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In this ISSUE IT Tallaght International week See more on Page 4 Action Plan for Jobs 2013 See more on Page 6

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Be proud of where you live

Tallaght to benefit from €1m for new Youth Cafes

RUA RED New this Month See more on Page 6 Kid’s Corner See more on Page 10 Tallaght school girl in running for art competition See more on Page 12

Pet guardian program See more on Page 14 Tallaght Express Interview See more on Page 17 Horoscopes See more on Page 18 Win a pair of tickets to see “The Deal” at Civic Theatre See more on Page 20

Sport See more on Page 22

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Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South West, Cait Keane, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, that €1 million is to be allocated this year to support the development of new youth cafes across the country and across the Dublin South-West

constituency. This is a welcome announcement by Minister Fitzgerald as the availability of these funds reinforces the Governments commitment to the extension of quality youth cafe throughout the country, in particular noting the repeated emphasis that young people have placed on the need for safe, alcohol-free recreational facilities. “Since taking office Minister Fitzgerald has already provided €700,000 in 2011 and 2012 for youth cafe developments and

I credit her for the good work she has done in this regard. This funding is a much needed boost to youth services in Dublin South-West; in Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue and across the constituency and the whole country.I am greatly encouraged by the quality of the projects that have already been grant aided under the previous Youth Cafe funding scheme. “The Youth Cafe Funding Scheme is concerned with promoting the structured development of new youth cafes around the country by giving support to local organisations and groups which are providing youth services. The criteria for the Scheme places a clear focus on both long term sustainability and service planning. The scheme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department.

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“The funding scheme was initially set up in 2010/2011 at a time when the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the publication of two relevant associated publications. The aim of Youth Cafes in Ireland: A best practice guide is to contribute to the formation of a solid policy foundation for the support and development of the youth cafe model of intervention with children and young people in Ireland. In addition, the Youth Cafe toolkit gives advice on how to set up and run a youth cafe in Ireland is designed to assist in the practicalities and day to day issues involved for anybody involved in the management of a youth cafe. Details of the scheme are available on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website at

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Ireland XO achieves All-Ireland Coverage

March 14th 2013 - Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO), the National “Reverse Genealogy” Programme launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, on 14th March 2012, announaced that it now has a volunteer network across all 32 counties of Ireland. The volunteer programme recently signed up its 2,000th volunteer and is now present and active in over in 800 parishes north and south. Ireland XO provides an invaluable service to the development of local communities by welcoming returning members of the local parish Diaspora to their area, showing them where their people came from, and introducing them where possible to living relatives. Volunteers trained in local history and heritage also identify those who left the area, tracing descendants of local emigrants, building up a “virtual” parish community worldwide. Last year, An Taoiseach stated that “From its beginnings as a pilot project in South East Galway, Ireland Reaching Out has shown how ‘reverse genealogy’ can engage the diaspora to bring real social and economic benefits down to parish level”. Commenting on this announcement, in advance of


the upcoming 2013 St Patrick’s Day celebrations, An Taoiseach stated that: “I am pleased to congratulate the Ireland XO organisation and its volunteers on achieving such a big milestone within a year of their national launch. The expansion of the programme is evidence that it is offering the Irish Diaspora a chance to engage in a way that is really valuable to them. Like the Gathering 2013 initiative, Ireland XO is a great opportunity to reach out to the Irish Diaspora around the world, allow them to reconnect with their heritage and tap into the potential it represents for local communities around Ireland.”

Feerick stated that “achieving national coverage of Ireland

XO is a agnificent milestone for the rogramme, and while we still have a distance to go to have coverage in every single parish in Ireland, credit must go to the Ireland XO HQ team, the programme’s sponsors, and its’ thousands of volunteers in parishes across Ireland to have made such rapid progress in so short a space of time”.

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TCC Celebrate Local Art Talent in The Abberley Court Hotel

The annual children’s art competition prize giving, hosted by TCC, was opened with a burst of energy and colour in The Abberley Court Hotel on Tuesday night. The Black Panther Kick Boxers opened the event with an impressive floor display of their moves and high kicks, which was followed by by a burst of colour and elegant ballroom moves by Xquisite Dance, both local Tallaght children’s groups. After the huge energy opening, it fell to the TCC PRO, Tara, to introduce the presenters of the awards, Mayor Cathal King, current Tallaght Person of the Year, Norman Kelly and TCC chairman, Jim Lawlor. The winners were from 6 schools and their artworks were unique and used a variety of mediums covering a variety of themes, from the Mona Lisa to rainbows. The winners were: St Marys - Martyna Rybak, St Kevins Boys School - Christopher Fitzpatrick

St Dominics - Lauryn Dunne, Scoil Carmel - Shane Condron Scoil Maelruain - Leanne Mulhall St Martins de Porres Teodora Rosu TCC were also delighted to welcome 2 Heart of Gold winners, Niamh Gavin and Jack Mc Mahon to share in the celebrations. Councillor Looney, a teacher in St Dominics also came along to cheer on his school’s winner on the night. TCC emphasized the role local business play in making this competition possible, The Abberley Court Hotel, Jimmy from the Abberley Kitchen, Tallaght Adventure World, Tallaght Leisureplex, Cadburys and Shamrock Rovers sponsors the venue, the refreshments and the winner’s prizes, including a chocolate hamper for Scoil Carmel. A huge thanks goes to these local businesses.

