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Finally... is this an end to two Southside sagas? THERE were strong hopes last week that two long-running issues on the Southside may be finally resolved. In Dún Laoghaire, it was revealed that work on the redevelopment of the derelict Victorian baths is due to commence this summer. Senator Victor Boyhan, a long-time advocate for the rejuvenation of Dún Laoghaire seafront, and a former director of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said he was “excited about the plans” and pleased that work on the site would finally get underway in the coming months. “Yes, a lot of arguments ensued over many years

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VISITORS with disabilities and their carers will be granted free admission to all OPW Heritage sites from May 1. The announcement was made by Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief recently. Cllr Deirdre Donnelly (Ind) said the move would encourage more people to visit and

enjoy the many OPW locations around the country. “As someone who has campaigned endlessly on disability access for a number of years I really welcome this news,” she said. Speaking about the initiative Minister Moran said: “The OPW is entrusted with looking after wonderful heritage sites and I feel passionately that everyone should be able to enjoy these cultural assets on our doorstep.

“This includes those with disabilities and I am delighted to announce today that the OPW will, at all its paid admission sites, admit disabled persons and their carers for free commencing on May 1.” The announcement comes at the start of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Minister Moran indicated that he sees this initiative as a direct contribution to the celebration of heritage.

“The theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is ‘Make a Connection’,” he explained. “This theme aims to build a legacy of increased public engagement over time. “I hope that this will mean that our visitors who suffer with an impairment will be able to more easily visit some of Ireland’s wonderful heritage sites and they will get huge enjoyment from the experience.”



We’re getting behind Daniel’s Dublin Marathon challenge Neil Fetherstonhaugh A CHARITY that was set up by lovers of cricket have got behind a marathon effort to help a young Southside boy. Daniel Tighe (11), from Tallaght, has a rare genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome that has resulted in severe intellectual disability, epilepsy, visual impairment, sensory issues. He also has no speech which can lead to challenging behaviour. Daniel is one of the very few children living in Ireland with the disorder that affects sensory processing and growth. It means that by the age of 10 months he was the size of a three-year- old. Last year, Daniel's mum, Sinead, ran the Dublin Marathon while pushing her disabled son in a buggy in a bid to raise up to €100,000 to convert their home. The family needed the money to convert the down-

stairs of their home to be wheelchair-accessible while transforming the living room and kitchen into a bedroom for Daniel. Incredibly, Sinead (44) completed the challenge, all the while pushing Daniel in his buggy and they managed to raise the money. Now, however, in a bid to keep ‘Daniel’s Voyage’ as the fundraising mission is called, going, Daniel’s dad, Keith, will take on the same challenge this year. "It took me a few days to get over the effort," Sinead said about her amazing feat last year. “But I had also taken on an injury that took a little bit longer to get over.” Last year Sinead was crowned Tallaght Person of the Year 2017 for being a “tenacious and devoted mam, who is striving to overcome many physical challenges to give her son Daniel a fulfilled life”. Now, then Lord's Tavernier’s Ireland, a charity set up

by cricket-loving fans to give a ‘sporting chance’ to those in need and with disabilities, are getting behind Daniel's Voyage. The club's director, Ken Brennan, said they were excited to support Daniel's Voyage by providing a customised running chair for Daniel. They were inspired to support Daniel, Ken said, as despite his daily struggles, he “always has a beautiful smile and his infectious laugh brightens up any day”. “To see how happy Daniel is while using his new running chair is absolutely heart-warming,” Ken said. “We wish him and his lovely family many more happy and inclusive runs together.” Part of the cost of the chair was funded by Bros Pearse Athletics Club who are proud to have both Sinead and Daniel as members. Following the handover Sinead said she wanted to “thank you all so much for helping us give Daniel the ▪▪ Ken Brennan, the director of Lord’s Taverners Ireland, is pictured with Daniel Tighe with his parents Keith quality of life he deserves”. and Sinead Tighe at the presentation of the running chair.


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Stupid is as stupid does on social media

Comment: Tony McCullagh, Dublin People group editor


N 10 years’ time, we will probably look back aghast at the free-forall anarchy that used to prevail on social media.

In the same way we now find it hard to believe that you could once smoke in cinemas and on buses, we will recall the horror stories about how irresponsible behaviour on social media ruined countless lives, irrevocably damaged good reputations and contributed to a general decline in mental health. We will talk about the high-profile lawsuits that came about when the penny belatedly dropped that our defamation laws also apply to online content; that a drunken midnight tweet can land you in court as easily as a

misplaced photograph in a newspaper crime report or ill-chosen sound-bite on a radio show. When is it going to sink in that just one clumsy sentence can destroy not only the life of the intended target, but that of the person who wrote it? Hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear about a resignation caused by a careless comment, tweet or retweet. Even a hastily deleted tweet can leave a digital footprint if saved by others. These days, you’d almost think that modern society has become more racist, more intolerant, more sexist than ever. But it hasn’t. We are simply now seeing a side to people that we wouldn’t have otherwise if they didn’t have a digital platform to air their stupidity or ignorance. Many mainstream media organisations have taken the decision to remove the facility for readers’ comments on their online stories for fear of being sued. But it is clear that social media sites now need to consider making it easier to disable comments for specific posts, particularly on controversial stories that are likely to provoke extreme reactions. Regulating how we use Twitter will pose a particular challenge. Making it more difficult for trolls to set up anonymous profiles is a start but the deeper problem lies with the often

