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Residents hold protest over housing shortage Luke McDermott (5), from Mulhuddart, took part in the housing protest outside Fingal County Council’s offices in Blanchardstown. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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Residents hold protest over housing shortage From page 1 the lands will provide for a mixed tenure owned land at Damastown, residential development of social, affordable known locally as Church purchase and cost rental Fields. homes with associated “This should be a mix community facilities. of social homes for rent and other homes that can The improvement of the environment in existing be purchased by low and middle-income people at estates in the area will also be included in the affordable mortgages,” proposed development. the residents’ statement “Funding has been reads. “All the necessary approved under the community services Serviced Sites Fund that are needed for new (SSF) to enable delivery communities should of key road and green be planned at the same infrastructure to facilitate time as the construction the development of the programme.” site and the council is now In a statement, Fingal conducting economic County Council said that as part of its commitment and financial modelling under Rebuilding Ireland, and analysis on the development of the it has developed a land overall site.” management plan to The statement added deliver a programme of that an initial phase of 1,000 new-build housing the housing development on land in its ownership at Church Fields has at Church Fields, Mulhuddart, in Dublin 15. been approved and is at tendering stage. This The statement reads: will involve 20 homes. “The development of

The next phase of development, consisting of 70 social houses, is to be presented at this week’s council meeting for approval. The council also revealed that the planning process has commenced for the road link between Damastown Road and Wellview Avenue, including the upgrade of the existing Wellview Avenue and a cycleway adjacent to Church Road. The green infrastructure design is also underway as outlined in the land management plan. In addition to the 70 homes at Church Fields, Fingal councillors approved plans to construct 80 more homes on two sites in Swords and Cappagh last month. A Fingal County Council spokesperson added: “The council continues to deliver on its commitments under the

Dublin 15 residents taking part in the housing protest outside Fingal County Council’s offices in Blanchardstown last week. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan and has a significant construction programme underway. Since 2016, the council has constructed 288 homes with 2019 seeing the completion and allocation of homes

at Avondale and Church Road in Dublin 15, as well as Rolestown and Castlelands in Balbriggan. “Construction is ongoing on four sites which will deliver a further 98 homes in 2020. Another

236 homes are at tender stage or in the planning process. “Since 2015, Fingal County Council has delivered over 6,200 housing solutions to families across the county.

These homes have been delivered through a range of delivery mechanisms including construction, Part V, acquisitions, leasing and Housing Assistance Payments (HAP).”

Local volunteers are finalists for top award THREE Dubliners have been included in Pramerica’s top 20 finalists for the 2020 Spirit of Community Awards. This is the only allIreland youth initiative of its kind that rewards post-primary students for their exemplary acts of volunteerism. Jake Redmond, Rebecca Colley and Charlotte Gallagher have been chosen as some of the country’s most outstanding youth volunteers, working to make a positive impact on their local communities. A sixth-year student at Larkin Community College, Jake is a dedicated Peer Educator with Jigsaw youth mental health service, helping teenagers between the ages of 12 to 19 years with their mental health difficulties. For several years he has taken part in events to raise awareness and funds for charities such as Pieta House, Localise and the Peter McVerry Trust. A member of an advisory group for a government-led citizens’ assembly, on the reform

of education, Jake worked with educators and policy makers to give young people a voice and a say in their education that was then brought to the attention of the Minister for Education. Passionate about education, Jake went on to train for two days at the National College of Ireland to become a ‘Relationship Keeper’ that taught him how to help young students entering secondary school cope with the change and get the best out of the school environment. Rebecca, a sixth-year student at Castleknock Community College, is a volunteer with Special Olympics. She coaches a team of 18 individuals of all ages in swimming with the aim of improving their confidence, communication and integration skills. Rebecca sees first-hand the positive impact that giving young people time and attention can have on them. Working with Special Olympics allowed Rebecca to meet other wonderful and inspiring volunteers who share her

