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The Mill Theatre’s one-hour Robin Hood panto continues all this week in Dundrum with shows running every day at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm, until January 5. Written and directed by Geoff O’Keeffe, Robin Hood is the classic story of a noble thief who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. The performance features a colourful cast of characters including Joe Wright as Robin Hood and Evelyn Shaw as Maid Marian (above).

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The Southside Partnership DLR Management Team Sandra Campbell, Finn McGuirk, Lisa Walsh and Cormac Shaw are pictured at the launch of the Partnership’s Strategic Plan. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

New homes boost Continued from page 1 The proposal also includes 200 social homes and 91 affordable purchase homes. The council says the development is consistent with their ambition to exceed its housing targets while the LDA’s mandate is to deliver new homes on publicly owned land. The idea is to help address the current supply shortage and to make access to homes more affordable for both buyers and renters. Some 51 per cent of the proposed development will be devoted to cost rental homes, which is a new form of tenure in Ireland and will result in more affordable rents for households who struggle to pay private rents. The cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, County Council, Cllr Shay Brennan, said: “This is excellent news for people looking to buy or rent a home in our area. “It will make a significant contribution to meeting the council’s social housing requirements and will provide an opportunity for people to

An aerial view of the Shanganagh Castle site. purchase or rent a home at an affordable cost. “The development will offer people an attractive place to live that is close to key transport links and supported by a wide range of local amenities.” He added: “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the LDA to complete these homes and have people living in them as soon as possible.” LDA Chief Executive John Coleman said: “This landmark development for the LDA is the first

of many projects in our pipeline. “It will be one of the largest residential construction projects in Ireland and is a major statement of our intent to help renters, buyers and people in need of social housing with large-scale delivery of high-quality new homes. He added: “It also points to the effectiveness of the LDA and the potential to work with local authorities and other public landowner partners in delivering new homes.”

An artist’s impression of the proposed residential area of Shanganagh Castle.



Educate Together awarded patronage of new schools EDUCATE Together say they are looking forward to working towards building a new school community after they were awarded patronage of two new Southside secondary schools. The brand-new secondary schools for Harold’s Cross and Goatstown/Stillorgan will open later this year. The patronage of both these schools was decided through an Online Patronage Process Survey that opened in September and closed in October. Families living in the designated catchment areas were requested to visit a Department-run website and choose their preferred patron. The results were then collated and sent to the independent New Schools Establishment Group that recommended that

Educate Together be granted patronage of a 800-pupil school in Goatstown/Stillorgan and a 1,000-pupil school in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6. Goatstown/Stillorgan ETSS will join Goatstown Educate Together National School and be based on the site of the Old Glass Bottle Factory. Harold’s Cross Educate Together Secondary School will join Harold’s Cross ETNS on the site of the former Greyhound Stadium. Jessica Meehan, campaigner with the Goatstown Stillorgan Educate Together Secondary School Campaign said: “I'm really excited that the Goatstown/Stillorgan area now has a further option of secondary school as I believe it reflects our growing multicultural

community. “Participating in the campaign for this school was a really positive experience and I'm looking forward to working towards building this new school community.” Sarah Hogan of the Harold's Cross Educate Together Secondary School campaign, added: “This is such fantastic news for the communities of Dublin 6/6W and Clonskeagh. Throughout the campaign the support from local parents has been incredible. It is so exciting that our children will now have access to a co-educational equality based secondary school in our area." Paul Rowe, the CEO of Educate Together offered his congratulations to the hard-working campaigners.

“This outcome is testament to the huge demand for equalitybased second level places in Dublin,” he said. “We are delighted that Goatstown Stillorgan ETNS will now be joined on the same campus by a secondary school that also offers an equality-based ethos at second level.” Harold’s Cross Educate Together Secondary School will be part of a large increase in places as it opens in the same year as Educate Together begins its partnership with City of Dublin ETB in St Kevin’s College in Crumlin. “We are making significant strides in providing sufficient second-level places to meet demand and will continue to work on this in the coming years,” Mr Sarah Hogan of the Harold’s Cross Educate Together Secondary School Campaign Rowe added. with her three sons Noah, Jake and Luke Carolan. 

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Local youth project wins a top award A SOUTHSIDE based youth project, which helps change the lives of young people and families, has been recognised for its imaginative and inclusive practice. The Janus project in Cherry Orchard is operated by leading social justice charity Extern. It has received the Investing in Children (IiC) Membership Award. The UK-based children’s human rights organisation works in partnership with children and young people to exercise their rights and participate in decisions that affect them. Extern has received the award in recognition of the Janus project’s good practice and active inclusion of children and young people in dialogue that results in change. Each year Extern’s Cherry Orchard Janus

programme works intensively with up to 60 young people, aged from eight to 17 years, whose behaviour is challenging and posing a risk to either themselves or to others.

Supported by Tusla, Extern’s work supports them to remain at home, and improves their social functioning, community inclusion and family relationships.

Sarah Healy, Service Manager, Young People and Families, at Extern said: “We are delighted that our team’s work has been recognised in this way.”

The Cherry Orchard-based youth project pictured receiving their award.

Cheers for minister as she backs brilliant boxing club MINISTER Katherine Zappone has pledged her support for a permanent home for Whitechurch Boxing Club. Standing in the ring among a parade of young boxers, Minister Zappone was met with cheers as she told the crowd of her personal love of the sport, inherited from her father. She also declared her determination to help the club achieve its potential. Minister Zappone, who was at the club

with Cllr Alan Edge, was speaking at the start of an event to mark its tenth anniversary. The club’s achievements, she added, were all the more remarkable given that they have never had a home of their own. Despite this they have 13 national titles, seven All-Ireland finalists, 18 Dublin titles and 19 Dublin League Titles to their name. She personally congratulated Gabrielle

Mongan on her European bronze medal and was encouraged by the many successes of the club in regard to girls’ boxing. She paid tribute to the dedication of the club’s coaches, including Tony, Andrew and Derek Delaney, Philip Hollowed and Vikki Whelan as well as the many parents. Cllr Edge added that the club had a diverse membership of both the settled and travelling communities in the area.

