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Hi Everyone, You’re all very welcome to Edition 29 of InTallaght Magazine. Now that we’re finally moving into Spring we hope we find all our readers in great form.I can’t say I’ll be sad to see the back of those dark winter mornings myself! In this issue we have some great interviews for you. Our main interview is with musician, producer and TV star Niall“Bressie”Breslin.On the verge of releasing his second solo album, Bressie is a very busy man at the moment but he kindly took the time to chat openly and honestly with InTallaght Magazine. Straight talking and down to earth he’s a very easy man to chat to and gives a very good interview. The secondary interview features two local musicians, Mairead Conlon and Ray Scully, who recently progressed to the next round on the RTE’s The Voice. We’re hoping both of them can continue to do well on the show and hopefully one of them can win it and do Tallaght proud!

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This issue also features the first edition of a new section called InRovers, which will bring supporters all the latest exclusive news from Ireland’s greatest football team Shamrock Rovers. This section, which will be spread over 4 pages in every edition, aims to give fans behind the scenes news from the club that they won’t be able to find anywhere else. To kick it all off we have interviews with new Rovers Asst. manager Colin Hawkins and returning favourite Shane Robinson. Along with all this you’ll find the latest eight page Square Magazine and all the usual reviews, previews and news about what is happening in Tallaght at the moment. We really do hope you enjoy this new edition of InTallaght Magazine and as always please feel free to contact us with anything from an idea for a news story to the latest poem you’ve just written. We’re only too delighted to hear from you guys.

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Breaking the Cycle of Suicide in Ireland, the fight starts here SOME OF Ireland’s top celebrities including Roz Purcell and Brent Pope,are joining forces to help‘Break the Cycle’ of suicide in Ireland, by getting involved with Cycle Against Suicide, a National Suicide Awareness initiative taking place around Ireland from Monday April 22 to Sunday May 5. The idea behind the project was developed by successful entrepreneur and international businessman Jim Breen, with the objective of raising awareness for the considerable help and supports that are out there for anyone battling depression, at risk of suicide, or those coping with the loss of loved ones due to suicide. Founder and CEO of PulseLearning, Jim Breen said “Everyone has some connection to suicide or depression, and we believe the best way to help fight the battle is to do so together. Mental illness is like any other health issue, it is something we all have to be mindful of, and

sometimes‘minding’it will involve asking for help. We want to get people talking about the subject, and play our part in breaking the cycle of suicide and in doing so, decreasing the incidence of suicide in Ireland.” According to the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), suicide is claiming the lives of at least 500 people each year in Ireland, which is three times higher than the number of deaths on our roads. Top Irish model Roz Purcell, who will be joining the cyclists during the two week cycle,said“When I heard about the project and just how many people in Ireland are taking their own lives every year,I knew I had to be involved.Life is so precious. Every day people are dying from diseases we can’t cure but this is something that we can help prevent.” Rugby Analyst and Journalist, Brent Pope said “In my lifetime seven good friends have died by suicide.The conversation around suicide needs to be de-stigmatised, not brushed under the carpet. We need to bring more understanding, without glamorising the subject.We have to work to make

Tallaght Youth Band contibute to Shave or Dye 2013 video TALLAGHT YOUTH BAND kicked off what is set to be another very busy year by taking part in the new music video for Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign 2013. TYB Member Chantelle McDermot With One Of The Puppets From The Video

This annual campaign raises much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Last year Shave or Dye raised in excess of €2.4million for the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer programmes. Each year, thousands of people get their friends and family to sponsor them to shave or dye their hair in the name of a great cause, with Today FM staff and presenters doing likewise. By shaving and dyeing their hair, participants are showing their support for the many thousands of people who are going through, or have gone though, cancer treatment themselves. This year’s challenge has a Monks v Punks theme with Ray Darcy posing as a Monk and Ian Dempsey as a Punk in the advertising campaign.

TYB Members Calvin Benbow & David Mahon At The Shoot

The Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland, and invested more than €3.3 million in cancer research in 2012. Research funded by the Society has led to major advances in cancer research and more than 650 important research

Jim Breen, Roz Purcell & Brent Pope At The Launch people aware that there are people suffering out there right now and they need help. I applaud Jim and everyone who is trying to do something to break the cycle of suicide.” Starting at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, the 1,400km awareness cycle will take its route all around the country, and finish back in Dublin again.The schedule of regional events will see local personalities, as well as suicide prevention and bereavement support experts visiting 26 schools along the way, educating young children to help ‘Break the Cycle’. Participants can take part in a section of each 100km leg, an entire leg, multiple legs, or even complete the entire cycle. To learn more, get involved or sign up visit

findings have been discovered.With your support in 2013 they can continue to make such advancements. TYB members gave their time freely and helped make the music video a positive, uplifting message. The song title is Start Again. The singers involved are Jerry Fish, Cathy Davey,Valerie Francis, Mundy and Gavin Glass.The music video which was directed by Pauline Rowan and shot in South Studio in Dublin City centre.The single will cost €1.99 and is expected to be released on February 15.Go to to preorder. For more information on the Shave or Dye campaign see the Irish Cancer society web site or

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IT Tallaght Radio Society take over the airways for Radio Week MEMBERS OF THE Radio Society in Institute of Technology Tallaght are to broadcast live on 99.1fm and on for one week starting on February 11.Each day students from across a variety of courses will present lively talk and music shows from the studios based in the Institute.Broadcasting from 12 noon to 9pm each day,ITTFM will be run, managed and staffed by the students of all ages and backgrounds. Each day from 12-6 the flagship programmes will bring a mix of talk and music radio, with shows such as Cathal and Calvin, The Music Mash Up, The Republic of Lewis and The Grapevine. From 6 to 9 each evening, a variety of specialist shows will be aired, including shows covering alternative music, films, sport and more. ITTFM will also broadcast shows produced and presented by Tallaght Foroige Group, The ITT Debating Society and the ITT Gaming Society.

A Traditional Chinese Dragon

South Dublin County celebrates Chinese New Year SOUTH DUBLIN County Council in association with South Dublin Libraries and the Institute of Technology Tallaght invites everyone to come along for an evening of Chinese and Irish Culture on Monday February 11 in the County LibraryTallaght. Each year of the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and 2013 is the Year of the Snake.The Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities across the world and South Dublin County will celebrate along with the best of them.

At the County Library, Tallaght Monday 11th February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

The celebrations will include a vibrant performance of the Lion dance by the Chinese Irish Cultural Academy,traditional Chinese/Irish music and dance performances,a Chinese cookery demonstration and Chinese arts and crafts workshops for children. On the evening students and staff from the Institute of Technology Tallaght will also be sharing their experiences about how the Institute,through its International office is collaborating with the Nanjing University of Technology in China, with exchange Programmes in Pharmaceutical Science and Engineering. There are currently 70 of these Chinese students living and studying in Tallaght. The launch of the students’33 hour radio marathon will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday February 13 in the Lobby of the Institute of Technology.The event, known as 33 with ITT, will see money being raised for the ARC Cancer Support Centre.Members of the college administration,representatives from ARC and the Radio Society committee will be on site to launch the beginning of the event, which will see the students broadcast for 33 hours straight.

For further details of the event, please contact the Communications Unit at 01 4149285 or visit

Traditional Irish Music and Dancing Chinese Cookery Demonstration and Food Tasting

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Donations can be made online through the website The station will be encouraging listener feedback through phone-ins, email and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.On Facebook, ITTFM updates and schedules can be found on Facebook and on Twitter @ittfm. The phone number to get in contact with presenters is 085 235 8060.

Dance Performance by Chinese Irish Cultural Academy

A Performer At Last Year’s Event

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Jobstown Students build to victory, brick by LEGO brick STUDENTS FROM CITYWISE Education Youth Centre in Jobstown recently did Tallaght proud when they won the Irish final of the FIRST LEGO League competition.Following their victory they have qualified for the European Finals, which will be held in Germany in May. InTallaght Magazine caught up with the students and their mentor Chris Smith to discuss their wonderful victory. The seven victorious students, who range in age from 11 to 15, are Daire Hennessy, Himanshu Singh, Jonathon Toah, Jakub Palusinski, Luke Whelan, Vlad Medves and Liam McMahon Buggy. All the lads are from the Jobstown area. On Saturday 19th of January they were among the 280 students who gathered in The Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway to compete in the finals of the FIRST LEGO League contest. Teams of students had to design a project around creating solutions for people over the age of 60.The teams also had to design and programme a robot using LEGO before competing with other teams in a live robot game. Competition was intense as only one of the twenty eight teams competing could go forward to the European finals in Germany. The Tallaght youngsters claimed the title following a nail biting live final battle against a team from France. As well as being their mentor, Chris Smith is a youth worker at Citywise. He said the students put in a lot of hard work and showed wonderful commitment towards the task in hand. "They focused on dementia and an app that uses voice-recognition so people can record appointments.There isn't an app like this available at the moment,” "Since September they had been meeting one evening a week after school. They then met three days a week over the Christmas holidays.And in the two weeks up to the LEGO event they were in Citywise until 8pm every evening working on the project, on top of doing their homework. They definitely deserved to win, we’re very proud of them.” Since their victory Chris said the students have got a lot of national media attention but they’ll soon be turning their attention to preparing for Germany. “It’s been great since the moment we won. Luke was a presenter on News Today and Vlad was on the lunchtime news on RTE.They won’t be starting back on this until after the mid term break. Then they will be back to doing 4/5 hours a night until they head for the European Finals in Paderborn in May.” Chris also said that Citywise are so thankful for all the support they have received from SAP. Kevin Conroy, Technical Quality Manager, SAP, said: “SAP Ireland were particularly proud in 2012 to accompany our winning team The Termin8tors, to Germany and to support

Daire Hennessy from Glenshane, Himanshu Singh from Ardmore, Jakub Palusinski from Saggart, Luke Whelan from DeSelby, Christoper Smith Teacher/Mentor, Liam McMahon Buggy from Cloonmore, Piotr Palusinski from Saggart, Vlad Medves from Russel Square, Jonathon Toah from Fortunstown

them on the international stage. We look forward to supporting Citywise at the FLL Open European Championships in Germany later in the year.SAP is pleased to partner with the Galway Education Centre and SODEXO to provide children with this wonderful opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in technology.” The FIRST LEGO competition was first brought to Ireland in 2007 by The Galway Education Centre and SAP.Bernard Kirk, Director of The Galway Education Centre said,“Irish Students have been very successful at an International Level with the FIRST LEGO League Challenge.Every year we expect the best from the students involved and every year they surprise us with their innovation, enthusiasm and intelligent applications. Over the past number of years we have had teams competing successfully all over Europe as well as Asia and America.” Citywise is a not-for-profit organisation which was set up to run education, sporting and personal development programmes. It began in 1991 in Dublin as a response to educational under-achievement of young people living in difficult city backgrounds and was formally established in 1994.All Citywise projects are financially supported by many individuals and companies. It currently receives no local authority or state funding for any of its programmes. In 2005, Citywise opened The Durkan Centre, a 1,500 sq m purpose built education and outdoor centre in Jobstown to serve the education,social and personal development needs of young people, especially those in their teenage years in West Tallaght. This achievement was the result of focused hard work over a ten-year period in the area. Over 300 young people, ranging from highly alienated youth to local young people with third level aspirations, use the centre activities regularly, the limitation of their involvement impeded only by staffing levels. The idea, which lies at the heart of all Citywise activities, is that once a young person gets involved, Citywise seeks to maintain that involvement over a number of years, providing the person with greater educational motivation and ensuring that they engage in constructive sporting and youth pursuits.Citywise Education was set up as an independent company in West Tallaght to run the Durkan Centre.

