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30th July 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 28 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kind Hearted Cian Makes Jack’s Day In last week’s edition of the County Leader, we reported about how callous thieves had stolen leukaemia suffer, Jack McGuirk’s bike, thus spoiling a perfect week for him, after he had been chosen as a mascot for the Dublin team in Croke Park. This story elicited a wonderful response from local people, some of whom offered to buy a new bike for young Jack. One person even emailed our office from Canada, having read the story on our website, offering to replace the bike. Well, there is a really happy and heart-warming end to this story and it is a particular joy to be able to report that Jack’s bike has been recov-
A delighted Jack McGuirk is pictured with Cian Cronin, who found and returned the bike which was stolen from him last week.
By Patrick Finnegan ered and returned to him. Kind hearted Cian Cronin (14), who lives in Glassmore Park in Swords was out walking when he found the bike. Cian told the County Leader, “I was walking in the Jacko, which is near my house, when I saw the wheel of a bike sticking out of a bush. I investigated further and noticed it was a full bike. I decided to bring it home with me. My father who had just read the story in the County Leader, thought it might be the stolen bike.” It was then that Cian’s mother, Cathy decided to put in on facebook, with limited information in an effort to contact the owner. Cathy said, “There was no response, so I then decided to contact the Gardai. They then returned the bike to Jack. Cian paid a visit to Jack on Friday last and it afforded him a chance to say thanks. A delighted Jack said, “I’m really happy that Cian found my bike and returned it to me. I really never thought I would see it again. I was lost without it and I can’t thank him enough. It means so much to me,” he said. Cian was equally thrilled to have played such a part in bringing the smile back to Jack’s face. “It’s great to see Jack’s reaction. The smile on his face makes it all worthwhile,” he said. Jack’s mother, Catherine was full of praise for the civic minded action of Cian and she said that he should be proud of himself for his act of generosity and kindness, that made such a difference to her son. “If all people were as kind as Cian, it would be a better place to live,” she said.
Balbriggan Primary Care Centre Gets Green Light There was excellent news for Balbriggan, when the much anticipated Primary Care Centre was given full planning permission. The appeal to An Bord Pleanala by a rival bidder, who wanted to develop a Primary Care Centre near Millfield Shopping Centre, was withdrawn. Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG), a long time advocate of the new centre told the County Leader, “I am delighted that, finally, after more than seven years, Balbriggan will get a
An artists impression of the proposed Primary Care Centre
state of the art modern primary Care Centre, in a new 40,000 sq ft building beside St Peter and Paul’s Church. I am very
happy that the rival bidder has withdrawn his appeal. This is a much needed project for Balbriggan,” he said.
Karina Rooney with Mia and Ava Bethel decide it's time to do some farm work on the tractor at Ring Commons Family Fun Day.
O’Callaghan Exits Labour The announcement of upperhand in policy the resignation of making, particularly in former County Mayor, the area of healthcare. Cllr Cian O’Callaghan “The Universal from the Labour Party Healthcare model, is set to send shock which was favoured by waves around political Labour would have circles in the North been a much more County. cost efficient model O’Callaghan cited than the Fine Gael one, fundamental which is based differences on the Dutch with the Party model. The in terms of failure to pay inequality increase taxaand unjust tion on those and unfair most able to p o l i c i e s contribute and pursued by failure to tax Cllr. O’Callaghan his former appropriately party, as some of the our oil and gas main reasons for his reserves are things resignation. that I fundamentally He told the County disagree with. I have Leader, “I have been been a consistent thinking about this for opponent to coalition the past six months. and have disagreed The Labour Party in with it from the begingovernment has ning,” he said. broken steadfast elec- He also criticised the tion commitments, performance of implemented unfair Labour’s soft approach and unjust policies to developers, who he and made choices that claims are responsible have benefited the rich for unfinished ghost and powerful, at a estates, pyrite affected huge cost to everyone homes and derelict else.” sites, as well as a very He claims that Fine tough approach taken Gael has had the on families struggling
against home repossessions. When asked if he had support from
other Labour councillors locally, he said Contd. on page 14
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On Tuesday, 23rd July last, Swords was almost brought to a halt as fire fighters came together to put out a large fire that broke out at a decommissioned chemical factory in Swords. The Lonza factory is located at Watery Lane in Swords and it is believed that the fire broke out in an old drain on the site, which would have been part of a system to catch chemical run off in the case of a spillage. The incident required a large team to come on site: a number of units from Dublin Fire Brigade arrived at the scene, and they used five pumps to quell the flames, as well as assistance from two specialist and
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Pictured are members of Lusk Community Unit group, who enjoyed their annual summer lunch at Kettles Hotel, Rolestown recently.
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Gardai block off Watery Lane in Swords, as a result of the fire at Lonza Chemical plant on Tuesday, 23rd July last.
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Swords Tennis Club Hold Open Day Swords Tennis Club held it’s annual Open Day recently, and it was perfect tennis weather, as members and people interested in joining the club enjoyed the sunshine, complementary food and drink as well as face-painting for kids. The group wish to thank everyone involved for making the day a great success. The club, located in Castle Park for over 30 years, has a strong family focus with numerous programmes aimed at children. In recent months, many local councillors, including Cllr Gerry McGuire (Lab) and Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) have said the extremely active club is in dire need of new facilities. The group were in “limbo” for some time in regards to the future of their premises, after initially being told that the club would be moved. It’s members were adamant however, that they wished to stay in the heart of the community, and it seems they will remain there for the foreseeable future. They are still greatly in need of funding so that they might expand and improve their facilities, and are looking to get continued support from local councillors in order to continue to press this issue with the County Council. The club has applied for funding from the Council for the past number of years, but to no avail.