Dr Zappone pledges her support for Whitechurch Boxing Club.

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Popular photo exhibition has proved a hit with nostalgia fans A PHOTO exhibition featuring exceptional images of Dublin in the 1950s by the professional photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Dorothea Lange has proved a hit with nostalgia fans. ‘Ireland in Focus: Photographing Ireland in the 1950s’ is the largest exhibition of images by the artists to be displayed in Ireland. As many of the images have never been publicly exhibited before, it has proved a hit with nostalgia fans since it opened last November at the National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, in Collins Barracks. Numerous images were captured in various locations across Dublin, including St Stephen’s Green and Custom House. The exhibition explores the way in which three photographers, from

France and North America, saw and portrayed Ireland through the people they photographed and the places they visited, during what is generally regarded as one of the more challenging decades in twentieth-century Ireland. The exhibition features 50 images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, considered the most important photographer of the 20th century, of which 30 have never been exhibited previously. His photographs were shot in Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, and Wexford in 1952 and 1962. There are also 20 images by renowned American photographer Dorothea Lange, taken in Dublin and Co Clare in 1954, and 30 by Robert Cresswell, the Paris-based American

anthropologist, who spent over a year living in Kinvara, Co Galway in 1955 and 1956, with return visits in 1957 and 1958. The photographs featured in the exhibition give a rare insight into everyday life in 1950s rural Ireland. Families working together shearing sheep

and killing the pig, Corpus Christi processions and punters at the Racecourse are among the scenes depicted. President of Ireland Michael D Higgins formally opened the exhibition with members of the Brogan family from Kinvara, Co Galway whose photograph was taken by

Robert Cresswell in 19551956 and forms part of the exhibition. Henri Cartier-Bresson was considered the most important photographer of the 20th century. A pioneer of street photography and photojournalism, he was on assignment from Harper's Bazaar magazine

Catherine Heaney of the National Museum of Ireland board, and Audrey Whitty, head of collections and learning, pictured at the launch of Photographing Ireland.

when he visited Dublin in June 1952. He returned later for a holiday in October 1962 and travelled throughout the country during both visits. His images include landscapes, street scenes, portraits and public events, and this is the largest number of his images to have been

displayed in Ireland. Dorothea Lange is a renowned American documentary photographer whose portraits of displaced farmers during the Great Depression greatly influenced later documentary and journalistic photography in the United States.

The major exhibition of important photographs features ‘Dublin. 1952. Garden of St Stephen’.


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New sponsor for Leopardstown race is revealed THE world-renowned Leopardstown Racecourse has announced that one of the feature races in the Irish horseracing calendar is to be sponsored by leading global recruitment specialist, ersg. The feature race, which will take place on Saturday, February 1 as part of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown will from be known as The ersg Arkle Novice Steeplechase. One of the most anticipated races of the influential Dublin Racing Festival, the Grade 1 ersg Arkle Novice Chase has a role of honour second to none. First run as a Grade 1

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the club and their eldest son, James, playing for them. “At the start of last year, no matter what the family were going through, Kieran would always be around and be willing to help out with the club and that meant a lot to us,” said Jack. Jack and his teammates decided to organise the swim as a thank you for all that the Mulligan family have done for Lansdowne Football Club. The money raised from the charity swim was aput towards the ARC Cancer Support Centres, with 10 of the ladies involved in the charity donning their high-vis jackets and buckets to come out and support the swim. “I do believe ARC helped them through that difficult time,” said Jack. “We have been

absolutely blown away by the reach and the generosity of people,” said Jack. “I first put up the GoFundMe page with

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the GoFundMe page, Lansdowne Football Club have now raised around €17,000 for Arc Cancer Support Centres. The club is hoping to

Members of the Lansdowne Football Club during the Forty Foot swim.

raise a total of €20,000 for the charity and once they hit this target, they intend on presenting them with a cheque for the final amount.

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Crowded House make Irish return with Trinity College gig CROWDED House have announced their hugely anticipated return to Ireland with a gig at The Summer Series in Trinity College on July 1.

Tickets priced €49.90 inclusive of booking fee are now on sale via www. Crowded House is a long standing and much-

loved vehicle for the song writing talents of Neil Finn. Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1985 out of the ashes of New Zealand’s

Split Enz by Neil, Paul Hester and Nick Seymour, their eponymous selftitled debut album on Capitol Records went on to global success.

Crowded House is a long-standing and much-loved vehicle for the songwriting talents of Neil Finn.

Featuring the hits ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and ‘Something So Strong, those songs and many others that followed are still resonating with audiences today. The former in particular is one of the most covered songs of the last 20 years. The band’s first incarnation lasted from 1985 through 1995 with four studio albums and enjoyed much success worldwide, becoming particularly beloved for their freewheeling and interactive live shows. This line-up said Farewell to the World on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 1996 with a now legendary performance in front of 150,000 people. In 2005 following the tragic death of Paul Hester, Neil and Nick felt emotionally compelled to bring Crowded House

back, to put some more good history, as they described it, into the story of the band. Drafting in the new drummer Matt Sherrod and with long time touring member Mark Hart they released the album ‘Time On Earth’ to critical acclaim and toured the world. Another album, ‘Intriguer’, was recorded in 2009 and Crowded House was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2016, at the same time reprising its Farewell shows at the Sydney Opera House with three nights of stunning performances. Following Neil’s surprise star turn and a very successful world tour with Fleetwood Mac, Neil and Nick have been energised and inspired to begin a new chapter in the Crowded House story.

