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17th June 2014 • Volume 21, Issue 22 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 •

Brave Little Molly Battles On The courageous battle of plucky little Molly McNally from Balbriggan, has struck a chord with the public all over the North County. This was in evidence, as a very large crowd assembled at Balscadden National School on Tuesday, 10th June last, to witness teachers and volunteers having their heads shaved for the Molly McNally Miracle Trust. Brave little Molly (5) was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer last October. In that time, she has managed to capture the hearts of everyone she comes in contact with. Her wonderful attitude and ready smile are her trademark, and belies the trauma and pain that she has to endure on a regular basis. The Molly McNally Miracle Appeal Trust is gathering momentum, as

fundraisers are being organised all over the North County, in a bid to secure the potentially life

By Patrick Finnegan Molly’s dad, Gerry McNally was overwhelmed by the response of the people of Balscadden. He told the County Leader, “Everybody has been

parents having their hair shaved today for Molly, is very touching. Molly has just had major surgery on Friday last, 6th June, and you’d never know it, such is her cheery attitude. Initially, she had 82 tumours across her

Pictured after having their hair shaved off for the Molly McNally Miracle Trust at Balscadden National School, are Principal Chris White, teacher Darragh McGonigle, little Molly McNally and her father, Gerry McNally.

saving treatment abroad, that this brave little girl so badly requires.

absolutely incredible in their generosity, and to see teachers and

Local Fine Gael Farrell Councillors Deputy Declines To Back Reilly Comment The uncertainty surrounding the future of the Coalition Government, and in particular the future of our most senior politician, Dr James Reilly, is one that is causing great interest right here in the North County. However, the decision of the Minister’s party colleague, Alan Farrell TD, to decline to comment on whether Dr Reilly had his full confidence, is one that will be watched closely at Fine Gael party headquarters.

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entire body, and this has been reduced to just six. Last Friday’s operation was to remove a tumour the size of a large orange from her stomach, which took three-and-ahalf hours,” said an emotional Gerry. Last Tuesday’s event saw a very large crowd, including Molly herself, and her father Gerry watch, as volunteers gladly had their hair

shave off for the charity. Two such volunteers were school principal, Chris White and Molly’s teacher, Darragh McGonigle, who willingly had their heads shaved in front of the cheering crowd. Ms McGonigle said, “We are raising funds in the hope that, when treatment is finished here, Molly will be able to go to the United States for further treatment, which will help. It’s going to be difficult to raise the necessary funds, estimated to be about €200,000, so this is a big event that we’ve held at the school to help with the funding. We are fundraising in Balbriggan all of the time, and we held a sports day here today, knowing that we would have a big crowd, so it made sense to have our fundraising head shave on the same day. We’ve had a wonderful response from parents, families and we managed to raise €11,000 and it’s still growing,” she said. The head shave itself was full of atmosphere and music, with Molly herself enjoying the proceedings. Continued on page 12

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JACK THE LAD About six years ago, the County Leader featured a story, on a weekly basis for over a year, about brave little Jack McGuinness Daly, who had a heart transplant in London in April 2008. Little Jack’s story captured the hearts of people from the North County and the good news is that Jack, or baby Jack, as he was known back then, is now more like Jack the Lad, as he is a fine strapping eight year old. He is more than capable of holding his own on the football fields of his native Toberburr, near St Margaret’s. Our reporter caught up with him, as he enjoyed playing at the new Swords playground, on the occasion of the playground’s first anniversary celebrations last week. Jack, who made his First Holy Communion last month, is thriving at school, and he cites Maths and writing as his favourite subjects - the sure sign of a brain box. He plays for Rivermeade FC under 9s, where he is their goalkeeper. He also plays gaelic football for St Margaret’s. His footballing skills are no surprise, as his uncle is current Dublin GAA star, and All-Ireland winner, Darren Daly, from Rolestown. Jack was born with a heart disease known as Hyproplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital heart defect, in which the left side of the heart is severely underdevel-

oped. He had to undergo two open heart surgeries in the early months of his life, and spent his first two years in Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin. He eventually had a heart transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, six years ago. His mother, Stephanie told the County Leader about the progress that this feisty warrior is making. “We were back in the UK three weeks ago, where he had an angiogram, to ensure that there were no blockages. He takes medication morning and night, to ensure the body doesn’t reject the new heart. He goes back to Crumlin Hospital regularly for blood tests, and then every three months, to have an ECG and Echo. He made his Communion in May, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. There has only been one small dose of rejection since he received his new heart in 2008, but he was given steroids at the time, after which, thankfully, all was ok,” said Stephanie. Jack, who is a big Chelsea fan, rates their goalkeeper Petr Cech as one of his idols, although he also regarded Juan Mata as his hero, until he defected to Manchester United. “Now I don’t like him anymore,” declared a determined Jack. Pictured at the first anniversary party at Swords Playground on Saturday, 7th June last, are Jack McGuinness Daly (left), with his cousins Tadhg Daly and Caolán Daly


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Council’s Craft Exhibition Evokes Great Memories The County Council’s Memory Makers took place on Thursday 29th May last, after an absence of six years, and was hosted by TV personality, Martin King. The event has been specifically

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of Community Development officers have been working closely with many new seniors groups and organisations in the North County, and this year, they received over 50 entries. The exhibition included a great selection of craftwork and writing from all areas, including Blanchardstown, Swords, Malahide, Howth, Baldoyle, Balbriggan and the Naul. While the standard of entries is superb, it is important to remember that the emphasis of the

Pictured at the Fingal Memory Makers Awards ceremony are, Martin King, former County Mayor, Cllr. Kieran Dennison, overall winner, Jim Monks, Chief Executive, Fingal County Council, Paul Reid and Pat Queenan, County Council Principal Community Officer.

competition is on the memory evoked by the craft and short story. This is a unique competition in this regard, and it encourages entries from a diverse range of artistic abilities. This event is helping to ensure that the North

are highly valued in Fingal, and this is evident across our heritage properties, our libraries, our arts programmes, cultural centres and venues, and of course the work of our Community Development Unit here today.”

Local Libraries Raise Awareness Of World Refugee Day Libraries across the North County are joining forces this June to support the UN Refugee Agency’s book-reading campaign. The initiative, run for two weeks in June to mark World Refugee Day on June 20th, will allow local children and adults to explore the devastating impact of war on families by reading books that highlight refugee issues. “With the world facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, there has never been a better time for people to learn the reasons that force people to flee their homes,” said Sophie Magennis, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland. “Reading a book reminds us of the great contribution refugees make to the countries that offer them protection worldwide, including Ireland who will be resettling 90 Syrian refugees this year.”

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Man O’War GAA Club will hold their main annual fundraiser on Sunday, 22nd June at Balrothery National School. The main event will feature a 5km run/walk, starting at the school at 2pm and will include lots of family fun filled events. Afterwards, there will be face painting, a raffle, a cake sale and lots of fun for the entire family. Weather permitting, there will also be a barbecue for all to enjoy. Tickets for this great family event cost €10 per person, or €20 per family. You can pay on the day, or in advance on the club’s website.

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Participating libraries across the locality can advise on what books are written about refugees. Popular titles include ‘The Kite Runner’, which documents the boyhood friendship of two friends in Afghanistan and ‘The Go-Away Bird‘, a first-hand account of the Rwandan Genocide by a 12 year old refugee. According to Siobhán Walshe, Senior Library assistant at the County Council, the book-campaign is an excellent way of getting the public interested in the lives of refugees. “This is a fantastic opportunity for people around the North County to learn about refugee issues worldwide. I encourage every library member to take out one of the books on UNHCR’s booklist from their local library during the campaign,” she concluded.

