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29th October 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 41 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 • info@northcountyleader.ie

Donabate Teachers Make A Difference

Local accountancy firm McInerney Saunders (Swords) recently hosted the prestigious IAPA International Conference in Dublin. Pictured at their Gala Ball were Partners Susan McKittrick, Gerry McInerney, Cathal Saunders, Donagh Waters, Owen Sheehy & Neal Morrison are pictured with Tony Lambert, CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber.

An exciting initiative by four By Patrick Finnegan exchange,” said Colm. teachers from Donabate @TheCountyLeader He went on to explain the stark differences between Portrane Educate Together National School is set to have a profound teaching in Ireland and Cambodia. effect on pupils at the school, and also in “Standing barefoot, drenched in sweat, among a classroom of smiling faces and Cambodia, The teachers, Colm Byrne, Cormac O’Brien, armed only with a whiteboard marker, it Niamh Kershaw and Jenny Stanley spent a became immediately apparent that we number of weeks during their summer were in for the learning experience of our holidays in Cambodia, where they taught lifetimes. Welcome to the Cambodian children between the ages of 7 and 16. education system.” Colm continues, “We taught children They funded the entire trip themselves. Colm Byrne told the County Leader about between the ages of 7 and 16. These chilhow the project came about. “We teach a dren came from a range of backgrounds. subject called Learn Together, where we Some of these children were affected by teach children to be active citizens, high- health issues such as HIV/AIDS. Without lighting the differences with other children exception, we were overwhelmed by their incredibly positive, loving and joyful across the world.” “Nadine France, a parent in the school, personalities; something none of us will who has worked as a development aid ever forget. Through this, and our work worker for the past 20 years, approached with Cambodian teachers, we gained an us last year with the exciting prospect of insight into the rich Cambodian culture establishing partnerships between our and its educational system,” he said. school and Cambodian organisations. We While they were in Cambodia, the teachers saw this as an opportunity to empower all partnered with two local charities, namely children involved to play an active role in PEPY and Seedling of Hope. PEPY helps global development. Our aim was to estab- with empowering children and evaluating lish a mutually beneficial learning the education system in improving educa-

Plenty Of Options For Balbriggan Voters As a result of the By Jennifer McShane Balbriggan Town @TheCountyLeader Council being abolished next year, the current nine town councillors will not have positions, come next May. These dedicated servants of the community have worked very hard over the years to help to make Balbriggan the place it is today. They have contributed enormously to the town becoming a desirable place to set up home, or to build a viable business. The improvements to the town are apparent to all, in particular, the town square, which has a particularly continental look to it. The local elections, which take place next May is an opportunity for many of these experienced professionals to showcase their expertise to a wider audience. There are eight places up for grabs in the local elections for the Balbriggan Electoral Ward, which also includes the nearby towns of Skerries, Rush, Lusk and the rural villages in the region. Unsurprisingly, some councillors have informed the County Leader that they intend to run in the local elections next year, and aim to continue to fight for the people of

Balbriggan. At the time of writing, four of the nine councillors, namely, Cathaoirleach, Peadar O’Kelly (Lab) and Terry Kelleher (SP), as well as former Cathaoirligh, Gráinne Maguire (NP), and Frank Snowe (NP) have confirmed their intentions to run next May. This move will bring great relief to local residents, as these councillors have a vast amount of experience, knowledge and commitment between them, which they want to continue bringing to the locality next

year. Snowe told the County Leader that he intends to push for the local issues that “really matter to the community.” “I have no interest in national politics,” he said. “Local politics and the local people are what really matter the most to me.” Kelleher echoed this sentiment and said that he intends to “fight with the local people” to see that things get done in Balbriggan, while Maguire said while the local elections weren’t going to be easy, she was ready to put up a

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tional standards. Children can now achieve whatever they set their minds to. The PEPY programmes are teacher training, dream classes and English learning classes. “They were similarly enthused by our Learn Together programme and aspire to work with us in developing a values based programme. Seedling of Hope helps children and families affected by AIDS and HIV.” “We felt confident that these two groups would be very comfortable with the values present in the Educate Together community and us with theirs. We are very excited about our mutually beneficial learning exchange,” said Colm “The children here in Donabate Portrane Educate Together contributed by posting on the school blog and they made scrapbooks to go to Cambodia. They will be participating in a pen pal exchange and shared artwork. The project has been embraced enthusiastically by students, teachers and parents alike and our hope is that it will continue to grow and enhance the level of knowledge and understanding of all,” Colm concluded. See picture on page 5

fight. O’Kelly concluded by saying “I want to bring my energy, experience and passion to help directly shape the plans for the local community. It is an honour to represent the resi- Cllr. Maguire dents in Balbriggan and I am determined to get the absolute most for people in the area.” The Balbriggan Town Council has a long history of dedicated service to the people of Balbriggan and beyond. Its Cllr. O’Kelly councillors have tirelessly sought to improve the living conditions of the local people and to see that the town is maximised to it’s full potential. With such a long tradition of Cllr. Snowe service to the community, often with fathers and mothers handling over the baton to their children, it is evident that the ethos of loyalty and providing for citizens has always been to the forefront of these repre- Cllr. Kelleher sentatives. Residents of Balbriggan would be well advised to consider this, come next May.


