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The Normans set to invade a second time Festivities to mark 850-year anniversary NEXT month marks the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans to Ireland, onto the beach at Bannow in Co. Wexford and a year-long programme of public events have been announced to honour the anniversary. Historical talks and demonstrations, music concerts, landing re-enactments, workshops, medieval games and a Viking Fire Festival with a Norman twist, are all set to take place inNew Ross, Wexford town, Ferns and Enniscorthy under the banner ‘The Normans Are Here.’ On Monday last on Bannow beach in County Wexford the programme of events was R൶FLDOO\ DQQRXQFHG ZLWK D ÀDYRXU RI ZKDW LV WR FRPH DV D hoard of Norman Knights made their way ashore just as they would have done some 850 years ago and this May Bank holiday weekend the anniversary will be

commemorated at the Bannow 1169 Norman Festival taking place in the village on May 4th and 5th. Speaking on the programme announcement Wexford County &RXQFLO 7RXULVP 2൶FHU Billy Byrne said: “We are honoured to announce a very ¿WWLQJ SURJUDPPH RI HYHQWV WR commemorate and the celebrate the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans to Ireland. “From historical talks and demonstrations, music concerts, landing re-enactments, workshops, medieval games and a very exciting Viking Fire Festival with a Norman twist there is set to be something for DOO DJHV DQG WDVWHV RQ R൵HU LQ Wexford this year and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country and abroad to enjoy these events.” Further details on all of the events can be found at www. visitwexford.ie/Norman850

Chorus Girls Laura Hamilton and Aoife Doyle in the Gorey Music Society Group Production of Calamity Janein Gorey Little Theatre Chorus Girls Laura Hamilton and Aoife Doyle in the Gorey Music Society Group Production of Calamity Janein Gorey Little Theatre

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Homeless ‘living in inhuman rat camps’

news in brief Missing teenager Dana found safe

*DUGDt KDV FRQ¿UPHG WKDW Daria Adamek, (19), who had been reported missing from the Redmond Square area of Wexford last Friday morning, has been located safe DQG ZHOOဎ1R IXUWKHU DFWLRQ required and Gardaí would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.

Ireland road deaths third loest in Eu

Ireland had the third lowest share of road fatalities in Europe last year, after the UK and Denmark. The European Commission ÂżJXUHVVKRZWKDWURDGGHDWKVLQ Ireland were down 30% on 2010 ÂżJXUHV The average drop across the EU over the same period was 21%.

180 jobs safe after examinership

The future of 180 jobs have been secured in Wexford town after the company behind The Riverbank House Hotel and The Centenary Stores emerged from examinership last week. Real Bars Ltd, owned by well-known local businessman Michael Tierney and his wife Adrienne, entered examinership back in December.

Bishop Denis Brennan and clergy members with teacher David O Brien`s class from Gorey St Joseph’s Primary school Confirmation

Better health deal for all THE Government’s new agreement with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a major package of GP contractual reforms will EHQHÂżW:H[IRUGSDWLHQWVDQG make general practice a more attractive career option for doctors, Fine Gael Minister Michael D’Arcy has said. “This agreement is good news IRUWKHSHRSOHRI:H[IRUG and the GPs working here. This agreement will encourage more doctors to go into General Practice and will provide new funding to develop practices and the

services they provide. “In return, GPs will agree to work on much-needed reforms including more FRVWHŕľľHFWLYHSUHVFULELQJRI medicines, waiting list validation and use of new information and communications technology systems,â€? Minister D’Arcy said. “This agreement will lead to the structured care on a large scale of patients with chronic conditions in a primary care setting. “It is heartening this agreement will see GPs engaging strongly with the eHealth

agenda which will ensure that patient are placed at the centre of the healthcare delivery system and become empowered participants in the provision and pursuit of their health and wellbeing,â€? the Fine Gael Minister said. Speaking at annnouncement of the agreement, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “The Minister for Health and I are also signalling our intention WRH[WHQGWKHIUHH*3FDUH scheme for children which currently applies to children DJHGÂżYHDQGXQGHUWRDOO FKLOGUHQDJHGVL[WR´

Tricolour on Vinegar hill not on A PROPOSAL to have the 7ULFRORXU Ă€RZQ RQ 9LQHJDU Hill has been described as a “non-runnerâ€? by a member of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council. Cathal Byrne, from Ballyhoge, a Fine Gael candidate in the forthcoming local elections, had suggested that more should be done to commemorate the fact WKH 7ULFRORXU ZDV ÂżUVW UDLVHG on March 7, 1848, at Vinegar Hill, along with the raising of it in Waterford on the same date. However, at this month’s meeting of the local authority Cllr Keith Doyle said he had spent 15 years working at having the raising of the Tricolour in Co Wexford “acknowledged nationallyâ€?. He said: “In 2016 it was acknowledged by the 7DRLVHDFKÂśV RŕľśFH WKDW (QQLVFRUWK\ZDVWKHÂżUVWSODFH along with Waterford, that it was raised.â€? He also pointed out that the Ă€DJ FRXOG QRW EH Ă€RZQ RQ Vinegar Hill because it can’t EH Ă€RZQ DW QLJKW WLPH ZLWKRXW being lit up.

HOMELESS people having to sleep rough are enduring “inhumanâ€? living conditions in rubELVK DQG URGHQW ÂżOOHG HQFDPSments, according to Councillors Tom Forde and Mick Roche of Sinn Fein who have called on the District Council to provide bins and washing facilities for them. They said they had been contacted by homeless groups and charities concerned about rough sleepers in Ferrybank and appealed for something to be done to help them. “In the interest of health, safety and dignity, we ask that the Council seek to provide some EDVLF RQ DQG RŕľľVLWH VHUYLFHV such as bins and washing facilities for those who are trapped in this long-term situation,â€? they said. “There is a lot of rubbish over there and a lot of waste and people are saying that there’s a lot of rodents. Is there anything we can do to get rid of the waste,â€? said Cllr. Forde. The proposal was seconded by Cllr. Tony Walsh of People %HIRUH 3URÂżW ZKR GHVFULEHG LW as “a humanitarian motion and a very good oneâ€? and added: “We need to deal with this once and for all.â€? Cllr Walsh said the council needed to look after a particular group of homeless people