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Clara la Combre (centre), Secretary Donabate Tidy Towns is pictured with Michael McEnery (left), Virgoe McEnery with his team preparing a new flower bed in Donabate

Donabate Tidy Towns In Full Swing Tidy Towns season is in full swing, and after a few years out of the limelight, Donabate have relaunched their Tidy Towns campaign and are busier than ever as the judging days loom ever closer. Last week, the group got more planting underway in the town with a little bit of extra help from some local groups and businesses. “We planted at Smyth’s Pub in the village, and Virgoe McEnery Landscapes generously gave up their time for free to dig out the bed and raise it up. After this, the volunteers from the Tidy Towns

planted 100 roses on the site,” said Clara La Combre, Secretary of the Donabate/Portrane Tidy Towns. “Our project relaunched last October, with planting at The Hand, which is located at the junction of Beaverstown Road and Portrane Road, and we’ve also planted at St. Patrick’s Green last week, with the co-operation of the County Council. The local Brownies group were also out, earning their community badges by planting more flowers there and assisting the Tidy Towns,” she explained. “The Tidy Towns project lay dormant for the last three years but a small and committed group is trying to re-invigorate it and is making great strides in the process,” Clara concluded.

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Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, came runners-up in the National Mock Trial competition, thus qualifying for the World championships in New York. Pictured are contestants, Stephanie Corrigan, Lauren Gaffney, Eimear Finnegan, Niamh Rothwell, Onyinye Ogwude and Alaoise Scherer. Missing from the photo are team members, Aoife Taaffe, Eryn Devine, Laura Leonard, Meadhbh Corrigan and Aoife Doyle.

Loreto School in Balbriggan, have qualified to take part in the World Mock Trial championship, which takes place in New York in October. They won the right, as a result of coming runner-up in the National Mock Trial championship recently. The team is made up of 11 students, who play the part of solicitors, barristers, witnesses, as well as some legal advisers, in case they stray too far from the law. Speaking to the County Leader, team member, Niamh Rothwell explained how they came to be involved in the competition. “The Mock Schools Trial competitions are for Transition Year students and are

organised by PAL (Public Access to Law), which is a group of barristers, who give their time to this competition, to highlight the importance of the law in everyday business. It is a competition that is held every year at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Parkgate Street. It is the largest nonsporting event for transition year students in the country, ” she said. Niamh went on to say, “We were given two cases, one a murder case and the other an assault case. We had to argue both sides of the murder case, so on the day, we had three cases to rehearse, with 10 days to do so. If you were defence in a case, you would be up

against a school, which would be prosecution, and vice versa. The judges of the competition were all barristers, and in the final, real court judges presided, which added to the drama,” said Niamh. In the final, Loreto were pipped at the post, by just half a point, but as the top four qualified to take part in the World competition, Loreto’s place was secure. They are the first school from Dublin to qualify for the World Mock Trial competition. The girls are now looking for sponsorship to fund their journey, and have plans to do bag packing in local supermarkets, as well as cake sales, and car washes.

Music and Drama graduate, Emilija Ausraite from Swords recently performed in a special recital in the Griffith College Concert Hall to mark the end of Griffith College Creative Week 2014. A host of talented Griffith College students from the H. Dip in Drama Education and the H. Dip in Music Education programmes performed an assortment of classical and modern music, as well as drama including Emilija. Karen Casey, head of the Leinster School of Music and Drama congratulated Emilija on her achievement. She told the County Leader:


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Pictured here is Leinster School of Music and Drama graduate, Emilija Ausraite from Swords

“Emilija is a truly gifted musician and gave a stunning performance at the recital. I would like to congratulate Emilija on her qualification and wish her every success, as she embarks on her career path into the world of teaching.”

Hamlet Lane Celtic are holding a fundraiser from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st June from 10.00am to 2.00pm. They are collecting old, reusable clean clothes and mobile phones in the car park behind Supervalu in Balbriggan. So if you think you may have last year’s clothes you want to get rid of, simply donate them to this good cause.


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New EPP Chairman Commits To Reform Agenda CSU MEP, Manfred Weber was elected as the new President of the EPP Group. An MEP for the past 10 years, Mr. Weber is an experienced politician. His first task will be to ensure that his man, Jean-Claude Juncker becomes the Commission President. In support of this, Weber states that the EPP won the election, and that Juncker, as their “Spitzenkandidat” (lead candidate) is the democratic choice for the role. The EPP group does not have a

By Cathal Boland majority in the parliament. There is a considerable rump of Prime Ministers, who are making it difficult for the Council of PMs to nominate Juncker. They say he is too conformist and wants only a bigger controlling EU. There are many names now floating about, most from outside the EU system, who have considerable CVs to support their claim. Parliament is

insistent that the Council may nominate a candidate, based on the results of the elections, but that under the Lisbon Treaty, it falls to them to formally elect the president. They are of the view that, as Juncker represented the Group with won most votes, that he must have the first opportunity to see if he can get a majority. But what if he fails to do so? Surely then the logic is that the next

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Specsavers Ireland recently announced it’s commitment to raise €100,000 over the next year for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to renovate the hospital’s ophthalmology unit. To kick off the partnership, Specsavers Balbriggan, along with Specsavers stores nationwide, committed to cycling the circumference of Ireland (5,600 kms) on Saturday 7th June, with Specsavers Balbriggan raising over €300 for Specsavers’ chosen charity of the year. Specsavers Balbriggan quite literally put their wheels in motion on Saturday, as they held a static cycle in-store to raise funds. There was a fantastic effort made by the entire Specsavers Balbriggan team, who succeeded in cycling the target of 120 km on the day. Brian Brodigan, Director of Specsavers Balbriggan, added: ‘We are delighted to be working with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin as our Specsavers Ireland charity of the year. We have always admired the fantastic work it does for children across Ireland. The idea of a static cycle covering the distance around Ireland, was born out of desire to get all of our staff members really involved with the fundraising process. We hope that, through their fantastic commitment, and the support of our customers, we can achieve our goal of raising €100,000,” he said.

Aware’s North Dublin support group for individuals with experience of depression meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue. Support groups also meet in Swords and Lower Abbey Street. Aware support groups are free of charge, and can help attendees to learn more about their condition as well as coping skills to help minimise it’s impact on their lives.

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Bank of Ireland Balbriggan has granted permission to local estate agent, EMG Property Consultants, to display their promotional pull-ups in the bank’s local branch. Speaking to the County Leader, EMG proprietor, Edel McGuinness said “I just wanted to thank Bank of Ireland for this exciting new arrangement, which gives both businesses great exposure”, Edel will work alongside Sharon Tierney, Bank of Ireland’s Mortgage Adviser, to inform clients of the bank’s offer. “We’ll be providing information about the offer to clients, which relates to the incentive for first time buyers and people moving, to pay for the stamp duty to the value of one per cent of the mortgage,” she said. Edel McGuinness is pictured here with Sharon Tierney in the bank’s Balbriggan branch.

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Local Fine Gael Councillors Back Reilly Deputy Farrell Declines To Comment When Contacted The uncertainty about the future of the By Patrick Finnegan JP Browne said, “I believe that the Health ministry is a very tough coalition government, is one that is position to be in and I believe that the decisions that are made can causing great concern around the country, and nowhere more so have a detrimental effect on many people, and I don’t envy him in than right here in the North County. that role and I fully support him,” he said. Much of this uncertainty revolves around the role of local man and When asked if he thought the media were harsh on him, he said that Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, in his handling of the medical the minister knew the role he was in and that the media have the cards for children controversy. This included a u-turn taken by the right to represent the people of the area, so if the people aren’t HSE, after the disastrous showing by the Government parties in the happy, the media should report it. local elections. Cllr Lavin said, “I believe he is struggling to do a good job, and I feel This newspaper acknowledges the fact that Dr Reilly, as the most that he did not get the full support in cabinet. As a former Minister senior politician in the North County, has a mammoth task on his for Health once famously described the job as Angola, there hands, in trying to steer the Department of Health ship away from were many unexploded bombs in this department. He came the rocks. In order to be successful in this mission, many believe in with a vision, and I believe if he is given enough time, he that he must have the full support and backing of his fellow Fine will be able to deliver.” Gael politicians in the constituency. Lavin was more forthright in his criticism of the role played The impending government re-shuffle is likely, according to by the media in the whole affair. “I think the media has been many, to see him removed from his Health portfolio. Much of unfair and are always looking for problems. Your own paper this discontent has emanated from within Fine Gael itself, and publishes, from time to time, the waiting list times and the with this in mind, the County Leader sought out some trolley times and when they’re good, we never of Dr Reilly’s party colleagues here in the North hear anything about it, but when they’re poor, County, in an attempt to gauge the level of we hear a lot about it. There are lots of things support locally for the besieged minister. that are improving. However, I think we have The fact that local TD, Alan Farrell declined to taken enough out of health and shouldn’t comment, when contacted by this newstake any more.” paper, is sure to add to the speculaWhen asked if he thought the Minister tion that the should retain his posiMinister does tion, Lavin relied, not have “Yes definitely - I universal hope he stays.” backing within New councillor, his own party, Redmond was never mind in Government circles. This level of also fully in the minister’s corner and said, “I’m fully support locally, is widely seen as vital to his survival supportive of what Minister Reilly is doing and I in the Health portfolio think it takes enormous courage to come from the Newly elected councillors, JP Browne from private sector, where he was, to do a very specific Balbriggan ward, Keith Redmond and re-elected job. He wanted to be Minister for Health because he councillor Anthony Lavin from Howth/Malahide, were had a vision of what he wanted to do in the health more forthright, when they spoke to the County service. So for that, I think it’s highly commendable Leader and expressed their full support for Dr Reilly. that he has done this,” he said. Dr. James Reilly TD


