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21st May 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 18 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

Call For Regulation Of Cash For Gold Shops Well known, popular Balbriggan jeweller, Anthony Murphy, whose jewellery shop, Goldsmith Jewellers on Drogheda Street in the town was robbed last Friday week, has lashed out at the lack of regulation related to Cash for Gold outlets. By Patrick Finnegan He spoke to the County Leader about the ease with which thieves can get rid of their illgotten gains through Cash for Gold shops and has called for legislation to regulate how these shops receive gold that has been stolen. “Up to now, thieves had been targeting laptops and computers, but found it difficult to get a ready made market for these. But with the jump in the price of gold, Cash for Gold shops have provided thieves with an opportunity to offload stolen gold. Indeed, some companies provide postal services for gold to be exported to the UK and other countries. The crux of the problem is that there are too many easy ways to offload gold. In the near future, if the price of gold returns to it’s original value, Cash for Gold shops will cease to exist.” he said. The County Leader spoke to the Secretary of Retail Jewellers Ireland, Damian Duggan, who fully supported the stance taken by Murphy, when he said, “I have a sign in my shop saying that I don’t buy gold. I’d feel very stupid if someone who robbed my home and then came into my shop to sell me my own jewellery back. The lack of regulation pertaining to Cash for Gold shops is the main reason I don’t buy gold from anyone. We have spoken to the government and proposed a very simple solution to the problem. They should replace Cash for Gold shops with Cheques for Gold ones, where they are paid by cheque. This would immediately solve the problem of thieves looking for immediate cash. They would need to have a bank account and wait until the cheque is cleared. That goes for all metals and all it needs is a stroke of a pen by Government,” he said. Another bone of contention for Murphy is the perception of how criminals are treated. He said, “This is the second time in eight weeks that I have been robbed and on both occasions

the robbers were caught, due in the main to about the generosity of the people of the great work of the gardai. I feel very vulner- Balbriggan in the aftermath of the robbery. able and am hard-pressed keeping my busi- “Both my wife, Geraldine and I have been ness open. I’m really annoyed that my taxes overwhelmed, but not surprised at the offers are being paid indirectly to pay for free legal of support and physical help and I’d like to take this opportunity aid for the very people to to thank the people that are putting my of Balbriggan for their business in jeopardy, wonderful kindness and more importantly, and support they have my family and staff in shown us,” he said. danger,” he said. Meanwhile, the “The thieves who County Leader spoke robbed my shop were with the proprietor of reprimanded by the a local Cash for Gold gardai soon after the shop, who was also robbery, but what irrianxious for regulation tates me most is that to be introduced. they will not be dealt Gavin Byrne, who with there and then. operates International The time gap between Gold Exchange in being caught and a Swords said, “We court hearing taking need proper regulaplace means that they tion from Government. will be out on bail for I run a legitimate busithat time, which could ness here and I list all be months, even of the gold I buy and more. In that time, sell and I have an they may commit expensive software further crimes and the system in the shop. If impression I have is Balbriggan jeweller, Anthony Murphy is pictured outside I’m not satisfied with a that they will get a his premises, where the robbery took place. client, I will refuse to concurrent sentence for their latest crimes, instead of a consecutive do business and turn them away. Proper legislation will clean up the business and put the one. This effectively gives them a clear run to commit offences, with no disincentive to think dodgy shops who give us a bad name out of twice about their actions,” he said. He spoke business,” he said.

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Portmarnock Scouts Discover Love Message In Bottle

Pictured here are Aoife Whyte and Megan O’Connor from Portmarnock Scouts after discovering the message in a bottle.

Portmarnock scouts, Aoife Whyte and Megan O’Connor recently made a very exciting discovery on their camping trip. They found a bottle containing a message during a recent night-camp on Portmarnock beach. Unsure of what to do, they brought it to their scout leader, Peter O’Kelly who decided to open the bottle.

By Jennifer McShane It turned out it contained a photograph of an elderly couple, on the back of which was written a dedication of love and heartbreak. The man in the photo had dedicated the note to his departed wife. There was also a small, gold religious medal and another small note which spoke of his sadness and loss of his wife, Margaret who he referred to as his ‘Peggy-Sue and how he missed her so much. “Wherever you sail in the world my love, as promised, I will always be with you,” the note said. The note was dated 31/11/12 and the only indication of where it came from was the word “Liverpool.” Scout leader, Peter O’Kelly spoke to the County Leader about the mysterious discovery: “This is such a poignant story, so we thought it would be good to share it with others,” he said. “We were about to send the bottle on its way again, but we included details of where and when it was found, and urged whatever new finder came across it, to add their details too and send the message of love on its way again. We’d love to know where in the world it will end up next,” he said.



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The members of Swords Tennis Club are still up in arms over the County Council’s plans to move them form their current location (where they have been for the past 30 years), to a recreational hub in Brackenstown. Local councillor, Gerry McGuire (Lab), along with other councillors once again brought up this motion at the recent committee meeting, and asked the Council to review their long term plans

to move Swords Tennis Club and allow them stay first place, and there is no telling how long this plan could take to be developed as it’s still in in the grounds of Swords Castle. very early stages. “God only knows when The Council responded by saying that that proposed plan for the Recreational their “Development Plan provides for the Hubs could come to fruition. The club clustering of active recreational facilities would simply like their own current into Recreational Hubs, which leads to a premises to be re-vamped so that they more sustainable and cost effective might have better facilities to offer their approach to provision of these services. A members. The club wants to stay in the site within the Ward River Valley Regional Park has been identified which would Cllr. Maguire heart of Swords and have actively told me (and other councillors) that combine a range of facilities, including tennis courts, play and community facilities and they absolutely do not want to go to another premises, so I’ll be continuing to press would allow for future expansion as required.” While McGuire says these plans are all well and this matter with the Council for the foreseeable good, the club has no desire to go there in the future,” he concluded.

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You always know that Spring has sprung when you see the volunteers from Swords Tidy Towns out and about tidying the town. Pictured hard at work are Pauline Herlihy, Wendy Warrick, Rowena Castillo, Joan Hunt and Michelle Conway.

