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Despite the fact that we are still in the midst of a deep recession, we as a nation, always look forward to the New Year Sales. There’s nothing that we like more than a good bargain and we are prepared to go the extra mile to secure one. In times past, this meant undertaking the arduous journey into the city, but not any more. We have endured the hardship of the recent budget, and now we deserve a little treat for ourselves. The January sales have always been one of the highlights of the retailing calendar year, and such is the array of fine shops in the North County, there’s no excuse to go elsewhere in search of that genuine bargain. With unpredictable winter weather and long traffic queues, it makes no sense at all to endure the hardship of long journeys, crowded streets and expensive parking fees, which are commonplace in the city at this time of year. The hustle and bustle of crowded city centre streets, is something to strike terror into hard pressed shoppers. The past few years have seen the arrival of some exciting new shops to the North County and the choice now available to shoppers here has grown in leaps and bounds. Every town in the region has

a wonderful selection of top quality shops, offering great bargains and ease of shopping. The great advantage of shopping local for the January sales, is that you are in a position to build up a relationship with your retailer. They can help you choose the best bargains, offer the best advice and are always available if ever a problem arises. You are in a better position to strike a great deal in the local shops, than in larger, less friendly city stores. Also, the after sales service and ease of access are compelling reasons to support the January sales in your local area. Another good reason for supporting local shops, is that by doing so, you are helping to secure local jobs. Every town in the North County is full of shops offering great value in a range of products. The choice for discerning shoppers has never been better and now is a great time to avail of these bargains. The pages of this paper are full to the brim with some of the most exciting products on the market, at the most unbelievable value imaginable. So remember, you don’t have to move out of your own area to get that dream deal. Enjoy the experience!

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May I offer my best wishes for the New Year to all the people of North County Dublin and to the members of the Irish family wherever they may be. We should be mindful too of those who maintain essential services during this time – our Gardaí, prison officers, Defence Forces, emergency services and medical staff. As President, I thank all these public service personnel for their dedicated service to our community. As our economy has contracted in recent times, many people are feeling the consequences, in terms of employment or income. However, our economic condition does not, on its own, define who we are. We are, for


CIAN O’CALLAGHAN to the readers of North County Leader sports clubs to In the role of supportive parents Mayor I meet to volunteers in people all across tidy towns groups. North County It is very encourDublin actively aging to see this engaged in their ongoing commitlocal communities, ment that ensures schools, chambers that our communiof commerce and ties are vibrant sports clubs. I get and friendly places a very positive to live and work. view of people However, everyworking hard and where I go, I also collectively to meet people improve facilities, Mayor Cian O’Callaghan clearly under a lot educate our young and build communities. What of stress. Unemployment, impresses me most are the range mortgage arrears, pyrite and and scope of activities that unfinished housing estates are people are involved in to improve some of the problems faced on a their local communities. This daily basis by people in Fingal. ranges from volunteer coaches in Often people feel they are


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28.12.2012 look forward with hope and example, a country with a courage to realising all the network of communities, that possibilities that it presents. are increasingly active in Possibilities, such as Ireland’s responding to their own, and seventh Presidency of the their society’s, difficulties. European Union, which coinWe also have the resource of cides with European Year of our scattered people around Citizens in 2013, and the the world, who support each opportunity that represents to other, and who value their renew the founding idealism of connection with their homeEurope – a Europe of citizens, land. of social solidarity, of coheA major priority during my sion, and of shared cultures. first year in office was to May I wish all the Irish at engage with, and listen to our President Michael D. Higgins home and abroad, and those young people. That engagement confirmed for me that our young who live and work with them, a very happy people have a very positive vision for the and peaceful New Year full of promise, future of Ireland, and are determined to health and fulfilment. make their contribution to positive change. Beannachtaí na Nollag agus athbhliain faoi There is much to be proud of, and much to shláinte, faoi dhóchas agus faoi shéan dhíbh build on, as we prepare for the New Year and go léir.

