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INSIDE: Girls’ Night In at the Crowne Plaza P6

Soccer: FC Blanch’s anniversary crowned Page 32

Football: Brigid’s take place in U-16 Dublin final Page 31

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May 19, 2011

CHARITY: Local woman hops on

her bike for the ISPCC See Page3

Centre rejects claim on siting of circus Q LAURA WEBB

A LOCAL politician has criticised a decision by the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to provide space to a circus that uses wild animals for “entertainment” in its shows. Socialist Party councillor Ruth Coppinger said she was shocked that, in 2011, wild animals such as tigers were being used by the circus and described the “confined” conditions required for circuses

as completely unsuitable for them. A c i r c u s s p o ke s m a n responded to the councillor’s comments saying: “Our animals are loved and extremely well cared for.” Meanwhile, the general manager of Blanchardstown Centre Joe Gavin said the circus has received “a positive reaction from the general public”. Full Story on Page 2

For the record: Jaker hope to take over music scene in 2011 LOCAL band Jaker, featuring Kevin Casey (above), are determined to make 2011 a year to remember by getting their original sound out there for record companies to hear in a bid to get signed. Blanchardstown natives Kevin, and his twin brothers Ian and

Neil, have been rocking the Dublin 15 and city centre scene as Jaker for some time now, and have no interest in stopping anytime soon. For information on Jaker and their upcoming gigs, log onto Full Story on Page 5

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Clothes call: Buy My Dress WOMEN all over the country are being asked to donate their unwanted dresses to Down Syndrome Centre’s annual Buy My Dress campaign, which takes place on Saturday, May 28. The initiative has Irish women all over the country, like Trish Fallon with Paula Finlay from Blanchardstown, throwing open their closets and digging out a once-loved dress, to donate to this fun and stylish campaign. Last year’s event saw 4,000 dresses being sold in the one day in Dublin, Cork and Galway, raising €60,000. All monies raised through Buy My Dress go to fund a Down Syndrome Liaison Nurse.

Socialist Party Cllr Ruth Coppinger has lashed the Blanchardstown Centre’s decision to provide space for Duffy’s Circus

Centre’s plan for circus is condemned Q LAURA WEBB

A LOCAL politician has criticised a decision by the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to provide space to a circus that uses wild animals for “entertainment” in its shows. Socialist Party councillor Ruth Coppinger said she was shocked that, in 2011, wild animals such as tigers were being used by the circus and described the “confined” conditions required for circuses as completely unsuitable for them. Councillor Coppinger said she believed that tigers and lions were “majestic animals who obviously must suffer greatly in the very confined conditions required for circuses. These animals cannot behave or socialise normally. It is also highly dangerous to the public as there are many cases of wild animals attacking trainers and the audience.” Her comments came as Tom Duffy’s Circus began its 10-day stay at the Blanchardstown Centre. Speaking to the Gazette, a circus spokesman responded to the

Councillor’s comments saying: “Our animals are loved and extremely well cared for.” “If are animals lived in fear, or were anything les than happy, it would show; while it’s possible to train an animal it’s impossible to make an unhappy animal look happy. “Last week in Blanchardstown over 7,000 people came to our show; I don’t believe for a minute that all these people would come to see our show if they thought our animals were less than happy and content.” Meanwhile, the General Manager of Blanchardstown Centre Joe Gavin said the circus has received “a positive reaction from the general public”. “We respect the views of Councillor Coppinger and will consider these views when deciding to host similar events in the future,” he said. According to Cllr Coppinger Fingal County Council has passed motions banning such circuses from using council sites, as have many local authorities and, indeed, countries. Continued on Page 4


Measures put in place to contain foul odour Q LAURA WEBB

IT is hoped that the installation of an electronic odour monitor into a sewer pipe in the Mulhuddart area will help to contain a foul odour that has been released into the air intermittently for some time. Over the past number of years, residents and local politicians have complained about a problem with foul odours emanating from the mains sewer line, which runs the length of Church Road in Mulhuddart. T he sewer, which serves the Ashbourne area of County Meath, is separate from the Fingal Network and is routinely dosed by Meath County

Council. This dosing, with a deodorising chemical, takes place at Meath County Council’s pumping station in Kilbride before it is pumped through the Fingal Area. This dosing is normally sufficient to suppress odours. However, according to an FCC spokesperson, since January there was a “particular odour problem experienced” and Meath County Council were having difficulties with their dosing system. Since then the two councils have been working together to combat the odour problem and say it is “fair to say that there has been a marked improvement in the situation since January”.

To ensure this smell is contained, FCC has taken a number of measures to help both parties deal with the problem, which includes the installation of an electronic odour monitor to be placed within the sewer. T his can be read remotely, allowing MCC access the monitor so that they can “correlate their dosing regime accordingly”. Other measures included replacing all the manhole covers from the Grotto as far as Mulhuddart Bridge with sealed covers. This is so any odour emanating from the sewage will be contained within the sewer pipe and can only be vented

at the vent pipes, which exist for this purpose within the Park at the top of the Church Road. “The entire sewer line has been jet-cleaned to ensure that it runs freely. A staff member from FCC also visits the location regularly (almost every day) to assess whether or not there is an odour problem. MCC do likewise. “There is also regular contact between staff from both county councils such that, if an odour problem is detected, MCC are immediately made aware so that they can correlate their dosing regime accordingly,” the spokesperson said. Mulhuddart Councillor Ruth Coppinger agreed that a lot of work

has been done in the last few months but said the key to keeping this odour controlled is by installing this monitor. “It shouldn’t take a phone call from the council or resident to tell MCC that this is a problem. We need an odour monitor. “This has been a very serious issue for residents in Mulhuddart and Tyrrelstown, because the smell goes as far as there, for years.” Adding installing it should be “high priority” because there is nowhere else in FCC where Fingal residents suffer this problem. The FCC spokesperson is hopeful that the monitor will be in place within the month.

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CHARITY Support for fundraising cycle event

Local woman hops on her bike for ISPCC Q LAURA WEBB

A LOCAL woman hopped on her bike to help launch the 2011 ISPCC Charity Cycle from Bray to Howth and back, and is encouraging D15 to get on board and help raise funds for the worthy cause. ISPCC volunteer, Patricia Carr, from Blanchardstown, is promoting the charity cycle which takes place this June 19. T he ISPCC cycle, which is supported by Capita, Ireland’s leading outsourcing company, aims to raise €33,000 for the ISPCC’s mentoring services. The service provides positive role models and support to children and families nationwide. Increased demands mean this service is currently operating waiting lists in a number of locations. Money raised from the cycle will allow the ISPCC to train more

volunteers to work with vulnerable children and families nationwide. Patricia remembers the early days as a volunteer with the ISPCC. “It was very challenging for me as I hadn’t studied in a long time and most of the people in my class had experience in working with children; some were teachers or people working with children with special needs, but I had no experience at all. “However, it was, and still is, the most rewarding and challenging thing I have ever done in my life. “I am very proud to call myself an ISPCC volunteer.” When asked why she decided to do the cycle she adds: “People think that this organisation gets support from the Government and yes, they do – less than 10% of their annual income. “That is practically nothing compared to

the demand the ISPCC’s services have and the number of volunteers they need to train. “I would like to invite people to join me for the cycle and help the ISPCC meet the demand for their work.” The charity cycle is not a race, and is open to people of all levels of fitness. Registration is €40 which includes a mini service, a cycle jersey and food stops. Participants that register before June 1 go into a draw to win a €500 cycle shop voucher. The ISPCC receives less than 10% Government funding for their services. Participants in the cycle events are also encouraged to raise further funds through sponsorship for the ISPCC’s mentoring services. For more details, and to register to take part, in this event call 1850 50 40 50 or log on to

Enterprise Board ‘sharing its secrets’ Q LAURA WEBB

FINGAL County Enterprise Board is “sharing the secrets of business success” at its forthcoming Business Network meeting to be hosted by Conall O Morain of Today FM. Sharing the Secrets of Business Success will be held at the Clarion Airport Hotel on June 1. The event, hosted by Today FM’s Sunday Business Show presenter O Morain, will be a dynamic business networking opportunity and is free of charge for Fingal-based businesses. A panel discussion with

successful entrepreneurs will give those attending tips and experiences of how to prosper in the current climate. The event is aimed at early-stage business owners and managers in need of knowledge and expertise from the assembled panel. The panel includes Greg Tobin, founder of Spear Technologies, Ciaran Kennedy, founder and technical director at Critical Data Services, Lisa Whelan, director of Dog Training Ireland, and John Ahern, founder and owner at Golfgraffix. Commenting at the launch, Paul Murgatroyd,

Fingal Business Network manager, said: “We are delighted to announce the first in a new series of quarterly Fingal Business Network events aimed at helping early stage business owners with advice and guidance on all areas of their business.” This networking event takes place on Wednesday, June 1 at 6.30pm sharp at the Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel in Swords. Attendance is free of charge to Fingalbased small businesses. For further information, call Fingal County Enterprise Board on 01 8900 800 or email


Lenihan to return ‘shortly’ Q LAURA WEBB

Blanchardstown’s Patricia Carr will cycle from Bray to Howth and back in support of the ISPCC

Dublin West TD and former Minister and Brian Lenihan is resting at home after spending a few days in hospital, but is expected to return to work “shortly”. It was reported last week that the Fianna Fail Deputy was in hospital for cancer treatment. Speaking to the Gazette this week, a Fianna Fail spokesperson said the party will not be commenting on his health, but understand he is “in good form” and that he will be back to work “very shortly”. Deputy Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2009, but has remained positive about his illness and treatment.

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An Evening with Angels at the Crowne Plaza

Coppinger ‘is out of touch’ Continued from Page 2

“Duffy’s circus is using pictures of lions, tigers, zebras and other animals to promote its circus. All animals suffer in the travel, confinement and unpleasant work of performing unnatural tricks for entertainment,” she said. The councillor went on to say that circuses “can and do thrive without animals” and that the use of animals in circuses should be “banned outright” with legislation brought before the Dail. The Tom Duffy spokesperson said, however, that Cllr Coppinger was “out of touch” with her constituents as it’s pro-

jected that 16,000 people “mostly local” from the greater Blanchardstown area will see the show and animals, “double the number of visitors to non animal circuses visiting the local area”. According to the spokesperson, all the animals are born in captivity at the circus, and the tigers are sixth and eighth generation circus tigers, “they know no other life and could not survive in the wild”. “Our animals are loved and extremely well cared for, this is seen everyday by the thousands of people who come to visit our circus, something I believe Cllr Coppinger has not.”

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton

New bid to boost job prospects A NEW internship scheme aimed at keeping unemployed graduates and apprentices get work experience has been launched by the Government in hope to “bridge

the gap” from coming out of training and getting a job. The scheme, which was launched by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, last week, will place 5,000 people just out of training trying to access work experience. According to Minister Burton, the unemployment situation remains “the single biggest worry, not just for the Government but for every family in the country”. “Luckily there is a lot of employment in Blanchardstown, but nonethe-less, we have lost a number of jobs and firms have been downsizing, so, as Minister for Social Protection it is one of my biggest concerns.

“Social Welfare is there to assist people when they lose their jobs, but, to be honest, the focus of the Government is trying to get people back to work and to make Ireland attractive for business,” said Minister Burton. Last week, the Minister launched an internship scheme for people who are qualified apprentices and graduates and more than three months unemployed, to receive between six to nine months work experience with companies in the public, private or voluntary sector. Speaking before the internship scheme launch, Minister Burton said: “I am really looking forward to launching the scheme. We would

hope to start placing people by the end of June. This is a good opportunity for people who have recently come out of training but haven’t been able to get an actual job, this will be very good for their CV for future employers and bridge that gap between coming out of college with qualifications and actually getting some work experience. “We are launching 5,000 places; anyone who has spent more than three months on the live register will be eligible to apply. We have been doing a huge amount of work in setting it up and we hope that the first people will start work at the end of June, July.”

