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Community Spirit Triumphs On St Patrick’s Day St Patrick’s Day proved to be one of the most colourful ever witnessed in the North County. The sun shone spectacularly and everybody in the county seems to have been to one of the parades. We had a total of five parades, which ensured that there was a day of celebration seldom seen in the region. With parades in Balbriggan, Lusk, Rush, Skerries and Swords, the diversity of cultures and traditions of our people was there to be enjoyed by all. There was a fantastic turn out, both by those parading and those lining the routes. A huge number of children took part – from all sorts of sports, dance and community groups and pubs and restaurants all over the North County did a roaring trade, as families enjoyed the occasion. A remarkable aspect of the parades was the

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By Patrick Finnegan absence of commercialism. They represented a triumph of community endeavour and displayed the wonderful work of local volunteer groups and residents associations. This imaginative flair was evident everywhere, with Rush providing a dazzling display of vintage cars which reminded us of a time long gone. Here, the evidence of community involvement was obvious. A similar theme was adopted in Skerries where the centenary of the 1911 census was commemorated. The residents of Skerries deserve special credit for this excellent parade. Swords also held a much welcomed parade after some years without one. The vast range of diversity was particularly evident here and the parade turned out to be a great success, attracting a huge attendance. Swords le chéile

deserve great recognition for the success of this parade, which we hope will be an annual event. Lusk and Balbriggan also provided a day to remember, with bands and street entertainment provided for all. Both towns were awash with the national colours and exuded pride in their locality. Once again the voluntary committees here take the kudos and show that creativity, flair and imagination combined with dedication and hard work are never far from the surface in the North County. This upbeat spirit will ensure that we can and will overcome all obstacles and have contributed hugely to making the North County the most desirable area of the country to live and the envy of all. We salute all our dedicated volunteers and community groups. See pages 10, 12 and 16 for our St Patrick’s Day colour pages.

Concerns For Metro North? The delivery of the crucial Metro North infrastructural project seemed less certain this week, following a less than compelling commitment to its future from the Department of Transport. The business community are certain to be disappointed with a ‘feeble’ response from the Transport Department to a direct question posed by this newspaper, related to the project’s future. When questioned about the current situation regarding the commencement of preliminary works on Metro North and if the project will definitely go ahead, the response was worrying. It said, “The Government will make a decision on Metro North when it has time to consider it fully. The Minister (Leo Varadkar) is currently familiarising himself with all aspects of his Transport brief, and no decision will be made at this stage.” This seems a far cry from the vocal pre-election utterances of the Fine Gael party, who were fully committed to Metro North and the

obvious benefits in will bring to the North County, and Swords in particular. These have been well documented in previous editions of this newspaper. It may well be a case of ‘First Night’ jitters, now that the public purse is within their grasp. Nevertheless, this latest Government line is set to cause concern within the business sector, who view Metro North as vital Leo Varadkar TD to the local economy. Minister Varadkar represents a large area of Swords, which will directly benefit from Metro North, yet he seems to be less than committed to the project at this stage. The silence from the Minister is deafening and particularly worrying.

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By Bob McKenzie last edition of the County Leader, we featured the views of the residents from Bremore Castle. In response to this article, a number of residents from Hampton Woods expressed a different viewpoint. The local authority intends to extinguish this right of way and April 8th is the closing date for representations and objections to be made to the Council in a bid to stop them carrying this out. The Bremore Caste Residents' Association held a poll and the findings were supportive of their stance, despite child safety and anti social behavioural problems. The survey found that 70 per cent had no particular view with just 10 per cent backing the call for closure. Double that number felt the laneway should remain open as a thoroughfare for residents and neighbouring estates. The same survey in Hampton Woods showed that everyone, bar one person, voted to have the laneway closed. Local residents have enlisted the help and advice of local councillors to try and resolve the problem.Sandra Delaney of the Hampton Wood Residents Association has a young family and she and her husband bought their

house precisely because it was in a cul de sac. A few weeks ago. the Gardai were called to the lane, which is around 50 feet from the Delaney's' home, to deal with a burning motorbike. Sandra told the County Leader, "The laneway is attracting unsociable behaviour from teens. It's also not very safe for our children, I need eyes like a hawk to make sure the kids are safe." Sandra continued, "They congregate there at all hours and what’s even more disgusting is that the lane is often used as a urinal. It's disgusting when you think that young children play in the area." Various suggestions have been made by residents and local representatives alike. Former TD, Michael Kennedy suggested the lane be closed at nightime, but Martin Sweeney from the County Council suggested that would be expensive and highly unfeasible from a cost point of view. Now it will be up to the the politicians to make the call to settle a dispute which has rumbled on for the last six months and it will probably require the judgement of Solomon to settle it. Both sides have made their case, both have positives and negatives and the councillors must make a final decision on April 8th.

