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25th October 2011 • Volume 18, Issue 31 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • ISDN 8139966 • Tel: 8•400•200

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Don’t Become A Statistic This Halloween! H

alloween is the time of the year that many parents dread. The kids are full of excitement and they exude an air of invincibility about them. Year after year we hear of severe hand or facial injuries sustained by young and not so young children at Halloween. Many of these injuries are caused by by illegal fireworks and bangers, which are unregulated and are generally unsafe and have been bought on the black market for exuberant prices. They are not regulated and don’t conform to standards and are cheap, smuggled goods. It is not uncommon for fingers to be severed by the force of a banger held in the hand. The importance of parental guidance cannot be overestimated in this regard. The County Leader spoke to members of Swords Youth Service who were quick to advise youngsters of the dangers associated with fireworks and bangers. One of them, Thomas McDonagh explained what happens at a bonfire. “Kids carry flammable items from

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one of the lads on the neck. It clung to him, but he wasn’t badly hurt, but he could have been - he was lucky,” said Thomas. The following year, there was a fireworks display on the green beside St Colmcille’s GAA pitch and it was safe and great fun,” said Thomas. This story certainly resonates with Swords Fire Station officer, John McNally who spoke to the County Leader about some horrific injuries he has witnessed at Halloween. “I remember the worst injury I saw was to a young boy, aged about nine. It happened about 15 years ago and a banger exploded and the fire hit him in the face. Unfortunately, he lost his eye in the incident, despite all of our best efforts.” John went on to explain the ease at which an eye can be lost. “Vitreous Humour is a gel or fluid in the eye and is the only fluid in the body that does not replace itself - hence any injury in that department will most likely lead to the eye being damaged beyond repair,” said John chillingly. “The normal injury when an unregulated banger explodes in a child’s hand is the loss or severe injury to the hand, particularly the thumb. Imagine trying to live life without your thumb there would be no more X Box games or Playstations.” As Adam Logue from Swords Youth Service explained, “Nobody sets Pictured are members of Swords Youth Service, Thomas McDonagh, Hannah Reel, Chris Barker and Adam Logue, who were vocal in their advice to youngsters to be vigilant this out to be malicious, its just youngsters being Halloween. excited, but they need to building sites, like plastic and other dangerous items be extra vigilant and take nothing for granted.” - as much as they can get their hands on. One year, Halloween can be a very enjoyable festival for famiwe had a bonfire close to my home and some lads lies and fun games can be enjoyed by all. The had already placed fireworks in the bonfire before it important thing is to be mindful at all times about was lit. When the fire was lit, others came along and where your children are and know about their threw more black cat and screamers into the fire. whereabouts at all times. This way they will not Plastic, which was in the fire then shot out and hit become an unfortunate statistic of Halloween.

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First Ever Rush Historical Walk Rush Historical Society recently celebrated its first ever historical walk - something which may come as a surprise given the rich history in the area. Local historian, Kevin Thorp from the Rush Historical

By Jennifer McShane Society, told the County Leader that it was “an experiment of sorts” taken to see how the whole thing would go. “It went really well,” he said. “We’d never organised

a walk before so we weren’t sure what the turnout would be like.” The society managed to assemble together the crème de la crème of local historians (12 of them to be exact) to inform the 60 participants all about the historical landmarks in the area. “It was a real eye-opener,

there were landmarks here that even I didn’t know about!” “All in all, it was a very informative and enjoyable day, where we learned that our previous knowledge of Rush was not as comprehensive as we had believed. It was an excellent illustration of 12 heads being

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Inside the issue

Joint Policing Committee Meeting In Rush The Skerries, Rush, Lusk, Garristown, Ballyboughal and Naul areas held a Fingal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting in Rush recently. The purpose of the meeting was to to provide a forum for An Garda Síochána, the Local Authority Members and community interests. See story on page 6 >

Fun Water Activities In Malahide Fingal Sailing School are now hosting a series of water activities that are open to the general public, with no joining or membership fees. Whether you’re 8 or 80, there has never been a better time to get active. See story on page 20 >

Local Teen ‘Sings’ For Skerries Aebh Kelly from Skerries recently took part in RTE2’s hit show called: ‘Sing’. The young singer didn't feel any nerves and sang a number of songs which demonstrated her wonderful voice perfectly. See story on page 11 >

Balbriggan Lady Shows Entrepreneurial Spirit Enterprising lady, Edel McGuinness has decided to ‘buck the trend’ and set up business in Balbriggan. Last July, Edel decided she had enough of working for other people and set up her own business, EMG Property Consultants on Dublin Street in Balbriggan. See story on page 14>

Grandparent Award For Skerries Man Aidan L Dillon from Skerries has won the Grandparent Award at the first ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’. The awards are presented to those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. The Awards event is a joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society.

