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13th December 2011 • Volume 18, Issue 37 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • ISDN 8139966 • Tel: 8•400•200

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Lusk mother of two children who have Special Needs, has been denied entry on to a Dublin Bus in the past week, due to her refusal to fold her son’s special needs buggy. This is the second time that this has happened in the recent past and has caused her much anxiety. It seems that every time she uses a bus, there is an issue related to the buggy.

By Patrick Finnegan The County Leader spoke to Dublin Bus to get clarification about the situation regarding special needs buggies and was told by a spokesperson for the company: “Dublin Bus is committed to providing a service which is accessible to all. Dublin Bus vehicles have a dedicated space for wheelchair users, or any apparatus used by people with a disability as in the case of your reader. This space can also be used for a parent with a buggy which can remain unfolded in the wheelchair space if it is free.” The spokesperson continued, “Two standard size buggies will not fit into this space without infringing on the aisle. If a wheelchair user or person with a disability wishes to board when there is an unfolded buggy in the wheelchair space, the driver will ask the passenger to fold the buggy and either put it in the luggage space or keep it by their side safely. Wheelchair users have priority use of this space.” Suzanne Irwin, from Kelly Park in Lusk was told by a Dublin Bus driver that the buggy for her four year old son, Thomas was too big and that only one special needs buggy was permitted on the bus. As there was no other special needs buggy on the bus at the time, Suzanne is mystified as to why she was denied entry on the bus. As she does not have a car, she is totally dependant on public transport to ferry Thomas to Temple Street Hospital for his regular visits there. Thomas, who celebrated his fourth birthday last week, suffers from Severe Global Development Delay and needs round the clock care. He also

suffers from ADHD symptoms and Autism traits, as well as complex epilepsy. Her other son, Jason is eight and a half and suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. As well as Temple Street Hospital, Suzanne also brings Thomas to an assessment centre in North Great George’s Street. She told to the County Leader that when she went to get on the bus in Lusk to bring Thomas to Temple Street, the bus driver stopped her in her tracks. “You’ll have to fold it,” he said. “I can’t,” was the reply. The special needs buggy is sometimes referred to as a wheelchair and is extremely difficult to fold. It has to be the size it is because Thomas is able to escape from normal sized buggies. “He has no sense of danger and he will run out in front of traffic, without hesitation,” explained a clearly frus- Pictured is Lusk woman, Suzanne Irwin with her son, Thomas at the bus stop in Lusk. trated Suzanne. “I explained to the driver that it can take a long time to fold and I have to keep a sharp eye on Thomas €10 Sto all the time.” Filler Vo cking Suzanne explained that the driver insisted that The Champagne uc she fold the pram. “When I explained the difficulAvailab hers of Pedicures le ties, I suggested that he should do it, he just laughed. A man on the bus offered to fold his own • Stimulates blood circulation • Refreshes and Relaxes you buggy, which was not a special needs one, to make room for mine, but the driver paid no heed • Relieve Stress and Combat Fatigue and showed me the sign saying that only one • Stimulates Acupuncture Points special needs buggy is permitted. However, there • Provides Relief For Psoriasis and Eczema were no other special needs buggies on the bus at that time. I rang Dublin Bus and they told me that And it’s priority is given to special needs prams and Not Expensive!!! buggies. But I was not given an answer as to why I €12 for 15 minutes was not allowed on the bus. There is a limited €20 for 30 minutes service from Lusk, with buses running once per hour. This appears to be a situation where the driver in this case was unaware of the rules in relation to WE ARE special needs buggies and that Suzanne and HERE X Thomas should not have been treated in such a MA LL cavalier fashion.



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The Memorial Christmas Tree lights were switched on in Skerries on Saturday evening last outside St. Patrick’s Church on Strand Street. Fr. Richard Hyland, accompanied by the Anthem Gospel Choir and Martin Scully of Skerries Chamber of Commerce, performed the honours in front of a very large crowd. It was a truly festive evening and community occasion. The bitter cold did nothing to cool people’s spirits as they stayed for some time after to be entertained by the choir. The main street of Skerries looks very merry and inviting indeed and great credit is due to all who decorated it from the Obelisk right up to the Rush end of the town. The tree is a special way to remember those we lost this Christmas. No doubt Santa too will find it equally inviting and is sure to make a very special stop for all the boys and girls of Skerries.

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help with the fundraising. The pub was filled with 16 tables of four as Lusk residents came together to support the campaign. As previously reported in the County Leader, the prospect of this proposed Monster Sewage plant being located in the heart of Ireland’s Market Garden has caused outrage in Lusk and all over the North County. Various protest meetings and charity nights such as this have taken place around the County and a further protest rally is due to take place in the coming weeks. The quiz participants paid €10 a table and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. All funds raised will go towards organising future Anti-Sewage events in the area.

What a Great Christmas Gift Solution… Pictured here L-R are the organisers and MCs of the recent Anti-Sewage quiz night in Lusk: Paul Mc Nally, Joe Pic: PK Sullivan, Geraldine Dunne and Denise Lowry.