Balbriggan School Celebrates Intercultural Day A celebration of all nationalities and cultures was held recently at Bracken Educate Together National School in Balbriggan. The pupils decided to have a ‘fashion show’ of national costume to represent all thirty-two nationalities present in the school. This was the culmination of a large whole school project, to work towards receiving the Yellow Flag national school award for intercultural awareness. On the day, children from every class in the school dressed up in national costume and did each country proud by sharing a little of each country’s ethnic culture. Pictured here are the Romanian vocal group There was also some great 'Traistuta', complete in national costume, who came to sing at the event at Bracken Educate performances to delight the Together National School in Balbriggan. parents and guests. In preparation for the event, the pupils edge of their native countries and worked very hard researching their they came in and shared this with the chosen countries or ethnicities. Each classes as part of the project. class researched at least two of the Afterwards, the parents organised a countries represented in the school delicious multi-cultural food feast and found out lots of interesting with tasty treats and home made information about the people who traditional dishes from all over the live there. Many of these children world on offer. Bracken ETNS would have relatives in these far off lands. like to thank everyone who made the Parents helped out with their knowl- day so special.

Dog Walk In Balbriggan Sunday, 22nd June is National Dog Walk day in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and the local guide dog group in Balbriggan will be hosting a walk on the day. All participants will take their dogs for a walk of about 45 minutes.


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The online application process for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is now open, and local parents who wish to avail of the scheme are encouraged to apply now. The application forms are available at The allowance will again be automatically approved for low income families who have qualified previously and meet the criteria again this year. If you qualify automatically for the allowance, you will get a letter telling you when and how your allowance will be paid. If you are applying for the first time, the online application forms are now available. You can also pick up an application in person in your local Social Welfare or Intreo Office. The deadline for applications is the 30th September 2014.

Lusk Celebrates Twinning Anniversary Thirty seven people from Lusk will be travelling to their twin town, Thorigne Fouillard in Brittany in France on Wednesday, 18th June to celebrate the 21st anniversary of friendship between the two towns over the years. All those who are not travelling wish them a happy and enjoyable trip, and look forward to their twinning town visiting Lusk next year.

Family Fun Day In Rush Donagh McGowan and Edel McGuinness

Gaelscoil Ros Eo are hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday, 22nd June from 2.00pm to 6.00pm in St. Maur’s GAA club in Rush. There will be a reptile zoo, bouncy castles, face painting, tug-o-war, penalty shoot out, games, BBQ, obstacle course, wheel of fortune and lots more. The cost is €10 per family for up to two adults and four kids or €3 per individual. All proceeds go to Gaelscoil Ros Eo and Rush Scouts 38th Unit.

Lusk Parish Celebrates Wedding Anniversaries Andy Graham, Robert Cashell, Chamber President Chris Harmon, Head of LEO Oisin Geoghegan and Noel Thompson

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Some couples may be celebrating their very special 25th, 40th, 50th or even 60th wedding anniversaries this year. If this is you, congratulations on your milestone. Lusk Parish are holding a mass in the local church on the 9th October for you and your family. To mark your special day, followed by refreshments in the parish hall. If you would like to be included in these celebrations, e-mail your details to

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Colin Hughes and Cllr. David O'Connor

Joe Lynch and Nigel Craughwell

Cathy Coughlan and Head of LEO Oisin Geoghegan

Tom Walsh and Rachel Lindsey, Fingal Development

Jim Wood and Brendan Byrne.

Local TD Alan Farrell (FG), has said that he is encouraged by the growth in numbers of overseas visitors. CSO figures released last week have shown that the number of trips to Ireland by overseas visitors has increased by 7.5 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. “I am delighted to see that the number of overseas visitors has significantly increased. With tourism having a fundamental importance to the local economy in the North County, an increase in visits from overseas will undoubtedly bring money into the economy and provide support for small, local businesses throughout the constituency,” he told the County Leader. “Improving trends in

tourism numbers show that various tourism sector initiatives, such as the nine per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector, are working and are contributing to the economic recovery. This year on year increase highlights how we have captured the momentum following on from the ‘Gathering’ last year.” “Events like the Giro D’Italia are working to promote the North County as a tourist destination, and with Dublin Airport, towns throughout the area are in the prime position to benefit from increased tourism numbers. We should use this opportunity to further showcase the North County as the wonderful tourist destination it is,” Farrell concluded.


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Pictured here are Donabate Community College students Hazel and Eoghan presenting a gift to Jean Hanney and Sean Love at the Fighting Words centre.

Donabate Students Officially Launch Short Story Collection foster creative writing for primary and secondary school children. The school principal, Anthony Creevey, praised the students’ work and marvelled at the standard of writing which he said it was hard to believe was produced by people of their age. He thanked Fighting Words for the wonderful opportunity afforded to the students and the school community. Mary Lowry, co-ordinating English teacher for the project, spoke of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students and for the school community and praised the hard work and dedication of the students. She also particularly thanked the volunteers at Fighting Words and the support of Jean Hanney, education co-ordinator and Sean Love and Roddy Doyle. The audience were also treated to the delight of listening to readings from the collection. Following presentations to Fighting Words from the students, guests had the opportunity to buy the book and get them signed by the authors. It was a very special evening, which celebrated the achievement of these students with their families, invited Alisha Ryan, a pupil at Gael Scoil, Balbriggan, made guests and members of the her Holy Communion recently. Alisha is pictured here school community. with her brother, Jamie Ryan

Transition Year students in Donabate Community College recently celebrated the official launch of ‘Long Story Short’, their publication of an anthology of twenty short stories completed during this academic year. In attendance were the students and their families, in addition to invited guests from Fighting Words and the author Paul Murray, who wrote the foreword for the book. The school had been selected by ‘Fighting Words’, a creative writing centre established by Sean Love and Roddy Doyle, to encourage and

Castle area as a ‘Cultural Quarter,’ and tasking a senior management group to bring further proposals to the Council. He also said that they The issue of the sought after refur- to these concerns, and has outlined w e r e p l a n n i n g t o b r i n g t o t h e bishment of Swords Main a number of initiatives that Council a “brief paper on this and proposals on a process to Street and Castle has been he will be overseeing to engage with some of the much discussed around the get Swords Main Street stakeholders on this locality by the business restored, including matter.” community, residents, and establishing a cross Newman told the County local representatives over departmental review Leader that he was the past number of weeks. group in the Council, to “extremely pleased with Newly-elected councillor Joe develop ideas for t he Chief Executive’s Newman (NP), has been at Cllr. Newman improving the area, response and looked the forefront of this discusproviding a budget and a CEO Paul Reid forward to his proposals sion. Chief Executive of the Local public tender to seek support Authority, Paul Reid, has responded for a design plan for the Swords being achieved.”


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The Heart Of Shopping In Balbriggan Where The Community Comes To Shop Winner must be available to collect their price on Wednesday 9th July. Judges decisions is final. No Cash alternative. You must be over 18 to enter. By entering this competition you are agreeing to have your picture taken and used in future promotion.


