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2nd April 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 12 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

Who’s Actually Representing You? With just over a year to go to the local elections, our councillors are busying themselves tackling local issues in an effort to secure your precious vote. But who is doing what? By Patrick Finnegan

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Politically, the North County is divided into three Electoral Areas, namely Balbriggan, (which includes Skerries, Rush, Lusk and the rural villages of the northern half of the county), Swords, (which includes Donabate and Portrane), and Howth / Malahide, (which also includes Portmarnock, Baldoyle and Sutton). Swords and Balbriggan elected representatives attend the same Area Committee meeting, while Malahide / Howth operate as a sepatate Area BALBRIGGAN Committee. TOP PERFORMER Official figures from last year studied by this journalist, reveal that there is a yawning gap between our best and worst performing councillors, based on the number of motions and questioned submitted at their respective Area Committee meetings. These figures are based on a total of 10 Cllr. Farrell monthly meetings, which took place in 2012. Attendances at these meetCouncillor ings have generally been good and we believe the figures are accurate to Ken Farrell (Lab) within plus or minus two percent, David O’Connor (NP) according to our research. Ciaran Byrne (Lab) When motions and questions are May McKeon (NP) added together, a gap of 151 submisTom O’Leary (FG) sions exists between the best and worst performing councillors over the year. You will be shocked at the performance of some of our representatives, who are trusted with representing us and ensuring that the local authority is fully aware of our concerns and needs. The top performer for 2012 in the Swords Electoral Area was Darragh Butler (FF), who tabled 26 motions and 126 questions, making a total of 152 submissions This was followed by Gerry McGuire (Lab) with 74 submissions, Tom Kelleher (Lab) with 37, Eugene Coppinger (SP) with 20 and Anne Devitt with just one motion. In the Balbriggan Electoral Ward, the leading performer was Ken Farrell (Lab), who made 122 submissions, made up of 26


Cllr. O’Leary

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Cllr. Devitt

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Darragh Butler (FF) Gerry McGuire (Lab) Tom Kelleher (Lab) Eugene Coppinger (SP) Anne Devitt (NP)

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Cian O’Callaghan (Lab) Anthony Lavin (FG) Peter Coyle (Lab) Eoghan O’Brien (FF) Joan Maher (FG)

Cllr. Maher


Meetings Motions Questions Attended Submitted Submitted Total

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40 35 40 28 2

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motions and 96 questions. Others to contribute included David O’Connor (NP) with 23, Ciaran Byrne (Lab) with 20, May McKeon (NP) with 18 and Tom O’Leary with just one single motion. Councillors in the Howth / Malahide Electoral area were more evenly matched, where County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan (Lab), made 128 submissions, comprised of 40 motions and 88 questions. He was followed by Anthony Lavin (FG), with 107, Peter Coyle (Lab) with 93, Eoghan O’Brien (FF) with 89, right down to Joan Maher (FG), who made just 6 submissions in total. Local councillors are elected to be the voice of residents at local government level. Decisions that affect our everyday lives are made, or rejected in County Hall in Swords. Like in all walks of life, there appears to be some who take their job more seriously than others. Clearly, many of our councillors are very dedicated and hard working to ensure that a valuable service is secured in providing a better environment for our families ; however, these figures show that some councillors are actively working on your behalf, but some clearly are not. Residents will ask why one councillor can make 152 submissions, whilst others make just one. You will have the final say in June next year.



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O’Brien Blasts Hogan For Pyrite Backtrack Local senator, Darragh O’Brien has expressed his extreme disappointment that Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan is backtracking on his Pyrite issue promise. Speaking to the County Leader, O’Brien said: “I was very disappointed to see Minister Hogan backtrack on his promises to those living in Pyrite affected areas around the North County and beyond.” “Minister Hogan was asked whether he would consider using money from the Pyrite Resolution Board’s €50 million fund to test homes in estates where pyrite has been found. Back in December last year, he stated the Pyrite

Resolution Board and its €50 million fund was a mechanism to ensure a sustainable source of funding is available to meet the costs for houses that manifest the symptoms of pyrite now and in the future.” “However, at a recent meeting in the Dail, he now says the fund is a last resort,” O’Brien continued. “Furthermore, it explicitly goes against the spirit of his statement that homeowners will not accrue any costs for remediation. By forcing the estimated 10,000 homeowners possibly affected by pyrite to pay for testing he is forcing them to pay costs of up to €3,000 on a Pyrite test before any help will be offered. This is wrong.” “Tests should be provided for all pyrite affected estates, homeowners from our locality should not be forced to watch their houses crack and crumble before help is provided,” he concluded.

Rush Group Requires Co-ordinator A co-ordinator is urgently needed for the Rush Meals on Wheels group. Please ask at Rush Community Centre any lunchtime for more information about this voluntary position, and for a copy of the reading programme. This group provides a vital service to the local community and all support is greatly appreciated.

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Upcoming Cycle Races In North County Balbriggan Cycling Club would like all residents to know that on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April, the Harry Reynolds, Ben McKenna and Jim “Jazzer” Wherity Memorial Races will be held around the North County. The race areas will include, Man O’ War, Palmerstown, Balcunnin, Milverton, Killalane (Carney’s tree), Darcystown (New Lane), Ring Commons, Killougher, Kitchenstown, Nags Head, Ballyboughal, Blakes Cross, Ballough, Five Roads, Nevitt, Walshestown, Belgee, Baldaragh and Hollywood Great areas. In the interest of safety, the club would like to request motorists to take care, and if they encounter the cyclists approaching, to stop and keep into the left as much as is possible, while the races pass. Pet owners are also asked to keep their pets inside, or under control, for the duration of the races. Over 500 cyclists from all over Ireland will be competing. Advance warning signs will be displayed both on approaches to the race routes and on each of the courses.

Badminton In Skerries Here is a great way to keep yourself fit during the rainy weather! Skerries Badminton Club are looking for new members, both male and females, over 16 only. Beginners are always welcome. The sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm in the Skerries Community Centre.

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safety issue, as many are left standing as the bus travels down the M1 motorway at a higher speed than an average bus journey,” he said. Dublin Bus is seeking to remedy the capacity issue but in order to do so, they need additional resources as this review also includes the 41 bus route and its ancillary services. Ryan confirmed, “They are hopeful of finalising the review with a resolution of the 33X capacity issue

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Cat arrested in prison Prison guards have arrested a cat - for attempting to smuggle contraband goods in for inmates. It had items including drill bits, files, earphones, a mobile phone and charger fastened to its body with tape. Officials said the items could be used to effect a means of escape or for communicating with criminals on the outside. A prison spokesperson said: "It's tough to find out who's responsible for the action as the cat doesn't speak."

