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Mystery Of ‘Amelia’ The Parrot Solved Swords man, Alexander Fitzsimmons got the shock of his life, when his beloved parrot escaped last week. Bird lover, Alexander, opened the door of his aviary in his back garden, and the parrot, a plumb head parakeet, saw the opportunity to effect a daring escape. Alexander told the County Leader, “I was locking up the aviary last week when she flew out over my head. I was so worried for her because I didn’t think she could survive predators and the frosty nights. She is one of a

By Patrick Finnegan breeding pair and her partner was clearly missing her. She took off into the sky and we thought that was the last we would see of her.” But the parrot had other ideas and had sought refuge at the airport. During a routine patrol, Patrice Dorney of the Dublin Airport airside operations unit was surprised to spot a bright blue and green parrot on the ramp where aircraft embark and

disembark passengers. The bird appeared to be uninjured, but was hungry and dehydrated. The airside staff quickly set about finding out where the lovely creature came from. There were no markings or tags on the bird so, after ringing around several pet stores, they struck gold with Kinsealy Pet Store, where shop staff knew of a parakeet that had gone missing. Shop staff contacted Alexander, who was over the moon to hear his bird had been found. Derek Shortall from airside operations drove the bird to the pet store for the reunion. Alexander said he has decided to call his beloved parrot Amelia, after another pioneering lady who loved the adventure of flight. Thankfully, unlike Amelia Earhart, the parakeet had a safer landing at Dublin Airport and is now happily reunited with her partner safe and sound.

DAA Staff Donate €250K to Barretstown

Dublin Airport Authority staff donated a record €250,000 to its Charity of The Year 2012, Barretstown, the highest


amount raised in a year by DAA since the dedicated charity programme began six years ago. This incredible donation brings the

total money raised by DAA and its employees to €1 million for Irish charities in the last six years. Celebrating the achievement, DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland told the County Leader that achieving the €1 million raised was a “massive” achievement, particularly if you think of all the diffi-

culties in Ireland over the last number of years.” “To me it’s an example of what the DAA can do when it comes together in one purpose, with everyone working together and pushing in the same direction,” he said. Mr Toland said he looked forward to playing his own part in the 2013

fund raising effort. Accepting the cheque for €250k, Barreststown Chief Executive, Dee Ahern said she was “shell-shocked” at the sum raised. “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” she said. She thanked everybody at the DAA on behalf of the staff at Barretstown, the children

Alexander Fitzsimmons from Swords is pictured here after being reunited with Amelia, the parakeet, after her adventures at Dublin Airport

who use the facilities there and their families. “It’s really appreciated.” Over the course of 2012 a record number of events took place with employees, families and friends getting involved to support Barretstown. Events included: the annual 100/50k cycle, 40 DAA ladies participated in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, a 5k road race at Dublin Airport, a para-

chute jump, white collar boxing, and book and cake sales. The amount of money raised is greatly helped by the coin donations made by visitors to Dublin Airport. The DAA is now gearing

up for another successful year of fundraising for the 2013 Charities of The Year as selected by DAA employees – Bee for Battens, Make A Wish Foundation, and Down Syndrome Ireland.

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Forty two Malahide parishioners have recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Starting off in Bethlehem, the group visited the Nativity and the Shepherds’ Fields. They then went on to visit the House of the Holy Family and Joseph’s Workshop in Nazareth. They also


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Foróige Youth Club For Rolestown Foróige, Ireland’s largest youth organisation, is establishing a Foróige club for young people in the Rolestown area. A meeting will be held on Thursday, 7th March at 8pm in Rolestown Community Centre for anyone interested in finding out more about what is planned.

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group will leave for The Holy Land on Monday, 21st October. The parish is also planning their annual trip to Lourdes, which will take place on Monday, October 28th. All are welcome to attend both trips, for more information, please contact Jo Morris on: 0876163648.

Foróige clubs provide a much needed social outlet for young people to meet their friends and get involved in a variety of activities. There are currently 75 Foróige clubs in the Dublin region, all of which provide valuable services to young people. Foróige clubs are run on a voluntary basis and therefore depend on the support of the local community. If you have an hour to spare and would be interested in finding out more, please come along to the meeting. Volunteering with young people is a fun and rewarding experience. Further information available from Bryan Gavin, Regional Youth Officer at 0868519639.

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Willie Parker, who celebrated his 80th birthday is pictured with his daughters, Siobhan, Doreen, Margaret, Sandra and his wife, Joan.

Willie Parties With The Best Of Them Willie Parker celebrated his 80th birthday in great style in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords on Friday, 22nd February last, with over 100 guests attending. Family and friends who travelled near and far to be with Willie on this great occasion were treated to a champagne reception on arrival. Willie, originally from Clonshaugh, settled in Swords when he married his sweetheart, Joan 57 years ago. They met at a dance which was held in Donabate and spent the night dancing together to the sound of “The Del Rio Band”. Back in those days, quick steps was all the rage, how times have changed! They have eight children, three boys and five girls. Over time, this has expanded to 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

By Siobhan Taylor Willie was a keen footballer and played for Villa Celtic in Swords for many years. He played left full back and had a reputation of being a solid performer. Whilst working in Dublin Airport, Willie had the opportunity to be photographed with many greats. including Pele, Paul McGrath, Kevin Moran, John Conteh, Fats Domino and Sonny Knowles. Music by DJ, Dave Cleary kept the crowd on the dance floor and everyone had a great night. Willie was very appreciative and touched by everyone who had turned out to see him. When asked the secret of his good health and marriage, he told the County Leader, “keep fit, meet the right woman and take each day as it comes”.

