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Leo’s visit gets mixed reaction A DUBLIN North West TD has defended the recent visit by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Ballymun after it was criticised by local councillors. The Taoiseach dropped into Our Lady’s Nursery, DCU In The Community, Ballymun Kickhams and the Rediscovery Centre during his visit. However, Councillor Noeleen Reilly (IND) accused him of failing to meet frontline community groups and local residents who could have shown him first hand difficulties faced in the area,

including an escalating drug problem. “We wanted him to see and hear first hand some of the issues in the area,” she said. “However he chose to make this visit a public relations exercise without having any meaningful engagement with the community.” Cllr Reilly said youth clubs, the local drugs task force and Setanta GAA – who penned a controversial open letter highlighting the drug issue last year – had been ignored during the visit. Continued on page 2

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MAGIC was in the air last week when the cast of The Helix Panto, Robin Hood, presented a cheque of €12,000 to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The money was raised from a designated charity performance of the panto for the children’s hospital. The special performance of Robin Hood starring Ireland’s premier tenor, Paul Byrom (Sheriff of Nottingham), Ciara Mackey (Maid Marion) and Gavin Ryan (Robin Hood), saw all proceeds raised on the night going directly to Temple Street. To date The Helix Panto has raised over €35,000 for the hospital from designated charity shows over the past two years. Continued on page 2

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“We’re delighted and have a great sense of fulfilment that our designated charity show for Temple Street Children’s Hospital has raised a remarkable donation of €12,000 for such a worthy cause,” said Marketing Manager of The Helix, Louise Phelan. “On behalf of all the team here at The Helix we’d like to extend our gratitude to our audiences in helping us raise this donation for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and we look forward to raising much needed funds for the charity in the future.” CEO and Creative Director of TheatreworX, Claire Tighe, sent out a big thank you to everybody who came to the charity night performance. “It was an honour to team up with Temple Street again this year and raise much needed funds for such a worthy cause,” she said. Events and Community Manager at Temple Street, Angela McNulty said the Temple Street Foundation was proud of all the team at the Helix Panto. “Not alone do you bring joy to all those who visit the show, but your wonderful gesture of giving up your time and energy for the children in Temple Street really is the icing on the cake,” she told them. “A heartfelt thank you goes to each and every one of the wonderful team, thank you for making the difference.”

“We have been calling for action over the last year which includes the commissioning of a report similar to the Mulvey Report in the North Inner City and the completion of the regeneration,” she added. Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) said he was “extremely disappointed” that the visit took the form of a tour and not a round table discussion with all local agencies dealing directly with the issues of crime and drugs. “Last October I called on the Taoiseach to come to Ballymun with a number of relevant Ministers and to hold a round table discussion with the key agencies,” he said. “I hoped that he would listen to these local organisations in a similar way they had met the Fianna Fail Front bench. “I felt strongly that local organisations already had the answers to many of the current problems in Ballymun and that with the right support and resources the community itself could tackle the increasing scourge of open drug dealing, crime, anti-social behaviour, addiction and the impact of poverty.” Cllr McAuliffe also said he was delighted that the community organisations visited by the Taoiseach had an opportunity to show him their range of activities. In response to the criticism Dublin North West TD Noel Rock (FG) said that An Taoiseach

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was presented with a birthday cake during his visit to DCU in the Community. had received many requests from groups to meet on the visit but there wasn’t enough time as the schedule had already been set. “I was delighted to host the Taoiseach in Ballymun for his fourth visit to the area, and his third as Taoiseach,” he said. “As part of the visit, we undertook to meet

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‘Lil Red’ event helps Appeal for M50 accident witnesses fund sepsis research Orla Dwyer

a poll put together that Sean’s huge love for rap. the event. showed the under 24s “They were fantastic “The night was a bit know the least about and got the crowd emotional, but it was AN AWARENESS event sepsis,” said Joe. going,” said Joe. “They great to be there,” held to celebrate the life “That’s the group that played all of Sean’s songs said Joe. “We had a of Sean ‘Lil Red’ Hughes’ we had there that night and it was a lovely night.” great turnout with a who passed away last and that’s the group that Goody bags were given lot of people from the year has raised €1,000 we have access to because out containing Sean’s community and Sean’s for a sepsis research of Sean’s friends.” CD and sepsis awareness friends.” facility based in Dublin Joe said that people posters made up by Joe Well-known local City University. knew 100 percent more and Karen. The event was organised rappers performed on about sepsis after the “There was recently the night to celebrate by Sean’s family to mark event. The family made the one-year anniversary banners, t-shirts and of the 15-year-old’s tragic lanyards for the night with passing on January 12 Sean’s image and sepsis 2018 after he contracted awareness information on sepsis. them. Joe Hughes, Sean’s dad, The SepTec researchers described the night as “a will be using the money great success and the right to help fund a pre-clinical way to mark the date”. trial in St James’s or Seventy people attended Beaumont Hospital. the event in the Mansion “We’re putting that House on January 10. money towards hiring a “We wanted to honour research nurse to carry Sean’s first anniversary out tests for us so that it’s in a way that all his completely non-biased,” family and friends could said Dr Spain. get together and where “I think it’s incredible it wouldn’t be a sad what they are doing but I time, while also raising just wish it was avoidable, awareness for sepsis what happened to Sean.” with his friends and likeCo-founder of SepTec minded people,” said Joe. Kellie Adamson was also The money raised is in attendance on the night being donated to SepTec, and was full of praise a research facility in for the awareness Sean’s DCU that has created a family and friends are prototype for diagnosing raising for sepsis. sepsis quickly and “I think the work they accurately. are doing is a gameThe SepTec device changer,” she said. “The only takes 15 minutes to only way change is going diagnose sepsis while to happen is through current methods take pressure and they’re from two to six days. definitely putting the Dr Elaine Spain, pressure on.” co-founder of SepTec, There was a great turn out in the Mansion House to attended the event celebrate the life of Sean ‘Lil Red’ Hughes. and said she felt the community spirit that night was brilliant. Cherche participants “You could feel the love à une enquête concernant for Sean and the support for the parents,” she said. la poste belge bpost Dublin North West TD, Noel Rock (FG), and local Ipsos est un institut sondagesmarketing renommé qui réalise des councillors Paul McAuliffe Ipsos is one of thedeleading research companies enquêtes par courrier. (FF) and Cathleen Carney in Germany. We are checking the postal quality and you are Boud (SF) also attended Nous sommes actuellement à la recherche de participants en invited to help! Belgique. Votre mission consistera envoyer ou à réceptionWe are currently looking for àparticipants in Dublin. Your task ner des courriers tests et à confirmer l’envoi/la réception sur is to send or receive test items and to confirm the sending/ notre site en ligne. Les courriers tests étant préaffranchis, reciept on our website. Thepour testvous. items already ils n’engendreront aucun frais Desare points vous stamped, so there are no fordeyou. Asrmation a participant seront attribués encosts échange la confi en ligne.of Cesthis survey points seront échangeables contre and des primes intéressantes you can collect bonus points exchange these points for Contact our ou des bons d’achat. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez attractive gifts or vouchers. consulter le site :

