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Coming soon: beach to get new ‘bandstand’


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Bray awarded €250,000 for seafront performance space

BRAY is set to get a new ‘bandstand’ on its seafront after it was announced that Wicklow County Council has been awarded a significant grant of €250,000 from the Department of Tourism, for the development of a high-quality arts and culture performance space at Bray Seafront. The amphitheatre, which will be located at the north end of the Bray Esplanade, will include a tented canopy

structure providing cover for performing artists and equipped with a sound and lighting rig. The venue will also have treated hardwood timber seating. The original Victorian bandstand at the centre of the promendae will not be affected by the new structure. An encircling pedestrian access pathway to frame the space and connecting it to the existing main seafront footpaths and promenade

at either side is proposed. Work will now begin on the preparation of architectural drawings to facilitate public consultation and engagement and the procurement process. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022. The Amphitheatre is an ambitious design which will exceed the available grant amount, however Wicklow County Council said it believes the design delivers the best

potential amenity for the chosen area and is committed to providing the additional funding resources to deliver a ‘best in class’ urban amenity for the residents of Bray, the wider community and visitors. Commenting, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Frank Curran, said: “The project is strategically aligned to the broader infrastructural Continued on page 4

Audrey Sutton from Tesco Bray pictured at the annual ‘Trick or Treat for Temple Street’. Pic: Andres Poveda


Don’t bank on annual holiday

THE long hoped-for plan for a new bank holiday to thank frontline workers may just be a ‘one-off’ event rather than an annual day off work, it has emerged. There is increasing consensus around Monday January 31st as the bank holiday to tie in with St Brigid’s Day, which falls on Tuesday, February 1. However, there is some resistance, especially from employer groups, to introducing a permanent new bank holiday, while concerns have also been raised over whether the country will still be dealing with the threat of the virus next February. It is thought that some consideration has also been given to making St Patrick’s Day a fourday weekend. St Patrick’s Day events have been cancelled for the last two years in a row due to the pandemic. The Government has been working with unions and employer groups in devising a way to reward frontline workers for the role they played in the pandemic. Businesses have raised concerns about the cost of a permanent new bank holiday to employers still struggling after the pandemic.

November 02, 2021

Greystones’s ‘Mother of the Bar’ commemorated

THE Bar of Ireland has commissioned the restoration of the grave of a Wicklow woman who was one of the first women to be called to the Bar of Ireland. Greystones native Averil Deverell joined Frances Kyle, from Belfast, when both were admitted to the barristers’ representative body on November 1st, 1921, making news in Ireland, the UK, the US and India. In order to mark the occasion, the Bar of Ireland has commissioned the

restoration of Ms Deverell’s grave in Greystones and opened a public installation at the Bar of Ireland’s premises on Church Street, Dublin. “Following Deverell’s 40year career and at the time of her passing in 1979, women still represented only 10% of the Bar,” said Bar Council chairwoman Maura McNally. “While progress has been made, this centenary reminds us and prompts us that there is more work to be done in achieving more

gender balance in the legal profession.” Currently 37% of the Bar are female, though only 17% of all senior counsel. Women constituted 44% of entrants to the profession this year. Averil studied law in Trinity and later in the King’s Inns. She became a campaigner for gender equality and worked tirelessly to promote the view that women were equally competent to carry out the same work as men. She later became known as ‘Mother of the Bar’.

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development of the Seafront and Harbour areas of the Town which have recently secured significant investment of URDF funding. “It will add to and compliment adjoining projects such as the proposed redevelopment of the Bray harbour and the recently completed Seafront Plaza scheme which has created a high-quality civic space providing a suitable and safe place for pedestrians and cyclists.” Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, Aoife Flynn Kennedy, said the development will provide a “much-needed performance space ... will be innovative in design providing broad public access with designated wheelchair facilities. “It will include space for workshops and dance performances as well as art fair, yoga, pilates and other cultural projects. It will be a creative and visible space for arts and culture set in a very high-profile public thoroughfare thereby integrating the arts as a normal aspect of life.”

