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Part of Dublin People Media Group www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 8621611 Vol.24. No.19

9th May - 15th May 2018


‘We’re fighting for Coco’s Law’




Councillor backs mum’s cyberbullying law call Rachel Farrell A SOUTHSIDE councillor is to raise the issue of cyberbullying at the May meeting of South Dublin County Council on behalf of a heartbroken Clondalkin mother whose daughter took her own life this year. Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) has put forward a motion for this month’s meeting, asking that the council commit to writing to the Minister of State at the Department of Health to introduce a new law, ‘Coco’s Law’, that would make cyberbullying a criminal offence. It is named for a young Southside girl, Nicole Fox (21), known affectionately by her family as ‘Coco’, who took her own life in January this year after years of threats and abuse on social media. Her devastated mum, Jackie Fox, marched to the Dáil recently with hundreds of supporters, to try and raise awareness of the need for Coco’s Law.

Cllr Francis Timmons is pictured with Jackie Fox and a photo of tragic Nicole.

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Councillor backs mum's Tributes cyberbullying law call and bullying people online. “Nicole was physically “What I’m looking to do and verbally and mentally is implement a new law and name it after Nicole,” abused. The physical aspect, yes, you can put Jackie explained. charges against them for “We want to try and bring in Coco’s Law where that, it is against the law. “But she was threatened it will be an offence to so much on social media, threaten someone so threatened to be put on much that they can take a life support machine their own life. We’re which she ended up on, trying to make people threatened to be beaten accountable for their actions where they can be up… they got into group charged with threatening chats and they were Continued from page 1

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who are being bullied by children themselves “It has to stop. There are more people taking their lives. “There are people out there now who are selfharming because they’re being targeted online. “They’re being threatened, put down and made feel like they’re worthless.” Jackie described the support from the local community as “brilliant” and was gratified to see the Coco’s Law message getting extensive media coverage. One local councillor who is supporting Coco’s Law is Francis Timmons, who recently met with Jackie and her family. “I support the family in calling for immediate legislation that will make bullying a criminal offence,” Cllr Timmons said. “No person should have to endure this behaviour; there must be laws to protect people against the bullies,” he said. “People who use online social media to attack and bully others must face consequences for their actions.” On May 26, ‘A Night for Coco’ will take place in the Postal Sports & Social Club in Tallaght to raise money for Nicole’s family.

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TRIBUTES continued to pour in last week for the veteran Southside politician Monica Barnes who died at the age of 82. The former Fine Gael TD had represented the Dún Laoghaire constituency and was first elected to the Dáil in 1982. President Michael D Higgins said he was “very saddened” to learn of the death of the former TD and Senator, who had provided exceptional public service to the people of Dun Laoghaire and Ireland over many years.

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It’s time to protect Dublin’s cyclists TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com

A COLLEAGUE of mine reckoned he narrowly avoided death three times in the space of 25 minutes last week. It’s all part of the high-risk game of Russian Roulette being played on a daily basis by Dublin cyclists. There were numerous hazards which led to his near-demise; the total disregard of cyclists’ safety by motorists being chief among them. At one stage he was admonished by a taxi driver who had just run a red light and then he almost came a

cropper when his trusty bike skidded on wet Luas tracks. In and around College Green was an area of the city he found particularly hazardous; an inhospitable place for cyclists who really need their wits about them to avoid having an accident. Last month saw the tragic death of a young cyclist in Dublin, bringing to six the number of bike-related fatalities so far this year. Worryingly, 2017 was the deadliest year for people who cycle in Ireland, with 15 deaths – the highest in 10 years. The latest tragedy prompted a silent demonstration outside the gates of Leinster House recently, which was organised by I BIKE Dublin and the Dublin Cycling Campaign. ‘Stop Killing Cyclists’ was the protesters’

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Fundraiser to fight for famine relief BUDDING fashionistas from across the Southside have been handed a glittering invitation to join Lorraine Keane and a host of Irish fashion, entertainment and sporting personalities at a VIP After-party following the biggest fashion fundraiser of the year. Big names from the worlds of Irish fashion, entertainment and sport, including Mary Kennedy, Rosanna Davison, Andrew Trimble, James Patrice, Mo Kelly, Yomiko Chen, Sarah McGovern, Pamela Flood and Clementine MacNiece gathered last week for the launch of Fashion Relief. Taking place in the RDS on Sunday, May 13 from 11am, the unique event will offer the public the opportunity to bag a bargain from the wardrobe of their style icon while raising vital funds for Oxfam Ireland’s hunger crisis appeal, which is providing life-saving aid to people facing starvation in East Africa and beyond. Boasting pre-loved donations from the stars and brand-new items from designers and retailers across the nation, the event will showcase rail after rail of designer and premium clothes and accessories starting at just €5. Fashion Relief supporters are then invited to shop till they drop in style by booking their place at a VIP After-party in ICE, a

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Lorraine Keane (centre) is pictured with Andrew Trimble, Clementine McNiece, Sarah McGovern, Rosanna Davison, Pamela Flood, Mo Kelly, James Patrice and Yomiko Chen at the InterContinental in Dublin 4 where they have invited people to a VIP After-party following Fashion Relief. chic setting at the 5-star InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge. Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of champagne and some nibbles as they unwind after a day at the sale rails alongside Lorraine Keane and her fellow fashion-savvy stars. The VIP After-party kicks off from 5pm on Sunday May 13, after the public sale. Tickets cost just €20 and every cent will go to the hunger crisis appeal. Tickets can be found at fashionrelief.ie. Members of the public are also asked to donate any unwanted items in

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stalls. Stars who donated stock for sale at the event include host Lorraine Keane, Oxfam Ireland ambassadors Andrew Trimble and Lorna Weightman as well as stars like Cillian Murphy, Miriam O’Callaghan, Brent Pope, Rozanna Purcell, and Liam Cunningham. Many of the stalls will be staffed by the highprofile personalities who donated stock with models and celebs taking to the catwalk at 1pm and 3pm to showcase some of the coveted designer items on offer.

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Park, Templeogue and represent an investment of over €2m by the Government. Speaking at the opening Minister Zappone said: “Ensuring children of all ages have access to modern, comfortable and safe classrooms is important if we are to ensure that they learn skills for life. “By providing the best possible environment we can ensure that the 36 teachers and 13 resource

teachers can focus firmly on lessons – and not be distracted by poor facilities, cold classrooms or damaged windows and doors. “It is in these new buildings that they will give a love of knowledge, an education and talents to children. This will remain with the children for the rest of their lives. “ The Bishop Shanahan school caters for the very youngest up to second class, while Bishop Galvin

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The new look Wetherspoon is set to transform Camden Street. “Our pubs in the Republic of Ireland are thriving and we are confident that the pub and hotel will be a great asset to Dublin and act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the city.” The pub will be set over two levels and feature a courtyard beer garden. Among the bedrooms will be those specially designed for people with disabilities. A number of original features of the derelict buildings will be

retained and restored. This includes the circular stained-glass window which was crafted by Earley & Company (church decorators, stained glass manufacturers and stone carvers), who were based at the site. The window on the façade of 5 Upper Camden Street is considered to be the work of John Earley – son of the founder of the company. Earley & Company became one of the largest

and most prestigious ecclesiastical decorators both in Ireland and the UK, providing a high standard of ecclesiastical art. The studios closed in 1975 having been by the Earley family for more than a century. Part of the terrace was also a convent of the Little Sisters of Assumption – from 1890 until the 1940s. Their former chapel will also be preserved and form part of the new pub and hotel.