Dream Comes True For Swords Boy Little Conor Murnane from River Valley, recently had his biggest dream come true when he was chosen to be a mascot for the Dublin Football Team. Conor is a football fanatic who, according to his mother Sandra, “eats, sleeps and breathes football.” Conor, who is just seven years old, plays for St. Finian’s in Swords and was the first mascot to be chosen to take part in the opening match of the league and also got to play on the pitch for 20 minutes before the game kicked off. Speaking to the County Leader, Sandra says the whole event meant the world to her son. “We couldn’t believe it, he was over the moon. James Devlin from St. Finian’s organised the whole thing, and we just couldn’t thank him enough as it was a dream come true for Conor. I cried the whole time he was on the pitch, I was so proud.” The family had great reason to be proud of Conor, as he has overcome a great deal in his life for someone who is just seven years old. Conor has been a cardiac patient at

By Jennifer McShane Crumlin Children’s hospital since he was just three days old and had his last major surgery at two and a half. Sandra can’t

successful story, he was out of hospital in just two weeks; we all just couldn’t believe it.” “He never lets anything stop him,” she continued “He just loves to be active, loves to play and watch any sport and has more energy than his three brothers combined,

Conor Murnane from Swords was thhrilled to be chosen as a mascot for St. Finian's recently. He is pictured here with Jack and Will Lanigan, Dublin Captain Stephen Cluxton and Cork Captain Colm O'Neill at the Dublin/Cork match in Croke Park.

praise her son enough for his endless determination. “He has so much determination and get up and go in him. The doctors said that his was the most

often we can’t keep up with him! The whole experience was just unbelievable for him, and the family are thrilled that he got to fulfil his dream.”

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After several months of hard work by a small but dedicated committee, Garristown now has its own Text Alert Scheme. In association with An Garda Siochana, Fingal Leadership Project, Muintir Na Tire, the County Council, local people and businesses, the end product came to fruition just recently, after work had begun before November last year. According to Roger Cronin, Chairman of the Garristown

Text Alert Project, “The project, launched under the auspices of Garristown Community Council has been vigourously supported and, indeed, warmly welcomed by locals. Membership is currently in excess of 180 and as word spreads, new applications are being received daily. The need for neighbours to become one another’s “eyes and ears” has never been more pressing, what with burglaries and

unwanted intrusions a regular feature of rural life.” “Adjoining communities in Naul, Oldtown, Balscadden and Ballyboughal are working on setting up similar schemes, some based on the Garristown model. There is a new sense of vigilance about, a new sense of community spirit and a new awareness that we need not be like sitting ducks.” “So, intending thieves should take note and not consider Garristown as a soft target. With more than 180 new sets of eyes and ears about, they will be spotted, they will be tracked and they will be apprehended,” he concluded.


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can then be taken home to use instead of using willow is that it can thrive in fossil fuels. marginal land, which is unsuitable for Consultant, Dr. Anthony Heijenga is general agricultural use. convinced about the practicality of using The new allotments will consist of 800 willow as a source of energy. He told the allotments, the largest in the county. County Leader, “The beauty While the majority of them of willow is that it can thrive will consist of the traditional on marginal land, which is vegetable allotments, an By Patrick Finnegan generally of lower quality area has been reserved for It appears that a breakthrough in solving than that needed for agriculgrowing willow. It’s hoped a long standing national crisis, namely tural use. There are approxithat allotment holders will the provision of sustainable fuel supply, mately 1,000 hectares of decide to cultivate this crop. could have it’s roots right marginal land in the North It is believed here in the North County. County and if we used this, it that most allotThe growing of willow for would yield €26 million ments in the use as a natural source of area will provide equivalent in heating oil. sustainable fuel for years to sufficient willow Cllr. Ciaran Byrne Local councillor, Ciaran come is viewed as a breakto make it financially viable. Byrne (Lab), who first mooted the possithrough. The Council charge for an bility of using willow in a motion to the The idea is to grow the plant allotment is €100, per council, echoed these sentiments when in allotments, with plans to he said, “It’s a no brainer, which will annum, which is capable of start planting in about two benefit farmers in the North County with returning €550 equivalent in months time at a new allotmarginal land. It is a renewable source of heating oil. ment area, at Knocknaginn fuel that is sustainable. There is a huge The local authority is the first Road, just north of community aspect to this allotment one in the country to Balbriggan. scheme, providing great social cohesion,” embrace fuel allotments and Initially, the County Council he said. they see the vast potential of undertook to pilot a willow The overall scheme is intended to provide willow as an alternative growing project at Skerries A photo of some willow, source of fuel. The willow will the community with a means to augment Mills, which proved to be which is hoped will be cut into pellets and will be their existing energy supply, be it coal very successful. The project provide fuel into the stored for drying purposes. gas or oil, and provide alternative energy is aimed at producing Willow future. against the rising cost, and diminishing Generally, the willow will be biomass fuel, which is being widely supply of fossil fuels, not to mention cut by the allotment holder, with advice viewed as the way forward as a natural carbon footprint. Planting of willow is due from the council. They will be cut into source of sustainable fuel. The beauty of pellet sizes and dried by the council. They to commence in about one month’s time.

