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Best ever result for Tallaght in the latest litter survey TALLAGHT has climbed “spectacularly” in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) rankings, according to its latest survey. The Southside suburb is now at number five in a list of 40 towns and cities and has been declared ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ after a previous designation as a litter blackspot. An Taisce surveyed 25 towns and 15 city areas on behalf of IBAL and of these, 88 per cent were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year. According to IBAL, prog-

ress in cities has been much slower than in towns, and much less consistent. Continuing a trend of recent years, litter levels increased in Dublin City Centre towards the end of the year. “The council has been successful in keeping our capital clean for the peak summer season, but less so when it is over,” said Conor Horgan. “Cleanliness is not just for tourists – it should be yearlong.” And while the main shopping street areas of Henry Street, O’Connell Street and Grafton Street wer presented particularly well, there

were litter blackspots on Mountjoy Street, Hanover Lane and Capel Street. The group contends that it is no coincidence that the worst performing areas in the rankings are among the least affluent in the country, as defined by the Pobal Deprivation Index. “Products of poor planning, disadvantaged communities are prone to litter on two fronts,” Mr Horgan

stated. “In the first instance, they tend to be neglected by the local authority, which concentrates their cleaning efforts on city centre locations. “This is compounded by an absence of pride in the locality in these areas, where communities are often transient and amenities lacking.” However, IBAL said it intends to continue to work to make these areas clean over

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the long-term.        According to the survey, 2017 saw falls in the prevalence of fast food wrappers, plastic bottles and dog fouling. However, chewing gum, cigarette butts and cans continue to be major sources of litter. Denis Naughten, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said he broadly welcoming the results. He also congratulated the communities and councils across Ireland for their hard work during the past year. “I am pleased to note the overall results of the litter league, which show that 80 per cent of towns and cities in Ireland were found by the IBAL survey to be as clean as or cleaner than their European counterparts. “The success achieved across the country in the 2017 Litter League shows that, collectively, we are continuing to improve the situation. “However, we cannot afford to be complacent,” the minister added. “Ireland still has a significant issue with litter including chewing gum, cigarette butts and cans that continue to be major sources of litter.  “It is important that we continue to work together to win the fight.”


Council warns of quad danger Continued from page 1 Council officials say that while some people may have received a quad or a scrambler for Christmas, parents and users are urged to be aware of the risks and dangers associated with riding these vehicles and also to wear the appropriate safety gear. Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer with South Dublin County Council, said: “What many people don’t realise is the potential danger or risks which riders are faced with while using scramblers and quads. “They are, in fact, vehicles which are designed for off-road use and should be

used in a controlled environment but not only that, an operator of a quad or scrambler is also required to follow the same rules of the road as other vehicle users.” The Road Safety Officer has begun an advertising awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using these vehicles. The campaign will appeal to parents and riders themselves to use their quads or scramblers with safety in mind while having respect for their communities. The awareness campaign will involve advertising in cinemas, on social media and in the press.

▪▪ Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer with South Dublin County Council.

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Walk on for Cabinteely Trek the Camino for charity Rathdown County Council, this event will provide the perfect chance to put those New Year’s resolutions into action. Speaking in advance of the event, Shane McArdle, Coordinator with the Sports Partnership, stated: “For heart health adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walk-

ing, five days a week. “By taking part in these types of local events, people can become more aware of the excellent walking routes in the county and how it can be made social and fun.” Providing the perfect chance to put those New Year’s resolutions into action, all are very welcome and encouraged to attend.

Trained walking leaders will be present on the day to offer a helping hand and there will be a complimentary hot cuppa at the finish line for all. For further information on this event and to register your interest contact Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership on 01-2719502 or email sportspartnership@

If you are looking for something to get you on the road to a healthy and active 2018, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership has the perfect event for you. As part of their bid to encourage everyone in the County to get active, the free 4km public walk will be held on January 13 in Cabinteely Park at 11am (registration from 10.30am). This event is being held in conjunction with Sport Ireland and RTE’s Operation Transformation TV programme. On this day every county in Ireland will have a similar walking event to cater for all levels of fitness, but in particular for those looking to start exercising again. Meeting from 10.30am beside the main house in Cabinteely Park, the 4km route will bring participants around this picturesque park, on pathways that are suitable for all walkers. Supported by Sport Ireland and Dún Laoghaire ▪▪ Participants in an earlier Operation Transformation event.

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What’s with all these weather events? and the battered seafront in Lahinch, it was clear that Dublin – yet again – had got off lightly in comparison with some parts of the country. There are so many storm warnings these days that we run the risk of suffering from weather fatigue and not taking them seriously enough. Even the practice of giving them human names can dilute their severity in our minds. While adverse weather conditions are certainly not a new phenomenon in this country, warnings are now issued far more frequently. But rather than being Comment: Tony McCullagh, an ominous sign of global warming, Dublin People group editor it possibly has more to do with meteorological advances in forecasting O-CALLED weather events technology. seem to dominate the I can only recall two major weather headlines these days. In events from my own childhood. The Dublin, we barely noticed first was the big freeze of January 1982, Storm Dylan before Eleanor arrived when schools remained closed after in town for what turned out to be a Christmas, much to our delight, and we flying visit. played in the snow from dawn till dusk. The biggest hardship was running Ophelia – which closed our schools for two days last October – is now just a out of bread and milk as it took an distant memory. That’s not to take from expedition worthy of Tom Crean to get to the local shop; a journey further the trail of destruction it left in many hampered by having to run the gauntlet parts of the country, leading to three fatalities and bringing power disruption of ferocious snowball ambushes at to thousands of homes and businesses. every corner. We reluctantly returned to school a Looking at last week’s television number of weeks later, dragging slush images of a flooded Salthill in Galway


▪▪ The big freeze of 1982 brought the city to a standstill and closed schools. and muck into our classrooms. We’d never see the likes of it again, although the pre-Christmas snowfall of 2010 would come a close second. In 1986, my uncle got married during Hurricane Charley, which made for an interesting wedding reception, with water leaking through the hotel roof onto the invited guests. That was the only storm I ever remember having a

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In addition, traffic volumes are far higher now, increasing the risk of accidents when the road conditions are poor. As a nation, we have always loved to discuss the weather. We have to be careful, though, that we don’t talk ourselves into complacency by turning every incidence of wind and rain into a crisis of biblical proportions.



