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Call for ban on election posters Tony McCullagh

who are blind or visually their parties who show impaired. It says that this a blatant disregard for risk to injury, coupled electoral law and in A DRUMCONDRA based charity that supports the with how environmentally unfriendly they are, visually impaired and people with sight loss has advances the argument in favour of a national ban called for a national ban on posters. on election posters. Kevin Kelly, Head of The National Council Policy, Advocacy and for the Blind of Ireland Campaigns with NCBI, (NCBI) is highlighting said: “At every election that election posters campaign there are hung too low can pose some candidates and a real danger to people

particular the safety of people with impaired vision. Election posters

are required to be a minimum of 2.1 metres [7ft] from the ground.

risk and reduce waste in favour of a greener environment.” Mr Kelly told Northside People that while the problem has been ongoing for some time, there was a rise in complaints from NCBI’s service users during last year’s local elections. He claimed there were Continued page 2

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Neither a guide dog nor cane can alert a pedestrian to a low hanging poster, posing a risk of a minor head injury.” Mr Kelly added: “The NCBI has seen multiple examples where this requirement is being ignored in the race for votes. It is time for a national ban on election posters to eliminate this

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'Irish Wars' exhibition opens at National Museum of Ireland Commemorations, at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, last week. ‘Irish Wars 1919–1923’ forms part of the

Call for ban on election posters From page 1 a number of posters in the Drumcondra area, close to the charity’s headquarters, that had been positioned too low. “A guide dog is trained to avoid obstacles at their eye-level and cannot be expected to detect a poster that is hanging too low for a visually impaired person,” he said. “Avoiding a collision with these posters is presenting our service users with a serious challenge.” NCBI is encouraging people to directly contact any candidates found to be in breach of poster height regulations. Separately, the charity has identified a number of key actions the next Government needs to take to transform the lives of the 55,000 people who are blind or visually impaired in Ireland. This includes: • Ensuring all major eye clinics in the Republic of Ireland have a dedicated Eye Clinic Liaison Officer to support patients to understand the impact of their diagnosis and to link them in with support organisations as needed. Such a system has been operational in Northern Ireland for decades. • Make Ireland’s bus and passenger rail services equally accessible to people who are blind and vision impaired by delivering on the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport report on the ‘Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities’ in November 2018.





permanent exhibition, ‘Soldiers and Chiefs’, but it has been substantially reimagined as part of the museum’s Decade of Centenaries Commemorations. Visitors to the exhibition will see more than 50 newly displayed objects, new graphics and AV elements, as well as new theme interpretations such as civil disobedience, imprisonment, hunger strike, propaganda, women in warfare and the effects of the conflict on civilian populations – all of which aims to increase public understanding of this complex period in Ireland’s history. Items returning to display from the National Museum of Ireland’s reserve collection after 15 years include the death masks of Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha and Terence MacSwiney. The exhibition will also feature two key artefacts on loan from private family collections: an IRA intelligence file which has been digitised and shown publicly for the first time; and hair shorn from a woman in a ‘bobbing’ or ‘punishment shearing’, found in the possession of Michael Barry when


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Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations, and Catherine Heaney, chair of National Museum of Ireland, pictured at the opening of the permanent exhibition last week. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY he was arrested in 1920. Other objects new to the exhibition include the note written by Arthur Griffin on the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty declaring ‘The end of the conflict of centuries is at hand’; the RIC handcuffs worn by Seán Hogan when he was rescued by the Tipperary Brigade, IRA, at Knocklong, 1919; experimental weapons made by the IRA; items used in escapes from Lincoln, Mountjoy and Kilmainham prisons; the propeller of the British airplane destroyed at

Kilfinane, Co. Tipperary, 1921; items used by the 3rd West Cork Flying Column during the Civil War; a Dáil Courts stamp, 1920; and a pass issued during the Limerick Soviet Strike in April 1919. The exhibition is supported by a wide range of multi-media, including contemporary newsreel film provided by the Irish Film Institute of stop and searches, funerals and IRA captures and destruction from the period 1919–1923. Dr Maurice Manning, chair of

the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations, said of the exhibition: “There are many different perspectives and views as to how these very complex events, and all whose lives were affected during this period, should be remembered. Throughout the Decade of Centenaries, as a people, we have shown great maturity and understanding in exploring our past, embracing its complexities and nuances in an inclusive and


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Crime a major issue on Dublin West doorsteps, says local TD going to bed at night. A FIANNA Fáil TD has Deputy Jack Chambers claimed that communities in Dublin West are scared made his comments

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following the escalation of gangland violence and a spate of burglaries in the Dublin 15 area. He said: “Crime and security is one of the biggest issues coming up on the doorsteps. Families are living in fear because of the increase in crime. “Households across Dublin West are installing new security measures in their homes, like CCTV cameras and additional locks, and many simply do not feel safe in their own homes. “Fine Gael has undermined the link between the gardaí and the communities they serve by leaving Garda stations liked Blanchardstown stretched and under resourced where people don’t feel safe in their homes.” He added: “I have been raising the concerns and fears of the public with gardaí. Additional

high-visibility patrols and plain-clothes gardaí have now been put in place in the areas affected, and information is also going

out to residents on how to make their homes more safe and secure. “However, we need more long-term thinking

to properly address these issues, rather than responding with these short-term emergency measures.

“What is needed is a structured approach and to see the number of gardaí increased to 16,000.”


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YOU’D almost feel sorry for some of the poor candidates pounding the pavement and knocking on doors as the February 8 general election fast approaches. The unenviable task of securing our votes has been made somewhat easier by the unseasonably mild

January weather. Not that I’ve had many callers. In fact, as I write, not a single candidate has darkened my door. More’s the pity as I wanted to have a chat with some of them. There was a time when politicians only got it in the neck when they came face to face with the electorate on the campaign trail. Now, thanks to social media, the abuse can be 24/7. While having a hard neck is considered a prerequisite for entering political life, lines are too often crossed by nasty keyboard warriors who spew out their hateful bile under the cloak of anonymity.