Much like Fleetwood Mac, a new generation seems to have grown up and connected with their songs and now want to experience the band live. The Trinity Summer Series is back for 2020 and the line-up is already looking pretty good. Both HAIM and Keane have been announced for the series of gigs, which will take place at the end of June and start of July. HAIM will take to the stage on Tuesday, June 30, while Keane will perform on Thursday, July 2. Walking on Cars and The Specials have both also announced gigs at TCD. Performing on Friday, July 4, The Specials are currently touring their critically-acclaimed album ‘Encore’ and will be playing a mix of new and old songs including ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Gangsters’ and ‘A Message To You Rudy’.

Gemma Kane brings her play ‘48’ to Clontarf’s Viking Theatre


NEW play ‘48’ is a quick-witted, fast-paced tragicomedy based on true events surrounding the Stardust tragedy of 1981. “It's the first play I’ve written and is inspired by my own parents’ escape from the fire,” writer Gemma Kane reveals. “I am an Artane native, so it gives me great pleasure to bring ‘48’ to

The Viking Theatre and to perform the show for the first time on the Northside of Dublin.” The story follows four young friends through the ups and downs of blue-collar Dublin life; the pitfalls of unemployment, the joys of falling in love, mad characters in impoverished communities and the hardships of prickly

friendships and family feuds. “Though the play is rooted in a harrowing disaster, I have chosen to present a heartfelt, fun-loving and comic narrative in the lead up to that fateful night,” Gemma adds. ‘48’ is a celebration of ‘80s working-class Dublin and all that came with it; the joy of being done up

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16 Health


Being a ‘loser’ makes Bridget a winner with Slimming World BEING the best at ‘losing’ wouldn’t normally help you to scoop an award - yet one woman from Irishtown has done just that after being named the ‘Greatest Loser’ 2019 in her Slimming World group. Bridget Dunne lost a life-changing six stone to take the title, which is awarded to the Sandymount/Ballsbridge Slimming World group member who has lost the most weight, and feels great as a result. Bridget, who’s gone from 15 stone 3.5lbs to nine stone 5lbs, says: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a loser when it feels this good! “I feel like a new woman since losing weight – in fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person. “For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the greatest – I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now.” The proud 63-year-old joined the Ballsbridge group, which is run by Karen O’Sullivan, on July

I love food and it never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’ – in fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t believe I’m losing weight while eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry

club’s Food Optimising eating plan and swapped takeaways for tasty curries, stews, and fish and chips done the Slimming World way. “People think slimming means going hungry, yet it’s not like that at all with Slimming World,” she says. “I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’ – in fact, people are always 18, 2017.   car emblazoned with the surprised at how much “My weight impacted Slimming World logo and food I have on my plate on so many aspects of and can’t believe I’m her group details, and my life, from struggling losing weight while took this as a sign. to find clothes that I like eating so much delicious She summoned the to fit, to not being able to courage to introduce food and without ever do simple everyday tasks herself to Karen, who feeling hungry. without feeling tired and immediately put her at “I still enjoy all my out of breath,” recalls favourite meals like ease, and encouraged Bridget. her to join that evening. burgers and chips and “Before I lost the roast dinners but I’ve “Since then I’ve made weight I hated having learned how to make so many friends at the my photo taken and small changes like group and I honestly whenever I saw pictures don’t think I could have using lean meat or of myself I knew that my done it without their cooking with low calorie smile wasn’t real – yet support each week,” spray instead of oil or now I’m beaming!” says Bridget. “They butter. Bridget’s weight was helped me with recipes “It fits in really well also putting a huge and tips and if I was ever with the rest of my strain on her health, struggling they were family and we can all compounding joint always there to remind eat the same meals. problems, high blood me why I’d wanted to This is a change that I’ve pressure, a hernia, lose weight in the first made for life and have place and how far I’d the tools I need to keep and severe bowel come since first up forever. Even my trouble. husband has lost weight After coming home stepping through the as he has been eating from the local park one doors.” what I cook.” day, Bridget saw Karen’s Bridget followed the

Today Bridget has lost a total of six stone and gone from size 18/20 to 8/10. She felt amazing as the mother of the bride at her daughter Noelle’s recent wedding, and looked forward to seeing the wedding photos. She is also more active nowadays and can be found in the local BEFORE: Bridget Dunne park with her beloved dog enjoying the local amenity. Karen O’Sullivan, who runs the Ballsbridge Slimming World group, says: “The changes we’ve seen in Bridget are incredible. I hope her success will inspire other people in the area who’d like to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits and become happier and healthier to take action. There’s a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and, just think: if you start today you could feel like a completely new person just like Bridget.” To join Karen’s group call 086-2227773 or drop in, or for further information about joining your nearest Slimming World group, visit www. AFTER: Bridget Dunne has enjoyed great success with Slimming World.

Health benefits of parkrun highlighted in study PARTICIPATING in parkrun has significant physical and mental health benefits according to new research. And volunteering at parkrun makes you happier and is as good for you as running or walking. These were some of the findings from a detailed study among more than 4,000 respondents who take part in the 93 weekly 5k adult parkrun events in Ireland. Those who also volunteer, as well as walk or run, reported the greatest improvements to their happiness with 88 percent feeling happier due to parkrun. parkrun, in partnership with