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examined the crash site and vehicles, and the body of the deceased was removed to Dublin City Morgue. The slip road from the M50 northbound at Junction 5 (Finglas) was closed to all traffic to facilitate repairs to a crash barrier. Investigating Gardaí are appealing for information. They are particularly appealing to anyone who was travelling on the M50 from Junction 6 (Blanchardstown) and Junction 5 (Finglas) between 11.15am and 11.30am to contact them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Finglas Garda Station 01-6667500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111. Investigating gardaí said they were aware of images


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Kids wiser on road safety laws than some politicians

Minister Shane Ross pictured with students from St Mary’s National School, Lamb’s Cross, Sandyford.

stay safe on the roads. One recent instance was the schoolchildren of Our Lady’s Grove National School, Goatstown, who were so concerned about pupils staying safe that their schoolteacher contacted me to have a ‘School Ahead’ sign erected as a warning to motorists or cyclists who might be THE politicians may not get it but the tempted to speed in the vicinity of their school. kids certainly do. Many children are in the driving seat Recently I visited a few primary schools to talk road safety. After years where road safety is concerned. They tell their parents to buckle up and put battling politicians and publicans, the phone away when they’re in the it was a refreshing experience. car. They know that speed kills and Schoolchildren are keen to do the right thing, wear the correct gear and only the most selfish of adults drink and drive. They say it’s a ‘no-brainer’. take every precaution necessary to

The children I spoke to fully understood that it doesn’t matter if you’re over the limit on Saturday night or Sunday morning – you’re still breaking the law if you’re driving a car and putting others at risk. They have zero tolerance for those who speak out of both sides of their mouths where road safety is concerned. There’s nothing like a child to call out hypocrisy when they hear it. Which is why I wished I could have had some of the kids come into Dáil Éireann and school their TDs on straight talking. They would have pointed out the sheer insanity of politicians approving legislation


and then complain when gardaí implement the law. They would have known these TDs and ministers had not done their homework. Because according to RSA analysis, 11 percent of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol occur between the hours of 7am and 11am. Drivers with alcohol still in their system from the night before affecting their judgement - are killing and maiming innocent people on our roads. And yet there’s uproar when the gardaí do their job and breathalyse motorists in the morning. Why? How can anyone be against saving families from the devastation of a loved one killed in a car collision?

It’s beyond belief that public representatives should suggest that the gardaí should not do their job. Thankfully, the public have made their voices clear. They want the gardaí to enforce the law and keep their roads safe. They want to make sure that their kids are safe on their way to school in the mornings, as well as at all other times. Our children deserve safe roads, free from drink drivers – no matter what the time of day.

Shane Ross is Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and an Independent TD for Dublin Rathdown.

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Details of the proposals for these 6 corridors are available for download on the website or call Freefone 1800 303 653. Community Forum - The NTA will establish a Community Forum for each corridor where there will be an opportunity for a representative from Residents’ Associations, Community Groups, Public Representatives and Interested Groups to get informed and engaged during the public consultation process. Please email to get involved. Public Consultation Information events - A series of Public Consultation meetings will be held in venues along these corridors. Details of these will be available on the website and in local newspapers in the coming weeks. Details of the remaining six corridors (Phase 3) will be published for public review in mid February. Below is a list of the corridors and the proposed public consultation phasing for phase 3. Public Consultation Dates: Mid – February to End April 2019 Ballymun to City Centre Finglas to Phibsborough Bray to City Centre UCD Ballsbridge to City Centre

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Rediscovery Centre teams up with EPA the ‘rediscovery’ of waste materials through reuse, redesign and repair of clothes, paint, furniture and bicycles. This will be achieved through education and demonstration activities at the Rediscovery Centre. The partnership is being funded through the EPA’s National Waste