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First-time voters have been galvanised by Greta Thunberg’s climate change campaign. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK In the pre-internet era, most negative news stories would fade from the headlines in a matter of days. If you were at the centre of a storm, it was simply a case of keeping your head down until it blew over. Not anymore. A controversy can now drag on for months thanks to social media, which Fine Gael discovered to its

cost with the Maria Bailey saga. Mining politicians’ online history for inappropriate comments has become the new bloodsport of the 21st century. For Election 2020, candidates are under pressure from all demographics: the young and firsttime voters have been galvanised by Greta Thunberg’s climate change campaign and are pushing

the green agenda; the so-called ‘grey’ voter has been exercised by changes to the qualifying age for the State pension and the inequalities between private and public sector workers. None of this may have anything to do with the number of sitting TDs deciding to call it a day and retire from politics. Personally, I can’t say I blame them.

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Man falsely claimed €18k in child benefit payments Isabel Hayes and Brion Hoban A DUTCH man who was jailed for four years for claiming over €225,000 in social welfare while living outside of Ireland has admitted to falsely claiming a further €18,000 in child benefit. Leendert Stolk fraudulently used a school stamp while claiming child benefit for his two children between 2011 and 2018, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard last week. Stolk (50), of Coppice Road, Worthing, Sussex, England pleaded guilty to 22 sample counts of wrongfully claiming social welfare and four counts of using a false instrument. He is currently 13 months into a four-year prison sentence for welfare fraud during the same period. The child benefit fraud

only came to light after Stolk's wife was arrested in relation to it, the court heard. Stolk then made full admissions to gardaí. Judge Patricia Ryan ordered that the fresh charges be taken into consideration, meaning Stolk's prison sentence will remain the same. The court previously heard that Stolk moved to Ireland with his family in 2009 and left the jurisdiction in late 2010. He continued to make claims for jobseeker's allowance, rent allowance, back to work allowance and back to school allowance for seven years after leaving the country, as well as the child benefit claims. He regularly returned to the country, often every two weeks, to claim the payments. The court heard he used a stamp from a school in

Meath when filling out the no previous convictions child benefit forms. prior to the fraud. Letters were sent to a The court previously house in the Dublin 15 area in which he resided while in Ireland and then redirected to his actual address outside of the country. Authorities began investigating him in July 2018 when a letter was returned to the Department of Social Protection instead of being redirected and gardaí discovered that the house was, in fact, empty. Stolk was asked to provide proof he did not have a redirection in place and handed over a fraudulent declaration he claimed was from An Post. Including the child benefit claims, Stolk falsely claimed over €244,000 during the seven-year period. Stolk, who is originally from the Netherlands, had

Candidate calls for free bike helmets A FINE Gael general election candidate in Dublin Central has called for all schoolchildren to be given free bike helmets. Deirdre Duffy said that if we want to take real community action on climate change, we need to encourage our children to cycle to school and free bike helmets is a first step on that journey.

“Just think what our streets would be like, with hundreds of children cycling safely to school in the mornings and evenings, helping to take more cars off the road,” she stated. “This is a sustainable initiative which will encourage our children to be active and help in tackling climate change.”

Duffy is a daily bike user herself and has campaigned for better infrastructure for cyclists. “If we have more children cycling to and from school, then we also free up the commuter traffic which will be so much better for our city,” she added. “Climate action must be real, communitydriven and achievable.”

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Fr McVerry's plea to next Government HOUSING and homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has called for the Government’s mortgage to rent scheme to be made mandatory for banks when dealing with families in unsustainable debt. Over 5,400 family home loans are in arrears for two years or more across Dublin, while more than 240 mortgage to rent cases have either been completed or are being actively progressed, according to the latest figures. The scheme allows mortgage holders at risk of losing their homes to

switch to paying a fair, income-based affordable rent to their local authority while remaining in their current dwellings. Fr McVerry also called on the incoming Government to increase the scheme’s eligibility criteria so that a meaningful attempt can be made to solve many of the 27,000 cases where homeowners have been in arrears for at least two years. At present, there are 1,200 active cases in the mortgage to rent process nationwide but Fr McVerry wants to see that number increased

significantly this year. He challenged politicians seeking election to the next Dáil to do “something drastic” to end the “spiral of misery” for so many families. “What this housing crisis needs right now is radical thinking,” said Fr McVerry, a member of the advisory board of mortgage to rent operator, Home for Life. “Solutions won’t happen overnight but if the will is there, then it can happen pretty quickly.” He added: “If the next Government is serious about tackling this huge mortgage debt legacy

from the past decade, it should make it illegal over the next three years to evict people without an offer of mortgage to rent. “However, the next Government has to sit down and change the thresholds which limit the mortgage to rent scheme. I am on record as saying that many more families should be included in this scheme because it is the only way for many of them to resolve their current circumstances. “The stress and misery that people are enduring must be relieved and there must be an immediate review of

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Fr McVerry urged those who find themselves in difficulty not to bury their heads in the sand and pointed out that the arrears just won’t go away. “Instead, I would encourage them to engage

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One Night in Dudelange IT’S safe to say that University College Dublin AFC are unlike any other football club in the world. The first western team to play in China have also been world champions, started riots in Sudan and had the Archbishop of Dublin deem it a mortal sin to play for their main rivals. For those who play for the club, career success is more likely to mean a Government Ministry or a high-

About The Author KEVIN Burke was one of the main contributors to the popular UCD fanzine Student Till I Graduate, and has never missed a UCD goal in Europe. His own Eurowpean Cup exploits include draws against Lazio and a top-flight English team, being left out (by himself ) of a match against Besiktas in Turkey, and narrowly missing out on being drawn to play Dudelange. This is his first book.

ranking CEO position than a move to a Premier League club. But the club’s most memorable adventure was in the summer of 2015, when European football came to the college campus in Belfield. It was in May of that year that the newly-relegated club unexpectedly qualified for the UEFA Europa League through the UEFA Fair Play award. As a result, the college’s team of Arts students, Actuary Masters and Theoretical Physics grads went from playing intervarsity competitions to World Cup stars in the space of six months. A sensational win over Luxembourg side F91 Dudelange – now Europa League group stage regulars – and the birth of the manager’s son just hours later saw the club make headlines across Europe, and they followed that up with an agonising defeat against a Slovan Bratislava side laden with full internationals and ex-Premier League players. One Night in Dudelange – Adventures in the UEFA Europa League, by Deansgrange author Kevin Burke, tells the full story of that summer. Quotes from the players, coaches, officials and supporters give an insight into what




