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30th October 2012 • Volume 19, Issue 34 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

Frustration At Roundabout Chaos T

he long running roadworks at the Donabate Roundabout at Junction 4, Lissenhall on the M1 are causing major headaches for southbound users of the motorway. Early morning motorists, trying to access the exit slipway to the roundabout, are furious about the delays in getting to work in Swords and other destinations. This area has featured regularly as a traffic black spot on AA Roadwatch on radio stations each morning and has become an area to be avoided. This newspaper has been inundated with complaints from irate motorists in the past

week, who are caught up in this traffic snag and who are regularly late for work, or for important engagements. The County Council, however, do not have great news for these hard-pressed motorists, as they expect the works to continue until at least













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April next year. A Council By Patrick Finnegan in a national body, such as the NRA, to answer spokesperson told the County Leader, “This cause a serious deterio- genuine concerns from ration in the road angry motorists. project is smaller than the now completed M50 surfaces, particularly The delays encountered upgrade project. It began with the advent of by motorists here every last March/April, and we winter. At this time of morning will be further The pupils of Rush National School held a fundraising Cake Sale last Friday, 26th estimate that works will year, back roads have accentuated as the October. They also used the opportunity to dress up in Halloween costumes on the day. be completed by the leaves on them and in shorter days of winter Principal, Margaret Dobinson is pictured with some of the pupils. damp conditions, road kick in and poor weather second quarter of 2013, with works scheduled to surfaces are particularly conditions and lighting that a major accident is a person, when quesprimarily due to heavy become an issue. The likely scenario here, as stop over the forth- slippery. tioned about this, denied volumes of traffic, which coming Christmas The County Leader tried queue to gain access to trucks and other heavy that there was any the project will address to contact the National the slipway is regularly period.” goods vehicles struggle manipulation of traffic with the upgrade to 3 The delays have piled Roads Authority (NRA), beyond the 300 metre to reduce speed, on a signals. “In relation to lanes. I also understand pressure on rural back but we were unable to sign on the motorway. potentially slippery road, Donabate specifically, that in the past week or do so, because roads in the area, as they suddenly there has been no so, fog and an accident as frustrated encounter parked change to the traffic light one morning may have drivers seek ‘rat traffic on the sequence, and any tail- contributed to delays,” runs’ through motorway. backs experienced are she said. villages that are Another issue of inappropriate to concern for use. The likelihood motorists is the of motorists driving apparent short through the rural sequencing of traffic villages of Naul and lights at the roundBallyboughal, thus of traffic on the approach to the Donabate Roundabout at about, where there are The pile up which to is causing great frustration for motorists trying to contributing Junction 4, schools on the main get to work each morning. more lengthy roads is viewed by queues at the The journey time from many as a major safety Some single Drogheda to Swords is roundabout. hazard. Poor light levels their motorists suggested to during winter will spokesperson was on now almost an hour for a us that this was to facilicertainly add to concerns holidays. Many will be journey that should only tate more fluent traffic of local residents here. surprised to know that, take 20 minutes. Many movement nearer to This increased volume of in the event of a serious motorists who contacted Swords. traffic through these problem like this one, this newspaper have The council spokesareas is also expected to there is nobody available expressed their fears

New Tourist Office For Balbriggan There is great news for Balbriggan with the news that a new Tourist Office will open in the town on Thursday, 1st November next. President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Tolan told the County Leader, “This exciting and worthwhile project marks a significant step forward in the promotion of Balbriggan town for tourists, both from local destinations and from abroad. There is no doubt it will be a ‘fulcrum’ by which many other worthwhile ideas and projects

will develop for the greater benefit of Balbriggan.” He continued, “This project was made possible by a unique arrangement between Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Balbriggan Town Council, Fingal Tourism and FAS, which is a definite sign of community organisations and local government working proactively together.” The Tourist Office will be open from 9.00am - 5.30pm (Tuesday-Sunday). It is located at No.1 Quay Street, which is the street that leads

down to the harbour and beach area. Tolan continued, “We feel it is an ideal location and it is also within 100 metres of the Bracken Court Hotel, which is the main destination for tourists staying in Balbriggan. Together with the Balbriggan Historical Society, we are also working on starting a historical walking tour of Balbriggan from the Tourist Office, which we hope the residents of the town will partake in, to learn about the wonderful history of Balbriggan.”



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This was a particularly stressful undertaking for Warren, as he wasn’t quite sure how Chris would react. Warren explained, “Chris has a lovely, gentle personality, which has been undermined by recent events. You see, she was a finalist in the North County Beauty Pageant some years ago and was regarded as a ‘racing certainty’ to have the coveted tiara firmly placed on her lovely head. However, due to political interference, it was deemed unacceptable that a ‘Swords gem’ would win that particular year. Since suffering this unbearable trauma, she retreated into herself and her behaviour since has been erratic and unpredictable,” explained Warren. With this firmly in mind, Warren went down on one knee

and produced what can only be described as a rock. He nervously presented the beautiful ring and fervently hoped that Chris would agree to be his fiancé. Happily, Chris is madly in love with Warren, who has been a pillar of strength to her and she jumped for joy. She forgot all of her travails and threw her arms around a delighted Warren. She was clearly thrilled with the ‘rock’ that Warren placed on her dainty finger. “I’m completely over the moon about this. It came right out of the blue. I’m mad about Warren and I know my dad has taken a particular shine to him,” she gushed. This provoked a sharp intake of breath and caused Warren to swallow his champagne too hurriedly, with disastrous consequences. Luckily there was a spare tablecloth available. The thought of that shotgun must have been foremost in his mind, as he pondered his future father-in-law’s piercing eyes and threatening demeanour. After Chris accepted Warren’s proposal of marriage, the happy couple enjoyed a beautiful meal and left the hotel hand in hand as they ponder their future together. Next week, Warren and Chris meet their future parents-inlaw, but will the meeting go without a hitch and will the parents accept their union?

Apple Juice Galore In Donabate “Apple days” were held on three Saturdays in October at the weekly Saturday Donabate Farmers market run by Transition Towns Donabate Portrane. Locals were invited to bring their apples and crush and juice them free of charge using the TTDP community apple crusher and apple press. In addition, the TTDP group went into Donabate Portrane Educate Together school and held hands-on demonstrations for 11 classes. Over 300 children got the chance to crush and juice apples and sample the “fruit” of their labours. During the demonstrations, the TTDP volunteers spoke about the importance of buying and eating local produce, growing your own vegetables, carbon footprints and even why an apple goes brown. The event was a great success and teachers and students have been promised some more

St. Marnock’s Boys Win League By Celine Quinn Congratulations to the Junior Boys’ football team of St. Marnock’s NS, Portmarnock. The team were recently crowned champions of the Division 3 North County Cumann na mBunscol Junior Football League. This is the second year in a row that St. Marnock’s have won the title. The hardy panel of 22

Young Roisin O'Donnell (8) tries her hand at crushing apples at the Donabate Food Market recently

demonstrations on other topics in the future. The TTDP market group is planning a Christmas market in December on a date to be finalised. Last year’s Christmas market was a fantastic community occasion running parallel to the Christmas lighting up event and Carol singing with the Lambay singers and the plan is to have a repeat of the same this year. players were selected among 4th and 5th class students of the school. The team had great wins against St. Benedict’s, Scoil Eoin and Mary, Mother of Good Hope, to see them through to the last stage of the competition. The final was held at Naomh Mearnog GAA Club against St. Malachy’s NS on 15th October last. St. Marnock’s managed a convincing win 4-12 to 1-3. Paddy Gorey, Games Promotion Officer with Naomh Mearnóg GAA, presented the cup to joint captains Adam Hughes and Fintan Radford McGovern. Mr. Gorey thanked the teachers, parents, and grandparents for their great encouragement and support for the team throughout the whole league.

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Great Achievement For Oldtown Student By Celine Quinn Local student Killian McDonnell, from Oldtown, won the Student Award at the 2012 ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’. The event highlights the achievements of those who are deaf or hard of hearing. A fantastic ambassador for young deaf people, Killian recently made history as the first deaf student with Down Syndrome to pass his Leaving Certificate. He is highly active within his local community and the Deaf community. Killian volunteers with Dogs Trust and has participated in several productions with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. The Awards event, now in its second year, is a joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf

Society. Nine ‘heroes’ are honoured for their significant achievements or contributions to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. The ethos behind the Awards is a desire to see a modern society where deaf people have full access and equal participation in all walks of life. The event itself also serves as a platform for creating awareness and promoting recognition of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Ireland. Killian spoke to the County Leader to tell us how he felt about his win: “I had a great day at the Awards and I am delighted with the lovely trophy and my new ipad. I was not expecting to get one, so it was a nice surprise! I worked hard for my Leaving Certificate and I had a lot of support, from Ciara, my ISL language teacher, my classmates, other teachers and my parents at home. Now I go to Mater Dei Institute of Education where I am part of the Latch-On English literacy programme and I really enjoy attending college.”

