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Community and family’s pride in Captain Fitzpatrick Continued from page 1 Captain Fitzpatrick, an extremely experienced pilot who had almost 20 years’ service with the Coast Guard, had been rescued in critical condition but later died in hospital. She was a high-profile water safety campaigner and often spoke publicly about her love for her challenging job. She is survived by her three-year-old son. Her family led tributes to her. “We are so proud of Dara’s work and all she has done to save the lives of others over the years,” they said in a statement to Today FM. “We are completely heartbroken and we pray for the recovery of the other three crew. “She is survived by her three-year-old son, her three sisters, brother and her parents.” Speaking to RTÉ News, Dara’s father John said the situation was“horrendous” and “absolutely heartbreaking”, but that the family feels “tremendous pride” for Dara and the work she was doing. Her sister, leading psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick, also paid tribute to her on Twitter. “My brave sister Capt Dara Fitzpatrick lost her life,” she Tweeted. “We are devastated. Please pray for recovery of 3 remaining crew”. Tributes have poured in from across the country

▪▪ Captain Dara Fitzpatrick for Captain Fitzpatrick with President Michael D Higgins describing the tragedy as a “dark day” for the Coast Guard. “Today marks a dark day in the history of the Coast Guard/Garda Cósta na hÉireann, with a member of this important service losing her life while providing assistance to others,” he said. “On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I pay tribute to Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who died today. “We are all grateful for the courage, resolution and exemplary commitment to the aims of the Coast Guard that Captain Fitzpatrick and her colleagues have consistently displayed. “My thoughts are with her family at this difficult moment and also with the families of the missing crew.” President Higgins added: “It is appropriate that we acknowledge and pay tribute to the efforts of her colleagues at the Coast Guard who have been working at a time, which

must be for them, a time of great grief and uncertainty. “May I also commend the other emergency services, as well as those from local communities in Mayo, who responded so valiantly, and in great solidarity, at this time of tragedy.” Sinn Féin councillor Chris Curran also paid tribute to Captain Fitzpatrick and said his thoughts were with her family, friends, colleagues and neighbours in Kilternan. “It was with great sadness that the entire country woke up to the news of the missing coastguard helicopter and then later in the day heard that Captain Fitzpatrick had been found and pronounced dead,” Cllr Curran said. “To learn that Captain Fitzpatrick was a local Kilternan woman brings a greater sense of grief to the area but also a sense of pride in Dara and the service she gave this State. “Also in my thoughts are the families and friends of the other crew members who are missing at this time.”

▪▪ Wayne Peer prepares to move from his makeshift tent at the site in Milltown. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Men evicted Continued from page 1 One of the men, Wayne Peer, said they had decided to move after they were served with the eviction notice. “They came down here and basically told us we’d have to move on,” Wayne said. “They gave us these letters and now two of the lads have already left. “Me and one other fella have decided to move up along the line to another spot we found and that’s where we’ll stay for the time being.” Wayne, whose story was highlighted in Southside People in January of this year (right), explained that he did not want to move into a homeless shelter as he felt they were too dangerous.

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Des joins Dubs for Daffodil Day COMEDIAN Des Bishop joined Daffodil Day volunteer Dora Bracken from Terenure recently to help launch the Irish Cancer Society’s 30th Daffodil Day that takes place this week. Hundreds of daffodil volunteers attended the event in Croke Park to prepare for the longest running national collection day in the country. Daffodil Day supporters have raised over €66m for people affected by cancer in Ireland since the inaugural event in 1988. Since then Daffodil Day has become a vital fundraiser involving communities across Ireland who come together to support cancer patients and their families. RTE’s Dancing with the Stars contestant Des Bishop was on hand to launch the day which takes place on Friday, March 24. The comedian, who lost his father to lung cancer, urged members of the public to show their support for the growing number of people being diagnosed with cancer. Des, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000 said: “Cancer has knocked on every door in Ireland and it is affecting lives every single day of the year. I’ve faced it myself, my mother has been treated for cancer and my father unfortunately died from the disease. “Daffodil Day is an amaz-

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Ireland has changed since Casey scandal A measured response to the former bishop’s passing came in a statement from President Michael D Higgins, who paid tribute to Casey’s work on homelessness and housing with the Irish emigrant community in Britain

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Catholic perspective, blatant hypocrisy. The recent Tuam babies scandal has laid bare Church and ▪▪ Catholicism was at the peak of its powers when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979. PHOTO: State failings that were far more Of course, it would still be a big Dublin City Public Libraries Digital Archive sinister and far-reaching than deal today if a leading member Eamonn Casey’s. In this context, the sexual of the clergy was found to have A measured response to the died, Pat Kenny’s Newstalk show now infamous appearance on peccadillos of Eamonn Casey pale former bishop’s passing came fathered a child. Throw in the ‘The Late Late Show’, before carried an excellent report by in comparison. Notwithstanding financial elements of the Casey taking a darker turn into the in a statement from President Jonathan Healy on the scandals his misappropriation of diocesan Michael D Higgins, who paid saga and we’d have the makings litany of child sex abuse cases the Church has found itself funds, Casey was really only of a major controversy, albeit and the Catholic Church’s tribute to Casey’s work on embroiled in. It started with perhaps one not so seismic. shamefully inadequate response guilty of human frailty or, if homelessness and housing with the Casey story, with archive harshly judged from a devout About a week before Casey to them. the Irish emigrant community recordings of Annie Murphy’s

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So many children in the town learnt to swim in the old baths. I will always cherish the wonderful memories and friends I made on those long summer days in the auld baths and a former councillor for the area, said he was excited about the plans and very pleased that work on the site would finally get underway. “A lot of arguments have ensued over many years about the future of the Baths site,” he said. “But I am particularly pleased that the council abandoned all plans to construct private residential apartments on this site. “Like others, I always argued that the Baths site was an important public amenity area that needed to be retained and

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Referring specifically to the Templeogue, Terenure and Rathfarnham areas, Cllr Enda Fanning (SF) said 32 sites of public and private land with development potential for housing had been identified by South Dublin County Council. “The council estimates that approximately 3,500 residential units could be accommodated on the relevant lands,” Cllr Fanning stated. “This could contribute to resolving the current housing crisis. “While I also note the council’s comments that the figure

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▪▪ Pictured at the launch of A World of Colour in dlrLexicon Library are DLR Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb, Marian Keyes, Senior Executive Librarian and guest speaker Valerie Coghlan who launched the exhibition.

