 . . . . . .B3 . . . . 25.73 OVERALL COST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€26,010 . . . . . .€6.050 . . . . .€19,960

All the above prices are subject to 13.5% VAT

Gail’s valuation before the work in late 2009 was €280,000 with no guarantee of a quick sale or any sale at all. When she came back in early 2010, after the remedial work had been completed, she valued the house at €325,000 with an excellent prospect of selling quickly.

External Insulation Ireland is based in Kilcoole, County Wicklow and has an office in Fairview. For more information, phone 2811251 (Wicklow) or 8316368 (Fairview). Also, you can email info@externalinsulation.ie or visit www.externalinsulation.ie

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Case Study...

How does it work? External Wall Insulation (EWI) is a composite cladding system comprised of suitable insulation and waterproof coating which is applied to all the external walls of a building. The application of EWI reduces heating bills, and consequently, carbon emissions also. External Wall Insulation (EWI) is the most efficient way to insulate an existing building. FACT. It uses the fabric of the building like a storage radiator. Because the heat can no longer escape through the outer layer of insulation, it is reflected back into the living areas, creating a constant warm home. With up to 40 per cent heat lost through external walls, EWI can help reduce your heating bills by up to 40 per cent. It can also reduce your carbon footprint by cutting your CO2 emissions by up to 2.5 tonnes per year. As well as having a huge impact on the inside of your home, External Insulation Ireland can also have a dramatic and positive effect on its exterior. When upgrading the Thermal performance of a building using the External Wall Insulation system, you are also given the opportunity to create a bright new low maintenance façade without the cost associated with conventional methods. The company’s certified brick finish system helps replicate any existing brick finish without the cost associated with conventional systems.

Avail of a €4,000 grant to re-insulate your home. Contact us or SEI for more information

In 2002, the Government set up SEI as Ireland’s national energy agency. Its mission is to promote and assist the development of sustainable energy. There are a number of grants available for homes and business including a Home Energy Saving scheme (Insulation Grants).

BE

RE

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Temperatures plummeted to minus 10 in places just after Christmas and we had our most prolonged cold snap since the 1960s. As well as having to contend with icy roads and water shortages there was that old problem of heating systems breaking down, leaving householders to shiver while waiting anxiously for repairs to be carried out. Now that the worst is over, it gives us a chance to take stock and prepare for the next cold spell, which could strike at anytime with our unpredictable climate. However, did you know that there’s a company that could have kept us much warmer, saved us large sums on heating bills and paying for repairs, and helped the environment to boot? External Insulation Ireland, the country’s longest established External Wall Insulation (EWI) company, has been insulating houses all over Ireland since 1998.

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Wheel and track replacement for porch and patio doors AS MENTIONED in a previous article, Patio Door Doctor is a business specialising solely in the repair and refurbishment of all doors and windows. This week we are emphasising roller and track replacement for sliding porch and patio doors, and in particular older aluminium doors. Once again, a lot of people don't realise that these doors can be very successfully repaired, whether its the sliding or the locking aspect. Because we don't supply and install new doors and windows, our claim to be a genuine repair service is in fact just that, genuine! So if your porch or patio door is dragging on the bottom, or hopping its way back and forth and making all sorts of weird noises instead of gliding quietly and freely, please feel free to contact us to be assured of a quality repair. Repairing these doors is of course economically preferable to replacing them. We also supply and install new handles, lock mechanisms and standard or security cylinders for all doors. There is no call-out charge for private houses and we operate seven days a week if required. Contact Brian Walters on 087-6938308 or email patiodoordoctor@gmail.com for more information.

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32 house and home DECORATING your home is more than just about style. It should also have the comfort factor, be practical and user friendly for family members and above all reflect the personalities of its inhabitants – after all, you wouldn’t not buy an item of clothing totally unsuitable and the same goes for your home.

