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Metro Must Be Delivered “We cannot be parochial” - Ryan The eagerly awaited Metro North project is quite simply the single most important project in the history of the North County. It is widely regarded as being crucial for the economic recovery of an area. The County Leader decided to test the resolve of the local representatives on this vital issue. Fine Gael’s James Reilly was very positive and upbeat about the merits of Metro North. He said, “Fine Gael is absolutely supportive of the project. It is about connecting 40,000

By Patrick Finnegan The recent comment by people, growing to 100,000 in Swords and beyond to the city. For once in our lives, can we give the people of the North County a break and put this infrastructure in place. The cost benefit analysis is 2:1. In other words, every euro spent will yield two euro. This is an investment that will pay dividends and will make us competitive for decades to come. With so much unemployment, now is a great time to go about it,” he said.

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the Labour Party leader that he would drop the Metro North project should Labour come to power, has caused consternation in the North County. Senator Brendan Ryan, the only prospective North Dublin Labour party candidate at the next general election was not as bullish about the project as his would be political rivals in the area. Ryan said, “Every project in the Development Plan will have to be examined to see if they are viable. I have always been supportive of Metro North, but we are in a new space now and we need to look at all projects. If Labour comes to power at the next General Election and I am lucky enough to be chosen as a TD by the electorate, I will fight to ensure that Metro North gets a fair hearing in any Cost Benefit Analysis to see if it stacks up,” he said. Nothing has been signed yet. We are all aware of the benefits of Metro North, but we cannot be parochial. Labour continues to support Metro North, but it must be looked

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Trad For Trocaire In Malahide The Junior band members of the Malahide and

Kinsealy branches of Comhaltas played a lively seisiún in St

Sylvester’s GAA club recently. The seisiún and fundraising event was organised in conjunction with Gibneys of Malahide in support of Trad for Trocaíre, a national fundraising initiative that was launched for the first time last month. Malahide and Kinsealy’s collaborative seisiúns always prove to be a great success, allowing the students to showcase their talents and build confidence by playing to a live audience. On this occasion the seisiún had the dual purpose of raising funds for Trocaíre’s Hunger campaign. Band practice is held every Wednesday in St Nicolas of Myra School in Kinsealy in conjunction with


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Kinsealy CCE who also hold their weekly classes at that time. The Malahide branch of Comhaltas holds its classes for all ages, children and adults, on Saturday mornings in St Oliver Plunkett’s N.S. Malahide, between 9.15am and 12.00pm. Tuition is available

in an array of instruments. These include fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, flute, concertina, guitar, and box accordion. Classes are pitched at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Although the new term has resumed we welcome and encourage new members at all times.

The Junior band members of the Malahide and Kinsealy branches of Comhaltas are pictured in St Sylvester's GAA club Malahide. Back row from left, Dearbhla Snow, Joanne Cusack, Clodagh Murray, Sarah Deneher, Clare O'Grady, Hazel Reilly, Aoife Gaffneyand Mairead Maguire. Front row from left Sean Mangan, Naoise Drohan, Muirne Shaw and Shannon Flynn- Dunne

Young Rush Piper Is All Ireland Champion There were major celebrations recently when Cillian Harford, a young piper from St. Maur’s Pipe Band Rush, took the top prize at the All Ireland Piping and Drumming Solo Championships. The competition was held in Belfast last month and is a big highlight in the competition calendar with pipers and drummers from all over Ireland taking part. Two other members of St. Maur’s also competed, Darragh Bollard and Gareth Carrick and both gave very good performances and finished well up in their respective grades. Cillian competed in the under 14 championship and gave an outstanding performance to win first prize and take the prestigious All Ireland Piping title. This is a fantastic achievement for Cillian as this is his first year competing at this level and is a testament to his father, Noel Harford, Pipe Major and Piping Tutor for St. Maur’s Pipe Band.

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Swords Girl Fosters Abandoned Fawn Swords girl, Danielle Fogarty is certainly unique in her neighbourhood, as she is rearing a fawn in her backyard. Animal lover, Danielle, who is a final year student of Animal Science at UCD, happened upon the abandoned fawn as part of a research day conducted by the college. Danielle explained to the County Leader, “For the past two years, I have gone out with a group from UCD in June to the Phoenix Park, as this is the time when the deer go to fawn. We go with nets to capture fawn in order to take samples of hair and take measurements as part of research, before releasing them back to the wild. On 18th June on our first run of the morning, we happened upon a deer who had just given birth. The mother immediately abandoned the fawn, due to human contact and never returned. The other mothers would not let a strange fawn suckle them, so we knew that the baby fawn, which I

By Patrick Finnegan called Bee Bee was in trouble,” she said. She began to suckle at Danielle’s trousers. Danielle then consulted the Park Ranger who had accompanied them on the trip and he, along with the college authorities,

“My studies at college included animal husbandry, so it was now time to put my theory into real practice. I did some research and came up with my own milk solution from a local farmer, Padraig Ó

Swords girl, Danielle Fogarty with her adopted fawn, Bee Bee.

gave Danielle permission to take the baby fawn home to Castlegrange estate in Swords to rear her. It is thought highly unlikely that Bee Bee would have survived without Danielle’s timely intervention.

