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Fifa feels the heat over bribe claims QATAR’S bid to host the 2022 World Cup was thrown into fresh doubt after a series of Fifa’s biggest sponsors broke their silence on corruption allegations. Fifa partners Sony, Adidas and Visa weighed into the row as new claims emerged about the former Qatari Fifa vice-president Mohammed bin Hammam. He is already accused of paying millions of euro in bribes, and faces claims he secured a multi-milliondollar gas export deal in exchange for Thailand’s support of the bid. Mr Bin Hammam was banned for life by Fifa in 2012 over conflictof-interest allegations, and Qatar claims he had no role in the bid. But that has not reassured the companies that hold the Fifa purse strings. Sony, which has a sponsorship deal worth more than €220million, said: ‘We expect these allegations to be investigated appropriately. We expect Fifa to adhere to its principles of integrity, ethics and fair play across all aspects of its operations.’ Adidas, which has sponsored Fifa since 1970, said: ‘The negative tenor of the public debate around Fifa

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at the moment is neither good for football nor Fifa and its partners.’ Fifa’s investigation, by former US attorney Michael Garcia, is due to finish in the next few days. But it was not clear whether the new allegations would be examined. Visa, which is due to sponsor the 2022 tournament, said: ‘We will continue to monitor Fifa’s internal investigation. Our expectation is that all of our partners maintain strong ethical standards and operate with transparency.’ And Castrol, which is a sponsor for the 2014 tournament, said: ‘We expect Fifa to deal with this in the right and proper manner.’ Former English FA chief executive Mark Palios warned yesterday that investigators would find it hard to prove the allegations. ‘The trouble is that they don’t have the power of investigation that the police or the Inland Revenue have,’ he said. Qatar said: ‘We are confident that, at the end of the appropriate process, the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar will stand.’

man dies after stolen taxi smash A man travelling in a stolen taxi died after it crashed in Dublin yesterday. The victim, aged in his 20s, was a passenger in the car when it hit a pole in James’s Street/Mount Brown at about 8.45am. He was taken to St James’s Hospital and pronounced dead. The driver is being held at Kilmainham Garda Station. The taxi had been stolen a mile-and-a-half away at 8.30am. A Garda spokesman said the car was not being pursued at the time of the crash. PICTURE: Pa

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Rider with no arms or feet raids cutlery drawer to get back in the saddle

My bike’s got forks ... and set of spoons by nicOLE LE MARiE HE didn’t use the power of the mind but – by manipulating spoons – Jamie Andrew has pulled off a feat more impressive than anything Uri Geller could manage. He raided the cutlery drawer to build a bike he can ride – despite having no hands or lower legs. And on Saturday he achieved his goal, finishing a 91km ride to raise money for charity. ‘My wife Anna warned me off the good spoons so I used a plastic serving one with the handle cut off,’ said the former electrical engineer, 44. Mr Andrew, from Edinburgh, lost his hands and feet after getting frostbite, when he survived an accident 15 years ago and lay injured in the Alps for five days before being rescued. He finished the Tesco Bank Four Abbeys Challenge in the Scottish Borders by using the spoons to support his arm stumps, allowing him to work the brakes. Marmite lids with magnets inside were used to fix his prosthetic feet to the pedals.

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Martin wants inquiry into mother and baby homes by jOAnnE AHERn THE Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has called for a full independent inquiry into all of the mother and baby homes in the country. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s comments follow the discovery of what is believed to be a mass grave of babies at a former institute for single mothers in Tuam, Co Galway. There are no burial records for nearly 800 children who died at the Bon Secours-run facility between 1925 and its closure in 1961. Speaking on RTÉ radio yesterday, Archbishop Martin said a piecemeal inquiry would not suffice. He said: ‘The indications are that if something happened in Tuam it probably happened in other mother and baby homes around the country so that’s why I believe we need a full-bodied investigation. ‘There’s no point in investigating just what happened in Tuam and then next year finding out more, we have to look at the whole culture of mother and baby homes.’ He added that suggestions of medical experiments at mother and baby homes need to be examined, as do adoptions from those facilities. He said: ‘They’re very complicated and very sensitive issues but

‘If something happened in Tuam, it probably happened in other homes around the country’ – Archbishop Martin Martin: Any commission should be separate from church and State the only way we will come out of this particular period of our history is when the truth comes out.’ Dr Martin said he believes it’s ‘very important that any commission has full judicial powers’. ‘Otherwise you’re going to get yourself entangled in a whole series of problems of data protection issues and so on. If you don’t do that from the beginning you’re going to get a commission which will stall,’ he said. He added that any commission

should also be separate from Church and State and suggested someone of the calibre of Ian Elliot, the former chief executive of the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children. An expert survey of the Tuam site commissioned by the Irish Mail on Sunday suggested two areas ‘where anomalies in the soil indicate likely human activity beneath the surface’ and that a ‘trench slit’ dig be carried out to further the investigation.

Man ‘critical’ after Antrim slurry tragedy A FATHER of three was in a critical condition in hospital yesterday following a farm accident that claimed the life of his eight-year-old son. Bertie Christie, 52, was fighting for his life in the Causeway Hospital in Northern Ireland after he and his son Robert were overcome by slurry fumes on a farm near Dunloy, Co. Antrim on Saturday. Robert was airlifted to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital but medics were unable to save him. It is understood that the father and son were mixing slurry on a farm belonging to a family friend. DUP councillor Bill Kennedy said locals were stunned: ‘The whole community is absolutely devastated,’ he said.






Pair target Japan seaweed market A SMALL island off the Antrim coast has emerged as an unlikely potential supplier of edible seaweed to Japan – a country whose own stocks have been hit by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A mother and son team from Rathlin, an isolated island with a population of around 100, are trying to exploit the gap in the market caused by contaminated waters around the ruptured reactor. Kate Burns and son Benji McFaul grow thousands of tonnes of kelp on ropes that extend out from the shoreline into the sea.

They have found conditions are optimum for the fine species used in traditional Japanese recipes. Ms Burns, who lived on Rathlin for 20 years before settling on mainland Co Antrim after a stint working at a marine science centre in the US, explained that the Gulf Stream makes the surrounding water temperatures quite stable which, combined with Rathlin’s strong tides, make it particularly suitable for kelp growth. The venture – named Ocean Veg Ireland – has been supported by Invest Northern Ireland.

Property rise centred No Comfort for gang on 21 Dublin suburbs after Bold garda move A ‘MICRO-LEVEL’ analysis of Dublin’s residential property market suggests sustained price increases since 2010 are concentrated in just a quarter of suburbs. The report, based on some 28,000 Property Price Register transactions between 2010 and the end of 2013, was compiled by Locus Insight. It found just 21 of 88 suburbs displayed rising prices over that time. Most areas where prices kept pace with 2010 levels are in the south and east of the city. However, Sutton was named the fastest rising neighbourhood. Locus Insight’s Tom Hobson said: ‘Overall, Dublin house prices rose by over nine per cent between 2012 and 2013 but this growth has been fuelled by just 21 of the 88 districts identified in this report. The remaining 67 districts continued to show a decline from their 2010 price levels.

IT’S a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Gardaí have arrested three men following a complaint about the manufacture and sale of counterfeit washing powder worth €40,000. The arrests were made on Saturday at Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, on foot of a surveillance operation. All three have since been released an a file is being prepared for consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions. In a statement, the Garda Síochána said: ‘This investigation is also working hand in hand with the #TurnBackCrime initiative, which is INTERPOL’s global public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of organised crime and its impact on everyday life.’

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Maddie police to scour local plant POLICE hunting for Madeleine McCann are to search scrubland near a water treatment plant where a murder suspect may have worked. British officers are to start scouring the area near the resort of Praia da Luz on Wednesday. They will also search a derelict farmhouse and an abandoned well. Portuguese officers are reportedly interviewing up to eight suspects ‘in the near future’. They will do it in the presence of Scotland Yard police. The suspects, three of whom are convicted drug dealers, were traced from phone records linking them to Praia da Luz. British police spent last week searching an area of scrubland close to where she went missing in the Algarve holiday resort seven years ago. They have used sniffer dogs and turned over large quantities of soil.

Intensive care: Tracy Morgan

Actor Morgan critical after truck crash US ACTOR and comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage are in critical condition, after a truck rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus. The former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock cast member was returning from a stand-up show in Delaware early on Saturday with six others when the limo bus overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair. A Wal-Mart truck driver was charged with death by vehicle and four counts of assault by vehicle. Jeffrey Millea, 36, and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr, 43, were listed in critical condition with Morgan at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. The truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash.

