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Funding decisions having impact on Lucan youth

Mega-bites Youth Café is the first, and only, youth café in Lucan. It was created by young people for young people opening on Friday nights from 8-11pm providing a supervised, alcohol-free, drug-free, safe environment. Based in Griffeen Youth Centre, By Cathy Geagan which has over 12,000 of Lucan's are involved in both educational young citizens in its catchment and recreational social activities. area, Mega-bites is the most freThe primary challenge Mega-bites quented of Lucan Youth Service's faces to continue, and indeed programmes. In only two years, expand upon, its excellence in Mega-bites has developed from a youth work is funding. concept to an established and As many in Lucan are all too innovative community resource, aware, the current recession has and has been recognised as a impacted far more heavily on the model for new youth cafés. Every most vulnerable in society than on week over 100 young people those who should be held accountexperience the cafe, where they able. 2009 saw a 44% increase in

Lucan residents claiming job seekers allowance, a 32% cut in nationwide supports for the community and voluntary sector; and a cut of over e4million to youth work. This last is perhaps most alarming given the further cuts to job seekers allowance for the young, the 30,000 young people turned away from education courses last October, and that youth work in Ireland is historically underfunded, with cutbacks being made to an already inadequate allocation of funds. Lucan Youth Service is already >>> Continued back page

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Is the new lower drink driving limit justified? Yes

The debate in relation to lowering the drink drive limit in Ireland is over. In poll after poll by many non-governmental organisations in the last few years it is clear that the vast majority of people want the drink drive limit lowered. This is further demonstrated by the fact that the Road Traffic Bill 2009, which legislates for the new limits, was passed this week by the Dail with full cross party support. This Bill is about saving lives and reducing injuries on Irish roads. One of the provisions of the Bill is to lower the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level for drinking and driving for the current limit of 80mgs to 50mgs (for qualified drivers) and 20mgs (novice & profes-

No At 80mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood, Ireland, the UK and Malta are currently amongst the top six safest countries in the EU in terms of road deaths. The new Road Traffic Bill will, amongst other things, reduce the blood alcohol limit to 50mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood. If we in the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) felt that this reduction in the blood alcohol limit would save one life, we would have backed it to the hilt and so would our 4,500 members across the country. The reality is that this new blood alcohol limit does nothing more than create a smokescreen for the Minister and the Government to hide behind. Will this new limit install the hundreds of speed cameras that are necessary? No. Will it reduce speed in residential and built up areas or in rural roads unfit for speeds of 100kms/h? No. Will it

sional drivers). Alcohol is one of the main causes of death and injuries on our roads along with speeding and not wearing seat belts. Alcohol impairs driving and the evidence is clear that reducing BAC levels will reduce the incidence of road collisions, thereby saving lives and preventing serious injuries and make roads safer for everyone. 241 people were killed on Irish roads last year, and 101 so far this year. Many more were injured. Each fatality and injury on our roads can devastate families, friends and communities. Here are some of the stark facts from the RSA’s website www.drinkdriving.ie : l Alcohol is estimated to be a contributory factor in 1 in 3 fatal collisions; target those that are drunk or under the influence of drugs and driving? No. Will it stop the ease with which people can access alcohol at below cost prices in supermarkets? No. Will this new limit target the honest law abiding citizen who has one or two drinks with their meal after a day’s work? Yes. Will this new limit further marginalize rural communities that don’t have DART, LUAS, buses, a taxis, etc? Yes. We, at the VFI, lobbied long and hard on this Road Traffic Bill. We asked the Government to tackle the issues of speed and of drunk drivers – the big killers on Irish roads. All we got was tea and sympathy. Not one TD voted on this Bill. The pub industry throughout the country has been brought to its knees by severe over regulation in the last few years and the new blood alcohol limits will be the final nail in the coffin. We estimate that on average one pub a day is

Comfort in Hearing When dispending digital hearing aids I am often asked to advise on the most suitable style as well as recommending a make or model to suit the hearing loss and the lifestyle of the patient. The choice can be overwhelming especially to a new user as most instruments come in many shapes and sizes. After we have established that the ear structure itself is normal and that there is a choice then it really comes down to these three choices. 1. Instruments that fit all in the ear. These may be very small and discreet and fit way down in the ear canal or little bigger occupying more of the outer ear. We take impressions to custom make these and they are very comfortable and easy to use. Spectacle wearers often prefer them as there is nothing on or behind the ear. 2. Tiny hearing aids that sit on top of the ear. A very thin tube or wire is used to connect the instrument to the ear canal through which the sound is transferred. This style can be very discreet. It is held in the ear with a soft dome and is very comfortable. Impressions are not