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Paul Brady At The Entrance Of The Childrens’ Ward in The Adelaide and Meath Hospital

A Firhouse man is aiming to raise some much needed funds for The National Children’s Hospital Day 1 (Fri March 8) Tallaght by organising an event Day 2 (Sat March 9) with a difference Paul explained that everyone is welcome is join in.

“On the 8th,9th and 10th of March,I,and anyone who wants to join me, will be will be starting this 3-day challenge.”

The Spartan 3 Day Challenge entails:

will be a 10k run starting and finishing in Tallaght.

will be a grueling workout dubbed The Marathon at Spartan Training Centre. 10 different exercises with 100 reps of each. E.g. squats, rope grips, push ups etc.

Paul Brady is planning on putting himself through a grueling 3 days for a charity fundraiser he has christened The Spartan 3 Day Challenge. Paul,who works in Tallaght Hospital,and is a member of the Spartan Training Centre on the Belgard Road, said he not only wants to raise money but also awareness for The Children’s Hospital. “I got the idea after watching Room To Improve where one of the tasks was to create an outdoor garden and recreation area for children and their families.I have a lot of experience working with children, I worked in the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf for 9 months and it was a wonderful experience. The children were so inspiring, it was hard not to be in a good mood working with them.” “The Spartan 3 Day Challenge is basically a different slant on a fundraising event. For instance, when people do something for charity mostly they get sponsored and then on one day they do 'something' (get their legs waxed, their head shaved, a bungee jump etc.) and that’s it. I wanted to do something a little different,” he said.

Day3(SunMarch10) will be a trek through Glendalough through the miner’s camp up around the part of the hills called The Sphinx. “People are welcome to do one day or 3 days, it’s up to them.” “I will be doing this challenge in memory of a former training partner,friend to Spartan Training Centre and one of the nicest fellas I’ve ever met, Mr.Alan Murphy who was tragically taken from us late last year.So this challenge is not only being done for the sick little boys & girls of Tallaght Hospital, it is also for the memory of Alan. R.I.P,” he said. For further details please contact The Spartan Training Centre, Belgard Road, or phone 085 1550145. Alternatively check out the Facebook event page:

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A visit to League Barbers is like no other haircut you’ve ever experienced Sure,it costs more or less the same as the other local barber shops but the difference is what you get for your money. For starters, not only do you get your hair cut, you also get your head massaged,a razor contour on your cut, eyebrows trimmed and hair washed.That’s not all, you also get any unwanted hairs removed from your ears with flames! (Don’t worry it’s not as scary as it sounds). Another great thing about League Barbers is that you don’t get rushed out of the place so they can get another punter onto your seat.Here you get to sit back,relax,take your time and enjoy the experience, all in the comfort of a beautifull traditional style shop.

For example, when choosing to avail of a shave at League Barbers expect to be there for a minimum of 30 minutes. This time is spent making sure you get the best shave possible using the best products at no extra charge. League Barbers also offer great services for kiddies hair cuts with their special Kiddies Cutz Corner.The child gets to sit in a customised chair and watch a DVD from a wide selection available while getting their hair cut.Another nice touch here is that if it’s the child’s first hair cut, he will be presented with a certificate to mark the occasion and also a photograph sent over to an email of choice to remember the special occasion. For the Senior Citizens and Under 14’s League Barbers offer a hair cut for only €8 all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. From the time the shop opens to closing time it’s all about customer care at this barber shop.There’s no doubt about it, they’re in a league of their own. For more information call the shop on 01 4587361or visit their website at

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Since leaving The Blizzards in 2009 Bressie has moved to London, worked as a producer and was the winning coach on RTE programme The Voice 2013 promises to be an another exciting year for him as he returned to TV screens in January with the new series of The Voice and now looks forward to his new album release next month. InTallaght magazine recently caught up with him for a chat.

So tell us about the new album Bressie?

I’m just finishing mixing it tonight.It’s called Rage and Romance and it’s going to be released on March 29.It’s been a very relaxed and enjoyable experience.I’ve been working with some very talented people who’ve brought the best out of me. It’s very different to my previous solo stuff, more organic and more guitar based, quite similar to what I did with The Blizzards.

Did you write the whole album yourself?

Yes I wrote everything, I co-wrote one of the tracks You Don’t Start with James Walsh from Starsailor. I enjoy working with James, I think you can’t start working with someone unless you like them. A lot of songs with The Blizzards I wrote when I had no worries in the world, I was just chilling out, I was in college.With the solo albums obviously things have changed. I’ve been through a lot more; I think that comes across in the songwriting.

Describe your music style?

I’m into all genres of music and I just write what I feel like. I can do different styles, obviously I write pop but I like trying other styles as well.With a musician it should always be your call, you have to take the risk and go with want you want.

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What bands are you listening to at the moment? Would you ever cover a Frank Sinatra song?

I would love to have been in a studio with Frank Sinatra, to see how much charisma he had, to hear him sing with a 35-piece orchestra.Those type of vocalists are long gone, he was the greatest singer ever,no one will ever come close to him.

I honestly haven’t had a chance to listen to much music at the moment.I like Hudson Taylor,Kodaline.I think that more organic type music is coming back.Hopefully we’ll hear less Dance-esque stuff,which I think is slightly contrived anyway. How many times can you mention the words“floor”and“DJ” in a track! It’s great to see people like Ed Sheerhan and Mumford & Sons doing well as they’re good musicians who can actually play instruments.

How do you go about writing your music?

I don’t have any set way. I usually come up with a title and then something that I want to sing.The title will define what type of song it is. I like to write at the piano.

Will there be a single released prior to the album?

Yes there will.It’s titled Show Me Love and it’s out on March 22. It’s quite heavy, quite rocky and dark.

When did you first get interested in music?

I was always interested in music, it wasn’t a case of ever getting into it as I never got out of it. My Mum is a music teacher and my brother is a producer so there was always music in the house. I’ve got a very diverse taste in music, everything from ABBA to Sepultura.

What musicians inspired you?

I’m a huge Clash fan so Joe Strummer would have been a big inspiration. Stevie Wonder I think is the best musician of all time,I love his music because it’s so upbeat.I hate glass half empty music, I’m just not into it at all.

If you could work with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Well most of his songs were covers but I don’t think my voice would suit any of the songs he made his own. I think it’s so important that a singer finds where their voice is.It’s terrible when you hear a vocalist trying to be something they’re not.

What do you think of the music industry in Ireland at the moment?

I think the music industry is f*cked everywhere. That’s the reality, it’s on its knees and people don’t believe that. I was so sad to see a company like HMV go out of business but it wasn’t surprising.It was inevitable with the introduction of ITunes that physical sales would take a hiding. The truth is the industry is struggling massively and is still searching for ways to create revenue from artists in other ways. With illegal downloading music has become devalued, it’s hard to put value on a product that can be consumed for free.

How would you go about sorting out the crisis?

Well I think it’s very important that people are educated about the reality of the situation.I think a lot of people who find illegal downloading acceptable may be slightly naive. They have to understand that they’re not ripping off the labels by doing it, the labels are protecting themselves, they’ll always make money.

Could you explain to us how the labels are protecting themselves?

Most bands/musicians currently won’t be offered any other deal with a major label other than what is known as a 360 deal.This means the label take a cut from merchandise, live and publishing, which can make creating revenue for the artist very difficult.This lowers the risk for the labels but can cripple the creator of the product, but I suppose they have no option. People think if you’re being played on the radio that you’re making a fortune.

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Where is your How did your role favourite venue to gig? on the show come about? The Olympia – I’ve always loved it. It’s just a beautiful magical venue.I always try and get at least one big gig there if I’m playing in Dublin. It’s a very dream like place.

Will you be touring in Ireland soon?

Initially when the producers approached me I didn’t know if I wanted to be involved. They assured me that the show wasn’t going to be the same as the X Factor which for me has too many novelty acts, too many sob stories with big close up slow mo shots.That’s not what The Voice is about.

Have you been impressed with Are you still in touch the talent on with your ex band this years show? mates in The Blizzards? Yes I have eight or nine gigs organized in Ireland in May.I’m looking forward to getting the band together and heading out on the road.

Yes those guys are my friends,they’re all guys I grew up,guys I’ve known since I was five or six years of age.They remain very close friends, in an ideal world we would still be together as a band.

What advice would you have to any young musicians starting out?

I think trust is the most important thing, get people around you that you trust. People who you know care more about you than the money they can make off you. That was the advice I got myself. Also don’t be a genre snob, there’s good and bad in all genres, respect them all. Don’t think,“oh jazz is sh*te”– understand why people listen to a certain genre and try and take something from it.

Yes I have. The problem with some of them is they don’t realise how good they are.We never sold ourselves as being experts, I work as a producer and I listen to every singer in the world so I just try to bring out the talent that maybe in there. Nine out of ten of the people who come on the show are very nervous, we totally understand that, but we don’t have the time to fix them all.To make it as singers they have to have a hell of a lot more nerve.When they’re on the show they’re still a long way from making it. For example when we brought last years winner Pat Byrne into a studio and stuck a pair of head phones on him he nearly shat himself!

How do you approach mentoring the contestants?

I just try to make a person feel as comfortable as possible. They perform a hell of a lot better when they feel comfortable.We’ll go for a pint or a coffee and get them to relax.We’re not here to slate people or criticize them.

Are you enjoying Being an ex rugby your current stint on player and with The Voice? the 6 Nations starting tomorrow how do you rate Ireland’s chances? Do yourself and Kian Egan get on well off screen? Yes I am, it’s good fun, a bit of craic.We’re not worried about offending each other and I think that comes across to the viewers. There’s no bitterness between the judges, we approach it the same as like pulling the piss with your mates.

Yes we do. We both accept that we come from different musical backgrounds but we get on really well. We go for pints together. He is a very antagonizing little b@ll*x but Kian is a great guy and I’m very fond of him.

I hate to say it but I think England are looking very good and I think they’re looking the most likely to win the Championship. There’s questions about our defence, Rob Kearney is only back from injury and I don’t know how fit Brian O’Driscoll is. We have to get our backline attack working, if it doesn’t we don’t have a chance.

