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16th April 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 13 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

Demand For Action The news that the Swords barber has surrendered his lease to the County Council is widely seen as the final obstacle to the County Council’s plans to finally open up Swords Castle from the North Street side of the town. However, when asked by this early stage to advise the County Leader when what the future plans for work was likely to this area are.” commence on the demo- This has prompted lition of the buildings, Swords councillors to which were preventing demand that something the opening up of the be done immediately castle, the response was, and that a commitment that “It is not possible at be forthcoming from the

Swords Man Bids For ‘Mr. Personality’ Title County Leader

EXCLUSIVE Swords man, Richard Fleming is about to make a name for himself later this week, when he represents Dublin in this year’s Macra na Feirme Mr. Personality contest. Twenty two year old Richard, who lives on Richard Fleming Rathbeale Road in Swords is a member of North County Macra. He was flabbergasted when he was selected to represent his county at the prestigious event, which will take place in Kilkenny on Friday, 19th and Saturday, 20th April. Speaking to the County Leader, Richard explained how the whole thing came about. “I’m a new member of Macra, having heard about the organisation from my cousins. They encouraged me to join. I’m not from a farming background, although my parents are. I put the idea to the back of my mind. Then I decided to attend one of the local meetings in Swords and at that meeting, I decided to join up.” “It was after attending the local meetings that I decided to enter the Mr. Personality competition for the fun of it, but never thought I would be selected. “He went on to explain that there is a popular misconception that you have to be from a farming background to join Macra. “You don’t need to have any knowledge of farming to join,” the DIT student said. He is unsure about what to expect at the convention. “I believe that they ask you about your most embarrassing moments and quiz you about your hobbies and about yourself. “It’s a bit like doing your driving test - you don’t know exactly what’s around the corner,” said the affable Richard. There will be 26 contestants in the final on Saturday night and, despite the presence of some very stiff opposition, Richard is confident of bringing home the title of Mr Personality to Swords at the weekend. The prize for winning is a trophy, as well as a small cash prize.

local authority. Cllr Tom Kelleher told the County Leader that, “a joint motion from the Swords councillors demanding that the momentum is kept going and that the castle be opened up immediately.” Kelleher has been very vocal in the past about the need to demolish the buildings that are in Council ownership, that are blocking the views of the castle to passing motorists and pedestrians. Up to now, this has not been possible, as the barber’s lease was not finished. Now this has all changed. Kelleher said, “We now demand that Swords Castle be exposed. It costs nothing to demolish these buildings, except for the cost of removing the rubbish.”

By Patrick Finnegan they claim that the presence of these derelict buildings is having an adverse affect on business. This area has been

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neglected for many years and is seen as a continuation of the vacant buildings on the northern end of neighbouring Main Street. They feel that this is having a detrimental effect on business in the town and

ings. Motorists, including visitors accessing Main Street from North Street, are likely to be delayed in traffic at this busy junction and some of these could be potential investors in the town. The first impression many of them will have of the town are these buildings and the ones on Main Street as well. Many regard it as strange that these buildings, which are in the shadow of County Hall, have been allowed to stay and that no action has been taken by the powers that be to remove them. Instead of having to look at dreary buildings, viewing the castle from this vantage point would be regarded as a pleasant site for motorists as

The derelict buildings on North Street, Swords which form a visual link to the vacant business units on Main Street.

Local business people have long been very critical about the southern end of North Street and

that the local authority now has the opportunity to break this continuing link of derelict build-

they pass by or wait in traffic. Swords has grown very rapidly in the recent

Pictured is critically acclaimed clown, Eric Davis, who features on the cover of a new book called ‘Clown Through Mask’, written by Veronica Coburn and Sue Morrison, which launches at the Draiocht Theatre, Blanchardstown on 24th April.

past, and is a town that attracts visitors from all over the country, most notably on St Patrick’s Day, where the large parade attracted people from far and wide. Residents, who spoke to this newspaper pointed out that this is the year of the Gathering and would be an opportune time to further develop this project. This would be seen as a vital step towards the regeneration of Swords Castle as a major tourist attraction for visitors and as a public amenity and event venue to be enjoyed by all.

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On Wheels Balbriggan Meals on Wheels held a Sale of Work recently at their base on Hampton Street in Balbriggan. The fundraising committee worked hard gathering donations to ensure the event was a success. Balbriggan residents came along to support the organisation and bought an item or two and there was also a raffle organised on the day, with great prizes for the winners. “We would like to say a big thank you to people who came along to support us on this occasion as they always do,” said a member of the fundraising committee. Balbriggan Meals on Wheels is a nutritional and social service which has been providing for the community of Balbriggan since 1976. They provide approximately 70 meals on each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to people in Balbriggan, Balrothery, Balscadden and Man O War. The food is freshly prepared and cooked in the purpose built kitchen in the Parish Centre on Hampton Street. Balbriggan Meals on Wheels receive funding from HSE for the part-time coordinator and a portion of the meals costs, but otherwise have to raise the balance of funding themselves, so the support of the local community is vital for these fundraising events.

