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Merger Of Chambers Proves To Be A Great Success Arguably, the most significant impact on local businesses in the recent past, has been the merging of the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the D15 Chamber from Blanchardstown into one cohesive unit, thus creating one major Chamber of Commerce. This is widely regarded as a resounding success and a boost for businesses in the area, where powerful companies are brought under the same umbrella, to their mutual benefit. Fingal Dublin Chamber is now the only Chamber of Commerce north of the Liffey that is affiliated to Chambers Ireland and offering full-time support services for businesses. Last Friday’s Chamber Business Excellence Awards 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Northwood, Santry, drew a record attendance from Chamber members, when 480 business people attended the Chamber’s flagship event of the year, representing an increase of approximately 140 on last year’s awards ceremony. It was the biggest Chamber awards event in the greater Dublin region this year. This glittering highlight of the business year is always a very popular event, and the increased attendance comes as great news for the new, enlarged

By Patrick Finnegan Chamber. Speaking to the County Leader, Fingal Dublin Chamber CEO, Tony Lambert was very upbeat about the coming together of the two chambers and the fact that applications for membership are up. “There’s a hunger for business people to celebrate and be recognised for coming through one of the most difficult trading periods in our history. The success of these awards is, in large part, due to the coming together of the two Chambers. This has given us greater scale and range of membership.” He went on to emphasise the main advantages of having such a diverse range of businesses. “The combined range of sectors in the membership allows the chamber to be truly representative of the business community in the Fingal region. We, as our logo states, are ‘in business for business’ and a major part of our task is to create awareness and to promote the many excellent businesses in the region. We also provide high quality services and products, as well as providing many thousands of jobs,” he said. Lambert said that, “the Chamber hopes to build

North County Leader Newspaper sponsored the award for Customer Service Retail Independent Excellence Award at the Fingal Business Excellence Awards 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood on Friday last. North County Leader Managing Director, Gerry Fitzmaurice is pictured presenting the award, with Fingal Dublin Chamber President, Siobhan Moore to the winners John McCormac, Dave Purcell, Paul O’Sullivan and Keith O’Sullivan of Outhaus from Santry.

on it’s recent success, by continuing to grow membership and to create business networking opportunities for the benefit of all local businesses.” The great success of last Friday’s event, is viewed as a significant boost for business and indicates a growing sense of the start of a recovery in business. The past few years have proven to be very challenging for practically all businesses in the area, and a Chamber of Commerce that is providing mentoring and networking opportunities, will be viewed as an invaluable tool in the fight to survive. See picture page on page 10

Public Consultation Report On Monster Sewage Plant Published The County Council has published a report, documenting the stakeholder feedback they received from local people and other stakeholders. It refers to the third phase of non-statutory public consultation on the Monster Sewage Plant project earlier this year. The report says that “the Project team anticipate the decision on the preferred site option, will be made in Spring 2013. The site option will be included for the new regional wastewater treatment works for the Greater Dublin Region in North Dublin, and a route for a new orbital sewer and a location

for a new marine outfall to the Irish Sea. A planning application will then be made to An Bord Pleanála, the independent planning board. The Report is available to download from” “People can read in this report about the issues stakeholders raised during the most recent, third non-statutory public consultation on the project, held in June and July this year” says Peter O’Reilly, the Council’s Project Engineer. He says, “Members of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project Team are currently reviewing all the feed-

back they received and they are also undertaking technical studies on the three emerging preferred site options for the new regional wastewater treatment works and the associated orbital pipeline and outfall location. The three emerging site options are located at Annsbrook and Newtowncorduff in Lusk and Clonshaugh.” The Public Consultation Report on Alternative Site Assessment Phase Two: Emerging Preferred Sites and Routes, May 2012 can be downloaded, free of charge from When an emerging preferred site

option is identified next year, the project team will work closely with the local community within which the new regional wastewater treatment works will be built. They will also work with all other stakeholders to provide them with the information they need as the project progresses towards a planning application. The report maintains that the Monster Sewage Plant will be needed to augment the Ringsend regional wastewater treatment works after 2020 and will be developed in phases. “When it opens, it will be no bigger than a sixth of the size of the Ringsend plant. Even when fully extended, by 2040, the new plant in north Co Dublin will not be more than one third of the size of the fully extended Ringsend plant,” it says.

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The Wedding’s Off After Warren’s apparent flirtations with a glamorous woman in the Old School House pub last week, it was inevitable that there would be repercussions to his actions. Warren was completely unaware that, what seemed like his amorous advances to this lady, were witnessed in full by Chris’s best friend, Andrea, who took no time in consoling the devastated bride-tobe. In blissful ignorance, Warren headed off to visit his beloved Chris at her home the following day. It was a beautiful early winter’s afternoon and birdsong filled the air. Warren was in buoyant mood. After all, his team, Man Utd had won their match the previous evening and he couldn’t wait to meet up with his beautiful fiancee, Chris. “Could life be any sweeter?” he thought. Hands deep in his pockets, he swaggered

By Patrick Finnegan along, kicking stones in front of him and whistling his favourite tune, one he shared with Chris. His eagerness to be with her made the journey feel long. Eventually, as he reached his destination, and proceeded up the driveway to her door, the birdsong was replaced by a hideous, blood curdling scream from inside the house. It was unmistakably Chris. Warren’s first thought was that she had seen a rat in the house. More likely she saw one in the driveway! He frantically banged on the door, which was immediately flung wide open and he was greeted by a scowling Chris, who had collected a few of Warren’s personal items, which were in the house and threw them into the garden, along with the lovely engagement ring. “The wedding’s off. You and your fancy piece can do what you want. Andrea

saw you cosying up to some ‘tart’ in the pub last night,” she roared. Slowly, the blood drained from Warren’s face, as the full realisation of last night’s activity dawned on him. “I can explain,” he said hopelessly. “There’s a perfectly innocent explanation,” he begged. “Save it for someone who cares,” was her immediate reply. Warren surveyed the scene from the porch, wondering if Chris’s fearsome father, Paddy was within earshot. He didn’t get a chance to see, because the door was slammed in his face with such force

A furious Chris hands back the wedding ring to Warren, along with his belongings, signalling the end of their romance. Meanwhile, Warren's immediate thoughts are for his own safety, particularly if Chris's father, Paddy is true to his promise.

that the windows shook. Next week: It looks bleak for Warren and

Railings Needed For Rush Scout Den By Patrick Finnegan Railings are set to be built around the scout den in Kenure Park in Rush to protect it from anti-social activity in the area. The motion was put forward by Cllr. Ken Farrell (Lab), who

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informed the County Manager that those involved with the local scout group informed him that anti-social behaviour around the area had increased in the past few months, and they

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feared the scout den would be a target. Farrell told the County Leader: “The den is frequently subjected to damage and the railings are a necessity if the group are to continue to use it.” The local scout group contacted Farrell and asked him to raise the matter with the council as they said their den was becoming a magnet and persons not affiliated with the group would simply “hang around” the area. “The scout group informed me that huge maintenance costs had built up over the years, as a result of anti-social behaviour, and they feel that the railings would put a stop to this. There are young children attending the group, so all precautions have to be taken. “ Representatives of the council’s property section and the operations department met with the Rush Scouts on site recently, where the issue of ongoing damage to the den was discussed. The local authority responded and said they had no objection to the erection of railings around the den subject to the normal requirements of the planning department. The scouts have been advised to contact the Planning Department and come back to the Council with more detail of their proposals. An update will be available on this matter in the coming weeks.

