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A PACKED public meeting was held on the Southside last week to demand local access to some 15 acres of landscaped green space at the upgraded Stillorgan reservoir. As part of the Stillorgan Reservoir project Irish Water plans to landscape the site but keep it closed to the public. Last week the Sandyford Residents and Business David and Peter Caviston are pictured with Joe Duffy and Aileen Eglington at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 which took place at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan last week. See story on page 3 and then turn District staged the public meeting to draw attention to our three-page picture special on 16, 17 & 18! PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA


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the meeting in the Union to what they say is a lack Café, Beacon South of public amenities in Quarter. “Therefore, the area and to launch a Sandyford BID is seeking campaign to get public to gain access to this access to the landscaped Call Us An www.staff landscaped site and for Irish Water in the it to be deemed a public area. open space.” “The Sandyford Local Stillorgan-based Business District urgently Councillor, Donal Smith need a public amenity (FF), described the space for use by the Stillorgan Reservoir 40,000 residents and project as a missed 25,000 employees in the area for important health, opportunity to extend public access to much social, environmental needed green space. and economic benefits,” Continued on page 2 the group said ahead of


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Irish Water under pressure to turn over Stillorgan green space Continued from page 1 Cllr Smith added that the decision to deny the public from accessing 15 acres of green, landscaped land once the Stillorgan Reservoir project is completed, is at odds with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s strategy on improving green infrastructure in the area. “In June 2017, granted planning permission to Irish Water for extensive works at the Stillorgan Reservoir,” Cllr Smith said. “The initial decision to grant planning permission required Irish Water to provide green open space with public access. However, Irish Water later won its appeal to An Bord Pleanála to prevent access for the public. “The fact that some 15 acres of land in Stillorgan is set to be landscaped and developed but members of the public will be denied access to it, is ludicrous to say the very least," said Cllr Smith. The Sandyford Business District group said it was seeking to gain access to the site and for it to be deemed an open space until such time when Irish Water requires the land. “With the current skills shortage it is an employee market and employees are looking for a variety of options from their work

Thrill-seekers sought for abseil challenge

THE man in charge of one of the busiest hotels on the Southside is marking the third anniversary of a near-fatal brain injury by abseiling off the new nine-storey extension at the Red Cow Moran Hotel. The CEO of the hotel, Tom Moran, enrolled the help of Leinster and Ireland rugby player Sean O'Brien and country star Cliona Hagan to help him launch the 'Jump4James' Abseil Challenge. Tom, Sean and Dancing with the Stars finalist, Cliona are daring 200 thrill-seekers to join the challenge on Sunday, June 2. Tom's goal is to raise €200,000 towards building a dedicated Brain Disease Resource Alex White, Conor Battigan, Chief Executive Sandyford BID, Sharon Scally, Director and Research Centre at & Chair Sandyford BID and Barry Andrews pictured at the public meeting in Union St James’s Hospital under Cafe, Beacon Quarter, Sandyford. the direction of Neurology Consultant, Dr Colin Reservoir Upgrade Project Upgrade project started life,” the group said in Doherty. Tom's wife and is a strategically important earlier this year and a statment. “There is a children will also take part involves the construction in the challenge. greater influence on work part of securing Dublin’s of a new covered reservoir In June 2016, a stroke water supply for the life balance. Employers at the site. future. and residents are keen caused Tom to fall while “At present, treated “The reservoirs to enhance the location on holiday in Spain which drinking water is exposed caused a significant injury currently provide and the local amenities to the environment which to his head. drinking water to over on offer. presents an unacceptable “People are choosing to 200,000 customers and He underwent a the safety and security of contamination risk. Irish live elsewhere and then craniotomy and spent six Water has held extensive commute longer distances this water supply is a top weeks in an induced coma engagement with the priority for Irish Water,” in order to raise families in Carlos Haya Regional local community and the spokesperson said. in areas where there is Hospital in Malaga, Spain, businesses throughout the before being airlifted “The present site adequate social amenities planning and construction to St James’s Hospital has been used for the like parks and walkways. of this important project. in Dublin, where he distribution of drinking “It is widely recognised “The new covered water since 1860 and that there are many was under the care of reservoir will have the for the protection of benefits to the public in neurologist, Dr Colin capacity to support the water supply public the provision of an open Doherty. future growth to 2031. access has never been space,” the statement From the outset, the Growth in water demand outlook was very bleak permitted. adds. is forecasted to continue “Construction on the A spokesperson for Irish and Tom was not beyond 2031.” Stillorgan Reservoir water said the Stillorgan expected to survive.


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Leinster and Ireland rugby player, Sean O’Brien, and country singer and Dancing with the Stars finalist, Cliona Hagan are pictured with Tom Moran, CEO of the Red Cow Moran Hotel, at the launch. But three years on, Tom has defied all odds and has made an incredible recovery. He is now determined to give back to the hospital that got him back on his feet and to help others with brain related conditions. Only 200 lucky thrillseekers will get to scale the nine-storey extension at the iconic Red Cow Moran Hotel to help Tom

raise €200,000. You can sign up as a group (corporate, club or friends) or as an individual. To secure a place on the abseil the registration fee is €65. Participants must also raise a minimum of €300 to take part. To sign up for the Abseil Challenge or to donate go to www.supportstjames. ie/tom-says-jump-jamessabseil-challenge/



Another massive night for the Southside Neil Fetherstonhaugh THE second Southside People Community & Sports Awards took place at a glittering gala dinner evening in the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan last week where the winners and runners up were presented with their prizes. There were some notable winners in this year’s awards including a young Flossie Donnelly who won, not only the Young Community Person of The Year award but was also the Overall Winner in the Community. Flossie (12) was presented with her trophy by the MC on the night RTE’s Joe Duffy and she shared the stage with the other big winners on the night, Esker Boxing Club, which were declared Club of the Year as well as Overall Sports category winners for 2019.

Flossie Donnelly picks up the Overall Winner in Community award from Conor Mahon, Managing Director of the Dublin People Group. PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA

Ed Griffin, Mick Kelly, Brian Brady and Mags Cross from Esker Boxing Club are presented with the Overall Winner in Sport award by Neil Fetherstonhaugh, Southside People news editor. Some of the other deserving winners included Martina and Deborah Kenny (Volunteer of the Year) for their work with the My Lovely Horse Rescue charity; Cavistons Food Emporium (David/Peter

Caviston) who picked up the Business in The Community title; Scoil Cholmcille Ballybrack Junior & Senior Schools, winners of the Best School in The Community; while the Community & Neighbour Award went to

Jeff O’Toole, the instigator behind the Jobstown Safetalk initiative. Team of The Year award winners were Transport Iveagh Trust, who were praised for their unwavering dedication and persistence,

regardless of challenges they have encountered throughout the years. The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Stephen Martin who has been raising money for his chosen charity, Spina Bifida

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We need to respect the art of court reporting TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group

BACK in the 1980s, when I was a wannabe reporter, I did a week’s work experience in the Four Courts with the Irish Press. Each day, I would shadow the paper’s court reporter, Paul Muldowney, watching him take copious notes in shorthand as we sat together in the press gallery. I found it next to impossible to follow what was going on, as

legal eagles took to their feet and spewed out what was incoherent gobbledygook to my young ears. When the morning’s proceedings had finished, we’d go back to a small office in the vast belly of the Four Courts where the veteran reporter would bang out his story on a typewriter before phoning it in to a copytaker in his newspaper. When I read his report, I was struck by the level of skill required to work as a court reporter. How was it possible for him to write such an accessible and concise account of the proceedings we had just sat through? How had he heard things that I hadn’t? That week, I learned that an understanding of law and the

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mechanisms of a court case was required for the job. But even more important was the need for accuracy, balance and fairness. As a journalist, there is nothing more daunting than getting it wrong when covering a court case. An error in a court report has the potential to land a media organisation in serious trouble or could even collapse a trial. Courts are not slow to threaten newspapers with contempt proceedings if it’s believed a case could be jeopardised by inaccurate coverage. To this day, I still have huge admiration for court reporters and their ability to break down often complex cases into compelling,

readable articles. RTÉ reporters such as Vivienne Traynor and Orla O’Donnell are masters of their craft when covering court cases for television and radio. Newstalk’s court correspondent, Frank Greaney, is also a standout broadcaster and his coverage of both the Belfast rape trial and recent Tipperary murder case was exceptional. In my view, he is one of Ireland’s most accomplished journalists and a rising media star to watch. 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 newsfeed. 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 regulation is in place to deal with the problem of unregulated comments on social media, there is a compelling argument to be made for restricting the publication of court reports to print or broadcast formats.

