Firhouse News

Getting down to  cleaning up the Dodder

Dublin People2 days ago

Getting down to cleaning up the Dodder

THE Dodder flows some 24km from its source on Mount Kippure to the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. It meanders through a number of Southside suburbs and provides a rich habitat for wildlife and green recreation space for local residents. Projects are in the works to further develop and improve this... Read More

Regional News

‘Green’ awards launched in Dun Laoghaire

Dublin People2 days ago

‘Green’ awards launched in Dun Laoghaire

THIS year’s 2014 EnviroCom Awards were officially launched by the cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Couty Council, Cllr Carrie Smyth and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber President Dr Josephine Browne last week. The awards, which are free to enter, are open to any business irrespective of size... Read More

New decontamination unit at Cappagh

Dublin People2 days ago

New decontamination unit at Cappagh

A NEW €5 million Central Decontamination Unit was officially opened at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital on April 11 by former Government minister, Mary O’Rourke. The new unit is the first of its kind in Ireland and is capable of providing commercial decontamination services to the wider... Read More

Taekwondo success for  Ashbourne and Ratoath

Dublin People2 days ago

Taekwondo success for Ashbourne and Ratoath

NINE members from Ashbourne & Ratoath Olympic Taekwondo Clubs have returned home after a successful tournament In Portugal earlier this month. The youngest member of the local Taekwondo schools was Martin Anev, Ashbourne, who’s aged just eight, while veteran Peter Staunton from Ratoath Club was the... Read More

Super hoops from Scoil Chaitriona

Dublin People2 days ago

Super hoops from Scoil Chaitriona

SCOIL Chaitriona in Glasnevin is celebrating after completing a unique basketball double and showing that a well organised small school can compete and beat the best. The school has only just over 400 students but they still managed to win two All Ireland Basketball Leagues in a row. Last month... Read More

GAA club bids for training record

Dublin People2 days ago

GAA club bids for training record

A NORTHIDE club will attempt to break a GAA World Record next month by holding the largest Gaelic football training session. Dublin football star Jack McCaffrey – aka Brian Ború – will lead the charge by CLG Chluain Tarbh in an attempt to set a new world record. The attempt on Monday, May 5, which... Read More

Swords battles it out for 1014 commemorations

Dublin People2 days ago

Swords battles it out for 1014 commemorations

WHILE Brian Boru is more synonymous with Clontarf, he also had a Swords connection, as local historians would be quick to point out. Boru was brought to Swords by monks on the way to his burial in Armagh after his death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. And this weekend, Fingal will be marking... Read More

Local students shortlisted for Innovator title

Dublin People2 days ago

Local students shortlisted for Innovator title

STUDENTS at four Northside schools have been shortlisted for the title of ‘Young Social Innovators of the Year 2014’. The Donahies Community School have three projects shortlisted: ‘The Numeracy Nutters’, which looks at changing the negative perspective of maths and promoting it in a positive way;... Read More

Sports facility boost for north inner city

Dublin People2 days ago

Sports facility boost for north inner city

THERE was a positive news story for the north inner city last week when a new Multi Use Games Area was opened. Cllr Lucy McRoberts (Lab), representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Oisín Quinn, unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the facility at Aldborough Place, off Portland Row. The Multi... Read More

Call to regulate zero hours contracts

Dublin People2 days ago

Call to regulate zero hours contracts

A NORTHSIDE TD has called for stronger legislation to be brought forward to regulate zero hour contracts or failing this, to abolish them. A zero hours contract does not include a set amount of working hours for an employee. Instead it allows an employer to vary the amount of hours of work... Read More

Famous tailor’s building up for sale

Dublin People2 days ago

Famous tailor’s building up for sale

A BUILDING that houses the famous Louis Copeland store on Wicklow Street has come on the market for in excess of €2.5 million. Number 18 is a retail building let to the master tailors, Louis Copeland and Sons. The sale is being handled by property consultants, Savills, who expect the high profile... Read More

New jobs at Dublin 15 firm

Dublin People2 days ago

New jobs at Dublin 15 firm

A FINGAL based IT company set up just three years ago following a management buy-out has announced it’s to double its workforce with the addition of 16 new jobs. Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte visited Blanchardstown based Agile Networks earlier this month to make the announcement and... Read More

Renovation fund slammed

Dublin People2 days ago

Renovation fund slammed

AN announcement that €15 million is to be spent on turning local authority units into family homes was described as a “meaningless ball of smoke” last week. Almost e4 million will be spent on repairing vacant local authority houses across Dublin as part of the e15 million renovation fund unveiled... Read More

Revealed: UCD historians tell the true story of the Battle of Clontarf

Dublin People2 days ago

Revealed: UCD historians tell the true story of the Battle of Clontarf

A NEW video made by the UCD School of History and Archives to mark the Battle of Clontarf provides a re-evaluation of the true place of Brian Boru in Irish history. Launched by Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, the half-hour video is presented by leading historians on location in... Read More

