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Second recent gangland style murder in Lucan

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A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the family Gardaí are investigating the murder of Limerick native Stephen Moran, of Earlsfort View, Lucan, who was fatally injured following a recent shooting incident outside his home. It is believed Mr Moran was targeted in a carefully planned attack, as he was making his way into his family home. On receipt of an emergency call , Gardaí arrived at the scene and discovered Mr. Moran in his front garden, wounded. Medical assistance was rendered to the injured victim and he was removed to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The scene was preserved for a full technical examination and the Office of the State Pathologist was notified. Investigating Gardaí were awaiting the results of a post mortem which was carried out by the Assistant State Pathologist, Doctor Bolster, at the Dublin City Morgue.

By Paul O'Connell A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed and is currently liaising with the family of the deceased at this difficult time. A short time after the incident Gardaí received a report of a car on fire at the cul-de-sac at Glenvale, Lucan. The car was extensively damaged. A make, model and registration number are yet to be established. There is a walkway from Glenvale to Ballyowen Road (Outer Ring Road). Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have seen any suspicious or unusual activity at Earlsfort View, Lucan, between 6pm & 7.30pm on Saturday 16th March 2014 or in the days prior to this incident, or who may have seen a vehicle being driven at speed/erratically on the Balgaddy Road, (adjacent to Ballyowen Park), or a vehicle being parked/set on fire at Glenvale, Lucan, to contact Lucan Garda Station on

(01) 6667300, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. Stephen Moran, a native of Limerick, had lived in the Earlsfort area for a number of years with his partner and siblings, and it is undertood he was involved in the security business. It is also believed that Mr Moran had been associating with the recently released convicted criminal, John Gilligan. Gilligan himself has also been the victim of another recent gun attack and was recovering in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, until he signed himself out and fled the country in the aftermath of the Stephen Moran shooting. The latest shooting comes just two months after another Lucan resident, forty six year old James Talbot was fatally injured when two masked gunmen forced their way into his family home and shot him a number of times in the hallway of his Abbeywood Court residence.

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Lucan In Brief... Over half of burglars enter homes through front or back doors

Over 50 per cent of burglars enter homes either through the front or back door, according to the latest figures from An Garda Síochána. Work done by An Garda Síochána Analysis Service shows that the main entry points by burglars to houses are through a rear window (28%), front door (27%), and rear door (25%). An Garda Síochána highlighted the figures recently, at the launch of its National Crime Prevention Day of Action, which is promoting a range of measures that householders can take to secure their homes against the threat of burglary. While the latest CSO figures show a 8.9% fall in the level of burglary and related offences between June 2012 and June 2013 compared to the previous 12 months, An Garda Síochána is advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious in order to thwart burglars. "Burglars will tend to go for what they view as easy targets – houses with no lights on, no alarm, or unsecured doors and windows. So it is critical for householders to secure all doors and windows, light up their homes even when out, and have an alarm and turn it on even when at home,” said Sgt Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus jobs boost

The opening of Ryanair’s plush new head office in the Airside Business Park in Swords has been followed with the announcement that 200 more jobs will be created at the facility. The jobs will be primarily in technology, software development and digital marketing and are added to

with Paul O'Connell the previous 50 that were announced three months ago. Speaking at the opening, Ryanair’s chairman David Bonderman outlined the company’s plans for the future. “I am excited by Ryanair’s growth prospects, as we take delivery of another 175 aircraft from our partners Boeing,” he said. Not to be out done, Aer Lingus have announced that as well as doubling the frequency of services between Shannon to Boston and New York, they will begin new transatlantic flights to San Francisco and Toronto from Dublin. The move has been welcomed by local public representatives who now believe that this will enable north Dublin to be better connected with the lucrative technological markets of the US.

Alice in Litterland a success

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Dermot Looney recently launched Eco-Week 2014 by presenting certificates & prizes to winning students of the SDCC funded Garbo Production ‘Alice in Litterland’. This drama based workshop produced fabulous Mad Hatter hats from recycled materials. Events took place throughout the week in a wide range of venues including, schools, libraries, community centres and businesses. The Square Tallaght joined forces with South Dublin County Council by launching their electric car stations and hosted other environmental promotions throughout the week in the main foyer. Mayor Looney said “What a fantastic way to start the week’s events. The hats displayed by the children today are wonderful. This is the 10th year the Council has run Eco-Week and there is a wide variety of FREE workshops, talks, tours and events throughout the week. There really is something for everyone.

