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House sales surge as we spend â‚Ź5.5bn By Michelle McGlynn OVER â‚Ź5.5bn was spent in the private residential property market last year with an average of over 1,100 transactions per month. The total sales amount for 2016 (â‚Ź5,540,584,766) rose â‚Ź464m FRPSDUHGWRWKHÂżJXUHVIRU (â‚Ź5.1bn), an investigation by the Dublin Voice of the Residential Property Price Register has found. Although there was an decrease of over 500 homes and apartments sold in 2016, the average price of houses increased by â‚Ź47,347. The average price of a house on the Northside (D1-17) in 2016 was â‚Ź297,398 compared to the previous year which was â‚Ź275,446. 0HDQZKLOH ÂżJXUHV IRU WKH Southside (D2-24) revealed

a higher average price at â‚Ź405,711, an increase when compared to the 2015 average of â‚Ź398,210. Dublin 6 was the most expensive area to purchase property in 2016 with an average property price of â‚Ź700,310. 7KH PRVW DŕľľRUGDEOH DUHD LQ the capital to purchase a home for a second consecutive year was Dublin 10 at an average price of â‚Ź148,903. Despite the reasonable prices for homes in Dublin 10, it was the area that experienced the fewest transactions in the Southside (132). The only area in the Northside to register fewer transactions than in Dublin 10 was Dublin 13 with just 93 homes sold in 2016. The similarity in trends continues as Dublin 15 proved the most popular choice among buyers in 2016 with 1,333

transactions taking place in the 12 month period. This is the second consecutive year that Dublin 15 came out on top among buyers in the Northside and Southside. With an average selling price of â‚Ź311,924 it is towards the PRUH DŕľľRUGDEOH HQG RI WKH market but is by no means the least expensive suburb. Dublin 3, Dublin 8 and Dublin 17 were the only areas to experience a decrease in annual market revenue in 2016 when compared to the previous year. Outside of this, County Dublin experienced a sizable decrease in the number of transactions (-1,450) for the second year. Despite this the region had the highest number of total transactions in 2016 by a VLJQLÂżFDQW DPRXQW ZLWK  residential properties sold. This is of course due to its

large catchment area. Although market revenue in the outskirts of the capital fell by â‚Ź371,466,214, the average house price in County Dublin actually rose by â‚Ź55,716. The most expensive property sold in Dublin in 2016 was the apartment complex Tallaght Cross West in Dublin 24 which was sold for â‚Ź64m. Three of the top ten most expensive properties sold last year are found at The Links, Elmpark, Merrion Road in Dublin 4. Elmpark is a development of apartments. The most expensive home purchased in 2016 was 19 Temple Road, Dartry, Dublin 6 for â‚Ź8.7m. It was purchased by Former Paddy Power boss Patrick Kennedy along with the â‚Ź1.5m adjoining coach house. See page 10

The Purple Run will take place on March 25, in the Phoenix Park. Pictured at the launch is Today FM’s Matt Cooper, Anneke Walsh, Rathmines (left) and Charlie O’Reilly, Sandycove. Pic: Robbie Reynolds  Lots more pictures inside


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Clockwise from left: Supporters cheering on St Mary’s Baldoyle at the SSA Basketball Finals in the National Basketball Arena; Pictured at the eir Fund – Connecting Communities Launch are Steven Daly, Camara Ireland and Michelle Toner, Head of CSR, eir; Oisin Scollard, Turn2Me and Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir; The Aldi Community Games sponsorship was unveiled by Paul O’Connell along with (L-R) Roisín Mulcahy (8) and Dillon Madigan (8) Pic: Brian Gavin; Miss International Ireland, Katherine Gannon (centre) with Griffeen Valley Guides Alana McDonnell (left) and Ellie-Rose Cawley.


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Left: Stephen Kenny, Dundalk FC Manager and Jim Gavin, Manager of the Dublin Senior Gaelic Football team pictured with Ciara Ocks (9) and Jude Davis (9) as they all come together to mark 10 years of life-saving heart screening at The Family Heart Screening Clinic and to launch this year’s Mater Heart Appeal. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan Below: Karina Murray (left) and Emer McGowan launched 5 Steps to A-New-U at the Green Isle Hotel with the help of the Lord Mayor of South Dublin, Guss O’Connell. The programme presents a no-nonsense approach to helping people overcome life’s challenges.