Life’s a drag: This Chinese boy, thought to be just three, smokes a cigarette on the street. He coughs several times after inhaling the fumes, yet the viral video shows onlookers laughing instead of intervening Picture: LiVeLeAK

Hostage was World ‘tortured by the Taliban’

Spain World Cup bonus an ‘insult’ SPANISH World Cup footballers will receive a bonus of €720,000 each if they win the tournament despite the country’s financial crisis. The deal – signed by captain Iker Casillas and vice­captain Xavi Hernandez – is more than twice the amount Germany’s players will receive if they triumph. MP Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida tweeted: ‘Are we twice as rich as Germany?’ MPs Pablo Martin Pere and Susana Ros described the bonus as an ‘insult to citizens’. ‘It’s brutal,’ said food wholesaler Juan Burgos. ‘With so many people in Spain hurting so badly, those kind of payments don’t fit with our everyday reality.’


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A SOLDIER freed by the Taliban after five years has claimed he was tortured, beaten and caged by his captors. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, who is receiving treatment at a German military base, said the abuse began once he tried to escape from his Afghan kidnappers. But an official warned it was diff­ icult to verify the 28­year­old’s story. Although Sgt Bergdahl is believed to be able to travel back to the US, doctors fear he is not emotionally pre­ pared for a reunion with his family, as the soldier is yet to speak to them. It could take three weeks before he is sufficiently reintegrated, according to a psychologist at the Pentagon. Once prepared, he will be taken to an army base in Texas to see relatives. Sgt Bergdahl was returned to the US military in exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Critics said the US had handed back five dangerous extremists who could

still be a threat to the country, while questions also persist over whether Sgt Bergdahl deser­ ted his post. But US secre­ tary of state, John Kerry, said: Beaten: Bergdahl ‘It would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American be­ hind, no matter what.’ In a CNN interview, he tried to assure Americans the Taliban mili­ tants still face jail time in Qatar. He said: ‘I am not telling you they don’t have some ability at some point to go back and get involved in terror. ‘[But] I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Ameri­ cans.’ Meanwhile, the FBI is investi­ gating death threats directed at Sgt Bergdahl’s parents and wider family.

PAKISTAN: Gunmen stormed Karachi airport last night killing five security guards. Up to ten armed men got into a restricted area of Jinnah International Airport using forged identities to launch their grenade attack. The airport was sealed off as the army moved in to tackle them. State TV showed pictures of a fire close to passenger planes but officials say the attack happened at a terminal used for VIP flights. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Manhunt as inmates escape in helicopter CANADA: Three inmates are on the run after breaking out of jail by helicopter. The remand prisoners were flown from the Orsainville Detention Centre in Quebec City on Saturday night and headed towards Montreal. Airports are on alert and people have been warned not to approach the alleged drugs pushers. In March last year, two inmates escaped by helicopter from another prison in Quebec but were found within hours.

EGYPT: Supporters wave banners as former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, 59, is sworn in as president. Yesterday’s ceremony in Cairo failed to calm Western fears over a crackdown on protest Picture: AP

Pope’s Middle East peace prayer VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis brought the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer meeting yesterday. The pontiff (pictured) invited Israel’s Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers in the shadow of St Peter’s Basilica. ‘Prayer is all-powerful. Let us use it to bring peace to the Middle East,’ he tweeted.

and finally... GERMANY: Drunken Mario Schneider escaped without injury after lying down for a sleep on a railway line and being run over by a train. The 36-year-old had decided it was comfortable on the tracks and dozed off between the rails, Hamburg police said.


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Bieber ‘baptised’ to wash off racism row

Cheryl Cole was mocked for her twerking and accused of miming after performing during the Britain’s Got Talent final. The X Factor judge was given the chance by boss Simon Cowell to perform new single Crazy Stupid Love on Saturday but left some viewers less than besotted. ‘Awful attempt by @CherylCole to appear like she was singing live on BGT by miming to a pre-recorded out of tune vocal #awful #quit xx,’ tweeted one observer. Another wrote: ‘Cheryl Cole twerking is possibly the cringiest thing I’ve ever seen.’ Other fans disagreed and insisted Cole, 30, had sung live.


ustin BiEBER has explored a new method for cleaning up his act – after being ‘baptised’ in his friend’s bathroom. the 20-year-old singer looks like he wants to wash his sins away, after two videos showed him using the n-word and making racist remarks. Pastor Carl Lentz, who works with the pop brat in new York, has said he spent a week doing intense Bible study with Biebs, involving going to church services and reading scriptures. But the One time singer struggled to find a church for the baptism, according to tMZ. As he didn’t want to risk being interrupted, he opted for a friend’s bathtub. news of his leap of faith came as

by jEnni McknigHT usher, his mentor and manager, joined other black entertainers in supporting the controversial star. On his instagram account, he posted a photo of the pair and wrote: ‘As i have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, i can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential. ‘But he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was five years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. ‘What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self,

an example to millions of kids that follow him not to make the same mistakes.’ Other stars who leapt to Bieber’s defence include 50 Cent, Russell Brand and Whoopi Goldberg. Bieber apologised for his ‘childish and inexcusable’ behaviour in a statement after the first clip emerged. it is claimed the man who leaked the footage had demanded a €740,000 pay-out to keep it private. Once a second clip was uploaded showing the star singing about joining the Ku Klux Klan, he went on instagram and posted Bible verses. Many of the passages focused on dealing with forgiveness and salvation. A spokesperson for Bieber declined to comment on his reported baptism.

My new look? I’ve just grown up, insists Ella

Ella Henderson says her glamorous new look is down to growing up rather than diet fads. The 18-year-old said slimming down and becoming more confident

was a ‘natural transition’. ‘There was nothing crazy and, if I’m honest, I think it’s just me hitting puberty,’ the former X Factor finalist insisted.

A SONG AND DANCE NUMBER: Cliff Richard was at the CastleHyde, home of Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley, in Cork yesterday to receive a lifetime achievement award for the Congratulations singer’s contribution to the music industry. In return, the 73-year-old gifted a Steinway piano to the Irish World Academy of Music at the University of Limerick and said his foundation would donate €100,000 to local charities. Sir Cliff was in Ireland for a gig at the O2 PIcturE: ProvIsIon


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Robert Pattinson seems to be turning his back on the belief that all leading men need to have rock hard abs, if his diet is anything to go by. The actor, 28, is said to have ‘survived on white bread and BBQ sauce for weeks’ while filming new film The Rover in Australia. Director David Michod revealed the star had lived on a ‘carb-heavy’ diet at a Q&A

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What’s the best way to stay sane in the slammer? Reading books. Piper knows that the only way to get outside her cell during her sentence is through her imagination, and so makes sure she’s well stocked for the long months ahead. While she won’t be spending the night with her fiancé any time soon, at least she has 50 Shades Of Grey to keep her warm.

ESSENTIALS FOR LIFE ON THE INSIDE As fans of the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black will know, life behind bars at Litchfield Prison is tough. The inmates have little in the way of home comforts, and have to make do with bland food, bare rooms, as well as abrasive cellmates and corrupt guards. To get by, they need to be resourceful and find inventive uses for the limited items that they have at their disposal. Taking inspiration from our favourite characters from the show, here’s our top 5 list of essential life hacks for surviving on the inside.

Quick-witted and street smart Alex likes to stand out from the crowd. She has found an ingenious use of the magic marker - other than counting down the days left of her sentence – as a make-shift eyeliner pen.

Feared and respected head chef Red knows that her appearance needs to match her fierce reputation. Always prepared for a catfight, she uses her nail file to make sure that her claws are as razor sharp as her tongue.

With the very limited resources available in prison, defending yourself isn’t always easy. Crazy Eyes knows that if you want to make an impact, you need to get creative. Her weapon of choice also happens to double up as a delicious dessert. Revenge will never taste so sweet.

Rubber gloves are an essential for Pornstache, not only for room inspections and squat-and-cough strip searches, but also his other more underhand dirty dealings. The perfect accessory for a crime, he uses them to hide a multitude of sins from his unsuspecting co-workers.