Scanaill. I told him that Bee Bee had not been fed yet and needed some Colostrum, which is a rich first milk that contains essential anti bodies. Padraig gave me a bottle of frozen Colostrum. I fed her this

for the first two days and then on to normal cow’s milk with eggs and glucose as well as a copper supplement.” Warm hearted Danielle kept Bee Bee at her home for the first three weeks. Bee Bee slept all day long during this period. Then when the three weeks had elapsed, she became very active. Danielle went on to explain, “My boyfriend has land in Co. Meath and we reckoned that Bee Bee would be better there with the extra space. We then decided to buy a goat to provide company for her. We called him Tom and they are the best of friends. Both goats and deer are herd animals and crave for company. Danielle and her boyfriend bring Bee Bee and Tom on walks in the Meath countryside and Tom particularly cleans up the shrubs on the roadside. Both animals are very relaxed and are not stressed in the least. Danielle hopes to keep Bee Bee for as long as possible, as she has bonded really well with her new foster mother. “I hope to pursue a career in Veterinary eventually and this has been a terrific experience for me,” she said.



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Malahide Marina Gets A Makeover Malahide marina received a good tidying up when a group of citizens got themselves active to help out their local community.

By Jonathan Adams On Saturday week last, 9th October, members of the Junior Chamber International Ireland (JCI) got stuck into this picturesque part of Malahide, as part of Active Citizenship Week. President of the chapter, Brian Smyth told the County Leader what the week is about: “Leadership, motivation, acquiring skills and learning by doing, so it’s about getting out there and getting active,” he said. Active Citizenship Week tries to get people across the country to help their communities in many ways like visiting elderly people, registering to vote, painting schools, giving blood, planting flowers, donating books or tidying the local area. Calling on young people in Malahide and the North County to join in and volunteer their time, Mr. Smyth said, “We’d like them to get out and get active in their

From left to right: Darrell McCrone, Director of Business and Finance, Joanna Michalski, Deputy President, Brian Smyth, President, and Eoghan Dockrell, Events Officer. Pic: Jonathan Adams

local area, whether it is with a charity or a sports club there are loads of ways to get involved.” JCI’s call comes at a time when there are thousands of young people unemployed and faced with little or no job prospects. According to Smyth, JCI could be a new beginning for young people in this position: “If you get out there and you build up your network and develop new skills, who knows, it could be a potential new career path,” he said. The JCI Fingal chapter meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Grand Hotel Malahide.

Well Known Author Visits Skerries School

The Skerries Community College was an even livelier scene than normal on Thursday 7th October, as celebrated children’s author Aubrey Flegg paid a visit. The writer gave a thoroughly captivating talk to numerous student groups, who clung to his every word. Flegg’s books include “Katie’s War”, “The Cinnamon Tree” and his current work, “Louise Trilogy”. The first book of this trilogy, “Wings over Delft”, won the Bisto Book of the Year 2003/4, Ireland’s most prestigious children’s literature prize and won the Reading Association of Ireland award in 2005. Flegg spoke of his time working as a geologist for the Geological Survey of Ireland in Africa, and of a research trip he undertook to Angola. As well as reading passages from some of his books, he took the time to speak of his experience with the writing process; “It is always important to choose a good companion, in school, in work and in life. It is the same when you write a character. I find writing to be an adventure. You always think you know where you’re going, but you’ll always find surprises along the way!”

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are now party to a "qualifying co-habitation relationship" must give very serious consideration to the potential effect that this Act may have on their legal relationship going forward and must make decisions now as to what extent they wish such rights and obligations to affect them. Although the Act has not yet finally come into law, it is only a matter of time and it is anticipated that this Act will be fully signed into law in early 2011, so if you have any concerns speak to your solicitor now.

impose rights and obligations A new Act is set to have big on couples who are qualifying consequences for co-habiting co-habitants. A qualifying cocouples when it is signed into habiting relationship is a relalaw. The Civil Partnership tionship in which a couple and Certain Rights and have been living together as a Obligations Of Cohabitants couple for a period of two Act 2010 may seem like a years, or more in cases where mouthful, but now it brings they are the parents of one or into law two fundamental more children, and five years changes. The Act is still Pat McGonagle or more where there awaiting the signed Ministerial Order for it to come in to are no children involved. effect. Before this happens there are certain This Act will now have a profound tax matters have to be dealt within the effect on relationships outside Finance Act. The second part of the Act is Marriage or Civil Partnership more detailed and looks at different parties which up to now, were in effect, There is a continuing air living together and their rights. It will mainly unregulated. Couples who of disquiet in Malahide

