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STUDY of Brent Geese, a device to generate quantum random numbers, and ‘super superglue’ were just some of the fascinating entries that Southside students were exhibiting at the 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS last week. The young Southsiders took their place among some of the brightest students in the country at the exhibition that was opened by the President of Ireland, President Michael D Higgins. The president told the thousands gathered in the RDS Main Hall of his pride in the students, their teachers and the projects they had created for this year’s event. “If we wanted to advertise the capacity of Ireland into the future you would just take these projects and show them to the world,” he said. “May I salute all of you, young scientists and technologists, who have come to the RDS to display the results of your hard work – of a work impelled by your passionate curiosity about the world and its workings, a world that is changing very rapidly, and becoming more vulnerable. “Bringing an understanding to that change and vulnerability is

an urgent challenge, and in their different ways your projects do that.” The president pointed out that 53 years have elapsed since the first Young Scientists’ Exhibition was held in January 1965 in Dublin’s Mansion House. “That was an Ireland very different from that in which you grew up,” he stated. “What has not changed, however, is the enthusiasm manifested by Irish students and the Irish public at large for the feat of imagination and inventiveness that the Young Scientists’ Exhibition embodies. Right from the beginning, the popularity of the exhibition was such that it had to move from its original location at the Mansion House to its present home in the RDS.” This year has seen a record number of 2,091 project entries, while attendance has grown to exceed 50,000 visitors annually, making the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, if not the world. Over the four days of the exhibition 550 science projects from all over the country were on display. They were chosen from a record 2,091 individual and group entries, involving 4,591 students and 375 schools, which is up two per cent on last year.


Just under two thirds (61 per cent) of this year’s entrants were female, which the organisers consider to be a positive sign that girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is increasing. The most popular category for entries was Social and Behavioural Sciences, which accounted for 41 per cent of the projects. The county with the largest number of entries was Cork, followed by Dublin and Limerick. Among the Southsiders taking their place at the exhibition was Louie Lyons from Sandford Park School who created a device to generate quantum random numbers for cryptographic applications. He was joined by Myles Ryan and Kieran McGovern, from Gonzaga College, who conducted a study of Brent Geese on Sandymount Strand as part of their project. One of the more unusual Southside entries was that by Blackrock College boys Fergus Woods and Sam O’Carroll who created a new glue made from protein. Fergus explained that they were inspired to create a new superglue that would act as an even stronger bonding agent than other glues. However, their glue is created using substances that are safe to use by children. “We had read a story about a kid who was poisoned after they ate some superglue,” Fergus explained. “We thought about creating

▪ Rio Ferdinand is pictured with Azmain Faiq, from Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan and his project that examines sports Injuries. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW

▪ This is the first time Fergus Woods and Sam O’Carroll, from Blackrock College, were at the exhibition. For their project they created a new superglue that they made from protein. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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â–Ş Myles Ryan and Kieran McGovern, from Gonzaga College, who conducted a study of Brent Geese on Sandymount Strand for their Young Scientist project. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Here, hundreds of fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils from all over the country displayed their science, technology, engineering and maths projects in a noncompetitive forum. Other events taking place over the week included The Ultimate Science Show, Discover the Cosmos 3D and another show by mentalist David Meade. On Thursday, the former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand and Graeme Hackland, the IT Director at Formula 1 Team Williams dropped in for an event that encourages young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in STEM. “The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, ACN and BT share a vision to help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential through education and employment,� Rio said. “We’re already working closely in Great Britain to make a difference in some of the country’s most deprived communities and I’m thrilled to be able to extend that impact throughout the island of Ireland.�

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S IRELAND commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, the bodies of two men were found a few dozen metres away from each other in Dublin’s city centre. The body of a 42-year-old man was found in an apartment complex on Foley Street - he had lain undiscovered for several days before the alarm was raised. A man, aged 33, was found dead in the toilets of Connolly Station, with a

syringe found nearby. Both fatalities were the result of overdoses. If you hadn’t heard about these cases it is because they didn’t result in any public outcry. There were no protests, no petitions, no media documentaries. For many in Irish society, these lives don’t seem to matter. But they do matter. Ireland has the third highest overdose rate in Europe and some of our most vulnerable citizens are literally dying on our streets. Society blames the addict for their addiction, but there is no other area of medicine where someone at risk of death is treated with such a judgmental attitude. If we are honest, most of us have heard those sucked into addiction referred to as ‘junkies’ more than once. In fact, we hear it all the time. And for me, it is time for us to reclaim the humanity of this issue and to consign that dehumanising and degrading term to the dustbin of history. The issue of street injecting is not unique to Dublin but other countries have taken a much more progressive approach and they are saving lives. Over 90 Medically Supervised Injecting Centres have been opened across Europe and Australia to combat the

issue of street injecting and have proven to be incredibly successful. No one has ever died in any injecting centre; the issue of drug litter such as syringes on the streets has greatly reduced; and users are much less likely to contract HIV or Hepatitis C from risky and unsafe injecting. In short, the centres save lives. In December 2015, as Minister for the National Drugs Strategy, I succeeded in getting cabinet approval for the introduction of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres to Ireland. The Programme for Government of the current administration commits to continuing with that policy and the Health Committee held its first meetings about the legislation last month. It is envisaged that the legislation will be in place in the spring of this year which will enable the minister to seek applications to open and run Ireland’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Centre this year. For every change in public policy there will of course be questions and concerns. But what I have been struck by since I first raised this proposal in 2015 is the number of people who approach me quietly and tell me how they lost a loved one to a drug overdose. However, the stigma of addiction

▪ Injecting centres can help save lives. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK affects them and their family. They feel judged and feel shame. It is as if they feel they failed. They haven’t failed - we have. And we will continue to fail unless we embrace new thinking in the drugs debate. I would ask anyone who might have misgivings about the opening of such a facility: if your child was to fall into addiction, would you rather they injected in a dedicated centre surrounded by medical professionals, or in a lonely laneway behind a skip or in a public toilet? Because it is in places

like that where most of the bodies are found. The introduction of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres won’t solve Ireland’s drug problem but they are certainly a step in the right direction. They will save the most vulnerable of lives, and help addicts to take the first steps in the road to meaningful recovery.

