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Countdown for young scientists Young scientists Ultan Kelly (10) and Ella McMahon and Odhran Kelly (both 11) are pictured preparing for this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition taking place in the RDS from January 9-12. This year, Dublin is represented by 49 schools from across the county. A total of 1,137 students across Ireland submitted projects. See full story on page 3


SCHOOLS across the Southside are in “We have also made sure that schools for a share of a whopping €40 million are getting the notification earlier to funding boost this year, following an try to give principals and boards of announcement by the Department of management a better lead in time to Education. plan and then deliver their summer In a major new year bonus for works.” schools across the country, the Some 234 of the schools which will Minister for Education and Skills, Joe benefit from this round of funding are McHugh, revealed that the Summer primary schools, while 73 are postWorks projects in 2019 will see major primary schools. improvements in primary and postOn the Southside, Minister for primary schools across the country. Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, revealed that St “I am delighted to be able to make such a substantial amount of money available Brigid’s National School, Merville Road in Stillorgan would be one of the 307 to benefit 307 schools nationwide,” Call Us An schools nationwide that will receive Minister McHugh said. funding. “This €40 million investment secures “I am delighted that my ministerial money for schools to upgrade windows, meet curricular requirements and make colleague, Education Minister Joe McHugh, has been able to make such a structural improvements to buildings. substantial amount of money available “The work will be carried out in to benefit so many schools across the schools mainly over the summer country,” the minister said. months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other staff will be kept to a minimum. continued on page 2

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Major funding boost for several Southside schools continued from page 1 costing of more than €30 million. The Summer Works “The work at St Brigid’s Scheme (SWS) is designed in Stillorgan will involve to allow schools to carry upgrading the school’s out small and medium windows. It will be carried scale building works that out over the summer will improve and upgrade months, so the disruption existing school buildings. to students, teachers and This scheme is addition other staff will be kept to a to other capital funding minimum. schemes that are operated “We have also made sure by the Department of that schools are getting the Education such as the notification earlier to try to additional accommodation give principals and boards of management a better lead scheme, Emergency Works scheme, for projects of such in time to plan and deliver urgency that they would their summer works,” she prevent some or all of the added. school from opening, and Projects carried out Minor Works schemes. under the 2019 Summer The current SWS was Works Scheme relate to announced in late 2015 and applications submitted is being applied on a multiby schools in Categories 7, annual basis. 8 and 9 under the multiannual scheme announced In Dublin South Central in 2015. no fewer than 10 schools will undergo significant The remaining 347 applications under Category improvement works 10, which relates to external next summer under the works such as upgrade and programme. resurfacing of yards and car Deputy Catherine Byrne parking, have an estimated (FG) said six primary and

four post-primary schools across this part of the Southside will benefit. The local schools that will receive this much needed funding for improvement works next year include such well-attended primary schools as St Catherine’s NS, Donore Avenue; St Cillian’s NS, Bluebell; Loreto Junior NS, Crumlin Road; Assumption Senior Girls School, Walkinstown; Assumption Junior School, Walkinstown and Scoil Eoin, Armagh Road, Crumlin. The post primary schools include Loreto College, Crumlin; Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown; CBS James's Street, and St Dominic's College, Ballyfermot. “It is great that this announcement is being made now in advance of next year, to give schools more time to prepare for the planned works,” Deputy Byrne said. “Given the scale of the projects involved, further

detailed analysis of these applications is required with a view to enabling approved applications to proceed in 2020.” In addition, Minister McHugh has also announced a further round of the Summer Works Scheme, which will open for applications in early 2019 for projects to be delivered from summer 2020. “Today’s announcement confirms the Government’s continuing prioritisation of capital funding for school buildings which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers,” he added. “This year, almost €540 million will be invested in school building infrastructure under the school building and modernisation programme.” The minister urged principals and boards of management to ensure that they get the maximum benefit for their schools.

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Young scientists tackle the big issues at RDS exhibition DUBLIN finalists of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) are busily preparing their projects for the 55th annual event. Taking place at the RDS, Dublin from January 9 to 12, the brightest minds from across the island will gather under one roof to compete for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2019. This year, Dublin is represented by 49 schools from across the county with 105 projects exhibited at the RDS. A totla of 1,137 students across Ireland submitted projects across four categories: Biological & Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences; Social & Behavioural Sciences; and Technology. The projects for the 55th BTYSTE very much reflect

issues of ongoing global concern, with almost 100 qualified projects tackling climate change and environmental issues, doubling last year’s number. Other projects touch upon topical issues from cervical cancer screening, the alternatives to and benefits of antibiotics; the growing impact of social media; with some even turning their attention to bee-related projects. For the 11th year running there are more girls than boys competing, indicating a positive trend in girls engaging in the critical subjects of science, technology and maths at secondary school level. There is also a 62 per cent increase in the number of girls qualifying for Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences on 2018, traditionally a

strong, male dominated category. Overall, 237 schools from across Ireland are sending students to the Exhibition next week. Over the past 55 years the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has played an integral role in inspiring a love of science, technology, engineering and maths among younger generations, and is today an internationally renowned hub for future Irish talent. The BTYSTE has been the starting stage for some of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs and academics with notable BTYSTE alumni including: Steven Collins (1986-7), co-founder of Havok and Swrve; Patrick Collison (2005) the cofounder of Stripe; Kate & Annie Madden (2016) the founders of Fenu Health; and Forbes 30 under-30

