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Welcome to Edition 51 of InTallaght With this month marking the 1000th year anniversary of Brian Boru’s victory in The Battle of Clontarf is it not about time we forgave our Viking invaders for killing our last High King and everyone just moved on? Is it also a coincidence that next month Ireland will be invading Denmark, the historical home of the Vikings, to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? I think not! Dubliner Kasey Smith and the band Can Linn will carry the hopes of the nation with them to Copenhagen so we decided to meet up with Kasey to find out how preparations are coming along ahead of the semi final showdown on May 8th. It’s been a long time since we won the competition so fingers crossed this is going to be the year we add to our record breaking number of wins. With the local and European Elections taking place at the end of next month we’d just like to remind readers that the deadline for registering to vote is May 2nd, don’t miss out on your chance to have your say in how your area is managed. Next month we will be organising some events connected with the elections that we hope many of you will get involved with and find beneficial. More details to follow soon…watch this space!

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XXXX Alice In Litterland Mayor Looney officially started Eco-Week 2014 by presenting certificates and prizes to winning students of the South Dublin County Council funded Garbo Production Alice in Litterland. This drama based workshop produced fabulous Mad Hatter hats from recycled materials. Mayor Looney said “What a fantastic way to start the week’s events. The hats displayed by the children today are wonderful. This is the 10th year the Council has run Eco-Week and there is a wide variety of FREE workshops, talks, tours and events throughout the week.” Events took place in schools, libraries, community centres and businesses throughout the week.

Mayor Looney continued “The Alice in Litterland parade has been very inspiring, lively and wonderful to watch. It was great to see all the hats created by the young people out of recyclable materials and all from the contents of our green bin. Well done to all involved.”

SDCC Providing 30 Minutes Free Parking Across The Pay And Display Areas It Operates

“Tree Of Hope” Movement Grows Local “Tree of Hope” group, which strives to provide a place of comfort where survivors can memorialise their loved ones lost to suicide or living with depression, have continued in their tree planting efforts. Five trees have been planted so far, in Dodder Park and St Aengus’s, the Men’s Shed in Árd Mór, Citywest, St Martin’s Parish, Aylesbury and CARP Killinarden. The trees themselves have been donated by various local businesses. If you’d like to donate one contact

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As of April 7th, South Dublin County Council are providing 30 minutes free parking for a trial period of six months. A 30 minutes free parking period will be provided in the villages of Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerston, Rathcoole, Rathfarnham, Tallaght and Templeogue. However adjacent residential roads in which pay and display parking operate are excluded. For drivers who wish to avail of the 30 minute free period no action is necessary and no ticket purchase is required, but drivers must pay as normal to extend their parking beyond 30 minutes. South Dublin County Council will gather data to determine the success of the of the 30 minutes free parking in relation to supporting footfall in commercial areas through parking space occupancy, availability and turnover.

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News Tallaght Designer One Of Six Fashion Graduates Selected To Take Part In The Innovators Show At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014. Ciara Nolan (29), from Tallaght, is being hailed as one to watch after she was chosen to take part in the prestigious Fashion Week Australia. She has been living in Australia on and off since 2005 as she learns all the tricks of the trade, and cites Simone Rocha as her biggest inspiration. Drawing inspiration from all things Dinosaur, the collection has a distinct streetwear feel, incorporating signature digital prints combined with specially developed textiles such as bonded jersey and embossed leather. You can follow Ciara on Facebook: CiaraNolanTheLabel or Instagram: ciara___nolan

Ciara has described her inspiration as: “Dinosaurs...a fun, colourful collection that has the ability to lift peoples mood and make them smile.”

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Celebration Concert Local Writers’ Group launch anthology An incredible crowd turned out to the County library in Tallaght for the launch of a highly anticipated anthology. Kaleidoscope, a collective memoir, written by St Muirin’s Writers’ Group and published by Emu Ink, is the work of 11 local women led by coordinator and editor Marie Gahan. The beautiful compilation of prose and poetry has been in the making for several months as the talented troupe put pen to

IT Tallaght Instabition IT Tallaght 3rd year Advertising and Marketing Communications students held a photography competition on April 3rd. The competition had a twist as students were required to upload their entries through the use of the widely popular service Instagram. The competition was open throughout the month of March and there were various categories a picture could be entered under eg: #Selfie #Photobomb #Food #Collegelife and many more. Over 200 entries were received altogether.

paper and poured memories of Tallaght and beyond out onto the page. Coordinator Marie Gahan said, “The women of St Muirin’s Writers’ Group have put a lot of living behind them. The radiant images of the past that they have brought to life so vividly, and sometimes so movingly, in this anthology reflect the kaleidoscope of colour that is their lives.” Kaleidoscope is available in paperback, eBook and to rent digitally from the non-fiction section of

The Advertising students fundraised with a bake sale and a pub quiz. On the day of the event the finalist’s pictures were displayed in the college and students were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The first place winner of €250 was awarded to Karl Moran (below), second place of €100 to Ciara Doyle and third place of €50 to Mark Doyle.

On Wednesday, April 30th, a concert celebrating five years of the South Dublin County Council Annette Halpin Memorial Music Award will take place at 7.30pm in RUA RED. This annual award supports aspiring young musicians to develop their talent by funding such things as the purchasing of a new instrument, the attendance of instrumental/vocal master-classes, and the recording new work. Performances will be given by previous recipients of the award which includes various strings players from Young European Strings, a tuba player, a saxophone player, two rock bands and a new work from a young composer. Members of Annette Halpin’s family will also perform. The guest of honour will be Vyvienne Long, former cellist with Damien Rice and now a successful solo performer. Along with a performance of her own, she will also confer the 2014 winners with their Award. All proceeds from the concert will be directed into the future funding of the award. Tickets cost €7.50, on the door or from Rua Red Box Office, TEL: 01-4515860.

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News An Cosan To Take Community Education Programme Developed In Tallaght West To Communities Struggling With Poverty Around The Country An Cosán, the Tallaght-West based educational social innovation organisation that advocates participation, empowerment, social justice and equality for those who are marginalised in society, have announced that it will take its community education programmes national, through an online virtual learning in partnership with IT Carlow. The expansion programme, which was launched by Pat Rabbitte, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, was developed in partnership with ESB, Accenture and IT Carlow. Developed over 28 years at its centre in Tallaght West, An Cosán is now expanding its work in adult community education to communities around Ireland to widen its impact on educational disadvantage and poverty. Adapted for online delivery, the rollout will allow students Sharon Bermingham from An Cosan with children from the An Cosan preschool group

around the country, through Community Groups, to access accredited courses on campus networks, community facilities, public libraries and from home via the internet. In the first phase, An Cosán will work with two community education centres, Longford Women’s Link and The South Hill Family Resource Centre in Limerick. Both organisations have recruited local tutors and individuals interested in engaging in digital education.

L-R Mark Ryan, Country Managing Director Accenture; Pat O’Doherty, CEO, ESB; Liz Waters, CEO An Cosan, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte and Joe Collins, head of Lifelong Learning at Carlow IT

Since 1999, 2,500 awards have been gained by students on courses accredited by FETAC and HETAC (Further and Higher Education Training Awards Council) and ICS (Irish Computer Skills). An Cosán estimates that 500 students will undertake its courses online over the lifetime of the pilot.

“Digital tools and progressive people have changed the game - and are levelling the playing field. This would not be possible without the web and, crucially for the people who will learn here, without organisations like An Cosán. I am more than a little proud that this has been developed and come to fruition here in Tallaght through An Cosán.”

Launching the programme, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD said, “The importance of education cannot be overstated. This new initiative harnesses the potential of digital and will make important new educational opportunities available to people who would previously have missed out.

Liz Waters, CEO of An Cosan said, “An Cosán is going digital because that is where the future of education lies. At An Cosán we use the power of transformative education through learning and leadership to end the injustice of poverty wherever we find it. For over a quarter of a century, we’ve developed

a community education model that outperforms many state educational institutions and we have higher retention rates and better educational outcomes. Now, using the power of technology, we want to bring the model developed in Tallaght West to other communities around the country struggling with poverty. ESB has committed significant resources to make this project possible and will share their expertise in a range of areas. Accenture provided support in converting An Cosán’s offering to online and providing project management over the lifetime of the pilot. IT Carlow accredit the Special Purpose Award and support the technological frame work, Blackboard Collaborate, to deliver the programmes. Over the next three years An Cosán will make a range of courses available to community groups and community workers through virtual teaching and learning in a blended process of online and in person training/ teacher led education.

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we were getting 12 points from everywhere, so either way, with or without Louis, we were going to win. Hazel and I believe that it was the right song for Ireland, and the public and the jury obviously did as well.

By Padraig Conlon

It’s a nice feeling to know that Ireland knew it was a very good song and voted. Thankfully we weren’t involved in the feud. It was a great campaign and every mentor did their best for their act so the emotions were raised on the night.

Kasey Smith will represent Ireland in this years Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen alongside her mentor Hazel Kaneswaran and the band Can-Linn after their dramatic win in February’s Euro Song Competition. For Kasey it was a winning return after missing out last year. A former member of girl band Wonderland, the 24 year old singer from Donaghmede has her sights firmly set on next months contest in Denmark. We met up with her to discuss the plans for the big night, her own musical background and her pride at representing her country.

