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Skerries Roads Are A Safety Hazard By Patrick Finnegan


he terrible condition of the approach roads to Skerries is a cause of concern to many local residents. The roads, which include the Dublin Road on the Skerries side of the railway bridge and the Balbriggan Road are in a particularly poor state. Dublin Road is the main thoroughfare out of the town to Swords and on to the city, has, according to local residents, “become a

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safety hazard for motorists and cyclists alike.” The road runs from Thomas Ashe Street, past the Community Centre right up as far as the roundabout at the top of Miller’s Lane. The sides of the road are collapsing, due in the main to the harsh winter we have experienced and also to the perceived neglect of the council to repairing it. It is particularly hazardous between Martine Court and the entrance to Mill Hill estate. Skerries has always been one of the tourism capitals of the North County and has a long tradition of

welcoming people to the town from the city and indeed from all over the world as day trippers and for more extended visits. Ray Hunt from the Tourism Office in the town spoke of the decrepit state of the roads in the town and particularly the Balbriggan Road. He told the County Leader, “From a tourism point of view, it gives a very bad impression to visitors. In tourism, first impressions count. You have to make the visitors feel that they have made the right decision in coming to visit a place and if that first impression is knocks and bumps which they’re driving into, then that’s not good,” he said. Speaking to the County Leader, locals expressed their fears that a terrible accident is set to happen on Dublin Road unless the County Council gets its act together and prioritises the upgrading of this road. Resident, John Corcoran complained about the damage caused to his car. “I’ve had my wheel damaged, not the tyre. It is an alloy wheel, which cost me a lot of money. The council need to get their priorities right. They have just done some repairs at the railway bridge, but this spot filling is no good, as it washes away in the rain. Motorists have to go into the centre of the road to avoid the damage and this is so dangerous. I don’t allow my daughter to cycle on this road,” he said. Continued on page 16

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Corduff School Dedicates Garden To Former Principal On Friday 18th June, Corduff National School, Lusk welcomed the Garda Band as part of their celebrations to dedicate their new school garden to retired Principal, Mr Seamus Tynan. Unfortunately the day was very wet, which curtailed much of the activities to indoors. The children and all present enjoyed the lovely music of the band. This event took place almost two years to the day since the school community made a promise to Seamus to develop a new school garden and to name it in his honour. Seamus was the Teaching Principal at Corduff for 35 years. He had previously taught in Rush NS and had an amazing 41 years unbroken service. He retired from Corduff in June 2009 amid huge celebrations. “Seamus always shared his love of nature and gardening with his pupils,” said Anna McKeown, Corduff Principal. “He is an accomplished musician and generations of children developed a love of traditional Irish music and the tin whistle under his tutelage. I can’t think of a more appropriate way to honour his service to the school than to combine the music of the Garda Band with the success of our new garden project.” Continued on page 16

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on to get the report and an update on the status of the projects associated with the club.” “It was by any standards a very basic response,” he continued. “But I got it in writing from the Council that all initiatives and projects will continue. I’ll be making sure that the projects go ahead in the coming months and I’m expecting the Council to fulfil their promise to support the projects.”

By Jennifer McShane Student, Luke Madden from Swords will be travelling to Malawi in Africa on the 24th of June to teach in an SOS children’s village. Luke, who is in his final year of teaching in Hope University in Liverpool, will be travelling over with nine other volunteers to teach children who would not have access to education facilities. Speaking to the County Leader, Luke says this is something that he’s always been interested in: “Ever since I was 15, I’ve been interested in doing volunteer work like this. I think its great that I can help those that are deprived of education and it will be a fantastic experience overall.” Luke has set up a Just Luke Madden Giving account, so that anyone can donate to the cause if they wish. “I am in the process of trying to get some funds together so that I can donate them when I’m over there. I would be so grateful to anyone who would like to donate to help support a very worthy cause.” he said. Please visit: if you would like to make a donation.

Every year, the Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel plays host to a flock of ducks who inhabit the pond at the rear of the hotel. Hotel manager, Allen Clarke said that this year, the survival rate of the new brood was the highest yet. “They are very welcome visitors each year and, while the present flock are due to leave shortly, we look forward to next year’s arrival,” he said.



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Developer Forced To Upgrade Lusk Road There was great news for residents of Minister’s Road and Dun Emer estates in Lusk recently, with the issuing of a court order, compelling the developer to complete upgrade work on the road. The court case between the County Council and developer, O’Dwyer Nolan ended with Judge Linnane ruling in favour of the local authority. She ordered both parties to meet under Section 160 of the Planning

and Development Act 2000. This area has been a safety hazard for motorists and pedestrians alike for a long time now. The Order requires that upgrade work be carried out to comply with the Planning Permission Reference F04A-0202 and in accordance with drawings referred to and furnished to the County Council in February 2005. The order required O’Dwyer Nolan to carry out

these works within a period of six months. The developer is expected to lodge an appeal against the order in the High Court. County Mayor and local resident, Cllr. Ken Farrell was thrilled with the outcome. “I’m absolutely delighted with the order and these works will help to alleviate the plight of residents of Dun Emer particularly in regard to the matter of pedestrian linkage and ensures the safety of the children who live here and also for the population of Lusk as a whole,” he said.

Balbriggan Group Relies On Donations Balbriggan youth group, Remember Us, has said it is now almost solely reliant on fundraising efforts and donations having had much of its funding cut in the last two years. Remember Us aims to provide a social outlet for young people with special needs whilst offering support and information to the parents, families and carers of the children. A spokesperson for the group says it is

becoming more difficult to give the support needed thanks to the cuts: “We’re getting cutbacks all the time but we’re still providing the service we always have so we’re relying on fundraising and donations more than ever before. With more looking to join the group from all over the North County, it does put more pressure on us. We really appreciate all the donations and support that we receive.”

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Uplifting Instance Of Kindness In Balbriggan By Roxana Neag An uplifting and feel good story happened in Balbriggan recently. A women went into the pharmacy looking for medication, but discovered that she had not enough money to pay for the entire prescription. The owner of Balbriggan Pharmacy, located right in the heart of the town, Paul Harnett gave her the medication, smiled and asked her to go home and come back the next day with the rest of money. Its almost as if we had turned the clock back to a different era, before money became such a god. “Being nice is simply part of our service. It is important to look after our clients and build a relationship with our customers. My staff and I would like to be treated like this,” he said. He testifies that he cannot ignore the crowd of people who have

support vessels. Their goal was to row to Holyhead, a 100 kilometre distance within 12 hours. They arrived in 11 hours and 55 minutes.

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lost their jobs and are queuing everyday at the Social Welfare Balbriggan branch, which is right on the next street to his pharmacy. He admitted that he had some bad experiences with his clients in the past, but despite all, he keeps trusting people. “I have a sixth sense about my customers. I think it is just experience,” concluded the pharmacist, from whom many people have something to learn. To complete a nice story, the woman was as good as her word and came back the following day with the rest of the money. There are certain simple things which happen everyday that restore your faith in humanity. Paul Hartnett

The conditions were almost perfect when the crew set off, but the teams were rowing against the tide for the last three hours. The team was greeted by the Royal Navy and over a hundred locals when they arrived in Holyhead. Spokesman, Brian Dempsey said, “Every single person on the team really gave it 100 per cent. They just couldn’t have given any more. Literally they couldn’t get out of the boat at the end. They were physically exhausted,” he said. The row is expected to raise €15,000 for The 3T’s, Turning the tide of suicide charity. The members of the Dublin Airport Police, Fire and Rescue Service are believed to be the first Irish emergency service team to complete this row.

