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Centre dispute Jack Gleeson

retailer emerged, with both sides blaming each DUBLIN City Council has other for the dispute. Mm Capital claimed vowed to press ahead the row was causing the with the development redevelopment of both of Dalymount Park, regardless of the outcome the shopping centre and Dalymount Park to look of a dispute threatening “increasingly uncertain”. plans for Phibsborough Managing director, Shopping Centre. The €50 million revamp Derek Poppinga, said “fresh demands” from of the centre included proposals to connect the the retailer were making new soccer stadium with the project financially and logistically unfeasible, and the centre through an the development could be open plaza that would shelved indefinitely. essentially be a village “We have, or at least centre for Phibsborough. had, big plans to create a Last week, an impasse vibrant public space and between Tesco and developers Mm Capital over deliveries to the Continued on page 2

Francesca Bolongue (8) from Gardiner Street Primary School holds a gun, which was transported around the city hidden in a book, at the launch of the new GPO Witness History exhibition.

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Dalymount Park, and with the Dalymount developed into a vibrant Continued from page 1 FC and local residents. agreed a way forward in redevelopment project municipal stadium in the Dublin City Council the interests of all,” he with an alternative coming years.” issued a statement to civic plaza for the local design,” the council said. said. The current preferred reassure soccer fans community,” he said. Continued from page 1 “This exhibition, brings Fianna Fáil candidate “Dublin City Council option for the new “We see this as a unique that the Dalymount Park to light interesting details in Dublin Central, Mary redevelopment would go Dalymount Park includes is in the process of on the impact to the postal opportunity to revive exhibition on the role of procuring an architect led Fitzpatrick, said she had an entrance to the ahead regardless of the this centrally located and communications the Post Office during the written to Dublin City design team who should east stand from a new outcome of the row. site which would in turn system during the time.” War of Independence,” Council to request that it be appointed by midpublic plaza through the “Dublin City Council contribute in no small GPO Witness History is said Niall O’Callaghan, initiate mediation to solve redeveloped Phibsbrough summer and this will be is aware that the owners located in the GPO building part to the regeneration Managing Director of factored into their brief.” the dispute. Shopping Centre. on O’Connell Street, which of the wider Phibsbrough of Phibsborough Shannon Heritage. “It is disappointing Meanwhile, Joe The council said the Shopping Centre, Mm “Since opening its doors celebrated the bicentenary area.” that the site’s developer Costello, chairperson proposed integrated Capital, have released a However, Tesco denies of its opening last year. nearly three years ago has yet to secure buy-in of Stoneybatter Pride of statement stating that the nature of both projects it has made any “fresh To book tickets visit The GPO Witness History for their plans from the Place and Labour local would not just provide redevelopment plans for demands” and said in Visitor Centre has been anchor tenant,” she said. election candidate, said a new community the shopping centre and a statement it had been very popular among “Fact is that the longer residents of Phibsborough facility, but also have indeed Dalymount Park consistent across all its families and tour groups this impasse continues and Bohemian FC fans wider benefits for dealings with Mm Capital may be in jeopardy,” the and we are delighted to were being short changed without intervention, the Phibsborough statement said. over several years. add this new element to residents and businesses by the dispute. community. “Dublin City Council “Our position, on the current exhibition, continue to suffer.” “It is high time that all “If the shopping centre is fully committed to record throughout the which includes key events Tesco said it has agreed involved came together redevelopment does not the Dalymount Park very extended planning that shaped the nation to a further meeting with under the auspices of happen for whatever redevelopment project process, is that we are from early 1900’s through the developer “in an effort Dublin City Council, reason, the council will and intend to see this seeking to maintain to present time.” to resolve the matter”. which now owns continue to progress historic venue fully deliveries for our store,” Welcoming the the statement reads. announcement of “Currently the store the new exhibition receives deliveries to the Aline FitzGerald, front. General Manager of “This right to deliver to GPO Witness History the front of the store is said: “As we continue contained in our deed of through the decade of conveyance and we have commemorations, we been making deliveries were keen to extend our in this manner for over visitor experience with 20 years (since the a focus on the War of Independence which they Nikita Iljins (8) shows how store was operated as a Quinnsworth).” this gun was transported would not experience Tesco said it welcomes hidden in a book. elsewhere. development for Phibsborough, but added that the plans would impact on its ability to trade. Mm Capital claims it designed the scheme to address Tesco’s concerns and went to great lengths to ensure car parking is maintained and to provide A selection of Ireland’s finest a purpose-built service independent nurseries will yard to the rear of the store. present the rare, the new News of the dispute and the garden-worthy has caused concern A concept of the preferred option for the new Dalymount Park which will be shared between Bohs and for fans of Bohemian Shelbourne FC.


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Boost for Glasnevin Cemetery Orla Dwyer Glasnevin Cemetery will receive a €200,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland to upgrade the visitor centre and improve language options for guided tours. Over €1.75 million will be invested through Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Dublin’s Surprising Stories’ grants scheme to 11 visitor attractions in Dublin. Glasnevin Cemetery currently only offers guided tours in English and it is hoped some of the grant will help change

this. Sales and Marketing manager at Glasnevin Cemetery Ann Kilcoyne said the funding will be used to improve facilities in advance of its 10-year anniversary as a tourist attraction in 2020. “With everything like maintenance after 10 years, things get tired and overly used,” said Kilcoyne. “It does need a bit of a lick of paint, as they say. “We have got 1.6 million people buried here, there are literally hundreds of thousands of stories and

the key at the end of the day is to try and bring those stories back to life.” The cemetery funding will be used to upgrade the visitor centre and museum to make it more of an indoor and outdoor experience. Plans are also in place to develop new tours and language resources, a revised indoor layout and a new education and events area. The cemetery prepared a detailed application form for the funding by reviewing customer experiences step by step

to identify aspects to change such as improving the audio guides and modernising the digital experience. “I think what we need to do is to open up the experience to a more international audience, such as the European audience, and provide language capabilities,” said Kilcoyne. No date has been given for when the money will be granted but Kilcoyne believes it will be within the next 12 months, hopefully before next year’s anniversary.  “Definitely by our tenth anniversary, I would hope that we would have our wish list ticked off and everything in place,” she said. Funds for the 11 attractions ranged from €51,000 to €200,000. Other attractions that received a grant included the GAA Museum at Croke Park, EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum

Pictured at the launch of the grant scheme are (l-r): John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust, Liz Halpin Head of Dublin Failte Ireland, Paschal Donohue, Minister for Finance, and Paul Kelly, Chief Executive, Failte Ireland. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW/ FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY and Clondalkin Round Tower. The announcement of the grants was made recently at Glasnevin Cemetery by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. “This funding will ensure that visitors experience the very best of what our capital city has to offer with enhanced attractions and visitor

experiences,” he said. Paul Kelly, Fáilte Ireland Chief Executive said the grant scheme was focused on bringing the stories and people of Dublin to life in an unforgettable way. “Dublin, like Fáilte Ireland’s other experience brands, is constantly evolving and we know that the modern

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A NEW draft report for Finglas has identified a number of local sites that could be used to create a new community ‘heart’ for the area. The Draft Finglas Concept Planning Report states that the closure of the Church of the Assumption presents an opportunity for the land

to be used in conjunction with other sites to create an attractive focal point in Finglas West, complete with a new public square. The report recommends that Dublin City Council work with the HSE, church authorities and adjoining schools to develop the Church of The Annunciation lands as part of this new ‘heart’ project.

