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Locals back targeted club

Some of the large group that attended the Easter fun day at the allotments to show support for the Meeting Place Club. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA.

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on a wall at the allotments behind Fairlawn estate LOCAL youths who threw before Easter and hurled stones, rocks and other stones at and abused objects at the kids from kids with disabilities at the Meeting Place Club. allotments in Finglas The club, which works have been invited to get mostly with children on involved with the club the autism spectrum and they targeted. Up to 10 youths gathered is affiliated with Arch

Federation Ireland, had been at the allotments for horticulture therapy and creative art when the incident happened. Sadly, it’s not the first time the club has suffered anti-social behaviour. A sensory Continued on page 2


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devastated by the attack but overwhelming support from the Finglas community has made them determined to continue their work. “The community has kept us going,” she said. “You do get to a stage where you ask yourself is it all worth it but the amount of people who rallied around has been fantastic.” The club considered cancelling an event at the allotments planned for the Easter weekend but volunteers were urged to go ahead as planned. “We were going to cancel the event on health and safety grounds but local people insisted we go ahead and said they were going to support us,” said Sandra. Heidi (8) and Jayce (1) Cooney enjoying the fun day. “We have been her son would cause any approached by one of kind of attack. the parents and she is “I think it’s a pack devastated to think that mentality. I think when you put too many people together and you show them something, they think they’re not part of it so they want to destroy it. “But we want to say that we know what that’s like, we know what it’s like to be marginalised, we know what it’s like to feel victimised so we welcome everybody and we want people to come and volunteer.” Local residents say a derelict house close to the allotments has become a focal point for anti-social behaviour, with teenagers from outside the area gathering there and influencing local youths. Jody Fox, Morgan Lambert, James Lambert, Darren Quinn and Rachel Starrs. Sandra Dillon with Cillian Kenny at the allotments. garden was destroyed last September and a shed used for storage and art was broken into and suffered fire damage more recently. However, the throwstoning incident was a tipping point that caused outrage after it was featured on RTE’s Liveline radio show. “We were rained on by stones, bottles and bricks and abuse, and some of the abuse was very, very hurtful,” said Meeting Place Club volunteer, Sandra Dillon. “To see the vile attitude towards us was very hurtful. Some were as young as 10 and 11.” But despite the attack, Sandra says that the Meeting Place Club wants the youths involved to get involved with the club’s projects. We don’t want anybody

punished. We just want it stopped,” she told Northside People. “We would love for those involved to be brought in and to volunteer. I know there are good guys there. “Some of the teenagers who have come to us would have been sent to us because of the problems that they were causing in their community. “We’ve seen their self esteem and self worth being raised. They get a purpose. Their purpose was they wanted to help others because they knew how hard it was for them, and they start to get an understanding of themselves. “We’re not going to throw a stone back at them and we want other people to be aware of that as well.” Sandra admitted the club volunteers were


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Finglas mournes loss of Feargal THE passing of former Supermarket kingpin and senator, Feargal Quinn, was met with great sadness across the Northside last week. Born in Dublin, Quinn opened his first store in Dundalk in 1960 and five years later his first in the capital in Finglas Village. He brought his own personality and bit of showbiz glamour to the Irish supermarket industry and both staff and customers remember his as a helpful, kind and personable gentleman. Local councillor Paul

McAuliffe (FF), said there had always been a special relationship between Quinn and the people of Finglas. “Coincidentally, I spent the morning of his passing meeting people beside the famous 'Hands' statue which Feargal commissioned in the village,” he said. “Many in Finglas claim their hand to be one of those cast in bronze but it is safe to say that Feargal walked 'hand in hand' with us and we will not forget him. “Feargal, who was

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renowned for his expertise in customer services, honed these skills on the shop floor in Finglas by working with the people of our community. “He was decent and gentle to those who met him and generous with his time. “Thousands of people in the area started and ended their careers working alongside him and his team, where they pioneered retail best practice in Ireland. “They included my uncle Myles Lawlor who passed away suddenly while at work in the bakery. “It was Feargal himself who came to my grandmother's home to sit with her and pay his respects after Myles died so suddenly. “I know many in my family will be thinking of the Quinn family today as will families across Finglas.” Cllr McAuliffe posted his comments on Facebook and other locals added their thoughts on Quinn’s passing.

