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Water Problems Persist In Swords And Donabate Water problems, both a lack of it and a surplus of it, are becoming a major concern to the residents of Swords and Donabate. Water outages, as well as flooding, have become an all too regular feature around the locality in recent weeks, and there seems to be no end in sight to the problem. Residents are growing angry and frustrated, as each week seems to bring further news of a burst pipe here or a leak there, resulting in their water being turned off for many hours during the day and into the evening. Locals have little time to prepare for these water shortages, as they never know where or when the problem will strike next. They claim they are told only an hour or two before repair work is due to begin, leaving no time to prepare for what might be many hours without water. Only days after the Council spent over a week repairing a huge leak on the Forrest Road in Swords (which saw the road closed for the entirety of that time, and numerous delays before it was completed), the
By Jennifer McShane County Leader was informed of another major leak which needed fixing. Once again, on Thursday last, the water was turned off for a period of almost four hours, affecting the areas of Lissenhall in Swords, Hearse Road, Turvey and Corduff, as well as all of Donabate and Portrane. Residents in these areas are confused and angry at the constant disruption to this vital service. And indeed, where the lack of water is causing concern to some, other exasperated residents are frustrated by too much water. In the Nurseries estate, off the Forest Road in Swords. Residents there have been plagued with regular flooding in the area in both winter and summer, due to the three shores, which channel all of the rainwater in the estate, being backed up and blocked. The County Leader went to investigate this incident further, and one concerned resident Esmond Reilly, told us more about the
Not Enough Demand For Malahide Shuttle Members of the Malahide Shuttle Group and Malahide Community Forum are “deeply disappointed” that the recently launched Malahide Shuttle Service is no longer running. The service, which took four years of persistent negotiation and numerous applications to the National Transport Authority to get approved, had to be stopped after only a couple of months in service, as not enough people were using it. Michael Gill of the Malahide Community Forum said that all involved were disappointed at the lacklustre response, as a great deal of market research had been done prior to the launch of the service. “During the eight weeks up to Christmas that the
problem. “We were told at one point by the Council that it was due to the old drainage system being unable to handle the volume of water, leading to the system backing up and our road flooding and that this would improve when works were done. The Forrest Road has been dug up over and over again, and still the problem persists,” he said Now, four years on and every time it rains to any degree, the road floods, causing a hazard to traffic in the estate and a dangerous threat to the children there. Also the unfortunate homeowners, who live in the area where the flooding occurs, are often unable to enter or exit our homes without
shuttle ran, an average of only six people used it each day. This number was nothing like enough to justify the service in commercial terms, so as a result of this, the shuttle is no more,” he told the County Leader. “Despite the encouragement we got from market surveys and many personal interviews, it seems that Malahide commuters prefer to use their own transport to the station. We were really surprised, because during our extensive research, we felt that there was a genuine need for the service,” he said. “So we can’t imagine why, when all was said and done, that there was such a poor take up.” Gill also said that he wanted to stress to local residents that if any new services in their town were to stay active, the participation in using them was crucial to their success. “At the end of the day, if people don’t use a service it won’t stay running,” he concluded.
wellingtons, or have to walk halfway up the estate before they can cross the road. “The fact that our homes have not been completely flooded is only due to the good fortune that our driveways are built on an upward slope. We need something done before there is property damage, or worse still, an injury to a child - of which there are many in the estate,” he said, worriedly. Local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF), is all too aware of this ongoing problem, and told the County Leader that he empathises with the frustration of the residents. “One of the issues that residents bring up all the time is the annoyance of seeing the same faults happening, over and over again. If they see something being fixed, they want to know that there is a permanent fixture for it, and that hasn’t been the case, particularly where the Forrest Road in Swords is concerned,” he said. “It’s obvious that a lot of work needs to be done, as Swords has had a lot of bad luck in in the last number of weeks with regards to this water issue,” he concluded. While it’s uncertain how long we can expect to see these water problems continue, what is certain is that the residents won’t stand for them much longer.
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New Season For Balrothery Tennis Balrothery Balbriggan Tennis Club is the local community tennis club serving the local population, and are about to start up their new season for 2014. In the last two years it has revamped its club house facilities, including the provision of toilet facilities and has spent considerable money on floodlighting at the courts. The club has introduced a full tennis programme of in-house competition for adults and children. They have also introduced DLTC League Tennis back to the club after an absence of ten years. Club nights are on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and there is Monday morning tennis from 10am to 12pm. All are welcome to attend. Willow Tree Child and Family Centre, 80 Malahide Road, Near Fairview, Dublin 3
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Pupils from St Mary's NS in Garristown presented business ideas to a group of Dragons at the school recently Pictured are dragons Deirdre Kennedy, Margaret Finnegan (both teachers), Aoife Davey (One4All), Peter Carey (Manager, Millfield Shopping Centre) and Michelle Mason (parent), with pupils, Amie O'Brien, Adam Tuite, Stefan Askia, Michael Morgan, Adam O'Dea, Becky Marry and Heather Newman.
Balbriggan Group Gears Up For Marathon Event One of the events on the Balbriggan calendar which is growing year by year, is the Balbriggan Cancer Support Group (BCSG) 10k Run/Walk and Half Marathon. The 2014 event taking place
on March 17th, was officially launched recently, by Gerry Duffy, author, professional speaker and renowned athlete. Gerry has a sporting CV which has seen him complete some of the hardest endurance challenges on the planet; he completed a staggering 32 marathons in 32 days in 2010, and has been a
familiar face at the previous events. This half marathon and 10k run and walk covers an undulating course in the coastal town of Balbriggan and surrounding country side. Last year’s event was a fantastic success and it has been going from strength to strength since it started in 2011.
Over 600 athletes took part in 2013 with numbers quadrupling in one year. This year promises to be be even bigger and better. The BCSG would like to thank all our sponsors and athletes for making 2013 possible and look forward to welcoming everybody at the race in March.
Pictured here are staff members from Superquinn in Swords Pavilions with the cheque for Home-Start.
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and fundraised for it. “The management and staff at Superquinn have been magnificent in their efforts to help their chosen local charity, from selling charity cakes and Movember, from sponsorship to collections in store,”Valerie told the County Leader. “Home-Start has really benefited from the generosity of the customers at Superquinn and is eager to say a great big thank you. The donations received have allowed more families and more children in our area to receive support in 2013 and going into this year.” Home-Start Swords was founded in 2009 and so far has trained over 50 volunteers who have worked with over 100 local families, helping hundreds of Swords’ youngest children.
