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12th March 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 09 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

Call For Publication Of Councillors’ Financial Interests Balbriggan Green Party representative, Joe O’Brien has called on the County Council to publish the details of councillors’ financial interests. On an annual basis, councillors are required to submit a declaration form detailing their various financial and property interests. On investigation, O’Brien discovered that the declaration forms can only be viewed in County Hall, Swords by presenting in person. He told the County Leader, “Locked away in a dusty room in County Hall is no place for this important information which is of great public interest and importance. For the transparency of our political system, it is vital that the Council now publishes these declarations on it’s website. This is not about pointing fingers at any individual, but we all know there has been very damaging political corruption at local and

By Jennifer McShane national level.” He continued: “Our public representatives need to be held to the highest standards and open to public scrutiny, and this information needs to easily accessible and visible to the public. I have written to the County Manager to ask him to change the County Council’s policy in relation to declarations of interest and publish this information on its website. It would take little more than 30 minutes to scan and upload

these declarations to the Council website, so there is certainly no argument against this proposal on the basis of cost.” He continued, “There is a big difference between information that is available to the public in limited circumstances and information that is truly Joe O’Brien accessible to the public, and this information needs to be fully accessible.” A determined O’Brien is adamant that this issue needs to addressed as soon as possible. “The declarations are due at the end of February each year, so I hope that sometime this month, we will see this important information on the website. I have also written to Minister Hogan on this matter, as it transpires that it is not national policy that such declarations are published. If declarations of interest were nationally published on all local authority websites, more would be done for political transparency than Minister Hogan has done in his whole tenure,” concluded O’Brien.

Pictured at the launch of the Reading Tree at Fingal Community College to mark World Book Day are, Adam Daly, Barbara Broaders (Teacher), Sharon McGrath (School Principal), Mayor Cian O'Callaghan, Caroline Farren (Librarian), Martina Donnellan (Deputy Principal) and Sam Quigley

Reading Tree Launched At Swords School A Swords school has come up with a unique initiative to encourage it’s students to read more books. As part of World Book Day, Fingal Community College has launched a Reading Tree, whereby students are encouraged to make book choices and to stimulate discussion. The Reading Tree was officially launched by County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan on Thursday last, 7th March. School librarian, Caroline Farren explained to the

By Patrick Finnegan County Leader how the tree works. “This is part of our reading initiative here at the school. We use paper apples and paper leaves on the tree and students are encouraged to fill out apples with their book recommendations. If you like a book, you place the title and author on an apple and it’s then hung on the tree. The leaf represents your book choice and you put in the name of the book and it’s author there. Matches

are then made,” she said. Students and teachers are asked to donate books to the tree, so they can fulfil leaf wishes. Caroline said, “People are now talking about literature and it’s been a great way to encourage children to read. Students have been very excited about the idea and have taken to the concept. Mayor Cian O’Callaghan filled out an apple for us and his book recommendation was ‘Against the Tide’, by Dr Noel Browne,” she concluded.

Tragic Paul Is Finally Laid To Rest Rush resident, Paul Byrne who disappeared from his home on Christmas Day last and whose body was recovered from the sea, over two weeks ago, was finally laid to rest on Thursday last, 7th March. The late Paul Byrne A very large crowd turned out to bid farewell to Paul in a moving and poignant ceremony at St Brendan’s Church in Coolock. His mother, Mary was too distraught to speak, but through a friend, she thanked everyone who helped in the search for Paul, including the Coastguard, the Civil Defence and Balbriggan Gardai. She was particularly grateful to the crew of the Nausicaa, who found Paul’s body. “It was God’s hand that directed them to find Paul” and she hopes to meet the crew soon to thank them. After the Mass, Paul was laid to rest in Fingal Cemetery in Balgriffin.



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New Lifeboat Sails Into Skerries Skerries RNLI volunteer crew and station committee have recently received their new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat was officially put on service on Thursday, 28th February. The local lifeboat station is the beneficiary from a legacy that is three quarters of a century old. The new lifeboat is named in loving memory of Louis Simson, by his widow Charlotte, who passed away in Paddington in 1938. Louis Simson was born in 1844 in London and ran a large sharebroking firm, with his bother Augustus, in Tasmania. He died on

the 28th July 1922 aged 78 and was survived by his wife Charlotte. She wanted a lifeboat named in his memory and this has now been made possible 75 years

Pictured here is Louis Simson. The Skerries RNLI recently named their new lifeboat after him.

later. They have no surviving friends or family.

The new lifeboat has some advancements on its predecessor at the station. The Atlantic 85 design allows room for four crew members and more kit than the Atlantic 75 lifeboat, which only had room for three crew. Commenting on the arrival of the new RNLI Pictured here are members of the Skerries RNLI crew on board the new lifeboat, the Louis lifeboat to the town, Simson. Mary Courtney Skerries RNLI volun- their new state of the acknowledge both it will have been made teer lifeboat press art lifeboat and is Louis and Charlotte possible by this couple officer told the County looking forward to Simson and their who lived a century Leader: “Everyone familiarising them- generosity to the life- ago on the other side involved with Skerries selves with it over the saving charity,” she of the world. We are continued. “Each time eternally grateful to RNLI is delighted with coming weeks.” “We would also like to the lifeboat launches, them.”

Local Youngsters Prepare For Community Games It’s that time of year again, when hundreds of North County youngsters are getting ready for the Dublin Community Games. A hectic season is about to get underway as the summer activities take centre stage. The Community Games operate in areas and estates all over Dublin, where activities are run locally, providing opportunities for young people to experience a wide range of activities while developing in a healthy and safe environment. With a number of changes coming into effect this year, Community Games is no longer just a summer thing, or just athletics, or just a weekend in August in Mosney. Activities now begin in early January, and area, county, provincial and national events run until the end of August, where the National Finals are held in the state of the art facilities in Athlone Institute of Technology. Cultural and Sports activities catering for young people aged 6 - 16 years in a programme with a strong emphasis firmly placed on fun, participation and creating community spirit. Among the cultural activities on offer in the next few weeks are Under 10 Handwriting for boys and girls, Art for boys and girls from 6-16 years,

30,000 11,100* 3,319

Erin Healy, Niamh Kirby-Sullivan and Cara Dowling, from Balbriggan are pictured enjoying themselves at the Dublin Community Games Finals last year.

