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Tallaght’s No. 1 Paper

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Be proud of where you live 15,000 copies distributed

Celebrating 40 Years in Tallaght


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TCC - celebrating 40 years !

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On Halloween Night Remember to join THE HAUNTED

TCC is celebrating 40 years of age this year, which is a great achievement for any voluntary, apolitical community group.

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It is older than many schools and churches in Tallaght and is even older than the current local authority. During this time TCC has spearheaded and supported many campaigns to ensure adequate investment and development in Tallaght. Unfortunately, this is an ongoing task and we need to remain vigilent to ensure Tallaght gets a fair crack of the whip - TCC will push on ! TCC’s main aims are to represent the community, residents and groups to ensure there is balanced development and policies to benefit the people of Tallaght. We also want to push to have the environment and our rich history is respected, nurtured and developed for the benefit of Tallaght people. TCC has a committed committee - Jim Lawlor, Mary Butler, Liz Kennedy, Maurice Mc Connell, Walter Butler, Tara De Buitlear, Sarah Reade, Gerry Stockil and Charlie O’Connor. TCC meet as a committee monthly in our office room in Bolbrook entreprise centre. These are all open meetings and we welcome councillors, individuals or groups to drop by - in fact we

St Brigid NS reaches final St. Brigid’s National School is a 29 teacher school in Brookfield in Tallaght, South Dublin with 341 pupils. ...see more on page 6

would actively encourage it ! TCC, like most voluntary groups, has seen it’s membership go through peaks and troughs over the years. The current committee has lots of new members from across Tallaght - Firhouse to Marlfield to Old Bawn to Bancroft - which keeps the TCC fresh. TCC is a registered charity wich is not funded by the government. As such we need to raise the necessary funds to run all of our activities, we need to acknowledge and say a special thanks to our kind sponors who

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support our activities year after year, mostly local businesses who are giving back to their communities. Without them, our events would not be possible. TCC are also widening our range of activities to grow our connections across the community. We run a children’s art competition to nurture the creativity of our younger residents. This competition is also now open and the winners will be announced in the Spring. We are working with the ITT media students to

produce promotional videos on Tallaght for social media. We are current planning a village and mountains community festival for The Gathering 2013 next summer. And we have plans to design & launch tourist postcards of Tallaght for The Gathering in 2013. With so many good ideas we are always looking for interested groups or individuals to come on board, so if you have an hour a month to volunteer to enhance your community please contact us - we would be delighted to hear from you ! TCC committee are as follows. Jim Lawlor, Mary Butler, Liz Kennedy, Maurice Mc Connell, Walter Butler, Tara De Buitléar, Sarah Reade, Gerry Stockil and Charlie O’Connor.

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Who said Kids make a mess with paint ?

These children have helped to paint a beautiful Jigsaw Wall at their Wombles Creche on Old Bawn Road without spilling a drop and without getting it on their clothes. Well done to Cara, Kuba, Louise, Luke, Patrick, Marek, Thomas, Grace, Jane, Megan, Jack, Cian, Kelly & Aimee and anyone else involved on this wonderful wall. Don’t forget to do our Colouring Competition or enter our Kids Writing Competition and you will be in with a chance to win tickets to Tallaght Adventure World. Send your entries to Tallaght Express, The Kennedy Building, 24 Main Street, Tallaght and don’t forget to tell us your age

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Crowe goes pink backing Breast Cancer Dublin South West representative Seán Crowe has said he is “going pink” this month  and will be wearing the pink ribbon in support of the Irish Cancer Society and Action Breast Cancer,  in their efforts to raise awareness around the issue of breast cancer. Crowe publicly endorsed this week the Get the Girls campaign to highlight the issue of breast cancer and to raise money for breast cancer services and research. Deputy Seán Crowe said: “For over twenty years now the month of  October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month  in Ireland and around the world. The pink ribbon or the wearing of pink has become synonymous with the campaign to raise awareness of this disease that has effected so many people that we know. “Over 4,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year across the island of Ireland. Around 40 of these or, one per cent, will be men. In the North of Ireland , around 300 women die each year as a result of breast cancer.

