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NORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 07.08.19FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP Tel: 01 8621611Vol.23. No.327 August - 13 August ‘19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3 TITLESTelling Georgian talesWESTDUBLIN’SSummer Madness WOW offerBuy 3 Meals & Get 3 FREE This is a limited time offer so don't miss out. Call and place your order today! T&C’s apply. This is a limited offer while stocks last. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. Exlclusive to new customers only.ROAST BEEF & YORKSHIRE PUDDINGIRISH STEWTo order call Poet Paula Meehan and photographer Dragana Jurišić pictured in 14 Henrietta Street. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVANNORTHSIDE poet Paula Meehan who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from DCU has joined forces with award-winning photographer, Dragana Jurišic, for a book project that tells the story of a very special Georgian townhouse in the north inner city. Museum was launched recently by author Roddy Doyle and it celebrates the varied history of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin’s museum of social history. Officially opened in September 2018, 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the building’s shifting fortunes through 300 years of city life - a journey from its grand Georgian beginnings to the tenement dwellings of its later years.01 4735 595or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.ieContinued on page 2THE National Transport Authority (NTA) has published updates to its controversial plans for core bus corridors through Stoneybatter and Phibsborough. The Northside corridors are two of 16 in the BusConnects programme that aims to build 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks across the capital. However, the initial plans have met withopposition in some areas with locals concerned about the loss of trees, green spaces and in some cases, part of their front gardens. 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FAMILY FUN :)20% OFF TILES Contact us for details: 118 Millenium Trade Park, Ballycoolin, D15 Find us on Facebook | Follow on Instagram2NORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 07.08.19Artists team up for New bus corridor museum project Continued from page 1 building; of the people who made their homes there over the years, who Through people and leave behind stories of memory, it aims to deepen the understanding survival and courage, and of the history of urban life of the committed people who worked incredibly and housing in Ireland. hard to realise this Reflecting on the project.” house and its history, Jurišic described both Meehan and Jurišic Meehan as “a magician of created new work for words” and said working the project. Meehan’s with her on the book poetry sequence was and with the people who commissioned by Dublin brought 14 Henrietta City Council as part of Street back to life was an a creative development experience she would project while Jurišic was invited to collaborate and cherish forever. “It was the walls of the respond to the poetry and house that fascinated me the house. Museum is the end result the most; with layer upon and it’s a beautiful 68-page layer of old wallpaper or book, featuring 11 sonnets paint, pictures, graffiti, they were like secret maps inspired by the house, inviting you to imagine with accompanying photography taken in and the hundreds of destinies 14 Henrietta Street from the house. witnessed,” she added. Meehan, who grew up Dublin City Council in tenement housing Heritage Officer, Charles around Sean McDermott Duggan, also spoke at the Street and Gardiner launch of Museum. Street, spoke about “When Dublin City her involvement in the Council undertook to save project. and renovate 14 Henrietta “I feel privileged for a myriad of reasons to have Street, it was in a derelict state,” he said. been invited to respond “Work was carried out to the house and to make over a 10-year period to this poetry sequence,” stabilise, preserve and she said. “14 Henrietta Street and restore the building. The collaboration with Paula its hauntings gripped my Meehan came about after imagination from the moment I first crossed the she gave an early reading there, when we were just threshold. “The house inspired me setting about recovering to create this sequence in the stories and histories recognition of the people of the house. Her words really resonated with I grew up amongst, what we were trying to who formed my moral achieve.” and social compass; of 14 Henrietta Street is the original architects, builders and craftspeople, owned and conserved by Dublin City Council and who created such an operated by Dublin City elegant and enduringCouncil Culture Company. Chief executive of Dublin City Council Culture Company, Iseult Byrne, said the building museum traces its story from a Georgian townhouse to tenement dwellings “It aims to give a very real insight into the history of urban life and how people lived in Dublin, from the 1700s right up to the 1970s,” she said. “Both Paula’s words and Dragana’s photography beautifully capture the story of the building and the lives lived in it. Museum is unique to 14 Henrietta Street and it will allow people to take home a piece of this fascinating museum and to reflect on and to share its story.” Museum is the first in a series of publications planned in response to the museum. It costs €18 and is available to purchase from 14 Henrietta Street. The house is only accessible by guided tours, which take place on the hour, five days a week, from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sundays. Tickets cost €9 and are available from revealedAn artist’s rough sketch of the proposed bridge over the Royal Canal. Continued from page 1 of the latest proposals. “While acknowledging that the revised proposals The ‘work in progress’ are an improvement on designs include adjustments but the NTA the original proposal there are still many remains open to further questions to be changes. resolved,” the group The revised design for posted on Facebook. Stoneybatter includes “We have submitted a a green plaza at the list of questions to the junction of Prussia, NTA and await their Aughrim and Manor response.” Streets for cyclists and The revised plans for pedestrians. Phibsborough include Southbound