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Will you be What do you like going to the to do to relax Millennium Stadium away from music? tomorrow? No I don’t like the Millennium Stadium, I don’t know why. Actually I don’t like Murryfield either! I’ll be watching the game somewhere quiet,in comfort.I hate watching a match in a packed pub and waiting 40 minutes for a pint! I’m still a rugby player at heart. I’m like George Hook on the couch when there’s a match on! I was with Leinster when Matt Williams was there and saw firsthand how the success that came a few years later came about.I saw Brian O’Driscoll go out after training and spend two hours working on his kicking because it was a weak part of his game.

I’m in the middle of training for a triathlon at the moment. I’m going to be doing it during the summer for a charity called LARCC. It’s a holistic cancer treatment centre that my Mum is involved with. I’m also more of a fan of Gaelic than rugby. Even though I used to be a pro I still don’t know all the rules to rugby as the IRB keep changing the rules every three years!

Are you going to be doing anything for The Gathering Were you your hometown disappointed to see in Johnny Sexton leave Mullingar? for Racing Metro? No not at all, I would have no ill will at all towards him, it’s a great move for him. I think Madigan is going to be a great replacement and getting more game time will help his development.

Do you think Declan Kidney should get the sack if Ireland has another disappointing campaign?

Definitely not. I’m a big cynic when it comes to getting rid of managers in sport.The key to a manger is having a team that’ll fight for you, who love being around you.If the team doesn’t respect you then they’re not going to perform. I played under Declan and he’s one of the nicest men I’ve ever worked with. He’s been unlucky with injuries and been forced to pick players that maybe weren’t up to it.

Yes I’m going to be dong some shows there during the summer, I’m really looking forward to it. I love going back to Mullingar,there’s a really good buzz there,it’s a town with a lot of forward thinking, really good people. It was unfortunate that during the boom Mullingar seemed to get overlooked and Athlone got everything.

Finally, you now live in London, do you notice any positive changes in Ireland when you come back?

Yes I do,things seem to be improving a little bit.I miss Dublin now and I’d love to move back. No one liked Ireland when we were rich,money didn’t suit us.I think we’re getting back to culture,back to creativity.Dublin seems to be getting back on its’ feet, I think a lot of people fell out of love with it, it became quite a negative place for a while. There’s a great live music scene there at the moment.I’d love to buy a house in Dublin in the future. Bressie’s new album Rage and Romance is released on March 29th. First single Show Me Love is out March 22nd.

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20 It’s been my favorite song for the last 4 or 5 years.I heard Seal do a cover of it and James Brown and Pavorotti also did a version together. I took these versions and just tried to make it my own. I’ve been doing it for the last few years.

Where you nervous during your performance? Pretty nervous yeah. It’s not nice being judged like that. I felt a little bit uncomfortable with the chairs turned. The audience was blacked out. If I’m playing a gig with a band I can turn around and improvise. The band was well behind me, there was a big gap between me and the band. It was different.

How would you describe your musical style and influences? I’ve been influenced by the Blues, Soul music, I suppose my style would be singer songwriter stuff.Rory Gallagher was unreal, he could nearly make the guitar talk.I’m hoping to do On The Western Plain on The Voice if I can. Also BB King, James Brown, Newton Faulkner. I’d love to play with Newton Faulkner, do some mad percussion stuff with him! I saw him in Vicar Street in 2005 and he was excellent.

Ray Scully is a 24 year old musician from Aylesbury who recently took part in The Voice on RTÉ He successfully made his way through to the next stage of the competition and we caught up with him to chat about the experience.

So Ray tell us about your musical background? I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 6 and I’ve been gigging since I was 15.I was signed to a label called True Talent when I was 16.I was also in a band called Scully for a few years.

Is this your first time being involved in a competition like this?

Have you played much outside of Ireland? Yes I was over in America last summer, in Atlanta, Georgia.It was a totally different experience. I played in pubs and clubs and over there people actually go out to listen to the music, whereas over here a lot of people go out to drink and they don’t listen to the music.

Have you recorded much of your own music in the past? I had an album released in 2005 with the band I was in, it was called Picture With A Twist. At the moment I have the guts of an album, it just needs to be recorded.

What would you like to get out of The Voice? Hopefully I’ll get a bit more recognition, get to play my own stuff and show off my material. I’d love to win the show.

Yes it is. I’ve been gigging for the last 10 years or so and not getting anywhere with it. I want to take it to a larger scale but I’ve never watched any shows like The Voice or X Factor before so I didn’t really know what to expect.

How have your family and friends reacted to you getting through?

Why did you choose the song It’s A Man’s World?

Everyone’s been really supportive.The amount of people who I haven’t spoke to in years who have got in touch has been mad! I had 210 friend requests on Facebook the days after the show. It’s been all positive so far. I went in with mixed views but it’s funny, even my friends who would have been against these type of shows have been really supportive.

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Were you impressed with the standard of singing on the show? How did you feel when Bressie turned round? Shocked! I nearly died! I think it was after about 40 seconds but it felt like 40 years! Then Sharon turned round as well and I didn’t know what to do.

Yes I saw some really great singers.There was an American guy called Melvin, his audition hasn’t been shown yet but he is really really good.My friend Karl,I have to say him! Also Kelly is brilliant, I was very impressed with her.I think there are some brilliant singers who didn’t get through only because the song choice mightn’t have suited them. The song you pick is so important.

you think you Why’d you pick Bressie? Do can win it? When I was back stage before hand talking to some of the guys who work on the show they told me that the coaches sometimes turn round when they see another judge turn around. I decided then that I would go with the first judge to turn around, which was Bressie. If Sharon had turned around first I would have gone with her.

God no, I’d love to even get to the audience vote, I would absolutely love that!

Why did you choose What kind of music to sing In the Ghetto? do you like?

It’s always been very special to me and my family, my uncle used to always sing it. No one has ever covered it, I’d love to record it.

Mairead Conlon is a singer originally from Tymon North now living in Newcastle She also recently took part in The Voice and like Ray managed to go forward to the next round.

Tell us about your music career so far? I started doing auditions when I was 15, when I was about 20 an American guy got in touch to see if I was interested in being in a girl band over in LA. I said I was, I went over there for a few months but it didn’t work out,I got homesick and gave up.Since then I’ve worked as a wedding singer and played in pubs and clubs.I’m also in a Motown tribute band.

I love Motown, I love Soul, I love all music really but those two are the main types I really love.

Who are your favourite singers? Tina Turner, Etta James, I love all the old singers.

Are your family enjoying all the excitement? Yes I think they are! Everyone’s been stopping my Mum and Dad on the street saying they’re really excited and they’re looking forward to the next stage.

Have you had much interaction with Have you had any your mentor offers since you Bressie since? were on the show? Yes I have, he’s really nice and very helpful, as is Sharon.

Yes I got offers from a couple of bands but I love Motown and I’m going to stick with that for the moment.

Have you been doing much How did you end up rehearsal for your on the show? next appearance?

What are your ambitions for the future?

My mother-in-law told me I had to go for it so myself and my friend Sharon decided to apply together!

I’d love to record an album. I’d love to make a career out of it as well if I could but Ireland is so small and there’s so much talent here, it’s very competitive.

Yes I’ve been rehearsing a few times with the musical director on the show and once or twice with Bressie.

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Happy Valentines Welcome to the 2nd Edition of Sq. Magazine for 2013. Spring is on the way and here in The Square we’re busy making sure we bring you, our customers, the best possible shopping experience. Last week we opened the new Jungle Gym Soft Play area for children on Level 1. The idea behind the gym was to create a place where both parents and children could relax while shopping in the centre.We hope it helps make the shopping experience even more enjoyable and contributes towards making The Square even more child friendly. On Valentines Day we will be hosting our first fashion show of the year.Models from top Irish Agency Assets will be strutting their stuff on the catwallk and showcasing the very best in Spring/Summer fashions available from stores within The Square. Everyone is welcome to come along and we hope you all enjoy what promises to be an excellent event. On another note we are currently hard at work on a number of exciting events we have planned including events for St Patricks Day celebrations in March.We will keep you posted on all the events as the details become available...

I am delighted to tell you that our Facebook page has exceeded 30,000 Likes, with over 7,000 more since our last issue of Sq.Magazine. I would encourage all customers to keep an eye on our Facebook Page for all the latest giveaways and offers available throughout the centre. Offers like IMC’s “Student Tuesday” where for just €5 students can enjoy the latest movie releases. Liking and Sharing posts also gives you a chance of claiming some fantastic prizes each month. For example at the moment we are offering two Valentines Hampers, together worth over €750. Just Like and Share to be in with a chance to win. Finally the National Children’s Hospital and Lotus Child have been in touch and would like us to extend there warmest thanks for all the support and kindness our customers have shown over the past few months with your generous donations and contributions. We in turn would also like to thank you and everyone who kindly supported the events and helped make them so successful. Until next time we hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day...

___________________________ Cathryn McMenamy The Square Town Centre,Commercial Manager

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Cheeky Monkey Brings His Jungle Gym Soft Play Area To Level 1 Last Saturday, the 2nd of February on Level 1 in The Square Cathryn McMenamy ably assisted by Cheeky Monkey cut the ribbon on our new Jungle Gym – Soft Play area for kids.The Jungle Gym caters for children aged from 2 to 6 and provides a safe area for the kids to play while the parents take time out from shopping. Open from 10am daily until 6pm with late opening on Thursday and Friday when the gym is open until 7pm it is sure to become a part of every young shoppers visit to the Square. Children are only permitted with parents supervision at all times. Cathryn McMenamy said that this is the latest in a long list of initiatives that the Square have adopted to make the centre more child friendly “We at the Square understand that shopping has become more of an event which the family do together and there is a clear need to cater for all the family needs”

Cheeky Monkey said he is delighted to have the new Jungle Gym to train in and keep himself fit. Speaking exclusively to The Square Magazine the popular mascot said:”The Jungle Gym is going to be a great place for all the children to come and play in and have fun. I have been testing it out for a few days before it opened and I think it is nearly as good as being back in the jungle, and a whole lot safer too! I’m looking forward to hanging out in the Gym and getting myself fit for the summer. Hopefully I’ll see a lot of the boys and girls there as well, and their parents too.“

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Vouge McFadden Helped Launch Our Spring/Summer Collections Here At The Square

The Square Is Very En Vogue This Valentine’s On the 14th of February Romance and Glamour will be in the air, as the centre mall will be transformed into a catwalk to showcase the spring/summer collections from selected stores throughout the Square. With four shows at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm there is plenty of opportunity to catch the shows which feature some of Irelands hottest modeling talent from Irelands number one agency Assets.They include a trio of Ex Miss Ireland’s Sarah Morrissey, Lynne Kelly and Aoife Coogan D’arcy wife of Rugby star Gordon D’Arcy Vogue McFadden was in the Square last week, to check out the fashion and to launch the event. The Square’s Commercial Manager Cathryn McMenamy is looking forward to the event and believes there will be huge interest in seeing the models strut their stuff on the centre mall.