How are the preparations going for Copenhagen? It’s all going really good, rehearsals have been great and we’ve decided on the stage and our clothes. I can’t give too much away right now though, all will be revealed in the semifinal! We’re all looking forward to it so much. I got fitted for my dress last week, that took a bit of time because they have to fit it around me. I’ve been helping a bit with the design as well. The designer has done an amazing job, I’m so impressed, it’s going to be a real show stopper. I’m a singer first InTallaghtMaster51.indd 18

and foremost so that’s what I like to focus on. I leave the instrument work to others as all the members of Can Linn are fantastic musicians. We all feel we have a very good song and also a great performance to go with it. We’ll show the audience that we can sing a great pop song mixed with traditional elements.

Are you still on a high from your win on The Late Late? Yes I’m still buzzing with the win in the qualifiers, that feeling hasn’t ended yet! I’m still in shock, it’s all very surreal! It was great to win that night, it’s

How are you handling all the interviews and media stuff? Ah it’s grand; I don’t mind at all, every interview is different. It depends on the interviewer I suppose! Ah no everyone is being really nice and supportive so it’s not a problem.

Of course you missed such an honour to be selected out last year, this to represent Ireland in the didn’t put you off Eurovision but now that we’ve running this year? got there we’re hopefully going to Copenhagen to win. It’s been too long since Ireland won, we’re No it didn’t it was good experience. Hazel had seen me going to do our very best to try competing in last years Euro and do it and I think we can. Song so she contacted me to see if I would be interested this The qualifying show year and once I heard Heartbeat was very dramatic my mind was made up, I fell in with Aslan’s Billy love with it straight away. It’s McGuinness taking such an uplifting tune, a lovely exception to you mix of modern and traditional, and Eoghan Quigg’s hopefully the other countries will previous links with love it. Louis Walsh?

It was quite dramatic wasn’t it! I don’t think it really made any difference in the end because when you saw the public vote

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21 lines “Keep your head above water, keep thinking of tomorrow,” are so positive. It’s about Ireland’s rise from the darkness and coming into the light. The country is coming out of recession so hopefully things are improving for people after what’s been a tough few years for so many. It’s a positive message to Irish people around the world that where will be brighter days. The hard times in our lives teach us important lessons. I have been there myself and I always came back stronger than ever. It’s so important to have a positive attitude.

Having missed out last year to Ryan Dolan, were you glad you didn’t get through when he did so badly? Ryan deserved a lot better last year, his song was amazing and he definitely didn’t deserve to finish last. No way. It was hard watching it because it’s your country and Ryan is a lovely guy. It’s hard to know what people want, hopefully they’ll love Heartbeat as much as we do. Ryan has been in touch and sent me a lovely message. A lot of people feel the block voting works against us but if the song is great that shouldn’t matter and

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Kasey Smith we do believe in our song and the performance we have planned.

big shows but this is different because it’s about earning points, impressing judges and doing the country proud.

Have you been listening to any of this year’s You come across as a other entries? very calm person; do you ever get nervous I’ve been listening to some of on stage? them, there are some really good entries this year, the Swedish, Spanish and UK songs all sound good. There’s no point comparing songs at this stage though, every song is different, I’m just concentrating on going out and doing my best.

What are your own memories of previous Eurovisions? Were you a fan growing up? Absolutely I was, I remember being around four sitting in my Nanny and Grandads with all my goodies and popcorn watching it and just being fascinated with all the different countries and the whole show really. Since then I’ve always taken a big interest in it, I love all the weird and wonderful aspects to it, the music, the costumes, everything. To actually get a chance to take part in it and represent Ireland is such a huge honour. Only 58 people have ever represented this country and to be among that number is still unreal to be honest with you. It really is a dream come true for me.

Do you think your experience with Wonderland will help? It’s made it a bit easier, I was so young when I started out with them, only 17, and we did some

I try not to let nerves get to me. The only time I ever really feel them is the ten split seconds just before just before I have to go on, I’m thinking “Oh my God I’m going to die, get me out of here!” But then it goes away because I realise I’ve no other choice, its do or die!

he keeps in touch and sends me messages. They’re both so proud that I’ve got this far.

Yourself and Hazel seem to get on really well?

Yes we do, really, really well, she’s like my sister now, there’s a great bond there and a trust between us. She only wants the best for me. We’re very close. It helps that she’s a singer as well because she gives me great advice; it’s been amazing working with her.

It’s been amazing working with every one of them, from the dancers to the fiddle players to You build it up in your head; you the writers. They’re all lovely really do, into something it’s not. people and I’m looking forward But I love singing and when you to going away with them love it you appreciate getting the and to working with them in chance to show what you can Copenhagen. do. You hope the people enjoy your singing. It’s going to be exciting to get to sing in front of When do you guys depart for Denmark? 130 million people!

Do you come from a musical family? Yes I do, I grew up in a musical family, I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My Grand Dad Paddy was a singer in a well known show band and my uncle Paul is a musician who had a number one in Ireland in the late 80’s. They’ve both always helped me out and give me advice which I really appreciate. My Grand Dad would always tell me to make sure I do my warm up exercises, things like that. It was great growing up because it gave us a connection and helped us bond. Paul is on tour with Katy Perry at the moment but

We’re going out on April 29th, the semi final then takes place on May 8th and if we get through that the final is on May 10th. So we’ll be out there for nearly two weeks. I can’t wait; I’m so looking forward to getting to Copenhagen and seeing the city as I haven’t been before. The venue for the show is an old converted factory on an island; apparently the stage is absolutely huge! It’s five times the size of the stage we had in RTE! I’ve been telling everyone that the only way out to the venue is by bike! I can’t wait to meet all the other countries. I love meeting new people and cultures and the Eurovison is an amazing way 17/04/2014 01:44

Kasey Smith of bringing everyone together through music.

What are your career plans for the rest of the year?

Away from the Eurovision what type of music are you into?

Well at this present moment I’m just concentrating on the Eurovision but I’ll definitely be back writing a few songs after that. I’ve written a few songs down the years and I also have a few I wrote when I was over in Nashville last year with my uncle Paul who lives there.

I have a mad musical taste; I’m into everything from Nirvana to Lady Gaga, Stone Roses, Whitney Houston! I just love all types of music, all genres, dance; indie; country; trad; you name it! At the moment I’m listening to a lot of London Grammar and Jake Bugg. I love how a song can really touch me. I’m one of those people that when I hear an album I like I over play it again and again for a year until I’m sick of it and can’t listen to it anymore! There’s no type of music I hate, I think it’s important to have an open mind when it comes to music.

That was a wonderful experience, I got to work with some amazing people over there that’ve had country number ones, and they really taught me so much, I was so lucky to get to work with them. I want to make an album after this. I love writing songs because it’s such a great way to express yourself.

Finally Kasey, away from music what do you like to do to relax?

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

I love walking, running, reading. I’m quite boring really! I love books, especially non fiction, I love reading about other peoples life stories.

Oh that’s a very difficult question. Let’s see. I really love George Michael so I’d have to pick him. I think he’s brilliant and I’d imagine it would be a great experience to work with him. I’d have to have Whitney and Mariah in there as well.

I love movies as well; I’ve only started getting into scary ones recently! My boyfriend Wes has got me into Game of Thrones and Walking Dead, really enjoy them. I also like going out with my friends for a few cocktails as well!

I used to love Whitney’s version of “I Will Always Love You” and would sing it quite a bit when I was younger! So George, Whitney and Mariah with me on drums! Or Phil Collins! What about that?!

Watch Kasey on The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 which will take place at the B&W Hallerne, in Copenhagen, Denmark in May.

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The Splendid Lunatics INTERVIEW By Padraig Conlon

24 about any problems we may have. Improv is not cruel, you don’t have that confrontation with the audience.

How big is improv in this country?

Formed in Dublin in 2013, The Splendid Lunatics are an Improvisational Comedy Troupe consisting of members; Conor Doyle, Brian Greene, Mark Hanratty, Declan McFadden, Ciaran McMahon and Diane O’Connor, with Mark, Diane and Brian all from Tallaght.

Diane: It’s certainly getting exciting for improv here. November saw the first Improv Fest in Ireland set up by a guy called Neil Curran. There are a lot more improv groups setting up, certainly around Dublin anyway and there seems to be more of a sense of community about it in the last year, in my opinion anyway.