Aidan turns 90 in November and lives a very active life, driving, socialising and enjoying trips to the opera. He is involved in fundraising activities for Alzheimer’s Disease and for local hospitals through the sale of raffle tickets. He loves to hear his grandchildren’s stories of their travels and set up an e-mail account to stay in touch with them whenever they are overseas. Speaking at the Awards, Gay Byrne, who presented Aidan with his award said: “The award winners are an example of real heroes, those who don’t allow things to hold them back in life, who persevere and show great determination, who achieve great things. It’s a really positive step that the achievements of the deaf and hard of hearing across Ireland are being recognised through these awards, and I’d like to congratulate Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society on such a worthwhile initiative”.

Pictured is Aidan L Dillon from Skerries who was a winner at the inaugural Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards. He received his award from broadcaster, Gay Byrne.

Balbriggan Group Wins Community Award Balbriggan Cancer Support Group was awarded the Community Award of the year in for their “commitment and support to the people of Balbriggan”. The award was handed over to the group by Balbriggan Town Council who held its Annual Awards Night recently. Cllr Grainne Maguire and the members of the Town Council presented a number of awards to individuals and groups in recognition of their contribution to community life in Balbriggan. Balbriggan Cancer

Support Group proudly accepted the Community Achievement Award: “We were overwhelmed and delighted with the award,” said the group. This award has inspired the group to continue its hard work in delivering a much needed service to the local community by providing information to people regarding all types of Cancer. Balbriggan Cancer Support Group would sincerely like to thank the people who put forward the nomination and also the town council. Balbriggan Cancer




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Mairead Gosden, 4th from the left, celebrated her 30th birthday party at the Old Schoolhouse in Swords. Also pictured are Paula Trijono, Laura Long, Patrice Ryan, Siobhan O' Keeffe, Mary Flannery, Natasha O' Keeffe and Geraldine Pedreschi. PK

Pictured at the going away party for Sarah Traynor at the Old Boro, Swords are L-R Katie Cashin, Lara Moody, Sue Mc Dowell, Sarah Traynor, Rebecca Bray and Lynn Sexton. PK

Pictured at the wedding reception of Shane and Caroline Kealy in Ollie's Bar in Skerries are Christine Coen, Lynsey O'Neill, Shane Kealy (Groom) Caroline Kealy (Bride), Barno Lewicki, Pawel Lewicki and Paolo Murtas. PK

Deborah Markey celebrated her 50th birthday with a party at the Harp Bar, Swords. Pictured enjoying the night are Tara Chandler, Linda Markey, John Markey, Deborah Markey and Mary Markey. PK

Rebecca Fallon (centre) celebrated her 30th birthday with a party at the Old Boro, Swords. Pictured ebnjoying the night are Marie Concannon, Daragh Gibbons, Rebecca Fallon, Marie Fallon and Paul Fallon. PK Pictured at a friends get together at the Harp Bar, Swords are Fiona O' Donovan, Patricia Ray, PK Michelle Matthews and Liz Mc Hugh.

Cousins, Anita Kinsella and Sabrina Kelly are pictured celebrating their joint 30th birthday PK party at the Old Boro, Swords.

Stephanie Mullen, second from left, held a baby shower at the Harp Bar, Swords. Pictured are Keith Clarke, Stephanie Mullen, Evan Kennedy and Lauren McGarry. PK

Michelle Lawlor is going away to Canada and she threw a party to honour the occasion at the Old Boro, Swords. Pictured are Emma Plunkett, Michelle Lawlor, Nicola Markey and Anna Duignan. PK

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Joint Policing Committee Meeting In Rush The Skerries, Rush, Lusk, Garristown, Ballyboughal and Naul areas held a Fingal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting in Rush recently. The purpose of the JPC is to provide a forum for An Garda Síochána, the Local Authority Members and community interests, to get together in a regular and structured manner. The JPC are keen to underline the three way relationship between the Community, the County Council and the Gardaí

By Peter Kearney in this process. “90 per cent of crimes are solved through the assistance of the public,” said Chief Superintendent Gerry Phillips, of the Dublin Metropolitan Region North (DMRN). He added that the Gardaí are reliant on this “continuing cooperation.” As the main issues of concern are “issues of anti-social behaviour” he encourages residents to set up residents associations and to join Neighbour

Watch associations. The Gardaí and The County Council can be of assis-

tance to residents in doing so. He also encourages parents to “know where your children and teenagers are” at all times. In order to create greater awareness, the JPC are keen to link up

with groups who may assist in publicising future meetings through local networks. Groups interested in doing so can contact Martina O' Connor at the Fingal Development Board.