Dancing Glory For Jodie Jodie Morris, from Fingal Community College in Swords, is a dance champion. She recently travelled to Cork where she finished first in her solo at the All Ireland Hip Hop Championships. A keen dancer from a young age, she attends KidKast Stage School and travelled to the competition with her school, and her dance crew, Karisma. The dance group finished in second place and was only beaten by half a point. Jodie also won the cup for overall winner and finished in third place with Beth Murtagh in the

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Trabolgan X-Factor. It was a fantastic weekend for Jodie and her group. Together they brought home plenty of trophies between them.


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Action Ireland Trust Holds Volunteer Day A Volunteer Day for Action Ireland Trust was held at Newport Farm, Donabate and on Broadmeadow Estuary recently. The day was for students from Portmarnock Community School, their parents and friends, who will travel to Lesotho next February.

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Sea Adventures For Swords Group A group of local Snowflakes member families went on an exciting trip to visit the National Sea Life Centre in Bray. The Swords based group of over 60 excited children and parents travelled via train to the centre.

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Sad Day For Rush As AIB Closes It’s Doors There was a palpable air of disappointment, anger and sadness in Rush on Friday last, 26th October. It was the day when the Allied Irish Bank branch in the town closed it’s doors for the last time to the public.

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Late Night Soccer Leagues In The North County Friday 2nd November sees the start of new Friday Night Late Night Soccer Leagues in the North County. It is open to boys and girls aged 13-15 and 16-21.

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Jodie, who is currently in Transition Year, told the County Leader a little more about her dance background: “I started dancing at the age of five and I go to dance and drama class everyday after school. I love it,” she said. “My ambition when I finish my Leaving Certificate is to go to London to do a course in Performance Art.” She loves anything creative and has been a cast member at the Tivoli Panto for the past three years. Jodie was also the winner of Fingal Community College’s talent show ‘The F Factor’ in 2011 and is already practising for this year’s show.

Fun Music Night In Skerries Skerries Sailing Club is hosting a music night in aid of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, on Saturday 17 November at 8pm. Over the past 11 years, this event has raised in excess of €45,000 for St. Francis Hospice. The event will feature a great mix of music from traditional to rock n’ roll. An auction and a monster raffle for some great prizes will also take place on the night. All are welcome to attend this evening. There is no cover charge for entry. Join in to support the event and help to raise some much needed funds for the hospice. For further information contact Anne Carroll on 0868630554.


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Stephen Leddy, Managing Director (Hidden Hearing), Killian McDonnell (Oldtown), Brenda Donohue (RTE), pictured at the National Awards.

Balbriggan Dramatic Society are calling for all budding actors and actresses who would like to take to the stage in their next production. The team are now casting and would like to hear from anyone over the age of 18 would like to take part. Anyone interested please call Gráinne Maguire on 0879436650.



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Donabate Grieves Passing Of Popular Doctor The community of Donabate is in mourning with the news that popular local doctor, Cathal Martin passed away on Thursday last. An array of flowers were placed outside his surgery on Main Street. David Moore, secretary of Donabate/Portrane Community Council spoke to the County Leader about the huge contribution Dr Martin made to the local community. “The people of Donabate are very saddened at the passing of this very kind and caring man. He was the typical village doctor, who had a practise on Main Street. He was the kind of man who always gave his patients time and took a great interest in them. He was one of the good guys,” he said.

Pictured here enjoyng Swords Safety Week are: Alishia Slaney, Louise Butler, Lee Byrne, Sargent Kevin Toner, Garda Darragh Hynes and Josh Reel.

Pictured are award winners at the St Finian's College, Swords Safety Week poster competition, Karl Quinn, James Walker, Caitlin Griffin and Shauna Rock. Also pictured are Jackie Thompson, Caroline Mills.

words Community Policing Forum (CPF) held its third successful Community Safety Week from 20th- 25th of October last. The Safety Week highlights the many aspects of community safety among local residents of Swords. The event was run in partnership with An Garda Siochana Swords. There were a number of free talks and showcases of local agencies and organisations working within the Swords area. The Safety Week contributors provided information and support on a wide range of issues including, health, first aid, home safety, road safety, Pictured at the Suicide Awareness talk at BASE in Brackenstown, as benefits and entitlements, substance misuse, mental part of Swords Safety Week last Thursday are, Chris Barker, Caroline health and more. All events were free of charge and Mills, Louise Nolan (Youth Mental Health Coordinator) and included a Garda Information Clinic, Community Catherine McGrane Awareness of Drugs (CAD) talk, Regional Drug Task Force open day, Irish Red Cross first aid talk, “Don’t Lose The Head” workshop and Dublin Fire Brigade safety talk amongst others. Speaking to the County Leader, Caroline Mills, Development Worker, Swords CPF, said "It is hoped that people will be more mindful of safety within their own communities, especially regarding substance misuse". The aim of the Safety Week was also to create an awareness of the services and the role of the Swords CPF in the local area. Swords CPF works on the basis that the best way to address anti-social behaviour problems is for relevant agencies and the community work together. This partnership approach builds on the existing relationships between stakeholders St Finian's College Swords poster winners, Monique McCormack including An Garda Siochana, Fingal County Council Dunphy and Gemma Cronin are picture with their posters along with and most importantly, the local community in Swords. Caroline Mills.


Pictured at Swords Community Safety Week at Pavilions Shopping Centre is Shona Whelan, Youth Service Co-ordinator with Justice Education Training Swords (JETS)

Join Your Local Probus Club The Probus Club is a club specifically designed for retired professional and business people. They are always keen to have new members join and all you have to do is come along to the meetings on the first or third Wednesday of the month to the Harp Lounge in the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords at 11am. The club is very actively involved in charity work for St Francis Hospice in Raheny and other charities. A typical year’s programme involves talks on specialised subjects or matters of current interests and also visits to places of scenic and/or historic interest. The club provides the ideal platform for those who would appreciate and value increased social contacts in their retirement and the opportunity of meeting others in similar circumstances.

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Poster prize winners from St Finian's Community College Swords, Shunika McCormack, Shannon Lowndes and Jordan Joyce

St Finian's Community College poster winners, John McDonnell, Erin Dolan and Jordan Flynn display their posters as part of Swords Safety Week. Also pictured is Garda Tom Murphy

Swords Safety Week was held last week and a talk was held at the new Youth Centre in Swords. The talk was presented by Sgt Kevin Toner and Garda Darragh Hynes. It included Halloween safety and bonfires, alcohol awareness, personal safety and legislation on fireworks. Pictured at the event are: Kevin O'Reilly, Ceri Broughall, Shona Whelan, Paul Connaughton, Michael Hayton, Ger Robinson, Sgt Kevin Toner, Caroline Mills (Community Policing Forum coordinator), Shannon Lowndes, Garda Darragh Hynes and Erinn Murtagh.

Pictured at Swords Community Saftey Week at Pavilions Shopping Centre are Margaret Foley (Regional Drugs Task Force) and Bernadetter Morgan (Fingal Bereaved by Suicide Support Service)

Fingal Community College, Swords held a poster competition about drug awareness, with the theme of "Substance Awareness". The overall winner was Ryan Reddy, who is pictured here with his poster. Also pictured are Caroline Mills (Swords Community Policing Forum) and Garda Tom Murphy.

There are Music and Dance classes now taking place in O’Dwyers clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan. Juvenile and Adult set dancing Wacky World classes run on Monday ENGLAND nights. Details of Tin whistle and fiddle Fireman Sam classes will follow later. For further information, helps boy please contact Freda at save mum 0863249476.

County Council To Get Funding For ‘The Gathering’ The County Council will receive up to a combined maximum fund allocation of €75,000 for the Gathering 2013. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched a €2 million IPB Gathering Ireland Fund at Government Buildings. The Gathering is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, providing an opportunity for those with ancestral links or an affinity to Ireland to play a part in and benefit from our economic recovery.

A six-year-old boy saved his pregnant mum after she collapsed by following advice from Fireman Sam. Liam Robinson called emergency services after he remembered a line from the TV character's song which says "dial 999". Pregnant mum Rebecca Forsyth said "He climbed on the bookshelf to reach the phone and rang the ambulance. He was amazing, we are just so proud of him." Ms Forsyth from Co Durham, had collapsed with anaemia. She has since fully recovered. Liam will now receive an award from the North East Ambulance Service for his calm response.


