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Water restrictions to remain in place By Jake Maxwell WATER, water everywhere but not a drop to drink ... despite all the extra water created by melting snow following Storm Emma, restrictions are likely to remain in place in the Wicklow area for several months. Eamon Gallen, general manager of Irish Water said while restrictions in the greater Dublin area and Wicklow will be eased for St Patrick’s Weekend, they will be reintroduced and remain in place for “some time to come”, with problems persisting in some areas until April and May. A series of 12-hour water restrictions were imposed in a number of areas in a bid to prevent widespread outages. A spokeswoman said that the restrictions would take place between 7am and 7pm. Demand on the network, which serves 1.2m people, has been 590m litres per day recently, which has lead to a reduction in pressure in some

areas of Bray and Greystones. Mr Gallen said reservoirs in Dublin and Wicklow are 70m litres lower than they need to be, despite “a huge amount of leaks” being repaired. He said that a mixture of storm damage, leaks and an algae problem in the Vartry reservoir in Wicklow have all added to the restricted supply. The condition of leaking pipes, which are on average 80 years old, together with increased demand, has forced authorities to reduce pressure overnight since Storm Emma to DOORZUHVHUYRLUVWRUH¿OO There were 22 local authority and contract specialised detection crews out across the greater area in recent weeks and 26 repair crews “prioritising the PRVWVLJQL¿FDQWOHDNV´ Irish Water said those on the edges of the network or on high JURXQG ZHUH PRVW D൵HFWHG E\ water supplies being curtailed. Why we should pay for water: Page 12

Broadcaster Mairead Ronan joins little baker Darcie Belle Kelly (6) from Dun Laoghaire to launch the 2018 Great Irish Bake for Temple Street, which takes place April 20. For more information go to www.templestreet.ie/Greatirishbake . Pic: Mark Stedman. More pictures inside

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04| NEWS news in brief Bray Cualann Historical Society MARCH will be a busy month for the Bray Cualann Historical Society with it holding three lectures. On March 15, Joan Kavanagh will present ‘Glendalaough through the eyes of the camera’ as the monthly lecture of the Society at 8pm in the Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, all welcome -admission â‚Ź5. This will be followed on March 23, with a lecture by James Scannell looking at ‘Easter 1918 in Bray, Co. Wicklow’ at 11.30am in Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray. All welcome - admission. On March 29, James Scannell will present lecture looking at ‘Easter 1943 in Bray, Co. Wicklow’ at 11.30am. in Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road, Bray. All welcome admission free.

Six Nations Special The Whale Theatre in Greystones presents a Six Nations Special for the big match between Ireland England this Saturday. The event will NLFNRŕľľDWSPDQGGRRUV ZLOORSHQDWSP7KHEXŕľľHW will have something yummy for everyone. Come on down. Tickets cost â‚Ź32. For more information, visit the website.

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‘I have no regrets, only that I have to La Touche owners meet councillors leave now’ Frank Coyne, Rhona Woods and Susan Hayes at the Greystones Tidy Towns Storm Emma Clean Up at the North Beach

By Jake Maxwell THE developers of the La Touche Hotel in Greystones ÂżQDOO\PHWZLWKORFDO GHYHORSHUVODVWZHHNWR discuss the long-stalled project. $QGWKHFRPSDQ\&ULPVRQ /DQH/WGÂśVKDVVDLGWKDWLW LVNHHQWRJHWVWDUWHGRQWKH project as possible. The council planning GHSDUWPHQWZLOOH[DPLQH WKHLU&RQVHUYDWLRQ3ODQ &RQVWUXFWLRQ0DQDJHPHQW DQG/DQGVFDSLQJ3ODQEHIRUH