EAMON GILMORE TD to the readers of North County Leader I am delighted to have this opportunity to wish the readers of the North County Leader the very best for 2013. Ireland is going through tough times. We are still living through the aftermath of a deep recession, brought on us by the greed of a few. Once Eamon Gilmore TD again, many families will find it hard to face into the New Year with optimism. Still, there are grounds for confidence about what 2013 can bring. In the past year, as a country, we have pulled back from the brink, and we have begun

suffering these problems and stresses alone. Parents make great efforts to protect their children and families from these worries. There is a great desire especially in the New Year for us to be positive and to get on with things. However, we also need to put our minds collectively to sorting out problems that we face. Unemployment, mortgage arrears, pyrite and unfinished housing estates affect everyone who lives in Fingal in one shape or another. Economic recovery can only be assisted by tackling these head on. A recovery that benefits some and leaves others behind in our rush to focus on the positive will not serve anyone’s interests in the long run. To restore confidence and vibrancy in our towns and villages, we must make sure that every home and housing estate is finished to the highest standards. This will make Fingal a leading county for investment and growth in the years to come.

to make steady progress. No-one wants to overstate what has been gained, or understate the hill that has to be climbed, but we are getting there. I am confident that 2013 will be the year when we get our economic sovereignty back, when we will make more progress on creating jobs, and when we will make serious inroads into problems like personal debt. When we look back on 2012, there will be great moments to remember, like Olympic success for Ireland. But 2012 was also a year when, difficult as it was, we made important strides towards recovery for our economy, our country and our people. It won’t happen overnight, but 2013 will, I believe, be the year when we can begin to see the end in sight. What we are working for, is to get people back to work, and to build a better future for our children, here in our own country. That is our aim for 2013. Warmest wishes and a Happy New Year. Eamon Gilmore TD Leader, The Labour Party Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade

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ENDA KENNY TD to the readers of North County Leader The New Year is a time when we assess and look forward to what lies ahead. I know that many people will be facing this New Year with trepidation because money is tight and the challenge of making ends meet is a tough one. I know that many families face another year with the absence An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny of loved ones who have had to leave our country. There is no doubt the country is going through some very difficult times, but I want to reassure you that your Government is utterly focused on getting the country working again and creating opportunities for our children to work here at home. We have had to make choices and decisions that no one would wish to choose and we understand that the impact of these is very harsh for many people. But our task is to do the job the people gave us to do - to restore the country’s economic sovereignty, so we can make our own choices as a nation again, to get Ireland back on its feet, to do everything in our power to create and sustain jobs. I believe we can do this together. I believe in the ability of the Irish people to help each other through tough times, to recover, to prevail. To all the readers of the North County Leader, I wish you and yours a happy and hopeful New Year. Advertising Sales Manager ......Sue Griffiths Advertising ...............................Derek O’Mara Stephen Twomey Sandra Masterson Editorial ....................................Patrick Finnegan Jennifer McShane Printers.....................................MCP - Navan Published by ............................Seel Publishing Ltd.

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MICHEAL MARTIN TD to the readers of North County Leader I want to wish all readers of the North County Leader and North County Dublin residents a happy and peaceful New Year. I know 2012 has been a very difficult year for many people and Micheál Martin TD families, but it is my hope that 2013 can be a year of change and hope, that we can make progress in creating jobs in our economy and help people in difficulty with personal debt and mortgages. Like many in North County Dublin, I have a young family and I want the best for them. There are significant challenges in our communities, but despite this, there are many reasons to be positive for our future.

BRENDAN RYAN TD to the readers of North County Leader The past year has been very tough on ordinary people and families, as the further taxes and budget cuts hit the household spend. The path to getting Ireland back on track is increasingly difficult for people and I see that reflected in every one of my seven clinics throughout the week. There are some small signs that the economy is recovering; however we need to see real signs of job growth in 2013, if people are to believe we will see the end of this economic downturn. The latter half of 2012 has seen some high profile job announcements and the first net decrease in unemployment numbers since the first quarter of 2005. However, this needs to become a trend in 2013 for real encouragement to be taken for our economy and our people. In October, I hosted a Jobseekers