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Delight at progress of new Samuel Beckett Civic Campus THE launch of the design plans for the construction of the second phase of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus has been hailed as “something really special”. The new multi-purpose Sports Building will include a sports hall, a 25m swimming pool, a dance studio and gym, a two-storey car parking facility and a landscaped civic plaza. Sinn Féin councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran, said the community had long been waiting for this day. The councillor explained that the project is vital for the development of community resources considering the forecasted 100 per cent population growth in the immediate area within the next six to 10 years. “Sinn Féin fought hard for the completion of this project,” Cllr Curran said. “We ran local protests, offline and online surveys, put forward a series of motions, asked vital questions on the council and in Leinster House regarding funding, drew attention to tender inflation and pleaded with councillors from all parties to remind their ministers to seek funding toward the completion of the project. “No other party did as much work on this project and I'm delighted with the outcome. “This is a victory for the community and resident groups,” he added. “It’s a victory for those who supported us and a victory for the children who pranked Minister Shane Ross last August, despite him clearly pledging his support for the reconstruction of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool, while being less vocal on this project.” He added: “The project plans are at the detailed design phase now, the next step will be the tender process and construction is expected to start in 2019.” In June 2016, the cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Barry Saul, officially cut the red tape on the first phase of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus at Ballyogan. The campus, which is named after playwright Samuel Beckett features a gym, a crèche, three grass sports pitches, four artificial sports pitches as well as a playground, a skating area and changing rooms.



Pictured at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 Dublin 7s in Old Belvedere Rugby Club are Niall Breslin, Dec Murphy, Katie Fitzhenry, James Lowe and James Ryan.

Bressie to make poignant return to Old Belvedere THE lead singer of the Blizzard’s, Bressie, will make a poignant return to Old Belvedere Ruby Club when his band headline the two-day Guinness PRO14 Dublin 7s on May 25 and 26. Ireland and Leinster player James Ryan, Leinster player James Lowe and Ireland 7s player Katie Fitzhenry helped launch the twoday festival. A former Leinster player, Bressie’s last training session took place in Old Belvedere. The singer revealed that his rugby career abruptly came to an end after sustaining a major injury at a training session on the grounds. So from rugby player to rock star, the singer returns to Old Belvedere for the first time to perform with his massively popular band the Blizzards since the injury forced a career change. Having just finished recording their latest album, The Blizzards are

set to release a brandnew single in the coming weeks, which they will perform alongside their many hits. A two-day festival, Guinness PRO14 Dublin 7s is a high energy, activity filled sporting event like no other. Beginning with mixed corporate tag rugby on Friday evening, the event evolves with several exhilarating competitions on Saturday, with Mixed TAG, women’s rugby and men’s rugby alongside the great spectacle of national and international 7s teams. With great competition and sportsmanship spectators and players will enjoy a selection of drinks, delectable delights from the mini food village, rugby themed activities and music line-up that guarantees to have you dancing till late. The two-day event culminates on Saturday 26 with a fancy-dress party before the Guinness PRO14 final kicks off at the Aviva Stadium at 6.30pm.

Then it's back to Old Belvedere RFC for live music headlined by the Blizzards, for a fitting end to a memorable weekend of sport, music and entertainment. “Playing in front of an Irish crowd as the Ireland 7s team was a dream,” Harry McNulty, Ireland 7s Team said. “It will be an incredible day of rugby with an atmosphere to match.” Since its inception in 2015, this event has welcomed a host of international teams to home shores as well developing the game of 7s in Ireland domestically. This has seen the recent rise of Irish performers such as Tadgh Beirne, Adam Byrne and Alex Wootton who are all 7s graduates. “With Ireland men’s and women’s 7s teams now competing on the world stage, Dublin 7s sees itself as a part of Ireland’s journey to the Olympics and the world series,” said Will Matthews, Tournament Director.

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Gambler who stole from employer is jailed for two years Jessica Magee

to take the company's money. This money was lost by reason of his AN ACCOUNTS gambling and he's in no administrator who stole position to repay it,” said over €150,000 from his the judge. employers to fund his The court heard that gambling addiction has Luong, a father-of-three been sentenced to two from Russell Downs, years in prison. John Luong (42) pleaded Russells Square, Tallaght, was working for Icon as an guilty to eight counts of administrator in accounts stealing from Icon Plc, a clinical research company, payable at the time of the offences. on dates between Garda Owen Keane November 2013 and told Gráinne O'Neill BL, November 2014. prosecuting, that Luong's Passing sentence at function was to send out Dublin Circuit Criminal and receive invoices. As Court, Judge Martin part of his job, he would Nolan said Luong had send Icon's bank details committed a “huge to various contractors for error of judgement and payment. obviously, a huge breach The court heard of trust” in stealing from that Luong altered his company. these documents and “He had a pernicious substituted his own IBAN gambling addiction and details instead of the used his knowledge

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Cyclists gear up for SOS Shankill THRONGS of cyclists will gather at Brady's pub in Shankill on Saturday May 26 before heading south to Arklow and back again in a popular cycle challenge aimed at raising funds and awareness of suicide prevention. This is the fourth year of the SOS Shankill 120 cycle and, with two routes to choose from, it is open to seasoned cyclists or those who fancy a more leisurely spin. It is 120km from Brady’s

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Mum-of-one is jailed after cannabis bust Sonya McLean A MOTHER-OF-ONE who admitted holding over €450,000 worth of cannabis in her apartment has been jailed for three and half years. Antonia McGrath (25) was a talented soccer player and had won a scholarship to attend a university in Manchester but she became pregnant at 18 years of age and had to give up the place, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told. She was addicted to prescription medication when she was caught with the drugs. Detective Garda Enda Gormley told John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that McGrath's apartment was under surveillance following a Garda tip-off, when a man, Keith Tiswell (33), was seen driving into the underground carpark. He emerged 20 minutes

later and drove off. Officers followed the vehicle and later stopped and searched it. Tiswell admitted he was carrying cannabis, before 6kg of cannabis herb worth €119,600 was recovered from the boot. He claimed his role was to transport the drugs. Gardaí then viewed CCTV footage from the underground carpark at McGrath's apartment complex and saw McGrath handing over the drugs to Tiswell. A warrant was obtained to search her home and 16.39Kg of cannabis herb, valued at €328,000 and 1.43 Kg of cannabis, valued at €8,580, was found in the hot press. McGrath was arrested and admitted in interview that she agreed to hold the drugs. She didn't give gardaí any further information because she said she was in fear for her

own life and that of her son. McGrath, of Aras na Cluaine, Nangor Road, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply both at her home and in Tiswell's vehicle on May 25, 2017. She has no previous convictions.

Tiswell, of Wood Avens, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing under 6kg of cannabis herb worth €119,600 and 67.5g of cocaine valued at €4,725 in his car on the M50 northbound near Clondalkin on May 25, 2017. He was jailed for

Rents continue to rise across the city

DUBLIN’S housing crisis continues to grow with latest figures confirming the steady rise in rents across the city. According to the latest quarterly Rental Report by Daft.ie, rents were on average 12.4 per cent higher in the capital in the first three months of 2018 than a year previously. The average advertised rent is now €1,875, up 87 per cent from its lowest point in 2011. There were 3,086 properties available to rent nationwide in April. This is the lowest number three and half years last ever recorded for this March by Judge Martin time of year since the Nolan. series started in 2006 Detective Garda Gormley and marks a 17 per cent agreed with Garnet Orange decrease on the same date SC, defending, that it a year previously. was his information that In Dublin, there were McGrath was the person just 1,265 homes available who was holding the drugs to rent, one third below and wshe didn't financially the average over the last benefit from the operation. five years and just one

quarter of the average in the period 2008-2013. According to the authors of the report, the country needs close to 50,000 homes a year to cater to underlying housing demand. “More than 15,000 rental homes are needed each year,” said Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft Report. “Dublin alone needs an apartment block of about 200 units to open every week from now until the 2080’s. “Rents have now been rising almost three times as long as they fell in the crash.” The Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, recently acknowledged that the State needs to build “tens of thousands” of apartments in an effort to resolve the current housing crisis.



