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Currently over 1,200 boys and girls are participating in soccer matches in Lucan At a recent press photo call in the Spa Hotel, five Lucan football clubs joined forces in a partnership launch to announce details of their application to the Department of Sport for a significant grant to build an all weather facility. The facility hopes to meet the By Paul O'Connell needs of 1,200 young soccer playties, excellent golf, track and field ers in the greater Lucan area. In announcing the joint venture, facilities and hopefully soon, the local TD Derek Keating said the very best soccer facilities when the plan was to develop an all-weather all-weather pitch is completed." Currently over 1,200 boys and full size football pitch to meet the girls are participating in soccer needs of children involved with Arthur Griffith Park FC, Ballyowen matches on a weekly basis during Celtic FC, Beech Park FC. Esker the season, and all five clubs have plans to expand their training, comCeltic FC, & Lucan united FC. The clubs plan to submit a joint petitions and facilities. application to the Department of Exhilarating Sport for €300,000 and the appliDeputy Keating went on to say cation will outline the advantages that soccer is currently at an: such a development will bring to “exhilarating stage with our nationthe Lucan area. al team having played in the Keating said: "'Nothing but the European finals” and “we can build best' was the agreement between on that energy and provide an all all five clubs to ensure that the year round facility”. application gets the greatest possiHe continue : “We see obesity, ble opportunity to be granted. depression, diabetes, asthma, bulLucan has world class GAA facili- lying and anti-social behaviour on

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the increase in our area and one of the ways to combat this is through sport. We are delighted to launch this project today knowing the struggles all are facing with difficult financial times, a dedicated voluntary development committee made up of each of the five Lucan club members and myself.” Speaking at the photo call Paul Cleary of Esker Celtic said: “The Lucan Soccer partnership has been the best off-pitch news in Lucan since the first grant allocation for our clubhouse in Hermitage Park” “Along with all the other clubs, Esker Celtic is proud to be associated with the Lucan Soccer partnership and all 40 teams in our club are looking forward to a positive outcome.” Mr Cleary finished by saying the possible awarding of funding would be a “dream come true for our club, the difference a facility like this will make to over 600 club members will be just fantastic”

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Dublin should have a twelfth parade There are two types of historian, the analytical historian whose narrative is kept within professional circle; and the lecture room. Then there is public history, which works towards making history accessible to everyone and through every from of media. The challenge that’s facing not just the Orange Order, but the whole orange family i.e. Apprentice Boys of Londonderry, the Ulster Scots, etc, is to make their history relative, engaging, public and, most important, part of Irish identity through the Dublin tourism industry. No easy task

It will be no easy task to make Orange history a public one. With 7.5 million visitors through Dublin this year alone, there is not one tour office or coachtour provider in the city, that has the Battle of the Boyne heritage site or the Ulster American Folk park on their daily itinerary. This is one reason why DublinLoyalTours.ie was established; to challenge, to engage and above all to make orange and British heritage on the Island of Ireland a public history through our Dublin historical walking tours and our website.  

Many of our politicians have taken a lead in debating the issues around Irish identity. At the MacGill Summer School in 2010, the former PD leader and Minster for Justice, Mr. Michael MacDowell, said: “If we were genuine republicans and if the orange panel in the flag meant anything, then we had to consider building an inclusive society (…) the civil and political liberties which were at the forefront of their mind at that time are values that we hold”. Is it desirable then, for the members of the Orange Order in the Republic to hold a 12th of July parade in their capital city? If so, what Orange heritage is there in the Dublin?  An Orange city too

The philanthropist Dr Barnardo was a prominent Dublin Orangeman. The old halls are still there, Upper Rathmines Road, York Road, Golden Ball Co. Dublin, Graystones, Bray, Ballsbridge, Fairview Strand. I could fill this column with locations. The social history behind these buildings is not a forgotten one, but a silent one, tied up in families and parish communities. The last ladies' lodge to meet in the city suspended its meeting in 1978.