ALAN FARRELL TD to the readers of North County Leader “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a very Happy New Year. I recognise the sacrifices made by people this year and every effort has been made to ensure that we protect core rates in this year’s Budget, such as income tax, social welfare and state pension rates, despite having to extract €3.5 billion from the economy as a result of the budgetary situation. While the present Government did not cause the financial difficulties, we are taking responsibility for them. Part of this is supporting a transition from the old, failed economy, based on property, banking and debt to a new, sustainable economy based on

enterprise, exports and innovation through the Action Plan for Jobs. When we took office in 2011 the jobs market was in free fall. In 2012 private sector employment has started to grow for the first time in four years. 20,000 new private sector jobs have been created in the past 12 months, mainly in the exporting sectors, in particular tourism, high-tech industry and in IDA-supported companies, following targeted assistance through the Action Plan for Jobs, launched by Minister Richard Bruton. This year, investment in small and medium businesses will be at the heart of our policies. Government has earmarked almost half

Ireland remains a strong country with a great spirit and we can recover from the difficulties we face. There has been huge progress in terms of education in the North County over many years and it continues to have a young age profile and one of the fastest growing populations in the country. Fianna Fáil has a role to play in bringing forward new ideas and reforming and renewing our party. While I am working to play a role in this, I know Senator Darragh O’Brien is performing a similar role in Seanad Éireann, as the party’s leader there. From speaking with Darragh, I know of the continuing work he is doing with community groups and residents in North County Dublin on important issues, such as the proposed Monster Sewage Plant and cuts to Home Help hours. I am heartened by the sense of community that exists in North County Dublin. If we all play to our strengths and maintain a sense of community, I know we will recover a stronger and better society from this crisis. Again, I want to wish you and your family a peaceful New Year. Micheál Martin Information Day in Balbriggan, bringing together the various employment services and further education and training bodies to meet local jobseekers. It was a successful event and I was encouraged by the opportunities to jobseekers that are available even in this difficult time. I look forward to hosting another J o b s e e k e r s Information Day in Swords this February. I just want to wish everyone in the North Brendan Ryan TD County a happy and prosperous New Year. 2012 was another tough year for the people of North County Dublin and indeed Ireland. I will continue to work hard for the people of the North County to ensure your voices are reflected in Dáil Eireann.

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Action Plan for Jobs 2013 will help SMEs to improve their cash flow, access funding, boost demand for products in new markets and incentivise them to create jobs. 2013 is the year of The Gathering, and the north county has the opportunity to set out on an international stage all it has to offer tourists as they step off the plane in Dublin Airport. 2012 was a

very positive year for Fingal tourism, as we retained the Fry Model Railway Collection, reopened Malahide Castle and Gardens which will created over 100 jobs. Next year there will be three flagship events taking place in Fingal, including Ireland vs England at the new and improved Malahide Cricket Club and the Flavours of Fingal in Newbridge Demesne. The Gathering will not only have benefits for tourism in Fingal, but it should also bring enhanced opportunities and relationships for future trade. In 2013 I will remain committed to representing the North County as one of the fastest growing populations in Ireland and one of the youngest in Europe. I look forward to engaging with you in this process throughout the year.

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CLARE DALY TD to the readers of North County Leader 2012 was a very hard year for many people who have had to face continuous austerity and a reduction in their living standards. To see over €20 billion shipped out of the country to pay the debts of banks and bondholders, while frontline services were slashed, has added insult to injury. It is not that hard choices had to be made, but rather the government has chosen to make ordinary families pay, rather than take on those at the top of Irish society. They chose to continue to facilitate multinationals in tax avoidance. They didn’t even have to increase corporation tax, if they ensured it was paid at an effective rate of 12.5 per cent, (one of the lowest in Europe anyway), they could have raised an extra €4 billion, negating the need for any cuts or tax hikes. Instead, 2013 will see the introduction of a tax on the home, which will force Clare Daly TD many into poverty, along with more cuts to home help hours, respite grants, and child benefit, along with rising costs and fees. The only way to change things is by ordinary people organising. Like the Fingal Home Helps who took to the streets, or the Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax, or indeed, the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, which brought people of all ages on to the streets to demand that abortion be legislated for in Ireland. Nothing will change by waiting for the government to deliver. Rather change will come in spite of them. 2013 will mark one hundred years since the Dublin Lockout, when the workers of Dublin were embroiled in a mighty battle with the vested interests of the city’s wealthy employers. One hundred years on, will witness another mighty battle against property tax and austerity. A mass mobilisation of people power is really necessary to stop the austerity agenda.




