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50 New Jobs Announced in Tallaght

Local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Brian Hayes has welcomed the announcement of 50 new jobs in Tallaght. Minister Hayes was speaking after the opening of the Fleetmatics Groups new Global headquarters in Cookstown Industrial Estate.

Minister Hayes stated, “I was delighted to join An Taoiseach at the Fleetmatics Groups new premises in Cookstown, Tallaght for the opening of their new premises. It is a great boost for the area, which has lost so many jobs over the past number of years.” Minister Hayes continued, “Tallaght has many great selling points to make it attractive to potential companies looking for new premises such as its

close proximity to major roads. Its time to focus on these positive selling points of the area. I have met the IDA in recent

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weeks and stressed the importance and need to develop new business in the area. I hope that this weeks announcement by

the Fleetmatics Group which is a major boost for the area will be the start of many such announcements.


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An Taoiseach visits Dominics Community Centre

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny completed a long-standing commitment to visit Dominics Community Centre in Tallaght last week. The Taoiseach made the visit following a jobs announcement he made in the area on Thursday morning. The Taoiseach was joined by Minister Brian Hayes and Senator Cait Keane.

Minister Hayes stated, “Back in 2010 the Taoiseach visited the centre as Leader of the Opposition and made a commitment to return. The centre has superb facilities and is a credit to the Board of Management. I have attended many events in Dominics Community Centre over the years and the commitment of the staff to each is highly commendable. The work they do on daily basis

for the local community from its crèche facilities to computer courses and from its youth clubs to active retirement groups are proof of their hard work and dedication.”

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Photo of Minister Brian Hayes TD and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD been greeted by Tony Keane, Chairperson of Dominics Community Centre and Manager Deirdre Cleary.

National Music Education Programme funding

Minister Quinn, Kgomotso Ngwenya (14) from Portlaoise, The Edge and Paul McGuinness

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has addressed Music Education Partnerships participating in Music Generation – the U2 and Ireland Funds’ supported National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network. The Minister confirmed that the Department

of Education and Skills will begin funding Music Generation on a phased basis from July next year.

great example of how when we put our heads together we can deliver really exciting education programmes in new and innovative ways. The programme, in a relatively short time, has achieved a great deal.

Over 5,000 children and young people have participated in the many programmes available throughout the country. I want, in particular, to acknowledge our philanthropic donors,

U2 and The Ireland Funds, and also our diverse range of local partners including local Authorities, VECs, Higher Education Institutes, parents, musicians and schools.

The Minister said:By 2016, the investment by local Music Education Partnerships and Government is expected to be on a par with the €7m donation from U2 and The Ireland Funds. The Department of Education and Skills will commence funding the initiative on a phased basis from July 2014. Music Generation is a

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Crowe Welcomes Sacred Heart’s New Boxing Home Local Sinn Féin Representative Seán Crowe TD attended the opening of the new Sacred Heart Boxing Club in Donomore Park, Tallaght last week and wished the club with their new venue, even more success in the near future. Crowe said that the successful opening of the  project was down to the persistence, hard work  and an initiative of South Dublin County Council  Mayor Cathal King.   Deputy Seán Crowe TD said:   “The opening of a new permenent home for the Sacred Heart Boxing Club is a fantastic news story not only the club and its  many members but for  all the residents living in Donomore Park area. The building where the  new premises are  located was a derelict building for a number of  years and was constantly attracting anti social elements to the area.   “My colleague Mayor Cathal King and I had raised the issue with South

Dublin County Council and many other agencies on a number of occassions, down through  the years but with no real success.

down because it had become derlict and was attracting troublemakers..   “Mayor King kept looking for a solution

“At one stage it was proposed that the building which was to used as a meeting place for residents be knocked

and his persistence did eventually pay off. On his own initiative  he brought  the site owners  NABCO Voluntary Housing and the Boxing Club together and the rest is as they say is  history.

“The opening of the Boxing Club is great news for the long established Sacred Heart Club, thOe host community in Donomore and NABCO the  Voluntary Housing Association. It ticks all the boxs for the Club, the Housing Association and the many residents living in the area.   “It will provide a home for the Club and its young members, increase visibility and footfall in the area and hopefully will eventually lead to a decrease of anti social behaviour at this isolated corner that faces onto Killinarden Park.    “It is another resource for youth and the community  in the greater Killinarden area.and I want to publicly acknowledge the work of Mayor Cathal King, Tommy Hanrahan of Sacred Heart and Brendan Mac Piarais NABCO and  local resident Jackie Grant.   “Well done to all involved.”

