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St James’s Gate plan to transform the Liberties THE next chapter in the long history of St James’s Gate has opened after plans for a world-class urban quarter were unveiled last week. Diageo, the global drinks giant behind the iconic Guinness brand, said they were “opening the gates to welcome doers and dreamers to share our home” as they announced ambitious plans to transform 12.6 acres at the famous site. The plan is to open up the area by using new and existing buildings to create a dynamic mixed-use urban quarter that will include residential, office and commer-


cial space. The new St James’s Gate Quarter, as it will be called, will include public spaces and streets that will be fully integrated into the wider Liberties area. In a bid to create what they envision as one of the most dynamic urban quarters in Ireland and Europe, Diageo said they were commencing the search for a development partner who could make the vision a reality. “Working closely with planning and architectural experts, Diageo has developed a vision, underpinned by both the Dublin City Development Plan and the Liberties

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▪▪ Oliver Loomes, Country Director for Diageo Ireland and Colin O’Brien, Beer and Packaging Director, are pictured at the unveiling of plans for a world-class urban quarter at St James’s Gate last week. PHOTO: NAOISE CULHANE at St James’s Gate and are delighted to be opening streets, creating spaces, and generating opportunity. “We are transforming our centuries-old vat houses, brew houses and cooperages into incredible spaces that will house and inspire a new

generation of entrepreneurs, residents and visitors, dreamers and doers.” His colleague, Colin O’Brien, added: “Today’s announcement is the next chapter in the history of St James’s Gate.” Continued on page 2


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continued from page 1 Mr O’Brien, the Beer and Packaging Director at Diageo, added: “We have, in this site, a unique opportunity to open up the gates, creating a quarter that will form part of the fabric of the city for generations to come.” Diageo has continued to invest significantly in operations at the site as it grows its Irish business. Earlier this year they announced a €16m expansion of the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, and the development of a new whiskey distillery on the site of the former Guinness Power Station, at a cost of €25m. This is in addition to Brewhouse No 4, opened in 2014, which produces 1.2 billion pints of beer annually, with more than 70 per cent exported to 130 countries. Dublin City Council welcomed the announcement last week, with Chief Executive Owen Keegan describing the plans as “a major step in the rejuvenation of the Liberties”. “The city council is strongly supportive of the strategy to open up new streets and provide for a variety of homes, which will augment the unique Dublin character of the area and strengthen community identity,” he said. “Furthermore, the area south of James Street presents an excellent opportunity to integrate historic fabric with high-quality, new buildings and urban spaces with sustainable connectivity to the rest of the city.” Dublin Chamber said the plans were a great example of sustainable urban planning. The chamber said the 12.6-acre St James's Gate site has the potential to become a hugely attractive place to live in Dublin and presents a great opportunity to rejuvenate the wider Liberties area. Dublin Chamber CEO, Mary Rose Burke, said: "The St James's Gate site is one of the most iconic pieces of land in the city. “It is fantastic to see that part of the site is being reimagined for a new era. Making better use of key land within the M50 is central to meeting Dublin's housing needs. “This project should serve as an example of the type of thinking that is required to ensure locations are brought back to life to meet the needs of today."


Priorities outlined for Tallaght ‘Smart City’ TALLAGHT must become a ‘Smart City’ of the future, Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone, has declared. Minister Zappone set out her goals for the Southside suburb at a meeting between Independent TDs and the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe ahead of this week’s Budget. Speaking following the discussions Minister Zappone said: “Our discussions have focussed on what is right for the communities in Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Citywest. “I have set out the need to put in place the capital to build infrastructure which will turn us into a ‘Smart City’ of the future. “Priorities must be support for the Institute of Technology in Tallaght so it has the freedom to compete with other colleges nationally and internationally. “We must build on the progress which has been

made by increasing the facilities on the campus.” Minister Zappone said Tallaght Hospital also needed support. “The development of an expanded Intensive Care Unit will benefit patients,” she said. “However, it should also be a world class beacon of innovation, healthcare and learning. Our hospital must continue to be supported to it meets its full potential. “As well as these large scale projects there are also smaller works which require desperately needed funding. “Knockmore Junior School, St Thomas JNS and Mount Seskin Community School must all be given extra support,” Minister Zaoone added. “Our youth clubs are enjoying increased funding with an extra €6m in grants announced recently, bringing total investment this year to €57m. This is money well spent. “I have asked Minister Donohoe to ensure that at

▪▪ Dublin South West Minister Katherine Zappone is pictured with fellow Independents, Dr Micheal Harty TD and Minister Denis Naughten, after discussions with Finance Minister Paschal ahead of this week’s budget. the very least this level of funding is maintained. “Protecting the vulnerable is an important duty of Government. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I




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New park is a jewel in the crown of the Liberties A PARK where people of all ages and social backgrounds can mix, relax and enjoy has opened at the heart of the Liberties. Last week, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Míchéal Mac Donncha, officiated at the opening of Weaver Park on Cork StreeDublin 8.

Located on the site of the former Chamber Court and Weaver’s Court flat complex, work started on this 0.6-hectare neighbourhood park in January as part of the Liberties Greening Strategy. With this historic part of the city rapidly becoming an exciting new quarter, the

neighbourhood park has been designed to provide a meeting space for residents. The park features a lawn for games and activities, an enclosed play area, a skateboarding terrace, benches and a pergola. Extensive landscaping has been carried out and the play areas are designed to

▪▪ The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Míchéal Mac Donncha (left) and Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, are pictured with Gav Coughlan from at the opening of Weaver Park on Cork Street. PHOTOS: FENNELLS

cater for children of all ages. “I am delighted to be here this morning to officially open Weaver Park, which is the first major project to be developed as part of The Liberties Greening Strategy,” the Lord Mayor said. “I would like to congratulate Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscape Services Division and the South Central Area Office, as well as Ait Urbanism Landscape Ltd and Brace-grade Ltd who designed and constructed this amenity.” The Lod Mayor added: “I hope that people of all ages from the Dublin 8 area and beyond get great enjoyment from this new facility in this historic area.” The vision for the park was to create a green oasis for local bio-diversity while also providing a focal point for community events and activities. "The opening of Weaver Park in the Liberties reflects

Dublin City Council’s ambition to ensure that every community has access to a quality park,” said Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, Dublin City Council. Area Manager Peter Fin- ▪▪ Kirsten Finnerty (10) from Scoil Treasa Naofa at the negan added: “It is almost opening of Weaver Park. 100 years since the Liberties were gifted a public park. “Cities need parks and recreational spaces if communities are to grow and develop. “Dublin’s Liberties is an exciting, dynamic and ever-changing community that can only be enriched by the development of a network of green and enjoyable spaces. “Weaver Park is a jewel in Contact us for details on that developing network. It collections Certificates of is a space where people of all ages and social backgrounds destruction issued can mix, relax and enjoy.” Second hand car parts The designation of the site for a public park was the result of rezoning by local councillors of the former site of Chamber Court and Weaver’s Court flat complex. 01-8081002 / 01-8569434 085 758 7378







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EGENDARY journalist Vincent Browne left pretty big boots to fill when he departed TV3 during the summer.

Not since Podge & Rodge gave us ‘A Scare at Bedtime’ had television been so terrifying, yet highly amusing, as Browne’s often hapless guests ducked and dived to avoid the veteran broadcaster’s confrontational interviewing style. His savaging of the New Land League’s Jerry Beades will go down as one of the most memorable moments from the show. Equally, SIPTU’s Jack O’Connor’s walkout was another piece of (unintentional) comedy gold served up for supper by TV3. Due to Browne’s fearsome

reputation, many politicians were ‘unavailable’ when invited to appear on his show. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny was not a fan after Browne made offensive comments about him (which, in fairness, he apologised for). Browne was far from what you’d call a polished presenter but he did display a strong sense of social injustice which made his show such compulsive viewing. Such was the void left in the Ballymount studios by Browne’s departure that it has taken two media heavyweights to replace him. You might think that the selection process would have been more mindful of gender balance, particularly in light of recent controversies in other media organisations. Still, it’s hard to argue with the choice of Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates as co-hosts of ‘The Tonight Show’. I’m not usually a fan of double-headers on television or radio current affairs. Quite often it results in a battle for dominance or clash of egos and the forced camaraderie can really grate at times. Both presenters bring impressive credentials to the show: Cooper, a former editor of The Sunday Tribune and successful Today FM presenter; in Yates, we have a one-time TD, minister, businessman, author and a late blooming broadcaster.