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Death-defying Red Bull divers are set to stun A BRAVE 22 high-flying cliff divers will be stunning the crowds at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series that is coming to Dún Laoghaire Harbour this weekend. The world’s best male and female divers from 19 countries will jump from eight storey-high platforms into the water below, performing three seconds of acrobatics on the way down in a bid to be crowned winner. Both Saturday and Sunday events are free and kick off at 5pm, however, organisers have advised everyone to arrive early. The Sunday event will feature the Irish finals and will be broadcast live on

Youtube and Facebook from 7pm. Though the World Series has been held on the rugged Aran Islands three times previously (in 2012, 2014 and 2017), this year the second of seven stops of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will be hosted in Ireland’s capital city for the first time. Located on Carlisle Pier, the divers will have a panoramic view over Dublin Bay from the platforms, with Poolbeg Lighthouse, Howth Head, Dalkey Island and the whole of Dún Laoghaire in the immediate vicinity. Among the brave men and women who will be leaping from 27-metrehigh platforms in the

action-packed World Series this weekend are British boys Gary Hunt and Blake Aldridge On the men’s side, British diver Gary Hunt will be gunning for glory again. The 34-year-old is the seven-time World Series champion who last took top spot on the podium last year. Hunt was the winner at the last Irish event, the Serpent's Lair in Inis Mor, in 2014 and 2017, and will be hoping for another victory in Irish waters on May 12 to help boost his overall score and retain his title. Fellow Brit Blake (36) will be hot on his heels and hoping to better

himself from his third place overall in 2017. The Londoner has successfully transitioned from an Olympic Games finalist in synchronised platform diving to the winner of two World Series events from the 27-metre platform. Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes scores consistently well for his rip entries, immaculate form in the air and technical proficiency. American diver Steven LoBue has also performed well in previous years, coming second in 2018. At 5ft 3in, he may be the shortest man on tour, but he’s also a natural gymnast who has established himself as

Red Bull Cliff Divers, Anna Bader and Orlando Duque, show off thier moves ahead of the Dun Laoghaire spectacular. the World Series' - “spin master” – he was the first man who did five somersaults in less than three seconds. Ukraine’s Oleksiy Prygorov, a 2008 Olympic bronze-medallist from the 3m springboard, and Andy Jones, an American former acrobatic performer in Cirque du Soleil, are also ones to watch. For the women’s competition, Rhiannan Iffland can’t do much wrong. The Aussie has come out on top for the past three years and will be hoping to retain her crown this year.

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damage matter at Dublin locations between April and September last year. His 114 previous convictions include 19 burglaries, 17 thefts, nine trespassing and nine robberies. Moore left his blood around the till after forcing entry and stealing €391 from Apple Green, Parnell Road, on April 24, 2018. On May 6, he forced the door of Fitzwilliam Court, Leeson Close, and took a security

swipe card as he went around the building. He forced the door to Glandore, a premises in the same building, but left empty handed. He returned the swipe card to the counter before he left. He cycled to De La Salle College, Churchtown, on May 18, and took €300 cash after ransacking a classroom. On June 23, he broke into several company offices at Block 4, Harcourt Centre, and took laptops valued at €2,400. He was captured on CCTV

cycling up to software company Pull The Trigger, Richmond Row, on June 30. He smashed a window to get in and took a laptop and cash. The total cost of repair and replacement was €3,399. Moore told gardaí he couldn't really remember breaking into Transport Club in Dublin 12 on September 3, but admitted he took spirits and change before getting a taxi to his father's home. Michael Hourigan BL, prosecuting, said Moore was on bail for burgling Pull The

Trigger and the company offices when he committed this last break-in. The gardaí giving evidence agreed with Karl Monaghan BL, defending, that none of the crimes involved violence or confrontation and were all to feed his client's drug and gambling habits. Mr Monaghan submitted to Judge Melanie Greally that Moore apologised for his actions and wanted to get treatment for his addition issues. Judge Greally said the cases

were aggravated by Moore's multiple previous convictions. She said the mitigating factors in the cases were his early guilty plea, his admissions to gardaí, his difficult childhood and his history of addiction. She sentenced Moore to three years’ imprisonment for the offence in Richmond Row. She also sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment for the offence in Transport Club to run consecutively to the other sentence, but suspended the two years in their entirety on strict conditions.

Students’ handmade books join exhibition at iconic Trinity College AN EXHIBITION of 80 handmade books written and illustrated by several Southside primary schoolchildren has been unveiled in the iconic Old Library of Trinity College. Launched by award-winning children’s book author, Dave Rudden, the exhibition marks the culmination of the Bookmarks programme which saw the children create their own books over a twomonth period with the help of authors, artists and book specialists from Trinity. The project aims to inspire the children to become the next generation of storytellers, artists and creatives. Bookmarks is organised by the Trinity Access

Programmes (TAP), which supports students from underrepresented backgrounds to progress to further education. At the launch fifth and sixth class pupils from Scoil Cholmchille SNS, Ballybrack; Our Lady of Good Counsel BNS, Drimnagh; and Marist Primary School, Crumlin saw their own creations go on display in the awe-inspiring Long Room. Their books will now become part of Trinity’s permanent collection of over six million printed volumes which includes the worldrenowned Book of Kells. Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan, Trinity Access Programmes, said: “Here at Trinity Access Programmes we are very

proud of the Bookmarks initiative and the unique opportunity it provides for children to acquire new skills and to be exposed to the world of children’s literature in a very hands-on way. “We are delighted to unveil these beautiful works of art and literature. “Our outreach programmes attract over 10,000 students annually, and with continued involvement, these students and their peers will successfully make the transition to both second and third level.” This year the Bookmarks programme focused on the theme ‘Creatures and Creations’. Writing and illustrating workshops were

delivered by Sine Quinn, Catherine Ann Cullen and Angela McDonagh. Inspiration for the book-making workshops was provided by staff from the library and the School of English, who introduced the children to the Library’s Pollard Collection – the largest collection of children’s books in Ireland, comprising over 10,000 books dating from the 17th century to the early 20th century. The wide range of topics that fired the children’s imagination is evident from the titles of their books this year which include: ‘The Adventures of Kevin the Carrot’; ‘Fighting My Thoughts’ and ‘The Mysterious Box’.

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Tallaght girls enjoy a space to dream TO MARK Girls in ICT Day recently Microsoft welcomed over 80 students to its campus for a special DreamSpace event. St Kevin’s Girls National School in Tallaght were invited to DreamSpace – Microsoft’s education hub – to undertake a special immersive digital skills experience. With sessions in MicroBit coding and 3D paint modelling to foster critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills, the idea is to inspire them about the opportunities unlocked through STEM subjects. During the day the girls met with young, successful women who are blazing a trail by harnessing the power of creativity and technology. The event is a key element of Microsoft’s #MakeWhatsNext campaign that aims to

encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). EU Digital Girl of the Year 2018, Aoibheann Mangan (12) spoke about how her interest in coding and the importance of

digital skills to empower girls to become future leaders. Entrepreneur Nicki Hoyne, founder and CEO of My Shining Armour, encouraged girls to open their minds to the career opportunities that emerge in the STEM space.

Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland said: “Here at Microsoft we want to inspire, excite and encourage more Irish girls to achieve more through technology so they can become our next digital leaders.”