Climate Expert To Attend Public Meeting In Skerries On Thursday, May 23rd at 8pm local Green Party representative, Joe O’Brien will welcome joint Nobel prize winner climatologist Prof. John Sweeney to the Skerries Sailing Club for a public meeting on climate change. He arrives during a week when the government’s much criticised climate change bill is discussed in Leinster House. O’Brien spoke to the County Leader about how Skerries in

Swords Tidy Towns will be having a cleanup of the town on Saturday, 25th May. They are looking for volunteers to help them from 10am until 3pm and they will meet at the Pound Pub on Bridge Street, beside the entrance to Swords Park at 10am. They will supply all of the equipment - all you have to bring is yourself.

particular was vulnerable to in Skerries have also been hit climate change: “We need to badly by flooding. The coast start thinking about the local road between Balbriggan and Skerries is very exposed impacts of climate and very low in some change and begin to parts – the collapse of realise that it is going the sea wall in recent to affect our everyday times has underlined the lives. Skerries is particvulnerability of this key ularly vulnerable to the connecting road for the impacts of climate town,” he continued. change.” Joe O’Brien “There is a crying need He spoke of some locations around the town that are for political leadership and affected. “There are a number vision on this issue. It’s the ‘ah of key routes in and out of sure we’ll be grand’ attitude Skerries that are vulnerable to rather than the science and the flooding and the future of land reality of the situation that connection between Red Island seems to be holding sway in O’Brien and the mainland cannot be government,” taken for granted. Businesses concluded.

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A talk entitled, “Smuggling in the 18th Century” will take place in Rush Library on Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm. The talk is being given by Joe Varley of Malahide Historical Society. It will refer to the different types of smuggling operations in Britain and Ireland, as well as experiences in Rush itself.

21.05.2013 1990s. The documentary reported that 120 million of these extraordinary creatures are now killed every year to satisfy the Chinese insatiable appetite for aphrodisiacs alone. Having successfully developed a process for breeding seahorses in captivity over the last 15 years, Kealan set out to convince the Chinese business community that using his methods will help save the traditional By Jennifer McShane industry from ruin and in turn save the Local marine biologist, Kealan Doyle from seahorse species. Portmarnock was the subject of a fascinating Kealan, who was raised in Portmarnock said documentary “The Seahorse Man”, which he dreamed of becoming a marine biologist was aired on Monday after watching Jacques last, 20th May on Cousteau movies from RTE1. an early age. He He went undercover in studied marine China and Indonesia biology in Galway and to expose the massive later in Poland and the trade in seahorses UK. He first hit the which is threatening a screens in 2010 when species that has a documentary series survived since the following his quest to time of the dinosaur. breed seahorses in The documentary, captivity became an which was narrated by instant hit with actor John Hurt, viewers. showed the extraordiCommenting on the nary journey that documentary, he told Doyle, known as The the County Leader: Seahorse Man, made “This isn’t a decline, to save the species. but rather an absolute He gained exclusive Pictured here is Kealan Doyle from Portmarnock, subject d e c i m a t i o n of a access to people and of the recent 'Seahorse Man' documentary on RTE1. unique creature which places no western has been around since crew had ever filmed before. He revealed for dinosaurs roamed the earth. In 20 years the first time how the world’s population of they’ll be wiped out so it’s important we raise seahorses has fallen by 80 per cent since the as much awareness as possible.”

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Donabate Choir Seeks Members Local group, the Lambay Singers are a well-established popular secular choir based in Donabate and Portrane with members from all parts of the North County. They are always on the look-out for new members to swell their ranks. They meet for rehearsal on Thursday nights in the Waterside Hotel in Donabate so If you like to sing and enjoy good choral music, the Lambay Singers would love to hear from you.

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Snowflakes Accepts Cheque From Club Italiano


Italiano chose Snowflakes as their charity of choice 2013. I would like to thank Rita, Teresa and the rest of the Club Italiano committee for all their support. This money will be used to help us to provide support for families affected by Autism,” he said.

Tuesday, 14th May was a very autism in the North County auspicious one for area. Founder, Robert Brown Snowflakes Autism Support, was over the moon at the when they were presented gesture. He told the County with a cheque for €7,000 by Leader, “I’m thrilled that Club Club Italiano Irlanda. The club is made up of Italian business people who have been living in Ireland for the past 40 years. Every year, they hold a Gala Ball and each year they choose a charity partner and this year, it was Snowflakes. The cheque presentation was made at the CYC in Swords. Snowflakes is a Pictured at the presentation of a cheque for €7,000 to Snowflakes Autism by Club Italiano support group for are, Martin King (TV3 weatherman and patron of Snowflakes), Phyllis Borza, Rita Macari parents, siblings and and Teresa Borza (all from Club Italiano), Kelly-Marie Gleeson and Snowflakes founder, children affected by Robert Brown.

New ATM Facilities For Rush Residents of Rush will be very happy to know, that following the closure of the only AIB branch in the town a number of months ago, a new AIB ATM cash dispenser will now on the main street at Eurospar. Residents were deeply upset to learn of the bank’s closure, as they would have to travel to other nearby towns to avail of banking facilities. The installation of the new ATM machine means locals can now bank in

their own town. Local councillor Tom O’Leary (FG), spoke to the County Leader about the issue: “I welcome plans for a new AIB ATM cash dispenser on the Main Street Rush.” “AIB Bank closed the only bank branch in Rush and the former premises are currently for sale. Following this, the council granted planning permission for a new ATM cash dispenser accessible from the street at the side

entrance to Eurospar Echlin Court Main St Rush, which will be most beneficial to residents.” “The loss of the only bank in Rush due to restructuring by AIB was unfortunate as commercial and retail banking customers have since had to have to travel to nearby Skerries or Swords if they need to conduct banking business The proposed new public ATM, while not a new bank, is most welcome in Rush and will provide some relief for residents,” he concluded.



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Donabate Residents Launch Swimming Pool Campaign A group of determined residents in Donabate have come together to campaign to get the area its own much needed swimming pool. Local Area representative hopeful, Clara La Combre (FF), came together with the other members of the swimming pool committee and volunteers on Wednesday, 15th May last to brainstorm ideas and plan for the upcoming weeks. Speaking to the County Leader, La Combre said: “We launched the Donabate Portrane Swimming Pool campaign last week,

and our first meeting went really well, the other committee members and volunteers were really enthusiastic.” “There are three of us that make up the swimming pool committee: myself, and local residents, Anna Kiernan and Alison Herlihy. We were also really lucky to get some fantastic volunteers on board. We’re in the early stages of getting our petition together, and once we have this ready, we plan to bring our proposal to the council.” She outlined what the group would be

doing to strengthen their proposal in the coming weeks. “The volunteers will be out knocking on doors over the next few weeks. We will be on every road and in every estate in Donabate/Portrane asking people to sign our petition at the door. We also have a facebook petition where they can sign up too.” “Our plan is to meet with the Council in late summer once we have a few thousand signatures,” she continued. “We will also have drawings for an energy efficient 25 metre pool. We are taking this project stage by stage and right now we are going to gauge the local need and also the level of interest within the community.”

