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Lessons For Council From Beach Fiasco The recent sewage release in Balbriggan, that has caused the closure of the beach there, has posed a number of questions for the local authority to answer. They blamed a combination of equipment failure and heavy rain. For more than 24 hours, the Isaacs Bower pumping station was pumping raw sewage into the sea at Balbriggan. It was only when a canoeist raised the alarm that the local authority became aware of the problem. However, business leaders in the town are very concerned about the affects on tourism in the local area. General manager of the Bracken Court Hotel, Rory Keogh told the County Leader that the hotel received no notification of events from the Council. “The first I heard about it was from a local news agency and then the RTÉ website. We will be posing the question to the Council about why it took 26 hours for it to be noticed. This will have a massive affect on our business, as we rely on visitors from Northern Ireland. Our main selling point is our proximity to a safe beach, where children can play. We are disappointed, as one of the leading tourist businesses in the town, that we have not been informed about how long the beach will be closed. We need to be able to advise our customers of the current and future situations,” he said. President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Tolan told the County Leader, “This was an accident ready to happen. With the population increase in the town in recent times, the infrastructure was way behind the population growth. We can only hope that it will now put pressure on the County Council to complete the proposed new pumping station to be located near the church. Tolan was disappointed that the Council did not

- Correction In our front page article on “County Councillors Ready For The Off” in our last edition, we incorrectly stated said that Councillor Anne Devitt had been expelled from the Fine Gael Party. She, of course resigned from the party. We wish to apologise for this error and regret any offence to Cllr Devitt or the Fine Gael Party.

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By Patrick Finnegan apologise to the people of Balbriggan. “When the levels of water came up, and there was 10 times the amount of ecoli in the sea water compared to neighbouring Skerries, the local authority announced that they had made the correct decision in closing the beach and used political spin to give themselves a pat on the back for making the right decision, instead of offering the people of Balbriggan a fulsome apology.” “I will ask the Council to call a meeting to discuss when the new station will be started and what changes will be enacted to prevent this happening again. With a population of 22,000, this plant should have had a generator, which would have kept it operational in the event of a power failure. They need to review their systems to prevent a reoccurrence,” he said. The County Council’s decision to close the beach for health and safety reasons and their decision to communicate with the public via their website, means that only those members of the public with access to computers or iPhones, who would be of the mindset to check the council’s website on a daily basis, would have been aware of the problem. The other form of communication used, namely by twitter is equally discriminating and is only seen by a minority of people. Many residents regard the Council’s website as difficult to navigate. It appears that the council waited until they were contacted by news agencies before they became proactive. Up to that, the public had to go to the council to find out what was happening. The County Leader enquired from the local authority about how they went about getting the message about this most serious situation across. A spokesperson said that “the council’s website and twitter was the preferred means of communication, along with posting notices at the beach.” Balbriggan residents that the County Leader has contacted maintain that this very selective and limited form of communicating is half hearted and not a genuine effort to alert the public. They say it was negligent and unacceptable. The spokesperson continued, “The primary place to post the problem is at the site itself.” Residents, however went on to say that the notice on the beach could not have been said to be oversized and presumes that everyone entering the beach area sees the notice. Also there are so many

Pictured at the launch of Fingal Enterprise Week 2012 at Roganstown Golf and Country Club on Friday last, are County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan, Oisin Geoghegan CEO Fingal County Enterprise Board, Paddy Lonergan, Manager Bank of Ireland Swords and Joe Harford, Chairman Fingal County Enterprise Board. See story on page 9

entrances to the beach that it would be impossible to cover all areas. Many children would be allowed to visit the beach area by their parents, if they were unaware of the problem, and children simply ignore warning signs. When the recent major problem arose in Cork, where beaches had to be closed in the interest of public safety, Cork County Council took no chances and wasted no time in immediately informing the national media, including TV and local newspapers. In their efforts to safeguard the health of locals, they used the media with

the maximum impact to communicate their message. They may well have used twitter and the website, but not exclusively. The local community understood the problem instantly and there was no guessing involved. Everything was out in the open. Happily the local authority have confirmed that water quality at Balbriggan beach has returned to within European Bathing Water Quality Limits and a visual inspection of the beach on Friday 31st August, the beach has now reopened to bathers.