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‘With the World Cup now underway, we asked does the fact that Ireland aren’t in the competition, take away from the occasion?’ Amrit Sidhu

Jennifer Higgins, Swords No I don’t think so, I’m supporting all of the countries. I’d be just as excited for the World Cup if Ireland were to be in it


Hair Raising Amount Donated For DAA Charities The Grafton Barber took its mobile salon out to Dublin Airport recently for a Hair-A-Thon, in aid of the three DAA charity partners – Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Jack & Jill Foundation and Special Olympics Ireland. Almost €700 was raised during the day long charity event, as passengers and airport employees lined up to have their hair cut and styled. DAA Charity Committee Chairperson, Siobhan O’Donnell commended volunteers and participants: “We were delighted to once again host such a unique event in partnership with The Grafton Pictured is Peter Kelly, DAA, and his daughters, Olivia and Hazel, from Swords, who supported the DAA Grafton Hair-AThon by all getting their hair cut for charity at Dublin Airport.

Kenneth Okiria, Swords Yeah it does. We’re not really into football. There’s no feeling of togetherness.

Adam O’Neill, Swords No, because we’re not good at football, it doesn’t make a difference anyway. I have bets on them, so i’ll still watch it, i’ll be supporting Spain.

David Lyons, Swords Yes it does a bit, because you’re not cheering for yourself, you’re cheering for other countries.

Leon Stafford, Donabate Yes I think it does. Because it’s not as interesting if you’re not involved. Although we are involved in some bets in the pubs and all, so it’s a bit of interest.

Jason Blake, Swords No, not really, I’d probably still watch it. My wife is half Colombian, and half Japanese, so I’ll probably be supporting Columbia or one of the South American countries.

Brian McHale, Dublin We haven’t got the players, but of course I’ll watch it, I’ll probably support Germany, because I like the Germans.

Rachel Malone, Swords Yes I think so, for those who support Ireland I suppose they won’t enjoy it as much. I’ve never been hyped up for the World Cup though.’

Shane Farrell, Swords Yeah, it would take away from the occasion, for the supporters there’s not going to be much interest really is there? I’ll be cheering Brazil on for three weeks now.

Edel Mulligan Curtis, Swords No not really, but i’ll still be watching the World Cup, I won’t be as excited as if Ireland were to be in it, but still excited enough.

Patrick Marlowe, Swords Not really no, I’m not in the slightest excited for the World Cup. I’m more excited about Coronation Street!

Allyson O’Rourke, Howth No I’ll still watch it definitely yeah. I guess i’ll just watch it for the spectacle really, I won’t really be supporting a specific team.

Marty McCartney, Dublin I didn’t know Ireland weren’t in the cup anymore. I’d probably cheer for Germany.

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Barber. The 12 hour event proved a huge hit with gents and ladies alike, making the most of having a convenient barber on site and all in the name of charity. “We are very grateful to Conor and Hughie and their team, who also donated all their tips on the day, and The Grafton Barber for their support for this event. We would also say a special thanks to Brendan O’Connor who helped launch the charity event,” she said.

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Centre Manager of Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan, Peter Carey was keen to praise award winning Swords based Landscaping company, Virgoe McEnery, for the superb landscaping job they recently completed at the busy shopping destination. “We knew that Virgoe McEnery are renowned for their expertise in landscaping, and that they are used to taking on bigger projects of a commercial nature, so it was a no brainer, we knew we would be getting an excellent service,” said Peter. “This is our second year working with Virgoe McEnery, and we have maintained a wonderful professional relationship with them. We always find them to be very efficient, and very knowledgeable in their field of expertise, and we’re always happy with the job they do.” They are well known around the entire North County for the outstanding commercial landscaping service they provide, as demonstrated here. He was quick to mention how easy the whole working process was, and praised the professionalism of Michael McEnery and his hardworking team of experts. “Michael and the team liaised with me continuously, to make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted, and made the whole job ran as smoothly as possible. They were extremely professional at all times, while at the same time being very personable, you couldn’t ask for better. ” Michael and his team pride themselves on their excellent customer service, something which Carey picked up on right away. “Their customer service was superb,” he said enthusiastically. “ I was kept in the process every step of the way, and knew that they could tackle any problem, big or small. The team are clearly dedicated craftsmen, and this was evident in their work. The end product was flawless, and I knew that if I had any issues at all afterwards, they would be on hand to help me resolve them.” Aside from the immaculately finished product, he also said that the work was also very cost effective, and done for the best possible price. “This is our second year of service with Virgoe McEnery, and we look forward to maintaining our excellent professional relationship with them well into the future.”

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Rush Entrepreneur Impresses Taoiseach In San Francisco A local entrepreneur has made a product presentation to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, on his recent trip to San Francisco.

By Patrick Finnegan Patrick Leddy who grew up in Rush, recently launched “Pulsate” an end-to-end marketing platform for the physical world. Pulsate which can sit behind any brand’s existing mobile App, will initially be targeted at large retailers. Leddy is currently in Silicon Valley, California where he is promoting Pulsate, and met with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny at the Enterprise Ireland Access Silicon Valley Programme event in San Francisco recently. The start-up provides a cloud platform and its own micro-context iBeacons®, that allow companies to turbocharge customer engagement. Pulsate will help companies to drive foot traffic to stores and when customers arrive, to deliver game-changing in-store experiences. Retailers can deliver information to customers’ phones relative to their location, context and interests. Mr. Kenny stated that “The Irish entrepreneurs participating this evening are here to make connections, pitch business concepts and gain an insight into how to deliver tangible strategies and market entry plans. Having met the companies earlier, I am greatly impressed with them and their vision. They are the current and future creators of wealth, opportunities and jobs for Ireland and California alike.” Leddy (27), grew up in Rush and was educated at Rush National School and Skerries Community

Rush entrepreneur, Patrick Leddy explains some of the key points of his company, Pulsate to Taoiseach, Enda Kenny in San Francisco recently

College. He started off in the world of business from his bedroom, when he was about 15, when he set up tourism portals for a number of towns around Dublin. He then turned his attention to web design, and established Web Splash Ltd while studying for his BSc degree in Computing. In 2010, he decided to pivot Web Splash into the world of mobile, renaming it “Furious Tribe” . While delivering a mobile strategy keynote presentation in London, he managed to land a major deal with RSA in Chile. Since then, the company has developed apps for many global brands including Citibank, Vodafone, RSA, O2, Danone, Nedbank, AXA, EMI and Investec. Furious Tribe has recently delivered a number of key projects, including one for Houses of the Oireachtas.

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Local, Balbriggan-based group Remember Us has been extremely busy over the past few months. Over 100 of their members (between the ages of 9 and 21) participated in the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) Active Youth Challenge. They had to complete a minimum of one hour exercise per week for 12 weeks. They participated in Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Bowling, Fit for Fun, Circus Skills, Wall Climbing and many more, as well as many forms of Dance. Thirty-eight groups were presented with their awards at a Recognition event, however, Remember Us was the only Special Needs group both participating in the challenge and receiving awards at this event. They are extremely proud of all their participants, and would like to congratulate them for all their efforts. The group would also like to thank everyone who contributed to their fundraising efforts in the recent Flora Ladies Mini Marathon, those who trained hard, sourced sponsorship and particularly those who partici-

pated on behalf of Remember Us. “Your hard work is much appreciated, especially by those who will benefit from our Respite Break in the Quality Hotel and Apartments in Youghal at the end of June,” said a spokesperson for the group. All staff and many of the volunteers at Remember Us completed and intro-

duction to First Aid on Tuesday, 4th June in St. Teresa’s School, Balbriggan, and they would like to say thank you to Berwick Occupational First Aid Resources and particularly to a superb instructor, Berni Adamson who managed to inform and train what was a very serious subject in a light hearted way. According to

the group, they “learnt a lot while having a great evening as well.” Finally, Remember Us Club Nights will finish on Thursday, 19th June and they will have a break before commencing their very full and busy Summer Programme on Tuesday, 15th July, and they look forward to having all their members return for this.

