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Ronan: let me create 150 jobs at new hotel By Laura Anderson I WILL create 150 jobs if Wicklow County Council gives me permission to build a new 141-bedroom hotel, Johnny Ronan has claimed. Developer Ronan has sought planning for a 15,000sq metre hotel on the grounds of St. Valery’s House in Enniskerry. The proposed 141-bedroom hotel would be four storeys over a basement, accompanied by 160 car parking spaces. It would also contain a restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms. Speaking to the Wicklow Voice, Ronan said he does not anticipate any objections being logged by Enniskerry residents with regard to the proximity of the building site to St. Valery’s House. He added that the development “has the potential to create VLJQL¿FDQW HPSOR\PHQW DQG HFRQRPLF EHQH¿W LQ WKH ORFDO community” adding that 150 jobs are expected to be created by the proposed project. The target market for the hotel is sports tourism, according to

the developer and some wellknown athletes have expressed their support. Sean Kelly - “one of the greatest cyclists in history” and Philip C a s s a d y, t h e Olympian and twotime Ras winner, have both submitted letters of support for the project to the local authority. The Enniskerry building site is located not far from where Treasury Holdings, Ronan’s former business, developed the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Ronan and his Treasury cofounder Richard Barrett spent ¼PRQEXLOGLQJWKH¿YHVWDU establishment, but in 2013 it was bought out of liquidation by Tetrach Capital. The RitzCarlton was renamed the Powerscourt Hotel. Continued on next page

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Help knockout Grace’s cancer

Christmas Fair THE committee of Hillview Community Centre would like to invite the public to their annual Christmas Fair, Information Day and Visit from Santa which will take place in Hillview Community centre, Ballyguile, Wicklow Town on December 11 from 3.30pm5pm. There will be Christmas stalls, homebaked goods and of course, Santa’s Magical Grotto. Please come and support this great event and stay for a cup of WHDRUFR྾HH

Trevor Knight Band +RQRU +H྾HUQDQ DQG 7UHYRU Knight together with their band present an exciting evening of original music interspersed with songs by writers such as Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. They will be performing at the Hot Spot Music Club on December IURPSP7LFNHWVŸŸ

The Luna Boys

With their unique style of music they like to call ‘boom grass’, it’s no wonder crowds are loving The Luna Boys. They are one of the best live acts around, so do not miss them on December 8.Think Mumford & Sons meets Paul Simon with even more harmonies.

Pete Taylor, pictured above at Bray Boxing Club, is hoping to help Bray woman Grace Vickers knock out cancer By Michelle McGlynn DO you think you have a right-hook that could help to knock out cancer? Well now is your chance to prove it as Pete Taylor, head coach at Bray Boxing Club, invites you to test the power of your punch at his Knock Out Punchathon on December 3 from 11.30am-2.30pm. The Knock Out Punchathon, held at KO Fitfood Co, Albert Walk, is open to anyone who fancies

throwing a punch for a small fee of â‚Ź3 which will be donated to local woman Grace Vicker’s cancer treatment fund. Grace Vickers is a courageous young mother who fought breast cancer in 2014 but two years after she was diagnosed, she found out that VKHZDVVXŕľľHULQJIURPVWDJH breast cancer which has now spread to her liver and bones. “Bray has a great community spirit, so I hope WKDWOLNHZLWKRXUÂżJKWQLJKW where we raised â‚Ź6,700 for

Grace’s treatment, that the people of Bray and beyond will come out to support Grace and help knockout cancer,â€? Pete told the Wicklow Voice. Each participant’s punch will be measured using a specialised boxing instrument. Each winner will receive a free months membership to Pete’s “Taylor Made Boxing Gymâ€? at Bray Harbour and DYRXFKHUIRU.2ÂżWIRRGFRÂśV new ‘making weight’ meal and juice plan.

Let me create 150 new jobs Continued from front page Since then, Ronan has fully repaid his â‚Ź400m personal debts to Nama and has been active on a number of projects. In November 2015, the Wicklow Voice revealed that the Ronan Group Real Estate intended to build a hotel called the Enniskerry Park Hotel on the N11 not far from the Powerscourt Hotel as well as a second scheme, where the developer intends to refurbish Style Bawn House in Delgany and turn it into a boutique hotel. Though St Valery’s House is a protected building that dates EDFNWR5RQDQLVFRQÂżGHQW that it will not be damaged by the development process. “As part of the planning process David Slattery, Conservation Architect, was commissioned to undertake an assessment of the possible impact of the proposed hotel on the Protected Structure,â€? he told the Wicklow Voice. “This report concluded that hotel development will have no impact on the historic fabric of the structure and due to topography and surroundings of the site the current views and vistas from the protected VWUXFWXUH ZLOO EH XQDŕľľHFWHG E\ the development.â€?

