Times 'IT'S ALL SPIN!' WE BUY FAST HOUSES

Times 'IT'S ALL SPIN!' WE BUY FAST HOUSES

Times 'IT'S ALL SPIN!' WE BUY FAST HOUSES

‘IT’S ALL SPIN!’ Elected representatives for Co. Wicklow have reacted angrily after it was revealed last week that the Government have been including 'turnkey acquisitions' in their Rebuilding Ireland Local Authority build numbers and have exaggerated the number of social houses built by 100%. 'Turnkey acquisitions' are houses built privately and purchased by a local authority. Eleven Local Authorities, including Wicklow County Council, built no social housing in 2017. Green Party Councillor Steven Matthews said the new figures show the Government are either hugely exaggerating or else have no idea about the lack of Local Authority building activi- ty.

Commenting on the news, Fianna Fail's Spokesperson on Housing Pat Casey TD said "the Government's consistent attitude to the depressing data on the failures to get to grips with our national Housing crisis has been to spin and to manipulate data. From manipulating homeless figures to make sure they don't reach a disastrous figure of 10,000, to including acquisitions in its social house build figures. "In Wicklow for exam- ple I know of several turnkey acquisitions which are being claimed by Government as social housing builds. They are not and in fact the turnkey purchases are essential and welcome because Fine Gael are not willing to build social and afford- able homes on the scale that is needed." Also reacting to the news, John Brady TD (SF) said "The news that the Department is playing with the figures when it comes to actual social houses that have been delivered comes as no surprise. This is also hap- pening with the removal of homeless people from the homeless statistics, over the last two months 875 homeless people have been removed from the homeless list.

"The massaging of the figures clearly shows that the Minster and the gov- ernment are more con- cerned at how they are perceived and their own political survival, rather than dealing with the actual housing crisis. "In Wicklow in 2017 there were no council social houses constructed, the council purchased 12 and a further 8 were delivered by approved housing bodies. This is totally unacceptable; there are 2,601 housing appli- cants in Wicklow. Whilst any additional houses added by purchasing or Part V to the council housing stock are wel- come, actual construction of council houses by the local authority needs to be the main contributor to tackling the crisis. More ambitious targets need to be set by the local author- ity for the delivery of a housing construction pro- gramme in Wicklow." Continued on Page 3 STANDING4WOMEN page 4 GAOL GRANT page 6 BUSINESS WOMEN page 16 SOUTHEDITIONDELIVEREDTOHOMES&BUSINESSESIN:RATHNEW,WICKLOW,GLENEALY,BRITTASB AY,AVOCA,WOODENBRIDGE,ARKLOW, SHILLELAGH,TINAHELY,REDCROSS,BALLINACLASH,AUGHRIM,RATHDRUM,DONARD,DUNLAVIN, CARNEW,COOLATTIN,BALTINGLASS,BLESSINGTON. Delivered to 44,500 homes & businesses Times WICKLOW L O C A L WE DELIVER!- for 30 years SOUTH EDITION Tuesday 5th June 2018 5 Eglinton Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow Tel: 01 - 2869111 www.wicklowtimes.net E-mail: wicklowed@localtimes.ie Charlie Kinsella, Michelle Kent Byrne and Sadie Doyle were at the coffee morning in the Arklow branch pf the Irish Wheelchair Association in recognition of those who volunteered during National Volunteer Week. THE NUMBER OF SOCIAL HOUSES CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN EXAGGERATED BY 100% WE BUY ARKLOWPROPERTY.IE HOUSES FAST

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 2 NEWS Bray Guides Katie Curran, Kate Slattery, and Clara Richardson are pictured at the Irish Girl Guides' Eastern Region Camp in Larch Hill. Over 180 Girl Guides took part, cooking their own meals and participating in fun activities. is published by Wicklow Times, 5 Eglinton Road, Bray. Tel: 01-2869111 Contacts: Shay Fitzmaurice, Managing Editor - shay@localtimes.ie Ian Colgan, News Editor - ian@localtimes.ie Erika Doyle, Features Editor - erika@localtimes.ie General enquiries - info@localtimes.ie Times WICKLOW L O C A L What’s Happening... Arklow's Green Flag Arklow Coastcare will celebrate the raising of yet another Green Flag for Arklow South Beach, at their AGM on Thursday 7th June 1.10 - 2.00 at National Learning Network, Briggs Lane, Arklow. All Welcome.

Tinahely Men's Shed sponsored walk Tinahely Men's Shed will hold a sponsored walk and open day on Saturday, 16th June. The cost for entry in the sponsored walk €10 ( kids go free). Registration on the day will be from 9am, with the walk beginning at 10am. Career options day Intreo will be holding a 'Career Options Day' on Monday 11th June from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at Arklow Library. This event is being run jointly with Wicklow County Council Library Service as part of their 'Work Matters' programme and will be open to the public.

Asian/Irish Cultural Festival The Asian/Irish Cultural Festival, celebrating the diversity, multi-culturism and integration between Irish, Asian and all communities in Bray, Dublin and further afield, will be held on Sunday 10th June from 1-6pm in the Harbour Bar in Bray. The fourth year of the event features rapper Oisín Mac performing as Gaeilge, traditional Japanese dancing from Odorikko, Sean-Nós Dancing, Erna Supardi O'Connell leading the Indonesian contin- gent, with bellydancing the newest artform to be added to the bill! Demonstrations of Aikido and Katori-Shinto-Ryu will introduce the uninitiated to Martial Arts! While Maureen Roberts will be giv- ing a St. Brigid's Cross making workshop. Organisers Susan Jackson and Rie Maruyama say they are still adding to the bill and if you'd like to find out more or maybe get involved, then email: asianirishculture@gmail.com.

Bray Arts Show The next Bray Arts Show takes place tonight (Tuesday 5th June) at 8pm at Jim Doyle's Back Bar in Bray. The evening will feature live music from Tom Dalton and his band Celtic Grace, who will play an acoustic set. The photographs by underwa- ter marine life photographer Zac Campbell will be on display, and the latest Bray Arts Journal will be launched on the night, with writers presenting their new work. Admission is €5 (€4 Conc). Christ Church Bray Garden Fete There will be a Garden Fete at Christ Church Bray on Saturday, 9th June from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Available to buy will be plants, gifts, crafts, hand- bags, cosmetics, jewellery, books, CDs and Vinyls, toys and games and furniture. There will be also be a grand raffle, live music, BBQ, tea & coffee, cakes, face painting, a bouncy castle, and chil- dren's entertainer. Admission is €2 and children go free.

Arklow Cancer Support Meeting Arklow Cancer Support recently partnered with Transition Year students from St Mary’s College who were working on community-based projects fitting in with their Transition year theme of altruism - the selfless concern for the wellbeing of others. The group of eight students chose to work with Arklow Cancer Support for twenty six weeks where they experienced first-hand the work that they carry out in the community. Part of their experience includ- ed the completion of a project based around support groups and their importance in the community. At their transition year graduation night these students had an opportunity to present their project to the Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris.

Arklow Cancer Support will now host a night for the eight students at 8 St Marys Road on Wednesday 6th June at 7:30pm. "We would urge everyone to come along and view their project and meet each of the girls who have given so freely and so tirelessly of their time in the past number of months," said Arklow Cancer Support. "We would like to thank Mr Ward, the Staff, and Students of St Marys College Arklow for all their support." Anam Cara parent evening Anam Cara South Dublin, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its monthly parent evening on Monday 11th of June from 7.30pm-9:00pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght. The meeting offers parents a safe and comfort- able forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their grief and loss.

Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard stressed that this event is open to all bereaved parents regard- less of the age of the child or children, the cir- cumstances of their death, or whether this was recent or not. For those considering attending but unsure , Ms Vard suggests they visit the website, anam- cara.ie. "There, in their own time, parents can watch our short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who have attended Anam Cara events. The videos, which are just four minutes each, show parents interviewed on topics like A Dad's Grief, Sudden and Traumatic Death, and The Grieving Family." For more information see anamcara.ie or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888 & 01 4045378.

Celebrating 60 years at Glenmalure Hostel On Sunday 10th June 'Friends of Glenmalure' are celebrating 60 years of hostelling at Glenmalure and are inviting the public to attend. This Historic house was bequeted to An Oige by the late Dr Kathleen Lynn, Paediatrician and Political activist in 1916. The youth hostel was officially opened by President Eamon de Valera on 10th June 1956. His grandson Eamon O Cuiv TD will deliver a speech at this commemorative event where there will be refreshments, music, enter- tainment and storytelling. Celebrations commence at 1pm with talks at 3pm at Glenmalure Hostel. Car parking is available at Barravore car park, a 15 min walk on track from Glenmalurre Hostel. Dr Jonathan Fisher & Dr Sashkia Darar 9 Goldsmith Terrace, Quinsboro Road, Bray Medical Card Services • 2 Fillings within a year • Extractions & Root treatments • Prescriptions For enquiries or to make an appointment please call 01 286 2137 Dr. Jonathan Fisher Dr. Sashkia Darar FREE Dentures Tel: 286 5057 Fax: 201 4335 www.acmeblinds.com email: bray@acmeblinds.com *12 Month Guarantee on ALL Blinds* BRAY Vevay Rd, Bray • Free Fitting • Free Measuring Service • Free In Home Advice & Design Service • No Obligation Quote Claire Crystal WILLBEAVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE READINGS BOOKING ADVISABLE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT TEL: 087 6320779 RUNE STONES PALM CRYSTAL BALL TAROT CARDS Mon 11th & Tues 12th June: Martello, Strand Rd., Bray Wed 13th & Thurs 14th June: Grand Hotel, Wicklow 1pm - 8pm Each Day Psychic Clairvoyant Medium SOLICITORS Personal Injuries, Property Sale/Purchase, Accidents, Wills, Probate & Powers of Attorney For Professional & Confidential Advice Main Street, Market Square, Wicklow Town, A67 HD96 T: 0404 54600 / 54604 E: info@haughtonlegal.ie Web: www.haughtonlegal.ie Horkans Garden Centre: Pot Plants, Trees, Shrubs etc: Phone 01 2872078 Brambles Cafe: Breakfast, Lunch, Cakes Phone 01 2872709 Premier Timber Domestic Garden Sheds: (Free Delivery and Erection) Phone 0404 44735 Loghouse.ie: Ireland’s leading log cabin supplier. Phone 01 2017675 Adman Steel Sheds: (Rustproof, No maintenance) Phone 053 9430001 Outdoorliving.ie: Stunning outdoor furniture/heaters/greenhouses and artificial grass Phone 01 2878404 Open 9.30am-6p.m. Veranco Ltd: Glass Canopies and Car Ports for your garden. Phone 053 9430001 Geoghegans Conservatory Conversions: Show Village now open Phone 01 6392978 Shed World: One Stop Shop for all your Garden Needs Phone 053 9179019 Open Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm Sun 12am to 6pm Glen of the Downs Garden Centre A.N. AUTOMATION Call: 087 633 1792 / Office: 0402 29128 PSA Licence Number 07758 • Automatic Gates • Audio Intercoms • Video Intercoms • Key Pads • GSM Units • GSM Intercoms Gillian Moore and Joe McDonald were at the coffee morning in the Arklow branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association in recognition of the work of volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