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SEARCH TO FIND 2013 TEXACO CHILDREN’S ART COMPETITION WINNERS LAUNCHED For the fifty-ninth year since the competition was first held, the search is underway to find the young artists who will win awards in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Brochures setting out details of the competition have been sent to all registered primary and second level schools throughout Co. Dublin in which the attention of pupils and teachers is drawn to the closing date for entries which is Friday, 22nd February next.   Copies of the brochure are also available through Texaco service stations and full details are

available on-line at www. texacochildrensart.com. Judging will take place throughout the month of March and winners will be announced in mid-April, with

prize giving to follow in midMay. Annually, some 30,000 students compete for the top prizes that are awarded across seven age

categories, including one exclusively devoted to special needs students. Distinguished past winners include Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, artists Dorothy Cross, Graham Knuttel and Robert Ballagh, fashion designer Paul Costello, broadcasters Thelma Mansfield and Terry Prone, ICTU General Secretary David Begg, actress Jean Anne Crowley and musician Ethna Tinney.

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Nightmare Club – we dare you to read!

The launch of the second Citywide Reading initiative organised by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature took place 15th January 2013. Mad Scientists, haunted guinea pigs and magic mirrors all feature in the Nightmare Club series of books which encourages children to read for pleasure. The books are those which children would choose themselves. They are short, spooky and fun with brilliant illustrations and will appeal to boys and girls.

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There are six books in the series: Help! My Brother’s A Zombie, Guinea Pig Killer, Mirrored, A Dog’s Breakfast, The Wolfing’s Bite and Frankenkids and are “written” by Annie Graves with the help of Oisín McGann, Katherine Farmer, David Maybury, Deirdre Sullivan and Alice Stevens, and are illustrated by Glenn McElhinney. Each book features 12 year old Annie Graves, who invites boys and girls to join her sleepover club, where everyone who sleeps over has to tell a scary

Look out for The Ghost Bus in city centre locations, where you can meet the authors responsible for creating the Nightmare Club. The final event in the promotion will take place on 18th March in Smock Alley Theatre as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival programme.

The books are available to borrow from all Dublin City Public Libraries or to buy in all good bookshops. A dedicated website www. thenightmareclub.com will be live from mid-January 2013 and will feature activities and fun extras for readers. For further information see www. dublincityofliterature.ie

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Young Explorers’ Preschool CE Vacancies Young Explorers’ Preschool at Dominics Community Centre, Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin 24 deliver quality preschool education for 3 – 5 year old children. Our staff are highly trained in childcare, student mentoring and the support of adults who wish to train in the childcare field. These Childcare professionals are complimented with Community Employment staff who train in childcare and gain a qualification while gaining valuable work experience. Every year we require new Community Employment workers

to come onboard and train and invite applications for CE at all times during the year. We also offer administration and cleaning positions in CE. The CE positions are for 19 ½ hours per week. To be eligible, all candidates must be over 25 years of age and in receipt of a social protection payment for over a year. If you are interested or know anyone who may qualify, please contact Eileen Keogh at 014590770 or email eileenkeogh@dominicscc. com. Please note that Garda Vetting is required for all positions.

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In calling for local citizens to consider making submissions, Looney has noted that, to date, no submissions have been made regarding the South Dublin County area. There are currently five LEA’s on the Council; Tallaght Central (6 members), Tallaght South (5 members), Clondalkin (6 members), Lucan (5 members) and Rathfarnham (4 members). Substantial changes to all are expected, with their possible expansion in terms of seats, or the creation of new electoral areas.

“The Action Plan announced by the Minister last year detailed very significant changes to how we elect local councillors,” stated Looney. “One expected change is the increase in Cllrs on South Dublin County Council from 26 to 40. Another is the abolition of current four- and five-seat areas. New electoral areas will have between six and ten seats, with the Minister recommending seven as a typical number.” “There will be very substantial changes to how we elect Councillors in our area, and I am calling on residents to have their say. Residents can make a submission by post or email. Details are online at www.boundarycommittee.ie. Submissions must be made by Friday, January 25th.” “I am currently drafting my own submission in to reflect my own feedback from voters, for example in ensuring that areas within Dublin 12 remain contiguous, that communities in Tallaght are not split unnecessarily, and that more thought is given to electoral area names.”

Ely ’s K itchen Sesame-Orange Shrimp Do you know how to surprise your guests and offer them imaginative starters? In this issue I am going to show you how you can do it, with these easy to cook Sesame-Orange Shrimps. These shrimp are super-easy to make — just coat them in a simple batter, cook them in a little oil, and toss with a tangy sesame-orange sauce. Serve with brown basmati rice and steamed snow peas tossed with a little toasted sesame oil. Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons sesame seeds (white, black, or a mix)

• 2 large egg whites • 1/4 cups cornstarch • 1/4 teaspoons salt • 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper •  peeled and deveined raw shrimp • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

• 3/4 cups orange juice • 1/4 cups dry sherry (see Tips & Techniques) • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce • 1 teaspoons sugar sliced

• 1 scallion, thinly

Directions Whisk sesame seeds, egg whites, cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the shrimp and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towellined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the rest of the shrimp. Add orange juice, sherry, soy sauce, and sugar to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and reduced by half, 4 to 6 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately, with scallion sprinkled on top.

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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.

