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You’ve got hate mail Neil Fetherstonhaugh A SOUTHSIDE councillor has expressed his shock and disgust after he received another sick homophobic letter in the post. Cllr Francis Timmons, an Independent councillor in Clondalkin, has handed the matter over to gardaí who are investigating after the vile letter arrived at his house. It is the second time in less than six months that the councillor, who made history recently by marrying his partner in Dublin’s Freemasons’ Hall, has received such abuse. ‘’I received what I consider to be another homophobic

letter in the post, but this time the person has their address and name on it,” he revealed. “This is another homophobic slur. We are not sure if both letters sent to me are related but this is something the gardaí will look at. “I have handed both the envelope and the letter over to the gardaí in Clondalkin. “It is awful that such small mindlessness still exists,” he added. “The person who sent this needs to be aware of its offensive connotations and that homophobic behaviour is not acceptable in our inclusive and progressive country. There is no place for this hurtful behaviour.” 

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You’ve got hate mail Continued from page 1 Cllr Timmons told of his happiness at marrying his partner recently. ‘’I recently married my partner of nearly 19 years and we live in very accepting community,” he added. “The person who wrote the letter apparently lives outside the Clondalkin area, and must be made aware that it not acceptable to post this type of letter to anyone. “Myself and my partner condemn homophobia and transphobia and we both feel that this had to be reported to the guards as it’s totally unacceptable behaviour that is both nasty and vile. ‘’ Cllr Timmons added that homophobic letters like this can have an “awful effect” on someone’s mental health. “I again call for hate legislation to be enacted,” he declared. In July, Cllr Timmons revealed how he opened a similar letter that had been sent to his home. Inside was a picture of Pope Benedict, a letter about World Family Day and a letter purportedly from Pope Francis.


Major moves for our Southside politicians IT IS time for fresh thinking to restore confidence in politics, the Fianna Fáil Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Councillor Cormac Devlin said, as he was selected to contest the general election in Dun Laoghaire last week.

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Cllr Timmons said that the “As an elected politician, letter, coming so soon after I have grown used to having Dublin’s Pride festival, was to accept certain backlash“horrible”. es but my partner is not in public life and was very distressed about this attack,” he said at the time. “I respect the rights of any person to practice the Prayers religion of their choosing, Miracle Prayer: Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask for a very special one (mention but sending Catholic-based request). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken literature like this in a vile Heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise addressed envelope is not publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. LW with keeping with any ethos Miracle Prayer: Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked of acceptance and tolerance. you for many favours. This time I ask for a very special one (mention Speaking after the inrequest). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken Heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will cident, he called for more become your favour and not mine. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise action on hate crimes of all publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. S O’R types. Prayer - Sacred Heart Of Jesus Publishing as promised in thank you


Up to 200 members and supporters gathered in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin for the selection convention chaired by Senator Gerry Horkan. Speaking following his nomination on Wednesday night, Cllr Devlin, a former and former cathaoirleach of the local council thanked councillors Kate Feeney and Mary Hanafin for putting themselves forward at convention and party members for placing their trust in him to secure a seat in the constituency. “It is a great honour and privilege to be selected at convention,” he said. “I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who have supported me. “The message from the public is clear; this Government is failing. It is failing to deliver on housing, on an efficient health service and failing in the very basic administration of Government. “Homelessness has consistently increased under this Taoiseach, pensioners are being left to go blind for the want of a 20 minute operation, while the depart-

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SN’T democracy great? Only in Ireland could a minister resign in the morning and then be selected that very evening to contest the next general election.

She will be hoping for a fade factor and a bit of breathing space between until the real polling day now that the phony war is over. By that time, there will probably be fresh controversies and new calls for more ministerial heads on plates. Politicians are learning to their cost that they are only one tweet or email away from being shown the door. They need to stop putting their digital footprints in their mouths. Irish politics is all the poorer for the Fitzgerald debacle. The unedifying behaviour of some Fianna Fáil TDs, as they loudly cheered Jim O’Callaghan’s ‘Six One News’ declaration that the party had no confidence in the former Tánaiste, was nothing short of vulgar Dáil barstool bravado. Leo Varadkar’s tough-guy stance in refusing to throw his Justice Minister under the bus began to wear thin after a few days, particularly when new emails emerged that made Fitzgerald’s resignation all but inevitable. It was the first real test of his mettle as Taoiseach and his judgement has been called into question by some. For all the rhetoric about keeping the Government afloat for the sake of Brexit, the reality is that neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael wanted to face the electorate. This wasn’t about doing what was right for the country; it was a blatant exercise

in self-preservation. You could sense a cooling of heads after a weekend poll showed that there would be no major change in the political landscape if an immediate general election took place. Likewise, the Independent Alliance had everything to lose by going to the polls so early into their nascent ministerial careers and they predictably urged all sides to pull back from the brink. Sinn Féin seemed the most relaxed about an election being triggered by their no confidence motion and Mary Lou McDonald must be relishing the prospect of being the pivotal party figure in a post-Gerry Adams world. Our politicians flexed their muscles but backed down when they took the public temperature, which – a bit like December – was subzero. Some people I spoke to said they wouldn’t have bothered voting had a snap election been called. The cold weather, combined with voter apathy, could have resulted in one of the worst election turnouts in history. In the cacophony of all the petty bickering, the scandalous treatment of whistleblower Maurice McCabe was almost lost on us. In addition, the death of two homeless people on the streets of our capital last week should also have helped concentrate minds on Kildare Street in terms of where political priorities should lie. ▪▪ Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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Major funding is ‘a great day’ for Irish sport HUNDREDS of local sports clubs, including dozens on the Southside, will share a massive €56m in funding under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). Over 1,700 different sporting projects across the country will benefit from the funding announced by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, and Brendan Griffin, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport last week. The SCP is the primary means of providing Government to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The 2017 round of the programme closed for applications in February and by

that date a record number of 2,320 applications were received. Among the successful Southside applicants were Dublin 41st Dublin (St Patrick’s Dalkey) Group Dalkey Sea Scouts (for sports equipment), the Dublin 5th Port Dollymount Sea Scout Group (for their sit on top inititative) and Dublin Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club (main pitch Drainage in Sancta Maria. Other beneficiaries include the Dublin Blackrock Bowling & Tennis Club (for adult facilities) and the Dublin Blackrock College Rugby Football Club (for construction of an all-weather pitch and floodlighting). Minister Ross said it was a great day for Irish sport.

