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Garda seriously injured in northside ramming incident
A female Garda is recovering in hospital this week after receiving serious injuries following a shocking attack in north Dublin. The officer in her 20’s was responding to calls from concerned residents of the Cianlea Estate in Swords following suspicious activity of a white Nissan Micra which had been stolen in the Santry region earlier that day. Locals had raised the alarm after being fearful that the occupants of the car were intent on carrying out burglaries in the area. As Garda Karen Duffy left her vehicle to approach the suspect car, it sped up and drove directly at her ramming the Garda car in the process. 26 year old Garda Duffy, who is based in Swords Garda Station received serious head injuries after she was squashed between the car door and the car on impact and was
By Ed Diggins taken to Beaumont Hospital immediately where she underwent surgery to treat her wounds. The cowardly attack sparked one of the biggest manhunts in recent memory in north Dublin, as over 30 Gardaí across 10 separate units joined the chase, as well as the air support helicopter. The car was eventually found abandoned in the Talbot Hall area after multiple calls to the Garda hotline to alert them of its location before two teens were arrested less than 30 minutes after the initial incident. The suspects believed to be from the nearby Ballymun area were
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taken to Coolock Garda station where they were detained for several hours before being released and a file is being prepared for the DPP. Both teens are well known to the Gardaí and they believe the suspects have been involved in a number of robberies in the locality in recent weeks and also, that up to four teens were in the car when it struck Garda Duffy. Miss Duffy is expected to make a full recovery but a senior Garda official described the attack as vicious and calice and added that the victim is extremely lucky to be still alive. Reports emerged in the aftermath of the incident that this is the third time that that the young Garda has been injured during her short career to date.
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ENHANCING YOUTH, HERITAGE & CULTURAL SERVICES: Labour Mayors believe that Dublin’s incredible historical and cultural heritage must be protected and promoted. It is important that this is done in a way which engages with Dublin’s significant population of young people. Labour Mayors will prioritise the rollout of a number of successful reading and library initiatives with schools and libraries across the Dublin Region. In the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, Labour Mayors will also work with schools to promote awareness of this crucial event in the history of Dublin and Ireland.
Good news! This is the number of people who found new jobs every week for the past year in Ireland. The numbers employed in Ireland has reached 1,869,900 an increase of 32,000. The Irish economy has finally turned the bend and is producing new jobs. Allied to the rise in the property market, indications are that confidence is rising. Hopefully, this new confidence will encourage people to spend again adding new jobs to the statistics.
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Santry In Brief... €27k missing money bag
Mystery still surrounds the revelation that almost €27,000 went missing from a northside Garda station and as yet has not been recovered. The money was found by Gardaí following a botched robbery at the Coolock Woodies DIY store on the Malahide Road in 2009 in which almost €60,000 was taken in total. The haul had been split two ways by the two men involved in the raid, however only one share of it was ever found. Gardaí were keeping the money as evidence in the subsequent trial but did not realise it was missing until Woodies asked for it back. Four years on The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation has now widened its search as they try to determine if the money was stolen a second time or if it has accidently been misplaced or included in another case. The investigation is currently focusing on two northside Garda stations.
Gunman shoots himself in Northside incident
Local Gardaí are still trying to piece together the full details surrounding a somewhat bizarre shooting in the region last Monday morning. Gardaí were called to the scene of an incident at Glasnevin Avenue where they found a man in his 50’s with gunshot wounds to his stomach and lower body. A shotgun was discovered in close proximity to the scene however Gardaí then found a
with Ed Diggins second injured man also with gunshot wounds, but to his upper leg. The first victim 52-year-old Charlie O'Neill was cycling along the avenue when he was shot and wounded, falling into the driveway of a nearby house. His injuries were originally thought to be serious however they have since been downgraded to non-life threatening. Gardaí now believe however that the gunman, a 31-year-old from the wider locality, shot himself in the leg while removing the weapon from his trousers but still managed to shoot O’Neill before collapsing himself during his attempted getaway. Both men were taken to separate hospitals where the gunman was then arrested and detained at a local Garda station after receiving sufficient treatment for his injuries. Locals expressed shock that the incident not only took place in broad daylight but also in full view of rush hour traffic. The Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Ballymun Garda station on 01 666 4400 or indeed any station through the confidential line on 1800-666111.
