May 1, 2014
Month XX, 2012 Palmerstown • Celbridge • Leixlip • Adamstown • Dodsboro • Liffey Valley • ballyowen
May 1, 2014
Month XX, 2012 Palmerstown • Celbridge • Leixlip • Adamstown • Dodsboro • Liffey Valley • ballyowen
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County honours Dunnes strikers Ian Begley
South Dublin County Council will award the freedom of the county to 11 Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike against the apartheid regime in South Africa 30 years ago. The 1984 strike ultimately led to the then Government banning the importation of South African produce to Ireland. Speaking exclusively to The Gazette, former anti-apartheid
striker Veronica Monroe from Lucan said that she greatly welcomes and appreciates receiving the council’s honorary title. She said: “I don’t know exactly what it means [to receive the Freedom of South County Dublin] and it’s the first time I ever heard of it, but we will take it for what it is, which is recognition for what was done. “We were not striking for ourselves, we were striking for a cause.” Full Story on Page 4
Seeing red: School children take prize in fight against racism pictured at the Show Racism the Red Card creative competition awards at the Aviva stadium recently were Debbie Omosebi, TV presenter Diana Bunici and Claire O’Carroll, both children from the winning Castaheany Educate Together school in
Lucan. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism charity founded in the UK in 1995. It was established in Ireland in 2006. It aims to harness the support of high profile sportspeople to combat racism. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan
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Strikers outside the Henry Street branch of Dunnes Stores protesting against the regime in South Africa 30 years ago. Picture: Rose Comiskey
Dunne’s strikers given freedom of the county South Dublin County Council will award the freedom of the county to 11 Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike against the apartheid regime in South Africa 30 years ago. The council will give the former protesters the freedom of the county. They went on strike in 1984 to protest against the handling of South African fruit and vegetables. This July marks the 30th anniversary of the strike, which lasted for two-and-half-years and ultimately led to the then Government banning the importation of South African produce to Ireland. The Honorary Freedom of South Dublin County is the highest civic honour that the County Council can award an individual. The
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award is to acknowledge the strikers’ contribution to the anti-apartheid movement 1984- 1987. Speaking exclusively to The Gazette, former anti-apartheid striker Veronica Monroe from Lucan said that she greatly welcomes and appreciates receiving the council’s honorary title. She said: “It’s very nice that South Dublin County Council want to recognise the strike for what it was and maybe this is their way of doing it. “I don’t’ know exactly what it means [to receive the Freedom of South
County Dublin] and it’s the first time I ever heard of it, but we will take it for what it is, which is recognition for what was done.” Monroe and the 10 other Dunnes Stores workers who took part in the strike were recently brought together again and invited to travel to South Africa to pay their respects to the recently deceased Nelson Mandella, and to visit the family of Nimrod Sejake – an exile who joined the strikers on the picket line. “We were all together in South Africa to visit Mandela’s burial site for about seven days. “We also went to meet Nimrod’s family, which was so wonderful. He was an exile during the time of the protest and spent all of his time on the strike line with us
– he was a wonderful man. “It was fantastic to get together again and talk about [the movement] and everything became alive again in our heads,” said Monroe. Asked whether she thought a protest like this would happen today, Monroe said: “I don’t think you’d have that anymore – people don’t strike like they used to. We were not striking for ourselves, we were striking for a cause, which was outside the country as well.” Clondalkin Cllr Gino Kenny (PBP) who put forward the motion earlier this year in recognition and the importance of the strike on the 30th anniversary said: “I think the Dunnes Stores strike of 1984 and its narrative in trying to highlight the abhorrence of apartheid
will forever be etched in trade union history in Ireland. Not only were the workers fighting an employer but their sentiment of international solidarity was a tribune against the oppressive state that was apartheid South Africa. “Their own personal sacrifice during those two-and-half-years was testament to themselves and the greater good of highlighting the terrible injustice of apartheid,” said Cllr Kenny. A special ceremony has been arranged to award the Honorary Freedom of South Dublin County at a function to be hosted by Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) on the May 6 at 6.30pm in County Hall, Tallaght. The motion was formally agreed by all councillors at April’s county council meeting.
