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Balbriggan Makes A Determined Bid For Investment Thursday 6th June last may well prove to be a red letter day for Balbriggan, in terms of attracting companies to invest there. Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce hosted representatives of the IDA in the Bracken Court Hotel, where they made a presentation encompassing the working history of Balbriggan, demographics, infrastructure, available zoned lands and potential ‘property solutions’. Chamber President, Anthony Murphy thanked the Chamber’s Industrial committee of Chris Harmon, Kevin Tolan and Donogh McGowan for all their work in preparing for the meeting and believes that a strong professional working relationship has begun that will hopefully yield positive results for Balbriggan in the near future. A tour of the town followed the presentation and included visits to a selection of properties, which may provide accommodation for companies seeking suitable premises from which to operate. The

tour included a visit to the successful ‘Fumbally Exchange’ in Railway

By Patrick Finnegan continues to thrive in the heart of Balbriggan. The presentation and tour also showcased some of the ‘noncommercial ‘ aspects of Balbriggan, including the harbour and beach areas, as well as Balbriggan Golf Club and Ardgillan Park.

directly market the town of Balbriggan as a potential location for Foreign Direct Investment. “The IDA now have the necessary information to consider Balbriggan as a destination and home for potential future employers. A strong professional working relationship has been established

Pictured at the recent meeting between Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and the IDA at the Bracken Court Hotel are, Kevin Tolan (Manager, Balbriggan Chamber), Chris Harmon (Vice-President, Blabriggan Chamber), Anthony Murphy (President, Balbriggan Chamber), Breda O'Toole (IDA), Thomas McEvoy (IDA) and Donogh McGowan (Secretary, Balbriggan Chamber).

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Murphy said that this was a hugely significant meeting and provided an opportunity to

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Balbriggan in the near future,” he said. The Balbriggan visit followed an initial meeting between Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and the IDA which took place on 26th May last. “The fact that the IDA agreed to visit Balbriggan within two weeks of our first meeting speaks for itself. We were proud to showcase companies who have chosen to locate and continue to successfully operate in Balbriggan such as, Arvato-Sonopress, Bridgestone, Techcrete and of course, Wavin Pipes which has been synonymous with Balbriggan since 1962. The National Passport Office was also a good example of how a Government Department chose Balbriggan as a suitable location,” said Murphy. Balbriggan has experienced the fastest

New Road Train Can Boost Tourism In Malahide An exciting new road train has been launched in Malahide, that is expected to bring a welcome boost to tourism in the seaside town. The new train, called ‘Toots the Malahide Road Train’ is the brainchild of Holywell man, Michael Place. The launch, which took place on Friday last, 14th June attracted many schoolchildren and local onlookers. The excited children were treated to sweets and a free journey to mark the launch. Local councillor, Eoghan O’Brien was very upbeat about the new train service. He told the County Leader, “The train will operate from the village and the beach car park, up to Malahide

village, who would not otherwise come here. All in all, it has the potential to be a real boost for tourism in the area. It will operate on a similar basis as road trains in certain parts of Europe. There’s been a terrific reaction to it from children and adults alike,” he said. The name “Toots” came about as a result of a competition that owner, Pictured at the launch of 'Toots" the new Malahide Michael Place held in the local train service are Senator Darragh O'Brien, Cllr Eoghan schools. Children were invited to O'Brien, with conductor, Lauren Thompson and train come up with a name and a colour for driver and owner, Michael Place. the new train. The winner was invited Castle. It will provide a linkage between on a tour of the town with their classvisitors to the Castle and Avoca and mates and the project is expected to Malahide, bringing tourists to the have a very positive impact on Malahide.

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percentage growth in population in Ireland between census 2006 and 2011. “People need education, healthcare and employment. The Department of Education have recognised this and ensured that the school chairs will be there for our children. The Department of Health has also recognised this and our new Primary Care Centre was recently granted planning permission. As a Chamber of Commerce, we need to ensure that the jobs are there for our population as they reach employment age so that they do not have to emigrate, or rely on social welfare and that they, like their parents and grandparents, can work in Balbriggan, provide for their family and feel pride in themselves and pride in their town.” “There is good reason why we entitled our presentation, ‘Balbriggan - A Working Town’ concluded Murphy.



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Upgrade For Balbriggan Train Station Balbriggan Train Station will receive a €225,000 upgrade, according to local TD Alan Farrell (FG) He told the County Leader, “The National Transport Authority has approved funding for improvements to Balbriggan Train Station, and to the area approaching the station on Railway Street.” “This funding will allow for the provision of a widened footpath on approach to the station, an upgrade of the bus stop and shelter, a pedestrian walkway

within the station. It also caters for a Taxi waiting area as well as sheltered bike parking and passenger information.” He continued, “This is a great investment for Balbriggan. These improvements will ensure that public transport services in the area are more user friendly and will hopefully result in increased numbers using these services. In addition, it will improve the appearance of the station for visitors who travel to Balbriggan by bus or train.” “This work is due to be completed by the end of next year and will go a long way to improving the appearance, safety and accessibility of public transport in Balbriggan,” he concluded

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Pictured at their Golden Wedding celebrations at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, are Paddy and Teresa Comisky, with their children, Christine, Bernadette, Denise, Teresa and Denis.