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By Kieran Dunne residents turned out in force to lend their support and demand the delivery of the much needed Metro infrastructure, following recent reports indicating the bleak prospect of the project being axed. Organised by Deputy Clare Daly TD (SP), locals attended carrying placards of support, signed peti-

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tions and listened attentively to an intertwined group of political representatives outside the County Council offices in Swords. The mood was one of conviction as those who gathered listened attentively to the confident pitches Pictured at the 'Yes to Metro' public meeting outside County Hall in Swords are from local representa- from left, Ken Duffy, Des Becton (Swords Tidy Towns), Clare Daly TD, and Swords tives such as Deputy residents, Alice and Paddy Gerrard. Clare Daly (SP), Cllr Eugene Coppinger Devitt (FG). All had jobs. Deputy Daly ment and economic (SP), Cllr Tom Kelleher gathered for what is insisting that Metro benefits of this project (Lab), and Cllr Anne the start of a project North has gone further and in turn, we are to get Metro North than the other two calling on the people delivered for the proposed projects in of the area to come people of the North terms of money spent out and let their feelCounty. The ‘Yes to and planning. The ings known. This Metro North’ European Investment project is not only for campaign backs the Bank has also agreed Swords, but for the building of a transport a figure of €500 city as a whole and we link that will connect million which would want to make the Swords and the City be paid to the contract Government and Centre with 14 stops tender. Ministers aware about Fingal Dublin Chamber how important Metro along the way. The line, when deliv- CEO, Tony Lambert North is,” he ered, will pass four was very forceful in concluded. hospitals, two univer- his support for Metro sities, Croke Park and North. He told the Dublin Airport. It is County Leader, “The fully viewed as an essential Chamber project for North supports YES to Metro Dublin and would North. We must make create well over the people of Swords The residents of 25,000 immediate aware of the employ- Balbriggan are gearing up

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John Kelly is pictured outside the dumping yard on Dublin Road in Swords. The yard backs on to his back garden and is seen as an eyesore and a safety hazard in the area.

pride in their community, but what chance have they when others have no pride in their own areas. This is a particularly gruesome eyesore for all, not only for residents, but for visitors alike. It is the first thing you notice upon arrival in Swords. and if you are upstairs in a bus, you will get a bird’s eye view.” An angry John continued, “What a wonderful first impression of Swords. There is a constant stream of tourists here who avail of the local hostelries and this is right in the middle of their walkabout on their way to the town centre,” he said. “Outside of the visual impact, it has enormous implications for the safety of children, who are attracted to this wasteland like a magnet. I am dreading the upcoming Halloween season, where serious injury will occur unless something is done,” he concluded. Balbriggan which assist in safety. We’re hoping to make it an annual event so we just want to let people know early that it will be happening as we’d love everyone to get involved.” “Although I can’t say too much about the events

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By Patrick Finnegan Swords resident, John Kelly has hit out at a major eyesore at the entrance to the town, on the eve of the arrival of the Tidy Towns judging panel. John, from Carlton Court estate on Dublin Road lives beside a dumping yard for old vehicles and debris, which is owned by developers, the Bailey Brothers. Debris collected from various repair jobs around the county are dumped in the yard, along with old machinery and other odds and ends. He said, “I read with great interest your article in last week’s publication of the County Leader about Tidy Towns in Swords looking for volunteers. These are people who take care and

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Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand is a beautiful coastal beach liked by the locals and those from further afield. Pictured here L-R are Christopher Sullivan with his horse Budweiser, Tina Loughran with her horse Polly and Sandra Collins with her horse Sparrow who travelled from their stables in Rathleek, Dunboyne to ride on the beach. “It’s lovely out here” Sandra explained. “Some riders at the stables come out Pic: JR three times a week.”

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Pictured enjoying Christine Cahill's 50th birthday party in The Lord Mayor's, Swords are, Graham Cahill, Christine Cahill, Dolores Kavanagh, John Belmont, Ann Maxwell and Kim Cahill. EMcQ

Rita Traynor is pictured here in The Old Boro in Swords at her work leaving do with friends, Sinead Mitchell, Shay Kinsella, Louise Shiels and Terri Hanley. JR

It was Bon Voyage in The Old Schoolhouse, Swords for Kaley Doyle and Joshua Watters, who are going away to Thailand for six weeks, then Malaysia - and finally settling in Australia to live and work. EMcQ

It was Joey Burke's 50th Birthday and he celebrated with a party in Peacock's, River Valley. Pictured enjoying the night are Daniel Burke, Mon Burke, Joey Burke, Megan Burke and Sally-Anne Burke. EMcQ Martin Hanratty is pictured here celebrating his 50th birthday with his wife, Zara Hanratty and son and daughter, Martin and Sandra Hanratty in The Estuary in Swords. JR

Swords couple, Alan Brady and Ciara Breen are packing their bags and heading to sunnier Australian shores for a year. They are pictured here at their going away party in the Harp Bar in Swords. JR

It was Emma Phillips 30th birthday in The Harp Lounge in Swords. She is pictured here with Martin Ryan. EMcQ Pictured at a Girls' Night Out in The Old Boro, Swords recently are, Charlotte Gill, Saoirse Gill, Linda Ryan, Elaine O'Brien, Carolina EMcQ Foley, Elaine Curran, Claire McCallien and Charlene Fitzpatrick.

Pictured at their 40th wedding anniversary in The Old Schoolhouse in Swords are PJ and Nora Thomas, who celebrated the event with friends and family. JR

Husband and wife, Declan and Marie Brennan celebrated their joint 60th birthday in the The Old Schoolhouse recently. Their daughters Christine and Denise organised and planned a large surprise party and secretly lured their parents to the Schoolhouse for some quiet birthdays drinks, or so they thought. When they arrived, Swords residents Declan and Marie were greeted by over 100 of their closest friends and family. They have been married for 35 years and were born less than a week apart! Declan and Marie are pictured here with daughters Christine and Denise shortly after arriving, still in shock. JR

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Snippet Volunteers Needed In Skerries Skerries Tidy Towns are seeking volunteers who would be willing to do some painting over the next few weeks. This can be done in their own time and paint and brushes will be supplied. If interested please phone: 0879946638. All support is greatly appreciated.

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Malahide Landmark Nears Completion By Jennifer McShane Following up on our story of the work of the replacement of the landmark Malahide Fountain in the Grand Hotel, the County Leader has been told the project is almost completed. This serves as great news for the town as everything will be organised in time for the Tidy Towns judging, which is just weeks away. Speaking to the County Leader, Gerry Rafferty from the Malahide

Seeing The Difference As my internship at the County Leader will come to an end on the

German and the Irish way of life. Some of them were new to me “My name is Sascha Schlichtinger (20) and I’m from Germany. Having passed my final exams last summer and having done community service, I work for a German newspaper. To improve my English and getting working skills, I’m doing an internship at the North County Leader”.