Malahide Shuttle Bus Refusal Still Rankles

concerning the refusal of the Department of Transport to refuse a licence for a shuttle bus service. Malahide Shuttle has been planned as a service for Malahide residents and has been organised in response to suggestions, to help commuters reach the Railway Station, to avoid traffic congestion, to ease parking problems and to save people having to drive their cars around the village. Michael Gill, Vice Chairman of Malahide Community Forum told the County Leader, “The licence was turned down because it

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was judged that Malahide already had an adequate service in the existing Dublin Bus service. This is not the case, as the existing service is far from adequate. It stated that there was an adequate bus and train service, but the Shuttle service was designed to bring people to the train station. The Department of Transport refused our licence application in April and then refused the appeal in August despite being sent nearly 600 messages of support for the Shuttle from Malahide residents." He continued, "The reasons given were that existing services are adequate; possibly Dublin

Malahide Water Problems And Solutions Many Malahide residents have experienced more water problems in recent weeks. Part of the problem is a lack of water reserves in the area. The local Chamber of Commerce has been in touch with the County Council and has been updated on their plans, which are outlined Bus was being protected from perceived competition, though the Malahide Shuttle would hardly threaten Dublin Bus, being only a local service. But all is not lost. Responsibility for bus licensing is now moving to the new National Transport Authority. Their draft Guidelines look somewhat more ‘open’, although there are one or two areas where we were concerned about what was called ‘adverse competition’ and have been lobbying to get them modified. We are hopeful that when the final Guidelines emerge in November they will allow us to apply for, and obtain, a licence. But the earliest we can hope to have the Shuttle running is now sometime in early 2011," he concluded.

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Residents of Rush were treated to a range of homemade goods and gifts at the Autumn Craft Fair recently. The Craft Fair, which took place at St Maurs GAA club, offered customers various clothes, art and gifts, such as embroidered clothes, jewellery, antiques, paintings and homemade gift cards. Pictured enjoying the fair are, Louise Landers and her children, Emma, Sean and Pic: Liam Keegan Brendan.

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Conversations ‘As Gaeilge’ In Balbriggan For those who like the ‘cúpla focail’, but have nowhere to express themselves, a group has been set up in


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Balbriggan for this purpose. A conversational group, ‘As Gaeilge’ meets every Monday night in the Central Bar in Balbriggan from 8 pm until 9. All are welcome to attend and is ideal for those who would like an opportunity to speak in a relaxed atmosphere. A music session follows at 9 30. Plans to construct a four kilometre distrib-

Fears Of Monster Sewage Plant In Portrane

utor road in Donabate are “part of a renewed attempt to build a monster sewage plant on the peninsula,” the area’s community council has said. The County Council has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission for the road that it intends to build, linking the Portrane road to the Hearse road by crossing Ballymastone and Corballis. The council says the road is needed to facilitate housing developments and to deal with future congestion. But in a document submitted as part of the application, the local authority said the road, three quarters of which will be dual carriageway, will also facilitate traffic for a new wastewater treatment plant. In its application, the county council states, “the road will open up development lands at Ballymastone and Corballis and will facilitate traffic from the proposed Portrane wastewater treatment plant.” Chairman of Donabate Portrane Community Council, Gareth Lee said expressions like “proposed Portrane wastewater treatment plant” could only mean one thing – the Council is attempting again to dump a monster plant on the area. Lee said, “it was opposed to

the new road as it is being built to open up the area to excessive housing development, and is a “Trojan horse” attempt to build a monster sewage plant in the area.” A small sewage plant to service Portrane, Donabate, Rush and Lusk is currently being built in Portrane. As this is being built it could not be referred to as a proposed sewage plant, meaning the county council still sees the area as a location for a monster plant. It now appears that the County Council is trying again to push the proposed monster sewage plant on Portrane. If that is the case it will be opposed all the way,” said Lee. He added that the 4 km distributor road would facilitate unsustainable housing development on the peninsula. Some 3km of the proposed road would be dual carriageway. The community council, along with pressure group Fairshare, has so far thwarted attempts going back to 2005 to build a giant sewage plant in Portrane severing the east coast of Ireland. Donabate Portrane Community Council said the proposed road was excessive in scale, and would lead to unsustainable housing development at a time when the country had 2,700 ghost estates.

Grants For Local Senior Citizens

Deputy Michael Kennedy has welcomed the awarding of more than €4,000 to Malahide Active Retirement Association under the new Seniors Alert Scheme. “I’m delighted to confirm Minister Pat Carey has sanctioned a grant of €4,140 for Malahide Active Retirement Association to fund equipment which will enable older people to continue to live securely in their homes. The equipment includes personal monitored alert systems Michael Kennedy TD for security and in-home fire alerts. This is another sign that the Government is committed to ensuring older people can have independence and peace of mind in their own homes and communities,” he said. “The Minister also recently approved almost €700 for Rush Senior Citizens under the Scheme of Community Support for Older People which has now been replaced by the Seniors Alert Scheme.”

