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Headache At Beaumont Continues 4,681 Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly has claimed that there is good news for patients, as trolley figures are down 15 per cent at Beaumont Hospital, which is the main hospital for the North County. He claims that there is By Patrick Finnegan “real progress being @TheCountyLeader made, as this year’s national trolley figures are 32 per cent lower than in 2011.” The County Leader is familiar with trolley figures at Beaumont, through the INMO (Irish Nurses

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and they are checked on a daily basis. Dr Reilly’s figures may well stack up, but residents from the North County, who are unfortunate enough to have to wait for a bed in Beaumont Hospital, and are consigned to a trolley, will draw little comfort from the minister’s figures. For the past year, the average number of people on trolleys at the hospital has been between 20 and 30 per day. The anguish that this visits on families is extraordinary, where loved ones are forced to try and get sleep, propped up in chairs and narrow walkways have to be negotiated between trolleys. In many cases, these are extremely ill people. Everyone acknowledges the great work that hospital staff, especially front-line staff, like doctors and nurses have to endure on a constant basis. These vital staff members are under huge pressure, as they attempt to deliver the impossible - beds for people who are

Molly Murray celebrated her 103rd birthday recently at the Lusk Community Centre. Pictured presenting Molly with the President's medal is acting County Mayor, Cllr Tom O'Leary. Also pictured are, Mary Haughey (Acting Assistant Nursing Director, Lusk Community Centre), Eleanor Conlon (Molly's daughter), Marie Murray (Molly's daughter) and Elizebeth Murray (Molly's grandaughter).

seriously ill. Dr Reilly may feel that a reduction of 15 per cent is making real progress, but as long as there are corridors full of patients in real danger, anything other than a hospital free of trolley beds will be regarded as unsatisfactory. A visit to Beaumont Hospital, which is the main head trauma hospital for the region, is a sobering experience. Many regard it as an horrific place to visit, with distraught families trying to comfort loved ones. The doctors and nurses are forced to make deciMinister Reilly sions and prioritise which patients need the most urgent care. This is utterly unacceptable in a modern, first world country. The unimaginable scenario of a major emergency happening around the city, or the North County, can only be imagined.

So, let’s stop slapping ourselves on the back and issuing figures that reveal minimal progress in a very serious situation. While the figures relate to Beaumont, figures from Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda are much more encouraging and show a definite downward trend. A spokesperson for Dr Reilly said, “The figures reveal that, so far in 2013, there were 4681 people recorded on trolleys at Beaumont Hospital. That figure is down from 5024 in 2012 and 5527 in 2011. When direct comparisons are made to 2011, the trolley figures for this year have been reduced by 15 per cent. When compared to last year, we see that that trend is continuing in a positive direction with a reduction of seven per cent being recorded.” “I am not for one minute suggesting that having 4681 people on trolleys is acceptable; it is not. However, it is encouraging to see that real progress is being made in tackling this issue,” the statement ended.

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Pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup on it's visit to Thornleigh Educate Together National School in Swords are sisters, Shannon, Saoirse and Síomha Fallon.

County Manager, David O’Connor has decided to call time on his career with the County Council. He will retire as County Manager of Fingal County Council on expiration of his contract in mid November 2013. He will take up a temporary position, working with a local government agency. A spokesperson for the Council told the County Leader, “Based on his active

involvement in the local government cost saving programme in recent years, O’Connor has been asked by the City and County Managers Association, with the support of the Department of Environment to take on a six month temporary assignment following his retirement, to coordinate the work of the Local Government Efficiency Review based at Parnell Square”.

“This is not a salaried position, as it is only part-time work. Any payments made to him for time spent on this work, will be through the City and County Managers Association.” The October full Council meeting last week was O’Connor’s last meeting as County Manager. He will retire in mid November. He became County Manager in 2006, after serving as Director of Planning.

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Holywell and the surrounding areas? There is an upcoming meeting in Holywell Community Centre on Wednesday, 23rd October at 8pm for anyone interested in helping found a Junior Foróige Club for young people in Holywell in Swords. The club will be volunteer led, so they will need as many people as possible to get involved. If you are interested and would like some more information, call Bryan on 0868519639. Volunteers will receive full training and ongoing support. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for a progressive and vibrant youth organisation and give back to your own community.

Holywell Educate Together National School held a "Big Breakfast" in aid of Childline in conjunction with Cheerios breakfast together week. Over 100 breakfasts were served to pupils before school, raising a total of €365 for the worthy cause. Pictured is Principal, Maria Boyne and parent, Una Carroll, with a few participating children. The school wishes to thank Kelloggs, JC's, Spar (Holywell) and Eurospar Kinsealy for kindly donating cereal, bread, milk and fruit juices resulting in all money raised going to the charity. A thank you also to McDonald's for donating cutlery for the morning.

Good News For Balbriggan Friends Of Autism/ADHD Friends of Autism and ADHD Fingal, which is based at Unit 14 Beat Centre,Stephenstown Industrial Estate in Balbriggan, are delighted to be in a position to be able to fund an additional 10 educational assessments for people suspected to have Autism and /or ADD/ADHD. The assessments will consist of an Educational assessment

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by Dr Ann Prosser, Psy.D, who is a licensed Certified Clinical Educational psychologist. Applications from schools on behalf of children are not accepted and no contact can be made with parents, without parent’s written consent. Along with the assessment, will be the support of the advocacy worker, Ms Katherine Moreland, who will be able to

Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt The McDonnell Cup fourth round in Ring Commons produced some close results with the winner and runner-up separated by back nine count. The winner was Mary Kennedy, with a net 52 and the runner-up was James Carroll. Sunday’s game winner was Ann McDonnell with a net 47, with Vince Walker as runner-up. Congratulations to Ann McDonnell with a hole in one on the 5th. The end of year night out, including the George McDonnell Memorial Cup presentations took place in Winter’s Restaurant, Blake’s Cross on Saturday 19th September last.

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Recognition For Transgender Minors Urged The Children’s Ombudsman, Emily Logan, is opposing a key provision in the government’s new bill on transgender recognition. She is against the provision that explicitly prohibits those under the age of 18 from the terms of the legislation. In her submission on the Gender Recognition Bill, Ms. Logan disagrees with the advice of an expert group to Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, specifying a minimum age of 18 to qualify for a gender recognition certificate. Under the draft government bill, a certificate will be issued to recognise legally transgender or intersex persons in all official dealings with the state. The expert group cited concerns expressed by mental health professionals that minors who desire a gender change, frequently change their minds when they reach adulthood. The ombudsman’s response was that ‘this office favours an alternative approach that would provide for a gender recognition mechanism for those under the age of 18,” she said.

Cupla Focail in Skerries An Irish conversation group was formed late last year in Skerries. The group includes people with weak and moderate Irish. There are a few ‘Ciorcal Comhra’ groups in the nearby towns, in Balbriggan, Swords, Malahide, Donabate and Skerries. These are opportunities to practice an Gaeilge, our native language. Maybe you wish to refresh your Irish, or you have children attending a Gaelscoil or if you just want a night out as Gaeilge, you are welcome. Skerries Ciorcal Comhra meets at 8pm on Tuesdays in the Bus Bar , on Strand Street.

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Australian Ambassador Visits Donabate School Last week, the students of Donabate Community College received a special visit from the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Ruth Adler. She attended the school to meet the National Junior F1 InSchools champions, who gave her a demonstration of the amazing F1 car they constructed for the Formula 1 Grand Prix World Finals in Austin, Texas this coming

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November. The team, known as ‘Slipstream Racing’ were crowned National Junior F1 InSchools champions earlier in the year, and received two other major awards for fastest D-Type Car and overall Best Pit Display. The team qualified as overall 2nd best placed team, and will now participate as a

collaboration team in the World Finals at this year’s penultimate 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix next month. Project Manager, David Ganly told the County Leader that the Donabate team were paired up with another set of champion collaborators: “Our team have since been paired up with a school from Australia, hence the visit from the ambassador. These guys are really

talented and are the reigning world champions.” This is a huge achievement and a chance in a lifetime for the six second years who make up Slipstream; Conor Bolton, Khalid Kamil, Matthew Wright, Oisin Dineen, Manus Doorley and Bernard Hollands. The team had to fundraise €20,000 for the trip, and we wish them the best of luck in the competition.