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Vital Medical Care Required For Balbriggan Child A Balbriggan woman has started a campaign to raise funds for vital medical care for her two year old daughter, Cara, in the United States. Cara has Cerebral Palsy and she has been accepted for a potentially life changing operation in the USA called ‘Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy’. It is hoped

By Jennifer McShane that this will improve her mobility and give her the chance to learn to walk one day. Speaking to the County Leader, Cara’s mother, Laura said: “We are at the very early stages of our fundraising and we will be organising events in our local area of Balbriggan.

We plan to have a few events organised before Christmas, such as a quiz night and will have plenty on in the New Year also.” Laura and her husband hope to also hold a Sponsored Walk, a ball and a White Collar Boxing event, among other things. If you wish to be involved, call Laura on 0870504235. They have set up a website and Facebook page and would be grateful for any support for this important cause over the coming weeks.

Pictured are St. Marnock's NS medallists in the North Dublin Primary Schools Cross Country Competition which was held recently at Naomh Mearnóg GAA Club, Portmarnock.

Paul Keeps North County Flag Flying There was great news for Swords on the sports front last week, with the announcement that Paul Flynn was picked on the GAA football All-Stars for 2012 for the second year running. This is a clear verification that he is the finest right half forward in the country.

Paul, who plays for the local Fingallians club, was the only representative from last year’s AllIreland winning team to be picked and, indeed, he is the sole representative Paul Flynn from Leinster. This is a singular honour for Paul, his family, his club and for Swords itself. Speaking to the County Leader, he was thrilled to have been

Sad Day For Rush As AIB Closes It’s Doors By Patrick Finnegan

There was a palpable air of disappointment, anger and sadness in Rush on Friday last, 26th October. It was the day when the history of commerce in Rush changed forever, when the Allied Irish Bank branch in the town closed it’s doors for the last time to the public. It was one of 44 AIB branches that closed nationwide on that day. The County Leader paid a visit to the seaside town and met many angry and disappointed locals, who have been left without a bank for the first time in many of their lifetimes. It is now necessary to travel to neighbouring Skerries, Balbriggan or Swords to conduct banking business for local customers of the bank. The County Leader spoke to some AIB customers, who were very angry at Rush resident, Dell Byrne is pictured outside AIB, Rush on it's last day of trading on Friday last, 26th October the closure. Edwina Fitzgerald, a local resitions by guest artists Ronan Goti and dent said, “I’m absolutely Robert Stacks. Gerry Cully, community disgusted. We now have fundraising manager of the charity,

included in such a prestigious team. “It is a great accolade to be the only player from Dublin to be honoured in this way. Of course, I would have preferred if we had won the AllIreland again, but that wasn’t to be. It’s wonderful for me, my family and for my club to receive this award,” he said. The awards were dominated by All-Ireland champions, Donegal with eight gongs, Mayo with four, Cork with two and Paul representing Dublin. Well done!

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Chamber To Hold Corporate Network Evening Fingal Dublin Chamber will be hosting a Corporate Network Evening on Thursday, 1st November from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. The event, which is being held in association with McAllister Volkswagen, will take Leinster Rugby Head place in their showCoach Joe Schmidt rooms at Airside Motor Park. The guest speaker on the evening will be Joe Schmidt, the Leinster Rugby Head Coach and Heineken Cup winner. Joe is an inspirational speaker, who has had huge impact on rugby in Ireland and Leinster in particular. The Fingal Network events are an ideal opportunity to meet and network with a large group of business men and women from a wide range of business sectors.

Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt There was a dramatic conclusion to the George McDonnell Cup series of home and away games, which saw the winner, Jimmy Browne, overturn the leader board in the final game of the series with a Net 47. Full result with the best three games was winner,

Cancer Society Launches Screening Advocacy Campaign The Irish Cancer Society recently launched a campaign calling on the Government to meet ‘Our Bottom Line’ on bowel cancer screening by making screening available to all who need it around the North County and beyond. A national bowel cancer screening programme implemented by the National Cancer Screening Service is due to begin by the end of the year with

screening initially being offered to men and women aged 60 to 69 years of age. The ICS wants the age for bowel cancer screening to be extended and longterm funding for the programme to be put in place. Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Ireland for both men and women, with over 900 deaths each year. This is deeply concerning news for residents of the North County.

Jimmy Browne with a net 148. The runner up was Maura Lynch with a net 149 and third place was Martin Cullen with a net 150. Nearest the pin pin on the day was Frank Hughes. Congratulations to Player of the Year 2012, Frank Hughes with a total of 41 points. Turkey games will be pairs scramble and will continue until mid December.

The Irish Cancer Society has been calling for a bowel cancer screening programme for many years. Kathleen O’Meara, Head of Advocacy and Communications with the Society, told the County Leader: “We very much welcome the programme, which is due to begin this year, but we are concerned that it will initially only be available to people aged 60 to 69 years of age. Screening gives people

the best possible chance of survival by detecting bowel cancer at an early and treatable stage. The Society is strongly encouraging those concerned about bowel cancer to call the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline or visit their GP.”

Boxing Club In Swords Looking for ways to keep fit? Whether you want to simply keep active or continue your training, boxing is the sport for you. Training takes place on Thursdays from 7 to 8pm in Rivervally Community Centre in Swords. All are welcome to attend.

Swords Meals on Wheels Swords Meals on Wheels are looking to recruit two Voluntary Co-ordinators. Working alongside the existing coordinator, this is an exciting opportunity to support the running of a vital community based support system. As the co-ordinator, you will help to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day activities and associated tasks. Generally the time requirement would be three hours per day for 2 days. Full training will be given and a run in period will be adhered to. The role

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component to ensuring the success of such clubs. There are currently over 600 clubs and cafes throughout the country and Loughshinny could be next with your help. An information evening for the project has already taken place in Loughshinny Community Centre but you can still get on board with the project by contacting Bryan Gavin, Regional

Youth Officer on 0868519639. Volunteers are also required to assist in the running of a Foróige youth initiative for young people in Skerries. Without the support of local volunteers, such initiatives cannot happen. Volunteers must be aged 18 or over and have an interest in helping young people achieve for themselves

is purely voluntary and is unpaid. If you’re interested, please contact Paul McCormack on: 0857232825.

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St Finian's GAA Club were presented with the Division 3 winner's trophy to their adult football team. County Chairman, Andy Kettles was on hand to present team captain, Warren Hanley with the trophy after the game against St Patrick's of Donabate. Amid all the ensuing celebrations players were already looking forward to senior status football in Division 2 next year. Well done to all the lads on the panel.

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The 4th 'Annual Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others' blitz took place at Naomh Mearnóg GAA club in Portmarnock recently. The unique occasion brought together women from all over the North County and beyond to take part in a day of football and fun. This year’s blitz saw 74 teams taking part, with 21 different counties being represented. Games are non-competitive, with the emphasis being placed on participation and enjoyment. National Development Manager for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Paula Prunty, told the County Leader: "This initiative is really thriving for the

Association and the reason for its success was certainly attributed to how it allows women of all ages and abilities to play our National sport. For example, we had women over 40 years of age who had never played football before taking up this initiative." The social element of the day was hugely important with events such as an exhibitor’s village including diverse exhibitors from GagaBaby, to O’Neill’s, to organisations such as Concern and Mental Health Ireland. After the football was finished, there was music and entertainment at the Naomh Mearnóg club.

Action Ireland Trust Holds Volunteer Day A Volunteer Day for Action Ireland Trust was held at Newport Farm, Donabate and on Broadmeadow Estuary recently. The day was a combination of land and water activities for students from P o r t m a r n o c k Community School, their parents and friends, who will travel to Lesotho next February as part of a development project just outside Maseru the capital of Lesotho. The water activities took place on Broadmeadow Estuary and the gaming activities on Newport farm,and were hosted by Fran and Nuala

Whelan of Newport Farm. The water events consisted of paddle boarding, kayaking, lazer pico sailing. On land, there was archery, clay pigeon shooting and combat games for the smaller children and a treasure hunt. The day was blessed by good weather and over 100 people attended. The object of the exercise was a team building event for students and volunteers travelling to Lesotho next February. Thirty students will travel to work on a variety of projects that will be located in Hlalele High School and St. Joseph’s

hospital Roma. The project is set to deliver on a number of fronts, including Education, where the project will continue it’s teacher training. Construction of a new science facility at Hlalele High School and at St. Joseph’s will take place. The maternity ward will be renovated and fitted out with new furniture and fittings. Dublin Fire Brigade will establish a new training facility just out side Mefetang that will allow for training in simulated fire and accident situations in a safe and controlled environment. This the second year of a five year programme, which it is anticipated significant advancements and improvements will be made in these respective communities.