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This lucky mum’s story to feature in organ campaign THE story of a 51-year-old Southside mother who narrowly survived a devastating heart attack will be featured as part of this year’s Organ Donor Awareness Week. Running from April 1 to 8 this year, the campaign will be launched on Tuesday, March 28 at the Mansion House. One of those whose life has been saved by an organ transplant, Gina Lenehan, from Ranelagh, will be on hand to help highlight the importance of the campaign. Gina, a pharmacist at Trinity Pharmacy in Westland Row, received a heart transplant in 2015. The mother of three teenagers had not been on a heart waiting list as she was in good health. She had no prior warning signs that she was about to suffer spontaneous heart dissection which, as she says, shredded her heart. She was rushed to hospital and her last memory was arriving at the hospital doors at St James’s Hospital and then waking up 10 days later in the Mater Hospital after receiving a heart transplant two days previously. As a pharmacist, she had always advocated for organ donor awareness and the donor card and made a presentation at the national launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week last year. Lisa Carney (28) from Raheen, in Tallaght, is another Southsider whose story will be used to promote the campaign. Lisa’s failing kidney diagnosis came in 2014 when she visited her doctor as she was concerned her face had become very swollen a few weeks after one of her legs had swollen up while on a flight. She also had unexplained weight gain over a few months and had put on about five stone. She had worked in administration five days a week but due to her tiredness she was forced to reduce her working hours to a three-day week and not currently in employment She now undergoes dialysis treatment which she commenced in September 2016 three times a week for three hours at a time at the Beacon Hospital. dublinpeople dublinpeople

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▪▪ Gina’s story will be featured as part of this year’s campaign. She is currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Prior to her diagnosis, she and her fiancé Joseph Higgins were saving for a house and planning to get married and have a family. However, when she got sick they moved out of an apartment they were renting and moved back into Joseph's parents’ house. She is now also taking medication and is back to her normal weight. She explains that a transplant would transform her life. She would have more energy, be able to return to work, start saving again and plan ahead for a wedding to her childhood sweetheart and hopefully raise a family together. Her fiancé and sister and brother all hope to be considered for living kidney donation. Organ Donor Awareness Week serves as a fundraising exercise for the Irish Kidney Association. Throughout the week the association’s volunteers will be out on the streets, and in

shopping centres throughout the country, selling 'forget-me-not-flower' emblems, brooches, pens and shopping trolley discs. All proceeds will go towards the Irish Kidney Association’s aid for patients on dialysis and those patients fortunate enough to have received a kidney transplant. The Irish Kidney Association’s charitable activities include the provision of a 13-double bedroom free accommodation facility for patients and their families in the grounds of Beaumont Hospital. There are also holiday centres located in Tramore and Kerry. Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on LoCall 1890543639 or freetext the word DONOR to 50050. Also visit the website It is now possible to store an organ donor card, the ‘ecard’ on Smart mobile phones. Simply search for ‘Donor ECard’ at the IPhone Store or Android Market.

Extension to Route 40 To improve links to local amenities for Finglas customers, we have extended Route 40 as far as Charlestown Shopping Centre. Route 40 now starts and ends its route at Charlestown Shopping Centre serving all major stops into the city centre and onwards to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. An Improved Timetable for Routes 40 and 40b Routes 40 and 40b now have a revised timetable which will improve service, reliability and punctuality. To see updated timetables and route maps, visit @dublinbusnews Customer Services: (01) 8734222. Phone lines open: Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 18:00 (except Bank Holidays). Social Media manned Monday to Saturday 07:00 – 19:00.

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▪▪ Leinster supporters Aaron (9) and Ray Murdiff at the Guinness PRO12 Round 17 match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Ballsbridge.

▪▪ Darragh O’Donoghue (8), Sean Gleeson (10) and Ruairi O’Donoghue (also 10) from Firhouse at Leinster v Scarlets in the RDS. ▪▪ CYM players Promise Chapwanya, Diane McIlhagga and Caoimhe Brady following the Leinster Women’s League Division 2 Playoffs match between Tullow and CYM at Donnybrook Stadium.

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▪▪ CYM players celebrate with the cup after winning the Leinster Women’s League Division 2 Playoffs match. ▪▪ Cian O’Callaghan of Cuala is pictured ahead of this year’s AIB GAA Senior Hurling Club Championship Final in Croke Park.





Operation TransPAWmation is underway for dogs this month ONE in three dogs are overweight – is yours? That’s the question being asked by Petmania as they launch Operation TransPAWmation in stores across the country. Aimed at encouraging pet owners to think about their dog’s overall health and wellbeing, Petmania is reminding dog owners that being overweight can have a serious negative impact on the health of our pets. Overweight dogs are more at risk of illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes, heart and respiratory Illness, kidney disease, osteoarthritis and cancer. Signing up to Operation TransPAWmation is easy. The first step is to bring your dog to meet with one of Petmania’s certified weight management advisors and have its weight checked. Combining weight with a body condition score, Pet-