deciding if they project can JRDKHDGLQLWÂśVFXUUHQWIRUP “I have been concerned about the state of the Historic %XLOGLQJDQGDVNHGWKH GHYHORSHUWRPHHWZLWKDOO WKH&RXQFLOORUV´&RXQFLOORU 'HUHN0LWFKHOOWROGWKH Wicklow Voice. Âł,WZDVGLŕľśFXOWWRJHWD suitable date for all and his $UFKLWHFWDQG3ODQQHUPHW WKH&RXQFLOORUVRQ7XHVGD\ WK0DUFKEHIRUHWKH UHVFKHGXOHG'LVWULFW0HHWLQJ Âł7KHGHYHORSHULVNHHQ WRVWDUWZRUNDVVRRQDV

possible. They have just VXEPLWWHGWKHORQJDZDLWHG &RQVHUYDWLRQ3ODQWRWKH &RXQFLOWRJHWKHUZLWKD &RQVWUXFWLRQ0DQDJHPHQW DQG/DQGVFDSLQJ3ODQ “They are building 26 KRXVHVÂżYHRIZKLFKDUHLQ the old structure. Âł&RXQFLORŕľśFLDOVDUH QRZFRQVLGHULQJWKHVH 3ODQVIRUDGHTXDF\DQG PXVWDJUHHWKHPEHIRUHD &RPPHQFHPHQW1RWLFHFDQ be prepared. “Hopefully this can be done TXLFNO\´KHDGGHG

‘Tourism favoured over farms’ By Charisma Trant WICKLOW farmers have complained about the level of the deer population in the county saying it is contributing to the high level of bovine TB. They also claim tourism is being favoured over farming and if the matter is not addressed it will sprial out of control. ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has called for increased TB testing on culled deer in Wicklow to ascertain the true extent of the problem. “It would appear the priority is to boost tourism in the area at the expense of family farms. ICSA is all in favour of tourism and rural regeneration but not at any expense. The livelihoods of local farmers must be protected,â€? he said following an ICSA meeting in the county. “Our Wicklow members are the ones who have to cope with WKHUDPLÂżFDWLRQV “As well as having the deer decimate their grazing pastures and feed supplies, the more serious issue remains the high levels of TB reactor cattle in those areas populated by deer.â€? The Department of AgriculWXUHKDVFRQÂżUPHGDWKUHH\HDU project to be able to address the damage caused to farmland by ZLOGGHHUDQGWRÂżQGDVROXWLRQ for the ongoing issue.

By Jake Maxwell “I HAVE no regrets, only that I have to leave right now.â€? Those were the heartbreaking words of best selling author Emma Hannigan, which were read out at her funeral service. The inspirational author from Bray passed away earlier this month after an 11-year battle with cancer. She was buried in Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill following a funeral mass in Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Foxrock. )U *HUU\ %\UQH RŕľśFLDWHG DW the service where he read out the words written by Emma, after he had befriended her while he was the chaplain at Blackrock Clinic and helped her through her illness. In the speech she recalled her idyllic childhood, meeting her husband Cian and having her two children before settling in a house beside her parents, and how she would talk to the members of her family every day. “I hope you know I will be there in your hearts, and you will always be in mine,â€? she said. She had a special message for her kids Sacha and Kim. “Keep dancing both of you, keep having fun, be careful won’t you. Never go out on your own, and stay with a group.â€? “Yes, life was great, surrounded by my family and so many great friends. I can hold my head up and say, I never had a

day where I felt lonely, or as if I had nobody to turn to. I never felt I was on my own. Âł0\FDQFHUÂżJKWZDVXSWKHUH for all to read on Facebook or through my blog. “The peer to peer support I received there was priceless. I had such loyal readers and followers who took my hand and walked along by my side. “To each person I met along my way, thank you. Thank you for helping to shape my life.â€? “They say all things happen for a reason. I don’t want to go looking over my shoulGHURUZDYLQJP\ÂżVWLQDQJHU That was never my style. But the truth of the matter is this. I would never have wanted to go. There would never have been enough time. So I will try to be gracious about it,â€? she said. She said there is enough sadQHVV VXŕľľHULQJ DQG VWULIH LQ WKH world. “Let the laughter be heard.â€? She said “let the sparkles break through.â€? Fr Byrne described her as a “bright star that rose high and

