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“A Disaster”, “a foot on the neck of Co. Wicklow”, and
“squeezing the oxygen from economic development in
Wicklow”, are some of the ways Cathaoirleach John
Ryan has described what the National Transport
Authority Strategy means for the county.
The strategy was passed
through the Oireachtas in
early April, before the new
Government was formed,
after being approved by the
previous Minister for
County Council, however,
only learned about this the
week before last.
It sets out the transport
strategy and the delivering
of transport infrastructure
for the Greater Dublin
Area (including Wicklow,
Meath and Kildare) for the
next 20 years, with an
implementation plan of
six-year cycles.
Council may need to revisit its entire core strategy
and several councillors
have called for the Council
to suspend the County
Development Plan in light
of this new transport strategy which contradicts it.
“The NTA have to provide a strategy that has
regard to the County
Development Plan, and yet
the Planning Act says that
the County Development
Plan has to be consistent
with the NTA strategy.
There is an anomaly of
who sets the rules of the
game,” says Sorcha Walsh,
Senior Planner at Wicklow
County Council.
“While the NTA note
that they’ve endeavored,
where feasible, to be consistent with the current
regional plan, they would
expect the new regional
plan to be consistent with
their plan. There seems to
be a very clear belief on
their behalf that they are
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Triona Brosan & Moya Woods pictured with our new Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD at his
homecoming celebrations last Friday in Greystones
setting the spatial planning
rules for the region through
its transport strategy.”
Speaking at last week’s
meeting of Wicklow
County council, Ms Walsh
explained that both the
East and West of the county will suffer as a result of
the strategy.
There is an expectation
in the strategy of ‘low
growth’ in West Wicklow,
which means that “no significant transport infrastructure improvements are
proposed” for that region,
Ms Walsh said, “except
perhaps bus capacity
While West and South
Wicklow are virtually
ignored in the strategy, in
the North East of the county plans to bring the Luas
to Fassaroe have been
dropped. The Luas line
will instead come from
Shankill and into Bray.
The strategy does, however, recognise the need for
widening the M50,
improving the N11 and
improving rail services
with the suggestion of a
shuttle train south of
Greystones that will interchange with the DART.
Outlining the principal
concerns of the council’s
Planning Department, Ms
Walsh said “The NTA
believes that lands that are
not approximate to existing
or committed public transport infrastructure - and by
that I mean where the
funding and the planning is
in place - that no significant development should
happen on those sites.
They have mentioned two
kilometres. That would
mean anywhere more than
two kilometres say from
Wicklow train station
wouldn’t be considered
suitable for any significant
development. We are
facing a situation where
it seems the NTA are
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The Brittas Bay singers and Michael Flood will feature with the Thiel Colllege Choir from Pennsylvania,
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A fantastic night is promised. The programme
includes a pot pourri of choral classics, spirituals, traditional folk songs, popular music and Irish medleys.
Tickets cost €10 and the proceeds are in aid of the
North Wicklow Branch of the Alzheimer Society of
Ireland. Please ring Mary Healy on 087/9885914 for
further information or to book tickets. There will also
be tickets available on the door. Your support will be
very much appreciated.
Orchestral magical movies
at the crossroads
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National Learning
Network Bray Open Day
Local history talks in
Bray Library
If you are out of work, have a disability or had a serious
illness or if you left school early and you are looking to
get a qualification or a job then put Friday 20th May in
your diary for the National Learning Network Open Day.
The centre on the Boghall Road in Bray will open its
doors from 10.30am-12.30pm and people are invited to
come along to meet current students and instructors to
learn more about the courses that are on offer. It’s a great
opportunity to see first-hand what’s involved in the
courses and to see the additional supports that are on
offer such as education supports, psychologist, and peer
The courses offered are: Vocational Skills Foundation
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Employer Based Training leads to a QQI Level 4 in
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Access and Link programmes lead to a QQI Level 3 in
Employability Skills. Some courses are also offered in
Arklow and Stilllorgan. All of the courses offer work
placement. For more info call 01 282 9643 or get the latest updates on
Bray Library, Eglinton Road, in association with
Sunbeam House, are hosting a series of 60-minute
local history talks at 2pm on consecutive Fridays in
May dealing with aspects of Bray and County
Wicklow history. On Friday May 20th Brian White,
Chairperson of the Bray Cualann Historical Society,
will recall ‘Trade & Industry in Bray’. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free.
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Carlisle car boot sale
A car boot sale will be held in the Carlisle Grounds, Bray
on Saturday, 21st May. Set up is from 7am (Seymour
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Enniskerry Art Fair
The Enniskerry ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ art fair will
begin on Friday, 20th May. Artists who wish to have
their work exhibited over the weekend are invited to
contact Jenn ([email protected]) to
secure their space.
There will be a stained glass workshop on May
22nd with Kathleen Argenti-Cummins. Anne
Jeffares will run a two-day workshop on 28th and
29th May entitled ‘Vanishing Vessles’. It will allow
people to explore soluble fabric and machine
embroidery. Meanwhile, Yanny Petters has begun
conducting watercolour classes on Friday and
Saturday mornings.
Lose yourself in the magic of the movies in a divine
atmosphere with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, featuring Katherine Hunka on violin; and Dermot Dunne on
accordion at Nun’s Cross Church, Ashford, on Friday,
May 20th at 8.00 pm. From Bernard Hermann’s
Psycho, to the glories of John Williams and Ennio
Morricone, hear the great movie scores in a wonderful,
live setting. The Courthouse Arts Centre are presenting this concert in an off-site event in partnership with
the Mermaid Arts Centre. Tickets priced at €20/€18
are available on 0402 38529; email:[email protected]
Launch party for
Bray youth website
Young people (aged 13-18) from Bray are invited to
the launch of, a new information
and news website for Bray area teenagers, which will
be held at Holy Redeemer Youth Club on Friday 20th
May (7-9pm).
Admission is free of charge, snacks and soft drinks
will be provided, a DJ will play a special set and there
will a free gift for everyone. The new website is funded by the Knights of St. Columbanus. For further
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Pictured are Al Butler and Owen Byrne at the
book launch of ‘Wicklow in Revolt’, a history of
County Wicklow from 1913-1923.
Shake-Up Day
Everyone is invited to attend Shake-Up Day at the
Brockagh Centre, Laragh on Thursday 2nd June
(11a.m -2p.m). There will be coffee from 10.30am and
a light lunch at 1pm, Scidils at 11am, Flisks at 12 noon
and Lobbers at 12.30pm. County Wicklow needs to
form a team this year (DCU, 11th June). Previous
Members will attest to the sociable, vigorous and fullon energetic experience enjoyed by playing the Games
against 32 other county teams. Team players turn up at
the Brockagh each year and try their luck in being
picked for the team again. Come along and take on
these seasoned players and try to inject a bit of competition for places. There are 9 places on the team with
each player playing all 3 games (new format this
year). The Co Wicklow Sports Partnership are sponsoring this event and are encouraging people to participate. RSVP to 0404 20100 (EXT 2333) or text Valerie
(087 6319667) before Wednesday, 1st June.
Concert in aid of
Open Door
Montana State University Symphony Orchestra with
special guests ‘The Double Barrels’ will perform at
a concert in St. Patrick’s Church, Greystones, on
Tuesday 24th May at 8.00pm. Tickets are €5 each
and are available from Suzanne at Open Door,
Vevay Road, Bray or at the door on the night. All
proceeds from this evening of music will go
towards providing activities for adults with disabilities at Open Door. Visit for further details.
Bealtaine Festival
Afternoon Tea Dance
As part of the Bealtaine Festival, creativity in older
age will be celebrated at the Brockagh Resource
Centre and one of the events will be an afternoon
tea dance on Sunday 22th May, from 3-6pm with
music from the Wicklow Man. It will be hosted by
the Laragh Glendalough Active Retirement association. Refreshments will be provided.
Shankill Community First
Responders Public Meeting
There will be a Shankill Community First
Responders Public Meeting in St. Anne’s National
School in Shankill on 23rd May at 8pm. For more
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
Will Barracuda get permisson
for a ‘Super Pub’
After selling the freehold of the Barracuda building in Bray for just €10,000 last year, Wicklow County Council
is now refusing to support councillors in their attempts to stop a ‘superpub’ from operating from the site.
At last week’s meeting
of Bray Municipal District
Cllr. Steven Matthews
(Green Party) put forward
a proposal to object to a
full liquor license which
Barracuda building to
develop and operate a pub
Victorian promenade.
The other District
Councillors supported him
unanimously. However the
Council executive will not
support the proposal. It is
widely speculated that a
large English pub chain
has shown an interest in
developing a pub on the
sea shore location.
Previously the property
was under a 65-year lease
from 1991 for an annual
rent of €100. In 2004 the
term of the lease was
extended to 250 years at
the request of the lessee.
At this time the lease was
amended to allow for a
Special Restaurant License
enabling them to serve
alcoholic drinks but only
with meals in the then
Barracuda restaurant. The
occupier applied to court
for a full license and was
It is Cllr. Matthew’s
belief that the building
occupier then chose to purchase the Council owned
freehold of the site for
€10,000 in an attempt to
extinguish that condition.
A covenant in the original
lease does not allow for a
full license in order to protect the amenity of the
adjoining landowners i.e.
the Council owned beach
and promenade areas. It is
this covenant that Cllr.
Matthews wants upheld
which led to his request
that the Council join him
in objecting to the full
license application.
“I am disappointed that
the executive does not support this attempt to maintain and protect the
esplanade from the
prospect of a fully licensed
pub in an inappropriate
location, said Cllr.
Matthews. ‘I have sought
legal advice and it appears
The Barracuda, Seafront, Bray.
that the covenant in the
original lease protecting
the use of this land should
continue in full force. It is
this aspect of the Act that
may provide the opportunity to protect the area
from a fully licensed pub
operating in the middle of
a recreational open space
zone on our seafront.
“I am fully supportive
of new business opportunities and employment for
our town but it’s the location of this venture that is
contentious. We need to
maintain a balance
between commercial and
recreational amenity in this
important area. As the
Council executive will not
attend court to protect the
area I am quite willing to
do so.”
(Independent), who last
year called a special meeting of Wicklow County
Council to discuss the sale
of the premises, said he is
vehemently against a full
pub license being granted.
“I don’t believe people
want to see a pub established on the prom. My
hope is that when it goes
before a judge he will take
on board the feelings of
the majority of people in
this town. It is ironic that
even though we voted
against this unanimously,
there is no way for us to
express this as a Council.
To object would mean acting as an individual and I
don’t think that is fair on
any one individual.” Cllr
Behan added that he hopes
they will receive adequate
notice as to when the mat-
ter will come before the
Wicklow Times contacted Bray Municipal District
who told us, “The executive do not see a role in
interfering in a separate
statutory process regulated
by the Courts, involving
third parties where the
Council does not have a
statutory role, such as it
would with fireissues”
They added, “However
there is no planning permission for a licensed
premises covering the
entirety of this property.”
Pictured are Ben Pluck, Lisa Cairns, and Maire Quinlan-Pluck at the
book launch of ‘Wicklow in Revolt’, a history of County Wicklow from
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strongly against some of
the formats of development that we have set out
in our development plans
and our local plans.
