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Peadar was a ‘rare and kind-hearted soul’ A MAN has been charged with two counts of deception in relation to an incident at a Carlow post office, in which another man was discovered to be deceased on the premises. Declan Haughney (40) from Pollerton Road, Carlow, was charged at a sitting of Kilkenny District Court on January 27th. The charges are that at 11.04am and 11.14am at Hosey’s Post Office on Staplestown Road, Haughney dishonestly induced by deception a member of staff, by producing a social welfare

card in an attempt to withdraw the €246 pension of Peadar Doyle (inset). It’s understood that Mr Doyle (66), had passed away on the day of the alleged incident. Gardai do not suspect foul play in his death and there is no suggestion anyone else was involved. No bail application was made and counsel for Haughney said

his client was on a methadone programme and asked that he be allowed continue this treatment while in custody. The court also heard that he is not working and legal aid was granted by the court. Adjourning the case, Judge Geraldine Carthy instructed that he continue to receive the necessary medical treatment while in prison.

Mr Doyle, meanwhile, was buried earlier in the week and his family released a statement following his death. They described Peadar as a “rare and kind-hearted soul” and said they wanted to “give him his dignity back”. In a statement, they said: “We want to give Peadar his dignity back. “He was more than a story. “He was one of those special people whose goodness is modest, but immense in the Continued on next page

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Pasquale La Rocca is calling on the public to support The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (The ASI) nationwide Denim Day for Dementia fundraising campaign, supported by Fujitsu, on March 4. “My two beloved grandparents had Dementia and passed away only last year, within six months of each other, so this is something that is very close to my heart,” he said at the launch. www.alzheimer. ie, or call (01) 207 3800


Vaccine centre to stay open

Carlow’s vaccination centre is to remain open as Covid-19 cases figures and hospitalisations continue to reduce. The HSE/South East Community Healthcare made the announcement as it thanked the people of Carlow for the co-operation over the last two years of the pandemic. And in a message issued to all staff across Carlow and the region, Kate Killeen White (Chief Officer, HSE/South East Community Healthcare) said: “There has been massive disruption across our lives but the rest of 2022 promises a time for optimism, hope and positive plans to predominate once again in all of our lives. It is well deserved.” I would like to take this opportunity, however, to remind people that the Covid-19 virus will continue to circulate in Ireland. “It remains very important that if you have any symptoms – isolate and get a test. I would add that the best way to keep yourself safe is to ensure you are fully vaccinated and have your booster,” she said, adding that centres will remain open for the time being.

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Taking the Mick: US TV show scouting in Carlow US TV host Michael Londra

US TV travel show ‘Ireland with Michael’ is showcasing many parts of Ireland as holiday destinations to audiences of 155 million people across the USA and Canada as its second series airs this spring. And the team are putting a call-out to the people of Carlow for locations and ideas for the 2023 series. Presenter Michael Londra, the Emmy-nominated, Irish singer-producer, is originally

from Wexford town and is now a resident of the US. Michael hosts the travel show which airs across the PBS network in the US and Canada. In each episode, he takes viewers on an intriguing journey to the popular and some of the lesser-known Irish destinations to learn about Irish history, meets local artisans, experience small-town pubs and food, and enjoy unique musical

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Peadar: ‘rare and kind soul’

Continued from front page in the hearts of those that he loved and who loved him. “A rare and kind-hearted soul, who doesn’t deserve to be spoken about in such horrific terms, we would ask that our family be shown the courtesy and privacy at this sad time and we hope and we pray we have the support of our community.” The family have been greatly distressed by media coverage of Peadar’s death, and social media commentary around it. The family statement added: “The immediate family of Peadar Doyle is deeply hurt by the negative representations that are being made by a certain number of the media, who have escalated a very tragic situation by making assumptions and spreading conjectures. Some very untrue things have been said, which have led to make this horrific situation much worse for us. Peadar was an accomplished painter, his family said, learning his trade from his uncle. He had also worked as a caretaker in a local school for a period and was very proud of his roots on the Pollerton Road.