Cllr Reilly (IND) wants Finglas East included in future concept planning reports.

The ‘heart’ could include Fergal’s Field, which has potential for the new Finglas Primary Health Care Centre, a housing scheme and new senior citizens’ accommodation. Small parcels of lands at the junction of Cardiffsbridge Road and Mellowes Road are also identified as having potential for new housing and being part of the ‘heart’ project. “There is an opportunity to give space for community services or regenerate existing services so that they have better facilities and setting,” the report states. “All of this can be achieved whilst also respecting the amenity enjoyed by neighbouring users and appropriate responses made to the nature of specific boundaries.” The concept report goes on to say the new ‘heart’ has “great potential to integrate positively with Luas.” The report also suggests the future Finglas Luas

route could run through land at St Helena’s Road and Tolka Valley Road. The land is identified as having potential for mixed housing of around 150 units but the report recommends waiting for the Luas route to be confirmed before deciding on any development. The concept report also recommends creating a design led masterplan for Finglas Village and a new parks strategy for the area that will set out how the council will invest in new and improved facilities. Other recommendations include preparation of an audit to identify possible shortfalls in community spaces and to assist in the planning of new community and sports infrastructure for the area. The purpose of the concept report is to examine how the council can deliver locally on the Dublin City Development Plan’s objectives of creating a city of vitality and vibrancy with a strong sense of community. The study focusses on

the area of Finglas West and South but while welcoming the concept plan Cllr Noeleen Reilly (IND) said Finglas East must not be excluded. “It is great to see planning taking place for Finglas which will include a look at community amenities, housing, transport, sporting and commercial facilities,” she said. “However no plan for Finglas can be complete without the inclusion of Finglas East, which has been initially excluded. “The council need to rectify this and ensure any further pan is community led. “There are many families in Finglas in need of social and affordable housing and many others who have been housed but the facilities have not been put in place. “Some of the neighbourhood centres have been left fall into disrepair, businesses have left and this has left a feeling of frustration in the community that Finglas has been left behind.”

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Taoiseach's music taste lands him in trouble TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group

THE over-the-top reaction to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s overture to Kylie Minogue has finally started to dissipate after weeks of mock outrage and the inevitable feeding frenzy on social media. So now seems to be good a time as any for your humble columnist to wade into the debate. Let’s first recap: Leo was under fire for writing to the Aussie pop princess on headed Government notepaper,

offering to personally welcome her to Dublin ahead of her 3Arena performance last year. In the brief, handwritten note, the Taoiseach professed to being a fan. Not only that, Kylie was going to be staying at the Merrion Hotel, just a short nip across the road from his office in Government Buildings. Handy or what? In the end, Kylie’s gig was postponed and it would be a few months before her famous Irish fan would get to meet her at the rescheduled concert. Even then, our beleaguered leader couldn’t catch a break and was forced to deny that he had been treated to a free meal at the event. Leo’s fan mail to Kylie may have gained less traction had his

Our Taoiseach is a big fan of pop superstar Kylie Minogue. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK department not initially tried to block its release after a pesky newspaper sought a copy of it under a Freedom of Information request. That’s why writing it on official Government stationery was possibly not the best idea he’s ever had. The Taoiseach, of course, is perfectly entitled to a personal life and if the man has a devotion to a former soap star, then let him at it – unless, of course, it’s done in our name. And it could be argued that sending Kylie a note on

official Government notepaper kind of does just that. Predictably, some of his critics wondered aloud why Leo wasn’t concentrating on more pressing matters our country is facing, such as multiple health scandals and the homelessness crisis. And what about Brexit? How could he possibly have time to meet the global superstar in the face of such political Armageddon? In truth, the Kylie saga provided

some light relief from the depressing Brexit debacle. Ultimately, the Taoiseach will be judged on more important issues – and he’ll soon have a chance to take the electorate’s temperature when the results of the European and Local Elections are known next month. In terms of the ‘Kyliegate’ controversy, if Leo’s guilty of anything, it’s simply of the lesser charge of having questionable music taste. Each to their own, I suppose.



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LOCALS in Phibsborough have organised a series of meetings to work on projects focused on improving the area’s environment and community spirit. The meetings, which were set up by Sean McCabe, an independent candidate in the upcoming local elections, are facilitated by a social enterprise called The Ladder. At each meeting participants follow a facilitated process, called ‘Sprint’, which helps them to develop solutions to challenges they have identified. The process is designed to give everyone an opportunity to come up with their own ideas, before collectively deciding on a path forward. “The Phibsborough Community Sprint Challenge offers a unique opportunity to take local action on global problems,” said McCabe. “Sometimes issues like climate change or

biodiversity collapse can feel daunting, because they are so big. The Sprint allows us to identify what we can do locally to help, and provides a technique to develop real solutions over a six week period. “It’s all about empowering communities”. The Ladder wants to use the Sprint method to help businesses and communities achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. These ‘Global Goals’ cover everything from climate change and healthy oceans, to gender equality and sustainable energy. Colm Byrne, founder of The Ladder, says achieving the Global Goals is a huge challenge. “Obviously, governments must take the lead,” he added. “But communities can play a big part too. The Ladder wants to give communities the tools to act for themselves. “We were delighted when Sean approached

us and asked if we could work together to set up a Community Sprint in Phibsborough.” The challenges to be worked on over the six weeks are based on the Global Goals, but apply to the community of Phibsborough. The first was an effort to build greater community interaction and combat isolation and loneliness. The second was focused on developing a network of biodiversity champions around Phibsborough and the third focused on developing more sustainable business practices in the community. McCabe, who previously worked with Mary Robinson on global climate justice issues, was in New York for the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals back in 2015. “There was a very big celebration at the United Nations headquarters,” he recalled. “But I remember feeling very far away from the communities these

goals were intended to benefit. “I’ve been scratching my head for three years about how best the Global Goals could be brought into the communities – so I was over the moon when I was introduced to the Ladder. “This is how we give control of sustainable development to communities. For us, by us!” The Community Sprint Challenge sessions began on April 1 and are free to attend, but registration is important as spaces are limited. Those interested in attending can sign up online at www.meetup. com/Design_Sprint/


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Student services building opened A NEW Technological University (TU) Dublin student services building has been officially opened at its Blanchardstown Campus by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. The CONNECT building

was developed to bring together academic decision-makers with the key service providers in the one location. Previously, these functions were dispersed throughout the campus which at times presented

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at the official opening.

a challenge for students. Now the message to students is - ‘if you have a query, go to CONNECT. The people who can help you are all there.’ The decision to co-locate academic management with services is unique in a higher education setting and it allows for a multidisciplinary approach to addressing issues that students can present with. In part, the co-location reflects the integration of services more directly into the student’s learning experience and is born of a need to meet the needs of an incredibly diverse and growing student population on the Blanchardstown Campus more effectively and efficiently. Speaking at the official opening ceremony, An Taoiseach pointed out that TU Dublin is the only university in Ireland offering programmes from apprenticeships to doctorates. “This is something that I hope other institutions will look to emulate,” he said.