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Former local Socialist Part TD, existing, established political Clare Daly has defended her parties.” reason for resigning from the She continued: “That alternative party and has refuted the reasons is all the more necessary now, given by them for her decision. with the appalling sell out of the In an exclusive interview with the Labour Party in government. County Leader, Daly said that the Unfortunately the potential of the party’s claim that her political ULA has not been fully realised connection to Independent and it is now time that the Wexford TD, Mick Wallace has component organisations prioridamaged her reputation was tised the building of the ULA. I nonsense. The party claimed that, chose to resign to devote myself “In our view, the fundato building a broad mental reason for alternative to repreClare’s resignation is sent ordinary that she now places people.” more value on her politThe Socialist Party ical connection with maintain that “Daly Mick Wallace than on offered political the political positions support to Mick and work of the Wallace, despite the Socialist Party.” opposition of the Daly countered by Socialist Party to her stating, “It’s insulting to acting in this way. think that someone with Clare Daly TD She publicly my record would decide vouched for Mick my political future because of an Wallace and his fitness for office, individual is both insulting and intervened on his behalf and derogatory. I chose to leave the consciously and consistently sat Socialist Party because the last beside him in the Dáil which general election was a unique amounted to public political opportunity for the development endorsement,” they claim. of a real alternative to the This statement aroused great


anger in Daly, who told us, “I’ve been perfectly clear all along that Mick Wallace’s company should not have underpaid VAT returns and this money is now in the process of being paid back. None of the political parties called on him to resign, and therefore, neither did I. It’s a complete red herring about my seating arrangements in the Dail ; it’s infantile, as I’ve always sat there,” she said. When asked if this latest controversy would affect her chances of being re-elected to the Dail, she was very definite. “I stand on my record as a political campaigner for over 25 years and was elected on this basis. I’ve been very active in local issues like pyrite and other injustices in the constituency, including household charges and water taxes. I’m the same person I was last Friday and I will continue in the same way as before and the electorate of Dublin Fingal will judge me on my record, Already I’ve received lots of messages of support from across the constituency,” she concluded.



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ties. To have this here is a great benefit to our club, from the camogie section right through juveniles and up to adults,” he said. Michael Reilly, Chairman of River Valley Rangers was equally enthusiastic about the new structure. “We’re delighted to see the long awaited dressing rooms and pitches delivered. This really takes the pressure off us, as we were trying to cope with two pitches in the past and limited changing facilities in a container,” he said. Meanwhile local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF), who actively pursued this venture was delighted

Delight At New Swords Sports Facility

Five new football pitches and state of the art dressing rooms have been handed over to the County Council by developer, Brian McKeon from MKN Developments. This incredible facility is located in Ridgewood estate in Swords and will be used by local clubs, St Finian’s GAA Club and River Valley Rangers FC. St Finian’s will have the use of three pitches, one of which is a full size and is ideal for championship hurling and football, while River Valley Rangers have been allocated two full sized pitches. The facility Pictured at the new dressing rooms and pitches at Ridgewood, which the County Council includes four dressing will hand over to local clubs, St Finian's GAA club and River Valley Rangers FC. Denis rooms and has hot O'Keeffe (Chairman St Finian's), Paul Kelly (River Valley Rangers), Michael Reilly showers available for (Chairman River Valley Rangers), Brian McKeon (MKN Developments), Paddy Cole (River Valley Rangers), Frank Egan (St Finian's) and Cllr Darragh Butler. teams. Both clubs are delighted with the new facility. Denis O’Keeffe, Chairman of with the developments. “It’s great for both clubs, St Finian’s GAA club told the County Leader: “It’s who have served the local community for over 30 a fantastic set up. We’ve had to give up home years. that they can now play in comfort in their advantage in the past, due to lack of proper facili- own locality,” he said.

A Walk In The Park In Ardgillan Castle The hugely popular annual Dog Walk in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind took place in the grounds of Ardgillan Castle on Sunday 26th of August last. About 60 people and 40 dogs participated at the fundraising event, including Guide dogs and their owners, Assistance dogs and puppy walkers as well. All participants and their dogs were presented with a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of having completed the Ardgillan Castle Walk. From the registration fees, raffle tickets and merchandise sold, the


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branch raised over €500, which will go directly to the cause. “I’d like to say a huge thanks to all the dog walkers who came along on the day and to everyone who is supporting us. Funds raised today will support Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in bringing the gift of mobility and independence to blind and vision impaired persons as well as to families of children with Autism,” said the organisers.