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fantastic end to a great year, with the final major the George McDonnell Cup, which took place last weekend. The club’s end of year presentation night went ahead and the members had a great night out at Winters Restaurant at Blakes Cross. The concluding game in the McDonnell Cup was then played on the following morning and this also resulted in deciding the player of the year. The McDonnell Cup had three main contenders, Mary Kennedy, Patricia and Marie Delaney and after four games these ladies were in top spot to take the prize. The 2013 winner is Mary Kennedy after producing a great score of Net44 in the final game to take the prize, Runner up was Patricia Delaney and third place went to Nick Savage. The club want to congratulate Mary on her win, Player of the Year, Frank Hughes, the sponsor, club member Ann McDonnell and to everyone who took part over the past six weeks.

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A film produced by pupils at Rush National School has been shortlisted for a top award in this year’s national FIS Film Festival, The talented youngsters submitted a short film entitled ‘The Missing Mouse’. This film is now in the running for the award, which will be announced on Wednesday, November 6th. FIS is an exciting and innovative project involving primary school children from all over Ireland and this year the ever-increasing number of entries were of a particularly high standard. The students involved were Enda Hurley,

Fingallians GAA Club were presented with a cheque for €1000 for the banner they created for the 2013 Liberty Insurance Camogie championships finals in Croke Park. Fingallians claimed top prize for the most creative banner on the day. Pictured is Galway hurling ace, Joe Canning making the cheque presentation to Sandra O'Brien, from Fingallians GAA Club at Lawless Memorial Park, Swords, in the company of the enthusiastic Fingallians camogie stars.

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Donabate Back In Tidy Towns Fold There is very good news for residents of Donabate and Portrane, with the news that the local Tidy Towns committee has been relaunched. The group of local volunteers started their first project, with a planting day. Local well known landscaping company, Virgoe McEnery offered their services for free on the day, as they planted shrubs and plants, donated by the County Council at The Hand in the town. Secretary of Donabate Community Council, Clara La Combre spoke to the County Leader about how the Tidy Towns project was re-ignited, “We had a number of emails from residents about how the area was not as tidy as it should be. We decided to launch the Tidy Towns, under the unbrella of the Community

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Council. This is a great start for us, and we are very grateful to Virgoe McEnery for their very kind gesture, Managing Director of Virgoe McEnery, Michael McEnery said the company are delighted to be in a position to help. “We got a call from Clara and we were very happy to come to her rescue, especially knowing that we are doing something good for the community. We, as a company, like to give something back to the community, and I hope our little contribution will help the committee to kick start their season,” he said. Clara said that she is really looking forward to completing four big projects. “We will commence a consultation process and look for help from the local authority, local businesses and we also intend to ask schools to provide students to help with some work early next year. We are also appealing for volunteers to help out,” she concluded.

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Pictured is Balbriggan businessman, Adrian Allen, with his son Daragh Allen, who will be participating in the Cycle Against Suicide - Break the Cycle event next year.

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Virgoe McEnery Landscaping company has decided to offer it's services free of charge to Donabate Portrane Tidy Towns committee, when the committee launched the first phase of it's planting project at The Hand in Donabate on Friday last, 25th October. The plants were provided by the County Council. Pictured at the launch are, Lorraine Field (Donabate Portrane Tidy Towns), Michael McEnery (Virgoe McEnery Landscaping), Clara La Combre (Donabate Portrane Tidy Towns), Cathy O'Rourke (Donabate Portrane Tidy Towns) and Kevin McGuinness (County Council).

A well known Balbriggan businessman has thrown his weight behind a cycling initiative, which is hoped will raise much needed funds in the fight against suicide. Adrian Allen, proprietor of Echo Menswear in the town, has decided to donate €2 per garment sold to the ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ campaign, whose members are setting out on a cycle around Ireland next year, to raise funds in the fight against depression. Adrian’s son, Daragh, who is a member of Swords Cycling Club, will be one of the participants in the event. The gruelling cycle will take riders on a circuit of Ireland, both north and south, visiting towns and villages along the way. Adrian told the County Leader about how he became involved in the initiative, “I was approached by some of my suppliers, who told me about their plans. They called it the ‘Cycle Against Suicide - Breaking the Cycle’ and I immediately thought it was a great idea. I’m delighted to be associated with this great charity and I’m appealing for as much support as possible over the next few weeks to ensure it’s success. For every garment sold, I will donate €2 to the cause,” he said. The cycle around Ireland will commence on 28th April next and finish on 11th May.

