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TV presenter Angela Scanlon at the launch Taste the Island, a 12-week celebration of the country’s seasonal ingredients. Brexit threat to Wicklow restaurants: Page 6 .  Lots more pictures from around the county inside

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04| NEWS news in brief Art lessons in Greystones ARE you interested in improving your Drawing and Painting skills? Gill Mac, local Artist and experienced Community Art Tutor, will be giving Acrylic Painting and Drawing classes for Improvers. The course runs between September 4-November 20, Wednesday mornings at 10.15am – 12.45pm at Kilian House Family Centre. La Touche Road, Greystones. Beside the Holy Rosary Church. Nine classes for ₏170. Wheelchair access. Refreshments available at teabreak. Contact Gill Mac (M) 087 25 25 216 Email: gillmac27@gmail. com

Murrough dumping clean-up plan Wicklow Sinn FĂŠin TD John Brady has welcomed FRQÂżUPDWLRQ IURP :LFNORZ County Council that they are WR ÂżQDOO\ WDNH DFWLRQ DQG FOHDQ up the illegal dumping that has been ongoing at The Murrough in Wicklow Town. The council are to obtain quotations for the cleanup of the area and it is to be prioritised.

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THE National Polio Register is rolling out to get a clearer picture of how many polio survivors are living in Wicklow, to help advocate for their future. “The Polio Register is of KXJHEHQHÂżWWRWKRVHZKR aren’t accessing services that could be had by polio survivors if they need them,â€? says Councillor Murphy, herself a polio survivor. “When you get older it puts DGLŕľľHUHQWVODQWRQWKLQJV 7KH\PD\QRWKDYHVXŕľľHUHG when they were young, but now‌ it is important that

survivors understand what services are available to help them.â€? It is believed that there are 7,000 polio survivors in Ireland, yet only 1,000 are members of the support charity. As they age, survivors can be impacted by Late (ŕľľHFWVRI3ROLRRU3RVW3ROLR Syndrome. “It is great to have the Register,â€? Councillor Murphy says. “I would have been slow, even ten years ago to look at what supports I can get. It can be tough for people to come forward, having been

so independent all their lives and to say, ‘I need help’. But if they sign the Register they are linked in and will know help is there if they need it.â€? By registering polio survivors are helping to safeguard the future of all polio survivors, whether or not they are experiencing the /DWH(ŕľľHFWVRI3ROLR With their help Polio Survivors Ireland can make sure that polio survivors have a stronger voice. For more information: www.polio.ie, info@ppsg.ie or call 01 889 89 20.

Pure Project nominated for top award THE Pure Project has been shortlisted for the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Mountain Protection Award 2019. “I am delighted that Pure has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It’s also fantastic that all of the volunteers of the Pure Mile are receiving the recognition that they deserve,â€? director of the Pure Project, Ian Davis said. “They dedicate so much time, energy, and commitment, to improving and enhancing the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands.â€? The Pure Project is a partnership between Wicklow County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Coillte, National Parks & Wildlife Service, and the Wicklow Uplands Council to FRPEDW LOOHJDO GXPSLQJĂ€\ tipping in the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands. The 2019 Pure Mile Project, an initiative of Pure, has attracted a huge number of communities, groups, individuals, organisations, businesses, scouts, walking groups and cycling clubs, with now over 2,500 volunteers assisting Pure

screen: film firm gets â‚Ź63m tax credits A LOCALLY EDVHG ÂżOP company has received â‚Ź63 in tax breaks from the Revenue Commissioners and then used the money to shoot blockbusters such as Vikings (pictured) and Into The Badlands. 1HZ DFFRXQWV ÂżOHG by Metropolitan Films International Ltd and subsidiaries show that the group last year received corporation tax credits of â‚Ź25.48m under section 481 relief. The tax credits received last year went towards the production of series six of Vikings and series three of Into the Badlands. The accounts show that revenues at the business last year increased by 36% from â‚Ź90m to â‚Ź122.6m. The business is led by Ronan Flynn and James Flynn of Octagon Films which made Love/Hate and The Borgias. 6WDŕľľFRVWVDWWKHEXVLQHVVODVW year totalled â‚Ź39.79m. The average number of employees of the group for the year was 1,287 compared to 786 in 2017. 7KHFRUSRUDWLRQWD[ÂżOPFUHGit of â‚Ź25.47m resulted in the ÂżUP UHFRUGLQJ D PRGHVW SRVW WD[SURÂżWRIÂź The â‚Ź25.48m received in corporation tax credits last year represent a sizeable portion of

