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BALBRIGGAN LOCAL Volume 2 Issue 2 - December 2016

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Editor’s Note It’s gotten colder and the days are shorter but how can we complain when the buzz of holiday spirit is in the air. The Christmas Season is now well and truly here and don’t forget amongst the frantic gift buying frenzy to support your local stores and tradespeople when possible. Remember to, too take a moment and enjoy the festivities with family, friends and loved ones. We are another year older and wiser we hope! And we would like to thank you all, readers, sponsors and advertisers alike for all your support over the last year it is very much appreciated and we hope you will continue to enjoy our Community Locals into the new year. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year. The Editor, Balbriggan Local Magazine Email:

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Balbriggan a History in Maps 1655-1900

“Balbriggan a History in Maps 1655-1900” by Peter (Frank) Whearity, published by Balbriggan & District Historical Society, was launched by Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler on the 9th of November in the Town Hall, Balbriggan. The book, which charts the development of Balbriggan from a population of only 30 in 1659 to the beginning of the 20th century, was enthusiastically received by the large crowd in attendance. Fingal County Libraries sponsored the publication and County Librarian Betty Boardman spoke at the launch saying “I want to compliment Frank on this excellent book which will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of Fingal. Frank’s research on the 1916 era and the talks he has given on the subject, contributed greatly to the Fingal Centenary Programme.” She praised the work done by historical societies such as Balbriggan and local historians in recording the story of people of Fingal for future generations. Among the attendance on the evening, along with Frank’s wife Valerie and many of his family, were Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid, Cllrs David O’Connor, Grainne Maguire, Malachy Quinn and Tony Murphy, local historians and the proud members and committee of Balbriggan and District Historical Society. Peter (Frank) Whearity is a native of Balbriggan and he holds a BA (Hons) in Local Studies, and an MA in Local History 4


from Maynooth University. This book is the result of his many years research into the maps (beautifully reproduced in this publication) and in it, using information from other sources, Frank brings to life the history of Balbriggan and it’s hinterland encapsulating themes such as religion, architecture, education, legal, proprietorial status, and the rich industrial & maritime heritage. In his speech on the night he outlined some of the milestones in the town’s history featured in the book, including the coming of the railway, the world famous “Balbrigganers” produced by Smyth & Co and the dire poverty of the tenant farmers in the 1840’s. He thanked those who encouraged and helped him in the project including his lecturers in Maynooth, the Library service. Ordnance Survey Ireland but especially his parents Molly and the late Jim ( Jazzer) from whom his interest in history originated and he praised the editorial work of the Historical Society in transforming his research into this beautiful publication that he is very proud of. Jim Walsh Chairman of Balbriggan & District Historical Society said “We are privileged to publish this remarkable work of prodigious research with not just an array of maps but also relevant textual narrative which will become a standard work in years to come for anyone who wants to learn about the history of our town. Anyone wishing to acquire a copy can contact any member of the committee or email balbrigganhistsoc@gmail. com” Contact us:



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All I want for Christmas..

Christmas is a time of happiness and merriment but also, for busy mums it can mean finding the right outfits for loads of events including nights out, children’s concerts, lunches, coffee dates with other mums and/or colleagues. I find myself getting into a tizzy around this time each year thinking about the many outfits I need and the limited budget I have so this year, I am trying to be clever about it. I am buying a minimal amount but buying smartly. I’ve bought one really good pair of black palazzo pants (with built in support wear, like spanx from Patricia O’Toole!) to hide my wobbly bits and I’ll pick up a few sparkly tops to mix and match with these clever, comfy dressy trousers. I’ve bought one knockout dress, in blue, my favourite colour, that I plan to wear at least three times. I nabbed a fab pair of black boots with a small block heel and sparkly details and I know I will be able to wear them daytime or night time because they are

not too dressy to be over the top but dressy enough to be elegant. I picked those up in the midseason sale in The Shoe Horn and just know, they will take me through the whole holiday season. Money can be tight, so if you do have a night out to plan, look for good offers. Olly’s in Skerries does a great early bird and new restaurant in Balbriggan ‘The Twisted Olive’ has a Bring your own beer/wine policy and they do not charge a corkage fee. If you want to go somewhere fancy, try Scholars hotel in Drogheda for Afternoon Tea. It’s worth travelling for and if you are a member of parenting website or follow us on Facebook at Mumstown. Ireland you can tell them that and get a 10% discount! We’ll be hosting some parent & baby coffee mornings in December so check out to see which one is nearest to you. All parents and their little ones are welcome! We would love to see you at one soon!