▪▪ Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates are co-presenters of ‘The Tonight Show’ on TV3

And while I’ve yet to see sparks fly between the pair on the new show, the viewer is left with the reasonable expectation that they’re not going to agree on everything. The quality of guests and contributors has been strong so far and the hosts are not afraid to poke fun at themselves (a tip they may well have

picked up from Browne). On radio, Yates is hardly known for his political correctness and it will be interesting to see if this approach lands him in controversy or if he will be tamed by the presence of the more measured Cooper. There are, naturally, some minor quibbles. The repeated tweets about

the presenters’ dress sense is starting to become a little tiresome and the co-hosts, at times, seem to enjoy the ribbing just a little too much. But so far so good. The dynamic between the pair has been most promising and TV3 seems to have produced a current affairs show that gives RTÉ a run for its money.




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Charges against 10 Jobstown protesters are dropped Isabel Hayes

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accused. Prosecution barrister Sean Gillane SC told the court the DPP had requested that a nolle prosequi be entered in respect of all of the charges against the remaining accused, except for one count of criminal damage against one accused, Dylan Collins. Mr Gillane said the case against Mr Collins (22) of Bawnlea Green, Tallaght was proceeding, but a trial date will probably not be required. Instead, he will be arraigned on November 20. Six of the accused had been due to go on trial last week while the remaining five were due to face trial next year. Former Tánaiste Joan Burton and her advisor Karen O'Connell had left a graduation ceremony at An Cosan Education Centre at Jobstown, on November 15, 2014 when protesters surrounded their car, delaying them for three hours. Last June, six men, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, were found not guilty by a jury of falsely imprisoning the women following a nineweek trial.

Charges against a seventh man, Ken Purcell, were dropped halfway through the trial. Carol Purcell (58), Declan Kane (49), Glen Carney (22), Keith Preston (38), Thomas Kelly (35), Paul Kiernan (39) and Peter Herbert (66) had been charged with falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and Ms O'Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014, along with violent disorder on the same date.

Adam Lyons (22) had been charged with falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and Ms O'Connell along with one count of violent disorder and one count of criminal damage to a Garda car windscreen on the same date. Antoinette Kane (24) and Calvin Carlyle (20) were charged with violent disorder at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014. Dylan Collins (21) was charged with violent disorder as well as criminal dam-

age to a Garda car’s rear window on the same date. As Judge Greally left court, the room erupted in cheers, with protesters sounding airhorns and chanting. Outside the court building, Mr Herbert, speaking on behalf of the protestors, said that they would continue to demand a public inquiry into the prosecution and to campaign for the dropping of a conviction of a minor found guilty of false imprisonment. Carol Purcell, with an

address in Kiltalown Green, Tallaght; Declan Kane, of Glenshane Green, Tallaght; Glen Carney, of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght; Keith Preston, of Sundale Lawns, Tallaght; Thomas Kelly, of Cushlawn Dale, Tallaght; Paul Kiernan, of Brookview Way, Tallaght; Peter Herbert, of Rossfield Park, Tallaght; Adam Lyons, of Drumcairn Drive, Fethercairn, Tallaght; Antoinette Kane, of Cloonmore Park, Jobstown; Calvin Carlyle, of Gleann na Hearna, Tallaght had all faced charges.



Another big jobs win for Sandyford THE news that Microsoft will be recruiting a further 200 people to work at its Southside base has been described as “another great jobs win for Sandyford”. The roles, in the area of technical and solutions sales specialists, are in addition to the 500 jobs created by Microsoft at the Inside Sales organisation in February this year. Senator Neale Richmond (FG) said this was another great jobs win for Sandyford. “Just last year Microsoft announced the recruitment of 600 jobs for Sandyford and today's announcement of a further 200 is super news,” he said. “These roles provide high level opportunities for people from the local and surrounding areas. Microsoft is also looking to attract recruits with strong technical and linguistic

skills. “In centralising their operations to a new campus in Sandyford, Microsoft will bring the total number of employees there to a whopping 2,000. “Sandyford has had a series of strong job announcements recently and this is a further lift for a thriving commercial and residential area on the Southside, conveniently located close to the M50 and the N11, while also being served by the LUAS. “This jobs announcement is just one example of how this country has seen the unemployment rate reduce down to 6.1 per cent from 15.2 per cent at the height of the recession. Deputy Josepha Madigan added: “The announcement today of the creation of a further 200 jobs with Microsoft is a great vote of confidence in Sandyford as a destination for high-end businesses to locate.


“The jobs created here are exactly the type of high, end IT jobs that will form the basis of the smart economy – an economy based on highly educated graduates pursuing the boundaries of technological innovation. “Fine Gael is working hard in Government to ensure that the benefits of the economic recovery are felt by all. This jobs announcement is further evidence of economic recovery in Dublin Rathdown.” Meanwhile, hundreds of new jobs will be created through the expansion of a major international firm in the south city, it was announced last week. Fidelity International is to bolster its new state-of-the-art office in Townsend Street in Dublin 2 with the creation of 250 new additional jobs, the Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald revealed.

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Happy days as new Round Tower opens THE red tape was cut on the new €4 million Round Tower Visitor Centre in the heart of Clondalkin Village last week.

Brú Chrónáin was officially opened by the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Paul Gogarty, alongside Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, local councillors and mem-

bers of the community. The new facility, which represents a significant investment by South Dublin County Council, comprises the conservation and re-

furbishment of five derelict 19th Century Mill Cottages and a modern extension to the rear. The Round Tower Centre has been designed as a vibrant hub for visitors to enjoy and explore, with beautiful gardens front and rear and a new civic plaza which re-engages the site and its historic core. The building also houses an interactive exhibition, café and retail area. The project is one of the most significant new attractions to open in South County Dublin in recent years, and it is hoped that it will attract thousands of visitors from all over the world. Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, described it as a “wonderful new cultural and heritage destination”. “This will support the development and regeneration of Clondalkin, and make a huge contribution to the lo-

▪▪ Daniel McLoughlin of South Dublin County Council is pictured with Mayor Paul Gogarty and Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald at the opening. PHOTO: ROB O’ CONNOR cal economy,” he said. “We are delighted that we’ve been able to fund this fantastic project, which engages both locals and visitors with the fascinating history of the Round Tower and an exhibition that tells the story of over 1,000 years of Clondalkin’s history and heritage.” Mayor Paul Gogarty, who officially opened the centre, added: “South Dublin County Council is committed to providing high-quality facilities

and this superb visitor centre is a model of true local democracy in action. “The quality and co-operation between the council and the community has been critical to the success of the project. “The Visitor Centre was conceived by the council in collaboration with the local community to celebrate the Round Tower and to respond to the origins of the site and its history.” “I would like to acknowl-

edge the support of the Office of Public Works who worked very closely with the council on the delivery of this wonderful project,” the mayor added. “It clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when we come together to work collaboratively for the good of the community.” The Round Tower will be operated by The Happy Pear. The café and food store is also employing around 30 people from the local area.  


▪▪ Pupils from Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain at The Round Tower, Clondalkin.






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Shankill man recalls how losing his sight affected his life YOU can imagine that getting back to work after losing your sight is very difficult, but when your career was as a driver to a High Court Judge, that is literally impossible.

▪▪ Collette Hiller (Sing London) Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Aine Clancy and Keelin Fagan (Failte Ireland) at the James Joyce statue being brought to life by look-a-like John Shevlin. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW/FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

City statues can now talk the talk VISITORS to Dublin can now take a call from well-known statues like Oscar Wilde and Cu Chullain as actors Brendan Gleeson, Brenda Fricker and Gabriel Byrne voice stories penned by authors such as

John Banville and Roddy Doyle. Statues have long been erected throughout Ireland to celebrate its rich cultural history. That history will now be coming to life in the lat-

est tourist attraction in the centre of Dublin. This innovative, citywide initiative, ‘Talking Statues’, was launched by Failte Ireland and Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Aine Clancy

A massive upheaval faced Dermot Farrelly (83), from Shankill, when his retinas detached in 1982, eventually leaving him almost totally blind. Adjusting to sight loss is a huge emotional journey for people who may go from being independent, employed and active, to suddenly being dependent on others for even basic needs.

the rising number of people affected by sight loss. Its advice, support, rehabilitation services and other training help 8,000 people and their families face their futures with confidence every year. Services offered by NCBI include rehabilitation training, independent living skills, mobility training, low vision solutions, IT training, guidance in choosing a range of assistive technology, employment advice and counselling. The majority of people using NCBI’s services have some level of vision and most acquire sight loss

at the GPO – Witness History Visitor Centre. Using drama, humour and technology, Dublin’s Talking Statues breathes new life into a selection statues.