Hunter sorry for ‘wild west rampage’ with rifle

A YOUNG Carlow deer hunter who got high on cocaine and alcohol and roamed through a town shooting at gardaí, civilians and buildings, has been jailed for eight years. Stephen Dowling, of Burrin Road, Carlow, apologised after letting off up to nine shots of ammunition from a high-powered telescopic rifle in Glenties, Co Donegal, in the early hours of February 22, 2020, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard. He shot at gardaí, missing them by inches, shot through cars and also shot into the windows and walls of three different houses during an hour-long incident, the court was told. The 25-year-old father-ofone appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to a range of charges on a night that was described in court as like “something from the Wild West”. They include four charges of criminal damages and five charges of having possession of a weapon with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property. The court heard how Dowling, was visiting Glenties with a cousin and uncle to shoot deer after seeing an advert by a farmer culling on his land. After a day of shooting, in which Dowling shot his first red deer, the men visited pubs and drank several pints of beer and whiskey.

Dowling also admitted to taking half a gramme of cocaine. Dowling became increasingly agitated and had words with customers and barmen, the court heard. The men returned to their B&B around midnight, the court heard. However, Dowling then changed back into his hunting clothing and recovered his high-powered Tikka rifle from his car. He then went on the rampage in the town letting off up to seven shots, the court heard. At one stage he got into a taxi waving his rifle but then got out and shot into the car’s back windscreen. Gardaí were then alerted. When armed officers arrived they took cover behind Garda cars. At one stage Dowling shot off two rounds, one hitting the patrol car, the court heard. The officers finally overpowered Dowling who was arrested. Gardaí gave victim impact statements to court, describing the night as carnage and saying it was a miracle nobody was seriously injured. Dowling pleaded guilty to 10 charges — five counts of possession of a firearm with intent, one count of possession of an offensive weapon (a hunting knife) and four counts of criminal damage.

A total of 901 new .ie domains were registered in Carlow in 2021 — a growth of 10.9% on pre-pandemic figures. Two of the most frequently used .ie domain keywords were home and furniture, as business moved to online stores in direct response to locked-down economy. The 2021 .IE Domain Profile Report, which explores and analyses the .ie database, shows that 36,875 new .ie domains were registered in

Leinster and 57,530 on the island of Ireland, making 2021 the second-best year for new .ie domain registrations. Businesses in Carlow are investing in new websites, integrating e-commerce technology, and making use of productivity-enhancing tools all year round, the report found. At the end of December 2021, the .ie domain accounted for 52.6% of all top-level domains hosted in Ireland.

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A pint, a coffee, a cinema seat ... a few of my favourite things


s the old Kitty Kellen song told us, little things mean a lot. And so, having done a bit of shopping, I bought a newspaper and wandered into a pub. I ordered a pint at the bar and exchanged some aimless chatter with the barman while he poured it. Then I took my paper and my pint to the end of the counter where, seated on a comfortable bar stool, I read one and sipped the other. Bliss. It’s not something I would do often. Bars are for socialising, I think. For meeting friends, swapping stories, putting the world to rights. They are places for fun, a nice drink and, increasingly nowadays, for good food. But I could enjoy all these things under Covid restrictions. More or less. Booking a table

Gareth O’Callaghan is to return to radio airwaves on Classic Hits Radio on Saturday 10am- 2pm four years after being diagnosed with a serious neurodegenerative illness. Pic: Andres Poveda

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and sitting at it wasn’t a great hardship and I didn’t mind showing a vaccination certificate or wearing a mask on entry. Early closing was a pain in the ass some evenings but suited me fine on others. These things all took a little preparation, a price worth paying for an hour or two in pleasant company, but more trouble

than the pleasure of a quiet drink was worth, even if I knew exactly when and where I wanted to enjoy the solitary pint. It’s just a little luxury but it’s nice to have it back. And next day, when I met a friend in the street, we walked into a café for a cup of coffee. Just like that. We didn’t have to plan it, like a military manoeuvre. She didn’t mind that she had forgotten her mask and I didn’t care that I couldn’t locate the Covid cert on my phone. No fuss, just a coffee. More bliss. Now I have booked tickets for the theatre and, by the time you read this, I will have been at a cinema to watch Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast. Our family has a holiday in the sun on hold for the past two years. Now I’m feeling confident enough to start checking on flights for July. We can’t do much about the big things.

I hope with all my heart that a new Covid variant won’t spring up to wreck our lives or, worse still, a conflict in eastern Europe. But If these things happen, I won’t be able to stop them. However, I can do things to help preserve the small pleasures I am now rediscovering. I can support the local shops, bars and cafés, the cinemas and theatres that I have too often taken for granted. Even on bad days, I can try to be pleasant to all those people who provided me with vital services over the pandemic months. And I can abide by the few Covid rules that remain. I can take a test if I feel ill and isolate if the result is positive. I can wear a mask in shops and on the bus or train, stand at a social distance in public places, keep my vaccines up to date. Little things. But as Kitty said ...