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Decorating your home

by Maureen Comerford So where do you start? Always begin with your walls, as colour and texture create light and ambiance. Paint is so versatile and there are such wonderful colours, hues and washes to choose from. Don’t worry if your walls are not as smooth and perfect as they should be, good heavy duty lining paper is very forgiving. So what colour or shade of paint should you go for?. The cream family includes winter whites, stone, taupes and linens which are all neutral while giving a warm glow. Any of these shades can be used separately or together, for example cream walls in the hall and linen in the lounge, they give great continuity. Flooring is easy as wood or carpet are both popular. If you choose wood flooring throughout, there are some wonderful rugs to add depth and colour to any floor. Carpets can be plain or with a small pattern and there are so many colours available from neutrals to rich terracottas and

golds. Now to the ‘comfort and style factor’ - and the focal point in every lounge or sitting room - your sofas and chairs. Unlike just choosing paint colours, consideration must be given to the size of your sofa or suite.

What looks good in a glossy magazine may not be comfortable for your requirements, for example seating depth, back height, cushion support and obviously fabric and colour. It’s vital to sit on your sofa before purchasing, as you will

know instinctively what is just right for you. Curtains really add the final touch - apart from literally framing your window, they envelop the room in the colder seasons and ideally should add another dimension to your room on the brighter

days - as colour and texture should compliment your sofas and walls. It’s really worth investing in good custom made curtains as they can last for 20 years or more. If all this seems a little daunting, why not make an

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Dear Dr DIY My work colleague was broken into today and I realise that the lock on my front door isn’t the best. I would love to feel more secure as I live alone - do you have any helpful advice on something I could do myself? Clare, Dublin Dear Clare, A deadlock is one of the toughest, most secure locks you can install on your door. Also known as a dead bolt, the deadlock keeps your home protected from breakins. You can easily install a dead bolt yourself by following the four quick steps below. The job shouldn’t take much longer than 30 minutes. Supplies: • Deadlock kit - you will pick one up at your local DIY or hardware store • Drill (I recommend the Ryobi One+ Apprentice Combi Kit which comes with battery and charger: RRP €89.99) • Screwdriver bit • Screws (if not provided in your lock kit)

Step-by-Step Step One: Before you get started, go to the hardware store nearest you to select the dead bolt that’s right for your needs.

to securely screw into place. Then, working from the outside of the lock to the inside, install the cylinder component of the deadlock. Screw the parts of the lock together and test the bolt to make sure it slides effortlessly (but securely) in and out of place. Finally screw the strike plate into place over the locking mechanism. Then just sit back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

The most common types of deadlocks include the single-cylinder lock, the doublecylinder lock and the vertical lock. The single-cylinder model has a drawback: You can jostle it out of place and accidently lock the door when you slam it. For this reason, the slam-proof double-cylinder deadlock makes a better choice. The vertical lock, on the other hand, sits on top of the door and is particularly good at preventing intruders from jimmying the door open. Step Two: There’s no firm rule as to exactly where on the door you should install your deadlock, but you can consider a few guidelines. You need the lock to be in a location that’s easy for you to insert a key but even more importantly, you should maximize the effect of all your locks by leaving them at least six inches between the dead bolt and your regular lock.

In fact, deadlocks are often installed a full 12 inches above the regular lockset. With a pen or pencil, mark the spot on the door where you’ll install the lock. Place and outline the template for the lock in that position. Step Three: Take your drill and drill a

hole through the door to make room for the cylinder of the dead bolt. Then look at the skinny side of the door and note where the bolt will slide through. Carefully drill a hole here as well. Keep the drill level so the hole is even and straight. The Ryobi Chi1802 Apprentice Drill has a built-in level so this

will help. You should always wear safety goggles to make sure any slivers or wood chips don’t inadvertently strike you. Step Four: Position the bolt into the hole that you drilled in the door and use a flathead or Phillips screwdriver bit in your Ryobi Chi1802 Apprentice Drill

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Energy saving tips boost North Dublin Businesses NORTH Dublin firms recently brushed up on the latest ways to cut their energy costs at a special series of energy efficiency briefings with leading independent energy supplier Energia. The briefings were designed to educate business owners about energy efficiency, allowing them to reduce their energy costs. The purpose of the training was to help the companies develop and implement their own energy management systems, so they can cut energy bills (and also their CO2 emissions) by 10 per cent. Michael Ringland, marketing manager with Energia, said the company had developed considerable expertise in the area of energy efficiency training. “We have provided large numbers of clients with the knowledge and tools through which they can both save money, through reduced energy consumption, and also reduce their carbon emissions,” he said. “Energy efficiency can start with simple low cost initiatives such as staff awareness days and for some companies a complete business wide process has been implemented, including reviewing purchasing processes, conducting an energy audit, implementing staff training and awareness programmes. “Customers with online metering can analyse their data to