Ciaran: Yes I’d agree. Originally when I started out there were two improv groups and since They have all worked as improvisers and stand-ups on the Dublin comedy scene for many years, then I think there’s nearly an with experience from troupes such as The Ha’Penny Laughs, Comedy Dublin, The Absurders and improv group for every day of Laughter Lines. Intallaght met up with them ahead of their show in The Civic Theatre on April 26th. the week. The style of improv is starting to catch on. The crowd gets a show that’s tailored for Mark could you what they’re looking for and of knowing, from start to finish, a week for the last five years introduce The Splendid what way the show will go. and after five years of it you are their sense of humour. They also Lunatics to our readers? realize that they’re not going to clinically insane! You can’t buy be attacked, quite the opposite, Brian: Since we got together last a pint of milk in a shop without Mark: We are a group of six they get to choose what they September we’ve been doing putting on a Nigerian accent! It comedians who’ve known each want to see performed. I think gigs around town and they’ve ends up influencing everything other for a few years as we’ve Irish people love improv more gone down well so the next you do. worked in various shows and than stand up because here thing we wanted to try to do a troupes together. Three of us, everyone is as funny as the theatre. With three of us from The audience really doesn’t myself, Diane and Mark were next person. Every show we’ve Tallaght we thought the Civic know what to expect. For members of Tallaght Youth would make a lot of sense as we example they’ll give us a location done, no matter how small, has Theatre as teenagers and that’s know the upstairs room there like a bank, then two characters, been important to us and we’ve how we know each other. enjoyed them all. so well. We’re really looking for example Mother Teresa and forward to it. Hitler, then we’ll have to act What we do is similar to an old Diane: We love performing and out a scene involving them i.e. TV programme called Whose we do it for the love of comedy. Ciaran: Probably the best making a withdrawal! Line Is It Anyway where we It’s not just a bit of craic, it can example of what we do on stage take audience suggestion and challenge people’s perceptions. is Ross Noble, the way he takes Brian: What the audience sees the entire show is improvised. suggestions from the audience is six people who really enjoy Nothing is scripted, it’s totally off and then creates something in each others company get up on Brian: When we put on a show the cuff and dependent on what front of them that’s theoretically stage and rediscover the fun of we’re very confident that people the audience tells us. will leave happier than when and usually very funny. playing. We’re creating worlds they arrived, and the more we out of nothing, we’re playing, We act out sketches, sing songs As well as stand up I’ve also can do that the better! for two hours on stage we get and play games. There’s no way been doing two hours of improv to live in the moment and forget Conor: Whose Line is it Anyway InTallaghtMaster51.indd 24

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25 originated in London and migrated to the US where it became really popular. Around Europe improv is really popular, I’ve a friend who lives in Germany, who works in a theatre, and improvisation is very good there, apparently they love to see it done in English for some reason. It’s becoming bigger and bigger around the world, it’s just a shame it’s taking longer to get a foot in in this country.

Do you guys have to deal much with hecklers? Brian: No not really because I think improv is a good way of placating because in stand up it’s very much one way whereas if you have someone in the audience who thinks they’re a bit of a wise guy at an improv show it’ll feed into the show and they’ll end up getting laughs. Usually we’ll make them the star of the show! Diane: Stand up relies on the crowd understanding or sympathising with your point of view and in some ways that’s more difficult. Whereas in improv you have a different skill set, it’s not just about how I’m feeling it’s about what you want my character to become.

The Splendid Lunatics realise in seconds “Oh my God I’m an idiot!” A lot of time you’ll have people coming into their first improv show and going “Ah hang on, what’s this all about?” Then actually raving about it two hours later after they’ve seen it and telling loads of people about how great it is. It’s new to a lot of people but once they see it they’re blown away.

Do you have any plans to do a nationwide tour this year? Mark: Travelling around the country and taking the show to theatres is something we really want to do. I think every large town has a theatre, there’s a lot of places in Ireland that don’t get any comedy acts of any description so if they got the chance they’d definitely go. Diane: Because we are still a new group we are just concentrating on this show in the Civic at the moment but a tour is something we will want to do in the future.

Brian: The name implies there will be madness but it will be good! Mark: We were going to call ourselves The Rolling Stones but it turns out someone had already taken it… Ciaran: What I really like about it is the logo, which Conor came up with. It’s important to have something that makes the name stand out.

Finally guys what is the groups plan for world domination?! Brian: Our ambition is to start filming some of the sketches we do in rehearsal and putting them out there, some podcasts as well. The technology is there now to become a

distributor of your own material. Mark: People always say “all you have to do is put your stuff up on YouTube and you can get loads of viewers that way” - if only it were that simple! There’s gazillions of videos on YouTube, there’s almost too much choice there. People think you don’t need mainstream media anymore but you really do if you want to get people to like you. Diane: Yes, hopefully we can contribute to that gazillions of videos! Brian: At the moment the priority is the live shows, they are the most enjoyable because there’s no safety net, if something goes wrong we just have to deal with it. The Splendid Lunatics will play Civic Theatre, Tallaght on April 26th. Like them on Facebook: thesplendidlunatics

Ciaran: The real goal for me is play the Ballina Salmon Festival! Brian: Where we really want to tour is the Caribbean, that’s my goal!

Conor: Yeah, usually it’s someone who wants to be heard and you give them that platform and they love it. Recently at a show there was a guy told to shut up by the rest of the crowd, which is a good sign I suppose!

Who came up with your name and is there any story behind it?

Ciaran: Usually you bring them up on stage and suddenly they

Mark: We threw it out there on our Facebook

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Square Magazine.


We recently launched our E-Car charging stations in the South Car Park on Level 2 (adjacent to Argos), during the South Dublin Its hard to believe that Easter is upon us, time County Council Eco Week held at the Square. really does fly when you are having fun, and there has been lots of fun here at the Square Mayor Dermot Looney was on hand to cut the since we last spoke. We had a visit by the ribbon, and we would like to thank ABB and Legendary Spiderman all the way from New Mitsubishi for bringing their electric cars over to York, Spidey was very pleased with the welcome our event and help promote the E-Car charging he got here at the Square and has promised to stations. We are delighted with the response we return. It was great to see the excitment on the got from the public each day during Eco Week. kids face’s as Spiderman came down the It was a great success and each day we had escalators down to the Centre Mall. information on different Eco initiatives and we would like to thank all those who took part. We have had lots of positive news about the Checkout our Facebook page to have a look at planning application and new stores, so keep all the pictures from Eco Week. your eyes peeled around the Centre and on our social media platforms, “Change is coming, be With the summer approaching a lot of the a part of it” students out there will be looking for part time work, keep an eye on our website where we We have recently updated our social media have a dedicated section where our tenants can channels by adding a Twitter account to advertise their job vacancies! compliment our Facebook Page so get following us @thesquaretallaght to keep bang up to date with all ____________________ that is going on here in the Square Cathryn McMenamy and to find out what great competitions The Square Town Centre, we have running here in the Centre and Commercial Manager on our social media channels.

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The Amazing Spiderman Dropped Into The Centre To Meet The Little Super Heros

We had a very special guest drop into the centre last Friday 11th April. The Amazing Spiderman visited us on the Centre Mall and posed for photos for all the little super heroes that came over to meet the Marvel Comic’s Super Hero. Spiderman was showing all the kids how to aim and shoot the famous spider web he uses to catch all the bad guys and super villains.

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Eco Week A Great Success Here In The Centre We had a €50 Square Voucher for the best dressed Little Super Hero... It was a very tough decision to pick a winner because you all looked amazing and put so much effort into your costumes, we had little Spidermen, Supermen, Captain America, Iron Man but the winner was Lee from Firhouse, who came as The Incredible Hulk. He looked great with his hulk facepaint and bulging biceps. The Square was definitely the safest place in Tallaght on Friday afternoon with all the little super heros on Centre Mall protecting all our customers. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more upcoming events over the next few months. And don’t forget to checkout Spiderman’s new movie, The Amazing Spiderman 2 is now showing in IMC on Level 3.

We were delighted to be involved once again with Eco Week, which was organised by the South Dublin County Council, here at the Square and this year the highlight was undoubtedly when the Mayor of SDCC Dermot Looney officially open our E-Car charging stations at the South Entrance on Level 2 (adjacent to Argos). This is the latest in a long line of our initiatives here at the Square in helping to protect our environment and we are looking forward to the day when we have to install more stations due to the high demand. Each day we showcased a different aspect of eco-week on the Centre Mall on Level 2, from Water Conservation, Dog Walking Etiquette to Waste Management and Energy Consumption there was a wealth of information available to our customers to help them

live a greener life. We look forward to improving our Environmental Activities here in the Centre throughout the coming 12 months.

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Sq. Magazine WellDone Hickey’s Pharmacy& TheLionsClub

We here at the Square are always happy to reward our staff when they go above and beyond the call of duty in their daily work lives. Recently we had reason to reward Thomas Katinas who works in the loading bays and has done a lot of work around our recycling policy and G4S staff member, Ray Lenehan who has shown great diligence around the centre. Thanks to all staff members of G4S for all their work throughout the Centre.

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Tallaght Lions in partnership with Tallaght Order of Malta and Hickey’s Pharmacy on Level 3

Cheeky Monkey with the help Andy Case from G4S, recently collected dozens of easter eggs for the National Children’s Hospital. We would like to thank everyone who donated Easter Eggs for this great cause and hopefully making the sick children’s stay over Easter a little bit easier.

We are delighted to announce that our Community Champions this edition are a group of local charity fundraisers who recently raised over €34k for the Lauralynn Hospice, well exceeding their €25k target.

Tha group organised a fantastic event, Strictlylauralynn in the Ballsbridge Hotel on March 1st where over 550 people attending the night to support the 13 couples taking part, special judges on the nights including Lucy Kenney (TV presenter) and Adrian Kennedy (Radio Host). 9 of the fundraisers also went over to Barcelona to compete in

recently facilitated the testing of 131 people for Diabetes in Hickeys’s pharmacy on Level 3.

Worldwide one of the aim of Lions International is to highlight the dangers of Diabetes and the Tallaght Branch were delighted with the uptake on their testing day on April 5th and would like to thank everybody for their co-operation!

the Barcelona Marathon on March 16th.

James said, “Thank you to all the fundraiser’s for their amazing work, all the volunteers Sean O’Riain, Joe Lumumba, Nicola Grehan, Kevin Rowe Events, TV3, our sponsors and each person who donated to and helped make this possible. And thank you to the Square for this wonderful trophy, thank you.”

Well done to James and the rest of the lads and ladies who helped raise funds for the wonderful charity.