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▪▪ Dermot Farrelly at home in Shankill. One of the biggest losses is no longer being able to drive, particularly when your career depends on it. “In 1982 I had detached retinas and I lost the sight in the left eye,” Dermot recalled. “Four years later the right one went. I am not totally blind but I have very little left. “I wanted and needed to try and keep my life as normal as I could. “Continuing to work was so important to me, though a slight rethink was needed as I was a driver for a High Court Judge! “They were very good to me in work and I made the trek from Shankill into the Four Courts every day.” His sudden sight loss brought Dermot to the National Council for the Blind (NCBI), where he found practical and emotional support. The NCBI is Ireland’s national charity working for

during their adult lives. Dermot believes that finding NCBI was invaluable to him regaining his independence when his sight deteriorated. “Naturally my sight loss caused huge upheaval, physically, emotionally and practically and NCBI was invaluable to me, on so many levels,” he reflects. “The mobility training I received was vitally important, it literally got me going. “I was taught how to get up and down stairs, trained to know how to find the edges of footpaths, that sort of thing. “I got involved in an over 65’s committee and received additional support and help. “There are always challenges but, with the right support, you can overcome them. NCBI gave me the confidence to say to myself, ‘don’t sit in a corner, get out and stay living’.”



Special Olympics Ireland return to Dublin DUBLIN footballing legend Dean Rock and Olympian Natalya Coyle called for volunteers to get involved in the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games after it announced that the massive event will take place in the capital next year. Running over four days, from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday June 17, the Games will be one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland next year. Over 1,600 Special Olympics athletes from throughout Ireland will travel to Dublin. They will be accompanied by 600 coaches and official delegates and 3,000 family members and supporters The Games will be supported by a team of 2,500 volunteers who will be recruited from Dublin and beyond over the coming months. Dean Rock said that Special Olympics will be counting on the support of everyone to make them a success. “We’re here to mark something very special today, the Special Olympics Ireland Games coming back to Dublin in June 2018,” Dean said. “They were last here in 2002, a year before the World Games took place in Dublin in 2003. It was an amazing time and had such an impact on communities

Dáil debate on Harold’s Cross site THE Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been urged to give the go-ahead for the construction a new post-primary school on the former greyhound track site in Harold’s Cross site.

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jim O’Callaghan, raised the matter in Dáil Eireann recently. During a special debate he said: “In May of this year the Deptartment of Education purchased the land at the former greyhound track in Harold’s Cross. “How this land will be used by the State is a hugely important issue for the people in my constituency.” According to Deputy O’Callaghan, the department approved the construction of a new post-primary school, to be completed by September 2018, to service the Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 8 areas. “Following a patronage process, Educate Together was approved to be the patron of the new secondary school,” Deputy O’Callaghan said. “It is an urgent priority in our area that this school is constructed to alleviate the pressure on parents who are struggling to secure a school place for their chil▪▪ Special olympics athlete Rebecca McAuley and Dublin footballer Dean Rock are pictured with Olympian Natalya dren. Coyle during the Special Olympics launch. PHOTO: SPORTSFILE “There is a very limited choice for paracross Ireland. But, as in 2002 and 2003, bassador for Special Olympics, said local all the athletes who have come so far the ents who wish to send their children to a non-paying secondary school that is Special Olympics needs each and every support would be essential to making the support they deserve.” Check out for multi-denominational and co-educationGames a success. one of us to get on board.” “It is now up to every one of us to show full information. al,” Deputy O’Callaghan added. Olympian Natalya Coyle, also an am-

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DLR Chamber County Business Awards 2017 Customer Service Retail “As the voice of business across the county, and as a Award – Small Retailer of voluntary business organisa- the Year Winner: Cavistons tion, is proud to spearhead Food Emporium these awards in our county.” Customer Service Retail Best New Start Up/New Award – Best Shopping Business Winner: The Free- Centre Winner: Dundrum Town Centre The award winners were bird Club announced at a gala ginner Winner Formal Dining: Best Professional Serhosted by MC Alan Shortt. The main supporter of vices Award Winner: Lans- Michael’s Mount Merrion the inaugural DLR Chamber downe Partnership Winner Casual Dining: County Business Awards Best Small Business John Brady Group – Brady’s 2017 was Dún Laoghaire Award Winner: On Your Feet Shankill Rathdown County Council. The cathaoirleach of the Customer Service – TourCorporate Social Recouncil, Cllr Tom Murphy, used the occasion to reiter- sponsibility Award Win- ism and Hospitality Winner:  Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel ate the council’s support for ner:  SSE Ireland local business in the county. Special Recognition Green Business Environ"The council continues to be committed to supporting ment Award Winner: Tesco Award for Sport Winner: Cuala GAA Club Dalkey the development of local Ireland businesses in the county,” Special Recognition Innovation in Business he said. Patrick Neill, President Award Winner: Equine Me- Award for Community Winner: Eilis Hession, HSE. DLR Chamber, added: “Dún diRecord Laoghaire Rathdown is a DLR Chamber also anInternational Trade vibrant, progressive county predicting huge growth Award Winner: Phonova- nounced Michael Cosgrave as the Business Leader of the ▪▪ Pat Neil, President, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, Ed Dobbs, Jennifer Allen-Devlin, Cllr Cormac Devlin and in employment in the years tion Year in the county 2017. ahead. Tom Murphy, cathaoirleach, at the awards. ALL PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA THE winners of the first ever Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber County Business Awards were revealed recently at a glittering bash in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire.

▪▪ Pat Neil, President, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber with Philomena Poole, Chief Executive Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Cllr Tom Murphy.

▪▪ Pat Neil, the president of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, presents the Business Leader 2017 award to Michael Cosgrave of Cosgrave Builders. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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Keeping your dog safe this Halloween Corina Fitzsimons HALLOWEEN can be fun for the whole family, but it can also be stressful and dangerous for your dog. Dogs may be exposed to many unfamiliar sights and sounds, especially with so many scary costumes about. Your family should consider the following points to ensure the safety of your dog during this spooky time: • Walk your dog before it gets dark to avoid fireworks and flashing lights. Feed your dog before the fireworks begin. • Provide a safe hiding place for your dog indoors and close the curtains as many dogs are afraid of the flashing lights from fireworks, not just the noise

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The Dublin People Newspaper Group has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Holly, a five-year-old female Terrier crossbreed who is looking for a loving family. This sweet lady enjoys human company and gets worried when there is nobody by her side. On the other hand when Holly feels safe and comfortable she shows her independent spirit and does her own thing. Holly gets along fine with other dogs, but she definitely prefers gentle and calm friends to play with. Holly is deaf and partially blind, therefore she is looking for a sensible, understanding and patient family. Holly will blossom living with someone who is home for most of the time. If you think you can offer Holly a loving home, contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

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NAC Masters Men’s team make splash with ninth title in a row THE NAC Masters Men’s team is celebrating its ninth consecutive Leinster Open Sea title. Every summer the Leinster Open Sea Committee, part of Swim Ireland, organises a season of 'open sea' swimming races in a variety of locations along the Leinster coast. The races cater for all ages and abilities, from teenagers to senior citizens and from novice swimmers to former internationals. The races take place at

a variety of outdoor swimming locations along the east coast, including some of Dublin’s best known bathing spots like the Bull Wall, Seapoint, Killiney Beach and Portmarnock. The races are on average 1,500m in length. This year over 33 races took place. The Liffey Swim and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race are the two ‘majors’ and most highly prized events in this calendar. The NAC Men’s team claimed their ninth consecutive success having won

their first title in 2009. NAC Masters is one of Ireland’s largest and most successful Masters’ swimming clubs. Founded in 1988, the club has grown steadily in both membership numbers and reputation. ‘Masters’ is the term given to competitive swimming for anyone over 25. Jackie O’Connor, chairperson of NAC Masters, said the competition was very tough this year, with 21 men’s swimming teams from across Leinster competing for the prestigious title.