who were falling outside housing and homeless provision and the council should consider facilities such as hubs which have been created in areas like Waterford, Limerick and Cork to cater for people who don’t EHQHÂżW IURP KRVWHOV VXFK DV Ozanam House. “There is a great need for people whose situations are more complex.We have people living in tents. It’s really, really hard to try and cope with what is happening in Ferrybank. You’re playing on the heart strings of people to try and get something done and that ability is reduced because of the demand,â€? he said. Cllr Lisa McDonald said there was a particular issue in relation to separated men and older, single men. ‘It’s a serious issue and we need to treat people with dignity,â€? she said. Senior Housing Executive Padraig O’Gorman agreed that homelessness was an issue and said the council expected to see substantial progress in the next WKUHHWRIRXUPRQWKVDVWKHÂżUVW of 12 one and two-bed housing units with support services becomes available in the Wexford town area under the Housing First initiative. Additional help will be provided through the Homeless HAP SODFHÂżQGHUVFKHPH

Nursing home aims to improve A NURSING home has drawn up an improvement plan aimed at addressing some of the ‘noncompliance issues’ highlighted in a recent Health Information and Quality Authority of Ireland (HIQA) report. After an unannounced twoday inspection of Valentia Nursing Home in Camolin village in January, the centre was found to be non=compliant in areas of risk management, ÂżUH SUHFDXWLRQ SUHPLVHV DQG LQFLGHQWQRWLÂżFDWLRQ The nursing home, which provides residential, respite and convalescent care to 47 senior citizens, was one of 10 centres

across the country found to have non-compliance issues in some areas under national standards out of the 31 centres inspected. Although the centre was found to be doing a satisfactory job in meeting the medical and nutritional health and social care needs of its residents, it fell down in the areas of the record keeping of complaints from UHVLGHQWVDQGVWDŕľľDZDUHQHVVRI ÂżUHSURFHGXUHV Valentia encourages the public to have a look at the full report online adding that Valentia House always had a good name in providing the ‘home away from home’ experience.


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Fr Aodhan Marken, Fr Denis Kelly PP, Ed Lyons (Principal) and Amanda Bolger class teacher at the confirmation of Castlebridge Ns in St Ibars Church Castlebridge

Lisa and Mary McKegney from Barntown at the Wexford Special Olympics Gymnastics Competition

Fr Adohan Marken who confirmed the pupils of Screen National School in St Cyprian’s Church

Patsy Kinsch from Gorey Music Society Group’s Calamity Jane

Karen Byrne, Patrick Sweeney and Sarah Byrne at the Enniscorthy Hope and Dream 10k Run and Walk


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US varsity to establish faculty here A THIRD Level college centre is to be established in Wexford by an American university. Georgia Southern University’s Centre for Irish Research DQG 7HDFKLQJ LV WKH ¿UVW VXFK institution in the US to open an outreach learning facility in Ireland, according to its director Howard Keeley. The new facility will be located in the old County Hall building on Spawell Road. Mr Keeley said the Centre for Irish Research provided an opportunity for Georgia Southern faculty and students to examine the connection between Savannah and Ireland. Research by WexfordSavannah Axis examines why so many people from Wexford and the South East emigrated

to Savannah in the 19th century and highlights the impact that their emigration had on Irish and American generations in both countries. The announcement of an outreach facility in Wexford was made during a visit to Georgia by the chairman of Wexford County Council Cllr. Keith Doyle, the Mayor of Wexford Cllr. Tony Dempsey and Deputy Chief Executive Tony Larkin. The County Council, in partnership with Georgia Southern, is providing the university with space to create the learning centre for American students who will travel here.  7KH FHQWUH ZLOO R൵HU VWXGHQWV greater access to Europe, to historical documents and to the descendants of Irish immigrants

who have played such a VLJQL¿FDQWUROHLQWKHUHJLRQ 7KH¿UVWJURXSRIVWXGHQWVZLOO arrive in the learning centre in Wexford this summer. The facility will feature classrooms and student apartments built in a section of the old County Hall. “Georgia Southern is a university that is focused on VWXGHQW VXFFHVV DQG LW LV ¿WWLQJ that this project started with students, whose curiosity led them to new countries, new people and new ideas,” said the President of Georgia Southern, Shelley Nickel. The visiting group was accompanied by the Honorable Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland for the southeastern US.

Confirmation Gorey St Josephs Primary school, Bishop Denis Brennan and Clergy members with teacher Clara Carter`s Class

Plasterer Jake (21) off to the world champs in Russia A PLASTERER from +RUHVZRRGLVR൵WR5XVVLD this summer to represent Ireland at the WorldSkills trades championships. Jake Shannon, 21, from Aclare, Horeswood, is in the third year of his plastering apprenticeship and is due to qualify this Christmas. From among 7,000 trainees, 170 people were chosen for the competition and Jake was among 27 winners.

Having been put forward by his lecturer because of his excellent theory and practical results and potential, Jake PDGHLWWRWKH¿QDOVDQGZRQ the all Ireland title, getting such a high mark that he was immediately put forward to represent Ireland in the world skills competition in Kazan between August 21 and August 25. His proud parents Elizabeth and Joe, family and friends,

will be cheering Jake on when he competes in Kazan. Jake works with Joe throughout Ireland with his company, Shannon Bros. Construction. “There are a lot of aspects in plastering. People think LW¶VMXVWWKURZLQJVWX൵RQD wall and leaving it but I work with dry system construction, structuring the insides of a house,” said Jake who will extra training with expert Joe Clark in Waterford.

€240k in harbour funding

All smiles Boolavogue National School 60th Anniversery class photography Exhibition in Boolavogue Hall

Much-loved baby boy is laid to rest A “MUCH-LOVE” baby who died in a freak accident in his home was laid to rest by his heartbroken family last weekend. Se Padraig Joyce, who was just 15 months old, died after falling down the stairs at his home in Clonroche, Co Wexford. The baby waqs taken by ambulance to Wexford hospital where he was pronounced dead` on arrival. Gardai are not treating his death as suspicious.

