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Jack Gleeson NORTHSIDE residents have rejected the Office of Public Works’ strategic review of Phoenix Park, claiming it lacks content and detail. The Navan Road Community Council, which acts as an umbrella organisation for local residents’ associations, clubs and other groups, fear the comprehensive review will result in expensive retail units and an abundance of car parking spaces in Europe’s largest enclosed public park. The Office of Public Works (OPW) has extended the deadline for a public consultation on the Phoenix Park Visitor Strategic Review until May 29. It wants to review future tourism potential for the park and prepare development plans for the Visitor Centre and Magazine Fort. In the review document, the park has been divided up into four ‘character’ areas: a welcome quarter; an activity quarter; a biodiversity quarter and a commemorative quarter, each offering different visitor experiences. Chesterfield Avenue will act as a central dividing line made up of pedestrian, cycling, horse carriage and shuttle bus lanes with stops at intervals. It’s envisioned that commuters driving through the park may be persuaded to leave their cars near the gates and take public transport to reach nearby Heuston Station with bus, train, Luas and bicycle travel opportunities. The review suggests ‘welcome pavilions’ at the main


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road, but the duo are unrepentant. “People are terrified to consider places in the Middle-East like Pakistan, Iran and Iraq but apart fromCandidate face-to-face for conflict, Labour most of it is completely safe,” Cabra/Glasnevin, Declan said Will. said many Meenagh, “Theweren’t people areaware the most locals of hospitable on earth. Everyone wants the review as the public to bring you toprocess stay with their consultation family, been introduce you to their hadn't properly friends and even restaurants advertised. won’t let you pay for food they “I grew up in the are so happy to have you there. Phoenix Park,” he said. “Trying to buy medicine in a “It’s a very important pharmacy led to an invite to a green space in Dublin wedding!” City. 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Actor mourns loss of faithful friend STAR of ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’ and ‘Eastenders’ Patrick Bergin was in Finglas recently to launch a memorial garden where dog owners can remember their faithful friends. Dogs Trust Ireland’s Adrian Burder Memorial Garden has been created to give grieving owners a special place where they can recall memories of their deceased pets. The Legacy Garden has a unique remembrance dog sculpture, where engraved memorial dog tags can hang forever. The tags can be bought and personalised with a dog’s name and a date that holds significance to their owner. The tag will be placed on the sculpture by Dogs Trust and a commemorative certificate sent as a special keepsake to remember the cherished pet in a meaningful way. When launching the garden, Bergin took a moment of solace and placed a memorial tag to remember his beloved four-legged friend, Shiloh, after having experienced the grief and pain of losing him in October last year. “Dog lovers will understand the unique bond that humans and dogs have and the pain you feel when your fourlegged friend passes,” he said. “I have spent most of my working life traveling from place to place, so I was never able to commit to taking on a dog of my own, but I have always been a dog person. “Shiloh was my partner, Helen’s, dog and we grew very close over the years. He held a very special place in my heart, and we were absolutely devastated when he passed away. “To have a quiet place to sit and reflect, surrounded with people who understand your loss is unique and by knowing that Shiloh’s tag will hang on this sculpture forever brings a sense of comfort to a painful memory.” Dogs Trust say that in a time of sadness, a dog’s memory can create a brighter future for thousands of dogs who have not yet found their Forever Home. The commemorative tags will help more dogs

to get all the love and care they need until they find their forever family who will cherish them just as much as you did

with your best friend, added Suzie Carley, Dogs Trust Executive Director. “As a dog lover and owner, I know first-hand

the special bond a dog brings to your family and also the utter devastation and void when your faithful friend passes

away,” she continued. “We wanted to create something really special for bereaved dog owners so they will always have a place to go and a token to honour the legacy of their faithful friend. “Knowing the lasting legacy that your dog has made on our Rehoming Centre by helping more

dogs get the care they need is something quite remarkable. “If you know a dog lover who has experienced a loss, you can help them honour their dog too by engraving a special tag on their behalf and we will send them a certificate to let them know you are thinking of them.

“We hope this garden will bring peace and solace to all those who have loved and lost their four-legged companion.” Commemorative tags and details on how to arrange a visit to the Legacy Garden can be found online at LovedForever

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Dublin will get €31 million as part of the broadband investment. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK remote or rural it is where you live or work. In 1999, our telecoms infrastructure was sold to the private sector. Private investors have committed to deliver high-speed broadband to homes in built-up areas. However, for 25 percent of our population, such a future-proofed service will not be available without the Government’s investment. We believe that this is an investment worth making and is

essential to the future of Irish society. Some have questioned whether the State should insist on owning the new poles and fibre network at the end of the 25-year contract. That was considered. However, this network will deliver a better service if fully integrated into the wider telecommunications infrastructure of the country, rather than if it remained an isolated asset handed back to the State.

