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THE ISPCA has said it was “shocked and appalled” by a video that was circulated on social media last week showing a sulky road race taking place on the N7 in Citywest. In the footage that outraged viewers, a convoy of horse sulkies and vehicles were recorded racing down one of Dublin's busiest commuter routes. Footage taken from an overhead bridge near Browns Barn shows the race being conducted between a large number of cars. The road passes by the exit that leads to the Circle K Citywest, before making its way toward the Naas Road and Newland's Cross. While passengers can be seen
on the Government for some time to deal, not only with the public safety issue, but also Call the Us serious animal welfare concerns caused by sulky racing and training. “Driving horses on hard road surfaces can result in serious injuries and collisions with vehicles and has resulted in the death of horses in the past,” the charity stated.
Miriam O’Callaghan and Alan Shortt are pictured at the launch of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Heroes Ball. Taking place on Saturday, March 28, in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road for the fifth year running, the event is now considered one of the most funfilled charity balls in the calendar. See full story on page 3.
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THE increasingly popular Dalkey Book Festival has launched a prestigious new awards programme for writers in Ireland that boasts a total prize fund of €30,000. The establishment of the Dalkey Literary Awards, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance, marks a major new step for the festival that has quadrupled in size since its 2010 debut. The new awards, to be held annually, will recognise writers in two categories: ‘Novel of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Writer’. Writers resident or born in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019 will be recognised by the awards. The winner of the ‘Novel of the Year’ will walk away with €20,000 whilst the writer crowned ‘Emerging Writer’ will receive €10,000. The ‘Emerging Writer’ winner will also earn a spot at the Dalkey Book Festival on Sunday, June 21, appearing on stage alongside the three judges of that award with the chance to talk about their work and what winning the award means to them. The shortlist for each category will be proposed by a designated nominating panel made up of 14 well-known critics, writers and public figures within the Irish literary scene. Publishers can also submit books (published in Ireland or the UK in 2019) for consideration. Each category will have three judges who will each review the shortlisted
“The ISPCA believes that the Department of Agriculture should work with local authorities to identify safe, off-road areas for sulky users where the activity can be regulated appropriately. “An Garda Síochána already have sufficient powers under the Road Traffic Act to deal with the reckless and dangerous driving seen in the video and local authorities have powers to seize any horse that is not microchipped. “However, we recognise that it would have required significant resources to deal with the incident which featured in
The footage of the sulky race was widely shared on social media last week. the video.” ISPCA Chief Executive Dr Andrew Kelly, added: “Driving young horses and ponies flat out at excessive speed on Ireland’s busy roads, often by children as young as 10 -years-old, is an accident waiting to happen. All it takes is a trip or stumble which can be fatal for horse and sulky driver. “It is also a risk for other
road users and another serious accident or fatality is inevitable. “In 2018, a 12-year-old boy was killed near Dublin when he was thrown from a sulky into the path of an oncoming truck after the horse which was pulling the sulky bolted across a busy road. “Action should have been taken then to take sulkies off public roads.”
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Pictured at the official launch of the awards in Trinity College Dublin’s Berkeley Library are David McWilliams, Sian Smyth, Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance and judges Fiach Mac Conghail, Rick O’Shea and Jennifer O’Connell. nominees and select one overall winner. David McWilliams, cofounder of Dalkey Book Festival said: “In light of arts funding being under strain, this is a generous act to encourage writing and reward brilliance.” Sian Smyth, Director of Dalkey Book Festival, added: “We understand how difficult it is financially for writers and we hope that this award will serve to provide some financial stability to our most creative minds. “These awards are
something the festival has always wanted to do and we are delighted now we are in this position.” Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance plc said: “The introduction of the Dalkey Literary Awards is a major new step in the development of the Dalkey Book Festival and its overall aim of promoting excellence in literature. “In Zurich, we have proudly supported this important cultural event for the last six years and are delighted to play a key role in the
inception of these new awards, reinforcing our commitment and support to writers, literature and creativity in Ireland.” Set in the beautiful Southside seaside town, the Dalkey Book Festival has been playing host to some of the greatest authors and thinkers from across the globe since 2010. The festival celebrates literature, theatre, film and comedy as well as ideas, exploring the worlds of science, current affairs and new politics.
