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Swords Butchers A Cut Above Butchers at well known Swords supermarket, JCs recently decided to bare all for a charity calendar in order to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation, and have reached their set target of €20,000. The calendar, called ‘Butchers in the Buff’ was launched late last year and 14 cheeky participants decided to show more beef than usual, all for a great cause. The Make a Wish Foundation Ireland grants the wishes of children aged between three and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions. All the funds raised will be put to good use thanks to the special efforts of the butchers and those who bought the calendar. The concept was the brainchild of butcher, Brendan Collins, who told the County Leader that his wife Seppi suggested that they do something in the same vein as “Calendar Girls,” and so the idea was born. The sale of the calendars is now finished, and speaking to the County Leader,

MD of JC’s, Michael Savage says they are delighted with the result: “We just want to say thank you so much to all our generous customers for being so supportive. We were thrilled to reach our target, and so happy that we could help Make a Wish, which is a wonderful cause.” Michael also gave a special mention to Brendan for thinking of the concept, which he says he was glad was received in such a humorous manner. Susan O’Dwyer, Chief Executive Make-A-Wish Ireland eagerly praised the butchers, and indeed the supermarket for all their hard work: “The calendar has been a huge success and a wonderful initiative,” she said. “We are grateful to JC Savages butchers for their support and dedication in reaching their target. We already have over 150 eligible wishes to grant in 2014 and rely on support such as this to help us grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions.”

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Still Hope For Balbriggan Library

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In an exclusive interview with the County Leader, Acting County Manager, Peter Caulfield provided some hope that the proposed moving of Balbriggan Library to Gallen Mills, may not happen after all. He confirmed that a special meeting of the Balbriggan/Swords Area committee will convene this week, and discuss the options on the future of the library. Caulfield stated that there are two options up for consideration. “The first is that the original decision to relocate the library to Gallen Mills remains in place. The second one is to see, in consultation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), if an alternative arrangement that be made that would see the Intreo office going to Gallen Mills, instead of the library and if it is deemed acceptable.” He continued, “Firstly I’m proposing that we have a full discussion around this subject on a single item agenda at a specially convened Swords/Balbriggan Area committee meeting, which will take place on Wednesday the 29th. By that stage, I will have exhausted all the options that are available to us in terms of resolving the problem. I will listen to the submissions from the committee members, and I will also be talking to the Town Council in connection with it. Having heard the views of both, a recommendation will go to the elected members at

By Patrick Finnegan a full council meeting, which will take place on the 10th February next.” “If our deliberations are concluded and nothing new emerges in terms of possibilities, the two options, currently under considerations will be placed before them for decision. There is urgency associated with the delivery of the Intreo building. As a result, this issue will be resolved in the next few weeks,” he confirmed. In a frank interview, the manager stressed the importance of the Intreo building to the town of Balbriggan, and blamed lack of information for the confusion caused. “We shouldn’t lose sight of what the new Intreo office will bring to Balbriggan. It will provide a much needed single point of contact for streamlined, practical, tailored employment services for the many jobseekers in the town,” he said. “We are confident that a proposal can be developed that takes into account the issues being raised, while still accommodating these additional resources to assist people in Balbriggan finding employment.” “The County Council has a responsibility to all of the citizens in the area, including Balbriggan. The

Great News For North County Ambulance Service The news that a new HSE which I, and local Fianna Fail Ambulance base is to be built members conducted, to look at Lissenhall in Swords, with a for a more complete ambusecond full time ambulance, is lance service for the North seen as a major boost for the County. I met with staff there, who were working a full ambulance service in ambulance service, the North County. The with limited resources. new second ambulance It means that there will will see an additional now be two 24 hour eight extra ambulance ambulances, along with crew, employed at the a the new base. This is base. Local senator, badly needed because Darragh O’Brien (FF) Senator O’Brien of the huge area that contacted the County Leader and confirmed the needs to be covered.” O’Brien good news. He said, “This said that a second full time development comes as a ambulance will also have a follow-on from a campaign, beneficial effect on staff at

Lissenhall. “The existing staff, for whom I have the utmost respect, have had to endure sub-standard conditions, so this will make a huge difference to them, as well as the local community. People were horrified when they realised the lack of proper ambulance facilities in the area. I am delighted to have been able to help in any way. The people of the North County deserve this type of service, and I commend all of the ambulance staff at Lissenhall for their great work,” concluded O’Brien. The eight new ambulance staff will relocate from the St James’s Hospital ambulance base and work on the new base is expected to commence in April.

Acting County Manager, Peter Caulfield.

population of the town is about 20,000, with about 4,000 people in the area unemployed. In the past, people who were unemployed went to the Social Welfare Office to get paid. The Intreo office serves as, not just a payment service, but is a full suite of guidance and direction in how to find a job. The approach is totally different to how it was in the past. There is provision for client profiling, where people identify who would fit what job. All of the engagement with unemployed people will be by appointment, as it should be. It’s not about people queuing up as used to be the case.” “This service is widely available in many towns in Ireland and is welcomed by all, on the basis that it is a priority to see people getting back to work as quickly as possible. It’s a social contract between the unemployed person and the State, and that’s what an Intreo office is all about. The existing offices, because of their traditional role, wouldn’t have the facilities or the suitability to deal with what is now being put in place.” he explained. Caulfield was well aware of the upset caused by the proposal to move the library, but he was also mindful of the unemployed people in the town. “There has been quite an amount of opposition to the moving of the library, and I suppose when you see petitions with 250 names on them, you feel that this is a large level of objection. In some respects, we have to give voice to the other group in the town, the 4,000 unemployed people, which puts everything in context,” he said. “In view of the opposition, and being respectful of the position of the library and Carnegie’s links to it, I undertook to examine other options in relation to the proposals, so that the elected members could make an informed decision about it. It’s very important that it should be informed and that’s my role to inform them fully. I think it’s incumbent on everyone here to come up with a solution that works for the people of Balbriggan and takes account of the different needs that are there,” he said

The OPW will have to do their own assessment, and they have the decision on whether Gallen Mills is a suitable location for them. “If the library stays in place, there is still a lot of space in the Town Hall. It would not be the primary Intreo building. Part of that arrangement would be the commitment that space in the Town Hall would be made available in perpetuity to the people of Balbriggan,” he concluded. Meanwhile, the townspeople of Balbriggan are still smarting at the prospect of losing their library. Balbriggan Ward election candidate, Cathal Boland (NP) said, “Despite the mood of optimism, that the battle to retain the library on the Square in Balbriggan has been won, the war may still be on. I am calling on the County Manager to give an undertaking that the Library will remain on the Square.” “It is rumoured that both the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Council were aware and knew about the proposed move, some time before the news was made public. If that is the case, I question whose interest these people were serving. The Square was designed as a civic space, which people would use throughout the day, not just between the opening hours of a Social Welfare Office. It may appear to be good for business owners, but it certainly is not good for the town,” he concluded.

