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Swords Man To Represent Irish Credit Unions
Darren O’Reilly from Swords has been selected by the Irish League of Credit Unions to represent them at a prestigious international event in Canada later in the year. Darren (22), who works for Swords Credit Union, has been selected, along with one other person, to participate in the World Council’s Young Credit Union People Programme (WYCUP) in Ottowa in July. This annual programme is designed to engage and promote the next generation of Credit Union professionals in the international Credit Union movement. In an exclusive interview with the County Leader, it was easy to see why Darren was selected to represent his country. He spoke about how this opportunity came about. “I have been involved with Swords Credit Union since I was 15 years old, when I set up a sub branch of the Credit Union at my school, Colaiste Choilm CBS. I established a school branch of the Credit Union, as part of a business studies project. I held the positions of chairperson, treasurer and secretary,” he said. All this work was about to reap rich dividends for him and a life changing decision was about to be made. “Around the time of my Leaving Certificate, I was approached by Swords Credit Union and they offered me a full-time position and a college scholarship.” Darren has since qualified as a Financial Advisor, which has allowed him to implement additional services, like Financial Health Check, a one to one session helping members budget and save. Darren has also qualified as an Accounts Technician and implemented a new accountancy package and operational procedures in the organisation. This has resulted in more accurate and timely information for management and has improved the daily operational efficiency of the front line staff He has since grown the School Saving Scheme initiative to 12 participating schools in the Swords area, encouraging children to develop a good saving habit and thereby sow the seeds of good financial management for the
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future. He also runs the annual ILCU School Quiz and Poster competition at local level. As a qualified Accounts professional and financial advisor, he has played a pivotal part in bringing the Credit Union concept to a
younger audience through digital media marketing, engaging these audiences through social media and services such as online accounts access and smart phone apps, thus enhancing the appeal of the Credit Union. He said, “I established Swords Credit Union on Facebook and Twitter to engage with our younger audience. To increase traffic to these sites, I teamed up with local companies to run promotions, resulting in increased business for both parties. I also advised other Credit Unions about the use of social media marketing, as well as implementing a new mobile enabled website and suite of online services.” “I soon realised a passion for marketing and helped address our outdated image by producing a new suite of promotional material and developing a new members’ pack to give the company a new look, resulting in increased membership and use of services,” he said. At just 22 years of age, Darren feels that his contribution to engaging the youth through various initiatives and introducing new services to the Credit Union, will stand him in good stead in the competition. We have no doubt that he will do himself and his country proud in Canada.
Darren O'Reilly is pictured at his desk in Swords Credit Union.
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Balbriggan Primary Care Centre Granted Full Planning Permission
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The news that Balbriggan Primary Care Centre has been given the go-ahead has been given a broad welcome in the town. Full planning permission for the centre was granted on Friday last, thus removing the last obstacle to the provision of world class medical care for residents of Balbriggan and surrounding areas. In welcoming the news, local councillor Tom O’Leary (FG) told the County Leader, “I’m delighted for the people of Balbriggan, that after more than seven years, they will get the primary care centre and medical facility they deserve in a new 40,000 sq feet building beside the church. The local HSE facility on Hampton Street, which is almost derelict, will now move to the new Kevin Tolan centre. There are no more obstacles to be overcome. Local doctors are on record as saying that they approve of this town centre site because of it’s accessibility,” said a delighted O’Leary. This new centre was also welcomed by Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce. Speaking to the County Leader, Kevin Tolan said, “We’re delighted that planning permission has been granted. It’s a very welcome move forward, which will breathe new life Cllr. Tom O’Leary and vitality back into the heart of Balbriggan, as well as providing much needed employment for locals. This is a really positive move for the town,” he said. This primary care centre was steeped in controversy at the end of last year, when Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly was accused of including Balbriggan as well as Swords in the list of areas requiring primary care centres, simply because they were located in his constituency.
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Great Success At Balbriggan Guide Dogs AGM On 19th April last, the Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind come together for their 2013 Annual General Meeting which was held in O’Dwyer’s GAA club. There was a mixture of fund raising volunteers, people with guide dogs, puppy walkers and parents of
children with Autism. During 2012, the group raised in excess of €68,000 and this was formally handed over to the commercial manager of Irish Guide Dogs, Sinead O’Keeffe. Sinead thanked all volunteers and supporters for their hard work for the Association during the
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Sea Scouts Regatta In Malahide As part of The Gathering celebrations in Malahide, the local sea scout group are to mount an international regatta inviting both national and international scouts to the coastal town for a weekend on the water. The International Sea Scout Sailing Regatta will take place at Malahide Yacht Club on the Broadmeadow Estuary from Saturday, August 24th. The event will be team-racing format sailed in Pico and Topaz
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Máire and Ned Maguire perpetual trophy in recognition of their stalwart fundraising through their annual Féis in Naul. The group are always busy and are planning a Tractor run in Garristown on 12th May, and soon after this, the branch will participate in a dog walk and a bag pack.
Breege O'Neill (on extreme left) and Tom O'Neill (extreme right) are pictured with guests at the Balbriggan North Dublin AGM, which was held in O'Dwyer's GAA Club in Balbriggan recently.