Fingal Network of Heritage Societies held a cultural night at the Carnegie Court Hotel last week. Pictured at the event are, Pat Kelly, Bernadette Marks, Diarmuid Ó'Cathasaigh, Aine Ó'Cathasaigh and Dermot Quinn


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Sixth Year Graduation For Donabate Students Six years ago in 2008, students from Donabate/ By Jennifer McShane Portrane entered into the unknown territory of had helped to decorate the hall. Sixth year music Donabate Community College. Just a short few years students provided the musical interlude throughout later, they are now the first year group to graduate the evening, while all students took to the stage to from the school. Recently, the school held its first perform a final song, ‘I’ll Be There For You’. A recepever Graduating Ceremony in honour of the students. tion took place after the ceremony which was hosted The ceremony began with a procession of the graduby the Parents’ Council. The school would like to say ating classes to the applause of their proud parents, thanks to all the students, their parents and all who and an Awards Ceremony. Students then received assisted in organising the ceremony. their graduation certificates from Mr. Creevey and their tutors. Mr. McCormack and Ms Whelan spoke about the sixth year group and gave some advice on what the next chapter of life may bring. Chris Johnston and Rebecca Woods spoke on behalf of the students – reflecting on friends made, lessons learned and hopes for the future. Mr Creevey and Mrs. Flynn addressed those present – congratulating students on their success and wished them luck in their exams. Susan Quinn, Chairperson of the Parent’s Council, congratulated all students and Pictured here are Donabate Community College students Brendan Shelley and Megan Kelly, presenting flowers to Nuala and Maeve the school secretaries. thanked all those who

Pictured here is student Eoin Hoey, receiving his Sixth Year Student of the Year award at the recent student graduation at Donabate Community College.

Pictured here is student Gavin Simpson from Donabate Community College receiving his Awards from Mr Creevey.

Annual Show For Rush Horticultural Society Rush and District Horticultural Society would like to thank all who supported, donated and helped at this year’s plants sale. It was a great success and the proceeds will go to running this year’s show which is on Saturday, 12th July in St. Maur’s GAA in Rush. Book your place in this years show in Rush Library or in the community centre.

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Local Women Bare All For Cancer On Sunday June 8th, a group of brave local women donned pink dressing gowns on Balbriggan Beach, before casting their inhibitions aside and baring all to take part in the first organised skinny dip in the North County. The cheeky affair was held in conjunction with the charity Dip in the Nip, with funds raised going to support ARC Cancer Support Centres which this year celebrate their 20th anniversary. The Dip in the Nip charity began in 2009, with only a couple of hundred women charging into the North Atlantic sea and has since seen it grow to five different dips nationwide with thousands of men and women taking part - the ‘dip’ on Balbriggan Beach was the first time the event

The Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal donated €1,500 to Fingal Gallopers. Fingal Gallopers are a voluntary organisation that work with children with intellectual disabilities every week at Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre. The donation will be used to buy special protective clothing for the children. Pictured are Seamus Hughes, Chairman of Fingal Gallopers (centre) accepting the cheque from Club Treasurer Michael Kennedy and Club Vice President Andrea Molloy.

Family Fun Day In Naul A Tractor Run and family fun day will take place at Naul Football field on Sunday next, 22nd June. It is in aid of Naul Dyslexia Workshop and Clann Mhuire GAA Club and it promises to be a great day for the whole family.

Open Day For Swords Club Swords Rovers FC is holding an free Open Fun Day on 21st June between 11.00am and 4.00pm at the Balheary pitches beside the Skateboard Park. The event is to celebrate 21 years in existence, and the day will see bouncy castles for the smaller players and soccer games and competitions for the older players. The public are invited to come along to meet some of the teams, and people involved with the club, who will gladly

answer any questions. Swords Rovers was formed in 1993 and was, at one time, a club of 15 teams. In its 21 year history, it has had many ups and downs, but now finds itself as a much smaller club of currently two teams. However these dedicated players, managers, coaches and committee members have achieved much in the last 12 months, having brought themselves glory in competition and commitment to

Swords Tidy Towns Seek Planters For Main Street As part of their ongoing efforts to bring new life (and a variety of colour) to Swords Main Street, the always active Swords Tidy Towns are seeking planters made from strong recycled materials that are maintenance free.

had been organised both locally and for the Dublin region. The charity is the brainchild of Chief Dipper Máire Garvey, who conjured up this liberating event after visiting a psychic during a low point in her life. After the first year in Sligo, the project took wings as a fundraiser. Now in its sixth year, there are dips for women, dips for men and dips for couples. Márie Garvey, Founder of Dip in the Nip, told the County Leader: “An event like this make us realise our bodies are wonderful; too often we abuse them and don’t see the beauty. Skinny-dipping is the ultimate in life affirmation, so the Dip in the Nip lets us celebrate life in all its beauty. Many of the participants had experienced cancer, either their own, or with somebody close.”

Ideally, these planters will stand up to water, frost and corrosive substances and never need painting, and are weatherproof. “We are looking for the best price (cost price if possible), and donations towards or sponsorship of

the planters would help us enormously as we have very limited funds,” explained chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns, Ken Duffy.

improving and promoting. Club manager, David McLaughlin told the County Leader. At the end of our 21st year, we remain committed to building the club up to be a sizeable football resource that all of Swords can enjoy comparable to any in

Dublin. “Our current U14 team was league champions in their division last year and this year won runners up medals in their new division, a great achievement seeing as this year they moved to larger pitches and were playing the offside rule for the first time. ” he said.

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Council Chamber Out Of Action For Six Months The council chamber at County Hall is put out of action for up to six months, to be fitted out for a council membership that will now grow from 24 to 40, as a result of the recent local elections. The Project Room at Malahide Castle was the venue for the Council’s recent AGM, but its unclear at the moment if the venue will continue to be used for the monthly meetings of the new council when its newly-elected members meet after the summer break. According to the Local Authority, the council chamber in County Hall in Swords will be out of action until at least December of this year, as extensive re-modelling works go on to accommodate 16 extra councillors. Explaining the delay on the building works, officials said that a long tendering and procurement process had to be entered into and several different contractors would be necessary for the job, each of which had to agree a programme of works with the Council. The Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee also use the chamber and next term it will have an expanded membership of 17.

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County Leader: “Having received numerous representations from constituents, I will endeavour to assist and support them in their fight on this issue,” Farrell said. Almost 300 residents attended the meeting to voice their resounding objections to the waste treatment Following the recent public meeting plant, and many local councillors, opposing the plan to develop an and the Minster for Health, James Anaerobic Digester Waste Reilly also attended to show their Treatment facility in support. The protest meeting Regeens Lusk, local TD, was organised by a Lusk Community group, Lusk Still Alan Farrell (FG), has said Fighting Waste, who formed that he pledges to support to actively fight any waste those opposed to the develtreatment proposals in the opment of the waste facility. area. The plant is a commerFarrell stated that he is cial venture, with the capaexamining the proposals, Alan Farrell TD bility of processing approxiand is seeking advice from officials with relevant expertise, mately 33 per cent of the brown bin with a view to submitting his waste generated by the city area of concerns about the proposed Dublin, and if it goes ahead, this facility to the planning department will make it one of the largest of the County Council. He told the waste plants of its kind in Ireland.