THE cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Shay Brennan, and Chief Executive Philomena Poole were on hand to mark the launch of the Druid’s Glen Road Junction recently. Strategically located to link Cherrywood to the N11 near Cabinteely, when fully completed the road is designed to play a key role in further opening up lands at Cherrywood. The new town, when fully built, will provide for 25,000 potential new residents in over 8,700 homes with a town centre, six schools, significant parklands and an open space serviced by a network of pedestrian and cycling routes, high intensity employment, high quality transportation links and public realm and municipal facilities. Speaking at the launch,
Pictured at the official opening of the new Druid’s Glen Road Junction are Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Cllr Shay Brennan, cathaoirleach, Mick Mangan, Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change, and Anne Devine, Director of Forward Planning and Infrastructure. the cathaoirleach said: “I am delighted to be here at the Druid’s Glen Road Junction, which is the gateway to the new town in our county. “Today marks a very important milestone in the development of our county and in securing the future of Cherrywood.”
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Miriam to host annual ball for little heroes MIRIAM O’Callaghan is hosting the LauraLynn Heroes Ball in aid of Ireland’s only children’s hospice next month. The annual event will take place on Saturday, March 28 in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin. Now in its fifth year, the night has become known as the most fun-filled charity ball on the calendar. With a gala dinner and drinks, sparkling entertainment and fabulous prizes up for grabs it’s a night not to be missed. The RTE presenter will be on MC duties with the hilarious Alan Shortt orchestrating the charity auction activities with a signed guitar from Hozier up for grabs while the amazing Perfect Day band will keep the crowd entertained on the dance floor until late.
Speaking at the launch of the LauraLynn Heroes Ball, Miriam said: “It’s an honour to be on MC duties for LauraLynn’s Heroes Ball this year. “It’s a wonderful night of glitz, glam and top entertainment and all for such a worthy cause.” Alan Shortt added: “I am delighted to host the auction at the LauraLynn Heroes Ball this year. “We have some amazing prizes up for grabs at this year’s event including a signed guitar from Hozier which will be sure to stir up some great excitement and interest.” LauraLynn receives no dedicated Government funding and must raise €4.6m this year alone through fundraised income. The Heroes Ball is a key date in the fundraising calendar for LauraLynn Children's Hospice.
Since opening in Leopardstown in September 2011, LauraLynn has provided specialised hospice care to more than 420 children and their families, with 230 families currently availing of their care and support. LauraLynn provides holistic care to each child which enables them to make the most of every day. This care also extends to the family of each child who are often dealing with difficult emotional, physical and financial pressures. LauraLynn provides a range of services including, symptom management for children; music and play therapy; psychological support; family and sibling camps; short breaks and end of life care. Care can be availed of in the purpose-build
eight-bed hospice in Leopardstown, at the hospital, in the community, or in the family home, depending on the location and medical needs of the child and the family’s preference. It provides vital bereavement supports to families after they have lost a child. It also undertakes research into the relatively new area of children’s palliative care. It costs more than €5 million to keep LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice open, €4.6 million of which must be generated through fundraised income. For corporate tables or sponsorship packages contact Claire Shiels at 01 289 3151 or cshiels@ Lauralynn.ie. For individual tickets visit www.lauralynn.ie/ shop.
Miriam O’Callaghan and Alan Shortt are pictured with Isabelle Norris and Austeja Lukosevicitue at the launch of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Heroes Ball.