Model Making for boys and girls from 8-16 years and Debating, a team made up of 2 boys and 2 girls at under 14. So make sure your area doesn’t miss out. You never know, we may have a future Olympic champion in our midst.

*Based on figures as of 11th July 2012



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Great Support For Malahide Coffee Morning A very successful Coffee Morning took place in Malahide on Thursday last, 7th March. The Coffee Morning was held at Nautilus Restaurant and was in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. This event attracted a large crowd, which delighted the organ-

isers. This is the seventh year running this coffee morning. One of the organisers, Sheila Morris said, We expect to raise in the region of €2,500 for the society, which is a tremendous figure, given the economic climate. Every year, locals here come

up trumps and the fact that there was hardly any sitting room in the restaurant is testament to the great support for Daffodil Day. I also wish to thank Mary Nagle, who always obliges with the use of her premises. Elaine Gillespie from the Irish Cancer Society was

Opportunities To Develop North County Tourism mixture of industrial, residential, commercial and cultural interests, living Swords councillor, Tom Kelleher is very in harmony here.” he said upbeat about a new project, which he Chairman of Fingal Tourism, Tony feels can have a very beneficial impact Lambert said, “Swords is absolutely on tourism in the North County. delighted to welcome such an important A group of about 50 influential people, a group of Europeans. It’s important for mixture of elected representatives and the Council to be able to showcase the executives from local authorities from all many heritage and cultural aspects of over Europe came to visit the the region. This means that North County last week. They the North County will be are part of the ‘Les Recontre’ better known throughout the initiative, with the aim of continent, with the hope of highlighting artistic and returning visitors to enjoy our cultural endeavour many fine houses and castles throughout Europe. and enjoying our renowned The group’s function is to hospitality. highlight cultural endeavours In further good news for throughout Europe and to tourism in the North County, create a forum to exchange Lambert welcomed the launch views and attitudes towards of Balbriggan Tourist Office arts and culture. Kelleher, Cllr. Kelliher today, 12th March, which will who chaired a one day be performed by seminar with the group in County Hall on Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Thursday last, is convinced that this Council, Larry Dunne. “I’m delighted event can be a catalyst in driving tourism with the opening of the Tourist Office. in the North County. This has been achieved through coKelleher, who is a member of the group operation between Balbriggan Town told the County Leader, “i invited the Council, Balbriggan Chamber of group to visit the North County in an Commerce and Fingal Tourism. This attempt to promote the area from an office will provide excellent support and artistic and cultural angle. There is also a information for all tourists coming to clear opportunity to promote tourism for Balbriggan, and it’s important that it is the area, as well. From a cultural point of given the full support of all organisaview, the group were very impressed at tions in the area.” how we develop traditional Irish music He continued, “A similar tourism initiaand how we pass it on from one generative in Howth has been very successful tion to the other. In other countries, this with many festivals and promotional does not happen as much. They are also events organised throughout the year. It impressed with how we handle and is hoped that Balbriggan, as a seaside cherish the Irish language.” town, will develop similar projects,” he “They were very impressed with Swords concluded. Castle and the plans for it’s completion and they particularly loved the the

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Spring Fair In Balbriggan Bracken Educate Together National School will hold it’s first Spring Fair on Friday, 15th March at the school gym. The fair will take place between 9.30am and 2.10pm. Come and visit the many stalls, including sewing, knitting, food, clothes, toys and crafts. All funds raised go towards Bracken ETNS literacy and numeracy programmes. Admission is €2.

Virgoe McEnery Landscaping were the recipients of the very prestigious Bord Bia Amenity Horticulture Award at a ceremony on Friday last, 8th March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Northwood. This award is to recognise quality of service by landscapers. A delighted Michael McEnery said, “We put in a lot of hard work since we applied for the competition. It has brought about a more professional approach to our customers, This is a great achievement for the company,” he said. Pictured are Tracy Virgoe and Michael McEnery with the award.

present on the day and she expressed her delight at the large turnout and wonderful response from all who contributed. She told the County Leader, “This is a fantastic coffee morning and is one of the most successful in the region. We’re absolutely thrilled with the support and the efforts of Sheila and the volunteers, who work tirelessly and without whom today would not be possible”.

Pictured at the Daffodil Day at Nautilus Restaurant in Malahide in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Thursday last, 7th March are, Dorothy Boyle, Elaine Gillespie (Irish Cancer Society), Sheila Morris, Nicola Morris, Whela Reilly and Georgina Granaghan.



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Overflowing Drains A Problem In Portmarnock

“Although most of the discharge was flowing along the road, a significant amount was flowing into the side and rear gardens of two properties in the area. The maintenance crew commenced jetting the public A domestic awareness campaign highlighting the sewer to dislodge the blockage. The cause of the problems of throwing fats, oils and grease down the blockage was discovered to have been an accumulasewer, is being developed by the County tion of rags and wipes and grease in the Council. sewer system.” The report went onto say The news emerged after problems with overthat the waste had not entered any of the flowing drains in Portmarnock was raised at interior of the houses: “While this sewer a recent Malahide area committee meeting, clearing work was ongoing, a cleanup and where Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) demanded that diversion towards the surface water system the local authority outline what steps it was of the sewage, which had entered the taking to prevent reoccurrences in the area. gardens was also undertaken and the potenHis call came after the latest incident on the tial threat of the interiors of the households Strand Road area last month, after two becoming flooded with sewage was duly householders were subjected to sewage averted.” The Council are putting a campaign flowing into their gardens after a sewer Cllr. Coyle together to ensure that the public are aware became blocked on the main road. of the problems that can come with putting A Council report said that a maintenance crew were certain items down their drains, and more details of called out immediately to address the issue: this are expected to emerge in the coming weeks.