“A true gentleman who treated staff and customers with respect,” said Marie Duffy. “Present day supermarkets could learn a lot from him. May he rest in peace.” Graham Rosarius said: “He was the only one that gave disadvantaged people in the area a chance. “He treated everyone the same. Gentlemen. Sadly missed.” Linda O'Sullivan said: “I remember sending him a letter as a child about Superquinn and he sent me a book and a lovely letter. He was a gentleman.” Readers of Northside People also paid tribute to Quinn on our Facebook page after we posted a photo of Superquinn in Finglas. “I remember it very well,” said Kevin O'Donoghue. “I used to do my shopping in there most days of the week. “I had very many fond memories of both the shop and its brilliant staff

as well. Bless them.” “Always got the Superquinn sausages from Finglas branch. Best sausages by far,” Shaz Ann posted. Sandra Taylor recalled working in Superquinn Finglas as her first job. “Our Nanna lived just up the road so we used the stay on Friday nights to get up early for work on Saturdays,” she said.

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Posters are a sign of healthy democracy TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group

THE poster fairies were out in force last week as the starting gun was fired in the European and Local Elections. While we slept in our beds, every lamppost in my community was targeted by eager candidates and their hardworking teams. We awoke to a colourful display of posters, emblazoned with party logos and professionally taken mugshots of wannabe politicians. There were some

familiar names, along with fresh-faced newbies drawn from all parties and none. Some would argue for an end to election posters, believing them to be an unsightly distraction, particularly as Tidy Towns’ groups begin their work in earnest. While I have some sympathy for this view, I also feel that the posters are the sign of a healthy democracy at work and help raise awareness of political and local issues. Even in this digital age, not everyone relies on social media so the posters serve as a traditional method of familiarising the electorate with their local candidates. The robust enforcement of litter laws can help ensure that posters are not up for longer periods than permitted

under legislation and residents should not be shy when it comes to reporting any transgressions to their local authority. Over the coming weeks, you’ll have numerous opportunities to press the flesh with candidates for the Local and European Elections. Have a list of your gripes prepared but be mindful of the limitations of their office, if elected. There’s not much point having a go at a prospective MEP over the lack of litter bins in your local park but that’s a conversation you can certainly have with candidates seeking seats on the council. Personally, I have a few axes to grind with my local authority, such as parking charges, derelict buildings, damaged speed ramps and the lack of

Election posters started appearing on lampposts last week. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA enforcement of dog fouling laws. I’ll also be bending ears about candidates’ views on Local Property Tax (LPT). It’s sometimes easy to take democracy for granted but we are fortunate to live in a society where we get to choose who runs Ireland – at

local, national and indeed European level. As always, we need to be careful with our vote and those who we deem worthy of election better work damn hard to make sure we don’t regret putting that tick beside their photo on the ballot paper.

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They got a shipmast from a ship built in 1916 and have buffed and polished it up in advance of the unveiling. The festival itself will have free events with live music, sports and various family-friendly events across the two days in the village. Several fundraisers have been held in advance of the festival including a penalty game for families and a Q and A in Erin’s Isle featuring soccer and GAA players from Finglas. Several local artists and





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Sculpture marks ‘electronic kilo’ THE National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has commemorated the historic kilogram redefinition by unveiling a specially commissioned ‘SI Unit’ sculpture at its National Metrology Laboratory base in Glasnevin. History was made on November 16 last when metrologists and policy makers from 60 nations around the world convened in Paris

and agreed to redefine a kilogram in terms of a tiny but unchanging value called the ‘Planck constant’. This 'electronic kilogram' will be the new baseline measure of mass and it will come into effect later this month on May 21. Since 1889, the kilogram has been defined by a piece of metal held in a triple-locked vault in the International Bureau of Weights and Measures

laboratory in France. It is the one true kilogram in the world. Several exact copies were made and placed in national metrology laboratories around the world to calibrate measurements in different countries. Ireland’s copy of the kilogram resides in the National Metrology Laboratory in Glasnevin, which is run by the NSAI, an agency of the Department of

Business, Enterprise and Innovation. The specially made stone sculpture unveiled recently has been embossed on both sides with the SI symbol. The stone originally formed part of a length measuring standard that was used in the National Metrology Laboratory for over 25 years. It now stands proudly on the lawn outside the main entrance to the building.

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Gavin James to make triumphant return to 3Arena WITH over one billion streams and a 2019 Worldwide Tour, including seven sold out Irish shows, Gavin James now returns to the 3Arena on Saturday, February 29 next year. It’s been just under four years since the Dublin singer songwriter released his platinum selling debut album ‘Bitter Pill’. These past four years have been non-stop for James with tours across the world, playing to a global audience of over one million people. One of the most genuine, humble and hardworking artists in music, Gavin’s sophomore album ‘Only Ticket Home’ was released in October. The lead single ‘Always’ has reached over 50 million streams to date and is now platinum in several countries including a No 1 in Brazil and is one of the

Gavin James is making a big come back next year. top 100 Shazamed songs in the world. After kicking off the year by counting down the nation to the New Year with a live concert and TV broadcast from Dublin’s Custom House Quay, Gavin stormed into 2019 with a worldwide tour, taking him to UK, Europe, US, Canada, South

America, Middle East, Asia and Australia. The tour ends in Ireland with seven sold out shows including three nights at the Olympia Theatre. Back and better than ever, Gavin makes his triumphant return to 3Arena Dublin on Saturday February 29, 2020.