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year and encouraged the branch to continue doing their fundraising. Cycling paralympian, Catherine Walsh from Swords was guest speaker. Catherine told of the hard work and dedication it takes to become an elite athlete. She proudly displayed the silver and bronze medals she had won at
the London Games in 2012. Seán McCormack, a member and director of Balbriggan Credit Union attended and presented the branch with a brand new coin sorting-counting machine sponsored by the Balbriggan Credit Union. Plenty of awards were handed out on the
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Lusk Prepares To Welcome Twin Town Visitors On Wednesday, May 8th, a delegation of some 33 people from the French town of ThorigneFouillard in Brittany will arrive in Lusk, ahead of the 20th anniversary celebrations, marking the twinning of both towns. Preparations are well underway for the visit, and the Lusk locals plan to give their French friends a very warm Irish welcome. Two decades ago, Lusk was twinned with Thorigne-Fouillard and the bonds of friendship have been growing between the two towns ever since. The French guests will be kept extremely busy, but will no doubt thoroughly enjoy their eventful visit to Lusk and other areas around the North County and beyond. The highlight of the visit will be the signing of a Charter to commemorate 20 years of twinning between the towns, which will take place on Saturday, 11th May at 9pm in the old school, beside St Macullin’s Church. The visitors will return to France on Sunday, 12th May.
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dinghies provided and each team will consist of three boats. A spokesperson for Malahide Sea Scouts told the County Leader: “We are more than delighted to receive interest from scouts abroad to help celebrate The Irish Gathering. To encourage groups from far flung shores we aim to make the weekend as worthwhile as possible.” ‘Whether you are sailors or not, we would love your participation. We can cover your food and accommodation in our local scout dens for the weekend and arrange your transport to and from the airport.” If you would like further information and are interested in taking part in the weekend, please get in touch via the groups website and Facebook page.
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A New Beginning For Railway Street By Patrick Finnegan
North County Dublin’s N0.1 Quality Newspaper strategy for Railway Street. The recently opened Fumbally Exchange hosts new and exciting businesses, and the launch of this document is expected to provide a major boost for Railway Street and ultimately Balbriggan itself. Speaking on behalf of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce at the launch, Kevin Tolan said, “This document is a culmination of months of research, meetings with residents, businesses and stakeholders, combined with the imaginative and creative input by the appointed consultants.”
On Monday, 29th April last, the much anticipated document on the future of Railway Street in Balbriggan was launched. The launch took place in the Brick Room, Railway Street and was attended by community leaders from the town, including Town councillors, County Councillors, as well as Balbriggan Town architect, Celine O’Rourke. This document is part of the Balbriggan Public Realm initiative and Railway Street is the first street in the town to be chosen for the implementation group to look at in detail. This is a community led design process, which is a relatively new concept. Speaking at the event, Cllr Gráinne Maguire was very excited about the launch of the Pictured are Balbriggan Town Architect, Celine document and thanked O'Rourke, with Cllr Tom O'Leary at the launch of the report on Railway Street at the Brick Room. the residents and businesses on the street for helping to “The Chamber would expect that a drive the project forward. percentage of the funds that are Representatives from Balbriggan generated in Balbriggan by business Chamber of Commerce, Balbriggan rates, pay parking charges and indeed Town Council, the County Council and the new household charge that is due the Heritage Council worked with the to commence in July this year, are residents, traders and stakeholders directly designated to enable Railway from the street on a public consultaStreet to be regenerated by carrying tion led design strategy to improve the out the proposals in this wonderful appearance of Railway Street. It also plan so that The New Beginning can included listening to local students, begin,” he concluded. developing proposals and producing a
Fry Family Supports Model Railway Return To Malahide Local senator, Darragh O’Brien (FF) has welcomed the endorsement of the family of Cyril Fry for the campaign to locate the most comprehensive record of Ireland’s lost railways in the heart of Malahide. Senator O’Brien and Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien both met Patricia Dillon, who is Cyril Fry’s only daughter and Ian Dillon, his grandson, as part of their long-running campaign to locate Fry’s collection of model railways and the museum in the Casino House in Malahide. O’Brien told the County Leader: “I believe delivering the Fry Model Railway collection and museum for Malahide would be a huge tourist draw. This is an important part of our local heritage and it must be
Swords Students Enter Dragons’ Den Schoolboys from Colaiste Choilm in Swords took on the might of The Dragons on RTE’s Junior Dragons’ Den last week with their innovative iAwake earpiece. The five enterprising students Karl Reilly, Sean O’Brien, Aaron O’Neill, Diarmuid O’Hanrahan and Shane Tully invented new technology with the potential to save lives. The device, iAwake, an earpiece worn while driving, aims to prevent those behind the wheel from falling asleep on long journeys. An inbuilt sensor will sound-off to wake the driver when it detects the driver’s head drop or body slouch.
generous bequeathing of significant investment is helping to drive this project along.” “We are acutely aware of how much this means to the people of Malahide. I think when people look at the investment that has Pictured here are Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien, Ian Dillon, Patricia Dillion and been made in the area, Senator Darragh O’Brien as they speak about the Fry Model Railway through Malahide Museum. Castle, the Cricket Club and now Casino House, secured. We want to preserve the collection, that people will see a huge commitment to but also restore the Casino House which is a three key parts of the community infrastruclisted building.” “It was a pleasure to meet ture. This is about driving tourism and Patricia and Ian and we will continue to promotion of local facilities for the benefit of engage with them on this work. I want to the whole community.” “Patricia and Ian are commend the Railway Museum Committee in very supportive of this project and our work Malahide who have been working on behalf to ensure the Fry Model Railway returns to of the late Micheál Gaffney, without whom Malahide,” he concluded. much of this would not be possible. His
Sean told the County Leader, “Dragon’s Den was amazing for us (though a little daunting at first) but as we didn’t have the product to show them, we felt that was why they said no. Had we had the product in our
hands, we were fairly sure they would have gone with it. We’re going forward with the product anyway and hope to have it out as soon as possible,” The boys are currently working out the finer
details and have everything worked out to a tee. Sean said, “We did all our market research field and desk. For our field research, we went to Dublin airport and surveyed taxi drivers, bus and coach drivers, logistic companies, and all those people who
Pictured are Colaiste Choilm, Swords students, Shane Tully, Karl Reilly, Sean O'Brien, Aaron O'Neill and Diarmuid O'Hanrahan, who presented their potential life saving device called iAwake to judges on Junior Dragon's Den last week. Sean is pictured holding the iAwake device.
were used to doing long journeys and could fall asleep at the wheel.” The boys set up their own company ‘Lyetech’ and came up with iAwake after they heard about a car accident involving a mother of a newborn child, who fell asleep at the wheel and overturned the vehicle into a ditch. This had a strong impact on the boys. Luckily they were both unhurt, but obviously it was not a nice experience. “It got us thinking, if we could invent something to prevent that from happening, to save people’s lives, it could be a hit. And so far, it has been,” he concluded.