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Mayor Looney continued “The Alice in Litterland parade has been very inspiring, lively and wonderful to watch. It was great to see all the hats created by the young people out of recyclable materials and all from the contents of our green bin. Well done to all involved.” Barbara Reilly, Environmental Services Department

said “You can see how much work has gone into producing these beautiful creations by the students with the help of their teachers. What a wonderful way to ignite the children’s imagination and to inspire them to make such amazing hats.” The theme of Eco Week was “Our Environment Lets Protect it”.

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Could we learn from Delhi? This month I'm writing from a city twenty times the size of Dublin where some parts have changed little since the middle ages whilst others are more breathtakingly modern than anything we see back home. I can get from point to point by pretty much any system of transport invented by man - yesterday I saw an ox-drawn cart outside a metro station. Sewage from an 80 story apartment block is equally likely to go raw into the sacred River Yamuna or into the most modern of treatment plants - it just depends on the sense of responsibility of the developer, something we Dubliners can understand.

The noise is horrendous Traffic pollution and noise is horrendous, since the roads are jammed with vehicles pretty much right around the clock (and for those unfamiliar with the system the horns are used for information not aggression - more "I'm here, please don't hit me" than "get out of my way"). But for all that the traffic accounts for only a small proportion of the city's smog. A quarter comes from industry and a fair bit more from power generation, and all of these are being addressed, but it's hard to see what can be done about the half of all atmospheric pollution that comes from dust - road dust, construction dust, daily living dust. In a hot dry climate dust happens. In winter heating stoves add to the mix and Delhi's smog gets worse than Beijing's. A non-issue India is in the middle of a general election campaign at the moment and you might expect the capital's dirt and transport problems to be high on the agenda so I asked the head of the country's national election study, Prof. Sanjay Kumar, just how

By Kathy Marsh, Sonairte

much importance voters attach to the environment. The answer was "none at all". In the latest survey of 20,000 potential electors who said they would vote not one person came up with it as a key issue. Most said income, closely followed by corruption, with significant numbers also mentioning education and health, and a few defense. But some clean-ups

Big efforts are being made to clean up - the auto-rickshaws and taxis have been switched to gas and the superb metro system is being expanded rapidly. Green spaces are being expanded and trees planted - though I've seen a fair few of the baby trees eaten n Dehli - a mixture of the new and the old by the wandering cattle or even uprooted by foraging pigs. €400 million has been spent in the last ten years on cleaning up the Yamuna during which time the river has become twice as polluted. Interestingly the new failed system is the same type as that Renewables gain from Russian worries currently being built in Fingal. Although Fingal doesn't have to The Russian annexation of Crimea has refocussed Europe's attendeal with a situation in which every corner of every wall gets tion on its energy dependency on Russian gas. It has now become used as a urinal. a security imperative to fine alternative energy.

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Poverty hard to believe

India is mostly focused on growth and the majority of voters are still living at a level of poverty that I find hard to believe even when I see it so it is hard to blame them for thinking first of food on the table and clothes on their back. The most likely new government makes no mention of the environment in its manifesto and nor do the other two front running parties. It will be interesting to see whether they will take action after the election

In January, before the invasion, the EU renewed its committment to a low carbon future with a future target of 27% renewables for the EU as a whole. And in March the UN's expert panel laid out the impact that climate change will have in future years citing "the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts." However, the security situation could be a double-edged sword, with supporters of fracking using the situation and fears of energy shortages to bounce governments into allowing exploration of shale oil and gas. Ireland has shown that wind energy is a successful replacement for fossil fuels as we reported last month.

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Lasting prescriptions Q: I got a repeat prescription for Betnovate Cream around this time last year. I only used one tube and as my skin had cleared up, I didn’t get any repeats. But when I went to my local pharmacy last week, they said that it was expired and wouldn’t give me the cream saying that I needed to get a new prescription. Why do I need to get a new prescription if I already had a prescription that still had repeats on it? My friend was able to buy Betnovate over the counter in Spain.

