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Spielberg films movie in Bray Director in town to make ‘The Turning’ WORLD EXCLUSIVE By Jake Maxwell and Charisma Trant OSCAR-winning director Steven Spielberg is currently shooting a new movie in Bray, the Wicklow Voice can exclusively reveal. 7KH¿OPLVFDOOHG7KH7XUQLQJ and stars Mackenzie Davis from The Martian and Blade Runner 2049, Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things and last year’s IT, and Brooklynn Prince, child star of The Florida Project. The notoriously secretive ¿OPPDNHUKDVLQVLVWHGRQVWULFW security on the set in Killruddery Estate - the crew has been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements and no-one is

allowed in without clearance. Spielberg was believed to be staying in the Druid’s Glen Hotel at one point and it was also put into lock-down while he was there. Killruddery House was chosen as the location for the thriller, based on Henry James’ novella, The Turn Of The Screw, which is being produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Continued on page 6

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news in brief €4 parking in Glendalough THE OPW has announced the following dates for paid parking at the Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow. A parking fee will be due for Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays starting on February 17 until May 27 and between September 1 and October 29. There is going to be a daily charge between March 26 and April 6 as well as for the months of June, July and August. Charges for buses may vary. Contractors for the OPW will collect €4 per car to use the facility. Visitors to the Glendalough Visitor Centre will be refunded this charge when they purchase admission to the Centre. For further information contact OPW Client Services & Communications Unit at opwcsc@opw.ie

Art Competition The Central Bank of Ireland recently has launched its 75th Anniversary Student Art Competition for primary and secondary school students. Wicklow students are asked to get inspired from people or events from the past 75 years and submit a coin design. The closing date for the competition is on March 16.

Cheers! Glendalough’s new drop By Charisma Trant THERE seems to be no stopping those boys and girls from Glendalough Distillery as they have recently launched three new whiskeys and relaunched their traditional poitín. They also introduced a new bottle design for the range inspired by St Kevin who famously who founded the Glendalough settlement in the sixth century. All three new whiskeys, a double Barrel and seven-

year-old and 13-year-old single malts, are matured in ex-bourbon barrels and perfected in a second cask. This new look is also being introduced across their product range, including their increasingly popular Gin which was launched last year. “Our new look and bespoke bottle really brings the range together as a family, while WKHQHZFDVN¿QLVKHVVHWWKH whiskey apart from anything else being done in Irish whiskey,” creative director

and founder at Glendalough Distillery, Kevin Keenan told the Wicklow Voice. The Glendalough Distillery was founded in 2011 and VHWXSE\¿YHIULHQGVIURP Wicklow and Dublin and currently operates from a facility in Newtown. They are also planning a new visitor centre in the future. Their brand has created international interest which has seen it distributed into the lucrative North American market.

Why not volunteer this lent? By Charisma Trant THE National Council for the Blind of Ireland asks people from Wicklow to make some time to volunteer this lent. Instead of trying to give up on sweets they urge people to give up some time and really make a GL൵HUHQFHLQWKHLUFRPPXQLW\ There are approximately1,485 people living with sight loss in Wicklow. With its three shops across Wicklow, the NCBI has a big presence in the county. The charity provides a variety RI GL൵HUHQW SUDFWLFDO DQG educational services. Aim of the NCBI is to support all people with sight loss and they are also actively involved ZLWK GL൵HUHQW DGYRFDF\ groups to help creating safe environments for people who VX൵HUIURPVLJKWORVV Majella Bond, the area manager for Wicklow encourages people to volunteer and ensures that the volunteers play a huge part on making an impact: “Our volunteers are the backbone of our operation. They are an incredible bunch of dedicated and generous people.”

Renters are paying more than in Celtic Tiger days By Charisma Trant WICKLOW is the second most expensive county to rent in, only topped by Dublin, accordLQJWRQHZ¿JXUHV Rents in the county have been steadily rising during the last quarter of 2017 with lack of supply being a key driver of prices. Prices in North Wicklow are as high as in their neighbouring areas of Shankill and Killiney and many other areas across Dublin while rent in the South and West of Wicklow is in comparison much lower. With prices rising, there is also a limited amount of family houses available. According to Daft.ie there are only two three-bedroom houses for as much as €1,950 available in Bray. If renters are able to pay an additional €100 a month, four more four-bed room family homes are advertised by the website. In Greystones, a threeEHGURRP KRXVH LV R൵HUHG WR renters for €1,850. The most expensive four-bedroom house currently available to rent is a whopping €4,860 while there are cheaper houses available the number is very limited - just six properties in the entire area of Greystones. The rent is lower in the South and West of Wicklow, but the availability of houses is limited and there are currently no hous-