“We want to give students more choice, and make it easier for them to access all levels of education and reskilling opportunities. “Education is the single best route to a better life and higher education should be available to everyone regardless of their gender, physical ability or background. “This is precisely the aim of TU Dublin; to provide the widest possible access and progression pathways for students, old and young, those on-site or learning virtually, full-time or parttime. “I’d like to congratulate the team in TU Dublin for delivering this impressive CONNECT Building, which will enhance the student experience on the Blanchardstown campus.” Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan, Principal at TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus also spoke at the official opening. “I consider the opportunity presented

Creative Digital Media Students pictured at the official opening of CONNECT. PHOTO: ANDRES POVEDA by designation as a Technological University to be the single biggest opportunity that any of us working in higher education will be afforded in our working career,” he said. “It has the potential to truly transform educational opportunities for the people of Dublin. A critical aspect of our work is to meet the individual needs of our

students and to offer an inclusive experience for all students. “This building is just our next step in supporting an inclusive experience for all learners on this campus.” The construction project for CONNECT presented an opportunity to incorporate elements of the National Disability Authority’s ‘Universal Design’ approach.

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Pictured from l-r is broadcaster Georgie Crawford, Aoibhín Garrihy, fitness enthusiast Leanne Moore, Clare Garrihy, Doireann Garrihy, Dublin footballer Nicole Owens, Today FM presenter Pamela Joyce and Ailbhe Garrihy, 2019 Vhi squad members. They are calling on women all around the country to run stronger together and join them for the Mini Marathon. Enter at PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY to record your every step, the nervous glances at your fellow competitors, the checking of your watch, and finally, the deafening sound of the gun. You’re off and there’s no turning back. Women from all corners of the country will experience this

magical feeling and rush of endorphins on June 2 when they toe the line for the 37th Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. Over 30,000 women are expected to walk, jog and run the 10K route starting at Fitzwilliam Square and finishing on Baggot Street. The hugely popular 10k

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represented on June 2. Of course, a lot of preparation must go into the event from the huge team of organisers and the runners, with many having started their training after Christmas. Indeed, the cold, dark nights can prove difficult for any outdoor activity let alone running, but now that the long, bright nights are here again, it sure gets much easier. And the major plus for training in the bright nights as opposed to the dark ones, is that you can train in public parks again and away from the madness of Dublin traffic. Also, it’s much easier on the joints if you run on grass rather than concrete. And it’s much easier too, to get the motivation to train when you are in a group and that’s where the Meet and Train groups come in. As this event grew bigger, these groups were set up specifically to help women train for the mini marathon. They hold regular group runs and give advice for the big event. Visit www. vhiwomensminimarathon. ie for more information.

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Naomh Peregrine host successful Gaelic For Mothers and Others Blitz SATURDAY March 23 was a massive day for the community at Naomh Peregrine GAA Club in Dublin 15 and in particular for our very own Northside People Team of the Year, Naomh Peregrine Gaelic for Mothers and Others. The club had the pleasure of welcoming 20 teams from various parts of Ireland for its annual Naomh Peregrine Gaelic For Mothers and Others Blitz. The sun shone down as 200 mothers and others descended on this west Dublin club for a day of sport, fun and competition. As expected each game was an epic battle with 20 teams competing across three pitches. The event was supported by the families and friends of all team members as the mammies took to the pitch and showed the kids how it should be done! Following the lunch and raffle kindly sponsored by hundreds of local businesses in Dublin 15 and surrounding area, such as Get Fresh, Salus Training Services, Nudie Foods, WW Catherine Flanagan, Super Food, M3 Mulhuddart Services, Drinkaware and team sponsors Chiropractic First Dublin, the teams moved to the Naomh Peregrine Bar. There, a Fair Play Award was presented to a member from each

team that displayed great sportsmanship and brought a unique element of fun and laughter to day. Every year, the Naomh Peregrine mothers select a charity to support and

this year saw local charity JIGSAW as the benefitting charity. JIGSAW Dublin 15 is a free, non-judgemental and confidential service supporting the mental

health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 - 25 living, working or studying in Dublin 15. The team at JIGSAW provide guidance and support for young people

who are going through a difficult time and are located on the 2nd Floor of Blanchardstown Library at the Blanchardstown Centre. Following the success

of the event, Naomh Peregrine are delighted to announce that they raised an outstanding €2,030 for JIGSAW. The club have also now been selected to host the

Leinster Gaelic for Mother Blitz on the 8th of June and are asking locals to come along to support or join in on the fun in what promises to be a great family day out.

Local election candidates are urged to support disabled THE Disability Federation of Ireland is calling on local election candidates to set out plans in their election manifestos for improving the lives of constituents with disabilities. Census figures show 15 percent of Dublin’s population are living with a disability or chronic illness while the figure for Fingal is 11 percent. Four out of every five people with disabilities acquired their disability during their working lives. This year alone, over 56,000 people, nationally, will be diagnosed with a

The Disability Federation of Ireland is calling on local election candidates to set out plans in their election manifestos. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK disability for the first time. disability aged 15 years and over in Fingal, 29 Census statistics show percent were at work, that of people with a

compared to 60 percent of the general population of the same age. In Dublin the figure is 24 percent. Every person living with a disability is a family member – a son, daughter, sibling, or parent. The lack of supports and services for people with disabilities encompasses a far larger percentage of the population than assumed. Locally, access to services, including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, personal assistants and other key supports are totally insufficient.

Furthermore, people with disabilities are not entitled to participate in many employment programmes and are further excluded from the labour market. Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council are responsible for services that are of crucial importance to those with disabilities. They include housing, planning, public facilities, education and training. The Disability Federation of Ireland is now calling on the local community and local authorities to put

supports for people with disability at the top of the public agenda. Mary McDermott, Disability Federation Ireland Support Officer for Dublin City said people with disabilities are a core element of community life. “Their voice must be heard. Providing necessary supports to enable them to live as equal citizens will benefit every one of us,” she said. “These citizens, their families and supporters are a sizeable electoral demographic and they will remember those

candidates who place disability at the centre of their political agenda. “Since 2008, there has been a steady erosion of services and supports for people with disabilities. “As a result, people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty than others. They are in a far weaker position than before the recession.” The Disability Federation of Ireland is calling on local election candidates to set out their plans in their election manifestos for improving the lives of constituents who have disabilities.