TONY LAMBERT to the readers of North County Leader Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce represents and promotes the business community in the North County Region, which is home to many of the most highly recognised multinational companies in the world, as well as large numbers of large and CEO Fingal Dublin small indigenous Chamber, Tony Lambert businesses. The past year has again been a very challenging year for local businesses, with many companies facing difficult financial and trading situations. The Chamber recognises and congratulates the many business men and women in the area on their skill and determination in retaining and growing their markets

28.12.2012 in a really tough business environment. We can be very proud of the many success stories in the business community, with improved standards in the quality of products, services and customer care rising each year. It is a story of great commitment to excellence by the management and staff. In particular, the commitment of the retail sector to excellence and a quality customer care service is renowned and the Chamber would ask all consumers to support the many local retailers who are providing the jobs for local people. In the coming year, the Chamber will continue to focus on providing support to the many business men and women who are facing into another tough year. Being in business can be very lonely and the business community needs to work closer together to support each other through networking and business briefing events. On behalf of Chamber President, Siobhan Moore and the Council of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, I wish all the Chamber members and indeed all the business men and women in the area a prosperous and rewarding year in 2013. Tony Lambert, CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber

Swords Dance Group Excel In First Contest A new local dance school in River Valley called ‘House of Swag’ had an amazing turn out at their first competition recently. Teachers Sinead and Nelly brought two of their crews ‘Limitless’ and ‘N.I.M’ to compete at Hip Hop Idol in the National Basketball Arena earlier this month. Both crews performed to exceptional standards on the night;

Limitless received 3rd place and N.I.M came 1st, and also went on to win the overall first timer champions of the day. Then the kids went on to do solos and despite the tough competition the day, many of the House of Swag dancers got all the way to the semi finals! Laura Doyle placed 6th, Michelle Farrell placed 5th and Chloe Joyce

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KEVIN TOLAN to the readers of North County Leader As another year finishes and we reflect back on the last 12 months, we can say a lot has been achieved. The Infrastructural upgrades that have been completed, road improvements, water supply and broadband upgrades have been very welcomed, particularly for the manufacturing and Industrial sectors located in Balbriggan. We are also aware of major drainage infrastructural works that are planned for 2013. While we welcome these works, it is vital that they are carried out in as short a timeframe as possible and with minimal disruption to traffic and pedestrians. Thanks to a unique collaboration between Fingal Tourism, Balbriggan Town Council, FAS and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, we now have a new Tourist Office open in 1 Kevin Tolan Quay Street, Balbriggan. There has already been a lot of visitors, including locals expressing their appreciation of the arrival/existence of the Tourist Office. We have no doubt this will not only be a base point for Information on all local events, accommodation, facilities, but also a fulcrum by which many other ideas will be made a reality. Sadly, we cannot ignore the reality for a lot of businesses that are struggling at present, particularly those in the town centre area or the ‘Heart of Balbriggan’ as it has been named in our Public Realm Plan. We hope in 2013 that the relevant officials in Fingal County Council will listen to their ratepayers and work with them to try and make proactive decisions to help keep the ‘Heart Beating’ in Balbriggan Town Centre. May I thank my fellow executive committee members for their hard-work in 2012 and also our patrons and all our members for their continued support.