Ask the Pharmacist With Eoin Meany Eoin Meany works as a pharmacist in McCabe's Pharmacy, Ridgewood Avenue, Swords.

A: A lot of people don’t realise that prescriptions are only valid for six months from the date that they are written, regardless of whether there are still repeats left on them. Pharmacists can only give out prescription medicine in accordance with the legislation governing the supply of medicines and are subject to periodic inspections from the Pharmaceutical Society (the pharmacy regulator) to ensure that all applicable laws are being adhered to. Among the provisions of this legislation (give the rather long-winded title “Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) Regulations 2003”) are that the maximum validity of a prescription is six months. This applies whether there are unused repeats, if the doctor writes the prescription for a year or the doctor tells you that you will be taking medication for the rest of your life. While this six month time limit can seem rather arbitrary and can cause some frustration to patients (as well as pharmacists), there are some good reasons to have this time limit on prescriptions. If someone is on regular medication, they should be reviewed regularly by their doctor to ensure that the medication is still working, that it is still needed and that it is not causing any adverse effects. Or if a medicine such as Betnovate is just being used periodically, a doctor should check that the current skin condition is the same as the previous condition and that the same treatment is appropriate. There is a strong case to be made that pharmacists are well equipped and trained to carry out many of these type of reviews for some medications. For example, the pharmacist could check that the current skin complaint is one for which Betnovate is a suitable treatment. They could check the prescription to ensure that the cream had not been overused, and as long as it was to be used in an overly intimate area, to check the skin for signs of skin damage that can be caused by steroid creams like Betnovate. Pharmacists could also carry out reviews of other treatments, like making sure that asthma or blood pressure were well controlled or review treatment for certain pain medications or antihistamines. This could potentially take some of the burden off overworked GPs. However, at present the law does not allow pharmacists to do this, and prescriptions only last for six months. Many people are not aware that pharmacists can issue repeats of some medicines, even if the doctor does not specify a repeat on the prescription.

If you have a question you would like answered for next issue, please send it by email to eoin@mccabespharmacy.com or by post to McCabe's Pharmacy, Ridgewood, Swords, Co. Dublin.

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Garden Growing With Gerry Norton You'd better get your boots on!

In the past few weeks following the change to summer time, the weather has been reasonably kind thus far and finally temperatures have started to rise and we can feel a small bit of heat on our backs as we get things in order in the garden for this year. The soil has also started to warm up so for the next few weeks if you want your garden to look great for the summer and if you want to produce edibles, you better get your boots on! Veg growers

By now I’m sure veg growers will know what they plan for this year. If you’re still not sure just yet, I’ve mentioned many times before that you need to resist the temptation to grow veg that will take up a lot of space in a small veg plot. Courgettes are a great example of this with each plant needing a minimum of 1 square metre to grow without any risk

bought, stuck in the ground and looked great for a month until they withered away as they will, without proper care. If you fancy having some Hydrangea in your garden this year, April is the time to take cuttings from established plants. The cuttings should be 3-4 inches long, trim the leaves and stick the cutting into some peat free compost and in a few months you will have a new shrub. For free! Bare areas

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Kennedy Talks After many ledgendary years on the late evening 'Adrian Kennedy Phone Show', the man on the other end of the phone has moved to a daytime slot on 98FM. Rachel Murray got him talking.

First of all, congratulations on your new show on 98FM, Dublin Talks, how's it going?

The show is going great so far. After only three weeks the reaction on the phones is already huge... comparable to our ‘old show’. How are you enjoying day time radio compared with the night shift?

I’m loving the lifestyle change of not getting home at anti-social hours and actually having a life. Being finished work at 3pm in the afternoon is great! In terms of the show itself, I’ve always said people want to talk, no matter what time of day it is.  The reaction to our local Dublin topics has been huge... and because we’re on at 10am we get it first. Do you find that callers are more reserved on day-time radio?

Not really. We have had some screaming matches on the air...though interestingly, without even being told, people seem to instinctively know not to use bad language on daytime radio. After 16 years of talking to Dublin people every

night, are you still shocked?

