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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, Swords Local Magazine Email:

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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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Future Leaders Shine At Fingal’s Comhairle na nÓg

Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, Councillor Eithne Loftus and Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid with delegates from Fingal Comhairle Na nÓg at the AGM/Elections 2016/2018.

Over 70 young people from schools across the county gathered in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport recently for the Fingal Comhairle na nÓg Annual General Meeting and Elections 2016/2018. On the day, Fingal Youth Councillors and prospective representatives were joined by the Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Eithne Loftus and Fingal County Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Reid. Commenting on the level of interest and enthusiasm shown by those attending, Chief Executive Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “It’s great to meet society’s future leaders at today’s Comhairle na nÓg event and to not only hear their views on current issues but also how they have gone about addressing some of these issues.” Deputy Mayor, Councillor Eithne Loftus outlined the work of Fingal County Council including the work of the Council’s Public Libraries, Arts Office, Sports Development Office and Housing Department to

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give Comhairle members a flavour of the work of the Council and the positive impact that this work can have on the lives of young people in Fingal. Cllr. Loftus also spoke about the work the Council does with other agencies like Jigsaw, Foróige, Crosscare and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. She told young people about her own experience as a councillor, recommending that young people consider working in public life as a career path for the future. Closing her speech, Cllr Loftus said: “I was delighted to be part of the 2016/2018 elections of Fingal Youth Councillors. It is so heartening to see so many young people actively engaged in matters of concern to them. I know our future is in good hands.” Chair of the current Fingal Comhairle na nÓg Daria Jonisz told delegates about the work of the Youth Council over the period 2014 to 2016. Thanking Youth Councillors for all their work and commitment to the Fingal Youth Council, Daria said: “I had the privilege of being nominated by my peers as Chair of Fingal Comhairle Na nÓg for the last two years. I wish all of the new Comhairle the very best going forward”. Charles Adejan spoke about the First Aid Project that they developed and rolled out as a pilot in Fingal Community College and Emer O Mahony also spoke about the LGBT Initiative they had undertaken to raise awareness and help create a safe and inclusive environment for young people in Fingal. During the day’s event, young people from across the county put forward their names for election. Fingal Council Council Staff and Youth Development Workers from Foróige-Blanchardstown and CrosscareSwords/Baldoyle oversaw the election process. Twenty four new councillors were elected to represent the voice of young people in Fingal. Outgoing Youth Councillors wished the new councillors well for the future. The new Youth Council discussed topics around Mental Health Issues such as cyber bullying, depression, eating disorders and many more during the course of the day’s event. Over the next two years they will work to develop a programme of actions which they will deliver on behalf of, and in the name of young people of Fingal.



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Dublin Marathon and Fingal Festival of Fire

The recent Bank holiday weekend in Fingal was one of our busiest, hosting both the Fingal leg of the Dublin Marathon and the hugely popular Fingal Festival of Fire. And with the Dublin Marathon which entered Fingal via the Castleknock gate of the Phoenix Park where the 19,500 runners were greeted by three entertainment zones, live music, thousands of spectators and the best Fan Zone on the course! They were cheered on and hydrated at the water station all whilst smiling and dancing to the YMCA among other songs – it was a sight to behold! The 2016 Dublin Marathon was the biggest to date. It is now the fourth largest marathon in Europe with 35% of the runners joining the race from overseas. We were delighted 8


to welcome all the participants them to Fingal and to make their visit here memorable. On the Monday we saw the Fingal Festival of Fire take place in Swords Castle & Town Park. Over 10,000 people attended – a huge increase from last year’s event. Children and adults alike were treated to our super scary tunnel, our spooky mazes, live music from The Ghouls Totally 80’s band, trick-or-treat train, ghoulish entertainers and not forgetting our spectacular fireworks display. Swords Castle was lit up in sparkle and colour for all to see. Families came from across Fingal County to attend our free, family event. Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said “The Fingal Festival of Fire 2016 was an incredible success. We are delighted to

be able to provide and host events like this for the residents of Fingal and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. Hearing the positive feedback from the runners of the Dublin Marathon about Castleknock has been wonderful. It was a fantastic weekend for Fingal all round.” The Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Darragh Butler said “This weekend has been tremendous for Fingal with the thousands of runners and spectators in Castleknock and the amazing family atmosphere in Swords for the Festival of Fire. It’s a great pleasure as Mayor of Fingal to represent Fingal at these events”. Our Purple Flag was flying proudly at Swords Castle – an acknowledgment of the fantastic evening and night time provisions in the town. Contact us:

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available. BUT often cheeseboards are savoured by the ‘mature’ adults. Christmas can be a wonderful ‘whey’ to extend the taste palette and food variety of younger members of the family. Share the cheeseboard with the children and adolescents this year and entice them about which cheeses they ‘Goudda’ try!!!

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Launch of a New Brand Identity for Swords Cultural Quarter Today Fingal County Council marked the completion of the current phase of conservation works at Swords Castle, and another chapter in its history. Begun in 2016, the works, a mix of architectural and landscaping conservation, have provided renewed access to the castle enclosure and buildings, and, with it, the opportunity to avail of new cultural uses for the space. The Castle is now open to the public, complete with a new Tourism Office, with the adjacent Chapel offering a glimpse into the medieval origins of the space. The Digging History Community Archaeology Project, the second season of which took place in 2016, further uncovered the depth of history in its built environment. Demolition of the terrace of shops on North Street has allowed for a complete view of façade of the Castle, and to allow the buildings to serve as a backdrop for Cultural Quarter plans.

Paul Reid (Chief Executive Fingal County Council), Mayor of Fingal - Councillor Darragh Butler, Fionnuala May (County Architect) at the launch of the Swords Cultural Quarter at Swords Castle.

