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‘The worst crisis in living memory’ TWO reports issued last week have painted a damning picture of the country’s drug addiction and homelessness crises.
Meanwhile, Focus Ireland, who said the total of 8,160 people who were homeless in Ireland in July, marked a line in the sand in the battle towards ending the crisis. Speaking ahead of the meeting, Minister Murphy said: “This year we’re going to build four times as many social houses as we did in 2015”. He described the crisis as “the top priority for this Government”. Southside People spoke to some of the people affected by the crises last week.
As Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy addressed an “emergency summit” in Dublin on Friday, it was revealed how unprecedented levels of homelessness are deepening the city’s drug addiction crisis. Speaking at the launch of the Merchants Quay Ireland Annual Review for 2016, CEO Tony Geoghegan, said the report highlighted the continued growth of homelessness and its impact on the drug ▪▪ See special report on crisis in Ireland. pages 2 & 3
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‘The worst crisis in Special report by Neil Fetherstonhaugh TWO reports issued last week have painted a damning picture of the country’s drug addiction and homelessness crises.
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In one report, issued by Merchants Quay Ireland, it was revealed how unprecedented levels of homelessness are deepening the city’s drug addiction crisis. Meanwhile, Focus Ireland, who said that a total of 8,160 people were homeless in Ireland in July, marked a line in the sand in the battle towards ending the crisis. Speaking at the launch of the Merchants Quay Ireland Annual Review for 2016, CEO Tony Geoghegan said the report highlighted the continued growth of homelessness and its impact on the drug crisis in Ireland. “The impact of the current unprecedented level of homelessness is most acutely felt at street level, where active drug users are being left behind as the Government scrambles to address the urgent needs of fami-
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lies,” he said. “While we respect the need to prioritise families, and in particular children, we must not lose sight of the urgent needs of thousands of vulnerable single men and women, and in particular those with more complex needs, who are being pushed further down the housing queue. “The harsh reality of living on the street as an active drug user is that the possibility of engaging in treatment successfully, when you don’t know where you’re going to be sleeping day to day, is extremely remote.” He added: “Against all odds, some people do successfully engage in and complete treatment. However, their efforts are hugely undermined in the current housing crisis, where access to stable accommodation is almost impossible.” This was borne out by a number of people Southside People spoke to at the Merchants Quay office on Friday morning. One man, Gerard, said it was very difficult to get into a drug treatment centre like Coolmine if you don’t have an address. “They can only do so much,” he said, referring to the services offered by Merchants Quay. “They have counsellors there that we can talk to and that, but you’re really up against it if you don’t have a roof over your head.” Gerard, who is from Ballyfermot originally but has
▪▪ John and Christina: having addiction issues while homeless makes life almost impossible been on the streets for 13 years, added: “I got out of jail where I did a drug treatment course but then I was released back onto the streets when all I needed was some stable accommodation.” Another couple, John and Christina, pointed out that if you don’t have your own home then you are simply left to wander the streets. “Some hostels let you stay in during the day but others don’t,” said Christina. “And if you are on their street it’s really difficult to address those (addiction) issues. “There are treatment options there but if you’re back on the streets then you’re back to square one.” “To be homeless and to have an addiction makes life impossible,” added John. “Not impossible but it makes it that much harder.” Tony Geoghegan added: “If the Government is serious about addressing the homeless crisis, then it must increase investment
in the vital services needed to move people out of rough sleeping and emergency accommodation and into recovery programmes and on to stable accommodation. “At the end of the day, society isn’t just about money, it’s about people and people’s lives and ultimately addressing the drugs and homeless crisis is about saving lives. “Most of all, investing in these areas is about reducing the misery associated with homelessness and drugs for the individual, for their families, their commu-
nities and for society as a whole.” The Focus Ireland report was issued on the eve of an emergency summit called by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy on the issue of homelessness. The charity said the latest figures mean that the total number of people homeless has now shot up by a staggering 25 per cent since July 2016. It is the highest number of homeless adults (up 41), the highest number of homeless families (up 64) and the highest number of homeless
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living memory’ children (up 78) in the history of the State. Focus Ireland Advocacy Director, Mike Allen, said: “These latest dreadful figures clearly show that the Government Rebuilding Ireland strategy is failing to get to grips with the escalating crisis. “We are in the middle of the worst crisis in living memory as over 8,000 people are homeless nationwide – more than one in every three of these people is a child. “This must act as a line in the sand for the Government and it is a stark reminder of the challenge that the Minister's 'summit' must address.” Reacting to the latest figures showing over 8,000 people as homeless, inclusive of nearly 3,000 children, Senator Kevin Humphreys called for urgent measures to address the crisis. He said this should include tackling the number of properties lost full-time to Airbnb and bringing vacant properties back in use. “With the level of home-
lessness continuing to rise we need urgent measures to bring more properties back into use,” Senator Humphreys said. “It has been estimated than anywhere between 2,500 and 6,000 apartments and houses in Dublin are now marketed as full-time, short-term lets through platforms like Airbnb. “It is time that this was tackled through planning enforcement to put them back into use for families. “It's not acceptable that thousands of possible homes in our capital city are used for tourists over families.” Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said there is “not a problem” with funding ahead of the emergency summit on housing and homelessness in Dublin last Friday. The minister told protesters who had gathered ahead of the meeting that “this year we’re going to build four times as many social houses as we did in 2015”. He also said the crisis was “the top priority for this Gov-
▪▪ The country is suffering unprecedented levels of homelessness. FILE PHOTO ernment”. At the summit, the views of all 31 of the country’s local authority managers were being canvassed. The chief executives of the local authorities, along with their housing department personnel, attended the meeting at the Custom House. Sinn Fein's city councillors staged a protest outside the minister’s housing summit after claiming they had not received invitations. The councillors said they had been trying to arrange
a meeting with the minister since June to discuss how they could work together to battle homelessness. However, they said they were left frustrated after they were not invited to the summit at the Custom House. Daithi Doolan, chairperson of Dublin City Council's Housing Committee, said: “Dublin is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. “People are literally dying from homelessness in Dublin.” ▪▪ The Merchants Quay offices in Dublin.
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politicians of all hue scrambled to find a solution to the fiasco. Like many others, I hedged my bets and held out until a new Government was elected so I could see which way the wind would blow on the issue. I can’t personally claim to be part of the anti-water charges movement as I didn’t attend any of the mass protests. But in withholding my payment, I like to think I played a small role in their abolition. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy arguably earned a right to be smugger than usual last week when the Cabinet signed off on the refunds, describing the news as “a vindication” of the anti-water charges movement. “The lesson is clear – protest and boycotts work,” Deputy Murphy declared. He warned the Government of similar opposition if any attempt is made to create a back door for water bills through so-called excessive usage charges. Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Housing and Local Government, Eoin Ó Broin, was also quick to hail the refunds as a victory for the Right2Water movement. But all the talk of water seemed to have gone to poor Eoin’s head when he stated that it was important that money for the refunds was not taken from priority areas such as “hosing” and health. I’m pretty sure he meant “housing”. For all the smugness generated by
▪▪ Mass public protests were held in opposition to water charges. PHOTO: TONY McCULLAGH SNR the water charges debacle, it’s far from a laughing matter. In addition to the €173m in refunds, the cost of refunding customers will be around €5m to cover letters, additional call centre staff and a public information campaign. A case of
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gage.” Mr Davitt said the forthcoming Budget is an opportunity for the Government to impediments that are keepaddress some of the major ing the housing market in what he called “dysfunctional territory”. “The October Budget must bring radical new measures to rapidly increase housing supply, not piecemeal initiatives of which we’ve had an oversupply,” he argued. “These measures must involve lowering three things the cost of building, the cost of building finance and the myriad of local authority impediments to building.” Mr Davitt said IPAV is also
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Dublin City Childcare Committee is one of 30 City and County Childcare Committees operating nationally. We are the first point of contact for anyone seeking advice, information or support in relation to early childhood care and education within Dublin City. Our focus is to develop, support and enhance early childhood services in Dublin City.