Swords Butchers Exposed For Charity Butchers at well known Swords supermarket, JCs, will be showing off a little more beef than normal, as they have decided to reveal a little more of themselves for charity in a calendar, which is set generate great interest, The calendar, called ‘Butchers in the Buff’ was officially launched at the Well in Swords on Tuesday, 22nd October last and will be on sale from Friday, 1st November. The calendars will sell for €5 each and all proceeds will go to the Make A Wish Foundation. The calendar is the brainchild of butcher, Brendan Collins, who told the County Leader about how the idea came about. “I used to run a lot for charity and my wife, Seppi, was watching the film Calendar Girls on DVD and she said to me why don’t we do something like this for charity,? The following day, I

Have you ever wanted to join the choir? Well now you can! The Portmarnock Singers Mixed Choir meet in St Anne’s Parish Centre on Monday evenings from 7.50pm to 8.50pm and they are looking for new members. Why not come and join in? Singing in a choir offers the opportunity to make new friends and you will get the chance to enjoy annual social trips too. All are welcome.

mentioned this to my colleagues in the butchery department and the idea soon became a reality. I gathered 12 names in a very short time - one for every month of the year. However, this led to uproar from the girls in the department, who didn’t want to be excluded. We now have 14 butchers, which allows us to have some group shots,” said Brendan. “We chose Make A Wish foundation because we decided to donate the proceeds to a children’s charity and Make A Wish was closest to our hearts. It’s such a wonderful charity.” Susan O’Dwyer, CEO of Make A Wish Foundation was present at the launch and she spoke glowingly about the gesture from the butchers. “We would like to thank JC Savage’s and the team for choosing Make A Wish for their charity calendar and their bravery in helping children’s wishes to come true. We’re very grateful to them for their support,” she said.


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Special Presentation & Networking Evening at Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport

Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber), Ian Hunter (Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords) and Derek O'Mara (North County Leader).

Dermot Rice from Priority Management Training was the lucky winner of a pair of return tickets to any city in Canada, which is serviced by Air Canada. He is pictured here with Joanne Burgess from Air Canada, and Deputy Chamber President, Siobhan Kinsella.

Exciting New Initiatives For Skerries Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG), has welcomed new initiatives drafted by members of Skerries Council. As Skerries was recently designated as an age friendly town, various improvements have been drawn up by council officials to ensure this reputation is maintained. Some of the proposed ideas include: a new children’s playground beside the Mills Park, an outside gym area located near the bowling green, improved cycle and access routes into the Skerries Mills and the removal of the large green containers at Skerries Park, which unfortunately stand as a

cause of anti social behaviour. There are also discussions in progress with Skerries Community Association, The Scouts Group, Skerries Lawn Tennis Club and The Bridge Club regarding the exciting prospect of accommodating all four groups in a new extension at the rear of Skerries Community Association premises. O’Leary told the County Leader: “This new plan for improved amenities around Skerries is very exciting. I will support funding for these improvements at Council level and indeed at central government level also.”

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Are you able to help out the Rush parish and volunteer as an altar server? This is a great opportunity to discover the benefits of volunteerism and to become active in enriching Mass and liturgy celebrations in your community.There is great appreciation for the commitment and enthusiasm of the people currently serving, and for those who’ve been involved in the past. However, further help is required. Any young person from, and including the 3rd class upwards, would be very welcome to join. A meeting for parents of any new volunteers will take place in November where more information will be provided. Training will likely take place on Wednesdays 4pm-5pm in the church. If you’re interested, application forms are available in the sacristy.

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Pictured are teachers. Niamh Kershaw, Cormac O'Brien, Jenny Stanley and Colm Byrne from Donabate Portrane Educate Together National School, who travelled to Cambodia during the summer. Also pictured are pupils, Jessica Hannigan, Tom Callender, Alison Dillon and Finn Smith, who were among many pupils who contributed by posting on the school blog and made scrapbooks to go to Cambodia. See story on page 1.

Cairde and Balbriggan Integration Forum were rewarded for their efforts to build a more integrated community in the Balbriggan area, when they recently received prestigious awards. Balbriggan Integration Forum (BIF) was the Overall Winner of the County Council’s Community Division Community Group of the Year Award 2013. They also won the first prize in the ‘Representative Organisation’ Category. This award aims to acknowledge and promote the work of community groups working in the administrative area of the Council. Cairde Balbriggan also received the Balbriggan Town Council Annual

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Fingal Vintage Society consists of a group of people who are interested in restoring antique farm machinery, among other things. Up to now, they have had nowhere to practise restoration projects. The County Council, however came to the rescue, when they allocated a new area, including a shed for their use at the Council's Turvey depot. Pictured with one of their restored tractors at the official hand over are, Shay Clarke (Chairperson, Fingal Vintage Society), Cllr Darragh Butler, County Mayor Kieran Dennison, Cllr Gerry McGuire, Cllr Tom O'Leary and County Manager, David O'Connor.

