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In this ISSUE New homeless accommodation opens in Tallaght. See Page 4 Dimentia Day Care open to Tallaght residents See Page 5 SDCC and Microsoft create IT jobs. See Page 7 Feels like everybody is on holidays. See Page 8 You can be a big winner. See Page 9 The Dublin Rose See Page 11 The New Mayor appointed. See Page 17 Remember “The Silhouettes” on Americas Got Talent? Go see them on us! See page 19 Win tickets to the Civic Theatre. See Page 20 Local talent Bipolar Empire talk to Tallaght Express. See Page 20

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By David Penny The future of unemployment in Tallaght is looking bright if newly appointed County manager Daniel McLouglin can achieve his aims on assisting local businesses and building new business relations. In his new role he has acknowledged the importance of Sustaining and Developing Businesses in the County and making South Dublin County a desirable place to do business. Through a variety of schemes supporting business, the new County Manager aims to assist our local businesses fulfill their potential. South Dublin Chamber looks forward to continuing building relations with the new County Manager.

shops opening up including the well established shoe shop Skechers who opened up a few weeks ago and also the opening of Mao and Leo Burdocks which has created employment.

Slowly but surely job opportunities and business is coming back to Tallaght, this is evident as you walk through the square shopping centre and see a number of new

Dublin County manager Mr. McLoughlin said “It is a great honour to have been appointed County Manager of South Dublin County Council. I look forward to

working closely with the elected members, staff, local communities and the business and state sector. By promoting community, social and economic development, we will ensure that South Dublin County Council is the primary provider and enabler of public service provision at local level” Mr. Daniel McLoughlin has recently become the County Manger for South

Dublin County Council. Mr McLoughlin joined the Local Government Service as a Clerical Officer with Leitrim County Council in 1982 and has since worked with Sligo, Offaly and Wicklow County Councils as well as holding the position of Town Clerk in Trim, Arklow and Bray. Mr. McLoughlin joined Meath County Council in 1996 where he held the positions of County Secretary and Director of Service before leaving to taking up duty as Leitrim County Manager in 2002. Prior to joining South Dublin County Council, Mr. Mc Loughlin was Westmeath County Manager from 2006 to 2013. He was educated at St. Mel’s College in Longford and holds a BA in Public Administration and a MA in Local Government Management from the Institute of Public Administration.

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Horticultural Programme

By David Penny

Good news for anybody unemployed and looking to get out and about, to meet new people and delve into therapeutic gardening and horticulture as South Dublin’s Social Inclusion Unit and Environmental Department are collaborating. This relaxing activity takes place every Wednesday from 11am – 1pm and costs nothing to take part in. It’s a fantastic Horticulture class, participants interested in gardening and the out doors get to learn new skills and meet new people. The programme is also looking for someone who has horticultural experience and is out of work to come in once a week and volunteer. Social Inclusion officer in the community services department Maria Finn instigated the whole operation to help people who lost their jobs to get out and about. She Said; “The main activity of our group is growing our own vegetables and fruit and maintaining our garden. It has been a great social benefit to us in been able to meet and talk to people in the same position as you.  It has been physically and mentally uplifting. The majority of us live locally and do not have access to a garden of our own. “Everybody in our group has been unemployed for a number of years.  We hope that as our community garden is in the eye of the public it will attract attention and interest from local people.” In November 2010 at the first Social Inclusion the programme hosted ‘Pathways through unemployment’ which had an attendance of over 400 people and also had a number of speakers such as Dr. Tony Bates who is a well known Psychologist and also Ex Ireland International Packie Bonner. It was attended by a diverse range of age groups from 19-70 which goes to show the potential this has with regards meeting new people who are unemployed. As part of the seminar they held a round the table discussion and proposed one main question of what as a local authority could they do to help the unemployed. Many attendees wanted a space were they could meet new people in similar situations to talk about how they were feeling about been unemployed and not to be sitting at home. Together they have set up a sensory garden in Sean Walsh Park which is partly funded by the council and clients of the Menni services. The Menni service works with disabled children and adults from the Tallaght area. She said; “South Dublin County Councils Environment Department provided us with the base here in Sean Walsh park which gives people the opportunity to come over and develop new horticultural skills, it’s a fantastic way to get out of the house and relax outside. They learn how to plant and grow all their own vegetables and flowers and at the end of each season they reap the rewards of what they learnt, and may bring their new skills to their own back garden.” “We were approached by many services for disabilities about 5 years ago, we were under the office of ex county manager Joe Horan who was very interested in helping people with disabilities and to make activities available for them. It was a joint idea between parks and many services and we were asking ourselves what could we do for people with disabilities? So we came up with the idea of gardening and having them out and about as it is very stimulating and therapeutic.” “It also helps build up relationships with other services and St John of god, it makes them more aware of other events and activities that the council might be doing and creating opportunities” For more information you may contact Maria Finn on 0863803060


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New Homeless Accommodation opens in Tallaght

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Former Dublin Mayor Cathal King set out two main initiatives when he was elected Dublin mayor. In his acceptance speech at the annual county meeting last year he wanted to focus on helping people with mental health issues and help the homeless and also create employment. He has out done himself and successfully opened accommodation for the homeless. Speaking at the opening of the accommodation for the homeless Cllr Cathal King said; “I would like to welcome and thank the Peter McVerry Trust for taking on this project on behalf of South Dublin County Council and particularly those involved in the day to day running of the house.” “Last year we had 158 applicants who were assessed by our Homeless Services Unit and offered a range of

either short term temporary emergency accommodation or supported temporary accommodation. Unfortunately up until last Month South Dublin were unable to provide its own Supported temporary Accommodation ourselves which is why it gives me genuine pleasure to be here today to launch our first such service with the support of The Peter McVerry Trust.” “With this in mind I would like to take the opportunity to commend and thanks the staff in the Homeless section who work tirelessly and with great compassion to deliver top class advice and services to the applicants they work with. I would also like to thank and Commend Mick McCartan who oversees operations in this area and has always done a fantastic job.” “In 2009 myself and fourteen others of the 26 Cllrs pledged our annual conference expenses towards this project to ensure its speedy opening and as one

of those who personally contributed financially to the establishment of this great facility it gives me great satisfaction to be he here in the position of Mayor of the County to officially open it. “ “I visited the house yesterday and was struck by the sense of fraternity and Community that has developed in such a short period of time between the staff and the tenants. The tenants were very welcoming to us and also openly thankful for the opportunity and potential this house and surrounding environment has given them. We were speaking to the rostered Chef Karl who had recently cooked a Roast dinner for 18 people so he obviously has culinary skills and may have a future career in the food Industry. Karl also showed us the menu for the week which on one day included Caesar Salad which didn’t go down to well with the rest of his compatriots but the good news is that Corned Beef is on the Menu today so I’m

looking forward to seeing that and Karl redeeming himself.” “I want to take the opportunity to thank someone who has worked tirelessly over the past three to four years on delivering such a project and we have had false dawns, withdrawals from alternative sights but today with the success of this project I want to give a special thanks to Billy Coman for his tireless efforts in ensuring we delivered on the promises we made in this regard as without his Commitment to the project we would not be standing here today.” “Finally I want to thanks the staff and Management here at this great Facility and wish them well in to the future but more importantly I want to wish all the lads currently residing here the very best of look in the future and hope that this Service provides you all with support and awareness to ensure you proceed into independent living and successful and happy lives.”