“The Irish Cancer Society and Action Cancer run extensive breast screening services which have saved many lives. They also raise a huge amount of money to improve the outcome for patients and for research. This year the Irish Cancer Society has organised a new kind of pink initiative. It’s called ‘Get the Girls, and its goal is to raise even more money than in previous years for breast cancer services and research.   “I want to commend all of those involved in raising awareness around breast cancer and  would urge anyone, men  or woman, with the slightest concern to immediately contact their doctor or any of the campaign organisations, all of whom provide extensive information on their web sites.   “I also  want  to assure friends, family and  constituents that although I am going pink I  will not  be doing a Mick Wallace and going blond”

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Future Board members vacancies in Irish Film Board Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill future vacancies for non-executive positions on the Board of the Irish Film Board. An advertisement seeking expressions of interest has been published on the website of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Minister Deenihan has encouraged interested members of the public to apply: and responsibilities of Directors, and can be viewed here: “Over the past 12 months up to 60 films, television series and documentaries have been made in Ireland. I want to see the film sector uploads/CODE-OF-PRACTICE-FORplaying a strong role in Ireland’s economic THE-GOVERNANCE-OF-STATErecovery and would encourage candidates BODIES-2009.pdf who believe that they are qualified for membership of the Irish Film Board to apply The Minister may appoint persons for consideration for positions on the board from outside the expressions of that may arise in the future. interest received in response to this advertisement. Interested persons should state their area of expertise, relevant experience and Expressions of interest should be sent qualifications, and also set out clearly any by email to actual or potential conflicts of interest that ie or in writing to Eileen O’Leary, might arise should they be appointed to the Department of Arts, Heritage and Board. Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney, County Kerry to be received no later The Code of Practice for the Governance of than 5.00pm., Friday 26th October 2012. State Bodies includes a description of the role

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St Brigid’s National School in Brookfield reach Final

as bin spot checks, teacher quotas for photocopying, double sided printing, food waste monitoring, composting and recycling.

St. Brigid’s National School is a 29 teacher school in Brookfield in Tallaght, South Dublin with 341 pupils. Following a thorough review of their waste situation they began working towards applying for a Green Flag for their school. They analysed all the different types of waste being produced in the school, what was being recycled already and what could be recycled. They made huge changes in the school following their review such

They have dramatically reduced their waste going to landfill from 45 black sacks a week in 2007 to just 1 in 2011, along with a massive increase in recycling levels and composting. Other positive impacts for the school were increased involvement with parents and the wider community and more awareness around healthy eating for the students. The school were a very deserving recipient of their first Green Flag in May 2012. Congratulations to Deirdre Quinn, Green-Schools Coordinator and the committee for a job well done!

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YES FOR CHILDREN Launch National On Halloween Night Remember Campaign Bus Tour Yes for Children, a national campaign led by Barnardos, the Children’s Rights Alliance, the ISPCC and Campaign for Children, has today launched its national bus campaign tour. The campaign bus will tour the country stopping in more than 40 locations nationwide. Campaign staff and volunteers will be joined on the bus by high profile members of the Yes Campaign, including Fergus Finlay, Ashley Balbirnie, Tanya Ward, and Olivia O’Leary. The Yes for Children national campaign believes this referendum will:

provide the highest level of legal protection to vulnerable children and more support to families;

allow up to 2,000 children, in longterm state care, to be adopted and given a second chance at a loving, stable and permanent family;

ensure the best interests and views of children are at the heart of decisions made by child care and family law courts; and

set out who we are as a country and how we value children.

Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of Barnardos, speaking at the launch said: “We are committed to taking the message of why

a Yes vote is so important, to as many cities, towns and villages in the country as possible in the coming weeks. This referendum is an historic opportunity for us all to make a positive impact on the everyday lives of vulnerable children”. Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said: “Yes for Children is committed to a rigorous and energetic campaign. This campaign bus will help us mobilise the people of Ireland to ensure we send a clear message on Saturday 10th November, that Ireland values childhood”.


Halloween celebrations will take place in South Dublin County on October 31st between 5-7pm in Tallaght and North Clondalkin. These celebrations will provide a fun filled spectacle for families in a safe environment.

available for bonfires, the Council in conjunction with CCRI in the lead up to Halloween are encouraging households to recycle WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical) materials - that’s anything with a battery or a plug, in a safe and legal way. If you would like to organise

“THE HAUNTED” celebrations will involve over 200 young people from Tallaght and Clondalkin who will create artistic pieces in arts and performance workshops to display on Halloween night. There will be a parade in Tallaght and a pageant in North Clondalkin with celebration of music, dance and games at both events.a

a collection for your area, contact Una at or on 01 4578321. There will also be a free WEEE collection day provided by WEEE Ireland on 27th October at Powercity Fonthill 10am -4pm.