Happy Couple Celebrate Fifty Years Together By Eva Watson On Wednesday June 12th last, husband and wife, Paddy and Teresa Comisky celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in The Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. The pair, originally from Crumlin, spent a large part of their married life residing in Brackenstown, Swords where they raised their children, Christine, Bernadette, Denise, Teresa and Denis. With five

children, 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Paddy and Teresa. The happy couple, both 72, met at the age of 20 in the Four Provinces ballroom, Harcourt Street in September 1962. It was not long until the couple tied the knot. A mere nine months after their ballroom dance, they decided to marry in June of 1963. But it wasn’t all plain sailing at the start. Paddy and Teresa mentioned how their relationship didn’t work out on their initial encounter in 1962. Teresa says “we went our separate ways.” However, on their second rendezvous in Harcourt Street Ballroom,

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O’Kelly Elected As Balbriggan Cathaoirleach Balbriggan Town Council held its Annual meeting on Tuesday 11th June last in Balbriggan Town Hall, where the elected representatives chose a new Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach. Councillor Peadar O’Kelly was elected Cathaoirleach, succeeding Councillor Larry Dunne, while Councillor Gráinne Maguire was elected Leas Cathaoirleach, succeeding O’Kelly. Outgoing Cathaoirleach, Larry Dunne thanked the Council officials for their hard work during the past year. He also thanked his fellow elected members for their co-operation and dedication on behalf of the people of Balbriggan. Following his election as Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, O’Kelly thanked his fellow councillors for electing him and stated that “he would work to the best of his ability on behalf of the people of

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Outgoing Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council is pictured congratulating the newly elected Cathaoirleach, Peadar O'Kelly.

Balbriggan in the coming year.” He concluded by acknowledging that Balbriggan is a fast growing town which presents unique issues and informed his fellow members that he was looking forward to working as a team to deal with the various issues of the town. you can help out at the Fun Day. Tickets for the 30th anniversary function on July 20th, are now available from the club office and should become available online this week from the club website.

Rush Cemetery Blessings The annual Cemetery Blessings for Rush will take place at Whitestown Cemetery on Sunday, 30th June at 3 p.m. and also at Kenure at 6 pm., also on 30th June.


Brand New Home For Skerries Fire Station By Patrick Finnegan Thursday last, 13th June was a red letter day for the members of Skerries Fire Brigade. It was the day that a new fire station was officially opened. The new, state of the art fire station, is ideally situated on the Dublin Road, near the roundabout. There was a great sense of family and community spirit at the opening. Wives, children and grandchildren of firefighters, as well as former colleagues were present on the day. Children explored the fire engines and tried to mimic their fathers and grandfathers. The new station was officially opened by local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab), who had special praise for the crew of Skerries Fire Station, as well as Station Officer, Damien Dorey, his two sub officers and the firefighters, who continue to provide an excellent and committed service to Skerries, Lusk, Loughshinny and Rush. Throughout the years they have attended numerous incidents, including fires, marine emergencies, road traffic accidents and cliff rescues . The former retained fire station was

Family Affair! Pictured at the official opening of the new fire station in Skerries are, Firefighter Stephen Dorey, his son Ben and his father, Station Officer, Damien Dorey.

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New Parking Tag Initiative To Be Introduced A new Parking Tag initiative is set to be rolled out by the County Council in all of the major towns in the North County this summer. Residents will be aware of the new signage on parking information displays across the North County, informing them about where they can use the new system. Parking Tag is a cashless parking payment solution, which has been in use in Dublin city since 2009 and is operated by Payzone. The idea is that you can register on line and send a text when you want to top up your parking ticket. There is no need to return

to your car. It is ideal if you are held up at a meeting, or in a long queue in the bank etc. Local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF) is very upbeat about the new pay tag. He told the County Leader, “I am delighted to see the Parking Tag initiative move into the North County and the other Dublin local authority areas. I have been using it in Dublin City Centre for a number of years now and it makes paying for parking and renewing your parking, without having to go back to your car if you are in a meeting or at an appointment, so this is most welcome. It should also help motorists save money, as you can pay for a shorter period and then renew by text if you are going to be longer, so helps ensure that you don’t have to guess and overpay if using coins,” he said.

Beach Louts Will Be Monitored Closely Pictured at the Balbriggan Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind walk at Ardgillan Castle on Sunday 9th June last is Rebeckah Nolan, with her mastiff boxer, Sweetpea.

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Pictured at the Balbriggan Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind walk at Ardgillan Castle on Sunday 9th June last are Peta Taaffe and Bridie Holland, with Gracie, their labrador.

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Pictured at the Balbriggan Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind walk at Ardgillan Castle on Sunday 9th June last is Thomas Fay from Rush, with his dog Harley who was rescued from the pound recently.

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RNLI Pays Tribute to North County Volunteers The RNLI Annual Presentation of Awards took place in the Great Hall at Trinity College recently. During the ceremony, RNLI volunteers and supporters from around Ireland were recognised for their role in raising funds and awareness for the life-saving charity and for supporting the volunteer lifeboat crews in their work. Seven North County RNLI volunteers and one club were honoured at the ceremony. They included, Bud Bryce from the Howth Andrew Deegan (left) is pictured receiving the RNLI Recognition Award on behalf of Malahide Yacht Club. The award was presented for the club's generosity and long standing support in raising funds to help save lives at sea. RNLI Chairman, Lord Boyce made the presentation.