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Goldie Once upon a time, there was a girl her name was Mary. One day when she was walking, she found a dog.

Then, a man who was walking by paused and said, “Oh dear lady may you lend me the dog for a minute?” No! said Mary.

It was gold.She took it home with her. When her Mum saw it she said, “Mary where did you get that dog!?” “I got it at the pet shop,” she fibbed. “Can we please keep her please!?” “Fine” said Mary’s mum.  “What’s her name?” ”Goldie”  Mary said. One day when Mary was outside with Goldie, Goldie all of a sudden did a BACKFLIP!

Then the next day when Mary woke up, instead of hearing Goldie bark when she woke up she heard silence. When it was lunch time still no Goldie.  She just remembered the man who asked for Goldie.  Mary didn’t know what to do so she told her mum the truth about where she got Goldie. Her mum then called the police and told them exactly what happened. Then in an hour the police were there.  They brought Goldie back and they all lived happily ever after.

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Making the most of short & precious lives

The Children’s Sunshine Home in Dublin has been caring for chronically ill children and their families since the 1920’s. Last September we opened Ireland’s first children’s Hospice LauraLynn House on our grounds in Leopardstown. It is so difficult to even contemplate that this is necessary but tragically there are an estimated 1,500 children living in Ireland with life limiting conditions.

a limited community home support programme to a small number of these children. Very sadly, six children have already passed away in our Butterfly suite – a special place where a child can spend their final days in comfort and

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LauraLynn House is now fully open with all eight beds occupied and most of the family rooms being used by newly referred families and those families whose children are critically ill requiring palliative care. It is a warm supportive environment for the whole family to relax and spend precious time with their children, including siblings, with a team who know and understand their individual needs.

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Additional 2,000 places to be SVP Calls provided, says FG Councillor In Tallaght Lawlor Increased

Fine Gael Councillor Brian Lawlor has today welcomed news that 2000 additional places are to be made available on the Community Employment Programme. This will bring the total number of Community Employment places this year to 25,300 as part of the Government’s wider efforts to help jobseekers to become employment-ready and find a job, training or educational opportunity.   “Community Employment plays a vital role for both jobseekers and their communities,” Councillor Lawlor said. “ It provides work experience, including appropriate training, for jobseekers - which helps them to take up work on the open labour market by developing their skills, experience and confidence. The programme benefits the whole community,,” he added.  

Councillor Lawlor also welcomed news that the Department of Social Protection will spend more than €1 billion on activation programmes and other supports this year to help jobseekers acquire the work experience, skills and qualifications they need to return to full-time employment.” The additional places will target specifically the growing number of long-term unemployed as well other welfare claimants who are over a year in receipt of payments. They will be allocated on a phased basis. “Existing CE schemes can apply for additional places in the normal way by applying to their local Department of Social Protection office. This can be done at roll-over of the scheme. Schemes that are in mid-term can also make a submission to their local office. Schemes can contact their local Social Protection office for further detail,” the Councillor pointed out.

Over Christmas the number of calls to SVP increased dramatically in the Tallaght area, just as all over the country. In Tallaght alone, “The Vinnies” assisted many hundreds of families with food, toys and shopping vouchers.  The SVP volunteers can only give out what they get in by way of donations and collections.  They want to send a sincere “thank you” to all those who gave whatever they could, so that as many as possible could enjoy the Festive Season. We are always looking for  volunteers. If you would like to help, see our advert on Page 1.  

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Sky Ireland bringing new jobs to Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has officially opened Sky Ireland’s new office in Dublin. Sky currently employs 450 people in Dublin and within six months will increase that to 800 people, with plans for further expansion in the future. The Taoiseach said: “This is very encouraging news for job seekers and the Dublin area…. As the global economy continues to embrace a digital future, there are rich and significant opportunities here for Ireland particularly when you take into

account our geographical position as the gateway to Europe for America and vice versa. With the move from analogue to digital, you yourselves have identified the potential that the Irish digital economy offers. You see the clusters of world-renowned hi-tech companies and innovators, the huge potential and opportunity in terms of the digital economy. We’re a great location for digital-content providers and for companies looking to source highlyeducated, highly-motivated workers. That’s why you’re here.”

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Is your dog Aggressive? avoid them. For example, is he aggressive while eating food? If so, isolate him while he eats so that he has peace and quiet. However, if he becomes aggressive quickly, for no apparent reason, you need to seek professional help because this may escalate and get out of control. Have him checked immediately by a vet to see if there’s a medical problem. If he gets a clean bill of health, seek help from a dog trainer.