the movie and TV production tax credits paid out last year by Revenue. $FFRUGLQJ WR 5HYHQXH ¿JXUHVSURGXFWLRQV¿UPVODVW\HDU lodged claims seeking corporation tax credits totalling ₏95m – double the amount claimed in 2016. Meanwhile, upcoming superQDWXUDO KRUURU ¿OP ZKLFK ZDV shot in Killruddery House and Estate last year, is to be released next year. Executive producer Steven 6SLHOEHUJÀHZLQWRWKHDUHDLQ Feb ruary 2018 - as exclusively revealed by the Wicklow Voice - to oversee the shoot . It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson. 7KH¿OPLVVFKHGXOHGWREHUHleased on January 24, 2020 by Universal Pictures.

Fairies invade Delgany DELGANY is set for an invasion of winged friends in the coming weeks as it launches a Fairy Trail. Delgany Tidy Towns will launch Delgany Fairy Trail and Old Burial Ground tours on August 24 between 2.30-4 to mark National Heritage Week 2019, which takes place between August 17-25. Starting at Blind Lane of Priory Road, Delgany, the trail takes in 250 metres of magical woodland. There will be an autism and sensory friendly

launch of the trail on August 23 from 6.30-7.30. Delgany’s heritage week events also include three guided tours of the Old Burial Ground. Located in the village centre and dating back to the 9th Century the burial ground is home to many interesting stories, including an early high granite monumental cross, moved burial stones, and a Cromwellian soldier. Tours will be given by the Old Burial Ground’s custodian, Lailli De Buitlear.


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Film festival is back

golf and BBQ BRAY & District Chamber are delighted to announce that the 2019 Golf Classic & Social Evening will be held on August 30. The Chamber has organised an excellent day for all our members, the aim of which will be to have an enjoyable game of golf with plenty of fun and interaction followed in the evening by socialising, meeting fellow members and perhaps making new business contacts. The cost of a team is ₏200, which includes the golf and BBQ. Even if you are not a golfer, you can join up in the Club House for a BBQ at 8pm. (₏25 Per Person) when you and your guest(s) will be made very welcome. Call Kathy O’Toole in WKH&KDPEHURྜFHRQ or email info@braychamber.ie.

Internet domains Companies, self-employed entrepreneurs, private individuals and local organisations in Wicklow registered 941 new. ie domains LQ WKH ÂżUVW KDOI RI  according to the latest edition of WKH LH 'RPDLQ 3URÂżOH 5HSRUW published today by IE Domain Registry.

WICKLOW Film Festival is back at Mermaid Arts Centre for a weekend of screenings and discussions between September 19 and 21. Screenings will include Blade Runner: The Final &XW PDLQSLF WKHGHÂżQLWLYH ÂżQDOFXWRI5LGOH\6FRWWÂśV OHJHQGDU\VFLÂżFODVVLF 3HUVHSROLVD)UHQFK,UDQLDQ DGXOWDQLPDWHGÂżOPWKDW IROORZVD\RXQJJLUODVVKH comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian 5HYROXWLRQ+RRS'UHDPV DQLQWLPDWHSRUWUD\DORIWZR LQQHUFLW\WHHQDJHUVSXUVXLQJ WKHLUGUHDPVRI1%$JORU\