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‘Glut’ of student units slammed CONCERNS have been raised over the amount of student accommodation being developed in the north inner city. Student accommodation schemes involving more than 200 bed spaces can be fast-tracked under the Strategic Housing Developments Scheme (SHD) and planning applications have ramped up since it was introduced three years ago. Labour Spokesperson for Urban Regeneration, Joe Costello, says there is now a glut of student accommodation in the north inner city, with virtually all of it in residential areas. The current Dublin City Development Plan aims to promote Dublin as an international student city and encourages the development of student housing. In addition, a Higher Education Authority

report from 2015 found unprecedented growth in the sector and increasing demand for suitable student accommodation. However, Costello believes the proliferation of student developments has now become ‘alarming’. "Much of the accommodation is concentrated around the new Technological University of Dublin in Grangegorman but it extends all across the north inner city,” he said. “A 329 unit development of student accommodation is nearing completion on Montpelier Hill beside the Phoenix Park at one end of the electoral area and a 1,000 unit has planning permission at the Point Depot at the other boundary. “In between there is in the region of 8,000 units. Both Trinity College and DCU are sourcing student

accommodation in the area. “The concentration means that many settled communities are being suddenly overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of newcomers.” Costello claims the character of areas like Stoneybatter are now under threat as the transient population in student developments will eventually outnumber locals. “The entire dynamics of the area will change dramatically in the next couple of years,” he added. “This is not good planning and could destroy the unique character of this fragile urban village.” Costello is calling on Dublin City Council to halt any more planning applications for student accommodation in the North Inner City.

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Animal magic! SMITHFIELD Square will be filled with furry friends on Sunday (May 19) when the annual Pets in the City event takes over the area for the day. The Dublin City Council free event promises animal lovers a wide range of activities and live entertainment. Hosted by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals (DSPCA) Dog Training Academy Team, visitors are invited to bring their four-legged friends to take part in Dog Agility Workshops and the Scruffs Dog Show. A DSPCA adoption parade will also take place, highlighting the wonderful animals available for rescue. For the first time, Village Vets, Dublin’s

largest Veterinary practice and DSPCA partner, will be on hand to answer pet-related questions and offer petcare advice. Pets in the City is more than just cats and dogs and will host Wooly Ward Farm, an animal farm for visitors to interact with and learn about so many different animals. A range of stalls will

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also offer pet lovers great deals on a variety of pet accessories, grooming products, toys and novelty items. “This event is the perfect opportunity for the entire family, and of course our pets included, to enjoy a day out in the centre of Dublin City,” said Lord Mayor Nial Ring. “Apart from learning to better care for your own family pet, visitors can meet with animals that aren’t often found in the heart of Dublin city.” Brian Gillen, CEO of the DSPCA, said he was excited to see Pets in the City return for its sixth year. “Getting better each year, this event is a brilliant day out for all ages and it offer a unique opportunity to interact and learn about animals,” he added. “For pet owners, it’s a great chance to get advice on how to look after their pets.”

‘Mun on the run again THE Ballymun Running Festival returns to Trinity Comprehensive School on Wednesday May 15 to not only celebrate physical fitness but also good mental health for all ages. On offer from 12 noon to midnight are runs from 5km to 100 miles, with the most popular likely to be the 5km (6pm), and the 10km and half marathon (7pm). The team 100 mile event

will start at 12 noon and run until midnight, when the Midnight 5km concludes the day’s activities. “This year’s theme is ‘We Run Better Together’”, says Ken ‘Coco’ Coakley one of the event organisers (pictured below). “That’s why we’re calling on clubs, schools and organisations to put in a team to run the 100 miles – any way you like. You could have 20 runners each doing

5km, or four doing 25km, or a mixture of both.” All runs are noncompetitive on a looped course around the school, with nine laps making up 5km. A large timing clock will allow teams to manage their own progress over the 12 hours. Finishers will be presented with a specially designed medal based on the See Change ribbon. As a prelude to the main event, Trinity students along with pupils from a number of other schools, will take part in the annual Mun Fun Run 5km (11am). A feature of the day is its festival atmosphere with music helping keep morale high and healthy snacks as well as hot and nonalcoholic cold drinks on offer throughout. Thanks to the support of local businesses, entry for all runs is free, though sponsorship cards are on offer. Runners can just show up on the day at Trinity Comprehensive. Further information is available from Paddy O’Reilly on 086-1743836.

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New primary care centre opens in north inner city LOCALS in the north inner city have received a boost following the opening of the Summerhill Primary Care Centre (PCC) as part of Project Ireland 2040. A progress report on the rollout of Primary Care Centres nationwide was also published at the event. Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, jointly opened the new facility. Speaking at the event, Minister Harris said: "The opening of Summerhill Primary Care Centre, the largest one in Ireland, demonstrates that the move toward primary and community care envisioned by Sláintecare is becoming

a reality. “Our core objective is to shift the majority of care to the community setting, and this will help us reduce waiting lists and waiting times and ultimately meet our goal of improving population health. "Primary Care Centres have a key role to play in delivering on our vision of a reformed health service and are designed to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time.” Minister Donohoe said: “The provision of community care at this location, including dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work services, is having a significant impact on the people of Summerhill and

the surrounding area, because people are able to have their healthcare needs met closer to home.” Minister Donohoe said the Government is committed to continued investment in the development of primary care infrastructure across the country, with further centres either being developed or in planning stages. “This is guided by a recognition that the best health outcomes can be achieved by reorienting our health services towards primary and community care settings where people’s needs can, for the most part, be met locally, with Minister for Health Simon Harris, local man John Kelly and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the official high quality acute and opening of the Summerhill Primary Care Centre. PHOTOS: TOMMY CLANCY emergency care provided in the appropriate acute hospital settings,” he added.