Attention Parent/Guardians: Dublin City Childcare Committee Autumn Parent Event Wednesday 20th September from 6.45pm – 9.00pm The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 ‘Raising Emotionally Healthy Children; the joys and the challenges’ By guest speaker Paul Gilligan CEO, Psychologist and Author of ‘Raising Emotionally Healthy Children’ Dublin City Childcare Committee will also provide information on the National Childcare Funding Programmes The information provided will include the More Affordable Childcare Scheme recently launched by The Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Other topics will include relevant supports such as the Access and Inclusion Model and tips on Choosing Childcare.
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Fishmongers angle for top award THREE young Dubliners Young Fishmonger 2018, a are up for a top fishmon- national title recognising excellence in their profession gers’ award. Ian, from SuperValu, Ian Doherty, Scott Smul- Crumlin, Scott from Dunnes len and Renêe Tallon have Stores, Cornelscourt and all been shortlisted for BIM Renêe from East Coast Sea-
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He then worked in a number of fishmongers, building his experience and knowledge. He also attended the BIM seafood filleting course which further added to his skills. Scott’s claim to fame is that he can be seen filleting in the Dunnes Stores’ TV advert. Renee and her partner, James Kirwan established
East Cost Seafood in Naas in 2009. In June 2016, they opened a second shop in Malahide. Originally from the fishing port of Clogherhead, Renee’s father and grandfather were trawlermen, so fishing runs in her blood. Eight fishmongers from around the country will now compete for various coveted titles that will be presented at BIM’s Seafood Retail
Awards on November 16 in the Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone. For the first time in the competition, there are a record number of female finalists. Jim O’Toole, BIM’s Chief Executive, said: “We need to celebrate the skills of our seafood industry and this competition is designed to reward and recognise that talent.
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Work on new €68m hospital is set to begin in Dún Laoghaire Neil Fetherstonhaugh WORK on the first phase of the long-awaited €68m hospital development at Rochestown Avenue, in Dún Laoghaire, is set to begin after contracts were signed recently. The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) held an information evening for all local stakeholders on Thursday, August 31 to inform the public about their plan to begin construction of the new €68m, 120-bed new hospital on the same site. The hospital, which officially opened as the NRH in 1961, is the only national provider of complex, specialised rehabilitation services for adult and paediatric patients in Ireland. The first phase is part of an overall plan that the NRH is hoping to get approval for. They are also currently seeking funding approval from the Department of Health for Phase Two which would see the refurbishment of the existing hospital building and connecting it with the new one. If approved, this would increase the overall capacity of the NRH to 235 beds from its current 108 beds. However, no decision on the funding for Phase Two has been made to date. Fianna Fáil councillor, Cormac Devlin, said the redevelopment of the NRH has been on the cards for many years. "I am very pleased that after many false starts, the plan for the NRH is finally due to start in October,” he said. “This new hospital will replace the existing building which dates back to the mid1800's. “As the new hospital will be located beside the existing one, I am calling on both Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the HSE to include Phase Two in their budget for 2018/2019. “If they don't, the hospital will only be partly complete. "This new facility will see a transformation of the much-needed services that assist patients from all over Ireland,” Cllr Devlin added. “I am extremely proud to have a hospital of this a calibre in the Dún Laoghaire constituency. “The staff carry out in-
▪▪ Pictured attending the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s briefing are Siobhán Bonham (NRH Project Manager), Cllr Cormac Devlin and the Chief Executive Officer of the NRH, Derek Greene. valuable work and I commend them for being able do this in the existing building and for continuing to do so right up until the present day. “I know that the staff, along with the patients and
their families are really looking forward to the new facilities and services in which they will be able to continue to offer and operate this unique and skilled care and therapy.” Phase One of the devel-
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▪▪ A computer-generated image of the new hospital. and ancillary spaces. In addition, links to the existing building will ensure full integration between the new development and the existing hospital on the site. The project is unique in that it will be the first purpose-built rehabilitation facility to be built in Ireland.
All ward accommodation at the NRH will comprise new, purpose designed single ensuite bedrooms with integrated rehabilitation-specific treatment spaces. “The redevelopment will enhance the environment for our patients and contrib-
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Council to consider proposal to tackle county’s housing crisis A FULL meeting of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is to consider a cross-party proposal to tackle what has been described as the most serious problem facing thousands of people across the country - the lack of social and affordable housing. A group of councillors have put their political difference aside to propose a ‘Shanganagh Urban Village Cooperative Housing Development’ for Shanganagh Castle. The councillors, including Shane O’Brien, John Bailey and Michael Merrigan, are proposing that 200 social houses/apartments and 140 ‘rent to buy’ homes are built on the site of the former open prison. This co-sponsored proposal was presented to the council following the successful adoption of the Woodbrook-Shanganagh Local Area Plan. The group of councillors who engaged in extensive research and made several
site visits over the past two months, claim their idea could provide a solution to the current crisis in housing supply and homelessness. “With the adoption of the Woodbrook-Shanganagh Local Area Plan, 2017-2023, at the July council meeting, we immediately decided to research and develop an innovative, imaginative and realistically sustainable model for the delivery of social and affordable homes on the council-owned lands at the former open prison site at Shanganagh Castle,” Cllr Michael Merrigan (Ind) said. “The availability of council-owned land at Shanganagh Castle is the essential driver of this proposal, which we believe could represent a model of housing delivery that may be suitable for other areas of the county and indeed, further afield.” Cllr John Bailey (FG) added: “We put our political differences aside and sought to assist the council’s executive in its endeavours to meet their obligations as a housing authority and committed
Fire up the park barbies! THE summer may be over but get the steaks ready for nex year as outdoor barbecues are to be trialled in Marlay Park.
▪▪ An innovative plan for Shanganagh Castle is being put forward by councillors to tackle the housing crisis. ourselves to finding a deliverable solution to the current crisis in housing supply and homelessness.” Councillor Shane O’Brien (SF) said: “We decided to
think outside the box in our efforts to get a speedy and efficient delivery of quality homes in a mixed tenure development on the castle site.”
The proposal was presented to the Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Philomena Poole, and her management team by a delegation of
councillors. The outline proposal will be presented to the full meeting of the council next week when a more detailed plan will be prepared.
Cllr Chris Curran, for Glencullen Sandyford ,said he was delighted that the council had agreed with Sinn Féin's motion to trial outdoor barbeques in the popular Southside park. "Our parks are a valuable, much used resource and should be used to their maximum,” Cllr Curran said. “The barbecues are currently in use in Phoenix Park and seem to be very busy indeed. “Marlay Park is a brilliant facility for local people and seeing the barbecues extended across the county would be an excellent incentive for people to use our parks.”
A big night for the dogs THE highlight event of the Irish Greyhound Racing Calendar takes place at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, September 23.
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Six of the fastest greyhounds in training will go to the traps in their quest to lift the €150,000 winner’s cheque and title of winner of the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby. One winner will add their name to the illustrious list of previous Derby Classic winners stretching back to 1932 when Guidless Joe recorded his name in the annals of greyhound racing history. Doors at this year’s BoyleSports Derby Final day will open at 4pm. From the moment you step into the Dublin 4 venue live music and buzzing bars will greet you with an eclectic mix of patrons from around the world gathering in anticipation of a superb night’s entertainment. The first of a bumper 13-race programme goes to traps at 7.15pm with the BoyleSports Irish Derby Final taking place on a night that never fails to deliver.
