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Concerns have been raised over a major gap in the provision of emergency refuge accommodation for victims of domestic violence in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The concerns were highlighted following the publication of a By Martin Flanagan report that identified the needs of women and children affected by hensive full-time service.” Domestic violence was highdomestic violence. The report, carried out by the lighted as a big problem in the area Homeless Agency, Dun Laoghaire- due to the volume of women reportRathdown County Council, and the ing abuse. The authors highlighted the fact Sonas Housing Association, found that there is no crisis refuge for that 83 applications for protection, safety, barring and interim barring women in the area. It outlined the huge importance orders were made by women from of having a domestic violence out- the area in 2009. It also found that 100 women reach service, partly due to the who accessed the outreach service area’s high demographic. Authors of the report, Monica O’ in Bray Refuge were from Dun Connor and Jane Pillinger from Laoghaire-Rathdown. “Women who can’t be admitted Sonas, interviewed a number of groups working with people affect- to refuge services may consequently have to access inappropriate ed by domestic violence. The information was gathered emergency homeless accommodafrom Gardai, HSE staff and local tion, which may lack the appropriate supports and safety measures women’s services. The authors found that “there are that are needed for women and inadequate domestic violence serv- children in a domestic violence ices in DLR and lack of compre- situation. Lack of access to refuge

may also force a woman to return home to an abusive relationship, possibly putting herself and her children in great danger,” the report stated. A spokesperson for the HSE told said a review of HSE funded services in the area of domestic and sexual violence is currently being conducted. “The adequacy of refuge provision and capacity in the context of need and demand will form part of this review which is expected to conclude the end of the year. The need for a refuge in the Dun Laoghaire area will be assessed in the context of this review,” the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, commenting on the report, Dublin MEP Emer Costello expressed concern over the lack of refuge accommodation for women. She said the proposal for a ‘Domestic Violence Pathway’, as highlighted in the report, has merit and that she said she intends to raise the proposal with the Minister for Housing.

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Men don't have the right to buy sex... There is a libertarian argument that prostitution should be legalised on the grounds that what consenting adults do is their own business. I don't agree - and I'm a libertarian. I believe in the primacy of personal consent. I'm opposed to the prohibition of drugs, the smoking ban in pubs and the application of draconian health and safety laws such as the drink-driving laws. But prostitution doesn't fall into this category. A woman is entitled to sleep with whoever she wants. She's also entitled to get money for it. She is entitled to make that decision. I don't dispute that. The problem is the other side of the contract. The consent of the man is fairly irrevalent as he is the purchasing party. What is at issue is his right to buy sex from a woman. Personal liberty involves the right to put yourself at risk. I see no problem with people smoking cannabis or tobacco, climbing mountains, drinking alcohol or engaging in a thousand other ways in which they might kill and injure themselves. If you're an adult, you should be free to weigh up the

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risks and take responsibility for the consequences of your actions. What you do to yourself is a matter of personal liberty but what you do to others is not. So there is no personal right for a man to buy sex from a woman, even if she consents to it. This is why the 'Turn Off the Red Light' campaign which proposes to make it an offence for men to buy sex, while decriminalising women's role in the sex industry, is on solid ground. The campaign is perfectly compatible with personal liberty in intellectual terms. In practical terms it's a no brainer. The vast majority of women don't 'choose' to be prostitutes by any rational meaning of the word. To 'choose' something implies a range of options and many of the women involved have a very limited range of options in their lives indeed. The law won't wipe out prostitution nothing will. Although, a change in cultural attitudes could work by changing from a taboo on sex to a taboo on exploitation. But it will lay the responsibility for prostitution where it rests. With men. Men, who know quite well that they are putting money into an industry which destroys the lives of millions of women and girls. Men, who do have a genuine choice - they could

choose not to do it. Men, who could find sex elsewhere if they bothered their arses to engage the other half of humanity with anything approaching basic respect. Failing that, there's always one night stands, dogging, Christmas parties, whatever.

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So I'm not a fan of the sex industry. But I'd be worried about the extent of any prohibition on buying sex. What is sex anyway? Is a kiss a sexual act? A hug? What about pictures, movies, the spoken word or the written word? Could you argue that 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is making money out of selling sex? Could you plausibly argue that it isn't? 'I can't define it but I know it when I see it' summarised the view of United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in 1964 when he was asked to consider what was pornography and what wasn't. That's a pretty slippery definition and there's loads of grey areas. The law that is proposed would want to have good guarantees on freedom of expression and freedom of sexuality. We don't need some new morality police. What is repugnant about prostitution is the exploitation bit not the sex bit.


