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Croker slammed A LOCAL residents’ group has slammed Croke Park over its proposal to demolish a 40-year-old community centre.
● Ann Maples PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA
by Aoibhinn Twomey Locals are up in arms over the stadium’s plan to tear down the Irish Handball Centre Social Club and Bar which is located at the Hill 16 entrance at St Joseph’s Avenue off Clonliffe Road. Croke Park officials said the centre is to be “refurbished” as it no longer meets its needs. Dozens of furious residents took to the streets last week to highlight their opposition to plans for the facility. However, the stadium insists that the community is not being inconvenienced and that it will be facilitated in another nearby centre it built in the area within the last decade. Maria O’Brien, spokesperson of the Croke Park Street Committees Association - the group set-up to protect the community centre - said residents are fed up with having to put up with the noise, litter, floodlights, traffic and crowd problems associated with the stadium.
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by Aoibhinn Twomey Single-mother Anne Maples has been sleeping on the couch of her home on the 11th floor of Joseph Plunkett Tower since 2004 so that her 17-year-old son can have his own space and privacy in the flat’s only bedroom. The situation has gone from bad to worse, however, as the cramped flat has been flooded three times in as many months.
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Croker slammed ● FAIR ENOUGH: Students at the Holy Spirit Girls school, Ballymun pictured with Oscar Gonzalez from Nicaragua who made a special visit to the school as part of his tour of Fairtrade towns throughout Ireland
● Ann Maples surrounded by her belongings that had to try to protect from flooding. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA
Mum’s plea for home contd from page 1 “I came home from work last Tuesday (March 9) to find water flooded down through the ceiling in the sitting room,” she told Northside People. “The flood was coming from the flat above me and it continued for well over 18 hours causing my ceiling to crack. “I had to take up all my lino and move all my belongings to higher ground so that they wouldn’t get damaged.” She added: “I wouldn’t mind but this has happened three times since the end of December.” Ms Maples is urging the council to relocate herself and her son to more suitable accommodation. “We can’t go on like this,” she stressed. “We need our own space.”. “It’s ridiculous that in this day and age the council should expect one of us to sleep on a sofa. “It’s at a stage where I have to go into the bathroom each morning and night to change my clothes for privacy. “Also my family used to come up to visit us but they don’t anymore because the flat is too small.” Ms Maples is on the city council’s relocation list but believes it could be up to two years before she is offered alternative accommodation. A spokesperson for Dublin City Council told Northside People that Ms Maples would be offered a two-bedroom flat as soon as one became available. “We are aware of the leaks and flooding that have occurred in this resident’s flat over the last tree months,” she stated. “The most recent flooding was caused by a leak in a duct pipe and was resolved later in the week.” Meanwhile, a number of other homes in Ballymun were left without water and heating after a mains burst on Sillogue Road last week. Nicola Kellegher of 75 Balbutcher Lane, who was one of the many residents affected by the problem, said locals were “sick to their teeth” with flooded flats and heating and water supply issues. A spokesperson for the council apologised for the inconvenience caused and said all efforts were being made to get the water and heating supply back up and running by Saturday, March 13.
● Locals at a public meeting organised last week to voice concern over the proposal for the centre beside Croker Park. PHOTO BY KINSELLA
contd from page 1 “Croke Park officials want to destroy the community spirit by kicking both young and old out onto the streets so that they can demolish a perfectly structurally sound building that has been a ‘home from home’ for people for nearly 40 years,” she stormed. “To add insult to injury, the stadium intends to spend e9 million to rebuild and replace the community facility with what seems to be a conference centre and offices. “The lives of those in the community have been disrupted by curfews, sporting events, concerts, floodlights, noise and litter in order to facilitate the hundreds of thousands of people that use Croke Park each year. “And what have we asked for in return?” Maria warned that the local community would fight Croke Park’s plan “tooth and nail”. “Suffice to say this community has had enough of being kicked around. “They have put up and shut up for way too long and now their voices must be heard.” Maria’s husband Eamon,
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who has been involved in the centre for 40 years, described the facility as the “hub” of the local community. “It’s used by so many people and groups for activities ranging from hip-hop to darts, handball, cards and pool,” he told Northside People. “It’s the centre of a lot of people’s social lives. I lived in the area years ago but the centre and bar is still where my wife and I socialise.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Croke Park stadium confirmed that official dialogue between the stadium and the community began the week before last and added that it was an “ongoing process”. “We are planning the refurbishment of what is a 40year-old building that is not appropriate and doesn’t meet our needs,” he told Northside People. “There is an alternative community facility that we built in the area less than 10 years ago which is available to the community and that is our contribution for the inconvenience caused. “We are not in a position to comment any further.”