Ashley Balbirnie, Chief Executive of the ISPCC, said: “Turning a blind eye to the suffering of vulnerable children is no longer acceptable. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we create a society where children are protected and valued, and have the right to a safe and happy childhood. That’s why we need everyone to make sure they are registered to vote.” The support of local and community voices is essential to ensuring that a Yes vote is secured in this historic referendum. We are asking the public to come and talk to us when the bus is in their area and to follow its progress around the country on our interactive bus map at

The Mayor Cathal King visited Dominic’s Community Centre and took part in a HAUNTED workshop. “I am delighted to take part in preparing for the HAUNTED – I am looking forward to seeing all of these wonderful pieces in the parade. Halloween is a special time of the year – the HAUNTED is a learning opportunity and a celebration. As Mayor of South Dublin County I want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween – don’t provide material for bonfires, think of others and come out and see these artists display their scary artistic pieces. I am looking forward to the HAUNTED” To reduce the amount of material

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Free access to Civic Amenity Ballymount on Saturday 27th October will also be available to residents of South Dublin County on production of the Halloween postcard which will be distributed to all households in early October. This year the Bulbs not Bonfires is part of the Social Credits Scheme. This initiative provides communities with flowers in the Spring instead of having a scarred open space through the year. Please apply for the initiative through the social credits scheme on, the closing date of Friday 19th October 2012 South Dublin County Council encourages everyone to join in the Halloween celebrations and support a Safe and Happy Halloween.

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Lawlor welcomes moves to protect Tallaght children Tallaght Fine Gael Councillor Brian Lawlor welcomed the wording of the forthcoming Children’s referendum stating that ‘the protection of Tallaght children and their families has been made a priority by this government and the successful passing of this referendum will be another crucial step in enhancing child protective services in this country.’ ‘Our constitution is the defining document of our counatry and children must no longer be invisible in it. We’ve had 17 reports on child protection and twenty year of experts calling for the children’s referendum. Finally this referendum is now a reality and on Saturday the 10th of November I will be asking the people of Tallaght to vote yes to this historic referendum.’ ‘This is a massive step forward for protecting vulnerable children and their families across Ireland and is part of the reforming zeal of the first

cabinet Minister for Children, Minister FitzGerald. There is a clear need for us to address the failings of the past and ensure they do not occur in the future. This referendum will provide a basis for ensuring that those truly most vulnerable in our society are better protected. This referendum is about protecting Tallaght families and Children and this must be warmly welcomed.’ ‘The wording of this referendum is balanced and robust. The constitutional article on the family has not been altered but rather a new article which recognises and affirms the natural and imprescriptible rights of all children and shall, as far as practicable, by its laws protect and vindicate those rights.’ ‘I would direct anybody seeking information on this to for information about this referendum.’ Concluded Councillor Lawlor

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As the air turns crisp, the delicate fruits and vegetables of the summer will give way to an autumnal bounty of apples, pumpkins, root vegetables and more. Hearty greens such as Brussels sprouts, nuts that reach their ripe age this time of year and cheeses that have been aging over the summer take centre stage. Apples and pumpkins may be autumn’s goto foods, but how about meets? In this Issue I am going to share with you one of my favorite autumn Mediterranean recipes that will only take you 15 to 20 min to prepare. Lamb chops are the ultimate meal in combination with lentils and tasty feta cheese so why not try it for yourself. Ingredients •2 garlic cloves, crushed •3 tbsp olive oil •8 lamb chops •2 x 400g cans brown or green lentils, drained and rinsed •2 large ripe tomatoes, diced •2 spring onions, finely chopped 200g feta, drained

Method Preheat the grill to high. In a bowl, mix the garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and some seasoning, and use to brush the lamb chops. Place on the grill pan and grill for 6-8 minutes, turning halfway, until golden and still a little pink in the middle. Set aside. • Meanwhile, tip the lentils into a pan over a medium heat. Add the remaining oil and cook for a few minutes, stirring, until warmed through. •Remove from the heat and stir in the tomatoes and spring onions. Crumble in the feta and gently toss together. Season. Divide between plates and serve with the lamb chops.

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Kid’s Corner

The week’s funnies

Q. Who won the skeleton beauty contest? A. No body ________________________________________ Q. What do skeletons say before they begin dining? A. Bone appetit ! ________________________________________ Q. Where do baby ghosts go during the day? A. Dayscare centers ________________________________________ Help spider find his way home !



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Q. Who did Frankenstein take to the prom? A. His ghoul friend ________________________________________ Q. What’s a monster’s favorite play? A. Romeo and Ghouliet ________________________________________

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This weeks winner of our writing competition The Ant and the Grasshopper web:



Are you kids like mine? Stuck in front of the telly, playing on the phone or PS3 or laptop, bored after 10 minutes... We might be able to change that. How are their writing skills. We would like your child to write us a story of between 100 and 150 words. No particular

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

subject, just have fun writing and maybe win a prize.

    “Why not come and chat with me,” said

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the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

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    “I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”      “Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “We have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

Primary school kids only please, in their words. No cheating now mammies or daddies . This is for the kids. We will publish the best in each Edition of Tallaght

phone number and address and kids remember you must have an adults consent before you send your story in to us. Please send it to or through our website. So get the pencil sharpened and have lots of fun!! The managements decision is final.