Public get their first glimpse of Dublin’s newest local park with ancillary buildings situated on 34 hectares of gardens, parkland, woodland and agricultural land in an elevated location overlooking Dublin Bay. It was purchased by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Fernhill is a former sub- Council for €4.25 million in stantial family residence December 2014. OVER 500 members of the public got their first glimpse of Dublin’s newest park as Fernhill Park and Gardens in Stepaside opened for a few hours on New Year’s Eve.

wIn September 2017, the council agreed a masterplan plan to develop the estate into a regional park. The first tracks and trails have been completed and the public were invited to visit the park on New Year’s Eve for the first of several planned partial openings

▪▪ Councillors Cormac Devlin, Emma Blaine, Tom Murphy and Senator Neale Richmond are pictured during the Fernhill open day.

that will occur as works proceed. Welcoming the first visitors to the estate, the cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Tom Murphy said the new park will be a fantastic facility for the community. “Council officials have prepared a detailed proposal for the development of the park,” Cllr Murphy said. “The plan includes a range of new recreational amenities and facilities, and it also includes pedestrian and vehicular entrances from the Enniskerry Road. “The historic natural character of the site presents the opportunity for developing a unique public amenity, not only to serve the residents of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and surrounding region, but also as a prime visitor attraction in close proximity to Dublin and the Wicklow

Mountains National Park.” Fernhill House and Gardens form an important component of the historic landscape on the fringe of Dublin City. They form an impressive example of a small estate dating back to around 1723. Historic records indicate that the estate gardens and an arboretum were established in the 1860’s. They were extended towards the turn of the 19th century with the inclusion of a number of water features, rockeries and a collection of many unusual Rhododendron varieties. The general design is said to have been strongly influenced by the Irish ‘naturalist’ gardener William Robinson (1838–1935), who spurred the movement that evolved into the English Cottage Garden style. Further improvements during the mid-20th century to the walks, additional topographical features and upgrading of the information on the plant collections, facilitated the opening of the gardens to the general public. Back in 2014, Minister Shane Ross praised the decision of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to purchase Fernhill. “The people of this area of South Dublin desperate-

▪▪ An Cathaoirleach Cllr Tom Murphy welcomes members of the public to Fernhill Park & Gardens. ly need a public park and I always believed that the historic estate needed to be protected from developers” he stated. Independent councillor, Deirdre Donnelly, added: “I was delighted to be present when Dun Laoghaire Rathdwon County Council acquired the house and gardens in 2015. “I am very excited about the proposed design and development of the property. “This amenity, once opened, will be a welcome addition to the county given its history and heritage, beautiful landscapes, walkways and much more.

“It will attract large numbers of visitors not just from with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown but outside the county as well.” Fine Gael Senator for Dublin Rathdown, Neale Richmond, said the park will be a valuable asset for families across South Dublin. “Following a productive initial consultation, the formal proposals being put forward by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will include car parking, active recreation, play, paths with multiple seating/resting areas, woodland walks, gardens, ponds and wetlands, meadows,” he stated.


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Southside property prices are most expensive in Dublin THE Southside remains the most expensive part of the city to buy a property in, the latest house price report from reveals. The report suggests that generally prices are expected to continue to rise in 2018 but at a slightly slower pace due to a tightening of the Central Bank lending rules. Published in association with Davy, it predicts house prices overall will rise by 8 per cent overall in 2018, split between double digit growth outside the capital and a rise of 6 or 7 per cent in Dublin.  While asking prices fell back by 1 per cent nationally in the final quarter and 0.4 per cent in Dublin– as per normal seasonal trends -  2017 was a year of robust inflation, with prices rising

by 10.2 per cent nationally and 11.1 per cent in Dublin. The median asking price for new sales nationally was €242,000 in the final quarter. In Dublin the median price was €330,000 compared with €195,000 in the rest of Ireland.   The median asking price of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Dublin was €295,000. For larger four-bedroom detached houses the median price was €633,000 up 5.4 per cent on the year. Prices in Dublin South city fell by 6 per cent in Q4 to €257,000. Dublin South remains the most expensive part of the city with a median asking price of €350,000. The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Econ-

omist at Davy, said the tighter Central Bank rules will serve to slow house price inflation in Dublin. “Asking prices have fallen in the final quarter of each of the last five years before bouncing back in the Spring and we see that pattern continuing in 2018,” he said. “However, due to the Central Bank tightening its mortgage lending rules, we believe house price inflation


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in more expensive areas, like Dublin, will slow somewhat.” He added: “Homebuyers in Dublin have been taking out higher levels of mortgage debt, but with the availability of credit constrained, further price increases will also be curtailed slightly in 2018. “However double-digit price gains are likely to continue outside the capital where the recovery began.”