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Child and Family Support Week underway THE National Child and Family Support Week campaign is taking place this week with events happening in Ballymun, Beaumont, Cabra, Drumcondra, Finglas, Phibsboro and the north inner city. There will also be events in Northside west areas including Blanchardstown, Castleknock and Clonsilla. Organised by Tusla Child and Family Agency,

Interim CEO of Tusla, Pat Smyth.

the campaign began on Monday and runs until Sunday, May 19. This year’s campaign, which follows on from last year’s inaugural public information drive, will highlight the range of services Tusla provides as part of its Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) programme. The support week is being backed up by national and regional advertising campaigns, and will feature special public events in Northside districts. Tusla National Child and Family Support Week aims to create widespread public awareness of Tusla’s PPFS programme in north Dublin. It’s hoped this will lead to increased engagement with its services by parents, children, young people and the wider community. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Supporting Ireland’s Families with Tusla Services, and TuslaFunded Partners, in Your Community’. There will be a special

focus on family and parenting supports provided by Tusla. Dr Teresa Nyland, the Tusla Senior PPFS manager for Dublin North City, said: “Our PPFS teams assist families to access locally-based services, which promotes integration and early identification of needs. “All members of the public are invited to participate in planned events and to come celebrate with us to hear the positive impact that the work of our services generate. “I particularly welcome the participation of children and families in our planned activities.” Some of the events taking place include: • Tuesday May 14: Launch of photography project: Finglas through the lens of a child – St Helena’s FRC Finglas • Wednesday May 15: Professional information morning involving professionals working in the child/family space in Dublin North City - St Helena’s FRC, Finglas • Thursday May 16: The

Neighbourhood Youth Project 1 in Dublin’s North Inner City celebrates 40 years in operation Ozanam House, Mountjoy Square from 4pm. Tusla PPFS information stands at Jervis Shopping Centre will also be open during the week on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Cathriona Sheehan Tusla Senior PPFS manager for Dublin North said: “A very wise person once told me that the hardest thing about parenting is to learn which bridge to cross and which to burn. “If life presented us with no difficulties there would be no successes. The key to making it is often asking for help, for a different viewpoint, for support to turn the struggle into an achievement. “This is what Tusla is to me and my team, and the Tusla we strive to offer to support families to succeed.” Commenting on National Child and Family Support Week, Pat Smyth Interim CEO of Tusla,

said: "Tusla National Child and Family Support Week provides us with a unique opportunity to create further awareness of the range of supports that are available to families in Ireland. “Tusla is proactively supporting Ireland’s families through a range of specialist services and funded partners in communities across the country.

“Children and families are most likely to do well if they are provided with appropriate support in a timely fashion. “Our PPFS programme works with families to resolve problems at an early stage in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. If a child or family needs support, Tusla is there to provide assistance.”

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10 Entertainment & Culture


Mason to play first Dublin show in eight years

The Stomptown Brass Band will be making some noise at this year’s Bulmers party.

Stomptown Brass headline Bulmer’s Carnival Night STOMPTOWN Brass are the final act to be announced for this year's Bulmers Live at Leopardstown series, when the Dublin racecourse will transform into a Mardi Grasflavoured event on Thursday, July 18. Stomptown Brass has emerged as one of the most unique acts in Ireland performing their blend of funk and blues with a raucous cacophony of powerful driving rhythms. Making the most of their impressive line-up: two drummers, two trombones, two trumpets, one saxophone and one big dirty tuba, Stomptown Brass are an original, supercharged, energy driven band, taking the brass tradition and completely

turning it on its head. During the evening the New Orleans inspired event will also see Stomptown Brass play 'flash mob' style in between races, alongside Rio carnival characters walking amongst the crowds and street theatre performances featuring Horrid Helga’s Victorian Circus. Bulmers Carnival Night Live at Leopardstown is the final announcement of an exciting series of shows set for the racecourse this summer, featuring multi-million selling US rapper Coolio ( June 13), alongside some of the best Irish live bands around: HamsandwicH ( June 6), The Blizzards ( June 20), The Stunning ( July 11), Something Happens