Balscadden Fair Comes Up Trumps The annual Balscadden Christmas Fair took place recently and proved a huge success once again. The fair spectacularly raised over €5000 for two worthy local causes in the area. The fair took place at Balscadden Community Hall and was full of all kinds of goodies from local crafts, home baking, a bottle stall, lucky dip and much more. A large raffle also took place to draw in a crowd which enjoys lots of local support each year. The proceeds from the festive fair were shared between Balbriggan Community Hall and St Benignus School in Balscadden. A big congratulations goes to everyone involved for putting in the hard work and organising the fair and also to all the locals who so generously supported and contributed to the event.

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Inside the issue End of Year Business Briefing

On Thursday last, the much anticipated McInerney Saunders Chartered Accountants ‘End of Year Business Briefing’ took place in Movies@Swords at the Pavilions Shopping Centre. See pictures on page 8 and full report on page 11 >

Sewage Plant Protest Meeting In Malahide The controversy over the proposed Monster Sewage Plant being located in the North County moved south to Malahide on Thursday last.

Award Ceremony In Balbriggan Friends of Autism and ADHD held their fund raising Awards Ceremony on the 8th of December last. The ceremony held in The Town Hall Balbriggan was opened by the showing of the film Black Balloon at 6.30pm, followed by the ceremony. An impressive amount of almost €30,000 was raised and given to over 13 different

By Roxana Neag community groups and individuals around Balbriggan. Every group or individual received a cheque of varied value that will go towards several worthwhile causes, such as Balbriggan Cancer Support Group, Balbriggan Senior Citizens Group and

Balbriggan Youth Service. The Friends of A u t i s m / A D H D Balbriggan shop opened its doors three years ago and since then proceeds from their sales fund various different projects. The larger portion of their funds goes towards the position of Advocacy workers. They help and advise families of children and adults who suffer from Autism. /ADHD and any other disability. At present they have approximately 60 volunteers.

Pictured here are Cathy Gaffney, Marie Dunne, Beverly Grimes and Peggy Pic:RN Quinlan at the recent Friends of Autism & ADHD Awards Ceremony.

Forty Years For Swords Bridge Club

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There was a blow for unemployed people in Balbriggan recently, when the town was not included in the first round of tenders as a location for the delivery of FAS training courses. See details on page 14 >

Swords Electoral Boundary Controversy Rages On Swords residents, displaced from their Dublin-North constituency following a boundary review in 2007 are stepping up the campaign to have the community 'isolating' decision reversed. See page 16 >


Pictured here at the 40th celebrations of Swords Bridge Club are front row: L-R: Joe and Ailish Bishop, Nora Broodrick and Leopold Batt (Founder members). Middle Row: L-R: Frank O'Brien (Club's Vice President), Anne Harrington (Club's President), Myra Goslin, Carmel Bradley and Margaret Coyle. Back Row: Padraig Maloney, Michael Beirne, Ann McNally, Pic: DM Pat Sheridan and Margaret Kilbride.


Swords Bridge Club celebrateed 40 years in existence in style recently. Celebrations were held in the Senior Citizens Centre in Swords. The club was founded in 1971 and although the club only secured a premises twenty years ago, the determination and dedication of the club’s members kept the club running. It was truly a great achievement and credit is certainly due to everyone who has enabled the successful running of the club. This special anniversary shows us the continuing strength of local groups around the area. The celebrations included a four course meal, refreshments followed by entertainment. The event was attended by four founder members along with the current President, Vice President and committee members and club members. A wonderful evening was had by all who attended and we wish the club continuing success in the future. 1520 333 880



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Swords Boxing Club Hits Out At Council Swords Boxing club has hit out at County Council management for blocking a €25,000 grant which would have provided for long overdue maintenance work to Carnegie Library, the club’s base on North Street. The Irish Boxing Association grant,

which became available through the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, would have provided for a heating system which is not in place, new floor boards and other much needed minor maintenance works. However, the local

By Kieran Dunne authority refused to sign-off on the letter needed to free up the money, highlighting the building as a listed structure, wholly unsuitable for its current use. Speaking to the County Leader, club


secretary, John Sheppard rubbished such claims stating that: “They (Council management) are no more interested at helping the kids in Swords than the lads in Timbuktu. They couldn’t care less and just want us out of their hair.” “Last summer, we decided we needed to paint this place up. The Council left us with mildew running

down the walls, paint peeling; in bits. They’d no interest in helping us whatsoever, so we got the committee and parents together for some painting. We spent about three weeks on nights and weekends tidying the place up and it was great for community spirit. The Council changed our locks, when we did that, and it took us a couple of weeks to get the keys back,” he said. The club, which has

