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28th August 2012 • Volume 19, Issue 25 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

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ith the local elections in the not too distant future, residents of the North County can expect to have eager candidates knocking on their doors. While the elections are two years away, some would be county councillors will be in full harness shortly. With this in mind, the question arises about what exactly they do and if they are worth the expense. By Patrick Finnegan The general consensus is that our county councillors are well paid and the expectation from the electorate is that value for money is being realised. The North County area is served by a total of 15 county councillors in the Balbriggan, Swords/ Donabate and Howth/ Malahide electoral areas. The total representation for Fingal, including the Blanchardstown area is 24. Our elected representatives are paid a representational payment of €16,723.92, with the


County Mayor receiving a further allowance of €16,168.49 per annum. There is also an allowance for the deputy mayor. These representational payments are subject to taxation and are paid whether the councillor attends any meetings or not. There are also travelling expenses and these will vary according to the distance the councillor has to travel. Last year, this ranged from €6,500 to €7,100 and does not included expenses for the use of mobile phones, phone rental, broad-

band and others. These expenses are not subject to taxation. A spokesman for the council told the County Leader: “Expenses are paid each month and an assessment is carried out at the end of the year, and if councillors have been overpaid, they return the difference. At the end of the calendar year, we calculate the number of meetings each councillor attended and make adjustments accordingly,” he said. They must attend 80 per cent of the meetings, including full council meetings and local area meetings in order to claim the full allowance. In the 12 month period from 15th June 2011 to 22nd June 2012, there were a total of 17 full council meetings, as well as a number of local area meetings. Some councillors, namely Peter Coyle, Ken Farrell. Joan Maher, May

McKeon and David O’Connor had a 100 per cent attendance rate, with councillors Darragh Butler, Anthony Lavin, Gerry McGuire and Ciaran Byrne hot on their heels with 16 attendances. The poorest

was very high, with the majority of councillors attending to meetings in their particular election wards. In the case of Cllr O’Leary, it must be said that his time consuming role as PA

• Cllr. Ann Devitt

to the Minister for Health, James Reilly may have been responsible for his poor attendance record, while Cllr

• Cllr. Tom O’Leary

Devitt has been a controversial figure within her own party, before being expelled from it earlier in the year.

St Finian's GAA Club, River Valley held their football Summer Camp recently and presented medal to players who displayed great skills. Pictured with their medals are proud local children, Ellen Sylvester, John Sylvester, Ciara Laird, Conor Laird, Rachel Church, Jason O'Reilly, Gabrielle Church, Stephen Kenny, Carlos Kenny, Martha Kenny, Molly Howard, Liam Kirwan and George Howard.

What A Stinker! The recent decision of Panda to increase the cost of a bin tag from €8.00 to €8.75 has caused uproar in the community and is being viewed by some as a breach of contract. The County Leader was contacted by River Valley resident, Imelda Kirwan who feels betrayed by both Panda and the County Council, who sold the

attendance was by Fine Gael councillor, Tom O’Leary and former Fine Gael councillor, Anne Devitt, who both recorded an attendance of 65 per cent. The attendance at local area meetings


lucrative business to Panda. As part of their agreement with the local authority, Panda guaranteed a price freeze for all of their customers for 2012. This agreement came into existence in November 2011. She sent numerous letters of complaint ; one of which was to local deputy Brendan Ryan (Lab). He

contacted Panda on behalf of Imelda and was told by John Dunne from Panda that the increase was unavoidable, despite the promise of a price freeze. He told Ryan: “Panda did indeed commit to a price freeze at the time of the tender, but since then, the Department of the Environment have increased the tax rate on Landfill charges by 30 per cent from €50 to €65 per tonne,” he wrote. Imelda does not accept this explanation at all. “I am appalled by what

Panda have done. If they really wanted to honour their guarantee, they should have organised to absorb the tax increase by the Department of the Environment for the final six months of 2012. They should also have made some attempt to notify customers of the bin tag price increase in advance. No one knew about it until they went to buy their bin tags,” she said furiously. She also felt very betrayed by the council who just washed their hands of the problem. They told her that it

was effectively none of their business any more and that they no linger provided a waste collection service. All of this has meant that Imelda has changed her waste collection from Panda to one of it’s rival companies who, she says, “charge a lot less than Panda for the same service.” She changed her provider as a matter of principle. “I can easily afford the increase, but I’m sure there are many residents who cannot afford it. I just don’t like being betrayed and lied to,” she concluded.



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Playful Get Together In Lusk The children of Lusk had the chance to show off their acting abilities recently. Power Drama School Summer Camp for 6-11 year olds saw it’s talented participants take part in their rendition of "Snow White and the Five Dwarfs," which was hugely enjoyed by all. Children who attended the camp d e s i g n e d i n d i v i d u a l d r a m a took part in drama classes each masks with sequins, glitter and day which covered mime, impro- feathers! visation, voice projection, move- At the end of the week the group ment, dance and performance. put on their twenty minute In addition to the classes, the performance of "Snow White..." c h i l d r e n h a d a t o u r o f L u s k for parents and family which was Round Tower from Pat Kelly and followed by refreshments while

There will be a fun filled Nature Walk in Swords on Sunday, 2nd September for those who wish to brush up on their local town history and have some old fashioned fun. All participants are asked to meet at the Castle Town Park main gate at 3pm. Come along to learn about the the town and it's history. The walk will commence at 3pm from the Town Park along the River Walk to Church Road,

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and on to Forest Road and the end at St Colmcille's Well. After the walk, local historian, Bernadette Marks will give a talk on the history of Swords. It promises to be a great day’s entertainment for all, so come along for a fun-filled day of history and fun.

Calling All Local Artists As part of Heritage Week in Balbriggan, Carnation Theatre Company put on a show called 'Circus' in Balbriggan Town Hall. It was enjoyed by both young and not so young. Pictured after the show are performers, Mary O'Driscoll and Mairead Devlin, with Winnie Sadler, Sheila Hughes and Tony Gibson all redidents at Gormanston Wood Nursing Home.

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Pictured here is Katie McCarthy, dressed up as 'Doc' for a play as part of the activities on at Power Drama School Summer Camp in Lusk recently.

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the students were presented with certificates of achievement. The feedback from parents was fantastic with all the parents saying how much the children enjoyed their week. “Loraine really knows how to get the best out of the kids,” said one parent. “The transformation and new found confidence in the space of one week was amazing. My daughter couldn’t wait to get to camp each morning and is already excited for the new term to start.”

Skerries RNLI Raft Race 2012 was indeed a day to remember. The organisers worked very hard in recent months to make sure that the Raft Race went off smoothly, with no hitches. As the rafts were being unloaded, carried and dragged into position on the South Beach at Skerries, the clouds separated, the sun shone gloriously and the temperatures climbed into the early 20°'s. Each contestant believed their craft was the winner. Crowds gathered and ooh'd and ahh'd over the rafts. Some of the crews came in fancy dress with rafts to match. Thankfully, each crew member had to wear a

lifejacket and that took a lot of worry away when reviewing some of the less craft like crafts! There was a real holiday atmosphere on the beach. Children were running up and down, in and out of the water, dogs were being thrown sticks and they went splashing into the oncoming tide. People sat on the prom eating ice-cream, enjoying the festival atmosphere. Over 100

exhibition will take place from Thursday, August 30th to Saturday, September 1st as part of Swords Heritage Week. Profits go to church funds. Phone 01-8400080 for more details.

competitors, took part, running, dragging and eventually (in most cases) controlling and rowing their rafts to the finish line. Rush Sailing Club Raft came in as worthy winners They were like honed athletes as they cut through the water on their trusty craft. Well done to that team. Thanks is given to those who donated their time, to those who sponsored, and to the organisers, for all their energy, organisation, hard work and worry - it all paid off and provided a magnificent, rejuvenated fun filled Raft Race, raising in excess of €2,500 in the process. Roll on 2013.