Tourism operators from around Ireland travelled to Great Britain to join Tourism Ireland at the ‘Best of Britain and Ireland’ travel trade exhibition, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham recently. This annual event for the travel trade in Britain, attracts over 2,000 influential coach tour operators, group travel organisers and educational travel organisers. Pictured at the Tourism Ireland stand are, Miriam O’Connell (Tourism Ireland), Minister for Health, James Reilly TD and Joanne Pollard (Malahide Castle and Gardens).

Balbriggan Children Display Plenty Of Culture As part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Balbriggan Town Council held an Art, Essay and Poetry Competition for local schools and playschools in the area.

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An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Larry Dunne and the members of Balbriggan Town Council hosted an awards ceremony in the Town Hall for the winning participants, as a way of acknowledging all their hard work. Leas Cathaoirleach, Councillor Peadar O’Kelly welcomed the children to the Town Hall to collect their prizes and congratulated them on their success in the competition. “This is our fourth

year to hold the awards ceremony in the Town Hall which gives the Town Council, along with the parents and family members an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the young prize winners. I would like to make special mention of the wonderful achievement by the students of St. Teresa’s National School who had a clean sweep in the Poetry and Essay categories and to give a special mention to A d e d a y o Oshindele who was the Overall Winner in the Art Competition,” said Cllr O’Kelly.

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Are Council Washing Their Hands Of Drainage Problem? By Patrick Finnegan A Balbriggan woman, who is on disability and living alone, claims that she is at her wits end trying to get the County Council to fix a drainage problem in her back garden. Patricia Kiernan, who lives in a council house in Hamilton Way in Balbriggan told the County Leader that she has been trying to get the local authority to admit that there is a drainage problem in her back garden. Every time it rains, her garden floods and in particularly heavy rain, which we had recently, the water can come into her kitchen. Patricia, who is on oxygen for emphysema and a total of 38 tablets per day, is unable to bring in coal and logs from her garden, due to the danger of her slipping in the flooded garden. This means she cannot light the fire to keep her warm on rainy days. Patricia said, “If I had my

Malahide School Granted Planning Permission There was some great news for Malahide last week, with the news that St. Oliver Plunkett National School has been granted planning permission for a new school. Speaking to the County Leader, local senator, Darragh O’Brien said, “The chair of the school’s

Patricia Kiernan is pictured in her waterlogged back garden in Hamilton Way, Balbriggan. Patricia has to have her oxygen supply fitted at all times, as seen in the photograph.

health, it wouldn’t matter so much, but it’s a real problem for me now.

Board of Management, Alan Markey informed me about the granting of the planning permission and I am delighted to support this application. I extend my congratulations to principal, Claire O’Connor, as well as to Alan Markey, Tony Healy, Fran Leavey and all board of management members, as well as the parents association. The next step will be to get the Department to sanction the building,” concluded O’Brien.

I’ve been on to the council for a long time and they just laugh at the problem because when they arrive, the rain has stopped and all they see is a soggy garden,” she said. I’m fighting this for two and a half years. I contacted deputy Brendan Ryan, who made representations to the local authority on my behalf on many occasions, but to no avail. The last letter from the council was sent last October, and it stated, “The Council’s Clerk of Works has carried out an examination of the garden and has reported that the garden has adequate drainage and therefore no works are necessary,” the report concluded. Patricia keeps her freezer in a shed at the end of the garden, due to lack of room in the house. “One time, the water got into the shed and blew a fuse there and I lost about € 300 worth of food, as a result. Another time, it got into the house and destroyed the lino, which had to be thrown out. My neighbours are very kind and look after me, but I don’t know what to do and I feel that I have nowhere to turn to,” said a desperate Patricia.

Friends Of Autism Course In Balbriggan Friends of Autism and ADHD and Fingal Leader Partnership are holding a six week course aimed and parents and carers in the Bracken Educate Together National School starting on 25th April. The course will be ran by Professor Carol Fitzpatrick, Consultant Child Psychiatrist and katherine Moreland, Advocary Worker for people with disabilities and their families. All interested are welcome to attend.

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Swords Open For Business By Patrick Finnegan Fingal Dublin Chamber wants to reassure shoppers and customers that Swords will be open for business during the laying of a new water main pipe from the Pinnock Hill Roundabout along Dublin Road to the Garda Station. Fingal Dublin Chamber CEO, Tony Lambert told the County Leader, “While a one-way system will be in place for eight weeks, all businesses along Dublin Road and Main Street will be accessible and open for business. The Chamber and the Council want to ensure that any disruption to business is kept to a minimum during the period that this very necessary infrastructural work is being carried out.” “The Chamber welcomes this work, but wants to ensure that people who live and work in the town and the many visitors coming to Swords can go about their business with minimum disruption,” said Lambert. The County Council has already started work, with phase one from Kettles Lane to Boroimhe complete and phase two to the Pinnock Hill Roundabout due for completion soon. Phase three of the work is from Pinnock Hill along Dublin Road as far as the Garda Station. This is expected to start no sooner than 8th April and


will take approximately eight weeks. This phase will require the operation of a one-way traffic system along Dublin Road for traffic leaving Swords. No traffic will be allowed to enter Swords from the Pinnock Hill Roundabout. It is intended to split this Phase into two parts. The first part is from Pinnock Hill to the junction at Forest Road. The duration for this part is 4 weeks approx. Traffic from Forest Road will be able to turn left and right during this phase.

CEO of Fingal Dublin Chamber, Tony Lambert is pictured at the junction of Forest Road and Dublin Road in Swords.

The second part of this work is more complex and covers the area from Forest Road to the Garda Station. This will necessitate open trench works for a four week period. The one-way system on Dublin Road leaving Swords will remain in place. Traffic from Forest Road will only be able to turn right onto Main Street/Dublin Road with no left turn during this four week period.