Driver Needed In Rush Rush ‘Meals On Wheels’ is looking for a driver who is able to volunteer for two days a month between the hours of 12.30pm and 1.30pm. If you would like to hear more, please call 0871329531.

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Award in recognition of helping all communities in Balbriggan to integrate. Balbriggan Integration Forum responds to the needs of the local community. It is a voluntary body that believes in developing positive intercultural relationships by respecting and sharing the richness, beauty and potential of all people and their respective cultures, which adds significantly to the quality of people’s lives in the area. Balbriggan has doubled in size over the last 10 years and its population became more culturally diverse. The town also has one of the highest concentrations of ethnic minorities per head of

Cairde and Balbriggan Integration Forum (BIF), received Fingal County Council Community Group of the Year Award and Balbriggan Town Council Award. Pictured at the awards ceremony are, Ann Marie Farrelly, (County Council), Bridie O’Reilly (BIF), County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison, Emilia Marchelewska (Cairde Integration Project Leader) and Olaf Berthold (BIF).

population in Ireland. Emilia Marchelewska, Cairde Balbriggan Integration Project Leader said: “We are very proud and delighted that we got recognition for our work. We hope that this award will give the group a boost and more people will come on board. There are great initiatives that are currently running, including Balbriggan Community Radio, logo competition for children organised with the local schools, wellbeing workshops and more.

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Local Students’ Art Lights Up Swords Bank Transition Year Art students from Fingal Community College in Swords have had their artwork displayed at AIB Bank on Main Street in Swords. They were recognised by the bank for their great achievements, when they were invited to visit the branch on Thursday, 24th October last. The beautiful pictures have been hanging on the bank’s walls for the past month and have attracted favourable comment from customers and staff alike. Branch manager, Lucia O’Riordan told the County Leader about how the works of art happened to be on display at the bank. She said: “Retail manager at AIB, Maria Freyne and I attended the Transition Year graduation at

Fingal Community College last May. We were greatly impressed with the works of art that we asked if we could display them in the branch. The students and

teachers were delighted with the offer and we have had great feedback from customers and great surprise that such high quality work was the work of students. The lovely paintings add a great dimension to the branch. We are delighted to share such wonderful work with the community,” she said.

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Balbriggan Halloween Safety Campaign Launched The Bewitched B a l b r i g g a n H a l l o w e e n Committee launched their first ever Halloween Safety campaign at F l e m i n g t o n Community Centre, Balbriggan on Friday, 25th October last. The campaign was officially launched by County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison and Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Peadar O’Kelly. Seven local primary schools were in attendance on the day. This campaign is run in conjunction with Dublin Fire Brigade, Dublin Bus, An Garda Síochána and the DSPCA. It is aimed at educating children on the dangers of illegal bonfires and fireworks. In all, there were about 270 schoolchildren, all 5th class students from the seven primary schools in the area. Representatives of these organisations spoke at the launch and warned about the dangers that can occur at Halloween. The four organisations are asking the Balbriggan community, young and old alike, to do everything they can to “Be Safe – Stay Safe” this Halloween and to ensure that everyone can enjoy the Halloween celebrations in a safe environment.

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Lusk Couple Cycle For Charity A local couple from Lusk were recently involved in a charity cycle event, organised by the Dublin Airport Authority, to raise money for its various charities. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dublin Airport Team, recently took part in a charity cycle event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland Bee for Battens and Make a Wish Foundation The Enterprise team consisted of Manager, John Paul Denker and his wife Jamie from Lusk, along with Mathew O’Grady and Luke Murphy, as well as employees Lukasz Juskzis and

Dave Hudson. They cycled more than 100km from Oldbridge House in Drogheda onto Slane, Dunleer and Clogherhead and raised nearly €1,000 for the charities. Mathew O’Grady, Enterprise Dublin Airport Branch Manager, said: “I was delighted to be part of this charity event and I want to especially thank the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for organising it. The DAA has chosen such worthy causes I would also encourage others to raise money or volunteer their time to support these fantastic charities” Since

Pictured here are Jamie Denker and her husband John Paul Denker from Lusk. They recently participated in a charity cycle organised by the DAA.

the launch of the DAA Staff Charity of the Year programme in 2007, more than €750,000 has been donated to a range of national charities.