This week I thought I’d discuss dog aggression. I spoke with a lady recently who insisted certain breeds of dog are, to quote her “bad to the bone.” I disagree. There is no such thing as a ‘bad dog,’ just as there is no such thing as a ‘bad child.’ It’s down to the way they are parented – dog and human. But hat’s just my opinion. I’ll set out some the facts; I’ll let my lovely readers decide for themselves. Are dogs naturally aggressive? Dogs are born with tendencies that may, if not kept under control, make aggressive behaviour likely. Aggression is part of a range of behaviours that dogs (like humans) have available to them to help deal with everyday situations/challenges. Aggression is a response to a threat and it’s up to the owner to teach the dog alternative responses. This should be commenced during puppyhood and continued throughout adulthood using appropriate socialisation by well balanced pet parents.

What causes a dog to attack? A dog may attack for a number of reasons and I’d ask readers to view this situation from the animal’s point of view. For example, a dog that is bred to be a guard dog may attack if he feels his territory is threatened. Dogs bred to retrieve game may be likely to attack something in their possession, i.e., food,

a toy or a newspaper he’s holding in his mouth. A dog who has been attacked by other dogs may feel threatened by new dogs or a dog may attack if he’s hurt or experiencing pain. I’ve an aggressive dog, what do I do? Examine why your dog is aggressive. Look at the circumstances and try to

How will I know a dog is about to bite? Signs vary from growling, snarling, hair rising on the back of the neck, baring teeth; a snap at the air in front of you is a clear warning that the next one will make contact with you. As I said, the above are only guidelines and a few examples of doggy behaviour, so if you require more information log onto www.dspca.ie or consult a dog behaviourist/trainer or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie © Miriam Kerins, Education Officer, Dublin SPC

Poets Cornet ON SEEING A PIECE OF ART BY MARIA WALLACE Artist, poet, teacher What is the smallest feeling? What is the smallest one can feel? when looking out into space through the thin curve of this planet’s atmosphere... a grain of sand, or dust lost in the trajectory of time as an ancient comet pierces our galaxy. Our galaxy – a grain of dustour time, too short a distance in the scheme of things to not want to be different, to think outside the box, to live, to be great, but also to remember your place in the infinite and the possibilities of the universe. If we are alone then fear should not be the cause of conflict it means Mankind is One. If we are not alone – we are still cosmic dust... a seed!

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A R O U N D T H E WO R L D SNIPPETS Heroic NYPD officers save mans life. Around a dozen NYPD police officers proved their strength in an heroic attempt to lift a taxi off a stricken pedestrian in the Bronx . Responding to an accident at East 138th and Brown Place in the South Bronx, the quick thinking officers decided they couldn’t wait any longer and using team work lifted the Ford Crown Victoria off the injured man. As the police officers heaved the 1.7 ton vehicle off the ground with heavy grunts, EMS workers dashed to pull the 19-year-old victim from out from under the car and onto a waiting stretcher. The man was taken to hospital to have treatment for his injuries.

Ladies! your nail problem has just been sorted. If you’ve splashed out on a manicure, the last thing you want are chips caused by tapping away on your smartphone. And ladies with longer nails will know the feeling of frustration when swiping the screen yields zero response. Now thanks to one American entrepreneur, the iPhone manicure is on its way. In May, Tech Tips is to launch ‘Nano Nails’ - a false nail that contains a microchip and performs the same tasks as a traditional smartphone stylus.According to Sri Vellani, the woman behind Nano Nails, women’s fashion choices should never be limited by a smartphone and she believes the microchipped falsie is the perfect solution.Expected to retail €8-9, Nano Nails, which come in packets of six or four, will also be available in nail tip form.

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Rylan Clark Rylan Clark has opened up about his desire to have straight children. The camp X Factor singer admitted his true feelings during a chat with Neighbours actor Ryan Maloney on Celebrity Big Brother. Rylan and Ryan sat in the garden talking about sexuality and the rules of adoption in the United Kingdom. While Rylan, 24, stated that he is homosexual, he said that it makes him angry that only straight couples can adopt children. Ryan explained that the authorities believe that a gay couple are likely to influence a child into being homosexual but added: ‘In my mind, who cares’. Rylan then retorted rather animatedly: ‘Personally, I’d rather have a straight child.’

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The Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement that Friday’s record-setting temperatures “were not limited to Sydney, with records being set along the coast from Bega (44.6 °C) to Williamtown (44.8 °C)”.”The highest temperature recorded in the Greater Sydney Area was 46.5 °C at Penrith, where observations started in 1995.”Officials in Sydney have warned people to be ready for the heat, take care, avoid strenuous activity and stay out of the sun.

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Dublin freezing, Sydney boiling The Australian city of Sydney is experienced its hottest day on record, with temperatures reaching nearly 46C.A temperature of 45.8C was recorded at Observatory Hill in the city at 14:55 local time (01:55 GMT).Some areas in the wider Sydney region were even hotter, with the town of Penrith, to the west, registering a temperature of 46.5C. The previous recorded high in Sydney was in January 1939, when the thermometer topped 45.3C at Observatory Hill.