Gardai call off search of woodlands for missing women

THE decision by gardaí to begin a major search operation to locate the remains of Deirdre Jacob on the Wicklow-Kildare border sadly proved fruitless, as “nothing of evidential value” was found. The last confirmed sighting of Deirdre was of her walking alone on the country road in the direction of her home, about 1.5km outside Newbridge, at 3pm on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 28, 1998. The wooded area is also just 10 minutes’ away from where JoJo Dullard went missing in November, 1995 and where “unusual activity” was reported on the evening Deirdre Jacob was last seen on July 28, 1998. Deirdre and JoJo were among a group known as ‘Ireland’s Missing Women’ – eight of them – all of whom vanished in the Leinster area between 1993 and 1998, including Annie McCarrick (pictured), who vanished from Johnnie Foxes Pub on March 26, 1993 after travelling to Enniskerry that day. The decision to search woodland at Brewel East on the Wicklow/Kildare border became the most significant development yet in the Jacob’s case, which gardaí upgraded to murder in 2018. It was based on new information received following a year-

long cold case review. The case of JoJo was also upgraded to murder earlier this year. The 21-year-old went missing from Moone in Co Kildare in 1995. The events have refocused the spotlight on the man who has become Ireland’s most feared sexual predator, Larry Murphy, who the media dubbed the Beast of Baltinglass. Murphy, who was officially elevated to prime suspect in the 2018 case review, has been a person of interest in the Deirdre Jacob investigation since 2000. The family man from Baltinglass first came to attention after the horrific abduction, multiple rape and attempted murder of a young Carlow woman. Gardai have suspected Murphy randomly selected his victim when he spotted her on a street in Carlow town, where he was renovating a house at the time. Cold case detectives believe that Ms Jacob and Ms Dullard fell victim to their killer in similar circumstances. Murphy is currently living in the UK and has refused to cooperate with gardaí, who travelled to meet him in London three years ago.

Building resumes at Bray Central

Bray Central site is back fully operational and working to make up for lost ground due to the lockdown. Activity has intensified on site to meet the opening deadline in the New Year. “This is very positive news for Bray,” Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, said. “It has always been the Council’s aim to rejuvenate the heart of the town and its environs, to extend the

trading period on Main Street and to add life and vibrancy to the area in the evenings. When Bray Central is opened early next year this aim will have been achieved”. Following practical completion there will be period of fit out for all units which includes cinemas, bowling alley, restaurants, anchor units and further retail. An announcement is due shortly regarding the anchor units.

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Warning to parents over cannabis jellies THE Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned parents to be extremely vigilant to the dangers of jelly sweets containing the psychoactive cannabis component known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It comes after a number of children were hospitalised after accidently eating the sweets this year, with six under the age of 10 treated in an eight-week period alone recently. There is growing availability in Ireland of food products, in particular jelly sweets, that contain significant amounts of the illicit narcotic drug. And the FSAI had concerns in advance of the Halloween festivities, when children, teenagers — and adults — will be celebrating and where there is an increased risk of unwittingly consuming these types of products. The jellies are intentionally packaged to resemble popular brands of jellies. Cannabis edibles are illegal food products containing THC and come in many forms, but

‘Cannabis Jellies’ seized by Gardai primarily jelly sweets. THC is a controlled substance in Ireland with a zero tolerance under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977. Furthermore, in food, THC is considered a contaminant, with no permitted threshold in EU or Irish food law. Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said the accidental consumption of edible cannabis products by

children is extremely worrying: “We know adults and/or teenagers are ordering these illegal products from online or other illegal sources for their own personal use. “However, they often have no understanding of the real health dangers of these products and are careless or reckless in putting young children’s health at risk by allowing them access

to these products. “We are working closely with other Government agencies [...] to detect and stop the import of these illegal food products into Ireland. “We welcome any information from the public in the national effort to curb the availability of these illegal products and to protect our children and young people.”