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Sutton Golf Club - Saturday 23rd March

President elect Paul O'Reilly with Club President Dave Murray

Jennifer and Willie Maxwell

Andrea Molloy with Robert Sinnott

Pat and Helen McGonagle

Paul Kunkells with Rose Burke

Finbarr Neylon and Verity Swan (District Governor elect)

Club President Dave Murray (centre) congratulates Paul Harris Medal recipients Ed Mealy and Tony Stafford Jacinta and Brian Fitzsimons

Irene Sinnott and Marie Clarke

Gerry Fitzmaurice with Bill Kee

Gerry McInerney with Carroll Stafford

Lar Sheeran with Carol O'Reilly

Irene and Robert Sinnott

Tom Ewing, Brian Fitzsimons and Maria Ewing

Susanne and Peter Carey

Penny and Michael Eustace

President elect Paul O'Reilly with Michael McEnery

Greg and Moira Langan

Club President Dave Murray presents his wife Margaret with a bunch of flowers in recognition of her assistance throughout the year

Penny Eustace with Denise Molloy

Edward and Shiela Mealy with Sean and Maeve Sheehy

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Councillors Divided Over Skerries Taxi Rank By Jennifer McShane The recent decision to amend the Skerries Taxi Rank proposal has divided local councillors. Local residents also strongly objected to the position of the rank (situated opposite St. Patrick’s Church), which they say will affect public parking opposite the church and encourage antisocial behaviour. While Balbriggan representative, Cllr Ciaran Byrne (Lab), welcomed the decision saying that the location of the proposed site for the rank was “in direct line of sight of the Garda Station Cllr. Byrne a hundred yards away” and that public parking opposite the church would also be available to residents for at least eight hours a day, Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) and Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab), did not echo these positive sentiments. A number of weeks ago, the County Leader learned that Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) and a large

Balbriggan Club Opens New Juvenile Room O’Dwyers GAA club in Balbriggan were celebrating recently, as, after months of hard work, the club have opened a new vibrant juvenile room for its members. At present, the club currently fields 19 juvenile teams, which continues to grow each year under the guidance of the hard working juvenile committee. In a town which has seen significant growth over the last couple of years and with very little infrastructure present, the club identified a need for a place where the younger

number of Skerries residents were concerned with the location of the taxi rank for these reasons, and he says this feeling has not changed. “Myself and the residents are really not happy with this decision,” he said. “I’ve also spoken to Cllr. O’Leary a number of taxi drivers who are equally unhappy and say they will refuse to use this new rank. It’s not over yet though, we will be putting forward a vote at the next full council meeting before an outcome is finally decided.” Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab), also spoke to the County Leader about this, and said that an issue that has had so many objections should not be going ahead. “There was a public consultation on this issue and hundreds wrote in objecting to it. With so many objections, it’s absolutely a problem. The location just isn’t suitable and it’s not right that the local residents should be ignored,” Farrell concluded. Cllr. Farrell

members could gather and socialise in a safe environment. In 2012, the club acquired some unused portacabins, which were kindly donated by the local Loreto Secondary School, and the decision was taken to transform the once derelict portacabins into a place the kids could call their own. Every project needs a driving force and this came in the form of Derek Kiernan and Declan Quinn. They put a lot of time and effort in to this worthwhile cause, and they were not left lacking support as a large amount of the clubs tradesmen gave up their time so freely to help

make this room a reality. After many hours of hard work the club can now enjoy the fruits of their labour. The kids now have a room for themselves where they can play pool, relax on a new sofa or watch TV. They also want to thank Diageo Ireland who kindly funded the project. “We hope that the younger members of O’Dwyers will have years of enjoyment and that this will help them to develop the strong sense of club and community spirit, which as a club, we will develop long into the future,” said Derek Kiernan.

Skerries Student Excels At SciFest On Friday, 22nd March last, post-primary school students from all over Dublin gathered to showcase their science projects and to begin the first of 15 regional SciFest Science Fairs, with one of our own doing particularly well. The top prize on the day went to 5th year student, Tom McDonald from Skerries Community College, with his project ‘Coastal Erosion in Skerries’ which examined coastal erosion and deposition over a period of two


years on his local beach in Skerries. He discovered that the beach profile changes seasonally due to wave and wind action experienced. He will now go on to the national final of SciFest which will take place in November in the Science Gallery in Dublin. Over 70 science projects were displayed at SciFest@DIT, with approximately 150 students from schools all over the county delving into the deeper realms of scientific exploration with some interesting results. Entries to this year’s SciFest have broken all records with up to 4000 students exhibiting their projects at the 15 venues over the next three months.

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Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt The O’Connor Cup winner was Nick Savage, with a net 46. The runner-up was Bridget Murray with a net 49. Nearest the pin on the 3rd hole was

won by Tommy McCann with a hole in one. Congratulations to all the prize winners, with thanks to local sponsor, Cllr David O’Connor. Sunday game winner was Liam O’Rourke, with a net 46 and the runner-up was John Fitzpatrick, who scored a net 50.

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Brendan Ryan TD Advice Clinics Balbriggan Combined Clubs, Dublin Street Saturday 11.00 am Skerries Carnegie Library, Strand Street Saturday 12.00 pm Rush Rush Community Centre, Main St Thursday 7.00 pm Lusk Carnegie Library, The Green Thursday 8.00 pm Swords Senior Citizen Centre, Chape l Lane Friday 5.30 pm Donabate Donabate Parish Hall, Thurs day 5.30 pm

Allotments Available In Balbriggan And Skerries Springtime is traditionally the start of the vegetable growing season and now that the St. Patrick’s Day festivities are behind us, it is the perfect time to rent an allotment and start growing your own fruit and vegetables. There are a number of allotments currently available in Balbriggan and Skerries. There are many excellent reasons to sign up for an allotment: grow your own fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, reduce your household food bills, take part in a social outdoor activity and make new friends. The latest allotment scheme at Balbriggan was recently completed by the Balbriggan Allotment Association (BAA), with grant support from Fingal LEADER partnership. The Balbriggan Allotment Scheme is unique in that it also includes a community orchard, pig rearing area, training allotment and a beekeeping area. The BAA will be organising training sessions on how to set up your allotment, how to prepare the ground and how sow and grow your vegetables. A pilot ‘Fuel Allotment’ project is also being developed at Balbriggan, where allotment holders can plant willow and grow their own fuel for winter months. Caitriona Redmond, well-known food blogger and member of the Balbriggan Allotment Association told the County Leader: “There are so many reasons why now is such a good time to sign up for an allotment - locally grown seasonal food, sustainable living, re-learning traditional farming and cooking skills not to mention the economic and employment situation many people and families now find themselves in.”