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What’s new in central Europe? reopening of the Museum of Warsaw. After undergoing an extensive reworking since 2013, the museum now spans four adjoining townhouses on Old Town Square. Its permanent collection, well explained by an included Englishlanguage audioguide, offers interesting insight into this great city. Highlights include a model of the old town as it was in the late 1700s, a moving collection of ‘relics’ from the difficult days of World War II, and a chance to take in the old town's rooftops from an attic viewing platform. Rick Steves Another metropolis in transition is Budapest, Hungary, where THE history, art, and culture of construction continues on an central and eastern Europe are ambitious Museum Quarter in City often complicated for Westerners. Park. But it's easier than ever to enjoy Modern structures are being built this area, where there is plenty of good sightseeing news in its leading to house several museums, including the National Gallery and new House cities. of Hungarian Music. Both are slated Prague is buzzing with sightseeing to open in the next few years. changes. Budapest city skyline at the Hungalian Parliament by the Danube River. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK With the growth in Danube River After a seven-year renovation, the boat tours, tickets can sell out the National Museum reopened with riverside Hungarian Parliament in eight permanent exhibits covering Budapest — book in advance if you topics from evolution to the Czech can. Republic's 20th century. Without an advance ticket, Admission to the museum, which has long towered over the city at the travellers can try to buy same-day tickets at the visitors centre ticket top of Wenceslas Square, includes desk. On busy days, if any tickets are access to its cupola — with great left, they're likely to be for morning views over the "golden city of a and late-afternoon tours. hundred spires." For years, a stirring monument But the city's Art Nouveau masterpiece will not be on view this to Hungarian politician and antiCommunist hero Imre Nagy has year: Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic, the stood near the Parliament, where he artist's 20-canvas ode to the history has symbolically kept a watchful eye of his people. on the government. After decades on display in an But late last year, the statue was obscure Czech town, in 2011 the removed by the conservative Fidesz paintings were finally brought to government, which views Nagy as an Prague's Veletržní Palace. ideological enemy. But after four years, they were A couple of hours west of Budapest, removed and subsequently toured the Austrian capital of Vienna is also Japan. hard at work improving its museum At this time, the paintings still infrastructure. don't have a permanent home, and The Czech Republic’s National Museum has reopened after a seven-year renovation. PHOTO: DOMINIC ARIZONA Several Vienna museums are their fate is in the hands of Prague's BONUCCELLI closed at least until 2020 for major elected representatives. renovations: the Wien Museum Meanwhile, the tiny Museum of of city history on Karlsplatz, the Communism, with its fascinating Academy of Fine Arts Painting look at the ‘dream, reality, and Gallery, and the Sigmund Freud nightmare’ of Cold War–era Czech Museum. society, has moved several blocks During the Freud Museum to the beautifully renovated Old renovations, a temporary museum Customs House. nearby will display some artefacts With its youthful energy and Old World feel, the Polish city of Kraków at a reduced entrance fee, and the Wien Museum MUSA will host a is often referred to as ‘the next range of temporary exhibits on the Prague,’ and it's becoming even city's cultural history during the more enjoyable. main location's closure. The embankments along the longAnd the region isn't immune to ignored Vistula River have become the sad trend of disappearing night sprawling parks, lively with families trains; the Prague–Vienna and and beach bars in the summer. A former tobacco factory has been Budapest–Berlin overnight trains are turned into the Tytano Dolne Młyny no more. (But the trend is the result Cultural Complex, featuring fun bars of some positive changes: faster daytime train connections, and ever and restaurants while retaining a more cheap-flight options between run-down and funky edge. Europe's cities.) Schindler's Factory Museum, also in Kraków, seems busier every year — but smart travellers can beat ticket Rick Steves ( lines by booking an entry time at the writes European travel guidebooks information office (in the Cloth Hall and hosts travel shows on public in the Old Town's main square). television and public radio. Email The big sightseeing news in him at and Poland's capital is the long-awaited follow his blog on Facebook. Kraków has turned the banks of the Vistula River into welcoming parkland. PHOTO: CAMERON HEWITT



Roganstown finalists: couple #7 Marc Turner and Gráinne Norton are this week’s finalists in our competition to win a wedding package worth €10,000 at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club. Eight couples have been selected from over 300 entries and the winners will be announced at the Roganstown Wedding Fair on May 12. There will also be prizes on the day for the runners-up and a chance to win more great prizes for any new couples looking for their dream wedding venue. These include a voucher for €1,000 off your wedding, a bridal hair and make-up package and even a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter wedding sandals. To be eligible to win prizes, go to and click on the link to pre-

register to attend the event on Eventbrite. As part of the selection process, we asked Marc and Gráinne about their relationship and their plans for the future together. How long are you together? We will be together 12 years in July. How long have you been engaged? We’re two years engaged this July. How did you meet? We met through a mutual friend in early 2007. As the weeks went on, Marc and I became best friends. Then one day during the summer, Marc finally asked me on a date and we’ve been childhood sweethearts ever since. How did you propose? For our 10th

anniversary, Marc planned a weekend to Kerry. That evening we went for a walk along the lakeside at sunset. I had Marc’s jacket on. He asked me to check the pockets, where I found my ring inside. Marc was on one knee as I looked back up. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for each other? Gráinne: I would say our weekend in Kerry when Marc proposed was the most romantic time of my life… so far! Marc: Shortly after moving into our home, Gráinne (knowing I have always wanted my own dog) surprised me with a Labrador puppy. What would your ‘first dance’ song be? Elton John – ‘Your Song’.

Marc Turner and Grainne Norton What would it mean to win this prize? If we were lucky enough to win the wedding competition

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PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council I, Mykolas Kliusenkovas intend to apply for permission for development at 33 Beechwood Gate, Hansfield, off the Ongar Road, Dublin 15. The works will consist of (i) building a flat roof single storey extension to the side of the existing Class 1 Exempt Development at the rear of the house and (ii) all associated internal, site and drainage 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 during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning 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 City Council Planning permission is sought by Keith & Etain Nevin at 6 Riverston Gardens, Riverston Abbey, Navan Road, Dublin 7 for the conversion of the attic space incorporating the changing of the side roof profile from hip end to gable end profile, the installation of a dormer window to the rear roof slope and the installation of velux type roof-lights to the front roof slope. 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 five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.