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news in brief Baldoyle Mayfest FOLLOWING the huge success of Baldoyle Mayfest 2016, ZKLFK VDZ WKRXVDQGV ÀRFN WR WKH %DOGR\OH 5DFHFRXUVH SDUN last May, the event will again be held on May 14. Clubs, groups, and local community services showcased their organisations at the exhibit stalls, while giant bouncy castles, games and bungeeMXPS HQWHUWDLQHG WKH NLGV 7KH large sound stage was buzzing all day with dancers, singers, and bands. 7KH\ DUH QRZ LQYLWLQJ participants for this year, application forms from info@baldoyleforum.ie or phone 01 8395338.

Ciara Clancy of medical technology company Beats Medical with (from left) Anthony Quigley, of the Code Institute, and Aidan Kilgannon, of AKRock (Fitness), at the launch of Enterprise Week outside the Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire. Pic: Peter Houlihan

Houses plan for Harold’s Cross

Calling all artists

By Jake Maxwell

Dublin teachers in primary and second level schools, ZKRVH SXSLOV WDNH SDUW LQ WKH DQQXDO 7H[DFR &KLOGUHQÂśV $UW Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of HQWULHV WKLV \HDU LV 7XHVGD\ February 28 next. Last year more than 5,000 pupils from schools across the county submitted entries to the competition. Digital entries to be submitted to texacochildrensart@valero.com

THE Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) are hoping to have Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium rezoned for development for housing after they announced the immediate closure of the stadium on February 13. The IGB have closed the 100-year-old stadium and announced that all greyhound racing in Dublin will now be held in Shelbourne Stadium, with an increase to four

meetings a week at that venue from 17 February. With a debt of â‚Ź20.3m, the IGB see the sale of the stadium as a solution to their ÂżQDQFLDOZRHVEXWKDYH been at loggerheads Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association who are opposed to the sale. The IGB have already cancelled two meetings at Shelbourne Park because of a planned picket from the DGOBA. Further protests from the DGOBA are likely

and it remains to be seen if they will picket meetings at Shelbourne Park. Nevertheless, the IGB insists that the sale of Harold’s Cross is the only solution to their growing dept problems, which stem from the ₏21m bill for the building of Limerick Greyhound Stadium in 2011. ³$QRYHUULGLQJ¿QDQFLDO consideration informed the decision to concentrate our Dublin racing in Shelbourne Park,� the IGB said.

news in brief Russell Howard &5,7,&$//< acclaimed comedy superstar Russell Howard returns to the live stage IRU WKH ÂżUVW WLPH LQ WKUHH \HDUV with Round the World. 7KH VKRZ FRPHV WR 9LFDU 6WUHHW 7KRPDV 6WUHHW IURP )HEUXDU\  7LFNHWV DUH â&#x201A;Ź33.50 from usual outlets and doors are 7.30pm.

Murphy exhibition 7KH /LWWOH 0XVHXP  6W 6WHSKHQÂśV *UHHQ LV SURXG WR SUHVHQW +RPH LV$QRWKHU 3ODFH by Seamus Murphy. 7KLV EULOOLDQW QHZ VKRZ LV 0XUSK\ÂśVÂżUVWPDMRUH[KLELWLRQ of Irish photographs and runs until February 26. Returning to Ireland after the recession to view a country and her capital changing dramatically, Murphy has created a new collection of images that depict a country teeming with life, humour, absurdity, pathos, hardship, tenacity and love. Murphy is a recipient of seven World Press photo awards, he is a regular contributor to many major international publications and has recently gained much acclaim for his collaborative ZRUN ZLWK WKH PXVLFLDQ 3- Harvey.

Businesses â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opposed to centralisedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; injecting drug areas By Jake Maxwell '8%/,1 LV VHW WR JHW LWV ÂżUVW injection although businesses in the city centre are â&#x20AC;&#x153;totally opposedâ&#x20AC;? to centralising one location, according to the Chief ([HFXWLYH RI WKH 5HVWDXUDQWVÂś $VVRFLDWLRQRI,UHODQG â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are advocating that these [injection centres] should be decentralised into the communities where the addicts live, QRWLQRQHFHQWUDODUHD´$GULDQ Cummins has said. 7KH*RYHUQPHQWLVVHWWROHJislation which would exempt drug users from prosecution if found with certain illegal drugs in a supervised injection facility. Minister for Drugs Catherine %\UQHZLOOVHHNDSSURYDOWRSURceed with plans to open a centre later this year. 7KHFHQWUHZRXOGRSHQIRU KRXUVDGD\VHYHQGD\VDZHHN and would cost between â&#x201A;Ź1.5m and â&#x201A;Ź1.8m per year. Government sources stressed WKH0LVXVHRI'UXJV$FWZKLFK controls the possession of substances, will still apply. Mr Cummins further added that if such a centre is opened in the city centre, it will act as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;magnetâ&#x20AC;? for people selling drugs. Mr Cummins called for them to be opened within GP services in local communities. Âł7KHVH FHQWUHV DUH JRLQJ WR EH LQ HŕľľHFW OHJDOLVLQJ GUXJV´ he added. Dermot Lacey, Labour Councillor and Chairperson of the South Inner City Local