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Georgia Chaney from Holywell Educate Together National School made her Confirmation recently, She is pictured here with her parents, David and Esther Chaney.

Pictured here are the students of Ardgillan College in Balbriggan as they work hard to lend a hand to the local Tidy Towns group.

Students Generously Support Balbriggan Tidy Towns The County Leader reported earlier in the year about a new collaboration between Balbriggan Tidy Towns and Ardgillan Community College. The Civic, Social and Politcal Education (CSPE) students (led by teacher Caroline Doherty), undertook a bulb planting project with the Tidy Towns team in early winter and then they hosted a member of the Tidy Towns team in the school to do a presentation on ‘Community Stewardship’ in January of this year. The link between the school and the local volunteers grew ever stronger last week, when the Tidy Towns were contacted and told the pupils had organised a fund raising event on their behalf. Terry O’Reilly, the volunteer who had initiated the collaboration and Alex McCullagh, the Tidy Towns trea-

surer, where delighted to attended the college last Friday for the presentation of the €352 . “We were delighted that students undertook this fund raising event. It demonstrates that they valued the participation in our local activities and they recognised that extra funds would help us to extend our projects further into the community,” said volunteer Terry O’Reilly. “It is hoped that the strong links that were built this year between Balbriggan Tidy Towns and Ardgillan College and Balbriggan Community College will continue into the next academic year,” commented Balbriggan Tidy Towns PRO, Zoe Nelson. “In these difficult economic times, it is heartening to see the younger members of the community supporting the hard working Tidy Towns volunteers.”

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Meriel Calls It A Day After 40 Years Thursday last, 28th March was a bitter sweet day for AIB Bank Swords employee, Meriel Deane. It was the day she retired from the bank after 40 years service. Meriel, who is a Swords resident has been a very popular member of staff at the Swords branch of AIB Bank for the past almost 12 years. However, Meriel will not be lying idle in her retirement, as this very active lady is involved with a number of organisations that will keep her fully occupied in her retirement. She’s part of the AIB Choral Society, where she sings at various charity fundraisers. “I’m also involved with the Niall Mellon Trust and have been out in South Africa on four separate occasions,” she said.

Meriel Deane is pictured at her desk on her last day of service at the AIB branch in Swords.

But Meriel isn’t finished yet. She’s going to Kenya later in the year with the organisation to build houses and a

Donabate Library Gets Official Go Ahead There is some good news for local residents in Donabate, as official plans for a brand new library, to be located in the Donabate Portrane Community and Leisure Centre went on public display last week. Speaking to the County Leader about the upcoming plans, local Fianna Fail activist Clara La Combre, and Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), both welcomed the news. Butler said that the new facility would be a fantastic facility for the community. La Combre said, “I have served on the Board of Directors of the Donabate Portrane Community Centre since 2007 and during my time as a volunteer director, I came up with the idea of using the largely unused top floor of the centre as a library.

school. “I just love doing this and I can’t wait to get over there and start this vital work. The Niall Mellon Trust has already housed 100,000 people in 10,000 homes over the past 10 years. “I’m also involved in various fundraising projects through the Arts and Crafts group in Swords, so I’ll have plenty of time now,” she said. Meriel, who is also a leader in the Girls’ Brigade, has greatly enjoyed the last 40 years working for AIB. “They’ve been like an additional family to me and I’ve made many really great friends in my time here,” said Meriel, who regards the emergence of female bank managers as a great breakthrough, which is greatly welcomed,” she said. There seems little doubt, but that this energetic lady certainly will not be bored and won’t have too much time to relax in her well earned retirement.

I never dreamed that my suggestion would come to fruition as it has, and I’m obviously delighted about this positive outcome,” she said. “There will be plenty of room for everyone in the new centre. With a little alteration the upstairs can be used to accommodate the groups that currently use the space as well as the library. The library will also include a children’s section, young adult and adult sections, along with computers for research and training.” “It really will be a terrific amenity for the area that will emphasise recreation in the centre. Locals will be able to Cllr. Darragh Butler meet here and socialise, and it will mean that the centre will have much more to offer its visitors,” she continued. “It will really be something for the entire community to enjoy. Construction is set to begin in the coming weeks with a grand opening planned for September as the children return to school,” she concluded.

The Parkinson’s Group in Portmarnock has established itself as a useful forum to help those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and their carers and families. It is open to anyone in the wider area who are in any way affected by this condition. The group meets on the first Monday of every month at 8.00pm in Naomh Mearnóg Clubhouse. If interested, please contact Jim at 086 244 7005 for further information.

Ballyboughal Choir Needs New Members The Ballyboughal Church Choir rehearse every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Church of the Assumption, Ballyboughal and they are looking for new members to join. The choir sings at the Sunday vigil mass, which is held on Saturdays at 7pm. Additional singers, both ladies and gents are encouraged to come along and can contact Ronnie 085-1743748 for more details.

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Donabate Residents Appalled Downgrading Of Malahide Garda Station Totally Unacceptable By Road Conditions Local c o u n c i l l o r , promised our commu- o u r G a r d a í h a v e t o By Jennifer McShane Local area activist for Donabate/Portrane, Clara La Combre (FF), has come together with local residents to tackle the issue of the appalling conditions of the New Road and Balcarrick and Corballis Road in Donabate. “Both roads are in terrible condition (they have been for years), and locals feel that health and safety are big issues that must be looked at,” La Combre told the County Leader. “They are sick and tired of the extensive damage done to their vehicles and have complained individually to the County Council, Pictured here is local activist, Clara La Combre (FF), with local milkman Michael Collins standing beside but to no avail.” La Combre decided to take one of the many speed ramps on New Road in Donabate that is badly in need of repair. matters into her own hands and put together a petition to have own are affected by this. Something both roads repaired. A total of 71 needs to be done.” residents of Balcarrick and Corballis “As a lobby group and along with my have signed this and she has also colleague, Senator Darragh O’Brien, received letters of concern from the we are putting huge pressure on the Waterside House Hotel and Council to begin restorative works Donabate Golf Club, who believe it’s on both of these roads with particaffecting their businesses. ular emphasis on the New Road. Michael Collins, who has been delivThere are 13 ramps in total on this ering milk in Donabate for the past road leading to the beach and 11 are 25 years has also had extensive in complete disrepair,” She damage done to his truck, and says continued. “It’s just not safe. I’ve he won’t tolerate this any longer. nearly gone into the bushes on my “My truck has received a lot of bike a few times. Our petition was damage thanks to the state of these sent in earlier this month and we’re roads,” he said. “The ramps on the still awaiting a response from the New Road in particular, aren’t safe Council. This must be resolved,” she and other businesses as well as my concluded.

