When the staff at the Crumlin Local Area Office of Dublin City Council put their mind to providing a good night out for their “seniors” they sure do it with style. 
With a combination of the band of An Garda Siochana and the cheery staff from the local Council office and with a great array of hot finger food the night was bound to be a success. 

But don’t take my word for it! I received an email from a grateful attendee and this is what he said; 
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In times, like we are experiencing now, of a depressing economic climate and mounting job losses, it is heartening to know that there is a “Helping-Hand” agency on our doorstep. 
It was reassuring to hear the stories of assistance and success for those who availed of the services on offer at the Dublin 12 Local Employment Service. 
I was invited along to join in the celebrations, which were organised to celebrate the 10th. Anniversary of the D12 L.E.S. 
In those 10 years, thousands of clients have benefited from the services provided by The Local Employment Office, whose office is right in the heart of Dublin 12 at 17A, Saint Agnes’ Road, Crumlin Village, Dublin 12. 
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Dublin Bus AwardsThe Dublin Bus Communities Awards is a fine event, on a par with Dublin City Councils citywide Tidy Districts Awards. There are two similarities, they both award community endeavour and they are both held in Croke Park, and, I almost forgot, they both have wonderful meals and refreshments provided.

Minister Alan Kelly and Niall Quinn officiated and our own Olympic Champion from the Drimnagh Boxing Club Michael Carruth was also in attendance.

Again individual groups from Dublin South Central were winners including the Mercy Family Centre, South Brown Street, Saint Dominic’s Secondary School Ballyfermot and the Dublin 8 Community Education Centre as was our dear friend from the Drimnagh community Mr Edmond Lynch.

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Tidy District

Dublin City Council organises an annual Tidy Districts Awards ceremony each year and again it was great to see so many groups from the Dublin South Central constituency winning so many awards again this year.

I was, of course, delighted that my own residents association won an award this year for the first time and it was no surprise that the “Hardy Annuals” from Chapelizod /Bulfin Estate and the likes of New Row/Maidens Row and Walkinstown Residents Assoc. again walked off with their prizes.

But it was the “newcomers” that gave me the most pleasure because it shows that with a little effort prizes and praise can be achieve, as indeed were the Goldstone Court/ Ceannt Fort residents groups rightly awarded and praised.

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Lithuania Celebrations On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Lithuania and Ireland the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Mr.Vidamantas Purlys and Mrs Dita Purliene organised a wonderful celebration night of culture, dance and food in the conference hall of Griffith College. 

The lovely evening was complimented by the presence of “Lietuviskas Dobilas” which is a Lithuanian folk group founded in 2006, in Dublin. Their Repertoire draws upon folk songs, dance and instrumental music from all five regions of Lithuania.

Lithuania, like Ireland, is a small Country with a population around 3.5million and there is an estimated 100,000 Lithuanians living in Ireland.

The event was well attended by the Diplomatic Core as well as the Dublin City Council Lord Mayor Cllr. Andrew Montague along with my parliamentary colleague Deputy Joe Costello. The night was a most beautifully entertaining one which was enjoyed by all as the photographs will attest ……

Special thanks to my very talented Lithuanian photographer friend Ms. Renata Dapsyte who kindly supplied the photographs. You can find her HERE; http://www.renata-foto.com 


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