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FOR the youth of today, the sheer magnitude of Dún Laoghaire’s music scene in the late 1980s and early ‘90s might be hard to fathom. While the Southside had produced two of its own superstars in Sinéad O’Connor and Bob Geldof, some of the biggest names in world music were coming to play in The Top Hat, such as The Clash, Patti Smith and Metallica to name just a few. The legendary peak of this golden era arguably took place on August 21, 1991. Sonic Youth’s status as gods of alternative rock was firmly established by this stage. Little was known, however, of their opening act, a budding punk band from Seattle. Nirvana were formed in 1987 by lead singer Kurt Cobain and guitarist Chris Novoselic. In 1990 they settled on Dave Grohl as their drummer. Having developed a cult following in the Pacific North-West, they produced their debut album, ‘Bleach’, on a budget of $600. It wasn’t until they released their second album, ‘Nevermind’, in October 1991, that they perfected the grunge sound which gained them international recognition. Tracks like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Lithium’ would become anthems for an entire generation. The album eventually displaced Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ at number one on the US Billboard 200. Their success as an underground rock band was unprecedented. They would go on to dominate the music industry until Cobain’s tragic suicide on April 4, 1994, three days before he was due to play in Dublin. Monkstown native Kevin Burns (49) went to the gig on the insistence of a friend. “I only lived a mile away,” he recalled. “My friend wanted to stay the night in my house so he asked me to go. We were going for Sonic Youth. They were huge at the time. I was 21, working full-time and saving up to do a masters. “The ticket didn’t even cost a tenner so I thought,

‘why not?’” His voice perks up when I ask him about Dún Laoghaire’s nightlife at the time. “The Top Hat had great bands then and so did the Purty Kitchen. Walters used to be buzzing as well.” However, rock gigs in the Borough had a reputation for rowdiness. “I remember seeing The Proclaimers play back up to The Housemartins at the Top Hat,” Kevin remembers. “People were spitting at them. They stopped playing and asked the crowd to at least hear out their first two songs. Somehow, they won the crowd over. It was a more respectful atmosphere at the Sonic Youth gig, though.” Although Kevin had never heard of Nirvana, opening for Sonic Youth warranted respect in itself. “It’s not like they were a local band. They come from America so we thought they must be legitimate. They didn’t play many songs; they were only on for about thirty minutes.” “I remember hearing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and thinking this is pretty good,” he recalls. “Their other songs didn’t leave as much of an impression. You could tell they would be successful, but no one would have guessed they’d go on to be bigger than Sonic Youth.” A couple years later, when Nirvana became world famous, Kevin was stunned to realise he had seen them play live. While these days superstars regularly include Dublin on their world tours, the idea of them playing in Dún Laoghaire sounds ludicrous. The Top Hat has since been converted into an apartment block, The Purty Kitchen has evolved into a gastro pub, while Walters closed down a few years ago. The town had no late-night venues until promoters Bodytonic opened The Lighthouse on Lower George’s Street last year. The success of their ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout It’ nights, where local artists get to showcase their music, indicates that Dún Laoghaire’s nightlife might be on the up again. However, with the days of the rock gods visiting the town now long gone, all we can do is look back in awe.



Hundreds of youth teams tackle massive rugby Blitz ONE of the largest sports events of its kind in Ireland took place in Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely, recently when more than 32 clubs, 107 teams and over 1,600 players took part in over 400 games at the annual Seapoint RC Blitz. The event attracted teams from all over the country and even from Wales, for a day of rucking, passing and tackling. Boys and girls from U10s, U11s, and U12s played in a series of matches across 23 pitches against 24 fellow Leinster clubs, four clubs from Munster, one from Connacht and two from Ulster. This year they were joined by two teams from Caerphilly in Wales, and watched on by their Leinster heroes, props Ed Byrne and Andrew Porter

who came along to lend their support. Commenting on the day Seapoint RC President, Stephen McDonough said: “The Seapoint RC Blitz is a fantastic, annual event which has been running in our club for 39 years, showcasing the rugby skills of the hundreds of boys and girls who take part. “I am personally so appreciative of everyone who ensures that the event runs smoothly year after year, and I look forward to celebrating our 40th Blitz in 2020.” A committee of over 120 volunteers schedule the matches and coordinate on the day as well as arrange an array of family fun activities Sponsors include Kingspan, DLRCC, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Oscar Maybury (6) gets his jersey signed by Leinster and the IRFU. Prop Andrew Porter.

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Artists’ work is in the dock Kate Bedell’s ‘The Old Power Station from Dublin Docks’.


‘THE PORT’ is the chosen theme for this year’s Dublin Painting & Sketching Club’s annual exhibition, which opens to the public in Dublin city centre at CHQ (Custom House Quarter) on Custom House Quay. A large national group art show, it runs for two weeks, untill Sunday, May 12. Last year, after almost a century and a half, saw the return of this historical artists’ association to its origins – a Dublin city centre location overlooking the River Liffey, where it was founded in 1874. For the second year running the club is holding its exhibition at CHQ in the heart of the city near the IFSC and Dublin Port and beside the Liffey where its roots are. It was previously held for almost two decades in Dun Laoghaire. It is being sponsored by Whyte’s Auctioneers again this year. The President of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, Aidan Hickey, said ‘The Port’ was an obvious choice as this year’s special exhibition theme as it celebrates their new home and ties with Dublin Port. “It’s an honour to be involved in the Port Perspectives Programme,” Aidan said. “Last summer our Plein Air Group was invited by the Dublin Port Company to paint in the Port. From the 1880s our ancestorsin-paint have explored the visual riches of the Liffey, the Port and the Bay. We are confident that the tradition will continue far into the future.”

A number of member artists have created some paintings with scenes of the Dublin Port and docklands, boats and subjects that reflect ‘The Port’ theme. However, there will be many other subjects on show, such as landscapes, still life, portraiture, streetscapes, floral, animal and life studies, among others. One of the country’s largest national art exhibitions, the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club exhibition offers a broad choice of paintings to suit modernist and traditional tastes. Around 170 works are being shown by about 90 well-known contemporary artists, over 80 club members and some additional invited artists from Dublin and other counties around Ireland. These works also encompass all media and styles within the broad genre of representational art, from the figurative to the abstract. The club has 11 new members, among them young artists who present vitality and a fresh, new, contemporary approach. Works in oil, watercolour, pastels and ink, drawings, lithographs and prints are on offer, starting at around €250 (for a small print or drawing) and going up to €4,000, with the majority ranging from between €750 and €1,000. Members exhibiting include Margo Banks, Patrick Cahill, Betty Christie, Fergal Flanagan, Bridget Flinn, Edward Freeney, Michael Gemmell, Olivia Hayes,


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Tomas King, Vincent Lambe, Pamela Leonard, Padraig Lynch, John O’Flynn, Tom Roche, Tom Scott, Tom Ryan PPRHA and Club President Aidan Hickey. Hickey’s strong and distinctive work ‘Crane Clouds’ was chosen to illustrate the 2019 exhibition catalogue cover. Paintings are also being shown by non-members, with the invited painters and print-makers bringing fresh talent that enriches and diversifies the exhibition. Each is showing one work, while members show two. The club has a tradition of inviting guest artists since the 1950s. The club has come a long way since it was founded in October 1874 by a group of artists who included Alfred Grey RHA, Alexander Williams RHA, Nathaniel Hone, John Butler Yeats, Walter Osborne and author Bram Stoker, on Westland Row, in view of the Stack A Warehouse on the north side of the Liffey, now restored as the CHQ. The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club is to hold another Plein Air painting session this coming summer, followed by a small exhibition of 30 to 40 works hosted by the United Arts Club. This follows on from the success of last year’s, which culminated in a small exhibition hosted by the Dublin Port Company. Sponsored by Whyte’s Auctioneers, the 2019 Exhibition is open to the public admission free every day until Sunday, May 12 from 10am to 5pm daily.