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Help Raise Awareness Of Breast Cancer

Skechers have launched their GOwalk2 shoe in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation. They are specially designed with the breast cancer awareness pink ribbon symbol featured on the heel of the shoe. Skechers GOwalk Limited Edition shoe are priced €60 with €10 for

Wok To Walk

Coming soon to Level 3 beside Boots is the exciting new food outlet Wok to Walk. Inspired by the Thai experience “Street Cuisine” Wok to Walk brings the freshness and the theater of Thai street cuisine to the customers here at the Square.

every pair going to the Marie Keating Foundation, helping them beat cancer through awareness, education and support services.

The GOwalk Limited Edition shoe is exclusively available in only seven stores throughout the country and we are delighted to have on of them in the Centre, so if your in the market for a stylish, comfortable pair of shoes why not get a pair of GOwalk in Sketchers on Level 2 and do your part to help prevent Cancer.

The concept is so simple that it can be described in just 4 words, fresh, nutritious, quick and flexible. All the ingredients or “favourites” as they called them are clearly displayed on the ingredients boards and you simply choose your combination and watch as it is cooked before your eyes in 5 minutes, its cool to watch and good to go!

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Notícia Emocionante... World Famous Restaurant Coming Soon To Level 3 Subway... Eating Fresh

The famous sandwich shop will be opening it’s doors once again here in the Square. We are delighted to have the famous eatery back in our centre and can’t wait for the them to open their doors on Level 3 in the coming weeks.

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9 year old Holly Johnston, from Tallaght, has decided to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society by cutting 14 inches off her hair. We will be hosting an event on the 26th April to help Holly raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

There will be loads of exciting new stores and restaurants coming to the centre in the coming months. We can’t disclose to much right now but there will be a very well known restaurant opening it’s doors here on Level 3 very soon, we know for a fact that it will be big news as it’s the first time this company will be opening one of their restaurant’s in Tallaght. We hope you like chicken!!

Subway brings a healthy options in terms of eating out in the centre and offers fresh alternatives to the usually fast food options. Subway bake their bread fresh everyday and use only the freshiest ingredients. They also serve 100% Rainforrest Alliance Certified Coffee so you can get your caffeine fix in the morning and a freshly made healthy sub for lunch!!

Peter Marks on Level 1 have kindly stepped up and will cut Holly’s hair and one of their stylists will give Holly a new fashionable hair style. Well done Holly, we look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

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A Very Special Thank You To Emma, Alan & Sarah For Taking The Time Out To Model For This Photoshoot.

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The Vodafone store on Level 3 has recently undergone a total refurbishment and is better and brighter but still full of great deals and the latest handsets and accessories.

The stars of the show are undoubtedly the Galaxy S5, which was launched, in the last few weeks, the HTC One M8 and the iPhone 5s all of which are capable of utilizing the new 4g network which offers amazing speeds of up to 10 times faster than the existing 3G technology.

All of the handsets are there are plenty to choose from are available on a number of tariffs, talk to one of the friendly and helpful staff who will guide you through the myriad of options and help you find the best solution for your specific needs.

There is a great new deal “Pay as you go Red” which takes the very best

features of the Red bill pay option and the flexibility of pay as you go to create an exciting new bundle. For just €30 credit you get Endless Calls and Texts and 1gb of data to use in a month.

home remotely and receive text and e-mail alerts based on motion detected by the camera, Signal boosters such as Sure Signal and Powerline which uses your electricity network in the house to extend the reach of your broadband signal.

Its not just about mobile solutions Vodafone offer a range of Home Opposite the store the have a self Phone, Broadband and Broadband & service top up station where you can Home Phone packages. us your Debit or Credit Card to top up your handset and in store they With unlimited fiber broadband at have a handy touch screen terminal speeds up to 100 mbs , and endless to guide you through all of the calls from your landline Vodafone at options. Home now has something to suit every home, they also offer hardware And of course all of the staff are fully add ons to their At Home broad trained to help you in any way that band such as Vodafone Homeview they can! which allows you to monitor your

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The Other Woman sees the director of The Notebook, Nick Cassavetes try his hand at an out-andout comedy. He tends to focus on love stories, this begins as a love story but with a twist. It stars many massive Hollywood names and some of the most beautiful women too.


The story begins with Carly (Cameron Diaz) who discovers her boyfriend and the man of her dreams Mark is married. She’s absolutely devastated but slowly begins to get her life back on track.

This superhero film is based on Marvel’s X-Men characters and the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline Days of Future Past.

She then accidently meets Kate (Leslie Mann) his wife. They strike up a strange relationship instantly and find out they have plenty in common, her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend.

By Rachel Lynch

The new film directed by Bryan Singer, is the seventh in the X-Men film franchise. The all star cast includes Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and our very own Michael Fassbender. The X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods.. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves. The film sees Wolverine, who is sent back in time by Professor X and Magneto in order to prevent a pivotal event that led to the post-apocalyptic, Sentinel InTallaghtMaster51.indd 34

infested future that the X-Men now find themselves in. Once in the past, Wolverine seeks the help of a younger Professor X and Hank McCoy a.k.a Beast. Together they face off against young Magento and Mystique, in an attempt to change history before human time machine Kitty Pryde loses hold on Wolverine’s mind and brings him back to the future. RELEASE DATE: MAY 22

instantly figure out Mark is now cheating on both of them, but with whom? Carly, still deeply hurt by Mark’s betrayal, decides they should not let him away with his deceit. With three scorned women on his tail I’m only guessing this will not end well for Mark! This movie is definitely one to see for just lighthearted entertainment alone. Model turned actress Upton plays her part well but the standout performance goes to Leslie Mann. RELEASE DATE: APRIL 23

The pair share plenty of nights out on the town together laughing and joking about the man who has effectively ruined both their lives. Carly introduces Kate to the wilder side of the city and also how to enjoy life without Mark. When Kate rings Carly to tell her he plans to meet Carly at the weekend, Carly is surprised as she hasn’t heard from him in weeks. The pair

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GODZILLA By Rachel Lynch

It’s been 16 years since we were first introduced to the Godzilla film franchise.

havoc on the city. The movie’s trailer has given the clearest indication that there will be another strange monster gracing our screens apart from just Godzilla.

The trailer shows army personnel trying to take down the creature several Very little has been released to times but failing miserably. the public in the run up to the We also hear governments official premiere of the movie, and secret force agents lying leaving fans wondering what to the public, trying to keep to expect. everything calm. They claim the devastation caused has The film retells the origin of been due to a massive natural Godzilla in contemporary disaster and nothing more. times as a “terrifying force of nature” in a style faithful to From the three minute trailer the Toho series of Godzilla alone it’s clear the special films. The film is directed effects in this movie are by British filmmaker Gareth absolutely amazing, but with Edwards. Only two trailers a budget of $160 million I have been leaked to the wouldn’t expect anything less. public, one of which is just We’ll have to wait and see if under three minutes long. the story is good enough to back it up. We are all aware that the movie Godzilla focuses on RELEASE DATE: MAY 16 a large creature that wreaks

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Some of Ireland’s biggest stars were in attendance at this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) and InTallaght Magazine was stuck in the middle of them all. The awards have received quite a lot of negative press due to the poor production and problems with the sound on the televised show but for those of us who were there in the Hilton Doubletree Hotel it was a very rare and exciting chance to get to mingle with some proper acting greats. On a positive note it was great to honor all the acting and producing talent in this country and some of the big names in attendance included President Michael D Higgins, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Fionnula Flanagan, Victoria Smurfit, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Irons, Colm Meaney, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Jack Reynor and Eva Birthistle. InTallaght Magazine had a big interest in proceedings with four of our cover stars from the last year, Saoirse Ronan, Peter Coonan, Mary Murray and Amy Huberman all nominated for InTallaghtMaster51.indd 36

awards. It was great to catch up with both Mary and Peter on the night, especially because the latter picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV show for his portrayal of Fran in Love/Hate. Accompanied by his heavily pregnant partner Kim O’Driscoll, his win this year was all the sweeter after he just missed out on a gong last year. “It’s amazing to be recognised in the field you work in, along with the lads as well, and I’m delighted to win. I left my Dad at home this year and I’ve Kim with me tonight, so I was a winner already. She’s due in about four weeks. We can’t wait for it.” Mary was also in flying form and delighted to be there along with her Love/Hate colleagues. “This bit where you have to talk to the press and cameras is a bit awkward but apart from that I’m delighted to be here, are you?! Once you get chatting it gets a little bit easier!” Kelly Thornton from Terenure is another name to watch for the future and the 17 year old, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Life’s A Breeze, was there with her mother Maria Creighton. “It’s a bit overwhelming to

be nominated so early in my career, I’m still in shock! But it’s fantastic, I’m so happy to get the nomination.” Brendan Gleeson and Calvary were the big winners on the night, claiming three of the major awards, including Best Film and Best Actor. Meanwhile, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium picked up two, with Neil Jordan winning Best Director and Saoirse Ronan, who played the female lead in the picture winning Best Actress. Backstage the craic was good. When Peter Coonan was asked by one of the photographers to pose with his award and he said he would if the photographer would “leave me alone in the future.” He then had everyone in stitches when he told the assembled media people how the same photographer had been hit by an egg the day before for trying to take pictures of the Love/Hate set! “Somebody has a good shot!” said the actor and for a split second he morphed into Fran! We offered congratulations to rising star Jamie Dornan who was extremely shy and humble with no trace of any Hollywood attitude.