Prevention Programme, which supports enterprises, households and the public sector to make the change to a low-carbon, circular economy. Laura Burke, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the EPA was looking forward

to working with the Rediscovery Centre. “This partnership aligns with our ambition to foster a circular and greener economy in Ireland,” she added. “Demonstrating what the circular economy looks like in terms of, for example, redesigned and recycled fashion and furniture, is an important part of raising awareness amongst the public and through education. “This strategic partnership will build on the EPA’s and the Rediscovery Centre’s proven track record in innovation, advocacy and behaviour change for resource use efficiency and the circular economy.” The Rediscovery Centre’s mission is to lead change from waste to resource through Willows F.C. ad_Layout 1 23/01/2019 11:38reuse, Page 1 redesign, research and education. Based in Ballymun’s iconic red and white striped boiler house, the The Rediscovery Centre’s mission is to lead change from waste to resource through centre is a unique ecodemonstration facility reuse, redesign, research and education. THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a three-year strategic partnership with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun. The Rediscovery Centre is the National Centre for the Circular Economy and the aim of the new partnership is to promote




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the circular economy in Ireland,” she explained. Last year the Rediscovery Centre received national recognition at the annual SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards held in the Mansion House. The not for profit organisation won the Buildings category for the boiler house building, which was designed to ensure minimum energy usage throughout its operational lifetime. LOLLIPOP DAY: Lollipop Day on March 1-3 involves thousands of people selling lollipops (€2) nationwide, in an effort to raise vital funds for the Oesophageal Cancer Fund. Without the generosity and support from volunteers, the OCF would not be able to provide the vital role it does in terms of awareness, research and better outcomes for patients and their families with this cancer in Ireland. To volunteer in Dublin call Anne Cantrell on 086-4542713.


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Historic Dublin ferry makes new waves after 35 years THE Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, was the guest of honour at a ceremony last week to mark the return of the much-loved No 11 Liffey Ferry. Following a complete restoration in a joint project by Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council, the historic ferry officially returned to the capital’s waters after a 35-year absence. The service had been vital in linking the North docks and South docks communities at a time when the nearest river crossing was Butt Bridge. However, it was decommissioned in 1984 following the completion of the East Link Bridge. But now the No 11 is set to become a familiar sight once again in the heart of Dublin as she

taxis passen-gers between three points - the 3Arena to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to MV Cill Airne at North Wall Quay and back. The service will commence on Monday, February 11 and run from Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, said: “The Liffey Ferry is part of Dublin’s story and to see the No 11 back on the river after all this time is fantastic. It is testament to those who had the foresight to preserve this important piece of history. “The ferry will be returning to a very different Dublin than the one she left, but I have no doubt that a new generation of Dubliners will enjoy this very welcome addition to the

Richie Saunders, of Ringsend, one of the original crew. back driving Dublin’s historic No.11 Liffey Ferry. city just the same.” The Lord Mayor added: “I acknowledge Dublin Port for playing its part in securing the return of what was, and I have no doubt will once again be, a much-loved service. “Dublin City Council and Dublin Port are to

be commended for their energy, foresight and commitment to bringing back this iconic piece of Dublin history.” On board for her first official trip across the river again will be Richie Saunders, from Ringsend, who worked on the No 11

The No 11 Liffey Ferry aka the ‘dockers’ taxi’ is back in service after 35 years. following a restoration project. originally as a coxswain, who was instrumental in preserving the boat in recent years, and who will be back at the helm again to ferry a new generation of passengers north and south of the river. The service to cross the Liffey dates back to 1665

when it was given a Royal Charter by King Charles II and went on to last more than 300 years. The new service will have capacity for 18 people at a time, and commuters across the Docklands making the trip will pay €2 for each

three-minute journey point to point – with the vessel equipped to accept both Leap Card and cash fares. The No 11 was essential transport for workers at the docks and became affectionately known by Dubliners as ‘the dockers’ taxi’.

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Local brothel raid leads to first conviction THE first person convicted for paying for sex in Ireland was arrested following a raid on a brothel in Blanchardstown last March, it emerged last week. The man had been charged under Section 25 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 and was fined €200 at Dublin District Court. Ruhama, which supports women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, has welcomed the conviction. “This case sends a clear message to Irish society that it is not acceptable to pay for access to another person’s body for sexual gratification,” said Ruhama CEO, Sarah Benson. “Sex buyers have been operating with impunity in Ireland for far too long, and we are hopeful that more convictions will be achieved under this legislation in future. “Evidence has shown that tackling ‘demand’ is a key mechanism for preventing the sexual exploitation of the most vulnerable in our society. While the sex trade

continues to thrive due to buyer demand, the criminal gangs running it are profiting.” Legislation criminalising the purchase of sex came into effect in March 2017 following years of campaigning by civil society organisations. The legislation aligns Irish law with the socalled Nordic or ‘Equality’ model of prostitution legislation that has been increasingly implemented globally. The act criminalises sex-buyers, while decriminalizing individuals who sell sex. However, sex workers say the new laws make them

more vulnerable. “This case yet again highlights how the law is being used against workers who may want to work together for safety reasons,” said Kate McGrew, director of Sex Workers’ Alliance Ireland (SWAI). “The convicted man was collateral damage in an illfated war to end demand. He was not the intended target of the raid, the workers were.” McGrew claimed the new legislation means workers will be forced to work alone, which increases their vulnerability. “The Nordic model is

purportedly meant to target the client but by this law, if we want to work legally here, we are forced to work alone,” she continued. “Violent attacks specifically increased on us 77 percent in the first year of the law being introduced. This is not a coincidence. “No one is asking about the sex workers who have been caught in this raid. We hope they are safe and getting the support they need and we would like to remind them and all other sex workers that we are here for peer-led, non judgemental support for all sex workers.”