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branch, who received a Bronze Badge. Malahide Yacht Club received the award of a Record of Thanks. The RNLI St. Patrick’s Day “Hot Paddy and Irish” coffee morning has been hosted in Malahide Yacht Club since 1983 and has raised over €50,000 for the charity. Andrew Deegan of Malahide Yacht Club collected the award. Four Skerries RNLI volunteers were recognised at the awards ceremony. Lifeboat Operations Manager, Niall McGrotty

was awarded the RNLI Binoculars. This is an operations award and was given to Niall in recognition of 30 years of lifeboat service. Gerry Benson received an RNLI Statuette. He joined the sea safety team from day one and has given 13 years valuable service since then and he has developed a relationship with local divers and anglers in particular. Thomas Hoey was awarded a Statuette in absentia. He became involved in the sea through his diving experience and has been instrumental in delivering the

Blakes Cross Junction To Be Relined Local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab) said he is delighted at the answer he received from County Council officials, following his earlier motion, calling for urgent action on lack of clear lining on the very busy junction at Blakes Cross. Byrne told the County Leader, “Officials have confirmed that work on relining the junction at Blakes Cross will commence within a few weeks. The junction carries large volumes of fast moving traffic south along the N1 and traffic, including cyclists entering and leaving that national road to and from the Rush, Lusk, Skerries areas. Clear slip lanes on the junction are critical for the safety of all these road users,” concluded Byrne.

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The County Council launched the Green Dog Walker Programme in Rush on Saturday last, 8th June in glorious weather. Green Dog Walkers is a regional programme and is a non-confrontational friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. It is a community based scheme which is adopted and promoted by local community volunteers in the area. The project aims to raise awareness of the health issues caused by dog litter and to highlight to people that not cleaning up after their dog is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act, and carries a hefty fine.

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The last twelve months for Swords based, North County Dublin Macra have been busy. This very active club is looking for new members and they guarantee an action packed year ahead. During the August Bank Holiday weekend, member, Clodagh Barnwall took part in the annual International Miss Macra Competition and placed third, representing Dublin Macra. Early autumn saw the start of their monthly meetings held in the Harp Bar, Swords, where the order of business for the year was rolled out along with welcoming our new members to the club. From September right

The programme was launched by acting County Mayor, Gerry McGuire County Council, Dr. Patrica McDonald (HSE Specialist in Public Health Medicine), George Sharpson (County Council Environmental Health Officer), Donal Moroney (Dog Warden) and litter wardens, along with local residents and representatives of Rush Tidy Towns. Dr. Patricia Mc Donald said, “Dog fouling is a public health issue, as serious infections can spread from dogs to humans via infected faeces. Infections include parasite worms (Toxocariasis), cryptosporidiosis and salmonella. Young children are at particular risk, through contact with contaminated ground while playing and then putting their hands in their mouths.”

through to the end of May, the club took part in numerous competitions and events up and down the county and ran some of our events too, including table quizzes, where they collected for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI). They also took part in sport competitions such as Basketball and Indoor Soccer and are looking forward to creating more opportunities to take part in more competitions such as Volleyball and Gaelic Football this year. They held a debating workshop and a mock debate to brush up on their debating skills in the hope to take part in debating competitions this year! North County Macra holds their monthly meetings in the Harp Bar in Swords on a first Thursday of the month. There is something for everyone in Macra! If you are interested, come along to see what they are all about.

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Pictured at the Green Dog Walkers initiative are, Donal Moroney (Dog Warden), George Sharpson (County Council), Dr Patricia McDonald (HSE), Acting County Mayor, Gery McGuire and Wendy Byrne (County Council).

Valid Health Card Required For Travel To Europe The HSE has reminded North County residents visiting Europe during the holiday period to make sure to take a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them. If you or a member of your family becomes ill while in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, the card will ensure easy access to public healthcare and medical services. People who have an EHIC already should check it’s still in date and can use the HSE website,, where you can renew online or make a new application. You can also apply for your EHIC at the HSE’s Local Health Offices or Health Centres. The EHIC is completely free of charge via the HSE website or from HSE Local Health Offices. While some websites charge Irish residents a fee to renew or apply for their EHIC card, this public service is available, without any charge, from the HSE. The card replaced the previous paper forms such as the E111 in 2004. Anyone living in Ireland or who intends to live here for a year may apply.

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Rubbish Problem At Longlands Needs To Be Resolved

Pictured are residents of Chapel Gate Naul Road at the hazardous junction at Harry Reynolds Road. They held a meeting with councillors Tom O'Leary and David O'Connor objecting to yellow lines being proposed for Chapel Gate Naul Road. The decision was later postponed by the Council. Pictured are, Ciaran Brady, Anne-Marie Brady, Cllr Tom O'Leary, Patricia McCann, Christine Quinlan, Cllr David O'Connor, Roisin Pett and Ciaran Campbell.

Council Postpones Plans For Parking Restrictions In Balbriggan A group of angry residents of Chapel Gate Naul Road in Balbriggan are relieved that the County Council has decided to postpone plans to put in double yellow lines on the Chapel Gate Naul Road, which is regarded as a particularly dangerous road. Resident, Patricia McCann, lives right at the junction of Chapel Gate and Harry Reynolds Road, told the County Leader, “There are no road markings there at present, but the local authority believes the road is too narrow to allow cars to travel freely, if cars are parked there (legally). The Council had proposed to put in double yellow lines, in an effort to solve the problem. However, residents, who met with local councillors, Tom O’Leary and David O’Connor at the location in an effort to find a solution to the problem, don’t want double yellow lines, as they believe it will encourage speeding along the road. It is the main link road from Balbriggan town centre to Millfield Shopping Centre. “There is a crèche and two schools along this road, so the dangers to

By Patrick Finnegan young children of speeding motorists here is obvious. Also, many residents deliberately park their cars legally on the side of the road, in order to slow down traffic. Ideally, residents would like to see a one-way system in place from Chapel Street to the junction at Harry Reynolds Road,” she said. Following representations by Councillors, O’Leary, O’Connor and Ciaran Byrne, it was decided at the Balbriggan Swords Area Committee meeting on Thursday last to suspend the proposed parking restrictions, until council officials meet the residents and local councillors in Balbriggan Town Hall. After that, a decision will be made. Patricia told the County Leader, “Double yellow lines will encourage speeding along the road, when drivers see that there are no cars parked there. “Many residents have two cars, so their would be nowhere to park the second car. Also where would visitors park.”