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Dementia Day care opening

A local day care and services facility has opened its doors in Rathcoole for sufferers of Dementia which has opened its arms for residents of Tallaght. Dementia is a syndrome that may affect ones memory, attention, language and problem solving.

“privileged to have opened this service right in the heart of such a warm village as Rathcoole. We hope to provide ongoing support and care within our community. At any time we welcome visitors to call in and see what we do and ask any questions regarding support and well-being for the person with dementia.”

Dementia Day Care and Services, the first facility of its kind in Ireland, opened its doors this week in Rathcoole. The specialist service caters for people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and offers supports and education programmes for their families. Local Councillor, Emer Higgins, was on hand to formally launch the facility operating from a vibrant and homely room in the Rathcoole Community Centre. The service will cater to people from all over the Clondalkin, Newcastle, Tallaght and Rathcoole area.

“Between them Aine and Elaine have twenty-one years experience in the care home setting. Their passion for caring for others and their compassion for those with dementia is blindingly obvious and if you are dropping a relative off at their service, you are doing so safe in the knowledge that they are being properly cared for. Their service promises to operate on the understanding that every person with dementia is different and that its their causes and behaviours, not their symptoms, that need to be addressed.

Speaking at the opening Cllr. Emer Higgins said, ““The Specialist Dementia Day Care & Services is the first of its kind in Ireland. It’s the vision of Aine Ryan and Elaine Crowley who saw the opportunity to use their experience and expertise to develop a specialist and holistic

service for people in our community with dementia. Their model combines care, social engagement and respite with the sole focus of improving the lives of those who use the centre and their extended families. Higgins went on all those caring dementia saying imagine a more

to pay tribute to for people with that she couldn’t difficult job and

that’s why it was so important that a specialist service like this caters not just for people with dementia but gives support to those who are used to supporting others. Elaine Crowley gave a detailed presentation on the opening night explaining the service and its ethos and stated that her and Aine are

Aine and Elain’s motto is that attention to emotional well-being and continuing social engagement will lead to an improved quality of life; and who can possibly argue with that?,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins. For more information on the service phone 01 458 6134.

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Health and Safety Authority and the Dublin West Education Centre announce farm safety competition winners

The Health and Safety Authority and the Dublin West Education Centre announced the winners of their farm safety competition ‘On the Farm’ which was open to primary school children nationwide and attracted over 8,000 entries from around the country. Four children were chosen as regional winners in the Dublin West Education Centre catchment area.

Lucan, Co Dublin Erica Mae Bacani, 1st/2nd class category, St. Ciarán’s National School, Hartstown, Dublin 15 Nathan White, 3rd/4th class category, St. Andrew’s National School, Lucan, Co Dublin Kerri McCann, 5th/6th class category, St. Ciarán’s National School, Hartstown, Dublin 15

Joanne Harmon, Education Manager with the Health and Safety Authority said, “We’re delighted to present the winners with their well-deserved prizes. It’s so important for children to become aware of the dangers on farms, especially coming into the summer season when schools are closed and children are around the farm or visiting farms. Seventeen children

Helen Kieran, HSA and Siobhán Kerr, Dublin West Education Centre, presented the winners with their prize money of €75. The competition was aimed at raising awareness of child safety on farms and children were asked to create a piece of art, or, write a story or poem, about life on the farm with a safety theme. The winners had the opportunity to participate in workshops around the country with artists and writers from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership, to collaborate on a children’s book which will be published by the Health and Safety Authority in the Autumn and sent to all schools and libraries. The following children emerged as competition overall winners in the Dublin West Education Centre catchment area. Ruby Nixon, Junior/Senior Infants category, St. Andrew’s National School,

Back row: Siobhán Kerr, Dublin West Education Centre, Kerri Mc Cann, St Ciaran’s NS, Helen Kieran, HSA Front row: Ruby Nixon, St Andrew’s NS, Erica Mae Bacani, St Ciarán’s NS, Nathan White, St Andrew’s NS

have died in farm accidents over the past ten years. The tragedy of a child’s death at the place where a family lives and earns their livelihood is an unimaginable horror that we must all be vigilant to prevent. “Farms are dangerous places for children as they combine both home and workplace and unfortunately, children continue to get injured and die in  farm accidents.  What can seem like a playground full of adventure for a child can bring devastating consequences for families. The lines can get blurred between work and safe play areas.  Particular risk areas for children include moving tractors, machinery and quad bikes, slurry tanks, hazards at height including hay barns, animals and the storage of chemicals.”   Gerard McHugh, Director of the Dublin West Education Centre said, “We are delighted to promote a competition like this which is concerned with the health and well-being of children on farms. We have had a huge response to the competition and children respond well to being educated about the risks around them. They are raising their own awareness of safety on the farm as well as bringing the safety message home to parents.”



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CPC.IE LAUNCH NEW 24/7 ON-LINE BOOKING To further enhance their customer convenience and service CPC.IE, has now launched a NEW state of the art 24/7 instant On-Line booking system. Truck and Bus Drivers can now select the venue, module, date and course that they prefer and secure their place on this course for only €49 via this extremely simple to use new on-line booking service. All bus and truck drivers must complete one Driver CPC training course each year and CPC.IE now trains over 15,000 of these drivers every year. CPC.IE runs 40 of these courses every week at 30 venues nationwide and now drivers can book any one of these courses themselves wherever they are 24/7 by visiting However if you would prefer you can still ring their office at 1890-DRIVER (1890-374837); 066-7185556; 087-6363003; 086-2458379 or email The quality and professionalism of courses run by CPC.IE is obvious from the thousands of Testimonials on their website: “A very enjoyable course”. “The best course I have done in my life”. “Excellent – will use CPC.IE again”. “Excellent instructor throughout the course”. “Made everything very simple to understand. I learnt a lot of things I was not sure of. Overall 10/10.” “Very good trainer and very knowledgeable”. Apart from their new innovative 24/7 on-line booking, watch out for their new reality TV competition (“Ultimate Truck Driver”) in search for Ireland’s Most Professional Truck Driver. This new TV series, created and sponsored by CPC.IE, will be aired on TV3 later this year.

