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University merger gets a step closer

A technological university for the south east has moved a step closer after IT Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) formally submitted an application to merge and create a new institution. The move was confirmed by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris on April 30. The aim of the Technological

University of South East Ireland consortium is that the new technological university – yet unnamed – will be established on January 1, 2022. It follows bitter infighting within both institutions over the future status of both colleges in the event of a possible merger. Last week the governing bodies of both institutes approved the application for technological university designation.

In an email to staff and students, the presidents of IT Carlow and WIT, Dr Patricia Mulcahy and Prof Willie Donnelly, expressed their confidence in the success of the application. “Our confidence is based on the hard work of our staff and students in the years since this project was first mooted, and especially the very intense effort put in by you in the past year or so,” the email said.

Staff, the presidents noted, while under unusual pressure due to the pandemic “rose to the occasion and made that extra effort in working groups and other activities to bring us to this point.” The submission of the application starts a process which will include a review by a panel of international experts. Continued on page 8

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Lar (6) from Bennekerry holding a copy of the application document for WIT and IT Carlow to become a technological university. Pic: Shaun Dowling


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Bright sparks: We recycle over 150,000 batteries

Householders in Carlow recycled nearly 18,000 more batteries through retailers last year than in 2019, new figures show. Data from WEEE Ireland reveals that environmentally-conscious consumers in the county brought 150,440 used batteries - 3.8 tonnes - back to supermarkets, hardware and electronic stores in 2020. That was a rise of 17,960 on the 132,480 prevented from ending up in general waste bins the year before. Nationally, a massive 7.8 million batteries were recycled through all retailers last year – up 134,120 on 2019 as more people used their grocery shop to do their bit for the planet. Six million of those ended up in supermarkets, over half of which WEEE Ireland collected from Aldi stores, which led the charge on 3.2million, double that of German counterpart

Lidl (1.6million). The e-waste recycling scheme also picked up 850,000 used batteries from Tesco, 224,000 from SuperValu and over 97,000 from while Dunnes Stores outlets. When figures from all retailers and civic amenity sites were added, the equivalent of 21 million AA batteries were recycled by householders in 2020, an average of four for everyone in Ireland. Despite the encouraging data, for every 10 AA batteries sold on the market, only four are returned for recycling, with 20% in a recent survey admitting to dumping used batteries in general waste bins. “Now is a perfect opportunity for people to stop for a moment to think about how they can make a difference,” said Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland. “Recycling batteries is as easy as taking them to your

nearest supermarket or recycling centre and plays a huge part in helping protect the ~ environment. “Rolling lockdowns saw people use more home grooming devices such as electric shavers, games consoles, remote controls, kids’ toys, power tools and fitness equipment – resulting in more batteries being used and many of these ended up in drawers. “For the millions of batteries not recycled properly, we lose precious elements and important resources that could be used again in manufacturing. “The hazardous material they release also has an impact on human health and our environment.” For every battery recycled, WEEE Ireland makes a contribution towards Laura Lynn - and it has confirmed a further €40,000 donation to the children’s hospice.

Campaigner speaks out against junk food marketing

Susan Jane White who backs the campaign

A Carlow campaigner has spoken out against marketing junk food to children as it emerges that three out of every four people in Ireland want celebrities banned from endorsing unhealthy food and drinks. Sheila Kirwan from Clonegal has submitted complaints to the Broadcasting Authority over TV ads which encourage young people to eat chocolate snacks late at night. Now she is encouraging everyone to sign the Irish

Heart Foundation’s petition to combat childhood obesity. “There should be no junk food marketing to children at all, but I am startled that we still allow chocolate biscuit adverts, using child actors, to air late in the evening on TV,” said Sheila. “What we are specifically calling for is for the Government to put mandatory restrictions and penalties on junk food companies who market to kids online and on broadcast media. I encourage everyone to sign the

petition at www.irishheart.ie/ stoptargetingkids.” The Irish Heart Foundation says research by Ipsos MRBI proves the public is now overwhelmingly demanding the Government keeps a promise to introduce new laws protecting youngsters from junk food marketing. The data shows that 85% of people support a crackdown on fast food ads in kids’ online games and apps as experts warn we face “losing a generation of children” to obesity-related disease.