A funeral notice on RIP.ie reads: “Dearly loved and loving son of Padraig Joyce and Brenda Quirke, much loved brother of Abbie, Ben and Isabel and beloved grandson of Larry and Connie Joyce and Pat and Mary Quirke (Glenbrien). “Sadly missed by his heartbroken father, mother, brother, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.. “RIP...”

:(;)25'  LV VHW WR EHQH¿W from €240,000 funding for pier and harbour projects, Fine Gael Minister Michael D’Arcy has said. The funding will help Wexford County Council to carry out development and repair works on harbours and slipways in County Wexford. Minister D’Arcy said: “The Wexford County Council owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme play a critical role in the social and economic wellbeing of rural coastal communities. “In addition to an immediate HPSOR\PHQW VSLQ R൵ GXULQJ the works, this funding contributes to the ongoing GHYHORSPHQW RI ¿VKLQJ related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure and supplementing measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for sustainable job creation opportunities in rural locations.” The Department of Agthe Marine co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.


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No moves on LPT changes, says D’Arcy Mayor of Wexford Tony Dempsey, Jim Bolger and Derek Kent,Chair Wexford County Baord at a Civic Reception for horse trainer

Our Lorna student leader A FORMER President of the Students Union in IT Carlow is to take the reins at the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Gorey native Lorna Fitzpatrick has been named the new President elect at the USI congress and will take up the role from July. Ms Fitzpatrick (25) was President of Carlow Students Union for two years and also served as Deputy President for Welfare and Education during her time there. The USI represent 374,000

students across the island of Ireland. Ms Fitzpatrick has promised to bring greater transparency to the national organisation, provide better engagement with students and to address the current student accommodation crisis and funding for higher education. Speaking after her win, she said: “I am absolutely delighted that the students have put their trust in me to lead this movement. I have said all throughout my campaign that we need to be

strong and connected to win WKHÂżJKWDQG,ÂśPORRNLQJ forward to leading our movement through that. “Issues such as accommodation, access to higher education, funding, ending direct provision, climate change, and social justice issues in Northern Ireland, alongside Irish language rights. I thank everyone who supported my campaign and am ecstatic to be the next President for the Union of Students in Ireland,â€? she said.

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Wexford Tips for finding owners a good builder spend €24m renovating homes By Jake Maxwell

LOOKING for a good builder is a time-consuming task. Whatever is the type of the house you are going for, you must ensure that it is a good quality one from a reputable builder. Here are some tips to help you choose a builder. Start with a list of potential builders. Make use of the property section of your local newspapers to search for builders and projects. Check with friends and relatives for recommendations and opinions. If they recently had the same work done, ask them about the builders they were associated with and how was their experience with them. Do not be fooled by fake builders. Some builders fraudulently claim membership of trade associations, so verify if one is a ERQD¿GHPHPEHURUQRW

It’s time for homework! Once you have prepared a list of potential builders, now it is time to start enquiring about the potential builders and people who have bought homes from them. Visit the builders personally and ask your queries. Check with them if they are insured or not. They should have insurance to protect themselves and to deal their liability to you in the case of property damage or an injury or accident. It would also be good to visit a few recently built homes by the builder. Try to meet several home owners and collect a few random opinions. Ask them if they are happy with their homes, do they face any issues, was the builder prompt in addressing their issues, etc. This step helps you to get a genuine review in most cases. If you are meeting a number of homeowners who have bought homes from various builders, it would be wise to note down the

information you collect so that you can make an elaborate comparison later.

Short list and quotation Based on your meeting with the builders and the reviews you have collected, short list the builders and ask for quotations. The quotation should cover details like clearance, site maintenance, material supplies, etc. Ask for complete details in writing. Also, enquire if any approvals or permissions are required.

Choose quality and value! While making a decision based on the collected quotation, make it a point to pay attention to the quality of the construction features. Make sure about the quality of the carpeting, cabinetry, paint, etc. Do not hesitate to ask quesWLRQVDQGFRQ¿UPWKLQJVEHIRUH PDNLQJWKH¿QDOFRQWUDFWVRWKDW you do not have to regret later!

WEXFORD homeowners spent €24.1 million through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) between 2013and 2017. This incentive, which ended last year), facilitated homeowners throughout the country in carrying out 107,386 home improvement projects. In Wexford, the average spend was €12,187, compared to a national spend of €16,187 per project, providing a huge boost to the Irish economy and employment in the construction sector. A total of 1978 projects were funded through the

HRI in this county between 2013 and 2018. The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) provided homeowners with an Income Tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure on home improvement works carried out on a main home or rental property by qualifying contractors. The scheme has proven successful in every county by encouraging investment in the upgrading of private and rental property, fuelled in part by increased awareness DERXWHQHUJ\H൶FLHQF\ Broken down by value, the largest amount of work was carried out completing home extensions (34%), followed by general repair and renovations (25%) and then window replacement (10%) and kitchen replacement (10%). Dublin dwellers are spent the most on average at €18,721 per project, followed by Donegal €17,870 and Clare at €16,682. CIF Director General, Tom Parlon said the HRI scheme has contributed greatly to the level of construction activity throughout the country.


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for Spring improvements you can concentrate on that will have an impressive impact on your home. For instance, take the exterior of your property, front and rear. On a tight budget you will be amazed how a little can go a long way when it comes to transforming these areas, providing instant “kerb appeal”. Get your gutters and downpipes cleared and cleaned. Check your roof

for any loose or broken tiles and tend to same. Painting your exterior walls, sills and plinth will instantly rejuvenate a tired facade. Choosing a new on trend shade for your front door will work wonders. Ensure your letterbox DQG RWKHU GRRU ¿WWLQJV DUH functional and clean. Put the sparkle back in your windows with a deep clean. Power wash your paths and driveway. Adding some fresh

bark to your shrubs will liven up this space. Recycle some large plant pots by freshly painting them. Some seasonal bedding will add a welcome splash of colour. %\ ZHDWKHU SURR¿QJ \RXU fencing and shed will give them a new lease of life. Freshly painting your entrance gate to make it much more inviting. All this home improving should certainly put a spring back in your step, excuse the pun!