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Horoscopes Aries This month is a mixed blessing. Your career is enjoying a great deal of positive energy coming from your commissions, royalties, and profits sector. It is easier to succeed professionally and financially. However, you and a boss, authority figure, or high profile client are disagreeing most of the time. Your social life, group activities, networking, teamwork, and Internet sector is undergoing a similar mixed blessing. Financially and romantically, you should avoid friends, teammates, the Internet, committees, and other groups. But socially, you are able to make wonderful connections with these same people.

Internet marketing, ecommerce, and online communications are helping you achieve your goals. Cancer

A handful of planets are moving through your partnerships sector and your trust and sharing sector. They help you to heal emotional wounds that might make it difficult for you to trust others. This can bring more romance and intimacy into your love life. They also help you to build trust with your boss or an authority figure. This makes it easier for you to negotiate for bigger commission checks, more paid days off, Taurus better health insurance A partner or a rival is upset about your packages, boss, father, or a high profile client. It is and other also possible that they are unhappy about forms of your reputation, professional choices, or profit sharing. your level of success. A rival could be trying Your fun to mess you up in these areas. A partner and playtime could be jealous, threatened, feeling left activities are out, or trying to push you to achieve greater causing financial success. The good news is that your career or romantic seems to be moving in a positive direction problems, but and you are able to quietly reflect and otherwise the two of find ways to achieve your financial and you seem to be getting professional goals. along quite nicely. Gemini

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Despite professional challenges involving long-distance communications, shipping, legal matters, language or cultural barriers, and/or academic shortcomings, you are actually having a pretty good month professionally. Profits are improving and you are doing especially well when working in groups, teams, and committees. You come across as a smart and charming team player. You could also find that

You are your spouse, best friend, or business partner are able to socialize together, join teams, clubs, or committees, travel, get involved in political, cultural, or academic activities together, and/or you are able to iron out legal contracts and utilize the Internet as an effective tool. But when it comes to hanging out at home together, things are not going too well. It could be that the two of you are arguing about someone or something in your private life, or it could be a rival or a different

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partner that is upset about your private life. For example, your business partnership could be going great, but your roommate partnership is not so good this month. Virgo Your professional and financial goals seem to be in alignment and you are finding it easier than usual to succeed in these areas. You are also encouraged to take on leadership roles and to tell your boss about your ideas to make the business more profitable. At times, there are communications, sales, and/or transportationbased challenges, but you and your coworkers should be able to work around them. Libra Despite some financial challenges, you are having a lovely time getting involved in playtime activities, hobbies, creative arts, sports, and other fun endeavors. You could also be falling in love, spending quality time with pets and children, traveling, and exploring religions, cultures, or politics. Quite often, a partner will be happy to join you while you are having fun and broadening your horizons. However, there are times when your partner is upset about something or someone at home. You have some lovely financial opportunities involving roommates, retirement planning, real estate deals, household budgets, and/or homeimprovement projects.

Scorpio Your home life is something of a confusing mess. On the one hand, you are battling your parents, roommates, houseguests, real estate deals, landscaping or home-improvement projects, and/or your housing situation. On the other hand, you have some excellent opportunities to bring more romantic, psychological, and/or financial stability into these same areas of your life. Things are going well even though you might not always feel that way. Sagittarius Much of your focus this month is on your local community, commercial activities, communications projects, and/or local transportation. Sometimes you are facing bureaucratic, spiritual, secretive, and/or depressing issues that make it more difficult for you to excel in these areas. However, at other times, you and a spouse, best friend, or business partner are able to make incredible progress in these areas and the two of you have fun together while doing so. Capricorn Both of your financial sectors are showing progress this month. Your home life and your career are both cooperating with your financial goals. However, group activities, networking projects, Internet entities, and/or social outings are costing you more than you can afford at this time. You are also getting ticked off about someone or something in your private life. You might be better off distracting yourself with work rather than turning to friends for solace. Aquarius Despite the fact that you and a boss, father, or authority figure seem to be disagreeing about your career, reputation, or level of professionalism, you still have some excellent professional developments. You are more in the mood to quietly reflect on your career and would rather not have public debates about it. On the upside, you have some smart, fun, and entertaining energies promoting the idea that you should give yourself permission to be happy in life and your family and local community agrees with you. Read more about what this month holds for Aquarius. Pisces You have two repeating themes this month. One theme is about your political, cultural, religious, academic, media, and/ or travel related disagreements, challenges, or frustrations. At times, your friends, teammates, colleagues, and/or the Internet can help you with these topics. The other theme is a positive one between your home life, finances, and emotional well-being. So even though the world at large can be annoying, your home life is doing great. Some sort of security threat shall bother you. In general all your areas shall see a better performance than the previous few years

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Book your tickets now for Dublin’s 3rd Chinese New Year Film Festival 1st – 9th Feb The Dublin Chinese New Year Film Festival opens on 1st February at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield with the Chinese version of the renowned novel ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, bringing a story of passion and betrayal to the big screen. This year’s Dublin Festival, brought to you byA Dublin City Council and Kildare Village Chic Outlet Shopping, in conjunction with access>CINEMA and the Light House Cinema, runs from 1st – 9th February.  There will also be screenings in other locations across the country including Cork and Galway.

