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War on dog dirt ‘Evil’ owners face fines as locals urged to report neighbours DOG owners who do not pick up after their pets have been branded ‘evil’ after a new scheme was launched to clamp down on fouling. And Wicklow County Council is expected to step up its surveillance and prosecution of dog owners who allow their animals to defecate in public places without cleaning it up. Just this week, a dog owner was due in court on Thursday PRUQLQJ ZKLOH D VHSDUDWH ÂżQH was issued on Tuesday. The council-backed Anti-Dog Fouling Awareness Campaign is calling on all dog owners in Bray to be a good “pet ambassadorâ€?, with similar schemes expected in Greystones, Wicklow Town and Arklow. Other schemes, such as Kilcoole’s Campaign Against Dog Poo, are already underway but these are run by volunteers. Both adults and children are in danger of contracting toxocariasis which is an illness that can cause blindness, and in extreme cases death. It is spread by the larvae of the dog roundworm in faeces. Children are more prone to

contracting the disease as they are more likely to come into contact with dog faeces. “The people who allow their dogs to do this are evil in my opinion,â€? a local mother, who GLG QRW ZLVK WR EH LGHQWLÂżHG told the Wicklow Voice. “I live in an estate and some of our neighbours just allow their dogs to crap everywhere, putting children’s health at risk. “They let them out or bring them for a walk at night so no-one will see. The children are unable to play football on the green because of the amount of poo - it’s disgraceful. I plan to report my neighbours who do not clean up and I urge others to do the same.â€? Under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, which can be enforced by gardai, LW LV DQ RŕľľHQFH WR DOORZ D dog to foul a public place. Wicklow County Council operates a lo-call Litterline on 1890 54 88 37. Continued on page 9

Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District Stephen Matthews launching the new Bag that Poo initiative at one of their new posters on the Vevay Road Âť Lots more pictures inside

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Wellness workshop A WELLNESS Workshop, sponsored by Suicide or Survive, will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, Church Road RQ )HEUXDU\  IURP DP 4.30pm. :RUNVKRS FDQ EH RI EHQHÂżW to anyone who is interested in looking after their mental health. It will be facilitated by those with lived-life experience and those working in mental health area. Details and booking from 01 

GROW group GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Monday at 10am in Arus Lorcain Parish Centre, Castle Park, Arklow. GROW also meets every Tuesday at 11am in the Parish Centre, “Queen of Peaceâ€? Church, Putland Road, Bray. If you are lonely, isolated RU VXŕľľHULQJ IURP VWUHVV ZK\ not come learn a practical psychology of mental health. GROW is a mutual help, mutual support group for personal growth and change, WKDW PHHWV ZHHNO\ XVLQJ D  step programme of recovery. &RQWDFW ,]DEHOD    $UNORZ  RU /HR   (Bray).

Pictured at the launch of St Patrick’s Lip Sync Battle at the Harbour Bar are Jenny Denver, Eilis Plunkett, Serena Kilkenny and Emma Whelan By Michelle McGlynn MOVE over Jimmy Fallon, the Lip Sync Battle is coming to Wicklow. St Patrick’s Loreto primary school, Bray recently launched their upcoming fundraising event - a Lip Sync Battle. On March 4, 32 contestants will take to the stage at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney to battle it out for the title of Lip Sync champion. Among the contestants are

St Patrick’s principal Brian O’Doherty, 13 teachers and some local business owners. At a packed launch night at the Harbour Bar, the contestants revealed who they would perform as with acts including BeyoncÊ, ABBA, Blondie and Frozen. Mr O’Doherty will transform into Bruno Mars for the night. What song and who they will be battling against will remain secret until the night. The winner will be chosen by the audience votes and

the votes of the three judges - Fianna Fail councillor -HQQLIHU&XŕľľH-DPLH4XLQH\ of EcoWarmer Homes and tenor Ross Scanlon. “The support from the WHDFKHUVWKHVWDŕľľSDUHQWV and the local businesses who have donated prizes for WKHPDVVLYHUDྡHKDVEHHQ incredible,â€? the Lip Sync Team told the Wicklow Voice. There are just 80 tickets left, so if you want to join in the fun contact Niamh Grist 087 6874277 before they’re all gone. Tickets â‚Ź25.

‘Vegward’ sell 100,000 cook books By Michelle McGlynn THE Happy Pear twins are celHEUDWLQJ DIWHU WKHLU ÂżUVW FRRNbook sold over 100,000 copies. Twins Stephen and David Flynn, who have been dubbed ‘Vegward’ after brothers Jedward, released The Happy 3HDU FRRNERRN LQ  DQG LW has since generated a turnover RIDURXQGÂźP Last year, the Greystones duo followed up the bestseller with a second book, The World of the Happy Pear. It was named Cookbook of the Year at the Irish Book Awards last November. “Our lovely little yellow book has far exceeded our expectations and helped us to share our dream of making it easier for people to be healthier and happier,â€? said David. “We’re amazed by the messages and letters we receive from people, telling us about its positive impact on them and their families.â€? The twins are already working on their third book which is scheduled for release in spring  7KH +DSS\ 3HDU DUH VHW to open two new Dublin outlets this year.

Rents rise at highest rate in 15 years to hit â‚Ź1,140 By Michelle McGlynn THE outlook for renters in County Wicklow continues to worsen as rents are increasing at the fastest rate in 15 years. Once again, Wicklow rents are the highest in the country outside of the capital with an average of â‚Ź1,140. This is slightly above the average rent nationwide which is â‚Ź1,111. According to the data from WKH ÂżQDO WKUHH PRQWKV RI  this is a 13.5% increase yearon-year which is on par with QDWLRQDOÂżJXUHV Average rental prices for a 1-bed apartment in Wicklow are â‚Ź830 per month while on the opposite end of the scale a ÂżYHEHGKRXVHKDYHDQDYHUDJH monthly rent of over â‚Ź1,400. Renters are forking over almost double the average monthly rent than when rents were at their lowest point. 5HQWV LQ WKH ÂżQDO TXDUWHU RI URVHMXVWFRPSDUHGWR WKHWKLUGTXDUWHUDOWKRXJKWKLVLV GXH LQ SDUW WR WKH ÂżQDO TXDUWHU EHLQJQRWRULRXVO\TXLHWLQWHUPV of rental activity. Those choosing to rent-a-room are also exSHULHQFLQJVLJQLÂżFDQWLQFUHDVHV The average monthly rent for a single bed is â‚Ź373 (+11%) while a double bed is â‚Ź447 (+9%). The record pace is a result of “a severe imbalance between sup-