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Open Space Renewal Project In Lusk A family field day was held in Lusk last Saturday week, 9th October, as part of the programme to bring wildflower and trees

By Liam Keegan to the open field area in Orlynn Park. The programme, launched by the County Council, aims to turn areas of the open field into meadow and this was kicked off with the planting of thousands of daffodils by residents last Saturday afternoon. County Mayor, Ken Farrell said the plan of this pilot scheme was to introduce paths through a meadow and to renew these open spaces, while still preserving large sections of the field for community sports. The family field day provided kids of the area with an abundance of activities, such as face painting, a bouncy castle, balloon modelling, human table-football, ice

cream, topped off by a magic show performed by Mr Zhivago. Park Superintendent, Tom Hussey said that the target of the programme is to bring to the area “more trees, more wildflowers and less places for anti-social behaviour.” “There will a five to ten year turnabout on this project; this is not a quick fix,” Hussey explained. “We assessed the needs of the residents and we have planned the area to suit their needs.” As well as the planting of thousands of daffodils, Hussey hopes to plant large canopy trees. “We hope to eventually have some canopy trees such as oak, but for now, the residents will see spring colours and hopefully some in summer too,” he added. Orlynn Park resident, Tom Kilmurray expressed his delight at the programme. “I think it’s a very good idea, as most of the area is just green grass, we can now look forward to some beautiful colours in spring,” he said.

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Report Recommends Greater Facilities For Balbriggan Youth A recent report on the North County’s mushrooming youth population has recommended

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teenagers and called for an expansion of youth services to cater for a sector which is seeing many falling through the cracks of the system rather than getting the professional help they need. The proposed website would see the teenagers linking up with social networking sites to promote a positive mental health message. The report entitled “A Voice Being Heard” echoed it’s title throughout as it called for the expansion of Foroige, recruiting more youth workers. They also suggested the setting up of various teen amenities such as a skate park or a pool, where young people could have their say in the running of the venues. “A joined

Portmarnock Students To Provide Hospice Care In Africa Students at Portmarnock Community School are embarking on a charitable venture to South Africa to help provide hospice care for mothers dying of AIDS. This venture is in association with Friends in Ireland, a charity which saw, at

Pictured are members of the Balbriggan Youth Wellbeing Group, back row from left, Linda Dunbar, Michelle Condoa, Jackie Thompson,Siobhan Thompson,Siobhan McGrory. Front Row from left, Ena Norris,Emer Mulligan and Derval Comiskey. Pic: Bob McKenzie

up multi agency approach” was required to link the youngsters with appropriate educational choices, the report stated, claiming that different activities and initiatives were needed to provide an alternative to anti social behaviour and hanging out at fast food outlets.

The report was warmly welcomed by several of the North County’s elected representatives, with some turning up to lend their support. Councillor Ciaran Byrne (LAB), told the County Leader, “ I believe that the report raises significant issues and feel that it

first hand, orphaned and abandoned HIV/AIDS children being cared for by the Sisters of Nazareth in Cape Town. The objective of the charity is to provide a hospice care within this township, effectively a place of peace and sanctuary where mothers in the last couple of weeks in their lives can take refuge, and continue to have their babies with them to the end. This is an impossibility, unless there is a hospice within the township itself. Siobhan Brady, one of the organisers told the County Leader, “We, in Portmarnock Community

could be a template for the future. As part of an ongoing strategy, I would fully support the setting up of the recommended services in the Balbriggan area and should they prove successful, they could be rolled out across the North County,” he said.

A Fancy Dress Halloween party in aid of Temple Street C h i l d r e n ’ s University Hospital will take place in Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre on Bank Holiday Sunday, 24th October, starting at 9pm and going on till late. There will be surprise guest who will leave you mind boggled and amazed. You can dance the night away with the amazing DJ Disco Royale. There will be lots of prizes on the night, so go on, get yourself down there and get your best fancy dress costume on for this very worthwhile cause. It promises to be a great night.


Pictured taking part in the Irish Cancer Society's annual walk in River Valley Park last Saturday, 9th October which was organised by Margaret Harris, are local councillor, Darragh Butler and his father, Philip Butler.

Table Quiz For SPCA In Swords Fingal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold a Table Quiz on Thursday, 4th November at 8.30 pm in the Harp Bar in Swords. The society needs funds to continue its work in rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of stray and homeless animals. All of the workers are volunteers, but they have large veterinary expenses and food and boarding costs, so come along and support this worthwhile cause. exchange. This year, we are trying to expand the circle of people contributing to the appeal. I am raising money by doing car boot sales each weekend and would appreciate any saleable items people might have lying around their houses. I am also having a night out at the Shelbourne Park greyhound track on November 26th next and for other fundraising events, log on to Portmarnock Community School website and click on Fundraising Events or contact me direct at 0863551030,” she concluded.