Band, though instead of a set band, the tracks featured a rotating variety of accompanists including Josh Homme and PJ Harvey. A second Mark Lanegan Band set, ‘Blues Funeral’, appeared in 2012, while Lanegan dropped two albums in 2013, a collaboration with multiinstrumentalist Duke Garwood titled ‘Black Pudding’, and a second album devoted to covers, ‘Imitations’. 2014 brought a third full-length from the Mark Lanegan Band, ‘Phantom Radio’, and in 2015, Lanegan partnered with a handful of producers and remix artists (including Moby, UNKLE, Soulsavers, and Mark Stewart) to songs create ‘A Thousand Miles that were his trademark, of Midnight: Phantom and 2004's more rockoriented ‘Bubblegum’ was Radio Remixes’. By this time, Lanegan's the first album credited solo career had to The Mark Lanegan

generated enough music to merit two different retrospective releases; in 2014, Light in the Attic issued the careerspanning compilation ‘Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011’, while in 2015 Sub Pop released ‘One Way Street’, a vinyl-only collection that featured new LP pressings of Lanegan's first five solo albums. In 2017, Lanegan released ‘Gargoyle’, an album written with his frequent collaborators Alain Johannes and Rob Marshall; it also featured guest appearances from Josh Homme and Greg Dulli. Lanegan and Duke Garwood teamed up once again to record 2018's ‘With Animals’, a set dominated by spare and evocative electronic accompaniment. The eagerly anticipated

‘Somebody’s Knocking’, due for release on October 18, came together in an 11-day session in LA, with many of the deepest musical influences on the record being European. They were either the aforementioned electronic artists or newer, murkier forms provided by writing partners Martin Jenkins (who records as Pye Corner Audio for Ghost Box) or Rob Marshall - a collaborator on ‘Gargoyle’ and on his own, forthcoming album. Like Lanegan’s best work, the album is set to tell its own stories and weaves its own wonders, conjuring up feverish hallucinogenic visions to sit atop roughly hewn electronics. The Mark Lanegan Band are in the Button Factory on December 17. Tickets are €28.50

Better catch Oblivion Community Center before all tickets are sold! CURRENTLY selling out shows around the world on their US and European Tour, Better Oblivion Community Center Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst’s new band - are set to play their debut Irish show at Vicar Street on May 13. Limited tickets remain for what is set to be an incredible show. On the road, Phoebe and Conor have been performing the entire Better Oblivion Community Center album, alongside reinterpretations of Bright Eyes and fan favourites and live covers of tracks such as The Killers’ Human and Death Cab for Cutie’s Title and Registration that have been setting the internet alight. The rumours percolating since summer on fan sites, Reddit boards and Twitter were finally confirmed in January when an album entitled ‘Better Oblivion Community Center’ by Better Oblivion Community Center

appeared on DSPs, shortly followed by a live performance of ‘Dylan Thomas’ on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS. The new band, formed by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, kept their plans under wraps for months as they wrote and recorded in Los Angeles in the summer and autumn of 2018. By the tail end of the year rumours were swirling and a mysterious phone number appeared on social media platforms. Fans of both artists began receiving enigmatic brochures in the mail and a bus stop advertising the Better Oblivion Community Center appeared in their hometown of LA. The album - released by Dead Oceans - appeared without warning on DSPs and within the hour the band were performing for the very first time on American network television. Produced by Bridgers,

Better Oblivion Community Center - Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst’s new band - are set to play their debut Irish show at Vicar Street in May. Oberst and long time Oberst/Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster, Better Oblivion Community Center features the work of several talented friends: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner appears on two tracks (first single ‘Dylan Thomas’ and ‘Dominoes’) while Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White) plays drums on half of the album. Dawes’ rhythm section Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith appear on the other half.