“When we originally invited applications we had just €30m to allocate,” he said. “The record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed. “Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure additional resources to enable me to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country. “The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance towards over 1,700 different projects all over the country.” The minister added: “The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, for both physical and mental

health. “These new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible. “The grants are also excellent news for our communities, both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion.” Deputy Josepha Madigan welcomed the announcement of the 2017 Sports Capital Programme local allocations to sports clubs in Dublin Rathdown. "The Sports Capital Programme aims to assist sports clubs in providing sports and physical recreation facilities to the local community,” she said. “Sports clubs play a vital

▪▪ Harlow Kearney (6) and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross get in the ring as Brendan Griffin, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, and Olympic champion Michael Carruth look on. role in our community. They are essential in ensuring the best physical and mental health for our community. “The financial support provided by the Sports Capital Programme is essential to ensure that they can best promote participation in sport. "I look forward to this grant allocation allowing our local sporting groups to con-

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‘Pigeon’ t-shirts are set to fly at design show in RDS A UNIQUE set of eco-friendly t-shirts featuring the iconic Poolbeg Chimneys are expected to be one of this year’s most sought -after fashion items at the Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS. The Poolbeg Chimneys, which are part of the Pigeon House complex, have proved the most popular t-shirt design by rapidly-expanding Dublin makers Due South. The t-shirts, which are made from recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton, have even inspired one customer to replicate the design in a tattoo. Founded by former lifecoach Paul Harrington, from Rathmines, the t-shirts comprise clean and simple designs, which have evoked a certain nostalgia – and have been snapped up in Ireland and abroad. “I was advising people

stories of growing up and one customer liked our design so much, he got it tattooed on himself. “One man recalled how times were especially tough for his family one Christmas and that their mum, who couldn’t afford a tree, told them to look out at the Pigeon House – that was their tree that year. “Our range of designs are a subtle nod towards Irish lifestyle,” Paul explained. “A lot of them also denote the West Coast and coastlines such as surfers or the Skellig Islands.” Gifted celebrates the best os over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond. Record-breaking crowds of over 45,000 are expect▪▪ Melanie Mondini and Paul Harrington of Due South, who will be featuring their special ‘Pigeon House’ t-shirt ed to generate more than design at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS from December 5-10. €1m per day in sales at this “The Dublin landmark has year’s largest-ever six-day to make life changes, so I business, with huge support Pigeon House t-shirt, it was decided to follow that very from my fiancée Melanie like making a number one hit created so much nostalgia,” fair, which runs from from December 5-10. single – everyone suddenly he added. advice myself and turn my Mondini,” said Paul. Formerly known as the “People are sending us “When we designed the wanted one. screen-printing hobby into a


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Dad pleads guilty to possession of heroin Aoife Nic Ardghail A DUBLIN father-of-two who agreed to help bag over €280,000 of heroin for a small sum of money and a “bit of smoke” has been jailed for three and a half years. Edward Maher (31) told gardaí he didn't know what was involved when he got a call about the job and claimed he tried to get out of it when he realised what his role would be. He said his job would have been to tie up bags of heroin

from the 2.04kg cache, but he didn't get that far as gardaí swooped in with a search warrant. Maher, of Croftwood Gardens, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing €286,020 of heroin at Orchard Lawns, Ballyfermot, on December 19, 2016. He has 12 previous convictions for minor road traffic offences. Garda John Morrissey told Eoin Lawlor BL, prosecuting, that he and colleagues set up a surveillance operation in the Ballyfermot area on

December 19, 2016. The gardaí saw Maher go back and forth between his home and the Orchard Lawns premises with another man in the evening. They later observed this man approach a third male in a laneway. Gardaí stopped the third male afterwards and found drugs on him. Garda Morrissey said he and colleagues got a warrant to search the Orchard Lawns premises on foot of this transaction. During the subsequent raid they found Maher in a back shed with a quantity

of brown powder, electronic weighing scales, gloves and a blender. Garda Morrissey told Mr Lawlor that Maher co-operated during interview and admitted he was helping put the heroin into bags. He revealed that while he didn't take heroin or have a drug debt, he did smoke cannabis.

spending. Mr Rea submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that his client had dealt with his cannabis addiction and had family support in court. He asked the judge to consider a fully suspended sentence given Maher's lack of serious offending and his minor role in the drugs enterprise.

He said he had been promised €100 to do the job and that there would also be “a bit of smoke in it”. Garda Morrissey agreed with Luigi Rea BL, defending, that no drugs or paraphernalia were found at his client's house during another raid. He further agreed Maher showed no signs of wealth or


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Niall’s concert for the homeless is a sell out AN internationally acclaimed Dublin trumpeter has announced details of his Irish ‘Home for Christmas’ tour.

Niall O’Sullivan, who started his musical career in the Artane Boys’ Band, will kick off the festive season with some of Ireland’s finest musicians. The festive

tour starts on Wednesday, December 6 at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, and then moves to the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge (December 7), and concludes at the

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Former rugby star Luke Fitzgerald speaks at chronic pain campaign FORMER Ireland and Leinster rugby player Luke Fitzgerald spoke at the launch of a new campaign about his own experience of living with chronic pain. The campaign, #TodayIsBetter, created by Pfizer in partnership with the Irish Pharmacy Union, Arthritis Ireland, Chronic Pain Ireland, Fibro Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society, and the Migraine Association of Ireland, encourages people like Luke who live with chronic pain to speak out about their experience to ensure their voices are heard by everyone in society. This will lead to a greater understanding of what it’s like to live daily experiencing chronic pain. As part of the #TodayIsBetter initiative, a dedicated campaign website, was launched to give those with chronic pain an opportunity to have their say on what would really help them to have a better day – at work, at home, when socialising, or on their daily commute. #TodayIsBetter campaign ambassador Luke Fitzgerald said: “Many people are aware of the injuries I have had in the past that

affected my rugby career. “However, what people might not be aware of is the chronic pain I live with every day. I first experienced chronic pain in 2015 after being diagnosed with bulging discs in my cervical spine. “I try alleviating the pain with regular exercise and by ensuring my neck is in a neutral position/ non-aggravating position while doing everyday tasks. “Like many people with chronic pain, everyday things cause me considerable pain. For example, staring at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time can really cause me a lot of discomfort, from headaches to stiffness and loss of feeling.” Daragh Connolly, President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) said: “Chronic pain does not command significant attention but it is a debilitating condition, which can seriously affect the quality of life of a sufferer. “Chronic pain can negatively affect patients’ functional ability, quality of life and mood.  “Pharmacists have a key role to play by providing advice and helping patients to categorise the type of pain they are experiencing.” ▪▪ Luke Fitzgerald pictured at the launch of the campaign.



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Academy date for reformed The Celeb Spy Xtra Frank and Walters in association with

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to have a small church wedding.

The Prince announced he would be marrying the previously divorced ‘Suits’ actress in spring. It’s believed the pair will be looking to minimise the fuss associated with previous royal weddings with just their family and close friends invited. Is it just me or are things moving a little fast? Vance Joy admits his latest song was five years in the making. His new album, ‘Nation of Two’, comes out in February next year, but the lead single, ‘Lay It On Me’, is out now. In an interview with Dublin’s Q102, the Australian singer-songwriter (real name Gabriel Wanderson Keogh) said the delay is due to being tied up with family matters. Katie Hopkins has left The Mail Online after two years as a columnist for the website. The former ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s contract was not renewed by “mutual consent”. Her departure comes six months after her radio show was taken off the air following a controversial tweet about the Manchester bombing. Hopkins rose to fame by appearing in the third series of ‘The Apprentice’ and wrote for the Mail Online for two years after leaving The Sun. But her columns and tweets have seen her accused of publishing deliberate provocation rather than legitimate commentary.