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NEWS 3 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 ‘IT’S ALL SPIN!’ Continued from Page 1 Councillor Matthews said, "The Rebuilding Ireland report stated that there were 780 Local Authority builds in 2017. However, the actual build figure is 394 - with the remain- ing 386 having being purchased from the pri- vate sector. "Including 'turnkey acquisitions' in housing reports as 'completions' creates an impression that the Government's housing plan is work- ing, but it is misrepre- senting the actual level of Local Authority building activity. "These figures raise questions about the efficiency of the Government's housing plan. The cost of pur- chasing houses, partic- ularly in North Wicklow is higher than direct builds on State owned land. We have all heard reports of the very high figures that developers are charging Local Authorities for Part V housing provi- sion. It seems the Government are des- perate to do everything except directly build social housing. Also speaking on the matter, Social Democrats councillor Jennifer Whitmore said "This is yet another cynical move by the Government to paint a more favourable picture with regard to the hous- ing figures. It is obvi- ous that the Government's housing strategy is failing and rather than actually try to address the prob- lems, the Government is relying on spin to hide them. But there can be no hiding from the 120,000 people on our housing lists and the desperate situation those families are in. The Government is storing up an intergen- erational social prob- lem and it needs to take drastic action to tackle this housing emergency immediately." Addressing Labour Party members who participated in the "YES" campaign in Wicklow, Party Chairperson Jack O'Connor, who has been selected to contest the General Election in Wicklow said "The purported arguments for not building forty thousand houses to alleviate the housing crisis and to keep the people’s money on ice doing nothing instead, don't stand up. The State already has nearly €40bn at its disposal between the so called Strategic Investment Fund and 'Cash Balances' held by the exchequer. Worse - the so called 'Rainey Day Fund' could not be deployed into the econ- omy in a downturn any- how, because of domes- tic and EU fiscal rules. The other argument has to do with avoiding 'overheating'. However, failing to address the housing crisis will actu- ally exacerbate that danger. The way to address the potential problem of overheat- ing, which does not currently exist, is by establishing the long- delayed mandatory Second Pillar Pension Scheme to drain off surplus liquidity, while simultaneously address- ing our long-term pen- sion deficit.

"Fine Gael and Fianna Fail's preoccu- pation with the 'Rainey Day Fund' may be well intended. However, it's about dealing with the last crisis. The tragedy is that if it takes them as long as it took them to smell the roses on the 8th amendment, we'll be well into the next one," he concluded. Deputy Casey made the comments after asking Minister Bruton in the Dáil to set out the location of these new schools. “The Minister was unable to provide any clarity regarding where these schools will be located,” said Deputy Casey.

"Minister Bruton announced a new school building programme last April to much fanfare. He com- mitted to delivering 42 new schools with some of these due to open in September of next year. I have been trying to get some further detail from Minister Bruton since his announcement to no avail. "Fianna Fáil specifically asked Minister Bruton in the Dáil to set out where these 42 new schools will be located. “There are many parents around the country wondering whether their children will be able to attend one of these new schools. They are delaying making decisions on the future of their children's educa- tion while they await these details.

"I was astonished by the answer given by Minister Bruton in the Dáil. He sidestepped our question Confusion over sites for four Wicklow schools Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey has said he is "astonished" at the lack of detail given by Minister Richard Bruton in relation to his plan for 42 new schools, including the four schools in Wicklow. entirely and could not set out where a single one of these schools will be located. "There is no sub- stance whatsoever to the announcement made by Minister Bruton last month. “It's ridiculous that no site has been select- ed for new schools that the Minister says will open in September of next year," concluded Deputy Casey.

Pictured making their first communion at Kilanote Church, Rathdangan, were Aine Goggins, Holly Byrne, Maegan Cullen, Orlaith Whelan, Emma Murphy, Sara-Jane Cullen, and Daireann Delahunt from Rathcoyle National School.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 4 NEWS The non-political events were organised by campaign group Standing4Women, attendees were asked to wear red and show up to “show the women and families affected that we are with them, that we support them, and to call for immediate action by the government and the HSE”. The group say they have two urgent policy require- ments; asking for relevant policy for the upcoming Bill on mandatory disclosure to be implemented in conjunc- tion with an agreed timeline and active and independent support for those affected by the scandal including and not limited to an immediate point of contact for those affected, and a multidisciplinary support team. Rosie Condra, one of the women impacted by the Cervical Check failures called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to “stop talking about me and talk to me”. She said, "209 woman, each and every one has a name, a fami- ly and a life. We need disclosure, support and most of all, to be listened to." Terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathuna spoke at the rally in Dublin and said she would not die leaving this country in unsafe hands. She added, "People don't realise that when you are dying you are the strongest you've ever been because you're fighting for survival.” An audit by the HSE into the issues surrounding cervical checks found that 209 women received smear test results that could have provided different results. Of these 18 have now died. Wicklow campaigners participate in national day of action A National Day of Action took place last week in solidarity with the 209 women affected by the Cervicalcheck scandal. A number of campaigners from Wicklow travelled to the main gathering at the Dail in Dublin while others staged a smaller demonstration in Wicklow Town.

Pictured at a Standing4Women demonstration in Wicklow Town are Anna Doyle, Maureen Mellon, Susan Dillon, Trish Rouse and Daire Shaw. The race began near The Beehive and made its way out towards Deputy's Pass. From there it wound its way down to The Tap and followed the old N11 southwards before turn- ing at the roundabout and going straight back to The Beehive. Over 50 people took part and the first three ladies across the line were Rachel Eustace, 67 mins.; Rhonda McHugh, 70:10 and Mary Ketterer in a time of 72 minutes. The first three men over the line were Derek Crammond, 61:40; Alexander Williams 62:32 and Michael Finn 64:04.

Tim Grummel provid- ed the race clock and Pat Doyle, proprietor of The Beehive, allowed the use of his premises as race headquarters and supplied complimentary refreshments to all par- ticipants. "As usual with hos- pice running events the organisers are indebted to Michael Richardson of Wicklow Civil Defence who supplied back-up support for the event," organisers stated. "On the day the sun shone which added greatly to the day and because the race started at 9.00 a.m. there was very little traffic - an enjoyable day indeed and an event that could become a regular feature on the running calen- dar." The next run- ning/walking event in aid of the Wicklow Hospice is the annual four day Festival of Running in and around the grounds of Avondale House and Forest Park from 12th - 15th July. For more information on this favourite go to the events section of the Wicklow Hospice web- site or to the facebook page.

The inaugural Wicklow Hospice Ten Miler took place recently beginning and ending at the Beehive on the old N11. The seed for this race was germinated when the long estab- lished Ballycotton Ten was phased out. In stepped Bill Porter and Sinéad Tarmey with an interesting substitute: The Wicklow Hospice Ten Miler. Inaugural 'Hospice Ten Miler' a sunny success! Times WICKLOW L O C A L We’ve got Wicklow Covered! WE DELIVER 44,500 COPIES THROUGHOUT CO. WICKLOW EVERY WEEK! Refurbish your bathroom or en-suite completely 2 Purcell Square, Bray, Co. Wicklow (behind the Wild Goose pub) Tel: 01 276 5277 E: freddiebraytile@gmail.com for Offer includes; bath, panel & taps or shower enclosure: Vanity unit, basin and taps, mirror, toilet, heated towel rail and valves; 20sq. yards of wall tile; 3 sq. yards of floor tiles; all necessary adhesives, grout and trims; Fully supplied and fitted within 4 consecutive working days. Making Dream bathrooms a Reality www.braytileandbathroomcentre.ie N o va ra A ve .

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5 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 EXCITING SUMMER IN GREYSTONES Grab your tickets now on www.whaletheatre.ie Great Plays / Screenings / Concerts / Comedy / Performance Art E: ask@whaletheatre.ie (01) 201 0550 Bringing It All Back Home: Phelim Drew Saturday June 9th Greystones Players Presents: Summer Shorts Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd June Aprés Match LIVE World Cup 2018 Special Friday July 13th Bolshoi Ballet Live: Coppelia Sunday June 10th The Comedy Improv Show Friday June 15th An Evening with Classical Harmony (Formerly the Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble) Saturday June 16th Greystones Film Club: Maudie Wednesday June 20th FULL Theatre Production of The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde Saturday June 30th FULL Theatrical Production of Little Red Riding Hood and the Silly Billy Wolf Sunday July 1st Dry Rain Theatre presents To Shorten the Road Saturday July 7th FREE EVENT - Music Together 2018 SUMMER SHOWCASE PARTY Sunday July 8th Best New Folk Artist 2018 SARA RYAN Saturday July 14th Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully Friday July 20th Human Virtues EP Release Sunday August 26th Visiting Greystones from Spain: Zoelas Friday August 24th

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Pictured at the raising of the Blue Flag at Brittas Bay last week were Kevin Scanlon, Robert Kelly, Bert Kenny, Teresa O'Brien, Michael McNamara, Sean Quirke, and Luke Finlayson. Brittas Bay North Beach and South Beach both retained their Blue Flags for 2018. Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 6 NEWS Cllr Derek Mitchell said "This provides a parallel service road from 600m before the junction so that traffic for the junction and commercial premises will leave there. Traffic exiting the commercial premises will only be allowed rejoin the service road.

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Pictured outside Wicklow's Historic Gaol are Blaise Treacy, Chairman of Wicklow Gaol, Derek Nolan, Failte Ireland, Miriam Keegan, Matron of Wicklow Gaol, James Murphy, Jailer at Wicklow Gaol, Ivona Carr, Failte Ireland, and Emeir O'Connell, Wicklow Gaol Manager. Kilmacanoge N11 Safety Plan consultation The long awaited Plan to improve road safety at Kilmacanoge is available to view online and any submissions should be sent to the Council by 11th June. more land. I hope this can be approved at the Council's July meeting which should allow con- struction to start by the end of the year.

"The main improve- ment plan for the M/N11 is progressing and it is hoped the very detailed feasibility, option and selection study can be done by the end of 2020 with con- struction start 2022 at the earliest. It is badly needed but being a large and complex project it will take time." As part of its wider strategy to boost tourism and revenue across Ireland's regions, Fáilte Ireland is providing a series of capital grants through the new Storytelling Interpretation Grants Scheme to improve the quality of animation and storytelling at existing attractions throughout Ireland's Ancient East.Successful bids, including Wicklow Gaol, have been recog- nised for their ability to improve the quality of physical interpretation at their sites through a range of innovative resources including audio guides, video and interactive technology.