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Northside hospitals to get bereavement care funding NORTHSIDE hospitals have been awarded funding to develop endof-life and bereavement care. Connolly, Mater and Beaumont hospitals will all receive Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF)/HSE Design & Dignity grants. Following the tremendous success of the first three rounds of Design & Dignity Projects, the Northside hospitals are amongst only seven hospitals nationwide to receive round four funding. Hospitals can be very inhospitable places for newly bereaved people and families. Recognising how deeply people are affected by their surroundings, the Design & Dignity Project has developed a range of projects within public acute hospitals. To date, over 40 projects have been funded transforming older or dated spaces including family rooms, gardens and mortuaries. Hospital teams have so far created relaxing, spacious family rooms within busy acute wards, upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments and redesigned viewing rooms in emergency

departments and bereavement suites in maternity units. At Connolly, the End-ofLife Care Committee plan to develop two further family rooms in the Intensive Care Unit with the funding. “The overwhelming positive feedback from staff, patients and families to previous projects supported by the Irish Hospice Foundation encouraged us to apply for the Design and Dignity grant to support a dedicated family room in the intensive care unit,” said Director of Nursing at Connolly, Judy McEntee. “We are grateful that once again we are privileged to have a positive outcome to our application and look forward to an area where relatives and families will have the time and space outside a busy unit.” In the Mater, the funding will be used for a comfort care suite and another family room. The suite will consist of two rooms – a patient room with interlinking double doors to a family room. The patient rooms will have beautiful artwork and warm soothing colours which shall soften

the room making it feel less clinical and homelier. The family suite area will provide comforts such as tea and coffee making facilities and comfortable seating including a sleepover sofa allowing a family member stay overnight. “Feedback from patients and their families on the first comfort care suite on a medical ward we completed in September 2018 with the support of a Design and Dignity grant has been extremely positive,” said end-of-life care coordinator at the Mater, Diarmuid Ó Coimín. “As one family described it, ‘we really wanted to look after our Mam at home, but that was not possible as she was too unwell, we couldn’t believe that you have such a wonderful space to provide care to dying patients and their families. “The suite was a home away from home where Mam received great care from all the hospital staff ’. “We are delighted and extremely grateful to the Design and Dignity Programme for this grant. “This funding, along with funds from our hospital and fundraising

Pictured at the launch of the Evaluation of the Design & Dignity Programme are Environment & Health Promotion Manager at Connolly Hospital, Kevin Dalton, and Design & Dignity Project Manager, Mary Lovegrove. by staff and the Mater Foundation, will allow us create two much-needed facilities for patients and their families.” At Beaumont Hospital, the End-of-Life Care Committee plans to develop two further projects with the funding - an Emergency Department bereavement suite and a number of family rooms in the Intensive Care Unit. Gillian Rufli, Beaumont Hospital End-of-Life

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Care Coordinator, said the committee and staff in the Emergency Department and Richmond Intensive Care Unit are delighted to be recipients of the grants. “We have seen firsthand the very positive impact of Design & Dignity projects on the experience of families when a loved one is seriously ill or dying,” said Ms Rufli. “We look forward to

completing these new projects so that we will have quiet dignified spaces within these departments to enhance the care and support provided to families at a very vulnerable and difficult time in their lives.” Chief executive of the Irish Hospice Foundation, Sharon Foley, said the vision of Design & Dignity is that every hospital in Ireland

has warm, welcoming spaces to enable dignity and respect for patients and families facing dying, death and bereavement. “This flagship project is significantly shaping the overall culture of end-of-life care in Irish hospitals and it is truly wonderful to see the level of pride that staff feel, having played a vital role in bringing their Design & Dignity projects to fruition,” she added.

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All Saints to headline Bulmers Live at Leopardstown show ONE of the biggest British pop successes of the last few decades, All Saints, are coming to Dublin to play their only Irish show this year as headliners at this summer’s Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2019. Nicole and Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis have sold over 12 million albums during an amazing career that has seen the band recently reform after a 10-year hiatus to both tour and record new material. With a string of Number 1 album and singles to their name, including ‘Never Ever’ (the second biggest-selling single of all time in the UK), ‘Pure Shores’ and ‘Black Coffee’, All Saints have also collected BRIT and MTV Awards along with a coveted Ivor Novello Award for ‘Pure Shores’. All Saints returned in 2016 with the hugely successful and critically acclaimed album ‘Red

The girls are back in town. Flag’, which reached Number 3 in the Official UK Albums Charts, while embarking on a sold-out tour, festival appearances and playing to over half a million people supporting Take That on their arena tour of the UK.

More recently they once again collaborated with producer William Orbit on the hit single ‘After All’ taken from their latest album ‘Testament’ and this will be their first headline show in Dublin since 1999.

Already announced for the summer extravaganza are multi-million selling US rapper Coolio, alongside some of the best Irish live bands around including The Stunning, HamsandwicH The Blizzards, Something

Westlife Croke Park gig to be screened in cinemas WESTLIFE are well and truly back with their biggest tour to date coupled with their two new singles ‘Hello My Love’ and ‘Better Man’ going straight to the top of the iTunes charts around the’s like the pop icons have never been away! Celebrating 20 years since their debut single hit the No 1 spot, ‘The Twenty Tour’ will see the band perform together for the first time since 2012. Now, cinema goers across the UK and Ireland will be able to join Shane, Nicky, Mark, and Kian and the sold-out crowd at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium on Saturday, July 6 direct from their local cinemas. ‘The Twenty Tour' is Westlife's fastest selling tour of all time. The band sold an incredible 400,000 tickets in just 48 hours.

cinema, ‘Westlife: The Twenty Tour Live from Croke Park’ will be broadcast direct via satellite to over 600 cinemas in the UK and Ireland, including major multiplexes and many independent cinemas and arts centres. Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No 1. They also have the most Westlife are broadcasting live from Croker on the big singles of any artist to gig day. debut at No 1 in the UK. Overall the band have happy that our fans will The live broadcast will had an incredible 14 No 1 now have the chance to see the global pop kings perform brand new songs, enjoy the show in cinemas singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. across the world. Croke alongside their greatest They have had 33 No 1 Park has always been a hits and all 14 of their UK albums worldwide and No 1 hits including 'Swear special place for us and as a live act have sold five we can’t wait to be back It Again', ‘Flying Without million concert tickets Wings', ‘You Raise Me Up’ there. It’s going to be a worldwide. phenomenal night.” and 'Unbreakable'. Westlife: The Twenty Presented by Westlife said: “We have Tour Live from Croke Park CinemaLive, leading been overwhelmed with will be broadcast at 8pm producers and the incredible reaction on Saturday, July 6. 2019. distributors of event to the tour and we’re so

Happens and UK charttopping legends Bay City Rollers. Also coming up during the summer series is the return of last year’s hugely popular Bulmers Carnival Night. The live performances will be preceded by an

excellent card of racing and a wide selection of ticket options, from the great value ‘Summer Sizzler’, which at €33 includes admission to the racing and concert, Bulmers (or soft) drink, €10 festival food voucher

and €5 tote bet. There is also The Pavilion Party - a reserved table in the Pavilion or The Panoramic Suite with views overlooking the finishing straight, where you can enjoy banqueting buffet style dining for only €70. Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line, with dedicated shuttle buses running from the Sandyford stop and the Blackrock Dart Station. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. There is also ample free parking available onsite. For tickets and hospitality options - go to www. or call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01-2890500. There are also discounts for advance group bookings available online. Advance entrance ticket price is only €17.