Nightclubs face €2,500 fines for breach of rules NIGHTCLUBS and venues face fines of up to €2,500 under new regulations which have just come into force. Under the new rules, tickets must be purchased at least one hour in advance and contain names and phone numbers to facilitate contact tracing, while patrons should be advised their details will be held for 28 days. Under the regulations, ticket resale or exchange is not allowed but tickets can be cancelled and then re-allocated by the nightclub manager. As is required across the hospitality sector, Covid certs and IDs are required for entry. People must also maintain one-metre social distancing in the queue for the bar in nightclubs and at live events under the new guidelines. Tickets must also contain personal details to allow for “robust contact tracing”. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar acknowledged that there will be “teething problems”

Bus Services to increase by 25% in rural areas THE National Transport Authority (NTA) is proposing an overall increase of approximately 25% in rural bus services as part of the fiveyear Connecting Ireland plan, including Wicklow. The plan, which was published recently, is a major national public transport initiative developed by the NTA with the aim of increasing public transport connectivity, particularly for people living outside our major cities and towns. The plan aligns with the current national policy framework including the Rural Development Policy 20212025, Project Ireland 2040 and the Climate Action Plan. Connecting Ireland proposes to expand the public transport network in rural areas and to increase service levels. As a result: • 70% of people in rural Ireland will have access to public transport service that provides at least three return trips daily to the nearby town. (This compares to the current figure

of 53%.) • Over 100 rural villages will benefit from frequent public transport service (at least three return trips daily) for the first time • Over 100 rural areas will benefit from a regular service, at least three return trips daily to their county town for the first time • There will be over 60 new connections to regional cities from surrounding areas. • Improved mobility options for those in remote areas with the provision of Demand Responsive and other innovative transport services. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said: “This Connecting Ireland plan will significantly increase both the number of routes and the frequency of existing services right across the country. “Hundreds of rural villages and areas will for the first time will be served by a viable public transport link,” adding that “this plan represents a step-change in delivering good quality public transport in rural Ireland.”

with the new system and that the new rules would be kept under “constant review”. Mr Varadkar said the Government would continue to engage with the sector, but defended the restrictions, saying they have to be put in place to “keep people safe”. Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheal Martin rejected suggestions that the industry had been treated unfairly, saying the virus was to blame for the restrictions that were in place. He said nobody had been treated like dirt in relation to the reopening of the nightclub sector and said some representative groups, such as the Licensed Vintners Association, needed to moderate their language. Mr Martin described some of the reaction to the Government’s proposals as “over the top”, especially when the numbers of new Covid cases, hospitalisations and those in ICUs have been rising alarmingly over the last few weeks.

Six in 10 of us will get the flu jab

AS we all prepare for another battle as flu season approaches, research from LloydsPharmacy has given an insight into the change in behaviour by consumers when it comes to health and wellbeing. Six in 10 adults claim they are more likely to get the flu vaccine this year because of the pandemic. And some 57% of participants in a recent survey in the region were found to have recently made changes to their life to help make their health more of a priority this year. These include eating healthier, with over half (55%) spending more time outdoors and the addition of daily vitamin supplements (59%) were the key contributing factors to feeling better overall. Vitamins and supplements can help you to ensure you are getting all you need to ensure you stay healthy. While Vitamin C is a go-to, Vitamin D is also vital for protection from colds and flu and building a strong immune system.

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New boss of Bray chamber

Bray & District Chamber has elected Sarah Finnegan (pictured) as their new President. Sarah who is the Director and Transport Manager for Finnegan Bus replaces Ruth Donnelly after a two-year term. “I am honoured to take up this role and believe strongly that there is great potential in Bray and the surrounding area to connect more businesses together,” Sarah told the Wicklow Voice. “I aim to use the position to give a stronger local voice for lobbying on issues that affect business and for collectively improving working and employing locally.” Sarah who held the position vice-president for the past two years and is keen to see the return of the Chambers networking and community events return in-person. She said “these events are vital to bring people together to network and promote Bray as a fantastic place to work and live and I look forward to hosting as many of these as possible over the next year.”

November 02, 2021

New care centre leads way for ‘independent living’

CARE provider Home Instead has just opened its new, state-ofthe-art office in Kilmacanogue, with the creation of 30 new jobs in the county. Health Minister and Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly was on hand to open the new base at Glencormack Business Park. The new offices features state of the art office space, training and learning facilities, and rest and recreation areas. Home Instead’s mission is to enhance the lives of ageing adults and their families. For the vast majority of older people, ageing at home has better health outcomes, is less expensive than institutional care, and can help prevent unnecessary or premature admission to long-term residential care. The company has 130 clients in Wicklow. Earlier this year, the care company announced the creation of 1,000 new caregiver roles, including 30 in Wicklow,