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Long suffering residents of Longlands estate in Swords have had to put up with a situation, where rubbish is being thrown into their estate for far too long. Local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF) contacted the County Leader to highlight the problem. He said, “This situation is ongoing and is being caused by people waiting for buses opposite the Pavilions Shopping Centre, who heedlessly throw their rubbish over the low wall that separates Longlands from where the bus stops are. Resident, Marie Doyle said that “this is an persistent problem and that something has to be done about it. The area has become rat infested and, as there are a number of children in the area, there are obvious health concerns,” she said. Butler brought this problem up at a recent local Area Committee meeting and he was not satisfied with the answer when he asked the The rat infested litter black spot at Longlands and inset Cllr Darragh Butler


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Farrell Welcomes Local Roads Funding

Pictured enjoying the sun at the recent Holywell Fun Day are Martin Zajac, Tadhg Gallagher, Ashleigh Gallagher and Shayna Zajac.

Pictured enjoying themselves at the Holywell Fun Day on Sunday, 9th June last are, Tanya Gallagher, Stephanie Cepeda, Leah Gallagher, Shelby and Casey Fitzgerald.

Local TD, Alan Farrell (FG), has said that the County Council will receive extra government funding for local and regional road resurfacing, in addition to almost €14 million of grants allocated this year to the North County. Farrell told the County Leader, “To date in 2013, the local authority has received almost €14 million for road projects and maintenance. This includes funding for vital infrastructure projects that will improve accessibility, safety and travel times throughout the North County, such as the Holywell Distributor Road, the Swords QBC upgrade, and the widening of the road from Drynam to Lissenhall, which received over €5 million

from the National Roads Authority. This week, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced extra funds of up to €888,015 for Fingal, which is to go directly

A campaign is underway to have an Educate Together Second Level School in Balbriggan. A new second level school has been announced for the town and many campaigners are hoping that it will be an Educate Together one. Pictured collecting signatures in favour of the school at Millfield Shopping Centre are Gillian Williams and Marie-Laure le Saint.

Skerries Residents Praised For Rás Support

Agata Sobczyk is pictured getting her face painted by Christina Mooney at the Holywell Fun Day on Sunday, 9th June.

Pictured enjoying themselves at the Holywell Fun Day on Sunday, 9th June last are, Veerpal Kaur, Ikjot Singh Billen, Amandeep Kaur and Jasgun Singh Gill.

An Post Rás organiser, Tony Campbell has delivered a message of “thanks” for the overwhelming support that the riders received along the route and in Skerries town. He told the County Leader, “This was my first year as An Post Rás organiser and I really have to say the turnout and response from the crowds was incredible. Although the riders travel at such high speed, they still hear every roar along the route, which helps turn the

Pictured enjoying themselves at the Holywell Fun Day on Sunday, 9th June last are Oisin and Yvie Devenney with Lincoln, the sheep.

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Pictured enjoying themselves at the Holywell Fun Day on Sunday, 9th June last are Agata and Karolina Sobczyk.

event into a wonderful spectacle for everyone involved. I would like to say a special thanks to the people of Skerries who contributed to making it such an amazing stage,” he said. The An Post Sean Kelly team dominated the final stage with Carrick-on-Suir native, Sam Bennett taking the stage victory. Stage winner, Bennett said, “The crowds all along the route this year were phenomenal and coming into Skerries, the atmosphere was electric. Hearing all the cheering and shouting definitely gave us a boost, especially when the legs are tired and you’ve nothing left in the tank after a long eight days. It’s a moment I’ll never forget,” he said.

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As summer holidays are just around the corner, many children, whose primary outlet for physical activity are school PE classes, may struggle to adhere to Pictured enjoying themselves at the Holywell Fun Day on Sunday, 9th June last are the Kawula family, Barbara, Miroslaw, Alex and Olivia.

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Disgraceful Condition Of Balbriggan Playground Resolved The condition of a children’s playground in Balbriggan, which had been described as ‘disgraceful’ by angry residents has finally been resolved. The playground, which is located at Chieftains Road at Moylaragh had litter bins that, according to locals, are never emptied. The plight of the play-

By Patrick Finnegan ground was first brought to the attention of this newspaper by local resident, Rita Edridy, whose children use the playground. Up to this, the rubbish was collected by locals and the entire area is left in an atrocious state. “Only for people bringing their own

black bags and emptying the rubbish bins, which regularly overflow, nothing would have been done. The green area surrounding the playground has not been cut in years,” said Rita. However, an emergency motion, which was tabled by local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab) has resulted in a major clean-up by

developers at the Moylaragh site. He told the County Leader, “I responded to requests for help from local residents, who were very concerned about the lack of proper maintenance of the open space in Moylaragh, which also provides recreational amenity to other residents adjoining the area. In particular,

Local Disability Network Needs Your Help The Fingal Disability Network is a group of people in the local area who are interested in promoting inclusion for people with disabilities in the county. They are individuals and activists from the mainstream community and disability organisations. They come

Balbriggan residents, Rita Edridy and Natalia Kashtsialian are pictured at the playground at Chieftains Road in Balbriggan, where rubbish accumulates each day and is never removed.