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Shark Lagoon. The children were also given a special treat of being allowed to touch a live starfish and a crab, much to their delight. The visit to Sea Life went by all too quickly, but everyone was in agreement that it was yet another great day out with Snowflakes autism support. Snowflakes autism support is a support group for families affected by autism in the North County, which was set up by a group of parents in January of this year. Their aim is to organise events for children with Autism

Recently, a group of local Snowflakes member families went on an exciting trip to visit the National Sea Life Centre in Bray. The Swords based group of over 60 excited children and parents travelled via train to the centre. For many who don’t get to travel too often on the train, this was a particularly exciting way to travel. Chairman of the group, Robert Brown, said: “Many children with autism have a well-documented interest in trains, enthralled by their motion and predictable patterns, so for many of the Snowflakes members and their siblings, this was definitely travelling in style!” Pictured here are John, Emma and Evan Scully on their way to the National Sea Life At the Sea Life Centre, Centre. Evan is the newest member of the Swords based 'Snowflakes' group and this everyone was taken on a was his first outing with them. He was so excited to be travelling by train. journey of the Spectrum Disorder, their parents and their siblings. deep...without getting wet! Over thirty spectacular They also look to provide whatever support they can to displays were on show, including Rivers of the World, pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis parents. Nemo’s Kingdom and the breath-taking Tropical

Colaiste Choilm Launches Student Initiative Colaiste Choilm, Swords has launched its inaugural ‘Ambassadors’ initiative. It is aimed at recognising the achievements of past pupils who have contributed significantly to the school’s ethos and the wider community.

The project saw five students, elected by a panel of teaching staff, become the first in Colaiste Choilm’s history to be awarded Ambassadors status. They were awarded as a means of recognising their individual achieve-

ments and appreciating what they have given back to the school. Each of the elected Ambassadors, all of whom recently graduated from sixth year, will act as positive role models for future generations of pupils and inspire others

to attain a similar status on their graduation from Colaiste Cholm Swords. The pupils, Alan O’ Sullivan, Cahal Flynn, Gerard Reid, Ciaran O’Keefe and Aiden Hurley were presented with an embossed hooded top at the school’s open night

Busy Allotment Open Day In Balbriggan Two kilometres north of Balbriggan, a field at the junction of the R132 and Knocknagin Road has been totally transformed into a busy and productive allotment site. Caitriona Redmond of the Balbriggan Allotments Association welcomed an army of volunteers to the site recently to help put the finishing touches to the project. to commemorate their achievements. Ciaran O’Keefe, who is now studing business at UCD, expressed his pride at being awarded the status: “ It’s a great honour to be back and to see all the old faces again. I am so proud and I hope I can do the school justice.” Mr Lawlor, a teacher who was among the selection panel explained: “It was a very hard decision to pick the students. The hardest part was narrowing them down to five!” A parent also described the idea as very creative, a great achievement for the sixth years and a goal to work towards for current students of Colaiste Choilm, Swords.

Residents were invited to sign up for an allotment and choose the location they preferred. The young couples, families and retirees were all enthusiastic about the project. The allotments will also include an area for the breeding of pigs, which will provide education about local food production. Residents, Tom and Peggy Fletcher were delighted to be


involved: “We just can’t wait to get planting,” they said. Zoe Nelson, who is heavily involved with the allotment group, also volunteered. “As a Green Party member I am hugely supportive of the project,” she said. “It is so important that we maintain our ability to grow our own food and make use of the naturally fertile local soil.” There will be a number of other open days over the coming weeks, so there are still opportunities to sign up. Anyone interested should contact the Balbriggan Allotment Association.

Hollywood film star and North County resident, Brendan Gleeson is pictured with his PA, Mary Gough, during a break from filming 'Calvary' at Rush Harbour on Friday last, 26th October.

Thank You! Stephen and Anita Casserly live in a lovely home in Knocksedan Demesne on the outskirts of Swords with their three young children. They decided that they wanted a safe and secure outside space, which they and their children could enjoy. Stephen and Anita decided to use the services of local landscaping firm, Virgoe McEnery. “We had seen some of their work at a friend’s home. Their craftsmanship was absolutely superb and we decided to employ their services there and then and we have not regretted our decision,” said Stephen. “Our garden was full of stones and weeds and Michael McEnery suggested the finish and the colour. I wanted a Anita Casserly and son, Daniel. Both similar stone to that of the house and the company provided Anita and her husband, Stephen are the border and centrepiece.” In fact the company added delighted with the new outside space about an extra metre and a half to the existing front created for them at their home by Virgoe McEnery Landscaping driveway, so it could link up with the back. “The reason we wanted the back landscaped was partly for the kids and partly for ourselves, particularly in summertime. I just couldn’t recommend the company highly enough for the fabulous job they did for us,” said a clearly delighted Anita. Stephen added, “The garden was at an angle and because a digger would not fit into the back, the workers excavated it by hand. They insisted on cleaning up after every 20 or so barrows full of earth was cleared. They were spotlessly clean, so polite and were the nicest workers you could meet. They left the place the way you’d like it to be left,” said Stephen. Both Stephen and Anita feel that they got great value for money. The workers arrived at 7.45am each morning and worked right The new outside space created for Stephen and Anita through until 5pm each day. The job took five Casserly at their home by Virgoe McEnery Landscaping and a half days. Attention to detail and the small things are what impressed Stephen and Anita most. “I wanted a low wall along the grass verge and they added a short connecting wall to the house, without having to be asked. We’re absolutely over the moon with the service provided by Virgoe McEnery,” they said.

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Fingal Community and Voluntary Forum (FCVF) is currently holding its 2012 elections. The FCVF is inviting nominations from any of their 950 affiliated community groups to nominate one person for election onto the Board. The FCVP provides specialist knowledge and representation on a variety of strategic groups and local government initiatives. Made up entirely of voluntary members, the election is crucial to continue their work. The FCVF aim to ensure that the concerns of North

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Going For The Green Larry Taylor has a green outlook on life. In continuation of our Tidy Towns series, the highly active environmentalist sat down with the County Leader to talk about staying green, his life in Balbriggan and his work with the local Tidy Towns group. Originally from South Africa, Larry came to Ireland just under ten years ago. He is a relative newcomer to Balbriggan, but can’t praise the area and residents enough. “I’ve lived in Balbriggan for the past two years and I really love it here.” One instantly feels very at ease in Larry’s company. Talkative and softly spoken, he loves being a part of community life and is the ideal man to go to for any environmental concerns around the area. He is very involved in the Tidy Towns committee and is eager to help in any way possible. “I knew from the very first time I worked with the group, that I wanted to be involved." Aside from his work with the Tidy Towns, Larry has had an extremely varied and interesting career. He worked as a chemical engineer for over two decades, which took him all over the world: “I was extremely lucky in that working as an engineer, I was able to travel to over 23 countries." It’s fairly safe to say that he is a keen globe trotter having travelled all over. He’s been to Pennsylvania, Chile, Australia, Brazil and many other countries throughout the USA and Europe. He has been out of the industry for the last number of years, but loved his work and the unique experiences it brought him. He says his decision to leave his home country and come to Ireland came from wanting to give his family a better life. “I just thought the whole environment wasn’t good for my two children Marcello and Kimberly. I was victim to an armed robbery and injured from that, so with this in mind, I thought it would be best to get a fresh start somewhere else.” He settled in Ramsgrange, a` small village in Wexford for some time before arriving in Balbriggan and received a rather odd gift before he left. "I tended to a beautiful local church in the village at weekends. As a thank you, the Parish Priest, quite uniquely, gave me a grave in the churchyard. Everyone thinks it’s very odd that I know where I’ll be buried, but I was honoured.” When asked why he chose to make the move to Balbriggan, he says the choice was easy enough. “I knew I wanted to be in a coastal town by the sea and be involved with a close knit community, so Balbriggan was an