“This has a big impact
on our core strategy. Bray
is at the top of our hierarchy as our main growth
town. It’s designated as a
metropolitan consolidation
town that should be in the
population range of
40,000 to 100,000 people.
We would struggle significantly to get Bray anywhere close to 40,000
without development happening in Fassaroe and
without the Luas, I think
that would be at risk. If
Bray can’t grow, how can
Bray be our primary
growth centre? The same
issue is replicated in our
other growth towns such
Blessington. They’re the
type of locations that the
NTA are saying aren’t
consistent with their
According to the NTA
strategy, there will be no
significant employment
growth in Co. Wicklow in
the coming years despite a
population growth, which
means a falling jobs ratio.
This contradicts the
council’s more optimistic
employment targets. It
means that bringing the
Luas to Fassaroe is not
financially viable in the
NTA’s view and it will
affect funding for other
projects also.
“Fassaroe is our only
hope of providing a large
amount of housing, and if
the Luas isn’t going to
Fassaroe, Fassaroe is
dead,” Cllr Ryan lamented. “I don’t know how
Wicklow is to develop as a
county if these national
bodies aren’t there to actually support us. I am completely and utterly frustrated by this. It’s killing
towns in Wicklow.”
Cllr Irene Winters has
also strongly condemned
the NTA strategy, saying
that it would be “laughable
if it wasn’t so sad and
tragic for our county. The
NTA since they came into
being have failed to take
on board our role as representatives of the people
who will ultimately use
the system. They can ride
roughshod over what we
spend a couple of years
developing as a County
Development Plan. They
think that they can just
supercede us. I think it
undermines the whole
democratic process and all
of the public consultation
that we do where we allow
people to make submissions on the County
Development Plan. It
doesn’t matter what any of
the public say or what we
councillors say or what we
adopt or vote on, because
now this 12 person board
can basically overrule anything that we say and that
has to be changed. In my
opinion, the NTA was
never fit for purpose and
to be honest it should be
“I think the NTA have
shown total disregard for
West and South Wicklow,”
said Cllr Shay Cullen. “I
believe that we need an
explanation. We have to
fight to get further transport for County Wicklow.”
“Effectively, a decision
has been made by people
outside of this county to
block further development
in this county in terms of
transport infrastructure,
housing, and jobs,” said
Cllr Joe Behan. Decisions
have been made that are
going to completely obliterate the plans that we
“What’s happening is
absolutely scandalous,”
added Cllr Pat Vance. “We
actually should suspend
our Development Plan at
the moment until we get
clarification on this. One
of the main responsibilities that councillors have
is the making of a
Development Plan, and if
we are prepared to lie
down and let a group of
unelected civil servants
and other people go and
ride roughshod over us,
then we might as well
leave this Chamber.”
Speaking after the
meeting, Cllr Derek
Mitchell said “The plan
has ignored putting the
Luas to the new town and
jobs area in Fassaroe and
does little to improve bus
services to the county. The
plan also seems to allow
little job creation. We
urgently need jobs in
Wicklow to stop commuting on the overcrowded
N11 and the Transport
Plan should be supporting
this not hindering it.”
Ms Walsh has not given
up hope that something
can be done. “I don’t think
we should give up, even
though it’s been adopted,”
she said. “We can talk to
the other counties in the
region that have been quite
hard hit as well. We can
certainly keep lines of
communication open with
the Department of
Environment as well, and
given that the new
Minister for Transport is a
Wicklow resident, there
might be an opening
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Council CEO avoids jail
Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Bryan Doyle, will
not be facing jail after the council complied with a court order
regarding a legal battle between food outlets in the
Glendalough visitors’ car park.
Henry Cairns is pictured with John Brady TD at the book launch of Henry’s
book ‘Wicklow in Revolt’, a history of County Wicklow from 1913-1923.
‘Wicklow in Revolt’ launched
by well known author
Well known local historian and book shop owner Henry Cairns launched his 16th
book last week in Bray Town Hall. Entitled ‘Wicklow in Revolt, A History of
Wicklow 1913 - 1923’, the book gives a fascinating insight into the life in the
county during these turbulent years.
The book is edited by
Henry and has an introduction from Ruan O’Donnell
of the University of
Limerick. There are contributions from Henry himself plus many well known
names including Jim Rees,
Ruan O’ Donnell, Eva
O’Cathaoir, John Finlay,
James Scannell and Robert
Butler. Topics include
Wicklow Town through
the troubles, the landing of
rifles in Kilcoole, the
Rising and Wicklow and
the Civil War.
Wicklow in Revolt is
available from Town Hall
Bookshop on Florence Pictured are Councillors Christopher Fox and
Road in Bray, Easons in Steven Matthews at the book launch of ‘Wicklow
Arklow, Deveney’s in Bray in Revolt’.
and all good bookshops.
It was previously
reported that a possible
prison sentence could be
sought for Mr Doyle as
a result of allegedly
breaching a High Court
order relating to the
location of a food outlet
in the Glendalough visitors Car Park.
In April, James and
Margaret Stakem, who
have run a food outlet in
the car park for 30
years, obtained a court
Council’s failure to prevent rival food outlet
‘Irish Popcorn and
Snack Food Co Ltd’,
from operating within
its designated trading
area in the same car
Irish Popcorn and
Snack Food began trad-
ing in the car park in
March, leading to a dispute with the Stakems.
ordered by the court to
make sure that the
Stakems’ rival operated
within their designated
area. Irish Popcorn and
Snack Food later moved
further away from the
Stakems’ outlet, but it
was claimed that they
were still not within
their designated trading
area. It was ordered by
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan
that all of the parties
should meet and agree
on a solution. Over the
weekend of May 7th and
8th, however, Irish
Popcorn and Snack Food
were still operating outside their designated
It was directed by Mr
Justice Gilligan that if
the Council sent someone out to the car park
before last Thursday, to
make sure the court
order was being complied with, then it might
not be necessary to
bring committal proceedings against Mr
Doyle. In a statement to
Wicklow Times last
Friday, the council said
Council is in full compliance with the existing
court Orders. While
there was confusion in
relation to one aspect of
the later of the two
Orders, this has now
been resolved and the
Stakems have accepted
that Wicklow County
Council is in compliance
and did not bring any
proceedings seeking to
penalise the Council or
the Chief Executive. As
the matter of trading in
Glendalough car park is
subject to ongoing legal
proceedings Wicklow
County Council will
make no further comment in relation to the
Minister Harris welcomes Carysfort NS to Leinster House
Wicklow Fine Gael TD and Minister for Health Simon Harris last week organised for 5th and
6th class pupils from Carysfort National School in Arklow to visit Leinster House.
Minister Harris spoke to the pupils after the tour and told them about his new role as Minister for Health.
Speaking after greeting the pupils, Minster Harris stated: “I am delighted to see the boys and girls from
Carysfort NS in Lester House today. I really enjoyed organising visits for local school children during my first
term as TD for Wicklow, and I am keen to continue this tradition during the 32nd Dáil.
“I visited Carysfort NS a number of months ago when they were carrying out a mock election in the school. It
was great to hear about their experiences in that process and what they learned about the political system.
“In my first week as Minister for Health, I was very pleased to tell the pupils about my new role and I was
interested to hear their own views on the health related matters,” concluded Minister Harris.
Open Evening and Art & Design Graduate Exhibition at BIFE
Bray Institute of Further Education
(BIFE) will be hosting their end of
year Graduate Show from Wednesday
25th - Friday 27th May. It aims to
highlight the varied and exciting
works achieved by the students across
a range of courses. It will give the
public and prospective students a
chance to sample the great work
achieved by the students at BIFE and
many items will be on sale. This is
also a great opportunity to mingle
with students and tutors to discuss the
courses and course work.
The Art Department will exhibit work from
three courses: Portfolio Preparation, QQI level
5 Art, Craft & Design and BTEC Higher
National Diploma Fine Art. The students’
work spans a variety of disciplines including
drawing, painting, mixed media, print and
ceramics. As usual, a fantastic range of ceramics, observational drawing, life drawing and
painting will be on display.
The Portfolio Preparation students’ work
will be on show demonstrating both practical
and conceptual approaches to creativity. All
students graduating from the course this year
have gained successful entry to prestigious Art
Colleges both nationally and internationally.
The Design Department will exhibit work
from a variety of courses: Graphic Design,
Fashion Design, Furniture Design, 3D Game
Design & Garden Design and Architectural
The Graphic Design Final Year Higher
National Diploma students’ exhibit will give a
flavour of the subject areas covered in the
course such as photography, packaging, editorial design, corporate identity, and typography,
and will consider both design for print and on
screen graphics. Students will exhibit individual and group work in a response to both
Institute briefs and for live clients.
The Fashion Design exhibits will include
the QQI Level 5 and the HND Graduate
Students’ Collections.
The Furniture Design & Architectural
Technology courses will also form a very
prominent part of the exhibit. The exhibit
will include various furniture pieces, collections of wood turnings and carvings and
architectural design projects.
The 3D Game Design & Games
Development students will be exhibiting
their impressive games, individually
designed and crafted, against a backdrop
of design material.
The Garden Design courses will exhibit the
garden areas that they have designed and constructed.
Bife will hold its final Open Evening of the
year on Thursday 26th May from 7pm to 9pm.
You have the opportunity to view the extensive range of courses and facilities available as
well as browsing the Art & Design Graduate
Show which is open until 9pm on Thursday
night. For further information, contact the
Institute on 01-2829668 or check out
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Pictured are Cllr John Ryan (Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council), Bryan Doyle (Chief Executive, Wicklow County
Council) and Dermot O’Brien who were on hand to help Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg launch their survey results, where over
1,000 young people gave their views. The Cathaoirleach stated that he believed the work of the organisation is really important
in setting priorty action areas for issues that affect young people throughout Wicklow. “We want to support you to make
Wicklow a better place,” the Cathaoirleach John Ryan said at the survey launch.
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Council to act as its
own judge and jury?
Councillors last week voiced serious concerns over a draft protocol drawn up by
Wicklow County Council for councillors releasing information into the public domain
which implicates a member of council staff in wrongdoing or alleges corruption.
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Fitzgerald steps down from drugs
task force committee
Cllr Pat Fitzgerald has stepped down from his role on the East
Coast Regional Drugs Task Force committee, and will be replaced
by Cllr Gerry Walsh.
Explaining his decision to resign from the committee, Cllr Fitzgerald said
that he found himself unable to attend all of the meetings and felt that he didn’t
have the time to give the role the commitment it deserves.
“I wish to thank Councillor Pat Fitzgerald for his work on the East Coast
Regional Drugs Task Force,” said Cllr John Snell, who also serves on the Task
Force along with Cllr Daire Nolan and Andrew Doyle TD.
“Pat was a tremendous committee member. He has always been very committed and has always been very vocal in regards to South Wicklow in particular as
he knows the issues that are on the ground there.”
Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald.
The protocol was
rejected and will now be
sent back to the protocol
committee for further
changes and debate.
The draft protocol follows on from a presentation made by members of
planning staff at the
Wicklow County Council.
At the March meeting,
three members of the
council’s planning staff
aired their grievances
about what they regard as
unfair treatment and abusive comments from the
public as a result of allegations of corruption.