South Dublin County Council and Microsoft create IT jobs

By David Penny

infrastructure to meet their needs.” Local Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan said it is a great proposal and money made from the deal should go towards local community initiatives. The new site will join the already existing Microsoft facility. Operating in Ireland since 1985, Microsoft employs 1,100 people in its EMEA operations centre, the European Development Centre, Dublin Data Centre and the company’s sales and marketing group for Ireland. Great news for IT Professionals seeking work as South Dublin County Council has accepted the proposal from Microsoft to build new IT centers on 112.5 acres of council owned site in Grangcastle. Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed the deal which is set to cost Microsoft an estimated €13.4million. The new centre has created over 400 construction jobs for the 12 month building process and when completed it will employ up to 50-70 people. Microsoft’s chief financial officer Peter Klein, visiting Dublin to announce the expansion, said Microsoft was “committed to efficiency and that the data centre would be 50 per cent more efficient than traditional data centres, using renewable wind energy whenever possible. This investment shows where we are placing our bets for the future, Klein said. “As customers embrace Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Bing and the Windows Azure platform, we are investing in regional cloud

industry and it is a vote of confidence for our local economy and our skilled workforce, that they have selected their

site Grangecastle for such massive-scaled expansion and investment,” concluded Fitzgerald.

The Grange Castle centre will have a strong focus on sustainability, Microsoft said, adding that one factor of its design is an extensive use of outside air to cool the facility all year round. Microsoft is not the only technology giant to have a data premises in Grange Castle – in 2011, Google announced it would create 200 construction jobs, and 30 full-time positions, in a new data centre in the business park. Minister for children Frances Fitzgerald has also welcomed the investment from US computer giants; “This investment comes only two months after Microsoft announced plans to develop datacentres on a 3 hectare site in the expanding business park,” said Minister Fitzgerald. “In what is estimated to be a €13.4 million deal with the Council, if approved, this will be yet another important investment and jobs boost for the Lucan and Clondalkin area. The Government’s Action Plan for jobs names attracting data centres as a key pillar of for economic growth and I am delighted that Grangecastle has been the beneficiary of a number of data centres. Microsoft are a leader in this growing

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FEELS LIKE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS ON HOLIDAY! CARAVAN & CAMPING HOME HOLIDAYS UP 40% When the sun shines everyone wants to be outdoors, spending time with friends and family and making the most of the unprecedented great weather. This type of weather also makes everyone want to pack up the car and head away, even for a few days, to enjoy the great outdoors in all its glory.  With weather like this it feels like the whole country could be on holiday!  This is a sentiment very much in line with what members of the Irish Caravan and Camping Council (ICC) are experiencing at the moment.  The fine weather has been a godsend to the sector with so much traffic on the website that the site nearly crashed last Monday with enquiries for last minute availability.  Con Quill, Chairman of the ICC stated “Since the fine weather we have seen an increase in visitors to our website of over 400% - and the vast majority of enquiries are from the home holiday market.  It’s amazing; everyone right now wants to holiday at home – even if it’s just for quick get away at the weekend.  People are feeling so confident about the weather at the moment, that many of our members are reporting that customers when departing on a Sunday are booking their pitch again for the following weekend!”

some instances re-introduce people to camping and caravanning. It’s a cost effective, fun, healthy way to spend quality time with friends and family and the great thing about staying with one of our members, you can literally take the kitchen sink with you – if it will fit in the car!  No border controls, baggage weight restrictions, just pack up the car and get on the road. Our customers tell us that their camping memories and the friends they meet are special and something that stays with them forever”.

Con gives some of the credit for the bumper season to technology - and in particular to the various social media channels. “More than half of our 85 camp site members throughout the country offer free Wi-Fi as part of the many onsite facilities, so guests enjoying the parks are checking in on Facebook, sharing their camping photos on Instagram or tweeting around the BBQ.  All of their friends and followers are seeing firsthand the fun they are having and it’s encouraging a new generation of people to come and experience Camping and

Caravanning for the first time.” Cost is a big plus as well. An average pitch for a night costs just €30 for a family of four, including electricity and most member parks provide showers free of charge.  With 95% of members providing fully equipped kitchens or BBQ areas there are even further savings. Of course we all know this fine weather can’t continue.  Con reflects on this and said “What we are being given now is an opportunity to introduce and in

While the weather is a huge bonus for the industry this year Con has an interesting perspective on camping holidays “Not only are our members resilient, having weathered a few tough years but our customers are also. They arrive prepared for whatever weather Ireland throws at them and thanks to great facilities and an outdoor spirit they will always enjoy themselves” For information on last minute special offers at member sites visit www. The ICC also have a free Camping Ireland app for iPhones and Androids which can be used to browse and search the full range of sites, use a map to locate campsites with ease with route finder.

Minister Rabbitte moves to increase electrical safety in the home Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte, has brought a motion to the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, the aim of which is to increase electrical safety in domestic property. It follows on from the Minister’s approval to draft regulations on Restricted Electrical Works, which the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) prepared following a public consultation.  According to the Minister “Simple but fatal accidents can happen in all walks of life, but when they happen in one’s own home because of faulty workmanship they are all the more tragic. The motion I have brought to the Committee today will mean that the electrics in domestic property should be safer and the risk of tragic accidents should be minimized . In essence, it will mean that any works relating to the distribution board (or fuse board) in a domestic setting, will have to be carried out by a Registered Electrical Contractor and the work will have to be certified.”  Electrical installations, if not properly maintained, can kill. In Ireland, on average, approximately three people every year are killed from contact with electricity. That number includes


commercial/industrial premises and overhead lines but does not include people killed as a result of fires caused by electricity. This move is designed to protect the safety of consumers in the home. It follows a public consultation process by the CER who are the body responsible for regulating electrical contractors in Ireland. Minor works such as changing switches, sockets or light fittings are not covered by this regulation as they are not seen as a significant safety risk to the consumer. The Minister concluded “This regulation is designed to protect the safety of consumers in the home and has my full support. It will mean that it will be illegal for anyone other than a Registered Electrical Contractor to complete most electrical work in a domestic setting.  The motion today is to satisfy a statutory requirement requiring a formal resolution in both Houses of the Oireachtas to approve the Regulations. Once the motions are approved the Commission for Energy Regulation will proceed to implement the Statutory Instrument. I understand that the CER will begin a media campaign later on in the year to inform the public of these changes.”

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Kid’s Corner The week’s funnies Where do sheep get their wool cut? - At the BAAAbars! *** Knock, knock. -Who’s there? Banana. -Banana who? Knock, knock. -Who’s there? Banana -Banana who? Knock, knock. - Who’s there? Orange. -Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say banana again? *** Where do library books like to sleep? - Under their covers!