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Dublin Airport Welcomes New Service Dublin Airport has welcomed United Airlines’ decision to operate a second, non-stop service between Dublin and New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport during the peak summer season. United has said that it will go double daily on Dublin-Newark from June 6th to August 19th this summer, subject to government approval. “We’re delighted to see United adding extra capacity to its successful Newark service for the peak summer months,”Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison told the County L e a d e r . “With this expansion from United and the addition of new services from Aer Lingus, Air

Canada Rouge and WestJet, we’re expecting a record year for transatlantic passengers at Dublin Airport in 2014,” he added. “New York is the most popular US destination for Irish travellers and there is no better way to fly there than on United,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales, UK & Ireland. “We operate the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty, offering our customers not only the fastest surface transfers to many parts of the city, but also convenient connections to destinations throughout the Americas.” The additional Dublin-Newark flights will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

New Foróige Group In Holywell A new Junior Foróige club for young people aged 10-12 years has opened its doors in Holywell in Swords. This club is one of over 600 Foróige clubs throughout the country. The club will be held every Wednesday evening from 7.00pm to 8.30pm in Holywell Community Centre, Swords. The club’s aim is to provide young people in the area with a safe place to socialise, meet their friends and get involved in lots of activities and games. Foróige Junior clubs are the first step on an exciting journey with Foróige. The club teaches skills and gives the members an opportunity to try new things and get involved in a wide range of activities. If you have a son/daughter of this age that would be interested in getting involved in the club, drop in to the club and find out how you can get involved.

Free Computer Classes In Donabate ‘Digitise the Nation’ will come to Donabate Community Centre (DPCC) from Tuesday, February 4th to the 25th. This is a mobile unit which delivers free computer classes to adults wishing to get started on computers. For beginners and improvers, it will get you started on email and internet, stay in touch

with family and friends, how to use the internet to access, news, information and more. Each participant will receive eight hours training, (four two hour classes) over four Tuesdays from 4th Feburary to the 25th Feburary. The class times are as follows: 9am to 11am, 11.15 to 1.15pm, 2pm to 4pm and 4.15 to 6.15pm. Please phone DPCC on 01 8434546 to place your name down for time preferred.

Challenging Run In Donabate The Fingal Mini Legends 5K is a gruelling and tough challenge which aims to test your physical and mental boundaries. This 5K Adventure Race takes place in the beautiful grounds of

Newbridge Demesne in Donabate on Saturday, 15th March at 11am. The course has not been tested, but will have many challenging obstacles through the rugged terrain, so why not test it out! This

race is open to running clubs and individuals over the age of 18. There is an early entry fee of €20 if registered by Friday 20th February 2014. Everyone who completes the course will receive a Fingal Mini Legends T-shirt and personal finishing time.

Guide Dogs Poker Classic The annual Poker Classic in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Balbriggan Branch will take place in the Bellewstown Inn, Bellewstown Co Meath on Friday, 7th February. The cost per person to play is €30. The contact person if you wish to play is Maureen on 041 9829192. On the night, there will be a raffle for a hamper and many other great prizes. All funds raised on the night will go to the training of guide dogs for blind and visually impaired people, and for assistance dogs to help a child that has Autism. So, make sure to come along and support this great cause - you may even pick up a nice prize.

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Swords Students Unveil Exciting Project The Colaiste Choilm Swords third year class of 3S and their teacher Peter Sansome, recently unveiled their fantastic project, which commemorates the end of the Great War. On the centenary anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, the history department of Colaiste Choilm set about instructing the class of 3S to compile ideas and suggestions for what approach to take. With a tremendous effort from the Junior Cert students, it was decided to tackle the end of the war and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles and Paris Peace Conference. In attendance for the unveiling of the works were the entire 1st years of Colaiste Choilm, who were visibly impressed by the work on display. Luke Weldon of 3S told the County Leader, “With it being one hundred years since the Great War began, what better year to tackle the difficult issues

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Pictured are students from Class 3s from Colaiste Choilm in Swords, at the unveiling of their history project on the Great War. Also pictured are School Principal, David Neville and teacher, Peter Sansome.

than to commemorate the end of the bitter conflict.” Carlos Wynne, also of 3S, continued, “It’s only when you get an opportunity to delve deeper into historic events such as these that you really appreciate the true impact of the event and in this case, the impact that the Treaty of

Versailles had on future European events.” On hand to offer his congratulations was Principal David Neville. He was very proud of the boys, saying, “The work that the boys have done is fantastic and it’s a very proud moment for the class of 3S and for the entire History Department.”

Grant Approved For Balbriggan Day Care Centre Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG), has welcomed the news that lotto grant funding of €50,000 has been approved for a new Prosper Fingal Day Care Centre for Balbriggan. “I am delighted to have been informed by the Department of Health that Prosper Fingal have been granted € 50,000 for a daycare centre in

Balbriggan to support adults with intellectual disability,” O’Leary told the County Leader enthusiastically. According to O’Leary, Prosper Fingal have put major funding to this project already, by purchasing the building near their existing residential respite premises on Drogheda Street Balbriggan. The centre in

Balbriggan is to be modelled on the day care centre in Swords and other centres in Skerries, Rush, Portmarnock and Howth. The councillor spoke of how he was impressed with the similar newly opened facility in Swords, and said the centre would be equally welcomed in Balbriggan. “It’s a very effective method of providing

services and supports to adults with intellectual disability, a great way of integrating them with their community, and encouraging them to develop their potential and independence where possible,” he continued. “I look forward to Prosper Fingal proceeding with this project and the lodging of a planning application for the premises in Balbriggan in early 2014.”


due to come out to inspect the damage to the dunes, and we were told that a report is being drafted, but we are worried about what will happen if the funding application is not approved,” concerned local resident Stephen Carroll told the County Leader. “Everything is up in the air at the moment and it’s very scary for all the residents here.” “We put in our own temporary measures originally, but these are as good as gone thanks to the storm conditions a couple of weeks ago; the high tides washed the majority of everything we had away.”