VHI, is the biggest community-led physical activity movement in Ireland. Undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), the research was commissioned to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of participating in the free, weekly, timed 5k events. The research marks parkrun’s seventh anniversary in Ireland, and Vhi’s fourth year as presenting partner of parkrun Ireland. After participating at parkrun; •92 percent of those surveyed reported a sense of personal achievement, •91 percent reported

improvements to their fitness, •90 percent reported improvements to their physical health, •83 percent reported improvements to their mental health, •85 percent reported improvements to their happiness, •More than 33 percent of those surveyed reported to experience anxiety or depression. However, the majority of those said that parkrun had improved their ability to manage their condition. Matt Shields, parkrun Ireland Country Manager, said the findings of this research validates its

assumptions about the wide-ranging physical, emotional and social health benefits of participating in parkrun. “Volunteering is an incredibly positive activity in its own right, with the greatest health and wellbeing gains being seen by the thousands of people who volunteer at parkrun,” said Mr Shields. “parkrun has grown from strength to strength in Ireland. In November we celebrated our seventh anniversary and more than 170,000 walkers and runners have participated in parkrun events nationwide, supported by a coalition of partners including

Vhi and Healthy Ireland who are dedicated to supporting the parkrun movement.” John O’Dwyer, Vhi chief executive, said the research demonstrates that the health benefits, both physical and mental, associated with participating at parkrun are unparalleled. “There is no other movement like parkrun in Ireland and Vhi is very proud to be entering our fourth year as presenting partner, supporting this wonderful initiative encouraging people of all levels and abilities to take part in free events in a fun and positive environment,” said Mr O’Dwyer.



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18 Education


Junk Kouture for primary kids IRELAND’S most popular haute-couture design competition, Junk Kouture, has announced a completely new element of the renowned recycled fashion contest - Junk Kouture Junior. From now, the Junk Kouture team is calling on primary school students from all across the island to get in touch with their inner fashion designer by downloading the special Junk Kouture Junior starter pack. Now more than ever, children are becoming more aware of the environment and what they can do to help the fight against climate change. Junk Kouture Junior aims to inspire young people to do something good for the planet through their own creativity. The one rule is that whatever they design, it must be 100 percent recycled. Not only will this exciting new departure cover all aspects of Junk Kouture, it will educate a younger demographic on the importance of sustainability while having plenty of fun

Aoife O Sullivan pictured with Junk Kouture contestants. along the way. Junk Kouture Junior will provide primary schools with a downloadable handbook which includes a poster, tickets, invites and scoring sheet templates, to encourage them to run their own competition where

children can show off their masterpieces to family and peers in their school environment. In teams of three – including the model – pupils and their teachers can brainstorm together as they learn that recycling is far more than

just separating carboard from rubbish. They even might be able to give a second lease of life to usually single-use products in true trashion form. People can register their interest on the JK website and the handbook is

available to download from junior. The new contest was launched by former Miss Ireland Aoife O’Sullivan who is also a primary teacher from Cork. She first got involved with Junk Kouture during

her reign as Miss Ireland as she was invited to attend the 2019 Grand Finale in the 3Arena. “I was blown away by the incredible talent and creativity of Irish students on show,” she said. “I immediately fell

in love with what Junk Kouture offers young students and so I jumped on the opportunity when I was asked to get involved with Junk Kouture Junior this year. “For the first time ever, Junk Kouture is inviting primary school pupils to get involved in this AllIreland recycled fashion contest. “As a primary school teacher myself, I think this will be a really big hit in the classroom. This new competition will be run within schools as students create sustainable and recyclable masterpiece.” The all-Ireland leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools is celebrating its 10th year. The contest asks students to get creative and produce high-end designs – from junk! Students can register their designs from January 6. This year Strictly Come Dancing and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage and X-Factor’s Louis Walsh are on hand as celebrity judges to help the environmentally friendly extravaganza mark its first decade.

Yellow Flags for local schools TWO Dublin schools were recognised by TDs and Senators in Leinster House before Christmas for their efforts in challenging racism, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. The schools from the capital were amongst six nationwide that were presented with a Yellow Flag for successfully completing an award scheme that supports interculturalism. Oireachtas members heard how the schools participated in the eight step Yellow Flag programme, now in its 10th year, by delivering a series of practical actions that ensure prejudice and discrimination cannot flourish within a school environment. The two Dublin schools that took part were St Mary’s Primary School, Dorset Street and Hansfield Educate Together National School.

“Conscious and unconscious bias, identity based exclusion, the absence of diversity within teaching and school management and a poor awareness of diversity can be detrimental to young people’s education and learning and on their sense of identity and self-belief,” said Shreya Chaturvedi of the Yellow Programme at the event. “A school’s policy and practice and its compliance with intercultural/anti-racism policies and regulation critically influence daily school life and whether it provides a positive inclusive educational environment.” At the multicultural ceremony attended by TD Jan O’Sullivan, Cllr Yemi Adenuga and Oireachtas members, attendees spoke of their efforts towards achieving their Flag. “The Yellow Flag programme provided

us with a platform to celebrate and value our diversity, learn from each other, and very importantly it provided the whole school community with the tools and strategies that are essential in order to challenge racism and discrimination in today’s world,” said Fiona Nolan who’s a teacher at St Mary’s. “It has had a positive influence on plurilingualism within our school.” A 5th class student of the school David Rostas said: “I felt proud because we celebrated International Traveller and Roma Day in our school. “I am Roma so this made me proud because we listened to some traditional music and we made posters to put around the school for other children to see and learn from.” Attendees heard that 87 schools (61 primary and 26 post-primary) has

been reached with the Programme – that’s 33,535 students and more than 2,600 teachers. The Yellow Flag programme aims to support children to develop a sense of pride in their own culture and identity and learn about other children’s culture. It also allows schools to develop an environment where unfair discrimination and racism is challenged and it encourages active partnership between teachers, students, parents and the community. On collecting their award Rachel, a pupil of Hansfield Educate Together National School said: “The reason I wanted to be a part of the Yellow Flag committee is because our school is an all-inclusive school and does not teach a specific culture or religion. “I really wanted to take part in all the different activities that we would do

Hansfield Educate Together students and teachers with Dublin West TD, Joan Burton (LAB) to celebrate all the different cultures and ethnicities.” Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement also spoke at the event. “On Monday I will be in Geneva with other Irish NGOs for an examination of the Irish state by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,” he said.

