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15th May 2012 • Volume 19, Issue 16 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • ISDN 8139966 • Tel: 8•400•200

Shock Announcement Of Redundancies At Dublin Airport There was some bad news on the employment front at Dublin Airport, with the news that the Dublin Airport Authority are set to reduce staff numbers by up to 150, as part of cost-cutting measures. This comes hot on the heels of news that capacity at Dublin Airport is up four per cent for the summer season, with more than half a million extra seats available this year. It seems strange to think that staff reductions are on the agenda, in view of the steady progress made in the past five years. During this time, Dublin Airport has moved from being bottom of the pile to joint third amongst their European peers. Staff have been informed of the plans, which involve a limited voluntary severance scheme and an early retirement scheme. It’s understood the redundancies will be sought in a limited number of areas at the airport, including retail services. Siobhán Moore, DAA External Communications Manager told the County Leader, that the company is currently engaged in a restructuring programme aimed at reducing the cost base at its Irish airports. “Due to the ongoing economic downturn, the company’s airport operations continue to face significant commercial challenges. Consumer sentiment remains weak in Ireland and the UK, which is a key destination for air travel to and

By Jennifer McShane from DAA airports, is in recession. “The 2010 Cost Recovery Programme helped stabilise the DAA’s financial position, but the external economic environment has not improved and it is necessary for the company to take further steps to make its business even more efficient.” She continued, “A restructuring process is currently underway in several specific business units within the company and to facilitate this process, a limited voluntary severance scheme and voluntary early retirement scheme has been Siobhán Moore, DAA introduced. DAA External Communications expects that 100-150 Manager people could leave the business as part of the current restructuring programme.” “The company has communicated with staff representatives in relation to the restructuring plans in recent days and remains committed to maintaining good quality sustainable employment levels consistent with market demand. However, it has to continue to take steps to

Wall Of Discontent In Swords By Kieran Dunne Residents of two Swords housing estates separated by a Swords Manor Residents two and a half metre high wall Association (SMRA) has hit out have hit out at the County at the proposal, claiming that Council’s plans to such a move would create a pedestrian worsen the footpath through problem of teen the structure. The loitering. SMRA Council claims that chairwoman, Karen the proposal would Gorrey added: “It’s put an end to the a thorn in all of our anti-social behavsides, even if they iour problem in the closed off the vicinity around the parcels of land wall, which sepawhere the problem rates the Swords Cllr. Darragh Butler with anti-social Manor Crescent, behaviour is...this Valley View, and Lios Cian would solve the problem.” estates. Speaking to the County Leader, However, Resident councillor Darragh Butler (FF) Associations within the area said: “Whenever other issues have rejected such claims. The related to the wall are raised,

for example, that young people are climbing onto private garden walls to get over this wall, the Council give their stock answer that in their opinion ‘ideally the creation of a link between the two estates and the removal of the wall in its entirety would resolve the problem’. A spokeswoman for the Valley View Residents Association “The residents were very concerned regarding this partial removal of wall because it was suggested that a walkway be put there to join the two estates, instead of railings. Our residents do not want this. They fought for that wall to be there and they do not want it removed.”

address specific issues within its overall cost base,” she concluded. Meanwhile, local TD and former airport worker and shop steward, Clare Daly (SP) criticised the move. Speaking to the County Leader, Daly said: “150 jobs have been lost to the community of North Dublin and the idea that this isn’t a huge blow is disappointing. In the present economic climate employers are undermining

jobs and using the current situation to make changes and savings. I think this is an example of that.” The news comes just a day after the Government announced plans to cut Shannon Airport from the DAA. Shannon’s €100m debt will stay with the DAA, which includes Dublin and Cork airports, but sources claimed the two issues were unconnected.

Pictured at the ‘Coffee and Cupcakes’ fundraiser event for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, which took place in Ollies Bar in Skerries on 6th May last, are, Deidre McGarth, Steven McGarth Jr, Steven McGarth Sr, Wendy McGarth and Brenda Morrison.

Ryan Set For Glittering Career Skerries lad, Ryan O’Shaughnessy was the toast of the entire country at the weekend, when he reached the final of the popular reality TV show, ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ The 19 year old, who previously performed in the Voice of Ireland show, sang his own composition ‘No Name’, which had the judges swooning in their seats. Head judge, Simon Cowell said that the Voice of Ireland’s loss was their gain. Alesha Dixon said, “Ryan, you are so special. We’ve had two songs from you which I believe will be big hits,” she said. His emotional rendition received a standing ovation from all four judges, Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon. The ex-Fair City star was overwhelmed by the reaction to his success. “Having a million people listen to my songs... it’s just incredible. Never once did I think I’d be in the live final,” said the likeable young star. “I have an album ready to go and also some unfinished songs. I’ll spend the next few days locked up, finishing these songs. The song he wrote was for former school pal, Katie Keegan. “It didn’t quite work out with Katie and I haven’t met anyone since and I’m not looking for anyone either, However, I have had quite a lot of female attention and I’m not complaining ; it’s cool. I’ve even had a few marriage proposal since, but I haven’t followed up on them,” he said cheekily. The overall winner of the show was a dog duo, Ashleigh and Pudsey. One thing for certain is that Ryan O’Shaughnessy is set to have a glittering career Ryan O'Shaughnessy ahead of him and we wish him all the best in his career.



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Portmarnock Community Association requests that all groups cease training on the sand dunes to avoid irreparable damage. In recent times, some groups have trained on the dunes which has already damaged them. Portmarnock beach is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year and its blue flag status is recognition of its cleanliness. Maintenance of this status requires respect and good care of the dunes. Finbar Quigley, Chairperson of Portmarnock Community Association, reminds people of the County Council’s beach bye-law. The bye-law prohibits training on the beach or sand dunes without the consent of the Council. Speaking to the County Leader Mr. Quigley said: "The major voluntary efforts by the local community continue to protect the dunes. This includes the ongoing planting of marram grass, which helps binds them. " Previously, businesses in the Portmarnock area provided staff to take part in planting maram grass. The next planting will take place on Saturday 19th May. Everybody is welcome to join in at 11am. "We trust everyone will play their part in maintaining the high standards at the beach so everyone can continue to enjoy it," he concluded.