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NEW efforts are to be made to tackle persistent and sometimes aggressive begging outside shops and businesses in Ballymun and Finglas according to a local councillor. Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) says locals feel intimidated by the begging, which is often done in a desperate effort to feed drug habits. One of the measures expected to be introduced is the deployment of an outreach worker to liaise with and offer support to those begging in the locality. Cllr McAuliffe is encouraging locals not to give money to beggars and says addressing the underlying issues that lead people to beg is the only way of dealing with the problem in a meaningful way. “It’s often assumed that begging is an issue confined to the city centre

or very densely populated places but changes in patterns of addiction have resulted in an increase of begging outside neighbourhood shops,” he added. “Residents in Finglas and the surrounding areas have been raising this issue at Safety Forum meetings for quite some time now. “It’s only a natural reaction for a person to be fearful of being approached by a stranger asking for money. Locals can be made feel intimated and do not feel safe being approached, particularly at night time. “It’s important that elderly, more vulnerable people wishing to go to their local shops feel safe and protected.” The Finglas Safety Forum together with the Finglas Cabra Local Drugs Taskforce and the HSE have been tasked with tackling the issue Cllr

McAuliffe said. “The Gardaí locally continue to try their best to monitor the situation but they are constrained given that while it is a criminal offence to aggressively beg, it’s not a crime to seek money from passers-by on the street,” he continued. “Business owners and their staff are frustrated about it having a knock on effect and annoyed about having to deal with it on a daily basis. “Shifting these people on to simply beg at another location is not a solution. Ultimately these individuals need long-term support. “I’m optimistic that new targeted action in the area will bring the issue under some control and that those relying on begging to survive or fund problem drug use are given a bridge towards leading healthier lives.”




When All Is Said About The Author ANNE Griffin is originally from Dublin, now living in Westmeath. When All Is Said is her debut novel. Anne has had a career, in bookselling, community development work and financial management in the charity sector. Anne started to write aged 44. Following completion of an MA in Creative Writing in UCD, she was signed by a London agency in 2017. Her book went on to sell to Sceptre UK, Thomas Dunne. Books in the US and will be translated into seven foreign languages. Now aged 50, Anne is happy to report that it’s never to late to reinvent yourself.

IF YOU had to toast the five most important people in your life, do you know who they would be? Do you know what drink you would choose? Maurice Hannigan does. At 6.25pm one Saturday evening we meet this 84-year-old successful Meath farmer, at the bar of the Rainsford House Hotel. Cantankerous, flawed and endearing, Maurice brings us on a journey over five hours revealing who he is – his loves, his losses, his triumphs, his failures, and why it is he has come to be in this hotel on this very night. With each glass raised, we learn about his adored brother, Tony, his heartbreak over his daughter Molly who he held for only 15 minutes, his troubled yet mischievous sister-in-law, Noreen, the talent of his son Kevin, a journalist who lives in America, and finally, the simple modesty of his be-loved wife, Sadie, who died two years to the day. And then there are the Dollards. The owners of the Rainsford House Hotel and for whom Maurice once worked as a boy. A family devastated by forbidden love, and the loss of a valuable coin – an Edward VIII gold sovereign stolen by Maurice at age 16 in a fit of revenge against Thomas Dollard, the son. A coin that has haunted the family and Maurice ever

since. Maurice will not raise a toast to the Dollards tonight and yet this hotel, this family, have come to mean something to him. Something he doesn’t wholly understand. They draw him back time after time. Tonight he is there to face these demons down and make peace with those he once called his enemy. Maurice Hannigan is no saint and neither does he profess to be. He is a man who has loved his wealth and his success. He has held sacred his privacy, happy to push the busy bodies away who like to know what’s what in this small rural town. A man who has ploughed his own furrow all of his life and has made no apology for it, not to his son and not to his wife. A man who now realises he has sacrificed far too much and given of himself far too little. Sitting with Maurice, we observe the demons with which he battles. We fall in love with him a little when he paints the picture of the man he believes he should have been. On this Saturday night, Maurice, despite his burning pride, is ready to bury the hachet with some and make amends with others. And while it is Kevin and Sadie he has prmarily come to ask for forgiveness, it will be his own that is hardest won.

Kids feel the fizzle for reading campaign CHILDREN in Dublin are urged to keep their eyes peeled for mysterious aliens at their local library as Bumpfizzle – the Best on Planet Earth, by Patricia Forde, has been chosen for the 2019 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children. The campaign was launched in the newly refurbished Kevin Street Library, where some enthusiastic young readers of the book got to meet the author. The 2019 reading campaign runs until March and details of the many events associated with it can be found at www. Speaking about the campaign, Brendan Teeling, Acting Dublin City Librarian, said: “If there’s one thing we know in libraries, it’s that reading is great fun, and that’s what this Citywide

children are up for that. I sincerely hope so. We may need heroes before this is over.” There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as citycentre based events in bookshops, the National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane. The campaign ends with fun events based on the book, as part of the St Patrick’s Festival in Merrion Square. Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Public Libraries Matthew Treacy and Lilwena Le Sommer Rennison (both 8) are pictured at as well as in all good the launch of the 2019 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children in the newly bookshops. Dublin City refurbished Kevin Street Library. Council Library stock can be borrowed from and very excited that as an added bonus this Reading campaign is all libraries nationwide. You Bumpfizzle The Best year we’ve gotten rid of about. This is the eighth can download a Reading library fines, so that’s one on Planet Earth is the year of this great Dublin Guide to the book, 2019 Citywide Read. thing children (and their City Council initiative suitable for teachers Bumpfizzle is an alienand we hope to see lots of parents!) don’t need to and parents at www. which may attract some children borrowing a copy worry about.” funny business from other Author Patricia Forde of Bumpfizzle from their planets - but I think Dublin projects/citywide-read/ local library – it’s free, and added: “I am delighted