The Square Gets Arty With Creative Campus On Level 3

This is the first fashion show of the new year in The Square and it’s a great opportunity for shoppers and fashionistas alike to check out what’s going to be available from some of our top stores in the coming months.

Things are about to get Arty on Level 3 of the Square with the unit that was occupied by Santa’s Grotto making way for a Creative Campus for a three month period.

With Spring arriving it’s time to clear out the winter wardrobe and make space for your Summer 2013 clothes. Fingers crossed we finally get the weather to wear them! For more information on the event check out our Facebook page or ask the lovely ladies at the Customer Service Desk on Level 2.

Creative Campus is a site-specific arts programme that supports students of the National College of Art and Design as emerging artists in the creation of a multi-faceted art project that engages with diverse audiences. The project also engages with second level students from schools throughout South Dublin County. It is curated and

managed by artist Siobhan Carroll and artist Chloe Brenan. The cultural,historical and industrial resources of Tallaght shall be used as both subjects and material for this ongoing interactive project. The Creative Campus Team openly welcomes and encourages the engagement of the public throughout the duration of the project. Creative Campus is an initiative of Tallaght Community Arts and NOISE Dublin, the Youth Arts Programme of South Dublin County Council’s Arts Office in partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD with the generous support of The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght. For more details of the activities of the Creative Campus over the coming months keep an eye on the Square’s Facebook page.

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Our Condolences

The staff and management of The Square would like to extend their condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Leo Ward, the behemoth of the Irish cinema world and cofounder of IMC who has died aged 94. Leo opened the iconic Savoy cinema on Dublin's O'Connell Street in 1983. He passed away peacefully in his home at Temple Gardens, Rathmines, Dublin, surrounded by family. Pat Edgeworth, Operations Manager with Dave McCarthy, Paddy Freeney & Seamus Murphy

He will be sadly missed... ___________________________

Fish For A Good Cause Oleg With Pat

Mark Roe With Jack Martin, Commercial Director

Jack With Algas

Great People Serving A Great Community

Baby Changing & Bottle Heating

There have been several amazing and kind hearted acts from some of our colleges at G4S and we thought we would show our gratitude to them by letting you, the public, know about some these kind hearted acts.

We are listening to your comments and feedback and we are delighted to announce the introduction of bottle warming facilities which are now available from the friendly ladies at the Customer Services desk on Level 2, this coupled with the newly refurbished baby changing facilities on Level 2 and the soft play area for 2 to 6 year olds on Level 1 making The Square one of the most child friendly shopping centres in Dublin.

Mark Roe was quick to react when a customer suffered a heart attack recently on Level 2. Mark was one of 10 staff who have been trained in the use of the two De-fibulators which are on site here at The Square. Although Mark did not have to use the De-fibulator to shock the patient, he followed the instruction that the state of the art equipment described to maintain a heart beat until the emergency services arrived. Also many thanks to Oleg who’s honesty shone through recently. He had no hesitation in doing the right thing when called upon by returning a customers lost property. We would also like to commend Paddy Freeney for dealing with a fire incident, his quick thinking and fast actions ensured that the fire was extinshed and the centre was saved from considerable disruption.Algas for his good observations over the Christmas period while working in the service yard and last but not least Seamus Murphy and Dave McCarthy who were both highly commended by customers for their excellent care and service to our customers. Keep up the great work lads, it’s greatly appreciated by both us and our customers.

We welcome all your input and feedback and we hope the change will bring you back. Don’t forget to like our facebook page to keep up to date with all our developments or check out our newly refurbished website at

Leo Burdocks will be holding their official opening on the 26th of February. To celebrate they are throwing open their doors for a half price Fish and Chip day in aid of the National Children’s Hospital,so get yourself down to the new Burdock’s outside the East entrance on Level 1, bring the family and support the National Children’s Hospital who will benefit from all the profits on the day. ___________________________

30,000 Facebook Fans & Counting

Wow!!! It was only in our last issue that we had reported 25,000 Facebook Fans on our Facebook Page, we have now excelled way past 30,000, thanks again so much to every one who likes, follows, comments, shares and supports The Square Tallaght on Facebook ___________________________

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The Tempting Aroma Of Leo Burdocks Famous Traditional Fish & Chips Has Been Drifting From The Spiritual Home In No.2 Werburgh Street, Christchurch For The Past 100 Years

Today, they also proudly deliver a ‘great oul feed’ to their customers at their newest shop outside the East Entrance on level one of the Square where they offer the same classic union of wholesome quality ‘Fresh Fish & Tasty Chips’ for Take Away and Sit-in Dining and Home Delivery. Leo Burdock himself, couldn’t have imagined how popular is name would become for his famous Fish and Chips, proof of this was seen in the weeks leading up to the Tallaght opening when a constant stream of heads would pop in through the door to ask“Are ya open yet?” The story starts in 1913, when Liberties residents Bella Burdock and husband Patrick opened the first Leo Burdocks in Christchurch, Dublin. Over the years, The Burdock family grew their business and opened a number of Leo Burdocks Fish and Chip shops around Dublin, such was the popularity of their food. From a young age, their son Leo was a regular face in the early morning Dublin fish markets, rising at 5 am most days to source the freshest catch.Traveling back by horse and cart with his haul, he would pick up fresh potatoes and coal for heating the Pans, a fuel used up until 1991 to cook the freshly prepared Fish and Chips, at this point they were the last chip shop in Ireland,possibly the world to use these coal fired pans.

Fast-forward to 2013 and the new state of the art shop which opened its doors just before Christmas, bright, clean and modern are all words you would use to describe the new store. The menu has stayed the same with just a few tweaks to keep up with the changing demand of the younger market, but the old favorites are still there, Fish Bites, Chicken Tenders and Burgers have joined Fresh and Smoked Cod, Lemon Sole and Ray on the modern day menu! There is a Desert Menu available for sit-in customers and Cappuccino and Latte also available.Check out the menus at and on Facebook, Twitter and they even have an App available from the App store, wonder what Leo would have made of that. The Tallaght Shop will be officially opened on February 26th when they will be holding one of their famous half price days. All Fish items on the menu will be half price and all the profits from the day will be donated to The National Children’s Hospital,Tallaght.

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First of all Hitchcock is not your typical beginning-middle-end biopic of the famous English director Instead, Hitchcock covers the period in the director’s career in which he tackles the rocky journey to create the classic horror Psycho...the movie that nearly wasn’t. There is certainly a fascinating backstory to Pyscho.Many of Alfred’s family, friends and colleagues made it quite clear that they thought the movie was a bad idea.Some even did their best to steer him away from the idea to concentrate on other projects. Universal Studios refused to back the film,and only agreed to release it on the basis that Hitchcock himself would put up the money. So as the legend goes, Hitchcock mortgaged his own home and put all the money on Psycho. As we all know now it was a gamble worth taking as Hitchcock reaped the benefits both finacially and personally. Not only

was Psycho a huge success, it also sealed Hitchcock’s reputation as one of the all-time greats. The movie is based off Stephen Rebello’s best-selling book about the making of Psycho.While all this reads as a fantastic movie on paper, unfortunately it turns out to be quite boring on the big screen. The film’s director Sacha Gervasi does manage to tick off some of the most important facts surrounding the crisis leading up to the making of Psycho. Unfortunately it is all done without much urgency or panic. It’s as though we know that there is meant to be panic and stress but it’s all too calm and laid back on the set. I’m not saying that the film is all bad, especially not the performances of the two leads, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. While Hopkins isn’t physically convincing as Hitchcock he really does channel the charisma of the director extremely well. Hopkins brilliantly brings out Hitchcock’s intensity on set.Mirren does a wonderful job as Hitchcock’s long-suffering yet supportive wife Alma. Her support and tireless work behind the scenes often sparked Hitchcock into producing his best work.

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The opening scenes of Zero Dark Thirty are undoubtedly its most challenging

the torture the US Government used to draw answers from suspected Al-Queda opertatives in the years following the 9/11 attacks.

The film has come under some serious fire around the globe for its very realistic portrayl and re-enactments of

As Zero Dark Thirtyventures deeper into depicting a largely CIA-driven pursuit of the terrorist mastermind, the journalistic tone of the picture becomes all the stronger and clearer.

The extreme sleep deprivation,water-boarding and the lack of basic human rights that they used are neither endoresed nor condemned.That judgement is left entirely up to the viewer.

The one vital piece we need to make sense of it all must be there somewhere.The longer the mystery remains, the more the mind races. The main character, Maya, becomes the avatar for the viewer throughout the film.The manhunt which takes many years is all-consuming on her part. She is the one who finally makes the crucial breakthrough. If you leave the theatre feeling that you never got to know the main character then don’t worry, thats what the directors were looking for.There is no time for making friends, socialising with the superiors or even taking some time out to get your thoughts together. Not when the one importnt piece of the puzzle is still missing. The film ends with a stunning re-enactment of that night in May 2011 when Bin Laden’s compound in a Pakistani village is overpowered by the US Navy Seals. The finer details of this long-awaited mission are brilliantly covered in this unforgettble scene, which was shot through night-vision cameras. However, Zero Dark Thirty does not depart the screen on a cathartic note of self-congratulatory propaganda. The toll that was taken by both the life and death of Osama bin Laden is there for all to see and feel.

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Tallafornia is back with a bang! So we are a few weeks into the new episodes of Tallafornia, and already we have witnessed tears, tantrums and a new arrival that has shaken up the regular cast. Probably the most notable change has been the turnaround of the youngest member of the group Nikita.Polls have shown the girl vilified by her actions last season has gone on to become the queen of the show, topping all popularity polls. Deep down we are all hoping the “turn around” wont last too long and the feisty little fireball will return to her usual outspoken self, regardless of whether she’s loved or hated we can all agree she made for viewing last year.

Jedward have proven this month that no matter how unrealistic your dream may be, it still might be worth pursuing The Irish twins, who shot to fame on X Factor three years ago, have made almost €6m since 2009.The pair were listed at number 24 on the list of the 50 richest reality TV stars in the UK. The 21-year-old Grimes brothers have earned an estimated €5.8m,while fellow Irish music stars Niall Horan and Nadine Coyle came in the top 20 on the list.

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She commented “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake”,following up with“It’s different this time.”

Rihanna has hit out at her critics this week regarding her reconciliation with Chris Brown.

She left many fans horrified when she reconciled with on/off boyfriend Brown last year. However Rihanna has been unrepentant about her decision to forgive him for beating her nearly four years ago. Rihanna is a role model for many women and young teens out there and I fear her decision to forgive Brown will harm her career and marketing value hugely.Brown’s career seems unscathed by the incident. Some say you can’t help who you fall in love with but what price will Rihanna pay for her love interest in the long run?