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of his wife and kids that eventually pulled him out of that bed. It’s five o’clock in the Both of these lads morning as I sit in front of the laptop to start writing always seemed outgoing, this. The rain is battering confident, successful, sporty, are good looking, on the windows, but it’s not the rain that’s keeping have great partners. But me awake. It’s the tears in then, I suppose, they disappeared off the scene my eyes. for a bit. Went to ground. It’s not for the first time Did I notice? I did, but this week, either. You took it that our paths just think you know lads. weren’t crossing that But do we really know much anymore. They anybody? Or how they had changed jobs, moved are? areas. I didn’t realise that Earlier this week, a lad they were attempting to I know put up a post on Facebook. It was long and deal with bigger issues. But I know now, because detailed, but in a nutshell they have been brave explained how at one enough to say it publicly. stage, things had come to Because there have been such an impasse that he had considered taking his other lads that haven’t dealt with it this way. own life. It was only by looking at his kids and the They have dealt with it love of his partner that he a different way. In a way which has seen their decided not to go down families standing around a that route. graveside. A few weeks ago I had I’m thinking in particular read a post from another lad I know. Again, life was of two lads, neighbours getting on top of him, and of each other, one of he had “taken to the bed”, whom I went to school with and who died less to use an old expression. Again, it was the thoughts than a year ago. He was

a shocking nice lad, a few years younger than me, but friendly with the younger brother of one of my classmates. Hence, anytime I met him on the street in the years after school, he was always friendly and chatty. I’m not even sure he knew my name. And when I heard he had died, I had to go Googling him to see was it him. It was. He was one of the best looking lads from our time in school, and had lots of good friends and family, yet whatever was on his mind, it clearly caused him great distress. His friends and acquaintances have now got together to organise a Darkness into Light Walk in his hometown to raise funds – but more importantly, raise awareness - of Pieta House, the charity which provides counselling to those in suicide distress. Again, you think you know a lad. By chance, I met another lad from our school days a few months ago. Again, one of the

lads who had it all going for him – looks, talent, success. Only in this case, I knew his relationship had broken up. And I asked him how he was. And he told me. He told me he was attending Pieta House. I was shocked, but in a way, glad that he was. And glad that, even though we would only see one another once in a blue moon, that he felt able to say that to me too. And there isn’t any reason why he shouldn’t be able to say it to anyone. Too many of us are trying to put the brave face on things. Too quick to say ‘I’m grand’ when someone asks. Afraid to actually say how we are because it’s not the way we are meant to be. We are supposed to be the fantastic footballer, hurler or sportsperson, successful businessman, strong husband or father, pillar of the community – I’m dwelling on the menfolk at the moment for a particular reason.

In the last month alone, I have heard of at least seven suicides of men aged from their early 20s to their 50s. As the sister of one of these men said to me during the week, if these men died in car crashes, or some other tragic means, it would be a major story, and we’d be looking at ways to prevent such deaths. Maybe there is a way to prevent such deaths. Start caring about each other

more. Slow down from the relentless pace of life. Ask somebody how they are, and mean it. And when someone asks you – tell them. Don’t bottle it up. Or don’t wait to be asked. Talk about it. If not to someone close to you, then to Pieta House, SOSAD, the Samaratians. It’s easier said than done. But it will end the torture. In a positive way. The rain has stopped.

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Cathal O'Braonáin BL, defending, said McKeever had run a number of businesses. These had included a delivery business which had, however, failed as a result of the recession. His vehicles had also been repossessed in the wake of the recession. O’Braonáin said McKeever did not have significant debts as a result, but that this had led to a change in lifestyle for him. He asked the court to take into account his client's immediate co-operation and full admissions, which he said had saved the State time and resources in what could have been a technical and lengthy trial.

Counsel said his client was someone who was of previous good character and was remorseful once confronted. He said his client was a single man and was the sole carer for his 87-year-old mother. He told the court that €4,700 had already been paid to Revenue and that a further €3,500 had been given by McKeever to his solicitor who would ensure it was also paid back. Judge O'Connor acknowledged that his signed guilty pleas saved considerable court time and were a “particularly powerful form of mitigation”. She said his family circumstances and his age were also mitigating factors in the case.