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MARTIN SCULLY to the readers of North County Leader It is a sincere pleasure to be able to usher in another New Year, knowing that 2012 has seen many successes for the community of Skerries. Last year, Skerries Chamber of Commerce promised something new to add to the vibrancy and dynamic of the town - that project is Floraville Park. Thanks to t h e Martin Scully combined effort of hundreds of volunteer man hours by designers and consultants, equipment and raw material suppliers, and tradesmen, along with the fundraising efforts and financial contributions of many, we can all begin to see concrete progress on what will be an attractive addition to our bustling business community, as well as something generations to come can enjoy. An important ongoing community project,


MAIREAD SWEETMAN to the readers of North County Leader Happy New Year to all our businnesses in Rush and surrounding areas. I do hope 2012 was a good year for you all despite the challenges! Thank you to all the businessess that were part of the Chamber in 2012 and here’s hoping that you will re-join for 2013. Rush Chamber of Commerce was very busy during 2012. We

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the Floraville caps a year of successes for Skerries in the national spotlight. In the highly competitive annual Tidy Towns, despite this year’s many challenges, Skerries got an amazing 306 points - three more than 2011 and only six points behind the overall winner. Thanks to Skerries Tidy Towns’ tireless efforts, Skerries won a Gold Medal, Regional Award (out of all Dublin) and County Award (out of all Fingal). We also came a narrow second out of the entire country in the Irish Times Best Place to Live - a contest that garnered countless, beautifully written testimonials about all that Skerries has to offer, all published in the national press and on the internet. Meanwhile, it has been the pleasure of Skerries Chamber of Commerce to continue to represent the business interests of the community, while also ensuring that traditions so important to the fabric of Skerries, such as our St Patrick’s Parade and annual Christmas lights can continue, entirely thanks to the support of local shops and businesses. It has been a busy and eventful, ultimately successful year to date - and here’s to 2013, a year in which Skerries Chamber looks forward to our many continued mutual successes. Meanwhile, a very prosperous New Year to all. played host to various speakers: Ml Hoey a local entrepeneur, Bobby Kerr and Patricia Callan. I hope that 2013 will be a great year for all of us! I would like to encourage everybody to shop local and also to purchase local produce if possible. This will create more jobs, thereby boosting the local economy. The Chamber’s motto Mairead Sweetman is ‘Keep Business in Rush and Rush in Business.’ Of course we have to practice what we preach! The New Year will see the launching of a Business Directory which will include a listing of all Businesses. Only Chamber members will be part of this directory. So hurry up and get on board and have your business listed. Remember, Rush Chamber survives on membership subscriptions and the committee work on a voluntary basis. Without membership the Chamber cannot represent the business Community! All it needs is you! Join today! So good luck and best wishes for 2013!


TRISH MURTAGH to the readers of North County Leader What a year we have just had. The cliche about life being a roller coaster is not an exaggeration in terms of the year gone by, a year of ups and downs, of optimism and despair and one which a lot of us won’t mind leaving behind . 2013 is looming and with a new year comes the opportunity to look forward with a new optimism, to create new opportuTrish Murtagh nities and surround ourselves with positive and proactive thinking . I have certainly had a baptism of fire this year, as my role as President of Malahide Chamber

came as a double edged sword, at a time when retail is at its most vulnerable and unpredictable. It was a huge honour to represent the business community and those in retail in particular . The biggest challenge for our members was not development or growth, but mere survival in the current economic climate. The amazing thing that happened was that this challenge has brought our members and our community together in an unprecedented way . The support that myself and the Chamber have received has been inspiring. People who have given of their time, their expertise and their energy has made our future a far more positive one. Co-operation from our councillors, our County Council and our members has put a firm plan in place for new opportunities in tourism and an opportunity to work together as a strong and dynamic group with endless ideas and motivation and an exciting vision for the year ahead . I look forward to the coming year and would like to express my thanks to yourselves and your readers for their continued support.

Rush Students Win United Nations Accolades St Joseph’s Secondary School students from Rush participated in the Model United Nations (MUN), hosted by the International Relations Society in University College Cork recently. The students who participated were: Alex Farrell, Anthony Daly, Ruby Towers, Noelle Leonard, Conor Carey, Eric Healy, Bryce Ndjatang, Keith Maughan, Rosalie Adamou, Caoimhe Leonard, Luke Hosford and Jack Cummins. They here are the students from St Joseph’s Secondary School from Rush with their did themselves Pictured awards from the Model United Nations debating competition, which they recently participroud and won four pated in. awards at the MUN, two for Best Delegate, and topics of global interest we part. It is a great achievement read about everyday and for them and I would like to two for Runner Up. The Model United Nations is a requires participants to pay tribute to the hard work three day debating competi- actively generate resolutions put into the project by all involved. I also wish to tion organised for second to such issues. level schools throughout the School Principal, Patricia commend their teachers, Ms North County and beyond. Hayden told the County Flynn, Mr Reade and Mr Based on the format of the Leader, “We are very proud of O’Shea who mentored the United Nations, it explores all our students who took students throughout.”