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Fingal Towns and Villages To Benefit From Government Funding Seven of Fingal’s town and villages are to benefit from a €10m Government initiative, the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Under the scheme, a wide variety of improvement projects identified by Fingal County Council in conjunction with local community groups and businesses will be funded. Funding awards for the seven Fingal projects range from €29,000 to €100,000. The projects awarded funding under the scheme will increase footfall and stimulate the local economy of the county’s town and villages. Funded projects will include the development of a playground, the installation of outdoor exercise equipment at a number of sites, streetscape and environmental enhancements, and new pathways and signage that will unlock existing amenities to both visitors and local residents. The Fingal towns and villages announced last week by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphrey’s TD as beneficiaries of the scheme are: Ballyboughal - €34,000 Installation of outdoor exercise equipment. Balrothery - €100,000 To undertake landscape improvements at the entrance to, and the exit from the village. To build a new pathway linking Glebe Park to an existing heritage trail through the village Installation of outdoor exercise equipment in Glebe Park Boundary improvements to Balrothery graveyard. Balscadden - €34,000 Installation of outdoor exercise equipment. Donabate - €39,000 Install signage to direct people from Donabate train station to Newbridge House and Farm. In addition, the project will open up, widen, and replace, an old gateway at the back of the estate, making the facility more accessible for local residents. Loughshinny - €29,000 Streetscape and environmental enhancements to a strategic site at the entrance to Loughshinny Village on the R128 Rush Skerries Road. Rush - €99,000 Delivery of a playground in Harbour Park. Tyrrelstown - €45,000 The development of a network of paths through



Tyrrelstown Park. In each case, these awards will be further supplemented by funding from Fingal County Council . Paul Reid Chief Executive Fingal County Council said: “I am delighted with this news and I wish to congratulate all and acknowledge the hard work that went into putting these submissions together. This news comes on the back of the fantastic successes enjoyed by Fingal’s towns and villages in this year’s Tidy Towns competition and it further recognises the cooperation and partnership enjoyed by the local communities and Fingal County Council and shows what is possible. We recognise the potential that exists in Fingal’s communities and we actively support them through initiatives like the recently held Cleaner Community Awards 2016. It is no coincidence either that our towns and villages form part of our tourism proposition and I am pleased to note Minister Humphreys’ comments that this scheme will be available again in 2017 and I look forward to more benefits for Fingal’s towns and villages.”

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Remember Us members and their families would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and lots of success in 2017 We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following who have become Patrons of Remember Us. With Thanks to: Premier Patron. Progressive Credit Union, Andrews Spar, Millfield Shopping Centre, Tony Murphy, Apache Pizza, Colin Hughes, Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Fingal Dublin Chamber for all their support to us over the past year. We would also like to thank our Fundraising Partners: The Millbank Theatre, Rush Moriarty’s Supervalu, Balbriggan GV Wright Group, Skerries Chamber of Commerce, The Lions Club, Balbriggan and Malahide, Swords, Balbriggan, Portmarnock, Swords ICA’s Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal, Platinum Gyms, PJ’s Playcentre. A big thank you to the public in general for all their support throughout 2016. Our members really appreciate it! Thanks to Our Grant Providers Remember Us would sincerely like to thank the following Departments/ Councils for their 2016 grants, without which we would not be able to provide this VITAL service. H.S.E. Dublin North