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Teen is jailed for spending cash mistakenly paid to him Sonya McLean A TEENAGER who had “an incredible temptation presented to him” two days after his 19th birthday, when his former employer mistakenly lodged almost €20,000 into his account, has been jailed for theft. Karl Smith (19) was due to get wages of €196.36 for two days’ work with Industrial Insulation Specialists but €19,639 was lodged to his account when the decimal point was put in the wrong place during the bank transfer. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Smith was anxiously awaiting his wages and was “flabbergasted” when he rang his bank to check his balance. He withdrew most of the cash over three transactions before spending the balance through use of

his laser card. Shaun Smyth BL, defending, said it was a bizarre and unusual situation and when the money fell into his client’s lap, “an incredible temptation was presented to him”. He said Smith was in a very low place at the time. He had a drug debt of €1,000 and he “felt like all his prayers had been answered”. “It was a gift from God as far as he was concerned,” Mr Smyth continued. Smith spent the cash within three weeks on drugs, socialising with friends, gambling, a new bed and a Playstation. Mr Smyth said his client assumed it had been a banking error and only became aware three weeks later that the money had come from his former boss. Smith, of Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to theft

of the cash from John Naughton on January 21, 2016. He has 17 previous convictions including one theft, assault, making threats and criminal damage. Judge Melanie Greally sentenced Smith to four years in prison with the final two years suspended. She accepted that Smith was “particularly vulnerable” when the funds landed in his bank account and acknowledged that a psychiatric report concluded that he suffered from chronic social anxiety and very low selfesteem. The judge said, however, that it was a substantial theft which “undoubtedly” had some effect on Mr Naughton’s business. Garda Alan Young told Maddie Grant BL, prosecuting, that Mr Naughton’s wife, Suzanne, realised that she had mistakenly transferred the cash to Smith’s

account a week later. The couple made efforts to get Smith to return the cash by phoning him and sending solicitor letters to his bank but there was no response. They then contacted the gardaí to investigate the theft. Garda Young said Smith was arrested in Cloverhill Prison last June where he was serving a sentence for assault. He made no comment during interview. None of the cash has been recovered and Smith has not made any repayments. Garda Young agreed with Mr Smyth that his client was addicted to cocaine at the time and would not have been used to having large amounts of money. Mr Smyth said his client accepted that although he didn’t know how the money had been lodged into his account, he knew he was not entitled to it.

Club hosts major fundraising night Declan McGrath of Eden Recruitment is pictured with Jim McKeever, the President of Seapoint Rugby Club, at the launch of the club’s upcoming ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ event. Taking place in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney on Friday, February 10, the night will see eight members of the audience playing for €8,000 in cash prizes. The event is supported by APC, Beauchamps Solicitors, EY, Eden Recruitment, IG, Popdeem, Rushe’s SuperValu, Turner & Townsend, and Ulster Bank as the main sponsors. Tickets are €15 each or books of four are available for €50. Tickets are selling fast and are available from Seapoint Rugby Club (in the bar) or through the ticket hotline on 0868138407.

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New hope for jailed Ibrahim Continued from page 1 “He should be immediately and unconditionally released. Though this news is welcome, it is dependent on the completion of his mass trial which does not meet fair trial standards required under international law. “Though this report might appear encouraging, Ibrahim’s return to Ireland is dependent upon the completion of an unfair judicial process which shows no sign of coming to a conclusion.” Since his arrest in August 2013, Amnesty International have been calling for Ibrahim’s release. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin (SF), who visited Ibrahim in jail last week, said that the Egyptian President Abdul el Sissi was “left in no doubt” following a meeting that “the entire membership of the Dáil and the people we represent want Ibrahim Halawa returned home.” “During the second day of the cross-party delegation to Cairo we met with the EU external action service, members of the Egyptian parliament, senior army generals and the President of Egypt,” Deputy Ó Broin said. “At every meeting, we highlighted our concern for the ongoing imprisonment without trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim

Halawa. “The most important engagement was our 50minute meeting with President Abdul el-Sissi. The delegation urged the President to use his powers under Presidential Decree 140 to intervene now to secure the release and return to Ireland of Ibrahim. “If he was unwilling to do this, we urged him to ensure that Ibrahim would be on the Youth Amnesty list which we understand is currently being compiled. “President el-Sissi said that while he was not willing to intervene before the trial concluded, at that stage he would ensure Ibrahim’s safe and speedy return to Ireland. “Ireland has long standing political, economic and cultural ties with Egypt,” Deputy Ó Broin dded. “However, the continued imprisonment of Ibrahim Halawa is clearly an obstacle to the future development of these mutually beneficial links. “At all of our meetings our Egyptian counterparts indicated that they now understood the importance of this issue to us. Hopefully the signal that our crossparty delegation has sent to all sections of the Egyptian political system, and in particular to President el-Sissi, will securing the speedy return of Ibrahim to his family.”

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â–Ş Lt Burke was a member of the Fleet Air Arm on board HMS Furious. ashore a few days later. Both Lt Burke and his colleague were dead and their remains buried in an ‘unknown’ grave on the Rybachiy Peninsula in northern Russia. Louise Dorr, from the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre says they don’t know a lot about Edmund and are keen to know more. “Edmund’s records don’t give us a great deal of information about him,â€? she said.



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Those taking part in the firewalk are asked to pay a €50 registration fee and raise €200 for Debra Ireland. Clondalkin based Rachel Connors, mum of Casey (4) who lives with the chronic pain of EB, took part in the firewalk last year. “People with EB live with constant pain, skin blisters and open wounds,” said Rachel. “There is currently no cure and the only form of treatment is constant painful bandaging of the skin. “Debra Ireland is striving to end this heartache by providing support to EB patients and funding research to find treatments and cures for EB and skin cancer.”

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▪ Participants warm up for the Operation Transformation Dun Laoghaire Walk.

▪ The Operation Transformation Walk gets underway in Dun Laoghaire. ALL PHOTOS: PETER CAVANAGH

▪ Phoebe, Caoimhe and Max Robinson with grandmother Patsy McCann, all from Dalkey.

▪ Clare O’Regan, Catriona Cuddihy and Sinead O’Reilly from Booterstown.

▪ There was a great turn out for the Operation Transformation Dun Laoghaire Walk.

▪ Asna, Michael and Ciara Beale from Mount Merrion.

▪ Conor, Patrick, Sarah and Mark O’Reilly from Blackrock at the Operation Transformation Dun Laoghaire Walk.