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the research of the disease, because there’s so much that people don’t know about it, even now. So, the more research that’s done, the more we know about it.” She said that she wanted to emphasise that while her hair was tempoBy Jennifer McShane rary in that, it would grow back again, Fiona Brogan from Lusk did a very Alzheimers was not. “The sad reality brave thing last week - she had her is that there is no cure for long hair cut and shaved off, all to Alzheimer’s, and that’s what I wanted raise awareness for a good cause. to emphasise, as well as creating more awareness of the Fiona decided to condition itself.” undertake this Fiona says that to aid research although she for the was nervous Alzheimer’s on the day, Society of she was Ireland. delighted that “Alzheimers is she did it for something I a know a lot Pictured here is Fiona Brogan before and after getting such wonderful about as it her hair cut off for the Alzheimers Society of Ireland. cause. “It runs on both sides of my family,”she told the was my way of giving something County Leader. The local lady has back,” she continued. “And I just lived and worked in Lusk for the past want to thank all my family, friends 20 years and decided that she wanted and those in the local community for to do something to raise awareness all the fantastic support I’ve received for the disease, which she says can over the last few months, I couldn’t remain undetected for years before a have done this alone.” She has raised diagnosis is given. “That’s really why I a staggering €3,000 already, but chose to donate all funds raised to wants to hit the €5,000 mark.
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Portmarnock Group Seeks Singers The Portmarnock Singers are inviting any soprano, tenor or bass to join their group. They meet at 7.50pm at Portmarnock Parish Centre every Monday, and they sing a wide variety of music from classical to gospel, pop and jazz. So if you feel this is for you, they would be delighted to hear from you.
Improve Your Irish In Malahide A new ‘as Gaeilge’ coffee morning has started up in Seomra Tae cafe in Malahide. This is a great chance for anyone who would like to take the opportunity to try out their Irish, and especially for parents and grandparents of school going children.
O’Leary Wants New Facilities In Skerries Park New Walkway Goes Local councillor, Tom O’Leary Liason Committee in regards to To Public Consultation (FG), is calling on the County improving the existing facilities
The much anticipated down onto Dublin Road, Hanlon’s Broadmeadow Way from Lane, Bissetts Strand. It then goes Malahide to Donabate, will go to over the Estuary on the west side public consultation on 14th of the railway line, along the river February, until 28th Pill, onto Kilcrea Road, to February in Malahide the old gates at Library and then in Newbridge Demesne, and Donabate Library from up the trail to Newbridge 24th February until 5th House.” March. This exciting new Lavin said “he hopes that venture has been given a as many people as wide welcome, and is Cllr. Lavin possible get behind this seen as a great boost for local very worthwhile County Council tourism. Malahide councillor, project. He has commended Anthony Lavin (FG) spoke to the Iarnrod Eireann for their continued County Leader and expressed his assistance and is looking forward delighted that the project will go to the successful completion of to public consultation. He said, “It the project.” The total length of is proposed to start in Malahide the trail is 6.1 KM from Malahide Demesne at Malahide Castle, Castle to Newbridge House.
Council to draw up a plan for at the park, and plan to some new facilities in Skerries progress with these meetings Town Park, which he says in the coming weeks. “These would be of great proposals are at the very benefit to all the resiearliest discussions dents. stages, and will be firmed He proposes that up over the next few there should be an meetings of the Liaison adult outdoor gym Committee into exercise area, a new proposals that could be children’s play- Cllr. O’Leary put on public display, ground and an alland might attract funding weather hard surface training from appropriate awarding area, asking the Council to note bodies,” said the Council. that Skerries is an Age Friendly “Parallel meetings and discusTown. The local authority sions will also be held with responded very positively to affected residents and other this request, saying that they community groups in the had met with the Skerries coming weeks,” he concluded.
Brigid Calls Time On Illustrious Career Last Thursday evening was a special occasion at St Cronan’s Junior National School in Swords, as the school marked the retirement of it’s very popular principal, Brigid Manton. A large crowd gathered to celebrate Mass at the local church to mark Brigid’s remarkable career as a teacher and principal. This was followed by a social event in the school, where many speakers talk about the influence Brigid had on the school and the local community. Chairperson of the Board of Management, Ray Murphy said, “It is a great pleasure to mark the occasion of the retirement of Brigid Manton. It’s nice to acknowledge an exceptional person and an exceptional career. She was never one to garner accolades for herself and any praised received by the school was divided among the entire school community. Her priority lay with the children in her care and every child was precious,” he said. Local priest, Fr Paul Thornton and James Kavanagh from the School Completion Programme also paid tribute to her. In her speech, Brigid was clearly moved by the occa-
Pictured at the retirement party for Brigid Manton at St Cronan's Junior NS, are Fr Paul Thornton, Brigid Manton and new principal, Edel Moloney.
sion. She recounted many milestones in her career of 37 years as a teacher and her association with the area, having been born in Windmill Lane, just yards from the school. She became principal in 2006 and one of the highlights of this time was securing a Special Needs teacher in the school. She said, “For me, it was all about the children. It has been a gift to be their educators and I hope I will be remembered for looking after the those who needed most help. Special needs is very important to me, and my wish is that all children with special needs can be accommodated. Our ethos is all about turning out decent human beings,” said Brigid.
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New Local Enterprise Office For North County Local TD Alan Farrell (FG) has, said that the North County will benefit from a new Local Enterprise Office (LEO), which is expected to be up and running from April. The new LEOs across the country, which will be embedded in the local authorities, will act as a one stop shop for the business supports currently delivered by County Enterprise Boards and by local authorities. “The new system of LEOs will completely streamline the supports on offer to local busi-
Local Angling Club Seeks Members Gormanston and District Anglers club, based in Balrothery are trying to promote membership in their club. After their recent AGM, it was decided by the members to drop the club “join in fee” for new senior members to make the club more attractive for anglers to join. These means that there will be no initial joining fee for new senior members. The group are also developing a new nursery pond adjacent to the Wavin lake to encourage young anglers to join where they will be allowed to bait fish so that they can catch the bug and enjoy the pleasures of fishing. If you’re interested in joining the group, please see their website for full membership details, and new members are always welcome.
nesses in the North County. The LEO here in the North County will develop a plan for boosting local enterprise, setting targets for job creation and new business start-ups,” Farrell told the County Leader. “Through the new LEOs, national enterprise policy will feed down to local level, allowing The County Council strengthen its direct engagement with local businesses. The LEO office will act as a hub for enterprise support. It will provide a huge range of supports, including Alan Farrell TD mentoring and training on how to start your own business and advice on how to draw up a business plan.” “As part of the LEO set up, a new Entrepreneurship Fund is also being established, which will directly target start-ups by under 25s. A Graduate Recruitment Programme is also being implemented. I am sure that the establishment of the new LEO in the North County will help drive business innovation and job creation locally,” he concluded.
