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In this ISSUE A way out of debt ? See more on Page 2 Tallaght’s most local person See more in Page 5 The famous Belgard water tank See more on Page 9 Kid’s Corner-Win a prize special See more on Page 10 Selling your car? Find out the best place to sell it FREE See more on Page 13 What should we do with Baby Birds? See more on Page 14 Novenas See more on Page 15 20,000 new manufacturing jobs to be created See more on Page 17 Horoscopes See more on Page 18 Win a pair of tickets to see “Tuesdays with Morrie” at Civic Theatre See more on Page 20 New counseling center in Tallaght See more on Page 22 Tallaght student wins Art Competition See more on Page 23

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Be proud of where you live

TallaFest -Town and Country Fair is on it’s way ==

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TallaFest is a two day family fun festival which is being held in Tallaght Village & Bohernabreena on the 6th & 7th July.

One of the event’s main sponsors are Tallaght Community Council, who were inspired by The Gathering’s initiative and decided to celebrate Tallaght’s rich heritage in the environment, sports and the arts by organising and facilitating public meetings to promote it. We have a very dedicated festival committee made up of local people, businesses & community groups and will be co-operating with South Dublin County Council and the Gardaí to ensure that the event is well organised and supported. The following activities will take place over the two days with special guests June Rogers and the infamous Paddy Drac coming along and possibly one or two surprise guests making an appearance. Day 1: Guided tours of the Priory Gardens, St Maelruain’s Tower & historical talks. Junior Bird Watch/Street games/Entertainment/Face Painting. Open air Art Attack show casing Tallaght history & environment Martial Arts Performances/Latin, Ballroom & Hip Hop exhibition & Local bands showcase. Teddy Bear Picnic/Story Telling/Information Stalls & local artisan stalls/Live petting zoo Day 2: Bohernabreena Tractor & Vintage Run/Field Day/Farmer’s Market Fun Cycle/ Children’s Entertainment/Hill Walking Tractor Dismantling Competition Please find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/TallaFest Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/TallaFest


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Information campaign kicks off to help those struggling with debt find a way out Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cait Keane, has said the launch of Insolvency Service Irelands public information campaign will allow those who are struggling with the burden of debt to find a way out of their financial difficulties. Many people in Tallaght and across Dublin South-West, and right across Ireland, feel crippled under the weight of debts that were acquired during the boom. For these people, the burden is overwhelming and the cause of considerable stress in their everyday lives. With this in mind, the Government advanced legislation at the end of last year to set the wheel in motion to help people to get on top of their debts, find a way out and to begin again to play a role in our economic recovery. Today, Insolvency Service Ireland (ISI) launched a public information campaign to enable people to find the best way of dealing with their debts, depending on their situation. The website www.isi.gov.ie went live today and offers a wealth of information about debt resolution measures for dealing with both secured and unsecured debt. ISI also set out guidelines on what can be determined as reasonable standards of living and reasonable living expenses which should act as a defensive shield for debtors to ensure that the financial institutions they are dealing with are not unreasonable in their demands. People who are in genuine distress over their financial situation should

be afforded every opportunity to work through their debt with dignity. The guidelines are not designed to micro-manage peoples lifestyles or expenses by the Insolvency Service or creditors. Instead they are intended as a baseline for negotiation and discussion and are intended to be flexible and to help both sides to come to a satisfactory resolution. It is hoped that from the end of June, ISI will be in a position to begin accepting applications for new debt solutions. From May, it is expected that Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs), whose job it will be to act as mediators between debtors and creditors, will begin being authorised. This gives people a real timeline regarding a roadmap to dealing with their debts. It must be remembered that the three debt resolution measures set out by the ISI; Debt Relief Notices, Debt Settlement Arrangements or Personal Insolvency Arrangements, are voluntary arrangements undertaken by both sides. The aim is to come to an agreement that is acceptable to all. Continuing to ignore the plight of those who are in everyday anguish over their debts is not an option. By engaging in this new process, banks will be working towards meeting Central Bank targets on mortgage arrears and those in debt will be given a second chance and hope for a happier future that is not utterly mired in deb.

Obsessive Eaters Anonymous Is your eating behaviour worrying you? Are you constantly worried about your weight and size? Secret eating, binges, throwing up, constant snacking are all signs that help may be needed.  What is the real problem? Come along to one of our meetings and find help through the twelve Steps. Confidentiality and anonymity are assured. There is a meeting next Monday at 10.30 am  in St Jude’s Pastoral Centre,St Jude’s Church, Templeogue, Dublin 6W. or next Tuesday at 7.15 pm in Beechwood Community Centre ,Mountain View Road, Ranelagh , Dublin 6  Further information is available on our website http://www. obsessiveeatersanonymous.org/ or you can call us on : 087 2390595

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SDCC – Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth County Manager Philomena Poole has supported the report ‘Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012’ which was published by the County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA). The report which was welcomed by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., identifies over 2,300 separate actions/projects/ activities undertaken by local authorities across the country

local authorities across the country to support local development. I am pleased that the report highlights the key role South Dublin County Council plays in supporting enterprise and economic growth across the County. We will analyse the report in detail to identify best practice from the sector and opportunities to collaborate on projects. This report will also assist us in the implementation of our Economic Strategy and Action Plan agreed by the elected members in December 2012”.

in 2012 to contribute towards job creation and economic development.  The report  includes a large number of activities carried out by South Dublin County Council in 2012 particularly this Council’s support for business and inward investment including a dedicated business support programme with the local Chamber. Our recently adopted Economic Strategy targets investment in developing infrastructure to enable investment; supports entrepreneurship through providing financial incentives, facilities and training;  and provides & promotes information and festivals that bring tourism into our area.  The County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) findings are based on research assessing the extent of existing local authority activities in support of enterprise, economic growth and

employment. The report findings confirm the very important role all Local Authorities currently play in supporting enterprise, local development and economic growth throughout the country. Philomena Poole said “The results show the range of experience and unique capability of