24th of June, I guess it is time for a resume. Having spent the last six weeks living and working in North County Dublin. I realised that there are differences in the

and difficult to get used to, but some I would like to take back home with me. First of all it started with the friendliness Ireland is famous for. Nearly everybody

Tidy Towns committee says that the final touches are being put so that the flower bed will be ready for the judging: “The plumbing and electrical stage is almost finished and then we just have to paint it. The County Council have very nicely donated all the plants for the flower bed which we really appreciate. Gemma Carr from the Council has been especially helpful with the project so we’d just like to thank her for all her efforts.” “We’re really looking forward to the judging. Everyone has put so much hard work in and we’re so appreciative. It’s been a real team effort,” he said.

gives his best to help you, is interested in your story and really wants to know how you are. This is something I really enjoyed and would love to have in Germany. Another quite simple example, which was very impressive to me, is, that everybody queues at the bus stop and waits until people get out. It’s sad that you wouldn’t find that in Germany, where chaotic situations arise when a bus stops. And it was very interesting to me, that Irish people just have a little snack during their lunch and a bigger dinner in the evening. This would be the other way round in Germany, and I have to admit it took me some time to get used to that. People remain

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Remarkable Record By Local Cricketer A North County cricket player was celebrating last week following the 509th dismissal of his career, a wicket keeping Leinster record. Dara Armstrong, the North County Cricket Club skipper and wicket keeper, broke the record in a cup game against Terenure when he bagged the one dismissal needed to dislodge former record holder, Charlie Kavanagh, to become the sole holder of the most dismissals in Leinster Cricket history. Armstrong, aged 38, has been with North County club in Balrothery for the last 11 years and has an average rate of 1.65 dismissals a game and 32 per season. He also holds the record for the most dismissals in one season

with 54 victims falling foul of the record breaker in 2000. With a senior career spanning over 16 seasons, the North County skipper was delighted to be the new record holder. Speaking to the County Leader following the achievement, the Rush man said: “To get there is nice. After all the hard work, graft and 10 years of commitment, it’s nice to receive some sort of recognition. People kept saying that I was only a few away (from the record) as I got closer, so to do it finishes it off nicely. It’s the icing on the cake,” he said. Armstrong now plans to expand on the newly acquired record insisting

Balbriggan Goes Bats Balbriggan Tidy Towns Biodiversity officer, Zoe Nelson, was delighted to report this week that the Balbriggan Tidy Towns team have made exciting progress regarding their ‘Bat Box’ project. Six summer roosting bat boxes have been constructed by volunteer Phil Curtis, who has constructed the boxes in compliance with advice published by the Bat Conservation Society. Bats require summer roosting located near water so that they can go out after dusk and feed on flying insects. Over

By Jennifer McShane the last number of years the reduction in the number of suitable trees has meant the bats are finding it more difficult to find roosting sites where they can snuggle down during the day and rest in groups. “These bat boxes will provide luxury accommodation for six colonies of Balbriggan bats.”’ Zoe Nelson informed the County Leader. The ‘Bat Box’ project started in August 2010 when Tidy Towns Chairman Joe Troy and Zoe Nelson visited Sonairte Ecology Centre in Co. Meath and under-

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that he will play on for another couple of years. took one of their scheduled bat walks. Following that event staff from Sonairte visited Balbriggan with their ‘Bat detector’ and identified three types of Bat in various areas of Balbriggan. Sonairte staff also advised the best location for the summer roosting boxes. The team will be erecting the boxes but are going to keep the exact location secret so that these special and endangered species can rest peacefully during the day. Zoe added that, “this is a great boost for the Tidy Towns team who were recently set back by the theft of their equipment. “We said we wouldn’t be beaten and this project is proof Tidy Towns is alive and well and active in Balbriggan,” she concluded.

Balbriggan Tidy Towns recently put two bat boxes in place. Pictured are volunteer, Ciaran Wiseman, Tidy Towns Chairperson Joe Troy and volunteer, Tom Fletcher standing under a tree where they have just put a summer roosting bat box in place.

Record Breaker. North County Cricket Club captain, Dara Armstrong is pictured after his amazing record of capturing 509 wickets in his career so far. The tally is highlighted on the scoreboard in the background. Pic: KD.

Swords Dance Crew Go To Championships Dynamic Dance Crew dancers Shane Kierans, Katie O’Neill, Micaela Gorman, Susie Walsh, Megan Rose Reynolds, Jessie Barry, Kayla Flood and Fabia Marsella will soon be packing their bags for Las Vegas after qualifying to represent Ireland in the World Hip Hop Championships. The crew from Kidcast, a dance school in Swords and Drogheda, are currently holding various fundraising events to try and raise money to cover the travelling and accommodation costs, estimated at around €20,000. The group is made up of 15 - 18 year olds and they will compete in the Varsity section of the competition which is run by Hip Hop International. Two other teams have qualified to represent Ireland in the Varsity section, taking place in the last week of July. Last year Ireland placed 3rd in the Junior Division of the World Hip Hop Championships. The dancers thanked Ger O’Neill and James Milligan who gave up their time to help the crew out on the night. We wish the team best of luck in the upcoming competition.

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They have been holding classes in Swords for over 10 years and boast a host of major honours such as the several national title holders who train with the club on a regular basis. Just last year, the club returned from the European Championships in Israel with no fewer than two medals, one gold and one silver. The club is run by Sensei, Dermot O’Keeffe, a fifth dan black belt, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s top Karate instructors. He also, like the club, boasts an impressive record and is the current World and All Japan champion, often travelling abroad to international tournaments as part of the Irish coaching staff.

Swords Karate Club were celebrating a new home this month, following the opening of a brand new state of the art facility in Seatown Business Campus. The new dojo consists of a purpose built area specially catered for Karate training with a fully matted practice area. The club, also known as Hokubu Dojo Karate, is now the only full-time dojo dedicated to the practice of Shotokan Karate in the North County.

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Pictured at the new Kids First creche in the Manor Shopping Centre in Swords Manor are children, Sienna Kelly, Chloe McTiernan, Aaron de Brun, Zofia Channel, Alexandra Manning and Róisín Geraghty, along with staff members, Ciara Sheehy, proprietor Sandra Cummins and Michelle McCann.

A whole host of events are taking place in Skerries Mils throughout June and July. Students from the Aisling Art Group will be staging a display until July 10th. For those who love photography there will be an exhibition from Designworks Photography from July 11th to 24th and finally there will be an exhibition of original art and prints by John Ennis from the 25th to the 31st July.

Malahide Cricket Club Expansion The next phase of the expansion of Malahide Cricket Club grounds will take place during July and up until the autumn season. This will involve ground works to develop a newly expanded pitch, and a second pitch in order to ensure the club has enough ground capacity for its own fixtures as well as for international matches and so on. The timing of the work has been established in order to minimise disruption to the 2011 cricket season while also ensuring that it is completed in time for autumn grass growing. For safety and security reasons the site will be fenced off from late July until spring 2012.

Malahide Schools Make Their Mark Junior and senior pupils from local schools in Malahide were invited to take part in an Art competition recently to celebrate the upcoming move of Malahide Credit Union from its current premises to the Main Street. The winning entries were submitted by St. Nicholas of Myra N.S., Kinsealy, Pope John Paul N.S. and St. Oliver Plunkett School.

Malahide Credit Union Manager, Vivienne Keavey said: “The standard of entries was second to none and it was really difficult for us to pick the winners in each category. We would like to thank all the schools that participated and congratulate those who won prizes. We look forward to meeting the pupils, teachers and parents and we hope to display the winning entries in the premises on Main Street in the coming weeks,” she said. Prizes were presented and refreshments served in the Credit Union premises at Railway Avenue on Thursday last, 16th June.

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Boylesports To Close Skerries Shops Bookmakers, Boylesports, who have branches nationwide, are to attempt to close their two shops in Skerries. However, the good news is that there will be no job losses as a result. The two shops are located on Strand Street and Skerries Point. While company spokesperson, Mark Nunan confirmed to the County Leader that if the stores close, staff in both shops will be relocated to some of their other outlets. The reason given for the proposed closures is due to “unrealistically high rents in times of economic recession.” The shop on Strand Street would seem to be ideally situated on a main thoroughfare, with a high footfall and crucially for a bookies shop, close to a number of pubs, which traditionally provide many customers for these shops. The Skerries Point outlet, however, does not seem to make any sense at all. It is located in a residential area, with no pub in the vicinity and moderate footfall for a specific reason. Further


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Snippet Corpus Christi Procession In River Valley A Corpus Christi procession will take place in River Valley on Saturday, 25th June next. The procession will take place after 7.30pm Mass in St Finian’s Church and will go around the estate and finish back at the school. The renowned Gospel Choir will perform at the Mass and a large crowd is expected.

