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TD calls for Garda body cameras

FIANNA Fáil’s Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Jim O’Callaghan, has called on the Government to authorise the deployment of body-worn cameras for the gardai. The Dublin Bay South TD said the technology will offer greater transparency for not only those in front of the camera, but also for those behind it. “Body-worn cameras are

becoming a common feature of policing in other jurisdictions across the world,” Deputy O’Callaghan said. “There is little doubt that the technology will form a cornerstone of modern policing in the years ahead and Ireland should not fall behind. “The use of body-worn cameras in the UK has had a positive transformative effect right across the service.  Continued on page 2





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New mayor wants to hear from locals COUNCILLOR Paul Gogarty was elected Mayor of South Dublin County Council at the recent Annual Meeting of the council.

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Tributes were paid to the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Guss O’Connell (nonparty) and Deputy Mayor Martina Genockey (Lab), who thanked their fellow councillors, Chief Executive, Daniel McLoughlin and the management and staff of the council for their help and support during their term in office. Cllr Gogarty (non-party) who represents the Lucan electoral area, was proposed for Mayor by Cllr Liona O’Toole (non-party) and was seconded by Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF). Following a roll call vote Cllr Gogarty was deemed elected to the Office of Mayor. In his acceptance speech Mayor Gogarty said: “I want our citizens to feel cher-

In this I include our older and younger citizens in particular, as well as parents and ethnic minorities. I want to set up listening fora so that people can come with their ideas as to how to make South Dublin an even better county in which to work and live. ished and engaged. This also means we need to be proactive in asking questions and listening as a county to what our citizens want. “I look forward to engaging with different groups to hear what they are saying and ensure the message is taken on board by the council. In this I include our older and younger citizens in particular, as well as parents and ethnic minorities.  I want to set up listening fora so that people can come with their ideas as to how to make South Dublin an even better county in which to work and live.” Mayor Gogarty then out-

lined his priorities for his year in office which will include the theme of ‘A Healthy County - A Sustainable County - A Listening County’. He added: “I want to highlight the work of the many volunteers in our communities who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our citizens. “I want to bring the work of these selfless volunteers to the fore so that others may be inspired by their good works and follow suit. I want to showcase the many services already available in our county to help people develop their minds or improve their fitness.



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self-sufficient. “It means encouraging a greener lifestyle, through walking, cycling and public transport. And where people need to use cars, we should be encouraging car sharing and developing a meaningful infrastructure for electric vehicles. “I want to set South Dublin with a target to become the leading local authority in energy-efficiency and energy self-sufficiency in Ireland.” Councillor Breeda Bonner (Lab) representing the Clondalkin Electoral Area was elected Deputy Mayor. Cllr Bonner was proposed as Deputy Mayor by Cllr Mick Duff (Lab).

TD calls for body cameras for gardaí Continued from page 1 “The cameras have helped bring about speedier justice for victims as people are more likely to plead guilty after they realise their criminal act has been caught on camera. “It has also led to a drop in fictitious complaints against police officers whilst also making policing more accountable. The technology also helps gather better evidence which can be used to secure justice for victims of crime. “There has undoubtedly been an erosion in trust between the public and An Garda Síochána in recent years,” Deputy O’Callaghan added. “The adoption of bodyworn technology will help restore confidence in policing in Ireland, and will give police officers comfort in knowing that fictitious complaints can be exposed at an early stage of disciplinary proceedings. “The Government needs to provide the resources necessary to achieve the rollout of body-worn cameras right across An Garda Síochána. This should be a top priority for Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.” There were renewed calls for gardaí to be issued with body cameras in the aftermath of the acquittal of six men accused of falsely imprisoning then-tánaiste

Joan Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell in a car during a water charges protest in Jobstown, Tallaght in 2014. Gardaí argue that body cameras would protect officers from false accusations of brutality or perjury. The Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents rank and file gardaí, repeated calls for body cameras to ensure incidents like the Jobstown protests are properly recorded. “This creates fairness for all parties, not just the gardaí,” GRA spokesman John O’Keefe said. “The GRA has repeatedly requested that such body cams be issued to members as part of their standard issue but to no avail.” A Department of Justice spokesman said that a preliminary procurement process was already underway. “There is a working group within An Garda Síochána that is currently examining the options available on the market regarding body worn cameras, with a view to developing a business case should their findings meet operational requirements,” it was stated. Gardaí conducted a pilot project for body cameras in 2012, when 15 were used as an alternative to the use of handheld camcorders. Five of these are still in use and are deployed during protests and public events.


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Introduction of 30km/h Special Speed Limit in Residential Housing Estates and Local Residential Roads Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has amended its current Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye Laws to include the introduction of a 30km/h special speed limit in identified residential housing estates and local residential roads in accordance with ‘Guidelines for setting and managing speed limits in Ireland’, published by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, March 2015. The 30km/h Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye-Law 2017 was adopted by Councillors at the County Council meeting on 13 February. A total of 742 housing estates and local residential roads within the county have been identified to be included in the 30km/h special speed limit. 30km/h signage has been erected in each of the

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Dublin schools to Man jailed after receive new Special threatening staff Needs Assistants LOCAL Fine Gael Senator, Neale Richmond, has welcomed the announcement that over 317 new Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) will be hired in Dublin for the coming school year. The allocation is part of a national provision of 975 additional SNAs which will be available for allocation to schools over the period of September to December 2017 “This increase reflects

the growing participation of children with special educational needs in our local schools and will support their full participation and progression within the educational system,” Senator Richmond said. “This issue has been raised by so many families and schools who have contacted my office and I am pleased to say that this allocation will meet the needs of their children “I have been in constant

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at solicitor's office Fiona Ferguson A MAN who made threats to a member of staff at a solicitor's office has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Staff at the office told gardaí Joseph McKeon (41) was saying “crazy stuff” and threatened one woman that he would “break her jaw and blow her head off.” He also damaged a door. Garda Joseph Bell agreed with prosecuting counsel that McKeon's assertions about money belonging to him in relation to a claim appeared to be a figment of his imagination. McKeon, of Rockford Park, Blackrock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a threat to kill or cause serious harm and damaging a door at Partners at Law Solicitors, Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire on December 12, 2015. He has eight previous convictions. Judge Karen O'Connor said the offences had no doubt been distressing and frightening and noted the woman threatened had been vulnerable and carrying out her lawful employment at the time. She imposed a three-anda-half year sentence and suspended the final year on strict conditions. She ordered he be given credit for time he has already spent in custody.