Ballymun’s Big Swap THE Big Swap was the theme for Ballymun’s Fairtrade ducers in developing countries,” Fortnight 2010 (February 22 –March 7) which came to a she said. Global Action Plan (GAP), successful conclusion last week. The fortnight focused on encouraging locals to swap their usual purchases – tea, coffee, chocolates, and bananas for example – for a Fairtrade certified product. Ballymun, the first town in Dublin to gain Fairtrade status in 2006, led the way in celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight by hosting a series of events throughout the community. The events were organised by the Ballymun Fairtrade Steering Committee and supported by Ballymun Regeneration Limited, Dublin City Council, Fairtrade Mark Ireland, Nan’s Supervalu, National Organics and Robert Roberts. Coffee mornings took place throughout the community in Coultry, Poppintree and Sillogue as well a Fairtrade promotional event in Nan’s Supervalu where many locals came along to meet Oscar Gonzalez, communications director for the Coomprocom Fairtrade coffee co-operative in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Highlight of the fortnight was a Fairtrade food tasting promotional event which was held at the Ballymun Farmer’s Market on March 4. Ballymun Fairtrade Steering
Committee member, Vanessa Moore, said it was encouraging to see how the local community responded so positively to the Big Swap. “It is such a simple concept to switch some of your spending to Fairtrade products but yet it is so effective in making a real difference to the lives of pro-
hosted a Fairtrade Football tournament in the new Umbro arena, which attracted over 80 young people to the event. GAP’s Youth Co-ordinator, Aoife Flynn, said the tournament was “a great way of getting young people to make the link between things we use everyday and how it affects people around the world”.
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GARDAÍ have urged anybody who knows what happened to missing Finglas teenager Daniel McAnaspie to come forward and talk to them in confidence.
by Aoibhinn Twomey Superintendent Dave Dowling said investigators have received further information to lead them to have “serious concerns” for the 17-year-old, who disappeared in the early hours of Friday, February 26. Daniel, who was described as “likeable”, was last seen socialising with a group of youths in Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown, at approximately 3.30am. The teenager had earlier been seen in the vicinity of Erin’s Isle football club in Finglas at approximately 4.30pm
the previous day. It’s believed that he travelled to Blanchardstown in a car later that evening. Over 60 gardai backed up by air support and dog units have been involved in the investigation and last week searches were carried out of the Tolka River in Finglas and close to the N3. A number of people have also been interviewed. “We know there are people who know what happened to Daniel,” Superintendent Dave Dowling told Northside People last week. “There are people who know his whereabouts. This is a serious investigation and while we have no firm evidence to suggest there is anything sinister, we have serious concerns for him. “All we need is a small bit of information to find him. “People shouldn’t expect other people to come forward with the information we need.” When last seen, Daniel, who is described as 5'7", of slim build with brown hair, was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms,
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● Supt John Gilligan and Supt Dave Dowling speaking at a press conference at Finglas Garda Station during last week’s search for Daniel McAnaspie. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLA
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Neighbourhood council axed THE Ballymun Neighbourhood Council (BNC) was residents of Ballymun”. “The five area forums scrapped last week with the loss of seven jobs.