Pictured here are L-R: Brendan Sherlock, Linda Martin, PJ Howell, Martina O Connor, Peter Smith and Gerry Mc Hugh who attended the recent Joint Policing Committee Pic: PK meeting in Rush.

Cairde Fair In Balbriggan

Pictured here from L-R are: Arminda Simao, Sarah and Warren Duku, Ayo Yusuf and Emilia Marchelewska, Project Leader at Cairde Balbriggan ITCE at the recent Cairde Fair in Pic: RN Balbriggan.

Locals were invited to find out what Balbriggan had to offer at the recent Living in Balbriggan Fair. The event took place in Old St.George’s School on Hampton Street and its aim was to showcase the various services, clubs, societies and groups around Balbriggan. Over 400 residents came along on the day to see what was on offer. The local groups, clubs and services displayed information and offered advice on volunteering and job and training opportunities. Balbriggan & District Chamber of Commerce, Bereave by Suicide Support

Service, Citizen Information Centre and the Community Policing Forum are only a few names from the long list of local organisations involved in the day. “It is an integration initiative, a common experience that will continue. The residents were happy as they could meet each other. Members of different communities shared their experience and got advice. We have got the support from all local groups. I think we achieved all our goals and the fair was a great success.” said Emilia Marchelewska, the cocoordinator of Cairde’s ITCEI Practical Leadership Program.

Balrothery Teenage Super Heroes! Two students from Skerries Community College have won the top prize in the SuperHero 2011 Awards recently Last February, brothers Juvan and Christivan Maritz applied and received a small grant of €250 to embark on a community project that will make a difference to their community. The aim of this project was to create awareness of the environment by setting up a community project in Balruddery Wood, Balrothery. The project was called “TreeCops” and was aimed at educating local children and young people to care for the

newly planted trees in their housing estate. They got local businesses involved that sponsored this event. The Balbriggan Community Gardai came out for the afternoon and had a chat with local residents. Children were taught the importance of caring for their environment and a ceremonial tree was planted as part of the project and this tree still grows proudly on the green of the estate. During the summer months

the benefits of the project could be seen as neighbours all came together and kept an eye on the newly planted trees. All the children were self proclaimed “TreeCops” and guarded the estate against vandalism. The TreeCops project was competing nationally against 10 other projects. Juvan and Christivan received the final winning award of €500 for their efforts. The brothers are to share this award and when asked what they will do with the prize money they declared that they want to spend half of it towards the continuation of the TreeCops project in 2012 and the other half to spend on a visit to their family in their country of birth, S o u t h Africa.

Brothers, Juvan and Christivan Maritz from Balrothery who won the top prize at the SuperHero 2011 Awards ceremony for their project, Tree Cops.



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Myra Griffin, Mary Mulhall and Jimmy Rock Dublin Fingal Rotary Vice President, Dave Murray and President, Greg Langan, with Janice Lawlor, Advertising and Marketing Manager, Movies@Swords.

Patricia Lacey, Catherine McGonagle and Pat McGonagle.

he Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal hosted a Movie Benefit Gala Night at Movies@Swords in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords on Thursday last, 20th October. The special screening of ‘The Help’ was held to raise funds for the work of A-Z Children’s Charity, which has a profound effect on the lives of children in Uganda. The founder of A-Z, Brian Iredale could not attend, but was represented at the movie by his wife, Annette, who spoke to the audience about the commitment of the charity to more than 500 children whose lives have been changed for the better. Over 200 people enjoyed the evening and special thanks is due to both Dreamworks and Disney for allowing the movie to be shown prior to general release and to Janice Lawlor of Movies@Swords for her help and generosity and attention to detail in ensuring that the evening was a great success.

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Paddy Sheeran and Alan Redmond. Carolyn Deacon, Jennifer Maxwell, Lilly Malone, Willie Maxwell and Maria Clarke.

Siobhan Kinsella and Brian Fitzsimons Dublin Fingal Rotary President, Greg Langan and Vice President, Dave Murray are pictured with Annette Iredale, whose husband Brian is the founder of A-Z Children's Charity in Uganda, the beneficiaries of the Charity Night.