They urged for a protocol
to be put in place for dealing with accusations made
by councillors at public
Councillors have now
got their first look at the
draft protocol for such situations and many of them
reacted negatively, with
some going as far as to
question its legality.
According to the protocol, if a councillor
receives information relating to an allegation which
they feel should be
released into the public
Bray Harbour needs a Strategic Plan
While the swans in Bray harbour may be happy, the boat owners are not. The Harbour has suffered as silt deposits
have raised the levels and it is proving difficult for craft to use the facility. Many believe that the €49 milion Dargle
Flood Defence scheme is to blame, however a report due out shortly questions that assumption. Either way immediate
action is needed according to Cllr John Ryan, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council who was present at the
launch of the 2016 sailing season by Bray Sailing Club Commodore Mark Henderson.
“It is a fantastic club with
an expanding membership
and great faciliates, however the silt is a big problem and we need to produce a solution fast - we
need to provide a fit for
purpose harbour and environment that supports this
growing sport and healthy
recreational activity which
involves so many young
people. We will work with
the OPW and the
Environment to develop
and implement a plan to
meet the challenges. The
Harbour area has taken on
a life of its own with the
refurbishment of the
Harbour Bar and the creation of the Dockyard
restaurant and café, so the
council need to support
these initiatives by investing in the upgrading of all
aspects of the area,” says
Cllr Ryan who says a new
walkway along the Dargle
River and Bray bridge will
open shortly and funding
will hopefully be secured
to provide a civic zone and
public realm on the
Ravenswell road by the old
Golf Club lands.
domain, they must first go
to the Cathaoirleach and
ask that it be referred to
the Corporate Policy
Group (CPG). If the information relates to the
Cathaoirleach, they should
go to the Chief Executive
If the matter is deemed
to be urgent, a special
meeting of the CPG
should be called, and if
the matter is criminal it
will be brought to the
“The idea would be that
the allegation and the initial report from the Chief
Executive would be discussed at the CPG meeting and they could then
decide one of three
Director Des O’Brien.
“They could either conclude there is nothing of
significance, accept the
initial report of the Chief
Executive and report then
to the full Council. The
other two would be that
either a deeper investigation is required (CPG
could ask the relevant
Councillor to provide evidence to substantiate the
allegations), or if it’s criminal refer it to An Garda
Siochana. It’s just more of
a framework so that these
things could be handled
within the house.”
Cllr Nicola Lawless
sympathised with the
members of planning staff
but added that “I really
don’t think the CPG is
qualified to look at evidence or whatever comes
before them and decide
whether it should or
should not be a civil or
criminal act.
“Sinn Fein, as we
know, has been calling
repeatedly for an independent Regulator who can
come and deal with situations like this. I feel this
protocol would be a conflict of interest. It looks
like we are investigating
Cllr Michael O’Connor
also outlined a number of
problems with the protocol, saying “The preliminary draft protocol in the
form presented to us is
interesting in that it purports to offer a Councillor
who receives information
some choices about what
to do with this information. One of the major difficulties with this is that
no matter what the
Councillor concerned
wants to do with the information, as long as we are
not talking about an obviously criminal matter, all
issues end up with the
“According to the draft
protocol, the CPG will
have a number of options
open to it to deal with the
information. They could
decide there is nothing of
significance in the allegations and there would be
no right of appeal for the
Councillor unhappy with
the position. The CPG
may well be acting as
judge and jury in their
own case. What if the allegations concern a member
of the CPG, or a party colleague of a member of the
CPG? Acting as the judge
and jury in such a case is a
breach of natural justice
and has the potential to be
seen as corrupt in and of
itself by the public.
“Secondly the CPG
may decide that the issue
requires further investigation and the Chief
Executive will be required
to carry out further investigations. This will be
seen by the public as the
County Council investigating itself and from a
legal point of view the
Chief Executive has few
of the required powers
necessary to carry out an
adequate investigation
into these types of matters.
“Thirdly the CPG can
ask the Councillor in
question to provide evidence to substantiate the
allegations. In my view,
the CPG does not have the
required legal skills to
determine whether information is just information
or whether it is in fact evidence.
“The last stage of the
draft sees the CPG deciding on the allegations and
either reporting to the full
Council or else, if it considers it criminal, reporting the matter to the
Gardai. Aside from the
difficulties of the CPG
determining whether or
not a matter is criminal or
not, that’s the function of
the DPP in this State. This
is veering dangerously
into the realm of the judicial and may be seen as
usurping the function of
the courts as founded in
the constitution. I would
argue that legal advice
should immediate be
sought on this.”
Cllr Tom Fortune
called the draft protocol a
“serious mistake of a proposal”. “To me, it’s saying
let’s keep the lid on everything and we’ll will sort it
out ourselves’. You can’t
operate a Local Authority
or anything like this,” he
Talk on Padraic Pearse
in Arklow Library
Declan Lavelle (Vice Commodore Bray Sailing Club), Cllr John Ryan
(Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council), Hannah Ryan and Bray Sailing
Club Commodore Mark Henderson launch the 2016 Sailing Club Season.
An exciting upcoming event in Arklow Library will
see Séadna Mac Seoin deliver a talk on ‘The Life of
Pádraic Pearse’, highlighting some of his family
background, his time in Rossmuck, his writings
and his involvement in the Easter Rising. He will
also discuss some of the contemporary Irish
literature about Pádraic Pearse.
Séadna will deliver this address in both English and
Irish. The Irish (os Gaeilge) version of the talk will be
delivered on Tuesday 17th May at 7pm in the
Community Room of the new library, and the English
version will be delivered on Thursday the 19th at 7pm
in the same location.
This will be a great opportunity for Irish students to
brush up on their oral Irish, for history buffs to learn
something new about a familiar character, and a fantastic opportunity for people to get a full tour of the
new library (which has recently won the “Cultural
Project of the Year” at the Irish Building & Design
Awards 2016).
Booking is essential for this event. Email
[email protected], call (0402) 39977
or drop in to book your place in person.
Siobhan Donnelly and Wicklow Rotary president Ronan Rose Roberts
present Conor Windsor of Avondale Community College in Rathdrum with
the Wicklow Rotary Club Young Chef of the Year award at the Grand
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
High hopes for Wicklow Port
The order for Wicklow County Council to take charge of Wicklow Port is expected to be
signed by the end of the month. Although the taking charge of the port is in line with the
National Ports Policy and is not a reserved function of elected county councillors, Chief
Executive of the Council Bryan Doyle sees it as “the start of something very positive”
and hopes it will generate tourism and employment.
Maura Lynn, Barbara Dutton, Alison Edge and Gwen Dutton are pictured
at the book launch of ‘Wicklow in Revolt’, a history of County Wicklow
from 1913-1923.
“It’s important that the
Local Authority has control
of the port, and by placing
it within the Local
Government arm, it’s
hoped that we will be able
to attract funding,” Mr
Doyle said at last week’s
meeting of Wicklow
County Council. “The
opportunities for tourism
could generate employment in the same way as
possibly the film industry
Details provided for Rathdrum housing development
Councillors last week voted through the plans for the new housing development to be located
at Brewery Straight in Rathdrum. The project, consisting of 20 housing units, is expected to
be completed in 18 months’ time.
The development has been designed by Coady Architects, who were behind the recently completed Arklow
Library, which won them the award for Cultural Project of the Year at the 2016 Irish Building & Design Awards.
According to Coady Architects, the Brewery Straight housing project will consist of a variety of housing types. The
majority will be one bedroom or two bedroom houses and just two units will be three bedroom houses. There will be a
mixture of single and two-story houses.
There will be a central open space that the houses will surround and face onto, and gardens for private amenity
space at the rear of the houses. The site will also have the capacity to provide further housing in the future.
“The houses will be robustly built, and will be of low maintenance into the long-term,’ the architects explained.
“This is good news for South Wicklow and for the county overall, and I am delighted to hear there is still space left
for more housing and I welcome that whenever they come,” said Cllr Pat Kennedy. “There are a huge number of people on the housing list in this county as we know and these 20 houses in the rural community of Rathdrum will help.”
“It’s a very well laid out estate, and it’s very important that it’s near public transport, both the buses and the trains,”
said Cllr Pat Fitzgerald. “With 868 people on the housing list in the Arklow Municipal District, it’s extremely welcome. I want to thank everyone who brought this day forward and I look forward to being at the opening in 18
months’ time.”
Chair of the Housing SPC, Cllr John Snell, said “I want to thank Coady Architects for the work that they’ve put
into this so far. As we all know for far too long we had a situation where one and two bedroom units weren’t being
built and I am delighted that we are now in a situation where the housing section are addressing the people who have
been on the housing list the longest - the single people, and people with only a two bedroom need. It’s great news for
the Municipal District of Arklow and great news for the rural area of Rathdrum.”
It’s estimated that over
€3 million is required to
fix the piers in Wicklow
and there is currently about
€800,000 available that
can be used on the piers in
most need of repair. The
Wicklow port is currently
running at a profit of about
€200,000 a year.
Mr Doyle hopes that the
port can continue to develop along both economic
lines and also as an amenity.
“We got a presentation
from the groups who use
the port as an amenity and
we will be very active with
the groups with regard to
the double aspect of it,” Mr
“because as much as there
is commercial activity in
the port, there is a hell of a
lot of amenity activity also.
And our support of that
will ensure more tourists
and more people come to
the town.
“We do intend to
employ another Harbour
Master with a view to
ensuring that we have it
adequately staffed with
experienced people that
know what running a commercial, fishing and amenity port is about. I am very
ambitious for the ports in
this county.”
Cllr Derek Mitchell has
expressed reservations
about the council taking
charge of the port, saying
“This has been forced on
the Council. I would be
very supportive of the harbours and ports in County
Wicklow, but this is a significant liability. You don’t
get much dredging done
for less than a million euro
and there are at least three
harbours that need dredging. I understand that
Wicklow covers its running costs, which is good,
but Greystones was forced
to get a private sector solution to get the harbour
dredged, which was quite
controversial. One needs to
think latterly as to where
you are going to find the
money to support the
requirements which you
will have for dredging.”
Mr Doyle said that he
agreed, and that the council
will have to look upon the
harbours as infrastructure
to be invested in. “We
invest in our roads, we
invest in our housing. If we
are to improve our infrastructure, we have to invest
in it over a period of time,”
he said.
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
Sculpture to honour the
late Pat Kavanagh unveiled
Last Sunday, 8th May, family and
friends of the late Cllr Pat Kavanagh,
parents and past and present pupils
of The Cave in Wicklow Town, came
together for the unveiling of a
sculpture to honour Pat, who died
last December.
Cara Smith and Claire Fitzgerald with Juno at
the unveiling of a bogwood sculpture in memory
of the late Pat Kavanagh at the Cave, Wicklow
Local artist and
Thomas Flynn, made
the bogwood sculpture in memory of
Pat and to celebrate
her love for children
and nature it was
placed in the garden
of The Cave Pres c h o o l i n Wi c k l o w
To w n , w h i c h s h e
founded in 1999. The
unveiling also took
place to honour Pat’s
birthday, which fell
o n Tu e s d a y, 1 0 t h
Pat’s niece Claire
Fitzgerald, who has
taken over the management of The
Cave, along with
Marj Newsome, both
worked with Pat for
14 years, and said
over 100 people
attended the unveiling. “It was very
moving”, they said.