Local firms head to event By Charisma Trant WICKLOW based ‘Guaranteed Irish’ members will be heading to a top event that is taking place on March 27 in Dublin, to mark the ‘Guaranteed Irish Month’. The organisation ‘Guaranteed ,ULVKÂśLVDQRWIRUSURÂżWEXVLQHVV membership organisation which focuses on providing support for homegrown and internation-

al business operating in Ireland. Wicklow member companies include Brook Lodge and Macreddin Village, Wood Mouldings LTD and Mileata. Organisers hope to raise awareness of their work and convince the government to recognise the initiative to help fund ‘Guaranteed Irish’ objectives and help showcase Ireland’s exceptional reputation on a national and international scale.


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wicklow people in pictures

Wicklow Garda Division Róisín ‘The Brat’ Daly, Trisha Rafter, Dee Brennan, Amanda Mooney and Rhona Radford Dodd at the Box for Barretstown in the Parkview Hotel, below left, Padhraic ‘The Bunclody Brawler’ Roberts, Brian ‘Beefy’ Shiggins, Shelly ‘Lights Out’ Doran

Lorna Newell, Graham Purdy winner of the Bray Credit Union February Car Draw and John O’Brien of Fitzpatrick Motors

Lola Power hard at work on a snowman at the Belmont Estate on the Southern Cross in Bray


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news in brief

Great line-up announced at The Whale

Bray Singers’ Circle with Phil Brennan COME ALL ye singers and song lovers to the Bray Singers’ Circle on March 17. First song at 9pm sharp, in the Tennis Club, Vevay Road, Bray. Our guest for the evening is Phil Brennan, an outstanding traditional singer and songwriter. Phil’s songs are redolent of his beloved Co Clare as can be heard on his album Tobartaoscån. As usual, there will also be a lively eclectic PL[ RI VRQJV IURP WKH ÀRRU both unaccompanied and with acoustic self-accompaniment. The subscription is ₏3. For more information, email braysc@gmail.com.

By Charisma Trant

Greystones Practice 'HQWDO &DUH ,UHODQG RŕľśFLDOO\ opened its doors to the newly renovated Greystones practice on Bow Lane. It continues to be led by principal dentists Dr Gerard Kilfeather and Dr Gina Kilfeather, and all of the existing team. Dental Care Ireland is an Irish-owned network of established, trusted and high quality dental practices in local communities.

Jade Phoenix, Shane O’Regan as Tommo above right, and, Michael Patrick, inset

Need training to get a job? National Learning Network’s Vocational Skills Foundation is a 12 month programme for young people who want to get ready for work or go on to further education or training. If you have had an accident, illness or injury or have a disability and needed extra support at school, this training programme offers you personalised support to learn the skills you need to get and keep a job and gain a QQI Level 3 qualiďŹ cation. This programme is funded by the KWETB. Eligibility criteria apply. Find out more at: 01 282 9643 bray@nln.ie | nln.ie facebook.com/NLNWicklow Open days in our centre at Beechwood Close, Boghall Rd., Bray, every Wednesday from 11am - 1pm.

Free Training Enrolling Now

THE Whale Theatre has some great shows lined up for the next few weeks, kicking LWR྾ZLOO be Simon Reade’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning ERRN¿OPDQG stage play War

Horse, Private Peaceful which will première at the Whale on March 23 at 8pm. Shane O’Regan, playing Tommo Peaceful, was nominated for Best Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for his role in Private Peaceful. The play is taking place during World War 1 and follows the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful, ZKRIDFHVWKH¿ULQJVTXDGIRU cowardice. Another great performance can be expected on April 12 at

8pm, A Night at the Opera is going to be presented by Jade Phoenix and will showcase much-loved opera classics with a new twist. On April 13 at 8pm, My Left Nut is taking over the stage at the Whale theatre. The play is about Mick a young adolescent in postFRQĂ€LFW%HOIDVWZKRORVW his dad and suddenly has to deal with an unexpected health scare. Tickets are now available online on www. whaletheatre.ie , or at the ERRNLQJRŕľśFH

