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2nd August 2011 • Volume 18, Issue 21 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • ISDN 8139966 • Tel: 8•400•200

Welcome Return Of Red Kites To North County A

momentous occasion took place last week, with the release of 26 red kites in Newbridge House. After an absence of several hundred years, red kites will soon be gliding over the fields and woods across the North County. Minister for the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., released the first batch of birds from aviaries in a secluded wood within the demesne.

By Patrick Finnegan The kites, which were collected under licence from wild nests in Wales were released in the public park and a further 13 young kites will be released shortly from a private location in the north of the county. In order to maximise the potential for an expanding Red Kite population in Ireland, it was decided to release 39 red kites in the North County area and establish a satellite population half way between the red kite populations in County Wicklow and County Down. It is expected that this project will be a welcome addition to the rich and varied natural heritage in North County Dublin and that sightings of these graceful and colourful birds will further enhance the local community’s appreciation of their nearby amenities and wildlife. All the kites released here and also those released in Down and Wicklow over the years have been sourced in Wales from wild young kites. “I have great hopes that the release of these red kites here today, will lead to a situation in a number of years where we will have a viable, sustainable and enjoyable population

of red kites,” said Minister Deenihan. Mr Hans Visser, Biodiversity Officer, stated that “the County Council are very happy to work with the Golden Eagle Trust and facilitate the Red Kite project at Newbridge Demesne and the restoration of this majestic bird to our countryside”. The project has been supported by representatives of the local Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and the National Association for Regional Game Councils (NARGC). All the birds were attached with a small radio transmitter, each with a

Pictured are three of the red kites, complete with radio transmitters, just prior to their release at Newbridge House last week.

Metro Decision Soon Residents of the North County will not have long to wait for the decision of the Metro North project going ahead. The decision will be revealed next month. Excitement has been building over the past few weeks as residents and business owners alike await a positive outcome. This outcome will bring commercial life to our region, not

By Kieran Dunne only in Swords but to the entire North County. There are many positive reasons why the Metro North should absolutely go ahead, all of which were published in past editions of the County Leader. Speaking to the County Leader, Lorraine Sutton

from the Swords Community Council says that the council continue to push harder than ever to ensure the project will go ahead: “The project is vital for Swords and everyone in the North County and absolutely must go ahead,” she said.

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unique frequency, and small PVC wing tags. These devices allow the project team and the public to locate and identify each individual bird. It was decided at the outset to release the birds in or near to busy public parks, even though this may have run the risk of the birds being disturbed or found during the very sensitive captive phase. The Golden Eagle Trust would like to reassure the people of the North County that now that the birds have been released, they intend to open the Red Kite project up to the public and their local media as much as possible by regular media updates, educational activities, project website reports and public talks. North County Dublin and adjoining counties offers ideal red kite foraging and breeding habitat. Red Kites primarily feed in farmland areas and nest in mature trees. Experience amongst the farming and shooting interests in Wales over the last century prove that the rather light weight kite is not a threat to livestock or game birds.

Pressure will continue to be placed on local minister Leo Varadkar, who will ultimately decide whether this vital project goes through or not. Cllr Coppinger (SP) said: “We would like to meet with the Minister to really emphasise our case for the Metro North. We will be looking to put across the point of the project being a good economic investment and will be also reminding

him of his pre-election promise to have Metro North delivered, a feature of his campaign poster.” The Metro North will create an initial 6,000 jobs- 4,000 in the construction phase with 2,000 indirect jobs following. According to the economic plan for the project, a further 25,000 to 37,000 jobs will then be created locally over the next decade.

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organisation, this can be challenging at times, especially during recession. None of our work would be achievable without the support of local business people, the community at large, and of course our hard working FÁS workers. Their support has been invaluable and on behalf of the Tidy Towns committee, I would like to thank all involved from top administration right down to the workers on the ground." "It is very heartening in these difficult times to see all this type of work going ahead, so we express our eternal gratitude and congratulations to all concerned," he concluded.

Chairman of Malahide Tidy Towns, Gerry Rafferty would like to express his sincere thanks to all involved with the Tidy Towns for their invaluable support over the years. Speaking to the County Leader, he said: "For the past 35 years, Malahide Tidy Towns has endeavoured to keep our town clean and tidy and to improve and embellish the natural and built environment at every opportunity. As we are a voluntary

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here, including, Holland and Barrett, Easons, Vila, Vero Moda, Jack Jones, Only, Name It, Boston Belle and maternity shop, Mamalicious to name but a few. Another exciting tenant will be McDonald’s who will open a drive in very soon,” said Peter. This is certain to heighten the profile of this exciting new Shopping Centre, and with Boots Pharmacy

Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan is certainly making a name for itself. Considering that it has been opened for only a short time, the list of tenants continues to grow.

By Patrick Finnegan Peter Carey, Centre Manager told the County Leader, “Trade is really good at the moment and people are beginning to come and enjoy their shopping here. The whole thing has been great for Balbriggan and we are in an excellent catchment area,” he said. This area is continuing to grow and includes Mornington, Rush, Lusk, Donabate, Oldtown, Garristown, north Swords and areas such as Duleek and Julianstown and the outskirts of Drogheda, as well as the local trade in Balbriggan.” The current tenants provide an excellent range, choice and variety of retail experience. “At the moment, we have a 35 per cent occupancy, which will grow to 85 per cent by Christmas, There are a number of exciting tenants ready to set up shop

Pictured in Millfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan are Centre Manager, Peter Carey and Alice O'Riordan from Parkway Property.

opening a new branch on Wednesday last, the future looks rosy indeed for Peter Carey and his team.

Call To Resume Balbriggan Grass Cutting Balbriggan Town By Jennifer McShane facility for the resi- however it is still not will Councillors have called the grass be cut on a dents. I put forward a answered. I on the County Council regular basis. It is an question about the continue to press the to restore regular important amenity issue at the recent matter until it is Town Council meeting, resolved," he said. grass cutting on a Balbriggan estate. Under the controversial county council project, 'Growing Places', areas of open space in Hampton Cove in Balbriggan that were once cut on a regular basis, have been allowed to grow with a view to turning them into a wild meadow. This policy has not proven popular with residents, however, and a spokesperson from the town council proposed on their • Container Storage behalf, that the estate • Secure Caravan Parking be taken out of the • Long & Short Term Parking 'Growing Places' initiative and restored back • 3 Minutes from M1 (Junction 5) to a regular grass• 24 Hour Monitored Surveillance cutting schedule. This proposal was backed by the majority of councillors at the Johnstown, recent meeting of the Balbriggan Town Lusk, Council. Speaking to Co. Dublin the County Leader, Balbriggan councillor, Sat Nav: 53˚ 32’ 46 Peadar O'Kelly, says N, 6˚ 14’ 14 W that the issue is still an ongoing one. "The majority of residents in Hampton Cove signed a petition asking that

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Residents Vulnerable Without Rangers By Jennifer McShane Residents who visit Swords Town Park and River Valley Park are left in a vulnerable state, thanks to the recent withdrawal of the Park Rangers. The parks are now unsupervised with gates to both being left open 24 hours a day. According to Cllr Eugune Coppinger (SP), “this will lead to added anti-social behaviour and reduce the safety and security of people using the parks.” The council have recently rejected these claims, however

The Biggest Circulation Of evidence of this safety issue was brought to light, as it was reported that a young girl was recently attacked in Rivervalley Park. This terrible attack may have been avoided, had there been adequate supervision at the park. Speaking to the County Leader, Lorriane Sutton from Swords Community Council, says there has to be an alternative due to the dismissal of the Rangers: “What we want to know is, what’s the alternative plan? Who or what is being put in place to ensure that residents or visitors will be safe?.” “The parks absolutely cannot be left unattended and we’ll be calling on the county council to act on this,” she said.



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Pupils at Little Ruggers Montessori School, Malahide, raised €550 for St Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community based services for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The funds were raised by the pupils by selling copies of their annual play on DVD, and the money will be used to support St. Michael's House Early Services Programmes. Presenting the cheque for €550 to St. Michael's House were L-R: staff members Hayley Taaffe, Pauline Walsh, Kevin Muldoon, Karen Smith and Caron Steenkamp, and pupils Sean Power, Amerlie Sampson, Aoibhe Murphy, Conor Lawlor, Simar Preet, Freya Mc Ferran, Siun McFerran, Sophia Moloney, Katie McGahan, and Joy Lennon Fay.

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Pictured here from L-R are members of the Balbriggan Cancer Support Group: Peggy Pic: RN Quinlan, Carol Reilly, Maire Dunne and Tina Kelly.