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Being kind is just basic common decency legendary Leonard Cohen perform in Dublin in his later years. His parting words to the audience that night were two simple words that have a powerful Editor resonance when put together – ‘Be Dublin People Group Kind’. It seems it was far easier to be kind email@example.com in the days before social media. Even if you weren’t crazy about a certain individual, social convention dictated THE #BeKind hashtag was all over that you wouldn’t be unnecessarily social media in the aftermath of the cruel when in their company. tragic death of Caroline Flack, the But social media has reprogrammed former ‘Love Island’ presenter who our moral codes and caused – or, took her own life earlier this month perhaps, highlighted – widespread Being kind is hardly a new concept; it’s something that every parent should behavioural dysfunction. Those you might had previously considered instil in their children from a very as right-thinking people can direct young age. I remember seeing the
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Five-day extravaganza to mark National St Patrick’s Festival THE programme for this year’s National St Patrick’s Festival has been unveiled by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon. With the theme ‘Seoda – Treasures from Ireland’, and running from March 3 to 17, the festival will celebrate our rich heritage with a spectacular, world-class programme showcasing both contemporary and traditional Ireland over five great days and nights. St Patrick’s Festival 2020 will feature a host of fun-filled family experiences, large-scale outdoor events, and newly commissioned performances. There will also be a myriad of musical treats including two world premieres, as well as the magnificent National St Patrick’s Festival Parade and an expanded four-day Festival Village and Food
Market at Merrion Square. This year’s event will offer a richly diverse programme including Abair - a remarkable programme of performances celebrating Ireland’s oral traditions, art exhibitions, poetry and literary events. There will also be the all new Festival After Dark club series, hidden Dublin tours and trails, an exciting Port to City Treasure Hunt, Céilí Mór, and much more. The full festival Programme is available now at stpatricksfestival. ie, where all information you need can be found. Susan Kirby, the CEO of St Patrick’s Festival, said: “This is one of the world’s largest cultural celebrations and one of the most important and powerful tools that brand Ireland has in promoting our country. “St Patrick’s Festival
continues to be five great days and nights where Ireland welcomes the world. This year’s festival will present today’s culture creators and celebrate who and what our contemporary national treasures are, as well as taking pride in our traditions. “Over 3,000 people will come together to create St Patrick’s Festival 2020. Recent years have seen more than 500,000 attend the Festival Parade alone, and the economic benefit is in excess of €73 million.” Speaking of the festival programme announcement, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon, added: “It’s a wonderful honour for me to launch the 2020 St Patrick’s Festival. As a boy I remember coming into the Parade each year, and now our national festival has grown into
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celebration. “I have no doubt that Dubliners and visitors to the city will enjoy memorable experiences
and leave with lasting memories. I would also like to congratulate the St Patrick’s Festival Board for all their hard work.”
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New festival of rugby to take place over bank holiday weekend A NEW, annual rugby festival is coming to Dublin for the first time. The Energia 7’s will take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend, from May 29 – 31 at Energia Park in Dublin. Energia announced the launch of the festival that will see a men’s and women’s 7’s rugby tournament and a mixed social TAG rugby competition. Located at Energia Park in Donnybrook, the rugby festival will be a fun weekend
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Major upgrade planned for Ringsend pumping station THE largest wastewater pumping station in the country, located at Ringsend, is getting an upgrade. Irish Water, working in partnership with Dublin City Council, is upgrading the wastewater treatment plant. The pumping station, known as the Main Lift Pumping Station, treats approximately 40 per cent of the country’s wastewater load while all of the city centre sewage passes through this pumping station every single day. There are currently six enormous pumps operating at the pumping station, each capable of pumping 220 million litres of sewage per day. They pump wastewater to a high level collection
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throughout the upgrade to ensure that the wastewater from Dublin can continue to be collected via a complex network of sewers and transferred to Ringsend to be treated. EPS Group Limited is the delivery partner and the works are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. Speaking about the upgrade, Stephen Seymour, Water Portfolio Delivery Manager, Irish Water said: “We are one of Ireland’s largest energy users and we are continuously improving our energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint. “The size and scale of this upgrade is significant with each pump weighing 20 tonnes.