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Councillor Urges Metro Reconsideration The recent disruption to taxi services at Dublin Airport was regrettable and the long term problem must be resolved immediately, according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Speaking to the County Leader, Gina Quin, Chamber Chief Executive said, “The taxi strike at Dublin Airport came at a difficult time. The tourism industry has endured a difficult number of years

and situations like this are not ideal when we are trying to portray the city in a positive light to overseas visitors.” Despite the disruption, the Chamber said that there were no issues for people getting to the airport and that other transport options for people arriving in Dublin are available. “Passengers arriving in Dublin had the option of taking the AirCoach or

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Pictured here are from L-R: Front Row: Iman Khan, Caoimhe O'Reilly (2nd place) Back Row: Eve Lynch, Adam Worthington - Quiz winner, Ebun Lawal-3rd place, Anjie Lawal, Ali Khan and Ronan O'Malley at the recent Children's Quiz in Balbriggan Library.

Butler (FF) feels the situation could have been prevented altogether: “The recent dispute at Dublin Airport once again highlights how important the Metro North and Metro West projects would have been to all in the North County. No matter how good a bus and coach service that may be in place, you cannot beat a direct rail network bringing travellers to and from Dublin

City Centre and other locations along the way. This dispute only highlights how important this important piece of transport infrastructure would have been. I once again call on the Government to reconsider their decision to abandon the Metro North and Metro West projects and to bring forward their review planned for 2015 which in my option will be simply prove to be a next general election preelection gimmick.”

Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport organised a cyclathon on Friday last, 24th August at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords in aid of Action Ireland Lesotho - Working to Change the Future. Andrew O'Neill, Group Operations Manager of the Clarion Hotel goes to Lesotho each year to help make a change. Pictured at the cyclathon are Clarion employees, Amy Murray, Jordan Kane, Lisa Halligan, cyclist Peter O'Shea, Danielle O'Rourke, cyclist Tony Finnegan, Davica Megginson and Neelie Murray. The cyclathon lasted for 12 hours and great praise must go to the cyclists for their fitness and endurance.


Annual Children’s Quiz In Balbriggan On its third run now, the annual library quiz was a big attraction for the local kids in Balbriggan. The young, knowledgable participants were all from the locality, aged 8 to 12 years old. Each

entrant in the Library Summer Quiz had to pass through a challenging eight rounds answering a total of 40 questions on various subjects. The winner was Adam Worthington, a 10 year


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Swords Champion Athlete To Feature In Documentary ‘Beyond Limits’, is a documentary, which is free to air on Setanta Ireland and follows the journey of Paralympic athletes, who have overcome physical barriers. It will include local lady, Catherine Walsh as one of it’s profile characters. See page 7

Skerries Star Makes Concert Debut Skerries Star and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Ryan O’Shaughnessy has confirmed his first headline show at The Academy Dublin on Saturday 8th September. His debut self-titled album went straight into the Irish Charts at number one, and into the UK Top Ten.

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Local Entrepreneurs Expand McDonald’s Franchise McDonald’s, Swords franchisees, Morgan and Jackie McStay have extended their McDonald’s franchise. The company officially opened it’s new 24 hour drive-thru restaurant in Charlestown recently. The McStay's live locally and have a number of McDonalds restaurants here in the North County. See page 8

River Valley Centre Full Of Life River Valley Community Centre in Swords is one of the most recognisable buildings in the area. However, many locals are unaware of the vast range of activities that are available there.

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old from St.Mologa’s National School in Balbriggan who gave the right answers to 26 questions from a total of 40. The second place on the podium was shared between Caoimhe O’Reilly and the 3rd position was won by Ebun Lawal. “This is the third year we are organising the Annual Summer Quiz for Children in Balbriggan Library and it was a big success. All participants were great,” said the quiz organisers. The winners were thrilled to win but the biggest prize for everyone was simply participating as it was a great chance to improve their general knowledge.

Threshing Show At Skerries Mills Skerries Mills will be having their annual vintage Threshing Show at the end of the month! In addition to the usual this year, a treasure hunt will take place for the kids where they will have the the opportunity to trek around the mills finding clues and solving puzzles and receive a special goody bag at the end of it. Those who complete the treasure hunt will also be entered into a draw to win €5 voucher for the restaurant and a free trip to see Santa at the Mills in December. Contact Skerries Mills for more details.


Bus Eireann and NIFTI (North Fingal Rural Transport) are now providing Drogheda, Balbriggan and Swords with a bus connection to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. This service is a public transport service and Free Travel Passes are accepted. Customers wishing to travel to Beaumont Hospital can board the following Bus Eireann route 101 bus services from any of the usual bus stops and connect with a NIFTI bus at the Swords bus stop, (on the old bypass at the Pavilions Roundabout), which will bring them directly to Beaumont Hospital.



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Too many being needlessly 'de-feeted' by Diabetes There are believed to be 250,000 people with diabetes in Ireland and one third of these are thought to be undiagnosed . The New York Times (August 20, 2007) reported 'Although the health implications of diabetes are clear, researchers are still struggling to understand many of the aspects of the disease. One question being asked is why most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, when most overweight or obese people are not diabetics? The fat cells themselves may offer a clue. These cells release triglycerides and free fatty acids into the blood, which may decrease cells ability to respond to insulin, thereby increasing the body’s demand for the hormone. Paradoxically, another hormone, adiponectin, is also made by fat cells, and this hormone makes cells more responsive to insulin. According to Dr. C. Ronald Kahn, a diabetes researcher and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the fatter you are, the less adiponectin your fat cells produce. Therefore, one way obesity might increase your risk of developing diabetes is by an increased release of fatty acids, combined with a decline in adiponectin, which would lead to more insulin resistance. If your body’s demand for insulin cannot be met, diabetes eventually sets in.

Diabetic foot wounds are one of the major complications of diabetes and an excellent example of the type of complicated wound which can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen. It is well known that many diabetics suffer circulatory disorders that create inadequate levels of oxygen to support wound healing. Diabetic wounds present a major problem for modern health care. The foot is the most common site of infection in the diabetic. For diabetic patients, foot problems remain the number one reason for hospital admission.. The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and has been used to assist wound healing for almost 40 years. HBOT has several specific biological actions which can enhance the healing processes: • Oxygen used under pressure (hyperbaric oxygen) can assist wound healing. • can be used successfully in hypoxic or ischemic wounds such as diabetic, venous stasis ulcers, failing grafts and flaps, necrotising soft tissue infections and refractory osteomyelitis. • In wound healing, hypoxia is

an insufficient supply of oxygen which prevents normal healing processes. HBOT provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. • HBOT is able to combat clinical infection such as gas gangrene by acting directly on anaerobic bacteria, enhancing leukocyte and macrophage activity and potentiating the effects of antibiotics. • HBOT is a safe non-invasive, non-toxic therapy. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen) can be defined as an insufficient supply of oxygen to allow the healing process to proceed at a normal rate. In a typical wound care treatment, hyperbaric oxygen is capable of providing tissue oxygen levels of greater than 11 times normal values. Most chronic wounds are hypoxic and HBO provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. In properly selected patients with hyperbaric oxygen treatment the success rate is high and there are few absolute contraindications. HBOT in properly selected cases, has been effective in preventing amputations, speeding up healing of chronic ulcers and fistulae, saving threatened skin flaps and permitted surgery that would not have been possible without it. This in turn results in improved quality of life for patients. The incidence of amputa-