Pictured here are: Dolores Kennedy, Bernie Davis, Christine Rafferty, Helen Davis and Catherine Bissett at the recent Sale of Work in aid of Balbriggan Meals on Wheels.

Cycling Now Permitted In Newbridge Park Local area activist for Donabate/Portrane, Clara La Combre (FF) has expressed her delight that cycling, after being prohibited in Newbridge Park for some time, is permitted once again. She told the County Leader that a cycling ban was placed on the park late last year, when a few minor accidents were reported, but after receiving some complaints from local residents, she liaised with the County Council and is happy to report that this has been reversed and locals can now cycle, provided they give right of way to pedestrians. “In late 2012 ‘no-cycling’ signs were erected in Newbridge Park by the County Council, and I was very

concerned about this as I know families use the park to teach their children to cycle,” she said. “It really is the safest place to do so and many locals were upset that a cycling ban was put in place because of this. The village is far too busy to teach young children to ride their bikes safely.” “Following consultation with the Parks Department over the past few months, I am happy to announce they have reversed their decision and they have erected new signs allowing the community to cycle once again in Newbridge Park,” La Combre continued. “These new signs allow for cycling as long as cyclists respect the right-of-way of pedestrians. I want extend my heart-felt thanks to those in the Parks Department of the Council for taking this decision which will be of great benefit to the entire community.”

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Swords Pupils Are The Write Stuff By Patrick Finnegan

Pictured are the victorious pupils from St Colmcille's GNS in Swords, who took top honours in the recent National Handwriting Competition. Front row: Celicia Leo (who won the overall national award in Category A) and Alison Roode. Back row: Emelia Verdijeve and Taylor Mooney.

It was a great occasion for four pupils of St Colmcille’s Girls National School in Swords, when they won awards in the EBS / INTO National Handwriting Competition recently. Celicia Leo won first prize in Category A and she was declared as overall national winner, which was a tremendous achievement for her. Another first prize went to Emilia Verdijeve in Category D, whilst Taylor Mooney came second in Category E. Alison Roode also won an award in Category F. To achieve such a high standard took a lot of hard work and practice. “This is an unprecedented achievement for the school,” said a delighted principal, Bernadette Murtagh. “It is not unusual to win one prize, but to have four winners is a wonderful achievement. Everyone in the school is delighted with their achievements and we are extremely proud of the girls. All the girls in the school take great care and attention with their handwriting and the standard is increasing every year,” she said.

Portmarnock Scouts Put Skills To The Test The bitter wind didn’t put the scouts from Portmarnock off when they went on a camping trip to Arklow recently. The entire group were greatly looking forward to the trip, and when they arrived they started the festivities in the traditional scouting manner: they pitched their tents, laid out their sleeping mats and got the campfire going. After a fun filled scavenger hunt, there was a big campfire with lots of the traditional songs, yells and toasting of marshmallows. The next day, the scouts hiked off to Glenart Woods and did some woodcraft activity, played ‘Manhunt’, and then they were invited see around the RNLI station and inspect the fabulous Arklow lifeboat. in the evening, they ventured back to camp where Sarah Kearns and

Ross Walters were formally invested as a patrol leader and brand new scout. Scout leader Peter O’Kelly told the County Leader that these camping trips were very important for the scouts as they got to put all



their training into practice: “These trips are crucial for all our members as they get to put everything they’ve learned into practice,” he said. “We try to plan as many trips outdoors as possible so they can learn how to survive outside. They have plenty of fun as well as learning valuable skill sets and the trips are always really enjoyable. Everyone had a ball on this one, despite the cold weather.”

Pictured here are the Portmarnock Scouts during their recent trip to Arklow.

Balbriggan Students Strongly Protest Library Cuts Following the news last week that up to 50 per cent of hours were to be cut in the opening hours of Balbriggan and Rush library, residents and local students from both areas have contacted the County Leader and expressed their anger and disappointment that such a vital community service is to be slashed. The students of Balbriggan Community College are one such group who are unwilling to stand by and let their feelings on the matter go unnoticed. Upon hearing the news, the students have launched a petition to oppose these cuts and call on the relevant parties to overturn the decision to reduce access hours to Balbriggan Library. The students say that the reduction will deprive them of much needed access, namely, after school hours to research, study facilities and resources associated with the late opening of the library. The students have also passed on their survey to the students in Loreto

