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Vol.23. No.48

27 November - 3 December ‘19







O’Devaney Gardens plan stalled again

On the ball!

Tony McCullagh

Pictured at the opening of the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in the markets district of Mary’s Lane in Dublin 7 are Cllr Janet Horner, Cllr Anthony Flynn, Cllr Christy Burke, Cllr Ray McAdam, Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, legendary footballer and pundit, Johnny Giles, and Cllr Joe Costello. The facility was provided by the Dublin City Sports & Wellbeing Partnership. PHOTO: FRANK MALONE

Council and is made up of public representatives A QUESTION mark hangs from Fianna Fail, Labour, the Social Democrats and over the future of the the Green Party. O’Devaney Gardens Over 800 new homes redevelopment plan, just are planned for the weeks after a so-called deal was struck between Dublin 7 site, with 30 percent to be used for Dublin city councillors social housing and 20 and a developer. percent as affordable The deal, which was purchaser units. The supported by the Dublin remaining 50 percent Agreement Group and Bartra Capital, was passed were originally to be sold privately by Bartra but by 39 votes to 18 at a meeting of the city council there was a breakthrough in negotiations with earlier this month. The Dublin City Council when agreement group has a the developer offered to majority on Dublin City

sell more than half of its allocation to an Approved Housing Body. While there was a negative reaction to the deal from councillors outside the Dublin Agreement Group, those supporting it believed it represented the best way forward for the stalled redevelopment of the site of the former flats complex. However, last week it emerged that the Minister for Housing, Planning Continued page 2

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favour of a new scheme. She said: “Documentation and Local Government, secured by my colleague Eoghan Murphy, had Eoin Ó Broin shows raised legal and financial that there will be no concerns about the ‘deal’ additional affordable struck by councillors. He insisted there had been no rental accommodation at the site. This is funding source identified despite claims from the for the purchase of the Agreement Group that cost rental units to be run an additional 30 percent by an Approved Housing of the development for Body. He also believed affordable rental housing that legal clarity would be required to ensure that the had been secured. “This deal represents a procurement process had bonanza for the developer not been affected by the at the expense of the local deal. Sinn Féin President Mary community and working families. Not alone does Lou McDonald, who is also a local TD, described it make affordable homes unaffordable for ordinary the O’Devaney deal as workers, it also will not “disastrous” and said it must now be scrapped in deliver a single affordable


rental home. "Sinn Féin has long championed housing on the O'Devaney Gardens site. Our councillors are demanding a special meeting of Dublin City Council to discuss these revelations. This should happen without delay.” Deputy McDonald added: “Sinn Féin has the solutions to solve the debacle at O’Devaney Gardens and would deliver a development to meet the needs of the local community and working families. Our proposals of 33 percent social rental, 33 percent affordable cost rental and 33 percent affordable sale are the way forward.

The Dublin Agreement Group’s bad deal should be scrapped immediately." However, Labour Party city councillor Joe Costello accused Sinn Féin of siding with the minister to undermine the deal when their party had committed to accept a previous deal with 50 percent housing. He said that Minister Eoghan Murphy’s questioning of the deal with Bartra to build 824 housing units in O’Devaney Gardens was unacceptable. Councillor Costello stated: "The deal was negotiated between

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Aiming to meet needs of a diverse population MAYOR of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien launched Fingal County Council’s Migrant Integration & Social Cohesion strategy 2019-2024 in County Hall, Swords. The main goals of the strategy are to ensure council services meet the needs of the diverse population and contribute to making Fingal a place where all who live, work and visit are valued. The council believes this

strategy is necessary for migrants, or people from a migrant background, as nearly one in six people living in Fingal are nonIrish nationals. Fingal’s population is fast approaching 300,000, with nearly 16 percent of those residents being non-Irish nationals. This contrasts with the national migrant figure of 11 percent. Rizwan Zahid, a Comhairle na nÓg

member, spoke at the launch from a younger generation’s perspective. Speaking at the launch, Mayor O’Brien said: “This strategy and action plan reinforces Fingal County Council’s commitment to creating a sustainable response to the challenges and opportunities posed by the changing population which it serves. “The actions proposed will ensure that services

Pictured at the launch was Elizabeth Osikamaia, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien and Rizwan Zahid, a Comhairle na nÓg member, who spoke at the launch. PHOTO: CONOR HEALY/PICTURE IT PHOTOGRAPHY meet the needs of our diverse population and that they are accessible in terms of ease to access to information and available in appropriate languages. “Those who have come to live here from around the world have enriched our society in terms of culture, language, new business ideas, social activities and friendships

and it is imperative that they continue to feel welcome and at home in Fingal.” The strategy was a collaborative effort from three groups: Fingal County Council’s internal working group, Community Integration Advisory Council (CIAC) and an expert advisory group.