Shane Jennings, COO of Home Instead; Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD; and Michael Lowe, General Manager of Home Instead in Wicklow who will be based at the new office. At the opening ceremony, Mr Donnelly said: “This new facility will help Home Instead to continue to deliver vital home care services to the people of Wicklow, and

reach 1.4 million by 2040, this has the potential for a huge impact on health services. As life expectancy increases in Ireland, so too does the need for quality home care – and quality home carers. “We recently announced the creation of 1,000 new carer jobs in Ireland, including 30 in Wicklow. Facilities like this new office underline our commitment to the county and will help us deliver the vital home care services that older people want and need.” Home Instead is Ireland’s largest provider of private homecare services and was founded in 2005. The number of persons aged 80 and over is projected to rise from 148,000 in 2016 to between 536,000 and 549,000 in 2051. Taoiseach Micheal Martin earlier welcomed the announcement of new jobs by Home Instead. “Supporting older people to live in their own home with dignity and independence, for as long as possible, is a priority for this Government.”

supports the desire of the vast majority of older people to live independently at home for as long as possible.” Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer of Home Instead, Shane Jennings, said: “We are delighted to have the Minister

for Health here with us to open our new Wicklow office. “We are all aware of the acute and expanding shortage of professional care workers around the world. With the number of people over the age of 65 in Ireland expected to

30 people without a home in Wicklow

Sean FitzPatrick appeals planning refusal for house

THERE are “deep concerns” over the rise in the number of people who are homeless, after the number jumped to 8,475 nationwide in September, with 30 people now without a home in County Wicklow. The number of homeless increased for the fourth consecutive month, according to figures published by the Department of Housing. Data shows the number of people homeless in August was 8,212, an increase of 263 in a month. Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan, said: “During 2020, incredible work was achieved during the pandemic to keep the most vulnerable protected. “We are now deeply concerned that the figures are heading in the wrong direction, undoing the major progress that was made last year.” September 2021 showed a decrease of 123 families on the 1,128 total recorded in September 2020.

Seán FitzPatrick, the former Anglo Irish Bank chairman, and his wife, Caitríona FitzPatrick, have lodged an appeal against a council decision to refuse planning permission for another house in Co Wicklow. The proposed two-storey, four-bedroom house at Meadow Garden, Farm Lane in the Old Burnaby area of Greystones is adjacent to a site where the FitzPatricks secured planning permission in the face of local opposition for a four-bedroom home last December, close to Greystones Golf Club. The FitzPatricks secured planning for that house after An Bord Pleanala overturned the council decision to refuse permission. In its original objection, the Burnaby Residents Association told the council the proposed development “would be out of character with the existing pattern of the area and would

represent a crammed form of development”. The council took on board the concerns of local residents with regard to “the uncharacteristic design and form of the dwelling for the area, and the size of the application site and scale of the proposed dwelling”. It recommended refusal and stated the proposal to develop a home in a rear garden of a permitted d w e l l i n g would alter the character of the Burnaby Architectural Conservation Area. The planning consultant for the FitzPatricks, however, told the council the proposed development “has been designed to the highest quality... to ensure that there is no detriment caused to the amenity of adjoining neighbours or the character and appearance of the area” and said the site’s density is compliant with the council’s vision for the site. A decision is due on the appeal in February.

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It’s heresy, I know ... but do we need dads in maternity wards?


was present for the birth of my third daughter but banned from the ward when the first two were born. At the time of the first birth, the ban seemed perfectly normal to both me and my wife. Men, if they wished to be on the hospital premises at all, were confined to the waiting room. Men were banned but smoking was not. A common meme (a word that didn’t exist back then) of cartoons and television comedy saw good news relayed to the expectant father who would produce a packet of cigars and hand them around to the other men in the room. I wonder did that ever really happen? I don’t remember it, but I do recall a time when fathers-in-waiting were more likely to be found in the pub next door than in the hospital. In The Snapper, Jimmy Rabbitte tells his pregnant daugh-