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▪ Leinster supporter Rachel Byrne pictured ahead of the Guinness PRO12 Round 13 match between Leinster v Zebre at the RDS Arena in Ballsbridge.

▪ Bank of Ireland Sponsor for a Day winner Kevin Maughan is pcitured at the European Rugby Champions Cup between Leinster and Northampton Saints at the Aviva Stadium.

▪ Cian O’Callaghan, from University College Dublin, is pictured at the Fitzgibbon Higher Education GAA Senior Championship Launch & Draw at Croke Park.

▪ Pictured at the Ice Rink at Dun Laoghaire on Ice is Sean McCullagh having a face off with ice hockey player Ilia Barinovs from Lativa. The Ice Rink at dlr LexIcon Garden at Moran Park in Dun Laoghaire is completely wheelchair accessible and is open until January 22.

▪ John O’Hanlon, Killian Holmes, Paul Cummiskey and Dave Hogan were the winners of the 5-Aside New Year’s Tournament at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre.

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What’s the best grooming brush for my pet? A “curry comb” is ideal for animals with short hair as its soft, rubber teeth make for particularly gentle grooming and promote circulation. Four-legged pets with wiry or long hair, which is prone to matting or knotting, should use a dematter before brushing. This removes matted hair and knots effortlessly. Some animals have very sensitive skin and do not like having their coat combed or brushed. In such cases, a massage glove is a good alternative for gently removing dead hear. There are special combs for long-haired cats and dogs which have both coarse and fine teeth for untangling long strands. Brushes which remove the thick undercoat are also particularly useful in the spring. Silky and fine hair should first be combed through with a coat comb before massaging the skin with a natural hair brush.

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Celeb Spy Xtra with Rebecca Lee One Republic say they’re delighted to be opening three shows for U2 on the North American leg of their upcoming ‘Joshua Tree’ 30th Anniversary stadium tour later this year. One Republic frontman, Ryan Tedder, is close to U2 after he co-produced several tracks on their 2014 album, ‘Songs of Innocence’. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be special guests on the European leg of the U2 tour. U2 are set to play Croke Park this July. I can’t wait for that one! Can you believe it’s already one year since David Bowie passed away? A concert put together by Gary Oldman took place in New York to mark the date. He died at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer. Nicole Kidman made sure her children were on set while shooting her upcoming movie, ‘Lion’. In the film, Nicole plays the adoptive mother of a boy who goes looking for his real parents. She says that having her own children there during the shoot was important as she felt they could learn a lot from the storyline. Emma Stone scooped the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in LA. It was for her role in ‘La La Land’, which made Golden Globes history with seven wins. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep caused shockwaves across the world when she made remarks about US President-elect Donald Trump during an acceptance speech. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Laura Whitmore has bagged her first ever acting role. The MTV star is set to take to the stage in a production of Peter James’ ‘Not Dead Enough’. It’s set to debut at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on April 17. Fair play to the Bray native.

That’s it from me. Until next week



IMPLE Minds have added a second Olympia Theatre date after their June 7 gig sold out. The Scottish rockers are bringing their ‘Acoustic live 2017’ set on tour to highlight the release of a new album featuring a career-spanning collection of songs. They have now added a second Olympia Theatre date on June 8 due to demand. This follows several years in which the band has gone from strength-to-strength, while becoming more relevant than ever. Their 2014 album ‘Big Music’ received across the board praise, with MOJO magazine declaring it “their best album in 30 years”. Simple Minds Acoustic continues the band’s artistic quest with a one-off album release of stripped down and re-imagined songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious career. On Simple Minds Acoustic, the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and a dozen Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint. The synths are no more but the Celtic soul

▪ Simple Minds remains. The fact that the album sessions entailed a sentimental return to their Glasgow roots for Jim and guitarist Charlie Burchill helped, with some songs recorded in Gorbals Studio, a former railway workers’ social club located a stone’s throw from the high-rise estates of the city’s Southside where the pair took their first musical steps. It was in this building that Jim and Charlie played their first gig, as teenagers in a school glamrock band, and emotions were understandably high on their return.

The genesis of Simple Minds Acoustic can be traced back to a rare live session the band recorded for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show in September 2014, while promoting their 16th studio album, Big Music. The reaction, to the band’s surprise, was overwhelmingly favourable. With this in mind, the band began 2016 by putting together an acoustic set for the Zermatt Unplugged Festival in the Swiss Alps. Having spent weeks working on meticulously layered acoustic arrangements of their best-loved songs for that 90-minute performance,

they began hatching plans to record them. As a group who formed in the punk era and found their mojo through a shared love of Bowie, Kraftwerk and electronic dance, Simple Minds are not natural acoustic adventurers, but they have done a remarkable job here, adding fresh nuance to brilliant songs without trampling on sacred memories. Simple Minds’ career has seen them be responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music and they are widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world.

Post Malone brings his hip-hop show to Dublin’s Academy POST Malone stirs hip-hop, R&B, and alternative into his own sonic “sauce” that’s both intoxicating and invigorating. “I describe what I do as sauce,” he affirms. “You can turn up to it. You can chill to it. You can do anything to it. It makes you feel some type of way, or it makes you want to party. It just comes naturally.” His recipe has yielded massive success so far. The Dallas native grew up listening to his dad’s Metallica, Johnny Cash, UGK, and The Notorious BIG records before trading his Guitar Hero controller for an electric guitar at eleven-years-of-age. After graduating high school and releasing his first mixtape

online, he packed up and headed west to Los Angeles, which would become his current home. Despite “partying too much” and not “having any money for cigarettes or Ramen,” the 19-yearold met production duo FKi and started making music. “I wanted to create something everybody can get down to and get drunk to,” he explained. “People who like hip-hop will like it. People who like folk will dig it. People who like pop will be into it.” Post Malone’s critically acclaimed full-length debut album, ‘Stoney’ (Republic Records), triumphed as one of the best hiphop album debuts of 2016. Coming in at number 6on the Billboard Top 200, the record

▪ Post Malone moved over 58,000 copies in its first week. The multiplatinum Dallasartist closed out the year as one of its most significant success stories with sights set on an even bigger and bolder 2017. Post Malone has spent last

year blazing towards superstardom. His breakout single ‘White Iverson’ earned him triple-platinum status, while its follow-up single ‘Go Flex’ went gold and racked up over 46 million Spotify streams. In addition to tearing up stages supporting Justin Bieber on the sold out global Purpose Tour and Fetty Wap on the Welcome to the Zoo Tour, he delivered a show-stopping performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Both Kanye West and 50 Cent have sought him out for highprofile collaborations, but in the meantime you can see what all the fuss is about yourself on Thursday, February 2 when he plays one night in the Academy.