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Is it a boy or a computer? We can’t tell

A COMPUTER has fooled humans into thinking it was a teenage boy to become the first machine to pass a benchmark test of intelligence. ‘Eugene Goostman’ – a computer programme developed to simulate a 13-year-old – duped judges during a series of five-minute text-based chats at the Royal Society in London. No computer has ever previously passed the Turing Test, which requires 30 per cent of human interrogators to be unable to tell whether they were talking to a person or machine. The test was devised in 1950 by World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who claimed that, if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, it was ‘thinking’. Prof Kevin Warwick, from the University of Reading, helped organise the latest attempt to pass the test. He said: ‘In the field of artificial intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the

New jaw-der: Artist’s take on how face evolved (from top) Picture: Pa IT ISN’T just boxing’s knockout victims whose faces have been rearranged by powerful punches. We all bear the marks of our species’ penchant for biffing each other in the visage, new research suggests. Being dealt a bone-breaking blow was such a threat to survival that we evolved to make it harder for attackers to do damage, according to experts who studied human pre-cursors the australopiths. Having started with a protruding jaw that cried out to be stoved in, the hominids developed a human-like skull in

which the areas likeliest to get hit were toughest. Lead researcher Dr David Carrier said: ‘The australopiths were characterised by traits that may have improved fighting ability – including hand proportions that allow formation of a fist. If, indeed, the evolution of our hand proportions were associated with selection for fighting behaviour, you might expect the primary target, the face, to have also undergone evolution to better protect it.’ The role of fighting in evolution is a favourite topic of Dr Carrier, from the University of Utah – he

Turing Test. This milestone will go down in history as one of the most exciting.’ He said there had been previous claims the test was passed in similar competitions around the world. But he added: ‘A true Turing Test does not set the questions or topics prior to the conversations.’ Vladimir Veselov, who created ‘Eugene Goostman’ with Eugene Demchenko, said: ‘It’s a remarkable achievement for us and we hope it boosts interest in artificial intelligence.’ Saturday’s challenge took place on the 60th anniversary of the death of Mr Turing, whose work at the code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park in England saved thousands of lives during the war. But he was persecuted for being gay and convicted of gross indecency in 1952. Last year, he was given a royal pardon after a long campaign.

body found in killer crocodile HUMAN remains have been found inside a one-tonne crocodile after a man was snatched from a boat in front of his family. Parts of the unnamed 62-year-old were recovered from the stomach of the 4.7m-long saltwater croc yesterday. The victim was on a camping holiday with his wife, son and daughter-in-law when the reptile grabbed him, dragging him into a deep pool on Saturday. The crocodile was one of two shot dead by rangers near the spot where the man was attacked in Kakadu National Park, Australia. In January, a 12-yearold boy was killed and his friend mauled by a crocodile in the World Heritage-listed park in Northern Territory.

Why Juan quit SPAIN’s King Juan Carlos chose to abdicate because he did not want his son, Felipe, 46, ‘to wither’ waiting like British royal heir Prince Charles. His chief of the royal household, Rafael Spottorno, said: ‘He saw, above all, that his son was in his prime and didn’t want to see him like Charles.’

How your face was shaped by prehistoric punch-ups also believes that we learned to walk on two legs to make us nimbler opponents in brawls. His study of the australopiths – who lived 4million years ago – pours more cold water on the notion that humans before civilisation were ‘noble savages’. The theory offers a clue as to why men – being more likely to get in scraps – have evolved heavier face bones than women. But the fight factor has played a role in the facial evolution of both sexes, according to his research published in journal Biological Reviews.

Gene variant linked to brain cancer A GENETIC characteristic usually associated with youthfulness and good health increases the risk of brain cancer, research has shown. Longer telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, are generally thought to be a sign of slow biological ageing. But scientists found two common gene variants linked to long telomeres that significantly raise the risk of deadly brain cancers known as gliomas. The variants in the TERT and TERC genes are respectively carried by

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51 per cent and 72 per cent of the population. Lead researcher Dr Kyloe Walsh, of University of California, said: ‘Though longer telomeres might be good for you as a whole person, reducing many health risks and slowing ageing, they might also cause some cells to live longer than they’re supposed to, which is one of the hallmarks of cancer.’ The new study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, involved a huge investigation of telomere length in almost 40,000 people.





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Scandals won’t stop me from staying with the Church


WOULD like to give my reason, and perhaps the reason of other people, for maintaining loyalty to the Catholic Church. First, let me say that I am also deeply appalled by revelations about clerical abuse and reports about the Magdalene laundries. Unfortunately, equally appalling things happen in our society every single day that barely get noticed, such as people getting violently attacked by hammer-wielding thugs or somebody getting their car stolen while they are still in it. Is there a debate in Ireland today about these aspects of society? I choose to follow the Church because it is made up of people like you and me, people who have failings but who are also capable of doing great things to help others. I do not think you have to be part of any religious group to do any of these things, but it is my faith that has helped me recognise that trying to help others as best you can and appreciating what you have is so important in life. Daniel, Clontarf. ■ About the whole ‘celebrities as role models’ subject – I think it’s ridiculous that anyone in the limelight nowadays is meant to be a guiding light for children. Sure, excessive drug use, drinking and nasty language isn’t something I’d want a kid to be exposed to too much, but these celebrities are people too. Their

audience may be younger but that doesn’t mean they should be the main influence. Where are parents and adults informing their children properly about the things ‘celebrities’ do for fame? It’s not up to Miley Cyrus to raise your kids! CP, Dublin ■ Gavin, sexist is not the term I would use when referring to the Women’s Mini Marathon, a charity event organised by ladies who raise many euro for worthy causes. Mysogynistic is a term that comes to mind when I read your contribution. What happened to make you so bitter? Ireland is a country rife with inequalities, to suggest even in jest that these are somehow propagated by the chosen name of this wonderful event is nonsense. Liam, Dublin 15 ■ Gavin, in response to your sexist comment. Yes, there is a men’s mini-marathon that takes place in the Phoenix Park on the May bank holiday and, no, women don’t burn their bras! The Women’s Mini-Marathon is a fantastic charity event. Get off your high horse and go out for a run, because you need it. Also, it’s called a mini-marathon, meaning 10k. It doesn’t say Women’s Marathon. Yes, maybe some women would mistake it for a marathon, but it’s a great day and fair play to all the women who took part and raised loads of money for charities. Proud female runner

Win one of our Orange Is The New Black jumpsuits! ORANGE really is the new black, as our merchandisers proved on Friday – to get people in the mood for the second series of Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black, they hit the streets sporting some rather vibrant correctional facility threads. The paper even had a Piper Chapman front page, which caused a stir. No sooner had our team stepped out with the special edition than our office was inundated with calls, tweets and Facebook messages from people looking to get their hands on their very own jumpsuit. To thank our readers for the compliments, we’re giving away 15 of the arresting numbers. To enter, visit jumpsuit-prize and tell us where and when you would wear yours

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● Thanks to the guy who found my friend’s wallet on O’Connell Street. It had €800 plus two credit cards, driving licence/ PPS number, etc., in it. He was despairing – until he got a call from this Portuguese guy who had just moved to Dublin a few days ago, who found the wallet. My friend’s happiness was indescribable! Teresita



● To the guy carrying my great grandmother’s coffin at the 3.25 cremation at Mount Jerome. Call me please! Blonde in black mini. Sinead, Castletown ● To Niall in Carphone Warehouse… I was so distracted by your ‘smart’ watch I forgot to ask for your number. Coffee sometime?



UK reaction to hurling on Sky

● Enjoyed the #Hurling. No idea of the rules (except don’t show them you’re hurt). Is the GK voluntary or a punishment?!


● Hurling on Sky! Brilliant idea. Superb combination of skill and violence.


● Watching the hurling on Sky. How feckin’ mad do you have to be to be a keeper in this game!!!?? @Caerwynt_Loops ● Mad mix of the best bits of hockey, rugby, golf and ‘keepie-ups’. Played with

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● Watching this Irish Hurling on Sky Sports confirms my belief that the Irish are mental. @samthedogtaylor

● Just watched 5 mins of Hurling, WTF is going on? There’s a GK but they keep smashing it over the bar how the f*** does he save that? @micky220406 ● This is my new favourite sport :-) #hurling @PaulEele


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We want you out of your head Indie rock stars Arcade Fire want fans to embrace their new carnival vibe – in a strictly musical sense, writes Amy Dawson


t’s a soggy wolf of a day in Maidstone, Kent, but I’m cosied up under hot studio lights, watching Arcade Fire rehearse for tonight’s Later… With Jools Holland. the Dublinbound group, one of the biggest bands in the world, are giving me and a few dozen others what amounts to a private performance. Not bad for a wet tuesday afternoon. Later, in the fascinatingly messy backstage area strewn with mysterious props – a rubber chicken here, a plastic lobster there – frontman Win Butler, his multi-instrumentalist brother Will and bassist tim Kingsbury take a tea break. I’ve heard a few stories about Win losing his temper and given that he’s a sleep-deprived new father who’s been working all day, straight from a red-eye flight, I fear he might be tetchy. In the end, with his 6ft 4in frame encased in some jazzy printed pants, he’s positively pally. ‘there’s a kind of playful undercurrent to what we’re doing now,’ he says. ‘there’s room for us to be a little more light-hearted and funny.’ Alongside the likes of the National or Radiohead, the Montreal-based collective are one of the few acts who can put intelligent, critically credible indie rock at the top of the mainstream while somehow still sustaining a reputation as outsiders. they are perhaps still best known for epic early anthems such as Wake Up and Rebellion – triumphant but doomful songs with huge helpings