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Many of the women lived in the East Wall area and worked for B&I ferries. In 1912 there was just under 2,000 Orange members in Dublin city and county, and Grand Lodge was situated in Fowler Hall (10 Parnell Square). By 1983 all remaining Dublin lodges were amalgamated into (Dublin & Wicklow lol 1313). There is now a move to reissue Trinity College’s old warrant (Trinity LOL 1592) which closed in 1965. Its members used a pub in Pearse Street to hold their meeting.   The Orange legacy

However the most important orange legacy is to be found outside the Orange Institution. The Oireachtas law reform commission report 2007

highlighted the importance of the 1688 Bill of Rights "as the corner-stone of our legal system". Our Georgian architecture and old parliament buildings are a direct result of a stable constitution that came with William III. Imperfect as it was, many of its democratic principles we use today.   In 2011 the state played host to Africa Day, Gay Pride Festival, along with the festival of World Cultures. All of these events were supported by a healthy commercial mix of private enterprise and public bodies. A twelfth parade in the capital city should not be a sweetener or the means to the end of some political end game. It should be a tourist driven event, organized by orange men and women for whom the Irish Republic is their home. For it to be a success, then, they will have to bring the business community on board, by attracting sponsorship, in addition to receiving support from state bodies. Only then would an Orange parade be attainable for the capital city of the Irish Republic.  Chris Thackaberry, a native of Dublin, held the office of Hon. Secretary of Dublin & Wicklow LOL 1313 and previously held the office of Hon. Secretary / Manager of the Dublin Conservative Club. The opinions expressed in the article, are not that of the Dublin & Wicklow lodge or the institution.

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What are the turf wars about?

Have you ever wondered just what the turf cutting wars are about? After all, if you drive across central Ireland you pass mile after mile where the bogs have been stripped away to feed hungry power stations, make briquettes or provide infill for gardeners who can’t be bothered to make their own compost. So why is that a tiny handful of individuals, cutting a tiny amount of turf by hand to heat their own cottages are attracting the wrath of the EPA, An Garda Siochana and even the mighty bureaucracy of Brussels? Not so simple

Of course the story isn’t as simple as that – it never is. And this column isn’t long enough to explain it all but the most significant fact is that we, as represented by our government and Bord na Mona, have already, for the purposes above, destroyed past reclamation much of our peatlands and the birds, animals and plants that once lived there. In the process we have also dumped into our suffering atmosphere a huge amount of the carbon that was once tied up in the peat, thus greatly increasing our national contribution to climate change. And we aren’t the only European nation that has done this – but we are the only European nation that has had the chance to stop before destruction is total. Some have controlled the destruction of bogs,

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some have destroyed them totally. Poland and the Netherlands have no raised bogs left, Germany has only 500 hectares – that’s smaller than the Phoenix Park. Here in Ireland 20 per cent of our land surface is covered by peatlands – but none of that area is unaffected by cutting and drainage and only 2,000 hectares – that’s three Phoenix Parks – is still growing naturally. And at least 40 of those 2,000 hectares are being lost every year to cutting and draining. Gone completely

So at present rates this rare habitat will be gone completely in 50 years. Your children and grandchildren will never get a chance to see it except in the small areas owned by the IPCC. And, of course, most of the damage hasn’t been done, and isn’t being done, by individuals cutting turf by hand to warm their homes. In fact, alongside what we’ve already mentioned, bogs are also being destroyed by the planting of vast forest of sitka spruce and other monocrops, overgrazing – with farmers being subsidized to keep more livestock than their land can support – and the placing of windfarms on bogs on top of hills, as the people of Galway found to their cost when the bog began to slide, its stability disrupted by the extra weight and vibration. Which is why what is left is so precious. So what has Europe got to do with it? By now we all know that when we joined Europe we agreed to play by the European rule book, even when we don’t like it. And one of the rules is the Habitats Directive. When it comes to protecting our peat bogs we’ve

been trying to ignore this particular version of the offside rule for a long time and the referee has been remarkably patient. It was in 1999 that the European Commission first took action against Ireland asking us to do something about protecting 139 of the 1200 raised bogs in Ireland – those were the bogs our National Parks and Wildlife Service had decided were particularly important. The government did what governments tend to do and asked for time – could we have ten years to fix it please? The Commission agreed and we tucked our collective heads into the sand and hoped it would go away. It didn’t and last year the court action was restarted. This could get very, very expensive. Meanwhile the government set up the Peatlands Council, which includes all the stakeholders involved to sort out the mess. Last year it seemed to have reached workable agreements, this year the members aren’t speaking to each other. At some sites where turf continues to be cut illegally the gardai stand and watch, at others there is confrontation verging on violence. Justifiable grievances