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courts: tribunal concludes that tesco worker unfairly dismissed
Maya makes last three
Security man who hit youth gets €20k Ian Begley
Tesco Ireland has been ordered to pay €20,000 to a security worker who was unfairly dismissed. Olatunji Lyinolakan was awarded €20,885 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) after it concluded that the worker had been unfairly dismissed by Tesco Ireland Ltd following a night-time assault at its Celbridge store. During the tribunal, Lyinolakan admitted to striking a youth in the centre of his body with the shopping basket at 10pm on September 2, 2010. He said that the youth had threatened to murder him and his family. According to the EAT, the incident was captured
on CCTV at Celbridge Tesco, which showed “six youths congregating outside the store, interfering with shopping trolleys and signs, urinating and making monkey gestures towards a security guard”. T he footage then showed the youth, who Lyinolakan struck, follow him into the store on a number of occasions and then proceed to smash the security gates. During the tribunal, Lyinolakan said that he called the gardai and said to the youth that they were on their way. After confronting the youths for a third time, Lyinolakan said that a scuffle ensued and he was placed in a head grip by
the youth. He said he felt threatened and believed that he used reasonable force, saying that he was attempting to defend himself when hitting the youth with the shopping basket. A Tesco store manager, who remained anonymous at the hearing, claimed that Lyinolakan’s actions during the incident represented serious misconduct and that he was dismissed by letter in November 2010. The EAT awarded Lyinolakan €19,000 under the Unfair Dismissal Acts and a further €1,188 under the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts after concluding that he was unfairly dismissed.
Castletown House: Protesters gather to defend public right of way pictured is Olive Wardell speaking before a recent Castle-
town House Right of Way protest walk, with up to 70 people in attendance. Brendan Young, Community Solidarity candidate for the local elections, spoke from the steps of Castletown House. He said: “When we speak to people on the doorstep, everyone wants to keep the Castletown parkland open and retain the right of way through it. I have met nobody who supports the OPW proposals for a fence, which is the only way they can fully extinguish the right of way and which they will use to restrict access to Castletown.”
First year Confey College student Maya Kaikov came in third at the Confucius Chinese Bridge Test, recently held in Cork. Nine participants from Confey College took part in the competition, which is a language test aimed at promoting the work of the Confucius Institute and co-operating schools in promoting the Chinese language at second level. Their entries consisted of a short introduction in Chinese about themselves and their interests, followed by a talent related to Chinese culture. The students who took part were with Maya were Cian Mattern, Aisling Chambers, Eoghan Gately, Joshua Godwin-Agoh, Sam O’Brien, Eva Slevein, Luindy Mein Torng Ho and William Wong.
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awards Local media student wins prize for Radio Production of the Year
‘When we heard we’d won we were shocked’ Ian Begley
Palmerstown student Laura Dowling recently won an award at the 2014 National Student Media Awards (Smedias) for a radio production that she and several classmates made. Dowling, who is a second year BA journalism and visual media student at Griffith College Dublin, won the Radio Production of the Year: Arts and Features category, for her Halloween based programme entitled Capital Eight. Entering the awards with fellow students Josefina Bentz, Laura
Hunt and Caoimhe Rooney, Laura said that she is “absolutely shocked” with her team’s win. Speaking with The Gazette, Dowling said: “We were delighted getting shortlisted, never mind actually winning. We went to the show at the Ballsbridge Hotel and there were four other groups nominated from Griffith College and another one from DIT. “We just said to each other that we would go and enjoy ourselves, but when we heard that we’d won we were absolutely shocked.” Dowling said that she
and the group were talking about entering the awards with the encouragement of her lecturers, and decided to enter a Halloween production they pre-recorded during October. She said: “For the programme we talked about things that happened in the years gone by on Halloween and we had an interview with a representative from the IFI (Irish Film Institute) who talked about the upcoming festival and what they were doing for it. “We also went to a youth centre in Ballymun, where we talked to the women there about
Laura Hunt, Laura Dowling, Caoimhe Rooney and Josefina Bentz with their prize
what ghost stories they knew and any paranormal experiences they had in their lifetime. It was really interesting and I
think that interview is what lifted the show. “ W h e n we f o u n d out we won we just jumped out of our seats
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and screamed. We just couldn’t believe it. We looked at each other and went over to our lecturers and gave them a big
hug and went to collect our award.” Dowling then went on to say that she is interested in pursuing a career in radio and believes that her team’s win is a very good stepping stone. “I now know what making radio productions involve, and it was good for me to get out of my comfort zone because I’m more into sports than anything else. Me and the girls worked so well together and I believe our team work is what helped us win it. We all had one part to do in the radio production, but we still helped each other out in every way,” she said.