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equipment safely out of the scout den.” He said some were concerned that the parking bays were to close to the scout den and that accidents might happen if they remained there.” New coach parking bays in Following the motion from both Malahide are to be moved after councillors, the local authority’s transportation department looked safety fears were raised at the situation and said: about the current location ‘Following a review of the close to the Malahide Sea location in question, the Scouts Den. area designated for coach Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien (FF) parking on St. James’ and Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) Terrace Lower, Malahide both expressed concern will be relocated further about the current location Cllr. Lavin south along the street to of the parking spots. an area adjacent to the Cllr Lavin spoke to the existing Dublin Bus stop. County Leader and said The parking bays will be that while it was wonderful reinstated once the to have the parking faciliexisting coach parking ties, they were unfortumarkings have been nately not in the right removed.” Cllr Lavin and place. He continued: Cllr. O’Brien Cllr O’Brien were extremely “There were quite a few safety concerns, especially when it pleased that an alternate location for the parking bays was found. came to the issues of moving

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Wedding Bells: Stephen Neville from Donabate and Helen Lynders from Portrane are pictured on their wedding day at Donabate Church on 2nd May last.

Bethany Support Group In Swords Swords Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary services for the bereaved people of the North County. The support group meets on the second and last Monday of every month in the Parish Office at 42 North Street from 8.30 pm to 9.30pm. Anyone suffering the pain of loss through bereavement is most welcome to attend these meetings. Group discussion or support on a one-to one basis is available. This is a free and confidential service. Home visits can be arranged in certain circumstances. The group is affiliated to the national network of Bethany Bereavement Support Groups. Their members are trained to listen and help people to understand and come to terms with their loss. For more information about Bethany branches nationwide, google Bethany Bereavement Support.

Fundraiser For Playgrounds In Swords Swords Needs Playgrounds group are holding a Fitness Fundraiser at St. Finian’s GAA Clubhouse, River Valley, Swords on Saturday, 1st June. Classes will include Pilates, Zumba and a Bootcamp circuit. It all starts at 10am and the cost is €10 per class. Contact 087 6892902 to book your place. The fundraiser will help to raise money to build two playgrounds and one all weather football pitch in Swords. To date, the group has raised €3,000.

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Rolestown Parish Pilgrimage Rolestown Parish are organising a number of pilgrimages over the coming months and are asking people who wish to travel to make book their places as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. On Saturday, 25th May, they will depart for Knock Shrine, leaving

Rolestown Church at 7.50 am with pick-up point at JC’s, Swords and Civic Offices in Swords at 8am and Malahide at 8.10am. The cost is €35. All enquiries to the Parochial House at 01-8401514. Further events include a one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg on Saturday, 31st August costing €70, including meals and coach and boat fares. A pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 16th to 23rd August, costing €769 per person all in.

Pictured are a group of Dutch students from Maartens College in Haren, Holland who are studying English in Swords. They visited Swords Park to acquaint themselves with the skills of hurling, as part of their studies of Irish traditions and culture.

“This scheme will assist parents on low incomes to return to work, and when fully up and running, will make a crucial difference to thousands Local councillor, Tom O’Leary of families.” (FG), has welcomed news that “I will be lobbying Minister for the first pilot phase of the new Children, Francis Fitzgerald to ensure that the North County is afterschool childcare included in the second scheme has started. phase of this scheme. If In this first phase, up to there are any other 500 childcare places are groups in the being made available to Balbriggan Ward people around the (Skerries, Rush, Lusk, North County who have Balbriggan) that wish to been long-term unemavail of the scheme, ployed or were former please email me and I r e c i p i e n t s o f t h e O n e Cllr. O’Leary will lobby on your Parent Family Payment and who have received a job behalf.” “Customers who meet o f f e r , o r h a v e s i g n i f i c a n t l y the criteria will get a letter of increased their part-time hours. e l i g i b i l i t y f r o m t h e i r l o c a l T h e s c h e m e w i l l i n v o l v e a office, which will also inform Government subsidy of €35 per them of the amount of afterweek and a parental contribu- school childcare provision they tion of €20 per week per child. are entitled to.” During school holidays, the The second phase of the pilot G o v e r n m e n t s u b s i d y w i l l will be rolled out in July this increase to €100 per week, but year, with national roll-out in the parental contribution will September. A total of 6,000 places will be available remain at €20 per week. the scheme is He told the County Leader, when implemented in full.

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Local Group In Fitness Battle With Council

Swords Man Gets On His Bike For Charity Swords resident, Ciarán Burke will soon be on his bike this June to raise sponsorship for MS Ireland. Ciaran and and his pal, Emmett O’Looney will cycle across the breadth of France from West to East, a distance of over 1000 km. They plan to pedal almost 160 km per day over seven consecutive days to reach their destination. To mark the challenge Ciarán bravely participated in a sponsored leg-wax in Swords on Tuesday, 14th May last. All monies raised are

going towards the Dublin North branch of MS Ireland. Ciarán spoke to the County Leader and said he was really looking forward to the event. “We’re both really eager to get on our bikes and start the cycle. It’s a fantastic way to raise funds for MS Ireland and will be a great challenge too.” “Hopefully, my hairless legs will make me more aerodynamic for the cycle challenge!” he joked. “The night was a great success and we want to say a big thank you to Bloom

Short Story Competition In Balbriggan The Balbriggan Summerfest Short Story Competition will take place once again this year. This is great chance for budding authors to submit a piece for this annual competition. The winning entry will be announced during the Balbriggan Summerfest Opening Ceremony on Friday, 31st May, where the winner will be presented with the Breege Tuite Memorial

Swords man Ciaran Burke, who is set to cycle across France for 7 days for MS Ireland is pictured having his legs waxed for the charity. The pain is being provided by Maria McCarthy from Blooms Beauty Rooms.

Beauty Rooms based in Kinsealy Pharmacy who did the leg-wax for us. We raised €348.11 from the event and

have now exceeded our €2000 target for our 1000km Charity Cycle in France,” said Ciaran.