es vacant in Wicklow Town. Families can rent for €1,300 a three-bed room house in Arklow, but again only three properties are currently available to rent. Figures also show the average monthly rent in Dublin has risen to €1,822, which is €380 higher than at the during the Celtic Tiger peak. Wicklow follows closely with an average rent of €1,256 and Kildare with €1,212. Charities such as the Simon Communities fear that more people will become homeless if rents keep rising. The government’s cap on rent doesn’t seem to work and the ODWHVW¿JXUHVVKRZWKDWDVWULFWHU control is necessary. “Rent Pressure Zones and other measures cannot work without proper monitoring and enforcement by the Residential Tenancies Board.” “Tenants cannot be expected to ‘police’ this private market when they are clearly at such a huge disadvantage with continuously diminishing supply and rising prices.” Focus Ireland agrees that while in certain areas the Rent Pressure Zones has shown positive development there is still room for improvement. Mike Allen, advocacy director of Focus Ireland said: “[...] there are so many loopholes in the legislation it is still far too easy for landlords to ignore.”

County’s low divorce rates By Charisma Trant ACCORDING WR QHZ ¿Jures published by the Courts Service, Wicklow has one of the lowest divorce and judicial separation rates in the country, closely followed by Meath and Roscommon. Although, Wicklow is beaten by Ireland’s least populated county, Leitrim, which only had 17 applications for divorce in 2016.

Nationally, 4,100 couples have applied to divorce and more than 1,300 couples have applied WRVHSDUDWHLQ7KH¿JXUHV also show that Carlow, Dublin, Tipperary, Clare and Louth have the highest divorce rates in the whole country. However, the overall number has decreased from 4,290 to 4,126 between 2015 and 2016. More than 3,197 divorces were granted in 2016, with over one third of them in Dublin alone.


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Bray Credit Union January Car Draw Winner Conac Marie Breslin who is driving home in a brand new Ford Fiesta ST Line from Fitzpatrick Motors.

Hosts Tom Dunne and Nimah Kinlan at the Blind Date fundraiser in aid of Strictly Lip Sync Laragh in the Newtown Park Hotel

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle with new EuroForest Ireland forest managers John Dungan and Brian Fitzgerald at the EuroForest head office in Arklow

Kathy Ryan and TV3 Presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin on Bray Beach for the launch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Camino Adventure

Chris De Burgh with his wife Diane Davison, and right, daughter Rosanna Davison, at Powerscourt Hotel 10th Anniversary party


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Hiding Private Ryan: security very tight on Spielberg film

Love Your Pet Day MAXI ZOO in Bray introduces the Love Your Pet Day events. The celebrations will be held between February 16- 20 and aims at highlighting the importance of our furry family members. A series of free events will be held in stores and can be enjoyed both by the pet parents and their pet. Pet owners are invited to make a pet cookie and experts will be on site to answer any questions and discuss the positive aspects RIKRZSOD\WLPHFDQD൵HFW\RXU relationship with your pet and its health. On February 18 and February 24 additional Real Nature Demo Days are taking place, focusing on pets nutrition.

My Funny Valentine On February 23 you can enjoy My Funny Valentine with Niall O’Sullivan which celebrates some of the world’s best loved songs and melodies at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray. Unforgettable numbers from stage & screen performed by Ireland’s trumpet player Niall O’Sullivan.For bookings, call 01 272 4030 or book online at mermaidartscentre.ie

Director Spielberg has been in Wicklow before: he met with Daniel Day-Lewis here in 2011 before the pair filmed Lincoln in America. Below, Mackenzie Davis in Bladerunner 2049 and Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things Continued from front page It tells the story of a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans who is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. According to previous reports in the US, the ¿OPLVEHLQJ GLUHFWHGE\ Floria Sigismondi who made her name making music videos for The White Stripes and David Bowie, while also directing episodes of last

year’s smash TV show, The Handmaid’s Tale. However, according to sources close to the set, 6SLHOEHUJKDVEHHQKHOPLQJWKH project. 7KLVLVQRW6SLHOEHUJ¶V ¿UVWIRUD\LQWRWKHDUHDKH SUHYLRXVO\YLVLWHG'DQLHO'D\ /HZLVLQ:LFNORZEHIRUHWKH pair shot Lincoln together in $PHULFDZKLOHKHDOVR¿OPHG parts of Saving Private Ryan in County Wexford. The Turning will come as a YHU\ZHOFRPHERRVWWRWKH¿OP industry in Wicklow as there KDVEHHQFRQFHUQWKDWPRUH and more productions would go to Troy Studios in Limerick. There are currently six

