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Spring Festival Fair 2016 – CHQ Building IFSC

Spring Festival Fair – Chinese new Year

This year, Dublin City Spring Festival Fair was held in the CHQ Building in I.F.S.C. It is the celebration of  the Chinese New Year and this is the year of The Monkey. Customary to tradition many people wear red for the celebration as it is the colour of good luck and a symbol of happiness. In Chinese mythology there is a creature called a Nian. It comes out once a year around The New Year. It attacked villagers and preferred children and it is purportedly afraid of the colour red and loud noises. After the Nian attacked villagers, they decided that leaving food out, wearing red and throwing firecrackers would scare the Nian away. This is how the tradition started.

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Jack & Donagh Troy meet The Lion Dance Nian.
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Huyen Glynn with some freshly made candy
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Tina Wang with Eason lin & Jessica Yao had their faces painted
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Professor Liu of UCD Shaolin & Wu Shu during a martial arts exhibition

As part of the celebrations you might see a Chinese lion Dance which portrays the Nian. Red lanterns are also a part of the celebration. In the CHQ Building there were many displays of modern and ancient Chinese culture. Martial artists from UCD Shaolin and Wu Shu put on impressive demonstrations. People sat and learned how to play Chinese Chess. I met the money god and young people hanging wishes from the branches of a tree. There were dancers in traditional costumes, tea being served, face painting and sweets being made. I met the elegant ladies of The Chinese Cultural Academy in full costume display.

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Cindy Guo & Cherry Yu in the Chinese Fashion Show
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Liam Sweeney busy trying to attach his wish to a tree

There were foods on offer at the many stands around the building. The atmosphere was exciting. Every now and again the Lion Dance would pass by to a massive cheer. With the Lion came whistling and shouting and the crowd swarmed in on the action. There was great mix of cultures and I met so many beautiful and happy people at the celebration. Chinese New Year 2016, Spring Festival Fair at the CHQ building was simple fantastic. The Year Of The Monkey.

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On the lookout. 70 year old Colin Wan keeps himself fit with martial arts
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Yunhe Chang prepares tea for people to sample

Full gallery from the day here

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Arbour Hill Boxing Club re-opening 2016

Irish President Michael D Higgins Attends Arbour Hill Boxing Club Re-Opening Event

Arbour Hill Boxing Club had been closed for renovations. It was re-opened on Friday 5th of February 2016 by President Michael D Higgins. In attendance were politicians, sponsors, champion Irish boxers, club members, family and friends. Triplets Michael, William and Martin Carruth were there. They met with the club’s triplet boxers David, Matthew and Dylan McDonagh. Boxers Mick Dowling, Noel Brennan, Eddie Tracey, Brendan McCarthy & Bernard Dunne were also in attendance.

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President Michael D Higgins with boxers Eddie Tracey, Michael Carruth, Bernard Dunne, Mick Dowling & Noel Brennan
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Triplets Michael, Martin & William Carruth with triplets David, Matthew & Dylan McDonagh

Arbour  Hill Boxing Club was established in 1929. It has now seen new separate male and female changing rooms built in the renovation.The Ceiling also got a new lick of paint. Brothers  Alan and John Keogh are sponsors and financial backers of the project. The club kept them out of trouble in the early days and they wanted to give something back in return. Finance was also secured through a state grant of €25,000 awarded via the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.

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President Higgins stops to watch exhibition boxing in the ring
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Stephen Kavanagh & Cal O’Driscol of Arbour Hill Boxing Club

President Michael D Higgins met with Club Officials, members and club sponsors. He took time to walk around the club and meet local people. The President took a moment and became a boxing spectator. The lights went down for two amateur exhibition boxing matches in the ring. David McDonald of Arbour Hill Boxing Club boxed Seán Doyle of Cherry Orchard  Boxing Club in the first bout. Rive McCormack of Arbour Hill Boxing Club boxed Carmen Maurodin of  Bay City Boxing Club in the second. President Higgins then addressed the crowd, opened proceedings and unveiled the club’s new wall plaque. Nathan Palmer made a presentation on behalf of the club to the president.

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Nathan Palmer makes a presentation to President Higgins on Bahalf of the Club
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Boxers Eddie Tracey, MIck Dowling, Brendan McCarthy & Noel Brennan with Club president Brian Sutton & Des Phelan

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Club President Brian Sutton & Club chairman Des Phelan made a presentation to 1968 Olympic boxers Eddie Tracey, Mick Dowling & Brendan McCarthy.

The future of the club looks bright and I wish the very best to everyone involved and long may Arbour Hill Boxing Club prosper.

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Malahide’s Got Talent competition 2016 at The Grand Hotel

Malahide’s Got Talent 2016 hosted by Malahide Music and Dramatic Society

Malahide’s got talent 2016 was held in The Grand Hotel and played out in front of an excited crowd at the 4 star venue. Hosted by Malahide Music and Dramatic Society the competition was held for the sixth year running. On the evening, 24 talented and hopeful young artists took to the stage to show Malahide what they are made of.

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The Second Act Of the night

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Liliana-Rosca Pinheiro performing ‘Bang Bang’
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2nd place runner up Ciara Smith singing ‘Stars’

The show was split in two acts which consisted of singers, dancers and musicians. There was a raffle and the crowd got their chance to vote for their favourite contestants. The final descision went to the four judges who also gave comments and words of support to the competitors. The evening was sponsored by Malahide Credit Union.

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Michael Dowling & Vivian Keavey from Malahide Credit Union who are the event Sponsors

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Valerie Carwood of B Music School performing ‘All Again’

The final descision was an intense moment thanks to host Bobby McWilliams. In third place was Robert Duff with Sophie & Zara Crinion with their version of the song ‘Falling Slowly’ . In second place was Ciara Smith from B music school performing the song ‘Stars’. The over all winner was singer/songwriter Shauna Byrne who performed her original song ‘Stranger’.
All in all it was a fantastic production and the level of talent was astounding and i’m looking forward to next years competition already.

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Tessa Hennessy singing ‘Riptide’
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The band ‘redhead’ with an electric performance
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Paige McMahon

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Shauna Byrne takes the top prize on Malahide’s Got Talent 2016 with a performance of her original song ‘STRANGER ‘