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Welcome Reduction In Crime Rate There was great news for householders in the North County, and in particular residents of Malahide and Swords, as the County Leader is delighted to report that there has been a reduced rate of residential burglaries in both areas in the first quarter of this year. This was confirmed local TD, Alan Farrell (FG), who informed us of these figures. He told the County Leader, “Crime rates in Malahide and Swords are showing a marked improvement almost across the board, according to a report released by An Garda Síochána. The report shows a 30 per cent reduction in residential burglaries as well as reductions in incidents of car theft, public Alan Farrell TD disorder, assault, criminal damage and drug possession, have all taken place in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2012.” He mentioned some of the strategies that were used to reduce the crime rates. “Strategies involving smart policing, as well as the deployment of the community policing model have been part of An Garda Síochána’s Crime Prevention Measures. Operation ACER, which is designed to target known burglars has evidently had a large impact on residential burglary rates.” “I would like to compliment An Garda Síochána for their continued professionalism in protecting our towns, villages and citizens,” he continued. Tony Lambert These positive figures will also bode very well with local business owners, who can rest assured of the continued safety of their premises. CEO of Fingal Dublin Chamber, Tony Lambert, greatly welcomed this news, and said this would have a very positive impact on businesses around the area. Speaking to the County Leader, he said: “Fingal Dublin Chamber welcomes the recent report of certain decreased crimes in the Swords and Malahide areas. This is no doubt due to the diligence and hard work of An Garda Síochána. They, like everyone else in our society, have to deal with a lack of resources and increased responsibility.” “We would encourage the continuation of the policies that they have been using for the continued protection of both business and residential areas in the region.” Much thanks also has to be given to all our local community groups and residents associations, who work tirelessly together to ensure and maintain safety in our towns. While we must not get too complacent we need to work to ensure that crime rates continue to stay low, it’s clear that all

By Jennifer McShane their hard work and efforts play a huge part in the crime decrease. Chairperson of Malahide Tidy Towns, Gerry Rafferty was thrilled to hear the news as he told the County Leader that he frequently witnessed communities coming together to tackle such issues. He said it was a “testament to the true sense of community that exists in Malahide.” “It really is wonderful news,” he said. “It’s great to see the fruits of all the hard work. Tidy Towns works very closely with residents, schools and other community groups to try and tackle issues of crime, so it’s a relief to hear that we must be doing something right! We would like to thank the Gardai in Malahide in particular for their continuous efforts in helping us with graffiti around the town, as we have seen a marked improvement in this over the last while. This great news is the result of the dedicated community spirit that exists in the North County, which we hope will continue long into the future. “

Pictured at the national final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards are, Ken Murnaghan, (Regional Director, Ulster Bank), Suzanne Browne and Martina Craine of Swords company, Clevamama. See story on page 6

Reduced Quotas Destroying Local Fishing Veteran Skerries fisherman, Noel Wilde has spoken out about how the reduction in quotas is killing the prawn fishing industry on the East coast. He himself being a second generation fisherman whose son has now taken over the family business. In a frank interview with the County Leader, Wilde was critical about the role played by Fisheries Minister, Simon Coveney, who he says has done little

By Patrick Finnegan to revive the fishing industry here. “Our quota of prawns is now only 25 tons per month, compared to 50 or 60 tons for the summer months of June, July and August in recent years. We could catch our monthly quota in two weeks, which means we’re tied up for the remaining two weeks of the month with crews not being paid. You

Skerries fisherman, Noel Wilde.

are not allowed bring in any catch that exceeds your quota. Any surplus fish must be dumped at sea. As far as we’re concerned, Minister Coveney has done nothing to alleviate the problem along the East coast. Many east coast fishermen believe that he is primarily looking after the south and west coast fisherman, he being a Cork native himself. We’re on strict quotas for white fish here and we’re operating grids in our nets to let fish escape. As soon as the fish hits the bars of the grid, they escape, as do the prawns. This has greatly increased the supply of both white fish and prawns, but Noel believes that

Irish Sea fishermen only get a clap on the back for their efforts in conservation, and nothing else. “The new rule to come in, is that all fish must be landed and nothing will be dumped at sea, but you’ll only be paid for your quota. This will serve to bring the price of fish down. We’re not catching fish in the Irish Sea for the past four years or so,” he said. “We got nothing out of it for obeying the rules. There’s no change for fishermen in the Irish Sea.” When asked what he would like to see happening, he said, “Prawns are our mainstay. We’re looking for the quota to be brought back up to 50 or 60 tons at least for the summer months. Even with these quotas, we’d be tied up for a week or sometimes more.” In summer, there are plenty of prawns, as white fish are scarce. However, in winter prawns are scarce due to the abundance of white fish, which feed on prawns. It’s really hard to scrape a living and something needs to be done,” he concluded.



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On Saturday, 25th May last, in beautiful weather conditions, Swords Tidy Towns committee participated in the annual Ward River Clean-up, one of their biggest events of the year in preparation for the Tidy Towns Competition. Fingal Conservation volunteers, local scouts, scout Leaders, North Dublin Macra and Environment Officer, Hans Wisser, as well as local representatives, Cllr Darragh Butler and Senator Darragh O’Brien, all joined in to tackle the river from Church Road bridge to the end of the Town Park It was a team effort and all the volunteers gave 100 per cent on the day. They removed many, and

interesting, foreign objects from the river bed and banks; cleared overgrown ivy from Bridge St bridge and cleared any litter that was around. They also cut back overgrowth on the river banks, briars, dock, overhanging tree branches and then segregated their haul into waste and green waste. Chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns, Des Becton told the County Leader: “We had a great energetic, fun and satisfying day. We just want to say many thanks to the willing and skilful volunteers who got stuck in.” He said none of the work would be possible without the volunteers and the group are always eager to welcome more into their ranks. “Even if people are willing to give up an hour or so every so often to help clean up the town, it would be a great help,” he said.

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Pictured here are members of Skerries Gymnasts Club at the Regional competition in April.

Climate Change Talk In Skerries Renowned joint Nobel Prize “People in the Holmpatrick area of winning climatologist, Prof. John Skerries have climate change literSweeney spoke on the reality and ally coming in their front doors implications of climate change at a with more frequent flooding in the recent talk at Skerries Sailing Club. area,” he continued. Prof. Sweeney gave a comprehen- “I don’t think that climate change sive presentation on the current will announce itself with a big tsunami encapsulating global and national situaRockabill lighthouse – I tion and also spoke of the think it will announce itself faulty theories that climate in a way much more deniers use. He stated that grounded in the reality of “the academic debate is our daily grind. Climate over and that climate change will arrive in the change is happening, and post with, for example, man-made.” higher insurance The meeting was hosted by Joe O’Brien premiums. In Ireland there Balbriggan Green Party representative, Joe O’Brien, who are 50,000 houses that cannot detailed the specific vulnerability achieve flood insurance, and this of Skerries to climate change: means people cannot sell their “When you look at the three main home or purchase one they want road routes out of Skerries, you to because they cannot get a mortsee that they are all vulnerable to gage for it.” flooding. The Balbriggan road Currently the Climate Change Bill recently experienced serve is being discussed in Leinster flooding at Barnageeragh and the House. “I am particularly Rush Road has also in the past concerned by the lack of targets been under several feet of water. and absence of enforcement body Not to mention of course the recre- in current Climate Change Bill. We ational centre of Skerries, which is need a five per cent reduction in at very real long term risk of greenhouse gas emissions per becoming disconnected from the year from now to combat the threat of Climate Change.” mainland.”