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Balbriggan Students Put Their Energy To Good Use The ‘Tree of a Kind’ team from Balbriggan Loreto had much reason to celebrate as they were awarded Overall Winner of the SEAI “One Good Idea” project finals held in the Mansion House recently. Organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and supported by the Better Energy programme and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the aim of the project is to increase students’ understanding of energy efficiency and climate change. This is done by encouraging them to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling these important issues, as well as highlighting how one good idea can make a big difference to our pockets, ourselves and our planet. Transition year students Laura HennellyMcCarthy, Victoria Fitzsimons, Megan Freeman, Erika O’Neill, and Orla McMahon impressed the judges with their ‘Tree of Kind’ campaign, in which they designed a website and filled it with with resources such as videos, lesson plans, articles and news; everything a primary school teacher needs to formally incorporate climate change into lessons in their class. They also designed a leaflet, and 300 of these were posted to schools around the North County and beyond. As of last week, the site has had almost 3,000 unique visitors. This was a fantastic achievement for the girls as they knew nothing about the mechanics of building a website from scratch and completely taught themselves. Out of 250 project submitted, only 10 made it to the finals. This is the 5th year Loreto Balbriggan have reached the finals of this competition and their 3rd time as overall winners.
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Coyle Opposes Developments Beside Malahide School
also oppose this issue.” “As a the safety and general stanmember of Malahide dards of Route 124 (the main Community School’s Board of road near the school), will be Management, I can tell you seriously affected. “The fact is that the board has unani- that the R124 road infrastructure at this location mously opposed the is below-standard to development, because of cope with the needs its local impact on traffic, of the Community access and pedestrian School as it is. It defisafety,” he continued. nitely will not be able “The Board is astonished to cope with this new how such a proposal could development added. be seriously considered. Cllr. Peter Coyle A Traffic Impact No account was made relating to the volume of Study and Road Safety Audit traffic, cyclists and pedestrians would confirm that all our along the main road, nor is any concerns are well founded.” County Council report on file relating to any “The traffic/pedestrian study being contravened its own County Development Plan by considered.” Coyle insists that a large allowing this development to number of other major issues go ahead without the required such as the impact the studies, and this should not be construction traffic will have on allowed to happen,” he road traffic, pedestrians and concluded angrily.
Local councillor, Peter Coyle (Lab) has strongly objected to the County Council’s decision to grant permission to allow the construction of 74 houses (via Bovale Developments) directly opposite Malahide Community School. He says if these houses are built, they Cllr Tom O'Leary s pictured at Swords Skateboard Park. He has submitted a motion to the council to have a will seriously impact local similar one built in Balbriggan and is hoping for support traffic, access and pedestrian safety. from local councillors to ensure it happens. Coyle told the County Leader: “I was an original objector to the proposed development, and Malahide Community Forum, Malahide Community School Board of Management By Jennifer McShane and Cian and Ann Kinsella and Local councillor, Tom of the fastest growing other residents in The Grange O’Leary (FG), following areas (according to the contact from concerned 2011 census), it was residents in the area, only fair that enjoy that sport,” he has insisted that Balbriggan receive continued. Balbriggan must have similar facilities. With its profile of famiits own skateboard “Swords has an excel- lies with young chilpark lent skateboard park, dren, Balbriggan needs “I fully support the so it’s Balbriggan’s turn major investment in points made by the now. With a population this and other local parents in Balbriggan. of 23,000, the area sports facilities to cater We must invest in the needs a skateboard for future and current youth in Balbriggan park for the many demand, and I am and give them suitable youths in the area who actively pursuing other areas for popular sport enjoy the sport.” major sporting faciliof skateboarding,” he ”We cannot be giving ties, such as a swimtold the County Leader. out about young ming pool and all O’Leary pointed out people engaging in weather pitches for that Swords had an skateboarding in inap- Balbriggan with the excellent skateboard propriate areas, if we County Council and Pictured are the Skerries under 13 relay team of Emma Fagan, Aoife Rogers, Katie park, and with fail to provide them central government,” O'Reilly, Lily Heaney and Ella May (sub Robyn Joyce is missing from photo), who won Balbriggan being one with a safe area to concluded O’Leary. gold medals at the Dublin Community Games Swimming finals.
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Remember Us Celebrates 15th Year
To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Remember Us held a party in the Bracken Court Hotel on Sunday, 28th April last. From the moment they entered the room the children got right into the spirit of the day and got the party kicked into gear. With DJ Mad Cap spinning the disks and Mark the magician, with his hilarious magic there was plenty to entertain. Special Disney guests roamed through the room and were greeted with great enthusiasm. TV presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh turned up to say hello to the children and posed for some photos. The Fit Kids/Fit Teens Dance Crew put on a fantastic display throwing in some gangnam style for good measure. It was a fantastic, well organised day and a true celebration for the 15th year of great support from Remember Us. Nora Roban is pictured above with special guest, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the Remember Us 15th anniversary celebrations.