( July 25), with UK chart-topping legends Bay City Rollers (August 8) and completing the series with one of Britain's biggest pop successes, All Saints (August 15). The live performances will be preceded by an excellent card of racing and a wide selection of ticket options, from the great value ‘Summer Sizzler’, which at €33 includes admission to the racing and concert, Bulmers (or soft) drink, €10 festival food voucher and €5 tote bet, to The Pavilion Party - a reserved table in the Pavilion or The Panoramic Suite; with views overlooking the finishing straight, where you can enjoy banqueting buffet style dining for only €70. Leopardstown Racecourse is

Ozzy’s Dublin date ROCK and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has just announced rescheduled shows in the Ireland, the UK and Europe on his ‘No More Tours’ tour. Ozzy brings his ‘No More Tours 2’ tour to Dublin's 3Arena on February 2 with special guests Judas Priest. All tickets for the original date of January 30 remain valid. Tickets from €59 including booking and facility fees are on sale now from Ticketmaster.

The six-week trek kicks off in Ozzy’s native UK on January 31 before wrapping on March 16 in Zurich, Switzerland. The tour includes stops throughout the UK- Nottingham, Manchester, New-castle, London (The O2), Glasgow and Ozzy’s Birmingham hometown - before heading to Europe for gigs in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland. This news follows an April announcement about Ozzy’s North American dates, which will kick off in February 2020.

Says Ozzy: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe for these shows. Thank you to all the fans for sticking with me and waiting for the new dates to be announced. I can’t wait to see you all next year.” Tickets remain valid for all rescheduled tour dates, with the exception of the now cancelled Barcelona and Frankfurt shows, refunds must be sought at point of purchase. Could this be your last chance to see the rock legend? Who knows?

only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line, with dedicated shuttle buses running from the Sandyford stop and the Blackrock Dart Station. Leopard-stown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Ample FREE parking is available onsite. For tickets and hospitality options - go to www. leopardstown.comor call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01 289 0500. There are also discounts for advance group bookings available online. Advance entrance ticket price is only €17, with entrance tickets at €20 on the day.

SCOTTISH singer, songwriter, and producer Steve Mason has announced his first Dublin headline show in eight years at Whelan’s on November 27. Rising to widespread critical acclaim in the late '90s as a member of indie darlings The The main man Mason. Beta Band, Mason is set to return to Dublin this November for a highly anticipated show following the January 2019 release of his fourth album, ‘About the Light’ on Domino Records/Double Six Records. With their creative song scrap approach and maverick attitude, The Beta Band earned a somewhat notorious reputation among fans and the UK press during the post-Brit-pop era, thanks to releases like 1998's ‘The Three EP's’ and 2001's ‘Hot Shots II’. During the Beta Band's heyday and following their 2004 breakup, Mason also recorded as King Biscuit Time and later set out on a proper solo career with albums like 2013's ‘Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time’ and 2019's ‘About the Light’. Mason had already debuted a solo project, King Biscuit Time, late in 1998, and during the 18 months that followed the Beta Band's breakup, he released a pair of King Biscuit singles -- including ‘C I AM 15’, which reached number 67 on the British charts -- and a full album, 2006's ‘Black Gold’. One year later, he launched an electronica project called Black Affair, and a techno-influenced LP titled ‘Pleasure Pressure Point’ appeared on V2 in 2008. He subsequently returned to a Beta Band format for his first album under his own name, a late 2009 single titled ‘All Come Down’. The ex-pected full-length album, ‘Boys Outside’, with production help from Richard X, appeared in 2010 on Double Six, distributed by Domino. Provided with polished production, Steve Mason's poignant songwriting and powerful vocals were brought to the fore. The album was then given a dub re-working by Mason and Dennis Bovell. ‘Ghosts Outside’ displayed the singer/songwriter's effortless ability to span genres successfully, while remixing the likes of Django showed Mason's hunger for creativity was not slowing down. In early 2013, his third album under his own name arrived. Among its sprawling 20 tracks, ‘Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time’ explored depression, politics, and human nature, bringing together many genres to create a mesmerising experience. His next record focused purely on himself, wringing out personal emotions and experiences for 2016's ‘Meet the Humans’, bringing aboard Craig Potter (Elbow) to produce the album. With a number of solo tours under his belt, Mason wished to recreate the same live energy on record; the resulting album, 2019's ‘About the Light’, featured a live band throughout the recording process to capture the feeling of his shows.

Tickets for Steve Mason live at Whelan’s on November 27 are priced at €20 plus booking fee (additional charges may apply) and are on sale from this week from the Selective Memory website ( and Whelan’s (www.



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Hughie Mittman’s Fear of Lawnmowers About The Author CONOR Bowman is 54 and a half years old and this is his fifth novel. He is a huge Elvis Presley fan, and also writes songs as well as books. He does not believe in mobile phones and has never owned one. He is married with four children and a cat called Pushkin Bill. In 1986 he stood up Samuel Beckett in Paris and has regretted it ever since. He loves old movies and he plays fivea-side soccer very badly every week. His favourite film is The Thirty-Nine Steps (the version with Kenneth More).

