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Life bounces back Pubs and shops report ‘busy few weeks’


Killarney Road, Bray, Co Wicklow

as things go back to normal after two years

THE hospitality and retail sectors in towns and villages across Wicklow have witnessed a welcome return to business as Covid restrictions eased recently. Punters across the county have made a welcome return to their favourite pubs and restaurants, coming as it did only a few weeks after several venues decided to close up altogether, with little sign of a return to business in sight. Pub and restaurant owners in Bray and Greystones said

trading had been ‘very healthy since the restrictions were lifted late last month. “We’ve been delighted with the the return to trading,” one Bray publican told the Wicklow Voice. “We’ve been waiting a very long time so everyone, both staff and locals were very happy to be back. “We’ve been very busy since we reopened fully, which is great. People are back sitting at the bar, which is fantastic to see.

“Along with the return of our live music, we couldn’t ask for more.” Retailers have also reported a marked increase in footfall as people return in person to shops in their local areas. Trading for January has been a lot better than it would normally be for this time of the year,” one business owner in Greystones said. “It’s great to see all the familiar faces back again.” The country’s economy is

expected to grow for the next three years as we emerge from the pandemic, the Central Bank has predicted. Consumer spending will play a big part in strong growth, which is expected to average 6.5pc a year until 2024. The bank predicts that an estimated 167,000 jobs wiill be created during this period. There is good news for workers, as wage rises are set to outpace price increases. Continued on next page

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

04| news in brief Traffic light chaos at Rathnew junction GARDAI had to step in after motorists noticed a major issue with the traffic light system at the junction on the Clermont/ Aldi road in Rathnew recently. The lights were giving priority to the “minor” road at the junction, gardai said, leading to “erratic timings” and big delays at rush hour. However they said that engineers will be replacing the board that is responsible for the delays “in the very near future”. In the meantime, priority will be give to traffic coming from and towards the M11.

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Wicklow schools praised for ‘inspirational’ artwork

27 people homeless in County Wicklow

SOME 27 people accessed emergency accommodation in County Wicklow in December last year. However, the numbers in Kildare are less than Wicklow and Meath combined — the three counties make up the mid east region, where a total of 55 families including 119 children were homeless in December. Latest figures from the Department of Housing show 8,914 people were homeless in December, a drop of 2% on the previous month. Of those, 2,451 were children, which also represents a nearly 4% decrease on November’s figures.

The Senior County Winning entry from Wicklow Primary Montessori School. MARINO Community Special School in Bray and Wicklow Primary Montessori School, in Wicklow town are celebrating being named Junior and Senior County Winners respectively of the prestigious national art competition, Someone Like Me, which will see them join over 40 other schools to compete for the much sought-after national title at an online national awards ceremony to be held on

Thursday 3rd February January 2022. Someone Like Me, which is organised by the National Disability Authority, attracted more than 1,800 entries from national schools across the country. The judges were particularly impressed with the submissions from pupils and teachers at the Wicklow schools, based on their “insightful and inspirational responses to the theme” for the competition.

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Minister of State with special responsibility for disability, Anne Rabbitte, said she was hugely encouraged by the growing interest in the competition which is “helping to develop a shared understanding of how we should treat others in a caring, sensitive and inclusive way and promoting a sense of belonging and connectedness.” For more updates, go to: www. someonelikemecompetition.ie

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Meanwhile, a new survey from the Central Statistics Office revealed that 90% of those aged between 35 and 44 who could work remotely would like to do so now pandemic restrictions have ended. The CSO’s ‘Our Lives Online Pulse Survey’ also shows that 80% of those in employment have worked remotely at some point since the start of the pandemic. This compares with just 23% having worked remotely at some point before the outbreak of Covid. Respondents whose travel time to work before the pandemic was more than one hour, were more likely to say they wanted to stay at home and log in. Some 38% of those in employment would consider a house move if they could work remotely; while a further 7% said they have already moved because they could work remotely. Just 12% said they would not like to work remotely in the future.

Farewell: Tributes paid to Seagulls fan Colm

BRAY WANDERERS were among those paying tribute to the author and former RTE journalist, Colm Keane, who passed away recently at the age of 70. A native of Youghal, Co Cork, Colm (pictured) lived in Bray for several years and retained a strong connection to the town, including as a fan of the club, writing two books about them, ‘Tales of the Wanderers’ and ‘More Tales of the Wanderers’. Bray Wanderers tweeted: “All at the club are saddened by the passing of Colm Keane. A renowned journalist and author, he wrote several books of the club in the ‘Tales of the Wanderers’ series.” Colm enjoyed a long career at RTE as a broadcaster. Working initially as a television journalist in the late 1970s, he was part of the ‘Today Tonight’ programme. He later moved to RTÉ Radio, where he worked as a reporter, presenter, producer and series producer. In 2003, he retired from broadcasting and began a successful career as a bestselling author. His 29 books included three bestsellers about Padre Pio and studies of St