Trophy and a prize (the winner will be notified in advance). Competition entries should be original and unpublished and of 1000 words or less and can be on any topic. Entrants must be aged 18 or over, and the entrant’s name and contact details (address, phone number and/or email) should be provided on a separate page. The closing date for this competition is Friday, 24th May at 5:00pm and all entries should be left into Balbriggan Library and marked as follows: Balbriggan Summerfest Short Story Competition C/O Balbriggan Library. Good luck!

Rush Library Protest Creates Quite A Stir Local TD Clare Daly, with a group of lively and determined meeting of Rush residents staged a successful ‘Novel Gathering’ at Rush Library on Saturday, May 11th to protest the Council’s intentions to slash Rush Library hours by up by 50 per cent. Residents and other local councillors alike have spoken to the County Leader over the past few weeks, protesting the cuts to this valuable community amenity, and many meetings and further protests were held also. Clubs, societies, community groups, students and others came along with colourful banners and signs with an outline of what the library means to them. Daly told the County Leader: “The range of groups and individuals who attended the protest and explained what the library means to them was truly striking. We had school students, members of chess clubs, art clubs, Irish classes and many others outlining the range of activities that are now under threat as a result of County Council’s decision to slash library hours.” “Residents in Rush fought so hard for this facility and it was of such use in the area that there was no way they were going to sit back and allow this to happen,” Daly continued. The communities affected by these potential cuts have shown strong perseverance over the last number of weeks, and it seems all their hard work has paid off as the County Leader recently got word that the County Council’s

A local fitness group has begun a petition to the County Council to challenge a law preventing classes being held outdoors during summer months. The group has been working on the petition in recent months in an effort to campaign against council by-laws regarding the use of the public parks across the North County. Fingal Kettlebells is a local fitness group that holds weekly kettlebell and running classes in Swords, Rush, Malahide and Donabate. On Saturday mornings, the group holds free boot-camp classes. In recent months however, they have been informed by the Council that they are not permitted to offer the service in a public park. “Up until two years ago there was no problem, I’d been using the public parks for a couple of years,” explained owner of

By Patrick Finnegan Fingal Kettlebells Dinny Collins. “Last summer council workers came up to me and said I would need to apply for a licence. I had no

and has written to the council to express his “deep exasperation” relating to the laws in place. “The bootcamp class has been dropped and people are asking for it. I see exercise classes all the time on council land but in the eyes of the council, they’re illegal. So everyone


sites exist where fitness classes are permitted, one in Malahide Castle and one in Ardgillan Castle. “I went up to have a look at the site at Malahide Castle and it was useless. This issue doesn’t just affect people in my class, it affects anyone who wants to do an exercise class

Pictured is Dinny Collins (front row in dark outfit) with the rest of the Fingal Kettlebells as they prepare to train at Colaiste Choilm in Swords.

problem with that but then the council said there was no such thing as a licence, that you’re just not allowed use any council land for any exercise classes.” Dinny has been working on the petition over the last number of months

who is doing it is essentially breaking the law, which is ridiculous,” he continued. Of the 5,000 acres of open space throughout the North County, Dinny said he was informed by a council employee that only two designated

outside. Fitness classes should be in the public eye promoting health and fitness to the wider community.” The group plan to continue working on their petition before taking the matter up further with the Council.

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Pictured here is local TD Clare Daly with local children at the recent Rush Library protest.

plan to cut the library opening hours in Rush ( and also Balbriggan and Baldoyle) have been postponed! Things are not out of the woods yet as the money to keep the hours as they are still has to be found, but Daly says this positive outcome has “shown the strength of people power and is a prime example of the strength of community spirit around the North County. We will continue to persevere to ensure our library hours stay as they are,” she concluded.


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Plan Your Dream Day Start at the beginning and that means putting all your cards on the table and deciding what is reasonable and what is out of the question. If you’re going to have a traditional wedding in a church, you would need to see if the date you want if available. This is crucial and you need to be really doing this first. Another thing that should be high on the priority list is the venue. These things are so important and if they are left on the long finger you could end up being sorry in the end. The big day is something that some people plan for a few years, however others that may be in different situations and decide to get married within a few months. Whatever way you decide to go make sure you keep your plan of action at hand. Here’s a tip, place a poster of your to-do list in your kitchen. You spend time there every day and when you’re waiting on the kettle to boil, or your toast to pop you could be making a few phone calls. The kitchen is also a place you can summon your family and decide who is doing what. When handing out jobs for the wedding you have to have everything covered and consider other people’s feelings. Does your other half have a bigger family than you and maybe they will have more on the altar. If a situation like this arises and you don’t want a big wedding party, make this decision early. These days some people only go for one bridesmaid and one groomsman. This way you can still have the traditional wedding style without the big fuss. On the other hand if you want to have a lot of family and friends taking part in the ceremony, make that decision too.


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A Life Changing Role Mary Courtney has been involved with the Skerries RNLI for a decade. Serving as Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) for all those years, she has recently decided to step down from these duties and take on a smaller role. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic achievement that she has devoted so many years to this vital group, that are so active around the community. To mark Mary’s many years of volunteerism, it seemed only fitting to interview her for this week’s North County Living column. “I’ve been living in Skerries all my life and my husband started out as an RNLI volunteer crew member, which would have got me familiar with all the goings on,” she said. “He would have been extremely involved and told me that they were looking for somebody. Growing up, myself and my four siblings would have always had the ethos that we should give something back to the community, and there’s always been this super community spirit around Skerries to begin with. My father would have been very involved in his local community and it’s something that we all carried on throughout our lives. So, I went ahead and joined and have been involved ever since.” Thinking back to the very beginning, Mary says she had absolutely no English or Journalism training when she took on the role and mentions her three day intensive training course, which she says was fantastic. “It was very intense, but it was brilliant; myself and all the volunteers learnt all the ropes. We had journalists in to teach us how to take reports and how to write, we were interviewed for radio and then we were taken to the BBC studios and interviewed for television, which was quite a nerve wracking experience!” “The RNLI training programme for volunteers is one of the best I’ve come across,” she continued. “You get every level of training possible so that you’re completely prepared for the role you’re about to take on. It gave me the confidence I needed going in, especially as I had no press background.” Mary then goes on to mention the brilliant support structure that she had within the Skerries RNLI, and says she can’t speak highly enough of all her co-workers who are always there to offer their support if needed. “It was great to get that new set of skills, though I did find the role challenging enough at the start until I got into the swing of things, but because of the support network that we have, it was easy to settle in.” Some may not realise the the RNLI as a group is made up entirely of volunteers, all of whom are giving up their own free time to devote to saving the lives of those who might get into distress while out at sea. “The RNLI crew are just exceptional,