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Always fascinated by the tough challenging job into the net, they hit off the bars and go straight of a fisherman and following increased contro- up out of a hole in the net, back into the water versy in recent times about issues within the where they remain alive, we've no discards with industry, I visited local fisherman Ivan Wilde at it at all.” his home in Rush. Ivan's family has been in the Discarding healthy fish that are prohibited from fishing industry for six generations and when I being brought to shore under European Union met him, he painted an even bleaker picture than rules has long been an issue for Irish fishermen. I had envisaged. It is particularly difficult, knowing that most of “At one time, there was a fleet of 33 trawlers in what they are forced to throw back into the sea Skerries and now we're down to three boats. My will not survive having been taken out. “When brother Noel has one, I have one and I recently fish are caught, some of them are alive, some of sold a second trawler, the M.F.V. Nausicaa to them dead but 90 per cent of them won't survive Richard Branigan, a local man from Loughshinny. having been taken up to the top of the water.” I am replacing this in January with a modern four There is currently a world shortage of fish particyear old vessel. Between the three of us, we are ularly in the Irish Sea, Ivan explains. “It has been trying to build back up the Skerries fishing fleet.” designated a conservation zone and there is Ivan explains that the demise of the Irish fishing hope in the industry that if we desist from industry occurred when we joined the European catching fish for a few years, the stocks will come Union in 1972. “It's a scandal what the govern- back in large numbers. Fishermen along the ment did. They gave away fishing rights to the coast are doing this at their own expense making most valuable fishing grounds in Europe. They it very difficult to earn a livelihood. There have could have created employment in the fishing also been reductions in the number of days sector if they'd invested in it.” fishing allowed in the Irish Sea and different Many fishermen have left the industry in the 40 rules apply along different parts of the coastline. years since. “Lots of fishermen de-commissioned Dunmore East in Waterford has a healthy stock their boats, availing of grants from Brussels, lost of white fish and when we go down there we their fishing licence and then don't need to use our grid.” had to find something else to Having gone to sea for 25 years “The government gave do with their lives.” Ivan is from the age of 17, Ivan no saddened at the reduction of away fishing rights to longer makes the perilous trips boats at every port. “It's dwinalong our coastline. “I loved it the most valuable dling all the time. At one time, but I don't miss it at all,” he fishing grounds in there was a large fleet of fishlaughs. He is responsible for ermen in Howth, but now there Europe. They could selling the prawns caught by are very few.” the 12 men working for him on Strict monitoring of quotas have created employ- his trawlers who head out to and 500 fishery offences now sea for four and five day trips at ment in the fishing on the statue books, add a time. “Fishermen nowadays sector if they'd further to the difficulties of are working in far worse invested in it.” fishermen constantly battling weather than we did and I'm bureaucracy. “I don't know always worrying about them. why the government made fishery offences crim- My son Eamon, who is 25 lives for fishing, he inal,” Ivan says “it's difficult to know every one loves it. It's a rough job. You're out there of them.” Under current EU legislation, French tumbling around in the boat, 24 hours a day.” fisherman hold 50 per cent of the sea bass quota Having initially encountered a level of hostility caught off the Irish coast with another proportion when he added the grid to his net in order to going to Spain. “The Irish have none,” Ivan catch prawns, Ivan believes it may become law exclaims. With its increased popularity in Ireland and the only way allowable to catch fish in the in recent times, Ivan explains that the sea bass Irish Sea. “It's not very expensive and some fishwe eat here may either be farmed or may have ermen are beginning to come around to it now.” been caught by French and Spanish trawlers, Ivan and Noel have convinced Richard Branigan repackaged and imported back into Ireland.” and his crew to work the grid as they take over With quota difficulties and the reduction in the M.F.V. Nausicaa and 'wish them the best of fishing stocks along our coastline, Ivan and Noel luck.' He is hopeful that the Minister for decided to focus on catching prawns. Three years Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney ago they fit a grid to their nets, having may make some much needed reforms in the researched it in Sweden. Outside of Sweden, industry, “he hasn't done a lot so far but we have they are the only boats in the European Union to give him a chance.” operating this system. “The grid is about four Ivan praises fishermen across the coast of feet long and three feet wide and has bars Ireland. “People don't realise when they see a coming down through it just over an inch apart. fish on a plate, the work that went into catching “You'll not catch white fish with it,” Ivan it. Fishermen put their lives at risk everyday out explains. “When fish other than shellfish come in a boat; it's not like an ordinary job.” Name: Location: Newsworthiness:

Ivan Wilde Loughshinny With much controversy concerning the demise of the Irish fishing industry, Ivan Wilde is well placed to provide an insider's viewpoint.


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Ian Hunter (Pavilions Shopping Centre), Janice Lawlor (Movies@Swords), Darren Crampton (Movies@Swords) and Tony Lambert (Fingal Dublin Chamber).

Niall Butterly (JM Vintners) and Paul Kunkels (Irritec Ltd).

John Hughes (APT Ltd), Vincent Shannon (Shannon Solicitors),

Gerry Fitzmaurice (North County Leader Newspaper), Gerry McInerney (McInerney Saunders), Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber), John Fitzgerald, Neal Morrison and Owen Sheehy, all from McInerney Saunders who were keynote speakers at the event.

Gerry Fitzmaurice (North County Leader), with Ted Corcoran (Ted Corcoran & Associates).

Stephen Malone (Malone Engineering) and Catherine Brady (DCU).

Paul Butler and Olivia Butler (both from Liv Clothing Ltd).

Paddy Lonergan (Bank of Ireland) and Paula Harmon (Bank of Ireland)

Jock Jordan (Gift Voucher Shop) and Michael Kennedy (Michael Kennedy Insurance).

Freda Farrell (Fingal Dublin Chamber) with Laura Levins and Maria Levins (both from McInerney Saunders).