Michael Fassbender was honoured as best supporting actor for his Oscar nominated role in 12 Years a Slave and he caused quite a lot of excitement among the ladies backstage. He was very friendly, posing for photos and even agreeing to a selfie with all the assembled female journos. Brendan Gleeson likewise was delighted with his win for Best Actor and joked that it was extra special because he beat his son Domhnall who was nominated in the same category. To finish the night, President Michael D Higgins collected an honorary award for his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry. Presenting the award, Colin Farrell and Amy Huberman delivered an emotional tribute to the popular president while Hollywood star Mel Gibson featured in a short film congratulating him on his win. Gibson apologised for not being able to be at the awards in person and praised the President for his support for helping him secure filming locations for his 1995 blockbuster Braveheart.

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Entertainment InTallaght also had the pleasure of attending the first MCM Comic Con event here in Dublin earlier this month...

IFTAs WINNERS Best Actor TV Jamie Dornan, The Fall Rising Star Jamie Dornan, The Fall Best TV Drama The Fall Best Film Calvary Best Actor, Film Brendan Gleeson, Calvary Best Supporting Actor, Film Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave

...and what an event is was. Fans of comics, video games and cosplay gathered in the RDS which was turned into a home for aficionados of all things comic-book related for the best part for 48 hours. Those in attendance were able to chat with fellow self-confessed geeks, play some games and get their hands on some highly sought-after merchandise and bask in the glory of the Main Stage Wrestling Event.

Best Actress Film Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium Best Supporting Actress, Film Sinead Cusack, The Sea Best Actress TV Eva Birthistle, Amber Best Supporting Actor TV Peter Coonan, Love/Hate Best Supporting Actress TV Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones Best Current Affairs Breach of Trust InTallaghtMaster51.indd 37

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Music PIXIES Indie Cindy


By Colm O’Muiri

By Colm O’Muiri Amazing Apples are a five piece folk/ rock band from Galway and their second single Slipping By is out now. The band is made up of Darragh Crehan, Cian Crehan, Anthony Ryan, Brian Grace and Eanna Fahy who have grown in popularity over the past few months when they decided to perform their own music, instead of covers.

The Pixies currently consists of founders Black Francis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar) and David Lovering (drums). Their fifth studio album, Indie Cindy is their first since 1991’s Tromp Le Monde. What Goes Boom is the first song on the album with a heavy rock sound and fantastic verses and is a great song to kick off the album. This is followed by the mellower Greens and Blues, the chorus in this song is great and having never listened to the Pixies before I was very impressed at this stage. I consider title track Indie Cindy to be a terrible song, with singer Black Francis talking through the verses, but when the chorus hits the song comes into its own and becomes more bearable. BagBoy follows the title track and like the rest of the album the guitars, drums and bass are brilliant. However it is very much like Indie Cindy in the sense the song is terrible aside from the chorus. Magdalena is a brilliant haunting song and is followed by Silver Snail a dark song lyrically which builds to a chorus that’s short and sweet. Both these tracks show how good a vocalist Francis is when he is on form.

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You can’t help but tap along to this song which is really catchy and will put a smile on your face. Blue Eyed Hexe kicks off with a thumping guitar that builds until the powerful vocals of Francis take over for the chorus. The solo in the middle of the song is on point and not too long or over the top, Blue Eyed Hexe is a classic American rock song. Ring the Bell is a good soft rock song but the next song Another Toe in the Ocean brings it to another level. A fantastic uplifting beat from the band that blends with the vocals brilliantly and really is a highlight of the album.

Mixing Folk with rock and pop lead to comparisons with Mumford and Sons but it’s their vocals which really sets them apart. The song is well worth a listen with several unusual instruments on show, especially the fiddle and the mandolin which are prominent throughout. You can purchase Slipping By on iTunes or Google Play and for more info on the band visit their Facebook page. They will also be performing in Whelans on April 27.

Andro Queen the sound changes. It’s a welcome slower pace, but it is not a great song compared with the five that preceded it. Snakes kick off with a gorgeous guitar lick that leads to another brilliant chorus and another great song on the album. Jaime Bravo is another solid song that closes the album the way it started, on a high. This is a great album, aside from Indie Cindy and BagBoy, and I am sure new and old fans of The Pixies will thoroughly enjoy this album.

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Tech 4G BOLDLY GOES... By Fergus McNally

It is more than ten years since we first experienced 3G technology and it is fair to say it has revolutionised the way we use our mobile phones. The 3G was more than capable at delivering e-mail services, maps and Facebook as well as low quality video. Now the new kid on the block, 4G, has arrived to address these limitations. 3G has been literally creaking under the weight of the millions of text messages that are been sent each day and this user has been frustrated many times in Croke Park at the inability of the network to cope with the thousands of gloating Dubs sending messages at the same time. With 4G this congestion will be a thing of the past! 4G speeds are expected to

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exceed 10Mbs and can reach 30Mbps, which is about 10 times the speed available on a 3G network. This will help users access HD video content, Mbps heavy games and stream music seamlessly whilst mobile! So who is offering what in this crowded marketplace? Eircom were first to market although initially are only available in Dublin, Carlow and Athlone, which at first glance seems sparse but does represent over 30% of the population. Speeds reported on both their Meteor and eMobile brands have exceeded 20Mpbs. Vodafone have almost 50% of the market covered and those who switch to 4G get unlimited data for 3 months before it is capped at 8GB a month. O2 and Three Ireland also have 4G offerings with the latter offering it free to existing bill pay customers until May. The market is expected to change frequently and with users using more and more data streaming content on platforms such as Netflix, YouTube and

Spotify, 4G providers will introduce plans with higher usage to cope with the demand. You will need a 4G compatible handset to access the services and in some cases Sim cards will need to be upgraded to ensure compatibility. Apple has certified 4G and it is now fully available on their newer devices.

our mobile experience as much as 3G did? It’s hard to say but the future sure is exciting, and quick!

The possibilities with the speeds offered are literally boundless and app developers are busy developing products which will stretch the capabilities of 4G to the max. Online gaming, mobile video conferencing and even transferring broadcast quality video over the network have been mooted. Will 4G change

If you’re upgrading your handset to take advantage of 4G speeds, remember that CeX on Level 3, The Square, buy, sell and exchange a range of technology and entertainment products including mobile phones. Check to see how much you could get for your old phone.

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By Colm O’Muirí

By Colm O’Muirí

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the second video game which will coincide with the release of the films. The first game took place after the events of the first movie whereas this one takes place alongside the events of the film. However it will have an alternative story to avoid any spoilers. As I mentioned above the plot of the game follows the film which is for Spider-Man to find the killer of his Uncle Ben. The game will also have a host of villains from the Spider-Man universe some of whom are Kraven The Hunter, Electro and Kingpin. The Amazing Spider-Man the video game will be an open world format which will allow the user to swing around New York. The New York in the game is also going to be more expansive and more detailed than the first game, which can only be a good thing. Another aspect of the game is that most of the story will take place in the open world, giving the gamer more freedom to roam.

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This game features a morality system known as Hero or Menace where players will be rewarded for stopping crimes in progress throughout the game. However if players choose consistently not to stop crimes they will be punished for it. The crimes from the first game have been expanded on and made better with the inclusion of hostage situations and arson. As the game progresses these crimes become harder such as going from fighting criminals on the street to chasing one down who manages to escape in a vehicle.

impressed with it however this game looks to be an upgrade on the first game and looks to be much more fun to play as well.

Soulcalibur Lost Swords is a free to play fighting game which is due for release in Spring for gamers in the E.U. having already being released through the PlayStation Network in Japan. The game is based on Soulcalibur V and is strictly a single player game and like previous games in the franchise is a weapon-based fighting game. The game is periodically updated with new content

The game is released on May In this game you are given the 2nd, a few weeks after chance to not only be Spiderthe release of the film, Man but during certain sections which is April 16th. of the game players will be given The Amazing Spiderthe chance to be Peter Parker. Man 2 is available As Peter Parker you are tasked on all consoles and with walking around New York separate iOS and doing detective work. Android version are also being The game will feature a total developed. of 15 different costumes and each costume will have its own unique abilities. Some of the costumes are Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man: Big Time and The Superior Spider Man. Having played the previous game on the PS3 I wasn’t 17/04/2014 01:46

43 including new events, items and characters. There are three characters to choose from to play with and they are Mitsurugi, Siegfried, and Sophitia. Once you have chosen your character that is the sole playable character for you unless you collect character keys by completing quests which in turn unlocks more quests. Other additional characters can be unlocked as you progress through the game.

materials and weapons which you can then use to upgrade your own weapons. At the start of your quest you begin only with undergarments, you then have to customize your character with various armoury and clothing parts. This can be done by virtual items sales which are offered online. Soulcalibur Lost Swords is available exclusively for the PS3.