Miley Cyrus has confessed that she doesn't like listening to her own music most of the time. She was praising a contestant on ‘The Voice USA’ when she made the admission. Miley is a judge on the hit TV show. She has also returned to her country roots as she took to the stage with a cover of Shania Twain classic ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ during a recent edition of the show. The 25-year-old paid homage to the iconic music video accompanying Shania’s international hit by sporting a distinctive leopard print romper suit while performing the track with protégés Janice Freeman, Brooke Simpson and Ashland Craft.

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keyboard duties in 2005. In September 2012 The Frank and Walters undertook a 20th anniversary celebration tour marking their debut album ‘Trains, Boats and Planes’ and in May 2015 released a single entitled ‘Look At Us Now’. Tickets are available The set list on the tour will include an array of stun- through ning singles from the Frank’s TRACK RECORD WITH amazing career including, ‘Fashion Crisis Hits New PAUL LINEHAN: York’, ‘After All’, ‘Indie Love 1. Best gig you’ve been to Song’ and ‘We Are The Young Men’ and will feature Grand in Dublin? The best gig I’ve been to in Parade played in its entirety. The alternative pop band Dublin was U2 at Croke park from Cork city was founded in 1985. Supported by REM, in 1989 and named in hon- The Alarm, Squeeze and I our of two eccentric local think In Tua Nua. 2. Most memorable mocharacters. The original line-up in- ment in Dublin? Cork winning the All-Irecluded Paul Linehan (as vocalist/bassist), his broth- land hurling final in 2004. 3. Most want to forget er Niall Linehan (as guitarist), and Ashley Keating (on moment in Dublin? When Kerry destroyed drums). Niall Linehan was re- Cork in the 2005 All-Ireland placed as guitarist in 2004 football semi-final, also at by Kevin Pedreschi, who Croke park. 4. First album you was in turn replaced by Rory bought and last album you Murphy in 2010. Cian Corbett joined on bought? THE Frank and Walters, who recently embarked on a celebratory tour to mark 20 years since the release of their second album ‘Grand Parade’, are playing The Academy on Friday, December 2.

First album I bought was ‘Steve McQueen’ by Prefab Sprout. Last album I bought was a Nina Simone best of. 5. When you’re not playing music, what else do you do? The pastime I enjoy the most is going horseracing. I enjoy point-to-points the most. 6. Who are your influences? My influences would be

many. Prefab Sprout. The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground. Nina Simone, The Stranglers, New Order, The Cure, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Doors. 7. If you weren’t in The Frank and Walters, who would make up your ideal band with you as front-

man? Probably my favourite backing band would be The Doors. 8. Any tips on life? Tips on life from me would be to respect everyone. 9. First person you’d invite to your party? It would be my family. 10. Last person you’d invite to your party? Last person I’d invite would be no one.

Dublin to light up for New Year’s Eve DUBLIN band Kodaline (pictured right) who headline the 3Countdown Concert, have officially launched the programme of events for New Year’s Festival Dublin at the Custom House. Dublin’s iconic landmark will be at the centre of the action as Dublin counts down to the New Year. There will be several days of spectacular events to mark the occasion. For the first time ever, two spectacular Midnight Moment events will countdown to 2018 in style with breath-taking aerial and aquatic displays. As well as the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment there will

celebrate the New Year with Kodaline at the 3Countdown Concert and kick-start 2018 at the free, family-friendly 3New Year’s Day Celebration and concert. New Year’s Festival Dublin also revealed details of their free, family–friendly 3New Year’s Day Celebrations at Custom House Quay on January 1. Running from 12 noon until 4pm, you can enjoy award-winning performers and the hugely popular New Year’s Day concert featuring the brilliant Garda Band, The Line Up Choir and the Hit Machine Drummers and more. The 3New Year’s Day also be the family-friendly the earlier time of 6.30pm. New Year's Festival Dub- Celebrations promise to be Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee starting at lin participants can also a fun filled day of enter-

tainment with pop up performances from jugglers, mime artists, stilt walkers and face painting. This year’s participants in New Year’s Festival Dublin can also ring in 2018 at Liffey Lights Midnight Moment – a dazzling light, aerial and aquatic display. Keelin Fagan, Head of Dublin for Fáilte Ireland, said: “This year’s festival has an action-packed programme with spectacular, welcoming and fun events planned over the two days with something for everyone”. She added: “For the first time ever, visitors will be treated to the unique visual spectacle of the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment.”



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Christmas in Sandymount Operation Snowball is on a roll 'PASS It On’ has been run included food for hampers by Helen Walsh for 20 or clothes and items for the years as a social initiative. homeless, or for women’s refuge centres. This year it is called OpHelen puts a call out at Christmas to collect cer- eration Snowball and, along tain items so they can go to with its usual homeless care where they are most need- packs and welcome packs ed. Over the years that has for women in refuges, it is

being extended to include a mental health facility while also helping Santa to deliver gifts to 80 children in shelters. Operation Snowball will run on December 10 this year, thanks to the lovely people in OSG Sandymount

who are allowing the use of their offices as a depot. The pledges come from all over but a huge effort has been made by Antionette, the manager in Sandymount Tesco, to pull in all the local businesses to ensure there are enough toys this year.

Central Hair is a Sandymount institution CENTRAL Hair is a family-owned business that has been in Sandymount Village for over 53 yers. Angela Doyle and Helen Govender were the original owners who looked after a very loyal clientele. Do you need a barber or a

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and styling for a total look. Central Hair is now being looked after by Ciaran Doyle, the new owner, who is Angela Doyle’s son and Antoinette Manley, who offer a very professional service and always listen to what the client wants. ▪▪ Helen Walsh, Antoinette Carney, John McAllister, Fionnuala McAuley and Sharon Byrne. Tel: (01) 668 3309.

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Serena Boutiques: at the heart of Christmas glamour SERENA Boutiques is a family-owned, Irish business providing an extensive range of women’s fashion labels, shoes and accessories. Established for over 25 years, Serena Boutiques offer some of the most coveted international labels including Marc Cain, Marc O Polo, Second Female, French Connection and Elisa Cavaletti as well as shoes and accessories labels such as Ash, Hogl, Kendall and Kylie, Guess and Marco Moreo. As an Irish business, they also like to promote Irish labels such as FeeG, Aiden Bodkin and Canopi. They also seek to constantly acquire new labels, most recently Elle Sport,

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HEALTH Campaign challenges perceptions around intellectual disabilities L’ARCHE Ireland and Northern Ireland has launched their Christmas appeal, which this year aims to challenge perceptions around people with intellectual disabilities. ‘Through L’Arche Eyes’ is the name of the campaign that the international organisation has started, and which will guide their events and fundraising efforts in both countries during this season. The objective is to re-focus the discussions about intellectual disabilities to target the right problems. L’Arche Dublin, located in Baldoyle, has joined the

campaign Diana Walsh, Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator for L’Arche Ireland and Northern Ireland, says: “Sometimes when looking at intellectual disabilities, people tend to be short-sighted. “We have seen it in the past when asking for support. We have been told that intellectual disabilities are a problem in which we cannot have any real impact. “Not much can be done for people with intellectual disabilities, since they can’t be helped, or cured, or saved. But this is not the problem. “People with intellectual disabilities don’t need to be


Osteopthy and Flat Head Syndrome.