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Balbriggan Cancer Support Group will finally have their own base. Unit 22 on Harry Reynolds Road in Balbriggan is the building that will be home to their meetings from now on. The committee met recently in the Parish Hall in Balbriggan to launch an appeal to the volunteers to come along and assist the group with fundraising on a permanent basis. McLoughlins Oil People made the first step and donated them the building, now the group are calling on residents for support in order to purchase all equipment necessary

for the new building. “We need people to donate anything they can. We would like people to know that our joint efforts are not only for Balbriggan, but for the whole of North County Dublin.” said Maire Dunne, a committee member. The group is a community driven, volunteer based organisation that was established in April 2010 by a group of local people concerned with the lack of cancer support within the area. The meetings are held, for the time being, in the “Meals on Wheels” base on Hampton Street every Thursday at 7.30pm. The group hopes to have the new premises ready to be launched in six weeks time.

August is proving to be a particularly busy month for Malahide Lions Club, with two very exciting projects in the pipeline. The club and the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland have arranged a steam train journey from Malahide to Wicklow on Sunday, August 7th. Participants will depart from Malahide Train Station at 10.30am and return at 4.35pm. Tickets cost €35 per person and family tickets (two adults and two children under 12 years old) cost €110. Tickets are available from Malahide Train Station and all proceeds from the trip will go to the Ross Nugent Foundation. Everyone is encouaged to come and join in what will be two fantasic days out. Also, a Classic and Vintage Car Show is to be held at Malahide Cricket Club later this month, in a one-off event, hosted in conjunction with Malahide Lions Club and North Dublin Rotary. The show will take place on home soil in Malahide Demense on Sunday, August 21st between 11am and 6pm. It will provide car lovers with the once in a lifetime opportunity to view classic and vintage cars when the pitch will be open to all vehicles for one-day only. The announcement comes during an exciting time for Malahide Cricket Club following the recent news of a new international standard Cricket Facility to be built shortly after this month’s car show.

RNLI Charity Run in Skerries The RNLI in Skerries are organising a five and 10km charity run which will take place on August 7th at 12pm at Skerries Harbour. All participants are asked to meet at the Figure 8 gym in Skerries. All proceeds from the run will go to Skerries RNLI. Since this will be the first year of the charity run, everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in what is sure to be a fantastic day of fun. All who are interested in doing the run should contact 8029593. It’s a great way to keep fit and all for a good cause, so get those running shoes on!

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down hitting lads for no tax and insurance on their car.” Johnny says that the club has gone from strength to strength since Swords Cycling Club By Kieran Dunne then, a testament to the recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, with things were so much more man who treats each club Club founder and different: “In 1986, we member as an extension President, Johnny began with our very first of his own family. It is O’Sullivan, leading the race, a time trial from immediately evident of celebrations. The Lusk Swords to just after the club’s gratitude man was awarded a Blake’s Cross. Myself and towards its members and medal of honour on the Dermot Brown were doing all those who helped night for his contribution steward but there was a down through the years. A special to the club at a mention is given wonderfully to Stamullen attended event in native and the Harp Bar, fellow cycling Swords. enthusiast, Gay The club has come Howard who a long way from its helped the club original four get off the committee ground early in members and now its tenure. consists of well “I would like to over 100 riders, of say a special which around 50 thanks to all the race every committees, Wednesday. The club members, club also boasts a time keepers high number of and helpers veterans, a tribute to the club, which Pictured here at the 25th Anniversary of d o w n Swords Cycling Club, in the Harp, Swords, through persever- are: Club Founder and President, Johnny throughout the ance and guidance, O'Sullivan and his son, Martin, who also years. I would also like to pay a has saddled some played a huge role in the club's founding. special tribute to cycling greats, such as World Masters guard helping us as well. I my late wife, Kathleen O’Sullivan who was the Champion, Tess Quinlan. wasn’t a very popular man Speaking to the County in Lusk at the time, so at woman behind the man. Leader, Johnny reminisces the one minute intervals, She was there for everyon a time past where the guard was up and body,” Johnny concluded.


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Pictured here at Naul Golf Society's recent Captain's Day outing are L-R: Captain David Morgan and prize winner Mick Jones.

The 164th Brackenstown Scout Group recently left for the South of France on a 10 day trip. The group raised funds towards the trip by holding a family fun day in celebration of their 30 year anniversary in Brackenstown Parish. Over 60 venturers and scouts took part in the trip. Pictured are some of the venturers and scouts at Dublin Airport prior to leaving. Back Row L-R, Declan Brady, Eoghan Brady and Mark Kennedy. Front Row L-R, Lauren Berkeley, Karen Moore,Ryan Kennedy, Ava Sandford, PJ Taitt, Megan Wilson, Lorraine Cantwell, Faye Flynn, Kate Breen and Erika Pic: KD Savage.

Dog Show At Newbridge House By Jennifer Ryan Newbridge House was host to the wagging tails of dogs of all shapes and sizes recently at the recent Little Hill Animal Rescue Dog Show. The Little Hill Animal rescue is a animal sanctuary located in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare which rescues and rehabilitates neglected dogs, cats and horses. They also recently rehoused several hundred ex-battery hens. The charity is funded entirely by donations and holds various events to help fundraising. The fun dog show which took place beside Newbridge House in the demesne held over 10 categories, including 'Best Rescue', 'Best Outfit' and 'Cutest Face'. It was a great fun day out for families, with neither children nor dogs put off by the drizzling rain. Goodie bags and rosettes were given out to the participants and winners and the classes were judged by Celebrity guest judges, Orlaith Rafter, Trish Murphy from and Deirdre Walsh.

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A Home for Sean Sean is nearly 3 years of age. He is in the care of HSE and placed in short term foster care. He now needs a family to care for him in the long term. Sean loves to play with jigsaws and puzzles. Sean has an intellectual disability. Sean attends St. Michael’s House services for children with disabilities. The plan for Sean is that he will attend pre-school next year with the help of a special needs assistant. Sean has a very happy disposition and eats and sleeps well. St Michael's House and HSE are looking for a family to provide Sean with a loving supportive home. Sean thrives in a nurturing environment

A Family for Ruby Ruby is a 21-year-old woman with a moderate intellectual disability. Ruby has a very friendly personality; she really enjoys spending time chatting and having fun with her friends. Ruby is well liked by her peers and people who work with her. Ruby is a very active and sociable young woman who enjoys getting out and about, going to the cinema, restaurants and shopping. We are currently looking to recruit a family who would provide fulltime care or part-time care to Ruby. Host Families Scheme is whereby people in the community are recruited and trained to provide fulltime/part-time care to adults who have a learning disability. No specific experience is required, as Host Family will receive training and ongoing support. All that is necessary is a commitment and the time to share with a person in your own home. Payment plus expenses covered. As this is an important move for Ruby, potential families will be assessed and trained and will also have to provide references, Garda and Community Care clearance and undergo a GP check.

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Swords residents are asked to be extra vigilant about handing over money to people or organisations they are not sure about. Leaflets have been distributed in parts of Swords, hand-delivered, with no address on the envelope and no signature on the letter from a company calling themselves ‘River Forest Partnership’ and a request for payment of ground rent of €550. Local councillor, Darragh O’Brien (FF) said, “We need to highlight this as a scam and alert residents not to get taken in by this. If received, please note the date it was delivered and contact your local Garda Station and warn neighbours that this is indeed a scam.”

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Stafford’s Funeral Directors PORTMARNOCK IRISH people traditionally invest a great deal of thought into how they deal with the difficulties of bereavement; they set great store in paying suitable tribute as they seek out carefully the appropriate funeral service for their beloved relative. Our attitude to bereavement is often informed by a blend of culture, history and spiritual legacy but also by the rapidly changing needs of our contemporary society. Stafford’s new Funeral Home in Portmarnock has been open for over six months now; this newest branch reflecting Stafford’s Funeral Directors longstanding service with deep strong roots of North Dublin city and its surrounds.

By Deirdre Cronin tions to families all over North Dublin, including Portmarnock, Malahide, Kinsealy, Baldoyle, Sutton, Howth, Donaghmede, Bayside, Clontarf, Raheny, and beyond. Reflecting on the first six months of arranging funerals at Portmarnock offers the team at Stafford’s some very interesting insights into what families need at difficult times of loss and trauma. Needs and requirements differ depending on the family in question, says Jonathan.