usually necessary. They can be a little fiddly to put in and care should be taken when putting on or taking off spectacles. There is a wide choice of models and they can be fitted on the same day as the hearing test. 3. Behind the ear hearing aids most people are aware of. They gave comfort to the hard of hearing long before digital technology was thought of and still have a roll to play today. Sound is sent through a tube to a custom made mould fitted in the ear. This is sometimes necessary for high power. Can have a longer battery life and some users prefer the larger size and security of the ear fitting. Whatever the choice care must be taken by your hearing care professional to ensure that their patient fully understands how to use and care for the instruments. Aftercare is essential to be sure of this. Happy hearing. Alan Mantell, FISHAA, FSHAA, Reg with Health Professional Council. Alan is managing director of Digital Hearing Direct and is available for free consultations. Tel. 01 235 1636

l At half the current limit (i.e. 40mg), drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a collision. At the current limit (i.e. 80mg), drivers are six times more likely to have a collision; l Alcohol is twice as potent when you are a tired driver; l Almost 1 in 5 drivers killed on our roads, where alcohol was present, were under the legal limit when they died. Quite apart from the personal and social impacts of road collisions, their economic cost is estimated to be in the region of e1.3 billion each year. Personal choices are made in relation to drinking and driving, and changing driver behaviour is the target. A reduced BAC level and enhanced enforcement provisions will direct-

ly address the issue of alcohol and driving. The simple fact is that any alcohol impairs driving, affecting vision, judgement, co-ordination and reaction time. This increases the risk of a collision, with potential consequences for the driver, any passengers, and other road users. This measure will bring further changes to driver behaviour and the personal choices made in relation to drinking and driving generally. It will be an adjustment for some, but many already take on board the implications of alcohol and are not drinking and driving. Collisions, deaths and injuries on our roads and their traumatic effects on families and communities are also social issues in both rural and urban areas.

closing down and that 1,500 pubs have closed in the last five years. On this basis we anticipate that another 1,500 pubs will close over the next three years with the loss of another 10,000 jobs in the industry. The Government’s approach to legislation has become too narrow minded and inflexible, with the result that the lives and the livelihood of people in towns, villages and communities through-

out the country is being totally undermined. Have no doubt about it, we do not condone drunk driving, in any fashion but we at the VFI would call on the Government to address and redress the issues of over regulation and the suffocation of businesses. Whether the lower limits are justified or not, they are here to stay and we as an industry must adapt and rise to the challenge that this presents. Padraig Cribben is CEO of the VFI.

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How the west is burning

Farmers say that the way grants are paid under the Common Agricultural Policy are forcing them so start fires that have devastated thousands of acres of land recently, particularly in the west of Ireland. The EU Agriculture Commission and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry are using aerial photography and satellite images to check that farmers are either growing crops or keeping livestock on land for which money is paid out under the Single Payment Scheme. Because grant aid is no longer dependent on the number of animals kept more areas are being left ungrazed to revert to scrub. While hedgerows are protected any scrubland where natural vegetation is being allowed to grow back is being excluded and farmers are being asked to repay thousands of euros where this has happened, and many are claiming that the only way they can make this land comply with the rules is to burn off vegetation – a traditional management practise in

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the West. The IFA has cited the fact that the date until which they are allowed to burn was shorted by 6 weeks under the Wildlife Act 2000, claiming that this has contributed to a build up of wildfire fuel. All this is contributing to fires that have devastated thousands of hectares of Ireland's countryside, according to 19 Irish environmental groups who have written to the Minister for Agriculture asking him to ensure that there will be a scheme to promote the

management of these scrub areas. They point out that scrub is a vital sanctuary for wildlife, a carbon store, and a potential source of renewable fuel. Coillte estimates that so far this year 350 fires have destroyed more than 1600 acres of their forestry, valued at up to e13 million with the private sector losing a similar amount. According to BirdWatch Ireland the impact on birds this year has been particularly severe, as thousands of nestlings will

have perished in the fires or will face slow starvation as their main foraging areas have been destroyed. Populations of birds such as Stonechats, Wrens and Song Thrushes, already decimated by the cold weather in January, are amongst the worst affected by these clearances, and returning migrants such as Whitethroats, a specialist of this type of habitat, will also have been badly affected. Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment, said that: "Aside from the impact on birds and wildlife, the land is eroded by heavy rainfall on soils exposed by these fires." He also points out the danger to people living in the areas where the burning is taking place. "Even climate change may be contributing to the increase in fires as drier weather will encourage the spread of gorse on peaty soils", said Lowes, adding that a way needs to be found to guarantee that farmers get a decent income for protecting the countryside.