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The fine art of toilet training dogs HAVING issues with toilet training your dog? Dogs need us to teach them how to toilet outdoors and to encourage them through rewarding them when they do toilet outside the house. All puppies need patient and consistent house training – it’s very normal for a puppy to take a few months to be completely housetrained without the odd accident, so don’t worry if it seems to be taking a while. Adult dogs that have had no previous house training may take longer to change their habits, but again don’t worry, this is still very achievable. Don’t worry and remember... • Patience is key! All dogs are individuals, and some might take longer to learn – but it’s well worth the time and effort. • Give plenty of the ‘right’ opportunities for your dog to practise good toileting behaviour. • Puppies have very small bladders so will need to relieve themselves often while

Accidents will happen, so be patient and prepared. they develop. • Accidents will happen, clean up and move on! Telling your dog off will only make them anxious about going to the toilet, so might make them

harder to train. • Leaving the door to the garden open so a dog can come and go is very common, especially during the summer months, however doing so can

slow down learning because the dog doesn’t necessarily learn the difference between indoors and outside. How to teach your dog to toilet


move towards the door when they need to toilet – watch carefully and be sure to give lots of rewards and praise when they ‘tell you’ they need to toilet. If your dog has an accident Don’t worry – it’s likely to happen so just be prepared! Don’t tell them off, simply clean up when they are in another room with an enzymatic cleaner (e.g. commercial products for removing urine marks) that can break down the urine and does not contain ammonia as the smell of this might entice your dog to toilet there again! If your dog is struggling …and going to the toilet very frequently, drinking a lot, and following this advice does not appear to be helping, then take your dog to see your vet to check for medical conditions that might be causing accidents!

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Investing time in training will save time in the long run. The more committed and consistent everyone involved in your dog’s care are, the quicker your dog will learn. • Take your dog outside, approximately every hour, and especially after a sleep, after eating or drinking, after play or exercise, if they’re sniffing about the ground and/ or turning in a circle (getting ready to squat down to toilet) or whenever they get excited e.g. when visitors arrive! Go out with your dog Do this in the rain, wind, sun or under the stars. Stand quietly and wait, be boring! If they go to the toilet reward them, if not just return quietly indoors. Don’t be in too much of a rush to get them back in – give them enough time to try! • Take them to the same toileting area each timeThis helps to create a strong association with toileting in that location. • Watch your dog carefully and reward communication Your dog will soon start to

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Dublin People

Wedding Supplement

Your perfect day!


t’s the biggest day of our lives so let’s make it the most joyful experience possible. Inside, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get ready for everything from walking down the aisle to jetting off on a fantastic honeymoon.

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Make your wedding truly unique IF YOU’VE been to one wedding, you've seen it all. From the flowers and the candles to the dress and the music, the typical wedding can be as predictable and generic as your Uncle Paddy’s dance moves. For your wedding to stand out, you need to involve your guests in the sentiment and process of the day. It's not the cake or the great food that will be remembered, but all the little details that will make your wedding as unique and memorable for your guests as it will be for you. These simple ideas will make it the event that will be talked about for years to come: • Write a welcome note for your out-of-town guests on postcards from the city your wedding takes place. It's a nice personal touch that shows tremendous thought as well as a keepsake that can be saved with photos of the wedding. • Place an ‘About the Wedding Party’ on the reception tables

them "pass the flame." It's a nice romantic touch to a very sentimental and powerful moment. • For family members who have passed away or cannot physically be there with you, wear something of theirs so that they are with you. • Write special love quotes on the inside of everyone's place cards. • Forget the clinking glasses and ringing bells. Have your guests sing loves songs to get you and your groom to smooch Create a wedding that reflects your character. during the reception. • Have guests sign a tablecloth can share. for your guests to learn more • Have each bridesmaid carry to be used at special dinners in about the members of your a bouquet made entirely of their the future in lieu of a guestbook. bridal party. Not everyone will • Set small photo albums, know that you and your maid of favourite flower. The bride’s notecards and a disposable bouquet can be a combination honour have been best friends camera at each table. Create a of their choices. since preschool. sign asking each guest to write • Read your vows to • If you're planning on taking pictures prior to the ceremony, candlelight. All your guests will some words of wisdom on the notecards and put the card into receive a candle on their way clear everyone out of the the photo album. into the ceremony. When it wedding venue and have your Make sure they take a photo comes time for the vows, have groom at the end of the aisle. of everyone at the table. After Walk down the aisle, so it's only your ushers or groomsmen go the wedding you can combine the two of you. It's a very sweet around and light the candle the notecard on the same page at the end of the row and let and special moment that you

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as the photograph and you'll have a special keepsake of every guest at your wedding. • Assign table numbers by age and accent the decor with pictures of you and fiancé from that time. For example at table sixteen you could show pictures of your fiancé with his new car and you at your sweet 16 birthday party. • Be sure to have a kid oriented table. Lay down block paper for them to draw on, have them make you cards, serve hot dogs, chicken fingers, ice cream sundaes. Perhaps even have a side room for them with Disney movies playing or a magician for entertainment. Your guests will love you for getting the kids out of their hair for the night. • Remember that this wedding is about celebrating your love and inviting your family and friends to see a glimpse of who you are. Don't be afraid to do things a little differently - your guests will appreciate and remember your day all the more for it!