Judge O'Connor also ordered that he stay away from the injured party and the offices of the firm. Garda Bell told Lorcan Staines BL, prosecuting, that McKeon attended the offices in December 2015 with a cheque for refund for bail money which was out of date. It was suggested to him that he go to the Court Service to have it re-issued and he became angry. He kicked a door breaking the security lock and threatened a female member of staff that he would break her jaw and blow off her head. Gardai were alerted and the threats were confirmed by a number of staff who also reported McKeon had been saying “crazy stuff.” The following January the

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Aspiring artists see works go on display MORE than 30 aspiring artists from Dublin’s north and south inner city will see their art work displayed in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane as part of an unique Dublin Port Company project. Drawing Clubs were held with five community groups in recent months as part of Port Perspectives, Dublin Port’s arts commissioning series for 2017. It is aimed at strengthening the bond between Dublin Port and the city and bringing Dublin Port to new audiences

through the arts. Sketches, watercolours, pastels and collages capturing images and memories from life at Dublin Port were created by young and old during the series of workshops across the capital. The artists range in age from as young as 11 to almost 80-years-old. The Southside Drawing Clubs were held in St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street, with artist Ivan Connolly; Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre, Ringsend, with artist Chris Maguire and St

Andrew’s Resource Centre Youth Club, with artist Genevieve Harden. Each Drawing Club visited Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane for inspiration from the recent Eugeen Van Mieghem exhibition, which documented life in the port of Antwerp at the turn of the century. For some members, it was their first time visiting the gallery. Now, they have their own works mounted and hung in the gallery on Dublin’s Parnell Square. The exhibition was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha


▪▪ Emma Currie (11), her brother Sean (8) and mam Anita view her art work hung in Dublin City Gallery as part of Dublin Port’s Port Perspectives Drawing Club Project. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE on Tuesday (July 4). It will be open to the public until July 16 and entry to the gallery is free. Speaking ahead of the launch the Lord Mayor said: “I am delighted to open this exhibition which celebrates the historical life of Dublin Port brought to life by local artists. “This will further enhance the partnerships between the port and the city and the community and the arts. Mairead Cullen (70) attended the Drawing Club in St Andrew’s Resource Centre. Already a keen artist, the class brought her back

to her childhood in Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city, when her father Tommy Byrne was a docker. His nickname was Glimmer Byrne. She said: “I remember my dad going to work every day and one of us would go down with the billy can filled with tea and bread and jam for a sandwich. “Our job as children was to bring them down on the bike over the cobble stones and half the tea would be spilt on the way.” Ms Cullen is a member of the Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society and

has she has painted several images of the port. For this project, she painted an acrylic of the old Guinness boat on the River Liffey. “I love painting and photography,” she said. “I can’t imagine having a piece hanging in the Hugh Lane.” Felicity Murphy (65) of Grand Canal Street Upper, also attended the Drawing Club in St Andrew’s Resource Centre. “This has been a very nice project, it’s great to have a project on the area,” she said.

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Locals remember Fianna Fáil leader Seán Lemass PUBLIC representatives and members of the public gathered at the Norwood Estate, Ballybrack recently to remember former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Seán Lemass. Mr Lemass was born at Norwood Lodge in Ballybrack in July 1899. He became one of the most prominent Irish politicians of the 20th century and served as Taoiseach from 1959 until 1966. A veteran of the 1916 Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, Lemass was first elected as a Sinn Féin TD for the Dublin South constituency in a by-election on 18 November 1924. He was returned at each election until the constituency was abolished in 1948, when he was re-elected for Dublin South-Central until his retirement in 1969.

The former cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Cllr Cormac Devlin and Seán Haughey TD were on hand to rededicate the Lemass memorial at the entrance to the estate. Cllr Cormac Devlin paid tribute to the late Mrs Maureen Haughey, daughter of Seán Lemass, who passed away on March 17 this year. Noting Mrs Haughey’s attendance at previous Lemass commemorations over the years, he recalled “Mrs Haughey was a wonderful lady. She always had a kind word or nugget of wisdom to impart. She will be sadly missed by her family, the entire Fianna Fáil organisation and indeed the public at large.” Cllr Devlin gave a history of Norwood Lodge, before highlighting the achievements and natural leadership qualities of Seán Lemass.


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Top class awards for Southside buildings THE iconic Kilmainham Courthouse has won a prestigious architecture award The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, congratulated the OPW Architectural Service and all involved with the restoration of the building as it was declared Best Conservation/ Restoration Building at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 2017 Architecture Awards, which were announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. The awards celebrate the

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Kilmainham Courthouse which is a building of great significance to the Irish nation,” Minister Moran said. “This prestigious award is a welcome recognition of the professionalism and dedication of all those involved in this restoration project and in showcasing the rich history associated with Kilmainham Courthouse and Kilmainham Gaol.” The Kilmainham site is an iconic heritage location to visit and in 2016 over 390,000 came to see at first hand this historic Dublin museum which is managed by the OPW. “I would strongly encourage everyone to come and visit the Kilmainham Courthouse and Gaol and the many other heritage sites across this nation of ours,” Minister Moran added. Meanwhile, Twitter’s EMEA Headquarters, based at Cumberland Place, Dublin 2, has been awarded a LEED Platinum level certification for a Repurposed Building. It is one of the few office buildings in Ireland, and the first Twitter office in the world, to achieve this certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a global recognition and certification for sustainability in buildings. Sean Boyle, Head of Real Estate and Workplace, Twitter EMEA, said: “We are very proud to be certified as LEED Platinum. “It is a fantastic office space for our employees with an abundance of natural light in a world-class setting.”



Foroige members help launch National Junior Baking Competition THE National Junior Baking Competition is to be sponsored again in 2017 by Aldi in association with Ireland’s leading youth organisation Foróige. The finals of the competition will take place this September in the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly The theme this year is ‘Lemon Drizzle Cake’ and judges are anticipating some delicious cakes from the wealth of talented young bakers around the country. “The Junior Baking Competition is a fantastic way to encourage baking amongst younger people in Ireland,” said Anna May McHugh of the NPA. “The standard of entries over the past two years have been very high and we look forward to more tasty treats again this year.” CEO of Foróige, Sean Campbell, said growing numbers of young people are discovering a real pas-

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ple and expert judges,” he added. The winner of the National Junior Baking Competition will get a €1,000 bursary to help them on their baking journey, as well as a trip for their local

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Track Record with a Hothouse Flower SUMMER nights of live music and horse racing continue at Leopardstown Racecourse this Thursday, July 13 when Hothouse Flowers return to play the racecourse stage. We put band member Fiachna o Braonain on the Track Record...