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Garden Growing Plant on St Patrick's - eat on the 12th

Hopefully like me you are enjoying your garden now that it’s at its peak. All your hard work will have paid off now that your borders are alive with colour and your veg plot is starting to feed you. With all the lovely weather we’ve been having recently the garden is being used more at this time of year than any other month. In fact it finally gets the title it deserves, ‘the outdoor room’. Long, lovely evening light up to 10.30pm depending on the weather, is not uncommon on the east coast in July. Enjoy it folks as the longest day of the year is behind us, but hopefully we will continue to enjoy the evening sun for some time to come.

advice regarding growing potatoes was to “put them in the ground on Saint Patrick’s Day and eat them on the 12th of July”. My spuds have therefore become politicized! Elsewhere, the courgettes are being picked every other day as this encourages them to keep producing flowers and subsequently, small, tender fruits. Leave them too long and they

become marrows which don’t taste so good and they are liable to disease the longer you leave them. The ‘cut and come again’ lettuce are the best they have ever been, due to the lovely warm weather interrupted with the odd heavy shower plus lots of watering. Speaking of watering, as I’ll take a short holiday in mid July, I

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Politicized potatoes

The second early potatoes ‘Orla’ which were planted in early March are more or less ready to pick and eat. They can be left in the ground for a few weeks after they have finished flowering. I met a Northern Ireland lady recently and her

decided this year to invest in an irrigation system. A neighbour usually does the watering for me when I go on holiday, but, with all the will and effort in the world something, like the tomatoes, which have been nurtured for months, can look a wee bit sad when I return. I bought a system which cost e79.50 from Mister Middleton, in Mary Street. It’s very easy to set up but does take a few hours to assemble. I use the system for veg and plants in containers only as most of the other shrubs and plants can survive without me for a week If you have window boxes and hanging baskets in the front of

l Looks peaceful - but there's intimidation beneath

Bring a secateurs with you when you are wondering about the garden. There are lots of plants, for example Verbascum and Foxglove, that will flower again if carefully pruneddeadheaded in July.

your house which are obviously not connected to your irrigation system in your back garden, these can be watered by a neighbour without much hassle. The small pond which I installed last autumn is at its best at this time of the year. A fishy problem

There are seven fish in total, plus a few oxygenating plants, two water lilies and a beautiful blue Iris. However, I’m a wee bit puzzled though and I’m hoping that a reader - pond enthusiast may be able to give me some advice. I recently introduced three new fish into the pond, the biggest of which is the same size as three fish already in residence. These three fish are giving the newcomer a really hard time. The newcomer spends all its time being chased by the other three fish. So, can a reader please let me know what’s going on? Is it territorial or maybe is there love in the air, well, in the H2O?

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Personal Finance Are you planning for a comfortable retirement? Of all aspects of financial planning, the topic on which I receive the most questions is pensions. Whether you are a member of a company scheme, a public sector scheme, are self employed or a company director, there are a myriad of options available to you in terms of pension planning. Your retirement may be a longer period than that of your working life. Unless you are so wealthy that money isn’t a problem, pension planning should be a top priority unless you are happy to rely on State

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Still in the driving seat Bill Cullen Where were you born? Summerhill, Dublin 1 Fondest childhood memory? Teaching my mother to read and write When you were a youngster, what job did you want to do when you were grown up? Get my own car dealership. What was your first paid job as a teenager, how much did you earn? Messenger boy on a bike for HCR Chemists for ten shillings a week. What made you decide to take the risk and set up your own business, explain? My mother always said: “you can never make real money working for someone else”. Did this give you sleepless nights or cause you stress? No, I can handle anything. What do you think are the vital ingredients to running a successful business? Be positive, have a plan and work your socks off. Were you ever in major debt where you thought to yourself that you would not get out of it? Borrowed e20 million in 1986 but knew I would pay it back and did by 1994. Do you think it is harder to run a successful company now to when you first started out? This present time is the most difficult to get working capital from banks. Do you think the government over the past decade have managed the economy correctly? With hindsight definitely not. But they have given us a road infrastructure to be proud of. Would you be in favour of a general election now? No. A new gang would waste more time getting their arms around the problems. Do you think the opposition parties would make a good 'alternative' government? No. we need to get a coalition with the best of all parties running the show. Do you think unions have too much power and say in modern day Ireland, explain? Yes and particularly in the private sector. In 'The Apprentice' you are criticized by some critics for being to harsh and arrogant with some of the contestants. How would you respond to these critics? I was never arrogant but harsh and tough, yes.