Go ahead for â‚Ź200m Vartry reservoir upgrade By Michelle McGlynn WICKLOW County Council have granted planning permission to Irish Water for the â‚Ź200 million upgrade of the 150-yearold water treatment plant at the Vartry reservoir. The plans for the Roundwood Water Treatment Plant have been met with objections from locals who believe that it could pollute the Varty River, harm the wildlife and put Mount Usher Gardens at risk. Following the announcement that Wicklow County Council (WCC) had given the go ahead to Irish Water, Konrad Jay, owner of Mount Usher Gardens told the Wicklow Voice that he was disappointed if not at all surprised by the decision. “This decision displays a stagJHULQJ LQGLŕľľHUHQFH E\ :&& to anyone who cares about the ecologically sustainable future RI WKH 5LYHU 9DUWU\ D Ă€DJUDQW disregard of all European directives on rivers and lakes, and a complete and absolute abdication by WCC of any responsibility for our environment,â€? Mr Jay told the Wicklow Voice. “If this development is allowed to go ahead it is no exaggeration to say that it will bring about the complete destruction

of the river by Irish Water. “Personally, I will do everything in my power to ensure that this development is blocked at every step along the way, and eventually stopped. it is an absolute disgrace.â€? The River Vartry Protection Society are calling on locals to MRLQ WKHP LQ ÂżJKWLQJ WKH GHFLsion and will be holding a meeting on December 9 at Ashford Community Centre at 7.30pm. “In WCC granting permission to Irish Water for the upgrade to the treatment works, they have signed away everyones right to protect the River Vartry,â€? Matthew Weiss, Spokesman River Vartry Protection Society told the Wicklow Voice. “The conditions set on Irish Water are only that they reduce WKHĂ€RZE\IURP0/SHU day currently to 5ML per day once they build. No other conditions, not even what the quality of the 5ML are. “We are taking this careless decision to An Bord PleanĂĄla and are looking for like minded SHRSOH WR ÂżJKW ,ULVK :DWHU RQ this.â€? The group have also set up a Crowd Funding project with &KXŕľľHGRUJZKHUH\RXFDQSXUchase a tshirt for a donation of â‚Ź25.

Cattle farmers hit by TB By Jake Maxwell WICKLOW farmers are beginning to move away from cattle production due to the high prevalence of TB in the area. The claim was made by County Wicklow Irish Farmers’ Association Chairman, Tom Short. Short stated that despite the incidents of the disease falling in East Wicklow recently, it is now becoming a major problem across the county. ³7KH¿JXUHVDUHQRWVXUSULVLQJ there are a lot of farmers in

dire straights. It has been one step forwards and two steps backwards for many farmers,� he said. According to the Wicklow IFA representative, TB costs farmers in the East Wicklow region approximately ₏1.5m per year. One of the reasons provided for the problem is the land usage in the county with only 33% of the land being used for agricultural production, while the remaining 66% is made up of forestry or OPW ground. The high population of deer has also been cited as an issue.

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Delgany Brownies pictured at the launch of National Good Turn Week at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. L-R: Nicole Maxwell (9), Chloe Lewis (9) and Aisling Doorly (10). The girls were attending an exclusive performance of the Gaiety’s Robin Hood pantomime for Irish Girl Guides members

Tadhg McElroy (5) from Bray met Santa Claus at the launch of Radio Snowflake 2016. The station’s charity partnership this year is the Irish Kidney Association. Tadhg underwent a kidney transplant thanks to his living donor mother Clidhna Costello in April 2014.

Pictured at Greystones Christmas Lights in Burnaby Park are Katie O’Neill, Saoirse Briggs, Robyn Phelan who were singing with the Kilcoole NS Choir

Heather and Kevin Whelan at the opening of The Kilkenny Store in Greystones. Pic: Paul Messitt

Fifth class students from all over the county who took part in the Young Whistlers training afternoon at Bray Emmets with referee David Gough.

The JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship ceremony took place at the University of Limerick. Pictured is East Glendalough School student Catherine Power with sponsor JP McManus and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan.

Kate Finn, Harry Finn, Sinead Ivers, Grace Ivers, Liam Ivers, Liam Finn ,Sophia Finn, Angela Evans, Erelyn O Harahan at the turning on of the Christmas lights in Wicklow Town. Pic: Ceaneacht O Hoctun

06| NEWS news in brief Woodland walk WOULD you like to get some fresh air, get your hands dirty and help plant some trees? If so, then come along to the Native Woodland Trust volunteer day on December 10 at the NWT Laragh Woodland. The meeting point for this event will be at 11am at Trooperstown Forest car park. Don’t forget to bring along a snack and a drink.

Collectors Fair The Bray Train and Model Collector’s Fair will take place at Bray Wheelers Clubhouse on December 11 from 10am-2pm. Entry is just ₏1 and open to all. There will be a huge selection of trains to buy, sell, swap and restore.