Donabate Community College received a special visitor last Friday, in the form of the Australian ambassador, Dr Ruth Adler, who met students who are involved in the InSchools F1 project. Pictured are Leon Clarke, Matthew Wright, Khalid Kamil, Manus Doorley, Australian Ambassador, Dr Ruth Adler, Conor Bolton, Bernard Hollands, Oisin Dineen and F1 Co-ordinator, David Ganly.

Swords Business Campus, decided to forego their bonuses for the month of August and donate them to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. They also held fundraising events for the charity. This selfless gesture was embraced willingly by all of An extraordinarily generous gesture by staff at a Swords based the staff. A cheque for €3,884 was presented to Angi McNulty, company is set to make life a little more tolerable for sick chil- Special Events Manager at Temple Street Hospital, who was dren. Staff at Stream Global Services, which is located at overwhelmed at the generosity of the staff. She said, “We’re all thrilled with the wonderful donation that the team at Stream have made. This donation will make a huge difference to the sick children in our care, The company have also donated XBoxes, which will certainly entertain the children,” she said. Team manager at Stream, Rebecca O’Hanlon told the County Leader: “We have a Rewards and Recognition section here at Stream and we decided to do something different for one month. Instead of rewarding staff for their endeavours, which we usually do, we decided to donate this to charity instead, and we chose Temple Street. Staff really enjoyed being part of this. One of the highlights of Pictured at the presentation of a cheque foe €3,884 to Temple Street Children's the month was the ‘Cream Pie Your Manager’ day, Hospital by staff at Stream Global Servives on Wednesday, 16th October last are, Bob where you could throw cream pies at your Reilly, Shauna Fleming, Zara Duffy-Finn, David Murphy, Jennifer Gannon, Anji McNulty manager, which was very popular with everyone, (Temple Street), Rebecca O'Hanlon, Martine Stupane, Altine Evers, Yana Vercammen, maybe not the managers,” said Rebecca. Tina Lundmark and Jorn Sylten.

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

Another Blow For Brackenstown Community Centre Locals who have been anxiously awaiting positive news of the development of Brackenstown Community Centre will find themselves bitterly disapointed, as the County Council have said that “ it is not possible to indicate when this project is likely to proceed.” The Council also have no plans to include funding for the project as part of their future Capital Spending programme. Local councillor Darragh Butler (FF), asked the County Manager to consider allocating funding to the project, which the Council promised to get as part of their previous Three Year Capital programmes, but they responded by saying that, “this source of funding has dried up for the foreseeable future,” and offered no alternative. The Council had initially branded the project as one of “top priority” over the last number of years, whereas this seems to have been forgotten about as now the project has been indefinitely halted. This comes as a real blow to the people of Brackenstown, who campaigned heavily for the centre last year. However, local representatives, including Butler and many residents have highlighted their intention to monitor the situation on a continued basis, and Butler himself wants to reasure residents that he has not forgotten about the project. He told the County Leader: “I want to reasure local residents that I’m not forgetting about the Brackenstown Community Centre. It is very unfortunate that there is no funding available at this time, but I’ll be actively pursuing the issue wth the Council in the hope that they can find an alternative means of funding.”



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Balbriggan Business Triumphs At Awards

Pictured here receiving the award for the Best Presented Large Housing Estate (which went to Castleland Court), at the Balbriggan Town Council Awards are: Terry Calladher, Catherine Kiernan, Tereasa Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Parks, Nicky Carvin, Joe Kelly and Cathaoirleach Peadar O’Kelly.

Pictured here receiving the award for the Best Presented First Time Entry Garden (which went to Castlemill 2nd Garden), at the Balbriggan Town Council Awards are: Terry Calladher, Mairead from Mairead’s Hair Salon, Ray Conway, Gary O’Reilly and Cathaoirleach Peadar O’Kelly.

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Balbriggan Business, Carvin Property Management had much reason to celebrate recently as they took home two awards at the recent, Balbriggan Town Council Awards. The company took over the Castle Mill Complex (consisting of commercial units and apartments) two years ago, and along with the local residents, they help to maintain Castleland Court, both of which received awards. Carvin Property Management are an energetic up and coming company, and Managing Director Nicky Carvin told the County Leader that they were delighted with their win on the night. “We’re really delighted. We took over the Castlemill Complex two years ago and were really happy to be acknowledged by the Balbriggan Town Council. We also want to thank all the residents and volunteers who work with us keeping Castleland Court looking so well as it’s a real team effort,” he concluded.

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Creative Logo Competition For Balbriggan Kids Children attending Balbriggan schools are invited to take part in the process of developing a logo for the Balbriggan Integration Forum (BIF). Children are invited to submit drawings that will represent the idea of an integrated Balbriggan. Their work will be used as an inspiration for developing the logo for the Forum which will be completed by a graphic designer. Emilia Marchelewska, Integration Project Leader at Cairde told the County Leader: “By engaging local schools, we would like to promote the values of diversity and community spirit amongst the children and parents of all cultural backgrounds living locally. We would like to encourage everyone to take ownership and responsibility in creating an integrated community in Balbriggan.” All children attending a primary or a secondary school in the Balbriggan area are welcome to participate in this drawing competition “Integrated Balbriggan - my idea for the Balbriggan Integration Forum logo.” Artworks must be submitted by the 15th of November to Cairde Balbriggan at Old St. George’s School, Hampton St., Balbriggan.

Alan Delaney (Bagel Bar), Ian Richardson (Richardson Promotions) and Ed Horan (Horan Architectural Project, Blanchardstown).

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Budget Move May Disappear In A Puff Of Smoke Last Tuesday, Michael Noonan removed the €3 departure tax, which the airlines build into their fare structure and remit to the Government on every passenger’s behalf. This change is to take effect next spring. The Government is trusting that the airline bosses are correct when they say that this €3 reduction in their fares for those departing an Irish airport, will generate a considerable increase in passenger numbers. Not only should that be good news for the Government, as they try to build on the success of The Gathering, we in North County Dublin should also benefit from increased economic activity at the airport. But there may be clouds looming which may blank out the anticipated upturn. Last

Wednesday, the European Commission revived a plan to introduce an Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). This is a tax on all airlines using European airspace and is based on aircraft emissions. Concern and surprise was expressed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents over 225 airlines worldwide. The industry is not pleased and they say that the introduction of this polluter pays tax is in conflict with a recent global aviation deal, which was just recently agreed in Montreal. Peter Liese, a German MEP (EPP), who was responsible for the emissions proposal in the EU Parliament, is disappointed with the Montreal deal. Connie

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DBASS Chartered Accountants, Ashbourne hosted their annual Budget Breakfast Briefing on Wednesday, 16th October last. The event attracted over 150 business people from across Dublin, including businesses from the North County and from Meath. Business people listened to how their companies will be impacted in the wake of Budget 2014. Speakers included, Investment Consultant and NonExecutive Director, Gerry Keenan, as well as Dermot Brennan and Michael Byrne, who provided an early morning analysis of Budget 2014. Gerry Keenan’s overview of what Michael Noonan had said and the Budget’s impact on our wider economy, was regarded an invaluable contribution for businesses across our region. This year’s budget is expected to be the last of the austerity budgets, and hope springs eternal that light is now at the end of the tunnel, where business is c o n c e r n e d . Attendees at the briefing were pleased with the contribution of the keynote speakers, who advised about how the budgetary measure can also benefit their businesses. All in all, the Breakfast Briefing was seen as well worthwhile and a great success.

Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner said “It is a sovereign right to regulate aviation in and around our own EU airspace. I very much hope our partners will see this in the spirit in which it is being presented.” It is now up to the EU Commission to consider the Montreal agreement and they may bring amending legislation to parliament to accommodate that agreement. MEP Liese says “If the European Parliament does not agree with the Council (of member states) on a new legislative text by April, legislation as originally planned will come into force for intercontinental flights taking off and landing in Europe”. So are those who framed the Irish budget wondering, if this new EU tax goes into effect from 2014, what will happen to all the extra tourists to Ireland that they hoped to see generated by the scrapage of the €3 departure tax?


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New Construction Phase At Oberstown The Minister for By Patrick Finnegan Children and @TheCountyLeader Youth Affairs launched the construction of a new national children’s detention facility at Oberstown, Lusk. This development deals with the long-standing issue of children being detained in adult prisons. The timeline for the project will see the first three residential units available in the third quarter of 2014. These units will be used to facilitate the transfer of responsibility for 17 year old boys from adult prison Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald playfully facilities at St Patrick’s Institution, to the throws the clay into the air after turning the sod on the official launch of the construction phase at Oberstown House, Lusk. Oberstown campus. Welcoming the news, the Children’s Rights million and includes six new units of detention Alliance CEO, Tanya Ward said, “The detention of accommodation, a new secure fence/wall boundary young vulnerable boys in St Patrick’s Institution, and an education and recreation unit. a Victorian prison, has been a serious blot on At the turning of the sod ceremony on Monday last, Ireland’s human rights record. Often dubbed the 14th October, Minister Fitzgerald said, “I wish to school of crime, the Inspector of Prisons found, thank the Oberstown staff for their commitment to as recently as last year, that there was a culture delivering the child care model of detention and in the prison that led to the rights of children wish to assure them of my Department’s commitment to provide all required training and other being ignored or violated.” The project is currently costed at a total of €56.4 supports into the future.”

Swords Girl Featured In Exhibition

Deirdre Sweeney

Fifteen year old Deirdre Sweeney from Swords was the centre of attention recently, when her image featured in an award winning photo exhibition which was opened in Dublin by Cherie Blair and MTV presenter Laura Whitmore. The exhibition entitled “Her Story” was staged by children’s development NGO Plan Ireland. It features images of 36 girls ranging in

ages from a few months to 18, from diverse communities across both Ireland and Sierra Leone. These images perfectly juxtapose that girls in both countries share similar hopes and have comparable objectives. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of NGO Plan Ireland’s work, increase understanding of the importance of gender equality. Deirdre was one of

the 16 Irish girls chosen to be photographed for the exhibition. She excitedly told the County Leader about being involved in the project: “ It was really exciting to be part of this project, and I was so enthusiastic about getting involved because I know that tragically, there are millions of girls around the globe, who unlike me, were not given a good education and aren’t part of a loving family.”

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O’Brien Tackles More Playground Rubbish In Balbriggan Green Party representative for the Balbriggan Ward Joe O’Brien, recently stepped up his campaign on the neglected and litter strewn Moylaragh playground, by delivering another bag of rubbish from the playground to the developer’s Dublin 2 offices. O’Brien, along with other local councillors have been campaigning heavily

in getting the playground cleaned up and O’Brien, in particular has expressed his disgust that a public playground should be allowed to get in a state “that is a safety hazard and attracts vermin.” So far, both the County Council and the developer have refused to take responsibility for the playground. “The people of Balbriggan don’t take

Pictured here is local Green Party Representitive, Joe O'Brien delivering more rubbish from the Balbriggan playground to the developer’s. He says the playground is in an "appaling state."

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serious public health issue in relation to their children. People are generally reasonable, but this has gone way beyond this mark,” he told the County Leader angrily. “I have decided to step up the campaign on this and ask local people to become involved, because the promises that ‘it will happen soon’ simply do not cut it anymore. I will deliver more of the playground rubbish to Parkway’s office in Upper Mount St. until this issue is resolved,” he concluded.

responded to this problem, is testament to the potential danger of the situation on a road that is used particularly by residents in rural Fingal travelling into Balbriggan.” “The Council now report that the road repair work will be Local councillor, Ciaran carried out in November. Byrne (Lab), has welcomed While this is of course good the positive report from the news, I will be monitoring County Council to his the situation carefully to motion on the need for the ensure the work gets repair of “subsidence” at carried out and completed Flemington Lane, as quickly as possible, Balbriggan. given the danger of the He told the County Leader: Cllr. Byrne road in its current situa“The immediacy with which the Council roads section has tion,” he concluded.

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Bereavement Support Available ‘Beginning Experience’ (B.E) is a support group available for those coping with the painful loss of their life partner, through death, separation or divorce. They offer a healing ministry which helps to resolve the grief that is suffered. The next residential weekend is 8th-10th November in All Hallows, Drumcondra. If you find you need some additional support and would be interested in hearing more, please call 01-6790556.

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

St. Josephs Secondary School Rush 7.30 p.m. Wednesday November 6th 2013 Residents of the above areas are invited to attend this meeting. An opportunity will be provided to members of the public to make observations and address questions to local Gardaí and representatives from Fingal County Council on matters relating to crime and anti-social behaviour within these areas. The aim is to improve public safety within local communities through a process of partnership between An Garda Síochána, Fingal County Council and the Community. Any queries in this regard should be addressed to:

Fingal Development Board, P.O. Box 174, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin or by emailing

The Black Raven Pipe Band recently opened a piping and drumming school in the Lusk area. The band has a proud tradition of tuition in music, stretching back over 100 years. The teachers will provide an interesting and high quality programme. Classes are open to children and adults. Experienced pipers and drummers are also welcome.

Swords Orthodontics recently made a presentation of a set of jerseys to the Fingallians Under 10 Girls Football team. Dr. Stephen Murray made the presentation to Fingallians bainisteoir, Liam Ó Culbáird. These Fingallians girls recently played an exhibition game in Croke Park at half time during the All-Ireland final. With the new jerseys, they will look great when taking to the field. Pictured are Dr Murray, Liam Ó Culbáird and the girls in their new jerseys.

No Driver Licence Centre For North County On Tuesday, 29th October, the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), the new service to receive applications for driving licences and learner permits, will open nationwide. Managed by the Road Safety Authority, the NDLS will have 34 centres nationwide, with at least one centre in every county. The pity is that none of the centres will be located in the North County. Hard pressed local motorists will still have to travel distances to avail of this service, with the nearest centre located in Santry. With the fastest growing popula-

tion in the country being North County Dublin, this seems like an opportunity wasted to provide much needed employment locally, while availing of this service. The new NDLS service will deliver an improved customer focused, modern, state-of-the-art service for drivers to submit their application forms for learner permits or driving licences. Applications will no longer be accepted at Local Authority Motor Tax Offices from Friday, 25th October. A feature of the new service is the requirement to apply for your learner permit or driving licence in person. This applies to all customers, whether applying for a first licence or learner permit or renewing or replacing their current licence or learner permit.

St Mary’s Students Launch New Website The students of St. Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle proudly launched their new website last week. The launch, attended by RTE presenter and former student, Jennifer Maguire, on 11th October was a most memorable occasion in the school. The new website tells you everything you need to know about St. Mary’s and is a very easy to use website. Although the website

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Science Workshop For Swords Students

First year and transition year students at Fingal Community College in Swords recently got a chance to be detectives and explore the exciting world of forensic science. Education Interactive based in Australia, the UK and Ireland ran this interesting workshop. The hall was set up with a reconstruction of a murder case. Alison, from Education Interactive, gave a quick introduction explaining the different areas of forensic science and which tools could be used in the gathering of evidence. It soon became apparent that they were dealing with a complicated case. The students had to piece together all the evidence and build up a case to prove who did it, what happened and why? Among other things, they looked at a UV torch that highlighted blood stains and other vital Principal, began by thanking John evidence. Moore, Deputy Principal and Aine They learned that in Rourke as both had designed the reality, forensic new website. Jennifer was then science is not like welcomed back to the school. what you see on Jennifer spoke about her time in St. popular TV shows Mary’s and said that she was nowadays. The partic“terrified” coming back to speak to ular case they were the students. Her speech was trying to solve took lively and most entertaining and scientists 12 to 18 she said that if she was back in months, but it was school that she would have certainly an enjoyable worked much harder! Jennifer offiand mind-boggling cially launched the website. afternoon.