Norman Kelly encouraged children to participate in art in all it’s forms, saying his own brother and sister nurtured their artist talents and now have full time careers in the arts.” Art in all forms should be encouraged and children should be allowed to express themselves and nurture their creativity. It can even lead to full time careers such as acting, painting and architecture”.

Photos By Maggie Doherty The ceremony was brought to a close with the high energy ending, in a sea of bright colours as Nicole Kelly’s Xquisite Dance performers took to the floor to show us their hip hop moves - which left all the adults in the audience exhausted just watching the talents boys and girls.

Ireland to host major European conference on employment and disability Pictured at Croke Park are: Minister Michael Ring with jobseeker Barry Kavanagh and Waterford county manager Niall Carew, who works in Dublin as an employment support specialist with people with disability Minister of State Michael Ring today launched the conference programme for a major European conference on supporting people with disabilities into jobs, due to take place in Dublin from June 11-13. Some of the world’s leading experts on disability and work will travel to Dublin for the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) conference, hosted by the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) and sponsored by the Rehab Group.


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IT Tallaght International Week 2013 The Institute ofTechnology Tallaght will hold an International Week, within the Institute, from the 11th to the 15th of March 2013. The week’s aims are to internationalise the Institutes Business Degree courses, while also promoting the opportunity for students to study abroad through the Erasmus scheme. This year’s five day event has been organised by a group of budding Advertising and Marketing students of IT Tallaght. The Institute will see fifteen lecturers, from numerous international countries, such as The Netherlands, Poland and Spain, taking to the lecture halls to educate the

students on both international cultures and their Specific area of expertise. Irish guest speakers Peter Nash from Tourism Ireland and Kevin Donnelly from Britvic, will also take to the podium. Adrian Payne, Head of the Department of Marketing and Business Computing says, “I’ve been fortunate enough to attend similar events in other institutes in Europe and to see from a lecturer’s perspective what it’s like to teach abroad. Next week IT Tallaght will be welcoming 15 lecturers from partner institutes. By hosting our own International Week, it will give students an idea of what it would be like to study abroad and afford them the op-

portunity to learn more about other cultures.” A range of cultural activities will also take place, such as international food tastings for the Irish students and sight-seeing tours of Dublin for the visiting lecturers. For more information and updates you can search for ‘Culture Collage’ on Facebook, or follow the updates on Twitter; @ ErasmusTallaght or #CultureCollage. For further information contact: Oladayo Morakinyo, IT Tallaght Student Mobile: 089 494 1637 Email:

O’Connor welcomes Minister’s visit Local Fianna Fail area representative Charlie O Connor has welcomed the recent visit to Tallaght of Alex White TD Minister of State for Primary Care at the Department of Health with special responsibility for the Governments Drugs Strategy. The Minister met members of the Tallaght local Drugs Task Force at a special meeting held at the headquarters of the Tallaght Rehabilitation Project in historic Kiltalown House. According to Charlie O Connor, a member of the Task Force, it was a most positive meeting and he felt that the Minister listened carefully to the concerns of the community representatives. A number of important issues were raised including the question of Please mention Tallaght Express to advertisers

resources, the emerging needs and th challanges facing the community drugs projects throughout Tallaght. The Minister confirmed that the Task Force is now to be known as the Tallaght Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force and Charlie O Connor strongly supported this new emphasis though he said that the inclusion of alcohol in the remit will present huge challanges. Mininster White was also given the oppertunity of touring the TRP premises and seeing for himself the positive work of the project. The whole visit was a great success and Charlie O Connor complimented all concerned and hoped that services in the region would benefit from the exercise.


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Action Plan for Jobs 2013 will have high impact on employment creation JobsPlus will encourage recruitment of long-term unemployed – state will pay €1 for every €4 it costs an employer to recruit a new staff member from the Live Register Fine Gael Councillor Brian Lawlor has welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Jobs 2013, which targets job creation in small businesses and start-ups, as well as the biggest multinational companies. “The Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) 2013 is an ambitious document containing 333 actions to be implemented across 16 Government Departments and 46 agencies aimed at stimulating job creation. The Plan contains actions to support business, reduce costs, improve access to finance and target key growth sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and ICT. It will help both large and small businesses in Tallaght and across the country to expand and create

jobs,” he/she explained. “The APJ is the Government’s blueprint for boosting the number of jobs by 100,000 by 2016. This year’s plan will build on the progress made in 2012, when 12,000 net new jobs were created in the private sector. 2012 was also a record year for job-creation by Irish and multinational exporting companies. It is clear that progress is being made, and jobs are being created in growing sectors of the economy. But unemployment rates remain far too high, and we are determined to push ahead with radical reforms that will make it easier for people to get back to work. “The APJ 2013 includes seven Disruptive Reform measures which will be implemented in conjunction with senior industry figures and are designed to have a significant impact on job creation. One of the key measures is the JobsPlus initiative, which will provide an incentive for

employers to hire those who have been unemployed for a long time. The State will pay €1 for every €4 it costs an employer to take on a new staff member from the Live Register,” “While there are already a range of measures in place to help employers take on people from the Live Register, there has been low take up on some schemes,” he/ she pointed out. “ JobsPlus will provide a simple to encourage employers to give job opportunities to the long-term unemployed. This will come as a huge boost to the small business sector. Many small businesses could benefit significantly by taking on one or two extra staff members; JobsPlus will make that process a lot easier. And most importantly, it should lead to lots more employment opportunities for people who are out of work.”