Christmas 1941 James Scannell will present his talk, Christmas 1941 in Bray at 11.30 am in Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road on December 8. Then he will present his talk, Christmas 1915 in Bray, in Bray Library, Eglinton on December 9 at 11.30am. Admission free and all are welcome. Both these talks will look at events in Bray and surrounding districts during both these Christmasses. December 2 2016

Matrix star to make Famine film here

Ardmore Studios staff protest as Ashford celebrates By Jake Maxwell



WHILE VWD྾ IURP $UGPRUH Studios were protesting outside of the Dail this week over its proposed sale, there was positive news for Ashford Studios as they recorded over KDOI D PLOOLRQ HXUR SUR¿W LQ 2015. $FFRUGLQJ WR DFFRXQWV ¿OHG by Joe and Shelley O’Connell’s $VKIRUG 6WXGLRV /WG SUR¿WV recorded between December 4, 2014 and December 31, 2015 totaled ₏507,503. The studio’s end of year cash total hit ₏1.5m. 7KHVWXGLRLVFXUUHQWO\¿OOHGWR capacity by the hugely popular series, Vikings, which is now ¿OPLQJLWV¿IWKVHULHV Ashford Studios has been looking to expand their premises to cater for the huge demand and there is a planning application with Wicklow County Council that - if successful - would see the production capacity increase by three or four in number. The proposed ₏90m expansion LQFOXGHV IRXU QHZ ¿OP VWXGLRV of 40,000 sq ft each, a TV VWXGLR RྜFHV VXSSRUW VSDFH

and visitor centre. The application has been put on hold by the Council following objections by two local residents, Emily Hill and Sharon Hughes. The Council has requested more information before the application can proceed. Meanwhile, things in nearby Ardmore Studios in Bray continue to remain uncertain following the announcement that the studios are to be sold as an ongoing concern. Workers from Ardmore Studios held a protest outside the Dåil on November 30 to highlight their concerns over the future of the studios. As part of the protest, a petition with 2,500 signatures was handed over. Concerns were heightened this week after Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced her decision to sell the state’s 32% interest in Ardmore Studios. Sinn FÊin TD for Wicklow/ East Carlow John Brady joined the protesters and has called on WKH0LQLVWHUWRFRQ¿UPWKDWWKH State’s shares will be protected.

Storm erodes coast up to the edge of tracks By Jake Maxwell WINTER has only begun to set in but storms are already causing problems to railway lines in the county. Storm Angus, which hit the area on November 21, was the ÂżUVW PDMRU VWRUP RI WKH VHDVRQ and has caused damage to coastal defences between Greystones and Wicklow Town. Railway protection works were already underway when the storm arrived on our shores DQGKDVKLQGHUHGHŕľľRUWVWRUHLQforce coastal defences. Storm Angus brought storm force 10 northeasterly winds and caused further damage to railways lines and internationally recognised wetland, the Murrough. The high winds and high tides pushed waves on to the railway

track south of Newcastle, Co Wicklow. When the storm receded the coast was eroded to within 2½m of the railway line, in parts. According to IarnrĂłd Éireann, the damage was most severe close to Wicklow Town. A nearby site has already seen extensive repairs carried out. Last year, IarnrĂłd Éireann said it was apparent that “emergency intervention was required immediately to retain what was left of the land between the sea and the railwayâ€?. In January, 2,500 tonnes of rocks on the beach in an emergency bid to protect the railway line, adding 185m of rock armour to earlier coastal defences put in place in 2009, after clay FOLŕľľVFROODSVHG During Storm Angus, there was extensive movement of

sand from Greystones along the coast to Wicklow Town leaving many areas of rock exposed. Cllr Derek Mitchell has expressed concern about the erosion and welcomed the intervention of the railway operator. “IarnrĂłd Éireann is protecting the rail line along Greystones’ south beach for about 300m with steel piling and rock armour,â€? said Cllr Mitchell. “This work will take until Christmas together with more protection further south towards Kilcoole.â€? IarnrĂłd Éireann said it had been protecting the railway line on an emergency basis over the years, largely with special funding from government. But a spokesman said ongoing protection for the railway line would have to form part of QDWLRQDODQWLĂ€RRGLQJPHDVXUHV


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FILM of the week


LIFE, ANIMATED Out December 9

Elave skincare is all about creating safe products that work for sensitive skin. They promise ‘Absolute Purity’: all formulations are free from sulfates, MI, parabens, perfume, colours, soaps and other harsh chemicals. Its Sensitive Baby Bath recently was awarded ECOCERT natural and organic certification. Elave is produced by Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, the first

From director Roger Ross Williams, the award-winning documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a young autistic man who was unable to speak as a child until he discovered a unique way of communicating with his family: through Disney animated films. Based on the bestselling memoir by Owen’s father, the touching film follows

manufacturing chemist in Ireland to prepare traditional apothecary for sensitive skin conditions. Elave products can be purchased online or at your local pharmacy.

MARKET of the week Otters on the Dodder River. Pic: Justin Ivory WHAT is my favourite animal? Well if you pushed me to really just pick one, then I guess it would have to be the Madra Uisce, the Water Dog. The what? Ok, the Otter to you and I or Lutra lutra to those of a scientific background. My love affair and fascination with this most beguiling and charming of creatures really began in earnest when as a child I had the good fortune to read Henry Williamson’s iconic and evocative novel ‘Tarka the Otter’. This classic novel tells the life and death story of an otter called Tarka (which apparently means ‘water wanderer’), played out in the countryside of the two rivers in Devonshire. It would be many years later, in my mid-twenties, before I would get my first decent, memorable sighting of a wild otter and since then I have been blessed to have seen otters on so many occasions that I have lost count. My latest encounter, and one of the most magical, took place while on my lunchtime walk away from the office, along the Dodder between Clonskeagh and Milltown. As I walked I heard high pitched calls coming from the river and immediately thought ‘Hello, that’s no bird’. A few paces further on and there below me on the river were a female otter with two cubs, working their way downstream, sometimes up on the bank sometimes in the water. The interaction between mum and cubs was wonderful to see. She had her work cut out to keep them from wandering off in the wrong direction! Magical. The wetland complexes from Kilcoole to Broadlough on the Wicklow coastline are also prime otter territory and daytime sightings in winter are commonplace. Last Sunday I was privy to prolonged views of an Otter feeding along this stretch. To see some short videos of both of these sightings please check out the Wild Wicklow Facebook page.