mation team will set you up For more information on you can visit www.petmania. a personalised programme your local Petmania store, ie. that looks at diet and exer¨ cise for your dog. Each participant will receive a goody bag containing a digital weighing scales, to Ask the Experts with John help get your dog’s portion Parasite Control For Dogs & Cats size under control, as well as on-going free support and Regular flea and worm dampen a piece of cotton wool treatment is necessary to keep against your pet's skin, if dark guidance with regular check- your pet, your family and your brown blotches appear on the ins part of the programme. home healthy. cotton wool, this is flea dirt and you can be 100% sure that Dogs that reach their goal Worms - practically all kittens will also receive a special and puppies have worms, so your pet has fleas. rosette, as well as treatment to kill these Fleas can be tackled with a start towards parasites is very important as Spot-on treatments, which they can affect your pet’s must be applied on a a happier, health and can potentially be thoroughly dry and clean coat h e a l t h i e r passed on to humans. Worm (after being washed with life, both treatment can be administered insecticidal shampoo). inside and in the form of tablets or The environment of the pet suspension. Tablets are usually out! flavoured to encourage dogs must be also treated, as the F o r and cats to take them and they fleas that we see on our pet are your dog’s can be given directly to your only 5% of the whole flea mania’s or they can be disguised in population that lives near our free weight pet team will let their food. They act as a cure as pet. Therefore, to successfully check and as- well as maintenance. you know if combat fleas it is important to treat the house and dog’s sessment drop your dog’s weight Fleas - check your pet's coat kennel area with insecticidal along to Petmania for external parasites. The best spray. Fleas and their larvae needs some special at Gulliver’s Retail Park, San- way to do this is with the use of can live all year round so attention. monthly treatment is advised. If your dog is overweight, try, Dublin 9, throughout the a flea comb. You can also the Operation TransPAW- month of March.


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LEAD YOUR PET TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE! Equipet and Red Mills Leader have teamed up to lead your pet to a healthier lifestyle and are launching their Healthy Pet Programme instore and online. The healthy pet programme is a 10 week health and nutrition programme, the main focus of which is to improve your pet’s diet and teach good food practices. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! As a nation we are extremely conscious of the food choices we make and are very aware of the impact the food we eat has on our body, mind and waistline. Can we say the same for the food we feed our pets? Feeding a poor quality diet can cause serious health problems for your pet and while your pet will happily eat the food offered it doesn’t mean that they are thriving. Poor quality, supermarket pet foods are made from cheap protein sources and contain carbohydrate fillers. They bulk up the feed but have no contribution to your dog’s nutritional needs and are passed as waste. These fillers are putting a huge strain on your pet’s digestive system, which in turn leads to a variety of digestive complaints. Leader Pet food is developed by vets and the ingredients have been carefully selected to provide excellent digestibility and nutrition. The hypo-allergenic recipe will aid digestion and digestive issues which means less poo and smelly flatulence! WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PLACE ON YOUR PET’S HEALTH? Many pet owners assume that feeding a premium diet is expensive and therefore choose to feed a supermarket brand. However, when you look at the price of your pet’s overall health, you will find that feeding a premium food can, in fact save you money. Premium pet food is designed specifically for your pet’s needs and therefore you will feed less than you currently do. For example, an average breed dog, weighing between 10-15kg on Leader Adult food requires 175 – 255g daily, whereas when feeding a well-known supermarket brand the same size dog would require 190-380g of food daily. Using these averages, a 15kg bag of Leader Adult food would last approx. 75 days compared to the supermarket brand lasting only 52. Over a year that is saving you up to €116.52. Feeding premium food could also save you money long term on vet’s bills. By feeding a higher quality food you decrease the chances of your pet developing skin problems, skeletal dysfunction, gastrointestinal problems or oral health issues and in turn decrease the amount of visits to the vet. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE We understand in our busy lives that being able to purchase pet food while doing your weekly shop is convenient, so we aim to make your trip to Equipet worthwhile. Our in-store food advisers are fully trained in nutrition and are on hand to answer any questions you may have about diet, weight, condition and even stools. We have heard and seen it all, nothing can scare us! Your pet is welcome instore and we love getting a chance to see familiar faces. We open 7 days a week with late night openings on Thursday & Friday. Alternatively, you can purchase your pet food online and we will deliver it straight to your home or workplace. By investing this small amount of time into your pet’s nutrition you could add years onto the time you will spend together. HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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If you are ready to make a change to your pet’s health and would like to be in with a chance to win a year’s supply of Red Mills Leader pet food call in to your local Equipet store and register for our Healthy Pet Programme. One of our Nutrition experts will recommend a feeding plan and you will receive a registration pack on the day with a sample of Leader food to get you started. We will also throw in some money off vouchers and lots of other treats. Continue to check in at your local Equipet store every two weeks where you will receive general health care tips and free treats. Once you and your pet have completed the 10 week programme you will be automatically entered into a draw for one year’s free supply of Red Mills pet food.








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Take That have revealed what really goes into filming a Carpool Karaoke session.

The boys were spotted shooting a special edition of James Corden’s famous skit Take That’s Howard Donald says there’s a crew of about 25 people and a huge convoy of cars. He also says it can take up to three or four hours to make. It’s reported that there are around 40 cameras in the car and guests have to sit in certain positions also. I can’t wait to see the guys on it.

Adele says she wasn’t in the best of moods when she wrote her smash hit single ‘Hello’ (no surprises there!) The singer has been opening each live gig with the track on her world tour. Adele says that when she first wrote the song, the first line was ‘Hello misery’, which her producer didn’t like. I don’t know about you but her music always puts me on a downer.

Ed Sheeran is making a guest appearance in the upcoming seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones’. It’s not clear what role he’ll be offered, but the singer has confirmed the rumours about his cameo by tweeting “guess the cat’s out the bag”. Becoming a bit of a cameo king, aren’t we Ed?

The release of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has been postponed in Malaysia. The movie, starring Emma Watson, was due to open in cinemas there on Thursday, but has been put on hold due to an “internal review”. No specific reason has been given for the decision to delay the movie, which hit the headlines last week for having a gay character in it.