Eoghan O’Brien (FF) has warned about the dangerous consequences resulting from the downgrading of the Garda station in Malahide. He told the County Leader, “Unfortunately, with the recent increase in criminal activity in our area, we have been proven correct.” He praised the local Gardaí for the fantastic job that they do for our community. “Their job is being made ever more difficult due to the lack of resources being allocated by the Government, who

nity that the early closure of our Garda station would not affect how our area is policed,” he said. O’Brien also pointed to anomalies in the Government parties’ assessment of what would happen as a result of the downgrading of Malahide station. “It was claimed that there would be more Gardaí on the streets; we now have 32 Gardaí operating out of our station, down from 44. It was also claimed that no prisoners will be transferred to other stations. However,

Lusk Twinning Preparations Well Under Way Twenty years of Twinning will be celebrated in Lusk in May when the village twinning committee will invite their French counterparts to town for an anniversary celebration. Preparations are well underway for the visit, and the Lusk locals plan to give their French friends a very warm, Irish welcome. Two decades ago, Lusk was twinned with

drive prisoners to Coolock, wasting valuable time and taking a patrol car out of circulation,” he said. “Despite other parties insisting that this is not a downgrade, it clearly is. We have also lost two of our five Garda vehicles in our area, which is a 40 per cent reduction in services,” he continued. O’Brien also points out that there has been an increase in burglaries in the area, which is a cause for concern.” Many residents who have been victims of

crime have contacted me to express their concerns. We as a community must continue to fight for the resources that our area needs.” “The downgrade of our station by

Thorigne-Fouillard in Brittaney, and the bonds of friendship have been growing between the two towns ever since. On Wednesday, May 8th, a delegation of some 30 people from the French town will enjoy all the hospitality that Lusk has to offer, as 20 years of successful twinning is happily celebrated. A number of activities are planned for the visit including: a visit to County Crest in Lusk, a trip to Glendelough, and lots of local shopping. The group

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Pictured here is Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) outside Malahide Garda Station.

Government Parties has put our community at risk. We must keep reminding these parties that these cuts to the resources of our local Gardaí are totally unacceptable,” he concluded.

will also meet the County Mayor, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan and take a tour of the County Council offices here in Swords. The French guests will be kept extremely busy, but will no doubt thoroughly enjoy their eventful visit to Lusk and other areas around the North County and beyond. The residents in Lusk are very much looking forward to welcoming their visitors in May and strengthening the strong bond that already exists between the two towns.

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With Spring well and truly established, it’s a high time to start thinking about, not only the annual Spring cleaning, but also some new and fresh ways to cheer up your home and your garden.

Garden A neatly kept garden is the first impression a visitor gets of your house. This first impression is lasting and if your garden is not kept up to scratch, it’s unlikely that your home will be any better. Now is the perfect time to start tidying up your garden. If you need a major clean-up after the harsh winter and even harsher Spring that we have just endured, you will need to engage the services of a professional landscaper. Luckily there are many such companies here in the North County, who will provide you with a top class service to make sure your garden, the entrance to your home looks at it’s best. With smaller gardens, you may be in a position to undertake small jobs. Sowing a new lawn can be undertaken now, with local garden centres ready to

Trim Your Trees Trim back any climbers where they have grown into eaves or around windows and doors. If you have winter flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), it will require trimming and tying back after its seasonal display. Tie in new shoots produced by climbing also. There are many shrubs you may have in your garden which requiring trimming or pruning at this time of year. For example, Buddleia davidii, Leycesteria Formosa require cutting back hard to promote fresh flowering shoots. If you haven’t done so already, you should also cut back your dogwoods to encourage their coloured stems for next winter. Your winter/spring flowering heathers that have

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In The Kitchen It’s easy to get prepared for the Spring in the kitchen. Most likely you’ll be inspired by longer days; cooking a bit lighter food and perhaps trying out some new recipes, so the fresh smell fulfilling the house will give a hint of new not only to your taste buds, but also to the whole house. Why not also get more into freshness by growing your own herbs? The light is indeed the biggest spring maker, so the best way to cheer up your kitchen for the warmer days to come is to let the light flow in. So, leave the dark, heavy curtains for winter and go for some thin, translucent fabric instead. When changing the curtains and blinds, think about all the spring colours and choose the lightest and brightest options. Browse around the local decoration shops here in the North County to get some inspiration and don’t be too shy to try out something totally new, or trust the classic spring colours such as green, yellow and white.

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Fingal Dublin Chamber Network Event and Official Opening of Fairco’s New Premises at Cloghran

Tara Leyden with Martin Heffron (both from Fairco Windows and Doors).

Derek O'Mara (North County Leader) and Eric Toal (Fairco)

Eamonn Tynan (Springhill), John Cullen (Domino Design) and John Fitzpatrick (Springhill).

Fairco proprietor, John Toal with President of Fingal Dublin Chamber, Siobhan Moore.

Stephen Peppard (Fingal County Council), Derek O'Mara (North County Leader) and Michael Kennedy (Michael Kennedy Insurance).

Ciaran Corcoran (WCA Architects), Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber) and Darragh Lawlor (CompuB)

Brian O'Brien (Brian O'Brien Solicitors) and Vinny Convery (WCA)

Stephen Lam (WCA Architects), Vinny Convery (WCA Architects), John Gould (Fairco) and Justin Behan.

Ireland’s largest indoor showhouse opened it’s doors to the public last week. To celebrate the occasion, Fairco Windows and Doors hosted a Fingal Dublin Chamber Networking evening at their spanking new showrooms at the Old Airport Road in Cloghran on Thursday last, 27th March. The occasion attracted a large gathering of local business people and the company’s very impressive showrooms drew very favourable comment from all there. The showrooms are a permanent ideal homes exhibition and the entire showroom is completely encased in glass. The breathtaking interiors of the timber-framed house

are inspired by Eastern US architecture seen in popular American TV shows. Chamber President, Siobhan Moore praised the company for their foresight in choosing such a prime location and wished them the best for the future. She said that a company such as Fairco will bring a new dimension to the area, and described the showrooms as ‘resembling a film set.’ In reply, Fairco proprietor, Jim Toal was delighted with the large turnout and said he hoped to see as many of the business men and women, who attended in the near future and looked forward to conducting business with them soon.