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November Courses At Emmaus The Emmaus Centre in Swords are running make your own Christmas card classes starting on the 7th November and running

for four Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12pm. This four week course will include designing and making your own unique

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Programmes & Courses at Emmaus for November 2013 6th November – Learn to make Your Own Christmas Cards 4 Wednesday Mornings Facilitator: Ann McFadden Cost €65.00 All materials supplied

9th November – Mindful Eating – 1 Day Workshop Facilitator: Deirdre Kavanagh Cost: €60.00 Light Lunch included

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entitled Mindful Eating with Deirdre Kavanagh. It is suitable for those wishing to explore their relationship to food. On Saturday, 10th November they have the second workshop entitled Mindfulness Through Art with Veronica O Rourke an Art Therapist. Art work provides another option. No prior skills or training are required - just you and the creativity within you. On the weekend of the 15th - 17th November, they have a De Mello Weekend with Father John Callanan & Carmel Wynne ‘The writings of Anthony de Mello S.J. offer insights into the reality of human living and this weekend is available on a residential or non residential basis. On 16th November, Fr Joe McDonald will facilitate a workshop entitled When the Shepherd Attacks, exploring the impact of clerical sexual abuse, on a personal but also communal level. On 23rd November, Sr Elizabeth Fitzpatrick will present a one day on Saint Francis of Assisi - Mystic, Founder, Poet and Saint. These are just some of the courses which will take place at Emmaus during November. Full details are available on their web site in the events section so just log onto www.emmauscentre.ie or call on 01-8700050.

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Some Just Don’t Want To Be Good Europeans The small Italian inde- By Cathal Boland pendent state of San @TheCountyLeader Marino shunned the prospect of joining the EU, when asked to vote in a referendum on Sunday the 20th October last. That republic with an electorate of just 32,448 gave the thumbs down when they just did not vote. A story’s told of Frank Cluskey, a former T.D. MEP and Labour Party Leader, when he was asked why he was not elected, replied with the simple answer “Cause I didn’t get enough votes”. Well that’s what happened to this referendum. It just didn’t get enough votes. With a turnout of 40.5 per cent. The Yes voters won a narrow majority of the popular vote at 50.3 per cent. Not good enough. The constitution required that for the referendum to pass, a minimum

Campus Day At Coláiste Dhúlaigh Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE) is hosting a Campus Day on Wednesday, 13th November from 12pm to 4pm. The college’s three campuses in Coolock, Raheny and Kilbarrack will be open for all to see what life in the college is like. CDCFE has built up an excellent reputation over the last 30 years, as one of Dublin’s largest further education course providers. The college runs post Leaving Certificate courses at FETAC levels 5 and 6 and at Higher National Diploma level. Mature students are also welcome. Many of our courses offer progression into the I.T’s and universities, including DIT and DCU. Class sizes are small, allowing the focus to be on students. Events and activities are at the heart of the college and ensure that time spent at CDCFE is a valuable experience and most definitely a memorable one. Come along on Wednesday, 13th November to see what’s on offer for you

of 32 per cent of all registered electors must vote in favour for the proposal to be accepted. So with 20per cent of electors saying yes those seeking change were shy 12 per cent. The failure to achieve a win must be a surprise as the referendum was called by public demand. A lot of noise with little clout. There were two referendums for San Marino to decide on that day. The second asked, should Employee Salaries be re-valued at the same rate as Government inflation. Yes, that one passed with 36 per cent of the electorate voting for it. So electors when faced with two questions seem to be able to distinguish between the issues. Which suggests voters are much the same throughout the world. The poor turnout at ballot boxes around the developed world is a cause of real concern for those who seek a democratic society, reflective of the entire community. A lot of work across Europe is required to up the voter turnout in next year’s parliament elections. Maybe we need to open up two debates here in Ireland One to consider should voting be compulsory, the other, if we might amend the constitution making it a requirement that a threshold be set for the minimum numbers of voters required to make changes to our constitution.

Clothing For The Kids The Tesco Autumn Winter 2013 F&F collection for children has arrived in-store and contains a host of on trend and affordable fashion including high quality essentials for your little ones. This cute collection has a fantastic selection of on trend fashions for girls of all ages. With cosy coats in all the latest styles including trench coats, parkas and faux fur gilets wrapping up for the winter season has never been easier or more stylish! Tesco also have a great range of comfy boots for little girls along with chunky knit jumpers and pretty dresses. Older girls will love the range of skinny jeans including a selection of patterned jeans - ensuring they are bang on trend this season.


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LEGAL Corner

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Encroachment of tree roots belonging to the Council is it a political issue or a legal issue? As a local solicitor acting mainly for individuals, I get asked to deal with a lot of what might be considered minor issues. As a solicitor also looking to secure a local political appointment, it often happens that political queries can sometimes develop into legal issues. One of those instances is a query often presented to me. An owner of a house might have a tree owned by a neighbour, or more often the local council, wherein the roots are encroaching on to their land. Putting the political hat on, if there is an encroachment of a tree or hedge from a neighbour, then the best thing to do is to negotiate and to talk as reasonably as possible to that neighbour or the council to resolve that issue. However, as is often the case, what do you do if the response from the council or your political representative is limited or non-existent? Unfortunately, there are no height limits to trees or hedges, as there is no legislation in existence. However, neighbours have a right to light and if you can prove an uninterrupted use of that light for more than twenty years, you can bring a ‘right to light’ legal action. These actions are complicated and are arguably grounded in equity and therefore it is not open to your lawyer to bring equity into the District Court. Once a right to light exists, the owner of the right is entitled to "sufficient light according to the ordinary notions of mankind": Colls v. Home & Colonial Stores Ltd (1904). Courts rely on expert witnesses to define this term. Since the 1920s, experts have used a method proposed by Percy Waldram to assist them with this. Waldram suggested that ordinary people require one foot candle of luminance, or approximately 10 lux) for reading and other work involving visual discrimination. This equates to a sky factor (similar to the daylight factor) of 0.2%. Today, Waldram's methods are increasingly subject to criticism and the future of expert evidence in rights to light cases is currently