PLANNING NOTICE FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL Planning permission is sought for ground floor extension to side of existing house to include a new pedestrian entrance gate along front wall at No. 6, Willans Row, Ongar Green, Dublin 15 For Mr. S. Bishop. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. 12623

ANGEL reader and author Francesca Brown hosts an Evening with Angels this June at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown. Blanchardstown native Francesca has written a book about her experience with Angels and is bringing her live show to Dublin on June 10. My Whispering Angels has become a best-seller. The book sees Francesca share the story of how her life changed when she came into contact with her own angel back in 2001. The author and healer’s experience of angels is said to go back to her childhood but only resurfaced when she became ill in 2001. An Evening with Angels takes place on June 10 from 7pm until 10pm at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown. Early booking is advised and can be booked by phoning 086 1241313.

Funding sought to improve facilities FUNDING from the National Transport Authority is being sought to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in Ongar, including in the vicinity of a school campus in Phibblestown. In a report, Fingal County Council said it has recently applied to the National Transport Authority for funding to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in Ongar, which would include the Phibblestown school campus and former Hansfield Road. There have been safety concerns over parking and traffic at Phibblestown school campus, which the council has been discussing with the school construction contractor, the developer owning the access road and the community garda and both school principals in a bid to improve the situation there.

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MUSIC Dublin 15 band Jaker out to make their mark COUNCIL: BUSINESS

Increase in enterprise centre usage

Group hoping to hit right notes Q LAURA WEBB

A W E L L - K N OW N local band is determined to make 2011 a year to remember by getting their original sound out there for record companies to hear in a bid to get signed. Blanchardstown natives, Kevin Casey (24) and his twin brothers Ian and Neil (20) have been rocking the Dublin 15 and city centre scene as Jaker for some time now, and have no interest in stopping anytime soon. Together for 11 years, the band was originally known as Emerald, but when they felt a more unique-sounding name was needed, they went for something a little closer to home. “Our granddad’s nickname was Jaker, and we thought that was something really unique. We checked to see if anyone else had it but they didn’t.

The name is really catchy and short,” Kevin told the Gazette. Well-known in Dublin15 for their great cover shows in local venues, the band has been getting great reviews and has a very supportive following. But, according to Kevin, it is time to show their own talent and concentrate on original music before they get too far into the world of cover bands. “We have been playing cover gigs since we started and we kind of want to get out of it because you can end up getting trapped being a cover band. “We have started sending off demos to record companies in England and America, and we have been sending some to radio stations over here. “The companies abroad have got back to us with good comments,


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Blanchardstown band Jaker, featuring Kevin Casey (above), are working hard to earn themselves a record deal, sending demos off to record companies worldwide

and have given us some advice,” he said. This year the band has already secured over 100 gigs in local venues in the Blanchardstown and Castleknock area, as well as Dublin’s city centre, doing cover songs as well as their own. The world of music is a hard nut to crack and, with Pop and R’N’B taking over the charts, live instrumental bands are working extra hard to get noticed, something Jaker is more than willing to do. “It is very tough at the moment and, especially in this country, it is harder. There is nobody going around looking for original bands at the moment

– unfortunately. “I write the lyrics and, as a band, we put the music to it. “We have a great following locally and around Dublin, and are really grateful to everyone for their support. “We have a ton of material ready to record and we are working hard to get signed,” Kevin said. Jaker is playing this S a t u r d ay a f t e r n o o n in Temple Bar public house, Temple Bar, and then later that night they are playing locally at the Greyhound in Blanchardstown Village. For fur ther information on Jaker, or to find out more upcoming gigs, log onto

w w Supporters can also follow them on twitter and facebook.

A LOCAL enterprise centre, set up by Fingal County Council to assist local economic and enterprise development in the greater Blanchardstown area, has seen an increase of its occupancy level over the past six months. The BASE enterprise centre is currently boasting 85% occupancy of its space in Mulhuddart. The enterprise centre was set up in 1995 and provides both office incubator units for start-up enterprises and general enterprise units for startup and growth-phase businesses. It currently houses 21 “indigenous companies” who currently employ 58 people between them. An additional six people are employed directly by BASE. In a report on the operation of the BASE enterprise to councillors recently, a spokesperson for FCC said the recession has had a “detrimental effect on demand

nationally for both office and industrial space” over the last number of years. “As with all enterprise centres, BASE has not been immune to this downturn and 2009/2010 were difficult years for the centre.” However, the last six months tell a different story as the centre has seen “an increase in occupancy and it is expected that 2011 will see a significant improvement in the centre’s fortunes”. Castleknock councillor Mags Murray (FF) sees this centre as a “jewel in the crown” and wants to know more detail about the centre and its occupants. “I am very happy with it and long may it last; I’m delighted to see 85% occupancy – that’s great.” Mulhuddart councillor Kieran Dennison, who requested the report, asked that councillors be given yearly updated reports on the centre, how it is running, who is occupying it and is it making any profit.

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Laurel Lodge Carpenterstown

With Jim Lacey Phone: 087-2401308 Email:

Pilgrimage to Mass Rock in Newry MASS Rocks are scattered throughout Ireland and were used by Roman Catholic congregations during the Penal Times for the celebration of Mass at a time it was deemed to be an illegal practice by the authorities and punishable by law. There is supposed to be a Mass Rock somewhere along the Strawberry Beds, and there was another near Coolmine House. As part of the preparation for the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress, Catholic Parishes are organising pilgrimages to selected sites where people can connect with the experiences of the Penal Times and learn how people coped. The parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle, Laurel Lodge, will be travelling from Laurel Lodge at 1.30pm by bus to the Mass Rock near Newry, where Mass will be celebrated. Tea and sandwiches will be provided after Mass and the bus will return to Laurel Lodge arriving at 8pm. Cost per adult is €15 per person and children €5 per child. Enquiries to the Parish Office, Laurel Lodge 01-8208112.

‘Ceol Agus Craic’ A NIGHT of singing, storytelling, poetry, music and dance in aid of St Francis Hospice, Dublin 15, is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, in The Bell Public House, Blanchardstown. The event, entitled From Claire to Here, commences at 8.30pm. Tickets are only €15 per person and include finger food and a raffle in the price. There was a similar event held in aid of the hospice last year at the same venue and reports back to me at the time said a great night was had by all and they couldn’t wait for another. So, contact Margaret at 087-7588753 for tickets.

The Carpenterstown Park Residents’ Association Clean-Up Day was a great success

A busy clean-up day in Carpenterstown T

HE Carpenterstown Park Residents’ Association Clean-Up Day was a great success with residents of all ages from eight to 80 turning out. The residents gathered at 10am on Saturday, May 7 and set off to various locations in Carpenterstown Park and got busy with spades, brushes, rakes and lawnmowers. Some worked a few hours, some worked all day and those who did not turn out on the day did ‘their bit’ later on in the week. The results are clearly visible – the whole estate is transformed and there

is hardly a weed or a scrap of litter to be seen. It was particularly heartening to see how many children turned out to help – a fine example of civic pride in our youth. Chairperson of the Residents’ Association, Dabney Melia, remarked on the great turnout and said that, quite apart from the work done, it was an entertaining, social, neighbourly occasion. Fingal County Council’s Parks Section turned out to remove the weeds and litter from the estate. The county council workers have been very supportive of the Clean-Up

Day over the years, and the Car penterstow n Park Residents’ Association have asked me to acknowledge their contribution in this column. As a matter of interest, I highlighted the Clean-Up Day a couple of weeks ago in the Diary. The following day, I got a call from a lady living in Laurel Lodge who asked if the Clean-Up Day included her area and if the residents’ association in Laurel Lodge was still active. I had to tell her that, as far as I knew, the Laurel Lodge Residents’Association was no longer active and that the Clean-Up Day was only operating in Carpenterstown Park. There was a very active and effective residents’ association in Laurel Lodge, and they organised sports days, parties, and social gatherings. They also negotiated, very effectively, with public authorities, Government departments etc, on

behalf of their members. Residents’ associations are great for a neighbourhood. They establish a great sense of community and bring people together and achieve really worthwhile results. This Diary is a community diary and Gazette newspapers, and myself, are happy to facilitate any person or persons forming a voluntary group in

the area – be it residents’ association, youth clubs, active retirement groups, sporting organisations etc, in generating publicity. Meanwhile, Carpenterstown Park Residents’ Association is up and running at or you may make contact by e-mail at carpenterstownparkresidents@

The whole estate was cleaned up and transformed

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PEOPLE Westmanstown lady celebrates her 100th birthday

Mary Fennell celebrated her 100th birthday at Marymount Nursing Home in Westmanstown, looking in the best of Residents of the home were delighted to join guests and visitors on

health. The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, hand-delivered a special letter of congratulations on behalf of

the day to help celebrate Mary’s milestone birthday.

President Mary McAleese to Mary, as well as a congratulatory gift payment. Pictures: Peter Doyle

A centenary to celebrate

AMILY, friends, residents and even a Government Minister gathered recently at Marymount Nursing Home in Westmanstown, where Mary Fennell was celebrating her milestone, remarkable 100th birthday. Born on May 9, 1911, the centenarian has had a long and memorable life to look back on, living through a century of rapid global and social change, not least in Ireland. Although Mary’s husband, Joe, and daughter, Ann, have passed away, they were remembered with pride at the event by Mary’s extended family, which includes a great many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Minister Joan Burton presented Mary with a letter of congratulations from President McAleese, and a gift payment on her noteworthy age, with everyone excited and happy to wish Mary more years of health and happiness.


It was impossible for Mary (far right) to look around without spotting friendly, happy faces, with so many gathered to help her mark her momentous birthday. Wearing with pride the medals of her late husband, Joe, many of Mary’s extended family were present, with great excitement about her remarkable age, as Mary spoke about some of the events she witnessed in her long life.

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BUSINESS Girls’ Night In at the Blanchardstown Crowne Plaza

With everything from goodie bags to pick up, and highly-skilled experts to meet, it’s no wonder that everyone was looking happy at the well-organised events. Pictures: Peter Doyle

The business of pampering

OCAL ladies set aside the cut and thrust of the business world for a corporate night with a difference at the Crowne Plaza recently, where the hotel was laying on a Girls’ Night In networking event, with an emphasis on pampering the participants. Not only could those attending enjoy the networking opportunities but, with a cocktail reception followed by a buffet dinner, and with a wide range of activities to indulge in, the popular night was definitely a girls’ night in with a difference. Besides the serious task of swapping tips and opinions on the economic climate with old and new contacts, the ladies also indulged a variety of treats, including a nail bar, massages, tarot readings, personal styling and other, equally fun events.


Gallery continues on Page 10

The evening was a great networking event for these local ladies, who were xxx

able to indulge in some well-deserved pampering

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TAKE TWO Another look at the Girls’ Night In network event

All the ladies participating in the Girls’ Night In at the Crowne Plaza looked wonderful, dressing to impress for the useful – yet highly relaxing – business networking and pampering event. Pictures: Peter Doyle

Taking time out to stay in

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THEATRE Joseph brings his dreamcoat to the Grand Canal

An Elvis-esque pharaoh for Adam Jedwell Q LAURA WEBB

THE BIBLICAL story of Joseph is set to paint the Grand Canal Theatre stage with all the colours of the rainbow in the latest production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Keith Jack, runner-up of the popular BBC programme, Any Dream Will Do, is taking over the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to re-tell the story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and a very colourful coat. Playing the Pharaoh is talented British actor, Adam Jedwell. After going through the

audition process, Adam landed the role as the Pharaoh, where he gets to sing a little bit of Elvis. The former The Tens lead singer’s first love is acting, and after taking a step back from the rockstar lifestyle he decided to pursue his first love. “Being an actor is a strange life. You can spend anything from one week to five years without a job. It is very easy to give up, but you just have to keep going. I know it sounds cheesy and motivational, but there is a job out there for everyone. If you’re good enough, and if you’re hardworking, you will find a job, it’s just a case of doing the little

bit jobs to get to where you are now. I am lucky enough to be earning regular money for doing something I love. “I love this musical. It is a great show to be a part of. We have so much fun doing it on stage, and I think that comes across to the audience, and there is always a great reaction in the end, regardless of the numbers in the house. It is a really good show to be a part of,” he told the Gazette. The show, which, at this stage, could be considered a classic musical, has been shown all over the world with many different productions. According to Adam, this

The lavish stage production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Adam Jedwell

show is making its own mark and has a modern and vibrant feel to it. “It is very energetic. A lot of people who have seen it before have said they have never seen that much energy, and that they have never enjoyed themselves so much. It is a classic story but it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I think that is what comes across. It has its history and its meaning but there are

a lot of modern bits of comedy that a lot of people, especially the older members of the audience, can relate to and enjoy.