and I’m so proud to call them my friends. They’re going out to potentially save lives, so the work they do is immense. From when they get a call they have just eight minutes to get to their location and get out to sea so its a very high pressured role.” She praises all the volunteers who devote so much time and energy to this vital group. “I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of incredible work that goes in to ensuring everything is run smoothly. As well as all our crew members and other volunteers, we also have a fantastic fundraising committee led by Linda Brown. “The fundraising committee work so hard and we wouldn’t be where we are today without all the amazing generosity we get from all the local communities around Skerries, Rush, Lusk Balbriggan, Swords and the other towns. The generosity we have seen from everyone has really been amazing, we can’t thank people enough.” The fundraising committee is currently made up of fantastic community volunteers, but they are always looking for more to lend a hand, so please get in touch with the group if this is something you are interested in. She says she has had many highlights over her decade long involvement with the group, one in which she had the opportunity to meet President Michael D. Higgins, but that it was the simple things that made her involvement so enjoyable: “One of the main things has to be that I’ve truly made some friends for life. Even though I’m stepping into a different role, I’m by no means leaving the RNLI. “I couldn’t imagine not being involved, and I’ve met some wonderful people over the years.” Skerries RNLI will now have a new LPO, Gerry Canning, and Mary says that he will do a fantastic job in the role. “Gerry is just brilliant. As well as being the new LPO, he is also a crew member, so he has a real insight into all the goings on in the RNLI, from a few different angles. He’ll do a terrific job.” She goes on to thank her family and husband David for all their support over the years and wants to say a big thank you to her employers at Fugitsu in Swords (where she is an IT Project Manager), for being so understanding and accommodating about all her RNLI activities. “I couldn’t have been involved to the extent that I was without all their support; they’ve really been amazing over the years.” In her spare time Mary is a keen traveller; she’s travelled all over Europe and the USA and hopes to continue travelling in the future. “If I could I would spend all my days travelling!” She also enjoys walking, reading and spending time with friends and family. Mary intends to stay involved with Skerries RNLI as she says the group has really become a major part of her life. “It’s become a way of life for me,” she concluded.

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Local councillor, Gerry McGuire (Lab), has called on the County Council to ensure that the outfield for Swords Cricket Club at Newbridge Estate in Donabate is reinstated in sufficient time for the start of the new cricket season. Cllr McGuire also asked that the outfield be maintained, regardless of any other events that may be held there in the meantime. The Council responded to this request with a very positive statement and said that: “Works to restore and improve the Cricket outfield at Newbridge Demesne were recently completed. These works were delayed and hampered by the unseasonal weather conditions but we nevertheless envisage that the use of the cricket grounds will not be affected by this delay.” Speaking to the County Leader, McGuire said he

was very happy with this positive response, but insisted that the grounds had to be maintained. “While I am happy that the restoration works were recently completed, I am aware that more work

can be done to enhance the playability of the grounds.” “It is essential that the Swords Cricket Club grounds be maintained in the meantime, so that they won’t be affected

further. I’m pushing to see that the outfields are prepared and ready for the new cricket season ahead,” he continued. The Council concluded by saying that they would investigate how to further enhance the playability of the area in the coming weeks.

Fingal Women in Business held an information evening on Tuesday, recently at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords. The guest speaker on the night was the 'Positive Economist', Susan Hayes. Pictured at the event are, Gaye Godkin (Consultant Nutritionist), Eve Bulman (Fingal Women in Business), Diane Lawson (ACS Stationery) and Aoife Brennan (Colortrend, Swords).

Swords Car Boot Sale St Columba’s Church, Swords are running their annual car boot sales every Saturday from May to September from 10am to 2pm, in the Old Borough School, Swords. Cars cost €10, with 7 seaters/estates costing €15 and vans are €20. Gates open to sellers at 9.30am. So come along, you might just get that bargain you’ve been looking for.

Pictured at the launch of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition are: An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, Colm O’Neill, Dr. Tony Scott, co-founder of the exhibition, Eibhlin McCarthy and Katie Phelan from Loreto School Balbriggan.

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Birds, Ferrets and Other Caged Critters Most bird and rabbit cages, ferret houses, hamster homes, and the like can be adequately cleaned by wiping them down with a sponge sprinkled with baking soda or dampened with vinegar. Both of these are especially good with urine smells and stains. You might also want to add a thin layer of baking soda on the floor of the cage after cleaning to help control odours.

Fishy Fish Tank When it’s time to clean out the fish tank, clean the inside of the glass with plain noniodised salt by sprinkling it onto a damp sponge and scrubbing. This will remove hard water deposits or other build-up on the glass. Rinse everything well before returning the fish to the tank.

Aquarium Redecoration You certainly don’t want to introduce strange organisms into your delicate aquarium, but you can still go out and collect some stones for the bottom — just be sure to clean the stones thoroughly before adding them into your fish habitat. Clean the stones by scrubbing them with undiluted vinegar. However, if your rock fizzes up when you apply the vinegar, discard the stone, as it probably will affect the pH balance of your tank.


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participation in a workshop and a group interview. He will now be travelling to the USA for two weeks where he will learn about major current issues of today’s complex world through discussions with key politicians, activists and community leaders with other young people from the USA, Israel, Germany and Turkey. He will also enjoy cultural activities Junior Certificate student Alexander Haidurovs such as drumming, a barn dance and an open from Swords (originally from Latvia) has won a mic night. prestigious two week travel award to the USA. Alexsander told the County Leader how excited he was about his A student in Fingal upcoming trip: “I am Community College in incredibly pleased to Swords, he is very be one of the winners active in his community for Vermont Travel as vice chairperson of Award 2013. I feel very Fingal’s Comhairle na proud and excited. nOg. He is also part of Having to participate in a group which are a programme in hoping to launch a Vermont is something youth café. At the truly marvellous. moment the Swords Visiting the US, seeing Youth Café is open new people, sharing from 8pm to 11pm each experiences of my Friday. community, creative Alex has long been Pictured here is Alexander Haidurovs. and academic work, interested in youth learning about global issues will be an unforaffairs. He won the award after stiff competition gettable experience, which I will look back upon from other entrants from all over Ireland. The selection was based on a written application, throughout my life.”