DESPITE the beauty of the place, there are relatively few novels set in the city of Galway. It is a magical place, full of curious streets and nooks and crannies and wonderful pubs and cafes. And of course it’s beside the sea. The city of Galway is, in almost every way, a character too in this novel set in the 1970’s, through the eyes of a twelveyear old boy whose world has changed utterly and permanently upon the death of his beloved mother. Hughie is an only child and his father is a surgeon at the Regional Hospital in the city. The title of the book comes from an encounter Hughie has, earlier on in his life, with an Iverson Rotary mower. In the encounter the mower comes off best and Hughie is scarred for life by the experience and is also a couple of toes lighter! There is a constant tension in Hughie’s relationship with his father, and this does not improve upon the death of his mother. Hughie finds himself cast adrift in an unfamiliar version of his own life, where the certainties he relied upon for years are now all turned upside-down and the truth of some of them are in question. Having overheard a row between

his parents, Hughie becomes aware that all might not be as it has seemed. He has never heard before of the term “adoption” but his best friend, Nyxi, explains her understanding of the word to him when he raises the issue with her. And so, life begins to unravel, and Hughie finds himself in a situation where he ultimately blames himself for his mother’s death, and becomes convinced that he must find some way to make amends as best he can. Other characters in the book include Hughie’s maternal grandmother, Granny Daly, who has only recently begun to drive and who considers the use of indicators on her Morris Minor as a sign of weakness! And how is Hughie going to find redemption? He embarks on a quest which is marked out by his own naïve and often comical world-view, and his assessment of other people. Somewhere in the air around him is a sense of perhaps knowing more than he should at his age, but this is counter-balanced by his innocence and his grief. The novel has been described variously as, ‘heart-breaking’ and ‘uplifting’ and it is certainly a mix of both of these elements. The story is interspersed with humour, often of an unintentional na-ture, and the voice of the narrator is that of

a boy who has lost his way and is trying to make things right. At the heart of the story is the endearing and enduring friendship between Hughie and Nyxi; two children who

Fanagans celebrate 200 years in business with book FANAGANS Funeral Directors, are celebrating a significant milestone of 200 years in business this year and marked the occasion with the launch of their book ‘Fanagans of Dublin – a 200-Year History’ in City Hall, with guest speaker, John Bowman, The book looks back over the past two centuries. It covers the heritage and tradition that make up Fanagans today and also gives an insight into how funerals and their associated customs have evolved during this period. The authors of the book, Charlie McCarthy, Alan Fanagan and John Fan-agan, have included vivid and comprehensive images from the extensive Fanagan archive. The business was founded by John Fanagan in 1819 and is now run by the fifth and sixth generations of the family. Fanagans has continued to thrive over the two centuries and now comprises 11 locations throughout Dublin.

The chosen venue, City Hall Dublin, has particular relevance. William Fanagan, great grandfather of current Managing Director, Jody Fanagan, was a city councillor between 1881 and his death in 1905. The Dublin funeral of Charles Stewart Parnell was arranged by Councillor Fanagan and the body was received by the city councillors at City Hall before his burial at Glasnevin Cemetery. They have looked after several high-profile funerals over the years including, Sean Lemass (1971), President Erskine Childers (1974) Lord Louis Mountbatten (1979), Phil Lynott (1986), Sean McBride(1988), Dr. Gareth FitzGerald (2011), Albert Reynolds (2014). There have been many changes in the way funerals are carried out over the past 200 years and in particular over the last 15 years. There has been an increase in cremations with 35 per cent of families now

choosing this option. The majority of funerals are now taking place on the one day, with families opting for a gathering in their home or a funeral home the evening prior as opposed to a formal removal service. They have seen an increase in non-denominational and humanist services ‘A celebration of life’ as opposed to a religious service. Eco friendly coffins are now also an option which obviously would not have been 200 years ago. Jody Fanagan says: “This is very proud occasion for the entire Fanagan family. Personally, it is a fantastic honour for the current fifth and sixth generations of the company as we celebrate this milestone with the launch of our Book ‘Fanagans of Dublin – a 200-Year History’. Our family ethos, which has been passed down through

the generations, is to provide an exceptional service to every family in the most professional and dignified manner. Our mission is to pass this legacy on to future generations. Pictured at the launch of their book ‘Fanagans of Dublin – a 200-Year History’ are Alan Fanagan, Director, Jody Fanagan, Managing Director and David Fanagan.