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As part of its Gala Gifts for Schools competition, Gala Retail visited Scoil Mhuire Junior in Blakestown, Dublin 15, to gift the school a massive €10,000. Scoil Mhuire Junior was named as the winner of the ‘Best Eco Project’ following the school submitting a sixty second video on how they would spend a ‘Gala Gift’ to improve the education of their pupils via the addition of a ‘geodome’ to its school garden. This will allow pupils to learn how to sow plants, fruit and vegetables. during an inventory process it became apparent some items were missing. Gardaí were contacted and an investigation began. The investigation discovered that the ‘incunabula’, which was two volumes bound into

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REST assured, regardless of how they’re behaving, your dog is neither being dominant, nor using dominance, to get what they want. The dominance theory asserts that dogs constantly desire to gain a higher status than other dogs, or the people around them, and that it is this desire to be the ‘number one’ or ‘winner’ that might lead them to become aggressive, in order to dominate the other dog or person, and to end up in control of their environment. Science now proves that this is completely incorrect. Unfortunately, the dominance theory is a misleading interpretation of why dogs behave in the ways that they do and has resulted in the development of training techniques that use punishment or force. These types of training techniques claim that people need to ‘show the dog his place’ at the bottom of the group, or pack, and can use physical control to teach him so. Very early research into wolf behaviour studied a group of unrelated wolves living in captivity. Researchers witnessed the wolves using aggression between each other and fighting over valuable resources like food and mates, with the most aggressive wolves gaining the very best of everything. Because dogs are directly descended from wolves, it was then

for these within their confinement. The wolves were not family members, did not have enough space to live in successfully, and were expected to share resources that they just wouldn’t normally in The dominance theory can result in a frightened, the wild – so it wasn’t a realistic way to learn confused dog. about wolf behaviour suggested that individual at all. These captured dogs would also fight to wolves behaved very be the leader or ‘alpha’ of their pack and obtain differently to their wild counterparts. the best that life had to Up to date research offer in this way. studying the behaviour The theory became of wolf groups living so popular that it was freely in the wild has even used to interpret shown that rather than interactions between being aggressive and dogs and people and fighting over resources assumed that dogs see like food, shelter and their owners as direct mating opportunities, competitors in the wolves live in extremely struggle for top social co-operative and status. collaborative family Although dogs originated from wolves, groups. Offspring remain with they have evolved over the family to learn from thousands of years their parents and to help into a different species raise other litters. In the altogether, with altered wild, when resources appearances and are scarce, rather than behaviours. fight, wolves will simply Dogs are social disperse and spread animals who base out into smaller groups their relationships on across a wider range of individual experiences. land. This is very different They naturally avoid from the idea that conflict, where possible, their single desire is to because it puts them dominate each other. in danger of coming to So, what’s wrong with harm themselves. the dominance theory? If an owner believes The problem is that it is that a dog is constantly based in the behaviour trying to ‘be the boss’ of wolves when living then they might feel in a very unnatural that they have to environment, in which demonstrate to the dog they were captive and that he is not the boss resources such as food and that they, in fact, are. were limited. Unable to spread out and find their own food, shelter and mates, the wolves had no other option than to compete





New jobs created as Iceland opens in Blanchardstown SUPERMARKET retailer Iceland Ireland opened its 27th store in Mountview Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown, last week, bringing 38 new jobs to the area. The new flagship store, at just over 11,000 sq ft, will stock hundreds of big brands as well as festive favourites such as traditional party foods, the perfect turkey crown, classic festive sprouts and indulgent seasonal desserts. The new store also offers a free home delivery service. In line with Iceland Ireland’s aim to be completely plastic free by 2023, this year, in a market first, the retailer is offering customers the choice of a reduced plastic Christmas dinner, with 14 festive treats which are entirely plastic free and an additional six with significantly reduced plastic. In addition, Iceland Ireland also has a fantastic ‘Christmas Meal Deal’ offering which includes a turkey joint, York pudding, button sprouts, honey roasted parsnips, mashed potato and roast potatoes – all for just €15! Not only that, Iceland Ireland’s amazing Great Turkey Give-Away is back again this year. Customers who spend €100 or more from December 1 will receive a free 5kg turkey, while stocks last. Earlier this year, the retailer also added 150 new and improved products to their own label frozen range and is proud to continue to support over 40 Irish suppliers. Iceland Ireland is also the exclusive stockist of the Slimming World range in Ireland. Ron Metcalfe, managing director of Iceland Ireland, commented: “The opening of our new branch at Mountview Shopping Centre takes our number of stores in Ireland to 27 and represents our continued commitment to expand our unique offering across the country to meet the needs of our growing customer base. This flagship

