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PART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 8621611


19 Feb - 25 Feb ‘20

Vol.24. No.8





URGENT FOSTERING APPEAL-LOCAL CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP! Due to the chronic shortage of local Tusla foster carers in North Dublin, many local children are living in counties outside of Dublin and far from those they know. Can you be a Tusla foster carer? Please call 1800 226 771, visit fostering.ie or email: tusla.fostering@tusla.ie Fostering information sessions: March 5th at 9.45am and March 12th at 7pm in the Elbow Room, 32 North Brunswick St, Stoneybatter, Dublin

MetroLink seeks local input NORTHSIDERS are being asked for their views on a ‘tunnel intervention shaft’ that needs be developed within the grounds of Albert College Park in Glasnevin as part of the MetroLink rail project. The preferred route for the ambitious project – which will finally see a rail link between the city and Swords, to include Dublin

Airport – was published in March 2019. Transport Infrastructure Ireland intends to submit a Railway Order application for the scheme to An Bord Pleanála towards the end of this year, with work anticipated to commence in 2022. In response to request from residents for further information, MetroLink has initiated a local area

consultation to explain in more detail the function and need for the so-called intervention shaft at Albert College Park. A spokesperson for MetroLink said that where the distance between stations is greater than 1km, there is a need to provide a tunnel intervention shaft. The proposed stations at Collins Avenue and Griffith Park will be

1,494m apart. The shaft is needed to allow emergency services to access the underground system and provides a safe route for passengers to escape from the tunnel. In addition, it assists in controlling/managing smoke extraction in emergency situations, as well as providing ventilation for passenger




Election 2020

Fit in Fingal

Memory lane

While the outcome of this month’s general election result remains uncertain, the campaign was certainly entertaining.

The Operation Transformation walks were a huge success in Fingal and included a new event in Tyrrelstown.

This week’s ‘From the Archives’ page features a great photo of Ian Dempsey with his old pals Zig and Zag.

How the tunnel intervention shaft would look in Albert College Park. Continued page 2

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Many tears shed at Stardust vigil Tony McCullagh JOURNALIST Eamon Dunphy found it impossible to hold back the tears when he

addressed a gathering of Stardust families and their supporters in Artane last week - and he wasn’t alone. Hundreds of people

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turned out for a vigil to mark the 39th anniversary of the nightclub tragedy last Thursday evening, including relatives of the dead, survivors and members of Dublin Fire Brigade. Former RTÉ correspondent, Charlie Bird, was one of the guest speakers, along with Eamon Dunphy and local Sinn Féin councillor Larry O’Toole, who was deputising for Dublin’s Lord Mayor. Singer Christy Moore had been due to attend but was fighting a throat infection. He sent a heartfelt message of support to the Stardust families which was read out on the night by campaign spokesperson Antoinette Keegan. The vigil was held in a large marquee which had been facilitated by Dublin City Council’s Madeline Ebbs, who was warmly thanked by Ms Keegan for her help and support. After the names of the Stardust victims were read out, there was a musical performance by the North Dublin Gospel Choir, which included a poignant rendition of U2’s ‘One’. Christy Moore may have been absent on the night but his spirit was captured by signer Eddie Sherlock with a stirring version of ‘They Never Came Home’. An emotional Eamon Dunphy accused politicians of being “as hard as nails” and slammed the treatment

Charlie Bird recalled how he reported on the tragedy in 1981. of the Stardust families by successive governments. Charlie Bird spoke of the night of the Stardust fire when he was dispatched to the scene as a journalist to cover the story. He repeated the widely held view that if the tragedy had happened on the Southside of the city, the families would have got justice a long time ago. Bird said that when he returned to the scene of the fire to make a documentary for RTÉ a few years ago, he was taken aback to discover that there was nothing at the site to commemorate the tragedy. This was put right later in the night when the broadcaster unveiled a large plaque on the building featuring the names of all 48 victims. While each and every anniversary is a difficult time for the families, there was sense of optimism at last week’s event that they will finally get justice for the deaths of their loved ones with a new inquest set to be held in the near future.

Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Eugene Kelly, Madeleine Ebbs, Antoinette Keegan, Andrew Loughman and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy at the Stardust vigil in Artane last week. PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA

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Eamon Dunphy made a very emotional speech.

Richard Hyland, an uncle of Stardust victim Caroline McHugh, places a rose at the scene of the new memorial that was unveiled at the site of the Artane tragedy.

MetroLink seeks local residents’ input From page 1

comfort in normal day-today operations. The finished site at Albert College Park will include: a building that will provide emergency access/egress stairs for passenger evacuation; dedicated lifts for Dublin Fire Brigade access;

and tunnel ventilation equipment and systems. Vehicular access will be provided off the Ballymun Road for emergency vehicles and routine maintenance. Parking facilities will also be provided to accommodate emergency services

vehicles in the event of an incident and for the attendance of maintenance vehicles when necessary. The boundary of the tunnel intervention shaft will be secure and the finished area will be appropriately landscaped to incorporate it into the

local environment. All local feedback received will help Transport Infrastructure Ireland finalise designs before it submits a planning application to An Bord Pleanála. The consultation will close on Thursday, March 12, at 5pm.

Here’s what you need to do to get in touch: you can email info@ metrolink.ie; Freephone 1800 333 777; write to MetroLink, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, D08DK10; or make your submission online at www.metrolink.ie




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Election 2020 was great reality television TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com

WHATEVER the eventual outcome of this month’s general election results, it must be said that coverage of the campaign represented reality TV at its best. Even people that I wouldn’t have previously regarded as political animals became overnight experts on proportional representation, tallies and transfers. Netflix had to play second fiddle as the nation broke out the popcorn and binge watched the

rolling election coverage on RTÉ and Virgin Media. It was a short but eventful campaign, with more lows than highs. Leo Varadkar looked more comfortable during television debates than he did when mixing with ordinary people out on the campaign trail. He certainly got off to a bad start. When a homeless man sustained serious injuries as his tent was being removed by a mechanical device along the Grand Canal, Varadkar was accused of politicising the horrific incident by asking Dublin’s Lord Mayor – Fianna Fáil candidate Paul McAuliffe – to make a statement on the matter. Leo’s student days also came back to haunt him when a previous admission about smoking cannabis resurfaced during an early television debate.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, meet the media at the election count in the RDS. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA At times, Fine Gael did a tremendous job of damaging its own campaign, not least when one of its candidates, Catherine Noone, suggested that her party leader was autistic. It was an extraordinary comment that was offensive on so many levels. Under normal circumstances, I suspect that Noone would have been disciplined by the party and possibly deselected as a candidate. However, given that the election was just weeks away, it was probably considered more politically expedient for Leo to accept her apology and take the air out of the

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up by rival parties and elements of the media, the better they did in the polls. One thing is clear from the result: Irish voters resent being lectured about how they should think and feel. It would be unfortunate for Sinn Féin if its unprecedented electoral success was tarnished by further outbursts of rebel songs or slogans associated with the Troubles. I fully agree that Mary Lou McDonald shouldn't have to be her TDs' mammy, as she put it herself. But she does need to show leadership by not tolerating such behaviour in the future.

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Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald speaking to the media at the RDS. PHOTOS: Gary Gannon of the Social Democrats being interviewed after his election in Dublin Central. DARREN KINSELLA