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Green Scene How do we score for minding our part of the oceans? Just 56% The Editor suggested that I educate myself by looking at how well Ireland is doing at using and looking after the ocean around our shores. It turns out we could be doing worse. We made it up to joint 76th place on the global Ocean Health Index, which means that there were more than 90 maritime nations lower down the results table than Ireland. Or, if you look at it a different way 75 countries performed better. We appear to be better at getting medals in the Olympics than we are at maintaining the health of the seas around us. Why an Index in the first place? In case you hadn’t noticed, two thirds of the surface of our world is covered with water, so that the health of the ocean is essential to the health of everyone, everywhere. The Index is made up of our scores on a whole range of environmental, economic and social issues. Higher scores indicate more successful and sustainable achievement of goals. Scores reveal what is working and what needs attention, information that can guide decisions that can improve conditions for ocean life and wellbeing for people everywhere. Let’s have a look at some of them. There are ten in all. 1. Food provision (Score 2%): The first is really obvious – it is food provision, harvesting seafood sustainably to provide our basic protein needs. Half the world’s population depends on fish for a significant part of the protein in its diet. Sustainable harvest means that seafood was caught or captured in a renewable way given the marine ecosystem’s productive potential. As an island with a significant fishing fleet we would expect to score well here. Unfortunately we actually put in one of our worst performances here, ranking 144th out of 171 with only 2% of our seafood production sustainable. If it is any comfort Monaco did worse – the only developed nation with a poorer record than Ireland. 2. Artisanale Fishing Opportunities (Score 95%): We were at the other end of the scale when it came to

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artisanale production – we still have lots of small family boats and businesses, despite the attempts of successive governments to get rid of them. Twenty second this time – a pat on the back. We did well when it came to sustainably harvesting non-food resources too. In Ireland this mostly means seaweed and we came 26th. 3. Natural Products (Score 71%): Unfortunately the next two measures both rely on looking after fragile environmental resources that most of us have probably never really noticed. Did you know that our seagrass meadows and salt marshes are valuable? In the difficult climatic times we are all beginning to take note of (I hope) these habitats store carbon and protect our coasts from erosion. 4. Carbon Storage (Score 54%): Alas they have been protected of recent years – so we are way down the table at 88th on Carbon storage 5. Coastal Protection (Score 54%): We're 75th on guarding our shores as the waters rise. 6. Coastal Livlihoods & Economies (Score 68%): People rely on the ocean to provide steady jobs with steady wages, not just in fishing but in fish processing, mariculture, tourism, shipping, harbours, boat building wind farms and other sea related businesses. Jobs like these don’t just provide money for those who live by the sea, they also give them a sense of identity and self worth. It is important to keep the coastal economy healthy. Ours isn’t. We are in107th place. 7. Tourism & Recreation (Score 29%): But at least our coastline and our coastal towns and villages are attractive – tourists come from all over the world to enjoy our beaches, our cliffs, and our associated nightlife. The next item on the the list is “Maintaining the Attraction of Coastal Destinations” . Pat yourself on the back Ireland 19th place. 8. Clean Waters (Score 75%): Don’t pat too hard though. The rot starts here with Clean Waters and minimizing pollution. We’ve improved a lot in recent years but we haven’t improved enough. Far too many of our coastal waters are polluted by eutrophication (excess

nutrients), chemicals, pathogens, and trash. 62nd place. 9. Sense of Place (Score 32%): By now those of you with a mathematical bent have looked at the earlier figures and realized that there is something really bad still to come. Here it is. Across the globe people derive a sense of cultural identity and meaning from coastal and marine areas. For people living both near to and far from the ocean, knowing that particular species and places exist provides important cultural, spiritual, and personal value. This goal measures how much we care about iconic species and the percentage of protected places within a country. We came 151st. There were only 16 countries where the population as a whole made less effort to protect their marine heritage.

n The map shows how each country is minding its oceans and seas. The greener the better.

10. Biodiversity (Score 77%): And finally came that old bugbear of the Irish political, economic and social system - Biodiversity. How far do we support the survival and building of healthy marine ecosystems. Keeping a range of species and habitats isn’t just something cutesy for tourists to gawp at. The risk of species extinction generates great emotional and moral concern for many people who cherish biodiversity for its intrinsic existence value – simply knowing that different species and habitats exist, even without a direct use for them. But there is more to it than that. Species are the fundamental building blocks of all ecosystems, and the interactions between them determine the system’s structure, function, and stability. In other words it determines the health of the environment we live in and thus our own health. For the purposes of the index biodiversity measures the conservation status of marine species and the condition of key habitats that support high numbers of species. We came 122nd. No wonder that the European Commission keeps threatening legal action against us. And finally: In case you didn’t notice I mentioned the rise of the oceans in an earlier paragraph. When the first edition of the Informer hit the doormats of Dublin pessimists like me thought that the Arctic ice would have melted by the end of this century, and were still being laughed at by the skeptics. The most recent data shows that it will all be gone by 2030. We no longer need to worry about the changes in our grandchildren’s time. They have already happened. The melting of the ice has meant that the sun’s rays are no longer bounced back into space but playing havoc with the jet stream instead and it isn’t moving in the direction we expect. Hence the non-summer just past and the failure of the harvest right around the world. Expect your food and fuel bills to go through the roof this winter. Time to stop talking about the Euro and our wages, bad though the situation is. We need to start talking about survival and supporting each other in a very different world to the one we expected.