obvious choice. I’ve always been community orientated - I was a member of the Round Table in Africa and I very much care about local issues.” Ever the environmentalist, he takes pride in being ‘green’, is a keen gardener. He is unsurprisingly, also a member of the Green Party. Larry is full of stories and has a great deal of knowledge and insight into other cultures. He says he loves to explore new places and is fluent in no less than five languages! He hopes to learn Irish in the future. He says that he got a huge culture shock when he arrived on our shores. “Everyone is so personable and interesting here. It was completely different to what I had known before and I thought it was wonderful.” He also has quite an unusual hobby in that he breeds worms and keeps, gerbils and rats. “I’m probably the only worm breeder left in Ireland,” he jokes. “I mainly breed worms for those who want to use them for fishing or create their own compost piles at home, which is growing increasingly popular these days. I suppose it does seem like an unusual pastime, but it’s all a part of my love for nature and the environment almost everything I use gets recycled so the worms are a vital part of this process." He takes in different reptiles and ensures they find suitable homes. “I try to find different types of exotic animals and ensure that they get the proper care.” Larry says his love for animals stems back from when he was a child. “I kept all sorts of reptiles when I was a child and still enjoy taking care of different animals as an adult. I have real issues with the fact that some of the reptiles are being mistreated, so I make it my business to see that they go to proper homes.” He has recently seen four snakes in his care find a new owner. Going back to the Tidy Towns, he can’t praise the volunteers enough and says he loves the social aspect of being involved with the group. “Aside from the fantastic work the Tidy Towns do, there is the great social aspect to getting to know everyone in the community,” he continued. “It’s the ideal way to integrate into your town. Everyone works so hard and gives up so much of their time. We’ve a great mix of people involved. “In terms of his plans for the future, he hopes to continue his work with the Tidy Towns committee and pursue his environmental projects. “I love the community life in Balbriggan and am just happy to call it my home."

“Everyone works so hard and gives up so much of their time. We’ve a great mix of people involved.”

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County residents are heard, both at local and national government level. They work to empower community representatives and influence policymakers tasked with shaping the future of the North County and beyond. There are a total of eight seats available across the three electoral wards. Three seats from Balbriggan / Skerries / Rush / Balrothery / Balscadden, three from Swords / Oldtown / Garristown / Naul and two from Malahide / Portmarnock / Howth area. The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday, November 16th. Nomination forms are available by e-mailing: This is an ideal opportunity for you to become a valuable advocate and representative for your community.

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At the end of this month, Vincent’s Malahide is celebrating its third anniversary with three days of special offers. You can get a huge range of clothing, shoes and bags for €3 each. There is also €3 off the price of top range items. This offer runs from Thursday, 1st November, to Saturday, 3rd November. Vincent’s would like to take this opportunity to thank all their customers and donors for their support these past three years. Your donations are still needed and wanted, especially in the lead up to christmas. Designer Days in November will take place on Thursday 8th and Thursday 22nd and not Saturdays as on previous occasions. As always these events will start at 12 noon. Some items sold at recent events have included Lacoste Handbags, Jimmy Choo shoes, Burberry after shave, Ugg boots and Waterford Crystal frames. Who knows what bargain you may find!

St. Cronan’s J.N.S. Swords have been working hard to achieve their 3rd Green School’s Flag. This flag is based on the theme of water. Recently they held a water action day. All the children came to school dressed in blue. During the day they took part in different activities based around the theme of water. Pictured here are two Water Detectives making sure that all taps are turned off.

Snippet Face Painting At Balbriggan Library Free face painting will take place in the Junior Library at Balbriggan Library on Wednesday, 31st October from 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm. There is no need to book and all ages are welcome.

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USA After a long wait, Scoil Phadraic Cailini in Donabate recently opened the new extension to their school hall. Pictured here is current school board member Lisa English, cutting the ribbon to open the hall.

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Streaker escapes in getaway car A streaker who disrupted an American football game in Florida set a new precedent for organised naked crime. He ran onto the pitch, at Seminole High School in Stanford, wearing only a red Spider-Man mask to hide his face. He then took his stunt to a new level when a getaway car arrived at his side in the nick of time.The mystery streaker jumped in the car, which promptly sped off, making good his escape and leaving authorities in the dark over his identity. Local station WSTPTV has taken on the mission of uncovering the man behind the mask, asking locals: "Do you know these cheeks?"


Malahide Senior Citizens Need Your Support A voluntary group, based in Malahide area has been serving the senior citizens of Malahide, Old Kinsealy, and The Baskin for over thirty years. They provide a little social and cultural entertainment for the senior citizens free of charge, followed by dinner and entertainment, inter-area nights at home and in surrounding areas with refresh-

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ments and entertainment. To raise money for these activities, the committee runs Bingos, raffles, and have an annual Church gate collection. They would like support from local talent, willing to provide light entertainment, support from drivers to transport senior citizens to and from the Christmas dinner. They would appreciate invitations for senior citizens to local functions, donations of prizes etc. for Bingo or raffles would be very welcome. Contact Pat McEvoy, Chairman on 8451924 if you want to lend a hand. All support is greatly appreciated.

Snippet Swords Ladies Club Members of Swords Ladies Club meet every Tuesday upstairs in the Senior Citizens Centre at 8 pm. Activites include: trips to the theatre, musical shows, talks on topics of interest and activities participating in Federation of Women’s Clubs competitions. New members are always welcome.

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Awards For Portmarnock Students Students at Portmarnock Community School have recently been honoured for the academic success at their second annual awards night. Those who achieved outstanding results in both the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations received special certificates and medals for their efforts. The evening provided an opportunity to celebrate the consistent and disciplined effort of these students as well as acknowledging the leadership, motivation and direction offered by their teachers and the tremendous support of parents. Certificates of merit were presented to the top achieving students and Gold Medals were presented to the students with overall best results in both year groups. At Leaving Certificate level, Conor Keogh, who is now studying Medicine at Trinity College, was awarded the Gold Medal. The Principal’s Award was presented to Orlagh Geoghan, while the Geraldine Kennedy Award for Maths went to Aishling Drumgoole. At Junior Certificate level, the Gold Medal was awarded to Daniel Burke. A number of other awards were presented to students from other year groups, outside of State Examination years, for academic excellence. The school wished these students well in their future careers and acknowledged the growing number of Portmarnock students receiving scholarships to our national universities.

Malahide Historical Society are hosting a talk on Wednesday, November 14th at 8pm. Fionnuala May, Fingal County Architect, will be speaking about the restoration, conservation and construction work that has taken place in Malahide Castle over the past year, including some exciting discoveries. The talk will take place in the Presbyterian Church Hall in Malahide. All are welcome to attend.


Pictured here are students from Portmarnock Community School receiving their award certificates.

Radio Fame For Rush Children The children in sixth class from St Catherine’s National School in Rush had a very exciting time when they were featured on RTE’s Mooney Show recently. Amnesty International contacted the Deputy Principal, Ms Carroll, to ask if the children would be interested in recording a piece for radio about a prisoner of conscience. The children discussed the situation of the teacher from Indonesia, called Johan. Johan was jailed for life for taking part in a peaceful demonstration asking for his home province, Maluku, to be independent from Indonesia. The pupils spoke about human rights and why this was a very unfair situation for Johan and his family. The class wrote letters of support, which will be sent to Amnesty International and then forwarded on to Johan. Caitlin, from Amnesty International, was very impressed with the children’s letters. Then some of the children were recorded for radio and many read out their letters. They had a great experience learning how radio recordings work outside the studio and really enjoyed the day.


Thank You! St. Maur’s Pipe Band would like to thank Rush parishoners for contributing to their church gate collection last week. It was another successful collection and the continuing support is very much appreciated.

Local Towns Suffer Phone Glitches By Celine Quinn Operation of the €570m interconnector has been halted due to problems of interference with phone lines in the North County. The power cable, which runs between Britain and Ireland, was due to begin importing electric power on 1st October. The issues are reported to be affecting householders and businesses in Rush, Oldtown and Ballyboughal areas along the EirGrid cable route. The East-West Interconnector has not been switched on due to complaints from local residents or feedback on phone lines. It is understood that the problems were identified during final testing on the lines at the end of September. Local residents made complaints to their telecom providers, which

Pictured are competitors in the upcoming 'Strictly Come Dancing' fundraising event for Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe, Swords which takes place at CityNorth Hotel on 16th November next.

