Castle & Heritage Centre
As we go to print preparations are underway for the major Christmas
Craft Fair from the Artisans of Carmona Services of Dunmore House, which
will run in the Art Gallery, and the Heritage Centre from Thurs Dec 3rd
-Sun 6th December. In addition to over a hundred works of art, the Fair
will have a wide variety of handmade crafts from the local workshops
of the Artisans, which are eminently suitable as Christmas gifts. Do
come to support this local worthy endeavour. Admission is free.
Day of St Begnet
The ecumenical service between St Patrick's Church and Church of the
Assumption to celebrate the feast day of St Begnet attracted a large
crowd to the old St Begnet's Church & Graveyard beside the Heritage
Centre. An enlightening talk by Ms Bhreathnach firmly allayed any doubts
about St Begnet's existence. The Graveyard project is progressing under
the guidance of the Parks Dept of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co. A local
expert volunteer is currently mapping the entire area in the next phase
of the work. The promise of help from generous volunteers will be called
into action when this is completed.
Tours to Anglesey
Dates are now programmed for the Historical Tours to Anglesey in
2005 and are available from the Heritage Centre. Due to popular
Historical Gardens Tour has been included. As the numbers going on
this trip are limited to 25, early booking is advisable. To satisfy
from Walking Groups there is a longer three-day trip planned with
a three hour challenging walk between two historical sights.
part funded from the ERDF Interreg Community Initiative 111A and
as a result are at a very reasonable price.
Dalkey Tourism The Heritage Centre is currently part of a marketing
initiative to promote
Dalkey as a destination. To this end the
Dalkey Tourism is compiling a brochure with a street map and
a complete listing of the scenic amenities, walks, activities,
and businesses involved in tourism in Dalkey. The brochure/map
will also have its own website www.dalkey.ie.
The Heritage Centre Craft Shop has a selection of cosy, woolen,
Ireland Eye Knitwear for men and women; Heritage Maps of Dalkey;
Chocolates and many other items including a stock of a Special
Edition of the
Number 8 Bus, for those looking for stocking fillers!
The Fresh Food Markets continue to gain popularity on Friday
mornings from I O.OOam - 4pm in the Town Hall. The market stocks
of Irish produce and is on an upward spiral.
Yoga Pilates continues on Mondays at 7.3Opm Contact Cathy Soraghan
Karate sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Town
Hall under the guidance of the enthusiastic and dedicated Wayne
his assistants For info Contact Wayne at 235 3951
For more details on any of the above Contact the Heritage Centre
at 285 8366
Michael and Pauline
Crowe apologise to their neighbours on Vico Road for any inconvenience
caused by the ongoing work at Baymount
Saoire Painting Competition
Exhibition of winning and short-listed entries in DLR Libraries' art competition
to design the cover of the summer 2004 leaflet, Saoire. Dalkey Library until
the end of January.
Book clubs provide an opportunity for book lovers to meet and discuss
a chosen novel in a friendly and informal setting. New members
are always welcome.
The book to read for the meeting on Saturday 4th December @ 10.30am
Accidental Tourist" by Ann Tyler. We supply the coffee -you do the talking!
January book to be confmned.
BOOK BUDDIES WANTED!
Can you spare approx. I hour a week? Would you enjoy reading stories for
toddlers up to age 5? We are always looking for people to volunteer to read
local Community Creches in the DLR area. If you are interested, contact either
of the following people leaving your name and contact number; Angela Stenson,
Southside Partnership, 2301011 or Marian Keyes, Senior Librarian (Culture)
2781788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytelling every Thursday from 3.30pm-4.00pm in Dalkey Library for children
aged 3-6. Dalkey Writers meet every second Thursday in Dalkey Library from
Did you know that there are two music practice rooms available to members
of the public in Dalkey Library? There is a piano and an Irish harp, or you
bring your own musical instrument to practise your skills. Sessions can be
booked free of charge during library opening hours, and all ages are welcome.
Free Internet training will be available in Dalkey Library every Friday from
Ilam -I pm from 8th October to lOth December 2004.
Phone Dalkey Library for further information 2855277.
John Lowe's "The Money Doctor", published by Gill and Macmillan
is an extremely useful book that answers the many money questions people
have and provides helpful and practical solutions to many of these.