The report also confirms the growing importance of local authorities fostering local innovation and entrepreneurship through a range of networking events, workshops and schemes that are tailored to suit local opportunities and circumstance. As part of the Action Plan for Jobs, launched by Minister Hogan in September 2012, the County & City Enterprise Boards are being replaced by Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), to act as first-stop shops to deliver enterprise supports through the local government system. South Dublin County Council is fully committed to continue working towards establishing the LEOs in South Dublin County in the coming months. Local authority input is essential across the full spectrum of actions outlined in the national “Action Plan for Jobs”.  The Action Plan complements the broader government plan, and highlights the existing contribution by local authorities to jobs and enterprise.  The research findings in this report conclusively demonstrates that local authorities collaborate on a daily basis with the business community and a network of national / local agencies, providing a key enabling role in a myriad of activities which ultimately yield valuable and significant job dividends Philomena Poole County Manager says “South Dublin County Council also offers a range of supports to businesses at a local level including supporting businesses by not increasing commercial rates in recent years and continuing the recent trend of freezing commercial rate charges this year.  In addition, South Dublin County Council is taking other actions to assist rate payers including and working with businesses to agree flexible payment plans.” The full national report and database of activities and outputs by each local authority can be found at  http://www.lgma.ie/ publications   

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The May Ramble Ramble Aid, the 5k series for charity which is organised by South Dublin County Sports Partnership, takes place next month in Tymon, Griffeen & Corkagh parks. With no traffic in view or roads to cross it offers a great way to explore the parks involved. Costing only €5 to enter the event is excellent value and is open to all members of the public be they runners, walkers, young children on bikes or wheelchair users. Proceeds this year go to Teenline, Beacon of Light and Jigsaw, local charities promoting youth mental health, particularly in the battle against youth suicide. For full details and to register for the event go to www.rambleaid.ie.

Caption - Cllr. Cathal King, Mayor of South Dublin County at the official launch with representatives from the 3 charities, South Dublin County Council and the HSE/ Get Ireland Active programme.

Tallaght Express & Ireland XO are looking for the most local person in Tallaght Do you know someone who might qualify? Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) wants to find the most local person in our community,

defined as the person in our community who has the highest number of great, and great grandparents in the area. That person could be the key to developing the parish diaspora worldwide. In cooperation with its USA-based DNA partner, 23 and me, Ireland XO is developing a database of Irish DNA which will allow anyone abroad to find out what part of Ireland they come from, without ever stepping on Irish soil or researching even on genealogical record. Even if you are a John Kelly from Alaska with no Irish connection, we will be able to tell you the likely parish you come from in Ireland, and in time, and a bit of luck, what house your family came from! The “most local person” is by default, a biological summary of all the blood types and genealogies in an area and is a “marker” of the DNA of the local people. By simply matching your DNA with the national Irish database, your own mix of DNA will pinpoint to where your people most likely originated from. Using DNA is a third way, in addition to genealogical research and oral history that Ireland XO is using to find out the parishes from where the Irish Diaspora worldwide came from. “Launching the Ireland XO DNA initiative not only helps us understand our past and our heritage, but also opens up our understanding of the power of science in piecing together who we are ”said Mike Feerick, Chairman & Founder of Ireland XO at the launch of the programme. 23andme Vice President Jon Ward, himself of Irish heritage said that “there is huge interest worldwide in tracing Irish roots via DNA worldwide – and we are delighted to partner with Ireland XO in bringing the power of technology to parishes the length and breadth of Ireland” How it works: The DNA test will cost €75 plus postage and packaging. The test results are available within a couple of weeks and then 2 things will happen First the individual will begin to see all of their relations all over the world...this can be thousands. Second Ireland’s unique DNA will be mapped to each area. Ireland XO and 23andme are offering a special reduced kit price for Ireland XO users. 23andme will post out your test and you have the comfort and security of knowing that this is all done within best practices and your details belong to you and nobody else! Check out 23andme online www.23andme.com. We will keep you updated regularly via your favourite free newspaper and website www.tallaghtexpress.com. Please mention Tallaght Express to advertisers

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Shining a light on child protection issues Ombudsman for Children will be able to investigate NCSE issues by end of month Fine Gael Councillor , Brian Lawlor, has warmly welcomed the announcement that the Ombudsman for Children will be able to investigate issues that parents of children with special needs have with the National Council for Special Education by the end of this month. “I am delighted at the recent announcement that the Ombudsman for Children will finally be able to investigate issues that parents of children with special needs have with State agencies. “Children with special needs face many challenges as they go about their daily lives. Up until now, if an issue arose with a State agency in relation to children’s special educational needs, the Ombudsman did not have the power to investigate. This was an unsustainable and unjust situation as parents had no opportunity to have these matters investigated. “No State agency should be beyond the scope of independent investigation, especially an agency which deals with such sensitive and important matters. Today is an end to this frustrating situation for parents who are doing their best to ensure that their children reach their full potential. I join with them today in welcoming the end of this anomaly. I commend the Government for rectifying this matter through the Ombudsman Amendment Act 2012.”

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REVENUE AUDITS By Damien Malone, Malone & Co. Dealing with a Revenue audit is stressful and can be costly for many businesses. Most audits and investigations are targeted at cases where Revenue believes there is a risk of underpayment of tax. The development of sophisticated risk profiling software has enabled Revenue to better target cases for review and to widen the scope of its audit activity. Tax returns filed with Revenue are analysed and ‘scored’ according to certain rules which vary depending on the size and nature of the business. Revenue also monitors failures to submit returns and to make payments of tax on time. In the current business environment the reason for a high risk ranking in many cases is because outstanding taxes not paid or returns filed are showing up on their systems. Other reasons leading to an audit include informants, your relationship to another taxpayer who is being audited, being part of a special group that has been singled out for investigation or being part of a Revenue project such as the auditing of cash businesses. In most cases a taxpayer will first become aware of an audit on receipt of

an audit notification letter from Revenue. It is important that this correspondence is dealt with promptly as it may be possible to scale back the period under review and/ or to change the date selected by Revenue. We would always strongly recommend that professional advice be taken at both this stage to identify tax issues present in the business and going forward throughout the duration of the audit. It is important that you have an advisor present at all face-to-face meetings with Revenue as there is no such thing as idle conversation with a Revenue inspector even during a site visit. Having an advisor present at the site visit will buffer you from questioning and probing by the inspector. At the initial meeting with Revenue, they offer the opportunity for taxpayers to make a voluntary disclosure and pay over any tax liabilities due. Failure to make a proper voluntary disclosure will result in higher penalties and possibly publication. If Revenue identify underpayments of tax that are not included in the voluntary disclosure this may lead to higher penalties, publication and, in serious cases, even prosecution. If you have any queries on the above or would like to arrange a free consultation with us please don’t hesitate to contact us at Malone & Co. Accountants & Tax Advisers . Phone 0876859474 or visit our website www.maloneaccountants.ie