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"I was never arrogant but harsh and tough, yes. These people have had things too easy and are in a comfort zone" These people have had things too easy and are in a comfort zone. How do you think the Irish TV version of 'The Apprentice' compares to that of the UK version with Alan Sugar? I believe we matched Alan Sugar and he had a huge advantage of a BBC investment of e9 million in the production. Do you think the government are doing enough to encouraging entrepreneurialism in Ireland? Well that’s what FAS and Enterprise Ireland and Skillnet is all about. Do you think the minimum wage should be lowered here in Ireland? Yes, we are now overpriced by 35% for labour costs against our nearest competition – the UK. How do you relax, do you like any particular music, band or artist or enjoy any sports?

By Kevin O'Brien I was a professional soccer player and love football and indeed all sports. I relax by travelling, reading and writing new books. Do you think the Euro has been good for Ireland? Yes, we got the protection of the European Central Bank. What advice would you give to companies out there who are struggling in the current economic climate? Slash costs, make sure all staff are giving 120%, and that everyone is pushing hard to sell, sell, sell. What upsets you? People who moan and whinge, who don’t take responsibility for their own future.

Name three people you admire in business and why? Michael Smurfit – who first saw the huge opportunities in takeovers and mergers. Tony O’Reilly – who started as a marketing executive, went to the top at Heinz, and became a billionaire. Larry Goodman – lost everything when his business went bust and rebuilt it within four years to be number one again and a multi-millionaire as well. If you could have lunch with three people (past or present) who would you choose and why? Brian Boru – who was always my warrior hero. Michael Collins – who had the vision and the strength to free Ireland and was assassinated by his own people. Nelson Mandela – who took the responsibility to survive 27 years in solitary confinement and when freed went on to lead the South African nation to freedom.


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A place in the city Established as far back as the 7th century the Church of St. Nahi has seen many alterations and work in its time, most notably in extensive restorations carried out in 1760 and again in 191014. This latter work is commemorated on a plaque which reads.. ."The entrance gate to this Churchyard was erected by the parishioners of Taney Parish to the memory of William Monk Gibbon, Canon of Christ Church Cathedral by whose inspiration and effort the restoration of this church was accomplished. He repaired the altar of the Lord". The font in St. Nahi's, transferred from St. Kevin's Parish Church, Dublin, was the one in which Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington was baptised in 1769. Many of the church furnishings include crafts by local well known artists - the central panel of the window which portrays the Annunciation was a work carried out by Evie Hone in 1926, and amongst other windows is the work of Harry Clarke who made a significant contribution to stained glass work in Ireland. The needlework picture over the altar is the work of Susan and Elizabeth Yeats (sisters of W.B. Yeats) and illustrates the Last Supper. Two 17th century headstones described

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by Ball (an authorative local historian from Dundrum at the end of the 19th century) have disappeared from the adjacent cemetery, but twelve from the 18th century, and the remainder from the 19th and 20th centuries are still there. Details recorded in the Index to the Register of Burials' for the parish during the twenty year period (January 1897April 1917) give a startling insight into life expectancy at that time. No less than 1,836 people were buried during this period and of these, 551 were children age six or under. Until recently, St. Nahi's Church commanded an excellent view of the

Dundrum village, but the new suspension bridge on the north-side entry to the village towers over both. An excerpt from "Dundrum, Stillorgan and Rathfarnham - Gateway to the Mountains", with text by Christopher Ryan, and paintings by Olivia Hayes. Published by Cottage Publications, Price e24.95.

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'Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown). Curran, Crow Street, Dublin, printed in Great Britain.' The mixture of cars and horse-drawn cabs would seem to date this picture towards the early part of the 20th century. St. Michael's Church was destroyed by fire in 1965 - only the spire of the original building remains. The buildings on the right were demolished to make way for Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre (1976). The overhead tram cables show that the picture was taken before the late 1940s - the last tram ran through Dun Laoghaire in 1949.