Singer/songwriter Christian Lee Hutson contributes guitar and Anna Butterss provides bass. Zinner joined Phoebe and Conor for their live performance on Stephen Colbert, along with the touring band, Emily Retsas, Elizabeth Goodfellow and Christian Lee Hutson. Limited remaining tickets for Better Oblivion Community Center live at Vicar Street on May 13 are priced from €27.50 plus booking fee (additional charges may apply).



information Santry jockey Fertility evening in Dublin jumps at charity opportunity Callum Lavery A NORTHSIDE jockey is hoping to stir-up the competition as he raises money for kidney research. Santry local Frank Brady is competing in this year’s Punchestown Kidney Research Fund charity horse race on May 4. Around 25 riders will be taking part and each of them must first raise €1,500 in order to enter. Proceeds of this year’s race will go towards new dialysis machines for Temple Street Children's Hospital. Mr Brady has been involved in the event for the past 15 years, riding in nine races. The Lorcan Crescent

man said he’s more than happy to get involved despite luckily never having a family member affected by kidney problems. “It’s such a great cause, the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund and it’s a fabulous day out,” he told Northside People. “They get 30,000 people there on the day and I think kids are free. There’s 25 riders and it’s just a fantastic buzz but the bottom line is that it is for charity.” Mr Brady, a Dublin bus driver for the past 12 years has been riding horses since he was 15 but unfortunately reckons the event on May 4 will probably be his last competition. “I ride out for

champion hurdle winning trainer Gavin Cromwell and will be riding for him in the race,” he said. “I started with Jim Bolger in Carlow at 15 and was a work rider with Jenny Pitman in Lambourn for six years leading up a Grand National winner and a Gold Cup runner up in the ‘90s. As I'm 49 it will probably be my last race.” Mr Brady joked that he needs to give younger riders a chance to enter the charity event. “It’s hard to get into,” he added. “Every year there are a couple of hundred jockeys trying to enter and only 25 get in; it’s time to give someone

else a turn.” The Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Horse Race was founded by James Nolan in 1990 and is traditionally the last race of the festival. The race is a one mile and seven furlongs flat race run over the Punchestown Championship Racetrack. Nolan who had progressive renal failure from birth began the event after receiving a transplant from his sister Catherine in April, 1987. Following a full recovery Nolan decided he wanted to give back and established the race with the support of Punchestown Race Course and The Turf Club. 

ROTUNDA IVF is holding an informal information evening this week to look at modern fertility issues. ‘Fertility in the City’ will take place in the Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street on Thursday, May 2, from 6.30pm. The event will see Ireland's top fertility specialists address a The Information Evening will take place on May 2. range of issues, including Bauman. fertility treatments, the options available for “Women wishing to such as the new sperm same sex couples and extend their fertility are donation programme, single women. freezing their eggs and means that conceiving The details on donor same sex couples have sperm, assessing fertility, a child is now perfectly support in planning viable for many couples causes of infertility their options around and individuals who, up and all the supports, having a baby.” Up to 80 until recently, wouldn’t advice and state-of-thetickets are available for have the same options. art treatments will be Tasty Tasty dishes dishes the information evening “We are seeing more explained by the Rotunda free-of-charge, but must IVF fertilityTrusted experts. Trusted service service single women choosing be booked in advance on to have a child using Dr Renato Bauman of Easymodern to to cook cook donor sperm,” said Dr Rotunda IVFEasy said

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Beach safety for your dog MOST dogs, like their owners, love a trip to the beach so here are a few tips to make your beach trip safe and enjoyable for you, your dog and other beachgoers. • Look up your nearest beach online to check your dog is allowed on the beach, if he has to be leashed at all times and if there are certain hours he can be off lead. • Check the tide times before you leave home as there may not be much beach when you get there if the tide is in. • Don’t forget to bring your poo bags so you can pick up after your dog. • Make sure your dog has his collar and ID securely attached and also that his microchip details are up to date (legal requirement) just in case he gets lost. • Ensure you have plenty of cool fresh water (sea water will make him sick), a portable drinking device, some tasty treats, dog safe sun cream and a few towels to dry off your dog and protect your car seats. • Double check your dog is secured safely in your car as the excitement of a trip to the beach

can be too much and he may be likely to bolt out of your car door. • Remember that dogs can easily injure their paws on razor shells so try to avoid shelled areas if possible. • If you plan to spend the day at the beach with your dog, don’t forget to bring a large parasol to create some shade.  Also, dig down

in the sand and make a nice little pit for him to lie in. • Some dogs like to eat shells and washed up fish so keep a close eye on your dog, if he picks up anything he shouldn’t, offer him a treat and discard the unwanted item when he drops it to get his treat. • If your dog is allowed off lead,

please ensure he has excellent recall and if you see another dog on lead, pop your dog on his if there is any chance at all he will approach the on-lead dog. • Also if walking early on the beach, keep an eye out for horses and put your dog on his lead as soon as you see them.