▪▪ Parents can play an important role in promoting responsible behaviour on social media. PHOTO POSED/BIGSTOCK ignorant behaviour of its users – from the President of the United States of America downwards. Ultimately, the solution is proper social media education and awareness for the next generation of sports stars, celebrities, businesspeople and politicians. Schools can play a role here,

of course, but so can parents. From a young age, it needs to be impressed upon our children that words can not only hurt, but in some cases can ruin lives; that sometimes a nasty thought is best left inside your head rather than expressed verbally or online. The message should be: just because you

think it doesn’t mean you always have to share it publicly. Social media has made it easier for us to communicate with each other. When harnessed properly, it is a highly effective information tool. But like any tool, its safety is completely dependent on responsible usage.

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Tallaght Stadium set for new It’s good to stand as work gets underway talk...on park gle-tier structure, with 2,183 spectator seats, will be completed by the end of September of this year. South Dublin County Council said it was delighted that the stadium is being expanded as it will also lead With the building contrac- to improved spectator faciltor, ABM Ltd now on site it is ities. The capacity of the stadiexpected that the new sinCONSTRUCTION of the new South Stand at Tallaght Stadium got underway last week with a sod-turning event attended by the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Paul Gogarty.

um will be over 8,000 seats once the stand is completed. However, Local Fianna Fail Councillor, Charlie O’Connor, has sought assurances from the council regarding the potential for disruption to events at Tallaght Stadium as expansion works get underway. Cllr O’Connor said he

raised the matter with the Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council at the March meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee. “The construction of the new South Stand at Tallaght Stadium, which will allow for an additional 2,183 seats, is highly anticipated,” he said. “This expansion is some-

▪▪ Stephen Deegan, Economic Development, South Dublin County Council; Brendan Kennedy, Site Manager ABM; Philip Weinmann, General Manager ABM; Mayor Paul Gogarty; Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise with the council; Nicola Coffey, Tallaght Stadium Manager, and Des English, Economic Development of the council at the Tallaght Stadium sod-turning event.

thing I have campaigned for to date and it will be a very welcome addition to the area this September. “As is the case with any construction of this scale we must expect a certain degree of disruption. “However, I have appealed to council officials to ensure that there will be measures put in place so that events being held at the stadium will not be affected. “The multipurpose stadium in Tallaght hosts a range of community, regional and national events and its wonderful facilities make it a popular venue for activities,” Cllr O’Connor added. “I would not like to see any of these events affected or postponed due to the works. “Health and Safety standards while carrying out the development are of the utmost importance. “But I have also been assured by council officals that these, of course, will be met and monitored very closely as the work continues over the course of the year.”

benches DUN Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is to consider installing ‘Conversation Benches’ in local parks. The idea was proposed by Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) at a recent Dundrum Area Committee meeting, which received unanimous support. “We’re sociable creatures at heart and there’s a time to switch our phones off and have a conversation – a good old fashioned small talk,” Cllr McCarthy said. “If we sit on a park bench and the person beside us is on their phone, we are not inclined to engage with them but can be forced to overhear their phone conversation, which isn’t always pleasant. “But, if we sit at a conversation bench, the understanding is that we are interested in having a conversation with anyone else

who sits there. “I am delighted my motion received support from all councillors and the Parks Department,” Cllr Carthy added, “and I look forward to the pilot project because it’s good to talk.” The Parks Section said it was willing to consider the proposal for a conversation bench in one of the main parks as a pilot project to see if it is successful. “The proposal is that a particular bench in a park is highlighted as a conversation bench,” the council stated. “The understanding is that if a person sits there they are interested in having a conversation with anyone else who sits there.” The concept of a conversation bench has been introduced in several other cities around the world. In Sheffield, the idea was spearheaded by local resident Sharon Tabberer.


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Re-opening of Glenalbyn pool is 'well on the way' GLENALBYN Swimming Pool is well on the way to re-opening, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross insisted last week following the appointment of a special facilitator to engage with the relevant parties. According to Minister Ross, terms of reference have been drafted for the negotiations and the next step is for both Dún Laogahire Rathdown County Coun-

cil and Kilmacud Crokes to approve the facilitator and sign off on the proposed terms of reference. “This is excellent progress and I look forward to a resolution being reached by all parties concerned,” the minister stated. “The selected facilitator is one of Ireland’s leading professional mediators with a decade of experience and skill in this area and a quarter of a century of professional experience.

▪▪ Minister Ross at a previous meeting on Glenalbyn.

“I am confident that this is yet another step in resolving the issues preventing the reopening of our pool and I wish all parties involved the very best.” Minister Ross added that recent suggestions that Glenalbyn pool had been omitted from the Local Area Plan (LAP) that jeopardised its future, was not true. “The Glenalbyn Swimming Pool redevelopment is a Dun Laoghaire Rathdown project which is being advanced as quickly as possible,” he stated. “The funding of €10million has been ring-fenced and the finance is there for the project. “At the most recent Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, meeting Cllr Deirdre Donnelly specifically asked Philomena Poole, the chief executive, to confirm this and it’s on the public record that she did.