Welcoming today's funding announcement, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., said: "Wicklow is a key player in Ireland's Ancient East, with a wealth of experiences, culture and heritage available across the whole county, all year round. Grants like this one for the amazing Wicklow Gaol will really help to boost the tourism offering here and, in turn, drive even more visitors and revenue into County Wicklow." Jenny De Saulles, Head of Ireland's Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland, said "Visitors from around the world are increasingly expecting more interac- tive and hands-on ways to enjoy history and her- itage.Development grants, like the one we've announced for Wicklow Gaol, are vital in ensuring our tourism offering remains strong and com- petitive.” Emeir O'Connell, Manager at Wicklow Enterprise Park and Wicklow Historic Gaol said "Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Historic Gaol manage- ment team are delighted to receive grant support from Fáilte Ireland to fur- ther develop the story of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol through the use of Virtual technology. Wicklow Gaol is a key attraction in County Wicklow, in Ireland's Ancient East, and pivotal to the econo- my of Wicklow town both in terms of customer spend and job creation. "Tourism growth is a key driver in the strategic plan for County Wicklow.

Continually enhancing and developing our prod- ucts to meet customer expectations is critical for future growth. Staying relevant in the customers and tour operators mind is vital to our success. This grant will allow that jour- ney continue." Welcoming the grant, Minister Andrew Doyle said “This is great news for Wicklow Town and surrounding areas, and I am delighted that Wicklow is getting the recognition it deserves. Tourism is a vital part of the local economy here in Wicklow; both in terms of customer spend as well as job creation. It is a key driver across the economy of Wicklow. Promoting and supporting our arts, culture and heritage is good for our society, our economy and our national identity, both at home and abroad.Our arts and cul- ture have always been, and always will be, one of Ireland's enduring strengths.”

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 8 NEWS Pictured are Marguerite Twomey, John Harrington, Jessie Carmody with her dogs Ruby and Harry, and Dave O'Reilly of Greystones Tidy Towns at Greystones Harbour promoting the awareness of dog fouling and reminding dog owners to be responsible and clean up after their dogs. Additional enquiries are still being handled by the Wicklow Sailing Club organisers though the 2016 record entry of 69 boats is unlikely to be matched this year. In spite of the rugged 704 nautical-mile course facing the crews on the 30th June at Wicklow, a touch of glamour will be featured as Stephen O'Flaherty's Soufriere, the elegant yacht from the James Bond movie Casino Royale is also entered. And Richard Loftus's classic Swan 65 Desperado of Cowes will be the largest boat racing this year.

Several entries feature crews from Sailing schools around the coast, many of whom are new recruits to the sport or fulfilling 'bucket-list' ambitions. The launch gathering heard from Elizabeth Birdthistle who sailed around Ireland in 2016 as one of a crew of ten such newcomers and she likened the race to the Camino de Santiago or a Mount Everest ascent. "It was a very personal journey and I learnt about life doing it - it's almost like a rite of passage for people who love the sea," she told the audience gathered at the Royal Over 50 boats confirmed for Round Ireland race A wide field of international entries from the United States, Finland, Norway, France as well as Irish and British crews are amongst the 54 entries to date for the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018. Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. "The Round Ireland IS the Wild Atlantic Way." Also, in the audience were a number of previ- ous winners including for- mer Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Commodore Michael Boyd from Co. Meath, who won the race in 1996 and will be racing again this year.

"This is a very attrac- tive race for RORC sailors, not just because it's an attractive course but also it earns bonus points in our annual series and we are delighted to see so many overseas entries for 2018," Boyd said. "Every race is dif- ferent and you never know until you're back in the clubhouse just how you've done - there are very few double-win- ners." One such winner is Peter Wilson who won the 1994 race on Bridgestone and returned to win on Colm Barrington's 1998 entry Jeep Cherokee. He shared memories of the highs and lows of the unique course with the audience.

"The highs would be going up the West coast of Ireland in 40 knots of wind for 200 miles in 1994, a sleigh-ride that will stick in mind for the rest of my life," he said. Wind, or rather, the lack of it, was a low point in 1996 on Bootlegger and losing the race after get- ting becalmed for five hours off Greystones and obliged to anchor to stem the flood tide within sight of the finish. Another past race win- ner will also be making a return to the Volvo Round Ireland Race next month. Justin Slattery from Carrickfergus was the navigator on Eamon Crosbie's Calyx Voice & Data, the Ker 32-footer than won the race in 2004. He will be amongst a pro line-up for Niall Dowling on Baraka GP, one of the candidates for this year's overall race win.

Wicklow Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Pat Casey TD has said the Central Bank should treat returning emigrants who have never owned a home in Ireland as being first-time buyers here. Deputy Casey commented, "Under existing Central Bank rules, a returning emigrant to Wicklow who borrowed to purchase a home at any stage abroad but never in Ireland is treated as a non-first-time buyer. This means they are faced with a 20% deposit requirement if they wish to purchase a home here, instead of the 10% requirement if they were regarded as first-time buyers. To make matters worse for them, they are also excluded from the Government's Help to Buy scheme for first-time buyers.

"At a time when the State is trying to attract emigrants from Wicklow back to Ireland, this is exactly the type of issue that needs to be addressed. An emigrant may have owned an apartment or house abroad for a period of time and then sold it. They may not have the type of lump sum needed to meet the 20% deposit requirement. In my view, the fact that they never owned a home in Ireland means they should be regarded as a first-time buyer here. "The reality is that the Revenue Commissioners, the Central Bank and the Department of Housing all have dif- ferent definitions of first-time buyer. For example, under certain circumstances, a person who is divorced or legally separated and who previously owned a home, may be treated as a first-time buyer for the purposes of qualifying for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme. However, the Revenue and the Central Bank allow no such exemption. "The definition of first-time buyer needs to be reviewed. A good place to start would be for the Central Bank to allow returning emigrants to be treated as a first-time buyer if they never owned a home here. We have raised this issue recently with the Governor of the Central Bank at the Oireachtas Finance Committee. He undertook to write to Fianna Fáil on the matter. We look forward to his reply." 'Change needed to first-time buyer rule for returning emigrants' Host Families Wanted Would you like to share your home with friendly international students from around the world?

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9 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 Tempted to throw Litter from the car window in County Wicklow? Whether it’s a plastic bottle, a disposable coffee cup, fast food wrapping, crisp packet or any other type of litter, Wicklow County Council will be watching our roads in all parts of the county using CCTV. We will catch offenders. Fines upwards from €150 will be issued to vehicle owners identified from which litter has been thrown. Prosecutions will be taken where fines are unpaid. This CCTV is made available to Wicklow County Council through funding from the Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment under the Anti-Dumping Initiative. Think again before you litter and dump in County Wicklow.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 10 NEWS Funding was secured from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment under the anti-dumping initiative to purchase cameras. These will be installed in all five municipal dis- tricts and will rotate between different loca- tions to catch people in the act of throwing items from car windows. The vehicle owners will be fined where littering from a car is captured on cam- era. Prosecutions will be undertaken for non-pay- ment of fines. Plastic drink bottles, drink cans, disposable coffee cups, fast food wrapping, cigarette pack- ets, crisp and sweet wrap- ping are all too common in our roadside ditches and verges. They are a product of our fast-paced consumption on-the-go lifestyles.

Roadside littering from cars is a serious blight in all parts of the county in both urban and rural com- munities. As we approach judging season for the National Tidy Towns competition, and also the PURE Mile com- petition for rural areas, it is worth noting that the groups of volunteers who undertake these projects have raised the issue of litter from cars. Many of the groups have commented that the problem is growing as people increasingly con- sume on-the-go in their cars. They also say that after cleaning a stretch of road they will often find the same type of litter in the same spot a day or two later.

There are a small minority who repeatedly offend as part of their daily or weekly routine. These people will be par- ticularly easy to catch as the Council can identify where they litter and how frequently they do so. National Spring Clean in April again demon- strated the scale of the problem. There were over 150 clean-ups across the county. The Council col- lected the bags of litter from groups with the biggest event producing almost 300 bags filled with roadside litter along one five mile stretch of road. The removal of litter from our roads takes up a huge amount of time for all involved, diverts fund- ing from other important services and in some cases on national and regional routes requires personnel to implement road traffic management to allow for safe collec- tion of the litter. The offenders look to dispose of their waste just as quickly as they con- sume with little regard for the communities they pass through and in some cases live in themselves. A pristine kept car can be matched by contempt for Wicklow's beautiful envi- ronment.

Bray Guides Niamh Mahony, Sienna Guilfoyle, and Roisin Hewitt are pictured at the Irish Girl Guides' Eastern Region Camp in Larch Hill. Over 180 Girl Guides had a whale of a time, cooked their own meals, took part in lots of fun activities and survived thunder storms. Wicklow County Council targets roadside litter CCTV is to be used by Wicklow County Council to catch culprits in the act for a new campaign targeting the problem of roadside littering from cars. The waste doesn't dis- appear but will be with us for hundreds of years unless picked up. Some of it including the cans and bottles could easily be recycled. The coffee cup waste could be pre- vented with a reusable coffee cup in the car. In 2017 Wicklow County Council used funding from the anti-lit- ter initiative to catch peo- ple dumping and the number of fines issued and prosecutions increased. Projects planned for 2018 will result in more offenders getting caught.

"Those who litter from cars will now be firmly in the sights of the Waste Enforcement team of Wicklow County Council. It is hoped that 2018 will again be a year where we see increased numbers getting caught, but also a year where we see roadside littering decrease, protecting our county and our local communities," a spokesperson said. The reception, which took place in the offices of Arklow Municipal District, was held to acknowl- edge the club's achievements this year, including four National Champions (two Male and two Female), five Leinster Champions, four Leinster Silver medallists and a Michael Andrews Competition Champion and one Silver in the same event.

The club also has two Wexford Box Cup winners which attracted entries from several nations. Arklow Boxing Club was established 48 years ago and has developed substantially over the years. Many Irish Champion boxers have come through this club since then. Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, a former club member, wel- comed around 60 representatives from the Boxing Civic reception held for Arklow Boxing Club A Civic Reception was held by the members of Arklow Municipal District recently to honour Arklow Boxing Club.