The selected films celebrate Chinese cinema through a variety of themes and bring to the screen the fascinating

the closing film, the dynastic martial arts tale ‘Tai Chi 0’, this year’s Film Festival aims to celebrate and entertain a wide range

Film Festival will include many other features including a lecture series and animation programme for children.

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of audiences during this Chinese Year of the Snake. The 2013 Dublin Chinese New Year

This Dublin Chinese New Year Film Festival promises to celebrate the best of Chinese cinema and culture, and is an appetiser for the Dublin City Council Chinese New Year Festival which kicks off in the capital on 8th February. Details at www.cny.ie

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Childline; 1,212 calls, texts, and messages from children and young people on Christmas Day Childline, the ISPCC’s listening service for all young people in Ireland was busy on Christmas Day. Dedicated ISPCC volunteers from across Ireland who gave freely of their time throughout 2012 once again listened, and offered support to hundreds of children who needed to talk on Christmas Day. For most children, Christmas is a time to have fun and spend time with family. For many others however, the reality is very different and Christmas can be a difficult time to be at home. The season can bring unwelcome stress and trauma and alcohol abuse in the home can also have a hugely negative impact on children.   Our volunteers heard and responded to 1,212 calls, texts and messages from children through Childline’s 24 hour telephone service and our Childline text and online services on Christmas Day. This number of contacts reflects the continuing demand for all of the ISPCC services throughout 2012.  Margie Roe, National Childline

Manager stated; “Children contacted Childline on Christmas Day for a variety of reasons but many of the calls as with throughout the year were from those experiencing family difficulties, loneliness and mental health issues. In some cases these children and young people feel they can’t talk to family and are not sure who to turn to. In these instances it is vital that services like Childline are there to offer listening support” This year the ISPCC published the findings of their National Children’s Consultation “Not bottled up inside” which explored young people’s perception of social support and how this impacts on their mental and emotional health. Of the 14,000 surveyed, family life was found to have the most impact on emotional wellbeing (44%) while 15% said they could not really talk to their family. Ms Roe added “The findings of our consultation indicated that those who say that they have family around when they need them and can count on their friends also report feeling less nervous, afraid and sad than young people who say that they do not have these supports in place. So it us up to us adults to reach out to young people and give the message

that we care. It can be hard sometimes in family life to talk about difficult issues but it is so important that young people know that they have someone to turn to. When these young people call Childline, we always encourage them to talk with a trusted adult” The call figures received on an annual basis indicate how vital Childline is to children in Ireland and illustrates the deficit of accessible 24 hour services for children and their families. While it has been another difficult financial year, the ISPCC has been determined to maintain our current services and try to ensure that as many children as possible are heard. To members of the public a huge thank you, for without your financial support the ISPCC and Childline would simply not be in a position to continue to provide the services that we do. The staff and management of the ISPCC wish to acknowledge the tremendous work, commitment and dedication of all of our volunteers who have worked tirelessly and determinedly to bring about positive change in children and young peoples lives.

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Brain - Munchies 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?

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(7) 29 Virtuous type has a drop hidden away (7) Down

Across 1 Large flat round burger — ultimately good North American food (4,3) 5 See 23 10 “Danke” translated almost as “German vehicle” (4) 11 That which controls temperature by a few switches about right? (10) 12 Swan in prison, no finale for Shakespearean actor (6) 13 Chinese food (8) 14 Cheap rope, funny in knots (9) 16 See 23 17 Baby son on show (5)

19 Personnel not quite catching on, journalist incapable in the end, picking nothing up? (5,4) 23,16,5 Here crunchiest kind of battered North American food (8,5,7) 24 Writer munching food so unnatural? A North American food (3,3) 26 Rejecting dog, gourmet after milky mixture including eggs for a start, as North American food (3,4,3) 27 Nation formerly in my command? (4) 28 Revolutionary, for example, with report to carry

2 Herb taking North American food, gobbling horse up (7) 3 North American food, bit chipped off? (5) 4 Cricketers back in the pavilion, or in the field, perhaps? (7) 6,25 Hash is on my right, North American food (6,5) 7 Island with something black, another colour featured prominently as well (2-7) 8 Cut up Paul’s check (7) 9 Many captivated by new image, plan for English town (10,3) 15 Tenant wanted agent to include Turkish capital in search (4,2,3) 18 Language unit — I await your call? (7) 20 Certainly not confirmed as most imperial (7) 21 Quickly found an expert like Fred Astaire? (2,1,4) 22 Frog’s uphill walk about 880 yards? (6) 25 See 6

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This weeks Jokes Courtroom howlers These are from a book called “Disorder in the Court” and are things people said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters - who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were taking place. Q: What is your date of birth? A: July fifteenth. Q: What year? A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? A: Yes. Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory? A: I forget. Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you’ve forgotten? Q: How was your first marriage terminated? A: By death. Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