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GLASS ACT

HOW TO FRAME YOUR DECISION WHEN BUYING NEW WINDOWS

OLD or poorly installed house windows can cost as much in energy over the course of a few years as the cost of installing brand-new windows. Here are a few signs that your home needs window replacement: Â&#x2021; 3HHOLQJ SDLQW UHYHDOLQJ warped or water-damaged wood Â&#x2021;)DGHGQHDUE\FDUSHWLQJDQG furniture Â&#x2021;'UDIWVQHDUFORVHGZLQGRZV Â&#x2021;2XWVLGHQRLVHVWURQJO\KHDUG inside Â&#x2021;+LJKHQHUJ\ELOOV\HDUURXQG

The type of material used in your existing window frames can also cause damage to your home. )RU H[DPSOH EHFDXVH aluminum window frames are often colder than the ambient air around them, condensation could form around your windows. As this condensation builds up, it bleeds into the frame and damages the window sills. Eventually, the wood rots and more water leaks into the surrounding walls. This damage can be extremely expensive to repair since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not only

replacing the windows and frames but also the surrounding walls. When you install new windows, there are many EHQHÂżWV IURP LQFUHDVLQJ WKH resale value of your home to blocking harmful UV rays, which damage carpeting and furniture fabrics. New windows also improve security and safety since old, faulty windows can make entry easier for criminals. Of course, the most obvious value is in improving energy use. With the right kind of

windows you can save as much as 27 percent to 38 percent on heating bills in winter. Nevertheless, replacing your homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows is a substantial job that can be expensive if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do your homework ahead of time. 3UREDEO\ WKH PRVW GLŕľśFXOW decision to make when it comes to replacing your windows is choosing the right style and materials. The overall cost depends on the style and quality of the materials, what type of glass is used, overall energy HŕľśFLHQF\DQGZDUUDQWLHV


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wexfordcountycouncilround-up No support for song contest ban Cllr Tom Forde proposed that Wexford County Council write separately to RTE, Eurovision Song Contest and the Irish performers, and calling on all participants not to play any part in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held in Israel, until Israel recognises equal rights for Palestiniansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and observers of international law. A majority of fellow councillors disagreed and the motion was lost. Coming to the aid of homeowners Cllr FionntĂĄn Ă&#x201C; SuilleabhĂĄin asked Wexford County &RXQFLOWRDFNQRZOHGJHWKHODUJHQXPEHURIKRPHRZQHUV LQ&R:H[IRUGZKRDUHFXUUHQWO\H[SHULHQFLQJPRUWJDJH GLVWUHVV $OVR WKDW LW ZHOFRPHV WKH SDVVLQJ RI WKH ÂżUVW VWDJHRIWKHÂľ1R&RQVHQW1R6DOHÂśOHJLVODWLRQLQ/HLQVWHU +RXVHZKLFKSUHYHQWVWKHEDQNVVHOOLQJKRPHPRUWJDJHV WR YXOWXUH IXQGV ZLWKRXW WKH FRQVHQW RI WKH ERUURZHU RU KRPHRZQHU The proposal also called on all TDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to facilitate the speedy passage of the Bill through the remaining legislative stages. %\ WKLV WLPH LW ZDV  SP DQG WRZDUGV WKH HQG RI WKH meeting and a considerable number of councillors had left WKHFKDPEHUKRZHYHU&DWKDRLUOHDFK&OOU.HLWK'R\OHSXW it to a vote and a majority favoured Cllr Ă&#x201C; SuilleabhĂĄinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal by 12 votes to 7. Tree concerns referred to districts Cllr FionntĂĄn Ă&#x201C; SuilleabhĂĄin expressed concerns about the widespread felling of mature, healthy trees that was taking place across Co. Wexford. Many members challenged the North Wexford representative to name parts of Co. Wexford where this practice was happening. Cllr Ă&#x201C; SuilleabhĂĄin asked the Council to implement measures that will preserve this import part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;our natural heritage and landscape.â&#x20AC;? Members were unhappy that the matter be regarded as countywide and it was decided to review the issue â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;district by districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

By Dan Walsh

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no tolerance for anti-social behaviour UNPRECEDENT levels of anti-social behaviour in parts of Enniscorthy and New Ross came under the microscope at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of Wexford County Council where members heard of intimidation that closed shops and kept people prisoners in their own homes. Cllr Paddy Kavanagh told the members of incidents at Drumgoold where every Sunday 40 to 60 young people converge in the area and â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are prisoners in their own homes.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;People in the locality are afraid to go out. Shops resort to serving customers through a hatch because of intimidation WRZDUGVVWDŕľľ7KHVLWXDWLRQKDV got completely out of hand. There is total disregard for the people living there,â&#x20AC;? Cllr Kavanagh asked for some cohesive plan to be put in place for Drumgoold to make the area safer for all the people living there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a situation getting out of control,â&#x20AC;? he concluded.

Wexford townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cllr George Lawlor was also critical in his remarks. He mentioned families creating havoc for 16 years with everything from dumping WRÂżJKWLQJRQWKHJUHHQKDYLQJ broken into land and set up camp. 7KH\ OLW ÂżUHV DQG EXUQHG plastic. Horses grazing on sports pitches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is their reward? Four brand new houses costing â&#x201A;Ź1 million!â&#x20AC;? Cllr Malcolm Byrne felt the local authority was meeting its obligation and that antisocial behaviour measures were in place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who break the law should face the consequences. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a good record when dealing with these problems,â&#x20AC;? he queried. Cllr Michael Sheehan referred to anti-social behaviour in New Ross. He said they were thinking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;having the graveyard gates closed and sealed from 6 pm due to antisocial behaviour.â&#x20AC;?