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Balbriggan Schools Excel In Time Capsule Competition The competition to win the Millfield Time Capsule Competition in Balbriggan reached an exciting finale on Wednesday last, 23rd March. The competition was open to all schools in Balbriggan to mark the launch of the new Millfield Shopping Centre on 11th April. The owners asked local schools to provide a piece of Balbriggan history in the form of a Time Capsule. The competition required that the Time Capsules contained items that reflect the changing face of Balbriggan and the winning entries will be buried in the centre until 2031. St Molaga’s National School and Loreto Secondary School were declared the winners and both schools received a welcome €4,000 bursary for school equipment. St Molaga’s gave an insight into the styles and opinions of today with a ‘Passion for Passion’ booklet of photos of children in their favourite styles, vox pop interviews with the schoolchildren about life now and what it will

be like in 2031. Their Time Capsule also included a photo collage of the children and teachers from the school.

dents and diary entries of daily life of students. An example of euro coins and posters of modern cars were also included. St George’s School included a booklet with examples of their


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Council Approval For Skerries Project Widely Welcomed Local Fine Gael councillor, Tom O’Leary has expressed his delight at the approval of the Holmpatrick Cove project in Skerries. This project has received wide local support and is set to provide the seaside town with a tourism bonanza. O’Leary said, “I voted for the new leisure complex for Skerries which, in time, will provide excellent tourism and leisure facilities for Skerries residents and community groups, as well as sporting clubs in the area. Skerries has had a long tradition of welcoming tourists into our beautiful town and I welcome this project in these difficult economic times,” he said. This project will bring very welcome local jobs and revenue to Skerries. He continued, “I hope it will kick start a tourism revival in the town. When we had Red Island

Pictured at the Time Capsule Competition for Balbriggan schools at the new Millfield Shopping Centre are, L-R, Thomas Joaquim, aged 6 from St George's National School, Chloe Flanagan (12) from Loreto Secondary School and Robert Stana (10) from St Molaga's National School. Robert is holding the winners Pic: JR cheque of €4,000, presented to St Molaga's.

Loreto Secondary School included examples of some of their favourite items from 2011, including a hair straightener, two different mobile phones, a CD of current pop stars, a booklet on popular shoe styles and an example of favourite chocolate bars. They also included interviews with Balbriggan resi-

Local Women Urged To Partake In Mini Marathon Women from the North County have been invited to to have fun, get fit and make a real difference in the lives of local people with Multiple Sclerosis. They can do this by joining the “MS Team” in this year's Mini Marathon, on Monday 6th June. Your support will help raise over €50,000 to provide vital services for people with MS, their families and carers and, as a thank you, all participants will receive a token gift from Nivea. They will also be entered into a draw for to win a fabulous weekend break in the Ferrycarrig

favourite toys along with a pot of play dough and a bag of lego. A booklet of gadgets used in 2011 was also included, as well as a DVD tour of the school with various drawings and photos. All Time Capsules entered in the competition are being donated to the archives of the Balbriggan Historical Society.

Hotel, Wexford. Two out of every three people affected by Multiple Sclerosis are women and Ireland has one of the highest incidences of MS in the world. By joining in the fun this year for MS, women will be making a real difference in the local area. MS Ireland is the national organisation working solely on behalf of people living with Multiple Sclerosis and the many thousands of people who share their lives. The local regional offices and branches exist to facilitate people with Multiple Sclerosis to control their lives and environment, to live with dignity and participate in the community.

Further Blow For Malahide Shuttle There was further bad news for commuters in Malahide recently with the news that the new National Transport Authority has turned down the application for a shuttle bus service in the town. Mark Hely Hutchinson of the Malahide Shuttle Project Group said, “We are appealing, and spelling out once more the case for the Malahide Shuttle, aware that the Department of Transport (DOT) refused the licence for the Shuttle in April 2010. They then refused the appeal in August. The responsibility for Bus Licensing moved to the new National Transport Authority (NTA) in

By Leslie Murphy December. Malahide Coaches submitted a new licence application to them just before Christmas. He continued, “We are disappointed to have to report that the NTA turned down the application. The refusal appears to be based on supporting Dublin Bus and to conflict with a number of public statements made by the NTA, for example, the needs of the public transport user will be paramount. “We are appealing, and spelling out once more the case for the Malahide Shuttle. We expect to hear the result of our appeal by early May.”


Holiday Centre in the 70’s, we regularly had 700 visitors staying the town and spending money locally, generating income into local homes.” O’Leary then mentioned other benefits to accrue to the local community. “I look forward in particular to the inclusion of a swimming pool in this proposal with local public Cllr. Tom O’Leary access as part of a proposed agreement with the council. A local masterplan will be produced by professional planners in Planning department of the council in which they will address any planning concerns. I wish the proposer of this project well and hope he can drive the project forward as soon as possible,” concluded O’Leary. The constuction of Holmpatrick Cove could begin in early 2012.


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Skerries Goes Back In Time ‘Skerries Celebrates Census 1911’ will take place during the weekend of April 9th and 10th, to commemorate the centenary of the 1911 Census. It is being organised by a group of local residents with support from the Skerries Historical Society and the Skerries C o m m u n i t y Association.

By Patrick Finnegan that we are drawing 1,100 females. One Furthermore, the town played host to an RTÉ film crew on the 19th March as news of a unique event -100 years in the making, reached their attention and interest. “Thanks to the vision of the Skerries Historical Society, we have a wealth of material

upon to bring the history of our town and its people, from 100 years ago, back into focus”, says Bob Laird, Chairperson of the Skerries Celebrates Census 1911 organising committee. Back then, the p o p u l a t i o n numbered 1,958 people - just over 800 males and over

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third of the population were under 15 years of age and a quarter of the entire population of Skerries lived on Great Strand Street, now Strand Street. The ‘Skerries Celebrates Census 1911’ organising committee are busy putting the programme of

events together, including photographic exhibitions, screenings of the silent movie, ‘Colleen Bawn’ as well as a swim in period costume by the year round Skerries swimmers, ‘The Frosties’. A self guided walking route around the town is currently being planned which will highlight various trades and issues prevalent in 1911. “Expect to see

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suffragettes, embroiderers and many other interesting characters as you journey back in time!” says Bob Laird. “We would encourage as many people as possible to

dress for the occasion - hats, blouses and long skirts were very much in fashion for the ladies of 1911, with m o n o c l e s , gentlemen’s moustaches and straw boaters in vogue for

the men,” says Janet Martin, member of the o r g a n i s i n g committee. A rummage through the attic or second hand clothes shops may uncover treasures from the past.