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The council was established to ensure effective communication in relation to the regeneration and neighbourhood management in Ballymun. Two full-time and five parttime staff had managed communication between local residents, Ballymun Regeneration Limited (BRL), Dublin City Council, Ballymun Partnership and the gardai. Despite the BNC closure, the five neighbourhood forums - Shangan, Poppintree, Balcurris, Coultry and Sillogue which formed an key element of the BNC, will continue to function and meet every month to discuss ongoing issues. Local councillor Dessie Ellis (SF) described the loss of jobs as another blow for the area. “My obvious concern is for the staff who are now without employment,” he told Northside People. “I would hope that they could be redeployed elsewhere. “However, in general there isn’t that much concern for the closure of the BNC as by and large people believe it wasn’t delivering in terms of value for money. “The people I’ve spoken to in BRL and in the forums believe it would be more effective for funding to be directly channelled to the forums rather than going through the BNC, as has been the case.” He added: “In the end people just couldn’t justify the continuation of the BNC.” The council’s independent chairperson, Tony O’Riordan, told Northside People that the decision to abolish the council came from a nine-month review of the workings of the organisation. “The board of directors of BNC, at its meeting on February 23, unanimously concluded that support for the forums could be provided in a more efficient and effective manner than the current BNC structures allow,” he stated. “It was therefore decided that BNC and the forums, in conjunction with BRL, would begin a process of developing new arrangements which would meet current need and match current resource constraints. “It was further decided that BNC would no longer be the best way to sustain an effective organised voice for the residents
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Green light for Diswellstown plan The developer is also required to A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for the construction of 438 residential and retail units in Dublin 15 has been given the submit details of all external shopfronts and signage in the local green light. An Bord Pleanála recently approved the plan for the massive development, in Diswellstown close to Castleknock Village. Local Green Party activist Roderic O’Gorman, who was one of the many locals who vehemently opposed the plans, said he hoped the development would never be built. “While both Fingal County Council and An Bord Pleanála placed a condition on the developer to keep free a piece of land in front of St Patrick’s National School for the school’s future expansion, I still feel there was a failure to adequately consider the extra pressure that the new houses and apartments are going to put on the existing schools in the area,” he said. “It seems that neither the council nor An Bord Pleanála have learned the lesson that when the increase in housing outpaces the available school places. It creates huge problems for parents and major pressures on the existing schools. “We can only hope that due to the huge surplus of housing in the Dublin 15 area, the apartments and houses in Diswellstown will not be built in the lifetime of the planning permission.” Mr O’Gorman has campaigned
by Aoibhinn Twomey against the proposal for the last 18 months. Local TD Joan Burton (Lab) also expressed her disappointment following the approval of the controversial plans. “It remains to be seen whether the proposed changes to the estate entrance arrangement with a roundabout, wider road and the introduction of shared access on minor roads will alleviate concerns in relation to traffic congestion,” she said. “Planning permission has been granted for literally thousands of dwellings in the local area already and it is hard to see few, if any, of these being built in the near future.” The approval is subject to 28 conditions, including the stipulation that a section of the site remain “development-free” and be preserved for the future potential expansion of St Patrick’s National School. An Bord Pleanála also ordered that the development be carried out on a phased basis to ensure for the “timely provision of services for the benefit of the occupants of the proposed building”.
centre before commencement of works. External roller shutters for the retail units are not permitted. The developer was also ordered to pay the council a financial contribution towards construction of Metro West. Despite the many conditions, An Bord Pleanála ruled that the development is “acceptable in terms of scale, density and design and would provide for an acceptable level of residential amenity for prospective occupants whilst ensuring that the amenities of the adjoining property are not adversely affected”. “The proposed access arrangements including improvements to the existing access road are acceptable and should not compromise pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the school nor give rise to material concerns about congestion,” the report states.
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Community education gets small screen series A SERIES of new television programmes telling the story of community education in areas such as the north inner city was launched in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield recently. The upcoming series ‘Beyond the Classroom’ on Dublin Community Television (DCTV) will shed light on what community education is and how it has been used in Dublin communities over the last 30 years. Lord Mayor Emer Costello (Lab) and Ciaran Kissane from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) attended the launch.
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“I recognise the important role of education in contributing to more politically aware, engaged communities,” the Lord Mayor stated. “This is also the European Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, and education has a key role to play in meeting that particular challenge. “It is wonderful to see the achievements and work of these providers and learners documented through the medium of television for the first time.” Mr Kissane of the BAI said the provision of funding for projects
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New parking charges at Connolly Hospital CONNOLLY Hospital has introduced a new rate for parking that will ease the expense, confusion and pressure on patients and visitors. The Blanchardstown hospital came in for criticism after visitors and out patients complained about the expense and difficulty involved in paying for parking. On foot of complaints, the hospital which services a population of 290,000, has introduced a new rate of e5 for five hours as a half-day rate. The initial charges intro-
by Aoibhinn Twomey duced were e2 for one hour, e4 for two hours, e6 for three hours and e8 for four hours. There was also ae10 rate for 24-hours and a charge of e20 for those who left their car in the car park for a week. Patients and visitors have had
serious problem with the system, according to local TD and doctor Leo Varadkar (FG) â€œThe pay-and-display car parking system is similar to that used for on-street parking in the city centre,â€? he stated. â€œDrivers have to guess how long they will be in the hospital and pay upfront. â€œThis is causing real problems as patients are often left waiting longer than they had expected for appointments.