identify where they can alter their processes to make the best use of lower night energy. By conducting a simple energy audit and by introducing various low cost ways of installing materials and equipment, a decrease in energy bills is easily achievable. “Even by switching off lights when not in use or remembering to power off your PC in the evenings instead of leaving it on standby can lead to substantial saving on your energy bill.” Energia’s web site (www. energia.ie) contains information on how to conduct a simple self audit and detailed information on energy efficiency in business. “Energia’s green power offering provides Irish businesses with competitively priced energy packages and power from renewable resources, both of which significantly benefits the environment,” continued Mr Ringland. Energia has 220MW of renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, the majority of which is operational with a further 400MW of windfarm projects currently in development across Ireland. The company also supplies

G POWERED UP: Pictured at the one of the Energia briefings were energy efficiency trainer PJ Henry, Stockactive, Ciara Teeling, PJ’s Playcentre Balbriggan, Michael Ringland, Energia and Mary Simons, PJ's Playcentre, Balbriggan.

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Homeless Agency highlights Dublin’s Cold Weather Initiative SERVICES for people sleeping rough are being strictly monitored during winter months under the city’s Cold Weather Initiative (CWI) Dublin City Council’s Homeless Agency has announced. The council had been accused of refusing to publicise the address of a Dublin 7 hostel which is used for additional temporary accommodation in emergencies under the initiative. However, the Homeless Agency says details of its exact location have been provided to the homeless outreach teams and services staff who are coming into direct contact with people sleeping rough. “The reason for this is to ensure that this service is not used as an alternative form of accommodation for people who are already using our existing services, as it is very important not to displace people from other services and it is essential that we respect the dignity and privacy of people who are accessing homeless services,” a spokesperson for the agency said. The agency pointed out that the CWI has been in place across all homeless services in Dublin since November 5, adding that services are strictly monitoring rough sleeping on a daily basis to ensure that there is sufficient bed capacity in emergency homeless accommodation. “There are a number of measures in place to ensure that additional temporary emergency accommodation will be available if required,” the spokesperson said. “If a person is experiencing homelessness or rough sleeping in Dublin they can access emergency accommodation through the Homeless Persons Unit or they will be linked into accommodation through the outreach teams, operated by Dublin Simon Community and Focus Ireland, who are actively on the streets on a daily basis ensuring that people are accommodated. “In order to ensure that we have additional capacity for people who may not be in regular contact or who may be resistant to using homeless services, there is a Cold Weather Initiative emergency service in place since November 5 and that will re-

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Last Minute Value: With budget gloom all around, we still excelled ourselves this week by advising our customers of an incredibly low cost 10night ‘Escape From It All’ package to the Canaries, self-catering for €269 per person sharing, in 3* apartments. Not alone that but we also offered a super package to Tunisia in a 4* hotel on half-board for the incredible price of €489. To chase away the budget blues, we advised of a special 7-night €299 rate at multiple resorts between December 2010 and April 2011. There’s also savings, on family packages of up to €699 on selected dates in the Summer! We are always very pro-active in advising clients of the best deals available in the market. Those of you who kept in touch with us, checked our ‘today’s specials’ on our website at www.rorymcdyertravel.ie, or gave us their e-mail address for our E-mail Specials, were advised as soon as the offers came in. You, too, could have availed of these amazing offers and can in the future. If you would like to be informed daily of what offers are available, send your e-mail address to lates@rorymcdyertravel.ie or phone it in to us at 01-8335100.

Climate: Jamaica’s average annual temperature is a sweltering 28 degrees. A tropical climate prevails inland but temperatures can drop to 10 degrees on the highest mountains. North east trade winds and mountain breezes keep the temperature pleasant along the coast. The average annual rainfall is 74.61 inches.