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Stillorgan store mother and daughter on Kolkata mission SPECSAVERS Stillorgan store director, Krista Brown and her daughter, Aisling Brennan, have returned from a charity mission in the Indian city of Kolkata, where they helped to support 1,300 patients through the Hope Foundation. Krista, and 14-yearold Aisling visited the destitute city where they volunteered at The Hope Foundation Eye Clinic. Specsavers has committed to funding the clinic for three years, in a bid to provide basic eye health care to the impoverished community. As well as attending to 1,300 patients, Krista and Aisling visited local slums and orphanages and toured the city on a mobile health bus, where they treated those living on the poverty-stricken streets who were deemed

too poorly to visit the clinic. During the week-long volunteering trip, Krista, alongside her Specsavers colleagues and daughter Aisling, gave eye checks to 1,300 patients, dispensed over 1,000 glasses, and in more severe cases, referred patients to the eye hospital for surgery. Although what was provided can almost be seen as basic treatments, many of those who were treated by Specsavers staff had never had access to eye care. Krista said she was grateful to have had the privilege of visiting Kolkata with The Hope Foundation and Specsavers. “The poverty we witnessed while working in the city was remarkable, it was shocking to witness

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first-hand the poverty that faces the people of Kolkata. We are so lucky in Ireland to have access to great health-care and services and we shouldn’t take this for granted.” At the end of their weeklong volunteering trip, Krista presented a cheque of €75,000 to the founder

Krista Brown testing a patient at the mobile eye clinic with The Hope Foundation in Kolkata.

of The Hope Foundation, Maureen Forrest. This significant donation will play a vital role in sustaining the eye care clinic in Kolkata. Speaking of her trip to Kolkata, Aisling added: “The week I spent in Kolkata will stay with me forever. The poverty

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the event. Assistants’ costs will however be covered. (Each wheelchair user may bring a personal assistant free of charge). All funds will go to services provided by Spinal Injuries Ireland. Participants will receive a fundraiser’s info pack and will be supported with advice and tips on how to fundraise. The sailing will take place from May 22 to May 27. A doctor will be present and on call along with trained sailing instructors as part of the crew. Sponsorship opportunities are available to companies who wish to support individual crew members or the team as a whole.

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announced that the inaugural Basketball Ireland Women’s Coaching Forum will be held at the Southside venue with the Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup final tipping off later that day. The forum is the first stepping stone in Basketball Ireland’s commitment to the recently launched 20x20 campaign by the Federation of Irish Sport, and the organisation’s pledge to increase participation in female coaching by the year 2020. Suzanne Maguire of the EPC stated: “Over recent years, it has become more and more apparent that we have a lack of women in prominent coaching positions in Ireland. “This is visible from international level, down through Super League, National League and at some underage levels. “The 20x20 campaign that was launched in October has brought national visibility to this issue, the impacts

of which are felt across all sports. We see this as our opportunity to leverage on our 20x20 commitment and engage with the basketball community in a bid to understand the barriers preventing women having greater visibility, greater involvement and greater prominence in Irish basketball. “The forum is open to both women and men,” she added. “And while there is a focus on coaching, we want to engage with a wide variety of people from across our community to add value to the discourse. “We have invited notable women to sit on our panel on the day, and they will provide personal insights and recommendations for us moving forward.” Attendance for the event is free, but preregistration is required. Basketball Ireland is the national governing body for basketball. You can find out more about them by visiting the website www. The recently launched 20x20 campaign aims to increase participation in female coaching.

Christmas Tree Recycling Christmas tree recycling will take place from Wednesday 2nd – Sunday 13th January 2019 inclusive between 9.30am and 3.30pm at the following locations: Blackrock Park (Phoenix Terrace Entrance) Cabinteely Park Car Park Killiney Hill Car Park Marlay Park, Grange Road Car Park dlr Parks Depot, Sandyford Road (near Kilcross Estate) Shanganagh Recycling Centre Car Park West Pier Car Park, Dún Laoghaire Please do not leave Christmas Trees before or after these dates or outside the designated areas. The provisions of the Litter Pollution Acts 1997 – 2009 will apply. One Christmas tree per car will also be accepted free of charge at the Ballyogan Recycling Park for the month of January 2019, except on New Year’s Day when the facility will be closed. Happy New Year!



Johnny is awarded Sportstar of the Year THE prestigious Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Awards 2018 celebrated its landmark 30th anniversary at a glittering ceremony in Croke Park Stadium. Over 300 guests, including some of the most influential names in the sporting industry, attended the highly anticipated evening that marked three decades of recognising unforgettable moments in Irish sport. The ceremony saw some of the country’s most acclaimed athletes honoured for their contribution to another year of outstanding achievements, as documented by the Irish Independent. World Rugby Player of the Year, and Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton was awarded with the top honour of Sportstar of the Year, as well as the Magic Moment of the Year for

his unrivalled success in 2018 . Two-time European champion and Irish middle-distance runner Sarah Healy was named Young Sportstar of the Year for her incredible achievements as a 17-yearold athlete. This year’s Team of the Year went to the Irish Women’s Hockey Team after a historic year saw them bring home a World Cup silver medal. The highly deserving Euro ’88 Irish Soccer Team was inducted into the esteemed Irish Independent Hall of Fame, with Niall Quinn and Packie Bonner in attendance to accept the award. David Courtney, Head of Sport Content, Independent News & Media said: “We are thrilled to celebrate 30 years of awarding tremendous talent in Irish sport.”