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Milestone Celebration For Nellie Well known Swords woman Nellie Dockrell received a special tribute from the North Dublin Bridge community on a monumental birthday and for her exceptional contribution to both Bridge and the local community. Nellie, who was celebrating her 90th birthday in the local senior citizens centre, would be known to many as a veteran of the local community, was presented with a plaque and a bouquet by President of the North Dublin region CBAI, Mary Reid. She was joined by over 60 friends who attended a ‘Nellie-bration’
By Jennifer McShane where they played a short game of bridge in her honour. Presidents of Brackenstown and Swords Bridge Clubs, Pat Sheridan and Eileen Pennell also made a presentation on behalf of their members to celebrate Nellie. A delightful evening was had, as friends and family gathered to mark her special day. Since an early age, she has been heavily involved in the game of Bridge helping to found the St. Andrew’s Bridge club in Malahide
Fr. Paul Hampson PP, Lusk helps Canon Fitzgibbon to cut the cake at the 60th anniversary celebration of his priesthood.
Lusk Priest Celebrates 60 Years Of Priesthood There was a great sense of occasion in Lusk recently, when Canon John Fitzgibbon, Pastor Emeritus, celebrated 60 years of priesthood. This momentous event was celebrated at a special Mass on Friday, 19th July in Saint MacCullins Church in Lusk, followed by a cup of tea in Lusk National School. Beautiful roses from Canon Fitzgibbon’s garden were used to decorate the Mass altar. Canon Fitzgibbon in his homily said that, of his 60 years of priesthood, he has spent the last 30 years in Lusk. He said, “I’m glad to say that of the 14 priests ordained with me in 1953, seven of them are still alive and we all celebrated Mass together in June.” Canon Fitzgibbon said he has been very happy in all the parishes he has served in Wicklow and Dublin City, but being from Limerick he is a country man at heart and enjoys living his retirement in Lusk. The late Chrissie O’Donovan R.I.P. was also remembered fondly by Lusk parishioners and was included in the prayers at Mass.
Pictured enjoying their picnic at Newbridge House last week are, Isabella Duke and Leah English from Donabate.
Swords Bridge Club Fancy trying your hand at some Bridge? The Swords Bridge Club meets every second Wednesday of the month in the Senior Citizens Centre on Chapel Lane. New members are always welcome. Whether you’re attending to rub up on your bridge skills or to meet new people, come along and join the fun.
and St. Cronan’s Bridge Club. She found her love of the game when she attended classes in St. Finian’s School conducted by Swords resident Margaret Kilbride and, along with some other keen students, began to study the game. She has also had a long association with Brackenstown, Swords, Portrane, Ashbourne and Donabate Bridge Clubs. In 1990, she was involved in starting the Thursday Morning Club in the Senior Citizens Centre for which she is still involved. The club continues to go from strength to strength and serves as a friendly and relaxed introduction to competitive Bridge for beginners and improvers.
Sprightly Nellie Dockery is a real bundle of energy. She is pictured here at the presentation of a plaque to mark her 90th birthday and her long contribution to the game of Bridge, as well as to the local community. Eileen Pennell (President Swords Bridge Club) and Pat Sheridan (President of Brackenstown Bridge Club) are also pictured.
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Twinning Adventure For Portmarnock Scouts Portmarnock Venture Scout Section recently set out on their eagerly awaited camping trip to Marseilles, France where they were twinned with another group there, on an environmental work camp for the next number of days. The camp involved forest protection activity and, of course, Ring Commons Sports Centre staff member, Seamus Russell is pictured enjoying the day.
lots of cultural exchange, abseiling, water activities and camp-craft. Some of the highlights included the Irish scouts who presented Irish dancing, songs and specially prepared Irish meals, while the French group peformed similar activities on another occasion. Leaders, Roisin
O’Kelly and Margaret Brady participated in the trip, while four Rover Scouts also travelled. Speaking to the County Leader recently, Scout Leader Peter O’Kelly said the group had spent a good amount of time preparing for the trip, and that they were very excited to have the opportunity
to twin with another scout group. “It’s always fantastic to go over and show another scout group how we do things in Ireland and we will be looking forward to working with our twinning group again in the future,” he said. The hugely active Portmarnock Scout Group have been busy all year, participating in various outings and excursions and are set to remain just as busy over the coming weeks.
The Costello family are pictured at the family fun day at Ring Commons.
Portmarnock Venture Scout Section are pictured at Dublin Airport, as they prepare to set out on their camp to Marseilles, France where they twinned with another group there on an environmental work camp. The camp involved forest protection activity and, of course, lots of cultural exchange, abseiling, water activities and camp-craft. Some of the highlights include the Irish scouts, who presented Irish dancing, songs and specially prepared Irish meals, while the French group did similar on another occasion.Roisin O'Kelly and Margaret Brady are the leaders, while four Rover Scouts also travelled.
Pictured at the family fun day at Ring Commons on Sunday, 21st July are, Martina and Caoimhe O'Connor, with Tony Brabazon, Shirley and Aona Maher and Joyce Brabazon.
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Portmarnock Athletic Club Seeks New Members Angela Dunne and her dog, Louie enjoy the day.
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mobility issues and disablements, I am pleased that she has made good on her commitment to keep her capital funding budget under review and to allocate unspent resources to this most important of areas,” he said. “An extra €151,051 has now been allocated to Brendan Ryan the County Council for this grant and will be spent to those most in need of such works. The types of works grant aided under the scheme include structural repairs or improvements, re-wiring, repairs to/replacement of windows and doors, the provision of heating, water and sanitary services, cleaning, painting and drylining.”
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Pictured enjoying the Ladies Cricket International at the Hills Cricket Club, Skerries on Tuesday, 23rd July are Dan Dowling and Patricia Hodgson, from River Valley, Swords.
