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THE Dublin parents of a seven-year-old girl who passed away last year are organising a charity run next week in aid of a Southside school. Brian Daly and Olivea Maguire are hosting the Fly High Lily

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February 8 will be donated to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) in Clondalkin and towards the creation of a

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Dublin Port Company’s new Tolka pilot boat is christened THE Dublin Port Company has officially christened its new pilot boat, the DPC Tolka, in a short ceremony held at Poolbeg Yacht Club. The state-of-the art vessel arrived in Dublin Port in December. Fr Ivan Tonge of Ringsend Parish and Reverend William Black, Port Chaplin from the Mission to Seafarers, blessed the 17.1 metre vessel. Then, the boat’s ‘godmother’, Eileen Murray, carried out the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle on its bow. Eileen, a local of Ringsend, is the Vice Commodore of Poolbeg Yacht Club and her father was one of its founding members. DPC Tolka is the newest addition to the port’s fleet of working vessels, which includes tug boats

Shackleton and Beaufort, multi-purpose workboat the Rosbeg, and pilot boats Liffey and Camac. She replaces the port’s oldest pilot boat, Dodder, which was retired from service after 23 years. DPC Tolka represents a vital upgrade in the provision of pilotage services at the port. Pilots have been training on the new vessel since her arrival. Designed by French Naval Architect Pantocarene for both fuel efficiency and performance in challenging weather conditions, DPC Tolka features the latest navigational and safety equipment on board, including a dedicated Pilot workstation in the wheelhouse and hydraulic Man Overboard Recovery Platform at the stern. With shipping companies increasingly

deploying longer, deeper ships capable of carrying more cargo, DPC Tolka will allow Dublin Port’s team of highly skilled marine pilots to reach and board these ships in all weather conditions from a greater distance out into Dublin Bay. Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, said: “The christening of a new vessel is a longstanding tradition. “I cannot think of a more suitable godmother to the Tolka than Vice Commodore Murray, whose family are steeped in Poolbeg Yacht Club’s history.” “I thank Eileen and the club for hosting this event today and Dublin Port Company looks forward to working closely with both the local community and the various sailing organisations in the The boat’s ‘godmother’, Eileen Murray, a native of Ringsend and Vice Commodore of Poolbeg Yacht Club, is pictured future.” launching the Tolka.

Park run for Lily beautiful daughter, Lily. “We will do everything “She would love the idea we can to ensure that this special legacy enriches of an outdoor classroom in her name,” her parents the lives of others who live with hydrocephalus added. “As a family, it and spina bifida across would mean the world Ireland.” to us knowing that Lily's The event takes place legacy will live on.” in the Phoenix Park on Tom Scott, CEO with Saturday, February 8 at SBHI, added: “We are 9.30am. This is a 5km honoured that the timed run with a 2.5km Maguire and Daly family untimed option available. have thought of SBHI All are welcome in remembering their  Continued from page 1 

and support for this worthy cause is greatly appreciated. Ireland has one of the highest incidence rates in the world with 40 babies born with spina bifida each year here. It is the most common neural tube defect (NTD) which causes incomplete development of the spinal cord. Translated, ‘spina bifida’ literally means ‘split spine’.

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Freedom of City award for Gavin IT’S safe to say that there will be few quibbles about the latest person to be given the Freedom of Dublin. Last Saturday week, at the Mansion House, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe conferred the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin on former Dublin senior football manager, Jim Gavin. Gavin is regarded as one of the best Irish Gaelic football managers in the modern game. Managing the Dublin Senior Men’s Football Team from 2013 to 2019, he is one of the county's most successful managers in terms of major titles won. Gavin has also served his country for over 20 years as a military pilot for Óglaigh na hÉireann (the Irish Defence Forces), holding the senior rank of Commandant. Lord Mayor McAuliffe

said: “In conferring on Jim the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin, we recognise his achievements on the pitch, as a manager and his contribution to public life. “He and his players have created many happy

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Call for ban on election posters Tony McCullagh A DUBLIN-based charity that supports the visually impaired and people with sight loss has called for a national ban on election posters. The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) is highlighting that election posters hung too low can pose a real danger to people who are blind or visually impaired. It says that this risk to injury, coupled with how environmentally unfriendly they are, advances the argument in favour of a national ban on posters. Kevin Kelly, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns with NCBI, said: “At every election campaign, there are some candidates and their parties who show a blatant disregard for electoral law and in particular the safety of people with impaired vision.

“Election posters are required to be a minimum of 2.1 metres [7ft] from the ground. “Neither a guide dog nor cane can alert a pedestrian to a low hanging poster, posing a risk of a minor head injury.” Mr Kelly added: “The NCBI has seen multiple examples where this requirement is being ignored in the race for votes. It is time for a national ban on election posters to eliminate this risk and reduce waste in favour of a greener environment.” Mr Kelly told Southside People that while the problem has been ongoing for some time, there was a rise in complaints from NCBI’s service users during last year’s local elections. He claimed there were a number of posters close to the charity’s headquarters, that had been positioned too low. “A guide dog is trained

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to support patients to understand the impact of their diagnosis and to link them in with support organisations as needed. Such a system has been operational in Northern Ireland for decades. • Make Ireland’s bus and passenger

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the BAM Community Benefit Fund for the new children’s hospital. “This was an initiative of the BAM proposal, as we are involved in similar community funding schemes elsewhere, which have proven to be hugely beneficial to all the stakeholders involved. “Since we started the enabling works contract in 2016, BAM has worked hard to become a part of the local communities of Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 and we have witnessed the mutual benefits that our continued cooperation and dialogue has brought to both the local community, local business and our own operations. I would like to thank the Community Benefit Oversight Group, who have assisted us in establishing the BAM Community Benefit Fund for the new children’s hospital.” Joe Donoghue, the Community Development Manager at Fatima Groups United welcomed the continued community support of BAM Ireland. “Thanks to BAM’s dedication to the local communities of Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 over the last few years, we have seen many people enter training and employment because of the construction works. “Today we welcome this new commitment by BAM that will see many more benefit from their generosity over the coming years.” In addition to community support, BAM also contributes to the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance from other healthcare projects and supports Temple Street Foundation and St James’ Hospital Foundation. Also speaking at the event was Gordon Jeyes, who serves as Independent Chair of the Community Benefit Oversight Group. “This new fund will provide for tremendous work throughout the neighbouring communities,” he said. “Already we have seen BAM positively engage with local schools and businesses.”