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Dad discovered asleep on top of drugs near kids’ playground Sonya McLean
sale or supply on May 31, 2017. He has 12 previous A FATHER-of-three who convictions, three for was discovered asleep drug offences, all of which on street deals of crack were dealt with in the cocaine and heroin District Court. beside a playground In passing sentence has received a fully last week, Judge Cormac suspended sentence. Damien Gray (36), from Quinn noted that Gray Clondalkin, was caught by is now drug free and gardaí after they received has not come to adverse Garda attention since this a call that a man was offence. asleep in Hermitage Park Judge Quinn sentenced in Lucan. Gray to two years’ When officers arrived, imprisonment, but he they discovered Gray by the playground and woke suspended the sentence in full on strict conditions him up. including that he follow When he rolled over, they discovered a Kleenex all directions of the packet with €5,700 worth Probation Service for 12 months. of heroin in individual At an earlier sentencing street deals. A further quantity of crack cocaine hearing, Garda Ronan Culligan told Noel Devitt was later found. BL, prosecuting, that Gray Gray, of Shancastle was arrested and taken in Close, pleaded guilty at for questioning. Dublin Circuit Criminal Gray admitted that he Court to possession of got the drugs three or heroin and cocaine for
four days previously and that he was selling them because he needed money to live. He said “someone else” had wrapped the drugs into individual deals and that he was going to sell the cocaine for €30 per bag and the heroin for €20 per bag. Gray said he “owed a fella €500” for the drugs. He said he had been smoking heroin himself for the previous two weeks. Gray told the gardaí “there would be trouble” when officers asked him what would happen now that the drugs had been taken off him. The drugs were later analysed and the heroin was found to have a street value of €5,700 and the crack cocaine found to have an estimated value of €300. Garda Culligan agreed
with Justin McQuade BL, defending, that following his arrest Gray's home was broken into and he was attacked with a machete. He has scarring as a result
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Dublin student gets top prize at Intel Mini Scientist final STUDENTS from across Dublin joined with others from across the country at Maynooth University recently for the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final. The event was the
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scanning the product’s commercial barcode. The app sums each product’s CO2 eq contribution and shows clear charts to demonstrate weekly and monthly reviews with information about the user’s personal carbon footprint. From the app, it is also possible to join the Carboscan e-community and users can share, on a social media platform, the amount of grams of CO2 eq they have generated. Carboscan was devised to raise people’s awareness and change their daily habits by motivating them to buy more eco-friendly products, all in a fun way. As part of the prize for the overall winning project, Alexandra College will receive a grant of €1,000 from Intel. Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations, Eamonn Sinnott, congratulated all the students. “What the world needs now, more than ever, are bright, curious, creative young people who are socially conscience and able to communicate their ideas,” he said. “These are all skills you have developed and now demonstrate in Mini Scientist.” The awards at the Grand Final were presented by Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Hugh Hardiman, and Dean of Science and Engineering at Maynooth University, Ronan Farrell. “The collection of projects on display here today is so impressive,” said Prof Farrell when addressing the students. “From robotics to roller coasters to solar panels, you have shared innovative and creative ways that science and technology impact our lives every day. “You are each the magicians of the future – you will create the solutions for the next generations and will change the world. Congratulations to you all on your wonderful achievement.