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Portmarnock Sub Aqua Club Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Malahide Woman Receives RNLI Honour By Jennifer McShane Malahide woman, Rose Michael has received a Gold Badge from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at their Annual Presentation of Awards, held last week in London. The award was presented by HRH the Duke of Kent, President of the RNLI. She was honoured for her volunteer work for the charity, and in particular, Howth RNLI lifeboat station. Speaking about her involvement with the RNLI, she told the County Leader: “I have been involved in raising funds for the lifeboats since I was a teenager. I spent many days sailing dinghies and represented Ireland on the Irish Junior Sailing team, and it was through this that I became very aware of the necessity of having a lifeboat crew nearby.” “It all really started when I was very young,” she continued. “My mother ran the guild in Howth and encouraged me to collect for the charity.” Rose was involved in the committee of the lifeboat guild for years and encouraged many people from the Malahide area to support the RNLI. As well as her other duties, Rose co-ordinates the Malahide flag day

Pictured here is Malahide woman Rose Michael who recently received a Gold Badge from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for her dedicated volunteer work.

and many other events including the RNLI Reindeer run and the recent local Mayday campaign. Rose also organises activities on the annual open day at the lifeboat station. She is also involved with education in the area and helps facilitate visits at the station and to schools throughout the North County. Commenting on the honour, Pauline McGann RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said, “Rose is very deserving of this award. The work she does to raise both funds and awareness is enormous. She is a tireless volunteer for the charity, consistently going above and beyond to ensure that people know and support the great work of the volunteer lifeboat crews.”

Pictured here are the members of Donabate Community College's Slipstream F1 Team, heading off to the exciting finals in November.

Donabate Students Race To Formula 1 Final Recently, Donabate Community College received some fantastic news when the National Junior F1 In-Schools champions were informed that they were rewarded with a place in the World Finals in Austin, Texas this coming November. The team, known as ‘Slipstream Racing’ were crowned National Junior F1 In-Schools champions along with receiving two other major awards of fastest D-Type Car and overall Best Pit Display. The team qualified as overall 2nd best placed team, which is rare for a Junior team, and will now participate as a collaboration team in the World Finals at this year’s penultimate 2013

Formula 1 Grand Prix. Project Manager, David Ganly told the County Leader that the Donabate team have been paired up with another set of champions: “Our team have since been paired up with a school from Australia, who in turn are the reigning world champions. This group won the competition outright, earning them an amazing prize of $1.5million worth of college funding for four years in London University.” “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 H o l l a n d s , ”

he continued. “In order to send these talented boys to Texas, we are required to raise at least €20,000 and the school are currently in the process of raising these funds to go towards the trip. Students, teachers and parents are all getting involved to ensure that these students get the chance to represent not only Donabate Community College, but their community and their country.” To begin to raise funds the students raised €3,000. They also held a Monster Table Quiz and the next part of their fundraising will be announced shortly. The team and school greatly appreciate all the support given at these important events.

Portmarnock Sub Aqua Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and started the celebrations last weekend with the blessing of the boats, including their brand new Humber “Destroyer” Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). This ceremony was

held on Sunday, 26th May last in the grounds of Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre and was celebrated by Fr, Niall McDermott from Saint Anne’s Parish in Portmarnock, who is a sailor himself. PRO of Portmarnock Sub Aqua Club,

Michael Whelan told the County Leader: “The blessing of the fleet is a seafaring tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities to ensure a safe and bountiful season, and this was the first time that the club had all the boats blessed.” “We had a great turnout on the day; members of the club came out with their families and the Irish

Civil Defence also came along with one of their own boats and had it blessed.” The club has a few more events coming up in celebration of their 30th anniversary: “We have a “Pirates’ Day” on Ireland’s Eye, which is a fun day for families and friends of the club,” he continued. “It is a great day out for kids which is now going into its fifth year.” The club travels to


other parts of the county and further afield for diving and snorkelling all year round and has grown from strength to strength over the years, with currently over 50 members; a mixture of men and women and ranging from teens to seventies. “We are always welcoming new members both novice and experienced divers and snorkels,” he concluded.



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Pictured after making her First Holy Communion at St Patrick’s Church in Donabate is Ella McLoughlin, with her mum and dad, Niamh and Eamonn.

Dan Redmond from St Brendan’s National School in Loughshinny made his First Holy Communion at St Maur’s Church, Rush. Dan is pictured here with his mum Jenny and gran Shiela. Pictured after making her Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Lucia Daly, with her sister Tess, mum Joanne and dad Donnacha.

Pictured after making his Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Eoin O'Kelly with his family.

Pictured after making her first Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Jessica Anderson, with her family.

Pictured after making her Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Kim Fitzsimons with her sister, Erin.

Pictured after making her First Holy Communion at St Patrick’s Church in Donabate is Aisling Patterson with her brother, Shane and mum and dad, Anita and Stephen.

Zoe Caffery made her first Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries. Zoe is pictured here with her dad, Scott.

Pictured after making her First Holy Communion at St Patrick’s Church in Donabate is Jill O'Mara with her mum and dad, Brenda and Derek and grandparents Nuala and Peter O'Mara.

Pictured after making her first Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Ciara Gallagher, with her family.

Ruby Carolan from St Catherine's School, Rush made her Holy Communion at St Maur's Church recently. She is pictured here with her sister and mum and dad.

Harris Ntua is pictured after making his first Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries.

St Catherine's School, Rush pupil T.J Knowldden made his First Holy Communion at St. Maur's Church. TJ is pictured with his family.

Cathal Mullen is pictured with his grandparents, Maire, Gary and mum, Caragh after making his first Holy Communion at St Patrick's Church, Skerries.

Pictured after making his Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Jack McInerney, with Debi McInerney

Pictured after making his first Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Alex Corr, with his mum Noeleen.

Pictured after making his Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Daniel Harte, with his family.

Dearbhla Connery from St Brendan’s National School in Loughshinny made her First Holy Communion at St Maur’s Church, Rush. She is pictured here with her mum, Olive Casey Connery and grandmother, Nancy.

Bryan Mulvany made his First Holy Communion at Rolestown Church recently. He is pictured here with his teacher, Miss Carroll.

Pictured after making his Holy Communion at St. Patricks Church, Skerries is Aaron Bolger, with his brother Lee.


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O’Leary Welcomes Tourism Growth In North County Pictured at the official opening of the Balbriggan Community Garden in memory of John Dempsey are, Mary Dempsey (John's mother), Ray Nugent, Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Larry Dunne, Austin Wynne (Fingal Adult Education Service) and Fiona Kavanagh (tutor at Fingal Adult Education Service).

Balbriggan Community Garden Opened A new community garden was officially opened in Balbriggan on Friday, 31st May last. The garden, which was part of a FETAC community participation module, undertaken by Fingal Adult Education Service and the Reach Programme, was dedicated to the memory of John Dempsey. John was part of the Reach programme that worked on the garden, but sadly, he passed away some time ago. The garden is situated at the corner of Brecan Close and Drogheda Street in the town, on a site that was originally a mound of clay, owned by nobody. In her speech at the opening of the garden, Fiona Kavanagh from Fingal Adult Education Service paid a glowing tribute to John Dempsey. She said, “John made a lasting impression on anyone who knew him. We decided to put a plaque in the garden, which will ensure that his memory is never forgotten.” She also paid tribute to people who contributed to building and maintaining the garden, particularly to Ray Nugent from Balbriggan Town Council, whose tireless work on the project was recognised by a small presentation to him. Members of John’s family, including his mother, Mary were present at the opening ceremony, which was addressed by Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Larry Dunne.


Local Councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG), has welcomed a reported increase in visitor numbers to the North County. “The Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show a four per cent increase in trips to Ireland between February and April, and strong showings from Europe and North America, compared to the same three months last year,” O’Leary told the County Leader, adding that the figures show that the Gathering 2013 is clearly picking up pace.