Charlotte Gallagher love for helping others. Rebecca has also shown great dedication to volunteering by travelling to Kolkata to work in homes for people with intellectual disabilities with Bekind Ireland, a local charity who support street children living in the area. A First-Year student at Our Lady’s School, Ballyboden, Charlotte was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10 and became the youngest member and volunteer of the Sarah Jennifer Knott

Jake Redmond Foundation (SJK). A close friend of Charlotte’s family, Sarah, passed away in 2015 aged 31 from Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP). Unable to find the source of Sarah’s cancer her family set up the foundation to raise awareness and pay for research. Charlotte has been working relentlessly to spread the word about CUP amongst her peers and school friends. The 20 finalists will gather for this year’s

awards at Titanic, Belfast on March 31. Each finalist will receive €500 to donate to their preferred charity and are in the running to win a once in a lifetime trip across the globe to Washington DC. The programme, which is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), is one of Ireland’s largest youth recognition programmes. Rebecca Colley




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Thuggery on Luas needs to be tackled TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com

THE incoming Government will have a long list of election promises to make good on, from reducing hospital waiting lists to solving the housing crisis. Crime was also a major issue on the doorsteps, with ongoing feuding and

the gruesome murder of a teenager providing an unsettling backdrop to the election campaign. While our politicians will be under pressure to prioritise many different issues, there is one area that I believe needs their immediate focus – the safety of passengers and staff across our public transport network. The Luas Red Line was once again back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last month when a woman’s hair was set alight by a gang of thugs – an incident that caused chaos and distress for everyone on board, not least the victim.

The Kylemore Luas stop on the Naas Road.. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA The Luas has served us well since first coming into operation in 2004. It has transformed the look and sound of the city and boosted property prices along its routes. Despite the extension of the Luas out as far as Broombridge, the Northside barely got a look in. Between them, the Red and Green Lines benefit large sections of the Southside, linking the city centre with Tallaght and Cherrywood/Brides Glen respectively. Given the amount of hassle regularly reported on Red Line

services, I wonder, in hindsight, if the Government would have been better off providing a rail link to Dublin Airport instead of spending money on a public transport route so prone to anti-social behaviour. This newspaper recently reported that senior citizens are afraid to use Luas services on the Red Line for fear of being intimidated or terrorised by out of control teenagers. The appalling behaviour on board the trams can range from smoking and drinking to racial abuse and physical assaults. The low-life engaged in this

type of activity are most likely serial fare evaders, depriving the Luas operators of income – money that could be spent on beefing up security measures. But hiring additional private security staff to patrol the Luas is only a sticking plaster solution. Ultimately what is needed is a dedicated Garda transport unit with powers of arrest and the requisite training to deal with public order incidents. This is something that also needs to be rolled out across the DART, commuter rail and bus networks.

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Castleknock students get a virtual reality crash course FOR the first time, Transition Year students at Castleknock Community College got to experience a road safety instruction programme through the use of modern virtual reality (VR) technology. Fingal County Council, in partnership with Aviva Driving School, recently brought the VR experience, ‘Your Life – Your Choice’, to the college so that students could see at first hand the impact and results of car crashes. Targeting young drivers aged between 16 to 25, the programme centres around a virtual reality headset that shows a unique seven-minute simulated experience of a road traffic accident, with the viewer being fully immersed as a front-seat passenger in the crash scenario. The simulated crash highlights the impact of driver distraction, speed, mobile phone use and shows why wearing seatbelts is so important for all passengers. Students also witness, from the passenger seat, the immediate aftermath of a serious accident, from when the first responders (ambulance, fire services and gardaí) arrive on the scene. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, said: “Our objective with the ‘Your Life – Your Choice’ programme is to better educate young people on the dangers of speed, distractions and using mobile phones while driving. The VR headsets are a tremendous