New TDs ready for challenge Aoife O’Brien A GREEN Party councillor has become the first candidate from her party to be elected to the Dáil in the Dublin Central constituency. Neasa Hourigan, who was elected to Dublin City Council only last May for the first time, took the second seat in the four-seat constituency. While Fine Gael candidate Paschal Donohoe had the second largest first preference vote (Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald topped the poll with 11,223 first preference

votes), Hourigan overtook him on transfers to exceed the quota on the final count. Deputy Hourigan said she is now hoping to bring a new focus on persons with disabilities and carers in the next Dáil. “My little girl who is seven, my oldest, is registered as blind and she would be a white cane user and a braille user and is also hard of hearing,” said Deputy Hourigan. “I had to take a step back from a job and a profession that I really, really loved. “I was an architect and

a lecturer in sustainable development and took a step back for a couple of years and felt the kind of pressure that’s on carers and the isolation of being a career and I’m hoping that I can bring some focus on that.” Donohoe reclaimed his seat without reaching the quota along with Social Democrats candidate Gary Gannon who was elected to the Dáil for the first time after sitting on Dublin City Council since 2014. In Dublin Bay North, Sinn Féin candidate Denise Mitchell was elected on the first count after receiving

21,344 first preference votes, the highest first preference vote of any candidate in the country. With Sinn Féin claiming 37 seats in the 33rd Dáil, just one less than Fianna Fáil on 38 seats, Deputy Mitchell said: “It was clear on the doors that people wanted change.” Fine Gael candidate Richard Bruton, the outgoing Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, also reclaimed his seat reaching the quota on the 10th count. Cian O’Callaghan (Social Democrats) was the only first-time TD

to be elected in this constituency. It comes as part of a surge for the party who are only fiveyears-old as they tripled their number of seats from three to six. Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin regained his seat in the Dáil without reaching the quota in Dublin Bay North. He previously served as a TD for Dublin North Central from 2011 to 2016. Fianna Fáil’s Sean Haughey also reclaimed his seat without reaching the quota. Haughey was helped by a large number of transfers from Deirdre Heney (FF).

In Dublin Fingal, Louise O’Reilly (SF) took the first seat, exceeding the quota by more than 5,000 votes on the first count. Green Party candidate Joe O’Brien took the second seat only two months after he was first elected to the Dáil in the Dublin Fingal byelection. Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien had to wait until Count 8 to secure his seat while Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell also regained his seat. Labour’s Duncan Smith, a replacement for the retiring Brendan Ryan, was elected to the

Dáil for the first time. With seat distribution in the 33rd Dáil significantly changed and traditionally smaller parties taking a much larger portion of the votes, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said “significant political change is underway” and agreed that this is a revolution in Irish politics. However, with no party having enough seats to make up a Government on their own it remains to be seen what combination of parties will make up our next Dáil.

Progress made on Blanchardstown drainage scheme IRISH Water is making significant progress on the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme. Tunnelling has started on the construction of 3.2km of new wastewater network within the Tolka Valley Park. This technique ensures that the impact on the park and its users is kept to a minimum. The primary works, which are being carried out in conjunction with Fingal County Council, are being contained within an area of Waterville Park where the construction of the

The main site at Waterville Park. underground storm water management facility and pumping station is underway. The storm management facility will

hold 30,000m3 - the equivalent of three times the capacity of Liberty Hall. This project represents

an Irish Water investment of approximately €88 million in the Blanchardstown region. The company says that the delivery of this significant infrastructure project will support existing and future residential and commercial development and will safeguard the environment in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas. The works are scheduled to be completed by 2023. Olive Marshall of Irish Water said: “The arrival of the tunnelling equipment on site marks a significant milestone in this project’s progress. The methods

we are using now in 2020 are very different than the methods used 50 years ago when the network was originally constructed. “Modernising the wastewater infrastructure in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas and making it fit for purpose is critical as the population and economy grow. This project will provide Blanchardstown and the surrounding areas with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses and schools, to attract new industry and to allow companies to expand and grow.” Work on the scheme is progressing well.