    When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger - while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for days of need. Josephine O’ Niell, Tallaght Age 7


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Advice for Halloween and your pets Tips from DSPCA Vet Fionnuala Rogers

Halloween can be a great time of the year with all the costumes, sweets and games but don’t forget to spare a thought for your furry friends. Here are some facts and tips which may help you and your pet have hassle free festivities. Chocolate and all those lovely sweets Make sure it is only you who can tuck into all the goodies, dogs and cats can become very ill if they eat chocolate or sweets. Theobromine is a component found in chocolate and it can be poisonous to your pet. If your animal gets their paws on chocolate then we would advise you to ring your vets immediately for advice. Having the type and amount of chocolate that your pet has eaten can be very useful to the vet in assessing the needs of your animal. Worried pets As we all know Halloween can be a very loud time of year with all the fireworks and trick or treating. There are various ways in which you can help minimise the stress to your pet. • Provide a quiet safe place for your pet to hide if they are feeling scared •

Do not indulge in your pet’s nervous behaviour as this will

and may trigger a fearful or aggressive response.

confuse them into thinking they are being rewarded by this behaviour. •

Keep windows and curtains closed so your pet cannot see or hear the fireworks

Try not to react to the loud noises yourself as this may heighten

you pets anxiousness Going for walks • Try to go for walks during the day time as fireworks and other scary noises are less likely. •

Use a shorter than normal lead as people in costumes can be quite frightening for your pet

Decorations Pets can become tangled in wires and leads so ensure they are safely assembled. Decorations can be alluring to pets and they may break or eat them which in turn can cause injury or illness. Once all decorations and electrical cables are out of reach you can your pet can enjoy the new spooky feel to your home. Final Warning Lastly, every year hundreds of pets go missing each Halloween and this can be a very distressing time for pet owners. Our advice would be to keep your pets well secured in your house or garden and ensure they are all microchipped and have a collar and tag on them at all times. Animal cruelty is common at this time of year so please be careful not to leave your pet outside unattended where they can be stolen. If you have any worries or concerns please feel free to call the DSPCA Veterinary Hospital for some helpful advice on 01 4994700 or check out the DSPCA Veterinary Hospital at www.


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And what of those that fell for ideals resting now in freedoms ground, dead citizenry of Republic that purchased this Sovereignty do their bones toss and turn restless like those who walk to vibrations from patronaged bells, where once their flesh sang and their blood transformed ascending to symbolic notes of the psaltery. Great Seal of Ireland’s Sovereign destinies... what would they who are dead think of Irish glories now that ‘Terrible Beauty Born.’

(c)Michael J. Whelan

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AROUND THE WO R L D S N I P P E T S Saving lives from space From Hurricane Katrina to the Japanese tsunami -- satellite images are increasingly playing an important role during rescue efforts after natural or man-made disasters. The images, often taken minutes after devastation has occurred, help pinpoint people and places at risk. A formal system of sharing information by space agencies was agreed in 1999, with the creation of the Disasters Charter. Since then, the charter has helped provide data for more than 300 disasters, in more than 100 countries. President Higgins encourages trade and tourism with Chile At his reception on Friday in Santiago, Chile, Irish President Micheal Higgins addressed the long history between Chile and Ireland. His core message looked to a future where the two countries continue to strengthen their bond through trade, innovation, and tourism. Higgins acknowledged the many Irish names that can be found throughout the streets of Santiago, and the impact Ireland has had on Chile. During his trip President Higgins was presented with the keys to the city of Santiago. Canada’s economy churning out jobs at steady pace 7 October 2012 - The Canadian economy added a thumping 52,100 jobs in September, almost all of them full-time, defying expectations and bolstering the Bank of Canada’s case for an eventual interest rate rise. The economy has added an average of 21,600 jobs per month in the past six months. September saw 44,100 new full-time jobs and 8,000 part-time. ‘The key point here is the economy is still churning out jobs at a healthy pace,’ said BMO Capital Markets deputy chief economist Doug Porter.

ASK SAINT CLARE For 3 favours, 1 business, 2 impossible. Say 9 hail Marys for 9 days. Pray whether you believe or not. Publish on the ninth days. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored today and every day. Request will be granted no

DEAR HEART OF JESUS In the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for this special favour (mention favour). Take it , dear Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Publication promised.

Friends Star Jennifer gets engaged Jennifer Aniston showed off her engagement ring for the first time. But our mouths fell open at the size of her engagement ring from Justin Theroux. The Hollywood actress *FINALLY* debuted her rock this weekend as she stepped out with her fiance in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The couple who got engaged in August looked as loved-up as ever as they left their accommodation for a romantic stroll.The betrothed pair looked relaxed in jeans and casual jackets as they took time out of their hectic schedules to be together.Jen has been filming latest movie, comedy ‘We’re The Millers’ in nearby Albuquerque. Justin popped the question back in August, to coincide with his 41st birthday (and to steal the limelight away from her ex Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who were reportedly getting hitched that weekend) but the pair have remained low-key since about their wedding.The ‘Friends’ star was seen shortly afterwards wearing a simply gold band on her wedding finger.