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Following a public vote, the Le Crunch Apple of my Eye Song Contest has announced that Dublin band Scoops, from Balinteer and Blackrock duo, Stephen Kelly and Mimi Lane, will be among the final five contestants who will be performing to a packed live audience at Whelan's in Dublin this Thursday, March 23. Before the long-awaited showdown Dublin People caught up with contenders, Stephen O'Rourke (SOR) from Scoops and Stephen Kelly (SK) to hear about their Dublin track record... 1. BEST GIG YOU'VE BEEN TO IN DUBLIN? (SOR) Without a shadow of a doubt for me the best gig I attended in Dublin was The Eagles in the 3Arena. To get to see them live was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one I won’t ever forget. On a more local level it would have to be Walking On Cars in the Olympia. These guys, in my eyes, can do no wrong and are all sound out. (SK) Either Coldplay in Marlay Park like 10 years ago or Daft Punk at Oxygen. 2. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN DUBLIN? (SOR) My most memorable moment in Dublin would have to be the day I moved up from Waterford. It was an exciting and memorable moment as I had lived at home during college. (SK) Getting paid €700 to stay an extra day by Aer Lingus before going back to New York! 3. MOST 'WANT TO FORGET' MOMENT IN DUBLIN? (SOR) Waterford Hurling team getting a hiding from Kilkenny in Croke Park in the All Ireland a couple of years back. (SK) Crashing my brother’s car......again 4. FIRST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT AND LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT? (SOR) First one was ‘Hanson’ (I was young!) and latest would be, like most of the country, Ed Sheeran’s new album. (SK) Oasis - ‘What's the Story Morning Glory’, or Kings of Leon - ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’.

▪▪ Dublin band Scoops 5. WHEN YOU'RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO? (SOR) I love to explore new places and cultures – so travelling is something I try to do as much as possible when the time allows for it. (SK) Think about music! Also I like to play football, cook and workout. Mimi likes to run and eat Pringle's...Not at the same time though. 6. WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES? (SOR) Myself and my dad have a massive love for country music so my influences come from a long line of country music stars in America. Lately Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band and further back the likes of Alan Jackson and so on. (SK) Chet Faker, Hozier, Oh Wonder, Oliver Riot, Childish Gambino. 7. WHO WOULD MAKE UP YOUR IDEAL BAND WITH YOU AND MIMI FRONTING IT (MUSICIANS PAST AND PRESENT) (SOR) For me I would love an Irish super group with the like of Christy from Aslan, Pa from Walking On Cars, Jimmy from Picture This, Dave from The Coronas, Barry from Hermitage Green and Niamh from HamsandwicH. Yea, that there sounds like a right fun groUP. (SK) Matt Tong (Bloc Party) on drums, Flea (Chili Peppers) on bass and Jeff Buckley on guitar.

▪▪ Stephen O’Rourke 8. ANY TIPS ON LIFE? (SOR) My motto in life is simple – Find something you love, do what you love and then find a way to get paid to do it. (SK) Moderation in everything, including moderation! (go nuts every now and again) And If you're having fun stay, if not, go. 9. FIRST PERSON YOU'D INVITE TO YOUR PARTY? (SOR) Family first always. (SK) Will Smith. 10. LAST PERSON YOU'D INVITE TO YOUR PARTY? (SOR) This one is a bit harsh ha! Em maybe my old boss – I can’t say which one though! (SK) Hannibal Lecter, cause he'd get the wrong idea when you say there'll be finger food.

DJ Jenny to bring orchestral moves to 3Arena LAST year, 2FM brought DJ Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra together for the standout act of Electric Picnic and a sellout night at Dublin’s 3Arena.


▪▪ Jenny Greene

This year, 2FM - the Sound of the Nation - is taking this live 1990s experience across the country and will be back at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday, April 21 before tearing the roof off the tent at the Marquee, Cork on Saturday, June 17. Standing alongside Jenny Greene will be Cork-based singer Gemma Sugrue and conductor Gavin Murphy. Classics from the original set will be delivered along with unbelievably exciting new arrangements which will be a surprise that will be kept just for the night. At the Electric Picnic last year they played to a mobbed Rankin’s Wood. During the rehearsal session, word went around Stradbally that something special was on the way and by the time of the performance the tent was packed, with queues of people outside desperate to get in. They topped the list for

many as the highlight of the weekend. Last November, in response to phenomenal demand, the same team came together for a full gig and it was the hottest ticket in town. Numbers like ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’, ‘Children’, ‘Not Over Yet’, ‘Everybody’s Free’ and ‘Insomnia’ had a packed 3Arena on their feet for the night. A whole new audience discovered the thrill of seeing and hearing an orchestra in full flight and who better to introduce them than the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, voted the World’s Favourite Orchestra in an international poll in 2015? Doors will open at 7pm with the gig set to start at 8pm in Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday, April 21. Tickets (€49.50) are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.



Stars stage play for the Coombe Neil Fetherstonhaugh STARS of stage and screen are coming together for a special performance of the highly-acclaimed play ‘And Spring Shall Come’ at the Gaiety Theatre in support of the life-saving work at one of Dublin’s busiest maternity hospitals. Friends of the Coombe’s Mending Our Children’s Hearts campaign are staging a heart-warming Mother’s Day night out at the Gaiety to support the Fetal Cardiology Service that is based at The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. It is here that specialist doctors and midwives take care of babies who are diagnosed with life-threatening congenital heart disease while still in the womb and

who require complex surgery and medical treatment immediately after birth. RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne, Moya Doherty of Riverdance, Pól Brennan of Clannad and actors Mark Lambert, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Seán T Ó Meallaigh, Ian Toner and Jonathan White are involved in the Mother’s Day event. Dublin mum Nollaig McGill and her husband Aidan Glennon are just one of many families who have first-hand experience of the Fetal Cardiology Service, without which their second child, Ruth, would not be here today. “Aidan and I went to the Coombe for our routine 20week scan,” Nollaig recalled. “While we were a bit nervous, as this was the scan that would check the baby’s growth and organs, we had no reason to expect bad

news. I remember that day so clearly. “Our appointment was at 5.30pm and, by coincidence, the lady who performed the scan was the same lady who scanned me when I was pregnant with our son, Jarlath. “She spent a lot of time looking at the baby’s heart before telling us that she couldn’t see properly, probably because of the way the baby was lying, and would come back to it when she had checked everything else. “When she did, she told us that she wanted a doctor to come and look at it which set off alarm bells in our heads.” The couple later returned to be told the bad news – their little girl had a life-threatening heart condition. “That was the point at which everything changed,”

▪▪ Moya Doherty, the producer of ‘And Spring Shall Come’ is pictured with Ruth’s mum Nollaig McGill, Eileen Dunne, master of ceremonies on the night and Ruth Glennon at the launch of the special night for the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. PHOTO: FINBARR O’ROURKE Nollaig remembers. “Instead of planning for the arrival of a healthy baby we were planning for our baby’s survival.” After a caesarean section the little girl, ‘Ruth’ was due to go to theatre when she was just five-days-old. “She was able to have the operation the following morning and her surgeon Mr Lars Nolke gave us the good news that it had all gone to plan.