ply and demandâ€? according to Daft.ie economist Ronan Lyons. Supply has increased marginDOO\FRPSDUHGWR)HEUXDU\ EXW QRW DW WKH UDWHV UHTXLUHG WR meet current demand. 7KHUH ZHUH  SURSHUWLHV available to rent in Leinster on February 1 this year, up 10% from the 750 on the market a year previously. County Wicklow is one of four areas outside of Dublin to break the â‚Ź1,000 barrier. Fellow commuter counties Meath (â‚Ź1,050)and Kildare Âź DUHDOVRMRLQHGE\&RUN &LW\ Âź  Of the commuter counties, Wicklow reported the lowest year-on-year increase as Louth and Meath both saw a 17% increase while Kildare experienced a 15% rise. The extension of Rent Pressure Zones to Bray and :LFNORZ7RZQFDPHLQWRHŕľľHFW IURP-DQXDU\ODVWVRLWLVQRW yet clear whether this will imSDFWÂżJXUHV According to Lyons, the biggest problem facing the rental sector is the “extremely high cost of construction in Ireland, compared to other high-income countriesâ€?. Following the publication of the Daft.ie Rental Report, Sinn FĂŠin’s housing spokesman Eoin O’Broin said that “rent certainty is urgently neededâ€?.

Volunteer for Wish Day By Jake Maxwell MAKE-A-WISH Ireland are putting out a call to the people of Wicklow to help them continue to make the dreams of sick children come true. They need 55 local volunteers in Wicklow on Wish Day, which takes place on March 31 for WKHLUĂ€DJVKLSIXQGUDLVLQJGD\ Volunteers are simply asked to give a few hours of their time to sell wristbands and badges for ÂźHDFKLQWKHLUORFDODUHD Make-A-Wish Ireland made seven lifetime memories for

sick children and their families in Wicklow last year. ³0DNH$:LVK R྾HUV SRVLtivity in an extremely dark and anxious time. Every child deserves that,� said Irene Timmins Head of Fundraising. Volunteers will be located throughout Wicklow, including Arklow, Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, N e w t o w n m o u n t k e n n e d y, Roundwood and Wicklow Town. To sign up to volunteer visit www.makeawish.ie or conWDFW'DUDJKRQ


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wicklow people in pictures

Wicklow mum Claire Byrne, Kate Byrne, Water Babies teacher George Dunne (Wexford), granny Anne Newsome and Kyle Byrne. Kate Byrne was honoured at the Water Babies Little Heroes Award

Una Armstrong, Denise Keogh and Brenda Keogh enjoying the Bray Camera Club Exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre

Caitriona Ní Lubaigh takes photos of her walking companions Claire O’Connor, Neall Tracey and Dorothy Kennedy at the Wicklow Hospice Moonlit Walk at Roundwood Resevoir

Brian O’Hara from 5th class in Avoca National School was crowned the winner of the Wicklow County Spelling Bee which took place in Carysfort National School, Knockenrahan, Arklow.

Pictured at the annual SPAR 5 Star Awards in Killashee House Hotel in Kildare, were (l-r) Keith Crawford SPAR Retail Operations Advisor with Radek Gawor and Jakub Niton SPAR Express Enniskerry. Pic: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Liam Young and Frank O’Keeffe who performed Back from the Dead for Bray Arts at the Martello

Leinster Regional winner of the Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Awards, William O’Riordan (9) from St. Laurence’s, Greystones with his teacher Karen Donoghue and his painting Flying Buildings and Summer Igloo


06| NEWS news in brief Flower Arranging FLOWER Arranging Class by Christine Hughes in the CoimĂ­n Centre, Blessington from 10am to 11.30am. Open to all, suitable for anyone who arranges Church Flowers or for Home Interest. No fee, donation towards cost RIĂ€RZHUV7HD&RŕľľHHSURYLGHG

Bray Coastcare Bray Coastcare Group will be holding an open afternoon in order to celebrate their 10 \HDUDQQLYHUVDU\DVDYROXQWDU\ group in the town of Bray. 7KH\DUHLQYLWLQJDOOPHPEHUV of the public to the Martello Hotel, Strand Road on Saturday, March 4 from 1.30-4pm for an H[FLWLQJDQGLQIRUPDWLYHHYHQW 7KHUH ZLOO EH D VSHFLDO 9,3 guest of honour in attendance.

Ladies in Blues A stage music show charting women’s role in the progression of the blues, from circa 1910 to the 1970s, takes place in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on March 3 and 4. 7KHVKRZIHDWXUHV,ULVKEOXHV GLYDV )OR 0F 6ZHHQH\ &ODUD Rose Monahan, Emma Nicolai and Jhil Quinn. 9LVLW ZZZODGLHVLQWKHEOXHV FRP %RRN 7LFNHWV ZZZ PHUPDLGDUWVFHQWUHLH 7LFNHWV DUHŸ

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Wanderers to face fans as club holds open meeting By Michelle McGlynn BRAY Wanderers will be hopLQJWRSXWDOOUHFHQWFRQWURYHUV\ behind them when they hold a public meeting on February 20. 3HRSOH DUH HQFRXUDJHG WR DWWHQGDQGWRYRLFHWKHLUFRQFHUQV with a promise that all questions DVNHGZLOOUHFHLYHDQDQVZHULQ public. “We want to go forward for all the young football playing people of Wicklow – not forgetting the oldies too,â€? the club told the Wicklow Voice. Âł:HKDYHJDWKHUHGWRJHWKHUD fantastic squad of players, manDJHPHQW VWHZDUGV YROXQWHHUV supporters, fans and well-wishers of the Seagulls. We started two years ago and we turned certain disaster into amazing hope.â€? 7KH PHHWLQJ ZLOO EH KHOG LQ WKH5R\DO+RWHO%UD\DWSPRQ February 20 and will be moderated by East Coast FM’s Mark Robinson. As well as the general pubOLF WKH 6HDJXOOV KDYH LQYLWHG all members of Bray District