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Future Football Fun Day In Swords A Future Football Family Fun Day was held at Swords Celtic football grounds on Sunday, 28th July last. The fun day was part of McDonald’s FAI Future Football, a brand new programme, which supports the development of football at
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grassroots level in clubs nationwide. McDonald’s Restaurants in Swords, which are owned and operated by Morgan and Jacqueline McStay and McDonald’s Restaurant in Dublin Airport, have teamed up with the FAI and four local football clubs to host the fun day. The clubs are St Columbans, Rivermeade FC, Swords Celtic and Swords Manor and the Family Fun day is part of McDonald’s FAI Future Football. The day consisted of a whole host of exciting, interactive activities from shooting and kicking skills tests, to speed ladders and soccer tennis, all aimed at developing skills in young players. Morgan McStay, Owner/Operator of McDonald’s Restaurants in Northside Shopping Centre and Swords said: “The McDonald’s FAI Future Football Fun Day that was held in Swords Celtic football club last Sunday was a huge success. Children from five different football clubs participated in a whole host of football activities, from mini football matches to skills challenges on the day. McDonald’s is very active in supporting local events and initiatives in North Dublin and the Future Football Fun Days are another example of McDonald’s giving back to the local community,” he said.
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Tomato Festival In Rolestown The second annual ‘Totally Terrific Tomato (TTT) festival’ will take place in Rolestown Garden Centre on Sunday, September 1st from 11am to 5pm. Last year was a great success with over 250 people turning out to view the Totally Terrific tomatoes. Micheal (owner of Rolestown Garden Centre) has been carefully growing lots of unusual varieties of tomatoes for this momentous day. The event organisers would like to invite you to help support their fun filled day celebrating all things tomatoes. They would like to build on the tomato competitions, with lots of different categories from the
largest tomato to the ugliest tomato. One of the organisers, John Connolly told the County Leader more details about the day: “This year has been a much better year for growing tomatoes so we can’t wait to see all the entries. These will be Judged on the day by our friendly expert tomato lovers and we will have lots of prizes for each category. All entries welcome.” “On the day we will have rare and unusual tomato exhibits, guest speakers on tomatoes, a tomato competition, tomato tasting, a petting zoo, a butterfly farm and a large farmers market and lots more,” he continued. “We also plan to allow local allotments to set up stalls and sell their own produce to raise money for their allotments, so we’re encouraging everyone to join in the fun on the day.”
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The hugely important after-hours GP service, D Doc, which has a centre on Bridge Street in Swords, may be forced to close, following a dispute over fee cuts. The service provides after hours medical care for more than half a million patients in North Dublin, including the North County. mDoctors who run the service have been hit by pay cuts, which they maintain is placing the service’s future in doubt. Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly recently announced a 7.5 per cent cut in fees paid to pharmacists and GPs for services to the State, which is reckoned to save
€70 million a year. As D Doc doctors are not covered by the Haddington Road agreement, the cuts are designed to bring the GPs into line with that deal. Mel Bates, who is the Medical Director of D Doc said, “There are no planned closures, but the service may have to be remodelled after a series of cuts. The present cut of 7.5 per cent follows last year’s 8 per cent cut, on top of the 30 per cent cut the year before. You cannot provide the same level of service if cuts like these persist. We will continue to provide the service as best we can.” In a stark warning,
he said, “ We have managed cuts in the past, but we have now reached a tipping point.” The County Leader contacted the HSE in an effort to clarify the position and a spokesperson replied, “The doctors/GPs who work in the D Doc service are members of North Doc Medical Services Ltd. who have not informed the HSE of any changes which would affect the service provided by D Doc.,” the statement ended. The County Leader contacted North Doc but they were not available for comment on the situation.
New Commuter Shuttle For Malahide A commuter shuttle bus service for Malahide will soon be a reality. Provisional approval for the service has just been granted by the National Transport Authority. The shuttle will enable commuters to connect efficiently with trains to and from Malahide railway station. It will run between Seabury and Robswall on the Coast Road and will service Estuary Road, Swords Road, Millview, Yellow Walls, Ard na Mara, Texas Lane, Malahide Railway Station, Coast Road, Biscayne and Robswall. The shuttle will run on Monday to Friday between 6.15am and 9.15am in the morning and between 4.15pm and 7.30pm in the evening. The need for a commuter shuttle was highlighted in a survey of residents carried out by Malahide Community Forum in 2008. A Shuttle Project Group was formed by the forum and had representatives from Malahide Chamber of Commerce, the Transportation Department of the County Council and Malahide Coaches. The group
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Chapel Farm Residents Demand Action By Patrick Finnegan Residents of Chapel Farm estate in Lusk are up in arms about the overgrown areas in the estate, which have been neglected for many months. The estate is in the control of a Receiver after the developer went bust and is deemed by residents to be a health and safety hazard. Resident, David Waldron contacted the County Leader about the problem. He said, “The grass has not been cut in months and there are rats in the long grass. It’s a health and safety issue and our children have nowhere to play. The playground is closed and the whole place has a neglected feel about it. We, as a group are considering hiring a local farmer to cut the grass and bring some
semblance of normality to the area. One area in particular is about three acres in size, and has great potential as a recreational area, where children can safely play football and other pursuits. As it is, it’s a waste of space. It’s in nobody’s interest to keep it this way,” he said. Local councillor, Ken Farrell (Lab) was in full agreement with the residents. He told the County Leader, “There are seven parcels of land that the County Council will take over when the Receiver carries out the snags list. However, there is very little communication between the Council and the Receiver. He is not negotiating with the local authority and the onus is squarely on him to maintain the estate, until the Council takes it over,” said Farrell. Many residents have complained that their children are suffering from hayfever for the last few weeks, due to the high pollen count, which they claim is due to the long grass not being cut. “The sooner something is done, the better,” they demand.