Huge increase in teenline calls TeenLine Ireland have announced that the free, national listening service for teenagers has received approximately 25,000 calls and almost 26,000 texts since January last year. The service receives between 140 and 170 calls and texts a night while an extra 1,100 calls and texts were received over Christmas. This is a significant increase on the numbers of teenagers contacting the service since 2015. “The number of calls and texts are continuously increasing which highlights the demand

for the unique service TeenLine provides to teenagers and young adults across Ireland. It is hugely positive to see so many young people taking the first step with TeenLine to reach out and talk about their problems,” said Declan Brennan, chairperson of TeenLine. “We’ve visited over 100 schools this year across Ireland to talk

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Fibromyalgia and OsteOpathy

Fibromyalgia is a chronic complaint causing widespread pain and sensitivity to muscles and soft tissues.The initial stages of the disease often go unnoticed, as the patient may only suffer from minimal fatigue,soreness, gastrointestinal complaints or insomnia. As the disease progresses,the symptoms become more severe and widespread, effecting sleep, digestion, bowel movements, joint stiffness and more. This occurs because the nervous system is in a state of constant irritation. Irritation to the nervous system can be caused by old injuries or traumas,stress, drug use or abuse, environmental factors or anything that overloads the bodies defences. The Classical Osteopathic approach to fibromyalgia begins with treating the old injuries in a manor which works in harmony with the body therefore taking stress off the nervous system. The more irritation that can be removed from the body, the more the nervous system can normalise. This in turn allows the body to begin to heal itself. Blood flow and drainage are improved increasing oxygen levels and ridding the system of toxins.In the treatment of fibromyalgia,relaxation and Craniosacral techniques may be used, tailored to the individual needs of the patient.This means the treatment is gentle and relaxing.As Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease treatment is ongoing and may require the intervention of other health care professionals.

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Looking after your bones DID you know that Osteoporosis is a silent disease affecting one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 in Ireland, although all age groups can be affected? Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable at all stages. Therefore, it is important to address your bone health especially if it is hereditary. Loss of bone-building materials can occur as the body ages and is particularly prevalent among postmenopausal women. A simple test by Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland could let you know. During your visit to Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland there will a be a simple step-by-step process. Karen Byrne, Registered General Nurse (RGN), will review and explain your DEXA scan and provide an ultrasound bone density scan to monitor your progress on an ongoing basis. Susan Boland, Nutritional Therapist (NT), will assess you to develop personalised nutrition to meet your specific bone health needs. For more information contact Susan on 086-8580500, Karen on 0872360877, email or visit www. The next South Dublin Clinic will take place in Ranelagh on Thursday, January 19.


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Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex RRP €75.50 The skin around the eye is the thinnest on the body and has fewer oil glands than the rest of the face, making the area more susceptible to environmental factors, including UV exposure which, combined with mechanical movements such as smiling and squinting, lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Age Reversal Eye Complex helps fortify supporting underlying tissues while refreshing the resiliency of surface skin, resulting in smoother, more responsive skin in this fragile area. By speeding up the cell turnover process, stimulating collagen production and thickening the cell layers around the eyes, skin appears plumper, fuller and smoother with fewer wrinkles and consistent pigment distribution. Dermalogica products are only available on the recommendation of a qualified skin care therapist. For stockist details, tel 1800556785 or visit @dermalogicauk

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Penneys Primark’s SS17 workout offering is versatile, breathable and blends effortlessly in with everyday apparel. Styles are designed to smooth around the body’s contours comfortably, with dry wick fabrics and power mesh, so you can get the most out of your work out. Prices will get those endorphins flowing with accessories starting at just €3, followed by crop tops for €4, slogan vests at €5 and leggings from an amazing €7. Outerwear for the collection retails from €14 and runners are amazing value at only €13. See selected Penneys stores nationwide.

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This gem in Tuscany is a must for lovers of history Rick Steves


AN Gimignano is the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.

About 25 miles from both Florence and Siena, it’s the region’s glamour girl - visually striking and perfectly preserved, it gets all the fawning attention from passing tour buses. But despite its tourist-trap feel, it’s still worth slotting into your Italian itinerary - especially if you can sidestep the hordes who descend during the day. San Gimignano is beloved because of its skyline of medieval towers. Though a unique sight today, pointy skylines were the norm in Tuscany in the Middle Ages, when feuding noble families ran the hill towns (think Montagues and Capulets). Each family had its own private army that would periodically battle things out from the protection of its respective family towers. While some were built as a refuge against attackers, others were empty, chimney-like structures built only to boost noble egos. In the 14th century, San Gimignano, like other hill towns, fell under

Rick Steves Florence’s control. The Florentines usually asserted their power over the local nobles by ordering them to lop off their towers. But for whatever reason, some of San Gimignano’s original skyline was allowed to remain intact. Today, 14 of its original 72 towers still stand. A stroll through the core of San Gimignano, in the shadows of its surviving towers, is a delight. As the town was about a day’s trek to Siena or Florence in the Middle Ages, it was a good stopover for pilgrims en route from those cities to Rome.


▪ The historic centre of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near the main gate, you can still see the remains of a 12th-century pilgrims’ shelter. At the centre of town is Piazza della Cisterna, named for the cistern that is served by the old well standing in the centre of this square. Rustic-yet-proud facades crowd in a tight huddle around the well. I like imagining this square in pilgrimage times, lined by inns and taverns for the town’s guests, with maids and children fetching water from the well. On Piazza del Duomo stands the town’s Romanesque cathedral. Sienese Gothic art from the 14th century lines the nave with parallel themes - Old Testament on the left and New Testament on the right. This is a classic use of art to teach. Many scenes are portrayed with a 14thcentury ‘slice of life’ setting to help townspeople relate to Jesus. Nearby is a pair of towers that have stood side by side for more than 700 years. These sisters are empty shells, built by the Salvucci family simply to show off. At the time they were built, no one was allowed a vanity tower higher than the old City Hall’s 170 feet. So the

▪ San Gimignano is an amazingly preserved hill town, with 14 medieval towers still standing. PHOTO: RICK STEVES