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took a considerable amount of time.” Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), who first raised the issue, told the County Leader that he welcomed the facility’s return to use by the clubs Vandalised new changing rooms in and said that the vandals had to Ridgewood will once again be avail- realise that it was their own commuable for use by two local sports nity they were damaging. “It is clubs after extensive work to undo really unacceptable,” he said. the damage done by mindless “These vandals are putting at risk vandals to the state-of-the-art facilities their own brothers or sisters might use.” facility last year. The Council has reported on the The department explained that the issue of vandalism damage done to the meant that these extra facility and the huge precautionary measures amount of work had to be taken: “The required to bring the distance from the rest of facility back up to stanthe Ridgewood estate dard before handing with no passive superviover the changing sion does make the rooms to St Finian’s facility more vulnerable GAA Club and River to antisocial behaviour Valley Rangers FC. A and vandalism, necessispokesperson from the Cllr. Darragh Butler tating these additional Council’s parks department told the County Leader: “The precautions,” the spokesperson damage to the facility due to continued. The majority of these vandalism necessitated the manu- works have been completed and facture of replacement windows and arrangements have been made to protective grills for the windows and co-ordinate the last outstanding outside lights. Separate protective issues. It is expected that the metal boxes were commissioned facility will be complete and availand installed to protect the gas and able for allocation in the coming electrical meter boxes, and this all weeks.

By Siobhan Taylor Alex Depezay, from Swords was joined by family and friends to celebrate his 18th birthday in St. Colmcille’s GAA Club in Swords on Saturday 23rd February last. There was a big turnout of over 70 people who wished to share this milestone with Alex. A former student of Fingal Community

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Jill Groome, from Rush has been entered into the Miss Ireland Supranational 2013 contest. This is a new beauty pageant that is in it’s fifth year and the Irish finals, which will take place in May, will decide who represents Ireland in the World final in Belarus. Jill is a Leaving Certificate student at St Joseph’s

College, Alex is now doing a Music Technology and Sound Engineering course in Windmill Lane Studios. He would very much like to be employed in this sector, but has plans to travel the world, with France in particular having an appeal for him. The party was organised by his family and was even posted on his Facebook page to ensure that no lost friends were forgotten. Presents were plentiful and Alex was appreciative of them all together with the money he also received. A gorgeous buffet was served and Jay Carpenter did the DJ duties and kept the crowd on the dance floor the entire night.

By Patrick Finnegan Secondary School in Rush, and hopes to study Tourism and French after she leaves school. However she views this as an ideal platform for her to launch a career in the fashion world. She told the County Leader, “The winner will receive a one year modelling contract. This represents a wonderful opportunity for me. I haven’t done anything like this and my family, friends and school pals have all been very supportive of me. I hope to do the best I can and am really looking forward to the event. The Miss Supranational World competition,

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Alex Depezay (centre in blue shirt) celebrated his 18th birthday, with a party at St. Colmcille's GAA Club, Swords. He is pictured here with his friends enjoying the night.

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Jennifer Brady Byrne The lovely Jennifer Brady Byrne from Balrothery is our first contestant from the North County in this year’s Dublin Rose of Tralee. The 22 year old is very excited to be involved in this year’s Rose of Tralee festival and sat down with the County Leader to tell us a little more about herself. Jennifer has an extremely active, busy life. She is currently studying Social Studies and Sciences at Dublin Business School and is also a member of the Garda Reserve. Jennifer says she initially joined the reserve out of curiosity, but now adores it. She says there are both good and bad aspects to the job, but admits that she does get treated differently when she’s in the uniform. “I suppose it comes with the job description, but there’s no doubt that you g e t looked at a

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little differently,” she said. “One of the aspects that’s really fantastic, however, is that the younger children look up to you. It’s something we would notice when going around the schools, and it is really wonderful.” Jennifer has lived in Balrothery all her life and attended Milverton National School and then went onto Loreto Balbriggan. Jennifer says that although she wasn’t studious, “I was when I had to be,” she says, laughing, she got the job done, loved the social aspect and was big into playing sports. “I’ve been playing Gaelic since I was four years old and I still play it now, I love it.” She is extremely close to her family; her mother Delores, father Chris and two brothers Daniel and James. Having recently moved out of home for the first time, she now lives in Naul and is still trying to adjust to the change. She is also very active when it comes to volunteering and works with Prosper Fingal (who is her sponsor), and the Remember Us group in Balbriggan. She says that aside from wanting to give back to the community, she has personal reasons for being involved with both groups. “My brother Daniel has special needs and so the main reason for my choosing my college course and volunteering with Prosper Fingal and Remember Us, is to help him in whatever way I can. The groups do such a fantastic job and I love working with them.” Jennifer also has quite a ear for music. She plays the button accordion and will be demonstrating her talents on the night, should she be selected. Jennifer says that she has always wanted to enter the Rose of Tralee competition, having always watched it as a child. “I always knew I wanted to take part and I wanted to do it for my mother as well. I was a real tomboy growing up, so I think my mother thought she’d never see the day when I entered! I would just love to make my family proud.” She finished off by saying that her motto in life has always been “if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.’ “I’ve always tried to see the brighter side of things and I think the motto really sums it up,” she concluded.