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Computer Classes at the County Library, Tallaght The County Library, Tallaght, is delighted to introduce a new computing programme for complete beginners. The course will commence on Monday 15th October, from 6.00-800pm, and will run for eight weeks to 10th December. The programme has been developed, and will be delivered, by Lorraine Carmody, Lecturer, Department of Computing at the I.T.T (Institute of Technology, Tallaght.) The course is aimed at adults who have no experience and will cover the following areas: How computers work, the various parts of the computer, using the mouse and the keyboard, South Dublin County Libraries website,, the internet and how to do a search, setting up and using email, buying online and social networking sites such as Face book and Twitter. The course is free but booking is essential as places are limited, Please contact the County Library at 014620073 for further details and to book a place.

New Childrens Hospital site to be nnounced The site for the New Children’s Hospital is about to be announced and speculation abounds about the possible location. We know that the Minister agrees wholeheartedly with the RKW report (the planning report for hospital services for sick children), we know he wants to build the hospital quickly and he wants no planning issues to delay the project further. The hospital must be co-located with an adult teaching hospital and a Maternity Hospital should be on-site. We also know that there is widespread concern over the monies already spent on this project (circa 35 million) and this money should not be wasted. It is exceptionally curious then that the best solution to all this issues is the one solution that has been discussed by few. The reconfiguration of Paediatric Hospital Services was never going to be based in any ONE hospital building. The main Tertiary Hospital was planned for the Mater Site and an Urgent and Ambulatory Care Centre was to be built at Tallaght Hospital. Much of the 35 million already spent was on how the division of services would be organised and around the development of care pathways for sick children. Indeed this point was highlighted repeatedly in the Expert group that Minister Reilly commissioned when he took up office. Tallaght Hospital is an adult teaching hospital that already has signed an agreement with St James Hospital and Trinity College to develop synergies and share services. There are already

established maternity outpatient services provided by the Coombe in Tallaght Hospital and the Coombe Hospital is to move to the Tallaght Hospital Campus, once government funding is available. The Tallaght Hospitals submission to the Dolphin Group was one of the few which was a joint submission with South Dublin County Council who have an excellent record in driving through major infrastructural projects in a timely fashion. Taking all these matters into consideration the solution is quite obvious. The Tertiary hospital should be located in the Tallaght Hospital Complex and the Urgent care and Ambulatory services should be relocated to the Mater Hospital. This will allow all the Ministers concerns to be addressed. There would also be another huge advantage to the Minister and the hospital project. The current CEO of Tallaght Hospital, Eilish Hardiman was the CEO of the National Paediatric Development Board and is perhaps the person who knows this project better than anyone. She has driven reforms in Tallaght Hospital around patient trolley numbers and waiting times for surgery and treatments that have yet to be replicated in any other hospital in the State. The best solutions are sometimes the most obvious ones. The solution to this dilemma is in Tallaght.

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Strong signs of momentum as households make the Digital TV Switch Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, has today announced further encouraging results from the latest Millward Brown Lansdowne tracking study on the Digital TV Switchover which was carried out in the latter half of September.  

is not a time for complacency - I would urge those viewers, who have yet to make the switch, to do so now and not to wait until the last minute. With just 14 days to go, I would ask the public to give a helping hand to friends, relatives and neighbours who may need assistance with the switch to ensure they are not without a TV signal from Wednesday 24th October.”

The research revealed that an estimated 50,000 households who are reliant on the analogue signal, made the switch in the last two weeks of September, leaving approximately 100,000 households left to make the switch at the end of September. Awareness of the digital switchover among those reliant on the analogue service continues to increase and now stands at 99%. Date awareness has also increased by 2% to 94%. Commenting on the latest research results, Minister Rabbitte said, “Today’s research figures confirm that momentum is building as we approach the end of the switchover process.  By

the end of June there were 200,000 households who were still using the old analogue network for their primary TV; by mid September that figure stood at 150,000 and by the end of September that figure had reduced

to 100,000. National Digital Switchover Week which we ran in the third week of September appears to have contributed significantly to the particularly strong switchover figures revealed in this latest piece of research. Nevertheless, now

Viewers who can currently see ‘X 24 October’ in the corner of their TV screens are using the Analogue TV system and need to switch to Digital in advance of 24th October. These viewers have two options, depending on the range of services or channels they require. They can get Saorview by purchasing a set top box or a Saorview approved television or they can go to a Pay TV provider, such as Sky or UPC.    Guidance on the Digital Switchover is available at www.goingdigital. ie, through LoCall 1890 940 980 (English language) and 1890 940 970 (Irish language).