Department of Children and Youth Affairs Fingal County Council. And to the following for their continued support: DUBLIN AND DUN LAOGHAIRE EDUCATION AND TRAINING BOARD (Formerly the County Dublin V.E.C.) A massive THANK YOU to our amazing VOLUNTEERS without whom it would be impossible to run our organisation. To Anne who Job shares with me, to our CE And TUS placements MATT, Igor and Martina. 2017 will definitely be an exciting year for us as this will be the year our special members will move into their new base. Hopefully around JUNE. Watch this space!!! We continue to look to business and the community at large for their support. Please check out our website www. to keep up to date with all the programmes we provide and check out our gallery to see all the happy smiley faces!!! Follow us on Facebook remember us community. Our members once again say THANK YOU to all who support us. By, Nora Roban, Founder/Coordinator

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Balbriggan Educate Together NS Award Another Human Rights Hero

Each year during the Human Rights Month Balbriggan Educate Together NS like to give a Human Rights Hero award to person(s) in the community who enhance the rights of others. This year the award was given to Tom and Breege O Neill guide dog owners Balbriggan for their work for Irish Guide Dogs for the blind and their work in schools and education. The school does this in order to honour their work, but also so that the children in the school can learn that there are people in their own community, just like

them, who are through their volunteering and citizenship Human Rights Heroes. The award was given to Tom and Breege in October by Balbriggan Educate Together after The Student Council (SC) interviewed them in front of the whole audience of the children in the school. Some of the questions that were put to Tom and breege were: In your opinion, in what way are the rights of persons with vision-loss impaired? What made you want to do more than just look after your

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own needs? Why do you feel it is important to be a volunteer? Why do you feel it is important to do talks in schools and to the wider community? Who have been the people in life who you find inspiring? and especially if there’s anybody who you feel has been a champion for people’s rights. What could we do, in your opinion, to make the world a better place for people with disability/ vision-loss?

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Local News After the children asked the questions and got their answers they asked Tom and Breege would they accept an award from them for the work they do as a Human Rights Hero, in Balbriggan. The O’Neill’s gladly accepted the award and said that it was an honour to accept it especially this been the 30th year of the local fundraising and awareness branch of guide dogs which they had founded in 1985. It was made extra special as it’s been the 40th year of Irish guide dogs for the blind that was founded by Mary Dunlop (rip) and Jim Denehy. Previous recipients of the award have been Nora Roban (Remember Us), Paul Keogh (FAI) and Paul Rowe (Educate Together). All of the students were present for the talks from the smallest to the 6th classes so after the talk the teachers all spoke to their students about the visit of the O’Neill’s and Tom’s guide dog.

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I was impressed that even though they had a disability they were still able to be Human Rights Heroes (Claire). I liked the way there was trust between the human and the guide dog. Even though the human can’t see they still trust (Sayo) I was inspired because even though they had extra challenges they still fought for human rights and they made a difference (Laura) I enjoyed it (Theodore). I wonder was there love for human rights always there or did it come about gradually? (Aaron)

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The talking phone was interesting (Alamin). It reminded me of my sister’s assistance dog Indy (Griffin) I like the way his watch talked. (Dylan) Tom is a good teacher about blind people. (Ali) I liked the guide dog. (Aleksandra) I like how nice they are. (Lana) I liked how they talked about interesting stuff. (Isabella) I liked that he talked about traffic lights and the bumps. (Lucas) I liked the way they talked about human rights. ( Jonathan) I liked their dog. (Susie) Congratulations! (Dylan) I liked the colour of the dog and how cute he was. (Wiktor) I like that the dog was guiding the man and woman. (Olivia) I like how Tom and Breege were answering the questions. (Ilyes) I liked how you understood how other people felt who had a disability and helped them (Rosie). I liked the way Tom’s watch talked (Eoghan). I liked Gatsby your guide dog (Eli) I think that everyone should have equal rights even with disabilities (Nicholas) I liked that you got an award (Bobby) I liked how other people helped Breege with her shopping (Maya). I like that you are our human rights heroes (Sophie). I went home and talked with my Dad about