Lusk Card Players Back Home Again Lusk Whist card players have been playing cards in Lusk for over 40 years to fundraise for the local Black Raven Pipe Band. For many years, both the Pipe Band and the card players met in the Old School

on the Green in Lusk. This historic building has been lovingly restored as the ‘Lusk Parish Centre’. The card players are delighted to be “home” again in the beautiful new warm surroundings. The

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use his undoubted charms, as he tries to woo Chris back. Will he succeed?

card tables, which are also over 40 years old have been renovated and inset with new green baize. Whist is played every Wednesday night at 8.30pm in the new Lusk Parish Centre and new players are very welcome. Instruction is available for all new players.

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Safety Issue On Busy Swords Road At a recent Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee meeting, Councillor Tom Kelleher (Lab) raised a motion to improve road safety conditions. Kelleher has concerns with relation to Rathbeale Road, Swords, and is asking the County Manager to conduct a safety audit on the area. See page 4

Rush Students Triumph At Equestrian Event Two students from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush competed in the Interschool’s Show Jumping Competition at Kilrossery Lodge Stud, Swords recently. Kirsten Fynes and Emma-Jane Murphy took part in the individual competition which consisted of a total of 52 competitors from different secondary schools around Leinster. See page 7

Christmas Books For Charity In Skerries Creative writing teacher Megan Wynne is publishing a volume of stories for charity this Christmas entitled 'A Stocking Full of Stories’. The launch will take place at Ardgillan Castle on Sunday, December 9th and all profits will go to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin. See page 9

Update On Portrane Coastal Erosion A public meeting was held Thursday 15th November between the Burrow Residents’ Group and a number of public representatives on the issue of coastal erosion in Portrane. See page 12

Loughshinny boy, Ethan McGarry is pictured with Joleon Lescott of Manchester City at their training ground in Carrington, Manchester.

Last week, one boy’s dream came true. In the summer, 11 year old Ethan McGarry from Loughshinny entered a competition run by the National Literacy Association to design a T-shirt on the theme of Dreams and Aspirations. It was for the new clothing line launched by Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott and by Jordan Stewart. Ethan, a student at Loughshinny National School, is a huge Manchester City fan, so he was eager to enter the competition. The prize was to see the design in the shops and to meet Joleon Lescott and join him for a training session. Well, lo and behold, Ethan won that prize and last week, he had the trip of a lifetime! Firstly, he and his parents went to the match and saw Manchester City beat Swansea 1- 0. Then the following day, Joleon presented Ethan with a pair


of his new boots and the shirt he’d worn in the Swansea match. He showed Ethan around the Man City state-of-the-art, high tech training complex and introduced Ethan to some of his team mates, including Carlos Tevez and YaYa Toure. Then on Monday, Ethan was given a personal tour of the Manchester City Stadium. This included behind-the-scenes of the changing rooms, where he tried out all the seats of his favourite players! Ethan’s dad Derek said: ‘ This has been a fantastic experience for Ethan. He was so excited to win the competition. Ethan is dyslexic and works hard to overcome his difficulties with reading and writing. We can’t wait to see it go into production.’ Joleon Lescott added: ‘It’s been great meeting Ethan. His design is so colourful and imaginative. It jumped out at me straightaway. Perhaps I identified with it so readily because, like Ethan, I struggled at school too and feel I’m just so fortunate to be living my dream. We all loved Ethan’s design and will be very proud to have it as part of our collection.’

Swords Senior Citizens Make A Difference Swords Senior Citizens have come up trumps once again, as they endeavour to make Christmas a happier time for poor children in Africa. They have managed to fill almost 100 shoe boxes, full of toys, which were collected by Team Hope representative, Charlene Pigott at the centre on Chapel Lane last Wednesday. As well as the boxes, €4 per box was donated by the Senior Citizens to cover the expense of transporting the boxes to Africa. Charlene Pigott was hugely impressed by the actions of the senior citizens. She told the County Leader, “We’re absolutely delighted and very encouraged by the extraordinary kindness of Swords Senior Citizens. These boxes will arrive in time for Christmas and 95 per cent of African children have never held a toy in their lives. Many of these children are AIDS orphans and these are the only gifts they may ever receive,” she said. Eileen Power, chairperson of Swords Senior Citizens was equally enthusiastic when she said, “We’re delighted to be in a position to help and I wish to thank everyone for their help and support, even in the midst of a recession.” Charlene commented that “Swords Senior Citizens continue to deliver, even at the hardest of times. Many of them can remember times of want, especially during

Pictured at the hand over of shoe boxes full of toys to Team Hope at Swords Senior Citizens Centre are, Bernie Perry, Vera O'Reilly, Pat Stevenson, Eileen Power, Charlene Pigott from Team Hope, Treasa Byrne and Teresa Woods.

the war.” To show what these boxes mean to these children, Charlene recounted a time when she had the opportunity to deliver shoe boxes to an orphanage. A little girl, whose birthday it was, was given first choice. “We asked the children, which gift in the box do you think she will keep the longest. To our amazement, a little boy put up his hand and said, “She will keep the love that came in the box with her forever.” Well done Swords Senior Citizens, you are making a difference!

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Safety Issue On Busy Swords Road At a recent Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee meeting, Councillor Tom Kelleher (Lab) raised a motion to improve road safety conditions. Kelleher has concerns with relation to Rathbeale Road, Swords, and is asking the County Manager to conduct a safety audit on the area.

By Celine Quinn Rathbeale Road is an extremely busy, narrow road in Swords. There are nearby schools, several housing estates, along with two supermarkets, JC’s and Lidl located on the road. Speaking to the County Leader, Kelleher advised “There isn’t a busier street in Swords than the Rathbeale Road, with people criss-crossing the street and cars

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entering and exiting at several junctions.” Kelleher said that he has received numerous complaints over the last decade, and the situation has only worsened in recent years. Motorists and pedestrians alike are describing the difficulty of negotiating the road, with frequent hold ups. Kelleher has suggested to the County Manager for a safety audit to be conducted on the road. The aim of this audit would be to gain expert opinion on road safety and to identify possible methods of improvements at the site. Traffic signals or other traffic calming measures could help to alleviate the situation for motorists on the road. Another suggestion is to provide zebra crossings for pedestrians to cross the Rathbeale Road more easily, and safely.