Experience Italy’s Renaissance Rick Steves AMONG the many things I love about Italy is how the Renaissance can be spliced into your travels. Imagine: In Florence you can sleep in a converted 16thcentury monastery that's just a block from Michelangelo's David, around the corner from Brunelleschi's famous cathedral dome, and down the street from the tombs of the great Medici art patrons — and that's just for starters. Before the Renaissance, Europeans spent about 1,000 years in a cultural slumber. Most art was made to serve the Church, and man played only a bit part — typically as a sinner. But around 1400, everything began changing. The new ‘Renaissance Man’ shaped his own destiny and was no longer a mere plaything of the supernatural. Belief in the importance of the individual skyrocketed, and life became much more than a preparation for the hereafter. This new ‘humanism’ wasn't a repudiation of God; it was an understanding that the best way to glorify God was not to bow down in church all day long but to recognize the talents God gave you and use them. And that's what the Renaissance Florentines were doing. Think of the extraordinary ‘class of 1500’ living during that exciting time: Michelangelo was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was hanging around with political bad boy Niccolò Machiavelli. Machiavelli had the ear of power broker Lorenzo Medici the Magnificent. Lorenzo's son, Pope Leo X, gave big painting commissions to Raphael, who exchanged masterpieces with artist Albrecht Dürer in Germany. Dürer was personally converted to Protestantism by Martin Luther…who was excommunicated by Leo X…who had gone to school with Michelangelo. Never before had artists been asked to do so much or given so much money and freedom. In the Middle Ages, unheralded

In the neighourbood around Florence’s great cathedral, it’s easy to time-travel back to the Renaissance period. PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT craftsmen cranked out by-the-numbers religious art. During the Renaissance, artists no longer worked anonymously. The most successful ones — like Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael — achieved celebrity status, dictating their terms and creating as the spirit moved them. Artists of the Renaissance deserved the respect they got. To create realistic paintings and statues, they merged art and science. They studied anatomy like doctors, nature like biologists, and the laws of perspective like mathematicians. Enhanced by experiments with perspective, paintings became more true to life — and packed a bigger psychological punch. When you look at Leonardo's Last Supper, you don't think, "Isn't it amazing how the lines of perspective pull me right to the figure of Christ?" But subconsciously those lines powerfully direct your eye — and heart — to the centre of

the fresco, right to Jesus. Leonardo — a sculptor, engineer, inventor, and scientist — typified the well-rounded Renaissance Man (and he wasn't a bad painter either). Indifferent to what his patrons thought, Leonardo often left projects undone. Of the few surviving paintings by his hand, two are unfinished — abandoned when something more interesting came along. But Leonardo was far from a flake. From the notebooks he left behind, we see him as a keen observer and a fearless thinker: He dissected corpses, diagrammed the flight of birds, and formulated hypotheses about the movement of water. Michelangelo was no less inventive than Leonardo, and he was equally famous. He split his time between Florence (his hometown) and Rome, where the money was. Over his long life, he ended up working for nine popes. Michelangelo insisted

he was a sculptor, not a painter. And though he preferred working in Florence, when Pope Julius II said, "Come to Rome and do a painting," he couldn't refuse. He spent years at the Vatican, frescoing the Sistine Chapel. That chapel ceiling is the story of creation — and the essence of Renaissance humanism. When Michelangelo shows God giving Adam the spark of life, man is truly made in God's image, as glorious as his creator. Raphael, the third of the big three, combined the quiet elegance of Leonardo with the raw power of Michelangelo. A bit of an upstart, Raphael rubbed elbows with his elder mentors in Florence for a time, but soon moved on to Rome. There, the pope hired him to paint the walls of his library in the Vatican. In his huge fresco, called the School of Athens, Raphael celebrated the great pre-Christian thinkers — a shocking

Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ celebrates mankind’s intellectual achievements and connection to the great minds of classical Greece. PHOTO: RICK STEVES break from Church tradition. And to make the embrace of these once taboo figures even stronger, Raphael depicted the great thinkers of ancient Greece as the leading Renaissance artists and geniuses of his generation. Not only did Renaissance-era Italians

appreciate the greats of the ancient world, they considered themselves in the same league. Renaissance humanism ruled. Although the Italian Renaissance sputtered out by 1600, by then people from around the world were already coming to see its masterpieces. Especially in Italy today, visitors continue to set

their sights on the great works of the cultural explosion that was the Renaissance.

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One lucky couple to win a wedding worth €10,000 at Roganstown this weekend The final of the €10,000 Win a Wedding Competition will take place this Sunday, May 12, in Roganstown Hotel & Country Club. The Dublin People Group of Newspapers, in association with the

team at Roganstown, have been working behind the scenes to create a grand finale event, coupled with a Summer Wedding Extravaganza, with hundreds of young engaged couples and their families registered to

attend. Our final eight couples will take to the stage at 4pm for the final, hosted by FM104 DJ Ben Murray. The couples have invited their family and friends to support them and the team at Roganstown will be on standby with the €10,000 cheque, along with some very exciting runners-up prizes. Speaking about the final, wedding coordinator Caroline Geraghty commented: “We can’t wait to see who our winners are. We invited all finalists for dinner last week and they are all very deserving of the prize. Our team, along with the Dublin People Group, wish them the best of luck and we are looking forward to

celebrating with them on Sunday.” Couples registered for the event who are not in the final can look forward to a Summer Wedding Extravaganza that kicks off at 1pm. Roganstown Country House and its wonderful grounds will be dressed to impress by top wedding décor specialists, Ger’s Covers and The Flower Factory. Music in the foyer will be provided by Hazel Peters, with upstairs entertainment by wedding duo, The Beez Kneeze. The Crazy Mare will provide prosecco and canapes; NF Cakes will have samples and special offers; wedding dresses from the Martina Liana Bridal collection, which

have been supplied by La Bella Sposa will be modelled between 1pm and 2pm; the team from Sakura Hair and Beauty will be available for sample consultations and will be included in the expert Q&A panel. Couples are asked to pre-register for the day through Eventbrite and will be provided with a raffle ticket on arrival. The many prizes on the day include a €500 bridal hair and beauty voucher and a pair of Jimmy Choo Wedding Shoes. Timeline for the event •1pm - Wedding Extravaganza opens and bridal collection on display. •3pm - Wedding Expert Q&A on stage in the

Ballroom. •4pm - Grand Finale of the €10,000 Win a Wedding Competition. Set on over 300 acres of private parkland and an 18-hole championship golf course, Roganstown Hotel & Country Club is the perfect location for your unique wedding day. The restored country house is nestled in the countryside of North Dublin on the Naul Road, just 10 minutes from Swords Village. Roganstown is known for its excellent food and executive chef John Eglington works with wedding couples to create menus to wow their guests using only the best locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Built on the grounds of

a dairy farm which was purchased for £9,000 by the McLoughlin family in 1916, Roganstown Hotel & Country Club has been transformed into a stunning country house wedding venue, close to Dublin Airport and surrounded by two golf courses and scenic countryside.

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New scheme to boost self-employed THE introduction of a new social insurance benefit scheme for the self-employed will be available from November. The new scheme of Jobseekers Benefit (SelfEmployed) will support those who lose their self-employment and are covered by social insurance. The new initiative will provide assurance to people setting up or running their own business that the State is there to support them if their efforts to create employment and an income for their families and employees suffer as a consequence of their business ceasing. Arrangements are currently underway at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure the necessary legislation is in place for the new scheme and that the administrative and technical solutions are in place in advance of November for the operation of this scheme. Speaking about the importance of the scheme, Employment Minister Regina Doherty said: “This new benefit supports the Government’s aim

It is estimated that up to 6,500 individuals could benefit from this support at any point in time in a full year. Under the scheme applicants will have access to the full range of employment supports available to other jobseekers such as referral to group information sessions, one to one interviews and subsequent caseworker support.

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benefits. “We have already extended Treatment Benefits and Invalidity Pension to the selfemployed in recent years to ensure that they reach some parity with employees in the benefits they can access from the social insurance system.” Minister Doherty added: “The introduction of a new Jobseeker’s Benefit scheme for the selfemployed represents the next step in the Government’s work to

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Alan Clayton, Cormac Butler, Brendan Darcy, Nikita Kelly, Cian Menton and Sarah Conway from Transport Ivy Trust who won Team of the Year are presented with their award by Des Fitzpatrick from Fitzpatrick Motors at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Daragh O’Neill General Manager, Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Michelle Campion, Sales and Marketing Manager, Talbot Hotel Stillorgan and Conor Mahon, Sales Manager Dublin People, at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards.

Ed Griffin, Mick Kelly, Brian Brady and Mags Cross from Esker Boxing Club are presented with their award for Club of the Year by Natasha Pierce from Ballyfermot/Inchicore Credit Union at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

David and Peter Caviston who won the Business in the Community Award are presented their award by Frank Mulrennan (CEO Celtic Media) at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Shauna Hudson and Irene Connor from Scoil Cholmcille, Ballybrack who won the Best School in the Community Award are presented with their award by Maureen Bahraoui and Patrick O’Sullivan from Ballyfermot Training Centre at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.