Rosalynn Jones and Christopher Jones (both from Phoenix Driving School).

Andy Farry, Gerry Sinnott and Emmet O'Hara (all from Ulster Bank).

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Neal Morrison (McInerney Saunders), Sean Corrigan (Balbriggan Enterprise Development Group) and Jason Byrne.

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Christmas Fun Run In Rush Rush is certainly is buzzing these days and not even the cold and bitter rain on Sunday 4th December last could do anything to stop that. Last Sunday was the Rush Chamber of Commerce’s Fun Run in aid of Tidy Towns and the Christmas Lights fund. Two races in one were held, a 5 K and a 10K. All sorts participated in

the event from serious runners, to family groups, to those doing it for personal reasons and just for fun. There was a big crowd and they were all in festive cheer with Santa hats and Christmas costumes a plenty. Needless to say the young boys and girls, and parents too by the looks of things, were still buzzing from Santa’s special visit to Rush the evening before. And word has it that he will still be around to see as many boys and girls in Rush as he can before the big day.

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Pictured here at the recent Fun Run in Rush are: L-R: Dermot Higgins, Fionn Higgins, Isobel Ryan and Pic: PK Mate Nagy.

Balbriggan Christmas Festival kicked off last week, with so much happening on the Square from street performers, face painters, balloon artists, the Christmas market and festive music from St Patricks Brass and Reed Band. Santa arrived in his sleigh escorted by the Balbriggan Gardai, much to the delight of the waiting children, many who waited patiently in line to tell the man in red of the wishes and desires. A fantastic festival and a great start to the festive season. Pictured are Eva and Kerri O'Neill. Pic: T.Healy

Each Christmas, local writer Megan Wyne from Skerries, produces a booklet of short stories written by her writing students. This year, 56 children, teenagers and adults, who attended the creative writing classes in Skerries and Malahide have contributed stories for the booklet. The booklet is entitled ‘Dive into Stories.’ It costs €4 and all profits are going to Turn the Tide of Suicide, which the authors nominated as their chosen Snippet charity. The official launch of the booklet will take Flower place in Skerries Mill on Thursday 15th December Arranging at 5.15pm. The 56 contrib- Demo utors, along with all of their family and friends, Balbriggan and District Horticultural Society are will attend. The booklet will go on sale holding a Christmas Arranging from 15th December in Flower many local outlets in the demonstration by local area. It will make a lovely Chelsea winning flower Christmas present and the arranger, Christopher more sold the better as White on Wednesday, proceeds go towards a 15th of December at great cause. All support is 8.30pm in the Scouts Den, Balbriggan. greatly appreciated.

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Captain’s Dinner At Donabate Golf Club Captain Pat McNeill recently hosted his Captain’s Dinner in Donabate Golf Club. There was a great attendance at the event, which included Captains from neighbouring golf clubs, past captains and members of Donabate Golf Club. Speaking to the County Leader, Pat says he’s always delighted to see such a good turn out on the Dinner nights: “It’s always great to see these nights being so

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Festive Feeling All the local businesses and shops around Balbriggan will be getting their trademark festive make over this season so you’ll truly feel that exciting Christmas atmosphere. We may not have any snow just yet, but that doesn’t stop Balbriggan from being a magical place to visit.

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year’s Tidy Towns Competition, having entered again after a ten year absence. They have a thriving Chamber of Commerce which continues to grow and have had an array of Christmas festivities enjoy, including the on for all the locals to Christmas Dance, St Patrick’s Day parade, Harbour Festival and Santa’s grotto. Rush Company Solicitors has lots to offer the enthusiastic shopper with a combination of Happy both traditional and modern shops Christmas and stalls. You’ll find to all our everything you need customers from traditional toys to the more modern gadgets, there really Main Street, Rush, Co. Dublin is something for everyone to enjoy. In Tel: 01 8438766 Fax: 01 8438 940 a town that has acquired a true sense of community and traditional values, this is something that a visitor won’t be able to miss, as they take in the unique festive atmosphere that Rush has to offer this Christmas. The town has managed to mainJordanstown, Five Roads, Lusk, Co. Dublin tain a lovely balance Tel: 01 8438944 (8 lines) Fax: 01 8438971 of tradition and modernity in a most “Wishing All Our Customers a Happy Christmasâ€? appealing way. Similarly to Rush, Lusk has that traditional feeling that makes for a truly wonderful Christmas atmosphere around the town. Lusk, though formerly a village is now categorised as a town, due its its ever Qualified & Experienced Staff increasing population Experienced & Qualified Purpose Built, with outdoor play size. Lusk residents areaFully Insured and take pride in their Health Board Reg. town, each year they continue to excel in Purpose BuiltRequired Creche Catering for: the Tidy Towns competition and • Babies strive to keep this • Wobblers/Toddlers tradition up year after year. Visitors will be • Playschool instantly aware that • Montessori the town does not have an urban feel, • Afterschool but instead has that traditional feel. This Dun Emer, Lusk, County Dublin will be evident as you stroll around the superbly decorated PLACES AVAILABLE FOR 2012 town looking to get those all important Christmas gifts. Like Rush, you are very likely to be served by the owner in the local Builders Providers shops here.The warm All Building Materials: Sand, Gravel, friendly locals and Cement, Blocks, Bricks, Timber. traders will be sure to Get ready for Spring Special Offer on make your shopping Raised Beds, Patio Slabs & Decking experience one to remember and you DELIVERY SERVICE can take your pick from the mix of Happy Christmas to all modern and tradiOur Customers tional shops which will display all sorts Church Road, Lusk, Co Dublin Tel : 01 843 7216 of festive goodies.