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Over 100 new jobs created with opening of hotel and McDonald’s OVER 100 new jobs have been created on the Southside with the opening of a new hotel on the Grand Canal and a McDonald’s in Blackrock. Dublin’s newest hotel, the Clayton Charlemont, opened its doors on the banks of the historic canal before Christmas. The 4-star Clayton has been designed to marry modern architecture with its surrounds. The hotel has been designed to integrate the classical features of three 18th-Century Georgian buildings with a new 4-storey building linked by a tastefully designed atrium that emphasises the hotel’s stunning lobby space. Housed within the Clayton Hotel Charlemont are 189 stylishly designed bedrooms, a fitness suite, six fully-equipped meeting rooms, and two brand-new dining

stylish restaurant option exciting new dining concepts, Gaudens with spectacular views of options, Gaudens Restaurant and Lockside the iconic Grand Canal. Restaurant and Lockside Bar/Social. The menu and design Bar/Social, both of which Lynn Cawley, General at Gaudens Restaurant Manager at Clayton Hotel are set to be fantastic include nods to Saintadditions to Dublin’s Charlemont said: “This Gaudens throughout. is an exciting time for the culinary scene. The Lockside Bar/Social Gaudens Restaurant, team at Clayton Hotel boasts a carefully selected named after the famed Charlemont. Careful drinks menu, with old sculptor, Augustus consideration has been world wines being the Saint-Gaudens, who taken into creating this order of the day. was born in number 35 beautiful hotel. The brand new fourCharlemont Street, offers “From honouring the star luxury hotel, which guests and visitors a heritage of the Georgian buildings to adding new architecture to the Dublin city landscape, the Clayton Charlemont is a truly unique hotel. “We look forward to welcoming guests to share in our excitement and to experience the exceptional moments we have planned for them here at Clayton Hotel Charlemont on the banks of Dublin’s iconic Grand Canal.” With the opening of the new Clayton Hotel Charlemont comes two Dublin’s newest hotel: the Clayton Hotel Charlemont.

is owned and operated by Dalata Hotel Group, took approximately 24 months and a €40 million investment to complete and has created 100 jobs. Meanwhile, another 15 jobs have been created with the opening of the new-look McDonald’s restaurant in the Frascati Centre, Blackrock. The McDonald’s, which is owned by local

franchisee Amir Asfar, relocated to a new premium location within the shopping centre, and received a major €1million digital makeover. The transformation has created 15 new jobs for the local area. Franchisee Amir Asfar, who also owns and operates 11 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Dublin city, said: “We are

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Southside slimmer Michele celebrates her weight loss Michele Stokes

miserable being overweight is, made me feel for the first time ever SLIMMING World is 50 this year and believe it or I could actually succeed. From the very first day not that was the catalyst I couldn’t believe how that made me join my much I loved the plan and local group in January how well it suited me.  2011.  Before joining Slimming Fed up of being World I didn’t eat dinners overweight and with – I would just have a my big 50th birthday sandwich and crisps or looming I decided to try and lose weight for about something while the rest of the family were having the 50th time! their dinner.  To be honest I really Of course, I’d be wasn't expecting to be starving an hour later and successful - sure how would then start picking could Slimming World at chocolate, biscuits etc. be different to any other Once I joined Slimming weight loss plan? World, instead of filling Well different it was. myself full of rubbish I From the moment I treated myself to nice walked in the door, fruit like strawberries and feeling extremely grapes, and realised that anxious, I knew this was they satisfied my sugar going to be different. craving. The welcome I Fast forward two received, the warmth I months and already I had felt in the group and the lost a stone without ever genuine understanding feeling hungry. Suddenly by everyone of how

do it on my own – I did it with the support of my group and I would go so far as to say it is impossible to do on your own. I still wake up some mornings all these years later and can’t believe that I have finally cracked it. I can get up and put on whatever clothes I want to because they all feel comfortable on me. No more tight waistbands or putting on jeans that feel ok but after an hour or two having to take them off cause they are so AFTER: Michele Stokes has made great progress with uncomfortable. We have Slimming World. BEFORE: Michele Stokes all been there haven’t we? Slimming World has had managed to lose that I continued to food I was starting to really really changed my life amount of weight with believe I was on the road optimise whilst on so much. I can buy any Slimming World when I holiday as best I could to a slimmer, healthier clothes I like, shop in and managed not to gain had spent the previous me and it felt fabulous. 30 years failing miserably shops I never dared go I went on holiday in the any weight at all!  All in all I lost two and a despite being on a diet for into and can even buy summer of 2011 two stone knee-length boots with most of those years.   half stone over a period lighter and returned a zip on the side that I Of course, I didn’t do of nine months. I just without any excess could never do before. it on my own, I couldn't couldn’t believe that I baggage.