Tony Humphrey's "All About Children, Questions Parents Ask",
published by Gill and Macmillan provides the reader with the key to successful
parenting in a very clear accessible way, explaining the basic parenting
skills and outlining the best way to deal with challenging behaviour
and how to prepare children for today's world and to lead happy successful
4 tbsp. Finely chopped onion, 3 tbsp chopped celery, 75ml melted butter,
2tsp mixed herbs
Method: ( 1) Combine all the ingredients and moisten with a beaten
CRANBERRY, ORANGE & ALMOND STUFFING : I large orange,
225g fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed if frozen), 50g butter
I large onion,
finely chopped, 500g fresh breadcrumbs, 75g toasted almonds, 1/4 tsp
nutmeg, I egg, beaten, salt and pepper.
( 1) Grate the zest
the orange. If , you're using fresh cranberries, halve the juice
the orange and put the zest and juice into a heavy-based pan with the
(2) Bring to a simmering point, then covel; lower the
heat and simmer gently
for 4-5 minutes or until they begin to pop. They should be soft but
still retain some shape. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
butter in a saucepan and saute the onion for 3-4 minutes until soft.
Transfer to a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs, almonds and nutmeg.
175g couscous, 450ml chicken stock, 30g butter, handful
dried apricots -chopped, 1 apple -peeled and diced, 1/4 tsp cinnamon
( 1) Bring the stock to boiling point in a saucepan. Add
the butter and take off the heat. Trickle the couscous into the
the time. Return to the boil, cover and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
(2) Fry the apricots, in a pan for 5 minutes over a low heat. Stir
in the diced apple and cook for I minute more.
(3) Add to the prepared
cool completely and use to stuff a turkey.
2tbsp olive oil, 125g mushrooms, 50g diced bacon, 1 clove garlic
-chopped, 2tbsp chopped parsley, diced, 1/2 yellow pepper, diced,
250g long grain
( 1) Cook the rice in boiling salted water for about 12 minutes.
(2) While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in afrying pan. Add the
diced mushrooms, garlic and bacon. Cookfor a few minutes.
( 3) Mix
with the rice and season with pepper.
Tina Dunne, Food and Nutrition Consultant If you have
any questions or need tips on how to make your Christmas meal truly
Tina 086-857 1074
or email: email@example.com
I understand that there have been some improvements to maternity protection
legislation. Can you please give the details ?
The Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004 which came into effect
from 18 October 2004 allows, among other things, for women to end their
maternity leave if they become ill, to postpone it if the child is in
hospital and it provides for time off for both parents to attend ante-natal
classes. The improvements are as follows:
The period of maternity leave that must be taken before the expected
date of birth is reduced from 4 weeks to 2 weeks. The basic period of
maternity leave remains at 18 weeks with an additional 8 weeks of unpaid
Expectant mothers can attend one set of antenatal classes without loss
of pay ( apart from the last 3 classes which are normally attended while
on maternity leave). If an expectant mother is unable to attend one full
set of antenatal classes during a pregnancy due to circumstances beyond
her control, she is entitled to time off work without loss of pay during
one or more subsequent pregnancies to attend the classes she missed (apart
from the last 3 classes)
There is a once off right for fathers to paid time off to attend the
two antenatal classes immediately prior to the birth
Maternity leave/additional maternity leave may be postponed (subject
to the agreement of the employer) in the event of the hospitalisation
of the child. The rest of the leave can be taken after the child comes
out of hospital. Leave may only be postponed after 14 weeks maternity
leave has been taken
In the event of the mother becoming ill while on the additional unpaid
maternity leave she may ask her employer to end the maternity leave.
Her absence from work will then be treated the same as any employee's
absence from work due to illness
An employee's absence from work on the additional unpaid maternity leave
will count for all employment rights associated with the employment just
as if the employee had not been absent (except for pay and superannuation
Breastfeeding mothers who have given birth within the previous 6 months
have an entitlement, without loss of pay, to either a reduction of one
hour a day in working hours or where breastfeeding facilities are provided
by the employer, breastfeeding breaks totalling one hour. Time off from
work is calculated on a pro-rata basis for part -time workers.
Further details available from the
Citizens Information Centre,
85-86 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire.
Telephone 284 4544.
- 1741 The centigrade temperature scale was
devised by Anders Celsius and incorporated into a Delisle thermometer
at Uppsala in Sweden.
- The first Christmas tree in Britain was erected at
Windsor by the German born Queen Charlotte, wife of George III who
brought the idea over from Germany where the first reports of Christmas trees
go back to 1521. Christmas trees were then introduced to Ireland in the 1800s
- 1866 The US yacht Hellrietta sailed into Cowes harbour, Isle of Wight,
the winner of the first transatlantic yacht race.
- 1876 Mohammed Ali Jinnah was born. He was an Indian
politician who as a Muslim opposed Gandhi's policies for a united
a separate Muslim state. He was made the first Governor-General of
Pakistan in 1947.