Plagiocephaly and Brachycephlay are descriptions of babys heads which are distorted or misshapen.

cured because they are not sick; they don’t need to be saved because they are not lost. We don’t want less people with intellectual disabilities around us; they are a gift to our societies.” Ms Walsh said the issue is not the disability but the “way we look at it”. “The real questions should be about inclusion; about personal encounters without prejudices; about the kind of societies we want in the future,” she says. “Of course, there is real impact when supporting causes like ours, which aim to create a more human society for all of us.” To trans-

form views on intellectual disabilities, L’Arche is inviting people to look at them through a new set of eyes: theirs. The non-profit organisation has designed two pairs of glasses people can download from their website and are calling out for everyone to ‘wear, share and donate’. Ms Walsh adds: “People can print the glasses, cut them out and wear them. To share the pictures with us, all they have to do is upload them to their social networks and use one of our hashtags: #ThroughLArcheEyes and #WearShareDonate. People can also donate online

▪▪ Tracy Thompson and Una McGarry, core members at L’Arche, try on the glasses as part of the campaign. through our website and our Facebook page.” L’Arche is an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. In their family-like settings, international volunteers and people with different levels of ability live, work and learn in community. The L'Arche Dublin Proj-

ect began in 1993 in a rented cottage in Portmarnock. On February 1 (St Brigid's Day), 1994, the first core members (residents) were welcomed. Two years later, a permanent home for the community became possible thanks to the generosity of the Christian Brothers, who donated some land to L’Arche, and people from the community, who helped them fund-

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Taoiseach launches mental health initiative


These conditions can be caused by pressure on the skull within the womb from overcrowding, or not Plagiocephaly enough fluid, or if baby is in an awkward position. Injury can occur to babys head, base of the skull or neck if there is difficulty in the birthing process and may not show up until baby is lying for long periods of time. Then the flattening will occur on the side baby favours. If the injury is not severe then the normal growth process will normalise the head. When the injury is severe however, a shock or holding causes the soft tissues which line the bones of the inside of the head to tighten. These tissues will not grow at the same rate as healthy tissues and an injury pattern occurs. As a babies skull is soft and malleable and harden as they grow, it is wise to get treatment as soon as possible. Treatments can be over a number of growth spurts depending on the severity of the injury. Osteopathic treatment regarding babies are very gentle, non invasive and relaxing, and involves hands on techniques which enable the shock to release and the natural moulding process to take place.

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▪▪ Pictured at the launch was Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Cycle Against Suicide Ambassadors Padraig Gleeson and Ben O’Sullivan from Coloiste Mhuire, Thurles, and Aoibhe Conway and Kayleigh Harris, from St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY TAOISEACH Leo Varad- ment Buildings last week dor School Programme. kar met with students to launch the fifth Cycle and teachers at Govern- Against Suicide AmbassaOver 200 schools are now involved in the programme which recognises and rewards schools that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the promotion of positive mental health. The Taoiseach said: “I am delighted to be involved in launching the Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School Programme. “The programme has grown hugely in just five years and is a very important part of increasing awareness

of mental health issues in our schools in a very practical but fun way. I would encourage all schools to get involved and to go up through all five gears in the programme.” Ambassador School Co-ordinator Colleen Gallagher said the growth of the programme over the last five years is indicative of the emphasis schools are now placing on the area of wellbeing.  “These schools go the extra mile to support their students and the Ambassador Programme allows them to integrate mental health into

the school plan in a very tangible way,” she said. The Programme, which is school-led, involves the completion of ‘Five Gears’ over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’.   As part of the programme 7,000 students will attend the annual Student Leaders’ Congress at the 3 Arena on January 18 to share their experiences and showcase their initiatives. 




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The Irish return to Cyprus THINK Cyprus and it’s hard not to conjure up images of sandy beaches and cloudless blue skies but the Mediterranean’s island of love has plenty of other funky features that make it perfect for a family holiday. This island nation was a favourite holiday destination up to around a decade ago, but like Ireland, it was hit hard by the financial crisis. Direct flights stopped and Cyprus dropped off the radar when it came to sunshine getaways. However, flights have resumed and Irish holidaymakers are going back in droves. In fact, over 2,000 seats have been sold every month between Ireland and Cyprus by Cobalt Air. Confidence in the market is now so strong the airline has announced a year-round schedule from Dublin, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, direct to Larnaca, from €350 return including taxes and luggage. Cyprus is gloriously predictable when it comes to the weather, with guaranteed sunshine from May to October. And when the novelty of lazing away in the heat wears off, there’s enough activity and adventure to keep kids amused right throughout the day and their parents entertained well into the early hours of the morning. Ask any seasoned traveller what makes a destination special and invariably the answer will be ‘people’. So the warm, welcoming nature of the Cypriots helps explain why the island has been one of Ireland’s favourite holiday hot-spots for more than four decades. Cyprus has some of the cleanest bathing waters in the Mediterranean. The best are found around Agia Napa and Protaras, where warm turquoise waters lap gently against white sands. Nissi beach in particular is ideal for smaller children as it has warm shallow waters. Other beaches in Agia Napa include Makronissos and Landa, both perfect for building sandcastles and simply relaxing. The kids will love the Cypriot beaches but when they start looking beyond the sandy coastline for fun there are plenty of family attractions that children of all ages will enjoy. The island’s water parks provide hours of entertainment and there are some wonderful wildlife attractions to explore including the Aquarium and Bird Park in Pafos; the Camel Park near Larnaka; the Donkey Sanctuary near Limassol; and the Ocean Aquarium at Protaras. For older children and adults, most beaches in Cyprus offer water sports with everything from thrill seeking activities like water-skiing, kite-surfing and parasailing to more conventional canoeing and sailing on offer. And if there’s not enough fun on top of the water you can always go under it. Cyprus is great for snorkelling and scuba diving with an abundance of magnif-

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▪▪ A traditional Cyrpriot home. icent marine life to discover around the island, as well as a shipwreck just off the coast of Larnaka. Cyprus also ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a fantastic natural environment. Cape Greko, a preservation area of extreme beauty near Agia Napa, is one of the highlights and exploring the shoreline for secret sea caves and coves is a great way to spend an afternoon. Take a short walk up the hill to the top of Cape Greko and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best viewing points to watch the sun set in Cyprus. Another natural ‘must-see’ is the Akamas Peninsula, a nature conservation area in the Pafos region, on the western side of the island. Here, protected loggerhead turtles return every year to beautiful Lara Bay to lay their eggs. The only way to get to it is by jeep safari from Pafos.