First Ever Balbriggan Community Council Formed With the abolishment of the Town Councils by the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan this year, and with the recent campaign by the people of Balbriggan to stop the Balbriggan Library move, a Community Council has been formed to help the people of Balbriggan to “take back our town.” Over 40 people applied to be on this Community Council and Brigid Dervan and Ann Mehigan took on the difficult task to interview each and every person and decide who should represent the people of Balbriggan on the first ever Balbriggan Community Council. The 16 members elected will have a tough task ahead of them and they will need each and every member of the community to get behind them and support them in their quest. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their hard work in the coming months.
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Pictured here are Josette Farren and Anne Sharkey, two die hard Garth Brooks fans who began queuing from 12 midnight on Thursday, February 5th in Ticketmaster in Malahide, to secure tickets for the fourth Garth Brooks concert. Fan Josette was queuing for two of her family members from Wexford who missed out on the first round of tickets, as did many others, that went on sale last week.
Ceili Your Way To Fitness in Donabate Donabate Ceili Club meet every Monday in the Donabate Community Centre from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. This is a great opportunity to be social and get fit at the same time. Anybody is welcome to attend.
Fianna Fail’s Euro Allies Select Their Main Man Last week the ALDE By Cathal Boland Party, which is the @TheCountyLeader Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe, of which Fiana Fail is a member party, selected their main candidate Guy Vehofstadt, the former Belgium PM and currently the group’s leader in the Parliament, to front their campaign in the upcoming elections. Prior to the endorsement it was announced that Olli Rehn, European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Economic Affairs and the Euro, would withdraw from the contest. Olli and Guy had agreed that Guy would front up the campaign and Olli would be nominated for a top job in the Commission. All nice and handy, done deal, away from the votes of the delegates. It’s not unusual for those in the background of
political groupings to find “the solution” to candidate selection. The question is, can Guy deliver for Olli? Currently the odds are in favour of the EPP capturing the most votes in the election which in theory should give their candidate the Commission President’s post. But it is quite possible that the EPP will not have clear majority of the seats in Parliament. The EPP candidate will be selected at their congress on 6/7th March here in Dublin and I am told the current favourite is Jean Claude Juncker the former PM of Luxembourg. The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group may have sufficient numbers to cause a problem for the EPP. Has ALDE lined up with one or other group? Could this be what gives them such confidence that they can already carve up the top jobs in Europe? Ollie would have made an interesting lead candidate for his Group, particularly here in Ireland as we are already familiar with him due to his role in sorting out our financial crisis. Although FF may be quite pleased that such a high profile figure is not now going to, in effect, front their Euro seat campaign.
Portmarnock Students Depart For Lesotho Thirty five Transition Year students from P o r t m a r n o c k Community School, members of Action Ireland Trust and various other groups from around the North County, have once again departed for their mission trip to Lesotho. This will be the eighth mission for many of the volunteers and the third mission to Lesotho for Action Ireland Trust. “We head into this mission in Lesotho with a strong team of 88 volunteers including students from Portmarnock Community School and with the great support of our partners, Dublin Fire Brigade, Country Council, Country Crest and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland”, said Niall Fitzgerald, Chairman Action Ireland Trust. “The organisation has developed into a strong skills exchange based programme with capacity building for the local communities in Lesotho,” he said. The projects the dedicated team will be working on over there are largely based in and around the capital of Lesotho, Maseru. Among other things, Dublin Fire Brigade will continue to work with emergency services around Maseru improving training, skills and equipment and the County Council will work with the Local Government on planning, mapping and more.
Pictured are Jack, James and Jaur Ryan, with the Sam Maguire Cup, when it paid a visit to St Finian's GAA Club in River Valley, Swords.
Pictured are Simone Gilbert and Damien McDermott from Swords, with their daughter Olivia (age 2) at AIG's 'Morning with the Dubs' event with Dublin GAA players Bernard Brogan, Dean Rock and Eoghan O'Gara. The Dubs brought along the Sam Maguire, Delaney Cup (Leinster Championship) and National League trophies. The event took place in AIG's new North Wall Quay offices.
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Pictured at the "Friends of the Labour Party" Table Quiz which took place on Thursday 6 February in the Lord Mayor's Pub in Swords. are, Brian McDonagh, Peadar O'Kelly, Cllr Judy Dunne, Cllr Tom Kelleher and Duncan Smith.
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Carson then stood up on the podium and with her very individual style, entertained the audience with an explanation of why teenagers should not be allowed to vote. Last but most Three junior students from Balbriggan definitely not least, Pelumi Daramola impressed Community College have recently won the pres- with her speech on Education outside of the tigious title of Best Team in Trinity College’s Classroom. Public Speaking Competition. Each student Each girl received a beautiful glass trophy made spoke in front of an audience in the Edmund by Dublin Crystal, a Certificate of Participation Burke Auditorium in Trinity College for 2-3 and the Perpetual Plaque to be held in the minutes on an school for a unseen aspect of year. They will two pre allocated now go on to topics. With only represent 30 minutes of Trinity College unaided preparain the National tion, the girls put Finals in UCD on together three 1st March. speeches which This great were deemed the achievement best of the compewas made tition which possible by the included six other girls’ hard work schools within the during lunch Trinity College Pictured here are Balbriggan Community College students Sophie times and with Thiesen, Pelumi Daramola and Megan Carson with their awards after catchment area. early morning winning Best Team in Trinity College's Public Speaking Competition. Drawn as the first starts and it is a team to speak, Sophie Thiesen impressed the deserved reward for their dedication and Judges with her vision for a more optimistic and commitment. The girls would like to thank all positive Ireland. In summing up the judges their teachers for their help and support in the noted Sophie’s passion for the topic. Megan run up to the competition.