- 1887 Conrad (Nicholson) Hilton was born. A US hotelier who founded
the largest groups in the world. He began by helping his father turn
their large New Mexican house into an inn for travelling salesmen
- 1914 The famous Christmas truce between British and
German troops bogged down in the trenches on the western front during
the First Work War
led to fraternizing and swapping presents in no man's land. At midnight,
they began to shoot each other again.
- 1918 Anwar Sadat was born. He was the President of Egypt from 1970
who initiated peace talks with Israel's hard-Iine Prime Minister Begin.
They both shared the Nobel Peace prize for accomplishing a reconciliation.
In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate,
in 153BC, declared 1 January to be the beginning of the new year. During
the Middle Ages,
the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Year. January 1 has
been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the
past 400 years.
VETERINARY HOSPITAL DUN LAOGHAIRE
33 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
18th October 2004
We have managed the goat herd on Dalkey Island since
1987. Our aim is to protect the last feral goat herd in Dublin, and
one of the last in Ireland. They are monitored throughout the year,
and their numbers kept to a level that the Island can sustain by way
of food and shelter. Supplementary feeding is provided during the Winter,
The most serious problems we have involve the large number of visitors
that come to the Island during the Summer. While the majority of visitors
respect the herd and keep their distance, there will always be some that
cause damage. Where this has occurred, full reports have been sent to
the Department of The Environment Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,
who have the responsibility for the Island and are very supportive.
There are ongoing plans with the Department of The Environment to help
keep any incidents to a minimum, while trying to maintain a balance between
the welfare of the herd and the public's desire to visit the Island.
Kevin Glynn MVB MRCVS
I am old,
Please don't leave me
On my own.
I sit on a chair,
Voluntary services keep me fed.
This is where I would be:
please, call on me.
The clock goes tick,
The clock goes tock,
in the lock.
The time is long,
The time goes slow;
Long hours alone
I'm feeling low.
And chat awhile,
Will make me smile. .
Courtesy of The only Book of Party Pieces
by Nuala Harnett
Let's never forget our neighbours and friends,
especially at this time of year.
SOME OLD IRISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS....
Which ones do you keep?
Candle in the Window:
Many homes in Ireland stIll today will show a lighted
candle, or perhaps today's equivalent,
safer, electric lights,
in the window of their home on Christmas Eve. This stems from the custom
that to show a light in the window lighted the way of a stranger out
after dark. It goes back to most ancient times, when the laws of hospitality
were stronger and not abused. To have a light in your window on Christmas
Eve to welcome the stranger meant that you were welcoming the Holy Family
too. To have no light meant that you shared the guilt of the Innkeeper
at Bethlehem who said, "No Room"!
Cleaning/Whitewashing the House:
The cleaning of the house from top to
bottom -a very important task. In many rural areas of Ireland the custom
of whitewashing the outhouses and stores prevails. At one time, it was
the whole farm, inside and out. Everything was scrubbed and polished
until it shone; every window and glass sparkling, and all the silver
polished till it shone. Hams were cooked, cakes baked, yards swept clean,
and especially the animals quarters were completely cleaned out. The
bucket of whitewash, or lime wash was taken to help purify everything
in honour of the coming of the Christchild. This custom goes back long
before Christianity or even Celtic civilisation. It was a purifying ceremony
from the most ancient of times, the ancient Mesopotamians, 4000BC would
cleanse their homes, sweep the streets even, in an attempt to assist
their god in his battle against the powers of chaos. And in Central European
lore, it was believed that the deity, Frigg, would check all the thresholds
of each house to make sure they were swept clean. From this ancient custom
come the modern traditions of putting up fresh curtains, a special Christmas
bedcover, cushions and table linens etc.
The tree is
nearly always a fir and that is because of Saint Boniface.
He said, "The fir tree, with its evergreen leaves, is a sign of
eternal life -its arrow pointed ends look to the heavens". He called
it the "Tree of the Christ-Child"
You went out into the countryside and picked holly to put
behind every picture on the wall, along the mantelpiece over the fireplace,
behind the plates on the dresser and there was also a bunch of Mistletoe
hanging by the door!
Wren Boys on St. Stephen's Day:
The day after Christmas sees a tradition
which is almost extinct now. Tradition tells that the sleeping Danes
were awakened before a battle by the singing of a wren and deprived the
Irish of an easy victory. On St. Stephen's morning, before the Christmas
Candle was extinguished, the Wren Boys would go from door to door with
the wren in a holly bush, singing their rhyme "The wren, the wren
the king of all birds, on St. Stephen's Day, was caught in the furze".
Little Christmas -6th January:
This is sometimes known as Women's Christmas.