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr.Eoghan O’ Brien, pictured with Grainne Carroll, Road Safety Section of Fingal County Council and a Castleknock student. three in 2018) and 19 on Dublin region roads (an increase from 14 in 2018). AnnMarie Farrelly, chief executive of Fingal County Council, added: “Alongside An Garda Síochána, this campaign provides a Students at Castleknock Community College trying valuable opportunity to demonstrate to young out the VR headsets. drivers, through the use of new technology, the example of how dangers that they face technology can be used innovatively in helping to on the road and to drive change drivers’ behaviour home the message and importance of road safety on our roads. awareness, hopefully “I want to commend further reducing the the council’s Road Safety number of serious or fatal Section for bringing collisions on our roads.” forward this initiative. Mike Kavanagh, Using newer technology manager at Aviva Driving to spread the road safety School, said: “We hope message demonstrates a that in using virtual reality fresh approach to raising technology, students awareness, particularly will be more inclined to among our younger engage with the campaign people.” and will better learn New research on the important road attitudes to motor safety safety messages that are by Aviva Ireland has shown that one in two (45 inherent in the simulated percent) 18 to 24-year-olds crash.” Over the coming have felt unsafe travelling as a passenger in a car on months, the ‘Your Life – Your Choice’ VR more than one occasion, experience will be rolled with five percent of the out to Transition Year same age group feeling Students across Fingal and unsafe frequently. A total of 148 people died Road Safety Officers from the local authority will on Irish roads in 2019, also be visiting schools including five on Fingal with the programme. roads (an increase from

Fundraising table quiz Blanchardstown Tidy Towns group will be hosting a table quiz in the Greyhound Inn, Main Street, Blanchardstown, on February 12, at 8pm Money raised from the event will go towards the purchase of gardening equipment, flowers for the village and other necessary equipment. All wecome.

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Jobs boost for Ballymun as hotel reopens A BALLYMUN hotel reopened last week, almost two years after a fire-related closure. Metro Hotel Dublin Airport, which is located at Santry Cross, was badly damaged when a blaze broke out in an adjoining apartment in March 2018. Thanks to the efficiency of staff and emergency personnel who attended the scene, the hotel was quickly evacuated and there were no injuries. The 88-bed hotel has undergone a €20 million revamp with a significantly enhanced

offering aimed at attracting a four-star rating. When fully operational, the Metro Hotel is expected to employ 50 permanent staff, including 10 staff members retained throughout its refurbishment. It will also support an estimated 100 indirect jobs in local businesses and suppliers arising from increased footfall and tourism related spending in the area. Mark Williams, general manager of the Metro Hotel Dublin Airport,

said: “As we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for the Metro Hotel and for the broader community, we must also acknowledge the support and best wishes received following the fire in 2018 and also our enormous relief that no one was injured, or worse. “We are deeply grateful for the quick actions of our staff, the fire service and gardaí for ensuring a speedy and safe evacuation of all involved.” Metro Hotel is part of the fast-growing TMR Hotel

Collection, owned by Austrian investor Thomas Röggla. Last November, TMR announced a €60 million investment programme acquiring and upgrading three 4-star hotels during 2019, including Harvey’s Point in Donegal and The Plaza and Tallaght Cross Hotels in Tallaght. TMR Hotel Collection has acquired 14 hotels in Ireland since late 2014. As one of Ireland’s largest hotel groups, it now has more than 1,600 bedrooms and employs over 1,500 staff.