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Major Conference Hosted By Swords Accountant Swords-based accountant, Gerry McInerney of McInerney Saunders recently welcomed visitors from 33 different countries to Dublin. The IAPA Conference 2013 saw the heads of nearly 100 accountancy firms from all over the world land in Ireland for the four day conference, which ends this Thursday, October 24th. Gerry planned a conference programme and social activities tin order to showcase the best that Ireland has to offer and sent out a clear message that Ireland is a great place to do business. “With 2013 being the year of The Gathering, we fought really hard to win this prestigious conference for Dublin,” Gerry McInerney explained to the County Leader. “Myself and my team have spent over a year


meticulously planning the event and we are thrilled to welcome delegates from Australia, America, China, India, Russia and many other countries.” The conference Swords-based accountant addresses many of the Gerry McInerney of key issues facing McInerney Saunders accountancy firms and their clients and examines, in detail, the issue of mindfulness and well-being in the workplace. “Everyone is under pressure in their own way. For some it is mental stress whilst for others it may be financial stress. Either way, it is so important for each of us to find ways to cope, to take care of each other and stay well especially in very difficult times.”

Official Launch Of Malahide Shuttle Bus A special event to celebrate the launch of the Malahaide shuttle bus service took place at Malahide Credit Union offices on Main Street on Saturday 19th October, with several guests and officials in attendance, including the County Mayor, Kieran Dennison, members of the Malahide Shuttle Group, community representatives and many more. Following an in-depth survey conducted in 2008, it was established that a local shuttle bus service would be very well received by residents in Malahide. A shuttle project group was formed representing Malahide Chamber of Commerce, Malahide Community Forum and the Operations

Pictured at the launch of the new Malahide Shuttle Bus service at Malahide Credit Union on Saturday, 19th October last are, Trish Murtagh (President of Malahide Chamber of Commerce), Vivienne Keavey (Manager, Malahide Credit Union), County Mayor, Kieran Dennison, Mark Hely Hutchinson (Malahide Shuttle committee) and Martin Sisk (ILCU President).

Department of the County Council. The group’s diligence and persistence paid off as the long-awaited Malahide Shuttle will begin operating on Tuesday, 29th October. The service will run on weekdays and is timed to meet all peak-time DART departures from Malahide Station from 06.30 to 09.30 in the

Rush Residents “Living In Fear” Elderly residents in By Jennifer McShane Rush and around the @TheCountyLeader North County are “living in fear”, thanks to the Government’s recent decision to axe their telephone allowance in their latest budget. This is according to Chairperson of Rush Senior Citizens, Kathleen O’Brien, who says the axing of this allowance will mean that the elderly won’t be able to afford their telephone lines and will lose their Pendent Safety Alarms as a result. Kathleen, who is a well known advocate for the senior citizens in the area, got in touch with the County Leader and said she was “horrified and disgusted” to learn the the Government had targeted the most vulnerable in our society, and she said that something drastic was going to have to happen as a result. “I was absolutely stunned and terrified to hear that the telephone allowance was going to be axed,” she said, angrily. “Those phone lines could cost the elderly over €110 a year, and nearly everyone I’ve spoke to just can’t afford that, so they’ll have to get rid of them. And without those telephone lines, they won’t be able

morning and arrivals from 16.20 to 19.32 in the evening. Speaking at the launch, Secretary of the Malahide Shuttle Group, Mark Hely Hutchinson, said: “It took four years of persistent negotiation to obtain a licence from the National Transport Authority. We believe that this important service will

offer many advantages, including a reduction in the need for additional parking spaces, encouraging shoppers previously deterred by the parking problems to come to Malahide, a reduction in traffic congestion, especially at peak times, and encouraging additional use of public transport.”

to have the Pendant Personal Alarm System installed.” She is involved in the Senior Alert Scheme, which ensures that they get this 24 hour monitoring Pendant Personal Alarm System. “The alert scheme is there as a way of Chairperson of Rush protecting the vulner- Senior Citizens, Kathleen able in the community O’Brien and without these alarms, they will live in absolute fear,” she continued. “It was bad enough that they took away our Garda station, leaving us susceptible to all sorts, and now this!” “I was out visiting residents and some were crying they were so afraid. The Government are attacking those who have no voice, and it can’t be allowed to happen, something must be done about this.” Kathleen insisted that she would continue to be the voice for the elderly, and would keep fighting to see that the decision was turned around. “They tried to attack us this way earlier in the year by threatening to cut the scheme, and it didn’t work, so it’s not going to work this time either,” she concluded determinedly.

Awards Night At St Colmcilles St Colmcille’s GAA Club in Swords will be holding their Gathering Dinner and Awards Night at the clubhouse on Saturday, 9th November, commencing at 7.30pm. This promises to be a great night, with music being provided by ‘Off the Rails’. Admission is €25, which includes a three course meal. Tickets can be bought from any committee member or at the clubhouse.

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Swords Celtic Charity Match

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League of Ireland side, Shelbourne will play Swords Celtic FC in a challenge match for the Michael Toft Memorial Cup at Balheary Football Grounds, Swords on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th October at 1.30 pm. All proceeds will go to Pieta House, the Suicide Awareness charity. Admission is free, with donations instead to a bucketcollection during the game. Refreshments

Volunteering At It’s Finest Jeanette Devine from Swords is this week’s North County Living candidate, and the spotlight is on her, so to speak, thanks to the time she selflessly dedicates to volunteering with two local groups around the area. Jeanette is lively, chatty and very easy to talk to. So much so, that when she told us that she previously was very shy, we found it a little hard to believe! “Once people start chatting to me, they never believe that I’m actually very shy as I can talk for ages,” she said. “but it was really the volunteering that brought me out of myself.” Jeanette volunteers with a weekly Foróige Youth Club based in Applewood Community Centre in Swords, and the North Dublin St Vincent De Paul charity (SVDP). “I’ve always been really aware and interested in what goes on around my local community, and having three children of my own meant that I realised that there wasn’t a whole lot in the area for the young people to do,” she explained. “So I knew I wanted to get involved in something that young people would enjoy, and a youth group seemed perfect.” The Swords lady only started volunteering fairly recently, and is thoroughly enjoying the experience of meeting new people, being actively involved in her community and making plenty of new friends along the way. Volunteering is really so fantastic as you get so much back.” She wants to give a particular mention to her fellow volunteers in both groups, who she says she wouldn’t be able to do the volunteer work without. All those involved in the Applewood youth group and SVDP are just amazing people,” she continued enthusiastically. “As I was nervous enough initially, and they just made everything so easy for me; they are an incredible group of people to work with.” Speaking in more detail about her work with SVDP, she says the group are approaching their busiest time of the year and she says they are there to lend a helping hand to those that might be coming into difficulty during what can be a very stressful time. “We know how tough the Christmas period can be, so we’re there to help in any way we can. We organise a huge Christmas Food Appeal every year as well. It’s important to let people know that we treat all our meetings and calls with strict confidentiality and no problem is too small, so please don’t be afraid to contact us, and we’ll help in any way that we can.” The Applewood Youth Group meet up every Friday evening from