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Lesser known Dubs

Edmund Malone

Edmund Malone was born in Dublin in 1741. The son of a judge, he was educated in Trinity and, aged 26, was called to the Irish Bar. It wasn't a life that suited him and, coming into money on the death of his father in 1774, he retired and headed off to London where he devoted himself to literature for the remainder of his life (he died in 1812), becoming the greatest early editor of Shakespeare's works. He frequently visited Samuel Johnson and was of great assistance to James Boswell in revising and proofreading his 'Life', four of the later editions of which he annotated. He was friendly with Sir Joshua Reynolds, and sat for a portrait now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Malone published a denial of the claim to antiquity of the Rowley poems produced by Thomas Chatterton, and in this (1782) as in his branding (1796) of the Ireland manuscripts as forgeries, he was among the first to guess and state the truth. He spent seven years producing his own edition of Shakespeare in eleven volumes, of which his essays on the history of the stage, his biography of Shakespeare, and his attack on the genuineness of the three parts of Henry VI, were especially valuable. His editorial work was lauded by Burke, criticised by Walpole and damned by Joseph Ritson. As well as his publications he is remembered through The Malone Society (formed 1906) which aims to make more accessible the materials essential for the study of English Renaissance drama. His papers are preserved in the Bodleian Library and the British Museum.

All About Dublin (2) Death in the DMP Coming up to midnight on Saturday, April 28, 1866, the pubs and music halls were emptying and the police (of the Dublin Metropolitan variety) were busily dealing with the usual drunks and tipsy quarrels. Inspector Masterson was doing his rounds, checking on the positions of his men, among them, at 12.40am, Constable Charles O'Neill, badge number 49D, who was patrolling in the area of Mary's Lane. Constable O'Neill was, judging from his lowly rank after many years service, not the most conscientious DMP man of his time - he was described as indolent, amiable and inoffensive, by one Irish Times correspondent. Not far away, in Bull Lane, Richard 'Dicky' Kearney was drunk and dangerous. He had a drinking friend, Barney Dempsey, against the wall and was threatening to shoot him. Dempsey, was having none of it:- "You ---, why don't you fire, if you are not afraid."

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First hand History Kearney wandered off until Mrs. Ellen Doyle, 6 Bull Lane, caught his attention. Taking out a pistol he said he was going to put the contents into her. Mrs. Doyle, who apparently placed more value on her life than Dempsey, promptly screamed for the police and Constable O'Neill came running as Kearney disappeared into Pill Lane. Mrs. Doyle gave an account of what had just happened and the policeman promptly gave chase. Along the way he ran into an offduty soldier, Isaac Murphy, a private in the 5th Dragoon Guards, and asked him to help. Murphy, who had been drinking in the Essex Tavern joined in the chase later noting that Kearney could not have been as drunk as he seemed as he ran fast and well. And then, as they closed the gap with Kearney, he turned around in Mountrath Street and fired twice. The first round hit Mrs. Doyle a glancing blow near her eye - she was not seriously injured. The chase continued for another 250 yards when Constable O'Neill

l The grave of Constable Charles O'Neill in Glasnevin Cemetary collapsed. Private Murphy got within grasping distance of Kearney when his way was deliberately blocked by a group of five or six men. Kearney escaped into the night. By the time Constable O'Neill was brought to Jervis Street Hospital he was already dead from a shot through the chest. He had been a member of the DMP for 24 years and was the first member of that force to be shot on duty in its 30 year history. He left behind a

wife and five young children. His funeral to Glasnevin Cemetery, with an honour guard of 200 uniformed police, attracted upwards of 1,500 people. Today his grave is worn, damaged and partly illegible. It's easy to miss it but if you find the grave of John Philpott Curran (near the Gravediggers entrance), just follow the main path bisecting the cemetery until you come to a V Constable Curran's grave is on the right hand side.


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A visit to the past....

Donnybrook Fair

Donnybrook Fair was held for 700 years just outside Dublin. For centuries it was a market fair, but as the city expanded it became more geared to entertainment. Among those who wrote of their experiences at the Fair was the author of 'Tour in England, Ireland and France (1826 to 1829). It was published anonymously but the author was widely believed to be Prince Puckler Mussau, from Prussia. He was less than impressed - and, over time, his opinion was increasingly shared. Donnybrook Fair came to an end in the mid-1850s.

"I rode out today to see the fair at Donnybrook, near Dublin, which is a kind of popular festival. The poverty, the dirt, and the wild tumult were as great as the glee and merriment with which the cheapest pleasures were enjoyed. Heat and dust, crowd and stench made it impossible to stay long, but these do not annoy the natives. There were many hundred tents, all ragged like the people, and adorned with tawdry rags instead of flags; many contented themselves with a cross on a hoop; one had hoisted a dead and half putrid cat as a sign! The lowest sort of rope-dancers and