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Tallaght does well in survey THE Southside has done well in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey, the latest results reveal. Tallaght was among the areas deemed ‘clean’ in the survey, as were 85 per cent of 32 tourist sites, including the Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. An Taisce monitors litter levels in 40 towns and cities on behalf of IBAL. They found that in total, 80 per cent of areas were found to be clean, with a top tier of 16 towns deemed ‘cleaner than European Norms’. Tullamore topped the rankings, followed by Dublin Airport Environs and Leixlip. The study found that “once again there was a wide gap between towns and disadvantaged city areas”, with the latter occupying the bottom six places in the ranking. “In the 16 years we have been conducting these surveys, this is possibly our best result,” said Conor Horgan of IBAL. “Across the board we have seen improvements. The
▪▪ Overall it has been the best result for the country. ▪▪ Tallaght has done well in this year’s IBAL litter league survey. news is all the more positive given the importance of how we present our country over the summer months, when we attract over 40 pr cent of our visitors “We haven’t seen as much improvement in social housing areas,” he added, “where communities are often transient, social neglect is evident, and community groups and tidy towns committees are lacking compared to in mixed communities. “Without these volunteer
forces supporting the efforts of the council, these areas will simply not be clean on a sustained basis. “Be it in cities or in towns, we enjoy a much cleaner environment than 15 years ago, but litter has not gone away,” Mr Horgan warned. “This summer we again had examples of extreme littering on beaches for example, which display a worrying indifference to the natural environment “Marine litter is a source
of great concern at present and an issue IBAL may concentrate more on in the future. “Also, dumping appears to be on the increase, and the more we ask people to pay for waste disposal the greater an issue it is likely to become. “It may not be as widespread, but dumping is the new litter in many respects.” The business group concurs with the ‘polluter pays’ principle behind the manda-
tory pay-by-weight collection system. However, they believe that some of the monies raised should be ringfenced for councils to tackle the increased dumping that will result from people looking to evade the charges. While heritage amenities, shopping centres and main streets were found to be particularly clean, train and bus stations and recycle facilities were the locations most likely to be littered, the study also found. The Minister for Commu-
nications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, welcomed the fact that the results are the best ever to emerge from the IBAL survey. “As well as the focussed, independent IBAL survey, my department commissions a comprehensive annual National Litter Pollution Monitoring Survey (NLPMS), the minister stated. “Over the past decade, the NLPMS has shown a continuous improvement in the level of litter in Ireland. “However, I was con-
cerned to see that the 2016 NLPMS results demonstrated a slight dis-improvement. “I have taken a number of steps to address this, particularly by significantly increasing funding for National Spring Clean, anti-litter and graffiti awareness grants and the Protecting Upland and Rural Environments (PURE) initiative for 2017.” The minister said that he was particularly concerned about the levels of fly-tipping and illegal dumping and to address this had provided resources for a new enforcement initiative. He said: “The initiative involves key stakeholders including the waste enforcement regional lead authorities, local authorities, agencies and voluntary bodies. “I have made a total of €1.3m available for the scheme. “However, while my department will not stint in supporting these measures, we must all recognise, as individuals, that ultimately it is a matter for each of us to take personal responsibility when disposing of waste.”
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OUT & ABOUT
▪▪ Participants are pictured in the Dublin Boots Ireland Night Walk for Night Nurses event in support of the Irish Cancer Society.
▪▪ Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch and Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins are pictured with friends cutting a specially-chosen birthday cake as the National Library marks its 140th anniversary.
▪▪ Gabriel Byrne from Fantasy Lights is pictured with Bernard Dunne and Michael Conlon with Freddie Rumley, Conor Dargan, Emma Harding, Shane Grant and Philip Hollowed from Whitechurch Boxing Club at the opening of the new Fantasy Lights lighting destination showrooms at Braemor Road in Churchtown.
▪▪ Lena Carroll (Chairperson) and Josie Conway present Pauline Murphy of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice with a cheque on behalf of members of Stillorgan /Kilmacud Active Retirement Association from proceeds from a Bring & Buy sale held recently.
▪▪ The girls of Motion2Motion School of Dance in action. The school provides classes that are fun, energetic and creative. Find out all about their classes at www. motion2motionschoolofdance.ie
▪▪ Innocent Ireland and Age Action celebrate their biggest Big Knit yet after receiving over 100,000 little knitted hats. Pictured at the Innocent Ireland offices are Ann Russell, Ann Broderick, Winnie O’Doherty, Collette Ferguson, Una McEntaggart, Noreen Lanigan, Dello McArdle and Mary Walshe.
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€1 million to be allocated to remove stockpiles of tyres “The new scheme will reassure consumers that their old tyres will be disposed of responsibly by the retailer when they buy new tyres.” Minister Naughten has adopted a two-pronged approach to deal with the problem of waste tyres. “A large part of the reason for this waste problem is a lack of information in relation to the tyres market in Ireland,” he said. “Therefore, I will be announcing regulations within two weeks that will introduce a full compliance
THE Government has allocated €1 million to remove stockpiles of waste tyres that are blighting the countryside. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, made the announcement. The Minister said the level of illegal dumping of waste types is a problem that needs to be met head on. The funding is being made available to Local Authorities to tackle the most significant dump sites in their areas. Latest estimates from the Local Authorities suggest there are more than 750,000 tyres randomly dumped in sites around the country, and this is a conservative estimate. “I am targeting this funding at tyres to clean up our countryside now and to
scheme for tyres. “This scheme, to be run by Repak ELT, is based on the Extended Producer Responsibility principle and will carry out all regulatory functions on behalf of its tyre producers and retail members.” Minister Naughten said membership of the scheme will be mandatory for any operator placing tyres on the Irish market. “All operators will be obliged to provide data on the numbers of tyres coming on and off the market,” he added.
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▪▪ Congratulations to Amy O’Connor and Ricardo Fanes of Dundrum on their wedding which took place on September 4 in Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel. PHOTO: SUSAN JEFFRIES – SJP PHOTOGRAPHY IRELAND
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The Backdrop: There is something very romantic about flickering candle light illuminating the room for your wedding dinner. Add the glow of an open fire, the smell of cinnamon and spice, the murmur of guests laughing, clinking glasses and chatting - you will find yourselves in a magical winter wonderland. The (international) guest list: Many of us have family and friends living abroad. Weddings around the festive season are the perfect reason for those loved ones to be home for Christmas. You will also excite a lot
of your guests with one very simple fact. Winter weddings are not as common as other seasons, your guests will be looking forward to it as the highlight of the season and it will be certainly a very special occasion for all of you. B&B: Accommodation is usually much more reasonable during the winter – talk to your venue to get the best rates for your guests. This means that your guests can join you in the residents’ bar and continue the celebrations with you until the early morning. The photo album: Winter weddings in Ireland take place mainly indoors. Winter weddings will never be the cause of the real disappointment occasionally experienced by a summer bride or groom who had pictured sun-filled photos and who had to deal with the reality of a rainy day instead.