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Call For All Weather Pitch For Rush Athletic Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) is calling on the County Council to support the lotto application of Rush Athletic FC, and has stressed that this is a priority. Speaking to the County Leader, O’Leary said, “I received an email from Rush Athletic appealing for help with their lotto application for an all weather pitch. I
met the club officials last year and visited the club and inspected the pitch there. I am supporting their lotto application and I have made it clear to the Council that this is a priority case. Rush resident, Janette Mc Namara, the Fine Gael local election candidate in Rush, has also lobbied me, making a strong case
Local councillor Tom O'Leary is pictured on the main pitch at Rush Athletic FC, which has been unplayable since Christmas.
for assistance for Rush Athletic, which is a very popular club.” He continued, “I visited the club with local Minister, James Reilly last year and he was briefed on the needs of Rush Athletic, and in particular, the need for an all weather training facility
and pitch, as the main pitch is under a lot of pressure from overuse. The main pitch is out of action since before Christmas, as it is a mud bath. Rush Athletic’s time has come, they must get a lotto grant in 2014, and they have my full support,” concluded O’Leary.
Newman Calls For New Car Park Swords local area election candidate, Joe Newman (NP), is advocating a new car park at Lissenhall, in Swords. He is adamant that the new car park should be located near the terminus for the new Bus Rapid Transit scheme, which is planned for Swords, as well as Metro North, if is approved next year. Speaking to the County Leader, Newman said that a new car park would prove very beneficial for residents of Donabate and Portrane, who can drive the short distance to Lissenhall, and avail of the new public service, to fulfil hospital appointments and other engagements in the city. They can also avail of visits to Swords, whilst alleviating traffic problems in the area. “This car park would be of enormous benefit to residents in Donabate, who travel long distances to the city, to the airport, or to college and have to endure endless traffic jams on their way to, and from their destinations. It would also benefit people from other areas of the North County, as well as boosting the local economy.” he said. The proposed new Bus Rapid Transit” scheme (BRT) is called “Swiftway” and will service Dublin Airport. The proposed journey time from Swords to O’Connell Street is 35 minutes, as opposed to over an hour at present, and the service could be up and running by 2017.
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YOURVIEW With reporter Emily Nicholas
Do you think the Government are doing enough to help the communities affected by the winter storms? Emily Nicholas
Anne Marie Boland, Portmarnock. “I don’t actually know what funds have been allocated to it, but I know there’s huge concern and the government’s lack of concern is obvious. I know that some insurance companies may cover them, but some humanitarian aid would be good.”
Sandra Hale, Santry. “Definitely not. When you see the water coming into business premises. everyone’s struggling as it is. Whether it’s a household or a business, everybody needs a bit of help. It’s supposed to get worse, so they need to do something about the drains and everything else.”
Derek Kane, Lusk “It was really bad down in Limerick and I saw all the damage on the news but I’m not sure if they’re doing enough.”
Tom Hanley, Swords. “They’re saying they are, but when it comes to it, would they coming out of the woodwork if there were no storms? They’re all too busy drinking in the bar.”
Balbriggan School Floored By New Hall The staff and pupils in St Teresa’s National School in Balbriggan were celebrating recently, as years of hard work came to fruition with the installation of their new school hall floor. The new hall floor was officially launched with parents, pupils, staff and invited guests in attendance. This night represented the final stage of three to four years of Pictured here are some pupils from St. Teresa's National School in Balbriggan proudly hard work by successive sitting on their new hall floor. Parents’ Associations in project, as a specialist generous contribution to the St. Teresa’s to fund raise for this contractor had to be employed project on behalf of the parish. project. All in all the Parents’ to carry out this work safely. The “It was a long haul to get this Association raised over €18,000 Department of Education and wonderful project completed,” towards the replacement of the Skills contributed to this cost, said Pat Furlong. school hall floor which was first following repeated contacts by “Our sincere thanks go to laid in 1975 when the school the School Principal Pat Furlong, parents and the Parents’ was built. The original floor was as recognition of the substanAssociations who have made beginning to disintegrate and tial amount being contributed this facility possible for the when it was surveyed, it was by parents of the school. The benefit of pupils who currently found to have traces of school would also like to thank attend the school, and for those asbestos. This meant that it Father Eugene, P.P. who made a yet to come,” he concluded. added further costs to the
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Jacinta Nevin, Swords. “It hasn’t affected me living in Swords, but you see it on the news in Limerick, its dreadful. They could definitely do more by giving more money to it.”
Frank Wynne, Swords. “Luckily, it’s not affecting us much here, but I don’t know if they’re doing enough. It doesn’t look like they’re doing an awful lot for those down in Limerick and Cork.
Liz Quinn, Balbriggan. “I don’t actually know what they’re doing. I know that one of the local councillors was saying its a natural disaster and we need to help. They should naturally be doing more, especially the way that insurance policies are going now, you just don’t know if you’re going to be covered.”
Mary Walsh, Swords “They seem to be very slow down in LImerick and Cork. People said they couldn’t see any personnel around last night and they’re doing a lot of the clear up themselves. It seems like everyone’s just getting ready for it again.”
David Regan, Swords “I think more money could be made available for it. I just think they’re being quite slow. They say there’s 10 million in funding but when it comes to it it doesn’t appear to be going to people who are being affected by the floods.”
Trisha Dunne, Swords. “Useless. There could be more updates on the drains. We’re lucky in Swords, we haven’t had it that bad here, but you just never know what could happen next week.”
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has been planned for the week including visiting the homes of the children of Fatima, the Loco do Cabeco and Valinhos where the Virgin Mary and the Angel appeared to the children. Attendees will also participate in Mass at Coimbra where Lucia lived as a Carmelite nun. Previous pilgrimages have taken the churches to the Holy Land, Rome, Lourdes and the Shrines of France, with this year’s seven day trip giving attendees a chance to participate in ceremonies and processions at the chapel of Apparitions and at the Rosary Basilica. As always, there will also be a cup of ‘tae’ during a visit to the Irish Dominican Sisters in the Pius X11 Monastery in Fatima. Other places of interest will also be on the agenda, including a day trip to Lisbon. Everyone’s welcome to participate in this years Pilgrimage and If you would like to be a part of this exciting trip, don’t hesitate to contact Jo Morris for any further information on 087 616 3648.