Sunday, 6th May was indeed a red letter day for Swords Celtic Football Club. The famous club celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with the launch of a new book, entitled ‘Swords Celtic - 50 Years of Football 1962-2012’ at their magnificent clubhouse. Special guest on the day was Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, who launched the new book. A great crowd gathered to get a look at Trap and to wish him and the Boys in Green well on their journey to Poland in June. County Mayor, Cllr Gerry McGuire was also there for this great occasion. The club was founded in 1962 by George McGrane, Jim Rogers, Oliver Dignam and Wally Galvin, with Frankie Monaghan coming on board shortly afterwards. The club now has a total of 300 members, including 31 schoolboy and girls teams. They also have an all weather pitch and a state of the art clubhouse, which will impress any visitors to this fine club. We wish them well and look to the next 50 years.

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County Mayor, Gerry McGuire is pictured with Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni at Swords Celtic's grounds in Balheary at the launch of the club's new book, Swords Celtic - 50 Years of Football 1962-2012.

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Inside the issue Efforts To Develop Community Garden In Donabate

Transition Towns Donabate Portrane (TTDP) are applying to the HSE to redevelop the old walled gardens, in St. Ita’s, Portrane. They are in negotiations to redevelop the site as a community garden, farm and workshops project.

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Official Launch Of Skerries 100 The official launch of the Skerries 100 and the Country Crest Killalane Road Races took place in Swords on On Tuesday, 8th May last.

Sharon Is Carer Of The Year By Jennifer McShane A young lady from Swords has received the momentous North Dublin Carer of the Year 2012 award. Twenty six year old Sharon Salem from River Valley was this year’s recipient after she was nominated by her mother, Margaret. Each year, The Carers Association invites members of the public to nominate family carers to recognise the wonderful service they provide to family members who need extra support.

Every year, wonderful people are nominated and this year was no different. The Association were very moved after hearing of Sharon’s devotion to her mother. Sharon, an only child, returned from her new life in Australia without a moment’s hesitation when Margaret was diagnosed with cancer. In her nomination letter, Margaret told of Sharon’s sacrifice in leaving her job and life behind in Australia to become her full time carer.” I wasn’t always an easy patient,” she said “but Sharon never wavered. She was wonderful.” Thankfully Margaret is now in remission and Sharon’s touching dedication was acknowledged when she received the North Dublin Carer of the Year Award in The Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan last week.

Loughshinny Girl Wins Writing Competition See page 6

Calls For Hazardous Site To Be Secured Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), has made an appeal to the County Council to speak to the developers of a land bank adjacent to Russell Terrace in Drynam, in order to ensure the area is tidied up and the perimeter fencing is secured. See page 8

Summer Programme For Balbriggan Youths This summer, the Balbriggan Youth Service are providing another action packed summer programme for the young people of Balbriggan.

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Eleven year old Hannah Rudden, a fifth class pupil at St. Brendan’s National School in Loughshinny, was announced as a winner in the ‘Dear Grace’ writing competition at a special awards ceremony in the Helix on Wednesday, 3rd May last. Presented by Brendan O’Carroll, the event was a mixture of glitz, awards, celebrities and music. Special guests included Jedward, Brian Kennedy, Keith Duffy, Brian Ormond, Alan Lynch, The Willoughby Brothers and the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys. The annual competition is in memory of Grace Nolan, who tragically died, aged 9, as a result of a little known blood disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Back in September, fifth and sixth class pupils from all over Ireland entered this competition, which consists of the daunting task of writing a 2000 word essay in the style of a letter to Grace herself, informing her of the main events and activities of the past year, both on a personal and global level. The best 30 essays, including Hannah’s are published in the book, “Dear Grace - Volume 10”


Pictured here is Sharon Salem and her mother Margaret.

Farmer’s Club In Gormanston Students at Franciscan College Gormanston are branching out in a new direction. Under the guidance of Mr Weir, they have established the College’s first farming club. The club consists of horticulturally and agriculturally minded second year students. Rector Fr Ulic Troy, kindly let a plot of land to the club. Members include Philip Berrill, Patrick Finegan, Conor Hoey, Freddy Tallon, Ciaran Sullivan and

Daniel Murphy. Philip and Freddie are hoping to harvest potatoes, carrots and onions and maybe even introduce a few chickens. The students are in the midst of deciding what to do with all their hard work but tell us that they may donate food to the college restaurant for healthier dinners. The club members would like to thank Mr. Black for providing the seed and welcome all agricultural enthusiasts. Well done to all of Gormanston’s young farmers, we look forward to sampling their organic goodies.

Full Steam Ahead For Malahide Lions Malahide Lions Club are hosting their famous annual Steam Train Excursion on Sunday June 10th. It promises to be a wonderful day, leaving Malahide Station at 10am, and returning at 6.30pm, the trip takes you by steam train to Mullingar and includes a coach transfer and guided tour of Belvedere House and Garden. Tickets are €35 per person or a family ticket for €115 (family ticket covers 2 adults and 2 children under twelve years of age). Tickets are available now from Malahide Train Station. All surplus proceeds go, as always, to supporting local and third world causes and charities. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and enjoy a great day.