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Rush Secondary School Celebrates Jubilee 50th year jubilee celebrations continued at St. Joseph’s Rush with an Open Day recently. It was an inclusive day, representing past and present, and well attended by students, staff, families and local dignitaries. The inclusion was demonstrated by the flags of the 25 student nationalities, the past and

Snippet Successful Coffee Morning Rolestown ICA would like to thank everybody who attended their Coffee Morning in aid of St. Francis Hospice. The proceeds amounted to a very impressive €840.

present students and staff as well as the blessing of the memorial garden. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of Paul Flynn’s “Tree of Life” by Mayor Gerry McGuire. The sculptor represents 50 years of the school’s existence. After holding an “ideas competition” in the school, the artist stayed “true to the student ideas” in his design. The sculpture depicts a boy and girl, under the tree, to represent the students. The 50 years are represented by 50 palm prints, of students and staff past and present. A truly symbolic and appropriate piece of art as well as a symbolic day.

Balbriggan Group ‘Rock’ Halloween Disco The first ever Remember Us Cool Rockers Halloween disco took place

rugby player, plenty of 70’s glitz and glamour as well as some well known

Annual Service At Airport An annual traditon at Dublin Airport will be observed again in early November when retired members of staff gather for an ecumenical service. Members of the Retired Airport Staff Association (RASA) will gather for the special service.The service will be held on November 8th at 11am at ALSAA.

Pictured here at the recent Halloween Fancy Dress Party are Remember Us Members James and Glen (also celebrating their Birthdays) with Nora.

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a fashion show where all the members walked down the catwalk to show off their costumes to the other members of the group. There was lots of food and dancing into the night. Spot prizes were provided for some of the best dressed and a great night was had by all. 180 Remember Us members are now looking forward to their annual October mid-term family respite trip to the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Galway. This will take place from November 1st to 4th and will include a fancy dress Halloween Party and much more.


Swords Group Take On Health Inititive Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service are planning a walk from Swords 2 Santiago in Spain during the mid-term break in November this year. A group of 9 young people will walk to promote mental health awareness as their theme. They will then roll out next year a mental health initiative that will be led and devised by the young people themselves. The group plan to have an exhibition next March to showcase their journey on how they completed the start of their own mental health journey and the walk to Santiago. They plan to walk the last 110km of the course of five days. The cost of this trip is covered by fundraising which is led by the young people and theme of this trip is to promote positive youth mental health and to raise awareness of the issues facing young people in Swords today.They will become the leaders in the promotion of positive mental health. The group will be leaving on Sunday, 30th of October from the main street in Swords and will walk to the airport and we wish them the very best of luck on their travels. Pictured here are: Daryl Keogh, Leanna Hunt, Joanna Cleary, Thomas Mc Donagh, Christopher Murray, Jason McCarthy, Christopher Barker, Hannah Reel, Amy Reel, Lynne Roberston, Ger Roberston and Caroline Quinn from Swords Youth Service.

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POLAND Priest Puts Up 'Bouncy' Church A Polish priest has opened a full-sized inflatable bouncy church. Father Krzystof Kowal came up with the idea after local planners in Kolobrzeg kept turning down his application to build a real church out of bricks and mortar. "I think we did OK, although it does look a bit like a bouncy castle."

Barney Greene, famous across the North County for his vintage Tractor Runs in aid of charity, will be holding another Tractor Run in aid of Chernobyl on Sunday 30th October. Pic: CH The tractor drivers will begin their journey from the Man O'War pub at 11am.

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The winner of the Best Presented Large Local Authority Maintained Estate in the Malahide/Howth Ward area was Seapark, Malahide.

Overall winner of the Fingal County Council Cleaner Community Awards 2011 was Portmarnock Community Association.

Winner of the Best Presented Small Local Authority Maintained Estate in the Balbriggan/Swords Ward went to Tara Court, Balbriggan.

n Thursday 20th October last, the 36th community based anti-litter competition, Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards, were held in County Hall. It is primarily a litter-awareness competition to enhance the appearance of residential and business areas around the county and is open to residents, businesses and community groups within the county. Awards were presented by County Mayor, Cllr. Gerry McGuire and they ranged from Best Front Garden to the Green Business Award, with the overall prize being awarded to the Portmarnock Community Association for their excellent work on improving the quality of the physical environment of Portmarnock village, beach and dune area.


Best presented Large Non Local Authority Maintained Estate in the Balbriggan/Swords Ward area is Lusk Village Estate, Lusk. The winner of the Best Presented Town went to Skerries.