Deterioration Of Local Facilities Causes Concern Swords man and prospective local election candidate, Joe Newman is appalled at the deteriorating condition of vital road signage and other amenities in Swords and River Valley estate in particular.

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Cheque Handover To Local Suicide Awareness Group Fingal Bereaved by Suicide saw a big donation received by the team of Easyspeak on Friday last, 31st August at BASE in Brackenstown, Swords. The team raised over €4000 for their charity and big awareness in their town.

Pictured here are Barry Doyle with dog Neo, Eva West, the PRO of the Balbriggan and North County Dublin Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind with dog Parker and Zenon Debny with dog Bugle at the recent walk in Ardgillan Castle.

The Balbriggan and North County Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind was founded in 1985 by Tom and Breege O’Neill with some friends as a result of Tom getting his first guide dog, Frank. To date the branch has a database of over 300 volunteers who give their time and support to promote and raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Biggest Ever Enterprise Week Launched Fingal Enterprise Week was launched by County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan on Friday 31st August last at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club.

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Joy As Catherine Brings Home Silver Local Swords girl, Catherine Walsh and her pilot Fran Meehan have brought glory to the North County, as she powered her way to a silver medal in the Para cycling Individual Pursuit B final at the See page 5 Velodrome on Sunday last.

More Than A Snowflake Of Success Snowflakes, the support group for families affected by autism set up in Swords just seven months ago, has come a very long way in a very short time and is now celebrating the successful conclusion of its first ever summer project. It was certainly a busy week for everyone involved and some of the myriad of activities on offer during the summer project were keep-fit classes, environmental art, crafts, a puppet show, group games, a children's disco and all kinds of fun and games. There was also a teddy bear's picnic, a pet show and even the group's own version of the television game show, Play Your Cards Right. Huge credit is due to Snowflakes for organising the week's events. It is a group that is worthy of your support and you will get a chance to do that on Friday, September 7th at 8 p.m. when the group hold a fundraising quiz night at Sportslink. They would love to see you all there.




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Ivana Walsh and Jude Evbakhavbokun from St Finian's Community College, Swords are pictured with their Leaving Cert results.

Jodie McGuinness from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan is pictured with her mum, Suzanne .

Sean Martin and Cathal Quig from Colaiste Choilm, Swords .

Colm Jones and Linda Daly from St Joseph's Secondary School, Rush are pictured after receiving their Leaving Cert results.

Stephanie Winterbotham and Claire Devanney from Malahide Community School with their Leaving Cert results.

Skerries Community College students, Ailise Furlong, Emma O'Hanrahan and Roisin Carroll are in happy mood after receiving their Leaving Cert results at the school.

Marissa Rodan and Anne Fadairo from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan with their Leaving Cert results

Jamie Donnelly and Basam Alisab from Balbriggan Community College with their Leaving Cert results.

Niall Hughes, Steven Carton, Davis Paurnietis are receiving their Leaving Cert results from Fingal Community College in Swords.

Daniel Breen, Aoibheann Brady, Emma Alfred and Caoimhe Reid from Malahide Community School with their Leaving Cert results.

Daniel McEvoy and Darragh O Keeffe from Colaiste Choilm, Swords are pictured with their Leaving Cert results.

Kinga Kacperczyk, Anna Kazadojeva and Vlada Novicka receiving their leaving cert results from Fingal Community College in Swords.

Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan students, Monica Bartley, Hannah Preston and Aoife Carron seem happy with their Leaving Cert results.

Gavin Foran, Sean Weldon, Alan Rochford, Colm McGee and Sean Moloney from Skerries Community College are pictured with their Leaving Cert results.

Oisin Deignan, Conoe Lemude, Daniel Kelly and Conor Meehan from Malahide Community School are happy with their Leaving Cert results.