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The Dublin People has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Top dog this week is Maggie, a beautiful and bright 9-year-old female Labrador cross looking for a calm and understanding home to call her own. She can find the world to be quite scary, so she will need some help to grow her confidence, but once Maggie gets to know you, she will lavish you in love! Maggie would love a home in a quiet area with a loving family to show her that she doesn’t need to be scared anymore. Despite her fears, Maggie is a very brave girl that just needs time to build up her confidence. She loves nothing more than belly rubs and chasing tennis balls! If you think you can offer Maggie a loving home, then contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000.

Give a Dog a Home Today! Phone us on 01 8791000 Dogs Trust is based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website at You can also pop up for a visit. Dogs Trust is open six days a week from 12-4pm. The centre is closed all day Tuesday. You can also find Dogs Trust on Facebook at or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.



Funding for local food project A NORTHSIDE food initiative has been announced as one of 14 projects awarded funding from safefood for the 2019-2021 Community Food Initiatives (CFIs) Programme. Dublin North West Area Partnership is to receive the funding, which will be used to promote healthy eating and overall wellbeing for communities in the local

area. The CFI programme is designed to positively influence the eating habits of families with children in low income communities. Safefood is investing a total of €630,000 over the three years of the initiative to help each of the 14 successful projects set up, manage and sustain their work. Leon Kelly, Community Wellness Co-ordinator

said: ”Our Partnership aims to promote healthy eating and wellbeing by providing practical information on healthy eating to our local community. “Participants will also be given the opportunity to upskill in the preparation and provision of healthy, low cost food.” Welcoming the new projects, Ray Dolan, Chief Executive safefood described the Community

Food Initiatives as inspirational examples of how investing in local communities can make a tangible difference to peoples’ lives, not only for today but for the future. “The communityled approach has the potential to positively influence the food habits of families, which can impact on health, from childhood through to adult life,” he said.

“At safefood, we have been funding community food projects on the island of Ireland since 2010 and these have helped upwards of 30,000 people during that time. “We are proud of the ambition, commitment and passion shown by previous CFIs and those communities about to embark on the new programme. “The funding stream will build on that legacy and we look forward to these projects acting as champions in our local communities and beyond.” The CFIs are administered at a local level by SECAD Partnership CLG. “We are delighted that we are once again coordinating

the Community Food Initiatives on behalf of safefood and are looking forward to working in partnership with groups in local communities to develop new approaches to raising awareness and developing skills around healthy living and eating,” said Ryan Howard, Chief Executive. “Our CFI Leaders are drawn from a range of local development groups who have wide experience of working with families. “They will develop programmes that will create opportunities for people to improve their skills in relation to planning, purchasing and preparing better quality meals for themselves and their families in a sustainable, affordable fashion.

“The approaches and innovations developed will be shared throughout the three years with other communities, service providers and stakeholders to improve awareness of the benefits of incorporating healthy eating programmes into their own work plans.” Since first launched in 2010, 30 communities across the island of Ireland have received funding under successive CFIs A key feature of the programme is that experiences from previous programmes are shared among the new initiatives. New initiatives are also encouraged and supported to enhance the long-term sustainability of their work from the outset.

DELICIOUS & DELIVERED Pictured at the launch of safefood’s 2019-2021 Community Food Initiatives Programme were (l-r): Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, safefood, with Leon Kelly of the Dublin North West Community Partnership and SinÈad Conroy of SECAD Partnership CLG. Photo: Andres Poveda

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directors said Colm was a pleasure to work with, that his knowledge of the community sector as well as his genuine passion for the welfare of young people, served as a guiding star for all concerned. Colm will be greatly missed by his colleagues who wish him a long and healthy retirement. He closed the farewell event by passing the mantel of Chairperson, along with his best wishes, over to Maureen Penrose. Maureen, who also has a long history of community work and volunteering, will bring new insights to the role of chairperson. Her first job in her new role was to officially open ‘Techno Zone’, Blanchardstown CTC's technology classroom. The training centre excels in offering young people a relevant state-

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Enjoy a local tipple on holiday ENJOYING a tipple is an integral part of the holiday experience and - purely for research purposes of course – we’ve travelled the globe to examine the drinking cultures of our favourite destinations.

deserves a visit is U Fleku, a legendary beer hall in Prague that has been around since the 15th century. It provides stunning examples of traditional Czech food, architecture and beer.


Local tipple: Any pilsner or lager that strikes your fancy.

When the French drink, they take their time and they drink wine. And while they might have a reputation for being sophisticated snobs, there’s no questioning their good taste. In France wine and food go together like a baguette and a chunk of brie. Locals drink wine with most meals and despite regularly eating rich foods like pastries, cheeses and cream sauces, the country has a remarkably low obesity rate. It’s all to do with their method of consumption. While we tend to shovel down processed foods as if we were eating our last meal for a month, the French take their time. They often have several courses, with a glass of wine in between each one. And because wine and conversation play essential roles in their social ritual, getting a little tipsy on a bottle of Bordeaux actually helps digestion by slowing things down.