Hackathon to highlight accessibility challenges DUBLIN Airport is to partner with Hack Access for its accessibility hackathon event which takes place from February 21 to 23. Hack Access, which is a non-profit organisation, aims to ensure that no person is excluded from cities due to differences in ability. The hackathon aims to bring bright minds together to specifically look at ways of improving the customer experience for passengers who have accessibility challenges. The organisation

connects public and private sector companies to local start-up communities through a hackathon to solve accessibility challenges that may currently exclude ability divergent people from experiencing a quality life. Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “We work very closely with a wide range of groups to ensure passengers with varying disability challenges have a comfortable and smooth journey through

the airport. “This hackathon is a unique opportunity to challenge the airport’s environment and to present ideas and initiatives for Dublin Airport to consider that will bring further benefits for passengers with disabilities.” Janice Valentine, founder and organiser of Hack Access Dublin, said innovation would be an adventure at the hack. “You begin with a vision of where you want to go, but with no certainty as to how you get there,” said

Dublin Airport Passenger Experience Manager, Liz Kavanagh, Hack Access Judge; Head of Rail & Air Propositions at Travelport, Mark Lenahan Project Mentor; Hack Access chief executive Janice Valentine; Smart DCU Projects Facilitator Kieran Mahon, Hack Access Judge; and founder of Adaptable Solutions, Katie Bourke, Project Mentor. Ms Valentine. “We believe that by working with partners committed to taking collaborative and innovative action to creating accessibility solutions the route to your destination becomes clearer. “Dublin Airport has already shown a real commitment to accessibility. We look forward to working

together, charting a route that makes Dublin Airport, an international gateway to adventure for people of all abilities, more accessible and enjoyable for all users.” Hack Access Dublin focuses on the ability of smart technology solutions to tackle accessibility challenges. The challenges for the 2020 edition of Hack Access Dublin can be

found on its website www.hackaccessdublin.ie Participants, mentors, judges and volunteers are recruited due to their expertise and diversity in terms of skills, gender, ethnicity, age and ability. The Hack Access Dublin Hackathon starts at 6pm on Friday, February 21, in Google’s offices in Dublin and continues until 6pm on Sunday, February 23. The winner of the

solution that most impresses the judges will win a cash prize of €1,000 and will have the opportunity to work with Dublin Airport to develop it further. Participation is free via www.eventbrite.ie and interested groups can follow the event on social media and by joining the conversation using #HackAccess that weekend.




DCU players celebrate following the Rustlers IUFU Collingwood Cup Final match between DCU and Ulster University at Dalymount Park. PHOTO: SAM BARNES/SPORTSFILE

Jack O’Connor of DCU celebrates with Imrich Toth after scoring the winning penalty in the shoot-out. PHOTO: SAM BARNES/SPORTSFILE

(Above) Carla Rowe of Dublin in action against Laura O’Mahony of Cork during the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 match at Croke Park; and (Below) Sarah Leahy of Cork in action against Kate Sullivan of Dublin. PHOTOS: RAY MCMANUS/SPORTSFILE

Brendan Doyle, from Beaumont, Skeleton racer and recipient of the OFI Beijing Scholarship, poses for a portrait during the Beijing Scholarship announcements at the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Olympic House, Howth. The Beijing Winter Olympic Games will take place in 2022. PHOTO: SEB DALY/SPORTSFILE



Operation Transformation walks a huge success in Fingal THE Operation Transformation walks were a huge success again in Fingal with enthusiastic walkers and runners taking part in events at five locations in the county. Organised by Fingal Sports Office in cooperation with Sport Ireland, these were part of the Nationwide Walks campaign that saw 17,000 people take part in 143 locations.  There was a location to suit everyone with walks taking place in Balbriggan, Rivervalley Swords, Porterstown Park, Tyrrelstown Park and St Catherine’s Park.  With distances of 3km or 5km, the walks were a positive way to promote a healthy and active start to the new year in an inclusive and fun way that caters for all ages and abilities. This was the first year for the walk in Tyrrelstown Park and Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly and acting mayor Cllr Freddie Cooper joined the enthusiastic locals there. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, led the way on the coastal walk in Balbriggan along the beach to Bremore Castle. Mayor O’Brien said: “I was delighted to support and take part in the Operation Transformation walk in Balbriggan. “These walks promote a healthy active lifestyle and are also great inclusive community events providing an opportunity for people to get together in a enjoyable outdoor setting,” he said. Marion Brown, Principal Sports Officer at Fingal County Council, said it was wonderful to see so many people taking part in the walks.  “Walking is not only good for your physical health, it is also good for your emotional health. I’d like to thank the team for organising the different walks and to the scouts in Balbriggan for their help in stewarding the Balbriggan walk. A big thank you goes also to parkrun in Swords and Porterstown Park for their assistance.”