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DUBLIN has become the first Irish city to sign a commitment to meet WHO air quality guideline values by 2030. In a rare joint pledge, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin and mayors of the other three Dublin local authorities have signed up to the BreatheLife campaign and called on all Dubliners to be ‘Climate Brave’. By signing up to the campaign, Dublin is joining 76 cities, regions, and countries around the globe in demonstrating a commitment to bring air quality to safe levels by 2030. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Tom Brabazon, is calling on all Dubliners to be ‘Climate Brave’. “Hitting the target in the BreatheLife campaign will involve difficult and potentially unpopular decisions,” he said. “So we’ll all need to be
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Booterstown boys make the finals of national debates POLITICIANS appearing on TV and radio election debates recently would surely have learned a thing or two from the speakers in the All-Ireland Finals of Comórtas Díospóireachta Uí Chadhain 2020. Comórtas Uí Chadhain is an Irish debating competition for all-Irish secondary schools with a junior and senior section. More thean 50 schools nationally took part in this year’s competition which started back in October 2019. The motions debated in the finals that were held in the Salthill Hotel, Galway, were extremely topical at the moment, with the juniors discussing ‘Tá cúis ghearáin ag feirmeoirí na hÉireann!’ (Irish farmers have a genuine beef!). The senior motion was ‘Ba cheart dúinn bata
agus bóthar a thabhairt don rialtas seo ag an olltoghchán atá le teacht!’ ( We should show the door to the present government in the forthcoming election! ) Four teams took part in each debate. In the junior final the teams included Coláiste Eoin, Booterstown. The Southside school was also represented in the senior contest. The high standard of debating at the event posed a considerable challenge to the five adjudicators. The winning teams in each section were each presented with a perpetual trophy and a voucher worth €1,000, while vouchers worth €250 each were awarded to the other teams who had participated. Micheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na
Gaeltachta was the guest speaker on the night. A former participant The Coláiste Eoin senior team, Aaron Groome, Lúcás Ó Faoláin and Mel Ó Lorcáin are pictured after participating himself in years gone by in the All-Ireland Final of the Gael Linn Debating competition, with Pádhraic Ó Ciadhra, Chairperson. he recalled memories of debates he had taken part in, and commented that the experience had stood to him along the way in his chosen career. He praised all the young orators for their command of current affairs, and contributed his own opinions on the motions debated. Congratulating the winners on their great achievement, Sean Ó Ceallaigh from Gael Linn, said: “It is hugely encouraging to us in Gael Linn to see these young debaters achieve such As part of our National Smart Metering Programme, high standards and no ESB Networks is rolling out smart electricity meters doubt we will be seeing some of them in years to homes, farms & businesses in areas of Dublin. to come in careers that require the skills of public speaking and debating.” From next year, this upgrade will allow you to better
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Ballybrack school opens a new sensory room LILY Kane (8) from second class and Charlie Khors (6) from senior infants enjoy the new sensory room at Scoil Cholmcille Junior School, Ballybrack. The staff of Scoil Cholmcille Junior recognised particular challenges that children face on a day to day basis in school and decided that a sensory room could tackle some of these issues head on. Research has proven that sensory rooms can
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The next Government must listen to senior citizens’ voices
Pictured at the Ageing Better campaign outside Leinster House in the week leading up to the general election were Maureen Kavanagh, chief executive of Active Retirement Ireland and Paddy Connolly, chief executive of Age Action, with Carmel Carroll, Geraldine Murphy, Peggy Mickey, Michael Maher, Paddy Becton, Marie Caffrey and Christine Ryan. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN
IN the lead up to the general election, held earlier this month, perhaps one of the surprising issues was the debate about the retirement age. Prior to the election result, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald vowed that her party would “legislate to return the age of eligibility for a State pension to 65 within the first 100 days of being in Government”. Subsequently, Deputy McDonald’s party enjoyed a stunning election result but at the time of going to press, a new Government had not been formed and it may take weeks, if not months, of protracted negotiations. The Social Democrats also reiterated their strong support for the retirement age campaign to stop the increase in
the State pension age to 67 years from next year and subsequently to 68. At the time, co-leader Roisin Shortall said: “Increasing the pension age would have a disproportionately negative impact on low-income pensioners who depend entirely on the State pension as their sole income.” Did this issue have a bearing on the overall election result? Also in the build up to General Election 2020, Active Retirement Ireland and Age Action called on parties with ambition to be in Government to outline how they would ensure an all-of-Government approach to ageing. Continued on Page 16