'UXJV 7DVN )RUFH VDLG WKDW ZKLOHWKHUHLVDQHHGWRORRNDW WKHHŕľľHFWRILQMHFWLRQFHQWUHVRQ local communities, he stressed that there is a need for them in Dublin. Âł, GRQÂśW OLNH GUXJ WUHDWPHQW centres, but as a society I feel ZH QHHG WR WDFNOH WKHP´ KH said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it attracts people into WKRVH FHQWUHV ZKR ZRXOGQÂśW EH attracted to services that we FRXOGWU\DQGZHDQRŕľľGUXJV, EHOLHYHLWÂśVDJRRGWKLQJ Âł7KLV LV D PHDVXUH WKDW ZLOO KHOSUHGXFHWKHLQWDNHRIGUXJV in the city centre.â&#x20AC;? 7KHJRYHUQPHQWKDVDSSURYHG the publication of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 allowing IRU,UHODQGÂśVÂżUVWVXSHUYLVHGLQjection facility. 7KH%LOOZKLFKZDVDSSURYHG by Cabinet at its meeting this morning, will allow the Minister for Health Simon Harris to issue a licence, with conditions, to operate a supervised injectLQJIDFLOLW\7KLVLVDFRQWUROOHG environment where drug users may self-administer, by injection, drugs they have brought with them. Such facilities will provide access to clean, sterile injecting equipment and have trained VWDŕľľ RQ KDQG WR SURYLGH HPHUgency care in the event of an overdose, as well as advice on treatment and rehabilitation. It is hoped they will also help alleviate the problems associated with injecting on the street, including drug-related litter.

Lucan tops parking fines By Jake Maxwell $/:$<6 Lucan on the bright side of life .... 7KDWÂśVZKDWUHVLGHQWVRI/XFDQ need to say to themselves after it was revealed that it is the worst SODFHLQ'XEOLQIRUJHWWLQJSDUNLQJÂżQHV $WRWDORISDUNLQJWLFNHWV were issued on Main Street in the suburb in 2016, with Mespil Road along the canal being the worst spot in the city. $ VKRFNLQJ  FDUV ZHUH

clamped on the road between Baggot and Leeson Street last \HDUDFFRUGLQJWRÂżJXUHV 7KH 6DQG\IRUG 5RDG LQ Dundrum, Main Street in 5DWKIDUQKDPDQGLQ0RQNVWRZQ ZHUH DOVR KRWVSRWV IRU ÂżQHV while drivers in Swords ZHUH WKH ELJJHVW RŕľľHQGHUV LQ Fingal. )RXUWK $YHQXH LQ WKH &RRNVWRZQ ,QGXVWULDO (VWDWH had the lowest number of offenders with just 223 drivers ÂżQHGRQWKHURXWH


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â&#x201A;Ź88m Lotto winners stay quiet

Tech jobs TECHNOLOGY company BrowserStack has announced plans to create 40 jobs in Dublin within the next two to three years. BrowserStack is a cloud based service that allows web developers to perform tests on website changes quickly, thus eliminating the need for expensive in-house testing infrastructure.

By Jake Maxwell

Footpath fall A girl who fractured her shin bone after falling on a footpath has secured a â&#x201A;Ź65,500 settlement of her High Court action against Dublin City Council. Megan Lee was 12 when on November 5, 2012 she went over on her ankle in a depression on the path. She sustained a nasty fracture to her shin bone as a result of the accident at Agnes Road, Crumlin. Ms Lee was on crutches for a number of months and had screws inserted in her foot and a later operation to take the metal out.

Arcade Fire $UFDGH )LUH KDYH FRQÂżUPHG that they will play a gig at Malahide Castle on June 14. Tickets go on sale February 17.