Residents in Portrane are living in fear after recently seeing over 25 feet of their coastline washed away, thanks to our recent stormy weather conditions. Residents of the Burrow fear that their homes could be washed away by the sea, as there is currently only temporary measures in place to protect homes from the rising tides. This comes after a similar situation last year, after residents were equally devastated, when they also saw up to 20 feet of protective sand dunes being Pictured here are Councillor Darragh Butler (FF), Senator washed away in Darragh O'Brien (FF) and Local Election Candidate Adrian Henchy (FF) meeting local residents Pol Bond and Stephen one night. An emergency Carroll to assess the additional damage to the Portrane coastline caused by the recent storms. meeting was held, in which over a hundred resi- He went on to say that any further dents met up with some local stormy weather would see the councillors and representatives in temporary defence measures an attempt to find a solution. washed away completely, and that However, it looks like they will the residents wanted to see somehave to wait until February 22nd thing concrete done. “You’re to see if funding is approved for talking about over 60 houses at repairs to see if a permanent solu- risk. It’s time the Council stopped tion can be put in place. dragging their heels and helped us “Minister Brian Hayes from the find a real solution,” he Office of Public Works (OPW) is concluded.



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Farrell Welcomes Funding For Local Roads Local TD Alan Farrell (FG), is encouraged by the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, that the Government has approved €4.8 million in funding for Fingal

County Council for regional and local roads, an increase of 17% on 2013. This is part of an €333 million investment programme for 2014 aimed at improving and making safer our regional and local roads.

“I am delighted that this fact that their roads and funding has been sancbridges will be tioned for the safer and in County Council. better condition. This additional “This approach funding is to be of using availused for surface able funding for restoration road repair and works, strengthsafety is ening and main- Alan Farrell TD sensible. This tenance of will add signifiroads, road safety works cantly to road safety in and the rehabilitation of the North County and bridges. Motorists and further improve the local road users in the North and regional roads County will welcome the across the county.”

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Local Elections Date Decided The eagerly awaited local authority and European elections will be held on Friday, 23rd May next. Now that the date has been decided, it is time to make sure that you are entitled to cast your vote on the day. In the local authority elections, people in the North County will cast their votes in three Electoral Wards, namely Balbriggan, Swords and Howth/Malahide. A total of 25 county councillors will be elected here, with nine for Swords, and eight each for Balbriggan and Howth/Malahide, being returned. These new county councillors will act as your voice at council meetings, where urgent business like budgets are decided and decisions are made on your behalf, on how best this budget is spent in the local area. This can have a huge impact on the quality of our lives, so the decision to use your vote in the most effective way, is of paramount importance. Local voters will also have the opportunity to elect three candidates for the Dublin constituency, who will also be elected to the European Parliament, on the same day. If you’re not registered, you can’t vote in the upcoming elections. Each voter is responsible for making sure they are correctly registered to vote. The current Voting Register runs until 14th February 2014. Voter registration information is available on Voters can download an RFA2 form to allow them to register or an RFA3 form to amend their already registered details. Completed RFA2 and RFA3 forms must be signed and returned to Franchise Section, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords. Non-national residents are fully entitled to vote, as long as they are legally resident in the area, and are on the voter register.

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Malahide Captain Takes The Helm Pictured at Dublin Port to celebrate the first sailing of the new Irish Ferries route from Dublin to Cherbourg are Captain Brian McKenna from Malahide, with Chief Purser, Ms. Fran Grau. Capt. McKenna commanded the vessel, on the first of what will be a yearround, weekend service, leaving Dublin every Saturday and returning again on the following Monday.

Environment, Phil Hogan, and is being included in the Local Government Reform Bill 2013. “This is great news for businesses in the North County, and something they have been seeking for some Balbriggan Ward election candi- time. Under the old legislation, date, Tom O’Leary (FG) has which dates back to 1838, tenants welcomed a change to the law on who vacated a property with rates rates. Under new legislation, due, were not liable and businesses will no longer be instead, the new tenant is forced to pay rates arrears forced to pay the rates from the previous tenant, arrears. It was ludicrous that when they take on new a law dating from before the premises. Famine was still affecting O’Leary is certain that the Irish businesses in the 21st new law will greatly benefit century,” he commented.” business in the North County. Cllr. O’Leary “This will allow new busiHe told the County Leader, “I am nesses to take up new premises aware of one local business in and existing businesses to change Skerries that got saddled with a premises, without the fear of rates bill from a previous tenant having a massive rates bill hanging and that has made it extremely over them after they move in. This difficult for that business to law change will go some way to survive, where profit margins are make the rates system fairer and very thin,” he said. hopefully encourage and support The legislation has been accepted entrepreneurship in our area,” he by the Minister for the concluded.

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Great News For Skerries Harps GAA The news that Skerries Harps has been been approved to spend a €550,000 lotto grant by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport for a magnificent new clubhouse, has been widely welcomed. Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) told the County Leader, “I have just been informed that, after many years trojan efforts by the officers of that club, they have been finally approved to spend a €550k lotto grant. It’s a ¤1 million plus project, with a

Basses Required By Local Choir Due to the ill health of two of their basses, Fingal Chamber Choir is in urgent need of 3 basses . Reasonable sight singing ability is desirable. They meet on Monday nights in Balbriggan from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Please contact David Maxwell at m. Fingal Chamber Choir is a busy choir with a very varied repertoire, from Eric Whitacre

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balcony overlooking the pitch, measuring 700 square metres. I would like to congratulations all the members of the Harps. It will be a great addition to the facilities in our town in a very central accessible location.” He continued, “I am delighted to have played my part in this, assisting with planning permission and zoning for two sites in Milverton and lobbying Minister Varadkar’s department, as issues arose. Well done to all. Skerries Harps is a very popular club in Skerries, with 48 juvenile teams. That’s a huge voluntary effort into the community in Skerries,” he said. Meanwhile local man and Minister for Health,

Dr James Reilly, also welcomed the developments. He said, “I am delighted to hear that Skerries Harps have been provided with this funding. I am a strong supporter of the work of the club and I know this funding will be put to great use in a manner that enhances community life in the area. The dedication of the men and women involved in the club is tangible and the talent is there for all to see as well. After all it is the home of Bryan Cullen, who led his team to All Ireland glory. A healthy respect for sport is the hallmark of a healthy society and I wish the club every success as it implements this wonderful new development,” he said.


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Swords Women Awarded As Unsung Heroes Rasa Konocova and Gintare Simkute, both originally from Lithuania but living in Swords, were among ninety workers honoured for her dedication in the 2014 GEM Awards, (Going the Extra Mile). GEM Awards recognise the valuable contribution of employees involved in workplace supports, such as cleaning, catering, security,

pest control and property services. Olympic Silver medallist, Kenny Egan, who introduced this year’s GEM Awards for ISS, said that people like Rasa and Gintare who works in essential support services are generally the unsung heroes of the workplace. Their efficiency can sometimes go unnoticed, but without them the

Rasa Konocova receives her Unsung Hero award from Olympic boxer, Kenneth Egan.