Balbriggan Fundraiser For Suicide Awareness Suicide is a major problem, not only here in the North County, but on a nationwide basis. Most people know someone who has died by suicide and just half of people have had a friend who has died by suicide. Balbriggan man, Tony Finnegan has decided to do something about this and he will be taking part in the Skerries triathlon in June. With this in mind, he will be holding a fundraiser night on April 8th in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan, with all the money going to two suicide charities. This extremely worthwhile cause is certain to touch the hearts of the residents of Balbriggan and beyond and your generosity will be much appreciated. The triathlon will see him to walk, swim and run around an area of the North County. It will take place on June 26th 2011 and to raise more funds for the charities that Tony chose to raise funds for. They are SOSAD - Save our Sons and Daughters and SOS- Suicide or Survive. The fundraiser promises to be a great night out for all and something for everyone’s musical preference. The aim of the fundraising night is to raise awareness of the two charities. The tickets cost a very reasonable €10 and this money is

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split between SOSAD and SOS. Tony Finnegan spoke about his excitement for the night and said, “I have seen first-hand the destruction it can do to not only families but communities too, being a sufferer of depression, I am one of the lucky ones who get to keep on top of it with the help of my brilliant family and amazing close friends. I just want to try and help out in my own little way, as a thank you for all the help and support I received when needed.’’ If you would like to support these great causes come along and enjoy yourself at the fundraiser night. Tickets can be purchased at reception in the Bracken Court Hotel.

Senior Citizens’ Tea Dance In Rush Fingal Senior Citizens Network have an upcoming tea dance planned for April 13th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. This event will be held in St. Maur’s GAA Club in Rush and there will be finger food, good company and great live music and of course, dancing. Tickets are €10 and admission is reserved and limited. As always, this will be an enjoyable event for the senior citizens of the North County area. Please contact your local senior citizens group to find out more about group coaches travelling to the event. Transfers from Rush train station to the club house will be arranged for people who are attending the event as the club house is away from the town centre.

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In the last issue of the County Leader, we featured an article in respect of the severance pay for our deposed Termination Lump Sum:.............. TDs who lost their seats at the recent General Election. However, we were too generous with taxpayers’ money to the two deposed Fianna Fáil deputies, Termination Payment: ................ Michael Kennedy and Darragh O’Brien. Our figures Michael Kennedy suggested that O’Brien and Kennedy were to receive a lump sum of €99,215, with €9,140 per annum thereTD’s Pension: .............................. after. We are happy to provide amended figures, based on Oireachtas figures. As both men have served three plus years as a TD, they are actually due a total of As he is still a serving member €58,700 each. This figure breaks down as TD’s of the Oireachtas as a Senator, pension of €9,400, pension lump sum of €28,200, these payments do not apply termination lump sum of €15,400 and termination payments of €5,700. In the case of O’Brien, his appointment to the Seanad means he no longer qualifies for termination payments or lump sum. This seems Darragh O’Brien like a convoluted system and difficult to understand. It Pension Lump Sum:........................ is calculated as a 40th of one’s salary multiplied by years or days of service. The pension lump sum is three times the pension. The termination lump sum Termination Lump Sum:................. amounts to two months salary and is non-taxable The basic salary of a TD is €92,672. The series of terminaTermination Payment: ................... tion payments depends on their years in office.Trevor Sargent, who has a Dail service of 18 years is due a pension of €47,900, a pension lump sum of €143.800, TD’s Pension (18yrs service):......... a termination lump sum of €16,400. a termination payment of €61,500 and a ministerial pension of Trevor Sargent * Plus existing ministerial pension of c €10,000 €10,000. This amounts to a total of €221,700. Whilst these figures for the former Fianna Fáil deputies are significantly less than those published in our last ‘Sweet Deal For Our Deposed Politicians’. We still believe that this edition of the newspaper, they still represents a very lucrative settle- is the case, particularly when you calculate the many years of ment for the defeated candidates. Our headline for the article read, service required in the private sector to realise redundancy figures to compare to these.

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addition to their entertainment facilities and they are looking forward to inviting many other acts to perform at the venue, so watch out for some big names coming to Donabate in the near future. The play is part of Martin McDonagh’s Connemara trilogy, which also includes ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ and ‘A Skull in Connemara’. The audience is allowed into the Co. Galway kitchen/ living room of Valene and Coleman, two brothers who have just buried their father and


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pamper your mum this mothers day Where would we be without them, probably not born! Mothers are everything to us when we are small...our lives revolve around her. For everything that we need we call mum. To protect us from all perceivable dangers we want her around us. To take us out, we hold her arms. To kiss away our wounds, we run to her. And for a warm hug and love, we look for her. She is the focal point of our lives, the

greatest human being in the world or should we say divinity on earth. It doesn’t stop when you grow up she still fusses and it takes a lot to let you fuss over her. On the special occasion of Mother’s Day, pay tribute to your mother. Let someone else look after her for a change. Let her take some me time and

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These three young ladies are all set for the parade in Rush on St Patrick's Day. JR


A typical family day out at the Lusk parade.

Pictured are members of Dance Divas as they marched in the Rush St Patrick's Day parade. JR


Mary Lenihan, Molly Quinn, Theresa Shannon, Ruth Lenihan and Niamh Rushe, all ready for CL the parade in Lusk.

