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Revised plans for a flood defence system on the Clontarf promenade released this month by Dublin City Council have been widely rejected by many locals. Residents fear that the views of By Edward Diggins Dublin Bay that they currently enjoy in the area will be lost forto the Wooden Bridge, a stretch of ever and another solution is sought. almost three kilometers. Planning permission had been in The total cost of the project is place from An Bord Pleanála since estimated at just under €10 mil2008 to construct a defence barrier lion. The council has made it clear of up to 9 feet in certain parts. through various channels that any When local residents, business and further delays in proceeding with public figures voiced their collec- the construction could see the fundtive concerns about the plans, it ing withdrawn by the Office of was agreed to alter the design. Public Works. While a further reduction in If the contacts are not signed by height along the route has been the end of the year, a possible delay proposed, residents are concerned of up to eight years is envisaged that heights of seven to eight feet according to senior sources within still exist within the plans and have the council. They are adamant that deemed them unacceptable. the works are urgently needed as However, it now appears that the the region is deemed a high risk council is in a race against time to flooding area. press ahead with the construction Local TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of a wall and grass mound defence has voiced his opinion to the new system, from the Alfie Byrne Road proposals and questioned the valid-

ity of the council’s warnings on withdrawal of funds. "The original plan cannot and will not go ahead. It was the result of a consultation process that we exposed to have been completely unacceptable and deeply flawed," said Deputy Ó Ríordáin. “The new plan as presented is still not acceptable to me or to Councillor Jane Horgan-Jones. "Continued efforts are being made to ensure funds are ring fenced so decisions can be taken without artificial time pressures," he said. “The new plan will be on display in four separate information sessions, to be held in St. Anthony’s during November. “I understand that the information will include detailed visual representations of what is proposed. I would urge you to go and view the new plans,” concluded Ó Ríordáin.

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This was a political assassination attempt by Martin McGuinness and Sinn Féin last night. The person in question Hugh Morgan is a convicted criminal and he loaded the gun while Martin McGuinness pulled the trigger. I told the truth on Frontline. Sean Gallagher after revelations about his fundraising for Fianna Fail on RTE's Frontline programme. Well and truly smashed. Met Eireann on their October rainfall records The people, properties and businesses of Clontarf are at a high risk of serious flooding from the sea Tom Leahy of Dublin City Council on the controversial flood plans for Clontarf If this plan goes ahead in its current format it will destroy the vicinity and will be a blight on Clontarf forever. Clontarf combined residents' associations don't like the flood defence plans What did I do to you? Do you know right from wrong? Muammar Gaddafi's last words moments before he was executed by Libyan rebels. I can't stand him any more, he's a liar. Nicholas Sarkozy in private comments to Barack Obama about Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day. Obama in reply. St. Paul was a tentmaker. If you looked around and you tried to recreate where Jesus would be born - for me, I could imagine Jesus being born in the camp. Giles Fraser, St. Paul's canon chancellor, who announced his resignation over the treatment of protesters outside the famous London landmark

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Tesco and the death of the Irish town

In May 2010 I hosted a conference in Kilkenny as the City’s Mayor. The conference ‘Local Economies, Strong Communities’ had a range of international and national speakers on topic such as local currencies, sustainable farming, and local economic networks. One presentation stood out in my mind that day. It was from a Norfolk based retailer, Nigel Dowdney who along with other retailers fought a long drawn out battle to prevent a massive Tesco store opening near their town of Stalham. Similar campaigns are in existence right across the UK and they had the support of a network of campaign groups. I thought to myself, if only I had received such support from the business community in Kilkenny when I objected to planning permission for a Tesco store in Callan, Co Kilkenny, and later on a brownfield site on the edge of Kilkenny City. In fact, my concerns received little public or political support, but Kilkenny to this day remains the only county in Ireland without a presence of the retail giant. By December 2010 Tesco commanded a 27% share of the retail market in Ireland. This is massive buying power in food alone. However this figure masks Tesco’s broader impact on the High Street and, in particular, on family owned businesses. Tesco mobile, Tesco Bank, Tesco Insurance, motor fuel, CD’s, DVD’s, clothes, and now pharmacies; Tesco is the de facto High Steet of most towns. Everything can be obtained under one roof with acres of free surface car parking. Kilkenny has no Tesco store, yet I see their delivery vans whizzing around estates in the city on a daily basis. So people clearly want it. Devastating effect on family owned business

Yet it is having a devastating effect on family owned business, on dereliction of properties in city and town centres and in rural Ireland.

By Malcolm Noonan Predatory pricing is pushing many farm families towards bankruptcy as evidenced from this year’s potato crop. Policies on below cost selling of alcohol are contributing to a wider social disintegration and isolation. Therefore we are left with dilapidated town centres, with all of the social ills that brings, redundancies across the independent retail sector which combined with loss of farm incomes, easily negate any net job gains brought about by the opening of a Tesco store in an area. But our planners, local authorities, policymakers and the public at large are blissfully unaware of the devastation being caused to the very fabric of our communities. I’m not being melodramatic when I describe it as the death of the Irish town, for that’s what it is. Likewise it would be disingenuous of me not to mention the impact of the Lidl’s and Aldi’s on the dynamic of the retail sector. Their impact, while not benign is not as pronounced, given the fact that it is Tesco who set the agenda for others to follow. I would further contend that the lifting of the Groceries Order has led to widespread abuse of below cost selling and predatory pricing. We can change this

Much of the economic crisis is beyond our control now. What is in our control however is the ability of us all to play our part in developing strong resilient communities. As policymakers we have a role in ensuring that retail strategies and planning policies positively discriminate towards maintaining strong vibrant town centres and our economic policies protect local supply chains.