School, would like to support this charity on two fronts - one raising financial funds, the other, inviting Transition Year Students to commit themselves to a two-week programme of care and renovation/restoration work of buildings donated to the charity for the use in hospice care.” Siobhan went on to explain, “Next February, myself and 30 other students will be travelling with a medical team and a group of trades people to work on a building project, a clinic for aids victims, mainly children and a sporting, educational and music


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Local Rotary Club Aids Pakistan Flood Victims The recent Pakistani flood disaster has touched the hearts of most people in the North County. In response to this challenge, the Dublin Fingal Rotary Club carried out a collection in the Swords area, on October 1st and 2nd. The collection was on behalf of ShelterBox, which is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. The collection raised sufficient funds for the dispatch of five boxes to the flood area, which will provide housing and support for 50 people.

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Successful First Season For Corduff Allotments At last after some planning permission delays, Corduff allotments, near Lusk finally got up and running. They managed to get the parking and rabbit fencing done in March. Fortunately, the plots were ploughed and rotovated before the weather turned wet

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By Patrick Finnegan weather dried up. Susan Maxwell told the County Leader, “Thanks to allotment holders' hard work, fertile ground and a decent summer, many bumper crops

were harvested, the pollination of the courgettes being much helped by the bee hives nearby. We celebrated our first year with a BBQ for everyone at the end of August and intend to make this an annual event. She continued, “The first year's growing season is coming to an end with potatoes lifted, beans picked and pumpkins being tended for Halloween and parsnips and

A new fruit and veg shop with a difference has arrived in Skerries Point Shopping Centre. The shop is called ‘Fresh Kitchen’ and is run by Lee and his girlfriend Lisa. Lee learned the skills of the trade when he worked in Smithfield markets for three years, so he has a great knowledge of produce and pricing. He spent a lot of money on this spacious premises and decor to provide a pleasant, clean, happy shopping experience for the customer. Lee ensures that all his produce is fresh and he achieves this by buying from four farmers in the Rush and Lusk area. Also visiting the market every morning for fresh produce. This ensures that the local economy is well catered for, as well as providing the freshest produce possible. He

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sprouts still to come. Now the cycle starts again with digging over and spreading manure for the worms to work into the soil over the winter. There are also crops that can be planted now, including winter salads, hardy onions, spring cabbage and garlic. In summer, extra plots were sown with a green manure crop, which are now available for new Gardeners of the Future. Pictured hard at work at the new Corduff Allotments are Thomas, Max and Daisy Lara from members. Lusk with their pumpkin.


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Home Energy Information Meeting In Skerries Skerries residents were given the opportunity to become “energy-smart”, at a Home Energy Saving Information Meeting held in the Little Theatre on October 7th. The information evening, organised by Codema with the

By Rob O’Hanrahan support of Sustainable Skerries was well attended, with the organisers estimating an attendance of approximately fifty residents. Codema is a not-for-profit sustainable energy agency which acts as energy adviser to the four local authorities in Dublin. The idea is for homeowners to group together in Energy Smart Communities. By doing this, it is not only cheaper for the household, but more environmentally sound. There are currently two government grants available to private homeowners through Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI): the Home Energy Saving scheme and the Greener Homes scheme. The Energy Smart Community allows homeowners to make the most of these grants through a community 'cluster' formation. The work, covered under the two grant schemes above, includes the installation of insulation, boiler servicing, heating controls, solar panels, wood-chip boilers and many more. Suzanne Morgan, a Codema representative, explained to the County Leader that the idea of the meeting was to “get interested people together and to encourage them to take part in our home energy survey. From here, we can look to combine the work of the interested parties. A panel of contractors are thoroughly vetted, to ensure they are of a certain standard, before we choose the best bid on the work. As a non-profit organisation, we are totally independent of all contractors”. The meeting was a great success, with many residents expressing an interest in the scheme and signing up for the energy survey.

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Nifti To Celebrate In Naul Nifti is a community transport company operating under the Rural Transport Programme. It is part of the Rural Transport Network and has asked its members to host an event in their service area in October, celebrating the contribution of the community in it’s success. Nifti is hosting an Open Day in the Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul on Friday October 29 from 2pm to 5pm where they will announce a new range of routes to provide connectivity for the rural community of the North County. New early morning service will deliver passengers to both Swords and Balbriggan for 7.10am with a return service scheduled from Swords at 5.40pm and 6.30pm, while the Balbriggan return will run at 6.30pm. By using this existing services in conjunction with these services, Nifti will provide an afternoon return service to Ashbourne, Swords and Balbriggan, providing opportunity to transact business in these venues over a two and half hour period prior to the return journey. Some new evening services will also be rolled out along with a Saturday afternoon service to Swords. A new ten journey same week saver ticket and weekly hopper ticket, will be introduced. Nifti believes that they must utilise the grant support provided by the Government and deliver the maximum value for money to the community.