It’s Carey v Minaj on Idol We always knew the partnership of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey woud cause quite a stir on American Idol this season yet I don’t think we were quite prepared for the friction between these two primadonnas. Having kept up with the episodes I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the real diva MsCareyhascomeacrossregardingtheconfrontationswithMinaj. Minaj has not only come across as rude and unpredictable she’s also even stranger than I first imagined with her regular “British accent” outbursts and refusing contestants places due to their“similar makeup”.I look forward to the live shows where I feel Mariah will shine and Nicki will flop.

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X Factor lovelies change it up Little Mix will take the airways by storm this month with their new single Change Your Life. This is track three from the girls’ debut number one album DNA. They shot to fame in 2011 on UK talent show The X Factor and have not looked back since. has been busy the past few months as a judge on the hit talent show The Voice in the UK. So it was a surprise to hear he was also working on a new album stateside. This will be the prolific’s forth album release (and his first since 2007).

I was pleasantly surprised by this new single.They have taken it down a notch with this slow tempo song that showcases the four girls’ vocals excellently. One thing that Perri, Jade, Jesy, Leigh-Anne pride themselves in is their pitch perfect harmonies which are evident throughout the song. Singer Jade Thirlwall said that the visual for their latest track Change Your Life will showcase the group's individual personalities."We always want all our videos to be the best we can do," she explained.

I was pleased to see that the abominable first single T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever),featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger, has been wisely demoted to a Deluxe Edition bonus track. says fans can expect “Classical s#*t, just like me and a guitar and an orchestra or me with just an orchestra and a kids’ choir...There’s some ghetto, ugly, dirty stuff. And then there’s dance stuff, global world stuff”

The line up of guests to feature on the album is sensational with most if not all of these artists routinely populating the Top 40 as solo artists themselves. From Rhianna to Justin Bieber and David Guetta to Chris Brown, the album sleeve reads like a who’s who of modern popular music.

The producer confessed to working on 200-300 songs for the new album.“It’s tough working on so many songs and having to narrow it down to just the select few, I think they are all great.”

With track tiles like Sexy Sexy, Drop That (B.E.A.T), and Fresh S#*t, Willpower will definitely do well in the album charts, with all the eye catching names attached to almost every second track, including LMFAO, Ne-Yo and Nichole Scherzinger.

Overall I found the album interesting and enjoyable due to all the different collaborations, definitely something for everyone’s taste. Although listening through some of the songs you have to ask yourself is this a album, due to the huge domination of certain artists in some of the songs.

"For the Change Your Life video, we wanted it to be more about us and showcase who we are.It's a lot more mellow and real than our previous ones...We're just chilling and portraying the song and performing it how it should be.There are no fireworks or backflips, it's just us delivering a great song." She added: "We were also filming for something else during the shoot that I'm not allowed to say yet, but it's very exciting."

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The power of Twitter was illustrated recently in the case of Charlie Morgan. The 17-year-old Swansea Ballboy, went from a meager 700 followers to over 90k in the 24 hours after Eden Hazard poked his ribs.The landscape of sports reporting has also changed with news and opinion becoming available almost instantly across the tweetesphere. In this article we will look at the top five Twitter accounts that any Irish sports fan cannot afford to ignore!

@extratimenews,boasts a network of over 50 contributors nationwide and live tweet at all Premier and First Division games as well as international games and the Woman’s National League. As well as linking to their website,, all those involved in are passionate about football and bringing the biggest news stories on a daily basis to thousands of League of Ireland fans all around the world. The site provides match previews, reports, commentary, breaking news and analysis. Additionally, provides the only online resource for accurate and detailed statistics, team information and player profiles. The portal is unique in the way it provides the fans with fresh daily content and live match updates supplied by voluntary contributions from professionally accredited journalists.

@dubmatchtracker, has totally

@loveirishboxing, it seems quite a lot

changed the way that Dublin GAA results are communicated. This popular site with almost 13,000 followers taps into the unique volunteer ethic that exists within the GAA at grassroots level. Each club has a tweeter, who would tap in to the network and through retweets the club scores fly around the city. Gone are the days of having to wait for the Herald to see how the Junior B’s got on out in Cuala and the smart phones are out in force on the sidelines.

of you do and this account has almost 7,000 followers. It compliments the excellent well as re-tweeting all the news from some of the biggest news outlets in the boxing world, and the opinion of some of its biggest personalities. It covers both the amateur and professional fight scenes and offers plenty of, exclusive news, fight reviews and gossip.

@leinsterrugby, if you are a fan of the oval ball then this is the twitter account you have to follow and almost 53,000 people already have.This account is your one stop shop for all the rugby information a Leinster fan may need but it does not stop there.They also cover the Provincial Towns Cup,Schools Rugby,Women’s Rugby and all leagues down to the tiny tots and U-7.They also provide plenty of links to resources for both players and coaches and details of the many training courses run by Leinster Rugby.

@goracing, the sport of kings is also well catered for on twitter and this account is ahead of the chasing pack. Part of the stable they feature racing news, previews and features on all the goings on from Ireland’s 26 race courses. From Killarney to Kilbeggan and Cork to the Curragh, if it happens it will be reported here. They also link to articles written in all the major publications.

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First off, this game is good I was never a big fan of the Devil May Cry series truth be told. But after playing DmC (as it's known) I loved it. I got drawn into the story more than I ever was by its previous iterations. The story takes place in Limbo City,a modern-day city secretly controlled by powerful demons, manipulating humanity through the comforts of life.Living on the fringes of the brainwashed society is Dante,a teenager at odds with the demons who constantly hunt him and the civilian authorities they control.You play as a young Dante,finding out about an order trying to expose demons and the control they have in the human relam. Players take on the role of Dante as he uses his powers and weaponry to fight against enemies and navigate the treacherous Limbo.Like previous games in the series, Dante can perform combos by attacking with his sword, Rebellion, and shooting with his twin pistols, Ebony and Ivory. New to the series are different styles to Dante's moveset,known as Angel Mode and Devil Mode. When in Angel mode, Dante's sword attacks change to the Osiris,a speedy scythe,Devil mode on the other hand uses the slower but more powerful Arbiter, which is a giant Axe. These new features also alter Dante's mobility.Using Angel mode allows Dante to pull himself towards enemies and various points in each level, whilst Devil mode lets Dante pull enemies and objects towards him. Dante is also able to dash across large gaps in Angel mode. All of these moves can be used with each other to perform massive combos,which are ranked on their style.When enough power has been gathered,Dante can activate Devil Trigger mode,which slows down time around him, allowing him to perform more stylish attacks. Devil mode gives you a look at Dante's future, the white hair, the blood red coat, a sign of things to come.

It's what you expect from a game like this - a lot of hack n’ slashing and fire fights. The demons held more of an interest for me in this game. The fighting was more fluid. In fact everything about this game had been polished up and it shows. Initial reaction to this title was widely negative as a result of Dante's redesign;nevertheless, DmC has received positive reviews by gaming websites who praised the gameplay and the storyline. RELEASE DATE: GENRE: PUBLISHER: PLATFORM:

OUT NOW Beat 'Em Up/Hack and Slash Capcom PS3, XBOX 360, PC

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Regardless of what the name says, this is not Metal Gear, it's a hack and slash game with elements of Metal Gear But upon that note, I'm not saying it's bad! It's a good game! As soon as I got hold of Raiden I was cutting up everything that could be, at one point I even cut down the stairs I was meant to run up because I was just enjoying running around. At the start of the game, Raiden is working for the PMCs to raise money for his family, performing multiple tasks such as the training of armies and VIP protection in an unknown African country that is recovering from a previous civil war. However, Raiden encounters an army of cyborgs from Desperado Enterprises,a self-proclaimed PMC that has been involved in various terrorist attacks. However things don't go as planned and events happen that requires Raiden needs a new cyborg body. His split personality, 'Jack the Ripper', is always trying to take over Raidens mind.

This game holds a lot of promise, all we have to do now is wait and see if it lives up to it all. RELEASE DATE: GENRE: PUBLISHER: PLATFORM:

February 22 Action/Hack and Slash Konami PS3, XBOX 360

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Some would say the “male MINI”has entered the market. MINI have always proven you can put a lot of power and performance into something packaged so delinquently, yet this time round they have broken the mould slightly with the introduction of the MINI Countyman. The Countryman is the first MINI to come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission, but it still offers the 6-speed manual as an option.MINIs continue to be some of the most fuel-efficient high-performance compact vehicles you can buy.Whether you choose the Countryman, Countryman S, Countryman S ALL4 or the turbocharged Countryman JCW, you'll get a lot of power in a small yet stylish and comfortable package. Although bigger than previous MINI models the car still fits the MINI ideology of“the smaller the better”.All 2013 MINI Countrymen feature a 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder aluminum alloy engine.The base Countryman produces 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque.With the 6-speed manual, it will take you from 0 to 60 in 8.9 seconds. The 2013 MINI Countryman Base, S and S ALL4 all come standard with a leatherette interior or an optional cloth interior, which the Countryman JCW has as a standard feature.There are newly designed rings on the signature central speedometer and around the air vents,which are finished in carbon black with the option of having a gloss black or chrome inner ring.

The door inserts and armrests were also redesigned for the 2013 model year while the controls for the power windows have been moved to the door trim.The interior remains roomier than those of the smaller MINI models, allowing plenty of room for those over 6 feet tall in front or back. The pros to the MINI Countryman would certainly be the powerful turbocharged engine, its standard all-wheel drive and back road thrills with wagon versatility, and finally it would have to be the interior of the new model. The cons,well to be fair there was very little if any.As with all MINIs whether it be old models or new we have all become accustomed to their small cargo capacity,but even with the larger model the cargo size increased minimally. The only other downside could possibly be for some is the value. MINIs have always been an expensive brand of car but will always keep their value, so this car could be seen as more of an investment than anything else.

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A newly launched map of Dublin aims to help both residents A Tallaght based company currently celebrating and visitors keep up their first year in business,are on the verge of to date on what is happening in the city releasing their first product The PIVOT Dublin Design Map, which was launched at the end of January by Lord Mayor, Naoise Ó Muirí, allows users to browse over 200 independent design studios, cafes, restaurants, bars, galleries and other venues around Dublin as recommended by designers living and working in the city.

Operating out of the Synergy Centre in the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Zoodazzle is a software company specialising in game authoring tools. The company's product, GameCarver, is a gameauthoring tool which employs a drag-and-drop approach to allow people to build games and deploy them to iPhone, iPad and Android. Version 1.0 is scheduled for release in a few months.

As well as a printed leaflet the map is also available as an interactive webpage which allows users to filter by the type of venue and to click on individual premises for information about each location.

The company was set up at the beginning of 2012 by M.D. Ciaran Davies and currently employs 5 staff of experienced software developers and graphic artists that have worked with some of the biggest multimedia companies in the world.

all major platforms, including iPhones, iPads and Android Smartphones. GameCarver makes game design easier and faster than any other tool on the market.”

Ciaran has been involved in the game industry for 20 years. In the early 90s, he published a game written for the C64 called Frenzy.