Bluebird Care Sponsor Vantastic Fleet Of Vans Bluebird Care (Dublin North) is delighted to provide sponsorship for eight vans in the Vantastic fleet. Vantastic provides accessible door-to-door transport services for individuals (People with disabilities and over 65’s) and ‘Not for Profit’ groups and organisations in the Dublin area. Vantastic is similar to a taxi service, but makes transport available to people in wheelchairs or other individuals with mobility difficulties unable to use mainstream public transport. Vantastic is a registered charity. People sign up as members of Vantastic and then can either use the free services or subsidised ‘Pay as you Go’ services. The charity is funded by way of member fares, government grant and also by the sponsorship from private companies such as Bluebird Care. Bluebird Care (Dublin North) is based in Swords and provides care to people in their

own homes and assist people with disabilities to live independent lives. Run by local directors, Paul O’Reilly and Ken Shannon, they have been providing these services for the last four years. Olwyn Jordan RGN. SCM., Care Manger for Bluebird Care oversees the training and supervision of all care staff and ensures that the care provided at the customer’s home is of the highest standard. The service is very flexible and is tailored to the individual needs of each customer. Care prices commence at €22 per hour (€13 after tax relief). For more information on

Bluebird Vantastic (L-R) Paul O' Reilly (Bluebird Care Director), Roger Kelly (Vantastic Operations Manager) & Ken Shannon (Bluebird Care Director)

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Glen Gildea, pictured here with Lynsey, recently celebrated his 30th birthday in Blu Bar in Skerries.

Pictured here enjoying a night out in Ollies in Skerries are L-R: Adam Hughes, Therese Malone and Antoinette Kedney

Pictured here is Melissa Kelly (centre) who was out celebrating her 40th in the Harp in Swords. She is joined by Michelle Gillies and Louise Lawless.

Megan Maher (last in the row) was out enjoying her 21st in Ollies in Skerries recently. She is pictured here with friends Jennie Forkin, katie Coleman and Jenna Moore.

Pictured here is Killian McMahon, centre, with Stephen Branagan and John Derham. Killian just celebrated his 21st in Skerries Sailing Club.

Meadhbh Mc llgorm, centre, recently celebrated her 21st. Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan. She is pictured here with Sadhbh Nathan and Lara Mesanza.

Shauna Ryan (3rd from right) celebrated her 21st birthday with a party at the Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport recently. She is pictured here with Caila Ryan, Joanne Ryan and Andrew Galilejeus.

Mary Fenton (second left) is pictured here celebrating her 60th in Raff's on the Corner in Skerries. Joining her are Lisa, Ollie, Carol and Ger Fenton.

Ciara Lynch (centre) is pictured here enjoying her 30th birthday with Geraldine Kelly and Gerard Lynch in the Harp in Swords.

Susan Whyte (second left) enjoyed her 30th birthday in Raff's on the Corner in Skerries recently. She is pictured here with: Eleanor Shanley, Margaret Butterly, and Beccie and Pauline Noonan

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Traditional Weekend In Skerries The countdown is underway to the annual ‘Skerries Traditional Weekend’, which will once again feature a fantastic celebration of all things Irish. Now in its 11th year, this year’s event runs from May 18th to 20th and over the course of the three days there will be lots of music, song and dance reflecting the unique culture of the North County. Leading artists travel to Skerries where they join with locals and visitors in a celebration of Irish heritage in what is always a fantastic event. Last week, the annual table quiz, an important fundraiser for the organisers, was held in Keane’s Bus Bar and as usual it was very well supported. This year, the weekend kicks off with the Schools Outreach Programme on the Friday morning when local musicians visit primary schools in the area providing an interactive workshop and demonstration of various traditional Irish instruments. The finishing touches are currently being put to this year’s schedule and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Efforts To Develop Community Garden In Donabate Transition Towns Donabate Portrane (TTDP) are applying to the HSE to redevelop the old walled gardens, in St. Ita’s, Portrane. TTDP are in negotiations to redevelop the site as a community garden, farm and workshops project.

By Peter Kearney TTDP have a “team of committed local volunteers wishing to become a part of the project. The site was constructed in the 1750s and was used by the HSE until six years ago. Joe English of TTDP says the initiation of this model “would serve to bring local food back to a wider local audience, and allow local residents the opportunity of eating locally grown produce”. Furthermore, “the proposed development represents an appropriate redevelopment opportunity of a historical walled garden by a local voluntary organisation.” They continue by saying “the restoration of the gardens would provide a unique link with our heritage on the peninsula”. TTDP have met with Fingal Leader Partnership, who have offered to fund the project through the Rural Leader Partnership Fund. Joe English and Trish Carey, of the Transitions Towns Committee, said that the land would be “brilliant for the community”. Furthermore, they added, it would cost very little and even “generate jobs’. We await the outcome of the negotitions. Pictured are Transitions Town Donabate Portrane (L-R) Joe English & Trish Carey (TTDP Committee members)

Councillor Urges Roundabouts Sponsorship Councillor Darragh Butler (FF) recently asked the County Manager to re-consider asking local businesses to sponsor the main Swords roundabouts. The question was posed as the Fine Gael / Labour Government have postponed a decision on Metro North until at least 2015. This would mean eventual construction would commence much later than this date. In response the County Cllr. Darragh Butler Manager replied that discussions have taken place with a “business operating in Swords, following a request from that business, to look at how the Council and the business might work together in partnership.” “Suggestions made related to the sponsorship of one of the roundabouts on the R132. are ongoing at this time. Additional financial resources are welcome, but additional signage cannot be added to these roundabouts in the interests of driver safety.”

River Valley Rangers FC celebrated their 30th anniversary with a dinner and celebration at River Valley Community Centre recently. The evening proved to be a great success and many old stories were rehashed and retold. Pictured here are founder Paddy Cole (2nd left), with Barry O'Sullivan and Terry Leahy. The club has grown to be recognised nationally and continues to train and develop young players for vibrant careers. Here's to the next 30 years.