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COVID-19 OUTBREAK Don’#t forget to wash your hands

Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan joins Pieta and Electric Ireland in launching Darkness Into Light 2021which takes place on May 8 for a special Darkness Into Light Sunrise, sign up now at darknessintolight.ie. Pic: Andres Poveda

Young least likely to get jab

COVID-19 OUTBREAK Don’#t forget to wash your hands

Women and younger people are less likely to accept a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a new study from NUI Galway. It found that women under 30 are significantly less likely to accept a Covid-19 vaccine. The study of 1,000 people online was conducted in Ireland and in the the UK. It found that 75% of people would take a vaccine against the disease, 11% would not, while 14% were unsure. Women aged under 30 were significantly less likely to say they would accept a Covid-19 vaccine, with fewer than 70%

indicating a positive response and 20% indicating high levels of uncertainty. Dr Jane Walsh, senior lecturer in psychology and director of the mobile technology and health research group at NUI Galway, said it was possible that one of the reasons behind young women’s reluctance to signal an intention to get a Covid-19 vaccine was related to issues around fertility, and said this needed further investigation. The survey found that young women’s intentions on vaccination are strongly

associated with peer influences. Dr Walsh said: “This influence was particularly strong in the ‘no’ and ‘unsure’ group. “These findings suggest that messages that are channelled through relevant social influencers may have a significant impact on vaccine uptake. It is also concerning that those who vote ‘no’ to the vaccine have a lower sense of civic responsibility. But what is clear, in general, is that there is still a high level of uncertainty around Covid-19 vaccination.”

€15m fund to revitalise our towns

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys has announced €15 million in funding to help revitalise rural towns and villages post Covid-19. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to breathe new life into rural communities - making them more attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family. The initiative is a key part of Our Rural Future – the Government’s five year strategy to revitalise rural Ireland. The measures that will be supported include: •Tackling dereliction •Turning vacant properties into remote working and community spaces •Supporting Local Authorities to run innovative marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers to their county. •Investing in green spaces, parks and recreational amenities •Upgrading and improving shop fronts & streetscapes on Main Streets •Projects that support and enhance the night time economy and add vibrancy. The scheme will be administered by the local authority.

Lockdowns spark surge in home construction

LOCKDOWNS have brought a surge of interest in home improvement for families in the county. Almost half (48%) of households are considering having work done, according to a survey conducted for the League of Credit Unions. The research shows that comfort and warmth (60%) and saving money on energy (56%) are the two main drivers of home improvements here. The kitchen (61%) is the room most households would like to improve, with the bathroom (47%) and living room (38%) also popular. The research was commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions, Energia and House2Home to mark the nationwide launch of the CU Greener Homes scheme. It sampled opinion in each of the provinces. When it comes to preferred home improvements, improvements to heating controls are the first choice for many in Munster (33%), while 29% would like a new boiler and 29% would opt for attic insulation. The research found that 65% would spend up to €5,000 on home improvements with 19% planning to spend more than €10,000. This indicates a wide range of improvements are be-

ing considered and a significant proportion of local households are prepared to make a large investment in long-term upgrades. Credit Unions are the source most local families turn to when they want to borrow for home improvement: 72% of those who borrowed to finance their home improvements in Munster did so from a credit union, above the national average of 68%. Of those planning to borrow to fund their future home improvement plans, 34% of respondents said they will borrow from a credit union, compared to 13% who plan to take a bank loan. The research highlights a lack of knowledge about the financing of suitable green home work. More then half (53%) of local respondents were unsure of what supports and grants are available, compared to 60% nationally, Paul Bailey, Head of Communications of the Irish League of Credit Unions said ts Greener Homes scheme aimed to make the process of retrofitting easy and cost effective. “In Energia and House2Home, we have found partners who share our passion for excellent customer experience and commitment to the environment,” he said.

Citizens called on to help save the curlew Citizen scientists can help bring one of Ireland’s most iconic birds back from the brink by reporting sightings to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The Curlew Conservation Programme is encouraging members of the public to record locations of Curlew sightings between April and June and report the information to the NPWS’s team. Breeding Curlew are currently nesting in bogs, pastures, meadows and other open and wet habitats in Curlew hotspots around the country. By submitting records of sightings, the public can help build up a national picture of the number of breeding birds.