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In pursuit of the big brown trout Supernova discovered from Raheny As part of my "bonkers" pursuit of big Irish brown trout I recently imported an American style drift boat. My reasoning for this extravagant purchase was to enable me to fish less accessible water. It was also a generous reward to myself for beating cigarettes. The boat was built by Dave Scadden in Utah, a very clever boat designer and pioneer of this style of craft. These boats are completely untested in Irish river conditions so I was a little bit concerned that it wouldn't be suitable. I decided to bring it down to the river Suir yesterday to give it a test run. Philip Maher, a friend and fellow guide on the Suir was given the honour of riding shotgun on its maiden

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voyage. I tied on my favourite big fish fly, handed him the rod and invited him aboard, I think he was concerned that we would end up going for a swim, but just ten minutes into our first drift at his fishery in Kilsheelan, his sceptisim at the scruffy chewed up fly and silly blow up boat disappeared when we hooked the fish of a lifetime! Incredible fight The trout weighed 7lbs 4oz and put up an incredible fight: tail walking across the river, leaping and forcing us to follow him a long way downstream in the heavy water conditions. we finally netted the huge trout 500 meters below where we first hooked him. The fish was, of course, released unharmed. We also got a 6lbs salmon but it paled into insignificance when compared to the big trout. If the truth be known I was a small bit jealous that I didn't hook the fish. A trout of this size is a rare capture and considered to be a serious achievement in Fly Fishing. I’m thrilled with how the boat behaved - it handled like a sports car. Those big river trout should be very afraid! Keith McDonnell is a fly fishing guide and instructor and big trout nut based in Dublin.

Late last month the world was saddened to learn of the death of the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, who passed away following complications arising from heart surgery. It's not an understatement to say that Armstrong is probably the most famous man of our time, as he was the first person to step foot on another world, something that has only been achieved by a handful of people. Armstrong inspired millions of people all over the world to look to the stars. A little closer to home, however, David Grennan from Raheny discovered his second supernova, an explosion from a dying star. Only two supernovae have been discovered from Ireland and both were found by Grennan using his telescope in his observatory at his home. Grennan was checking over photographs of the sky his telescope took the night before, and almost all appeared to be normal. However, the last image in the run contained a galaxy that looked different to a previous photograph he had taken: it looked as though a new, bright “star” had appeared in the galaxy. A supernova occurs when a huge, old star can no longer burn enough nuclear fuel to withstand the force of gravity. When this happens, the star's gravity crushes the star itself and all its material falls inwards, bouncing off the iron core of the star, before shooting into space with vast amounts of energy. What Grennan had spotted was this devastat-

ing explosion of energy and light, making the dying star appear brighter than the rest of the galaxy, which contains tens of billions of stars. Grennan supernova, designated 2012ej, took place in the constellation Lynx in the north-east. Lynx is visible in the early mornings from about 3am. Find the 'Big Dipper' towards the north (it looks like a large cooking pot made of stars) and the planet Venus to the west, which is an extremely bright starlike object: Lynx is located right in between these two. Congratulations to David Grennan on his fantastic discovery!

n The Grennan supernova. (David Grennan, www.

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September is a busy time in the garden Today, Monday the 3rd of September as I put this months article to bed, was one of the sunniest and warmest days we have enjoyed all summer. Our auld buddies in ‘Glasnevin’ assure us that the next week at least will be warm and settled with little risk of rain. So hopefully by the time you get to read this month’s offering, the lovely weather will have continued leading to an Indian summer.

The Tomatoes, however, have been a complete flop this year.Most of the different varieties are still in flower trying their best to produce fruits, but in the absence of sunshine and heat they are a sorry state. I have a feeling they will end up in the brown bin or the compost heap without yielding a single good fruit.