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Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall. FINNISH rockers Poets of the Fall - singer Marko, guitarist Olli and keyboardist Captain - started out their musical adventure from scratch in 2003. Marko sold everything he had to invest in pursuing the love of his life, music, with his buddies Olli and Captain. He moved into his parents’ basement, when he couldn't keep a place of his own any longer. The guys then built a little studio of their own in Captain's living room for the recording and producing sessions, and kept an office in Olli's beat up old car. The result of the recording sessions was a blend of pop, rock, metal and industrial sounds.

Later the guys were joined by guitarist Jaska, bassist Jani and drummer Jari. The band's first single was ‘Late Goodbye’, written for the acclaimed computer game Max Payne 2. Reaching millions of people through the game, the song earned the guys international recognition and the first prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards in 2004. Their debut album Signs of Life went straight to No 1 on the Finnish album chart in January 2005, and stayed on the chart for over a year. The next album Carnival of Rust, released in April 2006, also hit the number one spot on its first week. They are live at the Academy on Saturday, December 7.

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Peugeot’s concept car is unveiled PEUGEOT presented an electrifying 400bhp peugeot sport engineered 508 Concept Car at the Geneva Motor Show in March as a prelude to the development of a new range of compelling electric vehicles from the lion-brand. The concept car, a derivative of the peugeot 508 hybrid fastback, due in showrooms at the end of 2019, combines a level of high performance never seen before from a Peugeot vehicle, with low emissions of just 49g CO2, together with svelte, stylish looks. Uniting the potency of three engines (a PureTech 200bhp petrol engine, a 110bhp electric motor at the front and another 200bhp motor at the rear), two power sources and four-wheel drive, the concept car is capable of 0 to100km/h in 4.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 250kmh. Without any compromise on performance, all the advantages of a plug-in hybrid are on offer.

The battery (11.8kWh) delivers real fuel efficiency and 100 per cent electric mode up to 45km (WLTP). In Sport mode, thermal and electric power sources are aggregated up to 190kmh, providing impressive in-gear acceleration in all conditions. Jean-Philippe Imparato, Brand CEO, said: "Electrification provides a marvellous opportunity to develop new driving sensations. We are creating new energy sources, new features, new territories, new challenges. Sheer pleasure for only 49g of CO2/km." At a glance, the front bumper is sharper than the production 508 fastback model and includes large scoop cutouts for improved cooling. Adjacent side flaps allow for optimised airflows. The valance, produced by means of 3D printing techniques, is fitted with floating blades, poised to cut through the air and specifically located to direct air towards the

radiator. The sub-frames are fitted with flaps to reduce aerodynamic drag. Streamlined winglets are located on the quarter panels. The special Selenium Grey body colour changes according to the light, thanks to the fine opalescent particles contained in the paint. High-performance Michelin tyres are fitted to 20" alloy wheel rims, with the Peugeot signature on the brake callipers. Braking design is tailored to match performance: 38 mm ventilated front disks fitted on aluminium discs activated by four sliding pistons (38 and 41 mm in diameter) mounted on a fixed calliper. The 508's exceptional chassis has been modified to not only lower the vehicle body height, but to widen the front track by 24 mm and the rear track by 12 mm. The precision steering has also been improved to provide extra efficiency and heightened pleasure at the wheel.

Inside the cabin, more than ever, the i-Cockpit is dedicated to performance and an intuitive driving experience. The sporty, compact steering wheel, covered in Alcantara combined with carbon fibre inserts and alternating Kryptonite and Onyx Black

overstitching, only adds to the vehicle's agility and the head-up instrument panel allows the driver to have a clear view of the road and to have 100 per cent concentration. Total immersion is guaranteed with the 10" capacitive HD touch screen and the 12.3" head-up digital pad.

New comfort-fit seats come with leather and Alcantara upholstery with Kryptonite and Onx Black overstitching. Peugeot Sport, celebrated worldwide in top level international motorsport levels with performance cars such as the 908 at the Le Mans

24-hour race and the 3008 DKR at the Dakar Rally, is also recognised for sought-after road-going models such as the RCZ-R, the 208 GTi and 308 GTi. For this concept vehicle, Peugeot drew upon experience gained from trailblazing electric cars from the last ten years.


20 House & Home


Plan ahead for a fab fitted kitchen Resistant MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and are covered with a foil wrapping. You may hear terms like one-piece doors and five-piece doors. Well in short, a one-piece door is routed, shaped and designed out of one piece of MDF. Five-piece doors are made from five individual pieces of MDF that are then wrapped and put together to make the door. These are the most affordable type of doors on the market and Irish 1. Style and quality of Made Doors have the best the product quality in my opinion. When it comes to We also have solid wood kitchens there is doors and MDF Painted tons of choice in the doors. marketplace. There are These types of doors are German made kitchens, in the higher level price English made kitchens, range and the quality Irish kitchens etc. again is excellent and Doors and cabinets are there are great varieties a very important part of of colours to choose the kitchen because it is from. these that make up the Kitchen cabinets bulk of your new fitted Kitchen cabinets can be kitchen. So it is important made from MDF or MFC. to know what you want. From earlier we know Kitchen doors what MDF is but what is Most kitchen doors MFC I hear you ask. are made from Moisture PLANNING a new fitted kitchen is tricky but with the right help and advice you can create a dream room that instantly adds comfort, convenience and value to your home. Ben Brown of is an experienced kitchen designer and planner for new fitted kitchens and full kitchen makeovers. In this feature, he goes through ten things you should think about when it comes to planning a new fitted kitchen.

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Hob Electric hobs, gas hobs, induction hobs. . .. so what’s it going to be? Think about these things carefully and make the right choice for your home and kitchen. Microwave Do you want a freestanding microwave or an integrated microwave at eyelevel over your new oven? Do you want a combimicrowave oven? There’s lots of choice out there so try to narrow it down. Dishwasher Dishwashers are probably the least complicated as they will inevitably come down to size and brand. Dishwashers come in two different size widths 60cm and 45cm. The other things to think about are the programmes included, the brand and if it is going to be integrated or free standing. So now you are moving along nicely having chosen your kitchen doors, worktops and appliances for your new kitchen. Now you can think about some of the other things your new kitchen requires. 4. Kitchen sink and taps Most of us will have a standard bowl and a half or single bowl stainless steel sink with a drainer in our homes. But there is much more choice out there these days. You can have granite composite sinks, ceramic sinks, Belfast sinks, undermount sinks and much more. And when we come to the taps there is a large selection of different types on the market. Swan neck, single lever mixer, monobloc, brushed nickel, brushed chrome are just some of the terms you will hear when shopping for your new fitted kitchen. And now we have the instant hot water taps. . .. . fancy one of them? 5. Door handles Lots of selection in this area. Choose what suits your style and price. And remember to also look at kitchen doors that have the handle built in to the design of the kitchen for clean lines and a sleek look. 6. Integrated storage mechanisms There are lots of fancy