“This is a fantastic way for people across the country to get to know the wild places in their county and, at the same time, to contribute to the conservation of one of our most iconic and best-loved birds,” Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said. “I’d like to encourage all budding citizen scientists young and old to get involved and help our Curlew Conservation Programme team to gather this important data, which will support the ongoing protection of the Curlew.” How to submit records: • By email: nationalcurlewsurvey@gmail.com • By phone to the survey coordinator on 083 104 8000 • Online


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opinion&comment

Don’t bank on the banks - we need an alternative

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BC bank is pushing ahead with its plan to leave the Irish market and the few remaining banks continue to cut back on branch offices and cash points. The wheel is turning. Over the past 50 years, banks achieved such a firm grip on society that many people thought it would be impossible to live without them. But recently, because it suits their business model, banks have loosened their grip. We seem to be heading back to the position where a few institutions will provide the limited services most of us need to manage our money, and others will handle mortgages, insurance and loans for business. And that will be no bad thing. We used to function without main street banks - or, at least, with only basic services from

Michael Wolsey them - and we got along just fine. I first opened a bank account shortly after my marriage almost 50 years ago. I had been working on a newspaper for five years at that point, and my wife, having gone through university, was starting a career as a secondary school teacher. So, while our chances of making the rich list were not great, we were far from being a penniless couple. Yet neither of us had seen any need for a bank account.

Like almost everyone with a job back then, we were paid weekly in cash. My wife had a Post Office savings account that somebody had opened for her when she was a schoolgirl. On the rare weeks when we managed to save some money, we put it there. Dympna and I opened a bank account because our employers stopped paying wages in cash. Credit transfer through a bank was simpler and safer, they assured us; it made sound sense. And indeed it did make sense for employers, and for banks, who gained a huge number of customers. And it made sense for both of them when weekly payments were moved to a monthly basis. That move made moneymanagement a bit harder for Dympna and me. But it wasn’t a big deal. The bank provided us with a cheque book and the service was free. Well, free until we actually used any of the

cheques. We had to pay for that. Then they started charging for transactions made over the counter - for withdrawing our own money that we had never asked them to mind in the first place. But don’t worry, said the everhelpful banks, there will be no charge if you do the work yourself and draw the money from an ATM. Some banks now charge for ATM services. If you can find an ATM - banks are cutting back on them, forcing us to use online credit transfers and debit cards. And they charge for those too. They have even started to charge just for holding our money. Banks can afford to act this way because they don’t really care about ordinary customers any more. They make their profit from mortgages, insurance and loans to business. Shortly after we opened our first joint bank account, my

wife and I went looking for a mortgage. We didn’t go to a bank; they didn’t do home loans. We went to a building society . There were half a dozen of them in Ireland. offering slightly different terms, conditions and interest rates. One of the conditions was that we had to have insurance. And, again, we didn’t go to a bank. We went to a broker who could show us the policies on offer from a wide range of companies. This shopping around was quite time consuming and the services were certainly not free, since the various agents charged commission on top of whatever interest rates or insurance costs applied. But at least we had a choice and we weren’t in hock to a bank. Nowadays banks have monopolised these services, which are the only ones they have any interest in providing to ordinary

customers . They don’t want to manage our money so we need to find someone who does. In Ireland we have the bones of an alternative system for money management through the credit unions and our excellent network of post offices. They could operate as standalone banks or in conjunction with online bankers such as Avant Money or Revolut, offering both virtual banking and real premises. I don’t want to see the Government involved in banking, but it would be a good idea if the Department of Finance were to set up a coordinating body to explore how these institutions could best provide the services that no longer interest banks. These services would not and should not be free. But we would be willing customers and, as such, could demand to be treated with a little respect. It’s a long time since we have had that from the banks.