PET-BLISS CHRISTMAS MARKET Newtown Business Park, December 10 and 11, 12pm-4pm


Owen as he takes his first steps toward being independent. Owen’s story is a moving testament to the ways in which stories can serve as a means of overcoming great challenges.

ALBUM of the week WHEN I GET HOME Buckshot Amber

Pet-Bliss are holding Wicklow’s first ever Christmas market exclusively for pets. Running over two days, the market will be a haven for pets and pet lovers alike. Admission is free of charge and there will be great savings on all pet products and gifts throughout the market. There will be a huge variety of stalls

and entertainment throughout the day. Stalls include PetBliss, Wicklow Animal Welfare, Pawtraits, Noah’s Ark, Facepaint by Liz and many, many more.

Hailing from Bray, Buckshot Amber have launched their hotly anticipated debut album, When I Get Home. The album marks the culmination of a six-month long creative journey which began on the shores of Wicklow’s breathtaking Lough Dan. The band wrote and recorded the albums’ nine songs in a cabin set amongst the backdrop of the

Wicklow Mountains. The album is available online and across record shops in Dublin and Wicklow including Bray’s Everest Music. Pic: Steven Beatsmith.

SINGLE of the week

THE GIRL AND THE CLOUD Illustrated by Mark Wickham


Available in Eason stores nationwide, this new addition to Three Ireland’s ‘The Perfect Surprise’ series tells the uplifting tale of Anna and her little snow cloud. With summer approaching, the cloud starts to act strangely - but Anna will do whatever it takes to make her friend happy again. All proceeds from the children’s book will go to Three’s

Aoife Parle has launched a charity single entitled Silver Lining in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The single will be available to buy in all 148 Tesco stores across Ireland for €2, from Monday, November 28. Silver Lining is also now available for 99c to download via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. All proceeds from this single will

TV SHOW of the week GREYSTONES ORCHESTRA St Fergal’s Church, Killarney Road, Bray, December 10, 3pm

NBC’s hit drama series will premiere on Channel 4 on Tuesday December 6th. This Is Us has been described as a refreshingly honest and provocative series. It follows a unique ensemble as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find that several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect.The drama series,

You don’t have to travel far this December to hear your local orchestras perform for you. Greystones Orchestra, celebrating 26 years of music-making, will give another family-friendly concert in the local community. The concert promises to be a fun, festive afternoon suitable for all the family. The second half will feature a host of festive tunes featuring Michael Bublé-

which hails from Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors, Galavant), is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown.

go directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. After winning Tesco’s Got Talent, in 2015 Aoife used her recording studio prize to create this Christmas single.

GIG of the week

THIS IS US Channel 4, Tuesdays, 9pm

CANCER- This week is a 9 1HZSRVVLELOLWLHVDUH opening up with work and health. Practice basic techniques for a strong foundation. Review plans. LEO- This week is an 8 Someone wants to play a fun new game with you. Mental and physical discipline is required. Follow the rules precisely. You’re gaining well-earned status. VIRGO- This week is a 7 A new family phase dawns. Coordinate your strategies, and follow the plan closely. Experience is the best teacher. LIBRA- This week is an 8 Share your story to inspire and motivate action. Play by the rules. Keep your word, and things work. Craft a persuasive message. SCORPIO- This week is a 9 Keep doing whatever is working. Don’t throw away something you’ll want later. Someone is impressed. 3UR¿WDEOHRSSRUWXQLWLHVDULVH SAGITTARIUS- This week is a 6

esque crooner Ryan Meaney. and special guests Major Minors Junior Orchestra. And with 10% of ticket and Christmas Raffle sales going to Temple Street Children’s Hospital you’ll feel good all round.

CHRISTMAS FUN of the week

FUNDRAISER of the week

SUPPER WITH SANTA Wicklow Gaol, Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Saturdays and Sundays until December 23, €10

REINDEER FOOD FUNDRAISER Tesco Arklow, Wicklow, Greystones, Bray and Bray Express; December 2-4

Santa, Rudolf and the reindeer fleet have left the North Pole and have taken up residence at the Jailer’s Rest Café. The beloved man in red will welcome children every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas week and also December 23. All children are invited to post their Santa Letters

Employees in Tesco’s Wicklow stores will be bringing a little magic to their customers this December by hosting a Reindeer Food Fundraiser in aid of their Charity partner, Temple Street. Reindeer food is a magical mixture of oats and glitter that can be spread on the lawn to help

at the special The North Pole post box to be in with a chance of winning a magical Supper with Santa before Christmas.