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Rathfarnham girl is the Dublin Rose blossoming rose was crowned at the annual Dublin Rose selection in the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel in June. New Dublin rose Claire was over the moon with her success and said;

A big congratulations to Rathfarnhams Claire Lennon who was selected to represent Dublin in next months Rose of Tralee 2013. This is a huge achievement and the local lass can be proud as she had to compete against 50 other potential Dublin roses, 14 of whom stemmed from South Dublin. South Dublin has been rather successful in the past three years with Lucan local Arlene O’Neill representing Dublin in 2012 and Clondalkin’s Siobheal Nic Eochaidh in 2011. Dublin’ newest

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“The entire selection process was great fun and there was great excitement and a real sense of joy in the room on the night. I was second last to perform and I performed a monologue. The moment when all 50 of us (the girls in the selection) were up on stage went so quickly. I could not believe it when they called out my name. I remember standing on stage and looking down at my parents and they just looked delighted as they smiled back at me.” “All my family, my mum dad and sister Jenny, and all my extended family and boyfriend. Paul, had come along to the selections and were overjoyed when I was announced as the winner. Immediately they all booked a house in Tralee to

travel down for the festival.” “Preparations are now fully under way, which involves lots of shopping and searching for that perfect dress. I performed a monologue for the selections, it was a comedy piece so I will hopefully perform it again in Tralee. The Dublin Selections has been the best fun, I’ve made great friends and memories that I will cherish for life.”  The Rose gathering is a marvellous week which runs from Wednesday August 14th – Tuesday 20th. Throughout the week ceili workshops, festival food and craft fairs and orchestras, Sharon Shannon and other bands will be the main activities during the week. The main action starts on Friday as The Rose of Tralee International Festival presents four days of of concerts, food and craft markets, air display, fun fair, circus, street theatre, fashion show, parades, firework displays, Fashion Show and Rose Selection and also a performance from The Coronas and JLS.


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IT’S NOT FOR SALE ! On Sale on line from

Dr. Pat Keogh, Principal of Solas Chriost N.S. Belgard in Tallaght

the Construction firm, architect and quantity surveyor, with department advice, leaving a problem with the completion of the project. Eventually, the Department of Education agreed to allow the school finish the work and granted us €100,000. The local parish, St. Marks, contributed €32,000.

Having qualified as a primary teacher Pat started his teaching career in Galway city. While there, he joined the UCG athletics and Gaelic football clubs and set records in the mile and half mile races. The records were unbroken for many years and may have never been broken on the grass track. He represented Galway at senior level in cross country running, winning Connacht medals with them. He also played Gaelic football for St. Michael’s in Galway. Coming to Dublin Pat taught in an inner-city school for a number of years. He later taught in Shankill in South Dublin before becoming Principal in Belgard in 1988. He’s involved in teaching and school administration for 45 years.

Mr. Keogh believes that children require safe, secure and warm buildings in order to learn effectively. They should have good sized play areas and GP room. Pat has ensured that Solas Chriost is 100% wheel chair accessible. He introduced a water harvesting system and green button devices in toilet cisterns to save water. He has had a solar power system installed too. “In 2006 at the height of the boom in Ireland we sought and were granted a sum in the region of a million euro to remove the asbestos roof and replace it with a quality kingspan roof and to renew the entire electrical system”. In 2007 Pat Keogh, with support from his BOM, applied to the Department of Education for a complete refurbishment of the school. Approval was granted


“Pat Keogh appreciates the help and support the school received from the invited guests in front of a large audience at the official opening day at Solas Chriost National School in Belgard” with a budget in excess of three million euro. The school was designed as a sharedarea (co-operative teaching) school where two teachers taught a class of around 60 children, they had a small base each and a large area which they shared for certain subjects. The concept was good in theory but did not have great success in practice. Mr Keogh sketched a restructured design of the building to cater for single classroom teaching. An architect’s drawing of his sketch was to the Department. The GP room was doubled in size. The play areas were also doubled in size and clear demarcations between car and bus parking areas and children’s play areas were established. 30 security CCTV cameras, internal and external, were installed. During refurbishment major difficulties arose with the construction team over a

number of issues but the one that most annoyed Mr Keogh and the BOM was the closing of windows in the school. Four large windows in classrooms were blocked up, two long windows at the entrance were also blocked and no daylight was provided for the kitchen or administration corridors, leaving them in darkness even on the brightest summer’s day. Following prolonged agitation the four classroom windows and windows at entrance were reopened. Administration corridors and kitchen remained in darkness. There was another window to a resource room that had a window blocked. This window was necessary for transparency purposes. As the dispute about window closures continued other serious issues of concern to the Principal and the BOM arose. Consequently, the Board of Management dismissed

The first job undertaken by Mr Keogh and the BOM was opening three large skylight windows in the administration corridors and kitchen and the reopening of the resource room window to allow transparency. Letting daylight into the school sparked the concept of the new name, Solas Chríost (Irish) and on the logo Lumen Christi (Latin). Mr Keogh’s concept of the new name was drawn, carved in wood and painted by a local artist Anthony Feeney who is also chairperson of the BOM. Mr Feeney was most supportive in discussions and disputes that ultimately bore fruit. Mr Keogh said that he had a magnificent board of management, a wonderful staff, a great caretaker, a superb body of parents and parents’ association, exceptionally well behaved children and an excellent and highly efficient secretary. Without their help, support and encouragement we would not have succeeded. Fifteen firms and individuals, mostly local, completed the project. Pat’s experiences with politicians and the construction industry led him to write a book: “IT’S NOT FOR SALE”. It condemns our disastrous political system and proposes positive alternatives. It is a short book, well worth reading.

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MASSIVE BOOST FOR FIGHT AGAINST CHILD POVERTY The approval of funding at today’s cabinet meeting of up to a maximum of €4.1 million for the West Tallaght Area Based Response to Child Poverty programme has been warmly welcomed by Deputy Eamonn Maloney TD. The new Area Based Response to Child Poverty Programme 2013 – 2016, which focuses on prevention and early intervention pre-school childcare, is aimed

at increased parental support and involvement. This initiative will build on and continue the work of the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (PEIP) which supported projects in Tallaght, Ballymun and Darndale. These projects involve a range of pilot programmes to improve outcomes in areas such as literacy, speech and language, parenting, health and pro-so-

cial behaviour. “The new initiative reflects the Programme for Government commitment to adopt an area based approach to child poverty. It will draw upon best international practice and existing services, to break the cycle of child poverty where it is most deeply entrenched. The initiative is designed to improve the results for children and young people where these are significantly

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poorer than they are for children living elsewhere in the state.” “I welcome this investment which supports a key Programme for Government objective and demonstrates this Government’s commitment to early intervention to support childhood development and tackle child poverty. This new initiative will draw upon existing community strengths and efforts already underway.”

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS GOOD FOR JOBS AND TENANTS The announcement that the first tranche of funding under the Energy Efficiency Programme has been granted to South Dublin County Council has been welcomed by Deputy Eamonn Maloney TD. It is part of a wider Government stimulus programme that will see significant investment in schools and roads. “It is the first tranche of funding to be released under the three-year €50m energy efficiency programme for local authority homes, the parameters of which were announced by Minister O’Sullivan back in June.

Tallaght man Eamonn Walsh played the uilleann pipes for President Higgins and his wife Sabrina at the launch of the inaugural Donal Nevin lecture kindly delivered by the President. The event was organised by the NERI (Nevin Economic Research Institute). In recognition of Donal Nevin’s commitment to research and social justice, and of his outstanding scholarship, the Nevin Economic research institute was named in his honour.


“The funding which will be spent this year, sees €553, 908 being allocated to South Dublin Council for energy efficiency works to be carried out on the Council’s housing stock.  It is also expected that the energy efficiency programme will create up to 1,000 jobs in the private sector and among community-based organisations, over three years. It will mean lower energy bills for families who live in local authority houses with very poor insulation. It will also reduce carbon emissions and improve the housing stock. “It shows that the Labour Party is  spending money in local communities around Ireland and delivering on its commitment to create jobs in the green sector.  This investment is good for jobs, good for tenants and good for the environment.

