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Locals may sue over dirty water ‘failure’

Some of the Gorey locals who became ill during the recent water supply failure may take legal action, Senator Malcolm Byrne has said. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accused Irish Water and local authorities in Wexford and Dublin city of “abject failure” after unsafe water was released to the public from two drinking water treatment plants. These were the Creagh plant, which serves the west side

of Gorey, and the Ballymore Eustace treatment plant, the State’s largest drinking-water plant, which serves almost 900,000 people in the greater Dublin region. At least 52 people in the Gorey area complained of sickness during the “failure” which took place over a number of days in August. The EPA also criticised the local authorities and Irish Water for delays in reporting the incidents to it and the HSE, a

factor the authority said negated the opportunity to take timely, corrective action and to warn the public. Irish Water’s managing director Niall Gleeson apologised for the incidents. Mr Gleeson said the incidents should not have happened and that there were reporting failures at local level which resulted in a delay in Irish Water being informed. “We should have communicated quicker and we

should have dealt with the HSE and the EPA to agree necessary steps when untreated water went into the system. There was a failure there and we are taking steps to ensure that these failures don’t happen again,” he said. Wexford County Council and Dublin City Council, which operate the plants under an agreement with Irish Water, have also apologised. Continued on next page



Tony and Millie Dwyerat First Communion for Ferns School in Ferns Church

04| news in brief Gardai appeal for crash witnesses A woman was in critical condition in hospital while another has suffered serious injuries following a three-car collision in Co Wexford onSeptember 22. The incident occurred at about 4pm at Ballymaclare, New Ross, on the R734 between Slaught and The Five Roads. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene. A woman in her 50s, who was the driver of one of the cars, was taken to Tallaght University Hospital where her condition is described as critical. A woman in her 20s, the driver of a second car, was taken to Waterford University Hospital to be treated for her injuries which are thought to be serious but not life threatening. No other injuries were reported at the scene. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward. Any road users who were travelling in this area and who may have camera footage are asked to make it available to gardaí. Anyone with any information is asked to contact New Ross Garda station on 051-426030, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any Garda station.

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Albert Mulligan, Miley Doran and Ellie Mulligan at the Bree Vintage Club annual Tractor Run in aid of Enniscorthy HOPE Center and the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation

Santa Enchanted Castle returns to Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy Municipal District in partnership with Enniscorthy Castle, Enniscorthy District Chamber and Rathnure Pantomime Society are delighted to confirm Santas Enchanted Castle returns to Enniscorthy for Christmas 2021. In the planning since August, the towns’ festive season is sure to be a winner with locals and winter

tourists. The event will return to its base in the Castle from November 27 until December 23. The popular children’s event will operate Thursdays to Sundays before a festive finale Christmas Eve afternoon in Market Square. General sale tickets will go live on September 25 online from noon through www. with priority ‘sleep over’ packages

to include entry tickets going on sale first from September 21 direct from The Riverside Park Hotel. “Come to Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford this Christmas for a magical festive time. You will be guaranteed Christmas cheer and a great offering in the Castle,” says Bernie Quigley, Enniscorthy Municipal District Acting Manager.

Locals may sue over dirty water

Continued from previous page Speaking after a meeting with Irish Water and councillors from the Gorey area recently, Mr Byrne of said the focus must now be on those who got ill. Mr Byrne said he had raised questions about the number of his friends and people he knew from the area served by the Creagh plant who were reporting illnesses. “I’m not an engineer but I have been around long enough to know if people are getting sick in one area, that there may be a common (infrastructure) factor,” he said. “There were reports made by myself and others of problems that did not seem to be taken seriously enough,” the Fianna Fáil Senator said. Mr Byrne said a number of people had been unable to go to work due to illness and had lost wages as a result. He said he knew the issue of legal action was being discussed by some. “Certainly, I think it is quite possible,” given the level of anger in the town,” he said. “Legal action is something people are thinking about.”