Local eateries honoured at Leinster awards By Jake Maxwell

WICKLOW’S reputation as growing gourmet hotspot was FRQ¿UPHG ODVW ZHHN DIWHU D number of the county’s restaurants were honoured at the Irish Restaurants Association regional awards. The winners included the following establishments in Bray: Best Casual Dining Campo de’ Fiori; Best Kids Size Me Platform Pizza Bar; Best World Cuisine Pink Salt Indian Restaurant; Best Restaurant Manager Donal Byrne of Butler & Barry Gastropub; Pub of the Year The Harbour Bar; Best Customer Service Noah’s Ark Restaurant CafÊ Best Gastro Pub Butler & Barry Gastro Pub; Best 1HZFRPHU&RZ¿VK Other winners from the county included: Best CafÊ Firehouse Bakery & Bread School; Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant

Brian Walsh with The Pigeon House’s two awards Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel; Best Emerging Irish Cuisine The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village; Best ‘Free From’ Happy Pear Greystones and Best Wine Experience La Touche Wines 4 U; Best Chef

Brian Walsh at Pigeon House CafĂŠ; Best Restaurant Pigeon House CafĂŠ. Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle says the success proves that the FRXQW\ KDV D ORW WR RŕľľHU IRRG lovers and is a great gourmet destination. “This is great news for County Wicklow and means it is getting the recognition it deserves as the gourmet county of the Ancient East,â€? he told the Wicklow Voice. “These are fantastic restaurants and I’m delighted to see that they’re being recognised for serving top quality food, that is often sourced in Wicklow and for providing excellent service, a combination that is so vital to the tourism industry here in Wicklow.â€? Owner of The Firehouse CafĂŠ and Bakery Patrick Ryan said “this award is the icing on the cake for the cafĂŠ especially after Storm Emma.â€?


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countdown to st patrick’s day

Huge crowds expected to watch parades

Marchers in Bray’s Parade in 2017 By Charisma Trant Thousands of revellers are expected to descend on the many parades over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Garden County is getting all decked out in green as we prepare to celebrate St Patrick’s Day - and hopefully Ireland winning a Grand Slam with victory over England in Saturday’s big rugby match. The Arklow parade will begin

at 2pm and this year’s theme “Bring your favourite book to life” was chosen following a Facebook competition. Organisers would like to ask participants to make a special H൵RUW DQG WR KDYH IXQ ZLWK WKH theme. The parade in Wicklow Town will leave Whitegates at 1pm and continue its way to Dublin Road and Abbey Street towards the Market Square. Greystones’ parade will start

at South Beach Car Park at 12pm and participants are asked to gather at 11.30am. The parade will proceed up to Church Road to a reviewing stand at St. Patrick’s Church DQG¿QLVKHVXSDW&KXUFK5RDG Victoria Road. Meanwhile, St Patrick’s Festival Bray will run from March 16-19 and is full to the brim with exciting events and festival fun for the whole

family. Events will include a outdoor circus performance by Monsieur Gusto, the annual St Patrick’s Bray Head Walk, a collection of Puppet Shows from Punch and Judy to Oisín in Tír na nÓg and an open-air céilí with The Berry Irish Dance Academy. Starting at 2pm on St Patrick’s Day, join the parade route from the Town Hall to the Viewing Stand, North Seafront.


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opinion&comment

We should be paying for water Brian Quigley

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he water restrictions that have been in place in the Greater Dublin Area and surrounding counties in the aftermath of the double-whammy of Storm Emma and The Beast from the East came as no surprise to me, and although they mean hassle and hardship I’m fully behind the authorities on this one. Back in 2010, the last time the DUHDKDGVLJQL¿FDQWVQRZWKHUH were widespread water restrictions after the event. The thaw exposed all the pipes that had burst when the water in them had frozen days before, and people left taps run-