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Dog owners warned as lambing season begins DOG owners have been warned to keep a close eye on their pets as lambing season begins. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys and Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, have reminded dog owners of their responsibilities and the vulnerability of sheep to attacks. The issue is one of grave concern to the farming community and attacks on sheep are happening far too often in the countryside. The latest figures show there were 240 incidents of ‘Livestock Worrying’ in 2020 – with a similar number expected when the 2021 returns are completed. It comes as Ministers Humphreys and McConalogue visited a sheep farm in South West Dublin recently, where they announced the start of an awareness campaign that will run over lambing season. Ms Humphreys said: “Attacks on sheep can have a devastating impact on farmers, their businesses and their families.

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, with Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys, sheep farmer Donie Anderson, and Minister of State for Agriculture Martin Heydon

Leah Quish (9) at the launch of Round Up for Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin Hospital. Pic: Andres Poveda

“I’m a dog owner myself and I know the vast majority of dog owners are extremely responsible,” she added. “So I’m appealing to dog owners [today], particularly in rural areas, to please keep your dogs under control and

be vigilant at all times.” The minister added that responsible pet ownership is a priority for her department and advised that all dogs must be microchipped under the law. The ministers reminded anyone concerned about

incidents of animal neglect or cruelty that they can contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine helpline by phone, or on the dedicated email address: 0761 064408 / animalwelfare@agriculture.

‘Signing on’ returns to the post offices JOBSEEKERS will have to return to the post office once more to claim their payments, Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys has said. The move would bring much-needed business back to local post offices, but would also help tackle social welfare fraud, as individuals will have to present at their local post office. The changes will apply initially to all new dole applicants before being extended to other jobseekers in the coming months. When public health restrictions were introduced in 2020, people were given the option of being paid into a bank account. Ms Humphreys said it was an exceptional measure to help contain the spread of the virus and ensure social distancing. She said she had taken her decision “following consultation with An Post and the Irish Postmasters Union.” It would “bring additional footfall to post offices,” as well as helping to combat social

John Shevlin as James Joyce, unveiling two stamps created by An Post to celebrate the centenary of Ulysses. The price of a postage stamp is to increase to €1.25. Pic: Maxwells

Have you time to spare for Aware?

IF your New Year’s resolution is to make a difference to other people’s lives in 2022, maybe you could consider giving some of your time to volunteering with Aware? The national charity — who support people impacted by depression and bipolar disorder — is seeking 50 volunteers for 2022, increasing its volunteer base from 450 to 500, in a bid to bolster supports on offer. The charity saw a significant spike in the number of people reaching out for support over the pandemic, in addition to the huge prevalence of depression in Ireland.

Aware has now put out an urgent call for people who have empathy, compassion and just three hours a week to assist with three key services: the Support Line, which operates 365 days a year; virtual or in-person Support and Self-care Groups; and the Life Skills online education programme. The organisation is seeking volunteers to work on services remotely from their own home, as well as in locations around the country. For more on Aware and volunteering, see get-involved/volunteering/ or #WeAreAware.

welfare fraud, she said. “It also has another advantage in terms of people have to come in and present. We have heard media reports and we know of instances where people were collecting their payment and weren’t actually in the country,” she added. It comes as gardaí are investigating the death of a man in Carlow town, whose body was brought into a post office by two men who are alleged to have tried to claim his pension before they were confronted by staff. Peadar Doyle (66) was dressed up and carried into a Carlow post office by the men before staff became concerned for his welfare and realised he was deceased. Debbie Byrne, Managing Director of An Post, welcomed the move. “This is a perfect example of the practical benefit of using the post office network in the provision of Government services to local communities,” she said.

Reminder over hedge cutting as spring nears

THE National Parks & Wildlife Service is reminding the public the cutting, burning or other destruction of “vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch” between 1st March and 31st August is prohibited. Hedgerows provide botanical diversity as well as food and shelter for animals, most notably birds. They also act as corridors connecting habitats. Untrimmed, thorny hedges are favoured by birds, but birds may nest in any hedge. It is an offence to wilfully destroy, injure, or mutilate the eggs or nest of a wild bird or to wilfully disturb a wild bird on or near a nest containing eggs or un-flown young birds at any time of the year. The service has appealed to the public to report any hedgecutting offences to your local NPWS office ( contact-us) or your local Garda station. Since enforcement staff might not be able to respond immediately, you should take a note of the date and time, vehicle registration numbers involved, as well as photographs where possible.