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Deterioration Of Local Facilities Causes Concern Swords man and local activist, Joe Newman is appalled at the deteriorating condition of vital road signage and other amenities in Swords and River Valley estate in particular. Newman, who resides in River Valley contacted the County Leader to highlight some of these

in it’s present condition, is not suitable for people to use it. Sacks of clothing are regularly dumped here because people cannot access the area. I am calling on the County Council to resurface this area. This will encourage people to use this facility. This area will become unusable, particularly in winter, when flooding will make this area inaccessible unless action is taken immediately.” Another bugbear for Newman is the state of the roads and cycle ways in the area. “The uneven surface of the cycle ways are hazardous, particularly to children and the The waterlogged area beside the Credit Union fact that parking is allowed in River Valley, where people are expected to on cycle ways at the recycle bottles and clothing. entrance to the playing issues. Included is the waterlogged pitches, opposite the dressing area to the rear of the Credit Union rooms, is another cause for which houses the bottle bank and concern,” he said. Newman. He clothes bank. He said, “This area also highlighted the amount of badly needs to be resurfaced and road signage that was broken, at

Joy As Catherine Brings Home Silver Local Swords girl, Catherine Walsh and her pilot Fran Meehan have brought glory to the North County, as she powered her way to a silver medal in the Para cycling Individual Pursuit B final at the Velodrome on Sunday. This completed an incredible weekend, where our athletes broke world records for fun. Visually impaired Catherine and Fran made history by securing Ireland’s first ever Paralympic cycling medal. The tandem pair took silver in the Women’s Individual Pursuit at the Velodrome. In the Gold Medal Ride-off, the Irish pair clocked a time of 3:36.350, but it was not enough to beat New Zealand. A delighted Catherine

Joe Newman pictured at one of the many broken signs at speed ramps in River Valley



The broken sign which should indicate the approach to a roundabout at Forest Boulevard.

every speed ramp in the area. “These ramps need to be redesigned, as they are too narrow to slow down heavy traffic like buses, which do not have to reduce speed to get by.” he concluded.

said, "I feel fantastic. The team had a couple of fourth places during the week, so it was difficult. We were able to finish off what we said we were going to do, and it's a great feeling," she said. Catherine and Fran had set a new Irish record of 1:12.864 to finish fifth in the Individual 1 km Time Trial B final in the Velodrome last Friday and the silver medal on Sunday caps a fabulous Games for the Swords girl. Meanwhile, in the athletics event, at a wet and windy Olympic Stadium, 15-year-old Heather Jameson, our youngest competitor, finished 7th in the Women's Long Jump F37/38 Final. The Garristown native jumped a new personal best of 4.11 metres, improving her previous best by 21 cm on her second attempt. The event was won by M Goncharova (RSA), with a jump of 4.84 metres.

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Pictured at the handover of the cheque for €4,558 to Fingal Bereaved By Suicide Service at BASE Brackenstown on Friday last are: Sarah Coppinger (Easyspeak), Fiona Dennis (Easyspeak), Colette Leetch (Alan Leetch Foundation), Mark Dolan (Easyspeak), Laura Erasmus, Brian Kinsella and Mary Forde (all from Fingal Bereaved By Suicide)

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believe this is a brand new way of taking on suicide. Easyspeak is run by a team of young adults wanting to help. They do not offer advice but a safe place to talk and offer a voice to the people who don’t want to talk publicly. They then put the person into contact with services who can deal with the problems professionally if the person wishes. At the moment the team are working hard to create more than just a website but hopefully in the future a facility for people to come to where they can seek professional advice.

Strictly Dancing For Portmarnock Over 50 competitors are undergoing a dance training programme with Dance addiction Ireland for a Strictly Come Dancing type event that was launched in Portmarnock recently. They will learn a number of dance moves over the six weeks and will be displaying their skills to a packed Regency Airport Hotel, on September 21st. The DAA and Suttonians Rugby Club in conjunction

Excitement Ahead Of Naul Horticultural Show The 24th annual Naul and District Horticultural Show takes place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, in what will surely be an explosion of vibrant colour and scents. The show, which was founded by Christopher White, who is still very much a part of the organisation, will see local entrants as well as gardeners from further a field.

with Kevin Rowe Events are organising this event with the charities to benefit including Barretstown, IRFU (charitable trust) and the 3ts (Turning the Tide of Suicide). Tickets will be on sale very shortly at €20, and are expected to sell out very soon.

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Biggest Ever Enterprise Week Launched Fingal Enterprise Week was launched by County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan on Friday 31st August last at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club. The clear message coming from enterprise support agencies, business leaders and entrepreneurs at the launch is that “Fingal is open for new business.” The message of encouragement comes as the biggest-ever programme for small businesses was unveiled for October’s Fingal Enterprise Week, which aims to attract up to 2,000 small business owners and managers to fifteen different events across the region.