Farrell Highlights Funding Opportunities For Local Groups
Community Spirit Initiative is now seeking applications for grants of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000 for voluntary groups that work in the area of Children and Youth, Sport, People with Disabilities, Older people, Environment and Local Community and Education. “Investment in community groups has a positive knock on affect for the public at large and raises community spirit and I am pleased that Dublin Bus has continued to recognise its role in playing a part in local development,” he continued. The closing date for applications is Friday the 7th June.
Local TD Alan groups based Farrell (FG), in the North has urged County and voluntary beyond have community benefited groups around from these the North awards. The County to North County apply for has a rich funding to the community Dublin Bus Farrell TD voluntary Community sector and Spirit Initiative, which this is a unique and is now seeking applica- terrific opportunity for tions. volunteers to apply for “Not enough people some additional are aware that Dublin support to develop Bus runs a Community new projects, grow Spirit Initiative, services and help raise granting financial community spirit.” awards to voluntary The Dublin Bus community groups in order to make a meaningful contribution to the towns in which it operates,” he told the The Gormanston & District Anglers club are open County Leader. “To date, up to 1,300 for new members as they start their new season community voluntary - senior, juniors and OAPs - whoever wants to join! It is a fabulous way to spend a day out fishing on Balbriggan’s best kept secret the Wavin Lake, the largest all year trout fishery in Dublin. The Gormanston Anglers club is on a 26 acre site that is stocked with rainbow trout only, which is why they are open all year round for members. The club has all the facilities that a modern club should have including six boats for members use. They are a very family orientated club with picnic areas and wild life observation areas too. Members can look forward to a competition every month. For further details visit www.gormanstonanglers.com. All welcome.
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Aer Lingus swimmers Ellen Keane, Conor Turner and Barry Murphy were recently honoured at the annual Swim Ireland Awards in Galway. The trio all represented Ireland in top flight swimming competitions. Ellen competed in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Barry swam at the 2012 London Olympic Games and Conor qualified for the Junior European Championships held in Turkey last year. He also set a new Irish record in the 1500m Freestyle. An Air Lingus Swimming Club spokesperson told the County
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Swords man, Warren Renwich (third from left) is pictured with his classmates from DIT, as he holds the trophy the team won for their film contribution to the drinkaware competition.
Swords Student Among Film Competition Winners A Swords student, Warren Renwick was amongst the winners, at the Dare2bdrinkaware.ie awards ceremony, held recently. Now in its sixth year, it is a film competition for third-level students, organised by the alcohol socialresponsibility organisation, drinkaware.ie. This year, the competition challenged students to creatively
explore Irish people’s relationship with drinking through the theme of ‘Pacing our Drinking’. Swords man, Warren, was a member of the team, Wolf Pack Productions, who were jointly presented with the Bronze Award for their short film, ‘Pace and Control On and Off the Pitch’. Warren and his classmates from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) were
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Potential Life Saving Scheme In Balrothery A new Community Cardiac Responders scheme is to to be set up in Balrothery. The setting up of the scheme was the idea of John McKenna, Emergency Blood Biker and local man from Balrothery. The idea of the scheme is not in itself new as it operates in various parts of the country, usually outside of cities and large towns where the response times for ambulances is greater than in the Pictured is Balrothery resident, John McKenna who is cities due to their the Scheme Co-ordinator for geographical location. the cardiac responder project. This is the reason John wanted a scheme to be set up in the Balrothery area. “Because of its geographical location, it can take at least 15 to 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive
from Balbriggan, if there happens to be one available at all,” John told the County Leader. “The function of the community responder is to attend 999/112 emergency cardiac, stroke, and choking calls ahead of the ambulance. This means that for the individual involved, it gives them a better chance of survival until help arrives in the form of advanced life support and/or paramedics.” “My role as a scheme co-ordinator is to look after and train all the volunteers,” he continued. He says they need as many volunteers as possible and they need at least 40 (they currently have 28), to get the scheme up and running. “We do all the fundraising ourselves and greatly appreciate all the support we get.” The scheme is linked in with the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Ambulance Service, and responders when rostered on call will be contacted by ambulance control to attend a patient in advance of the ambulance arriving. Full Training will be provided up to the level of Community Cardiac Responder by the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps in Balbriggan and will be certified by PHECC, Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council. If you’re interested in becoming involved, please contact John on 0851602290.
New Literacy Initiatives For Swords School The past Academic Year saw St. Finian’s Community College in Swords focus on literacy, with the launch of some new initiatives throughout the school. A paired reading programme was introduced this year by Liesl Atkins for the first and second year Junior Certificate Schools Programme. Fifth year students were paired with second years and sixth year students were paired with first years for one class a week to help them read. The programme ran
for ten weeks. The students were tested before and after the programme, there was a definite improvement in word recognition and spelling. Currently, a paired spelling programme is running. For a week in February the school held a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ week organised by the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator, Keith Young. Everyday during the week of the programme, the principal would announce at some stage throughout the days
to, “Drop everything and read for 20 minutes.” The aim of the week was to encourage students to read for pleasure. Then, on the 22nd of April, English Department Co-ordinator, Emma Carey organised a ‘Literacy Day.’ In preparation for the day, a list of common key words from all subject areas was compiled and distributed to first and second year English teachers in September. A quiz was held in the school’s assembly area, where students put their knowledge to the test. All students were given a certificate to mark their participation in the day.