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DAA Launches ‘The Big Welcome’ To celebrate The Gathering Year 2013, DAA is delighted to launch ‘The Big Welcome’ competition, which will offer winners the opportunity to fly friends or family home to Ireland and to spend a week in a unique Irish heritage property, such as a castle in Kilkenny, a lighthouse in Cork or a Georgian Mews in central Dublin. Five lucky winners of ‘The Big Welcome’ will win six free return tickets each to fly guests to Ireland from anywhere in the world during 2013. These guests will spend a week in one of a number of fabulous heritage properties owned by the Irish Landmark Trust and can also avail of a voucher to the value of €5,000 to extend their stay in any hotel registered with To enter ‘The Big Welcome’, participants simply have to visit the Dublin Airport

websites, and register. Participants can register for the competition up to Friday, March 15th. “We are very pleased to provide this opportunity for people to

invite friends and family home to enjoy The Gathering,” said Maurice Hennessy, Commercial Director, DAA who told the County Leader, “Dublin Airport is one of the key gateways for all

visitors to Ireland.” The Gathering is not only about the excitement and fun of visiting Ireland, but the richness of the heritage we have to offer here and ‘The Big Welcome’ is a great way of bringing all this to life.”

Pictured here is Siobhán Moore, DAA and Martin King, TV3 weatherman and‚ homecomers‚ at the launch of The Big Welcome competition at Dublin Airport.

Series Of Races In Malahide The Malahide Race Series will see three individual races taking place in the grounds of Malahide Castle and Gardens in April and May, with all proceeds going toward the Children’s Medical &

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The school’s walking initiative encourages the pupils to walk to school every day. Each class teacher records the amount of walkers in their class and the winning group has their photograph displayed on the green schools notice board and receive the golden boot

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about road safety and different forms of environmental travel. A travel survey carried out by An Taisce at the beginning of the initiative in October 2011 and again November 2012, found that the number of children walking to school increased by

twelve per cent, while the number of children travelling by car had declined by the same percentage. The Green Schools programme is so important, not only for the environment but also to promote a healthy lifestyle for children at primary level.

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

The graduation ceremony of the School of Media, DIT took place at St. Patrick's Cathedral last week. Balbriggan native, Patrick Gallagher graduated with a Masters in Public Affairs. Patrick is pictured here with his father, Dr John Gallagher and Professor Brian Norton (President of DIT).

Boxing Club In River Valley There is boxing training on Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm at the River Valley Community Centre in Swords. If you’re interested in attending the classes, please phone Mick Farrell on 8401065 for further details.

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Skerries Arch Club Celebrates 30th Birthday By Siobhan Taylor

always open to new members. Volunteer Pauline Cronin’s daughter, Amy Millar, from Cake -A - Licious made a fabulous cake to mark this great occasion. After dinner entertainment was karaoke and dancing. This was a huge hit with all the members strutting their stuff on the dance floor. The volunteers from the charity organise a poker game every Thursday in the Bus Bar, Skerries at 9pm with all proceeds going to the Arch Club. Pauline Cronin told the County Leader that she “hopes the club goes from strength to strength, and

The Skerries Arch Club celebrated their 30th birthday on Saturday, 2nd March last with a sumptuous three course meal in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan attended by 32 people. The national federation of Arch Clubs was set up in 1976 according to their official website “in order to provide a social outlet for people with special needs in their local community.” Skerries formed their own club in 1983 to address their own neighbour needs. Activities on the club Pictured at the 30th birthday party celebrations of the Skerries Arch Club in the Bracken night include snooker, Court Hotel in Balbriggan are: Mary Grimes, Marie Walsh, Louie Toal and David Savage, bingo, art, board games Colette Kavanagh, Gillian Coleman, Patricia Burke, Pauline Cronin and Paula Butterly. and a social tea and biscuits afterwards. They also organise three they are always on the lookout for new members outings a year which always prove to be a great and new volunteers to continue with this much success. Membership totals 20 and the door is needed work.”

Skerries Tidy Towns Rally Rush In Bloom Rush Tidy Towns are currently seeking sponsorship for The Troops hanging baskets for the Main Street. If any locals would Skerries Tidy Towns are on the march again. The committee of Dublin’s tidiest town have started their work schedule for the year and they are seeking volunteers in order to keep up their incredible record in the competition. The work parties meet every Saturday at 9.30am and continue until 12 noon and for their meeting on 23rd March, you are asked to assemble at South Strand car park.

like to sponsor a hanging basket, please call 0870634032 and they will give you all the details. The group, as always, appreciate your continued support.

Historical Talk In Rush Loughshinny and Rush Historical Society will host a lecture entitled ‘Researching Your Favourite Place’. The lecture will be in the Strand Bar, Rush on Thursday 14th. March at 8.15 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Swords Club Takes Part In Seachtain na Gaeilge Fingallians G.A.A. club in Swords are playing their part in ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge,’ which runs until March 17th. This is an annual event to promote the use and awareness of the Irish language. The club will be promoting the language within the membership and further afield by organising a ‘Tráth na gCeist’ table quiz to be held in the Swords clubhouse on Friday 15th March at 8pm. This will be a bilingual event and will be suitable for every level of the language, from beginners to fluent. The club’s

Call For Reinstatement Of Home Help Hours A public meeting held on Monday 4th March in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was chaired by local Sinn Féin representative, Malachy Quinn. It was attended by more than fifty local carers from the North County area. The guest speaker for the meeting was Mary-Lou McDonald TD, deputy leader of Sinn Féin. In her contribution, McDonald called for the reinstatement of Home Help hours, cut in the previous Budgets of 2012 and 2013. She said, “At a time when cuts to home help of one million