September is a month when the garden needs a fair bit of attention and unless you make an effort now the work will build up rapidly so when its possible, do a small bit of work on a regular basis rather than have to catch up at the end of the month and end up at the chiropractor.! Things that should be attended to now are as follows. • Start planting trees, climbers and shrubs so they can establish during the winter. • Divide overgrown perennials. • Think about spring bulbs for next year and where you would like to plant them. • Start to slow down on feeding fish in the pond. • Sow winter lettuce and spinachFinally folks, if you need any information on gardening or if you have any tips or suggestions which I can pass on, please send them to me at I would be delighted to quote for any/all of your garden requirements from set-up organic vegetable plots to restoration of neglected gardens, design, planting and maintenance. No charge for initial visit and I will travel within reason. Gerry Norton, Living Landescapes, 97 Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Tel: 087-2462724 or email

I saw great evidence of this warmth today while working in a sensory garden which I planted a few years ago. I was delighted to finally see at last a reasonable gathering of Butterflies. Five Red Admirals and a solitary Cabbage White had landed on a well established Lavender. The last few years have been hard on these delicate animals. It’s almost impossible to imagine how these tiny winged creatures fly all the way to Ireland from North Africa. Like the birds they come here in our summer to feast and multiply. In a few more weeks they will have started their long journey back to Africa like the Swifts and Swallows. Lawn golden rule Elsewhere in the garden, the grass is still ‘jumping out of the ground’ and the dreaded weeds are even worse as it’s been so hard to do any spraying with weed killer for the last few months. When mowing your lawn always remember the one third rule. Don’t cut any more than one third of new growth. It’s much better to mow and if necessary mow again at a lower level. Our small vegetable garden is rather sad this year despite our best efforts. We have enjoyed very good lettuce and our crop of early potatoes have been good if a little damaged by wire worm.

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Ceramic 'bricks in the rain' 'Bricks in the Rain' is a multimedia exhibition of ceramic sculpture, video art, sound sculpture, and text. It opened at the Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park in mid-August 2012 and will last until the beginning of October. It will then tour to Belfast, Cork and other venues in Ireland in 2013. It will show completely new objects, made here in Ireland by a group of renowned ceramic artists who went to China in 2011 on a five-week residency. It is hoped that this exhibition develops and strengthens Ireland’s cultural connection with China, and creates a ground-breaking collection of new Irish ceramics. The title 'Bricks in the Rain' derives from a photograph taken by resident photographer Andrew Standen-Raz of bricks used to step through puddles outside the Chinese factory buildings where it rained incessantly for days at the start of the residency.

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Dermot and Dave's drivetime Dave, are you married? Yes, I’m married to the woman of my dreams, Velcro Girl from RTE’s 2Phat (seriously!), Tracy and I have two boys, Andrew (2) and Sam (9 weeks – yes, 9 weeks. I’m so very, very tired). Dermot, are you married? Married to Corrina and I have three kids, Owen (6), Matthew (5) and Rose (1) Dermot, if you were given €500 to spend on clothing & footwear for a night out, describe what you would buy? I would put my effort into the quality of my shirt and my shoes because this is what people notice first. I’d mix it with a nice suit jacket and an old pair of jeans. Dave, if you were going out on the town for a “lads night out” what type of clothes would you wear? I’d wear jeans and runners. I always do. But I’d ditch the tee and actually iron a shirt for once. Still a casual shirt, mind. It’s only the lads. Dermot, who is the most vain person out of Dave and yourself and why? I’m probably vainer because, let’s face it, when you’re driving a Formula 1 car, you’ve got to put the effort in. Dave, who do you think is the best dressed female celebrity and why? I’m a fiend for red carpet looks. People think it’s hilarious that someone with no dress sense can have an interest in high fashion but I do. Follow me on twitter (@dave98fm) for major events (Globes, Oscars etc) and you’ll see what I mean! To answer your question, it’s hard to choose. Gwyneth Paltrow is understated most of the time and then pulls it out of the bag on the red carpet. She was by far the best dressed in Tom Ford at the Oscars this year. (http://www.98fm. com/2012/onair/category-shows/dermot-dave/oscars-red-carpet/) Dermot, describe Dave’s dress sense in three words? Cheap, comfy and cheap Dave, describe Dermot’s dress sense in three words? Trendy, tight and expensive! Dermot, would you appear fully naked for a film scene for €500,000, explain? Hell, yeah! I do it for a free whole chicken at Nando’s! Dave, who is the most vain person out of Dermot and yourself and why? Dermot is but that’s not a slag. He cares. I don’t. I’ve let myself go and I only wear hoodies and jeans. I’m a disgrace! Dermot, what’s the biggest compliment someone has given you regard-

The Informer Interview This month, Dublin Informer decided to interview mad men. No, not the characters from the hit American TV show, but Dermot Whelan & Dave Moore who together host their own evening, awardwinning drivetime show, weekdays on Dublin’s 98FM. We had to interview them separately so there would be no conferring with their answers as they seem to do everything together. Well nearly everything! ing your dress sense? Sometimes my wife might remember to say, “oh yeah, you look nice as well,” Half an hour after I’ve complimented her!