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Launch Of War Exhibition In Swords On Tuesday, June 10th the newlyelected County Mayor, Councillor Mags Murray launched an exhibition based on the First World War letters home of Lt. Col. Richard Hely Hutchinson to his family in Lissenhall, Swords, and Seafield, Donabate. Council Chie Paul Reid attended, as did a number of the recently-elected County Councillors, and a large crowd of invited guests at Clonmel House in Swords. With the original letters and many additional items, including photographs, the exhibition tells the story of two sons of Dublin County Sherriff and J.P. John Hely-Hutchinson, who were both serving officers in the British Army during the Great War. While the eldest, Coote Robert HelyHutchinson served in England training new recruits, his younger brother Richard served at the Front between 1914 and 1918,

was wounded three times, mentioned in despatches and awarded a D.S.O. Fortunately, Richard was an avid letter-writer, and many of his original, pencilwritten and uncensored letters survived among the 120 boxes of the family papers donated by the remaining descendants to Fingal Libraries in 2009. His letters to his mother, father, sister and wife Alice, provide detailed descriptions of life and conditions in the trenches of France and Flanders. After the war, the older brother Coote took over the family estate, and was elected to Dublin County Council to represent Swords. He was very involved with St. Ita’s Mental Hospital, Portrane, and with the Council’s Agricultural Committee. The exhibition is now open and free to the general public, for all who wish to see it. Pictured here is newly elected County Mayor, Mags Murray launching the opening of the Hely-Hutchinsons of Swords and the Great War exhibition at the Fingal County Archives office, Swords with Council Archivist Colm McQuinn and Professor Terence Dooley, NUI Maynooth.

Grant Boost Welcomed for Local Businesses The Fingal Local Enterprise Office, based in Swords is reporting “unprecedented demand” for its on-line trading vouchers, after over 100 small business owners attended an information session about the scheme last week. Through the new grant scheme, launched for Fingal businesses by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. in May, the Local Enterprise Office has been inundated with applications. As a result, the Head of Enterprise for Fingal, Oisin Geoghegan, is applying for additional funding from the Irish Government, to enable more small, local businesses to benefit from the scheme this year. Under the scheme, small businesses will be able to spend up to €2,500 on this voucher, or up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the relevant costs, to develop or upgrade their websites or to roll out their digital marketing strategies. “For every €10 spent on-line by Irish consumers, research shows that €7 leaves the country and goes straight to foreign retailers,” said Oisin Geoghegan, Head of the Fingal Local Enterprise Office. “By providing practical supports to Irish small business owners, such as the online trading voucher, a greater share of that consumer spend can be kept here at home. As Irish companies generate more sales and expand, that will generate more jobs locally too,” he added. Geoghegan continued: “We’re announcing the first 25 recipients of the online trading voucher grant at the end of July. However, due to unprecedented demand, we expect that additional funding will be provided specifically for North County-based businesses, where there is a clear need owing to the appetite of our businesses to grow their online capabilities. If we are successful, these extra funds will enable more small businesses in this region to improve their online trading prospects.” The online trading voucher scheme is open to companies registered in the North County area, who have been trading for at least 12 months. The scheme is aimed at companies which employ fewer than 10 staff, with a turnover of less than €2 million.

95 New Houses Become Available At a time when the housing crisis is starting to rear it’s ugly head once again, local TD, Alan Farrell (FG), has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a €15 million national investment in social housing. This measure will make 95 vacant houses available for use throughout the North County. “Families in the North County are in need of homes,” Farrell told the County Leader. “This significant investment will make a huge difference to people in the area. Empty houses regularly attract anti-social behaviour; they are

unsightly and negatively impact local areas. We want to bring new life into these properties and to turn them into homes once again.” “This investment of €1,259,000 locally will not only benefit the individual families who are allocated a new property, but it will enhance the community. It is good news for builders and good news for small businesses,” he continued. “This ¤15 million national investment is just one of a number of measures being introduced by the Government to deal with public housing issues. A total of €30 million will be spent in 2014 to upgrade the energy efficiency of the least well insulated local authority homes,” he concluded.

Pictured are the five Fingal All-Stars, before departing for Limerick to compete in the Special Olympics. Included are, Justin Murray (Balrothery), Jack Newe (Rush), Jamie O'Brien (Donabate), Jonathan Nesbitt (Skerries) and team coach, Paul Newe

Brave Little Molly Battles On Continued from page 1 She was smiling and clapping, as teachers and friends approached her, after they had their heads shaved, such is her great attitude. Gerry praised the remarkable resilience and good humour of Molly, and told the County Leader that there is still a long way for her to go yet. “We’ve about a year left in Crumlin and all there are just brilliant. They got us through remission and they’re doing a trial to try and stop it returning. She has chemo in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, and I want to particularly praise them for the wonderful way they look after Molly. She loves going to hospital in both Drogheda and Crumlin, and has no fears, She associates visits here with happy times, due to the great care she receives. After last Friday’s operation, her doctor came to visit her, expecting

her to be sitting up in bed. Instead, to the doctor’s amazement, she was riding a tractor along the corridor.” Gerry and his wife Emma, are always positive and never cry in front of Molly. They surround her with positivity, which helps greatly. Gerry said, “We’re about a year away from Molly going for further treatment to USA, and the prognosis is, thankfully good. If there’s a cure on the moon, I’ll be there,” said a gritty and determined Gerry. There are a number of fundraisers planned for the next few weeks, including a Golf Classic at Malahide Golf Club on Thursday, 26th June, which is sure to be a great success. Following this, there will be a Food and Wine tasting night, organised by SuperValu, Balbriggan at the Bracken Court Hotel, on Tuesday, 22nd July. All support is needed to ensure that Molly gets the treatment she so badly needs.


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Balscadden Ready For Tidy Towns Judges Since the glorious moment Spain won their first ever World Cup four years ago, the world has eagerly waited for the next FIFA World Cup. Some may claim that the World Cup is like the summer Christmas, only it arrives every four years. Arguably, this makes it the most eagerly anticipated event of all time, in the football crazy countries anyway. Last Thursday it all kicked off in Brazil, and the world’s gone football crazy. Although Ireland haven’t qualified for the cup this year, we haven’t let this stop us from celebrating this event with the rest of the world. Many may have taken to supporting neighbouring countries, others to supporting countries on the opposite side of the world, but we all have one thing in common, we’re each an avid fan of football for this month at least, if not usually. Most of us may not even have a choice, due to the wide exposure of football we’ll be seeing everywhere. So, the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. Watching the World Cup on your own, is like going to a theme park by yourself, it’ll end up being disappointing and no fun. The World Cup is a time where the communities really get together. There’s nothing better than spending 90 minutes in a crowded room in your local pub, or bar, with your family and friends, possibly supporting different teams. All are on the edge of their seats, eyes glued to the

TV, looking for the next goal. Your team have just scored, beer’s spilling everywhere, you’re singing their supporting song. You turn for a manly bear hug with the person next to you, who may very well be a stranger. But that doesn’t matter here, you two strangers sharing a strong bond of love and support for this football team. Now you wouldn’t get that sitting home alone, in a quiet room watching the World Cup, would you? All the more reason to pop down to your local

pub and share your interest with everybody. For some, this may bring back a sense of nostalgia, every Saturday night down the pub was like this, now most people have become secluded in their own homes, with technology bringing everything we need to us, without having to step outside the door. Therefore, we should cherish these moments that we spend in our locals together, celebrating the World Cup. Many pubs, bars and restaurants in the North County area will have specials on food and drinks, so you can enjoy this even more with the public. You are guaranteed to get keen

prices, in the end, saving you money, which is bound to make the World Cup even more enjoyable. Many of our local stores have taken to the spirit of it, and selling World Cup merchandise, so we can join in the fun. Fashion outlets are bringing football themes into fashion this year, inspired by the rich, bold colours of Brazil, paying homage to the host country. Show you’re support for the country your supporting, with their national football t-shirt, or stay neutral with a Brazil Jersey perhaps. Either way, however you want to show your support, the local fashion outlet is sure to sell a piece that appeals to you, in this football season. For some,watching footballers run around in the competition isn’t enough, and you’ll want to get involved in the action yourself. Our local sports stores are stocked up on football gear, ready to give you the best head start in getting involved in the sport. From the best football boots, to footballs, everything you need to be the best you can, will be in your local sports store. The World Cup may have introduced you to the world of sports, or rekindled your love for fitness, in which case, you’re bound to find the best items for, from trainers to weights. It’s a great time, which only comes every four years. Enjoy it.