NEW this Month THE MODELLED CONSCIOUS LUCY ANDREWS Gallery 1 23rd March - 11th May Preview takes place Thurs 21st March, 6pm – 8pm The Modelled Conscious is a new development by RUA RED to engage contemporary artists in response to a unified theme. The first in this series is artist Lucy Andrews. Through the active engagement of artists in the creation of a new commission for the expansive space of Gallery 1, the artists chosen for The Modelled Conscious can express their own personal response to the idea of form and consciousness as well as the space itself. For the first installment of The Modelled Conscious series, Lucy Andrews will present an exhibition of recent sculptural works adapted for gallery. Using large quantities of plastic packaging, the artist will make variously sized bodies of water. This interplay of the synthetic and the elemental leads to curious physical juxtapositions


and trajectories. What results is not so much a collection of whole objects as dynamic pluralities of matter, held precariously in place by the forces around them. An uncertain materiality presents itself -at once primordial and futuristic - in which the physical properties and durations of

things become ambiguous. This exhibition series is curated by our curator-in-residence Hilary Murray. Modelled_Conscious.html STAMP Gallery 2

23rd March - 11th May Preview takes place Thurs 21st March, 6pm – 8pm As part of RUA RED’s ongoing support of emerging artists and following the high standard of print work submitted to our annual open exhibition, we have decided to dedicate a show to acknowledge the exciting and challenging work created in print studios around Ireland and the UK. The show entitled “Stamp” will attempt to reflect the innovative use of print within the artistic practice, which spans a wide variety of printmaking techniques as well as installation, sculptural work and artist books. Stamp brings together artists who use print making as a tool to explore the relationships between print and other art forms. Featuring work from Bob Lynn, Debora Ando, Justin Larkin, Janine Davidson, Raymond Henshaw, Miguel Balliache and Louise Peat. html

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70% reduction in cancellations in Tallaght Hospital

Local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Brian Hayes has said that the 70 per cent reduction in cancellations at Tallaght Hospital, shows that the reform of the health service is delivering real results. “The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, has made significant progress in fixing our broken health service since taking office just two years ago. One such example is the significant progress which has been made in reducing the number of day-case and inpatient cancellations at Tallaght  Hospital. In 2010, the combined number of day-case and inpatient cancellations at Tallaght Hospital was 1025, which was made up of 44 day-cases and 981 inpatient cancellations. This is a reduction of 70 per cent in the number of treatments not being carried out on time and as scheduled. “This is significant progress made by Minister Reilly, having been left a health service which was in an appalling state by the previous Government. These figures clearly show that the Special Delivery Unit, which was established 20 months ago to tackle waiting times and the number of people on trolleys, is

delivering real results. “Minister Reilly has driven change in hospitals around the country by significantly improving the management of the health service. This change is now coming to fruition which has contributed towards improvements in waiting lists and the number of people on trolleys. “Other areas of the health service which have shown significant improvement can be seen in the reduction in the number of children waiting more than 20 weeks for day-case or inpatient surgery from 1,759 at the end of 2011 to 89; a reduction of 95 per cent in a single year. Adults waiting more than nine months for day-case or inpatient surgery at the end of 2011, has dropped from 3,076 to 86, a reduction of 98 per cent in a single year. “While the health service can’t be fixed overnight, we are moving in the right direction and I am confident that Minister Reilly’s plan to reform it, will deliver a world class health service that the people of this country need and deserve.”

Sole Trader V Limited Company By Damien Malone, Malone & Co There are a number of differences between operating a business as a sole trader or through a company which we will briefly discuss below. Firstly, a sole trader owns the business personally and is personally liable for all debts of the business. A private limited company is a separate legal person and the shareholders of the company are generally only liable for the debts of the company to the extent of the share capital contributed to the company. This is what is meant by “limited liability”. Directors of limited companies can claim unvouched expenses for mileage and subsistence tax free (in accordance with civil service rates). Sole traders can only claim vouched expenses eg diesel receipts but they can claim for the cost of their own car used in the business. Pension funding is also far more flexible through a company scheme. A spouse and other family members may also be employed by the company, paid a reasonable salary and also included in the pension scheme. The extraction of profits from a company is a complex area with many tax consequences but its important to mention that there can be significant long term

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based tax incentives with the limited company option for profitable businesses. There are however additional costs involved in setting up and administering a company on an annual basis. There are also incorporation costs and cessation costs for companies if the business does not go as planned. The corporation tax rate of 12.5% for companies is likely to be considerably lower than those for individuals for the foreseeable future. This will mean that there will be more cash available within a company to reinvest into the business than if the business had been carried on as a sole trade where marginal income tax rates could be in excess of 50%. It is important to note however that any retained profits are the companies profits and the owners cannot extract these profits for personal use without paying personal taxes. If you would like to arrange a free consultation with us to discuss your own requirements please don’t hesitate to contact us at. Malone & Co. Accountants & Tax Advisors, Phone: 00353 87 6859474 or visit our website


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Good News for Tallaght Wheelchair users of Dublin Bus Fine Gael Councillor Brian Lawlor, has welcomed news that Dublin Bus has achieved its objective of having a fully low floor wheelchair accessible fleet. Dublin Bus was due to meet this target by the end of 2012 and Cllr Lawlor has been informed that this has been achieved. Speaking on this issue, Cllr Lawlor said, ‘The movement of Dublin Bus to a fully accessible service is long overdue but extremely welcome news. Those who require the low floor services now have a comprehensive service for their needs. ‘The transition to accessible public

transport has hastened in recent years and this juncture represents a landmark movement in that process. The days of Tallaght people who were commuting into Dublin on unsuitable buses or being forced to wait until a low floor bus arrived is now thankfully at an end,” stated Cllr Lawlor. ‘This event along with other upgrades on the Dublin Bus service such wi-fi access, are very welcome and represent necessary upgrades to a service that caters for many millions of journeys each year,” concluded Cllr Lawlor.