During the first months of service, certain patterns emerged. Some families A key component of Stafford’s profes- chose Portmarnock on the basis of its spasional hallmark is the ability to uphold all ciousness and ample car parking, as they that is appropriate and dignified about tra- needed to accommodate large crowds of ditional service while moving progresfriends and relatives – some opting to sively to accommodate social change in hold the entire funeral service at Portliving habits – Stafford’s at the North marnock, incorporating Removal and FuStrand for example is synonymous in neral Mass in the very large chapel of most people’s mind with a well estabrepose followed by the funeral procession lished reliable family firm. to a local graveyard or crematorium. Stafford’s of Portmarnock is also inPortmarnock also proved a suitable dicative of how, since the 1940’s, expan- venue for other families for whom access sion in this leading Dublin Funeral to the national road network was crucial. Directors has progressed in a manner Portmarnock is ideal in this respect, in which is calm, measured and timely, suit- close proximity to the M50 & the M1 ably reflective of the slow and timely while simultaneously located against the pace of a gentle funeral procession. Geotranquil coastal backdrop of Portmarnock graphically, the same story applies. Tidal Estuary. G Strand Road view of Stafford’s Funeral Home,Portmarnock. Stafford’s of Maypark in Donnycarney was opened in 1981 to mirror the moderbudget. ‘This building has an air of nity of a new era in the rapidly expanding space and elegance and deciding to hold north suburbs. Maypark continues to a funeral here will not cost one euro serve the communities of Donnycarney, more than a more regular venue. I canArtane, Killester, Marino, Clontarf, Ranot stress that enough. In fact, our costheny, Coolock, large parts of Beaumont ing procedure involves the bereaved and beyond. family at a deep level, because we offer Portmarnock takes the journey to a so many budgetary options that the famdifferent level. After over 20 years as a ily has a major input into deciding how Funeral Director, Jonathan Stafford remuch a funeral will cost. Funerals can searched into the benefits of building a be inexpensive or costly, it depends on new state-of-the art funeral home in Portthe family, so don’t hesitate to call on marnock. While North Strand and Maythe experts – a good Funeral Director park are still upheld as crucial locations in Dublin’s demographic make-up, the inclusion of Portmarnock into Stafford’s professional service offers additional op-

Somebody once also defined the essence of a good funeral director as the ability to project into the future so that the grieving family can be truly present in the here and now, free to reflect and focus on their departed loved one. Stafford’s, in providing all the new facilities at their Portmarnock branch, can certainly offer the bereaved family the solace of some time out to pay suitable tribute to their loved one.

G Large room of repose. Portmarnock was designed with diversity in mind for our modern times. Stafford’s can offer many and varied options – for small intimate funeral gatherings, the chapels can be seamlessly interchanged to suit, and likewise expanded. Many people have been drawn to Portmarnock for humanist and non-religious funeral services along with traditional Christian funerals - families opting for Masses or Prayer Services depending on the different religious denominations. While the professional team at Stafford’s place great emphasis on being able to cater for any type of bereavement service, all of their funeral tributes are unified by certain essential elements – consistent high quality, a deeply held spirit of community service, and ongoing mindfulness about cost and budget, especially relevant today. Jonathan describes how the new amenities at Portmarnock reflect Stafford’s Funeral Director’s ethos about cost and

G One of the rooms of repose.

will always be able to help you shave off unnecessary cost.’

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Louise Smyth is pictured enjoying the celebrations at her 30th birthday in The Old Boro in Swords. L-R are: Amanda Bernard, Jillian Bernard, Louise Smyth, Karen JR Fannin and Frances Smyth. Sinead Roche celebrated her 21st birthday in The Harp Bar in Swords recently with her friends and family. She is pictured here with her sister Nicola, Dad and sister Paul and Ciara Roche, friend David JR Byrne, Niece Jade Roche and sister Amy Roche.

Blushing bride-to-be Laura Dowling, who is getting married on the 18th of August, recently held her Hen Party in The Old Boro in Swords. Pictured here L-R are: Lyndsay Grimes, Laura Dowling and Sarah Kebell. EMcQ Pictured here celebrating her 30th Birthday in Wrights in Swords is Catriona Granger with L-R: Edel Tighe and Shannon Russell. EMcQ

Pictured here enjoying 30th Birthday celebrations in the Old Boro in Swords are L-R: Gillian Kelly, Claire Jeegan, Kylie Kinahan, Martina Caffrey, Natalie Farrell, Jennifer Farrell, Catherine Feeney, Catherine O'Connor (30), her Mother Ursulla O'Connor and Naomi Butler. EMcQ Teresa Brant from Kinsealy is pictured enjoying the night in The Old Schoolhouse as she celebrates her 50th birthday with her friend Teresa Russell, husband Grahame Brant, friend Noeleen Colclough and Sister-in-law Gillian Brant. JR

Artur Darmofal is leaving Keelings Food Company Swords after five years. Pictured here at the party in the Cock Tavern in Swords are L-R: Zosia McGowan, Kasia Skowrowsa, EMcQ Karolina Stus, Artur Darmofal, Rachel Ward, Eve Jaroskova and Caroline Carty.

Margaret O’Shaughnessy recently who has worked in Dunnes Stores in the Pavilions for four years is pictured saying a fond farewell to her colleagues at her leaving do in The Harp Bar in Swords with her friend Aideen Coffey. JR

It was Bon Voyage in The Old Boro in Swords as Bernadette and John Davis head off to live in Australia. Pictured here saying a fond farewell are L-R: Caoimhe Davis, Gary O'Hanlon, Noel Sheridan, Stephen Hogan, Bernadette Davis, John Davis, Caoimhe Davis and Martin Mevray. EMcQ

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Recognition Sought For Malahide Swimming Area Low Rock on the Malahide Coast Road is a very popular swimming spot for locals and those from further afield. On an average day, as many as 40 to 50 people visit Low Rock to swim, some training for the famous ‘English Channel’ and ‘Escape to Alcatraz’ long distance swims. Despite the popularity and fame of the area, Low Rock is still not recognised as an

Low Rock and to working towards getting Low Rock recognised as an official swimming beach. Speaking to the County

Leader, Philip Lynch Secretary of the Beach Committee said, “In true community spirit we all keep an eye on each


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other.” Philip spoke about the current status of the appeal. “We have a meeting imminent with the County Council and a

By Jennifer Ryan official swimming beach. This means it receives no funding from the County Council and has no official lifeguards or water safety flags. Fed up of Low Rock being ignored, a group of locals took up the cause five years ago and formed the Low Rock Beach Committee, dedicated to the running and upkeep of

Pictured here at Low Rock, Malahide Beach are L-R: Channel swimmers, John Downes, Pic: JR John Daly and Fergal Somerville.

DAA Fly Away For Charity

DAA Staff Members Emear McCormack and Sinead Mulligan are Pic: JR pictured pre-jump at the Irish Parachute Club recently.

The Dublin Airport Authority staff are continuing to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to fundraising for the DAA Charity of the Year The 3T's - Turning The Tide of Suicide. Recently the County Leader reported on the members of the Dublin Airport Police and Fire Service who rowed across the Irish Sea from Howth to Holyhead in 12 hours to raise money for the charity. Now another group of DAA staff have attempted to match this event - by jumping out of a plane flying at 10,000 feet. Twenty-four members of the DAA travelled down to Clonbullogue, Co.Offaly to

representative from Irish Water Safety Association.” The beach is extremely popular, hundreds of people visit the two annual Dublin outdoor swimming league events which take place at Low Rock every year and dispite this, the beach is still not officially recognised. Philip explained how Malahide would benefit greatly if Low Rock was to become recognised. “The water quality is excellent and if it were to become an official swimming beach, it may help Malahide gain a blue flag. The potential of Low Rock is endless, all we need is for it to be recognised,” he concluded.

Colour Splash From Balbriggan Youth Service Some shop windows in Balbriggan town were brought to life recently, thanks to some creative young people who had the brilliant idea to fill them with ingenious designs. The event is part of the Balbriggan Youth Service’s Summer Programme, which aims to involve young people in fun and educational activities with people of their own age. A total of 17 teenagers demonstrated their talent and paint the windows in empty buildings in Balbriggan. Young people worked with artist, Alison O’Grady, to come up with the ideas as to what to paint. “We decided to paint the windows to involve young people in their community during the summer months. The idea is to improve the appearance of the vacant shop units here in Balbriggan and bring some colour to the community,” said Derval Cumiskey, Senior Youth Officer at Balbriggan Youth Service. “We would be delighted to paint any other windows or boarded up premises in the area, so please do not hesitate to contact the Youth Service if you know a building that needs sprucing up,” she added.

By Jennifer Ryan complete a tandem sky dive with the Irish Parachute Club. “It was unreal” said Mark James Ryan, Secretary of the Charity Committee and one of the DAA staff who parachuted. “The freefall was one of the most amazing things I've ever done. It shows the bravery of the staff, I think what everybody did on the day was absolutely brilliant.” he continued. This was the largest DAA led charity event in the five year history of the DAA Staff Charity Initiative. The event raised over €4000 for The 3T's charity.