House prices rise 4.1% in three months

The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in County Wexford has risen by 4.1% to €220,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance. Across the county this quarter, in Gorey the average price rose 4.4% to €240,000 and prices in Wexford town rose by 3.9% to €200,000. Homes in the county are reaching sale agreed in three weeks, the Q3 REA Average House Price Index shows. “There has been even more contraction in the number of properties coming for sale on the market over the summer months,” said Winston Halnon of REA Halnon McKenna. “Again, lack of supply is the driving force for price increases. “Properties located in Wexford town and coastal areas are especially sought after and very hard to find. “Vendors are holding off selling until they can find somewhere to move to next. “We carry out a significant amount of financial institution valuations and we get a great insight as to the price achieved across all price brackets and through other estate agents.” Average house prices nationally have risen by €3,500 per month since the end of June, with selling prices in commuter areas and small towns increas-

ing by over double the growth experienced in the major cities. The survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the threebed semi, giving an accurate picture of the second-hand property market in towns and cities countrywide. The price of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country rose by 4.1% over the past three months to €264,056 – representing an annual increase of 12%. The biggest rises in Q3 came in commuter counties (4.6%) and the country’s large towns (4.9%) as buyers continue to move out further from the capital in anticipation of long-term remote and hybrid working situations. They are being joined by a surge of interest from ex-pats, anxious to return to Ireland after the pandemic, with more set to return when family homes become available. The rural and commuter area increases are double those being experienced in Ireland’s major cities, with Dublin increasing by 2.3% to €467,000 and Cork, Limerick and Galway by an average of 2.4% to €281,750. “The survey’s average of four weeks to sell should be even lower because, while bidding is fast and furious, vendors are not rushing to accept offers,” said REA spokesperson, Barry McDonald.

Lucky local scoops €1m in Lotto draw

A Daily Million player in Wexford got their weekend off to an incredible start after scooping the top prize of €1,000,000 in last night’s 9pm Daily Million draw. The winning store where the Quick Pick ticket was purchased has not been revealed yet. The winning numbers for the September 24 draw were: 02, 05, 08, 11, 15, 31 and the

bonus was 23. The Wexford winner is advised to sign the back of their ticket, which is now worth €1,000,000, and keep it in a safe place. The winner can contact the National Lottery prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email and arrangements will be made for them to claim their prize.

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Extra ‘bank holiday’ on the cards

The Government is examining introducing a bank holiday between now and the end of the year as part of a pandemic bonus. Plans are at an advanced stage to have a day to recognise the contribution of frontline workers and to remember those who died from Covid. A date has not yet been decided, but it could be in November or between Christmas and year end. The bank holiday would be a means of recognising everyone’s contribution during the pandemic. This includes all categories of frontline workers, with ministers stressing in recent days that any bonus would have to be non-divisive. Other measures for frontline workers are still being considered, including extra leave or payments. It is understood that any measures would come out of this year’s spending rather than Budget 2022. The chief executive of small firms group ISME said that granting an additional bank holiday must be done for “intelligent, justifiable reasons” and not because we have just come through a pandemic.

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Employers: axe the PUP to solve staff shortages

Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) recipients should be asked to present at social welfare offices to prove they are living in the country, according to the head of the Restaurants’ Association of Ireland. Adrian Cummins told RTÉthat he believes the social welfare payment is being defrauded and that it is leading to staff shortages in his industry and in others. He argued the sectors such as construction, retail and hospitality are desperate for staff and are doing their utmost to attract employees. “We have 110,000 people on the PUP payment at the moment. “That’s nearly 20pc of where we were in May of 2020. We’ve a number of fully open sectors now… and these are sectors who are trying to attract staff back into the industry. “As an association we’d like to ask the Department of Social Protection to ask these recipients to come into the social welfare offices to make sure that they are actually in the State at the moment. And that these people are not and have

James Kavanagh and his mum, Margaret, together knitting tiny woollen hats for this year’s Big Knit, which is run by Innocent Drinks to raise funds for Age Action. Pic: Mark Stedman not left the Irish State and are receiving payments outside of the State,” he said. Mr Cummins said he has “anecdotal” evidence that these practices are taking place. Meanwhile, Retail Excellence said the process of winding down the PUP needs to be accelerated, in order to help address acute shortages in staff being felt in the retail. Chief executive Duncan Graham said the situation has become very serious since the

start of the easing of restrictions. “If you talk to recruiters around town, they’ll tell you there is an enormous shortage, they have a huge number of vacancies, across all levels in fact - in retail particularly - and it has been very, very difficult to fill those,” he said. Mr Graham said a lot of people left the industry during the height of the Covid crisis, as non-essential retail was closed during nine of the last 18 months.

