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Be proud of where you live Plans For New Citywest Primary School

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Good Time For Tallaght Man On “Dragons Den”

Tallaght man Jason O’Reilly and his business partner and wife Anjanette have formed their new company AJ Team Products Ltd based in Virginia, Co. Cavan

which produces Custom Designed Sports Watches.

Jason is originally from Tallaght while his family still in live in Springfield. Jason appeared recently on RTE’s Dragons Den where hopeful Entrepeneurs put their ideas to 5 very successful business people. Jason’s emotional presentation caught the heart and attention of each of them with Dragons Niall O’Farrell and Sean O’Sullivan very keen to invest with Gavin Duffy being drawn to tears. Previously in the construction industry as a bricklayer up until 2007 when the work completely dried up, Jason found himself looking for every opportunity to make ends

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meet and with his never say die attitude and trying other avenues he was finding life very difficult but he was not going to give up. Jasons idea came from something relatively simple when he purchased a silicone sports watch on a plane coming back from the Shamrock Rovers and Juventus game in Italy. I wore the watch to a Dublin game where his sister remarked how trendy it was. This sparked off the thought of how good it would be to have it in the Dublin colours and after some research the plan was put into action. Continued >> Page 6

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Ó Broin Supports GAME Workers Sit In at Liffey Valley Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin has called for local people to “show their support for the GAME store workers in Liffey Valley” who began a sit-in to secure their statutory entitlements following redundancy notifications earlier this week. Ó Broin visited the Liffey Valley workers last night. Ó Broin said “Once again a major employer is flouting Irish employment law. This week staff at GAME stores across Ireland were made redundant. The employer did not provide for adequate notice, has not offered statutory redundancy and has not yet paid a months back pay. “Just like La Senza, the employer has left the staff with no option but to

sit-in until their statutory rights are adhered to. “I am calling on local people across Lucan, Palmerstown and Clondalkin to show their support for the workers at GAME in Liffey Valley. Pop in and say hello when you are in Liffey Valley shopping centre, express your solidarity and let the workers know that they have the support of the entire community. “Just like the La Senza sit-in, local support will be vital in helping the workers get what the rightly deserve. “I am also calling on the Government to publicaly intervene to state that what is happening here is totally wrong and to send a clear signal to GAME and other employers that such breaches of Irish employment law will not be tolerated.”

Tallaght groups in line to benefit from new funding allocated to the HSE by the National Lottery Fine Gael Councillor, Brian Lawlor, has invited Tallaght community and voluntary groups involved in providing health or social services to members of local communities to make their case and apply to the scheme for one-off funding.” Councillor Lawlor said, “The HSE has announced the latest round of Lotto grants, which can be a huge support for local groups. I know there are many organisations in Tallaght providing excellent supports and services to local communities, and who may be able to benefit from these grants.” “National Lottery Grants have proven to

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be a hugely important source of funding to local community groups in recent years. The grant is a one-off payment, which can be used to improve the building, equipment and furnishings of health facilities and clinics, as well as supporting day-today running costs.” “Groups in Tallaght who are interested in applying for this funding should contact Catherine Lynch in the HSE Dublin MidLeinster on 01 620 6094, or download an application form from the HSE’s website. I am also happy to meet with any groups looking for more information about the process. The closing date for applications is April 20.”

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South Dublin County Council receives €11,500,000 housing capital allocation Fine Gael Councillor, Brian Lawlor has welcomed the allocation of nearly €11.5 million to South Dublin County Council for the provision and improvement of social housing units. Councillor Lawlor said, “There has been a considerable rise in the demand for social housing units across SDCC in the last few years, there are currently over 11500 thousand families on the housing list. The need for social housing is still growing and the Government has been forced to come up with new ways of ensuring the continued provision and maintenance of social housing. The announcement of this funding will come as a great relief to the many people on the waiting list for social housing in Tallaght and around the county.” “The allocations announced by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan TD, will support investment under the national regeneration programme, works to improve the standard and energy efficiency of the national social housing stock as well as meeting existing commitments for delivering social and voluntary housing.”