Job Done. Little Brian Finnegan (3) from River Valley in Swords in happy mood after feeding the swans at Swords Estuary.

Swords Tidy Town Pushes On By Jennifer McShane Swords Tidy Towns secretary, Des Becton says the committee will keep “pushing on” in anticipation of the Tidy Towns judging in a few weeks time. Speaking to the County Leader, Des says the committee are very disappointed about the lack of effort from the County Council in relation to the Swords Park clean up, which is still in a bad way: “We brought up the state of the Park about three weeks ago and since then, despite some of the litter being cleared, very little effort has been made to really give the park the re-vamp that it needs. It’s these things that will make all the difference in the

judging,” he said. The Swords Tidy Towns committee was resurrected three years ago after Swords was voted one of the dirtiest towns in the city. It looks like all the hard work done with the clean up is paying off as Swords is the only town in the North County to have been nominated in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) competition. The fact that Swords has received this nomination shows that the town has come a long way since being branded one of the dirtiest towns. “We’re delighted with the nomination,” says Des. “We came 12th out of 53 towns last year and we hope to do even better this time around.” Speaking about the town’s Tidy Towns hopes, he says that everyone will keep beavering away regardless. “I know we face some tough competition, but we’ll continue to work away so that the town will look it’s absolute best for the judging.”

Balbriggan Youth Summer Programme Summer Programme returns for Balbriggan’s Young People this summer. The Balbriggan Youth Service are providing another action packed summer programme for the young people of Balbriggan. The aim of the programme is to involve

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The very active Swords Historical Society are gearing up for their annual Heritage Week which takes place at the end of August. Speaking to the County Leader, Bernadette Marks from the

Historical Society mentioned some of the great up and coming contests that will get everyone writing, all in aid of Heritage week. “First off we have our Short Story and Poetry Competition which we are taking submissions for now and the closing date for that will be at the end of July. Anyone from 16 and up can enter the competition. We then have another writing competition called ‘What Swords Means To Me’ for primary and

secondary schoolchildren where you have to write about what living in Swords means to you,” she said. “Both competitions are always fun and we always get some great entries. Prizes will be given to the winner,” she continued. “We do this every year around the same time and it just encourages the local community to become involved which is always great.” The winners of both contests will be announced at the end of August.

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Pictured are members of the local Extreme Martial Arts club in Airside, Swords who finished first in the fitness category at the Braveforce Event, which took place on Saturday the 11th of June in Puddenhill activity centre in aid of Barretstown Gang Camp. L-R, Peter McHugh, Cathal Redmond, Paddy Fox, Maurice Fagan and Mark Grant.

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St Maur’s GAA club in Rush will play host to the VHI Cúl Summer Camp next month, with their own camp taking place four weeks later. The Cúl camp will run from Monday to Friday between the 18th and 22nd of July, with the event being open to children attending primary school at present or from next September onwards. The club will also hold their own summer camp from the 15th to 19th of August, with a charge of €30 per child, with reductions for every child after the first. Both camps will be held in the grounds of the club, just off Palmer Road.

Pictured at the raising of the fifth Green Flag at St Oliver Plunkett's School in Malahide are, Aela Herbert, Ava O'Callaghan, Joseph Foley (with the Heineken Cup), Aoife Reid and Aisling O'Riordan Walsh along with Leo the Lion, Leinster Rugby's mascot.

Malahide Holistic Centre Celebrates Birthday Tree of Life, Malahide Holistic Centre are having an Open Day to celebrate their fifth anniversary on Sunday 26th June between 2:30pm and 5pm. An Organic Herbal Tea reception will be held to thank customers for their loyalty and free mini treatments, such as Acupuncture, Ayurvedic Foot

Massage, and an Alexander Technique sample lesson, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Physical Therapy and more besides will be provided. Yoga Teachers and other class facilitators will also be on hand to provide information about Yoga. They are a centre of excellence in the area of Holistic Health care and are delighted to use the day as an opportunity to inform people about the various therapies and classes that are available to maintain and maximise health and wellbeing.

Deputy Brendan Ryan (Lab) has confirmed that work on the Ballast Pit walkway in Skerries is to commence next month. He said, “I have received a notice from the Council that work is due to commence on the Ballast Pit Walkway scheme in July. After many false dawns and delays in recent years, it is welcome news that work on this project is imminent.” The work will consist Brendan Ryan TD of a fully accessible walkway over the Ballast Pit, from Townparks Distributor Road to the Railway station car park. There will also be a signalised pedestrian crossing on the Townparks Distributor Road and a new footpath on the Ballast Pit side of the Townparks Distributor Road from the new pedestrian crossing to Dublin Road. Ryan continued: “This work is long overdue for the residents of Skerries and in particular those commuters who use the train station. The upgrade works will finally make safe a pathway that has been a health and safety hazard for far too long. I will continue to keep the Ballast Pit Walkway as a priority until works are complete though I do warmly welcome the news that funding has been granted and that work is due to start in July,” he concluded. An chéad lá sa scoil nua do pháistí Ghaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe. Tuesday, 14th June last was a very exciting day for the children staff and parents of Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroime in Applewood, Swords. They entered their new school building for the first time. A lot of hard work went into the planning and organisation to get to this position. Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe is a thriving school in Swords with the help and co-operation of a great school community. As the school motto goes, 'Ar aghaidh linn le chéile' which means Together we go forward. Pictured on their first day in their new school are some of the pupils, with teacher, Maria Nig Íomhair, Principal Séamus Seagach and teacher, Éilish Ní Ghallachóir.

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Malahide School’s Great Effort For Special Olympics On 15th April last, the children of St Oliver Plunkett School in Malahide all dressed up in their sports gear to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland. The World Games will be held

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The student council in St Oliver Plunkett School organised a sports gear day and suggested a donation of €2 to help send an athlete to Athens. They were very lucky to have their own Special Olympic athlete working in the school. Katie Bushe is a past pupil, and works helping out in the office three mornings per week. In the run up to the fund raising day, Katie gave a talk to several classes explaining how she got involved in Special Olympics and she told of her experiences in the regional, national and

St Oliver Plunkett School, Malahide decided to fundraise for Special Olympics Ireland. The World Games will be held in Athens and the costs are over €3000 per athlete. The student council in the school organised a sports gear day and suggested a donation of €2 to help send an athlete to Athens. The school has its own Special Olympic athlete working in the school, Katie Bushe who is a past pupil. Katie gave a talk to several classes explaining how she got involved in Special Olympics and she told of her experiences in the regional, national and European games. She even brought in her medals. Pictured are student council members, with Paul Aherne of Special Olympics Ireland at the handing over of a cheque for €1,465 raised on the day.

in Athens later this year and there will be 126 athletes representing Ireland. The costs are over €3000 per athlete. The student Council were delighted to hand over a cheque to Paul Aherne of Special Olympics Ireland amounting to an incredible €1,465, which was raised on the day.

European games. She even brought in her medals. It was a very proud day for the school. On the day itself, the children in the school dressed up in all sorts of sports gear, representing the wide variety of sports and clubs they are involved in. They looked great. Some of the classes organised games to play on the day, and had tremendous fun.

Trad Music Duo To Play In Rush

Pictured enjoying the summer sunshine in Swords Park recently are Mark Hogan from Kinsealy and his son, Cormac.