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NEW DELHI A pack of wild monkeys raised some security concerns during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to a Gandhi memorial in India, but the primates behaved. Biden started his four-day India visit with a trip to the Gandhi Smriti, the memorial at the site of the leader’s 1948 assassination, and security workers said they were concerned about a group of about a dozen adult monkeys and some babies seen knocking mangos out of a tree above the statue, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. “What I don’t want is a mango to drop on the vice president when he comes here,” an Indian security official said. Biden and his wife posed for pictures in front of the statue Monday evening, but the monkeys in the trees declined to rain any mangos on the official. Instead, three of the primates were seen standing on the 10-foot-tall bamboo frame holding up a white cloth used as a backdrop for the statue. TORONTO The head of security at a Toronto hospital said a trio of “ballsy” thieves used a dolly to walk off with a $26,200 baby grand piano in broad daylight. Todd Milne, head of security at Toronto General Hospital, said no one stopped the confident thieves when they put the piano on a dolly July 14 in the Peter Munk Wing and calmly walked out of the hospital with the instrument at 12:51 p.m., The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday. Milne said the men told workers they were taking the piano for tuning. “If you don’t know anything about pianos, you don’t know that the tuners come to the piano,” he said. “I’ve been managing security since 1999, and have not experienced a theft as ballsy and as crazy as this one.” Milne said the piano was donated in 2006 and members of the Canadian Opera Company and other performers used it once a week to perform for cancer patients and their families. Milne said police have been given images of the suspects taken by a security camera.

POETS CORNER The Drink Horrors The gags you tell when you’re in flying form An audience however small commune in laughter and momentarily proclaim you the king of all that is humourous, intelligent and spry But they’re not there when you’re climbing the walls They’re not there when you shudder with panic to unanswered phone calls Three days of being the king one must understand there will be tolls to pay for the brandy you guzzled with thoughts of making hay Now you’re little more than a prisoner in the dungeons of the kings castle that is your mind Bedsheets soaked with sweat Conscience filled with regret Anecdotes aren’t antidotes And paranoid chokes replace dandy quotes All you can do is get out of bed and try to get on with life Wash, eat and exercise Get out into the sunlight You cherish the time to think Then God knows how I’d love another drink The Horror... The Horror...


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Greenhills issues will be tackled by new Dublin Mayor By David Penny

make no apologies for seeking a focus for the needs of the communities in Dublin 12.

The Greenhills community has something to smile about as newly appointed Mayor Dermot Looney has vowed to put in a lot of his time and hard work to improve his hometown. He stated the fact that Greenhills is on the periphery of the county and at times perhaps the periphery of Council issues. During his year ahead he wishes to resolve some key demands in Dublin 12.

In terms of older people, I have been a prominent voice for the protection of housing adaptation grants and other supports for the elderly. There are already a variety of structures within this Council and in voluntary and representative bodies to promote the needs of older people. In the time ahead I will be working with these groups to seek to develop a stronger voice and continued supports for older people in our community, and for the public services on which they rely. As a teacher and a member of County Dublin VEC, along with 5 local school boards of management, I am closely associated with education and young people. I will be working with agencies and groups representing children and teenagers to ensure their voice is heard on the Council and beyond in the time ahead. I believe we have a duty to support the sports clubs, cultural groups, youth services and schools which service our young people, and to make sure they are fully resourced in fulfilling the old motto, mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.   Finally, protecting and enhancing our environment has been a central part of my work on this Council. As Mayor, I will continue to support excellent Council and community initiatives such as Tidy Towns and the Social Credits programme. I will also seek further protection and promotion of our green spaces, our parks and our wonderful natural resources. I will work towards improvements in facilities for cycling and ensuring sustainable transport modes for this County. And I want to work with Management, Councillors and others to continue to tackle the scourge of littering and illegal dumping which is damaging to both our environment and our economy.   Moreover, I will be seeking to give further support to initiatives across these three themes, such as the Green Schools Programme and intergenerational community projects.

The delivery of the long-awaited TASC Pavilion, the roll-out of the laneway cleansing schedule; the conclusion of the McHugh’s site saga; and continued support for the elderly and vulnerable residents. He will be seeking to work with Council management and his fellow Councillors to ensure these initiatives receive the high priority they deserve. Deputy Looney is proud of his Greenhills backround and said; “I am told that I am the first Mayor of this County to have come from the Dublin 12 area. I am born and reared in Greenhills and am proud to call it my home. I grew up in a hotbed of community spirit, from our schools, to our football club, to our community groups and projects. That sense of community was a founding influence on my politics and continues to drive me today.”   I am the only politician to hold a weekly Advice Centre in Greenhills, in our excellent Community Centre; I chair the Board of Management at Greenhills College; and I have worked with our other local schools and groups as diverse as the Ladies Club, Greenhills Boys FC, the St Andrew’s Centre and Limekiln Rounders who are at the heart of our community. We are on the geographical periphery of this county, and, at times it has seemed, the periphery of Council priorities. I am proud to be elected Mayor for all this County, but I

New Youth Café opens in Tallaght

Great news for young people in Tallaght who seek a nice relaxing place to chill, learn handy computer skills and socialise. A new state of the art youth café has opened up in the Big Picture building opposite Tallaght Luas stop. The attractive facility was provided by the partnership of County Dublin Education Committee and South Dublin County Council. The launch of the café was very much welcomed by Cllr Cathal King who said; “It is fantastic to see this new facility for the young people of Tallaght, these cafes are especially designed to be youth centred spaces for young people to chill and hang out with their friends in a safe and secure environment.” A committee is elected by the youth workers of Foroige and collaborate with visitors, members and staff to create a fun environment filled with activites from wii console tournaments, band night from local bands, movie nights and visitors may also take part in a wide range of foroige programmes. Countless communities are requesting for youth cafes in there area which has led to Foroige hunting for options to meet the needs of the communities looking to improve their facilities.

Great news for residents of Kingswood Great news for residents of Kingswood as South Dublin has accepted the planning permission for the development of Kingswood Community and Leisure Centre. Football fans will welcome the news of 3 brand new state of the art astro turf pitches equipped with flood lighting and a car park. As part of the proposal Kingswood have asked for land that belongs to South Dublin County Council, whom have agreed to give up the area for this project. The development of the Astro pitches will occupy the well known ‘Black Path’ so an alternative pathway to get to popular areas such as the Clocktower pub, Gios, Centra, Northpark and the church will have to be constructed.


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New Mayor elected By David Penny South Dublin County council held their annual meeting and the election of new Dublin Mayor Dermot Looney as former Mayor Cathal King steps down to the position of Councillor after a very successful 12 months. Cathal King focused on very important subjects in his time representing South Dublin County. Mr. King stuck to his promises and objections he wished to achieve over his 12 month period as Mayor. He made a difference to people that need the help and rely on services that will bring on improvement mentally, socially and on vocation. The Mayor has created jobs, setting up temporary accommodation for the homeless and improving mental health services with the launch of the Mindmindr app for Smartphone’s and android.