TAURUS- This week is a 9 Follow the rules carefully, WRSUR¿W1HZRSSRUWXQLWLHV EHQH¿WVKDUHG¿QDQFHV Reinforce support structures. GEMINI- This week is an 8 A gracious person thinks you’re fascinating. Your SDUWQHUVKLSÀRZHUVQHZO\ Responsibilities fall into place. Get reinforcement.

BOOK of the week

charity partner Barnardos to support the life changing services they provide for thousands of children and families in Ireland.

ARIES- This week is a 9 Stick to basics while expanding your territory. Keep doing what’s working. Discover unexpected delights.

Step into new leadership to realise a personal dream. Realisation is not only possible, it’s fun. Selfcontrol is required. CAPRICORN- This week is a 6 Find spiritual insight and comfort with ritual and tradition. This period wraps seeds of wisdom and compassion in fertile darkness. AQUARIUS-This week is a 5 Reach a new social phase. Work with your team. Share your services for a larger cause. Together, you can accomplish amazing results.

guide reindeers to your home on Christmas Eve. All money raised will pay for the replacement of an Echo Machine for the Cardiology Department at Temple Street.

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08| news in brief Submissions STEPHEN Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow has called on businesses in Wicklow and East Carlow to help cut unnecessary red tape. Donnelly, who meets with Wicklow business groups regularly, has voiced their concerns over cumbersome regulation and compliance. Get in touch on Stephen.

Lunch and Fashion Sugarloaf Lions Club Ladies Annual Christmas Lunch and Fashion Show will take place on December 7 in Glen of the Downs Golf Club at 12.30pm. The fashion show will be provided by Fashions by Fishers in Newtownkennedy. Please help them to raise money and enjoy a fun afternoon. Tickets €25.

Partywear event

Designer brands like Vera Wang, Miu Miu, Ted Baker and Michael Kors will be on sale at bargain prices at a special event at Oxfam Bray on Quinsboro Road. Taking place on December 7 from 4pm-7pm, shoppers will also be able to browse through brand new good quality high street brands. December 2 2016

Josh van der Flying high Wicklow star tipped for Lions squad following Autumn exploits massive games to go this year in the pro12 and in Europe.” 7DNLQJ WR 6ROGLHU )LHOG LQ ,UHODQG¶V ¿UVW YLFWRU\ over the Kiwis in 111 years taking over for the injured Jordi Murphy, van der Flier took the daunting task in his stride. Thirteen completed tackles bolstered the Irish defence and helped to secure the elusive victory in Chicago. It is no wonder that he is being tipped for next year’s British and Irish Lions team to tour New Zealand. “I haven’t thought that far ahead. “I’m just trying to get on the Leinster team now and take each game as they come,” the former Wicklow Rugby player said. “Obviously the Lions would be a dream come true and something every player strives towards but I don’t think there is any point in thinking about that with some big Leinster games ahead.” 7HDPPDWHV DQG FRDFKLQJ VWD൵ DOLNH KDYH nothing but praise for van der Flier with Simon Easterby, Ireland’s forwards coach, saying that he is a hard worker, a team player and someone with a bright future ahead of him. Despite his meteoric rise, the reality has yet to sink in for the humble player. “It’s still weird coming in each morning and saying hello to people you grew up watching, like Jamie Heaslip. Sometimes I have to pinch myself a bit,” he said earlier this year. It may all still feel like a dream to the Wicklow native but it is just the beginning.

By Michelle McGlynn AT the end of an epic and historic Autumn Series, Wicklow’s Josh van der Flier has emerged as one to watch in Irish rugby. 7KH /HLQVWHU ÀDQNHU ZDV DZDUGHG 0DQ RI WKH Match following his impressive display against Australia last weekend and has garnered lots of praise throughout the series and has been tipped as a British and Irsh Lion for next year’s tour of New Zealand. The 23-year-old is careful to remain focused and keep his feet on the ground despite his UDSLGO\JURZLQJSUR¿OH “I feel so fortunate to have been a part of a historic series, it’s still pretty surreal but an incredible experience and something I will learn a huge amount from,” van der Flier told the Wicklow Voice. It was a short nine months ago that van der )OLHU HDUQHG KLV ¿UVW FDS IRU ,UHODQG LQ WKLV year’s Six Nations clash against England in Twickenham. Few people - including himself - could have guessed that he would go on to play such an important role in this series which included two trojan performances against world champions the All Blacks. “Obviously you set goals as high as you can but I never really imagined it would go like this,” the ambitious Wicklow man admitted to the Wicklow Voice. “I am very humbled by it all and still a few

Choir to feature on RTE CD By Jake Maxwell ONE of Wicklow’s top choirs is set to feature on a brand new RTÉ CD release, “One Hundred Years a Nation. Blessington No. 1 School Choir from Music Generation Wicklow will appear on the major piece of choral music specially commissioned by RTÉ from composer Shaun Davey and recorded with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Brophy. It will stand as a legacy recording capturing the full force of the memorable openair, world premiere performance that featured 31 choirs from 19 GL൵HUHQWFRXQWLHV The Blessington No. 1 School Choir rehearsed under the direction of their choral leader Victoria Massey who also worked with the young singers in preparation for the Easter Sunday concert performance. One Hundred Years a Nation will be broadcast on RTÉ One on December 21 at 11.20pm. Meanwhile, the live CD will be available free of charge with your purchase of the RTÉ Guide on November 28. Congratulations to all involved.