Swords Man In Final Of Mr Gay Ireland Twenty two year old Omar Hebib from Swords is one of the lucky men who will be competing for the crown of Mr Gay

By Leslie Murphy Ireland this October 24th. Omar is in his final year studying for a Business degree and working part time as a waiter in a local Portmarnock restaurant. The young man is a fairly social person and enjoys spending time with others, helping and having fun. Founded in 2005 the event is organised by the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Mr Gay Ireland has become more than a beauty contest and has become a nationwide community civic and social project designed to overcome negative stereotypes of gay people and to encourage a civic and social action for HIV/AIDS amongst the contestants and their friends. Mr Gay Ireland has donated almost €50,000 to charitable causes including Round Tower Housing Association (HIV/AIDS), St. James’s Hospital Foundation (HIV/AIDS), BelongTo Youth Development, the KAL case and GCN. Omar told the County Leader, “I have to say I’m really excited for the Mr Gay Ireland final this Sunday. I can’t wait to meet the other contestants and

have a bit of fun. It’s not something I would have expected, but I’m over the moon to be involved. I originally got involved when I’d heard from previous contestants that it is a lot of fun to take part, and I’m always up for something new and different. I think it’s so important to try and do your bit for others whenever possible and I’m delighted that I get to represent Swords and do my bit to raise money for St. James Hospital, New Fill Service for HIV/AIDS patients. I think it’s a fantastic project and I’m really excited to be helping out.” The fundraising is important too and Omar has decided to team up with Candy, a gay club night being run in The Slaughtered Lamb, Swords on a Friday nights. Candy are hosting a Graffiti Party this Friday October 22nd including raffles, games of bingo and great prizes with all funds going to St James Hospital Foundation. “It’s great to finally have a gay night in the North County for everyone living out this way, instead of having to trek into town all the time. It would be amazing to win and become Mr Gay Ireland and go on to be an ambassador in Mr Gay World and do even more charity work, just gotta cross my fingers now and impress the judges on the night,” concluded Omar. The online vote on ends this Thursday, October 21st for anybody who would like to vote.



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President Joins Celebrations At All Hallows The Adult Learning BA for Personal and P r o f e s s i o n a l Development at All Hallows College is a year old this month. To mark the occasion, President Mary McAleese, joined the students, staff and guests of All Hallows College on Wednesday 6th October to formally celebrate the event. This flexible, modular BA, that the student designs according to their own interests and goals,

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Donabate’s businesses are varied and it’s possible to get a website designed and when that’s done you can check your finances and see if your business portfolios are tax deductible. Similarly you can have a real pamper me day with a visit to the local hair salon and a nice meal in the local hotel where you can unwind with fabulous views across the bay. The centre of the village has a wonderful array of services where you can check out property opportunities at the local estate agents and look at other people's homes. Here you will get ideas on home improvements and with winter on the way, now is a great time to improve security at home by getting new outdoor lighting, as well as revamping your indoor lights from the local electrical supplier. It is time to head for home, but before you go, you can pick up the newspaper and some provisions at the local newsagents.The town

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Enda Kenny Visits Donabate There was great excitement in Donabate recently, when Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny paid a visit to Donabate/Portrane Educate Together School. He was accompanied by his deputy leader, James Reilly and shadow Education spokesman, Fergus O’Dowd. His visit included a reception for him by the schoolchildren, who sang with great effort. Paul Rowe, Chief Executive of Educate Together speaking at the event commented, “When the country is struggling to pay its bills, the expansion of an unproven, high cost model into a low cost base sector simply does not make sense. We applaud the Tánaiste’s stated intent to respond to the demands the changing shape of Irish society places on our education system. However, it must be questioned why the state is creating its own version of a multidenominational school, when a highly successful, cost efficient option already exists. We are ready to meet the needs of our changing education system and are ready to work closely with the Department of Education and Skills to meet the high demand for new multi-denominational schools around the country, he said.” Educate Together operates 58 multi-denominational primary schools nationwide and has applications for 43 further schools pending with the Department. Its model is based on providing equality for all children irrespective of their social, cultural or religious backgrounds. Educate Together opened its first school in 1978 and in 2008 opened 12 schools simultaneously. Places in Educate Together schools are highly sought after and 13,000 pupils are currently being taught the national curriculum in their schools.