Try to plan for your ceremony early in the day to still get plenty of natural daylight for your pictures. Even if you take only a few images outdoors your candle lit venue with open fires can provide perfect backdrop. The style: Your wedding reception can easily stand out with winter décor, unique centrepieces and a selection of seasonal drinks and menu options. Hot chocolate fondue, a Hot Toddy or a mulled wine reception will keep your guests warm while adding to the atmosphere and memories. Winter fashion also tends to be long dresses, faux fur stoles, glitter and sparkle – more fun that your guests can enjoy! The honeymoon: Winter is considered off peak season in many wedding venues. Your wedding venue could
have more availability to choose from during winter and will usually offer packages of the same quality at a more reasonable cost – all the better for you to plan your unforgettable honeymoon in an exotic sunny destination. Our wedding open day is being held at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel on Sunday, September 25 from 2 – 6pm. If you would like to chat more about your wedding ideas and plans do come along and see myself and the team on the day. Happy wedding planning and no matter what date you choose, have a wonderful day. ▪▪ Zuzana Hasler is the Wedding Expert at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin. Email: Zuzana.hasler@ radissonblu.com
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Preparation is everything for a perfect wedding day
T GOES without saying that the bride and groom should look their best on the big day. But nature is going to need a helping hand to make sure those wedding photographs are picture perfect. The key to perfect make-up is finding the right balance. Your cosmetics should be camera friendly and you’ll need to ensure the effect is not too dramatic and definitely not pale and uninteresting. Regardless of modern convention, you don’t have to fork out a small fortune on a professional beautician to get the perfect wedding day glow. Choose a foundation that matches the skin tone, otherwise you risk ending up looking like you’re wearing a mask in the photographs. Blend the foundation using your fingertips or a damp sponge, preferably in natural light. And make sure you avoid that dreaded
tidemark. Softly outline your eyes using a brown kohl pencil. Blend your chosen eye colours into your natural eye shape. Remember, the goal is to enhance your existing features, not to create new, unnatural looking ones. The eyebrows frame the face, so ensure they are well shaped and
symmetrical. If necessary, use a light brown pencil to further enhance them. Try to avoid trendy looks such as glittery eyeshadow or blue nail polish or you might be embarrassed to show your wedding pictures to your kids 10 years from now. To get your lips looking kissable, exfoliate them first with a toothbrush.
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Why can’t I find my dream dress? So he liked it and put a ring on it (thanks Beyonce), but then the daunting task of planning the biggest party most of us will ever have to organise takes hold. Most brides-to-be will spend many sleepless nights adding wedding dress pictures to Pinterest boards, Scrolling endlessly at 3am and thinking what if I don’t ever find THE Dress? It may sound neurotic but think about it... on the day all eyes are on her and THE dress. It’s IMMENSE pressure! Let’s face it until you have found THE dress you don’t even feel like you are getting married. So you would think wedding dress shopping would be a fun, memorable experience with tears of joy thrown in for good measure? Think again. Wedding dress shopping is Hard Work. The reality is more like 16 dresses later you are losing the will to live and ready to say “I Do” to the nearest bottle of prosecco. Where are all those dresses you saw on Pinterest, you ask yourself? Who the hell stocks those? Don’t give up on that dream dress just yet. Start to think outside the box. Get shopping in new and innovative ways. You can purchase a dress that is close enough
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traditional red lipstick makes the teeth look whiter. For the finishing touches, dust a little translucent powder over the face, and then apply a little blush on the cheekbones and temples to define the bone structure. You should practice your make-up look before the big day. For a final practice run, put on the dress and veil and see the complete effect – but be careful not to smudge the dress! If the gown is simple and classic, the hair and makeup should be too. Make sure the dress colour doesn’t clash with the makeup colours. Of course, these days grooms are as self-conscious as brides about sprucing up to have themselves looking fresh and sharp at the altar. Many men tend to ignore daily grooming advice so grooms need to get themselves into a ‘beauty routine’ a few weeks before the wedding, paying particular attention to hair and skin.
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Delicious destinations for happy honeymoons AFTER all the excitement of the big event, the happy couple’s first trip as married partners should be a relaxing, romantic and glamorous holiday. And the ideal honeymoon for most is a stress free break in an exotic destination with plenty of sunshine and culture. Our grandparents probably never got further than the Isle of Man for their honeymoon while our parents were lucky if they got as far at Spain or France. However, these days the world really is your oyster when it comes to choosing the ideal honeymoon location. Always popular with newly-weds, Italy is a romantic and beautiful country, from the sophisticated elegance and natural beauty of Sorrento to the inspiring energy of Rome. Competing with Italy in the romantic destination stakes is the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia. The area enjoys an old ▪▪ Take time to relax and enjoy each other’s company with as few distractions as possible. world atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, coupled with top class hotels in stunning locations and boasting panoramic views of the Adriatic and Elaphite Islands. Many Irish long-haul honeymooners are now opting for Mauritius - often described as the ultimate paradise with white sandy beaches, coral lagoons and sweeping sugar plantations. Mauritius has dozens of quiet romantic hideaways and has traditionally been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations with lots of top-class resorts to choose from. St Lucia is another honeymoon hot spot. The island is one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, with a stunning coastline of powder fine sandy beaches overlooked by volcanic peaks. It’s the perfect post-wedding destination for a quiet and relaxing escape. Further afield, New Zealand is a simply stunning destination. A country of incredible contrasts you can climb a glacier, hike across a volcano, swim with dolphins, ▪▪ Do the simple things together. ▪▪ The Maldives is a great honeymoon destination. watch whales or just bask on a beautiful beach. spot. The 160km costal stretch along the Thailand is another choice for the ad- Portuguese Algarve boasts spectacular venturous couple. The South East Asian scenery, warm seas and a fantastic sunny country has great value hotels with ex- climate. Here are ten tips to help make sure the happy honeymoon couple stay that way – at least until they get back home. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, 1. Be sensible with your budget. Does your wallet allow for a couple of nights in a quiet hotel at home in Ireland, a roundcellent facilities and world-renowned hospitality, stunning beaches, rainforest the Algarve is dotted with hidden coves the-world trip, or something in between? You don’t want to start married life with a massive honeymoon bill to pay off. 2. Discuss your idea of the perfect vacation. Who likes sports? Who likes sun? Who wants to explore an exotic destination? adventures, fascinating culture and bar- and relaxing beaches where the water is calm. 4. Use a travel agent. It doesn’t cost any more and in fact usually works out cheaper. A travel agent also reduces stress gain basement shopping. Grooms might take note of the 30 golf as they’ll make all the arrangements so all you have to do is turn up at the airport and take off to your dream destination. Lanzarote is another great destination 5. If you’re going abroad, leave plenty of time to make sure your passport is current and you have the visas needed. If for fantastic picture perfect honeymoon courses in the region while brides might be tempted by the shopping opportuni- inoculations are required, get them well before the wedding. snaps. 6. When you make reservations, let everybody know you’re on honeymoon. You may get upgraded to a better room at no Couples can laze away by the beach ties with an abundance of cheap handor pool or take advantage of vibrant made silver, ceramics, leather goods and charge, receive a welcome bottle of champagne, and who knows what else. 7. Protect your privacy. This is especially important if you have a destination wedding where the guests tend to hang and varied night life in the island’s many jewellery on offer in the markets. restaurants, clubs and bars. Majorca - the largest of the beautiful around. A honeymoon should be just for the two of you. No kids, no pets, no company. 8. Be considerate of your partner’s wishes. A new husband mightn’t enjoy shopping for shoes while many brides are unNewly weds feeling energised by love Balearic Islands – has long been a favourlikely to be impressed by a visit to the golf course. can enjoy jet skiing or wind surfing while ite with Irish newly-weds. 9. Splurge a little, it’s your honeymoon! Do something special that you wouldn’t normally do on holiday. Spend a little a romantic trip to the volcanic landscape Majorca has a typical Mediterranean of Timanfaya National Park is certain to climate. In Summer the average tempera- extra for a room upgrade, or the honeymoon suite. Plan a romantic dinner at a gourmet restaurant or go on a sunset cruise. 10. When packing for your honeymoon, think about taking along some romantic items like candles, massage oil and some take the breath away. ture is 23º Celsius and the skies remain new lingerie. Portugal is another honeymoon hot- blue throughout the season.