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This Is How We Dance About The Author DAVID Diebold is a former features and magazine editor who worked on a number of national titles. He has written for the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail and for The Herald, where his regular weekly column of seven years made the judges’ shortlist for the National Newspapers of Ireland Feature Writer of the Year Award in 2011, and NewsBrand Ireland Popular Columnist of the Year in 2016. His writing featured in Press Gang, Tales from the Glory Days of Irish Newspapers (New Island, 2015), and has appeared in Spontaneity arts magazine. David was raised in South Dublin by his maternal grandfather, a World War Two veteran, who flew as a waist gunner on a B17 Flying Fortress and survived no fewer than 24 combat missions over Germany.

A FLASH memoir engages readers at an emotional level so that they come away changed by a new level of understanding, however subtle, into what it means to be human. In other words, a brief memoir essay carries with it the power to move readers. From struggling actor to wannabe cook, aspiring filmmaker and national newspaper hack, David Diebold’s unconventional life has placed him in some bizarre and precarious predicaments. He has blagged his way on stage with the Kirov Ballet for an entire run of Le Corsaire without ever having danced; fibbed his way into a busy kitchen and cooked for Senator Ted Kennedy; and completely cocked up a job as a stripping vicar. Strangest of all, perhaps, is the family backdrop to this rather odd journey, in which David discovered that his sister was actually his mother, and his real father, a former roadie with American hit band Three Dog Night, who he tracked down with a private investigator, was a top movie special effects man for Hollywood. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, these 52 vignettes of life, love and loss are soulsearching, searingly honest, and just plain strange. What the reviewers said: ‘Diebold’s stories read like dispatches from a street-smart disciple of chaos theory under deep cover. Life-affirming stuff from a renegade spirit.’ —Eamon Carr, journalist. ‘Penned with great wisdom, This Is How We Dance is both a survivor’s tale and a survival manual for anyone who’s gotten mixed up with the business of families’ —Damian Corless.

Life and death features in this brand new novel THE Revenge of The Stoned Rats (the novel previously known as The Prince) by Eddie Smyth, takes a look at the life of Billy Sikes. Neglected and abused, especially by his awful cousin Agnes, life will never be the same again for the ultra-imaginative young Billy, when his mysterious half-brother Herbert suddenly arrives into it. Set in Dublin in the 1970’s, Billy tells his story to a background noise of the preaching of the Catholic Church, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the war in Vietnam, the warbling of popular music, and the wisdom of his revered, older cousin Anna. Life and death, heaven and hell, and everything in between. Gangs of marauding skinheads, persecuted dwarfs, put-upon amateur dramatists and discommoded vagrants, vengeful rats, mythical

icons and fictional heroes, all surface in a river of consciousness that James Joyce, himself, could have been proud of. Eddie Smyth was born in Dublin in 1961. He has worked as a stores and warehouse operative, fork-lift driver, motorcycle courier, and as a doorto-door and telephone sales person. His novel The Prince was published in 1996. He now lives in Slane, in County Meath. The novel is now available to buy from Amazon in both paperback and kindle formats, and also from local bookshops countrywide including, in Dublin, The Winding Stair on Ormond Quay, Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Rathmines, The Village Bookshop in Terenure, The Rathfarnham Bookshop, The Skerries Bookshop and Manor Books in Malahide.