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Mental health festival set to mark its 10th anniversary Callum Lavery

“In 2009, it seemed mental health didn’t feature too highly on A MENTAL health arts anyone’s list of priorities festival returns this despite the suicide month for its 10th year epidemic Ireland was with events taking experiencing at the time, place across Dublin and particularly among my nationwide. demographic,” said Mr Founded in 2009, First Fortnight is an arts-based Keegan. “My best mate, and mental health charity First Fortnight cothat organises a festival founder, JP and I had in the first two weeks personal experience of of the new year. The the devastating impact of charity aims to challenge mental health stigma and mental health stigma. “It was at that age I discrimination. The festival will see over began to self-harm and JP lost a brother to suicide. 150 events taking place David Keegan, co-founder and chief executive of First Fortnight. When we sat down, in January such as family Sister and former athlete Art & Culture Festival great social importance. and child friendly events, our intention was to David Gillick which aim to 2019 will feature in the Great art can affect great design a model to start music, sports, comedy, challenge mental health region of 184 events change. Ultimately the a national mental health theatre, film, panel stigma in Dublin and across 24 counties with festival is a medium conversation. discussions, workshops throughout Ireland. representation from 12 through which we start “We’d a shared interest and more. Events will be held meaningful conversations, European countries. in art and culture. It Co-founder and Highlights include shows across Dublin in venues challenge stigma and raise reflects us societally. It chief executive of First including The Sugar Club, by Irish actor Emmet mental health awareness was my background. JP Fortnight, David Keegan, Kirwan, Irish screenwriter A4 Sounds on St Joseph’s at a challenging time of worked in the mental said he began the festival Parade, Smock Alley, The and playwright Stefanie in 2009 to raise awareness health services at the time. year for a lot of people.” Ark on Eustace Street onhealth line inhalf 12/14/18 12:29 PM Page 1First Fortnight and the Preissner, musicians “Artists have always ofBIFE mental and The Science Gallery, The Academic and Saint European Mental Health championed issues of Ireland.

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Peugeot reveals prices for International Van of the Year GOWAN Distributors Limited, Peugeot importer, has released prices and specification for the new Partner van range, crowned International Van of the Year 2019, ahead of its launch in Ireland. Boasting a new exterior styling, it is the first light commercial vehicle in the range to receive the acclaimed Peugeot i-Cockpit interior. Customer orders are now open and it is available to preview in dealerships during the Peugeot Drivetime event, now on. It will retail in Ireland from €16,700, plus delivery related charges, or from €13,615 ex-VAT, for the Access 1.6 BlueHDi 75bhp 650 KG level one model. Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors, Peugeot Importers in Ireland

said: “The Peugeot brand has demonstrated proven expertise in van production for decades. “Last year, the PSA Group dominated the highly competitive compact van segment, commanding more than 30 per cent of the European market and the Peugeot Partner was the best-selling van. “This year, our performance in the Irish market has excelled, culminating in Peugeot recording the highest volume in sales growth across all brands. The pending arrival of the new, third generation Partner, already an awardwinner, brings us renewed confidence as we look ahead to 2019.” The new Peugeot Partner will be available with a wider than ever choice of six trims to ensure business needs

are met: Access, Active, Active Plus, Professional, Professional Plus and Grip trim. One petrol engine and four diesel engines will be available. Available in two lengths, payloads will range from 650kg to 1,000kg and up to two Europallets can be accommodated. Standard equipment on the entry level Access model, retailing from €16,700 plus delivery, includes the i-Cockpit with compact steering wheel and heads up instrument panel, C-Screen radio with USB, Bluetooth and Jack connectivity, 15” wheels, spare wheel, driver and passenger airbags, overhead storage, rear panelled doors and full steel bulkhead. The Active level two model costs from €17,700 plus delivery and gains a side sliding door, cruise