Club, he pointed out that these results were a great achievement. He said he was very proud as Cathaoirleach to hon- our Arklow Boxing Club with a Civic Reception. Cllr Annesley also referred to the club's reputation throughout the world with boxers from all parts of County Wicklow and Europe having connections with the Arklow club. He finished by thanking the management committee, coaches and backroom teams connected with the club. Mr Jim Moore, Club Chairman and Head Coach, Arklow Boxing Club, referred to the history of the club and its endeavours over the years to provide the facilities they now have. He paid tribute to the past members of the club for their hard work and dedication down through the years. He also thanked the former Arklow Town Council for their finan- cial contribution in 2014 which assisted in the completion of the Clubhouse.

Cllr Pat Fitzgerald stated that: "Arklow Boxing Club is a shin- ing example of what can be achieved in a com- munity". The club was present- ed with an engraved plaque to commemorate the occasion. Anti-littering initiative in place for Wicklow 200 Wicklow 200, Ireland's longest running annual challenge cycling event, has created a new initiative aimed at preserving the environment on the roads of Ireland's Garden County. The ‘Love It Don't Leave It’ campaign centres around the beauty of the surroundings the riders will be travelling through during the Wicklow 200 and its Wicklow 100 sibling on Sunday June 10th. The campaign will incentivise entrants to dispense of litter responsibly as well as introducing other initiatives aimed at acknowledging and preserving the beauty of the natural surroundings. The organisers have made a commitment to reduce plastic waste by using water tanks to refill the riders' water bottles at the feed stations in Baltinglass and Rathdrum. The organisers will also keep plastic food packaging to a minimum by ensuring that cakes and savoury items are not individually wrapped for dis- pensing at the feed stations and the finish line. Event organiser Alan Heary said the Love It Don't Leave It initiative is a key component in getting the most out of the Wicklow 200 experience for riders and organ- isers alike “For everyone involved in Wicklow 200, the event is a privilege and it's up to us to recognise our good fortune by returning the compliment,” he said.

Positive progress on new primary eye care services Community Healthcare East (HSE Wicklow/South Dublin) is currently developing Primary Care Eye Services for Co Wicklow. The new model will mean a primary eye care services will be providing directly in Wicklow with a com- munity based team. Minister for Health Simon Harris outlined an update on the service, saying "This new service will operate with a multi-disciplinary team of an Orthoptist, an Optometrist, an eye care nurse and an administrator work- ing between Wicklow and South Dublin every week.

"The focus in 2018 will be on Primary Eye Care Services for Children and clinical pathways, team compo- sition, equipment and facilities. "This is really excellent news for Co Wicklow as it means patients can avail of full primary eye care ser- vices in the community. This is an important part of the move to bring healthcare out of hospitals and into our communities. I really look forward to seeing the impact of this new model."

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 12 NEWS Fergal Redmond of BoxFit Arklow makes a donation to Karen Russell, Vicky O'Leary, Liam Wolohan, and John Summers of the Arklow Community First Responders. The funds were raised from a recent boxing event. Building on Blessington's success in being selected as Leinster's Most Enterprising Town in 2017, Wicklow County Council and Blessington and District Forum are using the opportunity to involve other interested parties in establishing the Blessington Town Team. Other groups involved in the Blessington Town Team are Tidy Towns and the Business Network along with the Gardai and Education from the Public Sector.

The concept for Town Teams has emerged from an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The Team's work will be carried out in a spirit of genuine partnership and will build on the many strong and successful structures and partner- ships which already exist in the town. It is envisaged that rather than replacing these, each of them will continue to grow and hopefully strengthen in tandem with the new Town Team. At its recent meeting, John Horan, who has overseen the building of the Greenway linking the town with Russborough, was selected as Chairperson of the Team. Jason Mulhall of Blessington Tidy Towns is the Vice-Chair and Michael Sargent, from the Blessington and District Forum, is Secretary of the Team.

The Secretariat will be at the Council's Offices in the town and all six Councillors from the Municipal District are Team members. Local Council officials will par- ticipate also and will pro- vide support and expertise to the Team. The first element of the Team's work will be the carrying out of a compre- hensive Town "Health Check". It is envisaged that residents and busi- nesses will be invited to provide ideas and sugges- tions as part of that pro- cess. Based on the outcome of the Health Check a detailed Vision Statement and Town Action Plan will be developed with a view to stakeholder and funding source identifica- tion and inclusion in Local Area Plans and Development Plans where applicable.

An early and strong focus will be the securing of funding for and com- pletion of Blessington Greenway and the inclu- sion of public facilities in proposed developments. Other examples might include projects under the umbrella of Infrastructure and Public Realm. In order to ensure that the Team can begin its work on behalf of the 'One vision one voice for Blessington' Blessington has a new Town Team with the aim of creating "One Vision One Voice for Blessington". Its first objective will be carrying out a town "Health Check" which will lead to a Vision Statement and Action Plan. community in Blessington as quickly as possible, a number of Working Groups - and Team members to lead them - have been identi- fied as follows: Public Realm and Tidy Towns (Jason Mulhall); Planning and Infrastructure (Michael Sargent); Healthy Blessington (Kilian McGreal); Business (Lead to be decided); Culture and Heritage (Michael Doyle); Greenway and Tourism (John Horan). "This is a new process for greater collaboration between the Public Sector and Community interests in Blessington", accord- ing to the Chairperson John Horan. "The new Town Team will be focusing on how to make Blessington an even bet- ter place to work, shop, socialise and live in". The Taste of Wicklow Food Festival now in its 6th Year will be held at the stunning Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town and with its star-studded line up of celebrity chefs is sure to attract record crowds again this year. On Saturday 30th June a wonderful weekend in Wicklow Town kicks off with the start of the Round Ireland Yacht Race with a full programme of family enter- tainment at the historic Black Castle.

The festivities continue with a variety of national and local talents ready to put on an unforgettable show sure to electrify the crowd starting from 5pm - 10pm. The programme features Cafolla & Engel, Seo Linn, Music Generation Wicklow, Look to The Lady, and Xquisite Dance - five acts that are no strangers to putting on powerful performances. The Music program is sponsored by K&K Windows. On Sunday celebrity chefs Catherine Fulvio, Kevin Dundonand Paul Kelly together with local chefs will be cooking up a storm throughout the day with masterclass demonstrations - if you fancy yourself as the next Gordan Ramsey you can't miss this!

For the 6th year running, The Taste of Wicklow is sponsored by Gallagher's SuperValu Wicklow and is organised by Wicklow Town & District Chamber. The programme will feature over 30 artisan food and craft stalls who have been tweaking their delicacies for months just for this moment, and can't wait for you to sample the absolute best in food that Wicklow has to offer. Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as a packed schedule of free entertainment will be running for all the family - face painters, children's games, entertainers, puppet and circus shows, to name just a few of the activities. Celebrity chefs launch 6th Taste of Wicklow Food Festival Celebrity Chefs Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Kelly were in Wicklow Town last week for a photoshoot to launch Taste of Wicklow Food Festival which takes place on 1st July along with local chefs Paul Smith from The Mystic Celt, and Alan Hegarty and Tomasz Wzrobel from the Lighthouse Restaurant. The Taste of Wicklow is now the biggest Food Festival in the South East. Speaking at the photo call, Wicklow Town & District Chamber President Robin Bradley said "Now in its sixth year, The Taste of Wicklow Food Festival has become the standout social event of the year in Wicklow Town and this year sets out to pro- mote all the food pro- ducers in County Wicklow." A buzz is brewing in Wicklow Town, as local businesses and people can't wait to showcase the reasons why you'll want to keep returning to Wicklow all summer long.

Early Bird Tickets are available online at www.tasteofwicklow.ie, but act fast as the tickets are rapidly running out - once they're gone, they’re gone. Pictured are chefs Andy McDaniel (The Bridge Tavern), Tomasz Wrobel (The Lighthouse Restaurant), Paul Kelly (Merrion Hotel), Robbie (SuperValu Sponsor), Dianna Sheridan (Chamber President), John Sinnott (Chairman of Taste of Wicklow), Veronica O'Reilly (Healthy Habits), Richard Corrigan (Wholefood Cafe - Pepes) and Rory Morahan (The Druid Chef) Speaking after welcoming a delegation from Arklow into Leinster House last Wednesday to discuss the seri- ous concerns of locals, Deputy Brady said "I have been working with a number of concerned residents from Arklow over the last number of months regarding the closure of a number of right of ways to the North Beach and Porters Rock/Seabank areas in Arklow. These are fantastic beaches that locals use daily, some of the right of ways date as far back as 1896.” Deputy Brady continued "Over the last number of years access to the right of ways have been restricted and gates padlocked, there has also been a number of complaints made to Wicklow County Council by locals in relation to unauthorised development in the area that is impacting on the local community. The residents 'Council must act to keep public right of ways in Arklow open' John Brady TD has called on Wicklow County Council to take immediate action to ensure that the public right of ways to North Beach and Porters Rock/Seabank in Arklow are kept open.

travelled to Lenister House and met with three of the five Wicklow TDs. "Public access to these fantastic amenities needs to be protected and I'm calling on Wicklow County Council to act swiftly and decisively to ensure that complete unrestricted access is allowed along the well- established public right of ways." Local councillor Mary McDonald concluded "The complaints made by the local residents regard- ing unauthorised develop- ment also need to be fol- lowed up by the council and enforcement action taken if required. This is a beautiful part of Arklow, and it should be accessi- ble to all, no one should be allowed to act above the law. " John Brady, TD Recycled: • Screened Topsoil • Screened no 2 soil • 4" Down Crushed Concrete • 4" Clean Crushed Concrete • 3" Down Crushed Concrete • 3" Clean Crushed Concrete • Crushed Concrete Fines • Crushed Tarmac Fines • No 2 Stone Also available: • Granite • Pebble • Sand Marrakesh Ltd is a family run business specialising in Construction and Demolition Waste Management & Recycling, Site Clearance and Supply of Material from 4” down to Blinding, Recycled Screened Topsoil, Sand, Gravel etc. EPA LICENCED FACILITY • ALL TRUCKS CARRY WASTE PERMITS We also accept for recycling: • Clay • Stone • Concrete • Tarmac • Sand We can organise SITE CLEARANCES - no job too big or small Tel: 01 286 8119 Mobile: 087 664 1866 www.marrakeshltd.com

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 14 NEWS Doreen Forde, Breda Fennell, Cis Roche, Kay Merrigan, and Doreen Goggins are pictured with members of the Arklow District Asthma Society Swimming Club at their recent awards night in the Coral Leisure Centre, Arklow. This will be Seamus's 5th Transplant Games; in previous years he has been a regular medal win- ner at golf and table ten- nis. Seamus is well known locally as the owner of Wicklow Homes Auctioneers and is a member of Delgany Golf Club. This year he is the Men's Captain of Greystones Lawn Bowling Club. "I stay as active as pos- sible to honor my donor who gave me the chance of ‘The Gift of Life’ Seamus said. No doubt he will do that at the upcom- ing games.