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Tasty line-up for Fruit festival FORBIDDEN Fruit, Dublin's first and longestrunning city centre festival - is returning for its 10th anniversary on the incredible grounds of Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It all kicks off on Saturday, May 30 with Jorja Smith, Peggy Gou, Loyle Carner and Fatima Yamaha. On Sunday 31, dance masters Underworld headline with Hot Chip, The Murder Capital and The Avalanches all taking to the stage. English R&B singer/ songwriter Jorja Smith’s soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Alunageorge, Nao, Lulu James, and Amy Winehouse. The Brit Award winning artist’s debut record ‘Lost & Found’ was released to critical acclaim - and she has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Burna Boy, AJ Tracey, fellow Fruit artist Loyle Carner and many others. She will be playing her first ever Dublin show at Forbidden Fruit 2020. We also love the awesome Peggy Gou, who played her Irish festival debut at Forbidden Fruit in 2017 to a rapt audience. One of the biggest names in dance music today, the South Korean DJ and producer now returns as one of our 2020

headliners. Loyle Carner first appeared on the scene back in 2014, with his debut EP ‘A Little Late’, which cemented him in the UK's rap scene as one to watch. He followed that up in 2017 with his BRIT (Best Male, Best Newcomer) and Mercury Prize nominated, top 20 debut ‘Yesterday’s Gone’. He then released his highly anticipated sophomore record, ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ in April of last year. His performance at this year’s All Together Now and his sold out Vicar Street show in October of last year were truly something special. This will be Loyle’s first time to grace the Forbidden Fruit stage in 2020. Returning for his first show since 2018, Fatima Yamaha is one of many aliases used by Dutch producer Bas Bron, under which he releases understated electronic dance tracks that have a retro, synth-led aesthetic. The alias originally emerged in 2004, for the release of an EP, ‘What's a Girl to Do’, on D1 Music. Soon after the EP was released, Bron put aside the Fatima Yamaha moniker to focus on several other pseudonyms, including Bastian, Gifted, and Seymour Bits. As the years rolled by,

the title track continued to circulate, gaining new momentum from various reissues, including a release on Bron's own label, Magnetron Music, and Dekmantel, both in 2015. By then the record had gained an underground following, resulting in the resurrection of Fatima Yamaha for a string of festival appearances and a full-length debut album, ‘Imaginary Lines’. Having had no tour dates throughout 2019, this is Fatima Yamaha’s first show announcement to mark his return in 2020. Underworld, aka Rick Smith and Karl Hyde (pictured right) are at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops, and Japanese department stores. Having cemented their place in the ’90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1996 when their timeless anthem ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ became the soundtrack of a generation after it was featured in the film Trainspotting. From playing a sold-out Forbidden Fruit in 2016 to then headlining the debut year of All Together

Now in 2018, this marks Underworld’s return to Dublin in 2020 to headline what will be a very special 10th anniversary for the festival. Returning for their first outdoor live Dublin show since 2013 is Hot Chip. This excellent synth pop gang headlined All Together Now in 2019, and now make their Forbidden Fruit debut. Australian mixing maestros The Avalanches

will also be taking to the Forbidden Fruit stage for their debut. Fans had to wait 16 long years for ‘Wildflowers’, the follow up to ‘Since I Left You’. The band took to Instagram to reveal that they are mixing their third studio album, due for release this year. Dublin based five-piece The Murder Capital exploded onto the scene last year with their intense brooding post-punk. Their

debut album 'When I Have Fears' reached Number 2 in the Irish album charts. Currently playing sold-out shows on their European tour, followed by a North America tour, with a sold-out Vicar Street show in February, now is your chance to witness them live. Even more artists will be joining in across the weekend including singer and rapper Biig Piig. Expect silky vocals and

soul-tinged melodies over hip-hop beats from this star. Check out Berlinbased duo Booka Shade, who have carved out a reputation as one of the most celebrated electronic acts to come out of Europe over the past two decades, and American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer Caroline Polachek who co-founded Chairlift.