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Official Launch Of Skerries 100 The official launch of the Skerries 100 and the Country Crest Killalane

road races took place in Swords on Tuesday 8th May last. The event was launched by

the County Mayor, Cllr Gerry McGuire. The event was well attended by members

of the County Council, Race sponsors, members of the Loughshinny motorcycle supporters club and race competitors, such as Derek Sheils and Brian Mc Cormack. The mayor thanked LMCSC for their dedication and continued professionalism and said that Skerries 100 and Killalane road race have both become two great successes witnessed by the Council. “ This success is evident by the club celebrating 25 years at the Skerries 100 circuit this year,” he said. “Jointly the event

Pictured here is County Mayor, Cllr Gerry McGuire with members of the Loughshinny Motorcycle Club at the official launch of the Skerries 100 recently.

attracts thousands of spectators to the locality.” He continued to speak about the tourism and

business it attracts to the local area and encouraged locals to support this enjoyable event. He wished

the club continued success. L o u g h s h i n n y Motorcycle Club would like to thank all

who attended the launch and would like to wish all riders a safe and enjoyable 2012.

New Balbriggan Burial Ground Opened

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On Thursday 3rd May, County Mayor, Cllr Gerry McGuire officially opened the new Flemington Burial Ground in Balbriggan. This burial ground is a multi-denominational one - a place which respects all beliefs. Blessings were

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Pictured at the opening of the new burial ground at Flemington, Balbriggan are, Rev. Cecil Hyland, Rev. Frederick Odeyk (Celestial Church of Christ), Cathaoirleach Grainne Maguire, County Mayor Gerry McGuire, County Manager David O'Connor and Fr. Eugene Taaffe.

and an opportunity for prayer, regardless of the language of that prayer or the beliefs of those who pray the words. Phase 1 will provide 200

graves spaces and another 200 niches for burial of ashes with a parking area for almost 100 vehicles. Phase 2 will include another

Summer Concert For Local Choir Renowned local choir, the Lambay Singers are in final rehearsals for an early summer concert of light classical music, “Sails and Tales” to be staged on Sunday May 20th at 8pm in St. Patrick’s RC Church, Donabate. The choir are very grateful to Fr. Joe Connolly and all at St. Patrick’s Church for allowing them the use of the church for this upcoming concert. The summer concert follows a hectic Christmas season for the singers, which saw them performing at various different events and locations, including

the Switching-on of the Christmas Lights in Donabate, a fund-raising event for the Presents of Mind charity in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, a Welcome Home for Christmas event in Dublin Airport and their own two sold-out concerts in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Donabate. The programme for “Sails and Tales” will include an eclectic mix of some well-known classical favourites, as well as some more unusual classical pieces, and should provide something to please all musical tastes.



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Laura Farrell is pictured after receiving her degree award from The Open University Ireland at The Helix.

Fabio Salustri is pictured after receiving his degree award from The Open University Ireland at The Helix.

Degrees For Two Swords Students Two students from Swords were among 211 graduates, who received their degree awards from The Open University (OU) Ireland at The Helix recently. Laura Farrell from Swords and Fabio Salustri from Feltrim, Swords, had much to celebrate as well as their academic achievement. Open University students are consistently among the most satisfied undergraduates and have good job prospects. Laura is a self employed IT consultant from Swords, graduated with

BA (Honours) Business Studies. Laura chose the OU for the wide range of subject choices and the flexibility it offered. Fabio has achieved a BA Open degree from the OU and is continuing his studies to work towards the Honours Degree. Fabio, a father of two from Swords, believes the Open University was the only university which would allow him to complete his studies while juggling a young family and a full time job.

Meet And Greet For Autism Group Due to the success of their last parent/carer evening, the North Dublin Snowflakes Autism Support group would like to invite you to a Meet and Greet night in Sportslink, Old Airport Road, Santry at 8.00pm, Friday 25th of May. There will be tea and coffee on arrival.

Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), has made an appeal to the County Council to speak to the developers of a land bank adjacent to Russell Terrace in Drynam, in order to ensure the area is tidied up and the perimeter fencing is secured. The council cannot use bonds lodged by the developer, Albany Homes, which were attached to the planning permission, because boundary treatment is not included in the planning permission. It was assumed that the boundary would be completed by now, as part of the development. O’Brien told the County Leader, “The land has planning permission, but

Snippet Charity Bridge Night A charity bridge night will be hosted by Rolestown Parish next month. The event will be held in Rolestown Hall on Friday, 22nd June at 7.30pm. An entrance fee of €20 will apply and includes a light supper.

This is a great opportunity for parents/carers who have a child affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder to meet and offer each other support and advice. You can also find out about all the events we are organising and hear about their plans for the next 12 months. There will be a €4 optional donation per person to cover costs. Please register your interest by emailing The group look forward to seeing you on the night.

won’t be used for many years. In the meantime, we need the County Council to intervene at this stage. The site is a hazard and is a lure for anti-social behaviour. Also, because the perimeter fence is not secured, young children can easily get through and be injured on hazardous materials scattered around the area. On top of that, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien is pictured at the derelict site at Russell Terrace, Drynam, which is causing concern. residents of the area paid top prices at the height of the Celtic Tiger O’Brien has appealed to the Council to and are now in negative equity. The last meet with the developer to release thing they want to look out over is a some of the bond, as long as it’s needed to tidy up and secure the area. derelict building site,” he said.

Run A Mile In Malahide The John Davis 5km run will be held again in the fantastic grounds of Malahide Castle on Saturday 19th May at 11.30am. The event is in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. It is suitable for all levels of Walker, jogger and runners. Apart from a small cost to organise the race, all proceeds will

go to Crumlin Hospital. The course is within the picturesque grounds of Malahide castle and will be run on grass and paths. The race will be on a week before the women’s mini marathon so you can use it as a warm up. As the purpose of the race (apart from giving you a super course and a bit of craic) is to raise funds for charity there will be no teeshirts or medals. All profits from the race go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

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Beautiful Eyes... Healthy Retina? Optometrist, Joe O'Sullivan.

Whilst all of our God given senses are of immense importance to us, it is generally accepted that our gift of sight is the most precious. Yet despite the fear of losing our sight, we are hesitant to have our eyes examined on a regular basis. Swords Eye Centre, located in the Plaza Shopping Centre in Swords is ideally positioned to help address the most common problems that affect our eye health. Optometrist, Joe O’Sullivan has no doubt that problems with the retina are commonplace and feels that early detection is vital.