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Eternal optimist Dagny is holding nothing back FOLLOWING on from her brilliant show supporting The Coronas recently Dagny has announced a headline show at The Academy Green Room on Thursday, December 7. Brandishing a vibrant voice, quirky cleverness, and self-described “eternal optimism,” Dagny holds nothing back. As she began to work on new music in 2017, the Norwegian songstress and pop wildcard further embraced an unabashed and unfiltered perspective. “I’m constantly pushing myself to be more open, daring, and super true,” she admits. “I’m telling real stories. If I don’t believe it, then who will? The youthful optimism is there, because I constantly want to celebrate life. Dagny quietly sent shockwaves throughout the music industry throughout 2016. Post a high-profile Beats 1 premiere by tastemaker Zane Lowe, her introducto-

▪▪ Dagny ry single “Backbeat” transformed into a veritable smash, racking up a staggering 28.8 million Spotify streams as Apple, Spotify, and Tidal pegged her as an “Artist To Watch” and Interview Magazine, NME, Nylon, Forbes, and more lauded her. She teamed up with BØRNS for “Fool’s Gold,” which cracked 9.4 million streams and highlighted her Ultraviolet EP [Republic Records]. Beyond opening gigs for Sir Elton John and Sting, she performed everywhere

from Øya Festival to Citadel Festival and DCODE. Driven by propulsive percussion, a dancefloor-ready stomp, lithe guitars, and sultry, shimmering production, the track quickly snaps into an undeniable and unforgettable chant. “Like so much other good music, it was written with some Swedish people,” she laughs. “It’s pop with a bit of a melancholic feeling. It plays on the idea of wanting to be naked with someone. Dagny’s story is just beginning to unfold. With a marathon of touring planned and more music on the horizon, she’s got a big year ahead. “Every time I release something, it feels a little bit more like me,” she leaves off. “I grow as an artist. “It all comes from the songs. I hope people can listen to this and feel happier. I really just want to inspire confidence. Maybe you put on my music and can walk with your head up a little higher—or run down the street naked.”

Martine’s been making her own musical comeback and has a brand-new album due out next month. She says she’s been inspired by Katie’s attitude to making music. She also told me that she’s loving her latest release. She must be the only one! Super group TLC are making a comeback. The pair say they’re overwhelmed with the support fans have given them. The girl group have just released their new selftitled album which is their first project in 15 years. It’s been funded completely by fans through an online campaign. TLC’s Rozonda told me their fans have been incredible. Fair play. Adele fans are furious after she cancelled two shows due to damaged vocal chords. Some took to social media to claim they were sick of her drama with others claiming she has no work ethic. Fans also questioned whether they would be reimbursed their expenses for the cancelled gigs. In fairness, it’s not Adele’s fault her vocal cords were damaged. Justin Bieber is rumoured to be helping Kanye West launch a comeback. Justin has made no secret of the fact that he finds Kanye an inspiration and likewise Kanye called Justin’s ‘What Do You Mean’ his favourite song of 2015. He’s reported to be appearing on Kanye’s forthcoming album. Safe to say Kanye’s a ‘Belieber’ then.

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THE 87th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race takes place on August 13 this year. The iconic event is part of the Open Sea Swim Season which opened on May 28 and closes with the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim on September 9. Approximately 40 swim events take place during the season – in Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Westmeath and Galway – and thousands take part. Earlier this year, the Jones Engineering Group announced a 10-year sponsorship of the Leinster Open Sea Swim Series in conjunction with Swim Ireland.  The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is one of Europe’s most prestigious open sea competitions. This year over 500 swimmers of all ages, abilities and nationalities are expected to compete to win the coveted Cup.

▪▪ Pawel Rudzinski, Sandyford and Vanessa Daws, Sutton, are pictured as details of this year’s Leinster Open Sea Swim Series are announced. PHOTO: JASON CLARKE

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New speed limits are welcomed DUN Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s new 30 kilometres per hour speed limit in residential areas has been welcomed on the Southside.

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Earlier this year, the council undertook a review of the speed limits in residential estates in accordance with the 2015 Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits. A comprehensive assessment of roads was carried out looking at the nature of the road, road width, layout, collision data, vehicle speeds, and areas with vulnerable road users. The result of this assessment was to identify a number of residential areas in which to implement the new speed limit. Local Minister Shane Ross strongly welcomed the commencement of the amended Special Speed Limit Bye Laws by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. “Since becoming the Minister for Transport, I have been consistently looking at every possible way to save lives on our roads,” he said. “I am delighted that my local county council shares that commitment. This measure has been adopted by several other councils around the country and is being supported by funds made available from my department for new signage.” Local Independent councillor Deirdre Donnelly added: “Sadly, there are many estates across the county being used as short cuts by motorists who travel at high speed. “I have been in an ongoing discussion over the last year with the Minister for Transport about this problem, which is only getting worse. “I hope that the newly introduced speed limit will make residential areas safer for children, the elderly and all residents."

THE kids of Ballyowen Meadows Special School in Dun Laoghaire have been taking part in an exciting new nature programme.

▪▪ Ava Nolan, a pupil at Ballyowen Meadows Special School, Dun Laoghaire who participated in the hugely successful Bord na Mona Eco Rangers programme.


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New Petal Project aims to help the county’s older population DUN Laoghaire Rathdown County has the largest oldest population in the country, with 14.7 per cent of people over 65 in 2011, compared to 12 per cent nationally. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has been working with the Age Friendly Alliance to implement the Age Friendly Strategy which aims to ensure that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is a great place to live in and grow old in, well into the future. The cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Tom Murphy, launched the latest age-friendly initiatives - the Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County - at County Hall recently. The Petal Project is a simple initiative designed to address a perceived inaccessibility to toilet facilities

identified by older people as a barrier to going out and about in the county. The display of a small sticker with the Age Friendly Petal logo provides a discreet message to older people that clean and accessible toilet facilities are available without fuss. Roll out of this project has focussed initially on council-owned community facilities, with the Petal logo displayed on all community centres, libraries and amenities which have accessible toilet facilities. The next step is engaging with the business community and encouraging take up of this initiative across towns and villages. Cllr Murphy extended an open invitation to the business community to support the roll out of the Petal Project and other age friendly initiatives across the county. To raise awareness of the initiative, key rings displaying the Petal logo are being distributed to older people

in the county, through the council’s partners on the Age Friendly Alliance, the Network for Older People, gardaí, the HSE and others. This will allow an older person to give a discreet signal to the business owner that they wish to avail of toilet facilities. In addition, Petal window stickers will be made available to the Chamber of Commerce and business associations and are available from the county council to any businesses wishing to participate. Cathaoirleach Murphy encouraged retailers and business people across the county to find out more about opportunities like these for businesses to show that their businesses are Age Friendly, and recognise the opportunities that the silver economy presents. Like the Petal Project, the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County was developed to

address a need identified by older people – an absence of information on services and activities in a format which they find accessible. The directory contains information on activities and services relevant to older people and has been updated to reflect changes since first published. The Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People are designed to enhance the lives of older people in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. The council recognised the importance of the business sector in making the county a great place in which to live, work and grow old in and has issued an open invitation to the business community to support both projects. Both initiatives were identified as priorities in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Age Friendly Strategy and was developed by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Age Friendly Alliance.