Sports Awards 2019

Peter Caviston and Michael Flynn (aka Mattress Mick). Vincent Diffley, Marc Fitzachary, Peter Moloney, Paul Byrne and Mark Doyle at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel.

Jeff O’Toole winner of the Community & Neighbour Award is presented by Jacqueline Smyth from TUSLA at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Roman Verhoeven, the winner of the Young Sports Person of the Year Award with Dara O’Neill, General Manager, Talbot Hotel at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019.

Neil Fetherstonhaugh, Eimear Keogh, Conor Mahon, Dearbhla Foley and Gillian Keenan at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Deborah and Martina Kenny who won Volunteer of the Year are presented with their award by Carl Riley of Irish Stairlifts & Bathrooms at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Jeff O’Toole, Jennifer O’Toole and Brendan Darcy at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.



Southside Community & Sports Awards 2019

Stephen Martin, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award, is presented with his trophy by Mattress Mick at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel.

Jackie Maher, Michelle Verhoeven, Roman Verhoeven, Lesley Maher, Tony Byrne, Turlough Walsh, Derek Verhoeven and Linda Walsh at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Flossie Donnelly, who won the Overall Winner in Community is presented with her trophy by Conor Mahon, Managing Director of the Dublin People Group at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards.

Alex White, Frank Mulrennan (CEO Celtic Media Group), Conor Mahon of the Dublin People Group, Aileen Eglington of AE Consulting at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Gabor Hortobagyi, winner of Coach of the Year, is presented with his award by Conor Mahon from the Dublin People Group at the Southside People Community & Sports Awards 2019 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Aileen Eglington pictured with Barry Andrews at the awards night.

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New climate action resource is now available for teachers A NEW climate action teacher resource has been made available to all post primary schools. The resource was announced recently by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton. “This resource, developed by the Green Schools team, will help bring climate action into the classroom, providing schools with lesson plans, presentations, surveys and data to learn and discuss what is the biggest issue of our time,” the minister said. “This is an area where we need to step up our response. Young people have shown their interest and their passion. We need to make sure that the curriculum is there so that they can learn in a more structured way.” Green-Schools Climate Action Officer Gráinne Ryan spoke about the new resource.

“I hope this resource equips not only Geography teachers but also CSPE, Science and English teachers with the tools and guidance to explore climate through their curriculum,” she said. Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter added: “Green-Schools thanks all the teachers that have worked so hard on this programme over so many years. “We hope resources like this can provide some support to them in their critical work with students.” John Mulcahy, Chair of Cork Geography Teachers Association, also welcomed the launch of the Climate Action Resource. “We welcome this new resource from GreenSchools for its focus on Climate Change and its active learning approach; it is full of ideas for classroom discussion and actions designed

to engage students in coming to grips with the central issue of our age.” Meanwhile, it has been announced that 17 schools, including three in Dublin, are to benefit from a €7 million fund targeting energy use reduction by 33 percent, The schools have been selected for energy efficiency works under a government-funded retrofit pilot programme for 2019. The programme focuses on projects to reduce energy consumption, test retrofit solutions, build capacity and test delivery and procurement models. It is jointly funded with a €7 million budget from the Department of Education and Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment. Now in its third year, the aim of the pilot programme is to create a scalable model for energy efficiency

retrofitting of schools. This is taking place in advance of the major programme of retrofits scheduled to commence in 2022, as outlined in Project Ireland 2040. Subject to resources, it is intended to expand the intake of schools in the pilot programme in the lead up to 2022. Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, said the programme sets an example by creating a better environment to learn and work for pupils, staff and teachers. “The money saved by ‘greening’ will support schools to concentrate resources on doing what they do best – teach,” he

added. “This pilot programme will demonstrate the most environmentallyfriendly, highperformance and costeffective solutions to turn older school buildings into top-rated energyefficient buildings. “It’s good for schools and good for the environment.” CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Jim Gannon, also spoke about the programme. “SEAI supports schools with energy efficiency through student workshops and resources (50,000+ students per annum), energy management (700+

schools to date), and allows them to report energy data through our monitoring and reporting system (2,279 schools in 2018),” he said. “Since 2017, this pilot programme is providing a pathway towards a retrofit solution for all schools in Ireland, helping us deliver on national targets.” For the 2019 pilot, 17 schools have been selected in five geographical clusters, covering all four provinces and including a mix of urban and rural areas. Each school was assessed comprehensively to

ensure that the measures were suitable for that school and would deliver value to both the school and the pilot. The three Dublin schools selected are all in Tallaght: St Kevin’s Boys; St Kevin’s Girls; and St Dominic’s. Design teams have been appointed to each cluster, with medium to deep energy efficiency works to be delivered in summer 2019. The upgrades target a 33 percent energy efficiency improvement and involve upgrades to doors and windows, insulation, lighting and heating upgrades as well as renewable technologies.

Apprenticeship option SIXTY jobs are to be created in Dublin though a national accountancy apprenticeship programme that allows applicants to earn while they learn. The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a funded, work-based learning programme where locally-placed apprentices will earn at least €19,000 a year. Applications for the apprenticeships, which will be based at Rathmines College of Further Education, Blackrock Further Education Institute and Coláiste Íde College of Further Education, open this week. Leaving Cert students and mature learners can apply for the programme through Accounting Technicians Ireland. The apprenticeship provides a real alternative for Leaving Certificate students who prefer practical training to a fulltime college programme, or for students who may have embarked on a college course and found

that it didn’t suit them. It is also an attractive option for existing employees and mature learners who would like to pursue a career in accounting. Large accountancy firms such as Grant Thornton, smaller high street practices as well as organisations in industry and the public sector have embraced the new apprenticeship programme. Their apprentices will work in the office four days a week and study in a local college one day a week during the two-year programme, which begins in September. Successful graduates of the apprenticeship programme may then progress on to full Accountancy with Chartered Accountants Ireland or one of the other professional accountancy bodies. The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fullyfunded fees make the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

particularly appealing to School Leavers who prefer learning by experience to full-time college education, according to Gillian Doherty, Chief Operations Officer at Accounting Technicians Children from local schools showed their passion for the environment during the nationwide climate action Ireland. protest. PHOTO DARREN KINSELLA “When students complete the apprenticeship programme, they will have a strong, in-demand Winner of the Memorex Culture Award Language School Ireland accountancy QQI Level 6 award, two years of solid Language Summer work experience and the Primary & Secondary School Students Courses opportunity, if they wish, Ballinteer Community School D16 to progress to further Secondary School Students Cursa A. 10/06/19 - 21/06/19 study in accountancy, Cursa B. 24/06/19 05/07/19 business or finance,” she French & Spanish Summer Ireland‛s said. Cursa C. 08/07/19 - 19/07/19 No 1 Courses 2019 “This is a pan-sectoral Cursa D. 22/07/19 - 02/08/19 programme which meets Nationally Acclaimed Colaiste Eanna Ballyroan D16 the needs of industry, For Secondary School Students Cursa E. 03/06/19 - 14/06/19 practice and the public sector, and graduates Cursa F. 01/07/19 - 12/07/19 BALLINTEER COMMUNITY SCHOOL enjoy exemptions ● Formal Class ● Sports ● Games ● Competitions from the full range of Ballinteer, Dublin 16 Céile ● Art ● Drama professional accountancy Course A 24/06/19 - 28/06/19 (French LC) bodies including “... the most comprenhensive, Enjoyable and Affordable Course B 01/07/19 - 05/07/19 (French JC) Chartered Accountants Gaeltacht course in Ireland” The Irish Times Course C 24/06/19 - 28/06/19 (Spanish JC + LC) Ireland, CPA, ACCA, CIMA Limted Places Available and IIPA.” Book “Ireland’s #1 Language Summer Centre” For more details of Online the apprenticeships see accountingtechnici

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The Local Ireland/Dublin People Group 2019 Home Improvement Survey

€2,500 WORTH OF SHOPPING VOUCHERS TO BE WON! Dear reader, At Dublin People Group we are seeking to better understand our readers thoughts with regard to their property plans and any home improvement projects over the next 12 months. This short survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and all replies will be entered into a draw for a €50 shopping voucher. All completed paper coupons and online surveys will be entered into a draw and 50 Local Ireland newspaper readers will win a One4All €50 shopping voucher. Alternatively, this survey can be completed online by logging onto and following the instructions. The deadline for completion of all surveys is Sunday May 19th 2019. Thank you for agreeing to take part in this survey and please carefully follow the instructions below.