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when two new Secrets resorts open next May in Montego Bay. Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St James sit side by side, offering 700 rooms between them. The adults only retreats share a wide range of dining, entertainment and leisure facilities including eight international restaurants, nine bars, free-form swimming pools and a spa. There’s also plenty of on-site activities such as tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, watersports and daily aerobic and yoga classes. Jamaica’s director of tourism, John Lynch, says the resorts will help make the island even more attractive. “We are pleased to welcome AMResorts and the Secrets brand,” he says. “We believe the opening of this new development underscores the appeal of Jamaica not only as a great vacation option, but as a great place for doing business. Visitors to the resort capital of Montego Bay will have another option when selecting an accommodation that matches their specific needs and interests.”

The Secrets resorts will also have further competition in the form of The Palmyra, a Solís resort and spa, in the exclusive enclave of Montego Bay’s Rose Hall. The first of its hotel and residential giants, the Sabal Palm Tower, is now open and the second, Silver Palm, is due to start taking guests at the start of next season. When that happens the resort will have more than 200 ocean view rooms and all accommodations boast high-end features including marble countertops, flat screen TVs and Bosch appliances in the suite kitchens. An almost completed new cruise port terminal on Jamaica’s north coast in Falmouth will give tour groups another reason to include the island in their itineraries. The project has incorporated some of the old port’s Georgian features that date back to the time when Falmouth was a distribution point for both rum and slaves. The port will be able to house two mega-liners at a time, with the Royal Caribbean’s famous Navigator of the Seas

set to be the first to dock. She’ll be followed by the 5,400 passenger Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas which will begin calling from March 2011. Jamaica’s tourism drive is also targeting big business with construction of the 84,000 sq ft Montego Bay Convention Centre. The $51.7 million project is due to open in January and it’s first gig is the prestigious 2011 Marketplace event. “It’s no secret that we’re eager to host Marketplace 2011,” says Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Barlett. “Not only is it the Caribbean’s premier tourism and marketing event, showcasing the best from the Caribbean but also it will now be held at arguably the most sophisticated and largest convention centre the region has to offer. “The facility is a dream come true for Jamaica as it extends the true Jamaican experience beyond the leisure travel market to top corporations, incentive groups and meeting planners wanting a more glamorous tropical backdrop for their events.”

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•Geography: The island is 146 miles long with width varying between 22 and 51 miles. Almost half of Jamaica is over 1,000 feet above sea level and it has a lush terrain and dramatic coastline.

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Madeira: Madeira has limited availability for Christmas and New Year, December 19 & 26 departures from €549 + €68 per person, 4* hotel. During the period January 03-31, 7 nights at the 5* Tivoli Madeira comes in at €589 + €68 tax. Call Rory on 01-8335100 to discuss. Christmas Gifts: If you want to be practical, why not give a travel voucher for Christmas? Holiday breaks, however short, are just the thing for keeping spirits buoyant, so why not give someone a voucher, any denomination that suits your pocket, and help them get the break they deserve in 2011. Call Rory or Jo on 01-8335100 to organise. Travel Insurance It is vitally important that you are covered well and correctly by travel insurance. We offer cover from award-winning Blue Insurance which you can either book yourself on our website at www.rorymcdyertravel.ie (click on the Insurance button midway on the right hand side of the homepage) or discuss and book with us when making travel arrangements. What we offer you We offer customers a friendly voice at the other end of the phone and a warm welcome in our comfortable office overlooking the seafront at Clontarf, coupled with expert, impartial advice, to ensure you get what you’re looking for in a holiday. No matter how far you want to travel, we can look after your travel arrangements. Our daily e-mailshot, advising customers of what special deals are available, is a complimentary service which customers really appreciate. Remember - without your travel agent, you’re on your own and people care, computers don’t! * All offers are correct at time of going to press and are subject to availability. Prices are based on lowest air fares which can fluctuate.

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to experience depression. Feelings of detachment, numbness, loss or pressure to make Christmas special can magnify symptoms of depression. For those on their own, Christmas can be the loneliest time. A sense of isolation can be felt more acutely when the rest of the population appears to be celebrating. A few simple steps can help alleviate depression at this time.