Gintare Simkute is pictured receiving her Unsung Hero award from Olympic boxer, Kenneth Egan

business could not function”, he stated. Rasa, who is single with two children works in Hertz in Swords and impressed the awards panel with her reliability and dependability and her high level of performance and work attitude. Gintare, who is single works in the Premier Inn Hotel and impressed the panel with her work

Grant For Skerries Floraville Garden Local councillors Ciaran Byrne (Lab) and Tom O’Leary (FG), have both welcomed the recent news that a

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Pictured here is local councillor, Tom O'Leary (FG) with Minister for Health, James Reilly standing at the location for the new Skerries Floraville Garden project.

New Reading Initiative Launched In Swords

€ 165,000 has been granted to the Skerries Floraville Garden project. Skerries Chamber of Commerce will now be able to build a town centre garden beside the Carnegie Library in Skerries. Byrne, who is also a director on the Fingal Leader Partnership (FLP), said that he was delighted that the application by the Skerries Chamber of Commerce to the FLP had been approved by the Department. Both councillors agreed that that the garden will be a boost for Skerries in the next Tidy Towns competition, for tourism, and as a sheltered rest area for

their local library. County Mayor, Kieran Dennison was on hand to get the battle started by presenting the schools with a copy of the book ‘Stormclouds’ for each of the children and their teachers. As well as reading the book by Brian Gallagher, the children will be participating in different activities organised by our libraries surrounding the themes presented

Four local schools recently descended on the Council Chambers in Swords to get ready for the ‘Battle of the Book’ reading initiative. The Battle of the Book is a reading programme running from January to May this year between local Libraries and four primary schools Oliver Plunkett’s in Malahide, St Mologas in Balbriggan, St Colmcille’s in Swords and St Patricks Corduff. Last years winners Rush National School will also be involved), kindly supported by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). The aim of the programme is Pictured here is Robyn Jones ((St Colmcilles to get children reading, by School Swords) with Brian Gallagher, author of using a multi-disciplinary 'StormClouds' at the recent Battle of the Book reading initiative launched in Swords. interactive approach with drama, art, creative writing and an in the book. The big finale of the active competition element programme will end in a battle between the different schools and (quiz) to be held in May.


ethic and the fact that she is well respected by the client. The fact that many of these roles are carried out, outside of office hours, or not based in the main working area, can mean that they get overlooked, thus the creation of the ISS GEM Awards to recognise outstanding effort and commitment.

senior citizens. “I wish to commend Martin Scully, Ollie Grimes, the team in the Chamber of Commerce and the support and work of my colleague Ciaran Byrne, who set about planning this project in 2012, in order to give Skerries Town Centre a positive lift in tough economic times and to bring a new community space into play in a key location,” said O’Leary. “Work will commence on the garden in the coming weeks,” concluded Byrne.

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Brilliant Rally Performance By Swords Man Swords man, Robert Barrable finished the opening round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship in a magnificent third place

in his WRC2 class and 13th place overall in the world famous Monte Carlo rally. This is an amazing result in light of the fact that neither

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Barrable managed to tip toe through the snow, ice and rain, and the pair took their podium trophies in theWRC2 class from Prince Albert in front of the Royal Palace in Monaco. The 26 years old motor dealer from Swords told the County Leader, “The Monte Carlo Rally definitely lived up to my expectations of being one of the toughest rounds of the World Rally Championship, and I can see why it’s regarded as a real classic. It’s been quite an endurance, with a hard recce, a lot of road mileage, the technicality of the stages, the

weather conditions and tyre choices. “The Col de Turini is an amazing stage. Three kilometres before the top it’s all snow, coming down the other side is just like

glass. You can see why you don’t get anything like that anywhere else in the world and I really enjoyed it,” he said. Robert has a fine pedigree in motor racing,

but in recent years has turned his talents to professional rallying, while helping the family motor business in Airside Park between engagements.


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Road Users Must Be More Vigilant Road users from around the North County must take more responsibility for their actions to help improve road safety for all, say the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI). This comes in response to recent figures reporting the number of drivers and passengers killed in Ireland, has increased by one sixth. In its end of year review of road crash statistics, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) reported the number of people killed on the roads rose to 189 in 2013 - up from 162 in 2012. Responding to the RSA review, Neil McDonnell, FTA Ireland General Manager said: “The extent of the rise in fatalities is concerning, as it is more than simply a statistical fluctuation. The trend in fatalities was consistently higher throughout 2013.” FTA Ireland has long supported the RSA message warning drivers that the greatest danger they face on the roads is complacency, and the figures revealed in this report once again highlight the need for all road users to be more vigilant.

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Good Progress On Local Cemetery A local resident, who deemed Fingal Cemetery “appalling” last year is happy to report that good progress has been made on the site. Local man Michael Fox, whose family are all from Malahide, had decided to lay his father to rest at the cemetery and was very upset at the unsightly state of it, and called on the support of local councillors and the County Council to get it cleaned up. After a year and a half of

Swords Gears Up For Exciting Festivities Swords is set to become a hive of activity in the coming months, with a broad range of events scheduled starting with the annual, eagerly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day festival taking place in March. According to the County Council, the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the North County are set to be bigger and better than ever this year, with an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 spectators expected to flood into Swords to watch the big parade. The parade is the centrepiece and high point of the festival with more than 60 community organisations taking part in the massive celebrations on the day. Swords will also play its part in commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf in April. Swords has a very direct

campaigning, he informed the County Leader last week of the progress that has been made so far, namely the removal of a ratinfested bunker. “I welcome the removal by the County Council of the offensive rat infested bunker in section S of Fingal Cemetery,” he said. “It was an area that badly needed to be cleared up, so I commend the Council for this positive start.” connection with the story of Brian Boru, as the place where the slain bodies of Brian and his son were brought to rest at St Colmcille’s, before being taken to Duleek and then on to Armagh. On April 25th, there will be a spectacular ‘Fire Parade’,which will see 300 to 400 viking re-enactors, a Viking long boat, street entertainers, drummers and lots of fiery torches parade through the town from Colaiste Choilm to Swords Town Park. The local children will get to be archaeologists for a day at Swords Castle, which will be the venue for ‘The Big Dig’. This event offers an exciting, simulated archaeological excavation, whereby the children will excavate artefacts and the structural remains of a life-sized Viking House. A weekend-long ‘Viking Village Experience’ will take place around the parade and at Swords Castle, a representation of Brian Boru’s body will be handed over by 12 druid monks, in an historic reenactment of the events in 1014.

Balbriggan Brass Band Seeks New Members The ever popular St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band in Balbriggan are on the look out for new members for 2014. People of all ages who are interested in learning how to play a brass or reed instrument from scratch are encouraged to join. They are also seeking experienced players as well. The age range is nine years old and upwards and the band meets every Wednesday night in St George’s School Hall in Hampton Place Balbriggan. The Band Secretary is Joseph Costello and he can be contacted on mobile 087-7775999, for those who wish to know more.