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Donabate some years ago, spoke of the teamwork which is needed in the fight ahead. “This is not just about Rush, or Skerries or Donabate - it is about the entire North County area. If an accident occurs with this plant, then the entire coastline will be affected,â€? he said. Fairshare, as the name suggests is all about areas taking their fair share of the burden. The idea of a monster plant taking the waste from seven different local authority areas was not acceptable.â€? There was general agreement that the vast amount of money needed to build the plant, estimated at around â‚Ź2.5 billion, would be better utilised in upgrading the existing treatment plants in the area. This would be achieved at a fraction of the cost of building this monster plant and was seen as the way forward to solving the sewage problem.

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Swords Electoral Boundary Controversy Rages On “I’d have bought a house In Dublin-West, if I wanted to vote there,” was the sentiment of one Swords woman about the controversy raging, about the Swords electoral area being divided in two. Swords residents, displaced from their Dublin-North constituency following a boundary review in 2007 are stepping up the campaign to have the community

By Kieran Dunne ‘isolating’ decision reversed. Park Avenue resident, Sandra White is amongst the furious majority demanding to be reinstated in DublinNorth. Despite living across the road from her original polling station, Sandra, like 280 other Brackenstown area residents, now has to travel around 3km to vote in

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Warm Thanks To Balbriggan Residents A benefit evening was held in Balbriggan on Friday 25th November to help raise funds for the funeral of Sinead Delahoyde. Sinead, 38, grew up in the Bath Road area of Balbriggan but was living in England at the time of her death. She tragically died of heart failure on November 12th and is survived by her four daughters. The whole of Balbriggan contributed to helping this young mother come home one last time and her sister got in touch

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Santa Comes to Rush Rush switched on their Christmas lights with a very special guest last Saturday evening outside the Community Centre. Straight from the North Pole, just for the boys and girls of Rush, came Santa Claus himself. Sound asleep, he was transported up the Main Street and escorted by the Mounted Garda Unit. Outside the Community Centre he was awoken by the cheers of the on looking children. There was great excitement as he got out of his bed to greet the pupils from the national schools in the area. From there he made his way into his grotto where he will see all of the good boys and girls right up until Christmas. Pictured waiting patiently for Santa's arrival in Rush are youngsters Darragh Kelly, Anna Pic: PK Kelly, Colette Murtagh, Aoibhe Kelly, Conor Kelly and Sean Kelly.

Designer Sale In Malahide Due to popular demand, on Wednesday December 14th at 12pm the St Vinciant de Paul Malahide shop will have its last Toy/Designer Sale of the year. Brand-new and designer clothes,

shoes and handbags, gifts, toys, jewellery and more will be on sale with all proceeds going to the charity. There will be also be mulled Wine and mince pies to get you in the festive mood. SVDP in Malahide would like to thank everyone who helped them to raise in excess of an additional €16000 this year in aid of the St Vincent De Paul.

with some Christmas carols from the Black Raven Pipe Band, and hosted a range of acts, such as school choirs and traditional Irish music, from a variety of age groups. The school hall was packed with people, and decorated wonderfully with artwork from children in the school, Wacky World and had a terrific atmosUSA phere, proving that despite the current economic Burglar put up climate (along with the freezing one outside), the Xmas decorations people of Lusk can still pull An Ohio man was together and raise money arrested after breaking for the less fortunate in into a family house and society, and host a great putting up christmas day of fun for all the family. decorations. Police say The Black Raven Pipe Band he let himself into the were terrific in getting the house and began doing audience in the Christmas some Christmas decospirit, playing a selection of rating. Terry Trent was carols, mixed with their allegedly high on bath traditional scores. They are salts when he broke also promoting lessons in into the home. The January for anyone inter- families 11 year old son ested in learning bagpipes, came home and found tenor, bass or snare drum, Trent sitting on the and supporting their local coach before phoning band and community. the police.

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Pictured at the opening of the new and exciting 'Swords Fish Spa', which took place recently in the Town Centre Mall Swords are: Olivia Hood, Carmel Blackely, Avril Lysaght (Sadie the Pic: DM Sword Fish) and Proprietor of the new venture Ray Blackely from Swords.

Something Fishy Going On In Swords The process of a new pedicure where one immerses one’s feet into a tank with tiny fish swimming around, slightly strange as it might sound, is the basis of a new business which opened in the Mall Swords, recently the Swords Fish Spa which is situated in the Town Centre Mall in Swords. The friendly Spa’s proprietor Ray Blackely told the County Leader about the ancient therapy which dates back 4,000 years. “We designed our own

tanks and seating pods to provide comfort and support for our customers as they enjoy the pedicure. Each of our units has its own water filtration and sterilisation system. The water in the tank is filtered into clean water continually so that with careful monitoring we ensure that it is suitable and safe for our little Garra Rufas. By concentrating on the welfare of our fish, we aim to ensure the best hygiene for our customers.” The experience is said to be exhilarating and relaxing beyond belief If you would like to enjoy a relaxing pedicure or find out more about this particular therapy just drop into the Swords Fish Spa in the Town Centre Mall in Swords.