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Celebration of Bealtaine On Wednesday 1st May at 11.30 am in Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght Mayor Cathal King will launch the Bealtaine Festival, the festival celebrating Creativity in Older Age. Bealtaine is co-ordinated by Age and Opportunity, the national organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society. The name “Bealtaine” comes from the ancient Celtic festival of that name celebrating springtime, freshness and renewal. The theme this year for South Dublin County is “”Grow Happy – it’s not life that makes us it’s what we make of life.” There will be information fair on the day focusing on the areas of health, physical activity and social activity. This has been organised by Tús Nua – Older Person Council for South Dublin. South Dublin County Council have organised a number of events during the month to celebrate the festival and have produced a brochure to advertise events for older people during Bealtaine. Each week has a different theme including technology week, arts and culture week, grow happy week and the final week! There is an opportunity here for everybody to try out something new! Some of the activities include tea drinking workshop, tea dance, horticultural workshops, computer classes, arts and crafts and lots more! This year we are inviting people to submit a written expression of thanks for all the good things in their life or share their favourite recipe and the memories behind it (applications forms can be downloaded from www.sdcc.ie) As a Local Authority we are putting in place the structures to address the changing needs of this segment of our population and work is ongoing to make South Dublin an Age Friendly County. Much of the work with our elderly population in the County is carried out by volunteers all over the county. South Dublin County Council has worked in partnership with many local organisations and statutory agencies to enhance the services for elderly people living in the county. Working together we can make South Dublin County a better place to live for people of all ages and abilities.

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Hayes welcomes removal of Belgard disused water tank

Local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Brian Hayes has welcomed confirmation from South Dublin County Council that an unused water tank located in Belgard Heights will be removed.Minister Hayes stated “ The issue of the old water tank located between the Cookstown Road and The Rise, Belgard Heights has been ongoing for many years. It has been a location for anti social behaviour, a health and safety concern and a visual eye soar to many residents. ”Minister Hayes continued, “A number of weeks ago I met with the Residents Association who asked me to pursue this matter. I thank South Dublin County Council for their assistance and look forward to seeing the area flattened and landscaped.

Ely ’s K itchen When spring rolls around, many of us are eager to dust off our shorts and sunglasses, ready to forget the reality of the season: it's still pretty darn chilly. This recipe brings the best of both worlds, crunchy, fresh spring vegetables and bright goat cheese ravioli in a broth that's light enough, but still warms your bones. Ingredients: 2 cups chicken broth 2 cups water 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 1/2 to 2 ounces rinds from Parmigiano-Reggiano Herb trimmings Salt 2 dozen asparagus tips 1/2 pound sugar snap peas Goat cheese ravioli or fresh pasta squares 2 tablespoons chopped chives 1 ounce freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Preparation: 1. In a soup pot, simmer the chicken broth, water, garlic, Parmesan rinds and herb trimmings until aromatic and flavorful, about 90 minutes. Strain and return to the soup pot. 2. In a wide pot, blanch the asparagus tips in plenty of rapidly boiling, generously salted water until just tender, about 3 minutes. Use a wire skimmer or slotted spoon to

simmer, taste and correct seasoning with salt to taste. 5. Bring a large, wide pot of water to a boil. Cook the goat cheese ravioli or fresh pasta squares until the pasta is tender, 3 or 4 minutes. Divide the ravioli among the serving bowls. Warm the asparagus tips in the same

pot of water and divide them among the pasta bowls. Warm the sugar snaps in the same pot of water and divide them among the pasta bowls. Sprinkle each bowl with chives and then ladle over roughly one-third cup of hot Parmesan broth. Sprinkle with a little grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and pass the remainder at the table.

transfer them to an ice water bath to stop the cooking, then transfer to a bowl and set aside. 3. Cut the sugar snaps in half on a bias, then blanch them in the same way, stopping the cooking with the ice water bath and holding in a separate bowl. (The recipe can be prepared to this point up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.) 4. When ready to serve, warm 6 shallow pasta bowls. Bring the Parmesan broth to a

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Kid’s Corner The week’s funnies Q. Why did the man put his money in the freezer? A. He wanted cold hard cash! Q. What did the porcupine say to the cactus? A. “Is that you mommy?” Q. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A. Frostbite. Q. How do crazy people go through the forest? A. They take the psycho path. Q. What do prisoners use to call each other? A. Cell phones. Winner of our colouring Competition

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Q. What do you get from a pampered cow? A. Spoiled milk.

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Places still available in new Gaelscoil in Firhouse Application forms for places in the Junior Infant class in the new Gaelscoil in Firhouse are still being accepted. The new multidenominational school will open under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta this September. Over 8,000 children currently attend Irish medium schools in Dublin . In 2012, the Department of Education announced that a new Gaelscoil would be opened in Firhouse to cater for the demand for Irish language education in the area. The new Gaelscoil will be based at a temporary location in Firhouse and will transfer to a permanent site in the area. The Department of Education is currently sourcing this location. The position of principal in the new Gaelscoil has been advertised. An Foras Pátrúnachta, the school’s patron, expect that the principal will be appointed by the end of April. Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, said: “Children starting off in the new Gaelscoil in Firhouse will be getting the fantastic advantage of a low pupil teacher ratio as well as the full support of the Department of Education with regard to accommodation and funding. “The Gaelscoil will have the full support and experience of An Foras Pátrúnachta, setting the school on the path of providing an excellent standard of education to the children.” Great interest has been shown in the new Gaelscoil to date. An information evening was held for parents recently and a parents committee is currently being formed. It is expected that an Irish language summer camp for the children will be organised. There has also been a keen interest in Irish language classes for parents. Further information as well as application forms (for 2013 and other years) are available from www.foras.ie

DOMINIC’S COMMUNITY CENTRE Advice Clinics Community Gardai from Tallaght Garda Station hold an advice clinic every Monday 1pm– 2pm Classic Movie Night for the over 55’s The next Classic Movie night is on Monday 29th May at 7pm. Movie showing on the night is The Scarlet Pimpernel staring Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon (1934). Free to attend but please contact the Centre on 4590770 to reserve your place .