Fran Murphy, Pat’s
husband, spoke on
t h e d a y, a s w e l l a s
Claire Fitzgerald,
Tara Crawford, and
Magda Joyce who
sang ‘Somewhere
over the Rainbow.’
Past pupil Kyle read
a poem on the day.
“I would like to
thank everyone who
came and all who
helped,” said Claire
The Cave would
also like to thank
photographer Fran
Byrne who gave
them a framed portrait of Pat which is
now hanging in the
Remembering Pat Kavanagh, Claire Fitzgerald and Marj Newsome are pictured at the unveiling of a
bogwood sculpture her memory at The Cave, Wicklow town.
Pictured at the late Cllr Pat Kavanagh’s memorial day at The Cave in Wicklow Town were John
Brady TD, Gayle Doyle, Oisin and Croía.
“Tea girls” Caoimhe Brown, Holly McGee and Salma Laassri at the
unveiling of a bogwood sculpture in memory of the late Pat Kavanagh at
the Cave, Wicklow town.
Tara Doyle, Hollie Goulding and Leah Hobbs are pictured at the unveiling
of a bogwood sculpture in memory of the late Pat Kavanagh at The Cave,
Wicklow town.
Friends and family of the late Pat Kavanagh at the unveiling of a bogwood sculpture in her memory at The Cave, Wicklow Town.
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Arklow resident honoured as
“Hospice Sunflower Hero”
Fabian Doyle from Arklow received a “Sunflower Hero”
award from RTE’s Mary Kennedy for his tireless work for
Wicklow Hospice Foundation.
Pictured is Hospice Sunflower Hero, Fabian Doyle (right) from Arklow
with (from left): Ursula Doyle, Mary Kennedy and grandson Dylan.
Wicklow Water Babies
win Little Heroes Awards
Two Wicklow babies, Ted Jameson from Rathnew (1 year) and
Dylan Mulligan from Kilpeddar (5 months), have won Little
Heroes Awards from Water Babies.
Water Babies has uncovered eleven
little heroes who have battled illness
and adversity including premature
birth and Down Syndrome or have
shown a lot of courage in their little
lives so far. They all have stories of
how water and swimming have helped
with their development or improved
their lives and the lives of their family
in some way.
One-year-old Ted Jameson came
into the world seven weeks early with
respiratory distress syndrome. He
doesn’t crawl or walk yet however he
swims at Water Babies. He spent the
first weeks of his life in ICU on oxygen to help his lungs open and close.
His mum did some research and found
that swimming helps premature babies
so she brought him to Water Babies
classes in Butterfield, Rathfarnham.
When Ted started swimming on
Friday, 13th February, he was two
months old, however technically he
was only two weeks old as he was
only due on the 28th January. He was
tiny and slept the whole way through
the classes in the lovely warm water.
Premature babies often suffer from
over stimulation, so mother and toddler groups didn’t suit Ted. However
swimming calmed him completely.
Ted also suffered from chronic colic
and his parents soon discovered that
water was the only thing that helped
him relax and stopped him crying.
Ted cried constantly from 10am-1am
for weeks until a protein allergy was
diagnosed. He regressed when he got
sick and missed a few weeks of classes. He then developed a terrible fear of
Dylan Mulligan.
Ted Jameson.
underwater swimming. However, the
family persevered and made the decision with the support of their teacher,
to repeat the first term and they have
not looked back. The family went to
Greece last September for their holidays and Ted swam 5-6 times a day in
the pool and he even swam in the sea.
“Swimming has had a huge impact on
Ted’s development and it’s such a joy
to see him swimming as he is happiest
in the water - it calms him down and
raises his spirits.”
Dylan Mulligan’s Mum Lynda was
very worried when she first decided to
take Dylan swimming when he was 3
months old, she had always loved the
water, however he didn’t. He got a
fright in the bath when he was two
months old and would scream every
time his Mum tried to bath him, he
was terrified until he went to Water
Dylan cried almost the whole way
through his first Water Babies lesson,
however as the weeks went by he cried
less and less. And by the end of his
first term he loved it. And he is also
so much better at bath time now.
When being bathed recently at five
months old, Dylan started to create a
fuss, so his mum said “Dylan, hold
on” and straight away he grabbed the
edge of the bath, she was so
impressed. “It’s amazing that they can
actually take in what they learn in
class at such a young age. Water
Babies has helped him turn into a little
hero, although he was always
Mummy’s little hero!”
He was among 21
recipients of a “hero”
award in advance of
Sunflower Days which
celebrates its 26th
anniversary this year and
takes place on Friday,
June 10th and Saturday,
June 11th.
This is one of the
biggest annual fundraisers
for the hospice movement
in Ireland and it is hoped
that 1 million will be
raised. The event is coordinated on behalf of the
hospice movement by the
Irish Hospice Foundation
and all of the funds raised
locally, stay locally.
People are being
encouraged to support
their local hospice service
on June 10th and 11th by
purchasing various pieces
of Sunflower merchandise
- including sunflower pins
for 2 each from collectors on the streets of
cities, towns and villages
across Ireland.
Foundation said it nominated Fabian because of
his “dedication to the project” and generosity of
spirit. He has been
involved in the organisation since it was set up in
2009. Fabian’s firm
Sovereign Security pro-
shown in
solo singing
Well done to Grace
Cullen (under 12),
(under 16) and Nicole
Abrigo (under 16) who
represented their area in
the county solo singing
competition held in
Georgina and Nicole who
were placed 4th in the
Group singing section.
vided security for the starstudded Lincoln Premiere
in aid of the Foundation
at Dublin’s Savoy at his
own cost. A walk he
organised the same year
at Lugnaquilla raised
€25,000 for the hospice.
Sunflower Days raised
€ 955 last year for
Wicklow Hospice. Money
raised this year will go
towards building the
planned 15 bed hospice.
Fabian said he saw the
value of hospice care after
his own father’s death.
He said: “In our modern
society, we are so busy;
we don’t learn to deal
with the true reality of life
and death. I was close to
my father and when he
died of pancreas cancer in
June 2005 it brought a
realisation and examination of life into view.
“During his illness and
death I developed awareness that no family is
immune from suffering
and pain through a vast
number of life’s woes
including cancer and
death of their loved ones.
“Human warmth
points directly towards
the urgent need for a hospice which can provide
the necessary specialised
medical health care with
spiritual and loving sup-
port for the whole community.”
Fabian added: “I have
eventually learned, in a
real way, suffering connects you with other people. As individuals we
must invest in our friends
and communities, all
working together for the
greater good. Everyone
should realise that a hospice is a community
investment and asset
built through a community network that can comfort us and help us in difficult times.”
A recent national survey commissioned by the
Irish Hospice Foundation
revealed that 75% of
Irish people want to die
at home - however only
25% will get to do so
partly due to lack of services.
Launching Hospice
Sunflower Days Mary
Kennedy said: “More
than 6,000 people use
hospice services every
year in Ireland. The care
and support afforded to
families in need, at a
very difficult time, is so
important and I am
encouraging members of
the public to show their
support for Sunflower
Days once again this
year. By simply buying a
sunflower from one of
our volunteers you are
helping to bring comfort
and dignity to people at
the end-of-life.”
She added: “It’s inspiring
“Sunflower Heroes” and
the dedicated volunteers
from across the country
who do so much to
secure hospice services
locally. Without them
there are many patients
and their families whose
end of life would be so
much harder. They are all
heroes in the true sense
and need to be acknowledged. I am honoured to
be here with them today.”
Foundation chief executive Sharon Foley said
Fabian and all volunteers
are the backbone of the
hospice movement in
“It is through the
compassionate communities that hospice services can continue to
deliver high quality care
to individuals and families. No hospice service
is fully funded by the
State and they are all
reliant on their communities and public goodwill to help maintain or
expand their services. I
think that is something
really exceptional about
an event like Hospice
Sunflower Days,’ she
Pat Quinlan Chair of
the Voluntary Hospices
Group, said: “Hospice
care aims to improve the
lives of people who have
a life limiting condition
by helping them to live
their lives as fully as
possible right up to the
moment until they die.
Across the country, the
number of people seeking hospice care services
continues to increase and
we need to be in a position to be able to
respond to meeting their
Hospices across the
country are more reliant
now than ever on the
generosity and goodwill
or our wonderful supporters and volunteers.
“We appeal to people
to support their local service so patients and families can get help at a
time of greatest need.
Sunflower Days is a
vital source of funding
for local hospice services so please donate
on June 10th & 11th and
if you have a few hours
to spare please consider
For more information
and to volunteer with
your local hospice service
Sunflower Days visit
www.sunflowerdays. ie
at 0402-91310 [email protected] or
[email protected]
Fair City’s ‘Clive’ at
Arklow Library
James Rowe, known for his portrayal of Clive
Dunstan in Fair City, will perform a one-hour
reading at Arklow Library on May 24th at 7pm.
James will read extracts from his autobiography ‘Careful
What You Wish For..!’ The short extracts include pieces named
‘Salad Days with Lettuce’ and ‘The Pariah of Chelsea’. He will
then follow with some popular selections of prose and verse and
hear any observations from the audience. The event is free and
all are welcome.
TG4 seek
help for film
TG4 are looking to hear
from anyone that was
involved in the making
of Michael Collins,
Braveheart, Into the West,
and other films which
were made in Wicklow as
part of a documentary
they are making about
films made in Ireland.
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Pictured are Anna Lee, Dr. Harry Barry, Charlie Burke and Natalie Galbraith at the Wicklow Mental
Health meeting in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow
Tuesday 17th May 2016
The Greening of
Avondale Forest Park
Over 300 people turned out for the ‘Let’s Talk & Walk’ Green Ribbon event which
was held at the Coillte Forest Park in Avondale, Rathdrum, last Sunday. The event
was hosted by Coillte and was organised by the Irish Farmers Association in
partnership with Coillte, See Change and Mental Health Ireland to promote the
Green Ribbon which has been established as the international symbol for mental
health awareness.
Farmers and members
of our rural communities
enjoyed walking and
talking not necessarily
about mental health but
about everyday things as
well. Nature and talking
provided the ingredients
for a great afternoon and
it was an opportunity for
friends, families and
communities to connect
with one another whilst
being mindful of their
own and others’ mental
health and wellbeing.
Forest and nature
walks were led by
Michael Carey, Pat
Sullivan from the
Foresters and Maria
Cullen from Woodlands
of Ireland.
Mental health talks
were given by author
Christy Kenneally who
spoke passiontely about
the value of nature for
mental health and wellbeing,
Michaela Avlund spoke
about happiness and
well-being skills.
Coillte are keen to
drive the health agenda
and encourage you to
visit Avondale Forest
Parks and their 18 recreation sites which are
County Wicklow to
enjoy “Green Exercise”.
Pictured at the Green Ribbon Walk in Avondale Forest Park Rathdrum were Gerrard Murphy, Coillte;
Tom Short, IFA; Charlie Burke, Coillte, and Martha Mitchell, IFA.