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Dubs aiming for three-in-a-row IN SPORT, the cream nearly always rises to the top. And in this year’s All-Ireland Football Championship, there is no doubt the best two teams on the island have come through the battlefield for this Sunday’s showdown at Croke Park. Dublin, as many predicted, have ended up in another All-Ireland final by taking the direct route, encountering no landmines along the way, although the semi-final clash with Tyrone was expected to be just that. But rather than being a landmine, it proved nothing but a balloon, which the Dubs burst early in the game and didn’t look back. Mayo’s route has been circuitous to say the least. Knocked out of the Connacht championship early by Galway, they were forced into the uncertainty of the qualifiers but showed their mettle to fend off all opposition placed in front of them.
It probably wasn’t a surprise that the Mayo v Kerry semi-final went to a replay for the Westerners are now specialists in providing entertainment for anybody lucky enough to have a ticket for one of their matches. But make no mistake, every person associated with Mayo would gladly ditch the entertainment for something more tangible – like the Sam Maguire Cup for instance! By this stage every cow in every field in Mayo knows they haven’t won the All-Ireland since 1951 and have remarkably lost eight finals since the 1980s. If ever there was a county that deserved to catch a break in an All-Ireland decider, it’s Mayo. But sadly you don’t always get what you deserve in sport. George Best never played in a World Cup, Holland, who gave us Johan Cryuff, Ruud Gullit, Denis Bergkamp and their ilk, never won a World Cup Final and
Jimmy White never won the World Snooker Championship. There will no sympathy in the Dublin camp come throw-in on Sunday either, as Jim Gavin’s team chase a third consecutive All-Ireland. The feat was last achieved in the eighties by Kerry when they won Sam in 1984, 1985 and 1986. It will take a gargantuan effort from Mayo to thwart the Dubs’ treble bid while at the same time finally exorcising the ghost of 1951. If Dublin win, it will be there 27th All-Ireland in total and fifth in the last seven seasons. While Mayo have an excellent team and a number of stand-out players, including Lee Keegan and Andy Moran, it’s Dublin’s bench that has been the catalyst for their strong finishes in big games in recent years. In the semi-final against Tyrone, Dublin’s starting 15 didn’t include the likes of Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan, Kevin McManamon, Paul
▪▪ Dublin will face off against Mayo again at Croke Park this Sunday. FILE PHOTO Flynn and Michael Darragh McAuley, players who would be automatic first choices for every other county. This could be a real problem for Mayo boss Stephen
Rochford and his selectors to contend with, especially if there is little between the teams coming down the home straight. Last year, it took a replay to separate the
sides in the decider; in 2015 there was another replay at the semi-final stage; and in 2013, Mayo’s hearts were broken once again when the Dubs won the final by a point
after another gigantic tussle. So can Stephen Rochford’s Mayo team finally reach the Holy Grail or will Jim Gavin’s supremely talented Dublin side prevail once again?
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Caitlyn Jenner says she hasn't spoken to Kim Kardashian-West in over six months. During her recent appearance on ‘Good Morning Britain’, she spoke about how strained her relationship with the Kardashian women has become since her tell-all book was published. No surprise there then!
Mary Berry's a big fan of the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’. In March it was announced that Prue Leith will judge alongside Hollywood, and that Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will serve as presenters, replacing Mel and Sue. Despite being replaced on the show when it moved from BBC One to Channel 4, former judge Mary admits she's been tuning in. That’s the spirit! It looks like there's some new music on the way from Avril Lavigne. On 25 December 2016, Lavigne announced via her Instagram account that she was working on new music and would be releasing a new album in 2017. Now she's given her a fans a shout out on the social media site and thanked them for their patience as she puts together her album. Avril says her recovery from Lyme disease has put a delay on the project, but that she can't wait to share what she's been working on.
Hilary Duff's been papped enjoying some well deserved time off. The former Disney star was spotted frolicking on the beach in Malibu on Labor Day. Hilary showed off her incredible figure in a skimpy black bikini as she hung out with her five year-old son Luca and ex-husband Mike Comrie. She's currently dating businessman Ely Sandvik. Well for some!
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AFTER a highly energetic set on the main stage at this year’s Electric Picnic, the Strypes have announced an all ages headline show in Whelan’s on the afternoon of Friday, December 22.
After a whirlwind four years of non-stop touring, the four youngsters from rural Ireland released their fabulously diverse third album ‘Spitting Image’ in June of this year. The songs effortlessly transcended their roots in R&B to present them as songwriters of skill and maturity beyond their tender years. Clearly influenced as much by New Wave heroes like Squeeze and Elvis Costello, as by their formative fascination with the blues, these new numbers will propel them into the next stage of their career. And in the studio, producer Ethan Johns captured all of their fizzing chemistry onstage, while also helping them realise their own songwriting potential. Son of Rolling Stones/ Beatles studio giant, Glyn Johns, and himself revered producer of classic albums by Tom Jones, Kings Of Leon
▪▪ The Strypes are playing an all ages show in Whelan’s. and Laura Marling, Ethan emerged from the process full of praise for their talents. “The Strypes are the real deal,” he enthuses. “Bands like this don't come around very often. I feel lucky to have recorded them.” When the explosive combo first invaded across the Irish Sea in 2012-13, the British music scene was justifiably electrified by the sheer
exuberance of these four 16-year-olds. They were mesmerised by their spot-on update of a tradition that runs from Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters in ’50s Chicago through to The Rolling Stones in ’60s London and Dr Feelgood in ’70s Essex. In 2015, The Strypes released their second album, entitled ‘Little Victories’ which reached number 1 on
the Irish Charts and number 17 on the UK charts and announced a tour to promote the album. Still barely into their twenties at the time, their overworked tour bus eventually rolled up in their hometown of Cavan, just in time for Christmas 2015. The first couple of months of 2016 were spent recuperating and taking stock, but the youngsters were writing,
too. In November 2016, the band announced a limited edition run of 500 vinyl only singles including Stefan Murphy’s ‘Down at the Radiotron’ on their website with all proceeds going to the teenage cancer charity Canteen. The Strypes will bring their all age’s show ‘Spitting Image Tour’ to Whelan’s on Friday, December 22.
Brand New show for Dublin’s Olympia Theatre BRAND New have announced their Irish return with a show at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday, November 16. Although the members of Brand New cut their teeth in various hardcore bands, the group took a more melodic approach to its own work, embracing punk-pop on the debut album ‘Your Favorite Weapon’ and incorporating aspects of indie rock during future projects. Formed in Long Island, New York, the band took shape in 2000 around the talents of drummer Brian Lane, vocalist/guitarist Jesse Lacey, bassist Garrett Tierney, and guitarist Vin Accardi.
In 2001, they released their first record, ‘Your Favorite Weapon’. Proving to be more than just another punk-pop outfit, the group made something of a stylistic leap with ‘Deja Entendu’, a decidedly matured follow up released in summer 2003 to warm reviews. Music videos found significant airplay on MTV, and Brand New graduated to larger venues by playing with New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182. Touring eventually slowed to a halt as Brand ▪▪ They are Brand New in Dublin. New holed themselves up Brand New wasted little demo which helped spread to work on their third album time attracting local atten- the band's buzz outside New and major-label debut. After an extended quiet tion with a self-released York.
spell they emerged in summer 2006 for several headlining dates in America, their first nationwide tour in three years. The highly anticipated ‘The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me’ appeared in November 2006. Brand New set to work on another album one year later and the resulting record, ‘Daisy’, was issued in 2009. In July 2016, the band released an EP called ‘3 Demos, Reworked’. The EP contains re-recorded versions of three songs that appear on ‘Leaked Demos’. They play the Olympia Theatre on Thursday, November 16. Tickets on sale now.