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Baby Birds (up high) a short distance away, preferably in something like a flower pot, and left completely alone for an hour or so. The parents are likely to be nearby waiting for the person to go. If after a few hours the parent birds have not returned and fed it, them you should call the DSPCA for advice.

Between March and July each year, thousands of fledglings die needlessly or are brought to the DSPCA. Taking a baby bird from the garden that appears to be lost or abandoned might seem like the right thing to do but it is often doing more harm that good. Many are perfectly healthy, but instead of being fed

by the parent birds and learning to fend for themselves in the wild, they suffer stress from being handled by humans. Fully feathered birds that are not injured should be left alone, while baby birds that have no feathers should be returned to the nest or placed out of harm

Extra precautions are needed, particularly for gardeners, include making sure they don’t disturb nests while pruning. It could scare the fledglings or parents into abandoning the nest. Any nests knocked to the ground should be placed close by and as high as possible away from predators such as cats and dogs. For more information or to get advice on a wild animal call the DSPCA on 01 4994700 or email info@dspca.ie

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CARER? If so, then come along to our Recruitment Fair!!!

When and Where? Friday, 3rd of May The Sheldon Park Hotel, The Kylemore Road Time 9.30am to 4.30pm Please bring along a copy of your CV & 2 written references Or apply online at www.comfortkeepers.ie/careers Or call 01 879 7777

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Employment rises in Romania Romania’s number of employees increased by nearly 100,000 last year, reaching 4.31 million people, according to Ziarul Financiar. However, the creation of another 522,000 jobs is necessary for the workforce to reach the 4.83 million employees at which it stood five years ago, before the financial crisis. Experts warned that the figure may create a false impression. “In the statistics, each new employment contract is considered a new job, but things are a bit different in reality,” said Cristina Savuica, managing partner for the Czech Republic and Romania at recruitment company Lugera. Strachen urges Lennon Because the real satisfaction will not arrive until after he has left the high-pressure job at Celtic. The former Parkhead manager said: “You get the kick in years to come. It’s the satisfaction that you made people happy.”Strachan led the Hoops to three successive flags from 2006, with Lennon his captain. He was also instrumental in bringing the Northern Irishman back to the club to begin his coaching career in 2008. Lennon is just one behind Strachan in terms of title wins as Celtic manager. Nigerian celebrities snubbed Hope of our celebrities who plan to travel to the United States of America to have their babies has finally come to a halt, as the new policy of the United States may not favour many of them. The lucky one was Mercy Johnson who recently had her baby there, because she was the last to have baby before the new US law came into effect. According to reports, the United States government appears to have tightened the noose on Nigerian pregnant women who have formed the habit of traveling to the US to deliver their babies. The women employ the ploy to ensure that such babies become citizens of the US to enjoy all the benefits of US citizenship. However, with the new policy being introduced in the US, Nigerian women who travel abroad to deliver their babies may now have to opt for other countries other than the US or be multi-millionaires before they can have access to travelling for child delivery and qualify for automatic citizenship.

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NOVENA TO SAINT CLARE ASK FOR 3 FAVOURS, 1 BUSINESS 2 IMPOSSIBLE.   SAY 9 HAIL MARYS FOR 9 DAYS   MAY THA SACRED HEART OF JESUS BE PRAISED,ADORED,GLORIFIED TODAY, EVERY DAY AND FOREVER.   SAY 3 TIMES   PRAY WEATHER YOU BELIEVE OR NOT,  PUBLICATION MUST BE PROMISED,AND PUBLISHED ON THE 9 DAY.   MARY. Novena to the Sacred Heart.  Dear Heart of Jesus,in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this very special one (mention favour).Take it dear Jesus and place it within your broken heart where your holy Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour , not mine .Amen. Say prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted.  F B & Mary Prayer to the Blessed Virgin (never known to fail) O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine,splender of heaven, Blessed mother of the son of God,Immaculate Virgin please assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God,Queen of Heaven and earth I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity(make request) There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have re-course to thee(3 times) Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for 3 days and after this your request will be granted F.B. 

POETS CORNER WARLIKE Because the troops in your karste heart are always marching to a martial drumbeat rhythm,

“Meditation on Twin Hearts is one of the most powerful meditation tools for spiritual development. It is a true gift from the Great Ones" Master Choa Kok Sui

because of the invisible weapon hung around your shoulders, resting in your fists, because you would rather be led by hawkish rhetoric than listen to reason, because you negotiate peace only when blood is spilled and the dead piled high with time, because you speak of the laurel wreath and the dove only after war and not before, because of all this you are foolish to believe you are pleasing to God. Michael J. Whelan 29 March 2013

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20,000 new manufacturing jobs to be created by 2016 under Government plans Local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Brian Hayes has welcomed the launch of a new Government plan which aims to support the creation of 20,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector by 2016. The strategy has been prepared as part of the Action Plan for Jobs and is the result of consultation with experts within the sector. “The manufacturing sector already employs more than 205,000 people in this country, and the Government believes we can significantly increase this number of the next four years. A report on the needs of the sector, commissioned by the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, has highlighted existing and future skills shortages in manufacturing, and illustrates the potential for jobs growth if companies are supported and prospective employees are adequately trained.

“The Government now plans to implement a series of measures aimed at maximising the potential for jobs growth within the manufacturing sector. This includes the establishment of a new Start-up Fund run by Enterprise Ireland to target support for new manufacturing companies. Existing companies will also be given additional supports to expand their client base through staff training, accelerate collaboration between companies in similar sectors and improve the adoption of new technologies. “Manufacturing, like any other sector, must make every effort to be competitive. The Government is determined to remove barriers to growth, so the sector can continue to expand and create jobs. Ensuring our workforce has the right skills to avail of new opportunities is also essential. This means we need to adapt third level and up-skilling courses if necessary to meet the changing needs of the sector.

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“A new national Step Change Initiative will be made available to all Enterprise Ireland and IDA client companies to help them improve productivity and increase their capabilities. This will help firms on a range of fronts; for example we want to make it easier for companies to work together to bring complementary products or services to the marketplace. We will also develop the Global Sourcing initiative, which aims to increase the proportion of goods and services supplied by Irish firms to multinationals operating here. “A central plank of this new strategy is aimed at encouraging our indigenous potential; the Government wants to make sure home-grown Irish manufacturing firms have the tools and the supports they need to expand and create jobs. Manufacturing firms supported by State agencies contributed €75 billion to exports in 2011; by encouraging this figure to grow we can strengthen the sector and boost job creation.”