Dermot, if you were going out on the town for a “lads night out” what type of clothes would you wear? It doesn’t matter but definitely no jacket because I know it’s going to get lost.

Dave, have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction, explain? Yes! I was on stage in the SFX in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. I played Simon Zealots. I was MUCH smaller then and used to fit perfectly into my mother’s vintage, 26” waist, velour flares she had since the 60s. I wore them for five nights. On the fifth night, as I performed a sexy, legspreading, kneeling dance move, I heard and felt a rip. Button to belt at the back, gone. I wore white boxer shorts that night, which shone like a beacon to all so there was no hiding. Cue uproarious laughter. Hideous.

Dave, what is the biggest compliment someone has given you regarding your dress sense? Well, every time I wear a suit, people are blown away because I hardly ever wear anything formal. Ever. But this is my favorite compliment. I was out at dinner with a bunch of friends from Malahide a few years ago. We all grew up together, even though I was a Portmarnock blow-in. They had all become successful professionals, while I work in music and radio. One of the lads said he was really jealous of me because I got to go to work in jeans and a hoodie. All the lads agreed. I was so happy. It was more jealousy than a compliment but I’m still dining out on that one

Dermot, who do you think is the best dressed female celebrity and why? Jennifer Maguire because even if we’re all really hung-over, she looks like she just stepped off the catwalk! Sorry, did I say catwalk? I meant a cat. Dave, name two celebrities you would like to be stuck on a desert island and why? Sting, so we could get nerdy about time signatures in music and Velcro Girl from RTE’s 2Phat, for obvious reasons. Sorry!

Dermot, have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction, explain? I did an entire episode of The Republic of Telly with my fly down and my shirt sticking out the hole. Dave, do you think Irish women are stylish dressers compared to women on the continent, explain? I don’t think you can generalise about this. There are women in Dublin who would trump any Parisienne in the fash-

ion stakes and there are those who wear their pajamas outside. The same can be said for continental women. I’ve lived and travelled throughout Europe and there are as many HIDEOUS outfits sported in Milan, Prague and Berlin, as there are in Dublin! Dermot, name two celebrities you would like to be stuck on a desert island and why? Celebrities? I want to be there with Bear Grylls, who can get me out of there and MacGyver, who could turn sand into a helicopter! Dave, if you were given €500 to spend on clothing and footwear for a night out, describe what you would buy? What? I could dress myself for about two or three years for €500! Are you crazy?

If I had to, I’d just buy a really limited edition pair of Jordans for about €300 and a really warm and expensive jacket. Then, I’d spend the rest of t-shirts. I love t-shirts. I’ve loads. Like 200. Dermot, do you think Irish women are stylish dressers compared to women on the continent, explain? Yes but unfortunately you can’t see most of their clothes, as they’re constantly under raincoats and four layers of GoreTex! Dave, would you pose naked for a women’s magazine for €100,000? Only if I really detested the magazine and wanted to see it go under as a business. Me in the nip is suicide for any publishing house. there a magazine for women called “MiddleAged and Let Themselves Go”?

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A Place in the City "Behold a proof of Irish sense; Here Irish wit is seen; When nothing's left that's worth defence We build a magazine." So wrote Dean Swift of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park. The Fort, perched high up on St. Stephen's Hill, still gives one the sense of being watched by 'Big Brother.' Its solid granite wall protected by gun-turrets and an erstwhile moat and drawbridge, conveys an uneasy feeling to the modern passer-by. This grim-looking fort was built in 1734 as a storehouse for military ammunition. Because of this it was to be raided twice in the 20th century. About noon on Easter Monday, seven volunteers arrived at the Fort by motor vehicles. Just a few soldiers were garrisoned at the Fort, and when the sentry was disposed of, those in the guard house were quickly subdued. The Fort's other occupants

The Magazine Fort were Mrs. Playfair, the wife of the commandant who was at the front in France, and her two sons and a daughter. She was seized by a volunteer who forced her to show him the telephone line, which he cut. She was then given six monutes to leave the Fort before it was blown up. The volunteers took whatever guns and ammunition they could carry and then set fire to the outer portion of the Fort. This contained small arms, "and evidently being in a great hurry to get away, and unaware that the high explosives were stored in a different compartment, they fled the scene." (1916 Rebellion Handbook). The fire was extinguished. The second raid took place on December 23, 1939. It seems there was a festive atmosphere in the Fort, so when the IRA raiding party struck they encountered very little resistance. The raiding party was well organised, and was accompanied by 40 lorries. They took rifles, grenades and a