Mars Attacks! which stars 3LHUFH%URVQDQ LQVHW  Almost Famous, a coming of DJHVWRU\FRQYH\LQJDSLYRWDO WLPHLQWKHÂśVDVWKHDJHRI rock and roll is drawing to an end, and The Fall, a tale RIÂżYHP\WKLFDOKHURHVLVWROG LQKRVSLWDOE\DQLQMXUHG stuntman to his fellow patient. 1RZLQLWVIRXUWK\HDU WKLVFRPPXQLW\ÂżOPIHVWLYDO has gone from strength to strength, engaging local people in the selection RIÂżOPVWKDWH[SORUHWKH WUDQVIRUPDWLYHHŕľľHFWRI cinema.

2ULJLQDOO\IRXQGHGE\ Wicklow artist Brigid 2Âś%ULHQWKLV\HDUÂśVIHVWLYDO is a collaboration between Mermaid Arts Centre and 1RHO0DF$RLGK+HDGRI )LOP'HSDUWPHQWDW%,)( %UD\,QVWLWXWHRI)XUWKHU (GXFDWLRQ  7KHWKHPHIRUWKLV\HDUÂśV festival is Turning Points. 6L[ÂżOPPDNHUV1RHO0DF Aoidh, Janna Kemperman, Kate McCoullough, Sal 6WDSOHWRQ0LFKDHO'RQQHOO\ DQG.DUOD+HDOLRQZLOOHDFK SUHVHQWDÂżOPWKDWDŕľľHFWHG their lives and that helped fashion their careers.

Tributes paid to tragic Take That fan Tina Potts

A TERMINALLY-ill Wicklow woman who was told by doctors she has only months to live and managed to meet with one of her music idols from, Take That, has passed away surrounded by her family. Band member, Mark Owen, went out of his way to ensure he met mum of two Tina Potts, from Ballyguile, Co Wicklow last April at the 3Arena. Despite being bed ridden in hospital, 40-year-old Tina, who had ovarian cancer, summoned the energy and with the approval of her medical team, saw her favourite band live in concert for one last time. Ms Potts, was given a 30% chance of living until Christmas DV VKH  EUDYHO\ ÂżJKWLQJ WKH VLlent killer disease. Her cancer was diagnosed DW D ODWH VWDJH GXH WR VXŕľľHULQJ symptoms, which included fatigue, bloating, bowel changes DQG D EXLOGXS RI Ă€XLG LQ KHU abdomen. She had been urging women to get themselves checked out by medics for peace of mind. Close friend Laura Ryan said: “Unfortunately Tina

passed away around midday on Wednesday but was surrounded by everyone whom she loved and loved her unconditionally. “It’s just so upsetting for everyone. She was just too young to leave us all at this time of her life. Tina was really a great person and wonderful friend.â€? The mum, who was permaQHQWO\FRQÂżQHGWRDZKHHOFKDLU due to her crippling illness, had bought standing tickets for the Take That concerts prior to becoming so unwell but found out that the disability section in the 3Arena was full. Cancer awareness advocate Vicky Phelan also rowed in calling on concert and venue management to help Ms Potts.

Restaurants face ‘closure ahead of no-deal Brexit’ WHILE Wicklow seems to be going through a boom in restaurants and eateries, with more and more opening all the time, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has warned that they face an uncertain future if a no-deal Brexit happens. RAI are calling Tourism Minister Shane Ross to protect the restaurant and tourism industry ahead of Budget 2020, calling for a reduction in the rate as they fear the impact on their members of what looks increasingly likely to be a no-deal Brexit. More than 7,000 people work in the hospitality sector in Wicklow alone. The restaurant VAT rate was reduced in 2011 from 13.5% to 9% to help encourage and support the growth of small businesses. It was due to expire in 2013, but successive governments deemed the lower rate such a success that it was retained