7.30pm until 9.00pm and Jeanette says they are always keen to welcome new members and volunteers. “We love to see new people joining in, as it’s a fantastic way to have fun and meet new people.” Aside from her love of volunteering, Jeanette is completely devoted to her family. “I come from a very big family, so I suppose I am used to being around a big group,” she said, smiling. She adores her three children: Janice (26), James (21) and Janeah (18). “My children are my life.” She proudly tells me that all three of them also volunteer with other groups around the area. “I really am so lucky, my children are just fantastic. When I was thinking about coming in and chatting to the County Leader, I was asking myself ‘what makes my life?’ and the answer has always been my children.” Jeanette has lived in Swords her entire life, as has the majority of her family. She tells me that she has an incredible five generations of her family still at home in Ireland, and she says she feels extremely blessed in this regard. “With so many people emigrating nowadays, I know how lucky I am to have my entire family around me. My children are at stages of their lives where they want to travel the world and explore, but I’m delighted that they are all still here for now, particularly coming up to Christmas. The whole family gets together and I love nothing more than having them around me. I have a great family.” Jeanette has a very active life and says she loves nothing more than being up and doing things. “I can’t sit still for five minutes, I always like to be up and about.” She explains her fondness for what she calls “experimental cooking,” and says she loves to try knew things. “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes, and when something may not have slightly gone to plan, I always tell my kids they are getting a “surprise” and they know that they are in for something a bit different!” She has worked at the Emmuas Retreat Centre in Lisenhall for the past seven years and says that she loves the environment in the centre and thoroughly enjoys her job. The centre holds a vast array of exciting classes, courses and workshops and can cater for any business or function. And they even host school retreats. As we finish up, Jeanette mentions her love of travelling (and Brooklyn in New York in particular), and says that she hopes to do more in the new year. “For now, I just want to enjoy the busy Christmas period and devote time to my family and volunteering,” she concluded.

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Name: Jeanette Devine Location: Swords Newsworthiness: Volunteer with local Foróige Youth Group and St. Vincent De Paul

Pictured at the launch of the Michael Toft Memorial Challenge Soccer match between Swords Celtic and Shelbourne are, Michael Toft (Snr), Frankie Monaghan (President, Swords Celtic), Ray Kelly (Chairman) and Larry Clare (Manager).

will be served. The day will also include a penalty shoot-out with football legends, including Paul Flynn, Barney Rock, Paul Whelan, Jason

Sherlock, Neale Fenn, Tony McCarthy and David Duffy (Leo of Fair City), to name but a few. This is a really fun event, in aid of a great cause

and a large turnout is expected. Please do your best to attend as the event has all the makings of a most enjoyable and entertaining day.

Local Representatives Welcome Pyrite Resolution Local TD’s Alan Farrell (FG), Brendan Ryan (Lab) and Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF), have welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, that the Government has approved Exchequer funding for a pyrite remediation scheme. This will be implemented under the auspices of the Pyrite Resolution Board (PRB). The Government has approved an initial €10 million in funding to get the scheme up and running. The PRB estimates that there are approximately 1,000 dwellings affected by pyritic heave that require immediate remediation. “I am pleased that the general scheme of funding for the Pyrite Resolution Board has been approved,” Farrell told the County Leader. “As an affected homeowner, I am delighted that local home-


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Youthreach Award Ceremony In Balbriggan Balbriggan Youthreach held its annual awards night at the Bracken Court Hotel recently where family and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of the young people who have passed through the doors of Sarsfield House in search of opportunity. Youthreach is a second chance education service for early school leavers and offers young people the chance to further themselves outside of the school setting. A mixture of projects, courses and outdoor pursuits make up good part of the year and all in attendance on the night were able to see for themselves the

Pictured here are the Balbriggan Youthreach Group with their Youthreach Tutor Eamonn Stanley, after receiving their awards.

entrance. In the same episode, the scene where Nidge’s son was getting his Holy Communion outfit was shot in Best’s in the centre. Then in the second Eagle eyed viewers of the episode, he was seen getting his extremely popular RTE series, hair cut in the Style Club.” He Love/Hate will have noticed that also confirmed that shooting took Swords and the place at normal shopPavilions Shopping ping hours, and crew Centre were used in arrived to set up at scenes from last week’s about 8am. “We also episode of the hit appeared in Series 3, series. There were two with scenes shot at scenes in the Pavilions Brambles Coffee shop and one scene, filmed and also in Change at the entrance to the Lingerie shop. It was car park at the entrance important that all to Swords Central, scenes were shopping opposite Essence related and had nothing Restaurant, which was to do with violence, used in the car chase. which was very imporSpeaking to the County Love/Hate’s Nidge, tant for the image of the played by Tom Leader, Pavilions centre,” he said. Vaughan Lawlor Centre Director, Ian The Pavilions is fast Hunter was delighted that the becoming a favourite location for Pavilions was chosen as a loca- film makers, as an episode of the tion. He said, “In the first episode popular show, Celebrity of series four, one of the scenes Apprentice, was also filmed there was at the roundabout at the recently.

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Round Towers GAA Club in Lusk recently held another successful fundraising cycle with no less than 62 cyclists turning out to pedal their way around the North County to raise funds for the local GAA club. The more serious of the riders headed out first, taking the 60K route in their stride with the young Simon Jones bringing home this elite group in just 1 hour and 46 minutes. For the 30K group it was more about fun and getting back to the club in one piece. According to club PRO, Karen Harford, “we would like to express of thanks to everyone who turned up on the day to support the club. The cyclists, all of who enjoyed the route tremendously, to our marshals who kept them safe. To all who helped with registrations and refreshments – both on the road and back at the club, and finally to all who donated prizes and foodstuffs for our cyclists. All funds raised will go directly to our juvenile and ladies sections.”

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A Swords woman was among seven women who had a total of eight feet of hair chopped off their heads, for a wonderful cause. Laura Power of Swords Manor and her friends, Dee Gannon, Amanda Maloney, Shelly King, Victoria Lionsblare, Maureen Gill-Emerson and the youngest participant 12-year-old Aine Yates, all donated their hair in aid of ‘Gift Your Hair’ event for Irish Cancer Society’s Little Princess Trust. The haircuts took place in A hairdressing salon in Swords where two stylists were on board to take on the big chop. The Little Princess Trust will use the eight foot of hair to recreate real hair wigs for children suffering with cancer. “It was just something I decided I wanted to do,” she explained to the County Leader. “I think everybody knows someone who has been affected by cancer, so I thought it was a lovely idea to donate my hair so that a child could have a wig if they wanted it.” The group have raised over an amazing €2,000 (their target was €400) Rollers and still have donations Verticals coming in. The idea for the Gift Your Venetians Hair event came about after LauraBlinds decided she Roman had wanted to raise funds Wood SlatShe for cancer research. initiallyShutters planned on Wood completing the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin Velux city but had discovered she had become pregnant. “I was disappointed I couldn’t compete in the marathon, so wanted to find another charity event to participate in, and I’m delighted I went with this one. We were all nervous initially, but are allonthrilled with 3 or more blinds

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What do I do in the event of a Road traffic accident?

A car accident is an all too often regular occurrence especially coming into the winter months. Given that an accident could happen to anyone of us at any time it is important to have the requisite knowledge to protect your interests. Never the leave the scene of an accident without first seeking the approval of the Gardai or the agreement of the driver of the other car. If it is a minor accident and no-one is seriously injured, when contacting the Gardai, by telephone, they will often tell you to exchange details and move on. Always ensure you take the name and identification number of the Garda you spoke to and from what Garda station he/she is attached. If one or other of the people involved is insisting that you do not leave the accident scene then you ought to await permission of the Gardai to leave the scene. To leave the scene of an accident is a serious offence and if convicted would result in the mandatory loss of your license. It is not always necessary to block the roadway and not move the car in a relatively minor accident. If you take a note of where the vehicles were at the point of impact that should suffice. It is a good idea to have somewhere in your motor vehicle a pad and pen and even better a camera or camera phone. These are vital tools to assist clear recording of the event. Perhaps take pictures of the third party insurance disc, registration and panoramic

view of the accident scene. Try and secure permission of the third party first. Ensure you are safely in off the road. Never accept liability at the scene of an accident. To do so could compromise your insurance company at a later date. Always record the details of the other persons involved in the accident; name, address, registration number, insurance company and policy number. If you are injured, seek medical attention. This does not mean you must await an ambulance and must attend casualty. It could be that your G.P. or local VHI clinic could just as easily deal with you. Always ensure you report any accident to your insurance company, no matter how minor. To not do so, could lead to an accusation by them of a breach of contract and a later refusal to indemnify you. If you believe liability is in dispute always take the advice of a solicitor before completion of any claim forms including those to your own insurance company. It is quite possible that your own insurers share with other insurers information you send in to them and an innocent innocuous comment could later be held against you. If your vehicle is damaged you must first allow either the third party or your own insurers to assess the damage. To do so, they send an assessor out. You must not do anything to the vehicle until the assessment is attended to.