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New book tells tale of a shocking scandal THEIR relationship shocked London high society and in Ireland was only spoken about in whispers – until now. Michael Collins was Ireland’s greatest hero. Lady Hazel Lavery was London’s most famous and beautiful socialite and the face on Irish banknotes for decades. This book is based on actual events. In 1920, while the War of Independence was raging, Michael Collins had fallen in love with his best friend Harry Boland’s girlfriend Kitty Kiernan. As Michael becomes the most wanted man in the empire, he has become embroiled in the famous love ‘triangle’ as he pursues the vivacious Kitty at the expense of his friendship with Harry. As the truce is declared and Michael and Kitty become engaged, he is sent to London to negotiate a peace treaty with the British

government. Little does Kitty realise that once Michael arrives in London they are about to become ensnared in another love triangle when he is introduced to Lady Hazel Lavery. Lady Hazel Lavery is the most famous and beautiful hostess in London. Wife of the celebrated artist Sir John Lavery, she is determined to use her friendships to secure peace in Ireland. The Laverys offer their Kensington mansion to the Irish delegation and act as a go between with the British. The rest, as they say, is history.



Kenny lends his support at Fingal Futsal launch A POPULAR international indoor football game which focuses on players’ ground skills, will have its 12th outing this winter thanks to a joint initiative between the FAI, Fingal County Council and Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre. The Futsal programme caters for players from Under 8 to Under 11 to help showcase their skills in an environment that the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and the great Messi grew up with. Over 1,000 players in Fingal will enjoy six weeks of Futsal at four venues: Corduff in Dublin 15, Applewood

in Swords, Castlelands in Balbriggan and Gormanston Park. Run in conjunction with the council’s sports department and community partner Swords Pavilions, the programme ensures the youngest players do not go weeks without playing due to pitches being unplayable. There are also the wellknown technical and decision-making aspects of Futsal which ensures there are goals and skills aplenty. Republic of Ireland Under 21 manager Stephen Kenny attended the launch. “I was really encouraged by the

possibilities of Futsal in terms of player development,” said Kenny. “The essence of attacking play, combined with quick decision making, is an approach I fully concur with. “Some of the most talented players in the world have been exposed to Futsal in their youth which can only aid our future players.” Paul Keogh, FAI/FCC development officer said: “We are starting to feel a genuine interest and growth in futsal from grassroots coaches in Ireland. “It has taken several years, but coaches are now really embracing

Futsal as a tool to aid players development and enjoyment of the game. “It was fantastic to have Stephen Kenny present and his attacking philosophy sits very well with Futsal which is all about freedom of expression and fearless play. “Stephen spoke very favourably of Futsal and its potential in Ireland. “My colleagues Sharon Boyle, Jamie Wilson and Paul Breen were delighted with the number of clubs present at the launch. “Support from Swords Pavilions once again is very welcomed and with their support, we will again be linking

Republic of Ireland Under 21 manager Stephen Kenny at the launch of Fingal’s Futsal Programme. this year’s Futsal to our healthy eating initiative ‘make nutrition your goal’.” Fingal County Council Senior Sports officer Niall McGuirk said Futsal is a means for Fingal Sports Office to assist with participation levels

and physical activity. “Using sport for social and physical wellbeing is of paramount importance and having the added angle of nutritional education once again this year is fantastic,” he said. “Changing habits is

a challenge but from evidence from last year this programme really did succeed and it was great to see Swords Pavilions being acknowledged for their support at the recent Fingal Chamber awards.”

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Dubliners Inhaler to play two headline shows at the Academy ON the back of selling two sold-out gigs in the Button Factory last December, Inhaler will now step up for headline shows in The Academy Dublin in May. The hotly-tipped Dublin quartet also released their new single ‘We Have To Move On’ on Polydor Records. It’s the follow-up to their first single on the label, ‘Ice Cream Sundae’ which was released in September. The jubilant indie-rock of We Have To Move On showcases the band’s way of combining sharp, hooky melodies with expansive, atmospheric brooding. Inhaler were recently announced in fifth place in the BBC Sound Of 2020 and recently completed a UK and European tour that saw them sell over 7,000 tickets and play to frenzied, sold-out crowds. They will follow that run with an extensive UK tour this year that will include a sold-out show at London’s Heaven on Thursday, February 20, their biggest headline show to date. Kasabian recently announced Inhaler as one of the support acts at their huge hometown show at Leicester’s Victoria Park next summer. Four friends, they

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Dermot Kennedy adds extra Dublin show AFTER selling out his massive Irish outdoor summer 2020 shows, global star Dermot Kennedy has announced additional concerts for next June at Gleneagles INEC killarney and St Anne’s Park, Dublin. This follows two sold-out 3Arena shows last December and the incredible international success of his debut album ‘Without Fear’. Kennedy, who grew up in Rathcoole, has described his debut 12-track album as “my best effort in presenting myself to the world”. And as ever, it shows his ability to span a range of emotions, often in the space of just one song. “I wanted it to represent darkness and sorrow but also hope, and that battle between them, and the way that in life you’ll inevitably experience beautiful things and terrible things,” he says of the LP. ‘Without Fear’ dwells directly on a

time when, just as he fell in love, he lost a close family friend. Writing songs has helped him deal with that rollercoaster time. “This is the only way I know how to put feelings across,” he says. “Great people like Van Morrison, they did this too.” Undeniably, Kennedy is on the way to becoming one of the greats himself. Thanks to the success of songs like ‘Lost’, ‘Outnumbered’ and the career-defining ‘Power Over Me,’ he has gained over 750 million streams and boasts 11.5 million listeners monthly on Spotify alone. He has received a nod in the BBC Sound Of 2019 and was voted NPR Slingshot’s Best New Artist of 2018. He has toured Europe, America and Australia, and made his debut on US television on the Stephen Colbert show, soon followed by an incredible performance on The

Ellen Show. “I’m still pinching myself every time we put a tour on sale and it sells out,” says Kennedy, whose hypnotic live shows have become word-of-mouth sensations across the globe. The singer-songwriter and musician who started playing guitar at age 10, says that he didn’t begin to take music “seriously” until the age of 17. Signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Island Records for the rest of the world, his debut majorlabel, studio album, ‘Without Fear’, which was released in October of last year, was described by The Irish Times as his “wearing anguish of his sleeve and conveying a lifetime of emotional warfare in one note, proving himself as a lyricist and vocalist”. is best known for his 2019 single ‘Outnumbered’. Dermot Kennedy has announced details of additional summer shows.