Tánaiste and Canadian Immigration Minister announce enhancements for working abroad visas The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., and the Hon. Jason Kenney, M.P., Canada’s Minister for Citizenship today (Thursday, October 5th 2012) announced substantial enhancements in the Ireland Canada Working Holiday Programme. The announcement will see the number of visas available for Canadian and Irish participants double to over 10,000 by 2014 and see the length of stay extended from one year to two years. Speaking at the announcement this afternoon, the Tánaiste welcomed the new programme. “I visited Toronto over the St Patrick’s Day weekend this year to meet those participating on the programme as well as the companies seeking to hire Irish workers. At that time both Minister Kenney and I felt that the programme could be enhanced to better meet the needs of participants and perspective employers. I am delighted that as a result of that meeting in March, we were able to bring forward these changes which will benefit both our countries in the coming years.” The Tánaiste also said that the Government is “striving to create the economic climate

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that will allow emigrants to return. However, this programme is not just about short term emigration. Canada is one of the biggest investors in Ireland and Irish companies now employ 60,000 people in Canada. This new generation working holiday programme will continue to facilitate economic ties between Ireland and Canada.” Minister Kenney is in Dublin to meet the Tánaiste and to attend the Working Abroad Expo Recruitment Fair in support of a number of Canadian companies participating in the exhibition. On the announcement, Mr. Jason Kenney, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism stated: “Relations between Ireland and Canada are already close, based on shared cultural and democratic traditions. The expansion of the International Experience Canada initiative will create new economic opportunities and further strengthen the bonds between our countries, ensuring that our longstanding partnership endures well into the future.”

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Dear Alice, I am 19 and in a relationship with a 25 year old man. We have been seeing each other for 3 months. We fell in love within days of getting together and had the best relationship till just a few weeks ago. He asked me to stay with him for my 2 week break from college. I was a bit scared cos 2 weeks is quite a long time but I agreed. He said it was the best time he has ever had in his life but I needed to get away quickly just to get some space. For the whole time I felt as if I was chained to him. I felt like an old married couple. No matter what he was doing he wanted me to do it too, watch TV, take a bath, cook – everything was too much together. He didn’t even like me to talk on the phone to my friends or Mum. I told him I had to go home for a few days just to get some space. I was so isolated in his house and had to do everything his way. When I wasn’t living with him, he would still come straight from work and take me out somewhere nice. Since I’ve been staying with him, we only go out to the grocery store. I felt he was trying to control my every move and was always watching me. He wants me to move in with him in the summer, eventually get married and have kids. We have had lovely times but now I feel suffocated. I feel awkward going back there and he has begun to irritate me but I do love him and I know he loves me. What web: Ask Alice is our regular Agony Aunt and you the reader will be able to send your questions to her at An Ask Alice will feature in our paper Tallaght Express is not responcible for any comments or answers should I do? the beginning he was so loving and kind. He of abuse and has brought that to the Karen told me he had a really hard time relationship with you. When he gets close to Dear Karen, with his Dad when he was growing up but we you he begins to act out the abusive pattern He may be a great guy but never had a row – but that has that overshadowed his childhood. He may you do not seem to be ready changed in the last few months. We fight not even realise that he is doing this or why. to settle for a life of playing all the time now and he gets very nasty and His main problem seems to be that his house and grocery shopping. abusive to everyone for no real reason. He anger gets out of control and he lashes out at It is not good that you feel argues and calls me horrible names and then people who are close to him – usually overwhelmed by your need the next day phones up to apologise, tells me you. This is a really difficult place for you to for space and become he loves me and that he didn’t mean all the be. The reality is that this will probably irritated. You do have a stuff he said. He says he is so scared that not stop without professional help and may loving relationship but it may not be he is going to lose me. I haven’t seen him all get worse over time. This is a destructive ready for home making chores yet. You week. His Mum says he is really confused and pattern of behaviour that has no end – only were happiest when you were out having fun I should just give him some space and time to intervention. That intervention can be and you need to continue doing this. think about what he is doing. He told her he counselling, family therapy or couples Many young people give up their time for is afraid that if he phones me that I won’t talk counselling. You also need to learn how to exploring the world too early. You may even to him but if I phone him he either doesn’t deal with what is going on for you and avoid outgrow this man. Most people change answer or hangs up. I feel very hurt and being trapped in a cycle of abuse. You cannot and grow a lot from age 20 to 28. Your hard done by as none of this is my fault. His continue to live in fear or walk on eggshells feelings are being stifled. Mum says he will come around if I give him around him waiting for him to snap again. You want fun, freedom and space which this time and she really does not want us to break You say you are jumpy when he is not there. relationship is not giving you now. Listen to up. My stomach is churning as I just sit here Just think how you will be when he is around. your heart and go back to the dating stage. waiting for something to happen and I have Because this relationship is potentially You do not need to break up with him but begun to get really jumpy. I do want this dangerous emotionally and perhaps you do need to find yourself as an individual relationship to work out because I know how physically you have to give him an before making a commitment like this. kind and loving he can be Confused, ultimatum. Tell him that you love him and Otherwise – you could wake up in 5 or 10 Mary. want to be with him but you cannot stay years and realise you have missed out on so in the relationship unless you both go for much. Pay attention to your gut feeling. Dear Mary, professional help immediately. Alice. This is a really hard position to be in. In your Don’t put if off until the next time he ecomes Dear Alice, heart you know that your boyfriend’s abusive. I think I could be in real trouble. I am with my problems probably go back to his childhood Youdon’t need any more proof that this boyfriend over a year and in with his father. He got used to a pattern happens.