Average rents in Capital increase 15% to hit â&#x201A;Ź1650

Ernesta Sukyte and Severina Balanuta from the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning â&#x201A;Ź88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw By Jake Maxwell A WORK syndicate from Dublin are remaining silent after they collected their cheque for a whopping â&#x201A;Ź88,587,275 after buying the winning ticket for the EuroMillions lottery last month. The winning ticket was bought at the Applegreen Motorway Services station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin. A spokesperson for the

syndicate, which has an XQVSHFLÂżHGQXPEHURI members, said they would be having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;quiet party with family and friendsâ&#x20AC;?. We will not be getting carried away with our win and we will return to normal everyday life as soon as possible. News spread quickly around the syndicate after it was announced that the winning ticket had been bought in Ireland. They checked the numbers

online and were hit with a message that they had to contact the National Lottery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I checked the numbers, I was speechless,â&#x20AC;? the spokesperson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it. It was such an incredible feelingâ&#x20AC;?. As for what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do what the money, sun holidays are on the agenda but the syndicate are looking forward WRWKHÂżQDQFLDOIUHHGRPWKDW comes when the pressure to pay bills, mortgages and loans lifts.

NEW data suggests that rents across Ireland are now rising at their fastest ever rate. ,QWKHÂżQDOTXDUWHURIWKH UDWH RI LQĂ&#x20AC;DWLRQ RI UHQWV DFURVV Ireland was 13.5% according to Daft.ieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest rental price report, which is conducted using properties advertised for rent on that website. The average rent being seen nationwide is now â&#x201A;Ź1,111 per month. In Dublin rents are now rising by 15% per year, the highest rate seen since mid-2014. The average monthly rent in the capital, at over â&#x201A;Ź1,650, is now almost â&#x201A;Ź200 higher than the last peak in early 2008, despite the subsequent property crash and a sustained period of ORZLQĂ&#x20AC;DWLRQLQWKHLQWHULP The Government extended rent caps last month in a bid to restrict rises in areas designated as Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs). Landlords can only increase rents by 4pc a year for three years in these areas. However, they are free to hike

rents in the case of new tenancies as the new measures were set to help sitting tenants. The report is harshly critical of Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sprawl suggesting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greater Tokyo, with a population of over 27 million SHRSOH ÂżWV LQWR  VTXDUH kilometresâ&#x20AC;?. Greater Dublin, with a population of less than 2 million people, takes up almost 6,000 square kilometres. In Dublin, city centre rents now stand at â&#x201A;Ź1,655 (an annual increase of 15.5%), while the QRUWKRIWKHFLW\VWDQGVDWÂź and the south city at â&#x201A;Ź1,763. Rents in Dublin as a whole rose an average of 4% in each of the last three months, the largest three-month increase on record. While rents are rising across the country, the trend is to be seen most acutely in the counties surrounding Dublin with Meath, Louth, and Dublin showing yearly rental increases of 17.3%, 17.3%, and 14.7% respectively. Those same rents are now 65% greater than those seen at their lowest ebb in 2010.

Owner has â&#x201A;Ź4k fine for park dog mess struck out By Jake Maxwell

A DOG owner who said he was unable to clean up after his pet in a Dublin park due to the number of syringes has avoided DŸ¿QH Liam Nolan, from Oliver Bond House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8, was prosecuted for dog fouling by Dublin City Council after he refused to acFHSWDQRQWKHVSRWÂżQHRQ-XQH 14 at St Audeons public park. However, he avoided a conYLFWLRQ DQG D ÂżQH DIWHU DUJXing his case at Dublin District Court, where he faced a charge under the Litter Pollution Act. He represented himself during the trial and told Judge John Brennan that he always uses the park for dog walks and cleans up after his pet. However, on the date in question he attempted to remove his dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faeces but he noted that within a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breadthâ&#x20AC;? of the faeces there was a syringe.

