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The Liberties Boy is laid to rest BRENDAN Grace... ‘Ireland’s beloved Entertainer, Liberty Boy and Grandmaster of Comedy’ was laid to rest on Monday after Funeral Mass in The Church of St Nicholas of Myra on Francis Street. The Liberties legend, who died aged 68 last week, passed away peacefully at The Galway Clinic, surrounded by his heartbroken loving family, his death notice reads. The notice on adds: “Cherished husband of Eileen, beloved father of Amanda, Melanie, Bradley and Brendan Patrick. Deeply and sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters, sons, grandchildren James, Patrick, and Aiden, sonsin-law Frank and Terry, daughter-in-law Christina, sister Marie, nephew Philippe and his beloved Aunt Wyn, relatives and friends.” The comedian, entertainer and musician was a native of Dublin’s Liberties, an area he was proud to call home.

President Michael D Higgins was among those paying tribute, saying: “Brendan’s spontaneous wit and his sense of timing, his obvious delight in interaction with his audiences, meant that Brendan’s sense of humour was drawing from, and itself a profound contribution to, the deep wellspring of Irish wit.” Brendan Grace: R.I.P The President extended his “An RTÉ documentary in person and I loved that we condolences to Grace’s wife, 1976 focused on Brendan got that person. Everyone Eileen, his four children and Grace’s roots in the else got the entertainer, his wider family and friends. Dublin Liberties and his we got a more vulnerable Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ‘reminiscences’. He was version of that,” she said. paid tribute on Twitter, just 25 years of age - and “It was the comfort my writing: “RIP Brendan Grace, already a national legend,” mam gave him that made his an Irish comedy legend. reported. passing so gentle. “You made us laugh so Grace’s daughter Melanie “He promised that he many times, from Bottler Gillespie said her father had would never leave us and we to Father Ted and so many “the kindest, kindest heart”. believe that to be true.” others... “He had heart enough both He is survived by his wife “One of the greats. Our for his family and a nation of 46 years, Eileen, and three thoughts are with Brendan’s and we’re just so proud other children Amanda, friends and family.” of that. We were happy to Bradley and Brendan Comedian and actress June share him,” she told RTÉ’s Patrick. Rodgers said Grace was “a Liveline. A book of condolences wonderful family man” and “Offstage, although he was opened on Thursday a talented performer whose absolutely made us laugh afternoon at the Mansion singing and comedic gifts often, he was a different House, Dublin. made him “an all rounder”.

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Council unveils ambitious €1bn housing plan continued from page 1 provision of three primary and three post-primary schools. Approximately The schemes will 72 per cent of the housing be delivered in the will be located within 500 coming years through a combination of traditional metres of schools. It is estimated that design and build and joint approximately 98 per cent venture solutions. of residents will be able to The majority of the access a bus stop within new homes, the 2,600 400 metres or train station in Clonburris, are part of within 800 metres, thereby the Clonburris Strategic significantly reducing Development Zone that dependence on private car. was approved by An Bord The lands will be Pleanála in May. serviced by two train The lands that have stations at Kishoge and been designated by Clondalkin/Fonthill, the Government as a approximately a 15-minute Major Urban Housing train journey from Dublin Development Site City Centre. Three regional comprise approximately roads, including the Outer 280 hectares. Located Ring Road, connect the between the established lands to the N4 and N7 communities of National Routes. Lucan, Clondalkin and The council also Liffey Valley the new approved the construction development could of 41 new social homes at St provide homes for a population of over 21,000. Mark’s Avenue, Clondalkin at the meeting. The approved Planning The development will Scheme will include the

include nine bungalows that will be designated specifically for older person’s housing. The proposed social housing development will be built at undeveloped lands off St Mark’s Avenue, St Mark’s Grove, and Rowlagh Crescent, situated in St Mark’s Estate, Clondalkin. This followed an extensive public consultation period that saw the plans revised following extensive feedback from the public. The development is also expected to provide the opportunity to deliver further enhancement to the areas to address issues such as security. Meanwhile, turning the nearby open space into a more usable area for children and further residents of the area was also considered as part of the plan.

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