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Big names for Stardust vigil SINGER Christy Moore will attend a vigil to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Stardust nightclub tragedy on Thursday, February 13. Moore has been a longstanding supporter of the Stardust families and famously ended up in court over his controversial tribute song, ‘They Never Came Home’, when it was first released in 1985. Other well-known names

expected to turn up at next month’s vigil include actor John Connors, former RTÉ correspondent Charlie Bird and journalist Eamon Dunphy. Dublin City Council has agreed to provide a marquee outside the former Stardust venue at Butterly Business Park on the Kilmore Road in Artane. Antoinette Keegan, spokesperson for the Stardust Victims’

Committee, said they were looking for volunteers to help out on the night, which will start at 6.30pm. If you are available, you can get in touch via the Justice for the Stardust 48 Facebook page. Last September, following an intensive campaign, it was announced that there will be a fresh inquest into the tragedy which is expected to get underway soon.







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Champion local primary schools for school leaders. This is John Boyle, INTO not acceptable. The next government must change IT’S time to protect and this reality. One in five champion our local primary school children primary schools. Today, more than 559,000 is taught in a class of 30 children are taught in large or more pupils. The EU average class size is 20. Why classes in underfunded can’t we have the same primary schools where in Ireland? Smaller class there is minimal support

sizes have a positive effect on children’s learning. Primary teachers support a broad range of pupil needs from special needs to language challenges and homelessness. Disadvantaged schools deal with unique challenges. They need a fair

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Have a happy honeymoon AFTER all the excitement of the big event the happy couple’s first trip as married partners should be a relaxing, romantic holiday. And the ideal honeymoon for most is a stress free break in an exotic destination with plenty of sunshine and culture. Our grandparents probably never got further than the Isle of Man for their honeymoon while our parents were lucky if they managed to get any kind of a holiday abroad. However, these days the world really is your oyster when it comes to choosing the ideal honeymoon location. Always popular with newly-weds, Italy is a romantic and beautiful country, from the sophisticated elegance and natural beauty of Sorrento to the inspiring energy of Rome. Competing with Italy in the romantic destination stakes is the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia. The area enjoys an old world atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, coupled with top class hotels in stunning locations and boasting panoramic views of the Adriatic and Elaphite Islands. Many Irish long-haul honeymooners are now opting for Mauritius often described as the ultimate paradise with white sandy beaches, coral lagoons and sweeping sugar plantations. Mauritius has dozens of quiet romantic hideaways and has traditionally been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations with lots of top-class resorts to choose from. St Lucia is another honeymoon hot spot. The island is one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, with a stunning coastline of powder fine sandy beaches overlooked by volcanic peaks. It’s the perfect postwedding destination for a quiet and relaxing escape. Further afield, New Zealand is

a simply stunning destination. A country of incredible contrasts you can climb a glacier, hike across a volcano, swim with dolphins, watch whales or just bask on a beautiful beach. Thailand is another choice for the adventurous couple. The South East Asian country has great value hotels with excellent facilities and worldrenowned hospitality, stunning beaches, rainforest adventures, fascinating culture and bargain basement shopping. Lanzarote is another great destination for fantastic picture perfect honeymoon snaps. Couples can laze away by the beach or pool or take advantage of vibrant and varied night life in the island’s many restaurants, clubs and bars. Newly weds feeling energised by love can enjoy jet skiing or wind surfing while a romantic trip to the Mauritius has dozens of quiet romantic hideaways. volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park is certain to take the breath away. Portugal is another honeymoon haven. The 160km costal stretch along the Portuguese Algarve boasts spectacular scenery, warm seas and a fantastic sunny climate. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, the Algarve is dotted with hidden coves and relaxing beaches where the water is calm. OK, so it’s a stereotype but grooms might take note of the 30 golf courses in the region while brides might be tempted by the shopping opportunities with an abundance of cheap handmade silver, ceramics, leather goods and jewellery on offer in the markets. Majorca - the largest of the beautiful Balearic Islands – has long been a favourite with Irish newly-weds. Majorca has a typical Mediterranean climate. In Summer the average temperature is 23º Celsius and the Dubrovnik in Croatia enjoys an old world atmosphere and unspoiled beauty. skies remain blue throughout the season.

Top tips for a honeymoon trip A HONEYMOON should be the holiday of a lifetime. Everything should be perfect so the newly-weds can get married life off to the best possible start. We’ve come up with some top tips to help make sure the happy couple stay that way – at least until they get back home. 1. Be sensible with your budget. You don’t want to start married life with a massive honeymoon bill to pay off. 2. Use a travel agent. It doesn't cost any more and in fact usually works out cheaper. 3. Leave plenty of time to make sure your passport is current and you have the visas needed. If inoculations are required, get them before the wedding. 4. When you make reservations, let everybody know you're on honeymoon. You may get upgraded to a better room at no charge, receive a welcome bottle of champagne, and who knows what else. 5. Protect your privacy. This is especially important if you have a destination wedding where the guests tend to hang around. A honeymoon should be just for the two of you. No kids, no pets, no company. 6. Be considerate of your partner’s wishes. A new husband mightn’t enjoy shopping for shoes while the bride is unlikely to be impressed by a visit to the golf course. 7. Splurge a little, it’s your honeymoon! Do something special that you wouldn’t normally do on holiday. Spend a little extra for a room upgrade, or the honeymoon suite. Plan a romantic dinner at a gourmet restaurant or go on a sunset cruise. 8. When packing for your honeymoon, think about taking along some romantic items like candles, massage oil and some new lingerie. New Zealand is a simply stunning destination and a country of incredible contrasts.