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ter, Sharon, where he was when his many children were born. “When your mammy was havin’ Jimmy I was in work. An’ when she was havin’ you I was in me mother’s. When she had Leslie, I was inside, in town, in Con-

ways (a pub near The Rotunda) ... for Darren I was - I can’t remember. The twins, I was in the Hikers (his local).” Jimmy’s aware that “nowadays the husbands are there with the women”. “That’s much better,” he says. But he is relieved when Sharon turns down his offer to be there for the birth of his grandchild. By the time my second daughter was born, a few hospitals were allowing men to stay in the maternity ward, but the head nurse at The Coombe was having none of it. “You’ve caused enough trouble,” she laughed, with a glance at Dympna’s bump. “You’d only get in the way.” In truth, like Jimmy Rabbitte, I was a bit relieved. And so, I think, was Dympna. I’m not sure exactly when all this changed, but If you are older than 40, and were born in an Irish hospital, it is unlikely that your father was there at the

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time. Your grandfather was almost certainly not present for the birth of his children. Your great grandfather would have been more likely to witness the event, since home births were common in his day, although even in his own house he would probably have been excluded from the birthing room. These memories have been brought to mind by the anger at pandemic rules which banned partners from maternity wards and the consternation over suggestions that some hospitals may re-impose the ban because of rising Covid figures. I hope that doesn’t happen. Like Jimmy Rabbitte, I think the modern way is much better. And I realise that the ban caused particular problems for women with pregnancy complications. Nevertheless, there seems to be a disproportionate fuss over possibly reverting to a rule

which society once took for granted and under which millions of children were happily born in Ireland and many other places. We have become a country with a high sense of entitlement and a short memory. I hear people say they are ‘homeless’ because they have to live with their parents. Living with parents used to be normal for people at the start of married life, while they saved for a home of their own or waited for a place on the council list. The prospect of achieving a house by either route was, admittedly, greater than at present. But they knew it was something they had to wait for and did not consider themselves homeless because they were living with ma and da. I hear university students complain about high rents or having to travel long distances, which means they miss out on the social side of college.

That wasn’t a problem when I left school in the late 1960s. But, there again, further education didn’t give most of us any problem at all, because it wasn’t an option. Numbers in third level have increased six-fold since 1965 and in 2019 Ireland became the EU member state with the highest proportion of school-leavers progressing to higher education. That does not make high rents any easier to pay or missing out on student social life any more fun. But a little bit of perspective would do no harm. We are lucky to live in a prosperous, liberal, democratic country that tries to look after its citizens. I don’t want to turn back the clock on health care, education or anything else, pretty much. But it would be nice to sometimes hear a bit of old-fashioned gratitude.

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The Living Dead!

book of the week

with Justin Ivory

Depending on when and in which paper you are reading this in, Halloween is either just about to happen, or has just happened. Whatever the case we are not referring to flesh eating zombies or blood-sucking vampires, we are talking about leaves of all things! Through their death and decay leaves provide vibrancy and life to the world in a myriad of ways. With the wonderfully warm, mild, and sunny autumn we have been having there are still plenty of leaves on the trees and what a riot of amazing colour they have been painting. Yellows, reds and golden browns of many shades and intensities. In autumn leaves stop producing chlorophyll the pigment that gives them their green colour, revealing other pigments (xanthophylls and carotenes) that have been present all along but masked by the green chlorophyll. Xanthophylls are yellow and carotenes orange/red. Warm dry, sunny days followed by cool, frost-free nights lead to further chemical reactions that produce anthocyanins which are scarlet or purple. When the leaves finally die and fall to the ground, they become a vital life support for many other creatures and organisms. Leaf litter contains eggs, pupae, and caterpillars of many species of moth and butterfly. When leaves form piles, they provide shelter and food that help protect and sustain many creatures through the winter months. If the leaves are dry, then a hedgehog may make a hibernaculum in them. If they are damp, then frogs and newts may hibernate there. Many invertebrates, including millipedes, woodlice, earwigs, and beetles will shelter in leaves and may even lay eggs there. They in turn provide a food source to may birds such as blackbirds, robins, and thrushes. Earthworms and microbes break the leaves down to a mulch that feeds our soil. So this autumn and winter give yourself a rest and leave the leaves.

movie of the week

last singer standing RTE1, Saturdays, 8.20pm

the harder they fall Cinemas Nationwide

THIS is a fascinating social history, from living and inherited memory, of the period surrounding Irish Independence and the Civil War, written by journalist Valerie Cox, author of Growing Up With Ireland. In a similar vein, a wonderful compendium of stories and memories are told by Ireland’s oldest citizens; from Galwayman Michael Feerick, who rode his white horse through the streets of Dunmore, shouting ‘blackguards’ at the Black and Tans. We meet the two Mollys, Dublin street traders and runners for Michael Collins, who sewed bullets into the hems of their long skirts.