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Tara Leyden (Fairco) and Paul McKinney (Fairco).

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Brian Doyle (Donnelly's Fruit and Veg) and Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber).

Tom Kennedy (BRM Financial Services) and Bernard Leech (All Gas Heating).

Jurgen Riedel (Ventura), Arlene McIntyre (Ventura) and Stephen McCann (Fairco).

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Andrea Molloy Sales & Marketing Manager, Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport Being a great believer in hard work, Andrea Molloy from the Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport has been in the hotel industry for over 20 years. Having worked in many iconic hotels from the Burlington to the Shelbourne, Andrea moved to Choice Hotels in the year 2000 and has carried out a number of different Sales & Marketing roles within the group. Andrea has great admiration for those she has worked with during her career and believes this has moulded her into the business person she is today. Andrea is an outgoing and enthusiastic person who loves networking and creating partnerships with other local business. Andrea says, ‘Working in a hotel which has been a pillar of the Fingal community for the last 41 years is a wonderful experience, but nothing stays the same and launching fabulous new superior bedrooms is the next step for the Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport’.

Byrne & Company Solicitors Patricia is a partner in Byrne & Company Solicitors, in Swords who took over the practice of Liam Moran & Company in 2003. Patricia’s expertise is in Commercial and Residential Property, Probate, Wills and Trusts. Patricia is also one of the few female Notaries appointed by the Supreme Court. Notaries deal in the main with the authentication of documents for use abroad including, Powers of Attorney, adoption papers, certifying copy passports, birth certificates and educational certificates. The practice offers a wide range of legal services and Patricia’s partner, Brendan Byrne, specialises in personal injuries caused by road traffic accidents, slips and falls, injuries caused in the workplace and medical negligence. Clients are fully and efficiently assisted with their difficulties in a professional and confidential manner. Lunchtime, after hours, and weekend appointments are available on request.

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Monica runs one of the oldest businesses in Balbriggan, McNally’s, which was established in 1878. Along side her husband Patrick they had been running the business for nine years at Market Green before they undertook to purchase the former National Irish Bank building in Drogheda Street. At present, Monica heads this office and is responsible for organising funerals and devoting time with families, assisting them in the selection of a suitable headstone and memorial cards for their loved ones. Sharon Tolan has ably assisted Monica in this role. Other services available in the office are the arranging of headstone restoration, grave accessories, newspaper insertions, ceramic photos, religious artefacts, candles to name but a few of the many items on show in McNally's. In the latest addition to the business, Monica has affiliated a civil celebrant to McNally's Monica Hickey in order to perform civil funerals at their Funeral Home, where families do not wish to use Funeral Director at McNally’s the services of a church. Funeral Directors

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‘Molly Sweeney’ Comes To Skerries

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Tony award winning author, Brian Friel’s “Molly Sweeney” opens in Skerries later this month. From April 10th to April 20th, Skerries Theatre Group will perform “Molly Sweeney” by Brian Friel and directed by Mary Cauldwell. The story revolves around three characters: Molly (Mari Carpenter) blind from 10 months old, tells her story before and after an operation to try and restore her sight, Frank ( Richard Norman-Wright) her husband, and “a champion of lost causes,” tells of his passion to help her and finally, Mr Rice (Jimmy Gibney), her consultant, who is an alcoholic, takes his chance to restore his reputation. This tale will be told from three points of view and all the characters will be on stage throughout the play. Don’t miss this dramatic piece of writing by Ireland’s renowned playwright, Brian Freil. Tickets are available from Skerries Bookshop.

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Keith O Reilly & Daniel Barker Gayle O'Dowd & Tracey Finnerty Alannah Grant & Rachel Bermingham

Charlotte Rooney & Michelle Yeats

Folk Group In Swords The Swords Folk group sing at the new Saturday evening 6.30pm Vigil Mass in St Colmcille’s Church (three Saturdays a month). They are eagerly recruiting musicians and singers to come and join in song. Contact Zita at 087 6240608 or meet the group after Mass.

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Local Citizens’ Information Service The Fingal Citizens’ Information Service now runs a new weekly outreach ‘drop-in’ information and assistance service to all in Baldoyle Library, Strand Road, every Monday from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome, no appointment necessary.

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Insightful Rose Information Night In Swords Excitement is in the air as we get ever closer to crowning our Dublin Rose of Tralee. Plenty of planning and preparation is going on behind the scenes in the lead up to the selection nights, and the County Leader have already been speaking to Dublin Rose candidates who are thoroughly enjoying the fantastic experience that goes along with entering the competition. We recently attended a North County Rose Information Night in the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords to meet the committee and some potential Rose candidates. The night was held, so that anyone who was unsure about the competition could get all the ins and outs and have a chat with the lovely former Dublin Rose, Siobheal NicEochaidh and hard working Rose committee member Amiee. Jessica Corr from Lusk was there to get all the information about the contest and was delighted to chat to Siobheal about her experience, as Siobheal has been through it all before. Jessica told the County Leader that she was “beyond excited” to be taking part and couldn’t wait to meet the other girls involved. Siobheal said that she would encourage anyone who is even remotely thinking of entering the contest to do so because she knows herself,

Pictured here at the recent North County Dublin Rose Information Night in the Carnigie Court Hotel in Swords are former Dublin Rose Siobheal NicEochaidh with one of this year's Dublin Rose hopefuls, Jessica Corr from Lusk.

how incredible and life changing the experience is: “It completely changed my life for the better,” she said. “I had such an amazing time. My confidence grew and I became more focused on what I wanted to do with my life. I’m still involved with the Rose now and I’m probably busier than I ever was. I look back and think, what did I do before the Rose?” Anyone from the North County who wants to be a Rose can start the ball rolling by filling in the application on this page and sending it into our offices here on North Street.