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What a waste: let’s get Schools are praised for rid of electrical rubbish ‘inclusive’ art IF you have been building up dead batteries in kitchen drawers alongside old radio bits and defunct phones, wondering when the right time will come along to finally do a clear-out, then you will be happy to hear that a day has been set aside for Carlow householders to recycle their electrical and electronic waste for free. The initiative aims to help the county meet recycling targets, which have increased since the first lockdown in 2020. The event, hosted by WEEE Ireland and supported by Carlow County Council, take place on Saturday 12th February at The Mart, Tullow from 10am to 4pm. All household items with a plug or a battery will be accepted free of charge, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls and even watches. “Recycling e-waste is incredibly beneficial for both the environment and the economy,” said Jannette O Brien, environmental awareness officer

Thea Quinn (9) at the launch of ESB Science Blast which is now open to submissions from all primary schools. Pic: Shane O’Neill

at Carlow County Council. “Together we are diverting waste from landfill, recovering raw materials for reuse and ensuring hazardous materials are safely and responsibly disposed of. We look forward to working with WEEE Ireland and Carlow householders to

hopefully recycle a recordbreaking amount of electronic waste in 2022,” she said. A surge in lockdown spring cleaning saw 7,329 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Carlow by the country’s largest recycling scheme in 2020 despite Covid-19 and travel

restrictions. E-waste amounting to 12.9kg per person was recycled in Carlow last year, while the county’s e-waste target for 2022 has increased to 14kg per person, to reflect yearly increases in the consumption of electrical goods, accelerated by Covid-19.

BORRISS National School and Ballon National School are celebrating being named Junior and Senior County Winners respectively of the national art competition, Someone Like Me, which will see them join over 40 other schools to compete for the national title, at an online awards ceremony, on Thursday, 3rd February. # Someone Like Me, which is organised by the National Disability Authority, attracted more than 1,800 entries from national schools across the country. The judges were particularly impressed with the submissions from pupils and teachers at the Wicklow schools, based on their “insightful and inspirational responses to the theme” for the competition. Minister of State with special responsibility for disability, Anne Rabbitte, said she was hugely encouraged by the growing interest in the competition which is “helping to develop a

shared understanding of how we should treat others in a caring, sensitive and inclusive way and promoting a sense of belonging and connectedness.” “We are exceptionally pleased with the response to this year’s competition which took place during challenging times not just in our schools, but right across our communities, due to the ongoing global pandemic,” she said. The competition, which offers a range of prizes up to the value of €750, was open to all primary school pupils from junior infants to sixth class and more than 1,800 entries were received from individual pupils, class groups and whole schools right across Ireland. Entries ranged from posters and collages to large sculptural installations and multi-media pieces. For more updates, please go to: www.

Carlow couple’s €2k Number HAP ‘Wish’ comes true of homes falls

Energia’s €2,000 donation to Make-A-Wish ENERGIA will present MakeA-Wish with a donation of €2,000 on behalf of the 2021 Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home runners up, Christina and Philip Walker from Tinryland, County Carlow. The Walkers finished in 3rd place following a public vote in December. Christina and Philip Walker explained why they chose Make-A-Wish for their charity, saying: “Together with our neighbours Marian and Richard Matthews, we all agreed that Christmas is about children, magic and dreams. “So, with that in mind we felt Make-A-Wish was a perfect fit,

we hope that the money raised will help to make children’s dreams and wishes come true.” Susan McQuaid O’Dwyer, CEO of Make-A-Wish Ireland said: “At Make-A-Wish Ireland we are overwhelmed by the support of the Tinryland Lights fundraisers in addition to all of those that voted to support them. “Make-A-Wish receives no government funding, and we rely so much on the kindness of people like Christina and Philip and the Irish public. On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish and all of our Wish families, thank you so much for your incredible generosity.” If you wish to donate, go to:

ONLY 11% of rental properties available last December accepted the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), according to Simon Communities of Ireland. The latest ‘Locked Out’ report by Simon shows that while the number of rental properties has increased, there has been a fall in availability on the HAP scheme. Of 1,349 properties available in December, just 148, or 11%, fell into HAP categories. This is a 22% drop on the number available in October 2021 and “a drastic 83% less than the 906 available in June 2021”. Head of Policy and Communications at the Simon Communities of Ireland Wayne Stanley said the organisation looked at HAP in the report as it is a way for many people to leave homelessness. The fall to 148 properties available to people on HAP is incredibly worrying, Mr Stanley said, because it further shows that the affordability crisis in the country’s housing system is “acute”. He added that local authorities outside of the Dublin region need more discretion around the payment, and the payment should be increased.