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The Express Interview:

George Kelly well known and respected local photographer spoke to us How long have you been in photography? I’ve been in the photography business for 35 years and there is not a day goes by that I’m still learning. What made you take it up as a profession? When I was attending Ballinteer Community School back in the 70s Fr Gerry Hipwell introduced photography as part of the school year curriculum, to me and others this seemed a great way to have a bit of craic in a dark room. Little did I know back then how far I’d progress in photography. When I left school at the tender age of 15 my Dad told me unless I found a job during the summer school break I’d be back in School in September. I applied for two jobs back then and was lucky enough to get offered a position in Learys Photolabs in Ranalagh. My work entailed chopping negatives and sorting prints into customer’s orders, I soon progressed into working in the black & white darkroom and no doubt the bit I learned at BCS helped me greatly. I soon took to developing full colour images and this really taught me about colours and has been of great value to me all these years. The technology has certainly moved with the times but the principles and colours remain the same so working in a darkroom and learning how a photo all comes together was wonderful. Within two years of working in the lab I started doing studio work and on location and I loved it. I knew then that my future was in the photographic industry and so it is. As well as being a massive fan, you have been the resident photographer for Shamrock Rovers for a number of years now, which shots do you prefer? i.e. when the players are standing still or when they are in motion, whether it be a save, a goal or the

celebrations. I’ve been taking photos for Shamrock Rovers since 1980 and my love for the club and its fanbase is immense and always will be, I always remind people that I a fan of Rovers who just happens to be useful with a Camera! Like most

com you seem to cover a wide range of photography. Do you expect to be busy now with Communions and Christenings coming up? Communions are seasonal and I do be quite busy with these indeed. Christenings happen almost every

its all to easy for someone to enter professional photography with little or no experience, don’t get me wrong there are fantastic photographers out there who’s work is brilliant, however taking on the task of a Wedding is a lot more that using auto as a camera setting. You use some models for some of your product shots. Do they come from an agency or if someone wanted to get into product modeling do you know how they should go about it? I use models from agencies but mostly I use people I come across both male and female who are brilliant and very photogenic, some of them have gone on to a career in the business of modeling. Any person who wants to get into modeling should get some practice in by having there photos taken by a

photographers I prefer action shots and in particular capturing that goal, I’m so proud to have captured the very first goal scored in Tallaght Stadium by the legend Gary Twigg, Twiggy was a gem to photograph and as I got to know him during his time in Tallaght he was always a great subject to photograph. I also love capturing the fans during the games, the emotions and and expressions can be priceless. On your website www. georgekellyphotography.

week and thankfully the ‘storybook albums’ I do have proved to be well received. What advice would you give our readers if they were thinking of hiring a professional photographer for an upcoming event? Should they book well in advance? Its most important that anyone booking a photographer is sure that the work of the photographer is up to standard and that the work is that of the photographer. With high quality cameras readily available of reasonable value

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photographer that they know, this does not have to be a professional at this point, they could also approach a camera club and offer themselves as a model for club members, its a good way of getting some free samples!

always have so I love them, as I said earlier there is great value in cameras these days but real professional gear does not come cheap, my wife aislocal testament to If you’re business this fact! A like lot of and would to friends tell your and my storyothers call usthrough on 4519708. Facebook page wholove have Our readers would to bought great cameras hear it asked could I give them some lessons on how to use them. I finally took it on and we ran some courses that have been hugely successful. Almost everyone who took on the course was using auto on the camera, i’m glad to say that all use manual now and are producing great images, this really gives me joy and satisfaction, the courses I run and not for monetary gain which makes them even more special. Finally George what is your favourite photo or moment in your career? I’ve had so many great moments and many famous faces to photograph over the years and apart from the great moments with Shamrock Rovers I’d have to say taking photos back in 1990 of Nelson Mandela was one of my best memories. Like many a photographer I managed to gate crash Mandela freedom of Dublin ceremony and happening walk into the ‘wrong room’ in the Mansion house to be in the presence of Nelson & Winnie Mandela who were alone in the room, I of course took advantage of the opportunity before I was asked to ‘leave’ by security, it was a unique moment indeed. We would like to thank George for his time. Watch out for our next local interview.

I see you use top of the range cameras. Is it an expensive business to get into? I know that its a very special person that can take the correct photograph but is it difficult to learn? I use Nikon cameras and

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Local man Paul McGinley to lead Europe

Ryder Cup appearances from 2002-2006 and will be remembered as the man who holed the winning putt during his first appearance at the Belfry 11 years ago.

Europe is ready to back newly appointed European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley to the hilt in the bid to defend the coveted trophy.

to receive the honour – and goes head to head with veteran US skipper Tom Watson at Gleneagles from September 2628 next year.