Left: Bray Wanderers U19 manager Marc Kenny with Hard Metal General Manager Thomas Kelly at the announcement of the club’s new sponsorship deal. Pic: Charles Sharkey

&RXQFLOWKHÂżYH:LFNORZ7'V local businesses, sporting clubs and community groups. Fans and local residents were shocked and angered last year when rumours emerged that the Carlisle Grounds could be re]RQHGIRUGHYHORSPHQW Bray Wanderers Chairman Denis O’Connor was quick to rubbish these rumours stating, “we are not planning to build KRXVHVRURŕľśFHVRQWKH&DUOLVOH Groundsâ€?. Speaking to the Wicklow Voice at the time, O’Connor VDLGÂł:HKDYHDÂżYH\HDUVWUDtegic plan for Bray Wanderers WKDW LQYROYHV FUHDWLQJ D FHQWUH RI H[FHOOHQFH WKDW ZLOO EHQHÂżW clubs and possibly other sports bodies throughout County Wicklow. Âł7KDWPD\ZHOOLQYROYHPRYing from our current home to a state-of-the-art facility including training pitches on the outskirts of the town as the Carlisle *URXQGVDUHQRWÂżWIRUSXUSRVH´ It is hoped that following the meeting, all rumours and con-

cerns will be put to bed allowLQJWKHFOXEWRPRYHIRUZDUG 2Q D SRVLWLYH QRWH LW ZDV announced this week that Bray Wanderers will enter WKH  ,UQ%UX 6FRWWLVK Challenge Cup following discussions with the Scottish Football Association. Wanderers will enter the tourQDPHQWDORQJVLGH6OLJR5RYHUV 7KH  VHDVRQ KDV VHHQ WKH LQWURGXFWLRQ RI D UHYDPSHG Scottish Challenge Cup with the addition of two teams from ERWKWKH:HOVK3UHPLHU/HDJXH and the Northern Irish Football /HDJXH 3UHPLHUVKLS SDUWLFLSDWing in the competition. 7KH FOXE KDYH VDLG WKDW WKH\ are delighted to be part of the Challenge Cup following the annoucement which was made at the SSE Airtricity Launch.

Ardmore to The Florentine Centre remain film only zone

Following our story headlined “At last, â‚Ź24m Florentine set to ÂżQDOO\RSHQLQ´ZHUHFLHYHGWKHIROORZLQJFRUUHVSRQGHQFH IURP 7KRPDV $OOHQ D %UD\ UHVLGHQW DGGUHVVHG WR :LFNORZ &RXQW\&RXQFLO/RFDO&RXQFLOORUVDQG7'V

By Jake Maxwell '(9(/23(56 will not be permitted to build houses on the Ardmore Studios site. It is expected that any such PRYH ZLOO EH RSSRVHG E\ ORcal councillors while Wicklow County Council are due to introduce new planning rules later this year. According to a council spokesperson, it is intended to keep WKH ODQG HDUPDUNHG IRU ÂżOPLQJ and to extend the restriction to the share currently open for GHYHORSPHQW Âł7KH HOHFWHG PHPEHUV RI :LFNORZ &RXQW\ &RXQFLO KDYH stated their commitment to reWDLQLQJ WKH ÂżOP ]RQLQJ RQ WKH site and to zoning the 1.75 acres currently zoned for ‘primarily UHVLGHQWLDO XVHVÂś IRU ÂżOP´ KH said. Âł7KH\ ZLOO KDYH WKH RSSRUWXQLW\WRIRUPDOO\FRQÂżUPWKHÂżOP zoning and to consider changing WKHUHVLGHQWLDO]RQLQJWRÂżOPDV part of the Bray local area plan. 7KHSURFHVVIRUPDNLQJWKHQHZ local area plan is due to start this VSULQJ7KHGUDIWORFDODUHDSODQ ZLOOGHÂżQLWHO\EHSXEOLVKHGWKLV year but we cannot say as yet as to when it will be adopted.â€?

Dear Sirs, I laud the fact that something LV ÂżQDOO\ EHLQJ GRQH DIWHU  \HDUV RI SUHYDULFDWLRQ WR WKH EURZQÂżHOG VLWH LQ WKH FHQWUH RI Bray But it appears that “the cart has been put before the horseâ€? in my opinion. I write to you expressing my concern regarding the granting of permission by An Bord 3OHDQDOD RI WKH SURMHFW QDPHO\ “the Florentine Centreâ€? in Bray. , PDGH D VXEPLVVLRQREVHUYDtion to them that was ignored. 7KH\ DSSHDU WR EH WKH XOWLPDWH SODQQLQJDXWKRULW\EXWWKH\KDYH PLVVHG DV KDYH RXU RZQ SODQQLQJ SHRSOH WR VHH WKH RYHUall present and future needs of WKH WRZQ 7R HQVXUH WKDW WKH “Florentine Centreâ€? is a commercial success we need ,urgently, more car-parking. According to the current plan  FDUSDUNLQJ VSDFHV ZLOO EH SURYLGHG$W WKH PRPHQW WKHUH are 251 spaces on the brownÂżHOGVLWH:KDWZLOOKDSSHQDQG where will these cars go when construction begins? Where will WKH\JRLQWKHIXWXUH"6KRSVWDŕľľ from the Centre will occupy at least half of the spaces In the plan. Our net gain on car-parkLQJVSDFHVZLOOEH7KHUHIRUH

we will spend approximately 25 million to gain 5 spaces! :HDUHLQDYHU\KHDOWK\SRVLWLRQWRLPSURYHWKLQJVDQGKDYH a once in a lifetime opportunity, GRQÂśWOHWXVZDVWHLW7KH+HUEHUW Road car-park on the Northern side of town(publically owned), which is the only public owned FDUSDUN VHUYLQJ WKH WRZQ RI %UD\ DQG LV LQYDULDEO\ IXOO has been earmarked some time ago as a multi storied car-park. $QRWKHU  VLWH DYDLODEOH DW SUHVHQW  WKDW ZRXOG VHUYH WKH Southern end of the town, is the old Clinic site which presently houses the methadone clinic DQG WKH %UD\ 2OG )RONV 7KHVH facilities could be incorporated into a multi storied car-park and a health centre. :HZRXOGEHPDGQRWWRDYDLO of these opportunities, the future prosperity and growth of the town would be assured, we ZRXOG KDYH GRQH RXU ELW IRU WKHIXWXUH3OHDVHOHWPHNQRZ \RXUWKRXJKWVRQWKLVYHU\YLWDO matter, Yours faithfully, Thomas Allen.(whose family have traded in Bray for over 160 years and has the good of the town at heart).