Many struggle with depression and anxiety during the darkest months of the year, but Christmas adds extra stress with presents to buy, meals to prepare, expectations to live up to and family to deal with. Add financial problems that may arise from January bills and we can see that Christmas is the most likely time of year

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with both boys and girls playing. They also have an academy which caters for 4 year old and up for both boys and girls. The academy was introduced 8 years ago and some of the players who now play in the older leagues started there. The players in Mercy not only come from the local schools but are from schools from the surrounding areas, Beaumont, Killester, Clontarf and Malahide to name a few. Mercy has achieved many honours over the year’s some of their players have played on various Dublin and Irish teams. Several have gone on college scholarships to the United States. Four of the underage teams went to Barcelona at Easter to play in an international tournament. They achieved great success returning with two runner’s up place trophies, one third and one fourth place trophies. They played against Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and

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hypnotherapy psychotherapy clinic Wouldn’t it be great to have all the confidence, peace of mind and happiness you want. Yet with all the day to day stresses and pressures around it can seem that life is out to get you. We can feel thrown off balance, our beliefs shattered, lack of motivation and fearful. When this happens we lose our ability to think clearly and rationally and we lose sight of things. We constantly worry about different things that never happen and by doing this we waste years of our life that we never get back. Our emotions can gallop away from us and if we leave this unchallenged it can consume our everyday lives with negative thoughts and negative behavioural patterns.

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Osteopathy

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LOWER BACK PAIN

Most people in their lifetime will experience low back pain. It may be a fleeting one off episode of stiffness on waking up in the morning, which then goes away as mysteriously at it came on. Back pain can come on suddenly, possibly from lifting an awkward object, a car accident or fall. This can lead to a severe form of low back pain which can lock up the whole spine and render the sufferer immobile and in great

discomfort. With time and appropriate care the back gets better. Long term back ache poses more of a problem. Possibly leading to long periods of pain, loss of mobility and quality of life. You may not be able to do normal daily activities such as walking, lifting a child or your favourite sport. Long term pain sufferers who take medication may over a long period time experience side effects which lead to ulcers, constipation and general lethargy. So what can cause low backache? In order to explain some of the causes of backache we need to understand a little anatomy.

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The low back has five bones or vertebrae which have a flexible disc between them Ligaments, joints and muscles help support and balance the low back and spine. Damage to any of these structures will lead to low back pain. So how do you damage these structures? Poor lifting, age, poor work environment, road traffic accidents, falls and previous pregnancies are some of the causer that can lead to structural damage. If you are healthy, if the original cause was not too severe and you are not continually straining the low back, then the body will heal itself. Unhealthy living such as poor diet, not exercising, smoking, bad posture, a physical job that is demanding and being stressed will slow down and even prevent healing. This would lead to more persistent backache that may get worse. Eating too much and being overweight will strain the low back. Not eating enough healthy foods deprives the body of vital ingredients needed to repair damaged structures. Doing too little correct exercise will lead to poor muscle tone and support for the back which leaves it prone to repeated injury and continual irritation of the injured areas. Smoking not only reduces the amount of healing oxygen needed for repair but also stimulates inflammation and pain. Poor posture will also prevent low backache. If the weight and forces are not evenly and correctly distributed along the spine, then key areas of the spine will be prone to injury and irritation. Bad posture can be as obvious as the stooping old age pensioner, but it is often quite subtle. Age, genetics and poor habit may be responsible. The bones and discs of the spine sit on the pelvis which acts like the foundation and base for not only the low back but also the whole spine and upper body. If the pelvis is twisted, then in effect, the base of the spine is unbalanced leading to stresses in the lower back and spine. Having one leg shorter than another, possibly from a knee operation or broken leg can lead to a twist in the pelvis. Joints, ligaments and muscles ache after standing or sitting as they try to keep these deviations from further damaging the back. An osteopath may help you identify what is causing the low backache and why you are not improving. Careful questioning may help you identify what you are doing in your life that is continually irritating your back. A comprehensive examination will help identify postural imbalances and with gentle movements of the spine help to correct them. Following advice on diet and exercise will allow you to take control of your backache. This will allow you to live in less pain and have a better quality of life. Tony, on 087 2992899 or 01 8021748 or Pat O’Byrne 085 1452851

For queries any of the Articles contact Tony O’Brien or Chris Campbell at the Littlejohn Clinic, 122A Cromwellsfort Road, Walkinstown. Telelphone: 01 4560300. Tony also has a private clinic in Swords and can be reached at 087 2992899 or 01 8021748. E-mail osteo@eircom.net Website: tonyobrienosteopath.com