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together around eight times per annum to find ways of promoting inclusion for people with disabilities in the area and to agree on disability related topics that need a collective voice. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in hearing more about our group or getting involved in disability activism in the local region, contact Michael Ryan on 01-8270609

Calling All North County Primary School Teachers

Pictured are Portmarnock Community School students, Jane Boland and Sean Egan with County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan at the students awards night at the school recently.

Registration for Department of Education and Skills approved summer course are now open for primary school teachers in the North County. Registration for the popular European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland and Department of Education and Skills approved professional development course, ‘Maths – It is Rocket Science’ is now open.

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A group of protestors gathered at County Hall in Swords on Monday, 10th June last to protest at the poor condition of Fingal Burial ground at Balgriffin. They are demanding that bunkers where rubbish is thrown be removed from the area, as they encroach on graves, causing concern. Pictured at the protest are, Brendan Fox, Noel Fox. Tim Kelly and Michael Fox.

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Nowadays, there are so many lunchtime options for the discerning diner. Some years ago, the best you could expect at lunchtime was a bowl of soup and a tasteless sandwich. But, thankfully that day has long gone and pubs and bistros are competing with top hotels and restaurants for the lucrative lunchtime trade. There are so many places where you can enjoy top class food, or a cup of your favourite coffee after a hard morning at work. Bars and pubs now offer you tasty restaurant style meals, with gourmet chefs preparing your food to very high standards, so

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Russian Delegation Visits Malahide Credit Union

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The Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) Foundation hosted a high level delegation from Russia who were in Ireland for a short study visit recently. The visit to Malahide Credit Union on Friday 7th June, allowed the delegation to engage with the staff and Board of Directors, as well as ILCU President Martin Sisk, to discuss related issues and to see firsthand how a successful credit union operates. The main objective of this visit to Ireland was to gain invaluable insights into the credit union movement, in particular the supervision and regulation aspects, ahead of a new World Bank/Russian Government Microfinance Development Project in Russia. The delegation met with representatives from the Irish League of Credit Unions to learn more about the Irish credit union movement. Vivienne Keavey, Manager of Malahide Credit Union said: “We are delighted to welcome this Russian delegation to Malahide Credit

Safe And Secure Johnny Tracey spends the majority of his days in uniform. A security guard uniform, to be specific. He is surely a familiar sight around Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan, where he has been head of security since the centre opened its doors two years ago. In this week’s County Living column, we chat to the Swords man about himself, his busy day job and what he gets up to in his free time. Johnny who is based in Swords, has been working in security for the past six years, and he says he always knew he wanted to get into that particular field. “It started right from when I was young,” he said. “I originally wanted to be in the Gardai in fact, and then ended up in security a few years back when a friend offered me some part time work, so that’s really how things all started.” He worked in a couple of different areas around the locality (the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords and Omni Park in Santry), before taking up his current post as head of security in the Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan. “I love working in Millfield,” he said enthusiastically. “The centre has a great buzz to it and it’s great working with Peter Carey (the centre manager), and all the staff, to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. I work directly with Peter and we would meet every day to see what has to be done. We have a very good relationship and get on very well, so I’ll be sticking around for a while yet!” he joked. Johnny’s job keeps him extremely active and busy: he works Monday to Friday and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “I suppose it is time consuming to some extent, but it’s all part of the job description, and the fact that I love what I do means I don’t even think about it, not after six years in the business anyway.” As head of security in the centre, the 25 year old works with a team of eight other security guards who man all the stores and carry out any maintenance necessary. “The security company I work for is Aylesbury Services (based in East Wall), and we’re that bit different to other security companies in that we do security and on site cleaning as well, so anything that needs to be fixed up and so on, we’ll do that.” The nine men who keep Millfield’s stores in check have quite a task on their hands, as they must continuously monitor the centre’s 29 stores. “Very few know that our security is such a large operation, but it is necessary for a centre that is as large as it is. Tesco also have their own in-house security and would have at least three guys on duty each day.”

He explains his duties in more detail: “My job as head of security is basically to monitor the entire centre for any suspicious activity or otherwise and ensure that my team are doing the same,” he explained. “You’ll usually see myself walking around the centre patrolling and just keeping a general eye on things. We also monitor all the cameras and also help out any of the staff in the various stores that need things done. We’re basically there to help keep everyone safe.” He says it’s important that the public who visit the centre, are aware of the presence of the security staff on a daily basis. “That’s where the uniform comes in handy,” he says, smiling. “When people see it, it would be instantly recognisable and that help’s to maintain a presence. We like to operate as subtly as possible, so that while we want people to know we’re here, we don’t want to be pushy either,” he continued. “The main thing I would deal with each day is unfortunately, a lot of theft. It’s something that’s always going to go on in a big shopping centre, but I’m very proud to say that we almost always catch the culprit. We see the same faces all the time and we know every trick in the book at this stage, so very little would get past us.” Johnny has been working in Millfield Shopping Centre since it opened its doors two years ago and he says it’s been fantastic to watch the centre grow and evolve as it has. “We’ve been particularly busy over the past year, which is great to see,” he added. “I remember the Christmas period just gone was insane; at one point all 950 car park spaces were full. It’s brilliant to see the place grow, as a lot of hard work was put into it and the centre has been a great asset to the town of Balbriggan.” In person, Johnny admits that he is quite shy, and despite working in a busy, crowd ridden shopping centre, he says he hates small spaces and crowds. “I know this is sort of a contradictory statement, but I can handle the crowds at the centre, just not a packed crowd at a gig or whatever. I’m definitely into the quieter side of life and would consider myself very much a home bird.” He says his big passion in life is motor sports and cars in particular. “Myself and my friends would go to car shows every day of the week if we could.” Though he loves his security job, he tells me that he did start a plastering apprenticeship a few years back, so he could learn a trade and have something to fall back on. “I always thought it was a good idea to have a trade so I could always go back to this if I wanted, but at the moment, I love my job in Millfield Shopping Centre and can’t see myself going anywhere any time soon,” he concluded.