“When I talk to those committee members from all corners of the world, I will tell them of the good work being done by schools such as yours, to combat racism. “But also of how it is not enough. “We currently can’t meet the demand from schools looking to take

part in Yellow Flag and it is important now than ever before in Ireland that we understand diversity, promote inclusion and challenge racism. “This programme must reach all schools, and not just schools with mixed and diverse students but equally those who have not.”




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There was plenty to write a bone to pick with them. This is why the recent protest at the Minister for Health’s house was so unnecessary. To be honest, I’m not even sure what Editor the protest was about in the first Dublin People Group place. Whatever it was, the point was completely lost in the cacophony of condemnation that followed. It would have been far more effective had FROM Brexit to Vote-gate, it has been they protested outside the Dáil, the an eventful year, to say the least. Department of Health or whatever Here are some of the issues that photo-op Harris was next attending. exercised the mind of group editor If anything, the protesters actually Tony McCullagh in his opinion did Harris a favour by distracting columns of 2019. from criticism of his performance as Minister for Health.



LIBRARY FINES Our dependency on gadgets often borders on addiction and our kids are growing up in a world where losing yourself in a good book is no longer the default pre-bedtime activity. Clearly, we are all the poorer for it. We see examples of weak literacy skills on our social media news feeds all the time. Even text messages sent by ‘educated’ people are peppered with bad grammar and spelling mistakes as language is dumbed down. Any initiative that encourages us to read more is to be welcomed. In this regard, the removal of library fines is a small but practical step in the right direction


PROTECTING PEACE The Brexit fiasco has once again brought the North into focus for all the wrong reasons. We are constantly reminded of the fragility of the peace process and the dire implications of a hard border. We live in hope, however, that despite the economic challenges posed by Brexit, a return to violence is the last thing on the minds of the new generation – on both sides of the border – who have known nothing but peace in their lifetime. THE LATE LATE During Gay Byrne’s reign as host, the programme was credited with modernising Ireland and helping release the iron grip the Catholic Church had on the country’s collective morals. It’s fair to say that the Late Late started to lose its edge during Pat Kenny’s tenure and has plumbed new depths of banality since Ryan Tubridy took over. But this is a reflection on the predictable format of the show rather than a slight on the host himself. More often than not, the Late Late is merely a promotional vehicle for plugging other RTÉ programmes and seems to have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with country and western music.

MORNING CHECKPOINTS These days, it’s not unusual for people to wonder aloud whether they should have that one last pint for the road. Even on weekends, many parents have to be out and about early the next day to drive their children to sports events. Could that extra drink after midnight still be in their system? It’s a pertinent question to ask yourself. Any measure that reduces road deaths is to be welcomed, as long as gardaí are seen to be acting fairly and proportionately. It will be interesting to see how many drivers eventually end up off the road as a result of a morning drink driving clampdown. In the meantime, expect a boom in sales APRIL of home breathalyser devices. ELECTION POSTERS Some would argue for an end to election posters, believing them to be FEBRUARY an unsightly distraction, particularly HOSPITAL PARKING as Tidy Towns’ groups begin their These days, you have to queue just to get into a hospital car park. On two work in earnest. While I have some sympathy for this view, I also feel occasions last month, I personally that the posters are the sign of a witnessed long tailbacks into healthy democracy at work and help Beaumont Hospital’s car park. Some raise awareness of political and local of the frustrated motorists stuck in their cars may have been visiting sick issues. Even in this digital age, not friends or relatives, but others would everyone relies on social media so the posters serve as a traditional method have had appointments of varying of familiarising the electorate with degrees of urgency to attend. As a their local candidates. result, there was absolute chaos as people scrambled to find alternative LEO AND KYLIE parking in nearby residential areas. Leo’s fan mail to Kylie may And when I say nearby, I mean at least a 20-minute walk away, heaping have gained less traction had his further pressure on those already late department not initially tried to block its release after a pesky newspaper for appointments. The word fiasco sought a copy of it under a Freedom really doesn’t do it justice. of Information request. That’s why writing it on official Government PROTEST BACKFIRES In Ireland, there really is no need to stationery was possibly not the best idea he’s ever had. The Taoiseach, go to a politician’s home if you have

Philomena Lynott passed away at the age of 88. The DART celebrated its 35th birthday during the summer.

There was criticism of a protest held outside the home of Health Minister, Simon Harris. of course, is perfectly entitled to a personal life and if the man has a devotion to a former soap star, then let him at it – unless, of course, it’s done in our name. And it could be argued that sending Kylie a note on official Government notepaper kind of did just that. Predictably, some of his critics wondered aloud why Leo wasn’t concentrating on more pressing matters our country is facing, such as multiple health scandals and the homelessness crisis. And what about Brexit? How could he possibly have time to meet the global superstar in the face of such political Armageddon?


COURT REPORTING Given the amount of professional skill and care involved in writing a court report, it is highly concerning that many stories are now debased when they appear on social media. In recent years, I have been genuinely shocked at the legally dubious (to put it mildly) and vulgar nature of some of the comments posted under court reports that appear on my Facebook news feed. It’s for this reason that we don’t post court reports on Dublin People’s social media platforms. Until such a time that robust legislation or proper safeguards are in place to deal with the problem of unregulated comments on social media, there is a compelling argument to be made for

The Dubs made it five in a row in a riveting All-Ireland Final replay.