Yeah! I spoke to a father of young kids who drops the kids to school in the car after smoking two joints for breakfast. It shocked me that a father can drive his car stoned with his kids in it! What have you learned most about Dubliners, after speaking to so many during your time on radio?

They’re amazing talkers. Dubliners have great banter...which is unique in Ireland. I'm sure you can't pick a funniest call but can you tell us one that still makes you laugh?

The girl on the show last week who said because she’s left handed she’s more intelligent. When I then asked her the capital of Argentina, she answered BRAZIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's the strangest topic you've found yourself discussing on radio?

The psychic woman who told me that I was a passenger on the Titanic in a past life. She could tell me my cabin number, my travelling companions name...that I was emigrating to America...and that I didn’t survive! What a load of absolute b**lox!!

Back to the basics, where did you grow up? Ballybrack in South Dublin.

What's your fondest memory of growing up in Ballybrack?

Just the fun of spending all our time out playing with other kids on the streets... kerbs, rounders, tennis etc, etc. We had a great community spirit in Oakton Park... knew the names of every neighbour. Sadly it’s not like that anymore. What was your first paid job?

Lounge Boy in the now vanished Killiney Court Hotel. I was only 14 but back then kids could work any hours – and I worked til 2am during the summer! It was great!!! How did you first get into radio?

I’ve been interested in radio since I was a young kid. I did my first radio show in July 1983 (at the tender age of 16) with a small Bray station called BLB Community Radio. I learned everything I know about radio from that station. It was a great training ground.

In your opinion what does radio do that television can't?

It gives people anonymity. Lots of calls on our show change their names and we can’t see them. You can’t do that on TV. Radio is also immediate and can be accessed anywhere... the bus, the gym, the car... TV just isn’t like that. For budding DJ's out there, what skills do you need, to be a good radio presenter?

You’d wanna ask a good radio presenter!!! Honestly I don’t know how I ended up where I am. I put a lot of it down to luck – being in the right place at the right time! What do you love most about Dublin city?

The atmosphere...especially on a big match day in the City Centre...there’s nowhere better. Lastly, best of luck with Dublin Talks on 98fm, what's your hopes for the future of the show?

To build up an audience. For us and the radio audience our show is re-inventing what people expect from morning radio. We know we’ve a lot of work to do...and it’s gonna take time....but we’re up to the challenge.


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Dark Souls 2 Developer: From Software Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Dark Souls 2 is set in the dark, grim and almost Gothic world of Drangleic. There are some absolutely incredible environments present, fused with a great sense of geography and location as each level is generally linked up with other levels. From the huge, open areas atop a cliff that give the player a view across the vast roaring ocean, to the smaller settings of merely buying weapons from a blacksmith in Drangleic, the attention to detail here is wonderful. Combat remains pretty much on par with Dark Souls, and focuses very heavily on blocking and parrying, as opposed to just lashing out. This really is the key to survival, as most deaths you'll suffer in Dark Souls 2and there will be many- will be from just running headlong into a battles. Despite the game absolutely punishing

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a direct sequel to the previous instalment in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and is set in 1975. This time Snake is tasked with infiltrating Camp Omega, an American Black Site, and rescuing two child captivesChico and Paz. Despite taking the series into the realm of the open world genre, Konami have thankfully retained what makes the series so special. From crawling on your belly through grass painfully close to a guard, creeping by an armoured APC to trying to silently make your way through a build up prison, Ground Zeroes takes the stealth genre to new exciting levels. Though it’s not a full game- more of an extended demo - it does contain a few side missions once you complete the main one. That, on top of a whole bunch of collectibles, gives Ground Zeroes plenty of replayability. Though it looks and feels a bit different, Ground Zeroes is the best Metal Gear experience since Metal Gear Solid 3. Game Reaction: 10/10