Character “When I saw the show, back when I was about 12, I remember telling my Mam that I would like to be in it, but only if I got to play the Elvis character. It’s funny now to think I am playing it.” Audiences can expect

to have a “really good” time at the show. “It’s really fun for all ages, we see so many people. We see toddlers, we see students, we see parents and grandparents, it’s great that way. It has gone through so many different generations now. It is always getting refreshed and revitalised, and I think a lot of interest was brought back when the BBC did the Any Dream Will Do pro-

gramme, which is where our Joseph, Keith Black, came runner-up, and he is doing a great job. He is a great lad,” Adam said. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat takes centre stage at the Grand Canal Theatre from May 31 until June 11. Tickets are priced from €20 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Visit for more information.

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PROPERTY Putting matters of home and heart on video

Jillian Godsil became an overnight sensation when she decided to sell her Georgian home in Shillelagh, County Wicklow, on YouTube

Love, loss and YouTube Q MIMI MURRAY

JILLIAN Godsil became an overnight sensation when she decided to sell her stunning Georgian home in Shillelagh, County Wicklow, in a very unconventional manner. She made a YouTube video of the property she lovingly restored with her husband, but then tells the sorry tale of how she got divorced and lost it all. Godsil, who owns her own PR company, Practice PR, says the experience has been tough going, but she has also learned a lot in the last four years. She spoke to the Gazette about going from rags to riches and back to rags again. She does see riches in her future again, but riches of a different

kind this time around. “I married my ex-husband, who is from the UK, and we travelled and lived abroad. We moved home and my husband was so tired working in the city, so we thought, lets open a guest house. “We started looking for a house and found Raheengraney House. We fell in love with it, but it was badly in need of repair. It was just a house in a field, a bit like Father Ted. It had lots of the original features, but there was a hole in the roof and my mum nearly fell through the floorboards. “We moved in with mum and dad for a while and, a year later, we had our beautiful house. We had family and friends down to stay but, as you often find out with a

dream, it doesn’t really pay. Plus, my business was starting to pay a wage and I was working all week and was tired at weekends. “Fast forward 10 years and, unfortunately, the marriage started to fall apart. Four years ago, we decided to separate. It was too expensive to keep the house for three of us, me and the two kids, so we decided to sell. It was just on the cusp of everything crashing. We got it valued at €1.6m and we thought great, we can pay off the mortgage and will be left with a little bit over. We got an offer of €1.1m and we decided to take that, but the lady couldn’t go through in the end. “My ex moved back to the UK and I moved out of the

house and got a little cottage. I started renting the house, but then lost the tenants. At that stage I thought, I am going to PR my own house and we made the YouTube video. It just started to grow legs and

sell a house, I think, but it is also the story. As a nation, I think we are very secretive and hold things close to our chests. I don’t think there is any shame in what happened and there are a whole bunch


‘I am going to PR my own house and we made the YouTube video. It just started to grow legs and then it had 11,000 views. I think the reason it was a media sensation is down to a combination of factors’


Jillian Godsil, Practice PR


then it had 11,000 views. I think the reason it was a media sensation is down to a combination of factors. “A video is a better way to

of people in the same circumstances. I am not in a good position financially, but I can choose to be grumpy or not. “The situation has been very

tough but the positive aspect from the video is that old clients are coming back when they see what I have done with the PR on the house. However, do I want riches again, well money is nice but I was never very materialistic. You find out that bricks and mortar are so unimportant and, maybe, it is better to spend your money on things like holidays or a trip to the theatre.” Since splitting with her husband and moving out of the house, she has written a novel and is now writing her second. Other plans include working on a new property sales project along the lines of the sale of her own house. Anything that will start property moving again is worth a look.

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Donegal Live brings the best of Donegal to Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens from 12.00pm – 6.00pm on the 22nd May, inviting members of the public to come and join the celebrations for a FREE day of fun and frolics…and all things Donegal! With a host of attractions from food and music to crafts and activities, local talent performing on the day will include Mickey Joe Harte, the High Kings, the Donegal Tenors and Moya Brennan. Polish off your dancing shoes with Céili Dancing, The Perfect Mix and the Ragus Dancers, tantalise your taste buds with the best of Donegal cuisine, marvel in the skill of balloon modellers on the day or sit back and enjoy the ceoil with performances by Kintra, Pat Gallagher and Band or Johny Gallagher and the Boxtie Band. As well as getting to grips with the local talent, find out all there is to know about Donegal, by visiting over 20 interactive stands. Learn the best way to make your way to Donegal, where to tee-off when you get there, key spots for angling, surfing, hill walking and horse riding, as well as the essentials on where to stay, where to eat and where to shop.

The Sandhouse


To celebrate this fantastic fun filled and FREE day out The Gazette Group and Donegal Live are offering one lucky reader the chance to win two return flights to Donegal with Aer Arann/Donegal Airport (who fly direct from Dublin to Donegal twice daily in 40 minutes) as well as two nights Bed and Breakfast, one dinner and a surf lesson for two people at the 4* Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh. This fantastic trip will also include a trip on the Donegal Bay Waterbus where you can enjoy the beauty of Donegal Bay, the islands and seal colony just one of the many attractions in the Donegal Bay area. To win just answer this question: Where is the Donegal Live event taking place on May 22nd? Send you answer along with your name, address and contact details to by 26th May, 2011.

For more information on everything Donegal has to offer for your perfect holiday destination, as well as finding out some information on Donegal Live, simply check out and

Glenveagh National Park

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Protecting summer skin without the pasty mess Edited by Dawn Love

Getting the Middleton’s royal glow

THE ‘glowing’ example of the Middletons at the Royal Wedding has sent sales of fake tan soaring into outer orbit with Irish women aiming to look just as bronzed during this year’s wedding season. That’s according to the Debenhams’ Beauty Hall where sales of fake tan are up 219%, compared to the same time last year. On the afternoon of the Royal Wedding Day, the company says that literally reams of fake tan started to fly off the shelves with sales. The following day was almost as successful as shoppers, inspired by the wedding highlights on TV, boosted sales by 200%. “You simply can’t underestimate the impact that Kate and Pippa will have on the beauty industry,” says Karen Nason at Debenhams. “Already streams of wannabe princesses have been flooding into our stores looking to achieve their healthy, groomed look. In particular, Kate’s more subtle shade of tan is perfect for big occasions such as weddings.”

IN the past, sun creams may have left you looking a pasty mess rather than the glamorous beach babe you are meant to be. But never fear, new lightweight formulas launched by French skincare and make-up brands, such as La Roche Posay and Vichy, mean your skin can be protected, but still have a fresh and velvet finish.

a fresh feel on the skin and to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays at the same time. This opaque milk has been enriched in silica to give the skin a neverbefore-seen powdery touch. It has a bare skin effect, as it lets the skin breathe under the sun and has UVA/UVB deep cellular protection. It’s also non-perfumed, paraben-free, water resistant and hypoallergenic. Vichy Capital Soleil Dry Touch

Vichy Capital Soleil Face and Body Milk

New this summer from Vichy is their Capital Soleil Face & Body Milk SPF30/SPF50+ 300ml RRP €19, which offers high protection in a light, milky texture. It offers maximum protection in maximum format in a 300ml tube. Unlike traditional body milks, this is a uniquely designed oil-in-water emulsion to help provide

Initially developed for Vichy’s Brazilian market, Capital Soleil Dry Touch SPF30 50ml RRP €14.50 offers unique anti-shine sun protection. The Dry Touch SPF 30 face care emulsion is suitable for combination to oily skin. Protect your children: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo Kids range is specifically formulated for children to be especially water and perspiration resistant

It is now being launched worldwide as the best solution for antishine protection. W hether you have

oily skin, are looking for relief from excess sebum caused by the sun or a good make-up base, Vichy says its Capital Soleil Dry Touch SPF 30 face care is the perfect solution. Concentrated in starch (amidon), this very soft powder leaves a truly unique dry touch

feel on the skin with a velvety matte finish. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL

The hugely popular La Roche-Posay sun protection range, Anthelios XL is the brand of choice of 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.

The skincare company says its combination of patented filters enables the Anthelios filtering system to ensure efficient protection against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays – whatever their intensity. La RochePosay Anthelios Dermo Kids Lotion

New from La Roche-Posay is their Anthelios Dermo Kids Lotion SPF 50+ and Anthelios Dermo Kids Aerosol SPF50+, which now offer the highest broad-spectrum UVA ultra protection on the market specifically formulated and suitable for children to be especially water and perspi-

ration resistant. The Ultra-high UVA PPD39, is available in a lotion with a childfriendly texture or a multi-position aerosol making application easier, quicker and more controlled as it provides a fine continuous mist which works from any angle. The new Anthelios D e r m o Kids is reinforced with antimigration efficacy to offer anti- eye-itch benefits, thanks to a new exclusive, patented formula base to provide highly secure protection.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING WIN a Kinect sensor for Xbox VER the next four weeks, the Gazette will be giving away a Kinect Sensor and two Kinect games, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures, to one lucky winner selected at random, each week. Kinect for Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways, without using a controller With Kinect, technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine. Controller-free gaming means full-body play. Kinect responds to how you move. So, if you have to kick, then kick. If you have to jump, then jump. You already know how to play. All you have to do is get off the couch, “plug in” to your Xbox 360 console, and jump in to experience game play. Kinect Sports allows you to say goodbye to the buttons and controllers, and play six full sports games just as you always have, using your entire body. Become the heavyweight champ of the living room with boxing, or take to the sand with some high-flying beach volley-


ball action. With soccer, field and track events, and even bowling, Kinect Sports has something for everyone. Meanwhile, Kinect Adventures will have you jumping, dodging, and kicking your way through 20 pulse-pounding adventures, set in exotic locations around the worlds. Kinect Adventures gets you to work with your friends and navigate through roaring rapids, challenge obstacle courses, and even save a leaky underwater laboratory. The spirit of adventure awaits!

WIN A KINECT SENSOR AND TWO KINECT GAMES To be in with a chance to win a Kinect Sensor and two Kinect games, to use with your XBox 360 console, just answer the following draw question. How many full sports games can you play in Kinect Sports? Post your answer to Kinect Competition, Gazette Group Newspapers, Block 3A, Mill Bank Business Park, Lucan, Co Dublin. Alternatively, you can email All draw entries must be received before Wednesday, May 25.

The Kinect Sensor for the XBox 360 console makes gaming even easier and more family-friendly than ever before, as it uses your body’s movements to control games, characters and actions, on screen

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SNAPSHOT The stories of the day GAZETTE COMMENT

Moving forward to a new beginning


HIS was a busy week for Dublin, as the first, and arguably the most historic, of a number of high-profile State visits took place. At noon on Tuesday, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, touched down at the Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel and were greeted by the Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore. There is no doubt, that even those with no interest in the Royal family could not help but be caught up in this moment. In the last two decades, there have been significant events in Anglo-Irish relations. In June of 1997, Prime Minister Tony Blair issued a statement on the Irish potato famine that amounted to the first apology expressed by the British authorities. In a speech to the House of Commons in June of last year, after the findings of the Saville inquiry into the atrocities of Bloody Sunday were published, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The conclusions of this report are absolutely clear. There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong.” These events, coupled with the efforts of both Governments in negotiating the Good Friday Agree-

ment in 1998, represent giant steps forward in recognising the difficult history shared by our countries. In order to move this process forward, another significant step was required. After a while, statements from Downing Street would begin to lose their impact. The Irish rugby team playing England in Croke Park was symbolic, but it is arguable how significant it was. A visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Republic of Ireland, followed by a reception at Aras and Uachtarain, and then the laying of a wreath at the Garden of Rememberence where the Queen paid her respects to those who fought for Irish freedom... there are few who could argue that this was not a significant step forward. Is there a place for those who disagree with this visit? Of course there is. Would it have been a more inclusive affair if the Queen could have walked a line and met some of the Irish public? Of course it would have been. But for this Royal visit, nothing could be left to chance, such is its significance. Culturally, our two countries share more than anyone cares to admit. Our shared history is not a pleasant one, but our shared future depends on moving forward, and that process was enhanced this week.