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Swords based company, Michael Kennedy Insurance Group certainly ticks all of the boxes in this regard. This year, the company is celebrating 40 years in business. Managing Director, Michael Kennedy set up the company in 1973 and moved to it’s present location on Forster Way, Swords in 1999. So what makes Michael Kennedy Insurance Group different from other insurance brokers vying for your business? Well, the first thing to consider is that Michael Kennedy Insurance Group has grown it’s business, by building up solid relationships with their many satisfied customers, where tailored insurance solutions are provided for them. It is largely a family run business, with Michael’s wife Maria, daughter Ciara and son Fergal all actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving company. Indeed, Michael’s sister, Doreen has been with the company for over 30 years. As with all family based businesses, customer service and care are always at the forefront. Company Director, Fergal Kennedy explained, “We are insurance brokers and have access to over 40 insurance underwriters, both Mark Johnston. locally and globally, so no matter how complex an insurance issue we are faced with, we can solve it. We’re not giving you an insurance policy from just one company ; we’re not tied to any company, so we can search for the policy that best suits you,” he said. “There are many ‘yellow pack’ policies being offered by some companies in the insurance business that do not provide sufficient cover for their clients. We pride ourselves on our

customer relationships and ensuring that our clients are happy with their insurance programmes, by not only providing the cover they need, but also at the premium they expect.” Fergal continued, “We are very much benefits driven, where we will take time to explain to clients that a particular policy will cost, say €500 and another, €550. Having examined the extra benefits of the slightly more expensive policy, our recommendation would be not to scrimp on it. A typical example would be on household insurance, where accidental damage is frequently excluded from advertising campaigns run by some providers. The policy will typically tell you what’s excluded, rather than what’s included. So in a traditional policy, you will have fire, lightning, burst pipes cover, as well as nine or ten other perils. So if your house goes on fire, you have a claim.” “Accidental damage goes a step further and covers everything beyond that. We have had a couple of instances, one of which involved a man putting his Christmas tree back in his attic. He missed a rafter and came crashing down into the kids’ bedroom. That’s not covered under a standard policy and you would need an accidental damage extension to cover such an eventuality. Whilst the claim cost thousands of euro to repair, the difference in premium was only around €30. “Money well spent,” explained Fergal. This is where the expertise of the company, garnered after 40 years in business comes into play. “If the client insists on buying the cheaper policy, we will obviously oblige them, but our recommendation will be to always avail of the


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the lifetime of a policy are not uncommon. Even if you took your policy out a few years ago it is worthwhile checking out if what you are paying is still competitive. The company also advises on business insurance where there are a myriad of insurance covers available from Material Damage and Liability to Marine Insurance if, for example a company is importing goods. Other policies such as Directors and Officers Liability, Computer Insurance, including Niamh Guilfoyle. theft of laptops from your car are also discussed with clients. “Our service is very much hands-on, where we will go and meet our clients and discuss with them what they need. In the event of a claim, we are there at their side to ensure that the claim goes through as smoothly as possible. We ensure they get the maximum settlement they are entitled to in a timely manner. We regard ourselves as being their professional advisers. This is part of our customer service. We have grown our business through referrals and we treat every referral with the greatest respect and care,” said Fergal. Michael Kennedy Insurance Group has access to over 40 different insurers, which means they are Congratulations to Michael Kennedy & Staff on 40 years in business

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Pictured at the sod turning ceremony for the new Ball Wall at St Sylvesters GAA Club in Malahide are, Cllrs Anthony Lavin and Joan Maher, County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan, Adrienne Stack, Enda Flaherty (hurling captain), John Coghlan(football captain) and Sinead Treacy (ladies football captain).

New Rush Labour Branch Chairperson Elected After their recent AGM, Rush also look forward to assisting our Branch of the Labour Party elected local councillors, Ken Farrell and Robert O’Donoghue as their new Ciaran Byrne and will look to work Chairperson. O’Donoghue (31) is closely with our TD, Brendan Ryan. well-known in Rush as a teacher, a I have grown up in Rush and underfootball referee and stand its through the local music many virtues and the unique challenges it scene. He is currently faces,” he said. working for an nonIn welcoming the new government organisation, chairman, local Labour focusing on ageing issues TD, Brendan Ryan said, and social isolation in the “Rob has been a great North County. Pictured is the new addition to the Labour He told the County Leader, “I am delighted Chairperson of Rush Party in recent years and Party, Robert to have been elected Labour is a strong and active O'Donoghue. member. I know the Rush Chair of the Rush Branch of the Labour Party and look Branch will go from strength to forward to raising the profile of the strength under his chairmanship. I Branch and increasing our activity look forward to working alongside over the next few weeks and him in supporting our hard months ahead. My goal is to working local councillors, Farrell increase our community engage- and Byrne in the coming months ment and to attract new members. I and years ahead.”

The joint European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Early Childhood Ireland battery recycling campaign continues to gain momentum. So far, a total of 22,840 AA batteries have been collected in the North County alone, but with two weeks to go they are calling on all parents and preschoolers to hurry and get recycling before the May 31st deadline. This competition is part of an on-going commitment from ERP, Ireland’s only pan-European compliance scheme for electrical and electronic waste and battery recycling and Early Childhood Ireland to put recycling and sustainability at the heart of the pre-school educational agenda. As part of the campaign, ERP has supported preschool facilities nationwide in a real way by creating educational materials to nurture children’s understanding and behaviour in relation to recycling from a very early age. The competition closes on the 31st May and each participating facility will be in with a chance to win an ERP Recycling Party with face painters, balloon modellers and more, to take place in June. They will also win a trophy and a book voucher to the value of €250.

Pictured are Malahide local and head chef at Hilton Dublin, Gareth Carberry, and his sous chef, Wojciech Zawainski with their medals, after they won two awards at Catex 2013, which is dedicated to showcasing the excellence in culinary skills that exist amongst chefs in Ireland.

Colaiste Choilm, Swords won the Leinster Under 17 Cup, with a victory over Templeogue College recently. The team and coaches are pictured with the trophy, as they get ready to show off the cup to their fellow students at the school.