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‘Too Early’ For Minister To Meet Sewage Plant Protesters Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan has given no indication that he intends to address the affected residents of the proposed Super Sewage Plant sites in the North County. A spokesperson for the Department, having been contacted by the County Leader, refused to accept that the Minister should, at very least, meet with concerned locals –

By Kieran Dunne highlighting the lack of representation as an issue for the Council given the relatively early planning stage of the proposal. He went on to say that “there will be further opportunities for public consultation during the statutory processes,” when a shortlist is drawn from the current nine site proposal in the first

half of next year. However, local TD Clare Daly (SP) has hit out at the Council and the region’s Ministers, none of whom have attended any of the six public meetings, stating that: “Pre-election the now Ministers of the area gave a number of commitments to projects, also stating that they would represent the best interests of their constituents. Their silence, and lack of representation, on this issue is actually deafening.” An impressive tranche of final submissions have been made and were delivered to the Council by the

‘Reclaim Fingal’ action group Friday last, 2 December. It is not yet clear whether the planning stage of the project will be delayed following the Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, delivering a public commitment to having ‘the matter reviewed.’

Malahide Students ‘Keep The Cash’ Transition Year students from Malahide Community School recently participated in a Keep the Cash simulation held at the school on Monday 28th November. Thirty students were divided into teams of five ‘living in a house together’ which they named themselves. Keep the Cash facilitators mirrored the realities of life for the students requesting them to


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Fingal Kettlebells, a local fitness group which specialises in lifting kettlebells as a form of exercise, recently held an end of year competition in Colaiste Choilm in Swords. Contestants in each weight category had to perform as many reps as possible over two time periods. Pictured here are the winners in their particular category. Back row L-R, Glen Hannigan, Paddy Jones, Dave Reid and group founder, Dinny Collins. Front row L-R, Jill Brown, Audrey O'Driscoll and Louise Morgan.

Swords Citizens Lend A Helping Hand The Swords Senior Citizens group are doing their bit to help those that are less fortunate this Christmas. The group recently took part in the North County Shoe Box Campaign. Members contributed to the appeal by donating any items of their own such as clothes and toys. Speaking to the County Leader, group member Peter Currin says members donate items every year for the appeal: “It’s an annual event so we are always happy to give away any good items

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Police Forum Meeting In Balbriggan Balbriggan Community Policing Forum held it’s last public meeting for the year recently in the Hamilton Hall. The meeting was chaired by Louise Butler from Balbriggan Community Policing Forum and the elections for the community representatives on the Balbriggan Community Policing Forum took place. As Balbriggan is divided up into six geographical areas, six seats were reserved for community representatives. Each of the six elected

representatives will take part in the shaping of policies in relation to community safety. Participants on the night raised various public issues and also expressed their concern regarding some antisocial behavior of teenagers who are breaking windows and vandelising different areas. “There are social responsibilities that parents have. We cannot have gardaí everywhere, that’s why we need to receive public

Congratulations Movies@Givings’s Semi-Finalists Congratulations to Kiera Keegan from Kinsealy in Swords and Mark Baker from Kilbarrack who were chosen as the next two semi-finalists in the Movies@Giving - The Gift of Christmas promotion by Movies@Swords. The promotion commenced on the 1st of December last and will close on 20th December at midnight. See our next edition when we will give the names of the next lucky semi-finalists.

Take Care Of Your Pets This Christmas Pictured here at the recent Community Police Forum meeting in Balbriggan are from L-R: Louise Butler, Brian Murray, Kate Brennan, Margaret O'Brien, Inspector Declan Yeats, Andrew Moore, Rugiya Faarax, Amaran Abdalla and Zoe Nelson. Pic: RN

support,“ said Inspector Declan Yeats. All the issues that were brought up at the recent meeting will be investigated and feedback will be given by An Garda Siochana at the meeting in the new year.

New Extension For Balbriggan Community College Additional accommodation is to be provided for Balbriggan Community College with an extra 430 pupils. The additional numbers will bring the student population up to approximately 1,000 pupils. The Department of Education foresees pupil numbers rising in the town and has recognised Balbriggan Community College as a strong candidate to assimilate, cater and provide for the growth expected. There have been recent upgrades to the school, but now the news of a further building, consisting of specialist rooms to be added to the existing main building, is another boost for the college. These developments coincide with the start of work on a new school gym which will be of use to the whole community as a hub for all fitness and sporting needs. This increase in numbers, additional accommodation and facilities is great news for the area. The Community College is moving forward with a new purpose and commitment to achieving the best for the people of Balbriggan.