He added that many migrant workers chose to return home during the pandemic and have not returned. With over 17,000 retail workers still claiming the PUP, Mr Graham said the feeling among retailers is that the wind down, not due to be completed until February, should happen faster. “We really need these people back into work prior to the Christmas peak,” he claimed. “I think what we are now

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IF you splurged in the food department over the many recent Lockdowns, you might be at least glad to hear that you are not alone. And while many of us piled on the pounds, the bigger issue has actually been food waste. A new study, conducted by Coyne Research on behalf of Aldi, has found that shoppers in the county threw away almost €365 worth of food each during the Covid-19 lockdowns. A third of Irish adults (36%) bought more food during the lockdowns, with one in three stating they wasted or threw out more food during lockdown restrictions compared to ‘normal’ pre-pandemic times. Despite food wastage increasing nationwide, three out of 10 adults reported knowing someone who struggled to buy food, had to make sacrifices to pay for food, or had to avail of a food bank during the lockdowns. The study reflects FoodCloud’s experience,

witnessing a huge surge in demand for its surplus food redistribution services since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. FoodCloud saw demand almost doubling whilst some charities had to reduce or limit services. Between March 2020 and August 2021, charities sought 53% more food donations compared with the previous 18 months. To help combat the pressure on FoodCloud’s services, Aldi is launching its 2021 Food for Good campaign, whereby Dublin shoppers can buy and leave food donations in their local Aldi store, which will be collected and distributed to local charities by FoodCloud. Starting on Monday, 4th October, running until Sunday, 10th October, Aldi shoppers can donate an extra nonperishable food item to one of the specially designed ‘Food for Good’ drop-off points that Aldi’s 148 stores nationwide.

seeing is stores looking and seeing are they going to be able to trade some of the hours that they would normally do over the Christmas period, because simply they don’t have the people,” he said. The Government has no plans to change its schedule for unwinding the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar said while he understands that some employers are finding it hard to find staff and want to see the payment wound down quicker, other sectors including aviation, the arts and entertainment industries are still relying on it. Recipients of the PUP have become more active in their job search, according to a survey from jobs website Indeed. It said 36% of respondents who are receiving the payment said they are urgently looking for work, up from just 13% in July. That increase comes as phased reductions in PUP payments kicked in during September, with the Government flagging their plans in advance of the changes.

Third dose on way for vulnerable

The campaign to deliver a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to medically vulnerable groups will commence in the coming days, the HSE’s chief executive Paul Reid has said. Appointments are likely to be made from September 29, with the third dose administered to those who are immunocompromised and over the age of 12 from October 1. Mr Reid said contact would be made with those who are deemed at highest risk, adding that risk would be determined by clinical teams, focusing on the most vulnerable groups. The HSE RTÉ that “it will be a period of five to six weeks to complete this programme”. However, Mr Reid said identifying who exactly would need a third dose was a “complex process” and not a “simple list to take off the shelf”. Those likely to be included are people who are highly immunocompromised, organ recipients, renal patients, certain cancer patients, and people on particular medications. People will be contacted by the HSE and clinical teams about their appointments, Mr Reid said. “If people are not contacted, it’s most likely an indication that they’re not in that higher risk category,” he added.

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€2.31m allocated to travel

Local Minister James Browne TD says the funding announcement of €2.31m for Active Travel transport improvements in County Wexford shows the Government commitment to upgrading existing amenities and making cycling or walking a viable alternative option for people. The announcement raises the total allocation of County Wexford Active Travel funding for 2021 to €5.91m. “€2,310,008 will be invested in seven projects across County Wexford,” he said. “This funding will deliver a number of safe cycling and walking options. This will enhance the amenities on offer in the county to both residents and tourists. “Enniscorthy and Gorey will receive footpath improvement scheme funding totalling €355,000 and €275,000 respectively. Meanwhile, €71,500 will be focused on the development of a cycle scheme along the old N11 (R772). €280,758 will go towards a new footpaths package while €315,750 will be directed towards the improvement of pedestrian schemes across the county.”