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Local Woman Is First Female Rotary Chief Well known North Dublin woman, Rotarian, Verity Swan made history when she took over as the District Governor of Rotary International in Ireland recently, as the all Ireland organisation’s first ever female Governor. For the next year, Verity will be leading 2,500 Rotarians in Ireland, working with Rotary clubs in their communities, partner organisations and supporting Rotary national and international initiatives. Verity told the County Leader that she was
delighted to be taking on the role: “I am tremendously honoured to be Rotary Ireland’s first female District Governor, which I firmly believe is a reflection of how Rotary is moving with the times. I would like to see all Rotarians doing what they have always done so well; working together for the greater good, because I really see how we can be a positive force in the world today, at both a local and international level.” Verity has been a member of Rotary
Chapel Farm, Lusk residents are up in arms because their estate is being neglected by the Receiver. They claim the neglected areas of the estate are a health and safety hazard and unfit for children to play in. Pictured are, Barry Mitchell, Alan Piper, Colm Maher, Robert McCann, l ocal councillor Ken Farrell and David Waldron.
Howth RNLI had four call outs over the course of last week, with three of the calls to incidents at Malahide. The Inshore Lifeboat were tasked along with Rescue 116, when three males in there late 20s were
Pictured here is Verity Swan, the new District Governor of Rotary International in Ireland.
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by Jennifer McShane
Glorious sunshine got this year’s Kellogg’s NutriGrain Golf Skills Challenge off to the perfect start at Grange Golf Club, where the ladies from Forrest Little Golf Club in Swords, topped the list of team qualifiers. Teams were given a forensic examination by the demanding skills challenge course. Forrest Little trio, Lesley Molloy, Bernadette Sullivan and Adrienne Timmons enjoyed a productive afternoon on the course to take top spot. Two-time Forrest Little golfer-of-the-year, Lesley Molloy enjoyed every minute of the skills challenge. “When we got on the tee-box it was very friendly and very easy-going. It was very enjoyable,” said Lesley, who has immersed herself in the game since first joining Forrest Little five years ago.
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Owen Quinn from Lusk has been a group leader in the 153rd Lusk Scout Group for the last two years and been involved with the group since he was five years old. In fact, the scouts are somewhat of a family tradition, as many members of the Quinn family have been involved in the well known local group for years. Owen sat down with the County Leader to talk a little about himself, his involvement with the group, and why he’s such a fan of the scouting traditions. For those that aren’t too familiar with the Lusk Scouts, a group originally started up in the town in 1931 and then in 1979, it officially re-opened as the 153rd Lusk Scout Group that we know now. It was started up by one local person and a parish priest and has been running underneath that guise ever since. It’s certainly been working well ever since, as the club is still going strong today, with 150 current members , 30 adults and as many as 90 on a waiting list to join. “On one hand, it's fantastic that so many kids are wanting to join, and on the other it’s awful that we can’t accommodate everyone, but unfortunately, at the moment we just don’t have the space to accommodate more members.” Owen says that a big issue with such a growing group is trying to find more volunteers to join in and help out. "We would always welcome and encourage anyone who has an interest in scouting and who might be interested in volunteering to get in touch. It's an extremely rewarding experience. I can say myself that I get as much out of it as all the children do, it's fantastic." He has strong family ties to Lusk Scout Group; his whole family were involved at one point, including his mother (who was also a group leader), father, brothers and sister. "We've always been involved in some way throughout the years, and in particular what I find fantastic is that kids that might have been in the group when they were younger, are coming back as adults to help out. "I think it's the fact that the group (and scout groups in general) are so diverse, both in terms of content and personalities, and it's the members that see how much they got out of it as a young child, that makes them want to come back with a fresh perspective on things as an adult." For those that don’t know, there are a number of different ‘ranks’ in a scout group: Beavers, Cubs, Venture Scouts and the newest addition, the Rovers. He says the purpose of any scout group is to try to create good citizens who can overcome various obstacles and think independently. “I think being a scout is fantastic grounding for a child. They get to interact with children of their own age, learn new skills, how to cope when they’re out in the great outdoors, have plenty of new experiences and take on challenges. The activities are different to all the
digital games and so on that a lot would play nowadays, which I think appeals to the kids," he continued. "I also think the different scouting activities give them a chance to do things that they might not necessarily be allowed to do otherwise, like lighting fires and things, so there's a lot of fun involved." The group participate in a variety of different activities such as: camp craft, orienteering, survival skills as well as the more traditional activities, so there is definitely something for all ages to get involved in. The scout group clearly means an awful lot to Owen, who along with all the other volunteers, devotes a huge majority of his free time to the group, but he says he wouldn't have it any other way. "I loved the scouts as a young child, and I still love being involved now. I think it's fairly safe to say that everyone gets so much out of the group, members and volunteers." He says he remembers a particular factor that stood out to him as a young beaver: "I always remember the great sense of adventure I felt when we were going on different outings and so on, and that really stayed with me, and the fact that you were getting to try so many different things." He says, these factors are what he hopes the young scouts today take with them as they participate. When I ask about highlights over the years, he says that though there have been quite a few, and he gives a particular mention to the fact that quite a few of the members have been recipients of the highly coveted Chief Scout Awards. "It's really a fantastic achievement to get the awards and shows how dedicated the members are." He says the group are also really proud of their recent trip to Canada. "It was a great achievement for us as a group as we had been planning and saving for the trip for two years, and we really had an amazing time, and we were in fact the first Irish Scout Group to go to that particular site." The active scout leader, says that the success of the group would not be possible at all without the dedication of all the volunteers, leaders and the community: “Everyone that’s involved brings so much energy and commitment to the groups and the different outings, and that’s what really spurs the kids on and gets them enthusiastic.” He also wants to mention and thank the community of Lusk (as well as the different communities around the North County), who have supported the group over the years. "We've had such tremendous support from the entire community, and we just want to thank everyone for their support as we wouldn't be able to progress and thrive as we do without it."