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Local shoppers are invited to sample the best of home grown seasonal, fresh Irish products, as part of the Tesco “Homegrown in Ireland” campaign. One of the events will be held at Tesco Balbriggan in Millfield Shopping Centre on Thursday, 23rd May between 4pm and 8pm. This showcase will highlight the

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this play reverses the male and female roles. Directed by Lynda O’Neill, this hilarious 1985 update of Simon’s original, The Odd Couple, follows newly single, neatfreak Florence as she moves in with her good friend, the slovenly

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Andy Irvine At The Millbank Theatre Legendary Irish singer/songwriter, Andy Irvine is coming to perform at the Millbank Theatre in Rush for the first time. The concert will take place on Friday 7th June at 8.00pm and the tickets are priced at €20. With his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dextrous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and World Music not to be missed. Having travelled the world with bands, such as Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, Planxty, and more recently Mozaik, Andy continues to pursue new combinations and styles of music. He has broadened his musical horizons over the course of his 40 year career to encompass the musical styles of countries he visits, such as the Balkan folk style of playing. Andy Irvine never fails to deliver a pulsating, heartfelt performance. Bookings can be made at 8437475.

Historical Talk In Rush Loughshinny and Rush Historical Society will hold their May talk at the Strand Bar in Rush on Thursday, 23rd May at 8pm. The talk, entitled ‘French Expedition To Ireland’, will be given by by Dr Edward Bourke and all are welcome. Local interest will be the Martello Towers, but the context would be where it fits into the Napoleonic Defences.


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The Great Balbriggan Bake Off To celebrate Balbriggan Summerfest, the first Great Balbriggan BakeOff will take place in Balbriggan Library on Monday, May 27th from 6.30pm. This competition is open to all amateur bakers (of all ages) with some great prizes to be won. There are four categories to enter: cakes, small cakes or buns, biscuits or cookies and finally tarts or pies You can pick up your entry form in the library. Or you can email: balbrigganlibrary@finga with your name, phone number, age (if under 16) and the cate-

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US high school students have broken the world record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time with a total of 336 students participating. They were given twominutes to pop as much bubble wrap as possible and popped more than 8,000 square feet of the material. The event was held to celebrate the thirteenth annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

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repeat business. It also directly impacts upon already strained government coffers as tax revenue from tobacco sales is hit. The cheap products rarely contain valid health information Local senator, Darragh O’Brien has said illegal as to the devastating effects of tobacco use.” cigarette smuggling represents a major drain on He continued, “The health consequences cannot the revenues of the state and is used to finance be neglected, as the increased use of illegal criminal activity, while having a major impact on tobacco sales rolls back progress on public retailers across the North County. awareness of the dangers of tobacco usage and I Speaking following a briefing with am urging the Minister for Health, Retailers Against Smuggling in Swords, James Reilly to give greater priority to O’Brien told the County Leader, “The tackling this problem.” Government must start taking this “As always, ordinary law abiding problem seriously, as it rolls back the retailers should not suffer from the progress we have made in tackling consequences of government neglect of tobacco usage.” this issue. However, taking action will “The loss of revenue affects struggling begin with a recognition on the part of retailers in the North County and across the government of the scale of the Cllr. O’Brien the city who need tobacco sales for problem,” he concluded

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Pictured at the handing over of a cheque for €2,500 by Rush Sailing Club to Skerries RNLI, which took place at Rush Sailing Club are, David Knight, Paul Thorne, Zoe Thorne, Eoin Grimes (all RNLI), Maciej Kapral-(Lidl) Chis Bell (Lidl), Jacqui McCrum (Commodore Rush Sailing Club), David Savage, Angela Byrne, David Butterly, Peter Kennedy and Paddy

Public Event On Effects Of Recession The Fingal Community and Voluntary Forum (FCVF), in conjunction with SeeChange are hosting an event entitled “Recession, Debt, Depression and You”. The event will take place on Wednesday, 29th May from 7.30 pm to 9pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. This event is free and open to the public and is one of a series of recession related seminars that are being organ-

ised throughout the North County. Admission is free but places are limited, so book your place at 01-8905618. Chairperson of the FCVF John Barrett told the County Leader, “Our members are only too aware of the impact of recession, debt and job loss on the peace of mind of their families. This event should be of interest to those experiencing financial and mental stress due to recessionary factors. It will also provide valuable information for families and loved ones who wish to help.”

Skerries Set For Rás Finale Again It’s that time of year again, when Skerries becomes the centre of road race cycling in Ireland. For the eighth consecutive year, Skerries will host the final stage finish of the An Post Rás on Sunday 26th May, where one exceptional rider will be crowned the victor and claim the coveted yellow jersey. The final stage sets off from Naas that morning with the peloton embarking on a punishing 145 kilometre ride to the finish in Skerries. Another tremendous reception will await the peloton once they reach Skerries, while the Swords Cycling Club, the Skerries C o m m u n i t y Association, the Chamber of Commerce and others always put in a lot of hard work each year to ensure a wonderful end to the race. The

Pictured at the opening of the newly revamped Superquinn store at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords are, Ian Hunter (Centre Director, Pavilions), Paul Dunne (General Manager, Superquinn) and Deirdre King (Marketing Manager, Pavilions).

local committee in Skerries is arranging a huge street party to welcome the rider’s home. The fun kicks off at 1pm with a range of activities for all ages including street games, funfair, farmer´s market stalls, face-painting and magic shows. The 8 day International cycling road race takes place from May 19th to 26th and as well as the global feel to the event the emphasis will again be on national, regional and top level sponsored amateur cycling teams.

Upcoming Swords Cycling Club Events Swords Cycling Club League is an annual League comprising of 20 races held on Wednesday evenings throughout the months of May, June, July and August. The purpose of these races is to provide a platform for all members to improve their cycle racing to such an extent, that they are capable of entering “Open” races (races run on a National and international level). Each race is run as a Competitive Pace event, where riders of similar abilities are grouped together. The slowest group sets off first, followed by the next fastest group at an appropriate time gap. A maximum of 5 groups per race. The last group (The “Scratch” Group”) consists of the fastest club members and sets off last. The League also consists of two timed Hill Climbs, a 10 Mile Time Trial and a 25 Mile Time Trial. The Swords Club League has been held in North County Dublin every year since 1986 on open roads and all races are fully marshalled by Swords CC members themselves.