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Aimee Banks sings at Swords Men’s Shed Christmas Concert International Star Aimee Banks sings at Swords Men’s Shed Christmas Concert. The young Galway soprano who burst on to the international scene last year after representing Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, will be the guest soloist at Swords Men’s Shed Christmas concert taking place on 3rd December. Aimee has also performed at Boston Symphony Hall, the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Whitney Centre for the Arts, Boston and on The Late Late show. In addition she has sung in the National Concert Hall, the Convention Centre Dublin, at the Rose of Tralee Festival and Gorey Market House Festival, alongside Nathan Carter, Paddy Casey, Hometown, and Seo Linn.​ Last November she performed on the iconic stage of Carnegie Hall, New York having won her first International title for operatic aria category of an International Vocal Competition. Her rendition of Handel’s Lascia ch’io Pianga earned her a special recognition award for performance of the night. On 1st October Aimee held her Debut Irish Concert in Galway Cathedral in aid of Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. Aimee has just finished performing

in Heresy, an imaginative, contemporary electronic opera based on episodes from the life and works of Giordano Bruno in the Project Arts theatre Dublin “We are privileged to have this very gifted and talented soprano perform at our Christmas Concert in the Riasc Centre Swords on 3rd December” said Sean O’Connor of Swords Men’s Shed. Also performing at Swords Men’s Shed fund raising concert will be the Celtic Choristers award winning male voice choir. “With a strong Christmas theme the concert will be a great way to begin the Christmas season and have a very enjoyable evening. Ticket sales are brisk so anyone wishing to attend the concert should ring 0834875352” continued Sean. Swords Men’s Shed was formed in 2014. They currently have 33 members and plan to expand membership by at least 200% when they get their project fully operational in their new building. This fund raising concert is to help fit-out the new building. For Further information Please Contact: Matthew Graham Swords Men’s Shed Email: matthew.martin.peter.graham@ Or Michael Quinn: swords@

Fingallians club notes MINOR LADIES: November we had another

big addition to the club trophy cabinet. Our minors beat Templeogue Synge Street, in the Division Two championship final 4.12 to 1.06.


Congratulations to Paddy Sheridan on receiving his award for his outstanding performances with Fingal Hurlers in 2016.

ATHLETIC UPDATE: Congratulations to

our members who took part in the Clontarf half marathon in November. The Cross Country Race Series in Dunboyne has now started. The club have 4 teams entered. The next two legs will take place in Lucan & Tallaght with the final event taking place in Balheary on Sunday 5th February 2017.

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new fancy calendars. They are available in the club shop and bar at €10 each.

CLUB SHOP: The shop will open on Tuesday

6th December from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Final orders on the 26th November. The shop will close on December 10th (all orders must be collected by then )and it will re-open when the academy



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ACADEMY: The Christmas Party will take place this year on Saturday morning, 10th of December in the club hall.

CHAT IN IRISH: The club’s Irish conversation group meet each Wednesday at 9pm in the club bar. Open to all, free of charge and suitable for all levels. Further info from 086 3814422. Bain triail as.

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full paid playing members. The winter hours are Monday – Friday 6 to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday 2 – 6pm.

WINTER BAR HOURS: Monday – Wednesday 6 – 11pm, Thursday 6 – 11.30pm, Friday 6 – 12am, Saturday 3 – 12.30am and Sunday 1 – 11pm.

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Dublin will start their quest for a record breaking 7th provincial crown in a row against Wexford or Carlow. The game will be played over the June bank holiday in with Wexford Park or O’Moore Park (Portlaoise).


LOTTO NOVEMBER: Numbers 9, 11, 16, 29 & 31. We had two winners Stephanie Rickard & P. Callan who each received €1,032.

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TGI Fridays Offer Great Support to Local Club TGI Fridays are delighted to announce that they are now one of the shirt sponsors of local football club Swords Manor. TGI and Swords Manor F.C. are now working together as part of our local community and TGI Fridays have very generously agreed to sponsor one of the teams with a €1,000.00 donation to purchase one of the team’s kits, football training cones etc. for their up and coming footballers. The local team of Swords Manor football club was founded in 1995 with the idea of supplying the then growing area of Swords Manor with their own soccer identity in attempt to grow from there. The club has been a huge success, thanks mainly to the effort put in by its local volunteers and support of all the parents and children alike. Swords Manor F.C. now boasts 15 teams across all age groups, including one all girls under 15’s team. The club is always on the lookout for children of all abilities to come and join and also for adults/managers who feel that they can make a positive contribution to the club.


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Noticeboard & Parish News CHRISTMAS CONCERT:

Swords Men’s Shed Christmas Concert will take place on December 3 at the Riasc Centre. Award winning Celtic Choristers male voice choir will be performing their Christmas repertoire, and Aimee Banks, who represented Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November, last year, will be the soloist. Tickets are available from 0834875352.

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UNWANTED GIFTS: St Vincent De Paul Shop in Swords would appreciate and ask people to consider giving any unwanted gifts to it’s shop at 1 Castle Shopping Centre, Swords, phone 01-8400752. All donations greatly received and turned into much needed funds. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. Free parking is available.

BEREAVEMENT: Swords Bethany Bereavement Support Group trained members provide support to those grieving after the loss of a loved one. The group meet on the second and last Monday of every month from 7.30pm at the Parish, Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords. It is a free, confidential service that is open to all Fingal residents. Contact Terri on 8403243, Brid on 086-6006397 or Mary on 8402652 for more information.


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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.

Bore, 17. Try, 19. Dawdle, 21. Bakers, 22. Entered, 23. Record, 25. Dipped, 28. Across: 1. Essays, 5. Quaked, 10. Chapati, 11. Endless, 12. Rile, 13. Copse, 15.

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