One of the new mechanics which has been added to the game is Weapons Arts, this grants each character unique attacks such as breaking through an enemy’s guards. The game features a quest mode which allows the user to travel through the world participating in battles. By doing this you can collect raw

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The Mitsubishi i-Miev is what the future of cars is all about.

interior isn’t what you would expect from the outside. It’s similar to what you would see inside any small compact car. Mitsubishi have always excelled Everything is presented in a when it comes to providing its no-nonsense, straightforward customers with the utmost fashion. Although the back quality in some of the smallest only fits two passengers it is model of cars and this electric spacious and the cabin space i-Miev is no different. Today isn’t the smallest I have seen cars today need to be practical, either which is always an added reliable and suited to the bonus. The dash displays a lifestyle and expectations of each conventional speedometer individual. and an econometer that shows the current level of charge or The Mitsubishi i-Miev certainly discharge. ticks all the right boxes upon first glance. I headed down to For me the most important Michael Tynan Motors on the aspect of the car and the part Naas Road to test drive the I was most interested to learn model to see if all the rumours about was the fact the car of its excellence are true. was electric. All over the world the electric car is beginning The exterior of the i-Miev will to become the more popular catch your eye immediately. option due to the rise in petrol The design is simple yet sporty. costs. Here in Ireland we are It certainly has the look of the catching up with the trend. An future and it is fairly obvious electric car is an investment that from the outside that this car is will save you money in the long an electric car. Surprisingly the run. Another fantastic advantage InTallaghtMaster51.indd 44

to buying this model is the €5,000 grant the government provide as an incentive to the public to purchase electric cars. To start the car you turn the key like any other. The i-Miev moves away almost silently, which feels so strange at first but something you will get used to after a few minutes on the road. As I took off and drove for a short distance I could not believe how smooth the car was on the road. By far the most comfortable and soothing drive, it was strange to only hear the wheels of the car moving as opposed to the usual sounds you get with a petrol or diesel motor. As I came back into the garage product and marketing manager Eimear Dillion showed me how the car is charged and explained how easy the whole process is. Another thing to note with electric cars is there are plenty of garages with charging points throughout the country. There

is even a newly installed e-car charging point in The Square. The ESB are also providing charging points for your home that will be placed outside. The charging up is unbelievably simple. One end of the lead is placed into your charge point at your home or garage and the other end into the charging point of the car. Overall after test driving the Mitsubishi i-Miev I feel everyone should own an electric car. With zero emissions, it is the car of the future and the future is now. If you wish to save yourself money in the long run and be kind to the environment this one is for you. Check out www. for all the latest deals and to organise a test drive today. 17/04/2014 01:46

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Book COLM TÓBÍN Brooklyn

By Gwen Taylour

Another of my mother’s recommendations, Brooklyn transports the reader to a different time and circumstance for young Irish emigrants. Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself. Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. Despite her modest training in book-keeping and great potential in the profession, there just aren’t any jobs in Enniscorthy for her. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America -- to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” -- she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over

with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future. Brooklyn is deftly written, with a very sympathetic character in protagonist Eilis. She is young and naive and finding her way in a world very different to what she is used to. I could imagine myself reacting very similarly to the situations in which she finds herself. At the heart of it, I liked her character and wanted the best for her.

Colm Tóbín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet.

Emmigration has once again become commonplace among my generation but it is only when you read something like this that you realise how much better things are now for those who are forced to leave the country in search of work. Once Eilis left on the long boat trip, suffering terrible seasickness, which gave way to awful homesickness once she arrived in New York, there was no certainty that she would ever see her mother or sister again.

Born in 1955 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. The second youngest of five children, Colm Tóibín graduated from University College in Dublin in 1975. He then headed to Barcelona, the city that later inspired his first novel, The South, and the non-fiction work Homage to Barcelona, both published in 1990. During the 1980s, he worked as a journalist, first in Ireland and then in Argentina, the Sudan and Egypt.

The letters in which she felt unable to unburden her sadness for fear or them worrying about her, were hearbreaking and makes me so glad that air travel is so much cheaper these days.

Colm Tóibín’s works often depict Irish society. He is the author of several works of fiction, including The Heather Blazing (1992), The Story of the Night (1996) and The Blackwater Lightship (1999), which was on the short list for the Booker Prize. The New York Times named his 2004 novel, The Master, one of the 10 most notable books of the year.

This is a book of unfortunate circumstances filled with longing for another outcome and racked with difficult decisions. That being said, I found it absorbing and really enjoyed it as a whole. A film is being made of the book featuring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. InTallaghtMaster51.indd 46

About The Author

Colm Tóibín published his first collection of short stories, Mothers and Sons, in 2006. Non-fiction books include Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1994) and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994). He continues to work as a novelist, journalist, literary critic and university lecturer.

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Business Businesses warned to get ready for eDay The National Payments Plan (NPP) is warning businesses that Government departments, local authorities and other State agencies will stop sending and receiving cheques from businesses from 19 September 2014 or e-Day. e-Day is an important part of the NPP plan to reduce costs and improve cash-flow in the Irish economy. e-Day was launched in September last year, to give businesses and public sector bodies 12 months to prepare for the smooth transition to electronic payments. Cheque usage has halved in Ireland since 2005 but Irish businesses still write 33 million cheques every year. NPP Programme Manager Ronnie O’Toole said: “Businesses and consumers will benefit when Ireland reduces its dependence on cheque and cash payments, to safer and more efficient electronic payments. Cheques are an expensive means of payment for businesses because of bank charges, stamp duty, postage, time spent making lodgements, unpaid cheques, and the ‘cheque is in the post’ culture of late payments.”

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6 science inspired start-ups for NDRC

research institutions, including TCD, DIT, DCU, Queens Belfast, and UCD. The startup The NDRC VentureLab founders are entering the programme will this year bring NDRC VentureLab programme six promising science-inspired following a competitive startups into an intensive evaluation process and a development programme period of due diligence. that will also see each new business receive investment of Each will now take part in up to €100,000. the six month intensive accelerator programme NDRC VentureLab is targeted which is deeply experiential at enabling ventures that are and focused on a strategic commercialising science, tech approach to market entry. or intellectual property with NDRC VentureLab will provide high potential for success. mentoring, business insight and senior commercialisation The six startups are bringing expertise to create investortechnology to market that was ready businesses with developed in, or in partnership investments of up to €100,000. with, Ireland’s higher level

Smile Exchange Event Duncan Stewart was the keynote speaker at the SMILE Resource Exchange Event to businesses from all over Ireland at Tallaght Stadium as part of South Dublin County Council’s Eco Week with the Environmental Protection Agency & the South County Enterprise Board. SMILE Resource Exchange is a free eco-friendly upcycling service network managed by Michelle Green of Macroom E that supports businesses in identifying mutually beneficial

Irish whiskey sector to invest €1 billion The Irish Whiskey Association (IW) has announced that the sector is set to invest over €1 billion in Ireland in the next 10 years. With over 15 new distilleries currently being developed across the country, the new association brings together new entrants and existing companies to promote Irish whiskey and to ensure the product is given vital protection going forward.

synergies which divert waste from landfill and save businesses money. Duncan Stewart warned businesses that unless we start to reduce our greenhouse gases and carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, we are looking at an alarming rate of climate change including a rise in temperature of 2 degrees by 2030/2035 with ever rising sea levels, increased risk of storms/flooding (like we had in January), food shortages, energy crises, crops being destroyed and rising sea acidity (poisoning our

fish and coral reefs). Duncan encouraged the businesses in attendance to rethink the management of resources and waste in their businesses. SMILE Resource Exchange is a free service helping all types of businesses to identify opportunities for upcycling & re-using materials to save money and reduce waste going to landfill.

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Revolver Project Presents On Thursday, April 24th, leading Dublin vintage clothing retailers Revolver Project will host its first Revolver Project Presents showcase in the company of two of the country’s most exciting and hotly-tipped young bands. Taking place in the relatively intimate surroundings of the Twisted Pepper as part of the city’s biannual Beatyard festival, this showcase will see fastrising Tallaght garage-rock quartet GANGS top the bill, with the equally intent-drenched The Clameens from Derry providing main support in what is set to be a breathless pairing. Having had an exceptional and well-deserved rise over the last twelve months, GANGS have recently encountered huge acclaim for their superbly strippedback and altogether infectious craft. Recently nominated as one of Hot Press Magazine’s Most Promising Irish Acts of 2014, the four-piece have sold-out venues across the country. The Revolver Project describe themselves as “twentieth-century fashion for the twenty-first century customer. But we are more than just a clothes shop: we love the stories behind clothes, the memories of misspent youth they evoke, and the music, cinema and art that makes them poignant.” Their blog, revolverproject. com/journal celebrates the pop culture—new and old—that sparked their passion for clothing in the first place, and a vintage cinema club is coming soon to their daily home, in The Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street.

Early stage medical treatments and devices - invented at the Mayo Clinic in the US - are to be developed into ready for market products by Irish academic institutions under a new agreement. It is hoped the five year plan will lead to the setting up of 10 new spin-out companies and the creation of dozens of jobs. For the past 150 years, the non-profit Mayo Clinic in the US has been a world leader in medical treatment and research. But according to the clinic, developing a good idea from early stage basic research into a ready for market product is expensive and difficult to fund in the US. The Taoiseach witnessed the signing of an agreement that will see the Mayo Clinic partner with Enterprise Ireland, which has an established commercialisation fund and expertise in the area. The clinic will hand over 20 promising ideas for new medical technologies and Enterprise Ireland will provide €12m in funding and experts in universities and academic institutions here to develop them for market. The first project - a device for treating acute pancreatitis - is already being developed at NUI Galway according to RTÉ News. It is hoped the unique partnership will lead to the creation of 10 spin-out companies, and as a consequence the creation of dozens of jobs.