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posture-masters exercised their toilsome vocation on stages of plants, and dressed in shabby finery, dancing and grimacing in the dreadful heat until they were completely exhausted. A third part of the public lay, or rather rolled about, drunk; others ate, screamed, shouted and fought. The women rode about, sitting two and three upon an ass, pushed their way through the crowd, smoked with great delight, and coquetted with their sweethearts. As I left the far, a pair of lovers, excessively drunk, took the same road. It was a rich treat to watch their behaviour. Both were horribly ugly, but treat-

ed each other with the greatest tenderness, and the most delicate attention. Nothing could be more gallant, and at the dame time more respectful, than his repeated efforts to preserve his fair one from falling, although he had not little difficulty in keeping his own balance. My reverence for truth compels me to add that not the slightest trace of English brutality was to be perceived: they were more like French people, though their gaiety was mingled with more humour, and more genuine god-nature; both of which are national traits of the Irish, and are always doubled by Potheen (the best sort of whisky illicitly distilled.)" l Count Puckler


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Preparing for that first day at school

For some parents July and August mean the countdown to their little one starting big school for the first time. Often more emotional for the parents than the child, when your ‘baby’ starts school it can mean a whole regime change in their lives for which they will need to be prepared. But what exactly should your new Junior Infant be able to do before they start school? Clinical psychologist Dr Helen Likierman, who is the mum of two teenagers, says children starting school for the first time will need a wide range of skills in: Behaviour – children need to be able to do as they are asked by teachers and fit in with classroom and general school community life. Social interactions – children need to be able to communicate with teachers and know how to make and keep friendships with other children. Emotional literacy – children need to feel good about themselves and able to cope with

By Lucy Taylor small upsets and problems without undue stress. Self care – children need to be able to cope independently in the toilet and at meal times. Attention/concentration – children need to be able to listen to and take in what teachers are telling them and to be able to apply themselves to structured tasks for reasonable periods of time. Language – children need to be able to understand what is going on and to express to others their thoughts and needs. This list of skills might seem like a tall order for some little people who, after all, were babies not so long ago, but many parents will already be encouraging their child’s abilities during everyday activities and play. Having clear routines in place, talking together about the things you are doing and about the things you see around you, reading stories, painting, colouring in and dot to dot will all help with skills your little one will need at school.

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Hitting the fairways

With Robert Hogan

Two golden rules for teaching junior golfers Golden Rule Number 1: Let them hit the ball as hard as they like, actually encourage them to develop speed and a clubhead "SWISH". That’s right, forget the cliches. Swing easy? Forget about it. Concentrate on hitting it straight now and distance later? Forget about it. There is method to my madness with this one, let me explain as best I can. If a child strives to develop power from the start by really using their body, accuracy is easy to teach later on, it is simply about tweaking swing plane, grip etc. If, however, a child swings easy from the start and does not try maximise their bodies' power it will be difficult for them to learn the dynamics of moving the body for power and speed later on. It is a complex chain of events in theory and trust me, its best that it happens naturally.

Golden Rule Number 2: Think of ways to impart to the junior golfer that setup and aim is really important. Try leading by example, putting a club down to line yourself up at the driving range. If possible point out a really good player on your club's range or on a tour range. They will often have something to help them line up and aim their bodies. Bad aim is a big cause of bad habits. If the aim is off it will take a compensation shot for the ball to end up on target and this is how bad habits start. That is it folks, do everything you can to help these juniors enjoy the game. If they enjoy the game they will want to play and practice. And if they play and practice (and follow my two golden rules), they will improve to be great golfers and hopefully nice people who might lend us a few bob when they are on the PGA tour!

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Juveniles Lead the Way The weekend of the 3rd and 4th July proved a winner for juvenile Dublin GAA teams. On Saturday the Dublin under 16 camogie team travelled to Thomastown, Kilkenny to take on the 'the Cats' in the Leinster final having been well beaten by Kilkenny earlier in the year in the All-Ireland series. However Dublin had worked hard on their game since that defeat, which was evident throughout this cracker. They matched Kilkenny in skill and determination to take the title on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-11. It must be been joyful news for their manager Tom Humphries, who was on journalism duties at the World Cup in South Africa. Along with mentors Matina McGilloway, Colm Berkley and Bernie Flaherty they were instrumental in winning this title for the first time since 1997. Na Fianna win Feile

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goal and Byrne put the icing on the cake near the end of the first half with Na Fianna’s second goal which gave them a 2-5 to 0-1 lead at half time. They continued to press the Cork side in the second period and despite conceding a goal they finished off the tie when substitute Colm Dolan found the net to earn the club their first All-Ireland feile title. They had begun their journey with a win on Friday over Slaughtneil (Derry) 0-11 to 1-2. On Saturday they accounted for Swatragh (Derry) 5-13 to 0-0 and Carryduff (Down) 3-12 to 0-3 before seeing off the challenge of Sarsfield (Kildare) in the semi-final 5-4 to 1-3. In Division 2 of the competition Ballinteer St. John finished unbeaten with three draws in the qualifying rounds but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to send them in to the latter rounds.