tion in diabetics remains unacceptably high: 6 per 1,000 patients. Diabetics account for 50 - 70 percent of all amputations performed each year. 10% of those surgeries resulted in the loss of a foot, 35% involved the loss of a lower leg, and 30% resulted in the loss of the knee joint. Ipsilateral or higher amputation occurs in 24% of cases. Diabetic amputees also experience other difficulties. Only 50% of the patients survive more than 3 years after the amputation (USA survey data). Although many individuals who lose limbs traumatically can expect to be rehabilitated to full activity, only 40 - 50% of elderly amputees can expect to enjoy such a successful outcome. The duration of hospitalisation for treatment of diabetic foot infections averages 22-36 days. Amputation offers a poor solution. Patients pay high personal costs when limbs are lost. When an amputation occurs, patients generally remain hospitalised for 40 days and to maximise walking ability or potential, patients may need an additional 6-9 months of rehabilitation. Many elderly diabetic amputees remain bound to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives because they lack sufficient energy, balance, and strength to walk.

Diabetic Ulcers and Amputations Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, dedicated an entire front page to an article by reporter Christine Blatchford which highlighted the fact that that 70% of amputations due to diabetic complications need never have taken place if HBOT had been used to treat them. The article said, "Since 2001, there have been four randomised, controlled clinical trials of HBOT on diabetic ulcers - the gold standard in evidence-based medicine. All studies found either markedly fewer amputations with patients who received HBOT compared to those who didn't, or enormously improved healing."

T h e a r t i cl e q u o t e d D r. G a r e y o f U t a h ' s Lakeview Hospital saying sadly, "Part of it is politics; part of it is tha t doctors are not exposed to it in residency and what they're not exposed to, they're leery of. I run into tha t when I lecture a t the university ... I al ways reply, “How man y of the 39,000 articles have you read?" He said that in his six years of hyperbaric medicine, he has treated "dozens of people who were told they need amputation, and we were able to save their limbs." Given that most diabetics facing amputation are older, Dr Garey said, saving their legs "is a tremendous quality-of -life issue.

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River Valley Centre Full Of Life River Valley Community Centre in Swords is one of the most recognisable buildings in the area. However, many locals are unaware of the vast range of activities that are available there. Administrator of the Centre, Paul Duignam told the County Leader: “There is an array of activities here at the centre, available at very competitive rates and it is effectively an umbrella centre for many clubs in the area. People think that when the

summer ends and kids return to school,

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Pictured outside River Valley Community Centre are Marie Mordaunt from the Booking office and Administrator, Paul Duignam

winter. Nothing could be further from the truth. People often tell me that they were unaware of the facilities at the club,” he said. It is an ideal location for schools, scout groups and other organisations. It caters for badminton, basketball, indoor football, indoor bowls, Irish dancing, hip hop dancing and keep fit classes, among others all throughout winter. It is an ideal location for indoor training when outdoor facilities are frozen or washed out due to heavy rain. The centre can also be rented for activities like 21st birthday parties and has even hosted wedding receptions. There is music to be enjoyed every Friday night, with full bar facilities available and is somewhere to meet your friends and neighbours without

having to worry about driving after a few drinks, as locals can either walk the short distance home or avail of taxis. “There is also a Revival Group which caters for over 50’s and they’re very active,” said Paul. The centre is run largely on a voluntary basis, and is self funding, with some grants available from the County Council. The overseeing body is River Valley and Rathingle Residents Association. “What I do is try to get people in and deal with the various clubs using the facility. I have found the people of River Valley to be the finest you could meet anywhere. I just want to see more of them. Many people associated with this fine centre feel frustrated to see the centre not being used to it’s full potential,” concluded Paul.

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Donabate Society Last year was the 75th anniversary of the Donabate Portrane Dramatic Society (formerly Donabate Dramatic Society) and was a very successful year. In spring the Society moved to a new location in Keeling’s ‘Little Theatre,’ which proved to be a great success. In addition to the spring production, The Lonesome West, and autumn production (Last Tango in Little Grimley and Albert), the Society also staged a late summer production of the Real Inspector Hound. Last summer saw the peninsula firmly in the lens of TV cameras with Celebrity Bainisteoir and The G-Team. The Society, together with the Lambay Singers, participated in the TG4 Gday, by putting on an Irish night of sketches and music which proved to be a great success. In Spring they staged ‘The Odd Couple’ by Neil Simon and they are currently making preparations for our Autumn production of Try Anything Twice a comedy by William Rocke which will be staged in our new venue Donabate Community College. The society is always on the lookout for new members. If you’re interested in getting involved in any capacity the Society are interested in hearing from you. If you would like to become a patron or member of the Society, please contact the committee members.

Malahide Lions Club presented a cheque for €3,000 in favour of the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust, on Tuesday 21st August last. Vice President of Malahide Lions, Paul Douglas is pictured presenting the cheque to Nuala Brennan. Also pictured are Brian Quinn (Malahide Lions Golf committee) and Pat Brennan.

Top Achievements For Malahide Lions Club The history of the Malahide Lions Club will show that the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, the most senior award in the international Lions movement, has been granted only three times to members since the Club’s formation in 1973. At the President’s handover to acknowledge his dedication to duty, his service to his fellow man and the community, this globally recognised award was presented to long-standing member, Frank Higgins of Yellow Walls. The citation read: “By his enthusiasm, commitment and unselfish devotion to helping others in need, his creativity and attention to detail, his achievement with so many different and diverse activities, all the time leading from the front providing motivation and inspiration to so many others, this stalwart of Malahide Lions has been unanimously awarded the prestigious

Snippet Donabate Needle Crafters A Knit ‘n’ Natter group meet every Tuesday in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre from 10 am to 12 noon. A fee of €5 is charged to cover costs. Everyone welcome to knit and have a natter!

Swords Man Wins Pitch And Putt Trophy Last Sunday week, 19th August saw the final of Ballyboughal Pitch and Putt club championship, the Jones Cup, following four weeks of knockout games. Fifteen players qualified for the final days play and the competition was very closely contested. Playing his best game of the year, this year’s club champion with a score of Net 44 was Nick Savage. The runner up, with a Net 46 was John Fitzpatrick. Nearest the pin on the 4th went to Ronnie Delaney, with a hole in one. Congratulations to John Fitzpatrick also with a hole in one on the the 17th.

Pictured is the winner of the Jones Cup, Nick Savage (left) being presented with the Jones Cup by club chairman, Rory Homan at Ballyboughal Pitch and Putt Club.

Melvin Jones fellowship.” The outgoing President, Joseph D Gunning, stated with all humility that it really was a pleasure, a privilege and an honour, to present such an award to such a deserving colleague, fellow member and friend, who emulates all that is best in Lionism. The club then fulfilled another great deed by presenting a cheque for €3,000 in favour of the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust to Pat and Nuala Brennan at the Grand Hotel,Malahide recently. The donation to the Trust established in Laura’s memory is from the proceeds of Malahide Lions Club’s annual golf classic held in The Island Golf Club, Donabate on 23rd July last. Malahide Lions Club would like to thank all the participants and sponsors who continue to support the Golf Classic each year.