We are all involved in paying for a solution. Turf cutters have been offered moves to alternative sites or financial compensation – in the latter case the amount offered is probably not enough to cover the cost of heating many modern homes, and it seems that some of those who agreed to compensation in the past have not received the amounts they believe they are entitled to. So they may have justifiable grievances. In Ireland, history has made sure that we tend to have very strong views on our right to do what we

like with our own property, but can our environment really be a matter for individual rights? Do we really want to live in a society where the rules of the sixteenth century, which is where the turbiary laws come from, apply? Nor are all turf cutters elderly ladies drying a few turfs for their own fire. Images on their website make it clear that contractors are cutting far more than individual households need, and I for one would be interested in knowing where all the turf in the photographs is going to finish up. Compensation

As a grandmother I am happier to see some of my taxes going in compensation so that I can drink clean water, filtered by the bogs, and my grandchildren can still know what a bog looks like, rather than to see the same money and more go to pay fines to the European Court of Justice To read more about both sides of the argument go to http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.net/ and http://www.turfcuttersandcontractors.com.

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Looking after the older cat Different showers over Ireland Ah yes, it’s a cool for cats kinda time right now because it seems readers just can’t get enough of our feline friends. So, this month I thought I’d continue my, ahem, CAT-alogue of kitty columns and delve a little into the world of the senior feline and her specific dietary needs and requirements. You see as Kitty gets older, her nutritional needs will start to change. She may have a slower metabolism and gain a few pounds, she may become less active and wish to stay indoors more, etc., therefore in order to help her stay fit and healthy into her senior years, you, as her parent, will need to give her diet an overhaul. However, I must add, always check with your vet before you change your pet’s diet, especially if there are specific health problems that need to be addressed: Levels of Activity: Some cats hunt and are pretty active, others are pampered and lie around the house all day. It makes sense then that the less active kitty may require ten per cent less maintenance energy. Health Status: If Kitty’s had surgery or an illness, she may have increased nutritional needs in order to help her heal; again, keep in contact with your vet who will best advise regarding periods of illness and recovery.

Portion Control is Important: Work with your vet to ascertain which senior cat food provides the best nutritional balance for Kitty. To help her maintain her recommended weight, measure out the portions as per manufacturer’s/veterinarian’s instructions. Temperature: A senior cat’s sense of smell may diminish slightly so try to offer her food at room temperature to make it easier for her to be attracted to the aroma. Water Only: Forget the saucer of milk, it’s bad for Kitty. Cats cannot process enough lactase in order to break down lactose in milk, therefore allowing Kitty to drink milk or milk based products will cause her to vomit or experience diarrhea. The above is a guideline only, so if you’ve got a senior cat, why not pop her along to your vet today for a quick check up because with his/her help, there’s no reason why you and Kitty can’t enjoy the golden years together and optimize her health and wellbeing. For more information contact your vet, log onto www.dspca.ie or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie © Miriam Kerins, Head of Communications and Public Relations, Dublin SPCA.

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For over 2,000 years humans have particulary bright ones – called fireballs – observed the Perseid meteor shower, and can potentially be large enough to make this year we can expect to see the Perseid landfall! meteors between July 23rd and August Note, however, that other objects in the 22nd, with the peak of the shower on sky – such as Chinese lanterns or aircraft August 14th. Meteors are particles of dust lights – can look like balls and appear that enter Earth's atmosphere and heat fiery; but they're not fireballs! up to form a plasma, giving off bright At each major meteor shower Astronomy light. The Perseids are caused by dust and Ireland invites members of the public to debris left over from Comet Swift-Tuttle. take part in a meteor count. By doing No equipment is needed to view the this, you can enjoy the meteor shower meteor shower, and meteors can appear and also contribute some real scientific in any place in the sky, so there is no need data very easily. to look at any particular place: simply For more information on this, please look up and enjoy! visit www.astronomy.ie in the run up to After you see a few, you may notice the Perseid meteor shower. that they appear to originate from the same region in the sky. This region is the constellation Perseus, from where the shower gets its name. The best time to watch is during the pre-dawn hours after midnight on the morning of the 14th, and one or two days either side of this date, athough you can see meteors at any time. They will appear as fast moving streaks of light, and will last a couple of seconds, at most. Some n An image of the Perseids over a number of hours (from NASA)