“At a meeting the previous week Cllr Donnelly also asked about the funding outlined in the council’s budget for phase two of the Ballyogan pool. “She was assured that another pool would be built there to accommodate the growing populations of Sandyford, Leopardstown and Ballyogan. But this will have no effect on the future of Glenalbyn pool. “So any suggestions that the money isn’t there for Glenalbyn pool or that its future has been jeopardised are totally untrue,” he added. “Together with local Cllr Deirdre Donnelly, I have been working for over four years now to get our pool to re-opened. “In that time thousands of supporters have attended meetings, held protests and made it very clear that the closure of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool was a huge loss to the local community. I applaud their patience and commitment.” Earlier last month, Rosie Ní Laoghaire, Sinn Féin’s Local Area Representative in Stillorgan, expressed “dismay” that no money had been committed by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in the Capital Plan 2018-20, which was ratified

by councillors at a meeting in County Hall on Monday, March 12. Ms Ní Laoghaire said: “As a local resident, whose family were founder members of Glenalbyn pool, I feel that our local politicians have failed us. “There has been ongoing dissatisfaction with our local politicians that they have not pushed harder to reopen our pool. “The fact is the council have classified this project as ‘not committed’, which means that is not expected to be delivered in the current capital programme, which runs until 2020. However, Minister Ross insisted: “We are now well on the way to ensuring that our pool will re-open. “And, as Minister of Sport, I can assure you that I will continue to do everything within my power to make that happen as soon as possible.” A spokesperson for the council said: “Our proposal to proceed with the redevelopment of Glenalbyn pool is a separate project to the Local Area Plan (LAP). “Glenalbyn Pool lies outside the LAP boundary. The spokesperson added: “It was not ‘excluded’ or ‘omitted’ from the plan as it was never within the LAP boundary.”


Great excitement greets Minister’s Tallaght play date

THERE were delighted faces and squeals of delight as Minister Katherine Zappone arrived at Dominic’s Community Centre last week, bringing the first 'Inclusive Play' packs to the kids. Minister Zappone was in Tallaght for the launch of the National Play Plan that aims to make local preschools more accessible to children with disabilities.

During her visit Minister Zappone delivered the first packs of sensory toys to begin a national roll-out of a €3m initiative. In the coming weeks more than 6,000 packs will be sent to pre-schools nationwide, including those in Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Citywest and across the Southside. She said: “We are building an affordable accessible childcare scheme which will last for generations.”

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Contracts signed for Baths redevelopment pools will be filled in to provide a shallow access swimming area to the sea. A new jetty will also be constructed to provide better access to the water for swimmers and to provide a landing point for kayaks and The dilapidated salt water canoes.

WORK on the long-awaited redevelopment of Dún Laoghaire’s derelict Victorian Baths is due to commence this summer, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has confirmed.

A new cafe and terrace, artists’ studios and gallery will be developed at the Edwardian Baths Pavilion. However, the planned programme of works that was initially expected to cost €2.5 million, is expected to substantially higher

▪▪ Work is due to finally get underway on the Baths site in the summer.


given additional engineering works required to secure the road and retaining walls between the DART line and the site itself. Senator Victor Boyhan has been campaigning for the rejuvenation of Dun Laoghaire seafront for many years. He said he was “excited” about the plans and very pleased that work on the site would finally get underway in the coming months. “When the redevelopment of the baths site is complete, the pavilion and jetty will be a great amenity not only for locals but indeed for thousands of visitors from outside the area.” “I am particularly pleased that the site will remain in public ownership and provide additional amenities on the seafront.” Funding for the Dun Laoghaire Baths site project will come from the council’s Capital Fund and from EU

Funds. The redevelopment of the Baths site has been confirmed by Sean Barrett TD. Deputy Barrett said that with another summer fast approaching and no sign of any work commencing on the site, he had written to the Chief Executive of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to establish the status of the project. He was given an update from the council that said it expected that contracts for the proposed works at Dún Laoghaire Baths will be signed in April 2018 and that works will begin soon after. “It is anticipated that the project will be open in the first quarter of 2020,” the council replied to Deputy Barrett. “The new Dún Laoghaire Baths will be a long-term amenity, both for the area and for the county and will link the town of Dún

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Who remembers The Concerned? 1985, the same year as the Live Aid concert. The charity supergroup included Dublin singers Mary Black, Flo McSweeney and Dave King of Flogging Molly fame. They are being remem‘Show Some Concern’ by The Concerned spent three bered by aid agency Concern weeks at number one in Worldwide - as it thanks A CHARITY single featuring some of the biggest Irish stars of the 1980s is being remembered by Irish aid agency Concern as it marks its 50th anniversary.