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Man punched Garda at Dún Laoghaire music festival Isabel Hayes

punching him six times to the head and attempting to bite his head. A MAN who punched a Hodgkins was eventually Garda repeatedly and subdued after another tried to bite him after he Garda pepper-sprayed was caught with drugs him. will be assessed for Hodgkins, with an community service. Jason Hodgkins (30) was address in Montrose Close, Artane, pleaded at the Beatyard music guilty to one count of festival in Dún Laoghaire assault causing harm to on August 4, 2018, when Garda Molloy. He also he was spotted giving a pleaded guilty to three tablet to a fellow festivalcounts of possessing goer, Dublin Circuit small amounts of drugs, Criminal Court heard. including cannabis and a When confronted by '2CB' tablet. Garda Desmond Molloy, Hodgkins, who has no Hodgkins initially complied with being taken previous convictions, had €1,500 in court as a token outside the festival to be of his remorse. Garda searched. Molloy had indicated that However, he became “fidgety” as he was being this should go to Down Syndrome Ireland. led out of the festival Judge Melanie Greally and started arguing with ruled that Hodgkins Garda Molloy to let go of should be assessed for him. A scuffle ensued, which community service. She adjourned the matter to led to Hodgkins getting March 24 for finalisation. on top of the guard,

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New sports centre to cater for south city’s residents A NEW state-of-the-art sports and community centre has been unveiled in the south inner-city to provide recreational facilities for local residents and businesses. The new centre at Charlemont Square was officially opened by the Charlemont Street Regeneration Board and Brian Hanney, South East Area Manager with Dublin City Council. The Tom Kelly 2 (TK2) centre is designed to deliver unrivalled facilities and recreation space in the heart of Charlemont Street for the enjoyment of the local community and businesses. Facilities at the centre include a sports hall with changing rooms, which already caters for indoor football, boxing, fitness, gymnastics and yoga, and a number of other spaces all of which are available for use by the

local community and businesses alike. The TK2 centre is named after the Tom Kelly flats that once sat in its place and is now a focal point for local residents and employees at the new Charlemont Square development. The centre is already in use by local community groups and nearby businesses. Local businesses are also being encouraged to get involved and make use of the facilities. Jackie Brady, Chair of the Charlemont Community Resource Centre, welcomed the launch. “We are delighted to officially open the new centre which is at the heart of this Charlemont community and a key part of the new Charlemont Square project. “We have worked hard to ensure we honoured the heritage and history

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Now in its third year, Dublin Racing Festival has established itself as one of the premium horse racing meets during the Irish calendar. This is augmented with a real festival feel as the large crowds have the opportunity to soak up much of what is great about the capital's music, cuisine, culture and entertainment over the course of Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2. Though their fame stretches much further than their hometown, Aslan and George Murphy are two of Dublin's favourite live acts and they bring with them superb stage shows and enviable back catalogues of music. Danny O'Brien, meanwhile, is host and owner of The Comedy

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Candidates must win over young and old TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com

YOU’D almost feel sorry for some of the poor candidates pounding the pavement and knocking on doors as the February 8 general election fast approaches. The unenviable task of securing our votes has been made somewhat easier by the unseasonably mild January weather. Not that I’ve had

many callers. In fact, as I write, not a single candidate has darkened my door. More’s the pity as I wanted to have a chat with some of them. There was a time when politicians only got it in the neck when they came face to face with the electorate on the campaign trail. Now, thanks to social media, the abuse can be 24/7. While having a hard neck is considered a prerequisite for entering political life, lines are too often crossed by nasty keyboard warriors who spew out their hateful bile under the cloak of anonymity. In the pre-internet era, most negative news stories would fade

First-time voters have been galvanised by Greta Thunberg’s climate change campaign. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK from the headlines in a matter of days. If you were at the centre of a storm, it was simply a case of keeping your head down until it blew over. Not anymore. A controversy can now drag on for months thanks to social media, which Fine Gael discovered to its cost with the Maria Bailey saga. Mining politicians’

online history for inappropriate comments has become the new bloodsport of the 21st century. For Election 2020, candidates are under pressure from all demographics: the young and firsttime voters have been galvanised by Greta Thunberg’s climate change campaign and are pushing the green agenda; the so-called

‘grey’ voter has been exercised by changes to the qualifying age for the State pension and the inequalities between private and public sector workers. None of this may have anything to do with the number of sitting TDs deciding to call it a day and retire from politics. Personally, I can’t say I blame them.