the subject of much debate within the surveying profession. More often than not, the issue is that of the roots growing exponentially to a neighbour’s garden. The council over the years have, in their wisdom, planted trees wherein the roots grow horizontally across. These roots can cause damage to walls and patios and gardens. In those circumstances, it is possible to launch a tort action in negligence (the planting of those types of trees by the council), or more likely the tort of nuisance – the rule in Rylands and Fletcher wherein the Plaintiff would just need to show the encroachment and seek a Court Order for the removal of the offending tree and roots. Further, an Order would be sought to make good the damage. It should be noted, I have learnt that there are trees that can be planted, wherein the roots grow vertically downwards and thereby do not cause the problems traditionally caused by tree roots. Therefore, this issue will one day hopefully become historical. Swords is fortunate enough to have a local Court that can quickly and efficiently deal with these type of cases, provided your solicitor is willing to take the case on. A reasonable warning letter would have to be sent to the local authority or the neighbour to give them adequate time to make good the problem. The problem is that this issue, especially where the local council are involved, has traditionally been seen as a political issue. We, as individuals, are expected to lobby our local councillors with a view to almost begging the council to repair a situation. However, I submit that times are a changing. Property owners are being issued with property tax invoices. That, in my view creates a greater onus and relationship between the property tax payer and the council. Gone are the days of “nod and wink” politics to resolve an issue, rather people will more often turn to seek legal remedies.

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Anti-Bullying Event For Skerries School Skerries Educate Together National School are holding a very large Anti-Bullying event on Tuesday, 5th November. Over 100 pupils and teachers will be attending from the local and wider community. This event is called the Diana Award AntiBullying Ambassador Training. The programme trains young people across the UK and Ireland to be Anti-Bullying

Ambassadors. It gives schools, such as Skerries National Educate Together School the knowledge, inspiration and practical ideas to make a difference in society today. The unique training will help young people from around the school creatively explore and understand the issue of bullying, through interactive sessions. The young people will creatively explore and

Rush Parish Councillors Needed There is a current appeal for new members for the Rush Parish Pastoral Council. The council seeks to work alongside each other to provide support in whatever way to help enable parishioners in becoming fully active members of their faith community. If this sounds like something you, or somebody you know would be interested in, then please complete a nomination form at Mass at the weekend.

Tidy Towns Award For Lusk Congratulations to Lusk Tidy Towns Committee for their recent accolade as first runner up for the County Council Community Group of the Year award in the ‘environment’ category. This award serves to recognise the committee’s ongoing efforts in the upkeep and maintenance of their environment and the consistent stewardship they practice. It’s certainly an achievement to be proud of.

Choristers Attempt Guinness World Record Would you like to achieve a Guinness world record in your lifetime? Well, now is your chance. Choirs from all over the North County will join others in performing Christmas carols alongside the most choirs ever recorded in one location. The event will take place on 19th December 2013 in Croke Park. There will be some famous faces to look out for, such as Louis Walsh and Miriam O’Callaghan, so keep your eyes peeled and your camera at the ready. So, why not grab the opportunity to join a local choir, make some new friends and partake in making history.

Volunteers Wanted In Lusk Have you got a few hours to spare each week? Do you want to become a more active member of your community? If so, The Citizens Information Centre in Lusk is looking for extra people to provide additional support to their staff team each week. If you are interested, call them on the following number: 076 1077500

understand the issue of bullying through interactive sessions. They will network with

other students, exchanging ideas and sharing good practice, and they will gain practical ideas and receive top tips on

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Fingal Joint Policing Committee Notice of Public Meeting A public meeting will be hosted by the Fingal Joint Policing Committee for the areas of Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Balbriggan, Garristown, Naul and Ballyboughal

St. Josephs Secondary School Rush 7.30 p.m. Wednesday November 6th 2013 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:

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on Facebook, over 16,000 followers on Twitter. Her blog offers followers advice on make-up and beauty, recreating celebrity looks, fashion must-haves and some entries on health and fitness thrown in for good measure. The former beauty therapist and makeup artist has also worked in HR, modelling, and most recently in radio, on Dublin stations. She has also done some presenting for Diet Coke TV, and regularly features on TV3’s Xposé and Ireland AM programmes.