He instanced â&#x20AC;&#x153;verbal abuse and physical abuse.â&#x20AC;? People DUH WHUULÂżHG ,W XVHG WR EH LQ the evenings, but now it is happening in the afternoons.â&#x20AC;? Cllr Willie Fitzharris said anti-social behaviour is letting communities down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people integrate very well, but it seems that people are coming in from other areas.â&#x20AC;? He added; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A small minority is causing a lot of the problems.â&#x20AC;? Referring to the near completion of the M11 Enniscorthy-New Ross bypass, Cllr Fitzharris asked that a survey take place to identify parcels of land that could be used as camping sites and act before anything happens! Cllr Tony Dempsey said antiVRFLDOEHKDYLRXULVQRWFRQÂżQHG WR VSHFLÂżF FRPPXQLWLHV However, he would not condone the type of culture described by Cllr Kavanagh. Cllr Michael Whelan had a long conversation with the

Sergeant-in-Charge about the situation at Irishtown and he felt that â&#x20AC;&#x153;sensationalising the issue was not helping the issue.â&#x20AC;? Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan felt that what was needed is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a support system such as preschool, toddler and care groups. It is not just about housing.â&#x20AC;? Cllr Tony Walsh agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shocked at what I am hearing, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t condone it! â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is something that must be dealt with. It is unhelpful to take a punitive approach. A lot of positive things can be done.â&#x20AC;? Cllr Davy Hynes expressed the view that anti-social behavior is â&#x20AC;&#x153;abhorrentâ&#x20AC;? no matter where it comes from. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It brings down a whole area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supports are the key. A new GLŕľľHUHQWDSSURDFK´ Cllr Robbie Ireton felt that all areas donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the same problems as Enniscorthy, and that nuisance should be tackled on â&#x20AC;&#x153;an individual basis and not RQÂľRQHÂżWVDOO´

Traveller accommodation programme WEXFORD County Council has prepared a Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) aimed at meeting the accommodation needs of traveller families in the FRXQW\IRUDÂżYH\HDUSHULRG DQGDUHSRUWZDV prepared for members at last Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly meeting. An assessment of housing need carried out last December and updated LQ)HEUXDU\LGHQWLÂżHG 99 families in need of accommodation. Four families expressed an interest

in Traveller Group Housing in the Wexford Municipal District area and the other 91 chose social housing. It is estimated that the SURMHFWHGJURZWKLQWKH QH[WÂżYH\HDUVZLOOUHTXLUH the Council to provide 100 accommodation units in the lifetime of TAP. Âł7KH&RXQFLOZLOOEXLOG SXUFKDVHDQGOLDLVHZLWK Approved Housing Bodies and the private sector to meet the accommodation QHHGVRIIDPLOLHVZKRVH preferred choice is standard

social housing. 7$3ZLOOEHUHYLHZHGQR later than December 2021. According to the 2016 &HQVXV&R:H[IRUGKDV a higher than national and regional rate of travellers. $WRWDORIWUDYHOOHUV ZHUHUHFRUGHGDVOLYLQJ LQWKHFRXQW\ZKLFKLVDQ LQFUHDVHRIRQWKH &HQVXVÂżJXUH7KHKLJKHVW concentration lives in the 1HZ5RVV0XQLFLSDO'LVWULFW LQWKHDUHDVRI&ORQURFKH 7DJKPRQ1HZ5RVVDQG surrounding areas.

Ban on smoky fuel not for council CLLR Malcolm Byrne became passionate about peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health and had been consistently raising the matter of serious HŕľľHFWV RQ KHDOWK DQG WKH environment of the continued burning of smoky fuels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been raising this matter for four years now,â&#x20AC;? he claimed. Cllr Byrne said his motion had been carried by the Council in March 2015 seeking to prohibit the burning of smoky coals in the county and there was an announcement in October of that year by the then Minister, Alan Kelly, of the Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention to proceed with a nationwide ban.

A further motion was carried in March 2017 expressing concern at the failure of the Government to proceed with this ban and a call for the introduction of this ban within six months. Cllr Byrne indicated that there is continuing evidence of the damage caused by the burning of smoky fuels being provided by the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own assessments. Cllr Byrne, who is a candidate in the forthcoming European Elections for Ireland-South, asked that the Council to introduce and enforce a countywide ban on the sale and use of smoky fuels to

WDNH HŕľľHFW DV VRRQ DV SRVVLEOH and to provide an information campaign to consumers on the dangers of poor air quality. Director of Services, John Carley, in reply, told the meeting that this motion was â&#x20AC;&#x153;not for this Council as it is a National Government issue.â&#x20AC;? Cllr Byrne was unhappy with the reply, but the situation was defused when Chief Executive 2ŕľśFHU 7RP (QULJKW UHPDUNHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this Council has a function here.â&#x20AC;? The matter will be further pursued with the Environment Minister Richard Bruton.

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NOTICE OF ELECTION Local Authority: WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL An election of members for each of the local electoral areas of the above-mentioned local authority is about to be held. Nomination papers may be obtained from the address below during the usual office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm A person may nominate himself/herself as a candidate or may, with his/her consent, be nominated by a proposer who is registered as a local government elector in the local electoral area of the local authority for which he/she proposes to nominate the candidate.

ARTS ARTS DEPARTMENT UPCOMING OPPORTUNTIES: The Arts Department of Wexford County Council is pleased to offer the following upcoming opportunities:

A nomination paper from a candidate of a registered political party must have a certificate of political affiliation attached which must be produced to me with his/her completed nomination paper.

Creative Communities Programme in partnership with Creative Ireland provides 50% matched funding, up to a maximum of â&#x201A;Ź3,000, to enable meaningful collaboration between artists from our artist panel and all community groups affiliated to Wexford Public Participation Network for arts projects of 1 intensive week to 5 months in duration.