County Mayor, Ken Farrell and Sean Clare (Lusk Community Council) with Carol Woods and Jenny Harford, award winners from Supervalu in Lusk. CL

This Temple Street supporter drums up some fundraising at the Rush St Patrick's Day parade. JR

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Assembly of Praise in Lusk, all set to join the festivities in Lusk. CL

Pictured at the St Patrick's Day parade in Rush are, L - R Clare Daly TD, Eamon Price, Vice Chairperson of Rush Community Council, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, Kathleen O'Brien, Head of Rush Senior Citizens, Tony Brennan Representive of the Rush Residents Association, Rush Parish Priest, Fr. Coghlan, Anne Mc Crudden Chairperson of Rush Community Council, Senator Darragh O'Brien, Clodagh Kelly, Emer Byrne and Joe Corr. JR

The inimitable Barney Greene parades on his tractor at the Rush St Patrick's Day parade. JR

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Pictured reviewing the Rush St Patrick's Day parade are, County Mayor Ken JR Farrell, Brendan Ryan TD

Pictured is a section of the Rush Scouts as they marched in the St Patrick's Day parade in Rush. JR

Juvenile members of St Maur's GAA JR club take part in the Rush parade.

These two members of Rush Athletic FC participated in the St JR Patrick's Day parade in Rush.

Janine Clarke, Pierre Clarke, Rebecca Clarke, Mathew Clarke, Colin Grant, Jones Irwin, Melissa Campbell, Gregory Irwin, Eloise Irwin, Jeremy Irwin, Mitchell Grant, and Jack Grant at the parade in Lusk. CL

Pictured on their way to the St Patrick's Day parade in Rush are, L to R Alisha Burke, Shauna Coleman, Roisin Corr, Bria Corr and Isabell Burke. JR

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Pure Escape Beauty salon from Swords recently won the prestigeous Crown Guinot Award for excellence in skincare. Pictured at the awards ceremony are, L-R, Sandra Masterson, Tara Kelly, Jean Daniel Mondin, Denise Rock and Jennifer Fitzsimons.


Paralympics Ireland has announced Swords based company, McInerney Saunders as official chartered accountants of the organisation. The partnership agreement sees McInerney Saunders becoming the provider of all professional accounting, book-keeping, payroll, financial and HR services to Paralympics Ireland. Liam Harbison, CEO of Paralympics Ireland stated, “We are tremendously pleased and excited to have such an established Irish Chartered Accountancy firm as McInerney Saunders partner us in preparation for the London 2012 Games and beyond.” Neal Morrison of McInerney Saunders, said: “We are delighted to be associated with Paralympics Ireland over the course of the next four years as the athletes pursue their sporting dreams in London and further afield. The athletes are without doubt an enormous source of inspiration for our team at McInerney Saunders. Pictured are L-R, Neal Morrison (McInerney Saunders), Paralympic bronze medallist, Catherine Walsh, Ruth Brereton (McInerney Saunders) and Liam Harbison (CEO Paralympics Ireland).

Pictured at the official opening of cool new toy shop, Imaginarium, at the Pavilions Shopping Centre Swords, are from left, Advertising and Promotions Manager Deirdre King, Paul Noone (Imaginarium), Clodagh O’Brien (proprietor Imaginarium) and Centre Manager Ian Hunter

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Molly Rose Crosby, Lauren Fitzgerald, Natalie Fitzgerald, and Lyndsey Morrison at the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

Pictured at the Swords parade are Evelyn Sajeev, Simi Sajeev, Rinny John.

Audrey, Ewan and Calum Monroe pictured at the Swords parade.

Nicola Ryan, Caitlyn Duffy, Elly Duffy and Paul Harper pictured as they await the arrival of the parade in Swords.

The Griffiths and The Kirwins enjoy the banter at the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

Paul, Michelle and Jenny Whelan pictured at the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

Sarah McNulty, Aoife Fay, Emma and Aisling Mooney, Niamh and Anne Hogan pictured at the Swords parade.

The Defence Forces parade down the Main Street at the Swords parade.

Daniel, April, Carmel Reilly, Zara and Adrienne McCormack all enjoyed the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

Neil, Paula, Danny, Andy and Harvey Levans at the Swords parade.

Swords Boxing Club put on a demonstation for the crowd at the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

The expectant crowd at the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

Harriet, Almira, Harvey and Mine Omofezi enjoying the St Patrick's Day parade in Swords.

Members of the Swords Parade Committee enjoy the parade from the Reviewing Stand.

Spanish visitors for St. Patricks Day L-R; Iker, Beralit, Juan Carlos, Elsa, Axier, Jom, Nestor, Sara, Naiara and Ainhoa.

Ben and Kevin Meehan enjoying the Swords St Patrick's Day parade.

Helen Duffy and Alice Duffy enjoy a nice family day out at the Swords parade.

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Successful Fundraiser For Swords School A unique fundraiser was held recently in Swords in aid of the Autism Unit at St Cronan’s Junior National School in Brackenstown. Mrs Jackie Oglesby is a parent whose child attends the Autism Unit at the school. She is a hairdresser in Peter Marks in Swords and is acutely aware of the lack of services in speech therapy, occu-


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pational therapy and psychological assessment for children with Autism in the country. She embarked on a fundraising mission in order to buy in these services for the children. Her employer, Peter Mark agreed to match whatever amount was raised with a similar amount. Jackie, who organised this fundraiser, was ably assisted by her colleagues at the salon. She raised €6,650 and Peter Mark are matching this with a presentation of a Bank Draft for another €6,650.