▪▪ Members of NAC Masters Swimming Club during a team photo in May. The club’s men’s team is celebrating its latest ‘open sea’ title triumph. “So, this is a super achievement for our men’s team and we’re very proud of them,” said Jackie. “I’d especially like to thank our coach Declan Harte who has put in a huge effort over the last number of years coaching and motivating both the men’s and

ladies’ teams. “I’d encourage anyone with an interest in training and competing to come down to one of our sessions in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) or Westwood, Clontarf. Our training times are available on”

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Europe’s Christmas markets Jack Gleeson TRY as we might, we Irish can’t match the Europeans when it comes to creating a festive shopping atmosphere. In recent years winter markets have begun to spring up during December in towns and cities all over Ireland, but countries like Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium are still streets ahead of us. That’s hardly surprising, given that they’ve been doing it for centuries. Markets are an integral part of the build up to Christmas on many parts of the continent, with main city squares transported back to medieval times and filled with old fashioned stalls decked out in twinkling lights, holly and some of the cutest decorations imaginable. The crisp air is filled with the delicious Christmassy aromas of mulled wine and spices and the sounds of bells and carol singers. It’s just magical, and a stroll around is the perfect way to get in the festive mood and pick up some wonderful, unique gifts that you won’t find in Ire- ▪▪ Many Irish families now visit a Christmas market in Europe as part of their holiday traditions. land. Here’s the low down on what you can expect to find. • PRAGUE Prague is just perfect for Christmas. Christmas markets in the appropriately named Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square light up the city centre, bringing tourists and locals together to enjoy the festive spirit in a true winter wonderland setting. The city’s centrepiece is the Christmas tree shipped in from the Krkose Mountains in the south of the Czech Republic. The blaze of lights against a gothic skyline presents a spectacular sight. Christmas markets can be thirsty work so thankfully there’s plenty of those famous Czech beers and traditional warm drinks to keep you going. ▪▪ Europe’s Christmas markets are full of festive spirit. Make sure you sample a cup of hot wine (svalené víno or svalák). DeliHighlights are a Christmas crib with living animals on Reformationsplatz • BRUSSELS cious! The Brussels festive market is and the St Nikolai Christmas Garden. known as Winter Wonders and boasts • BERLIN 240 wooden Christmas chalets dotted Berlin doesn’t need a Christmas • MUNICH A traditional Bavarian Christmas along the cobbled streets of the old market to make it worth a visit, but from late November there’s more than can be experienced at Munich’s fa- town looking like sugar-topped ginger50 of them helping to create a unique mous Marienplatz, in the heart of the bread houses. atmosphere in this fascinating city. city centre, which hosts a festive marThe town hall is lit up in a variety of Since 2007 the Charlottenburg Cas- ket that attracts thousands each year. different colours and patterns and the The smell of gingerbread, mulled main square is home to a giant Christtle Christmas Market has played host wine and roasted chestnuts fills the mas tree. to one of the best. For 35 days the castle and its park air of the streets that are lined with Market stalls on Place Sainte Cathare immersed in romantic light and thousands of fairy lights, bauble-laden erine are set around an ice rink with over 150 vendors from all over Germa- branches and festive carol singers. a giant Ferris wheel at one end that Located close to the Alps, the city offers spectacular views of all the acny descend to offer carefully selected arts and crafts, ancient handicrafts, is often dressed in a blanket of snow, tivity below. and scrumptious Christmas food inside perfect for those dreaming of a white There are plenty of activities for Christmas. decorated cabins and glass pagodas. both adults and children in Brussels Munich has been hosting some of and of course there’s all the Belgian Berlin’s largest Christmas market takes place in the Spandau Old Town, Germany’s best festive markets since beer to sample when the mulled wine casting a winter spell on the its histor- the 14th century, and the city has just gets a bit tiresome. about perfected the art. ic backdrop.

▪▪ Winter wonderland in Prague. • BUDAPEST The Christmas market in Vörösmarty Square is one of the best in Europe with local folk artisans and craftsmen working from around 150 cottage-style wooden stalls selling handmade gifts, souvenirs and all sorts of festive fare. The quality is guaranteed, as all goods have to pass stringent quality tests by the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists. The market has a great gastronomic side and visitors can sample traditional Hungarian foods like kenyérlángos (flat bread like dough cooked in a cob oven), kürtlskalács (a cone-shaped sweet yeast cake), rétes (strudel) and pecsenye (roast meats). There’s also various cultural and musical events held during market season and every year there’s a sweet Nativity play performance. There’s even a fantastic advent

calendar placed in the windows of the Gerbeaud Patisserie in the main square. • VIENNA The first Christmas markets were held in Vienna more than seven centuries ago, and they still hold a unique appeal for locals and visitors today. The Austrian capital boasts a really spectacular festive fair at Rathausplatz, thanks to the magnificent City Hall as its backdrop. Illuminated by a giant Christmas tree the city square is dotted with quaint huts selling gifts and serving a selection of foods, hot punch and Glühwein, a type of heated, sweetened wine. Children can take part in Christmas workshops, where they can make trinkets and bake cookies to their heart's content



Simon report launched THE Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Mícheál MacDonncha recently launched the Dublin Simon Community Annual Impact Report 2016 at the Mansion House.

The report gives an overview of the Dublin Simon Community’s work last year, supporting 5,100 people and families who were homeless or at risk of homelessness across Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and

Meath. Lord Mayor Mac Donncha said: “As the homeless and housing crisis has sadly escalated at a rapid rate, Dublin Simon Community continue to be there at the frontline.”

He added: “Their teams provide life-changing support to people most in need, giving hope during this time of great uncertainty and helping people find their way back to a safe place to call home.”

▪▪ The 2017 show has the perfect line-up of exhibitors.

Needles at the ready for knitting show in the RDS THIS autumn sees the return of the 24th Knitting and Stitching Show at Dublin’s RDS from November 9 to 12.

▪▪ Pictured at the launch are Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha, Sam McGuinness of the Dublin Simon Community and Tara McNeill, Dublin Simon Community client. PHOTO: CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

Ireland’s longest-running textile event is back with hundreds of unique demonstrations, interactive workshops and galleries curated by internationally acclaimed textile artists. There will also be over 150 must-see exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Inspiring creativity for those seeking to learn a new hobby or simply develop their crafty skillset, attend-

ees will get to choose from a jam-packed programme of workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable textile crafters. This year’s schedule caters for everyone from the sewing novice to the expert knitter Whether passions lie in knitting, crochet, dressmaking, lace making, quilting or embroidery, the 2017 show has the perfect line-up of exhibitors offering a solution for all those must-need materials. To view the full list of exhibitors taking part in the 2017 show and to browse

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DANCE masters Le Galaxie will bring their boundless energy and creative flair to Whelan’s on October 13 as they perform their own interpretation of the ‘Apocalypse Now’ soundtrack as part of the Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series. This special series of gigs will see Le Galaxie and BARQ, two of Ireland’s best live music acts, showcase their contemporary take on two of the most memorable soundtracks of all time. As well as the Vietnam War epic, they will also perform music from the cult hitPulp Fiction. Many months in the making, Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series will see both bands performing their original interpretations in some of Ireland’s favourite music venues across Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Limerick and Sligo. The music behind a movie can be the difference between a great film and a cult classic, with the soundtracks living on long after the credits have rolled. And without doubt, the soundtrack from ‘Apocalypse Now’ continues to echo long after the movie’s famous opening sequence just as Pulp Fiction’s mixtape lives beyond that iconic dance scene. To celebrate the soundtracks that undoubtedly stand on their own, Smithwick’s has collaborat-

ed with BARQ and Le Galaxie to curate a unique line-up of performances to reinterprete their classic arrangements. Both bands have taken on these iconic playlists to deliver an exciting live music experience for film and music lovers alike – complete with a pint of Smithwick’s for good measure. Dubbed as one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the Irish music scene in re-

cent years, BARQ have taken their time in reinventing and introducing their signature ‘agro-soul’ sound to one of the world’s coolest mixtapes, Pulp Fiction. Le Galaxie’s frontman Michael Pope, (pictured above with Jess Kav of BARQ) said: “We are always looking at new ways to reinvent ourselves and create something unique for our fans. “Working with Smithwick’s on the Smithwick’s

Soundtrack Series has been incredibly exciting. “We see it as an opportunity to push creative boundaries and produce an original piece of work, which not only reflects our love for movies, but also champions the music behind them that has gained cult status in its own right.” Likewise, Jess Kav of BARQ, added: “We are so excited about being involved in Smithwick’s Soundtrack

Series. “There are so many iconic movie soundtracks to choose from, but we felt the mixture of surf, soul and rock from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack was a great fit for BARQ and complements our sound nicely.” Paul Dunkin from the Smithwick’s team said they were big fans of Le Galaxie and BARQ. “We love their style, approach and attitude to their craft,” he said. “Smithwick's Soundtrack Series is all about celebrating passion and creativity which will shine through in each of the performances around the country.” The Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series of gigs will be supported and opened by music journalist and DJ, Nialler9 or DJ Sally Cinnamon. Not only is Nialler9 regarded as one of Ireland’s most influential music writers, he is also involved in curating music for film, TV and digital entertainment. As part of the series, Nialler9 has produced a bespoke playlist featuring notable movie soundtracks which he and Sally will roll out across the series.  Tickets to Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series are priced at €15 which includes booking fee and a free pint of Smithwick’s.  Tickets are available from www.smithwicks.eventbrite. ie.