Face off: Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara, Richard Reed Parry, Régine Chassagne, Win Butler, Will Butler and Tim Kingsbury (below) like to ‘let go’ wearing bobbleheads, (right) of organ and strings that feel like lashing yourself to a ship’s mast during a storm. Grammy-winning third album the suburbs was equally transfixing but more restrained. However, last October’s double album, Reflektor, featuring production sheen courtesy of LCD soundsystem’s James Murphy and backing vocals from none other than David Bowie, was something else entirely. Drawing on studio 54 disco and Haitian rara music, it’s frequently magnificent but undeniably difficult and frankly bizarre in parts. the band spent time recording in Jamaica and Haiti, from where the family of Arcade Fire co-founder Régine Chassagne, who is married to Win, originate. they have alluded to the country in past songs and long supported various projects there – but, except for

the track Here Comes the Night time, the Haitian influences on Reflektor are fairly subtle (although the band have now beefed up their rhythm section with the help of some expert Haitian drummers). ‘We didn’t really make a Haitian album,’ agrees Win, ‘but it gave us some more language to work with.’ It’s also given them added oomph. Inspired by playing a 4am set at the Haitian Kanaval, the band have been stoking up a club-carnival energy in their own live shows, performing in glittering costumes, masks and giant papier-mâché bobbleheads of their own faces. ‘the energy was insane,’ explains Win. ‘A lot of modern carnivals have become this spring break Bacchanalian kind of thing, but although the Haitian carnival is a still fun, it’s got this really deep African folk undercurrent. the level of artistic expression is pretty inspiring.’ We’re actually sitting next to Will’s giant head and they encourage me to put it on. It’s extremely claustro-

phobic in there but the real Will explains that it means as a performer ‘you feel completely free to let go’. the band have also asked fans to wear costume or formal dress when they play Dublin. ‘You could wear all green, or just a really cool dress. It’s not a big deal at all if you don’t dress up but if everyone does, it makes people more willing to go with it and get out of their heads.’


e’s talking in a musical sense, of course: Arcade Fire aren’t really ones for rock’n’roll debauchery. Win is chugging a smoothie as we chat and at one point drummer Jeremy Gara bounds over with pictures of his ridiculously cute new puppy. they are, as Will puts it, a ‘pretty civilised group of people’. ‘Yeah,’ interjects tim drily, ‘because if anyone’s super-jacked-up on uppers we just slide them a downer!’ the once enigmatic band seem to agree to many more interviews now

but some members choose not to speak to the media. ‘the need to get people to click on stuff is so extreme,’ says Win, ‘to the point that you’ll say something and it will be used as a pull quote that really has nothing to do with what you actually meant. And it’s all so people can sell space to advertise Coca-Cola. By creating this atmosphere of fake animosity, we’re all getting ripped off.’ so how comfortable do they feel about being one of the biggest bands in the world? ‘Right now, we’re at the peak of our powers,’ muses Win, ‘and we’re working hard but we’re more able to enjoy the positive aspects of what we do. It’s easier for solo artists than bands to make it past the 20-year mark… but as long as we have the mojo, we’ll keep pushing hard.’

Arcade Fire play Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, with support from the Pixies on June 29. See www. for more

THEy SHOOT, THEy ScORE Acts Who’ve DAbbleD In FIlM In addition to their No.1 album and sell-out tour, Arcade Fire earned an Oscar nomination for their score to Spike Jonze’s Her. They’re not the only act to have dabbled in silverscreen sonics. The Chemical Brothers Atonement director Joe Wright’s acclaimed 2011 thriller hanna, about a girl (saoirse Ronan) raised as a


trained assassin in the wilds of Finland, came with an original score by the big-beat dance duo.

Jeffrey eugenides’s 1993 novel. the dreamy, melancholy music won the band an army of new fans and stands up as some of their best work.

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Timed almost to perfection THE big RELEAsE


An outbreak of nu-folk THE HoT spRoCkETs BROTHER NaTuRE

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First things first: Kasabian’s first single Eez-Eh from this, their fifth studio album, might be the worst track they’ve ever released. It’s Reverend And The Makers meets Happy Mondays, done badly, and made even more exasperating by lyrics such as ‘everyone’s on bugle, now we’re being watched by Google’. It’s not so much Nineteen Eighty-Four as a sad stab at 1990. Then there’s 48:13’s ‘highly conceptual’ cover artwork with a ‘constant and subversive use of bright pink’ from Aitor Throup. The man responsible for England’s last World Cup kit began working with Kasabian in 2011 and will orchestrate their Glastonbury headline appearance.

Fortunately, Throup’s colourful tendencies are not indicative of what is the Leicester rockers’ hardest and darkest album yet.

After some trademark foreboding synths, 48:13 bursts into life with Bumblebee, a classic Led Zeppelin-style opener in which

frontman Tom Meighan yells ‘ecstasy’ just enough times to cultivate the belief you’re experiencing it. The processed beats that adorned Kasabian’s self-titled debut are a welcome and consistent presence on this outing, starting with Stevie and pulling no punches on Treat, which ascends into some mesmerising acid house. Producer/chief songwriter Sergio Pizzorno’s stand-out effort is the trippy Glass, which features a dazzling guest appearance from poet Suli Breaks. Bow would have been a perfect and poignant closer but for that damned album title and the need for another four minutes of material. Cue Kasabian’s unnecessary venture into Sgt. Pepper territory on SPS. Lyrically, 48:13 can’t match Kasabian’s most widely acclaimed album so far, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, but stylistically and musically, it comes very, very close. James Day

We’ve said it before: Mumford & Sons have a LOT to answer for. There was a time no selfrespecting rock band would dare be seen in public hefting a mandolin or banjo (unless you had sold millions of records and were in a position to do what you liked). Quicker than you could say ‘Little Lion Man’, however, suddenly guitars were out, beards, waistcoats and rootsy faux Americana in. Because of our traditional links to roots music, the vogue has proved especially pernicious in Ireland, resulting in a band such as The Hot Sprockets. It isn’t as if they are particularly irritating (though they are a bit), it’s just that their music reminds you of nu-folk songs you’ve heard a hundred times already. Above all, it’s their weapons-grade jollity that gets under the skin: relentlessly jaunty, listening to their second album is like being stuck on a train journey with someone who loves the sound of their own voice. Suddenly time seems to be passing very, very slowly. Eamon de Paor

Jack White is back – with his drive undiminished JaCk WHiTE LazaRETTO

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Given Jack White’s fondness for blurring fact and fiction (remember, this is the man who convinced us all that his partner in The White Stripes was his sister, when she was actually his ex-wife), it’s hard to regard the story behind his second solo album’s creation with anything

but suspicion. Maybe the Nashvillebased roots music modernist did use a rediscovered pile of short stories and plays written when he was a love-struck 19-year-old as the springboard, maybe not. The backstory hardly matters – but these 11 new songs do. Recorded with members of the studio and touring outfits used on his last album, they were more than 18 months in the making – an age for a man notorious for his cut-andrun approach.

‘Yeah, I got three women – red, blonde and brunette’ is the opening line of the first song, a tongue-in-cheek brag built out of fairground organ, hammered piano and extravagant licks of blues guitar, while the title track harks back to The Dead Weather’s snarling I Cut Like A Buffalo. High Ball Stepper is a filthy, squealing instrumental that spits so loudly with crackle, it might well convince you your amp is on the blink. There’s contrast in the

folkish and sweetly forlorn Temporary Ground, the back porchstyled country-rock number Entitlement and rousing, hymnlike closer Want And Able. Lazaretto was always going to have to work hard to measure up to the wallop of 2012’s Blunderbuss. But if it’s lighter on the gee-whizz guitar pyrotechnics and leans harder on the keys, then White hasn’t sacrificed any of his trademark energy or dramatic eccentricity. sharon O’Connell


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Co-written and recorded with Björn Yttling of Peter, Björn & John, this power-pop set shows off the mix of to-hell-with-you attitude and sweet vulnerability that marked the best Pretenders songs. Dark Sunglasses isn’t the most original metaphor for selfdeception but there’s a lot to admire in the lush Like In The Movies and driving A Plan Too Far, and Hynde’s voice is still a thing of bruised beauty. sO’C

Clipping CLPPNG Sub Pop HHHHI

The debut by LA avant hip hop trio Clipping is as eccentric as the way they represent their name. Those after rolling, old-school rhymes might be disappointed but this blend of gangsta rap, dark electronics and Kanye-style abrasive production is genuinely thrilling. West Coast don King T is among those complementing Daveed Diggs’s rapid-fire flows, best demonstrated on abstract soul track Taking Off. sO’C


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Another album of melodic country-folk and lush vocal harmonies from the sisters who sound straight out of the Americana heartland but hail from Stockholm. The ‘Mumford it’s OK to like’, their songs are irresistibly poppy with a dark vibe keeping things fresh, such as on lead single My Silver Lining, which has sweet strings and a dolorous tune. Amy Dawson

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★ Must see ★

Drama gail & Me: 40 yearS on Coronation Street UTV, 8pm

gaMe of throneS SKy ATLANTIC, 9PM With our nerves still in tatters from last week’s eye-shuddering showdown – which made the Red Wedding look like an episode of Postman Pat – what does season four’s penultimate episode, titled The Watchers Of The Wall, hold in store? One big mega-battle, that’s what, complete with hairy mammoths, firebrands and the sky-renting cry of ‘Tonight We Fight!’ Yes, it’s Jon Snow (Kit Harington, right) in full battle mode – but will we find out what happens to Tyrion, his fate hanging in the balance?