The ‘No Bucks’ cafe comes to Bray
Tiglin Rehab Centre’s ‘drive’ to help the homeless is being felt
in Bray again where the centre’s ‘No Bucks’ outreach mobile
café bus has returned and can be found every Wednesday on
Eglinton Road from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Pictured at the Green Ribbon walk in Avondale, Rathdrum were (from l-r): Maria Cullen, Pat
O’Suillivan, Christy Kenneally, Charlie Burke, Michella Avlund and Michael Carey.
All Childcare staff must be
qualified to work in services
Childcare services in Ireland have undergone significant changes over
the past 20 years and it is now the policy of the Department of Health
and Children that from September 2016 all children will receive two
years free preschool education before starting primary school.
This is great news for
children and families as
research has shown there
are huge benefits to all
children when they receive
high quality early childhood education. The benefits are particularly important for children with special needs. This initiative
has had a knock on effect
for childcare staff who
according to the govern-
ment should have a minimum Level 5 childcare
qualification (QQI Level
5) to work in all
preschools. In addition
Level 6 Childcare (QQI
Level 6) will now be
required to work as a
preschool leader in services providing the
Government approved and
funded free preschool year.
This shows a determina-
tion to ensure all children
receive the best quality
care in an environment
which meets the holistic
needs of the children and
which helps to reassure
parents their children will
be well looked after.
Neuroscience and psychological research has
demonstrated that a high
percentage of children’s
learning takes place in the
first 6 years of life. We are
now much more aware that
high quality preschool
experiences lead to immediate and lasting social and
educational benefits for all
children - especially those
from disadvantaged backgrounds and children with
Additionally, investment in
high-quality early care and
education programmes
provide economic returns.
One well known study is
the Highscope preschool
model, which showed savings of 7 dollars for every
dollar invested in the early
Sallynoggin College of
Further Education is a
major provider of QQI
Level 5 and 6 full-time
childcare training and
applications are now being
accepted from school
leavers and mature applicants who would like to
train in this important area.
See for further information and to
make an online application
or call directly into the
college to get more information.
The bus provides a service to those who are living on the streets, or who
are addicted to drugs. The
bus visits Bray and it also
parks at a number of locations around Dublin such
as Dun Laoghaire and
Volunteers come on
board to hand out tea, coffee, food and clothes to the
homeless. The bus is also a
place for people to come
and find out more about
Tiglin’s services.
Tiglin have two centres,
one for males and one for
females. There are currently 30 males and 12 females
in Tiglin and the waiting
list continues to grow year
on year. The centre provides general support to
the person not just addressing the substance abuse.
Speaking to Wicklow
Times, volunteer Sinead
Horgan explained that the
bus had started returning to
Bray last month after an
“Tiglin’s outreach initiative started about a year
and a half ago, and it was
just a mini van then,” says
Sinead. “Since then it has
gone from strength to
strength. As the center has
grown, the outreach programme has grown with
About 10 to 15 people
come on board the bus
each week when it parks in
Bray, and Sinead says that
there has been a noticeable
increase of people availing
of it as word is spreading
and new faces are coming
on board.
“We’re building relationships up with the people in Bray again. Some
people come on board for
food or a tea or coffee,
some want to stay longer
to chat, some need clothes.
We’re meeting a variety of
different needs.”
If anyone would like to
make donations of
clothes, sleeping bags,
blankets, shoes, etc., they
can drop them into the No
Bucks bus on Wednesday
evenings on Englinton
Road in Bray between
5:30pm and 7:30pm, and
they will be handed out to
the people who need
Pictured is Colm Burke in the ‘No Bucks Cafe’,
Tiglin’s mobile café for the homeless.
At the ‘No Bucks Cafe’ in Bray last week were volunteers Leonard Finnegan, Sinéad Leahy, Tom
McDonald, Dawn Breen, Martin Considine, Marion Dutton and Sinéad Horgan. The ‘No Bucks Cafe’
offers support, food, information and advice, clothing, referrals and prayer.
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Greystones Playground Committee launch
fundraising campaign with family fun day
Greystones South Beach Playground
Committee kicked off a fundraising campaign
in Eire Og GAA Club on the 15th May to help
raise funds for the refurbishment of the
Greystones playground.
Niamh Egan, Chair of the Committee said “As a
parent, I use the current playground on a weekly basis.
It saddens me that it provides few challenges and fun
for our children especially when you see what well
designed playgrounds can offer. However one of the
main issues we want to address is inclusivity as our
current playground does not offer a suitable environment that encourages all ages and abilities to play
together side by side. This is why we want to make
sure that all the children of Greystones have a magical
playground. We are working with the Council on this
project but we can only to this with the support of the
local community.”
As part of the FunDay, there was a Summer Camp
Showcase, games and sports, cake sale, pets corners,
face-painting, and lots more. There was also a
Consultation Corner, where people could have a say in
the design of the playground.
Cllr Jennifer Whitmore said “The support we have
received so far from businesses, local clubs and residents has been fantastic. The refurbishment of the
playground has been an issue that has been raised with
me time and time again, and it’s great to see the community are coming together, with the support of the
Council, to make that happen.”
For more info, see
2016 Greystones
Municipal District
The motorcycle was completely destroyed in the accident.
Man killed in motorcycle
accident in Charlesland
A 36-year-old man died last Thursday evening when his motorcycle
collided with a barrier at a roundabout in Charlesland, GReystones
and burst into flames. It was a single vehicle collision.
The accident happened at 6:25pm. Emergency services arrived at the scene and
the man was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Farrenkelly Road was closed with diversions put in place as Gardai carried out a
forensic examination. At the time of going to press, Gardai were appealing for any
witnesses to the accident to come forward and contact Greystones Garda Station on
(01) 6665800, or to call the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111, or to contact
any Garda Station.
Greystones golfers to make
People of the Year Awards history at Irish Open Pro-Am
Annette Lynch and Sean Kestell from Charlesland Golf Club will be
teeing off alongside international golf superstars and world famous
celebrities in this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am after
winning the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.
The Awards will be presented in the
Greystones Golf Club, Greystones on
Thursday 26th May, 2016
The pair won the tournament on the Smurfit
Course at The K Club
with a total Stableford
score of 45 points, finishing two points ahead of
the teams from Slade
Valley Golf Club, County
Dublin, and Kilrea Golf
In total, 22 teams from
golf clubs across Ireland
competed in the final,
through regional qualifiers at five of Ireland’s
top golf courses, including Powerscourt GC in
Co. Wicklow.
in association with
Kilcoole will remember
1916 over the weekend
of June 2nd-5th. Over
the four-day festival
there wil be much taking
place including a market, vintage car display,
an outdoor cinema, art
exhibition, re-enactments, cookery demonstrations and much
more. For more details,
see, call
086 8329686, or email
[email protected]
Kids’ film
camp for
Pictured are Annette Lynch and Sean Kestell
from Charlesland Golf Club who will be competing in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am.
Picture: Golffile / Caroline Quinn
Tickets available from Greystones Municipal District
Office, Mill Road, Greystones. Tel: 01 287 6694
• Sportsperson of the Year
• Civic Award
• Special Person of the Year
• Cultural Person of the Year
• Commercial Award
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Orchestra will perform
at the Hot Spot Music
Club in Greystones on
Friday, 21st May. Based
out of Portland, Oregon,
the band members hail
from many corners of
the globe, playing a
Klezmer, Hot Jazz,
Swing and Americana
music, both original and
traditional. Influences
are far and wide but
range from New Orleans
Turkish, Bulgarian,
Roma and Klezmorim
Swing, to Acoustic
Metal. Dorrs open at
Rachel Robson and Laura Greene ran a Shave or Dye event in The Mollys
Pub in Kilcoole in aid of Greystones Cancer Support. They and supporters
dyed and shaved their hair, and even the ladies with long hair had their
heads shaved. E3,614 was raised for GCS. Ian Robson, The Mollys manager,
shaved his beard and raised E500. Sonia Walsh, Chairperson of Greystones
Cancer Support, says “Rachel and Laura were absolutely fabulous to come
up with this wonderful idea and to get all their supporters out on the night.
They were aiding a good cause and helping those who are affected by cancer. They showed that they really care about people. Well done to all!”
Pictured are Kathleen Kelleher, Eileen Horan, Rachel Robson, Anne
Doody, Laura Green, Ian Robson and Eileen Morris.
This summer there will
be a film school for kids
Greystones. It will be
running in June and
The film camp will be
the first in Co. Wicklow
aimed at those under 18
years of age. The oneweek course will take
place in Greystones
Studios on Theatre
Lane. During the week,
kids and teenagers will
learn about writing, editing, directing, and storyboarding. Each student
will make their own
short film during the
course. The films will
then be screened by the
Greystones film Club in
the Happy Pear.
The course will start
on 10th June for 15-17
year olds, on 27th June
for 13-15 year olds, and
July 4th for 10-13 year
olds. The cost for the
course is €200.
For more information
call Kristian O’Neill on
087 395115 or email
[email protected]
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Who will fix the leak?
Thousands of gallons of water is being left to flow down the road near Belair Village
in Ashford as a result of a standoff between Wicklow County Council, Irish Water
and the management company of the estate which has left the problem of a water
leak unresolved for three weeks now.
Water is flowing down
the access road at the
development due to leaks
in the water mains
believed to be caused by
pressure tests on the pipes
being conducted by Irish
Water. Residents have
been left with severe
water shortages as a
Belair Village is a
development of 28 houses in Ashford that were
former holiday homes but
are now being lived in.
Irish Water installed
water metres outside each
of the houses last year.
According to residents,
the road where the leak is
located “is not a private
road and it is not within
the brief of the management company to fix it”.
Meanwhile, residents
claim, callers to Irish
Water are being “fobbed
off” and told it’s Wicklow
County Council’s problem.
“As the leak occurs in
the water main outside
the development site, and
which is leading to the
water metres which Irish
Water installed for each
house, it is sure not the
responsibility of the owners of the houses in this
development,” the residents say.
Cllr Irene Winters
raised the matter at last
week’s meeting of
Wicklow County Council
in the hope of getting the
council to intervene and
resolve the problem. The
Council, however, say
that it is not their responsibility as they have not
taken in charge the estate.
“It’s very unlikely that
houses that were designated as holiday homes in
the first instance, would
be taken in charge by the
council,” Chief Executive
Bryan Doyle stated.
“If the estate was taken
in charge, it would be the
property of Wicklow
County Council. But the
estate hasn’t been taken
in charge after 15 years
so these people are left in
a position where nobody
is responsible,” Cllr
Winters explained.
“I would suggest that
Council, which has the
staff, manpower, knowledge and equipment,
should just go out and fix
it,” she added.
“We can’t just let this
situation continue as it is,
and I am asking Wicklow
County Council to intervene and do the right
thing and sort out this
issue,” Cllr Shay Cullen
Cllr Pat Vance, however, said that it was a “pri-
vate matter” and that
intervention by the council could set “a dangerous
precedent”. “There is a
management company in
place. The residents are
paying this management
company to manage the
estate and manage all the
different problems that
are in it,” he said. “It sets
a very dangerous precedent if people are asking
the Council to go in and
do something that a management company are
responsible for.”
The council maintains
that it’s a private site and
that the pipe belongs to
the management company. A meeting is to take
place between representatives from the management company, Irish
Water, Wicklow County
Council and the residents
with a view to resolving
the issue.