Lesser Known Dubliners Stephen Clegg Rowan Born in Dublin in 1808, Stephen Clegg Rowan arrived in the United States at the age of 10 and lived in Piqua, Ohio. A graduate of Miami University, he was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in February 1826. He took an active role in the MexicanAmerican War, serving as executive officer of the sloop Cyane during the capture of Monterey, California, on 7 July 1846, and in the occupation of both San Diego and Los Angeles. As captain of the steam sloop Pawnee at the outbreak of the American Civil War, he made gallant attempts to relieve Fort Sumter and to burn the Norfolk Navy Yard. In the fall of 1861, he assisted in the capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet; then, taking command of a flotilla in the North Carolina sounds, he cooperated in the capture of Roanoke Island in February 1862. Promoted to captain for gallantry, he then supported the capture of Elizabeth City, Edenton, and New Bern. During the summer of 1863,

he commanded the broadside ironclad New Ironsides on blockade duty off Charleston, South Carolina and the following August assumed command of Federal forces in the North Carolina sounds. Commissioned rear admiral on 25 July 1866, Rowan served as Commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard until 1867, when he assumed command of the Asiatic Squadron. Returning in 1870, he was appointed vice admiral in August of that year and served as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard from 1872 to 1876, as Governor of the Naval Asylum at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1881, and as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., from 1882 until his retirement in 1889. Vice Admiral Rowan died in Washington, DC, in 1890.

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For as long as there have been prisoners there have been attempts to reintroduce them into society as ordinary decent citizens. The following extract, from 'Suggestions for the Repression of Crime' (Matthew Davenport Hill, 1857) demonstrates a pretty level-headed and sensible approach to the problem of repeat offenders. Some of the language has been changed to make it more readable. "Well-conducted convicts, not guilty of very serious offences, and eligible for parole, are removed, if conversant with any trade, to the Smithfield Penitentiary, Dublin; if labourers, to the forts at the mouth of Cork Harbour, for the purpose of being tested by a degree of liberty which gives them a chance to prove their power of selfdenial and self-dependence, in a manner wholly incompatible with the rigid restraints of an ordinary prison. The average number confined at Smithfield at one time has been about 80. The average period of confinement is about four months; after which time, if satisfactory offers of employment are made, and if the prisoner has, in his new stage of probation, shown his fitness to be trusted with conditional liberty, he is released on parole. The prisoners are employed on messenger duties daily throughout the city, and also in special works required by the department outside the prison walls. This can entail their being out until seven or eight in the evening, unaccompanied by an officer. A small portion of their earnings is given to them weekly. Not one instance has as yet taken place of the slightest irregularity, or even want of punctuality, although careful checks have been contrived to detect either, should it occur. Lectures are delivered every evening, at which habits of selfcontrol are inculcated, as well as the desirableness of new fields of

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labour for the discharged prisoners. They are encouraged to deposit their earnings in the savings bank on leaving prison, and to add to these savings. Within the last year 112 prisoners have been discharged from the Penitentiary on licence, and 55 discharged absolutely at the termination of their sentences. As yet only five have been returned to prison. It is possible and probable, however, that others should have been brought back to prison, but there is, as yet, no proof of their guilt. Eighty-five are going on satisfactorily; nine have been discharged too recently to be spoken of, and five have had their licences revoked. As to the remaining thirteen, it has been found impossible to obtain accurate information, but it is supposed that five have left the country and three enlisted. Of the 85 going on satisfactorily, thirty are within weekly observation and report, and are serving their employers faithfully; and in many instances, the single men are depositors in the savings bank, with a view to emigration when free.

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The missing Kiosk: Dating postcards can be a long and difficult process, and sometimes what is missing can give more information than the rest of the photograph. In this postcard of the Lake in St. Stephen's Green (taken from O'Connell Bridge - yes, there are two O'Connell Bridges in Dublin!) what's missing is the 'Kiosk'. It was built in 1898 and has been there ever since, so it can be safely said that this postcard is earlier than that. It is also interesting to note that the Shelbourne Hotel can be very clearly seen - due to tree growth in the meantime it is now all but invisible.

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YOUR face is your image to the world. It’s how others see you. Are you deliberately attacking, consistently damaging and aging your face beyond recognition? If you are a smoker, that is exactly what you are doing.

When you look in the mirror you may be staring death in the face if there are visible effects of smoking on your skin. Smoking is responsible for 7,000 deaths in Ireland each year according to the Department of Health. According to Royal College of Surgeons research on smoking patterns 35% of Irish smokers are aged 18 to 29. They will soon look and feel ten years older than their peers. Smokers lose an average of 10-15 years from their life expectancy.