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Quinn To Run For Sinn Féin In Balbriggan Balbriggan Sinn Féin is pleased to announce that Malachy Quinn has been selected to run in next year’s local elections for the Balbriggan Ward. Quinn (39) is married, with two young children and lives in Castlelands in the town. As a young father he is fully aware of the many challenges facing young families. He told the County Leader, “I have been

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working closely with the Town and Policing Forum for the previous two years to address issues around planning, upkeep and highlighting residents’ concerns with the County Council and An Garda Síochána.” “The Balbriggan Ward has suffered immensely in recent years from high unemployment, lack of investment in services and infrastructure, highlighted by the attacks on library opening hours, reduction in Garda numbers and investment in the upkeep of Balbriggan and its environs.” A confident Quinn concluded by saying, “When elected, I will put the people and their needs first and foremost. I am determined to fight for a fairer North County for all. Sinn Féin are committed to a fair and equal society.”

Pictured here is Galway hurler Joe Canning, making a cheque presentation to Fingallians GAA Club committee members: Donna Gallagher, Yvonne Campbell, Jean Kenny, Jacquie Brett, Sandra O'Brien, Fran Carton, Leslie Biddluph, Ann-Marie Brett and Dave Penny, all from Fingallians GAA Club in Swords.

Early Start For Balbriggan Summerfest Preparations Balbriggan Summerfest may be almost a year away but organisers are already raising funds for the big event that dominates the summer locally. Recently a 10k run, which started and finished at Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan, was held by those hard working volunteers on the Summerfest committee. With this bit of Indian summer we have been recently enjoying, the event proved to be a huge success with a large turnout of participants.

Perfect conditions and a brilliant atmosphere combined to make this an event to remember and as far as we can tell, everyone that made it to the start line, made it to the finish line. First home was Patrick Moriarity in 35 minutes flat, closely followed home by Kieron Peters in second and Dominic Gilmore seized third place. The first woman home was Anne Lyons in a time just over 47 minutes, she was followed home in the women’s race by Dolores Kelly in second and Genevieve Carron in third. Well done to all involved and a big thank you from the Summerfest committee was extended to everyone who helped put the event together and especially the runners and walkers who took part with such enthusiasm.

Swords GAA Club Seeks New Members

Donal Ó' Cíobháin, proprietor, SuperValu Boroimhe presented a cheque for €1,000 to Swords Tidy Towns and River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association on Tuesday, 15th October. Pictured at the cheque handover are Donal Ó' Cíobháin (SuperValu, Boroimhe), Liz Whelan (Vice- Chairperson, Swords Tidy Towns committee), Des Becton (Chairperson Swords Tidy Towns committee) and Joe Newman (River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association/Hilltown Environmental Group).

St Colmcille’s GAA Club in Swords are looking for juvenile members to join the club. The are seeking children of all ages to join the club’s Club na nÓg. Be part of a team, make friends and most importantly, have fun.

declined from 30.5 million passengers in 2008 to 23.5 million in 2012. The airline believes that much of this traffic can now be recovered thanks to the abolition of the travel tax, which makes Ireland a more competitive and attractive destination for Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) welcomed the inbound visitors. news that the travel tax has been axed. The airline also said these one million new “Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport passengers will deliver more visitors than Authority and other airlines have The Gathering in 2013 and will lead to the responded very positively the announcecreation of at least 1,000 new jobs at Irish ment,” he said. airports. Ryanair in particular recently announced “As a director of Fingal Tourism, I am new routes, with plans to grow its traffic at Cllr. O’Leary delighted with the Government announceits Irish airports by at least one million ment,” O’Leary continued. “I can take this passengers per year from April 2014. Ryanair high- opportunity to congratulate Minister Leo Varadkar lighted that since the travel tax was introduced in and Minister Michael Noonan on this positive January 2009, traffic at the main Irish airports had tourism initiative.”

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Dunne Wants Textbook Rental Scheme For North County Local councillor, Judy Dunne Leader that she was (Lab), has asked the County confident a scheme Council to consider estabwould really benefit lishing a pilot scheme in its parents around the area, local libraries that would who were really struggling to contend with allow school textbooks to be the high costs of school rented. Dunne asked the Council to books each year. “I conduct a cost analysis for know some parents who the funding of a book rental are crippled by the costs scheme for core text books of school text books a t p r i m a r y s c h o o l l e v e l , Cllr. Judy Dunne every year,” she said. which would be adminis“The scheme can be tered by local libraries around the modelled on the structures used by North County. She told the County some local authorities in Northern

Ireland, with a view to establishing a pilot scheme here in the County Council.” However, the Council said that such a study would be better done at a national level to see what benefit there would be in local authorities getting involved in textbook rental schemes. The local authority added: “Research and analysis of any potential involvement in these schemes by local authorities would be best done at national level. It is proposed, should the motion be passed, to forward the proposal to the Libraries Development Unit (formerly the Library Council) of the Local Government Management Agency for their further consideration.”


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having a makeover and treating yourself to a new hairdo at your local hairdresser. They are certain to have something just for you at the right price. Maybe it’s time to upgrade your car and get rid of the old banger. Motor dealers nearly always have great deal, where you can drive away in the car of your dreams. With the new 132 car registrations, it’s very appealing to have that spanking new car in your driveway. You can also avail of some excellent bargains on used cars, so it’s really well worthwhile keeping your eyes

peeled for that worthwhile bargain. If you didn’t have the chance to grab a getaway this summer, or if you’ve been blessed with a little extra disposable income, then this is a great time of year for travel offers. This is usually the time when hotels start giving break away holidays at excellent value, so grab them quick! Whether it’s the opportunity to have a couple of luxury nights in a hotel around the corner, or a quick city break abroad there will

many competitive offers available in magazines, online or from a travel agent. Residents of the North County will be eagerly searching for that, not to be missed, weekend away, or short break holiday and you’ll find plenty of these right on your doorstep. This is a wonderful time of year for food lovers as it tempts consumers with such a delicious array of options for the palette, With shorter days, longer nights and a notable drop in temperature, there is a marked inclination to spend more time at home in the evenings with family and friends. This presents an opportunity to pop to local supermarkets and buy a selection of s e a s o n a l produce. Orchard fruit such as apples and pears, as well as root vegetables such as carrots, swede and parsnips are a few examples of foods that are cheaper and much tastier at this time of year. Particularly around Halloween, you can buy apples for bobbing, or bake a fresh pumpkin pie to impress your family, friends or colleagues. For the meat-lover, local butchers often have special bank holiday offers for that extra special cook-at-home meal. It is a great opportunity to grab some locally sourced meats such as mouth-watering steak or some finest sausages. If you would like to finish off the meal

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the roundabout by St Peter and Paul’s Church, and also participating in other projects. Zoe Nelson, PRO of Balbriggan Tidy Towns and the other members were thrilled that the students responded so enthusiastically to the collaboration. 3G’s volunteering and fundraising efforts resulted in them receiving this prestigious award. It is evident that their trophy is well-deserved and they should most certainly be very proud of their achievements. It is important to mention that Balbriggan Tidy Towns have also worked with Balbriggan Community College. Their contribution to the local environment does not go unnoticed.

