Arts groups awarded thousands
FINGAL have been awarded grants by Fingal County Council in a new round of funding approved at this month's meeting of the full council.
The Lambay Singers Choral Concert is to be grant-aided to the tune of €1,000 while Rinceoil's 15th annual Scoil Samhradh will get €5,000 in grant aid from the local authority.
Skerries annual traditional music festival is to get a whopping grant of some €15,000, while Baldoyle Musical Society's production of 'Anything Goes' receives €3,000.
The Swords Pride Festival will also receive €3,000 in grant aid from the council, and €1,400 will go to Maire Hanlon and Rhona Clark exhibition in Draíocht in Blanchardstown.
ANNUAL TRIP TO LOURDES PLANNED
THE annual St Cronan's Parish Brackenstown
Pilgrimage to Lourdes is taking place from September 22 to 27.
Pilgrims will stay at the four-star Padoue Hotel, three minutes from the grotto.
The cost for full board is €729 and this includes all taxes/insurance. There is a single-room supplement of €30 per night
Contact Anne Cantwell. (home 01 8403379/mobile 086 0779021.
CALL TO RID WATER OF FLOURIDE
A BALBRIGGAN councillor has called on the council and Irish Water to consider removing flouride from the county's drinking water, claiming it has a 'connection with depression and suicide'.
Cllr Tony Murphy (NP) made the call in a question tabled to the meeting of the full council this month.
In response, the council's water services department said: 'The addition of fluoride is a statutory requirement in Ireland under the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960.
'The Act provides that health authorities arrange for the fluoridation of public piped-water supplies and Local (Sanitary) Authorities act as agents of the Chief Dental Officer of the Health Services Executive in this regard.'