“Ruth is now almost twoyears-old and, while she still needs ongoing care and has further surgeries ahead of her, she is well. The one-act play ‘And Spring Shall Come’, which was co-written by Coombe Consultant Professor Chris Fitzpatrick and multi-award winning film director Ruán Magan, is a retelling of the insurrection in Dublin and the Battle of the Somme set against a backdrop of 800

years of Anglo-Irish history. Proceeds will go towards the Friends of the Coombe’s Mending Our Children’s Hearts fundraising campaign which will support the ongoing development of the Fetal Cardiology Service. Master of The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, Dr Sharon Sheehan, extended her heartfelt thanks to all who have so generously given of their time and talents.

She said: “The Fetal Cardiology Service has grown significantly since its establishment in 2008. “It is now the only referral service for prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease in the country.” Tickets, which are priced from €20, are available from Friends of The Coombe (email tel 01 408 5539) or go online and see the website.


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Boots march towards fundraising milestone BOOTS Ireland have announced that its staff and customers have raised an incredible €1 million for the Irish Cancer Society as at the end of December 2016, through fundraising initiatives since the partnership began in June

2012. Boots Ireland has supported the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing service which provides end of life care allowing patients to remain in the comfort of their own home surrounded by

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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family and loved ones. The €1 million raised has provided over 2,850 nights of Night Nursing care. Since the relationship began, Boots Ireland stores, their staff, customers, family and friends have come together to raise funds for this essential service to ensure patients receive the end of life care needed to allow them to remain in their own home. Money has been raised through a number of initiatives including the Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses which take place annually in August, Shave or Dye events, Paint It Pink activities and numerous in-store events throughout the year. The aim of the Boots Ireland’s partnership with the Irish Cancer Society is to increase awareness, promote

cancer prevention and support people living with cancer in Ireland. Along with supporting the Night Nursing service, Boots has also trained their pharmacists to become qualified Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists to help support and advise people dealing with cancer. In addition, Boots Ireland regularly host cancer prevention advisor information stands in-store to ensure people affected by cancer can receive information and support in their local communities. John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Every year in Ireland 9,000 people die from cancer, that’s one person every hour. “In 2016 our Night Nurses provided over 8,000 nights

of care to 1,900 cancer patients around the country. This is crucial support for families at a very difficult time. “On behalf of the thousands of families, who use the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service, I want to thank all the Boots staff and their customers for helping us be there for those who need it when it really matters.” Bernadette Lavery, Managing Director, Boots Ireland, said: “Our partnership with the Irish Cancer Society is incredibly important to us as we know how cancer can affect the lives of so many across every community in Ireland. “I am incredibly thankful to all our stores and our customers, who over the past four and a half years

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the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurses for their work, which is so highly valued by cancer patients and their families, making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Volunteer driver service goes a long, long way A TOTAL of 258 volunteer drivers in Dublin covered 107,297km and made over 3,659 journeys for the Irish Cancer Society in 2016. The free transport service is available to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in all Dublin hospitals including St Vincent’s, St James’s, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Tallaght Hospital and Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Gail Flinter, Patient Travel and Financial Support Manager with the Irish Cancer Society, said: “The Volunteer Driver Service allows cancer patients access to free transport to and from their chemotherapy treatments, removing the stress, difficulty and financial burden of travelling at a challenging time. “This is a local service with local drivers driving local patients to and from their treatments.” Ms Flinter said there are a number of reasons why a cancer patient may need to use the Volunteer Driver Service. “They may have been advised by their doctor not to drive due to the nature of the treatment or the patient may have no family in the immediate vicinity or family members or friends may be unable to take time off work to transport them to treatment,” she added.

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possible experience. “Dublin Airport welcomed a record 27.9 million passengers last year, and we did so while maintaining our already excellent customer service standards.” ACI World Director General, Angela Gittens, said Dublin Airport Dublin was joint third in Europe in and the other award winners had a tie with Malta, Porto, and Zurich. dedicated themselves to “delivering Sochi and Moscow Sheremetyevo a stellar customer experience” and airports were awarded first and “promoting a culture of continuous second places in Europe respectively service improvement”. in the awards. The ASQ survey measures The Airports’ Council International passengers’ views of 34 key (ACI) World Airport Service Quality performance indicators, including (ASQ) Awards are based on 600,000 airport access, check-in, security “Winning this award is a fantastic passenger survey results in 84 screening, bathrooms, shops and achievement for everyone at Dublin countries that measure the key restaurants. elements of a passenger’s experience Airport,” said airport Managing Each airport uses exactly the same Director Vincent Harrison. at each airport. survey, which creates an industry “What’s particularly pleasing The ASQ Awards are presented to database that allows airports is that this award is based on the the airports whose customers have to compare themselves to other view of our passengers and we’re rated them the highest during the always striving to offer them the best airports around the world. year. UBLIN Airport has been rated joint third in a major international survey covering the quality of customer experience airports provide to passengers.

It’s the first comparative analysis of the social lie of world cities and local residents' views on global travel and tourism. The study measured 'sociability' in ten categories, including the frequency with which people socialise, eat out, openness, trust in friends, use of social media and the propensity to party. Dublin entered the list at number 10 but top of the list was, perhaps surprisingly, Gothenburg in Sweden followed by Stockholm and Chicago. Overall, Scandinavian and North American cities are the most sociable in the world according to the study, with London ranked only in 21st place. The study, the first ever comparative study of the social life of world cities, analysed the social behaviour and attitudes of 12,188 residents from 39 major cities in 28 countries. The findings come as social travel is on the rise with more young travellers prioritising destinations based on social rather than cultural experience.