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Dominican students into final Bernie scoops

top award for campaign work

Barretstown BARRETSTOWN, the children’s charity for children with serious illnesses, is hosting its fourth annual Dublin Mountains Challenge on May 28 to raise much needed funds for the charity. Participants will be tested by climbing some of Dublin’s highest peaks, passing the lakes and reservoirs of the Dublin Mountains. For those looking to enter the 24km walk, the entry fee is €50 for an individual and €175 for a team. For the 42km walk, it is €75 for an individual and €250 for a team. In additional to the registration fee, all participants are being asked to raise a minimum of €100. Visit www.barretstown.org/ events/dmc

Art classes Are you free Mondays 11am to 1.30pm? Are you interested in learning or improving your art skills? There are a few places still available in art classes at Baltinglass Further Education and Training Centre. It is a friendly, fun, small group. Classes run from February 20. Contact Annette or Maeve: 059 6482642 or 086 8462771.

By Michelle McGlynn

Robin Bradley, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Wicklow Town Branch (second from right), with designers Erin McConnell, Laura Whitty and Rachel Winters, from Dominican College By Michelle McGlynn STUDENT designers Erin McConnell, Laura Whitty and Rachel Winters, from Dominican College, Wicklow Town are set to compete in WKHUHJLRQDO¿QDOVRI-XQN Kouture. The three talented young women were surprised with the news by Robin Bradley, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Wicklow Town Branch.

Their entry, Basic Beach, is one of just 80 designs from each of the four provinces to PDNHLWWRWKHUHJLRQDO¿QDOV which will be held on March 2 and 3. As part of the judging process, the public can get involved by casting a vote for their favorite design through WKH%DQNRI,UHODQG-XQN Kouture voting app. To vote for Basic Beach, you can access the app through the BOIStudents Facebook

page. Voting opens for one week before the regional competitions from Leinster. Individuals can cast a single vote every 24 hours. Winners of the regionals will go on to WKH¿QDOVLQ$SULO Now in its seventh year the all-Ireland leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools challenges students to create unique, RULJLQDODQGLQQRYDWLYHRXW¿WV from recycled materials and junk.

GREYSTONES woman Bernie Adufe D’Arcy has been nominated for a Humanitarian Award at the International Runway Achievers and Recognition Awards 2017. Bernie is being recognised for her tireless work to campaign and speak out on behalf of those who are afraid to do so themselves. She is the innovator and speaker behind the platform, Speaking From Experience and My Heart. With this platform, Bernie has spoken about topics that others might shy away from including abuse, mental health, rape, direct provision and forced marriage. She has been very active in the campaigns against rape and abuse of both women and men because of her own violent experiences. Bernie is heavily involved with the Irish Rape Crisis Centre and Women’s Aid. The winner of this year’s Humanitarian Award will be announced at the red carpet

awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Dublin on March 18. Bernie, who has lived in Charlesland for three years, is no stranger to awards having SUHYLRXVO\ ZRQ D /LIH (൵HFWV award at the Extraordinary Lady Speaks Conference in London and a Sheroes Award in County Meath. As well as her work as a humanitarian, Bernie is working full-time as a butcher and has recently re-entered education.

Hozier hits a bum note in planning bid By Michelle McGlynn HOZIER’S plans to create his dream home in Newcastle have hit a bump as Wicklow County Council have rejected some of his plans. The Grammy-nominated singer was informed by the council that plans for a two-metre high metal fence around his newly acquired property were “unsuitable” and referred to it as “unattractive”. Andrew Hozier-Byrne says that the fence is necessary in order to deter criminals. He purchased Oldfort, a period home located near Newcastle, last year for €786,000. The planning application included a letter from John Gill, Wicklow crime-prevention of¿FHU ZKLFK VXSSRUWHG WKH QHHG for the security fence.

According to Gill, the location of the property which is close to the N11/M11 makes it “a highrisk vulnerable area. He went on to say that the road frontage “requires defensive barriers by way of high wall protection”. Gill stated that the boundary wall on the road-side of the property should be at least two metres and any gates need to be “of equal strength” to the boundary wall. In writing to Hozier, Wicklow County Council suggested that the planned metal fencing “is considered to be unattractive and largely unsuitable for residential use. The council also cited concerns about the visual impact that such a fence would have. The singer has said that he does not wish to “detract from

the semi-rural character of the area”. Hozier’s architect stated in the application that the proposed boundary was intendedto “improve sight lines”. The Bray native wants to extend a stone wall at the front of the house and top it with a railing, bringing the total height to two metres. A “native” hedge would then be planted directly behind the wall and railing. Around the rest of the property, the plan is to build a twometre-high metal fence “with planted native hedge”. The council have requested further information including the size and type of planting. “The planning authority would only consider the proposed fencing suitable if full screening of the fence could be carried out upon construction,” it stated.