Secondary School and plan to contact Ardgillan Community School. Various students who signed the petition got in touch with the County Leader to express their anger with the proposed decision. Leaving Certificate student Jamie Andrews said: “I really object to the library closing early. I use the library as a study area as it is the only place where I can do so. I always use it to do my projects as it is my only option, as I do not have access to a computer or laptop.” Fellow Leaving Certificate student Ben Marry echoed this sentiment also: “Many people in the town, especially the students rely on the library facilities for their computers, books and the study items being available. It’s ridiculous that they should close the library early. How else will the students use it if it’s closed by the time we’re finished school?” Local councillors are set to bring this urgent matter up with the County Council at the next Local Area Meetings, and the students will be eager to hear their response to their petition. Pictured here are students from Balbriggan Community College with their petitions protesting the proposed cuts to the opening hours of Balbriggan Library.






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Balbriggan Chamber Of Commerce Networking Event Hosted By AIB, Balbriggan

Edel McGuinness (EMG), Richard Kelly (AIB) and Kevin Tolan (Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce).

Gerry Hennigan (AIB), Jean Bermingham (Bracken Court Hotel) and Brendan McCormack (White Hart Inn).

David Sweetman (Art Offices) and Alan Corcoran (AC Autos)


Owen Sweetman (Owen Sweetman & Co) and Richard Kelly (AIB).

albriggan Chamber of Commerce held a Networking evening, hosted by AIB at the bank’s Balbriggan premises at Harry Reynolds Road, Stephenstown on Tuesday, 9th April last. A large gathering of business people from the local area attended the event and keynote speakers included Ian Montgomery from Arvato Finance in Balbriggan, who spoke about how SME’s can access funding to grow in business and explained how they can be helped. The AIB management team of Gerry Hennigan and Richard Kelly spoke about how the bank can assist local businesses in the town and reassured all present that the bank was very much open for business. Afterwards, Kevin Tolan from Balbriggan Chamber hosted a lively Q & A session, where questions from the floor were answered and the Chamber encouraged businesses that were in difficulties to seek their help and advice and assured them that they were available at all times.

John McKeown (MacFar) and Rory Keogh (Bracken Court Hotel).

Gerry Andrews (Spar) and Eugene Browne (Londis).

Tom Walsh (Tristar Travel) and Colm Hughes (Texaco Balbriggan).

Hugh Cumisky (Cumisky Auctioneers) in conversation with Colin Hughes (Texaco)

Linda Murphy (All in Care) and Fergal McGeough (Wavin).

Harry Hagan and Noreen McKeon (both from Food Hygiene Management).

Choirs In Concert The Dublin Airport Singers and the Rosenhof-Koret Choir from Oslo will perform a concert in aid of St Francis Hospice at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin on Friday, 26th April at 8pm. Tickets for this very worthy cause cost €10, so come along and be uplifted by some excellent performances on the night.

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Breastfeeding Group In Swords Friends of Breastfeeding Mother 2 Mother Support Group started back up after the Easter break on Wednesday last, 10th April in the Applewood Community Centre, continuing from 10am to 12pm each week. Mums-to-be and mums with tiny tots to toddlers are all welcome. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Cost is €3 per family

Gareth Dyer (AIB), Chris Harmon (Country Crest) and John McKeown (MacFar).

Paula Harmon (Bank of Ireland) and Nicky Carvin (Carvin Properties).

The Balbriggan / North County Dublin Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be holding their Annual General Meeting at O’Dwyer’s GAA Club on Friday, 19th April starting at 8.00 pm. The AGM will be followed by a social evening of live music and finger food (€5.00 per head for finger food) at 9.30 pm.

There is Bingo every Wednesday Night at 8.45 p.m. in O’Dwyers GAA Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan, where great prizes can be won. Everyone is welcome to come along. This is a great social opportunity to meet new people and have some good old fashioned fun.

Fergal McGeough (Wavin) and Conor Herlihy (AIB) Ian Montgomery (Arvato) and Donogh McGowan (McGowan Solicitors).

Balbriggan Guide Dogs Branch AGM

Gerry Fitzmaurice (North County Leader) and Conor Herlihy (AIB).

Joe Lynch (Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce) with Joanne Quirke (Bracken Court Hotel).

Rush Group Needs Your Help A co-ordinator is urgently needed for the Rush Meals on Wheels group. Please ask at Rush Community Centre any lunchtime for more information about this voluntary position, and for a copy of the reading programme. This group provides a vital service to the local community and all support is greatly appreciated.