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Screaming Banshees

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Red Fox mating season (Photo Justin Ivory) It is a dark, still, winter’s night as I pull up outside my house. As I make my way towards the front door a blood-curdling scream rents the night air. Is it a banshee bringing omens of death, or has some unfortunate soul just been brutally attacked? This is a sound that can freeze the blood of those who have never heard it before. Luckily, I am well familiar with it and it is one of my favourite sounds in the natural world. It is the cries of a Red Fox. Relatively taciturn for most of the year, between December and February they turn the dial up to 11. This is fox mating season. Red foxes make a variety of sounds during this period barks, howls, squeals and screams. A distinctive triple bark is used to locate each other in the dark. The banshee like wails and blood-curdling screams are typically made by the vixens, but will also be made by the dog foxes. Vixens are in heat for approximately 3 weeks during the mating season, but only fertile about 3 days of those 3 weeks. Before mating there is a period of ‘wooing’ which involves scent marking and the shrieking/screaming vocalisations. The dog and vixen will mate various times over this period. It can be quite bizarre to see them mating as they look like they are stuck together bumto-bum! This is called a tie, or copulatory lock. It is perfectly normal, so don’t be tempted to disturb them or intervene, they don’t need help! So after this period of weird noises and strange sexual positions, the vixen with any luck will become pregnant. Gestation is typically around 52/53 days and cubs are typically born in March and April. The cubs are blind and deaf at birth. They have chocolate brown fur and startling blue eyes. They emerge from the ‘earth’ after about 3 or 4 weeks.


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dancing with the stars

the irish difference Fergal Tobin (out February 18)

Finné (season 4) Wednesdays in February, 9.30pm, TG4

IF the dancin’ isn’t enough for you, then you can always peel off the dancin’ shes and join the likes of Lottie Ryan, Lyra and Brian Dowling. Fans of Dancing with the Stars Ireland have even more reasons to follow the journey of their favourite celebrities and their professional partners to see who will lift the glitter ball trophy. New podcast episodes come out every Monday and Thursday after h the show on RTÉ One every Sunday at 6.30pm. Pictured is Grainne Seoige with partner John Nolan dancing to the tune With You I’m Born Again. Indeed. .

FOR hundreds of years, the islands and their constituent tribes that make up the British Isles have lived next door to each other in a manner that, over time, suggested some movement towards political union. It was an uneven, stop-start business and it worked better in some places than in others. Still, England, Wales and Scotland have hung together through thick and thin . And, for a long time, it seemed that something similar might have been said about the smaller island to the west . . . In a witty narrative, historian Fergal Tobin looks into our past.

Filmed over 12 months by Galway’s Tua Films and presented by RTE’s courts correspondent, Orla O’Donnell, Finné is a warts and all re-telling of riveting first-person testimonies. Finné delves deep and narrow in to one person’s story rather than giving a general overview of these events that made the news over the past 40 years. Here, we recount intimate stories of triumphs and traumas, of Davids and Goliaths, of dogged resilience and human frailties. Previous seasons were awarded the Human Rights Justice Media Award and the Best series at the Celtic Media Festival. Pictured: Lisa Lawlor, who was orphaned as a baby following the Stardust fire.

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AriesHousehold issues require attention. Obligations vie with new tasks for your time. Secrets get revealed. Find efficiencies. Clean a mess and savor the results. TaurusGet into a learning phase. Find reliable information despite propaganda or false theories. Communicate with trusted sources. GeminiMonitor finances. Expenses could be larger than expected. Cut extras and frills. Consider long-term impacts of purchases. CancerDon’t let bad news or difficult circumstances get you down. Ignore lies and rumors. Talk with people you love and trust. LeoPeace and quiet soothe your spirit. Noise and confusion abound; settle into a sanctuary. Review recent events and allow time to process. Nurture yourself.

The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window Netflix

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SAM Carpenter (Melissa Barrera) is drawn back to Woodsboro (of course she is but you still have to ask why?) when her estranged sister Tara (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by someone wearing the Ghostface mask. Together with her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid), Sam faces dark secrets from her past and a new terror stalking everyone connected to the Woodsboro Massacre of 1996, including Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette). With its references to the original, 2022’s Scream is trying to please old and new fans — and does just that.

BRAY Camera Club celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2021 and are delighted to announce an exhibition of their members’ photographs in the Signal Arts Centre, running daily for the first two weeks of February. The club has provided the local community with a welcoming forum for photographers of every ability and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, they have remained stalwart in their drive to celebrate and share their passion for photography with a busy schedule of online activities and social interaction.