As conscious consumers we must be mindful that our shopping habits can have a profound effect on local employment, farm incomes and on the very physical environment we live in, our sense of place. Do we really want a homogenized version of Tesco world imposed on us? I feel there has been very little debate on the wider sociological impact of two decades of reckless and incoherent retail planning policy and this has been to the detriment of indigenous business, food suppliers and ultimately to communities all over this country. Malcolm Noonan is a Green Party County and Borough Councillor in Kilkenny and has been campaigning for the development of local economic networks, and for sustainable retail planning policies in Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the only county in the Republic of Ireland without a Tesco presence.

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Green Scene Should I buy an e-bike? Visit any northern European city these days and you’ll see a lot of people doing their commuting or shopping on an electric bike. I’ve thought about getting one on and off for the last few years but in their early days the batteries were heavy, expensive and short lived so I put it on the long finger. But why get one at all? Why not just stick to the push bike? Well, in my case because I’m not as fit as I used to be and because there are steep hills between me and the shops. Oh, and the push bike died of old age and, I’m sorry to say, inadequate maintenance. Now speaking personally, I wouldn’t think of getting an e-bike if I just wanted to use it for a fairly short, fairly level commute where I wasn’t going to n The electric alternative work up a sweat to get into the office. Much better and cheaper to pedal all the way and stay a bit fitter. But with €1,000 available under the 'cycle to work' scheme, many of us can afford to buy a more expensive bike than we would otherwise consider, and if you have a longer commute and it’s a bit hilly you can use an e-bike to help you over the hilly bits, or even for the full distance, and get to the office just as ready to get started on the day’s work as if you’d come in on the DART. In fact, you’ll be in better shape than you would be if you’d been standing on a crowded train. So how will an e-bike perform? On a single charge, which takes three to five hours, it will take you at 15-20 km per hour up hill and down dale for 50-90 km, depending on how much work you are willing to do yourself. You can even use it as a touring bike but you’ll need to do a lot more pedal-

ing, and you’ll need to pedal harder because the battery adds considerably to the weight. These days you can get them in most styles – and if you don’t see what you want you can customize. Prices vary enormously – if you shop around they start from around €600 and go up to about €3,500 but an unsurprisingly large number seem to come in just under that magic cycle to work scheme figure – just far enough under for you to get the safety gear as well. How do you choose? Some companies will now rent you one to try before you buy, always a good idea. And unless you are a good mechanic make sure you buy your bike from a local shop that actually knows how to repair them – there are a few stories of poor after sales support going the rounds. Essential to my mind are a brushless motor, a lithium battery and good suspension. If you don’t have secure bike parking then get a folding model - but remember that even the lightest e-bike weighs the best part of 20kg so you don’t want to have to carry them far. And if it is going to be a family bike get a step-through. Am I going to get one? I’m not sure. But if I had a daily city commute I’d be in the shop now.

Climate Change Bill shows up cracks in the Government Fine Gael gave way to the same pressure from badly informed business and farming interests when Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s own personal 'Galway Tent' – the private meeting with business interests on climate change we mentioned last month – resulted in a decision to do a U-turn and shelve climate legislation, despite evidence from both our own EPA and the European Commission that Ireland will not meet its Kyoto commitments unless drastic action is taken. It would appear that he did not consult either the other party in the coalition or the Cabinet Committee on

By Kathy Marsh, Sonairte Climate Change before making the announcement. And he doesn’t seem to have consulted with the voters either. Within hours of his statement over a thousand emails had landed on his desk from individuals who think it's time that legislation was in place, many of them members of the business community who see the economic benefits of working within a n Filthy Phil? stricter regulatory system. In fact he got so many emails he’s having a rethink – although he seems a little confused about what form that rethink will take. Now the Oireachtas Environment Committee has asked the Minister come and explain his position to them and Labour TDs and senators are pointing out that the Programme for Government commits them to speedy implementation of the legislation. Recent work by the OECD suggests that the sooner Climate Change legislation is introduced and acted on the higher will be the long term economic benefits and the more effective it will be environmentally. The conversation has gone on long enough – time to take action.

Is the Green Party Dead? Well, not if you believe the figures from the recent Dublin West by election where the Green Party returned their highest ever vote in that constituency. Mary Minihan, in her new book A Deal With the Devil, a fascinating analysis of the Greens in government, quotes Ciaran Cuffe as talking about military parallels – not Waterloo, which was the end of Napoleon, but Dunkirk, the beginning of a fight back. If you want to find out how the Green Party is thinking these days, they will be launching their new strategic plan at their 30th birthday party on Sunday, December 11th followed by a special anniversary concert including

Dónal Lunny, who will have a rare musical reunion with Maighréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. Also taking to the stage are Eleanor McEvoy, and Steve Wickham of The Waterboys and No Crows. Other artists performing on the night include Ciaran Tourish (Altan), Nick Kelly and Martin Hayes. The Vicar Street event will be chaired by guest MC Eamon Keane. Tickets for 'Tríocha Bliain Ag Fás – A Musical Celebration' are on sale for €28 (plus booking fee) from Ticketmaster.