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Taking the right step

‘Learning for work and learning for life’ is the guiding principle at Wicklow Further Education and Training Centre, where courses which have the potential to radically alter the direction of people’s lives are offered free of charge for eligible students. One such student was Susanne O’Leary, who made the decision to return to education having been self-employed for 10 years, taking, in her own words, “a massive step” but “the best decision I made”. Susanne enroled in the Level 6 in Business and Administration course, which is a full-time course operating under the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS), and despite her initial fears of having taken on too much with a young family to care for, graduated with distinction and subsequently found her dream job. “My advice to anyone thinking of returning to education is to stay focused and designate this time for yourself,” says Susanne, “as it is far too easy to

put things off. Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge this centre and its teachers have to offer as it has had such a positive impact on me personally.” Aside from the VTOS courses (which provide free, full-time courses for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment, signing for credits or dependent upon someone who is,

for at least six months), Wicklow FETC also provides parttime courses under the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI, which again is free for early school leavers who are over 18, in receipt of social welfare payments, a dependant of a social welfare recipient, or holders of a full medical card); Youthreach (free, full-time education,

Looking for a tutor? School Is Easy is here to help you Advertorial As we battle to cope with the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 regulations, home-based learning has taken on a new importance. Many parents who want their children to enjoy the benefits of one-to-one tuition are, nevertheless, nervous about having a stranger in their home or sending young students to a tuition centre. School is Easy (SIE) can solve that problem. We can offer one-to-one or group grinds for Primary, Junior Certificate or Leaving Certificate school students at a time that works for you and your family. We offer the following subjects, from Primary to Secondary to Specialist Third Level courses: Irish/Gaelige, English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, Spanish, History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Design and Technology, Music, and Physical Education . Going to university and dreading the college exams? No problem, we have skilled and experienced tutors to help every student.

We provide safe, online tutorials that are recorded so that your child can future reference any topic covered. When you work with SIE, you will get nothing but the best. All of our tutors have formal education, classroom experience and a passion for teaching. For senior subjects we use college and university instructors with a Masters degree. The choice is yours when it comes to the style of tutoring and our range of subjects is broad. We don’t use generic tutoring lessons. We customise each programme based on the student’s needs, goals and capacity and we take care to match students with the right tutors. We are easy to work with. We screen tutors for you. We identify learning deficiencies and we get results . Our certified tutors will provide an initial assessment, if you need it, to ascertain your child’s requirements. Call us today on 01 556 3553 to book a consulation. We will be delighted to match you with a tutor.

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training, and work programme for early school leavers, aged 15-20); Adult Basic Education (part-time courses to adults who want to upskill, reskill or just return to education and gain confidence performing everyday tasks or work towards achieving a QQI certificate). The centre also offers a friendly guidance service to

early school leavers and adults, which is confidential and free of charge and can make all the difference in addressing those questions that plague anyone considering taking the step into what can often be perceived as a bewildering pool, swirling in a jumble of letters, names and numbers. But it is a step — not a plunge — into something bet-

ter. Eamonn Murphy was forced to confront that demon of uncertainty when he approached Wicklow FETC to consider Adult Basic Education. “For years I had been thinking about going back to education. Only fear stopped me from doing so, and work. Leaving school at an early age left me wondering ‘what if’ and ‘but’. I often wondered if I had stayed, what life would have been like. I did not enjoy my time at school. But now at school, life is a whole new world: different time and different place. The teachers in Wicklow Further Education and Training Centre are more understanding in their way of teaching . . . I’m so glad that I’ve taken this step.” Wicklow FETC is holding a Virtual Open Day on Wednesday, May 12th, from 10.00am-12.00pm and 2.00pm4.00pm. To book a slot for a virtual meeting with one of the staff members and discuss your course options, please visit the website: www.wicklowfetc.ie


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The board of the Higher Education Authority will consider the panel’s report, and report to the Minister, who after consideration of both reports will make a formal decision. John Moore, chair of IT Carlow’s governing body said the application was a “major milestone” in their decade-long work to create an institution of “international standing” in the region. Jim Moore, chair of WIT’s governing body acknowledged the part of staff, students and stakeholders: “The sterling work completed by our staff, students and many important stakeholders over many years to develop the TU is evident in the strong and ambitious application that has been submitted, which we hope is well placed to stand up to the rigours of panel review.”