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Garden Growing With Gerry Norton Gardens are coming alive with colour Regular readers will know that I predicted a lovely spell of weather for June having been told by a farmer that we were in for a scorcher. Boy, oh boy, did he get that wrong. It seems that June was the wettest month on record, so I think my old farmer friend should stick to what he knows best and leave the weather predictions to our old buddies in Glasnevin. Having said that, they haven’t a great record either eh! Massive growth

Anyway moving on as we have to deal with whatever we get weather wise, all the rain combined with some good heat in between the showers has helped to produce massive growth in the garden. Normally grass growth will start to slow down a wee bit in July before the late Augustearly September growth spurt. Not this year as I’m sure lawn

mowing readers will agree. There is also huge growth in all other areas of the garden. The veg bed is a great example. We have a glut of lettuces this year, more than previous years and the heads are big and strong. The salad Rocket is also outstanding this year. Ready for picking

The potatoes ‘Orla’, an early variety will be ready for picking in a few weeks and the beetroots are coming along very well. This is all due to heat and moisture. The more I plant and learn about plants whether they are vegetables, perennials, annuals, shrubs or indeed trees, the more I realize that a mixture of heat and rain is ideal for all plants. Not ideal for humans who crave some heat before the next winter. To do in July

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n Foxgloves can give a second show in late August or early September benefit as will many perennials such as Foxgloves and Verbascums which can give a second show in late August or early September. • While the birds will have other good things to eat at this time

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plants grown outdoors and always stick to a regular fortnightly tomato feed. • Plants that are well established in the ground don’t require watering in summer. However container grown plants must be watered and feed on a regular basis. • Unless you want your early flowering Clematis (Montana) to go a-wall, trim the runners every two weeks. The same applies to other early flowering climbers, including Wisteria and Honey Suckle. • If you have a pond, make sure to put the pump on every second day at lease, to oxygenate the water. Feed the fish a small amount after this and they will thrive. • Finally, have a wander around your garden in between the showers and have a good look at what’s going on. Most gardeners will know what plants need attention.

Finally 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 livinglandescapes@eircom.net. 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.

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Writing songs, righting wrongs Where did you grow up? The Falls Road. West Belfast, Co Antrim. Describe your upbringing? Eventful to say the least. War torn. Explosive and life threatening on a daily basis. If you were not a singer what career path do you think you would have chosen? A physchotherapist, please. How would you describe yourself in three words? Loyal, Optimistic, Kissable. How did you get into the music industry? Sheer grit, determination, naivety, and relocating to London. Oh yeh, and a bit of talent thrown in. Are you conscious about your appearance? Yes. It's ever evolving. I work out these days with @bodybyrne and it's incredible what you can do with your body with exercise and proper eating. After being a coach on the voice, would you consider a full-time career in tv? Yes. If the right gig came along. I'd love a Graham Norton style show. Most embarrassing thing to happen to you? It usually involves farting in inappropriate places like planes or waiting rooms. Can you describe a typical working day for you?

It's typically unpredictable. Now that the album is out I'm doing a lot of travelling and interviews and performances. I could be singing for the Queen of England one day and Dublin Pride festival the next. I love it all. If you could duet with anyone in the world who would you choose and why? Aretha Franklin or Tony Bennett. They are the best of their generation and it would be incredible. What is your own personal favourite song you have written and why? Wow. So many that I'm proud of. Probably ‘Christopher Street’ because it sums up my time in New York or ‘Only All The Time’ from the new album ‘Voice’. It really came out of a very dark time and I'm proud of the expression. Writing songs are sometimes all about righting wrongs. Who would you admire as music artist today? George Michael. Adele. Beyonce.

The Informer Interview He is a well recognised Irish music star who has worked with international music artists such as Van Morrison as well as sharing the stage with music greats including Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. Belfast born Brian Kennedy, a recent coach and mentor on RTE’s The Voice, chats to Kevin O’Brien of the Dublin Informer about his life so far and what it’s like to share a house with the crazy but beautiful Katherine Lynch.

What type of music do you listen to yourself? Everything old and new. The new Ultravox album is great. Ryan Sheridan. Declan O'Rourke.

What upsets you? Homophobia. Lateness. Dishonesty and lack of marriage equality in Ireland. Oh, and bad coffee.

Are you fashion conscious and why? Sometimes. Ingrid Hoey is our stylist on ‘The Voice’ so she's giving me great sartorial advice. I'm very casual at home but like to dress up for TV and gigs.