Breda Hobbes, Irene Allen, Cora Pocock, Elly Fairbarin at the International Womens Day at the Royal Hotel ning on the coldest nights to try to stop their own lines freezing. All this is understandable, but a modern city can’t cope with VXFKPDVVLYHÀXFWXDWLRQVLQGHmand. It has been reported that there was a 10% increase in demand as the thaw set in. For a city used to balancing

supply and demand to within a couple of percent, this was too much of a shock to the system, and it will take weeks to restore equilibrium. We need to row in behind the authorities and do our bit to conserve water while they build supply back up. Water is a precious commodity and

we are lucky to live in a country with a plentiful supply, but we shouldn’t confuse this with thinking that we have a divine right to an uninterrupted supply. I was an advocate of water charges a few years back. I wasn’t an advocate of Irish WaWHU D ÀDZHG HQWLW\ WKDW VRXJKW

to commodify water in the best traditions of Thatcherism. No, I was an advocate of the concept of us having to pay a nominal, DŕľľRUGDEOH DPRXQW IRU RXU ZDter in order to instil in us as a society a responsible attitude towards water usage. If you are to believe the fore-

casts, then the Greater Dublin Area and surrounding counties DUH JRLQJ WR JURZ VLJQL¿FDQWO\ in terms of population as we go forward, with the bulk of new investment and employment in the country located in these areas. In order to make this work WKHQ D྾RUGDEOH KRXVLQJ QHHGV to be provided, so that people FDQ DFWXDOO\ D྾RUG WR WDNH XS WKHMREVRQR྾HU That’s a challenge for the government. Another challenge for them is the water situation in Dublin. It needs investment in the infrastructure, a lot of which dates back to Victorian times. It needs investment in weathHUSURR¿QJ LW DV HYHQWV OLNH The Beast from the East become more commonplace due to the collapse of the polar vortex and global warming. Now is the time to carry out this investment. With the memory of the last couple of weeks fresh in the minds of people, the government have the best chance of getting support for a long-term, responsible strategy on water supply and usage.


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place - in more ways than one. The women profiled below are equal parts intelligent, innovative, creative, brave and inspiring. Each of them have put their all into their work and this is evident in their success stories. Despite tough times in recent years, these businesses continue to thrive and can look forward to a bright future.

We congratulate these women on their success and celebrate women all around the county. If you would like to be featured in the next Women in Business feature in the Wicklow Voice, the Dublin Voice, Kilkenny Today or Carlow People then contact us today on 01 9015565 or email info@wicklowvoice.ie or info@dublinvoice.ie

NICOLA VANCE BAKER VANCE REAL ESTATE 3 St Gabriels Court, Cabinteely, Dublin 18, 01 9695458 Nicola Vance (Assoc.) SCSI is managing director of the busy Baker Vance real estate agency. Operating out of modern offices in Cabinteely Village, the agency offers a bespoke, professional and personal service in the North Wicklow and South Dublin area. Business has gone from strength to strength as a result of excellent referrals from satisfied clients and customers. Nicola prides herself on the unparalleled level of service she provides. If you are thinking of selling or letting, contact Baker Vance for honest and reliable advice from instruction to close of sale.

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SINEAD CONNOLLY JAMES MCSWEENEY SOLICITORS 515 Main Street, Tallaght, 01 4521200, mcsweeney.ie Emma Meagher, Partner is head of the Women’s Medical Negligence Unit at James McSweeney Solicitors. Emma joined James McSweeney Solicitors in 2008 is now recognised as one of Ireland’s leading Medical Negligence Solicitors. Throughout her early years in the legal business, Emma refined her keen interest in helping women who have suffered as a result of negligence during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. In 2015, Emma established a dedicated, mother-focused, legal advice unit and has built a support team specialising in obstetrics and the Law. Emma has regularly featured in various national publications and is consulted widely by media contributors on Medical Negligence Law. She also finds time to volunteer with the Free Legal Aid Board and also offers free legal advice to the London Irish Centre, Camden. Emma Meagher is a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, Irish Women’s Lawyers Association and the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland.