▪▪ The island is steeped in history. Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a charming and historic town that makes for a perfect base for families with slightly older children. A stunning 13th century castle overlooks its picturesque harbour and there’s a wealth of history to explore. Attractions include the local archaeological park which has the most beautifully preserved mosaics; an ancient burial ground known as Tomb of the Kings; and a magnificent second century Odeon built entirely of limestone block. A holiday to Cyprus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Troodos Mountains. The whole Troodos area is the perfect place for the whole family to work up an appetite. With its charming, traditional hilltop villages and vine-blessed slopes, it offers some cool relief from the warm summer heat, and provides a chance to

enjoy hiking, cycling and bird watching. Villages in the Troodos are picturesque with cobbled pathways, traditional cafes and family run taverns. It’s the best place to experience the legendary hospitality of the Cypriots. Cypriots are happiest when eating and it’s really worth making an effort to join locals for a meze – a slow banquet of Cypriot delicacies. Meze can consist of as many as 30 small plates, so there’s always something to satisfy everybody’s taste buds. Dishes range from savoury dips and vegetables to a wide variety of meat and fish recipes, all washed down with a glass of local wine. Producers of their own tipples, Cyprus has a long tradition of wine-making and the island boasts the oldest named wine in the world – Commandaria. There’s loads of organised family entertainment throughout the year on Cy-

prus such as outdoor theatre and drama as well as contemporary, classical and traditional musical. Festivals are a big part of Cypriot life and in villages and towns across the island hardly a weekend passes without some kind of a celebratory event. Cyprus offers a good selection of accommodation to suit all budgets. Popular choices include hotel apartments or villas with pools, but there’s also some quiet hideaways in simple, family-run establishments. The island is dotted with beachside hotels with excellent amenities including health spas where visitors can indulge in pure relaxation. Most hotels also provide children’s entertainment and good crèche facilities. ▪▪ For flight information visit www. and for more on what Cyprus has to offer see www.



BOOKS About the author JOHANN Callaghan is an author, keynote speaker, educator, entrepreneur and busy mum. She is the organiser of the ‘Empowering Mind Body & Soul Expo’ event 2017 and Micro Biz Award Winner (MBA) 2016. Johann regularly features in radio interviews and talks and gives talks, workshops and online training in healthand wellness Johann believes that we can be our own health care advocate. She helps empower, inspire and educate mums to take back their own power and live a better life. whealthier and happier life. Find out more about Johann’s book, “How to get a good night’s sleep” at http://howtogetagoodnightssleep.

‘How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep’ by Johann Callaghan AS YOU might already know, good quality sleep is one of the most important ingredients to living a healthy, happy and successful life free of worry.

And if something is not important to us, then we don’t value it or respect it. But sleep needs to be appreciated and acknowledged that it is vital for our overall health and well-being. We sleep for a third of our lives, so if we spend so much time sleeping, it has to be significant. Sleep is not a waste of time. In fact, when we are asleep our bodies and our brains are very busy. In this book, the author sets out to change the way you think about and understand sleep while giving you new healthy habits to enable you to enjoy a good quality night’s rest. For many of us, we are so desperate to sleep that we try to control it and life gets pushed aside. We can’t control sleep. However, many of us try to do this and struggle to get to sleep. This book is for anyone for whom getting a good night’s sleep has become an almost a nightly annoyingly frustrating struggle. Taking the first step of understanding sleep will energise you into making improvements to your sleep. This will be a gentle process that will allow the natural process of sleep without the struggle. If you sit trying to think your way out


We are all living busy lives. As people can be co-dependent in relationships, we are now also becoming co-dependent with work and we lose focus on our lives and the importance of sleep. All our time goes into getting as much done as we can, so that we often overlook one of the most crucial elements of life, sleep. While we are busy keeping ourselves busy, we forget to slow down and try to use the time we have to get things done. We bring all these thoughts and emotions to bed with us trying to figure them out and keeping the brain awake. Then you have the problem of feeling stressed, weak and exhausted. The problem is that you struggle to get to sleep or to go back to sleep. Quite often there is a perception that sleep is not important.

of a feeling, you will be unsuccessful. Limiting beliefs that you don’t explore is the same as just accepting and resigning to them. It won’t work long term if you are beating yourself up to get to sleep. You need to rewire your brain to make it easier. As humans, we are very addictive in nature. It is much easier having habits that we do automatically than having will power and energy to do what we should be doing. We are wired to understand the language of our body and to know if we are losing our power and control of our health. How does your body talk to you? Understand choice and Sleep is the consequence. This is a skill you can develop and will empower you to understand and most important and foundational factor respect sleep on a deeper level giving you for long term health and a good quality of life. real results.

Irish novels compete for literary award A TOTAL of seven Irish novels are among the 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award. This is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha. Speaking as the Patron of the Award, he said: “Dublin is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. “There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. “It also makes for a bet-

ter quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.” Chris Morash, a member of the 2017 judging panel and Vice Provost of Trinity College, added: “Dublin is a city that has been inscribed in literature in a way that few other cities have. “I think for us to make that a living thing, we need to engage with the new work that is being published every year.” Kapka Kassabova, travel writer and member of the 2017 judging panel, said Dublin seemed a natural home for a prize like this. “I truly feel this prize breaks down borders,” she said. “It stands for connectedness, and we are all connected. You can see this in the longlist of titles. I think this is a truly humanist prize and it stands for humanist values and we need that now more than ever.” The Irish titles nominated for 2018 include ‘Days Without End’ by Sebastian Barry (pictured right with Liz Nu-

gent). There is also ‘The Wonder’ by Emma Donoghue, ‘The Years That Followed’ by Catherine Dunne, ‘The Lesser Bohemians’, by Eimear MacBride, ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack, ‘Lying in Wait’ by Liz Nugent and ‘All We Shall Know’ by Donal Ryan. The International Dublin Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 150 books eligible for the 2018 award were nominated by libraries in 111 cities and 37 countries worldwide. Speaking of the global interest in the award, the City Librarian revealed: “This great prize affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators and to literature and creativity. “Through this award Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, brings the worldwide community of readers to-

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gether to read the writers who are inspired by themes local and universal. in settings real and imagined.’ All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public

libraries. The full list of 150 titles is available on www. The shortlist will be published in April 2018 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on June 13 2018.