The Helix Panto pays off for children's charity MAGIC was in the air when the cast of the Helix Panto presented a cheque for €12,000 to the Barretstown Children’s Charity. The money was raised from the cast’s designated charity show. This season, the Helix Panto staged a special performance of ‘The Three Musketeers’, starring Ireland’s premier tenor, Paul Byrom (Lord

Beautface), Orla Jennings (Daria), Chris Corroon (Dame Lola), along with audience favourites such as Aidan Manion and Colin Hughes, where all proceeds raised on the night went directly to Barretstown. The funds raised will help towards continuing the services and support at Barretstown, which offers free, specially designed camps and

programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness. All the children and families attending a camp at Barretstown receive accommodation, food and medical assistance, which are provided at no cost to the family. All the charity’s work is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals

and community groups. General manager of the Helix, Michael Brady, said: ‘We are thrilled to be donating a remarkable €12,000 to Barretstown, a charity that resonates with families who come to enjoy the panto during the festive period. Knowing how much the funds raised will help the charity has given all of us a great sense of fulfilment and pride today.”






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(Left and above) Some of the participants who took part in the Walking Football Festival.

Northsiders step up to the plate for Walking Football Festival 2020 FINGAL County Council, in partnership with the FAI, hosted its first Walking Football Festival of 2020 in the new state of the art pitch at the National Sports Campus Indoor Arena in Abbottstown. Over 120 players took part on the day which saw teams from Blanchardstown, Santry, Balbriggan, Coolock, Finglas, Cabra, Drogheda, Offaly, Celbridge, Naas and Arklow playing off in three groups with qualification for semi-finals

and finals. Kildare Celtic won, beating Celbridge on penalties in the all-Kildare Derby final. Speaking about the festival, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said: “It is great to see so many people over 50 interested in taking part in sport and keeping active. The growing number of people interested in Walking Football shows how popular and worthwhile this event is.” Local FAI/Fingal County Council

Development Officer Paul Breen said: “Fourteen teams participated in a fantastic day’s football, proving you are never too old to enjoy the beautiful game. “Targeted for the over 50s, walking football is a great way for people to keep both physically and socially active, whilst enjoying the game. "As numbers are now growing, our aim is to segment groups into two Divisions; 50 to 60 and over 60s.” FAI Grassroots Manager Gerry

Reardon said: “Developing this format, we look forward to another festival in approximately six weeks’ time, where we will segment age-groups for the first time. We plan to have two age groups: 50s and 60s+. "We believe this could be a new recruitment tool to bolster numbers as teams previously made up of players of both ages, will now have to go looking for mates to fulfil the two age groups. “There is also an all-Wexford

Festival planned for February 28 and discussions for walking football to be part of the Street Football Festival in Galway in March." Anybody who has an interest in Walking Football or would like more details of where matches takes place in their local area should contact FAI Grassroots Manager Gerry Reardon on gerry.reardon@fai.ie or FAI/Fingal Development Officer Paul Breen on paul.breen@fai.ie

Fitness challenge is launched THE link between childhood fitness and long-term physical and mental health is the key focus of this year’s Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge. The goal is to educate and equip young people with the skills and knowledge to incorporate exercise into their daily routine to help improve and maintain both physical and mental health. Prof. Niall Moyna, DCU, who oversees the Challenge, said: “Over the last eight years, the Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge has proven that substantial improvements in cardiovascular fitness can occur after as little as six weeks of regular exercise. “A recent study carried out over five weeks where participants took part in low to moderate exercise

saw a significant reduction in depression and anxiety. “Aside from the obvious physical health benefits of physical activity, it is proven to also have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. “It is vital that we place a greater emphasis on exercise in secondary schools especially as children progress through school when exam and other social pressures increase.” Mary-Kate Slattery, Law student and amateur boxer, hopes that highlighting the long-term health benefits of fitness will encourage secondary school students to take part. “I personally struggled with mental health during my early teenage years,” said Ms Slattery. “I truly realised the power of physical

movement as a form of stress release when I started boxing. It gives me such relief, allows me to express myself and to escape day-to-day stresses and overall, I feel stronger both physically and mentally. “If my story can inspire even one student to get involved in sport or any form of movement, I would be delighted.” Irish Life Health campaign partner Thomas Barr said exercising benefits your physical health as well as your mental wellbeing. “I’ve always used my athletics as a break from studying - nothing cleared my head like getting out for a training session with my friends,” he said. To find out more and to register for the challenge, visit: www.irishlifehealth. Thomas Barr (left) and Mary-Kate Slattery (far right) with Prof. Niall Moyna and Prof. Barbara Dooley at the launch ie/fitnesschallenge   of the challenge. PHOTO: ©INPHO/MORGAN TREACY