This is a pair of identical twins. One is a smoker. One isn’t. You can easily identify which one is the smoker. What is smoking doing to your face? There may be no fountain of youth, but smoking is a proven way to rapidly look older. Smoking shrivels your skin, rots your teeth, damages your hair and adds years to your looks. It also decreases your fertility and weakens your heart, lungs, and bones. A University of Michigan study shows smoking alone makes the skin age rapidly. Dr Helfrich said: "We have demonstrated that there was a significant degree of damage just from smoking." She added: "The evidence is certainly mounting up that smoking is not good for you." Indy Rihal of the British Skin Foundation said: "Cigarette smoke is a main environmental factor that causes changes in the skin often associated with 'looking old' such as coarse wrinkling and a sallow, leathery texture. "The constriction of tiny blood vessels in the skin caused by smoking reduces the oxygen supply to the skin negatively affecting skin health and appearance in general." Amanda Sandford of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said: "This study provides further evidence of the detrimental effects that smoking can have on the skin. No amount of anti-ageing cream will remove the wrinkles caused by cigarettes so the best way for smokers to avoid the

50% of all smokers will die from smoking related diseases, 90% of them from Lung cancer. Smokers are lethal weapons who kill their friends as well as themselves. A non-smoker living with a smoker has a 25% increased risk of lung cancer, a 30% increased risk of heart disease and an 82% increased risk of stroke. The good news is you no longer need to destroy your looks or kill yourself and your friends. In the largest clinical study ever undertaken involving 72,000 smokers ‘New Scientist Magazine’ showed hypnosis to be the most successful stop smoking system. Dynamic Hypnosis is available in Skibareen this week and can make you a non-smoker in only one hour. With a 95% plus success rate backed with a lifetime guarantee you can now safely and easily become a nonsmoker for good. For details phone 0871917840 now. © Tom Ryan 2012 Discover how at


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The Dark Knight Rises HHHHH Directed by Tony Gilroy. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Scott Glenn & Edward Norton. Aaron Cross is a top level genetically modified assassin. When the programme that created him is closed, all evidence of its existence must be destroyed, including him. You can’t help but get the feeling that The Bourne Legacy was a film designed to keep a cash cow franchise alive. It’s not a bad film, it’s a cut above the average but the Bourne series just does not work without Matt Damon but the producers cleverly set this film in tandem with the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, paving the way for a Cross & Bourne film in the future. Renner does well but a key element of the film is his need of special performance drugs that he no longer has access to. In essence he is a junkie chasing his next fix and it makes him somewhat unlikeable. The supporting cast are excellent, Albert Finney, Stacey Keach and Joan Allen in particular but you still can’t deny the feeling that this is a film that didn’t need to be made. Certainly a cut above most action thrillers, the set pieces are well staged and executed but the film really fails without the presence of Jason Bourne. Advice: A movie for a night on the sofa.

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The body can synthesise glucosamine, but this ability to make it ourselves gets less as we age. Studies have shown that taking extra glucosamine can improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially when it affects the knees. While the primary treatment for the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis is paracetamol, or sometimes an anti-inflammatory, glucosamine can be a useful addition to treatment to improve symptoms. As you have stated, the HSE are no longer going to pay for treatments containing glucosamine. You mentioned that you were taking Dona, which are sachets containing 1500mg of glucosamine. Dona is not a cheap medication, and there are other forms of glucosamine available without a prescription. Glucosamine is found in both medicines and food supplements. As medicines are more strictly regulated than food supplements, Dona or other prescription-only forms of glucosamine are generally manufactured to a higher quality than food supplements. However, most manufacturers of food supplements also manufacture to high specifications. If you can afford to pay for the medication that your doctor has prescribed, it would be recommended that you continue to take it, although you will have to pay separately for it. However, if you have difficulty in paying for one of these products, ask your pharmacist to recommend another glucosamine-containing product as this will often be quite an acceptable alternative. Over the counter glucosamine

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A number of other medicines have been affected by the HSE cutbacks. Among these are products containing omega-3 oils such as Omacor. This product is used to treat a disease related to high cholesterol called hypertriglyceridaemia. Essentially, triglycerides are fats and hypertriglyceridaemia occurs when there is too much free fat circulating in the blood stream. High triglycerides are associated with heart attacks and strokes and supplementing with omega-3 oils can help to reduce triglyceride levels in the blood, thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. As well as reducing the triglyceride levels, omega-3 oils can help to reduce the blood pressure and act as a gentle blood thinner, making less likely that the blood will clot in the blood vessels causing a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism and so on. As with Dona and other prescription-only glucosamine products, Omacor regulated as a medicine and manufactured to an extremely high quality, but other omega-3 products are available. Omacor contains the two primary omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) is very high concentrations, so if you are looking to take a cheaper omega-3 product you should ask your pharmacist for a product containing a similar high level of EPA and DHA. Disclaimer: The advice you have been given by the pharmacist should not be regarded as a clinically accurate diagnosis of any disease or a guarantee that a particular medicine is safe for you to take. The advice given is based solely on the limited amount of information provided and so should not be regarded as a substitute for a face to face consultation with a pharmacist, doctor or other health professional who is personally familiar with your medical history.