Her stars will shine at Billie Barry show ALL 800 current pupils of the Billie Barry Stage School will be performing as part of the ‘Her Stars Will Shine’ tribute to Billie Barry in the Gaiety Theatre from October 17 – 21. The show was devised as a tribute to the late Billie Barry and will celebrate the life of this fantastic lady in her beloved Gaiety Theatre. ‘Her Stars Will Shine’ is a spectacular, action-packed variety entertainment show for all the family. It will feature all 800 of the school’s current students, aged from three years to 23, who will combine their talents for this very special production. Special guests will include

The show will also feature an eight-piece live orchestra under the baton of musical director, Peter Beckett. Ryan Hargadon, grandson of the late Billie Barry, will play saxophone. The show promises to delight audiences of all ages with scenes from ‘School of Rock’, ‘La La Land’, ‘Newsies’, ‘Motown the Musical’ and ‘42nd Street’ as well as the wonderful music of Prince, disco favourites Chic, Ska band Madness and lots more.  The show is produced, directed and choreographed by Lorraine Barry with Peter Beckett as musical director, the hilarious June Rodgers End star Louise Bowden and Louise Bowden as choreogin her latest comedic guis- the wonderfully talented rapher and production assistant Robyn Hargadon. es, Samantha Mumba, West Keith Hanna.

Founded in 1964, The Billie Barry Stage School (one of the oldest stage schools in Europe) is the only school of its kind to stage a weeklong production at the Gaiety Theatre. The Billie Barry Stage School has been running for 53 years - an incredible milestone from such humble beginnings and a testament to its founder, the legendary Billie Barry. Following in the tradition of staging live performances, ‘Her Stars Will Shine - A Tribute to Billie Barry’ will run from October 17 to 21 at The Gaiety Theatre. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster and the Gaiety Theatre Box Office on tel (0818) 719388.



BOOKS About the author GILLIAN Hyland’s visual career began as a stylist and set designer. The move to photography was a natural progression in wanting to create her own imagery. Acclaimed for her use of colour and settings, Hyland has used the same title for this body of work since its inception in 2014 and is now bringing her highly regarded series together in this once-off hardcover format. Born in Dublin in 1982 she now works in London. Hyland describes herself as an image maker, a skill gained from 14 years in the visual arts industry as a stylist, art director and set designer. This diverse background helped her realise and develop an artistic approach which led to the creation of the series Words in Sight.

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ENOWNED Irish photographer Gillian Hyland’s new book, entitled ‘Words in Sight’ is a self-published stunning selection of photographs and poems by the artist, spanning 10 years of work. The narrative photography series has been inspired by poetry written by the artist over the past decade and will showcase for the first time the pictures and the words together, giving a deeper perspective and insight into her work. ‘Words in Sight’ is the first published book of the works of Hyland, who has exhibited around the world. Hyland’s photographs are based on her own poems, which will be shown side by side with the images for the first time in the book. The hardcover book is cloth bound, with 128 pages of photographs and poems. Hyland’s mesmerising and supernatural staged images are presented as film stills or dramatic moments from around the world. Her unsettling scenes are full of sex and desire, sadness and nostalgia. Narratives that are psychologically evocative are at once sublimely theatrical yet poignant. Frozen in time, solitary and vulnerable moments are presented in glorious technicolor and timeless sets.

Hyland describes herself as an image maker and story teller. Her dramatic photographs are based on her own poems, and depict characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. In 2016 the artist travelled to Cuba for a series of images that have proven among her most popular. Her work ‘The Road Less Travelled’ won the Sony Portrait Prize for Ireland. Encapsulating her memories and emotions in poems she then transforms these into

Book offers insights into the founding of the State "IF YOU don't know where you came from, you will never know where you are going...and any road will get you there,” Winston Churchill once said. The statement could refer to Thomas McGrath’s new book 'The Sovereign Republic of Éire', which covers the 5,000-year history and sovereignty of our island. Thomas (pictured left) encourages the reader to delve into our history, understand its context in modern day and take responsibility for shaping its direction into the future. It took a personal tragedy in Tom’s life, his brother Michael’s murder in Botswana, to lead him to question history, justice, equality and seek fairness for all people. His historical research began after his book 'Approved

for Murder', about Michael’s death, sold out. In Tom’s inspiring new release, you will learn about the harp, its historical meaning through classical civilisation and why it is our national emblem. Tom has unearthed new evidence regarding the significance of Pope Adrian granting lordship of Ireland in 1155 to Henry the Second, thus beginning a long and turbulent history with our closest neighbours. Tom’s book identifies new insights as to how the State was founded - namely the 61 years of slow, steady progress from the IRB’s founding with the Fenian Brotherhood on March 17, 1858. It then follows on with Pearse and the Proclamation of the Sovereign Republic, and its declaration and ratification on January 21, 1919.

Tom’s book highlights the historical and cultural contribution of the Irish and Fenian Republican Brotherhood, from inception to present day. The book also questions the rationale of food re-moval between 1848-50, while presenting evidence of a loss of our culture through detachment with our ancient laws and civilisation. Thomas McGrath’s new book is an unveiling of historical facts with an important moral tale to tell and share for modern day society. Tom suggests it is the responsibility of every person of Irish decent “to demand that the legitimacy and rights of the people of the Republic are restored”. It is a story that still has profound yet positive global implications to this day.


images, offering a new perspective, in the process. Setting up a shot can take up to three weeks of preparation. In choosing the characters Hyland looks for people who can give something of themselves. The imagery plays with notions of nostalgia, and taps into a society’s cultural understanding of feelings and beliefs. The composition of each image suggests a larger narrative within a single moment. The photograph explores Hyland’s sense of self and society and aims to engage and trigger an emotional response from the viewer.

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Minister issues flu vaccine appeal MINISTER for Health Simon Harris is appealing to doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine. The Minister joined HSE staff last week to launch the 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccination campaign, focusing on increasing uptake by health care workers.   Minister Harris said: “Significant progress was made during the last influenza season, with average flu vaccine uptake among health care workers rising from 22.6 per cent to 31.9 per cent and 14 hospitals exceeding the 40 per cent national uptake target, compared to seven in

2015-2016. all representative bodies of service to come out in sup- public health campaign,” he “However, these figures those working in the health port of this very important added. are still far too low and we need to do much better. We need to significantly in▪▪ Nurse Catherine Gallagher crease flu vaccine uptake administers the vaccine to among health care workers.” Minister for Health Simon Minister Harris is appealHarris at the launch of the HSE ing to all those who work in Annual Flu vaccine campaign the health services and who for healthcare workers at Dr are in regular contact with Steeven’s Hospital. PHOTO: vulnerable patients to get MARC O’SULLIVAN  the vaccine. “You will not just protect yourself, you will also protect the vulnerable people in your care,” he said. “I would also ask patients to ask those looking after you if they have had the vaccine, you have that right. “And I would appeal to


Osteopthy and Flat Head Syndrome.

Plagiocephaly and Brachycephlay are descriptions of babys heads which are distorted or misshapen.


These conditions can be caused by pressure on the skull within the womb from overcrowding, or not Plagiocephaly enough fluid, or if baby is in an awkward position. Injury can occur to babys head, base of the skull or neck if there is difficulty in the birthing process and may not show up until baby is lying for long periods of time. Then the flattening will occur on the side baby favours. If the injury is not severe then the normal growth process will normalise the head. When the injury is severe however, a shock or holding causes the soft tissues which line the bones of the inside of the head to tighten. These tissues will not grow at the same rate as healthy tissues and an injury pattern occurs. As a babies skull is soft and malleable and harden as they grow, it is wise to get treatment as soon as possible. Treatments can be over a number of growth spurts depending on the severity of the injury. Osteopathic treatment regarding babies are very gentle, non invasive and relaxing, and involves hands on techniques which enable the shock to release and the natural moulding process to take place.