Skerries RNLI Christmas Card Sale The RNLI Christmas Card sale will be commencing at the

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Local Educate Together Supports New Junior Cert By Celine Quinn Educate Together schools around the North County have warmly welcomed the recent announcement made by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD. The decision to replace the Junior Certificate by a school-based model of continuous assessment is a significant reform to state exams. Changes will be introduced on a rolling basis from 2014. The reforms are being put in place based on recommendations from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Teachers will be given training on the new system and the changeover process in 2013. Speaking to the County Leader, Maria Boyne, Principal, Educate Together in Holywell, Swords, advised, “Continual assessment is a more practical approach which will make the curriculum more accessible to all children. It will cater for different learning abilities and styles. Children are being nurtured to learn by rote for exams, but many children do not perform well in an exam setting. Some children are more critical, analytic thinkers and approach learning in a different way. Continual assessment will give them skills for later life. Children will have ongoing working deadlines and will have more responsibility and control over their own learning,” she concluded.

were in turn passed on to EirGrid. The issues are reported to be affecting landlines only. The interconnector, delivered by EirGrid, is a 260km cable which allows electricity to be imported and exported between Ireland and the UK. The cable runs under the Irish Sea between Wales and Rush and then on to Meath, and involved a cable being laid at North Beach in Rush. Launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny last month, the power line can transport enough power to supply 350,000 homes. The initiative aims to reduce energy prices for Irish consumers by utilising cheaper power supplies from the UK. EirGrid have reported that work is currently underway with the telecom providers to address the noise interference issues reported in North County towns. EirGrid will not take control of the East West Interconnector until testing has concluded and the issues have been corrected. The live date of the interconnector will now be postponed.

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YOURVIEW With reporters Celine Quinn and Pierre Vandevelde

This week, well rested County Leader reporters decided to speak to local residents about the hour going back last Sunday morning, and to see whether they too enjoyed the extra hour sleep. We put forward the question to our readers;

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Is Daylight Savings Time an outdated idea, or do we still need to shift the clocks?

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John Pett (Swords) “I remember in England years ago they did get rid of it, but they brought it back so the kids would have light going to school. Most people use their cars nowadays and kids aren’t walking to school - so that wouldn’t be a viable argument nowadays. It’s a habit but you wouldn’t miss it if it was done away with.”

Willie Dillon (River Valley) “The extra hour at the weekend isn’t the only difference. I think it’s a good idea. If you go back the hour, it makes the morning brighter and makes no difference in the evenings, it’s dark early anyway. Keep it as it is.”

Vivienne O’Brien (River Valley) “I hate it, I wish they would just leave it alone. They should do away with Daylight Savings Time. In the summer, it doesn’t matter so much, but then in the winter the evenings are so dark.”

Christopher Nolan (Swords) “I’m a fan, in summer, there’s more light in the evenings when you come home from work.”

Barry Burke (Lusk) “An hour more sleep - I think it’s a good idea. With the hour going forward and back, you kind of know the time of the year, the summer end and then the winter end, it marks the seasons. Brighter morning means it’s easier to get up.”

David Semple (Belfast) “They should just leave it. I’m from Belfast, we get even less light, I think 5 minutes less than Dublin, and then less as you go further North. I reckon they should just do double summer time like in Scandinavian countries or do away with it. I think it was only there for the farmers.”

Maeve McGlynn (Swords) “The time is grand the way it is. We should be like France and just leave the time alone. I enjoy the extra hour sleep though!”

Julian Sweetman (Rush)

Protect Your Pets This Halloween Each year, animal rescue centres and veterinary practices around the North County are inundated with animals needing attention following Halloween celebrations. Animals can become so terrified from the noise of bangers and fireworks going off that they are driven to extreme behaviour. The ISPCA recommend you should always have effective pet identification, such as an ID tag, on your pets collar and a micro-chip in the event your pet escapes. Here are some tips on keeping your pets secure this Halloween: If children will be calling to your door trick-ortreating make sure your pets are securely confined so they cannot stray through an open

Dublin Airport Launches Autism Visual Guides Dublin Airport has launched an Autism Visual Guide for Terminals 1 and 2 to assist individuals with autism who intend travelling through Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport first published an Autism Visual Guide in 2008 for Terminal 1, which received excellent feedback from parents planning on travelling

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“I still only have my eight hour sleep so it didn't matter to me! I think we should go back further, go back two hours and have it brighter in the morning. We have to follow our neighbours though.”

Christine Morgan (Coolock) “Yes I’ve no problem with it. It doesn’t make much difference. I haven’t really thought about it. It probably only affects you for the first couple of days and then you get used to it.”

This Christmas, many people around the North County will look for a telescope to gaze at the stars, planets, and beyond. Astronomy Ireland have a wide selection of telescopes available to suit all ages and all levels of experience. They also stock a full range of computerised telescopes – such as the NexStar Series - to suit everyone from the beginner to the more advanced enthusiast, and accessories to get the best use out of your telescope. The Astromaster Series of telescopes, for example, produces bright, clear images of the Moon and planets, and is perfect as a first telescope or for the young and budding astronomer. Astronomy Ireland s an extremely popular astronomy society, and produces a monthly magazine and offers a full series of lectures and events throughout the year.

The North Fingal Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) Support Group are delighted to announce a new grinds service. This support service will be provided for young people with ADD/ADHD under the Positive Peer Programme. A university student, currently in training to be a teacher, will give Grinds in English, Religion and History for Junior and Leaving Certificate. The tutor has first hand experience of dealing with ADHD. As such, he will be in a position to give useful advice on how to manage your



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“Doesn’t bother me. It’s a good idea. It’s brighter in the morning, and I think it’s better being darker earlier in the evening. It’s easier to get up in the morning when it is bright.”

Peter Dillon (Swords) “Yeah it’s a good idea. We shouldn’t do away with it. I’m not too bothered, people have too much time on their hands to be worrying about that kind of stuff!”


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“I don’t think it’s a good idea. For the first few days, the kids are a bit all over the place!”

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door or react negatively to scary costumes. Pets should have somewhere to hide where they feel secure if frightened by the noise of bangers or fireworks, so a quiet room in the house will help. Keep pets away from any dangerous or flammable items including candles, bonfires and fireworks. Small animals and birds normally housed outside should ideally be moved into a garage or shed. If this is not possible, cover hutches or cages with blankets or carpet to act as sound-proofing. Unfortunately stray animals sometimes bear the brunt of Halloween pranks. If you witness an animal being subjected to cruel treatment, please notify your local Gardai. Please take precautions this year to ensure your pets stay safe, calm and remain indoors this Halloween, so the festivities can be a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.

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ENGLAND Sheep born with upside down head A video of a sheep apparently born with an upside down head has been posted on YouTube. The sheep, called Terry, is believed to be living a relatively normal life on a farm, somewhere in Britain. He was filmed by a friend of the farmer, who calls himself Mr Macca, who may well have a viral hit on his hands. "He lives happily and has been checked by a vet to ensure he is in no pain," said Mr Macca. "He can eat, sleep and do everything other sheeps (sic) can."


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Local Residents Urged Not To Burn Tyres

Pictured here are L-R: Back: Amaris, Joseph, Ciara, Kyran, Michaela, Tommy, Ryan, Owen and Ryszard Front: Leia, Daragh, James, Anthony, Chinaza, Delmia, Christopher, Luke, Daniel and Morgan with their teachers Caroline Quinlan (cowgirl) and Sandra Coughlan from Funtimes Creche and Montessori in Balbriggan. The group enjoyed a spooky halloween party dressed as their favourite ghouls, goblins and witches.

TRACS (Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme) is asking members of the North County public not to burn tyres this Halloween. Burning tyres is an air pollutant, is extremely dangerous for those in close proximity, and has adverse health effects. TRACS is also advising tyre retailers, suppliers and distributors all around the county to also act responsibly this Halloween. To provide waste tyres for use on bonfires is against tyre industry best practice and is illegal. Similarly, members of the public are urged not to request waste tyres from tyre outlets.

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Pictured are junior infants from Scoil an Duinnínigh, Kinsealy enjoying their Halloween party.

Drive Safely This Halloween As Halloween is here once again, locals are encouraged to be extra cautious on the roads during the busy day. Fifteen road deaths were recorded in October last year. The most likely times of the day where fatalities occur is at dusk and late at night. The changing of the clocks in October highlights this;

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Men arrested with primates in their pants Three men were stopped from getting on a plane at Delhi because they had small monkeys in their underpants. Stopped by customs officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport, two of the men had concealed the animals in pouches in their briefs. The men, all nationals of the United Arab Emirates, were transit passengers on their way to Dubai from Bangkok. The condition of the animals was "OK, but deteriorating" according to the official, who declined to be named. The monkeys, known as ‘slender loris’, are native to India and Sri Lanka, where experts fear they are becoming extinct.

the evenings get darker much earlier and it takes longer for the mornings to fully brighten up. This means that drivers have to adjust and be prepared for this. Speaking to the County Leader, Alistair Weir, Marketing Manager at AXA Insurance said: “The appalling loss of life is just not acceptable. Too many people are killed due to speeding, careless driving and drink driving.” As the little ones will most likely be delirious

with excitement, extra precaution must be taken at this time of year. Remember to be on the look out for children in heavy Halloween costumes; their vision may be impaired and they may have to walk slower. Another point to note is that fellow drivers may also be rushing to take the kids trick-or-treating, so you should be extra aware of what’s going on around you. Of course, all of the usual safety precautions apply when on the roads, drivers just need to be extra vigilant during Halloween to ensure a safe and fun day is had.