Trophy transport cancelled So it’s official. Metro North is dead and there won’t be a tunnel under Trinity. The Luas BXD line, which will take the Luas down Dawson Street, round the front of Trinity, up O’Connell Street and out to Broombridge is going ahead. Not good news for DIT or the new National Children’s Hospital, though it won’t be a long walk from the Parnell Square stop to the latter. n Heading accross town Let’s hope this will be enough to take a significant chunk of traffic out of the capital. The rail line to Navan is also a casualty of the cuts, which is very bad news indeed for those who presently spend half their day on that particular commute. Does it matter that Dublin will continue to be one of the few capital cities without a rail link to its airport? Well it might, if we had good train services to the rest of the country. As it is, buses head into the city pretty regularly and efficiently – it might make sense to just buy a few more of those.




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A Place in the City

Clontarf is a coastal town, three miles north of the city, situated in the barony of Coolock. The name Clontarf in Irish is Cluain Tarbh - Meadow of the Bulls, so called because the pounding of the sea resembled the bellowing of bulls. Since the construction of the North and South Walls this noise has disappeared. In the mid sixth century Saint Comgall from Bangor established the first church in Clontarf. He became the patron saint of Clontarf. In early times Clontarf Island slightly off the coast was a prominent landmark in Dublin Bay. The coastline from Fairview to Sutton is one of the most popular routes for walkers, joggers and cyclists. The curved path affords spectacular views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. From the early 1600s the focal point of Clontarf centred around an area known as The Sheds on the seashore. The district had derived this name from the erection of sheds for the drying, curing and processing of fish as well as for storing oysters from the oyster beds in the locality. In the Cromwellian plantation many of Sir Charles Coote's associates were rewarded with land in the area. Originally the bulk of the area was granted to John Blackwell in 1650. He in turn passed much of the property to John Vernon, Quartermaster General in Cromwell's

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army. The Vernons were to remain the most powerful landlords in Clontarf until the early twentieth century. Simultaneously the poor of the district lived in miserable conditions in unsanitary hovels. In later years, the area linking Clontarf Island to the mainland was reclaimed in a major engineering operation. The project took several years to complete and became known as the North Lotts. From the eighteenth century, Clontarf became a popular seaside resort with bathing, fishing and boating centred around the Sheds on Vernon Avenue. Fishing was an important industry in the vicinity. Farming was active in the district and seaweed was used to fertilise the land.

The majority of people in the locality were Protestants who lived in humble mud cabins and were employed as labourers and fishermen. Businessman Charles Weekes was responsible for developing the coastal area. One of his enterprises was the construction of a wharf and a reservoir. The wharf that extended into the sea became kknown as Weekes' Wharf and became a favourite place for Dubliners to walk and enjoy the sea air. An excerpt from 'Dublin North Coast: Drumcondra - Clontarf - Howth Malahide,' with paintings by Margaret Field and text by Arthur Flynn. It is published by Cottage Publications and is priced around e22.

Lesser known Dubs... Anna Maria Fielding, born in Dublin on January 6 1800, was an Irish novelist who was better known under her married name, Mrs. S. C. Hall. On the death of her father the family moved to Wexford and, in 1815, to London. In 1824 she married author and editor Samuel Carter Hall. The couple undertook five tours of Ireland between 1825 and 1840 - the journeys providing the inspiration for her best remembered titles, Sketches of Irish Character (1829), Lights and Shadows of Irish Character (1838), Marian (1839), and The White Boy (1845). Mr. Hall wrote: "Her books were never popular in Ireland, though very popular in every other country. She tried... to blend the orange and the green. She saw in each

Mrs. S. C. Hall

party much to praise and much to blame; but what one party approved the other condemned." Her emphasis on moral

'lessons' may also limit her appeal to modern readers. Between them they wrote, edited and published 500 books. Mrs. Hall started the fund to honour Florence Nightingale and raised £45,000; supported a hospital for consumptives, and was a strong advocate of temperance. On their 50th wedding anniversary a subscription fund of £1,500 was presented to them and an album of 500 testimonials. Anna Maria Hall died at East Moulsey on 30 January 1881.

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"On Sunday evening, at about five o'clock, in a large, roomy, comfortable arm-chair, for nearly an hour I sat at an open window of the Hibernian United Service Club, on the north side of St. Stephen's Green, watching car-loads of happy people going to and returning from Donnybrook Fair. "Every car in Dublin is employed in this annual national service, and from three or four of the drivers I learnt that they had propelled the same horse to the fair and back five-and-twenty times, not for one day, but for several consecutive days! "The distance from Dublin is about a mile and a half, but the crowd at the entrance of the fair is so great, that the cars are usually stopped by the police at a quarter, and towards evening at half a mile from the scene of bliss. "The tide of cars that continued unceasingly ebbing and flowing before my eyes was, really, not only astonishing, but it was amusing to observe the infinite variety of ways in which those three simple items, a man, a woman, and a child, can be made to appear. "The process of the driver was, the instant he arrived from the fair to return to it, and vice versa. The charge for the conveyance of each person is twopence. "By the time it trotted through St. Stephen's Green every car was full. In one were boys; in another girls; in others boys and girls, in every possible joyous variety of arrangement. There