Patron of the team, Senator David Norris, said "As a transplant recipient myself I was delighted to be asked to be the Patron of the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant team who are heading to the European Heart and Lung Transplant games which take place in Lignano in Italy starting on the 10th June. I have no doubt that they will do themselves, their donors and Ireland proud at the games. The fact that they are able to compete is a testament to the transplantation pro- grammes and the generos- ity of organ donors every- where." Senator Norris launched his Patronage of the Irish Transplant Team at the Mater Hospital on Wednesday 30th May. Kilcoole heart transplant recipient heading to World Games Heart transplant recipient Seamus Eager from Kilcoole is on the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Team which will compete at the European Transplant games in Lignano, Italy. The games start on 10th June. Pictured is Tansplant Games athlete Seamus Eager with Senator David Norris, Patron of the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Team Imogen Stuart's art- work and the stamp are based on a woodcarving by the artist, which por- trays St. Kevin's extraordinary closeness to nature. The artwork features the poem by Seamus Heaney 'St. Kevin and the Blackbird' with calligra- phy by Tim O'Neill. The life of St. Kevin, an Irish Saint born in AD 498 in County Wicklow, continues to inspire artists, nature lovers and those who believe in the power of retreat and prayer. Nobel Prize winner, Seamus Heaney described his poem ‘St Kevin and the Blackbird’ (The Spirit Level, 1996) as "a little meditation".

Kevin studied for the priesthood in Cill na Manach (Kilnamanagh), moving to the seclusion of Glendalough, where he spent the rest of his life. Here he chose to practice solitude and prayer, surrounded by nature. He established two known sites near the upper lake; St. Kevin's Bed, a man- made cave, and St. Monastic City, Glendalough. Pic: Chris Hill 1,400th anniversary of St. Kevin of Glendalough celebrated with artwork and stamp The Office of Public Works (OPW) and An Post are celebrating the life of St. Kevin of Glendalough with the display of 'St. Kevin and the Blackbird', an artwork by Imogen Stuart and Tim O'Neill in Glendalough Visitor Centre, and the launch of An Post's latest stamp marking the 1,400th anniversary of the death of St. Kevin.

Kevin's Cell, near a mountain stream. St. Kevin is reported to have died on June 3rd, 618. He was canon- ised in 1903 by Pope Pius X. A monastic set- tlement was developed at Glendalough, recog- nised for a millennium as one of the great cen- tres of Christianity in Ireland and Europe. The An Post stamp is designed by Vermillion Design. It is based on the same legend which inspired both Imogen Stuart and Seamus Heaney: One day St. Kevin was deep in prayer, with arms out- stretched. The space being confined within his tiny cell, he knelt with one arm stretched out of the window. A blackbird came to rest there and laid an egg in St. Kevin's upturned palm. St. Kevin remained in this posi- tion, deep in meditative prayer, until the chick hatched. The €1 stamp is available in the GPO, in selected post offices nationwide and online at irishstamps.ie.

NEWS 15 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 The team first jetted into Ireland in their dis- tinctive red livery for the 2016 event and wowed the crowds with pinpoint precision moves and graceful manoeuvres. Anyone unlucky enough to miss their performance two years ago will have a second chance to marvel at these master craftsmen this July. Supported by the Irish Aviation Authority, the Bray Air Display will take place over two days on 28th and 29th July. Some of the other high- lights over the two days include: the Royal Jordanian Falcons ational aerobatic team, some of the most skilled aerobatic pilots in the world; Wildcat Aerobatics, one of the most exciting acts on the air show scene, displaying close forma- tion aerobatics and preci- sion synchronised flying in the iconic Pitts Special biplane; The Blades Aerobatic Team, includ- ing pilot Kirsty Murphy, formerly the first and only female Red Arrow's pilot; Tranchant Jet Team, a Celtic jet team from Brittany, France, flying four Fouga air- craft.

Spectators will also be treated to a trip down memory lane, enjoying the graceful beauty of some of the world's most iconic aircraft of the past. The 'Shamrock 1942' display involves the DC- 3 aircraft - one of the most recognisable and iconic planes of the 1930s and 40s. Its impact on the aviation industry make it one of the most significant transport air- craft ever made. A total of 19 DC-3s were in use by Aer Lingus until 1964, flying from Dublin to destinations such as London, Manchester and Birmingham. The DC-3 operated its first Aer Lingus European service to Paris in 1946, with Amsterdam following in 1947.

2018 sees Catalina Flying Boat PBY-5A cel- ebrate her 75th birthday. Catalina flies at air shows all over Europe and has ventured as far north as Iceland and Arctic Norway, as far south as Marseille and Barcelona and as far east as Moscow. The Catalina display consists of RED ARROWS TO HEADLINE BRAY AIR DISPLAY Pictured above: The Royal Jordanian Falcons which will be a part of the Bray Air Show Irish Historic Flight Foundation’s Chipmunk and Stearman aircraft. The Red Arrows - the crème de la crème of aerobatic display teams - will headline the Bray Air Display on Sunday 29th July. Dumbbells, flypasts & Orbits.

The Irish Historic Flight Foundation, which commemorates aviation achievements as well as encouraging an interest in Irish aviation, will bring old world glamour to Bray with Chipmunk and Stearman aircraft flying across the shore- line. Sé Pardy, Director, Bray Air Display, said, "It is full steam ahead as we organise the 13th annual Bray Air Display and it's going to be a thrilling spectacle with a line-up of more than 40 aircraft. The calibre of the aerobatic displays at Bray is really second to none and, I believe, inspirational for those considering a career in aviation. Everyone is welcome to enjoy what will be a wonderful free event for young and old alike. See you all in Bray this July!" Activities will kick off from noon each day with a fun-fair, live music, food and craft markets. While Bray Air Display is a free family weekend, hospitality packages are available which offer food, drink and panoramic views of the Bray Air Display flight path from the comfort of a grandstand located on the strand. There is an early bird offer available now for a limited time. See brayairdisplay.com for more information. Bray Air Display organisers are working in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, Wicklow County Council and respective agencies to implement a compre- hensive traffic manage- ment plan for the duration of the event. Spectators are encouraged to plan their visit in advance, take public transport and arrive early.

The project is run by Bray Area Partnership with classes in St. Peter's Parish Centre Bray and Kilcoole Community Centre. New classes will also be starting in September in St. Kilian's Community School in Bray. The idea of Fáilte Isteach is that people volunteer their time to teach practical conversa- tional English to people from other countries who live and work in their community. Improving their English helps stu- dents to participate more fully in society, take part in further education and gain employment.

The word Fáilte describes the spirit of the project - welcome to the community. Classes are free (but a €2 voluntary donation per class is requested) and take place Fáilte Isteach celebrates another year Students and volunteer tutors from Fáilte Isteach Bray & Kilcoole conversational English language project celebrated the end of another successful year recently and received their certificates at presentation ceremonies. through friendly small group conversations over a cup of tea.

In addition to helping learners improve their English, classes also have regular talks from differ- ent services that provide a wide range of supports in the local community. "It's brilliant to see how students and volun- teers have benefited from taking part,” says Lorna Lafferty from Bray Area Partnership, "everybody gets to develop their skills - as well as making friends with neighbours from different back- grounds. We want to say a huge thank you to all our students and volun- teers - without whom none of this could hap- pen." Fáilte Isteach Bray and Kilcoole is part of a national Third Age Ireland initiative. To find out more see brayarea- partnership.ie or call Lorna on 01 286 8266. Tutors and students from the Fáilte Isteach English language classes in Kilcoole Community Centre

Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 16 NEWS Deborah Somorins who founded the Hope Ireland Project delivered the keynote address, sharing her inspirational journey before the awards were handed out. There were six categories: Small Business (less than 10 employees); Large SME (over 10 employees); Employee; Best use of Digital; Emerging New Business; and the Arts. Anna Dobson won the Arts award on the night for her business Love Mo Chuisle. Highly commended in the Arts category was Charlotte Harrison of Charlie Harrison Jewellery.

The award for Best Use of Digital went to Muireann Fitzmaurice of MarketingCoach.ie. Lisa Collins of Wax It Lounge was Highly Commended in this category. Christina Clarkin of The Marketing Lounge won the award for Best Emerging New Business, while Highly Commended in this category was Claire Williams of Meadows. The Employee Award was given to Lindsay Malone from Carlow Institute of Business women of the year awarded Wicklow women from business, the service industry, the professions and arts and culture were awarded at Network Ireland Wicklow Branch's 'Wicklow Business Woman of the Year' awards at Brooklodge, Macreddin Village, Aughrim.

Technology. Rachel Walker from The Hayfield Family Collection and Trina O'Mahoney from Appletree Crafts were both Highly Commended. The Small SME award went to Rebecca Allen of The Farm Shop in Tinahely, and highly commended was Rachael Davis of Remedy Pilatets & Physiotheraphy. The Large SME award went to Carmel Mulligan of Laztech Ltd, and Highly Commended was Susan McQuaid from Little Dinners Ltd. Pictured are the award winners at the Network Ireland Business Awards Night; Rebecca Allen, Muireann Fitzmaurice, Carmel Mulligan, Lindsey Malone, Christina Clarkin and Anna Dobson with Netowrk Ireland President Louisa Meehan.

The Gold Medal for Best Concept Garden went to the garden 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again', designed by Tünde Szentesi from Calary, Bray. Celebrating the film's much anticipated release, multi award- winning designer Tünde Szentesi created a Greek-style garden inspired by ABBA songs. Peter O'Brien from Kilpeddar received a Silver-Gilt award for the Enchanted Wood garden. This woodland garden by garden and landscape designer Peter O'Brien is created around a Dr. Seuss inspired children's tree- house.

'Moments in Time - Dementia: Understand Together Garden', designed by the Dementia Friendly Garden (DFG) Team based in Baltinglass, was a Bronze medal winner. A collaboration between landscape gar- deners Newtown Saunders Ltd based in Baltinglass, university research centre TrinityHaus and dementia training organisation Sonas apc, this garden is a gentle space that facilitates understanding, togeth- erness and connection with nature, drawing on a strong dementia- friendly design evi- dence-base and the lived experience of dementia.

Another bronze medal winner was Growing Shed Garden, designed by Melanie Webb from Greystones. With its round tower, high grasses and mossy stone walls, designer Melanie Webb's garden evokes a sense of wild County Wicklow within a low-maintenance sub- urban, urban garden. The Association of Floral Artists (AOIFA) 15 Bloom medals for Co. Wicklow Show garden and postcard garden designers, plant nurseries and floral artists from across Co. Wicklow were awarded a combined total of 15 medals by judges at Bord Bia's 12th annual Bloom festival at Phoenix Park Dublin last week.

hosted a floral art com- petition at Bloom 2018. A Gold Medal was awarded to Christine Hughes, Blessington (Naas Flower & Garden Club), while Una Whelan, Bray (Bray Flower Club), Carol Bone (Bray Flower Club), and Christine Hughes, Blessington (Naas Flower & Garden Club), were Silver-Gilt Medal winners. Bloom also featured 13 small but perfectly formed amateur post- card gardens and the Bray Community Addiction Team received a Certificate of Distinction for their 'Living with Heart' gar- den which illustrates a person's struggle trying to break away from the jaws of addiction and despair.