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Drogheda Motor Show Announces New Charity Partner The Drogheda Motor Show have announced their Charity partner for the show this year The Drogheda Special Olympics club. The motor dealers of Drogheda have always supported local charities through the show and this year, are delighted to be working with the local group as they try to raise awareness and funds for their own new clubhouse. Sean Carolan, Public Relations Officer with Drogheda Special Olympics Club said, “We’d like to thank the organisers for this perfect opportunity to showcase our wonderful club to the people of Drogheda and the surrounding areas.” New attractions at the show this year will include a full safety demonstration exhibition from the Fire Brigade, St. Johns Ambulance, Coastguard and the Gardai in the outdoor car park, a Vintage car show and Energie Fitness

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Flightfest To Showcase Thousands Of Local Jobs “Half of the world’s aviation fleet is now managed from Ireland, with 1,000 people directly employed in the aviation leasing industry in Ireland.” This is according to local TD Alan Farrell (FG). As a fitting acknowledgement of this fact, the Irish Aviation Authority, The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Dublin’s Lord Mayor have announced a unique ‘Flightfest’ aviation event for The Gathering 2013. Farrell told the County Leader: “In the year of the Gathering this is a great opportunity to promote the aviation industry and its contribution to the Irish economy, which is estimated at €4.6 billion to our GDP. Nationally it supports 16,000 jobs directly and 54,000 jobs indirectly.” “Ten thousand of these jobs are based at Dublin Airport. Considering that for every one job created at Dublin Airport, four indirect jobs are created locally, an event such as this that will promote the industry on the world stage is invaluable to the North County,” Farrell continued. Flightfest will be a free family event taking place on Sunday 15th September. Aircrafts will take off from Dublin Airport, into Dublin Port and up along the River Liffey. The quays will be pedestrianised and many family and festival attractions will be available. The flypast will last for two hours and is really an event not to be missed.

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Balbriggan’s Robert Is Irish Amateur Champ It was a weekend to remember for Balbriggan golfer, Robert Cannon, when he captured the pestigious Irish Amateur Open Golf Championship at the Royal Dublin Golf Course last Sunday week. Robert won the championship in a playoff, where he edged out last year’s winner, and fellow North County player, Malahide man, Gavin Moynihan. The Irish Amateur is seen as a stepping stone along the way to a professional career, and previous winners of the title have included Padraig Harrington, Michael Hoey, Joe Carr and former British Open champion, Luis Oosthuizen from South Africa. It looks loke we’ll be seeing a lot more of Robert in the years to come.

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MORGAN, Una (nee McKnight) (Damastown, Naul, Co. Dublin, formerly Keady, Co. Armagh) – May 15, 2013, after a long illness, in the loving care of the staff at Highfield Healthcare, Drumcondra, in particular those in the Ryall Unit and most recently Our Lady’s Ward, Mater Hospital, wife of the late Jim and mother of the late Mary ; deeply regretted by her loving daughters Rosa, Cindy, Moya, Mairead and Fionnuala, sons Peter and Seamus, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.


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FORAN, Christopher (Ballyboughal and formally of Clonshaugh, Dublin) – May 15, 2013, (peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Beloved husband of the late Veronica and dear father of Sarah and James : sadly missed by his loving daughter, son, parents, Joseph and Katleen, brother, sisters, extended family and friends. Rest in peace.

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Fingal County Council We Winsac Limited, Intend to apply for Planning Permission on a site comprising Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Co.Dublin. The Development will consist of : Modifications to House type ( House Type D only ) and associated number of dwellings ( 26 No. House Type D ) contained within Sectors Two and Three of the Residential Development “Barnageeragh Cove” granted planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F12A/0245 and previously granted planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F11A/0264. The Dwelling as approved under Reg. Ref. No. F12A/0245 comprised of: (i) 26 no. House Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses @ 154sq.m each. The Dwelling proposed comprises of : (ii) 26 no. House Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses with two storey bay window to front @ 155sq.m each. Modifications include: Bay Window increased in size, Extra Living space on first floor, New Attic storage space and Internal layout amendments through-out. 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 previously approved dormer bungalow on approved site (Planning Ref: F11A/0343) located to rear of No.1 Feltrim Road, Streamstown, Malahide Co. Dublin. Applicant: L. Donnelly. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the appli-

cation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Retention Planning permission is sought for temporary use of mobile home located on site at rear of No.1 Feltrim Road, Streamstown, Malahide Co. Dublin. Applicant: L. Donnelly. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for revised planning (F11A/0432) for single storey extensions to side and rear, including external and internal alterations at Tanglewood, Broomfield, Malahide Co. Dublin. Applicants: J. Henry & T.Mulcahy This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council North Fingal Citizens Information Service seeks permission for new ground floor entrance door and ramp and external signage at Harry Reynolds Road elevation (east elevation) and signage at rear elevation (west) at Unit 2B Fingal Bay Business Park, Harry Reynolds Road, Balbriggan. The planning application may be

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inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Ardruim Partnership for revisions to previously approved planning permission (Reg Ref; F09A/0673) on site at Bridge Street/ Church Road, Swords, Co Dublin. The revisions consist of A) increase in size of primary care facility from 1,594 sq m to 2,878.5 sq m at upper ground and first floor levels (to include HSE and GP facilities) and corresponding reduction in size of nursing home, pharmacy, restaurant/cafe, retail unit, atrium and circulation space at these levels, B) relocate pharmacy from upper ground floor level to lower ground floor level and C) minor alterations to elevational treatment. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council I Donagh Higgins intend to apply for retention permission, and permission for development at this site address: McCreadie’s Lane, Malahide, Co Dublin. The development to be retained is the uncompleted house two storey house with basement and associated site works known as ‘house 2’ of Register Reference F06A/1113 and permission for the completion of ‘house 2’ as per Register Reference F06A/1113. 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 being sought for

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revision to approved Planning permission, (Planning Ref: F12A/ 0221) for detached house to rear of “Oak View”, Dublin Road, Balbriggan, the revision sought is for use of the existing alternative vehicular access from relief road in lieu of the approved from the side of existing house. Applicant: Michael Kenny. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application Fingal County Council Planning permission is being sought for revisions to approved Planning permission, (Planning Ref: F12A/ 0297) relating to extension and porch at 8 Church Road, Swords, Co. Dublin works include the provision of ramp for disabled access, revised front porch, infill internal yard, additional 2 No. windows to northern side and modifications of approved roof and provision of garden shed to rear garden. Applicant: B. Kenny. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.


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