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Iceland Ireland Area Manager, John Moran; Iceland International Director, Ian Williams; Iceland Blanchardstown Manager, Candice Lee; and Iceland Ireland Managing Director, Ron Metcalfe. store will offer customers great quality foods at the best value on the market in a retail store environment with the customer very much at the heart. I know I speak for the entire team when I say we are very much looking forward to serving new and old customers alike.” Candice Lee, store manager of Iceland Ireland in Mountview, added: “Following many months of planning we are very excited to open this new flagship Iceland Ireland store at Mountview Shopping Centre. We as a team look forward to sharing the latest Iceland products with new and existing customers. In addition, just in time for Christmas, we are delighted to also offer customers in Blanchardstown and the surrounding areas our free home delivery service.”

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Support local businesses in Ballymun this Christmas NO LANDSCAPE in Dublin has changed as radically in the past number of decades as that of Ballymun. Once dominated by the iconic tower blocks, home to generations of Dubliners since their construction in the 1960s, the area underwent many years of regeneration. Today, the suburb is unrecognisable from the images of Ballymun immortalised in films and on TV. Like many suburban areas, Ballymun has sometimes been in the news for the wrong reasons. But strip away the negative headlines and you will find hardworking, decent people who are the very embodiment of community spirit. This is apparent throughout Ballymun’s schools, sports clubs and voluntary organisations, all striving to make the area a better place to live. The old shopping centre and the towers may be gone, but in their place you will find the Ballymun Civic Centre at the heart of the town, offering a range of vital services for local families. The axis community arts centre has played a pivotal role in the area’s regeneration, providing international standard performance and exhibition space. It has hosted everything from theatre productions and comedy shows to live

music and photography exhibitions. Not that Ballymun is any stranger to the arts. Don’t forget that the area holds the distinction of producing its very own Oscar winner – singer Glen Hansard, who grew up in the area. Ballymun has also produced its fair share of sporting heroes, most notably Dublin legend Philly McMahon who is widely regarded for his work with young people in the area and is held up as a very positive role model. In terms of its location, Ballymun has a lot going for it. It’s just minutes from a major international airport and the M50 and offers easy access to the city centre. Hopefully the future will bring even further public transport improvements if the area gets a longawaited rail link. Ballymun is also lucky to have a prestigious university, DCU, on its doorstep and many local people have passed through its doors with third level qualifications. As we approach Christmas, it’s important to bear in mind the vital role that local businesses play in the Ballymun community. Local shops and services are the economic heartbeat of Ballymun, creating employment and making the area a better place to live. By buying locally, you

The Christmas tree has gone up Ballymun as the town prepares for Christmas. PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA are helping to sustain local businesses and will enjoy the benefits of getting a more personal service than you would elsewhere. In many cases, those serving us from behind the counters are our neighbours or friends, which is another incentive to shop local during these still challenging times. After years of recession, the economy has started to recover – but

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My grandchildren loved the massive VW Caravelle Seán Creedon

Black Pearlescent and it looked really cool. I’m sure some neighbours thought I was I ALWAYS like to get a big car when my grand children visit thinking of switching to do taxi work for VIP’s. from Denmark. As usual the latest Caravelle A few years back it was the is built on the VW Transporter VW California which was and it can trace its lineage fitted with a sink and fridge back to the fifties. The 2.0-litre and you could adjust the engine had 204 brake horse seats to provide sleeping power which was adequate accommodation. for the loads I had to carry. This time round it was another massive people carrier Naturally the more people on board the more comfortable from VW, the revamped the van was. seven-seater Caravelle. The This is a seven-seater with grand children were certainly a very neat table located impressed. between the middle and third Straight away they were row of seats. The table, which making videos of this massive could be used for a picnic, people carrier on their i-phones, and sending pictures a game of cards or to hold a laptop, folds away very easily. of the car to their school The back of the car would friends back home in Odense. remind you of London’s black I have driven the Caravelle taxis where customers sit previously and it has now got facing one another. a mid-life upgrade. The main My wife, who had a bit of changes are at the front where you a more stylish look for the trouble climbing on board the Mercedes GLE the previous grille and the headlights. week, found the Caravelle My test car came in Deep