Councillors Want Free Bike Scheme In North County Local councillors, Tom O’Leary (FG), Darragh Butler (FF) have appealed to the County Council to roll out a free Bike Scheme in towns around the North County. Following the success of the free bike scheme in Dublin City, O’Leary and Butler recently suggested that a free bike scheme might work in Balbriggan and Swords and asked the Council to consider the move. Similarly, last year, councillor Anthony Lavin (FG), said an emphasis on providing additional cycle lanes around Malahide and the

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other coastal towns around the North County would be of great benefit and give a huge boost to local tourism. However, the County Council have decided to wait until the free bike scheme that has proven very successful in Dublin City, has rolled out to other cities around the country, before considering a similar scheme for our larger towns, like Balbriggan and Swords. The local authority said that, as the scheme had been a success initially and it may now be rolled out to Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The Council said they would wait to see how the scheme operates in those locations before considering introducing a similar scheme anywhere in the North County.

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Michael also mentions other aspects of the cemetery that were improved, and calls on the public to play their part in keeping the site in an appropriate condition: “Just before Christmas, margins in the burial ground were cleaned and planted with grass, however lots of the margins have been damaged by cars driving over them. I would appeal to visitors to the Cemetery to respect these margins and keep off the grass. Preventative measures need to be placed next to the margins to stop this,” he continued. “This is a good start for the Council and I would like to see these improvements continue.”

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

Swords Viewfinders Camera Club is now open to new members for 2014. They meet every second Wednesday from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in the Premier Inn, Airside. Previous experience would be an advantage but is not essential. Features of the club include group outings, competitions and learning all aspects of photography. For further information, please contact 0872446071.


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It’s easy to say that letting go of the past is a prelude to a wonderful future. But relinquishing elements of your life that are as reassuring as they’re familiar is quite another matter. Signs indicate not to do anything drastic.


Feb 19 - Mar 20

A rewarding week when dealing with personal relationships, when intriguing developments force you into action. In fact, you’ll enjoy dealing with these issues so much that you wonder why you delayed for so long.


Mar 21 - Apr 20

Once you begin to discuss problems openly you realise how willing others are to help you resolve them. In fact, this is what helps you this week to tackle dilemmas that you thought you’d just have to live with.


Apr 21 - May 20

The troubles you had last week, especially in the workplace, are about to be completely reversed, as those who thought they’d got away with their misdemeanours discover that they’ll have to pay the piper after all.


May 21 - Jun 20

With work-related matters things are about to play into your hands. This so improves your position - and your spirits - that you can well afford to wait until next week, when those around you will finally see things your way.


Jun 21 - Jul 22

This is a week when you begin to revitalise elements of your life that you’d given up on ever being exciting. And, better yet, you realise how unimportant difficult and interfering people are in the scheme of things.


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With all aspects of your life this week, your mood is grim. Complain if you want. Just keep in mind that, by the time next week, with its spectacular planetary activity, is over, you’ll be singing a much happier tune.


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Having laboured over decisions involving work, you’re in no mood for change. However, indications are that these decisions are out of your hands - but, the disruption may not be as bad as you first thought.


REA Cumisky Bring Local Properties To UK UK buyers are one of the new success stories in the Irish property market. Local property vendors are being given the chance to cash in on a miniboom, by registering for REA’s upcoming London Property Exhibition. Local property specialists, REA Cumisky, will be showcasing properties at the Hilton London Olympia on Saturday, 22nd February. John Cumisky of REA Cumisky told the County Leader, “UK buyers are to the fore of a nationwide resurgence in property sales, and this exhibition is a golden opportunity to advertise homes, commercial and investment properties that are to be sold this year.”. “This will be the most focussed and successful exhibition of Irish property in the UK this year. Sterling is strong and the English market is getting less affordable for UK buyers - hence they are turning to Ireland. We feel that, after a John Cumisky resurgent 2013, UK purchasers, as a buying group, will be a very significant factor in 2014”, he continued. According to Cumisky, “People who attend our London Property Exhibition will be serious about purchasing, the majority will be cash buyers. We will also be linking up with the UK’s largest property website,, to showcase our portfolio of properties.” REA Cumisky are committing significant resources behind this exhibition to establish a strong presence with UK purchasers in the Dublin and east Meath markets. They are strongly encouraging people who wish to sell their property to contact them. To have your property exhibited, contact REA Cumisky on 01 8413000

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CAO Advice For Students With the February 1st deadline for CAO applications fast approaching, the County Leader has some advice for Leaving Cert students ahead of the big day. Choosing where you go to college is a very important decision which can cause a great deal of anxiety and it is important to prepare ahead of the deadline. The CAO deadline is only a few weeks away so following some of the

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animal counterpart, people born in this year are heroic and strong, with unrivalled intuitiveness and keen judgement. In Chinese astrology, the horse’s superhuman characteristics are believed to bring a year of good luck and fortune, where speedy success is ensured in all ventures and though impulsive and hasty in matters of the heart, the Horse is considered the Zodiac’s Romantic Star. Many of the North County’s Chinese population will keep tradition alive in their ancestral New Year by gifting the customary red envelope containing money, to their young and exchanging heartfelt gifts with family and friends as a token of love, luck and good living for the year ahead.

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below advice should help you while making your decision. So, before you apply, research your chosen courses and colleges. Ask yourself is this really the course you want to do? Are there employment prospects or progression routes afterwards? Do you like the campus and the facilities, and can you afford the commute or accommodation if necessary? Bare in mind that this will be the course you will study for the next three or four years and you should be satisfied that it is something that will be of real interest to you.

Then, once you have chosen your courses, apply online and apply early. The CAO deadline for applications is 1st February. You can then change your courses online, free-ofcharge as many times as you want until 31st January, or after that by using the change of mind facility. Also, remember to always choose your courses in order or your genuine preference for that course and not by what points you think it might be. Also, always double check your details and courses are correct and in the preference order you wish.

Floral Extravaganza In Malahide Maureen Lee would like to thank all those who generously supported the recent Floral Extravaganza. She especially thanks her committee for all their hard work, and the Grand Hotel in Malahide for their generous support of the event. In excess of €9,000 was raised for the Parish Pastoral Centre and the church restoration fund.



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Mortgage Event in Balbriggan

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Bank of Ireland Balbriggan has a fantastic offer running at the moment for customers who draw down their mortgage with Bank of Ireland by 30th June 2014. They will pay their property valuation fee and their first year’s Home Insurance premium and their first year’s Mortgage Protection premium, up to maximum €1,250.