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throwback to the mid-80s, containing plenty of shoulder pads and rare not-tobe-taped-over footage of Ireland’s showbusiness top brass in 1985. Dave Fanning, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan, Linda Martin, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Twink (Adele King), Maxi (Irene McCoubrey), Maura O’Connell, Freddie White, Eamon Carr, Johnny Duhan (who wrote The Voyage), Dave King (now singer with Flogging Molly) and Barry Lang are among those singing their hearts out in the video, which was filmed at the legendary Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin. Clannad, The Blades, Stockton’s Wing, Toy with Rhythm, Golden Horde and Sligo group Those Nervous Animals were among the Irish bands who assembled for the recording. “It is great when you see high profile figures using their celebrity for the benefit of other people,” said John O’Loughlin Kennedy, who co-founded Concern in March, 1968 with his late wife Kay 50 years ago this year. “Getting publicity for good work is often hard, but throughout Concern’s history many musicians and well-known personalities certainly made a huge effort

▪▪ Mary Black singing ‘Show Some Concern’ in aid of Concern’s relief work in Ethiopia. to raise awareness and they deserve great thanks.” The full version of the ‘Show Some Concern’ video – made available thanks to RTE - begins with several brief interviews with some of those in the supergroup and it has a small cut from a speech of Concern’s influential CEO at the time, Aengus Finucane, who said to those assembled: “We need inputs like this. We need them. They need them.” A short segment from the song’s video also features in RTE’s hit series ‘Reeling in the Years’, when it highlights the top events of 1985.






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New ‘MS café’ highlights issues with medical treatment of Multiple Sclerosis A SOUTHSIDE councillor who spoke recently of his battle to regain his life after being diagnosed with MS was at the opening of a unique new café in the south inner city last week. Sinn Fein Councillor Mark Ward, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, is now preparing to take part in this year’s Dublin City Marathon. Mark has recently been attempting to raise awareness around the illness, in particular for young people who have been recently diagnosed. He was at the opening of the MSunderstood Café on Exchequer Street. The experiential pop-up café opened its doors to give customers a small taste of the daily challenges and debilitating symptoms faced by people living with MS. The occasion of the opening of the café was also used to highlight the urgent need for improved access to medicine and treatment for the

management of the condition. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland (MS Ireland), in partnership with the medical research people at Roche, is calling for change and demanding the Government improves the market access system. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, and is estimated to affect 2.3 million people worldwide. It is a chronic disease in which the immune system abnormally attacks the insulation and support around the nerve cells (myelin sheath) in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, causing inflammation and consequent damage. MS is a leading cause of non-traumatic disability in young people, usually striking between 20 and 40 years of age. There is no cure for MS, but research continues to better understand and treat the disease. A new website - - was also

launched last week to help those affected by MS to demand quick and better access to new medicine. Ava Battles, Chief Executive of MS Ireland said: “We believe that PwMS (People or person with multiple sclerosis) should have access to the right treatment at the right time. “This may seem like a very basic demand, and one that it would be hard to refuse, but the truth is that this is not the situation for many people in Ireland today. “By opening the doors to the MSunderstood Café, we hope we have helped customers understand the reality of living with MS, and realise how crucial speedy access to treatment is for PwMS.” Everything in the MSunderstood Café – including the menu boards, coffee mugs and furniture - was designed to create a challenging experience, giving customers a unique insight into the lives of those living with MS. Pierre-Alain Delley, Gen-

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Dundrum cyclist blazes up the track ain ahead of Jozef Metelka (Slovakia) and USA’s Jacob Waters who took bronze in the Para-cycling Track World Championships. “That was a great experience,” he explained after the 1km race, where his finishing Ronan finished in ninth time was 1.11.595. “The time of 1.11 is someplace, while Gold went to Jody Cundy of Great Brit- thing I would have grabbed CYCLIST Ronan Grimes of the Dundrum-based Scott-Orwell Wheelers Club broke into the top ten in the 1km Time Trial at his first track world championship event in Brazil.

▪▪ Ronan Grimes of Ireland competes in the Men’s C4 1km Time Trial final.

at before the race, so I have to be happy with that, and it’s a top ten too. I have a lot of positives to take from it – and a lot to learn too. “I kind of pulled a bit too early at the gate so I lost a bit of momentum at the start of the race. When it is just four laps it is over before you know it – so it was all a kind of blur until I heard that last bell.” The 29-year-old Scott-Orwell Wheelers rider enjoyed his track cycling debut at a major championships. “The track isn’t something I have a whole lot of experience in and the kilo is not something I have a speciality in,” he added. “The nerves were setting in an hour or so beforehand. The hour went by very quickly, and I was up on the boards before I knew it.”

Early Saturday morning saw Ronan back on the track where he finished eighth in the Men’s C4 4km Individual Pursuit with 4.55.538. After the race, Ronan spoke to Cycling Ireland and explained that he was happy with his result. “The standard of riders in the top ten today was very high, with most having medalled at world championships before,” he said. “Going into it I thought I might have gone a couple of seconds faster, but perhaps got my pacing slightly off. “Still, the results from today’s pursuit and Thursday’s kilo have left me with some good benchmarks to work on. Ronan was back in action on Sunday, March 25 as he competed in the MC4-5 Scratch Race.


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Shankill ladies throw in for their first game Rachel Farrell A HUGE crowd turned out to cheer on the newly-formed Shankill ladies’ GAA football team when they played their first league match recently.