Pictured are the team from Peter Mark hairdressers in Swords, with Principal of St Cronan's JNS, Brigid Manton (centre) as the staff held a fundraising event to raise money for the autistic unit in St Cronan's junior national school in Swords.

Malahide Toastmasters Host Speech Contest On 23rd March last, Malahide Toastmasters hosted the Area Finals of the International speech contest. Malahide is one of 12,500 Toastmasters clubs from around the world participating in the 2011 Toastmasters International Speech Contest. It is the world’s largest speech contest with more than 30,000 presenters in 113 countries vying to become the next World Champion of Public Speaking. “Speech Contests are a unique and exciting part of the Toastmasters programme” says Pat Johnson, Toastmasters 2010-2011 International President. “These competitions challenge members to push beyond their clubs and fine- tune their skills. In a club, members are evaluated, in a contest, members are judged.” Over the years Malahide Toastmasters has assisted and encouraged hundreds of members become more confident when speaking in front of an audience as well as presentation skills. Whether you are a professional, student or retired, Malahide Toastmasters offers enjoyable and affordable meetings where you can gain vast communication skills. Dorothy Hickey, President of Malahide Toastmasters says that she is delighted to have hosted the Area Finals this year. “It has awarded our club the opportunity to show the wonderful skills of the Malahide club in organising such an event,” she said. Malahide Toastmasters meet twice monthly from September to May on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening in the Grand Hotel, Malahide at 8pm.

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Vocational Education Training In Balbriggan The Balbriggan Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme is part of County Dublin VEC. This scheme allows those that are long term unemployed (more than 6 months) or those recently made redundant to avail of training that will enable them to return to the work force or continue to further and higher education. This is a two year full time course, where students can achieve a full level 5 FETAC certificate in either Business or Childcare. VTOS is best suited to those that have left school early and those that want to change their career path. All staff are experienced in delivering the course and

RNLI Annual Swim The RNLI annual 2K swim at Rogerstown Estuary, Rush, will take place this April 3rd. The generosity of the people at Rush Sailing Club must be mentioned as, every year, they provide hot showers, soup and sandwiches for those participating in the event. This year registration takes place from 10.30am with the swim commencing at 11.45am. As always, if you’ve an idea for fund-raising why not call the RNLI head quarters in Swords on, 018951800 and ask for the Fund-raising Team.


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Pictured enjoying the Balbriggan parade are L-R: LMcC Fionn Owen, Kerum and Megan Owen.

Pictured at the St Patrick's Day parade in Skerries are, Katie Sharkey, Fidelma Conlon and Gaetan Meister. JS

Emma Delaney, Rebecca Nolan and Fiona Hogan pictured enjoying themselves at the Balbriggan parade. LMcC

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Paul Roban and Dolores Brady are all dressed up at the Balbriggan parade. LMcC

Christophe, Paula and Ryan Haustein all enjoying the JS colourful parade in Skerries.

Lauren and Karen Birney at the St. Patrick’s day parade in R O’H Skerries on March 17th.

Erin Nulty, Joanne Cannon, Dana Collins and Niamh Boylan are pictured as they enjoy the Balbriggan St Patrick's Day parade. LMcC

Betty Gibson, Sheila Moore, Marie Keogh, Sadie Gibson and Joshua Doyle are pictured at the Skerries parade. JS

Members of Balbriggan Taekwondo Club march in LMcC the St Patrick's Day parade in Balbriggan.

Robyn McArdle is pictured enjoying the parade in Skerries on St. Patricks Day.

Ollie Grimes and Niall Grimes impersonating their famous namesakes at the Skerries parade. JS

L-R: Conor Kelly, Tony McAleer and Mark Hodder all dressed up for the occasion at the Balbriggan St Patrick's Day parade. LMcC

Jimmy White, James White, Laura White and Kate White all enjoying themselves at the Skerries St Patrick's Day parade. JS

Pictured at the Balbriggan St Patrick's Day parade are LMcC members of O'Dwyers Under 8's GAA team.

Pat and Shane Teeling pictured at the Balbriggan parade on St Patrick's Day. LMcC

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Paul Thorne, Daniel Thorne and Paddy Dillon are pictured at the Skerries St Patrick's Day parade. JS

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orn in Antwerp, Belgium in 1947, harp maker extrordinaire, Jan Muyllaert settled in Ireland close to 40 years ago. Walking through the gate of his home in Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath, surrounded by conifer trees, I am struck by a sense of peace and solitude. With a warm handshake and arresting brown eyes, Jan leads me in to his workshop where I savour the smell of freshly cut wood. While making many musical instruments including guitars, violins and cellos, Jan is recognised as the pre-eminent designer and creator of Irish harps. Many of these harps are played in places as diverse as Japan and Anchorage, Alaska and their dulcet tones can be heard on albums, such as Shaun Davey's The Brendan Voyage and Clannad's Grainne Mhaol. Despite the current economic recession, Jan has orders for harps until the end of the year. An Irish harp has 'a distinctive feel, sound and weight' and each one is crafted by him personally, using Irish wood such as sycamore, walnut or cherry. Initially, Jan works on eight harps at a time, getting them to a particular point in the process and then working on each one individually. “As only God can make something perfect, each harp will have a minor imperfection that makes no difference to the playability or its appearance, but makes it personal and unique,” comments Jan. Contrary to my expectation, Jan did not grow up with music in his home. “There was a mandolin in the house, but it was never played. I started playing guitar in the '60s when I was 18 and fulfilled my term of duty in the Belgian army. For something to do, we made up a little band.” His musical taste is eclectic, 'once it's good,' he laughs. He enjoys