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Brain Storms Two small pink pills and a large blue one. The nurse brings them to me on a small saucer, together with a glass of water - the same routine, day after day. It would drive me crazy if I wasn’t already mad. I could have been famous, instead I’m trapped within these pristine, white walls. My story? It begins in the dead, late-summer heat of Paris in 1937.... Perhaps the most famous artist in the world is sitting in my cramped bedroom. After months of hanging out in the cafes and bars he frequents, I have finally managed to penetrate his cordon of admirers and hangers-on and gain his trust. He sits before me radiating intensity, his squat body like a coiled spring, staring at me with huge, extraordinarily penetrating eyes. “Tell me about your machine!” It is an order, not a request. My mouth

somewhat dry, I begin to speak. “A work of art transmits an idea or feeling from the artist to the person viewing it. But it is so inefficient!. At best, the viewer experiences a mere shadow of the inspiration that moved the artist. Even worse, the artist himself is often dissatisfied with what he has created as it does not reflect the idea that he started with”. I pause for breath, shifting uncomfortably under Picasso’s relentless gaze. “My invention will allow an extraordinary advance in artistic communication. It is an electronic device that creates a direct link between the artist and the recipient. The artist can convey all the depth and complexity of their artistic vision to an audience who will experience emotionally what the artist is trying to convey. It works by reading the brain-waves of the artist and transmitting them to the brain of the viewer” “Why should I believe such an outlandish

claim?” he asks impatiently. “Because I will let you try it for yourself. But first I need to see if it works on me”. With his agreement I connect us both to the machine. ‘Can you name an important painting of yours?’ “Guernica, I’ve just finished it” he replies, without hesitation. “OK, I want you now to think hard about the creative imagination and emotion that went into that painting” At first there is just a tingling where the electrodes are attached to my scalp but then it hits me like a lightning bolt - all the passion and fury of Picasso’s creative energy surges through me. It is overwhelming, frightening, intoxicating, addictive. “Can I try it?” he asks, noticing the dramatic effect on me. “Yes, but we need another artist for you to connect to, preferably someone you admire”

Later that summer Picasso does try out my device but he soon tires of it. Then the nightmares begin. Picasso’s Guernica has invaded my very soul with its intense depiction of the horrors of war. I stop using the machine but the nightmares continue unabated. I work desperately to improve the device but eventually physical and mental exhaustion take their toll, I have a complete mental breakdown. I am admitted to a psychiatric hospital for what I believe will be a short stay, but to my horror there is to be no escape My machine lies neglected and eventually I find out that it has been thrown out by a new tenant. I stare at the two pink and one blue pill. A part of me still clings to the hope that some day I will escape and reconstruct the machine, This thought is all that makes me want to wake up in the morning rather than dying in my sleep. Please send any comments/feedback to jjfleetwood1@gmail.com

Graham Connor's Movie Advice Captain America: The Winter Soldier HHHHH

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanson, Sebastian Stan and Samuel L. Jackson. Steve Rogers (Captain America) is still trying to adjust to life in modern America. When new villain, the Winter Soldier, attempts to bring down SHIELD, Captain America must put his concerns aside to tackle his greatest challenge yet. It doesn’t happen too often that a sequel is better than its predecessor. Captain America: TWS is just that, a massive step up from the original. Where the first film lacked enough action and enough humour to rival the likes of Thor and Iron Man, Captain America: TWS is actionpacked from start to finish and has not just funny but intelligent one-liners. And that’s what makes TWS great; it’s a really clever film giving Captain America more to do than just kick ass and look cool, the producers this time around seem more concerned with the character than CGI overload. The one negative is that the titular character of The Winter Soldier is a little bit of a let down, he seems more like an afterthought of a villain rather than the main man, but it’s a testament to the film itself where a key villain can disappoint but still be a very enjoyable movie. If you like the Marvel films then this is for you, it’s fun, has heart but also has brains and in this modern age of CGI overload that can make all the difference.

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Clanwilliam House was eventually taken when hand-grenades caused the building to catch fire - three of the defenders escaped, four were killed. The attackers had experienced a baptism under fire of horrendous proportions - 234 men dead or injured. An extract from "Dublin 4" with text by Ken Finlay and paintings by Tom Roche. Published by Cottage Publications - it costs around e22.