Global Head of Brand at Hostelworld, Marek Mossakowski, said social travel experiences are a driving force behind people’s reason to travel. “Young travellers are choosing to stay in hostels because of the opportunity to meet other travellers, and for the social environment and spontaneous adventures that come along with it,” he said. “The beauty of staying in a hostel rather than other accommodation is that it has a community of travellers from around the world to socialise with – so no matter where you are, you can meet the world. “Our new study offers a window into the social lives of the people who live in the world's big cities, showing many fascinating variations between styles and cultures of socialising around the world." MOST SOCIABLE CITIES 1. Gothenburg (Sweden) 2. Stockholm (Sweden) 3. Chicago (USA) 4. Boston (USA) 5. New York (USA) 6. Copenhagen (Denmark) 7. Madrid (Spain) 8. Rome (Italy) 9. Hamburg (Germany) 10. Dublin (Ireland)

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Harry Pickens is an award-winning musician, educator and life transformation strategist. A certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and Trainer, Harry is the founder of Havening Louisville and Havening for Humanity. His multifaceted background includes certifications in Applied Positive Psychology and Energy Psychology, extensive experience as an educator on elementary, secondary, college and adult levels, and has enjoyed an international career as a jazz pianist, collaborating with hundreds of the world’s top jazz artists. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, he works with clients throughout the world via Skype and in person. The message this book outlines here is that there is a quiet, healing revolution spreading slowly but surely across the planet. This

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revolution is taking place not through the latest discoveries in pharmacology, or through new insights in how to manage symptoms of emotional, physical or psychological disease. It is taking place one person at a time, through a simple process that uses the power of touch, attention and imagination to heal emotional pain that often has seemed intractable and unresolvable. This revolution cuts to the core of the cause of much of humanity’s suffering, and provides a simple yet profound cure that literally rests in the palm of our hands. Fifteen Minutes To Freedom tells the story of this revolution from the perspective of those who are devoting their time and energy to learning and sharing this powerful process with the world. In the book, Havening Techniques students, practitioners and trainers share how this remarkable neuroscience-based tool is helping their clients dissolve toxic stress, boost positivity and resilience, recover faster from physical, emotional, and psychological challenges and quickly and permanently heal the emotional residue of trauma.

Author enjoys having a few laughs while going on a bit of an aul rant SINCE the turn of the century life this book aims to help the living a normal life isn’t con- reader loosen up and stop being snowed under by the negativity sidered ‘normal’ anymore. in the world. Ed Larkin is a father of one and Social media is now the hub of everything that takes places is not your stereotypical author. He doesn’t go to Starbucks and in our lives; if it is not on social look stressed as he battles with media it can’t be true. Over the past 16 years every writer’s block. In fact he doesn’t even drink day life has become far more serious and people have forgot how coffee or tea for that matter. What he is good at though is to unwind. Everybody is too busy being making people laugh and writsold the celebrity dream through ing; his two passions that he has social media that they neglect rolled into one to start a new path in life as a comedy writer. appreciating their own lives. According to Ed, there are two They think money will make them happier but what they things that are certain with hudon’t realise is by simply light- man beings; we are all different ening up and laughing, their lives and no one is perfect. With that message portrayed can change forever. A smile, as throughout this book, the reader they say, costs nothing. Ed Larkin’s book ‘‘Barrel of is not only allowed to laugh out Laughs and the odd rant’ is a hu- loud but also take some notable morous look at everyday life and advice on how to love themselves issues that invites the reader to and appreciate the important open his or her own mind and things they have in their lives. Ten different topics have been enjoy life from a different point carefully chosen to ensure that of view. Instead of wishing to be some- anyone, regardless of age, race, one else or live someone else’s sexual ordination or gender can

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It’s all downhill from here, isn’t it? Not quite. While signing your new contract might be pleasing, your new job isn’t something guaranteed for life. For a start, most jobs require a six-month probation period to assess whether your work performance matches your performance in interview. 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 Familiarise yourself with new important and you only get to make one. Good systems and work practices, first impressions allow ask pertinent questions, and you to establish yourself look for training early on, because as someone recognised as smart, motivated, and whereas as people are happy to help possessing the potential to when you first join the company, if progress. The chances are that you you are asking what your login to the have never met most of computer is after two months, their the people you are working patience may begin to wear thin 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. and write down answers to the day as they are often They assume you don't make sure it sinks in. know how everything answered in the normal works, so use this time to A good tip is to hold course of things. ask questions. Bring a pad queries until the end of This also stops you

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A new appointment announced at local company JOHNSON & Perrott Fleet has announced the appointment of Emma O’Reilly to its driver support services team.

butting in with a question every five minutes and coming across as though you aren’t grasping 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. 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 across as a know it all, or to impose yourself too aggressively, and remember not to say things like: “this is not how we used to do things in my old job”. You aren't in Kansas now! People are most interested in what works in the here and now and for the future. Finally don’t rest on your

laurels. It should be said, that probation periods are two-way streets (allowing the company to assess you, but also allowing you to see if the job is really what you want), but once you decide 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 www. or call 01-8456312.


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Ms O’Reilly will take on the role of Driver Services Executive in its dedicated and technically trained support team as the company expands to cater for its 12 per cent growth in fleet numbers. Coming from a background of almost a decade in Belgard Motors - a main Audi, Mercedes, VW and Porsche dealer, and from previous support and advice roles with Sheehy Motors and DNG, Ms O’Reilly will hone her automotive expertise and customer service for the role with Johnson & Perrott Fleet. Jonathan O’Brien, Managing Director with Johnson & Perrott Fleet, said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma to our team. “We have no doubt that her skills and expertise will further enhance our client support service which is key to continuing to building our strong and loyal client base.” Ms O’Reilly, who hails from nearby Tallaght, said: “I’m excited to join the team of Johnson & Perrott Fleet at this time of steady growth for the company that has a high-calibre and ever growing client base.”