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Fr McVerry's Are you struggling plea to next to find the perfect fit? Government HOUSING and homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has called for the Government’s mortgage to rent scheme to be made mandatory for banks when dealing with families in unsustainable debt. Over 5,400 family home loans are in arrears for two years or more across Dublin, while more than 240 mortgage to rent cases have either been completed or are being actively progressed, according to the latest figures. The scheme allows

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authority while remaining in their current dwellings. Fr McVerry also called on the incoming Government to increase the scheme’s eligibility criteria so that a meaningful attempt can be made to solve many of the 27,000 cases where homeowners have been in arrears for at least two years. At present, there are 1,200 active cases in

He challenged politicians seeking election to the next Dáil to do “something drastic” to end the “spiral of misery” for so many families. “What this housing crisis needs right now is radical thinking,” said Fr McVerry, a member of the advisory board of mortgage to rent operator, Home for Life. “Solutions won’t happen overnight but if the will is

mortgage debt legacy from the past decade, it should make it illegal over the next three years to evict people without an offer of mortgage to rent. “However, the next Government has to sit down and change the thresholds which limit the mortgage to rent scheme. I am on record as saying that many more families should be included in this scheme because it

prettyand quickly.” budget to suit your needs process nationwide but of losing homes to To discuss atheir recruitment strategy He added: “If the next Fr McVerry wants to see switch to paying a fair, Government is serious number increased income-based affordable call us today on 049that 4379707. about tackling this huge significantly this year. rent to their local

Paul Cunningham, CEO, Home For Life, with housing campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. is the only way for many of them to resolve their current circumstances. “The stress and misery that people are enduring must be relieved “It saddens me to think

that every week there are thousands of homedwellers living in the needless fear of a knock on the door or a visit from the postman.” Fr McVerry urged those

who find themselves in difficulty not to bury their heads in the sand. “Instead, I would encourage them to engage with their local MABS people or their lender.”

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Champion local primary schools John Boyle, INTO

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Pram Jam Singers sound great Aine O'Boyle EVERY Friday morning at 10am, a group of people gather in Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum, with one thing in common they are all parents and carers that love to sing. Pram Jam Singers is a group of parents, grandparents and childminders that come together to make music while the kids play or even join in. The group was founded in September of last year by mum and graduate of Cork School of Music, Maura Flynn. “It originated from a conversation among friends where we wanted to have something musical for us, as mothers as well as our kids,” Maura explained. “We had all taken our kids to so many groups, to encourage musical growth and learn and play through music, but what about the parents?” The group gets together at a time to fit into the

schedules of parents and minders who may wish to join a choir but can’t make it to evening rehearsals. “Everyone is welcome to sing with Pram Jam Singers - mums, dads, minders, grannies and grandads - or anyone who wants to sing in a choir, and at a time that suits them,” Maura added. Pram Jam Singers is unique in the way that the focus of this parent and toddler group is on the parents. “There are babes in arms and toddlers playing, or eating or sleeping at each rehearsal but my priority is the grown-up, so that they get time to sing great songs and learn harmonies and sing as part of a very unique choir,” Maura said. The singing group has yet to take their performances public but they are hoping to link in with some nursing homes in the local area to bring their singing to the older generation.

“I believe the link between our old and young is very important,” Maura said. “Pram Jam Singers would be a beautiful musical connection.”

The group was also involved in National Singing Week last year, that is run in conjunction with Sing Ireland. National Singing Week offers all those with a love

of singing the opportunity to be a part of a national conversation on the benefits to both the body and mind and of being involved in such a group. According to Maura:

“The benefits of choral singing are becoming well known, as they increase a person’s well-being and offering a sense of togetherness. “The breathing calms

and improves respiratory health. “There is a joy in singing harmonies, hearing the incredible sound a choir can make and knowing you are a part of it.”

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Dubliners Inhaler to play two headline shows in the Academy ON the back of selling two sold-out gigs in the Button Factory last December, Inhaler will now step up for headline shows in The Academy Dublin in May. The hotly-tipped Dublin quartet have also released their new single ‘We Have To Move On’ on Polydor Records. It’s the follow-up to their first single on the label, ‘Ice Cream Sundae’ which was released in September. The jubilant indie-rock of ‘We Have To Move On’ showcases the band’s way of combining sharp, hooky melodies with expansive, atmospheric brooding. Inhaler were recently announced in fifth place in the BBC Sound Of 2020 after completing a UK and European tour that saw them sell over 7,000 tickets and play to frenzied, sold-out crowds. They will follow that run with an extensive UK tour this year that will include a sold-out show at London’s Heaven on Thursday, February 20, their biggest headline gig to date. Kasabian recently announced Inhaler as one of the support acts at their huge hometown show at Leicester’s Victoria Park next summer. Four friends, they

formed the band while they were still at school. Elijah Hewson, Robert Keating, Ryan McMahon and Josh Jenkinson bonded over a love of similar groups, taking in The Stone Roses, Joy Division, The Strokes, Depeche Mode, Interpol, Kings Of Leon, The Cure and more. Over a handful of singles, they have amassed a diehard fanbase, with their tracks being streamed over seven million times. They make songs about being young and finding your way, music that connects. “I’m just trying to write about the joy of being alive, being a teenager, and the bad things that can come with that. I don’t like it to be all happy, I don’t like it to be all sad,” says frontman Hewson. Eventually, the boys started writing their own music, learning how to compose a song as they expanded their musical vocabulary through bands such Nirvana, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Sonic Youth, New Order, etc. The result was the recent single, ‘Ice Cream Sundae’, a song five years in the making. Catch them on May 14 and May 15. Tickets (€20) are on sale. Hotly-tipped Dublin quartet Inhaler are set for a series of big gigs this year.