Traditional music duo, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are to play at the Millbank Theatre in Rush, on June 25th at 8pm, as part of their worldwide tour and new album ‘Welcome Here Again.’ The pair, based in the United States, will play songs from their latest album ‘Welcome Here Again’ in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd. The show will be the 15th of a mammoth eighty date tour which will include trips to Ireland, U.K, Sweden, France, Canada, USA and Japan. They’ve also performed live in Beijing, Shanghai, Warsaw and Mexico City. Rush residents will no doubt be delighted to hear of such news with the duo’s celebrity presence in the traditional music scene a dominant force. Hayes’ fiddle playing has been attributed by Q magazine as “sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential.”

Fourth Green Flag For Malahide School St Andrew’s National School in Malahide received their fourth Green Flag from the Green Schools programme recently. The flag was awarded for the travel theme. The teachers and students have been working towards their fourth flag for the last two years, trying to develop a sustainable transport method of travelling to and from school and reducing the amount of students travelling to school by car. Students who lived close to the school were encouraged to walk via a scheme called W.O.W, Walk On Wednesdays. Those who lived too far away from the school to walk instead decided to carpool or cycle. For a school to be awarded a fourth green flag, they have to show they have continued working on the three previous projects. Therefore, the school continues to collect rainwater to use on the school gardens, and have reduced their general waste blue bins from four to two and have nine green recycling bins collected every fortnight. County Mayor, Ken Farrell awarded the flag to the enthusiastic St Andrew’s students.

Awards Ceremony At Balbriggan Community College Balbriggan Community College held their annual Awards ceremony in the Bracken Court Hotel recently. Students were recognised for their participation in events such as the Young Scientist Exhibition, Co Dublin VEC Festival of Music, St Partrick’s Day Parade, Trinity Access Programme, Soccer, Golf, Gaelic, Rugby, Girls Dance, Girls Lacrosse and Javelin. Sports, including soccer, rugby and gaelic football provided winners and future stars in the form of Ross Staunton, Jamie Lawlor, Chris Hagan, Jack Healy, Lorcan Foran, Erica

Byrne, Conor Garvey, Adam Rogers, Paul Flynn, Taiwo Tibetan, Liam Thornton, while Amy McDonald received recognition for her participation in Girls Dance and Leanne White for Lacrosse. Students who received awards for outstanding attendance were Abdal Bizila, Evan Bridger, Omolara Awogboro, Liam Thornton, Ruairi Barrett, Peter Donohue, Evan Mooney and Soldeeq Olanlokun, Gerard Shanahan, Jack Baxter, Cian McLeod and Rachel Sonubi. The Best Junior Cert Exam Result 2010 went to Paddy Healy, while Ola Saja had the best Leaving Cert Result 2010. The Overall Student of the Year award went to Cian McLeod much to the delight of all present.

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intense competition. Mr O’Leary paid a special tribute to their teacher and mentor, Ms. Theresa Gannon. “Theresa works tirelessly with the students and she supports and guides them to reach the highest standards,� he said.

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n honour of the late Niamh Coffey, friend, colleague and teacher at St Oliver Plunkett School in Malahide, the staff, pupils , parents and Board of Management of the school organised an Arts Week as a tribute to her. The school had a huge variety of activities going on all throughout the Art week. There was music, photographic and drama workshops, visiting artists, actors and musicians. Guest entertainers, from the parent and student bodies performed and there was a special tribute to Niamh made at the end of the day. The Board of Management at the school also decided to sponsor a music scholarship in Niamh’s honour. The scholarship will pay the tuition fees of

a pupil in the school to learn to play a musical instrument. There were over thirty entries originally, with ten entries chosen in the final held on June 3rd. The children voted for their favourite entry, and an on-line vote was organised for the other members of the school community. The winning song was 'Great Grove Road Days', written by Mr Fortune and sung by the 6th class children in PC8 and the winning school anthem, chosen by popular vote, was: 'Learn, Help, Share' written by Ms Devane and sung by her 3rd class children. Everyone had a fun-filled day and it will stay in the memory of the children, the teachers and everyone involved with the day, for decades to come.

Ardgillan College Holds Awards Ceremony Ardgillan College in Balbriggan recently held its annual Awards Ceremony in the school. This event recognises students’ outstanding achievements over the course of the past year.

The ‘Contribution to the Arts Award’ went to Darragh Pyne and the ‘Excellent Attendances’ awards were won by Basit Ajala, Anna Bujari, Luke Fynes, Olayode Adekyunkle, Sean



McCann, Conor McCann, Jack Geraghty, Paraic White, Adam McGrane, Jack McGrane, Conor Harkin, Sean Reid, Dylan Mooney, Dylan Farrell and Shane Murphy. The Sports Girl of the Year was won by Sophie CodyGuildea, with the Sports Boy of the Year going to Basit Ajala. The Young Scientist students also

deserve special mention for their efforts. The Principal’s Recognition Awards was won by Dean Caffrey. The 1st year ‘Student of the Year’ was won by Stephen Sharpe, while Dean Farrell won the 2nd year ‘Student of the Year’. Congratulations also to the debating team who beat Pobalscoil Setanta this term on the motion, ‘’Ireland is a country of a hundred thousand welcomes.�

Eight students from Ardgillan College in Balbriggan travelled with their teacher and young scientist mentor, Theresa Gannon to the finals of the Sentinus Northern Ireland Young Scientist and Innovator in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast recently. Their projects ranged from Melanoma Awareness to such diverse investigations like the intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing an individual’s handwriting. Ardgillan strongly promotes STEM related subjects and remarkably while only in their second year, the college took yet another top award in

Science. Principal, Michael O Leary congratulated all of the students for their hard work and efforts. The college is honoured that the

project submitted by Eanna Reynolds received the Junior Northern Ireland Young Scientist runner up award for 2011 despite the

Pictured are the student group representing Ardgillan College in Balbriggan, with their Crest Awards they won in Belfast. Front row, left to right: John Reynolds, Eanna Reynolds, Sophie Guildea, Ralva Kidukula,. Back row: Luke Brennan, Taofeeqat Olanlokun, teacher Theresa Gannon, Damian Debny and Aaron Whelan.

School Benefit Night In Skerries By Roxana Neag Parents and teachers travelled back in time and relived the 80's atmosphere recently at the Coast Inn in Skerries, in aid of Holmpatrick National School. The event was organised by the Parent's Association of the school, which is affiliated to the National Parent's Council. There are seven members on its committee who have organised interesting and captivating fundraising events throughout the year. All money raised will be used for providing resources for teaching staff,

subsiding school tours, assisting with sport activities, educational workshops, visits to cultural events and for supporting the school's needs. Everyone dressed in 80's style and all guests enjoyed the brilliant night. “We are working to enhance our children's school experience. We strive to create a more stimulating environment in the play area.“ said the Chairperson, Bernie Sexton, whose nine year old son, Oisin, is currently studying at the school, along with 94 other children.


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Swords Youth Service Fundraising Cycle A group of young people selected by Swords Youth Services, recently took part in a cycle with the aim of raising funds for a walk they hope to do. The campaign’s target, which will involve the walk, centres around the raising and promoting of mental health awareness in Swords. The cycle, which was performed on the spot, took place on Saturday June 18th in Airside, Swords. The group took part in their own fundraising cycle the day before.

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Successful Year For Swords School St. Finian’s Community College in Swords has much to be proud of as they near the end of another school year. According to Principal, Denise Kelly, “the school had what was one of their best years yet, in terms of academic and artistic achievements. Both the staff members and pupils all worked hard to ensure that a successful and enjoyable year was had,� she said. The achievements in sport, art projects and academic subjects, are going from strength Pictured here with their teachers are the students who represented St. Finian's Community College in Swords in the Irish Physical Sciences and Irish Chemical Sciences Olympiads earlier this year. L-R: Ms O'Brien with Dylan Mooney and Ms Rice with Aleksandrs Kurjanous. Dylan finished in the top six from a total of over 60 students nationwide.