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The general principles of the Protocol set out a partnership approach to be pursued by both creditors and Money Advisors, along with a framework for addressing debt problems. On the side of IBF creditors, the Protocol reinforces the commitment to customers with debt problems and also to working with MABS advisors in addressing debt problems. Members of the IBF restated that they recognised the impact a change in the financial circumstances of a customer could have on their ability to repay a debt. Therefore, they agreed to facilitate the arrangement of a mutually acceptable, affordable and sustainable repayment plan in genuine cases of a customer unable to make their debt repayments. As well as giving the contact details for MABS if asked for them by customers, IBF creditors agreed to adopt flexible procedures for working with MABS Advisors. When creditors and MABS engage regarding a debtor, the creditor will not commence any legal action. They will also suspend or adjourn legal action that might have begun, subject to the client's ongoing compliance with a mutually acceptable, affordable and sustainable repayment plan. On the side of MABS, advisors working for the organisation agree to recognise that there is a distinction between clients unwilling and unable to meet their debt repayments. Advisors will aim to support clients to protect an acceptable standard of living – one which is at a minimum above the poverty line. There is also an undertaking to treat IBF Creditors fairly and impartially while remaining aware and respectful of individual structures, controls and regulatory bodies under which Creditors and their staff may be working. If a client is no longer availing of the MABS service, the Creditor will be informed by the Advisor. Agreeing a repayment plan

Within an agreed framework for addressing debt problems, which examines each arrears situation on its own merits, the Protocol sets out the steps that should be taken in agreeing a mutually acceptable, affordable and sustainable debt repayment plan. 1: The first step occurs when the MABS Advisor contacts the IBF Creditor on behalf of the customer. In response, the Creditor will advise how they propose to proceed and explain the basis for doing so. 2: Within 20 working days of the initial first contact with the Creditor, the MABS Advisor will endeavour to submit a completed and signed Financial Statement of Affairs to the Creditor. This should be accompanied by a signed authorisation from the customer that the MABS Advisor can discuss his/her accounts and also include a realistic proposal with regard to the repayment of the debt. 3: The IBF Creditor will follow up with the MABS Advisor within ten working days of receipt of the documentation referred to in Step 2 and provide any relevant documentation and statements requested as obliged under the Consumer Credit Act. 4: Once agreement has been reached on a mutually acceptable, affordable and sustainable repayment plan, the IBF creditor will accept payments and monitor the situation on an ongoing basis. 5: The MABS Advisor will hold a review with the customer/client every six months to ensure that the repayment agreement is operating effectively. The outcome of each review will be advised to the IBF Creditor. Managing the plan

In managing the debt repayment plan, the IBF Creditor will monitor the situation and alert both the customer and MABS Advisor if there is any default on payments. If this occurs, the parties will again try to identify how to put the repayment schedule back on track and the timescale involved. Where such proposals are rejected, the IBF Creditor commits to providing an opportunity for the MABS Advisor to arrive at an alternative, mutually acceptable, affordable and sustainable repayment plan. The MABS Advisor undertakes to inform the IBF Creditor within ten working days of any new developments in the customer/client’s financial situation, or if the Advisor becomes aware that an agreed payment cannot be made on the agreed date. The MABS Advisor will also contact the customer/client in advance of any agreed review, to ensure that any new proposals can be submitted to the IBF Creditor in a timely manner.


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A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question and tapped him on the shoulder. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, and then the still shaking driver said, 'I'm sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me. The frightened passenger apologized to the driver and said he didn't realize a mere tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much. The driver replied, 'No, no, I'm sorry, it's entirely my fault. Today is my first day driving a cab...................I've been driving a hearse for the last 25 years.' PLEASE GOD!! Jonny was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said: 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place

I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!' Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Jonny looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.' IT WASN’T ME An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?' 'Just water,' says the priest. The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?' The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Good Lord! He's done it again!' BATH TOWEL A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Tom, the next-door neighbour. Before she says a word, Tom says, 'I'll give you €800