“I understand Failte Ireland have granted some funding to Fingal Tourism to undertake an analysis of the opportunities for more tourism throughout the North County. I welcome this and look forward to feeding new ideas into that consultation process,” he continued. “We have to play to our natural advantages in the North County, of which we have many and come up with a co-ordinated plan to sell the Tourism activities in our area. If we play to our natural strengths in the North County, we will win more business and local jobs.” “There is a real buzz around tourism in the North County for the Gathering, which bodes very well for the months ahead and for the year as a whole,” he concluded.

Balbriggan Man Writes First Novel

Little Robyn McArdle is pictured, complete with flag at the conclusion of the Rás in Skerries on Sunday, 26th May last.

‘Beatsploitation’ is a bitingly relevant and provocative examination of suburban Dublin life, exposing themes such as statesanctioned racism, economic failure and skewered education systems. This is the debut novel from local man Kevin Curran. Kevin grew up in Balbriggan and currently lives in Skerries with his wife and son. He has a Masters Degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin. ‘Beatsploitation’ is his first novel and it was selected as one of the 20 winners of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition.

It was inspired by Kevin’s o w n involvement as a teacher in the fight against t h e deportation of one of his students, Bola Adeniran, who was originally from Nigeria. Bola had been living in Balbriggan for six years with his family, and was regarded as a star student. Bola was due to sit his Leaving Certificate just before his family were refused asylum. His father was immediately deported while the rest of the family went on the run. The novel is sure to be a great success.

Isabel McLoughlin (13), a student at Malahide Community School, has won a top award in this year‚ 59th Texaco Children‚ Art Competition. She is pictured receiving her Special Merit Award from Enda Riney, Chairman of Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, at a prize giving ceremony recently. Her winning entry was one of 126 winners chosen from thousands of entries received from all over Ireland.

DAA Football Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary Dublin Airport Authority Football Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a “Gathering” event at ALSAA Sports Complex recently. The day kicked off with an inter-departmental 7-a-side tournament, with teams from various airport departments, along with a team from Shannon and Manchester International Airports. All 12 teams competed for the bragging rights of being crowned airport champions in the hotly contested group stages. After lunch, the semi-finals concluded with Airside Operations and the Trolly section proceeding

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to the final. The second part of the Gathering day included an exhibition game between DAA Football Club and League of Ireland high flyers, St Patrick’s Athletic, which was played on the main pitch. The game provided pure entertainment for the armchair experts watching on from the balcony of the bar area. The day-long Gathering event finished with a gala evening in the ALSAA pavilion, where DAA Football Club honoured 13 of the founding members along with the player of the year awards for both club sides.

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Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser At Fingallians An interactive Race Night will be held in Fingallians GAA Clubhouse in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and it promises to be a night to remember. It all takes place on Saturday, 8th

June beginning at 8pm. There will be an auction, a raffle, games and much more. It’s hoped that soccer legend, Paul McGrath and up and coming Swords band, Kodaline will make an appearance on the night. There will be a free bar from 8pm to 9pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Council Let Cemetery Get Into Appalling State By Jennifer McShane A local man has lashed out at the County Council due to the appalling state that Fingal Cemetery in Balgriffin is currently in. Michael Fox got in touch with the County Leader, to express his

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Pictured is Michael Fox at one of the rubbish bunkers at Fingal Cemetery.

dismay and disgust that the resting place of his beloved father should be allowed get into such a condition. Michael, whose family are all from Malahide, chose Fingal burial ground as the final resting place for his father, Kevin who died at the age of 92.


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lack of respect shown by the County Council in the manner in which they manage this cemetery. “I was really appalled to be honest,” he said. “From the outside everything looks neat enough, but it’s when you go in further that the conditions really start to get bad. I visit my father’s grave every day, which is located at the very back of the graveyard and the surrounding landscape is very far from tranquil or dignified in its present state. It’s now a resting place amidst bunkers of rubbish and pathways of dirt.” “There are a number of issues that

currently need to be resolved,” he continued. “There is a bunker close by where collected rubbish is regularly dumped. It is unsightly and floods when it rains. A JCB is often used to remove the rubbish from this bunker, which spills on the pathways and is not cleared away properly. The Council also allow a sweeper in from outside, which off-loads its rubbish into one of the bunkers and to add insult, there is poor access for the elderly and no wheelchair access at all. We cannot accept this terrible standard from the Council,” he said angrily. Michael made a complaint and met with County Council officials to raise his concerns and while a small pathway was installed, he said the overall aesthetics of the site is one of “shoddy, sloppy maintenance.” I brought this up with the Council in August last year, and despite their promises, the conditions have been allowed to worsen. “It’s heartbreaking to see a place where a loved one is buried just waste away. It’s hard enough to visit without having to worry about that.” “I’m on a mission to get this resolved and I will be contacting many local representatives in the coming weeks to see that the graveyard is maintained as it should be, but it’s the Council should be doing the right thing,” he concluded.

Back In Business Well known Balbriggan jeweller, Anthony Murphy who, with his wife, Geraldine owns and runs Goldsmith Jewellers in the town, has vowed to continue in business after suffering the trauma of having his shop robbed recently. A determined Murphy has decided that ‘gurriers’, like the ones who broke into his premises on Drogheda Street, will not deter him from continuing to provide the same service to his customers as before. He told the County Leader, “I have decided to hold a Sale in appreciation for all of the goodwill gestures and words of Balbriggan jeweller, Anthony encouragement Murphy is pictured with his wife, in their jewellery shop from the people Geraldine in Balbriggan. of Balbriggan.” Murphy was full of praise for the role played by the local Gardai in apprehending the thieves. “As well as apprehending the thieves in a very short time, they also advised us on how we might feel and assured us of their professional help and support, if needed. Both Geraldine and I are encouraged to continue providing our usual service to our valued customers, and are determined not to let this incident affect us,” he concluded.

Swords Company Wins National Business Award Swords based company, Clevamama scooped the Woman Led Business Award at the national final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place recently. The local company was established in 2003 by working mums and sisters, Martina Craine and Suzanne Browne. Designed to make caring for infants easier, healthier and safer, Clevamama is renowned for its pioneering and practical baby products from Clevafoam to a Clevascoop. Clevamama is based in Swords and has distribution centres in Dublin, UK, Yantian, Atlanta and Los Angeles to cater for the domestic and export markets. Receiving the award, company owner Suzanne told the County Leader: “We are thrilled to be taking home the Woman Led Business Award. This is a great boost for our company and our staff, whose hard work and dedication has played an integral part in our success. I would like to accept this award on their behalf.” See picture on page 1.


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the Labour Party councillors in particular from losing their seats at the council elections next May. Residents want extra services and extra resources, not extra councillors. Full Council meetings The new Constituency Boundary will be totally unworkable with Report was published by the 40 councillors.” Department for Environment Butler says as well as the issue of Community and local government, the huge amount of money that will on Friday, May 31st last and local be spent on this (each additional councillor, Darragh Butler (FF), is seat is expected to cost a stagnone too happy with the decision gering €15,000 to €20,000 per addito increase the number of local tional seat), the practical side must councillors from 24 to 40 next year. be considered as well. “The practiThe Balbriggan calities of getting Ward will now go through a meeting with from five to eight 40 councillors needs to representatives, the be looked at . As it is, Swords Ward from our monthly meetings five to nine and the are very long, so if there Malahide-Howth are 40 councillors Ward will go from wanting to speak about five to eight, every issue, we could be resulting in 25 there for hours. The councillors for the meetings are long three areas. The enough as it is with 24. move, which is part To me its unworkable,” of the Department The new Constituency Boundary he continued. of the Map for Fingal, showing the In my six years as a E n v i r o n m e n t ’ s number of allocated seats for councillor, not one ‘Putting People each electoral area. single person has ever First’ initiative, will said to me that we need more counsee the County Council have an cillors. I just can’t believe there additional 16 seats in County Hall will be nine councillors repreand Butler told the County Leader senting the Swords electoral area! that there is absolutely no need for We will be tripping up over each this. other. Many people reluctantly paid “The North County does not need the Local Property Tax before the 40 councillors. We cope very well at deadline and in doing so, I don’t present with 24 and my opinion is think they expected to be paying that the additional Councillor posi- for 16 extra councillors. tions are being created to help save