You appeared in the celebrity version of Come Dine With Me. If you could have dinner with three people past or present who would you chose and why? Oprah, Oscar Wilde, Judge Judy.

What do you look for when buying clothes? I like well made clothes and try to favour Irish designers when I can. And can't resist a sale but it's not always a good idea. 'Clothes maketh the Man' most of the time!

In your opinion, what does it take to be a successful recording music artist nowadays? A truckful of luck. Commitment from the record company. Talent and time. Ambition and hard work.

You spent time living with Katherine Lynch, was it a mad house to live in? She lived with me at my place. It was a roller coaster ride and she's one of the funniest women ever.

What music plans do you have for the future? More albums. Keep getting better at what I do. A nationwide tour and then into the rest of the world.

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Graham Connor's Movie Advice Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter HHHHH Directed by Timur Bekmambetov Starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell & Mary Elizabeth Winstead Abraham Lincoln, the American President, who was also, it turns out, became a moonlighting vampire hunter who is out to stop the vampire dominated slave trade. Timur Bekmambetov gave us the excellent Night Watch and the amusing Wanted, both films high in visual flair and rich in style so of course it was an automatic assumption that he’d work his magic again on A.L.V.H. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to work here, the topic being so utterly ridiculous but it is handled in a very grave and serious manner and so works against it. The flair and style are there but none of the soul or charisma that his other films had in abundance. This may be attributed to a largely disappointing cast that seems to be taking themselves too seriously. This is a concept that should be fun but no one seem to be enjoying themselves, especially the audience This is not a disaster by any means, but it’s not the thrill ride that it could, and should, have been. Advice: Better than a night on the sofa.

Killer Joe HHHHH Directed by William Friedkin Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church. Up to his neck in debt, Chris Smith hires local police man and part-time assassin Killer Joe to bump off his mother for the insurance money. Of course, things never go according to plan. William Friedkin is the enfant terrible of American cinema, giving us The French Connection and The Exorcist. But they were a long time ago and Friedkin has been unable to demonstrate the power he had in the 1970’s, until now. Killer Joe is a glorious return to form for a filmmaker who broke all the rules 40 years ago. Killer Joe is dark and atmospheric; it will leave you feeling dirty coming out of the cinema. It’s not a joy to watch, being quite brutal in places but it is certainly compelling viewing. McConaughey is the cog that keeps it all turning; who’d have known that this man actually can act after nearly ten years of rom-com atrocities. He’s brilliant and worth the price of admission alone. It’s not going to be the best film you see this year but come December 31st it might be one of the first you remember. Advice: Not a date movie.


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All about Dublin 1

A Place in the City

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St. George's Church, Balbriggan

St. George's Church, one of Balbriggan's most recognisable features, has seen many memorable and sad days in a history that stretches back over 170 years. It has a long association with the Hamilton family, many of them featuring on tablets of stone adorning the walls of this ancient place of worship. The two world wars claimed many of its congregation; soldiers falling in battle on foreign shores, and their names are recalled on hath sides of the main aisle. One of those names is Henry Walter Knight. He was 36 and a seaman when WWI broke out. He was horn in Bournemouth in fact, but lived at Seaview, Balbriggan with his parents, Thomas and Mary Knight. He was aboard HMS Surprise on the night of December 23rd, 1917 as she made her way to assist two other vessels, the Torent and the Tornado, just off the Maas Light buoy in the North Sea. All three struck German mines and sank. Henry Knight was one of those lost to the waters of the cruel sea. Then there's Philip Beer. He was an English native too, from Weymouth in Dorset, but attached to the Coastguard station in Balbriggan. He had the rank of petty officer 2nd class on board the HMS Bayano. The Bayano was an unusual ship. She had been a banana boat in the past but converted to act as an armed merchant cruiser. On March 11th, 1915, she was 10 miles north west of Corsewell Point in the

Clyde, Scotland when she became a target for U2 Two torpedoes later, Philip Beer was lost with 196 other sailors. Richard Thomas Dennis lived through the war until late 1918 dying at the age of 19 and buried in Terlincthun, near Boulogne. He was a member of the Northumberland Fusiliers and had been injured and taken prisoner by the Germans at Montigny in May 1918. He died at Wimereux in December, 1918 on his return from Rastatt, Germany. One of those to die in action in WWII was William Bryan of the Loyal Regiment, who was killed at Anzio in Italy in 1944. 'From the Danes to the Delvin - Fingal,' with text by Hubert Murphy and paintings by Hugh F. Ryan, is published by Cottage Publications - it costs around e22.