It was announced recently that jobs in Ireland's video games industry are up 91pc in the last three years and Ciaran believes 2013 is a good time for the Irish gaming community.

After completing his degree in DCU, Ciaran worked on a game for the PC indie-market called Plummit, acting as graphic-artist, coder and designer. It was well received, achieving a PCZone Essential award and indie-game of the month in February 2006.

“The games industry in Ireland is great at the moment, it’s a brilliant time to be entering it as all the I.T.s have game specific courses.As well as this the industry in Ireland is very tight knit, everyone helps each other out. The advent of smart phones and other mobile devices has revitalized things for game developers,” he said.

After many years as a software developer in various start-ups, Ciaran started his own company and early last year Zoodazzle was incorporated with the goal of bringing GameCarver to a global audience. Ciaran took time out of his busy schedule to explain how their new product works. “Our innovative product GameCarver allows the non-technical user to create games using an advanced drag-and-drop technology – with no programming required. This will enable users to design and publish games across

So how did the connection with I.T.Tallaght come about? “I was living in Wicklow and had done the New Frontiers Program with Nick Mernagh in the I.T. so I knew the area. Tallaght is a great place to be based with the LUAS, all the shops and The Square in close proximity as well as the facilities available at I.T.Tallaght. Myself and the staff were more than happy to get away from the city centre and be based here,” said Ciaran.

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Dublin city goes digital with free WiFi Dublin Free WiFi was launched at the end of January, offering both Dubliners and visitors to the city access to free WiFi, 24/7, at key locations around the city. Uniquely the WiFi hotspots are identified by wall mosaics which feature“digidub”characters, modern and historical. Fourteen different characters will be rolled out, with a Viking, a street cleaner, a tourist, a rockabilly girl and pyjama girl currently visible. Dubliners will be invited to suggest additional characters. Free WiFi is an initiative of Dublin City Council. It is provided, at no cost to the Council, by Gowex, a Spanish company that has provided similar services globally.The service is free and provides a download

speed of 512Kbps and an upload speed of 128Kbps. Users also have the option to purchase a higher download speed of up to 6 Mbps. Once registered the user will have access to all Dublin city hotspots and other Gowex networks in cities like Madrid,Barcelona,Seville,Malaga,Paris and Buenos Aires. To celebrate the launch of this initiative, Dublin Free WiFi has been upgraded from 512Kbps to 1Mbps for 2 months. The service is currently available at the Civic Offices Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, St Patrick’s Park and Barnardo’s Square.The service will be rolled out over the coming weeks to other key city centre locations including Smithfield Square, Grafton Street, Henry Street, O’Connell Street and Temple Bar Square.See

Designer Conor Nolan of the Conor & David studio said "it's really Dublin by Dubliners. I suppose the idea behind it is to promote design in the city but the map is not strictly a design's a look at Dublin from a designer's perspective; places you might hang out, little secret places that tourists might not necessarily be familiar with from traditional guidebooks," he said, adding that the map will be updated as people nominate other premises and be populated with more information over time. Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect said that as well as promoting what Dublin has to offer, the "new map" also demonstrates the entrepreneurial and economic potential of Ireland's design community: "We need to actually demonstrate what's here in Dublin, that there are so many independent small design shops and studios which have sprung up over the last few years and are selling the work of young and not-so-young Irish designers and this stuff is really world class.Hand in hand with that is this great scene of shops, bars and cafes," she said. "The genesis goes back to the Dublin Pivot project, which started in 2009 when we wanted to make a bid for World Design Capital. We did incredibly well in that competition: we came second to Cape Town. So much enthusiasm had built up with producing this bid, this huge collaborative effort...and there was an appetite for us to continue with the project," she said, adding that the map helped to show and promote the strength of Irish design. The Map is available for view on the PIVOT Dublin website and free printed fold out copies are available in outlets around the city centre.The Map will be updated to include new Designer listings as people are invited to suggest more venues for inclusion on the website.

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Irish Mobile software company sign deal with China Telecom A former I.T.Tallaght student is one of the people behind an Irish software company that recently signed a lucrative deal with one of the world’s biggest mobile operators. Mobile software company, previously known as Mobile Minder, struck a deal with China Telecom at the end of last year,that will see the company create 70 new jobs in Ireland and China. The deal will see its cloud service deployed in China to protect millions of children by turning their smartphones in to a child safety device. The 70 new jobs will be divided between Dublin and Shanghai.About 20 jobs will be based in Ireland in software development and the remaining 50 jobs will be based at the vital Xi’an Hi-tech City outside Shanghai. The success of Live Mobile is an amazing story as the company was only founded a year ago by Don Corbett and Brian Shannon. Brian is an “Information Systems” honours graduate from ITT. Speaking with InTallaght Magazine Brian explained that the massive deal,enabled through a local partner in China,came after a number of months of negotiation with China Telecom. China Telecom is one of the world’s largest mobile operators with a subscriber base of 155m subscribers, and is growing at a rate of 4m subscribers a month.

Funded so far privately to the tune of around €250,000, Live Mobile is a graduate of the DCU Propeller Programme for start-ups. Brian and his colleague Don have developed a proprietary technology that sits on smartphones and allows parents to make sure their children are both physically and mentally safe from the activities of bullies on the street or cyberbullying via social networks. There are about 160m children between the ages of five and 15 in China,which highlights the massive potential the customised version of Live Mobile's technology has. Made up of two parts, the first part of the service is the MobileMinder application which is installed on the child's smartphone. The second part is the MobileMinder online platform, where parents can protect their child by viewing the child's phone activity and location. Included in the technology is a Social Circle feature that provides a parent with a visual display of who their child has relationships with in terms of the contacts in their phone book. It provides a detailed breakdown of interactions so parents are familiar with the contacts. The Location feature lets parents see where their children are, but also where they've been for the previous 24 hours.

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The charity is calling on companies, both big and small, from across Ireland to get involved and help Make-A-Wish to continue granting wishes for children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

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The campaign is being sponsored by Acuman Facilities Management – Acuman is the first company to sign up to the Corporate Standing Order Campaign and support Make-A-Wish on a monthly basis. Companies are encouraged to set up a standing order donation of any amount which will be donated to Make-A-Wish each month. Monthly income is vital to Make-A-Wish as it provides the charity with regular income to help it grant as many wishes as possible each year. Susan O’Dwyer, Chief Executive, Make-A-Wish said:“We are delighted to have the support of Acuman Facilities Management for our Standing Order Campaign and we are calling on other companies throughout Ireland to get involved today and help us to continue to grant wishes for children. “We are relying more and more on regular donations and by setting up a standing order payment you can help us to generatesustainable income for the charityonanon-going basis.”

Kevin Quinn, Managing Director, Acuman Facilities Management, commented: “Acuman Facilities Management is delighted to sponsor Make-A-Wish Ireland’s Corporate Standing Order Campaign. “We are also delighted, and proud, to be the first major Corporate Partner to sign up to this initiative and support a recognised children’s charity on a monthly basis. We encourage all companies, large and small,to sign up to this very worthy fundraising opportunity“. For more information visit or call 01 205 2012.

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Your Local Library

The Bully


In your local librareeeeee You can go read books for free! It's a place where you can sit And do some homework for a bit. Try staying quiet while you're there though, To other readers it's only fair, so Whisper if you need to talk, Go on tip-toes when you walk.

There he was again, same corner,same time, same grin. And before I could say anything He came over and kicked me in the shin.

Girls with huge hearts, Worn on invisible sleeves, Watch boys with equal egos, In classrooms, Across the workplace, And on dance floors, On buses, trains, Ships and planes.

If you can't find the book you seek They'll have it for you by next week, Then you can take it home on loan So you can read it on your own. But if it's not returned on time You'll be obliged to pay a fine (Don't worry though, it's not that dear It's only so the rule is clear). Each section of the collection Gives the direction of your selection. So you can find almost any book Provided you know where to look. Books of fiction and books of facts, Books with pictures of heroic acts, Books for your brain, books for your heart, Books of history, science and art.

In the third period, I could feel his beady eyes. Continuously glaring at me, And when the teacher turned around, He flicked me like a flea. I walked home from school that day, Every step quickening my pace. I looked behind me, He was there, That was what started the chase. He caught up with me, Pushed me over, Called me a retard, Took my book, ripped it up. He then hit me hard, I limped all the way home, All the way to my bed, Lay down and started to cry. I knew the same thing would happen tomorrow, God, sometimes I just wanted to die.

Sean Urell

Aaron Murphy

Sean is a writer from Firhouse. He is currently working on a book of children's poetry.

Aaron is in first year in a local secondary school and wrote this poem as a response to a series of lectures his year received on the subject of bullying. He is 11.

Boys with longing eyes, Coloured many shades, Watch girls with endless vanity, In shopping malls, In sport full fields, And waters deep As pools, rivers and seas. Men with well meant promises, Made on moonlit nights, Watch women with glistening windows, Of souls with disappointment or happiness, In flats and duplexes, Homes little and large with Disconnected complexes. Women with soft tender hearts, Made tougher with the passing years, Of up's and down's and in's and out's, In broken, mended, well attended, Affairs and unions, And passions of crime, Yearn for a Happy Valentine.

Martina Delaney This is Martina’s second appearance on these pages. She is from Newcastle, Co. Dublin.

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A look at colonialism from the racial divide.

On the other side of the colony is another unlikely heroine. Audrey is an Englishwoman, brought to live in Accra as a newlywed by her husband who works for the Colonial Office. She hates the heat and the way of life of her new home and is lethargic and unhappy.

Cloth Girl was lent to me by my boyfriend’s mother who thought I might enjoy it. It had been read and enjoyed by both her and her husband and she wanted me to give it a try too. I’m glad I did. It’s quite a thick tome, so it took me quite a long time to get through but it has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The story is set in British West Africa (now called Ghana) in the 30s , and switches between two female protagonists, one on either side of the black/white divide in Accra.Matilda is a fourteen year old from a traditional large African family. She lives with her family in a compound and helps keep the household running and looks after her younger siblings. Her uncle, the head of the family, works as a clerk for a rich black Cambridge educated lawyer.When this lawyer,Robert Bannerman expresses an interest in taking Matilda as his second wife,her world is turned upside down.

We are able to see their world from a more traditional African standpoint when Matilda is at the centre of the story, and from an outsider’s view when we follow Audrey.One of the most interesting aspects of the story for me was how Roberts sees things.He seems stranded in the middle of two cultures. He’s an Anglophile who seems more proud of his British education than his African heritage.Though he lives a very westernised life, he can’t resist the temptation of taking a second wife and as the book progresses, we watch Matilda struggle with her position in his family and in his affections. I thought this book was very well written. It’s not a time period or a location that I’ve ever read about before and it was really interesting to do so. We get an insight into the two worlds that these changing times held - the conflict between Christianity and Traditionalism, Racism vs social standing,freedom to act and the expectations of others. This is a coming of age story for both women in very different circumstances and is delivered at an unhurried pace which lets the reader really get to

know and care about what happens to them. It is full of beautifully detailed descriptions which make it very atmospheric. I’d thoroughly recommend it!