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Council of Ireland for their ongoing leadership in promoting the highest standards of child protection in youth work services.” Representatives from a range of national organisations working with young people, including Scouting Ireland, Foroige, the FAI and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul were awarded the Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has commended Martin MacEntee from Balbriggan, who graduated with a Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare. The certificate, accredited by NUI Maynooth, and delivered in partnership with the NYCI Child Protection programme, is first of its kind in Ireland. Mr MacEntee works with the County Dublin Education and Training Board. Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs recognised the work of all involved: “Protecting children is a community effort and everybody working with or in contact with children has a duty to ensure best practice in child protection. I wish to commend Martin MacEntee from Balbriggan is pictured as he receives the NCYI Certificate in Child from Anastasia Crickley, Head of Applied Social Studies, NUIM (left) and the National Youth Protection Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Proposal Announced For Swords Intero Office Local councillor Tom O’Leary jobs, and they also assist (FG), has broadly welcomed an employers to find people they Intero office proposal need for their businesses. for Swords, which will They offer access grants assist the many unemand financial supports to ployed people in the encourage employers to locality in accessing take people off the live services and return to register and offer them employment,” he said work options and Cllr. O’Leary “It will be a one-stoptraining. “Intro Offices offer a suite of shop for those seeking jobs and services to assist people getting assistance and potential
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Balbriggan Town Council Want Funding For Police Forum Balbriggan Town Council is planning to write to the Minister for the Environment and An Garda Síochána in bid to win new funding for the now defunct, Balbriggan Community Policing Forum. The forum had been previously funded by the HSE through the Regional Drugs Task Force, but that funding was suddenly withdrawn at the end of last year, causing outrage around the local community. A number of councillors spoke out about the motion, and all agreed that an alternative source of funding should be found to start up the policing forum once again. The forum meetings proved popular among local residents, who used them as an outlet to
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get any community issues, such as anti-social behaviour out in the open and to voice any concerns they had about crime in the area. Local councillor Gráinne Maguire (NP), said the forum should never have been funded through that source, as no other regional drugs task force in the country funded policing forums. She suggested that instead, the Minister responsible for local government, Phil Hogan, or An Garda Síochána should stump up the funding for the organisation. Councillor Frank Snowe (NP), said that it wasn’t overly costly to fund the forum and that the town council should try to get that funding “wherever possible.” Councillor Monica Harford (Lab) agreed and said they should look for the forum to be funded first and if that did not work out, then alternatives should be looked at.
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Power Cuts – What To do Thanks to this severe bout of stormy weather, no houses across the locality are immune to the effects of this, including power cuts. With the situation not likely to improve, you could suffer power cuts in your home. It’s therefore vital you prepare for any worse case scenarios during this turbulent time. Make sure you always have a torch handy and accessible, in case your household loses power. Candles may also be effective but avoid them if you can, as they can be a fire hazard during loss of power. During a power cut you will not be able to prepare any hot meals, so it’s important you stock up on foods that don’t require either refrigeration or cooking. These include canned goods such as corned beef or tinned fruit. Snacks are also a good thing to have on standby, so purchasing crackers, cookies and preserved foods may be advis-
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don’t consider a Public Realm plan the best way forward for the town, but will be including some elements of this in their architectural masterplan for Swords Castle and its surrounding areas. According to the Local councillor Darragh Butler (FF), Council, a Steering Group will work is extremely pleased with the with the consultants to complete the Council’s decision to expand and Masterplan by late 2014, which is improve the current amenities and very positive.” facilities in Swords. Butler put In their reply to Butler, they also forward a motion suggesting that outlined other significant developments for Swords for the the Council should consider setting up a similar Public future, including assisting the Realm plan for Swords that National Transport Authority has recently been approved in developing the Swords City for Malahide, and the local Centre Bus Rapid Transit authority responded by project and preparing for the saying that they had commencement in 2015, of Cllr. Butler different plans for Swords, the review of the which would have just as much Development Plan, which should impact. ensure that the requirement for a “Effectively, Swords is getting a future rail service to Swords and the bigger and better masterplan, which Airport is promoted and protected. I’m very happy about,” Butler told All in all, the future progress looks the County Leader. “The Council bright for Swords and its residents.
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Pictured at the SOS Dinner in Malahide Yacht Club in aid of Howth RNLI, are Des Dillon, Graham Smith and Deirdre Moore-Somers.
Seventy members of Malahide Yacht Club braved the wet and windy weather on Friday, 31st January last, to attend their annual SOS Dinner in aid of Howth RNLI. It was the first of many fundraising events in aid of the lifeboat station in Howth, which will be taking place this year. Rose Michael, Chairperson of Howth RNLI Fundraising was delighted with the generous gesture and said, ‘Without the unstinting generosity and support of people here in the North County, our volunteer crews could not continue to save lives at sea. The funds raised last year were used to pay for equipment, on-going crew training, a new pager system and the day-to-day running costs of the lifeboat station here in Howth,” she said Last year €141,900 was raised through Howth lifeboat station. The money was put to good use, helping to fund the two lifeboats which launched 46 times last year, bringing 78 people to safety.
Innovative Project For Balbriggan Youths A group of youths from Balbriggan’s Youth service (Foróige) have undertaken an eight week project, which will involve restoring two cars and making them roadworthy. The project is aimed at engaging with young people, while providing the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills in car restoration. Speaking to the County Leader, Gerry Harding, a full time Drugs Education Officer with the Balbriggan Youth Service, said the whole point of the project is about engaging young people about road safety and providing them with an outlet to learn new skills. “We want
the young people to know about the potential pitfalls of driving, while giving them a complete ‘how to’ about car mechanics. We have 13 lads from 13 to 17 taking part in the project, and they are doing a fantastic job so far, and are full of enthusiasm.” The first six weeks will see the group working under the instruction of mechanic, Robbie O’Sullivan, where they will learn valuable skills and the final two weeks they will work with an artist, to give the cars a unique look and feel. Local Community Gardaí Kate and Dave will work with the group on understanding the rules of the road, vehicle road worthiness and applying for driving licences. The plan is to have the two cars ready and roadworthy, so that they can participate in the Balbriggan St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March.
Band Night In Balbriggan Calling all music lovers! There will be band night on Wednesday, 19th February in the Milestone Inn in Balbriggan for boys and girls age between the age of 12 to 18. The whole thing starts at 8pm, and lasts until 10.30pm. Tickets are €5 each, and those interested can get them in Balbriggan Youth Club, Those wanting to go are advised get tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the night, as there aren’t too many tickets left.