Parents’ Group To March On Dail Concerned parents in the North County and all around Ireland have come together to form an action group, Parents Against Child Benefit Cuts. The group are organising a march on the Dáil on November 3rd at 12 noon in advance of possible cuts to the Child Benefit in the upcoming 2013 Budget in December. The Government will be finalising the Budget over the next two months and will be taking into account the report by the special advisory group appointed by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T.D. The advisory group have recommended a number of proposals in order to reduce Child

Speaking to the County Leader, Fiacra Quinn, Director of TRACS said, “The thinking in this area

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The Irish Eczema Society is warning those living with the condition throughout the North County Opeing Hours: against using unlicensed products, especially Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm those bought over the internet. . Sat: 9am - 6pm With the increasing trend of buying medicine and Sun/Bank Hol.: 12 - 6pm remedies online, The Irish Eczema Society is urging patients living within the locality to talk to their pharmacist or healthcare professional T/F: (01) 897 1888 about their treatment options rather than E: resorting to purchasing ‘quick fix’ products online, which are not licensed in Ireland. Jeannette Brazel, co-founder of The Irish Eczema Castle Shopping Centre, Bridge Street, Swords Society, told the County Leader: “Last year, the ** non medicinal products only * Ticket will be validated in the pharmacy Irish Medicines Board issued a warning against a product which was marketed online as a ‘natural, herbal remedy’ for skin conditions such as eczema. The product was found to contain non-herbal ingredients, which included a steroid, and was banned from being marketed in Ireland.” Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition which is estiFingal Joint Policing Committee mated to affect one in 10 people at some point in their lives and Notice of Public Meeting it is estimated that onein-five children under the age of four are A public meeting will be hosted by the Fingal Joint Policing Committee for the affected in the North areas of Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Balbriggan, Garristown, Naul and Ballyboughal County and beyond.

Benefit and save the Department €200m a year. Child benefit currently stands at €140 for each of the first two children, €148 for the third child, and €160 for each subsequent child thereafter. Child Benefit is paid universally, regardless of financial circumstances, to a total of 600,000 households in Ireland and costs the state €2 billion per year. A reduction to the Child Benefit could add to the economic difficulties experienced by many families in the North County and the rest of the country. Families are under significant pressure due to high income taxes, childcare costs and mounting utility bills. Households are also preparing for property tax and water charges next year. The monthly Child Benefit payment can often be crucial to the household budget - needed to buy clothing and food, pay schooling costs and utility bills.


Skerries Community Centre at 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 8th November, 2012 Residents of the above areas are invited to attend this meeting. An opportunity will be provided to members of the public to make observations and address questions to local Gardaí and representatives from Fingal County Council on matters relating to crime and anti-social behaviour within these areas. The aim is to improve public safety within local communities through a process of partnership between An Garda Síochána, Fingal County Council and the Community. Any queries in this regard should be addressed to: Fingal Development Board, P.O. Box 174, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin or by emailing

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This is your week. Everyone seems to love you, offers abound and you’re feeling more optimistic than you have for ages. However, certain issues will have to be addressed involving olved ones or associates.


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Being something of a daydreamer, you’re seldom short of ideas. But what is ushered in this week will be so abrupt and intense that you’re at a loss about what to do. Have no fear, all will become clearer with time.


Mar 21 - Apr 20

You’ve decided how you’ll respond to recent exciting ideas or offers. Others, however, are uncertain. Consequently, while you’re ready to take action, the week will be spent in winning them over to your ideas.


Apr 21 - May 20

Accept the fact that nearly every day of this week brings surprise developments, both with colleagues and loved ones. You will have to be wide awake to deal with all, but by keeping your priorities in tact will help.


May 21 - Jun 20

Surviving this week’s dilemmas requires you to remain open-minded about alternatives. Others may insist on commitments, but circumstances and others’ priorities change frequently - and be at completely different odds.


Jun 21 - Jul 22

An opportunity for change. By the week’s close, both you and those around you realise that much of what you’ve viewed as reassuring, was really keeping you from exploring certain thrilling, if intimidating, offers.


Jul 23 - Aug 23

You’d like to settle certain differences peaceably - but that’s unlikely. In fact, everyone has something to say - and mostly it’s about having their own way. What you can do is keep your cool for the present - until later.


Continued Support For Our Tidy Towns The County Council has said it will continue to support the Tidy Towns efforts all over the North County. Answering a recent appeal for help for the Tidy Towns effort from Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), a spokesperson for the council said: “The Operations Department works closely with the various established Tidy Towns Committees throughout the North County, who endeavour to improve their area. We will continue to facilitate annual meetings with all of the Tidy Towns committees. Invitations are sent out to all of the Committees to attend one-to-one meetings with council officials from various departments.” “Assistance is provided to the committees by the council in the context of both budgetary and staff resources. The department also takes a keen interest in the adjudication reports of each town. Should any committee wish to request additional meetings with council representatives to discuss how they can make progress on particular issues in their town, we are more than willing to facilitate such a meeting.”

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AUSTRALIA Loose croc found in plane hold

Pictured on a recent outing to The Abbey Theatre are Fingal Community College Transition Year students with teacher Mr. O'Loughlin

Late Night Soccer Leagues In The North County Friday 2nd November sees the start of new Friday Night Late Night Soccer Leagues in the North County. Open to boys and girls aged 13-15 and 16-21, the games will take place in: Round Towers Lusk, Skerries Community Centre, Rivervalley Swords and Glebe North FC Balbriggan, on Fridays from 9.00pm to 11.00pm. The Leagues will run for five weeks, with the winners from each group qualifying for the Dublin Finals, which will be held in early December. The Late Night League (LNL), a 5-a-side tournament, has taken place in numerous venues around the North County over the last number of years and has proved very successful.

The League is run in conjunction with local authorities, youth groups and Community Garda policing units, and aims to provide a safe, fun and healthy social alternative to teenagers on Friday nights. Niall Mc Guirk, Senior Sports Officer with Fingal County Council said: "Late Night Soccer provides a positive sporting activity for young people to take part in; studies have shown it has helped in reducing anti-social behaviour and it gives the youth something to look forward to on a Friday night.” Interested participants just need to turn up on the night to register their interest and there’s no cost to participate.

Fundraising Events For Remember Us Local group Remember Us, based in Balbriggan, are hosting two upcoming fundraising events. The group will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary this year and are looking to mark the occasion with a trip to Euro Disney. In order to raise the needed funds for the exciting holiday, the group have organised the

A Portmarnock artist has recently completed a dramatic installation at a UNESCO world heritage site in Cyprus known in English as ' The Handkerchief Tree'. The artwork by Miriam McConnon is formally known as The Megalo Tama and has been commissioned by the Government of Cyprus to mark the country's presi-

Aug 24 - Sep 22

There is a new support group just recently set up in Swords. The Swords Friends of Breastfeeding Mother 2 Mother Support Group is being held every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm in the Applewood Community Centre in Swords. All mums, whether they are mums-to-be or mums with older children are welcome. If interested, contact Abina 087 2927841 for more information.

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Golden opportunities aren’t always initially recognisable for what they are. This is well-illustrated by your reaction to this week’s exceptional events. So much so, that you’re unsure of what is wise and what is not.


Volunteers Needed For Skerries Rás

Nov 23 - Dec 21

Certain individuals are anxious either to shirk their responsibilities or blame you. However, confronting them just now might not be wise. The emphasis is on strategy, and it might be better to await another day.


Dec 22 - Jan 19

You’ve been examining various elements of your life, considering whether any attitudes or beliefs are holding you back. Now you find what they are. However difficult, talking them over with someone close will help.

dency of the EU this year. In Miriam Mc Connon's installation artwork, The Megalo Tama, a huge handkerchief encompasses the entire tree at the site of Saint Solomoni in Kato Paphos. Tama is the Greek word for a votive offering (handkerchief ) that people hang on this ancient tree to offer a wish or prayer for loved ones who are sick or who have passed away. The piece of cloth that covers the tree is made up of handkerchiefs and lace. It was collected

over the last two years from the people of Paphos and abroad and sewn together carefully by the artist herself. Each handkerchief has been a personal possession of somebody and therefore carries its own individual story. Some carry personal inscriptions to loved ones. Miriam Mc Connon's recent work is concerned with the stories behind simple domestic objects and the power they have over our sense of identity. The artist has also been selected to participate in two prestigious art festivals in the coming weeks.