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HOROSCOPES Aries Financial issues are finally resolving themselves and you are in a great position to buy, sell, barter, trade, etc. You could also find this is a very good month for focusing on transportation, commerce, verbal and written communication projects, finding creative ways to express yourself, and for spending quality time with your family, neighbors, and local community members. Read more about what this month holds for Aries. Taurus Despite some type of financial drama involving friends, teams, committees, memberships, groups, and/or Internet activities, you are actually having one of your best money months of this year! You have the planets in charge of wealth, commerce, luck, and enthusiasm all traveling through your personal wealth sector and taking turns brainstorming ideas to help you set and achieve meaningful goals within this area of your life. They could also give you a huge boost of self-confidence while doing so. Read more about what this month holds for Taurus. Gemini As a handful of planets travel through Gemini, they take turns working with Uranus in your social networking sector to help you with all kinds of groups, teams, clubs, networking projects, Internet activities, etc. You are a great friend and a wonderful team player anyway, but this month, you are especially gifted within these roles. You are still having some trouble with a flaky, dysfunctional, or confusing boss or professional path, but things are about to get better. Read more about what this month holds for Gemini. Cancer There are a number of times this month when you find yourself

questioning society’s rules. You could also be arguing with yourself about your political, religious, cultural, academic, and/ or philosophical beliefs. It is okay to re-evaluate these things occasionally. As you gather new information, it is only natural that you could come to new conclusions about how the world ought to be and what rules society ought to embrace. As the month progresses, you shift into a very upbeat, creative, and smart frame of mind, which helps you brainstorm some great ideas within your professional life. And you just might be in the mood to forgive people that have caused you emotional distress in the past. Read more about what this month holds for Cancer. Leo You are still experiencing some strong positive energy within your career, but it is beginning to change from leadership and solo moments of glory towards teamwork, networking, and committee meetings. You have some excellent opportunities to shine as a team player. People love hanging out with you socially and professionally. You need to be careful not to allow financial or romantic activities to interfere with the excellent professional and social activities you and your colleagues are experiencing. Keep your love life and your investments far away from your social circles and the Internet, at least for now. Read more about what this month holds for Leo. Virgo During most of this month, your

profits sector and your professional success sector are working together to help you achieve some of your business goals. You still have a bit of the adventurous spirit left over from last month, but your thoughts are shifting towards your career and taking on leadership roles. A partner or competitor is unhappy with how well you are doing, but that is not meant to stop you from pushing forward with your professional and financial goals. Read more about what this month holds for Virgo. Libra If you are not traveling and exploring other cultures, you are probably dreaming of sneaking away for an exotic vacation somewhere. It is also possible that you are getting involved in academic, legal, political, cultural, religious, and/ or media related activities. The idea is that you are broadening your horizons. Your coworkers are not too thrilled about it, but your partner is onboard and ready to join you. Read more about what this month holds for Libra. Scorpio Five of the ten planets are traveling through the area of your chart that governs trust and sharing, intimacy, fidelity, spousal and child support, joint assets, joint ventures, investments, stocks, commissions, royalties, tips and gratuities, inheritances, loans, lotteries, taxes, and other forms of profit sharing. They bring you all kinds of good luck, wealth, romance, optimism, and tenacity while you focus on these aspects of your life. There are times when your career is more profitable but also times when you

are dealing with some romantic or financial trust issues involving your children, pets, lovers, or extracurricular activities. But overall, they are working hard to bring more love and profits into your life this month. Read more about what this month holds for Scorpio. Sagittarius Your parents, roommates, houseguests, home-improvement projects, real estate deals, retirement plans, and/or something in your private life is upsetting your partner. The good news is that both of you have quite a few opportunities to spend quality time together having fun. It is not as if your home-related issue is keeping the two of you from enjoying life. You are able to laugh, dance, play, fall in love, spend time with children and pets, get involved in each other’s hobbies, enjoy date nights, and/or work on fun creative projects together. Read more about what this month holds for Sagittarius. Capricorn The planets in charge of good luck, wealth, commerce, vitality, and tenacity are all passing through your daily work sector this month. You are smart, charming, productive, diplomatic, and lucky. This awesome energy also flows over into your private life and allows you to get a lot accomplished at home too. You are on top of things and able to manage your time well. And you still manage to find time for playtime activities too. Read more about what this month holds for Capricorn. Aquarius You have five of the ten planets in the area of your chart that governs personal pleasure, lovers, romance, playtime, hobbies, creative talents, pets, children, sports, leisure, luxury, and happiness. You also have your own ruling planet, Uranus, making positive connections with these planets from within your local community, commercial activities, and interpersonal communications sector. This is an excellent month for all kinds of romantic, social, and business related activities that bring joy and happiness into your life. If you work in a job that you really love or you work in an industry that focuses on bringing joy into the lives of your customers, then you could find that business is booming this month. Read more about what this month holds for Aquarius. Pisces During the first half of the month, you are upset about someone or something in your home. It could be your roommates, parents, houseguests, a real estate deal, household project, chores, etc. However, your wealth and home sectors begin working together beautifully so you might be able to throw money at the problem. During the second half of the month, you begin having some really strong, smart, and fun energy in your home and you are able to work through your household issues and make up with those people that might have been annoying earlier in the month. Read more about what this month holds for Pisces.

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Lawlor welcomes tightening of Motor Tax Loophole Fine Gael Councillor for Tallaght, Cllr Brian Lawlor, has welcomed the publication of the Non Use of Motor Vehicles Bill 2013 . This Bill will stop the practice of retrospectively claiming that your car has been ‘off the road’ in order to avoid paying arrears on motor tax. This loophole currently costs the state in the region of €55 million per annum. “This loophole provided the perfect opportunity for motorists to evade motor tax and placed the onus on the Gardaí to certify that the car was off the road,” Councillor Lawlor stated. “This Bill means that if someone intends to take their car off the road for a period of time, they will be

responsible for notifying the Motor Tax Office in advance in order to prevent arrears accruing. This will be particularly useful, for example, to people who need to spend time working abroad. Furthermore, it will exclude the Gardaí from the process and free up their time from this administrative burden. “It has been known for sometime now that the closing of this loophole should generate approximately €55 million per annum in taxes that are currently being evaded by opportunistic motorists. It is vital that the Bill is operational without delay to increase the revenue intake for financially strapped local authorities”.