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Education 13


Surge in study app downloads THERE has been a huge spike in the number of students downloading an award-winning free study management app designed to help them cope with the intense pressure of the Junior and Leaving Certs. More than 2,000 students have signed up to myStudyPal since it was launched last autumn – with an 86 percent jump in users as over 800 signed up in the last month alone. Founder of myStudyPal, Mark Nealon (20), says

that experiencing firsthand the negative effect the stresses and strains of the Leaving Cert had on student’s wellbeing in 2017 inspired him to develop an app to help students stay in control of their exam preparation while also making time for other activities. Research has highlighted the intense pressure students are under prior to exams. Earlier this month the Samaritans revealed that the day before the Leaving Cert results are released is one

of their busiest days of the year for their call centre. A Department of Children and Youth Affairs survey in 2017 called ‘How was School Today?’ found that more than half of exam students feel “constantly under strain or pressure”, while an ESRI paper in December of last year alluded to the stress, burnout and mental health problems caused by the Leaving Cert. “Like many students, I struggled with poor time management, leading to increased anxiety as

the exams came closer, which in turn meant I hit the books harder and failed to find time for non-academic activities like sport and hanging out with friends which are vital for supporting your mental health,” Mark explained. “After finally finishing the Leaving, I thought that there had to be a better way for students to make a study plan and structure their study around their academic, extracurricular and personal lives instead

of either being slaves to their study or leaving too much to the end. “From experience, I knew that unless students had a way to control their study, it would control them. “So, I decided to defer going to college for a year and started developing myStudyPal. It plans your study and social time in minutes, giving students reassurance that they are organised and are covering all the work they need to, while also ensuring they take some

essential time away from the books.” The myStudyPal app allows Leaving and Junior Cert students to create their own personal study timetable by simply selecting the subject and topics they need to cover before each exam. It also allows them to set aside time for sport and socialising – ensuring that they get some muchneeded respite from exam preparation. “The app reschedules missed study sessions at the click of a button,

and reorganises your timetable if any social plans are added at short notice,” Mark added. “It also provides push notifications about upcoming study sessions.” Last month, myStudyPal won the 2019 Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum National Final, just three months after being accepted into the NovaUCD incubator, and is regularly in the top 10 on the Irish Education iOS App Store chart.

Substitute teacher panels created UP TO 90 schools in six areas including Dublin have been targeted under an initiative designed to ease supply pressure for substitute vacancies at primary level Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh announced the creation of six substitute teacher panels for schools in both urban and rural areas. North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath have been targeted in the new initiative to provide more certainty for schools experiencing staffing shortages. The pilot scheme will see up to 18 teachers hired on full-time contracts. Each teacher will be based in one school and rotate among up to 15 other schools as part of a substitute cluster covering both urban and rural areas with the potential for the scheme to cover 90 schools. “The creation of substitute teacher supply panels is a direct response

to staffing difficulties I’ve heard about from teachers, principals and management bodies,” said Minister McHugh. “We are initially focusing the panels on Dublin, Galway and Cork and also the commuter belts in Kildare and Meath. These are where significant staffing pressures are being felt. “These substitute supply panels have great potential to support schools in tackling the issue of staff shortages, to reduce administrative burden and improve access to quality, reliable substitute cover.” Two of the substitute teacher supply panels will operate in Dublin along with one each in Kildare, Meath, Cork and Galway from the start of the 2019/20 school year. These are the locations that have been identified as having the greatest challenge in terms of sourcing substitute

teachers. It is intended that each supply panel cluster will consist of 10-15 schools with two-three teachers assigned to each panel on a full-time basis. It is envisaged that each teacher on a panel will be employed by one school in the cluster, i.e. the base school, on a one-year fulltime fixed-term contract. The teachers will be assigned to schools in the cluster to provide substitution as required. The details of the operation of the scheme are currently being finalised with a view to ensuring that it meets the needs of the participating schools in an efficient and effective Marc Nealon created the mystudypal app. manner The Substitute Teacher Supply Panels will operate on a pilot basis for one year Winner of the Memorex Culture Award and be reviewed towards the end of the 2019/20 school year to determine Primary & Secondary School Students whether the scheme should St Patrick’s College Drumcondra D9 be continued.

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Holiday trends revealed THE travel trends of Irish holidaymakers have been revealed in Click&Go’s second Travel Barometer, which analyses changes in travel trends. The home-grown online travel agent has compared trends from the first quarter of 2019 to the same period last year. Reporting a 52 percent increase in city break bookings, a 22 percent increase in USA sales and a 12 percent rise in sun holiday bookings, the Barometer also details shifts in sun and city destinations, passenger numbers and cost per person. As identified in Click&Go’s first Travel Barometer, released in February, city breaks have experienced the biggest increase in passenger numbers compared to sun holidays. Destinations reporting the highest increases include Vienna (172 percent), Lisbon (81 percent), Disneyland Paris (67 percent) and London (61 percent). The jump in bookings to Vienna is attributed to the reduced cost per person, which dropped by over €100 since the same period in 2018, while the increased interest in Disneyland Paris is credited to the launch of official Disney hotels on ClickandGo. com, which include theme park tickets. Ireland’s favourite sun destination, Spain, saw passenger increases among a number of regions including Costa de Almeria (130 percent), Majorca (48 percent) and Tenerife (44 percent). The small nation of Malta is also continuing to grow in popularity, attracting 38 percent more passenger bookings in the first quarter of 2019. Competitiveness in these destinations has improved for consumers, with Click&Go’s Barometer identifying decreases in price per person. Malta has had the largest fall in cost, dropping €87 per person compared to the same period last year. The Costa de Almeria is €37 less per person, while family favourites Fuerteventura and Costa del Sol have also reduced by €61 and €46 respectively. Gran Canaria has demonstrated the largest increase in price at €47 per person. Current city break hot-spot, Vienna, has seen the biggest drop in cost, now €103 less per person compared to Q1 last year, followed by Prague which has decreased by €38 per person. Berlin and London report minimal changes, decreasing by €4 and €8 respectively. Meanwhile, Disneyland Paris has increased by €43 per person. Looking to emerging destinations since January, the Travel Barometer cites Sardina, Maderia and Azores, Halkidiki in Greece and Bodrum in Turkey as growing regions for sun holidays, while Traviso in Italy and Greece’s Thessaloniki are