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Irish language officer, Liam Ó Culbáird told the County Leader: “This event, and all our events, will be about raising awareness and promoting participation in the language. It will be bilingual, so even if you have no Irish you will not be lost. People are genuinely surprised at the amount of Irish they have once they try it. Many are reluctant because of fear of embarrassment but once they start they fly.” Every Wednesday night throughout the year the Grúpa Comhrá meet at 9pm for an

There will be English classes (EAL) taking place in Rush for adults in the community who don’t have English as a first language. The classes are on in St. Joseph’s School in Rush every Thursday evening from 6.30 - 7.30pm for beginners and from 7.30 8.30pm for intermediate speakers of English.

hours affecting the most vulnerable in our society, the pensions of former Ministers and ex-Taoisigh remain at such extravagant levels. It is


informal chat through Irish in the clubhouse. It is a great way of refreshing your Gaeilge in a relaxed environment. All levels are welcome and all levels are represented. On St. Patrick’s Day, Fingallians will be prominent in the Swords parade and afterwards they will return to the club for a day of festivities, open to all, with traditional Irish entertainment provided by their various Scór na nÓg groups and a D.J. “On Lá Féile Pádraig we will be presenting the awards for ‘Cainteoirí na Seachtaine’ or Speakers of the week. These will be prizes for those adults and children that have made an effort to use the language during Seachtain na Gaeilge,” he concluded.

reprehensible of the Government to attack our elderly and infirm in this way.” It was also highlighted by Malachy Quinn that “the cuts to the Public

Nursing Home Budget is also a further attack on the elderly, who built this economy that the Troika of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have shamefully dismantled with impunity.”


Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens Open Afternoon Thursday 21st March 2.00 - 4.00pm All students and parents welcome. The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, based at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, provides the widest range of horticultural training in the country offering courses at levels 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 on the NFQ. Each level of learning offers new challenges and sets up learners with an appetite for progression onto further awards. Our classroom is not confined by four walls but includes the entire grounds and vast plant collection of this great garden. Student facilities are currently being

expanded and upgraded for the 2013 intake. Horticulture encompasses topics as diverse as feeding a growing world population, protecting our natural environment and preventing loss of biodiversity. Production of fruit and vegetable is important for our health; creating gardens, parks, golf courses and football pitches is important for our leisure and recreation. Both are important for our well-being. Contact the College directly to get your queries answered personally.

eer in Horticulture... A Ca r Situated in the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture offers the following courses in Horticulture. This wonderful setting provides the unique blend of the finest park setting in the Capital coupled with the experience of the staff of the gardens and the Teagasc staff. All students can avail of work experience in the Botanic Gardens as well as on parks around the city and other placements further afield. Botanic graduates are leaders in the field of Horticulture and develop clear career pathways. Careers in landscape design and construction, parks, garden centres and fruit and vegetable production are all followed by the graduates. Teagasc are investing in new classroom and training facilities due for completion in September 2013 which will add to the rich learning experience that can be realised in the gardens. FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture HETAC Level 7 Degree in Horticulture in Partnership with WIT (WD097) HETAC Level 8 Honours Degree in Horticulture in partnership with DCU (DC170) Details on all courses can be found at Application procedure for FETAC courses direct to college (Closing date May 31st - check website for updates) Telephone 01 8040201 or email: Application for HETAC courses through CAO application process

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Pyjama Day! The Kids Are All Right Ciara Grant, who teaches art at Balbriggan Community College is a teacher who adores her job. When we sit down to chat, I thought it was so refreshing to speak to someone who is so enthusiastic about what she does. Ciara, who is originally from Swords has always had roots in Balbriggan so it was what she called a “natural step” to teach in the local secondary school. She was one of the teachers involved in a special project twinned with a school in Germany, and it was for this reason I knew that she would be perfect for this County Living series. Ciara has been teaching in the school since 2001 and says that teaching is something that she always wanted to do. “I had always loved art and knew that I wanted to work with kids so it seemed ideal to go into teaching. In college, I had originally studied Graphic Design and once my heart was set on teaching, I went back to college to get whatever qualifications would enable me to do that. I came across the post by chance so I really think that it was fate that I managed to get my dream job.” She says her own artwork and paintings, quite different to what she teaches at the college, has taken a back seat with working and looking after her young son Luke, but says she still finds time to do some and particularly enjoys teaching her little one to finger paint. “My own work outside of the school has definitely taken a back seat, but my hands are full looking after a group of teenagers and and energetic two year old!” she says, laughing. Balbriggan Community College has a very varied travel programme and one of the schools that they are partnered with is, Wendalinum Gymnasium school in St. Wendel in Saarland, Germany. This partnership was brought to fruition with the help of Balbriggan Town Council as the town is twinned with St. Wendal, and the school’s pupils and staff frequently visit the city to interact with Wendalinum Gymnasium school’s students and experience their culture. Recently, a group of 11 of the Balbriggan students travelled to the school to take part in an EU funded International Comenius project, which was based around the theme of humour. There were four countries: Ireland, Finland, Germany and Italy, involved in this project and students from four different schools in these countries all met in St Wendal to partake in the project. Ciara was one of the teachers involved as one of the elements the students looked at was drawing or painting cartoon stereotypes that would go along with the various nationali-

ties. “It was really about a cultural experience for the students, rather than it being solely about a specific language. The fantastic thing about it is that it gives the kids an opportunity to experience, not just one culture, but three different ones overall, which is very unique and they had great craic when they went over.” The students will travel to Finland in April and be hosted by a school there for the next segment of the project. “Obviously we had a great time in Germany and the trip meant a lot to us, as we’re partnered with the school, but visiting each country involved is always very exciting.” “It has really been a fantastic experience for all of us involved and the kids in particular, as some are seeing cities they may otherwise never have seen,” she continued. “All the trips we have are done to give the students the broadest experience we can give them.” It’s more than evidently clear that Ciara loves going to work each day. She beams as she speaks of her students and tells me she could easily sit for hours chatting about her school day and experiences. “I just love my job and working with the students, it’s really that simple. A highlight for me is getting the opportunity to see them grow through the years, and their enthusiasm is infectious.” Outside of teaching art, Ciara is passionate about working with the students on extra circular activities, and is very involved with the Drama activities in the school. “The activities like the drama are brilliant because it really gives me a chance to meet the kids on a different level, and get to know their personality’s a little more.” The school places a great importance on extra circular activities and Ciara says this is essential for students. “Not everyone is going to be academic so its hugely important to have that balance. The activities mean that everyone is on a level playing field with no competition.” When I can get her to chat a little bit more about herself, she says that she loves to spend time with her husband and son and is a big planner. “I’m usually always planning and onto the next thing.” She also loves sport and was a big hockey player, though she admits that this has taken a back burner the past while. “I love to read and am always doodling.” As we finish up our interview, Ciara says she honestly couldn’t see herself teaching in any other school. “I truly love the school and the staff and students are fantastic. Everyone weighs in and supports each other and it is fantastic to be a part of that,” she concluded.