Festive Fun For Malahide Musical Society Following the award winning production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ last year, Malahide Musical and Dramatic Society are getting ready for their upcoming Winter show. ‘For One Night Only’ will take place in Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday 2nd December at 7.30pm. This variety show will feature wellknown songs from musicals, films, as well as some Christmas favourites. This all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza promises will be a great night of entertainment, and will bring guests right into the festive spirit. The Society will also be joined on stage by the

By Celine Quinn Dublin City Council Choir. Tickets will cost €10, or €8 for large group bookings. The society will be staging’ Crazy For You’ in February next year. This production will feature the music of George Gershwin and familiar songs such as ‘I’ve Got Rhythm’ and ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Speaking to the County Leader, Marissa Magner, P.R.O Malahide Musical Society, said “We are still looking for a few more men to join in this production! Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm. We are really excited about

this one.” Malahide’s Got Talent will also be running again this year. For more information see the Facebook page ‘Malahide Musical Society’, or phone 086 603 5320.

Swords Group Needs You Are you a budding writer? If so, this is the group for you! Swords Creative Writing Group are looking for new members. Visit swordswriters.webs.c om for more information. All new members are welcome.

Playground Targeted By Thugs By Roxana Neag The anti-social behaviour of some teenagers in Balbriggan is an issue that has been raised several times in the public meetings organised in the Town Hall by Balbriggan Community Policing Forum. Despite this, residents say that vandalism remains a stringent problem in the area. The playground area on Chapel Close is a constant target for anti-social behaviour with destructive effects. Locals have said that every night, some teenagers turn the playground area upside-down. The slide, for example had to be removed Pictured here is one of the badly completely, as it damaged slides that was in the was no longer a playground in Balbriggan. The safe place for chil- local authority has since had to dren to play. One remove it as it was deemed a of the baby swings safety hazard for children. has also been destroyed several times and littering also remains a problem. Another major problem is the issue of fireworks. A Balbriggan resident shared her own frightening experience with the County Leader: “I was walking home with my two young children recently when a firecracker exploded right beside us. It almost hit one of my children. You can imagine how scared I was. I rushed back home and since then, I never take my children out there in the evening,” she said. “I was really terrified. How am I supposed to go out with my kids when the playground area is not safe enough?” The local community are continuing to raise these issues with the local authorities, but until the problem is resolved, it seems the playground is off limits to young children.

do many parents and children, going to and coming from school. She also contacted local councillor, Ken Farrell (Lab), who said, “Anna Cerasi has been campaigning for the past five years to have this footpath brought to a safe standard and has been fobbed off, with idle promises during A Rush resident, who has been By Patrick Finnegan this time. The Council have campaigning for a footpath to be repaired by the Council, has impassible. People have to visited the area and recogcontacted the County Leader, walk out on to the road to get nised the problem.” to highlight the serious safety by. Cars and trucks don’t slow He went on to say that action down here, and I’ve often been seems imminent and he is hazard which this hopeful of a resolufootpath poses for tion soon. “Further the local commuto a motion at a nity. meeting last week, I Anna Cerasi, who demanded that lives near the appropriate works hazardous footbe carried out to fix path on the Rush this problem. I want to Skerries Road is it as a matter of at her wit’s end, as public record, that she uses this path there is a serious on a daily basis, as safety hazard at this do many parents location,” he said. and children, Anna was present at going to and this meeting and a coming from commitment was school. The footCllr Ken Farrell is pictured with Rush resident, Anna Cerasi at the given that that this path in question is point on the Rush to Skerries Road, where the footpath disapadjacent to Rush pears, which causes this area to be flooded and impassible every- work would be carried out under a Cricket Club. Anna time it rains. direct labour said, “In rainy weather, the path, which is saturated by passing vehicles. scheme in the New Year. “I Anna is desperate, as she uses think there’s light at the end of lower than the level of the road, floods and becomes this path on a daily basis, as the tunnel,” she said.

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YOURVIEW With reporters Celine Quinn and Pierre Vandevelde

To celebrate Dublin Book Festival held last week in the capital, our County Leader reporters went out and about to chat to local bookworms. We asked residents;

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Natalia Lysek, Swords “The last book I read was a Terry Prachett novel. I like Terry Prachett, I’ve read a few of his books. I read in Polish, for now it's easier for me. It is hard to translate words from English to Polish. Right now I am trying to read an English book. Hopefully I will manage. I got a Kindle two months ago, so I'm starting to read on that. It's cheaper, it is faster to get the books. If I don't need really to have a book on my shelf, I can just download it."

Jason Cruise, Coolock "I haven't read a book in years. I just read the newspapers or magazines. The last book I read was a crime novel by Paul Williams."

James Perry, Swords "I'm reading Jarhead by Anthony Swofford at the moment. They made a film about it. I'll read anything really, I buy second hand books from the St. Vincent de Paul to support them."

Marion Cox, Seatown "'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' trilogy were the last books I read, my daughter was reading them and she passed on to me and my husband. We actually read them on holidays. They were absolutely great reads. And we saw the film. It lived up to the book, but the book was a bit better. I read books not on the Kindle, I prefer that, you can pick them up and put them down at your leisure. I read alot of books on holidays."

Agnesa Tiwari, Swords "I'm reading a Russian book. It is about famous women from 17th and 18th century. I read books in Russian and English. I like reading real books, I'm old style! I don't like reading on electronic devices. Reading is great to relax, and to escape from the kids!

June Harmon, River Valley "I just read books on holidays. I can't remember the last one. I like reading biographies, usually about historical figures. I read physical books, not on a computer or tablet."

Katriona Morley, Swords "The last book I read was 'Fifty Shades of Grey', by E.L James. Just the first one, it was rubbish. Nearly put me off reading! Another one I'm looking at is Maeve Binchy's last book 'A Week In Winter', I've pre-ordered it for Christmas. I read on the Kindle but I go to the library as well."

Sean Bailey, Swords "'Norwegian Wood' by Haruki Murakami. A Japanese author. I just stumbled across it. I normally read crime or thrillers. I don't read online, I usually stick to the books. I'm actually not a member of the library - I splash out and buy the books! I'm not a huge reader, but I like to do it when I can get the time."

Maura Lynch, Ballyboughal "'Click, Click' by the Kavanagh sisters. The book was most enjoyable but very disturbing to read. I read mostly true stories."

Jim Cunningham, Swords "I'm reading Ed Moloney's 'A Secret History of the IRA'. I generally alternate between thrillers, which you can read easily, and then some of the more meaty stuff. I'm always reading something. I'm not a member of the library and I never buy books, my wife does. Our house is full of books, my wife buys them and borrows them. She has a Kindle as well, but I wouldn't know what to do with one!"

Patrick Lynch, Bettystown "‘David Gemmell, fantasy fiction, I’ve read all of his stuff. The last one I read was 'Lord of the Silver Bow'. I think he actually died and his wife helped finish it. I’m a big reader. I don’t read online, I read physical books, I have to be able to turn the page. I like fantasy fiction, it suits me, it’s like being in another place, it’s an escape.”