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A colourful launch of the Bloom festival that takes place this June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park

A blooming good weekend in June

LAST week, we brought you news of this year’s Bloom event, Bord Bia’s gardening, food and family festival. This week, we have even more Bloom details to help you plan your June bank holiday weekend. At the heart of Bloom are 27 stunning showgardens, which will be judged by independent judging panels. Dublin will be well represented at the event, which takes place between Thursday, June 2 and Monday, June 6, with a number of top designers creating some of the stunning show gardens. Amongst those taking

DIARY part will be John Sweeney, from Lusk, and Rachel Freeman, from the Blanchardstown Institute of Technology. M e a nw h i l e , f r o m Dalkey, Sheena Vernon will also be taking part, as will Brian Cleary, from Dundrum, and awardwinning gardeners, Liat and Oiver Schurman, from the renow ned Mount Venus Nursery. The event will also showcase the best of Ireland’s food industry with the new Bord Bia Food Village.

Visitors to the Bord Bia Food Village can purchase and enjoy the best of Irish food and a wide range of delicious wholesale local produce from almost 50 Irish artisan producers and a selection of artisan caterers. The food offering will be complemented by a range of local artisan beers, whiskeys and spirits available at the Bloom Inn. Love Irish Food returns to Bloom as an event partner, and will host a large number of its member brands in the Love Irish Food pavilion. At the centre of the new Food Village is the Chef’s Summer Kitchen, which will present a daily programme of cookery demonstrations by a number of Ireland’s well-known celebrity chefs, including Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire, Donal Skehan and Jenny Bristow. RTE presenter and foodie, Ella McSweeney, will host the Chef’s Summer Kitchen and will interview chefs and food producers throughout the event. An ideal family day out, children under 16 go free! There is a range of family activities, including enter-

tainment on the outdoor stage, which will feature the Café Orchestra, Nigel Mooney Quartet, Mooge 69 and the Mellochords; craft demonstrations and workshops from the Crafts Council of Ireland; Outdoor catering and Bistro Bloom featuring a café, restaurant and seafood bar. In the Children’s Zone, Dale Treadwell will host Gondwanaland – a haven for dinosaur enthusiasts and an Australian Bush feature. The Children’s Stage will feature a host of activities, including storytelling from Dublin City of Literature Readers and a Creative Kids Café will also run, encouraging children to use their imaginations, discover and investigate. A host of wildlife features will include activities from Birdwatch Ireland, the Irish Wildlife Trust and the Beekeepers’ Association who are Celebrating the Year of the Honeybee. Bloom is open daily from 10am-6pm. Advance tickets are on sale now from €15 – kids go free! www.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Furry, friendly and so full of love HEY’RE friendly, fluffy, fabulous and full of love, so why is it that some dogs – very often large, dark coloured ones or certain breeds – waiting in animal shelters continuously get overlooked in favour of their more colourful, or lighter-coated, friends? • Is it because they don’t photograph as well as lighter or more varied coloured animals? • Is it because darkcoated pooches are seen as scarier by prospective pet parents? • Is it because some breeds aren’t as fashionable as others? • Is it because some dogs’ features don’t stand out as well as the golden faced Labrador, for example?


• Is it because large, dark-haired dogs are portrayed as dangerous or villainous in movies? (The Rottweiler in The Omen movies versus the Golden Lab in Marley and Me.) Honestly, all of the above are ridiculous and unfair, and are various reasons proffered by people as to why they overlook some dogs. Look, it’s perspective rather than fact and, the facts are, dark-coated dogs and large dogs are just as, if not more, eye-catching than other dogs. Now I’m not trying to paw-suade you (I make no apology, that was intended), but two of my dogs are black from head to toe, with the most intense, melt-your-heart, black eyes you’ve ever seen and

18-month-old Bubblegum, a dark brindle Staffie, and Sammy, a three-year-old Collie

they are also the most adorable, lovable, loyal, trustworthy, best friends I’ve ever had in my life! Then we have the misconception surrounding certain breeds that makes some people nervous. For example, dogs who make

perfectly wonderful family pets but, because certain owners don’t understand particular breeds or strains and then through their failure to provide these animals with the proper care/facilities, spread nasty rumours that these

dogs are “unsuitable”as family pets – making adopters overlook them in favour of smaller, and what they perceive to be, more ‘friendly’ dogs. Believe me, when I’m on duty at the Dublin SPCA Mobile Clinic, I’ve been bitten by more Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels than Staffies, German Shepherds or Rotties! I’m not for one minute saying these small dog breeds, or similar breeds, are less friendly, I am simply making the point that any dog, irrespective of colour, breed or size, is a potentially dangerous dog if it’s in the hands of an irresponsible owner. That said, I’d like to introduce you to some of

our overlooked, adorable, desperate-for-a-new-forever-home cuties waiting at our shelter. Sammy – a three-yearold male collie, black with white markings. Sammy gets on famously with other dogs, he’s so affectionate, a real gent, (when Buttercup, one of his friends tripped in the run and cut her nose Sammy immediately ran over and licked the blood from her face - honestly it tears me up he’s still not found a forever home). He’s fab on the lead, but needs to wear a harness due to his weak trachea. So, ladie,s if you want a BBD (no, not an LBD), a BBD – beautiful big dog, visit Sammy and check him out. He’s a keeper! Bubblegum – an 18-

month-old female, who’s a dark brindle Staffie, is the ultimate sweetheart. She loves going for walkies, is very keen for cuddles, is overjoyed when an attentive human, especially a male, makes a fuss over her, (I know how she feels) and is always first out the door into the run for fun and games. If you want to find out more about this wonderful girl, come up and see her – she’s waiting for you at our shelter. For more information/advice on these or any of our wonderful dogs, contact one of our adoption consultants at The Dublin SPCA at 01-4994726/4727/4729 or log onto www.dspca. ie or email me at miriam.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs

One-in-three may see repair bills soon ONE-in-three motorists will have an unwanted repair bill this year, with some facing bills into thousands of euro, according to new data by by Warranty Direct, Britain’s largest direct consumer warranty provider. Their research shows that a third of cars in the three- to10-year-old group will suffer some degree of mechanical failure over the next 12 months. Big bills are not limited to prestige or expensive cars, the study of more than 50,000 car warranty policies suggested. However, the figure varies dramatically, depending on the make and model, with some models more prone than others.

The next 12 months may see a surge in repair bills

ROAD DEATHS HAVE HALVED: RESEARCH revealed by the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Siochana show that road deaths dropped by 48% over the past decade. The research announcement was made at the global launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020. The research, which analyses road deaths and serious injuries during the ten-year, period 2001 to 2010, also revealed a drop of 58% in the number of serious injuries sustained on Irish roads.

EUROPEAN CAR SALES DROP: CAR sales in western Europe fell by 3.6% year-on-year in April, according to JD Power Automotive Forecasting, reflecting the fact that, compared with 2010, a number of Government scrap-

page schemes were no longer running. While the markets of Italy, Spain and Britain continued to struggle, France was also down. Germany’s growth is quickly losing momentum, with car sales in Germany up by just 2.6% on last year.

BMW OVERTAKEN BY TOYOTA: DESPITE its massive recall campaign over the past 18 months, Toyota has regained its position as the world’s most valuable car brand. Research by market research company, M i l l w a r d B r ow n , shows that, across the world, Toyota’s brand value jumped 11% to $24.2 billion in the BrandZ Top 100 annual ranking of the world’s most valuable brands, overtaking BMW, which was number one last year in the automotive category.

The new Volkswagen Jetta is a more compact car than the Passat, with good boot space and better economy, delivered with a starting price of €21,875 for the entry-level model, rising to €23,725 for the 1.6-litre diesel entry model

Volkswagen Jetta to return its loyalty FOR Irish motorists, the Volkswagen Jetta is one of the great motoring icons. The new, sixthgeneration Volkswagen Jetta is now here, with smart and modern styling. The new front grille design is similar to that of the new Passat, with clear lines across its full width. Styling changes continue inside the cabin. The new interior design is in line with the Golf, with a new centre console, entertainment and climate control systems, and steering-wheel design among the updates. This new Jetta has new safety features, and a fuel economy ability that would have been dreamed about when the first Jetta was launched here in 1980. The car that I had on test was the topof-the-range model, with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel

SPECS: JETTA 2.0 TDI 140BHP Top speed: 210 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 9.5 sec Economy: 20.8 km/litre (4.8 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 126g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Scrappage Eligible: Yes Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €21,875

engine. This is a new, higher-power engine for the range; the 1.6litre turbo-diesel engine model will be the most popular, by far. The 2.0-litre TDI model has the same engine as fitted to the bigger Passat. This engine in the Jetta gives slightly better acceleration, and much better economy than even the Blue Motion version of the equivalent power Passat. Those features, along with a price difference of almost €2,000, makes

the Jetta an option worth considering. For me, the 1-6-litre TDI Jetta is the best option of all, even though this was not the car that I drove. This engine has improved from the past, with better economy. Compared with the bigger engine Jetta, the new 1.6litre TDI version has at least 10% better economy, with only a marginal drop in acceleration performance. The big difference is the price – you can save on two counts; about €5,000, in terms of cost, and a lower annual road tax rate of just €104. In acceleration terms, the 2.0-litre TDI Jetta is marginally faster than the equivalent Passat. Opt for the 1.6-litre model and, naturally, it will be slower. The smaller engine version uses a five-speed gearbox versus

a six-speed gearbox for the 2.0-litre model. That might help with the smoothness and acceleration, but makes not a dint in the economy figures. This is a car that has changed in performance and ability. For farming families, the new Jetta confirms its towing ability. The top-of-the-range car can pull up to 1.5 tonnes in a braked trailer, putting it ahead of the competition. There’s a new, bigger feel to the 2011 Jetta. The car is longer than ever, by 90mm. That gives more leg-room for the three rear passengers, compared with the outgoing model. There’s more comfort and improved roadholding, too, thanks to a longer wheelbase and improved suspension.

The car comes with a full range of standard safety features, including six airbags, ABS and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP). Despite this, it does not come with a Euro NCAP rating, while most other cars in the Volkswagen range do. And, most of all, the new Jetta retains a large, 510litre boot capacity. That large capacity exceeds the outgoing model. The new Jetta combines the big boot with the practicality of being able to seat five adults. There remains a solid feel to the Jetta that’s perhaps due to the size of the car, as much as to the build quality, that’s based around a simple design. This is a car that’s easy to get comfortable in, with the controls easy to use and very functional.

Fiat may increase its stake to more the 70% of Chrysler FIAT has options to increase its stake in Chrysler to more than 70%, as the US government seeks to exit its investments in the car industry. Fiat has yet to announce if it

will buy the US government’s remaining stake in the 12 months after it repays debts to the government. Chrysler said it would issue new debt to repay the govern-

ment loans, allowing Fiat to exercise an option to increase its stake to 46% from 30%. This would give the US government an easy exit from Chrysler. In taking over Chrysler, Fiat

set a goal of producing a car that achieves 40mpg in the US market. That’s well within Fiat’s ability, based on European-designed models.

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Fixer-upper on Wainsfort Road

Number 67, Chalfont Avenue, Malahide


Chalfont of all comfort in Malahide PROPERTY Team Noel Kelly Auctioneers are bringing No 67, Chalfont Avenue, Malahide, Co Dublin, a four-bed semi-detached house extending to 132 sq m to the market for €570,000. This generously proportioned home with garage will appeal to those seeking a spacious property in one of Malahide’s most convenient and prestigious residential addresses. This home is the perfect buy for a growing family. The property comprises porch with tiled floor, entrance hall with a timber floor, living room with a feature marble fireplace. The kitchen and dining room features fitted units and a breakfast bar. The ground floor also features a guest bathroom. Upstairs, there are four well-proportioned bedrooms, the master featuring fitted wardrobes, and the bathroom has a timber floor and a Triton electric shower installed. All carpets, curtains and blinds are included in the sale, and the home is heated by oil-fired central heating. The property has a side entrance, to the comfortable rear garden, and the garage could be converted or used for extra storage space. This home will appeal to the gardening enthusiast, but children will undoubtedly enjoy the privacy. It is situated in a prime location within minutes walk of Malahide Estuary, and Malahide village with its smart marina, shops and numerous gourmet-quality restaurants serving food from around the world. Viewing is by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting Noel Kelly on 01 846 2752.