Dermot Kennedy adds extra Dublin gig AFTER selling out his massive Irish outdoor summer 2020 shows, global star Dermot Kennedy has announced additional concerts for next June at Gleneagles INEC killarney and St Anne’s Park, Dublin. This follows two sold-out 3Arena shows last December and the incredible international success of his debut album ‘Without Fear’. Kennedy, who grew up in Rathcoole, has described his debut 12-track album as “my best effort in presenting myself to the world”. And as ever, it shows his ability to span a whole range of emotions, often in the space of just one

song. “I wanted it to represent darkness and sorrow but also hope, and that battle between them, and the way that in life you’ll inevitably experience beautiful things and terrible things,” he says of the LP. ‘Without Fear’ dwells directly on a time when, just as he fell in love, he lost a close family friend. Writing songs has helped him deal with that rollercoaster time. “This is the only way I know how to put feelings across,” he says. “Great people like Van Morrison, they did this too.” Undeniably, Kennedy is on the way to becoming one of the greats himself.

Thanks to the success of songs like ‘Lost’, ‘Outnumbered’ and the career-defining ‘Power Over Me,’ he has gained over 750 million streams and boasts 11.5 million listeners monthly on Spotify alone. He has received a nod in the BBC Sound Of 2019 and was voted NPR Slingshot’s Best New Artist of 2018. He has toured Europe, America and Australia, and made his debut on US television on the Stephen Colbert show, soon followed by an incredible performance on The Ellen Show. “I’m still pinching myself every time we put a tour on sale and it sells out,”

says Kennedy, whose hypnotic live shows have become word-of-mouth sensations. The singer-songwriter and musician who started playing guitar at age 10, says that he didn’t begin to take music “seriously” until the age of 17. Signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Island Records for the rest of the world, his debut major-label, studio album, ‘Without Fear’, which was released in October last year, was described by The Irish Times as his “wearing anguish on his sleeve and conveying a lifetime of emotional warfare in one note, proving himself as a lyricist and vocalist”.

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Your wedding day can be as THERE is no such thing as a typical wedding these days. One of the most transformative changes in Irish society saw marriage equality enshrined in law after the 2015 referendum. But even before this seismic shift in attitudes to same sex marriage, changes were afoot. Church wedding ceremonies – while still widely popular – were no longer the only show in town as couples opted to get married in a range of venues, from idyllic lakeside hotels, to castles, museums, art galleries and local authority buildings such as City Hall in Dublin. Couples getting married today are really spoilt for choice and can choose to either stick with tradition or have a wedding that is individually tailored to suit their tastes and reflect their personalities. Most of us will have attended quirky weddings in recent years that certainly deviated from

the traditional. It’s all a question of personal choice and this is something reflected in wedding events the length and breadth of the country. Whether you opt for a modest reception in a restaurant with a small group of friends and family or go for a ballroom style venue with 200 guests, the success of your day will all depend on one thing – planning. While you can cut corners and do some of the groundwork yourself, you can avoid the stress and hassle that goes with planning your perfect wedding by consulting the experts. From ordering flowers for the ceremony to booking the DJ or band, the to-do list can be exhausting to get through. Delegating some of these tasks to the groomsmen or bridesmaids will help – as long as they are up to the task! When the big day arrives, you should be able to relax in the knowledge

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perfect wedding day glow. Choose a foundation that matches the skin tone, otherwise you risk ending up looking like you’re wearing a mask in the photographs. Blend the foundation using your fingertips or a damp sponge, preferably in natural light. And make sure you avoid that dreaded tidemark. Softly outline your eyes using a brown kohl pencil.

Blend your chosen eye colours into your natural eye shape. Remember, the goal is to enhance your existing features, not to create new, unnatural looking ones. The eyebrows frame the face, so ensure they are well shaped and symmetrical. If necessary, use a light brown pencil to further enhance them. Try to avoid trendy looks

such as glittery eyeshadow or blue nail polish or you might be embarrassed to show your wedding pictures to your kids 10 years from now. To get your lips looking kissable, exfoliate them first with a toothbrush. Moisturise and then allow some time for it to be absorbed. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, blot, and then apply lip liner in a similar


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unique as you shade all over the lips. This will help ‘set’ the lipstick so that you won't be left with any tell-tale outline. Dot a little lip-gloss onto the centre of the bottom lip to create a pout effect. Remember, traditional red lipstick makes the teeth look whiter. For the finishing touches, dust a little translucent powder over the face, and then apply a little blush on the cheekbones and temples to define the bone structure. You should practice your make-up look before the big day. For a final practice run, put on the dress and veil and see the complete effect – but be careful not to smudge the dress! If the gown is simple and classic, the hair and makeup should be too. Make sure the dress colour doesn’t clash with the makeup colours. Of course, these days grooms are as selfconscious as brides about sprucing up to have themselves looking fresh and sharp at the altar.

Many men tend to ignore daily grooming advice so grooms need to get themselves into a ‘beauty routine’ a few weeks before the wedding, paying particular attention to hair and skin so unwanted blemishes like flaky skin or split ends can be tidied up well in advance. Exfoliate the skin once a week and cleanse and moisturise every day. If you feel your skin might 'shine' in the wedding photographs, don’t be afraid to dab on a small amount of transparent powder on the big day. It won't change the colour of the skin, but it will absorb excess moisture. Sticking to a conventional, neat and tidy hairstyle coming up to the wedding is a good idea, as you'll feel far more comfortable and confident with a cut that's easy to manage. Grooms should have their hair cut two weeks

before the big day, and then have the neck and hair line trimmed the day before the wedding. If you’re wearing a top hat on the big day, apply a small amount of gel, which you can later revive by wetting your hands and running your fingers through your hair. Some brides may want their future husband to be clean-shaven, and one of the best ways to get a really close shave is to have a proper barber shop shave the day before. A wet shave is preferable on the morning of the wedding, and a supple face is the ideal surface. Splashing the face with hot water before putting the blade to the skin will help and this will also open the pores. Allow about half an hour after waking up before you shave. This helps the face to relax and makes the job a lot easier. When the foam has been applied, leave it on for about two minutes to let it soak into the pores.