European Week against Racism 16th March – 24th March 2013

fair play and equality.

As part of the European Week against Racism, South Dublin County Council’s Social Inclusion Unit and Sports Officer along with the F.A.I. Football in the Community Development Officers, Rugby Officer and Cricket Officer will hold a Sports blitz in Clondalkin Sports & Leisure Centre on Thursday 14th March and Thursday 21st March utilising sport as a medium to highlight the anti-racism theme and to promote cultural integration and social inclusion through sport.

One of the main objectives of the Council is to facilitate initiatives to promote integration in the county. This is one of the reasons why we have organised the sports blitz. The day is about having fun whilst being conscious of the need to promote cultural integration and social inclusion through sport. It is about participation together! 

We are targeting 2nd Years in secondary schools in the county area and 6th class in primary schools with an emphasis on

Discrimination, racism, the intolerance of others is borne out of ignorance. Be it in our workplace, our schools, our homes, our clubs a willingness to learn about others and to communicate with others is the key to a successful, fair and open society.

Crowe welcomes a pro-active approach to undocumented Irish Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has welcomed the Governments commitment to take a pro-active approach towards the undocumented Irish in America during the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, particularly as immigration reform is currently being debated in the American Congress. The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, made the commitment after questions from Deputy Crowe in the Dáil this week. Deputy Crowe said:“I welcome the government’s commitment to ensure the welfare of the undocumented Irish, and that the Irish diaspora in general are key elements of their foreign policy. “A recently leaked White House draft immigration plan, which included an eight-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, prompted negative comments from American Republicans. “I hope that the Democratic and Republican parties can come together


on this issue and draft a bi-partisan immigration reform bill, which would comprehensively reform the US immigration system and procedures, and create a pathway for undocumented immigrants resident in America to gain citizenship. “This week the government committed to use the St. Patrick’s Day engagements to lobby American Congress members on this issue, and also on the issue of E3 visas. “All parties in Leinster House share a concern and a willingness to work together to get progress on this issue which effects about 50,000 Irish citizens. “The Tánaiste’s commitment to reach out to the opposition parties and members of the Oireachtas to utilise the contacts they have in the American Congress, and to make a cross-party lobby for immigration reform, makes sense and will ultimately benefit the campaign to gain a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented Irish.”

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Ely ’s K itchen Strawberries Romanoff Spring has arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. This is the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In this issue I am going to share with you one of my favourite spring dessert, Strawberries Ramanoff, it is so easy to prepare treat ,perfect for any occasion. Orange-flavored liqueur complements fresh berries in this classic dessert. Strawberries are usually available all yearround, but their peak season is from April until June. These sweet, juicy berries are nutritional jewels with just 1 cup offering 3.5 grams of fiber and meeting 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. For the best flavour, buy strawberries grown close to

home since they are likely to be fresher and suffer less damage in transit. Strawberries should be plump, firm, well-shaped, and uniformly coloured. A sweet addition to salads, dressings, or even a main meal, strawberries “take the cake” and save your waistline as a light dessert.

Ingredients: • 4 cups sliced strawberries (about 1 1/2 pounds) $ • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar • 1/4 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur) • 1/3 cup whipping cream, chilled • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract • Mint sprigs (optional) Preparation: 1. 1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill 3 1/2 hours. 2. 2. Place cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon over strawberry mixture. Garnish with mint, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Kid’s Corner The week’s funnies Q. What is brown and sticky? A. A stick! Q. Why did half a chicken cross the road? A. To get to his other side! Q. What’s mom and dad’s favorite ride at a fair? -A. A married-go-round! Q. Where do cows go on Friday night? A. To the MOOOvie theater. Q. What did zero say to eight? A. Nice belt! Q. Where do sheep get their wool cut? A. At the BAAAbars!


Q. Where did the king keep his armies? A. In his sleevies!

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OBR Interiors, 1 Old Bawn Shopping centre, Old Bawn Rd, Tallaght, D 24 Email: Phone: 085 103 2119 Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm. Online store opening soon.

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Tallaght school girl in running for art competition TEXACO ART JUDGING UNDERWAY

Judging of the entries submitted for this year’s 59th Texaco Children’s Art Competition is under way. Winners will be announced at a function to be held in Dublin in early-April. Going for judging is one of the entries

received from Dublin – a work entitled ‘Making a splash’ by Amanda Murray, a pupil at St. Joseph’s School, Tallaght. Admiring it is competition administrator Anne-Marie Barnes.

Kare for Kasey A fundraising event in aid of Kasey Kelly is being held on March 16th . Kasey is a two year old little girl who at just ten months was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called Atypical Teratoid/ Rhaboid Tumour or ATRT. This type of tumour is very aggressive and extremely rare worldwide. Kasey is getting treatment in the DanaFarber Cancer Institute in Boston. This treatment as you can imagine costs several hundred thousand euro, so we would like to raise as much money as we can for Kasey!