The winner of the Best Presented Large Local Authority Maintained Estate in Balbriggan/Swords Ward area went to Tayleurs Point, Rush.

The Best Presented Small Local Authority Maintained Estate in the Malahide/Howth Ward area is The Moorings, Malahide. Best example of Business Waste Management Iniative went to The Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords.

Best Presented Business Premises for Malahide/Howth ward area went to The Grand Hotel, Malahide.

Winner of the Best Presented Village went to Balscadden.

Winner of the Best Presented Front Garden in the Balbriggan/Swords Ward was Michael and Sarah Sweetman from The Country Garden, Lusk.

Best Presented Business Premises in Balbriggan/Swords Ward went to The Malting House Inn, Skerries.

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Local Teen ‘Sings’ For Skerries By Jennifer McShane Aebh Kelly has done Skerries proud as she recently demonstrated her vocal talent on RTE2’s hit show called: ‘Sing.’ The show, which featured the 14 year old teen giving a number of powerful performances was

She is currently studying grade 5 in classical voice through the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. broadcast yesterday, Speaking to the October 24th on RTE2. County Leader, She has had a strong Aebh’s dad, Paul interest in music says that Aebh from an early age was chuffed to and loves to sing. Aebh Kelly be involved in Has been classically the programme: trained by vocal coach Fiona “We were all delighted. Mullaney since the age of 9. She went through the audi-

A local youth theatre group returns for its annual Halloween show in St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle with their production of ‘The Panto of the Opera’. They would like to invite audiences to join them at the ‘Paris Opera House’ in 1881, where the new owner finds out her business is being run by a mysterious ghost... A night of fun and frights for all the family, this show is perfect entertainment for the Halloween midterm break. The show has everything you would expect from a pantomime - great songs, great laughs, a pantomime dame, even a pantomime horse! - with the added addition of some Halloween scares... As always, audiences young and old are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costume, as there will be prizes for the best audience costume at each performance. The Panto of the Opera runs at St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, from 2nd until 4th November.

Fingal Dublin Chamber will host a Gala Awards Presentation Evening for the Fingal Business Excellence Awards at the Crowne Plaza, Northwood on Friday, 4th November next. North County Leader Newspaper will sponsor the Excellence in Retail Independent Sector Award and is delighted to act as sponsor for this crucially important sector. These awards are eagerly awaited each year and the prizes are very coveted by the winners. North County Leader fully understands the importance of the retail sector in our efforts to kick start the economy. This sector is widely seen as the one which will be the main driver in our economy and its importance cannot be overstated. Whilst the export business has been booming, it is the domestic retail market that is viewed as the real indicator of true economic growth. It has been a particularly difficult time for retailers, as they continue to provide the kind of top class service which will attract shoppers into their premises, so hopefully these awards will have a positive effect on their efforts at a local level at least. North County Leader will sponsor the Customer Service Excellence Award - Retail Independent Sector at the Fingal Business Excellence Awards, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza, Northwood on Friday 4th November next. Pictured are Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber) and Gerry Fitzmaurice, Managing Director, North County Leader).

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Local hero, Paul Flynn won a coveted All Star award at the GAA GPA All-Star Football awards last Friday. This hugely deserved award completes an incredible year for the Fingallians club man. Paul is pictured here with his All Star award.

Local Clubs To Get Pitches In Swords Five playing pitches at Ridgewood in Swords will be allocated to local clubs soon as the council reaches the final stages of negotiations with the developer to take the pitches in charge. Cllr David McGuinness ( FF) asked for a progress report on the pitches and argued for their allocation to St Finian's GAA Club and River Valley Rangers FC, two clubs he said had “served their local community so well since the early eighties.” The council said it was in the final stages of taking the pitches at Ridgewood in charge. It said it anticipated five pitches becoming available for allocation 'during autumn', consisting of one full-size GAA pitch, two full-size soccer pitches and two junior pitches. The council said it intended to allocate the pitches to local clubs for the 2011/ 2012 season using the normal criteria for pitch allocation. The council also noted that planning permission has been granted at the same site for proposed dressing room facilities which should be delivered early next year.

Pavilions Plays It’s Part For Charity Swords Pavilions were delighted to support their chosen charity of choice, The Marie Keating Foundation last weekend. Special thanks is due to Noonan Security for their part they played by volunteering their services in a marathon cycle. Pictured at the event are Deirdre King (Commercial Manager, Pavilions Shopping Centre), Patricia Mc Carthy (Community Nurse) and Linda Keating.