Southsiders move mountains for EB sufferers A NUMBER of selfless Southsiders have completed one of Ireland's toughest mountain races to help raise money for people battling the rare and very painful skin condition EB, also known as butterfly skin. Niamh Garvey, Terenure, won the tenth annual Debra Ireland Wicklow Mountains Challenge half marathon. Other Southside athletes among those battling the Wicklow Mountains Challenge included Catherine Pike of Dalkey, David Kavanagh of Blackrock, David Reddy of Booterstown and Justin Higgins of Stepaside. Debra Ireland supports

people living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa), an incredibly painful skin condition that causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch. The event attracts everyone from triathletes in the half marathon to those who have never run an off-road race before and many wore an EB butterfly tattoo on their faces in support of patients living with this condition. EB is a distressing and painful genetic skin condition causing the skin layers and internal body linings to separate and blister at the slightest touch.

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Josephine is honoured as a ‘Hospice Hero’ A DUBLIN woman who volunteers with her local hospice, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, is just one of the ‘Hospice Heroes’ taking to the streets for the Support Your Local Hospices national fundraising event. Hospice Sunflower Days will take place on Friday, June 8 and Saturday 9. With thousands of patients and their loved ones using hospice and homecare services in Ireland every year, every euro raised by Hospice

Sunflower Days will be used locally to support the growing number of people using the services. Last week, Josephine Herlihy was among 18 ‘Hospice Heroes’ honoured at a special ceremony in S Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown. Josephine is a huge support to the fundraising team at very busy times of the year such as Christmas and for Sunflower Days every June. Josephine got involved with the hospice 10 years ago, after being incredibly

touched with level of care provided to her sister who sadly passed away in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care services. RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy commended the volunteers and called on the public to support Hospice Sunflower Days 2018. Ms Kennedy said: “This is a reflection of the tremendous goodwill by people in Ireland towards their local hospices. “The care and support afforded to families in need is vitally important.”




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Dublin 8 has a Culture Date encouraging the public There will also be an A WEEKEND-LONG to explore the theme outdoor concert at the celebration of the ‘Inspirational Settings in temple in Goldenbridge cultural and historical Cemetery on the Saturday D8’ through the course of life of Dublin 8 returns the day. while there will also be to Kilmainham and Culture Date with bespoke guided tours Inchicore this year. Dublin 8 was officially of Kilmainham Gaol, The Culture Date with launched in the Irish including a literary tour Dublin 8 festival takes place on Saturday, May 19 featuring women writers, National War Memorial and Sunday 20 with a host and a family tour aimed at Gardens with the help of children between the ages local schoolchildren from of free, family-friendly St John of God School, of six and 12. events. Islandbridge, Dublin 8. As well as walking This year, the Grace McEvoy, Project tours on the history of programme has been Manager of Culture Date the Grand Canal and expanded with the with Dublin 8, said: Goldenbridge by Pat announcement of two “Building on the success Liddy, there will be flagship events, and a of the very first Culture exclusive guided tours of series of pop-ups taking IMMA’s exhibitions, which Date with Dublin 8 last place throughout 2018. year, we’re delighted to include works by two of Highlights of this year’s announce an expanded the greatest painters of Culture Date with Dublin programme of events for the 20th-century, Lucian 8’s May line-up include Freud and Frank Bowling, 2018. a family fun day with This year, we’ll have children’s entertainment, and works by Irish artist two flagship events – a Brian O’Doherty. historical reenactments, Culture Date with Dublin family fun day at the Irish puppetry, circus skills, 8 will also be participating National War Memorial poetry and more at Gardens and an outdoor in National Drawing Day, the Irish National War concert at Goldenbridge Memorial Gardens on the taking place on May 19 15:40 Cemetery, and a series of when all venues will be1 30/04/2018 Sunday. 3_TGI031_Communion_People_260x160_AW.pdf









pop-up events throughout the calendar year. “Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a unique opportunity for those living in, working in and visiting Dublin 8 to explore and celebrate the deep historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the area,” she added. “As well as the programme of events over the weekend, we’ve teamed up with local businesses and organisations, including Diageo and St James’s Hospital, so that their employees can experience the culture in the neighbourhood they work in. “The festival connects with and amplifies the wider efforts being made to regenerate the area. Kilmainham and Inchicore have so much

Pictured at the launch of Culture Date with Dublin 8 in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens were Ellie O’Sullivan (10), a pupil from Gaelscoil Inse Chor with Karl Nolan and Maryam Ali Ammann, pupils from St John of God Hospital, Islandbridge, Dublin 8. to offer local and visitors alike and expanding Culture Date with Dublin 8 will help us to put the area on the map as a unique, sought-after, cultural destination.” The wider calendar of Culture Date with Dublin 8 events taking place

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OVER 1,500 young rugby players from more than 31 clubs and 100 teams took part in the annual Seapoint RC Blitz in Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely. The largest event of its kind in Ireland that has been running for over 22 years, attracted teams from all over the country for a day of rucking, passing and tackling. Boys and girls from U10s, U11s, and U12s played a series of matches against teams from all four provinces while Leinster Senior Squad players, second row James Ryan and centre, Rory O’Loughlin, came along to lend their support. Commenting on the day Seapoint RC President, Gerry Owens said: “We are thrilled to welcome these young rugby players to Seapoint RC and to once again host this fantastic event which is always a very special occasion in the calendar of our club.” An organising

Orlaigh O’Brien (9) at the Seapoint Rugby Club annual Blitz.

Cillian Hainbach, from Seapoint Rugby Club, pictured in action at the Seapoint Rugby Club annual Blitz held in Kilgobbet Park. ALL PHOTOS: ROBBIE REYNOLDS committee of over 120 volunteers scheduled the matches, co-ordinated on the day and arranged an array of family fun activities in the grounds,

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In Search of Us About The Author

WHEN Maria Duffy left her career in the bank to become a stay-at-home mum, she never dreamed that writing, which she loved, would become her job. Her first novel, ‘Any Dream Will Do’, was published in 2011, and became a bestseller in Ireland, as did all of her subsequent novels: ‘The Terrace’, ‘The Letter’, ‘A Love Like This’, ‘One Wish’ and ‘Falling Softly’. She lives with her husband Paddy and their four children.

RONNIE Cunningham has it all – or so it seems. Despite a lot of insecurities as a child, she’s grown into herself and is very happy being a full-figured woman with a style taken straight from 1950s movies. She lives with Al, her tattoo artist boyfriend, who she’s totally in love with, and has her dream job at Glisten, an antique jewellery shop in Dublin’s city centre. The only thing missing from her otherwise perfect life is the baby she’s so desperate to have. Elizabeth is Ronnie’s twin sister, not that you’d ever guess. She runs a thriving business, started by their mother in the nineties, and is a force to be reckoned with in the workplace. Small and thin, she dresses for power and her sharp features make her look like she’s permanently scowling. Her husband Nathan is equally ambitious and together they make a powerful couple. But what goes on behind closed doors is shocking and the truth is Elizabeth is desperately sad and lonely. Growing up, the girls were inseparable – best friends as well as twin sisters. They did everything together and always had each other’s backs. But something happened in recent years to change all that and drive a huge wedge between them. Now Ronnie is constantly irritated by her sister’s perfectionism and lack of emotion and Elizabeth thinks Ronnie flighty and way too sentimental. Belinda Cunningham, their beloved mother, was the one thing that bonded them together, and her recent death has rocked their worlds. As they try to come to

terms with their grief, a secret from the past is revealed – a revelation that throws their lives into disarray. Belinda has left instructions for them to find their father, a man they never knew, and the search brings the girls reluctantly together. From Dublin to New York, the girls follow a trail in the hopes of fulfilling their mother’s wishes and finding their father, but during the search, they manage to unearth a lot more than they bargained for. As lies are exposed and secrets revealed, not only does their search appear hopeless, but it seems the relationship between the girls has been lost for good. There’s been too much hurt for them ever to get back to being the loving sisters they once were. But Belinda Cunningham was a clever woman and knew her girls well. She was always in control when she was alive and now from beyond the grave it seems that she’s still running the show. ill Ronnie and Elizabeth find their father? And will they manage to put their differences aside and unite once more? If their mother has anything to do with it, everything will work out and they’ll both find their happy ever afters. In Search of Us is a story of family. A story of how lies can fester, and secrets can explode to a point when it seems that there’s no going back. But it’s also a story of how love and compassion and forgiveness can be the greatest route to happiness.