Residents records radon gas level 80 times above level By Michelle McGlynn WICKLOW residents are being urged to be vigilant after reports revealed that one home was found to have more than 80 times the national acceptable level of radon. Residents in the Garden County house were exposed to a radiation dose which was equivalent to 56 chest X-rays a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The home with the highest levels of radon to date in Wicklow was measured in a holiday home near Aughrim at 16,438 Bq/m3 – over 80 times the Reference Level of 200 Bq/ m3. The radon concentrations in this house were subsequently reduced to well below the Reference Level. Over 2,300 homes in County Wicklow have been tested for Radon, 16% were found to be have high radon levels. This has led to Wicklow being highlighted by the EPA

as a ‘priority area’. Areas in particular where homes with high levels of radon have been found include Blessington, Aughrim, Avoca, Kiltegan, Manor Kilbride and Rathdrum. “Wicklow is a high risk county and we have found high levels in many homes,” David Fenton, Senior Scientist with the EPA, told the Wicklow Voice. “Many more families are unknowingly living with high radon levels. I would urge you to protect your family’s health and measure your home for radon.” Anyone who is concerned about potential radon exposure in their homes can order a radon testing kit from the EPA. “Radon is only a problem if it is ignored” Mr Fenton explained “It is the second most important cause of lung cancer in Ireland after smoking. Reducing your radon concentration will immediately reduce your risk from lung cancer.” Radon has no smell, colour or taste and can only be detected using radon detectors.

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opinion&comment tech Natural talk Health Jonathan Donnelly, Managing Director AlphaCC The IT Group

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Football abuse could be ‘as big as Saville’


know we’ve come a long way / We’re changing day to day / But tell me, where do the children play?â€?. It’s a Cat Stevens lyric. The song is ‘Where Do the Children Play’ and it’s the opening track on his 1970 album ‘Tea For the Tillerman’. The song isn’t about child abuse, far from it. It’s about war, poverty, environmental concerns and fears for the future for humanity. But it came to mind last week when I read Andy Woodward’s interview in The Guardian, and other related stories about historical abuse at football club Crewe Alexandra. The song came to mind be- Pictured at the officially opening of the new Kilkenny store in Greystones are Emma Cahill Kilkenny cause the lyrics, for me, for Store Manager Greystones, Rebecca Cahill, Grace Clarges and Bernie O’Shaughnessy. Pic: Paul Messitt whatever reason, crystallised my sadness and disgust that not needs to be tempered with a happened to him, live with Woodward has also said that the all children are safe and looked realisation that what happened the nightmare. English foot- situation could ultimately prove ball isn’t the kind of place that to be worse than the Jimmy after when we have assumed makes it easy to come out with Saville abuse scandal. they are, be it at a football club, a story like Andy’s. It lifts the or doing another sport, attendIn Ireland, where we’ve had ing a school or other social OLGRŕľľDGDUNDQGGLUW\ER[WKDW a long history of child abuse in event or in the care of anyone some people would rather keep GLŕľľHUHQW RUJDQLVDWLRQV 5RGG\ or any institution with a duty to closed. Bad for the brand. Collins claims he came across a protect. Andy Woodward is relevant to Bohemians FC volunteer, who I’m disappointed in Crewe Alus all. was subsequently convicted of exandra football club. They’ve He is all our children that we sexually assaulting two boys, been a club I’ve had an interest send to do sport or any activ- massaging a young boy at the ity outside the home in order club in the 1990s. in for many years. to help them develop, explore As a football fan with a hatred Brian Quigley What can we do? When stotheir talents and interests. We ries like this come out we need of the big money that has ruined the professional game, drowned there has happened elsewhere, assume they will be safe. We as- to be brave enough to lift the lid ULJKWRŕľľWKHER[ it in greed, Crewe stood out as and can happen anywhere. sume there are checks in place. We assume we will spot if To investigate fully. Hunt a club who survived by pro- Abusing a child is as cruel as ducing homegrown talent, nur- it gets. Robbing a child of her something is wrong with our down all the guilty parties and turing and developing players or his innocence and enjoyment child. But it isn’t always as sim- put them beyond the reach of UDWKHU WKDQ EX\LQJ WKH ÂżQLVKHG of their formative years is in- ple as that. Abusers are skilled children going forward. human. There is no excuse or at intimidation, manipulation, article in from abroad. We need to learn lessons, put Unfortunately we now know DSRORJ\WKDWFDQEHRŕľľHUHGQRU at threats. improved systems in place that that their famed academy has LVWKHUHDQ\ÂżWWLQJSXQLVKPHQW Of course, Crewe are not help prevent these kind of hor$QG\ :RRGZDUG VXŕľľHUHG alone - and nor is Woodward, rors happening again. DVDVLGHHŕľľHFWSURGXFHGPDQ\ Easier said than done, but it casualties, aside from the boys abuse. Not just as a young boy as other footballers, including who didn’t make the grade at at Crewe but for the subsequent former England and Liverpool has to be our mission, our top years of his life, where he has star Paul Stewart, have since priority. All children deserve to football. Disappointment at Crewe had to carry the horror of what FRPH RXW WR VD\ WKH\ VXŕľľHUHG be safe wherever they play.