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Brain - Munches 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 8 Carrier pigeon finally into niche house contracts (8) 9 Chapter requiring material for children’s writer (6) 10,3 16 15 17 (4-2-4) 11 Attention-seeker squeezing soft rubber article for entertainment in Italy (5,5) 12 One calling for a double (6) 14 I speak ill of Sicilian, perhaps (8) 15,17 Car twice the size primarily let loose round the back of Porto-

bello? (7,7) 20So there’s misshapen toe in brogue — try this? (4,4) 22 Quite pleasing (6) 23 Joke about second crossword solver not starting 10 3 (3,7) 24Means by which money returned (4) 25 Unit of force went off and on (6) 26 At sea, Titan at sea (8) Down 1 One of twelve walls in solid interior for stone statue (8) 2 Dog without lead find-

ing some balls (4) 3 See 10 4 As bottom delightful, bottom pinched (7) 5 Small spider, perhaps — one with spidery writing? (8) 6 Name etched into a bracelet, possibly for a portable box (10) 7 I like, regularly, to embrace God (6) 13 California waters where ancient weapon taken in case of grenade (6,4) 16 Nations spending the same money, Continental road to climb, critical stuff going over our heads? (8) 18 Dismissed, then sure to be leaving (8) 19 Witch sees Liberal couple possessed by virtual witch (7) 21 Frost a 23? Don’t trust him! (6) 22 One into social balance (6) 24Skirt or tie, loosely speaking (4)

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THIS WEEKS JOKES Computer Jokes There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

************************** Signs that you need to get away from the computer You try to enter your password on the microwave.

He now writes error messages for Microsoft Corporation.

You email your son in his room to tell him that dinner is ready, and he emails you back, ‘What’s for dinner dad?’

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Your daughter sets up a web site to sell Girl Scout Cookies.

Why was the computer so tired when it got home?

You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven’t spoken to your next door neighbor yet this year.

-Because it had a hard drive!

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Win Tickets to Morrie at The Civic Theatre Tuesdays with Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. It is a heartwarming exploration of friendship and life. It will make you cry, think, feel but above all it will make you laugh.

The critics have been lavish in their praise: “A touching life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humour” - The New York Daily News ‘It will do wonderfully well... it is quite a corker. Andrew Murray plays Albom with absolute conviction ranging through the emotions of irritation, guilt and sadness. And Terry Byrne is almost startlingly excellent, utterly believable, physically controlled to perfection.” -Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent “The exchanges between the two are so truthful, sharp and humorous that it never descends into sentimentality. Terry Byrne as ‘Morrie’ and Andrew Murray as ‘Mitch’ give memorable performances that are both funny and poignant.” - Michael Moffatt, Mail on Sunday “Terry Byrne manages to capture perfectly the humour and charm of ‘Morrie’; and ‘Mitch’ is well played by Andrew Murray as a bundle of repressed, ambitious energy”- Carl Dixon, The Irish Examiner “A tender and touching production graced by two fine actors” - Evening Echo Wednesday, 1st – Saturday, 4th May 2013 @ 8pm Admission: €20 & €16 concession, €10 opening night SPECIAL BEALTAINE OFFER: €10 tickets on Friday, 3rd May Closing date of entries May 1st 2013 Also now in the Civic Theatre. Ballet Ireland presents Cinderella ­- After The Ball MAIN AUDITORIUM Friday, 26th - Saturday, 27th April 2013 @ 8pm Admission: €20 & €16 concession Matinee Saturday, 27th April 2013 @ 3pm Admission: €14 Ever wondered what happened to Cinderella and Prince Charming after they got married? Well Ballet Ireland takes up the story when the pair return from their honeymoon!
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NEW COUNSELLING CENTRE OPENS IN BROOKFIELD, TALLAGHT Oasis has been offering a vibrant community counselling service in Ballyfermot for the past 17 years and have recently opened a brand new service in Brookfield. Oasis offers low cost counselling for people who are struggling with stress, depression, the impact of abuse, bereavement and many other issues. One of the key features of this new service is the children’s therapy room where children can have therapeutic play or children’s counselling with a play therapist. Many children have experienced the separation of their parents, bullying at school and all sorts of issues in their young lives and it can really help for them to have a place to go and process all of this, so they can move on. Manager Vicky McEvoy explained that the new centre is located beside YMCA PAKT office in Brookfield which is on the PARTAS campus. “We are delighted with the space that we have and are so encouraged by generous donations of Ikea, Des Kelly and Matthew Kelly who donated furniture.” The ESB ElectricAID fund and the Lottery fund have also helped us and we will be looking to other local businesses to help keep the costs of the counselling down, so that we can offer affordable counselling in this area. Waiting lists in Tallaght are quite long and so this service will be of great benefit. Office Manager Deborah, told us that she is delighted with the interest already and that Oasis has 7 counsellors working with clients. The Oasis website is www.oasiscounselling.net and the phone no for appointments is 01 4620012 Pictured below Deborah, Vicky and Rebekah

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TALLAGHT STUDENTS WIN TOP PRIZES IN TEXACO ART COMPETITION Three Tallaght students have won top prizes in this year’s 59th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. In Category G, third prize of EUR200 was won by 12-year-old David McNamara, a student St. Joseph’s Special School, Tallaght, for his untitled painting depicting a cat on a window sill.

Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in Dublin next month when all of the 126 top prizewinners will be in attendance. The competition, which attracted entries from each of the 32 counties, will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. David McNamara is pictured with his untitled prize-winning painting, with his mother Ann (left), grandmother Ann, grandfather Michael and sister Denise. The picture was taken at a function to announce the top winners held in the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery.

The two other Tallaght students, also pupils at St. Joseph’s Special School, won Special Merit Awards in the same category. They are, Nicole McKeever (17), for her untitled work, and Emily Behan (14), for her work entitled ‘Fish’.