Classic Christmas Concert In Balbriggan A rare festive concert will take place in St. George’s Church, Church St., Balbriggan, which celebrates its bicentenary in 2013. To mark the eve of this historic anniversary, Fingal Chamber Choir has offered to perform the beautiful St. Nicholas Mass or Missa Sancti Nicolai by Joseph Haydn, as well as other Christmas choral favourites. This locally based choir and its renowned director, David Maxwell, will be accompanied by one of the best organists in Ireland, Andrew Johnstone. The choir which rehearses in St. George’s N.S. has performed, not only in Ireland but in Norway and France. This is a concert not to be missed on Sunday, 9th December at 7.30pm.

Tickets are €15 each (or 2 for €25) available from the Bracken Court Hotel or call 087 2547 836 and they can be posted out. The remaining tickets (if available) will be on the door at concert. There will be a 15 minute interval for refreshments. Cheques to ‘St. George’s Parish’ please. Proceeds from the concert go to St. George’s Church

Fun Run In Rush On Sunday, 2nd December, Rush Community Council will hold a 10k and 5k race. This is the second year for the Christmas Rush Fun Run and runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. The race will take in some of the best views around the seaside town of Rush and it's

beaches. There will be medals and prizes galore for men, women and children. Water stations will be on the course and refreshments after the race race. This will be a great family fun day, with a Christmas Market, Santa in his Grotto available all day, so bring the family along. Men’s and women’s 5k and 10k

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Restoration Fund and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which is kindly opening Sunshine House next door to provide toilet facilities for all attending and changing rooms for the choir. Speaking to the County Leader about the event, local activist Tervor Sargent, who is involved starts at 12.00pm at Rush Community Centre. There will be chip timing and times will be sent by text message post race to online entries. On line entry is available on at € 15. Late entry is available on the day at € 20 and closes at 10.30am. Registration from 9.30am until 10.30am at Rush Community Centre.

with the event said: "This will be a really special event for the people in Balbriggan and all around the North County. It's the first year that we've had a concert of this calibre and it's a very fitting way to mark the 200th Anniversary of the church. We've no doubt that everyone who attends will enjoy the concert."

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Rush Students Triumph At Equestrian Event Busy Schedule For Two students from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush competed in the Interschool’s Show Jumping Competition at Kilrossery Lodge Stud, Swords, on Sunday 12th of

schools around Leinster. Emma-Jane Murphy jumped extremely well on her pony “Sandy Hills Ken”, knocking just one fence down unluckily. Her schoolmate Kirsten Fynes had a terrific perfor-

Pictured recently at the Interschool Show Jumping Competition at Kilrossery Lodge Stud, Swords is Kirsten Fynes from St. Joseph's Secondary School, Rush, on her pony Pennwood Rocco.

November. Kirsten Fynes and Emma-Jane Murphy took part in the individual competition, which consisted of a total of 52 competitors from different secondary

mance jumping a clear round on her pony “Pennwood Rocco”, progressing her into the ‘Speed Round’. Kirsten won the speed round in the impressive time of 23.34

By Celine Quinn seconds, and claimed first place representing St Joseph’s school. Speaking to the County Leader, Kirsten said “I had a great day, it was great fun. I am really happy that I did so well. My pony jumped super. I got “Pennwood Rocco” a year and a half ago, he came over from England. He was already named before I got him! I’ve been horseriding 10 years, since I was four years old - when I got my first pony. My family aren’t horse people but my greatgrand uncle was big into horses, I must have gotten it from him! I practice everyday for a half an hour.” Kirsten’s mother, Michelle Fynes commented, “The speed round had six or seven jumps, with tight turns, you had to get a round the

track as quickly as possible. She performed so well. Kirsten’s always had an interest in ponies, it’s her passion. Every chance she gets she’s up the yard with the ponies. It’s her life at the minute - ponies and school! She has the Cavan Indoor Derby Show coming up now and more interschool competitions.”

Swords Group By Jennifer McShane On November 30th, local group Snowflakes autism support will be having their inaugural fundraising ball in the Crowne Plaza in Santry – The 2012 Snowball – where they hope to raise some much needed funds for our charity. They will have approximately 300 guests in attendance and hope it will be a great success. The group would like to invite you to attend a talk on “Bully-proofing Your Child” on Wednesday 28th

November, from 7.30pm - 9.30pm, in Applewood Community Centre in Swords. The talk is aimed at helping children on the autism spectrum and their parents deal with bullies and how to help bully-proof your child. It will be presented by Dorothy Armstrong. The Snowflakes Social Club has just started and will be running every Friday from 5.00pm - 6.00pm. The social club will cater for children aged 10 and over with a diagnosis of Aspergers / Autism. It will take place at the Swords CYC offices. If your child would be interested in attending or if you require any further information, please contact


Snippet The ‘Lonesome West’ At Millbank Rush Dramatic Society presents ‘The Lonesome West’, by Martin McDonagh, at the Millbank Theatre from now until December 8th at 8.30pm. It promises to be a great show, so to book your tickets, phone 01-8437475 or email

Reed Band, St George’s Brass Band Dublin, and St James Brass and Reed Band, Dublin. The event kicks off at 8pm and the musical theme for this year is ‘A Night at the Movies’. All of the tunes played will be identified with many of the movie classics across the decades. All of the money raised from the concert will be donated this year to the Balbriggan Senior Citizens Group. The organisers of the event are hoping that the people of Balbriggan will come out and support this very special event. The tickets can be purchased from reception at the Bracken Court Hotel.

A Night At The Movies In Balbriggan Three brilliant brass bands will combine forces to deliver what promises to be an unforgettable night of music in Balbriggan, with a distinct Hollywood theme. ‘A Night at the Movies’ is what the three bands are calling this special evening at the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan on December 2nd. There will be three bands performing on the night, which include the St Patrick’s Brass and

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they need to support local traders. O’Brien said, “This motion has led to a much better level of engagement between the council and Malahide businesses. I expect to see results with relation to the development and linkage between Malahide Castle and the Village in the next week. This is to include the promised walkway between the two points, and adequate signage being put in place. This will have a benefit for the whole town, not just those businesses located on the castle grounds.” There will be a follow up meeting between both sides next week.

Christmas Craft Fair In Rush Rush Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, November 25th at the GAA Complex in St Maur’s Rush, from 11am to 5pm. The fair will host up to 50 stalls with different crafts such as candles, jewellery, woodwork, cards, handmade fashion items, flowers, embroidery and sewing, glass art, designer knitwear, beauty products, baking, jams chutneys and preserves, sweets, toys, paintings, photography and much more. Special Christmas Tombola. Everybody is welcome. All profits from stall rental will go to the Hospice and the Jack & Jill Foundation. It is sure to put you in the festive mood, so come along and buy some gifts for your loved ones, all whilst helping a great cause.