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Sep 23 - Oct 22

You’re already under pressure from others to make decisions. However, these don’t necessarily serve your best interests. The time might just be right for a fresh approach - that would appear to satisfy all concerned.


following events: Bag packing in Dunnes stores Balbriggan on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November. Also on November 10th, there will be a Table Quiz in Skerries Rugby Club at 8pm, with a raffle on the night. The cost is €5 per person and your support would be greatly appreciated.

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Nobody is more thorough about details than you, which means you’re rarely caught out by events. But there’s no way you could have foreseen this week’s developments - which could bring overwhelming changes.


Shocked baggage handlers came face to face with a loose crocodile roaming through the hold of an Australian plane. The reptile was being transferred from Brisbane to Melbourne, but managed to escape from its container during the two-hour journey. It was discovered by baggage handlers after the Qantas flight landed. The crocodile, which was not fully grown, was soon captured and returned to its cage without incident. Qantas said it had launched an investigation to discover how the animal had broken free.

Pictured here at their wedding reception are Heidi and Justin Martin, in The Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport on Wednesday 25th October. The couple are happily married after ten years together. They will jet off to India for three weeks on honeymoon.

For the eighth year in a row, Skerries expects to host the finish of the An Post Rás. To make the 2012 finish a success, the committee urgently need volunteers. The final day of the Rás is a great day of fun. Fun for those who take part in the Street Party and fun for those who simply watch the Rás. The key element of any event is the committee and this year some of the members are stepping down so replacements are needed. Street Party and Administration volunteers are required. Meetings won’t start until next January and are held on a monthly basis until one week before the Rás Party. If you would like to join the team or know more, contact Jane Landy on 086-6064283.


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Christmas Fashion That Sparkles

The Bracken Grill offers you an excellent choice of menus. Our talented chefs use only the freshest seasonal ingredients to prepare our mouthwatering dishes and allowing you to experience the best in Irish Hospitality, Food, Drink and Entertainment.

The Colette Dowling Memorial Concert in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Association will be held in the Millbank Theatre on Saturday 3rd November at 8.15 pm. Tickets are â‚Ź15 and can be bought by contacting the Millbank Theatre on 8437475.

October at 8.30pm. ‘The Problem’ by A R Gurney Jr. and ‘Holy Mary’ by Eoin Colfer. The two Comedies will be showcased before the upcoming One Act Drama Festival Circuit. Your attendance would be much appreciated. Admission is â‚Ź5.00

Battle Of Balbriggan A White Collar Boxing Contest will take place between O’Dwyers GAA Club and Balbriggan Rugby Club on Friday 2nd November in The Wright Venue, Swords. Volunteer participants are required and if you would like to take part please contact 085-1173361 for further information. There is also Bingo every Wednesday Night at 8.45 pm in O’Dwyers GAA clubhouse in Balbriggan, where great prizes can be won. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Bethany Support Group In Swords Swords Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary services for the bereaved people of the North County. The support group meets on the second and last Monday of every month in the Parish Office at 42 North Street from 8.30 pm to 9.30pm. Anyone suffering the pain of loss through bereavement is most welcome to attend these meetings. Group discussion or support on a one-to-one basis is available. This is a free and confidential service. Home visits can be arranged in certain circumstances. The group is affiliated to the national network of Bethany Bereavement Support Groups. Their members are trained to listen and help people to understand and come to terms with their loss. For more information about Bethany branches nationwide, google Bethany Bereavement Support.

Set Dancing Classes In Swords Kinsealy Comhaltas are running set dance classes on Tuesday nights from 8-9pm in the upstairs bar of the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords. Classes are â‚Ź5 or a special discounted rate of â‚Ź2 for students. Dancers of all levels are welcome. For information, contact Celine on 0879015158.

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Zoe Talbot from Swords participating the Irish Dance episode of 'Pump Up My Dance' on Monday 29th October. This episode is part of a series of nine programmes currently airing on RTE 2 every Monday, each week features a different dance style.


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Food and Drink Whether you like a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, or prefer to indulge in your favourite Asian cuisine, your options are wide-ranging in the North County. Popular this year at many venues is a pre-dinner ‘Winter Cocktail Hour’ offering seasonally appropriate drinks at reception, such as mulled wine, hot whiskey, or hot chocolate.

Christmas Stay Over Imagine checking in on Christmas Eve to a champagne reception for a fabulous stressfree, luxury Christmas break. You deserve it! Whether it be a romantic escape for two or a family fun-filled celebration, sit back and let the hotel do all the hard work. Have your Christmas meal and entertainment provided for you, with no worries about cooking, washing dishes or tidying up. Spoil yourself in a Christmas spa treatment or simply enjoy the hotel facilities. When you check out on St. Stephen’s Day, feeling fully refreshed, you can join extended family and friends at home for more celebration. There are

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Please submit your planning notices to: Fingal County Council I, James Farrell, intend to apply for planning permission for the development at this site address: 5 The Nurseries, before 5.30pm every Thursday, in order for the application to in the following issue of North County Leader. Forest Road, Swords, Co. appear A receipt will be issued when your planning notice is received. Dublin. The development will Please retain this receipt as proof of submission. consist of conversion of existing attic space to storage room with new County Council, County Hall, Main St, planning application may be inspected dormer extension to side to house the Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public or purchased at a fee not exceeding the stairwell. Upward facing velux style opening hours. A submission or obserreasonable cost of making a copy at the windows on extension and two number vation in relation to the application may offices of the planning authority during roof lights to rear of extention dwelling be made in writing to the Planning the public opening hours and a submisplus associated site works. Authority on payment of the prescribed sion or observation in relation to the The planning application may be application may be made in writing to fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks inspected or purchased at a fee not the planning authority on payment of beginning on the date of receipt by the exceeding the reasonable cost of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the authority of the application, and such making a copy at the offices of the planperiod of 5 weeks, beginning on the date submissions or observations will be ning authority during its public opening of receipt by Fingal County Council of the considered by the Planning Authority in hours and a submission or observation application. making a decision on the application. may be made to the authority in writing The Planning Authority may on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) grant permission subject to or within the period of 5 weeks beginning without conditions, or may on the date of receipt by the authority of refuse to grant permission. this application. Fingal County Council Fingal County Council Patrick Bobbett and Heidi We Tony and Phil Lambe, intend to apply Holden intend to apply for planfor planning permission for development ning permission on overall lands at this site address: 35 Inbhir Ide, of 15.3 hectares (37.8 acres) at Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development Juliasdale Organic Farm, Raheny, will consist of a ground floor extension Lusk, Co. Dublin. The developto the side of existing dwelling and will ment will facilitate the ongoing provide for the provision of a new operation of this ‘bona fide’ rural bedroom and bathroom. business as an organic food The planning application may be production based interpretative inspected or purchased at a fee not and educational community exceeding the reasonable cost of resource including farm investmaking a copy at the offices of the planment, crop/livestock diversificaning authority during its public opening tion, farm security and general hours and a submission or observation farm improvements including may be made to the authority in writing boundary treatments, drainage and biodiversity enhancement. on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) SERVICING NORTH COUNTY The development will consist of within the period of 5 weeks beginning the construction of a three DUBLIN & SURROUNDING AREAS on the date of receipt by the authority of bedroom (straw bale rendered) this application. dormer dwelling, new vehicular access, associated car parking, Fingal County Council landscaping, boundary treatPlanning permission sought for ments, on site constructed Detached Storey and a half 4 Bedroom wetland WwTp system and all dwelling garage and waste water treatancillary site development works ment system on site adjoining existing including pedestrian linkages to family home with new shared access at existing organic food production Knightstown Lusk Co Dublin for Ruth enterprise, farm yard and buildChillingworth this planning application ings. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a may be inspected or purchased a feenot exceeding the reasonable cost of fee not exceeding the reasonable making a copy at the offices of the plancost of making a copy at the ning authority during normal public offices of the planning authority opening hours and a submission or (County Hall, Main Street, observation in relation to the application Swords, Co. Dublin) during its may be made in writing to the planning public opening hours (9.30-16.30 North County Dublin’s authority on payment of the prescribed Monday to Friday). A submission Specialists in: fee of 20 euro within the period of five or observation in relation to the weeks beginning on the date of receipt application may be made in • Fitted Kitchens by Fingal County Council writing to the Planning authority of this application. 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