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E ARE delighted to let you know that the brand new series of ‘Dog Tales with Andrea Hayes’ returns to TV3 on Thursday, September 14, at 8:30pm! The first episode features Blossom the Lurcher, who gave birth to the largest litter of puppies we have ever seen in our rehoming centre, so we think it is very important to talk about neutering, which we hope will prevent any further unplanned and often unwanted litters of puppies in Ireland. Many myths and old wives’ tales exist around the subject of neutering, such as dogs will gain weight, the procedure will change a dog’s personality or it is best to allow a female dog to have a costs of unplanned pregnancies and litter or a first heat. raising puppies. Will it change my dog’s personalIs it expensive to have my dog ity? neutered? Neutering can encourage calmer, The cost of having your dog neutered is usually dependant on your dog’s size. more predictable behaviour – helping to make the dog a more suitable family Neutering prevents the unnecessary
Bran 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 Bran, a distinguished nine-yearold Collie. Bran is a real foodie who adores his grub so getting to know him shouldn't take too long. He seeks affection and attention but prefers a hands off approach, so he would be happiest snuggling at your side rather than being petted and fussed. Bran needs an adult home, preferably one that's familiar with Collies and their kooky ways. He's adorably handsome and a firm favourite with the staff in Dogs Trust, so if you're looking for a gentleman to stick to your side like glue, Bran could be the one for you. Bran may be an older chap but that doesn't stop him! He absolutely adores his walks and is an agile chap who would love long rambles with his new family. If you think you can offer Bran a loving home, contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.
Give a Dog a Home Today! Phone us on 01 8791000 Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at www.dogstrust.ie. You can also pop up for a visit. Dogs Trust is open six days a week from 12-4pm. The centre is closed all day Tuesday. You can also find Dogs Trust on Facebook at www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE
pet. It can also help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and destructive behaviours. Dogs that have been neutered are also less likely to mark their territory or stray. Female dogs usually come into
season for about three weeks, twice a year. Whilst in season she may act strangely – trying to run away in search of a mate and will need to be kept away from male dogs. Male dogs’ behaviour can also change greatly when a local female dog is in season –they may be desperate to escape, even running onto busy roads or jumping from high windows. My dog is a pedigree – I will have no problem getting homes for his/ her offspring! There are lots of unwanted pedigree dogs in pounds and shelters around Ireland right now looking for homes. Neutering is a humane way to reduce the stray dog population, preventing thousands of unwanted puppies being born each year, that may be cruelly abandoned or needlessly destroyed. Pregnancy can cause significant health risks to your dog, causing her discomfort and to behave oddly. Neutering your dog also avoids the inconvenience and mess of having seasons. Early neutering can reduce the risk of some cancers developing in later life
for both male and female dogs. It also prevents females suffering from potentially fatal womb infections known as pyometras. Is it not best to let my female dog have her first heat or a litter of puppies before she is spayed? There are no health-related reasons for waiting until after her first season before spaying. It is often in the first season that female dogs get ‘caught’ as their owners haven’t realised they were in season! Will my dog get fat if I have him/ her neutered? Dogs will not put on weight if they are fed sensibly and get enough exercise and your vet or vet nurse will discuss this with you when your dog is being discharged from their practice after neutering. Please be a responsible owner and neuter your dog.
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Focusing on dementia AS part of a ‘Focus on Dementia’ series, this article looks at how to support someone with dementia to live well by creating a dementia-inclusive community. It’s estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland, ̶ a figure expected to more than double by 2036 ̶ with around 4,000 people developing the condition each year. The majority of people with dementia live in the community and so it is important that we all play our role in ensuring our villages and towns are compassionate, supportive and inclusive of people with dementia. Here's what you need to know. What is dementia? Dementia is caused by
a number of diseases that damage the nerve cells in the brain. Common symptoms may include difficulties with thinking and language, problem-solving and carrying out everyday tasks, as well as issues with memory loss and changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia affects shortterm memory and some common problems include: •Forgetting people’s names •Struggling to remember day-to-day events or experiences •Misplacing items such as keys or glasses around the house •Getting lost in familiar places or on a regular journey •Finding it hard to start or follow conversations What is a dementia-inclusive community? A dementia-inclusive
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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community is one where its people, businesses and services ensure that people with dementia feel valued and supported, and where they can actively contribute and engage with local life. Why is community important? There is a certain amount of fear and stigma which can surround dementia and prevent some from seeking help or telling people about their diagnosis. It can also stop others from talking to people with dementia that they know. This can be isolating for those affected but it doesn’t have to be like this. There are simple things that we can all do to make life better for people with dementia and their carers and to ensure that they stay connected and part of our daily lives. Dementia-inclusive Businesses and Community Groups If you are a local business-owner or run a community organisation, why not avail of free online dementia awareness training?
This can help you to identify if a person needs additional support and what you can do to help them. For example, signs of dementia could include: if someone is having trouble remembering names or details like their address, is finding it difficult to communicate what they need or want, or is having difficulty navigating an unfamiliar environment or their own neighbourhood. For more information on free online training, visit www.understandtogether.ie/ training-resources. Dementia-inclusive shops Think about how your shop layout and signage works for people with dementia. Signage should be clear and visible and it’s good to ensure that there is plenty of space to walk around easily. Creating a quiet space where you can bring a distressed or vulnerable customer is a good idea. Having seating, good lighting and being aware of noise levels are a few other considerations. These changes to the environment, combined with staff
▪▪ If you know someone with dementia, help them to continue to participate in everyday life. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK trained in dementia awareness who smile warmly, speak clearly and listen carefully to what a person is saying, and give them extra time as needed, can really help someone with dementia to continue to be independent. Dementia-inclusive clubs Consider setting up an Alzheimer Café or a social club in your local health centre, com-
munity hall or as part of your own sports club. Dementia-inclusive you If you know someone with dementia, help them to continue to participate in everyday life. Call around for a cuppa and a chat, offer your time and support, go out for coffee, or invite them for a walk or to take part in their favourite pastime.
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Coffee Morning takes place this week THOUSANDS of cups of coffee will be consumed all over Dublin this week as part of a major charity event. Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s will take place on Thursday, September 14 to help raise vital funds for their local hospice and homecare service. Celebrating twenty-five years of coffee mornings, it is hoped that the event will raise a much needed €2 million for local hospice and homecare services nationwide to meet with growing demands for the service.
▪▪ Keith Duffy and Mario Rosenstock with Eleanor Flew, Phil O’Kelly, Ann Julian and Audrey Houlihan at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross for the recent launch. A whole host of celebrities including Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson, Boyzone star Keith Duffy, comedian Mario Rosenstock, Clelia Murphy and Dr Ciara Kelly, are asking people nationwide to support this important campaign by hosting or attending a coffee morning. Keith Duffy said: “It’s such
an honour to be an Ambassador for this vital campaign and help in any way that I can to draw attention to the great work that the hospices do for all Irish people. “I have been personally touched by the amazing work done in St Francis Hospice and I have seen firsthand the impact the money raised through Ireland’s Big-
gest Coffee Morning for Hospice makes to patients, staff and families. People can help to make a difference in someone’s life by hosting a coffee morning to help raise funds for their local hospice and homecare service. You can register at www.hospicecoffeemorning. ie or by calling 1890 998 995.
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This week’s Beauty Dial Star Buys By Edel Cox of The Beauty Dial (www.thebeautydial.ie)
COLOUR ME HAPPY PROFUSION COSMETICS LA brand Profusion Cosmetics is designed for aspiring make-up artists who follow the latest makeup artist trends on Instagram and Snapchat. The Profusion palettes offer a variety of pigmented colours and textures that allow for maximum creativity and experimentation, but at an amazing price. The Trendsetter Face palette is a multiuse set makeup book that includes 24 eyeshadows in matte, satin and shimmer shades as well as easy-blend blush, bronze and highlight powders. Create flawless looks for any occasion with the brilliant lip colours, brow powders and brushes. Great for artists on-the-go. Each Palette Includes one mirror, 24 eyeshadows, five blush/ bronze/contour shades, one highlighter, two brow powders, one brow wax, three lipsticks, one black eyeliner pencil, three applicator brushes and one travel brush. Available from McCauleys, McCabes and leading Irish pharmacies nationwide.