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Adult Education Classes Pictured here is model Nadia Forde teamed up with her beloved nana Bernadette Paolozzi in their first-ever photocall together for the Mobility Care Centre in Swords. Mobility Care Centre have a number of stores, one of which is located in Swords.They stock a full range of equipment and aids to independent living for adults, teens and children suffering a temporary or permanent disability. The centres allow customers to see and try out aids and equipment for themselves rather than having to order from catalogues.They stock an extensive range of products, including wheelchairs, mobility scooters, stairlifts, rise/recline armchairs and bedroom and bathroom aids. The Mobility Care Centre is in Unit A3, Airside Park. For more information phone 8900890 or go to

Fingal Adult Education, Balbriggan are delighted to offer three new and exciting full FETAC awards in Level 4 and 5. These courses are due to start this November and will run three days a week until June 2012. They have designed learning to equip the student with knowledge and skills for accessing further learning opportunities


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Christmas Classes In Swords With Christmas fast approaching take some time out on a Wednesday morning at the Emmaus Retreat Centre. This five week course begins on 2nd November will include designing and making your own unique Christmas cards using a variety of techniques including Stamping, Embossing and Decoupage. The classes are designed to accommodate all levels of experience from the beginner to those who like to try new techniques. Relax in the tranquil atmosphere of the Emmaus Retreat Centre while you learn how to make your own Christmas cards. On 2nd November there is an evening programme at the Emmaus Retreat Centre entitled New Beginings for Men. Beginning on 7th November there is a series of six Monday evening classes from 7.30pm – 9.00pm entitled An Introduction to the Enneagram – A Journey of Self Discovery. These are just some of the courses which will take place at Emmaus during November. The centre has lots more courses and programmes taking place throughout the year and full details are available on their website at: or call: 01-8700050

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To celebrate its 80th birthday, Rush Cricket Club is holding a night of reminiscing and fun, on Saturday 19th November at 8.30 p.m. All members and past members are invited to attend on the night. If you have memories of the club or photographs you would like to share please forward them to the president of the club, Ann Harford who can be contacted on: 086-3563767.

By Patrick Finnegan Enterprising lady, Edel McGuinness has decided to ‘buck the trend’ and set up business in Balbriggan. Last July, Edel (25) decided she had enough of working for other people and set up her own business, EMG Property Consultants on Dublin Street in Balbriggan. Edel studied at university in Galway for four years and got a degree in Property Economics. Armed with this qualification, she worked in Stamullen for an estate agent, eventually moving to Balbriggan and taking up a position with a leading estate agent in the town, extending her knowledge of the industry all the time. Edel, who has an extensive knowledge of the local property market, spoke to the County Leader about her passion for property. “When I was at school, I worked for estate agents in Drogheda and Ashbourne, so it has always been a passion of mine to pursue a career in the property business, just as some of my family members have done. Its in the blood,” she laughs. EMG Property Consultants opened on 4th July last and in the less than four months since opening, Edel has seen the business growing steadily and is delighted with its upward curve. “We deal with residential, commercial, with sales and rentals of both. We also carry out Property Maintenance and Management of residential

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A Lifetime On Lifeboats To the general public, the initials RNLI do not require explanation as they are instantly synonymous with lifeboats and rescue at sea. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded as a charity in 1824 to protect the coastlines of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. From their impressive, purpose built base in Airside, Swords the 35 full time staff co-ordinate the 1,500 crew volunteers and over 2,000 fundraising volunteers connected with the 43 stations across Ireland. The RNLI have a college in Poole in Dorset and intensive training is provided there. It has a massive pool and is right on the harbour with teaching lifeboats going up and down all day. Volunteers are probationary crew for about a year and won't get near a call out in that time. They make a pretty strong investment in their crew and they give years of service so it works well for everybody. Lifeboat crew volunteer, Conor Walsh is a trained mechanic, who began volunteering with the lifeboat crew in Skerries when he was 19. “I'm senior helm there now which is like the coxswain or pilot of the boat. I'm 25 years on the crew, I can't believe it, the time has gone so fast.” Conor began working as a technician with the RNLI in 1995 and is now maintenance manager for the whole of Ireland. “My job is to make sure all maintenance and repairs are carried out for all the lifeboats and the equipment such as tractors, trailers and kit as they always have to be in top condition.” The link between volunteering on a crew and working with the RNLI professionally fits very naturally. In addition to Conor, David Courtney, who recently retired from Skerries lifeboat crew works as a shore manager and Sean Reilly, an RNLI technician is on the Clogherhead crew. Neville Murphy is a winch man on the helicopter Coast Guard and is a volunteer on the Dunmore East crew. The Irish Coast Guard service is the statutory agency that co-ordinates marine rescue but they work very closely with the RNLI. “When you pick up the phone and dial 999 and say 'I see someone in difficulty, or I am in difficulty on the water', you get through to the Coastguard. They look at their declared search and rescue resources in the area such as the four helicopters based around the coast line, the proximity of RNLI lifeboats and other community rescue boats and decide which to deploy in the circumstances. If they request the RNLI to launch it can be done