DART Station were treated to a musical extravaganza as the station came alive to the sound of song. Performers from different traditions, including young fiddlers from Comhaltas and Harbour Ukeles, gathered Passengers coming and around Peter Eades on piano going through Pearse Street and sang their hearts out. RTÉ star Aine Lawlor and leading cancer specialist Prof John Crown were among those who launched a unique fundraising campaign for cancer research in Dublin last week.

▪▪ Prices are expected to continue to rise in 2018.


It is all part of an appeal to choirs, groups and friends all around Ireland to put on singing performances over the weekend of February 4 to mark UN designated World Cancer Day. The money raised will go to the Caroline Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Fresh funding to protect heritage A RANGE of financial supports have been announced to assist and support with the conservation and restoration of heritage properties. Senator Victor Boyhan (Ind) welcomed the initiative announced by Minister Josepha Madigan. “Minister Madigan has always been a strong advocate for conservation and heritage protection, so I am particularly pleased that this has been one of her very first major announcements since she took up office,” Senator Boyhan said. Members of the public should contact the Architectural Conservation Office based in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall for more information on the funds. The staff there will be able to advise on the various funding options available. here are two national schemes, the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Structures at Risk Fund with total funding of

€3.3 million for 2018 . These schemes are funded by the Department but administered by each council. The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is for the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Act. This scheme aims to support a significant number of labour-intensive, smallscale conservation projects across the country. The Structures at Risk Fund 2018 is for conservation works to heritage structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts and are deemed to be at significant risk of deterioration. The fund is administered through local authorities and seeks to encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties. It also offers support to owners/occupiers in securing the future of the architectural heritage which might otherwise be lost. Contact the Built Heritage and Architectural office for more information.

Tallaght run to be part of fun new race series THE Tallaght AC 5k taking the overall male and female place on May 6 this year winner of the series. To be eligible to win the will be run as a part of a series, runners must take new race series. part in five of the eight races Kia Motors Ireland an- including the final. There is the added incennounced recently that the new nationwide running tive of a €7,000 bonus fund race series will bring togeth- available for course records. The series is open to runer seven well-established regional races around Ireland ners of all abilities, from elite to weekend warriors under one umbrella. The Kia Race Series kicks with all those who take part off in March with The Streets in the series receiving a of Portlaoise 5k and finishes commentative t-shirt. For more details and to off with the final event in Mondello Park organised for enter on-line go to www.kiSeptember by Pop Up Races. James Brooks, Managing On May 6 the Tallaght AC 5k will take place as part of Director of Kia Motors Ireland, speaking at the launch, the series. Tallaght AC’s Derek Quinn said: “We are really proud and Sandra Warburton were to launch the inaugural Kia present at the launch along- Race Series. “Kia is primarily a family side running legend Catherina McKiernan and Olympian brand and we see a great fit between the race series and Mick Clohisey. The Kia Race Series is our customer base. “The series offers runners encouraging Ireland’s best male and female distance of all abilities the chance athletes to compete against to participate to the best each other, with a new Kia of their ability and with the Stonic up for grabs for both addition of the Mondello In-

▪▪ Olympians Catherina McKiernan and Mick Clohisey are pictured with Derek Quinn and Sandra Warburton of Tallaght AC at the announcement of the new nationwide running race series for 2018. ternational 10k we hope to increase opportunities for people to take part in major closed road running events in communities throughout Ireland.” He added: “The series will be a great platform for

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Delighted families move into new Drimnagh homes Rachel Farrell A TOTAL of 29 families are settling in to their new homes in Drimnagh as part of a local Rapid Build housing initiative. Some 92 people moved in after receiving the keys on

December 19. Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was in attendance alongside Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh as the families were welcomed to Mourne Road. The project is made up of 15 two-bedroom houses and 14 three-bedroom houses

▪▪ The homes in Drimnagh will house 92 people.

that are housing 52 children and 40 adults. Housing association and homelessness charity Sophia worked alongside Dublin City Council to get the houses ready before Christmas. Project Manager Ciara Noone admitted that at times it seemed unrealistic for the families to move in so quickly. “The building work started in October 2016 and was due to be completed by September 2017, however, there were some delays that were sorted just in time,” she said. Families were allocated a house after a nomination from Sophia, who carried out assessments on all possible tenants to ensure suitability. Local Sinn Fein councillor Daithí Doolan explained that a number of people were

chosen from emergency accommodation and the transfer list. “The criteria for this was that you had to be in emergency accommodation,” Cllr Doolan explained. “You also had to have links with the local community, and those that were the longest in emergency accommodation were allocated the homes. “To mix it up a little bit and not have all families from communal emergency accommodation, we also allocated a small number of homes to people who were long term on the transfer list to allow them to get on with their lives.” Many residents and the local community have expressed positive feelings towards the new houses. “I live in the community,

▪▪ Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD (left) is pictured with staff of the Sophia housing charity. these are my neighbours, and there’s always been a great feeling towards these people,” Cllr Doolan added. “A silent majority want these homes built and these families housed. “Of course, there is a minority who opposed them but I completely stand over my record in delivering public housing and will continue to deliver them.” Project manager Ms Noone added that some of the neighbours on Curlew Road “have been very help-

ful and welcoming” to the tenants, offering resources and support. The Sophia Drimnagh project is staffed by Ms Noone and another project worker, who set up in the Don Bosco Youth Centre in September to prepare for the new families. “Both myself and my colleague will work directly with the families in settling them in,” Ms Noone added. “We would be involved in introducing the families to the local schools and ameni-

ties depending on the needs of the family.” For the upcoming year, Cllr Doolan said he would continue to encourage Minister Murphy and the Government to continue with similar projects. “We have another 50 homes going in Cherry Orchard,” he reveaaled. “The long-term solution is building homes like we did in Drimnagh. We want to see the smiles on their faces, as they realise, ‘this is our home forever’.”