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ANNE DOYLE to the readers of North County Leader Skerries Tidy Towns wish all residents and business people a happy and healthy new year. 2012 was a challenging year for Tidy Towns - the rain fell, and the grass and weeds grew with

a vengeance. But because of our hard work and help from our many volunteers, i.e. Adopt-A-Patch and Adopt-A-Beach etc, we kept our place at the top of the national competi-


2012 saw 860 entrants in the competition, and we were just six points behind the overall winner. Once again, we thank all that helped us in any way, we hope we will have you all onboard again this year and some new people as well. In 2013, we Anne Doyle hope we can stay up tion winning a gold there at the top level medal, county award, and maybe go even and regional award. higher.


GERRY RAFFERTY to the readers of North County Leader On behalf of the Malahide Tidy Towns group, I would like to say a big thank you to those who supported us in this year’s Tidy Towns competition. Out of 850 applicants, we

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succeeded again in securing one of only 40 Gold Medals. We’re very proud of our village and appreciate support from Chamber of Commerce, the County Council, businesses and residents. I think everyone who was involved and participated in the Tidy Towns competition around the North Country deserves a big thanks as everyone really pulled together and this shows in the great results


DES BECTON to the readers of North County Leader On behalf of the Swords Tidy Town Committee, I would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers who gave so generously of their time, and all those who supported us throughout this year. I would also like to thank the management and staff of the Operations Dept of the County Council for all their assistance and look forward to working with them more closely in the coming year. The efforts of the Operations staff of the Council, along with the Tidy Town volunteers, schools, residents and business community was rewarded by our improved position in the IBAL litter league where we finished up the 2nd Cleanest Town in Ireland. We would also like to thank the Historical Society for their assistance. The sponsorship and support given to us in our fundraising by JCs Supermarket, the Pavilions and SuperValu Boroimhe is very much appreciated. The influx of new volunteers and the trojon work that was carried out by all the volunteers, enabled us to clean up more Black Spots in our town this year. This brought about our improved position in the National Tidy Town Competition achieving an extra six points and our high ranking in the IBAL Anti Litter League. I would like to extend congratulations to the surrounding Tidy Towns groups who won prizes in 2012. On behalf of the committee I would also like to congratulate Swords double Paralympic hero, Catherine Walsh on her fantastic achievements.

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Looking forward to the New Year, we will continue to pursue our public representatives, the Council, Chamber of Commerce, Fingal Tourism, Fingal Enterprise Board,

that were achieved. The Tidy Towns committee are looking forward to 2013 and we hope to see new volunteers join us, we are always delighted to have more involved in the work we do. Many thanks to the County Leader and other media outlets for all their support to Tidy Towns throughout the year and we wish all County Leader readers a happy and prosperous New Year.

Historical Society and any other stakeholders that may be interested in setting up a forum, with the assistance of the Heritage Council in drawing up a Public Realm Strategy for our town. Swords Tidy Towns are always looking for new members, so if anyone would like to join our team, or adopt a patch in their own area they can contact us at swordstidytowns@gm On behalf of the Tidy Towns Team I would like to wish the people of Swords and all the readers of the County Leader good health and a peaceful, prosperous and a happy New Year.

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Jan 20 - Feb 18

Problems relating to a financial issue or arrangement will surface early in the week, and you would be wise to let the matter simmer for a while longer before deciding what to do. Professional advice might be a good move.


Feb 19 - Mar 20

If criticism arises, view it as constructive and you will be in a stronger position to influence and impress later in the week. You are held in high regard, so do nothing rash to jeopardise your reputation.