Findings of customer experience survey revealed ONE in three businesses avoid seeking customer complaints, according to research recently undertaken by Aer Lingus, in association with the Fingal Dublin Chamber. The research findings were revealed at the Aer Lingus SME Business Breakfast titled, ‘Understanding the Customer Journey’. Key findings of Aer Lingus Customer Experience Research included: • 14 per cent of businesses don’t collect or measure feedback from customers, • 18 per cent have a poor understanding of how customers interact with their business, • Almost three quarters (73 per cent) view technological advances like new social media channels as a challenge to managing customer experience, • Over one third (34 per cent) of businesses avoid seeking complaints from customers, and • 24 per cent don’t train employees in customer service skills though 94 per cent consider customer service to be a shared responsibility. These are among the key findings of research of Irish businesses conducted by Aer Lingus in association with the Fingal Dublin Chamber relating to attitudes and approaches to managing customer journey and experience. Commenting on the research findings, Head of Consumer Insights for Aer Lingus, Michelle McLoughlin,

It’s the difference between a business of today and one that thrives into the future said: “Good customer service must be at the heart of any business, regardless of size. If your customers aren’t satisfied, your business cannot succeed. It’s that simple. “Business owners cannot underestimate the value of gathering key insights and data through customer relations. It can help take a business in a new direction or develop new business touchpoints. “Fundamentally, the customer journey will inform the direction of your business brand. SMEs cannot bury their heads in the sand when it comes to this.” Ms McLoughlin added: “I would recommend that every business ensures it has a system in place to measure customer feedback and to then show customers that you have listened and made business decisions to improve and enhance the customer experience. “It’s the difference between a business of today and one that thrives into the future.” The Aer Lingus SME Business Breakfast was held in conjunction with the Fingal Chamber of Commerce.

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It was the first of a number of initiatives the airline has planned to support the success of SMEs in Ireland as part of its newly launched CSR TakeOff Foundation. The Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation encompasses the broad spectrum of charity and corporate social responsibility initiatives that Aer Lingus engages in and includes continued work with chosen charity partners, UNICEF Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland, fundraising activities undertaken by Aer Lingus staff and volunteers, SME support initiatives, support of Culture and the Arts, and a new Charity of the Year Programme.

▪▪ Pictured at the Aer Lingus SME Breakfast were from l-r): Michael Dawson, One4All Group chief executive; Michelle McLoughlin, Aer Lingus’ Head of Consumer Insights; Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications; Guy Thompson, Fingal Chamber of Commerce President; Adrian McGenis, Sigmar Recruitment managing director; and Emma Kiernan, Dublin Zoo Marketing Manager.

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Serosep Ltd is a manufacturer of Laboratory diagnostic products for sale to the clinical market for more than 20 years. The company is now exporting its products to 30 countries worldwide. Due to continued expansion at the Annacotty facility, the company has the following office based positions for an individual to join its highly motivated team in Limerick.


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WE’RE HIRING HOME CARE ASSISTANTS IN: • Stillorgan, Blackrock • Dalkey, Killiney • Dun Laoghaire, Foxrock Please contact us if you: • Are a cheerful, Caring, Dependable Individual • Have Experience in Care • Have Fetac 5 or equivalent qualification in Health • Have fluent English

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• Experience with SAP Hanna • Experience in system upgrades, usability and business intelligence • Resolving all relevant internal IT matters • Liaison with IT vendor companies and customer IT vendors • Creating and improving internal processes


The purpose of the role would be assist the Quality Manager with the day to day functions of the quality department


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• Minimum 3 years’ experience in a quality assurance environment in either the Medical Device industry / Pharmaceutical • Fluent in both written and oral English


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CRYPTIC CLUES ACROSS 1. Either leave the office or put your name to another contract (6) 4. Various plates required for this kind of diet (6) 9. So certain fuss will come from this peevish state (13) 10. Different signs I had put inside the shunting areas (7) 11. Line broken by a foreign body (5) 12. Being operated from the terminus efficiently (2,3) 14. Species of antelopes round the capital of Ethiopia (5) 18. Piper's destination was a converted sewer (5) 19. Shows some resistance to work attitudes (7) 21. Expressing one's ideas when cogitation is permitted, we hear (8,5) 22. Join up broken tinsel (6) 23. The girl gets an assortment of set papers (6)


QUICK CLUES DOWN 1. Don't accept what has already been rejected (6) 2. Making no progress, but not having collapsed yet (8,5) 3. Make an entrance to be elected (3,2) 5. Describing one who has been willing to set up an Art Gallery (7) 6. One highly esteemed in the ring (8,5) 7. Mitigating the effect of wickedness in a troubled age (6) 8. Ask questions about one showing self-assurance (5) 13. More than one stoppage makes a violent impact (7) 15. Bandage what's been damaged before the end of the battle (6) 16. To have property in backstreet built-up areas (5) 17. Oblique references to endlessly strange disease (6) 20. What those who steal eggs do when hungry? (5)

Crossword answers on Happenings page



ACROSS 1. Origin (6) 4. Abrade (6) 9. Outmodish (13) 10. Ardent (7) 11. Ancient (5) 12. Plump (5) 14. Substitute (5) 18. Accumulate (5) 19. Right (7) 21. Gem (8,5) 22. Espionage (6) 23. New (6) DOWN 1. Oppressive (6) 2. Unluckily (13) 3. Social class (5) 5. Outline (7) 6. Using both hands (13) 7. Exit (6) 8. Intelligent (5) 13. Defence (7) 15. Treeless plain (6) 16. Scrub (5) 17. Wait on (6) 20. Got up (5)


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22 MAR 2017


Centre, Church Road, Malahide. It will be a night of music, laughter and song with a bumper raffle during the evening and lots of prizes. Tickets will be on sale during the evening. Also, you will be served a delicious Italian meal. The cost is €20 per adult (free admittance for children). The Number 42 bus stops beside the centre on Church Road, and the DART stops in Malahide, within a three-minute walk of Church Road. To purchase a ticket, phone 087-6711547. All tickets must be paid advance and can be delivered to your home.

‘Manga Hokusai Manga; Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics’ is an exhibition exploring Japanese manga from its roots to modernity, looking at the works of 19th century Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai on to the popular culture phenomenon of manga today.


There’s a lot happening in Dundrum’s local arts venue over the next few months, with nightly shows and events over weekends, it’s a hub of activity for all the community.