Its a st.Patricks day theme so come dressed in your green white and orange the best paddys day outfit will get a spot prize. Raffle tickets on the day will cost 5euro. Venue for this great event is The National Basketball Arena Tallaght time; 2-6pm Date; Saturday 16th of March On the day there will be bouncy castles, D.J, Marching bands, Irish dancers, Entertainers a raffel and lots more!!

It will be only 2euro per person entry fee kids under 3 go free.


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Pet Guardian Programme

The DSPCA gives pet owner’s peace of mind with the launch of the Pet Guardian Programme The DSPCA’s Pet Guardian programme allows pet owners to breathe a sigh of relief that in the event they are no longer able to care for their beloved pets, the DSPCA will take them in & find them a new and loving home. Furthermore with scientific evidence showing that pets can massively contribute to the health and happiness of animal loving seniors, we also offer a Senior Foster & Adoption Programme that gives people to opportunity to have a suitable pet – no matter what their age! Aoife O'Driscoll, Pet Guardian Co-ordinator says "We in the DSPCA are very excited about the launch! Many people worry about

owners. Knowing you have a solid plan in place for their future is very reassuring." Aoife continues "Many people ask us "Is this service Free?" The answer is YES, it is free during your lifetime. All we ask is that you leave us a small bequest in your will to help us continue our vital work." This Programme is open to anyone in Ireland of all ages.

what will happen to their pets in the event of serious illness or their death and the Pet Guardian Programme offers peace of mind to loving pet

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Sugary drinks row in New York Just a day before they were to take effect, limits on large sugary drinks in New York City have been invalidated by a judge, in a significant blow to one of the most ambitious and divisive initiatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure. The mayor’s plan, which is to combat obesity, aroused the ire of the US softdrink industry, which undertook a multimillion-dollar legal and advertising campaign to block it. Mr Bloomberg said he would immediately appeal, and at a quickly arranged news conference, he fiercely defended the rationale for the rules, which would have limited the size of sugary drinks to 16 oz (450 mm) at restaurants, theatres and food carts. Australian Floods battle

Lebanon My first real lesson in a warzone was about the loss of pride, not innocence. That came later - I think. It happened on the second day of my tour of duty in South Lebanon. The Israelis were shelling the Irish Batt area, welcoming the new crowd, the Red Arses with a bang! I bombed through the camp vaulting towards the Comcen to grab my rifle, flak-jacket and helmet. I figured I would need them in case the ‘shit hit the fan’ and besides, if I was going to die I wanted to look like a proper casualty. It was still daylight and some ‘Old Sweats’ spied my heroic strides. The torture was fierce but I lived through the slagging and learned to never look scared in a warzone, especially with Vets around.

ST PATRICK’S DAY DOG EXPO The National Show Centre, in Cloghran, Swords, Co Dublin will see a new and amazing event on St Patrick’s Day this year. The Irish Kennel Club (IKC) are holding their first Dog Expo with the promise of many activities including: • Agility and Obedience Displays throughout the day • Dogs for the Disabled Display • Retired Greyhound Final • Lots of Family Pet Competitions including Waggiest Tail and Best Tricks • There is a promise of fun for all the family including face painting activities and competitions for children. A true dog lover’s world of wonder – the event is ideal for owners, families with dogs or looking to adopt or select a family pet or simply a great day family day out. The event will feature some of the best trained dogs in the country displaying their talents for the general public. In addition, there will be trade stands offering every type of accessory and food for your pooch and we will have representative dogs from many breeds with their owners and breeders to help with questions and advice. Why not bring your dog along for microchipping and IKC registration – all available on the day. All dogs and their families are welcome! Doors are open from 11:00am Tickets: €5.00 per adult / FREE entry for children accompanied by a paying adult. Car park: €5.00 FREE GOODY BAGS FOR FIRST 50 ADULTS ON THE DAY!!

Michael J. Whelan Five new “flood categories” are included in a new interactive mapping tool that homeowners or businesses or anyone wanting to lodge a development application in Brisbane can now use. The new tool, which went online yesterday for the first time, lets users look at proposed zoning, overland water flow, the impact of flooding, proximity to heritage protection areas and land uses of any parcel of land in Brisbane. Othello record bid Durban theatre company, Think Theatre, has taken the first step in applying to the Guinness World Records for their production of Shakespeare’s Othello. Not only has the show reached a fiveyear milestone with its run this year, but as of today, with one show at 9am and another at noon, the company would have staged their 350th production of the Shakespearean classic. Think Theatre has now applied to Guinness World Records to be acknowledged for staging the most performances of Othello by a repertoire company (a professional, touring company).


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Dara: Fallon Insurance Ltd. Is a family business and has been in Tallaght since 1974. Next year we will be celebrating our 40th year in the village. TallaghtExpress: What type of Insurances do you offer the people of Tallaght? Dara: We are a Composite Broker which means we can offer private motor and household insurance. We can also advise your readers on Life Insurance. We are also regulated by the Central Bank Of Ireland. TallaghtExpress: What advice would you give our readers who are looking for a competitive quote?