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Feile Fever Thomas Davis u-14 Ladies Football Team have taken the lead from their senior counterparts and on Sunday won the Everbuild Ladies Football Division 7 Feile title in fine style with a comprehensive victory over St Judes in the Final in St Peregrines. The Kiltipper Road Ladies had hosted the group Stages in Kiltipper and remained unbeaten over the course of the whole day with victories over Whitehall Columcille, St Judes, Fingal Ravens and

Kickboxing Fight Night for Breast Cancer Two students from IT Blanchardstown hosted an Intervarsity Kickboxing Fight Night for breast cancer with all proceeds of the night going to the charity. The fight night consisted of students from all over the country as far away as Derry, Sligo and Cork, with local students from IT Tallaght and Blanchardstown also taking part on the night. There were also students from UCD, DCU and DIT competing. The show was supported by local club Tallaght Martial Arts and many of their young students

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Garristown, the girls scored a remarkable 12-14 over the day and did not concede a goal throughout the course of the entire competition. With the majority of the team available for Feile again next year the future looks bright for the Ladies game in Tallaght. Meanwhile the Girls from St Annes were dreadfully unlucky not to progress from Group B of the Division 3 Feile, with 3 teams locked on 4 points it was the girls from Bohernabreena who where denied progress based on points difference.

started the night off, with fighters of all ages as young as 5 on show. They really showed their skills to the delight of the crowd, putting pressure on the older students to keep up the high standard.

Dublin have qualified for the National Football League final for the third consecutive season after they stunningly came back to defeat Cork in the Semi Final. The Dubs were 9 points down at one stage in the first half and eventually ran out 7 point winners. Ballyboden club man Micheal Darragh MacAuley led the charge and was deservingly awarded the man of the match award. Dublin will now take on Derry who beat Mayo despite being reduced to 14 men mid way through the first half. The final will be played in Croke Park on the 27th of May with a 4.00pm throw in!

â‚Ź470,000 Investment In New Citywest Park Fine Gael TD, Minister Brian Hayes and Fine Gael Tallaght South Candidate David Yeates have confirmed that works on the long awaited Carrigmore Park in Citywest is to commence at the beginning of May. New playing fields have been included in the plans. The confirmation was received following a meeting organised by Minister Hayes a fortnight ago between South Dublin County Council, Davy Hickey Properties and Brian Durkan Developments.

The night was part of the Event Management module on the Sports Management course in IT Blanchardstown which offers students not only the academic requirements to succeed in the sports world but also giving them the necessary real life experience to put their newly acquired skills into practice. Anyone interested in kickboxing please contact

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However, the hearts were broken by a long-range strike from Leupolz aided by There was heartbreak for the Irish the Tallaght wind lobbed Emma Byrne and women’s international squad in their game secured the victory for Silvia Neid’s team. against highly ranked opponents Germany It was a cruel finish for the home side who in Tallaght stadium recently. The girls in left the field to a fantastic ovation from green started brightly and went ahead in the fans! the second minute to register the first goal the visitors had conceded in the qualifying group to date. Megan Campbell launched a long throw into the penalty area for Quinn to head in and sent the home fans delirious. The Girls held their narrow one-goal lead going in the half-time break, although the away side hit back just past the hour mark with a dubious penalty converted by winger Laudehr. Germany then went in front when substitute Lena Lotzen scrambled in a goal from close range after tangling with and fouling Byrne, although Stephanie Roche – also sprung off the pitch – had the crowd on their feet with a 89th minute equalizer The home crowd were in raptures and the goal looked to maintain Ireland’s unbeaten start to qualifying in Group 1.

No Fairytale Ending To Brian O’Driscoll’s Heineken Cup Career His Leinster team were defeated convincingly by a strong Toulan team. The 29-14 reversal was Leinsters heaviest Heineken defeat since they went down 33-6 in Toulouse in their final pool game in 2007. Leinster went in at half time drawing 6-6 but this was not a reflection on the overall play. It was not a good way to exit the Heineken Cup a competition they had won three times in the previous 5 seasons, and although Toulan are the holders few would have predicted the toothless capitulation.

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INTERVIEW By Padraig Conlon

Shamrock Rovers B team has been a voyage of discovery for the club this season. With a new look side containing some of the best up and coming talent in the country The Hoops First Division season is now well and truly up and running. We spoke with manager Colin Hawkins a few days after the teams historic first win ever against Longford Town at Tallaght Stadium.

Congratulations on the first win of the season, you must be delighted?

everyone now so they’ll have a bit more of an idea going into the next round of games but winning should give them Yes I am, thanks very much, it massive belief. Longford will win was a long time coming but we this league, well either them were more than happy to get the or Shels, to put this victory in three points so late in the game. context. We had a very young side out, the youngest team I’ve ever put After a tough start of out with an average age of just the season for the team over 19, so to get a win against what did you have to probably the best team in the work on with them? division was great for the lads. I was worried when Longford got it back to 1-1 but the lads didn’t let it get to them. We told them afterwards that this win can give them the belief they need to kick on for the rest of the season. They shouldn’t fear anyone in this league, we’ve played nearly

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What we were a bit worried about after the first few games was helping them deal with the physically and set pieces so we went away and worked really hard on that. We’ve been looking to get better and the players have been absolutely great to work

with, they done everything we’ve asked of them. I’m really impressed with how eager they are to learn and become better players, there’s a great hunger in them to succeed.

On a personal level how have you adapted to your new role? It’s all good, I’m really enjoying it and settled in now. It was great to also get to work with the Under 19s for the end of their season and to see them claim the runners up spot. I’m lucky as well that I’ve such a great staff to work with Noel White, Jamie Moore, Richie Fitzgibbon, kit man Sean Moran and strength and conditioning coach Shane O’Kelly.

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I know it’s probably not fair to pick out players at this early stage but which of lads have really impressed you so far? As I was saying earlier I’ve been impressed with the whole lot of them as a squad and their performances have been noticed by Trevor as three of them were called up this week for the second leg of the Dundalk semi final; Daniel Purdy, who has been excellent so far and has contributed really well with four goals already; Alan Kehoe and Sean Heaney. All three have a great chance. As well as the lads called up I think Chris Lyons has been excellent,

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First Division Evan Osam had a great game on Sunday, he had Don Cowen in his pocket. Ryan Doolin and Connor Dunne have also been really good but I couldn’t single any one player out. This is such a great opportunity for all them.

the numbers have been less than I expected. We would prefer bigger crowds and we’d hope all the season ticket holders would come and support the team.

Even though there is no pressure on you guys to win the league the These players are the players all seem to be future of the club and really motivated? they need the support of the fans. They’re Yes they are, they’re enjoying it great kids and very and they’re putting pressure on good players. themselves to do well and be successful. Even though we can’t get promoted there is still an expectation that we win matches and create a winning mentality. We won’t be just going through the motions. The celebrations in the dressing room after the Longford win were great, you could see what it meant to them to get that first win. Especially coming on the back of losing a winning goal in injury time to Wexford Youths in the previous game. We didn’t like conceding off a set piece so late so we went away and worked really hard, we had four good sessions in between the Wexford and Longford games and the lads responded in the right way. I think anyone who watched both games could see the work they had put in.

Have there been any down sides so far?

Tallaght has a huge population and I’d like to get the message out there to get more of the fans at the First Division games.

Finally Colin have you been impressed with the quality of the First Division? Yes I have, it’s a very young league, and we’re young ourselves so the lack of experience is not really an issue. The two teams who have impressed me most so far have been Longford and Shelbourne. I put it out there before the season started that we are in the league to win it and that hasn’t changed. I always though that there’d be four teams who will be looking to win the league and it’s looking like that at this early stage.

We don’t have the pressure of having to win but hopefully the Well the only down side so far result against Longford will now is the crowds that have been kickstart our season and give the coming for some of the matches. lads belief for what lies ahead. Apart from the Galway game They have nothing to fear. which was really well supported

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Simon Madden

Who was your favourite player when you were a kid? I was a Manchester United fan so Peter Schmeichel was my favourite player when I was very young because I used to be a goal keeper. My goalkeeping career finished after we got beat 8-0 v Dodder! It was the first time we played in full sized goals, which was ridiculous. It’s much better for small children nowadays playing with the small 7 a side goals. When I got older it was Roy Keane. I wouldn’t be as much of a United fan as I got older but it’s a bit more interesting now they’re not winning as much!

INTERVIEW By Padraig Conlon

Simon Madden has made a great start to his second spell with Rovers, contributing impressively to the teams defending as well as the attacking. We spoke to the man from Old Bawn about his first few months back at Rovers. On a personal level you’ve made a great start to the season, you must be happy with your performances? Yes I’m delighted it’s gone well on a personal level and the team has been good as well. It’s only early days yet but some of the performances have been very good so far. Obviously there’s things we need to work on as well but overall there’s a lot of positives to take. We’ve improved since that first game against Derry at home. To be fair I wouldn’t have read too much into that result, it was the first time we’d played together and you could tell.

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How have things changed since the last time you were with Rovers?

There’s been a lot of changes since I was here, I’ve changed and the club has changed. It’s a much younger squad with all the players keen to take their opportunity, everyone wants to do really well.

Hopefully we can keep a few more clean sheets but we’re creating the chances.

When you were younger were you a League Of Ireland fan?

I didn’t really watch it when I was young, I was more a fan of the English Premier League. Then when I went to England I didn’t really keep up to date The last time I was here I with it. Obviously since I’ve probably didn’t get the chance came back I’ve huge interest, I I deserved. I started off well think the league has improved but I was a younger player and made a few mistakes. For me, it’s so much in the last ten years. about coming back and showing The quality of the football is good, everyone wants to pass the fans I’m a different player. it around and technically the We’re a young squad but we’ve been playing well and scoring a players are all good. lot of goals.