HYDRATION MUST HAVE GUINOT MASQUE HYRDA SENSITIVE FACE MASK If you suffer from redness, irritation, inflammation or breakouts, you may have sensitive skin. Luckily the skincare experts from French skincare brand Guinot have you covered. Here is just one of my favourites from the Guinot range. The Guinot Masque Hydra Sensitive Face Mask is perfect for those with sensitive skin and should be used once or twice a week. A gentle, cooling treatment mask, it features corn extract to visibly reduce redness, while chamomile extract soothes skin and Vitamin E hydrates and protects against free radicals. Guinot products are available from over 160 Guinot-appointed salons and spas nationwide. Products also retail online at www.feelunique.com.
SKIN SUPERHERO AURA MIRABILIS DOUBLE-EXTRACT A serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. A serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, such as wrinkles. Aura Mirabilis Double-Extract does exactly this and more. Aura Mirabilis face care ritual restores your skin using the double-extract which will smooth and penetrate your skin quickly to infuse its benefits at the heart of the cells. Hydrated and revived skin reveals a new bloom. It also offers a protection against external aggressors. Roger & Gallet have pioneered a unique patented system that achieves the correct amount for application and preserves the formula. Available in Marks & Spencer beauty halls and selected pharmacies nationwide.
AUTUMN / WINTER COLLECTIONS JERVIS STREET Jervis Street Shopping Centre recently unveiled its Autumn Winter 2017 collections. Curated by Irish stylist Corina Gaffey, the collection is a showcase of the season’s top style trends handpicked from high-street stores throughout the centre. Speaking about the collection Corina Gaffey said: “Jervis Shopping Centre turns 21 this September and will be celebrating with a host of birthday activities and events in the centre.” Jervis Shopping Centre is open from 9am–6.30pm, Monday to Wednesday, 9am-9pm on Thursday, 9am-7pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am6.30pm on Sundays.
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Survey reveals what drives teachers IT’S said that teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world - and a recent survey has found that most teachers in Ireland agree! Close to half (45 per cent) say that becoming a teacher and working with young people was a vocation and something that they always knew they wanted to do. That’s according to research from leading gift card company One4all, who asked over 600 teachers in Ireland all about their important role, just before the end of the last term. Traditional subjects come out on top as the favourite subjects to teach to a class. While it may be loathed by some students, maths is the subject teachers most like to teach (25 per cent) followed by English (19 per cent) and Irish (13 per cent).
▪▪ Teachers don’t expect much but like everybody, they love to feel appreciated.
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When asked what subject teachers would most like to see added to the curriculum, 15 per cent chose mindfulness as a subject they would like to see practiced in schools. Those surveyed said they think that the addition of mindfulness would be of benefit to students to help them deal with daily stress. It seems that teachers in Ireland are very virtuous people with almost one in three (30 per cent) agreeing that patience is the single most important quality for a teacher to have. According to the poll, compassion is the second most important trait (16 per cent) followed closely by empathy with 14 per cent of the vote. The research reveals that seeing a student struggle when they know the student is working hard is the most difficult part of being a teacher (45 per cent). But when it comes to rewarding aspects of the role, teachers say that ‘helping students be the best they can be’ is the most rewarding part of their job (44 per cent) followed by ‘seeing a pupil’s educational and emotional growth’ (31 per cent). When it comes to appreciation from pupils, teachers really don’t look for much. More than half (57 per cent) of those surveyed said that a simple ‘Thank You’ from students makes them feel most appreciated. One in five (21 per cent) responded that a special card or drawing makes them feel valued. As the school year is now already getting underway, One4all asked teachers what is the best gift they could receive from all of the grateful parents and pupils out there. Again, a simple ‘Thank You’ came out as the most popular present they could receive followed by a handmade card (18 per cent) and a gift card (17 per cent) as the third most preferred present. After a long summer, most parents find a new appreciation for their children’s teachers as the school term begins in autumn.
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Back-breaking bags are taking their toll and affecting our children’s health WHEN it comes to taking the schoolbag, of course. cent of their body weight in bags laden down with books care of your child’s physical health, it’s all in the It’s estimated that chil- and school equipment. A heavily weighed bag or bag – we’re talking about dren carry as much as 20 per one that’s not carried correctly may injure muscles and joints. This can then lead to severe back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. Heavy school bags are one of the main causes of back, neck and shoulder pain in children. We’ve all despaired at seeing a child lugging a bag that seems almost bigger than them around. So while your child or teenager may be looking for a stylish bag, it’s important to ensure that it’s up to the job. Look for a bag with comfortable wide, padded shoulder straps. Narrow straps can dig
into shoulders causing pain and restricting circulation and make it tempting for the child to carry the bag incorrectly. Choose a bag with a padded back too. This protects against sharp objects and increases comfort. Research suggests weight limits for bags based on age. A maximum limit of 3.7 kg is the recommended weight for 12-year-olds while 17-year-old boys should keep below 6.2kgs and girls of the same age are suggested not to carry more than 5.5 kg. Local conditions and distance to and from school should also be taken into account. And while slinging a bag over one shoulder might look cool, it can increase the curvature of the spine - get them to use both straps.
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The art of good reading READING is an essential part of learning, and while it might seem like it’s simply a matter of turning the pages, there are a number of ways to make sure you get the most out of your books. Most students open their books, read until they finish, lose interest or fall asleep. Then they convince themselves that their concentration, comprehension, and speed are poorer than everyone else's. If this sounds familiar, take heart, you are certainly not alone. You need to recognise that reading may be the most demanding work that you will be required to do and that nearly everyone reports difficulty with the volume of reading assigned to them. So how are you supposed to get through that
mountain of reading? The first thing to keep in mind is that no one realistically expects you to read every single item that is given to you. This is just not possible, unless of course you don’t eat or sleep. Once you realise that this is the case you need to turn your attention to trying to make your reading more effective so that you are able to recall what you’ve read after you’ve finished. Reading from cover to cover won’t help you to retain information. You have to realise that you’re not reading a novel, you are collecting information. The following tips are designed to help you become a more effective reader. 1) Read the material more often but for shorter periods of time.
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that learning is improved by changing tasks each hour, spreading the work over time and dipping into it more frequently. 2) Read groups of words
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3) Figure out ‘why’ you are reading the material. Establish a context by beginning with an overview of the material. This will improve your comprehension and retention. Begin by reading the introduction, headings, charts, graphs, diagrams, conclusion, and summary. Then take a minute to think about the material before beginning to read in depth. 4) Read with a purpose. Don’t just begin reading. Before you read ask yourself some questions and then note the answers or the most important points where they occur. Establish a list of questions, either by turning the headings into questions, or by looking at your class notes. Then read with the intention of answering these questions. Check the margins when you think you've found answers. It's better not to take notes, highlight, or underline at this point; you won't know which are the most important points until you are finished. Read through the material again and focus on your checks in the margin while deciding which points are the most important. It is only at this point where you will be able to make an informed opinion and then highlight or take notes of the material.