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competitive rates and additional policy benefits for our clients. TallaghtExpress: This leads me to my final question Dara. I’ve heard you won an award last year. Can you tell me what the award was? Dara: We were rewarded for our services to build a new more informative website www.falloninsurances. com. We had the highest percentage growth in the country by any BLD network member. This is due to the continued support of the Tallaght community. TallaghtExpress: Again Dara, thank you for your time. You can contact Fallon Insurance Ltd on 01 452 7007 or call into the office in Main Street, Tallaght, where they will be more than happy to help you.

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Horoscopes Aries – March 21 through April 20 You have a handful of planets moving through Aries this month. They are boosting your self-confidence, encouraging you to stand tall and to not allow others to put you into a box or to shame you into “playing it small”.  Most of the time, this is working out wonderfully for you.  However, an authority figure in your life is really unhappy about the “new you” that you are trying to showcase.  They might be right that you need to fine-tune your presentation or they could just be a control freak that is threatened by your sense of personal power.  The trick is for you to figure out which is the case without burning any bridges.   Taurus – April 21 through May 21 You and a partner are still feeling social and adventurous.  As the month progresses, you find yourself wanting to bust out of the various restraints real and imagined that seem to be holding you back, keeping you down, or just putting a wet blanket on your happy day feelings.  You are in a great place for letting go of negative attitudes, self-destructive behaviors, and/or delusional ideas that have kept you from achieving your goals.  You are also ready to thumb your nose at bureaucratic dramas and society’s rules and regulations.  You are feeling a bit rebellious, but it is still mostly a private inner world where you are entertaining these ideas.  Still, you are not going to tolerate anything that feels stifling or dysfunctional.   Gemini – May 22 through June 21 The month starts out with you still focusing on all of the good news coming from your professional life.  You are able to get a lot accomplished, earn bigger profits, and take on leadership roles.  You are still occasionally upset about how a boss or high profile client is treating you, but you are still moving forward in a positive direction.  The end of the month has you focusing on your social life, teams, club memberships, committee meetings, networking projects, ecommerce, and/or Internet activities.  You are coming across as a very smart, fun, and tenacious team player.  This is great for your professional life, social life, and commercial activities, but it is not good for your love life or your finances.  Try to avoid mixing your social life with your romantic and/or financial activities.   Cancer – June 22 through July 22 You and a partner are having a lovely time

together. The two of you are enjoying broadening your horizons.  You are also questioning some of the injustices, stupid rules, and political dramas that you are learning about.  You are also spending quite a bit of time this month working on your professional goals and taking on leadership roles.  Your partner is not too happy about it, but you are still meant to take advantage of the positive energy flowing through your professional life.   Leo – July 23 through August 23 You have a smart, fun, and enthusiastic bunch of planets moving through the area of your chart that promotes traveling and getting involved in legal, political, religious, academic, media, and/or

multicultural activities. You are in the mood to broaden your horizons.  These planets are also receiving positive energies from Jupiter in your Internet, social networking, friendships, and teamwork sector.  This is a great time for road trips, college classes, church gatherings, joining political parties, and other fun ideas for combining your social life with your need to explore the world.  Your career is clashing with these ideas, but that does not mean that you are not still meant to find ways to get more involved in these topics Virgo – August 24 through September 22 You have a handful of planets moving through the area of your chart that governs our ability to trust others and how much we share with others.  Therefore, things like fidelity, loyalty, greed, joint assets, investments, commissions, and profit sharing are all part of that section of your chart.  Most of the time, these planets are

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able to help you bring more financial and romantic security into your life, especially when your career and public life are concerned. However, your focus on these topics could be making it difficult for you to have fun.  It is also possible that a child, pet, lover, hobby, vacation, and/or some other playtime activity is clashing with your desire to increase profits and bring more romance into your life. Libra – September 23 through October 23 You have a lot of drama happening in the area of your chart that governs partnerships and rivalries.  The bad news is that your home, parents, roommates, retirement plans, housing situation, and/or household chores are causing this partner or rival to get really angry.  The good news is that the two of you are doing extremely well when you focus on academic, legal, political, religious, cultural, travel, and/ or relocation projects together.  You are also still doing quite well at work and are finding ways to improve your financial situation while working on your residential and professional projects. Scorpio – October 24 through November 22 You have the planets in charge of genius, wealth, optimism, and tenacity all traveling through your work sector.  They are taking turns connecting with the good luck planet in your profits sector.  This could be an excellent time for you to brainstorm lucrative ideas that boost productivity, employee morale, and the bottom line.  You also still have some of last month’s playtime and fun energy still encouraging you to take time to smell the roses per se.  You do not appear to have any trouble juggling your playtime and professional activities. Sagittarius – November 23 through December 21 During the first half of the month, you are mostly focused on your home life, parents, retirement planning, or real estate