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A Breakfast Briefing was held at the bank’s Balbriggan branch on Wednesday, 22nd January last, where Branch Manager, Paula Harmon addressed local business people, including auctioneers and solicitors. She said, “Did you know that Bank of Ireland provides full mortgage approval in many cases within 24 hours? With Bank of Ireland mortgage, approval is mortgage approval - not an approval in principle! This means we do a full credit assessment upfront and go straight to Loan Offer so the funds are available to purchase the chosen property. And we provide mortgage application decisions really quickly - in many cases within 24 hours.” The offer applies to First Time Buyer, Mover, SelfBuild and Switcher mortgages and customers must sign up to pay their Bank of Ireland Home Insurance premium and Bank of Ireland Life Mortgage Protection premium by Direct Debit a minimum 12 months. Offer payments are made to the customer’s mortgage-paying bank account within 30 days of mortgage drawdown. She continued, “We are working very hard to promote that we are open for mortgage business and want to assist as many people as possible to purchase their own homes. Our latest offering is for customers who need to move home and have a Tracker mortgage with Bank of Ireland. Customers can get a new tracker rate on the portion of the loan they carry forward from their old property for 5 years, at 1 per cent over their current tracker rate. We provide a one-stop shop for mortgages and can arrange comprehensive home insurance cover in minutes, and can provide life cover through Bank of Ireland Life.” Many people believe that if their mortgage is in negative equity, it automatically means that they will not be able to move home. This is not true. If you already have a Bank of Ireland mortgage, even if your current property is in negative equity, we may be able to provide a mortgage for a new home, where you bring the negative equity portion of your current mortgage across to your new mortgage. And this can apply whether you want to trade up or trade down. Even if you are in negative equity with a tracker, come and talk to us,” she concluded.

Talk To Us Europe Europe plays an ever increasing role in how its member states conduct their business. Many countries have expressed concern at the lack of interaction with their home parliament. The former Austrian Europe Minister is quoted as saying that national parliaments had a crucial role to play in the development of the EU. There is a very definite lack of connectivity between the centre and the citizen. This appears to be the case across the entire community. Despite the use of the considerable resources available in communication technology, Europe has failed to get engagement from those it serves. This may be the fault of those charged with the running of the Commission and Parliament, it may be the fault of the citizen. For many, all too often it is easier not to take the time to question what is

Skerries Weight Loss Challenge Gains Momentum The Skerries Weight Loss Group (SWLG) fundraiser for Remember Us Fingal and Skerries Rugby Club, kicked off at Skerries Rugby Club, with 20 challengers, to great fanfare. A community endeavour was organised by local lady, Paula Byrne, the team members come from all over region. Following closely on the rules of RTE’s O p e r a t i o n Transformation, SWLG challengers are divided into four teams of five people. Each week, the Skerries Weight Loss challengers meet at the rugby club on Sunday morning, from where they will set out on a weekly walk at 11.30am. The route of the walk will always start and end at Skerries Rugby Club, and while the walk for the challengers is organised and formal, anyone else who wants to join in and walk along the route

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Free books are available from Rush Library for charitable and community groups around the locality. There are collections of adult fiction and nonfiction available. If you are interested, please contact Charlie Quinn or Nora Finnegan at Rush Library

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Anthony Murphy (President Balbriggan Chamber), Paula Harmon (Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland Balbriggan), Chris Harmon (Vice President Balbriggan Chamber)

The St. Sylvester’s 1,000 club draw for January will be held on Tuesday, January 28th in the Parish Pastoral Centre in Malahide. Subsequent monthly draws will be held on the 28th of each month.

with the challengers, will be warmly welcomed. If you see the challengers out and about over the coming weeks, do cheer them on. The challengers will have their weekly weigh in every Friday evening and all individual details and


going on. Will the Commission and its constituent parts make a breakthrough in the run into the European Elections, now scheduled for May the 23rd? Last autumn, the EU launched a programme designed to get engagement. Their blurb says “Communicating with local and regional voters” their headline tag is “Act, React. Impact”. I have an above average interest in European issues, but since the launch and an invitation to a Brussels based conference last November, I have seen no marketing of the initiative on the ground. If Europe is serious, it must engage with the people. That means putting the message out there. Using marketing which reaches the ordinary people. I encourage you all to vote, but I demand that Europe gets real and drives its massage through the proper use of marketing.

weight loss details will be kept private and confidential, with only the total weight loss for that team being issued. Many local businesses have come on board as sponsors. Also on Sunday morning, any other individual not involved

in the challenge who wants to come along and have a weigh in, can do so at Skerries Rugby Club. There will be a small charge of €5 for the first week and €2 every week after that, and all the money raised from this will go directly to the fundraising efforts. As always, if you’d like to support or offer sponsorship, contact Paula on 0879608849


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Creative Competition For Budding Playwrights Bord Gáis Energy is calling on budding student playwrights from around the North County to take part in the first ever Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. The awards have been set up to encourage and reward participation in drama among school children across the locality. Open to 5th and 6th class in primary schools and all students

in secondary school, this year’s awards will focus on creative dramatic writing. Students throughout the North County are being asked to demonstrate their playwriting skills and write a short scene based on the theme of friendship. All shortlisted schools will win a class trip for up to 30 students and teachers to see War Horse at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 9th

Biodiversity Projects In North County Are you interested in joining a conservation project and getting fit and active for free? The Conservation Volunteers Fingal (CVF) is a group of volunteers, who carry out practical nature conservation projects in the North County area. These outings take place on the majority of

Befriending Volunteers Needed Crosscare’s Befriending Service for elderly, isolated people has just trained its first group of volunteers in the Rush and Lusk areas. The Befriending Volunteers are now ready to offer a one-to-one weekly visit with socially isolated people in their homes. However, more volunteers are required to visit elderly parishioners in their homes, for a cup of tea, a conversation and to provide them with much needed company. If you’re interested, call 0877945244. This is a great opportunity to use a little of your spare time to make a huge difference.


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Rehearsals Underway At Malahide Musical Society The cast of Malahide Musical Society are currently rehearsing for their musical extravaganza in February “It’s Showtime!”- Featuring some well known songs from musicals such as Chicago, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and many more. They also feature special guests this year including the children from local stage school Rising Star. The show will take place in Scoil Iosa from 18th21st February.

Skerries Allotments Renewal The County Council will soon be issuing renewals for 2014 for the Skerries Allotment plots. Anyone not renewing their lease should contact the County Council, and If anyone is interested in getting an allotment for the first time, there are some plots available.

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Last week, the County Leader gave you plenty of helpful tips to help you prepare for your big day. We’re continuing that again this week and trying to wrap up the last few tips to make sure we have everything covered. Aside from all the little (and not so little) details that must be remembered, make sure you get a chance to really enjoy your day. Marriage is one of the most wonderful commitments you can make in your life and with all the fuss right up to it, some might not have the time they would like to reflect on that. Remember to take a breather and make sure you have the day you’ve always wanted.