until Budget 2019. “The Restaurant, Tourism and Hospitality VAT increase has put a huge strain on our members: small businesses are struggling to cope with the huge increase in the cost of doing business,â€? Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association says. Âł$URXQG RQHLQÂżYH UHVWDXrants in Ireland will close if a hard Brexit goes ahead: the 9% VAT rate is critical to restaurant survival in Ireland. “Minister Ross must listen to the industry and defend the Tourism & Hospitality Industry in Ireland. “Given the potential for long term and far reaching consequences from a no-deal Brexit, the government must act now to ensure the viability of the sector post Brexit.â€? Raising the VAT rate to 13.5% has undermined the competitiveness and viability of Irish businesses, and at a time when other rising costs, such as insur-

ance and commercial rates are only going up, it makes it harder IRU EXVLQHVV WR VWD\ DĂ€RDW WKH RAI claim. The RAI also fears that if the restaurant VAT rate is not reversed ahead of a no-deal Brexit, it will only worsen the divide between urban and rural tourism and continue to put businesses at risk. According to the CSO, the Accommodation and Food Services sector employs almost 8% of people in the country and contributes over â‚Ź2.2 billion to the economy. :KLOH WKHUH KDV EHHQ VLJQLÂżcant growth in the number of WRXULVWVYLVLWLQJ,UHODQGÂżJXUHV for 2019 show that visitors are staying for less time and spending less money. A breakdown RIYLVLWRUÂżJXUHVVKRZVWKDWWKH UK accounts for over a quarter of all overseas tourism revenue and almost half of visitors to Ireland, further compounding worries about a hard Brexit.


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A sinking feeling in Titanic town

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S a boy growing up in Belfast I would sometimes witness the amazing sight of a shift change at the shipyard. The factory horns would blow and thousands of men would stream from the many gates of WKH+DUODQGDQG:RO྾FRPSOH[ Half of them would turn left and head to their homes in the narrow streets and terraced houses of east Belfast. The rest would stream over the Queen’s Bridge to other parts of the city. 7KLVKXPDQWLGHZRXOG¿OOWKH entire length and breadth of the bridge and many nearby streets as well. No vehicle could drive against it and only a very foolhardy pedestrian would have attempted to head in the opposite direction. If that was your intention you would just have to wait, for the men of the Yard did not yield to anyone. How many men work in the shipyard, went the old Belfast joke. Reply: about half of them. The true answer at that time

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Simon Coleman, Sophie Blackbyrne and Lucas Brack at the launch of Purple House Cancer Support search for children (5-12) to help other children living with cancer, by taking part in the next Hell & Back Junior on October 6. www.hellandback.ie and email info@purplehouse.ie. Pic: Joe Keogh among the many thousands who worked at the Yard down the years. That was not quite as simple or as blatantly sectarian an issue as it seems. Jobs were passed from father to son and, in Belfast’s horrible UHOLJLRXVGLYLGHGL྾HUHQWWUDGHV ZHUH GRPLQDWHG E\ GL྾HUHQW persuasions. The docks, for instance, were DQ DOPRVW H[FOXVLYHO\ &DWKROLF domain. Work there was casual, but privileged members of the

Irish Transport and General Workers Union could acquire a ‘blue button’ which pretty much guaranteed regular employment. Fathers would pass this on to their sons. The playwright, Martin Lynch, UHFDOOVKRZKHKDGH[SHFWHGWR follow his father and two older brothers into dock work and ZDVVKRFNHGWRÂżQGWKDWKLVGD had only served enough time to pass on the button to two of his boys.

Despite this setback, Martin was never out of work. “There was enough casual to keep me going,â€? he says. But casual labour at the docks was not as good as permanent employment ZLWK+DUODQGDQG:ROŕľľ Belfast’s best jobs were in the Yard and the many engineering ÂżUPV WKDW VXSSOLHG LW 1HDUO\ all of these jobs went to Protestants. What they saw as their good fortune - and some as their entitlement - turned out

to be a curse. Protestant working class lads were sure of employment and so, when free third-level education opened the door to university, they did not take the opportunity. Working class Catholics, by contrast, seized the chance WR DFTXLUH TXDOL¿FDWLRQV WKDW would allow them to bypass the road-blocks placed in their path by Belfast’s sectarian industrialists. The Protestant workers backed the wrong horse. Even by the time of my childhood, heavy industry was in decline. Now it is all but gone. Their well-paid jobs became poorly paid jobs and for many, like the men of the Yard, no jobs at all. I won’t shed tears for Harland DQG:RO྾EXW,DPDOLWWOHVRUU\ to see it go. It is part of the history of my home city and, more than that, part of its fabric DQG¿EUH It helped shape the city’s character and its decidedly dark humour. How many men work in the shipyard? None of them.