There's more to your local library than just books Béibhinn Thorsch

provide meeting rooms for groups and LIBRARIES are no longer organisations. Sometimes your local library may just a place for book host guest lectures, lending, with services exhibitions, workshops ranging from access to and demonstrations as online resources and hobby groups for adults - well. Clubs and groups for all and more! ages span a wide variety Your local library also lends out much more than of activities in any library. For younger kids, Finglas just books - you can take out magazines, DVDs, CDs Library has a parent and and audiobooks. Libraries toddler group, as well as providing children’s provide a wide range of activities and a junior material for all literacy book club, also available and age levels, as well as at the Coolock and providing adult literacy Ballymun branches. and basic education Coolock and Ballymun material. have a Children’s Learning Libraries also can

Zone. For younger kids, Ballymun Library provides Wobbler and Toddler book clubs. By contacting the libraries directly, you can find out when children’s storytelling events happen. Libraries are not just providing social activities for children, however, as there are plenty of educational and social activities for adults, many of which are free. Ballymun hosts a Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) drop-in clinic, as well as a social drop-in. If you’re looking to take up

Libraries have great resources for youngsters. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK a new hobby, there are adult book clubs in most libraries. Coolock and Ballymun libraries host adult art groups, and if you’re looking to get crafty, there are also painting, sewing/ quilting and needlecraft groups. For word lovers, Ballymun Library also provides a writing group and a scrabble group. Ballymun Library provides access to the U3A

(University of the Third Age), which is a lifelong learning co-operative for older people no longer in full-time work. An informal learning circle meets in the library every second Monday, from 2-4pm. If this kind of learning initiative is not suited to you, there are also plenty of online resources that cater for a wide range of needs and activities. All

you need is a library card to be able to access online services and mobile apps which provide e-learning, e-books (including magazines, comics and novels), audiobooks and even free music. You can also connect your account to the Dublin City Libraries app. For a full list of the e-resources you can gain access to through your library card, visit the

Dublin City website. Libraries also provide a range of disability accessible and multicultural services and host events throughout the year that celebrate inclusion and diversity. Many resources and materials are available in multiple languages for all ages. For library opening times, visit www. dublincity.ie.

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Campaign success for Give Paw IRELAND’S largest pet retailer, Maxi Zoo, has announced that its annual ‘Friendship Connects, Give Paw’ fundraising campaign has raised a phenomenal €38,252 for charity partner, Dogs Trust. The campaign, which ran from October to January, was launched by

top Irish Model and TV personality Glenda Gilson and her very own fourlegged friend, Yazz. The funds raised in the campaign’s fourth year saw Maxi Zoo sell limited edition ‘Give Paw’ bracelets for €2.50 each across their 20 stores nationwide, with 100 percent of the proceeds

going to Dogs Trust. These vital funds will now be used to provide all of the dogs in the Dogs Trust rehoming centre with the resources they so deserve, from food and dog treats, to interactive toys. “As a true dog lover I’m delighted to have been part of this campaign

which raised an incredible amount of money for Dogs Trust,” said Glenda Gilson. “Every dog deserves a second chance and Dogs Trust works so hard to find them their forever home, which is why this campaign was so special.” Anthony Cremin, Marketing Manager of

Pictured at the presentation of campaign funds are: (l-r) Louise Sherwin, Dogs Trust, Noelle Long, Maxi Zoo, Becky Bristow, Dogs Trust, Tim Cummins, Maxi Zoo, and Anthony Cremin, Maxi Zoo, with cute puppy ‘Eamonn’. PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN


Maxi Zoo Ireland said the pet retailer was grateful to everyone who supported the ‘Give Paw’ campaign. “We are very pleased to be able to contribute the outstanding amount of €38,252 to our very deserving charity partner,” he said. “As a nation of pet lovers, it’s no surprise that the public really gets behind this campaign every year, so we’d like to thank our customers, first and foremost, for helping us to make a real difference in this way.” Louise Sherwin, Philanthropy and Corporate Fundraising at Dogs Trust, said the canine charity was thrilled

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with the amount the campaign raised for the dogs and puppies in its rehoming centre. “Maxi Zoo shares our passion for giving our dogs the very best care we can, and their efforts, and those of their customers, will go a long way towards ensuring that the dogs in our care are as happy and comfortable as possible,” she added. “On behalf of all our furry friends here in Dogs Trust, I extend our sincerest thanks to all those who supported this amazing Maxi Zoo campaign.” ‘ Friendship Connects, Give Paw’ is an annual campaign that is run

by Maxi Zoo and the Fressnapf Group across Europe. The 2019 campaign raised a total €1.3 million for animal charities across Europe. Maxi Zoo has over 175 employees in 20 stores across Ireland. For further information about getting involved in Maxi Zoo’s 2020 charity initiatives, chat to the pet experts at Maxi Zoo in Tallaght, Leopardstown, Finglas, Omni Park, Liffey Valley, Blanchardstown or Clarehall. You can also visit @ MaxiZooIreland on Facebook, or www. maxizoo.ie and www. dogstrust.ie.

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The Dublin People Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Top dog this week is Sonny, an older gentleman (nine years young), but don't be fooled; this handsome man has bundles of energy. He loves to play with his toys but also loves a good cuddle, he is super friendly both with dogs and people, so it's important Sonny lives with another dog! Sonny's ideal home would be with a family with another dog for him to play with and cuddle up to, he also loves children but given his exuberance, there is a potential for him to bowl smaller children over. As Sonny loves attention so much, he would struggle being left been alone for long periods, so he is looking for a home where this won’t happen. If you have room in your heart and home for Sonny then contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

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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.



Winners are alright at the big Dublin Racing Festival LEOPARDSTOWN came alive on the first weekend of February as a crowd of 14,204 descended on the Southside race course for the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival. Wonder-mare Honeysuckle produced the performance of her career to take the PCI

Irish Champion Hurdle on an afternoon her rider Rachael Blackmore described as "magic". Dublin Racing Festival came to a rapturous close on the Sunday with Delta Work taking the Grade 1 Paddy Power Gold Cup to complete a treble for Gordon Elliott.

Leopardstown CEO, Tim Husbands, said: "It has been an incredible weekend. The racing was extremely competitive and top quality which created a fantastic atmosphere. I would like to thank all the trainers, owners and our partners for contributing to this.

“The support of everyone is key to success and this weekend has reinforced the importance of Dublin Racing Festival for the industry and racegoers alike." Our photographer Darren Kinsella was there to capture some of the action.

Darren Kinsella captures some of the action at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Eimear Flatherty, Laura Murphy, Olivia Keehan, Anne O’Donoghue, Tracey Donaghey and Kellie Quinn at Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.

Cian Hamill, Harvey Blackmore and Danny Murphy at the festival.

Greainne Howard and Shane Doyle at Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.

Emma Cassidy and Conor O’Brien at Leopardstown Racecourse.

Ciara Connolly, Emma Livingston, Emma Carroll, Laura Earley and Rebecca Savage at Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.