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Going to Donnybrook Fair

n 'Donnybrook Fair', an oil on canvas, by Charles Hunt, 1896

were old men, old women, gaudy soldiers, flashylooking women, children of every age, all grinning - all going to or coming from Donnybrook Fair. "In one car sat four scarlet dragoons with glittering brass helmets, a fat gentleman with a large stomach comfortably resting on a pair of very short knees, a woman with a sky-blue bonnet on her head, and a child in her lap; lastly, a man sitting, as happy as a grig, without a hat. "There were ladies with parasols, and long, large, fashionable, windy gowns -gentlemen in wide-awake hats - young tradesmen wearing flashy waistcoats and smart neckcloths - infants,

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with their dear little eyes staring and almost starting out of their heads - children with bare legs, like wooden ones, sticking out - men with pipes in their mouths - a little girl blowing a penny trumpet - a little boy trying, with a twopenny whip, to flog a grey horse sixteen hands high - all going to or coming from Donnybrook Fair! "On each side of the road - on the iron chains that bounded it - on the kerb-stones of the pavement - on the steps of doors - there sedately sat, in happy groups, crowds of people, placidly participating with me in the delight, joy, and fun that beam in the countenances of every man, woman, and child going to or coming from Donnybrook Fair. "The poor horses nobody seemed to pity; indeed, as in an Irish car nobody can conveniently look at the animal that is drawing him, the neglected creature trots on, just as if the parties behind his tail, tired of quarrelling about him, had ended their dispute by amicably agreeing together that he belonged to none of them. When a car is crowded, a man well jammed in on the right side is completely separated from one seated on the left. They look, in diametrically opposite directions, at different objects - in fact, they have nothing whatever to do with each other." An excerpt from 'A Fortnight in Ireland,' by Sir Francis B. Head, published in London in 1852. Donnybrook Fair, which dated back to 1204, was finally banned in 1855.

Dublin was a lady "In days of Paganism there was a Druidical temple on the spot where Dublin Castle now stands. Eogan the great (King of Munster) had a favourite daughter called Dublana, who accompanied him, AD 167, from his court at Ferns for 'Bally leann-chiall', or the town on the ford of Hurdles, the ancient Dublin, in his expedition against the monarch Con. While he was encamped here, his daughter was drowned in the Liffey, which catastrophe filled his heart with affliction. To commemorate her memory he built the city and gave it the name of Dublana, in honour of his daughter. Thus it will be seen that cities, like great states, owe their origin to small beginnings. "When Eogan came to Dublin he found it a town of fishermen's huts, composed of clay and hurdles. The city was called by Ptolemy Eblana, or the passage of the Black Ford. Bede in his ecclesiastical history, denominated it Dubhline; and Holinshed, in his Chronicle, characterises it a "citie that is not in antiquitie inferior to any citie except London, so in pleasant situation, in gorgeous buildings, in the multitude of people, in martial chivalrie, in the abundance of wealth, in largeness of hospitals, in manners and civilitie, it is superior to all other cities and towns in that realme and there it is commonly called the Irish, or young London." An excerpt from The Irish Shield or Monthly Milesian, edited by George Pepper, published in New York in 1829.

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At the fashion frontier Where did you grow up? Carlow. Where are you living now? Dublin. Most memorable childhood memory? Summers on the beach in Wexford. What kind of child they you (shy, outgoing, troubling, etc.) Outgoing and full of trouble. Married / Single? Single How would you describe yourself in three words? I'm a good listener, I'm a fast learner and I'm fun. What else would you be if you weren't a TV presenter? I always wanted to be an actress but I'd probably be in TV production. What are your favourite colours? Black, navy and dusk pink. What is your favourite piece of clothing? Hello Skinny jeans. Describe what you like to wear for casual nights out? Black jeans, black tank top and 5 inch heels. Where do you normally shop for clothes? River Island, Top Shop, Ted Baker, Camille Boutique in Malahide. Do you to accessorise with jewellery and bling? In the jewellery stakes I’m usually 'less is more'. I love bold and chunky as opposed to sparkly. Favourite fashion designers/labels, describe? I do love the Daisy collection, their stack rings are amazing. How do you plan your outfits for TV appearances? I work with a great stylist called Claire Breen in RTE. She knows and understands my look and gets it right every time. Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunctions on stage? Yes, quite similar to what happened when I was dancing on a bar in Greece once. Let’s just say, the zip at the back came under too much pressure!

Having one of the best jobs on TV, where she gets to visit some of the coolest holiday destinations around the world as presenter of No Frontiers, to co-presenting Saturday night’s Winning Streak with Mary Whelan, the beautiful Kathryn Thomas takes time out of her busy schedule to chat to Kevin O’Brien of the Dublin Informer and about how fashion plays fits into her day to day life. What do you look for when trying on clothes? A great fit that flatters my shape. Something a little edgy and different Best fashion advice ever been given? Emphasize your waist. Is there one fashion accessory that you simply can't live without? Heels. Denim or leather? Denim jeans but leather jackets.