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Local schools face safety works GAELSCOIL na gCloch Liath and Greystones Educate Together National School have EHHQ LGHQWLÂżHG DV RQH RI WKH 17 school buildings that will require temporary works to be carried out in coming weeks in order to ensure that they are VDIH IRU SXSLOV DQG VWDŕľľ WR UHturn to in September. The 17 school buildings, which house 18 schools, are in addition to 22 others where GHIHFWVGLVFRYHUHGODVW\HDUUHquired precautionary measures, VXFKDVVFDŕľľROGLQJDQGSURWHFWLYHIHQFLQJWREHSXWLQSODFH Last year, the two schools, who share a campus at Blacklion, were inspected due to the issues raised during the October mid-term break. All were built by Tyronebased company Western Building Systems. The 17 school buildings were FOHDUHGIRUXVHODVW2FWREHUDQG 1RYHPEHUDIWHUOLPLWHGDVVHVVPHQWVIRXQGQRUHTXLUHPHQWIRU any precautionary measures to be put in place. +RZHYHU WKH 'HSDUWPHQW RI Education has said that detailed investigations carried out in re-

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Woodstock festival at 50

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ack in 1969, August 15-17 fell between a Friday and a Sunday and 2019 sees the same dates fall between Thursday and Saturday, this week. 7KHVLJQLÂżFDQFH"7KHVHWKUHH days back in 1969 were when the Woodstock Festival took place - like the moon landing (and myself for that matter!), Woodstock turns 50 this summer. Actually Woodstock – which billed itself at the time as ‘The Woodstock Music & Art Fair: Three Days of Peace & Music’ – ran over four days; Jimi Hendrix didn’t come on stage (where he famously reinvented ‘The Star Spangled Banner’) until after breakfast on the Monday morning. 2QFH KH ÂżQDOO\ JRW RQ Hendrix played to a half-empty site that looked like a war had just taken place in it, such was the mess and devastation left behind by the throngs that had swelled to ‘’half a million

Rose of Tralee Escort JJ O’Byrne and Martin Power who will be taking part in the Wicklow Hospice “Dip in the Nip� on September 15 at the North Beach in Brittas Bay

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strong’’ (to quote Joni Mitchell from her song, ‘Woodstock’) over the weekend. The carnage was a result of the horrendous weather that hit on the Saturday by the way, and not due to any fault of the attendees or hopelessly underprepared organisers. Woodstock wouldn’t happen in 2019. Health and Safety would shoot it down before LW JRW Rŕľľ WKH JURXQG QRW WR mention planning regulations and various other bits and pieces of red tape that either didn’t exist in 1969 or were easy to cut through if they did. Woodstock wasn’t just a

gathering of hippies. The festival, which was organised by Michael Lang and took place on Max and Miriam Yasgur’s farm, drew young people of all musical persuasions. Indeed the acts that played spanned the whole of the

musical spectrum, with hippies like John Sebastian, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills & Nash sharing a stage with rockers like Hendrix, The Who and Johnny Winter. How would I evaluate

Woodstock at a remove of a half FHQWXU\" ,W ZDV WKH KLJKSRLQW for the hippy idealism of the post-war youth and represented the hopes and dreams of that generation, especially the idea that music could change the world.