With this in mind, Joe has acquired a new Optomap machine in his Swords practice. “You can help us to protect your vision by having an Optomap retinal scan, which helps detect the early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye examinations,” he said. We all want the best for our children and good vision is essential. Most children have healthy eyes, but your eyes can be an indicator of the state of your health. Signs of diseases like diabetes can show on the retina. Having an Optomap has clearly given Swords Eye Centre a distinct advantage

Having your eyes examined.

over other eye care centres. “We have the Optomap since last February and we’re the fourth place in the Republic to have this machine. The other three are located in a hospital, a university and an eye care centre in Galway,” said Joe. The importance of this new technology

cannot be exaggerated. The Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal scan helps you and your optometrist make informed decisions about your eye health and overall well-being. The Optomap brings your eye examination to life. The vital difference that the Optomap makes is that an Optomap ultra-wide retinal scan captures up to 80 per cent of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only about 10 per cent of the retina at one time. Seeing most of the retina at once will allow your optometrist more time to review your images and educate you about your eye health. Joe explained that the cost of using the Optomap is very reasonable and affordable for most people. “The cost is € 58 for half an hour. The price includes an eye examination. With a medical card or PRSI, you only pay €30, as the €28 is covered. Swords Eye Centre dates back to 1999, when they were originally located directly above their present location in the Plaza. Joe explained about the wide range of products which the practice carries. “We are the only outlet in Swords to sell Gucci, Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Police and many more. We have also just taken on Swarovski, Givenchy and Giorgio Armani. We also carry more

keenly priced, non-designer eyewear, like two for €99, which represents excellent value for money.” The friendly staff includes, Valerie Gavin, the friendly and extremely helpful Practice Manager who is there to answer your queries regarding eye care, while technician, Gary Boylan is at the ready to produce glasses and make any alter-

The Optomap machine at Swords Eye Centre.

Commerce on two separate occasions, which was a great boost to us,” said Joe. “We also have our own glazing laboratory, where we produce our own glasses. We offer a one hour service if the lenses are in stock. The quality control is ours and not controlled by others. This means that we can produce a quality finished product to our own exacting standards, “ he said. Swords Eye Pictured are Swords Eye Care staff members, technician Gerry Boylan and Practice Centre also Manager, Valerie Gavin. supplies all types ations you may require. Other staff of spectacle lenses, including single members Betty Kelly, Liz Kelly and vision, bifocal, varifocal, high index, which are cosmetically thinned to Niamh Colgan complete the team. Among other quality products on sale at enhance their look, as well as other Swords Eye Centre are all types of top kinds of lenses. “We also supply safety quality contact lenses, including daily glasses, sports glasses and sunglasses, disposable ones from less than €1 per both designer and non-designer. day. “Indeed, some of the eye doctors It is clear that eye health is a good indirefer their clients to us and we have cator of overall health. A visit to Swords people coming to us from abroad, Eye Centre represents an opportunity to including a lady from Denmark, who avail of cutting edge technology, like the times her holidays in Ireland to take in a Optomap, to ensure that the most precious gift we have is looked after in a visit to us to get her glasses,” said Joe. “We have won the Customer Service most professional manner. A visit here Award from Fingal Dublin Chamber of comes highly recommended.

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Jan 20 - Feb 18

You’re not keen on change, and even unhappier with others making decisions on your behalf. In fact, this week, you’re likely to be fuming. However, if you keep calm you might see the golden opportunities involved.


Feb 19 - Mar 20

Even in the most gentle of Pisceans there is a stubborn streak that stops you giving up hope when it comes to long-cherished goals. But indications are - that with one particular goal - that is exactly what you must do.


Mar 21 - Apr 20

Accept that things simply aren’t going to go the way you expected and life becomes easier. Certain individuals want their way, and could create hell if not satisfied. Be patient for now your time will come very shortly.


Swords Students Host Hospitality Event Fingal Community College students experienced what it might be like to work in the hospitality industry during a careers seminar hosted by the team in the Hilton Dublin Airport hotel last Friday. Leaving Certificate Applied students, many of whom have a direct interest in the sector, and their teacher, heard general manager Paul Flavin discussing the opportunities a career in hospitality offers young people. Flavin gave an insight into his own experiences as general manager, and advised on the best routes for entry to the industry, the various roles on offer and answered questions posed by the students.

The secondary school students were introduced to key hospitality staff in various roles to highlight the diverse choices on offer when it comes to a hospitality career. Finally, the group enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel and were treated to lunch. He said: “We wanted to provide local students with the opportunity to engage with staff in various roles and at various levels to highlight the diversity a career in hospitality offers. It is important for young people to get first hand experience of what their potential career choice involves and we hope this insight to our own hotel operations will be of benefit to them.”

Apr 21 - May 20

Launch Of Allotment Awards

This is your week when good ideas will abound, or previously good ideas get better. However, the problem lies with others. You’ll need all the facts and figures. Appea-ling offers alone won’t convince banks or investors.


May 21 - Jun 20

This hardly seems the ideal time to review the way you use your resources. But the insights triggered by planetary movement this week are deeply stirring. So much so, you realise that changes require considerable thought.


Jun 21 - Jul 22

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


Aug 24 - Sep 22

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


Pictured here are last year’s winners of the Allotment Awards.

Calls to maximise tourist attractions in Swords by linking them together through the upgrading and opening up of the Ward Rivervalley Park have been made by Cllr Darragh Butler (FF). Cllr Butler asked the manager of the County Council to ensure that

Swords tourism benefits from the 1,000th anniversary of the 1014 Battle of Clontarf. Brian Boru’s body and that of his son, Murragh, are believed to have been taken from the battlefield at Clontarf and waked by the monks in Swords, where St Columba’s Church now stands.