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14 Education


Brexit assurance for students MINISTER for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor have announced that current fee regimes and grant supports are being maintained for Irish students going to higher education institutions in the UK from September 2020. The Ministers also confirmed the current system will apply for students from Britain and Northern Ireland who are applying to attend colleges in Ireland. The announcement provided certainty for prospective students applying before the CAO closing date of February 1. The decision ensures that eligible Irish and EU nationals wishing to enrol on approved third level courses in the UK for the 2020/21 academic year will be able to avail of SUSI grants. It also means that eligible students from the UK, who enrol for courses

for the 2020/21 academic year in a third level college in Ireland, will be treated under the same terms as Irish students. This includes the student contribution fee for Irish and EU citizens which currently stands at €3,000 for the 2019/20 academic year. The college must be recognised for the purposes of free fees and student grants. The arrangements for students beginning courses in September 2020 will also be maintained for the duration of their studies. “I am delighted to make this commitment well in advance of the 2020/21 academic year,” said Minister McHugh. “This will give students from Britain and Northern Ireland time to plan their education options. “We are heading into a period of change but student mobility between Ireland and the UK has always been a strong feature of our education systems.

“I am determined that this should grow and serve to remind us all of our shared respect and understanding. I can assure prospective students from Britain and Northern Ireland that their contribution to our higher education institutions will always be very welcome.” Minister Mitchell O’Connor said the announcement would also provide certainty in terms of the SUSI scheme and free fees initiative. “Student grants will be maintained for Irish and EU students heading to the UK to pursue their studies on approved courses for 2020/21,” she continued. “I am also pleased to confirm for British citizens that access to the SUSI scheme will continue. “Students from Britain and Northern Ireland will also continue to avail of access to the free fees initiative subject to compliance with the eligibility criteria.”

The announcement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding on the Common Travel Area, which was signed last May by the Irish and UK

Governments. This commits, amongst other things, to the maintenance of access to all levels of education in either jurisdiction on

“terms no less favourable than those for the citizen of that State”. The Department of Education and Skills says it is continuing its Brexit

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ADDITIONAL funding of €1 million has been allocated to reduce the cost of schoolbooks in DEIS schools. More than 15,000 pupils across more than 100 primary schools to benefit from the increased investment announced recently by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh. The investment, which aims to provide free books in primary schools, is being made on top of the book grant provided to all schools in the country. Around 15,500 children will benefit from the additional funding. The new pilot is designed to provide free schoolbooks to more than 100 primary schools that are part of the DEIS programme, in both rural and urban areas. “I am delighted to be able to announce an additional funding of €1 million for a new pilot programme to provide books in primary school,” said Minister McHugh.

“Around 15,500 children, their families and their schools will benefit from the initiative, which is about reducing costs and easing financial burdens as well as helping to improve children’s education and enjoy the beauty of books.” The pilot programme will see the book grant increase to €85 per pupil in the participating schools. Minister McHugh said: “The additional €1 million funding for these schools effectively means we are now investing four times as much money on book grants for next September. The aim is to provide schoolbooks for these children and their families and we hope to build on this. “The cost of school books is recognised as a significant element of back to school costs and in line with the overall aim of DEIS to ensure all learners have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“I have decided to focus this funding on DEIS schools, in both urban and rural areas, which cater for high concentrations of students from disadvantaged areas.” The Department of Education and Skills already provides a book grant of almost €17 million to all recognised primary and post primary schools within the Free Education Scheme in order to provide assistance for books, including book rental schemes and all schools are encouraged to operate book rental schemes to help alleviate costs to parents. “The DEIS Plan is the Government’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage and this additional investment fits with the overall aim of targeting extra resources as closely as possible at those students with the greatest level of need,” said Minister McHugh. The 102 DEIS schools

involved in the pilot have been notified by email informing them of their inclusion in the programme. While the criteria attached will be in line with the terms of the existing Book Grant Scheme further details will issue to these schools in due course. An additional €64 will be provided per student on top of the existing per capita book grant issued to the schools within the pilot. Schools were selected based on their levels of concentrated disadvantage using the data available and represent both urban and rural schools. The additional funding allocation to schools is in line with the costings set out in the 2019 Barnardos report on the Real Cost of School which states that €85 is the average cost of schools books at primary level and is one of several measures undertaken by this Department to reduce school costs overall.

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Open night at Dunboyne College DUNBOYNE College had a successful open night on Thursday, January 16 when new kitchen facilities were opened and some fantastic new courses launched. The new kitchen in Dunboyne College opens up super opportunities in the culinary area and on the night, lecturer from DIT, Tony Campbell, spoke about links Dunboyne College has with TU Dublin into degree courses. The new kitchen offers students a chance to train in a fit-forpurpose fully equipped professional cookery facility. The current culinary students took advantage of open night to show off their skills by providing tasty food, much to the delight of visitors. Also new to the college is an excellent hairdressing facility and a science lab. Minister of State for European Affairs and local TD Helen McEntee attended the open night to officially open

Graduate gig for Flowers LIAM Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole from the Hothouse Flowers will play a special free gig in Dunboyne Castle Hotel on January 30 at 7pm. The event is organised by the Dunboyne College Graduate Association. They get together every year for a free organised event to welcome back graduates and inform members of the public of the college’s courses and successes. This year the college is delighted to have two members from the Hothouse Flowers play at the event. The current music students will play support at the gig and the college’s sound engineering students will do the set up. Renowned Belfast comedian and BBC presenter, Nuala McKeever, will host the night. The strictly over 18s gig is free but ticketed and tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Dunboyne College’s new cutting edge training kitchen. Minister McEntee congratulated the college on its massive achievements to date and pledged her continuing support to the college’s need for a new building. Principal Denis Leonard launched 12 new courses for the coming academic year 2020/21. The new courses of offer include: Journalism; Digital Media and Public Relations; Forensic Science; Business and Accounting; Youth and Community Work; Office; Accounts; Administration and Information Processing; Architectural Technology and Design; Physiotherapy Studies; Art Portfolio with Fine Art and Design 2D Options; Pre-Paramedic Fire and Ambulance; Criminology and Psychology; Environmental Science; and Animation. The open night was attended by an estimatd crowd of 600 people