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BRIDAL GOWN TIPS SUCCESS on your dressshopping mission is down to body shape knowledge. Here are some top tips to help you pick a dress style that will suit you on the big day. RECTANGLE: • Rectangular body shapes have evenly sized shoulders and hips and less of a pinched in waist. • What dress shapes work: To try and make you look curvier around your waist look for a dress that has an upside down triangle shaped top half with the apex ending at your middle. Go for a full skirt with detailing only either on the skirt half or the top of the dress. TRIANGLE: • Triangle body shape means your shoulders will be wider than your hips. • What dress shapes work: A straight lined elegant dress looks great as do ball gowns. High necks and halter necks balance your top half and make it look smaller. You probably have great legs so why not go daring in white mini wedding dress. HOUR GLASS: • You have evenly proportioned shoulders and hips and a smaller cinched in waist. • What dress shapes work: Go for a low cut top either V-neck, scooped or strapless and show off those curves. Keep the top half of the dress fitted and have the skirt fall down into an easy A-line. PEAR: • Your shoulder’s and hips are smaller than your waist. • What dress suits: A lines usually look great as do Empress Style dresses but why not try something more interesting, as one shouldered dresses looks superb on pears.

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Dream honeymoon destinations WHEN it comes to your honeymoon, the world can be your oyster but you’ll find better value and top quality if you stick to Europe. Have a look at these super destinations that are ideal for a shorthop honeymoon.


Check out this laid-back island with amazing white powdery sandy beaches if you’re looking for a relaxing honeymoon mixed with culture and delicious food and wine. It might belong to Italy, but Sardinia has its own unique twist on Italian cuisine. Visit Alghero, a picturesque walled small city on the north-western corner of the island, and Cala Sinzias beach for its spectacular sweep of broad, white beach backed by Mediterranean pine forest.


Where East meets West, Turkey caters for just about every taste. It’s a hugely popular destination with Irish holidaymakers and for good reason. Traditions and history on your doorstep along with modern holiday resort facilities, Turkey quite simply, fascinates. Feel the warmth of the welcome, taste the fabulous food, smell the spices and see for yourself all that this fabulous country has to offer.

After all, this land has the best in fine wine, strong cheese, exquisite breads, extravagant The perfect relaxing experience chateaus, fantastic architecture and and a truly beautiful location, the attractions as unique as they are Algarve is mostly considered a beach destination, ideal for nautical breathtaking. And don’t forget the cafes and sports with some of the best beaches for sailing, surfing and windsurfing. bistros, museums and garden, all inspiring the sublime essence of That’s hardly surprising, given it’s love. got one of Europe’s best coastal As well as Paris, the city of love, strips with just over 150km of France boasts extraordinarily stunning scenery. diverse and beautiful terrain The Algarve also boasts exquisite from rolling hills and lavender gastronomy at affordable prices. fields in Provence, majestic Alps in Bordeaux, a wind-swept coast ITALY in Brittany to the west and balmy Always popular with newly-weds, luxuriousness of palm trees and Italy is a romantic and beautiful warm sun in the Riviera down south. country, from the sophisticated elegance and natural beauty of Sorrento to the inspiring energy of CROATIA Rome. Competing with France and Italy Venice is truly one of a kind in the romantic destination stakes and a seductively romantic place is the famous Dubrovnik Riviera in that everyone must visit in their Croatia. lifetime while Lake Como is a place The area enjoys an old world where you can be content with just atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, strolling for hours around the towns coupled with top class hotels in situated along the lakes, admiring stunning locations and boasting the beautiful gardens and villas, panoramic views of the Adriatic and visiting boutique shops and eating Elaphite Islands. delectable meals al fresco as you The Croatian Riviera is defined enjoy each other’s company. by blue seas, gorgeous pebble beaches, rolling green hills, golden Renaissance cities and delightful FRANCE: Rome has everything a loved-up couple could desire. informal resorts - all at considerably A romantic honeymoon in France greater value and with far fewer may seem obvious but a trip here crowds than most European goes far beyond a photo op in front hotspots. of the Eiffel Tower.


Tips for making it extra special! 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 have 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. Does your wallet allow for a couple of nights in a quiet hotel at home in Ireland, a round-the-world trip, or something in between? You don’t want to start married life with a massive honeymoon bill to pay off. 2. Discuss your idea of the perfect vacation. Who likes sports? Who likes sun? Who wants to explore an exotic destination? Make a list of the things that mean most to you, and compare notes.

3. Use a travel agent. It doesn't cost any more and in fact usually works out cheaper. A travel agent also reduces stress as they’ll make all the arrangements so all you have to do is turn up at the airport and take off to your dream destination. 4. If you're going abroad, leave plenty of time to make sure your passport is current and you have the visas needed. If inoculations are required, get them well before the wedding. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. 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. 9. When packing for your honeymoon, think about taking along some romantic items like candles, massage oil and some new lingerie.

Paris is hard to beat when it comes to romantic cities.

The Algarve has great weather for almost all of the year.

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This week’s Beauty Dial Star Buys By Edel Cox of The Beauty Dial (


Leonie Garlick and wedding planning website presents six ways to achieve perfectly kissable lips on your wedding day... From kissing your newly-wed to posing for photos and sipping on Prosecco, your lips will be in high demand on your wedding day. Brides are no longer opting for barely-there makeup and a conservative up do - 2019’s brides are showing there is much more fun to be had. Big, bold lips are here to stay and we couldn’t be more excited for those bells to chime. UKbride presents the best trends of 2019 to give you some great wedding makeup ideas and, most importantly, to make your lips POP! is the social networking website for brides to be, with 720,000 members and 164,000 Facebook likes.

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS IDEAS FOR YOUR WEDDING… There are so many ways to use flowers to create a stunning looking wedding reception. Here, Tilly Wilkinson, editor of, provides a couple of blooming imaginative ideas...