In the botanical and floral art competition, Holly Somerville, from Baltinglass, received a Silver Gilt for her 'Iris 'Turkish Blue' art piece. Lynn Stringer from Wicklow received two silver medals and bronze medals were awarded to Yanny Petters, Bray, and Holly Somerville. 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again', designed by Tünde Szentesi from Calary, Bray and sponsored by Universal Pictures International Ireland, won the award for best concept garden. Moments in Time - Dementia: Understand Together Garden, designed by the Dementia Friendly Garden (DFG) Team including Clive Jones of Newtown Saunders Ltd, based in Baltinglass. Peter O'Brien from Kilpeddar received a Silver-Gilt award for the Enchanted Wood garden Medal

FEATURE 17 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 It's well known that Co. Wicklow is blessed with an abundance of excellent golf courses. From Championship courses to Driving Ranges, 18 hole and 9 hole, it can all be found in County Wicklow. The natural rugged beauty of the landscape and the friendly nature of the people make Wicklow one of the most favoured destina- tions for golf enthusi- asts from around the world. However, golfing in the county is not restricted to fanatical golfers, it has amenities to cater for players at every level of the sport. There is a wealth of golf courses perfect for the golf enthusiast. These courses are situ- ated in splendid loca- tions throughout County Wicklow and make for an ideal way to recover from the stresses and strains of work and everyday liv- ing.

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tion after speaking to women and hearing their stories of how the eighth amendment affected them. In the run up to his first general election he declared himself pro- life and appealed for voters to elect him on this basis telling the Pro Life Campaign in an email, "I am happy and proud to assure you I am pro-life. Please be assured of my support. I need No1 votes on Friday so I can be in a position to support these positions in Dail Eireann.” Minister Harris has since stated that leg- islating for abortion is his 'number one priority' and he plans to finalise the legis- lation by the end of 2018.

Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 18 NEWS DELIVERING YOUR LEAFLETS ANYWHERE IN WICKLOW Leaflet Distribution with GPS tracking and high end reporting Contact Aisling for a Quote: 086 2661799 E: distribution@localtimes.ie or call the office: 01 2869111 Times WICKLOW L O C A L COMPLETE LEAFLET SERVICE We can Design, Print and Deliver your leaflets, meaning we take the Entire Work Load! COMPLETE LEAFLET SERVICE Following his appearance on RTE’s Primetime where he debated repealing the eighth amendment, social media went wild with comments from men and women enquiring as to his marital status and declaring him a feminist hero. It was a far cry from the preceding weeks when the fallout from the cervical 'Sexy Simon' emerges from referendum campaign An unexpected result that emerged during the latter stages of the referendum campaign was that of Health Minister Simon Harris as 'sexy Simon'.

Rathdangan bucks the trend The people of Rathdangan bucked the trend of the rest of Co. Wicklow and indeed most of the country by turning out a majority 'No' vote in the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment. In Rathdangan Hall, 154 people voted to repeal the eighth amendment while 181 people voted No, a percentage of 46% to 54%. Elsewhere the results in Co. Wicklow mirrored the trend across the rest of the country with a land- slide Yes vote. The result across the whole of the county was 74% Yes to 26% No, though in certain areas the margin was far greater. In Curtlestown, Enniskerry, the tally was 89.3% Yes - the highest in the county. Other standout mar- gins included Bray North West where Booth 5 in St. Peter's National School was 84.7% in favour of repealing the eighth amendment. Booth 8 in St. Andrew's, Bray Central and East, had a Yes tally of 84.1%, while out of a total 10 boxes in Delgany and Charlesland, six had Yes tallies of over 80%. Areas were the margin was tighter included Knockananna (50.2% Yes to 49.8% No), Askanagap (52% Yes to 48% No), and Hacketstown (53% Yes to 47% No in Hacketstown NS Booth 3). Highest ever electorate in Wicklow The electorate in Co. Wicklow for the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment numbered 95,424 people, the highest ever in the county. Some 5,000 applications were received for the Supplementary Register compiled by the Council. A total of 1,851 applications for the supplementary regis- ter were rejected, which meant that the total valid sup- plement was 3,149 - the equivalent of over five ballot boxes.

The Council said the number of applications was "unprecedented". The supplement for the 2016 General Election was 557 people, while for the Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015 it was 1,200. The rejected applications were denied "on the grounds of being already registered to vote, moving within the same local electoral area, not on the Register in Wicklow and relocating to other local authorities", said the Council. Approximately 2,500 email queries/applications were received by the Council regarding inclusion on the Register while hundreds of phone queries were dealt with. The council said that all of the applications "had to be individually checked, validated and either added to the Supplement, forwarded to other local authorities or rejected as being on the Live Register." This was notwithstand- ing that their applications were properly completed, witnessed and submitted prior to the deadline of 8th May.

The Council stated that all forms were "handled a minimum of three times by Council staff while the valid Supplement was checked form by form, entry by entry". Ms Anne Marie Roberts, Franchise Section of Wicklow County Council, said that in some cases applications via eMail were not printed off. In most cases the original signed application form was received in the FREEPOST service a day or so later and that form was processed in the nor- mal way. However, in nine cases, the original docu- mentation was not subse- quently received, and the applications were not pro- cessed.

"We are very sorry for any potential voter that this has happened to" she explained. "We are carry- ing out a full review of the matter with a view to pre- venting any recurrence. It was a regrettable and unfortunate clerical error." However, Ms Roberts said there was less under- standing for hopeful voters turning up to vote but who had not previously engaged with the registra- tion system and who had not checked the register, in spite of the very visible and high-profile voter reg- istration campaign leading up to voting day.

She said "The voting register is compiled every year. That is the law. Just because a person voted in the last election or referen- dum does not mean that they are still registered. We do send out correspon- dence to voters before we delete them, but if people choose not to engage, there is little we can do for them. "We cannot simply leave people on the register if they fail to respond to let- ters sent to their registra- tion address. We would soon have a huge register containing non-existent names and a wide-open invitation to personation and fraud." Ms Roberts also said the Council was aware of instances where people who were recorded on the smear scandal saw protests in his home town of Greystones while a number of crit- ics called for his resig- nation.

The newfound fond- ness for Harris reached its peak at Dublin Castle during the announcement of the referendum results. Hundreds chanted his name and approached him for hugs and self- ies. In the days follow- ing his appearance he was hailed as the big political winner of the campaign having gone from 'enemy to ally'. Quizzes appeared online asking which version of Simon would suit readers as a boyfriend. Possible results included Easy- going Simon, Side Eye Simon, Cheesy Simon and Serious Simon. Articles declared him the future of Fine Gael and an enforcer of women's rights. Minister Harris is said to have re-evaluat- ed his stance on abor- Council to review voter registration issues Wicklow County Council is to carry out a review after a small number of potential voters who submitted applications to be included on the supplement to the Register had to be turned away from the polling station on voting day for the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment.

Register as not being citi- zens of Ireland turned up to vote and presented an Irish passport to the pre- siding officer on duty. "They would also have been turned away from the polling booth. I can say that Wicklow County Council proactively identi- fied every elector in the system that was classified as not being an Irish citi- zen and wrote to them back in early April asking them to make contact if they were, in fact, Irish cit- izens. This initiative resulted in identifying some 150 new electors for the referendum and they were all issued polling cards in the normal way", she stated.

The Council is urging anyone who had a prob- lem voting, or has a simi- lar issue, to contact them immediately at fran- chise@wicklowcoco.ie so that the matter can be investigated.

19 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 Now Ronnie's son, well-known actor and musician Phelim Drew, will bring the spirit of the Drews back to Greystones for a one night only per- formance in the Whale Theatre where he will reinterpret some of his father's best known works, and perform some of the lesser known music loved by his father too. 'Bringing It All Back Home' sees Phelim embracing the influence of his youth and in the run up to the tenth anniversary of dad Ronnie's death, promises to be a poignant but lively and entertaining night.

Phelim told Wicklow Times that he feels the time is now right for him to approach his father's music, after spending most of his adult life as an actor. It wasn't that he ran from the considerable G Gr re ey ys st to on ne es s D DI IA AR RY Y Greystones welcomes back Ronnie's son Phelim Drew in 'A sort of homecoming' It is one of those peculiar Irish things that renowned Dubliner Ronnie Drew lived and found his final home in Greystones in Wicklow. influence of his father’s famous band, but “if you grow up as the son or daughter of a solicitor, there's a good chance you'll want to do some- thing different to being a solicitor! Not because of having no interest, but because the music was always there, was so available to me, that I did- n't have to seek it out.” It was when performing the role of Billy in a stage production of Once that Phelim found himself per- forming a few of his father’s songs in a warm up session.

"It was a completely organic session,” said Phelim. “I sang Rocky Road, Leaving Liverpool and others. It was amazing to see the impact those songs still have and they seemed to suit my voice. From there I started listen- ing to the old albums and relearning all the old songs." While rediscovering the songs Phelim was remind- ed of something his dad had said to him shortly before he died. "He told me I should have done more with my singing. He never elaborated. And it never really felt appropri- ate until now. But slowly I started to feel that this show could be a way to pay tribute to my father and his legacy, while being a lot of fun for peo- ple who loved my father's music, and for me too." Phelim will be joined Greystones faced and overcame France, Germany, the Netherlands, and hosts Kituro in the Tom Morris 14's and 16's International rugby tournament in the Kituro Schaerbeek Rugby Club in Brussels.