Kind regards,

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Winners will be notified by June 2019.

Simply tick the answers that most closely relate to your circumstances HOME OWNERSHIP. Q1 - Do you live in the following?

Additional question for those who answered Q3a = c. Rent from Council or d. Rent privately. Q3.d - Do you intend to buy a property in the next 12 months with a mortgage? please select just one option

please select just one option





Bought for the first time A



Bought as replacement




Q4.a - Do you have children who have finished their studies living with you in the house?

Q2 - How long have you (or your household) been living in your present home? please select just one option

Less than a year

10 - 19 years

1 - 4 years

20 years or more

5 - 9 years

please select just one option



Additional question for those who answered Q4.a = Yes Q4.b - Thinking about your children who live with you that have finished their studies, how will you help them move out and buy their first home? please select all that apply

please select just one option

Act as a guarantor on the mortgage

b. I own outright c. Rent from Council

Pool your financial resources with a family offset Provide direct support by building a property or annex on your land

e. Other

Q3.b - Have you changed your mortgage provider in the past 12 months?

please select just one option



4 or more




Q3.c - Have you increased the value of the mortgage? please select just one option

Yes - for home improvement Yes - for something else









Undertake internal painting A





Get a new wooden/vinyl/tiled floor laid A



Install / upgrade central heating system A



Install fireplace/ fire / wood burner A



Refurbished bathroom



Q5 - Do you / your household have any of the following items?


please select all the apply - A. Loft conversion B. Conservatory/ Sunlounge C. Other home extension


Already Own A


Undertake external painting


Q4.c - In the next 12 months how many of your children are likely to move out of your home to buy a property?

please select just one option


Get new carpet fitted

Not able to help

Additional questions for those who answered Q3a = a I own it with a mortgage

Install loft conversion

Build Home extension

Help towards a deposit


d. Rent privately

please select all that apply


Provide advice and information

a. I own it with a mortgage

Q6 - Which of the following (if any) home improvements do you plan to undertake in the next 12 months and indicate whether you will (A) Do it yourself or (B) Pay professionals to undertake the work or (C) Unsure who will do the work at this stage

Install conservatory/Sunlounge

Q3.a - Which of these statements applies to your home?






Bought in the last 12 months





Refurbished kitchen B


Install / replace double glazed windows B


Install roof windows/skylights A





Q9.a - Thinking of all the marketing initiaves that retailers undertake to attract you to their store, (A) which of these are more likely to drive you into their store; (B) which of these have you responded to?

Q6. - Continued Undertake garden landscaping A



please select all that apply

Put up/repair fencing A



Install solar panels A




Visited a store to buy a product or service.


Visited a store to research a product or service


Install security lighting/alarms


Made a note of a special offer or promotion


Redeemed a coupon/voucher

Advertisement in your Local newspaper



Talked about something you have seen with your friends


and /or family.

Advertisement on your Local Radio station A

Q7 - Thinking about all the home improvements you wish to undertake in the next 12 months, roughly how much do you think this work will cost? please select just one option

Under €100

€3500 to €4999

€100 to €499

€5000 to €7499

€500 to €999

€7500 to €9999

€1000 to €1999


€2000 to €3499

Gone online to further research a product or service


Gone online to purchase a product or service

Email campaign A

Phoned a tradesperson to come and give you a quote


Leaflets delivered in a newspaper A


Q12 - Are you

Leaflets through your letterbox A


Location-based promotions that you have opted into through a retailers mobile application A A




Q13 - And which of the following age groups do you fall into?

Marketing campaign through social media


please select all that apply

Advertisement in a National Daily Newspaper Advertisement in Local magazine


Q11 - Which of the following have you personally done as a result of seeing something in this newspaper – either editorial content or something advertised?


Mobile ads

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Poster advertisement

Q8 - To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements

options: Strongly agree, tend to agree, tend to disagree, Strongly disagree, Unsure either way. Please select just one option per line.

I’m always looking for new ideas to improve my home Strongly Agree




Special promotions displayed on the retailer website A


Text notifications that you have given permission to receive A

Web search (Google or Firefox)

Phone Number:


Strongly Agree

Q9.b -If a retailer was to ask you to recommend just one of the above channels, which of them would it be?

The kitchen is the most important room in my home Strongly Agree


I redecorate at home as often as I can Strongly Agree


It is important to me that a home is lively and colourful Strongly Agree



I get a good deal of pleasure from my garden Strongly Agree


I prefer to shop at local businesses Strongly Agree


I tend to choose premium products and services Strongly Agree


I value the opinion of experts when choosing products Strongly Agree

Q10 - To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements

options: Strongly agree, tend to agree, tend to disagree, Strongly disagree, Unsure either way. Please select just one option per line.

I rely on my local newspaper to keep me up to date with the latest offers from local shops Strongly Agree

I am good at fixing things Strongly Agree

Now we would like to understand your attitudes towards how your local newspaper(s) influence your decision on where to shop and any purchasing you make.


I like simple décor with minimal furniture and clutter Strongly Agree


Email: Address:


Home decor is of no particular interest to me Strongly Agree

Name: Surname:


I only do D.I.Y around the house if I absolutely have to Unsure

Personal Details



I trust what I read in my local newspaper Strongly Agree


I trust what I read on my local newspaper’s website Strongly Agree


Do you find the adverts in your printed local newspaper are most useful in helping you make purchase decisions? Strongly Agree


I know that if something is advertised in my local newspaper (in print or online), then it will be available in my area Strongly Agree

THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THIS SURVEY! Please send your completed survey to: Local Ireland, PO Box 57, Cavan, Co. Cavan


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DATA COLLECTION USAGE TERMS / GDPR The purpose of this survey is to seek reader’s opinions in relation to home ownership and the future plans of residents in the Republic of Ireland. The results of opinions given will be anonymous and cannot be linked back to any individual. Any name and address provided is and for that purpose only. Once the competition winners are finalised all personal data, online and in print, will be deleted/destroyed and will not be retained for any other purpose. All data collected and processed will be done in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

22 Pets



Solace for dog lovers DOGS give us so much and ask for so little in return. They provide unconditional love, companionship, keep us entertained with their shenanigans and accept us for who we are, without judgement. Unfortunately, their life span is relatively short compared to ours. Only dog lovers will understand the special bond a dog brings to your family and how devastating it is when your faithful friend passes away. Dogs Trust want grieving owners to feel welcome and supported during their difficult time, so they have created a special Legacy Garden as a solace for dog lovers to go when they have lost their faithful friend. Within this Legacy Garden, there is a first-of-its-kind remembrance dog sculpture, where engraved memorial dog tags will hang forever. These memorial tags can be purchased and personalised

The Legacy Garden at Dogs Trust. with a dog’s name and a date that holds significance to their owner. Dogs Trust will place the tag on the sculpture and

a commemorative certificate will be sent as a special keepsake to remember the cherished pet in a meaningful

way. In a time of sadness, your dog’s memory can create a brighter future for thousands of dogs who have not yet found their Forever Home. By purchasing a tag in your dog’s honour, the commemorative tags will help more dogs to get all the love and care they need until they find their forever family who will cherish them just as much as you did with your best friend. If you know a dog lover who has experienced a loss, you can help them honour their dog too by purchasing a special tag on their behalf. We will send them a Certificate to let them know you are thinking of them. Here is some advice for anyone who has lost their faithful friend: • Give yourself permission to grieve and be patient with yourself.  It is okay to be upset about the death of your dog. Take as long as you need

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Four-legged additions to the family should have everything they need when they arrive at their new home. But what does their new family need to provide so that kittens feel comfortable and secure? The experts from Maxi Zoo, Ireland’s largest pet retailer know. Cats like soft and cosy spaces and usually find their own bed, or several different places to sleep. A cat needs one extra bowl if their menu includes both fresh and dry food. To encourage your cat to drink more, you can leave water bowls throughout the house. If your kitten has already been house-trained by their breeder, provide them with what they are used to, such as an enclosed litter box. You also need a scoop to remove waste, as well as litter. Cats need something to sharpen their claws on. You should get a scratching post or, a high scratching board. Kittens need an adjustable collar with an easy open clip. Toys should always be appropriate for your pet’s age. Avoid things that are small enough to be swallowed or objects that your kitten could chew into made of dangerous, small pieces. discount and number of items vary between Call in*The to your localamount Maxi Zoo store and viewcanour Kitty Stocks are limited. range. Find yourparticipating local shopstores. at

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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 Tiny, an adorable three-yearold male Chihuahua with a big personality! His favourite thing in life is playing!! Whether it is with a tennis ball or teddy bear, this is a great way to bond with him. When he first arrived at Dogs Trust, he was quite nervous but thanks to his dedicated Canine Carers he has come on leaps and bounds and is ready to find his Forever Family. He is fine meeting dogs while out and about but would prefer to lap up all the love for himself at home and therefore would like to be the only pet in the house. Tiny is a really sweet dog, and given time, love and space he will make the most wonderful pet and companion for life. If you have room in your heart and home for Tiny then contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000..