ITT Dublin hosted for the fifth year running the Student Awards Sponsored by South Dublin County Enterprise Board (SDCEB). The awards bring together a mix of entrepreneurial students from different faculty disciplines to form teams to put forward their innovative business ideas. They are shortlisted and compete for one of the four following prizes from a €6,500 Prize Fund: 1st €3,000, 2nd €2,000, 3rd €1,000, and a Special Award of €500 http://www. synergycentre.ie/student-synergyawards. See previous winners and entries here

the consumer and seller. Lisa O’Dwyer, Michelle Long, Aisling Murray, Lauren Caine – from Accountancy & Professional Studies. Supporting Tutor Patricia Morris Technology Innovation Award €500 – i-Motion Medical Our functioning I-Motion prosthetic finger is jointed through a linkage system offering two points of degrees of freedom. Operated via the input motion of an amputee’s stump it allows for extending and flexing of the digit up to 90 degree angles performing grasping operations. The prosthetic device offers stable grasp of a wide variety of complex objects and shapes supplying amputees with essential sensory feedback, improving reflex time and gathering tactile information.

The event is supported and run by Mr Onray Brainard (Enterprise Support Officer) and Mr Tom Rooney (Manager) of the Synergy Centre, the innovation and company incubation space at ITT Dublin The finals took place on Thursday 11th of April 2013 and 9 shortlisted teams took part. Once again the students energy and enthusiasm made the competition a great success and we’d like to thank all the staff involved who took part in making it all happen. Especially the students and their tutors for encouraging entrants and commending their work and innovation which is in addition to their usual college course-work. Pat McLaughlin President ITT Dublin addressed the students on the day of the awards. Pat said he was “impressed with the quality of the proposals and the amount of effort and detail put in by the students.” He found that the experience of the awards “enthused all to see such passion put into the final project entries” Loman O’Byrne CEO of the SDCEB said “The 3rd level Student Awards is a fitting progression to the Student Enterprise Awards and SCDEB work with and availability to all levels of

Eoin Robinson, Paul McClusky, James McNena - from Mechanical Engineering. 1st Place Pat McLaughlin, Niamh Martin, Caoimhe Moran, Loman O’Byrne entrepreneurial student in the county” and that the involvement of the students in these competitions “will stand to them in their future business endeavors and employment opportunities”. This years 4 WINNING TEAMS are: First Place €3000 – Daisy Fabrics: Offering sustainability, individuality, and fashion! The renewed interest in the craft industry, has directed us to become a vibrant online retailer of fabrics, haberdashery, and accessories. Our website offers online support demonstrating how to; use knitting patterns, sew, and provide new fashion ideas. A social media forum is also incorporated offering customers the opportunity to interact and swap their ideas and gain expert advice. Niamh Martin, Caoimhe Moran – From Management and Marketing & Business.

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Supporting Tutor Ethna O’Connor Second Place €2000 – SiloCam: A retail product offering customisable protective silicone covers for cameras. Extensively available for smartphones and mp3 players. Customisation of our product design allows consumers choices to buy and determine modified graphics for display on the case. Stephen Mahady, Luke O’Reilly, Andrew Gilbert, Sarah Greene - from Accountancy & Professional Studies and Business Accounting. Supporting Tutor Patricia Morris Third Place €1000 – i-Model: A new application tool for Smartphone users allowing people to “try on” clothes from online stores using a 3D image of themselves. Our app incorporates the purchasing of clothing or items through the app portal making it easier for both

Supporting Tutor Gerard Ryder Well done to all of the 9 Teams of shortlisted students and their supporting tutors for taking part. Following this competition All shortlisted entrants have been encouraged to apply for the Enterprise Ireland National Competition offering additional substantial prizes of cash and business assistance. This lucrative national competition holds a 60k prize fund with a 10k first prize and is open to all 3rd level students. The closing date of the Enterprise Ireland National Competition is Thursday 24thof April 2012 with the awarding ceremony will be hosted midJune 2013 in NUI Galway. All details can be found on their website: www.thinkoutsidetheboxawards.com

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Templeogue Superluminals drive towards F1™ in Schools’ Nationals Finals! Templeogue Superluminals from Templeogue College are delighted to see their hard work in research and preparation for their project plan has paid off as they have successfully gotten through the Regional Final of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge and onto the National Finals of the competition, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society. This is the sixth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering. The winner of the completion attends the International finals in Austin Texas. The six members of the team are; Sean Morrin, Team Manager, Brendan Maher, Marketing & Communications Manager, Yijan Lim, Resource Manager, Erik Stenberg, Graphic Designer, Kevin Mongey, Design & Manufacturing Engineer and Timofey Abramski Design & Manufacturing Engineer. At the Regional Competition the team had to man a stand, deliver a verbal presentation and race their formula 1 car which had a very impressive finishing time of 1.3 seconds The Leinster Regional Finals took place at Griffith College on the 7th of March 2013. National Finals of the competition are taking place on the 30 of April. At the final there is a 20 meter track where the cars are raced and there is also a stand made and designed by each team there. The F1 in Schools Challenge is an international competition which now attracts more than 90,000

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students across the world in a frenzied dash to design, build and ultimately race model 25cm balsa wood Formula One™ powered by compressed air. The competition is open to secondary schools nationwide, to design and manufacture model racing cars powered by compressed air. Each car measures about 25cms long. Student teams will compete against each other in a Regional and then a National Championship to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland. Team Manager Sean Morrin describes the work their team has put in so far to get to this stage in the competition: ‘All six members of the team have put in a tremendous amount of work, on the business end we have already secured sponsorship from local businesses and we have a very innovative car design’ The winning car will be judged on design, speed and the school team’s project verbal presentation and portfolio. Marketing and Communications Manager, Brendan Maher of Templeogue Superluminals gives details on their team’s original piece and explains why it sets their team apart from competitors: Our team had a very cooperative spirit with everyone having an impute and everybody was encouraging each other in overcoming problems . Design & Manufacturing Engineer Kevin Mongey describes the atmosphere at the regional finals and his hopes for the National Final ‘there was a great buzz at the regional final and it was really interesting racing the cars and talking to people from all over Leinster ‘. We have received sponsorship from the following companies Xilinx, Dunnes Stores, McGuirke Beggan, Arolco, Stephan Doorly and Co Accountants, Logolink, Global Web Technologies ,Clear Image photography and Adams Auctioneers,E.Fox Engineering Massey Bros..