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Ridgewood Dressing Rooms Finally Available After a long delay, the much anticipated Ridgewood dressing rooms in Swords have finally been made available to St Finian’s GAA Club and River Valley Rangers Football Club. Local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF), who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the

Picture outside Malahide Credit Union are members of the Russian delegation, with Malahide Credit Union staff, including Manager, Vivienne Keavey, Chairman Bryan O'Flaherty and Board member, Alban Kelly-Mor.

Union. Our aim was to impart as much information as possible to help our Russian counterparts gain the insight and knowledge they require ahead of the new World Bank/Russian Government Microfinance Development Project in Russia.”

dressing rooms were deliv- been in contact with both clubs ered, has received and will be setting up a confirmation from the meeting soon. River Council about the availValley Rangers will not be ability of the dressing using the facility until rooms. September, as their The report from the local season has ended. St Cllr. Butler authority explained, Finian’s have eight senior “The outstanding works games scheduled to commission the heating and between now and September, hot water for showers has now for which the dressing rooms been completed. The will be made available,” the Operations Department has report ended.

Swords Senior Citizens AGM Swords Senior Citizens’ Club will hold their AGM at the Senior Citizens centre on Chapel Lane on Monday, 24th June at 8pm. All are welcome to come along and a good attendance would be appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Pictured are the dancers from Fingallians GAA Club, who will participate in the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing event at the club on Saturday, 22nd June. They have been practising their moves for the last few months.

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Upcoming Malahide Parish Pilgrimages Malahide Parish is organising a number of pilgrimages for this year, starting with Knock on Saturday, 22nd June. The bus will leave from St. Sylvester’s Church at 7am and the cost is €47. The Lourdes

pilgrimage will take place from 28th August to 2nd September. The cost is € 699, including flight and full board. Then a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place from 21st October to 29th October. The spiritual Director is Fr. Frank Reburn, PP. For more information regarding the cost, flight details and expenses, please contact Jo Morris at 0876163648.

North County Schools Receive Awards It has been announced that 491 primary schools across Ireland have received an Award of Science and Maths Excellence, as part of the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. Among these, are seven schools from the North County. They include, St Oliver Plunkett’s NS in Balrothery, Thornleigh Educate Together NS, Swords, St Andrew’s NS, Malahide, St Nicholas of Myra NS, Kinsealy, Lusk NS, Ghaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe, Swords and Balbriggan Educate Together NS. The Awards programme is run by Discover Science & Engineering (DSE), the education and outreach programme of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The Awards of Science and Maths Excellence

recognise the achievements of primary school children and teachers in the application of science and maths in the classroom. To qualify for an award, schools were required

New Malahide Foróige Club Opens A new Foróige club will open for young people in Malahide. The club opens its doors on Thursday 20th June at 8pm. It is one of over 600 Foróige clubs throughout the country. The club will be held every Thursday evening from 8pm until 9.30pm in The Youth Room at Malahide Tennis Club. The club is aimed at boys and girls aged 12 and over. The aim is to provide young people in the area with a safe place to socialise, meet their friends and get involved in lots of activities that meet their interests. Foróige clubs enable young people to experience a fun environment where they are fully involved in the decision making, planning and organising of club activities and events. Numbers will be limited and offered on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in getting involved or know of anyone who you think would like to join Malahide Foróige then come along on the night. to keep a log of five activities relating to science and maths u n d e r t a k e n throughout the academic year. Schools were awarded credit for visiting Discover Science Centres, inviting speakers to

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Brackenstown School Golf Classic Mairead Carthy from Swords was one of twelve lucky women who will have their family recipes included in the new Flora Cookbook. Her recipe for ‘Banana Pancakes’ beat some stiff competition to be chosen for the book. The twelve winning recipes were unveiled at a VIP prerace reception at the start line of the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd June. Mairead is pictured here with Masterchef’s Nicha Maguire.

Welcome For Prefab Replacement For Local Schools Three national schools in the North County will receive funding to replace existing prefabs with permanent accommodation, according to local TD, Alan Farrell (FG). Students in St. Oliver Plunkett’s school in Balrothery, St. Patricks Junior School and Holmpatrick National School in Skerries can look forward to being taught in permanent classrooms, instead of prefabricated buildings, as a result of government investment in education facilities in the North County. Farrell told the County Leader, “I recently met with the principal of St. Oliver Plunkett’s National School who had been seeking to provide students with permanent accommodation, and I would like Farrell TD to congratulate all three principals on their dedicated efforts to improve education facilities for their students and our future generations.” “Replacing prefabs offers better accommodation for students and savings for schools and the Exchequer, as well as providing construction jobs. More importantly, however, it will mean a significant improvement to the education and well-being of our future generation,” he concluded.