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Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at 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 www. or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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Suzuki’s Vitara has been given an upgrade Seán Creedon SUZUKI is the latest car company to shun diesel and concentrate on petrol engines. Their new Vitara, which I drove recently is only available in a 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engine. The Japanese company has a loyal following in Ireland, with an age range reported to include first time buyers to pensioners downsizing. Earlier this year Suzuki gave their Vitara an upgrade with new engines and more technology and safety features included. The main external changes are at the front which now has a more elegant look with redesigned grille and lower bumper, while the rear lamps have been redesigned with a distinctive LED display. My test car came in bright red with a black roof and two silver rails which looked very well. I really like the red and black look; Skoda used similar colours in the Monte Carlo version of

The Japanese company has a loyal following in Ireland. their Fabia and it also stood out from the crowd. There are two other new colours available - Solar Yellow Pearl and Ice Greyish Blue. In the previous version of the Vitara there had been some criticism regarding the quality of the materials uses, especially the low level grade of the plastic. There is no mistaking the plastic feel is still on the inside of the doors and on the dash, but overall

the decor has really been improved. You now get a new seat trim design and there is suede seat fabric fitted on the top of the range SZ5 models. The upper instrument panel is upgraded to a soft touch material and the instrument cluster now features a central colour information display. After weeks of driving cars with electric handbrakes, it was a pleasure to have an old-fashioned

type handbrake in the Vitara. My family all enjoyed the high riding position as you get a good view of your surroundings, especially in rural areas. And there is plenty of leg and head room for five adults. There is a decent sized boot, but sadly, no spare wheel. just the dreaded repair kit. There are a lot of safety items included like a childproof rear door. locks and ISOFIX child seat anchorages.

You also get the engine engine was frugal and town and reasonably stop-start system which residuals are reported to comfortable on the is now available in most be very good. motorway. The 1.0-litre new cars. At the launch of the Vitara in Dublin a few weeks back a Suzuki employee told me that NEW IN DUNLAOGHAIRE in England they sell a lot Suzuki cars to NHS staff REASONABLY PRICED which certainly helps their GUARANTEED USED CARS overall sales. In Ireland if a company provides 2015 Toyota RAV4 D4D €15,950 ‘company cars’ they tend 2012 Toyota Corolla D4D € 7,950 to opt for executive cars. 2011 Honda Insight Hybrid € 5,950 But I am sure if our public 2011 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 Dsl € 8,450 health nurses were given 2011 Renault Megane Coupe Dsl € 6,950 the option of a company 2011 Toyota Avensis D4D Sal € 5,950 car they probably woudn’t 2010 Mazda 6 Dsl Sport € 6,950 mind driving a Vitara also. 2009 Ford S-Max dsl 7 seat € 4,950 There are three trim levels available, starting 2009 Volvo V50 Est Dsl € 4,950 with the SZ4 which starts 2008 BMW X5 7seat X-Drive € 10,950 at €20,995, then the 2008 Lexus GS300 Exec € 3,950 SZ-T from €22,995 and 2008 Lexus RX400 Hybrid € 8,950 the top of the range SZ5 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander €5,950 with a starting price of 2008 VW Golf 1.4 € 4,500 €26,495. My 1.0 litre SZT 2007 Ford Focus 1.4, choice from € 3,450 version cost €23,890. 2007 Ford C-Max active € 2,950 Also available in 1.4-litre manual and automatic. 2007 Lexus IS 250 auto € 2,950 Road tax is a bit steep at 2006 Toyota Prius Hybrid €3,950 €270, but presume that’s Contact: 087-7090906 because the new version Contact: 01-2303965 01-2303965 // 087-7090906 See our website for more great value cars. of the Vitara is only available in petrol. I liked it and thought it NO NO REASONABLE REASONABLE OFFER OFFER REFUSED REFUSED AS AS ALL ALL MUST MUST CLEAR CLEAR was very lively around

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24 House & Home


Antiques are finding a home in contemporary interiors IT MIGHT sound like a contradiction, but antique objects and furniture are fast becoming something of a must have for all the best contemporary interiors. Designers such as award-winning interiors architect, Róisín Lafferty, Image Interior’s designer of the year 2018, are very much in favour of this practice. According to the experts, mixing pieces from past and present can be the perfect way to create a fresh and fashionable new look. “For me, interior

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26 Planning & Notices PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Joe Kelly, intend to apply for Permission for development at 43 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4. The development will consist of Creation of vehicular access to the front and provision of offstreet parking for one vehicle and ancillary related 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 (9.00 am- 4 pm). 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 euro) 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. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission Dublin City Council website

PLANNING DUBLIN Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of: 1/ new 2 storey flat roofed extension to side, 2/ new upper storey flat roofed extension to rear, and associated site works at 245 Foxrock Grove, Foxrock, Dublin 18 signed Terence Ryan. 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, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Permission is sought for the demolition of an aluminium conservatory and the erection of a two story extension at No.6 Newtownsmith, Sandycove, Co.Dublin by Brian Rowe. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for Change of Use of First Floor Medical Centre to Residential Apartment incorporating removal of stud partitions ; breaking through existing wall ; fire upgrading works to floor & walls & upgrading of doors for fire separation. New door to rear & new terrace to the rear of apartment at First Floor, Owenstown House, Owenstown Park, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin by Susan Wrafter. The property is a protected structure. 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, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

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I, Gerry MacMahon, intend to apply for planning permission for development at 41 Fortfield Terrace, Rathmines, Dublin 6. D06A098. The proposed development will consist of a second storey extension to the side and rear including a dormer to the rear. This will accommodate 2no. new bedrooms and will include 3no. velux windows to the front of the house, together with minor internal modifications and associated site development 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 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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PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for the demolition of existing (detached) garage to the side of the house, and the construction of a new single storey extension (43 sqm) with part flat roof, part pitched roof to the side and rear of the existing semi-detached dwelling, at 29 Whitebeam Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 TY24, by Eric and Lesley Rankin. 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, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of the €20 within a period of 5 week from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning permission sought for single storey extension to side, single storey and second storey extension to rear and attic conversion for storage to include dormer window to rear at no. 441, Pearse villas, Sallynoggin, County Dublin, for David O’ Neill and Rachel Maloney. The 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 in writing to the planning authority on payment of 20 euro fee within the period of five weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission sought for a single storey and porch extension to side. Sub-division of existing dwelling house to create a Family Flat. Two new Velux windows to front and side over existing kitchen. New pedestrian access to side, additional car parking space to front and all associated site works to existing dwelling house at 34 Wolverton Glen, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, (A96V8C8) for Jill Aston. This application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co. during its public opening hours from 10.00am to 4.00pm and a submission or observation in relation to the application can be made to the authority in writing on payment of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

I, Mary Jane Brady, intend to apply for permission for development at 14 Wilfield Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4. The development will consist of providing new landscaped off-street parking by the removal of a 3.1m wide section of the existing front boundary railing and concrete plinth, and provision of new bifolding gates to new vehicular entrance, all to the front. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We David and Pauline Martin intend to apply for planning permission for works at No. 52 Rathdrum Road, Dublin 12 consisting of - Two storey extension to side of existing dwelling. Single storey and two storey extension to rear of existing dwelling. Internal modifications and alterations to existing house. Vehicular dishing to public pavement and access entrance to driveway of 3.5m wide. And all 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 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

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for Change of Use of Upper Ground Floor Medical Centre to Residential Apartment incorporating removal of stud partitions ; breaking through existing wall ; fire upgrading works to floor & walls & upgrading of doors for fire separation. One window restored to original sill height at Upper Ground Floor, Owenstown House, Owenstown Park, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin by Agneta Stewart. The property is a protected structure. 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, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.