Bealtaine: range of activities planned
launch Fest Ian Begley
South Dublin County Council (SDCC) will celebrate the 2014 Bealtaine Festival, a festival celebrating creativity in older age, this May. On May 1 at 11.00am in Tallaght Stadium, South County Dublin Mayor Cllr Dermot Looney (Ind) will officially launch the festival, which is co-ordinated by Age and Opportunity. SDCC have organised a number of events during the month to celebrate the festival and have produced a brochure to advertise events for older people during Bealtaine. Those interested in taking part are being given the opportunity to try out something new. Some of the activities include crafts, computer classes, horticultural workshops, walking, and a tea dance. The name Bealtaine comes from the ancient Celtic festival of that name celebrating springtime, freshness and renewal.
The theme this year for South Dublin County is Catch the Heart off Guard. Eileen Casey, who is a poet, fiction writer, and journalist will launch her prose collection, A Fascination with Fabric. This will be followed by a short reading. RAMS in Rhythm will provide the musical entertainment for the morning. Special guest, Tallaght native Al Porter, who is one of Ireland’s rising comics, will also be making an appearance at the festival. This year, SDCC are inviting people to tell them about a moment in their lives when something wonderful had happened to them that they weren’t expecting, but which filled their life with joy. Application forms can be downloaded from www.sdcc.ie. For further information contact Maria Finn at 01-414 9270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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anniversary Paddy’s Barber Shop’s running a raffle for local residents
Hair’s to 50 years in Lucan Ian Begley email@example.com
Paddy’s Barber Shop in Lucan Village is running a raffle for the local residents in celebration of its 50th anniversary. On May 10, Paddy’s Barbers will be 50 years in Lucan Village, first started in 1964 by local man Paddy Monaghan. Paddy, who has since retired, left his barber shop in the hands of his three sons, who continue to look after and run the shop to this very day. Since its origins, Paddy’s Barbers has moved to three different locations in Lucan, before settling on Main Street in 2004. Paddy who has lived in Lucan his entire life, told The Gazette that since he first started up his busi-
ness Lucan has transformed dramatically. He said: “When I was only 13 my father came home one night and asked me would I like to be a barber because there
“There were horses and carts going around collecting all the leaves and other stuff, and at that time there was only one car in Lucan. “I went to work in Bal-
Lucan has changed a whole lot since the time when I first started out
was a new barber shop starting up in Lucan. “I used to work from 9am right up till 8pm at night and 10pm on Saturday because everyone then worked five-and-ahalf day weeks. “Lucan has since changed a whole lot since the time when I first started out. At that time running water wasn’t even installed in the houses - the fountains were outside on the footpaths.
lyfermot for 10 years and then decided I’d have a go at starting my own barbers in 1964 and have been there ever since.” Asked what his secret is to a long and prosperous barbershop, Paddy said: “Just be there when you’re supposed be there and it’s as simple as that.” Paddy’s son Philip who works as a full time barber said that business is now great and that they continue to have very
loyal customers. He said: “We’re flying now. We’d be the oldest barber shop in Lucan and have a lot of loyal customers.” Phillip said the recession hit them hard but things have picked up again with people coming home from Australia
and Canada and requiring a haircut. “On May 10, we’re going to have a celebration for our anniversary. “Anyone who has got their haircut from March 1 goes into a draw for the raffle with the chance to win some great prizes,” said Philip.
Paddy’s Barbers first started in 1964
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Alex Byrne, Kenneth Egan and Lee Browne. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston
cheque it out: School’s €1,000 donation packs quite a punch
INE Gael election candidate and Olympic medallist Kenneth Egan was at Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan, recently for an event organised by the transition year students. Over €1,000 was raised for Pieta House and Kenneth was on hand to help with the presentation to Patricia Maloney of Pieta House.
Maeve, Caitriona and Cian Heraghty were amongst many local kids who took part in the Easter Egg Hunt at Griffeen Valley Park recently. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston Lee Browne and Kenneth Egan
Richard Flynn and Kenneth
Michelle Ryan Adriana Tickle, Isla and Bradley Kennedy and Cara Murphy
Patricia Maloney from Pieta House with Ross Ward, Gavin Byrne and Kenneth Gabriella and Mercy Ane with Kelly and Lucienne Tesi
Dylan and Andrew Moran
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GRIFFEEN VALLEY PARK: EASTER EGG HUNT IN LUCAN
Families enjoy a cracking event
Vicki with her son, James Anne, Paddy, Ella-Mae and Julia-Rose Mulhern
Rachel and Isobel Corcoran and Allie, Meg, Sheena and Ryan Sharkey
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