If no certificate is attached, the candidate must, before the latest time for receiving nominations, eithertTFDVSFBTTFOUTUPUIFOPNJOBUJPOCZXBZPGTUBUVUPSZEFDMBSBUJPOTCZMPDBMHPWFSONFOU electors registered in the relevant local electoral area (forms available from me or the registration authority), or

A new strand has been developed this year in partnership with Creative Ireland to support collaboration between two or more Wexford or Wexford based artists across disciplines with community groups on art projects up to a maximum fund of â&#x201A;Ź5,000 per project.

tNBLFBEFQPTJUPGĂť EFQPTJUNBZBMTPCFNBEFPOUIFDBOEJEBUFTCFIBMG  The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on the 4TH day of MAY, 2019. Completed nomination papers may be delivered to me in person by the candidate or his/her proposer at any time when I am at my office, from 10am on the 27TH day of APRIL, 2019 until 12 noon on the last day for receiving nominations. I am required by law to attend to receive nominations between 10am and 12 noon and between 2pm and 5pm on the 3RD day MAY of 2019 and between 10am and 12 noon on the 4TH day of MAY, 2019. If the election is contested, a poll will be taken on the 24TH day of MAY, 2019 between the hours of 7.00 am and 10.00 pm. PAT COLLINS Returning Officer Address: WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL, CARRICKLAWN, WEXFORD. Date: 21st March, 2019

FĂ&#x201C;GRA TOGHCHĂ IN Ă&#x161;darĂĄs Ă itiĂşil: COMHAIRLE CONTAE LOCH GARMAN TĂĄthar ar tĂ­ toghchĂĄn a reĂĄchtĂĄil chun comhaltaĂ­ do gach aon cheann de thoghlimistĂŠir ĂĄitiĂşla a thoghadh don ĂşdarĂĄs ĂĄitiĂşil atĂĄ luaite thuas. Is fĂŠidir pĂĄipĂŠir ainmniĂşchĂĄin a fhĂĄil Ăłn seoladh thĂ­os le linn gnĂĄthuaire oifige. FĂŠadfaidh duine ĂŠ fĂŠin nĂł Ă­ fĂŠin a ainmniĂş mar iarrthĂłir i dtoghchĂĄn nĂł fĂŠadfaidh duine eile (is duine atĂĄ clĂĄraithe mar thoghthĂłir rialtais aitiĂşil i limistĂŠar an ĂşdarĂĄis ĂĄitiĂşil a bhfuil sĂŠ beartaithe ag an duine an t-iarrthĂłir a ainmniĂş dĂł), mar mholtĂłir, ĂŠ nĂł Ă­ a ainmniĂş, lena thoiliĂş nĂł lena toiliĂş i scrĂ­bhinn.

The deadline for receipt of all applications is Monday 8th April, 2019 on or before 4.00pm. Late and / or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Drama League of Ireland Scholarship provides two scholarships for the Drama League of Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 54th Residential Summer School which takes place at the University of Limerick from 27th July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3rd August, 2019. Local amateur participants and members of drama societies are invited to apply for this scholarship. For further information on the DLI please refer to www.dli.ie P: 01-2969343. The deadline for receipt of all applications is Tuesday 23rd April, 2019 on or before 4.00pm. Late and / or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All application forms and further information can be downloaded from https://www. wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture For further information on any of the above opportunities, please contact The Arts Department, Wexford County Council, County Buildings, Carricklawn, Wexford. P: 053 919 6441/053 919 6369 E: arts@wexfordcoco.ie W: wexfordcoco.ie

NĂ­ mĂłr deimhniĂş cleamhnachta polaitĂ­ochta a bheith ag gabhĂĄil le pĂĄipĂŠar ainmniĂşchĂĄin Ăł iarrthĂłir pĂĄirtĂ­ polaitĂ­ochta clĂĄraithe agus caithfear ĂŠ a thabhairt ar aird domsa lena fhoirm/lena foirm ainmniĂşchĂĄin chomhlĂĄnaithe. Mura mbeidh aon deimhniĂş tugtha ar aird nĂ­ mĂłr don iarrthĂłir, roimh an am is dĂŠanaĂ­ chun ainmniĂşchĂĄin a fhĂĄil, ceachtar den dĂĄ rud seo a dhĂŠanamh â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tDĂ&#x17E;JHBPOUĂ&#x17E;EIĂ?BHMFJTBOBJONOJĂ&#x17E;DIĂ&#x2C6;OBGIĂ&#x2C6;JMUSĂ&#x201C;EIFBSCIVJUIFSFBDIUĂ&#x17E;MBĂ&#x2DC;UIPHIUIĂ&#x2DC;JSĂ&#x201C;SJBMUBJT ĂĄitiĂşil a bheidh clĂĄraithe sa toghlimistĂŠar ĂĄitiĂşil ĂĄbhartha (tĂĄ na foirmeacha ar fĂĄil uaimse nĂł Ăłn ĂşdarĂĄs clĂĄraithe), nĂł tĂ?BSMBJTEFĂťBĂ&#x201C;PD JTGĂ?JEJSĂ?BSMBJTBĂ&#x201C;PDUIBSDFBOOBOJBSSUIĂ&#x2DC;SBGSFJTJO 

ENVIRONMENT Under Section 6 of the Wexford County Council Beach Bye-Laws 2005 the Council seeks applications from interested parties for the licensed use of motorised vehicles providing ice cream and hot/cold non alcoholic drinks for sale at the following designated beach locations for the period June to December 2019.

Is ĂŠ 12 meĂĄnlae an 4 lĂĄ de MhĂ­ Bealtaine , 2019 an t-am is dĂŠanaĂ­ le hainmniĂşchĂĄin a ghlacadh. Is fĂŠidir leis an iarrthĂłir nĂł lena mholtĂłir/a moltĂłir pĂĄipĂŠir ainmniĂşchĂĄin chomhlĂĄnaithe a sheachadadh chugam i bpearsa trĂĄth ar bith a bhĂ­m i mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oifig, Ăł 10r.n. an 27 lĂĄ de MhĂ­ AibreĂĄn, 2019 go 12 meĂĄn lae ar an lĂĄ is dĂŠanaĂ­ le hainmniĂşchĂĄin a ghlacadh. TĂĄ ceangal orm faoin dlĂ­ a bheith i lĂĄthair le glacadh le hainmniĂşchĂĄin idir 10am agus 12 meĂĄn lae agus idir 2i.n. agus 5i.n .an 3 lĂĄ de MhĂ­ Bealtaine, 2019 agus idir 10r.n. agus 12 meĂĄn lae an 4 lĂĄ de MhĂ­ Bealtaine, 2019. MĂĄ bhĂ­onn toghachĂĄn comhraic ann, reĂĄchtĂĄlfar vĂłtaĂ­ocht an 24 lĂĄ de MhĂ­ Bealtaine,2019 idir 7.00r.n. agus 10.00i.n.. PAT COLLINS An Ceann Comhairimh Seoladh: COMHAIRLE CONTAE LOCH GARMAN, An Charraige Leathan, Loch Garman Y35 WY93 DĂĄta: 21 MĂĄrta, 2019