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Local Dublin Rose Hopeful Visits Howth RNLI Dublin Rose hopeful Kate O’Farrell from Malahide dropped in to Howth Lifeboat Station on Monday, 27th May last to meet the volunteer crew. Kate is a keen sailor and has loved being on the water since she was 10 years old. As a candidate for the Dublin selection for the Rose of Tralee, Kate has chosen the RNLI (Lifeboats) as her charity. During her visit Kate had the chance to talk to members of the lifeboat crew and to invite them to the Dublin Gala Rose Ball. “I first became aware of the Rose of Tralee festival when I was

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Writers Group In Swords Are you interested in writing prose, poetry or memoirs? A group of likeminded people at Swords Writers’ Group meets on alternate Wednesdays in Swords at Fingallians GAA Club. New members always welcome.

A local councillor has come up with a novel idea to increase tourist footfall in Rush. Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) is convinced that the restoration of the windmill at Chapel Green in the town, will go a long way to attracting visitors to the seaside town. O’Leary spoke to the County Leader about his plan. “If the windmill is restored, it would prove to be a winner where tourists are concerned. The County Council and Fingal Tourism could then market the three windmills at Rush and Skerries, as a tourist attraction. Towns in the region must come together to market the North County as an area to visit. We used to attract many stopover tourists either on their arrival in the country, or on their last day before going home, due to the proximity of the airport. This doesn’t happen anymore and

we need to recapture that market for the area again,” he said. He also placed an emphasis on the need to promote an area, rather than a town.


government and, in particular, the Minister for Finance to retain the 9 per cent VAT rate on restaurants. I met with ministers Varadkar and Ring and they are very supportive, but they need the local interested businesses to

Cllr Tom O'Leary is pictured beside the momument at Chapel Green in Rush. He wants it restored as a windmill, which he feels will attract visitors to the town.

“With the windmill in Rush restored, we could market an area that has three castles, three windmills, also world class golf courses, as well as parks like Malahide Castle, Ardgillan and Newbridge Demesne, as well as other areas depicting arts and crafts and local traditions.” “We also need to get local restaurants and tourist related businesses to lobby

lobby the minister to make sure this attractive VAT rate is maintained.” “Less is more in this instance,” maintains O’Leary. “We cut the VAT rate and got more business, more jobs which generated more VAT. There is no doubt in my mind that the windmill would prove to be a unique selling point for Rush and would go a long way to reviving the tourist business in the area,” he concluded.

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attending a sailing school in Kerry during my summer holidays. It was there that I first met some of the Roses. The idea that you could be glamorous and outdoorsy at the same time appealed to me,” she told the County Leader. “Now that I’ve completed my studies in Applied Social Care in the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown,

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Curtain Call For this week’s North County Living interview, we talk to Swords man, Peter O’Toole who, along with his friends and business partners, has decided to write and produce their own play entitled “4EverBoyz,” a witty take on a boyband who reunite after a ten year absence from the music scene. Peter writes and is one of the stars of the play, which will be performed in the Sean O’Casey Theatre (based in St. Mary’s Wall) from the 8th to the 20th of July. “I had originally trained in IT and had a very secure job in Motorola for a few years while I tried to pursue the more creative side of things,” he explained. “I then went on to go to the Gaiety School of Acting for two years and this is when myself and my friends decided to set up our own production company ‘Troubadour Productions.’ To date we’ve put on four plays and after a few years pursuing other things, we recently came back together and decided to get it going again.” Peter is keen to point out that the whole purpose of putting on the play is not for anything commercial, but rather simply to get their work seen and enjoyed by the public. “This is something we’re doing entirely by ourselves, purely because we want to bring a bit of joy and laughter to the public. If anything were to come out of that, that of course would be fantastic, but first and foremost, we want to get it out there just so people can enjoy it.” He originally wrote a first draft of the play in 2006, and says that he never dreamed the subject would become as relevant as it is today. The comedic play vividly shows how a once popular boyband, struggle whilst trying to reunite after decade long break. “I wrote it way before bands reuniting became a popular occurrence,” he said, smiling. “But it’s great to see that the subject is nicely relevant now.” He says none of this would be possible without the help of his friends Paul Byrne and Desmond Daly, who have collaborated with him at every stage. “It’s really a team effort; the guys have an insight into every stage of things as well as myself and even contributed to the script, so they get a writing credit as well. This would not be possible without them and, indeed everyone that’s involved - none of this could happen without teamwork.” There really is a local feeling to the whole production as Peter, Desmond and one of the actors involved are all from Swords. “It was pure coincidence that one of the actors, Adrian Hudson happened to be from Swords as well, but it’s always nice to have some

fellow locals involved.” The cast of the play is quite small; it consists of the four band members and a female choreographer, played by Lynsey Ann Mulvey who really puts the band through paces as they try to get back into shape. He tells me why, after so many years, he decided to dust off his screenplays and get writing again. “After moving from job to job over the past number of years, I finally decided that I wanted to go back and study again, and this time, do something that I genuinely want to do, so I did a course in Film and Production, which then gave me the chance to go and work in New York for a year.” “This was a completely new experience for me,” he continued. “I’m a bit of a home bird and I had never travelled before, but I knew it was too good an opportunity to pass up.” Over in New York he worked as an Assistant Editor, working on small film pieces for various museums, which gave him a real taste for his craft once again. “After I came home, it was then that I decided that I just wanted to focus on what I really loved doing and the play really started to take shape.” There is something to be greatly admired with the positive ‘get up and go’ attitude of all involved; they’ve taken this project on with no financial backing (some involved are also between jobs at the moment), so they no doubt have a tough job on their hands as they try to get everything organised and ready on time. “Naturally, there have been some very tough moments, but we’re doing it purely for the love of it, and hopefully, make a few laughs along the way too!” “We have set up a ‘fund it’ campaign to try and get as much together as possible to pay for the theatre run as we’ve taken on the project ourselves, and we’ve been very lucky as people have been so generous.” Anyone who wishes to find out more about the show, enquire about tickets or make a donation, can find out more by contacting He says that he is thoroughly looking forward to seeing the fruits of all the hard labour on opening night, though he says he will be nervous. “There’s always some nerves and I’d imagine I won’t be able to relax until I hear the first laugh from the crowd! At the end of the day, we’re all doing it because we love it and if people enjoy themselves and something (however small it might be) came about as a result, it would only make us happier.”

“There have been some tough moments, but we’re doing it for the love of it.”

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Peter O’Toole Swords Local writer and actor in new play ‘4EverBoyz.’

Movies are afoot to deliver a new direct community bus service to Beaumont Hospital from Skerries, via Lusk and Swords. Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) has held meetings with a bus company and with Beaumont Hospital on the initiative on a number of occasions and advanced the plans with another positive meeting recently. The plan it to deliver patients and visitors alike to the hospital, starting from Skerries, through the town centre, and then on to Skerries Train Station, Old Commons Road in Lusk and Lusk Square, before progressing through Swords and onward to Beaumont Hospital. O’Leary told the County Leader about the plans for the service: “I met with a community bus company and the manager of Beaumont Hospital last year, to commence negotiations on the setting up of a direct bus service to Beaumont Hospital.” “Currently, patients who do not have their own transport , have to travel to the city centre and then take another bus to Swords or pay

for a taxi directly to Beaumont. This can be a long and arduous journey for patients with serious medical problems, possibly taking up to four hours, which is really unacceptable.” “It is also expensive for patients on limited pension

incomes to pay for taxis to and from Beaumont Hospital. The cost of the service will be priced at a very reasonable rate and I am optimistic that this service will commence very soon from Skerries.” “Minister for Health, James

Millfield Appoints Local Supplier In line with the policy of recruiting local businesses at Millfield Shopping Centre, landscapers Virgoe McEnery have been awarded the contract to maintain centre grounds. Virgoe McEnery were chosen because of their excellent record in landscaping and customer service. Pictured are Michael McEnery, Managing Director of Virgoe McEnery and Peter Carey, Centre Manager, Millfield Shopping Centre.