Sun cream for the obvious reason. A supply of books as I love reading and a large supply of alcohol, again for obvious reasons. Sounds like BLISS. When am I going?? Who inspires you? People who are selfless. What would be the first thing you would do if today was your last day? Gather my family and friends and have a proper feast. How do you spend your free time? Doing interviews like this one!. I also seem to constantly have to tidy the house whenever I have free time. You have travelled the world as presenter of 'No Frontiers', what is the best country you have visited and not forgetting the worst? I love traveling in Africa. Ethiopia, Uganda, Namibia, Mali, Senegal. It’s such a beautiful continent and every time I visit, I long to go back. Worst country? I don't really have one. I got Asian flu when I was in Japan so Tokyo was a bit of a blur. Would like to go back not feeling like crap. What type of music do you listen to on your iPod? I’m a rock chick at heart. Love ACDC, Guns 'n Roses, Fleetwood Mac. Also love folk music too. Alison Krauss is on at the moment What TV shows do you like to watch? Just got addicted to Downton Abbey which has replaced my addiction for Mad Men. I love Chatty Man with Alan Carr. He makes me laugh so much.

Describe a typical working day for you? I can’t because they are so varied depending on what I’m doing but usually frantic, chasing my tail and doing 30 things at once.

If you could have lunch with three people (past or present) who would you choose and why? Will Ferrell because he is one of the funniest people on the planet. Tom Crean for his stories about the world’s most unbelievable adventure to the South Pole and, finally, Adolf Hitler to try and get an insight into the mind of a psychopath who changed the course of history. Also I think Will Ferrell could do a brilliant impression of him.

What is one thing you must do before you leave the house? Kiss my dogs and tell them not to eat any more of the furniture.

Where do you see yourself in three years? Happy and healthy and still giving out about my mortgage.

If you knew were going to be put on a desert island for a month, name three things you would bring with you and why?

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Do you own many pairs of shoes, favourite pair? Yes. My favourite are a pair of vintage 1950s silver and black shoes I got in New York.

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Garden Growing

Winter tasks, with spring in mind Now that the clock has gone back, winter has started. There is a difference of opinion every year wither winter starts in November or December and following on from that when do spring and summer begin. For me, the first of November is the start of winter, why else would the clocks be altered? Therefore the 1st. of February is the start of spring and May the 1st is the first day of spring. If readers have a better explanation please let me know. Grow It Yourself group

I was delighted last month to be invited to speak at a meeting of the ‘Grow It Yourself’ group which was held in Raheny library.

Tip of the month The lawn still needs mowing but be very careful as the wheels of your mower can do damage at this time of year as the ground is soft.

The main purpose of my talk was to give advice to growers on how to grow winter vegetables. As I said on the night I don’t grow winter veg for a number of reasons. I’m not fond of the usual winter veg such as cabbage, sprouts etc. and more importantly I really believe that your veg plot should not be over worked no matter how good the soil is, it needs a rest and shouldn’t be expected to produce food for 12 months of the year. It’s best in my humble opinion to leave it be for the winter months and then come February, the process starts all over again. What I do every year is lightly dig in leaves which were gathered 12 months ago and also dig in some seaweed. Don’t forget to wash the salt off the sea weed first by leaving it on the patio for a few weeks to let the rain wash the salt away. In a few weeks time I will then cover my plot with plastic for the winter months. This will keep all

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n If your garden lacks colour at this time of the year think about planting shrubs or small trees like rowan weeds away and also helps to raise the temperature of the ground once frost and snow have gone. Apart from all that, let’s face it, its not much fun tending to veg at this time of year. Lift the leaves

Elsewhere in the garden keep removing leaves from the lawn to avoid damage. Any leaves that

land in borders should be left as they will break down quickly to provide nutrients. If you haven’t removed the pump from your pond it should be done now otherwise the frost will damage it. Don’t feed your fish as often as usual as they are starting to slow down and need less food.

It’s still time to plant bulbs, especially tulips. Fruit trees and bushes should also be planted this month to allow them to establish over the winter. If your garden lacks colour at this time of the year think about planting shrubs or small trees which will add some winter interest. Sorbus or Rowan is a good example for its lovely berries as is Skimmia. Crab apple ’Malus’ is a beautiful small tree with either red or yellow fruits which can be container grown as space is limited. Chinese lanterns ‘Physalis’ is wonderful at this time of the year and will look good for months ahead. If you have space ‘Rhus’ or stags horn sumach has gorgeous foliage but they can be a bit invasive. Another great shrub for foliage is Cotinus or Chilean smoke bush. The purple leaves look great near any green leaf shrub.


Gerry Norton 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 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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Animal Tracks

The sky over Dublin

with Miriam Kerins, DSPCA

Winter worries for pets I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with more rain on the way – well it is Ireland and it is winter – it’s best to be prepared for the worst. Hopefully no more families will need to be evacuated but we must be ready for the possibility of continuous downpours, strong winds and, dare I say it, power outages. Below are some tips for keeping your pets safe: • Make sure your pets are micro chipped. In the event of a storm/flash flood, pets may panic and run away, become disoriented and get lost. A micro chipped pet has the best possible chance of being returned to its owner. • Make sure all vaccinations are up to date. • Make sure your animal has adequate shelter. All animals should be kept indoors during severe weather conditions, especially during heavy rain/flooding. • If you’re allowing your pet outside to pee/ poo, put them on a lead and walk out with them. Only allow them limited access to relieve themselves and take them back into the house as soon as possible. • If you have pets living in your garden, e.g. rabbits, please make sure hutches are brought indoors or are placed safely into a