SAVILLS are bringing No 161 Wainsfort Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6, a four-bedroom semidetached family home, to the market for an asking price of €395,000. Built circa 1960, this house has been well cared for but is now in need of modernisation. Conveniently located at the intersection of Wainsfor t Road and Templeville Road, the property benefits from off-street parking to the front and an 80ft long rear garden. The accommodation comprises porch with h a r d wo o d w i n d ow s and wooden panelling on walls, entrance hall with fitted carpets and

161, Wainsfort Road, Templeogue

under-stairs storage, and a guest wc. The sitting room features an open fireplace with wooden and tiled surround, and a large south facing window overlooking the front garden. There are dou-

ble doors into the dining room, which also has an open fireplace, as well as double-glazed patio doors leading into rear garden, and a door leading into kitchen. The kitchen is in a single-storey flat-roofed

kitchen extension, and has a selection of wall and floor cabinets, as well as a large window overlooking the rear garden. There is a utility room and converted garage plumbed for a washing machine. The four bedrooms, two of which are to the front of the house and two to the rear, feature fitted wardrobes. The bathroom is fully tiled. The attic, which is f loored, is accessed from the landing. The property has gasfired central heating and has recently had a new boiler installed. There is also potential to extend, subject to

planning permission. 161, Wainsfort Road o f f e r s a n e xc e l l e n t opportunity to create a fine family home in a superb location. Every possible amenity is within easy access and commuting to the city centre or M50 is hasslefree. There are excellent primary and secondary schools to choose from and a wealth of sporting facilities serve this much-sought-after South Dublin neighbourhood. Viewing is by appointment, which can be arranged by contacting Savills, City on 01 663 4300, or e-mail info@


Never tire of a place in Ballintyre Square

Number 76, Ballintyre Square, Ballinteer, Dublin 16, a bright and spacious first-floor twobedroom apar tment with a south facing balcony, has been brought to market by Savills, with an asking price of €290,000. The accommodation, which extends to 829 sq ft (77 sq m) is situated as part of the Ballintyre development, which was awarded the Development of the Year award in 2005. T h e r e i s a s u n ny balcony off the living room that overlooks the private gardens. The apartment also benefits from one designated underground parking space and an invaluable underground storage room. The property comprises entrance hallway with light oak wooden

flooring and a built-in hot press and storage unit, a living-cum-dining room which also has oak flooring, wall mounted coal-effect electric fireplace, large south-facing window, and a door leading onto the balcony. The kitchen has fitted units in walnut and cream, charcoal grey counter tops, stainless steel extractor hood and splash back. Mosaic tiling between counter top and wall units. Appliances included in sale comprise fully integrated fridge freezer, washer/dryer, electric oven, four-ring gas hob and fully integrated slim-line dishwasher. The bedrooms feature fitted wardrobes and the master is en suite, which is fully tiled, as is the main bathroom. 76, Ballintyre Square

Number 76, Ballintyre Square, Ballinteer

enjoys an excellent location adjacent to the Ballinteer Shopping Centre and is a short walk from Dundrum and the LUAS. Access to the M50 is only two minutes drive away. There are a host of amenities ser ving this location including schools, sports clubs

and the extensive parklands of Marley Park. Six years on from b e i n g aw a r d e d t h e Development of the Year prize, the development is maturing nicely, and the immaculately kept grounds and attractive mix of buildings ensure that Ballintyre a pleasant environment

to live. The apartment is managed by O’Dwyer Property Management, and is subject to a management fee of €1,600 per annum. Viewing is by appointment, arranged by contacting Savills, City on 01 663 4300, or e-mail

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Eddie Clerkin, Fonebank

Life in a top phone recycling company FORMALLY working within the travel industry with Thomas Cook - Direct Holidays for a number of years, Eddie Clerkin is married with two children, and has lived in the north side of Dublin his whole life. He recently started working with Fonebank, which is one of Europe’s leading mobile phone recycling companies. This is their first operation in Ireland, with an office in Airside retail park in Swords. Fonebank caters for all businesses and charities, along with the public needs in recycling mobile phones for cash. Fonebank offers excellent service from an Irishrun business, with a fast and speedy cheque within 48 hours of receipt of mobile phones. They hope to help charities who would like to use their services, as they can provide them with cash for their phones that are collected. Then they can use the money for whatever need they see fit. Businesses can also avail of their services. To see what Fonebank has to offer, check out

Q – My bank have stopped my overdraft facilrecently. Can they do this ? I have been out on short time by my company and my wife lost her part-time job. They have told me they are switching this to a term loan over three years. Do I have to accept? Barry – Walkinstown Dublin 12 A - It seems your bank think the writing is on the wall. In some respects they are doing you a favour – overdrafts are very expensive and are meant to be in credit at least 30 days of the year. Overdraft interest rates are 13% +, exceeding your overdraft without permission is an additional 7% to 12%, while there are referral fees (most banks - € 4.44 per day for checking your account to ensure you haven’t gone AWOL) and unpaid fees (this can be as much as € 12.70 per item sent back). Exceeding your overdraft is a little like walking into your local supermarket, grabbing a tin of beans, walking out

Eddie Clerkin, of Fonebank

and telling no one. Except in the bank’s case, they allow you BUT charge you plenty! You will find the term loan has a cheaper rate but over three years,

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: That’s easy, a soldier

Q: What sport can you play? A: I’m an all-rounder Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: History Channel and Sky Sports

Q: What was your first job? A: Lounge boy at Hollybrook Hotel in Clontarf

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward, of course

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Memory loss Q: When did you start your present job? A: August 2010 Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Sending cheques to charities as they do so much to help people in need

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: None at the moment, but that’s soon to Q: What sport do you follow? A: Football, Nottingham Forest FC

BANK OVERDRAFTS ity. It was only € 3,000 and I only exceeded it




Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny as he makes me laugh

because you are also repaying capital, the repay-

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: I don’t do that, my wife does

empathise with your situation – if your expendi-

ments will hurt. You must do a budget and plan your finances. I ture exceeds income, which it is doing, then your two choices are earn more or cut costs. Perhaps your wife will find new part-time employment and

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Three pairs, I think

you could find a second job. Whatever happens, you must consider your financial situation and work

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: Don’t have either

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Rather not say

your way through it. Be positive – even as regards

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: All Forest fans

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: I’m not fussy as long as there is sun,

the 1,250 post offices, six days a week and longer

Q: What was your last Tweet/status update? A: Up the football league we go

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Professional footballer in the Premier

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: A good steak and chips meal followed by a FEW pints of Carlsberg

payment of bills, you could use An Post’s billpay service where you can pay over 120 bills in any of hours than your bank – all for free !

beer and football


Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Just to enjoy life with my family

Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

Good news as long-awaited Development Act is in operation NOREEN MAGUIRE Maguire Muldoon Solicitors

THERE is good news for apartment/ property owners within managed estates, the long-awaited Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 came fully into operation on April 1, 2011. Over the years Maguire Muldoon Solicitors, Clonskeagh, have built up a large portfolio of property management company clients and also advise a number of agents dealing with management companies.

It has been a continuous complaint that developers are slow and in some instances refuse, to transfer the common areas. This renders the management company powerless and can be a huge source of frustration to the property owner. In the last 20 years, there has been an explosion in these type of developments and clearly some form of legal protection is essential. In summary the main features of the Act deal with the following: 1. Ownership of the common

areas will be transferred to the management company before any property is sold. This is specifically introduced to tackle the problem of developers holding on to units in order to keep control of the management company. 2. The management company must now be called an owners’ management company. 3. The owners’ management company must maintain a sinking fund for repairs and an annual minimum contribution of €200 per

unit will apply 4. There is a provision in the Act whereby mediation should be used to resolve any dispute over service charges or other costs prior to any court proceedings. The emphasis will be on resolution of disputes by mediation. However, the court will be empowered to make appropriate orders if mediation attempts fail. 5. One vote shall attach to each unit owner in a development and, more importantly, each vote shall be of equal value.

6. House rules should be provided for an effective running of the development. Where an apartment is let, for example, a copy of the rules must be included in the letting agreement and will be binding on the tenants. This Act will assist anyone living in residential complexes or intent on buying into one. It will impose legal obligations on developers and the new regulations will improve the governance of management companies.

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Carton House is historic and stunning – honest! CORMAC CURTIS

Joe Walsh Tours group offering range of special 30th anniversary packages to visit Medjugorje ESTABLISHED in 1961, the Joe Walsh Tours group is the longest-established tour operator in Ireland and, this summer, the company is marking the 30th anniversary of Medjugorje apparitions with some special celebratory tours. June 25 marks 30 years since the first apparition in Medjugorje, and Joe Walsh Tours are delighted to join in on the festivities with a special pilgrimage to this unique and peaceful destination. Bookings to Medjugorje have increased by nearly 50%, compared to this period last year. As a result, this year, Joe Walsh Tours are offering lower prices and more availability, with weekly departures from Dublin and, on selected dates, from Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast. Joe Walsh Tours offered their first Medjugorje programme in 2003 and, since then, have continued to offer expert advice to ensure that pilgrims enjoy their experience. The travel experts offer accommodation in purpose-built guesthouses, which are exclusively located close to St James’s Church, making them the best-located accommodation options in town. Senior representative, Philip Ryan, who has been living in Medjugorje for more than 20 years, is always on hand with his team to offer guidance and tips to pilgrims. For those who would like to spend a few relaxing days on the beautiful Croatian coast, why not combine the pilgrimage with a relaxing sun holiday? Joe Walsh Tours offer two centre holiday options of three or four nights in Medjugorje, combined with three or four nights in beautiful Dubrovnik. The special 30th Anniversary Medjugorje Pilgrimage package departs from June 19 costing €604, inclusive, for seven nights. For full information on pilgrimages to Medjugorje, and these, and other holiday offers and packages, call Joe Walsh Tours on 01 241 0800, or see

I HAVE to admit it, more often than not, the opinions I commit to paper about Irish hotels and holidays are, at best, less than honest, and, at worst, a downright fabrication. Now, before anyone starts to tweet the good fellows of the Press Council of Ireland, or worse still, Liveline, let me state for the record that I have never reported inaccurately. My o b s e r v a t i o n s , reports, descriptions and accounts have always been beyond reproach. Confused? You should be – that’s how I’ve been getting away with this for so long! The truth is, my motivations behind a great deal of my travel pieces have, quite simply, been lies. Surely you have read the type of article I am talking about? The kind that starts off with: “For those wanting a truly relaxing weekend away with the kids…” Yeah, you know, the family-friendly, drippingly sincere account of the getaway that turned out to be the best ever, “even though I had to spend three days with the kids, all under five, as my wife had last-minute work to take care of!” Well, I’m sorry, but

a truly enjoyable family getaway is the kind where you actually get away from the family, or, more accurately (I’m always accurate, OK Joe Duffy?) away from the kids. Yes, my two angels, four and five years old, are pretty much the centre of my universe, and I would move mountains just to see them smile. But, give me the chance of a night or two at a good hotel for a little time with the luckiest woman in

– just past Maynooth, and, providing there’s no royal entourage causing traffic mayhem on the N4, it’s about a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Break out your checklist: Stunning setting: Check Award-winning golf course: Check Luxury spa: Check Great food: Check On-site activites: Check Really, what more do you need? My good lady wife,


‘A good meal, the kind where you’re not asked to cut up chicken nuggets and fetch more tomato sauce, is always a delightful experience’


Ireland (my wife, Susan) and you simply wouldn’t see me for dust. Nor, might I add, would Susan be seen for said dust. Take it from me, for this kind of break, it’s best to stick close to home, so, if absolutely necessary, you can get back to the kids quickly. So, by now you’re hoping I’ll get around to giving some advice and recommend a good hotel for this kind of break – and I will. Enter Carton House

was lucky enough to get to the hotel early on the Friday that we were due to arrive. An appointment with the spa awaited her, consisting of a mini-facial and neck and shoulder massage. All I can say is that, after a few very stressful months of business for her, I was greeted by a well-and-truly rejuvenated wife. The spa did the trick, and I was happy just to be able to put my feet up and browse the newspa-