Funds Raised For Malahide Sports Over â‚Ź10,000 has been raised so far for sport in Malahide through the Malahide Sports Lotto. This web-based fund-raising initiative was established just six weeks ago in a joint venture between five local sports clubs – rugby, cricket, tennis, GAA and sailing. Already, there have been over 20 cash winners and the Jackpot is now building up to â‚Ź2,600, according to Breda Melvin, one of the Sports Lotto co-ordinators. “While hundreds of sports clubs around the country already run their ‘LocalLotto’, this collaboration is unique in Ireland in that this is the first time a group of clubs in a town have come together for this purpose,â€? she said. This collective initiative is managed by Malahide Rugby Club, Malahide Lawn Tennis Club, St. Sylvesters GAA, Malahide Yacht Club and Malahide Cricket Club, all in Malahide.


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lived in Balcunnin for a few years before moving to Rathmooney where Barney grew up as an only child. “I was born and reared in a thatched house here,” he comments, now replaced by his cosy bungalow. Looking out to the front garden, he points to a large stone that looks like granite and reminisces about his mother sitting on it in front of the hall door reading library books in the sunshine. “Back then nobody had the daily paper, that started in the ‘70s and the postman would deliver it to your door.” Barney is obviously extremely proud of his five adult children and is delighted to have his daughters, Philomena and Maria living next door. He relishes bringing Maria’s nine year old son, Adam to Hedgestown School every morning and laughs that he’s greeted at the gates with “Good morning Granda.” To relax, Barney plays traditional Irish music on the accordion. “I go up the road to the ‘Man O’War’ where I can join in the session,” he explains. “Years ago a few of us got together and played all around the North County including ‘The Yacht’ in Loughshinny on Saturday nights. There was another accordion player, a banjo player, fiddle player, mandolin player and a very good flute player,” Barney Barney Greene is pictured beside his vintage 1953 Massey Ferguson tractor. tells me, “and the music man. He found working indoors “made him on edge” was unreal, really good.” He now travels to so he returned to work for a farmer as ‘tractor man,’ a Ennistymon, Co. Clare about every six weeks to job he obviously relished. He technically retired 14 indulge this musical passion and gets slagged by years ago having spent the previous 19 years as the locals that he should buy a house there. storeman for the Council, based in Balbriggan. As I say goodbye to Barney, a diminutive man with Nowadays he cuts grass and cleans gutters around boundless energy, he has the appearance of the area and laughs as he tells me about a woman in someone just beginning his day as he locks up his Skerries saying a decade of the rosary recently as vintage Massey Ferguson for the night. There’s no she watched him perched on top of an extremely tall sign of him slowing down as he looks forward to ladder! next January’s Tractor Run. “It’s in the genes,” he Despite undertaking many varied jobs during his laughs. “My father died at 84, my mother at 76…I’m long life, Barney has lived in the same area all this proud of my age and I’m proud of the fact I’ve time. Getting married in 1962, Barney and Agatha worked hard all my life.”

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s I follow Barney Greene in my car from the old Belfast Road to his house a mile up the road in Rathmooney, Skerries, I think of the annual Tractor Run Barney began in January 2007 to raise funds for St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Settled in his neat and tidy home, Barney explains the impetus for this novel event. “I was watching horses and huntsmen from The Naul Harriers going down the road outside my house. As they couldn’t hunt deer or foxes anymore, I asked what was happening and discovered they were holding a ‘dummy run’ for charity.” Barney decided there and then that he would like to raise funds for charity too and a Tractor Run seemed the ideal event. Encouraged and supported by Michael Hoey of Country Crest, he got to work immediately. “We had 130 tractors and raised a penny short of €9,000 that year,” Barney says proudly. This year, even in recessionary times, Barney managed to raise an impressive €7,085 for the Hospice. He was ably assisted by his wife Agatha and many volunteers, whom he consistently credits for the success of the event. “The volunteers play a big part. It costs €20 for the Tractor Run itself but much of the money raised comes from the raffle and auction which the volunteers organise.” The run itself is 32km long and travels through many townlands across the North County, taking about two hours to complete. “Well it’s an hour and a half travel time,” explains Barney, “but we stop in Naul for a half hour along the way. As we hold the run in January you can be cold and stiff sitting on a tractor and you need to stretch your legs and get a glass of stout or cup of tea to revive yourself,” he laughs. Barney’s love of tractors goes back to his childhood but it was the ‘50s before he got the opportunity to


Heffernan fulfil his ambition and be “tractor man” for a local farmer. Having left Hedgestown National School at 13, initially Barney began working on a farm preparing the land for the ploughman. “I worked for a penny a day, but I liked what I was doing. The hours were erratic but we all accepted that.” Small in stature, Barney laughs as he describes the farmer “catching hold of me and putting me under his arm as if I was a little Jack Russell, to cross the muddy gap between fields.” He goes on to explain one of his more gruesome jobs. “Every year, we killed a pig and I was responsible for holding the dish under the pig’s head. The blood was used for pudding and the carcass was salted, put into a sack and hung over the chimney for a year. When it was then sliced up it was gorgeous,” he laughs as he notices my look of horror. Eventually moving on from this job, Barney began working as a horseman at St. Ita’s, Portrane where there was a large farm at the time. He left this in the ‘70s to travel across the country erecting hay barns. “At that time, farmers got a grant of £30 to build a hay shed and I spent 15 years travelling the length and breadth of the country doing this. I never minded the travel at all,” Barney comments. “We stayed in farmhouses if there was room and B & B’s if not. Most places were really good but some were rough enough,” he laughs. When this job finished, Barney moved to the healthcare multi-national company, Technicon in Swords (now Bayer Diagnostics) to work as a maintenance

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The Dublin Rose Final takes place this Saturday in the Citywest Hotel. There will be girls representing North, South and West Dublin. The winner of the final will go forward to represent Dublin at the International Rose Of Tralee Festival in Kerry in August. Twenty seven potentail roses and their families will be hoping they can be the chosen one.

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Great Imagination By Rush Tidy Towns Rush Tidy Towns committee have been hard at work over the past month. Their hard work is really paying off and the town is looking great. Louise O’Loughlin said, “Peter Smullen of Ormsby Landscaping came up with the genius idea of “Pole Scape.” With the Tidy Towns, he has been looking after the beautiful hanging baskets that are now along our main street. It has taken months of hard work and dedication, but the end result speaks for iself. The committee would also like to thank the local businesses that sponsored “Pole Scape.” The committee are appealing for volunteers over the coming months. There will be a Tidy Towns clean up every second Saturday starting at 9.30am. There will also be clean ups every second Wednesday evening at 7.00pm. As much support as possible is needed and no time is too short. Another attractive feature at the entrance to Rush on the Whitestown Road, which is new to the Tidy Towns, Is the boat which was donated by Gerry Byrne of Rush Sailing Club and


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of cutting grass. There were smaller things at the beginning, but it’s becoming more and more serious. Now people feel free to come with crime issues,” said Louise Butler who added “We encourage the development of new residents groups and we are trying to focus on making people accountable. The success of these meetings depends on people’s involvement and each contribution is very important.” People expressed their concerns regarding the level of resources available to Balbriggan Gardaí as the population size increased in the

Balbriggan Community Policing Forum held its second public meeting for 2011 in the Town Hall, Balbriggan recently. Four times a year, this system allows the public to have an open dialogue with the local authorities. The meeting was attended by Inspector Declan Yeats from Balbriggan Garda Station, Brian Murray, Town Clerk, and chaired by Louise Butler from Balbriggan Community Policing Forum and Caroline Mills, the local devel- Pictured at the recent Balbriggan Community Policing Forum are from left, opment worker for Caroline Mills (Swords Community Policing Forum), Louise Butler (Balbriggan Community Policing Forum), Brian Murray (Town Clerk, Balbriggan Town Swords. Pic: RN More than 20 resi- Council) and Inspector Declan Yeats (Balbriggan Garda Station). dents of Balbriggan and Balrothery took last years with the new housing developments. advantage of this opportunity to make known Inspector Yeats replied that Balbriggan Garda their issues of crime, disorder and antisocial Station covers a wider area including Skerries, behaviour. Rush, Lusk and Garristown and explained that Community Policing meetings started two he cannot bring in extra people. “I would love years ago and since then, public involvement to see a garda at every step, but no matter has consistently increased. “I remember our how many people you have. That’s why we first meetings when people were complaining need your support,” he concluded.