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Saving The Swans In Portmarnock By Jennifer McShane Following a reported bird strike incident in January last, concerned residents in Portmarnock, through local Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab), requested a consultation with ESB on how the flight path for swans could be made safer. Prior to the meeting, Cllr Coyle had discussed the matter with Dr Richard Collins who is a national expert on swans in an effort to find a solution to the issue. ESB Networks technician Jim McNally, who covers the Portmarnock area, met with Coyle and a group of local residents on site. He brought the newest version of ‘game guards’ available for display and outlined a plan for their placement on the networks. “This development meeting received a very positive reaction from the group of concerned residents, who are anxious that the area be made safe for the swans,” Coyle told the County Leader. “Jim’s own expertise in wild life, especially birds, put him in a well placed position to assist us with the situation at Portmarnock,”

Pictured here is Cllr Peter Coyle with Networks Technician for the Portmarnock area Jim McNally, discussing how flight paths for swans could be made safer.

Coyle continued. “Over the years he has worked on TV programmes with the late Dr. Eamon De Buitlear relating to wild life in Rogerstown Estuary in Rush.” The overall outcome of the meeting was very positive and Cllr Coyle and the group of residents were confident that this will implement a solution which should greatly improve the safety of flight paths for swans in the area.

Swords Tennis Club Still In Limbo The members of Swords Tennis Club say they are “still in limbo” in regards to the future of their premises. The group are anxious to stay and expand the facilities in their current location in Swords, while the Parks and Operations department in the County Council want to see them moved to another location, where the tennis facilities can be used in conjunction with other community facilities close by.

This issue has been raised with the Council a number of times in the past, yet no viable solution has been reached. Local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF) has been speaking with the group and attempting to aid them with the issue. “He told the County Leader: “The issue the tennis group have is that they see no real reason why they should have to move. They want to expand on their facilities in their current location and are keen

Irish Conversation Group In Balbriggan Balbriggan Library is pleased to announce that a “ciorcal comhra” (Irish conversation group) has started in Balbriggan Library. This group will be meeting on the first

to stay in the heart of Swords,” he said. “This matter was

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brought up again at the recent Council meeting, and myself and other Swords representatives fully agreed with the tennis

club. The Council are still standing by their decision, so no agreement was obviously reached.” Butler says he is happy that this matter is at last being discussed again and that the next step will be for members of the group to hold talks with the local authority. “The group are planning to meet with the Council in hopes that they can be accommodated in some way. We’re making progress on the issue, but until it has been resolved, the group remains in limbo, which isn’t fair,” he concluded.

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Daly Blasts Cuts To Communion And Confirmation Payments Many North County households are likely to be affected by the Department of Social Protection discontinuing the grants for First Communion and Confirmation costs. The department reduced the grant last year from â‚Ź242 to â‚Ź112, before announcing an end to the scheme, last week. Local TD, Clare Daly (ULA) told the County Leader, “Taking action to deal with the excessive spending around Communion and Confirmations by hard pressed families is a good thing. However, the Government’s method of dealing with this by axing social welfare payments is one which causes concern. It opens up the possibility of children from

lesser off families being excluded and stigmatised because their parents simply cannot afford to dress them in the manner in which their peers are being turned out.� She went on to propose a solution to the problem, by saying, “I believe that the way in which this issue Clare Daly TD should be tackled is a holistic one. The Department of Education and the Churches should direct schools that no child is to appear at any of these gatherings in anything other than their school uniform, or a simple robe which could be easily hired and rented for the day as many schools do. This is the only way to deal with this issue properly, rather than just cutting benefits to the lower paid,� she concluded.

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Dublin Rotary Clubs Fundraise To Assist CRC To Develop A Sensory Garden For Students Last week Neven Maguire threw his weight behind Dublin Rotary Club’s fundraising endeavours to create a Sensory Garden for students at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC). Neven donated his time to do a cookery demonstration. Two hundred happy foodies bought tickets at â‚Ź25 a head and thouroughly enjoyed his charm and cookery hints. A representative of CRC told the County Leader “There are approx 100 pupils in the CRC School ranging in age from 3 years in the pre-school up to 18 years at the senior end of the school. From their early years, right through to the senior classes, environmental issues are explored, the changing seasons, water, sunshine, growth and plant life. The development of the current garden 'The Secret Garden' enabled the pupils to come out of doors into a safe environment. The pupils all have a physical disability. Many are wheelchair users and have hand function difficulties. The Pictured above is President of Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal, Dave development of the garden, with varying Murray with celebrity chef Neven Maguire levels of raised beds enabled these children of all ages and sizes to access the soil, to feel it, to dig, plant and sow. Within a couple of months, the garden had all types of wildlife, insects, butterflies, hoverflies, bees and ladybirds that the children could enjoy and learn to identify. A sensory kitchen garden would greatly enhance and build on the pupils’ experience in the 'Secret Garden.' To sow and tend herbs, fruit and vegetables for many would be a new experience. The senior pupils also train in independent living skills, including cooking. For these students, to be able to grow their own produce and use them later in their cooking, would be a real experience of independent living. The CRC also has a large canteen, serving the school and clinic clients and staff. It would be a very worthwhile venture for the pupils of the school to supply the kitchen with herbs and salad for the canteen lunches. Working in the school garden might also begin a lifelong hobby for the future or lead to work after school in a garden centre.