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“I play two times a week during the winter and up to four times a week in summer. I do love the competitive end of the game. You want to beat yourself, you want to do better. And then there’s a social end,” she said. Although Lesley was Pictured moments after disappointed with her scoring 115 not out against own score on the day, Japan in the Eight Nations together with playing Ladies Cricket tournament partners, Bernadette at the Hills Cricket Club, Sullivan and Adrienne Skerries is Irish star, Clare Shillingham from Malahide. Timmons, they posted the leading score in the ladies competition. All three will have the chance to test themselves again at the National Final in September, which takes place at the GUI National Golf Academy.
Owen Quinn Lusk Leader of Lusk Scout Group
A Swords resident has expressed her concern about the proposed moving of Rathbeale Library to the County Hall. She recently wrote to four local councillors about, and also got in touch with the County Leader to express her concerns about the issue. Swords lady Mary Burke said that while the move might seem like a good idea, on closer examination, she says “it really is not,” and feels that local residents would lose out for a number of reasons, if the move took place. “There seems to be an idea that the existing library is too small, yet there was no indication that the space that would
be used in County Hall is any bigger,” she said. “The Rathbeale Library is, I understand 4,500 sq feet. Is there a history of complaints from the public about the size of the library? It would make sense to consider this.” She pointed out a major problem that could arise if the move occurs: “The biggest single problem and the one that should kill the idea is parking,” she continued. “There is no obvious parking around county hall at the times when people use the library, and I’m sure residents will not be happy with extra parking needs.” The local resident feels that adaptation costs could most definitely be put to better use
with a revamp of the current library. “The cost of adaptation should surely be better applied in a revamp at Rathbeale? I would ask that local councillors explore this option. Even from a health and safety point of view there are four open balconies and stairway which will be a constant danger to visitors.” “Also, the complimentary activities of shopping and library provide an attractive proposition for people with children and this would be completely lost down the town.” “The councillors were elected to represent the views of residents and to work to improve services, and this would do the opposite. I strongly urge the local authority to reconsider the move for the benefit for the community,” she concluded.
Pictured enjoying the sunshine at Newbridge House in Donabate recently are, Caroline Bourke and her children, Hannah, Amy and Will.
Welcome For Overhaul Of Maritime Safety Services Local Councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) welcomed the recent announcement from Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar of a new Action Plan to improve Maritime Safety and Marine Emergency Response Services and an enhanced Safety Equipment Grant Aid Scheme. This action plan will upgrade safety equipment in the North County’s fishing fleets, and cut down on tragic accidents at sea. The new Maritime Safety Strategy being drafted by the Irish Maritime Administration will address recreational activities (both locally and nationally), fishing vessels, merchant ships and passenger ferries. Its central goal will be to reduce deaths and injuries. O’Leary also said that he particularly welcomes the grants for safety equipment, locator beacons and Hi Tech radio and auto pilot alarms. The Skerries based councillor, said the scheme would be of great benefit to Skerries in particular. He told the County Leader: “In Skerries we have had our share of tragedies with a long list of persons lost at sea. This will be marked officially in September this year, when the Reinstatement of the Totem Pole ‘Sea Pole’ at Red Island, and will commemorate many Skerries people lost at Sea.” “The Skerries community have come out in their thousands to support the local lost at sea project and Council officials will come on aboard now to supply the balance of funding to complete the project and complete the engineering works at Red Island to erect the sea pole,” he continued. “We have had too many friends in Skerries lost at sea (and indeed around Ireland), and I hope that this Government Action Plan will dramatically reduce the risk of such terrible tragedies happening in the future.”
Pictured is an overflowing rubbish bin in Swords Park, which clearly needs to be emptied. Tidy Towns Volunteers to North County Leader that Council officials need to have them attended to more regularly, particularly now at the height of the tourist season.
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The 4th annual Great Malahide Quiz was held on 25th July last in the Grand Hotel in Malahide. The event was hosted by Alan Johns and his team, with terrific attendance, participation and enjoyment being had on the night. n to p ic io h s The popular quiz marks the start of the annual Malahide Festival and is the a fa c k o n , only public event that Malahide Tidy Towns run as a fundraiser. All funds an be tu c s r e a m e o W o rk w a n y c a n b e c easy to stay from the evening will be spent directly on Malahide and its amenities to th a t m fact it’s very a r. A ll y o u e continue to enhance and improve the village and its surrounding areas. when in d in o ff ic e w nt pieces to e n o n tr e a few statem nd out from Malahide Tidy Towns committee are extremely grateful to the Ryan family ta re need a ke sure you s ts, dresses, and the staff of the Grand Hotel for making this great venue available to a ir them. First, 2nd and 3rd prizes were presented on the night. really m d. 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Traditional Music Goes Down A Treat In Rush Local group, Rinceoil Fingal has recently hosted another successful summer school in Rush, with traditional music filling venues all over the vibrant town. The 14th annual Scoil Samhradh Chris Langan, hosted by the traditional music group, was a great success. It was launched by the County Mayor, Kieran Dennison, at the Millbank Theatre in Rush. The pupils of Rinceoil Fingal treated the large audience to a gala concert, and then the Sean Treacy Comhaltas played traditional music in the Michael Collins Bar. The second day of the summer school started with a range of music workshops, which were held in St Joseph’s Secondary School. Alisdair White from Scotland took the fiddle workshop, which attracted the largest crowd. Later that night, it was back to the Millbank for a concert by accordion player Alan Kelly and his band. A good portion of the crowd then adjourned to the Drop Inn for a session, with music provided by local group, Tumbleweed. The weekend ended with members of Rinceoil Fingal playing the music at Mass in Rush, in memory of deceased members of the group. Lenny Martin of Rinceoil Fingal said of the weekend: “It was a really great weekend to add to the long list of great weekends over the years. The Rinceoil Fingal committee would like to thank the County Council Arts Department for sponsoring the events. Now it’s on to 2014!”