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Heffernan music as varied as classical, Rory Gallagher, Queen, U2, and Shaun Davey, the traditional Irish composer. On leaving the army, Jan worked as a draftsman in Antwerp, and mixing with different people in this cosmopolitan city, he got to know and love Irish music. At this time he also started playing flamenco guitar. “I never had a proper flamenco guitar, but I always practised anyway,' he laughs. “Eventually I started performing my own songs and gigging three to four nights a week in a gypsy cellar in Antwerp on the way home from Art College. It often went on until three or four in the morning, but after three near death experiences from total exhaustion, I knew I had to do something. So I quit my job.” Jan arrived off the ferry in Rosslare in the late 1960s with his friend, Bob and they were welcomed in pubs the length and breadth of the country. “Bob played the banjo and I played guitar.” They hitched their way around Ireland for a few months often travelling with farmers, squashed between milk churns. “It was great craic, we didn't think too much about it, we just went for it. We had our own tent and pitched up wherever we liked,” he recalls. On their next trip, Jan and Bob stayed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation where they paid three pounds for a room and an extra fifty pence if we wanted a shower. “If you played in a bar, you got

your drinks free and when a hat went around at the end of the night, there'd always be loads in it.” In 1972 Jan settled in Ireland, marrying Marie Finnegan, who grew up next door to the home they've always lived in. He is deeply embedded in Navan life and in the 1990s coached basketball to teenage boys in St. Patrick’s School. This led to him training the Special Olympics basketball team, a role he has thoroughly enjoyed for the past 12 years. He is also a committed member of Navan's Arch Club for people with learning disability. The club celebrates its 25th anniversary in April this year. He is also involved in a 'top secret' project with transition year students in St. Pat's to be entered in next year's Young Scientists Exhibition. Predictably, it is a project to provide a service to less fortunate people in society. Jan's sense of social justice and social responsibility can be traced back to his refusal to make records in 1960s Belgium. While

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working with wood to create musical instruments is one of Jan's greatest pleasures, another is water sports and over the years he has managed to merge these two pastimes, making boats, surf boards and canoes. Last year at the Art in Action festival run by the Philosophical Society of Ireland at Towney Hall near Slane, he built an 18 foot canoe in front of an audience and describes the experience as 'great fun.' Always challenging himself creatively, Jan cannot understand the notion of retiring, if you work at what you enjoy. His tall lean frame and silver grey hair neatly tied in a pony tail belie his true age. His life is bohemian, yet ordered. He works daily at his passion continuously striving to enhance the experience for both himself and his client. Never idle, he trusts in fate and achieves a sense of peace visiting St. Mary's Church in Navan. He has grasped chances and opportunities throughout his life, while maintaining a great degree of order, which he attributes to his Belgian upbringing. “It's in my blood,” he laughs, “there's nothing you can do, ye know,” his charming accented English peppered with this Irish idiom. His innate sense of order facilitates rather than debilitates his art. Leaving Ardbraccan as the sun begins to set, my heart feels lighter having met this fascinating man and his warm welcoming wife, Marie. A few days later Helen Davies' wonderful CD Chasing the Breeze, featuring her playing one of Jan's harps, arrives in the post from him, and listening to it certainly soothes the soul.



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Scoil Íosa Embraces Seachtain Na Gaeilge It was 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' recently and in Pobal Scoil Íosa in Malahide, this was a great success. Many activities took place which allowed all of the students to take part as all were encouraged to speak 'as Gaeilge' during the week. The school was festooned with Irish decorations such as leprechauns, shamrocks and Irish flags. Lollipops and sweets were awarded to those students who spoke 'as Gaeilge'. Also, announcements were made to remind everybody that it was 'Seachtain na Gaeilge'. Many competitions were held, including posters in Irish for the first years. The winners were: Síofra Boyne, Sarah Lonergan, Emma Murtagh,

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Luke McGahey, Laura Behn, Georgia Gaynor and Niamh Lynam. There were four Gaeltacht scholarships awarded, worth €350 each: Aideen Scriney and James Farrell won the Junior scholarships and Emma Ahern and Aoibhín Cullen won the Senior scholarships. Many thanks to the Board of Management and to the Parents' Association for their very generous support again this year. Many céilís took place in Scoil Íosa Hall and in Irish classrooms. Overall, 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone!


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City North Car Show Supports Jack And Jill ALMC are delighted to announce the return of the ever popular Performance Car Show which will take place in the City North Hotel on Sunday 15th May, in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Once again the ALMC will gather together a collection of the finest and most stunning cars from all over the country and overseas. The show takes place in the hotel car park from 11.30am to 5pm with plenty of exhibition stands and children’s entertainment to add to the fun. Entry is free and all the family can

get up close to lots of famous big name cars. The show is not only about showcasing the latest in sports cars, it will also present supercars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s alongside the modern day classics from the world of rallying and high performance, all in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation. Local Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club have organise a wide and varied selection of the world’s greatest two wheel machinery. The show will also feature a raffle which will include an impressive selection of motoring-related prizes with all proceeds going to the clubs chosen charity the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.


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Blood Donors Required In Skerries One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Every day, patients in hospitals throughout Ireland require blood transfusions. With this in mind, the Irish Blood Transfusion Board will hold a mobile clinic in Skerries Community Centre on Wednesday 6th April, from 5.00pm to 8.30pm.