interested in learning about the college’s many and varied courses. Visitors attended talks about the college, chatted with staff, toured the campus and had access to career guidance on the night. There are now a whole range of places available to Dunboyne College graduates in certificate and degree courses in Maynooth University, DCU, DIT, IT Blanchardstown, DKIT, UCD, TCD, and with many other institutions around the country through the QQI Links Scheme. This year 350 of the students received offers to colleges all around the country, almost 300 of them at level 8. Many of the offers were to colleges in the area or nearby regions including 90 to Maynooth University, 29 to DCU, 15 to UCD, 116 to ITB, 97 to DIT, and 21 to Dundalk IT among others. In fact, that is an impressive total of 223 offers at levels 7 and 8

to the new Technical University 4 Dublin which has combined DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght. Dunboyne College continues to run a whole range of level 6 second year programmes in childcare, healthcare, animal science, equine business, multimedia, hairdressing, cookery and beauty therapy. Dunboyne College of Further Education will A number of new courses have been announced at Dunboyne College. be expanding into many new areas of educational opportunity in the coming years and anyone wishing to obtain further information on these opportunities will find an online prospectus at www.dunboynecollege. ie or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. There is an online enrolment on-going, with interviews taking place on January 27, March 13, April 29, May 27 and late June 2020. Late applications will be taken until late September, depending on availability on The open night attracted over 600 visitors. courses.

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Boost for social enterprise sector A NEW €1.6 million fund for social enterprises in Ireland for 2020/2021 has been launched. The commitment is on top of the previous €1.6 million fund, 2018-2019, creating a €3.2 million investment in total, the most significant private investment in social enterprises to date. The fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with Local Authorities Ireland and is supported by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The news came as the impact of the 2019 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardees was celebrated at a showcase event in the Royal College of Physicians. Throughout the last two

years, the awardees have generated huge impact by providing services in sectors such as health, employment and the environment, creating 142 jobs, engaging with 274 volunteers and providing services to 35,100 people. These include Darndale Belcamp Village Centre, Siel Bleu and Bounce Back Recycling. The Darndale Belcamp Village Centre provides a range of services to the local community including childcare, care of the elderly, training, family supports, employment and educational opportunities, cultural, healthcare and retail outlets. On a daily basis the village centre provides employment, training and education for 390 people, has a 70

Pictured at the announcement were (from l-r): Joan Ellison, Project & Office Manager, We Make Good, a Social Enterprise Development Fund 2019 Awardee; Minister Seán Canney; George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance; and Deirdre Mortell, chief executive of Social Innovation Fund Ireland. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN percent progression rate from community employment, significant achievements in an area with extremely high levels of unemployment and educational disadvantage. Darndale Belcamp Village Centre is one of the five Awardees to receive further funding from the Final Pitch Fund. Siel Bleu Ireland offers older adults and people living with chronic disease and physical and

intellectual disabilities the opportunity to counteract physical inactivity through specially designed, professional exercise programmes. Today they work with 6,000 people a week in 20 counties. Bounce Back Recycling provides a mattress recycling service in the Connaught/Ulster waste region. Nicko Murphy, assistant chief executive of the

Darndale Belcamp Village Centre CLG, said: “The funding and support from Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Social Enterprise Development Fund have allowed us to take our work to the next level. “It has helped us overcome some big challenges as we plan to extend our services in the coming years. “The Accelerator Programme is a great opportunity for any

social enterprises that are thinking of applying in 2020.” Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly said the council is excited to be working with Social Innovation Fund Ireland in their effort to support social enterprises around the country. Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital

Development, Seán Canney, welcomed the launch. “I’d like to congratulate Social Innovation Fund Ireland and IPB Insurance on the launch the new Social Enterprise Development Fund 2020-2021,” said Minister Canney. “I believe that social enterprises can play an important role in addressing social needs, building communities and creating jobs.”

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Puma name returns to the Ford stable Joe Rayfus and Tony Conlon THIS is shaping up to be a year of electrifying performance as the motor industry prepares for what could be its very own little renaissance. This year we’ll see the return of some familiar names, as well as new versions of some car industries biggest sellers. And while there will be a host of exciting new electric cars coming our way over the next 12

months, there will also be plenty of new big horsepower motors to drool over too. As is now the norm, the SUV body shape looks set to continue to command the bulk of the market share in 2020. We’ll get new compact and mid-sized SUV offerings from a host of other manufacturers. Alfa Romeo will be introducing a little brother to their award winning Stelvio. The Alfa Romeo Tonale will be offered with the

brand’s first plug-in hybrid powertrain and will share its underpinnings with the Jeep Renegade. Though with that being said, we can expect that the Italian manufacturer will be fine-tuning its chassis to ensure it delivers the kind of driving characteristics expected of a car sporting that famous badge. Speaking of sporty crossovers, Cupra - SEAT’s performance sub-brand will be getting its first standalone model early

in 2020. The Cupra Formentor, while loosely based on the Ateca, will look significantly different on the outside. A lower roofline, wider wheel arches and a distinctive front end will deliver more coupe-likelooks, while its plug-in hybrid set-up is expected to put out 242bhp and will be capable of up to 30 miles of fully electric driving. The Puma name is returning to the Ford

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The Puma name is returning to the Ford stable. to their innovative Ford MegaBox which they say provides a deep, versatile storage space that is capable of comfortably accommodating two golf bags in an upright position. For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an allnew, all-electric SUV. Ford will also offer a special performance GT version that will do

0-to-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than five seconds. The Mach-E will start from €50,000 when it arrives in late 2020. Peugeot will hope to follow up on the huge success of their 3008 SUV when the new version of the popular 2008 crossover arrives here in early 2020. It’s built on their CMP small-car platform and will be available with petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrain versions.