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Problems For Balbriggan Primary Care Centre The proposed Primary care centre in Balbriggan has had to be redesigned after it was described as “disappointing” by council architects. They maintained that plans were disappointing for what “should be a public building” in a report that may have far reaching consequences. A report by the council’s chief architect, Fionnuala May and Balbriggan town architect, Celine O’Rourke listed serious concerns, maintaining

Local Representatives Outraged At Library Cutbacks By Jennifer McShane as well as members of There has been much the public. This plan outrage by local resi- must be reviewed.” Darragh dents and representa- Senator tives alike, after the O’Brien (FF) also has recent announcement similar concerns. “A that the local libraries number of people have also contacted me in Balbriggan about these and Rush reports. This would be would be having their completely opening hours unacceptable significantly and I am cut. Local TD appealing to Brendan Ryan the County (Lab), has Deputy Ryan Manager and called on the County Council to the Council to see sense review and reverse and pull back from these cuts. He told the this,” he said. “Rush in County Leader: “The particular has suffered libraries of Balbriggan more than its fair share and Rush are having of cuts to local services over the past their hours cut year. The by up to 17 local garda hours per week, station was which will have shut down, a negative despite strong impact on these opposition towns. This will from the local affect some of the most Senator O’Brien c o m m u n i t y , the AIB branch vulnerable also closed people in our society, was especially those who recently, and there are use the library ongoing threats of cuts resources for to post offices and cuts jobseeking, further to primary schools from next year. Any reductraining and study.” “This was an executive tion in the services at decision of the the much-loved local Management of the library would be a County Council and significant blow to public representatives community life on top of had no input into this all of this. This decision process. It came as must be overturned,” he much of a shock to us concluded.

that the building “should have a civic quality rather than a commercial speculative appearance as shown in the application. The proposed development has chosen not to take into regard the massing and language of the existing Balbriggan town fabric.” The report also said that the County Council is committed to the promotion of contemporary architecture, however, the language chosen here is not confident and resolved,” the report concluded. Council officials then asked for a revised design and additional information on the initial plans, before deciding whether or not to grant permission for the centre. Pictured is River Valley community activist, Joe Newman as he gets stuck in with some kerb clearing around the estate recently. The River Valley Rathingle Residents Association has teamed up with Swords Tidy Towns as part of National Spring Clean month, where green fingered residents give the estate a much needed facelift. River Valley will be entering the upcoming Tidy Towns competition, as well as the Urban Village competition.

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demand for 2013. Farrell told the County Leader: “I am delighted to receive confirmation from the Department of Education that St. Sylvester’s Junior National School has agreed arrangements with its Patron that it will meet the accommodation needs of the junior infants in the Malahide area from September 2013. Following an enrolment crisis where over 30 children were placed on a waiting list for this September, I have continuously engaged with the Department and the Minister for Education in order to ensure that the seriousness of this situation was fully understood, and that a solution was required as a matter of urgency,” he continued. Farrell said that although he was happy with the decision, it was only a short term solution and not a permanent one, which must be reached.

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Big Celebrations For Balbriggan Cricket Club Balbriggan Cricket Club are holding a big event on the 20th April in order to raise money for the club. The Balbriggan Town Council have kindly sponsored the Cricket Club and are awarding a memorial plaque to the club in honour of Jack Harper, who established the Balbriggan Cricket Club over 50 years ago. All Jack’s hard work was completely voluntary and for the good of Balbriggan Town. The club is still successfully run by members of the Harper family today. Therefore, the cricket grounds will be inaugurated in honour of Jack Harper. This will take place on the 20th April at the Charity Cricket Fun day. The Charity Cricket Fun Day will be held on the same day, in the Cricket Club grounds (at the back of Balbriggan Parish Church) on 20th April. Grounds officially open at 12:15pm. The Fun Day will feature the local Gardai Pipe Band who will be opening the event, a match between Balbriggan Cricket Club and Dublin Fire Brigade Cricket Team, face-painting, balloonmaking and much, much more. On behalf of Balbriggan Cricket Club, they would love if everyone could come and support the big event. It promises to be a great day for all the family!!