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The Holywellies playschool in Swords recently celebrated National Pyjama Day on Friday, March 8th last. In celebration of the day, all the little ones came to school for the morning dressed in their favourite pair of cosy, colourful jimjams. The kids had a great morning and were asked to get a sponsor or two in aid of the day. All funds raised will be sent to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s ‘Children’s Hospice Home Care Programme,’ which offers support to families who are caring for seriously ill children in their own homes. The funding from National Pyjama Day this year will support a dedicated hospice home care service for children. It will also support the IHF in funding five out of eight Children’s Outreach Nurses (Pyjama Day Nurses) in the community. All the children loved coming to school in their pyjamas and look forward to wearing them to school again soon. The school would like to thank everyone who generously donated for this worthy cause.

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Pictured are toddlers from Holy Wellies Creche at Holywell Educate Together National School, who participated in the National Pyjama Day on Friday, 8th March last in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

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Remember Us Special Needs Club Co-founder Nora Roban, celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday, 2nd March last, in the company of her many friends and family in a Black and White themed party in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan. Nora had a ball dancing and catching up with friends and family who travelled from Wexford and Mayo to join in the celebrations. She was also joined by many of the young people and families who are members of the Remember Us club, which celebrates a milestone 15th birthday this April. Speaking to the County Leader about her big day, Nora said the evening was unforgettable: It was an absolutely brilliant night, there was over 150 people there overall and I was so delighted the everyone took the time to come out.” It’s no surprise the the place was packed full to the brim as Nora is easily one of the most recognisable faces in Balbriggan, thanks to her years of tireless and devoted work with the Remember Us group. “It was so lovely to see so many friends and family and in particular, it was wonderful to see all the young people from Remember Us as they are like my second family,” she concluded.

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Reprieve For Balbriggan Shelters The controversial this will not go ahead. bathing shelters on She said, “The support Balbriggan beach, which and work done on the were due to be demol- ground by various ished, have interest groups been given a and indeed the r e p r i e v e . people of Balbriggan Balbriggan, who T o w n came out to Councillor, voice their G r á i n n e anger and opinMaguire has ions was overconfirmed that, whelming. It following her Cllr. Maguire just goes to motion to the show that with County Council and everyone working support from the Town together, we can make a Councillors and other difference.” local groups, they have “I have received an now been advised that email from the County

Council confirming that the demotion will not go ahead. However the lifeguards will be placed in a temporary structure on the beach during the bathing season, which the council believe will provide a better facility for the lifeguards to carry out their duties,” she said. There has been some interest from community groups, including the Tidy Towns regarding the taking over of the shelters and the council is now going to discuss these proposals and

Swords Pavilions are part of the Big Easter Egg Hunt in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation. Nick Munier of Masterchef Ireland fame visited the Pavilions to showcase his masterpiece and Glenda Gilson just happened to be there filming there for Xpose. Pictured are, Ian Hunter (Centre Director), Glenda Gilson, Deirdre King (Pavilions Advertising and Promotions Manager) and Nick Munier.

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hopefully come to a satisfactory conclusion for both sides. If nothing comes of these options, they are happy to explore other beneficial uses for the shelters, with any other interested community group in Balbriggan. It was noted that more communication should have been done with the elected representative and the community and hopefully the lesson has been learnt and full consultation will follow in the future.

Historical Society Talk On Wednesday, March 20th, the Rolestown/ Oldtown Historical Association will be hosting a talk on James Larkin and the founding of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. This year of 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the great Lockout in which Larkin and one of Dublin’s most prominent businessmen of the times, Mr William Martin Murphy, locked horns. The talk will be given by Padraig Yeates, noted historian and authority on the Lockout. He has written on the subject, and he is a member of the commemoration committee. We are extremely lucky to have him come to us, as he is involved in many functions and programmes to commemorate James Larkin. The venue is St David’s Church, Kilsallaghan and time is 8pm. Charge is ¤5 for non members. Places are extremely limited, so please call Una O’Brien on: 0876365711 if you are planning to attend.

Swords School Wins Spider Award The staff and pupils at St Cronan’s Junior National School in Brackenstown in Swords had much reason to celebrate recently, as they were the proud and worthy winners of an Eircom Junior Spider Award. The award ceremony was held in the RDS on Tuesday, 5th March and was hosted by Aidan Power of RTE. The Eircom junior spider awards celebrate excellence and achievement in I.T and rewards Ireland’s most talented and innovative users of the internet in primary and secondary schools around the North County. The school won the award for ‘Best School Website in Ireland’ in the primary section. There were entries from all over Ireland and out of a shortlist of six nominees, St. Cronan’s were picked as the eventual winners. It

St. Patrick’s Day is a day for all things Irish. It is when we celebrate our national day and let our hair down in celebration. This is an age old tradition at venues all over the country. The North County is no exception and many activities are planned for the big day in our towns and villages. Already we can see bunting and flags decorating the streets of our