sturdy garden shed/garage. Don’t leave rabbit hutches around or near a fence/tree that may collapse onto it during a high wind. • If your home is located in a flood area, make sure that, in the event you are required to evacuate, all pet carriers are kept by the door in preparation for such an emergency and you’ve stocked up on plenty of sustenance for your animals; including bedding. Hotels, guest houses or shelters will not always provide food and water for your animals. • If you own exotic pets, make sure you have extension leads so that you can plug in heat lamps and if you have an aquarium, invest in a back up air filter. • For farm animals; fence off a pasture area on high ground. Cows and horses are examples of farm animals that can be caught off guard during flooding and will require a safe pasture before water rises in order to secure their best chances of survival. For more information log onto or email me at © Miriam Kerins, Education Officer, Dublin SPCA.

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Watch a real star!

sunspots, known as coronal mass ejections and solar flares. If these flares reach Earth, they cause the famous Northern Lights (also known as aurorae). I think these are the most impressive sights of the Sun, as over the space of a couple of hours you can see how these gigantic outbursts move and curl out into space! Remember, never look at the Sun without the guidance of an astronomer and the specialised equipment: doing otherwise can and will cause instant blindness. Instead, check out or call (01) 890 11 11 for details on the organisation's upcoming Sun Watch this weekend!

When we think of stargazing, we think of standing out in the cold at night. But not all astronomy is done at night. In fact, there is a very prominent star visible every day: the Sun! That's right, our Sun is a star just like many of the others we see during the night. First of all, never ever look at the Sun with the naked eye, or through sunglasses. Don't even look at a reflection of the Sun. The only way way to safely look at the Sun is by using a special filters used by astronomers to block out almost all of the Sun's blinding light. Astronomy Ireland holds a weekly Sun Watch on Saturdays at its premises in Airside Enterprise Centre in Swords, using specially protected telescopes. At these Watches you will get to see the Sun in a way you never imagined. When you first see the Sun close up, you will see giant dark regions called sunspots; these are cooler regions of the Sun that are bigger than Earth itself. The Sun will become more active over the next few years, creating more and more sunspots. Through H-alpha telescopes you can see the Sun's atmosphere, and n Our Sun showing sunspots and solar flares, using a special the vast eruptions of gas from the H-alpha telescope

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Health & Beauty

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Kids getting crafty We love a new book for kids aged 7-11 called My First Craft Book. With everything from paper crafts to fancy dress outfits, home-made cards to baking, it has tons of activities to keep kids busy during winter. This yo-yo necklace is made using scraps of colourful fabric and buttons. Published by Cico Kidz.

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Enlightenment on a light tail Two weeks ago, I was on O’Connell Street when I happened to see a display case and pondered over its content. Inside the display case positioned meters north of the Spire of Dublin, there was this artefact selected by artist Sean Lynch that evokes a variety of the city's artistic and social histories. This presentation consisted of a fragment of a tail light from a BMW car, found in a scrapyard in Clondalkin, west Dublin, earlier this year. At first, I was puzzled then annoyed: 'How is this art with a big A?' I thought. Then this morning I was looking for an art exhibition to cover and I came across this BMW 3 Series exhibition again. Yet it had little detail. This exhibition seemed to me as enlightening as the object itself (as useful as a tail light without a car) so I did some research. The artist’s website provided a little more information. This piece was the remaining of a scrapped car, not any car, a BMW formerly belonging to disgraced banker Seán Fitzpatrick. Yes. Okay. And the plan

was not to sell the car itself, but to sell the right to press the button to crush it, like he crushed the Anglo Irish Bank. Again I get it. But what was the artist’s exact message on this? Did he agree with the idea? Disagree? And why did he choose a tail light? Why not the BMW insignia? Was it to show that the good times are gone and all you can see now are the rear lights of the getaway car that the thieves used? To me, it seemed quite wrong to assume people will get the message as the message is far from being clear. But then again that’s just me. BMW 3 Series, Registration 92D38478, Tail light (section). Public artwork, commissioned by Dublin City Council.

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Graham Connor's Movie Advice Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn HHHHH Directed by Steven Spielberg Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig Tintin, the intrepid reporter stumbles across a model ship, The Unicorn, which several shadowy characters are willing to kill for. With his trusted dog, Snowy, in tow, Tintin sets off to discover the truth of The Unicorn, allying himself to a drunken seaman, Captain Haddock, who seems to hold the key to the mystery. Over the course of 80 years, generations of people have grown up with Tintin and it was only a matter of time before someone would make a big budget film version. Herge, the Belgian artist responsible for Tintin, once claimed that Spielberg was the only director capable of making a Tintin film and how right he was. Tintin is old school fun but unfortunately it lacks a sense of danger that motion capture, the latest digital technology, cannot seem to create. It is incredibly faithful to the comic and cartoon series but doesn’t fit together snugly as you can tell it has been assembled using elements taken from several different Herge stories. Tintin is great fun but unfortunately it may not be enough to encourage a new generation of viewers.

Advice: Fans will love it.