Lusk GAA Club Hosts Charity Tournament On April 7th, Round Towers GAA club in Lusk opened its doors to the Rainbow Arch Charity and let them hold a soccer charity tournament. The day was a huge success and great fun was had by all, with festivities such as a bouncy castle, face painting and more! The eight teams played for around two hours, and the winners of the charity football match were the ‘Balkan Express, who beat ‘Everpool Utd’ in an exciting game. All players got a gift bag and the wining team all got an additional gift of a meal each – donated by the Airport View Hotel. The Rainbow Arch group want to say a big thank you to Round Towers for letting them hold the tournament, and thank you to their sponsors for the kind donations. They would also like to give a special mention all the helpers, especially Olivia and Hannah for the non-stop face painting, to Sandra for running around before and during event, to Tom and Helen for taking over the cooking of the BBQ (and keeping everyone fed!) and finally, Mark Phlelan for organising the football.

Balbriggan Group Thanks Local Schools Balbriggan Dyslexia Workshop has local school children in Balbriggan and surrounding areas to thank for raising €1,766 for the charity by paying for the pleasure of leaving their school uniforms at home. The pupils of Balscadden NS, Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín, St George’s NS, St Mologa’s NS, St Oliver Plunkett’s School, St Peter and Paul’s School and St Teresa’s NS all handed over €2 to wear their own clothes and dispense with the uniform on ‘Dress Down Day’ for the local charity. The workshop helps local people affected by dyslexia and is held in St Mologa’s School every Tuesday evening from 5.30pm. to 7.30pm. The committee behind the workshops have extended their heart-felt thanks to all the school children who participated in this very successful fundraiser.

Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt Last Sunday week’s pairs scramble winners were Rory Homan and Margaret Kelly, with a net 44. The runners-up were Ronnie Delaney and Frank Hughes. The club will hold it’s AGM on Sunday 21st April at 10am in St Patricks Hall beside the course. Membership renewals are now due and new members are welcome.

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Huge Growth For Dublin Airport This Summer Dublin Airport will have an extra 700,000 airline seats this summer, with overall summer capacity up four per cent this year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). Dublin Airport’s airline customers are introducing eight new services this year and adding extra flights to almost 30 existing routes. “This is a significant increase in available seats for the summer months at Dublin Airport,” said DAA Chief Operations Officer, Robert Hilliard. “The growth in available seats and flight numbers is positive news for both leisure and business travellers, as it provides additional choice and flexibility for passengers,” he added. The transatlantic market will see the greatest expansion at Dublin Airport this summer, as all of the airlines serving Dublin from the United States and Canada are adding capacity. Overall, there will be an extra 200,000 seats on North American routes during the summer, which is a 17 per cent increase compared to last year. The addition of American Airlines’ new daily service to New York JFK, which commences in June, means that Dublin Airport will have 15 direct scheduled services to North America this year. “Both the United States and Canada are also important sources of inbound tourism so it’s also pleasing to see a strong growth in seat numbers from North America in 2013 as we celebrate The Gathering,” he concluded.

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with the other volunteers as they start a big push to get the area spick and span over the next few weeks. Bernadette is well known around River Valley and though she is very humble about her involvement, it’s obvious from our chat that she puts a huge amount of effort into working with all the volunteers to keep things looking their best. Her efforts have also been highly commended by her friend Olive Black who works with the Fingal Voluntary Forum (and was also a North County Living candidate a few weeks back), but she shrugs all this off, saying she’s happy to do it for the betterment of the community. “It’s really a fantastic feeling, knowing you’ve done something nice for someone else and everyone around you,” she continues. “It can be something really simple that makes all the efforts worth it, like seeing the flowers you’ve planted bloom and it’s also lovely to have that sense of involvement. I really enjoy the social aspect of it as well.” She mentions the Residents Association, Swords Youth Service and River Valley Community Centre as being the heart of the community and says that over the years something really positive has happened in the area - the active involvement of the children in many community activities. “A highlight for me has been seeing more and more young people get involved. I’ve noticed more and more younger children helping around the place, and that’s really wonderful to see.” She says that much credit for the younger people’s involvement is down to Ger Robinson of the Swords Youth Service. “She really went back to basics and actively encouraged the younger ones to come and enjoy their own community, and that’s something that I would have been taught by my own mother from a very young age. She had me doing small errands for neighbours and other things, even if I wasn’t that eager!,” she said, laughing. Bernadette says that she has passed these values on to her daughter Olivia. “I definitely think that having that attitude of helping others instilled in you from a young age really makes a difference. My mother instilled it in me, I’m passing it onto my daughter and hopefully in years to come she’ll pass this on to her own children as well.” When she’s not volunteering, she says she loves spending time with her daughter who she is very close to and she loves to write, walking and knit. She also loves travelling and sun holidays, and says her favourite place in the world is the south of France, which she tries to get to once a year. In terms of the future she’s looking forward to get the area ready for the Tidy Towns contest and encourages anyone who’d like to help out to get involved. “Even if it’s just for an hour, it all helps and we’re so appreciative of it,” she concluded.