▪▪ Pictured at the launch of the Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County are Cllr Tom Murphy, cathaoirleach, Donal Marren, Chairman of dlr Age Friendly Alliance and Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. PHOTO: PETER CAVANAGH

Businesses urged to enter awards Small Retailer of the DUN Laoghaire Year Rathdown Chamber Best Shopping Centre of Commerce has Best Professional announced the first County Business Awards Service Corporate Social for DLR as a county Responsibility area within Dublin. Best Business Start-Up 2016 – One Full Year Following 10 years Trading of organising the very Green Business successful Envirocom Environment Award >50 Awards, DLR Chamber Green Business felt that their awards Environment Award <50 needed to be more allAnd The DLR Business embracing to businesses Leader of the Year in the in the county and celebrate the strength of County Pat Neill, President the very diverse business DLR Chamber said: “We community in Dun are proud to inaugurate Laoghaire Rathdown. these awards to Businesses are now showcase businesses in urged to get onto www. our county and celebrate and enter business success. these awards, which “We believe also that are supported by Dun in working with the Laoghaire Rathdown county council, and other County Council. organisations including The closing date for entries is Friday, July 21.  our corporate chamber members, we will be able to highlight why Dun THE CATEGORIES ARE: Innovation in Business Laoghaire Rathdown is such a strong county to International Trade do business in.” Tourism & Hospitality The winners of the Best Small Business Best Place to Eat in the these DLR County Business Awards will County

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ers and our own company has a strong connection to the First run in 1920, the swim race. We are very excited to is the oldest continuously run work with Dublin City Council annual swimming race in Eu- and Leinster Open Sea as we begin planning for the 100th rope. The former Lord Mayor of anniversary of the race in Dublin, Brendan Carr, said 2019.” Gus Cooney, of Leinster Dublin City Council was a proud supporter of the Dub- Open Sea Series, the organislin City Liffey Swim for many ing body of the race, said: “In years. recent years there has been a “I’m delighted that Jones very strong partnership with Engineering Group is becom- Dublin City Council and we ing the title sponsor and sup- are delighted that this will porting the continued devel- also continue. “Swim Ireland have also opment of the race,” he said. “The Jones Engineering come on board this year with Dublin City Liffey Swim pro- us to help foster the growing vides us with a great tourism interest in open water swimopportunity for Dublin as we ming.” work to attract new visitors to One of the earliest Liffey our city.” Swims was immortalised in  Jim Curley, Director and the 1923 Jack B Yeats paintChief Executive Officer of ing entitled ‘The Liffey Swim’, Jones Engineering Group which won him a silver med• Have • Have Have you leftleft you school? left school? said:•you “There isschool? no other event al at the 1924 Paris Olympics • Are •like Are you • ityou Are aged you 16aged -16 21? - 21? 16 - 21? foraged colour, excitement competition for artistic en• Would •and Would •spectacle.  you Would you likelike you to return to return toto education to education to education to complete to complete to complete a Major a Major a Major Itlike has areturn special deavour. QQI QQI Award? Award? QQI Award? place in the hearts of DublinEach year, the race winners

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races on the Leinster Open Sea Calendar. For swimmers winning the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race it is akin to winning an All-Ireland Final. Sea swimmers aim to win one of the big two rac-

es in their swimming career. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race caters for swimmers as young as 14 years of age up to senior citizens. There are also two children’s races of 100 metres and 200

metres for children 13 years of age and younger which are held before the men’s race. As the Dún Laoghaire Harbour race is a handicapped race every swimmer has a chance of winning so you do not have to be a former Olympian to either compete or win. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race was first run in 1931 and it has run every year since, making it the second oldest continuous race in Ireland. There were, however, swimming races run in Dún Laoghaire Harbour before 1931. Irish Olympians Donnacha O’Dea, Kevin Williamson and David Cummins have won the men’s race. English Channel Swimmers Anne McAdam and Lisa Howley have won the ladies’ race. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race comprises a 2,200 metre route around the circumference of Dún Laoghaire Harbour battling fellow

swimmers, reaching marker buoys, avoiding any number of obstacles and taking on the might that is the Irish Sea. The race starts at the RNLI slipway beside the East Pier. The swimmers then swim out by the National Yacht Club of Ireland, the RNLI lifeboat and out along the Carlisle Pier. They then swim across from the Carlisle Pier to the mouth of the Harbour and the East Pier Lighthouse. This is roughly the half way point. Friends, family and spectators can walk or run along the East Pier and follow the swimmers as they battle the last 1,000 metres home. Then its past the anemometer, the Boyd Memorial, and finally the last gruelling 200 metres back to the finish line at the RNLI slipway. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race is different to most sea races as there is considerable interaction between the crowd and the swimmers.

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▪▪ Local businessman Breasal Ó Caollaí the parking’. Vehicles must not have any wheel on the footpath, which is a good rule, as we have a wheel-chair centre just up the road. Of course, vehicles stopped must not cause an obstruction. We have been told by the county council that any mistakes in issuing tickets can be successfully appealed but that's not good enough when we are all trying to attract business to town so that we can pay our commercial rates, wages and other overheads.  This right to stop on double yellow lines should be advertised by the county council along with the rules on parking in designated parking spaces throughout our town. Southside People asked the council to respond to Mr Ó Caollaí’s claims.

A spokesperson for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said it was aware that the primary Government legislation, under the Road Traffic Regulations 1997, allows for parking on double yellow lines in limited circumstances. “However, there is an onus on drivers to exercise care in the location, time and duration of their stay, bearing in mind the need to ensure the safety and free movement of all traffic and other road users,” the spokesperson said in a statement to Southside People “The council's Parking Enforcement Contractor, DLR Parking Services (DLRPS), has a wide range of experience working across a number of local authority areas, and is fully aware of all the relevent Government legislation pertaining to their role.”