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Classic Car Show Hits North County The National Show Centre, Swords is set to host Ireland’s biggest indoor classic car sale/show and Autojumble on Sunday 10 April from 12.00 PM. Over 200 classic cars which will be on sale by their owners. There will be cars to suit all tastes and budgets from starter classics to top of the range models. You can expect to see Porche, BMW, Fords , MG’s and many more. The organisers of this event have kept a family day theme in mind and to occupy the kids have also organised two magic shows (1.30PM and 3.30PM) electric go karts and face painting. There will also be a great selection of motoring trade stands and model cars for sale. All classic car clubs and visiting classic cars are welcome and will have free admission to the display area. Full catering facilities are in place at the venue.

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What Every Woman Alexandra Corr - Santry Twenty two year old Alexandra Corr, (Alex) is currently in her final year studying at St Patrick's College, DCU. This bright young lady has decided that she wants to become a primary school teacher. She attended Corpus Christi primary and Maryfield College in Drumcondra. While she was in secondary school, Alex was involved in lots of fund raising for different charities and was a student at the Gaeltacht for three years during her time at secondary school. Alex told the County Leader, “I really enjoyed singing when I was growing up and took a special interest in Irish dancing. I danced with the Moran School of Irish Dancing for eight years. In this time, I performed in the Olympia and travelled to Boston for St Patrick’s Day to perform." Alex is the second eldest of four children and lives at home in Santry with her mum, Debbie and dad, Tony, her brother, Jonathan, 16 and a sister, Megan,19. She also has a beautiful Yorkshire Terrier called Rocky, whom she adores. Alex’s father is a practising counsellor and psychotherapist and has been heavily involved in volunteering for various charities through his life. These include the Samaritans and Console. Alex also wants to get involved in this charity as well as the charities the Rose of Tralee supports. Alex said, “I have been working in Bewely's of Grafton Street for the last four years part time, they are my sponsors for the festival. My sister Megan also works there and she is my best friend. This helps me to save money to travel, as I love to see new places and recently visited friends in Colorado. Working in Bewely's has helped me to make friends from all over the world and this is one of the reasons I want to enter the festival. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity." My motto in life is "Everything happens in life for a reason”.

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Open To Public Twenty seven year old Aishling Gargan is the next lovely lady who will have a lifetime experience as she enters into the Dublin selection of the Rose Of Tralee. Aishling comes from Rolestown and has a sister, Clare who is a beautician and is studying Marketing in DBS. Aishling attended Rolestown National School and then went to Malahide Community School. After secondary school, she received a Certificate in Multi Media studies in Dun Laoghaire college and a qualification in Business NAOMI-Billings Ireland Studies at DIT. She has just finished a diploma in Event Talks = Workshops • Booking Essential Management in DBS College. She has been working in McCabe's Pharmacy through her schooling and college since she was 16 and is now the assistant manager at McCabe's branch in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords. They are also her sponsor for the festival. Aishling has been performing Irish dancing since she was six years old. She is currently studying to become an Irish dancing teacher and attended McLaughin School of Irish Dancing. Aishling has a passion for Irish dancing and volunteers through CRN with feiseanna throughout Ireland. She helps all the younger children to get organised for their dances and looks after things for them. She starred as Dorothy in a production of The Wizard Of Oz. Her dad, Seán is originally from County Meath and runs his own electrical business and also helps out locally with the children's Irish dancing and is a great support to her. Her mum, Carmel is originally from Oldtown and is a housekeeper in Rolestown School. The whole family love animals and have two cats called Felix and Salem and two dogs, named Oscar and Tiny. Aishling told the County Leader, "It was brilliant growing up in Rolestown, having the beauty of the countryside all around and right beside Swords was great too. My family and I have always watched the Rose of Tralee festival. My nannie, Theresa Carroll used to be a big fan also. It's one of those things like the Eurovision for us. I'm really looking forward to making new friends and doing a good job with the work the festival is involved in. I'm also doing it to shock people and show another side of myself, as people always see me as being quiet. So I want to do something totally different. I really want to make all of my family, friends and my boyfriend, Gary proud of me," she said. Aishling's motto in life is, "Fulfil the goals you set yourself, so you don't have regrets." BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! PHONE OUR MALAHIDE CLINIC ON LO CALL 1890 252 567

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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. S.R

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When you went, you took my heart. For in my life you were the biggest part. Each day to you, I tried to show, just how much, I loved you so, there was so much you could not do, but I was always so proud of you, My daughter you were very strong, but here on earth you did not belong. So now our angel you fly high in the sky, you’re like a shooting star going by, you smile at us, just like the sun. I miss you Nicole my special one. Your broken hearted Mother, Lisa

Husband, Dad, Grandad, Do you see us, from above, can you feel it when we send up our love? Do you know how we miss you so, we wish that you did not go. You have left a space in every heart, but death does not keep us apart. It just makes us wait a while, till we see you and your smile, Until then be sure to know, just how much we love you so. Sadly missed by your loving wife Ann & all your family

My sister, my friend, If I had one wish today it would be to see you smile and hold you close and let you know how much I love and miss you so. Your loving sister Hope

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Last Weeks published deaths from the North County DOYLE (Skerries) John F, loving husband of the late Maeve and sadly missed by his loving family, sons Joseph, Michael, John, and David, sisters Peggy, Joan, Anne and Rosemarie, daughters-inlaw, Grandchildren Sophie, Mark, Conor, Sarah, Jack, Maeve and Jonty, brother-in-law, relatives and friends. KELLY (Portrane) Liam, late nursing staff, St. Ita’s Hospital, beloved husband of the late Mary and father of Sinead, Orla, Alan, Brian, Deirdre, Annmarie and Christine; sadly missed by his grieving family, sons-inlaw, grandchildren, sisters Noeleen, Josie and Therese, relatives and friends. McDONNELL, nee Ryan (Skerries & Balbriggan). Bernice; sadly missed by her loving family, sisters Maureen, Colette and Septa, brothers-in-law Andy and Paddy, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends.