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Find out what Beardyman is all about Don’t go to Doug’s show if you’re easily offended! “ONCE you do standup, it spoils you for everything else,” says Doug Stanhope. “There’re no censors, there’re no sponsors to get offended, there’re no standards and practices. It’s just you, and it’s immediate gratification. You say it, and it drifts off into thin air, and you can say it a different way the next day.” Stanhope’s confrontational rants, whose live show was twice named Best Stand-Up Show of the year by Time Out New York, encompasses caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence. Fuelled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilization’s slide into apathy and stupidity.

Stanhope has been compared to such fearless comic revolutionaries as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks. But his work makes it abundantly clear that he’s a complete original. As Ricky Gervais tweeted, ‘Doug Stanhope might be the most important standup working today.’ In recent years, Stanhope has won a large and rabidly devoted fan base both in the US and abroad on his own uncompromising terms, bypassing the conventional comedy circuit and most forms of mainstream media exposure. The Denver Post calls Stanhope “A truth-teller and astute (if messy) social critic..” Find out for yourselves when he takes the stage of The Olympia Theatre on June 14.

A BEARDYMAN live show is always different and every single show is completely unique because it’s completely made up on the spot. In his own words you can expect anything from stand-up comedy to serious rave to reggae-slash-techno songs about donkeys. What exactly is Beardyman? One minute he’s winning the UK Beatbox competition, twice, next he’s winning best MC at Breakspoll, and then he’s playing a sold-out run of solo comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. A leading light on the Beatbox scene since he landed on it with a bang in the mid noughties, Beardyman, (real name Darren Foreman) has always pushed beatbox way beyond what most beatboxers consider its limits. A uniquely gifted performer, his refusal to be put in a box has seen him beatbox all over the world including support slots touring with Groove Armada and hosting huge festival main stages. However, all this was not enough for Foreman. Frustrated with the restrictions of the human mouth, but still obsessed with it’s unparalleled capabilities, he quickly became a leading figure in the emerging trend of live-looping. He became the first to appropriate the Korg Kaoss Pad as a live-looping tool and pushed his beatbox-based art form into the entrancing and uncharted realms of live-production. “Beatbox for me is just the quickest way of getting the ideas in my head out into the world where people can hear them,” he says. Now, when playing to screaming fans all over the world, he uses an ever-growing arsenal of sound manipulation technology to take the ever-growing crowds with him on full-length musical journeys. These can dart from exhilarating ad-hoc rave-up to comedic musings

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Aussie rockers Jet in for Dublin gig IN EARLY 2017, one of Australia’s most successful rock bands of all time, Jet, reformed to hit the road with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. They have since reissued their first two albums ‘Get Born’ and ‘Shine On’ on vinyl, CD and digitally. Following a hugely successful run with The Boss, Jet returned to Japan to play the prestigious Fuji Rock Festival where they brought the house down in front of 50,000 ecstatic fans.

Jet quickly conquered the world after forming in 2001, selling more than 6.5 million albums globally and securing Platinum certification in Australia, the USA and UK for their 2003 debut album Get Born. The album produced a string of classic singles including ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ and ‘Cold Hard Bitch’. In 2006 Jet were named APRA’s Songwriters of The Year and for three years running Are You Gonna

Be My Girl was the most performed Australian song overseas. JET’s follow up album “Shine On” followed in 2006 and was rammed full of another collection melodic rock tunes. Check out the reformed, the revamped Jet at the Academy on Thursday, July 19. The back of stand-out headline shows around the world, and an unforgettable Big Day Out run in 2007.

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Leixlip line up to Rock the Yard

Kormac’s Big Banfd will be one of the highlights of this year’s event. The festival runs from Friday, June 1 until Monday, June 4 and, again, the Moriarty Group’s Court Yard Hotel has weighed in with the top home-grown music and entertainment. Musical talent overflows Headlining the Friday in the support act line-up night on the main stage too, with Indie folk band with their floor-filling banging tunes they are not Brave Giant, a fourpiece from Longford, the only newcomers to supporting The Riptide this fantastic event. Movement, while the Also new on the uniquely delicious vocal festival line-up for 2018 harmonies of all-girl trio, is sensational folk rock Wyvern Lingo, will herald duo Hudson Taylor who the arrival of Hudson will wow music fans as Saturday night’s main act. Taylor. Synonymous with dance And then festival culture ever since ‘Maniac favourites and Lucan 2000’ shot to Number locals, The Riptide Movement, are back again 1, DJ Mark McCabe is onstage on Friday night, on Sunday night for one with his stellar collection of their legendary live of edits and remixes and shows. plenty of his own exciting Some of the biggest new material. names on the Irish music The eagerly-awaited scene are confirmed Leixlip music festival for this year's Leixlip also sees the return of Festival open-air music the massively popular spectacular, Rock the Monday night headliners, Yard, at the Court Yard Smash Hits, and their Hotel. CHAMPIONED by everyone from Annie Mac to DJ Yoda, Kormac’s Big Band is set to Rock the Yard for the first time at this year’s Court Yard Leixlip Festival.

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powerful rip-roaring feelgood boogie. Rock the Yard is four days and nights of top music, featuring over a dozen leading Irish bands and DJs. “Massive names who play the likes of Electric Picnic, and who tour worldwide, are again lined up for Rock the Yard 2018,” said Laura Moriarty of the Court Yard Hotel. “We’re out to thrill music fans, and cement our reputation as one of Ireland's top local music festivals,” the Director at the family-run hotel says. Tickets for the weekend are now on sale at www. courtyard.ie/ticket-sales. html, with an unbeatable €30 weekend ticket deal for four great nights of live music for the price of three. Individual day tickets are available in advance via the website too, for €10, and are sold at the gate each day, subject to availability.


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PET experts at six Maxi Zoo stores across Dublin are urging local dog owners to think differently about exercise. The pet stores are helping dog lovers to develop new ways of getting into shape for summer in the company of their pet. “A dog is the best exercise partner you can find and exercising with your pet is one of the most enjoyable ways to improve your own health and that of your pets,” said Emma Fanning, Education Officer at Maxi Zoo Ireland. The pet stores in Tallaght, Leopardstown, Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley, Finglas and Clarehall will host free advisory days on Friday, May 18 and Saturday May 19. On those dates they’ll


Well exercised dogs live happy and healthy lives but it is important to take time to understand what works best for your breed of dog, taking its age, physical constitution and body type into consideration

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Your dog can be an ideal fitness companion. and an enjoyable way to spend a summer evening together. PICNICKING What could be better than taking your pet on a picnic. Pay attention to day time temperatures and find shaded resting places and settings. Take a pet snack bag. Test pavement temperatures and avoid walking on paths for prolonged periods if ground temperatures are high in sunlight. SWIMMING A lot of dogs love water whether that’s at the beach, a lake or a safe river. Pet owners can also set up an inflatable pool at home that is especially suitable for dogs that are not good at swimming.

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The importance of worming Kerri Sullivan

ALL dogs will have worms at some point in their lives, with puppies being most at risk. An untreated worm infestation can lead to a loss of condition in the adult dog and quite serious illness in puppies, as well as putting human health at risk (however small this risk may be). As a responsible dog owner, it is important for you to worm your dog regularly. Dogs with worms may not show signs of illness, except when the worms are present in large volumes. Puppies are most at risk from worm infections. Worms are passed from the mother before birth, and after through her milk. Infestation may cause weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, a swollen abdomen and, in extreme circumstances, death. Puppies should be wormed from two-three weeks of age at two weekly intervals until they are twelve weeks of age, then every month until they are six months of age. Worming should continue at Your dog will thank you for worming - eventually.

least three times a year with a recommended veterinary preparation for the rest of the dog’s life. Pregnant dogs should be wormed at the time of mating and again when the puppies are one week old. Most worms live in the intestine and feed on partly digested food. The two main types of worms are Tapeworms (Dipylidium species) and Roundworms (Toxocara canis). Tapeworms: • Can appear like white grains of rice, which are joined together to form a tape. • Are most commonly found in adult dogs. • Spread through an intermediate host (usually the flea).