Vodka is a Russian word, and we all know where it leads. If you want to get wasted, drinking vodka like a Russian will take you to the promised land of blackouts and projectile vomiting. If you go to Russia, don’t count on fancy cocktails. Russians like to shoot their vodka straight up, although some drink a little beer in between shots. True connoisseurs may frown upon the idea of mixing vodka and beer in the stomach, but there is a Russian proverb that states, ‘Vodka without beer is your money wasted.’ When the French drink, they take their time and they drink wine. Local tipple: Vodka, served cool and in a small wine glass.


Greece is another country where drinking is a social event. People drink moderate amounts of wine, beer, and spirits in a social Local tipple: Champagne, Bordeaux, setting and while Greeks consume Beaujolais, Bourgogne. incredible amounts of booze, public displays of drunkenness are rare. Families drink at almost every ITALY: dinner gathering, and it is not Like France, Italy is both a wineuncommon for young children to producing and wine-drinking country. And as in France, wine is an have a few sips of the table wine. During special holidays, of which integral part of Italian gastronomy. Italians drink wine with meals, and the Greeks have invented many, the alcohol begins to flow from midthey have no problem inviting the morning and continues well into the children to join them in doing so. early hours. The connection between food Ouzo, a strong traditional Greek and booze is made clear by looking spirit with a distinct aniseed odour, at Italian groves, where it’s not is best sipped slowly over a table of uncommon to see grapes growing seafood. alongside olive trees. Traditional home distilleries in As a result of increased Greece have been banned for a exportation, Italian wine has number of years but you’ll still find drastically improved over the past Russians like to shoot their vodka straight up. home-made alcohol that is liable century. For example, producers in to blow your head off just about the Chianti region now increasingly everywhere you go. stress grape quality over quantity. Chiantis are now made entirely Local tipple: Ouzo and wine of red Sangiovese grapes, which is perhaps Italy’s finest grape. In the past, Chianti was more of a rosé, BELGIUM: blending the red with a little white Beer is for the Belgians, what wine wine to extend the batch. is for the French. A tradition not only cherished in the country itself, Local tipple: Grappa, a stiff drink but which earns great international made from a by-product of the wine- support and admiration. making process. You could spend an entire year in Belgium and still not have enough time to sample the hundreds of CZECH REPUBLIC: beers available. There are plenty of The Czech Republic has a beer brewing and beer guzzling heritage. beer festivals in Belgium throughout Since the 1930s the Czechs have been the year and local connoisseurs even have their own jargon to describe the renowned for the quality of their brewing process, which traditionally different smells of and taste of beers. You’re never too far from a includes open fermenters, long lagering times and no pasteurisation. watering hole in Belgium with a pub Lagers and pilsners from the Czech on almost every corner in towns and Republic remain some of the world’s cities. finest beers. Local tipple: Beer, beer and more Czech beer is best enjoyed at beer. local brewpubs. One that especially There’s plenty of beer festivals in Belgium throughout the year.

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16 Planning & Notices PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Permission sought for proposed 12 photovoltaic solar panels to front part of roof (south facing 19.5m2 approximately) of dwelling house at 16 Annadale Drive, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 F7H2 for Sean & Helen McManus. 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 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 (€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 or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council Application for retention planning permission for alterations to previously approved Fw18B/0059 two storey extension to side and single storey extension to rear of existing dwelling. Alterations to be retained comprising of (i) additional floor area to single storey extension at rear to include new reduced chimney (ii) brick façade to elevations to two storey extension at side and (iii) pitched roof to two storey extension with roof tiles to match existing at side and (iv) new timber screen fence to side front all at 14, Park Manor, Castleknock, Dublin 15 signed William Diamond. This application may be inspected/purchased between 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Michael Smullen, intend to apply for Retention Permission for development at this site - 809 Ratoath Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, D11W3X8. The development consists of 1. Retention of the existing as built single storey flat roof shed structure to the rear garden for multi purpose family use including shed store, kennel, and recreational play space. 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Ciaran and Sinead Connolly, intend to apply for Permission for development at this site, 38 Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, D11C8R2. The development will consist of 1. Conversion of the attic space to consist of a study/playroom and WC with a flat roof dormer window to the rear. 2. Internal remodel and upgrade of the existing dwelling to suit the proposed layouts. 3. All drainage, structural and associated site works to be implemented. 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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Major jobs boost for Dublin THE world’s largest job site is to create 600 new roles at its Dublin-based headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Indeed chief executive Chris Hyams made the announcement at the company’s newly opened Capital Dock headquarters. Indeed opened its Dublin office in 2012 and currently employs over 1,000 people in the city centre. Recruitment has already started for the new roles across marketing, finance, strategy, operations, sales, client services, HR and business development, which will help companies across EMEA to maximise the return on their recruitment spend, while continuing to offer the best job search experience for jobseekers. Indeed hope to fill roles within the next five years. At the event the company also announced its new partnership with the Irish Olympic team for