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Dublin City Council I, Eamon Bennet, wish to make application for planning permission to demolish existing domestic storage shed / garage to rear garden and to construct a new single story ancillary family memeber accomodation incorporating kitchen/dining/living area, bedroom and bathroom adjoined to existing dwelling and all associated site works at 252 Glasnevin Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy between the hours of 9.00am - 4.30pm at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4,Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Dublin City Council on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Muriel Collins, intend to apply for Planning Permission for the construction of a vehicular entrance at 91 Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, D11H6H6. The development will consist of removal of existing hedging and gating to front of the property and the construction of a proposed new vehicular entrance with proposed gates and brick pillars to form access for vehicular access to front garden. The works will also include landscaping and all ancillary site works to the front of the property to accommodate these works. Permission is also south for the dishing of the pavement area to the front of the property to accommodate the new vehicular entrance to the front. The works will also consist of the paving of the garden to the front of the house and the reconfiguration of the stepped entrance to the front of the house. 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 in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the 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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What does your furniture choice really say about you? EVER hear the phrase ‘dress how you want to be addressed’? When we get dressed every day it can be a direct reflection of how we feel, what our schedules might entail, and even reflect our personality. Ever notice how we might dress in darker colours in winter than we do in spring? Well, if you think your clothes reflect you, imagine what your home décor says about you! It’s true what they say, when our words fail, our interior speaks for us. Today, EZ Living Furniture sheds some light on what we are saying, or in fact, not saying by the décor we choose to surround ourselves by. 1. ARE YOU BOLD? If your home is surrounded by more primary colours than neutral colours, it’s safe to say you like expressing yourself. You’re confident, loud and proud. Whereas if you’re drawn to more neutral tones and pastel shades, you’re a peacemaker at heart. You enjoy the little things in life and refrain from being the centre of attention. 2. ARE YOU A PEOPLE’S PERSON? The amount of seating areas in your home is a direct result of just how social you are. If you have multiple seating areas and even back up stools, this is a sure indication that three is far from a crowd. If you have minimal seating you are more introverted in nature and find yourself recharging in your own company. In fact two might be the perfect company. 3. ARE YOU UP THE WALLS? When people have different artwork or boards with photos and twine on their wall, it shows they welcome change. This love for change is further heightened when you’re comfortable with changing up your walls décor. 4. ARE YOU BARELY THERE? When a person is afraid of committing to something, this is often

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6. Handcuff (7) 7. Deign (5) 9. Swoon (5) 10. Moreover (7) 12. Deception (11) 14. Coiffeur (11) 18. First (7) 19. Knave (5) 21. Frighten (5) 22. Need (7)

DOWN 1. Heathen (5) 2. Harvest (6) 3. Cunning (3) 4. Contention (6) 5. Strength (7) 8. Petition (7) 11. Cautious (7) 13. Vagary (7) 15. Comment (6) 16. Departure (6) 17. Haste (5) 20. Fresh (3)

DOWN 1. He’ll put you in your place (5) 2. Transfix one man when the leader of the party intervenes (6) 3 and 11Dn. Covers for dormitory feasts? (10) 4. An angelic turn of phrase (6) 5. Humiliates me when clerics are around (7) 8. Essential prescription for a tonic! (7) 11. See 3 Down. 13. Shrewd interpolation in any lawless state (7) 15. Revenue from company in mine reconstruction (6) 16. It may get broken - put it down (6) 17. Bread for the meal? Just the reverse (5) 20. One appearing in Genesis and Revelations (3)


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22 Happenings

A few things worth checking out this week


Valentine’s Skyline Dusk Tours Are you looking for a date with a difference that will give your loved one a high this Valentines weekend? Why not ditch the usual dinner and roses and spend quality time instead falling in love with the spectacular cityscape of Dublin at dusk – and with each other – on Croke Park’s Ericsson Skyline Dusk Tour. To book visit www. crokepark.ie/dusk.

Principal conductor Jörg Widmann will be with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the Printworks, Dublin Castle.