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area. This year is the year of The Gathering and many communities are making that extra effort to make sure that our visitors get a favourable impression of the North County. Parades are planned for Swords, Rush, Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan and many areas will have exciting entertainment planned for families. The Swords parade will start at 12 noon at Colaiste Choilm and will proceed down Main Street and on to North Street. There will also be some pre-parade entertainment starting at 11am. Then, at 1.30pm there will be a Céile Mór on Main Street featuring traditional music and dance. Swords will also feature a Viking Village Festival and Market in Swords Town Park. This event will start on Saturday, 16th March from 11am until 6pm. Then on At Patrick’s Day, it will start at 1pm. This sounds like a really interesting event and will feature Combat displays, Archery and Armoury, a Viking kitchen, as well as a Blacksmith at work, Falconry and other demonstrations. This will give us an indication of what life was like under Viking rule and is not to be missed. As always, Balbriggan, Skerries, Lusk and Rush will also provide wonderful entertainment and the parades here are always very colourful and full of fun. The parade in Rush is set to start at 12.45pm, immediately after 12 o’clock Mass and a large turnout is expected here. Imaginative floats will have witty, up to the minute slogans to entertain the crowds. The Parents Association of Rush National School have announced that there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Funfair in the school grounds. There will be bouncy castles, obstacle

courses, games, a kids Magic/Puppet show and lots more. The day follows on from last year’s event, which was a great success. Volunteers are urgently required to help for a few hours on the day. The Lusk parade will start at 1.30pm at the Station Road roundabout and pass by Lusk Community Care Centre and go up through the town. Post Office Road will be reversed for the duration of the parade, which will end at the Green. Once again, a large crowd is expected to view proceedings. Skerries has long been associated with big, colourful parades which never fail to lift the spirits and show off the beautiful town to it’s many visitors. The parade here will start at 3 o’clock. There will be plenty of entertainment in many of the fine restaurants and bars in town, and should prove to be a great day for all of it’s residents. Skerries close neighbour, Balbriggan will have their usual parade, with lots of colour and enthusiasm. This year, the committee have decided to change the route of the parade, which will now start at Bath Road at 2.30pm and proceed down Drogheda Street and on to St George’s Square, where a reviewing stand will be located. The people of the town always turn out in force to make sure that this parade is always well supported. Balbriggan has made great strides in recent times and the Public Realm seems to be reaping dividends. There is no doubt that visitors to the town will have noticed the hard work that has been carried out by various dedicated committees recently. Parades and community events are an ideal way for people to come together and show their pride in their areas. One community will always


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Cllr. Ciaran try to out-perform their neighbouring town or village, and this lends itself to friendly competition, which can only benefit the entire community of the North County. It’s wonderful to see families out and about enjoying local entertainment. Many restaurants will provide excellent value for families and pubs will also provide music and lively entertainment on the day. It’s well worth supporting our local businesses and many local venues will have special deals, so keep an eye out for what’s

happening in your area on St Patrick’s Day. However, it is not just on the streets that you will find great entertainment. The Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords will host an array of events starting at 2pm and continuing until 4pm. They will have their regular Irish Trad Band on the Mall from 2pm to 4pm, so there will be plenty of dancing and singing. They will be located outside Zara on the lower level. There will be Irish Dancing from the Andrea Behan School of

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Dancing from 2pm to 4pm on both the lower level outside Dunnes Stores and Nichola Higgins Irish Dancers on the upper level. Xtreme Funfair will also be there from Friday 15th March to Sunday 24th March on Monday to Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm10pm and St Patrick’s Day 12 noon to 10pm. And if all this is not enough, they will have a Green Screen on the Mall. You can have your photo take for FREE and keep as a reminder of St Patrick’s Day in Swords Pavilions. Similarly, Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan will have two days of family entertainment, starting on Saturday, 16th March from 2.00pm until 5.00pm. The fun continues on St Patrick’s Day, with two sessions - one before the parade from 11.00am until 1.30pm and then the fun continues after the parade from 3.00pm until 5.00pm. Included will be Kids Entertainment Zone featuring Face Painting, Story Telling, Two Lane Basketball competition, a Giant Twister, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4

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Students from Malahide Community School and Donabate Community College are through to the semi-finals of the 2013 Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition. Artistic and creative secondary school pupils across the North Country were asked to get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products and turn them into pieces of fashion art for the 2013 Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP). Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour from Buncrana, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past two years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. The semi-finalists from our North County schools will be choreographing a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of four regional theatres – The Millennium Forum, The Helix, University Concert Hall Limerick or The Royal Theatre Castlebar, and twenty of the best creations will go through to the Grand Final in The BordGais Theatre, to be held on 19th April. During the Grand Final, €20,000 worth in prizes are up for grabs including €2,500 in cash for the winning school, €1,000 of IT equipment, €500 cash and a one week course in the Grafton Academy of Design for the winning team, The Glamour Prize to attend the Cannes Film Festival and The Red Carpet Prize to attend the Royal Film Premiere in London this year.

Rush Musical Society Performs ‘Mack And Mabel’ To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Rush Musical Society will present Jerry Herman’s renowned Musical of the Movies ‘Mack & Mabel’ at the Millbank Theatre this month. The show

offers audiences more than its fair share of comic thrills and spills, drama, romance and a score full of foot tapping, show-stopping tunes. The plot is based on the tempestuous romance

More Strictly Fun In Lusk Rehearsals are underway for a major ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style fundraiser for Round Towers GAA Club in Lusk. The Strictly Come Dancing nights run by Kevin Rowe Events have been sweeping the county over the last year or so with several sports clubs and local charities using the format to raise much needed cash. Next to use the ballroom dancing craze to raise funds for its coffers is Round

Super star Rihanna has recently launched her very first Spring/Summer 2013 collection for River Island . Pictured is model Angelica, wearing Black and white Rihanna painted stripe shirt, a black and white striped bra top and Black and white striped shorts. The designs, are a commercial extension of Rihanna’s brand as an artist - one which relies on constantly changing fashion a way to communicate with the masses. Her stylist, Mel Ottenberg , explained that the singer’s signature style “is not afraid to take risks, it moves, it’s not too constricted or too contained; it’s just moving forward.” Since it debuted on the London runways last month, fans have been waiting with bated breath to get their hands on the collection, which is in all River Island stores now.

