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Soroptimists style: Looking great at an annual luncheonIMMACULATELY presented Kate Whitty and Betty White gave The Gazette a warm welcome at the Royal St George Yacht Club recently, where the annual soroptimist charity luncheon was being held. The ladies, and their fellow
soroptimists, enjoyed the delight-ful event, which was a great way to network, meet friends, support some worthy causes, and celebrate the self-less work of Irelands soroptimists.Full Gallery on Page 10
Parking Angels save drivers 20,000Q DAWN LOVE
AN ESTIMATED 500 motor-ists in South Dublin have been saved in excess of 20,000 in parking fines in just one month, a local company claimed this week.
Padraic Hanley, the owner of the Ouzos restaurants in Blackrock and Dalkey, decid-ed four weeks ago to employ a group of Parking Angels to come to the aid of motorists whose parking tickets were
about to expire to save them from a hefty fine.
We have incurred more than 4,500 in parking fines ourselves in a relatively short space of time.
When we noticed cus-tomers rushing through their lunches in order to make it back to their cars on time, I realised it wasnt just a prob-lem for us, said the local busi-nessman.
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YOUR COMMUNITY YOUR PAPER November 24, 2011
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INSIDE: Hats quite a stylish look at a
Winter crafts fair P6
SAMHAIN CELEBRATION: Coming together to share DLR events fun P2
ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8MOTORS ........................18BUSINESS .................... 21TRAVEL ......................... 22ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26
Cormac Curtis test drives the new Kia Rio
Soccer: St Josephs duo picked for Ireland U-16sPage 32
Sports Awards: November nominees are announcedPage 29
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SAMHAIN Spooky fun at a Marlay Park transformation
Creating a magic night outMARLAY Park was transformed into a spooktastic setting with the Samhain festival, hosted by DLR Events. In fitting with the Halloween theme, the famililar setting of the Marlay grounds were transformed into a creepily entertaining landscape, where a haunted forest, populated by all manner of ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, and eerie figures and sights,
helped to entertain local children and adults who dared pass through the forest.
The free evening event was a big hit with locals, with fire performers, stilt walkers, and even some spooky fog helping to entertain on the night, creating yet another memorable community gathering, courtesy of DLR Events.
Q MICHAEL HANNAN
A DISPUTE has bro-ken out between mem-bers of the Marley Grange Residents Asso-ciation (MGRA) and Dun Laoghaire-Rath-down County Council (DLRCC) over plans for the proposed Slang River Greenway.
The Slang River Green-way is a route for pedestri-ans and cyclists between Sandyford Road and Marley Park, which aims to improve links to local schools and leisure facili-ties in the area.
Two routes have been proposed. The first, known as the Green Route, would run through Llewellyn Park and Manor Green, ending up at Marley Demesne.
The second, the Red Route, would take a route through Llewellyn Park and then cross two bridg-es before going through Grange Wood Estate. The existing path on Grange Road would be upgraded to a two-way walkway.
Gay McGrath, chair-person of the MGRA, said that the councils report on the public con-sultation did not include the Red Route, which was included in the original proposal.
According to McGrath, DLRCC has said that there would be great-er construction costs involved with the Red Route through Grange Road, as two existing pedestrian bridges would need to be widened.
He said the council had also advised that it would be detrimental to the safe-ty of cyclists and pedestri-
ans, as they would have to cross Grange Road at a less safe location.
However, McGrath disagreed with this assess-ment, saying: One of our committee members car-ried out a survey, and his findings indicated that if they [DLRCC] use the existing pathways and cycle ways that exist on the Grange Road, there would be no need for the expense that the council is talking about, on this alternative route.
When contacted by The Gazette, DLRCC said that the Grange Road cur-rently has off-road cycle tracks on both sides.
If cyclists are required to travel contra flow on the same side of the road, which it is currently illegal to do, the existing cycle track would need to be widened.
McGrath said that the findings of the survey also indicated that by taking the route through Llewellyn Park and Mar-ley Estate, they [DLRCC] would be crossing far more roads for these pedestrians and cyclists than if the route went through Grange Wood.