traffic urban improvements from the North Circular Road would be restricted such as tree planting and a cutting edge cycle path to local access only on running along the back Prussia Street meaning there would be no direct of Mountjoy Prison and under the North Circular access to Stoneybatter. Road. Motorists wanting to The cycle lane would get to the urban village cross a pedestrian bridge from the NCR face a over the Royal Canal at lengthy detour down Infirmary Road, Parkgate Cross Guns Snooker Club at the point where the Street, North Quays and canal originally started Blackhall Place. in 1790. A delegation from The lane would allow Stoneybatter Pride of cyclists to bypass Place met with the NTA recently to get an outline Phibsborough village andFREE MUSIC AND MEDITATION EVENT Sunday 18th August from 2-5pm. The Chocolate Factory, 26 Kings Inns Street, Dublin 1 D01 P2W7KNOW THY SELF Sahaja Yoga Meditation is practised in over 130 countries around the world. It is based on the authentic and almost forgotten teachings of ancient seers, with the emphasis on encouraging the mind to move into a state of mental silence, "nirvichara samadhi" The programme will introduce concepts relating to the subtle practice of real yoga meditation, following which there will be a peaceful guided meditation leading to Self-Realisation. Music and light refreshments will bring the evening to a close. Visit: www.freemeditation.ieA sketch of the proposed green plaza in would link in with the ongoing development of the 145km Royal Canal Greenway. The Phibsborough redesign could also end an impasse for the redevelopment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre as it removes a section of the car park in front of Tesco that the supermarket wants to retain for deliveries. There are also plans for traffic calming measures at Doyle’s Corner and speed reductions will be in place. The NTA say the new redesigns are part of its commitment to continue a dialogue exploring possible arrangements before plans are finalised. “Over the next number of months we will continue considering the submissions from the public consultation and determine appropriate design amendmentswith a view to selecting the preferred route option for each core bus corridor,” a spokesperson said. A second round of public consultations for the Core Bus Corridor will take place in November but public forum meetings will continue next month. Local councillor Mary Fitzpatrick (FF) said if BusConnects is to succeed motorists needed to be given an alternative to driving into the city. “The NTA must include provision for Park & Ride facilities and free or more affordable public bus service in their proposals,” she said. “Workers, residents and visitors to Dublin need a bus service that makes it easier, affordable and environmentally sustainable to get around the city.”3NORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 07.08.19Springboard+ launching new careers MORE than 9,000 free or subsidised places on almost 300 upskilling and reskilling courses are being made available through Springboard+ 2019. Co-funded by the Government and the European Social Fund, Springboard+ offers courses at certificate, degree and masters level that lead to qualifications in areas where employment opportunities exist. The upskilling initiative has been a huge success with 90 percent of previous participants who were on the Live Register now in employment. The emphasis on Springboard+ 2019 is on the digital economy, which is experiencing growth and a demand for qualified workers. Four areas of critical importance have been identified; digital skills, soft skills, management and leadership; and the workplace of the future. All courses on Springboard+ 2019 address at least one ofthese areas in detail, with many including all four of the critical areas. Many courses focus on future-proofing the skills of people already in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation. This strategy is aligned with the priorities set by the National Skills Council and Future Jobs Ireland 2019. Springboard+ 2019 was jointly launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh and the Minister of State for Training, Skills Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan. “Springboard+ training programmes provide people who are unemployed, those looking to return to the workforce and those in employment with a great opportunity to upskill or reskill in areas in which employers need skilled workers,” said Minister McHugh. “As technology evolves, it brings with it new ways of doing business and neweconomic opportunities. The Government recognises that it is essential that people in employment have the opportunity to keep pace with these advances.” Minister Halligan said he was particularly pleased to see that almost 90 percent of the courses provided under Springboard+ 2019 will be delivered in a more flexible format, which aligns with the continued opening-up of courses to learners, irrespective of their employment status. “As well as aiding participation for those in employment, increased provision will allow people from all across the country to access programmes in regions other than where they reside,” he added. Courses on offer through Springboard+ include cutting-edge training in blockchain, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, virtual reality and smart factory technology. Employees, jobseekers and those returning to work can9,000+ PlacesMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh says Springboard+ is a great opportunity to upskill or reskill. all avail of these free or subsidised courses. Springboard+ courses are free for people who are unemployed, those who were previously selfemployed and returners to the workforce. Courses are also free for people in employment, on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90 percent of the course fee is funded bythe Government, with participants required to contribute just 10 percent of the fee. Recent research undertaken by the HEA has shown that 90 percent of participants who were on the Live Register at the start of their courses are now in employment. Since 2011 over €192 million has been allocated to Springboard+, providing over 55,000places. The Springboard+ programme is managed by the Higher Education Authority, on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. The 9,151 places on the 