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Justsplit.com celebrates one year in Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre ‘Holidays are still important to people’ according to Leonie Donovan, branch manager with Justsplit. com in Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre. The travel company, which has offices in Rathfarnham, Ballyfermot and Limerick, this month celebrated one year in

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Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre. Over the past year they have sent hundreds of people on holidays. ‘Irish people still want to get some sunshine. Its still the main reason why people want to get away’. According to Donovan, package holidays remain very popular and still offer great value for money, especially for families. People are always looking for quality and Cruise holidays offer more value these days. At the end of the market,

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Dublin to get Smart Energy Cube The Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced the winner of the Imagine Energy Design Competition at the launch of the competition exhibition this week in the Atrium of the Civic Offices at Wood Quay. The winning design a Smart Energy Cube was created by Declan Scullion an Architect from Co. Tyrone. The Smart Energy Cube seeks to engage citizens on the benefits of renewable energy. The mysterious polished black cube will draw the passer-by into an interactive exhibition providing information on renewable energy in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. The volume of the cube represents 10 minutes of energy consumption in Ireland expressed as a volume of oil. Speaking at the launch, the Lord Mayor said: “I congratulate Declan Scullion, a bright young designer, on his winning proposal and look forward to seeing his design in place and its engagement with the public.  The issue of energy awareness and the move to renewable energy is critically important for all of us in the city and so I invite all Dubliners and non-Dubliners alike to visit this exhibition either here or on the net

LED display on one of the outside walls which will communicate details of the project website to passers-by. The roof of the cube will contain photovoltaic panels to power the exhibition displays. The cube itself will be able to open out and expand so that it can become a prime location for public events and exhibitions. This new Smart landmark is likely to become a popular meeting point.  Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect said “the winning proposal represents good design in its simplicity, clarity and sophistication and is to be promoted and welcomed as an exciting addition to the city”.

and begin that engagement”. Award Winner Declan Scullion speaking in reaction to the announcement said: “It is a great honour to have won the competition and it is heartening to see the city of Dublin take bold steps in the promotion of

renewable energy. This will be a truly public room in the city; an ideal venue for city events and celebrations, while at the same time spreading the word about green energy via LED displays and internal exhibitions.” The Smart Energy Cube will also feature an

Gerry Wardell, Director of Codema and member of the judging panel said: “The Cube really spoke to me because it is very evocative and creative in its design, and combines science and art in an innovative way. This is a wake-up call for the future of energy which we naively assume happens at the flick of a switch.” The project is co financed under the INTERREG IVB North-West Europe programme with European Regional Development funding and Dublin City Council.

Strumpet City – Dublin’s most popular book this April Dublin City Libraries has announced that this year’s Dublin: One City Book choice Strumpet City is the most borrowed book in Dublin libraries this month. The book by James Plunkett was chosen to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. Dublin: One City One Book has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during April since the initiative started in 2006. “This year’s Dublin: One City One Book has been perhaps the most successful yet. All the copies of Strumpet City in Dublin City Libraries are out on loan. It is easily the most borrowed book in Dublin city this April. Our programme of readings, music, family events and tours which celebrate the book and the Dublin of 1913 has been incredibly well received with many events booked out”, says Jane Alger of Dublin City Libraries who organises the Dublin: One City One Book programme of events.  Many of the events in the programme are free and include music, drama, readings, history, tours, exhibitions and family events.  They take placeat venues around

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Dublin until 30th April and the full programme is available on www. dublinonecityonebook.ie The Gill & Macmillan special edition of Strumpet City has also been a big hit with book buyers. “Strumpet City was the Number 1 selling title in original fiction in Ireland on the week ending 14th April. Almost 1,000 copies were sold nationwide on that week alone and almost 4,000 have been sold so far this month. It has been a huge and welcome success for booksellers and has seen a new generation of readers discover Plunkett’s epic work”, says Bob Johnston, Chairperson of the Booksellers Association Irish Branch who compiled figures from the Nielsen Bookscan.  The public can also download the first chapter of Strumpet City for free via QR code at 12 Dublin City Council Traffic Light boxes.   The book has also been the most popular choice in Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council Libraries this month. Several scenes in the book take place in Dun Laoghaire which was then known as Kingstown.

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Eco Week 2013 masked crusaders The Runners-up of the Co Co Nuts - Kids Anti-litter Drama & recycled Masks competition are as follows:

On Monday 22nd April County Hall, Mayor Cllr Cathal King officially launched Eco-Week 2013 and presented certificates & prizes to winning students of the South Dublin County Council funded Garbo Productions Co Co Nuts Kids Anti-litter Drama & recycled Masks competition.

· Eireann Stenson St Pauls Girls National School , Greenhills · Enis Salman Whitechurch National School · Javiar Borza Lucan East Educate Together

Mayor King said “This year EcoWeek workshops and activities had great variety ranging from the pollinator’s projects, to upcycling in your garden, to Tallaght IT ‘Goes Green Week’, to Eco Pop-up shops and Smile :-) Resource Exchange. I was very glad to participate in the first event to launch Eco week and I urge everyone to try and get to an Eco week event this week” Mayor King continued “The CoCo Nuts masked parade was wonderful – I was delighted to see all the imaginative masks created by the young people out of recyclable materials. The young people also created their own anti-litter slogans to let people in the County know that everyone should help Tackle Litter to keep South Dublin County Clean”

· Kelly Samantha Norton St Damian’ National School, Walkinstown · Hannah Norton St Pauls Girls National School Greenhills · Ben O Leary St Killian’s National Kingswood · Katie Hopkins Rathfarnham Parish National School Sorcha O’Brien, Environmental Awareness Officer said “You can see that the students put a lot of effort and thought into their work. The masks are very clever in their use of recyclable materials and the slogans get to the heart of the matter, lets all try and keep South Dublin County Clean”

are as follows:

· Jordan Kindanda Lucan East Educate Together

· First place: Kate Shortland St. Paul’s GNS GreenhillsWalkinstown

· Amber Ritchie St Damians National School, Walkinstown

· Second place: Sophie Pemberton St Killian’s Kingswood

· Dillon Adamson O Neill St Killian’s Kingswood

The winners of the Co Co Nuts - Kids Antilitter Drama & recycled Masks competition

· Third place: Katie O Reilly St Paul’s Girls NS Greenhills Walkinstown

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