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Shock As O’Callaghan Leaves Labour Party Continued from page 1 that this was a personal decision, which did not involve anyone else. He intends to stand in the local elections next May and hopes that like minded politicians can form alliances on some issues. There is a possibility to look at new political structures, which seek a middle ground, where people can vote without being in the straight jacket of a whip system,” he said. When it was suggested that his decision might be viewed as one of political expediency, deciding to shed his association with Labour in order to secure his election in May, O’Callaghan was very clear in his motives. “I’ve worked hard in the Howth/Sutton area and have built up good relationships there over the years. Up to the last election, no Labour councillor was elected from the Howth/Sutton area. With Peter Coyle now retired, I would have been the leading Labour candidate for Malahide/Howth Ward, so from an election point of view, leaving the Party would not have been an advantage to me necessarily,” he explained. Local TD, Brendan Ryan was highly critical of
O’Callaghan’s decision to quit the Party. He told this newspaper, “I am not surprised by this development. I am sorry to lose any member of the Party, be they ordinary member or public representative. The idea that Labour has broken “steadfast election commitments” is nonsense. The programme for government supersedes both Party election manifestos. Walking away into some utopian wilderness will not achieve anything for the people that Cian and I represent. Staying in the Labour Party and staying in Government has and will,” he concluded. O’Callaghan was full of praise for his Labour colleagues on Fingal County Council and for Brendan Ryan. He said, “The Labour councillors were at their best in recent months in achieving a substantial reversal of cuts to library opening hours. Due to their effective representation, the cuts to library opening hours will be much less severe from September onwards. Likewise, I have always found Brendan Ryan to be a very effective, down to earth and practical T.D. and I wish him and the Labour Party councillors in the area all the best for the future.”
Water Metering On The Way Irish Water said it plans to install more than one million water meters outside homes before the end of 2016 and that Fingal will be one of the last places where metering will start. The company said that it will put 27,000 meters in place nationwide, with work starting this week. The
new utility company said it will start in Co. Kildare. People will be given notice before a meter is installed and the company said the installation should not cause more than a few hours’ disruption to supply. The contractors are not required to enter people’s houses to install the
meters. Households should expect their first water bill at the start of 2015. It is important for North County residents to understand that, even if you have not received a meter at that stage, you will be billed on your estimated usage. The company contracted to undertake the project said the metering programme will create 1,600 jobs and hopefully, some of them will be here in the North County.
Rush Impresses Pride of Place Judges Rush Community Council made a very impressive presentation last week to judges in their bid to win the Pride of Place competition. The presentation,
which was made by committee member, Anne McCrudden took place in the local Community Hall on Tuesday, 23rd July last. Rush is the only town in
the North County that was nominated by the County Council for the competition, which is part of the Co-operation Ireland initiative and is an all
On Friday last, 26th July, the County Council Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) 2013 Campaign Boost was held at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. The GLT awareness campaign aims to reduce littered gum in the most sustainable way, by encouraging the public to dispose of their gum responsibly. Swords Tidy Towns members and the Council’s Litter Wardens and Environmental Awareness Team handed out gum wraps. Pictured at the campaign boost are, Ken Duffy and Georgy Hughes (both from Swords Tidy Towns), County Mayor, Kieran Dennison and Ger Clarke (Facilities Manager, Pavilions Shopping Centre).
Ireland competition. The objective of the Pride of Place competition is to acknowledge the great work that is done by communities and volunteerism at it’s very best. The competition also examines how the local authorities connect with local communities and how history and heritage are embraced by the community. The judges were clearly impressed by the rich historical tradition of Rush and, after the presentation, they were taken on a tour of the important landmarks in the town, starting with a visit to the newly opened ‘Men of the Sea’ statues at Echlin Court, where they were given a presentation by Kevin Murray of Rush Historical Society. It was clear from early on that the judges were highly impressed with the level of activity in Rush, which we hope will stand them in good stead, when the results are announced in November.
Residents Concerned Over Lack Of Broadband In Oldtown Residents of Clonmethan Green in Oldtown are up in arms over the lack of home broadband in the area. Local resident, Jason Tiernan contacted the County Leader about the issue, and expressed his frustration that in this day and age, people should be left without internet. “We’re really frustrated about this,” he said. “I’ve been looking into this for some time, and even after contacting the broadband company in question, there seems to be no resolution to, what we feel is a major problem for our area.” “The company that operates in the Oldtown area is Ripplecom,” he explained. “The fact is that that Ripplecom does provide broadband around parts of the locality and many consumers are availing of the service, but the same cannot be said for the residents here Clonmethan Green.” Ripplecom’s answer was that Clonmethan was a “black spot” of sorts and the service could not be provided. “Having spoken to a Ripplecom customer service representative, we were simply told without a
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valid reason, that the service cannot be provided in this small catchment area.” “It is hard to believe in the modern era in which we now live, people are still experiencing these problems,” an exasperated Jason continued. The Internet has become a huge factor in people’s lives, and the residents of Clonmethan Green feel, naturally, they are being left behind. We want to highlight this issue, in the hope that we can find a way to resolve it as swiftly as possible.”