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If you see a dog poo, rub owners’ nose in it

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any years ago, when B e r t i e Ahern was Taoiseach, I was visiting my wife’s parents in Drumcondra, right in the heart of Bertie’s home constituency of Dublin Central. It was the summer and there were local elections on. A group of people from the road were outside talking in the evening sun when Bertie himself arrived on the scene, canvassing with one of the local hopefuls. After some small talk Bertie asked the assembled group if anyone had any local issues that they wanted to raise. Someone commented on the amount of dog litter that was on the pavements, and asked Bertie if he could do something about it. He said he would (and was true to his word and did). My wife’s sister was home from the US at the time, along with her American partner, and they were part of the assembled group. My brother-in-law had only recently learned about Bertie, and that as Taoiseach he was actually the equivalent of the US President. I saw the look of increasing incredulity on his face as George W. Bush’s (US President at the time) opposite number wandered down the road to chat to the residents, and then was tackled about dog litter! It wasn’t the case that back then in the ‘boom’ years people were doing so well economically that all they had to worry

Caught in the act: A pet dog doing its business on a green area

Brian Quigley about was an issue like dog litter. Far from it. Dog litter has been a problem through good times and bad, recoveries and recessions, for generations.

Dog litter is disgusting. It’s a health hazard, especially to young children. Toxocara canis, or dog roundworm, is a parasite that lives in the faeces of infected dogs. It can be transmitted to humans, especially children and young adults, causing liver, heart and eye problems, amongst others. Too much dog litter therefore adds up to a sizeable health risk to the human population. Part of the problem, since the latest recession hit, has been the amount of stray dogs. People abandoning dogs for

various reasons, not being able WR DŕľľRUG WR NHHS WKHP EHLQJ one. Cuts to the number of dog wardens employed to round up the strays. But that’s only a part of the problem. The biggest element to the isVXHLVWKHVHOÂżVKQHVVDQGLQFRQsideration of a small minority of dog owners, who refuse to do their civic duty and ‘pick up’ after their canine charges. Owning a dog is a responsibility. A dog brings great reward WRDIDPLO\DQGRŕľľHUVORYHDQG DŕľľHFWLRQ ZLWKRXW DVNLQJ IRU anything in return except to be exercised, fed and watered. It would seem to me to be a basic thing to do to go out prepared to ‘pick up’ when bringing your dog for a walk. I simply can’t understand the mentality that some people have whereby they don’t care about others and allow their dogs to litter in public and do nothing about it. Imagine if a somewhere like the promenade in Bray got a UHSXWDWLRQIRUEHLQJDPLQHÂżHOG of dog mess. Dubliners and people from IDUWKHU DÂżHOG ZRXOG VWRS FRPing to visit for an afternoon stroll. There would be a knock-on HŕľľHFW WR UHVWDXUDQWV VKRSV pubs and other businesses in the WRZQ(YHU\RQHZRXOGVXŕľľHU Pride in your locality is a basic thing we teach our children. Adults should not be let set a bad example, and punishments for those caught allowing dogs to litter the streets without picking up cannot be severe enough in my opinion.

War on dirt as locals urged to report offenders Continued from front page Speaking to the Wicklow Voice, Sergeant John Fitzpatrick said he has had to approach many people to ask them to clean up after their dogs. However, he did not know if anyone had been convicted as litter wardens were the “primary enforcers of the litter lawsâ€?. “Most people don’t realise it’s DQRŕľľHQFHEXWZKHQ\RXVD\LW to them they clean up.â€? Earlier this month a Dublin dog owner avoided a â‚Ź4,000 ÂżQH DIWHU KH FODLPHG KH ZDV unable to clean up after his

pet in a Dublin park due to the number of syringes. Liam Nolan, from Oliver Bond House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8, was prosecuted for dog fouling by Dublin City Council after he refused to DFFHSW DQ RQWKHVSRW ÂżQH RQ June 14 at St Audeons public park which was then overturned in court. A source in Wicklow County Council has said that they expect any prosecutions in this county would not face such problems and that “the authorities are determined to bring people to account in a

name and shame campaignâ€? as an example to others. The Bray initiative will include an outdoor poster campaign and will be also supported on the Bray. ie website, local newspapers, radio and social media. “Most dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, but a small amount refuse to do the right thing resulting in our local pavements, parks, sports pitches, seafront and beach blighted by dog mess, WKLVLVRŕľľHQVLYHDQGSRWHQWLDOO\ dangerous,â€? Bray District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Steven Matthews, told the Wicklow

Voice. “The aim of this initiative is to encourage all dog owners to act responsibly and have respect for their dog, their neighbours and their community. It really is simple if there isn’t a bin around or available, the dog owners should take the mess home with them. “Being responsible can make D ELJ GLŕľľHUHQFH Âą LI ZH DOO work together we all can reap WKHEHQHÂżWVRIDFOHDQDQGWLG\ town.â€? Symptoms of toxocariasis are coughing, fever, abdominal pain, headaches, and changes in behaviour and ability to sleep.

focus on faces Ross Scanlon, Singer How’s life? Life is great. 2016 was an extremely busy year for me and I’m enjoying some down time at the moment. I’m currently sat with music in front of me for my next singing engagement. How did you first become interested in opera? I always had a love for musical theatre from a young age but it wasn’t until I started having singing lessons as a teenager with Ann-Marie O’Sullivan that I was introduced to classical music and indeed the world of opera. I was hooked instantly. You have performed with many choirs, operas and orchestras over the years. Do you have any particular career highlights so far? I have been so lucky over the years. There have been so many highlights from my professional debut with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall to singing Handels Messiah in Halle, Germany with a choir of 500 from around the world. But one that really stands out is singing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious Barbican hall London. What has you back in Bray after spending the past few years studying and performing in London? This year sees my 7th year living in London. It has been a KHFWLFEXWYHU\IXOÂżOOLQJWLPHHVSHFLDOO\ZKLOHVWXG\LQJDWWKH Royal Academy of Music. My schedule at the moment has given me time to come home and spend time with family and friends which is such a novelty. I have a lot of work abroad in the coming months so I can have my base here until the summer. You are establishing a voice studio in the area. Have you always had an interest in teaching and passing along the things you have learned along the way? I have always had a huge passion for teaching and learning the science that lies behind the voice. While I am home I DPRŕľľHULQJVLQJLQJOHVVRQVIRUHPHUJLQJVLQJHUVLQWKHEUD\ and surrounding areas. I have worked with some of the best teachers, voice coaches, language coaches and repetituers from around the world and want to pass on the wealth of knowledge I have gained from them all. Who will be able to avail of your voice coaching? ,DPRŕľľHULQJRQHRQRQHSULYDWHVLQJLQJOHVVRQV)URP absolute beginners to people that have lots of singing experience but need help to get to the next step of their career, my lessons are tailored to each student so as to get the maximum results from them. What would you say to someone who wants to sing but is a bit shy? Belief is half the battle for any singer who is shy. Believe in yourself and your talent and the rest will fall into place. Do you have a favourite song to sing? I have too many favourite songs. One of my favourites from the opera reportoire is ‘E Lucevan le stelle’ from Puccini’s Tosca. A stunning aria that has been sung by so many wonderful tenors and has been a very lucky aria for me in auditions over the years. What do you like to do to unwind? Unwinding for me involves catching up with friends and seeing family, in particular my 6 nieces and nephews. Walks along Bray seafront while I’m back is top of my list for unwinding. Irish born Tenor Ross Scanlon trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He continues his studies with Philip Doghan. If you are interested in contacting Ross, you can do so via scanlonross@gmail.com