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National Cancer Strategy launched LAST week Minister for Health Simon Harris launched Ireland's ambitious new 10-year National Cancer Strategy, following its approval by Government. The National Cancer Strategy 2017–2026 is focused on preventing cancer across our population, diagnosing cancer early, providing optimal care to patients and maximising their quality of life. The strategy sets out four goals: • Reduce the Cancer Burden, • Provide Optimal Care,

• Maximise Patient Involvement and Quality of Life, and • Enable and Assure Change Minister Harris said there are very few families in Ireland that have been untouched by cancer. “Sadly we are all too aware of the hardship, pain and loss it can bring,” he said. “It is a challenge that we all must face together as a country. Great strides have been made under the current National Cancer Strategy, in relation to improved

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The magnificent seven in sight for rampant Dublin IF the Kildare players were to read every newspaper article and listen to every radio show discussing the build up to this Sunday’s Leinster senior football final, they’d ask the coach driver to bypass Croke Park and take them somewhere else. Jim Gavin’s star-studded team only have to get off their own bus at GAA headquarters, run around for 70 minutes or so and pick up their seventh Delaney Cup on the spin. Right? Well, not exactly, because thankfully sport doesn’t work like that. If it did, there would be no point in anyone forking out hard earned cash for a ticket to Croker to see another facile win for the Metropolitans. But that’s exactly what we witnessed in the Provincial semi-final when Dublin defeated Westmeath by a whopping 31 points (4-29 to 0-10).

Dublin, without star forward Diarmuid Connolly (I’m sure everyone in the country knows why at this stage), and being able to afford having the likes of Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn on the bench, were still able to rack up that incredible total. While the one-sided encounter did nothing for Leinster football, it did send an ominous warning to those few counties harbouring ambitions of taking Sam out of the capital at the end of September. Prior to the Westmeath mis-match, Dublin defeated Carlow 0-19 to 0-7 in the first round in a rare game the All-Ireland champions had to play outside the Pale. This Sunday (July 16), Dublin will be bidding to make more history when they aim for their seventh consecutive Leinster title and 56th overall. They won six-in-a-row from 1974 to 1979 during

that glorious period with a team that has drawn parallels with the current crop of stars. The Lilywhites meanwhile, have impressed in the championship so far, especially in the semi-final when they dispatched Meath on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-13. In their first outing, Cian O’Neill’s charges were equally as efficient, defeating Laois 1-21 to 1-7, and hopes are high in Kildare that they are building something promising. Dublin’s last two meetings with Kildare in the Leinster decider ended in victory (2-15 to 0-18 in 2009, and 2-13 to 2-11 in 2002). However, Kildare memorably defeated Dublin in the 2000 Leinster Final (2-11 to 0-12) after a replay, and went on to reach the All-Ireland semi-final where they lost to Galway. The last thing the GAA needs right now is another canter but Kildare can put

▪▪ There have been too many one-sided Leinster football finals at Croke Park in recent years. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA it up to the Dubs and make life uncomfortable for Jim Gavin’s team. Whether they can sustain it for 70 minutes is the big question, though. In recent years it has become more apparent that

you have to beat Dublin twice to win: you have the beat the first 15 and then the subs. If Dublin start with the same forward line as they did the last day - Dean Rock,

Paul Mannion, Con O’Callaghan, Kevin McManamon, Paddy Andrews and Ciaran Kilkenny – they should surely have too much for Kildare. However, the Lilywhites

are a good bet to get a lot closer to their opponents than Westmeath or Carlow did. And for the good of Gaelic football, let’s all hope they make a match of it, at least!


12 JUL 2017



Tuscany for the beginners Rick Steeves WEDGED between Florence and Rome, rural Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience; sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screensaver hills, romantically fortified farms, and cypress trees marching single file up lonely ridges. We go to Italy to experience the finesse of Florence, the splish-splash of Venice, and the grandeur of Rome, but it's in Tuscany that we find the rustic-yetelegant essence of Italia. Built on hilltops for defensive purposes in ancient and medieval times, the lofty perches of Tuscany's hill towns today seem to protect them only from the modern world. After the hustle and bustle of urban Italy, it can be a joy to downshift to a more peaceful pace. With a surprising diversity of scenic lanes, abbeys, and wineries, the Tuscan countryside is a fine place to abandon your itinerary and just slow down. This is one part of Italy where I recommend traveling by car. Although driving in Italy isn't for the faint of heart, in Tuscany it's a joy on superscenic small roads - and the best way to lace together the views, villages, and vineyards. Trains link some villages, but stations are likely to be in a valley a few miles from the town centre. Even buses can't make it up, up, up into some hill towns - some of the steepest villages have escalators serving car parks at the base of their cliffs. To connect with the rural charm that's so much a part of our image of Tuscany, stay on a farm - an agriturismo. This kind of rural guesthouse - which must be a working farm to earn the title ‘agriturismo’ - provides a good home base from which to find the magic of the region. Some agriturismi are simple and rustic; others are downright fancy - but all are hosted by wonderful people eager to share their bit of paradise. Many agriturismi are dedicated to making sure that their guests are as well fed as their cows. Your hosts may even offer you a ‘zero kilometre’ meal, serving food that is virtually all produced on the farm; olive oil, cheese, prosciutto, bread, and wine. That's a meal that's truly

▪▪ Classic view of the medieval town of San Gimignano and beautiful Tuscan countryside.

▪▪ Pienza’s classic main square - with a city hall, two palaces, and a cathedral - is ▪▪ Much of the Tuscan countryside is a confection of green hills and blue sky. famous for its elegance and artistic unity. PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT indimenticabile (my new favourite Italian word…meaning ‘unforgettable’). And about that wine: A big reason for visiting Tuscany is to sample the great local vino. The region is dotted with classy wineries elegantly tucked into the hills, and many growers welcome visitors to their vineyards. In Tuscany you usually need to book a tasting tour beforehand (a simple phone call a day or two ahead is usually sufficient). Most tours last an hour, cost about €10, and finish in tasting rooms where, with expert guidance, you'll develop a better appreciation of the fruit of the vines. The by-product: you slowly build up a trunkful of new favourite wines. The biggest dilemma facing a firsttimer in Tuscany is how in Dante's name to choose from the many hill towns vying for your attention.