Joan As Police Woman will be playing ‘Cover Two’ in Dublin WE just can’t get enough of Joan As Police Woman. After her sold out Irish tour last July, it has been announced that Joan will be performing her new album ‘Cover Two’ live in concert with Parker Kindred (drums) and Jacob Silver (bass) for two nights, on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday 14 in the Georgian gem that is Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church. Tickets for Joan As Police Woman Trio are on sale now. Her new album ‘Cover Two’ (Sweet Police/PIAS), will be released in May.

This will be Joan’s second album re-working songs by other artists and again, Joan makes some very interesting and surprising choices. About the new album Joan says: “I began working on new covers ever since the release of the first covers album 11 years ago. “I’ve been performing ‘Kiss’ by Prince and my version of ‘Out of Time’ by Blur throughout last year’s Joanthology Tour and finished the record as soon as I returned home this winter. “Recreating existing

songs is a gratifying creative challenge for me, especially with songs I adore. I start with the question ‘why, exactly, do I love this song?’ “I take those elements and reform them, sometimes removing much of the remaining material to refocus them through new glasses. “I re-harmonise the chords, radically change the feel or shift the hook or the phrasing to rebuild the composition. “For ‘Spread’ by Outkast, I invited my friend and musical genius Meshell Ndegeocello to

recite André’s words and play bass as only she can. “I beat boxed the drums, had Parker play live over the tracks and added the masterful trumpeter Cole Kamen-Green. “Under Control’ by The Strokes is my favorite song of theirs. I always heard it as classic R&B song dressed up as a Strokes song, so I just reframed it the way I heard it naturally and did my best Brian May guitar playing. “Not The Way’ is from Cass McCombs’ first EP. I’d listened to the song for years before I realised what the lyrics were and

then just wanted to create a version of my own. “The verse describes being judgmental and difficult which leads to the blithe chorus ‘That’s not the way to make friends’. “Keep Forgetting’ by Michael McDonald is a song that lyrically tears me up. It felt like it was a terribly sad song dressed up in a slick untouchable suit. I recreated it as the heart-broken ballad inside that suit. “Talk Talk’s ‘Life’s What You Make It’ is a mantra for me. I sang it with the incredible vocalist Justin Hicks.” We just can’t get enough of Joan As Police Woman.

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Dublin City Council Planning Permission is sought by Robert Donaghy, at 113 Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 DX63. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing single storey rear extension and garden shed; the construction of a single storey rear extension; minor alterations to the rear elevation; alterations to existing roof to accommodate an attic conversion with rear and side dormers; The existing brick front elevation will be retained and internally insulated, while external wall insulation will be used elsewhere for new and retrofitted parts of the dwelling; widening of the vehicular access and associated 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 Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Dublin City Council I Edward Manning of 36 Oakwood Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, D11 DH63 intend to apply for planning permission. The development consists of new pitched roof dormer to the side of existing dwelling at roof level to allow for additional attic storage space along with new vehicular entrance driveway to allow for off street parking along with all associated siteworks. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Fingal County Council I Muazam Zaka intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site 18 Diswellstown Garth, Castleknock, Dublin 15, D15 AY9Y. Development will consist of retention planning permission for a ground floor only extension to the rear of the existing house and all ancillary 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 the public opening hours of Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Fingal, Dublin 15, D15 W638 (to inspect Planning Applications for the following Local Electoral Areas: BlanchardstownMulhuddart, Castleknock & Ongar) Opening Hours 9.30 - 16.30 Monday - Thursday and 9.30 - 16.00 Friday. (Cash Office opening hours are 9.30 to 15.30 p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (â‚Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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Nature Heroes Drop into the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street Upper, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, February 22 and meet some real nature heroes from organisations such as BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Seal Rescue Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, The Herpetological Society of Ireland and more. Learn about sustainability and how to be more environmentally friendly towards wildlife in Ireland. There are lots of different activities and short talks on the day during this free, fun and educational event. No booking required.