Final Preparations Underway For Killalane Races Final preparations are well underway for the final preparations phase for the Country Crest Killalane Road Races. Road racing lovers have witnessed in the last few week some superb racing and Killalane promises to be every bit as pleasing. The club arranged poker runs during the year to fund a race at Killalane and the lucky person that will start the 650cc Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Wacky World club race will be Simon Prossor. S. AFRICA The Classic Parade Lap w i l l a g a i n s t a r t t h e Dolphin Dog weekend on Friday 7th September, with sign Tests Water on commencing from A black labrador has 6 . 0 0 p m a t S k e r r i e s been filmed frolicking Mills. with a pod of dolphins in P r a c t i c e w i l l b e o n the Indian Ocean. Saturday 8 t h Wearing a life jacket, the September and road puppy was sitting with closing times will be tourists in a dive boat. b e t w e e n 1 p m a n d But as soon as she spotted a fin in the 7pm. Sunday 9th September water, she jumped over is race day, with road the side to join the fun. closing times between Fearlessly she swam 1 0 a m a n d 6 : 3 0 p m . toward the dolphins Local Access will be which seemed to accept m a i n t a i n e d a t a l l the furry intruder and curiously swam circles times. around her.


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Swords Champion Athlete To Feature In Documentary ‘Beyond Limits’, is a documentary, which is free to air on Setanta Ireland and follows the journey of Paralympic athletes, who have overcome physical barriers to not just compete, but win at the highest levels in sport; capturing their personal stories, achievements, courage and hopes for London 2012. It will include local lady, Catherine Walsh as one of it’s profile characters. It aired initially on

August 27th last, but will have repeats on August 28th at 12.30pm, August 29th at 3pm,

Fun Filled Week For Local Group Local group OWLS, are very busy these days. They ran a series of events recently which kept kids out and up until

all hours learning and having fun. OWLS is all about getting children outdoors and involved in the environment, learning and

W e d n e s d a y , September 5th at 11:30pm and Saturday, 8th September at enjoying nature. So, the group held events that would promote children finding out about all of these things. They ran a host of various activities starting with the 'Warden Academy.' The kids learnt how a ranger would care for

Pictured here are four local kids from the OWLS group admiring a new friend of theirs!

9:15pm. Catherine, from Swords is the current World Tandem Cycling Champion and has competed in five Paralympic Games since 1992. She began competing in the pentathlon and the park around them - they cleared paths, pond-dipped and separated out fish and finally released them into a river. Then they had a Wild Kidz Day. There was lots of running around in muddy Turvey, climbing fences and avoiding the bulls. Great delight followed as the gang went rock pooling in Donabate. A huge crowd came out and great fun was had finding lots of crabs, limpets, sea snails, sea slugs and more wondrous sea creatures. The week ended on a high with a Bushcraft event where the children learnt to survive in the woods alone. They built shelters found and stored water and made fire. The group eagerly awaited their rewarding melted marshmallow at the end of it all and thoroughly enjoyed the few days of fun.

won a bronze medal at the Sydney Games in 2000. Catherine took up tandem cycling in 2007. She is visually impaired and cycles with sighted pilot Fran Meehan from Tullamore, Co Offaly.

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First Aid Course In Baldoyle The Baldoyle Unit Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is running a basic course in First Aid and CPR. An Open Evening and enrolment for this course is on 12th September at 8:00pm in Baldoyle Community Hall. For further information on this very worthwhile course, please The Baldoyle Unit Training Officer on for more details.



A woman kayaking off California captured the moment a massive whale breached out of the water just inches from her daughter. Mrs. Burmeister was out in the sea with her daughter at Port San Luis when a swarm of seaguils started diving into a nearby patch of water. She trained her camera on the spot and moments later a humpback whale jumped out of the water right beside them. While she admits the up close encounter could have ended badly, Ms Burmeister said it was one of the best experiences of her life.

The 19th in the series of Swords Voices will be published in the coming weeks. If you have a tale to tell about 'old Swords' why not get in touch with Swords Historical Society. Phone 8400080 or email swordsheritage@ They would love to hear from you!

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for new members. Why not come and join in? Singing in a choir offers the opportunity to make new friends and you will get the chance to enjoy annual social trips too. All are welcome.

floor & door studio Pictured are Tom Daly and Sean Dineen from Swords who cycled from Swords to Mayo and back over the weekend (Aug 17-19) covering 408k in 16 hours in aid of the Irish Cancer Society after a friend's death from cancer.

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Service Above Self Paul Kunkels is a man who has travelled the world helping others. As one of the founding members of the Dublin Fingal Rotary, he has spent most of his life involved in its projects and hasn’t looked back since he joined in 1979. Born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands (famous for its four day walking festival, now in its 93rd year), Paul is a sprightly, very active 78 year old, who trained as a mechanical engineer arrived in Ireland in 1957 to set up a branch for a Dutch company. A few years later after working for Philips, he ventured out into his own business in Irrigation and Horticultural Equipment “Irritec”, which is still going strong today. It is now run by Paul’s youngest son. The father and son pair worked together for the past 16 years. Though retired, Paul says he still likes to stay involved with the business aspect of things. Paul has lived in Portmarnock since 1974. He married Mary Robinson from Ballyhaunis, who sadly passed away from cancer many years ago, and has a large family, all of whom live locally. He has three children and seven grandchildren and says he thoroughly enjoys seeing them grow up and taking part in Irish activities like Gaelic Football. Moving onto his involvement with the Rotary, which has spanned over three decades, he says he was invited to join the Dublin Fingal Rotary club at the time by a neighbour of his. “I wanted to be involved as I’d always done quite a bit of charity work and I wanted to give something back to those who had been less fortunate then I was,” he told the County Leader. Paul says his initial impression of the club’s members wasn’t exactly a positive one! “At first I thought they seemed a little snobbish,” he says laughing. “But of course I couldn’t have been more wrong, they were all so down to earth. Really lovely men and women who had done well for themselves and wanted to give something back as I did.” For those who don’t know, the Dublin Fingal Rotary Club’s purpose is to bring local professionals and business men and women from the community together to network on various charity efforts. Alongside working with many charities, they also do trojan work with the schools such as Student Exchange and Youth Leadership programmes, mock interviews and many other activities. Throughout his years working with the group, Paul was involved in all the positions, including Club President in 1990 and 1991. He says the community work was always his favourite aspect about being involved with the Rotary. “I’ve always loved working with the community. I’ve done a lot of work with Temple Street Hospital, St. Lukes and St. Francis Hospice in particular over the years, though we’ve supported many others too. When my wife died 14 years ago, it was then that I started becoming very actively involved in fundraising for the hospitals, the staff there are absolutely fantastic, I really can’t praise them enough.” Thanks to his Rotary efforts over the years Paul has