Council Responds To Rush Sewage Problem Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG), has asked the Council to prioritise Rush, when he received an answer from the County Council regarding the sewage crisis at the town’s south beach. The town hit the national headlines recently, when it was named as one of only four locations

Reilly, approved a Lotto grant of approximately €50k at the end of 2012 for the purchase of a suitably adapted bus to specifically serve this proposed new route from Skerries, and serving other areas in the North County like Swords and with connections to rural towns,” he concluded.

nationwide that failed the mandatory Environmental Protection Agency standards on Quality of Bathing Water in Ireland. O’Leary said this was “a serious public health issue that must be dealt with.” Rush South Beach was one of only four designated bathing areas in the country to



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have received the ‘poor’ bathing water quality status in the report for 2012. The Council said it noted the recently published report, and a spokeswoman told the County Leader: “Eleven bathing water samples were collected for this location during the bathing season 2012, and only one failed to comply with the mandatory bathing water limit for E.Coli, which resulted in a temporary beach closure, and an automatic classification of ‘poor’ status for this beach for the 2012 season.” “No particular source of pollution was identified as contributing to the beach closure. However,

there was a major pollution incident identified in a river that flows into the catchment of the designated bathing area. The council’s Portrane Wastewater Treatment Plant and network upgrade project is currently underway, and when completed it will result in a significant improvement in the quality of bathing water along this general outfall area.” While O’Leary welcomed this bit of good news, he said the situation had reached a ridiculous level. “The Council and Department of Environment must prioritise Rush to ensure we don’t hit national headlines over such a poor result. I will continue to push this issue until it is resolved,” he said.

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Malahide Man Honoured For Sporting Achievements Malahide man, Mark McGuirk has received a prestigious Hall of Fame Athletic award from Caldwell College in New Jersey in the United States. Mark, who has lived in the US for the past twenty years, used to play for Malahide United before he ventured over to Caldwell and became an outstanding defender for the men’s soccer team, The Cougars. The Cougars had a few players from Ireland in the early years of the programme, and when McGuirk saw his friend, Niall Handley wearing a Caldwell jacket, he was interested in

Pictured here is Malahide man, Mark McGuirk (Right), receiving his Hall of Fame award from Hall of Fame ommittee member Nate Guagliardi.

joining him. He made the all-CACC team three times and was a four year captain. He also helped the Cougars tie for their first CACC regular season crown and

advance to the finals of the CACC Tournament in 1993. The award, which is very tough to get; you must be nominated to be a contender, recognised Mark’s

outstanding sporting accomplishments since leaving Caldwell College. This is his second time to be nominated for it, which is a fantastic achievement. Speaking to the County Leader about his award, Mark said: “I feel so honoured and humbled to be nominated for this great award. The college gave me the opportunity to better myself through education and sports, and the support from everyone involved inspired me to become a dedicated educator and leader.” He currently teaches physical education and lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with his wife Erica and their two children, Liam and Clara.

Swords Girl Lines Up For Adventure Of A Lifetime Swords native, Christina Meehan has lined up with Plan Ireland to urge North County runners, joggers and walkers to put their best foot forward and sign up to join her Ireland rugby ace Malcolm O’Kelly in the challenge of a lifetime -The Great

Ethiopian Run. Malcolm will be leading a team of eager participants including Christina, for the adventure of their lives on November 24th in aid of the children’s development NGO, Plan Ireland. This 10k race is the biggest and noisiest in

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Lusk Apple Grower Recognised At Awards David Llewellyn of Llewellyn’s Orchard in Lusk, was amongst the winners at the Euro-Toques Food Awards, where Ireland’s top chefs honoured farmers, fishermen and producers who have ensured the survival of some of our most traditional food produce through enterprise and innovation. All five awards, presented at a reception in Dublin, went to businesses involving foods with a long history in Ireland’s food and farming heritage. Llewellyn is an apple grower who, over the course of 10 years has innovated and added value to his apples, producing a range of excellent products including juices, cider, cider and apple balsamic vinegar, and apple syrup. The innovation of growers like David Llewellyn, along with other like-minded apple producers, in developing added value products and marketing direct has allowed the survival of this traditional industry. He has been particularly innovative in the way he has added value to his product and brought it to market, getting it as close to the final consumer as possible. This is what will ensure the survival of quality traditional farming. He leased a 15 acre orchard in 1999 and eventually planted his own orchard near Lusk in 2002. His original plan was to wholesale apples, but being naturally innovative and experimental, before long he began to add value to his apples and seek out direct markets. His first step was to produce a range of apple juice and with the advent of farmers markets, he soon found a steady outlet for these. The citation read, “Euro-Toques recognised David Llewellyn in particular for the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit which has allowed him, along with other similarly minded apple growers, to continue the traditional cultivation of apples in Ireland.”

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Pictured here are green fingered Balbriggan students from Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín, Castlelands, working hard on their new school garden.

Earlier this year, planning permissions were approved for two new playgrounds in Swords, one for the Brackenstown side of the Ward River Valley (opposite the shops) and the second for Thornleigh Court (in Applewood). However, although they were approved, there is no guarantee that funding will become available in the next few years to complete them. The Swords Needs Playgrounds group are considering different fundraising options to raise the neccessary funds, with the next

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Website Launched For Pyrite Homeowners The scourge of pyrite in many is a very big step forward in homes in the North County is a the process of remediation for homeowners, as it constant source of outlines fully the worry for owners of steps that will need these homes. to be taken in order However, there seems to engage with the to be a lifeline for remediation process homeowners, with the once the online launch of a new application process website by the Pyrite begins.” Resolution Board. “Essential informaThis is the first official Alan Farrell TD tion, such as the one stop shop source of information for pyrite criteria to meet the terms of the scheme, and guidance on affected homeowners. In welcoming the initiative, obtaining a Building Condition local TD, Alan Farrell (FG) told Assessment prior to the applithe County Leader, “The cation process can also be website,, found on the website.” Please join their Facebook Group and become involved in their fundraising campaigns if you can. They are putting a lot of time and effort into this campaign and really appriciate all your support.

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“Property owners can register their interest in the application process, and will receive an automatic notification once the date for receiving applications has commenced.” Farrell continued, “As an affected homeowner and someone who has campaigned strongly on this issue, it is a remarkable shift from the period prior to government intervention in 2011. It is life changing, and I commend fully the extraordinary body of work that has been undertaken by Department of the Environment, the National Standards Authority of Ireland, and the Pyrite Resolution Board in order to establish a feasible resolution without placing the burden on the taxpayer,” he concluded.

Fundraising Concert In Balbriggan

An exhibition of paintings by Charlotte Fernie is currently running in Malahide Library. It runs from now until Friday, 7th June and all are welcome to attend.

A fundraising concert in aid of Pieta House, the suicide and self harm crisis centre, will be held in St. George’s Church, Balbriggan on Monday, 17th June at 8pm. The Robert Sharon Chorale, Palm Beach Florida and Fingal Chamber Choir will participate in the concert and it sounds like an evening to remember. Admission is €10 and is payable at the door.