Sep 23 - Oct 22

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


Nov 23 - Dec 21

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


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This was en route to his burial place in Armagh. He called for the “tourism potential of Swords Castle, St Columbas’s Church and Round Tower and the Ward River Valley Park to be maximised” with the opening up of the Ward River Valley Park and the upgrading of the River Walkway that could potentially link all of the tourism attractions together. “The linking of these

attractions depends on the Ward River walkway and the entrance to the Ward River Valley Park from Church Road,” the council said. Cllr Butler is calling on the council to ensure that this vital tourism potential for the Swords area gets going. Work on the River Valley walkway has since been delayed, and according to the council will resume later in 2012.”

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Oct 23 - Nov 22

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


The launch of the 2012 RDS Allotment Awards took place recently. These awards are now in their third year and they aim to recognise the hard work, dedication and attention to detail that is being undertaken by those involved in allotment gardening. They also promote an area that encourages people to become more aware of rural issues. The first award recognises the individual allotment gardener and is divided into two categories; Experienced and Novice Gardener. With the aim of promoting excellence in allotment gardening, the winner in each category will receive €500 and a Silver Medal. The runner-up

will be awarded €300 and third place €200, with each receiving a certificate of merit. The second award recognises the work of allotment providers and is open to local authorities, allotment societies, community gardening groups and individuals who are providing allotments. This award seeks to recognise the work that has been carried out on the overall allotment site, as well as the supports that are provided to the individual growers. Application forms are available at: and the closing date for entries is Friday, June 8th. All local community groups involved are encouraged get involved as these awards are a great way to recognise the hard work done by all.

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


Students from Fingal Community College got a taste of what it might be like to work in the hospitality industry, at a careers seminar hosted by the team at Hilton Dublin Airport recently. Pictured left to right is Monika Zdunek, Nathan Monks, Head Chef, Alan Brady, Karolina Stasik, Nihada Muratovic and Denis Bot Lingurar.

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An Extraordinary Shopping Experience Swords Sometimes we overuse the terms ‘unique’ and ‘unforgettable’ when we come across something that is deserving of these adjectives. But in the case of shopping at JCs Supermarket in Swords, they are fully warranted. This outstanding, independently owned supermarket on Rathbeale Road has been serving the community of Swords and the greater North County area, since it was founded by legendary retailer, JC Savage in 1977. With the arrival of new supermarket chains to Swords and surrounding areas, it was thought that the company would not be in a position to compete. But JC had other ideas and his ability to improvise, has meant that they have grown in leaps and bounds over the years. It was thought that, with the sad passing of JC three years ago, there would be a drop off in in the level of service provided for it’s customers, but if anything,

the opposite is the case. Managing Director, Michael Savage and his staff have managed to ensure that the highest quality of food and drink provided by JCs has been maintained and, in some cases, even surpassed. Michael spoke about the great atmosphere in the shop leading up to the eagerly awaited Car Draw, which will take place on Saturday, 19th May at 4pm. “We started the build up on St Patrick’s Day with two super prizes being given away of €1000 and €300 all over ten weeks, culminating in the giveaway of a Renault Fluence worth over €20,000 in week ten.” To emphasise the company’s policy of supporting local businesses, all of the prizes were sourced from local companies, thus enhancing the local economy. “Our suppliers included Rolestown Garden Centre, Harvey Norman, Jones Garden Centre, Richie’s Cycle Store, to name but a few.” The hope is that Bill Cullen, himself, will be in store to present the keys of the magnificent Renault Fluence to the lucky winner. Michael went on to explain what customers can expect to experience on Car Draw Day.

Happy Butchers. Pictured are some of the Butchery department staff members, with Michael Savage. Included are, John Dowling, Paddy Murray, Jonathan Farrelly and Malachy Griffin.

“We will have a DJ for the event, with face painting for the kids. All the tickets will be placed in a Plexiglas container, which will add to the drama, This will also give people an idea of the amount of tickets that are

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An Extraordinary S Swords Continued from page 11 with crazy deals,” said Michael. The excitement is certainly mounting and is sure to reach fever pitch, as the countdown to 19th May approaches. The undoubted ‘Jewel in the Crown’ at JCs is

the truly remarkable butchery section, boasting what is, arguably, the longest and most extensive meat counter in Ireland. There is an immediate sense of intense activity, as butchers are visible everywhere, preparing various cuts of meat, as well as serving customers. So what makes JCs butchery department any different to other supermarkets.? Michael explained, “There are huge differences between ourselves and other outlets which provide meat. For starters, we make our own award winning sausages and black and white pudding right here in store. These have won All-Ireland titles and people come from far and wide to purchase them for their unique taste. We also specialise in beef flavoured sausages, as well as chicken sausages. We also have a gluten free option as well.” he said. Shoppers who get their meat in JCs will be instantly struck by a bonhomie among the staff members. It is clear that there is a good rapport between staff members and this is reflected in the easy relationship they have with their customers. Nothing is too much and even the most discerning shoppers come away satisfied. The level of service and value for money brings shoppers back in their droves, as they avail of the many special

Pictured is David Cullen preparing chicken pieces

Master butcher, Malachy Griffin is pictured with two whole lambs. JCs insist on hanging their meat for extra tenderness and flavour.

Master butcher, Malachy Griffin is pictured preparing a nice cut of corned beef.

Managing Director of JC'S Swords, Micheal Savage is pictured here visiting Neil Bergin of Ashbourne Meats, a Beef supplier. Micheal was inspecting the quality of the meats going to be delivered to the store before delivery.

offers, which are available on a regular basis. At JCs, they also pickle their own corned beef. They make up their own pickle and have their own machine. Michael explained, “The beef is injected with a special recipe pickle on Monday morning. On Thursday, we take it out and the finished product is a beautiful tender corned beef.” The mince is produced fresh in store. There are two different grades of mince. One is 98 per cent visual lean (VL) and the other is 95 per cent VL, meaning that one has 2 per cent fat, as opposed to 5 per cent fat. “The big difference here is that our corned beef is made in store, as opposed to some large factory production line,” he said. Their rib and round mince is minced in store and contains absolutely no preservatives. Nothing is added except 100 per cent Irish red meat, which explains the short shelf life.