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Next Government must listen to seniors’ voices continued from p14 housing, employment and transport are of particular concern for The Ageing Better older people,” said Mr campaign had five main Connolly. policy requirements: “We need politicians •Appoint a senior minister for older people; and a Government that •Indexing pension rates can demonstrate they are listening to their to 34 percent of average concerns, and that weekly earnings; can deliver a joined•Suspend the planned up approach across increase in the State pension age to 67 in 2021; Government departments to plan for our ageing •Appoint a population. commissioner for ageing “We can do ageing with statutory powers to better, by involving support their mandate; people of all ages and and •Take ambitious climate at all stages in life. In planning for us all as we action consistent with climate justice to protect age, we can make Ireland a fairer place for older people and the planet people now and into the Speaking at the time, future.” Paddy Connolly, chief Also speaking at the executive of Age Action, event, chief executive said older people want their voice at the decision- of Active Retirement Ireland, Maureen making table. Kavanagh, said: “The “Issues like health,
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a sensitive stomach, reduced appetite, and dietary restrictions are just a few of the obstacles to healthy eating that the elderly experience. It’s important to understand these barriers and to encourage older adults to eat as healthily as they can. A healthy eating plan for the elderly includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods. Many experts recommend a diet that emphasises fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. They also recommend a diet low in saturated and trans-fats and rich in lean meats, beans and nuts. The bulk of the diet should include foods that are high in fibre like wholegrain breads and cereals, beans, fruits and vegetables. These foods can help prevent constipation as well as lower the risk for
chronic diseases. Milk products are high in calcium and vitamin D, which helps keep bones strong in aging. It’s important that the elderly have three daily servings of vitamin D fortified low fat or fat-free milk, yogurt or cheese. Reduced-lactose milk products, soy-based beverages or tofu are good alternatives for those who are lactose intolerant. Loneliness also contributes to decreased food intake. Many older adults would rather eat something convenient and unhealthy than cook for themselves and then eat it alone. But skipping meals is not healthy, and may cause the metabolism to slow down or lead to eating more high-calorie, high-fat foods at the next meal or snack. Another factor to note is that the thirst
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A massive 15,000 sq mts of facilities makes the Sol Príncipe a spectacular theme hotel with a huge range of daytime and evening activities for children and adults - so it’s ideal for family vacations with children and grandchildren. There’s almost 800 rooms in different categories with magnificent views of the sea or the pool area, all set in beautiful gardens. The hotel is fully adapted for disabled guests and has a private car park. Prices below for over 55s include flights and seven nights’ accommodation on half board including wine and water and free airport transfers. • May from €469pp • June from €535pp • July from €689 • August from €625 • Sept from €459 AMAWATERWAYS 5* DANUBE RIVER CRUISE Escorted or guided tours are ideal for seniors. There’s minimal planning stress and you only pay An escorted tour of Vietnam and Cambodia is idela for seniors. once as typically all accommodation, transfers and excursion prices are incorporated in the main price, making it easier for budgeting. With this trip you visit four countries along the majestic Danube – Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. Take in the timeless architecture and art in four magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Cruise through the enchanting Strudengau Valley and let the melodies of the Danube carry you from one gem to another on a regal journey through time. The cost of €2,519pp includes a saving of €850pp and the price includes flights from Dublin, 20 kg baggage per person, return airport transfers, seven nights Cat D stateroom with fixed window, full Cruise along the Danube to see amazing locations like Durnstein in Austria. board wine, beer and soft drinks with meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour and daily complimentary immersive tours. ESSENTIAL VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA This trip is ideal for seniors with its combination of guided tours and free time to explore at your own pace. You have 17 days to visit beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a traditional sailing junk boat in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia's past at Angkor Wat, and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure. Depart June 10. Price from €2,405pp includes return flights from Dublin, 20kg per person, 16 nights twin share, some meals and tours as per itinerary. To book any of these offers, call Sunway on 01-2311888 or check them out online at www.sunway.ie Torremolinos in the Costa del Sol is a great destinations for seniors looking for a relaxing break.