Future of Wicklow Way in doubt By Michelle McGlynn

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THE future of the Wicklow Way is in jeopardy should the +LJK&RXUWXSKROGDÂżQGLQJ against the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) had been found guilty of negligence by the Circuit Court and were ordered to

pay â‚Ź40,000 in damages to a KLOOZDONHUZKRVXŕľľHUHGDIDOO An appeal against the April ruling is ongoing in the High Court. Following the decision by the Circuit Court, other landowners in the area considered withdrawing permission allowing hillwalkers on their lands. The Wicklow Way goes

through lands owned by the NWPS and Collite, plus some 38 private landowners, and should the landowners withdraw permission then the popular hillwalking route could be closed. Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow Stephen Donnelly has expressed concern about the possibility that routes similar to the Wicklow Way could

be forced to close. “As a legislator, I have no comment to make on the case before the Courts, as that is a matter entirely for the Courts to deal with,� Donnelly told the Wicklow Voice. “However, regardless of the outcome, it seems clear that both the legislation and the funding for such walkways needs to be reviewed urgently.�

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Under Bray’s bright lights

ErĂ­n McAllister, her dad Daniel McAllister and Kaden Young help Santa switch on the Christmas Lights at Bray Civic Plaza, while Jonathan, Samantha and Michael Maughan meet Santa Claus:


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O Tracey c/o Bray Lakers, P Kinsella c/o BWSC. The next lotto draw is on December 4 for a jackpot of ₏11,900. Bray Wanderers FC are please to announce the launch of our 2017 season tickets alongside the launch of our Rocky J’s Young Gulls club. Having ended the 2016 season ZLWKDPDJQL¿FHQWUXQRIIRUP Harry Kenny is building a squad for 2017 that we hope to see challenging for major honours. Join Harry and the team on

our 2017 journey with a Bray Wanderers FC season ticket. Season tickets can be purchased from the Carlisle Grounds. Season tickets are valid for admission to Bray Wanderers FC home pre-season friendlies. Season tickets are not valid for admission to cup competition ¿[WXUHV Season tickets for the 2017 season are priced at: Adults ₏200, Concessions ₏120, Children U12 ₏50. Our 2017 children’s season

ticket also includes membership of Rocky J’s Young Gulls Club and a home or away jersey. Rocky J will be running lots of activities of our young supporters over the 2017 season, ranging from Easter Egg hunts to Summer camps for all of our young supporters.

Cumann na mBunscol A fantastic afternoon was spent at Bray Emmets clubhouse on November 24 where a group of 5th class boys and girls from all corners of the county were coached in the art of refereeing by highly esteemed referee David Gough. The pupils were given an insight into the etiquette attached to being a referee, to the simple rules of Gaelic football, to the hand signals required and to keeping a record of scores, etc. Each prospective player was then presented with a referee’s top, whistle, notebook and FHUWL¿FDWH These Young Whistlers will go on to referee within their schools DQGDWGL྾HUHQW$OOLDQ]&XPDQQ na mBunscol competitions in the coming year. $OOLDQ]&XPDQQQDP%XQVFRO Chill Mhantåin are extremely JUDWHIXO WR $OOLDQ] &XPDQQ na mBunscol Laighean who funded the activity. Thanks to Emmet BhrÊ for hosting the event and to Liam McGraynor for providing the refreshments and preparing the room on the day. We appreciate the parents and teachers who travelled and gave of their time after school. Finally tremendous credit must go to the pupils themselves for their excellent participation, attention and manners. A full list of names follows: Katie Ní Chuinn Scoil Chualann, BrÊ Jamie O Cuinn, Scoil Chualann, BrÊ Gregory Healy St Cronan’s, BrÊ Ciaran Kelly, St Cronan’s,BrÊ Grace Drumgoole Kilcoole Seamus Darcy Kilcoole

Patrick Shaw St Joseph’s, Templerainey Hannah Salley St Joseph’s, Templerainey Eadaoin NĂ­ ChathĂĄin Gaelscoil Chill MhantĂĄin Leo O Riada, Gaelscoil Chill MhantĂĄin Tia McLoughlin, Newtown Martin Kelly, Newtown Cian Deering, Scoil NioclĂĄs Naofa, Dunlavin Chloe Fadan, Scoil NioclĂĄs Naofa, Dunlavin Eabha Ni Bhriain Gaelscoil UĂ­ ChĂŠadaigh,BrĂŠ Mikey O MeallĂĄin Gaelscoil Ui ChĂŠadaigh Donnacha O Riordan, St Kevin’s, Greystones James O Dowd , St Kevin’s,Greystones Indoor Hurling and Camogie continues through the weeks of November 28 and December 5. Your school will have been contacted regarding which day you will be attending but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Garrett Doyle on 083 4357460. National Awards Information Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture – Schools &DWHJRU\  VW 3UL]H Âź QG3UL]HÂźUG3UL]HÂź Schools are asked to show their work in promoting Gaelic Games and Culture. This can target a single area or a number of areas – including football, hurling, camogie, handball, rounders, Respect Initiative, Go Games, Table 4XL]]HV &OXE 6FKRRO /LQNV Coaching Initiatives. 7KH ÂżUVW SODFH VFKRRO LQ Category 6 and 7 will be presented with awards in Croke Park April 2016. Schools that promote Gaelic games in their schools are asked to submit entries to this section. Your work should show how you promote and participate in Gaelic games in your school. The work can be presented through articles /photographs and children’s work. Each school that submits a project to this Category ZLOO UHFHLYH D &HUWLÂżFDWH RI participation. There are two Categories as follows: Category 6- School