Salvuccis built two 130-foot towers - totalling 260 feet of stony ego trip. Local guides claim that Minoru Yamasaki, the architect of New York City’s World Trade Center, was inspired by these twin towers. (I have no idea if that’s true, but they sure look like they could have.) Of the 14 towers, visitors are allowed to climb the one at the newer City Hall - at 200 feet, the city’s tallest tower. A visit here also includes access to a small museum with festive frescoes that provide a peek at how people dressed, lived, worked, and warred in the 14th century. Although San Gimignano is gorgeous, it is also quite crowded, and at midday it can come off as a pretty greedy place, with vendors everywhere vying for the tourist euro. I find the charm of San Gimignano is easiest to enjoy after hours, when most tourists have gone back to their buses, vendors have made their money, and the town recaptures its magic. Smart travellers arrive here late in the day and stay overnight. Though San Gimignano has perfectly good accommodations, if you want to get the full dose of that salt-of-

the-earth Tuscan magic, stay in the countryside surrounding the town, either at a bed-and-breakfast-type guesthouse or an agriturismo (a small, working farm that rents out rooms). At many of these places, visitors can enjoy fine food, a swimming pool, a serene setting, and the company of other travellers - and good Tuscan living. No matter where you stay, eating dinner at one of San Gimignano’s restaurants provides a fine opportunity to sample typical Tuscan home cooking. Cinghiale (wild boar) is made into stews, soups, and - my favourite - salami. The area is well known for producing some of the best saffron in Italy; you’ll find the spice for sale in shops and as flavouring in meals at finer restaurants. Although Tuscany is normally a redwine region, the most famous Tuscan white wine comes from here: the inexpensive, light, and fruity Vernaccia di San Gimignano. After dinner, the empty streets are yours to savour. Enjoying San Gimignano at night gives you a chance to experience the romantic Tuscan town you’ve been dreaming about.

▪ Today’s tourists hang out at San Gimignano’s Piazza della Cisterna, by same well that locals used 1,000 years ago. PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT


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‘Salone’ by Seán Ó Floinn About the Author

SEAN Ó Floinn is a writer and photographer from Crumlin. He has written award-winning articles about his travels including those from Panama to Colombia by sea, and the Philipines were he visited a Shaman healer. He has travelled the world and currently resides in Glendalough with his partner and their baby boy and dog. He is currently working on a book about his travels in Bangladesh. ‘Salone – A Journey Through Sierra Leone’ is Seán’s first book, and is an intriguing blend of local culture, politics and off-the-beaten track adventure.

SALONE is the debut t r a v e l m e m o i r from Seán Ó Floinn.


It takes readers on a whirlwind trip through Sierra Leone, the small west African country synonymous with civil war, child soldiers, blood diamonds, and most recently the Ebola virus. Few travellers venture here. Yet there is another side to this West African country and Seán goes off in search of it; travelling by motorbike, canoe, car, minibus and on foot. His backpack is initially lost in neighbouring Liberia and he soon becomes entangled in a public lynching in the capital city. Heading northwards, he travels deep into former rebel territory to wild camp in the

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jungle, which is home to monkeys and Africa’s deadliest beast, the hippo. He meets former combatants from all sides of the conflict, watches amputee footballers play soccer, and discovers incredible, almost deserted beaches. After staying with ‘Prince William’, a local entrepreneur who dreams of developing a secluded stretch of paradise into a tourist development and surfing centre, he sleeps among cannibals where the practises of secret societies are revealed to him. Despite often arduous journeys, Seán retains his Irish wit and Salone is a fantastic blend of beautiful storytelling, vivid descriptions and political commentary that will appeal to armchair travellers and adventurers alike.

Connecting with your inner guide LOOKING for some faith, hope and reassurance for the new year? Well here is some much needed good news and therapy to help kick 2017 off with, from renowned Indian born author Srimanju Katragadda. Each and every one of us has our own story and each story has a start, a middle and an end. We know how we arrive in this world and we know how we are to leave it, but it is the middle segment which varies for each and every one of us. It is this part of life that can prove for many to be the most difficult piece to navigate. In our busy routine-driven days, it has become impossible to pay attention to our own selves and indeed our own minds. We tend to simply absorb everyone else’s thoughts and beliefs and make them our own. This often leads to a state of utter discontentment and we wonder why, despite seeming

to have everything we need, we somehow feel the urge to just run away from it all. ‘Connect to Your Inner Guide’, written by Srimanju Katragadda, reveals how each and every one of us has our own inner guide to direct us on our own personal journey. This thoughtful book outlines a simple step-by-step, insideout approach in establishing communication with our own inner guide, by seeking its advice, and following its instruction. She explains how by developing and building a relationship with our inner guide, we arrive at a sense of belonging that infuses us with the unlimited wisdom, creative vision, and selfconfidence that we require. In Connect to Your Inner Guide, the author shares the seven sutras for the journey of awakening that she has personally experienced. She offers practices and

▪ Srimanju Katragadda. perspectives that you can use simply and practically, starting right now, to live a life full of purpose, fulfilment, and joy. The book is designed to be used flexibly, with chapters that you can choose to read individually or continuously through to the end. It is intended to fit into your

fast-paced life and promises to bring about a positive change. Srimanju Katragadda is originally from India but has resided in Ireland with her family since 2001. Known as Manju to her friends, she is the founder of Experience Healing and cofounder of ‘Kids Angel Cards’.





the tivoli would make you miss those summer days Seán Creedon LAST year I drove the new Tivoli XLV and naturally people I met during the week who were curious and asked me about this new SUV which they knew very little about. When I said it was a Ssangyong their first reaction was ‘oh that’s Bill Cullen.’ I suppose that’s the power of the media because Bill Cullen is just one of Ssangyong’s 13 dealers in Ireland, but the former head of Renault in Ireland is rarely out of the news and I suppose in a roundabout way that’s probably good for Ssangyong. Bill Cullen Cars in Bluebell is one of three Renault dealers in Dublin, but the Irish franchise is held by the Harris group. The XLV is a larger version of the Tivoli which was has been available in Ireland for over a year now. The big difference seems to

extra space in the interior and in the boot where you now have over 700 litres of boot space. Overall I think it’s nearly big enough to be a seven-seater, but you only get five seats. The XLV is 60mm higher than the regular Tivoli, but you would need to be wearing an anorak to spot the difference. Ssangyong, who returned to the Irish market in 2013 after a five-year absence, has a reputation for building huge, powerful diesel people carriers, most of which were not very pretty, but functional. You may be familiar