He said he could not remove the dog mess and refused to acFHSWDŸ¿QHIURPDZDUGHQ whom he claimed â&#x20AC;&#x153;did not want to hear meâ&#x20AC;?. Mr Nolan said that, after he left, a garda approached him about the issue on nearby Thomas Street. He returned to the park a day or two later and took photos of the needles he had seen, which he showed to the judge. He said he had made reports to gardai about the syringes in the park and claimed there was a used-needle bin there that had made the problems worse. In cross-examination it was put to him that it was his responsibility to clean up his dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mess and dispose of it in a suitable manner. Mr Nolan told the court he had shown pictures of needles to a FRXQFLO RŕľśFLDO ZKR WROG KLP that specialist equipment was required and advised him â&#x20AC;&#x153;not to go near thatâ&#x20AC;?. He told the

judge that children from the local school cannot go to the park, which he claimed was used by hundreds of heroin addicts who attend the Merchantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quay drugs support service. The judge said the litter warden had acted professionally and he had no doubt that Mr Nolan was belligerent, but he ZDV VDWLVÂżHG WKDW WKLV ZDV EHcause of a risk to his health and safety and his reason appeared genuine. He struck out the case. Meanwhile, South Dublin County Council received 4,821 litter complaints in 2016 and referred more than 150 for prosecution. A summary of the south Dublin litter management plan shows the council investigated 4,281 litter complaints last year. ,WLVVXHGÂż[HGFKDUJHSHQalty notices, of which 288 were for illegal dumping or litter, 142 for unauthorised signage and four for dog fouling. Clean up after your dog: P12


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Owners, clean up after your dogs!

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any years ago, when B e r t i e Ahern was Taoiseach, I was visiting my wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents in Drumcondra, right in the heart of Bertieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home constituency of Dublin Central. It was the summer and there were local elections on. A group of people from the road were outside talking in the evening sun when Bertie himself arrived on the scene, canvassing with one of the local hopefuls. After some small talk Bertie asked the assembled group if anyone had any local issues that they wanted to raise. Someone commented on the amount of dog litter that was on the pavements, and asked Bertie if he could do something about it. He said he would (and was true to his word and did). My wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister was home from the US at the time, along with her American partner, and

Brian Quigley they were part of the assembled group. My brother-in-law had only recently learned about Bertie, and that as Taoiseach he was actually the equivalent of the US President. I saw the look of increasing incredulity on his face as George W Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (US President at the time) opposite number wandered down the road to chat and then was tackled about dog litter! It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case that back then in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;boomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; years people were doing so well economically that all they had to worry about was an issue like dog litter. Far from it. Dog litter has

St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Baldoyle U19 basketballers celebrating their win at the SSA Basketball Finals in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. been a problem through good times and bad, recoveries and recessions, for generations. Dog litter is disgusting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a health hazard, especially to young children. Toxocara canis, or dog roundworm, is a parasite that lives in the faeces of infected dogs. It can be transmitted to humans, especially children and young adults, causing liver, heart and eye problems,

amongst others. Too much dog litter therefore adds up to a sizeable health risk to the human population. Part of the problem, since the latest recession hit, has been the amount of stray dogs. People abandoning dogs for various UHDVRQVQRWEHLQJDEOHWRDŕľľRUG to keep them being one. Cuts to the number of dog wardens employed to round up the strays.

But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a part of the problem. The biggest element WR WKH LVVXH LV WKH VHOÂżVKQHVV and inconsideration of a small minority of dog owners, who refuse to do their civic duty and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pick upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; after their canine charges. Owning a dog is a responsibility. A dog brings great reward WRDIDPLO\DQGRŕľľHUVORYHDQG DŕľľHFWLRQ ZLWKRXW DVNLQJ IRU

anything in return except to be exercised, fed and watered. It would seem to me to be a basic thing to do to go out prepared to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pick upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; when bringing your dog for a walk. I simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the mentality that some people have whereby they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about others and allow their dogs to litter in public and do nothing about it. Imagine if a somewhere like the promenade in Bray, Dun Laoghaire, Clontarf or Howth or got a reputation for being a PLQHÂżHOG RI GRJ PHVV 'XEliners and people from farther DÂżHOGZRXOGVWRSFRPLQJWRYLVit for an afternoon stroll. There ZRXOG EH D NQRFNRQ HŕľľHFW WR restaurants, shops, pubs and other businesses in the town. (YHU\RQHZRXOGVXŕľľHU Pride in your locality is a basic thing we teach our children. Adults should not be let set a bad example, and punishments for those caught allowing dogs to litter the streets without picking up cannot be severe enough in my opinion.