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This Suzuki Swift Sport is very nimble around town Seán Creedon

is very nimble around town and very easy to I’M sure there are a lot of park. The Swift has been adults who would love a around since 1983 when new car for 2019. it replaced the Cultus. Everybody will have their own favourite brand, This new version, which is manufactured at but I think the Suzuki Suzuki’s Sagara plant, is Swift Sport might just only available in a 1.4-litre about provide a fit for Boosterjet turbo charged most people. petrol engine. I drove a very attractive With 140 brake horse speedy blue colour, but power Suzuki claim you the promotional photo can get from zero to which came from Suzuki 100km/h in just over eight was of a gorgeous yellow seconds. I didn’t check coloured Swift that one out, but it went Suzuki wouldn’t be fast enough for me and one of the big players you get a warning sound in Ireland, but they do and a red sign on the dash have some very loyal if you are travelling too customers, many of close to the vehicle in whom would be over 50. But this lively Swift Sport front. At the front the should attract a much distinctive Suzuki grille younger market for the stands out. But it was the Japanese company. Lively, yes I think that’s a 17-inch alloys that really good word to sum up this caught my attention. sporty-looking car, which They really did add to the

sporty look of the Swift. At first glance you may think this is a two-door car as the handles to open the rear doors are very discreet. I first saw these ‘hidden-type’ handles used in an Alfa Romeo. Inside the only thing I didn’t like was the audio control for the radio, which is best used when you are in a stationary position. I found myself using the slave controls on the steering wheel, which I think was safer. The comfortable front seats had a touch of red stitching and coupled with a few touches of wine on the dash and doors made for a warm interior feel. There is room for four adults, five at a squeeze. But I think there would be more elbow room in the back seats with just two adults. And there is good head and leg room

for front and back seat passengers. Prices for the regular Swift start at a very competitive €14,995,

while the Sport version of the Swift I drove will cost you €22,995. But then for that money you do get a lot of goodies as standard.

Road tax is €270. The only small problem I had for a few days was that the radio kept cutting out. But then as

a motoring colleague recently pointed out to me, that’s doesn’t mean that the radio is a problem in all versions.

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New year energy saving tips HOUSEHOLDERS can slash utility bills significantly in 2019 if they cut their energy use by just 10 per cent. Make these energy saving tips part of your New Year resolutions for the coming 12 months.

lights when you leave a room and remember that energy saving light bulbs will cut costs by up to 80 per cent.

HEATING: Make sure your radiators are unobstructed to allow the heat to circulate LIGHTING: and if to room is warm In a typical home enough, turn down your about 10-15 per cent of thermostat. Ensure your electricity costs are for lighting. Always switch off gas boiler is serviced

annually for optimum results. WASHING: Ensure that you have a full load when using the washing machine and consider dropping the temperature a little in order to significantly reduce energy consumption. In addition, avoid using the dryer whenever possible but if you

must, make sure that the clothes have gone through a spin cycle and are as dry as possible to reduce drying time.

quicker, and boiling the water in a kettle first will save time and energy once you don’t overfill the kettle.

COOKING: Choose the correct size burner or ring to match the saucepan you’re using and only heat the amount of water you need. Putting a lid on the saucepan will help the water come to the boil

INSTALL AN ENERGY MONITOR: You can save up to 10 per cent on the cost of your total electricity usage costs by installing an energy monitor that will update you on your energy spend at any given

time, helping you to identify your household ‘energy hogs’ and encouraging you to turn off appliances that are not in use. FRIDGES: In order to keep your fridge working as energyefficiently as possible, make sure you defrost it regularly, avoid keeping the door open for long periods of time and never

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New Year resolutions for the doggie in your life HAPPY New Year to you from everybody at Dogs Trust! Most of you will have set New Year’s resolutions for yourself, perhaps to lose a few pounds and get fitter. So why not set a few resolutions for your dog while you are at it?

A shocking proportion of dogs are currently overweight. This can shorten their life span, reduce their quality of life and be responsible for the onset of diabetes, arthritis and breathing difficulties. It is very hard to resist giving our dogs treats and food from the table,

especially when you look at those big sad eyes, the facial expression that says ‘I’m SO hungry and you won’t share’. And of course with our squishier faced companions, the inevitable drooling that accompanies the aforementioned begging. An easy way to help your dog lose weight without feeling deprived is to change his treats to vegetables - cooked or raw depending on his preference. There are also plenty of dried vegetable treats available now like Soopa Treats, which you can buy in our centre, from our online shop or from pet shops. Weighing out your dog’s daily food allowance and keeping some aside for treats, will ensure that he is not eating over the recommended allowance but is still getting ‘treats’ throughout the day. Like humans, an increase

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Weighing out your dog’s daily food allowance and keeping some aside for treats, will ensure that he is not eating over the recommended allowance in exercise will also help your dog to lose weight and to stay trim and healthy. Maybe consider getting up earlier before you go to work and taking your dog for a walk first thing. Dogs that are walked early in the morning usually relax and snooze for the majority of the day as their wandering needs have been met. It also means that when you get home from work, you are free to go about


your own business or even bring your dog for a second walk! If your dog has joint problems and too much walking is not good for him, maybe look into hydrotherapy (after checking with your vet first). Hydrotherapy is great exercise and because it’s done in the water there is little pressure on your dog’s joints. It will not only tire him out but also builds up the muscles that support his joints and can often lead to an increase in mobility as this happens. If your dog is overweight and you are struggling with this, having tried the basics above, call into your local veterinary practice, as there are plenty of prescription weight loss diets available.