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Typical pattern for Speech/Language Communication development

By Libby Savage, Speech and Language Therapist

A child will typically start to communicate in infancy before their first word is used. In the child’s first year they recognise different sounds and some simple words like “ball”, they will babble and may even use their first words. Generally, in the child’s second year they will understand more of what is said to them, and will learn to say more and more words. Once a child has fifty words in their vocabulary they will start putting two words together such as “throw ball” or “where Daddy?” In the child’s third year they usually will be following two-stage requests e.g. “get your hat and put it in the bag”. They will be using sentences with two to three words. An adult should be able to understand 50% of what the child says. Typically in the child’s fourth and fifth years, their ability to understand what is said to them develops rapidly and with that, their ability to put words into longer and more complex sentences. By five years an adult should be able to understand 100% of what the child says.

Feeding / Swallowing development

Eating and drinking skills also develop in a typical pattern. For various reasons (prematurity, gastroenterological, cardiac, respiratory, neurological, sensory or physical disorders) this pattern can be disrupted. It is essential that parents and child seek support from the medical team including a Speech and Language Therapist with the child’s GP, Paediatrician, Dietician, Occupational Therapist and / or Physiotherapist when this pattern is disrupted. A Speech and Language Therapist can assess and support development of or rehabilitation of feeding, eating and drinking skills in a number of areas. These include: establishing or re-establishing eating and drinking skills (including breast and bottle

We all have our own strengths and weaknesses: no two people are the same. Two children that have been diagnosed with the same language impairment will need different treatments that have been specifically designed to meet their individual needs. For this reason therapy activities are varied from one child to the next. The therapy session with the child will run between 30 – 50 minutes depending on the child’s age, needs and ability. Parents are often involved in the therapy sessions where they have opportunities to observe and practice therapy techniques, to use at home. Following the individual therapy session the parents will be able to discuss any questions they may have about the session and discuss what activities to focus on at home. Frequency of therapy sessions varies depending on the needs of each child from daily to monthly therapy sessions. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication or feeding development, please phone us for a free consultation. Libby Savage, Speech and Language Therapist Bespoke Speech Therapy +353 (0)85 280 9539



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The Joyce Tower and Museum has reopened until the end of September after Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown locals volunteered to run the tower. The museum has been closed on a temporary basis due to staffing issues. However, talks have taken place between Fáilte Ireland and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to discuss the possibility of the council taking on the role of fully operating the Sandycove museum. The tower was reopened after 100 locals volunteered to provide their assistance to run the tower. It has since been confirmed by both the Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar and Fáilte Ireland that it will remain open to the public between 10am and 6pm every day until the end of September. Welcoming the move, Minister Varadkar said: “This is an important attraction for Dun Laoghaire and for all of Dublin, and an important landmark for Dubliners. I’d like to congratulate the volunteers for their efforts in reaching this breakthrough. Their willingness to give their time and energy to support the reopening of the Tower speaks volumes of their civic pride and the value they place on our literary legacy.” The tower features in the opening of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Joyce spent some time at the tower in 1904. The tower has been set up to reflect how it would have been when Joyce spent his time there.

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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown community and voluntary groups have been called on to take part in preparations for The Gathering 2013. Dun Loaghaire-Rathdown County Council said capitalising on the potential of The Gathering 2013 would undoubtedly stimulate the Irish economy and tourism. The Gathering, a celebration of the Irish diaspora and an initiative to get them to come home for events to boost the Irish economy and tourism, will run throughout next year. The council said there will be an estimated 325,000 increase in the number of visitors to Ireland during the events, which, the council said, equates to a €170m increase in spending. Failte Ireland said they have a budget of €5m that will be used to finance a marketing campaign encouraging people to take part. A spokesperson for Failte Ireland said: “There is a marketing and promotion fund of €5m. Organising the Gathering is a challenge for each area but we’re here to help with the community meetings we’re doing.” Richard Shakespeare, director of environment, culture and community for the council said: “The Gathering is a very worthwhile thing for the country. It is a completely new initiative for Failte Ireland too, so they’re trying to get their heads around it. We’ll make the best of it now and go gung-ho with the community and voluntary forums set up for the coming month. By mid-October, we’ll have a fairly good idea what we’re doing. We don’t know, as yet if there’ll be any funding.”

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