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A Local Talent Ronnie Delaney is a true native of Ballyboughal. He was born and reared in the town and though he moved to Swords briefly when he was a teenager, he says he never lost ties with the town. “All my family connections were in Ballyboughal so I moved back 21 years ago and have been there ever since.” Ronnie would be well known around Ballyboughal. He is the secretary of the local Pitch and Putt Club and is also Chairperson of the Fingal Folk Club among other things and is always doing something to keep himself busy. Community is very important to him and he says over the years, the close knit community has become even stronger. “There has been a change, but I think the closeness is still there. Some might say it has gone away, but it still exists in its own way, and myself and my family would certainly know almost everyone around. It’s just different. Locals get together in different ways now. ” The subsequent revival of the pitch and putt club in 2007 saw Ronnie get involved in a different aspect of community life. “When I got involved originally I had said I’d give a year (as you do), but ended up staying on. The club had stagnated a little and I think what they needed was someone with a certain skill set (good with computers etc) to bring the group forward into our digital times. I have a certain amount of those capabilities so I was able to help the group grow.” The club has since gone from strength to strength and since its 40th anniversary in 2010, the group had over 135 members, which was quite an achievement. Ronnie says he wanted to become involved in the group because he saw that it was needed within the community. “I was aware that the group needed a lift and I wanted to help out. It’s a great way to become involved with your community directly and it’s really sociable. We have a really diverse membership which is fantastic.” The club is open seven days a week and Ronnie encourages anyone who might be interested to come down with the family and join in the fun. "The club runs a beginners class on a Tuesday evening from May to June, so this is a great way to get started if anyone is thinking of becoming involved. " A big passion in Ronnie's life is music. He set up the now well known Fingal Folk Club and is also a member of his own group 'Morning Dew,' which he formed in 1979. "Music is in the blood, I come from a very musical family," he continued. "Myself and my uncle formed the group all those years ago and my dad also sits in with us at many of the gigs, so he's been very much a part of it as well." Ronnie says he got
the idea to start the Fingal Folk Club when the recession hit. "I would have known a lot of guys in many bands that suddenly weren't playing any gigs, once times got tougher because the pubs (which would have been were the majority of the bands played) were cutting back, so I suddenly got the idea and thought why don't I start a club where everyone can get together and play? I had the venue which was St. Patrick's Hall in Ballyboughal and I just thought if it was done the right way, it would really work." And work it did. Since it launched in 2010, the club has grown increasingly popular and is still going strong today. Ronnie says the club is composed of ex folk group members and anyone and everyone who has an interest in the music. The club runs twice a month and is running throughout the summer months this year. "The emphasis is all about showcasing local talent. We have some fantastic musicians, poets and performers and we wanted to give them a natural setting to play in. Members love the club for what that is. I saw that there was a gap there and the feedback has been fantastic so far." Ronnie who plays the guitar, keyboards and organ says his love for music stemmed from his family life and mentions a particular uncle, who was a gifted accordion player and played in a band. "My dad, V, is a fantastic singer as well. He would be well known for his singing and performing the more unusual stuff such as comedy songs. He would be well known around Swords; they call him 'the bodhran man,' and he really loves being a part of the group; it keeps him going." He is extremely family orientated and mentions his wife Patricia who was an international folk dancer and an Irish dance teacher. "We met through a tour so the music brought us together in a way" and his three children: Cian (who is a well known cyclist), Niamh (who works as a jockey and is carrying on this after Ronnie was involved with it) and Eoin who works in film production. In his spare time, Ronnie is a big golf fan, he loves horse racing and is also musical director of Ballyboughal Choir. He has been working with Eircom since he left school and says that a career high was when he was involved in creating a system that would be used in the Special Olympics. While it's clear that Ronnie is an extremely busy man; he runs both groups in his spare time while working during the day, it is obvious that he relishes being involved in community life. "I've always loved being involved in the community life in Ballyboughal and I don't see that changing any time soon," he concluded.
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Adam Wynne made his Confirmation at St. Patrick's Church, Strand Street, Skerries on Thursday, 25th April last.
Oran Brennan from St Colmcille's BNS Swords made his Confirmation recently. He is pictured here with his uncle, Mark Brennan.
It was Alan Donnelly Richardson's Confirmation Day at St Colmcille's Church, Swords. He is pictured here with Darragh Donnelly, Olivia Richardson, Carolyn Donnelly and Lynn Richardson.
Sophia Handibode from St Patrick's National School in Skerries recently made her Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries. She is pictured here with Cathy Handibode.
Ben Fagan from St Colmcille's BNS, Swords made his Confirmation at St Colmcille's Church, Swords. He is pictured here with his godparents, Anne and Johnny Clarke.
Eoghan McDonald recently made his Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries. He is pictured here with Jean McDonald and Karen McDonald.
Stephen Mahon from St Colmcille's BNS, Swords made his Confirmation at St Colmcille's Church, Swords. He is pictured here with John Mahon, Mary Mahon, Deirdre Mahon, Ian Mahon, Maria McSweeney and Rory McSweeney.
Luke Fagan from St Colmcille's BNS, Swords made his Confirmation at St Colmcille's Church, Swords. He is pictured here with his dad, Maurice Fagan.
Lia Grant from St Patrick's National School in Skerries recently made her Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries. She is pictured here with Caroline Reid.
Sean McCarthy from St Colmcille's BNS, Swords made his Confirmation at St Colmcille's Church, Swords. He is pictured here with John and Rachel McCarthy.
It was Nathan Phillips' Confirmation Day at St Colmcille's Church, Swords recently. He is pictured here with Nuala Maguire, Cora McGreal, Paula McGreal, Amanda McGreal, Pat Phillips and Stephen Phillips.
Lucas Ambrosevicius from St Colmcille's BNS, Swords made his Confirmation at St Colmcille's Church, Swords. He is pictured here with his mother, Kristina, sister Alex and Mary O'Loughlin.
Philip Marron from St Patrick's National School in Skerries recently made his Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries. He is pictured here with his dad, Philip.