workshops in use at Troy in a 350,000sq ft facility with three massive soundstages, one running to 30,800 sq ft and two at 18,000 sq ft. This time last year there ZHUHFRQFHUQVIRUMREV at Ardmore Studios in Bray after it was put up for sale and WKDWWKHVLWHZRXOGEHXVHG for housing. Ashford Studios have lodged an Environmental Impact Statement to Wicklow &RXQW\&RXQFLOLQDQH൵RUW to address concerns over a proposed €90m expansion. .LOOUXGGHU\KDVEHHQKRPH WRWKH%UDED]RQ)DPLO\ WKH Earls of Meath) since 1618 and LVFXUUHQWO\UXQE\$QWKRQ\ and Fionnuala Ardee.

Confusion over La Touche as builders move in By Charisma Trant CONFUSION surrounds the IXWXUH RI WKH ¿YH QHZ WHUUDFHG houses and 22 modern houses on the grounds of the La Touche Hotel. On Wednesday morning, building supplies and a cherry picker arrived at the site and it was claimed that Wicklow &RXQW\ &RXQFLO KDG FRQ¿UPHG that work had begun on the site. Previous to this it was claimed by Cllr Derek Mitchell that the planning application for the La Touche Hotel itself had been withdrawn and plans to demolish and replicate the hotel had been put on ice. This, therefore, meant that building on the houses could not proceed until a conservation plan was submitted. According to correspondence from Wicklow County Council seen by the Wicklow Voice, the work has not begun.

Some of the planks and cherry picker outside the La Touche. Pic: Courtesy of Greystones Guide

“To my knowledge no Commencement Notice has been submitted yet and therefore the developer has not indicated his intention to commence the development. “What might be causing confusion is that the developer has agreed a phasing programme with the Planning Authority, which sets out what parts of the development he can commence works on. This might have been interpreted incorrectly as the

“the Council said that work can proceed”. The bringing onto site of scaffolding does not require the submission of a Commencement Notice nor would it be considered to have required the “prior to commencement of development” conditions to be complied with.” &OOU0LWFKHOODOVRFRQ¿UPHGWR the Wicklow Voice that in recent weeks a number of young people have accessed the building.


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CAR SERVICING CRIMMINS GARAGE Bray Road, Enniskerry, 01 6917860

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Crimmins Garage has been serving the local community and surrounding areas for over 30 years with motor servicing, repair, parts and pre NCT & DOE assessments. After so many years in business, we are proud to boast a firm reputation for the quality of our customer service and the experience that we bring to every client and their vehicle. They are based in Enniskerry and offer competitive pricing across all of their service and products. They source quality used part in order to pass the saving on to the customer.

TAX TAX ASSIST Unit 3, Dargle Centre, Castle Street, Bray, 01 5311020, www.taxassist.ie, eamonnflynn@taxassist.ie TaxAssist Accountants Bray owned by Eamonn Flynn has been recognised as one of the fastest growing, best run branches of the company at TaxAssist’s annual conference. The Bray branch stood out for a number of reasons; a fast growing, diverse client base, excellent systems and a strong team. Bringing something new to a very traditional market has been key - small to medium sized companies or sole traders can simply drop into a TaxAssist Accountants store, where they can avail of a range of services, including tax returns, payroll, end-of-year accounts and book-keeping, on a fixed-fee basis. TaxAssist has a broad spread of customers from hairdressers to dentists and gardeners. An accountancy and tax advice service for small businesses and taxpayers, TaxAssist Accountants Bray has gone from strength to strength since opening in Castle Street, Bray and now has 250 clients and growing.

FITNESS GO GYM Charlesland Park, Greystones (01) 287 4770 Go Gym Greystones is a superb, modern and well equipped gym boasting some of the most up to date gym equipment, weights and machines in Ireland. Included in your membership are the following: Open 6.15am – 10pm Mon-Fri / 8.30am – 8pm Sat / 6pm Sun, An extensive range of 40 classes per week including Kettle bells, TRX, Boxing, Circuits, Pilates, Zumba, Yoga, Fitball, Spin, HIIT, Bootcamp and Body Pump classes, Ladies Only training area, Over 80 pieces of cardio, machine and free weights, Sauna, Steamroom and Jacuzzi ,Extensive membership options from direct debit monthly memberships starting as low as €34 p/m to full adult yearly memberships. Go Gym is known for our atmosphere, friendly staff, superb personal trainers, and diverse clientele.