The Ides of March HHHHH Directed by George Clooney. Starring Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and George Clooney Stephen is an idealistic young man working on the frontline of Governor Mike Morris’s Presidential bid. At a key point in the campaign his head is turned by the opposition and Stephen learns first hand how dirty politics can get. Based on the stage play “Farraguth North”, The Ides of March is the type of political film that the 1970’s was famous for. It is lean, taut and very clever. Not that you have to wear yourself out trying to understand it, not at all in fact and this is it’s greatest achievement. It is a powerful and intelligent film that is not hard to digest. George Clooney has made another gem, signalling himself to be a crafter of fine and satisfying films. Ryan Gosling turns in another pitch perfect performance with Hoffman and Giamatti both scathingly brilliant as the opposing campaign managers, playing a delicate and sinister game that Stephen gets drawn in to. This film is as close to intelligent cinema perfection as you can get and deserves to be seen by a wide audience. Oscar nominations are guaranteed for his film in February

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Dublin Advice The healing power of movement in therapy I also hold a weekly Dance & Movement Meditation class called ‘Moving Ground’. The focus is on encouraging each person to move at their own pace and to trust their natural, individual expression. It is a dynamic meditation that uses music to help us to release stress, relax our minds and open to joy in our lives. All are very welcome and no experience is required.

Throughout our history, human beings have used movement and dance to celebrate, to pray, to connect with and to heal themselves. The language of the body is movement. It is our first language, our most honest expression and the closest to the truth of who we are, and how we relate to ourselves, and the world around us. Using Movement Therapeutically

Movement therapy listens to this language of the body and its messages. Because we have a mind and we live in a body, we can access a fuller picture when we listen to what both have to say about an issue or situation. The body speaks through sensation, the physical energy of our emotions and the way we move. In my work as a counsellor, I find that including the voice of the body along with thoughts and emotions in a safe therapeutic space can bring about growth and healing on a deep level.

ourselves on all levels. Movement therapy is used successfully in medical settings, in nursing homes and rehabilitation centres and can be applied to a wide range of emotional, physical and mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and stress.

Carol McInerney works as a professional Counsellor and Movement Therapist at Appletree Health and Wellness Centre in Ranelagh. More information about therapy and classes can be found on her website or by calling 086 1956331.

The Body/Mind Split

In our culture we are used to thinking and trying to understand with our minds; we are taught to calculate, to assess and to reason, which are all necessary skills, but we are not practiced in listening to the body, trusting its wisdom or drawing upon its innate ability to heal and bring us into balance. It is often only when we experience pain or illness (the fastest way our body can get our attention) that we slow down and listen to what is happening within us. There are many reasons why we split away from our bodies and come to live in our thinking minds and all of them stem from some form of pain; family trauma, shame, substance abuse, emotional repression, violence, a culture that idolizes rich and thin people, failed relationships, a gradual erosion of our self worth and more. We all have an inner critic, a tendency to be hard on ourselves, and our body takes a lot of the fallout from that pattern: not good enough, not pretty enough, not strong enough, not the right size or shape, too big, too skinny, too hairy, the list is endless. All of this contributes to the breakdown of our direct connection to the body and without this connection we are on a fundamental level lost, homeless and missing a powerful ally.


Rediscovering Body Wisdom

Movement Therapy assists people to connect with their physical experience through gentle body awareness practice, to track what is happening in their bodies and to explore the emerging themes. Because physical expression is often much clearer than words, movement offers another path into ourselves by allowing the body to lead and by supporting us to let go and release. The body shows us where we need to soften and relax, when to use our strength and stay steady, and how to soothe and look after ourselves. The beauty of working in this way is that the mind/body connection is strengthened and our choices become more effective as we reach a deeper acceptance of

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Following the busy schedule of the Dublin inter county teams up to September, it was back to club championship action for the players over the last number of weeks. In hurling the round robin championship was replaced by a straight knock out competition in order to finish the championship on time. There were a few surprises on the way with St. Brigids taking the scalps of first Croabh Ciaran and then St.Vincents before losing out to O’Tooles in the semi-final. On the other side of the draw Ballyboden St. Endas looking to create history by winning five championships in a row progressed at ease into the final with victories over Ballinteer St.Johns and Lucan Sarsfield. Unfortunately the final was one way traffic too after Emmet Carroll scored the opening goal of the game. O’Tooles who were contesting their first final since 2002 just could not match the power of ‘Boden and when Paul Ryan goaled from a 20 metre free just before half time, climbing Everest to win would have been easier. ‘Boden join Commercials and Garda as the clubs winning five in a row hurling titles. They now travel to take on their manager Liam Hogan’s club Coolderry, Offaly in the Leinster semi final. On the football front the celebrations of the Dublin footballers on winning the Sam Maguire were cur-

tailed as the championship reached the last sixteen. St.Brigids were impressive in dismissing last year’s champions Kilmacud Crokes and it was no surprise to see them lift the title with victory over St. Oliver Plunketts/ Eoghan Ruadh in the final. While there were an abundance of inter county players on both sides in the final it was Brigids' substitute Lorcan McCarthy who stole the headlines. Coming on in the second half his first kick was to knock over a free from 47 metres out. He repeated a similar feat minutes later and also scored a point from play to help the Blancharstown side to a 0-10 to 0-8 victory in a dour encounter. Plunketts could have secured victory in this low scoring encounter but Alan Brogan’s shot with minutes remaining was well blocked by Gavin Kane. Sean Murray was impressive in curtailing Bernard Brogan while Barry Cahill controlled matters at midfield. It was another disappointment for Plunketts as they are still looking to win their first championship. Brigids now go on to meet Meath champions Summerhill in the Leinster campaign. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts Dublin ladies champions Na Fianna have progressed to AllIreland club final after beating Donoughmore from Cork in their semi final clash. They will now meet Mayo’s Carnacon in the final on Sunday, November 27.