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year, but for now the South Korean manufacturer is focussing on the SUV market with their Tivoli

and now the Tivoli XLV. I drove an automatic version of the Tivoli when it was launched last year and truth be told it the gear change wasn’t brilliant. But the manual six-gear XLV version was excellent. Journalists tend to get the top of the range models and my test car had heated front seats, Sat Nav and reversing cameras. As I said earlier the boot space is huge and there is still room for a ‘mini’ spare wheel. The spare will reduce the boot space, but I would always prefer a wheel to a repair kit. The seats, which predominantly cream, were excellent and you will appreciate the high driving position. Overhead there was a small sun roof. There are unusual zig-zag style elastic bands on the back of the

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Volkswagen’s Tiguan has a really nice chunky look to it Seán Creedon IT LOOKS like bit like a BMW side on. That was one of the many complimentary remarks I got last week while driving the new VW Tiguan. We all like to get a few compliments now and then and I’m sure the marketing people at VW would be happy with that comparison. This new version of the Tiguan came in a very attractive Deep Black Pearl colour and it looked cool. So cool and coupled with the tinted rear windows it reminded me that it would be ideal for Limousine or private taxi work if that was your line of business. The Tiguan has been with us since 2007 and after a face-lift in 2011, we now get the second generation, which is 61mm longer and 30mm wider. However, its 33mm lower, but would your average tyre-kicker notice those

measurements? It’s built on the VW group MQB platform. For me it had a nice chunky look to it. Looking at it from the front the elongated horizontal grille is very impressive. Colour is so important when choosing a new car and I think the deep Black Pearl helped the Tiguan stand out in the supermarket carpark. My Highline version was very spacious and had attractive 17inch Kingston alloys, tinted rear windows, a brilliant reversing camera and a few more extras.

It’s a most pleasant motor to travel in. You get a raised driving position and the seats are soft and comfortable. And naturally there is plenty of ‘poke’ is you are in a hurry to take off or want to overtake in a tight spot. There is plenty of leg and head room for three well-built adults in the back seat. The boot is a decent size and the good news is that you get a mini spare wheel. The only niggling problem was the stopstart technology as it tended to cut out. But on reflection maybe it was my own fault, as I may not have pressing the clutch hard enough when changing gears. As usual there are three trim levels: Comfortline, Trendline and Highline. Prices start at €29,085 for the 1.4-litre 125 brake horse power petrol version. My Highline

▪ The VW Tiguan. 150-brake horse power test model starts at € 36,790 and when you add in delivery charges and that very attractive Deep Black Pearl effect the price rises to €37,389. But as I always say nobody is forcing you to go for the higher spec. Road tax is €270. Competition is tough in this

sector with the Nissan Qashqai and this year’s best seller, the Hyundai Tucson. But I think the Tiguan should be a serious challenger for either of those two best sellers. Volkswagen is planning a big push for the Tiguan for 2017 and Volkswagen’s bank has plenty of

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Deadline for Get Ireland Growing fund looming THE deadline for community and voluntary groups to apply for funding to develop foodgrowing projects in their area is this Friday (January 20). The Energia ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative is being backed by top wellness coach, Alison Canavan, who is calling on Dubliners to get growing their own food in 2017. Alison has teamed up with GIY and Energia for the initiative that offers community and voluntary organisations the opportunity to apply to a €70,000 pool of funding for community food-growing projects in their area. Grants from the fund will be

split across three categories, ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Harvest’ with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000. Together GIY and Energia will support at least 85 community food growing groups from all across the country and applications are being accepted until this Friday (January 20). Alison says she is delighted to be involved with Get Ireland Growing. “I am deeply passionate about food,” she explained. “As a wellness coach I meet a lot of people who eat food from packets and consume readymade meals and I know from meeting these people that convenience has come at a very, very

high cost. “Generally people want to improve and change their lives but the one thing they often have ‘no time for’ is the extra consideration required around their food. “It is very sad that we have lost the understanding of the importance our food; it is what keeps us alive, yet people see it as an inconvenience. “We have lost our connection to food and I feel with the digital age we are really losing connections in general with each other and with ourselves. “Our connection with food is so important; we should all be considering how we eat and what we eat all for our overall health

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employment Locals to take part in enterprise showcase MINISTER for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has announced details of the inaugural Local Enterprise Showcase Awards and that the winners will be revealed at Showcase, which attracts more than 5,000 buyers from around the world every year. The four-day event, which runs from January 22 to 25, is organised by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland. The number of companies supported by their Local Enterprise Office at Showcase has jumped from 97 last year to 112 in 2017, demonstrating increased demand in this sector. The number of Fingal based companies has also seen a marked increase in attendance from five in 2016 to 10 in 2017. Local companies supported by Local Enterprise Office Fingal include Cathy Kilgannon of Kitty K Rhymes from Swords, Louise McGinty of Impack Design from Castleknock, Karen Wilson of Karen Wilson Art from Skerries, Lorna Gaffney White of Lorna Gaffney White Design from Kinsealy, Pamela Hughes of Love the Mug from Swords, Stewart Duffy of Stewart Duffy Photography from Donabate, Joanna Harpur of Jo

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Owens of Michelle Owens Art from Skerries and Ale Walsh of Ale Walsh Designs from Portmarnock. Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the introduction of the awards to mark emerging craft and design talent. The awards carry a first prize of a week’s product display in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street and an opportunity to pitch their product to Kilkenny Shop buyers. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “Ireland has a wealth of design talent and I am very encouraged that the number of emerging craft and design companies being supported by the Local Enterprise Offices at Showcase has increased this year. “The LEOs have been a huge support for start-ups and small businesses in the blossoming design and craft sector. Supporting this creative sector will enable further job creation right across the country and I am delighted that these awards will recognise our incredible talent.” The Local Enterprise Showcase is open to trade buyers from Sunday, January 22 to Wednesday, January 25. Further information on enterprise supports for the design and craft sector is available through