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Metro Must Be Delivered “We cannot be parochial” - Ryan Continued from page 1 analysis it does not stack up, it should be deferred not abandoned. Fianna Fail’s Michael Kennedy and Green Party’s Trevor Sargent were equally forceful about Metro North. Sargent said, “It is very

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clear that the Green Party and I are putting every ounce into delivering Metro North. It is essential on so many fronts and construction will give a lifeline to employment in the area. It will connect, not only Swords, but its hinterland with the city. For an international airport and capital town, it is long overdue and will cost less than expected due to recession. Why does Eamon Gilmore torpedo the biggest job stimulus in the country.? Come what may, Metro North must be delivered,” he concluded. An equally determined Michael Kennedy, (FF) said, “My commitment to this project is firm. The economic and community benefits are too good to walk away from. As long as I represent the people in Dublin North, this project will be built and now is the time to invest in our future. It

can and it must be built and the opposition would serve my constituents, the people of the Dublin and the whole country very well by getting behind Metro North 100 per cent,” concluded Kennedy. Local businesses continue to stress the importance of Metro North to the economic survival of the region. Tony Lambert, CEO of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce was very positive about its benefits when he told the County Leader, “Metro North is the single most important project for the North County region for the foreseeable future. The economic potential of this

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difference between his paintings and a photograph, so realistic is his work. Alan’s first exhibition was called ‘Shades Of Angels’ and was influenced by painting spiritual scenes and angels. His early work included spiritual scenes, fairies and fantasies where he would then have to add a background to these works and this is when he would introduce landscape. His inspiration comes to him in different ways and he paints things he sees and likes, it’s not always planned. Alan told the County Leader, “ I have always loved painting and used acrylics for a long time because as much as I wanted to use oil, I couldn’t master it. Four years ago, I found a flair for oils and haven’t stopped since. My ambition is to start working towards bringing two to three exhibitions of my work on display yearly. I now have an agent, Joe Lynch and with his help, I hope to bring this dream to fruition,” he concluded.


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North County Leader competition winners meeting Brendan Grace at the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan. Pictured, L-R, Eileen Gallagher from Balbriggan, George O'Gara, manager Bracken Court Hotel, Brendan Grace and Anna Robinson from Skerries. Brendan's next show in the area will be on December 28th in the TLT Theatre in Drogheda. Pic: Bob McKenzie.

Balbriggan Bounty Terror Around Town There will be plenty of ghouls goofing around Balbriggan during a two-day festival on October 30th and 31st. The community-wide celebration starts off on Saturday 30th at noon at George’s Square, with a frightfully fun Treasure Hunt for parents and their pirates, witches and surprise costumes. Members of the Balbriggan Historical Society are providing the clues for the Treasure Hunt, to show children and their parents around the ancient town where the Rattling Retailers Association led by Allan of the

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Beastly Bagel Bar and Tony of the Glittery Goldsmiths might show you the skeletons in the shop closets. After all the bounty in Balbriggan (kindly provided by the Torture Chamber of Commerce) has been collected, children and their parents can boo-gie down at the fancy dress party in the terrifying town hall from 2pm-4pm. On hand to fight off the monsters will be the fearless teenagers of the Balbriggan Youth Group. WHO DECIDES WINNER? Find out just how scary, or silly you really are in the ‘Best Dressed’ competition. Prizes will also be given for the best home-made costume and the best costume made from charity shop purchases (because you can be nice while trying to look your meanest). While you enjoy your spoils, vote for the spookiest shop front in Balbriggan. But the fiendish fun doesn’t stop there. On Sunday, Freaky Foroige will host macabre music groups at a bandstand where revolting refreshments will be for sale. If you get so frightened you forget, posters will mysteriously appear around Balbriggan to remind you. The winning poster was designed by Kayleigh Ryan, a 6th year student at St. Molaga’s School in Balbriggan and the winning limerick was composed by Dargile Puidokaite, also 11 and a 6th year student at St Molaga’s School. Remember, there’s no escape! So clear your creaky calendars to hunt for treasure, boo-gie down at the party and listen to some Balbriggan banshees... It’ll be a scream!

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Preparing for interview Writes Siobhán Kinsella Firstly congratulate yourself on being called for interview. You have succeeded in presenting your skills and experience as a solution to the employer’s vacant role! Remember when and how you found the vacancy, the research you did and the effort you put into your CV and cover note. The object of each of those exercises and the time and effort you invested was to get this interview. Your efforts have succeeded in getting you an opportunity to sell yourself in person. Now don’t let yourself down. You only have one chance to make a first impression! Regardless of the role wear business attire, a suit or freshly

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Last Weeks published deaths from the North County Carolan – Sheila (nee Reynolds) Reynold’s Shop, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Sheila beloved sister of Mary and aunt to Mark and Justin. O’Reilly – Vera (nee McNally) Malahide, Co. Dublin. Beloved wife of Joe and loving mother of Terence, Sharon, Linda and Emma Jane, and sadly missed by her sisters and brothers. Morris – Joan (nee Walsh) Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. Joan, sadly missed by her loving husband Jim, son Jamie, mother Essie, sisters Marie and Siobhan and brothers Gerard and Joseph. Murphy – Frances (nee Kane) Skerries, Co. Dublin. Frances, wife of the late Jack and mother of the late Kevin, she will be sadly missed by her daughter Mary, sons John, Michael and Peter and sister Noelle. Murtagh – Bridie Balbriggan and late of Shercock, Co. Cavan. Bridie, loving sister of Margaret, Frances, Gerry and J.J. and predeceased by her sisters Nancy, Pam, Rose and brother Larry.