As RTÉ paid tribute to Gay Byrne, details of the State broadcaster’s financial woes were laid bare

restricting the publication of court reports to print or broadcast formats ‘FREE’ TRAVEL If you are willing to take the very slight risk of being caught, Iarnród Éireann is essentially offering free travel. No matter what spin is put on it, self-service train stations are simply an exercise in reducing staff costs. It would be interesting to see the cost benefit analysis of this approach given the potential for fare evasion. Most people would be less inclined to ‘bunk’ the train if they had to hop the barrier in front of an Irish Rail employee. Then, of course, there’s the ongoing issue of anti-social behaviour on trains and at isolated stations. Clongriffin station, for instance, feels like it’s in no man’s land and has been the scene of violent incidents and vandalism.


INSURANCE COSTS Around the country, many indoor play centres are facing closure due to eye-watering insurance premium quotes. Some parents are happy enough to treat these places like an inflatable babysitting service, watching their kids from the comfort

of the coffee shop. Then they sue when their little one falls and ends up with a bloody nose or soft tissue injury (a term that sounds ridiculously vague). And here’s some breaking news for them: kids fall – it’s what they do best. They are very, very good at it. If you need to distract them for a few hours and find a cure for parental cabin fever, these places are a godsend. Accidents will happen, of course. Sometimes the injuries will be minor and they will not always be the result of negligence. PHILOMENA LYNOTT In life, you are lucky if you get to meet a handful of people who make a lasting impression on you. Philomena Lynott, who passed away at the age of 88, was one of those people. She may have been best-known for being the mother of Irish rock star Phil Lynott – but she was something of a legend herself. Anyone who has read her extraordinary book, ‘My Boy’, cannot fail to be moved by her story. A young, unmarried mother with a mixed-race child faced many challenges in an era that was far less forgiving and tolerant than the one we live in today.

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about in 2019

The scandal of homelessness continued to dominate the headlines during the year. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK The lack of funding for domestic abuse services was highlighted in late 2019.

Gay Byrne, pictured with Sinéad O’Connor, passed away in November. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wrote a gushing letter to pop princess Kylie Minogue. Philomena overcame these obstacles to see her son scale the dizzy heights of international stardom, only to have it cruelly snatched away from her when he died tragically at the age of 36. Devoted fans of Phil Lynott felt a deep sense of loss – but it was nothing compared to hers.


HOMELESSNESS We must acknowledge that the Government’s overall strategy on housing is not working. There is no clear plan to tackle family homelessness; all it has is an outdated promise in Rebuilding Ireland and a stack of press statements. We urgently need a more ambitious strategy to tackle this issue. This includes actively building social housing, ensuring that bank restructuring does not come at the cost of mass homelessness, taxing those who hoard building land and protecting the rights of tenants facing eviction. STUDENT LIFE The reality is that most students are not from wealthy backgrounds and are still heavily reliant on financial support from their parents. Many have part-time jobs to help fund their day to day living expenses or enjoy the social life that comes with being a student. In the final year of a course, it can be difficult to balance working in a restaurant, bar or shop with

achieving academic success in exams. For some of these young people, financial stress and pressure to study can negatively impact on their mental health. While the rental crisis is a national one, it is most acutely felt in Dublin. There are stories of students enduring hellish commutes to attend college in Dublin as renting is simply not an option for them. Others are forced to live in substandard, crowded accommodation during the academic year.


FUNDING RTÉ In principle, I have no problem with the need for a sustainable funding model for public service broadcasting. RTÉ’s news content, both on radio and television, is generally excellent and the station’s recent exposures of scandals in the greyhound and childcare industries were examples of public service broadcasting at its finest. As a compliant licence fee payer, I’m less happy to be funding the eye-watering salaries of some of the station’s big stars. And do we really need three television stations? Personally, I’d keep TG4 for its important cultural role but could easily live without RTÉ 2. That would surely save a few bob and divert funds into independent film and current affairs programming. THE DART EFFECT The impact of the DART on

Dubliners’ lives has been profound. It boosted property prices along the entire line and is even credited with creating a new accent in some of the city’s more affluent suburbs (where it’s known as the ‘DORT’). The pace of progress in expanding the DART service has been frustratingly slow and only small sections of the rail network, from Howth Junction to Malahide and Bray to Greystones, have since benefitted. There are plans to bring it out as far as Balbriggan, which is great news for those of us living along the northern commuter line. I fear, however, that I may qualify for free travel by the time this is ever realised.


CITY PROTESTS City centre traders are already under huge pressure in the face of ongoing Brexit uncertainty and ever-growing competition from online retailers. The last thing they need right now is another reason for consumers to stay away from Dublin’s main shopping streets. The protesters’ counter argument is that they don’t want a ‘business as usual’ attitude to prevail as we face environmental oblivion. We have a longstanding tradition of protest and civil disobedience in this country and we are lucky to live in a democracy that embraces such freedom of expression. It would be preferable, however, if Extinction Rebellion and its

supporters aired their grievances with the political establishment by holding rallies outside the Dáil or at local authority headquarters instead of antagonising the very people who share their concerns about climate change ALL-IRELAND FINAL Nothing could have prepared me for the atmosphere of an AllIreland Football Final. The crowd were boisterous and passionate, with mostly good-natured banter between the Dublin and Kerry fans. Every point was greeted with mass euphoria; every wide with incredulous gasps, cheers and boos, depending on who you were supporting. And as for that Dublin goal at the opening of the second half, if you had plugged the crowd’s reaction into the national grid, you would have been able to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels for a while. It was pure, unapologetic tribalism; Dublin and Kerry fans alike had so much emotional investment in what was happening on the pitch for those often agonising 76 minutes.