With Christmas just around the corner, the Fingal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are asking all North County residents to take special care of their pets this festive season. The registered charity was founded in 2009 and all work is voluntary. The volunteers are a dedicated group of people who give up much of their free time to help animals. The charity are offering a word of advice to all residents: Please be weary when giving puppies, kittens or other animals as Christmas presents. Everyone is much too busy at Christmas

to devote the time and energy needed to settle a new pet into the family home. If your child is pleading with you for a pet, think about your own feelings on the subject. Children often lose interest and the parents will be left to care for the animal. It should also be stressed that having an animal in the house is a wonderful and loving addition to the family and teaches children to be caring. Just make sure the time is right for you to take on an animal. Fingal SPCA would be glad of any volunteers to drive, foster kittens (much of their work is with abandoned kittens) and fund raise. Donations of cash or food is also most welcome and of course they continually need new homes for their rescued cats and kittens. If you’re interested in working with the charity or want to foster a cat/kitten, please contact: 0877842321.

N Full Body Rebuff N De-Dent & De-Scratch (within reason) The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in conjunction with the County Council delivered a hardhitting road safety message to teenagers at The Helix last week. The event was organised with the dedication of local emergency services. Sarah Grace Breen, Eoin Hickey and Kian N Full Crash Repairs Coleman, all from Skerries Community College are pictured taking the wheel at the show. pitches delivery to huge boost to St N Free Estimates Ridgewood Pitches To Become Available the both clubs. Finian’s GAA club, in “I will continue to fight particular, given that N Vouchers Available following while Five new playing comes the four hard for these two 40 teams currently • Crash Repairs • Bumper Scuffs • Ally Wheels • Stone Chips • Dents & Plastic Welding • Leather & Trim

pitches are to become available to local clubs in Ridgewood, following confirmation that a final piece of land has been signed over to the County Council. The final acquisition

lengthy discussions between the local authority and property developers, MKN properties. It is now expected that a full size GAA pitch will be allocated to St Finian’s GAA club,

remaining pitches are to be divided between them and Rivervalley Rangers F.C. Speaking to the County Leader, local councillor Darragh Butler (FF) highlighted his intention to ensure

great clubs who have served the area so well since the early eighties. I will also try and get an update on the proposed dressing room facility that we secured as part of the Fingal Development Plan last year,” he said. The announcement will deliver a

share just two pitches at Ward Linear Park, River Valley. It is hoped that the playing fields are to become available within the coming weeks when the Council’s Parks Department is expected to announce the handover.

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Good News For Pavilions Shopping Centre There was continuing positive news for the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords last week, with the news that the popular centre has reached full capacity. “All of our retail units are now fully occupied,” a delighted Centre Manager, Ian Hunter told the County Leader. There are five new retailers in situ, including PC Clinics, a computer repairs shop, Hera, selling in handbags, jewellery and accessories, a new tea and coffee shop called Gurmans which specialises in flavoured and classic coffee beans from all over the world. They are joined by Boutique, a shop which has all the latest ladies fashions and accessories. Another newcomer is Art and Hobby, which caters for Art supplies, stationery and hobbies. Two established retailers have revamped their premises, including Bernard John Jewellers and Life Style Sports, who recently opened the new extension to their sports shop.

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Historical Night In Rush Rush Historical Night was held in the Strand Bar Rush recently. The night, organised by the Rush Historical Society, was more than just a trip down memory lane. It was a chance for many to see Colm Fynes’ film recording of Heritage Day on 27th August. The day itself consisted of talks by various different people on the history of Rush. It also included a walk from the newly renovated library to Kay Lane. Kay Lane itself is steeped in local history as it is the site where local man, Jack ‘Rover’ Mc Cann was murdered by the Black and Tans during the War of Independence. ‘Rover’ Mc Cann was also a veteran of the 1916 Rising and was said to be “one of the bravest men that took part in the Rising” according to local historians. It was a packed house in the Strand Bar to see the footage and a very important day for the Rush Historical Society.

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Last Weeks published deaths from the North County CAHILL (Skerries) Pearse; beloved husband to the late Constance and dear father to Enda, Hugh and Peter, sadly missed by his loving daughter, sons, daughters-in-law, sonin-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Dessie, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, his close friend Catherine, relatives and friends. CLERKIN (Donabate) Bernadette; sadly missed by her sister Gemma, brother Eoin, uncle James, aunt Kathleen, uncle-in-law Geoffrey, relatives and many friends. FITZPATRICK (Sutton) Michael P.; beloved husband of the late Nancy, loving father of Tom, Mick, Declan, Paul, Carol, Ann, Ray and the late Evelyn and brother of Kathleen, Eileen and the late Nora, Tom, Sean and Marie, greatly missed by his son-in-law, daughtersin-law, his seventeen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

