The Echo, Your Local Newspaper



  • Attempted child abduction outside St Mark’s GAA club

    Author Mary Dennehy

    A TALLAGHT ten-year-old was last week the alleged target in an apparent abduction attempt, when a man tried to entice the youngster into his car under the pretence that he was a coach from a local GAA club.

    The youngster, who is a juvenile member of St Mark’s GAA Club, was making his way to training through Alderwood Green in Springfield at around 5.50pm when a man in a dark car allegedly pulled up beside him.

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    According to Gary McMahon, the chairman of St Mark’s juvenile section, the man asked the young lad, who was carrying a hurley and helmet, if he was going training.

  • Paper work delays planned extension for Lucan school

    Author Brendan Grehan

    Lucan Community CollegeLUCAN Community College Parents Association have issued an appeal for parents to lobby politicians in an attempt to speed up extension plans for the school.

    The extension is provided for in the Department of Education's Five Year Construction Programme (2012-2016) – a €2.2 billion capital investment for new building projects at 275 schools around the country.

    The parent's association say paperwork delays in the Department of Education have halted the project, leading to concerns that the extension will not be ready in time for the proposed completion date September 2018.

  • Residents shocked and sickened at animal cruelty incidents

    Author Maurice Garvey

    SADISTIC animal abuse is plaguing areas of Clondalkin and Ballyfermot over the last couple of years.

    The Echo understands groups of young males are baiting cats in cages, and then blooding their dogs in a twisted act of depravity that has shocked and sickened residents to the core.

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    Evidence exists of a “killing fields” near the Fonthill Train Station, where cats and small animals are released from bags and set upon by dogs – with some residents suspecting dogs are being trained for illegal fights.

  • Sixteen school-leavers left high and dry when funding for a course was pulled at last minute

    Author Maurice Garvey

    Aras Rowlagh. resizeFUNDING for a youth training programme in North Clondalkin was pulled at the last moment, leaving 16 early school-leavers without a place on the scheme.

    The group running the course, Clondalkin Employment and Education Development Services (Ceeds), want answers from the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (ETB), after a decision was made to scrap funding for the local training initiative on September 2.

    Students were due to start the course in Áras Rualach on Neilstown Road on September 7, but Ceeds were informed by the ETB that there was “low demand for places on the programme.”