THE DIGITAL AGE Life really has become a daily chore of trying to remember log in names and passwords. Even when you go into a bank, you are lucky if you get to speak to a real person, unless they are there to nudge you towards the self-service machine. I’m starting to suspect that they don’t really want us there. I was once a fan of modern technology but am now getting nostalgic for the good old days when life was less complicated and you could rely on the kindness of strangers to help you out of a bind. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Just two days after the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, presented his Brexit budget to the Dáil, Aoibhneas, the domestic abuse support service for women and children, launched its annual report for 2018. At times, it makes for uncomfortable reading. The report demonstrates the widespread prevalence of domestic abuse in Ireland and the growing pressure on service providers like Aoibhneas to help those affected. A total of 1,266 women and children (634 families) were supported by the organisation in 2018, representing a 57 percent increase on the previous year. One of the most worrying findings of the report is that the charity was unable to support 365 families seeking refuge

with forgettable interviews and, more recently, an unforgivable fixation with country and western music. Like all media outlets, RTÉ faces major financial challenges ahead. It was unfortunate that news of the planned cutbacks broke on the week when Gay Byrne’s friends and colleagues were mourning his passing and, in particular, while the station was demonstrating what it does best. EURO 2020 Personally, I gave up taking the train to the Aviva a long time ago after a near-crush experience on a dangerously overcrowded DART. Since then, I’ve taken the car and, on each occasion, have been forced to endure a trail of tears, from nightmare traffic tailbacks along the East Link to limited, overpriced car-parking. By the time you take your seat in the Aviva, you’re already plotting an early exit to avoid the post-match chaos on the roads. Visiting football fans will no doubt marvel at the Aviva next year. But they may also be struck by our capital city’s limited public transport options as they sit in their overpriced hotels, with room rates opportunistically hiked to capitalise on a major event.


LATE NIGHT TRANSPORT It would be most welcome if Iarnród Éireann extended its current late night services so trains could run every weekend on a year-round basis. Any such decision would ultimately be informed by demand for the Christmas services and the behaviour of passengers. While late night services will have security personnel on board to ensure customer safety, it would be unfortunate if the behaviour of drunken thugs ruined it for the rest of us. There are so many benefits for Dublin from a late night train service: it makes the city a more attractive place to socialise in and takes the uncertainty out of getting home. Moreover, it means less people trying to funnel out of town at the same time, reducing overcrowding on buses or trains and minimising the potential for anti-social activity. With all-night buses now running on both sides of the city, can we dare to hope that we are starting to get our act together when it comes to having a public transport service fit for purpose? There may well be cause for optimism.

WHITE-WATER CENTRE The facility planned for George’s Dock would give paddlers of all levels the ability to hone their skills on a year-round basis. Crucially, it also has NOVEMBER the support of Dublin Fire Brigade GAY BYRNE who have fully endorsed the project Gay looked like a man who didn’t and plan to use it for rescue training suffer fools, yet knew how to exercises. respect them. To others, he became I have some reservations about the something of a father figure, certainly to his younger colleagues looking for location. Traffic congestion along the advice in a very challenging business. quays is a nightmare as it is and there is limited parking in the vicinity of He was particularly avuncular George’s Dock. towards singer Sinéad O’Connor If kayakers wish to use their own during some of her more troubled boats at the facility, they certainly times. Some would argue that ‘The won’t be bringing them on board the Late Late Show’ should have ended when Gay stepped down as presenter Luas. Putting these misgivings aside, however, I still believe that this is a in 1999. Without him, the show just plan worthy of public and political became a rebranded version of support. ‘Kenny Live’ and ‘Tubridy Tonight’,

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Lamartine Fires & Fireplaces celebrating 35 years in business IT has been a transformational year for Lamartine Fires with some exciting new products being launched. This family-run company is celebrating over 35 years in business. Lamartine was originally established in Dublin to design, craft, manufacture and install custom-made fireplaces. Today, they are Ireland’s leading suppliers of fires, fireplaces, gas fires, electric fires, woodburners and stoves from around the world, as well as a brand new design-led range of French artisan radiators. All of which can be seen at their awardwinning showroom on Ballymount Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12. Áine Williams, Showroom Manager, said: “2019 has been a fantastic year for our business. We have seen huge growth and interest in electric

Lamartine is widely renowned for having the highest quality products. fires with various brands and also, the response to the launch of CINIER radiators has been positive. Home heating is changing Ms Williams said: “Customers are interested in heating their homes and creating that crucial focal point, in a variety of different

ways depending on their lifestyle and their home interior style. “We offer the full spectrum of choice, from the traditional open fire through to more contemporary options such as electric fires and high efficiency stoves and wood burners. “We have been working closely alongside some of


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and collection from store. With a heritage of over 40 years in the trade and DIY industry, Screwfix are excited to announce plans for bricks and mortar stores in the Irish market to complement its already successful online business. The stores will help busy tradespeople get their jobs done quickly and affordably, with a Click & Collect service allowing customers to order and collect stocked goods in as little as one minute. Speaking about the brand’s arrival into Ireland, Screwfix chief executive, John Mewett, said: “We’re extremely excited to be launching Screwfix stores in Ireland to help tradespeople get their jobs done quickly, affordably and on time.”

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SOUTHSIDE PEOPLE 01.01.20 PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council. We, Paul & Anne-Marie Connellan intend to apply for permission for development at No. 303 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W The development will consist of the demolition of an existing single-storey rear garage and single-storey kitchen rear extension; and the construction of a new single-storey kitchen / dining rear extension (17.8 m square ) at ground floor level and the provision of a new dormer window at second floor / attic level to the rear of the dwelling; along with minor alterations to internal layout and provision of enclosed yard to the rear of the dwelling. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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PERSONAL SERVICES Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, Dara Wynne & Aine McInerney intend to apply for permission for development at 127 Rockford Park, Deansgrange, Blackrock, County Dublin. The development will consist of the widening of the existing vehicular entrance to 3.5 meters so as to facilitate greater vehicle access and pedestrian access to the property, the closure of the existing pedestrian entrance and the replacement of the front boundary fence with a solid wall no higher than the adjacent neighbours’ front walls, hard and soft landscaping and further dishing of the public footpath to match the vehicular entrance when widened. (works to public path to be carried out by DLR County Council). The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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7. A sub to replace German ones (1-5) 7. Cited (6) 8. There was a British one from a politician in Ireland (6) 8. Brimless cap (6) 10. US soldier in blue about to take the motorway to a European 10. Torment (7) country (7) 11. Practise (5) 11. He won’t give up a German city (5) 12. Skulk (4) 12. Orient get a point (4) 13. Art (5) 13. Old Nick in the part of Desdemona (5) 17. Alleviate (5) 17. The arrogance of lions (5) 18. Foolhardy (4) 18. Superman’s county (4) 22. Cubicle (5) 22. Where Margaret made her name? (5) 23. Sale (7) 23. Terribly unclear type of weapon (7) 24. Talisman (6) 24. Relax without father’s meal (6) 25. Sell (6) 25. A serious student has true grit (6)