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Young Scientists gather for exhibition Neil Fetherstonhaugh SOME of the best minds in the country will be displaying the efforts of their creative thinking this week as the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition gets underway. Over 1,100 inspiring students will showcase their projects to an expected 50,000 visitors and 84 judges from January 10 to 13. As well as the 550 projects that will be on show, there will be a live Q&A with an astronaut in training, talks by ‘the world’s most famous hacker’, mentalists, live science shows and robot wars. Now in its 54th year, the exhibition received an impressive 2,031 projects from 4,251 students across Ireland, with every county represented by a submission. The 550 projects that qualified for the exhibition at the RDS will compete to be crowned the 2018 BT Young Scientist(s) & Technologist(s) of the Year. A host of new acts, shows and speakers will be performing at this year’s exhibition for the first time, includ-

ing Ministry of Science UK, a live Q&A with astronaut in training, Norah Patten, and keynote address at BT Mindshare from the ‘world’s most famous hacker’, Kevin Mitnick. Shows returning by popular demand include mentalist David Meade, The Real Science of the Circus, 3D Space Journey and the incredibly popular World of Robots. ‘The world’s most famous hacker’, Kevin Mitnick, will be performing a live hack on his first appearance in Ireland at BT Mindshare, which takes place on Thursday 11 at 5.30pm in the BT Arena. Once wanted by the FBI, and now turned trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500, Kevin will bring insight and experience to a room full of senior business professionals where security is top of their agenda. Irish astronaut in training, Norah Patten, will be hosting a live Q&A on Thursday, January 11 at 3.15pm in the Concert Hall. Norah will speak about her vigorous sub-orbital training in Florida to become the first Irish person to trav-

el to space. Students and visitors can win a chance to meet Norah by entering the #GirlintheGalaxy competition. Hosted by TG4’s Roisin Ni Thomáin and broadcaster Aidan Power, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe and one of the largest school science fairs in the world. An unusually high number of the 2018 exhibition entries investigate burning social issues such as homelessness, transgender rights and mental health. While subjects such as these are not uncommon for the Behavioural Science Category, this year the trend is visible in the more traditional categories such as Biological & Ecological Science and Chemical, and Physical & Mathematical Science, highlighting just how much these topics are impacting on students’ lives. Shay Walsh, the MD of BT Ireland said: “BT Ireland is proud to once again be organising the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and to announce the 2018 participants.

▪▪ Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, is pictured with students Alison Egan, Caoimhe Harrington, and Aine Morgan from Castleknock Community College, and Brandon Kenna and Keith Enright from Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School, Ballymun, who will be taking part in this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition. “As a technology company we feel that it is vital to foster an interest in STEM right across the country to ensure our cities and towns have the talent required to move forward as a society. “This is something we are proud to do with our involvement each year with the exhibition.”

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, added: “I have set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade. “Key to achieving this ambition is ensuring that our young people develop analytical skills, critical thinking and creativity.”

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Trad legends Stockton’s Wing headline racing festival STOCKTON’S Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, and they are celebrating just over 40 years since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times and even supported Michael Jackson for two

nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. They headline The Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse on Sunday, February 4. For more info Track Record with Mike Hanrahan from Stockton’s Wing: 1. Most memorable moment in Dublin? It has to be sharing the stage with Sammy Davis at

Lansdown Road in 1988. Incredible life experience. 2. First album you bought and last album you bought? My first album was Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass of Home’. The last album I bought was Declan O Rourke’s chronicles of the great Irish famine. 3. When you’re not playing music, what else do you do? I love cooking. I’m a trained Ballymaloe cook and teacher and that passion

grows daily with each dish. 4. Who are your influences? Leonard Cohen. Darina Allen, Nick Cave and lately Declan O Rourke. 5. Who would make up your ideal band with you as lead singer? Backing vocals Leslie Dowdall, Christy Dignam and Eleanor Shanley. And Fran Breen on drums. 6. Any tips on life? Keep ‘er going patsy.

Brothers work it out NASHVILLE’S Brothers Osborne received their third Grammy nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category last November for their Top 10 rowdy hit ‘It Ain’t My Fault’. This nomination joins their previously nominated performances for their smash hit ‘Stay A Little Longer’ as well as the nostalgic ‘21 Summer’. All three tracks are featured on their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Pawn Shop’. Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like ‘Stay a Little Longer’ and ‘Rum’, the Brothers Osborne grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the Osborne household, where a series of loose, all-night jam

▪▪ The Brothers Osbourne will be playing Dublin’s Academy on Friday, May 4. sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones. The Osborne siblings strummed their first chords during those jam sessions. From the very start, TJ Osborne was the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like John-

ny Cash long before he was even old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the family’s guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang, and everything in between Combined, the two Osbornes could play everything from traditional country mu-

sic to rock & roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound that would eventually fill the 11 songs on their major-label debut. Like its title suggests, Pawn Shop offers a little bit of everything. There’s bluesy slide guitar, country duets, southern rock solos, harmonies, and plenty of groove. The hooks are big, the guitars are loud, and the songs introduce a duo whose music bridges the gap between the mainstream and the alternative world. Some were written at home in Nashville, while others came together on the road, where the guys spent several years headlining their own club shows “Most duos are built on singing,” says TJ. “But John is an incredible guitar player, and this band is built on me singing and John playing guitar. It gives us two parallels that work nicely together.” “It’s like an old-school rock approach,” adds John. Catch them live at the Academy in Dublin on Friday, May 4.