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Farrell Pleased With Job Scheme Success Local TD Alan Farrell am delighted to see (FG), has said that the that it is bearing fruit Government’s Action in the form of 2,000 Plan for Jobs is, so far jobs per month being a success, creating the created. There is still a long way to go conditions but this a whereby 2,000 w e l c o m e jobs per month change.” are now being “JobsPlus created. involves the He told the provision of County Leader: regular cash “I welcome Alan Farrell TD payments to that the Government is deliv- employers to offset ering on the objectives wage costs where they it set out in the Action employ people who Plan for Jobs. This is a have been on the Live long term project and I Register for over 12
months. It is a fantastic incentive for employers to create jobs and will, I believe, provide a welcome boost to employers,” he continued. “Getting the North County and the rest of Ireland back to work remains the Government’s number one priority and the Action Plan for Jobs is the key driver to support investment and jobs. We must continue to do more to break down the barriers to entrepreneurship and job creation.”
being prepared as part of the application for planning approval, that will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in early 2014.” The project team claim the plant will be designed, built and operated to the “highest technological standard and international best practice” and said it is necessary for the Greater Dublin Area and the North County’s future. It repeated its disputed claim that one large regional plant is more environmentally friendly than the network of smaller local plants favoured by opponents of the project. The project team said that every measure would be taken to protect the environment and eliminate odours from the plant.
Holidaymakers Urged To Get Measles Jabs Families from around the North County going on holiday to the UK and mainland Europe are being advised to ensure that their children are vaccinated against measles. According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), since the start of the year there have been outbreaks of measles in Europe, with over 1,300 cases in Wales, 900 cases in Germany, and other outbreaks in the Netherlands, France and Italy. A spokesperson from the HPSC told the County Leader: “In Ireland, there have been over 30 cases of measles since the start of 2013, and the ages of individuals reported with them range from nine months to 35 years of age, with most of the cases caught by those who are less than ten years of age.” “The free MMR vaccine, is the only way to protect against measles. The first dose is given by GP’s at 12 months and the second dose at four to five is usually given at school by HSE vaccination teams.” The HPSC advises parents of pre-school or primary school children who have never had the MMR vaccine, and who are intending to travel to Europe to visit their GP to get the vaccination. Those who have a primary-school-aged child who may have missed out on the second dose of the vaccination should also get the jab.
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A recent golf classic event which was organised by the Tesco Donabate Distribution and Tesco Ballymun Distribution teams has raised over‚ €17,000 for Aware, Tesco's Charity of the Year. The event took place at Donabate Golf Club with 30 teams participating on the day. Pictured are the winning team of Aiden Keating, Mark Hunter, Freida Murphy and Thelma Keating.
Local Participants Needed For New TV Show RTE are seeking people from different communities all around the North County to participate in a new show called the Give or Take Show. The show is looking to bring together a group of people - an estate, a street, an apartment block, or people from the same town - to form a Give or Take Club for one month. Everyone must be prepared to Give a Wish, or Take a Wish. Everyone will make a ‘Wish List’, writing down things they want - small and big: a holiday; a better car; a job; a job share; a makeover; a garden makeover; respite care; one night out a week. Everyone lists their assets: time, money, skills. This is the Give Or Take List. Acting together the Club can realise some, but not all, of their list. And not
Fingal Horticultural Show will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th August in St Columba’s Parish Centre at the Old Borough School in Swords from 2pm to 5pm. It will include 150 competition classes for hanging baskets, cut
without some sacrifice, selfless action. What could you change on your own doorstep in the space of just one month? Financial expert, Eddie Hobbs will use all his financial know-how and negotiating skills to help your community uncover the hidden assets, resources and skills to achieve as much of the list as possible. He’ll set out to pair wants and needs with available assets. RTE are looking for people from the same area or towns to take part. You can sign up on your own, with a partner or friends, or as a group or household. Those participating must have availability for filming during September 2013 - dates will be confirmed as far in advance as possible. Eddie will meet the Club once a week to set challenges and offer financial tips and tools to achieve them. The Club meeting will be filmed for the show. Eddie will follow up with some individuals or households one on one as the Club progresses.
flowers, pot plants, flower arranging, fruit, vegetables, jams, home baking, paintings etc. There is expected to be over 600 exhibits on the day.
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The Rush Senior Citizens holiday to Donegal takes place from 23rd to 29th August. It promises to be a hugely enteraining few days, and there are two places available due to cancellations. Contact Chairperson of Rush Senior Citizens, Kathleen O’Brien on 087-6251019 if you’re interested in attending.
Swords Youth Service are seeking to find new members for their Gospel Choir between the ages of 13 and 17. All standards of vocal strength are welcome with those intreated asked to contact Melissa on 01- 8405100.
Pictured is Margo Louth, from Skerries who was the winner of a brand new 2013 Model Ford Fiesta in the St Michael's House Annual Club Draw. St. Michael’s House is one of Ireland’s largest providers of community based services for children and adults with an intellectual disability.
Local Residents Among Highest Property Tax Payers Homeowners around the North County are among the highest in Ireland to have complied with the property tax fee. Newly released figures show that 91 percent of the population in the North County went ahead and paid the fees, putting them above the national average of 89 percent. Despite some recent strong protests from local groups regarding the tax, North County residents are among the most compliant, with the County Council collecting over €12 million to put towards vital local services. However, homeowners who have
yet to pay the tax have been given a final seven-day deadline to pay it, or have it taken from their salaries or pensions. The Revenue Commissioners are writing to property owners who have refused to pay, saying that if it is paid within seven days of receiving the letter, they will not not be hit by interest or penalties. A spokesperson said that around 40,000 letters will be sent out by the end of this month, and if residents refuse their employers or pension providers will be instructed to deduct the tax at source. You can pay the charge online, calling the property tax helpline, or by sending a cheque or postal order to the Revenue Commissioners Local Property Tax Branch in Limerick.