XTREME.IE’s themed zone at Carton House is the first of its kind in Ireland. The unique combination of onsite, stateof-the-art team building facilities and meeting rooms will make your day at Carton House truly unforgettable. A small sample of our exclusive onsite activities include Altitude: Ireland’s newest High and Low ropes course, Survivor Challenge: A fun, high energy event suitable for all levels of fitness, Duke of Leinster Challenge: Themed Irish Games, Xtreme 4x4 driving and archery pers before dinner. The design and style of Carton House is, I must admit, right up my street. A stunning, historic mansion that has been given a thoughtful and loving makeover, Carton House brings contemporary style and chic to an atmosphere of old-world charm and elegance. For a pre-dinner drink, the foyer presents a bright, modern and relaxing environment, offering comfortable couches set against pale, marble walls and modern, subdued lighting, along with a stunning feature fireplace. We did a little peoplewatching before we took our table at the hotel’s Linden Tree restaurant. A good meal, the kind where you’re not asked to cut up chicken nuggets and fetch more tomato sauce, is always a delightful experience – more so

when the setting and food is up to the standard of Carton House. After pondering the menu, we ordered, and got stuck in. For me, I couldn’t look past the confit duck leg on spiced red cabbage and greens; it was elegant, set on a big plate, and cooked perfectly, wonderful. My good lady wife went for one of her favourites, a seared scallop, this time with cauliflower purée – seasoned to perfection, gorgeous. I often go straight for the fish course when dining out, but tonight we swapped roles as Susan ordered beautifully cooked hake with courgette, beetroot and greens in a simple but perfect white wine sauce. Admire

For a change, I went with a duo of pork fillet and belly, served with

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TravelBriefs Baking bread at Ballymaloe House THE art of baking bread is enjoying a big revival at the moment, and, with this in mind, Ballymaloe House is running a Bake Your Own Bread twonight special, this summer. Guests will learn the secrets of Ballymaloe bread-baking, from only €290 per person, with two nights’ bed and breakfast included, along with a five-course dinner one evening. Meanwhile, the Ballymaloe House package also runs all summer, and includes bed and breakfast in Ballymaloe Country House, along with an afternoon cookery demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School, with the package costing €145 per person sharing. For full details of these tempting offers, email, or call 021 465 2531.

A delicious week in the Big Apple

Carton House brings contemporary style and chic to an atmosphere of old-world charm and elegance

SPECIAL MID-WEEK COACH-HOUSE PACKAGE FROM €80 per person, based on two sharing, Carton House is the perfect place to relax and kick back, so why not treat yourself to a one-night stay on a bedand-breakfast basis, including a two-course meal. The relaxed atmosphere and service make for a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Guests can also enjoy access to the leisure facilities, including and 18-metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room, for more details see

turnip, potato gratin with a white wine foam – an ideal combination of flavours as you admire the countryside view through the stunning floor-toceiling picture windows. Desserts of a divine fruit crumble and a truly modern chocolate pyramid topped off what can only be described as an indulgent experience. After an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep

– and a terrific breakfast, we got to get up close and personal with the grounds of Carton House, courtesy of Ireland Extreme, Ireland’s premier teambuilding and corporate events company. Our instructor led us through an off-road trail in a 4x4 jeep, along a myriad of obstacles as we were put through our paces in a very different kind of driving experi-

ence. This is no speed-fest, but a nerve-jangling challenge of skill and patience that brings in some of the more remote parts of the Carton House estate. I really can’t recommend this experience highly enough. For a more predictable afternoon, Susan took a run in to Liffey Valley (I told you, convenient isn’t it?), while I took a golf les-

son at the award-winning Carton House Golf Club. The on-site Golfing Union of Ireland National Academy offers indoor driving bays, grassed tee areas and an extensive short game practise area with three USGA-spec greens and a large bunker complex. But, for me, I was thrilled with a one-onone lesson with the resident golf pro, Bernard.

Apart from the ghastly experience of seeing myself on screen trying to hit a golf ball, this was another gem of an experience that genuinely improved my swing. Carton House has so much to offer, is right on Dublin’s doorstep, is a great place to get away from it all, but close enough to home just in case – and this is definitely worth a visit.

FROM pretzels and pizza to “posh nosh”, New York is famous for its food, and is a great city to visit for fine dining – especially between July 11 and 24, when NYC Restaurant Week takes place, with this year’s 20th anniversary Week actually running to two weeks, instead of one. Throughout the Big Apple, participating restaurants will be offering three-course meals at $24 for lunch, and $35 for dinner (excluding beverages, taxes and gratuities). The Hotel at Times Square, located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, is a great, budget-friendly hotel that will leave guests with enough disposable income to spend on their dining experience, with July prices starting from just $199.99 per room per night. For further details, see

Hop away on a European holiday GOHOP.IE are offering some terrific value getaways to some of Europe’s top destinations, giving you the perfect city break for culture, shopping or a splash of sun this summer, or beyond. For example, you could enjoy three nights in a three-star Holiday Inn Express in Brussels, from €184, departing on May 26. For some much-needed winter sun, why not visit Barcelona, from €215? This includes four nights in three-star Hesperia Sant Joan Suites, departing on November 4. A little closer, you could visit lovely Lisbon from €279, with five nights in three-star Residencial Estoril Lisboa, departing on June 6. All offers include return flights, and are subject to availability; prices do not include airline baggage fees, and are subject to change. To book your city break with Gohop, call 01 241 2303, or see

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GoingOUT GoingOUT THE HELIX 01 700 7000 KIdkast Showcase 2011

ONCE again, Kidkast are returning to The Helix for their annual showcase. With students aged from four to 18-years-old, and attending from Kidkast’s four centres in Swords, Hartstown, Castleknock and Drogheda, the Kidkast crew cover a wide range of activities, with the showcase promising to have everything from high-energy dance routines to some exciting drama pieces. With tickets priced at €15, the showcase will be held at 2pm and 7pm on Sunday, May 22.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 The Shaughraun

TIME is running out to catch Taney Drama Society’s production of The Shaughraun, by Dion Boucicault, which is often described as a touchstone Irish play. The players bring the tale of Conn, a wily Sligo poacher, to vivid life, thanks to a large ensemble, a great set and period-appropriate costumes, with Victorian melodrama, romantic comedy and more in the mix. The Shaughraun runs nightly at 8pm at the Mill Theatre until Saturday, May 21, with admission priced €18/€15.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Simple Sculpture

FOR a family event with a difference, why not make one yourself – literally. This fun event invites families to come along and, using everything from plasticine to lolly pop sticks, participants can create some wonderful and wacky sculptures. Ideal for children aged from five to 10-years-old, the event should also entertain younger and older siblings, too. This free event for parents and children runs from 12 to 3pm in the ground floor gallery.

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Sallynoggin College showcase

THE popular college will be showcasing its students’ skills in a number of areas, with two fascinating events to see. Firstly, Dance Debut 2011 will show some of the dance skills of the college’s dance students, with Dance Debut 2011 showing both what the dance students have learned, to date, as well as being a graduation show for secondyear students. The two-hour show starts at 8pm, on Tuesday, May 24, with admission priced €10. Secondly, Fashion Graduate Show 2011 will feature collections by the graduating students, with a number of pieces by first-year students also on show. This stylish event should show some true up-and-coming, and emerging, talents from the renowned fashion course. The two-hour show starts at 8pm, on Wednesday, May 25, with admission again priced at €10.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 Grumpy Old Women

THESE ladies are not to be messed with, as they tread the (creaking) boards to bring some middle-aged mayhem to life and settle some scores they have with aging, men, the way things work and much more, in badtempered, contrary and hilarious ways. They won’t come much grumpier than Adele King, Flo McSweeney and Una Crawford O’Brien, who will present the hit West End show with a distinctly Irish version. Grumpy Old Women runs from Tuesday, May 24 until Saturday, May 28, with tickets priced from €25 to €30.

“I think Kate’s gone. We can come out, now ...” Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) and Angelica (Penelope Cruz) face Blackbeard’s wrath, zombies, hungry mermaids and tough-talking film critics on their quest to find the Fountain of Youth.

Pirates paddle along As the latest Pirates film sails onto our screens, Kate wonders if it’ll make quite the splash some may expect Q KATE CROWLEY

READERS, this will be the quickest review my old Remington has ever seen bashed out, clicketyquick, as a press gang, of sorts, comprising Gazetteers, is ready to make me walk the plank if I give nothing less than six stars to this week’s film, which lends some haste to my typing in the attic at Gazette Towers. Fortunately, I’m perfectly proficient in the Anchor Stroke, so their mutinous threats wash right over my head, arrr. And now I’ll head, arrr, right on over to the review, while keeping one ear cocked for the News Desk’s cries of “Tharr she blows, maties!” on the winding stairs outside. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (or, POTC4, which is quicker for hurr ying hacks hiding from a motley crew to type) sees the somewhat inevitable

FILM OF THE WEEK: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides +++ (12A) 136 mins Director: Rob Marshall Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Pirates, Mermaids, but not Orlando Bloom again.

OUR VERDICT: ENTERTAINING, but predictable, POTC4 is more of the same... That’s not such a bad thing, of course, but it’s hard not to feel that it’s just milking the formula, extending the franchise, and possibly jumping the shark. It’s a decent film, but not the pinnacle of the Pirates franchise. Still, there are worse crews to ship yourself off to the cinema with, and it sails along okay ...

return of everybody’s favourite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), back once again to take to the high seas, sands, jungles, cities and other, unlikely spots in another slapdash, and slightly supernatural, adventure. This time round, as per usual in the franchise, Jack’s off after another legendary destination in POTC4 – in this case, the fabled Fountain of Youth, which ye olde map can lead him to. Jack is joined by a number of familiar faces here and there, including

long-standing frienemy, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who’s now gained a peg leg, and a mercenary’s allegiance to King George II (Richard Griffiths, hammily playing a piggy monarch). However, they aren’t the stars of the film – enter the mysterious Angelica (Penelope Cruz). She’s just the lass to cross cutlasses, paths, and words with Jack. (You don’t suppose they have a mysterious connection, do you?) Someone else who’s rather eye-catching is her boss, the fearsome pirate

(and scenery-chewing) Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who’s set up as the baddest of the bad, in pirate terms (yet not quite in the same league as Bill Nighy’s astoundingly cruel, squidfaced character, Davy Jones). With Jack aboard his fearsome ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard is determined to beat King George II/ Barbarossa, and some Spaniards, to the fountain, with or without Jack’s help. But, of course, the journey isn’t an easy one, with one set-piece after another for the pirates – and the viewers – to get through, with a litany of fights, battles, chases, zombies and mermaids to get through and around, as everyone dashes off after maps and fountains and lost lands of terror ... What else is there in POTC4 to note, for those seeking more than showstopping spectacle to

shoehorn into the videogame spin-offs? Well, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley have jumped overboard – I know, I know, Yay to that, too – only to be replaced by Lite versions of the actors, in the shape of a clergyman and a mermaid. (Their damp relationship will never work out, trust me.) Meanwhile, Cruz gamely does her best, doused in makeup that’s almost as thick as her accent, yet still rather less than McShane’s permatanned, permascowling face. But, while Depp turns in a role that he could, by now, perform in his sleep, it’s hard not to ditch the sinking feeling that, as with the recent fourth Indiana Jones film, it’s a film that was made because they could, rather than they should. As such, it’s a film that may leave some feeling shiver me timbers, rather than stirred ...

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Oh, Flip – single-use tech is dead ADAM MAGUIRE

GEEKS have been talking about multi-functionalism for some time now, and recent trends in the industry suggest it is finally becoming a reality. The Flip camera – the portable camcorder that, along with YouTube, opened digital video to the masses – is dead. That is to say, Cisco, which bought the company for $590 million just two years ago, is discontinuing the brand. The reason for its end is simple – nobody needs to buy a portable digital camcorder any more, because they have a phone in their pocket that does the job just as well. In fact, there are a lot of single-purpose devices that people no longer need to buy, purely because of

what their phone has to offer. What the market is now seeing is the rise of “multi-functionality”; a buzzword that has bounced around for some time, but is finally coming true. According to analysts, the same thing is going to happen to eBook-readers too – a device that has barely just found its feet in recent years. The rise of the iPad, and similar tablets, which allow you to read books, amongst many other things, does away with the need for one device that does just one thing.