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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning Permission sought by Strand Trust Ltd. for internal and external refurbishment works; demolition of rear return outbuildings and toilets; and the construction of rear flat-roofed extensions to each of Nos. 7 and 8 Pembroke Gardens, both ’Protected Structures’, Rear of Pembroke Road, Dublin 4. This 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 or receipt of lodgement by the Authority of the application.


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We ’ALONE’ intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at No.1 to 18 ’Block A’ Jamestown Court. On lands bounded by Jamestown Court, accessed off Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8. The development will consist of conversion/change of use of a redundant communal facility within a sheltered housing scheme to form a 1Bed 2Person apartment and a further development of two 1 Bed 2 person Apartments as a new build extension constructed over two floors at the gable end of the existing building. The existing A Block bin store will be relocated to facilitate this. The new works are to include: Change of Use of a redundant communal facility will form a 62.9 sq.m. 1Bed 2Person apartment. A further ground and first floor extension will form two further 56.88sq.m. 1Bed 2Person apartments. Access to the upper apartment will be via a new external staircase and lift. The new build extension will be located on the gable end, to the eastern boundary of A Block. The exiting Bin Store enclosure will be demolished, and a new bin store erected external to the eastern boundary within lands owned by ALONE. New security fencing will enclose this store. Level access will be offered to all three units’ front doors and new rear patios. Existing external walls will be externally insulation clad and rendered. The new build portion of the development will be traditional block and cavity wall insulation construction with external self-coloured render. The roof of the extension will be a flat timber deck with nominal falls for drainage and finished in a polymeric membrane above rigid insulation. Existing car parking, vehicular and pedestrian access points and communal clothes drying areas are unaffected by the proposal. 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. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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Puzzles 33







7. Meal which can take an eon (5) 8. A very small part in any body (7) 9. Plotted to burn a man (7) 10. Giant may become tense, say (5) 12. Does such labour involve using an instruction book? (6,4) 15. Certainly not credit terms (5-5) 18. Places where drays are reconstructed (5) 19. The city has the money (7) 21. Noblewoman with a Dutch game (7) 22. It’s true the motorway leads to the kingdom (5)

7. Dodge (5) 8. So soon (7) 9. Urgent (7) 10. Form (5) 12. Reporter (10) 15. Infertility (10) 18. Be (5) 19. Sailor (7) 21. Clique (7) 22. Consecrate (5)

DOWN 1. Distressing (10) 2. Funny (5) 3. Unoccupied (4) 4. Badinage (6) 5. Intrude (8) 6. Devilish (7) 11. Undertaking (10) 13. Capsize (8) 14. Weakness (7) 16. Figure (6) 17. Bury (5) 20. Gown (4)

DOWN 1. Put cash on a horse, but not to win (5,5) 2. Cain’s upsetting the Peruvian Indians (5) 3. Talk of a bird (4) 4. Carriage seen in April and August (6) 5. Bill eats out at a famous French prison (8) 6. Bridge is a card-game (7) 11. It might barely be alight (5,5) 13. A communist gets the others taken into custody (8) 14. Greed of a girl getting food (7) 16. Remove the tax (6) 17. Take the least possibly (5) 20. A section of a carriage is returned (4)



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34 Happenings

A few things worth checking out this week


Jando exhibition



Theatre Company Hot Potato Productions presents ‘Just Guff’, by Jim Ward, on May 9 and 10 at 1pm in the Connolly Hall Theatre, Liberty Hall. Set in a small Post Office, retired political hack Seán T muses on a life misspent in local politics and, over the course of a day, a series of revelations turn a life of certainty in the old monoliths on its head for the protagonist. Cast includes Michael Irwin, Colette Devaney, Anne Ronayne and Vera Kilgallon. Tickets are available on the door and in advance, phone 01-8588217/ email The cost is €10 (ticket only) or €15 (includes tea/ coffee and sandwiches).

O’Connell Musical Society presents ‘Stepping Out’, a comedy play with music and dance by Richard Harris (by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd), in the Sean O’Casey Theatre, St Mary’s Road, East Wall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 8th, 9th and 10th, at 8pm. Tickets are €12. Group booking price is available. Phone 089-6024856 or email: for booking details.

UCD SHOW OFF Final year Master students from UCD School of Architecture are hosting an exhibition that represents a chronological exploration of their architecture studies, including drawings, sketches and models. From 1st year to 5th year, the work on display will demonstrate how the class of 2019 have developed as Ireland’s future architects. Show Off is open to all, from prospective students to the wider community. The exhibition runs until May 12 in the dlr Lexicon.


A fun table quiz in aid of St Francis Hospice takes place every Monday in the Estuary Pub, North Street, Swords starting at 10pm. Why not go along, test your knowledge and enjoy the craic? It’s for a very good cause!


With just days to go until Darkness into Light on May 11, the event organisers, Pieta, proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013, are calling on as many people as


Julie and Owen McLoughlin, the duo behind multi award winning Dublin printmaking studio, Jando, have launched a new exhibition of their work at the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street. The exhibition, which runs until May 12, features some of their most acclaimed pieces including the award winning Liberty Moon print and the iconic Landmark collection. Jando’s work is fresh and modern, with a strong emphasis on kineticism and the playful use of colour. possible to join them to raise much need funding and awareness for the prevention of suicide and self-harm and the promotion of positive mental health. To join the thousands of people around Ireland who are taking part in this year’s Darkness into Light 5k walk, go to

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is celebrating its 10th year of touring the UK and Ireland, bringing over 100 adrenalinepacked shows to almost 60 venues from January - May 2019. The tour features two different collections of brand-new films from the world’s most intrepid film- makers, starring pioneers and explorers tackling extraordinary expeditions in the wildest corners of the planet. It comes to the National Concert Hall on Wednesday May 8 and Tuesday May 14. Tickets costing €16 (concessions €13.50) from www., Some of the world’s leading health and fitness experts will descend on Dublin this May for WellFest 2019, Europe’s largest outdoor health and wellness festival. It takes place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on May 11/12 and features 15 stages, over 150 health and fitness experts, a vast array of talks, workshops, cookery demos and workouts, and a dedicated schedule for children at the WellKids area. Weekend tickets for the festival costing €79 are on sale from PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN


Ireland’s most exciting and diverse theatre festival returns to the capital from May 6-19, kicking off the summer season with 21 world class performances from the four corners

of the world, across five stages for two glorious weeks. The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. For full details see www.gaytheatre. ie.

Crossword Answers May 8th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Lunch; 8 Anatomy; 9 Charted; 10 Titan; 12 Manual work; 15 Never-never; 18 Yards; 19 Capital; 21 Duchess; 22 Realm. Down: 1 Place money; 2 Incas; 3 Chat; 4 Landau; 5 Bastille; 6 Pontoon; 11 Naked flame; 13 Arrested; 14 Avarice; 16 Excise; 17 Steal; 20 Part. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Avoid; 8 Already; 9 Exigent; 10 Shape; 12 Journalist; 15 Barrenness; 18 Exist; 19 Mariner; 21 Coterie; 22 Bless. Down: 1 Lamentable; 2 Comic; 3 Idle; 4 Banter; 5 Trespass; 6 Satanic; 11 Enterprise; 13 Overturn; 14 Frailty; 16 Number; 17 Inter; 20 Robe.

From the Archives 35


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

The stars of ‘The Committments’ are honoured at Dublin’s Mansion House by Lord Mayor Sean Kenny in 1992. Author Roddy Doyle is also pictured. PHOTO: DUBLIN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Irish Press, May 11, 1933

The late Feargal Quinn and Gay Byrne pictured at the launch of a road safety campaign in 1999. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Freeman’s Journal, May 24, 1876

Irish Press, May 2, 1933




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