of the Year which is open to schools with a roll of 150 pupils or less. Category 7 - School of the Year which is open to schools with 151 or more pupils. Category 6 and 7 - First Placed Schools will be invited to Croke Park for a day where their award will be presented, go on a Stadium and Museum Tour for 30 pupils per school, receive â‚Ź500 to each school towards bus transport, includes Lunch for 30 SXSLOVDQGWKUHHVWDŕľľ Closing date for all entries is January 11, 2017. Please post entries to your Provincial Delegate - Leinster: Jim Fennelly Churchhill NS, &XŕľľHV*UDQJH.LONHQQ\

Shankill GAA The results of last weeks Lotto draw which is sponsored by Slimming World Shankill. Numbers drawn were 4, 8, 11 and 21 the jackpot was not won. Lucky dip winners were Barry Hall, Caitlyn McGurk and Eileen Kennedy. Next week’s jackpot is a whopping ₏1,100 and the draw is on Thursday in Brady’s where tickets are also available. The Juvenile Academy sponsored by O’ Donnell’s Pharmacy on Saturday at 10am is the last session as we take a Christmas break. We will be back on January 14, 2017. However there is a strong rumour going around the village that the Great Man himself could appear at the academy. Thank you to Bray Emmets IRU KRVWLQJ ¿YH 6KDQNLOO WHDPV last Saturday morning for a EOLW] The club stall at the Christmas in the Village fair was a great success many thanks to all who stopped by to say hello. Our under 14 boys and men’s adult football teams are looking for extra players for next season. Under 14 players contact Gabriel 085 7254897 and adults Kevin 086 8449902. For more information on the club contact secretary. or call 086 4010438.


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with Brian Quigley

Katie comes back with a bang LAST weekend was a special one for sport. You live for days like these as a sport fan. Ireland beat Australia at the Aviva Stadium in rugby, and WKHQ .DWLH7D\ORU ZRQ KHU ¿UVW professional boxing bout. A day to remember. A day to inspire and raise the spirits. Having beaten New Zealand last month, Ireland followed up with another world-class display. They have now beaten all three Southern Hemisphere rugby giants in one calendar \HDU WKH ¿UVW 1RUWKHUQ Hemisphere rugby nation to achieve this in decades. We have the Six Nations to look forward to. We are building towards the next World Cup. Joe Schmidt is doing a great job. All is good. We could get used to this. Beating the best in the world. It’s certainly something Katie Taylor knows about. She’s been the best in the world for more than a decade, but after her disappointment in Rio she GHFLGHG WR JR LQ D GL྾HUHQW

Pictured at Wembley following Katie’s win were her family (L-R) mum Bridget, Peter, Sarah and Lee

direction and turn professional. That journey started at the Wembley SSE Arena on Saturday and who knows where it will take Katie, and us as supporters. Katie was up against Karina Kopinska of Poland and was the favourite before the bout.

Katie took nothing for granted. She was the favourite for Rio but that didn’t work out. She showed Kopinska the respect she deserved, a veteran of 24 previous professional bouts. In the end Katie won easily. She’d prepared correctly, fought well and moves on to the next

challenge. Some critics suggested that Katie should have turned professional in 2012 after her London win, and that turning professional now at the age of 30 is too late for her. I don’t agree. I admire Katie for the way she stuck with the amateur code for

four more years, defending her titles. A true champion doesn’t move on when they possess all the accolades. You stay until VRPHRQH WDNHV WKHP R྾ \RX earns them the hard way. Katie did that, handing on the mantle in the amateur code to a younger generation of boxers who grew

up with her as their hero. Katie could have made a lot of money between 2012 and 2016 LI VKHœG WDNHQ XS R྾HUV WR WXUQ professional. It says a lot about Katie that she stayed amatuer. For her sport is not about money above all else. It’s about making the most of your talent, training hard, staying true to yourself and doing the best in competitions. Katie will now bring this ethos to the professional game, where it will stand her in good stead. Professional boxing will be YHU\ GL྾HUHQW WR ZKDW .DWLH is used to. You have more control over who and when \RX ¿JKW EXW WKH VWDNHV DUH higher. Fight night becomes more of an occasion. Look at the Conor McGregor nights, or those involving Bernard Dunne, Barry McGuigan and others over the years. These big occasions are what await Katie. They will be thrilling and exciting. We will get to share them. Bring them on!

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