Braille writing ( Jamie). I liked Gatsby’s bushy tail (Great). 5th Class were fascinated by the independence of their lives despite their disabilities, for example they marvelled about everyday activities such as cooking. They all said they will definitely help out if they ever see Tom or Breege doing their shopping. The general opinion of my class was that Tom and Breege are inspiring people because they still wanted to help others despite having to battle their own visual disabilities. They were also fascinated to learn why there are small bumps on the path at certain traffic lights and some said they are going to look out for those bumps whenever they cross a road to see which sets of lights in Balbriggan have/don’t have them. Finally, they thought the dog was very, very cute! The Balbriggan\North County Dublin branch of guide dogs can be contacted on or 085 7663107. The branch are always looking for more volunteers so please give a ring or send an email with an offer of help. The branch would also like to wish all involved in this monthly publication a very happy Christmas and new year and to thank them for their continued support of the branch. Lastly without the financial support given to the branch and to guide dogs Nationally the organization would not exist and blind people would not have guide dogs or families who have a child with Autism would not have an assistance dog. Happy Christmas and New Year to all of our supporters and thank you.

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Marathon Kids Programme Fingal

MarathonKids in conjunction with Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council and SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon have taken action to get children active. The MarathonKids programme is a fun and enjoyable 8 week journey that involves students running the 26.2 miles. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2015 report, Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe by 2030 with 89% of all adults defined as obese or overweight. The MarathonKids initiative is looking to encourage fitness, educate young people on the benefits of sport and promote an increase in activity levels in the early teenage population. The programme saw over 1,900 6th class pupils from twenty-nine Fingal schools participate, with children running 4-5 times per week in school, which led each student to complete a total of 25.2 miles (just one mile short of the Marathon distance), before completing the last mile at MarathonKids Final Mile Event in the National Sports Campus on November 20th. The MarathonKids programme is an educational and physical activity programme which supplements the school’s curriculum through a specially developed workbook, used as both a training guide and learning tool by pupils during school hours. Niall Mc Guirk, Senior Sports Development Officer, Fingal County Council, is delighted with the


outcomes from the programme, “Fingal are delighted with the impact the programme has made in our schools. We had 1,000 Fingal kids here out of 1,900 on a cold Sunday morning, which is a credit to the runners, their parents and their teachers. This programme has the potential to be in every school in the country. There is no cost to the school or the kids and both teachers and Principals’ agree it’s easy to implement and makes a huge impact regardless of the size of your school and the standard of your facilities. I would encourage all Councils and all Local Sports Partnerships to get the programme up and running in their areas!” Speaking about the programme, James Hayden, a teacher in Balbriggan ETNS, one of the participating schools, said “The MarathonKids programme has shown to be a truly beneficial and enjoyable activity for both myself and our kids. It has highlighted the benefits of sport to us all and it has made such an impact on even the students who wouldn’t normally be overly interested in taking part in sporting activities. The programme fits in so well to the school curriculum and we have used the workbook for not just PE, but maths, English, history and even science.” For further information on the MarathonKids Programme contact Niall Mc Guirk, Senior Sports Development Officer, or 087-120-6431

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Claiming Silver in the Winter Championships Back Row: Auveen Lynch (Head Coach), Abby Kelly (15), Naimh Kelly (17), Amy Jane Coyle (12) Front Row: Megan Roberts (8), Michaele Coyle (8), Edel Cooke ( Coach)

On November 12th and 13th Phoenix Baton Twirlers made the long trip to cork to compete at the Winter Championships hosted by the BSTAI. Held at the Mardyke Arena UCC. Phoenix Baton Twirlers took five athletes to the competition and entered them into a total of 25 events in the Munster championship. Each athlete competed in a large group and everyone performed strongly with each and every one of them coming home with silverware. The competition was an open competition and consisted of 12 Twirling Clubs including Phoenix Baton Twirlers with the other 11 clubs considerably large in comparison. The girls have worked very hard over the last number of month and did themselves, the coaches and the club extremely proud. We are now looking forward to new challenges and new opportunities. With the national competitions been held in February 2017 we are excited about the new routines and performance’s ahead. Phoenix Baton Twirlers currently train in Gormanston College (Aras Preston Sports Complex): Tuesday night from 5.30pm -7pm Wednesday night from 5pm -7pm O’Raghallaighs Football Club North Rd Drogheda: Monday Night from 5pm – 7pm Thursday night from 6pm – 8pm