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Now Skoda has three SUVs... and all begin with the letter ‘K' Seán Creedon

I think that’s a pretty good name for such a neat, compact, A STRANGE connection comfortable car. The I know, but I think Kamiq is based on the that Skoda and Wayne Rooney and Coleen have same platform as the recently launched Scala something in common. hatchback, but Skoda say The Rooneys clearly like they have changed both the letter ‘K’ and three chassis and suspension. of their four children The Kamiq is taller, have Christian names has more headroom, beginning with a ‘K.’ and the designers have Now Skoda has three given it the first iteration SUVs, all beginning with the letter ‘K.’ The Karoq, a of a fresh front style for Compact SUV, the Kodiaq, the brand. Main lights front and rear are LED. a Mid-size SUV and this week’s test car the Kamiq, The designers claim the which Skoda describe as a longest wheelbase and the highest ground clearance City SUV. in the segment. Skoda certainly go to I did a lot of urban great lengths to find new driving last week and to be names for their cars. The name Kamiq comes from honest got a few warnings that I had exceeded the the language spoken by 30km/h limit. It’s very the Inuit people, who easy to break that 30k live in Greenland and limit, but with adaptive northern Canada. Kamiq cruise control you can means ‘‘something choose whatever limit that fits as perfectly as you wish to set. In a way it a second skin in every was a wake-up call to see situation.”

how easy is it to exceed the 30km/h limit in city driving. My test car came in Quartz Grey Metallic, which was a very discreet colour, compared with the bright yellow Xceed I had driven the previous week. Two roof rails added to the SUV look. Space in the back seat was a big tight. One day I had three women * in the back seat; space was tight and one of them couldn’t put on her seat belt. We are often told that a new car might be of interest to ‘emptynesters.’ The entry-level price of just over 21k for the Kamiq should certainly attract the socalled ‘empty-nesters,’ but then we are told that very people buy entry level models, with most opting for at least a few extras. I think you shouldn’t to wait to be an ‘empty-nester’ before you

appreciate the comfort that a Kamiq will bring to your life. Skoda is a very modern, but it still has a few oldfashioned items like a

hand-brake and spare wheel, which people over 49 or indeed 59 will appreciate. They still have a little clip on the windscreen for holding

your parking ticket verification and a scraper for the frost is located near the fuelling point. The company used to supply a neat umbrella

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WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) combined fuel consumption figures for Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer: (l/100km): 7.7 to 5.5. WLTP combined CO2 (g/km): 178 to 145. Citroën C4 Cactus: (l/100km): 7.2 to 4.8. WLTP combined CO2 (g/km): 167 to 127. Citroën C3: (l/100km): 5.9 to 5.7. WLTP combined CO2 (g/km): 137 to 132. Models shown for illustrative purposes. *Representative example: Citroën C3 PureTech 83 manual Flair. OTR Price: €21,035 (RRP◊ €20,285 + Recommended Delivery Charge €750), Deposit: €7,282, Total Amount of Credit: €13,753, 36 monthly payments: €160, Duration of Agreement: 37 months, Optional final payment (GFV): €7,993, Representative APR: 0% fixed PCP Finance. Minimum 35% deposit required. Finance is arranged by First Auto Finance Ireland Limited, the exclusive agent of Close Brothers Limited, trading as Close Brothers Motor Finance in Ireland. You will not own the vehicle until the final payment is made. Finance Eligibility Criteria apply. Warning: You may have to pay charges if you repay early, in full or in part, a fixed rate credit facility. Subject to status. Over 18s only. Ts & Cs apply. ◊RRP (Recommended Retail Price) excludes €750 recommended delivery charge & optional extras such as metallic paint. ‡5 year unlimited Citroën car warranty is made up of 3 years’ manufacturer’s warranty & 2 years’ extended warranty. Offers end 29.02.2020. Information correct at time of print. See citroen.ie for details.


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Motorists notice significant price increase at the pumps MOTORISTS have been greeted with the unwelcome news that average fuel prices in Ireland have increased over the past month.

According to the AA’s latest monthly survey of fuel prices, a litre of petrol now costs 144.5c on average – an increase of just under 3c on last

month’s average price of 141.7c. Meanwhile, diesel drivers have faced an even bigger hit at the pumps as prices increased by

4.5c per litre over the past month, currently sitting at 135.9c per litre. A period of volatility in crude oil prices has contributed to the

Fuel prices have increasd at the pumps.

increase in pump prices. While the cost of a barrel of crude oil currently costs $64.20, down slightly from last month’s average price of $65-$66, over the course of the past month prices have surged to as high as $68.91 per barrel in response to geopolitical events. “Over the course of a week, we have seen an easing of crude oil prices to a more typical level,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. “But it still remains a very volatile situation and further increases in the near-term future could occur depending on the next evolution of political matters occurring in the Middle-East. “Even if crude oil prices remain at a lower level, it could still take a few weeks for motorists to see that reflected in

pump prices depending on when the garage they visit purchased their most recent stock. “If a garage purchased their current stock at a time when crude oil prices were higher, they may have to charge more for fuel and diesel until their next order so as to cover their costs. “From the consumer’s point of view, we do have an advantage in the fact that garages are obliged to openly advertise their prices in their forecourt, making it relatively easy to know if a specific station in your area is charging more than the others.” With the increase in pump prices coming ahead of the general election, the AA is urging whichever parties make up the next government to ramp up investment in public transport and cycling infrastructure,

particularly in rural areas. A history of underinvestment in viable alternatives, the AA argues, has left many commuters overly reliant on their private car meaning that even when fuel prices increase they have no option but to pay more and continue travelling by car. “Budget 2020 saw an increase in carbon tax on both petrol and diesel, but in isolation that’s going to achieve very little in terms of encouraging people to travel by means other than the private car,” Mr Faughnan added. “If you take last year for example, petrol prices varied from as low as 132.9c per litre to as high as 146.1c. “However, even when prices increased significant there was no reduction in number of people driving.”