About The Author Marilyn Heward Mills was born in Switzerland in 1968 to a Swiss mother and a Ghanaian father. Cloth Girl is set in the 1930s, when Accra was the capital of British West Africa, Gold Coast. Like her character Robert Bannerman, Heward Mills came to England to study law. She has said that Cloth Girl is loosely based on the lives of her grandparents. Her grandfather was already married when he married her much younger grandmother. She herself has a husband and two young children and lives in South London.Cloth Girl was nominated in the First Novel category of the Costa Book Awards 2007. Her second novel is called The Association of Foreign Spouses and is out now.

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I have a little bit of hair growing I have acne and no amount of at the side of my face and when makeup seems to cover it up I put my makeup on, it clumps - what can I do? over it and is unsightly. What should I do differently? Mia, Greenhills Road

Grace, Rathfarnham

Hi Grace, there are a few things which you can do to help prevent this from happening. One of them is that you can use a lighter coverage foundation and use downward strokes when applying your makeup. Also try not to put powder over this area as the powder will highlight the hair even further. The other option is to get the hair removed either by waxing or by laser. You can book a consultation in a salon and get some advice from professionals.

Hi Mia, with acne it can be a vicious cycle as makeup can cause the skin to get blocked which leads to further breakout, but on the other hand you want to cover it up.There are many good full coverage concealer out there. One of my favourites is Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. This product will cover and has an eight to twelve hour lasting power.One other thing to keep in mind is try to avoid any highlighting product or shimmer base powders, foundations etc as this will just highlight the area where you have a break out. I would suggest if the acne is really bothering you should make an appointment with your GP and discuss your options with them. If you have any questions about makeup application, AnJels Pro Makeup team is here to help! Simply email the team on and check the next edition to see if your question has been answered by the experts!

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Ingredients Sirloin Steak King Tiger Prawns Skewers Mushrooms Garlic Butter Parmesan Cheese Red Peppers Peppercorn Sauce Cherry Tomatoes Baby Grilled Onions Green Beans

Method: 1. Seal the steak on a hot pan for three minutes on each side. 2. Prepare all the vegetables for skewers. Skewer the peppers, onions and tiger prawns. Ensure that the skewers have been soaked in cold water for at least an hour beforehand. 3. Place the skewers on the pan next to the steak. 4. Fry the cherry tomatoes in a hot pan with the garlic butter until the skin blisters. Place the green beans in a pan of boiling water for two minutes, then drain. 5. Place the steak on the plate and put the prawn kebabs on top. 6. Garnish the plate with the green beans and fresh home-made chips sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Enjoy your meal!

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It may be time to take things easier in the garden and plan for the new season, but there is still a lot to do.

good quality food or fat/suet balls,as some of the cheaper stuff has a lot of empty seed husks, and check that water has not frozen.

Serious damage may be caused by heavy snow or ice accumulating on the branches, so remove any snowdamaged branches from shrubs and small trees, cutting back to a healthy branch or the trunk.Damaged branches you can try to wrap or strap together, but they are highly unlikely to rejoin and may attract fungal problems.Wound paints may help in some cases.

Bulbs that you haven't got around to planting in the garden yet, can still be planted as long as they are firm and free from mould. Do not let leaves accumulate around alpines as they will die if left damp for too long. Cover bare patches around clumps with gritty compost to encourage re-growth.

When pruning large limbs, always undercut first. This means to cut from the bottom up, one-third of the way through the limb, and then finish by cutting from the top. The undercut keeps the limb from splitting and breaking off which will damage the trunk and become a doorway for insects and diseases. Do not cut flush to the trunk, the collar or enlarged base of a branch produces hormones that help heal wounds.You should consider moving or replacing damaged, overgrown or badly placed shrubs. Do not remove ice from ponds.Oxygen will still be available for wildlife and plants.Fish may benefit from extra oxygen, so keep the pump running if you can to prevent freezing. Placing a small ball on the surface will also help prevent freezing. But never smash the ice with an axe or hammer as the shock waves will kill fish, frogs and newts. Put up bird nesting boxes this month - it’s the last chance before certain birds start looking for a suitable residence. It’s another hard month for wildlife and especially birds. Putting out fresh water and food will be really important, especially on cold days.When buying bird food, try to buy

If your plants in containers have frozen, it will be too late to bubble-wrap them, but you can move them to a sheltered spot near the house or into a shed or garage. Check pots and containers are raised off the ground if possible. Have a look at fences and see whether they will need mending or replacing, which is easier to do when there are fewer plants If you’re using salt to melt ice on paths and driveways, be careful to avoid damage to nearby shrubs. Consider using sand instead. It's a good time to prune most of your deciduous trees and shrubs. Dormant spraying of fruit trees, Cotoneaster, Dogwoods, etc, can be done this month. Plants that start growing or flowering in the first few weeks of the growing season can find themselves struggling against the icy cold and frost that so often damage early blooms.Young shoots and flowers are especially vulnerable to frosting so when bad weather is forecast wrap the plants in horticultural fleece.This should be left on only while the

conditions are bad especially at night then removed in the morning to allow growth to continue.Never improvise with polythene as this causes the plants to sweat and can exacerbate the frosting. Avoid walking on the lawn if the ground is frozen as it will be easily damaged and you may have to reseed part of it. Moss may start growing on lawns before the grass,so now is a good time to start killing it with ferrous sulphate. If your trees have moss on the trunks, you can use a lime wash to remove it. Aerate the soil and rake the grass on a dry day. Remove leaves from around snowdrops so you can see their flowers emerging. Split clumps of overcrowded snowdrops by digging them up and gently teasing the bulbs apart. Replant in groups of five using a handful of peat Mulch and Mix in the planting hole.

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Erase the Age Excuse Forever I’m getting to old, I can’t do things like i used to, I don’t train heavy anymore..... If you’re under the age of 40 and have been heard saying things like that you should be ashamed and embarrassed.

and start paying attention to what passes your lips! Shitty food makes you look and feel like shit. There’s no two ways about it. Cut out sugar, conventional dairy,wheat,soy,corn and processed foods of any kind.Get off the drink or at least limit it. Drink tons of pure water.

If you’re 35 and feel 60 that’s very likely due to the fact that you lived like Keith Richards for a few too many years.You have GOT to take care of yourself. Staying up all night snooping around on FaceBook or going out boozing and eating late night fried food isn’t gonna help you feel any younger.

Get 20 minutes of sunlight daily… yeah in Ireland I know but at least get outdoors. Get 8-9 hours of sleep per day and a nap in the afternoon if possible. Stretch and do mobility work every day. No wonder your hamstrings are tight and your lower back hurts.You haven’t stretched since PE in school and have been sitting in a chair hunched over a computer for the last 19 years straight. Get up and get loose once in a while.

Eating sugar/refined carbohydrates and processed foods isn’t helping either.One thing that people fail to consider is the cumulative effect of 40 years’worth of unhealthy living. Is it really the fact that you just turned 42 years old that’s holding you back from your training goals, or is it the 42 years of shitty eating that have finally caught up with you? Who do you think is going to have higher testosterone at 42 years old;the guy who’s been eating fast food five times a week,drinking another three and surviving on six hours of sleep for his whole life or the guy who’s been eating nothing but healthy, organic meats and produce while minimizing alcohol consumption and getting to sleep by 11pm every night? If you want to feel and perform your best at any age you had damn sure be paying as much attention to your own nutrition and taking it that seriously.Invest in what you put in your body

Reduce stress in your life. Do what you love. Find a hobby. Meditate or just learn to relax. Smile. Laugh. Live how you want to live where you want to live.Have fun.And train hard. There’s no law telling you that you have to cut your volume and frequency down to two 15 minute workouts per week the day after you turn 35. If you really wanted to and made the necessary nutritional and lifestyle changes, there’s no reason you couldn’t train more now than you did 20 yrs ago.There’s no one stopping you from getting 7-14 hours of physical activity a week.If you live clean and train smart anything’s possible. Whatever you do, just don’t use age as an excuse.

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Tallaght Rugby Update Tomorrow’s Rugby Legends To Descend On Terenure In May Unfortunately due to bad weather for the last month, for health and safety reasons the Tallaght youth rugby teams games were cancelled.Although they are all under 12 years old,that didn’t stop them getting out training in the snow and rain.This shows that not only are T.R.F.C.committed to bringing in youth teams but the youths involved are committed to T.R.F.C. The coaches and players are really looking forward to their first match which will hopefully take place on Sunday forthnight.Here is a look at how 2 of our senior teams got on; Leinster League Division 3 Tallaght took on the Midland Warriors in the Leinster League Division 3 in a game moved to Westmanstown in Lucan. Midland Warriors dominated possession from the start against a lacklustre Tallaght team.They should have scored earlier but blew several try opportunities through their poor handling.Eventually the pressure told and they got through for two unconverted tries to lead 10-0 at half time.

The place to be this year if you love youth rugby is Terenure College RFC when it hosts its secondTerenure 13s:European Youth Rugby Festival.The festival,exclusively for those aged 13 and under takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 3 - 5 at Terenure’s Lakelands Park.Clearly, if the standards on show at last year’s event are anything to go by,we are in for a treat in 2013,with youth rugby never stronger in this country. This international festival is quite unique in Europe, featuring teams from across the continent being pitted against one another in both a league and knock-out format on full sized pitches, with fully qualified IRFU referees and maximum game time. All four Irish Provinces are represented again in 2013,with teams traveling also from England, Scotland, Wales, Italy

and France.So far some of the big names confirmed include representative teams from London Wasps, Stade Toulousain (Toulouse), Canet Ste Marie (Perpignan – last year’s winners), Ul Bohs (Limerick / Munster), Mullingar (Westmeath / Leinster), and Lurgan (Armagh / Ulster). Last year’s event was heralded as a massive success - an excellent example of good planning and solid execution, featuring a well-managed timetable,ample pitch stewards and attention to every aspect of safety - even the sun shone! 2013 is expected to deliver even more! As well as links to Leinster Rugby, I Love Terenure, and Dublin City Council , 2013 also sees a link up with The Gathering. The busy weekend of rugby is supported by an equally busy weekend of music,food,entertainment and craic - all in all, an event for young and old, and one not to be missed. If you would like to register a team, to enquire about partner sponsorship opportunities or if you would just like some more information about the event, please visit the facebook page or their website