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Hero pilot had ‘just seconds’ before crash A pilot has been hailed a “hero” after he prevented a catastrophic crash and saved the lives of all four on board. The male skipper, named locally as Ioan Antaul, and his three crew miraculously survived and were taken to hospital after a dramatic crash landing on a beach near Carnsore Point. The pilot of the plane sustained two broken legs while his female co-pilot also suffered a broken leg. Two researchers from University College Cork were also on board the plane and escaped with relatively light injuries. The light aircraft left Waterford Airport and got into difficulty a short time later at 5.10pm when the pilot made an emergency landing on a beach near Rosslare Harbour in Co Wexford. A major multi-agency response was rolled out and emergency services rushed to the scene after what is believed to be an engine failure. “It ran into engine trouble about a mile off so all in all he’s a hero for being able to land

the plane with limited injuries and they’re fortunate they weren’t killed, it’s as simple as that,” said Independent Councillor Ger Carthy, who is also an officer with the National Ambulance Service and attended the scene. “Because if he’d had a hard landing , any harder than what he had he would’ve been in trouble.” Meanwhile, an eyewitness has described the incredible moment the pilot

altitude for time. “This pilot didn’t have that luxury and was faced with an emergency while over water,” he said. “The indications are that the emergency occurred at a height of only around 80 metres, so it was astonishing skill to get the plane down successfully in such a short timespan. The two college staff have been involved in a long-running study of marine life off the Irish coast. “UCC can confirm that its staff were passengers on the aircraft that was conducting a survey for marine life in Irish offshore waters, as part of the ObSERVE II project, “ a statement from the college said. “UCC is supporting its staff at this time.” The staff members are believed to be part of the Environmental Sciences department at UCC. A major multi-agency response was rolled after the alarm was raised by three men who were fishing off the beach when the plane came down emergency services rushed to the scene after what is believed to be an engine failure.

successfully crash-landed the twin-engine. The pilot has been hailed a hero for his skilled handling of an incident emergency services personnel stressed could easily have ended in tragedy. The aircraft came to a halt on Carne beach, just inshore of Lady’s Island near Carnsore Point, less than two metres from the sea with the tide partly out at 5.20pm on September 23. A major response operation

was immediately launched, including all emergency services, including the Coast Guard, RNLI, gardaí and paramedics. One rescue official who attended the scene said it was “an absolute miracle” the four occupants of the Frenchregistered Vulcanair P68 aircraft escaped with just fractures and bruises. “Pilots faced with such emergencies usually trade

No smoking or vaping, say young

Wider range of library services now available

Wexford’s countywide ‘Not Around Us’ campaign commences this week with a call for young people and their supporting organisations to get involved in Healthy Wexford’s latest initiative to create outdoor smoke and vape free spaces for young people. The ‘Not Around Us’ initiative is an ask from young people to consider your behaviour when in places where they are. “We made a video to encourage groups to sign up to the Not Around Us campaign,” Rían Doyle (14) of Wexford’s Comhairle na nÓg said at the launch. This is an invitation to create smoke and vape free areas for young people. I encourage groups to get involved by using the sign up link and follow the instructions from there. “Join us in growing the #NotAroundUs message.” Not Around Us in Wexford is a partnership and collaboration led by Healthy Wexford and supported by Wexford County Council, the HSE, Wexford Children and Young Person Services.

Libraries in the county are now offering a fuller range of services including browsing, borrowing, computer use, study, printing and photocopying. Since May, there have been more than 50,000 visits to libraries in the County however, library services were limited to borrowing only under public health guidelines. Libraries are now delighted to be able to offer a full range of their popular services to the public. There is no need to book to visit the library but study and computer spaces should be reserved in advance on the website or by phone. The numbers of visitors in each library browsing and using study and computer spaces will be limited to facilitate social distancing. The wearing of masks is mandatory. Outdoor events continue to be held in some libraries weather permitting. Full details of the events on offer are available on the library website. Indoor events and activities

are expected to resume from October 22 pending the lifting of government restrictions. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy said “I warmly welcome the fuller opening of the five public libraries in County Wexford. Our library buildings are real hubs of our community and I am delighted to welcome the many users young and old back to the library. I encourage people to use the full range of free library services available.” One feature recently launched by the library is the new library App. This app allows borrowers to easily manage their loans and reserves and even allows for “no touch” self-issuing of books which is perfect in the COVID environment. Children are very welcome to visit to their local library when accompanied by an adult to pick their own selection of reading. County Librarian Eileen Morrissey said “We are delighted to again be able to offer study and computer spaces to the public.”