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Loss Of Mobility Allowance Hits Home By Patrick Finnegan Last week’s controversial decision by the Government to cut the mobility allowance for severely disabled people, is set to have a profound effect on one particular North County resident. Portmarnock woman, Michelle Gaynor, who suffers from severe Cerebral Palsy, is utterly

Michelle Gaynor is pictured at her home in Portmarnock.

reliant on her car, which has been adapted specially for her requirements. Speaking to the County Leader, she said that this decision has robbed her of her independence. “I use my car for absolutely everything and it acts as my arms and legs and without it, I can do nothing. When you have your car adapted, you get €104 per month, which will be taken away from me in four months time. You have to be at the most severe end of disability to qualify for mobility allowance in the first case. Without this allowance, there’s no way I can afford to keep my car. Even the review group that has been set up does not have anyone with a disability on board,” she said. The fact that this money will be ring fenced for disability issues is of no consolation to Michelle. “While organisations like Vantastic, who do a great job in transporting people with disabilities will benefit, it’s no good to me. They will not be available to bring me to a restaurant or to socialise with my friends. They cannot attend to me on an individual basis. Michelle’s anger with the decision was clear when she said, “It’s like the Government don’t give a damn. They don’t care about the young and they didn’t have any consultation process about it. I’ve had this allowance since I was 16 years old and I found out through a friend of mine. Enda Kenny promised before the last election that he would protect the most vulnerable, but he’s now ensured that I, and others like me are isolated. Michelle lives beside the train station in Portmarnock, but this offers little comfort to her. Anytime I use the train, the station must be manned, as ramps must be put in place for my wheelchair. If nobody is there, I cannot get on the train. “Things like this make me feel like an inconvenience and is all the more reason that this cut must be reversed,” concluded an angry Michelle.

Former County Leader Snapper Scoops Award Lusk Photographer Paul Nicholls who began his photojournalism career with North County Leader was once again honoured at the AIB Photojournalism Awards, this time picking up the 2nd prize in the news category for his photo ‘Missing Erin’ The AIB Photojournalism Awards 2013 took place in The Burlington Hotel, Dublin. The awards reward and recognise excellence in Irish photojournalism and create a platform for the work of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) to be seen by a wide audience. Pictured are Micheal Chester, President, PPAI, Lusk photographer Paul Nicholls, and Denis O'Callaghan, AIB.



College Sports Hall A Boost For Balbriggan Local deputy, Brendan Ryan (Lab), has welcomed the news that the County Dublin VEC has agreed to co-fund the provision of an enhanced Sports Hall at Balbriggan Community College. Ryan told the County Leader, “I first contacted the Minister for Education and Skills. Ruairi Quinn back in September 2012 seeking his intervention to allow cofunding for this much needed facility to go ahead. The project required an extra €300,000 in order to deliver this much needed sports hall


to Balbriggan. The release of the funding was mired in Departmental red tape.” He continued, “On behalf of the school and the Balbriggan Community, I am delighted to have been informed by the Minister for Education today that the

release of the required funds was granted. The facility will benefit the pupils of Balbriggan Community College during the day and the wider Balbriggan Community in the evening. Balbriggan has grown at a great rate in the last decade and needs improved community facilities. It was vital that the Department of Education released this funding for the town of Balbriggan,” he concluded.

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Youth On Her Side Sharon Cumiskey has been working with the Balbriggan Youth Service (BYS) for the past three and a half years. Though she is from Monaghan, she says she feels a strong connection with the Balbriggan community, and in particular, its young people. Prior to this, she worked with a separate youth group so she has been working with these groups for a total of nine years. She sat down with the County Leader to tell us more about her connection with Balbriggan and why she loves working with young people so much. It’s clear upon meeting Sharon that she is passionate about what she does. She is fully at ease and can talk in great length about something she obviously loves to be involved in. “I’ve always loved the nature of working with young people,” she said. “Everyone is so different and you have the opportunity to work with such a unique and diverse group of young people, it’s really fantastic. No one day is ever the same in youth work and that’s an aspect of it that I really love as well.” The Balbriggan Youth Service is made up of Sharon, her colleagues Derval, Gary, Zita and 28 volunteers who each selflessly give up a few hours a week to work with the youth group. Sharon lights up when I ask about the volunteers. “We wouldn’t be able to do anything without our volunteers, they are absolutely fantastic. She says one of the things that’s so wonderful about their volunteers is the enthusiasm they bring to all the different projects: “The excitement and enthusiasm they have for everything we do is just amazing,” Sharon continues. “Their attitudes really rub off on everyone else, and it is a two-way thing. The volunteers get so much out of working with the group as well.” She says the volunteers are a core element of what the youth service is all about, so they are always looking to keep that element very strong and take on as many more as possible. “I think it’s very important for communities to get involved in their own development, and volunteering is a brilliant way to do this. You don’t need to have any particular skill, just lots of enthusiasm and commitment to working with the young people.” The youth service are an extremely active and busy group, and they always have activities planned in advance. They run a variety of different programmes all catered for the different age groups of 10 to 18 year olds (which all commence after school hours), so