Gardai hunt youths after teen robbed using fake gun

A Garda investigation has been launched after a young teen has their mobile phone robbed by a group of thugs alleged to have used a replica gun during the incident. A 16-year-old was the victim of the robbery, which occurred in Carlow Town at around 9pm on April 27. The young male was threatened by a group of youths walking on the Burrin Road, who ordered him to hand over his phone. And it’s alleged that a gun or replica was used in the robbery. A Garda spokesman said: “Gardai in Carlow are investigating the robbery of a mobile phone from a 16-year-old male youth in Carlow Town on Tuesday 27 April, 2021. “It’s understood that shortly after 9pm the youth was threatened and ordered to hand over his phone by a group of youths while walking at River Burrin, Carlow. “It’s reported that a gun or replica was produced during the incident.

Tributes paid to Patrick

“The youth left the scene unharmed and contacted Gardaí. All of the circumstances of the

incident are under investigation. “Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlow Garda

Station (059) 913 6620 or the Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”

Tributes have been flooding in for a six-year-old schoolboy who died after almost €25,000 was raised for his cancer treatment. St Joseph’s National School pupil Patrick Iovan died in his home in Carlow following a battle with a brainstem glioma, an aggressive form of cancer that affects young children aged between five and 10. Patrick required intense radiotherapy and several visits to Crumlin hospital during his illness, and a fundraiser had been set up to help his family pay for his treatments, raising more than €24,800. He is survived by his parents Florin and Ramona and his older sister Patricia.

Planning notice CARLOW COUNTY COUNCIL We, Drive Forecourt Services Ltd. are applying to Carlow County Council for Full Planning Permission for alterations/extension to existing retail shop at ground floor level. Demolition of 1 No. existing domestic garage and connection to existing mains services and all associated and ancillary site works at Coneykeare and Ballyknockan, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

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The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Civic Offices, Athy Road, Carlow, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20.00, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Arcadia Architects Ardcavan, Co. Wexford, Y35 HX96

Carlow Youthreach

RESOURCE WORKER BUSINESS STUDIES Ref No.: 2021APR192

Specific Purpose Contract: 37 hours pw approx. Our programmes require Resource Workers to provide direct class contact and resource duties in the delivery of the programme. A high degree of motivation and commitment to a student-centred model of learning is essential.

HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE

A panel may be created for the filling of other posts which may arise. Closing Date: Friday, 7 May 2021 (12 noon).

The HSE currently has the following opportunities:

Further details and application forms available from: www.kcetb.ie

– Health Care Support Assistants

Youthreach Carlow is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2021-2027. Kilkenny and Carlow ETB is an equal opportunities employer. European Union Co-funded by the

EUROPEAN UNION

Investing in your future European Social Fund

Carlow

Ref: NRS10138 Closing date for applications: Monday, 17th May 2021 at 12 noon. For more information and to apply visit: www.hbsrecruitmentservices.ie/health-care-supportassistant/


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with Justin Ivory

Godzilla Groove

Smooth Newt (Photo Justin Ivory) Fascinated by newts since a child, I was delighted to find plenty of Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) activity in my 5km over the last few weeks. Whenever I see them swimming, I can’t help thinking of them as miniGodzillas……and that is meant as a compliment! I guess to the many invertebrates on their menu, which includes the tadpoles of frogs, they are. We only have 3 amphibian species in Ireland, and we get 2 of them in here in Wicklow, the Common Frog (Rana temporaria) and the Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris). The Smooth Newt is the only member of the Urodela (the tailed amphibians) found in Ireland. During the breeding season, which typically lasts from late February to June, the males have a wavy crest along their backs. And just like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (blank, puzzled looks at this juncture from those under 45), they try to impress females with their best dance moves. After mating the female lays the eggs (up to 300 of them) individually, wrapping each of them in the leaves of an aquatic plant, as opposed to the big clumps of spawn of the Common Frog. About 3 to 4 weeks later the newt tadpoles emerge. Unlike frog and toad tadpoles, newt larvae develop their front legs first, then their back legs. Once they have absorbed their gills and left the water, they are known as ‘efts’. It takes 2 to 3 years for these efts to reach maturity. Adult Smooth Newts are typically about 10cm long. In late summer both juveniles and adults leave the water and spend the rest of the year in terrestrial habitats such as long grass, woodland, marshes, and hedgerows. In winter they will hibernate among tree roots, in holes in walls and in log piles.