Planning and Preparation Planning and plenty of preparation is key to having the wedding you always dreamed of. Firstly, if you are going to have a traditional wedding in a church, you would need to see if the date you want is available. This is crucial and you need to be really doing this as early as possible. The big day is something that

some people might plan for a few years, however others in different situations may decide to get married within a few months. Whatever way you decide to do things, make sure you keep your plan of action at hand. Here’s a tip, place a poster of your to-do list in your kitchen. You spend time there every day and when you are waiting on the kettle to boil,you’ll be reminded into making a few phone calls and so on.

A Day At The Fair Wedding Fairs are also a great idea for couples planning their wedding, whether newly engaged or finalising details. Plenty of hotels and venues around the North County host superb wedding exhibitions and fairs throughout the year. There is something for everyone at a wedding fair, plus you get to pick up lots of little hints and ideas to make your special day a great memory for everyone involved. Wedding fairs take the trouble out of going to lots of different places, as they are a type of one stop shop.

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The All Important Honeymoon thought goes into every little detail of the invitations, even the font, colour and wording is all carefully thought out in order to make it as perfect as it can possibly be, but remember you can be as creative as you like with this. Here in the North County, there are a range of options available to you, so whether you want to buy from a certain shop or get your invites custom made, your needs will be catered for.

The Rings The rings are just as important as anything in the wedding. There are a wide range of jewellers in the North County with a vast variety of beautiful rings that you and your loved ones will adore. The rings symbolise the bond you and your partner are about to make and there should be as much thought and effort put into that just as much as the rest of the day.

Have A Solid Speech The wedding speeches form a major part of the meal and those who have to stand up in front a hundred or more people may not be that used to doing this and will naturally, be feeling a little nervous. So, to help those pre speech nerves why not get a hand from an expert? The North County has a number of services and experts to can teach you to over come your anxiety by helping you shape a speech that’s right for you.

The Icing On The Cake These days, aside from the traditional wedding cake ideas, your local baker is probably well used to getting eccentric requests! Some might opt to go for small

cupcakes or two smaller sized cakes, these are ideal if you’re having a more intimate style wedding, whereas the larger sized cakes will work for larger parties. Here in the North

After all the excitement and (slight!) stress of your big day, most newly-weds will be dying to get away and let their hair down. The North County has many local travel agents who

will help you plan that perfect trip away. Whether you’re looking to travel to an exotic location, or are planning an exciting city break, your local travel agent will help you plan it down to every last detail. Don’t forget to really take a breather, enjoy your break and adjust to the joys of newly married life.

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O’Brien Aims To Develop New Intern Scheme Green Party candidate for the Balbriggan Ward in the local elections, Joe O’Brien has vowed to transform and open up local politics to the wider public, by developing an innovative internship scheme if he is elected this May. O’Brien runs an internship scheme for Crosscare, whereby naturalised Irish citizens and migrants intern with TDs. “I am proposing the establishment of a Councillor Intern scheme, with a Joe O’Brien view to opening up local politics, and in the long term making it more representative of society,” he told the County Leader. According to O’Brien, the interns would work beside the Councillor for one to two days per week for a six month period. I will work to get backing from the County Council for this idea,” he said.

the locality, but this sort of aggravated burglary takes our disgust to an all new level.” “There is no doubt in my mind that Local councillor, Darragh Butler Government cuts have left the (FF), was shocked after hearing Gardaí grossly under-resourced reports of a frightening burglary, and attempting to fight crime with which took place in Swords one hand tied behind their back,” recently. According to reports, a he continued. woman (who was pregnant) and “Additional vehicles and additional her young child were left terrified Gardaí resources are urgently after a gang allegedly broke into required to increase the number of her apartment in Swords. regular patrols, which have Butler told the County proven successful in deterLeader: “I am shocked and ring the gangs that carry saddened that something out this sort of aggravated like this could happen in burglary. There is no Swords. We all know that doubt in my mind that there has been a spate of falling Garda numbers and burglaries over the last cuts to Garda budgets are number of months, which Cllr. Butler leading to an increase in have caused great distress to this sort of crime which is totally Swords and residents all around unacceptable.”

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New App Will Aid Local Cyclists A new new online Cycle Planner has just been launched, which covers an area from Malahide and Swords to Bray and beyond. Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Commuter and Public Transport launched the National Transport Authority’s

(NTA) new Cycle Planner, which locals can use to easily map out different cycle routes to take them from A to B. Using this new planner, people can select different types of routes for their journey, depending on its

Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt Sunday week’s pairs winners were Jimmy Browne and Josie Cahill, with a net 41. The adult Sunday game continues at 11am each week. New members are welcome to come along, as membership is now available for 2014. For more info contact the secretary on 085-1743748 .

purpose and the kind of cyclist they are, or who they’re with. For example, the “Easier” option will suit starter cyclists, or people cycling with their children; it avoids heavy traffic and difficult junctions where possible, and favours park routes or off-road / residential options where those are available. Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the NTA told the County Leader: “Cycling is on the up and up and this

new App planner will be really handy for cyclists of all levels of experience from around the North County. If you have young children and want a quiet route it will guide you. If you are looking for your quickest way to work or college it will show you.” Finally, the NTA are interested in public feedback to improve the planner. A special button is provided on the app. For such a large geographical area, the feedback of cyclists from all around the locality will be

important in getting all the detail right over the thousands of possible journeys.

Gormanston Students Participate In Innovative Project This year for the first time ever, Transition Year students class 4A2 in Gormanston are participating in the Young Social Innovators (YSI) project. YSI believes that young people have a powerful and untapped force for change in their local communities. It promotes social education in Ireland. The students started their YSI project with teacher Ms Reilly, and spent some time deliberating for a number of weeks before deciding on a topic. They

discussed topics such as the elderly, house repossession and farm safety, before deciding to do the project on animal cruelty. Topic decided, they started to arrange and organise a number of activities around animal cruelty. They recently had a guest speaker from Drogheda Animal rescue (DAR), who went into detail about the work that they do. Among other things, she explained all the different types of animals that they rescue and how they go about rescuing all these animals. The class is split into five teams for fundraising, research, art, writing and public relations. The fundraising group is planning on doing a cake sale and abseil to raise money to for charities and their project work, and they will also be hard at work trying to get onto radio raise awareness and promote animal cruelty over the coming weeks.

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With the recent bout of stormy weather that swept across the North County, sadly nobody’s home is immune to potential storm damage. Experts say that this type of disruptive weather may become commonplace thanks to our ever-changing environmental climate, so you need to be fully prepared and ready to ensure that your home will be protected. The North County has many

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Just as your home is at risk, storms can also have a devastating affect on your garden. Luckily, the North County has an array of green-fingered experts that will happily attend to any repairs you may need. Maybe your once secure fence is now no more or your grass has been destroyed as a result of the severe rainfall? Our local Landscape and Commercial Gardiners can do any repair work you need, to the highest standard and for the best price around.