These will be first and foremost a key element to the day itself. The outfits will vary greatly depending on whether your son or daughter are making their communion or confirmations. On the big day when children first partake in the communion ritual, boys are usually outfitted in fancy white or blue suits, while the girls are dressed in white satin or lace dresses, along with a white veil or other headdress. The Confirmation outfits are slightly more relaxed but have to be special regardless. The boys might again wear a nice suit and the girls opt for a specific type of dress and so on. There are many specialised shops around the North County that will stock a great selection of outfits and cater for all your
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On Wednesday, 12th February at 6pm, there will be an information evening on the upcoming PLATO Small Business Development Programme. This event will be held in the Fingal County Enterprise Board offices in Swords. PLATO offers SME owners and/or managers facilitated group learning, business counselling and support to acquire the skills necessary to help their business grow and prosper in today’s challenging business environment. The information evening is an informal evening for those in business over two years, with three or more employees, and who wish to learn more about the 12 month programme. The programme provides an environment for owners and managers to learn from one another and to share their experiences at monthly meetings. These meetings are facilitated by managers from Ericsson, Diageo, Microsoft, Pfizer and other large organisations. PLATO also provides access to training activities, business linkages, trade fairs and networking events. If you would like to attend, please contact Marion Walshe on 0868234309 to confirm your attendance.
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New Intreo Office Good For Balbriggan Local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab) says the proposed Gallen Mills location for Balbriggan Intreo offices is a potential ‘Win Win’ outcome for the people of the town. “I have been seeking the re-development of Gallen Mills, a key element of Balbriggan’s historical heritage, for a
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Fine Gael's local election candidates for the Howth/Malahide Electoral area, are Cllr Anthony Lavin and Keith Redmond. Pictured at the selection evening are Cllr Anthony Lavin, Alan Farrell TD, Keith Redmond, Minister James Reilly and Minister Richard Bruton.
number of years and the County Manager’s statement at the Special meeting of the Balbriggan Swords Area Committee that it is the current favourite for the location of the new Intreo offices complements the great relief felt by the people of the town that the Library is to remain in its key position in the Square,” he told the County Leader. Byrne is seeking the acquisition of other key historical buildings by the Council, like the AIB building and the Courthouse, if it becomes available, to create a cultural and community district in the Square for the benefit of the people of Balbriggan.
“Operation Transformation’ Run In Ballyboughal An “Operation Transformation 5k” run/walk will take place on Sunday, 23rd February in Ballyboughal village, starting at 9 am. It is hoped that as many community members as possible, young and old, fast and slow will take part in this event. A €2 registration fee will be charged to go back into something for the community. It is proposed to start at the national school and run up the back lane. the group. A cuppa will be the reward for participants. So, it’s time to start training and get ready for this much anticipated event.
Final Call 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 atthe Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 9th April. The winning student in each category will receive a €150 One4all voucher. The overall winner will receive a €300 One4all voucher as well as a €1,000 bursary for their school and €1,000 worth of books for their school library. Entries can be submitted in script form, narrative form or in video form and closing date for entries is 13th February. The top finalists will be announced in March and the awards will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Wednesday, 9th April.
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Fine Gael selected Bob Dowling and Dianne Sexton to contest the local elections for the Swords Electoral area. Pictured at the selection night are Minister James Reilly, Bob Dowling, Dianne Sexton and Alan Farrell TD.
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Pictured on Thursday last is a section of the large crowd, some of whom were there for over nine hours, outside Q4U in Swords, as they queued for precious tickets for the 4th and 5th Garth Brooks concerts.
Foróige Group In Holywell Needs You 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.
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The 14th of February is that special day of the year where you can express your love for your partner or perhaps even a person who isn’t aware you have a crush on them! It’s a day for gift giving and spending time with those we love young or old. Whatever you might decide to do on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t need to be anything too stressful or expensive. The simple gift of flowers, a card or a few chocolates is a thoughtful gesture and shows that you were thinking of them. Follow the County Leader’s Valentine’s Day tips if you’re stuck for some loved up ideas:
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Contrary to the notion that Irish men are unromantic, it appears the patron saint of lovers is an Irish saint by adopt ion that is. St Valentine’s remains can be vener ated in Dubli n’s Whitefriar Street Carmelite churc h. In 1835, Irish Carmelite John Spratt was visitin g Rome . He was asked to give a sermo n and the elite of Rome flocked to hear him and as a sign of gratitude, Pope Gregory XVI gifted him the remains of Saint Valentine.
heart-felt surprise? Collect old photographs of the two of you together and put together a cute collage to display in your house. This will help remind you of the times you have shared together and set you up for many more happy times ahead. Or if you wanted to include the kids in the Valentines Day fun, get them to help you out making a beautiful hand-crafted card. Cut out small pink love hearts which they can stick to a piece of folded red card. Attach a heartshaped lollipop and throw a dash of glitter in the mix for that extra bit of sparkle.
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Swords School Gets Ready For ‘Strictly’ The Old Boro School in Swords are hosting a ‘Strictly Swords’ event, based on the Strictly Come Dancing model. The event will be held in the Regency Hotel on Saturday, 5th April. This fundraising event seeks to secure much needed funds for the school for essential roof repairs and building maintenance. The school, established
in 1809, is one of the oldest primary schools in the country and has been significant in the town of Swords for the last two centuries. The school building is also used by many local clubs and groups They have partnered with the Bubblegum Club Children’s Charity, which provides much needed respite to terminally ill children and their families. The event will incorporate dancers from the school body and the wider Swords community, in order to bring the community together for a great night of entertainment. The evening will consist of 16 dance performances.
Each performance will have individual sponsorship. Recently, all of the dancers met for the first time in The Old Boro pub - it was almost like a ‘Blind Date’ night. The Old Boro pub is the original school building and some of the dancers, who are past pupils of the school and a teacher, went to the school when it was in the building that is now the pub. All of the participants will be taking part in dance lessons, led by professional choreographers twice a week for six weeks in the school hall. The launch night will take place in the Old Boro pub on 8th March.
Valentine’s Fashion Show St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, are holding a Valentine’s Fashion Show on Thursday, 13th February in the Marine Hotel in Sutton. The Fashion Show is an important Transition Year fundraiser and the proceeds will go towards funding the school’s Transition Year Musical in May. The show, organised by Business teacher, Anne Sinnott will also have entertainment and finger food available. Tickets are only €10 and are great value for a night out. All are welcome to attend.