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Thornton Hall Prison Gets The Go Ahead Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter recently published the Thornton Hall Review Group Report. It means that the new prison is set to go ahead as planned, thus dashing any lingering hopes the local residents committee may have harboured to the contrary. The Minister confirmed that the Government has approved the Report’s recommendations. “I very much welcome the Government’s decision to accept, in principle, the recommendations detailed in the

North County Dublin’s Report,� he said. The timeframe for the Thornton Hall project as outlined in the Report will be discussed in the autumn in the context of the Government’s discussions on capital spending priorities for 2012.� It stresses the need to improve prison regimes and conditions and to provide in-cell sanitation. It recommends that a new prison, with 300 cells capable of accommodating 500 prisoners be developed at Thornton Hall. The Minister also announced that the Government has decided to abolish the Prisons Authority (Interim) Board, which was set up in 1998.

Martello Towers Exhibition In Rush Library Rush Library will be hosting the Martello Towers of Dublin exhibition from 22nd August until 2nd September. There are 28 Towers from Balbriggan to Bray along the coast. The exhibition will feature a vast amount of information on these landmarks, plus the Fingal Archives have also recently been presented with the original deed of conveyance for the site of Balbriggan Martello Tower which will also be on display as part of the exhibition. It is hoped that this new exhibition will stimulate further interest and research into this fascinating group of buildings. Perhaps you have an old photograph or documents relating to the towers? If so, Rush Library want to hear from you. For further information on this exhibition please contact Rush Library.


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Pictured here from the Balbriggan Senior Citizens group are L-R: are Joan Brown, Erika Russell, Margaret McCourt, Aileen Kiely, Theresa Nulty, Imelda Maguire, Carmel McNully, Mary Smith, Mary McSteen and Vera Brennan. The ladies were returning from a recent visit to Dublin Zoo. “Many of us hadn’t been to the zoo in years, so we just thought it would a great place to have an outing,� said member Joan Brown. “We really had a terrific day and everyone enjoyed themselves.� The ladies are continuing to enjoy their outings, having recently returned from their Pic: RN annual outing to Athlone.

Different Bus Travel Experience In Dublin To go by bus in Ireland is a very different experience than in Germany. On the one hand, it can be very frustrating to go by bus in Ireland because it’s always

ove it or hate it, it’s almost time to wave goodbye to the breezy summer holidays and start getting ready for a new school year. Getting the new school year off to a good start can influence your children’s attitude, confidence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activity, structure, and pressures associated with school life. The degree of adjustment depends on the child, but parents can help their children manage the increased pace of life by planning ahead, being realistic, and maintaining a positive attitude. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the transition and get the school year off to a great start:

late and then two come at once. Without schedules at most bus stations, I have to know which bus to take at which time before the journey starts, because it’s

Popular store, TK Maxx is about to get a facelift. They are about to start a quite substantial store refit at their branch in Swords Pavilions. There will, however be no disruption to their service to the public, as the store will never actually close to the public. The construction will be going on behind a temporary wall, but the entire store will have a complete facelift. They will be improving the lighting, installing dark mahogany wooden floors and making the impossible to find out later-on. Nevertheless, many more people go by bus here than in Germany. But on the other hand, the frequency of buses arriving is much higher and there are special bus lanes which is definitely an advantage. For me, it’s funny to see that the buses are the fastest vehicles in the city centre, especially

Keep Track Of The Essentials Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives. These packages include important information about your child’s teacher, school supply requirements, sign ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteering opportunities.

Mark Your Calendar Make a note of important dates, especially back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.

Buying School Uniforms Buy only what you have to from the official uniform store. Many schools have an “official� uniform store, but they vary as to how insistent they are that parents shop there. These shops can be very expensive. You can usually get some very reasonable ‘back to school’ clothing offers at shops all around the North County. P Pl re- Fr a S EC ce ch ee CE s A oo l Sc vai Ye he lab ar m le e

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layout more ‘boutique’ style with specific, easily identifiable sections for men’s, women’s, kid’s, shows and homewares. They will be re-launching the Swords store on Saturday, 20th August at 10am, with lots of activity going on in the store. Stylist, Courtney Smith will be on hand to give Autumn Winter fashion tips and advice to shoppers, and will also have make-up artists from Make Up Forever there on the day giving free makeovers and make-up tips to customers. All in all, it promises to be yet another day full of excitement and opportunity for shoppers at the Pavilions.

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Parish Pilgrimages

St. Anne's Parish in Portmarnock recently returned from a very successful pilgrimage to Lourdes. The group are pictured at the Basilica in Lourdes. Back row: Emma Kielty, Martin Kielty, Richard Geoghegan, Patrick Gilmore, Kevin Fenix and Frank Carr. Middle row: Gay Goldrick, Tess Robinson, Mary Kielty, Breda Raggett, Anne McNamee, Margaret Kealy, Orla Fenix, Anne Carr, Noel Kealy, Mona Connolly and Pauline Geoghegan. Front row: Kathy O'Reilly, Enda Dunleavy, Marie Dunleavy, Fr. Jack Lynch, Mary Terry, Rose Terry, Birdie Kennedy, Breda Sugrue, Gabrielle Moore, Rita Cahill and Mary Connolly.


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Superstars Week In Balbriggan Balbriggan’s got talent! This is undoubtedly the conclusion of the “Superstars” Week, hosted recently by Balbriggan Youth Service, starting from 18th July. The week long experience was open to talented young people from Balbriggan, aged 12 to 16, who love the performing arts. Over 50 teenagers had the chance to improve their hip-hop dancing skills, to try their hand at Magic Tricks, to perform stand-up comedy, to learn DJ’s tips or to play drama. “The Kids were very shy at the beginning. Over the week, they worked very hard. We had a great spirit inside the group. They came up with good ideas and on the Friday night we also performed a play,” said Brid Turner who supervised the drama production “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs and Others.” “The kids absolutely loved this experience. The whole show included all their ideas and we had great feedback from all the tutors and young people, everyone really enjoyed the week and made new friends,” said Derval Cumiskey, Senior Youth Officer at Balbriggan Youth Service. The “Superstars” Talent Week was part of Balbriggan Youth Service summer programme which aims to involve young residents in activities during the summer months.

Pictured here enjoying the fun and games at the recent Superstars Week in Balbriggan Pic: RN are L-R: Aine O'Herlihy, Anais Notolo and Emma Duffy.

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Malahide Parish recently held their annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. Pictured on the steps of the Basilica are, Front row: L-R, Anne Ryan, Bernadette Dunne, Tess Clarke, Kitty Quinn and Patricia MacDonagh. Middle row: Fr John Kelly, Helen Jennings, Bernadette Martin, Catherine Leahy, Stephen MacDonagh, Frank Maguire and Jo Morris. Back row: Muireann Conway, Mary Jones, Vincent Jones, Maisie D'Arcy and Patsy Higgins.

Small Businesses Getting ‘Social’ On-Line Fingal County Enterprise Board, the small business support agency for the North County, is organising a free workshop for business owners, called: ‘Social Media In Your Business,’ as part of Fingal Enterprise Week in September. With half the adult population of Ireland regularly using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the small business community are being encouraged to use social media tools to better connect with customers and suppliers. Noel Davidson, a social media expert, is delivering the morning workshop at the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan on Monday,

Due to the popularity of the Little Athletics, Lusk Athletic Club needs help from parents, older youths or volunteers to assist in training and maintaining the safety of the young members. If you are interested in becoming involved with the club or can help in anyway please contact Seamus Flynn on: 0868519306 for further details. Training for members takes place every Tuesday between 7-8pm behind Lusk National School.

September 26th, on the opening day of the Enterprise Week. “Research is showing that more and more Irish customers are going on-line to research, to buy and to share opinions around brands, companies, products and services,” according to Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board. He continued: “There is now a real business case to be made for small businesses to engage more with on-line audiences, by adopting social media tools into their businesses. The social media workshop is aimed at non-technical business owners, to help more small businesses to effectively adopt these tools.” Fingal Enterprise Week takes place in various locations throughout the county from Monday, September 26th to Friday, September 30th.

Swords Youth Service Hosts Exchange Programme The Swords Youth Service hosted an Intercultural Exchange with young people from Ireland, Norway and Spain recently. The main focus of the week was creative writing and the young people and leaders, took part in creative writing sessions each day. These Pictured here are members of the writing group from Swords Youth Service: Front Row from left: Melissa Monks, Grainne Dennis and Christopher Murray. Middle Row from left: Barbara McNally, Alison Barker,Anne Marie Edwards and Lynn Robertson. Back row from left: Thomas McDonagh, Breffni O’Rourke and Niamh Murphy.