‘Still an opportunity to rectify
children’s hospital mistake’
Social Democrats councillor
Jennifer Whitmore hopes that the
decision to locate the new national
children’s hospital at St. James’s,
in the heart of Dublin City, can
still be reversed despite planning
permission being granted by An
Bord Pleanala. The €700 million
project is to bring together the
three children’s hospitals under
one roof.
Cllr Whitmore raised the issue at last
week’s meeting of Wicklow County
Council as a Suspension of Standing
Orders, and brought forward a motion
calling on the new Minister for Health,
Simon Harris, to reverse the decision and
locate the new children’s hospital at
Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown
A vote did not take place at the meeting however, as there was no time, but it
may be added to the agenda on the June
Speaking at last week’s meeting of
Wicklow County Council, Cllr Whitmore
said that she’s been contacted by many
worried constituents from Co. Wicklow
who want the children’s hospital to be
built at Connolly in Blanchardstown and
pushed for her to bring the motion forward. Cllr Mary Kavanagh also revealed
that 1700 signatures for people supporting the changing of the location to
Connolly have been collected in Wicklow
“An Bord Pleanala did not compare St.
James’s with Connolly or make a recommendation on the suitability of James’
above Connolly. They only looked at the
planning issues,” said Cllr Whitmore. “I
think to say that because An Bord
Pleanala have made the decision we can
no longer go back, is wrong. Until they
start building this facility, we have an
opportunity to rectify what I consider a
“I don’t believe that Dublin City centre
is the right location for our National
Children’s Hospital and as a parent of
young children, I would absolutely hate
to think that getting stuck in traffic could
have an adverse impact on the healthcare
of my child and I am not alone in this. A
group of concerned parents, doctors,
planners and children’s charities, including the Jack and Jill foundation, also support this motion. Traffic congestion is
only one of the issues that are of concern
to them.
“St James’ is a 145 acre Greenfield site
and is located on the M50. 75% of children that will attend this hospital are from
outside Dublin. Connolly will be much
quicker and easier to access for those
children than a city centre location. The
145 acres available space at Connolly
also means our National Children’s
Hospital will have room to expand and
grow as our needs and populations grow.
It will allow for the co-location of the
hospital with the Rotunda maternity site
when it moves to Connolly and this is
critically important for babies who will
have access to a world class children’s
“Critically the St. James’ site cannot
take coast guard rescue helicopters, so
any child that is being transported to the
children’s hospital by the coast guard will
have to land either in Kilmainham or
Tallaght and be transported into the city.
“We have a new Minister for Health, I
wish him the best of luck. I think this is
an opportunity for Minister Harris to
review and look at this decision. It will be
our National Children’s Hospital, we only
get one chance at this and it’s not something we can afford to get wrong,” concluded Cllr Whitmore.
Cllr Joe Behan said that he would like
to hear the other side of the argument
before voting on the motion.
“This is one of the most major infrastructure projects in the history of this
State. I don’t want to vote on something
having only heard one side,” said Cllr
“There are obviously a whole lot of
other reasons why James’ should be the
right site or could be the right site and
before we take any motion like this or
discuss it, we at the very least should hear
the other side of the argument from the
people who are proposing the project.”
Transition Year students from St Mary’s College, Arklow learned that ‘The Future is Food’ on a visit
to The BrookLodge & Macreddin Village. The Future is Food is an initiative run by Bord Bia and The
TASTE Council which aims to engage Transition Year students with Ireland’s artisan food industry.
Thousands of students from schools across Ireland are taking part in the programme which will see
them broaden their knowledge and understanding of the local, artisanal and speciality food sectors
through practical insight and real-life experience, in a bid to create and inspire the next generation of
Irish food entrepreneurs and advocates. Pictured are James Kavanagh, head chef, The BrookLodge &
Macreddin Village, Sinead Byrne (from Arklow), Aine O’Shea (from Aughrim), Kevin Sheridan, chairman, The TASTE Council, Evan Doyle, proprietor, The BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, Ellie Jones
(from Knockmore, Arklow), Sadhbh Murphy (from Lamberton, Arklow) and Aine O’Keefe, business
teacher, St. Mary’s College, Arklow. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke
Marketing of Wicklow Town
to give it a major boost
Nestled at the bottom of the Wicklow hills, with the backdrop of its
beautiful coastline, is the hidden gem that is Wicklow Town. This
picturesque coastal location, with its unspoilt beaches, historical
heritage sites, and array of outdoor pursuits, still remains to be
discovered by many of those who seek a new adventure.
Jack Drea, CEO and
for Startup
BonzaQuote has been
shortlisted as a national
finalist in the BOI Startup
Awards to be held in
Dublin on May 26th. In
an earlier round they
were nominated in the
(Leinster) and have now
made it to the national
BonzaQuote is the
online marketplace and
community for Do It
Yourselfers (DIYers).
They launched in Ireland
in summer 2015 and will
launch in the UK in 2016.
BonzaQuote provides
DIY tips and tutorials and
an instant online price
and quality comparison
of over 30,000 DIY tools
and materials from the
leading DIY and building
supply retailers.
The time has come for
Wicklow Town to take
centre stage, with a face
lift that will shape the
future of businesses in
Wicklow. In an exciting
new community-based initiative, promoted by the
Wicklow Town & District
Chamber of Commerce,
retailers, tourism leaders
and decision-makers and
community and civic leaders have all been invited to
this major launch event.
Catherine Fulvio of the
renowned Ballyknocken
Cookery School, celebrity
TV chef, food writer and
author, is taking a break
from her hectic filming
schedule, to attend and
speak at the event.
“We strongly need to
market Wicklow Town in
all its uniqueness and
beauty. It’s time to establish Wicklow Town and to
show it as the capital town
of the garden county with
its own distinct and separate identity,” says Pascal
Burke, President of
Wicklow Town & District
Chamber of Commerce.
“Wicklow Town prides
itself on its timeless culture, stretching back over
the past 400 years. The
beautiful sea views are
much the same as they
were then. The river, harbour and streets, together
with its people provide a
relaxed and friendly ambience in the town. Many of
the things we treasure have
remained unchanged along
with simple every-day
things we all love - enjoying a morning coffee, picking up the local newspaper
and feeding the local
celebrity ‘Sammy the
Seal’, who himself has
been known to wander
along the quays. Wicklow
town offers a great choice
of independently owned
specialist shops, coffee
shops, restaurants, childrens’ activities and cosy
pubs famously known for
serving their local
Wicklow brews.
“For hill-walking, hiking, fishing and golfing,
together with local festivals, the variety of activities available in Wicklow
is endless. We want to
ensure that the business
community are to the forefront in marketing our
town. It is time to celebrate
the way we live, work and
play. This is our most
important promotional
investment to-date. It is
only the beginning of a
sustained campaign to promote Wicklow Town as a
shopping and tourism destination,” says Pascal
With the prestigious
Volvo Round Ireland Yacht
Race and the well-established Taste of Wicklow
being held in Wicklow
Town on the weekend 1719 June, the county capital
is preparing to showcase
all the unique attractions it
has to offer. To all who
want to know more about
this new promotion, all
will be revealed at the
Marketing Launch in the
beautiful surroundings of
Wicklow Golf Club on
Tuesday, 24th May at
‘Joined up thinking needed to rejuvenate
towns while tackling housing crisis’
Andrew Doyle TD is calling on Minister for Housing Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Finance Minister Michael Noonan TD to examine what measures can be taken to
regenerate provincial and rural towns. Deputy Doyle wants to see a collaborative approach in terms of providing the
necessary incentives and support for business growth and job creation and retention in towns and village centres in
tandem with dealing with challenges in the housing sector.
Speaking about what he sees as priorities for Co. Wicklow, Deputy Doyle was referring to the critical need for revitalisation of towns in Wicklow and believes a new policy on town centre rejuvenation including a policy on housing
in, and adjacent to our main streets is necessary.
“Initiatives like the ‘Living City Initiative’ which is administered by the Department of Finance, should be rolled
out in towns across Ireland in order to bring new life back into the towns themselves while being part of an overall
strategy to tackle the housing crisis,” says Deputy Doyle. “There have been a variety of schemes to address the issue
of breathing new life into towns and cities including urban renewal projects, removal of obstacles to a ‘living city’ tax
incentive scheme for renovating buildings constructed over 100 years ago, incentivising retailers to refit older shops as
well as allowing scope to develop vacant units lying idle above shops.
“The Retail Consultation Forum set by Minister Richard Bruton as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, provides a
platform for a structured engagement between the retail sector and relevant Government Departments and agencies.
The Forum allows key issues relevant to the retail sector to be discussed with a view to identifying practical actions
that can be taken by Government or the industry itself to support the sector with the aim of looking at innovative ways
to rejuvenate our towns and villages and create much needed employment.
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Simon Harris made history earlier this month when he was appointed Minister for
Health, the youngest ever TD to occupy the role. The 29 year old Greystones
politician has had a meteoric rise within the Fine Gael party, having previously
served as a Minister of State at the Department of Finance, with special
responsibility for the Office of Public works, just three years after being first elected.
Harris was the youngest member of the 31st Dail.
The Cathaoirleach,
Chief Executive
and members of
Wicklow County Council
wish to congratulate
Deputy Simon Harris
on his appointment as
Minister for Health
Deputy Shane Ross
on his appointment as
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport
Minister Harris grew up
in Greystones, and attended St David’s Secondary
School before studying
journalism at DIT. He first
became involved in politics through his work as a
disability advocate when
Alliance, a charity to support children and families
affected by autism. He was
elected to Wicklow County
Council in 2009, drawing
the highest percentage vote
of any County Councillor
in the country.
During his time as a
county councillor, Harris
served as Chairperson of
the County Wicklow Joint
Policing Committee and
Chaiperson of the HSE
Regional Health Forum.
He was a member of the
Committee and Wicklow
Vocational Educational
Our new Minister for Health Simon Harris TD pictured with fellow members of Wicklow/East
Carlow Fine Gael, Avril Cronin, Cllr Irene Winters, Andrew Doyle TD and Cllr Shay Cullen at
Simon’s homecoming in Greystones.
During his first term in
the Dail Harris served as a
member of the Dail Public
Accounts Committee and
the Joint Oireachtas
Committee on Finance,
Public Expenditure and
Minister Harris now
faces the biggest challenge
of his career with the notoriously difficult portfolio,
famously referred to as
‘Angola’ by Brian Cowen,
due to the presence of
landmines everywhere.
However those who have
worked alongside Harris
are confident that he is up
to the task.
Councillor Grainne
McLoughlin, who was coopted onto Wicklow
County Council after
Harris’s election said she
was “very proud of Simon
and his achievements so
very quickly after entering
politics.” She added, “This
is down to only one thing -
Congratulations to Simon Harris
- our new Minister for Health
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Simon. He is intelligent,
articulate and has an ability to learn quickly,
absorb, and develop an
understanding of every
situation and issue he
encounters. Therefore he
will in my opinion be
able to tackle the might
of our Health Service and
deliver in areas that others have not been able to
John Ryan
County Council
& Best Wishes
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do heretofore.”