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PATIO DOOR DOCTOR We are a genuine repair service and specialize in the following; · Patio wheels and tracks · Draughty windows/hinges • Door and window handles · Locks for doors and windows · Letterbox replacement · Anti-snap security cylinders Locksmith service 7 day service Email: patiodoordoctor@eircom.net Contact Brian Walters: 087 693 8308

DRIVING LESSONS SHAMROCK SAFE DRIVE RSA Approved Driving Instructor ADI No: 36171 · Beginners & Nervous Pupils Welcome · 1 person in the car per lesson · Pre-test Specialists · Gift Vouchers Available · All Northside Test Centers covered Learn to drive with Shamrock Safe Drive in a duel controlled car Call Terry: MOB: 086 346 0159 or 01 8473083 www.shamrockdriving.com Complete a course of 10 lessons before April and we can offer a 1yr no claims discount on your insurance.

GATES RAHENY GATES Introducing a new range of Simple/Safe wrought iron gates from €450.00 primed, gloss painted & installed. Also railings to match. Ten years experience. We also specialise in gate repair/rehang, and can supply & fit driveway security posts. For a brochure & free estimate call David on 8477317 or 087-4170895.

ELECTRIC SHOWERS BRIAN DUNNE ELECTRICAL Electric showers supplied and fitted €550 Electric showers replaced €375 Also electric shower repairs Fully qualified All electrical work undertaken Tel 834 0244 Mob 0872542577

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ARTANE GATES • Driveway Gates • Pedestrian Gates • Railings & repairs • Side gates with timber or steel • Folding Gates • Galvanised on request • All gates primed • Garage Steel Doors • Free design & Estimate Tel. Ciaran 087-2631669 01-8473138 Beside Artane Castle www.artanegates.ie


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INSULATION € INSULATION € With over 20 years experience For all your building & insulation needs. Extensions, Garden Wall Repairs, Rubbish/Waste removed Building work from €100 a day. Attic Top up with 200mm insulation pipes Hatch & tank for €299 Supplied & fitted to new BER reg Certified insulation and airtightness. Free Quote & Advice Contact Paul on 086 259 9527

MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE MAN AVAILABLE • Flat Packs • Burst pipes • Insurance Work • Electrics • Carpentry • Roofing • Tiling • Plastering • Gardening Large Van also available for deliveries/removals Call Michael on 087 2611426.

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PLASTERING/ DRY LINING PLASTERING , COVING & DAMP PROOFING SPECIALIST - All forms of interior and exterior plaster work - All internal and external wall insulation - 25 years experience - No job too big or small - Excellent rates - VAT Registered - Free estimates Call David 086 352 1645

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ATTENTION HOME OWNERS!!!! For all your plumbing needs: Specialising in Gas Central Heating, Gas Appliance Installation, New Bathrooms Fitted, Electric Showers Installation, Tank Replacement, Garden Tap Installation etc etc. All Plumbing requirements met. Free estimates. Very competitive rates. RGII registered. Fully insured. Ph: Joe on 087 9536779.

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SECURE CONCRETE YARD Approx 3000 sq ft to let. 10 minutes drive south of Bray. One mile from N11 motorway. Rent e350 per month. Tel John at 086-8253536

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FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL We Mr and Mrs Tom Robinson of 114 Abbey Park ,Baldoyle ,Dublin 13. Intend to apply for Permission for single storey extension at side and rear, remove existing internal porch to front and relocate front door and all associated site works . This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL Sean Harford intends to apply for Planning Permission for a single storey extension to the rear of the house, new porch entrance to the front of the house and associated site works at 58 Saint Peters terrace, Howth, Dublin 13. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL Permission to build a hipped dormer window to side with 1 rooflight to rear of existing attic store at 781 Sarto Park, Dublin 13. for Fergus & Deirdre McNamara. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL I, Janette Nangle, intend to apply for Retention Planning Permission for development at No. 9 Grace O’Malley Drive, Howth, Co. Dublin. The development consists of the retention of a dormer roof & skylight (at roof level to the rear) and attic store. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

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