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Balscadden village and the environs is looking good these days, as the many volunteers from the local tidy towns group give of their time to make sure the grass verges are cut, weeds kept under control, flower beds enhanced. Whatever else it takes to make it a village to be proud of. “Judges are due any day now from the Tidy Towns, and it is so important that we get as many people as possible to come out and give the village and the surrounding areas the face lift it deserves,” John Farrelly PRO told the County Leader. He went on to say,” that every second Saturday at 10am we meet at the church car park and we take it from there. All you need is a brush or rake, shovel or strimmer and an hour of your time. It is great crack when you get into it and you see the results of your efforts unfold before your eyes.” “Great improvements have taken place in the last number of months; especially the new car park at the old graveyard, which has just been constructed and is a sight to behold, and a very special thanks goes to the many volunteers for making it happen,” he concluded.

Butler Welcomes Funding For Swords Church Swords councillor, Darragh Butler (FF) has expressed his delight that funding of €15,000 has been made available towards the restoration of St. Columba’s Church, Church Road, Swords, under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014. He told the County Leader, “I would see the restoration and re-opening of this church as of huge importance to Swords, and anything that helps towards this is very helpful, however there is still a long way to Cllr. Butler go. If there are any generous benefactors out there, I would ask them to visit and see what you can do to help this campaign. The new scheme aims to assist with the repair and conservation of Protected Structures and buildings within Architectural Conservation Areas that contribute to the character of the place. It is intended to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople. The scheme is entitled the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme and a fund of €5 million was made available nationwide. Other projects that have been approved for funding in the North County, include: • Old Kilbush House, Kilbush Lane, Rush (€15,000), • Station House,Skerries (€5,680), • Thatched Dwelling, Drishoge Lane (€15,000), • Thatched Dwelling, Toberburr (€15,000), • Woodbine Cottage & Forge, Donabate (€3,200), • The Bothy, Lambay Island (€9,220), • No. 7 Castle Terrace, Malahide (€15,000), • Tankard Ville, Brecan Close, Balbriggan (€8,700), • Wellfield, St. Doolagh’s Malahide Road (€15,000) • The Grange, Drishoge Lane (€13,200).

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Jack Fitzsimons Prize was held on Sunday, 15th June and the winner was Eddie Madden with a net 48, Runner-up was John Cahill with net 51. Best Gross was James Carroll G51. Congratulations to Eddie Madden with a hole in one on the 8th. Many thanks to Jack Fitzsimons for his sponsorship. Wednesday three ball 27 hole scramble winners, Tommy McCann, Marie Delaney and Maura Lynch G69. Congratulation to Mary Kennedy, who was elected club Chairperson. The Ladies league team event is starting on Saturday, 21st June with a tee time of 4pm. The club sends deepest sympathies to the family of club member, Vince Walker who died suddenly on Sunday, 15th June; and also his partner Bridget. A dedicated member of the club may he rest in peace.


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Florals For The New Season Though our summer season has just begun, Littlewoods Ireland are already planning their next fashion season and recently launched their new Autumn Winter 2014 collection. Bright colours and floral prints look set to be big next season, as the models donned an array of fresh, and feminine skirts, dresses and playsuits complete with a jacket or two to keep out that extra chill. Pictured here, Alicia models a red, South Hooded Duffel Coat (€72) and a South Floral Playsuit (€32). Wife of footballer Wayne Rooney, Coleen’s collection mixed botanical prints with scuba fabric, which has risen in popularity of late due to its low maintenance and resistance to creasing, was also popular, and the Myleene Klass floral mididress drew a lot of appreciative murmuring. All the new season clothes will be available for purchase from the Littlewoods website from July 17th.

The members of North County Macra group have plenty planned for the summer months ahead. The new committee was recently elected, and the group would like to say a huge thanks delete to last year’s committee for all their hard work and dedication. They also want to wish member, Lorna Sweetman from Balbriggan the best of luck in her journey to contest for this year’s Dublin Rose of Tralee. Currently members of the club are busy preparing a stand for this year’s Flavours of Fingal festival on the 28th and 29th of June in Newbridge House in Donabate. Next on the cards for the club is a trip to the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan on the 5th of July to support member Grace Dowling in the

Deadline Approaches For Local Film Festival Submissions As the submission deadline approaches, the Fingal Film Festival team are overwhelmed with the response of filmmakers in this, the third year of the festival. June 30th is the final day of the submissions and the festival organisers and staff want to extend their congratulations to all the filmmakers who have submitted material to date and invite

Acclaimed Singer Performs At Millbank Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, Eleanor McEvoy will be appearing at the Millbank Theatre, Rush on Saturday, 19th July at 8.30pm on the wave of her latest album release ‘Stuff,’ which hit shelves last month. The collection is the result of a purposeful mission by the Wexford-based singer to find and release the ‘stuff’ the fans wanted but couldn’t find. Eleanor says, “After I’d tracked down single mixes, audiophile tracks and songs I’d written and performed on other artists records, the project soon took on a life of its own, with more

those who still wish to submit their entries to do so before the closing date. “As of last Friday, we have tripled our submissions from last year with films comprising of documentaries, feature films, animations, short films and Irish language films, student films have been placed in front of the selection committee. “It has been an unprecedented year for submissions,” says

informal set up allows the kids alter the rules of the games and coaches act more in a supervisory role. Having already delivered the program in Skerries, Swords and Lusk it’s now planned for further venues throughout the North County. Commenting on the program Paul Keogh FAI/Fingal County Council officer said “The essence

of this programme is to create a safe environment where boys and girls can develop their skills in a way we all did in years gone by.” Swords Pavilions centre director Ian Hunter added “Swords Pavilions are delighted to work in in partnership with the FAI and this programme encompasses exactly what we should want for our youth. We’re delighted to be hosting an FAI/FCC street skillz day in the Swords Pavilions later in the year where a number of participants will be displaying the skills they’ve learned.”

Daniela O’Brien was the lucky winner of Millfield Shopping Centre Father’s Day Competition sponsored by Specsavers. She is pictured here receiving a pair of designer sunglasses for the special father in her life from Brian Brodigan, Store Director Specsavers Balbriggan and Peter Carey, Centre Manager, Millfield Shopping Centre

Official Launch Of Popular Donabate Event With the anticipation mounting and the event not too long away, the 2014 Flavours of Fingal County Show was officially launched Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate recently. The highly anticipated family, food and agricultural show will take place this month, on the 28th and 29th of June. Now in its third year, the Flavours of Fingal County Show is a fun filled family event offering everything you’d expect from a traditional county show. Just twenty minutes from Dublin City Centre, attendees can expect to witness highly competitive livestock, equestrian and poultry competitions, where Ireland’s most groomed animals will compete to win a coveted prize. All the family will get the chance to see groomed farm animals up close and personal while “Babe” fans will also get to experience real life sheepdog trials. And that’s not all, since its inception Flavours has developed into a Liz Kenny of the Fingal Film Festival team. “Also, the Introduction of our Irish language section, has seen us inundated with Irish language films.” There are eight awards up for grabs this year,

showcase of the best of food produce from the Fingal area. The historic walled garden of Newbridge House and Farm will again host the food producers section and will feature an array of favourite local delights from County Crest, Keelings and Keogh’s to name a few. Attendees can also expect to soak up musical entertainment and a programme of walks, talks and festival antics. Younger ones will be kept occupied with interactive biodiversity displays and an interactive learning zone the Big Dig. There’ll also be music, magicians and street entertainers, face painting, bouncy castles, a fairground, a mobile petting farm, and a children’s racetrack onsite. There is also a huge range of arts & crafts activities planned over the weekend event, for young and old, including baking and floristry demos, weaving and storytelling - there’ll be plenty to keep everyone entertained.

which will be presented on the final night of the festival at awards ceremony night on September 28th 2014. These prizes have been sponsored by organisations such as TG4, Film Equipment Hire Ireland,

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Swords Pavilions Helps Launch ‘Street Skillz’ Programme Senior international Players David Forde and Jonathan Walters recently launched the FAI/FCC “FAI Street Skillz” programme which is organised in partnership with Swords Pavilions. The participation based programme recreates the games many adults would have played in their youth, such as, ‘heads & volleys’, ‘3 and you’re in’ and ‘world cup’. The

Final of the Solo Instruments in the National Talent Competition. Shortly after that, the members will be on the road again, as member Ciara Fitzachary will be representing the North County and Dublin Macra at this year’s International Miss Macra Festival in Dundrum House Hotel. For anyone interested in getting involved with North County Macra, please visit the group Facebook page. They usually meet on the first Friday of the month at 8:30pm in Kettles Country House Hotel in Swords. North County Macra serves the whole of the North County from Balbriggan and Skerries to Swords and beyond. Come along to get involved in something new and adventurous for 2014.