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Festival fun on the slopes THE winter holiday season is underway and a great way to add something extra to your snow trip is to time it to coincide with a festival. Festivals on the mountains bring live music, artists and top DJs from across the globe to link two of life’s greatest delights - skiing and partying. There is nothing quite like a festival on the slopes. Whether you like sipping on mulled wine while listening to French pop or getting your rave on to techno music, these festivals offer world class entertainment in breath-taking mountain settings. Take a look at some of the unmissable festivals gracing the mountains in 2018, with amazing offers to match from Crystal Ski Holidays.


The SnowBoxx festival will run from the March 17-24 and this year’s line-up includes the legendary Fatboy Slim and Mike Skinner. Located in the otherwise peaceful, traffic-free village of Avoriaz, France, this festival has a reputation for loud and lively clubbing and midnight raves. From Igloo sessions to karaoke cabins, ▪▪ The SnowBoxx festival runs from March 17-24 street-food stalls to cocktail bars, this is often described as the ultimate ski festival. This exciting events continues to get bigger and better every single year! Depart March 17, stay at the 4* Les Crozats, Avoriaz, for seven nights, on a self-catering basis, from €749pp (Based on five sharing)


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Staycation focus at Holiday World Show THIS year’s Holiday World Show taking place in the RDS from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, will have a stronger focus than usual on staycations. The 2018 event will have the largest ever Home Holiday Pavilion, which will showcase hundreds of destinations and holiday experiences from all across Ireland. Maureen Ledwith, Organiser of the Holiday World Show, said, the event will offer visitors the opportunity to meet with over 1,000 travel experts from across Ireland and the globe, book fantastic breaks and avail of special show-only offers. “This year’s Home Holiday Pavilion is

the biggest one yet, with a new Northern Ireland Tourism Village and Donegal Tourism, voted ‘the coolest place on the planet in 2017’, hosting the largest stand,” she continued. Holiday World Show 2018 will also feature the largest ever ‘Visit USA Pavilion’, a new French Camping Pavilion, Irish holiday favourites Spain and Italy, as well as an array of other destinations, cruise companies and airlines. International award winning travel journalist Eoghan Corry will once again take to the stage and present his newly formatted series of talks called ‘Let’s Talk Travel with Eoghan Corry’. For further information on the ▪▪ Minister of State for Tourism, Brendan Griffin with Maureen Ledwith, Holiday World Show 2018 visit www. of Holiday World Show and Fiddle player Meg LaGrande at a photocall to launch this year’s event. PHOTO: ARTHUR CARRON



New water reservoir at Stillorgan is given the green light AN BORD Pleanála has giv- future growth to 2031. The remainder of the site en the green light for a new covered reservoir at Stil- will be retained for future water services infrastruclorgan. ture to secure the long-term The Stillorgan Reservoir supply of drinking water for site has supplied drinking the community. Irish Water has already water to the community for invested €3.4 million to im150 years. However, Irish Water says prove the disinfection of a new covered reservoir is drinking water stored in essential to safeguard the the Stillorgan Reservoir enquality of the drinking water abling the removal of the Stillorgan Reservoir from for its 200,000 customers. The development includes the EPA’s Remedial Action the draining of one of the List. Irish Water lodged a planreservoirs and the construction of a new, covered reser- ning application with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County voir. Once the new reservoir Council following a six-week is operational, the other non-statutory public consultwo open reservoirs will be tation. Members of the public decommissioned, and landscaping of the site will take and interested stakeholders came along to the various place. The new reservoir will events to meet the project have the capacity to support team who were on hand to

answer any questions on the project. The points raised in the consultation were taken into account in the preparation of the planning application. This included landscaping of the site which incorporates a green roof on the reservoir and full landscaping of all decommissioned areas. Planning permission was granted by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on June 1, 2017 subject to the temporary provision of publicly accessible open space on an area of landscaped lands at the site. Irish Water appealed the planning condition as they felt the locations of the decommissioned reservoirs needed to be maintained for future water services infrastructure to secure drinking water for the community.

Irish Water said it was pleased that An Bord Pleanála has now approved the planning application to ensure that the utility will retain the entire site for this future development. John Prendeville, Project Manager with Irish Water said: “We are committed to safeguarding the water supply for the community and providing a long-term solution for the safe and sustainable management of the water supply for the next 15 years. “We will engage fully with all stakeholders as we continue to work to progress this priority project. “We are committed to investing approximately €80 million to ensure the upgrade to the reservoir provides the long-term solution that is required.”