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Fingal County Council We, Kevin O’Brien & Niamh Collins, intend to apply for planning permission for demolition of single storey shed, construction of a single-storey side and rear extension to existing detached four-bedroom house, conversion of attic to storage space and all associated site works at No. 2 Luttrellpark Green, Castleknock, Dublin 15. 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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7. Violation of accepted behaviour about return for art (13) 8. About fifty vie to finish (8) 9. Big head to single part of skeleton (4) 10. Bellowed again in the way (6) 12. Formal agreement brings unusual pleasure to youth leader (6) 14. Put two and two together again and go? (6) 16. Speak evil of yours truly after fade-out (6) 18. Record from this band is currently No. 1 (4) 20. After poor Act I, change to being uncommunicative (8) 22. Black power? (3,10)

7. Infection (13) 8. Appendix (8) 9. Unctuous (4) 10. Selected (6) 12. Pillar (6) 14. Forever (6) 16. Sheen (6) 18. Slight (4) 20. Conspiracy (8) 22. Sweets (13)

DOWN 1. Heartiness (8) 2. Stripe (6) 3. Amongst (4) 4. Hostile (8) 5. Amble (6) 6. Earth (4) 11. Definite (8) 13. Morgue (8) 15. Afloat (6) 17. Thin (6) 19. Threaten (4) 21. Pare (4)

DOWN 1. Unvarying pitch of doctor isn’t among them (8) 2. U.S. port in dazed state (6) 3. Reddish stretch of water (4) 4. Beaten by exploit, indeed (8) 5. Steady horse here (6) 6. Descending a hill (4) 11. How long something lasts around it (8) 13. Quarrel after motor accident? Not today! (8) 15. Receive cap etc. (6) 17. Thief’s principle irrationally reverenced (6) 19. Time for detail (4) 21. With which its members get beaten? (4)


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ANSWERS January 22nd





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26 Happenings


A few things worth checking out this week

Mid Term Tales at

The Chinese Year of the Rat is here.



The Chinese Year of the Rat is here and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival continues until Monday, February 10. Take an Asian Flavours Walking Tour and enjoy some delicious authentic Asian cuisine at different stops, while guide Yang Zhang explores the integral role of food in the Chinese New Year celebrations and traces the history of the Chinese community in Ireland. Meet at the O’Connells Street Spire on February 1 or 8 at 1.30pm. Tickets cost €20. For details see www.dublinchinesenewyear.com.

Invincible at The Helix on Saturday, February 1.

INVINCIBLE Featuring a collection of classics with music from The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Peter Pan, Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and many more, The Kinsella School of Ballet presents its 15th Anniversary Celebration, Invincible at The Helix on Saturday, February 1 at 3pm and 7pm. Produced and directed by Fiona Kinsella this is a production to entertain audiences of all ages. Tickets cost €20 from www.thehelix.ie.


SB Theatreworks presents their bi-annual school production, showcasing the diverse talents of their students of all ages, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, on Saturday, February 1. The show will include a selection of West-End favourites, old and new, bringing the audience on a magical journey through story, song and dance. Tickets cost €14 for adults and €8 for under 12s. For more information see www.sbtheatreworks.com.

The Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown this weekend.

DUBLIN RACING FESTIVAL Join in the celebration of the brilliance of jumps racing, music and culture at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Witness new heroes as they emerge and watch the best of talent from Ireland and Britain fight it out for two massive titles this weekend (February 1 & 2) - the Unibet Irish Gold Cup and the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. Expect a full family entertainment programme that supports culture, music, culinary delights, and of course world class sport.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FAMILY OVER THE MIDTERM BREAK, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM. THE POPULAR MID TERM TALES TOURS WILL RETURN TO THE MUSEUM IN FEBRUARY 2020! This engaging tour is tastefully designed to entertain and educate. The history of Glasnevin Cemetery is brought to life on this family friendly tour. DATES AND TIMES Saturday, February 15th, at 11:00am Sunday, February 16th, at 11:00am

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism runs at the Abbey Theatre.


Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, this performance is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of autism. Inspired by the writer’s own experiences with autism, the play mixes narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter. It runs at Abbey Theatre from February 1-8. Tickets cost €16-25 from www.abbeytheatre.ie.

TICKETS COST JUST €7.50 PER PERSON. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Fr. Browne and the Titanic - the man who captured rare photographs of the famous ship! Grave-robbing - Why does Glasnevin Cemetery have such high walls and watch towers? Yew Trees - there is more to them than you think! William Fogarty’s pesky parrot! Maria Higgins - the only person in the cemetery who was buried twice! DON’T JUST TAKE IT FROM US, READ THE REVIEWS! “We had a great afternoon with our tour guides! They were so engaging and our children took in all the facts as the stories were told in such a fun way.” – Fav, TripAdvisor Review, Feb 2019 “Excellent tour during mid-

term break for children of all ages. Interesting stories about strange deaths and grave robbing delivered brilliantly. Highly recommended. Great value.” – Sharon R, TripAdvisor Review, Feb 2019 “Did the 11am midterm tales for children this morning. Absolutely brilliant. The guides were fantastic. They were funny, informative and had great rapport with the children.” - Martina V, TripAdvisor Review, Feb 2018 To book, visit www.glasnevinmuseum.ie or ask a member of staff at our museum reception desk. Please note, all attending adults must be accompanying a child or children. We advise that all visitors arrive at the museum reception at least 15 minutes before the start of their chosen tour. For group bookings (15 or more people) please contact booking@glasnevintrust.ie or +353 (0)1 882 6570 for further information and group rates. W: WWW.GLASNEVINMUSEUM.IE T: +353 (0)1 882 6550 E: MUSEUM@GLASNEVINTRUST.IE

Revolting Children at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, on Saturday, February 1.

Crossword Answers January 29th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 7 Contravention; 8 Complete; 9 Bone; 10 Roared; 12 Treaty; 14 Repair; 16 Defame; 18 Disc; 20 Taciturn; 22 Jet propulsion. Down: 1 Monotone; 2 Stupor; 3 Lake; 4 Defeated; 5 Stable; 6 Down; 11 Duration; 13 Tomorrow; 15 Accept; 17 Fetish; 19 Item; 21 Club.


Across: 7 Contamination; 8 Addendum; 9 Oily; 10 Picked; 12 Column; 14 Always; 16 Lustre; 18 Slur; 20 Intrigue; 22 Confectionery. Down: 1 Goodwill; 2 Streak; 3 Amid; 4 Inimical; 5 Stroll; 6 Soil; 11 Distinct; 13 Mortuary; 15 Adrift; 17 Skinny; 19 Loom; 21 Trim.

From the Archives 27


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

Sunday Independent, January 20, 1935

Irish Press, January 9, 1970

Sunday Independent, January 20, 1935

Big crowds gather for a car race in the Phoenix Park in 1936.

Irish Press, January 31, 1935

Irish Press, January 6, 1995

The legendary Woolworth store on Dublin’s Henry Street, home of the famous pick ‘n’ mix.

Freeman’s Journal, January 13, 1851





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