St. Anne’s Club Notes St Annes GAA Club Gaelic football Nursery for boys & girls aged 4-6 yrs Every Sat morning 10:30am-11:30am (except Bank Holiday Weekend) Activities: Gaelic Football Skills and lots of FUN and Games. for more information contact co-ordinator Mark Pollock @0872406328 Hurling For boys and Girls aged 6-7yrs of age Hurling Helmets Provided and Hurls Monday 

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@6pm in our Sports Hall Monday6-7pm, Training Sessions are mentored by Qualified Coaches, Children should wear appropriate footwear and clothes, Camogie nursery is back on Saturday mornings @ 11.30am, anyone thinking of trying out welcome to come along. For more details contact Games Promotion Officer Lee Moroney @ 0879417381

“Part of this will include the provision of housing under the new Capital Advance Leasing Facility, which will see approved voluntary housing bodies who raise finance privately to acquire or build new units provided with an up-front equity stake of 30% of the property value. These bodies will then be able to use leasing payments to repay loans in respect of their equity share.” “The Minister has also confirmed a multi-annual capital investment programme for new housing construction projects will be outlined later in this year, and I look forward to the details of this scheme being made public.”

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Tallaght Youth Band celebrate 35 years

Solidarity- Greek Style for Council Workers

Sinn Féin Councillor Máire Devine was successful in passing an emergency motion at the Tallaght Local Area Committee Meeting this week. The motion put forward by ther councillor stated; ‘That this committee fully supports Local Authority Staff that refuse to knock door to door personally, to remind people that they owe the Household Tax and we call on the trade union movement to fully endorse this sentiment.’  The motion was passed without the support of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil councillors.

Calling all past members and friends of Tallaght Youth band to come and celebrate 35 years of music, marching and many happy memories of their time with the band. Our 35th Reunion night will take place on Friday April 27th at 8:00pm in the Spawell, Templeogue. After the success of our 30th reunion, five years ago, we are looking forward to seeing all our past members and friends of the band again and sharing all those

happy memories. Tickets are €10 and there will be lots of surprises on the night. So we are appealing to all past members to spread the word of this event and come along to this fun filled evening. For more information contact or or check out our facebook page.

Ms Devine said that it was time that we stood up against the austerity measures and unfair taxes that are being imposed on the people of Ireland.  It was time to take a leaf out of the Greek’s book.  In 2011 the Greek government were forced to impose a property tax as part of their bailout agreement.  This Household charge was added to the electricity bills of families in a bid to rule out boycot of the payment.  This increase on the bill of hardpressed families resulted in thousands of homes having their electricity cut off.  In disgust at this injustice Greek Electricians staged a sit in at the electricity supply company’s office.  “Those workers were supported 100% by their unions, we need that same show of solidarity from the trade union movement in Ireland for Local Authority workers.” Said Councillor Devine.

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Walk for Water Aidlink and World Water Day, Thursday 22nd March 2012 Approximately 1,000 students around the country took part in a ‘Walk For Water’ on March 22nd to mark World Water Day. Walkers carried water in jerry-cans and buckets for 6km in solidarity with the many people around the world who must travel long distances every day to collect water. The students were working to raise awareness of global water issues and to raise money for local development programmes in Kenya - The Girl Child Network in Kajiado and the Diocese of Lodwar in Turkana - in association with the Irish NGO, Aidlink.


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Aidlink is an Irish NGO that has worked in development for 30 years alongside local partner organisations in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. Aidlink’s programmes aim to help address basic human needs such as access to water, education, food security and health as identified by the communities it works with. Six thousand children die each day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water. Aidlink’s partner the Girl Child Network (GCN) in Kenya works to improve the lives of Maasai girls in Kajiado District. The GCN have long recognised the centrality of water and sanitation facilities in promoting participation of girls in schools. The construction of sanitation facilities such as water tanks and girl friendly latrines in the targeted schools in Kajiado, has increased enrolment of girls by 25% and absenteeism has reduced by 65-70%. Education for Maasai girls has also reduced the numbers of child marriages as many uneducated Maasai girls are ‘married off’ at a young age. Aidlink is working to provide greater access to clean and safe water and ensure food security, knowing that this will have a huge impact on young girls and their ability to participate in education.

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He and his wife decided the best bet would be to venture into China to see if they could get this product made. Fortunately, his wife has a cousin who works and resides in China and sourced contacts on how to get the product made. Jason told me that “ The fact that we wanted our product to be dual colour or tri-colour made it more difficult but we were determined to have it in all the favourite team colours including Premiership clubs and County colours. After a lot of experimenting failed attempts we managed to get the result we wanted” He went on “We are so confident with our product that we also guarantee our watch for 12 months.  We also carry the CE mark of approval and our product is skin friendly and non toxic.

f you want to pursue a career in Transport, unlock your potential and gain a recognised qualification then you should consider a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Transport Management. This Certificate, which is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, qualifies you as a Transport Manager and also entitles you to set up a haulage or bus passenger business. A Management CPC is also extremely beneficial for employment opportunities, career advancement, or if you want to up skill.