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New Year resolutions for your dog HAPPY New Year to you from every- allowance and keeping some aside for treats, will ensure that he is not eating body at Dogs Trust! over the recommended allowance but is Most of you will have set New Year’s still getting ‘treats’ throughout the day. Like humans, an increase in exercise resolutions for yourself, perhaps to lose will also help your dog to lose weight a few pounds and get fitter? So why not set a few resolutions for and to stay trim and healthy. Maybe consider getting up earlier beyour dog while you are at it? A shocking proportion of dogs are fore you go to work and taking your dog for a walk first thing. currently overweight. Dogs that are walked early in the This can shorten their life span, reduce their quality of life and be respon- morning usually relax and snooze for sible for the onset of diabetes, arthritis the majority of the day as their wandering needs have been met. and breathing difficulties. It also means that when you get home It is very hard to resist giving our dogs treats and/or food from the table, espe- from work, you are free to go about your cially when you look at those big sad own business or even bring your dog for eyes, the facial expression that says ‘I’m a second walk! If your dog has joint problems and too SO hungry and you won’t share’. And of course with our squishier much walking is not good for him, mayfaced companions, the inevitable drool- be look into hydrotherapy (after checking that accompanies the aforemen- ing with your vet first). Hydrotherapy is great exercise and tioned begging. An easy way to help your dog to lose because it’s done in the water there is weight without feeling deprived is to little pressure on your dog’s joints. It will change his treats to vegetables; cooked not only tire him out but also builds up or raw depending on his or her prefer- the muscles that support his joints and can often lead to an increase in mobility ence. There are also plenty of dried veg- as this happens. If your dog is overweight and you are etable treats available now like Soopa Treats, which you can buy in our centre, struggling with this, having tried the bafrom our online shop www.dogstrust- sics above, call into your local veterinary practice as there are plenty of or from pet shops. Weighing out your dog’s daily food tion weight loss diets available.

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Iconic Guinness Storehouse is the jewel in city’s tourism crown THE Guinness Storehouse is celebrating after retaining its position as Ireland’s number one international visitor attraction while surpassing all previous records. The 1,711,281 guests who passed through its doors in 2017 means that it has hosted almost 18 million visitors since first opening in 2000. The attraction has experienced growth from a number of key markets including USA (+13 per cent), France (+8 per cent), and Canada

(+5 per cent) along with new and developing markets like China (+21 per cent) and Australia (+2 per cent). The Guinness Storehouse also published the results of an independent economic impact report that identified the attraction as a key factor in attracting international visitors to Ireland. A whopping 34 per cent of those surveyed stated that a visit to the Guinness Storehouse played a crucial role in their decision to travel to Ireland. Overseas visitors to the Guinness Storehouse spend an average of €134 a day on other services and experiences outside of the Guinness Storehouse; and in turn support an additional 8,907 jobs. Located in the heart of Dublin city, the Guinness Storehouse is also a significant direct employer, employing 320 full-time staff and 62 seasonal workers. Guinness Storehouse tells the story of one of Ireland’s

most iconic brands, Guinness. The journey begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors, including the highlight for many visitors - the famous Gravity Bar, which showcases unparalleled panoramic 360 degree views of Dublin city. Visitors from Ireland and abroad discover what goes into making each and every pint of Guinness, and learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years. In 2017, tourists from USA and the UK made up the majority of visitors to the Guinness Storehouse with 28 per cent of visitors coming from North America and 26 per cent visiting from the UK. Paul Carty, Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse said: “2017 was another incredibly successful year for the Guinness Storehouse. “As well as welcoming more than 1.7 million visitors through our doors we also

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schools meaning full immer- Gaeltacht Education in also included. sion in the Irish language. There will be extra advisoUptake has been very strong, with nearly 80 per cent ry visits from school inspecof primary schools in Gael- tors and an opportunity to tacht regions opting into the take part in a pilot project to scheme and over 96 per cent link post-primary Gaeltacht schools digitally to extend subSpending on Gaeltacht Edu- of post-primary schools. The Minister has announced ject choice through the medication is to more than double in 2018 and nearly 80 per cent a package of additional sup- um of Irish. of primary schools and 96 per ports for schools whose parAll remaining schools (28 cent of post primary schools in ticipation in the scheme is con- primary and one post-prithe Gaeltacht, plan to achieve firmed in 2018. mary) will be given another Gaeltacht school status. The package includes a opportunity to participate in This Policy on Gaeltacht Ed- grant of €1,000 for the pur- the Scheme in 2018/19 and a ucation was an action in the chase of Irish-language teach- package of initial supports will Minister’s Action Plan for Ed- ing materials and additional be available to schools who inucation, which aims to make language support hours, which dicate that they would like to MAIN ADIreland’s JANUARY 2018 and 2.qxp_Layout Pagejoin 1 in the school year. equivalent to11:02 providing Education Train- will1be22/12/2017 The Minister secured addiing Service the best in Europe an extra 40 whole-time teachby 2026. ers in Gaeltacht schools tional funding of €1.3 million in One of the key actions in Additional professional de- Budget 2018, for the Policy on implementing the policy is the velopment for teachers, with Gaeltacht Education, bringing Gaeltacht School Recognition substitute cover, provided by the overall additional funding Scheme, which invited schools COGG, and the opportunity to for Gaeltacht schools to €2.3 in Gaeltacht areas to opt participate in a new part-time million. into becoming Irish-medium M.Ed. in Irish-medium and Speaking at an event to MINISTER for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, has announced the progress made on implementing the Government policy on Gaeltacht education.

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Children First Act comes into force THE Department of Education has published new child protection procedures for schools following the full commencement of the Children First Act. New provisions mean teachers will have to follow new reporting requirements in respect of their role as mandated persons. The Designated Liaison Person will still maintain their central role in the school’s child protection arrangements. The new procedures for schools set out the reporting requirements for registered teachers in respect of their role as mandated persons. Schools will now have a statutory obligation to produce a Child Safeguarding Statement under the changes. This statement sets outs a school’s commitment to keep children safe from harm. Procedures published in December will give guidance and direction for schools to help them to produce a safeguard-

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“I would never have gained this award without the support of all the parents who put their trust in me to deliver high quality French classes to their children. “This Award means a lot and the hard work I have put into developing my business has been recognised which is wonderful.” Yveline, who was born on the French-speaking Caribbean Island of Martinique, moved to Dublin in 2004 having previously lived in Paris for over 30 years. Her passion for languages was first ignited from the age of 12 when she was taught both English and Spanish at secondary school. Yveline loved how other languages all sounded so very different and from then on, languages were to play a pivotal role in Yveline’s life. Moving and travelling around France Yveline settled finally in Paris.