North County Befriending Group Are you interested in Volunteering? Could you help someone who is feeling isolated? The North County Befriending Service have people all over North County in need of support. Older volunteers from 30 years upwards especially men and women over 40 are urgently needed. For more information phone 8387184. Volunteers need to be sincere, dependable, fun and friendly and have a genuine willingness to help. A training course and support for all volunteers is provided.

Snippet ‘Care & Repair’ Group The care and repair group carry out small repairs and minor tasks for people aged 60 and over, completely free of charge. The group consist of volunteers from Portmarnock, Malahide and Kinsealy. Please phone 0868653311 if you would benefit from this helpful service.

sessions were led by Alison Barker, a leader who has been involved with the Swords Youth Service for the past year. Speaking to the County Leader, Alison said the event was a fantastic experience for all involved: “It was just an amazing project to be a part of,” she said. “It was the first time we’d planned a trip like this and

Snippet Swords Folk Group Swords Folk Group are now singing at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass in St Colmcille’s Church in Swords, three Saturdays a month. The group sings religious hymns and songs for the parish during the evening Mass service. If you’re interested in joining, contact Zita on: 0876240608. They are also eager to recruit further musicians and singers to join the ever expanding group. it was such a success, we’re going to plan another trip next year.” Participants also engaged in outdoor and team building activities such as raft building, gorge walking and orienteering. Many new friendships were made and the Exchange was deemed a huge success by all involved.

Computer Club for Balbriggan Senior Citizens The next installment of a four day Computer Club for senior citizens will take place this Friday, August 5th, in Balbriggan.The club will run every Friday for the rest of the month. Anyone interested is asked to contact: 8020417. No previous computer skills are needed as attendees will be given an introduction to computers, the Internet, Email, Social Networking, Word Processing, and Open Office. All classes will run free of charge.

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Rory and Sophia O'Driscoll are pictured on a Garda motorbike with Mark Gandola from the Garda Traffic Corp.

Chloe O'Brien gets ready to race!

Jessie Cunningham, Eoin Morrissey, David Farrell and Joseph Kelly

Ester Iyere and Sara Vena

Pictured at the race finishing line are Laura Andrews, Sophie Murray, Amy Murray, Larry Andrews and Robert Murray.

Dolores Logan from Balbriggan and Mary Cross from Lusk are pictured selling two euro badges from the Emily Jane Cross Memorial Fund at Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin. The fund was up nine years ago and has so far raised â‚Ź40,000 for the hospital.

Charlie Tew is pictured on a mini dirt bike at the Balbriggan Formula Fun Day.

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Jamie Bently, Joseph Kelly and Ben Kelly.

Pictured waving the chequered flag at the finishing line is Vincent Cronan. Pictured with The Stigs Balbriggan Cousin are Christian McNamara and Josh McNamee.

Young Shane Kelly shakes hands with The Stigs Balbriggan Cousin at the Balbriggan Formula Fun Day.


Loreto Balbriggan students, Amy Sloan, Megan O'Carroll and Emma Leggett Taigh Grant zooms by during the big race!

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Brilliant Day For Balbriggan The recent Balbriggan Fun Fest Day, which featured a number of pedal car races through the town, has been hailed as a major triumph. The initiative, which took place on Sunday, 24th July last, also included free family fun and entertainment, was the brainchild of Ian Lawless, Chairman of the Balbriggan Formula Fun. He was ably assisted by the Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, as well as Balbriggan Town Council. The fun filled day was packed with atmosphere and excitement from the word go. It had the full support of the entire town and this was reflected in the outstanding estimated attendance figure of 3,500. This, by any standard, is a ringing endorsement of the commitment of Balbriggan’s residents to pull together and show what a spirited lot they are. All the organisations managed to pull together in an extraordinary display of community spirit, which has drawn praise for near and far. Younger kids in particular, had a ball and showed a great sense of anticipation and skill as they jockeyed for position at tight corners. You could taste the atmosphere, which never waned on the day. Surely a terrific achievement by the organisers. A very proud Ian Lawless spoke to the County Leader about the dedication of those who were given the task of ensuring the success of the day. “Anthony Murphy from the Balbriggan Chamber brought all of his extensive business acumen to bear and this ensured that the shop fronts in the town were beautifully presented and bargains were available to keen shoppers. Brian Murray from the Balbriggan Town Council was a complete workhorse and left no stone unturned to ensure the success of the day. Both men are worthy of particular mention,” said Lawless. The town resembled something from the Tour de France, with all hands packed tightly on the foot-

paths cheering on the participants in each race. This wonderful atmosphere was greatly enhanced by the excellent PA system, with Alison Comyn giving a continuous commentary on the progress of the participants. Ian Lawless also spoke of the unsung heroes of the day, people like Ray Nugent was got up in the middle of the night to ensure that roads were closed off and hanging baskets were well watered. He also mentioned Seamus Murphy for the use of his storage facilities. “It could not have happened without the support of our local retailers and our brilliant sponsors,” he said. The main sponsors of the event were Moriarty SuperValu, Hamilton Park Nursing Home, North County Leader Newspaper, Balbriggan Credit Union and Bridgestone Tyres. Other sponsors who contributed to the success of the day include, Goldsmith Jewellers, Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Balbriggan Town Council, Fingal County Council, Aidan Bissett, who sponsored the kiddies’ karts, Molly’s Coffee Gallery, who provided refreshments for volunteers on the day, The Coffee Pot, who sponsored the face painting, Apache Pizza, Foras na nGaeilge, Harry’s Hire, Pac-On Waste, Mark Halligan, Eric Campbell of Walking Catastrophe Productions, Gallen Alliance, and Anthony Murphy spoke about a ‘tremendous feel good factor all around the town, with bouncy castles and entertainment by Brush Shields. The buzz word in all of this is FREE. Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to provide all of this for free.” Special mention was made to the contribution of local Community Gardai, Dave Sheeran, Kate Daly Ní Bhrion and Inspector Jacinta Harley, who gave great support to the day. One of the highlights of the day for Ian Lawless was when a lady approached him with her son in his wheelchair, said that her son, who is mad about motorbikes in particular, had the best day ever. Anthony Murphy said that there were business people from surrounding towns who want to be involved in future events. They want to hold heats for this event in their own towns, with the final being held in Balbriggan. It looks like the Balbriggan Formula Fun committee have struck gold. In the words of Ian Lawless, “It was a brilliant day for Balbriggan.”

Fun Times At Balbriggan Library Looking for activities to be kept entertained during the Summer? Well look no further because Balbriggan Library have a variety of free activities on during the month of August to keep you busy. Some of the events on include: Polish Storytime for children

every Thursday from 3.00pm to 4.00pm and a General Knowledge Quiz which will be held on Wednesday 24th August at 3.00pm. Spelling contest -test your spelling skills and maybe you could be crowned Balbriggan Champion Speller 2011.

Training Initiative In Balbriggan A training programme is taking place in Balbriggan on August 8th. This programme aims to encourage people, between 18-35 who are currently unemployed, to get back to work. The course will give them a chance to upskill and get further educational training, which will increase their future job prospects.



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Wednesday 17th August 3.00pm for 7-13 year olds and Summer Arts & Crafts for 4-7 year olds on Thursday 18th August 3.00pm. A great way to encourage children to try new books is with the Mystery Reads -Choose a junior Mystery Book Parcel in Balbriggan Junior Library during August to discover a whole new world of reading. All these are on plus much more. Contact Balbriggan Library at 8704401 to reserve a place and come along and join the fun!

Fingal LEADER Partnership in partnership with FAS, are offering participants a 30 week full time training course held in the BEaT Centre in Balbriggan. Modules included in the programme are: Information Technology, Communications, Work Experience, Principles of Hygiene, Safety and Security along with five other modules. Please contact Project Co-ordinator Mary Geraghty on 8020484 if you are interested in the course. Interested applicants are requested to ensure they are registered on this particular course at their local FAS office.

Balbriggan Group Seeks Volunteers The Balbriggan Cancer Support Group (CSG) is a community driven and volunteer based organisation that was established in May 2010 by a group of local men and women concerned with the lack of cancer support within Balbriggan. Their mission is to be a message of hope and an opportunity to get involved in the fight against cancer. They provide information and support to all people affected by cancer and those who care for them. The Support Group are looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising for the group on a permanent basis. Meetings take place every Thursday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall in Balbriggan. Please 087 3532872 for further information. The group provide invaluable support to those affected by Cancer so all help is greatly appreciated.