Ballyroan man McGinley was named captain of the 2014 team last week – the first Irishman

McGinley, a four-time winner on the European Tour, made three consecutive, and victorious,

He was vicecaptain to José María Olazábal at Medinah last time out and to Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor four years ago. Mc Ginley has been a professional for almost 22 years and is one of the most popular players on the tour and has received overwhelming support from his fellow professionals.

Fighting For The Kids 8 boxers commenced training on Monday 7th January for 6 weeks and will take to the floor on 15th February in the Wright Venue to fight for the kids! We would love a massive crowd there on the night to make it one to remember!!! Tickets are now on sale, and are €20 for general admission which includes entry to the night club after the fights, and a very limited number for €25 which includes premium access with aftershow party and food.  You can support the event in any of the following ways: 1. Sponsor any of our boxers that are taking part 2. Buy a ticket and come along and cheer them on on the night 3. Buy raffle tickets (see the amazing prizes onhttp://www.mycharity.ie/event/ yvonne_lowrys_whitecollarboxingevent !) You can also donate online at the above website. We hope you can make it! It promises to be a fantastic night!!!!

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Sport Tallaght Masters Secure Championship Medals

Tallaght A.C. athletes secured 7 individual medals and a set of team medals in the recent Dublin Masters Cross Country Champioships in St Annes Park Raheny where Davy Byrne secured the Silver after he finished an excellent second of the 125 finishers, whilst Gerry Woods 36th placed finish was enough to place him top of the podium in the M55 category and he combined with Brendan Ryan (40th) and Declan Poynton (59th ) to take team Silver in the O/50 category. Viv O’ Hanlon was another to top the podium in the M60 category with Gary Clake taking Bronze a few places behind him.

In the Women’s contest Sharon Tighe took Silver in the F45 category after she crossed the line in 7th overall and Jaqui Boyle stood on the same podium in Bronze position after she finished 4 seconds behind Sharon in 9th

Thomas Davis GAA Club Notes Week ending 25/01/2013 The Annual Adult Player Presentation night took place last Friday 18th January 2013. Player of the Year awards were presented as follows: Senior Ladies Football:Maeve Shields, Ladies Junior 2 Football: Karen Lynch, Gaelic for Mothers: Alison Johnstone, Senior Camogie: Ciara Long,Senior Hurling-Hugh O’Donnell Memorial Award:Colm Browne,Junior Hurling:Rory O’Donnell,Under 21 Hurling:Zac Moradi,Senior Football-Hugh O’Donnell Memorial Award:Dermot Shanahan,Intermediate Football:Sean Blanchfield,Junior 1 Football:Glen Farrelly,Junior 2 Football:Ian O’Brien,Under 21 Football:Gavin Carruth. All Ireland and Leinster Junior Football Championship and Dublin Intermediate Football Championship medals were presented to the Ladies Senior football team, Junior C Football Championship Runners Up medals were presented to the Ladies Junior 2 team, Senior B Championship winners medals were presented to the Senior Camogie team, Adult Hurling League Div 4 medals

whilst Anna King also secured Bronze in the F50 category after she crossed the line in 22nd overall.

Others who ran well on the day included Gary Williams, Sean Murray, Derek Quinn, Karl O’ Toole, Dave Meehan, Sean Walsh and Pat Kelly in the Men’s contest whilst Deirdre Harris, Helen Dunne enjoyed a good outing in the Women’s contest. Elsewhere in early January Tallaght Juvenile athlete Mustaffe Nasir was presented with an award as the Dublin Juvenile Male Athlete of the Year at the Leinster Star Awards in Carlow in recognition of his numerous achievements in 2012 which included the 800m Gold, 1500m Gold Titles and 200m Bronze in National T&F Championships, Silver in the 800m in the National Indoor Championships, Silver in the National Cross Country

Championships and led the Dublin team to win the Inter County & Regional Cross country Titles, All Ireland Schools Junior 800m Title, Leinster Schools 800mTitle, Dublin 800m & 1500m Titles and 200m Bronze, Dublin Indoor 800m Title, Dublin U15 T&F Title and he also won medals as a runner of the Tallaght and Dublin U15 & U16 relay squads. A number of Seniors will be competing in the National Indoor Mulit Events and the AAI Games in the new Indoor Track in Athlone at th end of the month whilst the juveniles will be preparing for an onslaught on the Dublin Indoor T&F Championships in February where many of them will be hoping to secure qualification for the National Indoors in March.

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were presented to the Senior Hurling team and Under 21 Football Championship medals to the Under 21 Football team. Club Peson of the Year: Sam Payne Jnr. Presentations were also made to the victorious team mentors. Thanks to the Organising Committee for a very successful event. The Ladies Football Team also won the Square Community Champion Award. Lotto numbers for week ending Lotto numbers for week ending 18thJanuary 2013-1,3,8 & 19 . No winner. Next jackpot €4,500. The Executive Committee would appeal to all Members to increase ticket sales each week. Members who require extra lotto tickets should contact Aideen Devine 087 202 3428. Carvary Lunch available each Sunday in the Clubhouse.

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