In the second half Tallaght tried to play some more rugby but were let down by poor discipline and handling. The Warriors hit back and finished the game as a contest when they twice exposed Tallaght’s poor basic tackling with players breaking several weak,high tackles to score under the posts.Both tries were converted and the Warriors celebrated their bonus point win which takes them up to fourth in the table.Tallaghtwillnowfinishbottomofthetable and the end of the season can’t come quickly enough for them so they can regroup and come up with a different plan. TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0 MIDLAND WARRIORS R.F.C. 24 Leinster J5 League There was better news for Tallaght’s second team though. They made the trip down the M9 to face the Kilkenny Normans in the J5 league.With horrendous wind and rain, and the pitch a mud pile,this was never going to be a classic and it certainly wasn’t. Tallaght had the advantage of the wind in the first half and though they couldn’t score a try,they kicked two penalties through out-half Trevor Byrne. In the second half,Tallaght played smart rugby into the wind, holding on to the ball for dear life.They defended for the last ten minutes in their own twenty-two metre line but Tallaght held on for a win that leaves them in second place in the table five points behind leaders Clontarf, who have a game in hand. TALLAGHT R.F.C. 6 KILKENNY NORMANS 0 Tallaght Rugby Club are always looking for new players,no matter what age you are. If you’ve any questions with regards to any of the teams please log onto Proudly Sponsored By

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Spartan MMA Sub-Wrestling Competition Spartan MMA Training Centre will be holding a submission wrestling competition for Adults and Junior on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of February. The venue has yet to be confirmed but there will be updates on both the clubs website and Facebook page, along with the InTallaght Facebook and Twitter accounts. This competition will bring the best sub-wrestling / ju jitsu practitioners from all over Dublin and the surrounding counties. If you would like to compete it’s €20 for Adults and €10 for Juniors. Watch this spaces for further updates or checkout Spartan MMA’s website

Spartan MMA Sub-Wrestling Competition

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St Judes Win The Leinster GAA Club Website Of The Year This award is made each year to a club in Leinster that has developed and manages an attractive, useful and informative website, to the benefit of the club , its members and the community.This award is made each year to a club in Leinster that has developed and manages an attractive,useful and informative website,to the benefit of the club , its members and the community.The award was made to webmaster Noel manning and Club PRO Fergus McNally at the Leinster GAA Presentation Function on Saturday 19 January, in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. PRO Fergus McNally said it was a great reward for all the hard work that was put in by the Web Committee led by the tireless Noel Manning.Check out the excellent web site

Little Panthers’Roar At The Tallaght Open And Bring Home Silverware On Sunday 27 January, local Kickboxers Patrick Kearns and Miya Kinsella ,both fighting out of Black Panthers KBC,competed and placed in the Tallaght Open. Clubs from all around the area entered their fighters in a tournament that showcased the talents of the of some local martial artists. Patrick (11) narrowly missed out on the Gold in the final,Patrick performed excellently and did himself and the club proud bringing home the silver medal. Miya Kinsella, performed brilliantly and brought home the Gold in the Light Contact and a Bronze in the Points Fighting.Well done Miya!! We here at InTallaght would like to congratulate both Patrick and Miya on their great achievments. For more information on Black Panthers KBC visit their website

Fergus McNally, St. Judes Club PRO Accepting The Leinster GAA Club Website Award

Local Kickboxer’s Star In New BBC Drama WAKOWorld Full Contact Junior Champion,Michael Caswell put his skills he learned in Black Panther KBC to use as he was featured in the BBC 1 drama Ripper Street, were he was part of a chrographed fight scene as a special extra along side 7 of his fellow Blackpanther's.

Patrick Kearns With His Proud Coach’s

Michael Caswell in Ripper Street

Miya Kinsella Showing Off Her Trophies

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Yes, but further down the line, in a few years. At the moment I’m serving my apprenticeship and learning from Trevor. I know what it’s all about and I have a lot of experience of the game,but at the moment I’m delighted to be learning from such brilliant people.

What is your opinion on summer football?

I think there’s no other way really.Take the last few weeks; with the weather we’ve had a lot of teams who haven’t been able to train, everywhere is flooded. If we’d been playing league games there would’ve been quite a lot of disruption.We’ve been lucky that we’ve been able to train in Carton House, which has excellent training facilities. I think it’s easier to get people to come to a match on a nice summer’s evening rather than a rainy winter’s night.

How are you enjoying pre season? your new role? I’m loving it, it’s been different for me. It’s hard not to be training but I’m really enjoying it. I played with Trevor years ago and I knew him from working with the PFAI team.When he rang me up to offer me the job I was over the moon.I think Trevor is miles ahead of any other coach in the country. It’s a brilliant opportunity for me.

At the moment strength and conditioning.The manager wants to play in a certain way, to play attractive football, so we’re working on formation,doing shape and patterns of play.The lads are really enjoying it and Philly has been great. He’s given the lads diet sheets and some of them have lost weight through following his advice.

Philly been How are the players Has much stick doing in pre season? getting because of his GAA background? They’ve been brilliant, they’re great people to work with. Before they came back all the players did 6 weeks training themselves in the off-season.They don’t get paid for those 6 weeks, they do it for free, training 3 or 4 times a week with Philly. It’s great because when they came back they were all ready to go so we didn’t have to spend time running them around a pitch.

Only a little bit! To be fair Philly has been brilliant.The lads are all very professional and when they turn up for training they all turn up to work hard. But saying that he did wear a pair of Dublin socks to training recently and he was reprimanded. He picked up a fine for that!

Have you noticed an What badges are extra hunger among you doing at the them after moment? relinquishing the title last year? Do you have ambitions to be a What work are you manager in the currently doing in future?

I’m starting my A Licence, I’ve been coaching and managing already for the last 4 years with both Blanchardstown IT and the AUL Oscar Traynor team.

Well it’s a new group. A lot of them have a lot to prove, myself included. But there’s definitely a hunger there. Having to hand the trophy over to Sligo last year was horrible and we want it back.

If you could change one thing in the League Of Ireland what would it be?

People’s attitude to it. I was over at three English Premier League games recently and the product isn’t all it’s cracked up to be really.You go out to Dublin Airport on a Saturday morning and the place is packed with people heading over to watch Premier League matches. The hard part is getting those fans to come and watch a League Of Ireland game. There’s a lot of talent in our league, a lot of good players but the attitude of football fans in this country has to change.

Aside from Rovers which of the other teams do you think will be challenging for the title this season?

I honestly think it’s going to be the most competitive league in four or five years. Sligo will be out to defend their title, Derry will challenge, Cork have a good young team.St Pats did well last season,Drogheda,Dundalk and newcomers Limerick will also be in contention. Any of those teams could challenge but we’ll be hoping to be up there as well.

You were a part of the St Pats team that drew with Celtic in

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Parkhead in the Champions League in 1998. A lot of people think this result marked the high point for The League Of Ireland, would you agree?

Well we went and lost the second leg 2-0 at home but everyone only remembers the 1st leg result in front of 70,000 fans.We caught Celtic at the right time in the first leg as they were only back in pre season.In answer to your question if we were to play Celtic this season we wouldn’t be happy with a 2-0 defeat over two legs. I’m not being disrespectful to Celtic, or saying we’d beat them, it’s just a different attitude nowadays.I think technically we have improved in this country and we’re getting better.A lot of young players from our league are now being signed by clubs in England, which shows the improvement.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing the League Of Ireland?

The money has gone out of the game. It’s difficult for a player in this league to get a decent wage so what you’ll see are clubs with a lot of young players on smaller contracts. It’s already going that way. But it will improve in a few years I think. It’s up to all of us in the league to provide entertaining football,which will entice the fans to come and watch the matches. As I was saying I think it’ll be better in a few years because of the improvement in the quality of the football.If anyone comes and even watches us train they’ll see a nice brand of football.

Have you retired from playing now?

No, I’m still registered as a player. I played 20 games last year and I’ll be available if there’s a couple of injuries. Or an awful lot of them! I’ve kept myself fit though and will be ready if needed.

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So welcome back to You were the You’ve always been Rovers Shane,how supporters’ player of popular with the does it feel to be back? the year twice? Rovers fans, what does their support mean to you? Have things changed much at the club you think your since you left in 2009? Do spell there improved Apart from Rovers you as a player? who do you think will be the teams to watch? Since making your Has Philly had a debut for Rovers in big impact in the do you think Will not being squad’s preparations? 1999 the game in Ireland involved in Europe has improved? give Rovers an edge in the race for the title? Third time, it’s great! It’s been a good few weeks and pre season is going great so I’m delighted to be back.

Not really no.Once we moved to Tallaght, Rovers as a club changed. Things became more professional and with having the stadium the club had a great base. I’ve never worked with a strength and conditioning coach before so that’s been a great experience. Philly helped the boys in the off-season,helping them to get good habits with their diet and stuff.There isn’t really much of that in the League Of Ireland.

Yes the supporters liked my style; it was a privilege to win that. Unfortunately it didn’t end great there as the team was relegated in my last season.This was terrible as Haku would be one of the big clubs in Finalnd, they would be similar to Rovers in that regard.

It means an awful lot to me and I’d like to repay them for their support by being part of something special here.The best way to repay them is by winning trophies. My last season here wasn’t the most memorable.

Yeah I’d like to think it did.They try and keep possession more than over here, you have to adapt though, maybe it’s improved me on the ball, here there is more of a physical side to the game.

Sligo were impressive champions, they gelled well and Rovers didn’t.Pats and Derry will be challenging.Anyone that finishes ahead of Sligo will win it.

Yeah he has, he’s made a very big impact. He takes a reading of player’s body fat every 2 weeks,does speed tests, endurance programmes and everything is checked at the end of the month.Everyone is given a target,which is great because it gives you something to achieve. It’s been great as well for the young lads like the under 19s as they can see what it takes to perform at the highest level.

Yes it definitely has.I was at the friendly last night (v Glebe North) and I was actually chatting about this with Terry Palmer. We were both saying about how much things have improved technically, how different it’s become. Defenders like Jason McGuinness, Pat Sullivan and Conor Powell they’re all very good on the ball. A lot of the defenders nowadays in this league are all good on the ball. I suppose everyone has watched Barcelona for the last few years and the way they keep possession of the ball. I think everyone is trying to emulate them, in their own way of course.

You spent two years in Finland with Haku FC, how did that go for you? How are the new lads settling in? It was good; the facilities there are excellent.The style of football is really different. It’s a lot more technical, they don’t work as hard when they don’t have the ball, they don’t close down as much as here in the League Of Ireland. The training was different as well but it was a great experience for me.

Everyone’s settled in great.A lot of the guys of course have played here before so that helps as they know the layout of the place.They know the board, supporters, the league, the expectations. They know that the club has to be successful. Everyone’s aware of what happened last season, the disappointment of losing the league title.

No I don’t think so. Not having European football is very disappointing and I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage to us. We would love to be involved. Sometimes a good result in Europe can give a team a lift which they might carry into their league form. I suppose we don’t have to worry about anything else but winning back the league but we would rather be involved.

If you could change one thing about the League Of Ireland?

I’d like the facilities to improve.The facilities in Finland far exceed what’s available in this country.Aside from Rovers I don’t think many other clubs facilities are up to standard. This doesn’t help with trying to entice fans to the matches. Obviously it’s going to cost a lot of money to sort this out.

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