managed to raise a staggering €25,000 for the Hospice alone. Paul's great efforts for the club have been recognised by his peers and he has been presented with the Sapphire Paul Harris Award, the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a Rotarian. He has personally been involved in the setting up of three Probus Clubs; in Swords, Malahide and Sutton. Probus Clubs are sponsored by Rotary and are specifically designed for retired professional and business people. The main objective of Probus is to provide a regular meeting point for those who would appreciate and value increased social contacts in their retirement and the opportunity of meeting others in similar circumstances. The Probus Clubs are not as active as the Rotary, “there’s much more emphasis on the social side of things,” but they still fundraise twice a year to raise proceeds for St. Francis Hospice. He is quick to point out the fantastic social aspects that come with being a member of both the Rotary and Probus clubs: “I’ve made so many great friends over the years as all the members have the same ideals as I have. We have gone on many trips and outings over the years (many of which have been to destinations all around Europe) to visit the other Rotary Clubs around the world. Unfortunately, many members have come and gone over the years, but I’ve always found friends again. It’s harder now then it ever was to get new members as young people are under so many different pressures nowadays, but the members that we have tend to stick around.” “There have been so many different highlights over the years,” he continues. “I could tell you some stories!” He goes on to mention one youth project in particular called ‘Taboo.’ “I organised a youth exchange so that children from schools in Northern Ireland could come to school here and vice versa to create friendships. I ran it for about six years and really enjoyed working on that. I had to organise all the activities and so on. Unfortunately we had to stop that scheme firstly because of bad behaviour of some of the participants and also because of the shaky peace process that was in place.” It’s a family affair in terms of his involvement with the Rotary. As well as himself, Paul’s youngest son was a former member and he even met his wife at one of the social events! Since his retirement, Paul and his partner Rose have been travelling around the world and he is also putting the finishing touches to some memoirs, which he is writing for his children. It’s evidently clear that Paul loves working with the Rotary. Despite being a member for so many years, he is still as passionate about it as he was when it first started. “The way I look at it now is that it’s an integral part of my life. It’s fantastic and I could not imagine my life without it.”

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McDonald’s, Swords franchisees, Morgan and Jackie McStay have extended their McDonald’s franchise. The company officially opened it’s new 24 hour drive-thru restaurant in Charlestown recently, creating 70 jobs in the locality. This is the latest phase in McDonald’s expansion plans, which saw 300 jobs created last year. The McStay’s live locally and have a number of McDonald’s restaurants here in the North County. The Charlestown opening brings the total number of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland to 82, with a workforce of 4,000 employees. Morgan McStay, who co-owns the franchise in Swords and the soon

to be opened unit at Airside, Swords commented: “This is a great time of year for the restaurant to open and the reaction from customers has been

very strong so far. The opening of McDonald’s in Charlestown gives another boost to the local area and to the shopping centre in which we are located. I

expect that strong trading performance to continue and I look forward to building up our customer base in the months and years ahead.”

Pictured at the official opening of McDonald’s in Charlestown Shopping Centre are: Jacqueline McStay (McDonald’s Charlestown operator), Morgan McStay (McDonald’s Charlestown operator), County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan and Adrian Crean (MD McDonald’s).

Locals Have Something To Swim About Two locals from the North County had their swimming skills tested to the max recently, when they took part in the Liffy Swim 2012. Rachel Nevins from Donabate and Danika Sugrue from Malahide, both from the Aer Lingus Swimming Club joined a host of other swimmers from across the country who were eager to join in the fun on the day. The busy calendar of open sea swims take place each summer at a variety of outdoor swimming locations around the North County and beyond, on beaches in Portmarnock, Howth and other designated swimming beaches. In order to qualify to swim in the Liffey Swim, swimmers must have completed four qualifying sea races from the Leinster Open Sea Races. The open sea races are run by the swimming clubs around the North County to give swimmers the opportunity of swimming in the Open Sea in a safe environment and to enjoy a healthy amenity on our doorstep. The clubs run the races under a handicap system to encourage swimmers of all ages to compete and to encourage new swimmers to join in.

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Skerries Star Makes Concert Debut Skerries star and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy has confirmed his first headline show at The Academy Dublin on Saturday 8th September. The local lad caused quite a sensation when he first appeared on the popular TV show earlier this year and he is now ready to play his first gig. His debut self-titled album went straight into the Irish Charts at number one, and into the UK Top Ten. During this year’s Britain’s Got Talent final, the hopeful was a marked contrast to the show’s reliably entertaining magicians, performing pets and dance squads – one man, an acoustic guitar and his own songs. 19-year-old Ryan O’Shaughnessy from Skerries was an instant hit with the judges and millions watching.

Ryan’s new move appears just as unlikely – releasing a self-titled mini-album of six self-penned songs, but he says: “People know from the show that I write my own songs – it’s what they expect from me. The acoustic side is what I feel comfortable with and the songs fit together nicely.” He plays most of the instruments, including piano, on the minialbum, explaining: “I can pick up most instruments and get a good sound. I have a good ear, which makes things a lot easier.” It helped that Ryan grew up in The North County surrounded by his father’s guitars and mother’s piano, writing his first songs with his brother two years ago. Although both parents are decent amateur musicians – his father played a season of gigs in the Canary Islands. Now, he wants to start gigging in earnest and eventually playing festivals such as Oxegen, his concert on September 8th is a great way to start!

Malahide Rugby Seek Youth Team Coaches Due to the increase in popularity of rugby and the continued growth of player numbers, Malahide RFC are now seeking dedicated coaches for its youths rugby section. The coaches will work as part of a co-ordinated youth rugby development plan for age grades, including under 13’s, 15’s, 17’s and 19’s. If you have played rugby in the past and are interested in getting 15-a-side rugby coaching experience and passing on your valuable skills to the next generation of rugby players please contact Mike Waters at 086 2653291. Previous coaching experience would be ideal but not essential, as Malahide RFC will provide coaching guidance and training for all interested parties.


Snippet Balbriggan Historical Talk As their contribution to Heritage Week, Balbriggan and District Historical Society present a talk entitled ‘George Hamilton and the Development of Balbriggan’ by James Andrews. It will take place at the Town Hall, Balbriggan, on Wednesday, 29th August at 8 p.m.

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Pictured are junior members of Swords Karate club, along with Dermot O'Keeffe, as they display trophies which they won during a summer competition.

Portmarnock Golf Club Hosts Major Competition Portmarnock Golf Club, recognised as one of the finest links courses in the world, will host the 29th staging of the

Snippet Needle Crafters A Knit ‘n’ Natter group meet every Tuesday in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre from 10 am to 12 noon. A fee of €5 is charged to cover costs. Everyone welcome to knit and have a natter!

biennial St Andrews Trophy Match for men and the 45th annual Jacques Léglise Trophy Match for boys on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September. Admission to the matches is free. Both St Andrews and Jacques Léglise Trophy matches are long established and distinct amateur international golf matches. Top amateur golfers will battle it out against the Continent of Europe. There are nine players on each

team and games will be played over two days. Many of today’s leading professional golfers took part in these matches in previous years. Previously, Great Britain and Ireland were represented by leading players at the peak of their amateur careers, including current World No 1, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington. Speaking to the

County Leader, Matthew Walsh, Captain, Portmarnock Golf Club said: “Portmarnock Golf Club is honoured to be hosting such a renowned event. These matches offer a wonderful opportunity to walk the fairways with, and study close up, the finest amateur

A US man turned his marriage proposal into a flash mob event involving hundres of people and 300 flowers. He arranged for hundreds of strangers to approach and give her a flower as they headed for an after-work date. As Miss Elsey became surrounded by a huge crowd of flower wielding well-wishers, the young man took the opportunity to slip away and change into a tuxedo. He returned minutes later with a microphone before getting down on one knee and asking his girlfriend for her hand in marriage, to which she responded: "Of course."

golfers in the world who will undoubtedly will be future stars in the professional game.”