1. Acrobat who can hold drink (7) 2. Stop Les going out only half-dressed (7) 3. Said to have remained sober (5) 4. Feeling it’s a key proposal (7) 5. Call on six to be seated (5) 6. Listened to a group of animals, say (5) 9. One politician has a conclusion that it’s imminent (9) 14. Demonstration in favour of the cricket match (7) 15. Save the substitute (7) 16. Starlet out to shock (7) 19. One piece of music or twenty (5) 20. Footwear found in the petrol station (5) 21. Contempt for southern cereal (5)


1. Uniform (7) 2. Fraud (7) 3. Liability (5) 4. Chasten (7) 5. Embed (5) 6. Prick (5) 9. Impostor (9) 14. Dived (7) 15. Natural home (7) 16. Gravel (7) 19. Fragment (5) 20. Concerning (5) 21. Played (5)

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A few things worth checking out this week

Happenings 31


An Arabian tale of true love, magic wishes and dastardly dealings, this year’s Gaiety Panto will excite and delight all ages with the extra helping of song, dance, slapstick and laughter that you would come to expect from the Gaiety’s festive extravaganza. There’s a stellar cast of favourites including Joe Conlan as Widow Twankey, Nicholas Grennell as Abanazer, West End talent Julian Capolei as Aladdin and the gorgeous Suzie Seweify as Princess Jasmine. For details see www.


This exhibition from Dublin City Library and Archive traces the history of the pantomime tradition in our capital city, through the stories of its theatres and its entertainers. It takes audiences down memory lane with material relating to the Theatre Royal and the Queen’s Theatre, as well as from the collections of Jimmy O’Dea, Vernon Hayden, Cecil Sheridan and Noel Purcell. It runs until the end of January at Pearse Street Library. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm and admission is free.


This year’s Cheerios Panto is Cinderella and it’s moved to the ‘Pantodome’ at Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Starring Alan Hughes, Rob Murphy, Jenny Dixon, Jake Carter and Paul Ryder the Cheerios Panto is a modern tradition for many Dublin families and it’s running until January 5. For more details visit or call 019060111.


Sheriff of Nottingham is set on raising the taxes of the town until the lovely TheatreworX is back with this year's Helix Panto Maid Marion agrees to become his wife. But this The Three Musketeers. The Olympia Theatre TheatreworX is renowned Maid Marion is not one panto offers a take to give up on a fight and for its hilarious scripts on Cinderella with a with the help of Robin glittering celebrity line-up, with the perfect cast Hood and his gang sets resulting in the best traditional panto values out to overthrow the family Christmas outing. and the funniest script. nasty Sheriff. With audience favourites There’s something for Join the Mill Aidan Mannion and Colin everyone in this magical Productions gang at Hughes returning along show with stars of stage with Chris Corroon's Lola dlr Mill Theatre for and screen and social amongst others, this year's lots of fun, audience media’s biggest and participation, songs, production is set to tickle brightest. dancing and a host of the funny bone yet again. Running until Saturday, It’s running until January crazy, zany and colourful January 4, there are characters. 19. matinee and evening It runs until January shows most days. 5. For details see http:// For full details see ROBIN HOOD Oh noooo!!! The wicked



kingdom we meet Snow White, a lonely but beautiful princess who In Jack Thorne’s is being forced by Queen superb retelling of this timeless Christmas fable, Cruella to be a maid in her massive castle. Dickens’s dream-like The Evil Queen was story is transformed into once the fairest in all the a theatrical experience land but Snow White is in which inclusivity and now the fairest and the community are centre Queen is outraged. stage, and the barriers Throw in a hilarious between stage and audience are re-imagined magic mirror, an outrageous dame, a for the 21st Century in handsome prince, a a re-configured Gate funny hero and seven auditorium. It’s running dwarfs and you’ve got a at the Gate Theatre until January 18. For full details great panto at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. see For full details of remaining run, see www. SNOW WHITE In a magical fairytale

Crossword Answers January 1 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 7 U-boats; 8 Empire; 10 Belgium; 11 Trier; 12 East; 13 Demon; 17 Pride; 18 Kent; 22 Court; 23 Nuclear; 24 Repast; 25 Gravel. Down: 1 Tumbler; 2 Topless; 3 Staid; 4 Emotion; 5 Visit; 6 Heard; 9 Impending; 14 Protest; 15 Reserve; 16 Startle; 19 Score; 20 Pumps; 21 Scorn.


Across: 7 Quoted; 8 Bonnet; 10 Anguish; 11 Train; 12 Lurk; 13 Craft; 17 Allay; 18 Rash; 22 Cabin; 23 Auction; 24 Amulet; 25 Retail. Down: 1 Equable; 2 Forgery; 3 Debit; 4 Mortify; 5 Inlay; 6 Sting; 9 Charlatan; 14 Plunged; 15 Habitat; 16 Shingle; 19 Scrap; 20 About; 21 Acted.



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Southside People January 1st 2020  

Southside People January 1st 2020