A. Ballinesker Beach B. Culletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gap Beach Further particulars and application forms may be obtained from the Environment Section, Wexford County Council, County Hall Wexford, telephone 053 919 6316. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Friday 5th May 2019. Gerry Forde Senior Engineer Environment Section Wexford County Council


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RoadSafety&VehicleMaintenance

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our garden will probably be starting to show signs of life after the winter storms and the many types of weather we get hit with in March. Now is the time to get out there and get your hands dirty! Ireland was the third-best performer for road safety in 2018, according to a new report by the European Commission. A total of 25,100 people died on EU roads in 2018, a decrease of 21pc compared to 2010, and 1pc compared to 2017. Ireland recorded 31 deaths per million inhabitants, according WRÂżJXUHVUHOHDVHGE\WKH(8 With an average of 49 road deaths per one million inhabitants, European roads are now the safest in the world. +RZHYHU (XURSH LV VWLOO Rŕľľ track to reach its target of halving the number of road deaths by 2020, and having zero road deaths by 2050. Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said Ireland still has work to do regarding road safety: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a target across the EU of halving the number of road deaths by 2020. We must continue to do all we can in Europe and Ireland to reduce these numbers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even one road death is unacceptable. Ireland has one of the best road safety records in Europe but we still have a lot of work to do.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;In recent years we have seen VLJQLÂżFDQW LPSURYHPHQWV LQ road safety but there are still 500 deaths on European roads

LOCAL ELECTIONS MAY 24, 2019 CONTACT KAY TO ADVERTISE KAY.DOYLE@THECHRONICLE.IE

Ireland â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;third-best performer for road safety in Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; each and every week. That is over 25,000 fatalities a year and LVVLPSO\QRWDQDFFHSWDEOHÂżJure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is progress being made. In Ireland there were 400 deaths on our roads in 2001 compared to 149 last year. That

is 149 too many however and we must keep doing what we can to make sure that number comes down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can and we must continue to go much further on improving road safety and I am optimistic about the potential for

new lifesaving technologies to help us do that.â&#x20AC;? The EU countries with the best road safety results in 2018 were the United Kingdom (28 deaths/ million inhabitants), Denmark (30/million), Ireland (31/million), and Sweden (32/million).


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... but road deaths rise by 30% so far this year

The countries with a higherthan-average decrease in road deaths from 2017 to 2018 were Slovenia (-13pc), Lithuania (-11pc), Bulgaria (-9pc) and Slovakia and Cyprus (both -8pc). Only two EU Member States

recorded a fatality rate higher than 80 deaths per million inhabitants, against seven in 2010. The countries with the highest fatality rate were Romania (96/ million), Bulgaria (88/million), Latvia (78/million) and Croatia (77/million).

THREE deaths over the weekend of April 6-8 has brought the number of people who have died on Irish roads to 47 this year. It was reported last month that road deaths are up by an alarming 30pc in 2019, DÂżJXUHFDPSDLJQHUVKDYH labelled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;very disappointingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Drink driving, speeding and failure to wear safety belts DUHSURYLQJWREHVLJQLÂżcant factors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while there KDVDOVREHHQDVLJQLÂżFDQW increase in the number of drivers found to be using mobile phones while behind the wheel. Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, said at the time: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Initial information from fatal collisions in 2019 reveal that excessive or inappropriate speeding, intoxicated driving and lack of safety belts appear time and time again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety belts are proven life savers and must be worn every journey, every time.â&#x20AC;? 7KHODWHVWÂżJXUHVDOVRVKRZ DVLJQLÂżFDQWLQFUHDVHLQ detections of drink-driving, speeding and other forms of dangerous driving.

In January alone, more than 13,000 people were caught speeding, compared to over 8,000 in the same month last year. GardaĂ­ said the upward trend must be addressed immediately and called for every road user to re-double WKHLUHŕľľRUWVDQGWRXVHWKH road as safely as they possibly can. Analysis from 2018 reveals that nearly one-in-three vehicle related fatalities had no safety belt on at the time of the collision. GardaĂ­ say early investigations indicate this trend is continuing into 2019. GardaĂ­ added that there has also been an increase in detections in some categories, such as driving while under WKHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHQRQXVHRI safety belts and mobile phone use. Almost 700 drivers were deWHFWHGDVXQGHUWKHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH in January this year, while in January of last year, 597 drivers were detected. As many as 2,235 drivers were caught using a mobile phone in January, an increase from 1,888 on the same month last year.


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37% of owners carry out their own car repairs A RECENT survey shows how we look after our cars and who does it for us. The probe by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and Continental Tyres Ireland, reveals that 37pc carry out some maintenance themselves. But most (43pc) say that they go to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;trusted mechanic or workshopâ&#x20AC;? for all their needs. Of the 37pc who carry out some car maintenance themselves, there is a hard core who do nearly everything themselves. While most owners said they keep the car in a state of reasonable road-worthiness by attending to items such as topping up tyre pressures or ZLQGVFUHHQ ZDVKHU Ă&#x20AC;XLG WKH committed minority try to do all of the maintenance without going to a franchised dealership or independent mechanic/ workshop.