Founded in October 2017, the women had been training for months for their first game against St Finian’s of Newcastle. They finished on 4-13 against St Finian’s winning 8-9, but team manager Steve Davis said the result was

a great one for their first match. “It was still a very promising result for the team, as a lot of the members hadn’t even played before,” Mr Davis explained. “There’s a mix of player levels on the team,” he ex-

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The Shilmalier name is said to come from Co Wexford, a place associated with the 1798 rebellion. Since reforming in 2013, the club hosts a variety of male and female teams of various ages. They are sponsored by local businesses, such as O’Donnells pharmacy, John Brady group, Shankill financial services and Core Credit Union. One of the reasons the club decided to set up a ladies’ team is to ensure their younger members have somewhere to progress to, according to Mr Davis. “The main reason we set up a ladies’ team is because we have a lot of girls’ teams coming through,” he said. “We want them to see that there’s a place for them to come to when they’ve come through juveniles.” The team are currently in the Dublin league in Division 8, with plans to keep on playing as much as they can this year. In preparation for their first league game, they were training up to three times a week. “We’ve a league cup and

▪▪ Emma McMahon, Deirdre Spillane, Grace O’Neill (team captain) and Alex Molloy of the Shankill ladies’ GAA football team. a championship coming up so we’ll be busy every week with a game on a Wednesday evening, either in Stonebridge Road or somewhere else in Dublin,” Mr Davis said. However, he stressed that the club isn’t just for experienced GAA players, but also for people who are willing to give it a try as beginners too. “We’re always looking for players to join up,” he add-

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Making music for hospital kids sounds great Fionnuala Walsh SOMETIMES words are not enough to comfort a child who has received impossible news, but music is. This is according to Gráinne Hope, founder of Kids' Classics, a non-profit organisation which brings professional music into hospitals and local communities, in partnership with the National Concert Hall. Gráinne, who regularly visits St John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, recalls one teenage patient she met in cancer treatment who was keen to meet the musicians, even though they were scheduled for an important test that day.

When they arrived to the ward the musicians were told that the patient had received difficult news, but that the patient still wanted them to visit. The teenager had received news that they would start a new drug trial the following day and, as a result, plans to attend a St Patrick’s Day parade, with VIP treatment would have to be postponed. “We knew what that meant, so as we walked into the room everyone understood,” Gráinne says. “I love the Hans Christian Andersen saying, ‘where words fail, music speaks’, and what could you say? “There were no words to say other than to play music and drumming was their thing.

“They did this brilliant little riff and I asked could I capture that in a recording on my phone. “I was listening to it recently and noticed a little giggle at the end of it, I think we all landed on a different chord, it is a lovely memory to have.” Tragically the patient has since passed away. “When I look back now, that musical interaction was like gold dust to me, where music was so important in that teen’s life,” Gráinne says. “Someone at 16 knows the gravity of a treatment trial that they are about to start and they still wanted music. You can’t say no to that. “For me, I would play music with this teen over per-

forming on a concert stage because you just see what it means to them and family.” The idea for Kids’ Classics began in 2008 when Gráinne was studying for her Masters in America and she participated in a community performance at a local hospital. She brought the idea to Ireland with her, hoping for a couple of weeks of funding. Kids' Classics is now approaching its 10th birthday and is officially a non-profit organisation. The six-person team consists of two classical players, including Gráinne who is a cellist and a flautist, two traditional Irish players, playing Uilleann pipes, whistle, mandolin and banjo, and two folk singer/songwriters. Gráinne says that for

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▪▪ Gráinne Hope, the founder of Kids’ Classics. many families, a visit from Kids' Classics is an escape from a ward, like “a walk outside in your head when you can’t leave your child”. She recalls one family who had a small child in longterm care, and three other little siblings who watched one of their performances. “The mum said to me,

‘that’s the first time we’ve ever done anything as a family’. The younger child had always been in hospitals since they were born. “I just thought, ‘wow, if we can do this, the meaning that this visit has to a family, isn’t it amazing’,” she says. “I remember a Director of Nursing once saying that

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The Little Book of Bray and Enniskerry ABOUT THE AUTHOR BRIAN White is a native of Bray with strong family links to Enniskerry.

FROM Kippure Mountain to the Sea, a new municipal electoral district of Bray and Enniskerry was formed in local government reform in 2014.

Brian’s interest in local history began almost 50 years ago while working on a project with the Bray Camera Club to record the historic buildings of the area. On joining the Civil Service Brian worked in various locations in Ireland, but home always was Bray. The Bray Cualann Historical Society was founded in 1978 and Brian joined as a member and then served on the committee, becoming secretary and more recently chairperson. The society has published six journals and Brian has written articles for most of the journals. He has also written articles for the national newspapers and local newspapers on history projects. Brian has appeared on various TV programmes, on RTE, BBC, and more recently on French TV.

This gave the author Brian White of ‘The Little Book of Bray and Enniskerry’ the opportunity to research each townland of Bray and Enniskerry to find the lesser known facts about the area. Over 12 chapters he explores the famous persons, buildings, and sporting heritage of the region. Most of the items featured in the book have been unearthed by the author during his historical researches down through the years, speaking to old inhabitants and spending many hours in the local and national libraries. The book has 12 chapters and interesting pen drawings. The first chapter examines the geography and history of the area with a time line of events from 1173 to 2012.

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How to be a better human machine ‘TO BE a Machine’ by Mark O’Connell is an engaging and often astounding exploration of transhumanism, the philosophical and technological movement that is working on an update of the human machine. Transhumanism is a movement whose aim is to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve our bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are. In the book subtitled ‘Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death’, the author discusses his vision on the future of technology, what the rise of AI means for humanity and whether these technological advances will be harmful or valuable for society. It’s a philosophy that, depending on how you look at it, can seem hopeful, or terrifying, or absurd. In ‘To Be a Machine’, Mark O’Connell presents us with the first full-length exploration of transhumanism: its philosophical and scientific roots, its key players and possible futures.