Niamh Potter from St Patrick's National School in Skerries is pictured with her sister, Louise after she made her Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries.
Pictured are Rebekah Caudwell and Sarah Atkinson from St Patrick's National School in Skerries, who recently made their Confirmations at St Patrick's Church, Skerries.
It was Ronan Fuller's Confirmation Day at St Colmcille's Church, Swords recently. He is pictured here with his dad, Thomas Fuller.
Mikey Mallin from St Colmcille's BNS, Swords made his Confirmation at St Colmcille's Church, Swords recently. He is pictured here with Anthony Mallin, Aidan Desmond and Ann Mallin.
Alice Murray from St Patrick's National School in Skerries recently made her Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries.
Maura O'Dea from St Patrick's National School in Skerries made her Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries. Maura is pictured here with GrĂĄinne O'Dea.
Roisin Owens from St Patrick's National School in Skerries made her Confirmation at St Patrick's Church, Skerries. She is pictured here with Orla and Greg Owens.
A sense of summer is finally in the air, and there is no better season to plan your dream day. Your wedding is one of the most exciting days of your life which can also be very stressful thanks to the 101 details that needs to be organised. Follow some of our tips below to ensure you have a wedding to remember and a stress free day.
Plan Your Dream Day Start at the beginning and that means
putting all your cards on the table and deciding what is reasonable and what is out of the question. If you’re going to have a
traditional wedding in a church, you would need to see if the date you want if available. This is crucial and you need to be really doing this first. Another thing that should be high on the priority list is the venue. These things are so important and if they are left on the long finger you could end up being sorry in the end. The big day is something that some people plan for a few years, however others that may be in different situations and decide to get married within a few months. Whatever way you decide to go make sure you keep your plan of action at hand.
too. Now couldn’t be a better time to go shopping for a wedding. Once you decide on the venue and the date, you can get on to the exciting stuff. There is so much excitement when planning a wedding. Who will be
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Happy Memories When you love somebody enough to marry them you are going to want to remember every little detail of the day and keep the memories close to your heart
forever. A wedding day can take forever to come, when you’re the one waiting on it and when the day comes, it will go by so fast you won’t believe it, so make sure you have lots of memories to fall back
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The Wedding Dress The focal point of the wedding for the majority of women (aside from the ceremony of course!) will be the dress. Because the temperatures are typically not too hot and not too cold over here (well, usually!), there are a lot of options for the wedding dress. It is best to choose a more versatile dress that can suit you in both warm
traditional style and design, but feel free to do whatever works for you Many newlyweds are opting to send pocket invitations these days. There are plenty of different wedding invitations options for you to choose from and the North County has an array of shops that will be able to make you pick the perfect invites. Alternatively, some couples might choose to get the less expensive, more affordable wedding invitations. The choice is yours.
Speeches be sure to pair with a wrap). Perhaps you’d like an elegant splash of colour to your gown. There are certainly quite a few unique and stylish options and colours to choose from. The North County has an array of stunning dresses available to
Wedding Party And Guest Attire Regardless of the time of year, today’s weddings are becoming more and more colourful. You are free to let your imagination
maid and/or guest outfits should you prefer to head away from the idea of neutral colours. One could come up with a unique colour pattern for both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, for example. It is your wedding after all, so
The Wedding Invitations One of the first steps in setting the mood for any wedding is sending out those wedding invitations. Typically, wedding invitations will have a classic,
Everyone looks to the speeches at a wedding, but for the speaker, this might be a daunting prospect. If you’re not used to speaking in front of a crowd, this can be very nerve wracking. So if it’s an issue that’s playing on your mind why not enlist the help
of a professional speech writer? These professionals, located all around the North County, will work with you to ensure you get a perfect combination of both personal and professional elements in your speech and work with you to ensure you have everything pitch perfect.
Flowers In Bloom You can save a lot of money on your wedding by purchasing in season flowers. There is a selection of amazing florists located around the North County that will help you find your perfect flowers for the best price they possible can. They are sure to have a great and varied selection in every colour and type that you could possibly want.
Wedding Decorations You can go as mad as you like with this one! Just like with wedding favours, there are a number of varied, beautiful decorations out there. Try purchasing decorations that are pastel blue, pink or lavender. You could also put seasonal flowers up as centrepieces at the reception tables. Instead of having wedding guests throw rice or bird seed, you could have them throw rose petals. When it comes to having a summer themed
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Menu Ideas The icing on the cake for a spring themed wedding could be your menu. Try serving fresh young vegetables such as sugar snap peas, baby carrots, baby asparagus or potatoes. It’s often tricky enough trying to decide the wedding menu, so if you’re unsure go for foods that you know generally people will eat. Get out there and have a unique, special wedding using some of these ideas! Remember, you are only limited by your imagination, so think of creative ways to make your wedding special and different from the rest.
The Groom Believe it or not, the groom actually has some things to plan! It’s not like you must only show up at the altar, smile and agree to the question. The North County has put together a quick checklist of things the groom has to look into before the big day.
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Strictly Amazing Evening For Chernobyl Charity Kettles Hotel, Rolestown was thronged at capacity as up to 400 people attended the “Strictly Come Dancing” evening for the Sunflower Chernobyl Children’s Project, Dublin Group on Friday, 26th April last on the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The evening was opened by the Sunflower Chernobyl Group Leader, Caroline Dunne who welcomed the crowd and who was “awed and humbled with the support” and thanked everyone involved who gave their time freely and tireless to make the evening a highly professional show. Guest judges included County Mayor, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan, Senator Darragh O’Brien and Jacqueline McStay, owner of the McDonald’s franchises in Swords. The performance and dedication of each couple, who trained tirelessly over the previous seven weeks showed with the intricate moves and lifts and the judges were immensely impressed with the performances and the scoring were high and extremely close. The winners, Linda and Stephen Biggin were crowned champions, with Elaine Dunne and Darren Croly, a close second, with Andrew McCann and Denise Watson coming third. Neil and Olive Hall were awarded “most improved” couple and Karen and Gerry Bowers, the “most glamorous.” The entertainment went on well into the night with music till late with the dancers and audience still buzzing and overwhelmed with the evenings success.