SIGNAGE PRUNTY SIGNS Bray, 01 2764673, pruntysigns.ie Prunty Signs have been providing top of the range service to their clients for 17 years. Over the years they have made countless types of signage, working with standard and not so standard requests and always guaranteeing customer satisfaction. They have a sterling reputation and this is why they continue to go from strength to strength. The design professionals work closely with clients to ensure that what you want is what you get. All their work is produced using the latest computerised technology, enabling them to produce your requirements quickly and economically. There is an unlimited range of signage available from Prunty Signs. Frosted window film, Digital wall prints, Raised lettering, Vehicle Signage, Banners, Pavement signs, Shopfront signage is just some of the signage produced by Prunty Signs. If you have any signage requirements don’t hesitate to contact Prunty Signs for advice.

MAKE UP SALON STUDIO LR 26 Willow Brook, Main Street, Kilcoole, 01 2011545, www.studiolr.ie Welcome to Studio LR, a unique, friendly hairdressing and beauty Studio, which prides itself on the most up to date hair and beauty treatments. They are located at the end of Kilcoole village in Wicklow and offer free car parking to all their customers. The team at Studio LR work with only the best products on the market such as Keune Professional, Dermalogica, Waxperts, Dare to Wear Gel polishes to name but a few. As well as offering a one stop shop for all your beauty requirements they have in-house make up artist Serka K Makeup ready to pamper you. So treat yourself and pay a visit to Studio LR.


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LASHES AND BROWS UP TO MY EYES 6 Theatre Lane, Greystones: 01 287 2781, info@ uptomyeyes.ie, www.uptomyeyes.ie Now is the right time to book yourself into this little gem. Popular with beauty aficionados, this cute, girly salon has won numerous Industry Awards over the last few years and after one visit there you will understand exactly why. Mention the Wicklow Times and the girls will treat you to a complementary lip nourishing treatment if you spend over €50 and will add in a black head removal treatment if you spend over €100. Honestly, the staff are truly skilled at what they do and are experts at spoiling their clients… you are going to love this place!

PETS PETCARE VETS Unit 1, The Charlesland Centre, Charlesland, Greystones 012870321 Petcare Vets is the newest veterinary clinic in Greystones, opening in the Charlesland Centre July 2017. With our motto Taking Care of Pets, Taking Care of People we aim to provide the highest quality care to pets and their people. With this positive pro active approach to pet health at our centre we have designed our FREE VISIT plans, ensuring your pet has unlimited consults to their dedicated petcare vet from just €19 per month for dogs and cats and €11 per month for rabbits. Why not give us a call on 012870321 to have a chat with Mairead or Alex or why not learn more about us at www.petcarevets.ie or any of our social media outlets: FB petcarevets.ie, Insta @petcarevets, Tw -@ vets_petcare, Pin - Petcare_vets, YouTube Mairead the Petcare Vet You Tube Channel.

DENTAL MEDICAL SUITE, CHARLESLAND CENTRE, GREYSTONES Call 012876630 for more info or check out our facebook page Smile Solutions is Wicklows latest and most contemporary dental practice. Specialising in Orthodontics, and recently adding general dental services, the clinic has been developed with a full range of “best in class” dental equipment to ensure best practice that conforms to the highest performance standards in the industry. We utilise digital and 3D technology to provide outstanding treatment. New patients welcome, get your yearly dental exam and clean for just €15. Full orthodontic treatment from €50 per week.

LEGAL FELTON MCKNIGHT SOLICITORS Church Road, Greystones, 287 4341/287 4281, info@feltonmcknight.ie

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By Jake Maxwell LARKINS Brewing Company, a new microbrewery founded in Kilcoole, has been selected for Food Works, Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading accelerator programme for food and drink start-ups. Two of Wicklowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewers will take part in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair, in the Convention Centre Dublin from March 8- 10. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will host more than 50 exhibitors including Larkins Brewing Co from Kilcoole, and Wicklow

Wolf Brewing Company from Bray. Speaking in advance of the event Cillian Fahey said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;2018 is going to be really exciting as the quality and variety of craft beers available continues to rise to meet the increasing interest from the public in honest and transparent brands that they can relate to without compromising on enjoyment.â&#x20AC;? Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company was founded by Quincey Fennelly and Simon Lynch in 2014. The brewery currently VXSSOLHVSXEVDQGRŕľľ licences across the island.