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Plans Announced For Balbriggan St Patrick’s Day Parade Balbriggan Town Council have released the schedule for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year and an exciting parade is promised. The parade will build on the success of the 2013 parade which saw the introduction of a new start time and a new route. The parade will start at 2.00pm on March 17th from Drogheda Street and travel southbound via Bridge Street to Dublin Street to finish at the car park opposite St. Peter and Paul’s Church. A review stand will be in place at George’s Square. All prospective participants in the Balbriggan St. Patrick’s Day Parade must complete and forward an application form to
Coffee Morning ‘As Gaeilge’ In Malahide A new Coffee Morning ‘as Gaeilge’ takes place every Wednesday at 10.30am
Balbriggan Town Council, Town Hall, George’s Square by 5pm. Wednesday, 12th March. Balbriggan Town Council cannot accept late applications. Marching groups are requested to assemble at Balbriggan Football Club car park on Bath Road from 1.00pm. Motorised vehicles must assemble on Drogheda Road. A presentation ceremony will be held at the Review Stand following the completion of the parade. As in previous years, Scoil Rince Cualann Dancing School will give a display of traditional Irish dancing and musical entertainment, has also been arranged. There will be an exhibition of winning entries in the St. Patrick’s Day Art, Poetry and Essay Competition in the Town Hall from 12.00pm to 4.00pm along with a display of Irish Dancing. All are welcome to attend. Traffic closures and restrictions will be in place in the town centre and motorists are requested to follow traffic diversion information signs.
Pavilions Perfect Pair! Swords Pavilions, in association with Cassidy Travel are giving one lucky couple the chance to win a trip to Paris. It’s very easy and you can enter via Swords Pavilions facebook page or complete an entry form in the mall. Finalists are invited to take part in a Mr and Mrs Competition on Thursday, 13th February at 7pm. Good Luck everyone!
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Aviation Industry Ready For Take-Off The global demand for Irish airline pilots has hit an all-time high, and interested high flyers are invited to attend the Professional Flight Training Exhibition in the Convention Centre, Dublin, on Saturday, 22nd March next. Organisers are expecting to welcome hundreds of young Irish hopefuls, including some from the North County, to the event. Budding aviators will have the opportunity to meet with airline representatives and flight training professional, to explore a career as a commercial pilot. The one day exhibition is aimed at helping Ireland’s new fleet of pilots to explore these future opportunities and to assist them in determining the requirements, career prospects and flight training costs of becoming a highly trained commercial pilot. Experienced flight trainers will be available to provide information and advice about how to become a commercial
pilot and explain the step-by-step training available, as well as what a professional pilot can achieve in this growing industry. Irish Industry leaders, such as the Irish Airline Pilots Association, Aer Lingus and Aer Arann support the exhibition. Based near Dublin Airport, Simtech Aviation Training also plays a major role in the event. The company provides training services to air crew, pilots and engineers from across the globe, including: Air Libya, Aer Lingus, CHC Helicopter, ETOPS and Sky Blue Aero Services. Captain Sé Pardy, Director of Simtech Aviation Training, said: “This exhibition is a valuable opportunity for anyone considering a career in the aviation industry as a professional pilot.”
Information On Monster Drainage Project The project team driving the controversial project to bring a giant regional sewage plant to the North County, is to hold a series of public information days over the next few weeks. Over the coming weeks the Greater Dublin Drainage project team is going out to meet members of the public in the study area through informal information stands in public libraries, local authority offices and shopping centres and busy public spaces
Historical Talk On Portmarnock Over the course of the 19th century, Portmarnock experienced a transformation of its ‘built environment’. The Malahide Historical Society Lecture will speak about major projects, including two Martello Towers, a Coastguard Station, the Dublin and Drogheda
frequented by local people. “We want to provide opportunities for the public to discuss the Greater Dublin Drainage project and the recently published consultation report, in places that are convenient to the public,” said Peter O’Reilly, Project Manager. He added: “We are researching venues for various information stands on other days and evenings over the coming weeks and will publicise these as soon as
railway line, John Jameson’s residence and its North and South Lodges, a National School, and the ‘New Road’. Garry Ahern is a resident of Portmarnock for over 40 years and is author of the recently published ‘Portmarnock-Its People and Townlands- A History’. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, 12th February in the Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road, Malahide at 8 pm. Admission is €4 and all are welcome. Public car parking is available across the road in Bridge Field Car park.
arranged.” A report on the fourth phase of public consultation for the Greater Dublin Drainage project was published in December, entitled ‘Greater Dublin Drainage Public Consultation
Report on the Issues to be considered in the Environmental Impact Statement’. It details feedback received from local people and other stakeholders on issues to be considered in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will
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Novena Recent published deaths from the North County O’SHEA, Margaret (Greeta) (nee Rigley) (Donabate) – Feb 1, 2014, (peacefully) at the Mater Hospital, beloved wife of the late Terry, deeply regretted by her loving son Conor, daughter Lesley, daughter-in-law Pam, grandchildren Stephen, Hazel and Adam, sisters Olive, Betty, Pat and Aileen, brothers-in-law Sean and Tommy, sister-in-law Margaret, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. FANNING, (Ring Commons, Naul, Co. Dublin) - Feb 3, 2014, at Beaumont Hospital, Olive (wife of the late Paddy Fanning); deeply regretted by her son Patrick, daughter Olivia, son-in-law Pat, grandchildren Lauren, Alan and Niamh, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. CAUL, James (Artane and formerly of Malahide) – Feb 6, 2014, (peacefully) at the Mater Hospital after a short illness, James husband of Kay and father of John, Mark and Yvonne ; very sadly missed by hsi wife and children, grandchildren Jason, Ryan, john, Alan, Anthony and Chloe, son-in-law Gerry, daughters-in-law Angela and Ly, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace. COLLINS, Cherry (Lilian) (nee Prenderville) (Malahide and formerly of Cappaghmore, Clondalkin) – Feb 5, 2014, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Cherry ; deeply regretted by her loving husband John, son Brian, daughters June and Lesley, sons-in-law Kevin and Rodrigo, daughter-in-law Moria, grandchilden Gemma, William, Richard and Lucie, sister Esme, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. DOYLE, Thomas (late of the Burrow, Portrane) – Feb 6, 2014, (peacefully) at home Thomes. Beloved husband and best friend of Bridie and wonderful dad to Maeliosa, Aine and Julie and cherished grandfather of the late Tom ; sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters, sons-in- law Paul, John and Jonathan, grandchildren Rachel, Laura, James, Lucy, Ciara and Cara, brothers Hugh and Martin, sisters-in-law, brother-inlaw Eugene, Kate, nieces, nephews, relatives and freinds. Rest in peace.