The watch is also waterproof and therefore great for swimming and water sports.” Jason and Anjanette ‘s watch can be purchased in some Super Valu in Firhouse Shopping Centre in both Ireland and Dublin colours or if you’re a Shamrock Rovers fan you can buy one from the Rovers Shop in Tallaght Stadium and other local outlets. Jason also informed me that they have now mastered the technique of specialist printing of logos/crests on the side of the watch with amazing results. Again, this would be great for any company wishing to promote their company or team on a quality product. Another Tallaght man who has also created a lot of attention recently with his own success on “RTE ‘s The Voice Of Ireland” Kevin Keeley, showed his support by wearing one of Jason’s Pride Watches on the show last week. “Tallaght Express” would like to wish AJ Team Products Ltd all the best in their new enterprise. You can view their products on the website or contact Jason at

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You may also be entitled to funding for the course from your local FAS or Local Employment Offices. Subjects covered in the course include: managing a transport business; employment and health and safety legislation; contract law and financial management; tachograph and hours of driving legislation; national and international documentation etc. Approved CPC courses are run at weekends by Tony Hynes who has successfully put thousands of students through the CPC exam by using his own specially developed materials and his unique dynamic delivery style. Tony is starting his next CPC Courses on Saturday 31st Marchth at the Green Isle Hotel, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin. There are a few places left so if you wish to obtain further information you can contact Tony at 066-7185556 or 086-2458379 or or visit his dedicated website at Please mention Tallaght Express to Advertisers

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Minister Rabbitte stresses wind power is key to Irish energy Announces opening of new REFIT support programme encouraging

investment in wind energy that will bring Ireland to its target of 40% by 2020

Addressing the spring conference of the Irish Wind Energy Association in Dublin this morning, Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte, highlighted the increasing importance of wind power in Ireland’s energy future. In a wider European context Minister Rabbitte noted that the European Commission

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has publicly identified the pivotal role renewable energy will play in decarbonising the European economy. Its Energy 2050 Roadmap shows the importance of a fundamental shift away from fossil fuels; and Ireland, with its abundant onshore and offshore wind resources, is well placed to feature prominently in the Euro-wide renewable energy sector. Ireland’s renewable energy evolution has seen the country move from 5% in 2005 to 18% renewable electricity today, but the Minister is seeking to accelerate this progress. Today he announced the opening of the new REFIT 2 support programme which will encourage investment in wind energy that will bring Ireland to its renewable electricity target of 40% by 2020.  In tandem with the development of new wind

projects the Minister stressed the importance of a national electricity grid that will be able to carry the wind energy at least cost and maximum efficiency. “This requires the ongoing roll out of the Grid 25 programme together with delivery of the essential North South transmission reinforcements and the completion of the East West Interconnector“. “While maintaining a viable and effective market, we need to ensure that new projects can develop into the future. To do this we need to see critical infrastructure built out. The focus now must be firmly on delivery.  In particular, the delivery of our vital energy infrastructure projects to underpin our collective security of supply. This is in the long term best interests of every citizen of this country”, he observed.  Aside from the achievement of our domestic renewable energy target the Minister foresees significant export opportunity for both on and offshore projects of scale. “The Government, working together with the UK Government, acknowledges the scale of the renewable energy resources of these islands and through the British Irish Council and other fora, is actively working to develop cross border trade in renewable energy initially between Ireland and the UK but also, in time, to mainland Europe.” He also detailed developments arising from wider European partnerships such as the North Seas Offshore Grid Initiative whose scope extends to the Irish Sea and the Atlantic.   He went on to highlight the particular opportunity presented by the Irish sea for offshore wind resources: “These are reasonably close to both coastlines and in relatively shallow waters, so they are suitable for development with existing technologies and are likely to have considerable cost advantages over projects in the North Sea area that are trying to develop further offshore and in significantly deeper waters.”   The Minister considers that our overarching strategic objective is not just to make renewable energy an increasingly significant component of Ireland’s domestic energy supply by 2020 but also to make it a significant component of our export sector and help our balance of payments. “We have in Ireland a rich and abundant wind and ocean energy potential which I firmly believe can be harvested and exported as a real economic opportunity for this island.”  