(infected faeces, soil and sand etc.). Both types of worms are easy to eliminate and suitable preparations are available through your local veterinary practice. Remember, if your dog has tapeworm you must also treat him for fleas. As a responsible dog owner, you should always carry a poop-scoop or plastic bag with you to clean up after your dog. Children and adults should also wash their hands with soap and warm water after coming into contact with sand or soil and any faeces in your garden should be disposed of as soon as possible. Dogs Trust recommends regular worming as this will help to minimise the amount of egg contamination in the environment and of course keep your dog happier and healthier.

Roundworms: • Can appear like elastic bands, up to several inches in length. • Are most commonly seen worms, particularly in puppies. • Spread through the environment

Showing your pet you love them Here at Equipet, we’re all about animals! From the small and furry to the wet and slimy, no animal is left out of our heart. So, whatever pet you’ve chosen to be your animal companion, show them some love and appreciation. Here are the top seven ways to show some love to your animals:

#7. Buy Them Their Favourite Treat: More of a cop-out than anything else, there are so many better ways of showing your animal companion some love and appreciation, however, time is often a luxury for many of us working full-time. Buying your pet their favourite treat is still showing some love! Perhaps even a new toy too would sweeten the deal just that little bit more and (hopefully) prevent any drama between you and your friend… Of course, your pets probably won’t even

know why they’re getting treated, but the main thing is that they’re happy! It’s the thought that counts after all.

#6. Put Aside Some Time for Your Animal: You’re just in the door from work, your significant other has the dinner on or takeout ordered. The shoes come off, the feet go up on the couch and the telly is on… Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? One evening out of 365 won’t kill you though, put aside an hour or three for your pet! If you own a dog; bring him or her for a walk or a trip to the beach, now that the evenings are getting brighter. If you own a cat; spend some time petting or playing until one of you falls asleep. If it is a small animal you have; let them out of the cage for a supervised hour or two. Finally, if it’s a horse; bring them for a trot down the road or even braid their mane. It will

most certainly be time well you love them! Equipet spent! currently has 4 in-house groomers in very accessible stores across Louth, #5. Book An AppointMeath, and Dublin. Simply ment With Your Vet: ring us and book your Definitely not the most appointment in a matter conventional way of showing your pet that you of minutes! This service love them… Bringing them is currently only available to dogs, unfortunately… to the vet can still be a compassionate and caring though we have no issue in bringing any other pet in act! Get your pet checked for a consultation! Perhaps properly; consult your Moxii the cat is starting vet about dietary requireto shed or Reginald the ments or even see about Rabbit can’t see out from purchasing some vet bedding (another item that we beneath his fur? A consultation with any of our also stock!). We may not groomers can set you on give each other the gift of the right path! health on days like these, but your pet most certainly deserves it! Trips to the #3. Bring Your Pet On vets should be a regular A Date: occurrence anyway but the While it may not be a trip odd check-up every now to the movies or a night and then can often reveal away in the Slieve Russel; hidden ailments or malayou can still bring your pet dies that would otherwise on a date! This could be a be left untreated, till the leisurely stroll down the next visit anyway! town, a coffee in a local café (for you, not your #4. Get Your Pet pet!), a trip to the shopping centre for some retail Groomed: therapy or even a moonlit #5 and #4 seem like walk by the local pier. Get really bad presents to get out of the house and bring someone but trust us, your pet! That’s one of the there’s only three better ways to show your pet that best ways to show them

that you love them. Why not hop in the car? Let your pet be your co-pilot and go on an adventure! With the bright evenings slowly coming back to us, Dún na Rí forest park is the perfect place to bring your dog!

both of you is treating your pet to a nice bath! Dogs are the perfect candidates for this. Cats not so much… Even small animals are more inclined to #2. Treat Your Pet To take to water than cats but Cologne Or Perfume: there are right and wrong Now were treading into ways to go about bathing the realm of human presevery animal. A cologne or ents… Though such a thing perfume can be ideal for does exist! While it might just such a situation where be nice to get your pet your furry friend is in no groomed at our in-house mood for a bath! groomers, purchasing a new fragrance for your #1. Bring Your Pet Into dog or cat can be ideal Equipet!: for helping them smell Top of the list! There’s and feel wonderful! What no better way to show could even be better for

your pet that you love them than by bringing them into us! Not only will they get all of our attention but we’re sure we can spare some treats to send you on your merry way. Our sales teams are well versed in all breeds of animals; whether it’s a snake, rabbit or even a Pyrenees Mountain Dog. Your pet will be glad that you brought them into us! They might even get to star on our Facebook page for all to see. However you plan to show your pet that you love them, we hope both you and your pet have a memorable experience!

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Anam Cara meeting announced

ANAM Cara North Dublin, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 16 from 7.30pm-9pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their grief and loss. A parent who attended a recent Anam Cara North Dublin meeting said: “What I heard was so familiar to me, I felt less alone and understood.” Anam Cara chief executive Sharon Vard emphasised that this event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age of the child or children, the circumstances of their death, or whether this was recent or not. For those considering attending but are unsure, Ms Vard suggests they visit the www.anamcara.ie. “There, in their own time, parents can watch our short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who have attended Anam Cara events,” she said. “The videos, which are just four minutes each, show parents TV presenter Lisa Cannon pictured at Heuston Station with Rosie McCormack and Sara-Jane Tracy, who are both living with MS, at the launch interviewed on topics like ‘A Dad’s Grief’, ‘Sudden and of the campaign. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN Traumatic Death’ and ‘The Grieving Family’.” Anam Cara services are offered free of charge. One of the fathers who attends the group, urged bereaved parents to give it a try. “There is no pressure to talk, yet you feel supported by the other parents who know how desperately hard it is after your child has died. Like so many bereaved parents Anam Cara has been my lifeline,” he said. For more information see anamcara. ie or call their Information Line on 085-2888888.


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Dubliners urged to back MS campaign

MULTIPLE Sclerosis Ireland is calling on its supporters in Dublin to get behind a campaign this month and raise funds for MS research and essential services. More than 9,000 people are living with MS in Ireland. ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’ will run during the month of May and supporters are asked to ‘go red’ and to Wear, Dare and Share: to wear red or hold a ‘red day’, dare to get sponsored for an MS Ireland sky dive, and share with friends and family to spread the word. The charity is urging

people to text KISS to 50300 to donate €4 and nominate others to take part. For more information visit www. kissgoodbyetoms.ie TV presenter Lisa Cannon is among those supporting the campaign. "I'm delighted to be part of this important cause to raise funds for MS research and services, to help people living with MS,” she said. “Three times more women than men are diagnosed with MS, with most being diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. “Please go red this May

and wear, dare and share to show your support." Lisa is part of an ‘MS Squad’, a global tribe of ambassadors, who stand together in solidarity to support people and families living with MS. Together with the global community Lisa pledges to ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’. MS is the most common debilitating neurological condition affecting young adults in Ireland. There is no known cause or cure. The campaign is about raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and supporting MS research as well as funding vital services that reduce

the impact of MS including physiotherapy, counselling, and newly diagnosed seminars. MS Ireland will hold the first MS Research Ball on Saturday, May 26 as well as Red Lab Coat Day in research laboratories around the country, reinforcing the research message for ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’. Ava Battles, chief executive of MS Ireland, said that while each country embarks on their own unique ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’ journey, the global MS community is more collaborative than anyone has seen

before. “MS Ireland is delighted to be involved in launching this important campaign for the third year running in Ireland to help raise funds for MS research and essential services for more than 9,000 people with Multiple Sclerosis,” said Ms Battles. “It's an important campaign for people and family members affected by MS. The campaign is also significantly about hope, enabling and empowering people with MS to live the life of their choice to their fullest potential.”