New driving licence system on stream for January 2013

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be processing new driving licence applications from next year, removing the function from local authorities, Fine Gael Councillor Brian Lawlor has stated. “This decision comes on foot of a review and the new system will be operational from January 2013,” the Councillor explained.  “A new plastic card licence will also be issued to new applicants from this date.  This will hopefully reduce the incidents of fraud, and will also be easier for drivers to carry their licences in their wallets,” he added.   The Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012, enacted earlier this year, provides for the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to be the national authority for driver licensing.    “Work is well advanced on preparing for the transition to the new system,” the Councillor added.  “There will be a period of transition for part of 2013, during which the local authorities will continue to perform some driver licensing functions on behalf of the RSA.  After that, the RSA will have full responsibility for providing the driver licence service.”

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Borza Celebrating 40 years in Tallaght.

Donato Borza came to Ireland from Italy in 1950. He worked with his aunt and uncle in their Cafe in Newtownards Co. Down. In 1955 he got married in St. Michaels church Dunlaoghaire and with his wife Mariantonia opened his first Fish n Chip Cafe in Parnell St. They worked very hard and by 1959 they opened another web:

in Churchtown. They were blessed with six children and as the family grew older they moved to 3 Main Rd. Tallaght in 1972 . The Borza Family celebrate 40 years in Tallaght this year and as a thank you to all their loyal customers over the years everything will be HALF PRICE on Wednesday 24th October 2012 .

Murphy’s Discount House Super Sale Murphy’s Discount House’s philosophy is simple: a quality service offering discounted flooring, beds and blinds and Ireland’s largest range of new, ex-display and liquidation kitchen appliances at exceptional value for money. Nicky Murphy: “We stock all the well known brands including Bosch, Zanussi, Hotpoint and our prices start from as little as €149 for a washing machine. He goes onto point out that “all our appliances are fully test by qualified engineers and come with a five years’ major parts warranty and up to one year warranty on labour, so you get not only value for money but peace of mind as well”. Murphy’s Discount House was set up in Tinahely, Co Wicklow by brothers Ray, Nicky and Anthony Murphy to sell kitchen appliances at recession beating prices and after just 18 months is now Ireland’s largest supplier of graded appliances. The flagship store is in Dublin (just off the Long Mile Road) only two minutes off the M50, and two other shops in both Gorey, Co. Wexford and Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. Says Co-owner Nicky Murphy “and while it’s not easy for a new business out there today, it has gone well for us so far and we can’t complain.” Murphy’s Discount House is now the largest seller of graded appliances in Ireland, meaning that their customers

have hundreds of big brand machines to choose from. A solid background in industry has helped the company to maintain their steady rise, according to Nicky Murphy. “We can supply the cheapest graded appliances in Ireland because of our low overheads and because we sell in large quantities. The knock-on effect is that we can sell new appliances at discounts,” he said. Affordable kitchen appliances aren’t the only things that Murphy’s Discount House has to offer. Their Robinhood store also has a large selection of beautiful new beds, mattresses, flooring and blinds. These are sourced from Irish Companies who offer quality craftsmanship and real value for money. Murphy’s Discount House also provides a delivery, and fitting service. The full range is available on “We deal with a lot with the general public, landlords and letting agents because we’re reliable and affordable,” says Nicky Murphy. “Where else can you get a mattress and divan base or washing machine for €149?” Murphy’s Discount House Dublin showroom is located just off the Long Mile Road at 1C Robinhood Road and is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Tel: 01 405 0025 or visit

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Brain - Munchies The first letter of each answer is written next to its clue in alphabetical order. One letter has already been entered. Can you find the words then fit them correctly into the grid?