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The Dublin People has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Top dog this week is Shep, a beautiful and energetic two-year-old male Collie cross who is looking for active owners! He has plenty of personality and will insist on cuddles and attention once he gets to know you. Like most collies, Shep has a super brain and loves different games and doggie puzzles. He will make a great agility dog, as he is very active and likes challenges. Shep is not too sure how to behave around other dogs, so he is best suited to a single-pet home. Shep will make a wonderful addition to someone who has an interest in positive, reward based training and would like to be involved in dog sports and activities. If you have room in your heart and home for Shep then contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

Give a Dog a Home Today! Phone us on 01 8791000 Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at www. You can also pop up for a visit. Dogs Trust is open six days a week from 12-4pm. The centre is closed all day Tuesday. You can also find Dogs Trust on Facebook at or Twitter @ DogsTrust_IE.

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Would you care to make a difference this New Year? ARE you an experienced carer who’s looking for a change this January, or a caring individual who’d like to bring your natural skills into the

professional caregiving community? Home Instead Senior Care, Ireland’s biggest provider of non-medical care for older people,

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It was ‘hard hats off’ to O’Toole Transport truck driver Derek Keogh at Dublin Port when he drove the one millionth Ro-Ro freight unit off Ulysses. Mr Keogh is pictured with Irish Ferries managing director Andrew Sheen, Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly and Irish Ferries Freight Manager Derek Tighe. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

Dublin Port Company celebrates milestone A MAJOR milestone was recorded before Christmas when, for the first time ever, Dublin Port Company saw one million Ro-Ro freight units passing through the port within the year.  The millionth freight trailer in 2018 arrived on board Irish Ferries’ Ulysses when she docked at 6.30am on December 19. The truck was one of O’Toole Transport’s vehicles on board the fully booked vessel arriving from Holyhead. Every morning 13 kilometres of trucks roll off the Ro-Ro ferries arriving at Dublin Port, meeting the requirements of the retail sector and industry throughout the country.  The milestone signifies continued growth in Ro-Ro freight moving through the port. Dublin Port now handles nearly 90 percent of Ireland’s Ro-Ro freight and the addition of the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, MV Celine, in the past year accounts for an additional 8km of freight lanes/600 freight units alone. To date, Ro-Ro freight at Dublin Port is ahead by 4.3 percent compared to this time last year, and up by some 41 percent on boom time levels last seen in 2007. The milestone for Dublin Port coincided with a significant week for Irish Ferries, which also saw the arrival of W.B. Yeats, the muchanticipated new luxury ferry that will service the Dublin/Holyhead route during the winter

periods and the Dublin/ Cherbourg route from mid-March to September. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company, said the milestone is significant given that Ro-Ro trailers account for more than two-thirds of the port’s overall business. “It follows a period of sustained investment by Dublin Port in new

infrastructure and better utilisation of lands within the port estate so that customers, such as Irish Ferries, can continue to operate to their full potential as cargo volumes rise,” he said. “Our investment in port infrastructure is matched by our customers’ investment in new ships and I am delighted to see W.B. Yeats commencing

operations from Dublin.” Andrew Sheen, managing director of Irish Ferries, said the company had seen strong demand from customers for all of its services, especially freight, in the run up to Christmas. “With Dublin Port operational 24/7 there is no slowdown as we head into the new year,” said Mr Sheen.

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Dublin City Council I Eoin Byrne intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at this site 114 Le Fanu Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. The development will consist of 2 bedroom first floor extension and living room at ground floor to existing dwelling at above address. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. PUBLIC NOTICE

Recycling over the Christmas period Details of Christmas tree recycling and the opening hours of the Recycling and Bring Centres over the Christmas and New Year period can be found at Remember if the bottle bank is full don’t leave your bottles on the ground. Report full bottle banks to 222 2222 or email: Dublin City Council would like to thank you for your recycling efforts during the year. Let’s make 2019 the best year yet for recycling!

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, James & Sarah Burke wish to apply for Planning Permission at 35 Waterloo Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (a protected structure) for: i.) The provision of a new vehicular access from Waterloo road to the front of the property, the amendment of the existing cast iron fence and installation of inward opening gates which are to be fabricated from the existing cast iron railing, the amendment and reuse of the existing granite plinth including all associated site works. ii.) The dishing of the existing footpath to the front of No 35 Waterloo Road and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m. - 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application.




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A few things worth checking out this week



ALICE IN WONDERLAND What would you do if you found a talking white rabbit in your garden? You would be curious of course. So if it was with Alice when she followed the white rabbit into the rabbit hole, followed by her mother Dame Stuffy. On their journey they meet the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, Dee and Dum and have a mad hatters tea party. Join them for the annual Christmas of music, song and laughter. This magical panto is happening at Axis Ballymun from Thursday, January 3 to Sunday January 27 at 2.30pm (Sat & Sun) and 7.30pm (Thurs & Fri). Tickets cost €10 or €7 on Thursdays.