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At last, Spring is in the air Brian Quigley

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he weather may still be very cold but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unmistakable hint of spring in the air. The mornings are that bit brighter, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a corresponding VWUHWFKLQWKHHYHQLQJV'DŕľľRGLO shoots are starting to become visible. The Six Nations is in full swing. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and the school mid-terms have arrived and Christmas 2017 is a ship that has long-since sailed. People always wonder if spring starts in February or March but I like to ignore the WHFKQLFDOLWLHV DQG JR RŕľľFDOHQdar. Spring is more of a state of mind in my opinion. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some-

Isabel Keogh, Mollie Somers, Cara Balfe, Janet Williams, Niamh Curley and Alice Keenan from St Marys College Arklow at the AIB Build A Bank Challenge Regional Final in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. thing that I associate with our plans and dreams for the year crystallising out and getting into gear. In January weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in the dark winter tunnel, holding on to a part of the previous year. Spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whenever you consider it starts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is a time when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come out of the tunnel and start

to drive full steam ahead into the year, ready to embrace all WKHJRRGEDGDQGLQGLŕľľHUHQWLW has in store for you. Spring is a very positive time. In nature things are coming back to life after being in hibernation. Colour is coming out everywhere. More daylight

works better for us as people, boosting our serotonin levels. ,XVXDOO\ÂżQGZLQWHUKDVEHHQD harsh time to get through. Bad weather, lots of expenses and D IHHOLQJ RI EHLQJ FRQÂżQHG WR the house more than is natural. Obviously Christmas sweetens the pill a bit, but winter is still

tough medicine to take, making spring all the more welcome when it pokes its head above the parapet. The survival armour can be cast of. Another clincher for me that LWÂśVGHÂżQLWHO\VSULQJLVWKH7URcaire box arriving home from school, as it did last week. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m

not the most religious of people and have been quite sceptical about whether we should continue to give to charities in light of all the scandals that have surrounded them in recent years, but the focus this year is on Sierra Leone, a country that has had more than its share of hardship in recent years. They had the Ebola virus outbreak, and that was followed by the devastating mudslides last year. Trocaire boxes remind me of /HQWZKLFKNLFNVRŕľľWKLVZHHN Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time we associate with giving something up, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweets, alcohol, smoking or whatever. Obviously the custom is rooted in religion but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity nonetheless to do something to improve your health and wellbeing. I usually try to give up chocoODWHRUÂż]]\GULQNVEXWWKLV\HDU Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to try and cut down on the amount of time I spend on my mobile phone, which is by far the most addictive thing I possess. Good luck with whatever you plan to give up (or take on) yourself!


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TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS AND FALLS PREVENTION St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish Centre, Greystones, February 27- March 6, 2.45pm, â&#x201A;Ź60

I, TONYA Out on February 16

Are you over 50 and interested in improving your health? Then come and join us for our second series of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention. This course starts on February 27 and provides a series of six classes. We especially focus on gaining greater muscle strength, improved balance,

building energy and gaining relaxation. If you are looking for pain relieve then this Tai Chi course may well be for you. This course integrates mind and body. For more info contact Marilyn Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor on 086 8441359.

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more

COMPETITION of the week INFO EVENING of the week Amorous Common Frogs! ( Pic: Justin Ivory) Love is in the air! With Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day fast approaching, we humans will be getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;all loved upâ&#x20AC;?. But this is also the month for amorous amphibians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in particular the Common Frog. Frogs, being cold-blooded (ectothermic), become inactive and hibernate during winter. During February (sometimes in mild years as early as January), Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) begin to emerge from hibernation to hop, skip and jump their frenzied way towards traditional breeding sites of ponds, pools, ditches etc. The males are usually first to arrive and begin a chorus of low croaking to serenade the females. The males literally grab the females as they arrive at the spawning sites (no time for shrinking violets here!). A male will jump on the females back and wrap its front legs around her body, clinging on with specially adapted â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nuptial padsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on each of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;thumbsâ&#x20AC;?. A female can attract a whole host of suitors who will all try

FIRST CUT! YOUTH FILM April 25-28 www.firstcutfilmfestival.com

HOROSCOPES poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a moustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.