Psoriasis event raises awareness A CAMPAIGN has been launched that aims to address quality of life concerns for those living with psoriasis by approaching the condition from the inside out. The #AskHowIFeel campaign, created by Novartis in partnership with the Irish Skin Foundation, is designed to support those living with psoriasis to seek support from others and to have more open conversations about the impact the condition has on their

lives. The campaign empowers people not to suffer in silence, but to encourage the people around them - friends, family and healthcare professionals to #AskHowIFeel, by honestly discussing both the physical and emotional experience of psoriasis. According to the Irish Skin Foundation, 100,000 people in Ireland live with psoriasis. As well as the physical

symptoms, psoriasis can affect people emotionally and many people with the condition can struggle with anxiety and depression, impacting both selfesteem and confidence. As a part of the campaign, Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist and campaign ambassador, is collaborating with a number of people in Ireland living with psoriasis to look at how it is affecting their emotional

wellbeing. Dr Murphy, said: “Psoriasis is a complex condition that may severely impact your quality of life and self-esteem, reducing confidence, and for many takes an emotional toll. This campaign takes an interesting and different perspective, helping people look at new ways to live with their psoriasis.” For more information, visit www.askhowifeel.ie


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This week’s Beauty Dial Star Buys By Edel Cox of The Beauty Dial (www.thebeautydial.ie)

SEOULISTA BEAUTY INSTANT FACIALS €8.99 Whether you are prepping your skin for a special night out, or your skin simply needs some additional TLC, Seoulista Beauty has a mask in the range for you. As we move from Spring to Summer our skincare regime may need some tweaking and a Seoulista Beauty Instant Facial can help hydrate, detox, correct and calm and brighten in only 20 minutes. With four masks in the current range, this salon-quality skincare is designed to give you real results in the comfort of your home. This Super Hydration Instant Facial is natural coconut gel-like mask infused with hyaluronic acid to provide intense hydration to quench dry, dehydrated skin. The high-performance formula is packed with vitamins, which deeply nourish the skin and prevent the signs of ageing. After just 20 minutes, your skin is moisturised and plumped, revealing a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion.


ship with global beauty icon Jennifer Lopez. Inglot Ireland has unveiled a limited-edition collection in partner will bring Jennifer’s and Inglot’s shared line colour e extensiv the month, this online and Launched in stores themselves through beauty. The express to ways diverse vision of strong femininity to life and offer women r they’re going for a natural whethe own, their of looks unique create to women allows product collection in the line were created colours All styles. iconic ’s Jennifer daytime look or going out-glam, and inspired by in shades from nude to glow, range will s product ted formula expertly The herself. Jennifer and handpicked by include an illuminator, a bronzer, a gloss and a with a touch of smoky glam and the key products in the line will and Inglot stores and kiosks. mascara. Available now on jenniferlopezinglot.com, www.inglot.ie,



Wellbeing and Energy symbols have been added to the Irish designed and made Liwu jewellery collection, crafted in beautiful sterling silver and in gold-plated silver. The Celtic symbol for Wellbeing is the Ailm, the 20th letter of the ancient Celtic Ogham alphabet. The cross symbolises a pine tree, associated with longevity, strength and endurance, and the outer circle indicates a balanced and complete soul. Liwu Jewellery is created by Wexford-based designer, Áine Breen. Her pieces are stylish accessories, and the original design means the wearer can embrace both a subtle personal meaning and Irish heritage. These dynamic Celtic spirals are found carved in stone at prehistoric sites across Ireland and Europe. Both of the new Wellbeing and Energy designs are available as necklaces and earrings. Each piece is made by skilled silversmiths in Ireland and comes, beautifully boxed, with a meaning card. Liwu Jewellery is priced from €79-€179 and the collection is available online, www.liwujewellery.com, and nationwide at select jewellery stockists listed on the website.

Scientifically proven to support cell function, increase absorption of vitamins and minerals, and tackle inflammatio n, omega-3 has long been established as one of the good dietary fats. Necessity is often the mother of invention and, when Harvard trained physicia n and psychiatrist, Dr Carol Locke, note d the mental and physical benefits of omega-3 on her patients’ health, she looked at a means to increase its positive effects. OmegaBrite tests each batch before, during, and after producti on – far beyond any industry requirements. Ome gaBrite is also produced in a nitrogen environm ent which prevents oxidation and ensures no aftertaste. OmegaBrite is now available in Irela nd in pharmacies and online at www.om egabrite. ie. The supplement claims the top spot in the omega-3 industry in the US for conc entration and purity, and is now sold worldwide.

Travel More global destinatons with some spectacular views 22


THEY say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you visit somewhere spectacular that you’ve only ever seen in photographs the value is surely worth an entire book. Over the past two weeks we’ve featured some of the world’s most picturesque destinations and in the final part of this mini-series, we’ve got four more to put on your bucket list.


The Great Wall of China is the world's longest human-made structure. Portions of the wall north of Beijing and near tourist centres have been preserved and reconstructed, and offer great views. However, if you’re prepared to venture to less touristy parts like Huanghua Chang Cheng, 60km north of Beijing, you’ll be rewarded with a peaceful, tranquil surroundings where you can enjoy the views in splendid isolation, BEST VIEWED: Off peak in May or October.


straddling the border separating the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. Niagara Falls remains a wonder of nature despite its commercial exploitation. There’s no shortage of ways to take in the view. You can experience the falls from the decks of the Maid of the Mist, which takes you into the roaring maelstrom, or look down from the cockpit of a helicopter. The least scary view is from the Skylon Tower. From the Canadian side, floodlights illuminate both sides of the falls for several hours after dark.

developed than popular Ko Phi-Phi and the more you explore, the resorts begin to disappear and the atmosphere is one of delightfully laid-back Thai-Rasta bliss. BEST VIEWED: In the dry season between late November and early April.


The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and a spectacular place to visit. Designated a World Heritage site, Petra is also known as the rose-red city, a name it gets from the wonderful colour of the rock from which many of the city’s The views at Niagara Falls make it a magnet for tourists. BEST VIEWED: Right structures were carved. after sunset and at night Security concerns during the summer mean travellers aren't months. visiting Jordan like they used to, but traveling RAILAY, THAILAND independently is easy and very safe. This is a magical You can also opt for a place only accessible guided group tour and by boat on a small Thai fewer crowds make it the peninsula. Spend your perfect time to go. days rock climbing the limestone cliffs, BEST VIEWED: exploring vast cave systems, or swimming to Spring and autumn are considered the best time to nearby islands. visit Petra Railay is much less The monastery in world wonder Petra, Jordan Great Wall of China at Mutianyu (Beijing)