Ah yes, the demon in the closet – money! So what should you know about budgets? Well it is important to set a budget on what you want to spend on your new kitchen and associated works. It is vitally important to understand what you have to spend, and what are the most important things that you need to spend it on By all means create the biggest wish list for things you want and services 9. Tiling/plastering/ 7. Electrical works The same kitchen from the opposite page but beautifully transformed. you need in order to Electrical works go hand flooring complete your project. You may or may not in hand with a new fitted need these tradespeople But remember if your kitchen. In order to take Summer budget does not stretch initially but if you are out the old kitchen you to meet your full wish having tiles on the floor will need to disconnect Special list then you will have to or walls you will need a electric ovens and hobs. 10% OFF GARDENING compromise on some tiler. Then you might want • Tree Felling You may also need to do things otherwise you some new socket and necessary works to make risk letting the project switch fronts and maybe PAVING • Topping run away with you and the floors good to take new socket points in • Full Patio Service • Looping spending a lot more than new tiles and similarly different parts of the • Steam Cleaning • Hedge Trimming you intended. the walls for back splash room. • Driveways • Shrub Trimming tiling. Ask your electrician • Garden Clearance offer Alternatively you may about present day complete kitchen choose to use some of regulations. Make sure • Power Washing solutions. Call 01-8063445 the great laminates that your electrician is RECI • Flower Bed or 01-8167518 or visit or safe electric registered. are available now. These where are great looking wood Remember you are Reliable and friendly service you can shop online for effect flooring that come going to need one if you All areas covered in a multitude of colours. kitchen components. You are getting a new fitted For a no obligation quote EstablishEd yEars also drop into the Hard wearingovEr and lasts a20 can kitchen. showroom in Baldoyle lifetime if looked PLEASE CALL WindoWs • doors • after. Conservatories Industrial Estate, Dublin 8. Plumbing works Phone 01 903 9034 • Mobile 087 902 0066 residential & CommerCial WindoWs •10. Budget doors • Conservatories 13. Like electrical works storage products like pull out larders, pull out baskets for larders, magic corners, le-mons corners, chefs pantry, spice racks etc. Lots of choice for your new kitchen here so research the products carefully and ask for advice on the pros and cons for these items. Get a professional’s opinion and see how they can benefit you in your home.

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THOMAS SABO For the first time, the international jewellery and watch brand, Thomas Sabo is realising its unmistakable DNA by creating its own eyewear line. Defined by unique designs, high manufacturing quality and supreme comfort, the brand transforms an exquisite selection of classic eyewear models into expressive statements. The collection includes 16 models of sunglasses in 48 colours with an additional 12 models with polarised lenses. The look of the first Thomas Sabo eyewear models in summer 2019 stands for an en-vogue metal-acetate mix, self-confident oversized styles, extraordinary all- one-colour looks and colour nuances inspired by precious stones such as rose quartz, mother-of-pearl and smoky quartz. The sunglasses and eyewear chains of the new Thomas Sabo Eyewear Collection will be available in the online shop at and in stores later this summer.

AYA FULL GLAM SET €95 Ayu is an Irish make-up company set up by renowned make-up artist Suzie O’Neill in 2015. Starting with a range of affordable, premium quality brushes back in 2015, the brand offering has expanded to include a Signature Eye Shadow Palette, a Radiance Cream and the newly launched easy-to-use brow pencil, with many new and innovative products in the pipeline. Ayu Make Up is dedicated to empowering women with the tools and knowledge to bring out the best version of themselves. The brand’s ethos is to show women how to enhance what they already have rather than mask it. Ayu is available to buy online and from selected stockists nationwide and over the coming months there will be a host of exciting new products launching to the market. One of these is the ‘Full Glam’ eye shadow brush set, which includes every brush you would need for a full make-over. See for more details.

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The Month of Borrowed Dreams About The Author DUBLINER Felicity HayesMcCoy began her career in the 1970s, writing radio and television drama. The last thing she expected when, four years ago, aged 60, she created the fictional Irish peninsula and its wide range of characters led by local librarian Hanna Casey, was that her Finfarran novels would be translated into six languages, from Italian to Chinese; or that The Library at the Edge of The World, the first book in the series, would be voted a Top Ten Library Reads pick by US librarians. She and her husband Wilf divide their life and work between London and the West Kerry Gaeltacht.

HANNA Casey has moved on from her marriage to manipulative London barrister, Malcolm Turner. Six years ago, finding him in bed with a family friend, she uprooted her teenage daughter Jazz and returned to Ireland, to her nosey, noisy mother’s retirement bungalow. Jazz, who’s left school and is busy with her own life, seems happy. Hanna’s now living in a cottage on a cliff above the ocean, and enjoying her job as librarian in her home town. Her budding relationship with local architect Brian Morton has begun to blossom. Yet, deep at the back of her mind, she feels uncertain. Was it fair to drag Jazz over to live in Finfarran? Is she even sure she’s made the right choice for herself? With summer on its way, Hanna starts a club in the library, showing films based on best-selling novels. Some members are happier to turn up for the films than to borrow the books. And, in post-show discussions, everyone tends to project their personal prejudices, fears and dreams on what they’ve just watched and read. But the club’s a resounding success, despite freefor-alls over the biscuits. Hanna’s film this month is Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, in which Saoirse Ronan’s character struggles to choose the route to happiness. The Month of Borrowed Dreams weaves together the stories of three members of the film club, all of whom face choices in their own lives. Conor, Hanna’s assistant, and his shy girlfriend are afraid their engagement won't survive the pressures of planning a double wedding with his brother Joe

and Joe’s impulsive, disorganised fiancée. Jazz breaks up with her boyfriend because of the pressures of living together in a tiny studio flat. Then she meets Mike, an English film student wandering Ireland’s west coast shooting videos for travel websites. His enigmatic charm and freewheeling lifestyle unsettle her. Should she stay in Finfarran or try to recapture the sophisticated London life she knew before her parents’ divorce? And how will her decision impact on Hanna, whom she loves though they’re always at loggerheads? Eighteen year-old Rasher has been living rough on the streets. With a place in a halfway house and the chance of a job as a hotel porter, he’s been offered the chance of a new life. Helped by Saira, who volunteers at the halfway house, and Martin, the aggressive and unorthodox priest who runs it, he faces his demons and reaches a place where he feels he can make contact with his family. But Nugent, a local guard, has it in for him and, in a world in which everyone else has choices, the odds are stacked against Rasher from the start. Every choice that’s made in life – and even in writing a book or making a film – risks unforeseen consequences. So each choice that’s made requires faith and courage. But, when Malcolm arrives in Finfarran and Hanna discovers Brian has been concealing a secret, can she ever find the courage to trust love again?