EVENT of the week AGATHA CHRISTIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EVIL UNDER THE SUN Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, February 18, 5pm, â&#x201A;Ź 5

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is back in April, 25-28, to celebrate its 9th year and we are open for submissions! We set out to support young aspiring filmmakers from all over Ireland, provide an opportunity to screen their films and bring them together to connect and learn from each other. We are delighted to announce that in partnership

with Feel Good Lost, submissions are now open for the third edition of the YMVC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Young Music Video Competition! Submissions closes on February 28.

Whilst investigating a case involving a fake diamond for an insurance company, detective Hercule Poirot must travel to a tropical island hotel to seek out Arlena Marshall, for whom the gem was bought. But on his arrival Poirot finds that everyone else there has their

BOOK of the week

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ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

WE DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T KNOW WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BURIED HERE Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, February 22, 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź16/ 14

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life.

Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. An astonishing story of life.

Tina and Bernadette, are digging a hole in the ground. They dig every day, methodically, looking for what has been hidden from them. They are Magdalene Ghosts. They heard about Tuam on the radio. One of them is digging to find her babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bones, the other is digging to expose the

Frog spawn (Pic: Justin Ivory) to jump and cling onto her together, so much so that some females end up drowning from this over-zealous attention. While the male is attached, the female starts to lay her eggs which the male simultaneously fertilises. Each egg is covered by jelly which swells and offers some protection to the developing embryo. All these jelly covered eggs stick together to form the familiar masses of frogspawn. Two to three weeks later the tiny tadpoles will emerge. Get out in the next few weeks and you could be treated to a great spectacle! Just remember not to disturb the frogs and that it is illegal to remove frog spawn without a licence. So what are you waiting for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hop to it!

The Young Offenders follows the coming-of-age adventures of lovable rogues Conor and Jock as they navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school. Alex Murphy and Chris Walley reprise their roles from the smash hit feature film on which the television series is based. Also returning is

own feud with Arlena, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a matter of time before she turns up dead. Based on Agatha Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1941 novel of the same name, Evil Under The Sun.

Hilary Rose who plays Conorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-suffering mother Mairead. PJ Gallagher returns in a new role with familiar characters including Sergeant Healy.

Our Jazz Season 2018 starts with the Carole Nelson Trio as part of their Irish Winter 2018 tour. Long at the creative hub of multi award-winning group Zrazy, Carole has turned her attention to the stripped back form of the jazz trio. Featuring their album One Day in Winter, which was inspired by her being snowbound for ten days during

truth. Should they keep digging? Or is it better to leave the truth under the ground, where it belongs? They risk everything to find out the truth.

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the winter of 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it traces the arc of a winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day between the Barrow and the Blackstairs a journey through a human landscape as much as a physical one. Get ready for a great event.

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VIKINGS IN FOCUS Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, February 23- March 17, www. mermaidartscentre.ie

WINE TASTING La Touche Wines, Greystones Ridge Angling Club, Greystones Harbour Marina, February 22, 7:45- 10pm, â&#x201A;Ź25

Have you ever wondered what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like being on a film set? Take a behind the scenes look at the making of the hugely popular television series Vikings. Vikings is being shot at Ashford Studios in Ashford and at a number of stunning locations throughout County Wicklow such as Luggala

Are you still looking for the best gift for your loved on for Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, then look no further. La Touche in Greystones offers you the perfect evening of wine tasting and great company. Some of the wines are made from 30+ year old vines. And we

Estate in the Wicklow Mountains, Get a rare glimpse into the world of photographers Jonathan Hession and Bernard Walsh,who worked with the Vikings.

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NOTICE GLENDALOUGH VISITOR CENTRE With effect from Saturday 17th February 2018, parking charges will apply at the Glendalough Visitor Centre carpark. This is designed to cover the costs of new security and carpark management measures at the site. Public carparks near Gleandalough will be in operation throughout 2018 at the following locations: OPW Visitor Centre

Wicklow Co. Council Carpark

Glendalough

Upper Lake, Glendalough

1. Pay – Carpark - Saturday/ Sunday & Bank Holidays, (17/02/18-27/05/18 inclusive). 2. Pay – Carpark – Daily (26/03/18 – 6/04/18 inclusive) and for June, July & August. 3. Pay – Carpark - Saturday/ Sunday & Bank Holidays (01/09/18 - 29/10/18 inclusive). 4. The Car park is free on all other days. For further breakdown, see below. Pay carparking at all times.

The charge at Glendalough Visitor Centre carpark will be €4 per day, per car. Charges for Buses will be €25 (€15 for Minibuses with less than 20 seating capacity and Camper Vans).

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