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their children are being cared for and entertained in a safe environment. Practically all of them will host any and every activity to keep your little ones happy and entertained during their holidays. These camps will have an abundance of activities to suit any interest. So whether they are nuts about sport, art, dance, drama or music, the clubs will keep them so entertained, they won’t want the summer to end.

golf courses around the county, many of them at championship level and we’re certain there’ll be some for the kids too. The North County is blessed with some of

tennis-themed summer camps to suit even the most fanatical tennis fan. It’s an energetic sport to play and an ideal way to keep fit and active. The camps

Sail Away The North County’s fabulous coastline is considered by many to be it’s finest attraction

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many relaxing hours enjoying the beauty of our coastline and take in some of that Summer sun. There are Sailing clubs, as well as Sea Scout clubs in many of our coastal towns, where children and adults can learn all they need to know about sailing and having fun in the water, right here in the North County.

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Crazy For Golf Golf is one of the fastest growing leisure sports in the country and the North County is the ideal area for all golfing fans, so why not let your little ones get goofy about the game? There is an abundance of top quality

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the finest golfing terrain to be found anywhere in the country so its perfect for those golf summer camps. You never know, your loved one may turn into the new Rory McIlroy.

around the area will have lessons for both adults and children. So go on, get those rackets at the ready.

and is perfect for those who love to sail. There is no better time of year to take up this leisurely activity, you can spend

Simply by partaking in these camps, your children get to do what they love the most. With so many camps around your area (and there is a lot), you’re bound to find one that’s loved by your little one. So whether they’re passionate about sport, arts and crafts, music, horse riding, dance or drama, you’re spoilt for choice

Cricket The North County has traditionally been a hotbed for cricket and there are many successful clubs in the region. They become more numerous the further north you travel, where practically every community enjoys the

sound of leather on willow on sultry summer evenings. The relative success of the national cricket team has drawn many people to the sport and it’s popularity is increasing every year. Many of the finest players on the Irish team play for clubs here in the North County. Clubs can be found from Malahide right up to Balbriggan and summer camps provide an excellent grounding in the rules of this great game, as well as providing great fun.

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Tennis Tennis is one of the most popular sports for people of all ages. The minute Wimbledon comes around, boys and girls are out on the streets with their tennis rackets, trying to emulate the latest stars of the game. Now is the ideal time to start working on those championship skills. Whether your child is looking to take lessons for the first time or advance on their skills, the North County has a range of fantastic

with all that’s on offer in the North County. Every town will have a range of camps to suit the tastes of adults and children alike.



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Too many being needlessly 'de-feeted' by Diabetes There are believed to be 250,000 people with diabetes in Ireland and one third of these are thought to be undiagnosed . The New York Times (August 20, 2007) reported 'Although the health implications of diabetes are clear, researchers are still struggling to understand many of the aspects of the disease. One question being asked is why most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, when most overweight or obese people are not diabetics? The fat cells themselves may offer a clue. These cells release triglycerides and free fatty acids into the blood, which may decrease cells ability to respond to insulin, thereby increasing the body’s demand for the hormone. Paradoxically, another hormone, adiponectin, is also made by fat cells, and this hormone makes cells more responsive to insulin. According to Dr. C. Ronald Kahn, a diabetes researcher and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the fatter you are, the less adiponectin your fat cells produce. Therefore, one way obesity might increase your risk of developing diabetes is by an increased release of fatty acids, combined with a decline in adiponectin, which would lead to more insulin resistance. If your body’s demand for insulin cannot be met, diabetes eventually sets in.

Diabetic foot wounds are one of the major complications of diabetes and an excellent example of the type of complicated wound which can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen. It is well known that many diabetics suffer circulatory disorders that create inadequate levels of oxygen to support wound healing. Diabetic wounds present a major problem for modern health care. The foot is the most common site of infection in the diabetic. For diabetic patients, foot problems remain the number one reason for hospital admission.. The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and has been used to assist wound healing for almost 40 years. HBOT has several specific biological actions which can enhance the healing processes: • Oxygen used under pressure (hyperbaric oxygen) can assist wound healing. • can be used successfully in hypoxic or ischemic wounds such as diabetic, venous stasis ulcers, failing grafts and flaps, necrotising soft tissue infections and refractory osteomyelitis. • In wound healing, hypoxia is

an insufficient supply of oxygen which prevents normal healing processes. HBOT provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. • HBOT is able to combat clinical infection such as gas gangrene by acting directly on anaerobic bacteria, enhancing leukocyte and macrophage activity and potentiating the effects of antibiotics. • HBOT is a safe non-invasive, non-toxic therapy. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen) can be defined as an insufficient supply of oxygen to allow the healing process to proceed at a normal rate. In a typical wound care treatment, hyperbaric oxygen is capable of providing tissue oxygen levels of greater than 11 times normal values. Most chronic wounds are hypoxic and HBO provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. In properly selected patients with hyperbaric oxygen treatment the success rate is high and there are few absolute contraindications. HBOT in properly selected cases, has been effective in preventing amputations, speeding up healing of chronic ulcers and fistulae, saving threatened skin flaps and permitted surgery that would not have been possible without it. This in turn results in improved quality of life for patients. The incidence of amputa-

tion in diabetics remains unacceptably high: 6 per 1,000 patients. Diabetics account for 50 - 70 percent of all amputations performed each year. 10% of those surgeries resulted in the loss of a foot, 35% involved the loss of a lower leg, and 30% resulted in the loss of the knee joint. Ipsilateral or higher amputation occurs in 24% of cases. Diabetic amputees also experience other difficulties. Only 50% of the patients survive more than 3 years after the amputation (USA survey data). Although many individuals who lose limbs traumatically can expect to be rehabilitated to full activity, only 40 - 50% of elderly amputees can expect to enjoy such a successful outcome. The duration of hospitalisation for treatment of diabetic foot infections averages 22-36 days. Amputation offers a poor solution. Patients pay high personal costs when limbs are lost. When an amputation occurs, patients generally remain hospitalised for 40 days and to maximise walking ability or potential, patients may need an additional 6-9 months of rehabilitation. Many elderly diabetic amputees remain bound to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives because they lack sufficient energy, balance, and strength to walk.

Diabetic Ulcers and Amputations Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, dedicated an entire front page to an article by reporter Christine Blatchford which highlighted the fact that that 70% of amputations due to diabetic complications need never have taken place if HBOT had been used to treat them. The article said, "Since 2001, there have been four randomised, controlled clinical trials of HBOT on diabetic ulcers - the gold standard in evidence-based medicine. All studies found either markedly fewer amputations with patients who received HBOT compared to those who didn't, or enormously improved healing."

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With summertime now well and truly here to stay, our thoughts are firmly on holidays. We’ve just endured a long hard winter, so we now deserve to treat ourselves. A change of car would also be nice, not to talk of upgrading the home and garden. Then the subject of finance comes around, and it dawns on us that we have been saving on a regular basis with our local, friendly Credit Union. Problem solved. Now we can turn to our local Credit Unions around the North County should we need to plan our holidays, new car, home improvements, or that special wedding of a family member. Look no further then your local credit union. Your local Credit Union can help you get all this sorted with

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individual Credit Unions will offer special loan rates, so it is beneficial to check in with your local branch regularly. Because your Credit Union was formed solely to help its members, it aims to offer fair and reasonable rates on savings and loans. But this is not the only advantage to being a member. Your

Credit Union also offers all eligible members insurance services. Some of these insurance services are free to members, some have a fee. These are just a small preview of what’s on offer. Make sure to pop into your local branch for full details on all their services. So remember, your local Credit Union is


there to meet all your needs and help you get that all-important holiday you and your family can look forward to, or that new car, or new bathroom makeover. Whatever your requirements are, your local friendly Credit Union is the place to make your dreams come true. Call into yours today and get saving

River Valley & Rathingle Credit Union ease. They offer an array of quality services, advice and solutions in a way that makes them most unique. Big or small, all your needs will be met. Your local credit union is right at the heart of your community and will offer you a

personal service and any advice you need on various savings, loans or insurance schemes that they have on offer. They will give you what’s right for you and always ensure that you are in control of your own finances. For those of you who may

not yet be a member of these quality establishments, keep reading to see exactly why you should join your local Credit Union today.