The Marie Keating Foundation launched their Pink Ribbon Christmas decorations at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords last week. Pictured at the launch are Deirdre King (Advertising and Marketing Manager, (Pavilions), Linda Keating (Marie Keating Foundation) and Ian Hunter (Centre Director, Pavilions Shopping Centre)

Swords Celtic FC Hosts International Game The Republic of Ireland U16 soccer squad are coming to Swords Celtic F.C on Thursday, November 22nd. The Irish team will face Estonia at on at the grounds at Balheary, Swords at 11am. This is the first international soccer game ever to be played in the North County, and a great honour for hosts Swords Celtic FC. Included in the U16 squad are North County locals, Robbie Duggan and Colm Deasy from Malahide United. Speaking to the County Leader, Eddie D’Arcy, Club Secretary of Swords Celtic F.C said, “We are honoured to be asked to host

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the first international game in the North County, in terms of the recognition of our club and its facilities. Both teams are staying at the Clarion Hotel at Dublin airport, and will be spending a lot of time in the North County during their stay. It will be excellent for tourism in the area.” On the big match day this Thursday, the County Mayor will officially start the game at 11am by County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan. The event is free of charge, and all members of the public and local schools are encouraged to attend for a great game.

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Christmas Card Launch In Balbriggan By Roxana Neag When you send out Christmas cards to your loved ones, or you plan to buy a calendar for next year, think about how a small gesture can make a big difference for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and families of children with autism. Balbriggan Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind launched their Christmas cards and calendars on the 8th of November in the Milestone Lounge. Volunteers, residents and businesses from Balbriggan came along to support this worthwhile cause. “We would like to thank all our suppliers and to everyone who supported us along the way. And we want to wish you all the happiest Christmas ever.” said the group’s representatives. People are welcome to continue to offer

their support to the Guide Dogs. The Christmas Cards and Calendars are now available from all the usual outlets in Balbriggan and Skerries. Balbriggan is now home to many Guide dog owners, Assistance dog owners, Puppies in Training and Fundraising dogs. Guide dogs the for visually impaired can be identified by their reflective green harnesses, Assistance dogs for families of children with Autism wear a blue jacket, Puppies in Training wear a yellow jacket and the Fundraising dogs wear an orange jacket. These are their ‘working’ uniforms. The branch is always looking for new volunteers, especially for fundraising and puppy walking. “Everyone is welcome. It’s a great way to learn some new skills and of course to meet new people.” Pictured here are, from L-R: Zenon Debny, Jim Wood and Eva West from the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Balbriggan, at their recent Christmas Card and Calander launch.

Anyone has ever considered learning the craft of creative writing in the North County will have encountered the name of Megan Wynne who is about to publish another volume of stories, all for charity, this Christmas. Megan has been running her creative writing classes very successfully for the past number of years and her Christmas books, which are a tradition around Skerries at this stage, happened quite by accident. At the end of her first year of classes, she decided to staple together five children’s stories into a booklet. The following year she did it again, this time with ten or fifteen stories. As there was quite a demand for these books, she decided to sell them for a charity.

Since then the Christmas book has become a local tradition. Each year the students nominate a charity to receive profits from the sales. Last year three hundred copies were sold - but again it wasn’t enough to meet demand - so this year five hundred copies have been ordered for the biggest and best collection yet! This Christmas the book is entitled ‘A Stocking Full of Stories,’ and all proceeds are going to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. As Skerries Mills was so packed last year, the launch is moving to Ardgillan Castle on Sunday, December 9th at 2.30pm. There will be readings at the launch and afterwards the authors will sign their books in the grand dining room.

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Pictured at the Arts, Crafts and Design Awards at Fingal Community College, Swords are winners, Megan McKeown (Crafts/Textiles), Principal, Sharon McGrath (who accepted the award for Metalwork for Damien McGlynn), Donna Fogarty (Art) and Kyle Maguire (Woodwork)

Excitement As Balbriggan Lights Up Balbriggan Town Council and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the County Council are making a special effort again this year to promote Balbriggan during the busy Christmas season. The Christmas season will get underway at 4pm on Saturday, 24th November with the arrival of Santa Claus to Balbriggan Town Centre just in time for the turning on of the Christmas Lights. George’s Square will come alive for a wonderful festive event for the whole community to enjoy

with a variety of Christmas musical and street entertainment. The very popular Christmas Lights competition is underway again this year and one lucky child will be selected by an Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Larry Dunne at 4.15pm to turn on the Balbriggan Christmas Lights and receive a fabulous prize of an Apple ipad. Entry forms for the competition are available in the Town Hall, Goldsmiths Jewellers and Supervalu. Santa will be spending time in his Grotto meeting with the younger members of the community and will have free gifts to give to the children. Santa’s Elves will be helping Santa by performing magic tricks and giving out festive treats while Santa’s little visitors are waiting to see him.

An exhibition of students’ Art, Craft and Design projects from the 2012 state exams was held in Fingal Community College, Swords on Monday 12th November last. This exhibition was curated by the Transition Year students and their Art and Home Economics teachers Ms Lynch and Ms Hearun. It consisted of work from Art, Home Economics , Metalwork and Woodwork, all of which achieved excellent results in the state exams. Local primary schools paid a visit to the exhibition that was held in the school hall on Monday morning and they were accompanied by their teachers. The visit to the exhibition gave them a flavour of the subjects that will be on offer to them when they start secondary school. In the afternoon, the exhibition was officially opened by County Council’s Arts Education officer, Julie Clarke. The exhibition was attended by parents, students, teachers and local businesses. The winners were Donna Fogarty for Art, Kyle Maguire for Woodwork, Damien McGlynn for Metalwork and Megan McKeown for Home Economics Craft.

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Historical Talk In Rush Loughshinny and Rush Historical Society will present a talk entitled ‘Rush - Our Silent and Forgotten Guests. World War 1 - Royal Navy Burials In Fingal’ The talk will be presented by David Grundy at the Strand Bar, Rush on Thursday, 22nd November at 8.00 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Balbriggan Christmas Fair Balbriggan Meals on Wheels are holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday, 8th December at 11 am in the Order of Malta Hall. Admission is €2 and all are welcome.

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Moyne Road (with an over railway bridge and new junction on the Coast Road). Another project shelved is the Malahide realignment road scheme which would provide a byepass at Balgriffin. However, local councillor, Peter Coyle (Lab) is pleased to note that one project that is very much back on the agenda for advancing, is the proposed new link road from the Drumnigh Road/ Moyne Road junction to the realigned Hole in the Wall Road. This route is very much used by traffic going to and from Portmarnock and Malahide. He told the County Leader, “The plans for the Hole-in-the-Wall Road are to build a new bridge over the Moyne River and onwards towards Drumnigh Road. Negotiations are taking place between the County Council and Dublin City Council to complete the link. The detailed design is being worked out. It is hoped that this project could go out for tender later in 2013.” According to Coyle, “the provision of this new link road will address the current difficulties for traffic at two junctions on the Moyne Road (Drumnigh Road R124 junction and the existing Hole-in-theWall junction). Given the volume of traffic in this North City Fringe area, the new link road will be very welcome.”