The Brackenstown School Parents Association are holding their annual Golf Classic event on Friday, 13th September next at Swords Open Golf Club. Tee times are from 1.00pm until 3:00pm. The date was originally fixed for Friday, 21st June, but has been reschuled until September. It costs €120 for a team of four people, or you can sponsor a hole for €100. It promises to be a great day out and fun for all to enjoy. So get your golf gear ready and come and support a great cause.

EU Presidency Talk At Balbriggan Library A speaker from the European Movement will visit Balbriggan Library on Wednesday, 19th June at 11.30am to give a talk on the topic of the EU Presidency. The aim of the talk is to inform citizens of the role of the revolving Presidency and the specific elements involved in the Irish Presidency. Given that the Irish Presidency will be coming to an end soon, the speaker will highlight some of the achievements of the Irish Presidency. There will be a a short Q&A session after the talk. To book your place for please contact Balbriggan Library.

Balbriggan Gets The Hump! Residents of Balbriggan may have thought that they had woken up on holidays in Morocco recently, when they were confronted with a two humped Bactrian camel grazing at the roadside. The answer was not quite as exotic, as The Circus Gerbola was in Balbriggan last week and one of its stars, the camel was pictured enjoying the sweet grass of Balbriggan.

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Recent published deaths from the North County CRAMER ,Tony (Malahide) - June 7, 2013, (peacefully) at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Tony (Boris) ; deeply regretted by his loving brothers Ollie and Gerry, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. DOWNEY, Lorenzo (Skerries and formerly Stillorgan) – June 11, 2013, (suddenly) ; sadly missed by Patrick and family, his sister Gladys, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. KELLY, Michael, (Balbriggan) – June 9, 2013 (peacefully) at St Francis Hospice, Raheny. Sadly missed by his loving daughter Sarah, son Matthew, wife and friend Mary, his mother Mary, sister Phyllis, brothers Danny and John, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sistersin-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, greatnephews and extended friends and family. Rest in peace. POWER, Faith (Kinsealy and formerly of Coolock) – June 10, 2013, (peacefully) in the loving care of the staff at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, gone to rest with loving sister Carol, beloved daughter of Sarah and the late Christy ; will be very sadly missed by her loving family, her brothers Marc and Christopher, sisters Elizabeth and Gaynor, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Rest in peace. BRILLANTES (Lusk Co.Dublin) – June 9, 2013, Surrounded by her loving family Jan Chloe. Heart brokenly missed by her dad Hermes, mam Genevieve, sisters Sam and Kate, brother Christian, grandfather, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, and her many friends. Rest in peace. FITZPATRICK, Stan (Balbriggan and Formerly Coolnahorna, Enniscorthy) – June 11, 2013. Beloved brother of the late Fr. Eugene, Nick, Willie, John, Paddy, Mary, Vince, Lar, Kevin and Biddy. Rest in peace. WYNNE, Thomas (Dublin) – June 13 , 2013, (peacefully), at Beaumount Hospital, Thomas (Pascal) (late of Carrickhill Road Portmarnock). Beloved husband of the late Philomena Esther (Phyllis) and dear dad of Renata and Pascal ; very deeply regretted by his loving son, daughter, grandson Ross, granddaughter-in-law Jennifer, brothers Patrick and Liam, sisters Phyllis and Clare, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. DERBY, Martin (Swords and formerly Vernon Avenue, Clontarf) – June 12, 2013, (peacefully), at Beaumount Hospital ; sadly missed by his loving wife Munira, sons Shane and Ronan, daughter Nancy, his loving brothers and sisters Ann (Moore, Raheny), Deirdre (Meissl, Sydney), David (USA), Noel(Howth), Ruth (Coffey, Carlow) and Philip (Portmarnock), relatives and friends. Rest in peace. LAWLOR, John Fintan (Formerly of Maynooth) June 11, 2013, (peacefully), at Beaumount Hospital. Beloved husband of Anne (nee Maher) Ballon and devoted son of Bridget and the late Micheal. Sadly missed by his sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relations and a large circle of friends. Rest in peace.

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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Trinity Care at St. Doolaghs (Protected Structure) Malahide Road, Balgriffin, Dublin 17 for the construction of automatic security gates at the existing entrance from the Malahide Road, the extension of the existing railing, associated matching pillars, CCTV cameras unit and associated monopole and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. 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.

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 Application for Planning Permission for the construction of a single storey extension at side with hipped pitched roof with concrete roof tiles to match existing, and glazing to front, side and rear elevations, new patio door to rear at 94 Sonesta, Malahide, Co. Dublin for Martin and Betty Reilly. 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, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of this Application.

Fingal County Council A ten year planning permission is sought by Crescent Park Properties Ltd. on lands off the Naul Road, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin and north of St. George’s National School; west of the Moylaragh housing estate; northwest of the Hampton Gardens housing estate, and south of the Martello housing estate. The development will consist of 112 no. two storey detached and semi-detached dwellings (74 no. three bed and 38 no. four bed), access road and roundabout on eastern site boundary, all internal roads, footpaths and cycle tracks, public open space, public art, landscaping, boundary treatments, lighting, SUDS drainage, piped and other services, ESB substations and ancillary site development works necessary to facilitate the development. The planning application may be inspected or