Fancy a brisk start to 2019? All walkers and runners are welcome to take part in parkruns every Saturday at 9.30am at a number of local venues including Tolka Valley, Poppintree Park, St Anne’s Park, Malahide, Fairview Park, Darndale Park, Father Collins Park, Newbridge Demesne, Ardgillan Demesne, Hartstown and Tyrrelstown Parkrun is a timed 5k walk/ run which is a completely free to participate community-based, volunteer-led initiative, and a great way to meet people and keep fit. Junior Parkruns for four to 14-year-olds take place on Sundays at a number of venues over a 2km distance. For further details and to register, visit www.parkrun. ie.


ROBIN HOOD With all the wit, magic and fun that audiences have come to expect from the Helix’s hilarious panto, Robin Hood is a must-see panto for the new year. Starring some audience favourites and introducing stunning new talent, The Helix Panto usually delivers a great family night out. It runs until Sunday January 20. Family tickets cost around €30.


The Civic Theatre in Tallaght are extending their run of ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’ until January 6. Due to huge to demand they have added extra dates including Wednesday 2, Thursday 3, Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 with shows at 2.30pm and 6:30pm. This hilarious panto features an allstar cast including Sorcha Furlong (Orla, Fair City) as the Evil Baroness; Enya Martin (Giz a Laugh, YouTube sensation) as the InstaFairy; Morgan Crowley (West End Star) as Dame Dottie; Ciara Murphy as Jill, Cormac O’Broin as Jack and introducing Dean Mulraney as the Giant.


Deirdre O’Kane has really hit her stride. Footloose following a glittering turn on Dancing with the Stars and revelling in her return to stand-up, don’t miss Deirdre at her hilarious best in a straight-talking look at 12 frantic months in the life of this tango-tripping, family-minding, telly-making, house-moving, comedy dynamo. ‘A Line of O’Kane’ is at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday, January 3 at 8pm.

In partnership with the First Fortnight European Mental Health Arts and Culture Festival 2019, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is presenting its biggest collaboration with the organisation yet, with four screenings throughout the month of January. This year’s selection will include the Irish premiere of Felix van Groeningen’s acclaimed ‘Beautiful Boy’ starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. IFI National will also bring screenings of the Dardennes brothers’ Oscarnominated drama ‘Two Days, One Night’ to venues across the country from January 8; Marie de Hert’s ‘Labyrinthine’, Gabrielle Brady’s

THE WIZARD OF OZ Join Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are transported from their home in Kansas to the Land of Oz where they meet some very strange characters – a Strawman, a Tinman and a cowardly Lion. Lovely Witch of the North greets them and advises that they should follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard who will solve all their problems. Hot in pursuit is Dorothy’s Auntie Gertie and a variety of colourful characters who will delight and entertain you. But Wicked Witch of the West has other plans and will do her best to stop them. It’s running at Draíocht in Dublin 15 from January 4 and tickets cost around €22.


Sally Denver Matthews, a humorous one-woman show, written and performed by Gilly O’Shea on the anxieties of being a first time mum, is taking place in Smock Alley Theatre from January 2-5. The show is part of First Fortnight 2019, the mental health arts festival. It is hoped Sally’s story will prompt conversations about post-natal stress, anxiety and depression. Tickets: Standard €15, Concession €12. Book at

NEIL DELAMERE Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC’s The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns with a brand-new show. Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance is on at the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum on Friday, January 11. Show time is 8pm and admission is €24/€22.

‘Island of Hungry Ghosts’, plus a selection of family friendly shorts around the theme of positive mental health. For more information visit or

Crossword Answers January 2nd CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Bread and water; 8 Discreet; 9 Lent; 10 Madras; 12 Orates; 14 Resume; 16 Slight; 18 Flog; 20 Tapestry; 22 Downing Street. Down: 1 Irritate; 2 Lascar; 3 Pace; 4 Editions; 5 Paella; 6 Mean; 11 Scenting; 13 Exhorted; 15 Urgent; 17 Insert; 19 Loom; 21 Post. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Miscellaneous; 8 Manifest; 9 Bolt; 10 Limpid; 12 Enlace; 14 Bypass; 16 Thorny; 18 Shut; 20 Ordinary; 22 Disconcerting. Down: 1 Vitality; 2 Scrimp; 3 Flee; 4 Maltreat; 5 Verbal; 6 Pull; 11 Discount; 13 Confront; 15 Attack; 17 Ornate; 19 Heir; 21 Deem.

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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

Fairview in January 1982.

Ballymun pictured during the big snowfall of January 1982.

Freeman’s Journal, January 10, 1828

Freeman’s Journal, January 18, 1869

Irish Press, January 31, 1938

Irish Independent, January 14, 1929

Evening Herald, January 7, 1938



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