The Irish Chamber Orchestra presents their first concert of 2020, ‘Beethoven 7’, with their Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner Jörg Widmann, in the Printworks, Dublin Castle on Friday, February 14. With pieces from Mozart, Strauss, Widmann & Beethoven, this promises to be a fantastic evening of uplifting music, with guest Diego Chenna joining the orchestra on bassoon. Tickets cost around €28. For details see www.irishchamberorchestra. com/event/beethoven-7/.

48: A true story about the Stardust tragedy This new, lionhearted and savagely funny play by Dublin playwright Gemma Kane, captures the pulsating youth of 1980s Dublin on the brink of irreparable social change through sharp-tongued narrative and visceral movement, set to the backdrop of a haunting, 80s inspired soundscape by composer Dylan Tonge Jones. It’s running at Axis Ballymun on Thursday, February 13 at 8pm. A show on February 12 is already sold out

Scene + Heard, the Festival of New Work is running from February 12-29 at Smock Alley Theatre.


Running from February 12-29 at Smock Alley Theatre, this festival showcases the best tasters of never before seen theatre, comedy and music from the north, south, east and west of Ireland. Organisers programme a variety of wild and wonderful performances. The public can then give their honest feedback in a variety of ways – secret ballot, video booth, or tablet tale. You buy a €10 ticket (if booked in advance) to a specific ‘block’ containing two short shows, performed one after the other, lasting about an hour in total. See smockalley.com/sash-2020-whats-on for details.

Crossword Answers February 12th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 6 Ishmael; 7 Level; 9 Relay; 10 Debated; 12 Helping hand; 14 Inside story; 18 Brocade; 19 Scale; 21 Shams; 22 Overdue. Down: 1 Usher; 2 Impale; 3 Bed; 4 Seraph; 5 Demeans; 8 Keynote; 11 Spreads; 13 Anarchy; 15 Income; 16 Record; 17 Flour; 20 Eve.

Ashling McEntee with her painting ‘Yellow Jacket’ at the Life in Still Life exhibition. Join in on a musical ‘singalong’ tour of 14 Henrietta Street.


Join in on a musical ‘singalong’ tour of 14 Henrietta Street, on the second Thursday of each month at 2.30pm, focusing on songs and stories from the tenement times. Bring along your singing voice and join in as you revisit Dublin in the rare aul' times. Tickets cost from €6-€9. Next tour on February 14. See www.14henriettastreet.ie.

There’s a Medieval Fair on Saturday and Sunday (February 15-16) at Dublinia.


Transport yourself back to Fairgreen in Dublin and join in a special Medieval Fair on Saturday and Sunday (February 15-16) at Dublinia. Montague Heritage Services, living history experts, will be demonstrating a specific skill of medieval crafts. See www.dublinia.ie for details.


This exhibition is running at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre until March 23 as part of the annual cross border partnership between the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of Finance of Northern Ireland. It showcases 54 artworks on the theme of still life selected by the members of The Association of Art and Design Education in Northern Ireland. The visitor centre is open daily from 9.30am-5.15pm.

Albert Niland.


Expect raw edgy lyrics with explosive acoustic guitar work,steeped in the flamenco and folk rock tradition from Albert Niland at dlr Mill Theatre, on Friday, February 14 at 8pm. Tickets cost €18.


Across: 6 Manacle; 7 Stoop; 9 Faint; 10 Besides; 12 Fraudulence; 14 Hairdresser; 18 Premier; 19 Rogue; 21 Scare; 22 Require. Down: 1 Pagan; 2 Garner; 3 Sly; 4 Strife; 5 Potency; 8 Request; 11 Guarded; 13 Caprice; 15 Remark; 16 Exodus; 17 Hurry; 20 New.

From the Archives 23


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

Irish Press, February 27, 1932

An undated photo of the Boot Inn, near Dublin Airport.

An old photo of the Finglas Road, with Glasnevin Cemetery in the background. Irish Independent, February 14, 1930

Tuam Herald, February 26, 1848

Dún Laoghaire Baths in the 1930s.

Irish Press, February 8, 1968

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