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Free wellness workshop opportunity IN these busy times it has never been more important to invest in your mental health. On Saturday October 14, 18 to 30-year-olds will have an opportunity to avail of a fully funded half day Wellness Workshop in the Little Flower Parish Centre, Meath Street, Dublin 8, from 9.30am–1pm. Places are free and limited to 18 to 30-year-olds but are on a first come, first served basis. The workshop offers the perfect opportunity to take time out and gain practical advice and tips for living the life you want. Thanks to recent fundraising efforts as part of their National Tea Break campaign, the Suicide or Survive charity is able to offer a limited number of places at no cost, in partnership with the Southwest Inner City Network (SWICN) and their Youth Activities project. Caroline McGuigan, founder and chief executive of Suicide or Survive, said the

workshop can be of benefit to anyone who is interested in looking after their mental health and wellness. “The workshop is designed to be informal and relaxed and it will be a really enjoyable and fun day,” said Ms McGuigan. “It will be facilitated by people with both lived-life experience of mental health difficulties, and experience of working in the mental health area. “It combines personal testimony with practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellbeing. “It can be difficult to make time to invest in your wellbeing but it so important to do. “I would encourage people to not hesitate and just make the leap, you can book directly online or give us a call, and come enjoy the day with us.” •Book your place on the Wellness Workshop online or find out more at www. wellness-workshop/ or by calling 1890 577 577.

ADHD event to be held in Trinity College To celebrate ADHD Month and this year’s theme, ‘Girls and Women with ADHD’, HADD-ADHD Ireland, in partnership with the Whelan Lab in Trinity, will be bringing one of the most internationally renowned speakers and experts on this theme, Dr Ellen Littman to Ireland, for a special one night key note address. Presenting their latest ground breaking research from the Whelan Lab will be Dr Hanni Kiiski, who is an Irish Research Coun-

cil-funded post-doctoral researcher in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Her current work involves trying to better understand the brain activations underlying the difficulties adults with ADHD have in concentrating, inhibiting impulsive acts, dealing with reward and filtering out unnecessary information from the environment. Margo Wrigley, who is Clinical Lead for the Na-

tional Clinical Programme on ADHD in Adults with the HSE, will also be speaking on the night. For anyone involved with ADHD from either a professional or personal basis, this is an event not to be missed! It will take place on October 12, from 7pm–9pm at the Stanley Quek Theatre, Trinity College. To book your place visit www. i r l s - a n d - w o m e n - t i c kets-37949024554




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This is ideal for those who are looking for a complete, highly-pigmented professional eye shadow palette that gives the versatility of achieving natural to dramatic eye looks. Featuring 12 alluring shades from shimmery champagne to gunmetal pewter, these universal powders flatter all eye colours and skin tones. You will be able to contour, define, and highlight with colour coordinated shades to achieve different looks from a no-makeup look to daring dramatic. The set features 12 full size, velvetysoft shadows in satin to metallic textures that blends and applies smoothly and it also comes in a sleek, slim case with double-ended eye shadow brush and mirror.  Cailyn Cosmetics was originally designed for the film and high fashion industry, so it is made specifically to last all day and give a flawless finish every time. The dynamic beauty brand prides itself on its innovative, advanced formula, and impeccably designed products. A list of stockists can be found on www. and you can also purchase the full range online.

INGLOT’S BLACK HD LIP TINT (RRP €22) Inglot has just announced a new addition to the extensive Inglot HD collection, just in time for Halloween – Inglot’s Black HD Lip Tint. Inglot’s HD Matte Lip Tints provide full coverage and are easily applied, gliding on to the lips with a silky matte finish. The product ensures a long lasting effect, does not smudge and is transfer resistant. A handy little sponge makes Inglot lip tints easy to apply, while intense pops of colour will compliment any make up or skin tone. The collection is available in 20 colours, ranging from subtle nudes to classic reds and darker statement shades. The new black shade will be amazing for creating vampy Halloween looks and it will also be a means of darkening lip tints such as reds and pinks. All Inglot’s HD products contain HD pigments and are ideal for everyday use and also for filming in high definition, ensuring the face looks flawless on camera. Available in all Inglot stores and


Gold Fever is an exclusive premium hair extensions brand brought to you by Katie-Jane Gold, the latest generation of the Gold Family. I have tried numerous hair extensions brands in the past but Gold Fever is by far my favourite. The reason for the excitement among hair extension devotees is that Gold Fever is completely unique in the industry. It is the only company in the world that has full ownership of its own supply chain, from sourcing to processing and delivery of the final product. Gold Fever has personal oversight of every aspect of the product’s creation, allowing them to guarantee that their hair is the best ethically sourced hair on the planet. The new Gold Fever Protein Tips also bring hair extension technology to the next level so the quality is, without doubt, beyond comparison. Gold Fever Hair extensions are available at Ceira Lamberts Hair Consultancy and many other selected salons. See to find your nearest salon.

PARFOIS Parfois, the Portuguese women’s fashion accessories brand, created in Porto, Portugal by Manuela Medeiros has just launched its new season collection and it is set to fly off the shelves. Parfois is for all followers of fashion and offers fashion accessories like jewellery, belts, shoes, sunglasses, handbags, travel bags, scarves, hats and apparel. Parfois is constantly at the forefront of fashion trends, and every collection reflects the daily inspiration of the design teams, which are divided between Porto and Barcelona. This season’s new collection is full of colour and personality and will add to any outfit. All stores receive new collections on a weekly basis. Parfois has more than 700 stores all over the world, in 57 different countries. Here, they are located in Whitewater SC, Kildare; Blanchardstown SC, Dublin; Pavilions SC, Dublin; T1 Dublin Airport; Crescent SC, Limerick; Mahon Point, Cork and online at


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▪▪ Zoe Cullen and Katie O’Reilly from Mount Merrion Girls U12 Premier Football Team are all set for practice in their new tracksuits sponsored by Des Lalor Estate Agent.

▪▪ Juliette O’ Connor, Grace Burke, Zoe Cullen, Anna Kealy, Jennifer McGarvey and (bottom row) Katie O’Reilly, Alice Durrett, Emily Gouldson, Emer Kearney of Mount Merrion Girls U12 Premier Football.

▪▪ Phil Thompson, of Des Lalor Auctioneers, presents the coaches of the Mount Merrion Girls U12 Premier Team with new tracksuits for the team.

▪▪ Andrew Mawhinney of Des Lalor Auctioneers with the coaches.

▪▪ Mount Merrion Girls U12 Premier team ‘striking’ a pose in their new tracksuits.




Kia find their baby Sportage Seán Creedon KIA reckon that they may have found a ‘baby Sportage’ with their new Stonic car. The word Stonic is derived from the words ‘speedy’ and ‘tonic.’ The Sportage is the South Korean manufacturer’s best seller, but they have high hopes for this compact B-SUV which some people predict might be their next flagship car. The Stonic goes on sale in Ireland on October 27. I was in Berlin last month for the pan-European launch of the Stonic and experienced driving the car along the streets of what was formerly East Germany. I reckon there must be a relation of the Celtic Tiger in Berlin as there is so much building and renovation work going on. In South East Berlin the trams and cars operate side by side like they do in Dub-

lin, but I think our local landscapers do a better job keeping the green areas between the road and the tram tracks in perfect shape. The eye-catching fivedoor Stonic will be available in nine different colours, but I noticed that yellow was used a lot in Kia’s promotion material. There will also be five different roof colours and in total you can have 20 colour combinations. It will Kia’s most customisable car todate and will sit below the Niro, Sportage and Sorento in the Kia range. At the front it’s typical Kia with their familiar Tiger-Nose design. It has a very neat look, with every little overhang front and back. The cabin is dominated by the 17-inch infotainment screen on the dash and there is a nice touch of colour around the steering wheel cluster which brightens up the interior.


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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, Naoimh Kenny & Michael Chambers, intend to apply for permission for development, at No 18 Linden Grove, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, A94 R230. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing single storey garage and utility at ground floor level to the side of the house, a bedroom at first floor level to the side of the house and a shed in the rear garden. It is proposed to construct a two-storey extension to the side of the house, a single storey extension to the rear of the house, a single storey bay window extension to the front of the house and a new shed in the rear garden. The proposal includes the reconfiguration of the ground and first floor levels. It is proposed to modify the front and rear elevations to facilitate the new layout. The development includes roof lighting and sundry other minor works. It is proposed to widen the existing vehicular access from Linden Grove. 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.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, IDA Ireland, intend to apply for planning permission for the construction of a totem sign at the entrance of the IDA South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. The construction shall include all associated site works and services. The proposed totem sign will be constructed to serve the IDA South County Business Park in Leopardstown, Dublin 18. 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, (Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown Office) during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed : IDA Ireland