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Fingal County Council We William & Amanda Gillooley intend to apply for Permission permission for development at Lime Kiln Avenue, Balgriffin, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of an extension to the rear of the existing private dwelling, the replacement of the existing septic tank with a treatment plant and associated site 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 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 this application Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Genevieve Lynam at Plot no. 3 Abington, Swords Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin for a 6 bedroom, three-storey dwelling, a two storey outbuilding/garage, new vehicular access, parking and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Notice is hereby given that Worldwide Flight Services (Irl) intend to apply for planning permission for development at Cargo Terminal 5, Corballis Park, Cloghran, Dublin Airport, Dublin. The development will consist of the construction of a 351 sqm extension to the existing facility. Extension to be for warehouse use. 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 that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing 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. Fingal County Council Retention Permission is sought by Stephen Tracey for works carried out for the restoration and renovation of the Gate Lodge (Protected Structure) located at Seamount House (Protected Structure), Seamount Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin. (Works previously approved under Reg. Ref. F09A/0015). The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euro) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.
dormer bungalow) to rear and (C) all associated alterations and siteworks including new boundary walls and new vehicular access to new replacement dwelling at rear of ‘Sunnydale’, Tower Street, Rush, Co. Dublin. Signed A. Kelly. This application can be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during the public opening hours of 09.30 -16.30 Mon.-Fri. at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin . A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Mr. James O'Connor is seeking Planning permission and partial change of use at Sandyhill, St. Margaret's, Co. Dublin.The work is to include;- 1) replacing the existing septic tank with a new Biocycle Wastewater Treatment System and sand polishing filter. 2) change of use, to convert the vacant post office to a habitable living room with two new windows to the side elevation and roof lights. 3) replacing the existing bedroom structure on the east elevation with a modern structure as a master bedroom and en-suite on the exact footprint including two roof lights.4) reducing the height of the post office front wall in line with the existing roof to the front elevation. 5) removing the existing toilet block and utility room. 6) extending the existing roof line to enclose the existing water tank. 7) Converting a section of the attached stable as a WC and utility 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 may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought by P. Wilson to construct a single storey cottage style dwelling with habitable accommodation in the attic space, vehicular entrance, 2No off street car parking spaces, and all ancillary site works on site opposite No18 The Bawn, Malahide, Co Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council (Swords) 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 within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.
Fingal County Council Planning Permission sought for Attic conversion to existing end of terrace house, to include the instillation of a new dormer to Fingal County Council the existing hipped end of the roof plus new velux roof lights to Permission is sought for the construction of the following: (1) the front and rear of the existing roof. New ground floor gable Site 1 - 1 no. new 2 storey detached house 314.3 sq m north of window to existing kitchen. Plus all associated site works. the existing farmhouse. (2) Site 2 - 1 no. new 2 storey detached All at 10 Castleview Way, Swords, Co. Dublin. house 314.3 sq m north of the existing farmhouse. (3) Site 3 - a Signed Derek & Caroline Mullen This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a 2 storey extension 142.5 sq m to the north and alterations to fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the the existing farmhouse. (4) Site 4 â•„ a new 2 storey detached offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours house 306.1 sq m to the south of the existing farmhouse. (5) All and a submission or observation may be made to the authority ancillary site works at Streamstown Lane, Streamstown, in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the Malahide, Co. Dublin for Barbara Nolan and Carol Ann Hickey. period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a authority of this application. 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 Ñ‰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 North County Leader, Your No.1 Local Newspaper will be considered by the are happy to announce that we are now accepting planning authority in making Planning Application Adverts for the following areas: a decision on the application. Balbriggan, Balrothery, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Loughshinny, The planning authority may Ballyboughal, Naul, Portrane, Donabate, Swords, Kinsealy, grant permission subject to Malahide and Portmarnock or without conditions, or may Adverts must be supplied by email to refuse to grant permission.
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11.02.2014 Fingal County Council J & K .Bracken seeks planning permission for 1/ Four detached dwellings in two/one and half storey designs with individual waste water treatment system and percolation area s on adjoining site . 2/ Access road to serve houses and site with entrance onto existing public road . 3/Boundary walls ,landscaping and associated ancillary services ,paving and site works to facilitate the proposed development on site located at Ballykea ,Loughshinny, County Dublin . The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours Monday to Friday at Fingal County Hall,Main St,Swords ,co. Dublin. a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20), within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of this application. 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 permission to increase the height of the existing low boundary wall to 2.0 meters, permission for new gates at original site entrance and permission to retain the existing section of 2.0 meter high front boundary wall. 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 D&S Higgins Construction Ltd intend to apply for permission and retention permission for development at this site address: lands between the M1 Airport Interchange and Stockhole Lane, Cloghran, Co Dublin. The development for permission will consist of alterations to previously approved planning permission (Reg Ref F13A/0012) including a new second floor level within the roof space incorporating 20 additional bedrooms, zinc clad dormer windows to front, rear and courtyard elevations, velux roof lights, increase in height of main ridge line, enlargement of separate single storey plant & storage building for the development, 2 No. additional car parking spaces and omission of 9 No. windows. Retention is for alterations to previously approved external finishes (Reg Ref F13A/0012) including revised brick, render and window colours. 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, Mark and Adriana Fitzpatrick, intend to apply to Fingal County Council for planning permission at the corner of Old street / Strand street, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The work involves carrying out repair and conservation works on both the existing cottage and house. This work involves the replacement of the existing windows with timber sash windows, natural slate roofing, lime render work as per the historical detailing, materials and techniques; the removal of the existing extensions to the rear of the buildings. The addition of a cellar, 2-storey extensions, a change of use to restaurant use and associated and ancillary works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation 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 Retention planning permission is sought for extension to front and side with new pitched roof to replace flat roof to rear annex, internal alterations and revisions to front elevation to existing bungalow “Greenfield”, Streamstown Lane, Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicant: P & D Kelly. 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, €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.
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