MacMAHON (Malahide) Brian; will be very sadly missed and fondly remembered by his wife Evelyn, son Sean, daughters Eimear, Maeve and Deirdre, his sister Mary, grandchildren, relatives and friends. CARVIN (nee Creighton) (Bath Road, Balbriggan and formerly Lawless Terrace). Kathleen; deeply regretted by her loving husband Jackie, sons John, Philip and Christopher,

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council: I, Ewa Soltysiak, intend to apply for permission for change of use of part of dwelling (40 sq m) to beauty salon at 22 Thornleigh Square, Applewood, Swords, Co Dublin, the business is to operate in conjunction with existing residential use. Daily hours of business to be 11am to 2:30pm and 4pm to 8pm, serving four customers approx per day by appointment. 2 no existing parking spaces to be available for customers. Business signage to be erected adjacent to front door. 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 We, Emma Brophy and Anthony McDonald, intend to apply for permission for development at, 27 Brackenstown Village, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of modifications to the proposals comprised in planning register reference F10B/0206, granted permission on the 27th October, 2010. Modifications include changes to both the front and rear plans and elevations as outlined on the drawings to be submitted. 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 of 9.30 – 15.30 Monday – Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council We Brendan and Ger Duffy, intend to apply for planning permission for the change of location and house type to previously granted planning permission Ref: F07A/0632 at site accessed by new access road (Ref. Ref. F06A\0938) at Sun Drive Road, Rush, Co. Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the planning authority Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street. Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of a 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 I John Walsh am seeking planning permission at Unit 1, The Grange, Main Street, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the change of use from office to café (service retail) to part ground floor and part first floor. 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 and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of his application.

Fingal County Council I John Walsh am seeking planning permission at Bettysville, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a first floor extension to side of existing two storey dwelling. 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 and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of his application. Fingal County Council I John Walsh am seeking planning permission at Unit 4, The Grange, Main Street, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the enclosing of two existing balconies at first floor level to create two sunrooms to existing hair salon. 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 and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of his application. Fingal County Council Tom Conlan is applying for permission for a two storey detached house and new vehicular entrance at the side of the existing house at 30 The Green, Melrose Park, Swords, Co. Dublin as previously permitted in lapsed planning application reg. ref. F04A/1289. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought by Mr Noel Hayes to demolish existing shed and construct a single storey cottage style dwelling with attic storage, also vehicular entrance, 2No car parking spaces, and ancillary site works in garden area associated with and opposite his exiting cottage at No25 The Bawn, Malahide, Co Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council (Swords) 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 within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We, Graham Owens & Bridget Moloney, hereby apply for planning permission for a redesigned two storey dwelling and effluent treatment system and raised bed type percolation area, to that previously granted permission under planning reference F08A/0427, at "Ceol na Mara", Corballis, Donabate, Co Dublin. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public

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North County Leader 29th March 2011 opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed Graham Owens & Bridget Moloney Fingal County Council I, Patrick O'Hagan, hereby apply for planning permission for a private dwelling, effluent treatment system and ancillary site works, consequent to the grant of Outline Permission ref number F06A/1677, at Tubbersool Lane, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed S. Baxter, Agent Fingal County Council I, James O'Hagan, hereby apply for planning permission for a private dwelling, effluent treatment system and ancillary site works, consequent to the grant of Outline Permission ref number F06A/1677, at Tubbersool Lane, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed S. Baxter, Agent Fingal County Council Permission is sought by Mr Noel Hayes to demolish existing shed and construct a single storey cottage style dwelling with attic storage, also vehicular entrance, 2No car parking spaces, and ancillary site works in garden area associated with and opposite his exiting cottage at No25 The Bawn, Malahide, Co Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council (Swords) 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 within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is being sought for the construction of single storey dwelling , waste water treatment system , agricultural shed and yard, access road, boundary fencing and associated site works at Kenure Demesne North, Rush, Co. Dublin. Signed; R.& P. Weldon . The planning application may be inspected or purchased during the public opening hours 9.30 – 15.30 Monday – Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submissin or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of € 20, within the period of 5 weeks,beginning on the date of the receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission consequent on grant of outline permission Reg. Ref. No. F06A/1424 for dwelling and waste water treatment system is sought by Tom Corless at Site No. 6 Wimbletown, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

The Biggest Circulation Of Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for a new single-storey extension (20sq/m) to the side of existing dwellinghouse along with associated siteworks. At:- No. 7, St. Patricks Terrace, Donabate, Co. Dublin.. Signed:Mr. & Mrs. John & Gemma O’Brien. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Alan & Fiona Sweeney at 19 Kelly’s Bay Parade, Skerries, Co. Dublin to construct a single storey extension to the rear and side. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council County Dublin Vocational Educational Committee are applying for permission for development on a site C0.416 Hectares located at Moylaragh, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin The development will consist of: The construction of a new temporary Primary School with 5no. general classrooms; support teaching spaces; administration areas and ancillary accommodation with a total combined floor area of c.540m2. The site works to the school grounds will consist of the provision of 10no. car parking spaces, 1no. ball court and junior play area. 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 in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by David & Miriam O’Hanlon at 3 The Avenue, Skerries Rock, Skerries, Co. Dublin to demolish existing single storey structure to side and construct a new single storey extension to side.. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.


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