Thérèse of Lisieux. ‘The Book of St Brigid’, which was cowritten with his wife, former RTÉ newsreader Una O’Hagan, was published in autumn 2021. In 2005, the couple’s only son Seán was diagnosed with cancer and, after a two year battle, he tragically died on Christmas Day 2007, at the age of 20. And his former colleagues at RTE were among those to pay their tribute to Colm. RTE radio presenter John Creedon tweeted: “So sorry to learn of the death of our colleague Colm Keane. I’ll always fondly remember his enthusiasm and our earlymorning chats about Bray Wanderers, music, Youghal, the Irish Saints and any subject you care to mention.” Retired RTE journalist Joe Little said: “He made a deep and positive impression then and during subsequent encounters which, I regret to say, were too few. “I thought of both of you recently when it was announced that Bray United was to merge with Cabinteely FC. How happy that must have made him, not least because your beloved Carlisle grounds were secured by the deal!”

A TOTAL of 2,078 new .ie domains were registered in Wicklow in 2021 — a growth of 10.9% on pre-pandemic figures. Two of the most frequently used .ie domain keywords were home and furniture, as business moved to online stores in direct response to locked-down economy. The 2021 .IE Domain Profile Report, which explores and analyses the .ie database,

shows that 36,875 new .ie domains were registered in Leinster and 57,530 on the island of Ireland, making 2021 the second-best year on record for new .ie domain registrations. Businesses in Wicklow and across Ireland are investing in new websites, integrating e-commerce technology, and making use of productivityenhancing tools all year round, the report found.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you time to spare for Aware?

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

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

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

Reminder over hedge cutting as spring nears

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

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Luisne to reopen in February

IF wellbeing and spirituality is lacking in your life, then you should be inspired to hear that Luisne has secured a new premises in Bray and will be opening on February 14. The centre is moving to a new home at the Egan Business Centre on the Upper Dargle Road. Luisne vacated its former home in Darraghville Convent in Kilcoole in April 2021, following the sale of the historic property. The centre had to temporarily close its doors following the sale and due to the impact of Covid-19. The centre was founded by Sr Miriam Lucas in 2014, and the aim since then has been to promote holistic well-being on a physical, spiritual and intellectual level through a variety of programmes. They range from yoga and tai chi to mindfulness and meditation to organic gardening and cooking. Events have included foraging walks, Christmas markets, family fun days, concerts and open lectures. Luisne Foundation is a non-for profit organisation. For more info, go to: www.luisne.ie

Get on your bike!

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Wind farm to hold Funding of €9m annouced for active travel clinics Wicklow Green Party Steven Matthews has welcomed the some €9m in funding for the development of 58 active travel projects in the Garden County to encourage walking and cycling and other activities. Commenting on the development, Mr Matthews said: “This type of investment is real climate action at local level, providing those that wish to cycle, walk or scoot to school, work or the shops with safe and attractive routes and road space allocations to achieve that safely and enjoyably. Reducing car dependency, congestion and noise and improving air quality is good for all of us but especially for our children and future generations.” As well as Wicklow County Council benefitting from a grant of €740,500 towards extra staff costs relating to active travel projects, €500,000 will go towards the Strand Road Cycle Route in Bray with a further €500,000 earmarked for the Bray DART Interchange project. A scheme to create cycle and pedestrian improvements in

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

the south Arklow area will also receive a grant of €500,00. €200,000 has been earmarked for support infrastructure related to the Safe to Schools Programme, with another €200,000 to go towards cycle

parking provisions in the county. A grant of €350,000 will go towards the cost of the Bray Bridge footbridges. Grants of €50,000 have been allocated towards the Arklow to Shillelagh Greenway and the

Killarney Road cycle route in Bray. Meanwhile, €150,000 has been earmarked for a project at Wicklow Train Station and €200,000 for pedestrian and cycle improvements on the Kilcoole Road.

For all that jazz go to The Whale Greystones native Jade Phoenix will perform opera classics at The Whale, May 14

THE Whale Theatre, Greystones’s top venue, will host a series of jazz and classical shows as part of its spring programme, featuring performances from both local and international artists. On Sunday, March 20, ‘Journey Through the Senses’ sees local pianist Dr Svetlana Rudenko collaborating with San Diego based professional ballet dancer Zoe MarinelloKohn and US lighting engineer Sterling Baldwin in a truly uplifting show. Meanwhile, the Whale Theatre will host a very special performance of John Tavener’s beautiful song cycle ‘To a

Child Dancing in the Wind’ on Sunday, April 10, featuring Wicklow-based Canadian soprano Catherine Redding. Meanwhile, Greystones native and acclaimed soprano Jade Phoenix will return to her hometown for an intimate recital on Saturday, May 14. Performing beloved opera classics from composers including Puccini, Mozart and Strauss alongside a selection of Irish songs, this is set to be an ideal introductory concert for anyone wanting to dip their toes into the world of opera. The full spring programme, including booking, is available at: www.whaletheatre.ie.