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Protest Held Against Household Charge By Celine Quinn Pictured at the Clarion Hotel recently are the Rotary Dublin Youth Leadership Development Competition finalists, with teachers and parents; Patricia Kennedy (Loreto College Swords), Patricia Knightly (St Finian's Community College), Michelle Moriarity, Michaela Moriarity, Mr Myers, Veena Kumar, Alan Myers, Chloe Twyford, Frank Farrell (Portmarnock Community School), and Ultain O Morain.

Loreto Student In Youth Leadership Final The Dublin Fingal Rotary Club By Celine Quinn held its Club Finals in the Rotary by Rotary representatives at the Youth Leadership Development schools, five students were Competition at the Clarion Hotel chosen to compete in the on Monday 12th November. Five local Rotary Club Finals. finalists from North County The five finalists schools were whittled down to selected from one, after competitive interviews schools around the at the event. Winner Chloe North County were; Twyford, a 5th year student at Michaela Moriarity Loreto College Swords, will go (St. Mary’s, on to represent the local Rotary club at Baldoyle),Veena the Area Finals. The Kumar (St. Finian’s event will be held Community College), tomorrow night, Alan Myers (Colaiste Wednesday 20 Choilm, Swords), Chloe November, at the Twyford (Loreto Hibernian Club, St. College Swords) and Stephen’s Green, and Ultain O Morain will feature finalists Chloe ( P o r t m a r n o c k from Rotary clubs all Winner, Twyford of Loreto Community School). around the island of College Swords. Speaking to the County Ireland. Leader, Club Final The competition, fifteen years in winner Chloe Twyford, said “I existence, is designed to help was nominated for leadership prepare young students for their qualities I showed in Transition future career. In October, each Year and also in my community. school nominated candidates for During Transition Year I did my the leadership qualities they work experience as a teaching displayed both at school and in assistant at two primary the community. After interviews schools. I also volunteered

with the Ladybirds girl guides in River Valley, Swords, for one year, and received my Bronze Gaisce Award in September. The competition has been really good experience, especially the tough interviews. And it has been good to see the great work Rotary do in society. I’m hopeful for Wednesday night, I’d love to go to Strasbourg, I’ll go in with some confidence and see what happens!” A total of 24 students from around the country will be selected at the Area Finals tomorrow night to participate in a week long Leadership Development Programme (LDP). Taking place in March 2013, the LDP Week consists of three days in Belfast and Dublin before setting of for the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The winners will debate major EU issues in the European Parliament Building with 600 other students from most countries across the European Union.

The local Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) held a lively protest outside Fingal County Council offices, Swords, on Monday 12th November last. The group proceeded to publicly burn letters received by residents for non-payment of the household charge, and documents regarding the forthcoming property tax. Speaking to the County Leader at the protest, Clare Daly TD, said “This is a symbolic protest on behalf of the tens of thousands in the North County that are not going to be intimidated by council letters. Our resolve is hardened coming up to the Budget. We know that the council are using the information from those who have registered for the household charge, to then bill them with a larger property tax in July next year. Our protest is a reminder to let them know we are still out here, and that we won’t be bullied.” The County Leader also spoke to local Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) on the issue. Butler commented, “People have a right to protest, but I’m worried about giving the general public false hope. The household charge isn’t going to go away. Many politicians would enjoy the exposure of going to jail. But if ordinary people do get summonsed to court, they

could end up with a hefty bill and a judgement/ conviction against them, which could affect them considerably in the future. Ultimately it will have to be paid.” Butler continued to advise that as the North County has received 68 per cent, no funding will be cut in the local authority. However, the county council remains under pressure to collect all household charge payments due. Butler said “After discussions at the county council meeting on Monday 12th November, I believe the council are still matching up data for households against their database. A third and quite substantial batch of letters will be going out shortly to those who have not paid. But it seems they are a long way off from going down the road of taking householders to court. I hope if it does come to that stage, that they will allow us to debate it in the Chamber first.”

Locals Urged To Keep Towns Clean Chairman of the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has warned the local authority that ‘The Gathering’ project and its success will be undermined if the standards of cleanliness all around the North County towns are not kept up during the festivities. Speaking at an international conference of environmental experts recently, Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chairman of IBAL was concerned that in the current climate, local authorities might cut

back on cleaning schedules in 2013 and jeopardise the success of The Gathering. “In the current environment, local authorities need to look at cost-effective ways to maintain cleanliness levels,” he said. Speaking to the County Leader, Chairman of Swords Tidy Towns, Des Becton, said he had faith that the Council would do their utmost to ensure the standards were kept as high as possible. “I think the Council will use all the resources they have to make sure the towns

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Pictured are protesters at the rally at County Hall, Swords on 12th November protesting against Property taxes and austerity.

stay as clean as ever, due to the large amount of visitors we may get to the various areas. I certainly hope that litter issues wouldn’t arise because of this.” From the perspective of Swords Tidy Towns, Des says himself and the entire committee will be making a special effort to ensure that standards go up, not down: “Our Tidy Towns group will be aiming to increase our level of cleanliness, not see it get worse! We’ll want to show the town off in the best possible light, and I think the Gathering will give everyone extra incentive to do just that,” he concluded.

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Recent published deaths from the North County

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Helen Derham McDONALD (Furry Park, Cloghran) – Maura; sadly missed by her sister Betty, relatives and a large circle of friends. McGUCKIN (Malahide) – Robert (Rory), beloved husband of Annetta; sadly missed by his loving wife, children Molly, John, Mark, Bernadette, Clare, Rory, Grainne and Maria, grandchildren Aisling, Fiona, Roisin, Ross, Jarlath, Shane, Neisha, Laura, Annetta, Hugh, Luke and Rachel, family, relatives and friends. GOSSON (nee Savage) (Fulham Terrace, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin) – Mary (May) wife of the late Sean Gosson ; deeplu regretted by her loving son Fergus, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, daughterin-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.