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Kia Picanto is a great city car Seán Creedon AFTER a few weeks driving some luxury cars, it was back to a fairly normal, small car last week, the latest edition of the Kia Picanto. This is definitely a car for urban dwellers, or it could possibly be used a starter car for a singleton or a second family car, in the city or country. As a nation we are not huge fans of small cars and their total sales in 2016 was just three per cent of the Irish market. Another difficulty for the Picanto is that its cousin, the Hyundai i10, is the big seller here. This latest version of the Picanto, with prices starting at just over €13,000, should appeal to a lot of people who don’t want a big car. I think it would be ideal for a first-time buyer, who might be on a tight budget or may-
be the downsizer, who hasn’t yet got the free travel pass. Getting into Dublin city is now a bit of a challenge, but if you do manage to do it, it’s good to know that the Picanto is very easy to park and so small it doesn’t really need a reversing camera. This new version is certainly an improvement from the previous one and while it costs around €500 more now, there is a better spec available. It has a longer wheelbase, but the car itself is not longer than the previous version. The Picanto has been with us since 2004 and after a few revamps we now get the third generation. Inside there is good leg and head room, but at that price you don’t get lots of luxury. Well I suppose you can’t have it every way. This model has Kia’s famous ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and coupled with LED lights, the front is very attractive.
▪▪ The Kia Picanto is a great car for getting around the city in. There is room for five people, but obviously it would be more comfortable with just two people in the back seat. The boot space has been increased, but there is still
no spare wheel, just the dreaded repair kit. But it had a good old-fashioned style hand brake. The entry level has Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, electric front win-
dows and body-coloured door handles and mirrors. As with most cars the higher the spec, the more money you will pay. My top of the range model had Autonomous Emer-
gency Braking, (EBA), which seemed strange in such a small car. But of course you can crash into the person in front of you in a small or large car. It was fine to drive around
town, but tended to be a bit noisy. And the power wasn’t great, especially if I had a few adults on board. I still think it would be ideal for someone buying their first car or as a runaround.
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Nissan reveals its new EV NISSAN revealed its new LEAF last week - the world’s most advanced mass-market electric vehicle (EV).
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The importance of getting connected Cormac Spencer THIS column frequently discusses the importance of a good transport infrastructure for job creation and the economy as a whole. However, having an effective communications infrastructure is equally, if not more important to Ireland in terms of our ability to do business at home and compete with others abroad. Think of how far communications infrastructure has come in the last 10 years and how it has impacted on the way business is done. It is less than 10 years since the first iPhone was released to the market, and now think of how much shopping and business is done on mobile devices alone, not to mention online in general. Things are moving quickly and the ability to keep abreast of changes is very important to a business if it wants to attract customers. Although it has become integral to business, there is a dearth of broadband coverage in many areas of the country. While ‘broadband blackspots’ in rural areas are
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A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK GEARÓID FARRELLY AT THE MILL THEATRE
Comedian Gearóid Farrelly takes his brand of chatty stand-up comedy to the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, on Saturday, September 16 at 8pm. This show will address eve r y t h i ng from Trump to decluttering and explains why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat. Gearóid h a s appeared at comedy festivals all over the world and sup- ported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. Tickets: €12 / Bookings: www.milltheatre.ie / 01-2969340.
ALTERNATIVE SUNDAY SOCIAL CLUB The Alternative Sunday Social Club is back and will be kicking off the next series of Sunday afternoon gigs in Toners of Baggot Street on September 17 at 4pm. Over the coming weeks there’ll be gigs by The Dubtones, Francie Conway, The Tony Strickland Quartet, Spike Lancaster, Death in the Sickroom, Eileen Gogan and The Instructions, TV Smith (with support from Pete Holidai), Minnie and the Illywhackers, Tytania and The Hacklers. The first gig next Sunday is a three-band bash headlined by The Dubtones along with Amongst the Wolves & The Snübbed.
DEPAUL RAFT RACE On Saturday, September 16, homelessness charity Depaul’s annual Raft Race will be taking place, starting at 11am.
RAINBOW RUN The Rainbow Run is now one of Ireland’s biggest fun runs! In its fourth year now, this unique run involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder paint while they run, jog or walk the beautiful route along Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier on Saturday, September 16. The Rainbow Run is entirely focussed on fun so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions. All that matters is that you enjoy yourself and finish covered in loads of colour. Tickets cost from €25 for adults and €15 for children with family tickets also available. See rainbowrun.ie for details.
Leaving suits and ties behind, 30 corporate teams will be taking to the water, powering their rafts around a course in Grand Canal Dock in a series of 500m races. The event promises to be a great day out in the heart of the city, with entertainment for adults and kids alike including a DJ, face painting, food and prizes in a festive atmosphere for colleagues, supporters and family.
BLUEFIRE STREET FEST INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF IRELAND
Following the success of ‘Ich Liebe Dich Cabaret’ — one of the hottest tickets in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 — Film Fatale is back with its new cabaret show, ‘Closing Night’, which takes place in Liberty Hall for three shows only on September 15 and 16.
The 8th Indian Film Festival of Ireland (September 15-17) opens with, the story of Poorna
Join Film Fatale for three intimate evening shows – September 15 (8pm) and September 16 (6pm and 8.45pm) - of classic cabaret performance, burlesque and old school vaudeville, set to a soundtrack of Broadway hits and cabaret solos. Tickets for Closing Night are priced at €24 and available via Fringe Fest.
MARKET GRUB WE’RE ALL MAD HERE Grainne O’Carroll will be presenting her innovative physical theatre piece, ‘We’re all mad here’, at the Dublin Fringe Festival on September 1819, and September 21-24 at 8pm in the Fumbally Café.
Stock up on great grub and fine wines at Honest2Goodness food market this Saturday. The weekly market has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods and wines. Honest2Goodness is run by passionate foodies whose aim is to share their love with as many as possible.
The market is open from 9.30am to 4pm and it’s In this bizarre work, experience interweaving physical theatre that draws upon mime, dance and behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after Glasvisual art. Tickets are available. Visit www.fringef- nevin Cemetery at 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin. est.com
Malavath, a 13-year- old girl from a tribal Indian village who became the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest in 2014. The festival will close with ‘Halal Daddy’, a movie that showcases multicultural Ireland at its very best. It was filmed in beautiful Sligo and is the first Irish film with an ethnic family at the centre. Dundrum Cinema will host the Festival Red Carpet Opening at 5pm on September 15.
Crossword Answers 6th September
CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Night-clubs; 7 Titan; 8 Massive; 10 The scent; 11 Fast; 13 Comedy; 15 Needle; 17 Acre; 18 Penchant; 21 Tailors; 22 Inane; 23 Adolescent. Down: 1 Nitre; 2 Genocide; 3 Timing; 4 Lose; 5 Brigand; 6 Statecraft; 9 Entreaties; 12 Describe; 14 Married; 16 Ceases; 19 Apart; 20 Pool.
It's the festival's 5th birthday so get ready for a fun-filled day featuring some of Ireland's best musicians, artists and street performers. There will be lots of different activities like youth talks and dance workshops taking place through the day, so there should be something for everyone. The best part? It's absolutely free!
FRINGE FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT
QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Governance; 7 Clean; 8 Chatter; 10 Redouble; 11 Pass; 13 Devise; 15 Wicked; 17 Tilt; 18 Lengthen; 21 Dubious; 21 Amuse; 23 Despondent. Down: 1 Greed; 2 Vanquish; 3 Recall; 4 Away; 5 Cutback; 6 Accredited; 9 Residences; 12 Disgrace; 14 Voluble; 16 Reason; 19 Haunt; 20 Romp.
The annual BlueFire Street Fest is back and bigger than ever on Saturday, September 16, in Smithfield Square for a colourful celebration of diversity!
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From the Archives We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month from years gone by
▪▪ Sunday Independent, September 18, 1927
▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 30, 1865
Freeman’s Journal, September 28, 1827
▪▪ Irish Independent, September 21, 1942
▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 29, 1829
▪▪ Five cars start in the ‘Tourist Section’ at the Portmarnock Speed Trials in 1904. The drivers are accompanied by ladies. There is an interesting car with three wheels (reg. no. DUP 7), second from the left. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (North Dublin) by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.
▪▪ Irish Press, September 29, 1972
▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, September 3, 1827
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