Each has its own appeal, and many are Campo, has a gently tilted floor fanning worthy of an overnight. Here are a few of out into a people-friendly stage set, making it the city's proud centrepiece my favourites: and giving the town a medieval allure. This is the ultimate hill town, with redVOLTERRA brick lanes cascading every which way This beautifully preserved jewel, encircled by impressive walls and topped and an unrivalled spirit that any visitor can enjoy. with a grand fortress, is just far enough off the beaten path to keep it feeling genuine. Its long Etruscan history makes MONTEPULCIANO This hill town boasts a medieval for unusually interesting sightseeing for cityscape like a miniature Florence. With a small town. several historic wine cellars and easy access to wine country, it's my favourite SAN GIMIGNANO base for exploring the heart of Tuscany. The region's glamour girl, with Rooms with a view are standard in this 14 surviving medieval towers, San Gimignano is a tourist trap by day but an dramatically sited town. evocative and traffic-free delight after PIENZA dark. Fans of architecture and urban design appreciate this pint-sized Renaissance SIENA town with well-planned streets and Siena's stunning main square, the

squares. For a hill town, it's notable for being relatively flat. MONTALCINO This touristy Brunello-wine capital still manages to exude a stony charm. It's mainly a happy gauntlet of wine shops and art galleries. CORTONA With a rich architectural and artistic heritage, thriving Cortona is nested in a scenic hilly landscape dotted with grand churches and Etruscan ruins. While most hill towns are undeniably touristy, in the evening they become the domain of locals, who polish the cobbled streets with convivial promenades. Join in, and imagine the countless peasant backs that bent so many centuries ago to set these ancient, weathered stones into simple perfection.



BOOKS About the Author LORCAN McNamee is a language teacher, editor and writer, and lives in the west of Ireland. He lived in Lisbon from 1995 to 1998, and worked there as an English teacher. As well as time spent in the Portugese capital, he has also lived in Dublin, Limerick, Reykjavik, Coleraine and London. He has been writing poetry and fiction for more than 20 years, but A Year in Lisbon is his first published book. It is a novel with a strong sense of place, where the city itself is a protagonist in the story. This story is one of loss, change and second chances.

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BOOK OF THE WEEK: ‘A Year in Lisbon’ by Lorcan McNamee


RISH writer, Lorcan McNamee, will be launching his new novel, A Year in Lisbon, in Dublin on Wednesday, July 12 in The Winding Stair Bookshop at 7pm.


The book is set in the city of Lisbon, in the years 2007 and 2008, and is a coming of age story, an examination of the life of an ex-pat and a love letter to the fascinating city of Lisbon. The first lines of the novel are “I ended up in Lisbon.” The central character, Cian O’Dwyer, decides to “flee” Dublin after a failed relationship and lands in Lisbon, Portugal, where he gets a job as an English teacher in a language school there. He knows almost nothing about the city or the country, but is just happy to be out of Ireland. In the Portuguese capital, Cian becomes part of the community of English teachers that live in the city. They are all young and less interested in work than in taking advantage of the varied delights that Lisbon has to offer. A central conflict in the novel is the decision Cian has to make between staying securely within this slightly closed community, and the possibility of leaving his comfort zone and getting to know the locals. A Year in Lisbon is an account of the slow transformation of the central character, and of the role of the city in this change. Cian, immature and

directionless at the beginning of the novel, starts to become part of his new environment, and Lisbon slowly becomes more than just a place to escape to. In fact, the city of Lisbon itself plays an important role in the novel as a whole. For Cian – and for the author, who lived in Lisbon in the 1990s – the city is a revelation; it is strange, exotic, fascinating, stressful and enchanting. Despite himself, Cian begins to feel at home in this city that is so different to everything he has experienced before. The story also takes a behind-thescenes look at the world of English language teaching, and the reality of life in a language school in a European city. Cian works in The London School, where things are not exactly as they first appear. The book offers a humorous, ironic look at this world, with its finely-drawn cast of engaging, colourful characters. The launch will begin at 7pm on Wednesday, July 12 in The Winding Stair bookshop, just by the Ha’penny Bridge. It is a free event and all are welcome.

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Supernatural story takes the reader on a fantasy journey through Ireland CATCHING Clodagh’s eye, Silas noted that the bright smile she had been wearing had vapourised, its radiance replaced by a wincing grimace which signalled a warning to his brain that she had almost certainly sustained an injury. He couldn’t afford that. None of them could afford that. Not now.... When a troupe of Irish dancers disappear, the police and the world are left baffled. While Silas Murphy and Clodagh Trevor embark on their own desperate search for their friends and colleagues, a strange and complex labyrinth of events unfold, influenced by the age-old divinatory symbolism of the Tarot cards. Arcanum is a supernatural novel set in past and present Ireland against the background of Irish dance, which tells of the human spirit’s desire to overcome adversity. With the force of determination, plus a little magic, the veil between past and present is briefly lifted and the two are united in order to restore harmony, but not before the tragedy of loss is experienced on either side. This novel takes the reader on a journey

through Ireland and weaves a story combining fact and fantasy, mystery and romance. ‘Arcanum’ will be enjoyed by readers with a strong interest in Ireland as well as those who enjoy watching Irish dance and those who take part in the popular artform themselves. A fascinating and gripping read, this book will not only serve to entertain readers, but also to enlighten them. The author, Ann Mann, has enjoyed an eclectic career in show business and the media. As a singer, she made numerous broadcasts on television and radio in the sixties. She has also performed in some of the top cabaret spots in London’s West End over the years. She has produced over 1,000 programmes for TV and radio, worked for Walt Disney and Hammer Films and lectured on musical theatre and Irish literature. Some of her award-winning radio pro-

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The Dublin People Media Group has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week this week is Bran, a nine-year-old, male Collie. He is a real foodie who adores his grub, so getting to know him shouldn’t take long if you have a tasty treat to hand! Although Bran does seek affection and attention, he prefers a hands off approach and is happiest just snuggling at your side rather than being petted and fussed. Bran is looking for an adult only home, preferably one that is familiar with Collies and their kooky ways. Bran is adorably handsome and a firm favourite with the staff in Dogs Trust, so if you're looking for an older gentleman to stick to your side like glue, Bran could be the one for you. If you think you can offer Bran a loving home, contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at You can also pop up for a visit. Dogs Trust is open six days a week from 12-4pm. The centre is closed all day Tuesday. You can also find Dogs Trust on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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Bursary scheme hits the right note MINISTER for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, has announced the successful organisations that will receive a grant under the newly established Non-mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme. The grant, which is funded by the Department of Education and Skills, will provide assistance to 29 community initiatives that work with children and young people across the country. The funding will help support individuals, organisations and groups that are providing access for young people and children to varied music education experiences without any significant funding. Minister Bruton said the establishment of the bursa-

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now through this bursary scheme. “I hope that this initiative will help to further shape the landscape of music education in Ireland and provide support and encouragement for future talent.” The total budget available in 2017 is €100,000 and Whitefriar Street String Project has been awarded €15,000. The project operates out of the Carmelite Community Centre on Aungier Street, Dublin 2. It is a string programme for children aged 6-12 who attend local DEIS schools. The initiative was established in 2011 and caters for 96 students across 1st to 6th classes in non-mainstream outside of school times. Musicianship classes take place on Saturdays. Each year three students