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Razors with more than one blade will give you the closest shave, so look out for a dual blade if you want to avoid cuts and bumps. When shaving, follow the direction of your beard, so move down the cheeks before attacking the heavier and more stubborn whiskers under your chin. After shaving, rinse with cold water to help close the pores and then apply a moisturising lotion. These days, of course, beards are very much in vogue and there are plenty of products out there to keep that facial hair in good condition. For those who opt to keep their beards, a quick trim to neaten things up may do the trick and keep you looking sharp. By following these beauty and grooming tips, you will feel like a million dollars as you begin your new journey together. What’s more, you’ll look amazing in those wedding photographs!

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This week’s Beauty Dial Wedding Buys By Edel Cox of The Beauty Dial (www.thebeautydial.ie) YOU MAY NOW KISS THE BRIDE! Leonie Garlick and wedding planning website www.ukbride.co.uk presents six ways to achieve perfectly kissable lips on your wedding day...From kissing your newly-wed to posing for photos and sipping on Prosecco, your lips will be in high demand on your Big Day. Brides are no longer opting for barely-there makeup and a conservative up do - 2020’s brides are showing there is much more fun to be had. Big, bold lips are here to stay and we couldn’t be more excited for those bells to chime. UKbride presents the best trends of 2020 to give you some great wedding makeup ideas and, most importantly, to make your lips POP! www.UKbride.co.uk is the social networking website for brides to be, with 720,000 members and 164,000 Facebook likes. FLOWERS FOR A STUNNING WEDDING RECEPTION There are so many ways to use flowers to create a stunning looking wedding reception. Tilly Wilkinson, editor of UKbride.co.uk, says there’s nothing worse than trying to strain your neck around an obstructive table decoration at a wedding reception. By making your floral arrangements really (really!) tall, not only will you allow your guests to see a bit more of one another, you’ll also create masses of colour above head height, making your floral investment more visible and more dramatic. This is also a great way to ensure you make the most of reception venues which have soaring ceilings! WED2B STORES Find the perfect wedding dress for your special day at WED2B stores in Belfast or Dublin. With five exclusive bridal brands, there is a wedding gown for each and every bride. Find wedding dresses with classic embroidered details to modern gowns with plenty of glistening beading. They’re open seven days a week and stock hundreds of limited edition, off-the-peg bridal dresses, available in sizes 6 to 30 and exclusively designed in the UK. When you find the one, you can take it home the very same day. Browse their exclusive range of bridal gowns online and visit at your convenience - no appointment needed! Your dream wedding dress awaits! Left, below (SUMMER): It doesn't get more elegant than this soft lace sheath dress. We just love the bateau neckline and low scoop back. And (above) GINGER.

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Have a happy honeymoon AFTER all the excitement of the big event the happy couple’s first trip as married partners should be a relaxing, romantic holiday. And the ideal honeymoon for most is a stress free break in an exotic destination with plenty of sunshine and culture. Our grandparents probably never got further than the Isle of Man for their honeymoon while our parents were lucky if they managed to get any kind of a holiday abroad. However, these days the world really is your oyster when it comes to choosing the ideal honeymoon location. Always popular with newly-weds, Italy is a romantic and beautiful country, from the sophisticated elegance and natural beauty of Sorrento to the inspiring energy of Rome. Competing with Italy in the romantic destination stakes is the Dubrovnik Riviera in

Croatia. The area enjoys an old world atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, coupled with top class hotels in stunning locations and boasting panoramic views of the Adriatic and Elaphite Islands. Many Irish longhaul honeymooners are now opting for Mauritius - often described as the ultimate paradise with white sandy beaches, coral lagoons and sweeping sugar plantations. Mauritius has dozens of quiet romantic hideaways and has traditionally been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations with lots of top-class resorts to choose from. St Lucia is another honeymoon hot spot. The island is one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, with a stunning coastline of powder fine sandy beaches overlooked by volcanic peaks. It’s the perfect post-wedding destination for a quiet and relaxing escape. Further afield, New Zealand is a simply

stunning destination. A country of incredible contrasts you can climb a glacier, hike across a volcano, swim with dolphins, watch whales or just bask on a beautiful beach. Thailand is another choice for the adventurous couple. The South East Asian country has great value hotels with excellent facilities and world-renowned hospitality, stunning beaches, rainforest adventures, fascinating culture and bargain basement shopping. Lanzarote is another great destination for fantastic picture perfect honeymoon snaps. Couples can laze away by the beach or pool or take advantage of vibrant and varied night life in the island’s many restaurants, clubs and bars. Newly weds feeling energised by love can enjoy jet skiing or wind surfing while a romantic trip to the volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park is certain to

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Boost for social enterprise sector A NEW €1.6 million fund for social enterprises in Ireland for 2020/2021 has been launched. The commitment is on top of the previous €1.6 million fund, 2018-2019, creating a €3.2 million investment in total, the most significant private investment in social enterprises to date. The fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with Local Authorities Ireland and is supported by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The news came as the impact of the 2019 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardees was celebrated at a showcase

event in the Royal College of Physicians. Throughout the last two years, the awardees have generated huge impact by providing services in sectors such as health, employment and the environment, creating 142 jobs, engaging with 274 volunteers and providing services to 35,100 people. These include Darndale Belcamp Village Centre, Siel Bleu and Bounce Back Recycling. The Darndale Belcamp Village Centre provides a range of services to the local community including childcare, care of the elderly, training, family supports, employment and educational opportunities, cultural, healthcare and retail