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SOUTHSIDE PEOPLE 09.05.18 PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, Joan & Vincent Clarkin, intend to apply for planning permission for development on this site: 103 Trees Road Upper, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of: increase in floor to ceiling height of single storey roof and construction of parapet wall around flat roof to rear of commercial unit. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for a single storey extension to the rear of the existing dwelling together with associated ancillary site works at 14 St. Vincent’s Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94 YH97; by David and Aoife Mangan. 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 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning permission is sought by Declan and Patricia Kelly for conversion to habitable use of existing garage and boiler room including the incorporation of a small yard (2.75sqm) at 124 Trees Road, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. The existing façade on to Trees Road will remain unchanged. The work will comprise of new tiled pitched roof over garage and boiler room and the small yard and internal modifications to allow area to be used as a toilet/shower room, general purpose room/utility and store. 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 Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We Stephen and Ruth Connolly seek Permission for development at 24 The Rise, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94 T029. The development will consist of: 1. Removal of the existing single storey out-buildings to the rear of the property. 2. Removal of the entrance porch to the games room building at rear of property 3. Modifications to the external elevations of the games room building. 4. The construction of a single storey extension to the front elevation of the main dwelling house. 5. The construction of a part single / part two-storey extension to the rear elevation of the main dwelling house. 6. Conversion of the existing attic space to habitable bedroom space with a projecting dormer window to rear elevation and insertion of roof lights to the front elevation, where the existing hipped roof will be modified and extended. 7. Widening of the existing vehicular entrance. 8. Along with all associated and ancillary site development works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for the construction of a single storey extension, store and ancillary site works within the private courtyard to the front of the existing dwelling at No. 2 Seapoint Manor, 4 Seapoint Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, which is a protected structure, RPS 289, by Jill Gibson The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council John & Karen Kenny, 13 Liffey Terrace, St.Laurence’s Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20, wish to apply for Planning Permission for development at the above address. The Development will consist of the demolition of existing 2 storey rear extension and the construction of a new two storey rear extension (32 m.sq) including dining / family room to ground floor and new first floor bedroom. A new first floor window and rooflight to the front elevation, internal alterations, reconfigured rear deck and associated site works all to existing terraced dwelling. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Derek & Ruth Liddle, 17 Liffey Terrace, St.Laurence’s Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20, wish to apply for Planning Permission for development at the above address. The Development will consist of the demolition of existing single storey rear extension and the construction of a two storey rear extension (36 m.sq) including dining / family room to ground floor and new first floor bedroom. A new first floor window and rooflight to the front elevation, internal alterations, reconfigured rear deck and associated site works all to existing terraced dwelling. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, Padraig & Caroline Shanahan wish to apply to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for permission to construct (a) 1st floor side extension over existing single storey comprising of 1 no. bedroom & ensuite (b) ground floor rear kitchen extension incorporating rear balcony & external steps to rear garden (c) semi basement multipurpose room to rear under kitchen extension (d) internal modifications & all associated site development works at Saint Ronans, Dundrum Rd, Dublin 14. This 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 and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council of the application and such submission or observation 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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Students visit Amazon for Tech Week



Students Tuesday 8th May from 2018 St Paul’s Community College took part in the event.



AMAZON Web Services (AWS) welcomed local schools into its offices recently as part of Tech Week 2018 so pupils could learn and get hands-on with the latest software developments and cloud computing technologies. Primary and secondary students experimented with AWS’ services, and enjoyed fun interactive activities and workshops, including workshops on Amazon Alexa, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT). They also gained a better, XX vaulable understanding of how the cloud works. The interactive experience challenged students to consider how they may contribute to the future of technology including developing new technology that doesn’t yet exist. During the sessions,

students learned new science and technology vocabulary and skills, and increased their confidence. AWS hosted over 300 students from Scoil Mhuire on Griffith Avenue; Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Inchicore; St Mary’s BNS, Rathfarnham; St Anne’s Primary School, Fettercairn; St Killian’s, Tallaght; Riverdale Community College in Blanchardstown; and St Paul’s Community College, Waterford. In addition to inviting these students to AWS’s offices, employees also delivered workshops in schools. The exciting initiative was part of Tech Week, Ireland’s national festival of technology, which is aimed at boosting science, technology, engineering and maths learning.

Tech Week is aimed at students, parents and the public. The week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. “We were delighted to welcome hundreds of curious students into AWS,” said Mike Beary Director of Human Resources of AWS Ireland. “Our aim is to inspire, encourage and challenge students at primary and secondary level to further develop their digital skills. “As a company we’re

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Success for BFEI beauty students BLACKROCK Further Education Institute (BFEI) have celebrated the successful participation of students from its Beauty and Body Therapy course in an Erasmus + programme last week. Second year students, Aoife Duffy, Andrea Byrne, Ciara Cunningham, Eve O’Loughlin, Ellie Galvin and Sophie O’Connor, recently completed a three week work experience placement in four and five star salons and spas in the Playa de las Americas region of Tenerife in sunny Spain. Elva Duggan and Tomas Bulnes, representing Léargas, the National Agency for the coordination of the Erasmus + Programme in Ireland, and Mark Coney, representing Europass Information Services of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), attended the celebration event. Also in attendance were Brian Mooney, Chairperson of BFEI's

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Paula Wicktorczyk, Sean Moran, Michael Mara of sponsors the Beacon Hospital, and William Hayden are pictured at the recent Southside People Community & Sports Awards in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

Sarah McGovern is pictured with her son Jude Vaughan(6) and daughter Robyn Vaughan (4) as they launch GroMór 2018 in Merrion Square, ahead of Lá Bealtaine which officially marks the start of summer.

Claire Keeley and Alan Moore are pictured on the occasion of their recent wedding in the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel.

Pictured are the creatives who will represent Team Ireland at this year’s annual international Cannes Lions Festival, as announced by The Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI). A dozen of Ireland’s most creative young stars will compete on an international stage in Cannes this June, against teams from all over the world in the film, print, PR, social media and marketing disciplines.

Pictured at Dublin Port beside the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship is VJ on stilts, Dublin Port entertainment Artastic. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise ship to be based from the port.

Moya Brennan receives an award from Comhaltas at the launch of the Dublin Fleadh at the Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire with Tom Murphy, cathaoirleach, Minister Josepha Madigan, and Dr Labhrás Ó’Murchú of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Motoring 27 New Kia has a Stinger in the tail


Seán Creedon FOURTEEN years ago when Kia took over the direct importation of their cars into Ireland, not many would have predicted that in early 2018 we would be driving a classy sports car like the Stinger that will go from zero to 100km in just over seven seconds. Kia steadily built up their Irish range, starting with excellent SUVs like the Sorento, Sportage and Carens; then bringing in cars like the Cee’d, Rio, Optima, Venga, the funkylooking Soul and more recently the neat Stonic. German-born designer Peter Schreyer has made huge improvements to Kia cars since he joined the company in 2006 from Audi. Together with Gregory Guillaume, they combined to produce the classy-looking Stinger, which is a completely new departure for the South Korean company. You can see from the photo on this page the

beautiful sculpted lines on the red model. I drove a blue version with red seats. When I was in short pants down in Kerry we dreaded being stung by nettles which grew wild in some of the fields. Never did I realise that I one day I would taste Nettle soup or drive a car called a Stinger with coupe-like styling. According to Guillaume their design was partially inspired by the humble Coca Cola bottle. Obviously thing go better with Coke. I drove a 2.2-litre diesel version which wasn’t thirsty. My automatic version with rear wheel drive was very comfortable to travel in. When you exit the car the driver’s seat slides back, then when you get back in the seat resumes its position. You get external cameras front and back. The dash is dominated by an eight-inch infotainment screen and all the controls are well

laid out and easy to use. I loved the toggle-type switches to control the heated front seats. There is room for three adults in the back and the boot is massive. Underneath that massive boot space the good news is that that you get a proper spare wheel. My test model also had a

sun roof which certainly added to the classy look. I have never driven anything as powerful and the nearest car I could compare the Stinger to looks wise is the Ford Mustang. But it doesn’t have that ‘growl’ from the engine that the Mustang does. Anything Peter Schreyer

turns his hand to seems to work for Kia. I don’t know if he admired Johnny Cash, but he certainly dresses like the great American singer, all in black. I am not going to dodge the big question here; it’s going to be a big ask to expect reasonably well off drivers who are used

to German models like Mercedes, Audi and BMW to switch to a luxury Kia. But make no mistake, it will happen some day. Prices start at €53,895 for the 2.2-litre diesel GT Line. The petrol 3.3-litre V6 GT model is priced at €66,895. There is also a 2.0-litre petrol version, but it will

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House & Home Latest trends in the house! 28

FROM millennial pink and matte black to metallics and the tropics, it’s all about trends for this year and beyond at house 2018, taking place on May 25-27 in the RDS, Ballsbridge. More and more Irish homeowners are growing in self-confidence and are happy to showcase their independent styles, whether that’s highlighting colour and pattern or introducing a whole new style to a chosen room. Designers have already embraced the trends for 2018 and it’s filtering down through amazing residential and commercial projects and the trend experts are already well ahead into 2019! If you want to keep up with interiors trends but don’t have the budget

for a complete overhaul, simple tricks with colour and lighting can bring your home right into the future. It’s all about midcentury vibes, maximalism and expressive lighting,

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“Brass remains strong with more modern forms paired with a mixture of smoked and coloured glass. “There is slight shift towards maximalism, as we see people becoming more confident and bold with their lighting choices.