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Portmarnock AFC was established in 1979 to provide football for the youth of Portmarnock. The first ever team to take the field in 1979 representing the club was at U10 level and contained players who are still involved in the club in 2011. The club has grown from a one team outfit to become one of the foremost names in schoolboy and junior football in the North County and the rest of the city. Portmarnock AFC now caters for 25 teams from Academy level (4-8 year olds) through schoolboys, Ladies Soccer and junior football. The hub of all this activity takes place at the clubs appointed grounds, Paddy’s Hill, in Portmarnock. Here there is a floodlit, allweather pitch to cater for all teams and two excellent pitches for full-size and smaller-sided games. An integral part of Portmarnock society, Portmarnock AFC have continued to provide football for the local and wider community long into the future and are always on the look out for new members. For more information visit www.

Repeat Leaving Certificate Opportunity O’Connell Secondary School, located in the heart of Dublin City near Croke Park and in close proximity to Connolly, Clontarf and Drumcondra Train, Luas and DART Stations, offers boys and girls the affordable opportunity to repeat their Leaving Certificate in one year. This is a stand-alone programme run in a separate section of the school. A full and wide range of subjects and levels are available from very experienced teachers who have helped pupils to dramatically improve their grades and CAO points. In addition, throughout the year, the school provides constant supervision, caring support structures with a dedicated tutor and a safe and secure environment for teaching and learning to take place. Supervised study and evening study takes place every day in a controlled and silent environment. Comprehensive career guidance is a core part of the programme and the individual career needs of each student are carefully explored.

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Home Study Opportunity Pitman Training in Swords are expanding their distance learning centre course range, due to demand. Now people from rural areas, or those with childcare, health or transport problems can have the benefit of access to the sort of courses usually only available in big cities. Maria Lalor, MD of the Swords centre, said: “We have been staggered by the amount of people who want to study at home. It’s more suitable for people for various reasons, but I think the present economy is forcing people to rethink a lot of things. Studying at home saves the cost of transport, parking, childcare, buying lunch out, etc.” “In the past home study colleges were associated with poor quality courses, but technology advances have revolutionised home study. This means that people can study at home exactly the same as they would have studied in the centre. Pitman Training Swords are located in North Street, Swords, or at

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Storytime In Swords Swords Historical Society will be holding a ‘Tell A Tale’ day at the end of August in association with Heritage Week. If anyone has a tell to tell about Swords in the bygone days, this is the ideal chance for you to spill those secrets! All stories will be published by the Historical Society in the 18th edition of the Swords Voices series.

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Snippet Car Boot Sale Do you have an attic full of unwanted goods that you’re about to throw away? If so, head over to Old Borough National School in Swords where there will be a Car Boot Sale in every Saturday from 11am to 2pm. The gates will be open for sellers from 10am. The sale is all in aid of St. Columba’s Church. So come along and turn that clutter into cash!

Pictured at the Swords Pavilions Shorts and Shades BBQ Charity Night in the Wright Venue Penthouse is Fiona O’Sullivan from the Marie Keating Foundation, Pavilions Centre Manager Ian Hunter, Linda Keating from the Marie Keating Foundation and Pavilions Events Manager Deirdre King. The Shorts and Shades night was organised to raise money for the Pavilions Charity of the Year, the Marie Keating Foundation.

Lauren Hendricken from Vera Moda, Grace Friel and Elaine Reid from Eyecare Opticians are pictured at the Pavilions Shorts and Shades BBQ Charity Night at the Wright Venue in Swords.

Balbriggan Children Make Huge Impression Balbriggan children have made a significant contribution to Dublin’s efforts to be designated as World City of Design 2014. Young architect and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce Council member, Aoife Banim recently organised a hugely successful exhibition in the Bracken Court Hotel of children’s photographs, essays and models of their vision of the heritage and built-environment potential for their ‘Heart of Balbriggan’ exhibition. The children’s exhibition was in support of the adult Public Realm Plan (PRP) for the Town Centre, which is shortly to be published and follows from a huge level of community participation at Public and Special Interest meetings over the last nine months. The Balbriggan Children’s Public Realm Plan exhibits were so

impressive that Aoife, with the assistance of Celine O’Rourke, Town Architect, got an invitation to participate in the major exhibition launch at the Wood Quay Atrium of Dublin City Council. Aoife’s Balbriggan Schools’ PRP exhibition is unique among Dublin towns. This Dublin exhibition is part of an adjudication process by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in a competition for possible designation as World Design Capital 2014. The award is made biannually to cities which best use design to benefit people socially, culturally and economically. Dublin is already shortlisted in this competition, as one of just three cities worldwide, the other 2 being Bilbao and Capetown. The winner will be announced in the Autumn. The bid has been prepared as a joint venture between the four local authorities of the greater Dublin area.

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Swords Ladies Organise Charity Night Swords resident and local child minder, Michelle Mc By Peter Kearney Sweeney, along with her good friend Noelle Driver are organising a charity night in aid of the ISPCC and Barnardos. The event called Charity for Hilarity, takes place on Friday 7th October in Dublin city centre. It’s an extremely worthy cause, which Michelle indirectly became involved with at a very young age, when her grandmother volunteered at Barnardos some years ago. Michelle and Noelle were inspired to raise funds for both these charities, as neither receives much government funding. The ISPCC alone will need to raise €4.5 million this year, just to continue in existence! Should you wish to participate in this worthy cause, information is available at There will be plenty of fun to be Pictured here are R-L: Michelle Mc Sweeney and Noelle had on the night with spot Driver who are organising the 'Charity for Hilarity' prizes, raffles, face painting and night in aid of the ISPCC and Barnardos. Pic: PK more. Some of the spot prizes on the night are sponsored by local businesses in Swords. All proceeds from the night will go towards the two charities. So come along, have a laugh and give a helping hand towards a very worthy cause.



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St. Cronan's Parish, Brackenstown, will embark upon their annual pilgrimage to Lourdes next month, with a five day trip, accompanied by a spiritual director. The trip will take place from September 22nd to 27th, with parishioners staying just 500 metres from the Basilica of St. Pius X in central Lourdes. The cost of the pilgrimage is €699 with a deposit of €150 needed. For more information, contact Anne Cantwell on: 8403379. Anyone interested is asked to book early to avoid disappointment, as this trip is expected to be well supported.

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Pirate Themed Fun Day In Portrane The children’s nature club, OWLS, is organising a Pirates of Portrane fun themed day on August 21st, with a treasure hunt, including action packed pirate challenges and battles. ‘OWLS’ is a Children’s Nature Charity and stands for Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning and Survival. The event, a Snippet family fun day, will take place at Tower Bay Cove, Portrane, with all activities taking place around pirate lore and cunning. The day will host a Folk Group number of activities and games with a prize for Seeks Members the best dressed pirate also to be announced. For Swords Folk Group are further details on the pirate treasure hunt now singing at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass in St contact: 087 3299936. The event will take place between 2pm and 5pm Colmcille’s Church in Swords, three with all encouraged to attend. Saturdays a month. The Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt Finals group sings religious hymns and songs for The exciting Ballyboughal Pitch and Putt Club the parish during the Championship finals will be played off on Sunday evening Mass service. If 14th August. The knockout games will result in a back you're interested in door system where first and second round losers will joining, contact Zita on: play off, to meet in the third round knockout to get to the final placings. Entries can be made in the club 0876240608. They are house. The entry fee will be €10 with a guarantee of at also eager to recruit least two games in the Competition. First Prize is €100 further musicians and and the Jones Perpetual Cup and the runner up will singers to join the ever receive €50. expanding group.


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ur footsteps crunch across the gravel car park of Ardgillan Castle, as head gardener, Dominica McKevitt and I begin our walk through the wonderful gardens of the estate. As the sun shines through the gentle breeze of a June morning, Dominica confirms that she loves her job on days like this, “ah yeah, yeah I do…,” she says, secateurs in hand, dead heading and pruning plants as we stroll along.