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Witchesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Broom Gall. Pics by Justin Ivory

Winter witches DURING the winter months you may have noticed what look like old, dense birdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nests in the bare, denuded branches of many trees. Closer inspection shows that these â&#x20AC;&#x153;old nestsâ&#x20AC;? all seem to be in Birch trees (Betula spp.). Even closer inspection reveals that these structures are not nests at all but dense clumps of living twigs! They are Witchesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Broom Galls and according to folklore are the result of ZLWFKHVĂ&#x20AC;\LQJRYHUWKH tree. In actual fact the culprit is Taphrina betulina, a type of fungus. The fungus releases plant hormones known as cytokinins into the tree branch. These hormones stimulate cell division causing the tree to vigorously produce extra shoots resulting in a dense twiggy cluster.

Old birdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nests or are they?

The fungus then proceeds to feed on these new shoots by extending threadlike hyphae into them to access the tender tissues inside. 7KHUHDUHPDQ\GLŕľľHUHQW types of plant galls with a myriad of causers and hosts resulting in all sorts of shapes, sizes and structures. Why create a gall at all? Typically a gall provides itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inhabitant with one or more of the following: - food, shelter, protection from predators. In all cases it is a parasitic relationship. In such a relationship the invader GHULYHVVRPHEHQHÂżW while the host, may or may not be harmed, but GHULYHVQREHQHÂżWIURPWKH relationship. So over the coming weeks, before the birch trees adorn themselves with their spring and VXPPHUÂżQHU\VHHFDQ \RXÂżQGZKLFKRQHVWKH ZLWFKHVKDYHEHHQĂ&#x20AC;\LQJ over and see some of these nest like galls for yourself.

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The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever known. As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother she at least has The Girls to fall back on. But when Staceyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Every day it seems that there is more bad - and bizarre - news coming from across the Atlantic as Trump and his team get to work making America â&#x20AC;&#x153;greatâ&#x20AC;? again. Thankfully, a welcome voice of reason has returned in the form of John Oliver. The new administration will no doubt give the Englishman plenty of material to work with for this season of his HBO hit. Oliver

Following the release of their brand new single in over a decade, the disco-tinged new single, On What Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re On pop trio Busted are taking to the stage in Dublin. Now, with a decade of experiences and newly discovered influences behind them, the two-time BRIT Award winning trio reunited in the studio almost by accident discovered they each had a fresh

has become known for pulling no punched when it comes to his satirical review of the week in politics. If ever we needed a few laughs and some intelligent commentary, it is now.

topics. The upcoming book follows Nadia and Saeed as they embark on a love affair and face an uncertain future in a country on the brink of civil war.

perspective both personally and musically. Fans will be treated to the classice as well as some of the tracks off upcoming album, Night-Driver. Though stylistically unrecognisable and far darker around the edges, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night Driverâ&#x20AC;? is still a vivid hook riot.

KIDS FUN of the week

HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, February 10-May 14

LEGO ANIMATION WORKSHOPS The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, February 21-24, â&#x201A;Ź16/14

how economists, sociologists and educators are preparing us for a world where intelligent machines surpass us in nearly every skill our labour market values.

Brick Flicks stop motion workshops make LEGO mini figures come alive! All you need to bring is your favourite Lego character to cast your adventure. The workshop involves plenty of hands on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. You will create a

CANCER- This week is a 5 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to advance your agenda. Take on greater leadership. Career advancement is distinctly possible. Assume authority. LEO- This week is an 8 Explore and discover new beauty. Make travel plans and venture forth. Investigate a matter of personal passion.

LIBRA- This week is an 8 Collaborations and SDUWQHUVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;RXULVK-RLQW YHQWXUHVDUHSURÂżWDEOH Listen to your intuition. Things could get spicy. SCORPIO- This week is a 9 *HWLQWRDJURRYHÂżQG\RXU rhythm and move your body this month. Discover new enthusiasm to energise your work. SAGITTARIUS- This week is a 7

EXHIBITION of the week

Is it nearly time to put humans out to pasture? Humans Need Not Apply will interrogate the supposedly seismic changes that artificial intelligence is foisting on society. From art and design speculations on a post-work world to explorations of the ethical questions around machine learning, this exhibition will ask

TAURUS- This week is a 6 Discover hidden beauty from the past. Finish old jobs and rest. Enjoy quiet WLPH.HHSFRQÂżGHQFHV

VIRGO- This week is a 9 An increase in your assets, income and wealth is possible. Divert funds to savings. Budget expenses carefully. Invest in beauty.

GIG of the week

TV SHOW of the week

ARIES- This week is a 7 Take action for matters of the heart over the next month, with Venus in your sign. Beautify your surroundings and style.