there is something for everyone. She says that though the group is made up of set programmes, it is very important they they remain flexible and open to adapting to the young people’s needs at any given time. “As we work with people from such a young age into the early stages of their adulthood, we’re there at all the important milestones in a person’s life, something we’re very much aware of. We know how everyone can go through struggles at that period in their lives and we want to be here for them in whatever way we can.” ‘I’ve always felt that Balbriggan has had a fantastic element of community about it,” she continued. “What myself, and everyone involved wants to do is really keep that alive and especially highlight the amount of fantastic work that the young people do for their communities, as they do fantastic things. We want them to get the acknowledgement that they deserve.” Sharon says that she has seen a huge growth in the need for youth facilities not just in Balbriggan, but in other towns across the North County. “Even from when I started right up until now, we’ve seen a massive growth in the need for more facilities. Balbriggan has a very large population of young people and as it is, there are very few facilities for them around the area and in towns such as Skerries and Rush.” She says every community must have an outlet for their young people: “They absolutely need an outlet for themselves. We get a lot of calls from Skerries and Rush wanting us to come out and give talks and so on, and we just haven’t got the facilities to accommodate this as we would like to. We would really love to expand to help address this issue.” Though it’s very clear that Sharon loves what she does, she still tries to make time for other hobbies and interests too. She is currently hard at work studying, a process that she says is “challenging but very rewarding.” She is a very family orientated person and loves to spend time travelling with her husband (they recently went to Egypt, a trip which she says was incredible) and quality time with her many nieces and nephews. She would love to do more travelling in the future and would love to see the youth service continue to go from strength to strength. “We just want to be here to support and aid our young people,” Sharon concluded.

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Hundreds of the North County’s enterprising teenagers will be taking centre stage at the 12th Annual Student Enterprise Awards County final on Tuesday, March 12th. Organised by the Fingal County Enterprise Board, over 300 students representing fifty-five different student enterprises, will be competing for a share of the €10,000 prize fund at the annual county final. According to the Chairman of Fingal County Enterprise Board, Joe Harford, eighteen secondary schools and six primary schools will be competing this

Pictured here are Andrew Ennis, Luke Sullivan, Gav Protacio and Killian Tol from Donabate Community college, last year’s winners in the Senior category at the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards for their enterprise "AFL Aid."

year. He told the County Leader: “Now in its twelfth year, the hugely successful Fingal Student Enterprise programme encourages students to learn about the world of business. Involving nearly 2,000 primary and secondary school students from the locality, the budding entrepreneurs get an

opportunity to research and set-up their own businesses.” The Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Peggy Hamill, is presenting the senior category prizes this year, which includes an educational trip to Barcelona for the winning students and their teacher. The secondary school

winners across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories will be invited to represent Fingal at the National Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park on April 17th. At last year’s National Finals, Fingal was represented by Donabate Community College and Skerries Community School.

Outrage Over Plans To Demolish Buildings A large crowd of angry Balbriggan residents turned up at the local beach last Sunday, to protest at the County Council’s plans to demolish two landmark building there. The people of Balbriggan were stunned this week when they learned of the Council’s plans to demolish the two, well known buildings, which

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formerly served as bathing shelters for decades. One is now a lifguard hut and the the other is used as a seasonal shop for people enjoying the facilities on the beach. Local councillor, Gráinne Maguire (NP), and PRO of Balbriggan Tidy Towns, Zoe Nelson, both contacted the County Leader to express their anger at the plans to demolish the buildings, which they say are “an integral part of the beach vista.” “These shelters represent unique architecture from the early part of the 20th century and they should be protected, rather than targeted for destruction,” said Cllr Maguire. “They are part of our town’s history and have been there longer than I can imagine. We can’t just stand by and let the Council knock them down.” Zoe Nelson expressed equal concern: “The Council have a history of destroying unique buildings on the Balbriggan coast,” she said. “In the 1990’s, they half heart-

edly demolished the Bath House and Diving boards leaving them in a disgraceful and dangerous shameful state. This time they are quoting Health and Safety issues but the residents of Balbriggan are not convinced. We suspect the issue is maintenance costs and rather than consult the community to come up with creative option, they have gone straight to a demolition scenario, it’s disgraceful.” Maguire has asked the County Council to provide a comprehensive report to the Town Council at the next scheduled meeting. “It is imperative that the Council provide accurate details of their plans and enter into a consultation with the community on such a serious change to the beach environment,” she added. “We love our beach shelters and will not allow the over zealous County Council to destroy our heritage and desecrate our beloved town amenity,” concluded Nelson.


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The Grand Hotel, Malahide was the fashionable backdrop for the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust’s annual Gala Evening, which was held on the Saturday, 23rd February last. Over 200 guests who arrived in all their finery, were greeted with a champagne reception. Guests enjoyed mingling in the foyer before heading down to the suite for their three course dinner complete with free wine. There was a raffle with loads of fabulous spot prizes and then the guests enjoyed bidding for top prizes in an exciting auction. Pat Brennan is pictured with his daughter Anna, wife Nuala and son Shane at the Laura After dinner entertain- Brennan Charitable Trust Gala Evening in the Grand Hotel, Malahide. ment was provided by the Bollywood Dancers from the Dharmendra all so much and we look forward to being able Bollywood Dance School, who captivated the to offer further support to children and their crowd with their mesmerising moves. The families in the years to come.” he said. include a range of meeting rooms, a dance studio, and kitchen facilities. A large children’s activity room is also provided in the new facility. The centre will cater for a diverse range of sporting and recreational activities and the rooms will be available for training, sporting activities, community groups, residents associations, dance troupes and so on. A family fun day, to which the