Balbriggan Club Needs Women To Run In Marathon club activities and outings. If you wish to participate, you must enter either online or you can get an application. Give Nora a call on 0860457003 for a sponsorship form. So dust off those

Remember Us Special Needs Youth Group, based in Balbriggan are looking for ladies to participate in the Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd in aid of the club. All funds raised will go towards

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walking/running shoes and raise much needed funds for this very vital group. Remember Us is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and to mark this milestone, they will be having a birthday party for its members in the Bracken Court Hotel on Saturday April 27th.


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Follow The Leader Peter O’Kelly, leader of the Portmarnock Scout Group, has been involved with the scouts since he was 10 years old. His love of the scouts from such a young age transcended into his later life and he has been involved with them in one way or another, ever since. Peter sat down to tell us more about himself, the impact his scout participation has had in his life and why he loves being actively involved in community life. “When I joined my very first scout group with my three brothers at ten years old, there were really very few extra circular activities for children then,” he said. “So this was an ideal outlet, and a great way to mix with other kids.” Peter says the idea of being a member of a scout group, even at that young age, always appealed to him: I’d always like the whole idea of being a scout, and after my first two week camp, that was it. I was hooked and I haven’t looked back since.” He has lived in Portmarnock since June 13th, 1986 (according to his extremely precise memory!) and says he loved the area so much, that he had no desire to move away. “Portmarnock is such a lovely area, with a wonderful community at the heart of it. Myself and my family love being a part of that community, so we were very happy to stay and call it our home.” For those that don’t know, there are a number of different ‘ranks’ in a scout group: Beavers, Cubs, Venture Scouts and the newest addition, the Rovers. These groups within the group, means virtually any age can participate. He had worked his way up all the ranks and became the group leader of the Portmarnock Scout Group many years ago. He is still as actively involved with the group now as he was when he first got involved in the mid eighties. This in itself is a true testament to how much he devotes to the group, not overlooking the fact that he clearly loves every moment of it. “I’ve always loved working with children. Getting to see them grow and accomplish all of their achievements is one of the greatest things about my role as a scout leader.” He says the purpose of any scout group is to try to create good citizens who can overcome various obstacles and think independently. “I think being a scout is fantastic grounding for a child. They get to interact with children of their own age, learn new skills, how to cope when they’re out in the great outdoors, have plenty of new experiences and take on challenges.” He says Portmarnock Scout Group has really come on since he first joined many years ago, and that the group is as busy as ever. They currently have around 120 members and a waiting list of 60 children, all eager to join in the fun. The group try and organise at least one activity per

month, and through these activities the scouts get to put all their training into practice, by doing things like hiking, camping and pioneering. “We want to have the members outdoors as much as we can.” Peter says the group is challenging for its members (in a very good way) and that there is a lot more to it than people might think. The extremely active scout leader says that the success of the group would not be possible at all without the dedication of all the volunteers and leaders: “Everyone that’s involved brings so much energy and commitment to the groups and the different outings, and that’s what really spurs the kids on and gets them enthusiastic.” Peter is a community activist in the highest sense of the word and right from the very start, I can see that he is very much a people person and truly loves helping others and being involved in his local community. He has been rewarded for his efforts numerous times, having won the 2007 ‘Volunteer of the Year award’ and various other scouting honours including the ‘Order of Cu Chulainn,’ the highest accolade achievable in scouting, which he says was one of the highlights as his time in the scouts. He is extremely humble when it comes to speaking of his many awards and says that he simply loves being involved in the community. “I’ve always thought it was great being involved in anything going on in your area. It’s how you get to know all your neighbours and really bond with your entire community.” When he’s not working with the scouts, Peter loves to spend time with his family. His wife Roisin also works in Portmarnock and his two sons, Kieran and Damien have their own businesses, while daughters Aisling and Sinead are working and about to start college. Peter is also a keen writer. He has been writing for 35 years and among his many short stories written, also has 17 of his Ghost Stories (which are rather famous) from the scout group saved up. He says he’d love to try and get his work published some day. He originally started out as a Woodwork apprentice before beginning to work with under privileged offenders. “I’ve always been aware of those that are less fortunate than myself and wanted to give something back.” In terms of future plans, the scout group are about to achieve a great milestone in April as after years of hard work, waiting and fundraising their permanent scout den will at last begin to be built. “The County Council and the entire community have been so wonderful, generous and fully supportive of our efforts with our scout den, and we can’t begin to thank them enough for all there efforts,” Peter concluded.

“I’ve always loved working with children. Getting to see them grow and accomplish all of their achievements.”

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Pictured is the senior rugby team from Balbriggan Community College, who defeated Colaiste Choilm from Swords to reach the final of the North Dublin Cup, their first time to reach the decider where they defeated Castleknock in the final.

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Anne O'Carroll (centre front) celebrated her 60th birthday with a party at the Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport on Saturday, 23rd March last. Anne is picured here with her family and friends, Marian Duggan, Tommy Duggan, Nora O'Carroll, Michael O'Carroll, Mary O'Carroll, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Sandra McCabe.

Fundraiser For Balbriggan Lourdes Pilgrimage A unique fundraiser for Balbriggan Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place at Glebe North FC clubhouse, Market Green on Friday next, 5th April at 8pm. There will be lots of fun on the night,

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Balbriggan School Wins Prestigious Enterprise Award Recently, Balbriggan Community College was the proud recipient of the ‘County Dublin VEC Enterprise Award’ at the recent North County heats of the ‘Student Enterprise Competition’. The award is in recognition of the promotion of business and enterprise within the school. In a very short period of time the school has developed a thriving entrepreneurial spirit amongst the student population. With new and innovative business ideas being entered in both the Student Enterprise and the Junior Dragons Den competitions. With jobs harder and harder to come by, the students of Balbriggan Community College are determined to create their own by starting their own businesses. To date the ideas they have come up with cover a wide range of activities, from educational websites and products to vending machines, funky trainers, smart phone

accessories and craft products. This year the three standout businesses were ‘Zipp-its’ (a trainer with replaceable uppers), ‘IPhonies’ (customised smart phone holders with matching earplugs) and ‘Rub 2 Rule’ (a ruler and eraser combined in one). In recognition of this new found entrepreneurial spirit, the school has decided to add its own entrepreneurial award to their annual student awards, a first for a local, North County school. According to their business teacher Tom Poynton, the next step will be to “bring one or more of these concepts and ideas to full commercial realisation, thus embedding the concept of giving hand ups to others rather than taking handouts.”