Lesser Known Dubliners Captain George Forrest VC Private Patrick Graham VC Two Dublin men, both of whom gave St. Michael's, Inchicore, Dublin, as their birthplace when enlisting in the British Army, each won a VC during separate actions during the Indian Mutiny. Captain George Forrest was about 57 years old, and a lieutenant in the Bengal Veteran Establishment, Bengal Army, serving in Delhi in May 1875 as the city fell to attacking Indian troops. He was one of just nine men who defended the city magazine, where arms and munitions were stored. They held out for over five hours before it became clear that they would be overrun. With no chance of reinforcements they exploded the magazine - six of the defenders died. He was awarded the VC and a plot of land at Dehra Dun where he died on 3 November 1859. He had at least two sons and one daughter. His second son, Sir George William Forrest rose to the top in the Indian Goverment and was the author of 'History of the Indian Mutiny,' and of many other works on Indian subjects. Patrick Graham, born 1837, was 20 years old, and a private in the 90th Regiment of Foot (later The Cameronians

(Scottish Rifles), when Lucknow came under siege in 1857. On 17 November he brought a wounded comrade to safety while he was under heavy fire. Unusually for the time, his VC was recommended by the soldiers of his regiment. He died in Dublin on 3 June 1875 and is buried in unknown grave in Arbour Hill Cemetery. His Victoria Cross is displayed in the Cameronians Regimental Museum at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

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All about Dublin 2

Firsthand History

In the year 1835, during some alterations which were being made in the aisle of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, several coffins became exposed, and amongst them those of Dean Swift and Stella, which were found lying side by side. The British Association [for the Advancement of Science] was then holding its meeting in Dublin, and this discovery of course excited great curiosity and interest. The bodies were exhumed, and the skulls of the two celebrities carefully examined. That of Swift, however, must have disappointed the supporters of craniology, as it was pronounced by Mr. Hamilton, an adept in the science, to have an extremely low frontal development, while "the parts marked out as the organs of wit, causality, and comparison were

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The Skulls of Swift and Stella scarcely developed at all." "The coffin (of the Dean), which was of solid oak, and placed transversely beneath the pillar supporting the tablet erected to his memory, and bearing the celebrated and well-known inscription written by himself ["Here lies the body of Jonathan Swift, D.D., dean of this cathedral, where burning indignation can no longer tear at his heart. Go, traveler, and imitate if you can a man who was an undaunted champion of liberty."], lay about two feet and a half below the flags; it was surrounded by wet clay, and nearly filled with water. "All the bones of the skeleton lay in the position into which they had fallen when deprived of the flesh which enveloped and held them together. The skull lay at the top of the coffin and the bones of the

neck lay next. The vertebrae and ribs occupied the middle of the coffin; the bones of the arms and hands lay as they had been placed in death, along the sides, and the pelvis and lower extremities were found towards the bottom. The teeth were nearly all gone, and their sockets were filled up with bone. "They were evidently the remains of a very aged man. The bones were all clean, in a singularly perfect state of preservation. When first removed they were nearly black, but on being dried they assumed a n The skull of Swift brownish colour. The water in which they were immersed was remarkably free from putrefaction, and even the wood of the coffin was perfectly sound and unbroken. "The cranium of Stella was exhumed from the vaults of St. Patrick's Cathedral along with that of Swift in 1835. The coffin in which it lay was of the same material, and placed in the same relation to the pillar bearing the tablet to her memory as that of the Dean; and the bones constituting the skeleton were in equally perfect preservation, though interred 17 years earlier. "The outline of the skull is the most graceful we have ever seen; the teeth, which for their whiteness and regularity were in life the theme of general admiration, were perhaps the most perfect ever witnessed in a skull. On the whole, it is no great stretch of the imagination to clothe and decorate this skull again with its alabaster skin, on which the rose had slightly bloomed; to adorn it with its original luxuriant dark hair, its white expanded forehead, level pencilled eyebrows, and deep, dark, lustrous eyes; its high prominent nose, its delicately chiselled mouth, and pouting upper lip; its full rounded chin, and long but gracefully swelling neck; when we shall find it realise all that description has handed down to us of an intellectual beauty of the style of those painted by Kneller, and with an outline and form of head accurately- corresponding to the pictures of Stella which still exist." H. A. Kennedy Notes and Queries, August 12, 1871