Official Opening Of Holywell Community Centre The official opening of Holywell Community Centre took place on Monday, 25th February at 2.30pm in Swords. The County Mayor, Councillor Cian O’ Callaghan attended to mark the opening. Like the Applewood Community Centre and the recently constructed Flemington Community Centre in Balbriggan, the Holywell Community Centre is a state of the art ‘shared facility’ that is built alongside a national school, the newly built Holywell Educate Together N.S. The shared facility is the fruit of a partnership between the Department of Education and Skills and the County Council known as the ‘Fingal Schools Model’, which provides for enhanced sporting and recreational facilities across the North County and beyond. Speaking to the County Leader,


“Good Guys” band played a lively set and kept the crowd on the dance floor for the entire night. Pat Brennan told the County Leader, “We have been privileged and honoured to be able to offer assistance to over 20 children and their families to date to the tune of €45,000. This would not have been possible without your continued support. From Nuala and I, thank you

The County Mayor said that the opening of the Community Centre “now paves the way for encouraging and promoting strong community engagement.” As well as a large hall that will be available for community use outside of school hours, the

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Balbriggan Students Return To St. Wendel Students of Balbriggan Community College recently made a return visit to St. Wendel, Germany on a school exchange visit. Fourteen students accompanied by two teachers headed away recently for a four day visit to stay with host families and attend school during their stay. Leas Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Peadar O’Kelly called into Balbriggan Community College on Thursday, 28th February last to wish the students well on their journey. Balbriggan Town Council signed a partnership arrangement with the town of St. Wendel, Saarland in 2008, which has resulted in various exchanges between

both towns. He told the County Leader: “The school exchange is a key part of the Town Council’s vision for the partnership and we are delighted to be able to support these exchanges which will forge stronger links between both towns. This will be the second visit to St. Wendel by students from Balbriggan Community College. Balbriggan also Pictured here are Maureen Finn, Ide de Bairtiseil (Town Manager), Resames, Cllr Peadar O'Kelly, Martine O'Brien, K. Thiesen, Ross played host to a Areane McGrath and Luke Earp. large number of students and teachers from St. Wendel for Balbriggan and I wish them well on last October. “I have no doubt the their visit and hope they make lasting students will be wonderful ambassadors friendships in St. Wendel, he said.�

Balbriggan Book Club The Balbriggan and Surrounding Area Book Club meet on the first Tuesday of every month in the Bracken Court Hotel at 7pm. All ages are welcome. If you would like to get more information on the group and meetings you can join the meetup group (which is free of charge) on

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Pictured here are local Gold Medalists at the Dublin Indoor Championships U10 4x100 relay recently: Shane Patterson, Shane Archer, Joshua Kelly and Joshua Case from Portmarnock Athletic Club.

A Table Quiz in aid of Holywell Educate Together National School will be held in Kealy’s Lounge, Cloghran beside Dublin Airport on Friday next, 8th March at 8pm. All are welcome to test their knowledge for this worthy cause.

Captain’s Drive-In At Swords Open It was a decidedly cold February morning for the annual Captains’ Drive-In at Swords Open Golf Club, which is the club’s first major golfing event of the calendar year. There was even some snow, but the weather didn’t deter the members who turned up to support their new captains, Tommy O’Rourke and Eileen Foran. Members were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, before a lone piper, Christy Russell Jnr. played the captains onto the tee box to take their all-important tee shot. Captains, Tommy O’Rourke and Eileen Foran took their shots well to the delight of the crowd. They were playing a “shotgun start� where all groups of players tee off simultaneously from different holes. This proved to be a great success as the weather held off for them. Later that evening, they celebrated the day’s golfing with a prize giving, dinner and entertainment in Roganstown Golf and Country Club Hotel. Vice Lady Captain, Michelle O’Shea told the County Leader: “Swords Open Golf Club is renowned for being one of the friendliest clubs in the area. We also have a big, if not the biggest ladies membership in north county Dublin.�

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

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Pictured at the Captains Drive at the Swords Open Golf Club are, Captain Tommy O'Rourke, Vice Lady Captain Michelle O'Shea, Lady Captain Eileen Foran and ViceCaptain John Kenny.

Swords Youths Host Exchange Project A group of 11 young people aged between 15 and 17 years of age will partake in a youth exchange in March and April. The Swords Baldoyle Youth Service will host a group of 10 young people of a similar age group from the ‘Colin Development’ in West Belfast. The second part of this exchange will involve the group from West Belfast travelling to Dublin. Here they will be shown the sights of Dublin city, followed by an evening of dinner and entertainment in the Swords Baldoyle Youth Service. The entire party will then travel to the Petersburg outdoor adventure centre in County Galway for three days where they will partake in a ‘Cultural Diversity’ project . This project has been organised fully by Swords young people, along with assistance from two youth workers, Shona Whelan and Aisling Farrelly. The project is part funded by Leargas, the Colin Development, Swords Baldoyle

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Pictured here are two students from Swords Youth Service taking part in their recent cake sale to raise funds for their upcoming youth exchange project.