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TAX TAX ASSIST Unit 3, Dargle Centre, Castle Street, Bray, 01 5311020, www.taxassist.ie, eamonnflynn@taxassist.ie The Bray branch owned by Eamonn Flynn of TaxAssist Accountants has been recognised as one of the fastest growing, best run branches of the company at TaxAssist’s annual conference in Kilashee House Hotel. 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 has gone from strength to strength across the country over the last 7 years, opening 25 branches and creating jobs for over 100 people.

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DRY CLEANERS EXECUTIVE DRY CLEANERS Unit 1 newtownmountkennedy 012015889; Enniskerry, 01 2869539 Executive Dry Cleaners is a specialist dry cleaners with a team of highly skilled people to look after your garments. We can take care of your most precious garments such as bridalwear and debs dresses. We also do regular dry cleaning for your everyday garments. Executive Dry Cleaners can also clean your roller blinds and curtains. We have a full laundry to cater for your duvets, washing and ironing. Discounts for students and senior citizens. Leather and suede specialist. We clean all shoes, handbags, boots and gloves of any fabric.

DOG GROOMING CHUNKI DOG GROOMING Toberlonagh, Aughrim, 087 9561714 If you find your dog is difficult when it comes to grooming then Chunki dog grooming is the answer to your prayers. Manon Schmidt has been in business for 15 years, working from her home near Aughrim. She specialises in dogs with difficult behaviour, embracing the challenges that other groomers run away from. Another specialty of Manon is grooming long haired dogs such as Rough Collies, long haired Alsatians, Huskey dogs and Samoyed dogs to name a few. Good grooming habits are essential for dogs and Manon loves looking after them. Chunki dog grooming is open five days a week from 9am until 3pm and every other Saturday.

CAFÉ BREAD BASKET Whitethorn Centre, Kilcoole, 01 2010080, facebook.com/breadbasket Bread Basket is a cafe with a distinctly homely atmosphere. All of their bakery products are made from scratch each morning at the in-house bakery. Superb varieties of fresh breads, cakes, scones, muffins, tarts and much much more are created every day by their team of master bakers. Home cooked made to order breakfasts are also a speciality with full lunch menu also available. Full range of cold meats and salads also available to create your sandwich using our famous fresh breads. Wedding, Christening, Birthday and other special occasion cakes are also available and are made to our customer requirements - please talk to Corinna or Anita who will organise that special cake for that special day. The Bread Basket can also organise all your catering requirements for any special occasion, no party is to big or too small.

HAIRDRESSING SIN É Unit 2, Charlesland Shopping Centre, Greystones, 01 2010673, www.sinehairandbeauty.com Sinead Connolly, owner of Sin É hair and beauty, qualified at Peter Hair Creation in Blackrock. She worked as a senior stylist for five years before making the move to open her first salon 17 years ago in Blackrock. She opened Sin É in Charlesland 11 years ago and business has been fantastic ever since thanks to her growing, loyal clientele. Sinead has had the same talented team working with her for several years. Sin É specialises in organic hair colour, Natulique. It is exclusive to Sin É and the only certified organic colour in the world. Natulique, which has been featured on TV3’s Xposé, gives fabulous results. It covers 100% of grey and highlights without making the hair brittle and dry. Clients visit Sin É especially to avail of Natulique. New boutique Sin É is a range of trendy clothes, bags and more from Spain and Italy. Sin É is open three late nights. Customers can avail of ample free parking - no wardens.

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common is that they go above and beyond to ensure that their customers receive the very best product or service. The county would not be the same without these businesses so it important to remember to give back and shop local. Support Wicklow businesses and ensure that the county continues to grow and thrive.

CHILDCARE CHARLESLAND MONTESSORI 184 Charlesland Park, Greystones, 01 2870719 Charlesland Montessori are committed to providing quality care and put the child first, always. They are currently accepting applications for their ECCE programme for September 2017. The ECCE programme is designed to give children access to a free pre-school year of appropriate programme-based activities in the year before they start primary school. Charlesland Montessori provide an educational environment that follows the curriculum and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. This philosophy respects the unique individuality of each child and believes in the worthiness, value and importance of children. The dedicated staff strive to guide each child to attain fulfillment in education, community, imagination and beyond. There is a great sense of community fostered by teachers, parents and children alike. Charlesland Montessori seek to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for your child to develop.

LADIES BOUTIQUE CLASSIC FX Meridian Point, Greystones, 01 2871801 Classic FX are all set for spring with all of their new season stock in store. They have been very busy unpacking all the exciting new items such as the new Pitillos range (pictured) and Magic Fit Jeans. Classic FX is your one stop shop for shoes, handbags and accessories. A veritable haven for ladies who know that it’s how you accessorise an outfit that makes it. Classic FX is always on trend and is the perfect place to sort out your outfits as we enter spring/summer 2017. They have shoes for all occasions, stocking some of your favourite brands. Stop in today and treat yourself to some of the key items for the coming season.