deals. Despite your partner or rival’s occasional complaints, these home related activities seem to be going quite well for you.  During the second half of the month, your focus changes to playtime.  You are in the mood for romance, hobbies, creativity, vacations, fine dining, music, theatre, spending quality time with pets and children, laughing, dancing, sports, etc.  It is as if you got your house in order, and now you are ready for some much deserved rest and relaxation. Capricorn – December 22 through January 20 There is a lot of excitement happening in your private life.  It could be your parents, roommates, houseguests, retirement plans, home improvement projects, landscaping, real estate deals, or anything else home related.  Most of the time, this is an awesome development.  Professionally, it is working out quite nicely for you.  However, there are times when you get really annoyed at how it is playing out.  Chaos is a natural part of this activity or personality within your home life, but you are not really in the mood for chaos and the controlling side of your personality is uncomfortable.   Aquarius – January 21 through February 18 You have a wonderfully fun and clever energy promoting the idea that you and your relatives, neighbors, and local community members should be enjoying good times together.  You cannot help but feel as if you are meant to be happy and to follow your bliss.  Unfortunately, your finances are not cooperating at all.  And to make matters worse, there are addictions, dysfunctional relationships, bureaucrats, secrets, gossip, and/or hidden agendas that are putting a dark cloud on everyone’s ability to really feel good about the situation.   Pisces – February 19 through March 20 You are still clashing with your roommates, parents, or housing matters.  However, your financial sector and your home sector are getting along beautifully throughout most of the month.  Maybe you should just throw money at whomever or whatever it is in your home or private life that keeps upsetting you.  You are also still in a good place socially and are having a great time learning new things and expanding your horizons.  

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Brain - Munches Tallaght Express Crossword Sponsored by Civic Theatre

The first letter of each answer is written next to its clue in alphabetical order. Can you find the words then fit them correctly into the grid?

Across 9 Some muscles tire badly, absorbing cold (5) 10 Like space that remains after various pieces removed from isosceles triangle (9) 11 Bring this, having changed indication of delivery period (5,4) 12 Origin of game’s inscribed in stone here (5) 13 Frivolous sex among Romans revealed in hearing (7) 15 So far, won’t fully — having switched ends (4,3) 17 Charged, in a way, following a certain order (5) 18 Deliberately crash

into vehicle, knocking piece off front (3) 20 Good party organiser, one whose work is bound to be misattributed (5) 22 Small pieces of furniture in homes of Arabs and others (7) 25 Person spreading complaint about, namely in educational foundation? (7) 26 Fitting material used in ugly cravat (5) 27 Line I inserted in big band composition, improvising (2-7) 30 Excessively strain English king in public (9) 31 Climber in middle of Italian Alps (5) Down 1 Irritable person runs into vehicle (4)

2 Descendant covering up for raised whip (8) 3 They’re often in schools to seek information, say (4) 4 Dramatist not so friendly after opening of show (8) 5 Supposedly influential body putting energy into factory (6) 6 One who predicts things in advance, up in complicated star lore (10) 7 As opposed to one with ring, perhaps? (6) 8 Perform song, with piano introduction (4) 13 Pair usually sharing 11 — that could be this (5) 14 Repetitively teaches one way to ruin clues? I can’t (10) 16 Capturing leaders of the enemy in conflict as basis for solution, often (5) 19 Spotted initially mocking at a clue that’s absurd (8) 21 What can be said about one drink that’s not already said (8) 23 Head off participant in moving protest that’s more shrewd (6) 24 Does some climbing, making lots of notes (6) 26 Male with pride put up new work of art (4) 28 Kind of speculator that’s on target (4) 29 Vigorously attack lecherous type (4)

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO “THE DEAL” ON WEDNESDAY 27th March @ 8pm in Civic Theatre Tallaght The Deal

The Deal is a black comedy/rural farce Cowslip Productions based around the lives Presents of the McQuirk brothers and the problems Written by Thomas Clare surrounding the death of their dominant elderly mother. Mickey Moe as the eldest stands to inherit the house and farm, however apple of the mother’s eye, Andy has other ideas. A spanner is thrown into the works when local solicitor and undertaker Mr. Downey shows up with words from beyond the grave. A powerful cast led by Aisling O’Neill (aka

Carol from Fair City) provide a great night’s entertainment, full of fun and laughter. Not to be missed! “This charming comedy combines old style humour with sharp modern wit. Think J.B. Keane meets Fr. Ted!” – Liz Lloyd (Director) Admission: €20 & €16 concession, Super Saver: €10 Tuesday, 26th March 2013 Tuesday 26th – Saturday, 30th March 2013 @ 8pm Send entries direct to Civic Theatre

Solution Issue 30

This weeks Jokes If Resumes Told the Truth

OBJECTIVE To sit in a cubicle and stare at a monitor for eight hours, occasionally looking attentive when approached by a superior. EDUCATION School: Very Expensive Major: Not Important GPA: Don’t Ask EMPLOYMENT NETWORK MANAGEMENT (9/96-Present) Produced daily itinerary of television programs to watch. Duties included changing channels, avoiding infomercials, and staying tuned after those messages.

into one monthly bill that goes straight to my father. RESIDENT INHALER (9/98-6/99) Assisted all students with chemical intake from purchasing to exhaling. COMPUTER SKILLS *Solitaire *Minesweeper *On/Off Repair Method HONORS AND AWARDS *First Place in Miller Lite Funnel Tournament *Said Toast at brother’s wedding *High Score on Theta Chi’s Pin Ball Machine For further references, contact my mother. For positive responses, please pose all questions as though you’re considering me as a law school applicant.