Allotments Open Day In Malahide One of the great local initiatives in Malahide, the Malahide Allotments, is hosting an open day on Sunday September 2nd, at the Allotments on the Swords/Malahide Road. Featuring a BBQ, Face Painting, Animal Petting Zoo and lots of prizes for the best Allotments. The day will also celebrate the official opening of the new clubhouse, make your way up there at midday and its a great chance to meet allotment members and a fun day for all the family.

Rush Youth Club Nights Pictured at the launch of the County Council Photo Group exhibition and presentation of prizes on Tuesday 21st August at County Hall, Swords are: prize winners, Bernard Harford (overall winner), Fran Creed, County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan, who presented the prizes, Christine Murphy and Caroline Bradley.

New members registration and information evening in St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush has recently taken place. Club nights are Thursday, 7.30-9.30 p.m and Friday, 7 - 8.30 pm catering for Males and Females 12 - 18 years of age. Contact 086-1679898 for further details.

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Glen Foley from B a l b r i g g a n Community College with his Leaving Cert results.

Pictured receiving their leaving cert results are Sabit Hoxha, Luke Corr, Lee Daly and Niall Cleary from Fingal Community College in Swords. Laura Carter, Amy Dempsey and Emma Daly from Loreto College Swords, are pictured with their Leaving Cert results.

Loreto Swords students, Emma Vince, Deborah Evans, Fiona Trimble and Aisling Branigan are pictured outside the school with their Leaving Cert results.

Colaiste Choilm, Swords students Simon Wyer, Kevin Cassin and Mark Shorthall are pictured with their Leaving Cert results.

Sean Wild and Mehmet Ali Aydin from Balbriggan Community College are pictured wih their Leaving Cert results.

Jordy Pendeleton and Jennifer Dolan from Skerries Community College are pictured after receiving their Leaving Cert results at the school.

Jordy Pendeleton and Jennifer Dolan from Skerries Community College are pictured after receiving their Leaving Cert results at the school.

Happy Loreto Swords students, Rachel Power, Ellen Anderson, Emma O'Brien, Vanessa Campbell, Hazel Harford and Laura Kearns are pictured after receiving their Leaving Cert results

Colaiste Choilm, Swords students, Shane McNevin, Stephen Meiselbach and Nathen Whelan in happy mood after having received their Leaving Cert results.

Gareth Hughes, Aoife Whitfield, Elizabetha Cvetkova and Sarah Shiels from Malahide Community School with their Leaving Cert results.

Erwin Baranaowski from St Joseph's Secondary School, Rush is pictured with his Leaving Cert results.

Pictured receivng their leaving cert results are Niall Hughes, Craig Keogh, Aaron Hoey and Evan Guilmartin from Fingal Community College in Swords.


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that they will be starting. For the year starting in September 2012, children born between 2 February 2008 and 30 June 2009 (both these dates

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New Special Needs Classes For North County Local Fine Gael deputy, Alan Farrell has told the County Leader that there will be four new classes in the North County for children with special needs this September. This comes about following an announcement by the National Council for Special Education. He said: “From this September, there will be two classes for children with special needs in Holywell Educate Together Primary school in Swords, one in Bracken Educate Together in Balbriggan, and a Post Primary class in Donabate Community College.” He continued: “These classes have lower pupilteacher ratios than mainstream classes, ranging from one teacher for six pupils to one teacher for eleven pupils. These classes will enable students with special needs to transition from primary to post primary settings. While most of these classes have been allocated at primary level, there has been an increase in the number of special classes available at post-primary level.” “This is a very important announcement for Dublin North. We have a growing population and therefore require extra provision for children with special needs to be educated and progress in a mainstream school along with their peers,” he concluded.

Adam Donahough, Daniel Shanohan and Jason Mulligan from St Finian's Community College, Swords with their Leaving Cert results.


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Orla Finlay and Clodagh Manning from Loreto College, Swords with their Leaving Cert results.



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Jan 20 - Feb 18

After a period of annoying conflicts and unsettling revelations, you’re finally admitting that you’re going to have to make changes. But all matters will require close examination of the way you use your resources.


Feb 19 - Mar 20

For some time you’ve been thinking about tricky issues that involve family or property matters. For fear of complications you’ve been either putting things off or not known what to do. This week you will have to act.


Mar 21 - Apr 20

Being generous with close friends or loved ones is one thing, being taken advantage of is quite another. You’ve tried to avoid confronting certain individuals about certain issues, but the signs are just right to air all.


Apr 21 - May 20

As is often the case, it’s not until things become difficult that you’re willing to take a chance. However, you’re now forced by circumstances to review your approach to a number of areas of your life.


May 21 - Jun 20

You’ve been cornered by issues that are neither of your making nor your responsibility. If you don’t say something now, then others will make their own assumptions. Do what you must and put them behind you.


Jun 21 - Jul 22

Terrific Tomato Festival In Rolestown Fingal Gardener's Group and GIY Naul are holding a free event on Sunday 2nd September from 11am to 5pm at Rolestown Garden Centre. The event is called ‘Totally Terrific Tomatoes’ and is a celebration of all things tomato! There will also be a 'Farmer's Market' with stalls selling organic veg. As well as the scrumptious red ones, big and small, there will also be sausage-shaped green striped ones, white ones, yellow ones, black ones, orange ones, pink ones, rainbow coloured and variegated ones - even furry ones! - but absolutely no Genetically Modified ones! Rolestown Garden Centre is one of the best garden centres for miles around - lovely plants great individual small show gardens and friendly knowledgeable staff who really care about their plants! There will also be the I r i s h Premiere of 'Indigo Rose'- the new star of the tomato world - the incredible black tomato There will also be a raffle for a large, already fruiting pot grown 'Indigo Rose' plant on the day- so you could be one of the very first people in Ireland to own one!

When the year began, you probably wouldn’t have admitted that the financial side of your life was in need of some attention. But the chicken is about to roost, and all money matters will have to be attended now.


Jul 23 - Aug 23

You’ve been suffering in silence, waiting for others’ responses to important - if not lifechanging - requests. These reach a peak about Friday, and either others finally respond or you demand that they do.


Aug 24 - Sep 22

Once you begin to realise that this week is all about exploration, things will start to fall into place. Before then, however, you’re likely to have become tangled up with tiresome rules and regulations.


Sep 23 - Oct 22

Forget about grand gestures this week. Instead, focus on the numerous uninteresting details and frustrating issues that arise, and you eliminate them. A week simply to get through - but take note for the future.


Oct 23 - Nov 22

For some time, issues involving your own views or priorities, and those of family or loved ones, have been brewing. Your initial reaction may be to take things personally. Overcome that, and even battles prove constructive.


Nov 23 - Dec 21

While you’ve no need to dominate conversations, you have important things to say. Matters involving your resources, time, money and ideas come to the fore about Thursday, and you should air your feelings precisely.

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Dec 22 - Jan 19

You try to avoid them - but, still, certain individuals always seem to be luring you into dicey situations. If you didn’t take chances, however, your life would be as it was a decade ago. But has there been an improvement?