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Tallaght Student Paints Eye-Catching Art Work A painting entitled ‘The Night Owl’ by 13-year old Tallaght student Paul Young from Old Bawn, a pupil at St. Joseph’s Special School, Balrothery, is one of the entries submitted for this year’s 58th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Pictured admiring Paul’s work is competition coordinator Annemarie Barnes. This year, some 6,579 students from Dublin city and county were amongst those who entered. This level of entry has helped Dublin retain its place as the highest represented county in the competition ahead of Cork and Wexford.   Judging of entries is currently taking place and winners will be announced in early-April, followed by the prize-giving ceremony which takes place in May.

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177 teaching posts to go in Dublin’s second level schools The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) estimates that approximately 177 full teaching posts will be lost in second level Dublin schools from next September as a result of staffing changes introduced in the last Budget. As it stands now, schools have an additional entitlement to guidance provision which is based on the number of students in a school. However, if guidance provision is to be maintained from September it will have to be sustained from the general teaching provision to schools. TUI is calling for some measure of alleviation for the worst affected schools.

TUI area representative Gerard Craughwell said: “These cuts will leave school principals with some harsh choices – they will have to choose between cutting back guidance provision, limiting subject choice, increasing class sizes or a combination of such measures. This latest cut to an education system already ravaged by a litany of cuts will result in significant further damage to the interests of students.” TUI calls for a review of the effects that this draconian measure will have in schools and some measure of alleviation for the worst affected. Students only get one chance – the cutting of teacher numbers is a tax on the future of our young people.

Guidance cut With year head posts no longer being filled as a result of the block on filling public service appointments, guidance counsellors are already struggling to offer the required support and care to the most at risk students all over the country. This new cut will have a hugely damaging impact on the life chances of the most vulnerable young people in schools. In addition to the support deficit, guidance on career options and choices will also be greatly stripped back at a time when it has rarely been more important. Despite this retrogressive measure, the Department has stated that schools continue to have a statutory obligation in relation to the provision of guidance.

Limiting of subject choice As teacher numbers are being cut, principals will have to look at how best to serve all students with the reduced teaching provision available. Those options that currently attract less students – for example Honours Maths or Physics – will inevitably be high on any shortlist of subjects under threat. Ironically, these are exactly the subjects we need to actively promote if education is to be a key driver in our recovery. Additional repercussions will see less choice in modern languages and further attempts to accommodate different levels and years in some subjects in the same group to the detriment of all students.

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How To Protect your Pets Paws

We all know, feet are made for walking and dogs’ and cats’ feet are no different; but did you know your pet’s paws are also made for protecting? Yep, Fido’s pads are there to provide extra cushioning to help protect his bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather conditions, aid him while he’s walking on rough terrain and help protect tissue deep within his paw. With all that hard work to do, it’s no wonder your dogs’ paws often take a bit of a battering. So, if you love your pet and want to keep his paws in tip top condition, take a look at my tips below. Fido will be ever so grateful.

they can become chaffed or cracked; so take this into consideration before you bring him on long hikes or runs. Be conscious to avoid hazards such as broken glass and other debris when walking your dog. Do keep this simple tip in mind—if you don’t like to walk barefoot on glass or other sharp objects, then neither will your dog! Safety First: It’s not unusual for dogs and cats to suffer cuts or other wounds from accidentally stepping on glass, debris or other objects. Wounds that are smaller than a half inch in diameter can be cleaned with an antibacterial wash and wrapped with a light bandage. For deeper paw cuts, see the vet for immediate treatment.