THE developer of the Codling Park offshore wind farm is to hold a series of clinics in Greystones, Kilcoole and Wicklow Town to give people an opportunity to raise questions or to get an update on the project’s progress. The clinics take place in Greystones, Kilcoole and Wicklow Town on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of every month, respectively. Each clinic will be open for two hours between 10am and 12pm Members of the public – individuals or small groups – can book appointments. An additional ‘pop-up’ clinic for local organisations, including schools, will take place on the first Wednesday of every month. The location of the pop-up clinic will be agreed on an individual basis. Wicklow Port was selected as the location for the wind farm’s onshore maintenance hub in November 2021. Construction on the wind farm could begin in 2024 or 2025. More information on booking and locations is available from codlingwindpark.ie

Jail halved over abuse images

A MARRIED man who used the mobile phone app Kik to view child abuse images, including images of animals, has had his jail time halved on appeal. Paul Nolan (57), formerly of Ripley Hills, Bray, but now a prisoner at Midlands Prison, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with two years suspended after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography, last November. At the Court of Appeal, counsel for Nolan said his client had pleaded guilty at “the first available opportunity”, while background reports had indicated he was at a “moderate risk” of re-offending. The headline sentence had been “excessive”, he said, if the comparatively low number of images involved were taken into consideration, adding his client had no previous convictions. Quashing the original term, the judge said the offences were not “victimless crimes”. He sentenced Nolan to two-years’ imprisonment, with the final 12 months suspended for three years and he would have to remain under the supervision of the Probation Services for three years after his release.

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Screaming Banshees

podcast of the week book of the week

with Justin Ivory

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


tV of the week

dancing with the stars www.rte.ie/radio/podcasts/

the irish difference Fergal Tobin (out February 18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

scream 2022 Cinemas Nationwide

bray camera club exhibition www.signalartscentre.ie

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

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

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

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

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

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

denim day for alzheimer society www.alzheimer.ie

Gareth O’Callaghan show Classic Hits, Saturdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CAO applications to IT Carlow on the cusp of making history Leaving Certificate students who choose IT Carlow on this month’s CAO application will make history by becoming the very first intake of first years to the south east’s technological university (TU), due to be established by 1st May. It is a momentous and exciting time for students from across the region who will soon be in a position to achieve a university degree while living at, or near, home following the imminent transformation of IT Carlow and WIT into a unitary multi-campus university. “Our new university has strong foundations developed over five decades and we look forward to the new national and international opportunities that lie ahead for us as a unitary multi-campus university and to welcoming the first cohort of first year students to our university in September”, commented Dr Patricia Mulcahy, the president of IT Carlow. IT Carlow is no stranger to achieving milestones. The institute received an international vote of confidence last year when it was ranked in the top five of sixteen Irish universities under the 2021 U-Multirank World University Rankings - the only institute of technology ranked in the top five. This followed a benchmarking process across almost 2,000 universities from almost 100 countries. Such an endorsement reflects the incredible choice of courses at IT Carlow, coupled with its modern facilities. The college offers a huge choice of courses for third-level students, with more than 80

full-time programmes of study to honours degree level, and over 30 taught postgraduate programmes to masters degree level, accessible across its three campuses in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow. New courses introduced by IT Carlow this year include ordinary and honours degree courses in robotics and automated systems, biomedical electronics, design, early childhood education and care, and sports management and coaching. They join a roster of renowned niche degree courses in areas such as brewing and distilling, cybercrime and IT security, digital marketing with analytics, sustainable farm management and agribusiness, and computing in interactive digital art and design. These modern, industry-ready programmes of study sit alongside reputable traditional courses at IT Carlow across engineering, science, humanities and computing. It light of this, it is hardly surprising that graduates of IT Carlow enjoy an employment rate of 93% at graduation, rising to 96% within six months of graduating – well above the national average. Over the last six years, IT Carlow has carried out a €150million capital investment programme that has delivered first-class lecture facilities, technology support, sports amenities, student services, a dedicated research & development facility and an aerospace centre to ensure an outstanding learning experience for students. The institute continues to deliver on this physical mas-

ter plan with the recent completion of a new sports pavilion to complement its 31-acre South Sports Campus. A four-story 6,100m² advanced science building has been granted planning on the seven-acre former VEC school site to the north end of its Carlow campus. Students who choose IT Carlow also receive the best student support and services available, are afforded the opportunity to receive academic and or sports scholarships, and enjoy a sense of community where lecturers know them by name. Molly Scott, a high-performance Irish international athlete, completed her honours degree in Law at IT Carlow while receiving support with training and rehabilitation as an elite scholar. Speaking about her experience, Molly commented, “I loved my time at IT Carlow. Balancing study and sport was made easier because of the support and understanding I received from the staff. They were a great source of encouragement and made be believe in my potential career wise, and facilitated me continuing with my athletics. I made lifelong friends and really felt at home there. I am delighted to be an IT Carlow alumnus and would like to support others who are interested in competing in sport professionally while studying.” Following her studies at IT Carlow, Molly passed the Barrister–at–Law entrance examination and is currently studying at King’s Inns.

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Irish Ind 12/01/1952

Evening Her 9/01/1926

Freemans Jrn 03/01/1862

Freemans Jrn 27/01/1834

Evening Her 12/01/1938

Freemans Jrn 31/01/1834

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