Dublin City Council We, Redmond Murphy & Paula Cronin, intend to apply for retention permission for development at 38 Wilfield Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4. The development consists of alterations to previously approved planning Reg. Ref. 3804/16 which consists of:- 1) a hipped roof to the two storey extension instead of a gable roof to the rear to match in height and finish with the neighbouring roof 2) Front pitched roof to include the bay has been removed and reinstated to match in with the neighbouring property, 3) widening of the entrance pillars for ease of access 4) reduction in the floor area of the single storey extension at the rear and side. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin County Council, We 2020 Architects intend to apply for permission at this site at 14 Healthfield Road, Terenure, County Dublin D06 YD52. The development will consist of renovations and a one-storey extension to the rear elevation of the existing home ground floor to create new open plan kitchen/ living/ dining. The extension will be a one-storey development with glazing to the rear elevation and renovations include the installation of new upper floor windows on the rear elevation as well as a flat roof rear attic dormer. 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, Planning Dept, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its opening hours 9:00am to 4:30pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council We, the Board of Management of Gael Scoil Phadraig, intend to apply for retention permission for development at Gael Scoil Phadraig, Sheelin Avenue, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin. Permission is sought for the retention of 482m2 of replacement temporary primary school facilities comprising five pre-fab classrooms, two pre-fab staff offices with three staff toilets, an external canopy and associated external works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning permission is sought for the removal of the stone cladding to the front elevation & replacement with external insulation, alterations to the existing dormer to the front elevation, replacement of windows and external doors, alterations to the flat roof over the front bay window, minor internal alterations to the layout, all to the existing two storey detached dwelling, at "Inchavore", Kill Lane, Foxrock, Dublin 18 by John & Mairin Brennan. 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 the period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Emeline Le Prince, intend to apply for Permission for development at this site at 15 Meath Place, Pimlico, Dublin 8. The development will consist of removal of existing bathroom and store in rear garden and replacement with single storey kitchen extension with 4 no. rooflights to rear of existing pitch roof. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that 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 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Permission is sought for the construction of a single storey stone clad extension to north and west side with terrace over and a single storey store stone clad extension with widened pedestrian approach to primary entrance over, alterations to paved area adjacent to the main entrance, new rooflights to be installed in existing roof, changes to the existing window arrangement to all elevations and proposed render finish externally including all associated site works at 2 Knock Na Cree Grove, Dalkey, Co. Dublin by Richard Wood. 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 demolition of single storey rear conservatory and front porch with construction of a single storey extension to the rear, construction of front porch, proposed external insulation / render of front and side elevations and selected glazing alterations to side elevations including all associated site works at 17 Killiney Avenue, Killiney, Co. Dublin by Ciara O’Farrell and Paul Holland. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

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New nutrition standards are introduced for our schools THE Ministers for Social Protection, Education and Health have jointly launched new nutrition standards for the School Meals Programme. The new standards are designed to ensure the scheme follows the national Healthy Eating Guidelines. The move means that only healthy food choices that meet the new standards will be funded for breakfast clubs, school lunches and snacks, afterschool clubs and school dinners. The School Meals programme, which has a budget of almost €50 million, benefits almost 250,000 children, including those attending DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity In Schools) schools.

The new standards outline healthy and balanced choices for each meal or snack that aligns with the revised food pyramid and guidelines. They state that certain foods and drinks high in fat, salt and sugar should be not be offered to children and will not be funded. The standards also emphasise that milk and water are the best drinks to serve children, and that children in schools should have easy access to free, fresh drinking water at all times. Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty said her department had increased the funding for the School Meals Programme by €5.5 million. “This number continues to grow as more and more

schools sign up for the School Meals Programme, including the recently designated DEIS schools,” she added. “This is an important Programme that helps encourage better school attendance and educational achievement by children, especially those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. “The introduction of these standards will ensure that the State’s investment in this important scheme is even more beneficial to children and their families, and help support the broader aims of good school attendance and educational achievement which are key to addressing child poverty.” Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said good nutri-

▪▪ Ministers Bruton, Harris and Doherty at the launch of the Nutrition Standards in City Quay School. tion for children was a key priority for his department. “It’s important for maintaining a healthy weight in children as well as supporting healthy growth and development,” he continued.

“These standards will ensure the provision of regular and nutritious food to those children who benefit from this important scheme and will make a major contribution towards their lifelong

health. “This simple measure will have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of many children and their families.” Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, also welcomed the new standards, which were an action under his department’s 2017 DEIS Plan. “Healthy school meals that provide nourishing food to children will allow them to take better advantage of the education opportunity provided to them,” he said. “The Standards also help ensure that not only the curriculum but also the school’s environment and policies support our children and young people to more confidently make healthier choices.”

The standards were developed by the Department of Health with the assistance of safefood and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in cooperation with the members of the School Meals Programme in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Department of Education and Skills. They are being published under the auspices of Healthy Ireland and will be implemented through the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. All schools providing meals and food outside the State scheme will also be encouraged to use the standards to support a “whole school approach” to healthy eating policies.

Exciting times for Coláiste Ráithín A POST-PRIMARY Gaelscoil in Bray is entering a new and exciting phase in its history. Coláiste Ráithín has been open since 1991 and is proud of its academic and sporting achievements in those 26 years. Formerly located in the old Technical School on the Florence Road it is now moving to a newly constructed facility on the old golf course beside the Dublin Road on the Wicklow/Dún Laoghaire Rathdown border. The new building has state of the art facilities including a playing pitch, a sports hall and a fully equipped gym. as well as three science laboratories, a home economics room and a technology room. The building has a very attractive layout with stunning views over the Wicklow Mountains, Bray Head and the sea. The motto of Coláiste Ráithín has always been ‘Oideachas leathan liobrálach a chur ar dhaltaí trí mheán na Gaeilge” – to give pupils a broad, liberal education through the medium of Irish. ‘Liberal’ is used here to mean the opening of enquiring minds to a love of learn-

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Others have achieved senior positions in multinational companies throughout the globe. All-Irish immersive education has become very popular in recent years as the Irish nation becomes more self-confident and proud of its Irishness. There are now four allIrish primary schools in the locality, all of which send a large proportion of their pupils to Coláiste Ráithín. In addition to this many pupils come from English medium primary schools and these achieve an equal fluency in Irish after a short period of time. The school has formed strategic alliances with the

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New chapter for Dublin institution THE name PH Ross is synonymous with all things plumbing and bathroom related across Dublin, and beyond. It’s a name that has provided the city’s plumbers and homeowners with quality plumbing products and service for over 40 years, from their location on Hanlon’s Corner on the Old Cabra Road. Earlier this year, the old store was knocked down to make way for a rebuild, housing PH Ross’s state of the art new plumbing, bathroom and tiling showroom. And the official opening is this Thursday (October 12). The traditional PH Ross trade service area has been ▪▪ This Adamsez Freestanding Bath is available from the revamped and expanded and is fully stocked with a full new PH Ross Bathroom & Tiling Showroom.

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▪▪ The PH Ross team get ready for the official opening on Thursday, October 12. lections easily and the PH Ross team are plumbing experts who can answer any installation queries customers may have,” she adds. “We are looking forward to welcoming people into the showroom.” Store Supervisor, Christy Cameron, says the PH Ross team is are really looking forward to working the new space. “Everything is designed for convenience,” he continues.

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Thanks to the Irish weather, we’re going to be provided with plenty of opportunities to stay indoors over the coming months so why not make the most of it by making the home nice and cosy? Instead of moaning about the weather, embrace the new season. If it's nippy, light a fire, make an old fashioned pot of hot tea and snuggle up under a freshly washed cotton throw with a new magazine. Get the soup going on the stove and start making a few stews for dinner. Throw in some stock meat, tomatoes and lots of fresh carrots, broccoli and cabbage, and let it simmer for several hours.

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Follow these tips to cut down on winter allergens SPRING and autumn are the most notorious allergy seasons, but as anybody who suffers from allergies knows, winter can be just as uncomfortable. As we move our lives back indoors for the coldest months of the year, we often seal up our homes to prevent the cold from seeping in. While that's good for energy bills and staying warm, if you don't take some precautions, it can cause problems for those with indoor allergies. To make sure that your home is a healthy one throughout the season, start taking action against allergens as you get your house ready for the winter season. Some of the most common indoor allergens are mould spores, dust mites and pet hair - so pay special attention to preventing those. As the weeks pass, keep to a schedule of cleaning that will maintain a lower level of allergens. Here are some tips to help make your home a haven where allergy sufferers will

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The Dublin bus conductor who became a Facebook sensatio Tony McCullagh THIS photo of a bus conductor became an online sensation when we posted it on our Facebook page in late August. In fact, it is our most viewed post ever, with an incredible reach of 1.4 million people. It has been shared thousands of times by our followers and generated a similar number of likes and comments. When it comes to social media, nostalgia is clearly king. A post about growing up in Dublin in the 1960s, ‘70s or ‘80s always results in enthusiastic engagement from people who like our Facebook page. But even we were taken aback by the sheer power of this simple photograph of a bus conductor. When we posted it, we

didn’t know his name or when the picture had been taken. The image unleashed a tsunami of nostalgia as it transported our readers back to a bygone, perhaps more innocent, era. Thanks to the power of Facebook, it wasn’t long before relatives of the bus conductor became aware of all the fuss our post had created and they got in touch with us. Today, we can reveal that the bus conductor pictured is Brendan Bolger, from Inchicore, who was a familiar face on the 18 route for 36 years. Sadly, Brendan passed away seven years ago at the age of 83. But during his three decades as a bus conductor, he left a lasting impression on everyone he met. According to his daughter, Lorraine, her father absolutely loved his job.