easier to access, thanks to a step provided. Inside the dash is typical VW, well laid out and user-friendly. I love the radio controls on VW cars, two knobs, one for volume and one for scrolling

for two or three suitcases depending on their size. The spare wheel is located under the car. The driving position is high, but I found the Caravelle very easy to handle on the road. You just need to be a little extra careful when reversing. It’s a big people carrier, but thanks to the electric sliding doors you can allow passengers access and egress in tight spaces. Also plenty of overhead lights for back seat passengers. I also liked the old-fashioned style handbrake. I do think an old-fashioned handbrake was appropriate for such a large motor. The Caravelle 6.1 recently won the’ Best Design Innovation award’ from the readers of German motoring magazine Auto Motor Und locations’ to hold drinks and through the stations, simple Sport. other items. and easy to use. Prices start at €78,515. A few The middle row of seats can On the dash you get extras brought the price of the be reversed if necessary plus two boxes in the glove car as tested to €85,335. VAT compartment and another box the middle and third rows are on the Caravelle is over 10k flexible. At the back space is on top of the dash. tight, but there is room enough and VRT is 23k. Overall plenty of ‘secret





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Francis helps Skoda launch new age diversity initiative SKODA Ireland has announced a new age diversity initiative with the help of media personality and advocate for the elderly, Francis Brennan. The initiative, called Simply Older, Still Clever (a play on the brand’s tagline Simply Clever), aims to recruit older individuals who may have previously worked in the motor industry. Success in the motor industry is reliant on excellent customer service and building and maintaining customer relationships. Skoda believes the older generation possesses unrivalled skills in this area and are taking the first steps to re-introduce retirees into the work place to fufill customer facing duties in showrooms and forecourts across their dealer network. The motor industry workforce is under resourced in the months of January and February where 43 per cent

of annual new car sales are delivered to customers. It is in these peak periods Skoda believes they can utilise the retired skillset to fulfill vehicle test drives, vehicle demonstrations and vehicle customer hand overs; all the while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction and service. The Skoda dealer network has embraced the idea and has already begun the recruitment process. Speaking at the launch, Skoda Ireland Head of Marketing and Product, Raymond Leddy, said: “Many vehicle brands are overfocused on the youth market, technology and digitalisation. “Very few brands are stepping into the territory of considering older employees and even fewer will publicise or endorse associations with the older generation. “At Skoda, we see ourselves as paving the way for others in not just the motor industry but

in Irish businesses in general to follow suit.” Skoda is acutely aware of Irish demographics with over 65’s representing over 15 per cent of the Irish population reaching 23 Skoda by 2040. This group is already valued as this generation has been essential to the success of the brand in Ireland with 18 per cent of their current customers over the age of 60 Speaking at the launch, Francis Brennan, famous for his skills in hospitality said: “I just turned 66 and I have no plans to retire anytime soon. Many of us are fitter and more physically active in our 50s and 60s than our parents were. “Life expectancy is at record levels and we can expect a much longer period of healthy, active retirement. “The more I experience, the more I know that keeping mentally active has significant benefits for health and wellbeing. “Opportunities like this will

Irish hotelier and TV personality Francis Brennan along with model agent Celia Holman-Lee officially launched Skoda’s age diversity initiative which aims to recruit retirees and older people who previously worked in the motor industry back into its dealerships nationwide. bring huge benefits to both the employees and the SKODA business in general.”

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Audi Centre Sandyford all set for 2020 AUDI Ireland has announced details of its 2020 model range. The company is adding the eagerly anticipated new Audi A4, the athletic Audi Q3 Sportback, the efficient Audi Q5 TFSI e and the everimpressive Audi Q7 2020 to its existing model offering. An integral element of the new 2020 model range is the incredible choice now available to customers with an engine for every individual across combustion engines to hybrids to fully electric. Continuing to offer motorists incredible value, Audi Centre in Sandyford is also offering exclusive APR rates from as little as 2.9 per cent. Ireland’s most popular Audi model, the new Audi A4 is now even tauter and sportier than before. The new A4 features considerable changes to the design, upgrades in connectivity technology and a new engine line up. The midsize model looks even more dynamic and sophisticated thanks to the sportier design highlights. The new design language ensures the Singleframe grille is now broader and flatter;