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Pictured are members of Fingal Comhairle na nÓg, who held an information evening for school teachers at County Hall in Swords. Comhairle na nÓg is the Youth Council for people aged 12 to 17 years and deals with youth issues, like cyber bullying and bullying in general, as well as underage drinking and issues concerning disability access for youths.

Skerries Festival Receives Arts Funding The Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, has announced details of successful recipients under round two of the Festivals and Events Scheme for 2014. This specific funding programme is aimed at

small locally based events and festivals that have requested funding from the Council of up to €40,000. Amongst the recipients is Skerries Soundwaves Festival, which received €4,000. The festival

Summer Fete In Holywell The Holywell Educate Together National School Summer Fête will take place on Sunday, 22nd of June between 2-5pm with all

promotes awareness of arts and culture in the community, by combining international, national and local artists work into an annual arts festival. The awards may be used for one-off events, or for a programme of festival

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Concerns about the eye health of North County resident have been raised, as a result of a recent survey shows that we neglect our eye health. The survey shows that half of people in Ireland have not had an eye test in the last two years - the recommended maximum interval between eye tests. The finding is contained in a Behaviour & Attitudes survey, which also reveals that 21 per cent have never had a sight test at all, rising to over 36 per cent of those under the age of 35. The survey, in advance of a Healthy Eyes awareness week, found that the vast majority of those who have never

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Recent published deaths from the North County GAMBLE, Hubert (Hugh) (Ard na Greine and formerly of Balbriggan) June 10th, 2014, (Suddenly), beloved husband of Rita; will be sadly missed by his loving family, his son Ian and daughters Karen, Lynn and Jenna, sons-in-law, grandchildren Aaron, Mya, Tadhg and Ella, brothers, sisters, brothersin-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours, friends and work colleagues. May he rest in peace. QUIGLEY, Theresa (nee Lovett) (Portmarnock, Co. Dublin), 12th June 2014, (peacefully) in the wonderful care of the staff of Beechtree Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late Nick. Theresa will be very sadly missed by her loving children Yvonne, Bernadette, Darren and Nick, daughter-inlaw, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sister Peggy, extended family and friends. May she rest in peace. O’KEEFFE, Niall (Malahide and formerly of Limerick) June 11, 2014, (peacefully), in the loving care of the staff at St. Anne’s Ward, Beaumont Hospital, after a long illness, bravely borne; sadly missed by his loving dad Philip, brothers David and Philip, sisters Barbara and Lorraine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace. BEASLEY (Swords and late of Kilmore West)

DUFFY - David (Swords and late of City Quay), June 8th 2014, (unexpectedly), much loved son of the late Paddy and Daisy; loved and remembered always by his daughter Lynda, sons David and Paul, his grandchildren Taylor, Abbie, Adam, Layla and Laycie, his brothers and sister, son-in-law Michael, Amy, Ann, the extended family and friends. May she rest in peace. MURNANE, Terence (Terry) (Malahide, Co. Dublin) 8th June 2014 (suddenly) in the loving care of the staff in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin. Predeceased by his wife Frances. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Rosaleen, Sheila, Bernie, Mairead, Veronica, Deirdre, son Tony, daughter-in-law Sandra, sons-in-law Pat, Tony George and Ray, grandchildren, sisters Mary and Kitty, brother Michael, sister-inlaw Bridget, cousins, nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace. KIELTY, Leo (Puddenhill, Moorepark, Garristown, Dublin/ Ardcath, Co. Meath) peacefully at Kilbrew Nursing Home Curragha, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Reposing at Puddenhill House from 3pm Sunday, with removal on Monday to Ardcath Church arriving for Mass at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Ardcath Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

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Fingal County Council I William Bennett intend to apply for retention permission for a rear garden single storey shed with flat roof measuring 32 sq.m at 5 The Avenue, Melrose Park, Kinsealy, Swords, Co.Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during 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 I Aidan Coleman intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: No. 51 The Strand, Donabate, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the construction of a new 2-storey 3bedroom end-of-terrace house to the side, new vehicular access and off-street car parking, alterations to existing vehicular access and associated site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and 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. Fingal County Council Planning Permission sought by Patrick Leahy at 62 Strand Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin for 2 storey extension to rear, modifications to front elevation and new wall to front of main dwelling. Modifications to mews to the rear include revised layout, changes to fenestration and wider vehicular entrance from existing lane access. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Jane Landy & David Cooke for a single storey extension to the rear at 56 Holmpatrick, Skerries , Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of 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 We Mr. & Mrs. Williams intend to apply for Planning Permission at No. 15 Blackthorn, Boroimhe, Forest Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. For single storey extension attached to front and side of existing house with sky lights on pitched and hipped roof finish and relocate existing pedestrian entrance at side of house to the side of the extension. 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 St. Swords Co. Dublin during the public opening hours 930am 15-30pm Monday to Friday and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council I, Bernadette Fletcher, intend to apply for Full planning permission at No. 4 Seatown Villas, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development consists of; 1) Demolition of existing garage to side of existing dwelling, 2) Construction of a two storey extension to the side of the existing dwelling 3) Two storey and single storey extension to rear of existing dwelling, 4) Construction of a replacement front porch and 5) all ancillary site development works. The 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. Fingal County Council Patrick Fagan/Featherbed Farm Ltd intends on applying for planning permission for the erection of a detached 450sqm agricultural shed (8.9m in height) to the south of the existing detached shed and associated works all on lands at Ballykea, Lusk, 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 (20euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, Matthew & Susan Sheeran apply for

permission to construct a single storey garage to existing house at 4 Ardgillen Close, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the office 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 Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, Jason and Maria O'Toole, seek Planning Permission for the extension of the existing property at 10 Ashleigh Lawn, Malahide, Co. Dublin comprising the set back of the west elevation gable wall from the existing boundary creating side access, a 2 storey bay extension with pitched roof and a single storey bay extension with lean - to roof to the front of the dwelling, a single storey extension at ground floor level with pitched pyramid roof and a bay extension at first floor level with pitched roof to the rear of the dwelling, the creation of a new habitable attic space with velux windows and solar panels to the rear elevation within a new pitched roof and internal alterations at Ground and first floor level throughout the existing 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 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 Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Phyl Hand for a single storey extension and removal of hipped dormer to front and 1 and 2 storey extension to rear at 2 Pump Lane, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of 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 Permission is sought for the demolition of existing cold store & the construction of a kitchen extension & a replacement

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17.06.2014 enlarged cold store to the rear of the building, minor internal alterations & a glazed canopy over the existing courtyard to the rear at “Seasons”, 11 Strand Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Mel Connors. There will be no changes to either front elevation. These buildings are located within an Architectural Conservation 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 the public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Ursula McDonald and Anne McGee at the former Doctor’s Surgery unit to side of Fingal House (a Protected Structure), Main Street/Barrack Lane, Lusk, Co. Dublin for a sign (c 0.1 sq.m in area) located on railings to front of the premises. The application site is located within an Architectural Conservation 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 in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We, Dominic and Deirdre Jones, intend to apply for Planning Permission for change of use from Commercial to Commercial / Part Residential, to accomodate A. 2 No two bedroomed self contained apartments at first floor level. B. Roof garden to rear. C. Bin storage and necessary car parking to rear. D. All associated site works at No.281 Upper Main Street,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 offices of Fingal Council Council, County Hall, Swords, Co Dublin, during public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a prescribed fee (20 euro) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for Construction of new garage /boathouse to rear of existing property and associated site works at South Shore Road, Rogerstown, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed T. & M. Rickard The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for single

storey extension to side and rear, internal alterations, replacement first floor balcony/patio to rear of existing house known as “Hideaway House ”, Bissett’s Strand , Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicants: Con & Brid Walsh. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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North County Leader - 17th June 2014  
North County Leader - 17th June 2014