Surely 30 minutes is insufficient to celebrate the twists and bizarre turns in the life of Gail McIntyre, whose previous names include Potter, Tilsley, Platt and Hillman. Apologies if we’ve left anyone out. As this giggly nostalgia-fest with actress Helen Worth (above) reminds us, Gail’s been unlucky with men and given birth to devil children, yet still comes up… well, not smiling exactly – it’s more of a constipated scowl. Bless her.

Coronation Street

Fun Celebrity JereMy Kyle UTV, 2pm

If you were a troubled celebrity, eager to open up about your pain and the ordeal of living life in the public eye, then who would you choose… Jeremy Kyle, of course! First to fall into Kyle’s embrace is former Strike It Lucky host Michael Barrymore, whose fortunes took a dive following tragic revelations regarding his private life. How deeply Kyle will probe on that matter remains to be seen. But the DNA test should be a corker.

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Never a dull moment – though plenty of gruesome ones – in this darkly compelling US comedy about two men on their uppers, ensnared into a game of dare by a super-rich loudmouth (David Koechner, aka Champ from Anchorman) and his enigmatic young wife. Pat Healy (above) features.

brazil: a nation expeCtS

Get prepped for the footballing madness in the weeks ahead with a documentary promising ‘rare’ and ‘exclusive’ access to arguably the world’s greatest football team. A behind-thescenes look at the ‘Scolari family’ – led by Luiz Felipe (above) – as they prepare themselves for the small matter of the 2014 Fifa World Cup. The build-up starts here.

Factual david beCKhaM into the unKnoWn BBC1, 8.30pm

He’s hung up his football boots and has a window in his diary between underwear modelling shoots, so David Beckham decides it’s time he found himself. Which, in this case, involves riding a motorbike around Brazil – you know where the World Cup, sans Becks, is happening – with his best mate Dave (his manager), a photographer and a bloke who can fix the bike if it goes wrong. What do we learn? That Becks can really rock a bandana...

britain’S Whale hunterS: the untold Story BBC4, 9pm

A century ago, whaling was a profitable business for enterprising sailors, with whale products used in everything from oil lamps to corsets. Historian Adam Nicolson travels to South Georgia to see what the whalers left behind.


★ the return of

the rod Squad RTÉ2, 10.30pm

The fourth and final part of this series is destined to push certain buttons that have perhaps not been tapped into in this portrait of former Monaghan Utd manager Roddy Collins (above). As the observational documentary series bows out, it’s time to look at the impact that Collins’s team has had on the local community and the work that is done by their tireless volunteers. The top-flight domestic football league is not always the kindest of environments so dreams and realities are sure to clash here and there.


Universal, 9pm This Canadian murder drama borrows the old Columbo trick of telling us who the killer is at the start and then, in ‘whydunnit’ style, traces the case back through clues and flashbacks. Kristin Lehman – who starred in the US version of The Killing – is a likeable lead detective. Also, keep an eye out in this pilot episode for a certain New Kids On The Block cameo.

ripper Street RTÉ1, 11.35pm

With it recently announced that a third series of this Victorian-era crime drama would film once again in Ireland, RTÉ offers a chance for viewers to decide once and for all if this was a wise decision on the part of the Irish Film Board. Tonight, Detective Inspector Reid (Matthew McFadyen) is looking into a string of crafty robberies around Whitechapel. Atmospheric, if slightly thin, viewing.

daMn the defiant! More4, 11.25am

Alec Guinness (Mr ‘Genuine Class’ himself) leads alongside Dirk Bogarde in this seminal 1962 naval mutiny epic. These days, Master & Commander is obviously the go-to film for fans of Patrick O’Brien-style swashbuckling, but before it arrived in 2003, Lewis Gilbert’s film was considered the pinnacle of Hollywood set-piece expertise. Barnstorming fun.

Country Strong

TG4, 9.30pm

C4, 8.30pm

Nothing can touch Jamie Oliver now – his books were a jackpot question on Pointless, proof that the English celebrity chef is firmly part of the UK’s cultural menu. Tonight, he shows us how chicken thighs down the bottom of the freezer can be turned into a succulent budget paella. Nom nom...


TV3, 7.30pm & 8.30pm Owen and Anna have got worried faces as they head to the Bistro – and it’s not because Gail (see above) has been let loose on the house lasagne. No, this ill-fated duo have been torn apart by the soap law that decrees that no couple can be permitted to stay happy together, turtlestyle, for more than five minutes. Shame.


BBC3, 10pm The bond between the wacky Pappy’s chaps starts to rip asunder when stylish new neighbours arrive and seduce them with their sophisticated ways. It’s a thin-ish premise for half an hour of comedy but the trio of Ben Clark, Matthew Crosby and Tom Parry attack it with such vigour, you can’t help but laugh.

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On its release, Country Strong seemed to elicit more ire for starring Gwyneth Paltrow (above) than for poor filmmaking, which is unfair. Look past the real-life celeb eejitry of Paltrow and there is a fine performance in this romantic drama about a big country-music star battling emotional demons. All the singing is Paltrow’s own and the scenes where her character is disintegrating are a reminder of her Oscarwinning ways. Sturdy if unspectacular support comes from Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester.

the Client

Film4, 11.10pm

RTÉ2, 10pm

Efficient John Grisham adaptation that stars Susan Sarandon as a recovering alcoholic attorney who takes on an 11-year-old client. When young Mark (the late Brad Renfro) witnesses the suicide of a mafia lawyer who confesses that the Mob were behind the death of a US senator, it’s clear trouble ain’t going to be far behind.

That RTÉ has had the cohones to get behind Dave McSavage’s excellent but uncompromising satire series is to be commended, especially given that the halls of Montrose itself are often in the comedian’s crosshairs. Season three comes to an end tonight with a look at the Irish and war. Expect the laughs to still come thick and fast as McSavage holds a mirror up to us and forces a look at our own absurdity in this country. Will we see a fourth season of this now iconic show? We hope.

the boat that roCKed RTÉ1, 12.45am

Richard Curtis, the writer/ director behind big, bouncy and frightfully British hits such as Notting Hill and Four Weddings... slightly missed a trick with this poorly structured lark about pirate radio DJs transmitting from a boat in the North Sea. The cast, however, are the reason to tune in – Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Philip Seymour Hoffman and our own Chris O’Dowd, all having a ball.

Party People

going out Out and about in dublin If the hat fits: Carl Shabaan at The Jameson Cult Film Club screening of Fight Club at The Tivoli

Socialite: Leanne Woodful was at the Sockies social media awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Jazz hand: Roni Bruno at Stella Bass’s Too Darn Hot jazz album launch in the Sugar Club

Pictures: collins; brian mcevoy; anthony woods

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Join Me In The P Pines (the new side X1’ David Geraghty, project from Bell X1’s pictured), Oona FFrawley (author of no Flight) and acclaimed debut novel Murph (writer and journalist) Peter Murphy Ton Clayton-Lea for this will join Tony hipst love-in week’s hipster Vultur Culture Vultures at The Odessa Club Thu, Odessa Club, 14 Dame Court D2, 8pm, €10. www.

Not so much a singersongwriter as the fifth element, Dolly Parton isn’t planning to retire any time soon. On her just-released Blue Smoke album she’s not reinventing the wheel, so the comfort of recognition and country class is evident in spades, with lustrous and defiant bluegrass number If I Had Wings a highlight. Expect a generous feelgood set when she visits Dublin this week sharing classics – Jolene, 9 To 5, et al – from her inimitable back catalogue Wed, The 02, East Link Bridge, North Wall Quay D1, 7.30pm, from €58.65. Tel: 0818 719 300.

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Regal eagles: Ed O’Rourke and Sean Munsanje at the Irish premiere of Grace Of Monaco at the Screen cinema


Once dubbed ‘folk’s Billie Holiday’, Greenwich Village singer-songwriter Karen Dalton was renowned for her singular, other-worldly voice but died in obscurity in 1992 after a long battle with addiction. She has enjoyed a posthumous resurgence thanks to the release of a series of influential albums, including It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best. Her life and legacy are explored in this new multi-media exhibition by artist Mark Garry which includes photography, sculpture and new film, Bridges Burned And Backs Turned Until Jun 28, Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street D2, Mon to Fri 10am to 5.45pm, Sat 11am to 4.30pm, free. Tel: (01) 670 9093.