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Graduate gig for Flowers LIAM Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole from the Hothouse Flowers will play a special free gig in Dunboyne Castle Hotel on January 30 at 7pm. The event is organised by the Dunboyne College Graduate Association. They get together every year for a free organised event to welcome back graduates and inform members of the public of the college’s courses and successes. This year the college is delighted to have two members from the Hothouse Flowers play at the event. The current music students will play support at the gig and the college’s sound engineering students will do the set up. Renowned Belfast comedian and BBC presenter, Nuala McKeever, will host the night. The strictly over 18s gig is free but ticketed and tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Open night at Dunboyne College DUNBOYNE College had a successful open night on Thursday, January 16 when new kitchen facilities were opened and some fantastic new courses launched. The new kitchen in Dunboyne College opens up super opportunities in the culinary area and on the night, lecturer from DIT, Tony Campbell, spoke about links Dunboyne College has with TU Dublin into degree courses. The new kitchen offers students a chance to train in a fit-forpurpose fully equipped professional cookery facility. The current culinary students took advantage of open night to show off their skills by providing tasty food, much to the delight of visitors. Also new to the college is an excellent hairdressing facility and a science lab. Minister of State for European Affairs and local TD Helen McEntee attended the open night to officially open

Dunboyne College’s new cutting edge training kitchen. Minister McEntee congratulated the college on its massive achievements to date and pledged her continuing support to the college’s need for a new building. Principal Denis Leonard launched 12 new courses for the coming academic year 2020/21. The new courses of offer include: Journalism; Digital Media and Public Relations; Forensic Science; Business and Accounting; Youth and Community Work; Office; Accounts; Administration and Information Processing; Architectural Technology and Design; Physiotherapy Studies; Art Portfolio with Fine Art and Design 2D Options; Pre-Paramedic Fire and Ambulance; Criminology and Psychology; Environmental Science; and Animation. The open night was attended by an estimatd crowd of 600 people

interested in learning about the college’s many and varied courses. Visitors attended talks about the college, chatted with staff, toured the campus and had access to career guidance on the night. There are now a whole range of places available to Dunboyne College graduates in certificate and degree courses in Maynooth University, DCU, DIT, IT Blanchardstown, DKIT, UCD, TCD, and with many other institutions around the country through the QQI Links Scheme. This year 350 of the students received offers to colleges all around the country, almost 300 of them at level 8. Many of the offers were to colleges in the area or nearby regions including 90 to Maynooth University, 29 to DCU, 15 to UCD, 116 to ITB, 97 to DIT, and 21 to Dundalk IT among others. In fact, that is an impressive total of 223 offers at levels 7 and 8

Ministers provide Brexit assurance to students MINISTER for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor have announced that current fee regimes and grant supports are being maintained for Irish students going to higher education institutions in the UK from September 2020. The Ministers also confirmed the current system will apply for students from Britain and Northern Ireland who are applying to attend colleges in Ireland. The announcement provided certainty for prospective students applying before the upcoming CAO closing date of February 1. The decision ensures that eligible Irish and EU nationals wishing to enrol on approved third level courses in the UK for the 2020/21 academic year will be able to avail of SUSI grants. It also means that eligible students from the UK, who enrol for courses for the 2020/21 academic year in a third level college in Ireland, will be treated under the same terms as Irish students. This includes the student contribution fee for Irish and

EU citizens which currently stands at €3,000 for the 2019/20 academic year. The college must be recognised for the purposes of free fees and student grants. The arrangements for students beginning courses in September 2020 will also be maintained for the duration of their studies. “I am delighted to make this commitment well in advance of the 2020/21 academic year,” said Minister McHugh. “This will give students from Britain and Northern Ireland time to plan their education options. “We are heading into a period of change but student mobility between Ireland and the UK has always been a strong feature of our education systems. “I am determined that this should grow and serve to remind us all of our shared respect and understanding. “I can assure prospective students from Britain and Northern Ireland that their contribution to our higher education institutions will always be very welcome.” Minister Mitchell O’Connor said the announcement would also provide certainty in terms

of the SUSI scheme and free fees initiative. “Student grants will be maintained for Irish and EU students heading to the UK to pursue their studies on approved courses for 2020/21,” she continued. “I am also pleased to confirm for British citizens that access to the SUSI scheme will continue. “Students from Britain and Northern Ireland will also continue to avail of access to the free fees initiative subject to compliance with the eligibility criteria.” The announcement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding on the Common Travel Area, which was signed last May by the Irish and UK Governments. This commits, amongst other things, to the maintenance of access to all levels of education in either jurisdiction on “terms no less favourable than those for the citizen of that State”. The Department of Education and Skills says it is continuing its Brexit preparations including meeting the commitment of the Government to maintain the Common Travel Area in all circumstances.

to the new Technical University 4 Dublin which has combined DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght. Dunboyne College continues to run a whole range of level 6 second year programmes in childcare, healthcare, animal science, equine business, multimedia, hairdressing, cookery and beauty therapy. Dunboyne College of Further Education will A number of new courses have been announced at be expanding into many Dunboyne College. new areas of educational opportunity in the coming years and anyone wishing to obtain further information on these opportunities will find an online prospectus at www.dunboynecollege. ie or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. There is an online enrolment on-going, with interviews taking place on January 27, March 13, April 29, May 27 and late June 2020. Late applications will be taken until late September, depending on availability on courses. The open night attracted over 600 visitors.

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Motorists notice significant price increase at the pumps MOTORISTS have been greeted with the unwelcome news that average fuel prices in Ireland have increased over the past month.