Tokyo 2020. Indeed will be supporting the journey of all Olympic hopefuls as they aim for qualification and a place on Team Ireland. Indeed’s Dublin based workforce welcomed two of their new Team Ireland ambassadors: two-time Olympic Pentathlete Natalya Coyle and first time Olympic hopeful, gymnast Rhys McClenaghan. Thomas Barr and Sanita Puspure were also announced as Indeed Team Ireland ambassadors. Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan attended the launch. Chris Hyams said: “Indeed exists to help people get jobs, and as our business grows rapidly, we need even more people to help us

Pictured at the announcement in Dublin was first time Olympic hopeful, gymnast Rhys McClenaghan. PHOTO: ©INPHO/BILLY STICKLAND with this mission. “I am delighted to be announcing 600 new roles in Dublin, a city that Indeed arrived in only seven years ago with just three staff. As the Irish economy has grown, Indeed has had the opportunity to grow

a strong EMEA HQ here with an abundance of talented staff.” Speaking about the new partnership with Team Ireland, Mr Hyams said: “Team Ireland represents the pursuit of excellence and the focus needed to achieve a goal.

“We are very proud to be part of the journey to Tokyo 2020 with all the Irish athletes hoping to realise their dreams. “We hope our nearly 9,000 employees all over the world can learn from and be inspired by the many stories

of determination and success that the Irish Olympic team will share with us.” Minister Humphreys said it is very positive that a leading international technology firm like Indeed will be significantly expanding its

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Parents get leave and benefit boost FROM November all new parents in employment or selfemployment will be able to avail of a new Parental Leave scheme offering two weeks’ leave and benefit to spend with their new babies during their first year. Ultimately, parents will be able to benefit from seven weeks’ leave each under the scheme as it develops incrementally over the next three years. Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan has secured the approval of Government for the priority drafting of the necessary legislation to introduce the leave entitlement. Arrangements are currently underway in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure the necessary legislation is in place for the benefit and that the administrative and technical solutions are in place in advance of November for the operation of this scheme. It is estimated that up to 60,000 parents could benefit from the scheme in a full year. Speaking about the importance of the scheme, Employment Minister Regina Doherty said: “Parents, children and society in general will all benefit from the introduction of this scheme. “Firstly, in that formative first

It is estimated that up to 60,000 parents could benefit from the scheme in a full year

Employment Minister Regina Doherty year of life, children now have the opportunity to spend more time with both parents. Secondly, on top of the recently introduced Paternity Benefit, this extends the leave benefits available to fathers. “Crucially this new benefit is non-transferable and is available on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis. “This, I hope, will help to incentivise fathers to take more time off work to care for their children than has been the case up to now. “The evidence shows that when fathers take a more significant and meaningful share in the parenting of their children the individual

family benefits - and so does wider society, as by encouraging more fathers to take time off, we are in a position to challenge the existing culture regarding work and gender.” Minister Flanagan said this is an important support for working parents in Ireland. “The General Scheme of the Bill, which I am publishing today, provides for paid parental leave for each parent of a child under one, whether employed or self-employed,” said Minister Flanagan. “The leave will initially be set at two weeks, increasing on a phased basis over the next three years. “This is in addition to existing maternity, paternity and adoptive leave entitlements. It will provide working parents with further opportunity to spend more time with their baby in its crucial first year of development.”

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1. Peculiarly inapt poems from opposite ends of the earth (9) 8. Employ fusileer, not flier (3) 9. Change into certain reciprocal movement (11) 11. Rain blows on youth leader in electricity store (7) 12. Public relations use wise bird to look for prey (5) 13. Exact retribution for Geneva explosion (6) 15. Zealous study in art (6) 17. Remove everything from the vehicle arrival area (5) 18. Parent is about right to become more distant (7) 20. To the French from that time on (11) 22. Single-minded, perhaps (3) 23. Free tooth prominent up front (2,3,4)

1. Waggish (9) 8. Self (3) 9. Flirt (11) 11. Old (7) 12. Elsewhere (5) 13. Madness (6) 15. Crockery (3-3) 17. Trunk (5) 18. Cordial (7) 20. Insolent (11) 22. Entrap (3) 23. Profitable (9)