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Balrothery Community Association unveils a new Public Art Commission “The Baron of Balrothery’’ the original seat of the Barony being returned to the community announced, Kevin Tolan, Chairperson Balrothery Community Association. Balrothery Community Association has unveiled a creative public art piece at the historic landmark of Balrothery Castle. The innovative project has seen a dead 200 year old tree, that was condemned to be felled, reborn into a sculpture of the Baron of Balrothery on the grounds of Balrothery Castle. With thanks to generous funding from local sponsors, the Community Association commissioned Irish artist Richie Clarke to create the magnificent piece. This project is a key focal point in a wider plan to develop a heritage trail in Balrothery which will encapsulate all of Balrothery’s landmark heritage sites on a walking loop through the village. The Community Association, on behalf of the people of Balrothery, would like to thank Senator James Reilly, the owner of the land on which Balrothery Castle stands, for wholeheartedly embracing the project. Owing to the enthusiasm and vibrant community spirit demonstrated during the project, agreement has been reached with Senator Reilly which will see the Balrothery Castle come into public use for the first time in its history to the benefit of the Balrothery community. The potential of this type of project for the village of Balrothery is enormous, the success of similar projects such as Swords Castle Cultural Quarter, and the restoration of Bremore Castle are examples of what can be achieved. A Medieval Banquet was held in Balrothery Heritage Centre to celebrate the unveiling of the piece and marks a new chapter in the buildings 600 years+ history as a community led restoration project is born. Quotes: ‘’The Balrothery Community Association who are hoping to fully restore the 3 storey tower house, wanted a carving to reflect the history of the area. The dead Beech that I carved was in bad condition, so I suggested doing a “bust” of the Baron himself (Richard Constentyn) who presided over the Barony from 1343.

The Tower House, which is a magnificent building, was completely covered. A local group took on the task of completely cleaning up the site and exposing the amazing stone work! They did this in their own time and at their own expense. I truly admire their commitment. I hope their ambition to fully restore the building is realised. I climbed into the Tower from a ladder half way up, a to say I was surprised is an understatement. There is a beautiful limestone spiral staircase which is fully intact which lets you get right up to the battlements, where you can see for miles out across the Dublin suburbs. The Tower I believe was built circa 1500, when the Norman’s had stopped building larger castles from around 1350. So these Tower Houses were the preferred design from then on. The cut stone corners are a work of Art in itself. It’s lovely to see the original Pitch marks from the skilled Mason that are over 500 years old! I really enjoyed working in the shadow of this Great Structure.’’ Noted, Richard Clarke, Artist. ‘’Balrothery has a very rich heritage and has been a focal point for settlement since the Bronze Age. The concept of the Heritage Trail is to promote the unique identity of the area. Balrothery has seen a big rise in population from 279 residents in 2000 census to 1,858 in the 2011 census and this project will help connect the community to the area, whilst promoting the value of heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development ’’ stated, Martin Fanning, Balrothery Heritage Committee

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Ardgillan Castle is currently recruiting for volunteer tour guides. If you would like to learn about history and guide, at a historic property, then this role is for you. If interested, contact Danielle Wilson Higgins, culture and heritage o cer at Ardgillan Castle, on 01-8492212 or email Danielle.wilsonhiggins@


Coterie Craft and Food Market is looking forward to seeing the local community out to support this little band of crafters and food producers. ey really need your support to make it a successful market which will be held on the first Friday of every month in the Combined Clubs, Balbriggan from 10am till 2pm. ere will be everything from eggs, cakes, to candle holders, to knitwear. All are welcome.