What Is A Credit Union? A Credit Union is a group of people who save together and lend to each other at a fair and reasonable rate of interest. Credit Unions are nonsectarian and nonpolitical, non-profit and continue that Irish tradition of cooperative self help. They offer members the chance to have control over their own finances, by making their own savings work for them. When you become a member and start saving with them, you will have access to fair and reasonable rates on savings and loans. The Credit Union exists only to serve its members — not to profit from their needs.

How Does A Credit Union Differ From A Bank? A Credit Union acts just like a bank, providing all of the same services: checking, savings, mortgage lending, car loans, business loans and more. The one distinguishing factor is that Credit Unions are non-profit institutions. They are not beholden to shareholders, so when they make a profit, they don’t give that to shareholders. Instead, they return that profit

to members in the form of lower fees and better service. And you’re getting that unique community service that you just won’t get in a bank. They are also considered to be less intimidating and austere than banks.

Why Should You Join? Not least to avail of all the great services your Credit Union will have on offer: saving schemes, loan options, insurance offers, financial advice and more, you get a personal, community service that you would not usually get in a bank. While Credit Unions increasingly have worldwide reach, they are very localised here in the North County—meaning they are run and owned by people in the community, which is a great comfort to those in the area. Chances are you will know and be very familiar with those running your local Credit Union and have that accountability factor with them. Credit Unions work with you, for you, and will cater to your specific needs and wants and provide you with the best financial advice. It’s all here for you. Whether you’re saving for something in the future or just for a rainy day, regular saving is a good idea. Regular saving with your credit union is an even better idea. Most loans are one, three or five years in duration. From time to time,

Our Loan Book Is Open NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Rivervalley & Rathingle Credit Union Rivervalley Shopping Centre Swords Phone 01 8901626 Loans are subject to approval. Terms and Conditions apply. Credit Unions in the Republic of Ireland are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Members requiring loans big or small can contact either of our offices. Loans are subject to approval Terms and conditions apply

Rush Credit Union Ivy House, Sandy Road, Rush, Co. Dublin Tel: 01-8437584 Fax: 01-8439358 Offices also in Credit Union House Lusk Tel: 01-8438120 Credit Unions in the Republic of Ireland are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland




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National College of Art Design (NCAD) fashion design graduate, Claire Lynam, has won the coveted River Island NCAD Bursary, securing a three month paid placement with the high street retailer’s design team in London in addition to a €3,500 prize fund. Claire’s stunning design (pictured) featured a bronze lamb nappa spider web vest worn over a black structured crepe top, teamed with sheer black deconstructed shorts, which was modelled at the announcement by top model, Daniella Moyles. The outfit clearly makes a statement and would certainly be a eye catching choice for a glamourous night out.

Award Winning Fashion Skerries Singer Releases New Album Skerries singer, Liz Seaver is releasing her second independent album Turbulent Bliss on Friday, 14th of June. Her second single Inside Out will also be released on the same date to help promote the album. Liz Seaver is a 26 year old singer-songwriter from Skerries. Her debut single In Between You And Me from her forthcoming album went straight to number four in the Irish singer-songwriter charts back in February this year. She gained radio airplay from most of the major stations and played headline shows at The Mercantile and at

Monroes of Galway. Most recently, she scored the music for an award winning short film Spot that won Best Comedy Award at the Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull last month. Turbulent Bliss is Liz’s second Independent album. As an unsigned artist, Liz self funded the album over the last few years through gigging at weekends in Dublin where she also developed her live act. She has been writing and performing since she was sixteen. Over the years she has supported such acts as Damien Dempsey, Jack L, Delorentos,

Bingo In Balbriggan There is Bingo every Wednesday Night at 8.45pm in O’Dwyers GAA Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan, where Great Prizes can be won. Everyone is welcome to come along. This is a great social opportunity to meet new people and have some good old fashioned fun.

Iain Archer, Albert Niland and Honor Heffernan. She has played at venues such

as Whelans, The Sugar Club, Crawdaddy and performed abroad in cities such as Paris and Hamburg on invite.

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OPEN EVENING Thursday 6th June 2013 6.00pm – 8.00pm Demostrations with Invisalign staff and Free consultations with your local specialist orthodontist, Dr Stephen Murray

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in Gibneys Malahide:Thursday 13th June & Gibneys Of Gormanston (Huntsman): Friday14th June Live Entertainment Before & After Show Doors Open 8:00pm - Show Starts 8:30pm Over 18’s Tickets €20 Available at Gibneys Off-licence Malahide & Behind the Bar at Gibneys of Gormanston

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Jan 20 - Feb 18

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.


North County Dog Control System Failing Local Green Party representative for Balbriggan, Joe O’Brien has said that the County Council’s dog control system is failing. The statement comes after statistics were released to him on request. “Since I have been travelling around the locality and meeting people over the last number of weeks, one of the most persistent issues that people raise is that of dog fouling,” he said. “Dog fouling is not something unfortunate that we simply have to live with – it does not happen on the same scale in other jurisdictions. Dog fouling needs to be seen as a health issue and an economic issue. In terms of health it can cause blindness in children and acute stomach problems. I know some parents who simply do not let their children in some of our

Heart Screening Device Comes To Swords

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.


Jul 23 - Aug 23

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.


Aug 24 - Sep 22

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.


public green spaces for fear of coming into contact with dog litter.” He continued: “The fact that there were no fines imposed for dog littering in the last two years is a testament to the fact that the current system as it is set up is not working. The real core of the problem of dog littering is actually unsupervised dogs. This figure coupled with the fact that there are an increasing number of detections of unsupervised dogs underlines that the issue of unsupervised dogs needs a different approach. The fining system for stray dogs is much too relaxed at the moment.” “We are also at the peak of Tidy Towns season and I know there are many groups across the North County that are keeping their fingers crossed that the judges will not come across a spate of this problem when they set foot in their town. I have written to the County Manger to ask him to initiate proposals to better tackle the dog littering problem across the county,” O’Brien concluded.

Nick Heeney presents Ross McAuley with the Player of the Year award at the Skerries Rugby Club's Awards night which was held recently.

Parents Asked To Be More Aware About Cyber Bullying Most people living in the North County believe that parents and schools share responsibility for tackling cyberbullying, according to the results of a survey conducted by Amárach Research on behalf of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). The survey was commissioned by NAPD, the professional body for second-level school leaders, as part of efforts to raise public awareness of bullying, including the rising incidence of cyberbullying, and helping schools and parents to tackle the problem.

Blood Pressure is currently measured in the arm because it is convenient. However this may not always accurately reflect what the pressure is in the larger arteries close to the heart. Being able to measure blood pressure in the Aorta, which is closer to the heart and brain is important, as this is

Clive Byrne, NAPD Director, said the results show that most people believe bullying, in whatever form, imperils children’s mental health, and responsibility for tackling the problem is shared between parents and schools. “For educators, parents and children around the North County, the message is that bullying, whether conducted online or offline, can seriously damage children’s mental health and we must all work together to stamp it out,” he told the County Leader. “As increased access to technology enables the rise of online bullying, we must renew our resolve to tackle cyber risk, while at the same time treating bullying, as an ongoing serious health risk facing children and broader society.”