This was the night Our Lord turned water into wine, so a bucket of fresh
water is left in the kitchen for Him and no one would venture out into
the darkness on his/her own.
DECEMBER & JANUARY IN THE GARDEN
- Rake up and burn all rose leaves to prevent
the spread of diseases on to next year's leaves. In mild winters,
leaves may remain on the plants until January or even February,
so if necessary clear up again.
- Now is an excellent time for the preparation
of new borders. Double-dig and leave the surface rough to be weathered.
If the area was previously
turfed, remove turf first and bury it under the bottom spit as
you dig. Add manure if available. Coarse compost is excellent
for lightening heavy
soils and so is grit
- Undertake any pruning, shaping or thinning
of old wood on shrub roses. Shorten tall floribunda roses a little,
to prevent wind-rock in winter gales, their main pruning comes later,
after the worst winter weather
- Try not to have houseplants warmer at
night than during the day, but avoid cold, draughty windowsills behind
closed curtains at night.
- Keep poinsettias in a cool room, not
a hot living room. They need plenty of light but not a lot of water.
Keep azaleas cool too, but well watered.
- Float a ball on the pond in icy weather
to stop it freezing entirely, for the sake of the pond life below
and for the birds to have a drink.
- On a sunny, breezy day, disinfect and
scrub out the greenhouse to eradicate over wintering pests and diseases.
or replace tomato soil.
- Make sure you keep putting out some birdseed
and fat-balls for the birds in cold weather over the next few months
- Even in January a light mowing is sometimes
needed. Choose a dry, windy day when frost is not expected and make
sure the lawn is not too wet.
- On a still day, spray all fruit trees
with tar-oil wash, to kill the over wintering eggs of insect pests.
- To prevent paths becoming slippery with
algae, give them a good scrub down with a stiff brush and a weak
solution of bleach or path cleaner. Make sure the run-off does not
wash on to lawns or plants. Rinse with a pressure hose.
- Buy in stocks of the seed/potting composts,
seed trays, grit, peat that you will require when sowing starts.
- When the grass is white with frost in
the morning, do not walk on it or you will leave blackened footsteps,
which may take several weeks to grow out.
- Begin to prune hybrid tea and floribunda
roses to a lower, if not final, level. Cut out. weak and crossing
growths to maintain a strong open-centred bush.
- This is a good time to erect training
wires on walls, and to cut back ivy and creepers from the windows
THE WEATHER IN DECEMBER
A green Christmas, a white Easter
If there's thunder during Christmas week,
will be anything but meek.
If Christmas day be bright and clear
There' II be two winters in the year
The nearer the New Moon to Christmas
Day, the harder the Winter.
Like in December like an the year long.
THE ANNUAL LIGHTING
OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Deilg Inis the theatrical animation company
based in Dalkey, who perform Living History Interpretations in Goat Castle
on a regular basis, will stage A Christmas Show for families at 3.00pm
on Sunday Dec 12th before the lighting of the Christmas tree. The Living
Crib will be open in Archbold's Castle from around 4.3Opm with actors as
Mary, Joseph, and Shepherds. The Living Crib has been a magical experience
for children and adults alike for the past number of years, with its live
animals. Santa will again pay a visit to Dalkey and turn on the tree lights,
as in previous years and will talk to the children in his Grotto. Carol
singing from the local choirs will add the festive touch. This is always
an enjoyable and busy community event in Dalkey.
A WAY TO A HAPPY NEW YEAR
To leave the old with a burst of song,
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the thing
that blinds you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that' s past. .
Robert B Beattie
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest ...
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace,
to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs !
FORTHCOMING & PAST EVENTS
|December Community Council Meeting
||Mon 29th Nov
|Thomas Edison made first known sound recording
||6 Dec 1891
|Christmas Craft Fair - Heritage Centre
||Thurs - Sun 3 - 6 Dec
|Lighting of the Christmas Tree
||Sun 12th Dec
Mobile Recycling - Our Lady of Good Counsel School
|Sat 18th Dec
|Winter Solstice - shortest day of the year
||Tues 21st Dec
|Ellis Island New York opened as an immigration depot
||31st Dec 1890
| Decimalisation ceased, the Euro arrived
|| Tues 1st Jan
|January Community Council Meeting
||Mon 4th Jan 2005
|Opportunities 2005 - Exhibition Centre, Croke Park
||Fri - Sun 14_16 Jan 05
|Mobile Recycling - Our Lady of Good Counsel School
||Sat 15th Jan 2005
|An earthquake in Shensi Province, China killed some 830,000
||23rd Jan 1556
|Collating of February Newsletter
||Fri 28th Jan 2005