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Portmarnock has long been renowned as the foremost seaside resort in North County Dublin and regularly attracts thousands of visitors to it’s Blue Flag beach. In the village centre, you get a feel of a real community, where local shops will display their latest bargains and shoppers can enjoy the lively banter and top quality during the refreshing longer evenings we’re now having. There is a wide range of pubs and restaurants which will cater to all your food and drink needs, where you can soak up the lively atmosphere in the evenings too. Some of these places are tucked away, so remember to thoroughly explore the town if you’re visiting for the first time. There is also an active historical society, a Lions club, a camera club, a musical and

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completing her degree in Irish and Journalism and now works as an Assistant Researcher for RTE’s Prime Time programme, which she loves. “I love the excitement of live television and everything about my job. It’s definitely hectic and challenging, but it comes with the territory so I take it in my stride.” She describes herself as a real people person, which is ideal considering the field she works in. “I love meeting people and am fascinated at how everyone is unique and different. A goal of mine for the future would definitely be to get into the direct news reporting side of things, so I’ll be out meeting the people directly and getting their thoughts on different topics.” The Swords lady says she has always been extremely interested in Current Affairs (which she says she gets from her dad), so her work on Prime Time is really perfect for her. “It’s so exciting when we go to air!” Aside from her day job, which she says takes up the majority of her time, she mentions the work she’s done previously. She used to tutor local children in Irish at DCU, which she says she’d love to go back to at some point and says she has never taken a gap year, as she has always liked to be working and busy. She is extremely close to her family; she loves to spend time with her mam, dad, two younger brothers and her little sister who is just eight years old. “I’m so close to my entire family and I especially adore my sister, we spend so much time together. I’ve seen more kids films lately than I have anything else!” She says she is definitely a home bird but would be eager to travel and work in the media abroad. “I’ve always wanted to work abroad and I think there would be so many fantastic opportunities within the media in the United States, so I’m definitely going to venture there one day.” “I’ve always thought it was better to get my experience on home ground first before travelling abroad,” she continued. “Just so you have a strong basis before entering a different media environment.” She describes herself as a social butterfly and says she uses whatever little time she has off to catch up with friends and family. Aisling also is a big fan of staying fit and healthy, and goes to the gym whenever she

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Charity Ball In Balbriggan The popular Home Nightclub in Balbriggan are hosting the Home Charity Ball which will be held on Friday, 26th April. The ball is being held in order to raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society. All ticket proceeds will be donated directly to the charity. This event is a wonderful idea and not to be missed. So come along and have a ball for an extremely good cause.

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Dance Fever Ahead Of Chernobyl Strictly Event Tension is in the air as 13 lucky couples battle it out to become champion of “Strictly Come Dancing” in Kettles Hotel, Rolestown on Friday 26th April 2013. It is all in aid of Sunflower Chernobyl Children. The couples have been training tirelessly over their routines for the last couple of weeks for the big event. One of the dancers is local man and TV3’s Ireland AM “Know Your Rights” expert and author, Andrew McCann. The evening will be a great night out as well as a DJ late into the night. The evening will also include a raffle, with one of the prizes being a painting from local artist, Mary Kearns, valued at over €500. The event is taking place on the 27th anniversary (1986) of the Chernobyl reactor disaster. Tickets for the evening are priced at €20 per person and are available from reception at Kettles Hotel or from any of the dancers. The Sunflower Chernobyl Group is a not for profit organisation run purely on a voluntary basis, with all proceeds going towards the cost of bringing children to Ireland from Belarus for respite for a month, as well as much needed funds towards an orphanage in Bogushevsk in Belarus. The children are being hosted by families in North County Dublin for the month, during June and July, which will the second year in a row for this local group, with the voluntary support of local families.

Skerries Foróige Club Opening A new Foróige club will open for young people in Skerries. The club opens its doors on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm. This club is one of over 600 Foróige clubs throughout the North County and beyond.The club will be held every Wednesday evening from 7.30-9pm in Skerries Little Theatre. It is aimed at boys and girls aged 12 and over. The club will provide young people in the area with a safe place to socialise, meet their friends and get involved in lots of activities that meet their interests. Foróige clubs enable young people to experience a fun environment where they are fully involved in the decision making, planning and organising of club activities and events. Numbers will be limited and offered on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in getting involved or know of anyone who you think would like to join Skerries Foróige then come along on the night.