Sep 23 - Oct 22

Don’t be too disheartened if the week seems slow - as change is coming. So much so, that with the week’s far more agreeable planetary activity, you’re able to move swiftly to take advantage of new prospects on offer.


Oct 23 - Nov 22

This is a week when you should be philosophical about downturns - and keep your own counsel. With next week’s far more salubrious planetary activity, you’ll be glad you didn’t say everything you were thinking.


Nov 23 - Dec 21

However unsettling the outcome of one particular confrontation, finally having all the facts out in the open will come as a relief. Still, you should handle the situation carefully and slowly as things are bound to be confused.


Dec 22 - Jan 19

You will be seeking reassurance with a business matter. But what you need to do is exercise patience to bide your time - until you see the stunning opportunities accompanying next week’s considerably better planetary activity.

Safe As Houses! Lusk main street was brought to a halt on last Thursday when a truck pulling a prefabricated house got stuck while reversing round a corner. Traffic was held up for over an hour with bemused drivers being advised to turn around and return the way they had come. Local resident Carmel McMahon commented on the house saying "It's beautiful but it's very big. Sure you couldn't get it up through the village!"

Join Portmarnock Chess Club Portmarnock Chess Club is looking to attract new players to the club with weekly meetings taking place every

Thursday at Naomh Mearnog GAA Club, Blackwood Lane, Portmarnock. Juniors meet at 7.30pm, adults at 8.30pm. The club is in its 40th year and hosts up to 30 players of all levels on a regular basis.

HRM King Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Olu of Ilaro (Paramount ruler of Ogun State) in Nigeria paid a visit to the North County recently. He was here to learn about the culture of the area. He is pictured here with County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan on a courtesy visit to County Hall in Swords.

where high blood pressure can cause damage. In addition, the pressure in the Aorta can be quite different from that traditionally measured in the arm. The new technology will hopefully lead to better identification of those who will most likely benefit from treatment by identifying those who have a high central aortic systolic pressure value. This will be especially important for younger people in whom the pressure measured in the arm can sometimes be quite exaggerated compared to

the pressure in the Aorta. This new technology uses a sensor on the wrist to record the pulse wave and then, using computerised mathematical modelling of the pulse wave we are able to read the pressure close to the heart. This new innovative technology is coming to Swords on Friday 7th June and Monday 10th June. They will be at the Premier Inn Hotel, Airside, Swords from 11am to 9pm each day. To book an appointment call Sharon on 087 275 3460.

Peter Mark Hair Salon in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords received the quarterly recycling award for the way they have adopted to recycle their empty hair products into the correct waste streams which assists in our waste recycling methods. Nicola McDonald and Angeline Toft accepted the award and a €300 Pavilions gift card on behalf of the staff of Peter Mark from Joe O’Donnell, Duty Manager, Pavilions Shopping Centre.

Use Up Your Spare Room With A Homestay Guest Thousands of overseas travellers visit the North County each year looking for an authentic Irish experience. Staying in a real Irish home offers them an insight into local culture and traditions plus the chance to see beyond the usual tourist trail. The term “homestay” is traditionally thought of to apply to students and interns coming to stay with a family to learn English or attend a language college or work placement. Now a new Irish company, is opening up this market to leisure travellers. Mary Murphy from Swords has been hosting guests for years “We have been hosting students in our home for years and it’s been a great experience for the whole family. Now we plan on hosting tourists through to

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Fingal County Council I,Mr James Daly intend to apply for planning permission to convert an existing single storey garage and play room to a single storey dwelling. the development will consist of 1 no. bedroom ,a living area,a kitchen/dinning area,and an integrated garage , along with all associated site works at the rear of 18 Melrose park, swords,county Dublin. the planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the responsible cost of making a copy at the offices of the planing authority during its public opening hours of 9.30-15.30 Monday-Friday- a submission or observation in relation to the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Andrew & Sandra Byrne have furnished the planning authority with significant further information in relation to planning application F13A/0056 on lands adjacent to 26a & 27 Rivervalley Grove, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development applied for consisted of 2no. two storey detached three bedroom houses, two new vehicular entrances to Rivervalley Grove, and associated site works. Significant Further Information has been furnished to the planning authority in respect of this proposed development, and is available for inspection or purchase, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the further information may be made in writing to the planning authority not later than 2 weeks after the lodgement of the newspaper notice and site notice with the planning authority. A submission or observation must be accompanied by the prescribed fee, except in the case of a person or body who has already made a submission or observation.


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Prayer to The Blessed Virgin O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart, to succour me in this necessity (make request). There are note that can withstand your power. O show me herein you are my Mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee (say three times). Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then publish it and it will be granted. (KG)

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works. This 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) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought by the Board of Management of the Holy Family Junior National School to construct 2no. New classrooms (80 sq m each) as a stand alone structure all located to the north west of the existing school at Holy Family Junior National School, Forest Park, Rivervalley, 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 the public opening hours of 9.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee 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 Planning permission sought by Jane Landy & David Cooke for a single storey extension to the rear at 56 Holmpatrick, Skerries , 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 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 I, Christopher Lindsay Jr., intend to apply for permission for a development at Beldaragh, Naul, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the removal of the existing agricultural shed to the rear, restoration of the existing vernacular dwelling including a single storey extension to the rear, which will also include a detached garage, the installation of a proprietary effluent wastewater treatment system and percolation area and all 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 Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, during the public opening hours of 9:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) 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.

Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Darren Byrne to construct a bungalow with connection to existing mains water and wastewater services, utilising existing vehicular access at Strifeland, The Hills, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. Fingal County Council I, Louise Bhreathnach, intend to apply for planning permission for an attic conversion & construction of a small roof dormer to side & velux rooflight to rear of my existing dwelling at 93 Sandford Wood, Swords Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for (i) 1st floor extensions to rear & side of existing dwelling, (ii) new roof, with gable walls, to existing dwelling, (iii) new solar panels & 2 No. velux windows to front roof space & (iv) all associated site works @ 56 The Vale, Skerries Rock, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Deirdre Walsh. 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 I Donagh Higgins intend to apply for permission and retention permission for development at this site address: 65 Boroimhe Laurels, Swords, Co Dublin. The development consists of a new car parking space to the front of 65 Boroimhe Laurels. The development to be retained consists of the subdivision of 65 Boroimhe Laurels to form two separate two storey dwellings, retention of a 16 square meter increase in floor area over what was permitted in F02B/0299, alterations to the facades and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Hogan & Associates seeks Planning Permission for; Alterations to previously approved house design, House Type B1 (not yet built), previous planning application Ref. No. F06A/1576 (since extended), on Plot No. 8 Streamstown Wood. The alterations consist of: 1. Omission of basement, 2. Extension to rear of garage for Utility Room and Garden Shed, 3. Minor alterations to ground floor layout, 4. Alterations at first floor level consisting of omission of 2 No. En-Suites, provision of window to En-Suite on East Elevation, provision of window to Bathroom on West Elevation, 5. Alterations at Attic level consisting of provision of window to EnSuite on East Elevation, re-location of roof windows to rear (South) Elevation, addition

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HD-018 54” Marble Fireplace

MD036 - 54” cappuccino Marble fireplace

Was €1,250

Was €1,299

Only 4 available

Only 2 available





SP-074 60” Limestone fireplace

HD-024 60” Limestone fireplace

Was €1,995

Was €1,695

Only 1 available

Only 1 available








Unit 5 Newgrange Business Park, Donore Road, Drogheda Tel: 041 – 9843700 Fax: 041 – 9843745email: •

Opening Hours: Mon - Friday 9am - 6pm Sat 10am - 5.30pm Sunday: 2pm - 6pm

North County Leader 4th June 2013  
North County Leader 4th June 2013  

North County Leader 4th June 2013