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particularly in rural areas. A history of underinvestment in viable alternatives, the AA argues, has left many commuters overly reliant on their private car meaning that even when fuel prices increase they have no option but to pay more and continue travelling by car. “Budget 2020 saw an increase in carbon tax on both petrol and diesel, but in isolation that’s going to achieve very little in terms of encouraging people to travel by means other than the private car,” Mr Faughnan added. “If you take last year for example, petrol prices varied from as low as 132.9c per litre to as high as 146.1c. “However, even when prices increased significant there was no reduction in number of people driving.”

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BOOK OF THE WEEK

Memories of Playing with Skulls! THERE was great interest in the launch of the latest book by wellknown local historian Maurice Curtis. In fact, it could be said that many who turned up for the launch were very inquisitive about the unusual title of the book – ‘Playing with Skulls - A Dublin Childhood’. Appropriately enough, the book was launched over Halloween! Maurice reminded his audience about the disappearance and thankfully, the recovery, of the ancient Crusader’s skull from the crypt of St Michan’s Church in the heart of Dublin. In fact, the crypt of St Michan’s had previous visitors in 1996, according to Maurice, when some teenagers vandalised it and helped themselves to some skeletons. They introduced the skeletons to ground level, which must have been somewhat of a shock to their systems, not haven seen daylight for

About The Author MAURICE Curtis is an historian and novelist. He has written 15 books on Ireland and on Dublin in particular. These include ‘To Hell or Monto: Dublin’s Most Notorious Red-Light Districts’; and ‘The Liberties – A History’ and ‘Temple Bar – A History’.

hundreds of years. Furthermore, these rascally lads then took it upon themselves to play football with the skulls! The public and media seemed somewhat shocked at these happenings, using words such as ‘desecration’ and ‘sacrilegious’. They need not have worried, however, Maurice told his rapt audience, as there is a long tradition going back to the late 16th century and even before that, of individuals playing football with skulls. A case in point is the Battle of Carrickfergus in 1597, when allies of the Great O’Neill, the MacDonnell’s of Ulster, won an impressive victory over the English forces of Sir John Chichester. After the battle, Chichester’s head was chopped off and used as a football by the MacDonnell clan. According to Maurice, all this reminded him, in more recent times, that the tradition of playing football with skulls was also enacted on a regular basis in Mount Jerome Cemetery, in Harold’s Cross. Thinking back to his younger days, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Maurice well remembers the local teenagers visiting Mount Jerome, not to pay their respects to loved ones, but to indulge covertly in that ‘madman’s drink’ – cheap cider. Often times when it rained,

they took shelter in the quaint cosiness of the many vaults and mausoleum’s that lined the avenues in the older part of the cemetery and surrounding the Gothic Victorian Chapel. In those less security-conscious days, it was easy to enter or climb into the old vaults, as the cemetery was not as well managed as it is today. It was shrouded with overgrown grass, unkempt gravestones, with trees falling down everywhere, and hidden paths leading hither and thither and to the underground vaults. Over time, the vaults of Mount Jerome became the favourite haunts for many of the local teenagers. And it was not unknown for many a party to be held in the company of the grinning skeletons. The main tree-lined avenue leading to the Victorian Chapel had an ideal camber for bowling, with gullies at the sides to catch errant skulls. This game was quite popular in the long summer evenings. ‘Dancing with the grateful dead’ was the catchphrase for some. “All this was most interesting,” said Maurice, and years later he was persuaded to write Playing with Skulls. “Happily, also,” he added, “the book is also about those growing up years of the 60’s and 70’s when so much change was happening in Ireland and how that impacted on the lives of the young.”

Ministers launch new book on RMS Lusitania THE Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,Josepha Madigan, and Seán Canney, Minister of State, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, launched a book on the RMS Lusitania last year. ‘RMS Lusitania: The Story of a Wreck’ tells the story of the largest and fastest ocean-going liner in the world. On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, a German U-Boat torpedoed Lusitania 18km off the southern coast of Ireland inside the declared war zone. The liner sank in 18 minutes, killing 1,197 passengers and crew. The sinking was a contributing factor in the United States declaring war on Germany two years later. Given the dramatic circumstances of its loss, the wreck has been the subject of much investigation, research and survey work since its loss over 100 years ago and was protected by Underwater Heritage Order in 1995.

The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was sunk in May 1915 by a German U-Boat. Ongoing collaboration between the National Monuments Service and INFOMAR (Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute) has furthered research into the wreck, leading to the production of this new book which not only tells the story of the ship itself but also of other World War I losses off Ireland’s coast. Images from newspapers, postcards, paintings, photographic collections and a variety of other sources show the impact the sinking of the

Lusitania had globally. Recent acquisition of detailed high resolution scans of the wreck carried out by INFOMAR provides new imagery of how the shipwreck looks on the seafloor today. Pointing out that the publication reflected her department’s commitment to creating an awareness and appreciation of heritage and archaeology in particular, Minister Madigan said: “This very readable and meticulously researched book

will be an essential work of reference for all interested in heritage studies and maritime affairs for many years to come.” Minister Madiga added: “As we continue through our decade of centenaries, there are few greater tragedies to remember than the sinking of the Lusitania. “Most of the 90 Irishmen, women and children listed as passengers were lost when the liner went down. There would also have been many unlisted Irish working on the ship.”