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Post service goes green AN Post has become the first postal service provider in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city. With the addition of Ireland’s first ever 7.5 tonne Electric Trucks - Fuso eCanters – to its existing electric fleet, every An Post letter and parcel delivery in Dublin City Centre will now be greener than ever before. Zero carbon emission delivery will be rolled out to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of 2020 benefiting the lives of another 700,000 people. The company has already invested €7.5 million in its Electric Fleet of 212 Electric Vehicles and this number will exceed 900 within two years. All An Post’s electricity comes only from renewable resources. An Post’s CEO David McRedmond is now calling on organisations
to follow suit to deliver a 100% per cent Green Delivery Zone in Dublin. “We’ve proven that zero carbon emission delivery in a capital city is achievable,” he said. “If An Post can do this, delivering to more than 70,000 premises daily in this area, there is no reason why other companies can’t. Let’s aim for a 100 per cent Green Delivery Zone in Dublin. Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director, Friends of the Earth said: “We commend An Post for leading the way to become the first postal service in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city. “We also commend An Post for rolling-out their green delivery zone to other major cities and towns across Ireland whilst calling on other organisations to do the same for the health and air quality of the country.” Aligned with Project Ireland 2040’s vision of
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Add style with classy sideboards IRISH TV’s favourite architect, Dermot Bannon, knows something about interior style, which is why his new home, featured recently on RTE’s ‘Room to Improve,’ now includes a mid-century sideboard. Mid-century sideboards have become something of a design classic according to Killian McNulty of the Vintage Hub, who supplied
Dermot with the one now gracing his living room. “Dermot opted for one of our larger sideboards for his new home,” McNulty said. “He was a little concerned that it might swamp the room but once it was in situ, he realised it actually made the space.” So, what is the attraction of these classic pieces for today’s homeowner?
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Putting up a great front! A STYLISH front door is something of a must-have for every home. It’s the first thing visitors see when they arrive at your abode, so it needs to make a good impression. Yet if we are honest, for most of us our main portal has probably not been high on the priority list when it comes to style statements. All that is about to change with the arrival of the Silka door range at Dublin’s Fairco Windows and Doors. Strikingly smart and effortlessly elegant, Silka doors take their design cues from inspirational buildings such as London’s Gherkin and the Shard. “Silka takes cutting-edge contemporary design and brings it to a new place, your own front door,” said Jim Toal, Managing Director of Fairco Windows and Doors. Like the iPhone, which was another source of inspiration, Silka doors have an entirely flat light reflecting surface.
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Dublin companies urged to be sustainable DUBLIN Chamber has announced the creation of a new initiative to help businesses in the Dublin region to become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. The Sustainability Academy was launched by new Dublin Chamber President Catherine Moroney at the Chamber's AGM Dinner, held recently. The academy is being launched in response to a demand from companies for help in preparing for a carbon neutral economy. The Chamber said the academy will help to bring Dublin companies from “aspiration to action” on climate and sustainability. The academy will offer participating businesses a comprehensive range of supports, including: training workshops, access to a dedicated series of sustainability events; green public procurement training; access to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP Ireland); support materials; and peer-to-peer idea sharing opportunities. Dublin Chamber has identified a need for these supports through surveys and focus groups with companies, facilitated by Amárach Research. A number of other services will be added to the Sustainability Academy offering over the coming months as the Chamber continues to work with businesses to identify the main supports they require. Speaking at the Chamber's AGM Dinner, new Chamber President Catherine Moroney said: "There is a strong will in the business community to become more sustainable. “Dublin Chamber is determined to help businesses on that journey. Our extensive research has identified that businesses
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GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM LOCAL LIBRARIES Dublin City Libraries and all public libraries around the country are joining in a campaign running over the next few weeks to encourage people of all ages to join and use the library. There is an Open Day taking place in all libraries around the country on Saturday, February 29, so why not drop into your local library in Dublin city to meet your local librarian and find out what services are an offer.
LEOPARDSTOWN RACING There’s a great weekend of horse racing at Leopardstown this weekend. The TRI Equestrian National Hunt Finale, which showcases seven exciting jumps races, takes place on Sunday, March 1 while Monday, March 2 is Schools Go Racing day for kids. The objective is to build ties between racecourses and their local community, encouraging an affinity with racing that will hopefully produce future racegoers but it also educate children in the opportunities of working in the horse racing business and what the industry offers. Book tickets and find out more at www.leopardstown.com.