Speaking to Wicklow
Times, Minister Harris
said, “I am truly honoured to serve as a member of Cabinet in the
32nd Dáil. As Minister
for Health, I look forward
to working with all stakeholders to try and address
the many challenges and
issues facing our health
service, and it is a responsibility that I am eager to
“As an individual who
has continuously campaigned on behalf of people with disabilities and
worked on mental health
issues, I am passionate
about the various aspects
of my new role. Indeed, I
began my work in the
community by establishing the ‘Wicklow Triple
A Alliance’, a charity to
support children and families affected by Autism.
As Co-Convenor of the
Oireachtas Cross Party
Group on Mental Health,
I worked with colleagues
on all sides in addressing
this important matter.
“As part of the
Programme for this new
Government, some of the
commitments I have
made so far include:
• Establishing an
Committee to develop a
single long-term vision for
healthcare over a 10-year
St David’s Holy
Faith Secondary
School Greystones
St David’s are so proud of
you Simon, our past pupil,
in all that you have achieved
to date. We wish you
continued success in your
career as Minster.
Best wishes from all at
St. David’s
Kimberly Road, Greystones
Wicklow Uplands Council is an independent
voluntary organisation, working towards
their mission ‘To support the sustainable
use of the Wicklow uplands through
consensus and partnership with those
who live work and recreate there’
The board of Wicklow Uplands
Council would like extend their sincere
congratulations to Minister Simon Harris
on his recent appointment as
Minister for Health.
• Re-activating the
Purchase Fund to seek targeted reductions in waiting
• Launch a Youth
• Making Ireland
Tobacco Free by 2025.
• Advance cancer care.
• Implementing a
national physical activity
plan and a national obesity
• Putting in place a programme to improve the
quality of food in our hospitals.
“In this role and at
Cabinet, I will ensure that
the views and concerns of
constituents are heard and
I will do everything I can
for communities throughout Wicklow,” concluded
Minister Harris.
Our new Minister for Health Simon Harris TD pictured with his mam &
dad, sister Gemma & brother Adam at Simon’s homecoming in Greystones
Simon Harris TD
on his appointment as Minister for Health
Shane Ross TD
on his appointment as
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
Writers, visionaries, poets and poignant
moments at 1916 centenary concert
“Stunning, amazing, best night ever in the church,” were just
some of the words people were saying as they exited the 1916
Centenary Concert in St. Mary and Peter’s Parish Church, in
Arklow on Friday 6th May.
Karen McGillacuddy, Avril O’Toole and Denise Brennan make up Celtic
Trinity who performed at the Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Centenary
Concert in St Mary & St Peter’s Church, Arklow. Pic. Michael Kelly
Emmy Award Winner writes
Wicklow Pride Festival song
The Wicklow Pride Festival committee have announced that the song
specifically written for the festival, ‘Out of Darkness’, is now completed
and is available to listen to.
It will be available on itunes and one hundred percent of the proceeds received will
go towards the Festival.
“A huge thank you to composers Jordan Montgomery (Emmy Award Winner) and
Conor Ebbs and all of Anthem Noise, for creating such a wonderful song. They have
put a lot of their time and own money into making this project become a reality, and
have given us this wonderful gift,” the Pride Festival committee said.
The song will be performed live at the open air concert on Saturday 9th July, in
Arklow Town Centre. Wicklow Pride Festival is a new initiative that began in 2015,
with its patron Senator David Norris. The festival’s aims and objectives are to bring the
entire community together, without prejudice, without fear, by acknowledging ‘difference’ and embracing diversity.
“We are thrilled with the song”, says Co-founder of the Festival Dave Thomas. “To
have a song written specifically for us, and by a team that consists of an Emmy Award
Winner, is incredible. The beautiful melody with the extremely important lyrics deliver
a song with a real message of hope, of inspiration and will, I am sure, inspire those that
are hiding in the shadows to come out, accept themselves for who they are, come out of
the darkness and into the light, where they will find happiness.
“Even in 2016, there are many people that are still hiding their sexuality, some questioning who they are, and this can cause a lot of misery and stress. Ireland has come a
long way, especially since Marriage Equality became recognised by the people of
Ireland, but we need to do more, as we are far from living in a society that accepts
diversity and ‘difference’. If we continue to work as one community, we can make more
positive changes, so let’s continue the amazing work and achievements when it comes
to Equality in Ireland. Wicklow Pride Festival was created for that purpose, and we
encourage people to join us, be part of this movement, be part of this positive change
for us all.”
“Arklow Music and
Arts Group are destined to
get a Theatre and
Performance space judging by this world class
night of entertainment,”
were other sentiments
expressed by the capacity
crowd of just under 800
people who attended. The
concert was streamed live
to audiences throughout
the world including
Johannesburg, USA and
many other countries who
tuned in to hear this
breath taking concert.
Over 5000 people viewed
this concert on the AMA
page, such was it popularity since Friday night.
Over 200 people participated in this event and
gave audiences a night to
savour and remember.
Four of Wicklow’s five
TDs were down to attend,
but due to the proceedings
in Leinster House on
Friday afternoon, following the election of
Taoiseach Enda Kenny,
they were all recalled and
were not in a position to
attend. All sent their
apologies and were disappointed, but sent their best
wishes to the committee
and participants for the
St. Mary’s College
Orchestra reformed in
2010 at the request of Sr.
Sior Cosgrove, under the
direction of Ms. Christine
Steel, and got proceedings
off to a fantastic start as
they played to the audience on their entry to St.
Mary and Peter’s Parish
Church, closely followed
by St. Colmcilles Pipe
Band who marked a very
significant milestone this
year as they reach the
75th anniversary of the
foundation of the band.
Under Pipe Major John
Earls and Drum Sergeant
John Martin, they had
people gearing up for a
super night of music and
MC was Mr. Jim
Furlong, who did a wonderful job and kept the
show flowing all night. A
reflection and tribute,
honouring the sixteen
executed leaders of the
1916 Rising then took
place. Celtic Trinity members Avril O’Toole,
Denise Brennan and
Karen Mc Gillycuddy,
raised the bar and gave a
“Grace”, “With or
Without You”, and “How
Great thou Art” under the
guidance of Musical
Director Paul Barrett.
Robert Donnelly gave a
recital of Padraig Pearse’s
oration at the graveside
during the funeral of
Jeremiah O’Donovan
With such a vast
amount of talent on the
night it proved to be
something really special
with all the artists giving
freely of their time and
talents, it showcased some
of the wonderful talent
that Arklow has become
famous for both at home,
nationally and internationally. A special commemorative programme compiled by Colm Kavanagh,
proved a huge hit with all
those in attendance, who
did an excellent job and
was a labour of love,
despite many sleepless
nights. Footage on the
screens the church, again
done by Colm, proved a
huge hit and added to the
overall success of the
Dave Bardon exhibited
some of this work depicting the signatories who
lost their lives in 1916 and
donated a custom made
glass portrait which was
won by Robert Donnelly.
AMA Chairperson
Yvonne Kenny said that
the committee “have been
working tirelessly on this
concert, proceeds of
which will go to a
Performance Arts Space
and Theatre for the town
of Arklow and will house
the many groups and
organisations in the town
and a place to call home.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped, supported or contributed
financially in any way to
this big task that lies
ahead. Working together
we can make this dream a
reality and put Arklow on
the map for the right reasons.”
Pictured are Kay Maguire, Mary Byrne and Ann Corr at the Arklow Music
and Arts 1916 Centenary Concert in St Mary & St Peter’s Church, Arklow.
Pictured are Lorraine Cullen and Anne Steadman
at the Arklow Music and Arts 1916 Centenary
Concert in St Mary & St Peter’s Church , Arklow.
Pic: Michael Kelly
Pic: Michael Kelly
Wicklow author’s ‘Little Bones’ Wicklow bookshop chosen
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and Conor Ebbs composed the song ‘Out of Darkness’ for the Wicklow
Pride Festival. They will perform the song live at an open air concert in
Arklow on 9th July.
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Enniskerry author Vanessa O’Loughlin (aka Sam Blake) will launch her novel
‘Little Bones’ in the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Thursday,
19th May. She will be joined for the launch by State Pathologist Dr. Marie Cassidy.
For fans of Alex Barclay and Niamh O’Connor, Little Bones introduces Cathy
Connolly, a bright young heroine set to take the world of crime fiction by storm.
Twenty-four-year-old Garda Cathy Connolly might be a fearless kick-boxing champion but when she discovers a baby’s bones concealed in the hem of a wedding dress,
the case becomes personal.
For artist Zoe Grant, the bones are another mysterious twist in her mother’s disappearance. Then her grandmother, head of the Grant Valentine department store empire is
found dead, and a trail of secrets is uncovered that threatens to shake a dynasty.
In a story that moves from London’s East End to the Las Vegas mafia, one thing is
certain - for Cat, life will never be the same again.
Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell
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husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book.
Little Bones is published by Twenty7, the new digital-first fiction imprint of Bonnier
Publishing. The new imprint will focus on debut authors and international writers new
to the UK markets, covering all commercial fiction genres but especially crime and
women’s fiction. All books will be published as e-books in the first instance, with mass
market paperbacks following within six months.
as Best Independent
Bookshop in Ireland
The Blessington Bookstore fought off strong
competition from all over Ireland to be chosen as
the Best Independent Bookstore in this region.
“It was a great honour to represent Ireland - where
storytelling is part of our DNA,” said Janet Hawkins,
owner of the West Wicklow bookshop and coffeeshop. “Visiting a bookshop is good for mind, body
and spirit - the perfect antidote to technological overload.”
Judges praised the Blessington Bookstore for a
shop that “sits at the heart of the community”.
“Bookshops are where booklovers come together to
create magic,” concluded Janet. “Exercising the imagination is just as important as exercising the body.”
There will be a number of free events taking place
in the bookshop during Independent Booksellers week
(June 18th-25th) to celebrate the win and to thank all
those who help make the bookshop so special.
Signal Arts Society Members 16th Annual Exhibition
Signal Arts Centre will present the 16th Annual Members Exhibition of works by members of the Signal Arts Society. This exhibition is a showcase
for members of the Signal Arts Society and, being a group show, includes a diverse range of content, a varied selection of mediums and always
something to delight even the most discerning of palettes.
For more information on Signal Arts Society go to and click on the Society’s tab. Alternatively the Society may be contacted through Signal Arts Centre. The Opening Reception is on Sunday 29th May, 3-5pm.
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Wicklow RFC players celebrate their Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup victory against Enniscorthy RFC on 8th May in Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne,
Co. Meath. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Great victory for Wicklow RFC in the Provincial Towns Cup
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Towns Cup.
“This is a great
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first time that Wicklow
has won this cup since
the establishment of the
trophy in 1888.
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continued success in the
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
Track & Field Runoffs
About 160 children from the Laragh, Moneystown &
Roundwood villages assembled on the GAA field in
Roundwood recently for the local area Community Games
athletics runoffs.
The weather remained
pleasant and dry. The tiny
tots kicked off proceedings and were the highlight of the evening as
they meandered their way
down the field where they
were all winners. Some of
the older children were so
close at the line that it took
expert judges to separate
the winners and in some
cases a dead heat became
the outcome! Some of
these children tried out
events such as ball throw
and hurdles, and other
events that they had never
experienced before.