Summer Programme For Balbriggan Group Local group Remember Us, based in Balbriggan, are currently enjoying their annual Summer Programme. They just recently took part in their Kidzbake in St.
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Recent published deaths from the North County GALLEN Mary, (nee Boylan) (peacefully) – July 20, 2013, after a long illness. Sadly missed by her loving husband John, her children, Michael, Niall, Sheila, Brenda, John and Carole, by her brothers and sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and her ninteen grandchildren and her extended family and many friends. Rest in peace. HATCH Catherine, (Molly) (nee Nulty) (Late of Seatown Villa’s, Swords) – July 20, 2013, (peacefully) at home, Catherine, beloved wife of the late Joseph ; sadly missed by her loving son Michael, daughter-in-law Beth, grand daughter Michelle, grandson Aaron, Yvonne, great grandson Joey, great granddaughter Shauna, sister Ethel, brother Joe in Canada, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. HARTE John, (Sutton and formerly of Killarney) – July 21, 2013, (peacefully) at Mater Private Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his wife Mary, daughters Emer and Sinead, son Shane, daughter-in-law Louise, brothers, sisters, and many relatives and friends. Rest in peace. MCALEER Richard, (Balbriggan) – July 20, 2013, (peacefully) after a short illness. Deeply regretted by his loving mother May, sisters Susan and Theresa, brother Shane, his loving children Sarah, Richie, Conor and Alex, partner Georgina, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. LAWLESS Margaret (Peggy) (Kinsealy) – July 20, 2013, (peacefully) in Beaumount Hospital. Beloved sister of Nellie, Kathleen and Bernie. Very sadly missed by her loving sisters, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. DOYLE (Malahide) – July 21, 2013, (peacefully) at home, Francis Christopher beloved husband of Yvonne and loving father of Esther, John and Siobhan and much loved granddad to Sean, Alannah and Ciaran and brother to the late Peggy ; sadly missed by his loving family, sisters Maria, Anne and Pauline, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. GROGAN (nee O’Brien) (Donabate and formerly North Wall) – July 21, 2013, (peacefully), at home with her loving family, Meabh, beloved wife of Eamon ; deeply regretted by her loving husband, daughter Ursula, sons Desmond, Niall and Garry, sona-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. DOYLE (Malahide) – July 21, 2013, (peacefully) at home, David, much loved partner of Damian and loving brother of Deirdre, Ken, Susan, Janet and Patricia and much loved son of the late Paddy and Mia Doyle ; David will be sadly missed by his partner, brother, sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, Rest in peace. HARPUR, Sam (Donabate) – July 23, 2013, (suddenly) beloved son of Shane and Joanna and dear brother of Holly ; deeply regretted by his loving grandparents James, Mary, Tom and Margaret, uncles and aunts Barry, Sarah, Jane, David, Eamonn, Ellen, Brian and Julie, cousins Ciaran, Kate, Isabel and Laura. Rest in peace.
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Fingal County Council Full Planning Permission Is Being Sought From Fingal County Council For The Proposed Demolition Of Existing Derelict Shed Type Structure Together With The Proposed Construction Of A Two Storey Type Dwelling House With Single Storey Projection, Proposed Vehicular & Pedestrian Entrance Along The Western Boundary Of The Proposed Site Onto Cliffords Lane, Proposed Boundary Wall Along The Northern & Western Boundaries, Proposed Connection To The Existing Foul Sewer Network, Proposed Connection To Existing Public Watermain, Proposed Installation Of A Rainwater Harvesting System And All Ancillary Works At Mountgorry, Swords, Co. Dublin, For Mr. David McCormack. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed: Cunningham Design & Planning Limited, Block C, N4 Axis Centre, Longford, Co. Longford. Fingal County Council Martina Wogan seeks planning permission for the removal of existing dwelling and the replacement with a new bungalow dwelling with new waste water treatment system and percolation area and for upgraded existing access road and existing vehicular entrance onto public road on site of existing dwelling to side of existing family home at Wimbletown, Ballyboughal , County 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 Monday to Friday at Fingal County Hall,Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin. 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 the planning authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Keller, Neary & Hanley on lands located on the Beaverstown Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin. The development comprises of the demolition of existing glasshouses and the construction of a residential development of 15 no. 2 storey (some with attic conversions) comprising of 3 & 4 bed dwellings with a new vehicular entrance and pedestrian footpath onto the Beaverstown Road; ESB substation, and all associated and ancillary site development and engineering 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 (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 is being sought for alterations, additions and revisions to 1no house type E on Site No 21, as part of previously approved parent permission F06A / 1576 and subsequent permission F08A/0313, at Site No 21 Streamstown Wood, Streamstown Lane, Malahide, Co Dublin for John Kearney and Paulette Lawson. The alterations and additions consist of the following: 1. Omission of the basement floor level area. 2. Omission of the Attic Level living accommodation. 3. Inclusion of part attic area and stairs for access
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Fingal County Council Jordan Pendleton seeks planning permission for a storey and half dwelling with waste water treatment system and percolation area and for new access road from enlarged existing vehicular entrance onto public road on site to the rear of existing family home at Winterwheat, Margaretstown, Skerries, County 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 Monday to Friday at Fingal County Hall,Main St,Swords ,co. Dublin. 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 the planning authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission for (A) Demolition of existing dwelling ‘Sunnydale Cottage’and 2 no. garages, (B) New replacement dwelling (a dormer bungalow) to rear, (C) Alterations (incl. part demolition) and construction of a new single storey extension to rear and (south) side of existing 2-storey dwelling ‘Sunnydale’ and (D) all associated alterations and siteworks including new boundary walls and new vehicular access to new replacement dwelling at rear of ‘Sunnydale’, Tower Street, Rush, Co. Dublin. Signed A. Kelly. This application can be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the
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