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for boosting the number of jobs by 100,000 by 2016 and will build on the progress made in 2012, when 12,000 net new jobs were created in the private sector He continued, “One of the key measures is the JobsPlus initiative, which will provide an incentive for Local deputy, Alan Farrell (FG), has employers to hire those who have welcomed the publication of the been unemployed for a long time. Action Plan for Jobs 2013, which The State will pay €1 for every €4 it may have a significant input to jobs costs an employer to take on a new in the North County. staff member from the It targets job creation Live Register. These in small businesses measures will create and start-ups, as well thousands of jobs this as the biggest multinayear, as we continue to tional companies. rebuild our economy Farrell added that the and get our people JobsPlus initiative, back to work.” which is one of seven Local councillor, Tom Disruptive Reform O’Leary (FG) also measures included in welcomed the plan. He the Plan, will help to Alan Farrell TD said, “Action Plan for get the long-term Jobs 2013 will have unemployed back to work. high impact on employment He told the County Leader, “The creation. Many small businesses Action Plan for Jobs 2013 contains could benefit significantly by taking actions to support business, on one or two extra staff members; reduce costs, improve access to JobsPlus will make that process a finance and target key growth lot easier. And most importantly, it sectors such as agriculture, manu- should lead to lots more employfacturing and ICT.” ment opportunities for people who “This is the Government’s blueprint are out of work.”

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It will become apparent that if you don’t take a stand on certain issues, then others are going to continue as if everything was just fine. And what appears relatively unimportant now could become a real problem later.


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Few things are more pointless than arguing with those who won’t consider any viewpoint but their own. Normally it would be wiser to walk away. But it might be of benefit for you to listen to what they have to say.


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While you’ll have plenty of opportunity to vanquish past foes this week, it is important to keep the future in mind. In fact, you’ll want to act swiftly in response to revelations that accompanies a particular conversation.


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Having already committed to a project, you’re unlikely to welcome the further changes ushered in this week. But, once you’ve calmed down, you realise that these are what previous shifts were preparing you for.


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Whether unappealing circumstances or unscrupulous people are the cause, you’re backed into a corner - and not too happy about it. Added to this, you can’t discuss problems openly. Best keep a low profile for a bit.

Balbriggan Dramatic Society’s production of “The Hostage” by Brendan Behan starts this Wednesday, 6th March and runs for five nights in the Bracken Court Hotel. it begins each night at 8.30pm. This year, the society are taking on a very powerful play with plenty of challenges in it. There is a cast of over 16 people with plenty of familiar faces again taking to the stage – Gráinne Maguire, Yvonne Healy, Brian Howard, Marguerite O’Brien, Colm Reilly , Katriona Mooney and Mick Cassin. The society also wishes to welcomes all its new members, some of whom are taking to the stage for the first time. The Hostage depicts the events leading up the

Pictured here is Grainne Maguire as Meg Dillon and Greg Casey as Pat the caretaker in 'The Hostage.' Photo Tony Healy.

planned execution of an 18 year old IRA member in a Belfast jail. The hostage is Leslie Williams, a young and innocent cockney British soldier taken in at the border. Balbriggan Dramatic Society wish to thank the Community College for all their help and support in this produc-

Kíla Celebrate Anniversary At Millbank

Nobody would accuse you of being rigid in your thinking. But there are certain habits that you cling to - especially when it comes to security, pleasure or control. Be prepared - all three are about to be shaken this week.

You know that time spent on petty disagreements is time wasted. But others don’t, they insist on dissecting issues, though, there is so much that is more pressing. However, you feel that you should at least show an interest.

Balbriggan Dramatic Society Performs ‘The Hostage’

Erica Masterson and Kanina Morgan are pictured enjoying their meal in Masterson's Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

Free Golf Lessons For Visually Impaired Following the success of the innovative Free Golf Lessons for visually impaired people in August 2012, the County Council Sports Unit is delighted to bring this exciting programme back. The eight-week programme starts on Wednesday 27th March at Drynam Golf Academy, in Swords, and runs from 8pm-9pm. The programme is open to anyone with a visual impairment, and no previous golf experience is required. The programme is free

and any participant who does not have their own set of clubs will have access to clubs at the driving range. The course also includes hire of 100 balls per night. Stephen McGinn of Fingal’s Community Trust told the County Leader: “It was a venture into unknown territory for us last year as we had never run such a specific training programme before. We were delighted with the six participants, who ranged in age from 14 to over 60 and who showed some real golfing aptitude. The course is an example of our clear commitment to promoting accessibilty in sports and leisure in the North County.” Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. To reserve a place please email

Swords Historical Society Needs You If you, your sister or a friend attended Swords Girls’ School in 1949, please get in touch with Swords Historical Society. Some of you are still in the Swords area, others scattered to different parts of this country and overseas. If for example, your pal who has lived overseas plans to visit her home town this year, the historical society would like to meet you all and recreate a photograph. This event will probably take place during Swords Heritage Week at the end of August. The society are planning the project as part of The Gathering, so we hope to gather you all together somewhere in Swords. If you can help please get in touch on: 01 8400080.

Breastfeeding Group Swords Friends of Breastfeeding Mother 2 Mother Group will meet every Wednesday in the Applewood Community Centre from 10am to 12pm. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Mums with toddlers, new mums and mumsto-be all welcome. The cost is ¤3 per session. For further information call 087 2927841.