EDEL HESNAN FIT 7a Bellevue Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, 01 8825570, www.fit.ie The ICTAP Tech Apprenticeship is the first of its kind in Ireland with its ‘earn as you learn’ initiative for ‘Tech Enthusiasts’ in the areas of Software Development and Network Engineering. Successful applicants are using the program as a platform to secure long-term employment in the ICT Sector, while employers are finding the program a cost-effective and timely approach to building their talent pipeline and addressing skills needs. As the industry grows at a rapid pace, the career prospects are endless for all. While FIT aims to provide all their students with the opportunity for growth and a meaningful career, we strongly encourage female applicants to consider ICTAP and will provide support and guidance every step of the way. If you would like to take part as a company or candidate.

LIBBY MURRAY 36/37 Sth William Street, Dublin 2 01 888 3666 Meridian Point, Greystones, 01 287 3767, www.elysianbrows.ie Libby started Elysian Brows in 2009. She has been in the beauty industry for almost 20 years having initially trained as a brow specialist in London, and also with the renowned Anastasia Beverly Hills. On her return to Dublin, Libby opened Elysian Therapy in 2003. She moved on in 2009 to specialise specifically in brows and Elysian Brows was born. First opening on Dawson Street, Elysian Brows was a three station brow bar with a team of three threading specialists. By 2013 we had outgrown the small but cool little salon and moved to the ever bustling ‘L’Oreal Avenue’ of South William Street, and we’ve never looked back. In December 2016, Libby decided to bring the Elysian experience to the seaside town of Greystones. As a resident of the area, she has been thrilled to see this beautiful salon become a busy little spot with a team of six highly trained beauty specialists.

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The Wicklow Voice is delighted to bring you our latest profile of female entrepreneurs, small business owners and professionals who work extremely hard every day to make Wicklow a thriving business location for everyone. Without the contribution these women make to our business community and local economy, the county would be a much poorer


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Farewell to a legend Tributes paid to arts patron and Guinness heir Garech De Brun

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Will State now buy Luggala? By Jake Maxwell THE fate of Luggala, the famed Guinness estate hidden away in the Wicklow mountains and for sale on the open market for â‚Ź28m, hangs in the balance, with speculation the State may buy it. The 18th-century property situated on 5,000 acres on

the shores of Lough Dan and Lough Tay has long held an almost mythical status. The main house of Luggala boasts seven-bedrooms and four bathrooms and the lucky owner will be able to enjoy their own private lake, both an indoor and an outdoor pool, a guest house and guest ranch, stables, a tennis court, a boat house, a library and

much more. According to Sotheby’s Realty who are handing the sale, “The house ‘boasts all the appurtenances of a grand castle’.â€? Garech De Brun had hoped that the State would buy the estate before he passed away EXWRŕľśFLDOVDUHEHOLHYHGWR have baulked at the â‚Ź28m price tag.


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WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL COMHAIRLE CHONTAE CHILL MHANTÁIN

BEACH LIFEGUARDS REQUIRED FOR SUMMER 2018

NOTICE THIS?

Applications are invited for suitably qualified persons for the position of Temporary Beach Lifeguard. At:

Arklow, Bray, Brittas Bay, Greystones & Wicklow.

Duration:

June – August 2018

Wages:

€13.31 per hour, circa 40 hours per week

Minimum Qualifications: 1. Candidates should have as a minimum, a current (not more than two years old) Irish Water Safety “Beach Lifeguard Award” or equivalent qualification. 2. Have knowledge of the use and care of surf rescue and other lifesaving equipment 3. Have a thorough knowledge of resuscitation (incl. CPR) and basic first aid. 4. Candidates will be required to undergo an Irish Water Safety Lifeguard Test at Coral Leisure, Wicklow on Saturday March 24th between 2–6 pm.