COMEDY-THRILLER? Drama-comedy? Romcom-thriller? Who really knows. And after watching this parody, you may even ask yourself, was that a parody? But at eight episodes, there is a lot to get through to reach that point. And if this review sounds very rambling and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, then that is exactly how you will feel watching it. But to sum up: After splitting from her husband following their daughter’s tragic death, Anna (Kristen Bell) doesn’t have much going on. She spends her days drinking . . . ah yes, there’s an idea.

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VirgoSupport friends and be supported through a community change. A situation may appear bleak. Share and resources. LibraKeep deadlines and promises. Manage responsibilities despite challenges or distractions. Reward yourself with extra rest and recreation later. ScorpioMonitor conditions before getting on the road. Study current events, traffic and weather. Slow for barriers and obstacles. Sagittarius-

Review financial obligations and budgeted expenses. Keep balances positive by adjusting. More is not always better.

maverick sabre Don’t Forget to Look Up IT’S 10 years ago that this Wexford-born (well, he moved from London to new Ross when he was four years old, so . . . ) artist released his debut album and quickly became a rising star. Michael Stafford aka Maverick Sabre released two successful albums before pursuing the independent route. Once again, these are fantastic pop songs, displaying a sophisticated level of musical versatility that always come out tops thanks to the star’s immaculate voice.

denim day for alzheimer society

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TWO times ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner, performer and choreographer Pasquale La Rocca is calling on members of the public to support The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (The ASI) annual nationwide Denim Day for Dementia fundraising campaign, on Friday, March 4th to raise funds for vital dementia supports and services. The new ambassador for The ASI is asking everyone from around Ireland to don their denims and donate just €2 to support the 64,000 people living with dementia and their carers. Mark the diaries!

MUCH- loved broadcaster Gareth O’Callaghan has announced his return to the airwaves with Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio. The legendary broadcaster returns to radio with an exciting new show on Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio: ‘Gareth O’Callaghan At The Weekend’ which will air Saturday mornings 10am to 2pm and will feature a blend of classic hits, presented in his own inimitable style. Gareth O’Callaghan Is a household name for Irish listeners and will bring his wealth of musical knowledge to the fore every Saturday.

CapricornNegotiate to refine plans with your partner. Choose privacy over publicity. Speak your truth and listen to another’s. AquariusBalance increased demand with existing energy and resources. Slow to avoid accident or injury. It could seem like everyone wants your attention. Rest. PiscesStay sensitive to another’s feelings. Avoid spontaneous outbursts. Apologize when appropriate. Patiently consider solutions.

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Bid for hybrid Leaving Cert all set to fail A recent survey carried out by the Irish Second Level Students’ Union found that 68% of Leaving Cert students want a hybrid State exam model this year. But it looks like the Government is set to disregard those calls and revert instead to written exams. It is expected there will be more choice throughout subjects so students can demonstrate what they have covered across two disrupted years of education. The Government said on that the students would not be disadvantaged by recent grade inflation, arguing that grade profile will be maintained at the same level as last year. It is believed that it is impossible to run a hybrid model without Junior Cert data for one

in four Leaving Cert students, as students were unable to sit the Junior exam due to the pandemic. The Government had planned to use school profiling in 2020 when Leaving Cert exams were first replaced by a system based on teachers’ estimates. However, it dropped the plan following opposition claims this could penalise students attending school in disadvantaged areas. While additional choice in questions in the forthcoming State exams were announced last August, officials have been exploring ways of going further due to the level of Covid-related disruption which has occurred since. Students have repeatedly called for another hybrid Leaving Cert on the basis that many have experienced significant

disruption to their studies due to the pandemic. At the beginning of this academic year it was announced that adjustments were made in exam papers and in curriculum to provide for the fact that this year’s exam students missed school in 5th Year - from January to the middle of March - as they were learning from home. They will see more choices in questions in exam papers, for example in the Irish oral, where there will be only 10 Sraith Pictiúr instead of 20. A hybrid Leaving Cert exam was available to the class of 2021, where students were offered accredited grades or also had the option of sitting an exam. They were then awarded the highest grade from whichever option they chose.

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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

Irish Ind 12/01/1952

Evening Her 9/01/1926

Freemans Jrn 03/01/1862

Freemans Jrn 27/01/1834

Evening Her 12/01/1938

Freemans Jrn 31/01/1834

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