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Scouts Table Quiz In River Valley Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an expert on general knowledge.? Well now is the time to prove it. The 171st River Valley Scout Group will hold a table quiz upstairs in Peacock’s Lounge, River Valley on Thursday, 18th April. So come along and test your general knowledge. It sounds like a great way to pass an evening. Table of four costs €40

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Recent published deaths from the North County DUFFY (nee Duignan) (Swords and Ashtown) – April 8, 2013, (peacefully), at her home Philomena (Phyllis), beloved wife of Brian ; deeply regretted by her loving sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace. TOFT, Sheila (nee Buckley) (Malahide) – April 7, 2013, (peacefully), in the tender, loving care of Rush Nursing Home, beloved wife of the late Bill and adored mother of Anne (Hayes) and Patricia (Connor) ; deeply regretted by her sons-in-law Paul and martin and sister-in-law Dorrie. Trasured grandma to David, Robert, Eleanor, Stephen, Sarah and Katie, their partners Jen, Neil, Sandra, Shane and Paddy , great-grandmother to Clodagh, Oisin and Harry. She will be sadly missed by her relatives and many friends. Rest in Peace. FALVEY, Val (Malahide and formerly of Aer Lingus) – April 7, 2013, (unexpectadly), beloved husband of the late Marie ; he will be sadly missed by his loving children Michael, Barry, Karen and Caoimhe, son-in-law David, grandchildren, sister Pat, brother-in-law Frank, sister-in-law Helen, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in Peace. GAFFNEY, Peter (Whitestown, Oldtown, Co. Dublin and formerly of Malone Gardens, Sandymount and late staff of AIB) – April 9, 2013, (peacefully), at James Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown ; will be deeply regretted by his loving wife Thrish and sadly missed by his daughters Sharon and Lorraine, his son Anthony, grandson Noah, sisters Lily and Belinda, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in Peace. O’BRIEN (nee Ball) (Skerries, Co. Dublin and late of Staholmog, Kells) – April 10 2013, (peacefully) at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Phoenix Park, surrounded by her loving family, Ellen (Nellie), wife of the late Francis (Fred), loving children Aidan, Kieran and Margie, adored 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sister, nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends. Rest in Peace.


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Fingal County Council Permission is sought to create a new vehicular entrance complete with gates, piers, wing walls and relocated boundary hedge, maintaining existing ditch at Portrane Rd, Donabate for Aidan Stell The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Application for single storey extension to side of existing Building. Edwina Keely, 1 Rathbeale Cottages, Rathbeale Road,Swords Co Dublin, This 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 Swords,Fingal Co Dublin,between 09.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We, Swords Promotional Leisure Activities Intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: Malahide Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a temporary marquee structure for use as a family entertainment centre, ancillary signage and associated site works for a period of 4 years. 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. 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.

Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for demolition of part of existing stone wall and construction of a new Columbarium Wall within the cemetery adjoining St. Colmcilles Church (a Protected Structure – RPS No. 356), Chapel Lane, Swords, Co. Dublin for St. Colmcilles Parish Pastoral Council. 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. A submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council I Mark Mohun apply for planning retention for development comprising of bay window extension with mansard roof to rear of existing first floor bedroom extension at rear of house at 26 Estuary Road, Malahide, County Dublin. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application Fingal County Council I Michelle Judge, hereby apply for planning permission for alterations to previously approved parent permission F06A/1576. The alterations consist of the following, omission of basement and attic floors, reduction of size and height of dwelling, removal of side bay, alterations to rear and side elevations and associate works at Plot 20, Streamstown Wood, Streamstown Lane, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The planning aplication 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 at Fingal County Council, 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 within 5 weeks from submission of application to Planning Authority. Fingal County Council Adrienne and Cecil Ryan intend to apply for permission for development consisting of the construction of a two

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GEANEY (Skerries, Co. Dublin) – April 10, 2013 (suddenly) following an accident at home, Luke; sadly missed by his loving family, mother Miriam, brothers Paul, Patrick and David, sister Angela, sister-in-law Theresa, niece Orla, nephew Sean, relatives and a large cicle of friends. Rest in Peace. or by visiting: you can also post your advert on a disk to

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16.04.2013 storey extension to the side and a single storey extension to the rear of the existing dwelling at 15, Beachpark, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Planning Section, County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin between 9.30am and 15.30pm 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 Planning Authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of single storey flat roofed extension to rear of existing dwelling and associated site works at 'Abbeydale', Portrane Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin. signed Mr. Gerard Carton 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 extension to existing boathouse, and associated site works to rear of existing dwelling at Sundrive Road, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed Lynn Fynes & Keith Ryan 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

North County Dublin’s N0.1 Quality Newspaper weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Stephen Rooney seeks planning permission for a storey and a half dwelling with on site waste water treatment unit and percolation area and access from enlarged existing entrance onto public road on site to rear of existing family home at Ladywell nursery and farm, Balcunnin, 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 office of Fingal County Council ,County Hall ,Main Street ,Swords ,County Dublin. during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made in writing to Fingal County Council 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 this application.


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