Councillor Cathal King paid tribute and thanks to councillors and members and staff of South Dublin County Council, he said:

wish to congratulate Dermot for becoming the youngest Mayor and I’m sure you will do a great job. I have always admired how you speak your

you throughout the rest of the term.” A roll call vote of 22 councillors took place and Councillor Looney was victorious with a voting score of 13-9. Dermot Looney was elected in 2009 as one of the countries youngest county councillors. After growing up in Greenhills and teaching in Dominics, his involvement in many political movements such as anti-war activism and local development issues. He is more than ready to take on this role.

“I want to thank you all for the hard work and dedication you put in all year round, I also

mind, you are not afraid to hold back and are not afraid to express your opinion. I look forward to working with

Big plans for Dominics Community Centre By David Penny Dominics Community Centre has big plans for its facility which will hugely benefit the community, the youth and improve the centre. The centre has been there for four years and the take up and use of the services it provides is beyond expectations. The Board and community has identified there is huge potential and a community garden grant has been accepted. They now want to build on this success and have conducted surveys of needs and wants within the community. The conclusion is the demand and need of a youth cafe and multi sports facility in the Dominics area. They have already applied for the grants and planning permissions and now play the waiting game to see if they will be successful. Dominics Community Centre manager Deirde Cleary said; “We are delighted with the progress that’s been made. The Community centre itself has applied for 3 grants

for the community garden and two of them have been awarded to us, we are now waiting for judgement on the third grant but either way the community garden will go ahead within the next few months.” “The second area for development for the centre would be the possibility of a youth café, The board of management and the centre has applied to the Department of children and youth affairs for a grant for a youth café, we are waiting to hear back as to how that grant has been received.” “The third area for development is in connection with a multi-use sports area. If that was to come through it would be the South Dublin County Council making an application to various organisations that have grants out there for sports facilities. They have the plans drawn up, they have collaborated with the children and the youth in the area, especially the youth group that are affiliated to the centre, and one particular group called the voices. It will be a great boost to the area and community should these plans be successful.”

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Dermot Looneys first course of action was the announcement of newly appointed Deputy Mayor Councillor Eamon Tuffy. Deputy Mayor Tuffy was proposed by Councillor Guss

O’Connell and seconded by Councillor Caitríona Jones. Accepting his chain of office Mayor Looney stated that ’as Councillors and as a Council we have a task of work to attract and maintain sustainable, meaningful jobs in this community. For the year ahead as Mayor, I am committed to working with Councillors, management and stakeholders across the board to make sure that the decisions we make here continue to prioritise the jobs agenda’. Mayor Looney continued “as a teacher, I am closely associated with education and work with young people in my day to day work. During the coming year, I intend to actively work with agencies and groups which represent children and young people to ensure their voice is heard on the Council. Mayor Looney went on to say that “protecting and enhancing our environment has been a central part of my work on this Council. As Mayor, I will continue to support the on-going excellent work on initiatives such as the Tidy Towns and the Social Credits programme. I will aim to explore how we can further protect and promote our green spaces and our wonderful natural resources. I have a keen interest in sustainable transport options in the County and I will particularly focus on delivering further improvements for cyclists in our County. Finally I look forward to working with Management, Councillors and others to continue to tackle the scourge of littering and illegal dumping which is damaging to both our environment and our economy”. Mayor Looney concluded by saying ‘this is a hugely challenging time to be involved in local democracy. I want to ensure the citizens of South Dublin are informed and engaged in the work of our Council. As Mayor, I will be using social media to communicate with new audiences. I want to open up a discourse here in South Dublin on how to enhance and improve our democracy; for example, on the issue of a directly-elected Mayor for the Dublin region.


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HOROSCOPE Aries – March 21 through April 20

Cancer – June 22 through July 22

Your home and private life is bursting with all kinds of positive energy. And so is your career and public life. The two often have you in the middle of a tug-of-war trying to find the time and energy to really focus on both of them the way that you would like to. Finding balance might not be possible. You might be better off just bouncing back and forth like a Ping-Pong ball. You are sometimes stubborn and grumpy about the situation, but mostly you seem exhilarated. You also get some lovely opportunities to sneak away for playtime, so you are not really overly stressed, just overly busy.

You are encouraged to spend a great deal of your time and attention focusing on having fun, falling in love, traveling, exploring other cultures, getting involved in political, religious, and academic activities, and spending quality time with loved ones. You are also meant to work towards achieving your financial and professional goals. There are times when your financial goals and your playtime goals clash, but that is to be expected, isn’t it? Just be aware of how much money you are spending when you are having all of those fun outings and try not to blow your budget.

Taurus – April 21 through May 21 With all of the extremely positive energy happening within your social life, your children, lover, pets, hobbies, or “me time” could be suffering. Luckily, you find plenty of opportunities to combine activities and your relatives or neighbors are happy to help you juggle everyone’s needs. You are extremely busy, but not unhappy. And somehow, you still manage to find some quiet time for a little rest and relaxation at home. This is just what you need to keep your energy levels up so that you can continue with all of the social activities occurring. Get out there and mingle! Gemini – May 22 through June 21 You are dealing with financial or romantic trust issues involving your friends, teammates, business colleagues, club memberships, and/or Internet entities. Whatever romantic self-esteem issues or financial challenges arise during this time can be overcome through the help of your job, coworkers, parents, or roommates. Both your “daily work” sector and your “home life” sector are blending beautifully with both of your financial sectors. Therefore, even though your social life and your finances are clashing, your professional life and your home life are doing quite well financially speaking.


Leo – July 23 through August 23 You are finding yourself in the mood to travel, explore other cultures, religions, political parties, and/or to go back to school and expand your knowledge of the world. This is great for you as an individual person, but not so great for your career. You might be better off doing some online traveling, studying, exploration, etc. and taking advantage of the lovely financial and professional opportunities flowing through your career at this time. The desire to broaden your horizons is not going away any time soon, so you could plan to squeeze bits of it in here and there as you find the time and freedom to do so. Virgo – August 24 through September 22 All three of your people-oriented sectors are still working together and creating all kinds of lovely opportunities for partnerships, teamwork, friendship, community involvement, and spending time with your extended family. There are some unexpected financial or romantic trust issues arising from your social activities. and you could feel as if you do not have enough time to spend on your children, pets, lover, hobbies, creative projects, and whatever else makes you personally feel a sense of joy in life. It is not that your social life is becoming a burden, only that you have a hard time finding enough hours in the day to spend time with

everyone that wants your attention this month. Libra – September 23 through October 23 Your career is the source of great joy and great debate this month. For you personally, everything is going beautifully. Your wealth, work, and success sectors are working together on your behalf and helping you to focus on achieving your financial, professional, leadership, and productivity related goals. However, your partnerships sector and your private life sector are both clashing with your professional success sector. They might just be feeling left out as you focus so much of your time and attention on taking advantage of the opportunities showing up in your career. Or you could find that a rival is deliberately trying to get you into a home versus career battle that you cannot win. Do what you can to create balance between your professional life and your private life, just in case. Scorpio – October 24 through November 22 As you begin focusing on your professional goals, leadership opportunities, and public reputation, you are seeing the value in being a great team player. You are still capable of achieving your moment in the spotlight, but you are not in a hardcore “me, me, me” attitude. You are being very openminded, adventurous, and teamoriented. It actually helps to win you extra kudos. Sagittarius – November 23 through December 21 Your home life has all kinds of positive romantic, financial, spiritual, and/or emotional healing activities occurring. You also have both of your financial sectors getting along beautifully with your bureaucracy sector and with your professional success sector. So, it should be fairly easy for you to enjoy your public and private life activities. Your financial goals are clashing with your playtime activities, but otherwise things are going really well at this time.