Across 1 Out of favour, domestically (2,3,8) 8 Utilise (3) 9 Loquacious (9) 10 Forbearing (8) 11 Sicilian volcano (4) 13 Ancient (3-3) 14 Ghost — pluck (6) 16 Provoke (4) 17 Midwest state — Springsteen album (8) 20 Plan (9) 21 Climbing plant (3) 22 Scottish breed of cattle (8,5) Down 1 People living in the Arctic (5) 2 Strauss waltz (3,4,6) 3 Wholly (8) 4 Rectangular but not square (6) 5 Deceptive trick (4) 6 Dull (13) 7 Graceful — refined (7) 12 The Merry Widow, for example (8) 13 Branch of mathematics (7) 15 Catlike (6) 18 Bottomless gulf (5) 19 Potato (4)

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This weeks Jokes A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: hes allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. “Cold floors,” he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, “Bad food.” They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. “I quit,” he says. “Thats not surprising,” the elders say. “Youve done nothing but complain since you got here.” *** A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. Three years later, there’s a knock on the door He opens it and sees the same snail. The snail says “What the hell was that all about?” *** Robert goes golfing every Saturday. One Saturday, he comes home three hours late. His wife asks him, "What took you so long?" The guy says, "That was the worst game of golf I've ever had. We got up to the first tee, and Charlie hit a hole-in-one and immediately dropped dead of a heart attack." The guy's wife says, "That's terrible!" The guy says, "I know. Then, for the rest of the game, it was hit the ball, drag Charlie, hit the ball, drag Charlie, hit the ball, drag Charlie. . ."

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Sport An exciting year for South Dublin - The Gathering Dublin 2013 South Dublin County Tourism Ltd in partnership with South Dublin County Council, Fingal Leader Partnership and The Gathering Ireland will host 25 international tournaments and competitions throughout 2013 through sport and culture as part of the biggest tourism initiative to take place in Ireland under the Gathering Ireland 2013. South Dublin County now recognised as a leading sports and events destination in Ireland is proud to have Tallaght Stadium, National Basketball Arena, National Baseball Facility, Peamount United Football Grounds and Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre as key venues participating in the local initiative - The Gathering Dublin 2013. All venues and sports partners have a strong and established reputation in hosting international

Rhythmic Gymnastics now in Tallaght New Irish Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics recently opened  in  Tallaght. Julia Tkracheva is the founder of the club Rhythmic coach is Kristina Rangelova World Gold and Olympic Bronze Medalist Ballet Coach Radostina Parvanova. Anna Batmanova ,Elena Batmanova and Victoria Matuizaite are going to the Helioupolis cup in Athens Greece in October and are training for the Olympic in 2020 representing Ireland. Photo from left to right.   Julia Tkacheva, Cllr Brian Lawlor  Kristina RangelovaYankova, Radostina Parvanova, Elena Jjosane at official opening of the “Irish academy of rhythmic gymnastics in Tallaght”

more! Events start in February with Feis Cluain Dolcáin The Gathering Dublin and ending with an international art competition running across 15 countries in October 2013. Michael Ring TD Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Sport & Tourism, a strong supporter of this initiative launched the year long activity on the 3rd of October 2012.

teams and are looking forward to welcoming the teams to the county next year. Approximately 30,000 additional visitors will visit the county in 2013 and the series of tournaments will attract in excess of €50 million into the local economy of South Dublin County.

Lead agency, South Dublin County Tourism is delighted with the support from local agencies and sports bodies. Having held in excess of 50 community based meetings Managing Director, Gail McGibbon said ‘From the beginning of this project in 2011, we were amazed at the positive response, the offers of assistance and most importantly the

Calling All Sports Clubs Get your sports details and club news to us now, send us a photo. Whether its Soccer, Gaa , Basketball or even lesser known sports. Are you having an AGM and want to get a good a ttendance? Are you looking for new members for your team? Promote your sport in Tallaght Express. Whatever it is send your articles to and we will print as many as p ossible. Calling All Sports Clubs.

fantastic level of co operation and support from all involved to make this ambition a reality’. The Gathering Dublin 2013 will focus primarily on the US and UK market and is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the county and the sporting facilities. Tournaments include American Football, Baseball, Cricket, Football, Bridge, Poker, Irish Dancing and much

Mayor of South Dublin Cllr. Cathal King commented ‘South Dublin County is very proud of the unique association we have here with sport and complimented the work, support and dedication of all parties in creating a unique programme to run throughout 2013’. For more information www. or email info@thegatheringdublin. com

Tallaght Ladies Rugby invite all ladies

Tallaght Ladies Rugby Team are newly formed and are the up and coming team in the Leinster development league. They are always looking for new players to add to their team. From New beginners that have never played a sport or even picked up a ball before to the Experienced players...ALL WELCOME!! Come to any of our open training sessions and try it out, Learn new skills, Meet lots of new people, strengthen your core and get fit!! Monday and Wednesdays 7.00-8.30 Ballymana Lane, Kiltipper. For more information contact Lorraine on 0876557129, find us on Facebook and Twitter!

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