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This spring critically acclaimed choreographer Philip Connaughton brings his beautiful, sparkling, laugh-out loud meditation on the fear of forgetting and of being forgotten Project Arts Centre with performances from February 19-22. Mamafesta Memorialising is woven from inspirations including musical theatre, Bruce Forsythe’s Generation Game and most importantly, Philip’s mum Madeleine, who has senile dementia. Tickets cost from €16-18. Booking via www.projectartscentre.ie or call 01-8819613.

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The Casino Model Railway Museum, Malahide, opened again recently following the completion of a €4 million restoration programme on the historic Casino building and conservation of the Fry Model Railway Collection. As well as the Fry Model collection, the museum also accommodates a large modern model railway layout depicting several railway scenescapes in Ireland, interactive displays, soundscapes, an education and exhibition space and historical interpretations and memorabilia from Irish Railways. To book a visit see www. modelrailwaymuseum.ie

The Casino Model Railway Museumnow is now the permanent home of the Fry Model Railway collection.

Crossword Answers February 19 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 1 Life sentence; 7 Minim; 8 Parka; 9 Tax; 10 Theorises; 11 Rumpus; 12 Geisha; 15 Farthings; 17 Dig; 18 Igloo; 19 Let on; 21 Scene stealer. Down: 1 Light traffic; 2 Sin; 3 Number; 4 Exporters; 5 Cares; 6 Manslaughter; 7 Maxim; 10 Touchdown; 13 Sedan; 14 Angles; 16 Relic; 20 Tie.

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

Make brownies & cookies at Airfield Estate, Dundrum.


Bring your young bakers along and together create some delicious Brownies & Cookies in the new Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate, Dundrum. This adult and child baking workshop is perfect if you're looking for a mid-term activity to enjoy with the little ones. It’s happening on Saturday, February 22, from 10.30am to 1pm. For tickets see airfield. ticketsolve.com.


Running until February 29 at Smock Alley Theatre, this festival showcases the best tasters of never before seen theatre, comedy and DEREK JARMAN, PROTEST! music from the north, south, east There’s a final chance to see a and west of Ireland. Organisers major retrospective of the work programme a variety of wild and of acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994), wonderful performances. The public at IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham. can then give their honest feedback in a variety of ways – secret ballot, Marking 25 years since his death, video booth, or tablet tale. You buy a this is the first time that the diverse €10 ticket (if booked in advance) to a strands of his practice have been specific ‘block’ containing two short brought together in over 20 years. The retrospective ends on February shows, performed one after the other, lasting about an hour in total. See 23. Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes that smockalley.com/sash-2020-whats-on may not be suitable for all audiences. for details. Derek Jarman, PROTEST! ends on February 23.

A Holy Show at Draiocht this Saturday.


It’s 1981. Step on the plane with us and experience the most Irish of hijackings, featuring an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima. Featuring actors Roseanna Purcell and Mark Fitzgerald, it’s playing at Draíocht on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm. Tickets cost €18. See www.draiocht.ie.


Across: 1 Photographer; 7 Split; 8 Adieu; 9 Eye; 10 Pointless; 11 Umpire; 12 Mimosa; 15 Suffering; 17 Dot; 18 Twice; 19 Toper; 21 Unreasonable. Down: 1 Prerequisite; 2 Oil; 3 Retain; 4 Plaything; 5 Exile; 6 Substantiate; 7 Steep; 10 Persevere; 13 Order; 14 Hiatus; 16 Feign; 20 Pen.

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

An undated old photo of Raheny Village.

Irish Independent, February 15, 1927 Ian Dempsey with Zig and Zag on ‘Dempsey’s Den’, circa 1989.

Freeman’s Journal, February 8, 1817

Irish Independent, February 7, 1936

Freeman’s Journal, February 21, 1862



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