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Out and about

Conn and Arlo Caesaron their first day in Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh

Blathnaid Fortune from Enniscorthy Gael Scoilat her First Communion in St Senan’s Church

Bubby Murphy on his first day in Saint Senan’s Primary school

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Researchers are smiling all the way to the bank


n Irish university has conducted research into smiling. I’m not joking. It found there are three main categories of smile. A reward smile signals that a person is happy, a dominance smile reinforces superiority and an affiliation smile builds and maintains social bonds. Taxpayers funded this study and you may think that is no laughing matter. But the good news is that the Irish university was Queen’s, in Belfast, so it was British taxpayers who footed the bill. Ha! I thought that would put the smile back on your face. Dr Magdalena Rychlowska, from Queen’s, shared the work - and, presumably, the cost with four other universities, two in the United States, one in the Netherlands and Cardiff

Michael Wolsey University in Wales. They concluded: “We react differently to different types of smiles”. Ah yes, university researchers. Where would we be without them? They have discovered that blonde waitresses get more tips than brunettes (Holy Family University, Philadelphia) and that men pay more attention to women in high heels than those in flat shoes (Université de Bretagne-Sud).

That men judge women with blonde hair to be younger and healthier-looking than brunettes (Augsburg University, Minnesota). That drinking a lot of alcohol is bad for you (Harvard) but people who drink red wine at night sleep better than those who drink water (Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv). Scholarly research has found that wet underwear caused a “significant cooling effect” on the skin (joint study by universities in Norway and Denmark) and that a full bottle of beer would do more damage to the human skull than an empty one (University of Bern). I have yet to see a university study on the defecatory habits of bears in woods or the ability of birds to fly on one wing, but no doubt they are out there somewhere. They would not be much odder than the recent research by the veterinary department at

New York’s Cornell University into the effect on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. They wanted to know if the health of the animals would be damaged by transporting them this way, hung from a helicopter. You’ll be pleased to know that the 12 rhinos tested had no complaints at all. For her research on smiling, Dr Rychlowsk carried out five studies, with more than 900 participants. That sounds pretty extensive, but is only in the ha’penny place compared to the 1924 study by Carney Landis , a student at the University of Minnesota who wanted to know if certain experiences, such as pain or shock, always elicited the same facial expressions. Landi persuaded an assortment of fellow students, teachers and psychology patients to take part in an experiment where they were electrocuted,

had fireworks placed under their seats and their hands dipped in a bucket of frogs. The climax came when he produced a live white rat on a tray and asked them to cut off its head with a butcher’s knife. He concluded that even during the most violent tasks, the most common reaction was to smile. A similar conclusion was reached by the 19th century French neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne. Duchenne was interested in the mechanics of facial expressions, including how the muscles of the face contract to produce a smile. The best way to study this, he decided, was to attach electrodes to a person’s face and jolt their muscles into action. The procedure was so painful that Duchenne could not find anyone to assist his research and was only able to experiment

on the freshly severed heads of people executed by guillotine. Then one day, by chance, he met a middle-aged man with facial insensitivity and used him as his human guinea pig. Duchenne went on to discover 60 facial expressions which he depicted in a series of scarylooking photographs. In the most famous of these, the unlucky man has his face contorted into a broad, toothless grin, known to medical history as the Duchenne Smile. And what does all this prove? Absolutely nothing, except that there is no theory so daft or irrelevant that research can’t be found to substantiate it. And no research so crazy that somebody can’t be found to pay for it. Unfortunately that somebody is usually us, the taxpayers. And if that doesn’t make you smile, you’ll just have to grin and bear it.