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The launch of the recent Brown Thomas spring/summer collection in Dublin recently highlighted a number of new trends for the coming season, and told us that femininity would be a key phrase in the style stakes. A number of designers featured in the collection including Victoria Beckham, Dolace & Gabbana, Lavin (the shiny, metallic Raspberry shirt and skirts was a highlight), while the show’s standout piece was a beautiful multi-coloured Mary Katrantzou dress. Colour wise, soft pastels are well in order this season, so expect lots of soft, subtle pinks and pleasing peppermints to be in the shops.

Local Drama School Powers On The well known Power Drama School have been busy in recent weeks, with showcasing their wonderful talent across the local community. The after-school drama class that the Power Drama School teaches at Lusk Educate Together School, recently produced a talented group

of performers that took on the folk tale, ‘The Dragon of Krakow’ and performed it for a delighted audience at the Lusk Community Unit. The drama school were recently awarded second runner up in the Community Group of the Year Awards in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Category. Last year, they performed eight free shows for the public, participated and performed in the Lusk St. Patrick’s Day Parade, did free face-painting in the community, and supported the Rainbow 13+ charity and St. Francis Hospice.

Fingal Folk Club Back In Action place on the first and last Friday of each month throughout the year in St Patrick’s Hall in Ballyboughal from 8pm to 10pm. The club incorporates many theme nights through the year including a ‘Love

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Hilarious comedian, Tommy Tiernan paid a visit to Kettles Country House Hotel, Rolestown on Saturday, 18th January last, as part of his World Tour of County Dublin, where he had the sell out crowd in fits of laughter. He is pictured here during the show.

Songs Night’ on Friday, 7th February and a ‘Around the House’ session on Friday, 28th February. All are welcome to attend.

Chess Group In Balbriggan As it’s a new year, there’s no better time to take up a new hobby. For those that are fans of chess, Balbriggan Chess Group hold meetings every fortnight in Balbriggan Library. All members (both old and new) are welcome to join.

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The Fingal Folk makes a special return for 2014 with the first concert on Friday, 31st January. The night is dedicated to the memory of Luke Kelly of the Dubliners for his 30th Anniversary. The evening will feature songs from the Dubliners repertoire to include Luke Kelly classics. Now starting its fourth season, the Fingal

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no reason you can’t start planning some romantic activities for you and your loved one in advance. We’ve put together a list of ideas for you, so whether you want to go down the traditional route or try something a bit different, the County Leader has you covered.

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Meals For Two If you decide to go down the traditional route and want to head out for a romantic meal for two, you’re in luck. The North County has some of the finest restaurants around (and there are plenty to choose from too), with a variety of delicious cuisine on offer. Be sure to keep an eye out for some special Valentine’s Day deals which many of our local restaurants will have on offer.

Pamper Yourself Maybe you just want to spend the day indulging yourself (and why not?), so why

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Heart-Felt Valentine’s Meal Ideas Staying in and want to make a quirky meal that your beloved will enjoy? Why not try to make up a batch of heart-shaped pancakes for a yummy Valentine’s breakfast. Just pour the batter in the frying pan in a free-form heart shape and serve with strawberries and whipped cream. Yummy! Why not make the day fun for all the family by having your little ones help out? Have the children help you prepare red jelly, mashed potatoes coloured with pink food dye, heartshaped cookies or any other creative recipes that will help make your Valentine’s Day meal extra special.

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Fingal County Council I Miriam Thornton intend to apply for permission and retention permission for development at this site, Lissenhall Little, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of raising part of the existing front site boundary to 1.8 metres. Items to be retained include the existing 54m2 shed structure, the southernmost section of existing post & panel fence reducing the existing 2m high portion of front site boundary wall to 1.8 metres in height plus associated site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We Thomas and Carol Cooley intend to apply for planning permission at 26 Brookdale Road, Rivervalley Swords Co Dublin for construction for removing of hip end to dwelling and continuing gable wall up to ridge line. Conversion of existing attic to storage room.The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the 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 C. Emmett intends to apply for permission for development at 36 Cherry Park, Rathingle, Swords County Dublin. The works will consist of (i) raising the existing ridge line of the dwelling and building a 2 bedroom dormer extension at to the rear, placing 4 'Velux' roof lights to the front slope of the roof,(ii) building a single storey extension to the kitchen at ground floor level and (iii) all associated internal, drainage and site works.The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to retain changes to sports hall previously granted planning permission under Reg. Ref: F010A/0504. The changes include removal of nosing over hang to the building, erection of porch to the front of the building, installation of a window at first floor on the north elevation and on the south elevation together with some changes to the internal layout. for Man-O-War GAA, Oberstown, Lusk 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 Planning Permission is sought by Stephen Tracey on lands at Seamount House (Protected Structure), Seamount Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The proposed development will provide for 22 no. residential units comprising 3 no. duplexes; 18 no. semi-detached houses; and 1 no. detached house with associated car parking spaces. Permission is also sought for hard and soft landscaping works, conservational works to the existing walled garden, foul and surface water drainage works, provision of class 1 open space, surface water attenuation works, boundary treatment works, upgrade works to existing vehicular access from Seamount Road, and all other associated site development works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euro) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council We, RC DESIGN SERVICES LTD on behalf of our client Mr Peter Mongey intend to apply for planning permission for the constructing of a single storey car sales showroom with a floor space area of 54 sqms, carwash with glazed screens, illuminated signage to the south and north boundary, car display and parking areas and ancillary site works, to the site adjacent to Airside Opel, Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co. Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be

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28.01.2014 made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to retain changes to sports hall previously granted planning permission under Reg. Ref: F010A/0504. The changes include removal of nosing over hang to the building at eaves level, erection of porch to the front of the building, installation of a window at first floor on the north elevation and on the south elevation together with alterations to the number and size of openings at ground floor level on the north, south and western facades together with some changes to the internal layout. for Man-O-War GAA, Oberstown, Lusk 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 Bristol-Myers Squibb seek planning retention and 10 year permission for 3No. single storey Modular Units comprising 1No. 54sqm unit comprising sanitary facilities, 1No. 220sqm unit for office use and 1No. 250sqm unit for office use and associated drainage and ground works on their site at Swords Laboratories, South of Watery Lane, Swords, Co Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for revisions to previously approved detached dwelling (Reg Ref; F13A/0054, F09A/0150 & F07A/0501) at Whitestown Road, Rush, Co Dublin for Mr. Jim Farrell. The revisions will consist of - provide natural stone finish to 2 no projecting bays to the front (North) elevation in lieu of painted rendered finish. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of 20 euros within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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