Foreign Objects: Items such as pebbles, small shards of broken glass, pieces Pamper With of ice and Pedicures: Your other debris dog’s nails should can become just about touch the lodged in ground when he your pet’s walks. If nails are pads. These clicking or getting can usually snagged on the be removed floor, it’s time for a safely and pedicure. Ask your gently using vet or groomer for a sterilised tweezers. If in doubt, call your advice about what type of nail trimvet. mers are best for your dog and how to use them properly. Nail trimming takes Get out the Moisturiser: Your pet’s paw particular skill because if you cut them too short you’ll cut into the quick or blood pads can become cracked and dry. Ask vessel and this is very painful for poor your vet to prescribe a veterinary moisFido. If you’re not confident, (and this is turiser – do not use a human one – and one task I never undertake to do myself), massage into your pet’s paws. Start by have your vet/groomer do it for you. rubbing and massaging the veterinary moisturiser between the pads on the bottom of the paw and then move between Snip and Trim: In order to avoid painful each toe. For dogs only, Vaseline is also a matting, trim your dog’s paw hair regugreat barrier against salt so rub it onto his larly with a specially designed trimming paws before each walk. Cats may lick the scissors. This applies particularly to long Vaseline so you need to ask your vet if it’s haired breeds. Simply comb hair out, ok to use on cats or ask them what they especially from between the toes, and trim would recommend as an alternative. even with the pads. For more information log onto www. Doggy Exercise: Your dog loves exercise or email me at miriam.kerins@ but if you’re about to begin a new regime, start off slowly. His paws may be sensi(c) Miriam Kerins, Head of Communicative, especially after a hard winter, and tions and Public Relations, Dublin SPCA

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Plans for new Citywest primary school progressing

Plans for the opening of the new Educate Together National School for Citywest are progressing rapidly, with the recruitment of the school principal currently underway. Following four years of campaigning by local parents, Educate Together finally got the go-ahead to open the new Citywest primary school this September.   The new school is currently taking enrolments for junior infant classes. While the exact location of the school is currently being finalised by the Department of Education and Skills, Educate Together has confirmed that it will be in the Citywest area.   The Dublin 24 Educate Together Association, which has been campaigning for the school since 2008, is delighted with the news that Educate Together have been granted patronage of both this school and another one which is due to open in Firhouse in 2013.

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Sinead Harrington, Chairperson of the Association said; “This is something that we, as a group of parents, have been working towards for four years. We have demonstrated that there is a strong demand for choice in primary education in the area and once construction on the new school starts we would expect the demand to grow further. There has been a lot of hard work carried out over the last few years and as a group we would like to thank the local politicians and parents who have provided support to us. We look forward to working with Educate Together in the establishment of the new schools in Citywest and Firhouse and we are confident that it will provide an excellent education for our kids.”   Amy Mulvihill, Regional Development Officer for Educate Together said: “The demand we are seeing for an Educate Together school in Citywest is mirrored in other towns and cities across Ireland so we are delighted to see an Educate Together school opening in September for the parents and children of Citywest. The next news we hope to have is the exact location of the school and we are working closely with the Department of Education and Skills and in this regard and an announcement is expected in the next few weeks”.   Today there are 60 Educate Together schools through-

out Ireland, with 5 more due to open this September. Educate Together aims to meet a growing need in Irish society for schools that recognise the developing diversity of Irish life and the modern need for democratic management structures. In particular, Educate Together guarantees children and parents of all faiths and none equal respect in the operation and governing of education. Educate Together Schools are fully recognised by the Department of Education and Skills and work under the same regulations and funding structures as other national schools.   Parents can pre-enrol their children for the new Citywest school here:  

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Club DCC In Fundraiser Club DCC in Dominics Community Centre fund raised to help two charities 16 children and 2 adults put together a Christmas CD and sold them prior to Christmas 2011


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Monday to Thursday Dominics Community Centre 08.00am to 10.00 pm 60 &60A Avonbeg Gardens Friday Tallaght 08.00 am to 10.30 pm Dublin 24 Saturday 10.00 – 2pm Tel -01 4590770 Sunday Subject to demand.

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They raised sufficient funds to be in a position to donate €100.00 to the DSPCA in Rathfarnham on Tuesday and a further €100.00 to the NCBI – preschool unit in Clondalkin  on  This is a fantastic achievement for a youth club that is in existence just over a year and all at the Community Centre are so proud of the youth club members. Photographed are the group making the presentations of the Cheques  to the charities involved. The presentation to the DSPCA  is Gillian from the DSPCA receiving the cheque from Daria Cassidy, Niamh O’Keeffe, Dylan Lynch, Nicole Kavanagh, Craig Byrne and Aoife O’ Shaughnessy Second presentation to NCBI preschool  in Clondalkin – Mary from NCBI receives a cheque from Ryan Bolger, Cian Hardiman, Corey Ivory, Sean Farrell, Nicole Grogan, Sonia Kennedy – youth leader and  Anna,  Tadagh and Jonathan from NCBI. Well done to the groups and the charities for all the effort put in.