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As residents call for a change of priorities by the council, they say it is particularly galling to think that thousands of euro have been splashed out on a dubious trade mission to China by councillors and council officials, whilst the state of this road, as well as others in the North County remains neglected. Skerries is the tourist capital of this region and has been a regular high achiever in the Tidy Towns competition. It seems a shame that the road which brings the judging panel to this town, will present them with a first impression that may prove costly to the efforts of the hard working committee. Ironically, there is a large speed ramp on this road to slow the traffic down. However, the state of the road has the effect of slowing down the traffic far more effectively than this redundant speed ramp.



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Pictured is Skerries resident, Ruggero di Biagio with his daughter, Alexandra. They are forced to cycle on the footpath on Dublin Road in Skerries, due to the terrible condition of the road. Inset: Pot-holes Dublin Road.

Corduff School Dedicates Garden To Former Principal Continued from page 1 Pupils in all class groups have been actively involved in the first stages of developing a vegetable garden and a wild garden. “It has provided hands-on opportunities for the children to learn about local flora and fauna,” says Ms.McKeown. Corduff NS is a close, rural and historical school community with generations of the same families attending. Thomas Ashe, the 1916 leader who died on hunger-strike in 1917, was Principal at Corduff from 1908 to 1916. The school is larger than it has ever been and has approximately 112 pupils enrolled at any time.

Corduff National School recently dedicated a garden in the school to former principal, Seamus Tynan. A very proud Seamus is pictured at the dedication ceremony, with Principal Anna McKeown and pupils, Cathal Gallagher and Amy Mathews.

Good News On Ridgewood Pitches Following our story about the pitches in Ridgewood, it appears that there is good news on the horizon. Representation had been made to the Council by councillors, Darragh Butler and Anne Devitt to take the pitches in charge, thus allowing both St Finian’s GAA Club and River Valley Rangers to play there. Butler said, “We are pleased to confirm that Darragh Butler TD the Parks Department of the County Council have met with developers MKN and hope to take the new pitches into their charge as soon as possible so they can be allocated to St. Finian’s GAA and River Valley Rangers F.C. for the summer season. Meetings will continue, and if successful, this would be great news for St. Finian’s who will get to use the full size GAA pitch and for both clubs in making use of the junior pitches earlier than expected. The building / changing room facility would then follow later in the year,” he concluded.

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If you feel up to the challenge of playing for one of the North County’s most progressive schoolboy clubs, Malahide United, then you are invited to attend the football sessions in in Gannon Park in Malahide for the year you were born in. The trials take place from the 1st to 6th July on the following days and times: If you were born in 2001, 2000 and 1999, trials take place on Friday July 1st and Monday July 4th at 6.30pm - 8pm. If you were born in 1998, 1997 and 1996, trials are on Saturday July 2nd at 10.30am until 12pm and Tuesday July 5th from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Finally, if you were born in 1995, 1994 and 1993, trails are on Sunday July 3rd from 10.30am to 12pm and Wednesday July 6th from 6.30pm until 8.00pm.

Warmer weather, longer evenings and for those who enjoy a run or a swim, its time to start thinking about the 3D RNLI Aquathlon. For the last two years, this event has been held at Skerries. This year, however, building upon the success of the previous two, and on the demand from athletes not located within easy reach of the venue, 3D in association with the RNLI have organised Aquathlon events at a number of towns around the country. The hope is that each event will raise much needed funds for the RNLI station closest to it. The winners of each event will be invited to take part in the final in Skerries which will take place on Sunday 14th August. As well as the finalists, the Skerries event will be open to anyone who wishes to take part. It is always a great day, so come along, have fun and show your support for the volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew.

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Fully Registered Company Fingal County Council I Mr. Dave Glesson intend to apply for Retention Planning Permission at The Rath, Swords Co. Dublin. The retention of Dormer Bungalow as constructed with sky lights on front and rear elevation total floor area 405.34 sq.m. and double garage as constructed total floor area 66.00 sq.m. and vehicular entrance to front of site off main road. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St. Swords Co. Dublin during the public opening hours 9-30am 1530pm Monday to Friday and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council I,Deborrah Lynch, Intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site address: 44 Ard Cian Park, Rathbeale Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a two storey extension to match the existing dwelling in appearance to the left side of the existing dwelling and including all ancillary site works. The Planning Application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 -15.30 Monday – Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin (to inspect Planning Applications on all lands except those lands to the west of the N2) Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Fingal Dublin 15. (to inspect Planning Applications on all lands west of the N2) A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council on Application

Fingal County Council We Roy & Susan Tynan wish to apply to the above named council for permission to construct an extension to our existing porch and all associated site works at 20 Bawn Grove, Malahide, North Co. Dublin. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is being sought for storey and half dormer dwelling, associated site works to the rear of no 20 bun an cnoic and for the relocation of rear entry door to no 20 Bun An Cnoic at Naul Village, Co. Dublin. Signed ; L.Reilly. The planning application may be inspected or purchased during the public opening hours 9.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of € 20, within the period of 5 weeks,beginning on the date of the receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council We Winsac Limited, Intend to apply for Permission and Retention Permission on a site comprising Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Co.Dublin. The Development will consist of : Permission is sought for change of house types, layout and reduction in unit numbers from 210 no. to 107 no. within Sectors 2 & 3 of the development approved under Reg. Ref. F05A/1818. Sectors 2 & 3 as approved comprise of: (i) Apartment Blocks D2, D3 and D4 comprising 72 no. two-bed apartments and 36 no. one-bed apartments with a total floor area of

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8295m_ on sites 1-36 incl. Lapwing, 136 incl. Plover and 1-36 incl. Linnet. (ii) Apartment Blocks E2, E3, E4 & E5 comprising 102 no. two-bed apartments with a total floor area of 11,131m_ on sites 1-24 incl. Fulmar, 124 incl. Rosefinch, 1-24 incl. Garganey and 1-30 incl. Tanager. The revised layout provides the following new house types in Sectors 2 & 3 only: (i) 34 no. Type A, three bedroom two storey semi-detached houses @ 109m_ each; (ii) 39 no. Type A1, three bedroom two storey terraced houses @ 109m_ each; and (iii) 34 no. Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses @ 150.5m_ each. The alterations to Sectors 2 & 3 will also include modifications to the internal road layout, revised infrastructure for foul and surface water drainage, water supply, public lighting, landscaping and all associated ancillary siteworks. An additional Class 1 public park is also proposed (5060 sq.m.) adjacent to the Skerries- Balbriggan Rd. Permission is also sought for revised foul drainage infrastructure arrangements to serve the overall ‘Barnageeragh Cove’ development (as approved under Reg. Ref. F05A/1818, F08A/1285, F08A/1374 and F11A/0006 as follows: (i) Provision of a new buried foul sewer storage tank, pumping facilities, telemetry and controls, emergency overflow to the Irish Sea via existing foreshore outfall, above ground compound, vehicle parking, singlestorey pitched roof maintenance storage building and equipment kiosks, a new gated maintenance vehicle access track (with no public access) from Sector 2, located in Sector 1, so as to serve the new pump/sump facilities, together with and all associated new landscaping, fencing and screening. (ii) Provision of a new buried foul sewer rising main and on-site pump/sump facility routed direct to the Barnageeragh Waste Water Treatment Plant. Retention permission is also sought for existing constructed 204m foul water rising main which was granted a five year temporary planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F07A/0898. This sewer located in Sector 1 connects into the existing foul water drainage system in the adjacent Housing Development at Kelly’s Bay. Works to be retained will include all existing associated siteworks, the buried pumping facility, the above ground control equipment and control kiosks, a gravity sewer, effluent storage, telemetry facilities and associated manholes. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority (Fingal County Council, 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.