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DAA to run new Terminal THE Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has been given cision, as the benchmark costs the right to operate the new Terminal 2 following a lack envisaged by CAR will require a different cost model than that of interest from other parties. The competition and tendering process for the management of the new state-of-the-art terminal was scrapped last December due to a lack of response from the market and an inability of rival candidates to meet the minimum requirements. Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey last week announced that the contract had been given to the DAA as he did not see any “practical alternative”. “The Dublin Airport Charges determination for 2010-2014 made by the Commission for Aviation (CAR) in December last year, has set very specific and stringent operating cost targets for operating an efficient Terminal 2,” he stated. “In my view, the airport charges determination has effectively superseded the pro-
curement process. “At this point and following consultation with my Government colleagues, I do not see any practical alternative but to mandate DAA to operate Terminal 2. “In doing so, the DAA will need to demonstrate that it can operate Terminal 2 within the benchmark set by CAR.” Minister Dempsey said, however, that the DAA would have to show that it could run the terminal in line with cost targets set down by the CAR and he has given the authority three months to report back to him on this. Meanwhile, DAA Chief Executive Declan Collier said the order to meet the costs benchmark posed a “significant challenge” to them. “The DAA has been set a significant challenge by this de-
Locals angry over ‘unfinished’ estate RESIDENTS of an apartment block in Ballymun are blaming the incomplete finish of their development on anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping in their area. Lawless thugs recently set by Aoibhinn Twomey fire to an abandoned builder’s cabin, a skip and a bin shed in that a builder could leave the the Parkview Green develop- place half finished like this. ment. “Foundations have been A homeowner who has laid for new houses on the site lived in the development for nine months claimed that the but they won’t be built now site was “messy and incom- because of the way the market has gone. plete”. “It’s just such a disgrace to “A lot of building material such as wood and concrete see the wires and pipes exslabs were left around the posed and buildings abanplace which has drawn a lot doned like that.” of illegal dumping,” she told The resident has been liNorthside People. aising with Wyse property “Now we have all sorts of management who act for the things being dumped here estate’s management comsuch as TVs and other house- pany. A spokesperson for hold waste from people who Wyse said they have relayed obviously think this is a the problems to the builder dumping ground or some“We meet the builder on a thing. “It really is so unsightly regular basis to discuss matand very frustrating for us res- ters pertaining to the manageidents who have paid a lot of ment company, and also discuss the general condition money for our apartments. “We shouldn’t have to put of the external common up with this given that we area,” the spokesperson told have spent over e200,000 for Northside People. our homes.” “The developers are aware The resident explained of all building issues within how the builder’s container, Parkview, and as we underwhich was recently set on fire, stand, are endeavouring to rehad initially been left close to solve these matters in the the apartments but was short-term. moved to another location “There was a fire in the bin within the compound on foot shed recently and we are in of complaints from residents. the process of getting this reA skip within the compound was also set on fire in recent built which will be completed in the next two to three weeks. “Moving the problem to weeks.” She added: “We are hopeanother area doesn’t solve anything,” the frustrated resi- ful that all outstanding issues will come to a satisfactory dent said. “It’s ridiculous to think conclusion shortly.”
which currently pertains in the existing terminal,” he stated. “We will now work to try and meet the criteria stipulated by the Minister and are committed to responding to him within the three-month period.” The DAA spokesperson also added that according to research carried out in 2008, the total operating costs per passenger at Dublin Airport were the second lowest in a study of 12 comparable European airports.