Traditional music band, Kíla are celebrating their 25th year since the band began playing. They were classmates who put a band together to enter the national competition, Slógadh. Since then they have gone on to record 15 albums have travelled to 33 countries and co-composed music for the Oscar nominated Irish animation feature film ‘The Secret of Kells.’ As part of the 25 year celebration, they will be

tion and also all the members behind the scenes. Admission is 10 euro or two tickets for 15 euro. There will be concessions for students and senior citizens, and tickets are available from the hotel or payable on the door. Come along and support this great production.

appearing at the Millbank Theatre, Rush on Saturday, 23rd March at 3.30pm and are going to feature music from two of their CD’s and their more recent compositions. They are also going to do their highly regarded children’s show which will be an excellent way to introduce you kids to Kíla’s joy of music. Members of the band recently spent a day with the pupils of Gael Scoil Ros Eo, to introduce the children to the various instruments and the joy of music. Tickets are €5 for the kids show and €21 for the evening show. Please call the Millbank for booking details. All are welcome.

Volunteer Drivers Needed For Cancer Society Care to Drive is a volunteer delivered transport programme, in which the Irish Cancer Society recruits and trains volunteers to drive oncology patients to and from their hospital treatments. The group are looking for local people with free weekday time, who have access to a car and who can commit to driving patients, two days a month to volunteer for this service. They are partnered with the following hospitals – the Mater, Tallaght, Connolly and St. James’ and need volunteers to transport patients from their own localities to and from their treatments. For more information or for an application form, call Aoife on 01 2316 642. The service is free to both the patient and the hospital, with the Irish Cancer Society paying the volunteers fuel costs. All support is greatly appreciated.

Bethany Support Group In Swords Swords Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary services for the bereaved people of the North County. The support group meets on the second and last Monday of every month in the Parish Office at 42 North Street from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Anyone suffering the

pain of loss through bereavement is most welcome to attend these meetings. Group discussion or support on a one-to one basis is available. This is a free and confidential service. Home visits can be arranged in certain circumstances. The group is affiliated to the national network of Bethany Bereavement Support Groups. Their members are trained to listen and help people to understand and come to terms with their loss. For more information about Bethany branches nationwide, google Bethany Bereavement Support.



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Please submit your planning notices to: before 5.30pm every Thursday, in order for the application to appear in the following issue of North County Leader. A receipt will be issued when your planning notice is received. Please retain this receipt as proof of submission.

Fingal County Concil Patrick Grimes seeks planning permission for a two storey detached house facing onto and with vehicular access onto Hoar Rock road and located in rear garden of 24 Balbriggan road, Skerries, County 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 Monday to Friday at Fingal County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin. 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 euros), within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application. Fingal County Concil We, Patrick & Phyllis Foran, are applying for Planning Permission for the construction of a single storey extension (circa 7.8sq/m) with pitched roof, comprising of an enclosed porch and extended living room, all to the front (west-facing) elevation of existing dwelling at No.8 Strandmill Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and 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 Concil Permission is sought for dormer type dwelling house with new vehicular access form existing agricultural access, Oakstown waste water treatment unit and polishing filter with all site ancillary works, landscaping at westown, Naul County Dublin for S.Guildea.This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority,County hall,Main Street Swords County 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 Concil Permission is sought for Dormer type Bungalow with on-site waste water treatment unit and percolation area, access provided from existing vehicular entrance to family home, together with all associated site works and landscaping at Surgalstown south, Swords, Co.Dublin for N.Kilgalllon. The planning application my be inspected or purchased at 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 to 15:30, Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning to authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Concil Planning Permission is sought by Mike and Jill Reilly for dormer dwelling, detached garage/store and waste water treatment system at Regeens, Lusk, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the 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. Fingal County Concil Planning permission sought by ELM Mansfeild for change of use of 1 no. first floor unit from residential to training centre and change of use of 3 no. first floor units from residential to recreational facility/sports club at Holmpatrick Shopping Centre, Shenick Road, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

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ELECTRICAL LTD Domestic,Commercial & Industrial Services • 20 years experience • Certified Renewable Energy Installer - Reduce Your Bills • Fuseboard upgrades /Rewires Extra Sockets,Lights,TVs etc. • Emergency call Outs • Fully Insured and Registered Company • No Job too small • Covering all of North County Dublin and surrrounding areas

Swords, Co. Dublin Contact Thomas on t. 087 9957334 e.


Fire damage, Flood damage, theft, burst pipes, impact damage, storm damage, accidental damage, third party damage etc. getting you down?

RTE Aerial’s Price on Application, Area Dependent • RTE & Saorview Digital Aerials • Extra T.V. Points • Foreign T.V Systems • Fully Insured • Audio Systems • Foreign Sports Stations • CCTV • Telephone Points • Intercom Systems • Multi-Room • No Job Too Small / Too Big

We work for YOU to get you the best settlement so don’t be shortchanged call ICS

The Burrow, Portrane, Co Dublin

Phone: 086-8146641 For all your TV & Satellite Needs

Tel: 01-8934958


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Kevin McGill

Call your local installer Frank for a FREE Home Survey

Crescent Building, Northwood Business Park, Santry


Aerial & Satellite T.V Services


Free no obligation survey by Experienced Qualified Surveyors, No Win- No Fee



M. Collins & Sons GARDEN SERVICE

All Kinds Of Garden Work Done • Trees Lopped & Pruned • Conifers • Block Paving & Flagging • Hedges Pruned & Trimmed • All Green Waste Removed

All Work Guaranteed Free Estimates Special Rates For OAP’s

Tel: 086 849 5092 01 8022041



Small Job Specialist Full List of Services available from attic removals to repairs around your home & office Call Sean on 087 933 6629

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North County Leader 05th March 2013  

North County Leader 05th March 2013