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Employment/Business A significant Applications open unemployment milestone reached for Lighting Upgrade Grant Scheme 2018 30


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UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen below 6 percent for the first time in 10 years. The CSO monthly unemployment rate has continued to fall monthon-month over the past year to 5.9 percent in April 2018. This represents a total fall in the unemployment rate of 0.9 percentage points since April 2017 when unemployment stood at 6.8 percent and is the lowest monthly unemployment rate since May 2008. Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, welcomed the figures published last week. She said they are further evidence that our growing economy is continuing to generate strong employment, and that we have made significant

Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Environment, Dennis Naughten cost of a smart lighting upgrade even further.” Minister Naughten said this level of payment could help small and medium-sized enterprises save up to 90 percent on their lighting costs “which is a significant saving for any small business”. “Lighting is the second highest cost for many businesses after staff costs,” he added.

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Employment/Business 31 Make hay with a summer job


Cormac Spencer ONE of the most noticeable signs of the recovery in our economy is the transformation of the spotless windows of the shops, restaurants and cafes of the recessionary period into cluttered spaces full of fliers for local events, adverts for fitness classes and most importantly ‘Help Wanted’ signs enticing people to ‘apply within’. For school and college goers who are staring down the barrel of a penniless summer of daytime TV, this is good news. The true sign of the economic recovery is not to be found in GDP figures (as these figures are often a questionable economic indicator), or in high tech job announcements (though they most certainly help!), but rather in real world indications that people feel confident enough to spend money

It is encouraging to see the ‘Hiring’ signs in shop windows again. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK in shops, restaurants, art galleries, theatres and cinemas. There is no better indication than a ‘Help Wanted’ sign adorning a window. These signs are the embodiment

of the confidence that people are now feeling in their personal financial situations. They are going out for a meal more often instead of cooking and going to the cinema instead of waiting for the

film to hit TV. Going to the cinema employs ticket checkers, ushers, cleaners and popcorn dispensers. The knock on effect of people’s decision to go out and spend again is clear. By no means should we return to the highly consumerist Celtic Tiger era where buying things was made a substitute for happiness, but this lack of fear of expenditure over and above the essentials is good for an economy and is great news for anyone looking for work in the service industry, particularly students looking to earn money over the summer. I’m surprised at the difference in the availability of jobs in the service industry compared even to a few short months ago, and while many reading this may have already secured work, for those still looking, my advice is to pound the streets and

keep your eyes open for those signs going up. For individual students, getting a summer job is a great way to earn money to fund their break, and maybe to keep money coming in by working 1-2 days a week during term time, but there are also much wider benefits associated with the return of these sorts of jobs. For a start, they are a great way of teaching students about the world of work for good or for bad, in addition to teaching them how to manage money. Having a son or daughter in work can also alleviate financial pressure on parents, who without the income their child receives would have to subsidise them. What’s more, the money that can be earned on breaks from study, means that students are more able afford to stay in study, contributing to their personal development and to

the betterment of our economy and country. This is an important point. When casual and part time work dries up in an economy, many students are unable to afford to stay in further education. The double whammy of a lack of work and rising registration fees during the years of economic difficulty only exacerbated that problem. It’s amazing how interconnected these things can be. Ireland’s economy is on the rise, and the

confidence that people now have in their personal financial circumstances means that the pool of disposable income shouldn’t be drying up any time soon. Anyone looking for a role in the service industry, a summer job, or a job in their locality should keep a keen eye on windows near them. • Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit www. linkpersonnel.ie or call 01-8456312.


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A few things worth checking out this week


Baldoyle Mayfest

The longer evenings make Friday nights perfect for soccer and this weekend all roads lead to Tallaght on May 11 for the tasty clash between Shamrock Rovers and high-flying Waterford. A trip out to Bray will be rewarded with a game between struggling Wanderers and Bohs. There’s one First Division match in the capital featuring Shels against Finn Harps at Tolka Park.


An Irish celebration of Palestine through dance, music, spoken word and theatre is taking place in Liberty Hall at 8pm on Friday, May 11. Sendiana - the acorn in Arabic - marks 70 years since the Nakba in 1948 when three quarters of a million Palestinians were forced to flee their homes. Dance, music, poetry, live theatre and spoken word tell the story of Palestine from a uniquely Irish perspective. Live Irish and Arabic music fuse and Irish dance meets Palestinian Dabke. Organised by PalFest, tickets cost €20 from takeyourseats.ie.


DUBLIN MAY CHORAL CONCERT The Goethe-Institut Choir is performing in the annual concert in aid of the Carmichael Centre for Charity Groups at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday, May 12 at 8pm. The programme will include works by Schutz, Grieg and Bach along with the wonderful Mozart Requiem, under conductor John Dexter. Tickets cost €25 from carmichaelcentre.ie.


The Holy Faith Clontarf Parents’ Association Fundraising Book Fair will take place in the school hall, Belgrove Road, on Friday, May 11 from 7pm-9pm; Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 2pm; and Sunday, May 13 from 10am to 2pm. This is a great opportunity to stock up on your summer reading.

Baldoyle Mayfest will take place in Baldoyle Racecourse Park this Sunday, May 13. This free event has drawn thousands to the park every year to enjoy the bouncy castles and games, and watch the non-stop stage show that runs from 1pm to 6pm. This year there are bands and acts from Baldoyle, Howth, Portmarnock, Donaghmeade and Swords, and there’s also a Tug-of War for strong adults.


The Alternative Sunday Social Club at Toners presents Eamonn Dowd & The Racketeers on Sunday, May CHRIS WILSON 13 at 4pm. ‘ALIGNMENTS’ Eamonn Gormleys Fine Art, Dowd paid his dues playing with long forgotten Dublin, is hosting bands throughout the 1980’s and early ‘90s a solo exhibition in his native Ireland. In 1996 he formed The ‘Alignments’ by Racketeers and embarked on a never-ending acclaimed Irish adventure bringing his fiery brand of country to artist Chris Wilson. audiences far and wide and releasing 10 albums The exhibition will along the way. open on Thursday, Nashville legend, Gary Carter plays pedal steel May10 at 6.30pm and will run until June 6 at 27 South on the album. Gary, a veteran of the Grand Ole Frederick Street, Dublin 2. This exhibition will Opry has played with countless country stars consist of new works completed over the past including Faith Hill, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis and Glen Campbell. two years, continuing the artist’s interest in landscape from a contemporary perspective.

The month of May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity as we age. The festival, which runs from May 1-31, gives everyone the opportunity to discover a new talent or find a new way to use an old skill. It is an opening to make new friends and connect with your community. There are hundreds of events taking place all over the country. For a full list of events in your area, visit www.bealtaine.ie

MAZ & BRICKS The play called Maz & Bricks which is currently on a nationwide tour arrives at the Pavilion theatre, Dun Laoghaire on May 8 and 9. Directed by Jim Culleton (On Blueberry Hill) and starring Eva O’Connor (My Name is Saoirse) and Stephen Jones (From Eden), Maz & Bricks tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is attending a ‘Repeal the 8th’ demonstration, while Bricks is going to meet his young daughter. As the day unfolds, the two become unlikely friends, changing each other in ways they never thought possible.

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From the Archives


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

Roches Stores on Henry Street in its heyday.

Freeman’s Journal, May 17, 1865

Irish Press, May 15, 1990

A young motorist is stopped for speeding in Rathmines, 1942.

Sunday Independent, May 13, 1934

The Anna Livia fountain, nicknamed the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’, in its original O’Connell Street location.



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