increasingly popular as city break destinations since the introduction of new routes from Ireland. “The uncertainty and political fallout from Brexit is certainly a factor in making holidays to Spain, Portugal, the Canaries, Greece and Turkey cheaper for the Irish holidaymakers this summer,” said Paul Hackett, CEO of Click&Go. “We are hearing from the hoteliers and local agents that we use that the UK holiday market is in trouble. “Ireland shares a very similar taste in holiday destinations as our near neighbours in the UK and holiday bookings to the like of Spain, Portugal and the Canaries are significantly down from the UK market since January 2019. “This means hotel and apartment owners in these popular sun destinations are dropping rates to attract bookings from all other markets. Every cloud has a silver lining and, in this case, it’s the Brexit Sardinia is listed as the top emerging destination. cloud helping Irish holidaymakers.” Click&Go’s most recent Travel Barometer also tracks the cumulative growth of its popular €1 deposit. This allows passengers to secure Aer Lingus flights and accommodation in a European destination with just €1 and pay the balance in instalments, as determined by the customer. First introduced in 2014, around10,000 bookings were taken using the €1 deposit. In January 2019, this number surpassed 100,000 and is expected to reach 120,000 by the end of this year. Other figures outlined by the barometer track increases in the travel company’s call centre’s incoming volume (six percent), bookings (28 percent) and conversion rate (61 percent). Emerging destinations: Sun Sardinia, Italy Madeira, Portugal Halkidiki, Greece

Vienna has seen a huge increase in passenger numbers from Ireland.

City breaks Treviso, Italy Thessaloniki, Greece Sun holidays – increases in passenger numbers: Costa de Almeria – 130 percent Majorca – 48 percent Tenerife – 44 percent Malta – 38 percent Fuerteventura – 33 percent City breaks – increases in passenger numbers: Vienna – 172 percent Lisbon – 81 percent Disneyland Paris – 67 percent London – 61 percent Sun holidays – changes in price per person: Gran Canaria – increased by €44 Salou – increased by €31 Majorca – decreased by €2 Costa del Sol – decreased by €46 Fuerteventura – decreased by €61 Malta – decreased by €87

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16 House & Home


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Daire & Aisling Kenny of 22 Brandon Square, Waterville, Dublin 15, wish to apply for Planning Permission for development at the above address. The development consists of the following: Removal of ground floor rear wall, replacement of side window with new window to match, construction of new 43sqm single storey flat roofed rear and side extension to existing semi-detached end of terrace house, internal refurbishment and all associated site works to side and rear including new gate to side drive way. 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 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 planning authority of this 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.

We, Stephen & Jenny Carpenter, intend to apply for permission for development at 48 Abbotstown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. The development will consist of demolition of existing single storey extension and construction of new two storey extension to side and single storey extension to rear; associated landscaping works; and re-opening of existing driveway to Cardiffsbridge Avenue. 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, Rory O’Connor and Cora Mackey, intend to apply for planning permission for development to the rear of 48 Aughrim Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, D07 T9W9. The proposed development consists of the demolition of an existing single storey shed and rear boundary wall onto Lucky Lane and the construction of a new 109 sq.m two storey mews house comprising two bedrooms and one study/bedroom on the ground floor and a kitchen living dining space on the first floor to the rear of 48 Aughrim Street, with one off-street parking space with access via Lucky Lane, one courtyard garden, two external first floor terraces and sundry other minor works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Barry & Mary Memery, intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at 2 Calderwood Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. The development will consist of: Alterations to the existing side elevation to the south at ground floor level, which will consist of the widening of an existing window opening and the widening of the existing glazed door/screen opening to allow for new sliding doors and glazed screens. 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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Businesses score big at Croker THERE was more joy for the Dubs in Croke Park as two North Dublin companies were honoured with coveted All-Ireland Business Awards. Bríd Gould, chief executive of Santry-based homecare company Comfort Keepers, was named Chief Executive of the Year 2019 at the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation’s annual All-Ireland Business Summit and awards. Shay Lynch of Donabate business performance advisory company Future State was named Thought Leader of the Year 2019.