GEMINI- This week is an 8 Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re especially popular; take advantage. Get out in public over the next month, with Venus in Aries. Social DFWLYLWLHVEHQHÂżW\RXUFDUHHU

ADELE IS YOUNGER THAN US Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, February 21-25, â&#x201A;Ź16/14

BRAY COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 The Harbour Bar, The Porterhouse, The Martello Hotel, Bray Seafront, February 22-26 The Harbour Bar and Hardy Har Comedy Club will once again host the Bray Comedy Festival in 2017. Delighted with the success of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival, they are bringing another load of laughs to Bray. Featuring some of your favourite past comedians as well as some brand new top notch acts, this year is set to be even

An uplifting true-life drama about the African-American women who played a key role in US space missions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 and the space race is on. NASA is determined to beat the Russians in putting a man into orbit around the Earth. But behind the scenes, a trio of pioneering African-American women are responsible for the calculations that will launch John

set, storyboard and plan for your movie and then film, edit, and record audio using iPads. Your masterpieces will then be shared on The Arkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube channel.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re especially lucky in ORYH$UWLVWLFHŕľľRUWVZRUN in your favour. A powerful attraction pulls you toward someone beautiful.

CAPRICORN- This week is a 7 Beautify your space. Your home can become your love nest over the next month, with Venus in Aries. Share domestic bliss with your family. AQUARIUS-This week is a 6 Creative arts provide satisfying results over the next month, with Venus in Aries. Manage an unexpected obstacle. Write, publish and broadcast your message, with love. PISCES- This week is an 8 This month can be especially lucrative. Make your move and rake in the bucks. Repay a debt and hide away the surplus.


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Bradley in the Roversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hot seat BECOMING manager of Dublin soccer club Shamrock Rovers is something of a poisoned chalice. As the most decorated club in League of Ireland history, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expected to win things. 17 league titles. A record. 24 FAI Cups. Another record. But how do you do that when you have to get past Dundalk and Stephen Kenny to get your hands on the silverware? This is a question Stephen Bradley, Shamrock Roversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new manager, will have to both ask himself and answer for the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legions of passionate fans. Pat Fenlon couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t succeed. Neither could Trevor Croly. Stephen Kenny himself wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given time when he was in charge of the Hoops. You have to go back to Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time (2009-2011) WR ÂżQG WKH WLWOHÂśV ODVW WULS WR Tallaght. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill went on to lead Northern Ireland to the dizzy heights of Euro 2016 after he left. Rovers went on to mediocrity and a revolving door

The DIT camogie team pictured at the Purcell Cup Final, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown where they took on NUIG Maynooth. Pic: INPHO/Tommy Greally

of managers. &DQ%UDGOH\EHGLŕľľHUHQW"7KH answer is quite possibly yes. Although heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very young manager (he just turned 32 in November), heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a wealth of experience and is hungry to prove himself. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be taking his Pro Licence over the next

year, so will be exposed to the latest thinking in terms of international coaching methods. Bradley was popular with the Hoopsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fans during his time with the club as a player (2009-2010). He was part of the 2010 title-winning squad, WKH ÂżUVW WLPH VLQFH  WKDW

Shamrock Rovers won the title. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also tasted title success with Drogheda United (under Paul Doolin, in 2007) and played under Pete Mahon at St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athletic in 2011 when they battled through to the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

As well as working under great managers like Doolin, Mahon and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, Bradley has had dealings with Arsene Wegner in his role as Arsenal scout for Ireland (both north and south). Wegner advised him to take on the Rovers job when it ZDVRŕľľHUHG

There is a new-look set-up at Rovers. Former Ireland player Stephen McPhail is the new Sporting Director and the squad on paper looks exciting and capable of a title challenge. Bringing in teenage striker Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor from Dundalk (to add to an attacking roster that includes Gary Shaw, Sean Boyd, Aaron Dobbs and Dean Dillon) could turn out to be an inspired choice by Bradley. Rovers open their 2017 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season in the most GLŕľśFXOW IDVKLRQ Âą ZLWK DQ away trip to Oriel Park to face champions Dundalk on Friday 24 February. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any easier the following week, when WKH ÂżUVW 'XEOLQ GHUE\ RI WKH season takes place in Tallaght (when Bohemians visit), or the week after that, when they take on Derry City. But perhaps this is for the best. If Rovers, and %UDGOH\DUHJRLQJWRFKDOOHQJHÂą they need to get into contention right from the word go.


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