Everything trimmed from the carcass is vacuum packed for mincing the following day, to ensure freshness. To give an idea of the scale of the butchery department at JCs, Michael said, “We employ 10 fully qualified Master Butchers on site, with over 200 years experience between them. They really know what they’re doing,” he said confidently. “Large supermarkets like Tesco and Superquinn have gone away from employing fully qualified master butchers and preparing meat in store. We believe that there’s no substitute for well hung and freshly cut meat, prepared in store. Customers find the expertise of our craft butchers invaluable. We believe that too, We hang it in store, rather than letting it mature in plastic, thus giving best quality, tenderness and flavour to our red meat,” said Michael.

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Brendan Collins, Jim Tynan and Carlitio Carlos preparing sausages.


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They also prepare pork chops cut on the bone, the traditional way, with delicious crackling. “We believe in preparing our meat the old fashioned way at JCs. We cut our own bacon by hand. All of our chicken, bacon and ham are prepared in store. We also have tripe available, which is still popular with some customers.” Master butcher, Malachy Griffin explained that at JCs, they hang their T-Bone steaks for between 21 and 27 days for maturing. “This gives extra flavour, with the beefy flavour kicking in after 14 days. This leads to tenderness,” said Malachy. He also explained that JCs are renowned for their Carvery Rib Beef Roast. “Clients come from as far away as Dun Laoghaire, Kilternan and Sandymount for the Carvery Rib Roast. He went on to explain the process. “We get the roasts about 16 days matured. We then finish them off and add something extra in the line of flavour and tenderness,” said Malachy.


Managing Director, Michael Savage is pictured with Master butcher, Malachy Griffin.

customers, who return time and again to do their shopping here. Of course there’s so much more to JCs than just a Butchery section. The company has a

definite policy of supporting local producers, where possible. Fruit and vegetables come from local suppliers in the heart of the North County, thus guaranteeing freshness and top class quality. There are no air miles, like other retail outlets. The unique JCs pizza brings people from near and far and this counter is always full with eager customers making sure they don’t miss out. All in all, the service, quality, friendliness and value for money that JCs Supermarket is famous for, looks like standing them in good stead in a world where competition is fierce and consumer choice has never been greater. In satisfying these demands, the future looks very bright for JCs.

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ONLY AT JC’S Further along the counter, Master butcher, Brendan Collins explained that JCs are always ready for every eventuality, including summer. “We always have a great range and variety of BBQ products, due to packing our own meat in store, come rain or shine. We’re ready at the drop of a hat for any outbreak of sunshine and a run on our BBQ meats,” he said. Michael summed up the difference between JCs and other supermarkets, where purchasing your meat is concerned.” We take in our beef and break it down ourselves, to ensure our customers have

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Summer Programme For Balbriggan Youths

by Aine Hannah

Providing The Perfect Headstart Valerie Hegarty is the Swords co-ordinator of HomeStart, a charitable organisation that began life in Ireland in the 1990s. As the wife of the Baptist pastor Clem, Valerie is no stranger to charitable work, but the buzz she gets from the Home-Start programme lights up her face as she speaks about it. “Home-Start is actually quite an international organisation – it’s very big in the UK where it was begun in the 1970s and in Northern Ireland and Canada,” she says. “People wonder what it is – Home Start, is it a building group? something to do with housing? – but it’s a organisation that matches volunteers with families who need them.” Valerie began her own work with HomeStart in Blanchardstown and then moved the focus of her organisational skills back to Swords two years ago, when the charity branched out to a parish closer to her own turf. “I work part-time for Home-Start, initially I was linked in very much with Joan Ashbrook in Blanchardstown, but now that we have 30 families and 30 volunteers trained in the time we’ve been based here in Seatown Road, the main work we do centres around the Swords area.” One of the happiest fruits of Home-Starts’ labours is a weekly meeting on Thursday mornings in the drop-in centre in Seatown Road. “The mums bring their kids to meet here for coffee, the volunteers come along too and for two hours the children play amongst themselves, while the adults chat and very often you wouldn’t know the volunteer helpers from the mums who are getting assistance.” She goes on to explain that a lot of the Home-Start families are not from Swords and one of the aims of the group is in building communities. “We could have Chinese, African, Polish, Romanian – I once had a Chinese paired with a Camaroonian. For the Thursday mornings, they’re just meeting other people, but to see the mums making friends is lovely. After a certain amount of time they move on.” The focus of aid is to families with pre-school age children. “The mums would have at least one child under five, then if there’s a problem, it’s not easy when you’ve moved to a new community.” In terms of women giving their time to families that need help, Valerie says: “it suits women with older kids, as they’re back to school. They might see each other once a month, the volunteers are working on their own one on one. Sometimes I’ve asked a volunteer to work with two families, but they often have part-time work and it really is enough to work with one family. “The range of volunteers is great, there’s no particular profile but certainly the young grannies are there – mums with young children and grandmothers. All of them have something that is unique.” In her own time as a volunteer working with families she’s met sources of aid from all walks of life. “We’d liaise with the mental health social worker often for mums with mental health difficulties. Another contact point would be the Fingal Childcare Committee as well because their remit is to help support community family supports.