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7. Infection (13) 8. Appendix (8) 9. Unctuous (4) 10. Selected (6) 12. Pillar (6) 14. Forever (6) 16. Sheen (6) 18. Slight (4) 20. Conspiracy (8) 22. Sweets (13)

DOWN 1. Heartiness (8) 2. Stripe (6) 3. Amongst (4) 4. Hostile (8) 5. Amble (6) 6. Earth (4) 11. Definite (8) 13. Morgue (8) 15. Afloat (6) 17. Thin (6) 19. Threaten (4) 21. Pare (4)

DOWN 1. Unvarying pitch of doctor isn’t among them (8) 2. U.S. port in dazed state (6) 3. Reddish stretch of water (4) 4. Beaten by exploit, indeed (8) 5. Steady horse here (6) 6. Descending a hill (4) 11. How long something lasts around it (8) 13. Quarrel after motor accident? Not today! (8) 15. Receive cap etc. (6) 17. Thief’s principle irrationally reverenced (6) 19. Time for detail (4) 21. With which its members get beaten? (4)

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A few things worth checking out this week

Mid Term Tales at

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GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM

The Chinese Year of the Rat is here and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival continues until Monday, February 10. Take an Asian Flavours Walking Tour and enjoy some delicious authentic Asian cuisine at different stops, while guide Yang Zhang explores the integral role of food in the Chinese New Year celebrations and traces the history of the Chinese community in Ireland. Meet at the O’Connells Street Spire on February 1 or 8 at 1.30pm. Tickets cost €20. For details see www.dublinchinesenewyear.com.

Invincible at The Helix on Saturday, February 1.

INVINCIBLE Featuring a collection of classics with music from The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Peter Pan, Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and many more, The Kinsella School of Ballet presents its 15th Anniversary Celebration, Invincible at The Helix on Saturday, February 1 at 3pm and 7pm. Produced and directed by Fiona Kinsella this is a production to entertain audiences of all ages. Tickets cost €20 from www.thehelix.ie.

REVOLTING CHILDREN

SB Theatreworks presents their bi-annual school production, showcasing the diverse talents of their students of all ages, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, on Saturday, February 1. The show will include a selection of West-End favourites, old and new, bringing the audience on a magical journey through story, song and dance. Tickets cost €14 for adults and €8 for under 12s. For more information see www.sbtheatreworks.com.

The Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown this weekend.

DUBLIN RACING FESTIVAL Join in the celebration of the brilliance of jumps racing, music and culture at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Witness new heroes as they emerge and watch the best of talent from Ireland and Britain fight it out for two massive titles this weekend (February 1 & 2) - the Unibet Irish Gold Cup and the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. Expect a full family entertainment programme that supports culture, music, culinary delights, and of course world class sport.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FAMILY OVER THE MIDTERM BREAK, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM. THE POPULAR MID TERM TALES TOURS WILL RETURN TO THE MUSEUM IN FEBRUARY 2020! This engaging tour is tastefully designed to entertain and educate. The history of Glasnevin Cemetery is brought to life on this family friendly tour. DATES AND TIMES Saturday, February 15th, at 11:00am Sunday, February 16th, at 11:00am

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism runs at the Abbey Theatre.

WHAT I (DON'T) KNOW ABOUT AUTISM

Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, this performance is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of autism. Inspired by the writer’s own experiences with autism, the play mixes narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter. It runs at Abbey Theatre from February 1-8. Tickets cost €16-25 from www.abbeytheatre.ie.

TICKETS COST JUST €7.50 PER PERSON. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Fr. Browne and the Titanic - the man who captured rare photographs of the famous ship! Grave-robbing - Why does Glasnevin Cemetery have such high walls and watch towers? Yew Trees - there is more to them than you think! William Fogarty’s pesky parrot! Maria Higgins - the only person in the cemetery who was buried twice! DON’T JUST TAKE IT FROM US, READ THE REVIEWS! “We had a great afternoon with our tour guides! They were so engaging and our children took in all the facts as the stories were told in such a fun way.” – Fav, TripAdvisor Review, Feb 2019 “Excellent tour during mid-

term break for children of all ages. Interesting stories about strange deaths and grave robbing delivered brilliantly. Highly recommended. Great value.” – Sharon R, TripAdvisor Review, Feb 2019 “Did the 11am midterm tales for children this morning. Absolutely brilliant. The guides were fantastic. They were funny, informative and had great rapport with the children.” - Martina V, TripAdvisor Review, Feb 2018 To book, visit www.glasnevinmuseum.ie or ask a member of staff at our museum reception desk. Please note, all attending adults must be accompanying a child or children. We advise that all visitors arrive at the museum reception at least 15 minutes before the start of their chosen tour. For group bookings (15 or more people) please contact booking@glasnevintrust.ie or +353 (0)1 882 6570 for further information and group rates. W: WWW.GLASNEVINMUSEUM.IE T: +353 (0)1 882 6550 E: MUSEUM@GLASNEVINTRUST.IE

Revolting Children at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, on Saturday, February 1.

Crossword Answers January 29th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Sunday Independent, January 20, 1935

Irish Press, January 9, 1970

Sunday Independent, January 20, 1935

Big crowds gather for a car race in the Phoenix Park in 1936.

Irish Press, January 31, 1935

Irish Press, January 6, 1995

The legendary Woolworth store on Dublin’s Henry Street, home of the famous pick ‘n’ mix.

Freeman’s Journal, January 13, 1851


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SOUTHSIDE PEOPLE 29.01.20

LAST DAYS OF THE FURNITURE SALE

Isla 2.5 seater sofa €1,099 NOW €799

Darcy Solid oak dining table and 4 chairs €1,455 NOW €695 set. 3 sets only.

Constable grand sofa for immediate delivery €3,575 NOW €2645

“5’ Chantilly Bedframe and 5’ Irish made Sapphire Mattress €1020 NOW €495 for bed frame and mattress. 2 only available.

DISCOUNT ON ALL STOCK EVEN SPECIAL ORDERS. Southern Cross Retail Park Bray Co. Wicklow 01 2813338. www.flanagankerins.ie

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Southside People January 29th 2020  

Southside People January 29th 2020