DEBT CONSOLIDATION (4/97-12/99) Using various tools such as credit cards and borrowed cash, I managed to combine groups of unpaid bills


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ITT Library presents Irish Film Poster Exhibition in association with the Irish Film Institute

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The library is pleased to host an exhibition of Irish Film posters. These are on loan from the IFI which this year celebrates 20 years in its current location in Temple Bar. So it is fitting that the college library hosts this as part of ITT Dublin’s 20 year celebrations. This is the second time that we have had some of the posters on loan from the IFI, the first time being back in 2008. This was a very popular exhibition then and we hope this will be just as well-liked this time around. To coincide with this exhibition we will have a lunch time talk from the head of the IFI Irish Film archive Kasandra O’Connell. This talk will outline the history of the archive of film held in the IFI from feature films, newsreels, amateur films and much more which has captured the changing landscape of the Irish Nation. This rich resource has been shared with

the public in as many ways possible, nationally and internationally. This event will be of substantial benefit to our Creative Digital Media students but will be of value to anyone with an interest in Irish film or archives. With the new Zip access open this is an exhibition that may be taken in during ones lunch break. The exhibition began on Monday 25th February 2013 for one month and is open to the public. For more details on this exhibition and talk please see our website:

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Easter Sunday sees a massive Easter Egg hunt at Energy Fun Centre. Energy will be bursting the seams with Easter Eggs hidden all over all 4 floors of our centre for boys and girls to find. The Easter Bunny will be here to give out lots of yummy chocolate eggs between 2pm-6pm on Easter Sunday. Admission Fee covers all activities for the day so get down here early and see how many Easter Eggs you can find. For more information call us on 01 401 9033


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Heineken Cup pays a visit to Cheeverstown The Heineken Cup made its eagerly anticipated debut at Cheeverstown on 19th February. Cheeverstown, a voluntary organisation, provides a wide range of residential, respite and day services to almost 400 children and adults with an intellectual disability and to their families. This level of commitment shown by the organisation and its staff was evident for all to see when the European Cup arrived at the Templeogue based centre. The sense of excitement was palpable before the Cup was revealed and a sea of Leinster flags and jerseys greeted the famous trophy to lend a carnival atmosphere to proceedings. The clicks of cameras whirred non-stop for the duration of the visit as a myriad of photos were taken with the users of Cheeverstown’s facilities and their families.

Over the past twenty five years Cheeverstown’s approach to supporting people with disabilities has changed significantly, evolving from a medical model to a social model. This change has been driven through by people who use Cheeverstown’s services and has been helped by subsequent changes in legislation. In this time there has been a move from a one size fits all approach characterised by day and residential services to a more personalised approach

Rugby men, one and all, the squad’s interest in the Cup was topped only by their interest in when training was taking place at the weekend! Head coach David Hicks spent the majority of the event fielding questions regarding that Sunday morning’s training and did so with a level of banter and friendship that made it abundantly clear that the relationship between Mr.Hicks and his players was one founded predominately on mutual respect.

to supports. The personalised care available was plain to see as staff interactions throughout the visit were framed in humour, friendship and a sense of respect that are concurrent with Cheeverstown’s desire to provide a service where those with intellectual disabilities are treated free of prejudice or patronisation. While there was great enthusiasm across the board for the visit of the trophy, it was the members of the De La Salle Palmerstown Eagles

squad present that took the levels of excitement to a different stratosphere. The team, made up of players who use Cheeverstown services , has previous experience of playing at the R.D.S, where they took part in a hugely successful half time showcase when Leinster played Llanelli in the Heineken Cup last month. Even though the squad were old hands at this sort of thing, the presence of the Cup didn’t fail to illicit a response as each member of the team eagerly had their photo taken with the trophy.

Overall the visit was an unmitigated success even despite the absence of Leo the Lion due to a minor wardrobe malfunction. Cheeverstown C.E.O, Brian Gallagher was delighted with the outcome of the day. “It was extremely well received. Everybody was really happy with it. It’s not an everyday occurrence and in the current economic climate you’re always looking for morale boosters and it definitely checked that box.” Cheeverstown’s mission is based around enabling people with an intellectual disability to have full and meaningful lives through quality person centred services in partnership with families and judging by the success of the trophy visit, the organisation is fulfilling its mandate to the fullest.

Walking the Walk

Seán Crowe TD pictured with a group of ladies from Kilinarden who took part in the 10k sponsored walk for the LauraLynn House Irish Children’s Hospice. The walk took place in Tymon Park on Sunday 24th February. The group


said they fought the elements, hungry ducks and swans! Flying Footballs! Determined Runners and walkers and a couple of hangovers! Well done to all who took part in the fund-raising walk for this very deserving charity.

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Basketball League Finals Day Teams across Ireland are battling it out for the right to play on League Finals Day at the National Basketball Arena Saturday week (March 23rd). League Finals day will be the culmination of what has been an exciting season in the Nivea SuperLeagues and Basketball Ireland Division Ones. After the semi-final round, taking place in venues around Ireland this Friday and Saturday, the table will be set for the finals on March 23rd that begin at 11am with the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague Plate, a competition played between all the teams that fell short of playoffs. Following that at 1 and 3pm respectively are the Basketball Ireland Women and Men’s Division One finals. The grade directly below the Nivea SuperLeagues, the division one leagues feature some of the best talent in the country and may well have a pseudohome-town-team in Templeogue Azzurri, who won’t have far to travel


to Tallaght and the National Basketball Arena should they beat Titans in Galway this weekend in one of the Men’s semifinal The final two games of the day are the two most high-profile and mark the last action for Ireland’s SuperLeague basketballers. 5pm sees the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague final while the men take the court at 7pm for the final of a new competition, christened the National Champions Trophy.


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Attached pic caption: Will Bord Gais Neptune and UL Eagles meet again on League Finals Day at the National Basketball Arena on March 23rd following their epic Cup Final there in January. Neptune won that meeting.

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