between Mack Sennett, founder of the Keystone Studios, and his comic star Mabel Normand, both legendary names from the era of silent movies. The show follows the fortunes of Sennett and Normand from humble beginnings in New York and follows their lives, loves, laughs and tragedies over the following two decades. Following the nine-night run in Rush the full

company look forward to travelling to Landskrona, Sweden to perform four shows in their beautifully restored 100-year-old theatre. This will form the centrepiece of the city’s 600th centenary celebration. This stylish production is brought to audiences by multi award winning production team, director, Wilfie Pyper, musical director Aidan Faughey, choreographer Michael Evans

and chorus master Kevin Walsh. Mack and Mabel runs in the Millbank Theatre Rush from March 12th –16th at 8pm (Saturdays at 8.30pm).

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Swords Woman Thanks Community For Support A Swords woman who works for Trocaire, has thanked residents from the North County and beyond for supporting its work with women living in remote rural villages in India, following International Women’s Day, which took place on Thursday, March 8th last. Meabh Smith spoke to the County Leader about her recent trip to India on behalf of Trocaire. “Trocaire reaches out to vulnerable women in isolated communities to help them access the health, education and training they need to support their families. I recently visited Jhilligoan village and saw the wonderful difference that donations from the local communities in the North County are making to the lives and futures of women.” “With the fantastic support from these local towns, women are being empowered to work their way out of poverty, grow their confidence, raise their voices within their own communities and imagine a more secure future for their families.”

Trocaire worker, Meabh Smith, from Swords is pictured here with Ambika Paraja (9) from the Jhilligoan community in East India. Ambika is the little girl pictured on this year's Trocaire box.

Meabh continued: “Ambika Paraja, the little girl on this year’s Trocaire Box, is a wonderful example of how the generous North County towns are inspiring a generation of women through Trocaire’s work. Through all the donations, Ambika’s family now has a basic home, an income from farming and can send Ambika to a local school.” Trocaire’s Lenten campaign runs until Easter Sunday 31st March. To order a Trocaire Box visit your local parish.

Local Group Offers Educational Assessments Friends of Autism and ADHD are delighted to be in a position to be able to fund an additional 10 Educational assessments for people suspected to have Autism and /or ADD/ADHD. The assessments will consist of an Educational assessment by Dr Ann Prosser, Psy.D. Dr Prosser who is a licensed Certified Clinical Educational psychologist. Along with the assessment will be the

support of the advocacy worker Ms Katherine Moreland. She will be able to meet with parents/carers to discuss the reports and will do all she can in sourcing the necessary supports required for the child. Applications from local schools on behalf of children are not accepted and no contact can be made with parents without parent’s written consent. Parents and Careers

would be asked to give a donation towards future assessments for people in a similar position. It is regrettable but places for these assessments are limited. First preference will be given to people who have not already received an assessment. Referral for assessments can be made by contracting Katherine Moreland or Bernie Hagan on 01-8020484 where your details will be taken and you will be contacted as soon as possible. Assessments will take place between 22nd and 26th April in the Balbriggan area.

Third level students from the North County are being reminded that the deadline to submit their final projects to the 2013 competition is Friday, 22nd March. is a film and multimedia competition for third-level students, aimed at promoting the responsible use of alcohol. It has been run on an annual

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BIRTHDAY REMEMBERANCE OF FRANCIS HOGAN LATE OF 27 CURRAN PARK, BALBRIGGAN 18th Birthday away from home occurs 12th March You came one Sunday evening, You gently touched his face, You told him up in heaven Franny, For you I have a place, So enjoy your time in heaven Franny, You earned your eternal rest, For when you were upon this earth, You were the very best, Wrap your arms around him Lord don’t let him be alone Today is Franny’s birthday, his 18th away from home hold him gently in your arms, as we send him all our love We know he is always near us as he waits for us above all those who have a brother love him as you may because we wish with all our hearts that Franny was here today. Happy Birthday Franny Love and miss you always until we meet again Your brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CONNOLLY, Seamus (Jim) (Malahide and formerly of Donegal) – March 5, 2013, (peacefully), at the Mater Private Hospital ; sadly missed by his loving wife Eileen, son Seamus, his partner Teresa, brothers Brendan, Tom and Desmond, sistersin0law, relatives and friends. R.I.P. FOLEY, Dermot (Michael Dermot) (Sutton, Dublin 13) – March 2, 2013, (suddenly), beloved husband of the late Joan and father of the late Peter ; sadly missed by his loving children Gabriel, Paul, Declan and Helen, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, devoted sister Phyllis, sister-inlaw and wide circle of friends. R.I.P MAXWELL (Gerrardstown, Ballyboughal – March 3, 2013, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, surrounded by her family, Helen (Nelly), dear wife of the late Feignin and beloved mother of Marie, Sean and the late Michael ; sadly missed by her brothers John andPat, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. R.I.P.

MURRAY (Nutstown, Garristown, Co. Dublin) – March 4, 2013, (peacefully) in the wonderful care of the staff in St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar, Patrick, loving husband of Kitty, loving father of Pat, Linda and Mark ; dearly missed by daughters-in-law Sandra and Joanna, son-in-law Tim, grandchildren John, Sinead, Sean, Tadhg, Mark, Ciaran, Kym, Saoirse and Aisling, brother-in-law Noel, family and friends. R.I.P. MCNALLY, James Joseph (Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin and late of An Post) – March 2, 2013, (peacefully) in the wonderful care of the staff of Beechtree Nursing Home, Oldtown ; fondly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Al, children Molly, Stella and grandchildren Niamh, Roisin, Sarah and Scott. R.I.P MAY, Ciaran J (late of Raheny, Baldoyle and the parish of Portmarnock) – March 3, 2013, after a short illness, at Beraumont Hospital, beloved father of Gregory ; will be very sadly missed by his loving son and family, Breffni and Anita, Eamonn and Angela, Joe and Helen, Dorothy and Gretta, his nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family and friends. Rest in Peace.