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Sports agency marks 21 years of GAA book OVER the past 21 years, Sportsfile’s ‘A Season of Sundays’ has become an eagerly awaited GAA tradition, marking the end of each season with a stunning collection of images. The book is available online now and in bookstores nationwide from December 4. Now in its 21st year of publication, ‘A Season of Sundays 2017’ embraces the very heart and soul of Ireland's national games as captured by the award-winning team of photographers at Sportsfile. This year’s instalment captures some fantastic moments from Dublin as well charting the highs and lows of the GAA season in another bright and absorbing look

back at the year. In 2017, we were treated to some thrilling football matches across both the leagues and the championship which culminated in an All-Ireland final for the ages that saw Dublin defeat Mayo to retain the Sam Maguire for a third consecutive season. In the hurling, there was no stopping Joe Canning and Galway as they ended their 29-year wait and got their hands on the Liam MacCarthy trophy after a thrilling final against Derek McGrath’s Waterford. Sportsfile captured Sarah McCaffrey’s two goals off the bench as Dublin’s ladies followed their male counterparts by defeating Mayo, while in camogie, Cork got revenge on Kilkenny as they

▪▪ Ciaran Reddin, captain of Dublin, with the cup at the end of the Football Challenge game between Dublin and Dubs Stars at Parnell Park. PHOTO: DAVID MAHER/ SPORTSFILE

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congratulated Mr McManus and all of his team at Sportsfile for yet another magnificent collection of images. “This book is now firmly established as an absolute gem in the library of top class GAA annuals,” he said. “The GAA year is a compilation of special moments. ‘A Season of Sundays’, year after year, is a treasure trove

of these iconic images. “From the moment that the first balls are kicked and pucked in a season – right through to the defining moments in the destination of Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire – Sportsfile are there, putting us in the heart of the action and their eye for the exquisite is as unerring as ever.”


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▪▪ Members of the Dominican College Sion Hill Blackrock Choir are pictured with Santa at the turning on of the Christmas lights event at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel. ALL PHOTOS: ANDRES POVEDA

▪▪ Irish Rugby International Hannah Tyrell pictured with Neil Lane, General Manager, Radisson Blu St Helen’s at the turning on of the Christmas lights.

▪▪ Silvia Gaughran, Robin Simmons and Ian Gaughran from Knocklyon pictured at the turning on of the Christmas lights event at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel.

▪▪ Leah (2) and Alanna Tuniz (5) from Rathfarnham at the turning on of the Christmas lights.

▪▪ Pictured are Alison Daly and Frank Phelan from Blackrock celebrating their wedding at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel recently.

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Get those lights switched on in time for the festive season GET your Christmas lights and decorations ready because the national competition to find Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home is back!

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Energia Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home officially started on Friday, December 1. This is the second year that Energia will be running a nationwide search for the best decorated home in Ireland at Christmas time. Last year’s competition saw entries from all corners of Ireland, culminating in a public vote for the most Christmassy home. It really struck a chord with the public in terms of voting and viewing the competition material as over 750,000 people engaged with the competition online. Last year’s winner was Tony Noonan from Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, who donated all of his

€4,000 prize money to his favourite charities; Milford Hospice, Adare Alzheimer’s, Brothers of Charity Newcastle West, Brothers of Charity Foynes, Recovery Haven Tralee and CRY Monagay. Over 5,000 people voted for the Noonan’s entry. Energia will judge the entries up until Monday, December 11 when the 20 finalists will be announced. Public voting will then take place on the competition’s Facebook page until Friday, December 15, when the winner will be declared. This year’s prizes are donations of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 respectively to the charity of choice of the first, second and third placed houses following the public vote. “Energia Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home was such a hit with Irish householders in its first year,” said Amy

▪▪ Marcus McNamara’s house in Loughrea Co Galway was a 2016 entry in Energia Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home. O’Shaughnessy, Marketing Acquisitions and Sponsorship Manager with Energia. “So, we can’t wait to see all of the amazing decorations that are put up by people around Ireland this year. “Whether you’ve been preparing all year long or this is the first time to decorate the outside of your

home, we want to hear from you. It’s all about getting into the Christmas spirit and supporting your local or national charity of choice. We’re also delighted to be helping householders make the smart choice of using our 100 per cent green home energy to light up their homes and raise money for charity.”


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New survey reveals south city’s treasures A NEW survey of Dublin has been carried out to celebrate the historic and architectural heritage of the treasures of the south city.

Last week, the former Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, launched the National Inventory of Archi-

tectural Heritage (NIAH) survey of Dublin South City. An associated book, ‘An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin

South City’ was also unveiled to mark the occasion. The minister also announced that the very successful Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund will operate again next year. The two schemes will provide €3.3 million in investment in 2018 for the repair and conservation of protected structures. These schemes supported more than 500 projects across the country in 2017 and helped to provide employment in the conservation and construction industries. Minister Humphreys said: “This beautiful book is the thirty-fourth to be published in the NIAH series, and the second focussed on Dublin city. “It is a project that celebrates the historic and architectural heritage of the country, and a key resource for its protection and conservation.

“This investment of €3.3 million in the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund will encourage the investment of private capital in smallscale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve historic structures,” the minister added. “This will improve the appearance and structure of historic buildings across the country and will also support jobs in the conservation and construction industries. “Well-maintained historic buildings contribute positively to the vitality of our cities, towns, villages and countryside. “Local communities have a great sense of pride in their built heritage, which in turn can help to provide an important source of local employment by boosting tourism. “Both schemes, which were a great success, will operate on the same model ▪▪ The Long Hall on George’s Street is one of the south as the 2017 schemes.” city’s architectural gems.

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emigrants are looking good Cormac Spencer WELCOME home to the many emigrants returning for the next few weeks to spend time with family and friends. While you are here you may try to keep your mind as far away from work as possible, but if you’ve been thinking about returning home you should examine what Ireland can offer you. It’s very possible that the opportunities that weren’t present when you left are available right now. Our economy is growing again, there is a renewed sense of positivity and the prospects for the country in 2018 look bright. The figures back up the feeling. Economic growth is set to be around 5 per cent this year with a 4 per cent expansion forecast for 2018,

making Ireland a candidate for fastest growing economy in Europe this year and in all likelihood next. Unemployment stands at 6 per cent, down from the 15.1 per cent level recorded in February 2012 and is dropping month by month (Dublin’s unemployment rate is significantly lower than this national rate, leading to some saying we are approaching ‘full employment’). More importantly, job creation is on the rise. Thousands of jobs have been created and the number of people in work is the highest it has been in almost a decade.

▪▪ The advent of technologies like Skype has meant a lot of the leg work required to find a job in Ireland from abroad can be done remotely. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK Although forecasting is a dangerous business, it’s difficult to see this momentum stopping in the near term. Despite the initial shock of Brexit, activity has gone up, employment has risen

and wages are rising with it. What’s more: wages are rising after years of stagnation. Pay packets are up 1.7 per cent for the year to September and they will continue that trajectory.

Some of the fastest growing and most innovative Irish and foreign companies are based here, and they are hiring. Ireland is at the cutting edge in a number of sectors, and we need no longer look abroad for progressive ideas. They are being put into practice here and they are creating jobs now. There has been huge growth in opportunities in the tech and green energy sector, as well as steady growth in more traditional sectors such as professional services, finance, administration, construction and manufacturing - even the public sector is hiring again! The last couple of years have already seen people start to come home in significant numbers. For the first

time in nine years we recorded net immigration for 2016, and this was repeated in 2017. The advent of technologies like Skype, has meant a lot of the leg work required to find a job in Ireland from abroad can be done remotely allowing candidates to get a clear picture of what’s available without any risk. Often people can walk straight off a plane or boat into an interview and can be gainfully employed in a matter of days. Bringing people home from abroad is something we have been doing at Link Personnel Services for years. It’s a simple process and shouldn’t be seen as an extra hassle to candidates. Anyone looking to stay in Ireland next year should get in touch to discuss the options we

have to suit. Whereas Ireland can never provide all the opportunities in the world (what country can?) it is a country of opportunity, with ample capacity for growth, progress and success. What is needed to ensure this progress is that we keep our best and brightest here. Enticing the best to stay in Ireland will allow for the economic recovery to take root and for the creation of a successful and vibrant political system and society. While you are enjoying your Brussels sprouts, why not consider the opportunities available to you here in Ireland? •Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit or call 01-8456312.