285 courses that are on offer under Springboard+ 2019 represents an investment of €34.3 million from the National Training Fund with co-funding fromthe European Union under the European Social Fund, as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Candidates who wish to participate in Springboard+ 2019 will find details on the approved courses on the dedicated information and applications website www.springboardcourses. ie.Take Your Career to the Next LevelSpringboard+ courses can help future proof your skills and Freephone1800 303523@SpringboardHEA @SpringboardCoursesEUROPEAN UNION Investing in your future European Social FundSpringboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.04696-HEA-Springboard-2019-proof#11-FINAL-News-DublinP-NE-Ad.indd 1IRELANDPreparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy#SpringIntoYourFuture 25/07/2019 09:524OpinionNORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 07.08.19The DART changed commuters’ lives forever leading up to the launch as test DARTs silently (or so it seemed) whizzed past. Ireland wasn’t really at the cutting Editor edge of anything back in the ‘80s Dublin People Group so the arrival of the DART gave the capital city a badly needed confidence boost and modern new feature. Cities such as London HAPPY birthday to the DART, which and Paris may have had a complex underground transport networks has just turned 35. but, for the moment, we were happy On July 23, 1984, a new era of enough with our shiny electric trains. modern transportation dawned as Then, of course, was the cool the distinctive green electric trains acronym: Dublin Area Rapid Transit – officially commenced service on the it almost sounded futuristic. Howth to Bray line. My first trip on the DART was out to I was lucky enough to live just a the legendary Rainbow Rapids in Dún couple of minutes’ walk from a train station and remember the excitement Laoghaire, which many people of aTONY McCULLAGHThe DART has been of huge benefit to those living along the line. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA certain age will recall as the number one place to go in Dublin back then (we were easily pleased). For anyone living along the line, the DART opened up endless opportunities, from day trips to Howth or Bray to multiple visits into town. Granted, there had been a train service before the DART, but nothing as regular and convenient as this. The impact of the DART on Dubliners’ lives has been profound. It boosted property prices along the entire line and is even credited with creating a new accent in some of thecity’s more affluent suburbs (where it’s known as the ‘DORT’). The pace of progress in expanding the DART service has been frustratingly slow and only small sections of the rail network, from Howth Junction to Malahide and Bray to Greystones, have since benefitted. There are plans to bring it out as far as Balbriggan, which is great news for those of us living along the northern commuter line. I fear, however, that I may qualify for free travel by the time this is ever realised. Over the decades, the DART hasbeen immortalised in films, books and music videos. It forms part of the urban landscape as it passes by many of the city’s iconic landmarks, such as Croke Park and the Aviva. The service has not been without its problems, with commuters complaining about overcrowded rush hour carriages and anti-social activity on trains at certain stations. Unstaffed ticket offices along the line has led to security concerns and encouraged fare evasion. Ultimately, though, the DART has served the city well. Here’s to the next 35 years.ONE BRAND 3 EASY WAYS to read all your local news & sports...ONLINEON MOBILEIN PAPER5NORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 07.08.19Urgent care centre opens THE first tangible element of the National Children’s Hospital project opened at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown last week. The new Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) paediatric outpatient and urgent care centre provides a range of services to Northside children, young people and their families as well as those in the surrounding areas of Co Kildare and Co Meath. Supporters of the National Children’s Hospital project say the opening of CHI at Connolly is a major milestone in the project, which is the most significant investment in healthcare ever undertaken by the State. The new building on the campus of Connolly was handed over in May by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) to CHI for a period of clinical and operational commissioning.A range of services will be provided at CHI at Connolly including urgent care for the treatment of minor injury and illness that require prompt treatment but are not life threatening. Children with minor injuries such as fractures, sprains, minor burns, small cuts and illnesses such as vomiting, diarrhoea and mild asthma should all come to the new centre, which is a walk-in service with no appointment necessary. A short stay observation unit will allow for children and young people to be observed and treated by a consultant for up to six hours before being discharged. It’s expected that a small number of patients will require onward referral to one of other children’s hospitals at Tallaght, Temple Street and Our Lady’s. The Urgent Care Centre will open on a phased basis to allow formonitoring and review of processes, staff training and patient safety assessment. The initial opening hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Officials have admitted that there are “recruitment challenges” in specialities, such as paediatric radiology and paediatric emergency medicine. “While our recruitment campaign for emergency medicine has been successful there are temporary vacancies in CHI due to maternity and backfill requirements for paediatric emergency medicine posts,” a spokesperson said. When fully operational, CHI at Connolly is expected to provide 17,000 outpatient appointments every year and it’s anticipated that 25,000 children and young people will visit the urgent care centre annually. Minister for Health, Simon Harris, spoke at last week’s officialopening of the facility. “After generations of debate it is great to see we are making progress with the opening of this incredible new facility in Blanchardstown,” he said. “We
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