“Lots of information gets passed around the group whether it’s through informal little coffee mornings or through phoning the committee.” It could range from finding a pre-school to finding speech therapists and occupational therapists, especially if they’re from overseas they mightn’t know how to approach bodies such as the Mater Child and Adolescent Mental health service. “This is where the volunteer can be such an asset in a family,” she says. Valerie works part-time with Home-Start, so has a lot to pack into the part-time hours. “I have a local board made up of folk from local businesses, from BASE they would be supportive; updating them on what’s happening here, we’d be looking at fundraising activities, grants to apply for, admin things I keep an eye on as well; one of the members on my board is on the national board and he keeps me abreast of what’s going on.” And she’s still partly involved in the school completion programme. The volunteers complete an eight-week preparation course, which introduces them to all the agencies from the public health nurses to MABS. “Volunteers are not there as counsellors, you can’t change things too much in the family, but what you can do is to be there in a supportive way, whether it’s an encouraging word, rather than ‘I want you to fix this’, the preparation course goes through all of that. “We’d often use the water and glass analogy, the mother’s pouring glasses of water for the kids, and her own resources run down if she doesn’t get replenished.” Refilling mum’s glass happens from support from the volunteers, the weekly adult coffee mornings where everything’s discussed from organising a child’s birthday party to what mum can do to dickie up her CV when the time comes. The coffee mornings during the school term time could range from parties for the kids, to a personal development course for families as well as for the volunteers. Valerie said, “We’ve just begun a course for the families, to develop more confidence. Personal development is a first step; looking at their CVs, looking at what they might do after this time of little children clamouring around and encouraging them to think of themselves as people as well as as mums. “Through the adult education service, there is funding for courses for community groups, the Fingal adult education community course runs for eight weeks is one of the courses we’d run here, and it’s very well attended. “You need at least eight, it’s an added bond for the volunteers who do the preparation course together and I expect it will be as positive for the mums starting now.” Valerie has set her sights on Balbriggan, as it’s the next biggest parish that’s looking for its own Home-Start network. “At the moment, Swords attracts people from as far as Oldtown and Loughshinny. Opening in Balbriggan would be our next step.” So if you have one or more children under five years old and would like some support or if you would like to volunteer, either drop into the Swords centre on Seatown Road, or call Valerie on 085-7599430.

“The volunteers complete an eight-week preparation course, which introduces them to all the agencies from the public health nurses to MABS.”

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Valerie Hegarty Swords Support for parents of pre-schoolers.

This summer, the Balbriggan Youth Service are providing another action packed summer programme for the young people of Balbriggan. The aim of the programme is to involve young people in their community during the often boring summer months in a range of exciting activities and to enable them to develop and have great fun in a safe environment with people their own age. The summer programme – open to young people aged 10 to 21 - will kick off on July 9th and will be running until August 17th. Each intensive week of this period will be designated to an age group from

primary to late teens. They are looking for young people to sign

including football, basketball, kayaking, dancing, rapping,

week, day trips, movies, barbecues and much, much more. Volunteers are an integral part of the success of Balbriggan Youth Service so they welcome the involvement of volunteers

Pictured here are members of the Balbriggan Youth Service on an outing recently. The group are gearing up for their summer programme.

up for a brilliant programme jam packed with activities

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Fun Promised At Swords Cricket Club The newest sporting club in Swords has been officially launched. Swords Cricket Club promises to to feature plenty of fun and games in the upcoming Summer months. The club, which was recently launched by County Mayor, Cllr Gerry McGuire, will play its games at Newbridge Demesne in Donabate. The new team was formed by a group of cricket fans, who were keen to bring the sport to the North County. As there was originally no established cricket club in the Swords area, they started a new club which has formally entered this year’s Leinster Leagues. The club will play their first ever home game on Sunday, May 20th at their all weather pitch in Donabate. If anyone would like to register a team or get involved, please contact the club. Watch this space for news of the clubs up and coming Summer games.

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Fingal County Council Application for full Planning Permission for single storey extension to rear of existing Montessori for use as buggy store ancillary to existing and new window to front elevation at Oaklands Montessori & Creche, Chapel Lane Swords, Co. Dublin. Signed Yvonne Donnelly This application may be inspected/purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy between 9.30am-3.30pm, MondayFriday, at the offices of Fingal Co. Co., County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal Co.Co. of the application. Fingal County Council Application for full Planning Permission renovation and extension of existing detached cottage to include new attic conversion with three bedrooms on first floor and single storey extension to rear and alterations to elevations at Portrane Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Signed Martin & Elaine Brogan This application may be inspected/purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy between 9.30am-3.30pm, Monday-Friday, at the offices of Fingal Co. Co., County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal Co.Co. of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of new single storey extension to side of existing dwelling, and associated site works at Palmer Road, Rush. Co. Dublin. signed Patrick & Joan Weldon The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of new detached dwelling house, and associated site works at Barnageeragh, Skerries, Co. Dublin. signed David Carroll & Rebecca McIvor 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 Carina Archbald intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: 3 The Old Stables, East Commons, Drynam Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the change of use of part of the existing house to a playschool, and a single storey extension to the side to provide sanitary and storage accommodation for the playschool, removal of gates, widening of entrance, make provision for footpath access to Drynam Road and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Clodagh and Hans Zomer to construct a single storey extension to the side & rear at 55 Townparks, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for a 1st floor extension (to replace existing balcony) to rear of existing dwelling @ 46A Quay Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Barra O’ Kane. 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 We Beverly Caparra from number 30 and Karen Ryan from 31 intend to apply for planning permission at 30 & 31 respectively, Southbank, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of raising the existing roof structure above the dwellings by 800mm and conversion of the new attic space to two number bedrooms in each dwelling, provision of roof light windows and all associated internal 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 – 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 a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council 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 Fingal County Council – Planning permission is requested for a new two-storey dwellinghouse along with all associated siteworks including part-demolition of existing outbuildings and new vehicular entrance at ,Dublin Road, Lusk, Co. Dublin, Signed:- Denise McDonnell. This 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 between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Fingal County Council – Planning permission is requested for retention of extractor unit & duct on rear wall of Borza’s takeaway, at unit 47-49 Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Signed L. Borza. This 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 between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Fingal County Council – Planning permission is requested for elevational changes to front of existing dwellinghouse to consist of :- removal of existing pitched roof over ground floor bay windows, construction of new bay windows at first floor level with new hipped roof over and new plastered finish to front elevation. At:- Seapoint, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Signed :Colm Ryan. This 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 between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council.

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