Ireland’s longest-running cha an opportunity to hear som mber music festival affords renowned classical artists e of the world’s most pe architectural gems across rform in various Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. Highlights includ e Arabella Steinbacher (pictu German violinist red) who will join pianist Robert Kulek for a sel works by Franck, Beethove ection of chamber n (tomorrow, Kilruddery Ho and Prokofiev use); and Richard Goode, the internationally pianist from New York, wh acclaimed concert ose tremendous ability to interpret and pe rform keyboard greats has made him an int ernational star (Wed, Royal College Of Ph ysicians). Elsewhere, in a unique literary/musical Olwen Fouéré will read fro collaboration, the sublime m with Britain’s The Heath Qu TS Eliot’s Four Quartets String Quartet In A Minor artet performing Beethoven’s (Th Until Sun, www.greatmusi u, Smock Alley)

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Expect gorgeous folk standards, inspired covers (from Bruce Springsteen to Hozier) and beguiling original compositions when The Evertides – Ruth McGill, Ruth Smith and Alma Kelliher – bring their sublime harmonies to Chancery Lane Theatre for three nights this week. Support from Ger Kelly Thu, Fri & Sat, Chancery Lane Theatre, Chancery Lane D8, 8.30pm, €10.

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Work, rest and play your way to a happier team funky offices Christina Finn discovers modern offices in Dublin can be so much more than meets the eye

Productivity and the workforce


HE days of the traditional office with square cubicles, dull walls and bad fluorescent lighting are coming to an end. Forget the 1980s offices of Working Girl, nowadays its all about offices with slides, nap areas and pool tables. While the idea of designing an innovative workspace appeared across the pond a few years ago, it was Google’s office in Dublin that planted the seed in the minds of many businesses in Ireland that the workplace need not be a boring place. The bright colours, fun hang-out areas and meeting rooms in Google’s Grand Canal Dock home really set the bar when it came to unique and wacky workspaces. The 14 floors of Google Docks’ main building all have different themes and decor, with areas

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that are fully carpeted in grass. Some have swings and others great little pods where workers can go and think up the next big thing. There’s free food, beer and a great gym for staff – sure why would you leave? Maybe that’s the idea... Dr Melrona Kirrane, lecturer in Organisational Psychology at DCU Business School says workspace has an impact on creativity and mood. ‘Office layout can create a desired

organisational culture of creativity and innovation,’ she adds. So, what are people putting into the modern office? Ryanair’s new offices in Airside Business Park come complete with a giant chess set, a games room and a slide. In typical Michael O’Leary fashion, the slide comes complete with a warning sign that is to the point, stating: ‘The slide is not suitable for pregnant women, those with existing injuries or gobshites.’

Other unique offices in Dublin belong to Airbnb, Verve and the Digital Hub. Nic Roome, Dublin office manager for Airbnb, hopes their office, with old-school telephone boxes and an Irish-style pub meeting area, has a positive effect on staff. ‘Airbnb is about unique, memorable and inspiring experiences. The design of our office should reflect that. You’ll find the team working from kitchens, sofas, dining tables and even a bar.’

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Jobseekers urged to leap onto Springboard

The blue crew: Google’s Dublin HQ is home to a wide variety of office design He says the office was designed to ‘create a dynamic, flexible work environment. People have the ability to work from different parts of the office throughout the day. There’s also a tiered-level area peppered with green cushions, nicknamed The Hill, that can be used for meetings or simply as an informal work area. These sort of flexible spaces help to foster a collaborative, creative atmosphere.’ Dr Kirrane said open-plan offices, cubicles and ergonomic furniture have led to increased worker performance and satisfaction, improved communication, better transfer of learned skills and better recruitment and retention of qualified personnel. ‘Studies show that certain features of the physical workplace can have positive effects on creative task performance; features such as the presence of plants, colours, use of natural materials and furniture, a non-crowded workspace and direct window view are relevant here,’ she said. However, she did add that a colourful and unique environment can only go so far. ‘There is no substitution for encouraging creativity. A nice plant and colourful wall can

only do so much,’ she said. Melissa Meehan, marketing and communications manager with the Digital Hub Development Agency says their offices are designed to encourage the vibrant cluster of digital content and technology enterprises that work there. ‘There are many technology and creative businesses at the Digital Hub, so it is important to have a work environment that fosters creative thinking. The site is the print works where Guinness used to print its labels – so that’s a piece of history you want to keep. We have kept the clock-in cards on the wall – it is that kind of quirky appeal that gets people talking,’ says Meehan. Irish event and brand activation agency Verve have only recently opened their new office. ‘We had been looking for a new office for nearly two and a half years,’ explains creative director John O’Shaughnessy, who said that part of what they do is to create and build sets for parties, ‘so it was nice to be able to do it for ourselves for once’. The 9,000 sq ft office space is lit with the company’s motto – We Are Live. One feature that jumps out at


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you is the 1973 sleek vintage Citroen DS car, which has been redesigned as a meeting space. The sleek, white office has splashes of graffiti on the walls and a treehouse on the wall near one of the work stations. Dr Paul Donovan, senior lecturer at NUI Maynooth’s School of Business, specialising in HR management, said designing places of work has been something that has been thought about for decades. ‘Companies are now seeing the benefits in having a space for employees that is relaxed and nice to be in, with the consensus being that it spurs on ideas and productivity,’ he said. He said the reasoning behind designing places of work where you can get all your meals, go to the gym, get a beer and have fun, is about breaking down the barriers between home and work. ‘Why does your work buy you a smartphone – so they can contact you 24/7. Why do they buy you a tablet? So you will be working on it. Having a comfortable, relaxed place to work makes people want to stay there, which is ultimately good for the business,’ he said.

MORE than 6,000 new free higher education places are being made available to jobseekers through the Government’s Springboard programme. The scheme targets areas of job growth and aims to help the unemployed to upskill and return to the workforce. More than 38 colleges across the country are involved in the programme, offering 171 different courses. Some 21 of those are in the information and communications technology area, allowing people to convert their skills to this growing sector. Courses are generally part-time, less than a year in duration and are free to jobseekers. Qualifications are at certificate, degree and postgraduate level. Work placements are also being offered as part of this year’s courses. Announcing the 6,100 places, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said: ‘The biggest challenge facing our country is getting our people back to work and Springboard is aimed at doing exactly that. ‘This year work placements are being offered on almost every Springboard course because such placements are a really important way of improving employment prospects.’ He added: ‘We are targeting areas like ICT, high end manufacturing

Challenge: Quinn and international financial services because job opportunities exist in these areas and there is a huge potential for growth.’ Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon added: ‘I’m pleased to see that 94 per cent of participants would recommend the experience to other jobseekers. Of the class of 2013, more than half were in sustainable employment or self-employment within six months of completing their studies, with some courses reporting employment rates of 90 per cent.’ Some 16,429 people have taken part in Springboard courses since 2011. More than 60 per cent of participants finish the course. Of those who don’t, almost a third did not complete it because they got a job. Visit for further details of courses and eligibility.

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Dubs fight back after being let off the Laois LEinsTER sfc

by pAuL kEAnE For a while there, tomás Ó Flatharta’s belief that laois could ‘flip the script’ on Dublin, as he put it, and steal a famous leinster championship win didn’t seem so outlandish. that sense of worry for Dublin lasted just a little while, mind you. But it was definitely there in the first half of a game that ultimately ended in another double-digits win and a semi-final shot at wexford. trying to explain how that disparity existed in the one game is the same as trying to explain why Dublin are so good. they simply possess a unique ability to be able to turn a game on its head and transform a tricky situation into a wholesome afternoon in the space of just minutes, pretty much what happened here. at half-time, laois led by 0-10 to 0-8 and, just like Meath in last year’s leinster final and Kerry and Mayo after them, the midlanders dreamt of finishing the job and claiming a mighty scalp. it wasn’t to be though. a mixture of Dublin’s elegance and efficiency and laois’s errant play – they coughed up a terrible ball for Dublin’s second goal, which sealed the win – ensured the status quo was soon restored. By the 55th minute, Dublin sat on a six-point lead and almost doubled it by full-time. Kevin McManamon came off the bench and got Dublin’s blood pumping with back-to-back points after the restart. it levelled the game at 0-10 apiece and already it was looking ominous from a laois perspective. alan Brogan and Stephen Cluxton then converted two more points to put Dublin two clear. if a turning point existed, it was surely Dublin’s first goal, from Diarmuid Connolly, in the 48th minute. it moved them from two to five clear. For all kinds of reasons, not least of which was the troop of stars Dublin were unloading from the bench, laois heads began to lower. Michael Darragh Macauley finished off laois with Dublin’s second goal 15 minutes from time. and Dublin subs Cormac Costello and Dean rock made a big impact with the game’s Blue Sunday: Dublin’s Bernard Brogan is taken off by manager Jim Gavin at Croke Park yesterday last six points between them.