JEWELLERS ETERNITY JEWELLERS Meridian Point, Greystones, 01 2557640 Eternity Jewellery is a leading manufacturer and retailers of bespoke jewellery in Ireland. At Eternity we are passionate about jewellery. We source and retail unusual fine gold and silver jewellery. If you are looking for something a little different, then Eternity is the place to browse. We are experts in custom made engagement rings, wedding bands and eternity rings. Our in-house workshop has been responsible for creating jewellery pieces that draw considerable admiration. Friendliness remains at the core of Eternity Jewellery, where we pride ourselves on our customer service and love to share our enthusiasm for exquisite jewellery.

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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WICKLOW is full of fantastic businesses that help to make our towns great. This week, the Wicklow Voice decided to profile some these wonderful businesses. Whether you are looking for a bakery or trainer or something in between, you can find what you need right here. The thing that each of these businesses has in


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BUSINESS of the week

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CARE TO COMFORT St. Kieran’s Enterprise Centre, Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, 01 2959000, www.caretocomfort.ie

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Pic: Justin Ivory PAY attention out there any lovers of all things arboreal as we fill you in on two upcoming tree-centric events. First off is an event being organised by the Native Woodland Trust (NWT). So who or what are the Native Woodland Trust? The NWT are a charity NGO dedicated to the protection, preservation, and expansion of Ireland’s existing ancient and semi-natural woodlands. They are also committed to the re-creation of woodlands throughout Ireland where these would naturally occur using seed from native species sourced within a 10-mile radius of the site if possible. The Trust currently has six sites; Farnaght on the Longford/Leitrim border, Blessington on the reservoir shore beside Russborough House in Wicklow, and Laragh, above Laragh and overlooking Annamoe, also in Wicklow, Ardan Wood in Westmeath, Grace Dieu in Waterford, and Girley Bog near Kells in Meath.

We offer quality beds that don’t look like hospital beds. The beds have built-in features that allow users to adjust them to the most comfortable possible condition. Our goal is to fit the right bed to the right person, because the right bed improves the quality of sleep and boosts overall health. We care about our customers

and we listen to their needs. We believe that our beds can help people maintain their dignity and enjoy living independently in their own homes for longer.

An uplifting true-life drama about the African-American women who played a key role in US space missions. It’s 1962 and the space race is on. NASA is determined to beat the Russians in putting a man into orbit around the Earth. But behind the scenes, a trio of pioneering African-American women are responsible for the calculations that will launch John

FESTIVAL of the week BRAY COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 The Harbour Bar, The Porterhouse, The Martello Hotel, Bray Seafront, February 22-26 The Harbour Bar and Hardy Har Comedy Club will once again host the Bray Comedy Festival in 2017. Delighted with the success of last year’s festival, they are bringing another load of laughs to Bray. Featuring some of your favourite past comedians as well as some brand new top notch acts, this year is set to be even

This Saturday, February 18 the NWT are having a tree planting day at their Laragh reserve from 11am to 1.15pm. The meeting point is Trooperstown Forest car park, on the r755 between Annamoe and Laragh, Wicklow. If you are interested in lending a hand at the site this Saturday, please register your interest with rebecca.doyle@ nativewoodlandtrust.ie/ 087 961 9083. Further details can also be found on the Native Woodland Trust Facebook page. And if that is not enough for you Tree Week 2017 will be running from Sunday, March 5 to Sunday, March 12. Organised annually by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985, Tree Week is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees and encourage people to plant trees. For further details on events in Wicklow, Dublin and around the country please check out their website www.treecouncil.ie

Glenn into space. These “human computers” have to battle against deeply engrained racism and sexism to secure their place in history. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae star.

PLAY of the week BIG BOBBY. LITTLE BOBBY. Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, February 17, 8pm

bigger and better than the last. Headliners include Paul Sinha, Colin Murphy, PJ Gallagher, David McSavage, Paul Currie and Waterford Whispers News.

Big Bobby. Little Bobby is a twisted tender comedy; a one woman tour-de-force about keeping your demons sweet. Bobby has shared a bed with Mammy who sleeps in her tights, plays games in the night and guzzles bottles under the stairs. It’s time for Bobby to get out. Alone in the silence of Granny’s

old house, Little Bobby appears, filling Bobby’s head with self loathing, filthy urges and occasionally a push in the right direction.

EVENT of the week

City of Friends By Joanna Trollope

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Cherrylane Gallery, Killincarrig, Greystones, February 21, 7pm-9pm

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she’d ever known. As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother she at least has The Girls to fall back on. But when Stacey’s

redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits.

Professional women are invited to ‘get off on the right foot’ and attend a workshop, Dress for Success with stylist Joanne Costello at Network Ireland Wicklow Branch’s meeting. Joanne has styled high profile fashion shows, red carpet events, editorial shoots for designers, brands, and celebrity covers

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER Mondays, Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm Every day it seems that there is more bad - and bizarre - news coming from across the Atlantic as Trump and his team get to work making America “great” again. Thankfully, a welcome voice of reason has returned in the form of John Oliver. The new administration will no doubt give the Englishman plenty of material to work with for this season of his HBO hit. Oliver

If The Dublin City Rounders were a dog it would be a pink bulldog with a cowboy hat, a studded leather collar and sporting asleeveless denim jacket. Two Irish brothers, one mind and a single beating heart made of rock n roll gold. Whether playing a Stephen Foster esque song from the 1880’s or a brand new self penned classic you can’t take your eyes, or ears, off these lads!

has become known for pulling no punched when it comes to his satirical review of the week in politics. If ever we needed a few laughs and some intelligent commentary, it is now.

in national and international publications. Tickets are free for members of Network Ireland and €20 for guests. Booking is essential ww.networkireland.ie

CANCER- This week is a 7 Fix up your place. Resupply locally. Weigh pros and cons before committing to a purchase. Choose longlasting quality. LEO- This week is a 7 Read, write and express yourself. Dig deeper into a favourite subject, and share ZKDW\RX¶UH¿QGLQJRXW Learn from the past.

LIBRA- This week is a 6 Old assumptions get challenged. Stick to trusted sources. Avoid a potential clash with authority; use your own good sense. SCORPIO- This week is a 6 Relax and rest. Hide out, if necessary. Let your imagination go wild. Organise and plan steps to realise your vision. SAGITTARIUS- This week is a 7

The Dublin City Rounders are a rockin’ Vaudeville Honky Tonk act and like no one else on the scene. An incredibly fun live act, Rohan and Al Healy, will have you bopping the night away.