Running from Monday, October 1st to Friday, October 5th, the initiative is the brainchild of Fingal County Enterprise Board. Oisin Geoghegan, CEO Fingal County Enterprise Board, in an exclusive interview, told the County Leader: “There are two really big events for people setting up in business. One is the Business Start Up Boot Camp, an energetic one day adventure for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, which will take place on 3rd October. The other is the National 50+ Enterprise Day for Senior Entrepreneurs looking to set up in business. Both will be very intensive, but hopefully produc-

tive events,” he said. He went on to say, “There are 15 events, all of which are focused on stimulating enterprise in the area and helping businesses to identify new opportunities. There are plenty of networking events and importantly, we are fortunate to be supported by a wide range of employers, including IBM, Paypal, Keelings, The Gift Voucher Shop, 11890 and Keogh’s Crisps from Oldtown and many other local businesses.” Free one-to-one mentoring and business advice clinics are running every day, in addition to events focused on exporting, workshops to help businesses become more ‘age friendly,’ digital media talks, networking nights and taxation tips seminars. The winner of the annual Fingal Enterprise Awards will also be announced during that week.

Chamber To Host Dubai Business Briefing The Greater Dublin Chamber is delighted to announce a special “Doing Business in Dubai” business briefing on Thursday, 13th September at 6 p.m. in the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport. The Business Briefing is supported by and organised in association with the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce (DTCM). Fayha Sultan from DTCM will speak about the business opportunities for SMEs and

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Gala Opening Of Junction 4 Turvey Junction 4 Turvey’s marked the official opening of their Service Station with a Family Fun Day on Saturday, 1st September last. With a prime location just off the M1 motorway at Junction 4, this new Service Station incorporates a Centra Convenience Store, Supermac’s Restaurant and a Great Gas Filling Station. Junction 4 Turvey’s employs over 40 employees and looks to expand that number over the coming months. The Official Opening day was marked with plenty of fun and excitement for customers. Children’s entertainment included a bouncy castle, face-painting, stilt walkers and a very special appearance by Mickey Mouse! Ensuring that the grown-ups aren’t left out, motor sport enthusiasts viewed the Great Gas/Supermac’s liveried Tarmac Championship winning Ford Focus WRC rally car. In addition, Junction 4 Turvey treated all customers to free car washes with every €30 spent on fuel throughout the official opening weekend. Aaron MacHale, owner of Junction 4 Turvey says: “The opening of the new Junction 4 Turvey Service Station, combining a Centra Convenience Store and Deli, Supermacs’ Restaurant and a Great Gas Filling Station certainly Wacky World makes us an attractive stop-off point for CANADA motorists. We have home cooked meals, fast food, convenient shopping and all your fuel needs available under one roof. Junction 4 enjoys a great A Canadian has become reputation for being an the fastest human in the ideal rest-stop just off the world on a longboard M1 motorway and when he clocked an we believe that the incluincredible 80.74 mph on sion of a Supermacs’ a public road. Mischo Restaurant and Centra Erban beat the previous Store along with Great Gas record by more than is a successful combina10mph on a downhill tion offering real value to road called Les our customers”. Eboulements in Quebec. Pat McDonagh, Managing He chose the road, Director of Supermac’s, which translates as 'the said: “Supermac’s opening landslide', after in such a convenient watching street lungers local as Junction 4 Turvey speed down it at breakis a positive move for the neck speeds. business.

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Opel brand ambassadors, Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny hurler), Colm Cooper (Kerry footballer), and Joe Canning (Galway hurler) were in St. Patrick's GAA Club, Palmerstown to coach children from 7 different clubs in the Opel Kit for Clubs GAA Day. Pictured during the day are, from left, Jackie Tyrrell, Colm Cooper, Balbriggan businessman, Luke Moriarty from GAA football sponsors, Supervalu and Joe Canning.

Malahide Yacht Club Hosts Major Championship Malahide Yacht Club has announced that it will be hosting the the Optimist Connacht Championship, on behalf of the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland on September 8th and 9th. The two-day event, being run at the Club’s recently re-built Dinghy Sailing Centre at the Broadmeadows, is

expected to attract over 100 entries and Principal Race Officer Neil Murphy and his team will set the courses for the 6race series. “Our new facility and reorganised dinghy pen layout means we are fully geared to handle an event of this stature,” said MYC’s Dinghy Sailing Secretary Garrett Donnelly. “With the support of our sponsors, we will have a memorable event for participants and their families and greatly look forward to playing our part during the championship.”