Woodstock’s legacy is evident in the fact that it gave birth to other big festivals, some of which are still running (Glastonbury comes to mind). Woodstock wasn’t followed up as originally intended. It needed the people involved (both organisers and attendees) WR VWD\ LQ WKH WUHQFKHV ¿JKWLQJ for a cleaner, greener and more peaceful planet. Some of them sold out, others copped out and many dropped RXW OHDYLQJ WRR IHZ WR H྾HFW a meaningful change. That’s why we’re having to refocus RQWKDW¿JKWQRZLQWKHIDFHRI environmental devastation. As for this weekend, I’ll be reliving Woodstock as best I can. I’ll watch the movie again (the director’s cut, of course!) and listen to a speciallyprepared playlist I made from albums I own by various Woodstock alumni. I’ll share the experience with my family and friends, and when it’s over I’ll continue to do P\ELWWR¿JKWWKHJRRG¿JKWWR steer the planet in the direction of ethical, environmental and economic justice.


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WILDLIFE with Justin Ivory

Whale Watch Ireland 2019

ninenottomiss BOOK of the week

TV SHOW of the week

FILM of the week

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NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

AS part of Heritage Week, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) invite you to join them for their annual, all -island, Whale Watch Ireland event at a local headland between 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday 24th August. The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 25 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) recorded to date in all Irish waters, by giving the public an opportunity to look for and observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment. This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast

Common Dolphin (Photo Padraig Whooley) All watches are land-based (so there are no boats involved), and will be led by experienced IWDG researchers, enthusiasts and whale watchers, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly recorded cetacean species in Irish waters. You should bring binoculars or a spotting scope, refreshments and your sense of humour! Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day, wear sunscreen and leave the pets at home. There is of course no guarantee that you will see whales or dolphins at your chosen site; but at last year’s event whales or dolphins were recorded at 14 of 19 sites (73.6%). For readers of this column events taking place on the East and South-East coast are: Bray Hd., Co. Wicklow, Pitch & Putt, Justin Ivory 087 6833898 WicklowTown, , Black Castle Car Park Ronan Hickey 086 391142 Howth Hd., North Dublin, Balscadden Car Park, Conal O’ Flanagan 086 537900 Killiney Bay, South Dublin, Rossa Meade 086 632081

ARIESEducational opportunities present themselves. Good news comes from afar. Stick to practical options that draw your heart’s interest.

by Greta Thunberg

AGNES BROWN RTE 1, Saturday 24th August, 9.25pm

PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE Released August 9, 2019

The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation ‘Everything needs to change. And it has to start today’. This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

Faced with the daunting task of supporting seven children by herself, Irish widow Agnes Browne (Anjelica Huston) struggles to break even. In addition to selling produce at a nearby market, she borrows heavily from a local moneylender, the greedy Mr. Billy (Ray Winstone). It’s a bleak reality, brightened somewhat by the support of her best friend Marion Monks (Marion O’Dwyer). Eventually, a glimmer of hope materializes when she’s invited to a Tom Jones concert. Based on Brendan O’Carroll’s novel.

Playmobil The Movie is a 2019 Englishlanguage French live-action/computer animated musical adventure comedy film based on the German building toy Playmobil. When her younger brother Charlie disappears into the colourful and animated world of Playmobil, Marla is forced to abandon her organised and structured life to rescue him. Finding herself on an incredible and unpredictable adventure within this new world, Marla begins to see potential she never dreamed of.

TAURUS.HHSJHQHUDWLQJSUR¿WVIRU a shared venture. Review reserves, and make changes as needed. Work together to put away provisions for the future.

CINEMA of the week

CONCERT of the week

CANCERRegular exercise energizes you. Plot your course, and schedule carefully. Nurture your health with nutrition, meditation and rest.

WORKSHOP of the week

GEMINICollaboration can spark romance. Discover a ZLQGIDOOSUR¿WRUOXFN\ZLQ Celebrate together over something delicious.