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ANGLERS: The Tolka Trout Anglers are having an opening day and fishing competition on St Patrick’s Day, March 17; from 10am to 5pm. Access to the riverbank is through the Office of Public Works (OPW) depot in Finglas. All members, new and present are welcome. However, permits and badges are essential. Prizes are on offer to participants. YOGA: Sahaja Yoga and meditation takes place on Mondays at 7pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre. Sahaja Yoga is a simple method of finding inner peace, it’s easy to learn and always Free. For more information phone 0862520765 or visit www.sahajayoga.ie BADMINTON: Badminton sessions take place in St Declan’s Boys’ School, Nephin Road, Cabra on Saturday mornings from 10am12midday. All grades welcome. For more information phone 087-9249561. VOLUNTEERS: Friends of the Elderly, the charity that visits the elderly who live alone; is looking for volun-
teers in the Dublin 7 area. The charity would like to hear from people who enjoy the company of the elderly and can spare an hour a week to visit them. Friends of the Elderly is a registered Irish charity with 240 volunteers in the Dublin area. For more information contact Friends of the Elderly at 8731855 or visit www.friendsoftheelderly.ie CHARITY RUN: Pieta House, Centre for prevention of Self-harm or Suicide, will be holding its very first Darkness into Light 5k event’ in the Phoenix Park on May 8. This charity event will be open to all participants who are invited to walk or run the 5k route, starting while it is still dark and completing the circuit as dawn is breaking. The Darkness into Light’ theme was chosen to symbolise a transition from hopelessness to hope, thus highlighting the vital work carried out by Pieta House. Registration fee: individual e20, family e30. For further information contact Marie Freeman on 6010000 or visit www.pieta.ie to register. TALKING: Castleknock Toastmasters Club
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Helping Haiti David gets down to business YOUNG David Greenan saw the damage caused by the earthquake on TV and decided to have a sale of work to raise funds to help the people of Haiti.
The big hearted seven-yearold gathered up his toys, DVDs and anything he could get his hands on and held the sale at the gate of his house.
Amazingly he managed to raise e150 all by himself. Proud parents, Joe and Carole, suggested some charities for David to donate the money to and he decided on GOAL – possibly because the soccer mad youngster plays for Willows FC. David is in 2nd class at Sacred Heart School in Ballygall.
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MEPs vote to slash red tape for small firms SMALL companies may soon no longer have to file annual accounts under a proposal that won the support of the European Parliament last week. MEPs in Strasbourg voted in favour of a plan to reduce red tape by exempting small firms from EU accounting rules. The waiver would apply only to so-called ‘micro-entities’, in other words, companies with less than ten employees or with an annual turnover of less than e1 million. Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell welcomed the move to minimise the “unnecessary cost and expense” to small traders. “These accounting rules are of course necessary for larger firms, but it’s about time we made life easier for individuals and very small businesses,” he said. “Small companies often feel like they’re drowning in paperwork, so this will free them up to be more competitive,” added Independent MEP Marian Harkin. A European Commission study claims that even though small firms will still be required to keep records of their transactions for tax purposes, the new rule could save companies an average of over e1,100 a year. The proposal still needs to be approved by EU ministers before it becomes law, and then it will be up to each member state to decide whether or not to grant small companies the exemption.
● TESTING: MEP Jim Higgins says gardai should be able to test drivers for drug use
EU law must target drivers on drugs EUROPEAN research due to be released later this year could lead to the introduction of tough new measures governing the use of drugs by motorists. A joint four-year study involving 20 EU countries into the effects of psychoactive drugs on road safety will aim to create a basis for harmonised Europe-wide regulations. Jim Higgins MEP, a member of the EU’s Transport Committee, said the recommendations of the DRUID project (Driving
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same technology that we use to measure precise levels of blood alcohol.” Mr Higgins vowed to press the issue with the new EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas. “The EU has taken a major role in leading the way on road safety directives covering wing mirrors, seat belts and alcohol limits - we have to extend those safeguards to govern motorists taking illegal or prescription drugs,” he added.
STRINGENT measures aimed at keeping Ireland rabies-free have been extended by 12 months, following a decision at the European Parliament last week. The vote by MEPs means EU holidaymakers coming to Ireland with their dogs, cats or ferrets will have to abide by extra ‘pet passport’ regulations until the end of 2011. Domestic animals travelling between EU member states already need a passport with proof of anti-rabies vaccination, but in Ireland and several other countries, an extra rule requires evidence that the vaccination has been effective. Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Malta and Finland also insist that visiting pets have had treatment for ticks and tapeworm and that they have
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Legal protection for online Irish holidaymakers PEOPLE who book their holidays over the internet may soon be afforded the same level of legal protection given to those who use travel agents, under an EU plan put forward this week. The proposal by the European Commission is particularly welcome news for Irish travellers, who double the EU average for online holiday bookings. A whopping 45 per cent of Irish people have organised travel plans on the net since 2008. The legal changes, which could come into effect by the end of next year, will clarify the terms of liability and compensation if a travel company goes bust.