Pictured enjoying a rare spot of sunshine in Swords Park recently were Phyllis Browne with Kelie, Cara, Alanah

Busy Schedule For Fingal’s Women In Business Fingal Women in Business Network has published its Autumn/Winter Network Diary, which features six stand-alone events aimed at female business owners and managers. From accountancy advice to digital marketing tips, women in business throughout the North County have a busy schedule of enterprising events to look forward to between now and February 2013. Kicking off on Thursday, August 30th, Sharon Kearns from SGK Accountancy Services will be helping women in business prepare for the important 2012 tax deadline. The evening event, which is being held at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, will be focussed on giving advice and guidance to small business owners around their tax obligations. A Speed Networking Event for members takes place on Thursday, October 4th at Roganstown Hotel and Golf Club in Swords and a National Women’s Enterprise Day takes place on October 18th. Meanwhile, ‘Digital Marketing for the Small Business’ is being held on Tuesday, November 6th at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords with the final pre-Christmas event taking place on Tuesday, December 11th with the theme of ‘Sales and Business Development.’ The sixth and final event in the schedule, ‘Clear and Critical Thinking for Small Business Owners’, is taking place on Wednesday, February 6th next at the Carlton Airport Hotel.


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Good Weather Changes People’s Mood People’s mood changes when the weather does. And this was very much the case when I went through Swords on sunny day last Monday week, while chatting with people about this pleasant weather. I noticed it from the beginning without even asking, people were having fun. They were strolling through the park without being in a hurry, just like

Ursula and Caoimhe Mooney with dog Tallulah

Ursula and Caoimhe Mooney with the dog Tallulah. Ursula said: “Caoimhe comes from London and she is spending her holidays here. We’re enjoying the sun at Swords Castle.” Some other people were having their lunch in the park instead of sitting in a cafe. And others were just lying in the grass with closed eyes or reading a book. I saw a lot of kids running around, being excited about going to the playground and I met a nice family with their au pair Claudia from Austria. Claudia said ‘I really like this weather, it’s warm and sunny. Actually I’m used to better weather for summer but it’s nice spending my time with the kids at the playground’. This was also confirmed by nanny, Phyllis Browne and her lovely granddaughters Kelie, Cara and Alanah ‘It’s great to take the children out in the sun. “We will be really glad, if there are more sunny days like last week. It’s no secret, sun gives the people energy and happiness. Rita Sumska sums it up very easily: ‘I always feel happy when it’s sunny” and it’s not only her who gets excited about sunny days. Ada Alexa, the little daughter of Luiza even wanted to celebrate with a party because of the sun and the comment of her mother was simple but clear “sun is vital!’ and she is right.

mills in the store and staff and customers took turns jogging and walking on the treadmills from 9am to 8pm each day. The team not only completed their challenge but they exceeded it, equalling an impressive 12 marathons! Speaking about the event, Carmel Casey, Personnel Manager, Tesco

Inaugural Rugby Tournament In Malahide Malahide Rugby Football Club are proud to announce the inaugural Dublin Tens Tag and Ten’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday the 15th of September. It will be a massive event with rugby, food and entertainment. There will be four 10-aside divisions and one mixed tag division. The entry fee per team is €50 (€20 for colts and ladies teams) the proceeds of which will be split between the IRFU Charitable Trust and Cancer Care. The Dublin Tens will be hosted in

Rush commented, “We are thrilled with how well our treadmill challenge went and we would like to thank everyone in the local community who took part and supported our event, helping us to raise over €2,400 for Aware.” Aware is the national organisation providing information, support and education around depression, a condition which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland (one in ten) at any one time. Funds raised during the partnership in 2012 will go towards Beat the Blues.

Malahide Rugby Club. When you’re done running yourself ragged and getting your rugger on, the after party will be just warming up. Malahide RFC will not be holding back, as live music will be starting in the beer tent. Bar, food, shower and toilet facilities will be provided as the organisers aim to make your day as enjoyable as possible. Bouncy castles and various other forms of entertainment will be on hand to keep the kiddies entertained. The usual BBQ’s and Pig on the Spit will be available as well as the legendary Sunday morning brunch for those that camp over. All are welcome to attend what is sure to be a fun filled day, all in aid of two great causes.

Swords Writing Group Are you a budding writer? Then this group is the one for you! Swords Writers’ Group is open for membership. The group comprises poets, novelists, short story writers, screenwriters and journalists who use the peer support of the group to learn about and develop their craft. The group is open to new members all year round. For further information, visit All budding writers are encouraged to attend.

Irish Language Group For Fingallians GAA If you play for Fingallians GAA and have always wanted to improve your conversation skills as Gaelige, here’s your chance! Fingallians GAA have recently started up an Irish Language Conversation Group for all levels in the clubhouse every Wednesday at 9pm. For more information phone Liam on: 0863814422. This is the perfect opportunity to practise your Irish and have fun too!


“My name is Hanna Groh. I’m a 21 year old student from Frankfurt in Germany. I am really enjoying my visit so far and am doing an internship with the North County Leader for eight weeks.”

Tesco Rush Work Up A Sweat For Charity Staff members and customers from Tesco Rush worked up a sweat at their recent three day treadmill challenge event, raising over €2,400 for Aware, Tesco’s Charity of the Year. Over a weekend the store took up the challenge to complete three 26 mile marathons over the day days. The store set up two tread-

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Snippet Skerries Club Seeks New Members Skerries Badminton Club is seeking new members. Whether you’re a new starter or a shuttlecock superstar, all playing levels are welcome. Why not drop down to the summer club every Wednesday at 8pm at Skerries Community Centre. The cost is €5 a night. For further details contact Alan on 0879915832.

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FRANCE Limbless Swimmer Braves Alaskan Waters A French swimmer without legs and arms has successfully swum the frigid waters separating Alaska and Russia. Philippe Croizon, whose limbs were amputated after a 1994 electrical accident, completed his swim from Alaska's Little Diomede Island to the Russian martime border. His swim to Russian waters took about an hour and 15 minutes and he was accompanied by his friend.

Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed Volunteer drivers are urgently needed to deliver meals in the Swords area around mid-day. It would take up no more than an hour of your time and can be done on a fortnightly basis. All help is greatly appreciated. Please call Joan on: 0876963813 for more information.

SAORVIEW What Is it And What Do I Need To Do About It? Saorview is a free digital television service that can be received with an aerial. On 24th October next, the analog TV service will cease to exist and will be replaced with digital TV. With Saorview you will be able to enjoy your favourite Irish TV channels: RTE One, RTE Two, RTE News, RTE Aertel, TG4, 3e, TV3. You will have crystal clear pictures and a better quality sound. Furthermore, there will be a 7-day-on-screen TV guide, an RTE Aertel - Digital Teletext and 10 RTE Radio services. You will get this all for free - no subscriptions, no monthly fees.

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Your Aerial You must have an aerial to receive Saorview. A standard rooftop UHF aerial is fine. The majority of homes with an existing rooftop UHF aerial will be able to receive the Saorview signal. Remember - there is no such thing as a digital aerial. Use these simple tests to check if your aerial will receive Saorview: If you currently get RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3 and TG4 with your aerial then your aerial is most likely fine and is pointing in the right direction. If you currently receive RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and TG4 through your aerial but do not receive TV3, then your aerial is most likely fine but it may be pointing in the wrong direction. However, If you only receive RTÉ One and RTÉ Two through your aerial and do not receive TV3 and TG4, then you probably need a new UHF aerial pointed at the best transmission site for your area. If you think that your aerial needs to be adjusted or if you need a new aerial, Saorview recommends that you contact a competent local aerial installer.

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Availability Saorview is available to 97 per cent of the Irish population. Make sure you’re covered. You must have an aerial to receive Saorview and you have to choose your equipment. Either you get a Saorview approved set-topbox (a decoder which translates the Saorview digital signal so your TV can understand it), or you get a Saorview approved TV. The last step is setting up the equipment.