in a matter of seconds. Different lifeboats are used in different circumstances. “We have inshore lifeboats which can search close to the shoreline,” Conor says. “There are a lot of leisure boats going up and down the East Coast from Malahide Marina to Skerries and there is also a lot of marine leisure activity in the area. We've rescued kids from inflatable boats or people cut off from the tide on the islands off Skerries. It's fantastic to see the smile on someone's face when they're relieved to be rescued,” he says. “We put our all-weather lifeboats in areas where the conditions can be very challenging like around the Aran Islands which are right on the Atlantic. These lifeboats can go up to a hundred miles out from the shore and be at sea for hours. Busy ports, such as Dun Laoghaire and Howth have both all-weather and inshore lifeboats.” Sadly one of the worst tragedies along our coastline that featured in our news bulletins happened in Skerries in April this year with the loss of David Gilsenan and Ronan Browne. “It's very fresh, I knew David very well,” Conor says. “It was tough. We had a job to do while being conscious that we were dealing with friends who were missing and families that we knew.” The community support was fantastic. Out of the blue thousands were raised for the search. Total strangers came along with soup and sandwiches, people were out in their fishing boats and other vessels searching and it really brought everyone together.” The RNLI crew room provided a space for the families to assemble. “It was vital,” says Conor. “They needed somewhere to be together where they could receive updates on the search at all times.” The donations that were so forthcoming in Skerries this year are what have kept the RNLI in existence for 187 years. “The majority of our money comes from fundraising events such as flag days, coffee mornings, table quizzes and legacies,” Conor says. “People are very generous and they know the money is being spent on lifeboats and saving people at sea.” “People may have a personal reason for doing this and they may tell us or they may prefer to keep it private. We feel it's very important as a charity that we're not charging a fee for what we do. It's not our ethos and it's great to be able to say we're a charity that saves lives at sea.” For further information on how to support the RNLI please contact 1800 789 589 or

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Portmarnock Dramatic Society Portmarnock Music and Dramatic Society will stage ‘All In Favour Said No!’ from November 9th-12th in the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre. The latest play is one of a long line of popular plays put on by the drama group. Written by Bernard Farrell, the play is a hilarious yet scathing look at industrial relations and the people within them. Auditions for the play took place at St Helen’s Junior National School, after which the parts were chosen. It follows Portmarnock’s last winter drama, Tolka Row, which was staged at the same PSLC venue and garnered great praise. We’re sure the latest play will be a great success when it makes its debut in early November.

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RYAN (Skerries) Anne(Nancy); sadly missed by her loving family, son Carl, brothers Billy and Paddy, daughter-inlaw Mary, grandchildren Emmett, Aoife, Odharnait and Saidhbh, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, friend John and a large circle of friends.

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Miracle Prayer Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time, I ask you for a very special one. Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken heart, where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. P.H

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KING (Portmarnock) Esther; beloved wife of Tom and loving mother of Audrey, Kieron, Dermot and Deirdre, will be very sadly missed by her loving husband, sons and daughters, sonsin-law, daughters-inlaw, grandchildren, brother, sisters, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

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DUFF (Swords) Eamonn; beloved husband of Margaret, sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters Lisa and Fiona, brothers Alan, Brian and Kieran, sister Marie, Jim and Marie, sisters-in-law Mary and Mags, brothersin-law Noel and Kevin, nieces Ciara and Jenny, nephews Donal and Brendan, relatives and his many friends.