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Take the DFEi route to college YOU may not immediately notice the DFEi building on Cumberland Street in Dún Laoghaire because it is situated in the quiet end of the town. There is a completely different buzz though when you pass through the automatic doors. It’s the buzz you feel between classes or at break time when the stairs and corridors are filled with learners of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, who all seem to be on a personal mission. They might be heading for the library to type up an assignment, heading to the sound studio to do a recording, the radio studio to do an interview or to the TV and film studio for a casting call. Why not tune into 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries and reports online at Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, or sat in on a Dáil debate, the journalism learners have plenty to write about. Other learners of a more scientific bent might be bracing themselves for a dissection in the lab, or for testing their newly acquired veterinary assistance or grooming skills on real animals. The more corporate minded business learners will be grappling with computerised payroll, bookkeeping, spreadsheets and databases, while Office Administration learners will be acquiring the languages of medicine and the law. In DFEi, you are as likely to see learners carrying T-squares and tool kits as guitars and cameras. That’s because courses like Furniture Making and Restoration and Musical Instrument Making and Repair demand the tools of the trade. Some Sound Engineering learners will have composed their own material and will audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Security learners will always be sought for live events. Newspapers, scripts, and press releases will be written. Ireland’s archaeological heritage will be studied, web sites will be designed, architectural models will be built and fine pieces of furniture will be made. It’s all in a day’s work at DFEi. While activities beyond the classroom doors are engaging young (and not so young) minds there is something more important that the discerning person might notice. That is teachers and learners in conversation. It might appear like more casual one-to-one classes are taking place on the stairs, the corridors

▪ DFE’s very own radio station, The Wave, can be found on 107.8fm or online at or on the sofa outside the admin office. This will usually be reassurance, explanation or clarification, news about work experience or progression with an assignment. The big appointments book outside the Guidance Counsellor’s office will become fuller as the academic year unfolds with learners anxious to discuss their Higher Links options – links to NUI, DIT, IADT, NCI, IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown, as well as other Institutes of Technology and universities all over Ireland, and beyond. If, for whatever reason, you do not get enough points for your

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Dublin City Council Permission is sought By Mrs M. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Doherty for minor alterations and ancillary works to rear of her residence at 118 Leinster Road, Dublin 6 which is a Protected Structure. Included in the development are the following works:- Repairs to and rebuilding of the rear of the existing modern Conservatory at first floor level; Repairs to and rebuilding of the rear elevation and roof of the existing modern extension at ground floor. Relocation of the existing kitchen into this ground floor extension. Opening up of a double doorway in the spine wall between the ground floor living room and existing kitchen and widening of doorway from existing kitchen to existing ground floor extension. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Planning Authority at Civic Offices Wood Quay Dublin 8 during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council The Board of Management of St Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Dublin Ltd have applied for Planning Permission for the provision to the existing sand based artificial grass hockey pitch of 4 no 13.50m high floodlight masts to the north side of the pitch and 4 No 15.00m high floodlight masts to the south side of the pitch, along with high level floodlighting to provide a maintained average 365 lux at pitch level including all associated ductwork and reinforced concrete bases, including a 6m high green PVC coated metal mesh fencing to perimeter of pitch with access gates and 1800mm high ball stop netting above the fence behind goals on west and east sides of the pitch including all associated works to replace the existing perimeter fence, gates and ball stop netting to the perimeter of the pitch, all within the grounds of St Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, a Protected Structure. Reference number of the Application: D16A/0324. In this regard note that Significant Further Information / Revised Plans, reducing the maintained average light level to 250 lux at pitch level, have been furnished to the planning authority in respect of this proposed development, and are available for inspection or purchase, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the Further Information or Revised Plans may be made in writing to the planning authority within the statutory time limit. A submission or observation must be accompanied by the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within two weeks of the date of submission, except in the case of a person or body who has already made a submission or observation.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission sought for proposed 2.5 storey detached dwelling & ancillary site development works including new vehicular entrance on site adjacent to 139 Pine Valley Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 for Cian Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hora. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of 20 euro 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 and may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council I, Adrian Crowe, intend applying for full Planning Permission for a change of use on the ground floor and first floor levels only from commercial use (previously permitted 2639/89) to 2 No. 1 bedroom flats at 11 Pembroke Street Upper, Dublin 2 to include some minor internal alterations and decoration. Protected structure rps no6659 of the Dublin City development plan. 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.

DĂşn Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning permission is sought for the refurbishment and extension of a semi-detached dwelling at 24 Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, Ireland, on behalf of Alison Harvey and David Cunningham. The works include modifications to the existing windows on the front and rear façades; re-building at the existing garage and first floor level over (to side); a new entrance porch to the front side and new window; extending to the rear at ground and first floor; roof-lighting to the flat roof and removal of an existing chimney. The works also include the proposed widening of the front entrance gates to Dalkey Avenue, external landscaping and new plant shed to rear, and miscellaneous other 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, DĂşn Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of â&#x201A;Ź20 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 sought to provide flat roof behind pitched roof to Convent Road and also to rear of pitched roof to Cross Avenue to provide roof space storage and to retain first floor portion as built with realigned rear wall at Willow House, 1 Convent Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin for Changyu Wang. 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, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of 20.00 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Planning permission is sought by Mary Carty for vehicular access to rear garden of 68, Brighton Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, a protected structure. Access is requested from lane to the rear of 65, 66, 67 Brighton Road and adjacent to 25, St Enda's Road, Rathgar. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for the provision of bay window to front façade in lieu of 2 no. existing windows and the provision of 3 no. conservation type rooflights to front pitch of 98 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin for John Thornhill. This 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 to the Planning Authority in writing and on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Eugene Lawless intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: 131 Ringsend Park, Ringsend, Dublin 4. The development will consist of a two storey and a single storey extension to the rear and side of No. 131 Ringsend Park, works include a revised driveway entrance and front boundary wall, revised eastern side boundary wall, revised elevations, roof lights and rear outdoor covered area and demolition of shed and conservatory, and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


DĂşn Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought by Ken Ring & Sharon Mangan for a new two-storey, four bedroom detached dwelling with 2 no. dormer windows at roof level, with new pedestrian entrance on Leopardstown Avenue and new vehicular entrance off Leopardstown Oaks with electromagnetic gate and rear car parking; with all associated site works and services to existing mains at 2 Leopardstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. 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, DĂşn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission / observation may be made on payment of â&#x201A;Ź20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Application for retention planning permission consisting of single storey extension to rear at 31, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Curry Road, Cork Street, Dublin 8 signed Pat Dicker. 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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DOwN 3. Show pleasure in a catty way (4) 4. Counsel modern wickedness (6) 5. Intelligent but big-headed? Correct (6) 6. Newspapers containing ten unusual gifts (8) 7. Examined the texture of the material (4) 11. It exists to tackle burning issues (4,6) 13. Dislike of one form (8) 16. Dishonesty of tie-up shown after a month (6) 17. Recklessly dived with nothing on, being bare (6) 18. Quiet tune or two (4) 20. This class is wild (4)