A Box Full Of Hope Christmas is right around the corner and is, traditionally the time of year that we give to those in need. The hugely successful Christmas Shoebox Appeal has just wrapped up around the North County and was a prime example of the spirit of giving that exists within our local towns. In this week's County Living, we speak to teacher Orla Ní Chárthaigh, who was involved in the appeal. She sat down to chat about herself, her love of teaching and why she enjoys being a part of community life. Orla, though originally from Skerries, teaches in Gaelscoil Bhrian Boroimhe in Swords. She has been teaching for the past 10 years and has loved it from an early age: “It really started off right from when I was small, I was always playing ‘teacher’ as a child,” she said. “I knew from my own experience in school that I wanted to teach myself. I suppose I must have had some pretty nice teachers along the way too! I can’t imagine doing anything else, I never could.” She is currently Deputy Principal and also teaches Learning Sport and Resources, so she has her hands full. “I love working in the school. I was there from the very start when we were very small and even though we have expanded, it is still a wonderful place to teach.” It’s clear upon our meeting that Orla has obviously found her niche; she has many qualities which make her an ideal teacher. She is a gregarious person, very outgoing and patient, all of which, no doubt come in handy when dealing with a group of excitable pupils? “The children are really fantastic. They are what makes my job so great. Sure one or two have their moments, but its always worth it when you’re there to see them grow and improve as individuals. It definitely gives you a great sense of satisfaction.” “They are always amusing and funny and are the perfect antidote if you happen to come to work in a bad mood!” The Skerries lady has lived in the town since she was eight, with a very active social life outside of the school. When she’s not working, she loves sports and keeping fit. She recently participated in the Dublin Marathon for the first time, an experience that she thoroughly enjoyed. “I suppose I am very sporty, though I would never in a million years call myself that!” she says, laughing. “Growing up, I was very involved in the local Scouts and was a member of the Skerries Harps GAA and I play for Skerries Hockey Club now, so all that activity when I was young rubbed off a little bit at least.” Orla says being involved in so many community groups as a child gave her very solid grounding

when she went to start her teaching. “Not only do you get to be involved in the goings on, you also have plenty of sport and activities you can pass on and encourage the children to play as well. It’s a great community to grow up in.” She tells me about a life changing experience she had in 2005. “I travelled to Africa with the Voluntary Service Overseas organisation (VSO) and I lived there for two years and worked training other teachers. It was absolutely fantastic. I originally went for one year, but loved it so much, that I stayed for another. I found myself not wanting to come home and it took me a while to adjust to normal life afterwards." "It's because of my time over there that I really see the personal aspect to the Shoebox Appeal," she continued. "The little things make a huge difference, so they truly appreciate everything that is in those boxes." I ask her to tell me a little about the school’s involvement with the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal, which she says went brilliantly this year. “The Shoebox Appeal is something that myself and the staff and children in the school are very proud to be involved in. We’ve participated in it for as long as I can remember and still try to pull out all the stops to make it bigger and better than the year before.” For those who don’t know much about it, the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is on every year around the festive season. It aims to deliver over 195,000 shoeboxes from Ireland (this year alone), into the hands of needy children in Africa, whose families typically live on less than €1 per day. Each year, residents all around the North County excel themselves in their generosity and Orla says its these values that herself and the school are eager to pass onto the pupils. “We found that its something the children really understand; the concept of giving a present and packing it themselves to give to another child, it’s so personable and at Christmas, its just lovely that they can do something so nice for somebody else.” Orla, though more a home bird than a jet setter, does enjoy a bit of travelling, but is happy to be settling down. She is looking forward to the upcoming Christmas festivities in the school and looking back over her life and achievements, she says its been the little things in her life that she has enjoyed the most: "It's always been the smaller achievements, such as being involved in the children's lives or competing in the marathon as I did. It's those things that really make me happy."

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McDONNEL (nee Martin) (Seatown Villas, Swords) – Nancy (Annie), beloved wife of the late Bartle and mother of the late George and Bartle and grandmother of the late David; deeply regretted by her loving daughter Ann, son Séan, daughter-in-law Carmel, granddaughter Aimee, sister Peg, sister-in-law Ellie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. O’NEILL, Alice (nee Stanley) (late of River Valley, Swords) – beloved wife of Jim, mother-in-law of Lesley, proud granny of Ellie and Johanna, dear sister of Agnes and Josephine; she will be remembered with love by all her family and friends. BARRON (Portmarnock and formerly of Rosberacon, Co. Wexford) – William (Bill), beloved husband of the late Phyllis; sadly missed by his loving daughter Catherine, son Patrick , son-in-law Tony, daughter-in-law Deirdre, grandchildren, great-grandson, sisterin-law Josie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

23rd November 2011 (1st anniversary) Each day we think about you And realise you have gone, We can't explain the emptiness That life has now become. They say that time's a healer, But we are not too sure, For every time we think of you We miss you more and more. Her Loving Family

St. Joseph of Cupertino Prayer O great St, Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayers, obtained from God, that I may succeed in any examinations, tests, projects or interviews I may have. I promise in return, to make you known and cause you to be invoked. St Joseph of Cupertino thank you for all your help in the past, help me in the future amen STAPLETON (nee Moloney) (Malahide and formerly of Howth) – Brigid (Brid), beloved wife to Michael and dear mother to Ruth and Mark; sadly missed by her loving husband, son and daughter, son-in-law Richard, daughter-in-law Dolores, grandchildren Ava, Karl, Hanna and Daniel, relatives and friends. O’KEEFFE (Swords) – James (Jimmy) (late of Aer Lingus); deeply regretted by his loving wife May, daughters Terri, Susan and Brenda, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brother, sisters, family relatives and friends.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KILLEEK LANE, SWORDS An application has been received from Sierra Communications Ltd for permission to temporarily close Killeek Lane, Swords to facilitate the Killeek Lane Rehabilitation Scheme on behalf of the Water Services Department. It is proposed that the road will be closed on Wednesday 05th December and Thursday 06th December 2012 from 8am to 6pm. Diversion from Killeek Lane to the R108 at Knocksedan Bridge and vice versa. Local Access will be facilitated where possible and extensive diversion and information signage will be in place. Any person may lodge an objection in writing with the Senior Executive Officer, Operations Unit, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 to arrive no later than 4.30p.m. on Friday 23rd November 2012. Fingal County Council regrets any inconvenience caused in relation to this matter. Paul Smyth Senior Executive Officer Balbriggan Swords Operational Area



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Communication Is Key For Swords School A secondary school in Swords is at the forefront of efforts to improve lines of communication between teachers and parents to help every student be the best that they can be. Fingal Community College believes partnership with parents is key to a young person’s success and have put a programme in place to put that ethos into action. Sharon McGrath, principal of the school, told the County Leader: “Achieving with care is a core value for all the teachers and staff of Fingal Community College. The young people are supported to be the best that they can be and we understand that this will only happen if they feel happy and cared for. ‘Parents and family are a key influence on teenagers and we are totally convinced of the value of strong links between home and school. Partnership with parents is key to a young person’s success.” A series of talks and events have been taking

place in Fingal Community College this year to strengthen the partnership between home and school. A talk on ‘Improving Literacy - What can parents do?’ took place in the college recently and was followed with a talk given by well known clinical psychologist David Coleman. The topics David covered included the transition from primary to secondary school and how parents and the school together can support teenagers as they navigate their journey through adolescence. He also spoke about teenage experimentation and alcohol and substance use, risk taking, peer relationships and understanding sexuality, teenage stress and how to recognise and resolve bullying behaviour. His presentation was extremely well received. The question and answer session which followed allowed for a robust discussion. Training sessions for Fingal Community College parents are being offered for the system and any parents not yet registered for this new service are invited to contact the principal, Sharon McGrath.