Council criticised over road sign campaign

Dublin People2 days ago

Council criticised over road sign campaign

A GREEN Party candidate in the local elections has criticised Dublin City Council for using “scare tactics” to deter people from walking in the city centre. In recent days the city council has placed messages on its electronic signs around the city stating: ‘Pedestrians are the Single Biggest... Read More

Snoopy on the red carpet

Dublin People2 days ago

Snoopy on the red carpet

A NEGLECTED pony rescued from Dunsink had a special treat earlier this month when he was given the red carpet treatment at a star studded event. Snoopy, who is blind in one eye from his injuries, was the star attraction at a special Gala presentation of the UK’s National Theatre production of War... Read More

Locals disgusted after Whelan Bridge attack

Dublin People2 days ago

Locals disgusted after Whelan Bridge attack

THE brother of Liam Whelan has thanked volunteers from Bohemian FC who rushed to clean up the bridge dedicated to the Manchester United and Ireland legend who died in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. Locals were outraged when Liam Whelan Bridge in Cabra was targeted by the mindless hooligans who... Read More

Brave Merryn continues her  illness battle

Dublin People2 days ago

Brave Merryn continues her illness battle

A NORTHSIDE father has vowed to give his young daughter every chance of surviving a life-threatening illness. Last August, Merryn Lacy (5), from Donabate, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system. Three weeks ago, Merryn had a tumour removed... Read More

Andrew prepares for  motorbike adventure

Dublin People4 days ago

Andrew prepares for motorbike adventure

A NORTHSIDE man is revving up for another biking adventure to raise funds for charity. Andrew Dunne, from Donaghmede, is preparing his engine again for this year’s 1,000-kilometre Motorbike Around Ireland trip to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland. It will take place on the May Bank Holiday,... Read More

Fingal Mayor backs suicide report

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Fingal Mayor backs suicide report

LORD Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Kieran Dennison (FG) has backed a report that blames a national surge in suicide rates on the economic downturn. Recent analysis conducted by the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) has shown that while the number of suicides reduced nationally between 2001... Read More

Reports confirm Dublin property price increases

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Reports confirm Dublin property price increases

TWO new reports published earlier this month have confirmed that the price of Dublin homes is continuing to increase. The average asking price for properties in Dublin has risen by 15 per cent over the past year according to the House Price Report released by property website Daft.ie. And the... Read More

Airfield reopens after two-year overhaul

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Airfield reopens after two-year overhaul

IRELAND’S largest urban farm has reopened after an €11 million redevelopment. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, recently cut the red tape on the refurbished Airfield Estate two years after it closed for renovation. The 38-acre working farm, gardens, interactive... Read More

Locals tell amazing donor stories

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Locals tell amazing donor stories

SOME amazing stories of Northsiders who donated and received life-saving organs were told during Organ Donor Awareness Week earlier this month. A record number of 294 organ transplants were carried out in 2013, despite there being the same number of donors last year as there was back in 2003.... Read More

Report states five people go blind every week

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Report states five people go blind every week

A NEW report launched on the Southside recently has revealed how 75-80 per cent of all blindness is preventable. Five people go blind every week in Ireland, yet most of the conditions that cause sight problems are easily treated, the Economic Cost and Burden of Eye Diseases and Preventable... Read More

EPA report:  No serious  impact from Ballymount fire

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EPA report: No serious impact from Ballymount fire

A REPORT by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into the fire that broke out at the Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility in Ballymount in January has revealed that there was no significant impact on pollution levels in the air. The EPA was informed, via its emergency line, in the early hours... Read More

Public safety risk posed by illegal dump site

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Public safety risk posed by illegal dump site

A LOCAL councillor has drawn attention to an illegal dumping blackspot on the Southside where he took pictures of a dead rat and a discarded hypodermic needle among the rubbish. The shocking images captured by Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) show the carcass of a large rodent and a needle lying among the... Read More

Cancer survivor’s inspiring journey

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Cancer survivor’s inspiring journey

A NORTHSIDE cancer survivor has told how a Dublin support service is helping her cope with the devastating diagnosis that changed her life forever. Ruth Wylie from Blackhorse Avenue in Dublin 7 had her life turned upside down five years ago when she discovered a lump on her chest during a holiday... Read More

It’s a cliffhanger

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It’s a cliffhanger

HOWTH Head was the scene of a delicate rescue operation last week when a dog became trapped on the side of a cliff. The drama unfolded around noon last Thursday (April 10) when the Irish Coast Guard Operations centre received a call that Trixie, a one-year-old springer spaniel pup, was trapped on... Read More

Local event aims to save lives

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Local event aims to save lives

OVER 4,000 people are expected to converge on Malahide Castle next month to raise funds and awareness for a self-harm and suicide prevention charity. Darkness Into Light, now Pieta House’s flagship fundraiser, has been a huge success since its inception in 2009. Then, thousands walked through the... Read More

Drugs projects facing closure

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Drugs projects facing closure

COMMUNITY activists are warning that the closure of a vital drugs service in Dublin 15 could be the first of many due to savage cutbacks in funding. The Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs (GBRD) is due to close next month after providing services in the Dublin 15 area for over 20 years. The... Read More