Record first round offers for DCU
Dublin City University has this week announced a huge rise in applications to its campus for the coming year. It also had revealed that the college has made more first round offers than ever before and that while some students will lose out due to a sharp rise in entrance points, it reflects the facilities growing popularity. Significant rises are evident in engineering
with some courses up on average of 45 to 90 points in the last two years, while Environmental Science & Health is up 30 points, with Journalism up 25. Most DCU Business School courses are up on average of 10-40 points year on year while Genetics & Cell Biology is also up 15 points to 495. The college’s new Arts programme has also seen huge demand with almost 100 offers going out at first while the popular Computational Problem Solving & Software Development degree now requires 430 points. This news was welcomed by DCU higher management who stated that the new surge bodes well for the future stability of the college and that DCU is more than equipped to cater for this demand. “The significant increase in CAO entry points for DCU programmes this year reflects both the strong demand and high level of competition for places on programmes dedicated to developing enterprise and career focused graduates,” said DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith. “DCU is a natural home for ambitious students keen for a high quality educational experience with a focus on developing the critical thinking skills and expertise that will enable them to flourish in their future careers,” he added. Acknowledging however that this now places extra pressures on some students, Professor MacCraith outlined plans on how to cater for students who may not necessarily find suitable placement under the present high-competition environment.
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Waste not, want not
So that rare phenomenon, summer in Ireland, is over, schools are back, and it is time to reflect, regroup, and look at where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going. For sure, very few of us has more disposable income than we had this time last year, and I doubt if the rumoured rise in Dublin house prices is going to make any of us rich. Nonetheless, maybe because we all got a bit of sun on our faces this summer, there seems to be a general feeling that things are not quite as desperate as they were for most of us. Not for all of us – I’m well aware that many people can’t afford the roof over their heads, or for that matter the family food bills – but I seem to be overhearing more positive than negative conversations these days even from flat broke parents trying to cope with back to school costs. (And there is great information on how to cope with those and how to produce good lunch box food on a tiny budget from www.wholesome. ie).
Finding a VOICE
In this more positive world lots of people are looking for ways to save money that impact positively on our environment. One organisation that’s great for looking at simple ways communities can make things better from the ground up is VOICE – the Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment. Their campaigns are always about what people can do in their own lives that will improve things at home and in the wider community, and what they really know about is waste and how to prevent it. By developing pilot schemes with existing grass
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Of course, those of us in the Dublin area are now breaking the law if we send waste food to landfill. I hadn’t realised that until I spoke to Mindy of VOICE and I’m prepared to bet that most of the rest of you hadn’t either. From July 13th we have had to either recycle all food waste through our brown bins or compost it at home. And council workers have the right to come and check up on what we are doing – they can ask to see our compost heaps and other recycling methods If we are too lazy to do it properly and are putting food waste in the black bin there is a €75
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By Kathy Marsh, Sonairte on the spot fine. The regulations are being gradually rolled out, starting with communities of over 20,000 and gradually working down to the tiniest villages by 2016.
Better uses for waste food
Meanwhile, I have to ask why food waste is still not being used for power generation using anaerobic digestion. Nor is it being reprocessed for animal feeds. Surely we are a sufficiently mature society to avoid the scandals that arose in food re-processing in the past. I was shocked to find that under Department of Agriculture regulations the members of Balbriggan Community Allotments pig club were not allowed to feed leftovers from their own kitchen, perfectly suitable for human consumption, to the five Tamworth pigs they raised over the summer that are now residing safely in the club members' freezers. You can download information on composting from the VOICE website voiceireland.org, or from the EPAs Stop Food Waste website www.stopfoodwaste.ie where you can also learn about setting up a master composting scheme in your own community.
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If you are trying to save a few pennies by making home made cider or preserving all those delicious vegetables you grew in your garden or allotment there are two upcoming courses at Sonairte that might be right up your street. On Friday September 20th David Llewellyn, well known producer of excellent fruit, juices, vinegar, wine and cider will lead a one day cider making course. And you even get to take 9 pints of fresh
pressed cider home with you, while on Saturday 28th September Hans Wieland of the Organic Centre in Leitrim and Garrai Glas fame will demonstrate traditional and modern methods of food preservation including, for the health conscious, pickling and preserving without sugar. And you get to taste some of the finished products. It’s amazingly easy when you know how. Full details at www.sonairte.ie
Tough going on the bogs
Elsewhere, the news continues to be bad for Irish bogs. The government has made endless commitments to end turf cutting on the small area of raised bogs that remains, so that the increasingly endangered wildlife and plants can survive – a treasure that should surely belong to the people of Ireland and the world. But the handful of individuals and companies that own this land continue to defy national and EU law and we have once again been treated to the spectacle of the Gardai standing and watching as turf is stripped, occasionally by hand but more often by machine, despite the availability of compensation packages. Although we are all going to have to pay EU fines neither the Department of Justice nor the National Parks and Wildlife Service seems to be willing to take action. Can this be because so many members of Fine Gael hail from the rural West? I wouldn’t like to think so but I can’t help wondering. I certainly resent paying for their pusillanimity. At least 30 of the 53 protected bogs have been vandalised this summer. What puzzles me even more is why so many in the media appear to sympathise with the perpetrators – surely they aren’t falling for the little old lady with a slean mythology that the contractors association tries to feed us?