BUYING? SELLING? CONTACT US TODAY

5. Candidates must be at least 17 years of age on May 1st 2018. Original certificates to prove the above requirements must be submitted with the completed application form. All certificates will be returned at interview. Application forms are available from the undersigned, with whom completed forms must be submitted to not later than 4:00pm, Friday 30th March 2018. Phone 0404 20100 or email envwcc@wicklowcoco.ie Helena Dennehy, Senior Executive Officer, Water & Environmental Services Section, County Buildings, Wicklow.

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STORYTELLING EVENT of the week

FILM of the week

WORLD STORYTELLING DAY: WISE FOOLS Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, March 20,11.30am, €5

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING Out on March 23

Emma and the Beast!

Join us as we celebrate World Storytelling Day 2018, in association with Storytellers of Ireland and the Federation for European Storytelling. The theme this year is “Wise Fools” and we are thrilled to welcome two of Europe’s finest storytellers Csenge Zalka from Hungary and Markus Luukonen from Finland. Csenge Virág Zalka is a

professional storyteller, author, and Culture Studies scholar. Her folktale collections in English include, Tales of Superhuman Powers (2013) and Dancing on Blades: Finnish storyteller Markus Luukkonen likes to mix personal stories, folktales and myths.

FAMILY FUN of the week Fieldfare – a winter visitor (Pic: Justin Ivory) PHEW! What a wicked and wild start to spring that was as Emma and the Beast from the East came together to embrace and twirl each other across the dancefloor of Europe in a winter waltz of epic proportions. Snow and ice, blizzards and high winds, flooding and freezing temperatures were left in the wake of this whirling dervish duo. Not to be undone the moon and the sea joined forces and sent exceptionally high spring tides our way for good measure! While for most of us this meant time off work and school and the opportunity to build snowmen, have snowball fights, re-enact the Winter Olympics or sing songs from Frozen, but how did our wildlife fare?

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. John Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal

BENEFIT GALA SCREENING FOR BENNY TAGLIENTI The Whale Theatre, Theatre Lane, Greystones,March 16, 8pm, €15, www.whaletheatre.ie.

Find Larry the Leprechaun in the Maze ans answer the riddles and find the treasure and win from his pot of gold. Leprechauns gold is fools gold found at the end of the rainbow! Sit by the fire side in the tea rooms and listen to some Irish tunes with a bowl of Irish stew. Wrap up warm and follow the

It was in August of 2017 that Benny Taglienti was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, and today, the Kilcoole man remains determined not to let it stop him living a good life, helping him once before to recognise that Italians can make a new

ASYMMETRY By Lisa Halliday

RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE & PARKLANDS Blessington, Co. Wicklow www.russborough.ie

East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political. It introduces a major new literary talent, writing about the world today.

STETSONS AND STILETTOS RTÉ One, Tuesday 7pm

Well many of you reported huge numbers of both our ‘usual’ and some less usual birds foraging in your gardens and hedgerows, their numbers having been boosted dramatically by hundreds of thousands of winter refugees that flooded west from the continent in a vanguard action in advance of the harsh weather hoping to find warmer climes, easier food sources and shelter on our fair isle. There were unprecedented numbers of birds such as Redwing, Fieldfare, Woodcock and Snipe turning up in our parks and gardens. Starving foxes were encountered and fed by many of you. Please continue to feed the birds and mammals as nature’s larder is pretty bare at this time of year. Even with all your help thousands of birds and mammals have perished during this cold snap.

and successful life abroad was the classic Rocky.So it’s fitting that Sylvester Stallone will be stepping up onto the big screen once again in aid of Benny.

OFFER of the week

At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect?Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life - between young and old, West and Middle

Russborough House offers all readers a 40% discount, all you need to do is mention the Wicklow Voice. They are delighted to announce that after over 100 years some of the British & European Masters and furnishings have returned to Russborough. They can be

From singing Reverends and truck-driving women, to Nathan Carter obsessed pigs and Ireland’s first country music festival wedding, Stetsons & Stilettos is back for another series looking at the unique world of Irish Country Music. There’s love in the country air as thousands of young singles descend on a festival dedicated to country music and romance. With bad wifi out in the sticks, the best

viewed in the rooms for which they were commissioned or purchased by the Earls of Milltown. Some of these works have not been seen by the public.