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Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for the demolition of an existing bungalow dwelling and construction of a new dormer bungalow, boundary wall, including a new sewage treatment system, percolation area, associated site works at Corduff, Ballyboughall, Co. Dublin by Mr Alex Tsedryk. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during it’s public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for the retention of a single storey garage at Corduff, Ballyboughall, Co. Dublin by Mr Alex Tsedryk. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during it’s public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application. Fingal County Council We DCD Pubs Ltd. intend to apply for Planning Permission for development works at Fowlers Public House,10-12 New Street, Malahide,works will allow for new shop fronts to New Street and a single storey extension at first floor level to the rear with associated demolition works. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We DCD Pubs Ltd. intend to apply for Planning Permission for development works at Fowlers Public House,10-12 New Street, Malahide,works will allow for new shop fronts to New Street and a single storey extension at first floor level to the rear with associated demolition works. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council I Jane Walsh T/A Red Velvet Hairdressing Salon am seeking planning permission at Unit 4, The Grange, Main Street, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the enclosing of two existing balconies at first floor level to create two sunrooms. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening

PLANNING APPLICATIONS hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of his application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for first floor extension to the rear of existing dwelling house at Lime Kilns, St.Doolaghs, Balgriffin, Dublin 17 for Sean Loughran. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the Planning Authority and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council I, K. Peters intend to apply for Planning Permission for change of use of existing two storey semi detached private dwelling for use as creche at 1 Sunset Court,Coopers Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin. This Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or bservation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the Application. Fingal County Council Outline Planning Permission is sought by PDK Behan for a development on the 0.409hectares site

at Drynam Green and bounded to the East by Drynam Road. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing dwelling and associated buildings, the construction of 14 number 3 storey dwellings to the North and South of the site. The development will accommodate 10No. Type A semi-detached (147msq) 3 bedroom dwellings, 2No. Type B detached (177msq) 4 bedroom dwellings and 2No. Type C (177msq) 3 bedroom dwellings. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, Kenneth and Patricia Canty intend to apply for planning permission for development at 66 Ardcian Park, Swords, County Dublin. The development will consist of the conversion of the existing attic into an attic storage space with dormer window to side and 1 rooflight to front and 1 to rear of existing roof. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council I, Teresa Halligan, intend to apply for permission for a development at 1 Glebe North, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of modifications to previously granted permission (Planning Ref: F07A/1085) for a single storey dwelling, to the rear of the existing family home, to include all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Planning Section, County Hall, Swords Co. Dublin between 9:30am and 15:30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the Application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for (a) construction of a ground and first floor extension to the side and rear of the existing detached dwelling and (b) retention permission for widening of existing vehicular entrance for Jacinta McDevitt and Brian Mullen at 2 The Cove, Malahide. Co Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application Fingal County Council I Micheal Bailey intend to apply for planning permission for development at Malahide Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development consists of the demolition of the existing habitable house on the site. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 - 15.30 Monday to Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council I Peter Kelly intend to convert garage into living space, alterations to roof over existing garage from flat to pitch type. New front porch, with extension to rear at 4 Shenick Drive, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 – 15.30 Monday to Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission

or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application.


construct one & half storey extension to the side of existing dwelling. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

Fingal County Council I, Liam Gillford, intend to apply for retention for a development at Belinstown, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. The application is for permission to retain entrance gates and timber fencing, to include associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Planning Section, County Hall, Swords Co. Dublin between 9:30am and 15:30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the Application.

Fingal County Council Fingal County Council – Planning permission is requested for a new single-storey extension to side (west facing) of existing dwellinghouse and material alterations to existing dormer window in front elevation (south facing). At : The Lodge, Flemington Lane, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Signed:- Paddy Hanlon. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council.

Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought to convert the existing attic to a storage room to include two roof lights to the rear, construct a first floor extension to the rear, a ground floor extension to the rear and a garden shed in the rear garden of 42 Thomas Hand St, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Padraig & Fiona McGirl This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during it’s public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

Fingal County Council Fingal County Council – Planning permission is requested for retention of conversion of existing farm outbuilding to residential ( 3 no. onebedroom cottages ) along with associated siteworks including carparking, bin storage and openspace/recreation area. At ‘Ivy Cottage’, The Green, Lusk, Co. Dublin. Signed –Joe Hand.. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council.

Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought to construct a new first floor extension to the existing detached garage at 4 Hacketstown, Rush Rd, Skerries for Mick Hickey. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during it’s public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Mark & Mary Palmer at 2 An Claddagh, Skerries, Co. Dublin to

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