Highlight of your career so far? Winning the FAI Cup with Derry City in 2012 beating Pats 3-2 in an exciting game is definitely the highlight of my career so far. Hopefully there’ll be a few more days like that with Rovers in the future.

Do you think the standard in the League Of Ireland is improving? Yes I think so, everyone is getting better but I still think we need more full time teams. I know that’s not easy with the attendances but it’s the only way the league will really improve but I think it’s going in the right direction. It’s a tough league, very competitive and quite unpredictable at times. I think Keith Fahey coming back to play in it, as well as Stephen McPhail with us, is brilliant because it shows that it’s a good league,

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Would you like to see more ex internationals come home to play in the League Of Ireland? Absolutely I think it would be brilliant for both the fans and the players here. Hopefully we’ll see a bit more of that, I know Duffer was talking recently about coming back, I would love to see it.

What are your thoughts on Rovers entering a B team in the First Division?

Simon Madden they’ve finished playing or if it doesn’t work out. It would be great if the government had some kind of scheme for young players to encourage them to stay here a bit longer. The league would benefit hugely and the clubs would as well.

What’s it been like working with Stephen McPhail? He’s a great player, a good lad to have around and a great pro so it’s been brilliant. For all of us it’s great to get to work with him but for the younger lads it’s a big bonus. They can learn from him what it takes to make it at the very top and how to go about your business.

After the Bohs victory the manager compared you to Dani Alves, what did you think of that? I always laugh when I get compared to someone like that, it’s a different world to the one I live in! I wouldn’t mind having his money though, I’ll tell you that! I suppose he’s not a bad player to be compared to, it could be worse!

Finally Simon how do you see the race for the championship developing over the next few months?

I think it’s going to be very tight. Sligo are struggling but I think they’ll improve, I wouldn’t be writing them off yet. Cork were good against us in the game down there but I think 0-3 was a bit harsh, we’ll see if they can keep the momentum going. Dundalk have looked good That is the way I play, the way and Pats will be there or there I like to play. I do my defensive abouts but it is very early and work, but if I can help out by we just need to concentrate on setting up something at the other end then even better. I do our own performances at the enjoy setting up goals for others. minute.

I think it’s a great idea, other countries do it so if it’s good enough for them why not? It’s great for the young players to get to play proper competitive football and hopefully the club will benefit as well with some of them coming through to the first team in the next few years.

You went to England to sign for Leeds United when you were 16, do you think some lads would be better off staying in Ireland till they were a bit older? Personally I’d stay, I think I was too young. Everyone is different but I think young Irish players might be better off staying and getting an education first before leaving because it’s gives them something to fall back when

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RUA RED Hi all, Easter already? It seems like yesterday we were dusting off the Christmas tree and decking the halls! The Easter break is a long one we know, so we have lots of stuff planned over the coming weeks to keep everybody grand and busy, we have some ideas below. We’ve also started preparations for our next big launch – our two Dublin Dance Festival exhibitions open on May 2nd, Without and Dance With Camera and we also have a programme of scheduled talks around dance and collaboration. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates and be sure and check out the rest of their programme for this year. Till next time!

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SONAS April/May programme

SONAS is the new name for our flourishing over 55s programme here at RUA RED! Come along to our monthly meetings after the O55s Film showing at 1.30pm, occurring this month on Tuesday the 29th of April.

SONAS Dance and Discussion

A unique opportunity to watch a performance in rehearsal, get involved ask questions and offer feedback. A great follow-on event from Ríonach Ní Néill’s dance class and a chance to see behind the curtain of a performance on Tuesday April 22nd, at 12.30pm – and this event is free.

O55s Film

Our over 55s film this month is A Night At the Opera, the Marx Brothers’ classic film. The film takes place at 11am in our performance area and the very reasonable ticket price of €4 includes tea or coffee after the film also. This month’s showing is on Tuesday the 29th of April.

Drawing Table

The RUA RED Drawing Table has become something of a staple now in our programme. Run by our resident artist Jim Cathcart and artist Katy Palmieri, these free drop-in workshops have become a community all in themselves here twice a month. Aimed at any drawing ability the Table offers a brilliant forum to sit down and experience a relaxed drawing environment with like-minded people while under the guidance of our resident artists. All materials are provided or if you prefer you can bring your own. The Drawing Table runs this month May InTallaghtMaster51.indd 58

7th and 21st from 11am until 12.30pm, so pop –in and have a look. Our Café exhibition space is currently exhibiting some of the work from Drawing Table too, so next time you grab a coffee make sure and check it out.

Open Mic Night

It’s Open Mic Night again! After the amazing success of our last one we’ve decided to host another Open Mic Night for April taking place on Friday, April 25th at 7pm. Anybody looking to take part in this or any future Open Mics are asked to contact us at 01-451 5860.

Bealtaine Festival

This May we also have several special free events taking place for the Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’, a phrase from Seamus Heaney’s poem Postscript. As part of this programme we will have It’s Only Me and the Others – self portraits in visual arts and performance is a special event presented by Tallaght Community Arts, DoubleTAKE Artists Studio and performance group Doors to Elsewhere. Joining up with young performers from Dominic’s

Community Centre, together they will create an event that will combine individual art works with dramatic monologues to take the audience on a journey to challenge being ‘just me’ and how we all get to be a part of ‘the others’ in our daily lives. This special event will take place May 9th at 2pm and is free. See the opposite page for more information on our workshops.

Taster Drama and Production workshops – May 10th and May 17th RUA RED’s 2014 Theatre Associates, ChalkTalk Theatre Company, are running two taster Drama workshops this May. The workshops will be a great introduction to theatre language/skills through drama games and exercises for ages 14 – 18. We have a limited number of places on these workshops with places sure to fill quickly, so make sure and book your place now. Places are €10 per session or €18 for both, with the May 10th event running from 1pm – 5pm and the May 17th event from 2.30pm – 6pm. For more information about any of the events mentioned here or to book tickets drop into the centre or give us a call at 01 451 5860. 17/04/2014 01:47

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Writers’ Corner THE TRIP TO TALLAGHT By Avril O’Reilly

Kathleen and her granny, Nan Knowles, were on the train from Cork to Dublin for a shopping trip. They were going there to buy First Holy Communion gifts for the Dublin cousins, Declan and Sally. Declan and Sally were making their Communions on the same day as Kathleen. The cousins’ school and Kathleen’s school had picked a date to avoid a clash with the One Direction concert. Unfortunately they clashed with each other. Nan Knowles wanted to send very nice presents to the cousins. “Are we going to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street?” asked Kathleen. “Indeed we are not” said Nan. “Sure, why would we do that when we have BTs in Cork? We’re going to the Square in Tallaght.” They got off to a flying start in Pandora buying a silver charm bracelet for Sally. The assistant showed them how you chose the colour of your bracelet and then added whatever charms you liked. They picked an angel, a bible and a cross plus a tiny white dress and a Murano glass bead. “That’s Sally done now.” said Nan happily. “Can you show me what you have for boys, please?”. Pandora did not have boys’ jewellery so Nan and Kathleen made their way to Koko. Nan

explained they were looking for Communion gifts. “Is it for you?” the assistant asked Kathleen “We have some lovely white earrings”. Kathleen shook her head. She wanted to get her ears pierced but the problem was her baby bothers Tommy and Teddy. If Kathleen got her ears pierced then Tommy and Teddy would want piercings as well, noses probably. They were too young for piercings so Kathleen had to wait. The girl showed them holy medals in he shape of the chalice. Some were on chains and some were on a stretch of ribbon “Fabulous” said Nan, “but I’d better check if anyone else is getting him the medal. She rang Kathleen’s Aunt Majella to find out. “Oh dear” she said. “He’ll be wearing his Dad’s medal”. They bought some white flower earrings for Sally and they carried on shopping. In Easons they found pink rosary beads for Sally . They also got her a picture frame from Hallmark, a bracelet from Claires, a little statue of a girl in white from H.Samuel and a bag of sweets from the Olde Sweet Shoppe. They sat down on a bench and surveyed their purchases. “Nan we have six things for Sally and nothing for Declan.” pointed out Kathleen. Nan looked worried

60 “I’ll ring Majella again.” she said picking up the phone. Kathleen could hear Nan saying “But isn’t that illegal? And it’s not really a keepsake.” Nan hung up. “What’s in the dog comes out in the pup.” she said shaking her head. “He’s just like his mum. Apparently Declan only likes money and his favourite thing is scratchcards. Your Aunt Majella was the same. If I put too much food in her lunchbox she used to sell it. She knows the value of a slice of quiche, that one!” They headed up to Level Three for food and inspiration. “What about that shop?” asked Kathleen. “Well,” said Nan “I don’t think Newbridge Silver will have anything for boys but I’d like to try on their Maureen O’Hara range. Let’s go in”. Twenty minute later they returned triumphant. “What a lovely, helpful girl!” said Nan. Nan’s wheelie bag was getting heavy now but they had solved the Declan problem. He was getting a Vintage Car Money bank. Kathleen had a Prayer Book Trinket Box and a Maureen O’Hara cross pendant. Nan had two more picture frames. “You’ll go in one and the twins can go in the other. I think we’ve done very well.” They hopped on the Luas and headed for home. Avril OReilly is the author of “Kathleen And The Communion Copter” (Lulu, 96 pages, 9x6 paperback, ISBN 9781291516746, €6.99, available on Amazon).

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