This is despite the fact that eBook-readers are specially designed to be easy on the eye and the battery. In short, it seems that people are happy to sacrifice some degree of quality in order to gain on convenience. This is sure to be a worrying trend for many other single-use devices. For many years now, people have predicted that the MP3 player would soon suffer as a result of music being easily transported via the likes of the phone. To date, iPod sales have managed to hold up, though there is little doubt that this will change in the near future. In fact, it is likely that this risk was at least part of the reason for Apple’s entry into the smartphone market four years ago.

They surely figured it was better to have iPod sales turn into iPhone sales, rather than see that money go to other companies altogether. So, are there any devices that are safe from this slow creep of multi-functionality? Despite the presence of a photo lens on every phone made today, the camera is the most likely to do okay ... for now. While a quality photo can be taken using something like an iPhone, they still, and arguably always will, pale in comparison to dedicated cameras. That is not to mention the fact that core features like an optical zoom are still a long way away from being a feature in a phone. In fact, given the space a zoom lens requires to

work properly, it is questionable if they will ever become common on a phone at all. However, beyond cameras, it’s fair to say that noone is safe in the singlefunction sector.

Samsung PL120 camera The latest version of Samsung’s dual-screen cameras, the PL120 is a quality device with a novel, if somewhat gimmicky, feature. It is hardly something that has kept people up at night, but the self-shot – where a user takes a picture of themselves with a camera – can be tricky. They have to guess the angle and direction, and the first take never comes out right. Enter the PL120, one of three new Samsung cameras

that feature a front-facing LCD screen right next to the lens, making it easier for users to take those vanity shots to adorn their Facebook pages. Thankfully, the camera has more than that gimmick to attract the user, boasting a 14.2MP lens, a 5x optical zoom, and a decent 3” screen on the back, for all those regular shots they might take. There is also HDstandard video recording, and some nice software features, including face detection and tracking.

Despite all of this, the price is surprisingly low, with an RRP of just €170. The chances are you could find a regular camera with the same feature set for slightly less, but for something that is a bit different, this fits the bill perfectly. The Samsung PL120 can be bought in most technology retailers for around €170. Visit for the latest tech news, reviews and views.


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Painting guru Frank Clarke on opening new golf centre: Page 29


Dun Laoghaire set to sail for the 2011 regatta

THE FOURTH biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR), organised by the four waterfront yacht clubs in the area, will take place from July 7 to 10 in Dublin Bay. The regatta, which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland, will attract approximately 500 boats across 25 classes, and will comprise 1,000 races over

the four days. The boats competing will be crewed by 3,000 sailors from yacht clubs across Ireland, with added participation from English, Welsh, Scottish, French, Spanish and Danish yacht clubs. Announcing the 2011 VDLR, Adam Winkelmann, chairperson of the organising committee said: “After the city marathons, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is the biggest participant sport-

ing event in the country. “One of the core reasons as to why it is successful in attracting so many entrants is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, providing great value for money. “In addition to delivering quality racing, the regatta now prides itself in delivering a wonderful festive atmosphere across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront so, overall, the event prom-

Yachts from across the country and from abroad will take part in the Dun Laoghaire Regatta

ises an important boost to the local economy of Dun Laoghaire town in the midst of the summer tourist season and recession.” For those who prefer to keep their feet dry and

enjoy the superb sailing action in Dublin Bay from afar, there will be an array of family-orientated activities that have been set up on shore by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

There will be a farmers’ market, street entertainment, a carnival, numerous ladies’ fashion events, live music from jazz to traditional Irish to marching bands, local area restaurant and

pub events, an evening of Irish culture, music, food and dancing, and a scheduled RNLI Air-Sea Rescue demonstration. For more information on the VDLR 2011, go to

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Dublin Rhinos were unable to break down the Belfast Trojans’ defence in their meeting at Castleknock

Half-back Sean Power attempts to clearbefore being sacked

Rhinos’ trojan efforts IAFL ROUND 5 Dublin Rhinos Belfast Trojans

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THE Dublin Rhinos hosted the Belfast Trojans in Castleknock on Sunday on what was a windy and blustery day that did not suit the playing style of either team. As has been typical of the Rhinos recently, the game was a tight affair, with a minimal number of scores separating the teams come the final whistle. A fter the Rhinos’ opening drive of the game stalled, the ball was punted to the Trojans kick-returner, who picked up a number of blocks until he was dragged dow n from

behind just five yards from the Rhinos’ end zone. With a shor t field to defend, the Rhinos’ defence attempted to keep the Trojans out of the end zone, but were unable to stop the visitors registering their first touchdown. A successful pointaf ter kick made the score 7-0 to the visiting Trojans before the game was barely half way through the first half. The remainder of the first half was a cagey, defensive affair. Both teams had trouble moving the ball with any consistency, the windy conditions made passing difficult and both defences were stopping opposing running attacks with some

impressive per formances in both sets of packs. At half-time, the Rhinos of Castleknock were dow n 7-0, and were looking to rebound after a stern half-time team talk. The second half continued as the first had ended, with both teams’ defences keeping their counterparts out of the end zone and, more impor tantly, off the score board. The Rhinos turned the ball over with a fumble and interception in the second half, but also recovered two Trojans’ fumbles and had an interception of their own by cornerback Adam Skelly, who claimed two turnovers on the day to keep the

game level. It was their special teams and turnovers t h a t wo n t h e g a m e for the Trojans in the end, and they took full advantage of a big punt return in the first quarter. A f ter an interception was returned into Rhinos’ territory, the Trojans managed to sneak a further three points onto the score board with an impressive 40-yard field goal in windy conditions, leaving the scoreline at 10-0 to the Trojans. The Rhinos’ defense gave their offense every oppor tunity to claw some points back by stopping the Trojans offense every time they got the ball, however the Rhinos could not capi-

talise on these chances. Quarterback Stephen Macken connected with tight end Ross Carrick a number of times, moving the ball and gaining first downs, but the end zone was too elusive on the day for the Rhinos, and they were unable to put up any points on the visiting team. Standing at 1-4 for the season so far, the Rhinos need to win all their remaining games in order to make the play-offs for a chance to play in the Shamrock Bowl in Tallaght Stadium on August 6. The Rhinos travel to cross-town rivals and reigning Shamrock Bowl champions, the Dublin Rebels on June 5, playing in Sportslink, Santry at 2pm.

Rhinos need to win their remaining matches

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Painting a wide canvas for golf ROB HEIGH talks to painting guru, Frank Clarke, whose long association with golf in Dublin has led to his latest venture to bring children to the game THERE has been an inevitable upsurge in the interest in golf in recent years among what would normally be referred to as grass-roots players; young people who have tasted the enjoyment of playing a fine shot on a golf course and who have seen the kinds of success of young Irish golfers on the European and World stages, such as Rory McIlroy and the Maguire twins. Golf has, for the longest time, been seen as the preserve of the privileged and time-rich, but recently, there have been initiatives to open up the doors to everyone. In particular, recognition has been given to developing players from an early age.

One man who is trying to forge a new ethos in the sport is an unlikely ambassador for golf, television’s painting emissary, Frank Clarke. Frank, from Rathfarn-

also had a parallel interest in golf, and his interest led to the building of one of the first par 3 courses in Ireland in 1962. He has been involved as a participant and as a builder and


‘We have some of the best players in the world in this country. We want all children with an interest in golf to have that opportunity’


ham, is more readily recognised as the man who brought painting to the masses through his accessible and easy-to-follow programmes on the craft. However, Frank has

designer of courses. Now, Frank is hoping to bring the same enthusiasm and belief as he demonstrates in his artistic endeavours to the world of golf. He has recently been

Frank Clarke is bringing his inclusive spirit to the world of golf

involved in the extension and re-development of the par three and pitch and putt courses at the Liffey Valley Par 3 facility, and in the course of doing that, made some interesting observations. “We looked over the facility, and golfing as a whole, and realised there were very few facilities for young people. “Children under 12 were being turned away because of ages-old policies, and a lot of clubs would not allow kids to play until they are 14 or 15. “Kids just can’t get into golf clubs, it’s not that easy. Very seldom will clubs or parents allow children to play on courses when they are under the age of 11, and the costs are also prohibitive.” Frank saw parallels with his own experience of learning to paint, in that he had no grounding in the craft, so was behind the curve when it came to learning it. “The ideal situation is that, ideally, the future of the game lies with the children, and they will keep it going. The idea of par 3 in the beginning is that it is the school or the grounding for players of the future. “The idea behind the initiative at Liffey Valley is to create golfers for life. We want to teach them the skills and the etiquette of golf as well. It’s giving kids a hobby, which I wish

I had had when I was a child. We have some of the best players in the world in this country who have come through from the junior sections, and they have benefited from getting into the game at a young age. We want all children to have that opportunity.” As a result, Liffey Valley now offers free pitch and putt play to children under the age of 10, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, and at ages of 10 or 11, will be able to play at a special rate on the par 3 course. “We will be running fun competitions on a weekly basis for the children, and trying to attract as many children as possible, through local schools and other initiatives, including a playing academy. “We are also looking to get a professional along to give a bit of coaching to the children, as well as the adults who come along and play, too.” With plans afoot to bring female golfers into the club as well, Frank has cast the net widely and inclusively to create golfers of the future. The club plans to have an offical launch day shortly, with professionals and celebrities coming along to christen the evolution of the club. For more information, contact Liffey Valley Par 3 Club on 01 6219514, or see online at liffeyvalleypar3. ie.


Puspure added to Irish squad for World Cup 2011 GAZETTESport star Sanita Puspure has been included in the Irish team to represent the country at the Munich World Cup due to take place this year from May 27 to 29. Kinsealy resident Puspure will partner Lisa Dilleen in the double scull, the women’s heavyweight boat in which Ireland are anticipated to bid for Olympic qualification at the World Championships in Bled in September. Ireland will send six crews to the first World Cup regatta of the year, in Munich; four in combinations targeted at gaining Olympic qualification this year. Puspure, a Latvian athlete, is still awaiting Irish citizenship, but she is allowed to compete in the World Cup series.

Paralympics ticketing signup begins PARALYMPICS Ireland is calling on all sports fans to support the Irish team by buying tickets for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Over 4,000 athletes are set to compete in the Games from 170 countries around the world, and approximately two million tickets will go on sale for the Paralympic Games from September 9. Liam Harbison, CEO of Paralympics Ireland, said: “The start of the tickets going on sale is a very exciting moment for everyone involved in Paralympic sport. I really encourage all Irish sports fans to seize the opportunity

of witnessing the range of spectacular sports that the Paralympic Games has to offer, and to get behind the Irish team in London.” Those interested can sign up now at

Wood latest addition to Clontarf pack ANDY Wood has been appointed as Head Coach of Clontarf. Wood has returned to Clontarf, where three seasons ago he led the 1st XV to the Division 1AllIreland final. Wood played in De La Salle RFC before joining Clontarf and played first team rugby for a number of seasons before joining the coaching team led by Phil Werahiko.

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GazetteSport Sport FastSport

Barry meets heroes: Blanch man greets Liverpool’s stars BARRY Leahy from Blanchardstown

Lavery disappointed as Ras place goes by

was in Red heaven last week when he met his soccer heroes, Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard when the Premier League trio were in town to launch the new Liverpool away kit. The adidas ‘home away from home’ Liverpool FC away kit event was held in Lifestyle Sports, Mary Street, and attracted huge numbers of the Anfield faithful.


AN POST Sean Kelly team manager Kurt Bogaerts admitted it was a tough decision to leave Coolmine man Phil Lavery out of the team for the An Post Ras which gets underway next week. Speaking about the team for the race, which gets underway in nearby Dunboyne, he said: “It was an especially tough decision to leave Philip Lavery out, but at the moment I feel I have picked the strongest five for this race. Bennett and Cassidy are both previous stage winners of the race, while Ronan (McLaughlin) has been one of our strongest riders recently. “It was hard to pick the squad for the Ras, but it is a good problem for me to have.”