GUIDE DOGS: Irish guide dogs for the blind Christmas cards and 2017 calendar can be got in the following outlets in north county Dublin. Pack of assorted Christmas cards €6 or 2 packs for €10. The 2017 calendar is €8. All moneys from the cards and calendars go to the training of more guide dogs for blind persons and more Assistance dogs for families who have a child with Autism. The local branch want to thank all the outlets for helping in this way and all of you that buy the stock from the outlets. We also want to wish all our supporters the very best for the season ahead and the new year. Should you want to get some for 20 BALBRIGGAN LOCAL-DECEMBER

yourself directly from us ring us on 085 7663107 or send an email to In Balbriggan the outlets are: Pat Baxter family butcher and Hayes and Associates Chiropodists Clonard Street, Teresa’s pet shop High Street, Wishes gift shop and Lissen Hall Vets Dublin street, Cuddles pet store Millfield S.C., Lissen Hall Vets Swords, Java the Hut at balbriggan train station And new this year Paws Café Ardgillan park outlets in Skerries. Stacks Pharmacy Holmpatrick, Skerries Hardware Thomas hand St,Strand St Pharmacy, Mc Meels Pharmacy, Skerries Framing church street, Windmill Pharmacy and Red Island wine store church street. Outlets in Rush Or Design, Stitch Alterations Main Street

WALKING & SPORTS CLUB: Fingal Walking & Sports

Club have a limited number of Memberships available for the 2016/17 walking season. Walks take place every Sunday morning between September and June. Walks are generally in the Fingal/ Dublin area, commencing at 10.30am and last for two to 2.5 hours. Annual membership is €10 per person. If you are interested please contact the club secretary at


Live Music Sundays 5.30-8pm - Live Music & Karaoke with Patrick James (Voice of Ireland Winner 2015). 16th December - Stevie Spit Live Variety Show. Live Music Saturday Evenings. Bookings: Tel. 01 8436153

ECCE Places available now for January 2017

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Afternoon places still available

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1. Tries to write homework. (6) 5. Trembled with fear as the earth moved. (6) 10. A thin Indian pancake. (7) 11. Infinite. (7) 12. Make someone annoyed. (4) 13. Scope of a small wood. (5) 15. Drill a hole for an uninteresting person. (4) 17. Make an attempt in rugby. (3) 19. Lag behind. (6) 21. Their dozen has 13. (6) 22. Went into. (7) 23. Anything which provides evidence or information about a past event. (6) 25. Immersed momentarily into a liquid. (6) 28. Large expanse of salt water. (3) 30. Human organ which removes carbon dioxide and provides oxygen to the blood. (4) 31. Lacking seriousness, given to frivolity. (5) 32. Mate in a co-operative unit. (4) 35. Absolutely positive. (7) 36. Not quite night. (7) 37. Not open. (6) 38. A rope used to restrain an animal. (6)

2. Migratory bird. (7)

3. Word used to express pity or concern. (4)

4. An American tap. (6)

5. Having the feeling that you are about to vomit. (6)

6. Supports, helps, assists. (4) 7. Something very ugly. (7) 8. Frightened, nervous. (6)

9. Your valuables and useful talents. (6)

14. Admired oneself. (7)

16. A person employed to keep records. (5)

18. A medium for communication. (5)

20. A piece left over. (3)

21. Piece of furniture for a deb. (3)

23. Survivors from the distant past. (6)

24. In the middle, easy to reach. (7)

26. Strictly correct, sharply exact. (7)

27. Injury which impairs the value or usefulness of something. (6)

28. Wrote your name on. (6)

29. The season before Christmas/ (6) 33. Diagrams of the earth. (4)

34. A cosy or secluded retreat. (4)


Central, 26. Precise, 27. Damage, 28. Signed, 29. Advent, 33. Maps, 34. Nest. 9. Assets, 14. Preened, 16. Clerk, 18. Radio, 20. End, 21. Bed, 23. Relics, 24.

Down: 2. Swallow, 3. Alas, 4. Spigot, 5. Queasy, 6. Aids, 7. Eyesore, 8. Scared, Tether.

Sea, 30. Lung, 31. Giddy, 32. Team, 35. Certain, 36. Evening, 37. Closed, 38.

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Balbriggan Local Volume 2 Issue 2  
Balbriggan Local Volume 2 Issue 2