CREATE HEIGHT ON YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION TABLES There’s nothing worse than trying to strain your neck around an obstructive table decoration at a wedding reception. By making your floral arrangements really (really!) tall, not only will you allow your guests to see a bit more of one another, you’ll also create masses of colour above head height, making your floral investment more visible and more dramatic. This is also a great way to ensure you make the most of reception venues which have soaring ceilings!


ENJOY BOLD COLOURS Traditionally, brides opt for pastel shades, but for real impact, go bold. These buttonholes make use of a bit of pastel pink, but with bright fuchsia pink shades and big blooms (think peonies) they create a real impact. You can also use unconventional foliage like holly with red berries for winter weddings, ears of wheat for summer weddings and employ scented foliage like lavender in sum-mer or rosemary for rustic buttonholes.


STAY CONSISTENT WITH YOUR STYLING Have you taken some time to determine your overall wedding vision? This is the best place to start when it comes to creating the perfect tablescape to suit. Your wedding table styling should be consistent with the other areas of your wedding, such as your ceremony furniture, floral design and stationery suite. Draw inspiration from the existing elements of your wedding day, rather than trying to create a whole new theme for your reception settings. For example, if the rest of your wedding styling is minimal, modern and elegant, you’d want to continue this feel for your table settings, too. This will help you create a cohesive aesthetic that flows nicely throughout each area of your day.

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New courses at Open evening to Loughlinstown be held for Leaving Training Centres Cert students Loughlinstown Training Centres are offering a wide range of day and night courses for the new year. Courses are not only delivered in the Training Centres but are also delivered in local areas making it easier to access training. The range of courses provide training to those who are entering the labour market for the first time as well as those who wish to upskill or even change their career path. The courses are delivered via a range of full-time and part-time day courses along with a choice of night training options. Courses are designed to equip learners with the skills necessary to progress to further

training options and/or seek employment. All day courses are certified and lead to a range of single or major awards. All courses are certified by several awarding bodies including QQI, City & Guilds, CompTIA, Microsoft etc. Choose to take a course at Loughlinstown Training Centre and you will find lots of great facilities at the easily accessible and selfcontained campus. There is plenty of free car parking available and the Training Centre is well served by public transport. With excellent, affordable canteen facilities and modern training equipment, pleasant and comfortable environment is provided

to carry out training. Small class size and expert instruction will ensure students receive the support required throughout their course. A full range of courses can be found on www. dublintrainingcentres. ie, where you can apply online. Baldoyle, Loughlinstown and Tallaght Training Centres form part of the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) which serves the three County areas of Dun LaoghaireRathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. Small class size and expert instruction ensures all students receive the support the require throughout their course so they can reach their full potential.

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THE Institute of Education on Lower Leeson Street is holding open evenings for fourth, fifth and sixth year students on Monday, February 4 at 6pm. The Institute has three main points of entry for students looking for a proven path to academic and career success. There’s a three year Leaving Certificate programme for fourth year students, enabling them to

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way for their examinations. Yvonne O’Toole is the Managing Principal at The Institute of Education and she explained what students who enrol can expect. “Here at The Institute of Education we help our students achieve their potential by providing an excellent academic education in a uniquely supportive and dynamic learning environment,”

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Fingal County Council We, Arthur and Mary McGrail, intend to apply for permission for development at 37 Castleknock Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin 15. The development will consist of the construction of a private dwelling together with connection to proposed and existing services and including all ancillary site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Aoife & Iwan Harmsen are applying for permission for the installation of Solar PV panels on the south facing aspect of the roof of the house at 22 Sion Hill Park, Sion Hill Road, D09 WN83. 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. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Emer and Gearoid O’ Brien are applying for planning permission to remove existing front garden wall to allow for 2No. off street parking spaces and all associated works at No. 41 Calderwood Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. 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, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m. - 4.30p.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 (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority 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 our without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


I Wayne Kenny intend to apply for planning permission for a development to consist of a carparking space to the front with a 3 metre wide access and dished footpath, an attic bedroom in the rear roof, of the existing single storey terraced house & a two storey extension to the rear accommodating a kitchen/dining room at ground level & a bedroom at first floor level accessed by a two storey link at no.9 Glenmore Road, Dublin 7 (D07H1F6) 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, planning department, block 4, ground floor, civic offices, wood quay, dublin 8 during its public opening hours. a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority 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

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Gerard & Maria Lyons intend to apply for planning permission to convert attic space to store and provide dormer window to side to facilitate stairs and rooflight to rear at 112 Glasnevin Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the office 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Application for Retention planning permission for Single Storey Extension to rear of existing house at 37 Willow park Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 signed Carraig Rushe. 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.

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1. You might keep them on American bills (4) 3. To row may be inappropriate on this (8) 9. Tuner ordered by a man out of gear (7) 10. Tendency to be carried along (5) 11. A craftsman such as the Prime Minister? (7-5) 13. The lawn variety is not real (6) 15. Composer about to climb aboard (6) 17. Very sad when the record is played at such a time (12) 20. Pale like a bird (5) 21. List that is put about various times (7) 22. Write back concerning a horse-killer (8) 23. That’s some signature for a creature (4)

1. Engrave (4) 3. Exemption (8) 9. Coach (7) 10. Smith’s block (5) 11. Err (4,1,7) 13. Pantihose (6) 15. Vile (6) 17. Distinguish (12) 20. Inn (5) 21. Black and white (7) 22. Penitent (8) 23. Bogus (4)