She very much wanted to improve upon her English so enrolled in classes and then by chance was delighted to start work for British curtain and accessories manufacturer Swish where she liaised with clients, on a daily basis, in both French and English. When Yveline moved to Dublin and began looking at career options, she decided she wanted to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. With her passion for languages she came across a tutoring role with La Jolie Ronde, who were looking for French speakers to teach their programme to local children. Yveline’s first class was at home in a small room with just a few local children. Over time word got around about how good Yveline’s classes were and that learning French was fun. She was subsequently contacted by many parents wanting their children to

▪▪ Yveline Feval gets her award from General Manager for La Jolie Ronde, Steve Baker. learn French too as well as calls from local primary schools and nurseries. As numbers steadily increased Yveline decided to grow her business and moved her classes to larger premises. Yveline now runs an extremely successful and flourishing business, teaching French to just over 60 pupils a week.

General Manager for La Jolie Ronde Steve Baker said Yveline was chosen for an award because of for outstanding commitment she has shown over the last two years to not only La Jolie Ronde but to the local children and schools in the her area. “Yveline was chosen because she understands how a La Jolie Ronde lesson

work,” he said. “She is proficient in her teaching ability and obviously enjoys what she does. “It is clear that she has a lovely rapport with her pupils and there is an atmosphere of fun learning within a framework of mutual respect. “Yveline’s pupils evidently enjoy their lessons and they feel safe and secure.

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“Yveline is a shining example of what can be achieved as a licensee with La Jolie Ronde. “Huge congratulations and this award is well deserved. “Her classes are lovely and relaxed, she has definitely found her niche in teaching and this comes across in her lesson planning, her delivery and her enthusiasm. “It is clear to see her pupils thoroughly enjoy their lessons Yveline is a shining example of what can be achieved and her award is very well deserved”. Yveline was presented with her Award by Baker at the La Jolie Ronde AGM, in Dublin. • If you would like to enquire about any of Yveline’s classes, contact her on 0876375137 or email teachme.

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Balance of payments About the author A TRUE-blue Dubliner, Dermot McGarthy grew up off the North Circular Road on the Northside and subsequently in the nearby suburb of Drumcondra. He attended O’Connell’s School on North Richmond Street in Dublin 1, and in Plunket College on the Swords Road. A lecturer in DIT for over 20 years, he has been writing fiction and poetry since his late teens.

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The very title of the collection itself deals with this clash head on, and lets the reader make up his or her own mind on the sentiment conveyed in the poem ‘Balance of Payments’. Poetry, amongst other things has been described as “yoga for the senses”. You won’t need a mat, however, to read and hopefully enjoy, the 40 poems contained in this book. This form of writing has also been seen by some as somehow elitist or airy-fairy, but nothing could be further from the truth according to Dermot who writes about pubs, the building industry, rock ‘n’ roll, chips, and park benches, amongst other things. Most people are put off poetry for life, by the way it is sometimes taught in schools. This is a tragedy in itself and happened to the author, until he started reading more anarchic and apt descriptions of human experience, from the likes of the punk poet John Cooper Clarke, to name but one. Poetry has to be of now, not then, if it has to have any lasting connection with the reader, according to Dermot. Colour photos and prints in the book help create a suitable backdrop for many of the poems - a mixture of comedy, tragedy, joy and despair, and hope - for the future as well as the past. ‘Balance of Payments’ is available to purchase from The Winding Stair bookshop, Halpenny Bridge; Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 or from It is priced €20.


As a poet, Drumcondra native Dermot McGarthy weaves his own brand of magic through the pages of his recently published hardback collection of poems. ‘Balance of Payments’ is an assembly of episodes and extraordinary insights about ordinary and everyday people and experiences. The author has always found that what nature provides to be stranger than fiction or fantasy, more brutal, more ridiculous, more tragic and of course, more funny. So, there are accounts of a local chip shop/fast food outlet through the generations, where the now middle aged poet wiled away countless teenage hours. The passion of new romance is vividly conveyed in the poem ‘Lightning Strikes’ while ‘The Crossword’ is a document of togetherness and devotion through the years. Nature and the built environment itself leave, predictably enough, a deep impression on most writers, and it’s no different in the case of this book. A vivid account of a Dublin street scene is documented, with various characters in tow, like a snapshot, frozen in time forever. A recurring theme throughout the collection is the contest between our visible material existence and the vague notion of a spiritual overhang, and how it might influence our behaviour or thinking.

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Wellness initiatives are beneficial to businesses Cormac Spencer IN November 2017, 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 workplace 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 now? What wellness programmes do Irish companies run, and are they

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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.

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 Dublin City Council I, John Connolly seek Retention Permission to retain change of use from Medical surgery to dwelling unit also Retention Permission sought to retain first floor extension to rear of property to include the raising of the roof ridge by 250mm and the inclusion of a dormer window on the rear elevation all at no. 131 A Inchicore Road, Dublin 8 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 Council, Planning Department, Block 4 Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00am- 4.30pm). 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.


PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for (a) the demolition of existing garage to the side/rear and existing single storey extension to the rear; (b) the construction of two storey extension to the side and part two storey/part single storey extension to the rear; (c) the construction of single storey (infill) extension to the front, to infill existing open porch (extending the existing Living Room and Hall), forming new/relocated front door ope; (d) the alteration of (selected/existing) window opes, at first floor, to the front elevation; (e) the widening of existing vehicular entrance, all to the existing (semi-detached) house, at 17 The Rise, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin, by Siobhan and Declan Brosnan. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made in writing on payment of € 20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

Permission is sought for Demolition of an Existing Conservatory and Construction of a New Single Storey Extension to the Rear of Dwelling at 101 Shrewsbury Lawn, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 by Jim and Ciara Gallagher. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission is sought for construction of a two storey side extension at 53 Oliver Plunkett Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin for Richard and Roisin Barker. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

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PLANNING DUBLIN PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council John Jennings and Theresa Hodge, are applying for Planning Permission at 73 Silchester Park, Glenageary, Co. Dublin to erect a new fence parallel to the southern boundary of the rear garden. 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.

Dublin City Council We, Redmond Murphy & Paula Cronin, intend to apply for retention permission for development at 38 Wilfield Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4. The development consists of alterations to previously approved planning Reg. Ref. 3804/16 which consists of:- 1) A hipped roof to the two storey extension instead of a gable roof to the rear to match in height and finish with the neighbouring roof 2) Front pitched roof to include the bay has been removed and reinstated to match in with the neighbouring property, 3) Reduction in the floor area of the single storey extension at the rear and side. 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.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council I, Karl James, intend to apply for planning permission for development on this site: 48 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the Conversion of attic space (39m.sq.) for habitable purposes and construction of 2 no. dormer roof window structures - 1 on the western (front) elevation & 1 on the eastern (rear) elevation, 2 no. velux roof window on western (front) elevation, 1 no. velux roof window on southern (side) elevation and 1 no. velux roof window on eastern (rear) elevation, modifications to existing front porch and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission / observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.



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A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK Theatre Panto, Polly and the Beanstalk. They’ll join the all-star cast that includes hilarious Rory Cowan, Dustin the Turkey, Fair City's Ryan Andrews and RTE's Sorchio star Michaela O'Neill. Running until Sunday January 14, there’s matinee and evening shows most days. Tickets priced from €26. See for details.



A number of events are taking place across Dublin as part of the 2018 First Fortnight festiva, which aims to challenge mental health stigma through music, film, spoken word, theatre, art and discussion events. The festival is currently taking place in 17 counties across Ireland and runs until January 21. For more information about the events taking place in the capital, visit www.


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


Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family performed by Coolmine Panto Group. It’s happening at Draoicht in Blanchardstown on various weekend dates from now until January 21.


Baldoyle Musical Society presents ‘Beauty and The Beast’ on Friday, January 12 at 8pm; Saturday, January 13 at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday, January 14 at 3pm in St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle. Lots of fun guaranteed for all the family! General admission is €12. Discount price of €10 for groups of 20+. Family ticket (two adults and three children) priced at €50 (online booking only). To book, visit www., or call 085-1378329. Book now to avoid disappointment!


It’s become one of Ireland’s favourite festive traditions and this year’s Cheerios Panto at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre is finishing up this Sunday (January 14). The smash hit panto starring TV3's Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages tells the well-loved children's classic tale, Sleeping Beauty, and it’s expected to be another roaring-with-laughter success. The hilarious Rob Murphy plays the part of 'Buffy' while Mary Byrne and Michelle McGrath also star. Tickets are available from or the Tivoli Theatre box-office on 01-4544472.


Funderland at the RDS has been part of winter in Dublin for over 40 years and this year’s event finishes up this weekend. It comprises almost three acres of attractions housed inside the Simmonscourt Pavilion with many more located in the complex outside. Exciting attractions include the Power Wave, Break Dance and the amazing Star Flyer called ‘Around the World’. All the old favourites are there too along with the Funderland Loop, Ireland's only looping roller coaster! See www. for booking and details.



The Gaiety Theatre has hosted a Christmas Panto each year since 1873 and tickets for this year’s show, Rapunzel, are selling like hot cakes. Let down your hair and let a star-studded cast give this marvellous tangled tale a magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere! Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates his 28th year in the industry, will play ‘Nanny Ninny Noonah’ and he’s joined by Ciara Lyons as ‘Rapunzel’, Johnny Ward as ‘Johnny B Goode’ and Nicholas Grennell as the King ‘Larry Lilly Loolah’. Running now until January 21. See www.

Running since 2014, Ice Skating POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK Blanchardstown takes place in a stunning 1,000 X Factor Sensations Sean and Conor Price are sq mt ice rink is located next to Blanchardstown special musical guests in this year's Olympia Shopping Centre All levels of experience are catered for on the rink from beginners to advance skaters. There’s a large main rink and a separate rink for kids aged 3-10 years, which is always supervised, while the penguin club will help little ones find their ice legs. There’s also Flying Ducks junior ice hockey, figure skating with the ISAI, schools skate, student skate deals, group and midweek offers, special events and tasty festive food. See for full details.

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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 long goods train ‘101 class 0-6-0 No. 144, with horse boxes and wagons, leaving Kingsbridge under steam for the south of Ireland, c. 1915. The station yard foreman, the train driver and his assistant pose for the photographer. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/ The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 5, 1867 ▪▪ Irish Press, January 3, 1963

▪▪ Evening Herald, January 18, 1939

▪▪ Irish Press, January 2, 1962

▪▪ Irish Independent, January 4, 1937

▪▪ Stephen’s Green North, c. 1910. A two-wheeled trap heads in the direction of the Shelbourne Hotel. On the left is A Bell & Sons, Dyers and Cleaners. The Dublin Bread Company shop is next door at No. 3, with a horse-drawn van standing outside. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press. ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 21, 1865


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