Fingal County Council We, Mr and Mrs Alan and Suryani Noonan make application for planning permission at 9 Grove Avenue,Malahide, Co.Dublin The development will consist of: The demolition of front porch 2.5m2 to allow for new front porch with extended red clay pan tile roof and hardwood double glazed timber doors. The demolition of the rear single storey extension of 26.00m2 and rear porch 3.9m2 to allow for new single storey extension of 82m2 with red clay pan tile roof The removal of existing windows to allow for new hardwood double glazed windows to front and rear. Alterations and internal renovation to the interior of the house and new landscaping to front and rear. The area of existing house is 193m2 new proposed area is 255m2 New soakaway system to BRE 365and assoFor Sale JANE Double for sale ciated siteworks Area of Site BABY Stuff for Sale €80 euro excellent is 787.00sqm(0.08hectares) The planning application Avent Sterliser for sale condition. may be inspected or purchased at a fee not €20.00 and travel Cot Phone 086 3491973 the reasonable €30.00 Cot Spring SECOND hand short exceeding cost of making a copy at the mattress €15.00 all Skirt size 24 – 26, offices of the Planning items in perfect condi- Cream, White, Beige Authority during its public opening hours and a (ONLY) tion. submission or observation Phone 813 7026 maybe made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 5 ways to place your weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of FREE private Classified this application.

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Fingal County Council Application is being made by the Lambay Estate Company for planning permission for works to Protected Structures and within the curtilage of Protected Structures on Lambay Island, Rush, Co. Dublin. Lambay Island or parts thereof form part of, or are adjacent to, a Natura 2000 site, a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area, a proposed Marine Special Area of Conservation and a proposed Natural Heritage Area. The works consist of the following: 1. Alterations to the Castle, a National Monument, and to the linked Guest Wing including installation of upgraded central heating, plumbing and electrical systems; in the Castle, conversion of a sluice room to a shower room, construction of a toilet extension, modifications to fixtures and fittings in two bedrooms and in a toilet; in the Guest Wing, conversion of three bedrooms to bathrooms, works to fixtures and fittings in the kitchen, scullery, bedrooms and utility rooms. 2. Internal layout alterations to the Whitehouse building including the provision of additional internal bathrooms in both east and west

wings, upgrading of the existing bathrooms at ground and first floor in the central wing, alterations to the layouts of the three existing kitchens and installation of upgraded central heating, plumbing and electrical systems. 3. Internal layout alterations to the existing Bothy building including construction of upgraded toilet, bathroom and kitchen facilities. 4. Internal layout alterations and a bathroom extension to the rear of Coastguard Cottage No. 6 and internal layout modifications to Coastguard Cottages Nos. 1 and 2. 5. Remedial and reinstatement works to the existing Real Tennis Court. 6. Conversion of existing barn and livestock accommodation within the Farmyard complex to accommodate an energy centre and plant room accommodating fuel storage boilers, electrical plant and generators. 7. Alterations to and extensions to Mason’s Cottage including demolition of an existing extension and provision of a photovoltaic installation adjacent to the cottage. 8. Demolition of, reconstruction of and layout alterations to Walton’s Cottage including provision of a photovoltaic installation adjacent to the cottage. 9. Works to the services and utilities infrastructure on the island including replacement of the existing wind turbine and associated underground cabling, construction of solar and photovoltaic panel arrays in a location immediately to the east of the proposed farmyard energy centre, upgrading of the sewer network to include the installation of sewage treatment plants adjacent to the Whitehouse and to the Bothy, installation of a septic tank serving Mason’s Cottage and Walton’s Cottage, installation of underground heating mains linking the proposed energy centre with the Castle, Guest Wing and Whitehouse, provision of an upgraded water supply system to include a new reservoir in Little Mason’s Field and a water treatment plant adjoining the existing reservoir. 10. Planting of a 0.5 hectare area of a field to the south east of the Castle complex to provide biomass fuel for the energy centre. A Natura Impact Statement has been prepared in respect of the proposed works and is included with this planning application. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Planning Authority during its public opening hours (9.30 – 16.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application 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 the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council We, Stephen & Nina O’ Brien, intend to apply for planning permission for an attic conversion & construction of a small roof dormer to side & velux rooflight to rear of our existing dwelling at 18 Sandford Wood, 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 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 Winsac Limited, Intend to apply for Planning Permission on a site comprising Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Co.Dublin. The Development will consist of : Modifications to House type ( House Type D only ) and associated number of dwellings ( 26 No. House Type D ) contained within Sectors Two and Three of the Residential Development “Barnageeragh Cove” granted planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F12A/0245 and previously granted planning permission under Reg. Ref. No. F11A/0264. The Dwelling as approved under Reg. Ref. No. F12A/0245 comprised of: (i) 26 no. House Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses @ 154sq.m each.

The Dwelling proposed comprises of : (ii) 26 no. House Type D, four bedroom three storey to front and two storey to rear detached houses with two storey bay window to front @ 155sq.m each. Modifications include: Bay Window increased in size, Extra Living space on first floor, New Attic storage space and Internal layout amendments through-out. 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 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. FFingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Catherine Hughes at Tir Na Nog, Rogerstown Lane, Lusk, Co. Dublin for a sessional preschool between the hours of 09.00 - 12.00 Monday to Friday, entrance improvement works and all other ancillary 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 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 I, Michael Daly Intend to apply for permission for development at this site address: 'Dilis' Sea Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a new single storey shed to the side and front of the existing house, a single storey extension to the rear of the existing house, a new inglenook projecting from the south western elevation approximately 1650mm high with chimney stack, 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 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, Pauric and Laura Leathem Intend to apply for Planning Permission for A.Single storey extension to side with 2 No velux roof lights to front elevation. B.All associated site works to side of No 2 Newhaven Park, 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 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 ermission.

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