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council Stephen Archer seeks planning permission for a storey and a half dwelling with on site waste water treatment unit and percolation area and access road from enlarged existing access, serving applicants brothers home, onto public road on site to rear of existing farmstead adjoining existing family home and to the rear of applicants brothers home at Milverton, Balcunnin,Skerries, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the planning authority Fingal Ccounty Council,fingal county hall ,main St, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Gillian Coleman at 22 The Square, Skerries, Co. Dublin to raise the existing ridge height and construct a first floor extension to the rear and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Ian Donnelly for Development at existing site at Kilsallaghan, Co. Dublin. The Development will consist of the construction of 1 no. 293 sq.m. one and a half storey dormer dwelling, including new vehicular entrance off the R122, new wastewater treatment plant and percolation area and all associated site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the Application. Fingal County Council We Eoghan & Maureen Gleeson intend to apply for Planning Permission for a development at this site ;32 Portmarnock Drive , Portmarnock ,Co.Dublin . The development will consist of: Planning permission is sought for first floor extension over existing single storey extension to front side and rear of dwelling consisting of bedroom with dormer window front and ensuite to rear,also canopy along entire front of dwelling over front door and lower ground windows and sunroom to rear and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the planning authority Fingal Ccounty Council,fingal county hall, main St, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application Fingal County Council I, June Harmon, intend to apply for Outline Permission, to erect a 4 bed.

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dormer bungalow and biocycle unit on my lands at 'Notre Dam', Darcystown, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. This development will include the opening of a new vehicular access from the public roadway 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 the public opening hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday - Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority, on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council, of the Application Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought to alter internal layout to include staff canteen, store and general office, to alter openings in external walls and to lower the roof to the existing Barn previously granted planning permission under Reg. Ref: F08A/1027 at Ballough, Lusk for Pat White This 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 it’s 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 Retention Planning permission is sought for the following : 1) to retain the Portacabin/sales office, 2)to retain the bunded over-ground storage tank and two fuel dispensing pumps and all ancillary site works at Toberbunny, Old Swords Road, Santry, signed Sean Dolan. the planning 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 09:30 16:30 Monday to friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal county Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co.Dublin. a submission or oberservation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by fingal county council of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of 2no. new detached dwelling houses, and associated site works at 'Brookfield', Healys Lane, Portrane, Co. Dublin. signed Lorraine & Bill Field The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council PLANNING PERMISSION IS SOUGHT FOR construction of new detached dwelling house, and associated site works at Crescent Road, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed Kevin Herbert 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


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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 Permission for new detached 2-storey house and all associated access and siteworks at Channel Road, Rush, Co. Dublin. Signed: Elaine Sweetman. This application can be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. Mon.-Fri. between 9.30-15.30 (Through Lunch) and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council I, Sharon Caffrey. Intend to apply for Planning Permission for retention of mobile home for residential purposes and all associated site works to rear of No 4 Killalane, Skerries, Co Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy,at the offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a perscribed fee (20 euro) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of reciept by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council I, Aodh Hannon wish to apply planning permission for alterations to previously approved permission Reg. Ref. F10A/0148 to reduce the floor area of the approved agri-business building from 4066 sq.m. to 2943 sq. m. with associated alterations to foul and surface drainage arrangements. It is now proposed to erect the scheme in one phase (as opposed to previously approved two phases), to reduce the height of the structure from 12.2 m to 9.2 m. and to provide a landscaped screening berm to the northern site boundary between the subject site and Airport View Guesthouse. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the

offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours (9.303.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Birchwell Ltd. for a residential development at Kinsealy Lane, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The application provides for 77 no. dwellings (55 no. two storey and 22 no. dormer 1.5 storey dwellings). The development also includes landscaped public open space; riparian strips; pedestrian bridges; playground; car pool set down areas; foul and SUDS surface water drainage site development works (including alteration/grading of existing watercourses/drains, foul sewage storage tank and upgrade to Connolly Avenue pumping station); and all other associated site development works, including ESB substations, landscaping and boundary treatments. The development is to be constructed in two phases as follows: Phase 1 (northern lands) 36 no. dwellings Phase 2 (southern lands) 41 no. dwellings. The proposed development provides for pedestrian and cyclist linkages, emergency and agricultural access to the adjoining 'RS1' zoned lands to the east. The development will also be served by a new proposed foul sewer to link the site to the Swords Road, Malahide as follows: 2.2 kms of (110mm diameter rising main) sewer from Connolly Avenue pumping station to Back Road, to Malahide Road (R107) and onto Swords Road (R106). The development will be accessed: via 2 no. existing and previously approved vehicular and pedestrian accesses from Kinsealy Lane to be upgraded to provide necessary sightlines; a new footpath to be provided along the eastern side of Kinsealy Lane from the northern Phase 1 entrance and improvements to the Back Road/Kinsealy Lane junction. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours (9.303.30 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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