‘Battered’ Lillies bounce back and show no mercy

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Out cold: Lee’s counter hit on Jackson

Lee drops Jackson with monster blow

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Skillful: Kildare boss Ryan says it’s all about winning for the team who suffered badly in spring

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Kildare boss Jason ryan refused to apologise for sticking the knife into louth after being ‘battered’ themselves all spring. The former Wexford manager watched his lilies bounce back from relegation with a thrilling quarter-final display and a 1-22 to 1-7 win. Young guns Niall Kelly and Padraig Fogarty combined with devastating effect at Croke Park to set up a June 29 semi-final with Meath or Carlow. and Cathal McNally shot 1-2 as a highly mobile and

skillful Kildare team all but sealed victory by halftime when they led by 11. ‘it was a very valuable win,’ said ryan. ‘We got battered in the national league, not totally battered but there were days where we were very disappointed. ‘We went home disappointed after losing games, so for Kildare now it’s all about winning. if it’s by one or 37, it doesn’t matter, it’s just winning games. ‘We’re a team in transition. We’re not saying we’re going to go

away and win leinster or that we’re going to win the all-ireland.’ Meanwhile, armagh pulled off a 1-12 to 0-9 Ulster quarter-final win over Cavan to set up a semi-final with holders Monaghan or Tyrone. and captain andy Moran was Mayo’s super sub with two late points in a 0-13 to 1-9 Connacht semi-final win over roscommon. Cork were surprisingly comfortable 0-28 to 0-14 winners over Waterford in their replayed Munster senior hurling semi-final clash.

bOxing Limerick’s Andy Lee

produced the punch of his career to knock John Jackson out after taking an early beating on the Cotto-Martinez undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jackson dropped Lee with a massive right hook in the first round and continued to punish him in the second. Lee kept Jackson at bay with a long, stiff jab in the third but Jackson was in control. It looked like he was about to finish Lee off when the Irishman unloaded a hybrid hook-uppercut on the chin that knocked Jackson unconscious and prompted a rush into the ring from medical staff. It was Lee’s first tie at Junior Middleweight and saw him take the NABF light middleweight title.

O’Brien leads the hosts’ fightback cRickET Niall O’Brien top-scored

with 89 as Leicestershire produced a fightback on day one of their LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire at Grace Road. Two century partnerships helped them steady the ship and they eventually posted 311 all out. O’Brien brought up his 50 off 65 balls before tea and Raine joined him after the interval, taking 112 balls to reach the mark.

Froome’s thrilled with flying start cycLing Chris Froome admitted he was surprised at his emphatic win in the opening stage of the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday. The defending Tour de France champion (pictured) won the 10.4km opening time trial by 8secs ahead of Alberto Contador in second. Froome said: ‘I don’t think it was necessarily the objective to take the yellow jersey today on such a short, flat time-trial but I couldn’t be happier with the result.’

Joyce resists attack cRickET Ed Joyce prevented Sussex

from being skittled cheaply by Somerset on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division One encounter at Taunton. The captain was the only batsman to offer any serious resistance to the Somerset attack and he reached the close of play on 99 not out as Sussex stumbled to 210 for nine. Peter Trego (three for 47 from 19 overs) and Craig Overton (two for 41 from 20) were the bowling picks on a rain-interrupted day.

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nadal’s on cloud nine as novak streak runs out RaFael nadal’S vice-like grip on the French Open continued as he beat novak djokovic to win a ninth title in ten years at Roland Garros. djokovic, who was hoping to become only the eighth man to win all four grand-slam titles, won the first set in impressive style, but nadal fought back to triumph 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. The Spaniard is the first man to win five successive French Open titles and extended his record to a remarkable 66 matches won on the Paris clay from 67 played. He is now tied with Pete Sampras on 14 grand-slam singles titles, three behind Roger Federer, while nadal’s win also ensured he will stay world no.1. ‘Playing against novak is always a big challenge for me,’ said the 28year-old. ‘i lost against him the last four times. ‘every time i have the chance to beat him it’s because i play to my limit. i’m sorry for him, i think he deserves to win this tournament, i’m sure he will in the future.’ djokovic hired Boris Becker as his coach at the end of last year to try to give him an extra edge, but he has now lost five of his last six grand-slam finals. The Serbian second seed had won four of their previous eight meetings on clay but had never prevailed in a best-of-five match on the surface, a huge challenge in hot, humid conditions. Sunday’s loss was his sixth in as many attempts against nadal at Roland Garros. ‘it’s not impossible but it’s very, very difficult to stay with Rafa on this court

Winning smile: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia is sprayed with champagne after the Canadian Grand Prix

It’s all mine: Nadal with the French Open trophy PICTURE: AP throughout the whole match on the highest level of performance,’ he said. ‘i was just hoping in the fourth [set] i would be able to come back. i started feeling a little bit better but i wasn’t managing to bring my a game when it was most needed in the end of the fourth.’

Sharapova has no time for high fives

want to get better and I want to win HAVING got her hands on the more.’ French Open trophy for a second Sharapova, who tumbled out in the time, Maria Sharapova immediately second round to Michelle Larcher set her sights on doing the same at De Brito last year, Wimbledon. added: ‘My results The Russian defeated have been up and Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 down in the last few (5-7), 6-4 in a threeyears but obviously hour final in Paris on the goal is to win it Saturday to reclaim again. the title she won in ‘I don’t care what 2012. my results were in the Sharapova has now past. You start from a turned her attention to clean slate, that’s how the grass of SW19, ten I go into a grand years after stunning slam.’ Serena Williams in the Eiffel power: Sharapova Sharapova may have final as a 17-year-old. won more than her five grand slams ‘It marked my career and I over the past decade but for a appreciate that moment so much,’ recurring shoulder problem. said the Russian. She added: ‘I was thrown a lot of ‘Ten years later, to be having five adversity in my career and in the grand slams and still have the middle of it I’ve had incredible energy and the passion to win more, moments like these.’ that brings a lot of joy because I

Ricciardo nets his first Grand Prix in dramatic style by ADAM HAy-nicHOLLs F1 Correspondent, Montreal daniel Ricciardo scored a sensational maiden Grand Prix victory as the wheels finally came off the Mercedes juggernaut in Canada. On another captivating day for the sport this season, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve produced a classic, with rising Red Bull star Ricciardo ending Mercedes’ run of six wins, and five straight one-twos. nico Rosberg nursed his car home in second to open up a 22point lead over team-mate lewis Hamilton, who retired with a brake failure after 47 of the 70 laps. a naturally thrilled Ricciardo said: ‘i’m still a bit in shock. This is ridiculous. The race really came to life in the last 15 to 20 laps [when we realised] Hamilton had a problem and nico was slow on the straights. This win feels great.’ Rosberg was delighted to hang on for second: ‘it was a big battle all the way [with Hamilton]. i managed to stay ahead until the second stop, and then we had a problem. From then on i didn’t know what was going on, i lost power, and i just tried to hang on.’

MOnTREAL REsuLTs Final positions after race (70 laps): 1 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1hr 39min 12.830sec, 2 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:39:17.066, 3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1:39:18.077, 4 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:39:24.585, 5 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:39:25.673, 6 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:39:27.699, 7 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:39:36.408, 8 JeanEric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39:40.856, 9 Kevin Magnussen (Den) McLaren 1:39:42.084, 10 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:40:06.508, 11 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India at 1 lap, 12 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams at 1 lap, 13 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Sauber at 1 lap, 14 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber at 6 laps Not classified: 15 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus 59 laps, 16 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 47 laps, 17 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 46 laps, 18 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Caterham 23 laps, 19 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Lotus 21 laps, 20 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Caterham 7 laps, 21 Max Chilton (Gbr) Marussia 0 laps, 22 Jules Bianchi (Fra) Marussia 0 laps.

2 Retirements for Lewis

Hamilton this season – Nico Rosberg has finished no worse than second it was a race that ended in dramatic fashion, with Ricciardo making his decisive move on Rosberg on lap 68. Come the final lap Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez crashed

cHAMPiOnsHiP 1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes .........140 2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes......118 3 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull ........79 4 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari ........ 69 5 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull........60 6 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India ..57 7 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren ...........43 8 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams........... 40 9 Kevin Magnussen (Den) McLaren....23 10 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India ...... 20 Manufacturers: 1 Mercedes GP 258pts, 2 Red Bull 139, 3 Ferrari 87, 4 Force India 77, 5 McLaren 66, 6 Williams 58, 7 Scuderia Toro Rosso 12, 8 Lotus F1 Team 8, 9 Marussia 2.

spectacularly while vying for fourth place. another Mercedes one-two appeared likely until power issues affected the German team. it was Hamilton who succumbed first, the loss of power seemingly affecting his brakes and sending him into retirement. it appeared only a matter of time before Rosberg would also succumb, but somehow he kept his car out of trouble.