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The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland

book of the week

with Justin Ivory

A sea of sunflowers at The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland (Photo Justin Ivory) Nestled deep in the southwest corner of Wicklow on the border with Wexford there is a field. Nothing unusual there, this is farming country after all. Ah yes but this field is a bit different. It is full of Sunflowers. A field full of magnificent 8ft tall Sunflowers in Ireland in September! Are you mad? A field full of Sunflowers! Is this for the cutflower industry? Nope. These flowers will not be cut and sold. They are being grown for food. Food? Are sunflowers edible? No… well not by humans anyway. They are being grown to provide food for bees and other pollinators. Ah ok… so it’s somebody with an apiary and trying to produce loads of honey. No… there are no artificial beehives or honey production here. So, what is going on? This is the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland. This is 55 acres of the Wicklow countryside being planted with field after field of wildflowers to feed all our wonderful wild pollinators – bumblebees, solitary bees, wasps, hoverflies, and butterflies. It is ponds and wetlands, unkempt and uncut hedgerows, copses, brambles, nettles, thistles – a wild and re-wilded haven for all our biodiversity. A refuge not just for bees but all manner of biodiversity – birds of prey hunt overhead, squadrons of dragonflies and damselflies patrol their territories, hedgehogs, stoats, squirrels, deer and all manner of birds and invertebrates.

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the new girl Sinead Moriarty

The Team That Turned Up RTE Player

ben is back Netflix

AT school, Ruby is the odd one out. Although Denise and Clara are her friends, they are each other’s best friend and she is the ‘other’ friend. So when new girl Safa, a refugee who has just arrived in Ireland from Syria, joins the class, she is put sitting beside Ruby. Safa and Ruby realise that their lives are very different. But as they get to know each other they soon discover that they have more in common than they might think. This is a timely and heart-warming story of friendship from one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers and the first children’s book from the author.

THIS is another opportunity to watch this fascinating documentary which focuses on one of the most famous rugby encounters between Ireland and England. In 1972 both Scotland and Wales had refused to travel to Dublin to fulfil their Five Nations fixtures, citing security concerns following the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin and bombings on the streets of the capital. England did come over, and the stunning ovation they received from the Irish crowd made the fixture at Lansdowne one of the most memorable occasions in rugby history.

BEN is Back is a 2018 American drama starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges and Courtney B Vance and follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall. Definitely one for the family, with plenty of lessons to be learned for all.

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TaurusReplenish your reserves. Compute expenses to find painless twigs to prune. Align on solutions for longterm growth. GeminiFocus energy for a personal project for long-lasting gain. Research and consider expert financial opinions. Explore and innovate. CancerReview options for the way of least friction. Gentle, steady pressure works better than force. Determine the best direction. LeoA community effort gains momentum. Long-term goals seem within reach. Work together to exceed expectations. Recruit friends to help.

the rotunda RTE 2, 9.30pm, Wed, Sept 29

give up clothes for good

12 mighty orphans Cinemas nationwide now

TK Maxx has launched its annual Give Up Clothes for Good campaign with the support of model and TV star Millie Mackintosh. Millie is supporting one of Ireland’s longest running clothes collections, to raise money for Enable Ireland who provide vital services for children and young people with disabilities. The all-year-round collection motivates people to generously donate pre-loved clothing, accessories, and homeware items by dropping them off at their local TK Maxx store. Donated items will go to Enable Ireland shops to be sold and given a new lease of life.

DURING the Great Depression, Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson) gives up a privileged position to coach football at an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas. Bringing his players into shape, they soon become an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation... yes, we have been here before. And if it’s inspiration and dreams you are looking for, you can find it at your nearest cinema. But as with bank heist movies, the playbook for these staple sports movies has now been utilised over and over again so don’t expect anything too demanding.

RTÉ had to respond to criticism of its The Rotunda series, which was filmed in the maternity hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that crew numbers. The documentary series, now in its third season, follows the stories of women and couples who attend the hospital for the birth of their babies. The latest season was filmed from November 2020 to September 2021 and this episode follows Bulgarian couple Rose and Slavi from Kildare, who arrive in time for the their baby girl, while Joyce discovers she is about to have triplets!

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Paul Handrick of the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland (Photo Justin Ivory) The brainchild of Paul Handrick and Clare-Louise Donelan, this not-for profit venture is their brave response to the Biodiversity Crisis and the Climate Emergency. This is leading the way. Imagine a network of sanctuaries like this across the county and across the country. Imagine if these sanctuaries were interconnected by wildlife corridors. There is hope and a beacon has just been lit deep in the heart of Wicklow.

AriesMake a bargain, or promise. Push for a long-term dream and vision. Use your charm and creativity. Make a move leading to lasting benefit.

Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Buckingham

Ireland’s Walled Gardens

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HAVING been exiled from the neverending saga that is Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham decided to just go and make an album and call it after himself for the Hell of it. This is his seventh solo work and was originally slated for a 2018 release, but what with falling out with ex-partner Stevie Nicks, being sacked from Fleetwood Mac, undergoing open-heart surgery and the collapse of his marriage, he was otherwise fairly busy. Surprisingly, despite the turmoil, his knack for catchy pop hasn’t waned.

2021 is the Irish Georgian Society Year of the Country House Garden and Waterford artist Andrea Jameson features in an exhibition celebrating four hundred years of Irish gardens and designed landscapes. Stepping Through the Gate: Inside Ireland’s Walled Gardens, takes place from 23rd September - 26th November 2021 at City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2, where fifty specially commissioned paintings of Irish Walled Gardens will be on display, including the above by Jameson of Tourin.

SUNDAY (September 26th) is National Walking Day and the St Declan’s Way Committee are marking the day with a 10km walk around the seaside village of Ardmore. The walk promises bracing sea air, plenty of stories and tales, and magnificent scenery. Starting on Halla Deagláin on Main Street, the walk proceeds north along the beach, loops around by Ballynamertinagh and Bóthar Ard, back into the village and then around the spectacular Cliff Walk. Refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards courtesy of The Pantry.

VirgoPlay the game you’ve been practicing to win. Forge ahead, and anticipate changes. Stay light on your feet, and have fun.. LibraSet into place structures to support your next adventure. Balance and weigh your options. Make long-term decisions and preparations. ScorpioGo for big financial goals with a partner’s support. Teamwork goes the distance. Clarify your vision to inspire greater gain. Sagittarius-

Collaborate to determine next steps with your partner. Discuss possibilities, and align upon which to greenlight. Compromise and negotiate terms. CapricornPick up the pace as demand for your work rises. The moves you make now can have lasting personal benefits. You have an extra advantage. AquariusCollaboration flowers. Pull together for common gain. Have fun with family, friends and someone you love. Share your heart. PiscesWork together for home and family. Work out who will do what, and get going. Handle household routines, and make a long-desired improvement.

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Searching for the answers after 35 long years of pain

What really happened to Philip Cairns? A new book investigates his tragic disappearance in 1986 NEXT month, on October 23, it will be 35 years since Dublin schoolboy Philip Cairns just disappeared without a trace. The sudden, mysterious disappearance of the quiet 13-year-old has baffled detectives and his family and remains a cold case, despite a long-running garda investigation, extensive searches and multiple media appeals. Philip was snatched in broad daylight while returning to school in Rathfarnham on an autumn day, never to be seen again. “We feel his loss every day and he is always in our hearts and thoughts,” his sister, Sandra said, as a new book, The Boy

Who Never Came Home reveals the inside story on the investigation from the detectives who worked on the case as well as their theories on what they believe may have happened to the missing teenager. Written by Irish Sunday Mirror journalist Emma McMenamy the book also scrutinises indepth the only named suspect, prolific paedophile Eamon Cooke — dubbed Ireland’s Jimmy Savile — and unearths new revelations about the serial child abuser which potentially link him further to the young boy’s disappearance. Cooke, who in 2007 was convicted of crimes dating back to the 1970s and sentenced to 10 years in prison, was quizzed

by officers over the case but died without making any admissions. It is an investigation that sheds new light on a mystery that has long haunted the country, with one of the teenagers who found Philip’s school bag, Catherine Hassett, talking openly for the first time in 35 years about the discovery. Former Detective Sergeant Tom Doyle, who headed the case from 1998-2016, also talks about Cooke’s deathbed interviews and shares his fascinating insights on the case. And top American DNA expert, Dr Mark Perlin, discusses the DNA on Philip’s bag and how he has

the technology to test mixed DNA samples which could help to finally crack the cold case. The book also features top forensic physiologist Dr Julian Boon, who helped British officers at the Harold Shipman trial. Dr Boon takes a look at the case as well as Irish criminologist John O’Keeffe, to determine what may have happened on the day Philip disappeared and where detectives need to focus their continuing investigation. Philip’s school friend, who sat beside him in class, looks back at the investigation from the very start hoping to bring an end to this bitter tale.

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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

Freemans Jrn 05/09/1827

Irish Ind 01/09/1933 Irish Press 2/09/1982

Irish Ind 14/09/1935

Irish Press 08/09/1981

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