“He was a real people person and he always enjoyed helping his passengers,” she recalls. “His route would cross all sections of society, from wealthy Dublin 4 to more working-class parts of the city such as Ballyfermot, but my father treated everybody the same.” Lorraine remembers that Brendan always took great pride in his appearance when going to work each day. “He was extremely neat and tidy and always made sure his uniform was clean and his shoes were polished,” she says. “He really enjoyed his work and had great craic with his colleagues and passengers. “He made many, many friends during his time as a bus conductor.” Brendan met his wife, Mary Smyth, who worked in Noblett’s on O’Connell

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A mistake that’s costing jobs Cormac Spencer THE result of the referendum vote in Britain on June 23, 2016 was a surprise. No doubt at all, the news caught an awful lot of people off guard. Though they protested, these people didn’t really have a plan in the event of a vote to ‘Leave’. However, some people did have a plan. On the day after the vote, the cities of Paris and Frankfurt had mobile ads across London enticing business to avoid disruption and move to those cities which, they claimed, could provide a stable base in the EU. In the year that has followed, Britain has realised that it will need more time to fully disengage with the EU, though it is still very much undecided as to what the post Brexit arrangement will look like. In short, it still doesn’t really have a plan. This is adding to uncertainty for firms still based in Britain, and is increasing the chances that they will indeed need to look for a new home. In that period of time, though some progress has been made in attracting jobs here, Ireland’s post Brexit plan has failed to implement the changes required to attract more investment. Frankfurt and Paris, who have had their noses in front from the start, seem to be benefiting much more. For years, Ireland has seen our low Corporate Tax rate as the corner stone of our pitch for foreign investment. No doubt, it is a big attraction, but as a country we have ignored the other factors big companies have repeatedly said encourage them to locate in a particular country. First and foremost, companies look for access to skilled employees. Those employees like access to good transport (on the ground and in the air), affordable and high quality housing, and good schools (which teach an international curriculum). They also like competitive personal tax rates. On all of these fronts Ireland needs to do better if we want to substantiate our claims that we can attract and easily absorb those

companies and their staff looking for a new home. In housing, we are faced with double digit increases in rental and mortgage costs year on year while renters have to fight off fierce competition just to find suitable digs in the first place. Though the LUAS link up is a welcome improvement to Dublin’s transport infrastructure, we haven’t moved fast enough to modernise our public transport offering to keep pace with other countries. There are very few schools in Ireland which teach the international baccalaureate, though second level education standards overall are quite high. Finally personal taxation levels are high. The government is now addressing this by promising to increase the level at which the top income rate of tax is paid. Currently PAYE earners hit the top rate of tax after €33,800, much lower than our European peers. Ireland is a natural home

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‘In Case of Emergency’, a new free exhibition at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, explores why the disastrous can be devilishly entertaining, and whether there’s any truth to these dismal predictions.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Amatory; 8 Lulled; 9 Uncanny; 10 Summon; 11 Factor; 12 Obsolete; 18 Petition; 20 Seraph; 21 Coming; 22 Dignity; 23 Pistol; 24 Deflect. Down: 1 Blossom; 2 Glimpse; 3 Befool; 5 Manifest; 6 Thatch; 7 Ransom; 13 Emphatic; 14 Vitiate; 15 Snuggle; 16 Demise; 17 Carnal; 19 Ironic.


'In Life's Pocket', a solo exhibition by gallery artist Miriam McConnon, will officially open on Sunday, October 15 at 3pm at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1. It runs until November 5. Miriam McConnon’s recent work presents paintings and drawings of domestic objects. She is preoccupied with the nature of these objects and their narratives. The work is concerned with the human connection to the domestic object. More information can be found on


‘Celebration - An Evening of Music’ takes place at Clontarf & Scots Presbyterian Church (corner of Clontarf Road and Howth Road) on Thursday, October 12 at 8pm. Admission is €15. The wonderful line up of guests includes the SeaSharps Barbershop Chorus Champions, pianist Seho Lee & Artists from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Mount Temple School Choir and Clontarf Girls' Brigade Choir.

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Passage; 8 Avenue; 9 Sticker; 10 Briton; 11 Canine; 12 Downfall; 18 Rescript; 20 Sesame; 21 Ginger; 22 Dispute; 23 Beetle; 24 Intends. Down: 1 Carbide; 2 Reviews; 3 Cut off; 5 Articles; 6 Second; 7 Greens; 13 Arrested; 14 Midgets; 15 Stories; 16 Region; 17 Sample; 19 Chisel.

Join doomers, designers, and doctors as they lay out the top threats to our world, evaluate how likely they are, and spell out exactly what we can do about it. The exhibition opens on October 13 and will run until February 4.



This year's Open House Dublin takes place from October 13-15 2017. Organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, this is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all Dubliners to explore their city. The idea is to showcase outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides. For details see openhousedublin. com.


The Dublin Festival of History that is running until Saturday, October 14, features over 90 events for history lovers of all ages across the city.

aimed at audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community. The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. See www.redlinebookfestival.for details.

The festival is a free, public event, sponsored by Dublin City Council and organised by Dublin City Libraries. See


Bootlegger Events will be fitting out the Generator Hostel bar, top to bottom, into scenes from hit Netflix show Stranger Things on spooky Friday the 13th. Different parts of the bar will be recreated into scenes from the show, including the Upside Down and the Alphabet Wall. DJs will be spinning an eclectic mix of ‘80s jams and retro electro to match the Stranger Things ambience and guests can enjoy drink specials and themed beers and cocktails (Upside Down shots, anyone?) Fancy dress is encouraged (Stranger Things or ‘80s style) and there are prizes for best costumes. Tickets are €13 and there’s a limited number of Early Bird tickets for €11.


League of Ireland champions elect, Cork City, will be in Dalymount Park on Friday, October 13 to take on Bohs, who have one eye on avoiding the drop and the other on sneaking in to qualify for Europe. Crowds have been up at Dalymount, and this will be the second last chance to soak up the atmosphere of a live game at the famous stadium this year. Kick off is at 7.45pm, but it’s advisable to get there at least 15 minutes beforehand.



This unique event is the annual highlight of The Red Line Book Festival (October 11-15), which is a celebration of all things literary. It provides a programme of some 40 events and workshops

As part of the activities the award-winning Sean Harrington Architects have specially commissioned a portable playground, POW WOW, that will be on exhibit at Bank of Ireland Grand Canal Square until October 13 before moving to the Point Village where the A Playful City’s Design Meets Play International Conference and City Hackathon will take place on October 17. Speakers at the event will include some of the world's most exciting thinkers and creatives in an immersive day of talks, workshops and walkshops. Tickets are available at

On Saturday, October 14, in the Civic Theatre Tallaght, Dermot Bolger leads a series of intimate conversations and readings with noted Irish writers including John Banville (Time Pieces – A Dublin Memoir, The Sea); Mike McCormack (Solar Bones); Sara Baume (A Line Made by Walking); Julie Parsons (The Therapy House); Lisa Harding (Harvesting) and the inimitable Mary O’Rourke (Letters of My Life, Just Mary).

Dublin is to be transformed into ‘A Playful City’ this October to make the capital a more child friendly and inclusive city.



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

▪▪ Harcourt Road, c. 1910, connects Harrington Street to Adelaide Road. The trams in the centre have just passed under the railway bridge. Barnes newsagents, which is the Harcourt Road post office, is on the left with a weighing machine outside. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/ The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, October 16, 1857

▪▪ Evening Herald, October 5, 1939

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, October 28, 1852

▪▪ Irish Press, October 6, 1967

▪▪ Fairground at Dun Laoghaire in the 1950s. A busy scene with a packed merry-go-round and people queuing for ice cream. Regular small fairs were held on St Michael’s Wharf, in the shadow of the mail boat, until the mid-1960s. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (South Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

▪▪ Irish Press, October 20, 1933


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