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MASSIVE CLEARANCE SALE OF STOCK AUDI A6 2.0 TDI 140 SE Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2008, 70,000, 1.9, €18,995

BMW 3 SERIES 318Ci LIKE NEW!!!! Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2001, 79,000, 1.9, €4,500

BMW X5 SPORT LE - MANS Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 74,565, 3.0, €21,950

BMW X5 3.0d SE Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 72,079, 3.0, €15,900,

AUDI A4 1.9 TDI 130 BHP Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2003, 130,000, 1.9, €5,995

BMW 5 SERIES 520d Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2008, 90,000, 2.0, €18,995

BMW 5 SERIES 520 SE Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 105,633, 2.2, €8,950

FORD FIESTA 1.2 5 door Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 59,030, 1.2, €4,900

FORD FOCUS 1.8 Tdci Style! Steering Wheel, Air-Con, CD Pl, 2008, 80,000, 1.8, €11,450

FORD MONDEO 1.8 TDCI - LX Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2008, 82,000, 1.9, €11,500

FORD MONDEO 1.6 LX Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2007, 80,778, 1.6, €7,995

FORD MONDEO ZETEC TDCI Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 100,000, 2.0, €5,995

FORD MONDEO 1.8 ZE - TEC Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 71,458, 1.8, €5,500

FORD MONDEO GHIA Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2004, 100,000, 1.8, €3,750

FORD MONDEO 2.0 AUTO Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, CD Pl, 2004, 65,000, 2.0 €3,500

FORD MONDEO 2.0 TD - ZETEC Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2002, 120,000, €2,500

HONDA FIT 1.3 AUTO Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, CD Pl, 2004, 51,574, 1.3 €5,500

HONDA STREAM LOOK LIKE NEW! Adj. Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2001, 71,458, 1.7, €3,950

HYUNDAI COUPE 1.6 FX Adjustable Steering Wheel, Alloys, CD Pl, 2004, 85,000, 1.6 €4,450

LEXUS RX300 3000 Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2004, 99,000, 3.0, €7,995

NISSAN ALMERA LOOK! Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2003, 64,000, 1.5, €2,995

NISSAN ALMERA 1.5 H/B Adjustable Steering Wheel, CD Pl, Drivers Air Bag, 2007, 38,525, 1.5, €5,995

NISSAN MURANO MINT LOOK Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 55,000, 3.5, €6,950

NISSAN NOTE 2 YEAR N.C.T! Adjustable Steering Wheel, CD Pl, Drivers Air Bag, 2007, 31,690, 1.4, €6,550

OPEL ASTRA NCT 03 - 13 Adjustable Steering Wheel, CD Pl, Drivers Air Bag, 2007, 86,992, 1.4, €4,995

OPEL CORSA 1.4 SXI Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2007, 48,467, 1.4, €5,995

PEUGEOT 307 1.6 CC Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 72,000, 1.6, €5,900

TOYOTA AVENSIS 1.6 STRATA Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2008, 42,000, 1.6, €9,900

TOYOTA AVENSIS 2.0 d4d T3X Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2007, 64,000, 2.0, €9,900

VOLVO V50 D5 AUTO ESTATE Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 64,001, 2.4, €9,950

AUDI A3 2.0 FSI AUTO SPORT Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 49,710, 2.0, €8,950

AUDI A4 LIKE NEW LOOK! Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 102,000, 2.0, €9,950

BMW 3 Series 316 Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 93,206, 1.8, €5,995

BMW 3 SERIES 320 M-Sport Coupe Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2003, 82,000, 2.2, €5,500

BMW 5 SERIES 520i ! M Sport Look! Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2002, 109,000, 2.0, €4,500

CITROEN C4 1.6 HDi Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 58,000, 1.6, €5,950

FORD C-MAX Isofix,1.6 Zetec MPV Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 58,409, 1.6, €5,950

BMW X5 3.0d LIKE NEW! Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2002, 143,000, 3.0, €9,950

FORD FOCUS 1.6 Saloon ONLY 57,000… Adjustable Steering Wheel, CD Pl, Drivers Air Bag, 2004, 57,000, 1.6, €3,500

HONDA ACCORD 2.0 i-VTEC Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2004, 89,000, 2.0, €5,750

HONDA FIT LOOK@ME Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2003, 34,175, 1.3, €4,950

HONDA STREAM LIKE NEW! Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 45,360, 1.7, €7,950

HONDA STREAM 7 SEATER Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, CD Pl, 2001, 64,623, 1.7, €4,500

MAZDA DEMIO 1.3 5 Door Automatic Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, CD Pl, 2004, 32,933, 1.3, €4,500

MAZDA MPV 7 Seater Sports Ed Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2001, 70,836, 2.0, €5,900

MAZDA PREMACY LOOK LIKE NEW! Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, CD Pl, 2002, 47,224, 1.8, €3,950

MITSUBISHI COLT 1.5 DIESEL AUTO 100 Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2008, 60,000, 1.5, €8,950

MITSUBISHI LANCER 1.8 Estate Automatic Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2002, 38,525, 1.5, €4,500

NISSAN CAR VAN LOOK MINT Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2005, 96,000, 1.5, €3,000

NISSAN PRIMERA 4 Door Saloon Diesel Adjustable Steering Wheel, CD Pl, Drivers Air Bag, 2003, 95,000, 2.2, €2,999

NISSAN SERENA MPV 8 SEATER AUTO Absolutly mint seater MPV 5 Door, 2003, 62,137, 2.5, €6,950

NISSAN TINO LOW LOW MILES! Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2004, 49,000, 1.8, €3,500

OPEL ASTRA 1.6 Twintop Convertible Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 62,137, 1.6, €6,995

OPEL ASTRA LIKE NEW! Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCon, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 73,943, 1.4, €5,995

OPEL ZAFIRA 1.6 MPV 7 Seater Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, CD Pl, 2007, 62,137, 1.6, €7,950

SKODA OCTAVIA 1.9 TDI SPORT Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, Alloys, CD Pl, 2006, 90,099, 1.9, €7,500

TOYOTA COROLLA Saloon Adjustable Steering Wheel, CD Pl, Drivers Air Bag, 2005, 105,633, 1.3, €4,250

TOYOTA COROLLA 5 Door Automatic Adjustable Steering Wheel, Air-Con, CD Pl, 2004, 45,360, 1.5, €5,950

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 TDI 130bhp Comfort Adj. Steering Wheel, Air-Con, CD Pl, 2003, 120,000, 1.9, €4,900

HONDA FIT 1.3 AUTO Adjustable Steering Wheel, AirCond, CD Pl, 2002, 57,788, 1.3 €4,900


North County Leader 21 June 2011  

North County Leader 21 June 2011

North County Leader 21 June 2011  

North County Leader 21 June 2011