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McGuirk (nee Kelly) Glasmore Park, Swords) – March 2, 2013 (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Eileen (Anna) ; deeply regretted by her loving husband Christy, daughters Elizabeth, Catherine, Caroline, Ann, Bernie, Debbie and Derval, son Christy, sisters, sond-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends R.I.P KIERNAN (Portmarnock and formerly of Sutton and New Ireland Life Assurance) – March 4, 2013, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Brendan, beloved husband of the late Cora and dear father to Aeveen, William, Ken and Conor ; he will be sadly missed by his loving daughter, sons, extended family, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.

Fingal County Council I Donagh Higgins intend to apply for permission and retention permission for development at this site address: 65 Boroimhe Laurels, Swords, Co Dublin. The development consists of a new car parking space to the front of 65 Boroimhe Laurels. The development to be retained consists of the subdivision of 65 Boroimhe Laurels to form two separate two storey dwellings, retention of a 16 square meter increase in floor area over what was permitted in F02B/0299, alterations to the facades 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 I Carmel Tonge intend to apply for retention permission for development at this site address: ‘The Moorings’, Quay Street, Skerries, Co Dublin. The development consists of retention of the portion of the single storey extension to the rear of the ‘The Moorings’ which was prohibited by condition 6 of planning permission register reference XA 1217. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, Peter & Sharon Leonard, intend to apply for permission for a development at Balbriggan Road, Naul, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a dormer extension to the side of the existing dormer bungalow dwelling, to include balcony to the rear, internal alterations 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 Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, during the public opening hours of 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 (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Nathan Marley at Kilreesk Lane, St Margarets, Swords, Co. Dublin for a two storey detached dwelling, shared entrance utilizing existing vehicular entrance, Biocycle treatment system, landscaping and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by W. Rogan for vehicular service repair and storage shed to

replace existing vehicular service, repair and storage shed at Ballaghstown, Lane, 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 Council We Paul and Marie Fallon intend to apply for Planning Permission at 31 Island View, Malahide, Co. Dublin The development will consist of a single storey porch/lounge extension to the front (circa. 8.2sq.m.). The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Department, Fingal County Hall, Main Street Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Organon Ireland Ltd intends on applying for retention planning permission for 2 No. car parks with 92 (52 and 40) car parking spaces on lands to the South of the site at Drynam Road, Swords, 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 (20euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Organon Ireland Ltd intends on applying for planning permission for 12sqm GRP structure 2.2m high on lands to the East of the site at Drynam Road, Swords, 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 (20euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to construct a new one and a half storey dwelling with secondary treatment plant and ancillary site works utilising existing vehicular entrance at Skerries Rd, Lusk for Barry Lord The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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12.03.2013 Fingal County Council Permission is sought to creata new vehicular entrance complete with gates, piers, wing walls and relocated boundary hedge, mainatining existing ditch at Portrane Rd, Donabate for Aidan Stell The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Paul Fay for one and a half storey dwelling and waste water treatment on Site No. 1, Wimbletown, Ballyboughal, 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.

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Carpentry, Plumbing, UPVC Window & Door Repairs Electrical, Glazing, Welding & Metal Gate Repairs, Roofing, Drain Unblocking & Lock Service References & Insurance available for Inspection 24 Hour Service Available

Call Robert 087 744 2003 01 8836224

FREE TV NO MONTHLY BILLS! 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

Kevin McGill The Burrow, Portrane, Co Dublin

Phone: 086-8146641 *As seen on RTE TV


• Heating & Boiler Upgrades • Leaks, Pumps, Radiators • Toilets, Blockages, Taps

SAME DAY SERVICE • Lusk • Malahide • Swords • Balbriggan • Rush • Portmarnock • Skerries • Donabate • Stamullen • Naul

Fully Insured Local Engineers

TEL: 087 964 9350

• Conifers • Block Paving & Flagging • Hedges Pruned & Trimmed • All Green Waste Removed

All Work Guaranteed Free Estimates Special Rates For OAP’s

We work for YOU to get you the best settlement so don’t be shortchanged call ICS Free no obligation survey by Experienced Qualified Surveyors, No Win- No Fee


Aerial & Satellite T.V Services



• Trees Lopped & Pruned

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



All Kinds Of Garden Work Done


For all your TV & Satellite Needs



Tel: 086 849 5092 01 8022041

Plumbing & Heating


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

01- 8417931 • 087-2400958


supplied & fitted


Tel: 01-8934958 Crescent Building, Northwood Business Park, Santry

Dublin Floor

• Plumbing Repairs • Heating Maintenance • Gas Heating Installations • Boiler Replacements

Call your local installer Frank for a FREE Home Survey

086 2345954

A-Rated Gas Boilers

with any attic over €14,000

Fingal Engineering

Tel: Dominic



The Automated Gates People

€59+VAT • BOILER SERVICE Fully Registered Company

Get your gates from just €10 a week


Registered Gas Installer • Gas & Oil Installation • Bathroom Re-fits • Boiler Maintenance • Underfloor heating specialist • Solar Panels Supplied & Fitted • Heating Systems Power Flushed • Make Your System More Efficient - Future-proof your property with system zoning, energy controls & high efficiency condensing gas boilers * grants available

Covering all of North County Dublin

Man With a Van • Electric Showers Replaced from €330 • New Fuseboards • Extra Sockets • Rewires • Call Outs

Duffy Plumbing & Heating Ltd.


*As seen on RTE

Ph Richard: 01 201 0769 087 237 39 28 VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT;

Call Trevor Kelly on 086-3571713/01-8709210 ICS is regulated by Central Bank of Ireland


DECORATE Reasonable Rates for Reasonable Times

Interior / Exterior House, Apartment and Office Painters Car Park Line Marking Available

086 708 8105


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North County Leader 12 March 2013  

North County Leader 12 March 2013