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A feW thinGs Worth CheCkinG out this Week

It’s a timed run over 5km so you can monitor progress and while participation is completely free, you’ll need to register at first. Venues include Malahide Park, Cabinteely Park, Shanganagh Park, Marlay Park, St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Tymon Park and Poppintree Park. Runs take place from 9.30am to 1pm and more details can be found on

AlAddin At the ClAsAC

Guaranteed to provide spectacular entertainment, belly-ache laughter and more bad puns than a Father-of-the-Bride speech, this is a show that you can’t afford to miss. Help Aladdin, Wishee Washee, Princess Jasmin & The Widow Twankey to do battle with the evil Magician Abanazar, in this madcap panto that can only help cure your January blues. Tickets just €15.50 available via or call 087-9782712 to reserve.

Benefit ConCert there are two benefit concerts in support of homelessness campaign group home sweet home taking place at sin É, Bar & Music Venue on ormond Quay this weekend on friday and saturday, January 20 and 21.

It is also a fundraiser for their Circuit Play so they are hoping for the maximum support possible from friends and followers. Doors are at 8pm.

BrAy trAin & Model ColleCtor’s fAir

there’s still time to join tempus Productions at the Clasac theatre, Clontarf, where you’ll be whisked away to a land of mystery and intrigue with this ‘Genie-us’ of an Aladdin panto that’ll never fail in ‘Peking’ up your spirits!


for All duBlin reAdershiP

the train & Model Collector’s fair on sunday, January 22 features diecast/tin toys, models (vintage/modern), dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, oxford, and paints/kits/accessories etc. It runs from 10am to 2pm in Bray Wheelers Clubhouse on the Schools Road, off the Boghal Road in Bray.

My fAVourites WAlkinG tour

sleePinG BeAuty the s PAnto A Pantomime for all the family, sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale about a beautiful Princess, an enchanted spinning wheel and a handsome Prince. The legend that transcends time begins with a christening, a jealous fairy called Magnificent and her evil spell at the Princess’s birthday party. But there to help is Auntie Dolly Dollar, the Duchess of Dishwater and her ‘friends’! This is a show full of fun, song, dance and romance all spun together in Coolmine Panto Group’s spectacular production. It runs at Draoicht Blanchardstown until January 22. Tickets cost €20.

the ‘My favourites’ dublin City Walk tour offers a unique experience for dubliners and tourists alike where they are given the opportunity to taste the diversity of arts and culture that currently exists in the capital. The free tour takes in cafes, bars, markets, unusual stores, galleries, theatres, arts spaces, and more. It takes place on Tuesdays at 2pm, Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm. Meeting point is at The Spire on O’Connell Street and while it’s free, it would be rude not to give a donation at the end of the tour. For more details contact Emily Gallagher at or 0852725095 or visit


non-traditional brides and grooms-to- be should head for the Chocolate factory on king’s inn street on sunday, January 22, where kBC Wedfest 2017 is taking place. The event is an alternative wedding festival, focused on creating the day you want outside of the traditional cookie-cutter template.

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On Friday acts include The Eskies and Farah Elle while Saturday’s line up features Barq, The Hot Sprockets, Grand and Moon Looks on. The music starts from around 8.30pm and all proceeds from tickets priced at €15 and available from will go towards the Home Sweet Home Campaign.

18th January down: 2 Recuperate; 3 Pile; 4 Divine; 5 Direct; 6 Farcical; 7 Jest; 11 Allegiance; 13 Perceive; 16 Detail; 17 Margin; 18 Flue; 20 Cage. Across: 1 Drop; 8 Inimitable; 9 Yuletide; 10 Chat; 12 People; 14 Tackle; 15 Hatred; 17 Malign; 18 Fete; 19 Turncoat; 21 Unavailing; 22 Even. CryPtiC solutions

Parkruns are a great way to get those new year resolutions to get fitter back on track. the free weekly runs take place on saturdays at parks in Malahide, Cabinteely, shanganah, Marlay, raheny, Ballymun and tallaght.

dalkey Players are hosting their one Act Play ‘seduction duet’ in the studio, dlr lexicon on January 18 and 19 and this is their entry for the Bray festival which will be staged on friday, January 27.

Featuring a mystical genie, a flying carpet and an old lamp, a beautiful princess, irresistible baddies and an exotic trip to the Far East as well as the usual panto antics, it’s one of the best shows in Dublin. Aladdin runs at The Helix Theatre, Dublin until January 22 with tickets from €19.50. Bookings at or call 01 700 7000.

Across: 1 Trap; 8 Underwrite; 9 Charming; 10 Soft; 12 Damage; 14 Tenors; 15 Agreed; 17 Disney; 18 Pens; 19 Coverage; 21 Imposition; 22 Keen.


seduCtion duet

down: 2 Right-angle; 3 Purr; 4 Advice; 5 Bright; 6 Presents; 7 Felt; 11 Fire engine; 13 Aversion; 16 Deceit; 17 Devoid; 18 Pair; 20 Rank.

theatreworx Productions return to the helix this Christmas for yet another panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Aladdin.

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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


▪ Freemans Journal 27th January 1920

▪ Students working in the science laboratory at St. Patrick’s Training College, Drumcondra, c. 1913. The writer of the card says Professor Foy is giving the lecture at the front of the classroom. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, North Dublin, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press

▪ Freeman’s Journal 11th January 1854

▪ Irish Press 13th January 1967

▪ Irish Independent 20th January 1937

▪ Dalkey from Sorrento Park, showing Killiney Hill in the distance and Vico Road, c.1903. Dame Blanche MacDonnell, who lived at Sprrento Cottage, gave the park for the benefit of residents in 1894. There was a Dalkey Amusements Committee, which arranged entertainment in the area and managed the park. The bandstand with its ornamental lighting is seen in the centre. Dalkey was renowned for the purity of its air and was a favourite summer resort of many of the leading Dublin doctors including Sir Dominic Corrigan, who lived at Inniscorrig. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, South Dublin, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press

▪ Irish Press 5th January 1985




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