Capricorn – December 22 through January 20 Despite some issues at home and some problems involving academics, travel, global awareness, politics, shipping, and/or the media, you and a spouse, best friend, or business partner are actually doing really well. Your partner is able to help you resolve almost all of these challenges. They join you in your travels, academics, political views, etc. The two of you are not going to agree about whatever it is at home that has you both so upset, but eventually it will pass. Mostly, it is your problem anyway and your partner is changing focus from worrying about what is wrong at home and beginning to focus on how to bring more financial and romantic stability into your private life together. Aquarius – January 21 through February 18 Six of the twelve sectors (houses) in your chart are opposing each other at various times this month. That is a lot of strife in a lot of areas of your life. The good news is that most of the time these are short dynamics and you are able to work your way through them. Despite a huge amount of drama in your career or physical health, you are still meant to make some excellent progress towards your financial, professional, and/or fitness oriented goals this month. And you still find a way to spend quality time with a spouse, best friend, or business partner. You are an incredible juggling artist this month. Pisces – February 19 through March 20 You and a partner or rival are not seeing eye-to-eye. However, you have quite a few fun, playful, social, and creative outside sources that are helping the two of you to work things out. Your finances are still taking a beating from all of your fun activities and summer splurging. But the good news is that you also have some lovely opportunities in your professional life to resolve your financial challenges.

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THE SILHOUETTES™, from America’s Got Talent Season 6, bring their magical shadow performance to Dublin! The 90 minute “Homecoming” is a timeless celebration of the story of love filled with hope, courage and passion. THE SILHOUETTES™ will mesmerize audiences with this passionate performance for fans of all ages!! Lynne Waggoner-Patton, Owner and Director of THE SILHOUETTES™ has donated over $50,000 from show proceeds to homeless children and children in need. The cast, primarily consisting of performers age 5 – 20 strive to open reach as many people as they can with the message to give to children who are less fortunate. “We have been very blessed on this journey and we would like to share those blessings with children who have no home, family or need reassurance that they are loved.” ~ Lynne Waggoner-Patton THE SILHOUETTES™ “Homecoming” has performed for sold out theatres in the United States and received immediate standing ovations. As the story of Johnny and Annie and their journey through life unfolds, the audience is captivated. Experience every emotion with this passionate story telling through dance and shadow. “ Original, unique, … WOW. There are no other words to describe you.” - Howie Mandel “You are a world-class act”, “One of the most brilliant things I’ve seen in a long time”, “That was complete genius!” - Piers Morgan “It’s just endless what you guys can produce for a show. It’s just brilliant!” - Sharon Osborn“ “Words cannot express what a beautiful gift you gave Augie, me and our family last night. I have never seen anything like that in my life! As a former dancer I can truly appreciate the talent and hard work that you and all of your dancers have put in to create such a beautiful performance! “ ~ Lynne Peramore, Muscular Dystrophy Show of Strength The Silhouettes “Homecoming” runs at The Olympia Theatre from Friday, August 2nd until Sunday, August 18th. Tickets priced from €19.50 inclusive of booking fee are now on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, and The Olympia Theatre box office. We have 3 pairs of tickets to this wonderful show. All you have to do to have a chance to win a pair is answer the following question and send your response through the competition page on our website Which season did the Silhouettes appear on Americas Got Talent?

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Brain - Munches The first letter of each answer is written next to its clue in alphabetical order. Can you find the words then fit them correctly into the grid?

Across 1 Dad’s Army cast retaining English illusions (9) 6 Lawgiver needs a drink (4) 8 Ready to take part, young fellows at first interrupting course (5,3) 9 Cantankerous driver keeps right (6) 10 Nancy’s first person with second person’s servant (6) 11 What Orlando did in dining room? Starters do this (8) 12 Show off in Venice (6) 15 Jolly good luck

initially stops betrayal (8) 16 Dotty, Sue, Pearl, Joy (8) 19 Musical item that’s less sensitive (6) 21 Stable provides unsatisfactory cover for weapon (8) 22 After much delay Titan rocket’s closer (2,4) 24 The rest of the hussies take part (6) 25 Watch parrot? (8) 26 Girl seen dropping odd papers (4) 27 Tea’s ready in mess for movable feast (6,3)

Tallaght Express Crossword Sponsored by Civic Theatre Down 1 Central heating installed by European poet (5) 2 Back from journey before transport appears in capital (7) 3 Up the street wood splits (5) 4 Real tie breaker for studio (7) 5 Church worker heads for chapel and really is taken by devil (9) 6 Pitch invaded by a new dog (7) 7 1 down holding container up for young socialite (9) 13 Philistine victory over European first off (9) 14 Composing a nice tune, say? (9) 17 A transmitter, we hear, that’s collected (7) 18 Missing leader censured dancing bears (7) 20 Mussels and lychees for starters at The Fat Duck? (7) 22 First drops in wood more than adequate (5) 23 Run-down spot on the outskirts of Derby (5)


Tuesday, 10th – Saturday, 14th September 2013 @ 8pm in Civic Theatre Tallaght

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THIS WEEKS JOKES Tom, Dick and Harry went to a party. After the party they returned to the hotel. The hotel was 600 stories high. Unfortunately for them, the elevator was not working. They made a plan for the first 200 stories, Tom will crack jokes. The second 200 stories Dick will tell a happy story and lastly Harry will tell a sad story.They then started up the steps After 2 hours it was Harry’s turn. He turned to the other two and said “Ok guys, here’s my sad story. I forgot the keys downstairs. 20

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Presented by Decadent Theatre with Galway Arts Centre and Roscommon Arts Centres Written by Eugene O’Brien Eugene O’Briens award winning play Eden, brings to life a gallery of colourful midland characters. At the hearts of his word is a moving, funny and tragic portrait of the failing marriage of Billy and Breda and the weekend that will make or break them. Breda’s not lookin’ at all bad, she has certainly lost the weight, there’s no denying that. But Ernie and Evonne’s daughter Imelda is such a beautiful ride of a thing. And Tony thinks he’s James Galway – the man with the ‘golden flute’ – now Billy wants to show them all that he’s James Galway. That night it’ll all change. This night is the big night. From the author of RTE’s acclaimed drama series, ‘Pure Mule’, Eugene O’Brien’s debut play Eden won Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and Best New Play for the Stewart Parker Awards. Eden is a powerful story of an ordinary rela-