D15 teams take NDSL titles DUBLIN 15 sides enjoyed a fruitful weekend at the second weekend of NDSL finals as Corduff and Hartstown took home cups from the Oscar Traynor centre. Corduff’s excellent U-12 side cruised to the Kevin Moran Cup with a 8-0 win over Navan Road United, adding to a fine season which saw them go deep in their All-Ireland competition. They led 4-0 at the interval before Yasine En-Neyah completed his hat-trick and Johnnie Poame bagged a brace for an 8-0 final score. Their U-10s added the Atlantic Homecare Cup to their collection with a 3-1 win over Rush Athletic. Hartstown, mean-

while, picked off a thrilling 2-1 success after extra-time against Castleknock Celtic in the U-16 Ken McKay Cup. Mo Mahdy put ’Knock ahead in the first half before Aaron Quinn levelled the tie from the penalty spot. And Robbie Merriman proved the hero when he shot home from close range for a 2-1 success.

Coghlan takes Morton 1,500m METRO St Brigid’s John Coghlan came from off the pace on the last lap to win the 1,500m in 3:48.16 at the Woodie’s DIY AAI Games, Morton Stadium in Santry. Sarah Hawkshaw, meanwhile, came seventh in the women’s 800 metre race.

Dunboyne FC were promoted to LSL DIvision 1A after their 2-0 win over St Francis

Dunboyne are promoted LSL SENIOR 1B Dunboyne FC 4 St Francis 1

In their final league game of the season, Dunboyne AFC’s senior squad clinched promotion to the Senior 1A Division of the Leinster Senior League for the first time in the club’s 40-year history. There were scenes of great jubilation at the Summerhill Road venue last Sunday after a gripping encounter with St Francis, who had just been crowned league champions the previous week. Played in front of a

sizable crowd, on a blustery morning, the teams got down to business straight away and played some very neat onetouch football as they looked to get a hold on the game. Conscious that they needed all three points to prevent rivals, Tymon Celtic, from claiming the second promotion spot, Dunboyne were keen in pursuit of their objective. They harried their opponents at ever y opportunity and, as the first half wore on, were having the better of the exchanges. Having gone close on a number of occasions,

the home side finally broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when captain Andy Farrell volleyed home. Shortly afterwards, Farrell hit the upright with an audacious shot from 30 yards, with the Francis goalkeeper stranded. With the score at 1-0 to Dunboyne at the break, the home fans were biting their nails. On the resumption, the game continued in the same vein, maintaining the high standards of the first period, as St Francis came forward in search of an equaliser. Stout defending from Brendan Lee and Chris

Sylvester at the heart of the Dunboyne defence was required, and the guile of Danny O’Reilly and Ciaran Carr in the central midfield roles kept Dunboyne in the match. Lee Ferrand was withdrawn having run himself to a standstill, and super-sub David Clarke lived up to the tag when he drilled in a second goal for the home side with just less than 15 minutes to go. Dunboyne missed a number of opportunities to add to their total before the final whistle, which heralded celebrations down Dunboyne way.

M a n a g e r Ve r n o n McAllorum said: “It has been a fantastic season for us as a group, having also reached the Gilligan Cup semi-finals, and we are now looking forward to the challanges in the coming season in LSL Division 1A. Our preseason training starts on July 7, with a trip planned for early August.” D U N B OY N E A F C : P a u l O’Reilly, Terry McAuley, Chris Sylvester, Brendan Lee, Sean Roarty, Lee Ferrand, Danny O’Reilly, Ciaran Carr, Andy Farrell (capt), Colin Richardson and John Byrne. Res: David Clarke, Niall Connellan, Ban Kelly, Ronan Roarty, Jeff Deehan

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Senior hurlers were edged out by

hurlers and camogie teams who

Vincent’s. Senior camogie opened

won their grades, hurlers beating St

their league account, beating Erin’s

Mark’s and camogie beating White-


hall. U-16 footballers progressed to the A Shield final, beating Castleknock. They face St Sylvester’s this Saturday at 3.30pm in the final in Russell Park. Congratulations to Aisling King, Oliv-

St Brigid’s Under-16 footballers took the Under-16 final berth to face St Sylvester’s this weekend

Brigid’s take title from Castleknock DUBLIN U-16 C’SHIP St Brigid’s 2-14 Castleknock 1-4

ST BRIGID’S emerged victorious from a local derby with more than just pride at stake in Somer ton Park last Saturday when they were victorious in their Under-16 championship tie against Castleknock. The Russell Park side dealt better with the adverse conditions to win a hard-fought and tense championship shield semi-final. The visitors started brightly in dull and bluster y conditions, and hit a goal and a point without response early on. Colin Ly nch then opened ’K nock’s account with a wellstruck effort, but near-rivals St Brigid’s response was instant. Again, the visiting side hit the back of the net, registering a threepoint effort that proved

vital come full-time. A point from Ciaran Millwall and a Lynch goal meant the hosts only went in trailing 2-03 to 1-04 at half time. With the breeze now in Castleknock’s favour, it was the hosts’ turn to make a positive start to a half, and Liam Quinn reduced the arrears to the minimum. However, it was a case of anything you can do we can do better, as Brigid’s cancelled Q u i n n ’s e f f o r t a n d another Lynch point to maintain their lead. The visitors then belied the conditions and the wind disadvantage to finish strongly, securing a final berth at their local rival’s expense. St Brigid’s will now face St Sylvester’s in the final, which takes place this Saturday at Russell Park at 3.30pm.

Feile successes Meanwhile, both sides enjoyed Parnell

Park final success in their respective hurling feiles over the course of the weekend. Brigid’s came out on top of a low-scoring but highly-entertaining tussle with Tallaght side, St Mark’s to claim their trophy, whilst Castleknock’s rising stars won the Division 3 final of Feile na nGael via a 1-4 to 1-2 win over Clontarf. St Brigid’s final was particularly entertaining, as the match, taking place in bllustery conditions, saw a breezeenhanced Mark’s take a 0-3 to 0-1 lead into the break. The young Brigid’s side showed brilliant resolve, however, as Mark’s continued to push on, and finally levelled the score midway through the second half. A brilliant doublesave from net-minder Rodgers prevented the Tallaght Saints from snatching a lead, and the Russell Park side

finished the stronger to take the title and eventually climb the famous Parnell Park steps to lift the prestigious trophy for the Feile winners. There was no such joy for Brigid’s senior hurlers, however, when they lost their see-sawDublin Senior Hurling Championship A Group 1 encounter with St Vincent’s at Russell Park last week. A seven-point haul from David Plunkett wasn’t enough for a side that led by a point at half time, and Vincent’s ran out 0-15 to 2-13 victors at the final buzzer. Last-quarter goals from former Dubl i n h u r l e r, To m a s McGrane, and Keith Connolly proved vital and secured victory for the visitors. To a d d i n s u l t t o injury, Brigid’s Dublin senior hurling representative, Ruairi Trainor, was taken off with a suspected dislocated ankle.

Senior ladies’ footballers beat Fingallians. Junior ladies also beat Scoil Ui Chonail in league. Senior footballers are at home to Crokes on Saturday at 6.30pm. Plenty more fixtures on website.

ia Smartt, Deirdre Murphy, Shauna

Junior B footballers’ fundraising

Hinkson and the Dublin ladies’ minor

quiz will take place on Thursday, May

footballers on their Leinster truimph

26, in Russell Park. Junior hurlers

over Meath. Well done to Ken and Judy

fundraising Trad/Ballad Night is on

Murphy, part of the management

May 20 with Celtic Wings. Tickets are


€10 from Tim O’Leary or from any of

Best of luck to Aodhan Mc, Cian

the junior hurlers. Annual fundraising

O’Mahony, Mick Cussen, Wille Bourke

club golf classic takes place on Friday,

and Fingal this Saturday vs London.

May 27 in Royal Tara.

ST PEREGRINE’S VOTE for our very own unsung hero

week’s jackpot is €3,800.

Albert ‘Albie’ Pierson. As we all know,

Any member not buying lotto tick-

Albert is a hero among the club and

ets, visit and support your

needs our votes.

club for only €2 a week. Lotto is also

Please long onto www.unsunghero. com/ourheroes. Good week for our senior hurlers in the championship actionwith a win and a draw, that sets them up nicely for the rest of the championship. Junior hurlers were narrowly beaten in their championship games. Football week this week; please see club noticeboard for details. Best of luck to ladies’ footballers in second round of championship. Club lotto was not won; numbers drawn were 6, 20, 21 and 28. Next

available to play online using the link on the club website. Entertainment in clubhouse this Saturday in club from Desire. Club shop is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. Bingo is on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm. If anybody in the club would like to make a difference and join a committee, please see club website for details and contacts.

ERIN GO BRAGH ALL members are asked to support

the first-year boys and girls’ Gaelic

our fundraising table quiz on Fri-

football teams of Setanta who took

day, May 27 in the Vineyard, Blan-

part in the Sports Against Racism

chardstown village. Please contact

Ireland (SARI) Gaelic Games Inter-

Cecil Stephens for more info on 086

cultural Youth Tournament.

259 7789.

SARI is a non-profit organisa-

Congratulations to those U-9s

tion which supports and promotes

who made their first Holy Commun-

social inclusion and positive inte-

ion last Saturday.

gration through sport. Both teams

Annual club dinner dance is tak-

reached the final of the boys’ and

ing place on Saturday, November 5

girls’ tournament, losing out to

in Park Plaza, Tyrrelstown. Tickets

Hartstown Community School in

are €60 per person (strictly over-

both finals. In particular well done

18s). Five-course meal, band, DJ,

to Conor Redmond, Harmony Mayi-

bar extension until 2am. Deposit

tonda, Daniel Cullen, Gavin Keyes,

of €20 required and people can pay

Aoife Padden, Alannah Kenny, Lisa

in instalments over the coming

Forbes, Sally O’Brien, Fortess Mayi-

months. Contact Natasha on 087

tonda, Sophie King. Also well done to

959 50 48, Maria on 087 238 0741 or

JB Hlathswayo who was part of the

Carol - Ann on 087 629 20 24.

Hartstown Community School Team

A big well-done and hard luck to

who won the tournament.



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FC Blanch take the league title again


FC Blanch were celebrating as they claimed the AUL league title in Dunsink last week, their second consecutive league win

Dublin 15 side claim back-to-back league victories in the AFL and AUL in their tenth anniversary year STEPHEN FINDLATER

FC BLANCH secured their second league title in a row this week with an 0-0 away draw with Dunsink last Thursday night. That success has added to a famous year for the club, as the newcomers to the AUL celebrated their 10th anniversary in style, reaching the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup before wrapping up the league with three games to go. It made for quite a season following their switch from AFL football, where they claimed a league and cup double in the 2009/10 season. They did not have it all their own way, though, against their near rivals, Dunsink, but they did apply plenty of pressure early on, with Stuey Beattie and Colly McNamara having great success down the left flank and terrorising the defenders. It showed an intent that the side were gunning for all of the three points to make certain of the Sunday Senior title ahead of CIE Ranch, some-

thing that FC Blanch manager, Dave Meehan, was keen to impress on his players as the ultimate goal. “We came to win the game and played some good football, as we do, but we just didn’t find the net. “I don’t think the back four looked under pressure at any stage, and then David McDonagh had one shot cleared off the line in the final minutes of the game.

Delighted “This was our third game in the space of a week, and obviously some of the lads are tired, so I’m delighted we got the point that we needed to secure the league, and now we are champions again. “I’m also grateful of all the support we had tonight and have had on the line throughout the season.” The FC Blanch manager added: “It’s nice to wrap it up early as we can give a few of the lads a rest now as I’m sure it seems a long way since the

start of the pre-season programme back in July. “But, fair play. The whole squad played their part and now we are looking forward to our presentation and anniversary night in Dunboyne Castle Hotel on June 25.” They followed up with a 3-3 away draw at Mark’s Celtic – their third away day in seven days – to add further emphasis to their league success, and now have two more league ties to play out before they can look forward to next season when they make the leap into AUL Premier C.


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