Ten novels in the running for top award TEN novels have been shortlisted for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award, which is sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes two novels by Irish authors, ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally Rooney and ‘Midwinter Break’ by Bernard MacLaverty, and novels from France, Pakistan, the UK and the USA. The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000. The award was launched in April 1995 and is now in its 24th year. The shortlisted titles include ‘Compass’ by Mathias Énard (French) Translated from French by Charlotte Mandell.

Published by New Directions and by Fitzcarraldo Editions ‘History of Wolves’ by Emily Fridlund (American) is also in the running. Then there is ‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistani/British. Published by Vintage, UK and Penguin, USA ‘Midwinter Break’ by Bernard MacLaverty (Northern Ireland) joins the top ten. “This is an award of which I, as Lord Mayor, am extremely proud, and I take every opportunity to talk about it when on my travels, as it is the very centrepiece of Dublin’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature”, said Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, Patron of the Award. “The egalitarian way in which books are long listed, through public libraries worldwide, is

to be commended in a world where sales figures can dominate the literary conversation so often. “The beauty of this award is that it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature represented on the 2019 shortlist by Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty.” The five-member international judging panel, chaired by Hon Eugene R Sullivan, will select one winner, which will be announced by the Lord Mayor on Wednesday, June 12. The Lord Mayor reminded Dubliners that they can borrow the shortlisted novels from Dublin City Public Libraries. “Readers have time to pick their own favourite until June,” he said.

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1. Soap on a rope, perhaps (5) 4. Feeble man gets a lot out of work (7) 8. Schoolmaster involved in the race dispute (7) 9. Lowest point in the drain, perhaps (5) 10. Result of a terrible feat (4) 11. Points to dance once seen in cinemas (8) 13. Dick Fosbury’s high jump failure (4) 14. Sour pie (4) 16. Firm Clare’s set up to make boats (8) 17. Singer seen in ‘The Waltons’ (4) 20. Anger the northeastern girl (5) 21. What Mr. Stone becomes (7) 22. Sound man who is sincere (7) 23. Some heat for the marines (5)

1. Send back (5) 4. Rout (7) 8. Jumpy (7) 9. Characteristic (5) 10. Unsightly (4) 11. Vault (8) 13. Fluent (4) 14. Couple (4) 16. Inert (8) 17. Engrave (4) 20. Praise (5) 21. Ease (7) 22. Ore (7) 23. Visitor (5)

DOWN 1. Tire (3,3,2,5) 2. Ethic (5) 3. Implement (4) 4. Appal (6) 5. Revelation (8) 6. Din (7) 7. Setting up (13) 12. Odd (8) 13. Greedy person (7) 15. Starry (6) 18. Topic (5) 19. Banner (4)

DOWN 1. Rusty, like a retired doctor? (3,2,8) 2. Demand to be precise (5) 3. The pain 8 across has (4) 4. Kill the returning Grand National horse (6) 5. Ann Miles is out to become a referee’s assistant (8) 6. Not the happiest of dads set out (7) 7. Roll a large map out to reveal a quadrilateral (13) 12. Study the island of sand and cement (8) 13. Tolerate an ancestor, say (7) 15. Allow to do something to hair (6) 18. Turner’s machine is made up of French and English articles (5) 19. Dynasty returns - it may have bite (4)


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LIVING HISTORY TOURS Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to live in the Middle Ages? No mobile phones, no iPads and no television! Well don’t worry. Now you can have the best of both worlds as Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre has announced its Living History Tours are returning just in time for the Easter break. Tours take place every day except Tuesday. Drop in tours are €9.95 for an adult and €7.95 for a child under 12. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is €25.



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This Easter bank holiday weekend, families are invited to experience a host of Easterthemed activities at Dublin Zoo, including an exciting Easter trail, games, face-painting and more! The events will run from 12pm until 4pm on Easter Sunday and Monday (April 21 & 22) and promise to be fun-filled days for the entire family. Little ones can enjoy festive facepainting and will delight in the Easter-themed trail around the Zoo, while the whole family can enjoy a live DJ throughout the day. With carnival style games and an Easter bunny on site, this promises to be a great family day out!


ELECTRIC Actor and writer Ali Hardiman’s debut play ‘Electric’ has been getting fantastic reviews and it’s coming to Axis in Ballymun on Wednesday, April 17. It’s a laugh out loud comedy about two girls from either side of Dublin who meet at the madness of Electric Picnic and find themselves breaking down the barriers that divide them. From the moment the audience arrives they are immersed in the festival experience; with fabric wristbands as tickets, festival artists doing face painting and glitter and the theatre is designed like walking into a huge tent for the performance. Tickets from €10 can be booked online at

A new exhibition, ‘The Birth of Irish Modernism in Irish Art’, has opened at the State Apartments Galleries in Dublin Castle, Curated by David Britton, the exhibition explores the development of modernism in Ireland beginning in 1920, a period of political turmoil for the country and ending in the modern Ireland of 1960 and contains 47 works by such artists as Roderic O’ Conor, Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry and Sir John Lavery, It’s on display until August 18. Times: 9.45am–5.15pm every day and admission is €3.


A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: what matters more, the storyteller or the story? Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories. It runs at Bewley’s Café Theatre from April 15 to May 4. Booking: 086-8784001 / bewleyscafetheatre. com

‘A Day in May’ is the story of the long fight that led to marriage equality – the story of how a country that was one of the most conservative in the West became the first in the world where the people voted for marriage equality. The play takes us from the dark days of 1982 and the murder of Declan Flynn, through decriminalisation and the split in the movement over civil partnership, up to the campaign for marriage equality and #hometovote. Happening at Draíocht, Blanchardstown on Thursday, April 18 at 8pm.

Crossword Answers April 17th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Opera; 4 Milksop; 8 Teacher; 9 Nadir; 10 Fate; 11 Newsreel; 13 Flop; 14 Tart; 16 Coracles; 17 Alto; 20 Irene; 21 Monster; 22 Earnest; 23 Therm. Down: 1 Out of practice; 2 Exact; 3 Ache; 4 Murder; 5 Linesman; 6 Saddest; 7 Parallelogram; 12 Concrete; 13 Forbear; 15 Permit; 18 Lathe; 19 Gnat. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Remit; 4 Debacle; 8 Nervous; 9 Trait; 10 Ugly; 11 Catacomb; 13 Glib; 14 Pair; 16 Sluggish; 17 Etch; 20 Extol; 21 Relieve; 22 Mineral; 23 Guest. Down: 1 Run out of steam; 2 Moral; 3 Tool; 4 Dismay; 5 Betrayal; 6 Clamour; 7 Establishment; 12 Singular; 13 Glutton; 15 Astral; 18 Theme; 19 Flag.

From the Archives 31


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

The Tayto factory in Coolock pictured during the 1970s.

Lansdowne Road pictured in the pre-DART era.

Irish Independent, April 20, 1939

Irish Press, April 19, 1973

Sunday Independent, April 21, 1929

Irish Press, April 3, 1963



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