1. Guess (8) 2. Eccentric (5) 4. Unhealthy (6) 5. Unwarranted (12) 6. Summoned (7) 7. Cry (4) 8. Especially (2,10) 12. Appendix (8) 14. Sparkle (7) 16. Mollusc (6) 18. Under water (5) 19. Fashionable (4)

DOWN 1. A small number in each large town show persistence (8) 2. Cry about the right promotional description (5) 4. Lie too badly about rock (6) See answers on the following page 5. Dated foods I handle roughly (3-9) 6. A review of pure wit, possibly (5-2) 7. Still one monster (4) 8. A man to anger with an early Christmas present (12) 12. Curiosity about a credit charge (8) 14. Not one in there comes out (7) 16. Complete the National Theatre in the Irish Republic (6) 18. Like a man from the East (5) 19. Injure with a hard weapon (4)



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Disconnected at The New Theatre ‘Disconnected’ continues at The New Theatre (43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar) until February 2 at 7.30pm nightly. Tonight is the biggest party of the year. Emma and Clementine are prepped to impress, it’s all they have been waiting for. But Cassie is acting weird. She has a secret. It’s not pretty. Only pretty fits in Emma’s world. When appearance is no longer enough she dares to dig a little deeper and with it, risks everything. Tickets: €17 (€14 concession). Show Length: 70 minutes. For more information, visit www.

MEDAL SOCIETY OPEN DAY The Medal Society of Ireland is holding an open day on Saturday, February 2 from 11am to 4pm at Knox Hall, Monkstown Village, Co Dublin. Visitors can bring, buy, trade, swap or get free valuations or identifications of medals. Contact Pat on 087-2447522 or Austin on 0872344890 for more information. For more on the Medal Society of Ireland see


Over 3,000 secondary students and teachers from all over the country are expected to attend this year’s HealthFest event at the National Sports Campus in Dublin 15. This year’s event is being held on Thursday January 31. The full day seminar is designed to educate young people about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in a practical, engaging and fun environment. Activities on the day will include physical challenge zones, engaging talks, cookery demos, Zumba, hip-hop and yoga to name but a few. For more information visit https://

BOHS VS EAST FIFE The Irish soccer season is fast approaching and Bohs fans can get an early taste of competitive football when the Gypsies take on Scottish League One side East Fife in an IrnBru Cup quarter final tie at 3pm on Saturday, February 2. The Scottish side will be brining over a contingent of fans so a great family experience is expected. Advance tickets can be bought online at

Tower - the most famous building in world literature where James Joyce’s masterpiece begins and The Oratory - a tiny building that is home to some of the most spectacular artwork from the first half of 20th Century Ireland.


Ever wanted to hear the history of Cabinteely House or Marlay House, or see some spectacular Celtic Revival Art? Take a step back in time with the Winter of Heritage free guided tours until March 3. Among the highlights are the James Joyce


The February First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association, will take place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, February 2. Donations of books, which must be in a good and clean condition, will be accepted on the day.




course of rearrangement. MacLeman articulates the interrelationship of inner city built and natural environments through materials inspired by or directly sourced in the area. The exhibition continues until March 10.

Fans of the dark and spooky rejoice! Horror Month features a night of macabre performances and dark humour in the form of Bloody Divine in the Workman's Club on February 1. The event will be hosted by Belfast based powerhouse Soup du Jour and boasts performers both homegrown (UnderCurrent, Santina Spitfire) and international (Peach Lee Ray, Luna TikTok). The excitement doesn't stop there, as February 8 sees the Mx Horror competition, an all-inclusive, multi-disciplinary pageant for the strange and unusual. Tickets and full information are available now on Eventbrite and social media.

A new exhibition, 'In Course of Rearrangement' by Marielle MacLeman, has opened at the LAB Gallery on Foley Street, Dublin 1. Two hundred years after the Earl of Meath was told a greater return could be made growing grass than collecting weaver’s rents, Dublin City Council was developing green spaces for the Buddleja-infested sites, as the title borrowed from museology suggests, in

An exhibition, entitled ‘Jurassic Skies’, has opened at the National Museum of Ireland. ‘Jurassic Skies’ tells the story of the evolution of flight, offering visitors the opportunity to view a number of important, rarely seen fossils from the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. The focal point of the exhibition is the Archaeopteryx, a small dinosaur with special feathers shaped to catch the wind. ‘Jurassic Skies’ is a temporary exhibition at National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, and runs until March 24. For more information, visit

Crossword Answers 30th January CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Tabs; 3 Motorway; 9 Neutral; 10 Drift; 11 Cabinet-maker; 13 Tennis; 15 Chopin; 17 Disconsolate; 20 Ashen; 21 Itemise; 22 Murderer; 23 Gnat. Down: 1 Tenacity; 2 Blurb; 4 Oolite; 5 Old-fashioned; 6 Write-up; 7 Yeti; 8 Frankincense; 12 Interest; 14 Neither; 16 Entire; 18 Asian; 19 Harm.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Etch; 3 Immunity; 9 Trainer; 10 Anvil; 11 Make a mistake; 13 Tights; 15 Sordid; 17 Discriminate; 20 Hotel; 21 Piebald; 22 Contrite; 23 Sham. Down: 1 Estimate; 2 Crank; 4 Morbid; 5 Unauthorised; 6 Invoked; 7 Yell; 8 In particular; 12 Addendum; 14 Glisten; 16 Limpet; 18 Awash; 19 Chic.

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

Many of our readers will remember doing their shopping at H Williams in Killester.

Freeman’s Journal, January 17, 1860

Irish Press, January 30, 1992


Irish Press, January 10, 1964

Evening Herald, January 30, 1938

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