Dublin Chamber welcomes the new Government appointments Mr Coveney's appointment is welcome at a very important time for business, given the backdrop of Brexit. Dublin Chamber chief executive Mary Rose Burke said: “Minister Coveney was a driving force behind the The Chamber, which rep- National Planning Framework resents 1,300 businesses in - particularly the decision to the Greater Dublin Area, said take a longer-term approach DUBLIN Chamber has welcomed the nomination of Simon Coveney as Tánaiste and expressed appreciation for his good working relationship with the business community.

and extend the timeframe for the plan out to the year 2040. “The Dublin business community is encouraged by his appointment as Tánaiste, which comes at such a crucial stage in Brexit negotiations. “We look forward to working closely with him on furthering the urban and business agenda over the coming

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We Beryl Power & Darren Reddy intend to apply for Permission for the development at this site: 9 Friarsland Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. The Development will consist of: a) Ground floor extension to the rear elevation. b) Conversion of the existing attic space to include installation of 2 no. velux windows to the Front roof, 1 no. to the side roof and 2 no. dormer windows to the rear. c) Widening the front piers from 1.9M to 2.5M and all associated 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought by G.Holohan for the change of use of part of the ground floor level of an existing two storey, semi-detached dwelling house at 32 Ardmeen Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin from residential use to use as a creche/nursery (montessori) school and widening the existing driveway vehicular access exiting onto Ardmeen Park to the front of the existing dwelling house. 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 may be made on payment of €20.00 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.


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PLANNING & NOTICES PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for the demolition of existing garage, existing kitchen and dining room and rear chimney and the erection of a two storey extension to the front side and rear of the existing dwelling. All existing windows will be replaced and a new entrance provided. Front garden will be altered to allow for car parking. At 80 Dundela Park, Glenageary, County Dublin A94 H2W2 By Des Gibney and Anne Gibney 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 Planning Permission being sought by Paul Smith to erect fully serviced two storey extension to side of existing two storey end terrace dwelling. Planning permission is also sought for pedestrian accesses to side of existing boundary wall and the widening of existing vehicular entrance and all associated works at 73 Roebuck Castle, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. 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 County Council FURTHER INFORMATION: Samuel Meyer: has/have applied for PERMISSION for 1. Proposed New First Floor Extension (130Msq) over Existing Single Storey Dwelling and Garage. Existing Dwelling & Garage Area (118Msq). 2. Proposed Ground Floor Single Storey Extension (38Msq) to Front of Existing Dwelling and (28Msq) to front of Garage. New Bay Window to Front of Dwelling (3.75Msq). 3. Modifications to Existing Dwelling to Accommodate Proposed Extensions. 4. Modifications to Entrance from Enniskerry Rd to Provide Improved Sightlines. 5. Replacement Waste Water Treatment Unit & All Ancillary Site works to Facilitate Proposal. at ‘Springfield’ Enniskerry Road, Kilternan, Co. Dublin. Planning Reference: D17B/0400 refers: In this regard note that Significant Further Information has been furnished to the Planning Authority and is available for inspection or purchase at the offices of the Planning Authority at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, during its public opening hours, and that a submission or observation in relation to the Further Information may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within 2 weeks of the date of receipt of the newspaper notice and the site notice ( within 5 weeks in the case of an application accompanied by an E.I.S) by the Authority and no further fee is required where a valid submission or observation has already been made in respect of this planning application.




Dublin City Council Melanie and Tom Lynch intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at 38 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, an existing end of terrace dwelling. This building is a PROTECTED STRUCTURE. The development will consist of : a) The construction of a new single storey extension (30 sqm) with flat roof and rooflight to the rear of the existing house b) Removal of existing non-original uPVC door to front elevation on lower ground floor and replacement with timber sash window, removal of existing non-original window under front steps and reinstatement of new timber door to lower ground floor. Form new single door opening to rear elevation at lower ground floor to provide access to new extension. Replacement of all non-original uPVC windows to existing house with timber sash windows to match historic detailing. c) Minor internal alterations and refurbishment work comprising of removal of non-original partitions, provision of new plumbing and heating, including the provision of new bathroom, utility and W.C to the lower ground floor with associated new stud partitions, complete rewiring and general internal refurbishment and conservation works. d) Modifications to second floor attic area to include removal of existing rooflight and provision of a new dormer with 2 no. windows in rear pitched roof and the provision of a conservation roof window over stairwell in existing rear pitched roof. e) External conservation and repair work to comprise repairs and repointing of existing brick facades as necessary, repairs/replacement of existing pitched roof, repairs to rendered chimney stacks, the replacement/repair of damaged rain water goods to the back and front of the house, repairs to front railings, and reinstatement of cast iron entrance gates to Sandford Road f) Excavation of rear garden for new extension and construction of new patio area to rear of house, associated drainage. site development and landscaping 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 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.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission sought for conversion of attic space, single storey extension to side and associated site works to existing dwelling house at Beauchamp Lodge, Dublin Road, Bray, Co. Dublin for Gwen Thomas. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Permission sought for a two storey extension to rear/side , internal and external alterations to existing two bed two storey semi-detached dwelling, resulting in the creation of a two storey 4 bedroomed family dwelling at 78 Melvin Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W for Liam Cormack. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Michael John Cosgrave is applying for retention permission for development comprising of removal of front boundary treatment (railing on low plinth) and creation of vehicular entrance to the front of the premises which will be used for parking at 93 Orwell Gardens, Churchtown, Dublin 14. 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, Dún 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, Noel Cogan wish to apply to Dublin City Council for permission to (a) demolish existing Mews building and (b) construct 1 no two storey, 3 bedroom detached mews dwelling incorporating one off-street car parking space accessible at no 71 Dartmouth Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. This site is at the rear of and in the curtilage of no. 71 Ranelagh Road, Dublin 6 which is protected structures. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Sarah Hickey & John Spain intend to apply for planning permission for the creation of a new vehicular access to the front garden of 52 Wilfield Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4. Including the partial removal of the front boundary railings & plinth, provision of new gates and associated 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 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 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission is sought for proposed two storey detached dwelling with garage, waste water treatment system and associated site works at Tir na Nog, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Co. Dublin for Pat and Noleen Crown. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for the following: a.) Demolition of the existing rear single storey extension to the existing dwelling, including a section of the existing boundary wall onto the adjacent laneway. (b). Construction of a new single storey extension to the side and rear of the existing dwelling. (c). Erection of a 2.0m high fence along the existing shared boundary with the neighbouring property. (d). Erection of a bin storage shed to the front curtilage of the dwelling, along with all associated siteworks and landscaping at No.3 Church Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin by Bernice and Brian Barrington. A portion of this site is located within the Dalkey Architectural Conservation Area. 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/observatio n maybe 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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ACROSS 1. Breach (4) ACROSS 3. Compassionate (8) 1. Does some striking when the boom returns (4) 8. Certain (4) 3. Legislation for the beginnings of trade unions in America (8) 9. Frenzied (8) 8. One demonstrating a bit of musical tonality (4) 11. First performance 9. Relation could be Chinese (8) 11. Procedural query showing the reason for discipline? (5,2,5) (7,5) 13. Bud (6) 13. Heavenly types who back the show (6) 14. Muffle (6) 14. Some of the Brethren Americans call by a different title (6) 17. Ignore (4,2,6) 17. Biblical version of Utopia (8,4) 20. Bullfighter (8) 20. See 2 Down 21. Singe (4) 21. There’s endless danger for the spritely one (4) 22. Compress (8) 22. Making records is urgent (8) 23. Legend (4) 23. Sounds like one paying for farm accommodation (4)