Pupils from Class 3G in By Emily Withers Ardgillan Community @TheCountyLeader College recently received a special award from the Balbriggan TIdy Towns for all of their hard work in the local community. The local Tidy Towns group have come to recognise in recent years that engaging and working alongside the younger generation is hugely important, Terry O’Reilly of the Tidy Towns Committee, voluntarily approached local secondary schools to see if there was a way in which they could engage the students to become more involved with some collaborative projects. Caroline Doherty and the class of 3G in Ardgillan responded enthusiastically to this opportunity, giving up their free time at the Pictured here are the class of 3G from Ardgillian Community College In Balbriggan. The end of last year to plant group received a special award at the recent Town Council Awards for all their work with 500 daffodil bulbs on the local Tidy Towns group.

Boxing Tuesdays In Swords A group of youths from the local area are currently being taught basic boxing skills by none other than Michael Carruth. The welterweight gold medal winner from the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games has been boxing clever with 22 boys and girls from Swords, Baldoyle and Donabate. ‘The Boxing Tuesdays’ have been running at the Holywell Community Centre and a showcase night of the introduction to the skills of the noble art is taking place on Tuesday October 22nd in Holywell Community Centre at 7p.m. sharp. It is also the last night that the group will have the presence of Michael Carruth, but Oisin Fagan will continue for two more Tuesdays on October 29th and November 5th. The six week course in basic boxing skills came as result of requests by the young people themselves to Youth Workers at Swords/Baldoyle Youth Services. Some of the group came with experience, others are complete novices but all have developed an interest and appreciation of the sacrifices necessary to pursue boxing. They have all been hugely impressed with the fitness programme that the former Olympic Champion has recommended for them.

Revenue Seizes Cigarettes At Dublin Airport Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service, assisted by tobacco detection dog ‘Frankie’ recently seized 52,400 cigarettes and arrested two people for excise offences at Dublin Airport. The ‘NZ Gold’ and ‘Kent’ brand cigarettes have a retail value of €25,000 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €21,500. Two female Lithuanian nationals,

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Gala Concert For Rush Musical Society Members of Rush Musical Society will take to the stage this weekend with a gala concert to thank their

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and many more. There will also be the opportunity to catch a performance of the now infamous tap dance number from this years “Mack and Mabel”. The concert will take place on 25th and 26th October at 8pm, and all are welcome. If you would like tickets, please contact the Millbank theatre.

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Curtain Call For Rush Musical Society The talented members of Rush Musical Society are about to raise the curtain for another year with the Dublin Premiere of the hit musical comedy ‘Curtains’. The production will be the highlight of the society’s 25th year celebration and it will run for nine nights at the Millbank Theatre in March 2014. ‘Curtains’ is not just a highly entertaining musical comedy but a murder mystery to boot. It is a play within a play full of excellent one liners, familiar tunes and lyrics and dance moves to keep audiences captivated from start to finish. The musical was penned by the talented Kander

and Ebb who brought us some musical gems such as ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago.’ The society are also planning a 25th Anniversary Gala concert. A variety of songs from the society’s shows over the past 25 years will be performed by members over the weekend, complimented by some lively dance numbers. The concert will take place over two nights in the Millbank theatre on the weekend of October 25th and 26th at 8pm. The members would love to see anybody with an interest in musical theatre attending the gala that weekend, including their loyal audiences, members past and present, patrons, sponsors and advertisers. All the cast and crew are looking forward to celebrating this special anniversary year with a magnificent show ahead, and tickets are available through the Milbank theatre.

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Muslims across the North County celebrated the Eid Ul Adha festival, which takes place after the pilgrimage of Hajj. The celebrations took place on Tuesday, 15th October last at St Colmcille's GAA Club in Swords. Pictured are, Gias Uddin, Azad Khandoker, Muhammad Ali, Mubashar Hafeez and Mujib Ulhaq, with children, Alif Khandoker, Akeef Khandoker and Azaan Hafeez.

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Mini Lions Rugby Festival In Malahide On the 9th and 10th of November, the second annual “Malahide Mini Lions Rugby Festival” will take place in Malahide Rugby and Football Club (RFC). This is the second year of the festival, building on from its very successful inaugural event last

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from Terenure, Lansdowne, Del La Salle, Barnhall, Naas and Old Belevedere. Malahide RFC has a large and very active mini rugby programme catering for over 300 junior rugby players every Sunday morning. They cover a large local catchment area with players from Malahide, Portmarnock, Swords and Donabate learning the skills to provide the future stars of Irish rugby.

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Rush Dramatic Society and Skerries Theatre Group are due to perform competitively on the One Act Drama Festival Circuit during November. In preparation for this event, they are both performing their plays for their local audience’s entertainment for one night only. Rush Dramatic Society will perform ‘Cliff’s Edge’ by Paul Beard and Skerries Theatre Group will perform ‘A Disciple’ by Teresa Deevy. The two plays will be performed in MIllbank Theatre in Rush on Tuesday 29th October at 8.30pm.

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year, which saw over 800 junior rugby players from all over competing against each other in a round robin type competition. This year, the club will again welcome over 800 players from U8’s to U11’s to Malahide RFC. They will have teams competing

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Talk History In Rush Loughshinny and Rush Historical Society are holding a talk on “The Easter Rising of 1916 in North County Dublin (Skerries perspective)” by Frank Whearity. The event will take place in The Strand Bar, Main Street, Rush on Thursday 24th October at 8pm. Copies of Frank’s recent book will be available to purchase on the night. All attendees are welcome.


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To mark its 50th Anniversary, the Irish Cancer Society held a milestone Conference entitled Living Well with Cancer, bringing together over 800 cancer survivors for the first time, including the well known Balbriggan Cancer Support Group. Cancer Survivors from the North County attended the Conference, alongside representatives from ARC Cancer Support Centre, CanTeen Ireland, as well as the Balbriggan Group. The two day event, which took place in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, was the largest event of its kind by the Society. The Irish Cancer Society National Conference for Cancer Survivorship featured practical information on treatment advances, dealing with fatigue, exercise and diet, as well as looking at the emotional and psychological effects of cancer. There were also separate tracks for healthcare professionals and affiliated cancer support groups from around the country. The conference looked at the physical side effects of treatment which often last long after the cancer has been beaten and highlighted the many psychological and emotional challenges which cancer survivors face every day. While cancer survival rates are improving, we need to recognise the issues which cancer patients can be left with after the illness itself has gone. The aim of the conference was to enable survivors, both from around the locality and beyond, to engage with each other as well as with Irish and International experts in the field of cancer who were attending, with a view to helping cancer survivors and their families learn new mechanisms of living after cancer.

The Annual General Meeting of Ballyboughal Community Council is due to take place at 8pm on November 4th at Ballyboughal National School. Over the last few years, the council has been very active in lobbying the government, the Local Authority, NGOs and semi-state bodies in the improvement of facilities and services for Ballyboughal and the local area. In particular, they have been particularly involved in lobbying against proposed landfill sites and the Greater Dublin Drainage Project, as well as being concerned with securing funding for the installation of speed cameras in the village. They also see the importance in organising community events, such as carol singing functions and producing a biannual newsletter. New committee members are welcome, so if you’re interested just inform one of the members of the council that night. Elections will be held that evening. If you have any questions, concerns or are simply interested in what is going on in the local area, please do come along.