LEOEnjoy games, sports and hobbies. Don’t chase a mirage. Wait for GHYHORSPHQWV)ULHQGVR൵HU a valuable connection. VEDIC ART – A CREATIVE THERAPY JOURNEY 31st August 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry Co. Wicklow

THE WHITE CROW Monday 26th August 2019 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. T : 01 2724030

GRACE FOLEY AND WAYNE WOODMAN Saturday 31st August 2019 Whale Theatre

Vedic Art is an intuitive painting method, that allows you to connect with your heart and let your inner world manifest on an empty canvas. You don’t need any previous experience or artistic ability to benefit – the process of connecting with your creativity is stimulated by 17 spiritual principles that work on a deep subconscious level and let your inner artist come out to create art and your life! The 17 principles come from the ancient Indian teachings, the Vedas.

The third directorial endeavour from actor/director Ralph Fiennes explores the incredible life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most celebrated ballet dancer of the 20th century. The film centres on the events that took place during a trip to Paris in 1961 at the height of the Cold War where the Kirov Opera Ballet were performing, which culminated in Nureyev’s defection to the West and his Nureyev’s rebellious determination and infamous singlemindedness to overcome all obstacles.

A Touch of Class features contralto Grace Foley and tenor Wayne Woodman who will take you to the very edges of the Classical Crossover genre with an incredibly wide repertoire of wonderful songs. This unique show includes a varied programme of music from Bizet to Lana Del Ray, Ennio Morricone to Damien Rice. Grace possesses a rare, expressive and uniquely beautiful contralto voice. Wayne is a tenor with vast experience as a soloist, wedding and church function singer, and as a vocal coach.

WOW of the week

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VIRGOImprove your home’s beauty and functionality. Domestic projects make a temporary PHVVZKLOHR൵HULQJORQJ term solutions. LIBRACreative projects produce satisfying results. Express and share. Tell a story. Add illustrations. Provide valuable information and resources. SCORPIO%HJLQDSUR¿WDEOHWZRGD\ phase. A conversation leads to valuable opportunities. You can do more than you thought. SAGITTARIUS-

You’re growing stronger. Keep your feet on the ground. Invest in creative work that you love. Patiently build the infrastructure to realize a personal dream.

PIRATES AND MERMAIDS Runs until Sunday 8 September 2019 Sea Life Aquarium Bray

GLENDALOUGH Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Follow an immersive in tank trail, choose to be a brave buccaneer or a mesmerising mer-creature and race to find the six pieces of hidden treasure. Once the treasure has been found and the quest is complete, meet a legendary pirate or mermaid yourself! At the end of the trail its all hands on deck at the activity zone featuring a swashbuckling array of activities to keep even the saltiest Seadogs occupied. With 30 displays, a kids quiz trail, a colouring table, an indoor play area for younger children.

Glendalough is both historic and beautiful. It has two of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland which are surrounded by greenery and mountains, which led to it being called ‘Valley of Two Lakes’. Due to the close proximity to Dublin, the park is a popular day trip destination. The park is also one of Ireland’s most prominent monastic sites founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin and boasts a series of impressive remains set against a backdrop of the picturesque Irish countryside.

WEXFORD BUS PARK & RIDE NOW OPERATING FROM THE BEEHIVE ww.wexfordbus.com. Wexford Bus Passengers travelling on the 740A service between Arklow, Wicklow, Dublin & Airport up to 9 times daily can now avail of free parking at the Beehive, Co. Wicklow. Wexford Bus worked with the Wicklow Town Team on how to improve the daily commuting options for residents. Mr O’Reilly Hyland of The Beehive kindly agreed to opening up the carpark. All coaches are WiFi enabled and accept Leap Cards and Dept. of Social Protection Travel Passes.

CAPRICORNPeaceful privacy suits your mood. Rest and recharge. Discover wisdom, forgiveness and compassion in surprising places. AQUARIUSNew team opportunities arrive. Jump in, and throw your weight into it. Tap additional resources. PISCESPrepare for a professional challenge. Go for a big prize. Polish presentations, and pay attention to detail. Start with optimism, and follow up with determination.


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Thrills and spills but no shocks

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