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Monuments’ reveals how the base of the clock tower in Enniskerry is in the shape of a Shamrock. The chapter on ‘Transport and Communications’ includes the 1912 flying display at Powerscourt and the various maritime disasters on the coast at Bray. In ‘Sport and Entertainment’ there is the fascinating story of how two persons with the same name get a hole in one at Woodbrook Golf Club on the same day in 1945. In Law and Mayhem, the fuel shortages of 1941 that led to a court case over turf and trees are examined. In the chapter entitled ‘Wildlife’ people like Eamon de Buitléir are featured. Eamon devoted his life to educate the people of Ireland about animals and filmed many hours of footage for the TV series ‘Amuigh Faoin Speir’.

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Darkness Into Light launched PIETA House’s flagship fundraising awareness event will celebrate its 10th year next month in over 150 venues in Ireland and across the world. Darkness Into Light was launched in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre with Irish rugby international Hannah Tyrrell, celebrity chef Derry Clarke, and radio DJ and mental health advocate Nikki Hayes – who have all been hugely supportive of Pieta House’s work – in attendance. Chairperson of the Phoenix Park organising committee, Dolores Ronan, is encouraging the local community to register online early for the event, which sells out every year. “The Phoenix Park has been incredibly supportive of the event since our first year in 2009,” she said. “Last year, 12,000 people took part from the local community, and we would love to see that again. Suicide and self-harm are serious problems in Dublin and we need to face them together.” Darkness Into Light began in 2009 when 400 people came together in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and selfharm. From these humble be-

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Tea Day support brewing RTÉ broadcaster Dáithí Ó Sé enjoyed afternoon tea on board the Vintage Tea Tour Bus in Dublin to mark the launch of an annual fundraising event. Alzheimer’s Tea Day, which will take place on Thursday, May 3, is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) largest annual fundraising campaign, supported for the third year by Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994 over €8 million has been raised to provide essential support to the 34,650 women and 19,800 men living with de-

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Explore Europe’s great cities GETTING a few days away Trevi Fountain to scampi carfrom it all is a great way to paccio with caviar, the Eternal relax, unwind and recharge City of Rome has it all. First-time visitors are althe batteries. ways amazed at the magnifAnd these days it’s afford- icent architecture. It seems able and convieient to get to every corner turned brings great destinations our grand- into view a more spectacular parents could only dream sight then the one just left behind. about visiting. The city is literally teemLet’s have a look at some of the fabulous cities you can ing with temples, basilicas, fly to for less than the price of churches, palazzi, piazzi, parks, museums and founweekend break in Ireland. tains. All this and the splendour of the Vatican makes ROME From sightseeing musts Rome a ‘must-see’ city. The great thing about like the Colosseum and the

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Rome is that there’s so much to see, it’s a city you can revisit countless times and always find something new to amaze. However, a two day trip is time enough to take in some of the major attractions such as the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Cathedral. The fantastic Spanish Steps at the magnificent Piazza di Spagna and the Colosseum are other spellbinding sights that the first-time visitor should make a beeline for. It’s worth putting any post-holiday diets on hold to

sample the delights of traditional Roman cooking which is made up of simple, meagre ingredients, that follow the seasons and which is therefore extremely fresh. Needless to say, Rome is a Mecca for shopping – and fashion. Prices can be a bit startling but there are plenty of market stalls offering good value for money.


The home of the EU has a unfair reputation of being somewhat dour, which makes a first visit to the Belgium capital very rewarding. There’s no Eiffel Tower or Colosseum to act as a focal point for visitors who are always a little bemused by the crowds which gather at the city’s famous Manneken-Pis, a tiny statuette of a urinating boy. However, it’s when the narrow cobbled streets open suddenly into the breathtaking Grand-Place, with its ornate guild houses, impressive Town Hall and buzzing atmosphere that the attraction of Brussels suddenly becomes apparent. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful square in the whole of Europe. Bars, restaurants and museums are clustered within the compact city centre, enclosed within

▪▪ Park Guell in Barcelona. the petit ring, which follows the path of the 14th-century city walls. Medieval Brussels is clear-

ly defined by its narrow, labyrinthine streets, making it easy to distinguish the later additions, such as Léopold II’s Parisian-style boulevards (Belliard and La Loi) today lined with embassies, banks and the grand apartments of the bourgeoisie and close to the glitzy EU quarter. Sightseeing in Brussels is relatively crowd free but the city offers a remarkable choice of some 90 museums. Accommodation is cheap, particularly off peak and the city’s Metro and tram system make it easy to travel around.