The world traveling exhibition from the Japan Foundation opens to Irish audiences at The Long Room, Trinity College Dublin on March 20 and runs to April 1. Admission is free. The exhibition is part of a programme of events by the Japanese Embassy in Dublin to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland. See international/ for more.

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, Bushy Park, St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Tymon Park Waterstown, Porterstown, Hartstown, Castletown, River Valley and Poppintree Park. Runs take place from 9.30am to 1pm and more details can be found on


This exhibition is a true feast for the eyes and brings together two of the most exciting illustrators working in children’s books today, Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Enter their world of the imagination, featuring art work from their award-winning picture books at this event. Both are masters of composition and colour and their work is lively and full of humour. Curated by dlr Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb, the exhibition will be on display until March 31 and will be a highlight at the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival which runs from March 22 to 26. ‘Collected Stories’ runs until March 25. Tickets cost €15. For bookings phone 087-1129970. For more information, visit



The stage play ‘Pete Best of the Beatles’ is returning for four performances at The Complex (just off Capel Street) from March 29 until April 1.


Darkly funny but with brilliant humour, ‘The End’ by Samuel Beckett, will be performed in Tullow Church, Foxrock by wellknown actor Marcus Lamb on Saturday, March 25. This will be a special, limited capacity event in a unique location inextricably linked with one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Tickets at €25 are on sale via (search for Beckett in Foxrock 2017) and include a wine reception and an exhibition depicting Beckett and Foxrock. Beckett in Foxrock is the second annual event honouring the writer’s connection with the area. Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate, was born and brought up in Foxrock and was a regular attender, along with his mother, at Tullow Church. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Beckett’s niece in 2016.

Located outside in the main square of the shopping centre, next to Milano’s Restaurant, the theatre is open Mon-Sat 11am to 5pm for bookings, the bar and box office reopen an hour before all shows. Pop in for a look at the gallery exhibition and check out what’s coming up – choose from live gigs, comedy, local drama, children’s performances and much more. Theatre manager Kate Canning has a diverse and exciting production and education background, programming many family friendly events such as a big Roald Dahl family show. To keep updated subscribe to the Mill’s newsletter on www.milltheatre. ie, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for regular news, meal deals and special ticket giveaways.

Pete Best was drummer with The Beatles for two years in the early 1960s. He played hundreds of shows with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison – and then was mysteriously kicked out of the band a few short weeks before they released their debut single (‘Love Me Do’) and went on to take over the world. This is the first stage play ever written about Pete Best and it examines the mystery of Pete’s sacking from the band – and presents a fascinating insight into the early days of The Beatles and their wild nights in Liverpool and Hamburg.

COLLECTED STORIES AT VIKING THEATRE Actress Maeve Fitzgerald is returning to Clontarf’s Viking Theatre (Connolly’s – The Sheds) with ‘Collected Stories’, a play by Pullitzer prize-winning American writer, Donald Margulies.

‘Collected Stories’, staged by Then This Theatre, takes place in Greenwich Village, the bohemian capital of New York City. Maeve plays Lisa Morrison, a naïve and eager young writer who dreams of literary stardom.

Errol Walsh and Ted Ponsonby, together with bassist Joe Murray, will be playing their first ever Dublin gigs on Friday, March 24 at the DC Club, 20 Camden Row Dublin 2; and on Saturday, March 25 at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. In the 1970s Errol Walsh pioneered country-rock in Northern Ireland with bands like Rodeo, who were regulars on the Irish university circuit playing regularly at Queen’s, Trinity and Cork. Errol has a new album out, ‘Just Sayin’, with his friend Ted, who is a stalwart of the Northern Irish music scene coming from a musical family from just outside Letterkenny. For more information, visit or, or contact Colm Flynn on 087-9670707 or email biensondido@

ITALIAN NIGHT FOR ST DOULAGH’S Ireland's oldest church, St Doulagh's in Balgriffin, is seeking to raise €300,000 to carry out major repairs.

As part of its fundraising effort, they are holding an ‘Italian Night’ on March 25 from 7pm to 10pm in St Andrew's Parish

Crossword Answers 22nd March CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Resign; 4 Staple; 9 Fractiousness; 10 Sidings; 11 Alien; 12 In use; 14 Genus; 18 Weser; 19 Opposes; 21 Thinking aloud; 22 Enlist; 23 Sheets. Down: 1 Refuse; 2 Standing still; 3 Get in; 5 Testate; 6 Precious stone; 7 Easing; 8 Poise; 13 Strikes; 15 Swathe; 16 Towns; 17 Asides; 20 Poach. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Source; 4 Scrape; 9 Unfashionable; 10 Fervent; 11 Olden; 12 Tubby; 14 Proxy; 18 Amass; 19 Correct; 21 Precious stone; 22 Spying; 23 Unused. Down: 1 Stuffy; 2 Unfortunately; 3 Caste; 5 Contour; 6 Ambidextrous; 7 Exeunt; 8 Witty; 13 Bastion; 15 Pampas; 16 Scour; 17 Attend; 20 Risen.

Parkruns are a great way to shed any St Patrick’s Day kilos if you’ve overindulged. The free weekly runs take place on Saturdays at parks including Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay, Raheny, Ballymun and Tallaght.








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

▪▪ Lower Rathmines Road from Portobello, c. 1930. On the left of the road is a fine terrace including the church of Our Lady of Refuge. At the end of the road is the clock tower of Rathmines Town Hall. A horse-drawn water wagon heads in the direction of the Town Hall. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, South Dublin, Derek Stanley. Published by Gill and Macmillan/The History Press

▪▪ Irish Press 23rd March 1964

▪▪ Evening Herald 26th March 1938

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal 18th March 1853

▪▪ Irish Press 22nd March 1932

▪▪ Girls cycling across the bridge on Strand Road, Portmarnock c. 1950. The ruins of the water-driven corn mill, which had been damaged in the storm of 1903, are on the right. The mill had been at this site for 200 years and it was powered by the rise and the fall of the tide. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, North Dublin, Derek Stanley. Published by Gill and Macmillan/The History Press

▪▪ Irish Independent 7th March 1955


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