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This Month in History

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Paris founded

1200 In China, sunglasses are invented

1934 Himmler takes command of German Concentration Camps

1550 Chocolate is introduced

1942 Anne Frank (aged 13) goes into hiding with her family and four other Jews

1608 Preparations commence for the plantation of Ulster

1944 Japanese komakize attacks on US lines in Saipan

1616 Death of Hugh O Neill (one of "the Flight of the Earls") in Rome

1951 Dublin's Abbey Theatre destroyed by fire

1681 Oliver Plunkett hanged, drawn and quartered in London

1958 Alaska becomes 49th state 1960 USSR shoots down US B 47 reconnaissance plane

1690 Battle of the Boyne. Victory for William of Orange

1960 Ireland sends troops to the Congo

1856 Birth of George Bernard Shaw

1960 First " Late Late Show" with Gay Byrne is broadcast

1866 Completion of the first submarine cable link underneath the Atlantic (Valentia Island, Co Kerry to Trinity Bay, Newfoundland)

1971 Britain and Argentina sign accord about Falklands/ Malvinas

1900 First Zeppelin Airship flies 1901 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid rob a train of $40,000 in Montana 1907 The Irish Crown Jewels vanish from Dublin Castle never to be found

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Funding decisions having impact...

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severely understaffed, and funding difficulties may result in the closure of groups and projects. Cuts implemented in youth services not only impact on the current programmes, but undo the advances already made – without local volunteers and trained staff, programmes cannot simply reopen when there is a fresh injection of capital. These cuts do not only effect young people themselves, but the community as a whole, as young people are left with no positive out-of-school activities to turn to. Government at the national and local levels have spent time, money and resources on

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publicly decrying underage drinking, anti-social behaviour, and on taking a hard-line stance against headshops. Griffeen Youth Centre, and Mega-bites Youth Café, provide excellent working examples of prevention of these issues in action – and yet its money and resources are being cut off. With the young population increasing, prevention of such issues centre around viable alternatives and amenities for youths. Lucan's young population are not a problem to be solved, but a resource to be invested in, and Mega-bites needs your support to continue. Given the mountain of opposition facing

youth services, it is fitting that Mega-bites has launched a sponsored mountain climb “MegaMountain Climb - Conquering Croagh Patrick” to raise much needed funds. Standing order and one-off donations can be made to the café online at www.mycharity.ie/charity/megabitesyouthcafe. If you would like to make a donation through other means, volunteer with Mega-bites Youth Café, or find out more about the range of youth programmes currently on offer at Griffeen Youth Centre please contact Mary or Joan on 6217640, or by email lucanyouthservice@gmail.com.

By Cathy Geagan

Lucan In Brief... Canal 'green route' opens for walkers and cyclists

The opening of a new e25 million, 8.5km path from the 12th lock on the Lucan canal to the 3rd lock at Inchicore, where it joins with existing routes, mean that Lucan residents can now have cycle or walk off road to the city centre. The path links to the cycle route currently under construction in Adamstown, and has over 300 computer monitored lights and 66 CCTV cameras installed along the route.

Space Hop – The Summer Reading Challenge 2010

Sign up for the summer challenge at Lucan library, and read six or more books with a space theme during your school holidays – you can get a cert and maybe even a reward! Lots of related interactive (intergalactic!) fun can be found at Space Hop - www.spacehop.org.uk.

Garda John Sheerin retires

Not only through his policing work, but also his dedication to working with both youth and senior groups in the community, and his work with the St. Patrick's Day parade and the Lucan Festival, Garda John Sheerin was well-known, well-liked and well-respected by all who knew him. The Informer wishes a wonderful community servant all the best on his retirement.

Lucan Festival 2010

Mark your diaries – this year’s festival has been set to take place from 20-26 September, with Sarah O'Connor as patron. All local groups are invited to participate. If you would like to get involved, or have any suggestions for the Festival please contact the Lucan Festival Secretary Tom Dowling: Lucanfest10@gmail.com; 086 2505665

Ruaille Buaille! Festival success

Ruaille Buaille! Lucan Children’s Music Festival ran for a week, celebrating the work of local, national and international artists in the venues, schools and public spaces of Lucan. A competition took place in Lucan, Palmerstown and Adamstown primary schools to design the festival image 2010, generating over 500 entries. The winning image was created by Gavin Millea, 3rd class, St. Mary’s BNS, Lucan.

Keating and Fitzgerald to run for election

On June 28th, the Fine Gael Dublin Mid-West Constituency Organisation selected Cllr Derek Keating and Senator Francis Fitzgerald to contest the next General Election.

Mixed Martial Arts in Lucan

MMA Lucan now have a full time mixed martial arts studio up and running in Lucan village, at Unit 27, Hills Ind Estate. Lower Lucan Road. For details of classes on mixed martial arts, self defence, women's mixed martial arts, cardio workout classes, and traditional Japanese ju jutsu, visit www.mmalucan.moonfruit.com.

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Lucan Informer July 2010