Irish Conversation Group Starts At Fingallians The Irish conversation group in Fingallians GAA Club, Swords will be starting again after a summer break on Wednesday, 5th September at 9pm. The group meets every Wednesday at 9pm in the clubhouse. This is a great service provided by the club and is free of charge. All levels of Irish are welcome. Further info from the clubhouse.

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Pictured at the launch of Autumn Jazz in Balbriggan on September 3rd last are PRO, Joe Corr, County Mayor Cian O'Callaghan and Artist in Residence, Alison O'Grady.

Balbriggan Celebrates Return Of Autumn Jazz Autumn Jazz returns to Balbriggan this year and brings with it a unique fusion of jazz and visual art. Autumn Jazz was officially launched in Balbriggan Town Hall on Monday 3rd of September by County Mayor, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan. This event is in its second year and the line up is something that will be of huge interest to jazz lovers and music buffs generally. Acts performing at Autumn Jazz include Pat Collins of the Café Orchestra, Emilie Conway, The Humbuckers, Tommy Halferty and Michel Zénino and the Hot House Big Band with special guests. Speaking at the launch, Mayor

O’Callaghan said: “I am glad of the opportunity to launch Autumn Jazz. Balbriggan is rich in arts and culture as well as heritage. Autumn Jazz is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Balbriggan to showcase, not just the talent in the town regarding music and visual art, but it also allows everyone demonstrate that Balbriggan is a wonderful place to live, socialise and do business in and I am proud to be associated with that concept.” The fusion of Jazz and Visual Art make Autumn Jazz something really special and there will be an Art Pop-Up gallery open on the 15th and 16th of September as part of the Jazz Trail. The Autumn Jazz Artist in Residence is local lady, Alison O’Grady, who runs her own art workshops via “Graffic Jam” and specialises in Visual Art Education.




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Christina Gates is pictured with her grandmother, Rosa Sierra as she attends Holywell Educate Together National School for her first day at school.

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TAURUS Martina Ross has overcome a huge hurdle in her life. The Swords lady has suffered with a stammer for most of her life, that is, until she took the right steps and made her problem into a positive. She sat down to talk with the County Leader, in hopes that her story will inspire others around the North County who deal with a similar condition to come out and speak about it openly. Martina is very bubbly and very talkative when it comes to speaking about the subject. She seems to be natural speaker, saying each sentence fluidly and with ease and points out that initially, because of this, very few believed she had a stammer at all! “I’m what you would call a covert stammerer, which means that I can hide mine very well. It’s only after doing talks and speaking to others that people are actually aware of it.” She has been living in Swords for over 30 years with her husband Dermot and daughter Jennifer and explains that she struggled for years to try and find a successful method to alleviate the issue until she stumbled upon the McGuire programme. Through various techniques of concentration, assertiveness and non-avoidance over a tough, but life changing course, the programme helps tackle the many fears of speaking experienced by people who stammer. She describes her earliest memory of dealing with her own stammer, which still resides in her mind all these years later. “I’ve had a stammer all my life, my earliest memories were from when I was four or five and I could barely say my name in school. Things have got much better now, but back then nobody even spoke about it. I don’t think my family were even aware of how much I was struggling, it just came across as shyness. ” “The thing is, people who stammer desperately want to get the words out, but they just can’t,” she explains. “It’s all about using Covert Diaphragm breathing. Those who stammer struggle to speak because they can’t control their breathing, so the programme is all about using techniques to help get the breathing under control. “ Martina tells me that she most likely would have let her stammer issue lie, but for a move which changed all that. “My husband and I had decided to retire and move to Spain as our daughter had grown up. We enjoyed it for a while and set up our own business there, but I found that I just couldn’t settle in. The language issue was also a big barrier, I had