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Northwood exhibition to drive visitors wild HOW often have us city types yearned for the fresh air of the countryside and been envious of our country cousins? Well the truth is actually surPaul's blog and photo site on the prising; people who live in rural internet. parts and don't happen to own Now Paul has taken his love land themselves are restricted to of wildlife one step further as he longingly looking over fences at will be holding a photographic meadows. Farmers do not take exhibition of his fascinating imkindly to people meandering all ages throughout March at Omni over their properties. Park Shopping Centre, Santry. Dubliners are luckier than “We've pulled out all the most urban dwellers with the stops for this and are proud that amount of green areas at their we will be displaying high qualdisposal. ity fully framed images that will Santry Demesne is one such excite and inspire,” Paul told example and in the park is a Northside People. magical wild place called North“After a full year of this soliwood Lake. tary pursuit I am delighted with Fingal County Council, the way people have responded which is responsible for the park, to the images and the whole idea stays at 'arms length' from the of this exhibition. Omni Park lake as much as possible in order Shopping Centre have been just to maintain its wildness. great. They rightly see this as a But one man visits regularly vote of confidence in the comand was there almost every day munity and the environment, for the past year. and once they were on board Not a dog walker or jogger local businesses got involved too. as you might expect, Paul “In fact we are now in the Freeney takes a keen interest in lucky situation that every visitor the wildlife at Northwood. to the exhibition will be entered In fact what he sees at the into a 'Wonder Draw' with lake each day is documented. It prizes ranging from a family is recorded in words and images flight with Aer Arann, a dinner and true to the e-world we now for two in the Crowne Plaza live in, his images and reports Hotel or a beauty treatment in are read all over the world and Beauty Laine Salon, Northcommented on by visitors to wood.”
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Easter Festival 2010 Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath is host to the 2010 Easter Festival, a thrilling weekend of racing, fun and fashion. The three day festival takes place from Sunday 4th to Tuesday 6th April. Easter Monday features the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National and The Carton House Most Stylish Lady Competition in association with Powers Whiskey. The guest judge on the day is confirmed as TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick. With a fantastic prize value of €10,000 to the winner, the judges are sure to have their work cut out to declare a winner all right! Easter Sunday is family fun day. Easter egg giveaways, face painters and pony rides combined with great racing will ensure all the family are entertained. Tuesday features the Ladbrokes.com Handicap Hurdle and the Tattersalls Ireland Dan Moore Memorial Steeplechase a fantastic day for racing enthusiasts. For 20% off adult admission tickets to the festival and information on hospitality packages visit www.fairyhouseracecourse.ie or call Fairyhouse on 01 825 6167.
THANKS TO FAIRYHOUSE RACECOURSE WE HAVE THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY FOR EACH DAY OF THE FESTIVAL Simply answer the following question: In which county is Fairyhouse Racecourse? Send your entries to: Fairyhouse Competition, Northside People, 82-83 Omni Park S.C., Santry, D.9. Entries must be in before 29 March 2010. Terms and Conditions: The prize is non transferable and non refundable. Admission badges are for one day of the Easter Festival 2010. For full terms and conditions call 01825 6167.
For more details on the Festival, admission prices and discount bookings visit www.fairyhouseracecourse.ie or call 01 825 6167
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Giles presents St Michaelâ€™s House with new bus
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FORMER Leeds United and Republic of Ireland late Leeds United manager Don Revie. Duncanâ€™s wife, Rita Whelan, is the sister of midfield general Johnny Giles visited the Northside Noel Whelan, a service user with St Michaelâ€™s last month to present a special new bus to a local House. Noel was among the service users in atcharity. In a ceremony at Sallow Wood, Santry, ace pundit Giles handed over the keys of the bus to St Michaelâ€™s House, which provides community-based services to 1,685 children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. The new bus is a gift from Soccerex, a global leader in the business of football. Johnny Giles said: â€œOn behalf of Soccerex, I am proud to present this bus to St Michaelâ€™s House. â€œI know this bus will make a significant contribution to the lives of the service users for years to come. â€œI am delighted the world of soccer can make such a difference to people with an intellectual disability.â€? Chief executive of Soccerex is Duncan Revie, son of the
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