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A scary Halloween festival will take place in Balbriggan, on 31st October. The festival, which is being organised by the Bewitched Balbriggan committee will include all the exciting activities traditionally associated with Halloween. There will be two parades starting at 6.30pm, one from Bath Road and the other from the Catholic Church, with both

Stars In Your Eyes For Swords School Never ones to sit on their laurels, the very active parents’ association of Gaelscoil Bhriain Boroimhe in Swords, are hosting a ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ fundraiser at the City North Hotel on November 15th in aid of the school. Fourteen acts, which include teachers, friends and parents have signed up to participate. The event will involve dance, singing and performance. Local celebrity judges will provide commentary and judge

the competition. It will also be possible for friends and family to vote. There will be a raffle and opening and interval acts on the night. Excitement is building and the parents’ committee hope to raise a significant sum to help the school. It promises to be an unforgettable night of glamour, glitz, and fun, but most of all one that should not be missed! Tickets are €25 and available from the school and the performers.

Charity Music Night In Skerries Skerries Sailing Club will be hosting a ‘Fun Music Night’ in aid of St Francis Hospice on Saturday 16th November at 8.00pm. On the night, there will be music for all to enjoy, as well as an auction and a monster raffle. Over the past twelve years, this event has raised in excess of €50,000 for St Francis Hospice. So do come along, everybody’s welcome, free of charge.

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Singing Circle In Malahide This month’s Song Session will feature special guest Vincent Doherty, taking place on Wednesday, October 30th at 8.30pm in Oscar Taylor’s in Malahide Vincent was born and bred in Derry City but has lived in Dublin since 1979. Hugely influenced by the singing of Kevin Mitchell, Geordie Hanna, Sean Corcoran, Paddy Tunney and others, he is also known as a flute player and dance teacher. Most of his songs come from what has been broadly described as the ‘northern tradition’ or are sung in the ‘northern style.’ All are welcome to attend.

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outdoors, so as it was an area of such interest to me, it seemed only natural to go down this route in some form, when it came to thinking about study and career choices. I would have particularly loved things like Natural Heritage as well, so it was about trying to get a mix of that in college.” “I studied Tropical Environmental Management in Australia for my Masters degree and started studying in UCD. Then through a fellowship, I studied in Japan and finished up in Australia and it was fantastic to go to both countries.” Prior to the Masters studies, Sandra went down the journalism route. “Journalism was something I really enjoyed as well,” she continued. “I did some experience in the Sunday Tribune and then did some work for Medicine Weekly for a good few years. Initially, when I was thinking of doing my Masters, I had really started to gain more interest in the environment and I was thinking of perhaps being an Environmental Correspondent, before the opportunity with the Green Schools programme came around. So, this is the route that I’ve stayed down.” Sandra is constantly on the move, going around to all the schools around the North County, helping them to come up with a plan to make their travel more sustainable. “What I love about my job is that every day is different. You’re always doing different things with the kids, who are full of enthusiasm, so it’s a great job to have. We work a lot with the County Council and run a few different events a year.” There’s no doubt that Sandra’s job keeps her very busy, but she also teaches yoga in her spare time as well. “I teach yoga in Donabate at the moment, and I’m going into teaching yoga during pregnancy. I love it as I’ve always had a interest in physical therapy, I looked into going back and studying it because I thought it would really help with the yoga. Maybe I’ve another career in me yet!,” she said. She happily tells me that she just got married in August and as her husband is German, she’s trying hard to learn the language. “We’re trying to speak it as much as we can at home, so I’m getting there slowly but surely.” In terms of the future, she’s looking forward to staying working in the environment sector and keeping as busy as possible. “I’m always happiest when I’m active and busy, so I’d be very content to stay that way, for the next while at least,” she concluded.

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Sandra Pokrant From Rush is this week’s North County Living candidate. Sandra has been a prominent figure on the local school scene, as she is a Green Schools Travel Education Officer, a position she’s held for the past six years. Alongside this, she is an ambassador for the Great Electric Drive, which saw Sandra get to drive an E-Car for a full year. As she works as an Environmental Education Officer with An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme, this involves raising awareness about the benefits of sustainable travel for local schools and supporting children and their families to make greener travel choices. She really believes in a more positive environmental legacy and says she wants to use the e-car to make her mileage greener, and has been making full use of the car for the past year. “I really thought the car was a fantastic idea, and it seemed ideal as I’m a green schools officer. It couldn’t have worked out better as I was going around to local schools encouraging them to partake in sustainable travel on the way to school (this is to use any other means of transport - walking, cycling etc - except a private car), and it was far more fitting to have the e-car for this purpose,” she explained. “I applied to be an ambassador and, as part of my application, some pupils from the schools in the area drew their versions of ‘cars of the future’ which I think really won the judges over, so I think I have them to thank for my getting the car!” She says she won’t have the car for too much longer, and it’s something she’ll really miss. “It’s been amazing having the car, not only for the cost saving, but the fact that you’re doing your bit for the carbon footprint.” One of the aims of the trial was to highlight the benefits of electric car driving, so with the car in tow, the Rush local has gone around to schools around the locality, and explained the great advantages to using an electric car to the students. “We would give lots of workshops on cycle training, safety, how the schools could obtain green flags and so on, as part of our green schools programme, and it’s something I love doing. All the kids are fantastic, and it’s great to see them getting so enthusiastic about environmental issues.” Sandra says she’s always been very much interested in environmental issues and spends a great deal of time outdoors. “I’m originally from Tipperary and the family would have always spent a lot of time hiking and enjoyed the