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ninenottomiss book of the week

movie of the week

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tv of the week

life sentences Billy O’Callaghan

Things Heard and Seen Netflix

THis Time with alan partridge BBC1, 9.30pm

THIS Cork writer’s new novel, Life Sentences is the story of one ordinary family and their journey over three generations in a century of famine, war, violence and love. At aged just 16, Nancy leaves her small island for the mainland, the only member of her family to survive the Great Famine. She finds work in a grand house in Cork City, where she feels drawn to the gardener, Michael Egan. O’Callaghan is an acclaimed short story writer and the success of his debut, My Coney Island Baby opened a career path which is sure to lead to greater things.

NOTHING like a good scare to settle into the weekend and ‘Things Heard and Seen’ will just aboout do the job. The story follows a Manhattan couple, Catherine and George, as they move into a historical hamlet in the Hudson Valley all full of hope for the future. However, Catherine soon comes to sense a sinister darkness lurking both in the walls of the ramshackle property-and in her marriage to George. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Natalia Dyer, the scary clues are in the words ‘historical’ ‘heard’ and ‘seen’..

THIS Time with Alan Partridge made its debut on BBC One back in February 2019 and has returned for a second series. In a recent poll by RadioTimes.com, second place went to a standout scene from 2019’s This Time with Alan Partridge, in which he has a surreal encounter with his lookalike: an Irish farmer named Martin Brennan, who insists on singing ‘Come Out, Ye Black and Tans’. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on YouTube and take a seat. Susannah Fielding plays Partridge’s unfortunate co-host Jennie, and Tim Key and Felicity Montagu also star..

wine of the week

family film of the week event of the week

Aries- This week is a 7 Do the groundwork to realize a vision. Strategize and review priorities. Postpone travels, and take care of business behind the scenes. Taurus- This week is an 8 Friends help out. Collaborate on the structural and logistical details. Make sure you’ve handled the basics before elaborating. Gemini- This week is an 8 Navigate a professional challenge by focusing on organization, discipline and coordinated action. Work completed now can have long-term benefit. Cancer- This week is an 8 You can get what you need to take a trip. An older person makes an interesting proposition. Don’t overlook what loved ones need. Leo- This week is an 8 Investments made now can have long-term benefit. Strengthen by reinforcing foundations and supports.

Children’s Art in Libraries www.dublincityartsoffice.submittable.com

Rizzardi Bardolino Classico O’Brien’s

The Mitchells vs. The Machines Netflix

NOW the warm evenings are coming in, Valpolicella is a real gem as a quaffing spring and summer wine. Made from the same grape varieties as Ripasso and Amarone, it is lighter in body and several degrees less in alcohol. While some may remember cheap nasty Valpolicella from times past, most of the supermarkets now have a decent inexpensive version. In addition, O’Briens has one of the favourite wines, the Rizzardi Bardolino Classico (neighbouring Valpolicella) for €14.95 and the very tasty organic Musella Valpolicella Superiore for €19.95. Don’t be afraid to chill red wine — especially the Italians!

FROM the crew who brought you the Academy Award-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and ‘The LEGO Movie’ comes an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet — saving the world from the robot apocalypse. Yes, sounds like familiar territory for most of us. Featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, and Oscar winner Olivia Colman

Dublin City Council is inviting outline proposals from artists and arts organisations, working across all artistic disciplines, to be part of Children’s Art in Libraries Creative Hubs Programme July 2021 – April 2022. The current City Arts Plan; our Arts, Education and Learning Policy; and Dublin City’s Culture and Creativity Strategy include increasing access and provision for children and young people to quality arts experiences in local neighbourhoods. Activities are inclusive of all art forms including but not limited to visual art, music, dance, drama, storytelling or literature, performance, film and digital arts.

albumS of the week

activity of the week

podcast of the week

Virgo- This week is an 8 Collaborate with your partner to realize a shared dream. Strengthen infrastructure. Find an inspiration that sings for both of you. Libra- This week is an 8 Keep your fitness goals. Disciplined action builds long-term strength and health. Demands for your attention abound. Scorpio- This week is an 8 Keep practicing to improve your game. Focus on technique, and learn through repetition. Get coaching from a trusted expert. Sagittarius- This week is an 8

Make repairs and renovations. Coordinate with your family for shared priorities. Get creative.