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The Medal Society of Ireland is holding an open day on Saturday, May 4 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. Admission for Medal Society of Ireland members is €2 and €4 for non-members. Contact Pat on 087-2447522 or Austin on 0872344890 for more information. For more on the Medal Society of Ireland see


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HAUGHEY | GREGORY Fishamble’s Haughey | Gregory by Colin Murphy, directed by Conall Morrison, follows the deal made between Tony Gregory and Charles Haughey in 1982, when Gregory took a surprise Dáil seat - and suddenly found himself holding the balance of power. Can Gregory use his vote to achieve something for his constituents? To do so, he will have to face off against the dominant personality of Irish politics. Following a short, sold out tour in 2018 to the Abbey Theatre, Mountjoy Prison, Dáil Éireann and Croke Park, Fishamble is now touring Haughey | Gregory and it’s happening at Draiocht Blanchardstown on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm. Full tour details at


The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club is holding its annual exhibition, from Monday, April 29 to Sunday, May 12, in Dublin City centre at the CHQ, Custom House Quay. The 2019 theme is ‘The Port’. A number of member artists have created some paintings with scenes of the Dublin Port and docklands, boats and subjects that reflect ‘The Port’ theme. However, there will be many subjects on show, such as landscapes, still life, portraiture, streetscapes, floral, animal and life studies, among others. Sponsored by Whyte’s Auctioneers, the 2019 exhibition is open to the public, admission free, from 10am to 5pm daily. De Keersmaeker, this year's programme offers the chance to witness groundbreaking work by legendary dance artists, provides a space in which to contemplate the politics, environment and technology of our spinning world, and presents a opportunity for everybody to cut loose, party and DANCE. As always, Dublin Dance Festival is offering an excellent programme of events for younger audiences. See


The 15th Edition of DDF will be a celebration of brilliant, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking dance from across the globe, taking place across the city from May 1-19. Opening with RIOT starring the Queen of Ireland Panti and closing with master of contemporary dance Anne Teresa



Bingo takes place at the Raheny GAA Clubhouse, 2 All Saints’ Road every Thursday, from 8.15pm to 10.15pm. Always a fun night out, you might just return home with a few euro more than you went out with! Contact or phone 018313530 from 7.30pm to 10pm for more details.


‘The Birth of Irish Modernism in Irish Art’ has opened at the State Apartments Galleries in Dublin Castle. WIDOW'S PARADISE This unique exhibition, curated by David Riverside Drama Circle will present Britton, is drawn exclusively from private Sam Cree's comedy ‘Widow's Paradise’ on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 1st, 2nd collections with many of the works on display for the first time in over 50 years. and 3rd, at the Sean O'Casey Theatre, off East The exhibition explores the development Wall Road. of modernism in Ireland beginning in 1920, a The cost is €12 per person or €10 for concessions and groups of 10 or more. Contact period of political turmoil for the country and ending in the modern Ireland of 1960. It’s on display until August 18

Crossword Answers May 1st CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Antipodes; 8 Use; 9 Interaction; 11 Battery; 12 Prowl; 13 Avenge; 15 Ardent; 17 Clear; 18 Farther; 20 Thenceforth; 22 One; 23 To the fore. Down: 2 Nun; 3 Purse; 4 Decays; 5 Slipper; 6 Run together; 7 Regulator; 10 To the letter; 11 By auction; 14 Garment; 16 Offcut; 19 Rifle; 21 Tar.


It’s hard to believe that Bray Jazz Festival will mark its 20th anniversary this May Bank Holiday weekend. A mainstay in Mermaid Art Centre’s calendar, Bray Jazz brings a stellar roster of international jazz artists to the stage each year, including Fred Hersch on Friday, May 3. Check out details of what Bray Jazz Festival will bring to Mermaid by visiting the festival’s website at to find out all that’s happening across the town and further afield, for the 20th anniversary festival.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Facetious; 8 Ego; 9 Philanderer; 11 Ancient; 12 Alibi; 13 Lunacy; 15 Tea-set; 17 Torso; 18 Affable; 20 Impertinent; 22 Net; 23 Rewarding. Down: 2 Ash; 3 Thane; 4 Oddity; 5 Surface; 6 Permissible; 7 Committee; 10 Incongruity; 11 Allotment; 14 Chopper; 16 Narrow; 19 Friar; 21 Nun.


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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

Ballymun Swimming Pool in 1983. PHOTO: DUBLIN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Freeman’s Journal, May 2, 1853

Irish Press, May 22, 1970

Irish Press, May 11, 1935

The first ever edition of Northside People hit the streets in May, 1987.

Evening Herald, May 10, 1938





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