The centre offer the following service   →► Book borrowing service · Fax sending service · A4 Lamination · A4 Photocopying · Binding service

Group Organisers Dominic’s Community Centre have a variety of rooms that can be rented out on either a regular or once off basis. The rooms can take groups from 10 to 65 people depending on the room set up you require. Tea/Coffee and light refreshments. If you wish to host your own course or meeting and need to hire a room locally please contact the Centre for further details.

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Jack & Jill Foundation asks 4,000 people to put on their Happy Faces to raise €100,000 for home nursing care for sick children nationwide

Jonathan Irwin, Founder and CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is calling for 4,000 people to put on their Happy Faces to raise €100,000 for home nursing care for sick children around the country. The way the campaign works

is that people – young and old - go to their local participating IPPA photographer for an individual professional portrait costing just €25, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. 

A record number of 110 professional photographers from around the country have signed up to IPPA Happy Faces in association with Canon which takes place nationwide and vouchers can be purchased in advance from Jack & Jill and make great gift or you can simply pay on the day.   To find out more log on to or   The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Senator MaryAnn O’Brien (MD of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates) to provide home nursing care to young children in Ireland who have developmental delay as a result of brain damage.  They decided to set up Jack & Jill based on their own experience with their son Jack and from their experience evolved the Jack & Jill model of home nursing and respite care that supports nearly 300 families in Ireland today and has helped 1,500 families since 1997.  The service includes home visits, advice, information, funding, lobbying and bereavement support.  Jack & Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to operate this service and, with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation raises the money it needs through mobile phone recycling, public donations and fundraisers such as IPPA Happy Faces in association with Canon.  See

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Dublin Community Games Cross Country Trials Trials to select competitors to represent Dublin in the National Community Games Cross Country Finals at the end of May in Athlone will take place in, Tymon Park (fields beyond all-weather pitch, (entrance Templeogue end, between St Judes/Faughs GAA clubs)

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Wednesday 28th March 6.30pm

Events: 500m for boys & girls U12 (6 boys & girls selected for squads) 700m for boys & girls U14 (6 boys & girls selected for squads) 1000m for boys & girls U13 (5 boys & 5 girls selected for team) All participants must be under the age on 31st July 2012 Interested young people from the registered local areas listed below are invited to participate. Belgard, Bushy Park, Clondalkin, Deansrath, Jobstown, Killinarden, Kilnamanagh, Knocklyon, Limekiln, Lucan and St Judes. For further information or enquires for contacts for the above local areas, please call Dublin Community Games on 01-8728203 or 018728993 or email



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Intermediate Sudoku

Challenging Sudoku


Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column and each 3-by-3 block contain all of the digits 1 thru 9 If you use logic you can solve this puzzle without guesswork


8. Former Italian currency (4) 9. Outrageous (10) 10. A domineering woman (6) 11. Languor (8) 12. Farewell gesture (4) 13. Guide (10) 17. Sediment (4) 18. Lacquer ingredient (5) 19. Smudge (4) 20. Fanatic (10) 22. Require (4) 23. Neither urban nor rural (8) 27. Plaid (6) 28. Indiscretion (10) 29. One-quarter of a bushel (4)

Down 1. An annoying or frustrating event (10) 2. Budgie (8) 3. Relax (10) 4. It comes from sheep (4) 5. Adjoin (4) 6. Accomplish (6) 7. Cozy (4) 14. Letter before iota (5) 15. Coquetry (10) 16. Joyful enthusiasm (10) 19. Insolvent (8) 21. Hindquarters (6) 24. Utilizer (4) 25. What we sleep in (4) 26. Void (4)

This Weeks Jokes Junior had just received his brand new drivers license. To celebrate, the whole family trooped out to the driveway and climbed into the car for his inaugural drive. Dad immediately headed to the back seat, directly behind the newly minted driver. “I’ll bet you’re back there to get a change of scenery after all those months of sitting in the front passenger seat teaching me how to drive,” said the beaming boy to his old man. “Nope,” came dad’s reply, “I’m gonna sit back here and kick the back of your seat while you drive, just like you have been doing to me for sixteen years.”

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A man walked into the office of the eminent psychiatrist Dr. Von Bernuth, and sat down to explain his problem. “Doctor, doctor!” he started. “No need to repeat yourself, my good man,” replied the doctor. “One ‘doctor’ is enough.” “Yes, well, you see, I’ve got this problem,” the man continued. “I keep hallucinating that I’m a dog. A large, white, hairy Pyrenees mountain dog. It’s crazy. I don’t know what to do!” “A common canine complex,” said the doctor soothingly. “Come over here and lie down on the couch.” “Oh no, Doctor. I’m not allowed up on the furniture.”