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tionship on an extraordinary weekend. In a major new national touring production, Decadent Theatre are bringing together a stellar cast of ‘Patrick Ryan (Trivia, Pure Mule) and Lesley Conroy (The Running Mate, Mattie). The production is directed by Andrew Flynn, Set Design by Ger Sweeney, Costumes by Petra Breathnach, Sound by Carl Kennedy and Lighting design by Mike O’Halloran Tuesday, 10th – Saturday, 14th September 2013 @ 8pm Admission: €20 & €16 concession, €10 opening night (Tues 10 Sept)


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The Express Interview

Bipolar Empire: World Domination

David Penny Local Tallaght band Bipolar Empire are just back from touring Brazil and also shot their new single ‘Why so sad?’ in Salvador. The lads were a long way from home as they shot the video in sunny Salvador, Brazil. Although the video was lucky to be made as they appeared to bring the Irish weather to Brazil for four of the Five days they were there. On the very last day of the visit the familiar sunny skies shone back over Salvador and the video was born. ‘Why so Sad’ is available to download on iTunes and 50% of the sales will go towards SOSAD, helping people and families affected by suicide. Tallaght is theming with musical and creative talent and young bands whom are beginning to play around Tallaght should look at the success of Bipolar Empire and what can be achieved if you put the time and heart into it. From gigging in Captain Americas, Jobstown Inn, and other small venues around Tallaght the lads went on to play Oxegen, Croke Park at half-time for the All Ireland Semi Finals 28th August, went on to play a prestigious gig at Facebook Ireland HQ last September, played on the Late Late and then they headed off to Brazil for a tour. The second single on their Debut album ‘Feel that you own it’ is currently on 107,103 views and that featured world boxing champion and Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor. They have also played on the same stage as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Christy Moore and many more at the London Feis. Speaking to enthusiastic drummer Callum McAdam said:


What advice would you give young bands starting

off in Tallaght? “Tallaght has a fantastic music scene, such amazing bands and artists have come from Tallaght, to name but a few like; Leaders of Men, Morrissey and Marshall, Just No, The Eskies and The Stoney Brokes. They’re just the bands that come to mind now, but I mean people should check out these bands and realise the calibre of music that’s coming from Tallaght and then there’s more bands again after them. If you are starting off, try get on bills with other local bands from Tallaght and make your way up the ladder from there.” “The best thing I believe is to keep gigging, do the circuit and keep saying yes to as many gigs as you can until your exhausted and can’t even stand up. That’s the best way to get better at your profession and it circulates the band name massively.” You lads played in croke park, your hit single was on rte, you played on the late late show, you recorded in london and shot your video in brazil, whats next? “Hopefully world domination, but I’ll be happy with my own go-

kart circuit out my back garden. That would be epic craic. But in all seriousness,

after that we’re doing The Garden Party in support of Down Syndrome Ireland

we’re headlining The Academy this Saturday the 29th of June for Block C Live Festival which will be *Carnage* and then the day

and Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice in Wicklow. We’re really excited to play Tallafest on the 6th of July as well, that will be great fun.

We are hoping to get the new album mastered very soon, tour it around Ireland, the UK and hopefully Europe. The great thing about having a new album just sitting there waiting to be released is that you can start to really hone in how you want it to be released and when and of course how it’s going to be received by fans of the band….If we have any, of course? We’re also building up a huge live show at the minute as well so we’re really focusing on getting the new material really tight for the live shows.” You can catch the ever so catchy ‘Why so Sad’ on Youtube and it is also available to download.

Firhouse and Bohernabreena to host ‘FAB’ photographer competition By David Penny Arts and Photographer enthusiasts have the opportunity to take part in a wonderful local competition around the Firhouse and Bohernabreena area. The theme of the competition will be “Our FAB Local Area” to highlight the positives of living in Firhouse  and Bohernabreena and showcasing the diversity of the amenities in the area. This is another wonderful Tallaght event highlighting the community spirit and togetherness of older organizers and the younger generations. Bohernabreena has so much to offer with regards scenic views. Its upper and lower lake is a marvel and can accommodate for walkers, joggers, outdoors enthusiasts and an ideal location for the perfect picture. Entries for this creative competition can be submitted to Holy Rosary Primary School

on Old Court Ave, or Firhouse Community College from the 9th of September until 5pm on the 30th of September. Entries will be judged by 11th/12th October and the winners announced soon afterwards. This competition has been set up by FAB. The Fab group was set up as a joint venture between the Home School Community Liaison Teachers of Holy Rosary Primary School and Firhouse Community College. The purpose was to provide a forum for local groups/schools/ voluntary organizations to meet and exchange information. The group also takes on projects from time to time, such as Family Fun Days, Cleanups, a Community Information Evening and now this Photographic Competition.  The competition is for all age categories ranging from Primary School - Junior Infants to Second Class, Primary School - Third Class to Sixth Class, Secondary School -First Year to Third Year, Secondary

School - Fourth Year to Sixth Year and Adults. We suggest photographs should be 10’ x 8’ and can be in colour or black and white.  The photographs should be taken in the Firhouse and Bohernabreena area. The pharmacy in Firhouse Shopping Centre, O’Regan’s Pharmacy opposite The Old Mill and Mark Ellis in Woodstown S.C. will give a discount for processing the photographs. The entry fee will be €1 for children, €2 for adults and €5 for groups. Any proceeds from the competition will go to two charities:  - St Vincent de Paul  - Footsteps for Alex There will be one overall winner and a prize per category. There will be money prizes.  The best entries will be exhibited at a venue to be decided later. A panel of judges will attend to announce successful participants.

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Skipping breakfast is dangerous for health- Keane Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cait Keane, has warned of the dangers of skipping breakfast following the publication of a study on men's health published in the American Heart Association Circulaton journal. The study, which was led by Dr Leah E. Cahill of Harvard Medical School, tracked the health of 26,902 men aged 45 to 82 over 16

years, during which time 1,572 developed heart problems. “The findings of this study are very concerning. A high percentage of men who skipped breakfast over a prolonged period of time developed serious coronary heart problems which were potentially fatal. It is not just men who should be alarmed, however, as

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skipping breakfast is also inadvisable for women and children. There is an old saying about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and when we see studies which link adverse health effects on those who don't eat breakfast it reinforces the need to make this meal a priority every day. "Dr. Cahill has also empha-

sises that skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time. As a society we must take on board this message as it could be life-saving. The health and the economic impact of the obesity problem in Ireland are considerable and we will see the extent of the damage to the health of our population sooner

rather than later if we don't send out the correct messages now. "We are on the verge of a major crisis in our health system with the emerging obesity epedemic standing at 61% of Irish adults and around 20% of Irish children being overweight or obese. If the right message can be conveyed to children and teenagers about their diet and health, then there is less likelihood of health problems developing in later life..�


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