There was tremendous
excitement among the parents and spectators as they
cheered on all the competitors. Notes have gone
out to those children who
have qualified to represent
the Roundwood area at the
Championships which
takes place in Shillelagh
on Saturday 11th June.
There are still spaces
available for children
between the ages of 12
and 16 who wish to represent the area so if you are
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ndwood area please get in
touch with our chairman
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Jimmy O’Shaughnessy, Mairead Dunne, Millie Byrne, Holly Doyle, Molly Corcoran, Cara Byrne, Aine Fogarty, Paige Nolan,
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Wicklow RFC girls play in Mini Rugby Festival
A Wicklow club got the chance to play where their heroes play,
at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, 30th April, for the Aviva
National Mini Rugby Festival.
Over 2,000 boys and
girls from all over Ireland
participated in the four
provincial festivals over
the past two months,
which were hosted at
Ballyclare RFC, Ballina
RFC, UL Bohemians and
Co Carlow RFC.
Wicklow RFC Under
12 girls team got to play at
the National Festival
which was held in the
home of Irish Rugby, the
Aviva Stadium, for the
third time thanks to
Aviva’s sponsorship of
Mini Rugby.
Ireland and Connacht
star Robbie Henshaw, Irish
women’s international
Jenny Murphy and
Leinster and Ireland’s
Fergus McFadden were
there on the day to give
tips and advice to all the
players and coaches in
attendance. Each of the
competitors on the day
received a certificate of
participation signed by
Irish Internationals Jamie
Heaslip, Rory Best and
Robbie Henshaw.
Robbie Henshaw, Irish
International and Aviva’s
Mini Rugby Ambassador,
said; “It was my dream to
play at home in the Aviva
and for some of these kids
here, to be running out of
the tunnel and playing on
the pitch is their dream.”
Jenny Murphy, Irish
International and Aviva’s
Mini Rugby Ambassador,
said; “There was some
good footwork and some
nice tackling out there.
There’s some great potential out there for filling in
an Irish jersey in the
future. The main thing for
these players is enjoyment
and everyone had a smile
on their face!”
Mark Russell, Aviva
Sponsorship Manager,
said; “Generally it’s the big
International matches that
grab the limelight at the
Stadium, but every so
often we get to put on
something like the Aviva
Mini Rugby Festival. It’s
gives every player on the
day that big match feeling,
to experience what it is
like to run onto the pitch
and play where all their
heroes have played. This
was an amazing day for all
the clubs and hopefully it
will live long in their
Pictured are the Wicklow RFC Under 12 girls team who got to play at the National Mini Rugby Festival in The Aviva.
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Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask
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We, Leesha O’Driscoll and Ian
Tighe seek permission for the
demolition of the existing two
storey detached dwelling and
construction of a new two
storey detached replacement
dwelling with wastewater
polishing filter, along with
associated site and drainage
works at Lagoreen House,
Tomcoyle Lower, Ashford, Co.
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
Buildings, Wicklow 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.
Permission is sought for two
storey house and also rooflight
to stairwell of existing,and to
widen existing vehicular
access to front to provide
separate vehicular access to
existing and proposed and
connection to all services and
with associated site works to
side of 27 Herbert Park, Bray,
Co. Wicklow for R. Mason.
The planning application may
be inspected, or purchased
for a fee not exceeding the
reasonable cost of making a
copy, at the offices of the
Planning Authority during
its public opening hours. A
submission or observation in
relation to the application may
be made in writing to the
Planning Authority on payment
of a fee of €20.00 within the
period of 5 weeks beginning on
the date of receipt by the
authority of the application.The
Planning Authority may grant
permission subject to or
without conditions or may
refues to grant permission.
S K Design (0402 94680)
seeks full planning permission
on behalf of William
Carstairs for dwelling,
garage, well, effluent
treatment system and
access to road by right of
way on private lane at
Downshill, Bray, 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 Buildings,
Wicklow 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.
I, Liam O’ Loughlin am
applying for Permission to
construct an on-site parking
area to the front of the
existing dwelling along with
a pedestrian entrance ramp
for improved accessibility
and all associated site works
to No. 82 Rory O’Connor
Place, Arklow, 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 Buildings,
Wicklow 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.
Full Planning Permission
Sought For:
1. New Dwelling house
(126Msq) with basement level
(56Msq) with grass roof finish
to site area formerly used as
tennis court to existing
dwelling house.
2. New connection to existing
foul and surface water services.
3. All requisite ancillary site
works at ‘Macha Na Mbo’
Killgarran, Enniskerry, Co.
Signed: Bridget Barcoe
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
Buildings, Wicklow 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.
Alphaplan Design (Tel: 040464123 or 086-2461269
Email: [email protected]) Seeks planning
permission for conversion of
existing garage to crèche /
pre school facility and
proposed extension to same
to accommodate toilets
at Ballyronan, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
for H. Massey. 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.
I Conor Gammell intend to apply
for full planning permission for
demolition of existing substandard
side single storey south east
construction of a new storey and a
half extension on this side with 3
dormer windows and 2 velux
windows in roof to rear and 2
dormer windows and 4 velux
windows in roof to front, with a new
porch canopy extension to front of
same . Works on existing storey
and a half west section of dwelling
to consist of the following; removal
of chimney breast, demolition
of existing side porch and
construction of a new single
storey porch with flat zinc roof
covering on this side, insertion of a
new window at first floor in gable
wall to rear and widening existing
ground floor window in gable wall
to rear , insertion of a glass screen
at ground floor on side wall to rear,
insertion of 3 new velux windows to
roof, Insertion of new dormer
window on west face, changing of
roof covering to existing bay
window to front to a zinc roof
covering and dropping cill on this
bay window by 300mm, alteration
of side ground floor west facing
window, and all relevant ancillary
works, at Sycamore Cottage , Upper
Green, Kilcoole, 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
Buildings, Wicklow 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
Significant Information/ Revised
I hereby give notice of the
submission of significant further
information to Wicklow County
Council in relation to planning
application no 15/1110 for John
and Betty Kenny who are applying
for permission at Susker, Laragh
East, Laragh, Co.Wicklow for
1.Retention of garage / domestic
storage area and planning
permission for its change of use to
tourist accommodation ancillary to
the adjacent dwelling house.2.
Retention of flat roofed annex
as tourist accommodation ancillary
to the adjacent dwelling
house.3.Retention of vehicular
access and pedestrian path to the
side and rear of existing dwelling
house.4.Retention for pedestrian
pathway leading to Avonmore River
and permission for pedestrian
gateway and wing walls. 5.
Retention for effluent treatment
system and as constructed
percolation area installed in
accordance with current EPA
standards and associated works.
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, County Buildings, Wicklow
during its public opening hours. A
submission or observation in
relation to the further information or
revised plans may be made in
writing to the planning authority
within the period of 2 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.
Significant Information / Revised
Plans. I hereby give notice of the
submission of significant further
information to Wicklow County
Council in relation to planning
application ref no: 15/1023 for
Yellow Lane Business Park Ltd.
who is applying for Retention
Permission for the following: (1)
bored well on site for car washing
use only, (2) 35m2 metal clad
shed and open air car wash
facility along with all site
development works (3) front
boundary wall to site and (4)
change of use of part of existing
building to dance studio and
Permission for timber cladding
alterations to all elevations of the
metal clad shed at Yellow Lane,
Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
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
or revised plans may be made in
writing to the planning authority
within the period of 2 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. The planning application may also be viewed online
at, under planning online enquiries.
Permission is sought for
change of use from licensed
public lounge to living unit in
portion of ground floor lounge
bar with alterations to
elevation to Upper Dargle Road
at the Dargle Tavern, Lower
Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
for C. Murphy.
The planning application may
be inspected, or purchased
for a fee not exceeding the
reasonable cost of making a
copy, at the offices of the
Planning Authority during
its public opening hours. A
submission or observation in
relation to the application may
be made in writing to the
Planning Authority on payment
of a fee of €20.00 within the
period of 5 weeks beginning on
the date of receipt by the
authority of the application.The
Planning Authority may grant
permission subject to or
without conditions or may
refues to grant permission.
Permission is sought for
retention of living unit in
former public bar and for
change of use from licensed
public lounge to living unit in
portion of ground floor lounge
bar with alterations to
elevation to Upper Dargle Road
at the Dargle Tavern, Lower
Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
for C. Murphy.
The planning application may
be inspected, or purchased
for a fee not exceeding the
reasonable cost of making a
copy, at the offices of the
Planning Authority during
its public opening hours. A
submission or observation in
relation to the application may
be made in writing to the
Planning Authority on payment
of a fee of €20.00 within the
period of 5 weeks beginning on
the date of receipt by the
authority of the application.The
Planning Authority may grant
permission subject to or
without conditions or may
refues to grant permission.
S K Design (0402 94680)
seeks full planning permission
on behalf of Louise Merrigan
& Eamon Rennie for
dwelling, well, effluent treatment system, access via
right of way along existing
laneway and associated
works at Ballinacarrig
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 Buildings,
Wicklow 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.
Pictured (left to right) are Cathriona Kearns of Lidl Arklow, Sadhbh Murphy, and Aoife Murphy of
St Mary’s Secondary School Arklow and Charles O’Connor of Lidl Arklow at the prize handover for
the Lidl LGFA Post-Primary Schools Store Competition.
Arklow and Bray schools win
jerseys and equipment
St. Mary’s College in Arklow was announced as the winner for the Lidl store in Arklow,
following a six-week nomination period which saw local schools battle it out to win votes
from customers. The other winning school in county Wicklow was Loreto Secondary
School in Bray.
The Arklow and Bray schools were two of 145 lucky schools across Ireland to take home a kit bag for the
school containing jerseys and GAA equipment. As part of the Lidl LGFA Post-Primary Schools Store
Competition, Lidl has donated GAA jerseys and equipment worth €250,000 to 145 post-primary school teams
across Ireland, reinforcing its commitment to serious support for ladies’ GAA at all levels of the community.
Speaking about the Lidl LGFA Post-Primary Schools Store Competition, Jennifer Gleeson, Sponsorship
Manager, Lidl Ireland, said: “Since the launch of our partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association
(LGFA) in January, we have worked to engage with communities, clubs, schools and county teams across the
country to show our dedication to providing serious support for the sport. We were delighted to be able to provide jerseys and equipment to 145 schools across Ireland as part of the Lidl LGFA Post-Primary Schools Store
Competition, and we look forward to continuing our support of ladies’ Gaelic football through various initiatives
and programmes over the coming three years.”
In January, Lidl and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) announced a landmark partnership which
saw the brand become the Official Retail Partner to the LGFA and the title sponsors of the Lidl Ladies National
Football League, as well as grassroots activity.
Industrial Packaging Ltd. seeks
Commercial Development at the
site of Industrial Packaging Ltd,
Killarney Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
The proposed development will
consist of the erection of palisade
fencing including vehicular access
gates located between existing
Warehouse Buildings 1 and 2,
external open fenced storage
bays and for a new external
pedestrian access door in the
North western façade of
Warehouse Building 2 all on an
application site area of 0.12Ha.
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
Buildings, Wicklow 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.
Pictured at the Lidl store in Arklow at the prize handover for the Lidl LGFA Post-Primary Schools
Store Competition are students and representatives from St. Mary’s College GAA team in Arklow.
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