There’s no doubt about it that your pet is a true member of the family. Your furry or not-so-furry friend makes for a wonderful companion, but there’s no doubt about it; each pet, whether it be a cat, dog, rabbit, gerbil or a slightly more exotic creature, needs real care and attention.
Exercise The majority of your pets will need a good dose of daily exercise, so it’s essential to make sure that a member of the family or someone you know and trust will be on hand to make sure that they get it. Dogs in particular require a great deal of this so it is essential for their health that they are walked every day. Some animals require less exercise than others, so it’s important to know the amount your pet will need from the get go. The North County has many dog walkers for example that you can hire if you know you’ll be out working during the day.
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Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt Last week’s game was dedicated to raising some funds for Temple Street Hospital through local man, Peter Donegan who was running in a half marathon for the fund. There was a great turnout and many thanks to all who contributed the prizes and made donations in spite of not being able to attend on the morning. The Temple St fundraiser 27 hole three ball scramble winners were, Vince Walker,
Nick Savage and Joan Homan with a gross 69 and the runners-up were James Browne, Martin Cullen and Gerry Levins. Nearest the pin on the day was Vince Walker. Members are reminded that renewal of subscription is now due for 2013 and new members are welcome to join contact the secretary. Beginners and improvers are welcome to take part in skills refresher nights beginning on May 7th at 7pm.
Diet And Health It’s very important to ensure your pet gets the right kind of nutrition when it comes to the food that they eat. If your pet becomes unwell after eating a certain type of food that may not agree with him, check the packet and take note of the ingredients so you know to steer clear of these in the future. Avoid foods that are heavy in additives and be aware of any allergies your pet might have, and if you’re unsure what type or kind of food your pet should eat, ask your vet. On the subject of vets, be sure to take your dog when its a pup to get its first injections, de-wormed and then a booster shot each year. It’s also a good idea to micro chip and neuter your pets, especially if you’re not planning to breed them (this also prevents them from developing many diseases). It is also important to never self-diagnose your pets illness or attempt to give them any form of tablets (this is toxic). If your pet is unwell, take them to see a qualified professional.
Grooming Just as important as their health and exercise is their general grooming. So things like maintaining their coat length, clipping their paw nails and dental and eye care health all need to be taken care of as needed. Some pets need to be washed more than others (Rabbits are not meant to be bathed). There are plenty of pet groomers located here in the North County that will facilitate all your pet grooming needs, so make sure to visit these on a regular basis to ensure your pet is groomed as needed.
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A Traditional Weekend In Skerries The countdown is underway to the annual Skerries Traditional Weekend, which will once again feature a fantastic celebration of all things Irish. Now in its 11th year,
this year’s event runs from May 18th to 20th and over the course of the three days there will be lots of music, song and dance reflecting the unique culture of the North County.
Leading artists will travel to Skerries where they join with locals and visitors in a celebration of Irish heritage in what is always a fantastic event. This year the weekend kicks off with the Schools Outreach Programme on the Friday
morning, when local musicians visit primary schools in the area providing an interactive workshop and demonstration of various traditional Irish instruments. The finishing touches are currently being put to this year’s schedule and will be announced in the coming weeks.
New Art Attack Club In Balbriggan There will be a new Art Attack club open to children aged 10-12 years old in Balbriggan. Cost per week will be €2 and it is open to boys and girls with an interest in developing art skills and enjoy working with different mediums. It is hoped that it will begin in a few weeks in the youth service on Saturday mornings from 11:00am to 12.30pm.
Irish Conversation Group In Balbriggan Balbriggan Library has announce that a “ciorcal comhra” (Irish conversation group) has started in Balbriggan Library. This group will be meeting on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm. All levels of Irish
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Up to 150 ladies attended the annual Ladies Lunch, hosted by Howth RNLI Ladies’ Guild, at Howth Yacht Club recently. Local author, Siobhán McKenna entertained the guests and The Secret Closet boutique held a fashion show. Three members of the Howth Lifeboat crew Ian Martin, David Howard and Ian Sheridan also dropped in to thank the ladies for their generosity and support. Ladies Guild Chairperson, Maeve Derham lead the committee which co-ordinated the event. Unfortunately the guild’s President, Maura McLoughlin was unable to attend, but she was well repre-
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Rose Michael, Howth RNLI Fundraising Chairperson told the County Leader: “Funds raised today by the unstinting generosity of these ladies will go towards the cost of running the lifeboat station for a week.”
Pictured are Mary Halligan and Margaret Quinn, who attended the annual Ladies Lunch, hosted by Howth RNLI Ladies’ Guild, at Howth Yacht Club on Thursday, 25th April last.
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 www.meetup.com/balbriggan-book-club.