gone to classes here but just couldn’t speak in them and spoke it less when we were living in Spain. We decided to move back home in 2009. The recession had hit and I knew that if I wanted to get back into work, I’d have to get help speaking properly.” Funnily enough, she came across the McGuire programme on Pop Idol no less! Pop star Gareth Gates, who was a runner up on the show, had spoken openly about overcoming his stammer and mentioned the programme (he still does the work with the programme today), so Martina decided to investigate further. “I had gone to speech therapy previously, and thought that might work for some people, it didn’t work for me. The McGuire programme was such a success for me because you’re with people who are in the exact same situation as you are, so they can really relate to the struggle you’re going through.” Martina now works as a coach for the Programme, which has Dublin Support Group meetings every second week. “It has changed my life completely. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Everyone is fantastic and so supportive. You start off with an intense four day course and you have to put in a lot of hard work afterwards to keep it up, but it’s really made an incredible difference to my life.” “I was elated after I completed the course,” she continued. “I just couldn’t believe I had stood up in a room full of people and spoke clearly, after four days! It was one of the great milestones in my life. If you’d asked me to do that before, I wouldn’t have even considered it. I would never have overcome my stammer without the programme and I want to let residents around the locality know that there is a solution and help available out there.” It’s a great achievement to have succeeded in overcoming such a difficulty in her daily life, bit it’s Martina’s positive attitude and outlook on life that really comes through. These days, she is busier then ever. As well as working in Dunnes and attending her support groups, her days are filled with activities such as singing in her local choir (“something I never would have done before”), going on various radio programmes and giving talks so that locals know that they too have other options and needn’t suffer with a stammer unnecessarily. There’s terrific support out there for those that want it,” she concludes. For more information about the programme go to:

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As the week begins and you face unpleasant and in some cases unfair - power struggles, you become dispirited about getting issues resolved. In every case, persistance, combined with patience, wins the day.

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Fingal County Council We, Thomas & Ann Brown, Dermotstown, Ring Commons, Naul, Balbriggan intend to apply for Planning Permission to provide a wheelchair accessible ramp and pedestrian gate and footpath to the front of my existing single storey house and internal alterations to include a disabled access toilet and shower and the removal of existing chimney breast. 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 Warren Gatchell wishes to apply for Planning Permission at No. 17 Moylaragh Road, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing 1.8m high garden wall and the construction of a new 1.8m high boundary wall. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, Robert & Linda Ryan intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at this site address 33 Seaview Park, Portrane, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of 1. A new bay window and porch to the front of existing dwelling at ground floor, with lean to roof above. 2. The removal of chimney breast and the remodelling of internal walls at ground floor of existing dwelling to create an open plan living / dining room + a new utility / w.c. 3. Removal of existing single storey flat roof kitchen extension to the rear of dwelling and the construction of a new two storey extension consisting of a kitchen at ground floor with apex roof above, incorporating 4no. Velux windows and 2no. bedrooms at first floor with a flat roof above incorporating 2no. roof windows. 4 The remodelling of the existing first floor layout of dwelling to consist of a new bathroom to the rear off landing . The removal of the chimney breast and the construction of a new en-suite & W/I wardrobe to the front bedroom. 5. The conversion of the existing attic store space to a bedroom with en-suite, and 2no. Velux windows & 1no. dormer window to the rear of main roof of dwelling. All finishes are to match the existing dwelling. All drainage, structural and associated site works to be implemented. 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 Planning 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.

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 Planning Permission is sought by Fionan & Alison McCulloch for retention of the following: 1) change of use from detached garage and ancillary accommodation to habitable accommodation, 2) blocking up window to rear and blocking up door to side facing rear garden in detached garage and ancillary accommodation, 3) linking said converted detached garage and ancillary accommodation to the main house and roofing over the link with a pitched roof and one roof light to the rear of the house, 4) changing the roof of the converted detached garage and ancillary accommodation from a flat roof to a pitched roof with hipped gables front and rear and two number roof lights in the side of the pitched roof facing neighbour to the east, at Caislean, Hanlon's Lane, Dublin Road, Malahide Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, Marie-Louise and Brett Ross intend to apply for planning permission for development at No 6, Seamount Heights, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of demolition of the existing garage, alteration and extension to front of existing dwelling and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee [€20] within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council: Notice is hereby given of substantial changes required to Ref. Ref: F12A/0120 which have been lodged with the Planning Authority. The changes comprise enlarged site to be minimum 2000sqm, contour map, information on adjacent caravan park and entrance gate, information on existing septic tank, information relevant to the proposed secondary treatment plant to ensure compliance with EPA Guidelines at Balcarrick, Donabate for Cathal Barry The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Fingal County Council “We Mr and Mrs W Murray intend to apply for PLANNING RETENTION for development at this site, 51 Hawthorn Park, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development consists of the construction of a 5 sq.m. single storey ground floor rear extension with 1 no. velux roof window to the rear private garden space of the existing 2 storey semi-detached dwelling. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at the offices of Fingal County Council during its public opening hours A submission Attention Home or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application."

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