horizontal lines emphasise the width at the front and rear. The Irish pricing has been announced, starting from €41,520 OTR. Featuring a more diverse range of engines, many options now come with mild-hybrid systems (MHEV) – with efficiency and comfort benefits from this broad-based electrification. The new Audi Q3 Sportback combines the strong presence and versatile everyday convenience of an SUV with the sporty elegance and agile handling of a coupé. The first compact crossover of the Audi brand, the Audi Q3 Sportback stands for strength and precision to an equal degree, and reflects this in all design details. The black grille of the octagonal Singleframe is strongly three-dimensional in design. Boasting a large and highly variable interior, the Q3 Sportback has ample space for three backseat passengers. The volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 530 litres to 1,400 litres. Available with the TDI engine with 150HP or the 230HP 2.0-litre TFSI. The Audi Q3 Sportback is now available in

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SEAI reminder to get winter ready THE Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is urging homeowners to get their homes winter ready now that the evenings are getting darker earlier. About two thirds of household energy bills is spent on heating, with most of that during the winter months. The SEAI has come up with some advice to help homeowners make their homes more comfortable this winter and at the same time reduce their heating bills and lower their carbon footprint. 1. 20 degrees Celsius is an ideal temperature for the living areas in a home. Lowering your thermostat by just one degree could knock up to 10 percent off your heating bill, saving around €150 a year in a typical family home.   2. Get your boiler serviced annually to ensure safe and efficient operation. It could save you a further €150, which should cover the costs.   3. Use the 30-minute rule in cold weather: in the morning, set your heating to come on 30 minutes before you get up and go off 30 minutes before you leave for work. In the evening, set it to come on for 30 minutes before you are due home and off 30 minutes before you go to bed.   4. Don’t overheat unused rooms. If they are going to be unoccupied for long periods, turn down the thermostat or valve on the radiators but keep a small trickle of heating going. This will help to reduce the risk of condensation.   5. Much of the heat loss from a house goes through the windows, particularly if they are single-glazed. Keep curtains closed at night and ensure they hang behind radiators.   6. While open fires can look lovely, they are really wasteful of energy with more than 75 percent of the heat going straight up the chimney. They are also damaging to air

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Pictured at the launch were Ailbhe Keane, Board Member SIFI and co-founder of Izzy’s wheels; Lisa Cox, member of Blue Diamond Drama Academy; Regina Doherty, TD, Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection; Daniel Ryan, member of Blue Diamond Drama Academy; and Tadhg Young, Senior VP and Country Head Ireland, State Street. PHOTO: CONOR HEALY/PICTURE IT PHOTOGRAPHY Speaking at the fund’s launch, Regina Doherty TD, Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, said: “The National Disability Inclusion Strategy contains a comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities, many of whom want to work but are faced with barriers and challenges - some of which are personal, but more of which are societal and demand a concerted effort by Government, Employers and Civic society to break them down. “The Ability to Work Fund is an

important initiative which will help provide bridges and supports into work for people living with a disability and I congratulate Social Innovation Fund Ireland and State Street for their vision in its establishment.” Minister Doherty added: “Within the public sector we are looking to double the number of people with a disability employed by 2024 and we are looking at alternative recruitment channels for people with disabilities.” Tadhg Young, Ireland Country Head at State Street, said: “Embracing

diversity is the right thing to do, but it means little without a strong commitment to inclusion. “At State Street we have long believed in the power of inclusion in the workforce and have a broad suite of initiatives in place to recognise and acknowledge what makes people unique, but to also ensure we include all employees at all levels of the organisation.” Deirdre Mortell, chief executive of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, said: “We know from the last census that nearly 10 percent of people living in Ireland identified as living

with a disability. “We also know that people with disabilities are half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. That is creating significant inequality in our society. “At SIFI we believe in the power of social innovation to deliver solutions to this challenge. The Ability to Work Fund will help create pathways to employment where people with disabilities can achieve economic independence, contribute to their communities and experience personal fulfilment.”

Christmas payment to be paid next week   THE Christmas Payment will be paid to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients in the first week of December (week commencing Monday December 2). Payments totalling €279.4 million will be made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and many other recipients. Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty (pictured) said: “Last year, I was particularly pleased to

the current climate of uncertainty generated by Brexit, the Christmas Payment will again be paid at a rate of 100 pecent this year. “This payment recognises the seasonal needs of people who are long-term financially dependent on their social welfare payment for all or most of their income, such as pensioners, people with disabilities announce the restoration and carers.” Minister Doherty added: of the additional “This payment will help Christmas Payment at a rate of 100 percent.  “I am those people meet the extra expenses incurred very happy that despite

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Hosted by St Patrick’s Cathedral, and produced by a small but dedicated team of Swift enthusiasts, the Jonathan Swift Festival takes place from November 29 to December 1. Supported by Failte Ireland, Dublin City Council and UNESCO City of Literature, the festival is a vibrant collaboration between a number of creative bodies and cultural institutions across the city who have a historic or cultural links to Jonathan Swift’s life and work. For details see www.