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9 Quick Tips tips on how to speed up play As we often take a look at other golfers on the course and notice the things they do to slow down play, so should we take a look at ourselves. When we do take an honest look at ourselves, we often discover we’re doing some of the same things to slow down play that we’re complaining about others doing.” Here are 9 tips on how to speed up your play! 1. As you approach the green bring your trolley around to the nearest exit side for the next tee box, mark your card at the next tee box not beside the green (otherwise this will hold up the players behind you and slow down play) 2. Be mindful of the group behind you. If you keep in mind the group behind you, you will automatically pick up your speed. Also if the green of the next hole is empty, you must be playing very slow. Always work to keep up with the group in front 3. While walking to your ball, use the travel time to begin thinking over your next shot – the yardage, which club you’ll use, and so on. Begin preparing before you get to your ball. 4. Carry a few extra tees, ball marks and a spare ball in your pockets so you don’t have to return to your golf bag to retrieve them, should you find yourself in need of one. 5. Begin reading the green and lining up putts

as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green. Do it as soon as you reach the green so that when it’s your turn you can step right up and putt. 6. Never delay making a stroke because you’re having a conversation with a playing partner. Put the conversation on hold; make your stroke, then pick up the conversation again. 7. Don’t spend a lot of time looking for your ball in the trees or tall grass. The official rule is you only get 5 minutes to look for your ball.  8. If you are unsure whether your ball has come to rest out of bounds, or may be lost, immediately hit a provisional ball so that you won’t have to return to the spot to replay the shot. 9. On the tee, pay attention to your partners’ drives. If they lose sight of their ball, you can help direct them to it and avoid any searching. When waiting on the tee for the group in front to clear the fairway, don’t be so strict about order of play. Let the short hitter – who can’t reach the group ahead anyway – go ahead and hit. “Remember golf is there to have fun but keeping up the pace of play makes your game so much more enjoyable.” Happy Golfing. • Mobile 087-9906738

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Artane shooting inquest adjourned.

The inquest into the death of an Artane man who was shot dead in 2009 has been adjourned at the Dublin Coroners Court. 21-year-old John Clark of Brookwood Grove, Artane lost his life in a shooting incident in the early hours of Thursday May 7th, 2009. During the attack, two other men received minor injuries when gunmen opened fire on the car in which they were occupants of, in the underground car park of Brookwood Abbey apartments. Mr. Clarke was hit a number of times and was pronounced dead a short time later at Beaumont Hospital while the other two men received minor injuries. At the Dublin Coroner’s Court this week, the Gardaí sought adjournment on the case, to be brought for retention in December.

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The news that two new primary schools are now at an advanced stage of planning has been broadly welcomed in Dublin North East. The Department of Education and Skills is now publically seeking architects, surveyors and engineers for inclusion on the design phase for development of both St. Francis of Assisi National School and Belmayne Educate Together, in Dublin 13. Overall so far this year, 14 new schools were brought to fruition throughout the country under the Rapid Delivery Program 2011.These schools, 13 primary and one secondary, are designated to serve areas that have a rapidly expanding population and where current facilities were not adequate to meet those demands. The most impressive feat of this program is the fact that at this time last year, the project had just begun the tender process. With construction now completed on all sites within seven months, it is indeed clear that the government has begun to place emphasis on value and cost effectiveness for such programs.

Tree of Life: A Time to Remember

With Christmas almost upon us, the St. Francis Hospice, Raheny have launched their annual initiative 'The Tree of Life'. The event, ongoing since 1996, has become a regular custom in the local community’s preparation for Christmas, where those who are no longer with us are remembered. A special Ecumenical Service will be held in the grounds of the Hospice on Thursday, 1st December 2011 from 7.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. The theme of the service will be one of remembrance and peace, symbolised by a large Christmas tree, which will be illuminated by hundreds of lights. During the service, which will be filled with the music and voices of a choir, the lights of the tree will be switched on. Lights on the Hospice Tree of Life may be sponsored at a cost of €5 per light. The staff and volunteers of St. Francis Hospice invite you to join them in this very special time of reflection and a coming together of community. For more details visit or phone 01 8327535.

Outrage at Clongriffin Park and Ride closure

The recent unexpected closure of the Gannon Park and Ride facilities at the Clongriffin DART Station has been greeted with dismay and discontent by many local residents. Dublin North East TD Sean Kenny has slammed the decision and also the general deterioration of the site over recent months. "Prior to the closure I was receiving reports that the site was not maintained," said Deputy Kenny. “The lifts to the station platforms were out of order, the ramp was being used for dangerous skateboarding and the complete absence of a security presence on the ground,” he said. "The DART station at Clongriffin is an excellent public facility and the closure of the Park and Ride site is a very regrettable development. “I am calling on NAMA to intervene to ensure that the Park and Ride site is re-opened and properly supervised and maintained,” he concluded.

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