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more than quadruple in just one year. The day was a resounding success in raising funds for the Balbriggan Cancer Support Group who rely on donations, fundraising and sponsorship to offer the many services at their centre in Unit 23, Balbriggan Business Park. The Balbriggan Cancer Support Group would like to thank all of the sponsors and athletes for helping to make this event possible.

Congratulations to the runners and walkers who took part in the second annual Balbriggan Cancer Support Group run on St Patrick’s Day, which featured 10km and 21km courses. With over 600 runners and walkers on the day despite the inclement weather, the organisers couldn’t have asked for better support for this event which has seen numbers

Pictured above are Deola Shomoye, Dammy Olaniyi, Sean Sweetman and Riain Hunt from Balbriggan Community College who received the Enterprise Award on behalf of the school.

Balbriggan Original TaeKwon-Do Academy are relocating their premises to Flemington Community Centre, beside Dunnes Stores in April. Classes are held on

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Reading initiative In Malahide And Rush Fingal Libraries are delighted to announce that the ‘Battle in the Castle’ reading initiative programme for senior cycle primary school children continues on 16th April at Rush and Malahide libraries with a Viking workshop hosted by Michael Moylan. The reading programme is inspired by the award winning “The Secret of Kells” children’s adventure novel by Eithne Massey, which was made into an awardwinning feature length animated film, and each child received a copy of the book as part of the shared reading programme. The 129 boys and girls from fifth and sixth classes at St. Andrew’s NS Malahide and Rush NS have previously participated in a ‘Designing Shields’ workshop with John Carpenter, and a drama workshop with the Magic Carpet

Company, which reenacted some chapters of the book. The Viking workshop on 16th April will see classes compete against each other for a place in the final part of the programme, the ‘Battle in the Castle’ quiz at Malahide Castle on 24th May, and the winning class will be treated to a full tour of The Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. The runners-up will receive a tour of Dublin Airport, kindly arranged by the programme sponsors DAA. Susan Lovatt from Fingal Libraries told the County Leader: “The aim of the programme is to get children reading, and by using a multi-disciplinary interactive.” The Viking Workshops with Michael Moylan take place on 16th April from 10.30-11.30am at Rush Library and 12.301.30pm at Malahide Library.

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Fingal County Council We Winsac Limited, Intend to apply for Planning Permission on a site comprising Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Co.Dublin. The Development will consist of : Modifications to House type ( House Type D only ) and associated number of dwellings ( 26 No. House Type D ) contained within Sectors Two and Three of the Residential Development “Barnageeragh Cove” granted planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F12A/0245 and previously granted planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F11A/0264. The Dwelling as approved under Reg. Ref. No. F12A/0245 comprised of: (i) 26 no. House Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses @ 154sq.m each. The Dwelling proposed comprises of : (ii) 26 no. House Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses with two storey bay window to front @ 155sq.m each. Modifications include: Bay Window increased in size, Extra Living space on first floor, New Attic storage space and Internal layout amendments through-out. 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 Five year temporary planning permission sought for the retention of the change of use from a twelve double bedroom guest house to a group assisted living home for adults with intellectual disability for a maximum of ten residents at Havanna House, Dublin Road, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin for Barmet Court Ltd. 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 (¤20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Simon Coyle acting as Receiver to the Specified Assets of Richard Farrington (In Receivership) at St. Doolaghs (Protected Structure) Malahide Road, Balgriffin, Dublin 17 for the revised and modified internal road and associated layout to approved nursing home (granted under Reg Ref F07A/0598) and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. 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 (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

Fingal County Council Permission is sought for construction of new single storey extension to the rear and first floor extension to the side over existing single storey extension and all associated site development works. To include main roof alterations, of velux windows to the rear and alterations to internal layout at No. 22 Beverton Grove, Donabate , Co. Dublin by Fintan Keeling. 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 Planning permission sought by Deirdre Rochford for the demolition of an existing garage and covered side passage and construction of a two-storey extension to the side and rear and internal alterations to the ground and first floor internal layout at 1 The Rise, 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 in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed (€20) fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to construct a new one and a half storey dwelling with secondary treatment plant and ancillary site works utilising existing vehicular entrance at Skerries Rd, Lusk for Barry Lord 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, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Stephen Rooney seeks planning permission for a storey and a half dwelling with on site waste water treatment unit and percolation area and access from enlarged existing entrance onto public road on site to rear of existing family home at Ladywell nursery and farm, Balcunnin, Skerries, Co .Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the office of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, County Dublin. during its public opening hours and a submission or observation

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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for the construction of (a) A two storey extension to the side (b) A single storey extension to the rear (c) A new vehicular entrance from the Mall (d) New 1.8m gate and fence to the side (e) Changing an existing vehicular entrance to a pedestrian entrance from Grove Road. (f) 2 no. Roof light with ancillary works At No.1 The Mall, and the corner of Grove Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin for Eamonn and Carol Donlon. 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 Planning permission is sought for previously approved dormer bungalow on approved site (Planning Ref: F11A/0343) located to rear of No.1 Feltrim Road, Streamstown, Malahide Co. Dublin. Applicant: L. Donnelly. 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 in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

Fingal County Council Marron Agriculture intend to apply for planning permission for alterations to previously approved permission Reg. Ref. F06A/0347 on lands to the south and east of the Knocksedan Demesne residential development at Naul Road, Brackenstown, Swords, Co. Dublin. The alterations consist of a revised two storey three bedroom house type at Site No.s 61-64 Ashe Lane and 67-74 Ashe Grove; a revised two storey four bedroom house type at Site No.s 53-58 Ashe Lane and 75-82 Ashe Grove; alterations to internal plot boundaries; and, all associated and ancillary site development works necessary to facilitate the development. No increase overall unit numbers or alterations to the drainage or roads proposals approved under F06A/0347 are proposed. The planning application may be inspected or purchased a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority (County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin) during its public opening hours (9.30-16.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within



Fingal County Council Retention Planning permission is sought for temporary use of mobile home located on site at rear of No.1 Feltrim Road, Streamstown, Malahide Co. Dublin. Applicant: L. Donnelly. 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 in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for revised planning (F11A/0432) for single storey extensions to side and rear, including external and internal alterations at Tanglewood, Broomfield, Malahide Co. Dublin. Applicants: J. Henry & T.Mulcahy 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 in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

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North County Leader 02 April 2013  

North County Leader 02 April 2013