Capricorn- This week is an 8 Capture brilliant ideas as they inspire you. Intellectual discovery provides a thrill. What you uncover now has long-term implications. latest record project Van Morrison

bealtaine festival www.bealtaine.ie

mothers of invention podcast www.mothersofinvention.onlin

A round-up of new releases in May for those of a certain vintage: Van Morrison is set to release his 42nd studio album — the lazily titled — Latest Record Project: Volume 1, a massive 28-track two-disc set, while Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 50th-anniversary edition of Deja Vu, which has been expanded to include four additional discs of demos, is also released in May. Meanwhile, a new two-disc set called The Width of a Circle collects previously unheard David Bowie tracks from 1970. Does anyone else feel old? Look right . . .

THE Bealtaine Festival, which is all about age and opportunity, is taking place again throughout May 2021, celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. For the second year in a row, the various performances, creative workshops, discussions, music and more will take place online due to Covid-19 restrictions. Everyone is encouraged to sign up and take part in these events. The festival will kick off with Bealtaine’s annual Dawn Chorus which has become a highlight each year For full details, visit the website. .

Comedian and writer Maeve Higgins nailed it with her Maeve in America podcast, which examined stories of fellow immigrants in the USA. In Mothers Of Invention, she teams up with former Irish President Mary Robinson across six episodes to meet the women who “change the way we do things” with regards to climate change. It sounds like an odd coupling in theory, but Higgins and Robinson are a wonderful team who tackle an interesting — and very timely — topic in a very clever way.

Aquarius-This week is a 9 Abundance is available. Gather up more than you spend for a positive balance. Make agreements, and sign contracts. Pisces- This week is a 9 Take ground with a personal project. What you do now can have long-term benefit. Provide the leadership to take it to a new level.


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It’s cash of the day

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here was a time – before the Football League was established in 1888 – when soccer at the top level in England was exclusively the preserve of the elite. With no professionalism (ie paying wages to players) allowed, soccer clubs were the preserve of public school old boys and the aristocracy, competing annually for the glory of winning the FA Cup, the only national competition. If the proposed European Super League (ESL) ever goes ahead (I’m sure the re cent false start won’t be the last we hear of it) soccer will have come full circle. It will once more be a closed shop at the top level, the preserve of millionaire players and billionaire owners. It will no longer be a living, breathing game of the people, but an entity so out of touch with the common person that the ESL may as well play its

games on Mars. Back in 1888 the Football Association (FA) acceded to the pressures being exerted on it by the likes of William Sudell, the manager of Preston North End. Sudell wanted his team to have a greater chance of success by being able to recruit skilful working-class players, and the only way to do that was to pay players for their services. Once the Football League started – and for many years into the future – players were paid a working wage. Supporters could identify with players, and vice versa. Even when the ‘minimum wage’ was abolished in the early 1960’s, players at the top were still only paid a modest multiple of the average industrial wage. All this changed in the era of the Premier League and Champions League, when the game started paying out to players like a fruit machine. Clubs had to find billionaire owners in order to keep feeding the machine, culminating in the

protest we saw at the weekend when Manchester United fans protested (pictured) against the Glazer family before the club’s tie against Liverpool. It is many years since I switched off from really caring

about the Premier League in England. I’ll occasionally watch Match Of The Day with my son, but I’m under no illusion that what I’m watching is a world away from my real footballing pas-

sions, which are the League of Ireland, Leinster Senior League and English lower-division and non-league soccer. What turned me off top-level soccer was the disconnect between the super-rich clubs and

the grassroots of football. The game at the top had become cash rich but morally bankrupt; the proposed ESL is the latest example of this trend wanting to move to the next level. If it ever comes to pass I won’t be watching the exhibition, champagne soccer of the ESL, with its prima-donna players and celebrity managers. What I would want at that juncture is for the rest of soccer to reorganise itself along sensible economic lines, with the age-old principle of progression based on merit safeguarded. Ironically, the formation of a breakaway league could work to the advantage of the grassroots. Leagues like our own SSE Airtricity League would see an upturn in interest from supporters of England’s Premier League Big Six disillusioned by the ESL. Every cloud has a silver lining. - Brian Quigley


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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Evening Her 01/04/1939

Irish Press 21/04/1965

Freemans Journal 09/04/1856

Freemans Jrn ..06/04/1864

Sunday Ind, 28/04/1929


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