0HDQZKLOH RQHLQÂżYH owners rely on the dealer from whom they bought the vehicle for â&#x20AC;&#x153;all their maintenance and servicing needsâ&#x20AC;?, the survey GLVFORVHV  2I DOO WKH ÂżQGLQJV one appears to stand out. It shows that as many as 120,000 drivers are not aware that you can get penalty points for having defective tyres. While it is a small section in percentage terms - 6pc of people ignorant of the facts - it goes to show how such a substantial number could be driving around in potentially dangerous vehicles. At the same time, it is encouraging that the vast majority of motorists (94pc) are aware that driving with damaged or dangerous W\UHVLVDQRŕľľHQFH Tom Dennigan of Continental, whose company supported the survey, says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The latest 6,0, UHVHDUFK RŕľľHUV VRPH

great insights into Irish driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attitudes to their cars, regular maintenance and tyre knowledge.â&#x20AC;? However, where we get our tyres is less focused, according to the survey. For example, it found that: l Just one in three (33pc) drivers go to their local independent motor trader/workshop. * Only 10pc use a franchised car dealership for a replacement tyre. * And only 3pc order their tyres online, an indication that side of the retail market is still in its infancy. l * 19pc always choose the brand being replaced on their car. l * Around 16pc say costs dictate their choice as they go for the lowest cost option available. l * And 15pc always go for a premium brand.


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WILDLIFE with Justin Ivory

Airport Ireland

ninenottomiss BOOK of the week

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Willow Warbler (Photo WikiWand) GOOD morning class! Today we will learn about the letter A. A is for April and A is for Airport. A is also for Avifauna, which to you and I means birds. At this time of year Ireland resembles the Arrivals, Departures and Transfers lounges of an airport for migrating birds.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

THE BAY Virgin One, Mondays 9pm

SHAZAM General Release: 5 April 2019

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist. She hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it

New series. DS Lisa Armstrong is assigned as the Family Liaison Officer to the case of two missing teenage twins in Morecambe. After meeting the twinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents Sean and Jess, Lisa is shocked to discover that her connection to the family might be more than just professional. As the complications within the investigation grow, the hunt is on to find the twins before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late, but Lisa must also deal with her own familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. Sixpart crime drama, starring Morven Christie, Jonas Armstrong Tracie Bennett. Catch up Thursdays Virgin One 12am.

We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-yearold Billy Batsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do -- have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magical abilities. An entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real power: joyous wish fulfillment.

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Brent Goose getting ready to leave for Arctic Canada (Photo Justin Ivory) Some of our winter visitors have already left for their breeding grounds but many are still here. In general when we talk about winter visitors, that means Waders, Swans, Ducks and Geese. Our winter visitors are now being joined by our summer arrivals. Reports are coming in daily now of Wheatears, Sand Martins, Swallows, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Sandwich Terns to name a few.

CHIDLRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EASTER CAMP Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th April, 10.30am - 2.30pm. Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket.

ANDY IRVINE April 20th 8.30pm. Tickets: â&#x201A;Ź20.00/â&#x201A;Ź18.00 Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket.

MICHAEL ENGLISH IN CONCERT Wednesday 17th April 8pm St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatrem South St.â&#x201A;Ź New Ross

With feathers and sticks we will wipe away the Winter, making room for new life to SPRING!!! We will mould, paint, collage, build and print, chicks, lambs, bunnies and eggs to celebrate joyful beginnings in the Easter Season.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Please note: wear appropriate clothes for getting messy and also to bring a packed lunch : ) This is a two-day workshop running Wednesday 17th 10:30am - 2:30pm and Thursday 18th 10:30am - 2:30pm Age 4 years - 7 years. Max 24 children . â&#x201A;Ź35 per child, family rate of â&#x201A;Ź30 each for two or more children booked together.

Legendary Irish singer/songwriter Andy Irvine is coming to Wexford Arts Centre. With his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dexterous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and World Music not to be missed. He has broadened his musical horizons over the course of his fortyyear career to encompass the musical styles of countries he visits, such as the Balkan folk style of playing. Between the achievements of his solo, group work and collaborations, he is a highly revered troubadour of the Irish music world.

Making a first ever visit to St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theatre is Michael English & his Band in Concert. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity has skyrocketed since going on the road with his band 4 years ago packing out venues all over Ireland & the UK for both concerts & dances. Michael & his talented band are renowned for their energetic performances & with Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical talents he plays both his famous red piano and accordion at his shows. He is dedicated to giving his followers an unforgettable show each time they see him.

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Sand Martin....streaming into Ireland at the moment (Photo WikiWand) As well as these, we have what are known as passage migrants thrown in the mix. These are birds on the move from the wintering grounds to their breeding grounds, but Ireland is not their final destination. As the term implies they are just passing through and treating Ireland like a transfer lounge. With all these movements of birds taking place globally, inevitably we get visited by birds that should not be here. These are usually referred to as vagrants and turn up here either due to adverse weather conditions sending them off course or their internal GPS systems are not functioning properly.

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Share your romantic dreams and visions with someone special. Listen for where your interests connect.

BRIGHTON BEACH 25th & 26th April 8pm. The National Opera House, High Street, Wexford, Ireland

CAPTAIN SPLASH Saturday 20th April 12pm. Wexford Arts Centre, boxoffice@wexfordartscentre.ie 0539123764.

UNESCO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY April 28th 7pm Wexford Arts Centre, boxoffice@wexfordartscentre.ie 0539123764

Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with laughter, tears and love. It is 1937 in Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression and Eugene lives in Brighton Beach with his family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex and forever fantasising his baseball triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees. Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges with pride, spirit and a marvellous sense of humour.

Set sail for fun and imagination with Captain Splash. Join the crew in search for adventure as children help with magic and juggling tricks. Laugh and smile as you meet Captain Splashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pals Squidly, Sam the Clam, and his pet parrot Sqwuak. The show includes thrills for all as Captain Splash navigates the Bermuda Triangle of Terror, survives a hypno whirl pool, and shows off his thrilling sword skills. This pirate magic show is a treasure. Come see it and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hooked.

Jazz drummer and educator Kevin Lawlor presents a show celebrating jazz in Wexford following the theme of Great Jazz Drummers. The performance will kick off with students from County Wexford School of Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 student jazz ensembles as well as performances from drum students. The show will centre around pieces of music performed by the greats of jazz drums through the years such as Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Art Blakey and modern greats like Mark Guiliana and how drums have evolved along with the music.

CAPRICORN New beginnings at your house take shape. You may need to tear things down to rebuild them better. AQUARIUS Follow the money. Grab a lucrative opportunity, and run with it. Monitor expenses and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overindulge. PISCES Consider the consequences of a personal decision. Discover something new about yourself. Write down your future dreams.


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