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Duffy is back from the brink and up for more

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sending a message: Argentina

Shane Duffy reaped the rewards of four years’ hard work when he was handed his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. The 22-year-old everton defender lined up against Costa Rica in Philadelphia during the early hours of Saturday morning to end a long journey back to international prominence. Duffy had been promised his first cap by thenmanager Giovanni Trapattoni in an end-of-season friendly with Paraguay in 2010 when he suffered a horrific training-ground injury which left him with a lacerated liver and fighting for his life. he has spent the time since working his way back, and his industry finally paid off at the PPL Stadium. Duffy said: ‘It’s been a long four years. I don’t know, I was just focusing on club football to see if I could get back to where I was, and hopefully this season I have shown that. ‘Playing the other night was sort of a reward for four years ago, what happened, so I was just delighted. ‘I am made up to be even in the squad, so to play was a dream.

Argentina fan Falkland flames ARGeNTINA footballers laid claim to the Falkland Islands before a 2-0 victory over slovenia in their final World Cup warmup in Buenos Aires. They posed on the pitch with a banner which translates to ‘the Malvinas are Argentinian’ ahead of the friendly in La Plata. The gesture is unlikely to go down well with Fifa, which has taken a dim view of political messages in the past. The Malvinas is the Argentinian name for the disputed south Atlantic territory, which has been under British rule since 1833. More than 900 people died in conflict over the islands in 1982. Against slovenia, Ricardo Alvarez and sub Lionel Messi got the goals.

‘Playing the other night was a reward for four years ago’ ‘Obviously when you start playing football, you want to play for your country, so I was delighted when it actually came. ‘I thought I did all right in the game, some good things, some bad things, but it’s the first step and hopefully I can do better stuff.’ Duffy played his part in a 1-1 draw with World Cup finalists Costa Rica, who fought their way back from 1-0 down despite having defender Giancarlo Gonzalez sent off before the break. he lined up in a much-changed defence along with Richard Keogh, Stephen Kelly and Marc Wilson, the latter of whom had to make way for emergency left-back James McClean because of injury, and the quartet was given a stern test by Bryan Ruiz, Marco urena and Joel Campbell. however, the degree of difficulty will only increase during the early hours of Wednesday morning when Ireland face Portugal at the Metlife Stadium in new Jersey. Boss Martin O’neill’s defensive resources have been significantly depleted since the squad met up in Dublin last month, with John O’Shea,

FixTuRES Thursday FIFA World Cup Group A Brazil v Croatia .................. (9pm) Friday FIFA World Cup Group A Mexico v Cameroon .......... (5pm) FIFA World Cup Group B Spain v Holland ................. (8pm) Chile v Australia ................(11pm) saTurday FIFA World Cup Group C Colombia v Greece ............ (5pm) FIFA World Cup Group d Uruguay v Costa Rica ........ (8pm) England v Italy ..................(11pm) Women’s World Cup Qualifiers Belarus v England ............ (3pm) Wales v Turkey .................. (3pm) sunday FIFA World Cup Group C Ivory Coast v Japan ............(2am) FIFA World Cup Group e Switzerland v Ecuador ...... (5pm) France v Honduras ............ (8pm) FIFA World Cup Group F Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina(11pm)

Manic minder: Italy star Antonio Cassano ‘I am made up to be even in the squad’: Republic of Ireland defender shane duffy picture: iNpHO Seamus Coleman and Damien Delaney having may prove something of a contrast to what he left and Wilson not expected to have recovered has been used to. The Derry-born defender spent last season on from a tight hamstring in time for the game. full-back Stephen Ward has rejoined the squad loan in the Sky Bet Championship at yeovil, after flying in on Saturday evening, but Duffy is who ultimately slipped out of the division after a lengthy battle against relegation. hoping he might get another chance to impress. however, the experience he gained at huish he said: ‘as soon as you have played one Park proved invaluable, and Duffy, who made 39 game, you want to play more. ‘I don’t know how I did, but I just went out appearances, is grateful for the opportunity afthere and did the best I could do, and on Tuesday forded him by the Glovers. asked about the prospect of facing Cristiano I will be ready if I’m picked.’ Should he get the nod, Duffy will find himself Ronaldo and company compared to playing in pitched into battle with Portugal’s Brazil-bound england’s second tier, he said: ‘It’s a lot differsuperstars in hot and humid conditions, and it ent, but it’s been brilliant for me down there.’


Roma on the radar as Blues star seeks exit ROMA are the latest club to express an interest in Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium international hinted over the weekend he will actively seek a move away from Chelsea once the World Cup is over. And reports in Italy are linking the striker with a move to the Italian capital, with Roma officials planning to use highly rated Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia as part of the deal.

Makeweight: Benatia

u JOSE Reina looks set to return to Anfield after Italian side Napoli refused to meet Liverpool’s valuation for the keeper. u Leeds are weighing up a bid for Varese forward Leonardo Pavoletti. u GALATASARAY’S flying Portuguese winger Bruma is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs. Reports in Turkey claim the 19-year-old is a target for Chelsea, Everton, QPR, Stoke and West Ham.

‘Not only is Cassano the most creative figure in the squad, but his manic antics make Balotelli look a mere amateur.’ Our Italy Club Metro World Cup reporter Susy Campanale says Mario isn’t the Azzurri’s only mad-cap striker. Read more at:


Pay fight grounds cameroon flight CAMEROON left for the World Cup 12 hours later than planned after a row over bonus payments. The Africans were due to be on a 9am flight from Yaounde yesterday but refused to board until they received payment. The dispute was resolved when the Cameroon football federation agreed to an increase. ‘Everything is okay now. We will embark tonight,’ a spokesman said. Cameroon kick off against Mexico on Friday.

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Duffy’s Philly triumph after long journey back to internationals

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Blues surge back from behind to undo Laois by pAuL kEAnE

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Boss Jim Gavin believes that being forced to come back from the brink will stand to his Dublin team again this summer. The Dubs recovered from a two-point halftime deficit to inflict an impressive 2-21 to 016 win over Laois at Croke Park. The Leinster quarter-final success secures their passage to a June 29 showdown with Wexford, who overcame Longford on saturday evening. Dublin were forced to come from behind in several games last year too, including the Leinster and all-ireland finals against meath and mayo. so Gavin was happy to see them show the same fighting spirit this time around as they set back out on the road to retain sam. ‘To experience that at half-time, to be behind, to have to focus and to regroup and to improve, that was the most important thing,’ said Gavin. ‘all the players worked very hard. They all put in a very good shift and the pleasing thing

‘we were playing against a very good Laois team’ was that we were playing against a very good Laois team. in the first-half, they certainly put it up to us. They played some very good football. ‘But our guys never gave up, they tried very, very hard and thankfully in the end we came away with the win.’ Gavin played down fears over the injury that forced Bernard Brogan off after just 24 minutes. ‘He got a cramp on his hamstring,’ reported Gavin. ‘it was just the prudent thing to do, to be cautious on that one.’ Laois manager Tomás Ó Flatharta said his side simply couldn’t live with Dublin’s power and pace in the second-half as well as the depth of talent at Dublin’s disposal. Dubs subs contributed nine points to their overall tally.



BOXerS Katie Taylor and Claire Grace arrived home to a hero’s welcome at dublin airport following their victories at the Women’s european Boxing Championships, writes Ryan Mc Dermot. Taylor recorded a sixth successive european title win on Saturday, seeing off estelle Mosseley to lift the 60kg crown in Bucharest.

Grace (pictured, right), meanwhile, took down Turkey’s Kara Guluzar in the 69kg category, picking up a bronze medal in the process. The Kilkenny fighter was denied a place in the final by england’s Stacey Copeland, but her bronze made her the first Irish podium place at european level outside of Taylor.

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Schmidt pleased with Test win, but says next one won’t be easy

The boss is happy: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was pleased with the way his team fashioned their first ever win in argentina – but he says they will need to step up for the second and concluding Test next weekend. Schmidt’s men were well worth their 29-17 win in resistencia when tries from Chris Henry, Jonathan Sexton and andrew Trimble saw them home. Schmidt and assistant coach les Kiss will analyse the

individual performances this week but he was pleased with the effort overall. ‘It is very hard to say at first glance,’ he said. ‘You are more team orientated in your analysis of a game during the match so to really get that individual flavour of delivery, we’ll have to wait until we’ve had bit of a look at it. But there were some guys that did some very good things.’ Ulster flanker robbie diack

made his debut in the back row and the Connacht pair Kieran Marmion and rodney ah You made their international bows off the bench. Schmidt is now turning his attention to the second Test in Tucuman on Saturday evening when the Six nations champions will bring the curtain down on their season. ‘I think both teams have real room for improvement, some of their young guys really

impressed me. There were a few of them who were very gutsy. I felt they made things very difficult for us. I think we can look forward to a pretty interesting battle at Tucuman in seven days,’ he added. ‘I thought they really got off the line well and put a lot of pressure on us when we had the ball, and we found it pretty difficult to contain them when they carried it well. ‘It was a Test match.’

Metro Herald, Monday, June 9, 2014  
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