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Lesser Known Dubliners Rodolphus Johannes Leslie Hibernicus de Salis Into the valley of Death, Rode the seven hundred (misquoting Tennyson). The 700 refers to the number of horses involved - 500 of which died. Among the survivors was Irish-born 'Drummerboy', 6, who was the mount of Lieut.Col. Rodolph de Salis, second in command of the 8th Hussars. Having reached the Russian positions unharmed, 'Drummer Boy' was wounded during the retreat. Fanny Duberly, a witness to the charge, wrote in her diary, "Major de Salis of the 8th Hussars retreated on foot, leading his horse with a wounded trooper in the saddle." That soldier was Private Patrick Doolan from Nenagh. He was discharged from the army after hospital treatment. He died in Dublin in August 1904. The horse would have probably not have warranted any mention in history except for the fact that his grateful rider got a British Crimean campaign medal and engraved it - "Drummerboy by Retriever F. Wexford 1848" "Carried Lt. Col. de Salis 8th Hussars.' De Salis also presented a collar to the regiment's mascot, a terrier named 'Jenny', who was wounded in the neck during the charge. That collar, with the list of battles where the mascot was around, is in the Hussars mess to this day. Rodolphus Johannes Leslie Hibernicus de Salis

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The Informer

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All about Dublin 2

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Making History

From The Dublin Weekly Journal, 1725 The history of Stephen's Green goes back to the time of the Crusaders, who, it was said, brought the disease of leprosy from the East. On the site of the Green a lazar (leper) hospital and church were erected, and placed under the care of monks. May 22nd On Wednesday last three Men Stood in the Pillory, one of them, Mr. White, had his Ears crop'd for Forgery. The same day Elinor Sills was executed near St. Stephen's Green, according to Law, for the murder of her child, she confessed the fact at the place of execution, and died a member of the Church of Ireland. June 4. On Wednesday last was executed, near St. Stephen's Green, William Molloy, for a robbery in Golden-lane to the value of thirty or forty pounds. He confessed the fact at the place of execution. He was 19 years of age. June 12. On Tuesday last John Pratt esq., Deputy Vice Treasurer, and May-master General of this Kingdom, was committed to the Four Courts Marshalsea, by order of Government, on account, as 'tis said, of considerable deficiency in the Publick Money. June 19. On Wednesday last, his Majesty's Officers of Excise, having information of a private Still House in Great Britain Street, were repulsed by the People belonging to it, and obliged to have recourse to the assistance of the Constables. The opposition still continued, and some shots were made in the Yard, but at last they surrendered.

The same day a soldier in the Honourable Colonel Anstruther's Regiment of Foot, having been condemned to by shot for Desertion, was carried to the place of execution in Oxmantown Green, but was pardoned and received into the Regiment. June 26. Lost at the Churn Inn in St. Thomas Court, a Pair of Saddle-bags in which were 13 Cobbs, 11 Half Cobbs, 6 ounces of Burnt Silver, 28 Three Penny Pieces, 2 Gross of Buttons, 3 or 4 Scotch Sgillings, and several other things. Whoever has found the said Bags, and returns them to William Ashkey at the Churn aforesaid, shall have a Moidores Reward. July 3. John Orr, Tailor, is removed from the Drapier's Head on College Green, to the Hand and Sheers, opposite the College; he gives notice to all customers that those persons who employ his Wife in making Mantuas and Petticoats, may not be at a loss where to find her. July 24. We hear that the Reverend Dean Swift is very much indisposed. (He got over it - he died twenty years later) July 31. Last Monday a gentleman of the Corporation of Journeyman Tailors was drinking at the Sign of the Bear in Wine-tavern street, where some words happened to arise between him, the Woman of the House, another woman, and the Drawer (?). Three to one, being great odds, they beat and bruised the Tailor in so barbarous a manner that he died the next day. The three aforementioned, were immediately apprehended, and two were committed to Newgate. The Woman of the House was let go, having got sufficient Bail for her Appearance.

n Gresham Hotel, Sackville Street, Dublin. This is a Lawrence postcard, send to Philadelphia in August 1911. though probably printed a few years earlier. The flag above the Gresham is simply the name of the hotel. The Granville Hotel can be seen three doors down (with the sunshade out). Transport shown includes trams, bicycles and horsedrawn - there are no cars or lorries.

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