Gathering chickens The farmer’s son was returning from the market with the crate of chicken’s his father had entrusted to him, when all of a sudden the box fell and broke open. Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate. Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, expecting the worst. “Pa, the chickens got loose,” the boy confessed sadly, “but I managed to find all t welve of them.” “Well, you did real good, son,” the farmer beamed. “You left with seven.”

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Ask Alice Ask Alice

Ask Alice is our regular Agony Aunt and you the reader will be able to send your questions to her at Although Alice will feature in our paper Tallaght Express is not responsible for any comments or answers Dear Alice

I am a 15 year old boy and I hate my life. I am in school doing my junior cert and I am probably one of the few in my class that actually wants to stay in school and do well. The way I see it is that if I manage to pass my leaving in a few years I might get an apprenticeship and eventually a good job. The problems is that all the lads I hang around with are into drugs and drinking cans, robbing out of the shops and mitching from school. I can’t tell them that I don’t want to do this. They would jeer me and probably beat me up. I am afraid not to go out with them because of what they will do but all I really want is to do well in school and get work when I’m older. Most of the people where I live are on the dole and I don’t want that life for me. Ben. Dear Ben, Good for you knowing what you want for your future. What you need now is some help to make that happen. Is there anyone you can trust to talk to – an older brother or sister, parents, the guidance counsellor in the school or perhaps a counsellor in one of the community group projects near you? Talking to someone will help you to stay strong and work towards achieving your plans. Often gradual change is best. Can you gradually move away from the lads that you are hanging around with now, stay home more in the evenings and catch up on your homework or study? What about joining a local club like football, sport, kickboxing or something like that and making new friends who have the same interests as you. The trick is not to fall out with the friends you have now but gradually move away from them, replace them with new people and become too busy to care what is happening with them. Best of luck with the Junior Cert. Dear Alice, About a year ago a new boy moved into our estate. We are both 22. I really fell for him and my friend told him. He told her we would be perfect for each other except for the fact that he had a girlfriend already. He told my friend he really liked me and thought I was really attractive but he was happy with his girlfriend. Last week I heard that he is broken up with his

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girlfriend. Should I contact him and ask him out? I still fancy him like crazy. Help, Stephanie. Dear Stephanie, It would probably not be a good idea to ask him out just now. You don’t want to be the rebound girlfriend or having him show his ex that he can get another girl straight away. Give him time to get over the last relationship. The fact that it lasted for at least a year shows that it was quite serious and he is still licking his wounds. Try to get to know him and develop a friendship. If there is an attraction there he will ask you out if he is free to do so. Dear Alice, I am a 40 old woman and have never been married. I have had a few relationships but they didn’t last very long. Now I have fallen in love – what I think I have never felt before in my life. My boyfriend is great. He is romantic, funny, caring and always looks after me – in fact he spoils me rotten and I love this. The only drawback is that he is only 26. I feel too embarrassed to go out in public with him so I tend to cook at home, have movie nights where we rent films, eat popcorn and such in my house. We have gone out a couple of times and he wants to hold my hand or kiss in public and I feel dreadful and just want to get back indoors. I see how people look at us and all I can think of is being seen like a desperate, ridiculous “cougar”. It hurts him that I cannot cope with how other people would judge us but, for the moment anyway, he is very understanding. This is tearing me apart because I genuinely do love him and hate hurting him. Frantic, Deirdre. Deirdre, Okay you know the good points here – you are so lucky to have found a man to love and who loves you in return. Obviously he is not embarrassed by the age difference when he is out in public with you and he is kind and understanding when you are uncomfortable. It is not realistic to think that you can continue your relationship in secret for ever. You will need to brave the outside world sometimes. The more you do this the easier it will get. You say you can see how people look at you – so what? You are happy and in love with your boyfriend. He is happy and in love with you. Why not put your energy into the relationship instead of wondering what other people think? It could surprise you to know that usually people are so caught up with their own stuff they rarely have much time to worry about other couples. Also you say he is getting hurt by your reluctance to go out with him. Ask yourself which is most important – stopping hurting him or worrying about what the neighbours think? The neighbours will soon get used to seeing you together and stop

even thinking about it. Enjoy your loving relationship and let it blossom.