Mar 21 - Apr 20

With confrontation focusing on relationships you must avoid antagonising allies, rivals and opponents in the weeks ahead. The winds of change are blowing, but it is up to you to ensure they blow in your favour.


Apr 21 - May 20

Don’t waste time on complex business plans, when the chances are that they will be overtaken by events shortly. Better to concentrate your energy on something less demanding but more immediately rewarding.



MOST REV. DR. DIARMUID MARTIN to the readers of North County Leader The simplicity of the message of the birth of Jesus, which we have celebrated with our families and friends in these days draws out from us what is best in us. May that simplicity fill each of our lives this coming year and allow us to realise where true happiness in our lives is rooted. We are not at the best moment in our economy, but this does not mean that we do not reflect; that we do not even dream about where we should be going in the future. When we give up dreaming, we can easily just throw the towel in and be satisfied with what is second best.

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Rush 38th Scout Troop held a fundraising market in Kenure Woods, Rush recently. The market was held, so that the group could raise much needed funds for their upcoming trip to the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015. There was an array of stalls from producers of artisan goods on offer and the day was enjoyed by all. The event, which was organised by the local group, will greatly aid the group’s exciting trip to Japan in just over two years time. Speaking at the announcement of the event, Chairperson of Rush Scout group, David Clarke told the County Leader: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to help raise funds for our trip

May 21 - Jun 20

A business associate or loved one could suggest that you are failing to live up to their own high standards this week. It is more likely to be their unrealistic expectations which are to blame.


Jun 21 - Jul 22

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Jul 23 - Aug 23

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Aug 24 - Sep 22

Relatives and loved ones are liable to be unforthcoming and uncooperative, and your natural reaction will be to give them short shrift. It would be a mistake to say anything which could bring regrets or recriminations.


Oct 23 - Nov 22

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Nov 23 - Dec 21

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to the World Jamboree in 2015.” “Sending our scouts to Japan will be an expensive undertaking and we want to ensure we give all of our scouts an equal opportunity to participate regardless of their economic circumstances. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the County Council for their ongoing support for scouting all around the North County. I also wish to thank the parents and supporters who worked extremely hard to organise this fantastic community event,” he concluded.


MOST REV. DR. MICHAEL JACKSON to the readers of North County Leader The arrival of a new year somehow sweeps in upon us at the darkest time of the old year. After the preparations for Christmas are over and we have had the enjoyment of festivities and the presence of those we love around us, we have to face into a new and a different year from the one we are leaving. Always there are two sides to this story - those who look forward adventurously and those who look backward wistfully. After all, is this not the origin of the name: January itself? The ancient Roman god Janus has two faces, one looking in each direction. This is the time of year we are Dr. Michael Jackson now in. January is always a long month. The year starts slowly and drags us out of bed day by day, until we stop talking about the ‘new year,’ and simply call it ‘this year.’ We recall highlights of the year past and are delighted to remember things which we thought we had forgotten as memory sparks off fresh memory. One of the highlights of my time in the dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in the year past has been the introduction of the Revd Anthony Kelly as Bishop’s Curate to the parishes of Holmpatrick and Kenure with Balbriggan and Balrothery. The service took place on St Brigid’s Day in St George’s Church in Balbriggan. This enabled me to enter into the spirit of your community in a way which is lasting and memorable. I am always so pleased to become part of communities locally in every part of the dioceses, even if it is for an afternoon or an evening. The vitality of local communities is what keeps everything that matters to us most in Ireland going - connections, neighbours, personalities and shared activities. I wish all the North County readers a very happy 2013 and, as you look forward, please also remember the things which for you made 2012 a good year in which to have been part of your community.

Sep 23 - Oct 22

Suddenly, your confidence will soar, and you will take in your stride even those things which seemed impossible a short while ago. However, you must be careful not to undermine the efforts of those around you.