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“The original walled garden dates back to 1822 when it was just one acre but it was extended Was Dominica always interested in gardening? between 1821 and 1861, which would have included “Well I suppose from when I was about nine or ten. the time of the Famine.” This had the dual effect of I got my love of gardening from my mother,” she providing local employment, as advocated by the replies. She describes her garden at her home in Public Works Scheme and also providing fruit and Balbriggan as being ‘alright’, undoubtedly an vegetables for those living on the estate. The understatement. “Once it’s dry I’m out in the walled garden today also includes a vegetable and garden! I also look after the garden at home in herb section. A regular visitor to Ardgillan, who Dominica loves to County Louth.” She has been working at Ardgillan ‘for more than 15 see arrive is Reggie Irwin. Reggie lived in a cottage years’. “The staff move around between Skerries on the estate until he was 18, leaving in about 1957. Mills and Ardgillan Castle depending on what needs “His father was the gardener but he died in 1947 to be done and it varies from day to day. There’s and then Reggie’s mother took over the gardens. He can remember where stuff was planted when he always something to be done,” she laughs. While responsible for organising her team, was here. Although his memories are only from a Dominica also does much of the actual gardening certain period of time, they help give a potted herself. “Well the lads would hammer in the canes, history of the gardens.” but I tie things up as I go along. Sometimes we have The iconic Victorian glasshouse in the rose students on work placement from the Botanic garden is a MacKenzie & Moncur design, similar to that in the Botanic Gardens. It dates back to Gardens to help, 1880 when it was but this year we built in the home only had them for of the Jameson a short while in family at the spring. We do Seamount, very little weeding Malahide. “In the here, we just hoe mid 1990’s, the the ground and County Council loosen the clay a removed it, wee bit before the reconstructed it weeds come up,” and placed it she says making it here completely sound extremely repaired,” easy! “I don’t D o m i n i c a think weeding is a explains. The terrible job at all,” curve at the she laughs as she bottom of the pulls a few stragpanes of glass glers out of the allows rain to run colourful herbafreely down the ceous border. Ardgillan Castle's gardener, Dominica McKevitt lovingly tends to the centre. Looking One of the first beautiful blooms which adorn the estate. inside there is an gardens we walk through houses the National Potentilla Collection, abundance of tomatoes and grapes growing, and containing 240 varieties of this shrubby, sometimes she laughs at my incredulity at grapes growing in ‘woody’ looking plant. Some of the plants are from Ireland, “inside it’s no problem at all!” England and some from North America, as well as When she leaves work, Dominica spends much of native Irish species that grow freely in areas such as her personal time surrounded by plants and the Burren. “A guy from Scotland has varieties on flowers. A keen photographer, she smiles saying trial here to pick out the really good ones, which “my photographs are mainly of flowers too! I might take pictures of my sister’s kids, but it’s he’ll then name and put into commercial markets.” Each of the gardens has its own distinct feature pretty much flowers.” She is on the committee of with the trellis garden, having a garden museum the Balbriggan Horticultural Society and regularly and sundial as fixtures in its midst. The apple vari- provides advice to local groups such as eties growing in this garden date as far back as Sustainable Skerries and GIY (Grow it Yourself) ‘Blood of the Boyne’ which was cultivated about scheme. On the day we meet there are lots of 1600, to ‘Clearheart which dates back to the 1950s. children around Ardgillan enjoying their end of The smell from the scree beds in this garden area is year school tour. “It’s great fun for kids,” wonderful, especially from a plant I read as ‘azure Dominica says. “They can get dressed up in period costume and do a tour of the Castle. beauty’, but Dominica calls ‘Erigeron.’ “Do you absorb the Latin names because of your They’re well catered for with acres of wide open love of plants?” I ask. “Ah sure you acquire the space to run around in and Ardgillan’s ‘Bigfoot’ (a names as you go along, I’d know the Latin names of lovely big fella) can be seen and chased through what we have but the world of plants is infinite! the woods, adding to the excitement.” “We want people to come and visit us. We’re The roses have mostly English names, such as Arthur Bell and Country Man, a new rose,” she says. wheelchair accessible and the gardens, playDominica walks me through the walled cottage ground, car park and art exhibitions are all free. garden which has 20 alcoves, purpose built for the You only have to pay for a tour of the castle or a growing of fruit. The fruit wall is home to peaches, cup of coffee, but you can enjoy your coffee pears and nectarines, and cherries, currants and sitting at a sheltered table overlooking a rose raspberries flourish elsewhere. The array is aston- garden.” ishing and Dominica explains that there’s no Extremely easy company, as I leave Dominica to problem growing fruit in Ireland “but figs, which return to her work, I realise that the gardens at Ardgillan Castle reflect a large part of who she is. take one year in a warmer climate take two here.” The walled garden was originally a Victorian styled When I tell her that a friend of mine recently kitchen garden and while Dominica rues the fact commented that ‘the person who looks after there’s not much surviving historical data detailing these gardens obviously loves their job’, life in Ardgillan Castle, the life of the garden mirrors Dominica smiles saying “ah well, yeah, I think life in Ireland at various stages throughout history. she’s right.”

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You want a dress that is sure to turn heads. There are an array of shops located in the North County with any number of dresses in all shapes and sizes so you are bound to find the perfect dress. Check out some magazines for current trends and styles if needs be and of course online shops too. Don’t be afraid to get dramatic and go for a style you wouldn’t usually wear. You have the perfect excuse to be extra glamourous for a day.

Girls, don’t keep your date guessing – let him know what you’re wearing on the big night so he can co-ordinate his tux and flowers for a perfect match. Flowers for your mum are a lovely way to thank her for all her helpful advice coming up to your debs A tip for the guys - bring a thoughtful bouquet for the mum along with your date’s corsage. To preserve your flowers after the event, spray the flowers with hair spray so that they harden (and have a protective shell) and keep their colour.

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Here in the North County, there is a vast amount of beauty and hair salons for you to choose from to ensure that you will look picture perfect on the night. When making all your essential appointments (hair, nails, make-up, limousine, etc), be sure to make a note of the date and time of your call, and who you spoke to. Make sure you ring to confirm your appointments 2-3 weeks before the night, just to be sure that there are no problems.

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Fun And Games At Malahide Library Looking for some activities to while away the summer days? The possibility of establishing a scrabble club at Malahide Library is currently being explored. If you would like to test out your scrabble skills in a relaxed and friendly environment, why not ring Frances on 0872748155. Meanwhile, if you would like to take part in an English/Spanish language exchange and know people , particularly Spanish speakers wanting to improve their English please contact the library.

Audrey Ward, on left, recently celebrated her 30th birthday at the Old Schoolhouse in Swords. She is pictured here enjoying the night with Veronica Dunne.

Ballyboughal Fundraising Night The Ballyboughal GAA club are holding a White Collar Boxing fundraiser on October 14th in the Wright Venue. The event is being held to raise funds so that the club can build an indoor training facility. Though the event is some weeks way, the organisers are appealing to anyone interested in participating in the event to sign up before the end of August so as to keep track of numbers. Those interested should contact Kevin on: 0863395527. There will be over 30 competitors from Ballyboughal GAA competing in the event and organisers predict that there will be a big turn out on the night. Please come along and lend your support to this local club.

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A charity night is being organised to raise money for the Rainbow Club by a mothers group in Lusk. The group have been meeting every week for the past four years for coffee mornings. The event is taking place in Murray’s pub on August 12th and residents in Lusk are being asked to support the night as proceeds are going towards a great cause. For more details, please phone Geraldine on: 0876291679. The Rainbow Club provides a social outlet for young people with an intellectual disability. The group of 20 mums have decided to help the charity raise some much needed funds. and have managed to pull together the whole community, with every shop in the local and surrounding area donating prizes for the charity.

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nessman, with 35 years experience of tending to the needs of retailers in Swords. The restaurant, which was formerly George’s Place is a well known landmark in the town and Christy has great plans to

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sunshine long into the evening and is sure to prove popular with revellers. Christy insists on using only the freshest local produce and has an impressive wine list. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Specials are available. There is no doubt that Dowler’s Restaurant adds greatly to the colour and ambience of the Main Street and is set to provide a wide variety and choice for customers

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Prosper Fingal is an organisation that provides a wide range of health-related and social services and supports to adults with an intellectual disability throughout North County Dublin. We seek to develop a panel to fill frontline vacancies arising in 2011. Successful applicants will be offered a remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience on a fixed term basis. Applicants should be enthusiastic, flexible and committed to providing a quality service that responds to the individual needs and priorities of the people we support.

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Last Weeks published deaths from the North County ADAMS (Raheny) Lucy; beloved wife of the late Pearse and loving mother of Mary, Therese, Anne, Lucy, Ruth, Pearse and the late James, Patrick and Deirdre; sadly missed by her family, sons-in-law Michael, Dave, Mick and Garry, daughter-in-law Karen, her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Kitty, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.

in-law Diarmaid, grandchildren Josh, Luke and Lauren, work colleagues, relatives and friends.

CLANCY (Swords) Maureen; beloved wife of the late William; deeply regretted by her loving daughters Breda and Aine, son Niall, son-in-law Gerry, daughter-in-law Susan, grandchildren Peter, Michael, David, Brian, Sam and Jack, relatives and friends.

MURPHY (Sutton) Doreen; beloved wife of Maurice, sadly missed by her loving husband, daughters Barbara, Mary and Julie, sons Peter and Neil, sisters Maeve, Kathleen and Bernadette, brother Owen, sons-in-law, daughters-inlaw, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

McEVOY (Balbriggan) Michael; husband of the late Anne; deeply regretted by his son David, sisters Concepta, Anne and Brenda, brothers Frank, Thomas, James, Andrew and Joseph, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and excolleagues in Eircom.