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Country And Gospel Night Fingal Folk Club in Ballyboughal will host a concert of Country and Gospel night on Friday 1st November, and they hope that this event will be well attended. The evening kicks off at 8pm, with a tea break in between, finishing around 10pm. The cost for adults is €5, with children free. So come along and enjoy some great music and great craic.

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Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for Retention of New 1st floor window to side elevation (East) of new extension (Ref: F13B/0069) with associated site works all to 41 The Walk, Robswall, Malahide, Co.Dublin for Richard & Orla Owen 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 (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to demolish existing house at 11 South Strand, Skerries and replace with similar structure but to include attic level accommodation with dormer window to front and rear facades for Valerie & Neil O'Keeffe. THIS BUILDING 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 Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to retain widened front door, sunroom, porch and garden shed to the rear of 54 Quay St, Skerries for Mary & Cecil Barkley. THE PROPERTY IS LOCATED WITHIN AN AREA OF ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to construct a new vehicular entrance with wing walls and gate at Woodview, Skerries Rd, Rush, Co. Dublin for Siobhain McGuinness The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, 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 permis-

sion subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to construct a secondary treatment plant with percolation area and ancillary site works to serve an existing house at Woodview, Skerries Rd, Rush, Co. Dublin for Siobhain McGuinness The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council I Mary Harford am applying for Retention Permission & Planning Permission. Retention permission for 3No. velux roof lights over attic roof on eastern elevation,1No. velux roof light over attic on western elevation. Permission for single storey ground floor front baywindow with pitched roof over, dormer roof with window on western elevation at attic level, 2 storey side extension with pitched roof over on western elevation & all associated site works at Villa D'Mere, Baldongan, Lusk, 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 a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of (20 Euro) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Darren Byrne to construct a bungalow with connection to existing mains water and wastewater services, utilising existing vehicular access at Strifeland, The Hills, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for Retention of first floor level window to side elevation (East) of new extension (Ref: F13B/0069) and permission is sought for new Dormer type window at Roof Level to existing attic conversion (East facing elevation) with associated site works all to 41 The Walk, Robswall, Malahide, Co.Dublin for Richard & Orla Owen 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 (â≠¬20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for retention for: 1/ dormer window to southeast elevation 2/ alterations to fenestration on south-east elevation 3/ height of existing dormer window to south-east elevation - alterations to previously approved application ref. no. F12B/0154, (two storey extension to side of existing dwelling and associated site works) at No. 8 Hands Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed Paul & Anne Doyle 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.


29.10.2013 Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for Retention of first floor level window to side elevation (East) of new extension (Ref: F13B/0069) and permission is sought for new Dormer type window at Roof Level to existing attic conversion (East facing elevation) with associated site works all to 41 The Walk, Robswall, Malahide, Co.Dublin for Richard & Orla Owen 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 (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for new vehicular entrance off “Gavneys Gap” laneway to side of existing dwelling & 2 no. car parking spaces in front garden @ “Meadowbank”, 8 Dublin Road, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Gordon Tolan. 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 We Richard and Yung Quinn seek Planning Permission at Naul Hill, Naul, Co. Dublin for the construction of a 74sqm extension to the rear with a balcony, the enlargement of the existing kitchen extension at the side of the house by 17sqm, the raising of the main roof by 1.5m and provision of 3 no. dormer windows, the addition of a bulls-eye window to the front elevation, the changing of the front exterior from a facing brick finish to painted render and the changing of the roof of a shed from flat to pitched. 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 I, Ann Cunniffe, seek Retention Permission at House No. 1, No. 5 Hoar Rock, Skerries, Co. Dublin for the retention of minor amendments to the sizes and arrangement of windows and changes to the internal layout as previously permitted under planning register reference No. F07A/1138. 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 Retention Planning permission sought for extension and façade alterations to existing garage located to front and side of Fairacre, Swords Road, Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicant: A. Kelly The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for temporary placement and use of a portacabin as meeting room & store (12m x 4m with flat-roof) to be located to the rear of existing Church Building - St Georges Church is a protected structure at:- St Georges Church, Church Street, Balbriggan Co. Dublin. Signed:- The Vestry, St Georges Church. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 16.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for a change of use from office space to Montessori & Naionra (hours of operation 08.00am – 07.00pm) along with ancillary accommodation & associated siteworks at :-Hamilton House Mill Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Signed:- Cawley Childcare Ltd.. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 16.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council

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