In the final against tournament favorites Kituro, the winner was to be decid- ed by the first to score a drop goal. Stepping up to the plate for Greystones, Taylor O'Sullivan and Chris Stewart bravely made attempts before Paddy Wedgeworth Byrne - having his Johnny Sexton moment - earned Greystones the victory. The coaches who were with them on the weekend and who have coached them throughout the year and over many years to get them to this point were James Rice, Martin Brien and Patrick Wilkinson. Coaches who had trained but INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR GREYSTONES U14S IN BRUSSLES S ix wins, two draws, and the best of three drop goals ensured that the Greystones U14s Rugby Team retuned from Brussels with the Kituro Cup. held the fort at home, were Mitch Eddy, Ray Balmaine, and Emmet O 'Brien. They were all kept in check by the under 14's manager Anne-Marie Tennyson Barry. It was a weekend to remem- ber for both the chil- dren and parents and a proud moment for Greystones Rugby Club.

onstage by acclaimed gui- tarist of Corrs and Genesis fame, Anthony Drennan, and says he feels “very lucky” to be working with such a respected artist. As for future plans, musically Phelim says he is looking forward to see- ing how the show feels and will evaluate it from there, meanwhile he con- tinues to be in demand as an actor on both stage and screen. His next play is titled, Joxer Daly Esquire, and is an imagining of Joxer's possible life before Juno. It will be staged in Bewley's Café Theatre from July 9th - August 4th.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 Times WICKLOW L O C A L 20 Pictured are Wicklow students Lisa Wolohan, Sarah Sheppard, Amy Phibbs, Martha Finnerty and Bernie Kelly who graduated with an Edexcel Pharmacy Services Diploma (QCF) at a graduation ceremony held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin, with Daragh Connolly, President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU). The comprehensive two-year course, which is delivered and administered by the Irish Pharmacy Union, prepares pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in ensuring the delivery of a high quality pharmacy service efficiently and safely to patients. There are 150 schools and pre-schools taking part, including five schools from Co. Wicklow. A spokesperson from the Department of Education told Wicklow Times that the Department is currently in the process of finalising the confirmation of some of the schools and will not be releasing a list of the participating schools at this time.

The project was launched by Minister for Health, Simon Harris, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone. Speaking about the new pilot, Minister Harris said "I am really delighted to be in a position to launch this scheme which is being piloted in West Wicklow and Dublin schools. Through my constituency clinics and my visits to schools in our community, I know there is a real need for increased ser- vices for children with additional needs.

"This pilot is about seeing if a different model of service delivery would help to increase the services a child can't receive. Speech and Language ther- apy and Occupational Therapy can make a huge difference in a child's but at the moment, children have to leave school to avail of services. Under this new model, the therapist would come to the school instead. "I am really looking forward to seeing the outcome of this targeted approach to the delivery of services for children and working to expand this nationally." The model has been developed by the Departments of Education, Children and Youth Affairs and Health and is part of the government's overall aim to help every child to fulfil their full potential.

The purpose of the project is to test a model of tailored therapeutic sup- ports that allow for early intervention in terms of providing speech and lan- guage and occupational therapy within 'educational settings'. Additionally, it is important to acknowledging that this innovative pilot will also compli- ment existing HSE funded provision of essential therapy services within each of the nine Community Healthcare Organisations. Phase 1 of the project will take place over the course of the 2018/2019 school year. The project has been developed in conjunction with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and €2.25m is being allocated to Phase One of the project in 2018.

Phase one of the project will focus on: Early intervention and tailored sup- ports; Bringing specialised therapists into schools and pre-schools to provide tailored support to children; Collaboration and greater linkages between therapists, parents, teachers and other school and pre-school staff; Developing greater linkages between educational and therapy supports; Providing professional training and guidance for school and pre-school staff and parents in supporting children's therapy and developmental needs; Maximising the participation of parents in their children's communication development.

Launching the project, Minister Harris said "It is exciting to see such posi- tive interagency collaboration between the health and education sectors that will result in the delivery of increased and better co-ordinated therapy sup- ports for vulnerable Children." The 50th event was officially opened by An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Tom Murphy and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. They were joined by CEO Paddy Lavelle, County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, former staff including principals, Joe Whelan, Fred Meaney and Frances Gaynor, former students, local Councillors, fami- lies and friends. The guest exhibitor and speaker was David Smith, Head of Faculty, Film, Art and Creative Technologies at IADT, and a former SCFE stu- dent. SCFE said he is "a dynamic example of how our students progress their careers and earn a strong reputation for excellence in their chosen fields." David spoke warmly about the positive impact and opportunities which can be gained from fur- ther education at Sallynoggin College. Former students also gave testimonials about their experience in the college and their subse- quent journey to working in their chosen industries. These included Susan Meaney, Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Richard Gilligan, I n t e r n a t i o n a l Photographer and Johnny Savage, Lecturer in Design, Griffith College Dublin.

Presentation of prizes to the Art, Craft & Design students were announced by Coordinator Annmarie Greevy. The twelve-hour painting competition was openly judged on our col- lege facebook page and the winner, Zoe Kennedy, second year student, was delighted to receive a hamper of art materials. "From our beginnings in 1967, the variety of courses have increased to meet demand, and com- mencing in September The first of these changes will remove the role of religion in school admissions for virtually all primary schools in Wicklow. Minister Doyle said, "Fine Gael in govern- ment have prioritised education. We have set the ambition to make Ireland's education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. "It is unfair that a local child of no reli- gion is passed over in favour of a child of reli- gion, living some dis- tance away for access to their local school. Parents should not feel pressured to baptise their child to get access to education locally. "The amendment being published by the Minister will remove religion as a criterion which can be used in school admissions in over 95% of our prima- ry schools.

"Under the proposed new law, there will be a protection to ensure that a child of minority faith, can still access a school of their faith. This change balances the rights of three dif- ferent groups: minority religion families, catholic families, and non-denominational families. "Our education sys- tem needs to be open to everyone. Families need to have an equal opportunity to get their child educated in their own community here in Wicklow, regardless of their religious beliefs. "The proposed changes will allow Irish language schools (where it is their policy to do so) to give priori- ty in admission to stu- dents who have a rea- sonable age appropriate level of oral fluency in the Irish language, tak- ing account of any spe- cial educational need a child might have. "Education is key to our ambitions as a nation. It helps us to grow a strong economy and gives everyone the opportunity to fulfil their full potential. This government has set the ambition to make Ireland's education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. "We are investing more in education than ever before to help us deliver on this ambition - over €10 billion in 2018, the biggest ever budget for education. Our capital budget has increased by 56% since 2012," Minister Doyle said.

Education Pictured at SCFE's 50th anniversary exhibition were Joe Sterling, photography tutor at SCFE, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Christine Redmond, artist in residence, Helen Burrows, photographer and former SCFE student, and Principal Tom Taylor. SCFE celebrate Golden anniversary Sallynoggin College of Further Education recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an exhibition of Creative Studies including Art, Fashion and Photography. 2018, we will be offering a Yoga Teaching course, including Wellbeing and Holistic Studies. “We continually endeavour to upgrade college facilities, includ- ing a newly refurbished Hairdressing & Make-up Salon, Auditorium and Weights Training studio. “The College is locat- ed within walking dis- tance of Dun Laoghaire, it is well served by pub- lic transport and free secure car parking is available. All are wel- come to apply at www.scfe.ie." New project to bring specialised therapists into West Wicklow schools The first ever project to provide in-school and pre-school therapy services was launched recently. The project will be managed and co-ordinated by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). 'SCHOOL ADMISSIONS REFORM FOR FAIR ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN WICKLOW' Minister of State, Andrew Doyle said that reforms announced recently by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton will have a major impact on how a child will access their local school.

21 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 This inaugural Festival is a collaboration between Blessington & District Forum and Interpretive Artists Ireland to honour her extraordinary talents in transforming a global appreciation of ballet and modern dance in the 20thCentury. Embracing her life-long identification with Ireland the Festival will serve as a living legacy for the community of Blessington, West Wicklow and Ireland and will attract lovers of dance, music and theatre anywhere in the world who have been inspired by this great woman's achievements.

Invited by WB Yeates to return to Ireland fol- lowing her early success as a dancer and choreog- rapher in England and elsewhere abroad, Ninette DeValois founded the Abbey School of Ballet in 1927 and was the founda- tion stone for ballet in Ireland today. Internationally she found- ed the Royal Ballet in UK and was central to the founding of National Ballet Companies in Canada, Australia and Turkey. At the heart of DeValois Festival will be a Gala Tribute entitled 'Invitation to the Dance' in the Tramway Theatre at 8pm on Friday and Saturday 29th/30th June. The presentation will feature the wonderful Irish National Youth Ballet, Degani Ensemble led by virtuoso violinist Alan Smale, guest dancers from Cork City Ballet, a premiere show- ing of Spectre de La Rose featuring rising International Stars Zoe Ashe-Browne and Dominic Harrison and filmed at Russborough House for the Festival. A specially commissioned dramatization of DeValois' poetry entitled The Contented Ghost will feature actor Deirdre Monaghan in the title role. The evening will be introduced by local histo- rian and author Jim Corley of the Blessington History Circle.

On Saturday 30th June at 12pm mid-day Tramway Theatre will host 'Madame' - a roundtable discourse on Ninette DeValois with invited guests including Paul Johnston of Dance Ireland and Joanna Banks one of the last dancers who worked with DeVaois. The event will be facilitated by TV ProducerAnn Makower( formerly of Rte). Also on Saturday at Arts / Entertainment Deborah lives in Shankill with her husband, daughter and dog. She loves colour and her pieces are all a reflection of the vibrancy of everyday life. As a child Deborah was always drawing and painting but that passion took a back seat as she grew up and chased other dreams. Deborah started painting again after becoming ill in 2016.

She asked herself what was it she really wanted to do with her life and the answer came like lightning - she wanted to laugh and enjoy her time with the people she loves and she wanted to paint every day. Her pieces are a reflection of the joy of being alive and the vibrancy and richness of that gift. There are lots of hidden messages in her pieces but the most striking one is to have fun and enjoy the every day moments. Pictured: Julian Bliss, one of the world's finest clarinettists, meets rising star on Irish music scene, 11-year-old Jekabs Brants, principal clarinettist with Ballymore Eustace Prelude Ensemble, at the 2nd West Wicklow music Festival at the Palladian Russborough House.

Avonmore Musical Society success The AIMS Nominations (the Oscars of Amateur Musical Theatre in Ireland), were announced recently at the AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross. Avonmore Musical Society's Chris Currid, who played the part of Judas, was nominated for Best Male Singer for the society's production of Jesus Christ Superstar" this year. Another member, Naoimh Penston, Musical Director for Avonmore M.S. this year was M.D. for Carnew Musical Society’s production of Sister Actand also played the leading role of Dolores Van Cartier, received the Spirit of AIMS/Adjudicators Special Award "for doing machine like work as an excellent Dolores Van Cartier, while also serving as Musical Director for the same production of Sister Act." Talented member of Avonmore M.S. Sean Hendley, who played the part of Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar this year was nominated for Best Comedian with Teachers M.S. for their production of The Producers where he played the part of Franz. Robert Vickers from Wicklow Town took part with Avonmore Musical Society this year in Jesus Christ Superstar playing the lead role of Jesus, hav- ing already played the same role with South East Theatre Group, Waterford, earlier in the season. At the AIMS Nominations Robert was nominated for Best Male Singer in the Sullivan Section for his role as Jesus with South East Theatre Group. All his friends in Avonmore M.S. and in Wicklow wish him the best of luck in Killarney and congratu- late him on is success.