A council spokesperson said that every effort was made to consult with the public on the Greenway project, especially as the route crosses a number of estates.
Whilst full consen-sus can be difficult, even with schemes that are designed to enhance public amenities, we are pleased to report that the overall feedback to the councils proposals has been extremely positive, said the spokesperson.
ROUTE: OPPPOSING VIEWS ON PLANS
Dispute over Slang Greenway
Some of the colourful characters found in the haunted forest
Emily Mahon, of Bui Bolg Productions, demonstrates her mastery of a fire hoop
Look behind you ... Chloe and Ciara Geoghegan, and friend
Aoife OMalley and Caitlin McKeon
Kevin and Stephen McCabe
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DUN LAOGHAIRE town centre will be host to a spectacular Xmas Festival this year.
The Local Businesses Association, in conjunc-tion with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Coun-cil, Dun Laoghaire Har-bour Company and ALA EVENTS say that the fes-tive event will run from December 9 until Janu-ary 8.
Along with a varied selection of traditional log cabin stalls selling food, drink and seasonal items there will be a live crib, fireworks display and an ice rink, and much more.
Amongst those look-ing forward to this years event is Independent Cllr. Victor Boyhan who said: Snow may not be fore-cast but I can guarantee the craic will be mighty. For available stalls con-tact Andre : 0879017693
Town centre festival
WHEN Dun Laoghaire native, Moira Griffin, took her 12-year-old daughter on a week-long holiday to Lanzarote at the beginning of Novem-ber, little did she know the drama that was about to unfold.
Once the plane had landed on the popular Canary Island and the pair had disembarked the aircraft, Moira and her daughter realised that the girls much-coveted teddy bear, Besta, who had accompanied them on the trip, had disap-peared.
The precious cuddly toy was a gift from a rela-tive 10 years previous, who, unfortunately, has since died.
Moira immediately began to search for the irreplaceable teddy and spent hours a day ringing the airline and erecting posters in Lanzarote.
She even contacted a local radio station who eagerly joined the cam-paign and launched an appeal for the safe return
of the bear.R e t u r n i n g h o m e
empty handed, a week late, Moira was unde-terred and even took an advertisement out in The Irish Times, offering a reward for the return of the bear.
Last Monday week, Moira received a call from Ryanair in Lanzar-ote, informing her that they had found the bear and would fly it home free of charge.
Re-uniting the valuable teddy bear with its 12- year-old owner proved to be an emotional moment for all, with Moira saying: Its not leaving home again, thats for sure.
SEVILLE WINNERS: John and Klayre touring the olive grovesIRELANDS number-one olive oil Don Carlos, recently held a Win a Trip to Seville and meet Don Carlos competition.
There were two winners from South Dublin, Eoin Gibson, from Sandycove and John Fit-zpatrick from Blackrock, who brought their wives also.
They enjoyed a four-day trip to Seville to experience all the region had to offer, and visited
the Don Carlos Hacienda, where Don Carlos Olive Oil is produced.
There, they got to press their very own olive oil, and of course, meet the man himself Don Carlos.
John said touring the massive olive groves in an off-road bug-gie was the highlight of his trip, while Eoin said the trip was an unforgettable experience
No picnic, but Teddy Bear is safe and well
DRAMA: IRREPLACEABLE BEAR GOES MISSING ON A HOLIDAY TRIP
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Angels save over 20,000
HELP: OUZOS HELPERS SAVING CUSTOMERS FROM PARKING TICKETS
Q DAWN [email protected]
AN ESTIMATED 500 motorists in South Dub-lin have been saved in excess of 20,000 in parking fines in just one month, a local company has claimed this week.
Four weeks ago, the owner of the Ouzos res-taurants in Blackrock and Dalkey, Padraic Hanley, decided to employ a group of Parking Angels to come to the aid of motorists whose park-ing tickets were about to expire to save them from a hefty fine.
Hanley came up with the idea of the Ouzos Parking Angels as a result of various problems fac-ing businesses in both vil-lages. We have incurred over 4,500 in parking fines ourselves in a rela-tively short space of time. When we noticed cus