From the archives

Taking a Liberty

The Liberties are regarded as the most wretched and lowest locality in Dublin. Here, in the lowest and most wretched districts of Dublin; I saw a measure of contentment, and a buoyancy of spirits, which filled me equally with surprise and gratification. The houses are so old and ruinous as to threaten, every moment, to fall about your ears as you pass along the streets. You are unable to discover a single pane of glass which has not been broken in a dozen places - in many instances it is a question whether there ever were any glass in the window-frames at all; you wonder how human beings can bring themselves to live a single hour in such wretched and ruinous abodes, and yet in these very abodes I found a cheerful and contented people. At almost every window you saw one or more smiling faces. The children looked redolent of health and happiness. And what pleased and gratified me exceedingly, was the fact of seeing flower-pots in the windows with flowers of various kinds, which had every appearance of being well attended to; and cages, with canaries and other birds for their inmates. I believe I did not omit visiting any of the poorer or more miserable localities of Dublin; and yet I saw nothing, which, either as respects filth or wretchedness, could be compared to many districts in London." The above is an extract from an anonymous article - 'A Few Days in Dublin' - which appeared in The Metropolitan Magazine, Vol. XLI, September to December 1844.

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Dealing with stress using Dublin Advice acupuncture We can’t live without stress in our lives, but when stress continues over a prolonged period of time it can become problematic. It is now widely accepted that on-going stress leads to ill-health. Significant events in our lives such as bereavement, relationship breakup, health issues, redundancy, exams, job pressures, holidays and even weddings can lead to stress. For the most part we handle it and get on with our lives. But what happens when it gets out of hand?

By Mary Fletcher Burke, Acupuncturist and Reiki Master

Types of Stress

Stress changes your chemical makeup and has a physical effect on your body. The overproduction of adrenalin leads to adrenal fatigue. There are four types: Sudden breakdown after a long phase of handling stress: you are strong, holding things together, being perceived as the iron man or woman. You recover well from stressful situations. Then suddenly, with the last straw, you finally collapse. Single Stressor - no long term resistance: You don’t handle stress well. You never really recover after a stressful event. You worry and feel anxious all the time; you just can’t recover from a sudden death, an accident, an illness. Repeated Stressors – more common: Every time you feel things are getting better something else crops up. Life keeps throwing you curve balls, and before you have time to recover, you are into the next crisis. Gradual Decline – 'dutiful people': Doing things because you think you should even though you don’t want to, until you just can’t do it anymore. You may be in a job that doesn’t satisfy you or makes too many demands, or looking after small children or a sick relative. Putting everyone else first leads to a build-up of resentment.

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What do they all have in common?

You no longer feel in control over your life and your situation and you can’t see a way out. This is because your body is so exhausted that you can no longer think straight. In the past you would have found a solution and now you can’t understand why your head is so muzzy. You can’t sleep because you keep replaying scenarios in your head. You are not functioning very well, like not being able to find your keys, getting irritable and snappy with people around you and generally feeling like you are not managing well. You have lost your sense of clarity and control. If stress is not treated and taken seriously it can result in long term health problems, such as skin problems, hair loss, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and lower back pain. Heart problems, high blood pressure, and susceptibility to infections have all been shown to be related to chronic stress. Finding a way to lower the production of stress chemicals in the body is essential to begin healing and recovery.

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Am I taking too much medication?

Q: I am a 72 year old man and I seem to be taking a huge amount of medication. On a given day, I am taking up to 15 tablets and I have lost track of what tablet is for what. I don’t feel that the medication is doing me much good but I’m afraid to stop taking it. Among the tablets are drugs for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, arthritis, stomach tablets and sleeping tablets. Is there any way to reduce the amount of medication or to make it easier to take it? Am I taking too many drugs? A: First of all, it is important that you do not stop taking any medication without speaking to your doctor first. It is not possible to say from here if you are taking too much medication. It is relatively common for people to be taking what seems like large numbers of different medications. This is especially the case in elderly people who may have multiple health conditions. Indeed you mention six different conditions above. Diabetes