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Tallaght Rehabilitation Project ltd Tallaght Wide Aftercare Project

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Wish to recruit for the position of a Part Time Aftercare Project Worker: To assist in the delivery of the Tallaght Wide Aftercare programme. Applicants should have experience of working in a therapeutic setting and be competent in facilitating group therapy sessions. Be skilled in task-oriented key working and demonstrate a good knowledge of addiction. I.A.A.A.C membership is desirable. Starting rate will be starting at €31,844 per annum (i.e. €15,922 for a parttime post). This post is subject to funding and is funded by the following Government Agencies in conjunction with the NDST, NDP and FAS Please post CV to: Michael Williams Tallaght Rehabilitation Project Ltd Kiltalown House, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24 or email to Tallaght Rehabilitation Project Ltd is an equal opportunities employer Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 30th March @ 4pm Interviews date to be announced after short listing Job Description Job Title: Aftercare Project worker (part time) Responsibility: To report to the Aftercare Supervisor Responsible for: Assisting the Aftercare Supervisor with the delivery and organisation of the Tallaght-wide Aftercare Project Objective:

Hours of Work:

To support the planning, development and delivery of an appropriate aftercare service for people in the Tallaght area that are very stable or drug free. This is a part time position (19.5 Hours). Evening and weekend hours are compulsory. Own transport essential.

Professional Qualifications and Experience · Minimum 2 years experience with a third level relevant qualifications. · Experience of working in a therapeutic setting and working with a multi-disciplinary team · Be competent in facilitating group therapy sessions · Skilled in task oriented key working. · Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of addiction and stages of recovery. · Good interpersonal skills. Responsibilities · To support the supervisor in identifying the needs of the Tallaght Wide Aftercare clients in their continuum of care. · Facilitate Aftercare therapeutic groups- relapse prevention etc. · Facilitate individual key working interventions with aftercare clients · Facilitate a weekly Family Support Group · conduct assessments and outreach presentations · To keep and maintain effective record systems in respect of participant interventions. · To work as a member of a team in order to fulfil the policies, aims and objectives of Tallaght Wide Aftercare / Tallaght Rehabilitation Project. · To work in a professional and objective manner with individuals accessing the service. · To liaise with other agencies – statutory, voluntary and community. Contract of employment is 1 year, with a 9 month probationary period. To include 3 x 3 monthly reviews, subject to funding. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities. The Management may review this job description from time to time to reflect the needs of the organisation and our target group.

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1). Extension

Adding an extension to your home could increase its value by 10 - 50%. The key factor is to add proportion to your house. If you have a small kitchen but a big living room, how about extending your kitchen.

2). New Kitchen

Revamping your kitchen is a fantastic way of increasing the value of your property, and it could add up to 10%. Never underestimate the impact a new kitchen has on house buyers. It is a room that you spend a lot of your time in, and it could mean the difference between sale or no-sale.

immediately change the appearance of your home.

7). Redecorating

This is probably the cheapest way of improving the appearance of your home. A lick of paint can add freshness to your home in a matter of hours.

3). Loft Conversion

A loft conversion is a great way to increase your home’s value, without building outwards. It can add up to 15% to the value of your home.

4). En-suite Bathroom

An en-suite bathroom is a great way of adding the appearance of luxury to your home, and can increase your home’s value by 5%. For maximum return it is best to use the space from a large bedroom, rather than converting an existing bedroom.

5). Insulation

Insulating your home can heavily reduce your utility bills and can also make a sale more likely as your home will fit the “Eco Friendly” bracket.

8). New Bathroom Suite

A new and modern bathroom can add 5% to your home, and like the kitchen can make the difference between a sale or no-sale. House buyers put a lot of focus on kitchens and bathrooms, and if they look dated, it can appear that you put no effort into your home.

9). Home Exterior

Sorting out the exterior of your home is a must if you are selling, and can add between 10 - 15% to your property value. Fixing up the front garden, painting the house, and fixing the roof, guttering, fascias, etc. can make a huge difference.

10). Internal Problems

6). Flooring

A good way to improve the appearance of your home is to replace old or worn out flooring. Whether it be carpets, floorboards or laminate, replacing the worn out look can

Fixing any nagging issues within your home is essential for when you do want to sell, and waiting until your house goes to market, will only add unnecessary stress to the process. It will make a huge difference fixing the damp patches, sorting out the dripping taps, and revarnishing the old wood. To add real value to your home it helps to get a professional architect involved, to make sure the job is done correctly.

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