C'MERE 'TILL I TELL YA! The Queen of Ballymun, Dame Stuffy, is coming to town for her first headline show in the city centre with a brand new comedy extravaganza. Featuring big live musical numbers, hilarious sketches and special guests this is one date for your calendar you don't want to miss. Taking place at Liberty Hall on Friday, November 29, tickets cost €18. Dame Stuffy is risqué so parental guidance is advised (age 15+).

NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION – ‘PHOTOS OF PROSPECT’ Did you know Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has a new photographic exhibition on display?


Entitled ‘Photos of Prospect’, this collection of images dates back to 1890 and documents the history of Glasnevin Cemetery, one of the most well-known historical sites in Dublin. Glasnevin Cemetery is Ireland’s national cemetery and has long been a site of commemoration and a host of important figures from Irish history and culture are buried here.

TASTE OF DUBLIN: FESTIVE EDITION The festive edition of Taste of Dublin takes place from November 28 to December 1 at the RDS, which will be transformed into a festive feast for the senses where visitors can soak up the gourmet atmosphere, celebrate the season and explore the latest food trends in a stylish and vibrant setting. See for ticket details.


A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live to picture by The Orchestra Of Ireland at the Convention Centre on Sunday, December 1. Home Alone will be on the big screen accompanied by full live orchestra and choir on stage with over 100 performers taking part. Tickets priced €59.50 + booking fee available via Ticketmaster.

Highlights from this photographic exhibition include images from the funeral of Éamon de Valera which feature Princess Grace of Monaco, the funeral of acclaimed writer Brendan Behan and the nine funerals of Irish soldiers who were killed in Niemba, the Congo in 1960 while on duty for the UN. Alongside these events, images of commemorations feature prominently throughout such as the unveilings of the Cross of Sacrifice by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 2014 and the monument dedicated to Thomas Ashe, Peadar Kearney and Piaris Béalaí in August 1967. This collection tells the story of the cemetery itself through historic images which document how the grounds and monuments contained within have been revived through an ongoing intensive restoration project. NOT CONVINCED? GO AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

SPECIAL OFFER – 20% OFF TICKETS! We are delighted to announce that there will be a special online offer running from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December. During this period, you can avail of a 20% discount off all tour and tower tickets, and museum admission on their website! Simply visit, choose your tickets and use the code BF2019 at the checkout. You must visit before December 31st 2019 to avail of this limited time offer. We advise that all visitors arrive at the museum reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your chosen tour.For group bookings (15 or more people) please contact or +353 (0)1 882 6570 for further information and group rates. W: T: +353 (0)1 882 6550 E:

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Dublin Gospel Choir at The Civic in Tallaght with a brilliant selection of festive favourites and gospel greats. The choir is versatile, vibrant and uplifting with powerful voices and rich harmonies. They have performed with artists as diverse as John Legend, Take That, Duran Duran, Damien Rice, Outkast and Ennio Morricone and their annual slot at Electric Picnic is nothing less than legendary. There are two shows on Sunday, December 1 – a family friendly matinee at 3pm, with lots of fun for the kids and an evening performance at 8pm. Bring your Santa hats! See for tickets

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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

A peaceful scene in Donnybrook Village, c 1910. This was not always the case as the Donnybrook Fair, held here each year from 1204 until it was suppressed in 1855, had a reputation for bacchanalian debauchery and drunkenness. Photo and caption from Images of Ireland’, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.

Irish Independent, November 26, 1949

Freeman’s Journal, November 3, 1827

Irish Press, November 28, 1973

Irish Press, November 15, 1974

Irish Independent, November 9, 1949

The Zoological Gardens in Phoenix Park opened in 1831, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. It is well known for breeding lions, including the lion which roars at the start of Metro Goldwyn Mayer films. A visit to the zoo must be one of the favourite leisure activities of all Dubliners. Here, in the 1950s, it is very crowded and children enjoy a ride on Sarah, the Indian elephant. Photo and caption from Images of Ireland’, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press.



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