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For an employee this time is important in making sure the probation is a mere formality, and that the job is secured for however long it’s wanted. Starting a new job provides the opportunity to institute yourself as a valuable member of the team. First impressions are important and you only get to make one. Good first impressions allow you to establish yourself as someone recognised as smart, motivated, and possessing the potential to progress. The chances are that you have never met most of the

people you are working with, so you have a clean slate with which to make your mark. For the first few weeks of a new job, co-workers will cut you some slack. They assume you don't know how everything works, so use this time to ask questions. Bring a pad and write down answers to make sure it sinks in. A good tip is to hold queries until the end of the day as they are often answered in the normal course of things. This also stops you butting in with a question every five minutes and coming across as though you aren’t grasp-

ing things. Familiarise yourself with new systems and work practices, ask pertinent questions, and look for training early on, because whereas people are happy to help when you first join the company, if you are asking what your login to the computer is after two months their patience may begin to wear thin! It’s important to introduce yourself around in a new organisation. Get to know who does what, and who makes the decisions. Knowing the key players allows you to do your job better.

▪▪ For the first few weeks of a new job, co-workers will cut you some slack. Try to avoid getting sucked in to gossip about co-workers. Be polite to those who are spreading it, but take people as you find them. This is an opportunity to progress in a new company, so don't make enemies when you don't need to. During the early days of a new job, try to have an input in meetings and during work. Come up with suggestions and insights that mark you out as someone who is sharp, confident and who knows their stuff. Be careful not to come

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you want the job, don't let your performance drop after you are confirmed as a permanent employee. Keep contributing and mark yourself out as one to be watched. A new job is a fresh slate. Be confident, make yourself invaluable and you might find opportunities present themselves not just for increases in salary, but for progress. •Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit or call 01-8456312.

Older employees uncertain when looking for a new job OLDER workers who are planning on changing roles worry their age might stop them from getting a new job. However, those who are planning to change roles in the next two years report that they are upskilling (65 per cent) to stay employable. The research carried out by amongst 1,038 job seekers across multiple industries shows that 31 per cent of older workers believe they lost out on a job opportunity due to their age at least on one or more occasion. A quarter of older employees believe they were passed over for promotion due to their age. As a result, 62 per cent of workers were apprehensive about looking for a new job with 45 per cent of older employees planning to stay in their existing sector. The research also showed that older employees are going a lot further than their younger counterparts to stay competitive for new

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council John Mattimoe is applying for planning permission for a domestic extension and alterations to existing semidetached dwelling at 15 Glenabbey Road, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. The extension and alterations are comprised of: the removal of existing garage and outhouses to side; single storey extensions to front, rear and side; two-storey extension to front and side; new stairs and rooflights to existing and extended attic space over extension to side; elevational changes; modifications to existing house; widening of existing entrance gateway; and all ancillary 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, Dun Laoghaire, during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning permission is sought for development consisting of the following: (i) retention of signage and wood fascia above entrance to rear of Unit 3; (ii) retention of relocated bin storage area to rear of Unit 4; (iii) provision of new wood sheeted screening/fencing to relocated bin storage area; (iv) retention of 1 no. refrigerated storage unit (6.6sqm) located to rear of Unit 4;(v) existing wood surround screening/fencing to refrigerated storage unit to be raised in height by 700mm approx , all located to rear of Street Food Outlet, Unit 3 & 4 Ashwood House, Main Street, Shankill, Dublin 18 for Street Food Outlets Ltd. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Permission sought by Niall and Anne Marie Kerney for construction of a single-storey extension of 19 sq.m. to the rear of house at 7 Woodlands Drive, Stillorgan, Blackrock, County Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, HSE Estates Dublin Mid-Leinster, intend to apply for permission for development at Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, Dublin 18. D18 XH70. Works to include the Extension and Internal Renovation of four existing single storey Nightingale Wards & the construction of one single storey Temporary Ward Accommodation Block and all Associated Site Works. The application site includes two protected structures, Burton House (RPS 1634) and the former stables (RPS 1630). 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. The offices are at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20.00, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Dublin City Council Alja Kramberger apply for planning permission at 52 Cowper Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6, for Development consisting of demolition of existing rear single storey extension of ca 22m2 and construction of a single storey ground floor extension ca 38m2, a below ground basement to rear of ca 62 m2, a covered-in side passage area of 11m2 to the western side, an altered roof over existing eastern side extension, some internal alterations and upgrading works, provision of rooflights and solar panel, associated drainage, site works and landscaping. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Application for alterations to previous application D17A/0022 to include retention and alterations to extended driveway to a max width of 3.5 metres at 62 Loreto Crescent, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Signed Gavin Kearney. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, Janet Moran & Federico Julian Gonzalez, intend to apply for permission for development at this site, 76 Oliver Plunkett Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. The development consists of the demolition of existing single storey extension and construction of new single-storey extension to rear of dwelling. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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CRYPTIC CLUES ACROSS 1. In a higher position among hundreds to win trophies (4) 3. Jeers when military quarters seen (8) 8. Paper about in the morning (4) 9. Crop made to be set beside others (8) 11. Crossroads at which to bury part? (12) 13. A doctor with one foot not properly secured (6) 14. 100 short, act on list of bequests as one wishes (2,4) 17. Study not lasting in our era? (12) 20. It’s a disadvantage to lure defender out (8) 21. Twice act for extinct animal (4) 22. Feeling that makes one hang on? (8) 23. Singer is bighead and idiot (4)

DOWN 1. Top cleric uses vehicle to take Linda out (8) 2. Postscript, wanting to change hymnbook (7) 4. Makes amends for note as misplayed (6) 5. Concerning plea for the same again (10) 6. Mongrel has one ring that is a valuable object (5) 7. This team has a pretentious air (4) 10. Lucrative for those who are healthy and skilled (10) 12. Youths whose pleasure-seeking is dramatic? (8) 15. There’s nothing in crazy maniac becoming unconscious (2,1,4) 16. Hits fishing-vessels (6) 18. Examinations in which results are poor also (5) 19. Puts extra 500 among advertisements (4)









ACROSS 1. Orient (4) 3. Amazing (8) 8. Apiece (4) 9. Aerodrome (8) 11. Foreboding (12) 13. Adopt (6) 14. Torpidity (6) 17. Patrician (12) 20. Incarcerate (8) 21. Be off! (4) 22. Imperil (8) 23. Cupid (4) DOWN 1. Model (8) 2. Triumph (7) 4. Narcotic (6) 5. Calumnious (10) 6. Sea (5) 7. Affectation (4) 10. Leave (10) 12. Costly (8) 15. Ewer (7) 16. Churlish (6) 18. Quick (5) 19. Shoot (4)


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If you fancy seeing some of the top athletes in the world up close, get down to Santry this week. The annual Morton Games will take place at Santry Stadium this Wednesday, July 12. This promises to be an exciting night of athletics packed into a compact international programme from 7pm until 9pm. The most famous race in Irish athletics, the Morton Mile, will be the feature race at 9pm.