LOUGHREY (Balbriggan) Anne; wife of the late Gerard (Gerry) Loughrey, mother of the late Gerard, Patricia and Neil and grandmother of the late Gerard; deeply regretted by her loving children Mardie, Rickey an Francis, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-inlaw, sister-in-law, brother-inlaw, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

McCORMACK (Swords) Joseph; sadly missed by his heartbroken wife Teresa, daughters Mary and Frances, son James, grandchildren J.J., Ryan and Jack, son-in-law Mike, brothers, sister Rose. MAHON (Bayside) Caroline; cherished mother and grandmother, sadly missed by her loving daughter Audrey, son Donal, husband Brian, son-

PITCHER (Malahide) David; beloved husband of Anne and dear father of Alan and Lynn; sadly missed by his loving family, mother Agatha, daughter-in-law Joanne, granddaughter Millie, brother Noel and Joseph, relatives, friend and neighbours.

PATTERSON (Malahide) John William; deeply regretted by his loving wife Addy, daughters Yvonne and Andrea, son Ian, son-in-law James, granddaughter Adaline, sisters Betty and Do Do, brother Jim, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Miracle Prayer

Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time, I ask you for a very special one. Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken heart, where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. MH

Miracle Prayer

Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time, I ask you for a very special one. Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken heart, where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. DD

Miracle Prayer Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time, I ask you for a very special one. Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken heart, where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. VB

GANNON (Swords) Mary; dearly beloved wife of the late Peter; sadly missed by her loving daughters Lucy, Pattie and Margaret, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. PARROT (Sutton) Margaret; predeceased by her husband Graham, her sister Teresa, her brothers Tony and Joe; will be sadly missed by her many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and her wonderful friends in Birmingham and Ireland. QUINN (Adamstown) Michael; deeply regretted by his loving wife Carol, devoted son Gary, darling daughter Jamie, known as Mike to his adored granddaughters Leah, Ellen and Caoimhe, son-in-law Patrick, sisters Kay and Anne, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. KEATING (Malahide) Barbara; beloved wife of Thomas and loving mother to Deborah and Darren and grandmother to Hannah and Megan, will be very sadly missed by her family, sister Ethel, brothers Séan and Frank, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends. HARTIN (Portmarnock) Philomena; beloved wife of PJ, greatly loved mother of Michelle and Gráinne and sister of Eamon; daughter of the late Packie and Peggie; sadly missed by her mother-in-law Kathleen, brother-in-law, sisters-inlaw, cousins, relatives and wide circle of friends.

Miracle Prayer Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time, I ask you for a very special one. Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken heart, where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. MC

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council Ciara and Darragh O’Murchu intend to apply for Full Planning Permission for development at Bellinstown, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. Development to consist of a Two Storey Extension to the North Elevation of Existing Dormer Bungalow to provide Garage, Utility Room and Bathroom to ground floor with Bedroom and Ensuite on first floor together with associated minor works to existing house.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, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin 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 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. Fingal County Council Tara Winthrop Private Clinic are applying for planning permission for the existing Private Clinic at nevinstown Lane, Swords, co. Dublin, for Extension/Enlargement of two existing sitting rooms. The application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority during its 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 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought for attic conversion and construction of small roof dormer to side and 2 velux rooflights to rear at 27 Sandford Wood, Swords, Co. Dublin for Aidan & Catherine O'Connor. This planning application maybe 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 (20 euro) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

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Fingal County Council Starbucks Coffee Company Ireland is applying for permission for the erection of a new awning at Unit 2, The Green, Malahide, 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 permission is sought to retain the sun room previously granted planning permission under Planning Reference F09B/0083 together with the change in position, change in height, alterations to the window and door openings and with the addition of a terrace to the front at Carrigkeal, Carrickbrack Rd. Howth for Robert Healy. 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 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 Kettles Lane Property Management Company Ltd. intend to apply for permission to erect two no. communal satellite dish antennae to the east elevation of nos. 52 and 54 Drynam Avenue, Drinan, Kinsealy, 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, Declan Hannigan, intend to apply for permission for development at this site at

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Kilsallaghan, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the construction of a new second storey extension with pitched roof and veranda to front of existing dormer bungalow. 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 hours of 9.30 - 15.30 Monday – 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 Permission sought to retain existing garage to side of existing dwelling, comprising 52.5msq. Together with relocation of electric gates & pillars at entrance to site, providing new turning bay as per Reg Ref: F04A/0604, Condition No’s 3, 4 & 5 at Peace Haven, 8 Healy’s Lane, The Burrow, Portrane, Co. Dublin for Mr. Laurence Murray. 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 Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. During it’s opening hours, Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We Tara & Joseph Behan are applying for permission at 148 Heather Walk, Portmarnock, Co.Dublin. The development will consist of 4 no.velux windows and new porch to front of dwelling and a first floor extension over existing to side of dwelling with new monopitch roof over proposed, part of existing dwelling. The planning application maybe 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 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 for construction of new single storey, and upper storey extension to rear of of existing dwelling,and associated site works at 4 Holywell View, Swords, Co. Dublin. signed Denise Batt 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 Tom and Frances Joyce intend to apply for planning permission for a development at Montserrat, Texas Lane, Yellow Walls, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the conversion and extension of existing garage to provide bedroom accommodation, the extension of the living and dining rooms to the front, side and rear, all with pitched and hipped roofs abutting existing roof below ridge height, the rendering of the existing and proposed extensions, increasing a portion of the height of the front boundary wall by 225mm to maintain a consistent height along the wall and the provision of 2 no. hard standing car parking spaces in front garden. 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, during its public opening hours, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the proscribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application.

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Fingal County Council Application for Planning Permission for extension to existing private members card club to include a change of use from offices to private members card club with total extension of 53 sq.m., for use as ancillary to existing private members club to include additional toilets, tea/coffee area and amusements area at Unit 22, First Floor, The Mall, Swords, Co. Dublin This application may be inspected/purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy between 9.30am-3.30pm, monday-friday, at the offices of Fingal Co. Co., County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal Co.Co. of the application. Signed Lorand Szanto Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for 2 no. Outdoor lights ( 400w metal haloide) to be fixed to the south-eastern facing gable of the existing school building ( height - 6m). At:- St Mologa’s SNS, Bremore, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Signed:- The Board of Management, St. Mologa’s SNS. 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 requested for a)SingleStorey Extension to the front and b) SingleStorey Extension to the rear of existing twostorey dwellinghouse and all associated siteworks. At:- No.7, Fulham Street, Balbriggan , Co. Dublin.. Signed:- Yohan & Rachel Davis. 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 permission is sought to retain the sun room previously granted planning permission under Planning Reference F09B/0083 together with the change in position, change in height, alterations to the window and door openings and with the addition of a terrace to the front at Carrigkeal, Carrickbrack Rd. Howth for Robert Healy. 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 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.

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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by T. & C. Kelly for the construction of a two storey dwelling of 587m2 floor area on a site of 3.9 hectares bounded to the north west by the R122 at Grallagh, Garristown, Co. Dublin. The proposed development will also include: 1. Detached two storey Garage consisting of Office, Gym, Games Room & Plant Room with total floor area of 177m2. 2. Farm yard complex consisting of Stables 220m2; Farm Office 68.7m2; Machinery Store 264m2; Cattle Shed 499m2. 3. Proprietary waste water treatment plant and percolation area. 4. Attenuation pond. 5. Walled garden, paddocks and general landscaping. 6. upgrade existing farm access to vehicular access and access road. 7. All associated site development 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 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 Euros) 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 Gerard McLeod at 'Willsboro', Killeek, St. Margaret's, Co. Dublin for a new two storey dwelling including comprehensive noise insulation, new vehicular entrance, biocycle waste-water treatment unit, landscaping and all associated site works on a site of 0.55 hectares. The site forms part of a larger equestrian landholding 'Willsboro', to which the proposed dwelling is functionally related. 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 the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Michael Birch is applying for Planning Permission for the conversion of the existing attic space at 92 Blackberry Rise, Portmarnock, County Dublin. The development comprises a new dormer to the side elevation, 4 New roof window to the rear elevation and the conversion of the attic space all at second floor level. 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 Permission is sought for a detached single storey dwelling with waste water treatment unit and percolation area together with all site ancillary works to include a rainwater harvesting system. Access will be via the existing approved vehicular entrance under reg. ref F09A/0445 at Skidoo, Ballyboghill County Dublin for R. dignam. 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 in writing to the authority on payment of prescribed fee (20 euro) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought for a Single storey extension to front and all associated site works at No. 17 Newtownparks, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Ms. Eilish McClean. 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.


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