FUNDRAISER of the week

CHALLENGE of the week

STRICTLY COME DANCING Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, February 25,

SKIP AND SMILE CHALLENGE www.skipandsmile.com

Leprosy.ie are holding a Strictly fundraising even at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. The evening will be full of dancing, music and good cheer all in aid of the invaluable work of Leprosy. ie. The Leprosy Mission Ireland, also known as “The Mission To End Leprosy” is committed to ensuring that the 12 million

Father and son duo, Uladzimir and Timofei Hrapelman, are encouraging people to skip their way to health and happiness. Each morning and evening since December 1, 2016, the pair do 50 skips together and they are doing this for 100 consecutive days. Uladzimir and Timofei (pictured) want to encourage others to join in the fun. You can follow their

people in need of care and cure are detected and provided for. Tickets are available via www.eventbrite.ie

TAURUS- This week is an 8 Something you try now doesn’t work. Don’t make assumptions. Be patient with a resister. Stretch, rest and eat well.

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GIG of the week THE DUBLIN CITY ROUNDERS Harbour Bar, Bray Seafront, February 23, 9pm

ARIES- This week is an 8 Work with a partner to get farther. Provide physical and emotional support. Resolve practical details. Now is good for negotiations.

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BOOK of the week

TV SHOW of the week NWT Laragh site. Pic: Native Woodland Trust

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progress on their website www. skipandsmile.com. You can also buy a skipping rope on the site with proceeds going to children’s charities in the area.

You have more friends than you realised. Get into a party phase. Hold meetings and reunions. Learn and share tricks. CAPRICORN- This week is a 9 Follow the money trail. Listen for what’s wanted and needed, and provide that. Notice your talents. Career matters occupy you. AQUARIUS-This week is a 6 Blaze a trail if necessary. Crank your research up a notch. Patiently navigate a roadblock. Things fall into place. Explore and experiment. PISCES- This week is a 9 Slow down to avoid accidents. Take extra care of your body. There’s plenty of work; balance it with good food, rest and exercise.


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Lime and blueberry crepes Why the popular Kilmac with crème fraiche mousse pub is great for a bite to eat Review

LIME CREPE 240 mls Milk 90 mls ap flour 10 grams sugar 2 eggs 1 yolks 35 mls melted butter 3 lime zest

2 pcs Gelatin 50 grams Powdered Sugar 175 grams Fresh cream Heat bloomed gelatin with the 50 gm of cream. Whip fresh cream with powdered sugar. Fold into crème fraiche. Add gelatin and cream. BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

Puree all of the above except lime zest and strain Add zest Cook very thin with no color and turn onto parchment paper CRÃ&#x2C6;ME FRAICHE MOUSSSE 250 grams Crème fraiche 15 gm Cream

50 grams Sugar 15 grams Water 2 punnets Fresh blueberries. Heat Sugar and water until hard ball stage. Add half of the blueberries cook down and bring to boil. Add the rest of the blueberries and remove from heat. Store in refrigerator.

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with Brian Quigley

Greystones have scaled mountain Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;D SAY the club house in Greystones RFC was a happy place to be on February 11, where a crowd gathered to watch the afternoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RBS Six Nations matches. A superb Ireland win followed by an enthralling Wales versus England tussle. The good atmosphere would no doubt have been helped by Dr Hickey Park witnessing D ELJ Ã&#x20AC;RRGOLW ZLQ WKH QLJKW EHIRUH IRU WKH FOXE¶V ¿UVW ;9 in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League Division 2B, a win that took them to the summit of the league table after 12 rounds of matches. As they say in bingo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the ¿YHV ¿IW\¿YH´ 7KDW ZDV WKH huge score that Stones ran up against Skerries RFC, who only PDQDJHG¿YHSRLQWVLQUHSO\ Stones put over nine tries (the same number Ireland scored in WKHZLQRYHU,WDO\RQWKH 6DWXUGD\ DQGFRQYHUWHG¿YHRI those. 7KH\ ZHUH  XS DW KDOI WLPHDQGDWRQHSRLQWOHG

Vincent Coey and Paul Garry pictured at the Bray Camera Club Exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre

quest on February 18 away to MU Barnhall at Parsonstown. Having got their noses in front of Armagh, they intend to stay there with just six matches remaining. Their next home outing will be the visit of Dungannon to Dr Hickey Park on March 4.

Impressive for sure. Although league leaders Armagh also PDQDJHG WR ZLQ  DZD\ to Thomond), the bonus point Greystones earned put

them level on points with the erstwhile leaders, and given WKHLU VXSHULRU SRLQWV GL൵HUHQFH Stones went ahead at the top. Greystones have scored a

massive 422 points from their 12 outings this term, an average of 35 points scored in each game. They continue their promotion

Wicklow schools all out Greystones school Temple Carrig exited the Leinster Schools Junior Cup on February JRLQJGRZQWRDVWURQJ Belvedere side at Coolmine RFC. Temple Carrig had gallantly fought their way into the competition proper by winning RQH RI WKH WZR TXDOL¿FDWLRQ VORWV RQ R൵HU IURP WKH feeder competition The Fr

Godfrey Cup. St Gerardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Bray also exited the Junior Cup on the same day, going GRZQ WR *RQ]DJD E\  DW Donnybrook. St Gerardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had exited the Leinster Schools Senior Cup the week before, going down to St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RQ)HEUXDU\ Greystones United AFC Greystones United AFC have learned their fate when the draw for the FAI Intermediate &XS TXDUWHU¿QDOV ZDV PDGH recently. They will face Bluebell United in a home game on February 24. .LFNR൵DW:RRGODQGVZLOOEHDW eight that evening. Bluebell are the reigning league champions in the top division of the Leinster Senior League, where Greystones United play. United are attempting to bring the FAI Intermediate Cup back WR :LFNORZ IRU WKH ¿UVW WLPH since a brace of wins in the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for Bray Wanderers. Good luck!


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