NEW MUSIC DUBLIN 2020 Ireland’s foremost contemporary music festival, New Music Dublin, celebrates the very best of new work from Irish and International composers and it takes place from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday March 2 at various venues around the city. It’s supported by partner organisations including the Arts Council, the National Concert Hall, RTÉ, Culture Ireland, the Contemporary Music Centre, RIAM, and Irish performing groups Full details from www. newmusicdublin.ie.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TOURS To mark International Women’s Day this year, we are hosting special tours that will focus on the women buried here who have played pivotal roles in shaping Irish history and culture. On this popular tour, you will hear the fascinating stories of some of the following incredible women: • Maud Gonne Mac Bride • Delia Larkin • Charlotte Despard • Madeline ffrench Mullen • Jennie Wyse Power • Elizabeth O’Farrell • Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington
MASTERPIECES Masterpieces travels to the darkest places of human desires to confront our attitudes to autonomy and consent. In this fresh take on Sarah Daniels’ classic, Blacklight leverages interviews with prominent players in the fields of sex positivity and kink, real content from recent assault trials, as well as starkly honest interviews with cast and members of the public to explore how we consume porn, and approach consent. It runs at Smock Alley Theatre from March 2-7, 7.30pm nightly with a 2pm matinee on Saturday March 6/7.
These insightful tours will take places on International Women’s Day, Sunday, 8th March at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Tickets are available on www.glasnevinmuseum.ie.
THRIVE FESTIVAL Thrive Festival takes place this weekend from Saturday February 29 to Sunday March 1 at Dublin’s Convention Centre. It’s a fitness, lifestyle and wellness event featuring fitness classes, talks and panel discussions with leading figures in sport, wellness and an array of lifestyle topics from sleep to meditation. Over the weekend there will be more than 250 events scheduled so there should be something for everyone. Tickets start from just €25from www.thrivefestival.ie.
SPRING LECTURE SERIES The Spring Lecture Series return to Glasnevin Cemetery Museum this year. Produced in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, School of History and Humanities, these lectures cover a wide range of intriguing topics, from archive to archaeology. Details for the remaining talks in this series are outlined below. SPRING LECTURE SERIES #2 Title: Death, burial and sites of memory in 19th-20th century Ireland Speaker: Dr Georgina Laragy, Glasnevin/TCD Date: Thursday, February 27th Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival takes place at various locations around the city from Wednesday February 26 to Sunday, March 8. From hidden gems to red-carpet spectaculars attended by directors and stars, it’s a celebration of cinematic excellence in all its forms. The Opening Night Gala features Lorcan Finnegan’s superb Vivarium at Cineworld in Parnell Street. Full details from www. diff.ie.
SPRING LECTURE SERIES #3 Title: Remembering the Forgotten The Story of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park? Speaker: Michael Foley, author of The Bloodied Field and Sunday Times Journalist Date: Thursday, March 5th Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
SPRING LECTURE SERIES #4 Title: Place versus Memory: The Archaeology of Cork’s Landscapes of Revolution Speaker: Damian Shiels, University of Northumbria Date: Thursday, March 12th Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm All of the above talks will take place in the Milestone Gallery at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Tickets cost €6.00 for one lecture or €20.00 for a series ticket, visit the booking page on www.glasnevinmuseum.ie for more details. We advise that all visitors to the museum reception at least 15 minutes before the start of theirchosen 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
PRINTFEST - ENGINEERS WEEK In celebration of Engineers Week, discover the ‘engineering’ behind letterpress printing, by going to the National Print Museum at Beggars Bush Barracks, Ballsbridge, on Sunday March 1 and watching live demonstrations of the collection by the museum’s ambassadors, a panel of retired printers and compositors, from 2pm to 4pm. There will also be drop-in PrintLab workshops for a chance to get inky yourself! Suitable for all ages. Free admission.
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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
Irish Press, February 14, 1969
Irish Independent, February 2, 1950
Freeman’s Journal, February 12, 1829
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Irish Press, February 10, 1982
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