FOUR new contestants are added to the lineup as they all battle it out against one another in a bid to make it to the grand final. Watched closely by host Nicky Byrne and Nadine Coyle, former NSYNC member Joey Fatone, and Samantha Mumba, viewers were left slightly bamboozled at the format for this new show: singers have to impress the panl, the audience and each other. Let’s hope that as time goes on, people will buy into it, God knows all these singing, dancing talent programmes are a drain on the taxpayers’ money!

THIS is a must-see for fans of revenge westerns. When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track his down and . . . well, it is a revenge western. Those riding with him include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men, Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler). Rufus Buck has his own gang of badasses, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.

tipple of the week

stream of the week

Independence Memories Valerie Cox Piles of leaves provide shelter and food for many creatures (Photo Justin Ivory)

TV of the week


self-help of the week

AriesClarify communications. Rest and review the data before making a decision. Find efficiencies and ways to save. TaurusCheck orders for changes. Handle financial obligations and keep up the momentum with income, sales and marketing. GeminiPersonal dreams could seem distant. Consider what you want and take simple steps in that direction. Teach as you learn. CancerGet productives. You can accomplish more than expected. Don’t waste money, time or energy. Conserve resources and rest. LeoWork together to avoid coming unstuck. Communicate with team members who can see your blind spots.

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Quo Vadis, Aida? Netflix

Waterford Distillery has launched Biodynamic: Luna, the world’s first biodynamic whiskey, described as ‘uber-organic’. The whiskey, which is the vision of CEO Mark Reynier, has been in development for several years and is the first to be made with solely biodynamic barley. It is the second instalment in Waterford Whisky’s Arcadian series, which showcases the flavours produced by forgotten ways of historic farming and rare barely varieties. It don’t come cheap . . . but good things never do! The new whiskey retails at a smooth €90.

THIS Oscar-nominated drama tells the story of the events leading up to the Srebrenica massacre, in which 8,372 Bosnian Muslims were killed. It focuses on one UN worker who was caught between trying to protect her family, herself, and helping people in need. The film is as horrific as it is relevant: up until the actual killing starts, people are constantly being assured that everything is under control and that there is no reason to panic. It stops at depicting any of the acts that were committed that day but it is an unforgiving portryal nonetheless.

album of the week

ECO IDEA of the week

brain hacks Keith Barry KEITH Barry is our leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker. With skills that have been showcased on over 40 international television shows, he has mastered the unique ability to hack into people’s minds and rewire their subconscious. In his new book, Keith reveals a variety of techniques that will help you to cultivate a champion mindset and develop mental toughness subconsciously. So if you feel you are stuck in any sort of a rut or need help in life – whether that’s in your career, your finances, your personal life — this book will help you to move forward.

cause of the week

VirgoImagine your next destination and indulge a fantasy. Research options before committing. You’re learning valuable new tricks. LibraDon’t invest time or money in a half-baked plan. Nurture existing plans, accounts and manage financial priorities accordingly. ScorpioWait for a better time to discuss dreams. Manage shared financial obligations and paperwork. Take care of practical business. Sagittarius-

Make sure you know what’s required before agreeing to a request. Choose privacy over publicity. Remain open to shifting circumstances. CapricornWatch your step. Get answers to your health or physical performance questions. Follow expert advice.

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one million tress

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WELL who’d have thunk it?! Irish country music star Daniel O’Donnell is celebrating after his latest album has become a top five chart hit in the UK. O’Donnell, looking like a Beach Boy, shot into the UK Album Chart at number 4 behind Coldplay, The Beatles and Adele after its release. The Donegal crooner, who is currently on tour in the UK, released the 15-track album on October 15 ahead of his milestone 60th birthday on December 12. So, you can knock him all you like, the boy has done well.