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Ireland’s First Motor Car Comes Home To Malahide Malahide is set to go back over 100 years in time when, later this month, the first petrol-driven car ever to run on Irish roads returns to the Grand Hotel which, at the time it was imported into Ireland, was the residence of its owner, medical practitioner Dr. John Colohan. Manufactured in Germany by Karl Benz, creator of the world’s first motor car, whose enterprise was later to become the Mercedes-Benz
Special Musical Mass In Ballyboughal Ballyboughal Church of the Assumption Choir Group and Gospel singers will be celebrating a special Mass through popular uplifting Gospel songs and music at the regular vigil Mass on Saturday, 11th May in Ballyboughal. Musical Director, Ronnie Delaney is hoping for a
and Fr. Fagan who have encouraged and supported the choir in the many ceremonies throughout the year.” “We invite anyone who has a connection with Ballyboughal, our neighbouring villages to come along and to sing with us in this celebration as we remember all families in our community, who may have be stricken with grief through bereavement, sickness and stress in these times of economic hardship,” he concluded
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Miracle Prayer O Sacred Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one (mention request). Take it dear Jesus and place it in your broken Heart where your father sees it and then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favours will be granted. Never known to fail. Thank you. (FMOB)
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Recent published deaths from the North County MCGUINNESS (Hamlet Lane, Bremore, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin) – April 27th, 2013, (peacefully) after a short illness, born with courage and endurance, Dominic ; deeply regretted by his loving parents Kit and Teresa, sisters Anne (White) and Barbara (Kenny), sons Stephen and Mark, brothers-inlaw Damien and Tony, nieces Meriel, Lisa and Nicola, loving friends Antoinette and Corona and his former wife Noeleen, relatives and a large circle of friends. Rest in Peace. BURNS (Dublin) – April 30, 2013, (peacefully), at the Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Desmond (Dessie) Portmarnock, Co. Dublin and formerly of Rosses Point, Co. Sligo) beloved husband of Josephine (Josie) (nee Conway) formerly of 6 Market Street, Sligo and dear father of Veronica, Siobhan and Sheila ; sadly missed by his wife, daughters, grandchildren Christine and Sarah, sonsin-law William and Herrman, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace. LYNCH (Portrane) – May 2, 2013, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Fergus ; deeply regretted by his loving wife Kitty, daughter Lisa, sons Joseph, Glen and Martin, mother Sheila, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace. O’CONNELL (Malahide) – May 2, 2013, (peacefully) after a short illness at Beaumont Hospital, Desmond, father of the late David ; deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, children Brian, Barry and Maria, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren Ashling, Ross, Maeve, Jessica, Melanie, Clare, Daire, Faith, Luke, Ben and Annie, great-granddaughter Cayley, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace. COLLUM (Hampton Street, Balbriggan and formerly Gortahork, Co. Donegal) May 2, 2013, (peacefully), at the Mater Private, Eoin (ex principal of Ring Commons and Balscadden National Schools) deeply regretted by his loving wife Pam, daughter Aine, son-in-law Rónán, grandchildren, Aoife, Darragh and Cillian, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends. Rest in Peace.
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succour me in this necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein you are my mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee (say three times). Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands(three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then publish it and it will be granted.- E MC & T MC
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Fingal County Council I Michael Tobin seek Planning Permission for an extension and a family flat with associated site works all to the side of an existing dwellinghouse at Tobeen Lane, Garristown, 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 it’s 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, Patrick Sherry and Elena Hutchens intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site at ‘Alma House’, The Hoar Rock, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the refurbishment and extension of the existing dwelling, including a two storey extension to the front, two story extension to the rear, addition of a new single storey at second floor level, new roof terrace to front and side at second floor level, relocation of front entrance, creation of new vehicle entrance at side of property, new single car parking space to rear 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 I, Ivan Eustace Intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: 142 Drumnigh Wood, Drumnigh Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a new single storey sunroom to the side of 142 Drumnigh Wood and 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 may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.
Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Gerie Devey for a proposed development at Popeshall, Loughshinny, Skerries, County Dublin. The development will consist of: a) Demolition of existing stable structure to rear of farmyard and partial demolition of adjoining stable structure fronting onto road; b) the construction of a single storey 3 bedroom dwelling to rear of farmyard; c) provision of all associated site works including the provision of a new foul water treatment system and landscaping works; d) modifications to existing vehicular entrance gates to front of property with 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 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 the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of new storey and a half dwelling house and associated site works, to include demolition of portion of existing southern boundary wall and treatment of existing footpath/road to accommodate new vehicular access from 'The Priory' housing estate, and fitting of new foul drain connection to local authority drain on Portrane Road via registered wayleave/right of way through adjacent property to the north, at site adjacent to 'The Priory' housing estate,Portrane Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin. signed Karl & Sinead Quinn. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council I, Robbie Knight, intend to apply for permission for development at this site at no. 1 Saint Cronan’s View, Swords, County Dublin. The development will consist of internal and external layout changes to previously granted permission (reg. ref. F12A/0224). Included are (1) Request to amend previous conditions re: number of children from 10 to 25 thereby increasing intensification
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07.05.2013 of use of creche. (2) Area changes to crèche childcare facility (area from 88m2 to 81m2) to ground floor of existing building which includes alteration to the approved layout which involves moving the circulation hallway to north side. The usable floor area for children is now 50m2. (3)The part ground floor and first floor two bedroom apartment (area from 67m2 to 75m2) will remain as residential use, with internal alterations to approved layout. The ground floor utility store has been added. (4)There now is a dedicated crèche play area (area now 42.0 m2) and private residential open space (area now 15.0 m2) to the enlarged rear yard is to serve the crèche childcare facility and the residential unit respectively. This is achieved by removing the rear shed store. (5)The application includes for 3 no. on site car parking to front courtyard for staff and resident through existing access and parent vehicular pull-in parking to the side. The crèche front courtyard is enlarged (area from 40m2 to 57m2). (6) General site landscaping including walls and screens are also proposed and are detailed as per previously granted permission. 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. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Joma Ltd. at Naul Road, Belinstown, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin for the change of use of a detached residential dwelling to an office ancillary to the permitted logistics complex use operated by Aramex Ireland Ltd. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours
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