Don’t miss the chance to meet medieval friends and learn about the history of Dalkey Castle this summer. Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre has announced that this summer Living History Tours will be taking place at the castle. With a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the Living History Tour is the perfect opportunity to learn about Dalkey Castle and is the ideal activity to do with the children over the summer months. The Living History Tour takes place every day except Tuesday. Tickets are €9 for an adult and €7for a child under 12. Visit: www. or telephone 01-2858366.



Following on from the success of its Futures Past season last April, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) will present ‘Dark Skies: A Festival of Science Fact and Fiction Film’ from July 13 to 16. Presented in collaboration with Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, the festival will include a selection of new and classic films, including a screening of Philip Kaufman’s Oscar-winning ‘The Right Stuff’ in 70mm and Emer Reynolds’s awardwinning documentary ‘The Farthest’. Tickets for the Dark Skies Festival are now on sale from and from the IFI Box Office.


The Irish International A Cappella Festival is a new three-day music festival celebrating the genre of modern a cappella, which is taking place across various venues in Dublin city between July 14 and 16. Grammy-award winning a cappella group The Swingles will headline the festival with a performance at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the final night of the festival, Sunday, July 16 at 8pm. On Friday July 14 the festival will showcase some of the best Irish talent in an opening concert at University Church, Stephen’s Green featuring Ardú Vocal Ensemble, International Barbershop Champions 4 in a Bar and Ireland’s A Cappella Competition Winners 2016 The Apple Blossoms and The Ramparts Chamber Choir. Full programme details are available from schedule

Calling all junior detectives! GPO Witness History has misplaced some key objects of historic significance. It’s with the greatest urgency that these must be located and GPO Witness History needs your expertise. The search is taking place weekly on Sundays throughout July and August. If you are up to the task, register your participation by emailing This fun activity is available for children aged five to 12 and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It costs €12 per adult, €6 per child or €26 for a family of four. After the experience, there’s a session of crafts and games from the Victorian era.


A new stage adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s international bestselling novel, ‘Room’, with a haunting score by Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett, has opened at the Abbey Theatre. Previously adapted for the screen by Donoghue, the film won Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her son, Jack (5), has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. ‘Room’ will run at the Abbey until July 22. PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN

Grab your swimsuits; 98FM’s Big Slide Festival is back and better than ever! The two day free event, in partnership with Dublin City Council, comes to Winetavern Street on July 15 and 16. The festival will include a 260ft water slide, music, entertainment and food in the Wood Quay Amphitheatre. After a crowd of 20,000 sliders and spectators last year, the Big Slide will give Dubliners an extraordinary and unforgettable way to travel through Christchurch. Wannabe sliders will have to stay tuned to 98FM to hear when tickets will be available to register for online. A limited number of tickets will be released each day and will be available right up until the day of the Big Slide.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot will be mounting the return of Absolute Beginners by Diane Crotty this July at the New Theatre, Temple Bar. This wonderful piece written by one of Dublin’s newest female playwrights challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness in Ireland today. From the company that brought you RISK (2016) and Spandex Blues (2016), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot brings back Absolute Beginners, a bittersweet comedy about finding help in unexpected ways. It runs from Wednesday, July 12 to Saturday July 22. Tickets: €12.50- €16. Group Concessions of €10 (Groups of 10+)




There’s a series of sew and print workshops taking place in Glasnevin every Sunday in July. The fun and creative workshops are suitable for all levels of ability and are being held in Three Sisters Craft, 187 Botanic Road. The next workshop shows how to make a cute fabric bucket and it takes place from 1.30-5pm on Sunday, July 16. The €45 cost includes materials, beverages and snacks. For details or to book call 086-8658197 or email

Across: 1 Cups; 3 Barracks; 8 Ream; 9 Compared; 11 Intersection; 13 Adrift; 14 At will; 17 Contemporary; 20 Drawback; 21 Dodo; 22 Suspense; 23 Bass. Down: 1 Cardinal; 2 Psalter; 4 Atones; 5 Repetition; 6 Curio; 7 Side; 10 Profitable; 12 Playboys; 15 In a coma; 16 Smacks; 18 Orals; 19 Adds.


Across: 1 East; 3 Wondrous; 8 Each; 9 Airfield; 11 Presentiment; 13 Assume; 14 Stupor; 17 Aristocratic; 20 Imprison; 21 Shoo; 22 Endanger; 23 Eros. Down: 1 Exemplar; 2 Success; 4 Opiate; 5 Defamatory; 6 Ocean; 7 Side; 10 Permission; 12 Precious; 15 Pitcher; 16 Morose; 18 Rapid; 19 Fire.



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

▪▪ Guinness Brewery, c. 1910, showing the decorated dray-horses looking smart with polished brasses in the yard waiting for their carts to be loaded. In 1908, the firm had 171 horses, 210 drays and floats, all in full use. In the backgroud, across the river, the Royal Barracks can be seen. PHOTO AND CAPTION: ‘IMAGES OF IRELAND’, CENTRAL DUBLIN, BY DEREK STANLEY. PUBLISHED BY GILL & MACMILLAN/THE HISTORY PRESS.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, July 5, 1856

▪▪ Irish Press, July 4, 1986

▪▪ Evening Herald, July 29, 1939

▪▪ Irish Press, July 3, 1961 ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, July 30, 1853

▪▪ Shelbourne Football Club, runners-up for the Irish Cup in the 1904/05 season. From left to right (back row): Pidgeon, Penston, Doherty, Ronan (treasurer), Abbey, Kelly, Monks (trainer), Cunningham (secretary); (middle row) Wimble, Jack Owens, Heslin, James Owens, Ledwidge; (front row) Lawless, Cleary. PHOTO AND CAPTION: ‘IMAGES OF IRELAND’, CENTRAL DUBLIN, BY DEREK STANLEY. PUBLISHED BY GILL & MACMILLAN/THE HISTORY PRESS. ▪▪ Irish Independent, July 2, 1929


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