PRIMARY school children are being urged to sign up to support a nationwide campaign aiming to plant tens of thousands of trees in a single day. Schools that support the initiative will receive a native Irish tree sapling per classroom, and get the chance to support communities across sub-Saharan Africa, who are seeking to plant 100,000 trees. Pictured: Pupils Amber Heneghan, Nicole Connolly and Sienna Heneghan at the site of Ireland’s oldest tree, at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

WATERFORD’s Supermac’s is appealing to its customers to support overseas development agency, Trócaire, in rolling out lifesaving Covid-19 vaccines to vulnerable communities in Somalia, East Africa. The family food group is asking customers in to donate in store to ensure communities in Somalia are protected. Over the years Supermac’s and its generous customers in Waterford and all over Ireland have contributed an incredible €500,000 plus to support Trócaire’s work. Please keep an eye in store for ways to donate.

AquariusRomantic fantasies dissolve under harsh lighting. Illusions fall away. Once you see how things are, the path to follow becomes clear. PiscesYou can see exactly what doesn’t work. Make domestic repairs and upgrades. Clean and scrub. Organize drawers and cabinets. Clear cobwebs and brighten your space.

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The poisoned chalice


Brian Quigley

he Manchester United manager’s job is a poisoned chalice. Success is expected and demanded. The manager must win trophies or he is deemed to have failed at the self-styled greatest club in the world. When you get a winning manager you stick with him. Matt Busby was successful and was kept for 24 years, from 1945 until 1969. Rebuilding the club after the Munich Disaster in 1958 cemented his immortality. Sir Alex Ferguson lasted even longer, from 1986 until 2013. He too is immortal at Old Trafford. The problems start when a successful manager leaves. Or, in the case of Busby and Ferguson, gets too old to keep going. Replacing a living legend is impossible, as Wilf McGuinness found out after taking over from Busby, and as David Moyes found out when he took the

reins from Sir Alex. When it comes to winning trophies, the Premier League (formerly the First Division) is the big one. Matt Busby won five First Division titles, and would have probably won more if Munich hadn’t happened. Sir Alex won 13 Premier League titles. Between Busby and Ferguson, no United manager won it. Since Ferguson, no United manager has won it either. Winning an FA Cup or League Cup is never to be sniffed at, but it only keeps the wolf from the door for so long. During their United tenures Tommy Docherty and Louis van Gaal won an FA Cup each, Ron Atkinson won two while Jose Mourinho won a League Cup and a Europa League. Like I said, it bought them time but that time eventually ran out. Sir Alex himself nearly ran out of time before the silverware started flowing. At the time of writing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in the United hot seat, but his days are numbered. There is no way of catching City, Liverpool and Chelsea this season. You don’t get as much time in the

modern game, compared to the four years Sir Alex got in the late 1980’s before he found the winning formula of players and tactics. Ole has used up his allocation. In a way United have scripted their own current predicament by allowing Ferguson to still be a looming presence at the Regist erCheck by .....the Draft Register of Electors club. The same situation played out with Busby after he retired, by 25 November 2021 with him maintaining an office at the club. A new manager doesn’t need to be looking over The Draft Register of Electors is on display his shoulder at the old one. at your local Council offices, Garda Stations, Whoever takes the United job next – and I’m assuming libraries, post offices and online at it will be offered to a top European manager – might until 25 November 2021. want to consider this. United had five permanent If you will be aged 18 or over on managers between Busby and Ferguson (McGuinness, 15 February 2022 check that your name, Frank O’Farrell, Docherty, address and other details are present and Dave Sexton and Atkinson). correct on the Draft Register. If there is a So far since Ferguson there Check t he Dr af t Regist er of Elect or s by 25 Novem ber 2017 have only been four (Moyes, mistake, tell your local Council before van Gaal, Mourinho and Ole). The Draft Register of Electors is on display at your City/ County/ City and County Council’s 25 November 2021. offices, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and online at w w w .check t her egist er .ie The superstitious amongst the until 25 November 2017 managerial elite might want to If on 15 February 2018 you are aged 18 or over check that your name, address and consider sitting it out until the other details are present and correct on the Draft Register. If there is a mistake, tell next time. In the meantime, your local Council bef or e 25 Novem ber 201 7 United could do worse than to get in Big Sam Allardyce until the end of the season - at least he’d get them defending.

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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 02/10/1827

Irish Ind 04/10/1949

Evening Press 17/10/1979

Irish Ind 31/10/1931

Irish Press 29/10/1966

Irish Press 07/10/1938

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