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John Tracey from Swords is pictured with his proud daughter, Rebecca (13) as he graduates from ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown) with a Bachelor of Engineering award.

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Dublin Airport is getting greener and will aim to cut its energy use by up to a third by 2020 under a new partnership agreement with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The deal to work towards a 33 per cent improvement in energy efficiency at the airport was signed by DAA Interim Chief Executive, Oliver Cussen and SEAI Chief Executive, Dr Brian Motherway. Under the agreement, DAA will build on the significant progress already made by the company under its extensive energy sustainability programme. Short-term measures to be undertaken include; the replacement of five existing airport operational vehicles

with fully electric models on a trial basis, the upgrading of airport car park lighting with the installation of energy efficient LED lighting, and further reductions in energy consumption. New ‘ green screens’ are also planned to keep passengers updated on environmental and energy usage information at the airport. Dublin Airport is already Airport Carbon Accredited, as part of a Europe-wide airport carbon management certification programme that covers more than half of European air passenger traffic. The airport is certified at the ‘Reduction’ level, as the airport has reduced its carbon footprint in recent years.

The new agreement means the DAA is now part of the SEAI Partnership Programme which helps public bodies to save money, improve the environment and meet national obligations by making significant reductions in their energy usage. Speaking to the County Leader, Mary Coveney, head of DAA Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE), said the agreement was just the start of the company’s partnership with SEAI at Dublin Airport. “We will be working with SEAI experts to assess potential projects to improve energy efficiency and help support the development of Energy Action Plans for Dublin Airport and DAA is committed to having an exemplary role with respect to energy efficiency.”

If graffiti or littering is a problem in your area, your local residents association, business or community group could “Adopt a Patch.” The way it works is that your group selects a public area to adopt and yourself and the Council agree a maintenance programme. This would involve collecting litter, painting of the area or maintaining flower beds. Reflective vests, litter pickers and paint would be provided by the Council and we will arrange for the bags of litter (no green waste) to be collected. Once the patch is being maintained, a sign may then be erected, advertising that your business or group has adopted the area. This scheme operates very successfully with groups around the North County adopting parts of a beach, a bottlebank, or litter blackspot. A designated area is allocated to a business or community group who wishes to adopt it and the company or group then agrees with the council a litter maintenance programme. This involves arranging for a number of staff and or people to collect litter at an agreed number of times per year, painting of the area and maintaining flower beds where applicable. The scheme benefits all of the parties involved and because of this, the scheme is extremely successful.

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Keep North County Ash Trees Healthy The professional horticultural and arboricultural staff working in the County Council are requesting the people of the North County to watch out for and report any suspected incidents of Ash Dieback Disease, Chalara fraxinea. In May this year, the disease was found in the UK and last month it appeared in Co. Leitrim. It appears it entered Ireland in a consignment of young ash trees and has been in the country for three years. The Department of Agriculture has identified sites where

these trees were planted and is destroying plants at these locations in an effort to contain or eliminate the disease. The County Council are not aware of any outbreaks in the North County as yet but continue to monitor for symptoms. The Forestry Commission has an excellent video on it's website on identification of symptoms which would be invaluable for anyone wishing to watch out for the disease. If anyone sees a s h t r e e s s h o w i n g these symptoms or is suspicious that the disease might be present, please contact the County Council.

Local Swimmer Makes A Splash A local swimmer has been making quite a splash in the pool, setting a new Irish senior record in the 1,500m freestyle. Aer Lingus member, Andrew Meegan continued his brilliant start to the short course season when he travelled to the German capital of Berlin to compete in the Fina/Arena World Cup series. Continuing from Conor Turner's recent Irish Junior record in Stockholm in the same event, Meegan set a blis-

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Students from North County Dublin are being encouraged to participate in, a film and interactive multimedia competition that aims to promote responsible attitudes towards alcohol. Now in its sixth year, is a film and interactive multimedia competition, open to third-level students throughout Ireland, including students from the North County. For the 2013 competition, students are invited to submit film and multimedia entries on the theme of ‘pacing our drinking’. Speaking at the launch of the 2012/13 competition, Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of, said, “Irish people consume almost three times as much alcohol as their European counterparts on any one drinking occasion. This trend is particularly prevalent among students, who

are living away from home for the first time and get caught up in the social aspects of student life. Entries for the competition can be produced in the form of a short film or interactive website. Entries must focus on pacing our drinking, aligning the competition’s aim of promoting the responsible use of alcohol and / or challenging anti-social drinking behaviours. “We see as a way for the film and multimedia creatives of the future, from North County Dublin and around the country, to get a first step on the career ladder; gain exposure to industry insiders; network; and make important industry links,” she said. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, 23rd November. Teams that have submitted successful proposals will then have until March 2013 to produce and submit their short films or interactive websites.

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Fingal County Council We Jennifer and Eddie Grace, intend to apply for planning permission at 222 Seapark, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development is to consist of a single story rear extension, the conversion of the existing garage to the side of the house and modifications to the front and side elevation of the existing house. 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 that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the 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 Retention planning permission is sought by Robert Savage Ltd for 4 no. free standing advertising signs and for all ancillary engineering/structural works necessary to facilitate the development at the junction of Rathbeale Road and Watery Lane, Swords, 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 (County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin) during its public opening hours (9.30-16.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council I, James McNally, intend to apply for permission for a development at Ballough, Lusk, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the reclamation of unused land to prime agricultural land to include temporary construction works consisting of site office, prefabricated toilet facility, temporary haul road and all associated site works. An Environmental Impact Statement is to be included with the application. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, during the public


opening hours of 9:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday. The Environmental Impact Statement may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin during the public opening hours of 9:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for renovation of, and extension to existing dwelling house (alterations to previously approved application F11B/0102) to include new two storey extension to front, new single storey extension to rear to accommodate new kitchen, dining and living room, new waste water treatment system, and associated site works at Rolestown, Co. Dublin. signed Anne & Ronnie Devlin 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 Francois Smith intends to apply on behalf of Malahide Presbyterian Church for Retention Permission at Malahide Presbyterian Church, Dublin Road, Co. Dublin for 2 existing signboards each measuring 2m wide and 0.5m high on metal posts, the top of the signs are at 2.5m above the ground level. 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.

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Fingal County Council Permission is sought to relocate existing percolation area from site 2 to site 1 and construct a new storey and a half style dormer dwelling complete with new secondary treatment system, percolation area and associated site works utilising enhanced existing vehicular entrance on site 2. at Margaretstown, Skerries for John Flemming The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Fingal County Council Permission is sought for the demolition of existing garage to side of existing dwelling & (i) the construction of a dormer extension to the side of

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North County Leader 20 November 2012  

North County Leader 20 November 2012