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The capital of Catalunya, famous for its legendary football club, hasn’t always been the major attraction it is today. Just a few decades ago, few tourists would have considered venturing into the city which was then little more than a rundown industrial centre. However, Barcelona has since undergone a seismic change that culminated in the hosting of the Olympic Games in 1992. In recent times the city has become something of a Mecca for the world’s top architects,

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creative dance and play project at the Project Arts Centre, which is all about fun and participation so no dance experience necessary. Special Outdoor Project Events will be held in Meeting House Square, including an extravagant catwalk down memory lane in ‘Ageless Style – The Way We Wore’, an exploration of women’s style from the 1840s to the present day. This special project is curated by Hannah Ingle, the Gallery of Photography, and Dr Orla Fitzpatrick, a photo historian with insights into changing social conventions, restrictions of dress and the politics of fashion reflected in archival photographs from Ireland and abroad. Old favourites from the Bealtaine Festival including the Dawn Chorus will have an additional staging in Bealtaine @ Temple Bar at 6am on Grattan Bridge on May 6, while an operatic extravaganza that raised the roof during Culture Night 2017 returns for a new commission ‘Pop Up Opera’ at the Contemporary Music Centre on May 4. Dr Tara Byrne, Director of the Bealtaine Festival said stepping up the event to include a focus on Temple Bar’s rich source of cultural venues added a new dimension to celebrating the contribution of older generations and created greater access for older cultural visitors to Temple Bar. “Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity as we age, and now we mark another debut, the

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Wellness initiatives a good fit for businesses Cormac Spencer IN November, Japanese company Piala granted non-smoking employees an extra six days’ annual leave to level the playing field with smokers who, it was estimated, spend 15 minutes a day on cigarette breaks. The head of the company said he wanted to discourage smoking through incentives rather than coercion. It’s an effort to introduce healthier practices in the work place and is part of a growing focus on ‘Employee Wellness’ across the world. In the 1980s, Japanese workers were doing calisthenics on the roof of their workplaces, while Irish workers still had an ashtray at most desks. While we may have thought the Japanese custom unusual, even comical, at the time, if you look at the focus on health and wellness in Irish workplaces today you realise that we are now much closer to the Japanese of the 1980s than the Irish of that era. But, how do Irish workplaces rate in 2017? What wellness programmes do Irish companies run, and are they just a fad or do they produce real benefits? Irish companies have introduced a number of wellness initiatives in recent years. From bowls of fruit on every floor, to gyms on site, to Pilates classes at lunch, employers are providing workers with ample opportunity to stay fit and healthy. What’s more, and equally important, companies now provide rest rooms and mindfulness classes as well as access to other schemes beneficial to mental health. Employers make this investment to see a return. Companies hope that the money spent on these initiatives will produce a win-win outcome. The expectation is that fitter and happier employees will be more productive. One example often cited to back up this expectation is that of Johnson & Johnson. Since 1995 the percentage of employees at the company who smoke has dropped by

▪▪ Wellness can benefit companies. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK two thirds. The number with high blood pressure, or who are physically inactive, by more than half. An analysis of the benefits to the company of the investment in wellness initiatives found that over a decade they saved the company $250 million, as a result of a decrease in sick days and

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go for the ‘platinum package’ to make a difference. At Link Personnel, we ensure staff don’t feel under pressure to work through lunch or to work late and look for other ways to make work an easier place to be. For instance we recently instituted a ‘clean inbox’ strategy which involves other staff members fully monitoring the emails of a colleague on holidays. The person on annual leave doesn't have to worry about emails when they are away and don't have to come back to two weeks of unread messages which will take days to sift through. This reduces stress, increases the company’s productivity and responsiveness and is basically cost free. Employee wellness pro-

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought by Tracey Taylor for the following works at Queenstown Castle, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, a protected structure: (a) Amendments to previously approved car ports (ref. no. D14A/0373) to provide two additional parking spaces under extended canopy roof, and (b) new pedestrian gate beside main vehicle entrance (inserted into existing modern stone wall). 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 / observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Fergus Flanagan Architects on Behalf of Annette Lambert, intend to apply for Retention to the constructed development at Sarrett, Voilet Hill, Church Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of: 1: Additional floor area extensions to the basement floor and first floor with a reduction in floor area to the ground floor. 2: Proposed amendments to all elevations including window/door revisions, additional rear balcony, internal alterations, elimination of the proposed parapet wall to front of dwelling and all associated site works to that previously granted under planning ref: D16B/0227. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 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 Dublin City Council I John Paul Coghlan intend to apply to Dublin City Council for Retention Permission for A) garage conversion to habitable space, B) attic conversion to habitable space and C) elevation changes. Planning Permission for 1) ground floor extension, 2) shed / garden room to rear of property and all associated site works at 243 Lower Kimmage Road, Dublin 6 West. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the office of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I ALICE SIMINGTON INTEND TO APPLY FOR PERMISSION For development at this site 36 CURZON ST, SOUTH CIRCULAR RD DUBLIN 8 The development consists of an extension of a total 3sqm to the rear of the property at first floor level only to accommodate a new bathroom. 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 I, Alan O’ Dowd, intend to apply for planning permission for the construction of a new vehicular entrance for off road parking to the front of the property retaining and widening the pedestrian gate at No.5 Farmhill Park Goatstown, Dublin 14. 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 applicationis received by the planning authority.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council I, Louise Hand, intend to apply for permission for development at 8 Seafield Close, Blackrock, Co Dublin. The development will consist of demolition of existing single storey side sheds (22sqm) and its replacement with a closed front porch, a two storey extension to front, side & part single storey to rear (78sqm). Additionally the construction of a flat roof dormer window to rear of property in attic space for the purposes of a new office (16sqm) & all associated internal alterations and site works to dwelling.Permission for development consisting of demolition of existing single storey side sheds (22m sq.m) and its replacement with a closed front porch, a two storey extension to front and side (78sq.m). Additionally the construction of a south west facing dormer window with flat roof in the attic space for the purposes of a new office (16sq.m) and all associated internal alterations and site works to dwelling. 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. Gerard Walsh and Judit Fodor apply for planning permission at 21 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin for development consisting of demolition of rear 2 storey return (ca 34 m2) and replacement with a single storey extension (ca 50m2) part single part double storey height. Some internal modifications and modification to rear west facing first floor window. New roof lights to rear main roof and extension. Full refurbishment and associated landscaping and site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.