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Harbour Bar Rush are very important to the tourism product of the North County.” “Local tourism has a bright future while food premises like the Harbour Bar and many Director of Fingal Tourism and local councillor others, as in the nearby town of Skerries Tom O’Leary (FG), has congratulated the continue to win prizes and provide excellent food and service,” he continued. proprietors of the Harbour Bar Rush, “I am actively working with a new Alan and his wife Zhang on winning the Tourism group in Skerries, devising prize for Traditional Bar Food of the plans to increase tourist numbers in Year. Skerries. We need to work together in “Alan and Zhang have been working tandem with our close neighbours in hard over a number of years in Rush, Rush, Lusk and Balbriggan to increase building up their reputation and quality the tourism profile of this area that we of food and service in the excellent Cllr. O’Leary all enjoy. Each town is rich in Harbour Bar in Rush,” he told the heritage and amenities, but we need to sell it County Leader. “I have eaten there many times and always as a package to the millions of tourists that enjoy the food, which is sourced locally in land in Ireland just a few miles away at Dublin Rush. Quality service and business’s like the Airport,” O’Leary concluded.

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Jammin’ Fun In Aid Of St Vincent De Paul A Halloween Jam in aid of St Vincent de Paul will take place at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords on Saturday, 26th October. Headline act, Whistle will

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Bernadette Kavanagh from Rolestown is pictured with local hero, Darren Daly and the Sam Maguire Cup at Kettles Hotel in Rolestown.

A Book Fair will take place at St Mologa’s School in Balbriggan and parents are welcome to visit on Wednesday 23rd October from 9am-11am. Books are great presents and there are great bargains available. Throughout the week, there will a huge variety of workshops, demonstrations, dance classes, weaving and art workshops as well as visits from local musicians, authors and artists. The week will end with the ever popular Book Character Dress Up Day on Friday 25th October. This day is a very entertaining day for all and pupils are asked to contribute at least €3 towards the cost of the activities for Arts’ Week.


Festive Competition In Balbriggan Balbriggan man, Aaron Creighton has come up with a unique festive project, which has just received a national award from 02 Think Big. His project is titled “A Very Merry Christmas Card Competition.” He explained to the County Leader the details of his project: “The aim of my project is to raise the awareness of mental health around Christmas time when many people can feel alone or down due to a number of factors. My project is also going to help raise awareness of the new Jigsaw North Fingal Hub. I feel Jigsaw is a vital new service for young people in the locality.” The project ties perfectly in with the Think Big programme, which is designed to inspire young people around the North County to promote positive mental health in their local community. Aaron went on to explain the criteria for entering the competition. “You must design a Christmas card on an A5 piece of paper, and this design must incorporate positive mental health at Christmas time,” he said. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 12 to 25 years old residing in the North County. The top four designs will then be printed as actual Christmas Cards, and sold to raise vital funds for the new Jigsaw North Fingal Hub (there will also be prizes for the top four designs). The competition will run from now until 31st October. Entries can be posted to: Christmas Card Competition, Jigsaw North Fingal, 25 Dublin Street, Balbriggan.

be a raffle and auction on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm, so come along and join this music and fundraising night. There will be an raffle and auction on the night. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the Halloween weekend and also support a worthy cause.

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YOUR CAR SERVICED??? We Can Pick up, Service, Drop off for you The annual Valley Walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society took place last Saturday, 19th October. The walk, which takes places around River Valley in Swords each year was very well supported, despite the inclement weather. Pictured getting ready for the walk are, Eddie O'Callaghan, Ann O'Callaghan, Margaret Harris (walk organiser) and Kathleen Corby.

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Foroige Youth Club from Applewood in Swords helped to raise funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society, when they held a bag pack at Dunnes Stores in the Pavilions Shopping Centre last weekend. Pictured back row from left are, Niall Lynch, Janeah Quinn, Leah Russell, Janice Quinn, Roisin Donnelly, Janette Devine (Foroige and St Vincent de Paul) and Hannah Flood. Front row: Liz Byrne (St Vincent de Paul), Grace Doyle, Abbie Hegarty and Emily Murphy-Hanna.

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Recent published deaths from the North County FALLON, Caroline (nee Dignam) (Balbriggan and formerly of Ballyshannon Road, Kilmore West) – October 13, 2013 (peacefully) in St. Francis Hospice; deeply regretted by her loving husband Dermot, children Jason, Sarah and Stephanie, parents Dermot and Anne, brothers Paul and Martin, sister Marie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. DONOHOE, Cecil (Portmarnock) October 11, 2013 (peacefully) at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Cecil (late of G.P.O Dublin) deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, son Stephen, grandson Liam, sister Joan, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. QUINN (nee Brown) (Windmill Lands, Swords) – October 14, 2013 (peacefully) at home, Margaret (Peggy) beloved wife of the late Frederick; sadly missed by her loving daughters Audrey, Joan, Margaret and Antoinette, sons Noel and Fred, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. SLINEY, Breda (nee Kernan) (Rush) – October 14, 2013 (peacefully) Breda beloved wife of Patrick; sadly missed by her loving husband, daughter Yvonne, sons David and Philip, daughters-in-law, grandson Patrick, granddaughter Rebecca, sisters Louisa, brother Gerard, extended family and friends. Rest in peace. PLUNKETT (Hayestown, Rush, Co. Dublin) October 16th 2013 (suddenly) Kathleen; sadly missed by her loving sisters Mary, Rita and Agnes, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends. Rest in peace. McSWIGGAN, (nee Stanhope), Pamela, (Shankill and formerly of Killiney and Malahide, Co. Dublin) - October 17th, 2013, (peacefully) in the loving care of the staff in Beechfield Manor Nursing Home, beloved wife of the late Frank; sadly missed by her sister Yvonne, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council Permission is sought to replace existing house at 11 South Strand, Skerries with similar structure but to include attic level accommodation with dormer window to front and rear facades for Valerie & Neil O'Keeffe. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council I Ms. Sara Quirke intend to apply for Planning Permission At Baskin Lane, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin. For modifications to previously approved Planning Permission Registered Reference F11A/0327 to provide for a single storey extension with internal layout and elevation changes. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St. Swords Co. Dublin during the public opening hours 9-30am 15-30pm Monday to Friday and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Fergal O’Hanrahan at 6 Colmcille’s Drive, Swords, Co. Dublin for construction of 1st floor extension to side and single storey extension to front and Retention Permission of partial garage conversion and single storey extension to rear. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

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Co. Dublin . A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for (i) partial demolition/partial conversion of existing garage, to provide enlarged Lounge & new Cloakroom to existing dwelling (ii) the construction of a 2 storey, 2 bedroom detached dwelling & associated off street car space on site to side of existing dwelling at 2 Seabury Court, Malahide, Co. Dublin for Damien Rochford. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by John and Susan Ferguson at Milverton, Skerries, Co. Dublin for construction of a 2 storey extension to rear, single storey extension to side and extended entrance porch. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought to build a new first floor attic conversion and flat roof extension to the rear of the existing dwelling comprising one new bedroom. This application also includes internal alterations at ground floor level, new w.c and integration of two existing rooms into one at the rear of the property at 26 Forest Court, Swords, Co. Dublin for Leoni & Dermot Curran. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Fingal County Council Permission for: (1) Change of use (and associated minor alterations) of existing bank/office unit to (a) Retail Shop or alternatively (b) Coffee Shop/Delicatessen (incl. associated Attention Home Owners, Architects & Builders external seating), and associated service access via gateway to rear courtyard and (2) all associated site development works, boundary treatment (incl. bollards and chains), signage and landscaping at No.41 Strand Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin. Signed: North County Leader, Your No.1 Local Newspaper Declan Kestell. are happy to announce that we are now accepting This application can be Planning Application Adverts for the following areas: inspected or purchased Balbriggan, Balrothery, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Loughshinny, at a fee not exceeding Ballyboughal, Naul, Portrane, Donabate, Swords, Kinsealy, the reasonable cost of Malahide and Portmarnock making a copy during Adverts must be supplied by email to the public opening hours of 09.30 -16.30 or by visiting: Mon.-Fri. at the offices of Fingal County you can also post your advert on a disk to Council, County Hall, North County Leader, Leader House, North Street, Main Street, Swords,

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North County Leader - 22nd October 2013  

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North County Leader - 22nd October 2013  

North County Leader - 22nd October 2013