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Angler's Angles with Keith McDonnell
Sometimes it’s not about catching fish
It’s been a generally poor season for trout and lake. I looked at the bus loads of tourists coming to salmon angling this year. While I have had occasional spend a day out in this magnificent country and success it has been mostly difficult to coax fish into realised that I was privileged to be able to go afloat taking a fly. This can be attributed mainly to an on this lake in surroundings that haven’t changed abnormally cold spring followed by very little rain much since the last ice age. I spent some time taking during the summer. photos but really I couldn’t do justice to the beauty of When my wife asked me what I’d like for my this place. birthday in August the answer was simple: “two Having packed up for the long drive back to Dublin days off to go fishing please”. I had my favourite I decided to have a quick look at the river which fishery in mind, Kylemore in Connemara. In particular, drains the entire Kylemore system into the sea. The drifting the north shore of the upper Kylemore lake river was very low and it was possible to sneak up to where the next pull on my flies could be just a small the pools and watch shoals of salmon sitting in crystal brown trout, a 3lbs seatrout or a large Salmon. In the clear water. I couldn’t resist casting to them and it was weeks prior to the trip I tied all manner of flies, big an amazing experience to watch the reaction of the and small in preparation and had plenty of daydreams fish snapping and turning at the fly but conditions about large silver fish taking my flies with abandon. Kylemore is a fishery that has been having exceptional prevented a solid hook up. For further information on Kylemore Fishery see fishing and a call to Nigel Rush the fishery manager the week before fishing told us that a number of www.kylemorefishery.ie . anglers were catching up to 6 fish in a day! Keith McDonnell is a fly fishing guide and One of the reasons I love fishing at Kylemore is instructor and big trout nut based in Dublin. that the seatrout are normally very free rising and will www.fluffchucker.com keep you amused while waiting for a salmon to take. The first day was fairly unfruitful with one salmon briefly hooked and a small sea trout. The only excitement was feeding a shoal of trout at the bridge in Kylemore Abbey, they have grown large by adapting to eating bread thrown off the bridge by tourists feeding the birds! On day 2 I hooked a second salmon and Iost him close to the boat. We stopped at midday for a coffee on the lake shore and it was only then that I realised where I was. I looked around me and saw sheer cliffs, mountains, and the small spawning streams flowing into the n Upper Kylemore Lough
The sky over Dublin with Conor Farrell, Astronomy Ireland
Astronomy just using your eyes The nights are now getting darker earlier as we make our way into autumn, and by 9:30pm it’s already quite dark outside. But as we wave goodbye to the summer we can say hello to stargazing season! With longer, darker nights over the winter, it’s much easier for us to see the wonders in the sky. If you’re starting out with stargazing, the best thing to use is your own eyes – there is no need for a telescope or anything yet. What you will need, however, is some warm clothes. The best thing is to wear multiple layers, especially during deep winter, as this traps more air close to your body and keeps you warmer. Don’t forget to wear a hat and gloves, too. When you go outside, give your eyes about 10 minutes to adjust to the darkness. This will allow you to see fainter objects in the sky. Don’t look at any bright lights – including your phone! – as this will ruin your night vision and you will have to wait several more minutes to readjust. If you need to, wrap a torch in red cellophane, as red light won’t affect your night vision. The first thing to look for is the Plough (also known as the Big Dipper). It’s easily recognisable as a large saucepan shape and forms part of the constellation Ursa Major, meaning ‘Great Bear’. The Plough is located in the north, and an imaginary line through the two outermost stars of the ‘pan’ part will point you to the North Star.
It’s a good idea to invest in a starmap or planisphere, which will show you all the constellations in the sky and help you to find your way round. If you want to take a close look at the clusters and nebulae in the night sky, a pair of binoculars is ideal for the beginner! Next month as the sky gets even darker we’ll take a look at a couple of the other constellations in the winter sky! You can get your equipment to scan the Dublin sky at nightskyoptics.com
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