Let’s look at the medical conditions you mention. Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to control the level of glucose in your blood, leading to high glucose levels. Sustained high glucose levels can cause a huge amount of damage to the body, especially to the nerves and blood vessels. This can lead to kidney damage, circulation problems which can lead eventually to gangrene in the extremities, nerve pain in the legs, and it leads to a much higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. Because of the severity of problems which diabetes can cause, strenuous efforts are made to keep the condition under control and this can lead to a diabetes patient having to take a number of different medications, which work in different ways to keep the glucose levels in the body as normal as possible.

and stopping a sleeping tablet suddenly after taking it for more than a month or two can lead to severe 'rebound' insomnia. However, you may wish to discuss with your doctor options for gradually reducing the dose of your sleeping tablet. Good reasons

High blood pressure and high cholesterol

High blood pressure and high cholesterol often exist alongside diabetes and these conditions are more dangerous in a diabetic patient than someone without diabetes. For this reason, blood pressure and cholesterol will usually be tackled more aggressively in someone with diabetes. It is commonly the case that a number of different medications will be necessary to keep these conditions under control. Arthritis

You may also be on more than one medication for arthritis. Anti-inflammatories are often used to control the pain and inflammation that comes with arthritis and you may also be taking tablets which can help slow down the progressive worsening of arthritis. This could also be the reason that you have been prescribed a tablet for your stomach. Anti-inflammatories can be harsh on the stomach and increase the likelihood of developing an ulcer. Anti-ulcer medication can prevent this happening. Sleeping tablets

Most sleeping tablets cause dependence when used long term. This means that your body becomes accustomed to it

So you can see that there is probably a good reason for you to be taking each of the tablets that you are taking. However, you should ask your pharmacist first to go through your medication with you so that you understand what each tablet is for. There may be some tablets that you are prescribed which you do not need to take all the time, but rather on an 'as required' basis. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to let you know if this is the case.

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Combination tablets

You should also ask if any of your medications are available as a combination tablet. Eg. if you take amlodipine for your blood pressure alongside another drug called perindopril, these are available as a single combination tablet. There may be other examples of medications that could be taken as a single combination. Easy-Med service

At McCabe’s Pharmacy, we also offer the handy EasyMed service to those on complex medication regimes. We can put all your medication into handy blister packs which are clearly marked for each day of the week and different times throughout the day. So instead of fiddling around with numerous boxes and bottles, all your Monday morning tablets for example will be packaged in a single blister so you never need to worry about forgetting to take a certain medication. Ask your McCabe’s pharmacist for more information about this handy service.

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CHARITY 25, which is Ireland’s only charity that raises money for 25 Irish National charities at no expense to any of their charity members and passes all money raised onto their charity members, sees their own charity ambassador Derek O’Neill take to the airwaves with his own radio show on Dublin City radio every Monday at 12.30pm.

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South County wins Public Service Excellence Award

“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”… so begins the international awardwinning musical CHICAGO, which will play at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from Tuesday 21 August Saturday 1 September. CHICAGO stars Duncan James as Billy Flynn, who joins the show especially and only for Dublin!

To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Chicago in August answer the following question: Who will play the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre? Answers by e-mail only to competition@informer.ie Please include your contact number Closing date for entries 31st July 2012.

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery

South Dublin County Council's website www.fixyourstreet.ie won an award at the Taoiseach's Public Service Excellence Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle. This website allows citizens to report non emergency issues such as litter, graffiti, illegal dumping, road and footpath maintenance, with a guarantee that local officials will respond within two working days. To find out more visit www.fixyourstreet.ie.

New Mayor Elected for South Dublin County

At the Annual Meeting of the South Dublin County Council, Councillor Cathal King (SF) was elected Mayor of South Dublin County. Tributes were paid to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Caitríona Jones and Deputy Mayor Councillor Pamela Kearns. Mayor Cathal King in his acceptance speech said that: "Firstly I intend to use the office of Mayor to highlight the issue of Mental Health by facilitating a gathering of interested groups and individuals to develop a strategy to promote mental health ‘well being’ for all age groups in South Dublin County". Mayor King then outlined his other priorities for his year in office which will include a greater focus on housing issues, in particular the private rented sector and the delivery of the emergency homeless accommodation project for the county. The Mayor also wished to continue the Council’s strategy to promote enterprise. Mayor King concluded his speech by stating that he was looking forward to playing his role in the promotion of ‘The Gathering Dublin 2013’ a year long program of events, festivals and fun designed to bring record numbers of visitors to South Dublin County. Councillor Guss O’Connell from Palmerstown was elected Deputy Mayor.

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Lucan Informer July 2012