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PHOTOIRELAND FESTIVAL The tenth anniversary of Ireland’s International Festival of Photography & Image Culture is underway. Running until July 31, this vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive festival is a visual treat for anybody with an interest in photography or those who just enjoy looking at great photographs. The main exhibitions are now open, with The People of the Mud on at The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, from Tue-Fri 11am-6pm/Sat-Sun 12-6pm and The Invention of Memory on show at Rathfarnham Castle, from Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm. Full festival details from

Ellie O’Sullivan (10), a pupil from Gaelscoil Inse Chor, is pictured at the launch of ‘Culture Date with Dublin 8’ that will run from Saturday May 18 to Sunday May 19. The festival, now in its third year, highlights the postal district of D8 as one of Ireland’s top cultural destinations. The weekend will see a series of over 30 free and specially curated events taking place across some of Dublin’s top historical landmarks including Kilmainham Gaol, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art. All the events are free but booking may be required. The full schedule of events is available on the festival’s website: www.




The Red Bank 1736 Tavern is presenting photographer Mark Sedgwick in an exhibition showcasing a selection of his limited edition digital prints from Thursday, May 16 to Tuesday May 28 from 5-11pm. Mark’s photography is an eclectic take on the world about us. Sedgwick has been a committed photographer for over 40 years and has the honour of being Ireland’s first winner of the European Exposition of Photography.

PJ Gallagher, Natty Wailer and Eric Lalor will perform at the Big Bohs Gig on Sunday May 19 in Vicar Street along with a host of other top acts who all are giving their time free of charge to help the Northside club. The proceeds of the gig are going towards a new core aim of building a facility locally to operate from across all ages of the club. You can get tickets from, Ticketmaster outlets, the club shop or at Bang Bang on Leinster Street. It promises to be a great night out.


The annual St Paul’s College Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 9.30am to 4pm at the college. The school hall will be transformed into a haven of colourful summer bedding and perennials alongside window boxes, hanging baskets and lots more. Then enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a delicious home bake. Visit the event which will help you to transform your garden to being summer ready.


NATIONAL DRAWING DAY National Drawing Day takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 4pm at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West and Clare Street, Dublin 2. There will be a jam-packed day of free events and activities for all ages. Between 10am and 4pm, children, families, teens and adults are invited to get creative, with sketching tours, live performances, and workshops on offer in the gallery’s inspirational spaces. See

Visitors to this event can expect three days of sensational food and entertainment for all the family on May 17-19. GOSPEL RISING MUSIC FESTIVAL There’s a terrific line up of the best seafood The Gospel Rising Music Festival is coming restaurants in Howth serving the highest to Dublin City Centre for the first time from quality best prepared seafood that you will Friday to Sunday, May 17-19. find anywhere. Promising to be the biggest Gospel Rising There will also Festival yet, visitors are guaranteed a social, be tons of Fun fun and energetic weekend made up of for the kids, workshops and gigs showcasing Ireland’s community many talented gospel choirs! Leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate entertainment and even a workshops in gospel choir music, teaching Capital of every aspect of this genre of music, from Adventure performance styles, choreography, soloist techniques, to harmonising and a Capella. For showcasing Howth’s many more information, visit www.gospelrising. com activities.

Dublin upcyclers can bring life to a tired piece of furniture by having their upcycled piece showcased front and centre at Ireland’s premium interior design event. House returns to the RDS Dublin for its fourth year from May 24 to 26. There will be 160 hand-picked exhibitors and sponsors and various stages, including the Inspiration Stage, the Trend Talks stage, and an Upcycling Area, where attendees can gain insights and advice from high-profile speakers. Tickets for House are on sale now. An adult one-day ticket costs €12. Children under 12 years of age are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased online via:

Crossword Answers 15th May CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Axed; 8 Opalescent; 9 Botanist; 10 Racy; 12 Whisky; 14 Riding; 15 Abroad; 17 Sets in; 18 Pack; 19 Straw-hat; 21 Generation; 22 Dash. Down: 2 Xenophobia; 3 Dora; 4 Parity; 5 Mentor; 6 Accredit; 7 Stay; 11 Candidates; 13 Stockmen; 16 Dismal; 17 Strain; 18 Pegs; 20 Wand. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Drop; 8 Abominable; 9 Spurious; 10 Envy; 12 Scanty; 14 Amerce; 15 Affirm; 17 Vilify; 18 Plea; 19 Massacre; 21 Precarious; 22 Oast. Down: 2 Respectful; 3 Pair; 4 Colony; 5 Siesta; 6 Farewell; 7 Deny; 11 Vociferous; 13 Nuisance; 16 Memory; 17 Vision; 18 Pipe; 20 Also.

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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

Charlie Haughey pictured on the campaign trail for the 1989 General Election. Michael Woods, Eileen Lemass and ‘Bottler’ also pictured.

Freeman’s Journal, May 7, 1829

Irish Press, May 25, 1949

Irish Press, May 20, 1964

Freeman’s Journal, May 7, 1829

Talbot Street/Gardiner Street pictured in the early 1980s.

Irish Independent, May 3, 1949




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