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PS Productions will stage ‘Charlie & Me’ at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, from April 10-14 (8pm nightly). Tickets, which cost €12/€10 concessions, are available at 01-850900/ or Pat on 087-6773322. Catherine Barry’s play is based on one woman’s fight against addiction.


THE WORDS ARE THERE ‘The Words Are There’ by Ronan Dempsey will appear at dlr Mill Theatre on Friday, April 13 at 8pm. Life has left him speechless, but in his silence lies a story... A flat in dreamy Bettystown. He awaits her return. Amidst childhood falsehoods and fragmented memories, he struggles to find the words for this very important day. This is a compelling and timely new piece of innovative physical theatre that delves into a lesser learned side of domestic abuse. This is a topical and relevant piece of theatre that tells a timeless story from perhaps a different perspective, particularly at a time when gender equality is at the tip of the nation’s tongue.


The 18th annual Great Ireland Run will take place in the Phoenix Park on April 15. Sponsored this year by technology brand Garmin, it is one of Ireland’s leading sporting events, and part of the world's biggest mass participation running series, The Great Run Company. There is something to suit everyone on the day, with the choice of a 10k or a 5k run, as well as mini events suitable for kids from three to 15-years-old. After the run, kids will take home their very own finisher's bags, which will include lots of goodies including some branded souvenirs.




The Japanese Film Festival will welcome acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada to Dublin for the Irish premiere of her directorial debut, ’Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms’. Hot on the heels of its recent international premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival - the first screening outside of Japan - the Irish premiere of this major new anime film will take place at the Light House Cinema on Saturday, April 14 at 6pm. Tickets are now on sale at https://

Ardgillan Castle will host a Spring Garden Tour, with head gardener Dominica McKevitt, on Thursday, April 12 at 11am. Admission is free. Places are limited and booking is recommended. For more information contact 01-8492212 or email



Seán Magee will present his lecture ‘St Thomas’s Parish Grand Jury Records’ to the Old Dublin Society at 6pm on Wednesday, April 11 in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. All welcome – admission free.

SERGIO LEONE DOLLARS TRILOGY To coincide with a new 4k restoration of A Fistful of Dollars, the IFI is presenting screenings of Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy on consecutive Sundays throughout April. Beginning on April 15 at 4.40pm with A Fistful of Dollars, this short season will continue on April 22 with For a Few Dollars More, and finish on April 29 with The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Full details at



With support from the Improvised Music Company, pianist Francesco Turrisi will be celebrating the launch of his new album 'Northern Migrations' with a performance at Fumbally Stables, Dublin, on Saturday, April 14. ‘Northern Migrations’ features original solo piano compositions and improvisations by Francesco Turrisi and the 10-year journey of Italian pianist from the heart of the Mediterranean to the North of Europe. Tickets €12 - €16.50 are available from

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah was famously premiered in Dublin on April 13 in 1742, in Musick Hall on Fishamble Street, at the western extremity of Temple Bar and the event is commemorated this Friday. The 120-strong Our Lady’s Choral Society, along with the Dublin Handelian Orchestra, will perform excerpts from Messiah outdoors on Fishamble Street itself under the direction of conductor Prionnsías Ó Duinn. It’s happening at 1pm and it’s free.

Crossword Answers April 11 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Soft; 3 Stocking; 8 Open; 9 Cellmate; 11 Double vision; 13 Wreath; 14 Gamble; 17 Come in to land; 20 Operated; 21 Stir; 22 Traverse; 23 Type. Down: 1 Show-down; 2 Flexure; 4 Twelve; 5 Cold season; 6 Imago; 7 Glee; 10 All the rage; 12 Gendarme; 15 Beastly; 16 Unless; 18 Opera; 19 Host. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Test; 3 Defences; 8 Clap; 9 Disperse; 11 Intermission; 13 Abrade; 14 Strata; 17 Costermonger; 20 Acerbity; 21 Mean; 22 Pretence; 23 Stay. Down: 1 Tactical; 2 Shatter; 4 Elicit; 5 Exposition; 6 Cargo; 7 Shed; 10 Creditable; 12 Warranty; 15 Augment; 16 Critic; 18 Obese; 19 Damp.



From the Archives We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news in years gone by ▪▪ Irish Press, April 13, 1983

▪▪ Ballymun flats under construction in the late 1960s.

▪▪ An ad for the B&I Line Jetfoil, which commenced service between Dublin and Liverpool in 1980.

▪▪ The old shop at Seapoint, Blackrock, in the 1970s.

▪▪ The Central Bank, Dame Street, under construction in the 1970s. It later had to be reduced in height due to planning regulations.

▪▪ Evening Herald, April 10, 1939

▪▪ An ad for the Whitehall Carnival from the Evening Herald, April 11, 1941.


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