MAGUIRE (Portrane) Joe; (late of Arthur Guinness), deeply regretted by his loving wife Marie, children Jude, Peter, Anna and John, sister Maire, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, extended family and friends. FOX (Portmarnock) (nee Murphy) Pauline; beloved wife of Noel and loving mother to Orla, Ivan, Annemarie, Noel and James, dear grandmother to James, Tom and Clodagh, sadly missed by her loving family, sisters Mary, Philomena and Ciara, son-in-law, brothersin-law, nieces, nephews and many wonderful neighbours and friends. HARPER (Balbriggan) David; adored son of the late Jack and Lila; deeply regretted by his loving partner Jennifer, his brothers Gerald, Ivan, Noel, Albert, Brian and Clifford, sisters Pearl, Sharon and Jacqueline, the McNamara family, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, rela-

tives and a very large circle of friends. O’CONNOR (Balbriggan) Kathleen (nee O’Malley); wife of the late Tommy and much loved mother of Nuala, Margaret, Marita and Grainne, sadly missed by her sons-in-law, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, sisters, brothers and extended family. PIERCE (Donabate) Kathleen (nee Cassidy); beloved wife of the late Martin, deeply regretted by her loving daughters Evelyn and Brenda, son Martin, sons-inlaw Terry and Conal, grandchildren Tara, Ena, Martin and Caitlín, relatives and friends. RYAN (Garristown) Bill; dearly loved husbnd of Darina and father of Frances, sadly missed by his loving family, sisters-inlaw, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

permission to construct a single storey extension to the front and rear elevations of the existing dwelling and to construct a two storey extension to the side Tuesday, elevation of the existing house and all associated site 20th December DEADLINE FOR PLAN works at 68, Woodbine Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin. NING : 16 DEC The planning application may be inspected or Please submit your planning notices to: 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 that a before 5.30pm every Thursday, in order for the application to submission or observation in relation to the applicaappear in the following issue of North County Leader. tion may be made to the authority in writing on A receipt will be issued when your planning notice is received. Please retain this receipt as proof of submission. payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Fingal County Council authority of the application. I, Joseph William Mooney intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: 9 Meakstown Cottages, Dubber Cross, St. Fingal County Council Margarets, Dublin 11. Planning permission is being sought to construct a new pitched tiled The development will consist / consists of: To demolish substandard roof on existing flat roof dwelling at khufu, loughshinney , co. dublin. extension at rear and build new rear extension with 3 bedrooms, signed ; c. cash the planning application may be inspected or bathroom, kitchen and dining; new front porch, 2 bay windows and purchased during the public opening hours 9.30 – 16.30 monday – new driveway and parking at front. friday at :fingal county council, fingal county hall, main street, The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee swords, fingal, co.dublin. a submission or observation in relation to not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submispayment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks,beginning on sion or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, the date of the receipt by fingal county council of the application.


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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for 1/ Removal of existing roof to existing dwelling, and construction of new dormer roof to include new dormer windows to front and rear,new porch extension to front, new two storey extension to side and associated site works ,2/ New garage/boat store to rear of property all to existing dwelling at South Shore Road, Rogerstown, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed T. & M. Rickard 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 Peter Barnwall intend to apply for full planning permission for development at this site; Brazil, Swords, Co Dublin to consist of partial demolition of existing cottage and demolition of adjacent stable, construction of a 219 Sqm pitched roof two storey extension to the side and rear comprising kitchen, living areas and an additional three bedrooms, associated waste water treatment system, landscaping 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 the public opening hours of 9.30 -16.30 Monday to Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street Swords, Fingal, Co Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application.

Fingal County Council Permission is sought for detached dormer dwelling, detached garage, on-site waste water treatment unit and percolation area & associated site works @ Balcunnin, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Marie Claire O’ Rafferty. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for a three bed dormer bungalow with on site waste water treatment unit and percolation area, access provided from existing vechicular entrance serving family home together with all associated site works and landscaping at Surgalstown south, Swords for E. Kilgallon. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall Main Street Swords Co. Dublin during its public opening hours (09-30 – 16.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Retention is sought for the change of use from Retail to Art School @ Unit 2, 26 Church Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Gerard Boylan. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application.

Fingal County Council Permission & Retention permission sought for the following: (a) permission sought for a proposed single-storey extension to side & rear and the construction of a garage to side, and (b) retention Fingal County Council permission sought for the widening of the front vehicular entrance, Application is being sought by Absolute House Plans Ltd., 21, The all at 57, Shenick Ave, Skerries, for Mr & Mrs L. Breen. This planning Square, Annacotty, Co. Limerick, 061 338422, on behalf of application may be inspected or purchased, at a tee not exceeding Bernard and Hilda Clohessy to the above authority for full planning the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal Co Council, Fingal County Hall, Main St Swords, during its public opening hours. A submission or observaAttention Home Owners, Architects & Builders tion, in relation to the application, may be made to Fingal Co Council in writing, on payment of ?20 within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the Application.

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Fingal County Council Planning Permission is being sought by Maurice O’Brien for the construction of a single bedroom apartment, over three carparking spaces and reception, with movement of existing entrance from rear to side, all at Rear of 6 Castle Terrace, Malahide, Co.Dublin. The proposal involves demolition of an existing boundary wall thereby improving footpath layout and traffic safety. The property in question is a protected structure. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours of 9.30am to 16.30pm,Monday to Friday at the offices of Fingal County Council,Fingal County Hall,Main Street,Swords,Co.Dublin. Submissions or observations in relation to the Application (which must be accompanied by a fee of 20Euro) may be made in writing, to the Planning Authority within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


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North County Leader 13 December 2011  
North County Leader 13 December 2011  

North County Leader 13 December 2011