The society are thrilled and delighted for Chris, Naoimh, Sean and Robert and look forward to sup- porting all four at the AIMS Awards weekend which takes place in the INEC, Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry on Saturday 16th June. Just over 1200 people representing societies throughout the 32 counties will be present at the Banquet, where the winners will be announced, which celebrates the cream of Musical Theatre in Ireland. "Congratulations and best wishes to all in the South East Region of AIMS who were also nominat- ed and will be travelling down for the "Gongs" of Musical Theatre," said Avonmore M.S.. "We would like to thank everyone who supported this year's show." 2019 sees the society celebrate their 40th Anniversary, which promises to be a big show. Anyone who cannot travel to Killarney will be able to see the Awards on the live stream and join the celebrations.

This Vocal Ensemble are all members of one family and have sung together since the young people were very small and now produce a unique blended sound born of our familial relationship. Four out of five mem- bers of the group are v i s i o n - i m p a i r e d . Including father, Frank who is a musical director of five choirs in Wicklow and a choir for blind and vision-impaired people in Dublin. The group sings in close harmony, a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment on Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Harp and Tin Whistle. Classic Harmony are an award-winning ensemble having won many compe- titions including the Family Ensemble catego- ry at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin three years in a row and second prize at the Derry International Choral Festival in 2016 and 2017.

They have appeared on television on RTE, TV3 and TG4 and on national and local radio. They have performed in con- certs at local venues, at the National Concert Hall and at venues around the country including, most recently, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh and St. Columba's Long Tower in Derry. The Ensemble covers music from a wide range of genres from Classical Classic Harmony to perform in Greystones Classic Harmony (formerly the Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble), from Ashford, will perform in Greystones' Whale Theatre on Saturday, 16th June at 8pm. Pictured are Classical Harmony Shankill artist exhibits at House Event in RDS Shankill Artist Deborah Cogley exhibited her art in the RDS for the second time this year with her colourful art at the House Event in the RDS.

Although Deborah did do Art for her Leaving Cert, she went in to a career in Business and Technology after University and her abstract style is all self thought and very expres- sive. She lives close to the beach and one of her favourite things to do is the Bray to Greystones Walk with the family. She loves capturing the colours of the sea and the sense of freedom of the great outdoors. In February of this year, Deborah had a month long Solo Exhibition of her work in Hook Head Visitor Centre in Wexford and has exhibited in numerous galleries around Ireland and abroad.

Her work can be found hanging in the Irish Design Gallery in Dun Laoighre, Gallery Interaneum in Cabinteely and private collections around the world. She has also developed a range of Lifestyle products based on her art including Mugs, cushions, tea tow- els, clocks and notebooks. Shankill artist Deborah Cogley Coming up at Mermaid... The Writing Life: Mia Gallagher In the latest of The Marmaid's series of discussions about literature and life, guest Mia Gallagher talks to local writer Philip St John about her novels The Hellfire Club and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland. Mia will also discuss her latest book, the short story collection, Shift, and her career as a theatre performer, and her favorite books and music. A fasci- nating woman, Mia is not to be missed. Thur 14th June | 8pm | Tickets: €12/10 The Full Bloom Cabaret!

With this dynamic and original show, Rose Lawless, comedienne and songstress, has created an evening of raw, intimate, sensuous and lyrical cabaret. In honour of Bloomsday, Rose has combined her passion for Joyce with her love of cabaret; she performs an extract from Molly's monologue, followed by a blistering sec- ond set of her own original stories and compositions. Rose will be accompanied by Julie Cruickshank on keyboard. Sat 16th June | 8pm | Tickets: €16/14 The Successful TD After a sell-out performance in 2017, The Successful TD is back. Follow the trials, tribulations, misadven- tures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the "October Elections". Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today...Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start. Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott. Sat 23rd June | 8pm | Tickets: €20/18 See www.mermaidartscentre.ie, email info@mermaid- artscentre.ie or call 01 2724030 to Traditional/Celtic and Popular/Jazz styles; and Christmas music from ancient to modern. Follow Classic Harmony on Facebook and Twitter to keep track of their perfor- mances, recordings etc. Tickets are €15/€12. See www.whaletheatre.ie or call the booking office on 01 2010550 Ninette DeValois Festival of Dance to take place in her home town of Blessington Ninette DeValois Festival of Dance is an exciting celebration of Internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, poet and artist Dame Ninette DeValois in her hometown of Blessington on the 120th anniversary of her birth in Baltyboys House in June 1898. The festival will take place over three days in June and July. 2.30pm Russborough House and the Beit Foundation will host an Afternoon Tea Dance at The Hippodrome where the award winning Ballymore Eustace Concert Band will per- form dance hits from the 1920's -1970's. Entrance is free and all are invited to dress in period cos- tumes of their choice. On Sunday July 1st at 12noon on Main Street Blessington a memorial to Ninette DeValois will be unveiled ceremonially to remind all who pass of her wonderful legacy and special place among her community.

Following this ceremo- ny there will be an after- noon of Music and Dance Festivities in the Main Square with guest musi- cians and dancers cele- brating the Spirit of Dance sown in Ninette's soul through learning irish dances in her young formative days as a child in Blessington. Ninette DeValois Festival of Dance is being supported and endorsed by The Arts Council, Wicklow Arts Office, Wicklow County Council, Dance Ireland, Ballet Ireland, Irish National Youth Ballet, Cork City Ballet, Irish Actors Equity and Russborough House among others.

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WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL Alphaplan Design (Tel: 0404- 64123 or 086-2461269 Email: eugene@alphaplandesign.com) Seeks planning permission for a new replacement soil polishing filter to EPA 2009 standards in lieu of previously granted percolation area and associated works at Diamond Hill, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow for A. Lambe. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL I Aiden Ward intend to apply for permission for a new dwelling, wastewater treatment unit & polishing filter, new well, new entrance from existing lane and associate works at Ballard, Trooperstown, Laragh, Co. Wicklow. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Wicklow County Council, County Council Buildings, Wicklow Town, during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within 5 weeks from submission of application to Planning Authority.

WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL We, Dunbar and Sallyann Byrne, seeks permission for develop- ment at this site,Bracken, Ashfield Court, Bray, Co. Wicklow.The development will consist of Alterations to the existing rear annex building including provision of a new flat roof, provision of a new single storey rear extension to join the existing house to the existing rear annex building, provision of new rooflights and alterations to rear and side elevations. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reason- able cost of making a copy at the offices of Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow during its public open- ing hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL Significant information / revised plans. I hereby give notice of the submission of significant further information to Wicklow County Council in relation to planning ref. no. 18/239 – Change of use (removal of planning condition no. 2 of planning ref. no. 13/8884) from restricted use as a dwelling to use by all classes of persons at Annamoe Fisheries , Drummin, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow for B. Nally. Significant further information / revised plans have been furnished to the planning authority in respect of the proposed development and are available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Wicklow County Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the further information may be made in writing to the Planning Authority within a period of two weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the revised notices. A submission or observation must be accompanied by the prescribed fee except in the case of a person or body who has already made a submission or observation. Applicants should refer to Article 35 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2011 WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL

RECRUITMENT 23 Times WICKLOW L O C A L Tuesday 5th June 2018 WICKLOW RECRUITMENT Bray Area Partnership Fun Dayz Childcare Service Job description at www.brayareapartnership.ie or Phone: 012868266 or Email: info@brayareapartnership.ie AREA FIELD SALES MANAGER Please send C.V. to Jennie Finane, Sales Manager Wicklow Times, 5 Eglinton Rd, Bray. or e-mail jennie@localtimes.ie WE DELIVER! Times WICKLOW L O C A L Better because WE DELIVER! Wicklow Times,- County Wicklow’s biggest and best read newspaper, has the following vacancy in its Advertising Department. Ideally, we are seeking candidates with previous experience of sales. Candidates should be hard working, conscientious and have the ability to work well in a team environment.

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• Regularly check completed works and works in progress and compare it with project plans • Ensure Health and Safety practices are adhered to • Measure and sample building materials to check their quality • Attend progress meetings and ensure all reported issues are properly dealt with in a timely manner • Monitor all work on site and liaise with contractors and project management. • Regularly attend site inspections, snagging and handovers of work delivered. Requirements; • Minimum 7 years’ experience as a, Foreman, Site engineer, Clerk of works or Site Manager, ideally with Client and Contractor • Hold relevant qualifications, Health and Safety and Fire specific qualifications are a distinct advantage • Experience on both new-build and refurbishment projects • Candidates applying must be have practical IT skills and be able to use various software packages to accurately update data Remuneration will be linked to that of COW’s engaged by the Office of Public Works and the Local Authorities. Fitzpatrick Motors (Bray) Limited seek Apprentice and Qualified Motor Technicians At Fitzpatrick Motors (Bray) Limited, we have been proudly servicing and repairing Ford Vehicles for many years. Due to increased business levels, we are delighted to be in the position of recruiting positive and motivated individuals to join our team of talented Technicians. Our Technicians play a key role within our Aftersales function ensuring customer satisfaction in the service and repair of Ford vehicles. Key Tasks and Responsibilities: • To service & repair vehicles in accordance with manufacturers’ guidelines and dealership quality standards • To make written and verbal reports on service and repair activity to the workshop controller and customer • To carry out diagnostic work by means of diagnostic systems • Will be required to operate to efficiencies and productivity standards • Ensuring customer satisfaction through high-quality work What we offer: • Performance-based pay • Subsidised tooling and workwear • Personal and professional training opportunities • A secure job in a dynamic team Requirements: • Qualified Technician - You will already possess a relevant formal motor technician qualification from SOLAS or equivalent • Apprentice Technician – Self-Starter willing to work hard to become a qualified technician • A full vehicle driving licence Fitzpatrick Motors (Bray) are also seeking a Receptionist/Service Advisor This is an excellent opportunity to join one of Ireland’s premier motor retailers as part of our busy aftersales team. Attractive remuneration package and commission structure available.

Key tasks and responsibilities: • A pivotal part of our aftersales team, you will be responsible for handling and directing all service based calls in a front of house role. • The successful candidate will be highly motivated and contribute to the organisation and loading of the workshop in an efficient manner, allowing everyone to work to their full capacity. Requirements: • The ideal candidate will have experience of working in the motor trade and an excellent knowledge of motor vehicles. • Familiarity with dealer management systems and manufacturer systems is a bonus however, additional training will be provided. • Neat appearance and strong customer service skills are essential. As a first point of contact for our customers, an efficient and courteous manner is essential at all times to ensure that the highest standards of Customer Service continue.

• The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work to tight deadlines whilst integrating with a dynamic team in a busy dealership environment. If you feel you are the right candidate, please send your CV by post using address details below or e-mail to martin@fitzpatrickmotors.ie

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