28.12.2012 Let us be hopeful for 2013. There are signs of hope to be seen. If we work together, then the Ireland of the years to come can be an Ireland that many of us could not have imagined but it will be a better Ireland, inspired Dr. Diarmuid Martin by the spirit of Feast of the Epiphany. Only a future of community and solidarity can guarantee a future where each one’s individuality and personal identity are not just protected, but also prized and celebrated. Once again I want to acknowledge the care and concern of people in our parishes; just last week, we saw people give as generously as they could to the annual Dublin Diocesan Vincent de Paul Collection and their support for Crosscare working with the most vulnerable through 2012 has been tremendous. May the light of Christ bring hope and promise to us all and bring us all closer this coming year as God’s family, called humankind.”

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Annual Winter Show In Skerries The annual winter group exhibition of Village Art at Strand Street in Skerries is now open. The exhibition continues until Tuesday, January 31st and all are welcome to attend. Among the exhibiting artists are Dave West, Peter Price and Mary Grey. It opens from Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm.

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The Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal presented 30 shopping vouchers for JCs Supermarket in Swords, worth €50 each to St Vincent de Paul, on Tuesday, 18th December last. President of Rotary, Dave Murray was overwhelmed by the generosity of local shoppers at JCs and he said, “Rotary are giving €1500 worth of vouchers to St Vincent de Paul and we’re delighted to do so and look forward to doing plenty more in the future. In this day and age, there’s no more worthy cause that SVP”. Denis Barry, President of St Finian’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul said, “it was great to see the Rotary Club supporting a local cause like ours. The money collected locally is distributed locally.” Pictured is Dave Murray handing over the vouchers to Denis Barry.

A new “Beauty and Holistic Treatment Room, called Bliss @ The Waterside has opened within The Waterside House Hotel, on the beach in Donabate. Beauty therapist, Ciara Darcy specialises in a wide range of treatments from reflexology and aromatherapy to anti-ageing PAYOT facials and eyelash extensions. Hotel General Manager, Paul Slattery told us “We are delighted to have launched Bliss @ The Waterside.

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It’s that time of year again - the party season is in full swing and everyone wants to see out the year in style. Clontarf Castle Hotel, located in the picturesque coastal suburb of Clontarf, is hosting a New Year’s Eve, Black Tie Gala Ball. This extravagant event promises to be the most exciting on Dublin’s Northside this New Year’s Eve. Guests at the 12th century castles ball will ring in the New Year in style in the luxurious setting of Clontarf Castle Hotel. The evening commences with champagne on arrival in the hotels beautiful lobby. A delicious five course Gala Dinner awaits guests in the opulent surroundings of the Great Hall. As the clock strikes midnight, guests at the ball will celebrate in with a piper and a champagne toast - a perfect way to finish 2012 and start 2013 with a bang in an unforgettably luxurious and unique castle setting.

Pictured is Ted Corcoran, who has been appointed as the new Captain of Forrest Little Golf Club. He will drive in as the new captain on 12th January next. Ted is a member of the Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal and is a former International President of Toastmasters, Ted Corcaran and is really looking forward to his role as captain for the coming year.

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Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt The Christmas competition at Ballyboughal Pitch and Putt club turned out to be a memorable one. After a week’s rain, the day brightened to an almost sunny spring day. Lots of Santas turning out to play and some elves as well. The 27 hole game threw up some very close cards on the day, with only one stroke separating the top two teams. Winners of the Christmas 27 hole turkey scramble winners team ‘Jingle bells’, James Carroll, Tommy McCann, Margaret Kelly and Bernie Prendergast with a gross 67. Runners up team were ‘Reindeers’, Ronnie Delaney, Frank Hughes, Irene Parkinson and Ann McDonnell with a gross 68.

TDs Welcome Property Tax Waiver For Pyrite Homes Local TDs Alan Farrell (FG) and Brendan Ryan (Lab), have welcomed confirmation that pyrite homes will be granted a waiver from the Local Property Tax. “I am hugely relieved that a waiver will be granted to people living in homes affected by pyrite, ensuring they won’t have to pay a property tax on homes that are essentially worthless. The issue has been raised with the Minister for Finance, who has agreed with this approach,” Farrell said. “People living in homes affected by pyrite have been through an awful couple of years,” he told the County Leader. “They have been left with are properties that are in

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