DOWN 1. Reply (8) 2. Abstain (7) 4. Anger (6) 5. Firm belief (10) 6. Bring (5) 7. Fortune (4) 10. Revile (10) 12. Investigation (8) 15. Fanciful (7) 16. Merry (6) 18. Pinafore (5) 19. Aural (4)

DOWN 1. Come back again to harvest the fruit (8) 2, 5Dn & 20Ac. What those in a tete-a-tete are doing! (7,5,5,8) 4. The charge for causing endless traffic snarl-up (6) 5. See 2 Down 6. Is it included in the levy (5) SEE ANSWERS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE 7. Material taken by the barrister (4) 10. Impasses produced by overtrained colleagues (10) 12. The last possible moment for reporting a row of corpses (8) 15. The day came to transfer to higher education establishment (7) 16. Behind a set arrangement by the Royal Navy (6) 18. Scoundrel to go the wrong way in French street (5) 19. Shoots up to prevent progress (4)









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6 DEC 2017


A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK from 12-7pm each day The Mart Gallery, located at the Old Fire Station, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, will provide a much-needed place to sell, promote, showcase and buy eco-friendly gifts and services. This will include gift items made from reused / recycled materials alongside businesses promoting reuse and the sharing economy. Housed in a beautifully repurposed fire station on the high street, Rathmines, the market will showcase a wide range of handmade, locally produced items – perfect for Christmas gifts.


Dubliners are being urged to register for the 12th annual Aware Christmas Run, which will take place in the Phoenix Park, this Saturday, December 9. This is Aware’s flagship fundraising event. Online registration is now available at events for both 5K and 10K options at a cost of €25 per person. The race is run under AAI rules and chip timing applies. Festive attire is encouraged and all are welcome from walkers to runners!




Glow is back in Smithfield on Saturday December 9 from 2-6pm! Expect an exciting free line-up of family activities to celebrate the winter season, including workshops, family performances, comedy and music.

On December 11 and 12 at 6.30pm Dublin Castle is hosting an evening of Christmas carols and a viewing of the Neapolitan crib in the magnificent Chapel Royal, which will be especially illuminated for the festive season, followed by a glass of wine and a mince pie in the Gothic Room in the beautiful State apartments. Tickets cost €10. See for details.


No Fixed Abode is a group exhibition of artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptures who have donated works to help raise much need funds to combat the homelessness crisis in Ireland, in association with the Peter McVerry Trust. The exhibition of the work is taking place in The Copper House, Saint Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8, from now until December 22. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.



After a successful year exhibiting all over the world, including a 5,000 square foot mural in the new World Trade Centre, New York, IrishItalian artist, David Uda (Duda), has returned home to Dublin to launch his most recent body of work at Sol Art Gallery (No. 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2). The exhibition will run from December 7-16. To find out more about the Duda exhibition, visit


Retro railway-style posters of Dublin will be showcased by an award-winning illustrator and storyboard artist at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS from December 5-10. The Baily Lighthouse and central Dublin via Holyhead have been recreated in the style of 1930s railway posters, which have already proved to be extremely popular in the build-up to the Fair. Gifted celebrates the best of over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond. It takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at

Dublin Christmas Flea Market takes place from December 7-10 in the Point Village, Dublin 1, when 135 producers will come together to create a bustling festive market to showcase the very best of Irish hand crafted art, textiles, ceramics, beauty, up-cycled, vintage goods and speciality foods, to create this unique indoor Christmas market. It’s open on Thurs & Fri, from 1-8pm, and Sat and Sunday from 11am-6pm.

There will be a night of Beatles music in aid of DEIS (Development Education Ireland Sharing) Madagascar CLG on Friday December 8 at 9pm sharp in the City of Dublin Workingmen’s Club, 33-36 Little Strand Street, Dublin 7 featuring an Ensemble of Singers including Barrington Cullen, Roisín Gaffney, Paul Hoey, Christy Kearns, the OLMC Folk Group, Dave O’Mara, Harry Shiels, Martin Sneyd and Danny Weir. Tickets €10 each. 1960s fancy dress optional. For tickets and information contact Bernard Neary on 085-7132116.


The Mart Gallery has revealed details of a Green Christmas Market for 2017 running from Friday, December 7 to Saturday 23

Crossword Answers 6th December CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 1 Raps; 3 Statutes; 8 Alto; 9 Oriental; 11 Point of order; 13 Angels; 14 Rename; 17 Promised land; 20 Together; 21 Peri; 22 Pressing; 23 Byre. Down: 1 Reappear; 2 Putting; 4 Tariff; 5 Their heads; 6 Tithe; 7 Silk; 10 Stalemates; 12 Deadline; 15 Academy; 16 Astern; 18 Rogue; 19 Stop.


Across: 1 Rift; 3 Merciful; 8 Sure; 9 Frenetic; 11 Opening night; 13 Sprout; 14 Stifle; 17 Take no notice; 20 Toreador; 21 Char; 22 Condense; 23 Myth. Down: 1 Response; 2 Forbear; 4 Enrage; 5 Conviction; 6 Fetch; 7 Luck; 10 Vituperate; 12 Research; 15 Flighty; 16 Joyous; 18 Apron; 19 Otic.



From the Archives

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

▪▪ A postcard showing yachts sailing in Howth Harbour on a calm day, c. 1905. The East Pier with its lighthouse is on the right and the West Pier is on the left. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & MacMillan/ The History Press

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, December 14, 1867

▪▪ Irish Press, December 18, 1972

▪▪ Irish Independent, December 18, 1934

▪▪ Irish Press, December 14, 1987 ▪▪ Irish Press, December 31, 1958

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, December 18, 1852

▪▪ Sunday Independent, December 23, 1934

▪▪ The Promenade, Dún Laoghaire, in the 1950s. People enjoy the views of the mail boat and the harbour. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & MacMillan/The History Press


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