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When is the deadline? All this needs to be done before 24th October and, as the North County has many television shops and TV experts, we strongly suggest that you utilise their services. It is always more satisfactory to engage a local company, because if you have any questions to ask, or are unsure about some technical detail, being able to meet someone face to face is always the best option. You are much more likely to get better after sales services from local companies, due to their proximity and convenience. Long distance over the phone communication is unsatisfactory in the event of a problem arising


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Autumn Fashion Fix…

With the Summer Season at an end, all eyes will be eagerly on the new Autumn/ Winter 2012 collections that are about to hit the stores. Housing the finest collections from top Irish designers and international labels, the Kilkenny store has all you need when it comes to fashion. This week’s Fashion Fix comes from London fashion house Nougat, with a selection of staple pieces to help give your wardrobe a stylish update for the new season. The versatile collection, boasts a stunning array of vintage inspired pieces, all incorporating the warmth and opulence of the new seasons fashion trends. From elegant occasion wear to stylish winter knits, the range has something to suit every taste. The sublime Embroidered Blouse (pictured) is a must have wardrobe buy for this season that will instantly inject some glam into your office look teamed with a pencil skirt or tailored trousers.

Fingal Probus Club Meeting The next meeting of Clan Fingal Probus Club will be held on Wednesday 5th September in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. Old and new members are welcome. Probus Clubs are sponsored by Rotary and are specifically designed for retired professional and business people. However membership is not restricted to these two groups, it also

Private Lives At The Millbank Theatre First loves, second chances, insecurity, jealousy, volatile lovers, French maids and tables turned. All this set in the glamorous 1930's makes Noel Cowards 'Privates Lives a timeless comic masterpiece, which is coming to the Millbank Theatre in Rush from 5th - 29th September. Honeymooners Elyot and Sybil and Amanda and Victor look forward to new beginnings as they embark on their respective honeymoons on the romantic French Riviera. Life becomes very fraught and complicated when Elyot and Amanda who divorced from a volatile and tempestuous marriage five years previously find themselves in adjoining rooms with shared balconies on their wedding night with their respective new spouses. They soon realise that time and distance has not changed their feelings for each other and what follows throws their lives into a roller coaster of emotions as their distant and recent pasts catch up with them, Hilarious moments of intimate and farcical comedy unfold what goes on behind closed doors in the lives of the rich and glamorous. Directed by Barry Kavanagh and with an all star cast, this is one not too be missed.

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Local girl Aoibhe Devlin is the current Miss Fingal and is now organising and taking applicants for the Miss Fingal 2012. The event is in aid of Irish charity, Focus Ireland and will take place on the 28th of September. The show will be held in the Blue Bar in Skerries. Aoibhe herself will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa for the charity next January to raise as much funds as possible for the charity. Top Irish Model, Lisa Nolan along with two local business ladies will be judging on the night; Corinna Tolan from Salon of the Year Monica Tolan’s, Balbriggan and Louise Hanlon of The Frock Exchange, Skerries. One more judge is to to be confirmed. An auction will take place along with a raffle with amazing prizes. Local Skerries girl, Gráinne Kelly will be performing on the night with Paddy McNally. The committee is looking for lovely ladies aged between 18-26 from all over the North County to participate. So if you think you have what it takes to be the next Miss Fingal, contact Aoibhe on k for an application form. The deadline for all entries is August 31st.

embraces any person who has had some measure of responsibility in any field of endeavour. The main objective of Probus is to provide a regular meeting point for those who would appreciate and value increased social contacts in their retirement and the opportunity of meeting others in similar circumstances. The Club is strictly non-political and non-sectarian and included members of both sexes. A typical year’s programme involves talks on specialised subjects or matters of current interest, also visits to places of scenic and/or historical interest.


Road Safety Day In Millfield There will be a ‘Road Safety Day’ taking place in Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan on September 8th. All are welcome to attend what will no doubt be a fun filled day and more details about the event will be announced soon.



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North County Classifieds For Sale CHILD’S BUNK BED but with presses underneath, not as high as bunkbed but has step ladder, has pull out table for child to do homework, drawer unit with shelves on opposite side. Another unit for childs toys, you don't have to put units under the bed. Pine in colour. Need quick sale as doing room up for nursery. €200 o.n.o tel. 083 1233268

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Property SWAP 5bed detachedhouse in Co Leitrim 3/ensuite main bathroom beautyfull large kitchen all white goods our home is in immaculate condition will swap for 3bed house in North Co Dublin ph 0879698599 MISSING white female cat wearing a green collar. Missing from Balrothery, Ringfort estate since thursday 27th July. Reward offered if found, please contact: 086 1939333

Misc. FINGAL SPCA urgently needs good homes for lovely kittens, many different types available. tel. 089 4612537 LOST in Swords from O’Scannail vets a small male black and white cat please contact mobile if you find him. Tel: 0879898730


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LALOR (nee Doyle) Margaret (late of Swords and Irongrange, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow) - beloved wife of Michael and much loved mother of Micheal, Eamon, Catherine, Richard and Mary; deeply mourned by her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister Mary, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends. PERRY (nee Price) (Balruddery Wood, Balrothery, Balbriggan and formerly Dodder, Park Road, Rathfarnham) - Mary; deeply regretted by her loving husband Tony, daughter Susan and son Mark, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. KEYS (nee Feary) (Rivervalley Court, Swords, Co. Dublin) - Noeleen; deeply regretted by her loving husband Nicholas, son Ronan, daughter Niamh, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, mother, father, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephew, Aidan, Lynn, relatives and friends.

DIXON (nee Boylan); Patricia (Tish), beloved wife of the late Paddy; deeply regretted by her loving daughters Karen and Lisa, grand-daughter Michaela, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

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RYAN (nee O'Hara) (Swords) Deirdre, beloved wife of Matt and dear mother of Simon; sadly missed by her loving husband, son, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

WRIGHT (nee Slevin) (Balbriggan, Co. Dublin) Marie, beloved wifeof the late Richard (Dick); deeply regretted by her loving daughters Mandy and Debbie, grandchildren Beth, Ross and Lana, relatives and friends.

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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. R.B

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. Thanks to flower of Mount Carmel, St. Anthony, St. Jude and Our Lady of Czestochowa. CL

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Tuesday, 4th September DEADLINE FOR PLAN NING : 30TH A UG

Please submit your planning notices to: before 5.30pm every Thursday, in order for the application to appear in the following issue of North County Leader. A receipt will be issued when your planning notice is received. Please retain this receipt as proof of submission.

Fingal County Council I, Graham O’ Connor, wish to apply for planning permission for the conversion of existing attic space to home office / study and storage space. Also for the construction of 2 No. dormer windows and 1 No. velux roof light to front elevation, 2 No. dormer windows and 1 No. velux roof light to rear elevation along with 1 No. port hole window in south elevation gable wall and 1 No. port hole window in north elevation gable wall at 95 Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday – Friday. 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, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

signed David Carroll & Rebecca McIvor. 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'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 extensions and renovations to existing bungalow, proposed works consist of single storey extension to rear, front porch, excavation to front garden for the provision off street parking at 8 Church road, Swords, Co. Dublin for Applicant: B. Kenny 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 in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of new detached dwelling house & new access road from the adjoining Barnageeragh Cove housing estate and associated site works at Barnageeragh, Skerries, Co. Dublin.

Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for Relocation of existing car-wash facility, and alterations to existing security fencing to accommodate same and associated site works at existing garage at Whitestown Road, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed Derek Weldon 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.

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