GIG of the week THE HIDDEN REVOLUTION The Harbour Bar, 1- 4 Dock Terrace, Bray March 16, 9pm, www. theharbourbar.ie

way to meet a partner is face to face on the dance floor, but as some hopefuls find out, if you can’t dance you might have trouble finding a soulmate.

Chris Wise And The Hidden Revolution’s music sure is full of adventure and escapism; frantic manic and menacing melodies, staccato fills, massive crescendos and twisted harmonics combine blissfully and amazingly gracefully with ethereal and ambient interludes to result in a fascinating and

TAURUS- This week is an 8 Review your reserves over the next two days. Figure out the budget to put away provisions for the future.

CANCER- This week is an 8 The work is in the details. An error can actually lead to something better. Keep practicing. Get support when needed. LEO- This week is a 7 Plan some fun for today and tomorrow. Savor games, sports and shared enthusiasms with family and friends. VIRGO- This week is a 5 Get sucked into domestic projects. Clear the clutter. <RXFDQ¿QGZKDW\RXQHHG Less is more. Savor the fruits of your labor. LIBRA- This week is a 7 Your creative muses harmonize. Get quiet and listen. Capture inspiration in written words, visually or as audio. Express your interpretations. SCORPIO- This week is an 8 The next few days could get especially lucrative. Have faith in your own imagination. You can do more than you thought. SAGITTARIUS- This week is a 9

captivating modern form whilst maintaining a loosely commercial edge. Their music is influenced by bands such as The Police, Radiohead, U2, Maccabees, Soundgarden etc.

EXHIBITION of the week

LOCAL ARTS EVENT of the week

WILLOW & CLAY Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, March 20- April 1 www.signalartscentre.ie

BIFE DANCE PRESENTS LIMITLESS Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, March 22- 23, 8pm, €5

The exhibition celebrates handbuilding and showcases some of the work created by Aoife and Andrea. Aoife and her husband, run their own business ‘Wicklow Willow’ and are successfully building willow fences, and offering basket weaving courses. Andrea studied Fine Art at Bray

Bray Institute of Further Education Dance Students present Limitless, a sensational and invigorating performance of dance and movement. This performance will feature diverse classical ballet, explosive jazz, contemporary dance and exciting musical theatre. Well

Institute of Further Education and developed her talent as a ceramicist. She exhibited at the 2017 Ceramics Ireland Annual Exhibition in the Printworks.

ARIES- This week is an 8 The next two days favor travel, exploration and investigation. Remember what you want to accomplish. Take time for long-range planning.

GEMINI- This week is a 7 Negotiate and compromise with your partner. Keep shared commitments in mind. You may not always understand each other.

BOOK of the week

TV SHOW of the week

A dead Black-tailed Godwit – victim of the Arctic conditions (Pic: Mark Collins)

underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy and unite with his estranged sister, Mako Mori to seek justice.

ACTIVITY of the week

LEPRECHAUN TREASURE HUNTS Greenan Maze, Greenan, Rathdrum, Wicklow, March 17- 19, 12- 4pm

fairy tree trail and treasure hunt around the farm. Feeding the animals is weather dependent and you might find some freshly laid eggs. Tickets available online www.greenanmaze.com.

HOROSCOPES

You’re especially strong, FRQ¿GHQWDQGFUHDWLYHWRGD\ and tomorrow. Invest in work you love. Obsess on the details. Keep your feet on the ground. CAPRICORN- This week is a 5 Rest and recuperate for a few days. Observe and wait for developments. Research DSRWHQWLDOO\SUR¿WDEOH hunch. AQUARIUS-This week is an 8 Your friends are there for you. Collaborate on a shared goal. Bounce interesting ideas around. Tap into new funding.

known repertoire and début performances of original choreography by both students and tutors will also be featured. For more info visit the website.

PISCES- This week is an 8 A professional test or challenge has your focus over the next few days. Schedule carefully. Focus on a new career target.


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